Mumbai, Feb 17 (PTI) The Bombay High Court today sought response of the Maharashtra government and BJP leader Ashish Shelar on a contempt petition filed against him for failing to comply with its earlier directions on precautions to be taken during the Dahi Handi festival.A division bench of justices V M Kanade and Revati Mohite Dere was hearing a petition filed by Swati Patil seeking contempt action to be initiated against Principal Secretary of Home department Swadheen Kshatriya and Ashish Shelar, head of the Dahi Handi Samiti set up by the government in February last year.The samiti was set up by the government following directions from the high court on precautions and restrictions during the Dahi Handi festival.The high court, among other directions, had asked the government to ensure that Dahi Handi (formation) is restricted to only four layers and the height is reduced.In her petition, Patil claimed that the high court directions were flouted by several pandals across the state and the samiti and its members failed in complying with the court orders.The bench, while seeking response of the government and Shelar, said, “Adults can take part in any sport as they have the right to do so. But children are involved here and hence we have to keep their interest in mind.””Our orders should be taken in the right spirit. Our intentions are not to be a spoil sport. Organisers should be responsible,” the court said while adjourning the petition for four weeks. PTI SP GK ZMNadvertisement
London, May 23 (PTI) Actor Oscar Issac says the heroes in “Star Wars: Episode VIII” will be tested.Production on the project is underway and the movie will see Isaac reprise the role of Poe Dameron alongside Daisy Ridley and John Boyega, reported Femalefirst.”In the new film, theres a lot more to do. What happens now is the heroes get tested.”All three of them (Dameron, Daisy Ridleys Rey and John Boyegas Finn) get tested immensely… BB-8 gets tested too! Everybody gets tested! Its the dark second chapter, but not really dark,” Issac said.Rian Johnson has replaced JJ Abrams as the director for “Episode VIII”. This will be the fourth feature film of his career and his first since the success of “Looper” back in 2012.The movie is scheduled to hit the big screen in 2017. PTI SHD MG
Portugal coach Fernando Santos is counting on Cristiano Ronaldo to use another impressive season with Real Madrid as a springboard to a strong Euro 2016 campaign.His presence is a boost for Portugal, who lost 1-0 to England in a friendly last week and take on Estonia on Wednesday in Lisbon in their final warm-up game.Santos had wanted to give Ronaldo and Real defender Pepe a chance to a catch their breath before they joined the team.RONALDO NEEDS REST”They needed to rest,” Santos told Spanish sports magazine Marca.”It’s better for everyone that they arrive happy and with that extra bounce after achieving their aims.”Ronaldo scored 51 goals in 48 games in all competitions for Real this season.’IMPOSSIBLE TO QUANTIFY RONALDO’s IMPORTANCE'”If he is so important for Real, you can only imagine how significant he is for Portugal. Certainly the same or even more.”When you have players that score 50 to 60 goals per season, and who can always score, they are of vital importance. It’s impossible to quantify.”Ronaldo’s fitness is a concern, with tendonitis preventing him from being at his best at the 2014 World Cup when Portugal crashed out in the group stages.”There’s always talk that all the players must arrive 100 per cent,” Santos said. “But that is never the reality.”Obviously, it would be ideal if he was at his best but I would never stop calling Cristiano even if he was at 80 per cent.”TIME HAS COME FOR PORTUGALRonaldo, 31, came close to winning a trophy with Portugal at Euro 2004 but Greece beat them in the final.advertisementPortugal reached the semi-finals four years ago but were eliminated by Spain on penalties.”If we think of the generation of players we have had, it’s about time,” Santos said.”Portugal should have already won a European title but just like Spain, they took their time and now they have managed to win several trophies.”Portugal begin their Euro 2016 campaign against Iceland on June 14 in Marseille. They also face Austria and Hungary in Group F.
