Pacio guns for ONE strawweight title in Naito rematch Jakarta has had less than the normal amount of time to prepare. It was selected four years ago after Vietnam, the original host, pulled out because of financial problems. There are sure to be problems as Indonesia tries to show it could hold even larger events. But there’s also gratitude from the Olympic Council of Asia — which oversees sports in the region — for stepping in.Jakarta is famous for some of the world’s worst traffic jams, with a river of swerving motorbikes trying to beat the congestion. Getting athletes to venues on time is sure to be challenging. Some schools along transportation routes have been closed, and the city is also using an odd-even license plate scheme to reduce traffic.But no one is being asked to stay home. Just the opposite.“We are asking that people come to see the Asian Games, but please come to see them using public transportation,” Herryanto said, calling this a chance to change habits and a possible “legacy” of the quadrennial event.Security will be heavy. Organizers say 100,000 police and military will be on guard with another 100,000 in reserve.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Esports will also get a look as a demonstration sport, and jet ski is on the scheduleThe games, which open Saturday and run through Sept. 2, also showcase sports climbing and skateboarding, two events being added to the schedule for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’And — get ready for this — there’s competition in contract bridge, which should attract a slightly older demographic than gymnastics or swimming. The oldest card player is reported to be 81.“We have really worked hard to prepare this,” Eris Herryanto, the secretary general of the local organizing committee, told The Associated Press. “I think we are ready.” Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next South Korean field hockey players warm-up during a training session at the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia, Friday, Aug. 17, 2018. The Games which officially opens on Saturday Aug. 18, will feature approximately 11,500 athletes, which is about 1,000 more than a typical Summer Olympics. (AP Photo/Firdia Lisnawati)JAKARTA, Indonesia — For size, the Asian Games are enormous. They feature about 11,500 athletes, which is about 1,000 more than a typical Summer Olympics.For diversity, they offer many sports that are unseen at the Olympics but native to Asia. How about the Indian sport of kabaddi, or kurash, a traditional martial art from Uzbekistan, or pencak silat, an Indonesian martial art?ADVERTISEMENT View comments Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal MOST READ ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Indonesia is certainly large enough to think of itself as an Olympic country. With 260 million people, it’s the world’s fourth-most populous nation after China, India and the United States. It’s comprised of about 13,500 islands — the government says 922 are permanently occupied — that stretch about 5,100 kilometers (3,200 miles), which is greater than the distance from east to west in the continental United States.Despite its quirky qualities, the Asian Games are also a serious proving ground for powerful teams from China, Japan and South Korea, and a chance for smaller nations to win medals that are out of reach at the Olympics.Forty-five nations are entered from Afghanistan, Bahrain and Bangladesh to Uzbekistan, Vietnam and Yemen.Singapore, one of the smallest nations, has one of the biggest names in swimmer Joseph Schooling, an Olympic gold medalist who defeated Michael Phelps in the 100 butterfly two years ago in Rio de Janeiro.China has the largest delegation with 845 athletes. But it’s a young team. It includes only 214 who have been in previous Olympics or Asian Games, and only 19 Olympic gold medalists. The most famous is three-time Olympic gold-medal swimmer Sun Yang.South Korea and Japan are not far behind.South Korea has 807 athletes, a number that includes 38 North Korean athletes. The Koreas are entering several combined teams, following up on a combined team in women’s hockey at this year’s Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.Japan has traveled with 768 athletes, which is more than double the size of the team it sent to the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics. That reflects the size of the Asian Games, and Japan’s push to win 30 gold medals in two years in Tokyo. Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Peza offers relief to ecozone firms DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs LATEST STORIES
Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Photo from ONE ChampionshipSINGAPORE — The celebration came early for the Philippines’ premier MMA stable Team Lakay after it wound up as the big winners in the inaugural 2018 Global Martial Arts Awards at JW Marriott Hotel here.Team Lakay’s Eduard Folayang, one of the promotion’s top lightweights, shone the brightest after he took home the most prestigious distinction when he was named Martial Arts Hero of the Year for his impact inside and outside of the cage.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Team Lakay also bagged the Gym of the Year award after three of its prized fighters in Geje Eustaquio, Joshua Pacio, whose “Passion Lock” against Pongsiri Mitsatit won Submission of the Year, and Kevin Belingon won titles in their respective divisions.Eustaquio and Pacio are currently the flyweight and strawweight titleholder, respectively while Belingon is the interim bantamweight champion.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissWith Team Lakay having three champions in 2018, it was no surprise Mark Sangiao was also named Coach of the Year.Meanwhile, three Filipino scribes in JM Siasat of GMA, Santino Honasan of ABS-CBN and Mike Murillo of Business World were nominated for the Martial Ars Journalist of the Year that went to Japanese Manabu Takashima of MMA Planet. Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? LATEST STORIES Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew The Bout of the Year went to Aung La N Sang and Ken Hasegawa, who went toe-to-toe for five rounds at ONE: Spirit of a Warrior in Myanmar.Sang was named Male Athlete of the Year after becoming a two-division champion when he beat Alexandre Machado early in the year to win the light heavyweight crown. He also holds the middleweight title. The Female Athlete of the Year went to undefeated champion Angela Lee.ONE: Kingdom of Heroes, which held the first-ever boxing bout in the history of the promotion that saw Thai superstar Srisaket Sor Rungvisai successfully defend his WBC super flyweight crown against Mexican Iran Diaz was recognized as the Event of the Year.Thailand’s Stamp Fairtex, the atomweight kickboxing champion, was named Breakout Athlete of the Year.Brian Ortega won Knockout of the Year for his stunning victory over Frankie Edgar at UFC 222. Walkout of the Year went to Andy Nguyen.ADVERTISEMENT PH women’s football team notches second win in Asian qualifiers MOST READ View comments Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Alvarez ready to take risk vs Folayang, looks to end clash by ‘knockout or submission’ PLAY LIST 02:18Alvarez ready to take risk vs Folayang, looks to end clash by ‘knockout or submission’00:52ONE CEO believes Joshua Pacio won the fight02:03MMA legends gather in Tokyo for historic ONE: New Era fight week02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.
