Congress moves Gujarat High Court, seeks expulsion of MLA Alpesh Thakor

first_imgThe Gujarat High Court on Monday admitted a petition of the State Congress seeking a directive to Assembly Speaker Rajendra Trivedi to take an early decision on its demand to expel Alpesh Thakor as an MLA. After admitting the petition filed by Congress chief whip in the Assembly Ashwin Kotwal, a division bench of Justices S.R. Brahmbhatt and AP Thaker issued notices to Mr. Trivedi and Mr. Thakor, and kept further hearing on June 27. In the petition, the Congress also demanded that till the Speaker takes a final call, Mr. Thakor must not be allowed to exercise his rights as a legislator. The petition stated that though the Congress, through an application in April, had urged Mr. Trivedi to expel Mr. Thakor as an MLA, no decision has been taken yet by the Speaker, which compelled the Party to approach the High Court. On April 25, Gujarat Congress leaders led by Mr. Kotwal had approached Mr. Trivedi seeking expulsion of Mr. Thakor as a legislator claiming that he was no longer with the Party and that he was involved in “anti-Party activities” during the Lok Sabha polls. Ahead of the Lok Sabha polls, Mr. Thakor had resigned on April 10 from all the posts he held in the Congress, claiming he and his Thakor community were insulted and betrayed by the Party. Mr. Thakor was Congress secretary in charge of Bihar and was a member of all key Party committees for the Lok Sabha polls. Though Mr. Thakor had not mentioned specifically that he was resigning as an MLA or from the primary membership of the Party, Mr. Kotwal maintained that “resignation from all the posts” also include primary membership and as an MLA. Mr. Thakor, a prominent OBC leader, was elected from Radhanpur on a Congress ticket in 2017 Assembly polls.last_img read more

BCCI agrees to modified DRS without ball-tracker

first_imgAbandoning its rigid stand on technology, the BCCI on Monday agreed to the mandatory use of the controversial Decision Review System (DRS) in a modified version in all international matches at the ongoing ICC Annual Conference.The modified version would have Hot-Spot technology but without the Hawk Eye ball-tracker, which would mean that the LBW decisions would not be within the purview of the DRS.The mandatory terms and conditions for the DRS that have now been recommended by ICC’s chief executives’ committee to the Executive Board for approval tomorrow will now consist of “thermal imaging” and “sound technology”. It has been agreed to remove the “ball tracker” from the ICC’s original compulsory list of DRS technologies.Hot Spot, the ‘thermal imaging’ technology now available and made mandatory in the DRS, will mostly be made use of for close catches and edges.This means that India will, for the first time since 2008, be agreeable to using the DRS in a bilateral series when it tours England starting next month.However, the DRS to be used in the England-India series will be without the Hawk-Eye ball-tracker and therefore not include leg before decisions.The BCCI said it has agreed to the modified DRS which will have Hot-Spot but without the ball tracker. It said the ICC CEC has agreed that the use of ‘ball-tracker’ technology in bilateral series be left to the two Boards.”The BCCI is agreeable to the use of technology in decision-making, which will include infra-red cameras and audio-tracking devices”, it said in a statement.advertisement”The BCCI has always expressed its willingness to embrace technology, for the betterment of the game. However, the current ball-tracking technology, on which the DRS system is based, is not acceptable to the Board. This position has not changed,” the statement said.”The BCCI’s view was supported at the ongoing ICC CEC meeting in Hong Kong. The CEC also decided that the continued use of the ball-tracking technology as a decision-making aid, will depend on the bilateral arrangement between the participating teams,” it said.Indian Cricket Board had been opposing the DRS on the ground that it is not 100 per cent accurate. Senior batsman Sachin Tendulkar had said that DRS would be more acceptable if it has Hot-Spot technology.- With inputs from PTIlast_img read more

Petron sweeps PLDT

first_imgFilipinos out to deliver duathlon gold medals Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Magalong: Albayalde also got SUV out of ‘agaw bato’ operation in 2013 PLAY LIST 01:19Magalong: Albayalde also got SUV out of ‘agaw bato’ operation in 201300:50Trending Articles01:05Chinese military personnel parade near Hong Kong border02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Bell had 15 points and 10 digs while Niemer scattered nine spikes, three aces and a pair of blocks for 14 hits.Mika Reyes was also instrumental with seven points while Aiza Maizo-Pontillas and Remy Palma added six points apiece.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesIn the second game, Kalei Mau delivered the crucial blows down the stretch to carry United VC to a 12-25, 15-25, 25-17, 25-22, 15-9 win over Sta. Lucia.The Filipino-American outside spiker finished with 22 points off 19 spikes as United VC improved to 1-1. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sta Lucia’s Pam Lastimosa goes for a kill over United VC’s Taira Robins-Hardy. See story below. —Sherwin VardeleonImports Katherine Bell and Stephanie Niemer powered defending champion Petron past PLDT Home Fibr, 25-19, 25-9, 25-10, in the Philippine Superliga Grand Prix on Tuesday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Billed as two of the best imports the country ever saw, Bell and Niemer were unstoppable from start to finish as they towed debuting Petron to the easy win in one hour and 26 minutes.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View comments Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Jayson Castro lifts TNT over SMB, sends series to do-or-die Game 3