TweetPinShare0 Shares Reaction to NBA Commissioner Adam Silver banning Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling for life for racist remarks. ___“Commissioner Silver thank you for protecting our beautiful and powerful league!! Great leader!! #BiggerThanBasketball #StriveForGreatness” — the Miami Heat’s LeBron James on Twitter.___“We are one.” — Clippers’ website.___“Commissioner Silver has made the right moves in response to this unfortunate absurd spectacle.” — Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert on Twitter.___“I applaud NBA Commissioner Adam Silver’s swift and decisive response today. He sent a powerful message that there can be zero tolerance for racism and hatred in the NBA. I’m confident that the league, our players and our fans will move on from this stronger and more unified.” — NBA great and Charlotte Bobcats owner Michael Jordan.___“I hope that every bigot in this country sees what happened to Mr. Sterling and recognizes that if he can fall, so can you.” — Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, who is advising the players’ union.___“I felt the pressure on my players. Everyone was waiting for them to give a response. I kept thinking, ‘They didn’t do anything, yet they have to respond.’ So Adam responded. I thought that that was the sigh of relief that we needed.” — Clippers coach Doc Rivers.___“The alleged statements made by Mr. Sterling were deplorable and cannot be tolerated. Bigotry and hatred have no place in the NBA or any other arena of our society.” — NAACP statement.___“Way to go, Commissioner Silver! The NBA stands for everybody!” — former star Shaquille O’Neal on Twitter.___“This is a huge victory for those of us that stood against this ugly display of racism.” — the Rev. Al Sharpton.___“Standing ovation’ for Commissioner Silver. Big time decision standing up for the league and it’s players. Now, Gotta see it through.”— Golden State guard Stephen Curry on Twitter. The Warriors are battling the Clippers in the playoffs.___“We’re all so fortunate to be part of a game that transcends these kinds of misguided ignorances. The beauty and ideals of our game will long outlive these kinds of things that should not happen.”— Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle.___“Credit to NBA players, the NBA community and Adam Silver for coming together and acting quickly. No room for racists in sport.” — NFL Players Association Executive Director DeMaurice Smith.___“Unfortunately, just to hear that about him saying that about other black people, black players or whatever it may be, it’s just tough. … I’m pretty sure he knew he was going to get punished. We all make mistakes. I won’t forget but I’ll forgive him.” — Detroit Tigers outfielder Torii Hunter.
The Breakdown: sign up and get our weekly rugby union email. England lurch back to the future as Eddie Jones gambles on Owen Farrell England rugby union team features Facebook Support The Guardian The friendship first blossomed at Randwick in Sydney, where Jones played as hooker while Cheika was at No 8 in a team that also included the Ella brothers and another future Wallabies coach, Ewen McKenzie. Though Jones was seven years older, they bonded over a shared status as ethnic interlopers in an establishment sport: Jones’s mother was born in the USA to two Japanese parents while Cheika’s father, Joseph, moved to Australia from Lebanon aged 20. “You’ve got to remember this was Australia 30-odd years ago,” Jones said in 2015, while coach of Japan. “It was still a very white Australia so if you were like Check and myself you really had to prove your worth.“Back then there was a bit of racial sledging. Check and I had to put up with a bit of that when we played and you had to be able to fire back at opponents on the field. It’s probably a reason why we always got on well.”Until his appointment by England, Jones had been entirely positive about Cheika – “I really like what he’s doing,” he said four years ago. “He wears his heart on his sleeve and he’s good for the game.”Fast forward a few months and with the two about to cross paths for the first time as coaches of serious international rivals, suddenly he was sniffing about “smoke and mirrors everywhere”, saying that Cheika “has a lot of deception about him”, and the banter bus had officially left the station.Rather than wading in, fists flying, Cheika largely skirted around the more distant skirmishes of this nascent war of words. “If I thought it would have made us play better, yeah, I would have got into it,” he said. “I wasn’t used to people liking me anyway. If they are not big on the way I’ve taken the media campaign then that’s their problem.”But after England’s 3-0 win in that series New Zealand’s Steve Hansen accused Cheika of “letting Eddie bully him in the media”, and when Australia travelled to England later that year Cheika finally got his hands dirty. His assertion that Jones “has always operated with a chip on his shoulder and now there isn’t a chip because things are going really well, he keeps looking for it” was a particular highlight.None of this impressed Hansen, who this year jokingly compared Cheika to Mickey Mouse and said it was possible to “get him emotional and take his mind off the job”. Share on Facebook Share via Email Rugby union Pinterest Whatever Jones is doing, it seems to work. He holds a 6-0 record against Cheika as England coach, so it is perhaps unsurprising that there appears to have been a gentle deterioration in their relationship since they started having to talk about it so much. “When I was back in Australia we caught up and had a coffee together. We had a chat about where his team was and where we were as old mates,” was Jones’s merry message when asked about Cheika in November 2017.Exactly a year later, the Australia coach painted a slightly frostier picture. “We’re mates from playing footy together, we’re not swinging hands down the road or anything but we’re friends. There’s no beef between us,” he said.Eleven months on and this week Cheika was asked about the latest status of the friendship. “Fine,” he replied, tersely. “I don’t see him very much.” … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Topics Share on LinkedIn Eddie Jones Rugby World Cup Over the past four years, and particularly since England’s
We’ve had several head coaching changes so far this college football season and more are coming soon.ESPN college football insider Adam Rittenberg believes two major college football programs could be making a change in leadership in the coming days or weeks.Those two programs: Boston College and Texas Tech.The ESPN college football analyst tweeted about the situation earlier today:“From talking with multiple industry sources today, expectation is that more Power 5 jobs could open than expected a few weeks ago. Two places to watch with teams losing right now: #TexasTech and #BostonCollege,” he reports.From talking with multiple industry sources today, expectation is that more Power 5 jobs could open than expected a few weeks ago. Two places to watch with teams losing right now: #TexasTech and #BostonCollege.— Adam Rittenberg (@ESPNRittenberg) November 24, 2018It’s unclear at this point where Texas Tech and Boston College could turn if they do decide to make a head coaching change.Stay tuned.
