Terrorist is a terrorist regardless of outfit: DGP

first_imgSrinagar, Jul 28 (PTI) Jammu and Kashmirs top cop today played down reports of former Hizbul Mujahideen commander Zakir Musa being named as the head of al-Qaeda cell in the state, saying “a terrorist was a terrorist” regardless of the terror outfit.Musa had recently broken ranks with Hizbul Mujahideen after terming Kashmir a political issue instead of Islamic struggle meant to enforce Shariah (Islamic rule) in the state.”A terrorist is a terrorist, whichever outfit he belongs to. Somebody who has picked up a gun is a terrorist for us,” DGP S P Vaid told reporters here.He was responding to a question over naming of Musa as the chief of Jammu and Kashmir unit of al-Qaeda.Yesterday, United Jehad Council (UJC) chief Syed Salahuddin, in a video, had said the freedom movement of Jammu and Kashmir had no international agenda.”No international outfit, be it Daesh (ISIS) or al-Qaeda or anyone else, has any opportunity or is needed here,” Salahuddin had said.Asked about Salahuddins statement and the split in the militant ranks, the DGP said let them decide between themselves.The situation in Kashmir Valley was limping back to normalcy, he added.Responding to a query that militants were targeting families of policemen in south Kashmir, the DGP said it was their frustration.Vaid said all law enforcement agencies were supporting the National Investigation Agency (NIA) probe into the role of separatists in funding subversive activities in the Valley.”All law enforcement agencies were in unison. We have no differences. We did support them. When the raids were conducted, the Jammu and Kashmir Police was with them,” he said.advertisementThe state police chief said only time will tell whether the top three separatist leaders–chairmen of both factions of Hurriyat Conference Syed Ali Shah Geelani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and JKLF chief Yasin Malik–would be questioned by the NIA.The press conference was called to announce Jammu and Kashmir State Marathon 2017, organised by police under civic action programme.Vaid said through the marathon, to be held on Sunday, the police wants to convey a message of peace in the Valley.”We are working with the people. Jammu and Kashmir police belongs to them,” he said.The DGP said such events would help in reducing stone- pelting in the Valley.”Yes, it will (reduce stone-pelting incidents). Marathons and sports activities will make children healthy and healthy brain exists in a healthy body, so they will think positive, he said.The marathon has been divided into five categories men full marathon, men half marathon, women half marathon, eight- km run for boys under 14 and six-km run for girls under 14.Total prize money of Rs three lakh would be given to the winners. PTI SSB MIJ AARlast_img read more

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Goals galore by the Big Four

first_imgThe new Super League season kicked off this weekend without any surprises, with a number of spectacular goals and with the four title contenders showing their caliber.Olympiakos, PAOK, Panathinaikos and AEK all won, with varying degrees of ease, scoring 15 goals between them and accounting for 60 percent of the goals of the entire weekend that involved 14 teams.Champion Olympiakos paraded its new team, mostly acquired after its four European games during the summer, thrashing visiting Veria 6-1 on Sunday evening at the Karaiskakis Stadium. Brown Ideye scored a hat-trick, the other goals coming from Seba, Tarik Elyounoussi, and Luka Milivojevic. Pantelis Kapetanos scored Veria’s consolation.PAOK missed a host of chances but still managed to beat Panetolikos 2-1 at home, goals coming from Diego Biseswar and Garry Rodrigues, before Panetolikos pulled one back in injury time via Amr Warda.Panathinaikos was the only one of the “big four” to win away from home, downing Levadiakos 3-0 on Saturday. Its goals came from Cristian Ledesma, Mubarak Wakaso and Sebastian Leto.AEK scored three times in the first 17 minutes, eventually beating Xanthi 4-1 in Athens on Sunday. New signing Hugo Almeida scored a brace, and Petros Mantalos with Vila Didac were added to the scoresheet. Xanthi had Hamza Younes as its scorer.Greece’s other representative in Europe in the summer, PAS Giannina, was quite impressive against visiting Atromitos, winning 3-0. Platanias defeated host Kerkyra that has just bounced back up from the second division with a 1-0 score, and Panionios continued on last’s year form beating Asteras Tripolis 3-0.On Monday promoted Larissa hosts Iraklis.Source: KathimeriniTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Summary Offence Changes Make Courts More Efficient

first_imgIn a move to ease court backlogs and make the system more efficient, most arraignment hearings for offences such as speeding and traffic tickets will be eliminated effective April 1. Adults issued summary offence tickets and youth age 16 to 17 with tickets for motor vehicle matters will no longer have arraignment hearings after amendments to the Summary Proceedings Act, Justices of the Peace Regulations and Summary Offence Tickets Regulations. Currently, people who wish to plead not guilty must appear in arraignment court to get a trial date, then eventually return for trial. Amendments to the Summary Proceeds Act will allow people to get an appearance date from the front counter of any court administration office, changing a court process into an administrative process. “This is about improving access to our justice system,” said Justice Minister Ross Landry. “The new summary offence ticket process creates a more streamlined, efficient process, which is more in line with other jurisdictions.” Amendments to the Justices of the Peace Regulations will revise their roles under the new process. Amendments to the Summary Offence Ticket Regulations will allow revised tickets to reflect the new process. If a person is issued a summary offence ticket before April 1, they must appear in arraignment court. All youth charged with offences other than motor vehicle matters will still be required to attend arraignment court to ensure a judge can closely review their cases.last_img read more

