Eminent Indian Americans have launched a nationwide campaign in the US to create awareness about massive backlog for Green Card which they say is impacting some 300,000 high-skilled Indian applicants.Under the current regulation, skilled immigrants from India need to wait anywhere between 25-92 years for a Green Card due to per-country limits, said the newly-launched group GCReforms.org. Read it at Economic Times Related Items
Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Raymar Jose just missed out on a double-double with his 12 points and nine boards in the win.Coach Boyet Fernandez was glad with how Cignal responded from its shock loss to Marinerong Pilipino, 66-65 last Thursday, noting that at the team knows how important the games are especially with the loaded schedule they have in the first three weeks of the tourney.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We’re just a little tired, but the boys really wanted to get back on the winning track,” he said. “We know that we have to build up wins so that we’ll have a little bit of a buffer.”Potts got things going in the first quarter as he strung eight points to allow the Hawkeyes to take a 22-16 lead before they pulled away in the ensuing frames and grab a lead as high as 25, 64-39, with a Simon Atkins fastbreak with 1:25 left in the third period. Paolo Pontejos got himself going for AMA (0-2) with 24 points, three rebounds, and three assists, while Mario Bonleon went for 13 markers on a dismal 5-of-20 sniping, to go with eight boards in the defeat.Andre Paras impressed in his first game for the Titans, winding up with five points, 10 rebounds, five blocks, and three assists in 34 minutes of play.The Scores:CIGNAL HD 86 – Potts 17, Raymundo 16, Jose 12, Atkins 8, Bringas 7, Cahilig 7, Sumalinog 6, Arboleda 5, Sara 5, Arong 1, Batino 1, Villarias 1, Bartolo 0.AMA 76 – Pontejos 24, Bonleon 13, Subido 11, Villanueva 9, Bragais 7, Paras 5, Jordan 4, Celso 3, Calma 0, Carpio 0, Macaranas 0, Malones 0, Salonga 0.Quarters: 22-16, 44-30, 66-47, 86-76.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Davon Potts. PBA IMAGESCignal HD pounced on AMA Online Education with a wire-to-wire 86-76 victory Tuesday in the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.Davon Potts led the way for the Hawkeyes as he fired 17 points and three rebounds, while Pamboy Raymundo unfurled 16 markers and two assists.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ MOST READ 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Durant planned for this title months ago in picking Warriors Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next What ‘missteps’? 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 Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide View comments
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 View comments Nikki Valdez rushes self to ER due to respiratory tract infection China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend FILE – In this Feb. 2, 2017 file photo, Tiger Woods reacts on hole 10th during the 1st round of the Dubai Desert Classic golf tournament in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Woods has checked out of the clinic where he went to get help dealing with pain medications, saying he will “continue to tackle this going forward.” The treatment follows the golfer’s arrest on a DUI charge after he was found asleep at the wheel in Jupiter, Fla., around 2 a.m. on May 29, 2017. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili, File)Tiger Woods says he’s checked out of the clinic where he went to get help dealing with pain medications, adding he will “continue to tackle this going forward.”The treatment follows the golfer’s arrest on a DUI charge after he was found asleep at the wheel in Jupiter, Florida, around 2 a.m. on May 29. Woods told police he was taking various prescriptions. No alcohol was found in his system.ADVERTISEMENT Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Woods said in a statement last month that he was receiving professional help to manage his medications and how he deals with pain and a sleep disorder. His agent confirmed that the 14-time major champion, who had back surgery in April, was seeking in-patient treatment.Woods said Monday on Twitter that he recently completed an out-of-state “private intensive program.” He said he would continue his work with the help of his doctors, family and friends. He thanked people for their support.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars Tatum hits go-ahead shot as Celtics edge Fultz, 76ers LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera MOST READ
Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy But New York Giants owner John Mara said last month at the NFL combine that the powerful competition committee might not feel the same way.“I just don’t sense a lot of support to use replay to call penalties. I don’t sense a lot of support for the expansion of it, either,” Mara said. “We’re early on, so that might change, but that’s my sense of where we are right now. I’m not saying it won’t change.”While the league is wary of expanded replays, the Eagles’ suggestion on scoring plays and turnovers negated by penalty being reviewed could garner support.Kansas City’s overtime proposals also stem from recent developments, including the Chiefs losing the AFC championship after rallying to tie New England. The Patriots won the coin toss, drove downfield and scored a touchdown without KC ever touching the ball.The 2017 Super Bowl ended in similar fashion.Denver recommended an alternative to onside kicks by allowing a team once during the fourth quarter to play offense instead. That team must notify the referee of its intention to forgo a kickoff or safety kick. The ball will be spotted on the kicking team’s 35-yard line and that team will have one down to gain 15 yards, essentially a fourth-and-15 play. 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LATEST STORIES 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed The idea of more or even unlimited coaches’ challenges is not new, but could have stronger support now. Also, the league is reluctant to expand replays for officiating because it would slow games even further.The competition committee will present teams’ proposals and some of its own to the 32 owners at the league meetings March 24-27.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSeveral teams are proposing major moves.Washington wants any play to be subject to coaches’ challenges or to automatic review by the officiating department in New York. The Redskins also suggested that all personal fouls be subject to review, while Kansas City added potential personal fouls that were not called on the field be looked at. FILE – In this Jan. 20, 2019, file photo, Los Angeles Rams’ Nickell Robey-Coleman breaks up a pass intended for New Orleans Saints’ Tommylee Lewis during the second half of the NFL football NFC championship game in New Orleans. NFL teams have proposed major changes to replay and overtime after a season of consistent criticism of officiating and which plays can be challenged or automatically reviewed. The competition committee will present teams’ proposals and some of its own to the 32 owners at the league meetings March 24-27. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)NFL teams proposed major changes to replay and overtime on Saturday after a season of consistent criticism of officiating and which plays can be challenged or automatically reviewed.Among the proposals teams have made to the league’s competition committee are an increase in the number of plays subject to video replay review and a change to the overtime format.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Philadelphia seeks scoring plays and turnovers negated by a penalty be immediately reviewed, and Denver suggests adding all fourth-down plays that are spotted short of a first down or the goal line, and all extra-point tries.The Rams, Panthers, Seahawks and Eagles want to include reviews of designated player safety-related fouls whether called or not on the field.Kansas City proposes that both teams possess the ball at least one time in overtime even if the first team with the ball scores a touchdown.The Chiefs also want to eliminate overtime for the preseason, and get rid of the overtime coin toss so that the winner of the coin toss to begin the game may choose whether to kick or receive, or which goal to defend in OT.Fans and many media members have vociferously expressed displeasure with the current system regarding coaches’ challenges since a blown call late in the NFC championship game — officials missed a blatant pass interference penalty and a helmet-first hit by the Rams’ Nickell Robey-Coleman deep in Los Angeles territory. 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Vijay GoelNew Delhi, Oct 7 (PTI) Union Sports Minister Vijay Goel today expressed his unhappiness over insanitation in the city and alleged that the civic bodies and Delhi government “do not work” to maintain cleanliness.”They do not work. MCD does not work, PWD and Delhi government do not work. Its such a big system that if everyone does work cleanliness can be maintained,” Goel said at an award function to felicitate persons associated with cleanliness movements in the country.Highlighting the achievements of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, Goel said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has sent across a “message” and now people have started thinking about cleanliness.”The Prime Minister has given a message. People have started thinking about things like littering. Even if you dont pick up a piece of paper and lodge it in a dustbin you think it should be there,” he said.Emphasising the role of people in realising the dream of clean India, the Minister said that he himself dreamt of a project wherein a special 15-day campaign was launched by all the agencies including MCDs, NDMC, and DDA to make the city clean.Many representatives of NGOs working in the field of sanitation in different parts of the country were felicitated by the Minister during the programme organised by Delhi Study Group. PTI VIT IKA
