first_imgDenver Nuggets new forward Paul Millsap, right, holds up his jersey with his mother, Bettye, during his introduction to the media at a news conference Thursday, July 13, 2017, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)DENVER — Paul Millsap was welcomed back to his old neighborhood with a reception that included a drum line and cheering children.It was a contrast to how the newest Denver Nuggets player left town years ago as a kid — his mom struggling to make ends meet.ADVERTISEMENT 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet It definitely got Millsap’s attention.“The way (Marshall) explained the fans, the way he explained the city, it made me think, ‘I want to be part of it,’” Millsap said. “We’re looking, not to take the Denver Broncos fans — they’re the Broncos, let’s be honest — but for them to be with us, too. To take a ride with us, just like we were with them.”Denver (40-42) improved by seven games this year but still missed the playoffs for a fourth straight season. Millsap’s presence helps the Nuggets remain in the playoff conversation even in the ultra-competitive Western Conference.“I’m excited about that challenge. We don’t run from that,” Nuggets coach Michael Malone said. “He’s going to help us tremendously.”That’s partly because Millsap brings a defensive-minded mentality to the court. That and an unselfish style of play, which complements such young players as Jokic, Jamal Murray and Gary Harris.“We feel in Nikola and Paul, we have the most talented, most unselfish, best playmaking front-court in the NBA,” Malone said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite LATEST STORIES “When I came to Denver in 1988, I was crying all the way in shame and had my head down,” Bettye Millsap said. “When I came back this time, I cried tears of joy and I could hold my head up.”The 32-year-old Millsap gives the youthful Nuggets a proven veteran to pair with budding star Nikola Jokic. Millsap averaged a career-high 18.1 points last season with 7.7 rebounds and 3.7 assists.“I’m looking for (Jokic) to make my job a little easier,” Millsap cracked. “And vice versa. I want to make his job easier. I want to help the younger guys around me become better players.”For landing the highly coveted free agent, give an assist to Denver Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall. Marshall’s sales pitch helped sway Millsap’s decision.“Brandon was able to look Paul in the eyes and talk about what this city means to him, not just as a player but as a guy who lives here full time, and talk about what it’s like to win in Denver,” Nuggets president of basketball operations Tim Connelly said. “I certainly had goosebumps.”ADVERTISEMENT End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer View comments That wasn’t lost on the four-time All-Star forward as he was introduced at a recreation center Thursday after signing a three-year deal worth $90 million. He spent nearly a dozen years in a suburb of Denver before returning to Louisiana for high school and college.“My history had a lot to play into (signing with Denver), actually,” said Millsap, who was touched by the band that greeted him, along with the throng of children. “It felt like it was unfinished business here, being here years ago and leaving under the circumstances we left. To help this community out, this organization out, that played a big factor.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Searching for a fresh start, Millsap’s mother moved the family to Denver when he was just a toddler. But it was a struggle. His mom, Bettye, said she used to make $12 last for two days’ worth of meals for her four sons.In 1999, the Millsap family returned to Louisiana, where she had relatives to lend a hand. Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Malacañang open to creating Taal Commission LIVE: Sinulog 2020 Grand Parade Vicente sets ‘humble’ goals for women’s volleyball team in SEA Gameslast_img read more

first_imgThe Liberia Handball Association, (LHA) has released the list of participants in its October 30-31 Congress in Harbel, Margibi County.A release, issued yesterday named nearly 50 candidates from five counties.The release said six schools will send representatives from Grand Cape Mount County.They will come from Government Demonstration, Episcopal Elementary, Robertsport Senior High, Islamic Model Elementary, U.B. Freeman United Methodist and Episcopal Senior High School.From Grand Bassa County will 8 schools: Bassa Senior High, New Testament Elem/Jr/Sr., Kpelle Town Public School, Buchanan Open Bible Mission, SDA High School, St. John Episcopal School, Ocean View Elem.Jr/Sr High School and Worldwide