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PIL in HC to implement law on issuing caste certificates to converted

first_imgNew Delhi: The Delhi High Court has sought responses of the Centre and the AAP government on a PIL seeking implementation of a law mandating issuance of caste certificates to those scheduled caste (SC) persons who converted to Buddhism. The plea has claimed that the implementation of the Constitution (Schedule Caste) Order (Amendment) Act of 1990 would enable scheduled caste persons who have embraced Buddhism to get caste certificates, a benefit which is available to them only in Maharasthra. A bench of Chief Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice A J Bhambhani issued notices to the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment and the Delhi government seeking their stands on the issue raised in the petition filed by lawyer Rahul Mohod. The petitioner has claimed that the Act has been in existence for over 28 years, but has not yet been implemented anywhere in the country except for Maharashtra. “In spite of the clear mandate under the aforesaid law, the public authorities in the pretext of not having appropriate order denied to execute the Constitution (Schedule Caste)order (Amendment) Act, 1990 for the people of Delhi who are converted Buddhist to certify them as a member of Schedule Caste community for the last 28 years,” Mohod has said in his plea. The petition seeks implementation of the Act in Delhi as well as the rest of India.The court has directed the Centre and the Delhi government to indicate their stands before the next date of hearing which is August 20.last_img read more

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Southwest back to normal after grounding planes for nearly 3 hours because

CHICAGO – Southwest Airlines was operating normally Saturday afternoon after a system-wide computer failure caused it to ground 250 flights for nearly three hours late Friday night.Full service was restored just after 2 a.m. EDT Saturday, but the Dallas-based airline experienced lingering delays in the morning as it worked to clear a backlog of flights and reposition planes and crew.The airline — the country’s largest domestic carrier — cancelled 43 flights Friday night and another 14 Saturday morning.Southwest is the latest airline to ground flights because of a large computer outage. But its problem was minor compared to those experienced by two competitors — thanks in part to its late-day timing.In April, American Airlines grounded all of its flights nationwide for several hours due to computer problems. The airline ultimately cancelled 970 flights. And last year, United Airlines had two major outages: one in August delayed 580 flights; another in November delayed 636 flights.The problem was detected around 11 p.m. EDT Friday, Southwest spokesman Brad Hawkins said. It impaired the airline’s ability to do such things as conduct check-ins, print boarding passes and monitor the weight of each aircraft. Some flights were on the taxiway and diverted back to the terminal, Hawkins said. Flights already in the air were unaffected.Most of Southwest’s cancellations Friday night were in the western half of the country, according to airline spokeswoman Michelle Agnew. Saturday’s cancellations were scattered across the U.S. They included planes leavings from Minneapolis, Chicago, Phoenix, Denver and San Diego, according to flight tracking service FlightAware.Southwest flies an average of 3,400 flights each day.Agnew said in an email Saturday morning that the airline’s technology team is “still working to confirm the source of the issue.”Shortly after 2 a.m., Southwest posted on its Twitter page that “systems are operating and we will begin work to get customers where they need to be. Thanks for your patience tonight.”Agnew said the computer system was “running at full capacity” by early Saturday. Before that, though, officials used a backup system that was much more sluggish.______AP Airlines Writer Scott Mayerowitz in New York contributed to this report. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Southwest back to normal after grounding planes for nearly 3 hours because of computer glitch by Jeff McMurray, The Associated Press Posted Jun 22, 2013 2:28 am MDT read more

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Norbord Q2 profit more than doubles increases dividend 67 per cent

Norbord Q2 profit more than doubles, increases dividend 67 per cent TORONTO – Norbord Inc. (TSX:OSB) increased its dividend as it reported its second-quarter profit more than doubled compared with a year ago.The maker of oriented strand board says it will pay 50 cents Cdn per share under its variable dividend policy, up from a payment of 20 cents Cdn in its last quarterly payment to shareholders.Norbord says the increase was due to the strength in North American benchmark OSB prices this year and a positive market outlook.The company, which keeps its books in U.S. dollars, reported a profit of $97 million or $1.12 per diluted share, up from $44 million or 51 cents per share a year ago.Revenue improved to $536 million compared with $447 million in the same quarter last year. by The Canadian Press Posted Jul 28, 2017 4:54 am MDT Last Updated Jul 28, 2017 at 5:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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Mens soccer Bowling Green presents challenges for Ohio States defense

