Indian Business Tycoon’s Australia Dream in Trouble

first_imgIndian business tycoon Gautam Adani has been accused of siphoning off Rs 15 billion of money borrowed from banks into overseas tax havens. An investigation carried by the Guardian Australia throws light on how the Adani Group ‘channeled the Indian taxpayers’ money to a company owned by a Mauritius-based trust.’ While the Guardian’s investigation has been widely reported in India, environmental activists in Australia are likely to intensify their protests against Adani’s $16.5-billion coal mine project in Australia.The Accusations Referring to a copy of the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence, DRI’s investigation report of 2014, the Guardian reported that the Adani Group ‘inflated invoices for an electricity project to move out money to offshore bank accounts.’ The investigation does not hint upon the involvement of the banks in the alleged transactions.Denying the allegations, Adani group said that it is co-operating with the investigation agencies. “It may be noted that Mr Vinod Adani who is the elder brother of Mr Gautam Adani has been a non-resident Indian for about 30 years and has his own established business interests outside India. Adani Group is aware of the investigations being conducted by the DRI, and has fully cooperated, and shall continue to cooperate with the investigating agencies,” the Group said in a statement to the publication.The group is seeking funds not just to build the mines but also a railway line to transport coal from the site to a port.Photo Credit: Bigstock Trouble in Australia The global mining giant is seeking public funds in Australia to develop one of the world’s largest coal mines in Queensland, an area surrounded by wetlands and coral reefs. However, the proposed project has been a source of intense controversy in Australia over the years. The mining project that faced huge resistance from environmental activists and inhabitants of the place is seen as a ‘threat’ to Australia’s national treasure. The environment groups argue that the mine will contribute to global warming and damage the Great Barrier Reef.In April this year, the state government in Queensland gave the Adani group the final approval to go ahead with the mine. The ‘water licence’ gave it access to 9.5 billion litres of groundwater, reported Australian news portal news.com. In August this year, media reports indicated that the group hired a funding adviser in Australia to secure money for the coal mines.But Adani’s bid to seek a federal loan of A$900 million from Australia’s Northern Territory Infrastructure Facility (NAIF) program may land in soup after the current revelations. The group is seeking funds not just to build the mines but also a railway line to transport coal from the site to a port.The Australian DreamA recent report by Environmental Justice Australia highlighted a long list of allegations of environmental damage caused by Adani Enterprises and its subsidiaries around the world. The report also details the evidence in support of allegations of illegal business dealings by the Adani group, reported Guardian. The government support for the mining project, however, has continued. Alleviating ‘energy poverty’ and job creation have been the supporting arguments behind the Australian green signal to the Adani group.What remains to be seen though is whether the high-level investigations in India can derail Adani’s Australian dream forever. Related ItemsAdani groupAustralia mining projectAustralia’s Northern Territory Infrastructure FacilityCoral reef damageDirectorate of Revenue Intelligenceglobal warmingIndian business tycoon Gautam AdaniLittle Indiaoverseas account fraudsQueensland mining issuelast_img read more

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From the hinterlands of Haryana to Games glory, life comes full circle for grappler Yogeshwar Dutt

first_imgFrom the hinterlands of Haryana to a podium finish on the planet’s greatest sporting extravaganza, life has come a full circle for grappler Yogeshwar Dutt.One of the best in the business but modest to the core, Yogesghwar, like many of his ilk, prefers to remain virtually unsung and lost in wilderness.A day-out with with the unassuming grappler at his village in Bhainswal Kalan in Sonepat district, and one got a fair idea of what it takes to be a winner at the Olympics.Treading the water-clogged roads of Sonepat to the narrow bylanes of a fairly unknown village, it seems as if you have reached a different sphere. But once in Bhainswal Kalan, you know you are chasing a star. All due to the 29-year-old’s bronze-winning feat at the ExCel Arena in London.From children to senior citizens, everyone is ready to guide you to the wrestler’s home — a double story house with a room on the ground floor dedicated to Yogeshwar’s achievements.Amid the festivities that continue unabashed since Yogeshwar’s return from the British capital, one cannot escape the gaze at the five continental rings looming large at the front wall of his house.”There should be some memories from the London Games,” said a proud Yogeshawar, who was recommended for the prestigious Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award yesterday.”Finally got a medal at the Olympics. God has really been kind. The immediate recognition has made the joy double,” the wrestler said with a smile, seemingly not very much concerned about the colour of the medal.”I did a lot of hard work to reach this stage. I am happy that I was able to deliver for the country at the Olympics,” continued Yogeshwar as his phone rang without a pause, and the grappler trying to receive all the calls without complain.As your eyes wander to find the elusive medal in the trophy cabinet, you realise that the prized metal rests in the safest custody.The shields and trophies give you a fair idea about his achievements, his dedication towards the sport and the years of hard work that he has put in to be what he is today.”My first medal was a wall clock. My father was very happy at my first achievement. Even when it fell and broke down my father made every attempt to get it repaired and hung it with a wire…but when we shifted to this house it got lost somewhere,” said the Olympian.”I started wrestling at the age of eight or nine. There was an akhara near our home and it was from there that my interest in the sport grew.”I used to go there in the morning, before the school, and once I was back, I again ran to the akhara. Soon it became like missing the first half of my school and spending the time in the akhara. My parents were very annoyed but they never discouraged me. My father especially supported me a lot.”I couldn’t concentrate on my studies. All the time I used to wonder about performing in the akhara and my childhood coach, master Satbir, also encouraged me. It became a passion,” said Yogeshawar.The wrestler though went on to complete his graduation from Maharshi Dayanand University, Rohtak. When asked what his subjects were, Yogeshwar really had to stress on his memory.”History…yes it was history,” the 29-year-old recalled, even as the bruise under his right eye glistened.”He was good in studies but he was better in wrestling,” said the proud mother of Yogeshwar, Sushila Devi.It was in 1999 that Yogeshwar first came into prominence with a win at the World Cadet Championship, and the wrestler never looked back after that.”My first major victory was in 1999 when I won a gold at the World Cadet Championship,” he said.It was during this tournament that his friendship with Sushil Kumar grew deep after the two had first come together a few years earlier during a school championships.Since then the two have walked together the path to success.In 2003, Yogeshwar won his first major title in the senior category — a gold at the Commonwealth Championships.The wrestler followed that up with a bronze at the 2006 Asian Games in the 60kg freestyle category, three days after his father died.In between Yogeshwar had his first tryst with the Olympics, where he finished a distant 18th in the 55kg freestyle category.While Sushil won a bronze at the Beijing Games, Yogeshwar suffered a heart-break losing his quarterfinal bout to Kenichi Yumoto of Japan in the last 10 seconds, but that only motivated him to come back stronger.By Sushil’s own admission it was Yogeshwar, more than him, who was a medal contender at the 2008 Olympics.Yogeshawar suffered a career threatening injury just after the Beijing Games but his resolve to make the next Olympics count kept him going through the difficult phase.Yogeshwar once again proved his mettle by winning a gold at the Delhi commonwealth Games in 2010. He, however, opted out of the following Asian Games in Guangzhou, China only to return with a gold at the Asian Championships at the beginning of this year.”If I would have won a medal in Beijing, probably I would have called time on my international career. The urge of winning a medal at the Olympics kept me going,” Yogeshwar had said earlier.With his mother eager to see him get married, asked what were his plans after fulfilling his dream, Yogeshwar giggled, “Mom has given me four more years. After winning a bronze her greed has increased, she wants me to clinch a gold at the next Olympics.”advertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

