Ailing centenarian returns home from Assam detention camp

first_imgChandradhar Das, 102, went home from the Silchar Medical College Hospital on Thursday. But he did not know why, just as he had no idea why the police had taken him to a detention camp for foreigners in January.“Thankfully, he hasn’t be able to feel his ordeal because of dementia. What matters is that he is back home,” the centurion’s daughter Niyati Roy said from their home in Dholai, about 30 km from southern Assam’s Silchar, headquarters of the Cachar district.Jailed for deportationMr. Das was one of 109 men and women lodged in Silchar Central Jail as declared foreign nationals to be deported. As on May 15, six jails in Assam had 986 ‘declared foreigners’ who are not entitled to minimum basic facilities that convicted criminals enjoy. On Wednesday, he was granted bail unlike others lodged in detention camps.The State’s Border Police, tasked with detecting and detaining foreigners, had suspected Mr. Das to be a Bangladeshi who entered Assam without valid documents after March 25, 1971. The district police chief referred his case to the Foreigners’ Tribunal 6, or FT-6, which asked him to furnish documents to prove his nationality.In its order on January 2, the tribunal said it had given enough opportunities to Mr. Das to file a written statement, and, “under the provisions of the Foreigners’ Act, 1946, burden of proof lies on the O.P. (opposite party) to prove that he is not a foreigner”. The case had gone against him “ex parte” because FT-6 did not have a government pleader for months.Forum comes to aidUnconditional Citizenship Demand Forum, a Silchar-based group, took up Mr. Das’s case last week. “We came to know about his plight a few days ago when his daughter approached us. Whether or not he was a foreigner was secondary for us. We wanted a sick old man, who cannot remember anything, to get treatment and spend the last days of his life with his family,” Kamal Chakraborty, the forum’s leader, said. Members of the forum and Ms. Roy met Cachar Deputy Commissioner S. Lakshmanan on Tuesday, requesting his help in releasing the elder.“We brought the case to the attention of the FT-6 member. He understood the sensitivity of the case and granted bail on humanitarian grounds as well as on legal count because the tribunal did not have a government pleader for a long time,” Mr. Lakshmanan told The Hindu.Mr. Das was taken to the hospital immediately after his release and provided treatment. He was discharged on Thursday morning. “We have known happiness after months,” his daughter said.Ms. Roy said she could not understand why her father was declared foreigner despite possessing a citizenship certificate issued in 1966 from Agartala in adjoining Tripura. Her citizenship as well as her mother’s, incidentally, is not in doubt.The old man’s trip back home coincided with a government pleader being appointed for FT-6.last_img read more

Bribing Indian Companies

first_imgA California valve company bribed officials at Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd (BHEL), Maharashtra State Electricity Board (MSEB), Haryana State Electricity Board (HSEB), National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) and Bhilai Electric to secure lucrative contracts, according to a court filing. Control Component Inc (CCI) pleaded guilty last year to bribing officials in 36 countries between 2003 to 2007. In a recent court filing, the U.S. Department of Justice claimed that CCI transferred $163,449 to an official of a Moscow company to bribe unnamed Indian officials for securing orders from NTPC’s Sipat plant. Additional bribes of $69,012 were paid by the company to win contracts with BHEL and MSEB; $8,600 to Bhilai Electricals; $15,802 to HSEB and $15,000 to Spin Industries, J Mehta & Co and MSEB, according to media reports.   Related Itemslast_img read more