Ohio State senior forward Christian Soldat pushes the ball up the field against Rutgers in a game at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium on Sept. 18, 2016. Credit: Gene Ross | Lantern PhotographerAfter scoring only one goal through the first four games, the Ohio State men’s soccer team has defeated its last two opponents by a combined score of 7-2. The Buckeyes look to continue their hot streak as they take on Bowling Green on Saturday at 7 p.m.In the last game out against Valparaiso, OSU senior striker Danny Jensen recorded the first hat trick for the Scarlet and Grey since 2012. Jensen moved to eighth on the Buckeyes career points list with 48. “Its pretty cool,” Jensen said. “To be even mentioned in a list like that with some of those players is really special.” OSU has won three of its last four games. Coach John Bluem said that the team is starting to find a rhythm because his players are finally getting healthy.“One of the problems we have had all year is that we haven’t been able to play all our guys together because of injuries,” Bluem said. “This is two games in a row where we finally had the same starting lineup. I think it is helping to develop consistency.”The Buckeyes will take a one-game road trip to Bowling Green before returning to Columbus for two home games next week. The Falcons come into the game with a record of 5-2-1. The team has been dominant at home this season, playing to a 4-0-1 record at Cochrane Stadium. In those five home matches, the Falcons have outscored opponents 13-2. Senior forward Pat Flynn and freshman forward Chris Brennan lead their team in scoring. Brennan has found the back of the net four times in eight games, and Flynn has three goals and three assists on the season.Bowling Green also finds itself atop a few NCAA statistical categories. The Falcons are first in the nation in total assists and fifth overall in total points. The Buckeyes’ defense, which has shined as of late, will face a stiff test against the in-state foe.“It helps playing with confidence,” said redshirt freshman goalkeeper Parker Siegfried. “It’s awesome to know that even if we give up one, maybe a bad pass here and there, we can get it right back.”The Buckeyes are hoping they have overcome the troubles that plagued them during their slow start and can begin to go on a run much like last year. “Every year it takes some time to find what your players are capable of doing,” Bluem said. “If we were playing like this at the beginning of the season, we would not have gone 0-4.” read more

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Bradley Beal Is Finally The Player He Was Meant To Be

2013-144.524.47392.250.7 Sources: synergy sports technology, Basketball-Reference 2016-174.822.896.3109.560.4 2014-154.326.16692.452.1 2012-132.718.3%86.492.351.5% 2013-142.010.789.792.250.7 SEASONPLAYS/GAME% OF ALL PLAYSPTS/100 PLAYSPTS/100 PLAYSTRUE SHOOTING % Bradley Beal’s pick-and-roll points per play 2015-165.229.58197.954.7 Even with all the puzzling players floating around the NBA, Bradley Beal has always stood out. He was drafted as a dead-eye shooter, a seemingly ideal foil for John Wall, the Wizards’ supersonic point guard. But despite shooting about as well as can be expected from long distance, and despite possessing many of the tools required of an All-Star guard, Beal has never quite matched his potential.But this season, amid the Washington Wizards’ rise to legitimate Eastern Conference dark horse, Beal has become the version of himself that Washington fans have always hoped would show up.The change looks simple: Beal is attempting more 3-pointers than ever before (he’s up to 7.4 per game this season) and making them as well as he ever has (40.6 percent). This has brought his true shooting percentage up to an elite level (60.4 percent), and it has been crucial to the Wizards posting their best offensive efficiency in his time with the team. But Beal’s transformation from a bundle of unrealized potential into a true partner for Wall is not merely the result of taking more threes. He has also made fundamental changes to his game in search of those shots.Let’s start with the basics: Beal has always been a perfectly good spot-up shooter, but being an NBA star who specializes in shooting is about more than just stroking open jump shots. Just about any NBA-level guard can stand in the corner and hit a decent percentage of the threes that come his way. In the past, the Wizards tried to get Beal to fill out his game by acting like a traditional star guard, running the high pick-and-roll and doing his best Kobe Bryant impression. This didn’t work out so well. Bradley Beal’s off-screen points per play SEASONPLAYS/GAME% OF ALL PLAYSPTS/100 PLAYSPTS/100 PLAYSTRUE SHOOTING % Sources: synergy sports technology, basketball-reference 2012-132.416.5%5692.351.5% PICK-AND-ROLLOVERALL 2015-162.715.290.597.954.7 OFF-SCREENOVERALL 2016-174.722.1101109.560.4 2014-152.817.077.492.452.1 Until this season, Beal ran the pick-and-roll the way most guards in the NBA do. He’d hold the ball, wait for his screen to arrive, and then feel out the space the defense gave him, looking to drive or pass. He has improved this part of his game over the years, but he was never better than about average (and often was far worse than