Here’s the announcement from the top recruit.Words cannot describe this feeling. I just wanted to say thank you to all of the coaches that gave me an opportunity to play at the next level but I have found my home. 🤘🏾#Dreams2Reality #HookEm @cmitchell2284 @_pouncey @BCarringtonUT @washjwash pic.twitter.com/yaFP7Tw83p— EVP (@EthanPouncey) August 7, 2019Pouncey is the No. 10 cornerback and the No. 26 rising senior in Florida, according to 247Sports’ Composite Rankings.The star recruit has been on the rise lately. Just two months after coming in as the No. 178 recruit in 247Sports’ rankings, Pouncey now sits as the No. 156 recruit in the nation.As a junior, Pouncey compiled 43 tackles, broke up 21 passes, intercepted eight and returned three for touchdowns.Pouncey still has a few months before his has to officially sign with his collegiate program. As of now, however, he’ll join older brother Jordan on the Longhorns.With the latest addition, Pouncey owns the No. 14 class in the 2020 recruiting cycle. AUSTIN, TX – SEPTEMBER 6: An end zone pylon in a general view of Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium before the BYU Cougars play the Texas Longhorns on September 6, 2014 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Chris Covatta/Getty Images)The Texas Longhorns scored another top recruit for the 2020 class.Ethan Pouncey, a four-star corner, announced his commitment to the Longhorns on Tuesday night. Before announcing his commitment, Pouncey was down to Alabama, Auburn, Florida, LSU and Texas.Pouncey took to Twitter tonight to announce he’s headed to play with his brother, Jordan.“Words cannot describe this feeling. I just wanted to say thank you to all of the coaches that gave me an opportunity to play at the next level but I have found my home,” Pouncey said.
Story Highlights Jamaicans at home and in the diaspora are being encouraged to submit applications for the Prime Minister’s Jamaica 55 Commemorative Medal of Appreciation for service to Jamaica, for which nominations will close on February 16, 2018. Miss Grange said that 55 individuals and groups will receive awards this year. “However, depending on the nominations that we receive, the individual medals of appreciation may exceed the 55,” she said. The awards ceremony, which will be hosted by the Prime Minister, will be held on March 29, 2018, at Jamaica House, Kingston. It is part of the year-long celebrations of Jamaica’s 55th anniversary of Jamaica’s Independence. Jamaicans at home and in the diaspora are being encouraged to submit applications for the Prime Minister’s Jamaica 55 Commemorative Medal of Appreciation for service to Jamaica, for which nominations will close on February 16, 2018.Speaking at a Jamaica Information Service (JIS) ‘Think Tank’ on February 7, Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon Olivia Grange, said the award is a special commemorative medal originally instituted by proclamation by the Governor-General in 1983, and awarded every five years to any person or group of persons who has made significant contributions to the economic, social, cultural or political development of Jamaica.Nomination forms, which are available at www.opm.gov.jm or www.jis.gov.jm can be submitted to the Chancery of the Order of the Societies of Honour, Office of the Prime Minister, 1 Devon Road, Kingston 10, or emailed to email@example.com.The awards ceremony, which will be hosted by the Prime Minister, will be held on March 29, 2018, at Jamaica House, Kingston. It is part of the year-long celebrations of Jamaica’s 55th anniversary of Jamaica’s Independence.Miss Grange said that 55 individuals and groups will receive awards this year. “However, depending on the nominations that we receive, the individual medals of appreciation may exceed the 55,” she said.The Minister pointed out that awards will be presented in various categories, such as agriculture, business, tourism, religion, communication, culture, community development, education, health and politics.Miss Grange said that recipients of a national honour or award are not eligible for this award.She noted that the Commemorative Medal of Appreciation was first introduced on the occasion of the 21st Anniversary of Jamaica’s Independence.“The decision was taken by the then Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Edward Seaga, that every five years would be treated as a special commemorative year, a milestone in the journey, and so the medal is awarded every five years,” she added.The Minister said that 1,000 Jamaicans who have made significant contributions to the country have received the award. Some of the past recipients were Jamaican champion boxers, Lloyd Honeyghan, Michael McCallum, and the late Trevor Berbick as well as the late Actress, Madge Sinclair, who was awarded the Prime Minister’s Medal of Appreciation in 1987.Companies that have been recognised include GraceKennedy for service in the field of industry, and the National Dance Theatre Company.
