For four million, another chance to make it to National Register of Citizens

first_imgThe starkness of being nowhere Some 2,500 Nagarik Seva Kendras (NSKs) in Assam began issuing claim, objection and correction forms on Friday for people excluded from the complete draft of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) published on July 30.NRC officials could not specify how many forms were collected, but they expect the pace of collecting forms to pick up within a week.‘Insufficient evidence’Nearly 40 lakh of the 3.29 crore applicants had been left out of the complete draft because of the lack of sufficient documentary evidence of their citizenship, officials said. They can reapply through the claims form, while those whose names have been misspelt can use the correction form.The objection form is for those who suspect the nationality of a person and feel he or she does not deserve to be on the final, error-free NRC.Assam Finance and Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said the government had completed only 30% of the work related to the NRC.Also Read  “Preparation of the NRC will take a long time, and by the time it is completed, people’s perception about it may change. People should not come to any final conclusion at this juncture, when only 30% work is done,” he said at a function in Agartala on Friday.“People whose names are missing from the NRC can apply again with valid documents. Then there are the courts to file objections later. There is no need to panic or create unrest,” Mr. Sarma said.He advised tribal political parties in Tripura, such as the Indigenous People’s Front of Tripura, an ally of the ruling BJP, to wait for the “expensive” Assam exercise to be completed successfully before demanding the NRC for their State.Hindi handicapThe Assam Pradesh Congress Committee has asked the NRC authorities to designate officers who can read Hindi and Urdu documents submitted by applicants at the Kendras. “Hundreds of Hindi-speaking people from central and northern India could not find a place in the final draft of the NRC as they had submitted documents either in Hindi or Urdu,” APCC spokesperson Gauravv Somani said.“Various delegations of the Hindi-speaking community met Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal to apprise him of the difficulties faced by them in this process of updating the NRC,” Mr. Somani said, clarifying that the Congress was in favour of a foreigner-free NRC.The NRC authorities had sent 5.7 lakh documents to 25 States and Union Territories that had issued certificates to people from those States and UTs residing in Assam. Most such documents were not verified, and those that were sent were not accepted because NRC officials could not read the language, Mr. Somani said.Left suggestsThe Assam State Committee of the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) has provided the government with a few suggestions for preparing the Standard Operating Procedure for claims and objections pertaining to the NRC Assam. These include acceptance of marriage and migration certificates by competent authorities, and application of the family tree mechanism to include the children of poor, illiterate people who do not have documents to establish linkage with their parents.“Panchayat certificates issued to married women for establishing linkage with their parents were rejected as most panchayats or village headmen do not maintain a register. If the citizenship of other members of the family is proved by same legacy as submitted by the married women, her name should be included in the NRC,” the CPI(M) said in a statement.The CPI(M) also said the Foreigners’ Tribunals (FTs) should be kept on hold till the NRC is finalised. Assam has 100 FTs where the cases of people declared doubtful voters or suspected as foreigners are tried.“The names found eligible for inclusion in the NRC should be included. Excluded names may be sent to the FTs after the NRC process is over,” the party said, adding that a government-funded DNA test should be done after all measures are exhausted.Soldiers’ pleaFive retired and serving soldiers have written to President Ram Nath Kovind seeking his intervention to ensure that Armed Forces personnel are not excluded from the final NRC.“We ex-servicemen, being bona fide citizens of India and natives of Assam, applied for inclusion of our names along with our family members in the draft NRC. Some ex-servicemen and their family members have been dropped from the draft NRC without any perceptible reason despite using legacy data such as the 1951 NRC and voters’ lists up to 1971 as per the guidelines,” the petition signed by retired honorary Captain Sana Ullah and four others said.last_img read more

Akhilesh sees tie-up with BSP as a trial that didn’t triumph

first_imgSamajwadi Party (SP) president Akhilesh Yadav on Wednesday equated his party’s gathbandhan (alliance) with the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) in Uttar Pradesh to a “trial” that didn’t succeed and declared that the “path in politics” was “open” for his party.“It’s fine, trials happen. Sometimes you don’t succeed. But at least you come to know of the weaknesses,” he told reporters at an Eid-ul-Fitr event in Lucknow.Mr.Yadav said if his party was contesting the coming bypolls alone, he would discuss that with his colleagues and chart out a strategy that would also bring the “Samajwadi people” to power in 2022.“As far as the question of alliance and contesting alone goes, now the path in politics is open,” he said.The SP chief, however, kept the window for compromise open, just like BSP chief Mayawati did a day earlier by praising him and his wife Dimple Yadav personally and asserting that their personal relationship would never end despite the “political compulsions” of putting the political alliance on hold.Mr. Yadav said, “I can assure you what is said for honourable Mayawatiji on the first day, in the first press conference, that her honour will be my honour, even today I say the same thing.”Mayawati’s announcementOn Tuesday, Ms. Mayawati stumped everyone by announcing that she would go it alone in the bypolls coming up in the State after 11 Assembly seats were vacated following the entry of the sitting MLAs to the Lok Sabha. Ms. Mayawati claimed that the Yadavs had deserted the SP and hurt the alliance’s prospects and issued an ultimatum to the SP chief to train his workers to be “missionary” like the BSP cadre, for a revival of the alliance. She also said“there is no breakup of the alliance yet.”last_img read more