first_imgMOST READ “We just tied the series. Nothing to celebrate. Our goal tonight was to stay in the series,” said TNT coach Bong Ravena. “I’m just glad we’re making our outside shots which we were missing in the last game.”“We just played harder this time. Hopefully next game, the intensity and our energy stays the same. Or even improves,” he added.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsRR Pogoy led all of TNT in scoring with 20, while Troy Rosario and Don Trollano registered 15 and 12, respectively.The Beermen’s frontcourt of June Mar Fajardo and Christian Standhardinger shouldered the most of the burden of keeping their opponents within striking range. The former had  26 markers and 19 boards while the latter 18 and 8.    Terrence Romeo, who dealt the most damage for SMB in Game 1, scored 12.The victory by TNT forged a double do-or-die showcase on Wednesday night still at the Big Dome with Magnolia also extending its series with a blowout victory over Barangay Ginebra earlier.The scores:TNT 93 – Pogoy 20, Castro 19, Rosario 15, Trollano 12, Reyes 9, Washington 5, Semerad, A. 4, Williams 4, Taha 4, Heruela 1, Carey 0.San Miguel 88 – Fajardo 26, Standhardinger 18, Cabagnot 16, Romeo 12, Ross 6, Lassiter 5, Santos 5, Tubid 0, Ganuelas-Rosser 0, Nabong 0, Pessumal 0.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Quarters: 20-19, 54-43, 73-68, 93-88.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles View comments Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anewcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netDragged into a back-and-forth battle, TNT kept its composure behind its chief playmaker Jayson Castro and held off four-time defending champion San Miguel Beer, 93-88, in Game 2 of their 2019 PBA Philippine Cup quarterfinals series Monday night at Araneta Coliseum.Castro was brilliant all game long, accounting for 19 markers and nine assists in KaTropa’s campaign that faced its biggest threat in the final five minutes of the game.ADVERTISEMENT Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Rookie Jennifer Nierva shows leadership for NU SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte LATEST STORIES Philippine Arena Interchange inauguratedlast_img read more

FEU simply ‘didn’t show up’ in blowout loss to NU, laments Racela

first_imgMANILA, Philippines—Far Eastern University has done one thing right this UAAP Season 82 men’s basketball tournament while also doing the worst at one end.ADVERTISEMENT For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. NU’s 61 points were still below the opponents’ average when facing FEU but the Tamaraws’ 31 points were less than half of what they produce on a game-by-game basis.There was even a point in the third quarter when Dave Ildefonso’s 14 points eclipsed the Tamaraws’ 13 total points.“Whether you play NU or the strongest team, if you don’t show up we will get blown up,” said Racela whose team dropped to a 2-4 record while the Bulldogs improved to 1-5.“I always say that there’s an immense balance of talent between the teams that’s why we need to bring our A-Game every time. If you don’t do that, nothing will happen.”ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES The Tamaraws are the second-best defensive team in the league in terms of points allowed, holding their opponents to 65.2 points a game but with their intense defense comes terrible offense as they sit dead last in scoring with 64.4 points a match.FEU’s difficulties on the offensive end were in full display in its 61-39 loss to National University Wednesday at Mall of Asia Arena.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSBecoming his own manSPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40Tamaraws head coach Olsen Racela blasted his team for the lackadaisical effort on the offensive end wherein FEU went a disastrous 15-of-79 from the field.“Bottomline, my team didn’t show up today,” said Racela in Filipino. “If I give a reason why then it can be said that I’m giving an excuse, but the bottomline is they just didn’t show up and that’s what happens if you don’t show up in games.” Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Becoming his own man DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ MOST READ Kyrgios blames ‘clicking shoulder’ for first round exit Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? View comments This jewelry designer is also an architect P11-B loan for SEA Games hosting not an issue — Cayetanolast_img read more

Photo Advisory First, Photos released upto 4 p.m.