Mission.Margibi County will be represented by 12 schools: Harbel AGM, Harbel YMCA, UT, Peter Town Public School, Harbel Multilateral, R.S. Culfield, Dolo Town Public School, St. Pius Catholic, BWI, KRTTI Demonstration, St. Augustine and E. J. Yancy.Bomi County will have 8 schools: Mammar L. Khaddifi Jr. High, Samuel D. Hill Elementary, Anderson Weamah United Methodist, John L. Parvola Public School, Free United Pent. Global Mission, Bomi Junior High School, Eric Z. Zinnah Elementary, and C. H. Dewey High School.The 14 schools from Montserrado County are BW Harris, CW Brumskine, Elizabeth Crawford, Jerusalem Junior High, Newport Junior High, Sarah Barclay High, Slipway Community School, Upper Caldwell Community School, WVS Tubman High, Carr High, D. Twe High, William Lee Bonner, ETMI and University of Liberia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgPresident David Granger is unfazed by coalition minority partner Alliance for Change’s (AFC’s) decision that it would contest the Local Government Elections (LGE) on its own. According to the head of state, this will not impact the coalition.He made this comment at the sidelines of an event on Monday. Asked directly by the media whether he was concerned by the development, the president replied in the negative. According to the president, the coalition will still be a feasible option for 2020.“We did exchange some memorandum, and the APNU had drafted its own core principles, and we submitted those principles to the AFC for consideration. It’s an internal decision within the AFC, and we respect that decision; and the AFC, I think, respects the decision within the APNU.“It is my view that both the AFC and APNU remain committed to coalition politics, and this will in no way damage the prospects of our two parties moving to the general and regional elections. This is entirely a local matter… a party political matter. But we do not feel that the coalition is in jeopardy,” Granger added.At a post-Cabinet press briefing also on Monday, Minister of State Joseph Harmon gave a bit more insight into what those core principles are. According to Harmon, these amounted to APNU’s expectations in order to go to the polls with the AFC.“Representation, nomination, organisation, mobilisation and communication… each of these in the communication with the AFC, the APNU elaborated that these are the principles APNU would require for joint APNU/ AFC participation in Local Government Elections.”In its statement, the AFC had said this separation applies only for the 2018 Local Government polls, and “does not, in any way, affect the APNU+AFC Coalition Government, nor does it, in any way, change the AFC’s position on coalition politics at the national level. The AFC remains, and reaffirms that it is committed to, the APNU/AFC Coalition.”“The AFC is in full preparation mode for LGE, including hosting meetings in the various constituencies and identifying potential candidates who will be subject to a rigorous internal vetting process before official appointment. Candidates will be addressing the local issues which are of concern to citizens, and working collaboratively to find practical and implementable solutions,” Sunday’s missive stated.It further outlined that the AFC would soon determine which municipalities and constituencies it would strategically contest, as it does not envision contesting in each Neighbourhood Democratic Council and in every constituency of all municipalities, until subsequent election cycles.Following its decision, the party’s management committee has since resolved into the LGE Campaign Committee, and is chaired by Executive Member David Patterson, who has been appointed Campaign Director. Additionally, Juretha Fernandes has been appointed Deputy Campaign Director, while appointments to other positions will be done subsequently.UnimpressedIn the aftermath of the AFC’s release, the People’s Progressive Party has remained unimpressed. In a release of its own, the PPP stated that since the AFC’s coalition with the APNU in 2015, the AFC has adopted inconsistent, flip-flopping and deceptive political postures as it struggles to survive as a relevant political force.