Story Highlights The Prime Minister made the announcement during Tuesday’s (May 1) launch of Workers’ Week and National Labour Day activities for 2018, at the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM). Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says Jamaica’s unemployment rate has declined to a record low 9.6 per cent as at the end of January 2018, down from the 10.4 per cent out-turn for the October to December 2017 quarter. The figure is an improvement on the 9.8 per cent recorded in the October to December 2007 quarter. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says Jamaica’s unemployment rate has declined to a record low 9.6 per cent as at the end of January 2018, down from the 10.4 per cent out-turn for the October to December 2017 quarter.The figure is an improvement on the 9.8 per cent recorded in the October to December 2007 quarter.The Prime Minister made the announcement during Tuesday’s (May 1) launch of Workers’ Week and National Labour Day activities for 2018, at the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM).Mr. Holness said of note is the decline in youth unemployment, which fell to 23.8 per cent as at the end of January 2018, down from 31.7 per cent for the corresponding period last year.He further pointed out that the unemployment rate among male youth fell by 4.7 percentage points to 20.4 per cent, while citing the 4.9 per cent decline in the female rate from 17 per cent in January 2017 to 12.1 per cent as at January 2018.The Prime Minister said that within the 9.6 per cent unemployed labour force figure would be a significant number of youth who are not trained, are below the educational attainment for their age, and are not currently attached to any institution. “They would probably make up the largest portion of the unemployed,” he added.Mr. Holness also reported significant investments and development interest in business process outsourcing, tourism and hospitality, services generally, mining, and construction and civil development.He noted, however, that the immediate constraint on the expansion of these enterprises is the availability of a labour force “that is at least at the minimum educational attainment level for their life cycle, that possesses work-ready attitudes and are amenable to training”.Mr. Holness emphasised the Government’s goal of ensuring that “no one is left behind” and that there is “equal opportunity for every Jamaican to self-actualise”.He emphasised that the best way to achieve this is by providing individuals with gainful employment.Against this background, the Prime Minister said the Government has been proactive in implementing human resource development policies that ensure alignment between the output of the education and training institutions and the skill demand of industries.To this end, Mr. Holness said the Administration has established the Housing, Opportunity, Production and Employment (HOPE) programme, adding that aligned with this is the HEART Trust/NTA’s transference “directly under my supervision at the Office of the Prime Minister”.“This is to ensure that there is greater synergy between the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation and what is happening with investment promotion. We are also ensuring that those who are below the educational attainment level for their life cycle and who are also unskilled, are supported to find employment opportunities in the labour market,” he added.Mr. Holness indicated that it is now “becoming clear to us” that the greatest constraint to Jamaica’s short-term growth and expansion of industry “is actually a shortage of trained, skilled labour”.“It is actually an urgent problem that needs the direct attention of the Government… and that is why I have moved HEART Trust (to the OPM),” he said.The Prime Minister reiterated that HEART Trust/NTA has been merged with the National Youth Service, Jamaican Foundation for Lifelong Learning and the Apprenticeship Board to form one “purpose-built” organisation that positions Jamaica to produce the skilled labour necessary to support the expansion of industry.“So, as investor confidence grows, the Government must keep that growth going by providing the labour it needs,” Mr. Holness said.Activities for Workers’ Week and Labour Day 2018 are being held under the theme ‘Ramp it Up… Fix it Up’.The focus will be on building ramps and other facilities at schools and health centres that enable easy access to these buildings for persons with disabilities.Labour Day will be observed on Wednesday, May 23.
Kolkata: A flank of the Baghajatin flyover on EM Bypass will remain closed from August 13 to 15, with the Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority (KMDA) undertaking repair work of the bridge. A chunk of concrete underneath the bridge had caved in on Friday night.According to KMDA sources, the flank through which vehicles move towards the direction of Patuli will be closed, while the other part will see vehicular movement in both the directions. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja”There will be partial closure and we are putting all arrangements in place to facilitate movement of vehicles both ways along one flank,” said Pandey Santosh, Deputy Commissioner (Traffic), Kolkata Police. Kolkata Police has also agreed to the proposal of KMDA to keep the Aurobindo Setu at Gouribari area closed from August 22 to 24 for carrying out load capacity test. This bridge connects Ultadanga with the Khanna junction. The police are working on the traffic diversion plan and a notification in connection with this will be brought out soon. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayMeanwhile, KMDA has proposed to the Howrah City Police to keep Bankim Setu shut for vehicular movement from August 23 to 25, to undertake load capacity test of the bridge which is situated over the railway tracks near Howrah station. A meeting will be held with all stakeholders on Tuesday to decide whether it will be feasible to close the bridge as per KMDA’s proposal. The nod of the Railways is also required for carrying out test on Bankim Setu. The initial test conducted by KMDA has revealed that the bridge is not in the best of conditions.
