Facing criticism in the wake of the death of a woman in Giridih allegedly due to starvation, the Jharkhand Food Department on Thursday proposed that the State government set up a foodgrain bank of varied capacity at block and panchayat levels.State Food, Public Distribution and Consumer Affairs Minister Saryu Roy said his department has written to all district administrations to conduct a post-mortem if any suspected case of starvation death is reported.“I have proposed that the government set up a foodgrain bank of 10 quintal capacity at block level and one quintal capacity at the panchayat level,” Mr. Roy told reporters. The Minister said that the bank could be managed either by his department or Rural Development or by Social Welfare Department.Two suspected casesThe Jharkhand government has drawn flak for the death of 58-year-old Savitri Devi, who allegedly died of starvation in Mangargadi village of Giridih district after being denied foodgrain at ration shops. However, a probe report made public by the State government has has ruled out starvation as a cause for her death, citing ₹2,375 in her bank account.Another suspected starvation death of a woman in Itkhori block of Chatra district has been reported in the media. Mr. Roy said the woman hailed from Barachatti in Bihar and had come to Itkhori about a fortnight ago.“However, a post-mortem was conducted on the directive of the district administration and we are awaiting the autopsy report to know the exact cause of her death,” he added.The Minister cited the probe report in the Giridih incident to trash the Opposition attack and accused them of running a campaign against the government over the issue to “defame” it. “Why didn’t JMM MLA Jagannath Mahato, who was present at her funeral procession, ask for a post-mortem if she had died of starvation,” the Minister asked.On JPCC president Ajoy Kumar’s demand that he resign taking moral responsibility for the death of Savitri Devi, Mr. Roy said Mr. Kumar, who himself is a doctor, should have tried to find out the details before asking for the resignation.“The demand is nothing but a conspiracy to target the government,” he said.
Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netThrough the first round of NCAA Season 93, no team has yet to unlock the secret to beating Lyceum.But for the 2017 NCAA All-Star Game, coach Topex Robinson did not hesitate to let the other players have a glimpse on the system that makes the Pirates go.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Unfortunately for Robinson and Perez, the two suffered their first defeat of the season as the Heroes fell to the Saints, 84-80.“We’re not affected by it. We know this loss won’t matter in the second round of the NCAA,” said Perez, his focus now stapled on to the next games.Perez also relished the rare chance of playing with his fellow NCAA stars.“It’s great because we’re able to joke with each other on the court and enjoy our time together. It’s great that we’re able to inspire and entertain people with this.”ADVERTISEMENT Federer looks to bond with Nadal, maybe face him at US Open Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games “He did not hide anything. Whatever he says to us, he shared it all to our teammates,” admitted CJ Perez, as he led the Heroes crew, which also consisted of stars from JRU, EAC, Arellano, and Mapua, on Friday.Robinson pulled no punches as he tried to inspire more cagers in playing the game the right way.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingPlayers like Kent Salado, Sidney Onwubere, and Tey Teodoro replicating the way the Pirates operate on both ends.“Even if it’s just an All-Star Game, coach wanted us to look at it differently, that we still play our game even if it’s the All-Star,” said Perez. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim MOST READ Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo View comments
The Northern Territory Touch website: www.touchnt.com.auQUEENSLAND (QLD)Play: # 6Squads selected for State of OriginQueensland squads have been selected for the 2008 State of Origin series. The players were choosen following the Queensland State Regional Championships two weeks ago. Players have been notified by mail of their selection in the squads. Full squad lists will be published after the 24th of November. The Queensland coaches for the series have also been named: Men’s Open: Mark RuggeriWomen’s Open: Karley BanksMixed Open: Dan EvansMen’s 20: Tony O’KeefeWomen’s 20: Frank BondolfiMen’s 30: Dennis CoffeyMen’s 35: Wayne Holder Men’s 40: John RyanMen’s 45: Terry SavageMen’s 50: Kev HickeyWomen’s 30: Kev Feldman Women’s 35: John CollinsWomen’s 40: Paul FuiavaOther events:Queensland Touch is running a series of development courses for coaches in schools in Mackay, Gympie and Forest Lakes over the coming weeks. The Queensland Touch website: www.qldtouch.com.au That’s it for this week’s edition of “A Set of Six”.Please be sure to check out each State’s web-site for all the latest news and information about Touch Football from around the nation. Touch Football Australia brings you the latest edition of “A Set of Six” with this week’s rapid-fire news ‘plays’ from around the Country. TFA’s National Media Coordinator Karley Banks and TFA’s Media Intern Henry Holland bring you up to date every week with a selection of six ‘plays’ on the latest news, views, and events nationally.Welcome to Touch Football Australia’s A Set of Six – Volume Twenty Four.VICTORIA (VIC)Play: # 1VT League gets off to a flying startThe inaugural VT League season started like a house on fire last Saturday, with some stellar Touch Footy on display over two rounds at Box Hill. Nicole Doig of the Bayside Vipers recorded the VT League’s first ever touch down when she scored in the corner against the University Blues. Results: Round 1 Women: Bayside Vipers (4) def University Blues (3) Melbourne City (5) def Casey Cougars (2)Round 1 Men: Bayside Vipers (6) def University Blues (5) Casey Cougars (11) def Melbourne City (5)Round 2 Women: Melbourne City (5) def University Blues (4) after extra time Bayside Vipers (5) def Casey Cougars (3)Round 2 Men: University Blues (6) def Melbourne City (5) Casey Cougars (9) def Bayside Vipers (3)The next round of the VT League travels to Westside affiliate for the first ever “development” round. There will be a free clinic held for all