first_imgNew Delhi: July 26, 2018 (PTI) EDITORS: Photos withCaptions released today. To view thumbnails of thesePhotographs, visit PTI website at..http.//www.ptinews.comNATINONALNew Delhi/Patna/Dehradun:Kargil Vijay Diwas(B+A)Mumbai:Birth anniversary of Sudhir Phadke(B+A)New Delhi:Weather: Monsoon rains in Delhi(B+A)Noida:Weather: Monsoon rains in Noida(B+A)Patna:Tej Prtap Yadav at rally(B+A)New Delhi:Weather- Heavy traffic jam during rains(B)New Delhi:India Couture Week(A+B)New Delhi: Parliament Monsoon Session -TV GRAB(B+A)Surat:Celebrations ahead of Guru Purnima(B)Mumbai :Actors John Abraham & Trupti Toradmal(B)Kolkata:Weather: Heavy rains in Kolkata(B+A)Ghaziabad:Weather- Monsoon rain(B)New Delhi:Huawei Nova 3 and Nova 3i launched in India(B)New Delhi:3 sisters died of starvation in Delhi(B)INERNATIONALUnion City :Funeral for five children in Union City(B)Vitoria : Garlic fair in Vitoria(B)Islamabad/Lahore :Supporters of Pakistani politicianImran Khan(B)Karachi :Pakistani election staff count the votes(B)LosAngeles:world premiere of “The Spy Who Dumped Me”(B)Seoul :German Foreign Minister S Korean Foreign Minister during a joint press conference(B)Tokyo: A security officer stands at the gate of SendaiDetention Center(B)Idyllwild :Black smoke billows up from the Cranston Fire(B)Tokyo :Street while watching TV news reporting executions of six members(A)Trenton :FILE – Gurbir Grewal is sworn in before testifying(B)Chicago : double shooting where a toddler was shotadvertisement(A)Milwaukee :Authorities investigate the scene where a Milwaukee Police officer was fatally shot(B)Cheyenne : U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds perform(B)Hershey :Duke Street Bridge in Hummelstown(A)Washington :Donald Trump and European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker walk from the OvalOffice(B+A)San Jose :Kiran Sachdev wife of Ernie’s Liquors owner Kewal Sachdev(B)Beverly Hills : HBO Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour(B)Golan Heights :Southern Syria fighting(B)Los Angeles :Donald Trump, producer of NBC’s “The Apprentice,” posing at a ceremony(A)Columbia : Fire Company use a five ton truck to evacuate residents(B)Chincoteague :Annual Pony Swim in Chincoteague(B)New York : Clare Bronfman arrives at Federal court(B)Buenos Aires : wear costumes from the Handmaid’s Tale, a book and now television series(A)Mexico City :Chrystia Freeland,and Mexico’s President- elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, pose for a photo(B)Quetta : Maj.Gen. Nadeem AnjumM comforts a family member of a suicide bombing victim(B)Beijing : Paramilitary policemen seal off the road leading to the U.S. Embassy(B+A)SPORTSSaint-Lary-Soulan Portet pass :Tour de France cycling race(A)Pittsburgh/San Diego/Philadelphia:International Champions Cup tournament soccer match(A+B)Washington : MLS soccer match(B)Irvine : U.S. national championships swimming(A)Washington :Yuliya Stepanova attends a Helsinki Commission hearing(B)PTI PHOTO GCS DLDLlast_img read more

ESPN Reportedly Makes A Big College Football Analyst Hire

first_imgThe College GameDay crew on set in New York City.NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 23: Lee Corso, Kirk Herbstreit, Chris Fowler are seen during ESPN’s College GameDay show at Times Square on September 23, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)ESPN has reportedly added a big name to its college football analyst roster ahead of the upcoming 2019 season.Andrew Marchand of the New York Post is reporting that former star USC quarterback Mark Sanchez has decided to retire from the NFL at 32. He’ll be joining ESPN in a prominent analyst role.Sanchez, the No. 5 pick in the 2009 NFL Draft, spent a decade in the league, though he’s opted to now get into broadcasting.ESPN is reportedly making Sanchez their “lead” in-studio analyst, replacing Mack Brown, who un-retired for the North Carolina job.Quarterback Mark Sanchez is putting away his helmet and heading to ABC/ESPN to be a college football analyst, The Post has learned.Sources tell The Post the former Jets quarterback’s main job will be in ABC’s lead college football studio, where he will join Kevin Negandhi and Jon Vilma. Sanchez is replacing Mack Brown, who left to coach North Carolina.Sanchez is ESPN’s second major analyst hire this month, as the Worldwide Leader also added former NFL quarterback.The former No. 5 overall NFL Draft pick spent five seasons with the New York Jets. He later played for the Philadelphia Eagles, Dallas Cowboys, Chicago Bears and Washington Redskins.last_img read more

