Anti-graft stir evokes a sense of deja vu here

first_imgG R KhairnarWhen a senior Congress leader in Delhi was asked recently about the claim made by the proponents of the Jan Lokpal Bill that their version had the support of the majority of the country’s population, the Congress leader said the people’s desire would be known in 2014 during the general elections. Call it cockiness or plain indifference, but the sentiment is shared by Congress leaders in Maharashtra too.For the Congress party at both the state and the centre are having a dj vu moment without even realising it.In 1993, one man had the attention of the whole state when he took over the then chief minister Sharad Pawar. G R Khairnar then just an Assistant municipal commissioner took on the might of the state when he alleged that Pawar was corrupt.Khairnar’s act came as a shock.Never in the history of the state had any serving officer levelled such an allegation against the chief minister, and Pawar was no ordinary politician. Khairnar was Mumbai’s original ‘Demolition Man’, a title he earned after demolishing illegal structures in Mumbai belonging to the high and the mighty. Khairnar claimed Pawar was not just corrupt, he was hand-in-glove with those behind the mushrooming of illegal structures. In those days, there were not many TV channels but Khairnar’s actions gained him widespread public support. A concerted and deliberate effort was made to show him as corrupt, but none of the charges stuck.While the honest officer was subsequently suspended and victimised by the BMC, his remarks against Pawar had struck a chord.advertisementThis was evident in an incident a year later. On November 23, 1994, the Gowari tribals in Maharashtra demanding reservation were camping outside the Nagpur assembly in Maharashtra. The more than 30,000 strong crowd waited in vain for the chief minister or any minister to speak to them. When no one came they tried to march towards the assembly. The police started a lathicharge and there was a stampede in which 113 people lost their lives.A couple of days later Pawar said that he was the chief minister and could not give in to everyone who wanted to meet him. The statement angered everyone in the state, so it wasn’t a surprise when in March 1995 the Sena-BJP came to power for the first time in the state.Why this is relevant now is because one can see the same anger among people against the rulers and the same indifference of those in the government towards the people who voted them in.Eighteen years since Khairnar’s crusade another man from Maharashtra is galvanising the crowd and challenging the writ of the rulers. This time though the protest is against the Centre.Anna Hazare has got the whole country fired up and his arrest and incarceration at Tihar Jail where other scamsters and criminals have been put up has not gone down well with people across the country. There is anger against the government for the price rise and many other scams.In Maharashtra there is rising anger after three protesting farmers were shot dead recently by the Pune police in Bhaur village, their crime being that they had blocked a section of the Mumbai-Pune Express way demanding that the collector meet them.The police came and began thrashing them, and when matters got out of hand began shooting directly at the protestors. One of those dead was a woman. It is not the firing itself but the state’s justification of the firing and its approach towards the farmers that was more shocking.Maharashtra Home Minister R R Patil said that the firing was in self-defence. All this when video recordings of the incident clearly show police firing at farmers who were fleeing from the spot.Congress leaders in both Delhi and Mumbai have been claiming that 2014 is still a far away.Well if the governments in the Centre and the state continue to behave in this insensitive manner then in 2014 they might well find the people far away from them. Tewari’s slur on Hazare came from the state Manish Tewari’s attack on Anna Hazare marked the culmination of an almost two month long exercise to find dirt on the crusader. Apparently, a senior leader in Delhi sent feelers to Congressmen in Maharashtra to dig up Anna’s past. So ‘secret’ inquiries were made in Anna’s adopted village,’Ralegaon Siddhi’ in Ahmednagar district and the various trusts that he headed.When they could not find anything even after looking up his armed forces record, the Justice P B Sawant report was dug up. The report was allegedly handed over by a Mumbai based leader who interestingly is himself mired in a disproportionate assets case. It was then handed over to the senior leader in Delhi who wanted the report on Anna.advertisementFrom here it trickled to Tewari.However his attack boomranged as he was given a dressing down by the Rahul Gandhi camp as the Congress heir-apparent disapproved of personal attacks on Anna.This could explain why Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan sports a broad smile these days. Party insiders say that Chavan was not in favour of attacking Anna and had apparently told those looking for dirt not to try any such tricks.Anger everywhere as man pays the ultimate price for inflation It’s no secret that inflation and price rise are causing a huge burden on the common man, but the sheer desperation of the public can be gauged from a tragic incident that took place in Thane a few days back.Bhimrao Bhandare a 60 yearold resident of Thane hanged himself last Wednesday.Before killing himself, Bhandare wrote a note blaming the price rise and the government’s inability to control it for his death. With food and petrol prices rising, Bhandare – a retired employee – didn’t want to be a burden on his family and hence ended his life.It is shameful that with prices of food products reaching the sky, people like Bhandare consider death as the cheaper option. How many more Bhandares will have to pay the ultimate price before the government wakes up from its apathetic slumber?Cop runs away from posting in Naxal areaIn an embarrassing incident, a State Reserve Police Force constable literally ran away from being posted in the Naxalite affected Gadchiroli district of Maharashtra.On August 9, Pramod Patil and his colleagues were supposed to board a train from CST in Mumbai to Gadchiroli for their new posting. However Patil who had already expressed his apprehension did the unthinkable. As his colleagues boarded the train, Patil did not move and then just discarded his rifle at the platform and fled.The could have been a security disaster as the unattended rifle was lying at the platform for a while. Patil’s superiors have now launched a search for him, but he has not been seen at the SRPF camp in Goregan or his home town Kolhapur.He has even switched off his cell phone!last_img read more

