Busy year ahead for North Peace Gymnastics Association

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The North Peace Gymnastics Association has a busy year ahead with a number of meetings and events scheduled.One of the meetings taking place is the Annual General Meeting on October 29.Chantelle Yates, of the NPGA, says she is excited for this upcoming year with the hopes of hitting the 1,000 member mark and is looking forward to adding new Board members to the Club.- Advertisement -According to Yates, the Club is always looking for new members to join the Board and various committees in order to help out with fundraising, grant writing, and other much-needed duties to help keep the Club running.“We’re always looking for new volunteers, new people, who are willing to sit as a member of our Board or even as a committee. We’re always looking for committee members to help with different things from fundraising, to programming, grant writing, and things like that.”The AGM is taking place on October 29, at 6:30 p.m., at the Party Room in the NPGA facilities on 95 Avenue.Advertisement Other happenings coming up this year at North Peace Gymnastics is a ‘Seniors Can Move’ pilot program for seniors 65+. The NPGA is one of 10 clubs from across B.C. to be selected to take part in this pilot program.In order to run this program, Yates says the Club is currently fundraising to install an Automated External Defibrillator.For more information on any of the meetings and events happening at the NPGA, you can call 250-787-5327 or visit npga.ca.last_img read more

PATSY McGONAGLE’S ATHLETICS REPORT – SEASON ENDS ON A HIGH

first_imgBY PATSY MCGONAGLE: Athletics by its very nature is a busy pursuit.It begins September each year when  athletes  begin to consider cross country and as October looms track and field athletes return to the club to prepare for a season at that point months away.And so because of the various disciplines within the sport it enters a new year with cross countr ,indoor etc and soon attention turns to Easter and we are chasing with a track and field focus until late August. In the background a series of road events some serious some not so but the challenge is there for all.Thus this weekend National Masters in Tullamore , English AAA under 17 in Bedford ,competition in Liverpool and the obligatory road race in Brockagh.Meanwhile Sarah Collins no doubt excited and nervous completes her packing and is off to the New World to Providence and our best wishes go with her.That was the year that was and there was the memorable matter of an Olympics Games that nobody will ever forget. Tullamore attracted a strong representation from Valley and those that have for so long carried the flag for us excelled once again.Their enthusism and committment over the years has been exemplary . Top of the list former national senior long jump champion Shauna Carlin winning long jump ,100m,shot and just giving way in high jump on countback and another 6m long jumper from some years ago Sinead Mc Laughlin wins long jump ,javelin and silver in high. Well done to both.In the mens section Dominic Bonner 2nd in 5k – isn’t he always there or thereabouts in championship events?; Jim Hines 2nd in 5k and 1500m reminds me of the earliest days of Donegal athletics which the Ballindrait man was very much a part of.Bosco Reid from the Cross now living in Buncrana for many years has relished the challenge of the throws year on year and this time wins shot, silver in discus and hammer and bronze javelin.Pat Mc Crudden who lives just yards from the Valley Centre in Mulreany Terrace a double silver in 200/400. And the man of many parts in the day to day life of the club a bronze in 800m 2.06 – namely Ciaran Carlin 4th in 1500m.Well done all and Seamus Mc Granaghan and Neil Martin on duty as officials.In Liverpool Dempsey Mc Guigan broke the club and county senior record in the hammer with a 60.37m throw noteworthy to get over the 60m as a junior . Congrats to him.John Kelly has had a long busy yet rewarding season and topped it off with a bronze in the AAA under 17 shot in Bedford, his best effort 16.25 which came in the 3rd round. It is suffice to say everyone in the club is very proud of the achievements of the young St Johnston man. That was Saturday and on to Sunday morning an exciting hammer competition involving Fellan Mc Guigan. The result was a win for an English lad at 67m Fellan 2nd on 66.90m,and Adam King from Kerry 65.90 – simply a great competition.What a performance also from Kelly McGrory, Donegal Town Tirconnail AC silver in the 300m hurdles in 42.91, an impressive mark and Kate McGowan in the 80m hurdles with a personal best and a silver medal. Summed up it’s a great return from Bedford – 4 out of 4 for McGrory, Mc Guigan, Kelly and McGowan .That obligatory road race was the annual 4 mile in Brockagh promoted by Neil and Mary Martin with the help of the usual suspects – and once again an enjoyable event well organised in every respect.We now bring our attention in this sphere of the sport to a 10k in Ballyare next Friday evening open to runners and walkers promoted by Patrick Hegarty.Finally sympathy is extended to the Hegarty family, Mountain Top, Letterkenny on the death of Phyliss, mother and grandmother who in the early years of her family’s involvement in athletics was a regular attender at various events and took great pride in the exploits of Patrick and Pauline both of whom competed internationally indeed other members of the extended family as well . May she rest in peace.PATSY McGONAGLE’S ATHLETICS REPORT – SEASON ENDS ON A HIGH was last modified: August 19th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:PATSY McGONAGLE’S ATHLETICS REPORT – SEASON ENDS ON A HIGHlast_img read more