AIADMK slams efforts to create rift in alliance with BJP

first_imgChennai: The ruling AIADMK in Tamil Nadu on Thursday claimed that efforts were being made to create a rift in its alliance with the BJP, but indicated the two parties were ideologically inclined beyond mere friendship. The party also claimed that “misinformation” was being spread about the Centre trying to “impose a three-language formula” in the country, a reference to the state opposition parties’ stand against the imposition of Hindi. “Though the AIADMK-BJP alliance for the Lok Sabha polls was an extension of (their) friendship, the two speak in one voice on primary intent like patriotism and worship of God,” AIADMK mouthpiece “Namathu Amma,” said. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoCThe write-up comes amidst reports of differences between the two alliance partners post the Lok Sabha drubbing where the combine could win just the Theni Parliamentary seat. The write-up in the party organ slammed efforts by a section of “family-owned media”, an apparent reference to those of the DMK, to “create rift between the leaf and flower.” While the AIADMK’s symbol is the Two Leaves, that of the BJP is a Lotus. The friendship between the high command of the two parties, beyond politics, was “unblemished”, it said. Also Read – Two squadrons which participated in Balakot airstrike awarded citationsThe AIADMK-BJP alliance winning the lone Theni Lok Sabha seat or the ruling party netting nine of the 22 Assembly seats where bypolls were held in April was a “public evaluation” of the combine, it added. This evaluation was being “accepted wholeheartedly” to take efforts to ensure a better performance for the alliance in the future, it said. It also alleged that “misinformation” was being carried out regarding the draft education policy of the Union HRD Ministry that the Centre was trying to impose a three-language formula in the country. “But people have started to see through their designs,” it said. The opposition in Tamil Nadu led by the DMK is up in arms against any “imposition” of Hindi in the state, an emotive issue that found great resonance with the citizens of the state in the 1960s, leading to the anti-Hindi agitation. DMK leader MK Stalin and other opposition leaders have claimed the Centre was trying to impose Hindi under the three-language formula.last_img read more

NS sends teen suicide expert to Cape Breton promises new cyberbulling law

first_imgHALIFAX – As a Cape Breton school board grapples with multiple teen suicides, the Nova Scotia government is sending a youth mental health expert to the grief-stricken community and promising new anti-cyberbullying legislation this fall.Dr. Stan Kutcher, a Dalhousie University psychiatry professor, will travel to Cape Breton Monday to talk to families, schools, and the community about mental health concerns and what supports they need.He is expected to report back to the province in the coming weeks.The parents of a 13-year-old girl who took her own life on Father’s Day said bullying led to her death, and more needs to be done to protect other young people. They said their daughter, Madison Wilson, was subject to verbal abuse at school and through social media.Premier Stephen McNeil said the province needs to have a broader conversation about bullying, especially online attacks.“I can’t imagine how some of these young kids who are exposed to that are feeling,” he said Thursday. “We need to have a public conversation about what’s happening online. Our children can’t get away from it.”McNeil said he hopes the province will engage the public in a broader conversation when it rolls out its updated anti-cyberbullying legislation.Nova Scotia’s Cyber-Safety Act, the first law of its kind in Canada designed to protect victims of online harassment, was struck down in late 2015 after the province’s top court ruled that it infringed on Charter rights.The law was passed in response to the death of Rehtaeh Parsons, a 17-year-old girl who was bullied and died after a suicide attempt.Justice Minister Mark Furey said Thursday the recent suicides in Cape Breton, with at least one tied to cyberbullying, underscore the importance of the new legislation.“We’re positioned now to introduce legislation this fall,” he said.Furey said he hopes Kutcher, an expert on adolescent mental health, will be able to inform the province on what steps can be taken to support the community.“Dr. Kutcher is a recognized mental health expert so his presence and participation in the discussion in Cape Breton will help the families, the school and the community deal with these tragic circumstances,” he said.Darren Googoo, chairman of the Cape Breton Victoria Regional School Board, said this week the board is drafting a letter to the provincial Education Department with the idea of starting a dialogue on the issue.“Our students are dealing with the trauma associated with the loss of a schoolmate and, going into the summer months, we want to make sure that we have a more co-ordinated approach with our provincial partners in health, in terms of providing services,” Googoo said.Education Minister Zach Churchill said the province needs to “work together” to better understand the factors that contribute to teen suicides.“We do have a collective responsibility to better understand these things, to learn from them and do our very best to improve the supports available,” he said. “We need to have an honest, open and frank conversation.”However, it’s unclear whether additional resources, such as guidance counsellors or psychologists, will be made available.In fact, Health Minister Randy Delorey said the province put additional resources in place for schools but it’s up to the board to decide “where exactly the resources are being allocated.”He said questions about “how they’re choosing to spend their resources” are better directed to the school board.However, he did admit that mental health is an area of priority for the province that requires more attention.last_img read more