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Inaugural 3X3 league tips off February 16

first_imgView comments “And if we’re able to host the Challenger Cup and there’s a very good chance Fiba will grant us that right to host the Challenger Cup, as a host country they will allow us to field six teams in that international tournament, six Philippine teams playing in that tournament will rack up a lot of points,” he added. “All we need to do is to hold more and more international tournaments here in the Philippines this 2019. So 2019 will be a very busy year for 3X3.”Twelve city-based teams will be slugging it out in the first conference, the President’s Cup.The squads are the Bacoor Strikers, 1Bataan, Bulacan Kuyas, Cebu-Max 4 Birada, Manila Stars, Marikina Shoemakers, Pasig-Grindhouse Kings, Quezon City-Zark’s Jawbreakers, San Juan-Go for Gold Knights, the Valenzuela Classic, Vigan Baluante, and Zamboanga Valientes.Former PBA veterans in Gabby Espinas, Ronjay Buenafe, Dylan Ababou, Mac Cardona and Larry Rodriguez to name a few will be testing their skills on a different basketball stage where the game is played on a much-faster pace.After the press conference, a preseason tournament was held at Ynares Pasig to help the teams get accustomed to the rules and style of play in 3X3.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Pasig-Grindhouse, led by Ababou and Fil-American prospect Josh Munzon, won the preseason tournament after beating San Juan, 21-15, in the finals. Taylor Statham and former National University Bulldog Troy Rike are also part of the Pasig team.Ababou, an original member of the Smart Gilas Pilipinas team, played seven seasons in the PBA before Columbian Dyip surprisingly let him go after the 2018 season.The one-time UAAP champion and MVP out of University of Santo Tomas said he’s grateful for the opportunity to play in the 3X3 league after he was left unsigned in the PBA.The likes of Alvin Pasaol, University of the East’s offensive menace, and Kib Montalbo, the defensive ace who just wrapped up his final year with the De La Salle Green Archers in the 81st Season of the UAAP, are just among the young guns the players to watch out for.Other notable collegiate stars are Larry Muyang of the Letran Knights and Anton Asistio, who helped the Ateneo Blue Eagles repeat as UAAP champions in his final season.Games will be played either at SM Megamall or SM Fairview and will be shown live on ESPN5.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? CONTRIBUTED PHOTOSome of the country’s collegiate stars and former pros will be in action in the Philippines’ inaugural 3X3 league which tips off on February 16.The Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3X3 was officially launched on Monday in a press conference. The league was formed with an ultimate goal of qualifying in the maiden 3X3 event in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIEScenter_img Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Tim Cone sees his former players in Tey Teodoro: ‘He just caught my eye’ “We’re just so excited and happy that there is a concrete step for us to achieve our dream of sending a team to the Tokyo Olympics and this league will generate the most number of points for our country,” league owner Ronald Mascariñas told reporters.“I’m just so happy that our initial batch of players are really strong and this will be a real treat for the fans. Former professional and collegiate standouts are participating in this league.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsCreating a 3X3 league boosts the country’s objective of garnering ranking points to qualify for the Tokyo Games.“Without this league, there will be no hope. Let’s say goodbye to our Olympic dream for 3X3. So this is our only way for our country to have a chance because with 12 teams playing, every time they play they rank up points for the country,” Mascariñas said. SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionlast_img read more

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Asian elections for FIFA council postponed over banning of Qatari candidate

first_imgAsia’s top soccer officials delivered a major snub to FIFA on Tuesday, forcing the postponement of an election for three spots on the world body’s new governing Council in a row over the disqualification of a Qatari candidate.With FIFA President Gianni Infantino watching on, delegates to an Asian Football Confederation extraordinary congress in Goa, called to conduct the election, voted down the agenda. World governing body FIFA banned Qatari Saoud Al-Mohannadi from the election on Sunday because of an ongoing ethics investigation, leaving insufficient time for new candidates to join the six remaining in the field. (Sepp Blatter and two others facing FIFA investigation over salaries)”There were a lot of people who hoped to file their own nominations,” Praful Patel, AFC vice president and president of the All India Football Federation, told reporters. “Whether somebody was barred or banned, I wish this process had been done earlier. The others could have also had the opportunity to stand and that’s why it got cancelled.”Forty two of the 44 members who had voting rights at Tuesday’s meeting raised a “No” card when AFC President Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa called for the agenda of the meeting to be passed. (Marco Van Basten quits Dutch national team for FIFA job)”This is probably the shortest congress I have ever chaired. The message is clear,” Shaikh Salman said less than half an hour after the meeting was opened.”I declare the AFC congress closed.”The AFC will set a new date for an extraordinary congress in consultation with FIFA, AFC secretary general Windsor John said.advertisementFIFA had set a Sept. 30 deadline for elections to the Council, which replaces the Executive Committee under reforms instituted in the wake of the corruption scandal which has engulfed soccer’s world governing body over the last 16 months.”I think it’s democracy and we need to look forward to anyway,” Infantino said. “There’s still a lot of work ahead.” (FIFA under fire for disbanding anti-racism task force)Al-Mohannadi, a vice-president of the Qatar Football Association who denies any wrongdoing, was one of the favourites to win a seat on the new body and had cleared the necessary FIFA integrity check.A FIFA ethics investigator last month recommended Al-Mohannadi be banned from the game for at least two-and-a-half years for refusing to cooperate with an inquiry.FIFA did not give details on the subject of the investigation but said it was not related to the 2022 FIFA World Cup, to be hosted by Qatar.last_img read more