NEW YORK — The Washington Nationals won with Jordan Zimmermann on the mound for a ninth straight start, getting a two-run homer from Wilson Ramos in the seventh inning of a 3-0 victory over the New York Mets on Sept. 14.Zimmermann allowed six hits and a walk in outpitching Jonathon Niese for 6 2-3 innings, helping Washington reduce its magic number for winning a second division title in three years to five.Drew Storen gave up two hits in the ninth but got Juan Lagares to fly to right, finishing the eight-hitter for his fifth save.Washington’s ninth win in 10 games this season at Citi Field eliminated the Mets from the division race with 12 games to go. New York had won eight of 10 before the Nationals took three of four in this series.Zimmermann (11-5) hit two batters to up the total hit batsmen in the four-game series to nine, one shy of the record set last year in a series between Pittsburgh and Cincinnati, according to STATS. The right-hander nailed Eric Young Jr. and Lucas Duda but still won his sixth consecutive decision.The Nationals had never won nine straight outings by one starter — three of those wins came against the Mets. Washington improved to 13-3 against New York this season.Ramos followed Bryce Harper’s third sacrifice bunt of the year with a soaring drive beyond the 390-foot mark in right-center for his 10th homer.The Nationals have outhomered the Mets 25-7 this season with three games left, Sept 23-25 in Washington.The Mets had plenty of chances against the stingy Zimmermann, going 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position. Their best opportunity came in the fourth, when they loaded the bases with one out. But Ruben Tejada lined out to the shortstop and Niese fouled out to third base on the ninth pitch of the at-bat.Niese (8-11) struck out the side after that grueling trip to the plate and fanned seven overall. Slowed by shoulder problems in the second half, the left-hander gave up two runs and six hits in seven innings.The Nationals added a run in the ninth when Danny Espinosa, who walked, was caught in a run down between first and second. Second baseman Wilmer Flores lost the ball as he slapped a tag on Espinosa and Ian Desmond raced home from third.(HOWIE RUMBERG, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares
TweetPinShare0 Shares CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Cody Zeller’s up-and-down night ended with a wide smile in the locker room.“This would have been a tough one to swallow if I hadn’t made the play at the end,” Zeller said.Or had Kristaps Porzingis’ 3-pointer at the buzzer not been ruled too late to count.After missing two free throws with 28 seconds left in a tie game, Zeller came back and scored on a layup off an inbounds play with 0.6 seconds remaining to lift the Charlotte Hornets over the New York Knicks, 95-93 on the night of Nov. 11Zeller set a pick for Jeremy Lin under the Hornets basket, then alertly released to the hoop inside of Robin Lopez, took the feed from Spencer Hawes and made a leaning right-handed layup in front of the basket.Zeller’s first game-winner since high school was nearly for naught when it appeared Porzingis had won the game with a 29-footer. Officials huddled and ruled that he didn’t get the shot off in time after a video review.Zeller was the man covering Porzingis and allowed him to come free.“Just a relief,” Zeller said. “It was a roller-coaster ride for me, missing those two free throws, then making that shot and then I thought I gave it away at the end.”Coach Steve Clifford defended Zeller, saying he did what he was supposed to do on defense on the Knicks’ final play. He also credited Hawes for making the right decision on the inbounds pass to Zeller for the winner.“Spencer made the play because he used a good pass fake and there were options for him on either side,” Clifford said. “I think who’s inbounding the ball right there is a big deal and he made a good play.”Nicolas Batum led the Hornets with a season-high 24 points and Lin chipped in with 17 as Charlotte (4-4) reached .500 for the first time.Carmelo Anthony scored 29 points, and Aaron Afflalo had 12 points in his regular-season debut for the Knicks. Porzingis had 10 points and 15 rebounds.The Knicks had 17 turnovers.The Knicks led 49-47 at the half before Anthony began to heat up. He scored 15 points on 6-of-8 shooting from the field in the third quarter to help the Knicks open a double-digit lead.But Charlotte’s Jeremy duo — Lamb and Lin — helped even the score at 82 with 8:14 left in the game. Lamb, who is 18-of-26 from the field the last three games, scored 14 points.The Knicks had a chance to take the lead in the final seconds but Anthony’s baseline jumper from the left wing hit the side of the backboard and the shot clock expired with 3.7 seconds left.“I didn’t deliver,” Anthony said. “I had in my mind I was going to deliver. Everything felt good going into it. I swept through and Marvin (Williams) tipped the ball a little bit and I lost control of it. It’s just one of those opportunities I didn’t take advantage of.”The Hornets tried to inbound the ball, but it hit off a Knicks player and went out of bounds under the Charlotte basket with 2.2 seconds left setting up Zeller’s layup.(STEVE REED, AP Sports Writer)