“We have seen how it flip-flopped on many issues in the past, including the parking meter contract, VAT on education, the sugar industry; and even before they entered into the coalition, Khemraj Ramjattan is on public record saying that the AFC will never enter into a coalition with the APNU/PNC, because if it does so, it will be “dead meat,” the PPP posited.On February 14 last, the APNU and AFC celebrated their 3rd year anniversary since signing the “lovers’ deal”.However, the AFC of recent has come under fire for the submissive role it has been playing since joining forces with the APNU. In fact, the top leadership of the AFC had decided back mid-November to revise its governing agreement with its majority coalition partner. The Cummingsburg Accord has a lifespan of a minimum of three years and maximum of five years, and was focused primarily on the General and Regional Elections.To this end, the AFC had proposed as part of the nine points up for negotiation with its coalition partner that an agreement on LGE be crafted. In fact, the minority coalition partner detailed some of its positions for negotiation in the LGE Accord. The AFC’s NEC, after a May 1 meeting, had allowed additional time for the two coalition partners to have a definitive written agreement in the form of a Local Government Elections Accord.last_img read more

first_img…Chair refuses to commit to meeting…PPP, Govt Chief Whips left in limboWhile still on extended sick leave, Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) Chairman, retired Justice James Patterson has responded to a correspondence from the Government and Opposition Chief Whips requesting a meeting to discuss the Commission’s readiness for the pending General and Regional Elections.Government Chief Whip Amna Ally and Opposition Chief Whip Gail Teixeira were identified during a high-level meeting last week between Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo and President David Granger to meet with the elections body to determine its readiness for the upcoming polls.Since then, the Chief Whips have written the Chairman requesting a meeting and according to Ally, Justice Patterson responded acknowledging her correspondence two days ago.“The Chairman wrote me [for] a meeting with the Commission [but] I don’t know when… The Chairman of GECOM did not indicate when,” the Government Chief Whip told Guyana Times when contacted on Wednesday.The GECOM Chairman has been on sick leave since November 30, 2018 and had it extended until January 22, when he is expected to return to work.When contacted, GECOM Public Relations Officer (PRO) Yolanda Ward said it was likely that a date for the meeting with the Chief Whips and the Commission would be set once the Chairman returned next week.PSC concernMeanwhile, the Private Sector Commission (PSC) on Wednesday called on the Elections Commission to ensure that it was “fully prepared” to host the impending polls.“The Commission wishes to remind the nation of the fact that unless otherwise ruled by the court, or decided upon by a motion passed by a two-thirds majority of the National Assembly, the Guyana Elections Commission must be fully prepared to conduct these elections within this period of time,” the Private Sector body said in a statement after giving serious and continuing consideration to the fact that general elections must be held within 90 days of the passing of a no-confidence motion.During last week’s high-level meeting between the Government and the Opposition on the way forward following the December 21, 2018 passage of the no-confidence motion, there was no agreement on the hosting of elections in three months’ time as prescribed in Article 106 (7) of the Constitution, where it is stated that elections shall be held within three months of the passage of a no-confidence motion or “such longer period as the National Assembly shall by resolution supported by not less than two-thirds of the votes of all the elected members of the National Assembly determine”.However, after that meeting, Jagdeo was optimistic that elections were going to be held, since Government had included GECOM’s readiness for elections on the agenda for the meeting.“Elections will have to be held this year, the Constitution says that. I believe the President and the others would not have put on the agenda for this meeting, which is a meeting to discuss the consequences of the passage of the no-confidence motion, operational readiness of GECOM. So, I think they also share our views that elections will have to be held,” Jagdeo posited.Meanwhile in a video released by the Ministry of the Presidency following that meeting, President Granger said, “We’ve agreed that the two sides will continue to work together to engage GECOM to ensure that elections are held within the administrative capabilities of the Guyana Elections Commission.”With the Government’s defeat, the next steps are spelt out in the Constitution of Guyana. Article 106 (6) of the Constitution states: “The Cabinet including the President shall resign if the Government is defeated by the vote of a majority of all the elected members of the National Assembly on a vote of confidence.”Clause 7 goes on to state that “Notwithstanding