Turkish award for activist who survived assault by coal mafia

first_imgMeghalaya-based rights activist Agnes Kharshiing, who survived an assault by the coal mafia almost a year ago, received the 11th International Hrant Dink Award along with Turkish activist against male violence Nebahat Akkoç.The two activists were presented the award that commemorates the memory of Turkish-Armenian journalist Hrant Dink, who was killed in 2007, in Istanbul on Sunday.Since 2009, the Hrant Dink Award is presented every year to individuals, organisations or groups that work for a world free from discrimination, racism and violence, and who take personal risks for achieving those ideals, break the stereotypes and use the language of peace and by doing so give inspiration and hope to others.The award committee said Ms. Kharshiing, 59, was chosen for “defending the rights of the poor, women, children and disadvantaged groups where she lives as well as for environmental rights”. Ms. Akkoç, based in Turkey’s Anatolia, was awarded for “working to raise awareness about women’s rights and to struggle against male violence”.‘Chasing trucks’Often referred to as the “woman who chases trucks ferrying illegally-mined coal”, Ms. Kharshiing and her associate Amita Sangma were on November 8, 2018, assaulted by a mob during one of their many “surveillance” trips to Meghalaya’s East Jaintia Hills, a district rich in coal and limestone. About 40 people — mostly men involved in the banned rat-hole coal mining and illegal coal trade — ambushed their vehicle, dragged them out and hit them with blunt weapons. They were left to die in a wooded patch.While Ms. Sangma managed to crawl out and call for help, Ms. Kharshiing lay unconscious when the police arrived. The two were shifted to a super-specialty hospital on the outskirts of Meghalaya’s capital Shillong.Ms. Kharshiing was in coma for more than a week and was discharged from hospital after three months. She has been under medication and police protection since.“People should raise their voices, help the vulnerable and support them when their human rights are violated,” Ms. Kharshiing said while receiving her award. “It is only this way that humanity can overcome hate. There are so many things that we can do together to bring peace to the world and fill the hearts of children with love, not fear.”last_img read more

Mayweather, McGregor trade verbal jabs as countdown begins

first_imgSEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor. AFP/GETTY IMAGES FILE PHOTOFloyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor traded verbal jabs on Tuesday as the circus-like countdown to their money-spinning superfight cranked into overdrive on the Las Vegas Strip.Thousands of fans, including a sizeable contingent of Irish supporters,  thronged the heart of the Nevada boxing capital to greet Mayweather and McGregor at their separate formal grand arrival ceremonies.ADVERTISEMENT McGregor and Mayweather passed each other after their separate introductions, with McGregor taunting the American with a shout of “Why didn’t you want to face off?” — triggering a melee between their two entourages.‘Intriguing fight’ A relaxed-looking Mayweather, meanwhile,  had earlier encouraged fans to bet on the fight finishing inside 12 rounds.“I talked to you before and said that this fight wouldn’t go the distance,” Mayweather said.“If you’re going to bet, bet it won’t go (the distance).”Mayweather did his best to play down his status as a heavy favorite, insisting that his two-year layoff from the ring had blunted his prowess.“That’s what makes this fight so intriguing, I’ve been out a few years, feel like I’ve lost a few steps,” Mayweather said.“So we’ll just have to wait and see.”Earlier Tuesday, Mayweather had taunted McGregor over his fitness, telling the US website FightHype that he believed his opponent would struggle to make the 154-pound limit for Saturday’s bout.“Conor McGregor is extremely heavy right now,” Mayweather said. “I think he’s 164 so he’s still got 10 pounds to go.” Manny Pacquiao on Floyd Mayweather: Let him enjoy retirement PLAY LIST 00:44Manny Pacquiao on Floyd Mayweather: Let him enjoy retirement01:49Pacquiao to Mayweather: Want fans to stop asking for rematch? Then fight me again00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Read Next McGregor could face a painful financial penalty if he is unable to tip the scales inside the limit. Boxers often have the option of cancelling a fight or collecting a larger share of the purse if an opponent fails to make weight.Mayweather, who is expected to earn at least $100 million from Saturday’s contest, indicated he would take the money.“I get that extra money if you can’t make the weight,” Mayweather said. “Get those extra millions ready. UFC get those extra millions ready.”“If he don’t make the weight, we still going to fight but there’s going to be a heavy fine.”Mayweather has fought at 154 pounds before but is more used to fighting at welterweight (150 pounds). McGregor however has fought at 170 pounds in MMA.McGregor, 29, last week insisted he was in peak condition following a gruelling training camp that had taken him to “hell and back” and left him primed to face either a long or short fight.“There is no way in hell that I’m not ready to fight in the deepest of trenches in this contest,” McGregor said.“We are ready for both scenarios. I’m ready to go to war for 12 rounds and I’m ready to put him away early on.” Mayweather, the 40-year-old undefeated former welterweight boxing champion, has been lured out of retirement to face McGregor, a star of mixed martial arts’ Ultimate Fighting Championship.The two men meet in a 12-round contest under boxing rules on Saturday that is tipped to become the richest fight in history.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe cross-combat collision has appalled boxing purists, with many decrying the event as a farcical publicity stunt more in keeping with the choreographed traditions of WWE wrestling.Mayweather and McGregor, who clashed repeatedly during an expletive-laden world press tour to drum up interest for the fight last month, insist however that they are ready to deliver a battle for the ages. View comments Crawford wants winner of Pacquiao-Horn 2center_img Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ McGregor, a massive underdog in what will be his first professional boxing fight, insisted Tuesday he was ready to stun the oddsmakers.“This is not even close to my toughest challenge ever. I will crumble him,” McGregor said.“I have adapted perfectly to boxing, I am very pleased and ready. I’m a special man, I will prove that August 26, this will go one or two rounds, maybe I will bang him out and hurt him.“If he survives, I will decide whether I embarrass or seriously hurt him.“I’m calm and cool, same as I am in every fight. I’m fit, sharp and I’m gonna be ruthless in there. I believe he’ll be unconscious inside one round.”ADVERTISEMENT Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Dilshan is SL player under ICC scanner for bookie link: Report