A-League A-League tickets much more expensive than Big Bash League Kieran Francis Last updated 1 year ago 06:57 12/12/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) A-League A look into ticket prices for Australia’s main domestic summer sports reveals the cricket is a much cheaper option Entrance to A-League games is more expensive than attending a Big Bash League match, with general admission tickets up to 90 percent more pricey.The cheapest adult ticket for every BBL regular season match is a flat price of $20, while kids can be admitted for as little as $5.However, to buy a general admission adult ticket for Melbourne Victory and Newcastle Jets at AAMI Park on December 28, it will set you back a whopping $38 – and the cheapest junior ticket is $12. 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 Spot the difference @gomvfc& @FFA .(This even ignores the fact you can get a family ticket for $43.00 for 2 Adults & 2 Kids) pic.twitter.com/IwltFUEUgg— Ghana (@ghana3122) December 11, 2017 Interestingly, the least expensive adult ticket to watch Victory play Perth at the same venue on January 13 costs $29 – revealing a significant drop in price from their previous home match.While the Big Bash keeps their ticket prices at a fixed level, the A-League seems to fluctuate depending on whether it is a holiday period or not.Other A-League ticket prices include Sydney FC charging $35 for an adult to watch Friday night’s game against Melbourne City, while viewing Western Sydney Wanderers’ New Year’s Day match against Melbourne City will cost $34. My wife bought a ticket to first game at Hindmarsg this year – $36. I nearly died. No wonder ppl are staying away. That’s extortion.— Paul Williams (@PaulWilliams_85) December 11, 2017 A-League crowds have dropped significantly over the past few weeks with only one match out of the 10 games in rounds eight and nine attracting a crowd of 10,000-plus.Only 36,433 attended Saturday night’s Sydney derby at ANZ Stadium – a match that pulled 61,880 people at the same venue in October 2016.
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Pratt & Whitney Canada is transforming its Halifax facility into a world-class, high-technology aerospace centre. The assembly and test project, announced today, March 26, will require advanced training for about 60 employees and create up to 25 new positions. It is the second phase of a $45-million investment program to develop an engine assembly line and testing facility. The province is partnering with Pratt & Whitney Canada, providing $12 million through the Industrial Expansion Fund. “This will be the first jet-engine assembly and testing facilityto be built in Atlantic Canada, an important milestone for theNova Scotia’s growing aerospace and defence sector,” said PremierRodney MacDonald. “We are investing in a world-class facilitythat will help maintain and expand Pratt & Whitney Canada’s presence in Nova Scotia.” Starting in the fall of 2009, the new engine centre will assemble and test small to medium-sized turbofan engines. The engines feature the latest materials, fuel efficiency and environmental technologies available. “This investment to give the Halifax facility an advanced technology mandate reaffirms our commitment to Nova Scotia for years to come,” said Benoît Brossoit, senior vice-president, service centres and operations, Pratt & Whitney Canada. “It will also bring important new technologies and skill sets to the province and create exciting opportunities for the local aerospace sector. “It will position our Halifax facility as a centre of excellence in aerospace engine manufacturing while strengthening Nova Scotia’s positioning in the global aerospace industry.” The PW617 engine will be the first to be assembled and tested, when production begins. By leveraging the latest innovations in design technology, the PW600 family is opening new possibilities in business travel with the goal of saving time and money, while minimizing environmental impact. “This project will result in an even more highly skilled, well-trained and well-paid workforce in Nova Scotia,” said Karen Casey, Minister of Education. “Pratt & Whitney Canada has an excellent collaborative connection with our local universities and the Nova Scotia Community College. The resulting research projects will prepare the next generation of highly-skilled aerospace workers in this province.” Pratt & Whitney Canada, based in Longueuil, Que., is a world leader in the design, manufacture and service of aircraft engines powering business, general aviation and regional aircraft and helicopters. The company also manufactures auxiliary power units and industrial gas turbines. The Industrial Expansion Fund is one method the government of Nova Scotia uses to support economic development in the province. It is key to helping industries involved in innovative research and technology, while contributing to a prosperous and sustainable business climate for Nova Scotia. The fund has considerable flexibility in the amount and type of funding it can provide.