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Ravi Shastri’s entry spices up the race for India’s next coach

first_imgFormer captain Ravi Shastri’s entry in the race for Team India’s next coach has made the situation more interesting for fans and pundits. While most feel Shastri is the frontrunner to get the job now that he has submitted his application to the BCCI, the former team director himself has rubbished all such rumours.Anil Kumble’s resignation from the post of head coach came as a rude shock last week but his professional relationship with India captain Virat Kohli and his teammates had turned sour to such an extent that it became impossible for the legendary leg-spinner to continue further.Kohli since has received a lot of flak from fans, the media, the pundits and has been solely blamed for Kumble’s ouster. The BCCI’s cricket advisory committee (CAC) which consists of Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman were also unable to mend the gap between the coach and captain despite their best efforts.It is a well known fact that Shastri was Kohli’s preferred choice for the post last year but the CAC went ahead and appointed Kumble. But with Kumble out of the picture, the odds are once again back in Shastri’s favour.The BCCI though has decided to go with the usual process in selecting the new coach and has extended the deadline for the candidates to apply till July 9.The other applicants are Virender Sehwag, Tom Moody, Dodda Ganesh, Lalchand Rajput and Richard Pybus. But what experience do they have in terms of coaching? Here’s everything that you need to know about the contenders.advertisementRAVI SHASTRIShastri was appointed the team director when MS Dhoni was still the captain of the Indian team in all three formats in 2014 and Duncan Fletcher was the head coach. But Shastri took sole responsibility after Fletcher’s tenure came to an end post the 2015 World Cup.During Shastri’s term, which last for two years from August 2014 till June 2016, India reached the semi-finals of the 2015 World Cup and the 2016 World T20 and also climbed to No. 1 on the Test rankings for a period of eight weeks.India also clinched its first limited-overs bilateral series in Australia, whitewashing the hosts 3-0 in a T20I series in January last year.Shastri is now the top contender for the job as head coach being the popular choice of the captain and also the rest of the players in the team. Sehwag is probably the only other applicant who can challenge Shastri but that seems unlikely at the moment given the latter’s experience and past results with the current batch of players.International career:80 Tests – 3830 runs, 11 100’s, 151 wickets150 ODIs – 3108 runs, four 100’s, 129 wicketsTwitter Photo VIRENDER SEHWAGHe is the most celebrated name in the list and perhaps the leading contender if you ask the fans but his C.V. as a coach isn’t as good as his stats as a player.Sehwag, who according to reports had just sent a two line application without a cover letter for the job, has just coached the Kings XI Punjab franchise in the Indian Premier League.That is all the Nawab of Najafgarh can boast of. He has only mentored the Punjab franchise for two seasons. He’s the least experienced of the lot but this season Punjab finished fifth in the league and played some good cricket.International career:104 Tests – 8586 runs, 23 100’s and 40 wickets.251 ODIs – 8273 runs, 15 100’s and 96 wickets.19 T20Is – 394 runs, two 50’s.TOM MOODYHe has to be one of the favourites to land the job if Kumble is to be replaced. He has been coaching teams for the past 12 years and has had successful stints with most of the teams.In 2005 he was appointed coach of the Sri Lanka and he led them to the 2007 World Cup final before leaving the post. Later that year, the Western Australia Cricket Association (WACA) announced Moody as the manager and head coach of the Western Warriors for the next three years. Under Moody, WA qualified for one final in three seasons in the KFC Twenty20 Big Bash.In December 2012, Moody took over as the coach of the new IPL Sunrisers Hyderabad team. He is still the coach of the SRH team and under him, the Hyderabad franchise have reached the qualifier rounds three times and won the championship in 2016.He is also the current director of cricket for the Big Bash League team Melbourne Renegades.International career:8 Test – 456 runs, two 100’s and two wickets.76 ODIs – 1211 runs, 10 50’s and 52 wickets.BCCI Photo DODDA GANESHadvertisementDodda Ganesh is the least famous out of the six candidates. He was a right-arm medium pacer and a right-handed batsman for India and made his debut against South Africa at Cape Town in 1997.He has only played four Tests and one ODI for India but is one of the most succesful bowlers for his state team — Karnataka. He has picked up 365 wickets from 104 matches in first-class cricket.He took over the team in 2012. He coached them for four years.He has also coached the National Cricket Academy’s under-16 and under-19 sides.International career:4 Tests – 25 runs and five wickets.1 ODI – 4 runs and 1 wicket.LALCHAND RAJPUTLalchand Rajput is one of the strong contenders for the job because of his experience in coaching.He has coached the Under-19 and India A teams. Interestingly, Rajput was the manager of the Indian team that won the first Twenty20 World Cup in 2007 held in South Africa.Rajput has also coached the Mumbai Indians in the first edition.Last year, Rajput was named as head coach of Afghanistan, replacing Inzamam-ul-Haq. The Afghanistan team has since then made major strides in International cricket and has also broken into the top 10 teams in the ICC ODI rankings and are ninth in the T20 rankings ahead of Bangladesh, who sit on No. 10.International career:2 Tests – 105 runs, one 50.4 ODIs – 9 runs.RICHARD PYBUSRichard Pybus has coached Pakistan and Bangladesh and currently serves as the Director of Cricket for the West Indies Cricket Board. He has held this post since October 2013.He has brought through players like Makhaya Ntini and Justin Kemp.Pybus joined Border Cricket in 1995 and ran the Youth Cricket department, before going on to set up Border Cricket’s first cricket academy, The Mercedes Benz Border Cricket Academy, of whom Ntini was a graduate.He has also coached the Titans in South Africa’s domestic team and under him players like Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel, Albie Morkel, Imran Tahir, Faf du Plessis, Farhaan Behardien and Paul Harris have come through. He then took over the Cape Cobra’s and made them the most successful team in South Africa, trumping the Titans.  Vernon Philander and Richard Levi broke into the national team from the Cobra’s during his tenure as a coach there.But, he has just played one first-class match, scoring just one run.last_img read more