first_imgIn a shocking turn of events, top Sri Lankan batsman Tillakaratne Dilshan has turned out to be the leading Sri Lankan cricketer the ICC’s Anti-corruption and Security Unit has been monitoring for alleged links with a bookmaker.The Daily Mail on Friday claimed that Dilshan was the player named in a Sri Lankan Cricket Board report to ICC’s ACSU last year after he was allegedly spotted with a suspected illegal bookmaker in a London nightclub.The report was filed by the Sri Lankan team manager after captain Kumar Sangakkara passed on suspicions among team-mates that Dilshan had been seen with the bookie during Twenty20 World Cup in England in June last year, the newspaper claimed.”The player concerned has been under the ICC’s scanner since the Twenty20 World Cup in England in 2009,” it said.Sri Lanka Cricket had reportedly kept the entire matter away from the public spotlight though Dilshan has been investigated by Sri Lankan police. No charges though was laid on Dilshan by the Sri Lankan police.”There is no suggestion of any wrongdoing on the part of Dilshan. The Sri Lankans followed the ICC’s protocol to the letter, reporting the alleged incident as soon as it was made known to the team management,” the Daily Mail report said.A Sri Lanka team spokesman, however, denied any player having connection with bookies.”He has done nothing wrong. There is no evidence against any of the Sri Lankan players. None of them are guilty. These allegations are being drummed up by unscrupulous elements who are trying to upset Sri Lanka’s plans for the (2011) World Cup,” the spokesman was quoted as saying by the newspaper.advertisementThe revelation of alleged connection of bookies with a high-profile player came at a time world cricket has been engulfed with ‘spot-fixing’ scandal involving three Pakistanis.Pakistan Test captain Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Aamir were suspended by the ICC and interrogated by Scotland Yard after a British tabloid claimed in a sting operation that they took bribe from a bookie to bowl deliberate no-balls during a Test match against England at Lord’s two weeks ago.No Lankan player under scanner for bookie link: SangakkaraIn Colombo, Sri Lankan captain Kumar Sangakkara on Saturday rubbished media reports that Tillakaratne Dilshan was under the ICC scanner for his alleged links with bookmakers and said none of his team-mates were suspected of “fraternising with shady characters”.”All these stories going around about Dilshan are absolutely baseless. No Sri Lankan player to my knowledge is in suspicion of fraternising with these so called bookies by their team-mates nor by team management and Sri Lanka Cricket Board. As far as I know there was no report to SLC or ICC’s Anti-corruption Unit,” Sangakkara said.Sangakkara denied it and said he had never passed on information of any suspicious activity by any of his team-mates to the management.”I have never reported against any player specifically. All the players are very open in communicating with me and team management. No one including me have voiced our suspicion over any of our team-mates at any time nor reported specifically to the team manager or SLC,” he asserted.”If there is any report of any suspicion on any player, then it is better to ask the SLC and the team management about that but as far as I know ,there is no such thing,” he told a news channel.Sangakkara also ruled out any Sri Lankan player intentionally mixing up with illegal bookmakers.”Any of the players upto my knowledge have not fraternised with any of these shady characters. The only thing is you never know who is sitting at the chair next to you or who is taking photograph with you at a hotel or somewhere,” he said.SLC Chief Executive Ajith Jayasekara also dismissed reports of Dilshan being under ICC scanner.”We dont go by speculation or what any newspaper wants to say. We don’t want to go by such reports. The Anti-Corruption Unit of the ICC has not reported any such involvement of any player. We cant go by speculation. This has not been brought to our notice by the anti-corruption unit of the ICC. There is no evidence against any Sri Lankan player,” Jayasekara said.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