its defeat, the Government shall remain in office and shall hold an election within three months, or such longer period as the National Assembly shall by resolution supported by not less than two-thirds of the votes of all the elected members of the National Assembly determine, and shall resign after the President takes the oath of office following the election.” Government has gone from promising to respect the vote to denying the vote’s validity on grounds that include an argument that 34 should have been the majority vote in the 65-seat Parliament. The Opposition Leader has already warned that if elections are not facilitated within 90 days and there is no parliamentary agreement to extend this time, Guyana will have in place an unconstitutional government.last_img read more

first_imgThursday, Apr 1, 2010 – Saturday, Apr 3, 2010  08.00 PM – 11.00 PMCease & Desist @ JD Fitzgerald’sJD Fitzgerald’s PubMusic – Advertisement – Saturday, Apr 3, 2010Model Building ContestJust Plane Crazy R.C. Hobbies & ToysAuto/Motor Sports Below is a list of community events taking place this Easter Long Weekend.  For more events in our community visit energeticcity-beta.mystagingwebsite.com/events.  If you have an event you’d like listed, e-mail contact@energeticcity-beta.mystagingwebsite.com  Saturday, Apr 3, 2010 08.00 PMCrash Karma Featuring Soul Side In and WauntidOn the RocksMusic Monday, Mar 29, 2010 – Thursday, Apr 1, 2010  09.00 AM – 12.30 PMNP Gymnastics Spring Break CampNorth Peace Gymnastics ClubSports & Fitness ,Children & Family Date Of EventName of EventVenue LocationEvent Type Saturday, Apr 3, 2010 07.00 PMHelix in ConcertLido TheatreMusic Monday, Mar 29, 2010 – Thursday, Apr 1, 2010  09.00 AM – 03.00 PMSpring Break Activity Camp at the North Peace Leisure PoolNorth Peace Leisure PoolChildren & Family , Sports & Fitness Saturday, Apr 3, 2010 11.00 AMEaster Egg HuntKin ParkChildren & Family ,Celebration Friday, Apr 2, 2010 – Saturday, Apr 3, 2010Easter Bunny PhotosTotem MallChildren & Family Monday, Mar 22, 2010 – Thursday, Apr 1, 2010  09.00 AM – 05.00 PMArtSpace Spring Break ClassesNorth Peace Cultural CentreChildren & Family Thursday, Apr 1, 2010 07.00 PM – 09.00 PM”Rainbow Owl and the Spring Collection” Opening NightPeace Gallery NorthArt & Culturelast_img read more

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – After months of decision making, the School District 60 Board of Trustees have finally decided on a name for the new elementary school that is being constructed from across the Fort St. John Hospital.The new elementary school will now be known as Anne Roberts Young, the first registered nurse in Fort St. John.Board Chair, Ida Campbell, says the Board and Superintendent, Dave Sloan, decided to go with Anne Roberts Young, not only for historical reasoning but for the school’s proximity to the hospital.- Advertisement -“Superintendent Dave Sloan believes the name is fitting given to the new school’s location across the street from the Fort St. John Hospital and Birthing Centre and the fact that Anne Roberts Young has dedicated so much of her professional life to providing healthcare in our community.”The new elementary school is being constructed from across the Fort St. John Hospital at a cost of $31.3 million. Construction started in 2018 and will be complete by the Fall of 2020.last_img read more

first_imgSHAY Given has six days to persuade his club Aston Villa to allow him to stay at Middlesbrough.The Donegal man saved a penalty against today but couldn’t prevent leaders Leicester extending their lead at the top of the Sky Bet Championship.Goals from Jamie Vardy and Ritchie de Laet earned Leicester a 2-0 win at the King Power Stadium. Leicester’s seventh win in a row – the first time they have put together such a run since 1993 – gave them an eight-point lead at the top.Vardy scored his 10th goal of the season with a close range finish in the 52nd minute and De Laet netted with a far-post header in the 73rd minute. In between times, Given saved a David Nugent penalty.The Donegal man told The Mirror that Boro fans had taken to him – despite his previous spells with North East rivals Newcastle and Sunderland.“I’ve been delighted to come here and play after 10 months of not being involved at Villa,” said Shay. “It’s nice to be part of a group. The team’s done well, the spirit has been really good and we’re all looking forward to the games ahead.“My loan’s up at the end of February and the rules are that the deal has to be done by the end of January if I’m going to stay for the rest of the season. The Boro fans have been great and it could have gone either way but if you work hard they get behind you.” GIVEN: ‘I WANT TO STAY FOR BORO FANS’ was last modified: January 25th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:GIVEN: ‘I WANT TO STAY FOR BORO FANS’last_img read more