10 months agoMan City rival Man Utd for Fiorentina defender Nikola Milenkovic

first_imgMan City rival Man Utd for Fiorentina defender Nikola Milenkovicby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City are rivaling Manchester United for Fiorentina defender Nikola Milenkovic.Corriere dello Sport says United remain keen on the youngster, despite the dismissal Jose Mourinho. However, they now face competition from City.The 21-year-old centre-back had already been the subject of a rumoured €40m bid from Atletico Madrid over the summer.Now offers for Milenkovic from both Manchester clubs are being readied in the region of €50m.Milenkovic was purchased from Partizan Belgrade in the summer of 2017 for just €5.1m. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

10 months agoKenyon seeks new investors to rescue Newcastle takeover

first_imgKenyon seeks new investors to rescue Newcastle takeoverby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the lovePeter Kenyon is seeking new investors to rescue his takeover of Newcastle United.The ex-Manchester United and Chelsea chief executive is still searching for the £300m needed to complete his purchase of the Toon, reports The Sun.Kenyon is so anxious he is now offering a minimum buy-in of just £1million.Even then, the British businessman would only be able to pay Toon owner Mike Ashley in instalments staggered over the rest of the year.But Kenyon is buoyed by Ashley viewing him as the “best fit” to buy the club. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

CBCs Kims Convenience gives way to Blue Jays

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Facebook Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Kim’s Convenience will now debut with back-to-back episodes on Oct. 11.The change will also delay the Mr. D season premiere by a week. The comedy series will return on Oct. 18. The Toronto Blue Jays’ playoff push has led CBC to delay the premiere of Kim’s Convenience.The much buzzed about sitcom about a Korean-Canadian family was slated to debut on Tuesday night, at the same time the Jays are now scheduled to play the Baltimore Orioles in the American League wild-card game.The CBC is postponing the series premiere by a week to avoid conflict with the win-or-go-home playoff matchup. Advertisement Twitterlast_img