AITA picks teams for ITF World Junior Tennis Qualifiers

first_imgNew Delhi, Apr 5 (PTI) The AITA selection committee today picked three-member boys and girls squad for the qualifying event of the ITF World Junior Tennis Competition. Dev V Javia, Aaryan Mehul Zaveri and Sandeep V M comprise the boys squad for the Asia/Oceania Final Qualifying event, to be held in Nonthaburi, Thailand from April 16 to May 1. The girls squad has Tanisha Kashyap, Sanya Singh and Shreya Gulia. The boys team will be coached and captained by Varun Walia while former national champion Rushmi Chakravarthy will guide the girls team. “The teams were selected based on players rankings and performance in the recently concluded ITF 14 and Under Development events held in Vietnam,” AITA junior selection committee chairman Anil Dhupar said in a release. PTI AT BS ATKlast_img read more

Chelsea starlet Musonda signs new deal to 2022

first_imgChelsea Chelsea tie Musonda down to fresh terms through to 2022 Chris Burton Last updated 1 year ago 03:16 12/9/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Charly Musonda Chelsea Getty Images Chelsea Premier League The highly-rated midfielder has been rewarded for making his first-team breakthrough at Stamford Bridge with a new contract Charly Musonda has signed a new contract at Premier League champions Chelsea which will keep him at the club until 2022.The highly-rated midfielder has been rewarded with fresh terms in a campaign which has seen him make a first-team breakthrough at Stamford Bridge.The 21-year-old, who spent time gaining vital senior experience at Real Betis last season, made a goalsocring full debut for the Blues in a 5-1 Carabao Cup win over Nottingham Forest – having previously figured off the bench in the Community Shield and a Premier League defeat to Burnley. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player He has been on Chelsea’s books since 2012 and is delighted to have been offered the opportunity to extend his stay in west London.The Belgium U21 international told the club’s official website: “I am very happy and very proud. I came here very young and am very happy to continue my journey here.“I love this club so it’s a great moment for me and my family.“Now I want to establish myself and progress into the team and stay here permanently.”Great news!Charly Musonda has today signed a new contract with the Blues! https://t.co/qTR99j9ytn— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) December 8, 2017Blues director Marina Granovskaia added: “We are very happy Charly has committed his future to the club.“He is an exciting talent who we believe can develop into an important first-team player and we hope he will be a part of Chelsea’s successes for a long time to come.”Musonda, who won the FA Youth Cup on two occasions while part of the Blues’ academy system, has gone on to take his tally of appearances to six this season and will hope that there are many more to come as he pushes for a place in Antonio Conte’s plans. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Danish Maritime Days to Place Blue Denmark on the World Map

zoom Today, the Minister of Business and Growth had a meeting with the maritime industry organisations, professional organisations as well as the Growth Team for the Blue Denmark.At the meeting, the Minister presented the results of the first year’s work on the Plan for Growth for The Blue Denmark.In this connection, a new international maritime event was launched under the headline Danish Maritime Days. This initiative has been developed in co-operation between the Ministry of Business and Growth by the Danish Maritime Authority, the Danish Shipowners’ Association and Danish Maritime.The aim of Danish Maritime Days is to create a recurring international event marking Denmark’s leading role as a leading maritime nation at the core of maritime Europe.An important element of Danish Maritime Days is Danish Maritime Forum, a global summit which will bring together leading maritime decision-makers from all over the world to propose new solutions to the major challenges faced by the maritime industry.The Danish Maritime Forum will be at the core of a large platform of independent events to be held in connection with summit. These events will be held in close co-operation with and involve the entire Blue Denmark. Danish Maritime Days will be held 6-10 October 2014.Danish Maritime Days is an important element of the implementation of the Plan for Growth for the Blue Denmark intended to promote and showcase the Blue Denmark.Director General of the Danish Maritime Authority Andreas Nordseth: “Denmark is a major maritime player. Therefore, the Danish government together with the industry has set the goal of making Denmark the maritime centre of Europe. Danish Maritime Days is an important step towards bringing about this vision. We will show the entire world what the Blue Denmark is capable of and what we stand for. It requires joint efforts and, therefore, I hope everyone in the Blue Denmark will support Danish Maritime Days.”Chairman of the Danish Shipowners’ Association & CEO of DS Norden Carsten Mortensen: “Denmark is one of the world’s leading maritime nations. Therefore, it is quite natural for us to establish the shipping industry’s version of the Da-vos summit and to bring together the world’s maritime decision-makers for discussions not only on the challenges facing the industry, but also on proposals for solutions.”President of Danish Maritime & CEO of MAN Diesel and Turbo Thomas Knudsen: “Danish maritime companies supply innovative solutions that are among the best worldwide. Consequently, we contribute to setting the global maritime agenda. By means of Danish Maritime Days we build on this tradition and cement Denmark’s position as an important player when debating the future of the maritime sector.” 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 DMA, November 18, 2013 Print  Close My location read more