kids under 18. Family members are also welcome to come and learn some skills from VT League and Westside players and coaches. The day starts at 1pm at PJ Lynch Reserve, Paisley Park, off Mason Street. VT League round three will start from 3pm with the Men’s match first. The Women will follow at 4pm. Other events:On Tuesday 9th of October Touch Victoria’s Nick Mooney and Matthew Gilbertson appeared on The Good Oil radio program with Mark Doran to discuss the new VT League season and all matters Touch Football. All the existing affiliates got a mention in the show. The interview is available on the Touch Victoria website and well worth a listen. The Victorian Touch website: www.victouch.com.auWESTERN AUSTRALIA (WA)Play: # 2TouchWest answers the call for technical advancementThis Saturday 20th October 2007, will be a big day for TouchWest with the delivery of several technical courses across the state. Operations Manager Angela Doyle will travel to Kalgoorlie to present a Level 1 Coaching Course.Angela will also observe the final AusTouch session, and the commencement of the new Touch Football Summer Season.John Bedford will coordinate a Level 2 Referee Course at Perth Brothers on Saturday, whilst newly qualified Referee Presenter Pat Elshaw will coordinate a Level 1 Referee Course at Southern on the same day.There will also be AusTouch Leader Courses held at Geraldton on Sunday and Tompkins Park on Tuesday. It is pleasing to see such a high demand for technical courses in Western Australia.It is hoped that the influx of volunteers will continue to strengthen the technical arms of the sport.Other events:TouchWest’s 25th Anniversary Ball is fast approaching and all is progressing nicely for a spectacular event to mark this significant milestone. The black tie function will be held on Saturday 17th November 2007. The $90 ticket includes a sit down meal, five-hour beverage package and a unique opportunity to mingle with individuals who have contributed to Touch Football in Western Australia over the past 25 years.Invitations have been sent out but if you are interested or wish to purchase a ticket, do not hesitate to visit www.touchwest.com or contact the office.The Western Australian Touch Assocition website: www.touchwest.comSOUTH AUSTRALIA (SA)Play: # 32007 Australasian Masters GamesTouch Football South Australia held a very successful Masters Games from the 11th – 15th November, 2007.Results: Mixed SeniorsGold – ManlySilver – North Queensland Living LegendsBronze – Western DistrictsMixed 30sGold – SocialitesSilver – SA MixedBronze – RAN MixiesMen’s 55sGold – Sydney Blue PointersSilver – BanditsBronze – Spitting CamelsMen’s 50sGold – North Queensland Living LegendsSilver – Spitting CamelsBronze – Gophers 50sMen’s 45sGold – Melbourne MadnessSilver – Spitting CamelsBronze – Isa BrumbiesMen’s 40sGold – PiratesSilver – Ariku Bay SharksMen’s 35sGold – SA 35sSilver – Western DistrictsBronze – FTAMen’s 30s Gold – SA 30sSilver – Masters of the UniverseBronze – Royal Australian Navy Young GunsWomen’s 40Gold – Melbourne FrogsWomen’s 35sGold – Touch of (CL)assWomen’s 30sGold – Reschke BullsSilver – ManlyBronze – SA 30s WomenOther events:South Australian Under-14 Develop Squad Trials are being held at Park 17, Greenhill Road, on Sunday 21st of October 2007 from 9.30am – 11.30am.The Touch Football South Australia website: www.touchsa.com.auAUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY (ACT)Play: # 42007 Canberra CupThe ACT Touch Association is once again holding the annual Canberra Cup from Friday 2nd November to Sunday 4th November at the Deakin Playing Fields. The Cup gives Canberra teams the opportunity to improve their Touch skills and demonstrate the level of Touch in the Territory to teams from areas across the country such as South Australia, Sydney and Country New South Wales. Men’s, Women’s and a Mixed Division will be available at both social and competitive levels. The cost to enter is just $350.00 per team. This is a fantastic opportunity for you to socialise while improving your Touch skills. Nominations close Monday 22nd October so hurry to secure your place. For more information or to download a registration please refer to www.acttouch.com.au or email firstname.lastname@example.org Other events:Super League Double-HeaderThe much anticipated Super League Double-Header was held on Sunday with rounds three and four of the competition. This gave players the chance to play Touch in a more intensive environment in preparation for the 2008 National Touch League.These rounds also gave the Under 12s and 15s the chance to get some more games in before they head off to Melbourne next week for the 2007 Australian Schools Championships. The juniors also received encouragement from Super League players during a uniform presentation ceremony. ResultsMen’s Competition:Round 3Tuggeranong Valley Vikings (7) def UC Otters (4)Woden Eagles (11) def Canberra City (3)Round 4Woden Eagles (8) def UC Otters (5)Tuggeranong Valley Vikings (7) def Canberra City (2)Women’s Competition:Round 3Tuggeranong Valley Vikings (7) def UC Otters (4)Canberra City (4) def Woden Eagles (2)Round 4Woden Eagles (4) def UC Otters (1)Canberra City (6) def Tuggeranong Valley Vikings (5) The Australian Capital Territory website: www.acttouch.com.auNORTHERN TERRITORY (NT)Play: # 5Junior Touch CompletionThe Darwin Touch Under-13 and Under-16 Junior Competitions had another great turnout for round five. All teams had a full roster with a large number of kids turning out to get involved. The coaches are doing an outstanding job developing the kids’ skills as well as their understanding of the game. The improvement is noticeable week by week. Parents are also getting involved as well which is good to see with most parents helping out the coaches, filling water bottles or just giving encouragement to their respective teams.Touch Football Northern Territory would like to give a special mention to the junior players who have been coming down each week and helping to referee games. Well done kids, you’re doing a fantastic job!Other events: The Northern Territory junior representative sides fly out on Friday to the School Sport Australia Touch Football Tournament in Melbourne. All sides are in top form and will be looking to have great week at the Championships. Darwin Touch Association held a successful Level 1 Referee Course on the weekend.