OTTAWA – The Public Health Agency of Canada says a salmonella outbreak in four provinces has left seven people ill.It says the salmonella infections have been linked to frozen raw breaded chicken products and it is investigating along with provincial public health officials, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, and Health Canada.There have been four people reported ill in Alberta and one each in British Columbia, Ontario and New Brunswick.The agency says two people have been hospitalized, but no deaths have been reported.It says the people — mostly male — became sick between April and May.Salmonella is commonly found in raw chicken and frozen raw breaded chicken products, but the agency says the risk is low and illnesses can be avoided through proper food handling, preparation and cooking practices.Anyone can become sick with a salmonella infection, but infants, children, seniors and those with weakened immune systems are at higher risk of serious illness because their immune systems are more fragile than healthy individuals.Most people who become ill from a salmonella infection will recover fully after a few days.The symptoms of salmonella infection include fever, chills, diarrhea, abdominal cramps, headache, nausea and vomiting, which usually last for four to seven days.
The Tiger Woods Foundation has announced the Tiger Woods Charity Playoffs, a yearlong amateur golf series to begin in 2014. The event combines competition with fundraising and helps build awareness for the Tiger Woods Foundation and local youth charities.Each regional qualifying tournament will fundraise and build awareness for the Tiger Woods Foundation and local youth charities, which were selected by regional committees. Funds will benefit the Tiger Woods Learning Centers and the Earl Woods Scholarship Program. The learning centers offer STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) courses such as robotics and graphic design to underserved youth nationwide, while the scholarship program provides mentors and funds to help send students to universities including Georgetown, USC, UC Berkeley, UCLA and Harvard.Regional youth charities to benefit include The First Tee, Southern Nevada Golf Association, Kids on the Hill (PAL), New York Inner-City Scholarship Fund, Boys & Girls Club LA Alliance, Pepin Academies and the Jason Ackerman Foundation.“Combining competition with philanthropy has been an amazing experience for me, and I look forward to seeing Charity Playoff competitors take on this challenge,” Tiger Woods said. “Between the prestigious tournament venues and the chance to support a great cause, I’m excited to see participants enjoy this opportunity to give back.”Nationwide, two-person amateur teams will have the opportunity to select a regional qualifying tournament with a base registration fee and the goal of obtaining charitable donations. Each team will have a personalized interactive website to help secure donations, and teams that raise $10,000 or more will automatically qualify for the Charity Playoff Finals. Teams can also play their way into the Charity Playoff finals, as the top low-net and the low-gross teams in each regional qualifying event will also advance.The Charity Playoffs Finals is an exclusive two-day golf and hospitality experience in Orlando, Fla., Dec. 1-2. Those competing in the finals will receive two days of golf in the Charity Playoffs Finals, deluxe hotel accommodations at the Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort for two nights, gourmet hospitality and gifts. In addition, finalists will be treated to a private golf exhibition and reception with Tiger Woods and other PGA TOUR players, as well as, clubhouse credentials with hospitality to attend the World Challenge golf tournament. Airfare and additional nights lodging are at the player’s expense.The top fundraising team nationally will also receive Pro-Am spots in each of the Tiger Woods Foundation Pro-Am events (Deutsche Bank Championship, Quicken Loans National and World Challenge).
Advertisement Lisa Ellis (left, AGO conservator) and Nancy Padfield (Lead Technologist in CT scans at Sick Kids) line up the statue in the CT machine. – Richard Lautens,Toronto Star Like all interesting characters, the 300-year old virgin being prepped for a CT scan at Sick Kids harbours secrets.Who carved this statue, believed to be a treasure of early Canadian art? What precisely is she made of? Was she given breast reduction surgery?Those are the questions the Art Gallery of Ontario had hoped would be answered by submitting the statue to high-tech examinations that her likely creator, steeped in religion and working in an atelier in New France in the early 1700s, might have described as miraculous. Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement And so on a dingy day in late November, the Virgin and Child statue was swathed in Tyvek, a smooth synthetic fibre used to wrap houses to protect them from moisture, and nestled in foam inside a Clydesdale case — the same brand used to ship the Stanley Cup — and then walked 650 metres from the AGO to the Hospital for Sick Children by museum conservator Lisa Ellis.“It’s very rare for us to hand-carry objects in cases outside of the building, so we do that only in really special cases like this,” said Ellis.The figure of the Virgin Mary and baby Jesus is arguably the finest early-18th-century Canadian sculpture in the AGO’s collection, according to Ellis. It is believed to have come from a school of arts and crafts in what is now the Quebec City area, founded by an artist from Bordeaux who emigrated to New France in 1690 at the age of 19.The detail of the carving — the flow of the virgin’s robes, the articulation of the hands and her feet atop a serpent representing the evil in the world — speaks to the talent of the artist. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Twitter
APTN National NewsMembers of the Senate committee on human rights wrapped up a cross-Canada tour in Vancouver.APTN National News reporter Tina House has this story.