SC refuses to hear plea seeking action against Modi and Shah

first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday refused to hear Congress MP Sushmita Dev’s plea seeking action against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP President Amit Shah for alleged poll code violations.A bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Deepak Gupta, however, gave Dev the liberty to file a fresh plea against various Election Commission (EC) orders rejecting complaints of Model Code of Conduct (MCC) violations by Modi and Shah during campaigning. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghThe apex court had on Monday asked the MP from Silchar to bring on record the EC’s orders giving clean chit to the BJP leaders on several complaints of MCC violations over alleged hate speeches and references to armed forces for “political propaganda”. “Rightly or wrongly”, the poll panel has decided the complaints of MCC violations and these orders warrant filing of a fresh petition, the bench said. Senior advocate Rakesh Dwivedi, appearing for the EC, said the persons who had given representations of MCC violations to the poll panel have not come forward to assail them. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadSenior advocate A M Singhvi, appearing for Dev, said the poll panel had given unreasoned orders in dismissing the complaints against Modi and Shah. The EC has given clean chit to Modi for two of his speeches — one in Latur last month urging first time voters to dedicate their votes in the name of Balakot air strike heroes and soldiers killed in the Pulwama attack, and the other in Wardha on April 1, slamming Congress chief Rahul Gandhi where he had also indicated that Kerala constituency had more voters from the minority community. Dev had on Tuesday claimed before the apex court that the EC has failed to appreciate that the alleged “hate speeches” by PM Modi and Shah are “corrupt practices” and promote the feeling of enmity on religious grounds. In an affidavit, Dev has said that the poll panel has passed orders in a “cryptic manner without mentioning any reason whatsoever, in stark violation of the law laid down by this court” while disposing of some complaints. The Congress party has on May 6 lodged a fresh complaint before the poll panel against Modi for his remarks which “maligned and tarnished the image” of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, Dev said in the affidavit filed in the court The apex court had on Monday asked the Congress MP to bring on record EC’s orders giving clean chit to Modi and Shah, after she accused the poll panel of inaction on complaints against the two BJP leaders for allegedly violating the MCC with “hate speeches” and using armed forces for “political propaganda” Alleging discrimination and arbitrariness on part of the EC, Dev had said that the poll panel has initiated action for violation of model code of conduct against Union minister Maneka Gandhi, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, BSP Supremo Mayawati and BJP leader Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur for statements which were similar in “tone, tenor, meaning, purport and intention” to Modi and Shah’s statements. Dev said that the dissent reported and given by one of the Election Commissioners is not provided along with the order. “This demonstrates a complete lack of transparency and arbitrariness of the Respondent’s (EC) decision-making process on complaints against Shri Modi and Shri Amit Shah,” the affidavit said. Dev, in her plea, has alleged inaction by EC in deciding complaints against Modi and Shah and has said that it was “a sign of invidious discrimination” and also “arbitrary, capricious and impermissible” as it was destructive of the integrity of electoral process. The plea listed out several alleged instances of MCC violations by Modi and Shah in their meetings.last_img read more

Careful what you ask for

Some on Norfolk council want the county to tread lightly when it comes to concerns over animal abuse and neglect.A void is looming as the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals prepares to wind down its involvement with animal abuse and neglect cases.Some on council want a plan prepared in case the Ford government downloads responsibility for this file onto municipalities.Windham Coun. Chris Van Paassen doesn’t doubt that planning is a good idea. But he also believes there are occasions where it doesn’t pay to look too eager.“This is a subject I don’t want to get sucked into,” Van Paassen said at Tuesday’s meeting of Norfolk council. “If you see a hornet’s nest, don’t walk up to it and hit it with a stick. Just walk past it.”Rather than looking to catch something from above, Van Paassen suggested a sternly-worded letter asking the province what it intends to do now that the OSPCA is vacating the field.Van Paassen was responding to motions from Simcoe Coun. Ian Rabbitts.Rabbitts wants Norfolk’s obligations in the county’s animal control bylaw clarified. He also wants staff to collaborate with Norfolk’s Police Services Board on a report about “service delivery models” in the area of animal cruelty prevention and enforcement involving the OPP, the Simcoe and District Humane Society, local animal shelters and so on.Waterford Coun. Kim Huffman also worries about the county looking like it is searching for something to do. If municipalities look willing, Huffman said the province might decide they are able.For his part, Rabbitts said Norfolk should have a plan in case the Ford government imposes responsibility for animal welfare on municipalities.“It seems to be a hot potato, and I’d hate the county to get burned by it,” he told council. “My concern is that – if we don’t have this conversation – we could be reacting to a worse situation.”Council members are concerned because animal neglect and cruelty evoke an emotional response in the public. Even with the OSPCA in place, many turn to the municipality to do something.“If anyone comes across cruelty, it is all over the internet in five seconds,” Mayor Kristal Chopp said.Council members and Norfolk staff have fielded complaints of late about raccoons acting erratically in broad daylight in rural and urban settings. Many believe the county is responsible for doing something about nuisance animals.Best he can tell, Delhi Coun. Mike Columbus said the public’s only recourse is to call a pest-control agency and have a trained professional remove raccoons and other wild animals from the neighbourhood. This is not a county service and is delivered at the complainant’s expense.Former mayor Dennis Travale, of Simcoe, was appointed chair of Norfolk’s Police Services Board Wednesday. His opening remarks touched on the province’s precarious financial position and how the Ford government will be looking for opportunities to download programs onto municipalities.After referencing council’s discussion of animal welfare, Travale said finding efficiencies and eliminating the needless deployment of resources is key to keeping OPP costs under control.“We’re going to have to put our heads together and look at cost containment,” Travale said.At Tuesday meeting, Norfolk council agreed to identify the county’s current obligations regarding animal welfare and have these explicitly stated in Norfolk’s animal control bylaw.Staff was also directed to prepare a report on the implications for Norfolk if municipalities are called on to fill the pending void left by the OSPCA.Van Paassen noted that members of the South-Central Ontario Region (SCOR) coalition of municipalities will soon hold their annual meet-and-greet event with Ontario MPPs and provincial officials representing this organization.Van Paassen said he would be happy to use the occasion to raise the OSPCA situation with Oxford MPP Ernie Hardeman, Ontario’s Minister of Agriculture, and other senior members of the Ford government.MSonnenberg@postmedia.com read more

