India’s Deadly Entrance Exams

first_imgNEW DELHI – In late April, a 17-year-old girl named Kriti Tripathi leaped to her death in Kota, India, shortly after passing the country’s examination for admission to the prestigious Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT). A week later, another Kota student, Preeti Singh, hanged herself, succumbing to her injuries after a few days. Singh’s was the ninth suicide by a student in Kota this year alone, and the 56th in the last five. All attended Kota’s “coaching institutes,” whose sole purpose is to prepare high-school students for the IIT Joint Entrance Examination (JEE). In a five-page suicide note, Tripathi expressed her frustration at having been compelled to study engineering, when her real ambition was to become a NASA scientist. She also described the pressure she had faced at the coaching institution. Tripathi implored the Human Resource Development Ministry to shut down such institutes, which force their students to endure unbearable stress and depression. The story is all too common, but should the blame really be laid on the coaching institutes? In fact, Kota’s coaching institutes are a symptom of a larger problem, hinted at by the city’s senior administrator, District Collector Ravi Kumar Surpur, in an emotional letter he wrote in response to the latest deaths. Addressing parents directly, Surpur pleaded with them not to subject their children to excessive stress in an attempt to live vicariously through them. Indian parents are known for demanding academic excellence from their children. They know that a professional degree in the right field is a passport to social and economic advancement, so they push hard to ensure that their children get one – something that India’s higher-education system does not make easy. Given this deeply entrenched culture of academic ambition, the planned administrative inquiry into conditions at the Kota coaching institutes is unlikely to result in remedial action. The toll this culture takes on young people is obvious. Students are forced to pass brutally difficult examinations – only about 10,000 of the 500,000 who take the IIT-JEE each year score high enough to be admitted – in subjects they often detest. And Indian students are far more likely to push themselves until they crack than to drop out. Engineering and medicine remain the subjects of choice for middle-class Indian parents. The country graduates a half-million engineers every year, some 80% of whom end up in jobs that do not require an engineering degree. But, in a throwback to the mid-twentieth century, Indian parents view engineering as the gateway to modernity, and continue pressing their children to study it. Students who do not make it to an IIT end up in institutions of varying quality, many of which do not equip their graduates for today’s labor market. But at least there are enough engineering colleges in India to meet demand. Medicine, by contrast, is a frustratingly crowded field – and for no good reason. India’s medical profession is controlled by the Medical Council of India, an opaque and self-serving cabal that has intentionally limited the supply of available medical college seats. Medical colleges must be recognized by the MCI, which has seen fit to permit only 381 to exist. That leaves only 63,800 slots each year in a country of 1.2 billion people – enough space for fewer than 1% of Indian students aspiring to attend medical school. As if that were not bad enough, some of the seats are awarded against “donations,” with the wealthy essentially purchasing positions that their marks do not merit. Meanwhile, high-achieving students who just barely missed the cutoff have to find alternatives – or pursue another field altogether. Those whose families can afford it often end up studying medicine abroad. Many do not return to India, depriving the country of their much-needed expertise. Some return after having attended obscure colleges in countries like Georgia or China, only to have the MCI refuse to recognize their degrees and block them from practicing. For those who cannot afford to go abroad – even bright students who barely missed the cutoff for a spot at an Indian university – studying medicine is no longer an option. Yet India desperately needs doctors. According to the World Health Organization, the country has just 0.7 doctors per 1,000 people. In the United States and the United Kingdom – two countries to which Indian doctors often emigrate – the rate is 2.5 per 1,000 and 2.8 per 1,000, respectively. The crippling lack of capacity means that lives are lost every day – particularly in rural areas – for want of medical attention. India could be graduating four or five times as many capable doctors as it does each year. Yet the MCI has been allowed to pursue its restrictive approach, depriving poor Indians of adequate health care, while augmenting the already-huge pressure on students to gain a seat in a medical college. It is in this context – with a huge population competing for a tiny number of seats in professional colleges – that coaching institutes like those in Kota thrive. When succeeding in tough entrance examinations is the only way to fulfill one’s educational goals, test preparation becomes the be-all and end-all of schooling. Eager to satisfy pushy parents, young people sacrifice their own interests at the altar of a false god. The 56 pyres lit in Kota over the last five years are a tragic testament to how damaging this conception of academic excellence can be. About the author: Shashi Tharoor, a former UN under-secretary-general and former Indian Minister of State for Human Resource Development and Minister of State for External Affairs, is currently an MP for the Indian National Congress and Chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on External Affairs. He is the author of Pax Indica: India and the World of the 21st Century.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Soldier suicides increase in Army