Rocking in the Cradle

first_imgMaropeng, the new state-of-the-art visitor’s centre in the Cradle of Humankind, is designed to look like an ancient burial mound. (Image: Mary Alexander,MediaClubSouthAfrica.com) Emeritus Professor Phillip V Tobias, an acclaimed South African anthropologist, with a collection of fossil hominid skulls – including the small Taung Child and the larger Mrs Ples directly in front of him. (Image: Chris Kirchhoff, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com. For more free photos, visit the image library.)Jennifer SternFind out more about using MediaClubSouthAfrica.com materialI recently spent a week in the Magaliesberg near Johannesburg and, having most of the day free before a flight from Lanseria Airport, suggested to my companions that we visit the Cradle of Humankind. With the ensuing enthusiasm both loud and unanimous, we reorganised our transport arrangements and spent the better part of a day communing with our ancestors and exploring our roots.Declared a Unesco World Heritage site in 1999, the 47 000-hectare area is the richest hominid fossil site in the world. It was here, at Sterkfontein Caves in 1947, that Robert Broom found a hominid fossil skull that he named Plesianthropus transvalensis. Assumed to be female, the find became affectionately – but inaccurately – known as Mrs Ples.Plesianthropus means “near-human” but, after a careful study, Mrs Ples was found to be of the same species as the Taung Child, a fossil skull found in 1924 and named Australopithecus africanus, meaning “southern ape of Africa”. In all, the Sterkfontein Caves have so far yielded about 500 specimens of A africanus, dating from about 2.8- to 2.6-million years ago.The name Plesianthropus would have been totally forgotten had it not been for that rather nice nickname. And to add to the confusion, it is now thought that Mrs Ples was not a mature female, but an adolescent male.“She” remains one of the most famous fossils in the world, and her discovery rocked the international palaeontological community and helped revise the then-accepted view of human evolution. But she is in the process of being outshone by a newer and more complete find.The fossil named Little Foot may be the new kid on the block, but is a much older specimen, dating to about 3.3-million years ago.Discovered in 1997, Little Foot is still in the process of being painstakingly freed from the compacted breccia in which it has been embedded for over 3-million years. It will probably be another two years before the fossil can be extracted, as visitors are treated to the sound of dental drills resonating within the cave structure – an unexpectedly musical sound.It is thought that Little Foot is a new species of Australopithecus – related to Mrs Ples, but not too closely.Walking backwards in timeAlthough only one is open to visitors, Sterkfontein has a number caves, part of a network of interlinked limestone cavities that stretch for hundreds of kilometres underground.When I first visited Sterkfontein in the mid-1980s, the site offered little more than the visitor’s cave itself and a small and neglected field museum. Today it is a very different place.The cave itself hasn’t changed much: the steps are more even, the paths are coated with non-slip material, and the tour had been extended to exit at a different opening – unlike the in-and-out tour of the 1980s.But the museum has been totally transformed. Gone are the dusty black-and-white photos and handful of fossilised bones in fly-specked display cases, replaced