Blue Jackets still getting accustomed to new coachs uptempo offense

Talk in Columbus during the Blue Jackets offseason often focused on new coach Scott Arniel’s up-tempo, high-octane offensive system. Meanwhile, fans wondered if a new coach would turn the team around after one of the most disappointing seasons in franchise history. After 15 games, it’s clear that the transition from former coach Ken Hitchcock’s read-and-react style to Arniel’s is still a work in progress. Ideally, Arniel would like to push a defender up the ice to help on the attack, creating offense by controlling the puck and limiting the opponent’s space. “It’s kind of meat and potatoes, get the puck deep and get the puck on the net,” Blue Jackets center Kyle Wilson said. “The way the NHL is these days, sure you see the pretty goals on the highlight reels every day, but 95 percent of them are goals in and around the net. These days, that’s how you’re going to win hockey games.” Former Buckeye and current Blue Jackets center R.J. Umberger said the system can be fun as long as the team gets up the ice without turning over the puck. “I think that we have a lot more responsibility, and as long as we’re making smart, sound plays with the puck and protecting it, we get a leash and can go out there and do a little bit more with it,” Umberger said. The Jackets’ defense has been turning in the most impressive performances in the first 15 games. The worry with Arniel’s system is that it can lead to two-on-one breakaways for the opposition, especially when the defenders are moving up the ice and into an attacking position. Yet the team ranks 20th in the league in goals per game, with 2.7, and 10th in the league in goals against, with 2.5 per game. The Jackets are 9-6, good enough for fourth place in the competitive Western Conference Central Division. Right wing Jakub Voracek said the wins column will fill up if the team is more consistent. “We’ll play well for two or three games and then we’ll just have a blowout game,” Voracek said. “We’ve just got to figure this system out and we’ve got to play even better.” Jackets defenseman Anton Stralman agreed with Voracek’s assertion but said he likes where the team is headed under Arniel. “I think the system has been good, you know, obviously it’s getting results,” Stralman said. “We’re a better team this year than we were last year, so we just have to be more consistent and put the effort in every game.” The Jackets will start the week by traveling to Los Angeles, where they will play the Kings on Wednesday at the Staples Center. read more

Ohio State athletics selfreports 24 minor NCAA violations

Coach Pete Hanson sent letters to two prospective student-athletes in March 2013 that promised them athletically related financial aid. At the time each athlete received said letter, they had not yet reached their senior years in high school. The Compliance Office determined there to be seven impermissible phone calls to prospective student-athletes and/or their parents after an April 2013 review of phone records between Aug. 1, 2012, and March 1, 2013. The report states they were the result of inadvertent “pocket dials.” A coach inadvertently sent recruiting materials to a 2016 prospective student-athlete. Men’s GymnasticsReported Nov. 5 Two incoming prospective student-athletes — one in men’s soccer and the other in women’s volleyball — participated in voluntary workouts conducted by an OSU strength coach while not being enrolled at OSU. Program engaged in seven hours of out-of-season conditioning activities involving gymnastics equipment. Members of the synchronized swimming team posted photos of prospective student-athletes they were hosting to both Facebook and Instagram on Oct. 21, 2012. The photos that were posted were then commented on by the student-athletes and coach Holly Vargo-Brown. Coach Geoff Carlston made an impermissible telephone call to a prospective student-athlete who was a sophomore in high school on Oct. 8, 2012. On April 24, an assistant coach replied to an email from a prospective student-athlete who was a sophomore in high school. Reported Nov. 4 Women’s LacrosseReported July 23 Two private camps in spring 2013 impermissibly used the names of an OSU coach and two student-athletes to advertise the camps. A women’s hockey volunteer coach was involved with a local sports club that had multiple prospective student-athletes residing outside a permitted 50-mile radius of the university. On May 7, the coach provided a private lesson to a current member of the women’s team, and while also serving as a volunteer coach for the men’s ice hockey team from 2009-11, the coach provided three student-athletes a combined total of four private lessons during summer vacation. Women’s SoccerReported July 25 Synchronized SwimmingReported July 9 Click to expand.The Ohio State athletic department self-reported 24 minor violations in the second half of 2013, including nine for “impermissible” phone calls, text messages and emails to prospective student-athletes, as well as three violations for various involvement in conditioning and summer camp activities.The figures are a result of an open records request submitted Thursday by The Lantern and released Friday by the OSU public records office.None of the violations are considered major, but the report included 19 violations that included “prospective student-athletes.”The last 2013 violation was reported Nov. 6.In each case, the school proposed its own corrective action to either the Big Ten or NCAA, who accepted the proposals but at times, offered further recommendations to each sport. Common resolutions include issuing a letter of education to the respective coaching staff and restraining them from contacting the prospective student-athletes for a period of time, usually two weeks. The football program, however, was only restricted to one week of no contact for impermissible phone calls.OSU athletic director and Vice President Gene Smith said the school typically has “about 40” self-reported secondary violations annually during an interview with The Lantern May 15, 2012.“On an annual basis, we have about 40 (violations),” Smith said. “It ranges in that area we’re sitting at. In that 40 range is where we always hang.“Our whole thing is if we have 10 (violations), I’d have a problem. I mean, I really would because people are going to make mistakes. And that means if I only have 10 out of 350 employees (and) 1,000 athletes – something’s not right.”FootballReported June 27 WrestlingReported July 11 Carlston replied to a text message from a prospective student-athlete in February 2013 who was a junior in high school. Carlston mistakenly thought it was an email, not a text. Reported July 19 On Jan. 10, 2013, the Compliance Office approved and provided what was determined to be an official visit for a prospective student-athlete who had not yet been registered with the NCAA Eligibility Center. Reported July 29 On Oct. 17, 2012, coach Alexis Venechanos made an impermissible phone call to a prospective student-athlete in the 2015 class. An assistant coach made an impermissible phone call to a 2015 prospective student-athlete March 26. A total of three incoming student-athletes were employed as volunteers at the LiFE Sports Camp June 26. All three were enrolled in summer school, but were still considered prospective student-athletes in terms of employment. On both March 25 and May 7, coach Tom Ryan made two impermissible phone calls to 2014 prospective student-athletes. The field hockey program received approval from the OSU Compliance Office that allowed it to put an image of a current member of the team on an institutional brochure. Women’s VolleyballReported July 15 BaseballReported July 29 A member of the coaching staff was reported to have used a smokeless tobacco product during a game, violating NCAA bylaws. An assistant coach made an impermissible phone call to a 2015 prospective student-athlete April 25. An assistant coach and an assistant director of compliance distributed camp postcards at a soccer tournament May 4. Reported Nov. 6 Field HockeyReported July 24 Men’s SoccerReported July 29 The baseball director of operations participated in an off-campus baseball league against prospective student-athletes. Women’s GolfReported Sept. 12 On June 25, coach Therese Hession accepted a Facebook friend request from a 2016 prospective student-athlete. Two incoming prospective student-athletes — one in women’s volleyball and the other in men’s soccer — participated in voluntary workouts conducted by an OSU strength coach while not enrolled at OSU. Men’s and Women’s Ice HockeyReported Aug. 1 Men’s VolleyballReported July 15 Men’s and Women’s Swimming and DivingReported July 15During a dead period, then-men’s and women’s diving coach Vince Panzano flew to The Woodlands, Texas, April 15 and observed several unknown prospective student-athletes practice. read more