first_imgWASHINGTON – Army soldiers committed suicide last year at the highest rate in 26 years, and more than a quarter did so while serving in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to a new military report. The report, obtained by The Associated Press ahead of its scheduled release Thursday, found there were 99 confirmed suicides among active duty soldiers during 2006, up from 88 the previous year and the highest number since the 102 suicides in 1991 at the time of the Persian Gulf War. The suicide rate for the Army has fluctuated over the past 26 years, from last year’s high of 17.3 per 100,000 to a low of 9.1 per 100,000 in 2001. Last year, “Iraq was the most common deployment location for both (suicides) and attempts,” the report said. There also “was limited evidence to support the view that multiple … deployments are a risk factor for suicide behaviors,” it said. About a quarter of those who killed themselves had a history of at least one psychiatric disorder. Of those, about 20 percent had been diagnosed with a mood disorder such as bipolar disorder and/or depression; and 8 percent had been diagnosed with an anxiety disorder, including post traumatic stress disorder – one of the signature injuries of the conflict in Iraq. Firearms were the most common method of suicide. Those who attempted suicide but didn’t succeed tended more often to take overdoses and cut themselves. In a service of more than a half million troop, the 99 suicides amounted to a rate of 17.3 per 100,000 – the highest in the past 26 years, the report said. The average rate over those years has been 12.3 per 100,000. The rate for those serving in the wars stayed about the same, 19.4 per 100,000 in 2006, compared with 19.9 in 2005. The Army said the information was compiled from reports collected as part of its suicide prevention program – reports required for all “suicide-related behaviors that result in death, hospitalization or evacuation” of the soldier. It can take considerable time to investigate a suicide and, in fact, the Army said that in addition to the 99 confirmed suicides last year, there are two other deaths suspected as suicides in which investigations were pending.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The 99 suicides included 28 soldiers deployed to the two wars and 71 who weren’t. About twice as many women serving in Iraq and Afghanistan committed suicide as did women not sent to war, the report said. Preliminary numbers for the first half of this year indicate the number of suicides could decline across the service in 2007 but increase among troops serving in the wars, officials said. The increases for 2006 came as Army officials worked to set up a number of new and stronger programs for providing mental health care to a force strained by the longer-than-expected war in Iraq and the global counterterrorism war entering its sixth year. Failed personal relationships, legal and financial problems and the stress of their jobs were factors motivating the soldiers to commit suicide, according to the report. “In addition, there was a significant relationship between suicide attempts and number of days deployed” in Iraq, Afghanistan or nearby countries where troops are participating in the war effort, it said. The same pattern seemed to hold true for those who not only attempted, but succeeded in killing themselves. last_img read more