LJP rebels float new party

first_imgA group of disgruntled leaders of Ram Vilas Paswan’s Lok Janshakti Party announced the launch of a new outfit, accusing the leadership of reducing the party to a “private limited company”.Mr. Paswan played down the development, saying “let them go”. Led by LJP national general secretaries Satyanand Sharma and Anil Kumar Paswan, and treasurer Ramesh Chandra Kapoor, the rebel leaders announced the formation of LJP (Secular).last_img

ICC Champions Trophy: Pace-spin combination gives India edge over other teams, says Glenn McGrath

first_imgAustralian fast bowling legend Glenn McGrath says India’s pace-spin bowling combination gives them an edge over other teams in the ICC Champions Trophy starting today in the UK.The 47-year-old Aussie is in the city to train pacers at the MRF Pace Foundation.”Indian bowlers have really done well in the last two-three years. I think India have got one of the most potent attacks and the pace-spin combination will provide them an edge over other teams,” he said.McGrath felt India will have the upper hand in the opening clash of the Champions Trophy against Pakistan on Sunday, though he did not rule out Pakistan’s chances.”It’s always a big game whenever India play Pakistan.”Although not the same powerful force they once used to be, Pakistan still have some quality bowlers and an experienced batting line-up. You never know Pakistan might just pull off a surprise on their day,” he told reporters.He said India will be among the semi-finalists of the marquee event.”India is a very good ODI team, expect them to do well. They should be in the top four along with Australia and England. The fourth team would be either South Africa or New Zealand,” he added.McGrath heaped praise on the current India pacers, especially Jasprit Bumrah and Umesh Yadav.”I am impressed with the Indian bowlers. Umesh is bowling very well.”Bumrah is a good one-day bowler. The way he bowls at the death is impressive. In addition to a fine length, he also generates good pace. Bumrah can come up with occasional yorkers as well. I hope he continues to improve.”advertisementMcGrath said Australia were the favourites to win the tournament.”I will always back Australia. England are going to be tough to beat at home and have just beaten South Africa in a ODI series. Ben Stokes will be a key player for the host,” he said.He called Mitchell Starc the best fast bowler in the world at present.McGrath also hoped that the ongoing row over pay between Cricket Australia and the players would be resolved soon.last_img read more

Islanders Ice The Devils, 2-1

first_imgNEW YORK — In a tight and physical game, the New York Islanders’ big fourth line came through to pull out a needed win.Casey Cizikas scored the go-ahead goal with 2:12 left in the third period to lift the Islanders to a 2-1 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Nov. 3.Brock Nelson also scored and Jaroslav Halak stopped 23 shots for the Islanders, who had lost three straight (0-1-2) — including a shootout defeat at New Jersey on Oct. 31.On the winning score, Brian Strait sent the puck on goal, and it was tipped by Matt Martin before Cizikas jammed the rebound past Devils goalie Cory Schneider for his second of the season.The Islanders” vaunted fourth line of Cizikas, Martin and Cal Clutterbuck has six goals and seven assists this season, after combining for 24 goals and 24 assists a year ago.“There’s a purpose to what we do out there,” Clutterbuck said. “The way the league is today there aren’t many fourth lines that can’t play. Casey and Marty have been together here for years — we’re all capable of contributing the way we know how.”New York grinded out a win while playing without star center John Tavares for the third straight game due to what coach Jack Capuano said was flu-like symptoms.“They came out being very physical. We wanted to respond,” Martin said. “We did a good job of being physical. That’s what we need to do. … We try to play with a lot of energy. When we’re on the ice, we bring energy and excitement. We feed off of that energy from the crowd.”Travis Zajac had the tying power-play goal for the Devils early in the third period and Cory Schneider finished with 33 saves. New Jersey had won six of its previous seven after an 0-3-1 start.“Disappointing not to get a point? Yeah,” Devils coach John Hynes said. “We were in a tight game and we couldn’t make enough plays at the end to get two points.”Zajac tied it at 4:03 of the third. With the Devils on their fourth power play of the game, Kyle Palmieri’s shot was blocked and the rebound came to Zajac, who sent it past Halak for his fifth of the season.“We played pretty well, we created some chances but … have to find a way to get another one,” Zajac said.The Islanders’ Steve Bernier had a slap shot with about 5 1/2 minutes left that was gloved by Schneider.Nelson gave the Islanders a 1-0 lead at 7:23 of the first period with his third goal of the season. Marek Zidlicky sent in a shot from the top of the left circle that Schneider stopped, but Nelson poked at the puck and it went in off Schneider’s blocker.With all the success the Islanders’ fourth line has had, Capuano has made a point of keeping the trio together instead of breaking them up.“There’s just too much continuity with that line,” he said. “They know who they are and what their role and responsibility is. Very few times I moved Clutterbuck up last year, but for the most part we’ve kept those guys where they need to be and they give us great energy.“They’re not going to make the sexy play all the time. They’re going to chip pucks in, they’re going to grind it out. They’re going to give us the big goals, and they’re timely goals. Our other lines need to feed off that.”(VIN A. CHERWOO, AP Sports Writer) TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