Opinion Dualthreat Tate Martell provides Ohio State best option as starting quarterback

Ohio State freshman quarterback Tate Martell warms up prior to the Buckeyes’ season-opening 49-21 win over Indiana on Aug. 31 in Bloomington, Indiana. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports EditorRarely in the recent history of Ohio State has the team not started a mobile quarterback under center.A program that takes Woody Hayes’ iconic quote, “Three yards and a cloud of dust” to heart, Ohio State historically won national titles on the shoulders of running backs, but has since relied on mobile quarterbacks as another option to run the ball and pass only when needed.Dwayne Haskins is not that type of quarterback. Tate Martell is.Martell was listed as the No. 2 dual-threat quarterback in the 2017 recruiting class, having flashed a powerful enough arm to complete passes downfield while also demonstrating an elusive running style that is more similar to the style of Braxton Miller rather than J.T. Barrett.Coaches have spoken of Martell with nothing but praise, acknowledging the progress he has made both in maturity and skill set since stepping foot on campus in the spring 2017. Martell embraced his role as scout team quarterback last season, helping the defense prepare while also working to improve his game during practice.The knock on Martell is that he lacks the experience of both Haskins and redshirt junior Joe Burrow. Haskins appeared in several games in 2017, including carrying the team in its win against Michigan. Martell has never appeared in a collegiate game, but that has not stopped quarterbacks in the past. Barrett began the 2014 season as the starting quarterback lacking college experience, admittedly filling in for the injured Miller. His predecessor started games in his true freshman campaign, taking over under center in just the fourth game of the 2011 season.Experience should be a factor, but it shouldn’t always be the deciding factor when examining how to maximize a team. Head coach Urban Meyer has leaned on mobile quarterbacks throughout his coaching career, ranging from Alex Smith to Tim Tebow to Miller to Barrett. The only time he had a pocket-passing quarterback at Ohio State was when Cardale Jones began the 2015 season as the starting quarterback, replaced later in the year by Barrett.Martell offers the Buckeyes an explosive runner who can make things happen even when the pocket collapses around him. If no one is available downfield, Martell has the ability to move. And while Martell might not be able to connect on as many deep passes as a quarterback like Haskins, he should still be effective enough passing to keep teams wary of his throwing ability.Martell is not viewed as the favorite to win the job and his legs give him the option to play other positions. But in a typical Ohio State offense, there is no better fit than a player like Martell. read more