GDP: ode to spring

first_img“The economy has taken a significant blow from the turmoil in financial markets and the housing downturn, which is intensifying,” said Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody’s Economy.com. Many economists said they expected growth to slow to around 2 percent in the current quarter, just half the spring pace, and perhaps dip below 2 percent in the final three months of this year as the impacts from the market turbulence on consumer and business confidence take more of a toll. But analysts said they still believe the current economic expansion, which will be six years old in November, will be able to avoid a full-blown recession. “While a recession in the United States is clearly possible, one of the biggest positives going forward is that the rest of the world still looks good, which means we will get continued help from rising exports,” said Nigel Gault, chief U.S. economist at Global Insight. An improved trade performance, representing more sales of American products overseas and fewer imports, was the biggest factor contributing to the second quarter improvement, adding 1.4 percentage points to the 4 percent growth rate. Analysts said they also had confidence the Federal Reserve would act in time to ward off a recession by cutting interest rates should current financial troubles intensify. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke triggered a big rally on Wall Street on Wednesday after a letter was released in which he repeated assurances that the Fed was ready to “act as needed” to help the economy. Bernanke is scheduled to deliver a speech on housing and monetary policy at a Fed conference in Wyoming today when he may offer some hints about future Fed rate actions. The Fed’s next meeting will be Sept. 18, and many analysts are predicting the Fed will start cutting the federal funds rate at that time, delivering from two to four quarter-point reductions this year and early next year. The funds rate has been at 5.25 percent for more than a year. Those cuts would make borrowing cheaper for consumers and businesses and also help to mitigate the payment shock facing 2 million mortgage holders as their adjustable rate mortgages reset in coming months. Hopes for a rate cut were increased when the Fed, in a special statement issued Aug. 17 to try to calm financial markets, said the “downside risks to growth have increased appreciably,” indicating it was now more worried about weak growth than inflation. The Fed is seen as having the leeway to cut interest rates because inflation is easing. A key GDP inflation gauge that excludes food and energy rose by just 2 percent in the second quarter, compared with a year ago. That was better than a year-over-year gain of 2.4 percent in the first quarter, although at 2 percent it is still at the upper end of the Fed’s 1 percent to 2 percent comfort zone. During the recent market turmoil, the Fed has pumped billions of dollars into the banking system and encouraged banks to borrow directly from its discount window. In a second report Thursday, the Labor Department said the number of Americans filing claims for unemployment benefits rose for a fifth consecutive week, increasing by 9,000 to 334,000 last week, the highest level since April. Analysts said some of those gains probably came from rising layoffs in the mortgage industry The 4 percent GDP growth rate for the second quarter marked a sharp jump from the anemic 0.6 percent pace turned in during the first three months of the year. It was the fastest GDP increase since a 4.8 percent growth rate in the first three months of 2006. Since then, the economy had slowed sharply, reflecting a major drag from housing, which continued to contract in the second quarter. In addition to improving trade, the faster growth in the second quarter reflected rebuilding of depleted business inventories and double-digit gains in business investment in offices, shopping centers and other nonresidential projects, as well as big increases in purchases of equipment and software. Consumer spending, which accounts for two-thirds of total economic activity, did show a marked slowdown in the second quarter, growing at an annual rate of 1.4 percent, less than half the first-quarter increase.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – The economy enjoyed a strong revival in the spring although growing troubles in housing and credit markets have darkened prospects considerably since then. The gross domestic product, the broadest measure of economic health, expanded at an annual rate of 4 percent in the April-June quarter, the Commerce Department reported Thursday. That was the strongest showing in more than a year and considerably higher than the 3.4 percent estimate for growth made a month ago. The improved performance reflected higher activity in such areas as international trade and business investment, which offset a continued plunge in housing construction. But that growth could be the best showing for some time as the economy continues to be battered by the worst housing slump in 16 years and a widening credit crisis that has sent financial markets on a roller-coaster ride in recent weeks. last_img read more