with life-size sculptures of the hominids, large colour photographs and fascinating multimedia displays, all helping to explain the caves’ history and significance.If you’ve never visited Sterkfontein, you may have visions of “cavemen” who lived in its dark and gloomy depths. But the Australopithecines didn’t live in the caves – they died there.Many of Cradle caves are deep and relatively inaccessible, and it is thought that most of the bones found there were dropped into the cave by predators.Picture this: a prehistoric sabre-toothed cat easily kills a small and vulnerable two-footed hominid, hauls the body into the branches of a tree – as modern-day leopards do – and slowly dismantles the skeleton as it feeds over the next few days.Scored with tooth marks, the bones drop from the tree, tumbling to the shaft of a deep cave. There they collect in a pile and are mixed with small stones and sand. Dissolved limestone drips onto the pile, slowly turning the debris into a rock called breccia.In other places, predators – either sabre-toothed cats, or giant primitive hyenas – may carried their prey into the cave.While early hominids are likely to have lived across all of southern Africa, it is only here, in the Cradle of Humankind, that this unique combination of conditions preserved their remains as fossils for us to find millennia later.More than just bonesFrom Sterkfontein we headed off to Maropeng, the state-of-the-art Cradle of Humankind visitots’ centre opened in 2005.From a distance Maropeng – which means “returning to the origins” in Sesotho – looks like an ancient burial mound. But inside it’s a wonderland of interactive displays – part museum, part playground, part amusement park.We were a pretty diverse group – with the youngest 12 and the oldest 74, and spanning a range of cultural and educational backgrounds – but we all had fun.I may sometimes have the mental age of a 10-year-old, but I wasn’t the only one to absolutely love the underground boat ride, a multi-sensory trip back in time from the present.We shivered in the ice ages, wondered at the sound and sight of tectonic plates shifting in front of our eyes, and shuddered at the smell of fire and brimstone as we sailed into the fiery origins of the earth. Then we had our minds played with a bit as we spun out through a simulated black hole.We’d been shaken up a bit and were quite ready to question our place in the universe, so it was a good introduction to the interactive displays.With their interactivity making them feel like games, the displays helped us explore what makes us human – our bigger brains, our use of tools and of fire. In fact, the earliest evidence of the intentional use of fire is also in the Cradle of Humankind, at a cave called Swartkrans.We spoke to a dodo on the phone, threw a couple of genetic dice, played with designing ancient animals and generally all reverted to the wonder of childhood.The exhibits then took us to the future, examining the consequences of global climate change, overpopulation, declining resources and environmental degradation. Will we join the dodo and dinosaurs, or will we wake up and use our big brains, marvellous thumbs and technological abilities sensibly?Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Mary Alexander at marya@mediaclubsouthafrica.comRelated articlesWorld Heritage in South AfricaAncient glue points to intelligence A hairy anthropological puzzle Unearthing our human ancestors Ancient arrows a clue to our past Useful linksMaropengUnesco World Heritagelast_img read more