first_imgCommuters head home at the Noord Street taxi rank in Johannesburg. South Africans in the lower middle class are most positive about the country and its future, as are the people of Soweto and Johannesburg. (Image: Chris Kirchhoff, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com. For more free photos, visit the image library.) MEDIA CONTACTS • Neil Higgs TNS Research Surveys +27 11 778 7500 +27 82-376-6312 Neil.Higgs@tns-global.co.za RELATED ARTICLES • Canada, asylum and the sprinkler salesman• South Africa’s competitiveness up • More SA expats plan to return • HIV is South Africa stabilising • ‘Come home’ – Zuma to SA Jews Mary AlexanderA new survey reveals that the vast majority of South Africans are positive about their country and its future – far more than were optimistic a year ago – with few of them even considering emigration.The latest results of TNS Research Surveys’ monthly review of South Africans’ attitudes, for June 2009, reveals that 73% are positive about their country – a figure matched only in May 2006. It is “an encouraging return to optimism”, TNS says, after the all-time low of 49% in mid-2008 – shortly after the widespread and brutal pogroms against people from other African countries broke out in May of that year.Download the survey press release (PDF, 118 KB)Since 2004 TNS has surveyed the level of optimism in South Africa every month and, since February 2009, how many South Africans are thinking of emigrating. A sample of 2 000 adults from the countries’ seven major metropolitan areas are interviewed in their homes. The June survey involved 1 260 blacks, 385 whites, 240 coloureds and 115 Indians/Asians, and has a margin of error of 2.5%.In June 73% of respondents agreed with the statement, “I am positive about South Africa and its future”, while 19% disagreed and 8% didn’t know know. The number who agreed were a huge improvement on February’s 60% and May’s 68%. In fact, according to TNS, “there has been an uninterrupted rise since the 56% achieved in November 2008”.In response to the statement “I am thinking of leaving South Africa” an overwhelming 88% said no, with only 12% agreeing and 4% saying that they didn’t know. Thoughts on emigration appear to be relatively unchanged: those thinking of leaving make up a similar proportion to the 11% in February, but those who are not thinking of leaving have risen from 82% to 84%.The only significant drop is in those who are undecided about emigration, which fell from 7% to 4%, which TNS attributes to the results of South Africa’s April 2009 national elections. “It seems that the elections may have crystallised a little more the feelings of some people,” TNS says in a statement.Positive and negativeOptimism levels vary between race groups, but there is an overall improvement across all groups.A total of 84% of black people are positive about South Africa and its future, up from 72% in February. At 46% white people are the least optimistic, but also show a rise from 37% in February, while 61% of coloured people are optimistic, up from 47%, and 63% of Indians and Asians, up from 35%.Negativity has seen a corresponding fall. The breakdown of those who do not feel positive about South Africa and its future is, in each race group, is:Blacks: 9% (15% in February)Whites: 40% (48%)Coloureds: 29% (39%)Indian/Asians: 30% (42%)Of the 19% of South Africans who are negative, 32% are black, 41% white, 19% coloured and 9% Indian or Asian. Among black people, Sotho-speakers had the lowest positive score, at 78%.Men are more optimistic than women, and younger people more optimistic than the old. Optimism levels are at 75% among men and 71% among women; only 56% of those aged 60 and over are positive, compared to 77% of those aged 34 and younger.The wealthy are less optimistic than poorer South Africans, although, as TNS points out, there is a correlation between income and race. The income group with the highest positive score was the lower middle class (living standards measure 4 to 6), of which 82% were positive.There were geographic variations, with people in Soweto and Johannesburg being the happiest, and Cape Town and Pretoria (in the Tshwane Metro) the most negative. But, again, almost all areas showed improvement, except for Bloemfontein, where optimism fell from 70% to 65%, and Gauteng’s West Rand, where it remained unchanged at 65%.Thinking of leavingThere was less change from February to June in those thinking of leaving South Africa, with the proportion rising from 