New Delhi: A “comprehensive inquiry” will be ordered into the Rafale deal after the Congress comes to power at the Centre, senior party leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi said, indicating a criminal probe could be conducted into the multi-billion dollar contract.The role of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, other government functionaries and private people will be probed, he said and exuded confidence that a Congress-led government will formed after the election results are out. “The day we come to power, just like in 72 hours or three days, loan waivers were taken care of in states (of Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh), you will have a comprehensive inquiry. We have, in fact, asked for a JPC, but really speaking even an FIR and a criminal inquiry is not out of place,” he told PTI in an interview. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghAsked if the Rafale issue has struck a chord with the people on the ground, Singhvi said one would have to wait and watch for it but he was confident that people do feel “cheated”. “I have no doubt that somewhere in the psyche of the people it is embedded that yahaan daal mein kala nahin daal hi kaali hai (not just something, but everything seems to be fishy about the deal),” he said. On whether the Rafale deal will be probed if the Congress comes to power, Singhvi said Congress president Rahul Gandhi has already said so earlier. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroad”You can stonewall as much as you like. This is quicksand, the more you struggle the more you will get sucked inside,” he said. The Congress has alleged irregularities in the Rafale deal and claimed that Prime Minister Modi and Union ministers as well as private players were complicit in the “scam”. However, the government has dismissed the allegations of any wrongdoing in the deal with France for 36 Rafale fighter jets. On the issue of Election Commission’s alleged inaction and delay in ruling on complaints of poll code violations by Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah, Singhvi said the Congress has made 10 representations to the EC starting April 1 only related to the duo. All the 10 representations can be categorised into three categories –hate statements, dragging armed forces into cheap political debate and campaigning right next to the booth or around the booth which Modi has done in earlier years as well, Singhvi said. “How is it possible that the same EC which bans on the same principle Yogi Adityanath does nothing for 30 long days (against PM and Shah). We have told the EC why are you not deciding. We also added that non-decision is a decision itself,” the Rajya Sabha MP said. PTI
30 May 2007The United Nations Security Council and the world body’s top human rights official today urged the Government of Burundi to take steps toward consolidating peace, including by bringing the perpetrators of abuses to justice. The Council adopted a presidential statement on Burundi welcoming recent political developments in the country, including steps by the Government aimed at promoting dialogue, national reconciliation and social harmony. The Council statement, read out by Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad of the United States, also urged the Government “to intensify its efforts on all aspects of reform of the security sector and to address the issue of human rights abuses committed by members of the security services, including by bringing perpetrators to justice and encourages international partners.”In addition, the Government was urged to “step up its efforts to combat impunity and to promote and protect human rights, paying in this context particular attention to reducing the high level of gender-based violence and of violence against children.” The Council encouraged the Secretary-General and the Burundian authorities to pursue their dialogue with a view to agreeing on the establishment of a transitional justice mechanism based on the highest standards of justice and international human rights.The Council called on all Burundian political players “to maintain the spirit of dialogue, consensus-building and inclusiveness, including in addressing the issue of power sharing in an equitable manner, that enabled them to achieve a successful transition in their country,” the President said.It welcomed the establishment of the UN Integrated Office in Burundi (BINUB) and the support it provides to the peace consolidation process.Welcoming a briefing it received from the Chair of the Committee of the Peacebuilding Commission on its activities relating to Burundi, the Council encouraged the Government and BINUB to devise a sound strategic framework to foster a commitment to consolidating peace. Mr. Khalilzad said the Council “looks forward to receiving further advice on Burundi from the Peacebuilding Commission.” The Peacebuilding Commission met today on Burundi, hearing an address from the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour, who has just returned from a mission to the country and others in Africa’s Great Lakes region.Ms. Arbour cited “a general concern over a lack of independence of the judiciary, a culture of impunity and continued violence perpetrated by State agents and armed groups throughout the country.” At the same time, she hailed “a real determination from all sectors of society to participate actively in the ongoing democratic process, which, if properly channelled, should ensure lasting peace, justice and reconciliation.”Ms. Arbour said her talks in Burundi led to agreement on fundamental issues concerning transitional justice mechanisms aimed at fostering reconciliation. The parties concerned reached “an unequivocal consensus” on the nature of national consultations that should precede the launch of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the Special Tribunal.They also agreed that there will be no amnesties for the crime of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity, she said.Based on meetings with people in Burundi, she said there is a widespread perception that “political authorities regularly influence judicial processes.” The international community, she added, must continue “to urge the Government of Burundi to hold perpetrators of human rights violations to account and to support initiatives to strengthen the independence of the judiciary and the establishment of a society based on the rule of law.”Women and children are often the main victims of abuses in the country, Ms. Arbour added, calling on the authorities to “resolutely combat sexual and all other forms of violence against women and children.” She also called for stigmatizing the perpetrators “rather than the women victims who are often ostracized after being raped.”The Peacebuilding Commission was set up last year to marshal resources at the disposal of the international community to advise and propose strategies for post-conflict recovery, focusing attention on reconstruction, institution-building and sustainable development, in countries emerging from conflict.