Developing a marketing strategy approach

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Jon Scheve, Superior Feed Ingredients, LLCFor the last 8 years the price of December corn on the last trading day of November has always been lower than the last trading day of October. Corn closed at $3.63 on Halloween.On the other hand, for the last 8 years January beans on the last trading day of November were higher for 3 years, lower for 3 years and the same for 2 years. January beans were $8.52 on Oct. 31. My marketing strategy approachI try to maintain a flexible marketing strategy that maximizes profit potential and minimizes risk. This means that some of my trades are most profitable if the market stays sideways, especially if there is a lot of rationale for minimal price movement in the short or long-term. Like all farmers, I’m most profitable if the market rallies above breakeven price points, and I always want that to happen. Unfortunately, there can be long periods of time where the market doesn’t rally above breakeven points. That’s why being open to alternative trade opportunities can be beneficial. Still, while I’m open to alternative solutions, it’s very important that for each trade I must fully understand any potential outcome and be willing to accept any result.All four trades below were put on when different factors were affecting the market. In the end, I collected 65 cents of premium on 10% of my production, or 6.5 cents on all of my corn. While none of these trades allowed me to get additional sales in place, I’m satisfied with the final outcome.Reader’s note: I believe in being fully transparent with my trade outcomes, which I think provides a better foundation for understanding and considering alternative opportunities. Still, the amount of detail can be overwhelming for those just wanting an overview. For those wanting a more summarized approach, just read the sections titled “What Happened” and “What Does This Mean”. Trade 1: Corn straddlesOn 1/18/18, when Dec corn was $3.85 covering potentially 10% of 2018 production, I sold a $3.70 straddle (where I sell both the put and call for the same price), bought a $3.50 put and collected a total of 38 cents premium for the trade. The options expired on the Friday after ThanksgivingThen on 2/9/18, when Dec corn was $3.93 covering potentially another 10% of 2018 production, I sold a $3.90 straddle, bought another $3.50 put, and collected a total of 44 cents premium to place the trade. The options expired on the Friday after Thanksgiving What does this mean?If corn is below $3.57 on 11/23/18, I won’t sell any corn with these trades. However, I still get to keep some of the premium. At most I’ll make 30 cents of premium, if prices are $3.56. At worst I’ll make 20 cents of premium if prices fall below $3.50, but on only 10% of my production.If corn is above $4.20 on 11/23/18, I have to sell 20% of my 2018 production for $4.20. If corn is $3.57 to $4.20, then I get a value of more than what corn prices were at when I put the second set of options in place. For instance, if futures prices are $3.70, then I would get $4.30 for my corn. If the futures price is $3.90, then I would get $4.50 but on only 10% of production. What happened?Corn was trading at $3.60 on Friday, as the options were about to expire, I bought back the $3.70 and $3.90 puts for 10 cents and 30 cents respectively. I had to buy the options back because otherwise I would have been long corn, which as a producer I didn’t want to have happen. I let both call options and the $3.50 put options all expire worthless.In the end, I collected 42 cents total for both trades on 10% of my production that I will later add to my “pot of premium” on a future trade:28 cents on the 1st trade (i.e. 38 cents collected – 10 cents to buy put back = 28 cents profit)14 cents on the 2nd trade (44 cents collected – 30 cents to buy put back = 14 cents profit).I could have sold corn for the $3.60 Dec futures right before the market closed and with the premium I would have received $4.02 on 10% of my production. But, as mentioned above, historically November prices are the season’s low and market information suggests some upside potential is possible right now. So, I decided to wait to sell. Trade 2: Sold corn callOn 10/2/18 when Dec corn was near $3.68 I sold a Dec $3.70 call for 8 cents expiring 11/23/18 on 10% of my ’18 production. What does that mean?If corn is trading below the strike price when this option expires I keep the 8-cent premium and add it to another trade later. If corn is trading above the strike price when this option expires, I have to sell corn for the strike price PLUS I keep the premium. This means a price of $3.78 on Dec futures. My trade thoughts and rationale on 10/2/18Since I still need to sell some of my remaining ’18 corn, but I don’t want to sell $3.68 Dec futures, this trade allows me to get values higher than where they were on that today. If the market stays sideways, I keep the 8-cent premiums. There isn’t a downside protection with these trades, but that isn’t the goal for this trade. What happened?The market closed below $3.70, so the call expired worthless and I kept the 8 cents to put in my “pot of premium” for a later trade. Trade 3: Sold corn straddleOn 10/2/18 when Dec corn was around $3.68, I sold a Dec $3.65 straddle (selling both a put and call) collecting 20 cents total on 10% of my 2018 production. What does this mean?If Dec corn is $3.65 on 11/23/18 I keep all of the 20 cents. For every penny corn is below $3.65 I get less premium until $3.45. For every penny higher than $3.65 I get less premium until $3.85. At $3.85 or higher I have to make a corn sale at $3.65 against Dec futures, but I still get to keep the 20 cents, so it’s like selling $3.85 At $3.45 or lower, I have to buy corn sales back or simply take a loss on the trade.My Trade