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Glenn Maxwell looks to prove his all-rounder credentials at the 2019 World Cup

first_imgThe bowling side of Glenn Maxwell’s status as an all-rounder is often forgotten amid the fireworks of his power hitting but the mercurial Australian hopes his offspin can tie a few batsmen in knots at the World Cup.Although used sparingly during Australia’s 2015 triumph on the pace-friendly pitches of home, Maxwell chipped in with six handy wickets to go with his 324 runs in a fine all-round tournament.Spin is expected to play a far bigger role in England, particularly with warm weather forecast for the early summer, so Maxwell can see himself playing a bigger role behind specialist spinners Nathan Lyon and Adam Zampa.At England’s compact cricket grounds, that will mean avoiding getting hit for six most of the time, Maxwell said at training in Southampton.”For me I suppose, a lot of the time that I bowl, I just try to limit the boundary balls,” he added.”As long as I’m doing that, if they hit some good shots off my bowling I’m not too fazed.”If I’m limiting the boundary balls and giving myself the best chance to squeeze a few dot balls, bowl a couple of tight overs, it might create a bit of pressure at the other end.”Maxwell bowled plenty of overs in the United Arab Emirates against Pakistan and away to India in recent months as Aaron Finch’s side claimed confidence-building series victories.He gave up the chance of a rich Indian Premier League deal to warm up for the World Cup with England county side Lancashire.advertisementIn six one-day matches with Lancashire, he managed a top score of only 35 with the bat but took wickets in every game bar one.”To have that continue into my time at Lancashire, where I got plenty of time at the bowling crease, you get that rhythm, you get that feel of the ball coming out consistently,” he said.”You need that as a part-time bowler, to have that consistency of time at the crease and get a few of the cobwebs out, I suppose.”Australia’s bowlers will have containment on their minds when they face West Indies and their master blasters in an unofficial warmup later on Wednesday at the Rose Bowl’s Nursery ground, a field small even by English standards.Maxwell likened the venue to Hurstville Oval, a club ground within a cycling track in Sydney’s southern suburbs synonymous with big totals in domestic 50-over games.”It’s good to practice your skills under heightened pressure and what you’re going to get later in the tournament,” he said.Also Read | Wish the World Cup started tomorrow: Eoin Morgan gives proof of England’s confidenceAlso Read | I’m so proud of Dutee Chand: Ellen DeGeneres on Indian sprinter’s coming outAlso Seelast_img read more

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Experts say PM making careful political calculations for writ drop with election

first_imgOTTAWA (NEWS 1130) – The federal election could be called any time now, and experts say the date of the official writ drop is a heavy political calculation by the prime minister.Political leaders and parties have been unofficially campaigning for months but there are a lot of considerations for the governing Liberals before the prime minister takes that big trip to Rideau Hall.“Are all the candidates in place? Do they have all their staff in every single riding? Is the signage ready to go?” Stephanie Plante, a researcher of Canadian politics at the University of Ottawa says. “The prime minister, the person calling the election, will try to make sure that the party who they want to win, i.e. theirs, has everything in place.”She believes the Liberals want voters to settle after heading back to work following summer vacations, so Justin Trudeau might not drop the writ until closer to the September 15th deadline.“Generally, you want to kind of get people’s attention, you want them back from summer. Everyone’s on their screens,” Plante explains, adding, as an incumbent government, the Liberals are likely looking at the shortest possible campaign.“The shorter the time frame, the shorter the sprint. The faster he can get his messaging and his team out there, and you know, if he’s polling well, it gives less time for a slide in the polls,” she says. “Voters can get voter fatigue. As you remember, Prime Minister Harper called one of the longest election campaigns we’ve ever had, and probably about half way through, his polling numbers started to go down dramatically.”While we don’t know when the campaign will be launched, thanks to the fixed election date law we know the ballots will be cast on October 21st.last_img read more

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WNBA HallofFamer Nancy Lieberman Helps Fund DreamCourt For Atlanta Youth

first_imgThe WorldVentures Foundation, the philanthropic arm of WorldVentures, and W.W. Woolfolk Boys & Girls Club in Atlanta collaborated last week for the opening of the city’s first DreamCourt.WorldVentures Foundation Executive Director Gwyneth Lloyd (center) is surrounded by WorldVentures Independent Representatives at the unveiling of Atlanta’s first DreamCourtThe official ribbon-cutting ceremony, held at the W.W. Woolfolk Boys & Girls Club, unveiled a state-of-the-art basketball court funded by the WorldVentures Foundation, Nancy Lieberman Foundation and Sport Court International.“I am thrilled that we’ve been able to build our 12th DreamCourt in Atlanta,” Hall-of-Famer and WNBA star Nancy Lieberman said. “This is an exciting time for the DreamCourts program, and my hope is that the kids in Atlanta will utilize this court as a means to develop extraordinary skills in sports and life.”The Nancy Lieberman Foundation partners with the WorldVentures Foundation to build DreamCourts in underserved communities around the country. The goal of the DreamCourts program is to provide children with a safe area to play, participate in free basketball clinics, interact socially and learn important lessons about teamwork and good sportsmanship. Since 2010, Lieberman and the WorldVentures Foundation have joined forces to build high-quality basketball courts for children in cities that include Denver, Austin, Nashville and Minneapolis.“Each time we open a new DreamCourt, I see the impact that this program will have on children and their communities, and Atlanta is no different,” WorldVentures Foundation Executive Director Gwyneth Lloyd said. “I’m sure with this addition, the lives of Atlanta’s youth will continue to move in a positive direction.”As the program’s latest DreamCourt, youth in Atlanta will be able to play on a 35′ × 60′ court that was constructed using the Sport Court SportGame high-performance safety surface in bright blue and orange colors.“We are extremely proud to be a part of this effort for the W.W. Woolfolk Boys & Girls Club,” Sport Court Director of Distribution Sales Joe Ure said. “Our goal is to provide kids the safest and best modular outdoor basketball courts in the world, and help outdoor basketball evolve to a game played on modular surfaces that can be both beautiful and safe for athletes.”Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