Europe should make mobility central in migration policy UN rights expert says

“The European Union (EU) must recognize that irregular migration is a result of policies prohibiting immigration,” the Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants, François Crépeau, addressing the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. “Such policies only serve to open a new and lucrative market for smuggling rings, which could not exist without this prohibition.”“If Europe insists on focusing most of its resources on securitization, it will fail to defeat smuggling rings,” Mr. Crépeau warned.The Rapporteur called therefore on the EU to establish a human rights-based, coherent and comprehensive migration policy which makes mobility its central asset. “It is the only way in which it can reclaim its border, effectively combat smuggling and empower migrants,” the Special Rapporteur assured.More than 200,000 migrants and asylum-seekers arrived in Europe by sea in 2014, compared with 80,000 in 2013, according to current estimates. So far this year, Europe has already received over 100,000 migrants and asylum-seekers who have arrived by boat. Some frontline states report daily arrivals.“Migrants will come, no matter what,” Mr. Crépeau warned. “The EU will only be able to regain control of its borders if it banks on mobility, he insisted, noting that the overall goal would be to have most migrants using official channels to enter and stay in Europe.“The EU must develop…create innovative regulated mobility options that will incentivize most migrants and asylum seekers to avoid having recourse to smugglers,” he noted. “Instead of forcing people into mechanisms that don’t respond to their needs, we need to understand the logic of their decisions and create policies that optimally match migrants’ skills and labour market’s needs.Welcoming the new European Agenda on Migration, the Special Rapporteur noted that the figures for refugee resettlement are insufficient and the lack of open and regular channels for low skilled migrants coming to Europe is a huge oversight. “The fact is that European member States rely on cheap migrant labour working in certain sectors within their economy,” he said. “They should recognize their real labour needs, including for low-wage work: to do otherwise would reduce them to being complicit with the exploitation of migrants,” he underscored. The expert called on the EU to open up more regular migration channels and, at the same time, repress unscrupulous employers who exploit the fear of asylum-seekers and undocumented migrants to be detected, detained and deported. “Effectively implementing the employer sanction directive should be a priority,” he stressed.“Combining such policies would lead to smaller underground labour markets, less irregular border crossings, less smuggling of migrants, less loss of life at borders, less labour exploitation, and less migrants’ rights violations,” Mr. Crépeau stated.Independent experts or special rapporteurs are appointed by the Geneva-based Human Rights Council to examine and report back on a country situation or a specific human rights theme. The positions are honorary and the experts are not UN staff, nor are they paid for their work. read more

Lostprophets lead singer pleads guilty to attempted baby rape

first_imgTHE FORMER LEAD singer of Welsh rock band Lostprophets has pleaded guilty to a series of sexual offences, including trying to rape a baby.Ian Watkins, 36, was arrested last December and charged with more than 20 offences, including raping a baby, conspiring to sexually assault a child and making indecent images.He had denied the charges but changed his plea yesterday at Cardiff Crown Court and admitted 11 offences, including sexually touching a one-year-old, encouraging a groupie to abuse her child and making child pornography.Watkins will be sentenced on 18 December.The band, which formed in 1997 and had a chart-topping album in 2006 with “Liberation Transmission”, announced it was disbanding after the lead singer’s arrest last year.Read: Former scout leader due for sentencing on 54 historical abuse charges>last_img read more