In the end, Carmelo Anthony said his heart was in New York. It didn’t hurt that $122 million was there, too.The Knicks star forward shunned the Chicago Bulls and other suitors and inked a five-year, $122-million contract to return to New York, where surely there will be pressure to perform with that kind of money going into his direct deposit.He actually took less than the max of $129 million the Knicks could have offered, to allow the team some salary cap flexibility.“I will always remember this chapter in my life. In the end, I am a New York Knick at heart,” Anthony said in the statement. “I am looking forward to continue my career in orange and blue and to work with Phil Jackson, a champion who builds championship teams. Madison Square Garden is the mecca of basketball and I am surrounded by the greatest fans in the world.”Said Jackson, the team’s president: “He did exactly what we kind of asked him to do. Give us a break in the early part of his contract so that when we have some wiggle room next year, which is hopefully big enough wiggle room, we can exploit it, provide a more competitive team for our group.”Luol Deng Bolts Cavs For Heat; He’s LeBron’s ReplacementLuol Deng surely would not like to be called LeBron James’ replacement. But, in essence, that what he signed on for when he agreed to a two-year, $20-million deal to join the Heat.Dallas, Atlanta and Phoenix had been in consideration for Deng, according to ESPN sources. He is entering his 11th NBA season, having spent almost his entire career with the Chicago Bulls, who traded him to Cleveland in January.Chris Bosh On LeBron Going To Cleveland: ‘No Hard Feelings’LeBron James’ move back to Cleveland broke of the erstwhile “Big 3” in Miami. But his decision did not move Bosh to bolt, too, despite a four-year, $88-million offer from Houston.“[There were] very enticing offers,” said Bosh, 30, who re-signed with the Heat for five years and $112 million. “There was some surprising advances made in everything, but I ultimately decided to stay in Miami. I think it was the right choice. I benefit from it, the team will benefit from it, from here. My heart was in Miami. I wanted to be there and keep my family there and build relationships and really keep building on something special.”Bosh said there were “no bitter feelings” about James leaving Miami.“We’re all making decisions to make ourselves happy and our families happy,” Bosh said . “That doesn’t take away what we’ve done together and the special bond that we created and the special bond that we have and just all the memories that we had together. That will never change. As you move forward, you appreciate those moments and keep going forward.”
You don’t have to like basketball or be a fan of the NBA or even care about Derrick Rose. But if you have a heart and love a story of redemption, you almost have to root for the Chicago Bulls’ point guard.He is an athletic promise that has been denied total fulfillment in the most cruel fashion: injury. Three times.Other great talents have had their bodies fail them, but few cases have been as polarizing as Rose’s. For some reason, countless NBA fans have, instead of empathizing or even feeling sorry for Rose, have called him “soft” and selfish as he endured rigorous rehabilitations.Mind you, none of these “critics” had gone through playing in the NBA and overcoming a torn ACL, then suffering from a torn medial meniscus and then aggravating that injury and requiring a third surgery in three years. How was Rose “soft” for not coming back until he believed he was ready? How can someone judge how someone else’s body feels?In fact, Rose should have been credited for not rushing back, for taking control of his career and not succumbing to outside pressure. Instead, he was criticized by people who apparently do not understand the mental and physical toll major injuries take on a world-class athlete.All that, and there was Rose this weekend, stronger than ever, if not physically, certainly mentally. He played brilliantly and explosively in the Bulls’ Game 1 first-round playoff victory over the Milwaukee Bucks. He scored 23 points and displayed the kind of dynamic speed, power and quickness that made him the league’s MVP just four years ago.When he left the game to a standing ovation at the United Center, it marked a triumphant end of an emotional return, a return his naysayers hardly believed would happen this year when he was felled about three months ago.“I only had, like, three goals,” Rose said of his first playoff game in three years, “and that was to have fun, have no expectations and to compete.”That’s another thing about Rose. Despite all the criticism, he remained centered and humble, always resisting the urge to fire back. That takes strength.“I’m grateful to be playing with my teammates,” Rose said. “They allow me to play the way I normally play. It’s an honor. I’m really fortunate because I think, anywhere else, it wouldn’t be the same.”Maybe Rose will never return to NBA MVP form. Here’s the thing: He doesn’t have to be that player again. He can be just what he was Sunday and still rank among the game’s best.“You’re talking about a guy now who’s sort of in the middle of his career,” Chicago coach Tom Thibodeau said. “He’s been through a lot. I think early on, you’re 22 years old, you’re the M.V.P. of the league, and there weren’t many bumps in the road. He’s hit a few bumps. He’s gotten through those.”That’s the other thing: Those who called Rose “soft” got it backward. He showed strength in coming back after the first injury. He empowered himself by creating a timetable that worked for him. People didn’t like that he said he wanted to be healthy enough to play with his kids when he quit basketball—a noble gesture from here. He showed enormous strength in coming back after the second injury, when he could have emotionally collapsed. And to suffer a third surgery a few months ago, only to return before the season’s end, and to play as he did in Game 1. . . strength.Of course, there are many who will stick to their original position on Rose. But they will be missing the fact that Rose is still here, still playing, still has his head up. For all he has gone through, that’s hardly soft.
In his final home game as coach of the Ohio State rugby team, Tom Rooney’s team displayed the toughness and rigidness of the coach’s more than 20-year career. The Buckeyes lost to 10th-ranked United States Naval Academy, 23-18, on Saturday in a tightly contested and physical game. The night was more significant than the final score as the game served as a celebration and remembrance of Rooney’s career. Sophomore scrumhalf Luke Hickey said the team will miss Rooney’s charisma and presence. “You know when he’s on the field because he’s always chirping in your ear, helping you out and telling you what to do,” Hickey said. Many in Columbus consider Rooney a Buckeye legend because of his resume. He was originally a wrestler at OSU and then played for the Columbus rugby team Scioto Valley RFC in 1982 where he was elected captain of the team. An injury forced him to redirect his focus on coaching in 1992 as an assistant with OSU. Rugby is not a Division I sport at OSU, but Rooney still made his presence known. “In Ohio and the Midwest, he’s become a legend of the sport,” Hickey said. Assistant coach Ron Bowers will take over the rugby program next year, and said he has learned a lot from working alongside Rooney. “He’s taught me how to conduct myself as a professional and how to lead by example as a coach,” Bowers said. Rooney was emotional after his final home game and talked about some of his favorite memories from coaching at OSU. He said he had a lot of memories, but his proudest moments were watching his team and players success over the years. “I was an assistant for two final fours here, there have been 23 All-Americans from the program. I’ve also had two kids named to the National team, and I got to travel to watch them compete internationally and represent our country,” Rooney said. Rooney said he was also proud of being involved with the development of the two rugby fields at the Fred Beekman Park. The university said it would turf the fields at the park but Rooney said the project has been delayed for the third time in a row. Rooney said he would like to see that project completed in the near future because it will help the team overall. “Not having the turf field is really going to make competition difficult for us,” Rooney said. “I think that’s a really unfair position for the university to have taken.” Even on his last day on the job, Rooney was looking out for his team to help them any way he could. As Rooney walks away from coaching to take on an administrative position, The OSU rugby team thanked him for his commitment to the program for more than 20 years. “We all loved playing for him and we’re really going to miss having him around here,” Hickey said. “OSU rugby and Coach Rooney go hand-in-hand.”