EDMONTON – Nexen Energy is facing workplace charges following the deaths of two oilsands workers in northern Alberta.The men had been doing maintenance work in a hydrogen compressor building at the company’s Long Lake upgrader near Anzac on Jan. 15, 2016, when there was an explosion.Drew Foster, 52, of Niagara Falls, Ont., was pronounced dead at the scene and David Williams, 30, of Scotchtown, N.S., later died in hospital.Nexen Energy (TSX:NXY), a Calgary-based subsidiary of Chinese oil giant CNOOC Ltd., has been charged with eight offences.Some of the charges relate to ensuring a compressor was properly serviced and that staff in charge of the machine had read its operating manual and safety rules.Nicole Appleton with Alberta Labour says the company is to appear in Fort McMurray provincial court Feb. 14.
Hindsight is perhaps the biggest source of ascertaining credibility. This statement makes all the more sense in election times. A retrospect of Modi’s term justifies his candidature more than his promises for the future. The choice of bringing him to power, once again, largely rests on how India perceives his tenure at the helm. Were they what we expected, short of that, or more? Governance itched with ambitious welfare schemes and marred by controversies serves well in decisive matters such as the upcoming general mandate. A plethora of major welfare schemes aimed at the development of crucial infrastructure areas was initiated in the five years with ambitious targets. And, while that shaped Modi’s report card a certain way, there were controversies which blemished it. 2.84 crore homes connected to electricity grid through Saubhagya Scheme with the government claiming that 25 states have electrified all households. As per the government’s claim, the promise of electrification – an essential 21st-century infrastructure – has ‘largely’ been fulfilled. On the ground, reports may speak otherwise but even those have been timely justified by the dispensation. However, the claims of 100 per cent electrification are rather dubious owing to how they are based on slashed targets. The target fell by 81 per cent from 1.98 crore households in April 2018 to 74.4 lakh households by December 2018 in Uttar Pradesh, which is a small instance to elucidate the slashed targets. But, significant strides were indeed made to expand electricity’s outreach. Though, providing a connection is one thing and ensuring quality electricity is another with the latter being an uphill task with inconsistencies arising as far as the distribution companies are concerned. Apart from electricity, affordable housing features significantly in the infrastructure provision debate. The current dispensation announced in 2015 that by 2022, every Indian would have a brick and cement house with gas, water, electricity, and a toilet. Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana, which provides subsidies for building low-cost houses in both rural and urban areas, was the key to that announcement. However, slow progress in construction of houses both in urban as well as rural areas threatens to make that announcement hollow. Out of the goal to build 1 crore houses by March 2019, only 69 lakh houses have been constructed, and out of 68.5 lakh houses sanctioned in urban areas, only 18 per cent of those have been actually built. What devalues slow progress is false claims as urban affairs minister Hardeep Singh Puri claimed in September that 50 per cent of the target had been met in urban areas. Also Read – A compounding difficulty Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana was launched to expand crop insurance – a vital agrarian issue – coverage in India. The government, while attributing the decline in coverage to an overall decline in institutional credit, acknowledged that numbers did not augur well in this. Even with compulsory sign-ups through institutional credit, coverage among loanee farmers declined by 20 per cent from 2016-17 to 2017-18, as per the Lok Sabha reply. Farmers have been unhappy and they expressed their discontent mood well in the recent state assembly elections. And, not just farmers but the educated class is also unhappy. In the predominant promises of BJP during 2014 polls, the creation of jobs attracted great attention. Condemning UPA for “ten years of jobless growth”, BJP looked all set to reverse this regressiveness. However, five years later we found out that India’s unemployment rate (for 2017-18) as per an official survey rose to its highest level in 40 years. Not just failing but concealing was the order of the day since the government withheld the release of the survey and subsequently, two members of the National Statistical Commission resigned. More than 10 million jobs were lost between Decembers of 2017 and 2018 as per a survey by CMIE. The government rallied around the Employees Provident Fund and the MUDRA scheme which are directed at improving the job situation but the gross picture, again, did not augur well for the country. The number of bank accounts doubled between 2014 and 2018 owing to the Jan Dhan Yojna. The Modi government only facilitated an enormous rise in bank accounts as the number of zero-balance bank accounts saw a massive increase in the initial year but more than half of those did not have any balance in March 2015. Experts opined on how there was no increase in the institutional credit in rural India. Financial inclusion has definitely been increased but without any gross advantage as such. Under the massive cleanliness drive initiated, the Modi government claimed to have constructed 9.2 crore toilets. It declared 5.5 lakh villages and 28 of India’s 36 states and Union Territories had become open defecation free (ODF). However, independent surveys contradict this claim. NFHS surveyors found that more than half of rural households defecated in the open. Even in states and districts which had been declared ODF by then, the surveyors found high levels of open defecation. There are more schemes that feature a ‘however’ following an ambitious promise or claim. For one, the Modi regime has spread its wings to cover all the infrastructure promises and welfare schemes. But discrepancies and lacunae evident upon insight into those steal the admiration. Of course, the Centre can have the benefit of the doubt that the five-year term is not enough to provide comprehensive development and the progress made justifies to some extent to their manifesto promises back in 2014. Taking into account how the promises have been delivered, and with respect to efficiency, there should be better identification of obstacles, and consequently, a more rational promise made to at least allow complete credibility instead of just a part of it.