that). That’s mostly because, while he has a good first step, he has never been a strong dribbler; when he can’t go in a straight line to the basket, he’ll often lose his handle and have to reset or will dribble ball off his foot and out of bounds.Having Beal play as though he were a prototypical star shooting guard was not a great use of his talents. So the Wizards have switched things up, getting him open in other ways, away from the ball. After years of spending the greatest portion of his possessions churning out mediocre pick-and-rolls, Beal now gets more shots from running off of screens than from any other play type. And focusing on the off-ball movement has opened up the rest of his game, making him much more effective when he does have the ball. This season’s Wizards commonly start plays with Beal on the wing (or making a run across the baseline to emerge on the opposite wing) and run off a screen that gets him toward the middle of the floor. Because Beal is a threat to shoot off of the screen, the defender has to chase him over it and the screener’s defender has to help discourage a shot. If neither closes him out, Beal can rise up for a shot. If one or both defenders contest, he can use his first step to drive to the rim, which is less congested than it would be if he’d begun the play holding the ball and staring down the defense.That’s a fairly common play type in the NBA, and one that the Cleveland Cavaliers will often run to get Kyle Korver open. But the important thing about these plays isn’t how effective they are — though at 95 points per 100 plays, they’re a perfectly good option for Beal in the half-court — but how much they’ve helped Beal improve those same pick-and-roll plays that had been weighing him and the Wizards down. Last season, Beal scored a career-high 81 points per 100 plays as a pick-and-roll ball handler; this season, he’s taken that to 103 points per 100 plays. That’s due in large part to the space and matchups he’s able to create coming off of screens, which comes from excising a bunch of the slow, pounding, high pick-and-rolls that get him into trouble.Many of this season’s Beal pick-and-rolls are hardly recognizable compared to those of past seasons. In fact, some are more like extensions of Beal’s off-the-screen work than they are traditional pick-and-rolls.Instead of beginning possessions with the defense set, and therefore having to create openings with his dribbling, Beal now often receives the ball after coming around a screen — essentially the play you see above — and then re-engages with the screen for the pick-and-roll going back the other way, or he runs around a second screen set by another Washington big. Instead of immediately exploring the space, however, his first move is now to look for the pull-up 3. It may not sound like much, but the idea is to build Beal’s biggest strength (his jumper) into a primary weapon while minimizing his reliance on things he doesn’t do as well (dribbling and passing).Not every play can be quite that complex. But even when Beal isn’t curling around screens, he’s finding more opportunities to begin the pick-and-roll action early in the shot clock, when the defense is not yet set (which is when he’s looked his best in previous years). Other times, Beal simply needs to run a standard high pick-and-roll while Wall takes a break. Even then, however, it seems like he goes to his jumper more quickly than he used to and looks a little sharper driving into traffic (though he’s still not above occasionally dribbling the ball off of his shin or missing a rolling Marcin Gortat by several feet).These tweaks put several kinds of pressure on the defense. First, it has to guard Beal’s initial run off of the screen, which he’s perfectly happy to use to create a shot. But then, if the defense is successful, Beal can turn his defender back the other way around the same screen to begin the pick-and-roll, where he’s also a threat to pull up. And because all this is happening on a dynamic play instead of in a grinding two-man game, Beal has more clear lanes to the hoop that don’t require any of the fancy moves that get him into trouble, like “changing direction” or “avoiding a defender.”We have to go back to the crates to find someone who both runs a lot of pick-and-rolls and uses them the way Beal does. It turns out that this new-and-improved version of Beal plays a lot like the player he was compared to coming out of college: Ray Allen.Allen didn’t have a partner like Wall to draw attention away from him, but the way he navigated his screens and made defenders come to him would be right at home in 2017’s NBA.For the Wizards to make much noise this spring, a lot of things will have to break their way. The defense will have to snap out of a troubling recent downturn (they’ve allowed 111 points per 100 possessions since the All-Star break, compared to 108 before it), and fellow Zards breakout Otto Porter will need to emerge from a cold spell (he’s shooting 35 percent from three since the break, down from 47 percent before it). But those are more temporary, will-they-or-won’t-they type problems. The biggest change to the Wizards this season is more hardwired than that: Bradley Beal has developed a game that suits his skills, and it’s the game of a perennial All-Star. read more