Thoughts And Rationale from 10/2/18With current production forecasts I think corn prices will stay sideways, and this trade is most profitable if it does. However, if the market drops significantly I’m not protected from losing money or may have to buy some corn back, but that’s not my goal with this trade. With what I know today, I still want the market to rally and will be happy with a $3.85 sold price, because I have several other trades working that need prices above $3.85. I’m comfortable with any market outcome with this trade. What Happened?On 11/19/18 the market was $3.64. I bought back the put portion of the straddle for 3 cents, but left the call in place hoping for a rally back above $3.65 on Friday and forcing me into a sale. In the end, the market closed under $3.65, so I didn’t make a sale, but I kept 16 cents after commissions from the trade to add to my “pot of premium.” Trade 4: Sold straddleOn 10/18/18 when Dec corn was around $3.70, I sold a December $3.80 straddle (selling both a put and call) and collecting just over 16 cents total on 10% of my 2018 production.What does this mean?If Dec corn is $3.80 on 11/23/18, I keep all of the 16 cents. For every penny corn is below $3.80 I get less premium penny for penny until $3.64. For every penny higher than $3.80 I get less premium penny for penny until $3.96. At $3.96 or higher I have to make a corn sale at $3.80 against Dec futures, but I still get to keep the 16 cents, so it’s like selling $3.96. At $3.64 or lower I have buy corn sales back or simply take a loss on this trade. My trade thoughts and rationale from 10/18/18This trade is once again most profitable in a sideways market, which I think is the most likely scenario right now. If the market does nothing through 11/23/18, I’ll profit similar to the trade above. With what I know today, I would be happy to sell corn for $3.96, even if prices exceed this amount in a month. I’m a little concerned with the downside risk but, it’s the middle of harvest and historically once harvest is over, and grain is stored, there is usually a modest price recovery. What happened?Like the last 8 years, November prices are trending lower than late October prices. On 11/19/18 when corn was $3.64, I bought back the put for 16 cents and left the call open, not expecting prices to get back to $3.80 by Friday. After commissions, I lost 1 cent, so the trade was basically a wash. Combined results and overviewTrade 1 = +42 cents on 10%
Trade 2 = +8 cents on 10%
Trade 3 = +16 cents on 10%
Trade 4 = -1 cent on 10%
Total profit = 65 cents on 10% of production after commissions.Knowing what I know today, I’m happy I made 65 cents of premium on 10% of my production, or 6.5 cents on ALL of my production. I made some low risk trades that allowed me to profit in a disappointing market. Until October I never risked more than 20% of my ‘18 production in sideways type of trades. Once more was known about the size of the crop I added more sideways type of trades based upon the information I had at the time. This allows me to make a little extra profit until we hit profitable levels again. Or if we don’t, this “pot of premium” might help me get to profitable levels.Once again, considering alternative solutions and including trades in my grain marketing strategy that take into consideration all market scenarios (i.e. up, down and sideways), was a good decision that help reduce my farm operation’s risk while maximizing my profit potential. Jon grew up raising corn and soybeans on a farm near Beatrice, NE. Upon graduation from The University of Nebraska in Lincoln, he became a grain merchandiser and has been trading corn, soybeans and other grains for the last 18 years, building relationships with end-users in the process. After successfully marketing his father’s grain and getting his MBA, 10 years ago he started helping farmer clients market their grain based upon his principals of farmer education, reducing risk, understanding storage potential and using basis strategy to maximize individual farm operation profits. A big believer in farmer education of futures trading, Jon writes a weekly commentary to farmers interested in learning more and growing their farm operations.Trading of futures, options, swaps and other derivatives is risky and is not suitable for all persons. All of these investment products are leveraged, and you can lose more than your initial deposit. Each investment product is offered only to and from jurisdictions where solicitation and sale are lawful, and in accordance with applicable laws and regulations in such jurisdiction. The information provided here should not be relied upon as a substitute for independent research before making your investment decisions. Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC is merely providing this information for your general information and the information does not take into account any particular individual’s investment objectives, financial situation, or needs. All investors should obtain advice based on their unique situation before making any investment decision. The contents of this communication and any attachments are for informational purposes only and under no circumstances should they be construed as an offer to buy or sell, or a solicitation to buy or sell any future, option, swap or other derivative. The sources for the information and any opinions in this communication are believed to be reliable, but Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC does not warrant or guarantee the accuracy of such information or opinions. Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC and its principals and employees may take positions different from any positions described in this communication. Past results are not necessarily indicative of future results. He can be contacted at jon@superiorfeed.com.last_img read more