New Delhi: Disclosure of highly confidential information like deliberations of collegium in appointing or elevating judges under the transparency law would be “deleterious to functioning” of the judiciary, the Supreme Court was told by its registry on Wednesday.A five-judge Constitution bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi commenced hearing on three appeals filed in 2010 by Secretary General of the Supreme Court and the Central Public Information officer of the apex court against the Delhi High Court order holding that the CJI’s office comes under the ambit of the Right to Information Act. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Attorney General K K Venugopal, representing Supreme Court’s Secretary General, referred to the high court orders and said that first case pertained to Central Information Commission’s direction to reveal deliberations of collegium and its communications with the government on the issue of appointments of former judges H L Dattu, R M Lodha and A Ganguly in the top court in supersession of Justices A P Shah, A K Patnaik and V K Gupta. The law officer said the second case pertained to CIC’s direction on disclosure of personal assets by apex court judges. The third one was related to direction to the CPIO of the apex court to disclose the information under RTI about alleged action of a Union minister who attempted to influence a Madras HC judge. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KVenugopal opposed disclosure of information under RTI on collegium’s deliberations. He also said though the details of assets of judges constituted personal information and are covered under right to privacy, they may be provided in “larger public interest”. He, however, supported the disclosure of information with regard to attempt of the minister to influence the Madras High Court judge. “Disclosure of such highly confidential information will be deleterious to the functioning of the judiciary,” Venugopal told the bench which also comprised Justices N V Ramana, D Y Chandrachud, Deepak Gupta and Sanjiv Khanna. Disclosure of deliberations of collegium in appointing or overlooking senior judges would open “pandora’s box” and this would adversely affect the independence of judiciary, the Attorney General said. “There is a possibility of people making frivolous complaints once a judge is sought to be elevated or a lawyer is considered for the appointment as a judge. Adverse remarks are invited just because he is sought to be elevated,” he said. He said what if an advocate, who has not applied, is being considered for appointment as a judge by collegium which later deicides not to appoint him. In that condition, if adverse findings against him were made public under the RTI, it would “ruin” his reputation, career and would result in ostracisation of his family. He said that judges perform Constitutional function as collegium members and hold “free and frank” discussions on elevation and appointment of judges and their deliberations cannot be made public as it would breach their “privilege and fiduciary” position. A High Court judge, who has been overlooked and superseded by others, would not be able function independently if the reasons for the non-elevation were made public to a third unconnected party, he said. “At this point, he (the judge who has been overlooked) is humiliated. There will be a IB report against. How can this person discharge his functions with full independence. Therefore, independence of judiciary is affected… “The public loses confidence in him, clients lose confidence with him. He is completely isolated if adverse reports of IB is put in public. That is why this should be kept in utmost confidence,” he said. Venugopal termed as “terrible” the plea for disclosure of deliberations of collegium. “There has to be total confidentiality, otherwise collegium will not be able to function independently.” The law officer extensively referred to the 1981 judgement of a seven judge bench in the judges transfer case, also known as S P Gupta case.