Football Dwayne Haskins is the Heismancaliber quarterback he knew he was

Ohio State redshirt sophomore quarterback Dwayne Haskins (7) pumps up the crowd after McLaurin scored a touchdown in the first half of the B1G Championship Game vs. Northwestern on Dec. 1. Ohio State won 45-24. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorDwayne Haskins came into this season with big shoes to fill.Following behind J.T. Barrett, who held a handful of Ohio State records and was a part of the two teams that made the College Football Playoff, the redshirt sophomore was not expected to immediately become the next legend under center.But Haskins did that and more this season, and he hasn’t shown it in a more spectacular fashion than he did in Ohio State’s 45-24 victory against Northwestern in the Big Ten Championship.For many, all this success from a first-year starter came as a surprise. But for Haskins, he knew he was going to win the job in the offseason.He knew he would be the star that he eventually became.“I knew I was gonna be the guy, just a matter of time before [Urban Meyer] made the decision,” Haskins said. “I always wanted to come to school here at 10 years old, I knew I was gonna be a quarterback here, knew we were gonna do great things this year, and that’s me birthing it into existence.”Haskins completed 34-of-41 passes for 499 yards and five touchdowns with one interception. The completions, yards and touchdown passes were all records for the Big Ten Championship.During the most impressive performance of his collegiate career, Haskins passed Barrett for the most total touchdowns in a single season in Big Ten history.He beat his own program record of 470 passing yards he set in the loss to Purdue, and earned his fifth game of 400 passing yards or more. Every other quarterback in Ohio State history has combined for one of those games.“I mean it is what it is, he be doing it all year,” redshirt junior wide receiver K.J. Hill said. “I feel like he should be in New York and win the Heisman.”The Heisman race has officially opened up after Alabama sophomore quarterback Tua Tagovailoa was injured in the third quarter after throwing 10-of-25 for 164 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions.Tagovailoa, Haskins and Oklahoma redshirt junior quarterback Kyler Murray appear to be the lead candidates after Saturday’s games, and Haskins still may be the least likely of the trio to end up with the trophy.But the redshirt sophomore has found a way to win games like Saturday’s Big Ten Championship all season long.With the Ohio State run game regressing to 2.3 yards per carry, Haskins opened up Northwestern’s zone defense — designed to allow short-yardage plays, but stop deep balls — with touchdown passes of 29 and 42 yards, as well as another 63-yard throw to redshirt senior wide receiver Johnnie Dixon.The 42-yard score was to redshirt senior wide receiver Terry McLaurin perfectly in stride over McLaurin’s shoulder on the right sideline.McLaurin said he often doesn’t have to do much because of his quarterback’s accuracy.“It makes my job a lot easier,” McLaurin said. “A lot of my passes this season have been right in my bread basket. All I gotta do is catch it.”Haskins’ day was not without errors.In the second quarter, Haskins had Hill open on the left side of the field, but the redshirt sophomore overthrew it, giving the Wildcats an easy interception.But for the crucial error in the first half, there were plenty of highlight moments to make up for it.Haskins showed his improved footwork with a 16-yard touchdown pass to McLaurin on a perfect throw to the corner of the end zone to get Ohio State up early. In the second half, Haskins found Dixon on the 63-yard throw, the entirety of the yards picked up through the air.Whether he is going to the College Football Playoff or, more likely, the Rose Bowl, Haskins is satisfied with the season his team has put together.“Any team would want to be 12-1 and win a conference championship, so whether that’s in the playoffs or the Rose Bowl, you know it’s just an opportunity to play for the university, play for each other,” Haskins said. “Regardless of whether you make the playoffs or not, and I’m just happy to be a part of this team.”Haskins, 13 starts later, now sits atop as one of the most prolific passers Ohio State has ever had.The redshirt sophomore who was once committed to Maryland, who knew the whole time he was going to be the guy, has become the guy who nearly threw for 500 yards in the Big Ten Championship.Only time will tell if Haskins has done enough to be invited as a Heisman trophy nominee. Haskins said he feels he has “a pretty good shot,” but to head coach Urban Meyer, there should be no doubt.“He’s without question a Heisman candidate. I’ve seen the statistics of the other two great players, and there’s no doubt. Dwayne Haskins is a Heisman candidate, and he should be in New York City.” read more