I have nothing to prove, says Sushil Kumar ahead of Asian Games 2018

first_imgIndia’s two-time Olympic medallist Sushil Kumar is all geared up for the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta.Sushil, will compete in the 74kg wrestling category at the Asian Games, will return to the Asian Games after a gap of 12 years. He had won a bronze medal in 2006 Doha but opted out of 2010 and 2014 Asian Games in Guangzhou and Incheon respectively.Sushil’s defeat in the tune up event in Georgia raised a few eyebrows but the star wrestler dismissed it nonchalantly. Sushil lost his first bout in four years when he was defeated at the Tbilisi Grand Prix in Georgia last month.”So what. There will be defeats and victories in sportsman’s life. Real athlete is the one who stands up after defeat, prepares harder and makes a comeback. Real athlete is one who takes the mat after winning also. I am trying to do the same,” Sushil told PTI after a training session in Jakarta.ASIAN GAMES 2018: FULL COVERAGE”I have prepared well for the Asian Games but I am not out there to prove anything. Proving yourself is not sportsmanship,” Sushil said.Unnamed Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) officials recently told the media that they were concerned about Sushil’s form and promised not to exempt anyone from trials in future. They had even put two wrestlers on standby if Sushil was to opt out at the last minute.”These things happen,” he said, preferring not to react harshly.But he added: “People love me and wish well for me. People react sometimes. Why I have done well in my life is because I am a positive person. My coach and fellow teammates, they are all good and fill me with positive thoughts.”advertisementAsian Games 2018: India’s top medal contenders in Indonesia’TAPASYA’Sushil revealed that he has never been to a movie theatre and that’s the way he has trained all his life.”I am still following that. I don’t go to cinema halls. It’s ‘tapasya’ which I have been doing for years. I have not let my focus waver. I have to do what I have to do. I don’t have time also,” he said, adding that he watches movies on TV when he finds time.India at Asian Games 2018: Full squadTalking about his disciplined life, Sushil said that he practices celibacy for at least three months before big competitions such as the Asian Games.”That’s how I have trained all these years. I fix a period for myself and then follow it.”The Indian wrestlers, of late, have expressed a desire to train with foreign coaches and Sushil himself went to Gerogia for training.Asked if they don’t find Indian coaches good enough, Sushil dismissed the charge.”No. My base was prepared in India under my Guru ji (Mahabali Satpal). I am still following him. I went there (Georgia) for exposure, to learn tactics. The moves are same everywhere, but execution style is different. We learn different things when we train with different people.”Computer helps a lot these days in making strategies. And we have to keep pace with the times. But that does not mean our coaches are not good. I have prepared well. I have learnt tactical thongs in Georgia,” he said.Asian Games: A brief historySushil said he is focussed on the Asian Games right now but also has the World Championship and a third Olympic medal in mind.”Yes, I have to do that. Just need blessings of my people back in India. After Asian Games and recovery, I will start preparations in that direction,” he signed off.(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more

Need to work unitedly to tackle terrorism, climate change: Modi (Roundup)

first_imgNew Delhi, Oct 28 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said that only refraining from war cannot ensure peace. Instead, there is a need for “united universal cooperation” to combat terrorism, climate change and for economic development and social justice.Modi made the remarks in his monthly radio programme “Mann Ki Baat”, ahead of November 11 -the day when World War I ended a hundred years ago.Modi said India had no direct connection with the War but it was an important event because Indian soldiers fought bravely and sacrificed their lives. “The world witnessed a dance of death and devastation during the World War I. Around one crore soldiers and almost the same number of civilians lost their lives. This made the whole world realise and understand the importance of peace. “The definition of peace has changed in the last hundred years. “Today, peace does not only mean ‘no war’. There is a need to work unitedly to address issues such as terrorism, climate change, economic development to social justice through universal cooperation and co-ordination. Development of the poorest of the poor is the real indicator of peace,” Modi said. On climate change, the Prime Minister said people only have to look back at the glorious past and the rich traditions for remedial action and have to understand the lifestyle of the tribal communities who live in consonance and in close coordination with nature.”The tribal community believes in very peaceful and harmonious co-existence but if somebody tries to harm and cause damage to their natural resources, they do not shy away from fighting for their rights,” he said.Modi cited the example of Gurbachan Singh, a farmer from Punjab who during the marriage of his son, told the bride’s father to promise him not to burn stubble in their fields.He mentioned about the farmers of Punjab’s Kallar Majra who are mixing the stubble with the soil by ploughing their fields rather than burning. “A small constructive step plays a vital role in creating a positive environment.”Modi recalled Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel’s contribution in keeping India united and said the nation will pay him tributes on his birth anniversary on October 31 by inaugurating his world’s tallest skyscraping statue. Lauding the performances of Indian sportspersons in the Asian Para Games and Summer Youth Olympics, he said the country was setting new records not just in the field of sports but also in “uncharted areas” and stressed on the “4S” — spirit, strength, skill and stamina — as key elements in the field of sports as the core foundation of the nation.Recalling the successful organisation of the FIFA Under-17 World Cup in 2017, Modi said India was hosting the Men’s Hockey World Cup 2018 in Bhubaneswar between November 28 and December 16. Mentioning about ‘Self 4 Society’ portal which has been launched with a view to motivate employees of IT companies for social activities, Modi said their dedication and vigour can make every Indian feel proud. The Prime Minister congratulated Sikkim for winning the prestigious Future Policy Gold Award, 2018 for encouraging the sustainable food system and said the northeast region has made grand progress in organic farming.–IANSbns-rak/shs/mradvertisementlast_img read more