DISGUSTED! Platini calls for Blatter to quit… but FIFA chief stands firm

first_imgMichel Platini has revealed Sepp Blatter refused his request to resign as FIFA president on Thursday.The UEFA chief pleaded with Blatter to stand down in the wake of the latest corruption scandal to hit world football’s governing body which saw seven officials arrested in Zurich on Wednesday.Two FIFA vice-presidents are among those being quizzed on bribery, fraud and money laundering charges following an FBI investigation.But, despite what US investigators describe as “rampant, systemic, and deep-rooted” corruption within his organisation, Blatter has vowed to stay put and will press ahead with his bid to be re-elected at Friday’s presidential election.Platini, who attended an emergency meeting with the 79-year-old on Thursday, said: “I have had enough – enough is enough, too much is too much. I am the first to be disgusted.“I told Mr Blatter ‘we started together and now I am asking you to step down as we cannot continue this way’.“He told me ‘it’s too late, I can’t today all of sudden leave when Congress starts this afternoon’.”UEFA is backing Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein in Friday’s election and Platini is refusing to rule out the possibility of a World Cup boycott by members of European football’s governing body should Blatter secure a fifth term in office.“UEFA associations will meet in Berlin next week,” said Platini. “We will be open to all options.”Pressed further on the prospect of a World Cup boycott, Platini added: “There may be proposals. I honestly don’t wish that.”FA chairman Greg Dyke has also demanded the resignation of Blatter, as has Prime Minister David Cameron.Dyke told Press Association Sport: “Blatter has put out a statement saying now is the time to start rebuilding the trust in FIFA. There is no way of rebuilding trust in FIFA while Sepp Blatter is still there.“Sepp Blatter has to go. He either has to go through a resignation, or he has to be out-voted or we have to find a third way.“I think the time has come where the damage this has done to FIFA is so great that it can’t be rebuilt while Blatter is there so UEFA has got to try to force him out.” Michel Platini and Sepp Blatter 1last_img read more

Video: GOOOOOOLLL! James Rodriguez’s superb 360° spin and finish for Colombia

first_imgWe love foreign commentators.Real Madrid star James Rodriguez sparked a classic ‘GOOOOOLLL’ commentary with this fine finish while on international duty.Picking up the ball in the box, he made up for his first touch with wonderful spin and crisp finish to to net the equaliser, and seal a 1-1 draw with Chile in their World Cup qualifying clash on Thursday.Check out the goal in the video above!last_img

Premier League team of the weekend: Which Chelsea star is morphing into Didier Drogba?