Ohio State softball’s sophomore pitcher Alex DiDomenico is making strides to be a star player for the Buckeyes after pitching her fourth complete shutout win of the season over the weekend at the Cherry Blossom Classic. In OSU’s game Saturday against Canisius in Fairfax, Va., DiDomenico struck out three batters and allowed one hit in six innings of play. The Buckeyes won, 8-0. DiDomenico received her first career Big Ten weekly honor of Pitcher of the Week Feb. 18. “It was very exciting for her, but I think most importantly it was the fact that what she did was a team effort,” said OSU softball coach Kelly Schoenly. The Youngstown native’s athletic journey began when she was young. “My dad got me into the sport when I was like 5, and my sister played, too,” DiDomenico said. “They love the sport and they are my biggest supporters, you know, it’s really important to us.” DiDomenico was also selected as an Ohio State Scholar-Athlete in 2012, an achievement that she said she credits to knowing her priorities. “It’s always tough, but really, it’s prioritizing your time and knowing how to put what’s important first,” DiDomenico said. When DiDomenico finds time to unwind, it is not unusual to catch her watching the movie “Pitch Perfect” with teammate sophomore catcher Shelby Pickett, catching up on needed sleep or keeping up with schoolwork. DiDomenico’s teammates also said they often play pranks on her because she has a good sense of humor. “We went around in a circle and everyone had to say ‘woof,’ and it had a name after it, and hers was ‘woof arted,’” Pickett said. “So when you put it together, it’s ‘who farted’ and she had no idea until the end and it was hilarious.” Schoenly said DiDomenico’s determination on and off the field is a characteristic that is hard to miss. “She’s a boxer, a fighter, she’s a bulldog, she’s all of those words,” Schoenly said. “She might get knocked down, might get a hit, but we say she’ll bend, but she won’t break. So she’s definitely got that, ‘You might hit me once but I’m going to come back harder, fighting harder,’ mentality.” DiDomenico said she’s keeping that intense focus on softball and school for the time being. “I would really like to become an All-American and just keep working towards that, you know anything is possible,” DiDomenico said. “I just want a good education, hopefully a good job, but I don’t know, wherever life takes me.” Schoenly said she expects great things in the future from DiDomenico. “I think she’s one of those young women that is going to go and conquer the world,” Schoenly said. “I really feel like she’s got kind of an inner drive where she’s going to do something special because she’s got that energy and desire that you can feel it coming out.” OSU is scheduled to play Indiana at Buckeye Field on Friday at 3 p.m. in the Buckeyes’ first conference game of the season.
Ohio State senior attack Eric Fannell fends off a defender against UMass on Feb. 18 at Ohio Stadium. Credit: Courtesy of OSU AthleticsThe No. 18 Ohio State men’s lacrosse team is off to its best start since 1966, but without facing a ranked team, the Buckeyes had been largely unproven in the national picture. On Wednesday afternoon, OSU (7-0) silenced doubters with a 6-3 win over the No. 10 Towson Tigers in Maryland.Freshman attack Tre LeClaire, senior midfielder Johnny Pearson, redshirt freshman attack Lukas Buckley, senior attack Eric Fannell, sophomore attack Jack Jasinski and senior midfielder John Kelly all scored for the Buckeyes. OSU senior goalie Tom Carey started for the second week in a row and made eight saves.Senior midfielder Jake Withers was dominant in the faceoff circle, winning 11-of-13 faceoffs.Late in the first period, the Buckeyes broke a scoreless tie. Buckley scored with 2:32 remaining in the quarter followed by Pearson a minute later for a 2-0 lead after one.In the second period, Towson senior midfielder Mike Lynch brought the score to one with a quick strike with more than five minutes remaining. However, Jasinski quickly retaliated to keep the lead at two. OSU led 3-1 at the half.The Tigers began to make a comeback in the third with scores from Tigers senior attackman Ryan Drenner and senior attack Tyler Konen to tie the game at three entering the final quarter.After blowing a 3-1 lead, the Buckeyes shut out the Tigers in the fourth quarter 3-0 to seal the deal. Fannell scored the first goal less than two minutes into the quarter to take a 4-3 lead. Kelly scored with a little more than seven minutes remaining, and the Buckeyes leading scorer LeClaire put the game away, making the score 6-3 with 2:39 remaining. After its first ranked win of the season, OSU will face its toughest test of the season at home against Denver on Sunday at 5 p.m. at Ohio Stadium. The game will be broadcasted on ESPNU.