11% in February to 12% in June.The percentage of those in each racial group who agreed with the statement “I am thinking of leaving South Africa” is:Blacks: 12% (9% in February)Whites: 14% (15%)Coloureds: 8% (12%)Indians/Asians: 12% (12%)Unsurprisingly, given that black people make up 79% of South Africa’s population (PDF, 320 KB) and whites only 9%, most of the potential emigrants are black – even though a larger proportion of them among whites. The 12% who are thinking of leaving is made up as follows:Black: 63%White: 23%Coloured: 8%Indian/Asian: 6%In each racial group, those who disagree with the statement “I am thinking of leaving South Africa” are:Blacks: 85%Whites: 79%Coloureds: 91%Indians/Asians: 82%While TNS found no difference between men and women, younger people think of leaving far more than others: 14% of those aged under 24 years say they are thinking of leaving, but only 5% of those aged 50 and over. Nearly a quarter of university students – 23% – are thinking of leaving.Only 10% of those who are positive about South Africa are thinking of leaving, but, surprisingly, only 18% of those who are negative are potential emigrants.“This is somewhat counterintuitive; however, perhaps these South Africans are willing to stay and fight out whatever it is that is making them feel negative about South Africa,” TNS says.Geographic differences are less stark, but follow the pattern of optimism levels. Bloemfontein and Pretoria have the largest proportion of potential emigrants, while the people of Port Elizabeth and Soweto are more likely to stay put.“Although 19% of respondents did not feel positive about South Africa and its future, many more South Africans do feel positive and, even among those feeling negative, relatively few are thinking of leaving the country,” TNS says.“The feelings of optimism have grown steadily and without interruption since December 2008 and have regained their all-time high levels.”last_img read more

first_imgHome of Hope founder Khanyisile Motsa features on the next instalment of Brand South Africa’s Play Your Part TV series, set to air at 9pm on Sunday 3 August on SABC2.Staff at Home of Hope, with Mam’ Khanyi on the right, encircled by a few of the home’s beneficiaries. Home of Hope offers compassion and acceptance to sexually exploited, trafficked, orphaned and vulnerable girls, as well as those who may be infected with or affected by HIV and Aids. (Image: Jayne Parr Davies, Facebook)           Among the criminals, gangsters, refugees and working people in Joburg’s teeming inner city flatlands are many street children. Usually forced into prostitution and crime, there is often no escape, but Khanyisile Motsa offers a ray of hope.The Berea-Hillbrow Home of Hope offers mercy, compassion and acceptance to sexually exploited, trafficked, orphaned and vulnerable girls, as well as those who may be infected with or affected by HIV and Aids. However dire the girls’ circumstances, Home of Hope believes it can help them take control of their lives. If given the tools and guidance, they can be integrated into society.Khanyisile Motsa received the Award in the Youth Movers Category 2010 Shoprite Checkers Women of the Year Awards. She has used her indigenous knowledge with great success to get the project off the ground and then applied a strategy of firstly identifying the street children, mostly girls who have been exploited on the streets of Hillbrow, Berea and the inner city of Johannesburg. (Image: Shoprite Checkers Women of the Year) Watch Khanyisile Motsa talk about Home of Hope:last_img read more

first_imgPune: Girls outscored boys yet again in the Maharashtra Secondary School Certificate (SSC) or Class X exams, results for which were announced by the Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education (MSBSHSE) on Friday.The pass percentage for girls was an impressive 91.7% as against 87.27% for boys.The cumulative pass percentage was 89.41%, higher than last year’s 88. 47%.As many as 17, 51, 353 students appeared for the three-week long exam process this year, which commenced on March 1 and ended on March 24. It was conducted across nine divisions and 4,657 centres in the State.The total number of students who appeared for the exams this year is lower than that of last year’s 17.66 lakh, but higher than 2016’s 17.27 lakh students.While Konkan division recorded a pass percentage of 96%, the highest among the nine divisions, Nagpur registered the lowest pass percentage of 85.97%.The two most populous divisions, Mumbai and Pune, recorded robust pass percentages of 90.41% and 92.08% respectively.This year the results have been declared almost a week earlier than in 2017.last_img read more