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Mens Basketball Ohio State dominates No 22 Iowa 9070 for first ranked

Sophomore forward Kaleb Wesson looks for an open layup attempt against Iowa on Feb. 26 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Cori Wade | For The LanternWith four games remaining before the Big Ten Tournament and an 0-7 record against teams in the Associated Press Top 25, Ohio State needed a win to prove its merit for the NCAA Tournament.On Tuesday, the Buckeyes proved it, handedly defeating No. 22 Iowa 90-70 for their first win of the season against a top-six opponent in the Big Ten standings.The 20-point victory is the largest since Ohio State defeated Minnesota 79-59 on Dec. 2.In Tuesday’s win against the Hawkeyes, Ohio State scored at least 90 points for the first time in conference play and for the second time all season, scoring 107 against Purdue Fort Wayne on Nov. 11.“A fun night for our guys,” head coach Chris Holtmann said. “As a coach, you love seeing your guys play with that level of joy and happiness.”Ohio State started the game missing its first seven attempts from 3, finishing the first half 4-of-17 from behind the arc.The second half started the same, with the Buckeyes missing their next two 3-point attempts. But then, the shots started to fall, specifically for Justin Ahrens.The freshman forward hit the first 3 of the second half, leading Ohio State to hit its next five attempts, four of which were from Ahrens.Ahrens finished the game with a career-high 29 points, 25 of which came in the second half, and was a team-high plus-31 for the team in his second collegiate start.Ahrens hit all six of his 3-point attempts in the second half after missing his first four from the field.His previous career-high was nine points, set against Maryland in the Buckeyes’ past matchup.“I was really hot out there, it felt good, my teammates were feeding me really well,” Ahrens said. “Honestly, “You know that’s great, but we’re really just focused on punching our ticket to the tournament, and really that’s all on our mind right now.”Ohio State shot 57.7 percent in the second half, including 53.5 percent from deep.Sophomore forward Kaleb Wesson found himself in foul trouble again in the first half, playing only nine minutes and scoring seven points and five rebounds in limited time.The foul trouble didn’t hold him back for long. The sophomore forward connected on a pair of and-1 opportunities early in the second half, giving Ohio State a 10-point lead following both free-throws.Wesson finished with 18 points and 11 rebounds, his first double-double since Dec. 22 against UCLA, and he said with players like Ahrens making shots from deep, it makes his job a simple one.“It’s easy, with guys hitting shots like that, they can’t come down on me as much, and they gotta go out there,” Wesson said. “When they come down, I’m passing it out and they’re hitting wide open shots, it’s just, it makes for good basketball.”When the Buckeyes faced the Hawkeyes on Jan. 12., Wesson had four fouls and five turnovers in 23 minutes.It was Kaleb who found his stride as the game progressed, but junior forward Andre Wesson was the one who found consistency.Andre Wesson played all but six seconds of the game for Ohio State. He finished with 11 points and five rebounds.Holtmann said he didn’t realize he played Andre Wesson for that long.“Did he play 40 minutes? Is that right?,” Holtmann said. “He was really good in some of his finishing, he’s battling guys that are three, four, five inches taller than he is, I thought he was good with the ball in the press, in attacking the press.”The Buckeyes led Iowa 36-33 at halftime following a 3 by senior guard C.J. Jackson with 40 seconds to go, his first points of the game.Jackson came off the bench after missing Ohio State’s past game against Maryland with a shoulder injury, and finished the game with six points and a team-high six assists in 34 minutes.Freshman guard Duane Washington led all scorers with 10 points on 4-of-7 shooting at halftime. Midway through the first half, Washington scored 10 of Ohio State’s 13 points to give the Buckeyes a 24-22 lead with 7:40 to go.Late in the first half, Ahrens forced a steal, and hit a layup in the open court, while Iowa redshirt senior forward Nicholas Baer attempted to foul Ahrens prior to the shot.The result was a flagrant foul on Baer, tying the game at 31 after Ahrens hit both free throws.A win puts Ohio State at 8-9 in the Big Ten, and moves the team six spots up in the KenPom rankings, up to No. 31.Ahrens said, even if it’s not discussed, that the NCAA Tournament is what’s on every player’s mind.“We all know how bad we want to be there,” Ahrens said.Ohio State will travel to West Lafayette, Indiana to take on No. 14 Purdue on Saturday. read more

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GECOM Chair Future elections shrouded in deep fears over unilateral appointment

Following the announcement that President David Granger had unilaterally selected a new Chairman for the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) in the person of Justice (retd) James Patterson, there has been much debate and controversy surrounding the legality of such a move.Former Speaker of the National Assembly, Ralph Ramkarran, SCMore importantly, this decision has, to a large extent, created deep fear and anguish over the prospect of future elections.This is according to former Speaker of the National Assembly, Attorney-at-Law Ralph Ramkarran, SC, who, in his weekly column, ‘Conversation Tree’, declared that Guyanese have been victims of rigged elections in Guyana since 1968. More specifically, the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) and its supporters have been those victims.Ramkarran recalled that for democracy to be restored to Guyana, it took 24 years of hard and painful struggle, during which Guyana’s economic and social development was severely damaged; and he said the country is still recovering from that period.“The deep fears of the PPP, arising from the initial impasse over the selection of the Chair and now the eventual breakdown of the process, must be instilling deep fear and anguish over the future and the prospect of being rigged out of office for another twenty-five years,” he opined.President David Granger swearing in Justice (Retd) James Patterson to the post of GECOM Chairman last Thursday nightRamkarran was keen to point out that the PPP went to extraordinary lengths over the past 10 months to find 18 Guyanese willing to agree to have their names submitted to President Granger for consideration to be appointed to what he described as one of the most difficult, controversial and thankless of jobs – Chair of GECOM.And according to him, of the last six names submitted, two immediately stood out and met the President’s criteria of ‘fit and proper,’ which he has been referring to continually.Major General (Rtd) Joe SinghWhile many of the other nominees are also well qualified, Ramkarran said, no one can seriously assert that the political persuasion of either of these two men, if any, would influence their decisions.He was referring specifically to retired Major General Joe Singh and Attorney-at -Law Teni Housty.Ramkarran noted that Singh had been a highly respected Chief of Staff of the Guyana Defence Force, and was Chair of GECOM for the 2002 elections, which were credibly held. And Housty is a well-respected, well-qualified, senior, experienced, lawyer and former President of the Guyana Bar Association.Attorney-at -Law Teni HoustyMeanwhile, in addressing another matter, Ramkarran said that while the PPP has announced that it would mount a constitutional challenge to the President’s appointment of a Chairman for GECOM, he believes the best time for this was after the President had rejected the first six names, and in so doing had suggested that the names should be of only judges, former judges, or persons qualified to be judges.“The results of the case, which was filed after the Leader of the Opposition had submitted a second set of names, showed that it could have been possible to obtain an order from the court directing the President to choose a name from that first six,” he explained.But having submitted two further sets of six names, each at the invitation of the President, the Opposition Leader had been deprived of the opportunity of having the court issue an order in relation to the first six names.He insisted that the Constitution provides thus: “If the Leader of the Opposition FAILS to submit a list as provided for,” only then can the President proceed unilaterally to make an appointment of a judge, former judge, or person qualified to be a judge to the post of GECOM Chairman.Ramkarran pointed out that the Opposition Leader had submitted a list which was amended twice by the substitution of names. He said that in that case, the Opposition Leader did not fail to submit a list, and the President’s appointment is therefore void.Touching on the PPP’s decision of declaring non-cooperation with the Government, Ramkarran said it is not the first time in the PPP’s history that non-cooperation was declared.He recalled that after the 1973 elections, at which the People’s National Congress (PNC) had seized a two-thirds majority, the PPP had declared non-cooperation and did not take up its seats in the National Assembly for 18 months.“The PNC did the same after 1992, and did not take up their seats in the National Assembly for long periods of time in the years thereafter.In both cases, the respective governments had carried on their business with little disruption, but with great bitterness.“Based on past history with the PPP and PNC, the PPP’s non-cooperation would mean very little in practical terms to the government’s agenda,” Ramkarran asserted. 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Debunked Does water drain in a different direction in each hemisphere