The UN peacekeeping mission in the country, known as UNMIT, reported that “the people cast their votes in a calm and orderly manner, reflecting once again their commitment to democracy,” Mr. Ban said in a statement issued by his spokesperson.“The final round caps a similarly peaceful electoral campaign,” he added.Voters went to the polls yesterday to select either Jose Ramos-Horta or Francisco Guterres as their nation’s president. The initial round of polls – the first ever in Timor-Leste – took place on 9 April with eight candidates vying to lead the country.Mr. Ban “congratulates the people and authorities of Timor-Leste and trusts that the same peaceful and democratic spirit will prevail during the vote counting and tabulation process over the next few days,” the statement added.Provisional results of the election are expected to be released either tomorrow or Monday. 10 May 2007United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today said that he was “greatly encouraged” by yesterday’s peaceful presidential run-off election in Timor-Leste, the tiny nation that gained independence from Indonesia in 2002.
Sri Lanka has deployed troops and firecrackers to clear deer and wild buffalo from a sprawling airport, officials said today, drawing attention to a largely redundant vanity project built by a former president, the AFP news agency reported.Mattala airport, which services just one flight a day, was built in the home district of former strongman leader Mahinda Rajapakse, 250 kilometres by road from the capital Colombo, at a cost of USD 210 million. Former president Rajapakse spent lavishly on infrastructure and was criticised for ignoring feasibility studies and environmental warnings. Another aircraft had to be grounded after one of its engines was destroyed when a peacock flew into it.The airport employs 550 workers and is only used as an alternative when aircraft cannot fly into Colombo’s international airport.Faced with a huge white elephant, the authorities last year turned some of the air cargo terminals at the Mattala airport into rice storage to accommodate the bumper harvest in the region. “We used fire crackers to scare the animals and push them out of the perimeter, but it was not very successful,” he told AFP on condition of anonymity, adding that a bigger operation was planned shortly.There have been no accidents involving deer or cattle at Mattala, but the first flight to land there was struck by a bird, shattering its windshield. An airport official involved in the operation said animals regularly got in the way of flights at the site, which lies in the middle of two wildlife sanctuaries and on an avian migratory path. This week some 350 troops, police and volunteers spent a day driving out about 150 deer and 50 buffaloes that had apparently become trapped when an electric fence was set up to prevent wild elephants straying into the facility. His projects included a deep-sea port, six-lane highways, an international conference centre, a cricket stadium and a dry-zone botanical garden.
Minister Mano Ganesan says he obtained special security to be protected from an underworld politician.Ganesan said that the security was provided for him and his political party members. He also said that President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe were aware of this. “I obtained security to secure me & my party cadres from the underworld politico of Colombo north. Both MS & RW know this,” Ganesan tweeted. He made the comment in response to reports that he had obtained a bribe in the form of special security from the President ahead of the Local Government elections. (Colombo Gazette)
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 16 cases of Ebola haemorrhagic fever were detected in Gabon and 11 in the neighbouring villages of the Congo. There have been 15 deaths so far.A WHO international team was operating on both sides of the border and working closely in the field with the team from the Congolese Ministry of Health on outbreak control interventions, the agency said.