World Cup 2019: Net bowler hospitalised after getting hit on head by Warner shot

first_imgAustralian team’s practice session came to a temporary halt after a net bowler of Indian origin was hit on the head by a cracking drive from David Warner on the eve of their World Cup game against India.It was during the end of second hour when Jai Kishan, a British fast bowler of Indian origin was hit on the head trying to stop a David Warner shot.Jai Kishan winced in pain before collapsing to the ground and the medical staff was rushed onto the field.To everyone’s relief, the player was responding as the entire Australian team stopped their session.A concerned Warner sat beside the player and subsequently called off his net session.The Australian team’s support staff along with local staff then helped him to be stretchered off the ground and was taken to a nearby medical facility.”I have got a hit on the head. I am doing fine. My name is Jai Kishan and I am a fast bowler,” the player said before being taken into the ambulance.It is expected that he would be under observation for a minimum 24 hours since he sustained an injury on the head.”From Surrey medical facility, he has now been taken to hospital for precautionary measures. He was conscious when he was taken to hospital. We will provide further updates when available,” ICC venue manager Michael Gibson informed the media.Also Read | AB de Villiers chose money over country: Shoaib AkhtarAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah go on a ‘fast-bowling coffee date’Also Seeadvertisementlast_img read more

Western Australia Media Release

first_imgThe Version two event was held on November 20-22 at UWA Sports Park, McGillivray Oval. The event drew 42 teams, and a mountain of spectators and officials.On Friday, we commenced at the new time of 11.50 for Round 1, with round games being played until around 5 o’clock.Saturday was again similar with round games commencing at 9am and concluding at 5pm for the annual Referee Awards Dinner at Challenge Stadium. The dinner saw a range of awards given including the Certificates of Commendation to those who had shown commitment and dedication to their affiliate. During the evening it was also an opportunity to show appreciation to John Moore who commenced refereeing in 1980 and to this day is still holding that whistle and running around the park.However the night was about one award, the 2009 Referee of the Year. This year the prestigious award went to Karen Woods.Sunday was finals day, with the open men’s kicking off the morning with their final round. The day the saw 7 divisions semi-finals and then towards midday the grand finals began. The Womens 35’s, Mens 40’s and Womens 27’s were all at UWA Sports Park, and for the other 4 divisions we moved to the newly built State Athletics Stadium.The Grand Final results are below:Womens 35’sSouthern – 3Perth Brothers – 0Player of the Final – Michelle Keegan – SouthernReferees – Paul Thomas, Matt Thomas, Pammy TauMens 40’sGeraldton – 6Rosalie – 4Player of the Final – Eugene White – GeraldtonReferees – Steve Williams, Stuart Evans, Paul RichardsonWomens 27’sRosalie – 4Tompkins Park – 3Player of the Final – Tegan Young – RosalieReferees – Damien Capp, Brendan Davies, Fiona HayMens 30’sRosalie – 11Fremantle – 6Player of the Final – Jay Laurie – RosalieReferees – Richard McIllroy, Phil Galvin, John Bedford2  November 30, 2009Mixed OpenGalaxy – 10Fremantle – 7Player of the Final – Joseph Parekura Tarau – GalaxyReferees – Andrew Catterall, Ben Morton, Lee BroadbridgeWomens OpenSouthern – 6Perth Brothers – 3Player of the Final – Ashleigh Dewar – SouthernReferees – Chris Murray, James McMahon, Justin ParsonsMens OpenSouthern – 8Tompkins Park – 7Player of the Final – Stuart Brierty – SouthernReferees – Tony Arnel, Grant Hill, Karen WoodsBall Boys – Zac Richardson, Charlie DossetterChampion Affiliate – Southern DistrictsAt the conclusion of the Mens Open final there were several awards to be given to Touch Football Community members who had donated numerous hours to the sport in a range of areas. TouchWest congratulates:State Referee Directors Encouragement Award – Paul RichardsonReferee of the Tournament – Fiona Hay2009 Leading Referee – Tony ArnelCoach of the Year – George Forster-JonesVolunteer of the Year – Freda BlackTouchWest wishes to thank all the volunteers and staff who donated numerous hours to the event.All event action photos are available from results will be available from Fileswrap_up_-_state_champs-pdflast_img read more