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Cong fields Priyanka against PM Modi in MP poll campaign

first_imgNew Delhi: Congress, which preferred not to field Priyanka Vadra Gandhi from Varanasi against Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has come out with a new strategy to take on PM Modi during electioneering by pitching Priyanka against him.The star campaigner of Congress — Priyanka Vadra Gandhi — has been pitched against PM Modi, the BJP’s star campaigner, in BJP’s stronghold Madhya Pradesh’s Malwa-Nimar region. The region would go to polls in the last phase on May 19. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghIn a bid to take a lead during the campaigning for the last phase of the general elections by making it a straight ‘fight’ between Priyanka and Modi, the Congress has scheduled the public meetings of Priyanka in places where either Modi is addressing masses the same day or after a gap of 24 hours. As per the party insiders, the move is aimed at giving an impression that besides Congress president Rahul Gandhi, the grand old party has other leaders too to engage directly with PM Modi in public discourse. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadThe war of words between Modi and Priyanka would start from Indore as PM Modi is scheduled to address a political rally on Sunday, while Priyanka, will make her maiden visit to Indore three days later to turn the situation in favour of Congress candidate Pankaj Sanghvi, who is pitted against BJP’s fresh face Shankar Lalwani. PM Modi is also scheduled to address a political rally in Khandwa. A day later, on Monday, both the leaders would be in Jhabua-Ratlam, the reserved Schedule Tribe seat that traditionally has been with the Congress. The BJP won this constituency only in 2014 and that when Congress rebel Dilip Singh Bhuria crossed over to defeat Kantilal Bhuria — a veteran Congressman. However, Congress MP Kantilal wrested the seat in a bypoll and now he is facing the challenge from BJP’s GS Damor. As per the campaign tour released by the Congress, Priyanka, after landing in Indore on Monday at 12.30 pm, would take a chopper to seek blessings of Mahakal — Lord Shiva in Ujjain and then proceed for the public meetings.last_img read more

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Delcrest Park in Delhi now fully accessible

Norfolk County / Contributed photo Chantelle Fournier, member of the Norfolk County Accessibility Advisory Committee, and her 10-year-old daughter Brook Barker using the newly accessible Delcrest Park. The new Delcrest Park playground in Delhi is now welcoming to parents and children of all abilities.“I’m able to go on the surface as opposed to sitting on the side and watching my daughter play,”  said Chantelle Fournier, a member of the Norfolk County Accessibility Advisory Committee who uses a wheelchair.“With these kinds of parks, I can interact and be right there having fun with my daughter.”A ribbon cutting ceremony was held at Delcrest Park to commemorate the county’s new fully accessible park on May 28.“This park is clearly evidence of Norfolk County’s commitment to improving accessibility for everyone here in Norfolk,” Mayor Chopp said to the people in attendance at the ribbon cutting ceremony.“If there’s one thing I’ve learned so far through being a politician it’s that no decision will make everyone happy. At the end of the day this is a fundamental principle that everyone can agree on, that all kids deserve a happy and fun childhood,” said Chopp.The $50,000 project was funded by the Enabling Accessibility Fund (EAF).“It’s a new world,” Fournier said in an earlier news release. “It’s a new opportunity that I couldn’t explore or discover with my daughter otherwise. The more opportunities that we get, the more we try.”The old playground, built in 1994, was no longer suitable. The site now has accessible parking nearby, and will now be able to welcome children who might not have had the opportunity to play there previously.County staff estimates that 9,000 individuals with disabilities will benefit from the playground within the first year of it being open.Chopp said the park is a model that can be used for future park updates across Norfolk County.“I think it’s certainly a model that we’ll be able to build on,” said Chopp. “The goal here is to improve accessibility for all.”“I’m looking forward to seeing more of these completely accessible parks across Norfolk County,” added Waterford Coun.  Kim Huffman. Ward 3 Coun. Michael Columbus thanked the previous council for its work towards the project.“I want to commend our council and all of the staff that were involved in making this beautiful project happen. I also want to commend the former council because it was their initiation that got this project going along with the help of the accessibility advisory committee,” said Columbus.The new equipment is expected to bring in more camps, play groups, school trips and further promote daily exercise. It will also build communication and help cultivate social skills among the county’s youth.“The event comes at a fitting time as it happens in conjunction with National Access Awareness Week (May 27 to June 2),”  Shelley Darlington, Norfolk County’s director of corporate support services, said in a release.The EAF Community Accessibility Stream provides funding for projects that help improve accessibility in communities across Canada through renovations, retrofits, construction or providing information and communications technologies for community use.Norfolk County has received EAF grants for the DAISY Readers program at Norfolk County Public Library, accessible washrooms in the Delhi Community Centre Arena, an accessible playground at Lakeview Park, a pool lift at the Annaleise Carr Aquatic Centre, and accessible beach mats at Port Dover Beach.“Norfolk County is proud of the numerous accessible projects that have been undertaken over the past few years,” said Darlington. “Accessible recreation is a vital part of a healthy community which brings families and children of all abilities together and promotes physical and social activity.”These projects helped bring Fournier and her family back to the area. Two decades ago, she moved to Kitchener seeking a more accessible community but has since returned home.“I started coming back and noticing we were getting bigger stores which means more accessibility and more growth,” Fournier explained. “From where Norfolk was 20 years ago to now is unbelievable. For being a small community, they’ve all come together in making everything more accessible and making more opportunities for people like me and people in general.”The ceremony ended with a few words from Deborah Pike of the accessibility committee, and then a group from council and the committee cutting a ribbon.“I want to thank everybody for making Norfolk County a more inclusive society,” said Pike. read more

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At UN Estonian President stresses Internet governance in development

In his speech to the United Nations General Assembly today, the President of Estonia highlighted the use of modern information and communication technologies (ICT) to drive development and the importance of international law to preserve Internet freedom while protecting citizens from cyber crime.“The main driver of sustainable development is inclusive and responsible policies in economics,” President Toomas Hendrik Ilves told the General Debate of the Assembly’s 68th session. Mr. Ilves added that modern ICT solutions are a key enabler to foster such growth, leading to better governance, access to public services, job creation, transparency, accountability and civil society participation.In his statement, he stressed that cyber security and internet freedom “are intrinsically linked and in no way incompatible.” “Freedom of opinion and expression – online or off – is a cornerstone of every democracy and constitutes a fundamental human right,” Mr. Ilves continued. He added that the UN Group of Government Experts affirmed that international law is essential in promoting an “open, secure and accessible cyberspace.”He joins scores of world leaders and high-level Government officials in New York who will, over the next five days, present their views and comments on issues of individual national and international relevance. Delegations are focusing on a global development agenda for the period following 2015, the deadline for achieving the eight anti-poverty targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).“The targets should leave no one behind and be applicable and achievable in every country,” Mr. Ilves said, stressing the importance of women and girls as main drivers of development.He also noted the importance of education, decent job opportunities and essential heal services, to the agenda, as well as the inclusion of topics particularly relevant to people with disabilities who have been “one of the most excluded segments of our societies.” Turning to the crisis in Syria, Mr. Ilves said that the use of chemical weapons is “unacceptable under any circumstances and requires complete and unreserved condemnation,” and urged the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and the Security Council to move forward to destroy and verify the weapons.The President also noted that Estonia was among the countries to join an initiative in January asking the Security Council to refer Syria to the International Criminal Court (ICC). In contrast, Mr. Ilves praised the presidential elections in Mali which have “paved the way for optimism,” and reiterated Estonia’s support in rebuilding the country.Mr. Ilves also said the future looks promising in Afghanistan where “responsibility and ownership make people masters of their own fate.” read more