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, October 7, 2016 – Monday is National Heritage Day, a public holiday in the Turks and Caicos Islands yet there is no detailed public information coming from Government about the events surrounding the holiday which usually features a National Honors Ceremony and raise your flag motorcades.There are no venues, nor times, nor locations to share with you at this point. National Heritage Day replaces Columbus Day for the second year now, and is a PNP Government initiative to elevate national pride… however, when it comes to the main festivity, there was no list of honorees issued this year but we have been informed that at least two former chief ministers will be awarded for their time in office, longevity in service.Both Oswald Skippings and Derek Taylor will be medalled on Monday at the ceremony set at Parade Grounds in Grand Turk. The men, and likely others who will be celebrated had been informed by the Committee, which falls under the Office of the Premier, since September of their coming national prize.There had been a call since June for nominations by the Committee, chaired by Willett Swann in six categories namely: The Order of National Hero; The Order of Turks and Caicos Islands; The Patriotic Award; The Long Service Medal; The Meritorious Award and the National Young Achievers Medal. Related Items:both skippings and taylor will medalled at the national heroes day festivities, no venue-time – or location for national heroes day celebration as yet Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp
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Elon Musk, the founder of US-based electric car manufacturer Tesla Motors, has hinted at setting up a Gigafactory in India to manufacture lithium-ion batteries in order to address the problem of power shortage in the rural areas of the country.”Given high local demand, a Gigafactory in India would probably make sense in the long term,” Musk tweeted.If the plan is implemented, it would give the much-needed boost to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s efforts to bring Tesla’s technology to the country to “power India’s rural homes,” the Business Standard said.During his visit to the US last month, Modi held discussions with Musk at the Tesla campus in Silicon Valley on the potential of having a battery making facility and other renewable energy technologies in India. The Modi government aims to generate 100 GigaWatt of solar power by 2022. But the country has commissioned solar power plants with a total capacity of just 4.57 GW as on 22 October.A study by Deloitte and the Confederation of Indian Industry in August showed that India has the capacity to produce 759 GW of solar power.Tesla is already making a power storage device named as PowerWall, which is highly expensive for the Indian market. High cost and difficulties in raising its production “will likely keep the invention from coming to India any time soon.”Regarding Tesla cars, Musk said: “Auto import duties are prohibitively high. Hoping for a special category for EVs. Most of our discussion (with Modi) was on batteries.”
The government has formed a high-profile probe body to look into the attack on the Bangladesh High Commission in London on 7 February, reports UNB.Permanent representative of Bangladesh to the United Nations in New York Masud Bin Momen has been made head of the probe committee, a diplomatic source told UNB without elaborating the composition of the investigation committee.Meanwhile, Bangladesh deputy high commissioner in London Khondker M Talha has been withdrawn and asked to join the foreign ministry in Dhaka before 7 May.Another source said the government has not shown any reason behind the withdrawal of Talha who has been in London for nearly three years and eight months.He is expected to return to Dhaka on 3 May.During the attack, Talha was acting as Bangladesh high commissioner in London.Leaders and activists of BNP reportedly attacked the staff of Bangladesh High Commission in London and ransacked its furniture which the government termed tantamount to an attack on Bangladesh.The high commission came under sudden attack on 7 February afternoon ahead of the verdict in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case against BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia.Khaleda, also a former prime minister, was jailed for five years on 8 February after she was found guilty in the case.Police were there and the attack took place in presence of police.The Bangladesh High Commission in London in a statement had said the BNP activists and members of its wings forcibly entered the high commission in the pretext of submitting a memorandum. They attacked the high commission staff and vandalised assets of the mission.Bangladesh High Commission in London represents Bangladesh in the UK. So, damaging the high commission’s asset is like damaging state assets, and attack on the high commission is tantamount to attack on Bangladesh, the high commission had said in the statement read out by foreign minister AH Mahmood Ali at press conference in Dhaka on 8 February.Such destructive activities by the unruly demonstrators and their conducts tarnished Bangladesh’s image abroad, the high commission had said.
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Related posts:‘Writing was on the wall’ for child immigrant crisis, says new study New immigration program seeks to reunite Central American families in US Discussion of Cuban migrant crisis to resume Tuesday in Mexico Bernie Sanders: Central American refugees should not be ‘cast out’ A Department of Homeland Security shutdown grew increasingly likely Monday, with lawmakers fighting over funding for the US agencyamid a bitter standoff about President Barack Obama’s immigration reform plan.Facing a Friday deadline, Senate Democrats for a fourth time blocked a measure that would fund the department tasked with protecting Americans and securing the border.Lawmakers want to see DHS fully funded, particularly during the current heightened threat environment.But the $40 billion bill contains Republican amendments that would repeal Obama’s plan to shield millions of people from deportation, changes that Democrats do not support.With the blame game in full swing, it appeared increasingly likely Congress would fail to fund DHS before the midnight Friday deadline.“We’re in a bit of a boxed canyon here and I think we all know that,” Republican Senator Jeff Flake said after the vote.“Right now, it does seem to be where we’re headed,” White House spokesman Josh Earnest said of a possible shutdown.All Senate Democrats voted against the measure, along with Republican Dean Heller.Immediately afterward, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell introduced stand-alone legislation to repeal Obama’s immigration “overreach.”He and his office gave no indication whether he would follow that up with a clean DHS funding bill.Republicans including Flake and Senator John McCain have said they would support passing a temporary funding extension, a possible last-minute way to avoid a lapse.Some House Republicans have indicated they might be willing to test a partial DHS shutdown, arguing that essential personnel would keep working.House leaders have not indicated how they will proceed.“It’s going to be difficult for them to move anything,” Flake said of the House. “There are a lot of people dug in.”Obama fought back Monday against efforts to block his immigration order, urging a federal court to allow the shielding of deportations and demanding Congress fund DHS.The Justice Department filed a motion calling for a Texas district court to stay its injunction issued against Obama’s plan last week, which was a blow to his efforts to reform a system most lawmakers agree is broken.‘Break the impasse’ And DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson called on Congress to act immediately to prevent shutdown.“If Congress wants to have a debate about immigration, the president and I welcome that debate,” he said.“But don’t tie that debate to the funding of the men and women standing behind me,” he told reporters, urging lawmakers to “figure out a way to break the impasse.”Should Congress fail to agree on funding, agents including border security personnel, airport screeners, and Secret Service agents tasked with protecting the president would remain on the job without pay.Funds for new border agents, training and equipment would be frozen. Crucial emergency management programs would halt.“This is no way to run a government,” Johnson said.Obama himself hammered the point to state governors gathered at the White House, where he warned of trickle-down effects of withholding 100,000 salaries.“It will have a direct impact on your economy, and it will have a direct impact on America’s national security,” Obama said. Facebook Comments