Mourinho too demanding for some players

first_imgJose Mourinho’s style of management is simply too demanding for some players, according to the Portuguese manager’s biographer Manuel Pereira.Mourinho’s time at Manchester United came to an abrupt end in December, following a 3-1 defeat to rivals Liverpool at Anfield.The Red Devils were struggling to score goals and had their top four hopes slipping away when the decision was made, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer stepping into the interim manager role. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? United have not lost since, having come away with six straight victories, including a 1-0 triumph over Tottenham at Wembley on Sunday.The reason for the struggles this season under Mourinho remain a mystery to both the manager and his biographer, though Pereira admitted it was clear the dressing room had been lost by the end.“I’m sure not even Mourinho himself has a clear answer to [what went wrong],” Pereira told Goal. “There were difficulties between him and the responsible persons from the beginning.“He wanted players he never got. This frustrated him because he did not think he could play for all titles with this team.“At the beginning, however, he got along with the players. This was also shown by the success in the Europa League.“By the beginning of this season, however, he lost more and more of the support of the locker room until he was no longer acceptable. You see how big his problems with the team were at the end, when you look at how the team plays now under his successor.”Given what happened at Mourinho’s prior stops, most notably at Chelsea and Real Madrid, that was not a surprise to Pereira, who notes that many players cannot handle Mourinho’s management style for more than few years before things begin to fracture. “Mourinho is a trainer for shorter periods,” Pereira said. “He’s never been in a club for more than two or three years, has success first, and finally gets into a fight because the chemistry inside is not right.“That’s just Mourinho. A very ambitious and demanding coach, but for some players after a certain time, too demanding. They will eventually relax and rest.“That was also the case in Manchester – and foreseeable for me before the season.”Pereira attributed part of the problems to Rui Faria’s departure from the club, though he did note Mourinho’s frustration with the club’s transfers also played a role“[Rui Faria] was something like Mourinho’s right hand, Mourinho’s mirror – a footballer who understood Mourinho’s way of working better than anyone else,” Pereira said. “The separation from him, but also the failed once again transfers were ultimately crucial for Mourinho’s failure.”And Pereira was not surprised United ultimately decided to part ways with the manager, given the circumstances. With the squad dissatisfied, it was a choice between them and the manager with only one outcome possible.“It’s still cheaper to fire a coach than a whole team,” Pereira said. “Those responsible no longer had a choice. The pressure was huge. A club like Manchester United can not settle for sixth or seventh place.“Even if teams like Liverpool or City are stronger: A Champions League course should be able to be reached with this squad.“Although Mourinho did not get every player he wanted, a lot of money was spent without a reasonable return.”last_img read more

Kitson Town Gets Upgraded Health Centre

first_imgStory Highlights Expansion of services at the institution was done with funding provided by the National Health Fund (NHF), at a cost of $69 million, and includes curative services moving from three to five days per week, dental care for the first time, and mental health services once per month. Hundreds of residents in the St. Catherine community of Kitson Town and surrounding areas now have access to an upgraded health centre with added services.center_img Hundreds of residents in the St. Catherine community of Kitson Town and surrounding areas now have access to an upgraded health centre with added services.Expansion of services at the institution was done with funding provided by the National Health Fund (NHF), at a cost of $69 million, and includes curative services moving from three to five days per week, dental care for the first time, and mental health services once per month.Other services offered are emergency care, incision and draining, and acute asthma management.Speaking at the official opening of the facility on October 10, Minister of Health, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, said the policy of the Government is to work with communities for the provision of up-to-date health facilities, so that health-related issues can be prevented, and “to solve your health problems”.The Minister encouraged the staff at the health centre to observe the rights of patients as displayed in a Compassionate Care Chart on the walls of the facility. He also called on patients and community members to display respect to the medical team at the facility.Compassionate Care, which was launched at the Victoria Jubilee Hospital in March, is being rolled out at several health institutions across the island, and is aimed at improving care and services by introducing a patient-centred approach.“Several qualitative additions have been made at the centre, and it is up to us to use it and benefit from it, and lead healthier lives in the process, because this is an enabling infrastructure,” the Minister said.The Kitson Town Health Centre sees just over 1,000 persons each month, and, recently, the Government refurbished a section of the facility for the expansion of its pharmacy services with a full-time pharmacist, a pharmacy technician and a curative nurse.last_img read more

All five suspects in Nadaraja Raviraj murder acquitted

Senior Deputy Solicitor General Rohantha Abeysooriya with Senior State Counsel Suharshi Herath appeared for the Attorney General. Senior Counsel Anuja Premaratne with Rasika Balasuriya, Yuran Liyanage appeared for the accused, while Counsel K.V. Thavarasa appeared for the aggrieved party. Counsel Darshana Ranmuthuge appeared for the State Witness. All five suspects accused in the murder of former Tamil National Alliance Jaffna district Parliamentarian Nadaraja Raviraj were acquitted and released by the Colombo High Court last night.Among those freed were Navy intelligence officers and the unanimous decision was reached by the jury after a one month long trial. Raviraj was shot dead near his residence at Manning Town in Narahenpita in November 2006 when he was driving his vehicle along Matha Road. The CID recovered vehicle and a weapon alleged to have been used in the killing. read more