Don Featherstone, creator of pink plastic lawn flamingo, dies in Massachusetts at 79 BOSTON – The creator of the pink plastic lawn flamingo, the ultimate symbol of American lawn kitsch, has died. Donald Featherstone was 79.Featherstone’s wife, Nancy, told The Associated Press on Tuesday that her husband died Monday at an elder care facility in Fitchburg, Massachusetts, after a long battle with Lewy body dementia.Featherstone, a trained sculptor with a classical art background, created the flamingo in 1957 for plastics company Union Products, modeling it after a bird he saw in National Geographic. Millions of the birds have been sold.Featherstone worked for Union for 43 years, inventing hundreds of plastic products in that time and rising to the position of president before his retirement in 1999.In addition to his wife of 40 years, Featherstone is survived by two children, four grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. by The Associated Press Posted Jun 23, 2015 6:52 am MDT Last Updated Jun 23, 2015 at 7:21 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
It happens every few years: a star-studded college team, fresh off a dominating performance, is compared favorably to the worst squad in the pros. A few years ago, it was the Anthony Davis-led Kentucky powerhouse vs. a pitiful Charlotte Bobcats outfit that set a new NBA low for winning percentage in a season. Now, it’s Kentucky’s 2014-15 team, which trounced fifth-ranked Kansas on Tuesday, vs. the tank-tactic Philadelphia 76ers.In a radio interview this week, former Kentucky guard Eric Bledsoe (now of the Phoenix Suns) said his alma mater would own the hypothetical matchup. “I’m definitely taking Kentucky,” Bledsoe said when asked who would win a best-of-seven series between the Wildcats and Sixers. “I think Philly would probably get maybe one game.”As others have pointed out, that’s absurd. As awful as they are — and boy, are they awful — the Sixers’ roster represents an All-Star team of college players from the past few seasons:Center Nerlens Noel was first-team All-SEC two seasons ago; if he were in college now, he’d likely be considered the best player in the country;Point guard Michael Carter-Williams was an honorable mention All-American as an NCAA sophomore; had he not left Syracuse, he would likely be considered the best guard in the college game;Guard Tony Wroten made first-team All-Pac 12 as a freshman two years ago;And rookie K.J. McDaniels was named to the All-ACC first team last season.These are all players who could still have NCAA eligibility if they had they not departed early for the NBA.To put these anecdotes in a more rigid framework, we can return to the same projection methodology we used for our NBA preview. The premise there was to take Real Plus/Minus data from last season, adjust for aging effects and regress to the mean to estimate each player’s true talent level. In this case, we also need to account for any information gleaned from the first three weeks or so of the NBA season; since RPM isn’t available for 2014-15 yet, I’m using a weighted average between a player’s current 2014-15 Statistical Plus/Minus (a box score-based statistic designed to emulate RPM in situations where RPM isn’t available) and our projected RPM ratings from the preseason.By this accounting, the 76ers are made up exclusively of below-average players. In fact, 54 percent of the team’s minutes have gone to players below the replacement-level RPM threshold of -2 points per 100 possessions. If we compute a minutes-weighted aggregation of ratings for Philadelphia’s 2014-15 roster (and adjust for the fact that the Sixers are usually trailing in their games), we’d expect them to lose to an average NBA team by 8.9 points per 100 possessions, which is ridiculously bad for a team’s true talent level. (Other teams have posted worse seasons, but that’s usually because they have bad rosters that perform below their talent levels.)But as bad as the Sixers are, Kentucky’s roster would translate to an even worse team at the NBA level. Looking at how well players’ draft slots predicted their rookie RPM performances (and, in turn, how well ultra-early mock draft rankings like these predict a player’s draft slot), and turning the clock back on those rookie-year RPM projections using an aging curve, we can also estimate an NBA-equivalent 2014-15 RPM talent level for every player on the Wildcats’ roster. Their top prospect, Karl-Anthony Towns (who sits at No. 3 in ESPN’s class-of-2015 draft rankings), would translate to a -2.6 RPM performance at the NBA level this season, worse than almost every player on Philadelphia’s roster. Every other Kentucky player, from Willie Cauley-Stein to Alex Poythress and the Harrison twins, grade out with various shades of putrid RPM ratings that would embarrass even Hakim Warrick.The