Gasper Marguc on the Veszprems doors

One of the best young right wing in European handball, Slovenian left hander Gasper Marguc (24) is close to sign a deal with Hungarian TOP team MVM MKB Veszprem, finds out Handball-Planet.com. Marguc is currently the second scorer of the VELUX EHF CL with 59 goals from 9 matches. He is also a member of the Slovenian NT, alongside Dragan Gajic, who also was a target of Hungarian team, but he decided to stay in French Montpellier…Hungarians have two domestic players on the right wing position – Ivanscik and Gulyas, but also Serb Rajko Prodanovic who is on loan at Rhein Neckar Lowen.Photo: rk-celje.si Gasper MargucGasper Marguc veszpremhandball transfersrk celjeveszprem ← Previous Story VIDEO: KIF took second place in Plock Next Story → BEACH HANDBALL: Australian Championship played in Perth read more

HSE used military ambulances over 800 times to meet additional demand

first_img“I must state that I do not question the qualifications of anyone in the Defence forces” he added, “but as a tax payer I question when these decisions were made and the types of calls the Army answer”.The parliamentary question asked how many times “the ambulance service in the Curragh Camp was called to work outside the camp in the past three years”, and revealed that on 323 occasions Defence Forces ambulances were used by the HSE in 2011, 207 in 2012, and 274 this year to date.Ambulances were also used on a total of 224 occasions outside of the camp by the Defence Forces to transport their own military personal to and from hospital and to attend training exercises.Cutbacks forced the closure for certain time periods of ambulance stations in Maynooth two months ago, something which local TD Catherine Murphy called “extremely alarming”.This also affected areas of Tallaght and Swords in Dublin, with Tallaght closing between 7am and 7pm on Mondays.The HSE said these stations would be serviced by by crews from adjacent locations when closed.Read: Ambulance cuts “will cause fatalities” >More: National targets for ambulance response times to be abandoned > CONCERNS HAVE BEEN raised over the repeated use of Defence Forces ambulances by the HSE.A parliamentary question by Sinn Féin TD Seán Crowe to Minister for Justice Alan Shatter revealed that on 804 occasions Defence Forces ambulances from the Curragh Camp, County Kildare, were used by the National Ambulance Service to “meet additional demands on its services in the locality”.He added that this occurs through “local arrangements between the HSE and the Military authorities”.Local councillor Thomas Redmond called on the HSE to clarify it uses of the ambulances.“My question is why are the managers not investing and forcing the defence forces to do HSE employees work” he said.I find it staggering the army ambulances are being used when there is currently an embargo on HSE workers and when staffing issues in the HSE  are dangerously low. I am also at odds to know the exact deal that was done the types of calls and the future plans for using the ambulance service.last_img read more

Japanese monk gives funerals for old dolls souls

first_img Source: AFP news agency/YouTubeHUNDREDS OF DOLLS, from Hello Kitty to Disney favourites, are packed to the ceiling at a funeral home near Tokyo.But they’re not here for show: the dolls destined for dumpsters are getting a final send-off for the afterlife.The ceremony this week underlines Japan’s still-strong belief that all things – from shrimps and eggs to scissors and rocks – have a soul.About 20 doll owners chanted a sutra with Buddhist monk Shingyo Goto as he performed the send-off ceremony in the doll-stuffed room, filled with the heady scent of incense.“We believe a soul lives inside dolls, so I perform a service to take the spirits out of them and express the feeling of gratitude to them” before bidding them farewell, said Goto, who lives at the prestigious Yakushiji temple in the ancient city of Nara. By AFP Source: DPA/PA ImagesJapan’s neon-lit capital may look ultra-modern, but many in the country of 127 million still hold tightly to longstanding traditions, including the animist beliefs linked to its dominant religions: Buddhism and native Shintoism.And so ceremonies to bid farewell to inanimate objects – including dolls – are not uncommon.The funeral home hosting this week’s memorial charged 500 yen (around €4) for each doll’s soul send-off.“All things have a soul in it regardless of what it is, from a needle, a pair of scissors to an egg, and we give thanks to those things,” Goto said after the ceremony in Yokohama south of Tokyo.“We have to have the feeling of appreciation for all things.”© – AFP, 2017Read: 46 years later, Yoko Ono has been added to the credits for Lennon hit ‘Imagine’Read: Patrick Pearse 1916 surrender letter sells for £263,000 at London auction 8,504 Views Share8 Tweet Email2 Short URL http://jrnl.ie/3449469 center_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Saturday 17 Jun 2017, 4:01 PM Jun 17th 2017, 4:01 PM 4 Comments Japanese monk gives ‘funerals’ for old dolls’ souls It’s a common belief in Japan that all things have a soul – including unwanted dolls.last_img read more