Building Consensus. It’s What’s for Dinner.

first_imgA few days ago, Gerhard and I were talking about the differences between B2B and B2C sales. I noted that one of the major differences is managing the complexity of different stakeholders with different needs. One reader sent me an email suggesting that building consensus isn’t that complex or complicated. I would that this were true.Building consensus is difficult. Here’s a real life example as to just how difficult it can be to build consensus.I’m married, and I have three children. One of the most dangerous questions I can ask in my house is “Where do you want to go for dinner?” The boy predominantly eats hamburgers, French fries, and pizza. At 14 years old, he’s 6’1″ and always hungry. Unless a restaurant serves the very few items that he eats, it won’t even make it onto his radar.My youngest twin daughter will likely choose Canes, some sort of awful, fast food chicken place. The oldest twin daughter, thankfully, will be grateful to be taken to any restaurant. But if she has her choice it’s going to be the Japanese steak house (or someplace even more expensive). My wife won’t want to be forced to decide. She won’t really even want to participate in a conversation about dinner plans. She’s happiest when I have already decided where we’re eating and have made the arrangements.And, I’m the economic buyer, so even though I want everyone to be happy, ultimately I get to cast the deciding vote. It’s also likely that I’m driving, and that counts for a lot, too.So how do you gain consensus? Even though everyone agrees that they want to eat, no one agrees on where or what we’re going to eat. If our house looks anything like yours, you spend as much trying to decide where to eat as you do actually dining.Your clients go through a similar exercise.Some group of stakeholders sees things one way, and another group sees things differently. What makes one group happy sometimes makes another group miserable. Sometimes you can find a middle ground, but even though both groups are content, neither group is really happy. Sometimes the economic buyer steps in and makes the decision because they’re the one with the checkbook.It’s easy to talk about consensus as if you’re always going to be to make everyone happy. In reality that isn’t likely. Nor is it easy to achieve. The more complex and complicated the deal, the more difficult it can be to build consensus. Sometimes even simple decisions can be made more complex by a small group of people who want something reasonably close to the same thing.QuestionsHow do you handle the differing needs of different groups of stakeholders?What do you do when those conflicting needs are in conflict?How much influence does an economic buyer have even when someone else has a greater stake in the outcome?How you help your clients manage this process?last_img read more

Guide ‘inexperienced’ CM Deb with your ‘years of experience’, Modi tells Tripura Opposition

first_imgDestruction of Lenin, Periyar statues shows intolerant approach of BJP: Karat Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday urged the Opposition parties in Tirpura to guide the “inexperienced” Biplab Kumar Deb with their “years of experience” in running the government. He also promised inclusiveness to those who did not vote for the BJP, in an oblique reference to CPI(M) that ruled the State for 25 years.The Prime Minister made his appeal after Mr. Deb was sworn in as the Chief Minister of Tripura’s first BJP government in alliance with Indigenous People’s Front of Tripura (IPFT).Governor Tathagata Roy administered the oath of office and secrecy to eight others, including BJP’s Jishnu Dev Varma as Deputy Chief Minister and octogenarian IPFT chief N.C. Debbarman.’This election has been historic’“This election has been historic and underlines the political significance of a small State like Tripura. The people here have scripted this victory, and it is our responsibility now to ensure that the lamp of development lit today brightens by the day,” Mr. Modi said.Also Read  Mr. Modi began his speech with the tribal Kokborok language and ended it with Bengali.Tripura has strengthened party’s goal: Amit ShahBefore him, BJP president Amit Shah said Tripura had strengthened his party’s goal of ruling seven of the eight Northeast States. In Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya and Nagaland the BJP has governments of its own or in alliance.Assembly election in Mizoram, where the Congress has been ruling for almost 10 years, is scheduled later this year.“We will try to honour the verdict of the people of Tripura by ensuring development and peace in the State,” Mr. Shah said.Deb seeks cooperation of allAn emotional Mr. Deb, crediting the electoral victory to hard work put in by hundreds of party workers, sought the cooperation of the people in facing the challenge of adhering to the vision document the BJP had come out with before the polls.“Treat me as your son, brother, and not the Chief Minister. Don’t hesitate to pull me by the ears and put me on the right track if I err in fulfilling your aspirations,” he said.  Mr. Modi said, “I assure you that this [BJP-IPFT] government is for all, for those who voted for us and for those who did not.”With former Chief Minister Manik Sarkar, flanked by senior BJP leaders L.K. Advani and M.M. Joshi, on the dais, Mr. Modi also urged the veteran CPI(M) legislators – 16 – to use their “long experience in running the government” and guide the “new, youthful and inexperienced” Mr. Deb and his team.He said his predecessors did not give adequate attention that the Northeast deserved since Independence. “I have come to the Northeast at least 25 times, more than all the Prime Ministers before me. This is not because of political mileage, but because we want the remotest regions to feel they belong to this country,” he added.Also Read Demolition of Lenin’s statue sparks off protestlast_img read more