Related posts:Cosby’s wife forced to testify in defamation case over sexual-assault allegations ‘Finally, we’re all validated’: Bill Cosby’s alleged victims react to his arraignment UN peacekeepers routinely trade sex for goods UPDATE: US ‘affluenza’ teen arrested in Mexico NEW YORK — Comedian Bill Cosby has been charged with sexual assault in Pennsylvania over an incident that took place in 2004, a prosecutor said Wednesday — the first criminal charges filed against the actor after dozens of women claimed abuse.“Mr Cosby is charged with aggravated indecent assault. This is a felony,” Kevin Steele, assistant district attorney for the state’s Montgomery County, told reporters in Norristown, in the suburbs of Philadelphia.Cosby, 78, was to be arraigned later Wednesday. If found guilty, the veteran television star could face up to 10 years in prison and a $25,000 fine.More than 50 women have already publicly claimed abuse by the pioneering African-American comedian, who attained his greatest fame for his role as the lovable family doctor and pater familias in the hit 1980s sitcom “The Cosby Show.”But his attorneys have repeatedly denied any wrongdoing by Cosby, who has gone from megastar to pariah in the face of the allegations, which span four decades. Earlier this month, he filed a defamation suit against seven of his accusers.The Pennsylvania criminal charge stems from allegations made by a former employee of Temple University in Philadelphia, who says the television legend assaulted her at his home in the suburb of Cheltenham in 2004.“On the evening in question, Mr Cosby urged her to take pills that he provided to her and to drink wine — the effect of which rendered her unable to move, (or to) respond to his advances, and he committed aggravated indecent assault upon her,” Steele said.Steele said the charge — which prosecutors later clarified is a felony of the second degree — stemmed from new evidence in the case that came to light in July, prompting the reopening of the investigation.“A prosecutor’s job is to follow the evidence wherever it leads and whenever it comes to light,” Steele said.“Today, after examination of all the evidence, we are able to seek justice on behalf of the victim,” he added, urging anyone with information about similar incidents with Cosby to come forward.In a statement, prosecutors accused Cosby of fondling the woman and penetrating her with his fingers.Statute of limitationsSteele did not name the victim, but the facts of the case correspond with allegations made by Andrea Constand. Constand’s lawyer, Dolores Troiani, confirmed to CNN that the charge was connected to her.In 2005, an initial investigation did not result in criminal charges against Cosby in Constand’s case.In a deposition Cosby gave as part of a civil suit filed by Constand, which was settled in 2006, the actor insisted all relations with Constand were consensual, and accused her of lying about the assault.“I think Andrea is a liar and I know she’s a liar because I was there. I was there,” Cosby said in the deposition, cited by The New York Times.Prosecutors said the release of court documents in July and the subsequent release of the deposition had in part led to the reopening of the case. Steele said the victim had said she was willing to cooperate with prosecutors.Statutes of limitations have prevented most of the women who have accused the comedian of sexual assault from taking legal action. In the Pennsylvania case, the statute of limitations was set to expire early next year.The accusations against Cosby have led television networks to back away from projects connected to him, and several universities have stripped him of honorary degrees. Facebook Comments
Cable operators have long seen the advantages of delivering TV services via IP and merging their DOCSIS and video platforms to give maximum flexibility, but they are taking a pragmatic approach. Stuart Thomson reports.It has long been received wisdom that cable operators want to move to an all-IP architecture. There are numerous potential benefits of moving to IP: operators could reduce costs by combining their data and TV platforms; and IP is seen as a desirable platform for video services as it will enable them to deliver multiroom and multiscreen services much more economically.A full migration to IP would also enable operators to deliver a much more sophisticated user experience to their core TV subscribers than is often possible today. In an age when consumers are increasingly familiar with new ways of navigating and consuming video via iPads and the web, the kind of search and navigation functionality provided by legacy middlewares is increasingly seen as clunky, old-fashioned and difficult to update or personalise.Clearly, the advantages conferred by an all-IP network are considerable, but cable service providers have to decide what the best step-by-step approach is to achieving it, while supporting their existing investment in legacy set-tops and infrastructure.For the last three years the Comcast-driven Converged Cable Access Platform (CCAP) has been at the centre of the debate about next-generation headend architecture for cable. CCAP is essentially a headend device whose specifications were designed by US cable operators, led by Comcast. The specification was designed to support growth in the number of QAM channels used for narrowcast services such as video-on-demand as well as IP-based video services and network DVR. CCAP devices – which could sit either at a central headend or at a hub site – were intended to provide a higher order of density in terms of QAMs per RF port and ports per chassis than legacy CMTS and edgeQAM equipment, in order to accommodate the narrowcast explosion while saving on space and power. In addition, they were designed to combine edgeQAM and CMTS functions in a single device and to remove the silos into which IP DOCSIS and QAM video traffic were divided, enabling operators to mix and match QAM and IP traffic. The ability to dynamically allocate bandwidth between video to the DOCSIS data channels would give operators maximum flexibility in meeting changing patterns of demand. However, since the CCAP specification was designed, a number of things have happened that may have subtly shifted cable operators’ priorities, according to Todd Kessler, Arris’s vice-president of CMTS product management. Operators are interested in migrating to a converged infrastructure, but not necessarily immediately.“They are not implementing one converged piece of hardware that does both,” says Kessler. “Right now operators are investing in next-generation technology.”