New training centre and apprenticeships see Ford invest in skills

Ford has announced a new, state-of-the-art training centre for its national dealer network’s technicians, sales staff and management. The new facility will be based on the site of the manufacturer’s current Technical Training Centre in Daventry, Northamptonshire, merging its capabilities with the Henry Ford College in Loughborough.The new facility, which Ford hopes will become a centre of excellence for training, will expand upon the Daventry site’s 150,000 square metre Parts Distribution Centre (PDC). It will include classrooms, a 200-seat auditorium and vehicle showroom, and will deliver courses to students taking Ford Masters Apprenticeship programmes as well as adult learners when it opens in early 2015.The training centre’s construction is part of a multi-million pound investment, which will also see the introduction of a number of engineering and business apprenticeship programmes, adding to the 450 apprentices the company takes on each year.Jon Wellsman, Director of Ford Customer Service Division, said, “With the latest Ford vehicles now demonstrating technology leadership, it is important that our dealer teams receive the highest quality technical and product training. This world-class new facility will enable us to do just that.”To find out more about skills in the UK automotive industry, see SMMT’s 2014 Motor Industry Facts guide.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Ohio State womens basketball tops Iowa in overtime advances to Big Ten

It was a win, but nothing came easy for the Buckeyes.The Ohio State women’s basketball team took down Iowa, 91-85, in overtime Saturday night, advancing to the Big Ten Tournament final.Tied 37-37 at halftime, the Buckeyes roared back to take out the Hawkeyes for their second straight tournament win in Hoffman Estates, Ill.Freshman forward Alexa Hart connected on a free throw with 17 seconds to play to give OSU an 81-79 lead, but the Hawkeyes answered with a layup at the three-second mark to tie the game and force overtime.Iowa held the Big Ten’s leading scorer, OSU freshman guard Kelsey Mitchell, to 21 points in regulation, but she took over in overtime with a pair of 3-pointers and two late free throws, sealing the win for the Buckeyes.OSU is set to face No. 1 seeded Maryland in Sunday’s championship battle at 7 p.m. read more

The ONEPROD line of integrated condition monitoring tools

first_imgAfter a successful launch of the ONEPROD HAWK, VibrAlign introduces the entire ONEPROD line of integrated condition monitoring tools. ONEPROD brand tools include the HAWK, FALCON, EAGLE, and MVX, all integrated seamlessly by the ONEPROD NEST software platform.VibrAlign is the exclusive US distributor of Fixturlaser brand alignment products. The ONEPROD line of integrated condition monitoring products has been developed by VibrAlign’s (and Fixturlaser’s) new parent company, ACOEM. The ONEPROD brand, which includes the HAWK, FALCON, EAGLE, MVX, and NEST, is designed both to fill gaps in a facility’s already existing predictive maintenance program and to serve as an all-in-one solution for facilities that are looking to start a program.ONEPROD brand condition monitoring systems are used today by hundreds of industrial facilities in Europe, where the brand began more than 30 years ago serving the largest nuclear power company in the world. The rigorous standards of the nuclear power industry continue to drive the ONEPROD attention to quality, reliability and innovation.The ONEPROD line features two portable tools, HAWK and FALCON, and two online systems, EAGLE and MVX. All four are supported and connected by the NEST software platform, which serves as an analysis and reporting interface as well as a database for measurement data. The NEST can be deployed either as a cloud-based app, installed to a server, or loaded onto a single computer.Each ONEPROD tool is designed to fill a specific niche or gap in an overall predictive maintenance plan-of-attack. The HAWK takes the mystique out of vibration analysis by performing complex analysis algorithms in seconds to quickly deliver machine health diagnoses, all while the user is standing next to the machine. The FALCON, with its built in stroboscope, camera, and pyrometer, is an all-in-one portable toolbox for performing route-based vibration analysis. The EAGLE is a wireless online vibration and temperature monitoring system that can monitor machines in confined or hard to reach spaces remotely. The mighty MVX is a powerful and intelligent multi-channel data analyser that gathers multiple data-types, including vibration, IEPE, and voltage, continuously in real-time. The NEST software allows each of these tools to communicate and share data with each other, creating an airtight, fully integrated condition monitoring program.According to VibrAlign CEO David Zdrojewski, “The ONEPROD brand [will provide] head-to-tail integration as well as a high level of flexibility that leaves no blind spots. This flexibility allows customers to purchase a single ONEPROD tool today to meet current needs, but always have the option to expand their ONEPROD toolset later. Each ONEPROD tool can function separately or as part of a greater ONEPROD predictive maintenance program.”last_img read more