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Ohio State mens basketball drops Nebraska 6356

The Ohio State men’s basketball team defeated Nebraska in Lincoln Saturday night, 63-56, to keep a pair of streaks alive. With the win, the No. 11-ranked Buckeyes extended their winning streak to four games. In the process, OSU advanced to 17-4 on the season and 7-2 in Big Ten play. The Buckeyes also remain perfect against their newest conference foe. Since the Huskers joined the Big Ten in 2011, OSU is 4-0 against Nebraska. Nebraska proved to be a much tougher opponent than it was in the teams’ first meeting, in which OSU dispatched the Huskers, 70-44, at the Schottenstein Center. This time around, Nebraska gave the Buckeyes all they could handle for a good portion of the first half, and it even led a couple of times. In the closing minutes of the half, however, OSU mounted a 15-4 run, which seemed to drain some energy out of the home crowd and the Huskers, while giving OSU all the momentum. The Buckeyes carried that momentum into the second half, and expanded their lead to as much as 15 points. But the resilient Huskers would not go away. Nebraska slowly chipped away at OSU’s lead, in large part because of senior center and defensive anchor Andre Almeida. The 6-foot-11, 314-pound Almeida made it difficult for OSU to find easy looks in the paint, and as the Buckeyes struggled to find scores, Nebraska cut the margin to five points with just over a minute left to play. The Huskers couldn’t knock down a few open shots in the closing minute, however, and OSU put the game away from the free throw line. Nebraska falls to 11-12 on the season and to 2-8 in Big Ten play. The Buckeyes received sporadic production from junior forward Deshaun Thomas, who scored 15 points but struggled while doing so. The Big Ten’s leading scorer connected on just 6-of-18 shots, as he was constantly doubled-teamed and harassed by Husker defenders. While Thomas was fairly inefficient with his scoring, Lenzelle Smith Jr. was anything but. The junior guard made all six of his field goal attempts for a game-high and season-high 21 points. After struggling to put away one of the Big Ten’s bottom feeders, the Buckeyes will now move into what could be their toughest week of the season. The Buckeyes will embark upon a pair of contests, against No. 1 Michigan on Feb. 5 and No. 3 Indiana on Feb. 10. This article has been revised to reflect the following correction: Correction: February 3, 2013 An earlier version of this story misspelled Andre Almeida’s name in the seventh paragraph. read more

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Christmas lights are no longer causing a spike in electricity consumption

first_imgCHRISTMAS LIGHTING IS causing less of a demand on Ireland’s electricity supply grid, authorities say, and could be due to the use of new technology.EirGrid, the state-owned body with responsibility for monitoring the supply and demand of electricity , say a notable increase in consumption previously associated with Christmas lights has not been seen over the past three years.“In recent years it hasn’t been so obvious,” spokesperson Michael Kelly said, “while four or five years ago it was possible to see a noticeable difference.”“It’s also worth noting that demand in general is usually lower over Christmas, as more people are at home. During Christmas day there is an even lower than normal level of electricity usage for a holiday”.One of the largest suppliers of festive lighting in Ireland, the Fantasy Lights Group, believe this is down to a transition to Light Emitting Diode (LED) lights.Chairman Gabriel Byrne told TheJournal.ie that as much as 95 per cent of Christmas lighting sold is now LED technology, using a faction of the power traditional incandescent bulbs use.“If you take George’s Street in Dublin city centre for example,” he said, “each row of lights uses roughly 40 watts. Before we replaced our lighting with LEDs, one bulb alone would have used 15 watts.”“A standard set of curtain lights, like you would see in a shop window, now uses only 20 watts compared to 600″.Byrne also noted that they have just as many lights on display as they would have in 2007.Read: Woman uses Christmas lights to give her neighbours the middle finger >More: 11 of the most non-traditional Irish Christmas traditions >http://www.fantasylights.com/last_img read more

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Shooting in Canadian city leaves 4 dead including 2 police

first_imgTORONTO  — A shooting in a small Canadian city Friday that left four people dead, including two police officers who were responding to a call of shots fired, struck a nerve in a country that has been roiled in recent months by several instances of mass violence.People in Fredericton, the capital of New Brunswick in the eastern part of the country, said they heard as many as 20 gunshots following a confrontation that prompted police to initially cordon off a large section of the city with emergency vehicles and order residents to remain inside their homes and businesses.Finally, after a tense period of waiting, authorities disclosed the toll: Among the four killed were two officers, a rare case of police killed in the line of duty in Canada.Fredericton’s deputy police chief Martin Gaudet said the two officers arrived at the apartment complex and saw two deceased civilians before being shot and killed themselves.Gaudet says a 48-year old man with serious injuries was arrested. They didn’t identify him.No motive has been disclosed for the shooting.Fredericton Police Chief Leanne Fitch identified the officers killed as Sara Burns, 43, who was married with three children, and 45-year-old Robb Costello who had a common law partner and four children. The two civilians killed, a man and a woman, were not identified.last_img read more

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DA announces charges for 11 defendants in charter school scam