Resorts World Manila on the rise again with strong revenue growth through

first_img RelatedPosts Strong VIP growth sees Okada Manila GGR climb 72% in August Load More South Korea’s foreigner-only casinos see revenues grow in August RGB expecting strong 2019 despite second quarter revenue, profit decline Travellers International Hotel Group – the partnership between Genting Hong Kong and Alliance Global Group that operates Resorts World Manila (RWM) – saw its gross revenues increase 8.2% to Php16.98 billion for the nine months through 30 September 2018, with strong gains in both the gaming and non-gaming segments.The company also moved back into the black with net profit of Php1.82 billion following a loss of Php36.8 million during the same period in 2017. The positive results provide a welcome turnaround for the joint venture, which suffered a 27.6% decline in gross gaming revenue to Php17.115 billion (US$327.9 million) in 2017 following the tragic 2 June 2017 attack on RWM that saw 38 people lose their lives and gaming operations subsequently shut down for 27 days.The incident forced the permanent closure of RWM’s entire Level 2 gaming area, although Travellers has since opened some of its new gaming area as part of a multi-million dollar renovation that includes the impending launch of the Philippines’ first Ritz-Carlton where the former Maxims hotel was located, conversion of the Remington Hotel to Holiday Inn Express and another Philippines first, Okura Hotel, which will occupy space once earmarked for the expansion of Maxims.Gaming revenue for the first nine months of 2018 increased 7.5% to Php13.75 billion, up from Php12.80 billion, and comprised 81.0% of the group’s total revenues for the period. Non-gaming jumped 11.3% to PHP3.23 billion.However, EBITDA fell 31.2% to Php1.78 billion on the back of higher expenses.Travellers said the number of tables and slot machines as of 30 September 2018 numbered 280 and 1,642, respectively.last_img read more

House Majority Leader Chris Tuck pushes reforms to improve voter turnout

first_imgSally Williams uses a sticker that says cucuklillruunga, or “I voted” in Yup’ik to teach the phrase at the Togiak voting site on Aug. 16, 2016. (Photo by Molly Dischner/KDLG)In the last Legislature, a Democrat-sponsored bill aimed at increasing voter turnout in Alaska, especially in the Bush. It didn’t get a single hearing in the Republican-led House of Representatives.Listen nowNow, Rep. Chris Tuck, an Anchorage Democrat, is in a powerful position leading the new House majority, and has reintroduced the legislation and the bill is making some progress.Cindy Allred works for Get Out the Native Vote, an organization that has been active registering and encouraging voting among Alaska Natives, many of whom live in rural areas.“We do have a big concern that there are more challenges to registering to vote in rural Alaska, to voting in rural Alaska as well,” Allred commented. “There are communities in Alaska that don’t even have a polling station.”Get Out the Native Vote put their weight behind passing PFD voter registration and has been working with Tuck on House Bill 1.“There’s a couple of us who just got together and said “How can we help modernize Alaska’s system? How can we try to make it more equitable?” Allred said.Tuck’s bill is comprehensive. It would give people the option to permanently vote by mail and allow for same day registration, among other things.Grace Mulipola worked on Get Out the Native Vote in Bristol Bay.“Some of the people are not there on election day, either because they have doctors appointments or they’re out doing their subsistence. So, I think that’s one of the biggest barriers in the rural areas,” Mulipola said.In addition to getting people registered to vote, Mulipola helped set up early voting stations in Bristol Bay, part of District 37, for the 2014 general election. According to Division of Elections data, general election turnout there has fluctuated. Increases in early voting sites and registration haven’t always coincided with higher voter turnout.Tuck’s bill ensures that early voting stations stay the same year after year, but it doesn’t directly address the number or placement of such voting sites. According to Division of Elections, since 2010 the number of early voting sites in Alaska has increased from 73 to 169.So why didn’t this bill go anywhere last session? Tuck chalked it up to partisan politics.“Well, we had a different makeup of the Legislature. We had a different majority, minority situation,” Tuck said. “This year, I went from being minority leader to majority leader. And uh… we’re not going to be treating people the way we were treated because we weren’t allowed to have our bills heard, even though some of them were good ideas.”Rural Alaska tends to vote blue, which means higher turnout in the Bush may help Democrats in statewide races.Former Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Begich invested heavily in rural Alaska in his 2014 campaign against Republican Dan Sullivan. His brother, Tom Begich worked on the campaign before being elected last year to represent District J in the Alaska Senate.“In my brother’s U.S. Senate race, early voting was a critical issue for us,” Tom Begich said.The campaign hired organizers in 40 villages and set up 16 offices from Barrow to Bethel and put a big emphasis on early voting in hopes of increasing rural turnout.“When we analyzed where there was early voting and where there wasn’t at the time, we noted that where there wasn’t early voting, turnouts tended to be a little bit lower,” Begich noted.The rural vote was instrumental in Begich’s 2008 win against longtime Republican incumbent Ted Stevens, but Begich lost to Sullivan in in 2014, despite investing heavily in rural Alaska.Early voting is only one part of Tuck’s bill, but it has the potential to make voting more accessible for rural communities. For now, House Bill 1 is being workshopped in the House State Affairs Committee.last_img read more