first_img 11 11 11 From its utterly ridiculous opening game at Norwich on Saturday lunchtime to the, well, utterly predictable result at Arsenal on Sunday, this weekend’s Premier League football had just about everything.Liverpool’s 5-4 win at Carrow Road will undoubtedly go down as one of the strangest contests in top-flight history with both defences contriving to throw away their respective leads.Elsewhere, Leicester regained top spot and now have a three-point lead over the title favourites after dispatching Stoke at the King Power Stadium. Is this the weekend the Foxes finally have to be taken seriously?Tottenham also remain in the hunt thanks to a moment of inspiration from man-of-the-moment Dele Alli, who earned Spurs a vital 3-1 win at London rivals Crystal Palace.But who shone over the weekend? talkSPORT takes a look – click the yellow arrow above, right, to see who made our XI. Right-back: Branislav Ivanovic (Chelsea) – A return to the Ivanovic of old? The Serb has struggled all season but celebrated a new one-year deal at Stamford Bridge with his best performance of the campaign to date, as Chelsea beat Arsenal. His cross for Diego Costa’s winner was inch perfect. Left-back: Patrick van Aanholt (Sunderland) – One of Sam Allardyce’s stand out performers since he assumed control at the Stadium of Light, Van Aanholt is showing the potential he first displayed in glimpses at Chelsea. His goal against Bournemouth in the 1-1 draw was his second in as many games after having two strikes chalked off by the dubious goals panel earlier this season. Goalkeeper: Joe Hart (Manchester City) – find out who else makes our team of the weekend, just click the arrow above – Without the brilliance of Hart in goal City may well be even further off the pace, particularly given their struggles in defence. In Vincent Kompany’s absence, England’s number one has emerged as Manuel Pellegrini’s defensive rock. Hart made a stunning save from Dimitri Payet in the 2-2 draw with West Ham. 11 Centre-back: Wes Morgan (Leicester) – One of the season’s unsung heroes, Morgan is the gritty presence who has provided the platform for Leicester’s astonishing upturn in fortunes this term. His understanding with Robert Huth is one of the reasons the Foxes have lost just twice all season long. 11 Central midfield: Dele Alli (Tottenham) – We knew he was good, but his goal in the win against Palace at Selhurst Park at the weekend showed another side to Alli. The audacity to flick the ball over Mile Jedinak and attempt a volley, on the swivel, exhibits his soaring confidence levels at the moment. He’s a shoo-in for Young Player of the Season already. Centre-back: Virgil van Dijk (Southampton) – Van Dijk has proved to be one of the signings of the season and was excellent again as Southampton continued their recent good form to silence Old Trafford. The Dutchman is an uncompromising defender and a natural leader. 11 11 11 Attacking midfield: Dimitri Payet (West Ham) – The season’s great entertainer was at it again against Manchester City on Saturday. His swivels and Cruyff turns are becoming a prerequisite at West Ham games now as he spearheads their European charge. But for Joe Hart, Payet would have capped a fine performance with a stunning free-kick, too. Attacking midfield: Roberto Firmino (Liverpool) – Firmino is really beginning to justify his hefty £29m summer price tag and struck his third and fourth goals of the new year in Liverpool’s 5-4 win at Norwich on Saturday. He may well be providing the remedy to Jurgen Klopp’s striker deficiencies. Striker: Sergio Aguero (Manchester City) – Will this man ultimately prove the difference in the title race? Aguero once again spared City’s blushes with a brace at Upton Park on Saturday and without him and Hart they really aren’t looking like champions. With them, however, they have every chance. Central midfield: Cesc Fabregas (Chelsea) – What a day to produce his best 90 minutes of the season. Fabregas orchestrated everything in Chelsea’s win at former club Arsenal, providing a sublime balance between defence and attack. The Spaniard was pictured animatedly kissing the Blues badge after the final whistle, which might be a sour one to take for Gunners fans. 11 11 11 Striker: Diego Costa (Chelsea) – Costa is now the new bane of Arsenal, slowly morphing into the thorn Didier Drogba used to be in the Gunners’ side. When he’s not scoring against Arsene Wenger’s outfit, he’s antagonizing them. On Sunday he did both as he dealt Chelsea’s London rivals a huge title blow when they beat Arsenal 1-0.last_img read more

CROSSAN JEWELLERS OFFER A ‘STERLING’ OFFER ON ENGAGEMENT AND WEDDING RINGS

first_imgA Donegal jeweller is offering a really ‘sterling’ offer on wedding and engagement rings.Well-known jewellers, Crossans, of Lower Main Street, Buncrana, are offering an incredible 35% meaning £1 stg equals €1.35.The shop’s full range can be viewed online at www.crossansjewellers.town.ie Crossans are also offering record high prices on SCRAP GOLD & SILVER. All broken chains, earrings, bracelets, Soverigns, Kruggerands and watches bought regardless of condition. CROSSAN JEWELLERS OFFER A ‘STERLING’ OFFER ON ENGAGEMENT AND WEDDING RINGS was last modified: August 31st, 2012 by StephenShare 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:buncranaCrossan Jewellerslast_img read more