Driver involved in deadly New Years crash returns to court

first_imgKEY BISCAYNE, FLA. (WSVN) – A driver involved in a deadly crash had to return to court.Isaias Medina appeared before a judge, Thursday, and was granted house arrest after he was jailed for vehicular manslaughter.Related: Video shows Porsche speeding before fatal Key Biscayne crashInvestigators said the 19-year-old was speeding when he crashed his Porsche into a tree on Harbor Drive in Key Biscayne on New Year’s Day 2016.The accident killed his backseat passenger, 18-year-old Daniela San Miguel.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

ShortTerm CR in Works as Talks Remain Frozen

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR Bipartisan negotiations over a year-end omnibus are stalled over whether to include about 40 contentious policy riders, forcing the House GOP to consider moving a short-term continuing resolution (CR) to provide the two parties a few more days beyond the Friday deadline to strike a deal.The stopgap would last “a handful of days” and allow the government to remain open past Dec. 11 when the current CR runs out, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) told reporters Tuesday following a meeting of the Republican conference.The president would sign a CR that extends funding by an “extra day or two” while lawmakers “go through the legislative mechanics” of crafting and clearing a fiscal 2016 spending measure, said White House press secretary Josh Earnest, reported CQ Roll Call.At the same time, Ryan vowed to finish work on the package before lawmakers head home for the holidays. “We don’t expect to do this for a long term. We need to get it right. I don’t want us to go home until we get this done,” Ryan said.Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.), ranking member on the Senate Appropriations Committee, said “40 or 42 poison pill riders” are holding up the negotiations, including provisions targeting Middle Eastern refugees, abortion, campaign finance restrictions, environmental and financial regulations, and a National Labor Relations Board ruling. The two sides also are locked in a battle over a package of permanent tax extenders which may be attached to the spending package.“We were making very good progress on resolving the money issues,” Mikulski told reporters Tuesday afternoon. “We have about 40 or 42 poison pill riders, but some are really big — Hobby Lobby, campaign finance reform — things that should have never even been on the appropriations. So we’re kind of stuck at the riders stage,” she said.Mikulski said negotiations mainly involved congressional leadership and the White House.last_img read more

In Major Shift Boy Scouts Says It Will Begin Allowing Girls To

first_img Share Mary Altaffer/APThe Boy Scouts of America announced Wednesday that it will begin welcoming girls into its programs “after years of receiving requests from families and girls.”In a move that shakes up more than a century of tradition, the Boy Scouts of America announced Wednesday that starting next year, it will welcome girls into some Scouting programs.The BSA said in a statement on its site that girls can join its Cub Scouts program starting in 2018. It will be up to existing packs to decide whether they will remain all-boys, go co-ed or create all-girl divisions. Cub Scout dens, which are smaller units of six to eight kids within packs, will remain single-gender.As for older girls, the organization says it will announce a program next year that will enable them to earn the highest rank of Eagle Scout. It hopes to have the program in place in 2019.“This unique approach allows the organization to maintain the integrity of the single gender model while also meeting the needs of today’s families,” BSA said.The decision comes after years of requests from families, the organization said. “Most are dual-earners and there are more single-parent households than ever before, making convenient programs that serve the whole family more appealing.”It added that the move is also geared toward Hispanic and Asian communities, which are “currently underserved” and “prefer to participate in activities as a family.”The Boy Scouts serves more than 2 million young people, according to last year’s annual report. The organization has moved to become more inclusive, after years of declining membership — announcing in 2013 that it would admit openly gay youths and ending a blanket ban on gay leaders in 2015. Earlier this year, the group announced it would admit transgender boys.As The Two-Way reported in August, the Boy Scouts had for months been “exploring the benefits of bringing Scouting to every member of the family — boys and girls,” according to spokeswoman Effie Delimarkos. That didn’t sit well with the Girl Scouts of the USA, whose leadership accused the Boy Scouts of running a “covert campaign to recruit girls.”In a scathing letter published by BuzzFeed News at the time, Girl Scouts National Board President Kathy Hopinkah Hannan called the Boy Scouts’ plan unsettling and said it would only serve to undercut the Girl Scouts. She added that a co-ed model goes against “research supporting single gender programming.”The Girl Scouts did not immediately respond to a request for comment following the Boy Scouts’ decision Wednesday.The Boy Scouts already has certain co-ed programs in place, including Venturers and Sea Scouts, both billed as character-building programs, and Exploring, which focuses on career building.The announcement about welcoming girls came on the International Day of the Girl, which the U.N. says, “aims to highlight and address the needs and challenges girls face, while promoting girls’ empowerment and the fulfillment of their human rights.”Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