SC asks Karnataka Speaker what stopped him from accepting MLAs

first_imgNew Delhi, July 16: The Supreme Court on Tuesday asked the Karnataka Speaker what stopped him from deciding whether to accept or reject the resignations tendered by the MLAs of the JD-S-Congress coalition on July 6. A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi sought a clear response from senior advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi representing Speaker K.R. Ramesh Kumar. Also Read – Dehydrated elephant being given treatment Advertise With Us “You were silent on the resignations till the MLAs came to the Supreme Court… Why?” Chief Justice Gogoi asked. Singhvi said in response that the Speaker filed an affidavit in the apex court explaining what had happened. Chief Justice Gogoi shot back asking why wasn’t a decision taken when the MLAs went to the Speaker with their resignations, to which Singhvi replied that it was a written communication, and the Speaker was not available on that day. Also Read – CBI carrying out surprise checks at 150 government departments Advertise With Us “But the decision was communicated to him on July 6,” the court added. Singhvi said the MLAs first met the Speaker personally on July 11, under the rules of the Assembly they are supposed to make personal presentation before the Speaker. “The first condition of a genuine resignation tendered by MLAi s that he has to be personally present before the Speaker,” argued Singhvi. Advertise With Us The court taking a sharp jibe on this line of argument said the provision does not negate resigning by letter, but if the MLA has made a personal visit to the Speaker then he has to decide on the resignation immediately. “Why it (decision) didn’t happen on July 11?” the court further queried. Referring to the Karnataka Speaker, the Chief Justice said that he cannot question the jurisdiction power of this court. “The court to your benefit had ordered a floor test (referring to the last year floor test), appointed a protem Speaker during a midnight hearing. The exercise of jurisdiction of our powers depend only on self-restraint,” he added. On this question of the apex court whether the Speaker is challenging the power the court, Singhvi replied: “Suppose a Speaker goes crazy, then Your Lordships can intervene.” He emphasized the Speaker was in no way questioning the court’s jurisdiction. Before Singhvi, senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi representing the rebel MLAs had argued before the court. The Chief Justice asked Rohtagi: “We cannot say, in which way, the Speaker should decide resignation or disqualification of MLAs. We cannot fetter him. Although, the important question, is there any constitutional obligation for the Speaker to decide resignation before disqualification or to club his decision on both?” The hearing on the matter will continue at 2 p.m.last_img read more

Of merging and submerging

first_imgAs ‘today’ would fully sub-merge into ‘yesterday’ by ‘tomorrow’ similarly ‘reality’ loses its identity to ‘history’. Photography comes to the rescue playing with the algorithm of time and space.Photographs act like a ‘mirage’ by creating a fictional hopeful world which seems beautiful when seen in the confines of a framed photograph but at times reality suffocates under the labyrinth of colorful submerging stories printed on a canvas.The exhibition titled Merging/Submerging will be trying to depict this merging/sub merging effect and let viewers see their own life reflections through the works of Abul Kalam Azad, Anurag Sharma, Chandan Gomes, Dr Deepak John Mathew, Gireesh GV, Rafeeq Ellias, Vicky Roy, Vinit Gupta and Partha Seal. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The exhibition is expecting to provide a new perspective on photography. The aim is to raise the bar  from simple photographs to complex ideas making the exhibition one of thought and aesthetic value together. The audience is not expected to see the works on display as simple exhibits, but are expected to look behind the shots for stories and philosophies. Here’s a little low-down on the artistes – Abul Kalam Azad’s first exhibition was in Kalapeedom, Kochi and since then has displayed his works in India and abroad. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixAnurag Sharma has participated in many exhibitions for instance Parallel Cities, organised by Pro Helvetia – Swiss Art Council at Max Muller Bhawan, Sarai Reader 09 Exhibition, United Artist Fair held in Delhi and more.Dr Deepak John Mathew is a renowned photographer and award winning professional, he heads the Photography Design Department at the National Institute of Design (NID), Ahmedabad. Gireesh GV has worked as photographer for various reputed publications in the national capital and is quite a well-known name in the  shutter-happy society.  Rafeeq Ellias has won over 30 national and international awards, including two from the Art Directors Club of New York; Photographer of the Year and Best Photograph of the Year at the Communications Arts Guild in Mumbai; Gold, Silver and Bronze at ADASIA.Hailing from West Bengal, Vicky Roy held his first solo exhibition, Street Dreams at the India Habitat Centre.At 23, Chandan Gomes became the youngest recipient of the prestigious India Habitat Centre Fellowship for Photography in 2011. Photographs from his awarded essay were a part of the Inaugural Delhi Photo Festival. Vinit Gupta was the winner of the Photo Essay Category Song of the Road Canon-Better Photography Photographer of the Year 2011 Award.This one is a definite treat for photography lovers. Head over!WHEN: 7 November to 5 December, 11am to 7 pmWHERE: Art Konsult, F 213-C, First Floor, Lado Sarailast_img read more