Passengers filmed chanting anti-Semitic songs on way to Man City-Tottenham match

first_img Video footage on a tram appears to show supporters chanting anti-Semitic songs 1 Anti-Semitic songs chanted by passengers on a tram ahead of Manchester City’s Premier League meeting with Tottenham on Saturday have been widely condemned by the Jewish community.Video footage on a tram appears to show supporters heading to the match singing ‘you’re getting gassed in the morning’ – a reference to the treatment of Jews in concentration camps during the Second World War.Tottenham’s support is historically made up of a large Jewish fanbase, meaning anti-Semitic chants and behaviour have been aimed at them for decades.The footage was reportedly filmed on a Metrolink tram from Manchester city centre to the Etihad Stadium at around 1710 on Saturday.The incident has been criticised by Jonathan Arkush, the president of the Board of Deputies of British Jews, the national representative organisation of the UK Jewish community.“Sick racist chanting has been an enduring part of the football scene in this country for far too long now,” he said in a statement released to Press Association Sport.“It is a criminal offence. The perpetrators should be arrested and feel the full force of the law.”The chief executive of the Jewish Leadership Council, Simon Johnson, also criticised the actions shown on mobile phone footage. He said: “It is incumbent upon all clubs, and the football authorities, to take extra measures to prevent this from happening and rapidly identify the culprits.”A spokesman for City has said the club “strongly condemns the use of any anti-Semitic language” and would be cooperating with any investigation into the matter.Police have said they are investigating the incident.Superintendent Steve Howard, from the City of Manchester Division, said: ”Following recent media coverage, Greater Manchester Police have been made aware of a video showing people chanting anti-Semitic songs.”We believe those involved were heading for the football match between Manchester City and Tottenham on Saturday, January 21 2017.”This has yet to be formally reported to police however we have now launched an investigation and we are treating this as a hate crime.”We would like to speak to anyone who witnessed the incident or has video footage to contact police as soon as possible.”There is no place in society for such abhorrent behaviour and we will not tolerate hate crime of any sort in Greater Manchester.”The game ended as a 2-2 draw as goals from Dele Alli and Son Heung-min earned Spurs a point after City surrendered a two-goal lead, given to them by Leroy Sane and Kevin De Bruyne.last_img read more

‘He reminds me of David Bowie!’ Maximo Park star on Howe, Conte and Boro

first_img Maximo Park Each week, leading musicians take our Starting XI Q&A. And here we go with Maximo Park frontman Paul Smith. He’s a Middlesbrough fan…You’re on a desert island and can have one album with you and one item of football memorabilia – what do you take?I would probably choose ‘Any Other City’ by Life Without Buildings because it fills me with total joy every time I listen to it. When I was young I used to tape the goals from all the TV programmes about football, like Saint and Greavsie. I spent hours recording and re-watching them, so if the desert island has a plug socket and a VHS, I’ll bring them to pass the time. I have a signed Boro football from when I was a kid, but I’d end up kicking the autographs off the ball while bored on the beach.Number one song or your club top of the league?The likelihood of either is slim, but I’d have to be selfish and say number one song.Which football manager do you think would make the best music artist?Eddie Howe reminds me a bit of David Bowie so maybe he could step into the Starman’s shoes! Otherwise, Antonio Conte has the passion and energy to be a great performer, plus those brooding good looks would do him no harm in the pop charts.Would you rather record a Bond theme or the World Cup’s official song?I’ll go with the Bond theme because the World Cup official song doesn’t have a great track record, New Order aside. It’d be nice to get the budget for a Bond theme orchestra instead of out-of-tune footballers providing a backing choir.Which footballer would you record a song with?I thought ‘Diamond Lights’ was pretty good when I was a kid, so maybe Glenn Hoddle’s still got a good set of pipes!What was the first single you bought?‘Do The Bartman’ by Bart Simpson on CD single.And what was the first football match you went to?Boro v Watford in 1989 or 1990 – we lost 2-1 but my dad and I won some money on the unlikely first scorer, Simon Coleman.Who is your music idol?Aside from more well-known people like Joni Mitchell or Leonard Cohen, I’d say Arthur Russell, a groundbreaking singer-songwriter who lived in New York from the mid ’70s until he died in 1992. I love his voice and his lyrics, which find the magic in everyday phrases and feelings. His cello-playing and interesting production techniques also mark him out from the crowd.And who’s your all-time favourite footballer?Probably Bernie Slaven – he was Boro’s main goalscorer when I was a kid and I liked his outspoken character, too. He actually likes our band and comes to the shows, so that’s a bit surreal!You’re in charge of your club’s match day music: what song is a must-have on the stadium playlist?Running Up That Hill by Kate Bush. Anthemic but intelligent.What’s the greatest moment you’ve experienced as a football fan?Boro winning the League Cup was obviously a highlight, but I was watching it in a pub so instead I’ll pick us beating Man City 8-1 around 9 years ago because I was there and I couldn’t quite believe what I was witnessing. I doubt that scoreline will be repeated!If your club could sign any player in the world TODAY, who would you want that to be? (Please be realistic!!)Aside from the obvious fantasy players (like Lionel Messi), we could do with a bit more attacking spark, so a creative midfielder would be good. Obviously, most top-half players wouldn’t come to Boro, but if Swansea get relegated and we stay up (which is looking less and less likely, I know), then someone like Gylfi Sigurdsson. He’s in his prime and guarantees you a few goals from free-kicks over a full season.New album ‘Rick To Exist’ out April 21st http://maximopark.com – Listen to new single ‘I Get Hgh (No, I Don’t) on the talkSPORT Official Playlist now 1last_img read more