Fortis owners in the dock for dodging Rs 100cr import duty on

first_imgDirectorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) has impounded 6 luxury aircraft from a company owned by the Fortis Group for alleged duty evasion to the tune of  Rs100 crore.  Six aircraft, including beachcraft and others, were being used for private purposes though they were imported for charter services and no duty was paid. All these aircraft are owned by Ligare Aviation, belonging to owners of the Fortis group, Malvinder Mohan Singh and Shivinder Mohan Singh. Also Read – Need to understand why law graduate’s natural choice is not legal profession: CJIDRI issued notices to them for alleged duty evasion but Ligare  secured a stay order from the court which clearly instructed that they could not sell these aircraft in between. Allegedly, Ligare covertly changed the ownership of all these aircraft to a foreign company and got it ratified with the help of officials in the directorate general of civil aviation. DRI saw this as a clear violation of court orders and after that they swooped into action and impounded 6 aircraft. According to top Revenue Ministry officials, DRI will soon call Malvinder and Shivinder Mohan Singh for interrogation. Also Read – Health remains key challenge in India’s development: Kovind This company has a fleet of 8 aircraft and helicopters, of which three are of king air beachcraft B 200, each coming at price tag of Rs 30 crore, 2 Falcon 2000 each costing Rs150 crore and one Falcon SX priced at Rs 200 crore and can fly non-stop from Delhi to London. Other than that they also have one Bell 430 helicopter and one Augusta 109 helicopter. As per Indian law, if any non scheduled airline brings aircraft to India for charter services, then it is exempt from import duty. But if someone uses it for private purpose, then they have to fork out 19 per cent customs duty.It may be recalled in July 2008, in similar case The air intelligence unit (AIU) of the customs department at Mumbai airport seized and sealed two aircraft – a Falcon 900 Ex and an Airbus 319 – belonging to Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) for non-payment of duty.Mukesh Ambani had gifted the A-319 luxury jet to wife Nita on her 44th birthday.last_img read more

Influential students can help reduce bullying

first_imgEngaging students who have considerable influence over their peers can lead up to 30 per cent reduction in bullying incidents in schools, says a new study.“We think the best way to change social norms is to have these student influencers speak in their own voices. Encouraging their messages to bubble up from the bottom using a grassroots approach can be very powerful,” said lead author Elizabeth Paluck from Princeton University in New Jersey, US.The researchers engaged groups of influential students in 56 New Jersey middle schools to spread messages about the dangers of bullying and school conflict. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Using messaging platforms such as Instagram, print posters and colourful wristbands, the selected students were encouraged to discuss in their own voices positive ways to handle conflict, using terms with which their peers could identify. The research team wanted to test whether certain students, who they label “social referents” or social influencers, have an outsized influence over school climate or the social norms and behavioural patterns in their schools. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThese social referents were not necessarily the most popular kids school-wide, but rather students who demonstrate influence within their smaller peer group. All activities were designed to test whether, by making their anti-conflict stance well known, these social influencers could shape their peers’ behaviours and social norms.The study was published in the journal of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).last_img read more

July 25 2001 Members from all departments joined

first_imgJuly 25, 2001Members from all departments joined together with the Foundry crew to chain halfof a ten ton shipment of bronze up to the Foundry. Pictured: Tomiaki, Adam, Taka, Gregor and Karsten.[Photos and text by: Jennifer Thornton] After workIvan and Jen’s friend Amish built an archery range in First field of Camp during his visit.last_img

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Sadly,4% in July, Relive some louder moments in the aptly titled video Screams from YouTube channel ScreenCrush.” Contact us at editors@time. if unspectacular. For fans,Ouseph somewhat managed to pull things back, Malaysia’s Lee Chong overcame World No. a single mother, Like a newborn machine.

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