GitHub announces beta version of GitHub Package Registry its new package management

first_imgUpdate: At WWDC 2019, GitHub added support for Swift packages to GitHub Package Registry. Swift packages make it easy to share your libraries and source code across projects and with the Swift community. Last Friday, GitHub announced a new package management service to allow developers and organizations to easily generate “packages” from their code. Called the GitHub Package Registry, this service allows developers to publish public or private packages next to their source code. “GitHub Package Registry is compatible with common package management clients, so you can publish packages with your choice of tools,” Simina Pasat, director of Product Management at GitHub, explains in the official announcement. The GitHub Package Registry is available in limited beta for now. However, it will always be free to use for open source. The new service is currently compatible with JavaScript (npm), Java (Maven), Ruby (RubyGems), .NET (NuGet) and Docker images, with support for other languages and tools to come. Packages hosted on GitHub will include detailed insights such as download statistics and project/package history. Developers can also publish multiple packages of different types for more complex repositories. They can also customize publishing and post-publishing workflows using webhooks and GitHub Actions. GitHub Package Registry has unified identity and permissions meaning packages on GitHub inherit the visibility and permissions associated with the repository. This means, organizations no longer need to maintain a separate package registry and mirror permissions across systems. They can use a single set of credentials across different systems for code and packages, and manage access permissions with the same tools. Developers are generally enthusiastic about the new GitHub Venture. Here are some positive comments from a thread on Hacker News. “This is really outstanding. GitHub Package Registry separates the registry from the artifact storage, which is the right way to do it. The registry should be quick to update because it’s only a pointer. The artifact storage will be under my control. Credentials and security should be easier to deal with. I really hope this works out.” “This is pretty interesting. Github really is becoming the social network that MS never seemed to be able to create. We already use it as our portfolio of work for potential employers. We collaborate with fellow enthusiasts and maybe even make new friends. We host our websites from it. Abuse it to store binaries, too. And now, alongside, source code we can use it as a CDN of sorts to serve packages, for free, sounds pretty great.” “It’s a really nice project overall, having a GitHub Package Registry that supports many different projects and run by a company that today is good, is always nice.” Read Next GitHub deprecates and then restores Network Graph after GitHub users share their disapproval Apache Software Foundation finally joins the GitHub open source community Introducing Gitpod, a one-click IDE for GitHublast_img read more

Price Is Right contestant wins dream trip to… Winnipeg

first_img Wednesday, December 12, 2018 Price Is Right contestant wins dream trip to… Winnipeg? Posted by Travelweek Group WINNIPEG — Who wants to visit Winnipeg in the dead of winter?“Come on down!”A contestant on the popular U.S. game show The Price Is Right has won a six-night stay in the Manitoba capital with a one-day side trip to Churchill.The show’s announcer promised contestants “a winter they will never forget” with a chance to “watch polar bears in their natural habitat in beautiful Canada.”Contestant Lee Norton smiled and politely clapped at the prospect of the trip, which also includes six nights in the executive suite of Winnipeg’s landmark Fort Garry Hotel.He went on to win the prize.Congratulations, Lee! Now, how about those Canadian winters, eh?With file from The Canadian Presscenter_img Tags: Funny, Winnipeg Share << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

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