first_imgIN THIS SERIES, takes a look at an urban myth, old wives’ tale, or something that your mammy told you years ago to see if there’s any truth in it.We’ve all learned an awful lot from The Simpsons.You might remember an episode where the family travel to Australia. In the American Embassy, they come across a contraption that reverses the direction of water swirling down a toilet, since in the Southern Hemisphere will flow counter-clockwise, and in the Northern Hemisphere clockwise.This belief is pretty commonplace, and while we shouldn’t always take what we see on The Simpsons as gospel truth, the science behind it does sound as though it could add up.The Coriolis Effect, sometimes called the Coriolis Force, is said to be what causes the different directions of flow.Not the easiest of topics to explain to detail, it is defined as “the deflection of an object moving above the earth, rightward in the northern hemisphere and leftward in the southern hemisphere”.Speaking to, Dr Rowan Fealy of NUI Maynooth said the best way to visualise this is by imagining standing on the North Pole and throwing an object south.Because the Earth rotates beneath the object, the object will not land where you expect it, but instead slightly to the right.If you were standing on the South Pole, the same would happen, although the object would end up on the left.This rotation of the Earth can cause swirls in our weather systems and in our oceans.So does it affect the water draining from your bath? Anyone who has ever traveled to the opposite hemisphere and paid attention to the phenomenon will tell you, quite simply, no, this myth is “utter nonsense” as Dr Fealy put it.The Coriolis Effect is very small. It only impacts slow moving very large objects, typically in the order of hundreds of kilometres, like very large ocean currents and parcels of moving air.“The effect on your bathtub would be extremely limited to non-existent.”He said that the shape of the drain or the container from which the fluid is flowing can affect the direction of flow. Some will flow clockwise, others might flow counter-clockwise.That said, some reports mention a 1908 experiment in which a tank of water was left for 24 hours to let the fluid become completely still. The plug was carefully removed, and while the water first drained straight out of the tank without any rotation, it eventually began to swirl.Is there a myth you’d like debunked? Email nicky@thejournal.ieDebunked: Are redheads, gingers, and strawberry blondes going extinct? >last_img read more

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Four out of five Irish TV viewers are offended by rape and

first_imgA NEW SURVEY has found that Ireland’s attitude towards violence on television is changing.The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland yesterday revealed the findings of a new Ipsos MRBI poll that asked for people’s attitudes towards violence on television.It found that 61 per cent of those polled regarded themselves as fairly or very liberal, while 37 per cent regarded themselves as being fairly or very conservative.Over 70 per cent believed that broadcasters should cater for all viewers, even if their own tastes are offended. However, 81 per cent said that their expectations of what should be offered differed from the reality.80 per cent said that they were offended by scenes or descriptions of rape and sexual assault or cruelty; 50 per cent by explicit or graphic images; and 30 per cent by comedy or reality TV. One quarter of people are regularly or occasionally offended by how lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people are portrayed on TV.The figures for offence taken to the portrayal of women, people with disabilities and immigrants are broadly similar.Speaking at the discussion event, Bob Collins of the BAI said that public input was crucial.“The conversation we are having today is just the beginning of the process of redrafting the Code of Programme Standards. There will be full consultation with the public and with broadcasters over the coming months and everyone will have an opportunity to make their views known.”Read: Here’s how far the X Factor has fallenRead: The Amazon reviews for this €30,000 TV are absolutely brilliantlast_img read more