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Ramsay’s brother-in-law Adam Hutcheson, 46, her sister Orlanda Butland, 45, and stepbrother Chris Hutcheson Jr, 37 were also charged Hutcheson, who denied the claims, branded Ramsay a fame-obsessed “monste”’ in return and sued him for unfair dismissal and unpaid wages.The fallout that ensued resulted in a string of high-profile legal cases being pursued by Ramsay against Mr Hutcheson, some of which were heard at the High Court.In the latest case, Mr Hutchinson stands accused of attempting to hack into the company’s computer system in 2011, in order to discover whether Ramsay had been circulating a picture of his alleged mistress, Sara Stewart, a former employee.Mr Hutchinson, his two sons and his daughter Orlanda Butland, 45, were later charged under Operation Tuleta, a probe launched by Scotland Yard to investigate alleged computer crime directed against celebrities. Ms Butland denies the charge and the prosecution have offered no evidence in relation to her case. Gordon Ramsay’s father-in-law has admitted he hacked into a company computer system owned by the celebrity chef in order to find a picture of his own alleged lover, a court heard on Tuesday. Chris Hutcheson, 68, pleaded guilty alongside his sons Adam Hutcheson, 46, and Chris Hutcheson Jnr, 45, after they were charged for attempting to gain access to private information held by the chef’s multi-million pound business, Gordon Ramsay Holdings Limited.They now face up two years in prison – the maximum sentence that can be awarded to those found guilty of conspiring to cause a computer to access programmes and data without authority.Appearing before the Old Bailey, Mr Hutcheson’s admission comes more than seven years after Ramsay sacked him as his main business partner, amid allegations he had used the company’s finances to fund his serial womanising. Following the allegations of hacking, Tana, Mr Ramsay’s wife, sided with her husband and severed ties with her parents, whilst also discovering that her father had also been keeping a second family secret for three decades.Prosecuting, Dan Suter told a previous hearing at Westminster Magistrates’ Court how Mr Hutchinson’s dismissal in 2010 had “motivated” him to carry out the hack, which he is alleged to have planned through a series of email exchanges with his two sons.The prosecution said that Mr Hutchinson had been involved in civil litigation following his dismissal, and that the accused had been attempting to gain access to material that might prove useful during the legal proceedings.”At the time of the alleged conspiracy, Chris Hutcheson Snr had been dismissed by Gordon Ramsay Holdings Ltd. He has previously held a senior position with GRHL,” Mr Suter added.”The prosecution would say as a result of that dismissal he was motivated to access unlawfully the computer system.” The court also heard that Ms Stewart had complained of a breach in privacy in relation to a photograph of her, and that Mr Hutchinson had also been attempting to determine whether it had been passed on by Ramsay to a third party.”It was alleged by Sara Stewart there had been a breach of privacy in relation to a photograph that was taken. It was alleged that he had been sent that email in breach of an undertaking.”As a result of the alleged breach of privacy, it is then that the defendants tried to access the system, to determine whether Gordon Ramsay had then sent that picture on even further in breach of the undertaking.” Once Ramsay was alerted to the hack, he instructed an expert, who traced the IP addresses of the computers back to Mr Hutchinson and his children.Mr Suter added that a Metropolitan Police expert had reviewed the log files, and found that the defendants had allegedly made almost 2,000 unauthorised entries into the company accounts of Gordon Ramsay Holdings Limited.All the defendants were bailed after the judge at the Old Bailey agreed to the preparation of pre-sentence reports and said all sentencing options were open.He adjourned sentencing to June 2 at the same court. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
THE EU, NORWAY and the Faroe Islands have signed a deal on mackerel quotas but Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney says that, although he welcomes the agreement, he couldn’t support the final deal.Iceland, who have staunchly defended their mackerel fishing in the North Atlantic, withdrew from the talks and were not part of the final agreement.Iceland last year said that threatened sanctions against the country would be against international law.The five-year agreement will see Iceland given no fishing rights in EU waters but places strict fishing quotas on the EU, Norway and the FaroeseThe long-running dispute over the estimated €1 billion mackerel stock in the the North Atlantic intensified over the past six months with the EU claiming that Iceland and the Faroe Islands have increased their overall share of mackerel in the area from 5 per cent in 2005 to 52 per cent in 2013.Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney says that agreement “will protect against previous dangerously high levels of fishing” but that it is “certainly not ideal”: I was disappointed with an aspect of the final outcome which gave the Faroe Islands an increased 12.6 per cent share of the stock and set aside a further 15.6 per cent for Iceland, Greenland and Russia. I consistently argued at council and throughout these negotiations that the levels being proposed for these parties were too high and on that basis I could not support the overall deal.Despite this, Coveney welcomed aspects of the deal that will see Irish mackerel quotas increase by over 60 per cent from the current 65,000 tonnes to 105,000 tonnes.The minster’s sentimemnt s were echoed by MEP Pat the Cope Gallagher, who said that it represented “good news” from an Irish perspective despite voicing concerns about how it will operate in the future.“In the long term, it is worrying that the Faroe Islands have received a share of 12.6 per cent as a result of the agreement. This share is totally unjustified and must not result in long term losses for the Irish sector. ” he said.“Iceland has once again refused to co-operate fully with the other coastal states. As such, I firmly believe that trade sanctions now must come back onto the table,” Gallagher added.Read: Iceland PM hits back in mackerel fishing row > Read: Coveney opposes EU plans on mackerel quotas >