Vivre jusquà 140 ans grâce à une bactérie

first_imgVivre jusqu’à 140 ans grâce à une bactérie ?Russie – Une bactérie retenue dans la glace depuis des siècles pourrait aider l’Homme à allonger considérablement son espérance de vie. Grâce à la bactérie Bacillus F, congelée depuis l’âge de glace, l’équipe de scientifiques du docteur Brushkova est parvenue à doubler l’espérance de vie de souris et de mouches, et espère prochainement faire de même chez l’être humain.La bactérie, découverte en Yakoutie, pourrait en effet permettre aux humains de vivre jusqu’à… 140 ans. Chez les souris et les mouches en tout cas, les résultats ont été impressionnants. La bactérie a été injectée dans les muscles d’un groupe de souris. Chez le groupe témoin, l’espérance de vie s’est élevée à 598 jours tandis que chez les souris traitées avec Bacillus F, elle a été augmentée de 308 jours, passant à pas moins de 906 jours.Chez les mouches, une injection étant impossible, les scientifiques ont administré la bactérie via la nourriture. Les insectes présentaient, après ingestion du germe, une meilleure santé et un bien meilleur taux d’activité.Selon le docteur Brushkova, responsable de l’étude, “cela fonctionne sur les souris et sur les mouches, il n’y aucune raison pour que cela ne marche pas sur d’autres espèces”. Il faut maintenant à son équipe trouver des solutions pour pouvoir faire des essais cliniques chez l’Homme, essais qui permettront peut-être à cette bactérie d’être plus tard utilisée en tant que médicament. Le 1 juillet 2010 à 12:52 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

SPOILERS 619 WWE Main Event taping results from Evansville

first_img 1 COMMENT Action-Packed Trek Through The Blue Ridge Mountains Shaun The Sheep Movie: Farmageddon: Alarm (German Spot) Now Playing Up Next June 20, 2017 at 2:03 am Germany Sticks to a Balanced Budget, But Is Ready for a Crisis Ben Roethlisberger NFL Week 2 Preview With Mike Lombardi, Will Antonio Brown Play? Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Khloe Kardashian wanted therapy with Tristan Thompson Now Playing Up Next Google+ Now Playing Up Next WhatsApp Paul Meade Now Playing Up Next Pinterest Facebook Live Podcast: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte The following was taped on Monday night in Evansville, Indiana.6/19 WWE Main Event taping results:* Kalisto def. Rhyno.* Tony Nese def. Gran Metalik.Source: Prowrestling.netRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipNFL Week 2 Preview With Mike Lombardi, Will Antonio Brown Play?Video Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 3:34/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 24.13%0:03Remaining Time -3:31 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton) Videos Articles Twitter Now Playing Up Next Kalisto vs Rhyno? Comments are closed.last_img read more

Giroud hailed Wengers career

first_imgOlivier Giroud managed to score the winning goal of his Chelsea against Liverpool in their 1-0 narrow win – meanwhile, Arsene Wenger coached his last home game as the Arsenal coach and Giroud was aware of it…The French striker used to play under the legendary manager for a long time until he moved to Chelsea this winter – but he still admires his former coach and admitted that he has had a fantastic career.The former Gunners’ striker spoke about Wenger and his goal celebration with David Luiz, according to fourfourtwo.com:Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“Arsene Wenger deserves a great tribute for all he has achieved in his Arsenal career.”“I hope he finds a new challenge too because I know he is still hungry to win competitions. I just want to pay tribute to him.”“David Luiz is a good friend, so I was very pleased to dedicate him this goal because he is going through a tough period and he is coming back.”last_img read more

Evergreen school employees receive nonrenewal notices

first_imgNearly 2,000 Evergreen Public Schools employees will receive non-renewal notices for the 2011-12 school year.All of the district’s certificated employees — which include principals, the superintendent and other administrative staff as well as teachers, specialists and counselors — will receive a notice today or Thursday regarding their contract for the next school year, said Jerry Piland of the district’s human resources department.District officials, following the advice of legal counsel, are issuing the notices due to the uncertainty in state funding, Piland said. The worst-case scenario could mean cuts as deep as $26 million for the district, he said.Until the legislature passes a budget, the district is left in the dark about how much funding it will receive, Piland said. However, state law requires districts notify certificated employees about the status of their contracts for the next school year by May 15. As a result, the district is issuing 1,700 non-renewal notices because the current terms of the employees’ continuing contracts may change depending on state funding. Those changes could include state-mandated salary reductions or fewer class days. The district will reissue those contracts once the state funding picture becomes clearer, Piland said.The district is also issuing 180 non-renewal notices to employees whose positions have been eliminated. The reduction in force is assuming the worst-case scenario for state funding. If the state funding cuts aren’t as deep, some of those people will be issued new contracts, said Carol Fenstermacher, spokeswoman for the district.last_img read more