first_img KUSI Newsroom, Updated: 8:49 AM 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – San Diego County District Attorney Summer Stephan Wednesday announced criminal charges against an Australian man and his Long Beach- based longtime business partner, who are accused of conspiring with nine alleged co-conspirators, including an East County school district superintendent, to steal more than $50 million in public funds by opening 19 charter schools in San Diego and elsewhere and using them to defraud the state.A grand jury indicted Sean McManus, 46, Jason Schrock, 44, the CEO and president of A3 Education, and their co-defendants May 17 on charges of conspiracy, misappropriation of public funds, paying for student information and conflict of interest.Prosecutors allege that as part of a wide-ranging scheme, the defendants sought out small school districts with limited experience with state oversight and proposed that they authorize online charter schools to earn additional public funds in the form of oversight fees.In addition to creating charter schools, McManus and Schrock allegedly operated another scam in which athletic organizations were paid for student information that was used to “enroll” pupils into a charter school in the summer time as regular students, for which A3 would collect funds from the state.The defendants are accused of using names, report cards and student information of roughly 40,000 students around the state, including students from the Dehesa Elementary School District in El Cajon, to open 19 online charter schools and siphon public funding for them into their own pockets between January 2016 and April 2018.McManus and Schrock both face more than 40 years in prison if convicted, while the other nine defendants would face sentences ranging between four and 11 years.Multiple charter school employees are named in the indictment, as well as Dehesa School District Superintendent Nancy Hauer, 57, who faces one count that could bring a four-year prison term if she is convicted.The 235-page indictment is the result of a year-long investigation by Stephan’s office, she said. A grand jury spent six weeks hearing testimony from more than 70 witnesses.“These defendants engaged in a devious, systemic public corruption scheme on the backs of students, their parents and the public that over time diverted millions of taxpayer dollars into their own pockets,” Stephan alleged.McManus and Schrock opened the schools in partnership with small school districts, targeting them due to their lack of experience with state oversight, Stephan said. According to the indictment, McManus and Schrock would charge the schools, and the state, by extension, for millions of dollars in services through other businesses they owned. The two then allegedly collected the state funding and pocketed it for themselves and their co-conspirators.According to the indictment, McManus and Schrock would obtain student records through local youth athletic programs and enroll them in their charter schools. The students and their parents often had little or no knowledge of the enrollment and students did not receive education services, nor were they assigned to a state-accredited teacher, according to Stephan.A3 Education would receive between $2,000 and $5,000 per child from the state based on the schools’ average daily attendance, the metric the state uses to disperse education funding. In the Dehesa School District, which has fewer than 150 full-time students, A3 Education received funding for nearly 20,000 students during the 2017-2018 school year, Stephan alleged.“The same fraudulent charter schools and their managers are set to receive, in contracts, another $200 million in the upcoming years, but for being stopped by this action,” the county’s top prosecutor said. “This would have been a continuing fraud that would have continued to empty the pocket books of our state education system that is struggling to meet the needs of our kids.”A3 Education’s charter schools included three Valiant Academy locations in San Diego, Los Angeles and Santa Barbara; four CA STEAM campuses in San Bernardino, Sonoma and Santa Barbara; four Uplift California campuses, including in Monterey and Santa Barbara; the California Academy of Sports Science in Fresno; California Vanguard Fresno; three University Prep campuses, including one in San Bernardino; and two California Prep campuses.Valiant Academy of Southern California was affiliated and authorized by the Dehesa School District. All three Valiant Academy schools are expected to close in the wake of the investigation, authorities said.Schrock and several other co-defendants were scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday afternoon in San Diego Superior Court.McManus remains at large, but the District Attorney’s Office believes he’s in Australia and intends to have him extradited, according to Stephan. Posted: May 29, 2019 May 29, 2019center_img KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter DA announces charges for 11 defendants in charter school scamlast_img read more

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IMA scam Over 26000 complaints for Rs 1250 crore will investors get

first_imgMohammed Mansoor Khan, MD and CEO of IMA groupfacebook [Representational Image]Over 26,000 complaints have now been filed against I Monetary Advisory (IMA) with the investors claiming that they have been cheated of Rs 1,250 crore. Though the police are collecting complaints against IMA, the depositors have still no clue about their invested money.As most of the people hail from common backgrounds and had invested hoping for a better future, they are uncertain of their lost money.Many of the investors have also refrained from registering a complaint as they do not have proper certificates or source of income to show the investment. But the main question bothering the depositors are how the government plans on getting their money back.IMA director Mohammed Mansoor Khan had claimed of having properties worth Rs 500 crore, diamonds, gold and Rs 400 crore which he gave to Shivajinagar MLA Roshan Baig and another Rs 5 crore given to BDA Kumar. In an audio clip, Khan had asked to sell his properties to return the money.Mansoor Khan has 14 properties registered under his name at several areas like Jayanagar, Benson Road, Park Road, Alexander Street, HBR Layout, St John’s Church Road, and IMA Towers at Lady Curzon Road. These properties are valued at Rs 500 crore as per the current market. It is also alleged that he has several properties under Benami names.The Special Investigation Team (SIT) has also recovered two high-end cars – a Range Rover and Jaguar – from Kempegowda International Airport in Bengaluru, which he had left at the parking lot on June 8 as he was fleeing from the country.But with all these assets combined, the chances are less that it would amount to the total investors’ money. If so, how does the government plan on returning the depositors money?last_img read more

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Clinton Buying TV Air Time In Fiercely Conservative Texas

first_imgGage Skidmore/FlickrHilary Clinton, the Democratic presidential candidate for the 2016 Election.Democrat Hillary Clinton is buying television advertising time in fiercely red Texas, hoping to tighten the presidential race in America’s largest conservative state.Clinton’s campaign announced Monday that a 30-second commercial will air for one week in Austin, Dallas, Houston and San Antonio, while also appearing online. Its cost wasn’t released.Houston Public Media’s Coverage of Election 2016The ad touts the Dallas Morning News’ endorsement of Clinton — the first time the newspaper backed a Democrat for president since 1940.Texas hasn’t voted Democratic in a presidential race since Jimmy Carter in 1976. The Republicans, meanwhile, haven’t lost a statewide office in Texas since 1994, the nation’s longest political winning streak.Some polls suggest the Texas race between Clinton and Donald Trump getting closer than expected. But Texas’ top Republicans leaders continue to vocally back Trump. Sharelast_img read more

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Fusion collision

first_imgThis Saturday, (8 November), Rumbar will be playing host to the Congolese musical talent – Solo Indien. His passionate vocals tamed by his soulful guitar melodies, as he takes you on a roller coaster ride across tempo and temperament across an electric range of genres from Soukousse, blues, afrosia, rumba, reggae, indies and folk. Apart from Indian artists, Solo Indien has also collaborated with artists from UK, France, Congo and even America. Apart from Delhi, he has performed live at the Ragasthan music festival Jaisalmer and more recently in Bangalore as well. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Rumbar is the new venue to watch out for numerous live gigs which bring you Latin, African, Reggae, Blues, and Jazz beats with a dedicated bar space that is a celebration of groovy music and dance. The bar area will host a melange of musical events varying from Indian to international artists. Music has been the ambition and passion for Jehu Mulobo Mandjoko aka Solo Indien who uses it to express his feelings. Since his childhood, he has been sharing his feelings with his voice and melodies. Now as Solo Indien, Jehu has been regularly captivating audiences as a guitarist and vocalist all over the world. His music demonstrates a range of shades and temperaments. The sound builds down to acoustic simplicity, which draws influences from an eclectic range of genres from Soukousse, blues, Afrosia, rumba, reggae, indie and folk. He is one artist who takes full liberty of having music to freely alter the tempo and temperament of his live performances. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixJehu Mulobohas has played with many different musicians across the world as like Tritha Sinha(India/kolkata), Reggae Rajahs (India/New Delhi), Stefan Kaye (UK), Nikhil vasudevan (India), Space (India/paris), Chalo Africa (Congo), NeuroneMusik (Congo/kinshasa), N.Dom.Bolo (India/Delhi), Schoot Moses (America/california). He has also participated in some of festival as known in Ragasthan festival November 2012 in India, and in the Pencil Fest 2013 (Creative Art and Animation Exhibition) in Arena Animation Academic, South Extension.Where: Rumbar, Hauz Khas Village When: 8 Novemberlast_img read more