6 weird things that happened this week

first_img Source: ImgurPenguins at Sea Life Centre in the UK had to be given anti-depressants to help them cope with the bad weather. The Humboldt penguins at the Scarborough sanctuary were struggling to keep their spirits up amid the wind and rain, so staff decided to give them medication to help reduce their stress levels. This isn’t the first time the birds have been feeling blue either: They were left traumatised when a trespasser broke into their enclosure and chased them around a few years ago. (The Guardian)A local council in the UK came under fire for using foul language and images of huge piles of dog mess to encourage irresponsible dog owners to clean up after their pets. Sandwell Council decided to change their approach, making use of the phrase “no sh*t Sherlock” and an image of a dog in a deerstalker. Local Tory Councillor Mavis Hughes was NOT impressed: She said the poster would encourage young children to use “foul language”. (Wolverhampton Express and Star) “BOREDOM CAN BE a lethal thing on a small island”, author Christopher Moore once said.If you’re the kind of person who agrees with him then you’re in exactly the right spot.There have been enough strange goings-on both at home and abroad this week to blow boredom out the window and has rounded up a selection of them for you.Because that, as they say, is entertainment.A man caught with a salmon and a net on a Donegal river told the fisheries protection officers who detained him that he was just holding the items for a “man in a wet suit”. Patrick ‘Paddy’ Mc Menamin said he definitely wasn’t poaching, and that the illegal gill net and small salmon actually belonged to a complete stranger. Judge Paul Kelly told McMenamin – who has two previous convictions for similar offences – that it had been “a very expensive offer of assistance”, fined him €300 and ordered him to pay costs of €350. (Donegal Daily)Swedish advertisers erected a McDonalds billboard on the Norwegian border to tempt their neighbours to buy a cheaper Big Mac just down the road. The poster, designed by Stockholm advertising agency DDB, reveals that a Swedish Big Mac meal costs about €7 while a Norwegian one costs somewhere in the region of a tenner. That makes Norway’s Big Macs the most expensive in the world. (The Local) Source: PA Wire/Press Association ImagesA missing cat returned home after three years with a considerably larger waistline after spending his days living in a pie factory. Woosie’s owners were delighted to discover that he’d been living in a pie and pasty plant 30 miles from home. Workers at the factory had adopted the tomcat – who they renamed George – and fed him free pies every day. The fat cat sauntered home to his sofa and settled in in no time at all. “He’s like Lord Muck”, his owners told the Plymouth Herald. (Plymouth Herald) Source: ImgurA Danish amputee was able to experience the sensation of touch again when he was fitted with the first prosthetic arm that allows the wearer to feel what it touches. 36-year-old Dennis Aabo Sørensen – who lost his hand in a fireworks accident 9 years ago – was able to tell the difference between hard, soft, round and square objects, even while wearing a blindfold and earplugs. “It was quite amazing because suddenly I could feel something I had not been feeling for nine years”, he said. (EPFL News)Pssst. Spotted any wacky news in your local area? Let us know on or below in the comments if you’d like to see your name in lights. It could be you!A schoolgirl and a bullet, some peanut butter and a jellyfish, and a gay cat – here’s more MAD NEWS to catch up on.last_img read more

La SPA saisit 181 animaux maltraités dans un élevage

first_imgLa SPA saisit 181 animaux maltraités dans un élevageMardi 17 janvier, la Société protectrice des animaux a saisi 135 chiens adultes, 33 chiots et 13 chats qui se trouvaient chez un éleveur à Chigne, dans le Maine-et-Loire. Les animaux vivaient dans des conditions sanitaires innommables, d’après la SPA qui avait déposé plainte.C’est un possible nouvel “élevage de la honte” qu’a découvert la Société protectrice des animaux (SPA) à Chigné dans le Maine-et-Loire. En septembre dernier, la cellule anti-trafic de la société a en effet déposé une plainte sur la base de témoignages et d’une enquête qu’elle avait menée. Motif : maltraitance animale et non-respect des règles sanitaires et de protection. Mardi, une perquisition a ainsi été menée chez l’éleveur et a conduit à la saisie de 181 animaux : 135 chiens, 33 chiots et 13 chats. “Les conditions de vie dans lesquelles ils vivaient étaient innommables. Certains chiens sont dans un état inquiétant”, a raconté la SPA au journal Metro.À lire aussiLe chat de Pallas, un félin sauvage aussi irrésistible que méconnuLes animaux détenus présentaient de nombreuses blessures et montraient même pour certains des signes de pathologies sévères. Des femelles reproductrices se sont ainsi vu diagnostiquées des tumeurs mammaires non soignées, parfois de la taille d’un pamplemousse, signe selon les spécialistes de reproduction intensive. Les chiens vivaient dans des cages sur un lit d’excréments, sans eau, ni nourriture. Les animaux auraient passé de nombreuses nuits dehors avec des températures bien en dessous de zéro, indique la SPA. Pire encore, les chats confinés dans des pièces tapissées d’excréments, avaient les yeux collés par le pus provenant de diverses blessures non traitées.Comme l’explique Metro, il semble que ce n’est pas la première fois que l’éleveur est soupçonné de tels faits mais il se trouvait auparavant dans une autre région. Si l’association alerte de la fréquence croissante de ce genre de découvertes, elle s’interroge : “Comment expliquer que les services de la DDPP (direction départementale de la protection des populations) qui étaient passés dans cet élevage il y a six mois n’aient pas été plus loin pour protéger les animaux ?”Pour l’heure, aucune défaillance n’a été prouvée. Mais les informations recueillies indiquent que les animaux étaient destinés à la vente aux particuliers. L’affaire rappelle ainsi la vigilance qui doit être accordée aux conditions d’élevage mais aussi celle dont les futurs propriétaires doivent faire preuve à l’achat d’un animal. Le 20 janvier 2012 à 14:35 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