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Venizelos off to Turkey

first_imgForeign Minister Evangelos Venizelos starts a two-day visit to Turkey on Saturday for talks with his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu.Venizelos, who is also Greece’s deputy premier, is further scheduled to meet with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.The visit comes amid tension over energy spoils in the Eastern Mediterranean region.On Sunday, Venizelos will attend the Thronal Feast of St Andrew the Apostle at the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Istanbul.Pope Francis is also scheduled to attend.Meanwhile on Thursday Venizelos spoke with Nicos Anastasiades on the phone ahead of the Cypriot president’s heart surgery in the US on December 4.Also, in his capacity as foreign minister, Venizelos is to meet SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras on Friday.Tsipras is expected at the Foreign Ministry at 1 p.m.Officially, the agenda for the talks consists of foreign policy rather than domestic issues.Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Game of Thrones Oreos Are Coming for Your Sugar Fix

first_img ‘Game of Thrones’ Targaryen Prequel Series Is Reportedly Coming to HBO‘Game of Thrones’ Star Kit Harington Joins Marvel’s &#… Get your cookie-dunking glasses ready: Game of Thrones Oreos are coming to grocery stores soon.On Saturday, Oreo’s Twitter account teased a clip on the new snack, which doesn’t have a set release date yet. The clip, which featured the signature Game of Thrones logo and chilling effect, was captioned with, “Cookies are coming.” And, no one knows what will be inside these delicious treats.Cookies are coming.— Oreo Cookie (@Oreo) February 23, 2019Oreo didn’t tease an image of the Game of Thrones Oreos or packaging, but it’s likely that the new cookies will hit shelves before the Game of Thrones Season 8 premiere, which will debut on HBO on April 14. Game of Thrones’ Twitter account also acknowledged the upcoming sweets with, “House Oreo #ForTheThrone.”House Oreo #ForTheThrone— Game Of Thrones (@GameOfThrones) February 26, 2019This isn’t Oreo’s first Game of Thrones announcement: Back in 2017, Oreo tweeted Game of Thrones with a frozen cookie and said, “Wonder what temperature milk freezes at? #WinterIsHere.” However, there weren’t any signs that a cookie collaboration was in the works. @GameOfThrones Wonder what temperature milk freezes at? #WinterIsHere— Oreo Cookie (@Oreo) June 21, 2017Oreo’s Game of Thrones snack update is timely with HBO’s 2019 Coming Soon trailer, which aired on the same day as the Oscars on Feb. 24. HBO revealed brief clips of Game of Thrones Season 8, which showed soldiers marching through Winterfell, a giant dragon, and Arya looking surprised at something the audience couldn’t see.Game of Thrones won’t return for about two more months, however, the new Game of Thrones-themed Oreos could be a sweet pregame for the show’s final season.More on Reveals ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 8 First-Look Photos‘Game of Thrones’ Season 8 Teaser Hints at Gloomy Fate for the Starks‘Game of Thrones’ Season 8 Footage Teases New Alliance Stay on targetlast_img read more

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Cameras capture man ripping iPhones from Deerfield Beach TMobile store display

first_imgDEERFIELD BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – Surveillance cameras were rolling as a man made his way into a Deerfield Beach cellphone store and got away with several devices.Video shows the burglar walking into a T-Mobile store, located near Southeast 10th Street and South Federal Highway in Deerfield Beach on March 21.Police said the man, wearing a black and white jacket with a camouflage hat, ripped several phones off the display, getting away with over $2,000 in merchandise.If you have any information on this theft, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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WHS SOFTBALL Wildcats Suffer First Loss Of Season In Extra Innings

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington High School Varsity Softball team (2-1) lost a heartbreaker to Reading High by a score of 6-5 on Thursday, April 18, 2019.The Wildcats jumped out in the first inning, scoring two on RBI’s from Ally Moran and Bella Kieran. The Rockets got one back in their half of the first.In the third inning, Kacie Bourrell started the inning off with a walk. Kayla Bourrell laid down a nice bunt to have two on with no outs. Ally Moran (2-4 with 3 RBI) plated both of them with a double to centerfield. One run was given back to the Rockets on a homerun to left field.In the sixth inning, the Wildcats were up 5-3. but could not hold the lead. After a defensive mistake and passed ball, the game was tied.The Wildcats couldn’t put timely hits together and were unable to score any more runs after the fourth inning.“Today we saw some things that we have to work on, but overall it was a good effort by both team,” said Coach Audrey Cabral. “Both pitchers were the victims of wildness due to the cold and the rain.”Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWHS SOFTBALL: Wildcats Lose To Melrose By 1 Run, Storm Back With 12-Run Win Over Greater LowellIn “Sports”WHS SOFTBALL: Wildcats Win Back-To-Back Games, Moran Gives Up 3 Hits While Striking Out 22In “Sports”WHS SOFTBALL: Wildcats’ Offense Explodes For 15 Runs In Win Over NewburyportIn “Sports”last_img read more

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Have lost a valued friend Modi on Jaitleys death

first_imgNew Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday described Arun Jaitley as a “valued friends” whose insights and nuanced understanding of matters had “very few parallels” as he condoled the death of the senior BJP leader who was one of his close confidants for decades. Modi, who is in the UAE on an official tour, said the former finance minister was full of life, blessed with wit, a great sense of humour and charisma. Official sources said the prime minister spoke to the wife and son of Jaitley, who died at AIIMS on Saturday, and expressed his condolences. Both of them insisted that he does not cancel his foreign tour. Also Read – Shah urges women to shun plastic bags Advertise With Us In his tweets, Modi said Jaitley was admired by people across all sections of society, adding that he was multi-faceted, had impeccable knowledge about India’s Constitution, history, public policy, governance and administration. “With the demise of Arun Jaitley Ji, I have lost a valued friend, whom I have had the honour of knowing for decades. His insight on issues and nuanced understanding of matters had very few parallels. He lived well, leaving us all with innumerable happy memories. Also Read – Free bus travel for women gets Cabinet nod Advertise With Us We will miss him!” he said. Noting that Jaitley held multiple ministerial responsibilities during his long political career, he said it enabled him to contribute towards India’s economic growth, strengthening our defence capabilities, creating people-friendly laws and enhancing trade with other nations. Modi also recalled his contribution to the BJP. “BJP and Arun Jaitley Jihad an unbreakable bond. As a fiery student leader, he was at the forefront of protecting our democracy during the Emergency. He became a much-liked face of our Party, who could articulate the Party programmes and ideology to a wide spectrum of society,” he said.last_img read more