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Wifeswapping case 2 brothers get judicial custody till Jan 28

first_imgKolkata: The two prime accused of rape and wife-swapping at Karaya, identified as Suranjan Sen and Nilanjan Sen who are the joint owners of a renowned jewellery chain in Kolkata, have been remanded to judicial custody till January 28.According to Selim Rahman, the lawyer of the accused persons, they were produced before the Chief Judicial Magistrate’s (CJM) Court at Alipore on Monday after completion of their police remand. Sleuths again submitted an appeal before the magistrate for further police remand. Meanwhile, the complainant urged before the court stating that she does not want to continue with the case and stated that she had no objection if the accused persons are granted bail. During the hearing on Monday, her lawyers refrained from objecting to Suranjan and Nilanjan’s bail petition. After listening to the arguments, magistrate Pradip Ganguly rejected the police remand prayer. Also the bail prayer of the accused persons was rejected. Later the magistrate remanded the accused persons to judicial custody till January 28. Rahman said: “The complainant stated that she has no objection if my clients are granted bail. She also stated that she does not want to continue with the case. We will soon move to higher court with the bail petition.” On January 3, the complainant had claimed before the police that when she was raped by her brother-in-law, her husband remained a mute spectator. She also alleged that her in laws used to torture her for dowry and also misappropriated her ornaments (stree dhan) which she received from her family members during the marriage. She was allegedly thrown out of their house in July last year. After she lodged a complaint with the Karaya police station, a case was initiated on charges of husband or relative of husband of a woman subjecting her to cruelty (498A IPC), punishment for criminal breach of trust (406 IPC), voluntarily causing hurt (323 IPC), rape (376 IPC) and unnatural offences (377 IPC). Later, both Suranjan and Nilanjan were arrested.last_img read more

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William IV – One of the Most Eccentric yet Forgotten of British

first_imgChoosing who was the looniest – or at least the most eccentric – monarch to ever rule the British Empire isn’t easy; let’s be honest, there are a lot of names that spring to mind as fitting candidates for the title. One name, however, is seldom mentioned but deserves inclusion. That’s King William IV, who ruled the U.K. from 1830 until his end in 1837. His life was filled with erratic behavior, a whole lot of debauchery, and, if you believe American president George Washington, he was so annoying that he deserved to be kidnapped during the Revolutionary War. Just what made William such a wacko, even by British standards? A look at his life reveals some interesting details.William IVWilliam joined the Royal Navy when he was just 13 years old, but by his mid-twenties, he was booted out for debauchery. In other words, his behavior became too raucous for sailors – not an easy thing to accomplish, by any means. At one point, he took a fleet of ships out for a sail, just for the heck of it, and was gone for 10 days. Another instance, while he was serving in Gibraltar, he was arrested for brawling under the influence. That was enough for the Royal Admiralty, who stripped him of his title and insisted he stay on dry land.William aged 13 (left) and his younger brother Edward, painted by Benjamin West, 1778Before that, however, William did manage to serve during the Revolutionary War with America and became the first British royal to set foot on the new country’s soil. He was stationed in New York, and historians say he loved it, especially the freedom to walk about the streets as if were an everyday common person. The feeling however wasn’t mutual. According to the diaries of George Washington, he couldn’t stand William’s rather crude public behavior and a plot emerged to kidnap the royal and…do what? That’s not made clear in Washington’s correspondence, since the plan did not come to fruition. The British heard about the plot, and, from then on, insisted William not walk around Manhattan unescorted.William in dress uniform painted by Sir Martin Archer Shee, c.1800Even after being “retired” from the Navy, William continued to ask for command of a ship each time Britain was in a conflict; his wish was never granted. He managed to get injured though while watching one battle too closely.William was the third son of George III, and no one ever thought he’d make it to the throne because plenty of others were in line ahead of him. Keeping the rules of succession straight is no easy task; as soon as one contender has a child, it throws the entire process out of whack. To wit: now that our modern Prince William has three children with Kate, Prince Harry likely won’t get a shot at the throne during his entire life.Portrait by Sir David Wilkie, 1837And so it was with William back then; he finally did become king in 1830, at the ripe old age of 64. On the day he ascended the throne he trotted through London in an open carriage, frequently taking off his hat and bowing to his new subjects. This was certainly a new sight to see for many befuddled onlookers. Every so often he would even stop and offer people a ride in the royal carriage. He oldest person to become an English monarch at that time. A man in his sixties was considered old in those days, but once on the throne, William cleaned up his act, began living a more healthy lifestyle, and managed to hang on until age 71.He wasn’t, however, completely comfortable with the trappings of royalty, and he tried to turn Buckingham Palace first into a military barracks and then into a new home for Parliament. Fortunately, neither offer was accepted. His frequent public gaffes and habit of constantly spitting in public garnered him the reputation as an amusing old eccentric.William IV drawn by his daughter Sophia de L’Isle and Dudley in early 1837William had 10 illegitimate children with an Irish actress and comedian. They never had a chance at the throne, but William wanted to see his niece, Victoria, become queen. Reportedly, he tried to live until Victoria reached adulthood, and he did; William passed away in 1837, and Victoria took power one month after her 18th birthday.Related Video: 13 Victorian Vulgarities Everyone Should KnowWilliam certainly doesn’t get the attention and PR that other royals get when it comes to his status as one of the most eccentric to ever rule the U.K. But he deserves a spot in the top five. One could also say that without his rule there never would have been a Queen Victoria as he was so adamant that it should be she who succeeds him.Sir George Hayter’s coronation portrait of Queen VictoriaMaybe he can’t compete with Anne, with her endless fertility problems made manifest by her collection of live rabbits, or George III, about whom plays have been written and movies have been made.Read another story from us: The Ugliest Royal Portraits in HistoryBut William was not a bland, dull ruler, and if he was perhaps not the weirdest monarch to sit atop the British throne, he was certainly a contender for the title.last_img read more

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