Police investigating after crooks break into firefighters vehicles

first_imgPolice from Miami Beach are now working with police in Miami-Dade to see if the crimes are connected.MDFR said the incident is not the first of its kind. “We had another station a couple weeks ago, after Hurricane Irma, that cars were broken into, and we had Miami Beach, and this has happened also with the City of Miami,” said Lay.The crime has left the public servants feeling vulnerable as they work to protect and save the community. “Some of the guys are frustrated for sure, just like anybody would, but we did take an oath, and this won’t deter us from our job and serving the community,” said Lay.“Actually, one of our detectives is actually over there,” said Rodriguez, “working with those folks to see if there are any similarities. Obviously, two different fire departments hit overnight. We’re taking measures across the city this evening and for the remainder of the week to ensure that all of our locations, all of our city staff, is safe.”“This is something very unfortunate,” said Lay, “and in the wake of Hurricane Irma, dealing with not having power, trees down and personal issues at home, this is just something unfortunate for anybody in the community to have to go through.”If you have any information on these vehicle break-ins, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. MIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – First responders in two Miami-Dade cities have found themselves victims after some crooks broke into their vehicles overnight.All of these vehicles belong to firefighters. One incident happened to Miami Beach Fire Rescue at the station in the eighth block of 69th Street and Indian Creek Drive, early Friday morning, between 3 a.m. and 4 a.m., according to Miami Beach Police.Burglars smashed the windows of 10 personal vehicles and took whatever they could find, according to authorities. “They were vandalized. The windows were smashed, personal property was taken,” said Miami Beach Police Officer Ernesto Rodriguez.In that case, four personal firearms were taken from those vehicles.“These are the personal firearms of some of the employees. Those have been registered and entered with their serial numbers, so when and if those are located we’ll automatically be able to gather more information,” said Rodriguez.A similar incident happened in Miami-Dade, also overnight. In that case, a state vehicle and six cars were broken into at MDFR Station 7, near Northwest 22nd Avenue and 93rd Street while crews worked an overnight shift. But nothing was taken.“Some of our guys coming on shift noticed that some of the cars are broken into,” said Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Lt. Felipe Lay. last_img read more

ATT earnings sees wireless growth in Q2 but video side continues to

first_img Share your voice 1 Review • Live TV streamer is stronger on channels, weaker on DVR 2:00 Now playing: Watch this: News • AT&T misses on revenue, loses more DirecTV Now customers Why you should say no to DirecTV Now Mobile Tech Industry 13 Photoscenter_img DirecTV Now continues to underperform for AT&T.  Rafael Henrique/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images AT&T met analyst expectations in its latest earnings report, even as struggles continued around the company’s U-Verse and DirecTV video unit. The technology giant added 335,000 phone users, the bulk of them coming on the company’s prepaid side. AT&T says it added 72,000 postpaid users, the more lucrative customers that sign up for its traditional monthly wireless service. By comparison, in the first quarter of the year, the company added 179,000 phone users, of which 80,000 were postpaid. Utilizing its deployment of FirstNet, a wireless network for first responders, AT&T says it has been able to upgrade its traditional wireless network and get it ready for 5G, which it plans to make commercially available nationwide during the first half of 2020. “The wireless side of the house, we’re feeling more and more confident every day,” said Randall Stephenson, AT&T’s chairman and CEO in a call with investors. Stephenson says the company has built out 60% of its FirstNet network thus far. The growth in mobile comes as its more premium DirecTV and AT&T U-Verse continue to shed users for its traditional satellite, cable and streaming DirecTV Now services. AT&T said it lost 778,000 premium video users, with an additional 168,000 users disconnecting from DirecTV Now as the company rolled out fewer promotions. AT&T warns that the losses could continue through the rest of the year as it still has 1 million users locked on two-year pricing promotions. The company is touting a new, forthcoming over-the-top streaming service called AT&T TV, set for trial in the third quarter of the year, as well as next spring’s HBO Max launch, as options to turn its video ship around. Read more: DirecTV Now vs. YouTube TV vs. Sling TV vs. Hulu and moreStephenson says HBO Max will have live sports, touting the NBA and MLB as two potential examples. While it is unclear exactly what AT&T TV will look like and how it will compare to the company’s other streaming services, Stephenson told investors that the company “will put our shoulder and our muscle behind AT&T TV.”WarnerMedia, the division that houses the Time Warner properties AT&T acquired last year, including Turner TV stations and HBO, had revenues of roughly $8.4 billion. Earnings per share were 89 cents for the quarter, exactly matching the estimates from analysts polled, according to Yahoo Finance. Revenues came in at $45 billion, slightly higher than the $44.85 billion analysts anticipated.   Samsung, LG, Motorola: How soon can we expect 5G phones? Comment Tags DirecTV Now AT&Tlast_img read more