9 held in Goa after group clash over lights

first_imgNine people from two rival gangs were arrested by Margao police in South Goa on Monday following a clash between two gangs over installation of lights at Ghogol on Sunday night. Asked if the clash was over decoration of a religious float for a parade being readied for a public procession, South Goa Superintendent of Police Arvind Gawas told The Hindu on Monday that had nothing to do with religious float, but it was purely a gang clash.“Our police have gone and checked the rumours. In no way it can be linked to the religious float. The complainant was thrashed while he was working on the street lights,” said Mr. Gawas. He further said that they verified that no damage was done to the float-under-decoration. Mr. Gawas said that nine persons had been arrested from two separate groups and that complaints from both groups have been registered with the Fatorda police station and two FIRs registered. “It was a fight between two groups. It is not a communal issue. The fight started over a small misunderstanding over setting up lights for the procession. We have arrested nine persons from both groups,” Mr. Gawas reiterated. The official also said, that following a complaint filed by one Kiran Naik, four persons had been arrested under Sections 341 (wrongful restraint), 323 (causing hurt), 504 (breach of peace), while after registering one more complaint from Rekha Borkar from the other group, under Sections 143 (unlawful assmebly), 147 (rioting), 148 (rioting with weapon), 427 (mischief) read with 149 i (unlawful assembly guilty of offence) of the Indian Penal Code, four more were arrested.last_img read more

Why It Would Be Unwise to Enable Proxy Voting Across India for the 2019 Polls

first_imgOn December 18, 2017, Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad introduced The Representation Of The People (Amendment) Bill, 2017, in the Lok Sabha. As a two-page Bill, it is fairly short in comparison to bills running into nearly a hundred pages. The brevity of the Bill may even tempt legislators to dismiss it as a mere technical amendment.However, this small document, once passed, can significantly alter the manner in which electoral politics is carried out in India, as it provides legal sanction to ‘proxy voting’ for elections.Read it at The Wire Related Itemslast_img

3 Filipino boxers in SEA Games finals; Suarez crashes

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. The match was very close with both fighters trading strong punches in the first round. But that was until the taller Thai felt Suarez’s power and started using his longer arms to fend off the Filipino attacks.Bautista, the defending champion, lost steam against Tanes Ong Junta of Thailand to yield another unanimous decision. LATEST STORIES Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students PLAY LIST 01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses PH duo enter semis in squash women’s doubles “It was tough, Very tough. He took the fight to me,” said Marvin, who is making his debut for the national team after serving in the British Army team.Fernandez had Nat Siek Nin of Cambodia under control the whole time, using his vaunted punching might that saw his foe getting a standing eight count.But tainting their wins were the defeats suffered by Ian Clark Bautista in flyweight and two-time champ Charly Suarez in light welter.“It’s not my time. I give it to him,” said Suarez, visibly upset over the split decision loss to Wuttichai Masuk of Thailand.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program “I want a clear victory. I want to avenge my teammates who lost here by questionable decisions,” said Marcial in Filipino.Mario Fernandez and John Nobel Tupas Marvin also turned in convincing decision wins in bantamweight and light heavyweight categories, respectively.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 shutoutcenter_img SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief MOST READ KUALA LUMPUR—The Philippines sent three boxers to the finals, led by a spectacular stoppage win by an emotional Eumir Felix Marcial in the middleweight division Tuesday night in the Southeast Asian Games.Marcial didn’t hide his tears when he faced reporters after stopping Malaysia’s Indran AlRama Krishnan in the first round using his pet left hand.ADVERTISEMENT LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Tupas via UD pic.twitter.com/Wt8ixxEtOG— Marc Anthony Reyes (@marcreyesINQ) August 22, 2017 UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games View commentslast_img read more