‘CCAP-ready’ equipment could provide benefits in terms of savings in power and space ahead of any integration of the DOCSIS and video platforms. Kessler points out that available DOCSIS downstream bandwidth has grown considerably since the CCAP initiative kicked off. “The number of downstream [channels] per node is increasing so much that even without convergence you can get benefits of lower power consumption and lower cost per downstream,” he says. The emphasis on additional data capacity led Arris to develop its E6000 converged edge router as a DOCSIS platform initially.In the longer term, says Kessler, the transition to a converged platform will still happen, but the timing is not yet clear. Operators are also looking ultimately to migrate their video platforms entirely to IP in the long term, he points out.At the same time, operators are looking to migrate video to IP for a host of reasons – not only to deliver a converged video service to multiple IP-enabled devices, but also to eliminate as far as possible the need to support legacy set-tops, often with inferior middleware and a relatively basic user experience. Increasingly they are looking to benefit from adaptive bit-rate technology to deliver a smoother experience. Other factors than market requirements can also act as a brake on the adoption of new technologies. For Nabil Kanaan, senior director of product marketing at RGB Networks, which originally developed a physical shelf CCAP product but decided to discontinue it, there is often a lag between decisions being taken by service providers at a strategic level and their implementation in practice. “There are well established procedures for the deployment of edgeQAMs and DOCSIS equipment, and changes need to percolate through,” he says. Existing edgeQAM and DOCSIS equipment vendors also had an interest in maintaining their established businesses and were able to boost interest in legacy products by reducing their prices, he suggests.The right architectureCurrently, says Kanaan, most operators are deploying straight DOCSIS gear to expand bandwidth in the network, rather than looking to converge the DOCSIS and QAM platforms. Nevertheless, he says, CCAP is “the right architecture for cable” because it will enable them to dynamically change the capacity allocated to IP. Currently, operators are working in silos, so they are more or less bound by a pre-decided frequency plan that is only changed when they implement a further node split. “The question really comes down to the particular operator’s situation. It comes down to the particular facility they own and how much data is being put to a particular serving area,” he says. If operators have to split nodes while using small, cramped facilities, the benefits of merging the two platforms may be incontestable.Operators are increasingly delivering IP video over the DOCSIS pipe to iPads and other devices in the home. As on-demand viewing migrates to IP-enabled devices, operators may find themselves with QAM-based video-on-demand services that no-one – or at least far fewer people – are actually using , while more and more demands are placed on the DOCSIS platform.“With CCAP you can give up some of that VOD bandwidth to IP. That’s one of the key benefits, but until operators deploy CCAP they are stuck with the siloed [approach]. They need to do more node splits to release capacity on the IP side – but that doesn’t do much for the video side,” says Kanaan.Kanaan believes the problems faced by operators are likely to get worse before they get better. Some operators have opted for alternative ways to claw back bandwidth, such as Comcast’s decision to deploy digital-to-analogue converters to all subscribers in order to take out the analogue tier completely. Legacy solutions to the bandwidth crunch such as switched digital video (SDV), which enables operators to deliver less popular channels as switched on-demand services over QAM channels, are still in play in the US.However, SDV has proved challenging to implement in terms of properly analysing user patterns and deciding which channels to put on the switched tier. “What we see is that those that have gone down the SDV path love it but the others want to stay clear. It’s growing incrementally with those that have chosen to get into it in the first place,” says Kanaan.While the road to CCAP has proved to be longer than perhaps was envisaged, some operators have moved towards full integration of DOCSIS and video platforms, according to John Chapman, chief technology officer, cable access business unit, Cisco Systems. “We have customers that are mixing DOCSIS and video on a single platform,” says Chapman, who adds that there is “a lot of work involved” in creating next-generation platforms. Rather than wait for devices that combine video and data in a single unit, operators are looking for solutions now to ease their bandwidth challenges. “DOCSIS is a high-growth industry. The overall feeling now is that the next generation of boxes will help with DOCSIS [first] and that’s where most of the money needs to be spent, with video added second, although it’s not a universal opinion across the industry,” he says. The industry is now producing very high-density edgeQAMs, with work ongoing on CMTSs. Operators, he says, all see a need to migrate to IP video but “they don’t feel a need to race to get there”. The MPEG Transport Stream is a tried and trusted technology. Video is being simulcasted to reach iPads and other devices, but the bandwidth demands are relatively manageable.In the longer term, the logic of managing the network efficiently will determine the convergence of video and IP. Chapman says that the increasing density of QAMs in a single piece of hardware means that there are now devices capable of delivering 150 6MHz channels or (in Europe) 120 8MHz channels. Ultimately, failing to merge the DOCSIS and video platforms will lead to “stranded resources” that lie idle as demand for DOCSIS channels accelerates. Meanwhile, Cisco’s investment in the Modular CMTS (M-CMTS) technology already enables operators to mix and match functionality in the CMTS and edgeQAM.Service provider prioritiesThe CCAP specification is now more or less set. However, given the differing priorities of service providers, there are differences in emphasis between different vendors’ implementations. “The spec is very broad and covers a wide range of functionality,” says Kessler. “Vendors will choose which areas to focus on and then evolve towards an all-encompassing functionality. There is no single step from zero to full compliance.”The widespread adoption of DOCSIS 3.0 has been central to the explosion in cable operators’ bandwidth capability. Operators are now also looking to the next stage with the implementation of DOCSIS 3.1, and this will be incorporated into CCAP in time.A slackening in pressure for full convergence notwithstanding, operators are investing in ‘CCAP-ready’ platforms, says Kessler. As operators add downstream channels per serving group of homes, they increasingly need denser platforms to support the expansion in capacity to avoid the need to invest in new facilities. “I think CCAP is up there in terms of priorities. Home and headend technologies are both important to operators. Most operators need more bandwidth and don’t have much space and that drives support for high-density next generation platforms at the headend,” he says.Operators are meanwhile delivering more and more of their own services, such as TV Everywhere, over IP. Adaptive bit-rate streaming has eased the path for IP video services, while additional upstream bandwidth demands have been ameliorated by innovations such as ‘just-in-time’ packaging from the likes of RGB Networks, which delivers a mezzanine video format that can be converted to the different adaptive bit-rate formats at the edge of the network.Kanaan suggests that the main challenges with adaptive bit-rate delivery for service providers is not last-mile bandwidth but the large number of players and consumer electronics devices to which the services are delivered. There are multiple challenges. Certification is required from Apple for players for iOS devices. Service providers will need to offer customer support for multiple players on multiple devices. Marketing departments will want support for the maximum number of devices in order to maximise reach. “It is problematic – it is new for cable, which has been able to control the service it provides quite well,” says Kanaan. With the likes of Apple and Google more focused on innovation in the consumer space than the needs of cable operators for predictable and coordinated software updates, this is a problem that is unlikely to go away any time soon.