John Cena says hes medically cleared to return to WWE says he

first_img Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Pinterest Google+ WhatsApp Facebook Live Podcast: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlottecenter_img Twitter Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Clash of Champions Highlights: Luke Harper returns, Rollins/Strowman, Becky against Sasha Complex Sports sent this in.A Candid Q&A With John Cena: WWE’s Polarizing Company ManThomas Golianopoulus and COMPLEX Sports sat down with WWE superstar John Cena on the eve of this weekend’s Wrestlemania for a shockingly open Q&A, speaking to everything from locker room issues to the public’s reaction to Roman Reigns to Fabolous and Jay Z backing out of a rap battle. He even drops the news that he’s medically cleared to wrestle, even if he’s not on the card for this Sunday’s WrestleMania 32.Check out some highlights below and we’d love for you to share: on how close he is to returning to the ring:“If you ask me today, I should’ve been back two weeks ago. I’ve logged almost 400 hours of physical therapy. I got 111 visits in twelve weeks time. I go every single second I can. People say I have a Wolverine-like style of recovery. I was given a nine month quota to come back and after three months I can tell you that I am ready to do anything asked of me possible. It’s a matter of when they call me.”Cena on what WrestleMania match he’s most looking forward to:“Shane-Undertaker because of what’s at stake—the stakes are what determines how important a match is. Yes, we all want to be champion, but Shane returning after a seven year absence to only have one match and if he loses, he’s gone. If he wins, things change drastically. If he beats the Undertaker I can confidently say that’s probably the last time we are going to see the Undertaker because if the Undertaker is as good as he says he is, for him to lose to someone coming off a seven year sabbatical, maybe you’ve lost a step kid. Maybe its time to move aside.”Cena on whether the calls that he can’t wrestle bothers him:“It’s people’s opinions and when you get a crowd of people who enjoy technical wrestling, I’m not Tiger Mask. I’m not Dean Malenko. I’m not William Regal. I’m not those guys. That ain’t me. But I’ll tell you I’m fired up, I’ll get you excited to see what will happen and I will give you my best. Through that journey amazingly enough, the same people who are chanting that in the beginning of the match are on their feet at the end. That never bothered me. I know my strengths. I know my weaknesses. I know you pay money to come and see me. My job is to make you go afterwards, ‘Oh, that was awesome.’ Me trying to do something and failing miserably at it just to prove to some critic that I can “wrestle” in their interpretation is a waste of your money.”Cena on his role in the locker room:“It’s tough. I’m in a weird spot in being too old to be cool and too young to go to for advice. It’s really weird. For some reason there is a grand canyon divide. I honestly think it has something to do with my age or where I’m at. But I have all these secrets about this that I need to give away. Because if I take them with me and go quietly into the night, what good does that do for the brand? I need to help. I need to teach—or at least tell people, ‘Hey I did it this way.’”Cena on when he knows to hang ’em up:“When I can’t keep up. Talking the folks into a frenzy is certainly an asset to what we do, but you have to deliver. You have to deliver on stages like WrestleMania and beyond. When I can’t do that, I’m now taking the brand down, so I’ll have to reposition myself. It ain’t happened yet though, boss.”last_img read more

Kepa denies rift with Sarri

first_imgChelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga claims he didn’t disrespect manager Maurizio Sarri when he refused to be substituted in the Carabao Cup final defeat to Manchester City.Reserve goalkeeper Willy Caballero was ready to replace Kepa as he appeared to have suffered a cramp towards the closing stages of the game.However, the Spaniard refused to obey the orders of Sarri which caused a stir on the Chelsea bench and equally angered the Italian gaffer.Kepa went on to save Sane’s penalty but couldn’t prevent City from claiming a 4-3 win to retain the Cup.But the most expensive goalkeeper in history when he joined Chelsea for £71.6m in August, insists his refusal to leave the field was not an act of disrespect to Sarri.“I know if you see it from outside, I don’t know how it went out, it is not the best image,” Kepa told Chelsea’s official website.“I have spoken with the boss. I think it was misunderstood.“I understand that on television, on social media, they’re talking about this but I am here to explain it, to say that it wasn’t my intention to go against the manager.Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSarri: “Cristiano Ronaldo is the strongest player in the world” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Maurizio Sarri has no doubts that Cristiano Ronaldo is the main man at Juventus, and plans to the star give more freedom to exploit his talents to their fullest extent.Talk about absolute balls for Kepa Arrizabalaga, stand your ground and courage of your convictions. Good morning.— Sifiso Gumede (@Sifiso_Gumede) February 25, 2019“We have spoken now, and I was only trying to say I’m fine. He thought I wasn’t fine. It was in tense moments, with a lot happening.”Sarri played down the incident after the match, describing it as a “misunderstanding”, and Kepa agrees with the Italian.“In no moment was it my intention to disobey, or anything like that with the boss,” Kepa added.Chelsea will face Spurs on Wednesday night as they bid to seal a Champions League ticket.last_img read more