aggregation of Kentucky’s NBA-translated RPM scores would predict an efficiency margin of -13.6 against an average NBA team. Even after accounting for the fundamental uncertainty surrounding projection models, such a team would lose about 88 of every 100 games against average NBA competition on a neutral court. The Sixers are far from average, of course, but even they would be expected to beat the Wildcats 74 percent of the time at home, and 56 percent of the time on the road. Using those probabilities to simulate Bledsoe’s hypothetical best-of-seven matchup, Kentucky would lose the series 78 percent of the time even if we gave them home-court advantage, most frequently falling in six games.It’s also likely those numbers vastly overestimate Kentucky’s chances. The NBA doesn’t let prospects who are not believed to be pro-caliber players take the court in games, so we don’t really know what kind of performance expectations to set for those Wildcat players who will never play in the NBA. This means the aforementioned translations are naturally biased toward inflating Kentucky’s rating. Furthermore, it’s probably not appropriate to assume the same
Rice farmers in Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) are likely to earn less from their yields this crop. This is as a result of the prediction that the quality of rice produced is likely to be poor as a result of a paddy bug infestation.There are 58,000 acres under rice cultivation in the region and the only areas spared are the East Bank along with East and West Canje, leaving 95 per cent of the production area exposed to the insects.The bugs damage rice by sucking out the contents of developing grains from pre-flowering spikelets to soft dough stage, therefore causing unfilled or empty grains and discolouration.Region Chairman David Armogan told the Regional Democratic Council on Friday that the infestation has worsened in the region. After the meeting, he explained at a press conference that Black Bush Polder is one of the worst affected areas.“It is happening also in the front lands as well where there is a paddy bud infestation in the region.”He said the Guyana Rice Development Board (GRDB) has been made aware of the situation with the aim of getting recommendations on the type of insecticides which could be effectively used.Several insecticides have been used in the past put the bugs have become resistant to them preventing farmers from exterminating them.“There are some new chemicals on the market and they are looking at them but it is going to affect the crop because the quality of the paddy will be reduced and as a result of that they will get less money from the millers because millers pay based on the quality of the paddy they received,” Armogan said.While productions levels might be the same as last crop. More than 500,000 tonnes of paddy was produced during the last crop resulting in excess of tonnes of rice.Armogan, who met with officials from the rice sector on Wednesday, says it is not dooms day for rice farmers.“At that meeting the RPA [Rice Producers Association] President did indicate to us that there is a new chemical that he has been using and he has been getting excellent results from it so it might be interdicted to the other farmers,” the Chairman highlighted. (Andrew Carmichael) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related$1.5B lost to paddy bug infestation in Region 6April 22, 2019In “Business”Berbice farmers predict major losses again from paddy bug infestationAugust 8, 2019In “Business”Region 6 could lose $600M to paddy bugs – RPAAugust 29, 2019In “Business”
Lino Cervar and Veselin Vujovic, the coaches of Metalurg and Vardar have acquired new players for the next season, and this should raise the competitiveness of the league in general, and perhaps also make the clubs more competitive in European cups and in the likely-to-be-played Balkan regional league.Cervar will have for the next season three very good players. Zarko Markovic, the best Montenegrin player arrived in Metalurg after spending the last 8 months in Saudi Arabia. Damir Batinovic, the great potential from Metkovic, will finally get his chance to show his attributes in a bigger club. Another strenghtening is Milan Kozlina, who comes from Celje, and will help the team in the defence mostly, the main philosophy of Cervar.On this, Vujovic didn’t stay calm, and responded by acquiring Ratko Nikolic, the Serbian national team pivot. They should finally challenge Metalurg for this year’s title in the Macedonian championship, after two years of Metalurg domination with Cervar, and they hope to make even better impression in the regional league and the European cups.photo: rkmetalurg.mk ← Previous Story Portyanko – Best foreign player in France Next Story → Wiederer and SEHA to decided over “Presov” case