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Indian girl forced to remove innerwear before entering exam hall

first_imgStudents coming out after taking the `National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET) in India’s Gurugram on Sunday. Photo: PTIIn a shocking incident, a female candidate who appeared at a NEET centre in Kannur, India’s Kerala on Sunday claimed she had to remove her innerwear before sitting for the entrance test.Other women candidates too faced a harrowing experience due to a strict dress code in force.The anguished candidate told media persons after attempting the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) — conducted for admission to undergraduate medical courses in government and private medical colleges in the country-that she was asked by the examination centre’s officials to remove her innerwear.“My daughter went inside the centre, only to return later and hand me her top innerwear,” said her mother.Another candidate, who was wearing a pair of jeans, was asked to remove a pocket as well as metal buttons from the clothing.Her father told IANS: “She was wearing jeans. Since it had pockets and metal buttons, they needed to be removed. I went to a shop about three km away from the exam centre and bought a new dress for her after getting the shop opened.”Those living in the vicinity of the school where the NEET centre was set up came forward to help candidates by giving them suitable clothes to wear.“I know of a Muslim family which gave six tops to candidates to wear. Even more shocking was the fact that authorities did not permit anyone to wear full-sleeved top. Those wearing such sleeves had to cut it to make it short-sleeved,” said another harried parent.“The ordeal is over but it’s debatable how many female candidates would have been able to write the exam properly after they were subjected to so much humiliation. I will write to Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan to seek action against those responsible,” said state Mahila Congress President Bindhu Krishna.The Centre Board of Secondary Education organised NEET 2017 on Sunday in as many as 104 cities across the country, for which more than 11 lakh aspirants had registered.last_img
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Go back to the enewsletter Scenic has launched it

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterScenic has launched its South America programme for 2017 which features three new tours, new Enrich experiences, Freechoice activities and dining, plus a new hotel in the Sacred Valley.Guests can now discover even more of South America with three new tours. The 19 Day Peru Discovery is a round trip from Lima which as well as taking in the Peruvian highlights of Sacred Valley, Cuzco and Lake Titicaca also visits the emerging destinations of the country’s cultural capital Trujillo and the World Heritage-listed Chan Chan ruins; the colonial city of Arequipa; and the incredible Colca Canyon – home to the rare Andean condor. The 16 Day Peru Adventure & Galapagos Cruise showcases the very best of Peru and Ecuador from the extraordinary wildlife to the ancient treasures.The 25 Day South American Adventure with Rio Carnival, travels from Lima to Rio de Janeiro taking in the world famous Carnival. This is the first time Scenic is offering guests the chance to attend the Champions Parade in the purpose-built parade ground, the Sambadrome. Over 25 days guests enjoy the highlights of the Amazon and Peru plus vibrant Buenos Aires, the spectacular Iguazú Falls and Rio de Janeiro.The 2017 programme sees the launch of a new Enrich experience in Cuba: a visit to a family run paladar restaurant to enjoy local Cuban specialities. Plus new Freechoice activities in Cuzco, including a Chinchero village tour and a cooking class; and Bariloche where guests can choose from ziplining, a cable car ride to the top of Cerro Campanario or a cruise across Nahuel Huapi Lake.Also new for 2017 are two new Scenic Special Stay hotels: the explora Valle Sagrado in the Sacred Valley, located in one of the region’s most remote ancient corn plantations, and Luciano K, a small boutique hotel in Santiago.Louise Hill, Journey Designer South America, commented: “The enhancements to this years’ South America programme have largely stemmed from guest surveys and feedback at our Ever Wondered sessions which is hugely valuable in allowing us to continue to improve the programme offering.“There is usually a blackout period for hotel rooms during Carnival but the strength of our relationship with our hotel partner in Rio has allowed us to allocate rooms during this busy time which is fantastic for our guests. There has also been strong demand from our more active guests for soft adventure so we have now been able to introduce trekking and cycling in the Sacred Valley now we have the right hotel partner there in the form of luxury mountain lodge, explora Valle Sagrado.”Scenic is offering fantastic Earlybird offers on bookings made by 30 September 2016. Guests can fly from $995, including taxes of up to $195 per person on all journeys to South America of 19 days or longer – this is a saving of up to $3720 per couple.Business class flights are also available on these journeys from $4995 per person. Guests that book journeys of 12 to 18 days can fly from $1395 including taxes of up to $195 per person, a saving of up to $2470 per couple.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

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