Small Business Heroes Image credit: Franziska Krug | Getty Images May 7, 2019 Next Article –shares The Formula Jeff Bezos Uses to Identify Great Ideas Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Nina Zipkin 2 min read The Amazon founder revealed his thought process in an interview. Staff Writer. Covers leadership, media, technology and culture. Jeff Bezos is currently the wealthiest person on earth. In September 2018, Amazon was valued at $1 trillion for the first time. As the founder of Amazon and Blue Origin, and owner of the Washington Post, it’s clear Bezos didn’t get to this point in his career without having a certain skill for identifying and cultivating ideas that change the game.In conversation with Forbes, Bezos laid out the thought process he goes through when deciding when to move forward with a new initiative.Related: A $150 Billion Net Worth Makes Jeff Bezos the Richest Person on Earth and 27 Other Crazy Things We’ve Learned About the Amazon Founder”We have to have a differentiated idea. It can’t be a ‘me too’ offering,” he explained. “We’re gifted with some very large businesses we’ve built over time, and we can’t afford to put our energies into something that if it works, it’s still going to be small. … Even at substantial scale, it has to have good returns on capital.”Then, Bezos added, once you do have a success, don’t rest on your laurels. “Friends congratulate me after a quarterly-earnings announcement and say, ‘Good job, great quarter,’” Bezos said, “and I’ll say, ‘Thank you, but that quarter was baked three years ago.’ I’m working on a quarter that’ll happen in 2021 right now.” Add to Queue Entrepreneur Staff Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. Enroll Now for $5
Technology Smartphone apps are particularly vulnerable to hackers as they access user information without permission. Cybercrooks Tire of Windows — They’re After Your iPhone Now Next Article –shares Add to Queue The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. January 28, 2011 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List 2 min read Cybercrime is moving away from traditional targets, like Windows PCs, and focusing more on mobile devices, according to Cisco’s 2010 Annual Security Report (PDF). As Microsoft becomes more savvy about patching holes in its OS, cybercriminals are treading into new territories, with a strong focus on iOS and Android.When the federal government declared jailbreaking cellphones legal, intrepid hackers sought and discovered more exploits in mobile operating systems. A prominent example used by Cisco is JailbreakMe 2.0, the Safari-based iPhone flaw — which has since been patched — that allowed users to jailbreak with very little tampering of iOS.Cisco threat research manager Scott Olechowski also said that the proliferation of Android will likely lead to major attacks on Google’s OS in the future. Olechowski noted that the more devices that adopt Android — such as smartphones, tablets, even vehicles — the more enticing the open-source OS becomes, especially when it comes to the big bucks in the enterprise.Most concerning for mobile hacks are apps, many of which access user information without permission. Recently, Trapster, an app that warns drivers when a speed trap is ahead, was hacked, exposing millions of iPhone, Android, BlackBerry, and Windows Mobile phone passwords — some of which may also have been linked to a user’s PayPal account.Many companies using smartphones for work do not have a cybersecurity strategy planned or in place, according to Cisco. This is a major concern for iOS business consumers, given that the iPhone is being used at 88 percent of the Fortune 100 companies and 83 percent of the Fortune 500.And for you PC users out there: Tired of your Mac-using friends’ snooty condescension about how their machines are impervious to viruses? Turns out that hackers are targeting Mac users more and more.Although Apple regularly pushes out security updates, due to increased iOS product adoption — especially on the iPad, which has sponged 90 percent of the tablet market-digging into a Mac isn’t so much a waste of time anymore. Still, compared to Windows, the malware threat to Macs is tiny. Brought to you by PCWorld Brennon Slattery Apply Now »
The one-year campaign will run until International PKU Day 2020, with many patient groups and individuals helping to raise awareness of PKU until this date. Further events and initiatives will continue throughout the year. Only 1 in 10 people surveyed were aware of PKU People with underlying health conditions are 42% more likely to find a life milestone stressful than people without one, on average. People with underlying health conditions are more likely to find certain life milestones stressful than people without a hidden health condition 49% of people with an underlying health condition hide this from their colleagues, their friends (27%), family (18%) and partners (15%). Source:Live Unlimited PKU Jul 1 2019For the first time, patient groups, supported by funding from BioMarin, from six countries in Europe have come together with the shared goal of improving health services for people living with the rare condition PKU as part of the Live Unlimited PKU campaign.The condition limits a person’s ability to break down protein, with potentially devastating effects on the brain if left unmanaged. In Europe, the condition is screened for during the newborn heel-prick test, but just 9 per cent of the public have heard of the condition.PKU can have a serious and long-lasting effect on patients’ mental health and quality of life, with a recent study showing that as many as 52% of adults with PKU lived with anxiety or depression. Other issues reported by patients include ‘brain fog’, sleep issues and lapses in concentration.In fact, new research reveals people with hidden health conditions like PKU are 42% more likely to find everyday activity, like going on a date, traveling abroad and making new friends, stressful.The digital campaign aims to raise awareness of the potential severity of the disease and calls for improved standards of adult care. Despite the neurological effects of the condition and difficulties following a low-protein diet, just 12% of adults with PKU have access to the multidisciplinary tools and support they need, with many adults having to go to children’s wards to receive any specialist care.Key findings include: 29% do this because they fear that others won’t understand, and 20% because they think they will be dismissive. 87% more likely to be stressed about making new friends 40% more likely to be stressed about going on a date 40% more likely to be stressed about retaining a job The campaign includes a suite of visual imagery and videos featuring the personal stories of patients across Europe. Campaign videos highlight the experiences and challenges of PKU patients in their respective countries and are available at www.liveunlimitedPKU.com.