Chelsea 4-0 Hull City: Antonio Conte’s men rated and slated

first_img 14 Antonio Rudiger – 6 – Like the rest of the Chelsea backline, had little to do on the night. The German international is yet to convince he is worth the £34 million the Blues paid for him Gary Cahill – 6 – Had very little to do all night but should have actually got on the scoresheet himself 14 14 Olivier Giroud scored his first Chelsea goal as Antonio Conte’s side completed a 4-0 victory over Hull in their FA Cup fifth-round match.The former Arsenal striker produced a neat close-range finish from Emerson Palmieri’s low cross from the left to net Chelsea’s fourth goal in the 42nd minute.Giroud moved to Stamford Bridge on transfer deadline day and opened his account in his third game for the club. Chelsea’s other goals before the break came from Willian, who netted twice, and Pedro.Hull’s David Meyler had a 51st-minute penalty saved by Willy Caballero as the visitors were denied a consolation goal in the second half, Chelsea settling for a 4-0 victory.So who impressed on the night for Antonio Conte? Check out the gallery by clicking the right arrow, above, to see the rest of the gallery. 14 14 14 Olivier Giroud – 8 – Fantastic link up play, you can see why Conte wanted a powerful target man all window. His play with his back to goal allowed the attacking players behind him to flourish. 14 14 Danny Drinkwater – 6 – Marshalled the midfield well all evening, nothing spectacular – just neat and tidy 14 Ethan Ampadu – 6 – Apart from a nervous backpass in the first half, the Wales international was his usually composed self. 14 Emerson Palmieri – 6 – Although there will be sterner tests in his Chelsea career, the former Roma man gave a good account of himself. Has not played a lot of football in the last year, but looked good going forward and defensively too (SUB) Alvaro Morata – N/A – Not enough time to make an impact 14 Davide Zappacosta – 7 – So much pace and attacking threat down the right-hand side, will be interesting to see if he features against Barcelona in midweek. Willy Caballero – 7 (Click on the right arrow, above, to see the rest of the gallery) – Was a bystander for much of the first half, but produced a spectacular penalty from David Meyler at the start of the second period, and then again when challenged one-on-one by Dicko. 14 Cesc Fabregas – 7 – Dictated the play from a deeper position, his pass for Pedro was exquisite. However, his lack of mobility was exposed when he brought down Wilson for the penalty. 14 Willian – 9 – Was head and shoulders above everyone else on the pitch tonight, and not just because of the afro! The Brazilian will be disappointed if he does not get a game on Tuesday after two fantastic goals and displaying some excellent dribbling. Unlucky not to get his hat-trick after hitting the post as well. Pedro – 8 – Looked lively all night, and took his goal well before being withdrawn at the end of the first half. Will have most certainly been saved for Barcelona in midweek 14 (SUB) Callum Hudson-Odoi – 7 – Showed his pace and trickery in brief flashes, will hope this is the first of many first team opportunities this season. (SUB) Kyle Scott – 6 – Gave away possession on a couple of occasions quite cheaply, but will have endeared himself to the home fans with a big tackle later on. Will have to learn to control that edge however, as he was booked for a late challenge. last_img read more