TOP WORK Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Slavisa Jokanovic could be axed just months after leading Fulham to promotion Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ 3 RANKED targets LATEST Wolves are eyeing a move for Sheffield Wednesday’s Adam Reach in January. The winger, 25, has been in superb form and caught the eye recently with stunning goals against Leeds and West Brom. (The Sun)Usain Bolt has been offered a professional contract by A-League club Central Coast Mariners. Bolt, an eight-time gold medallist, was on trial with the New South Wales club and even bagged his first goals during a friendly last weekend. FULL STORY HERE Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father LIVING THE DREAM IN DEMAND Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signing There has been worldwide interest in Bolt’s performances for Central Coast Mariners Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland REVEALED The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star targets Jose Mourinho is planning to launch an internal investigation into how Manchester United’s line-up was leaked ahead of Saturday’s clash with Chelsea. The United manager was left fuming after waking up at the team’s hotel to find his selected 11 accurately posted on social media and wants to know how the information got out. (Daily Mail)Mourinho, meanwhile, is desperately trying to convince Manchester United’s board to sanction a move for a big-name defender like Kalidou Koulibaly. (The Sun)Borussia Dortmund have identified the next three English wonderkids they want to take to the Bundesliga. They have been watching Liverpool’s 17-year-old striker Bobby Duncan, Chelsea youngster Callum Hudson-Odoi, 17, and Manchester City whizkid Phil Foden, 18. It comes after the success of England prospect Jadon Sancho. (Daily Mirror)Slavisa Jokanovic has been given two matches to prove that he is the man to turn around Fulham’s fortunes. The 4-2 defeat by Cardiff City made it one win in nine league games and meant that his side slipped into the bottom three. (The Times) Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January 3 Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? Real Madrid manager Julen Lopetegui is reportedly “close” to being dismissed from his post. And it is understood B team boss Santiago Solari will be hired as Lopetegui’s replacement. FULL STORY HEREWest Ham face being without summer signing Andriy Yarmolenko for the next six months. The Ukrainian was stretchered off during the 1-0 defeat against Tottenham after he went down with no one around him and it is feared he ruptured his Achilles. FULL STORY HERE Here are the latest rumours, news and gossip from Monday’s tabloids and online… Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer moving on 3 three-way race Latest Transfer News
Earlier this year when my polytunnel first went up.Polytunnels, a point of dispute amongst gardeners, some think they’re ‘ugly’ others see them as essential bits of kit. One thing can’t be disputed, a Polytunnel allows you to both garden all year round, and be transported a thousand miles south.Polytunnels aren’t as pretty as Glasshouses. I don’t think many people will disagree with that statement, an elegant garden glasshouse can be a thing of beauty, like a Brunel bridge, its workmanship and elegance can be something to admire. Where a Polytunnel is the army bridge, a functional product, brought about by necessity and meeting its objectives without fanfare.For a small garden a glasshouse is the obvious choice, where you have space for a 8’x6’ structure a glasshouse can be easily fitted into a sunny corner and will be immensely productive. But go above the 10’x12’ size and you’re into serious money and this is where Polytunnels come into their own. You get more Polytunnel for your buck, add in the lower maintenance costs , (anyone who has owned a glasshouse will be familiar with the need to annually replace glass panels) and the Polytunnel works out as good value.The shape of the polytunnel leads itself to the climate in our part of the world too, its more aerodynamic with its dome shape, allowing it to be more wind tolerant than a glasshouse, and in turn not requiring as much shelter in situ, indeed I’ve seen videos of Polytunnels during a gale force winds flexing and puffing away – where as a Glasshouse would have every pane of glass gone.Getting the beds set up inside my tunnelBut the question I posed at the start ‘is it worth it?’, this is something I’ve just worked out for my own garden this year. Having gardened for the past 10 years with no protection, working up over these years from 3 raised beds to 9.I decided to make the leap and put a polytunnel up in my own back garden. I opted for a 10’x30’ as it would fit the side of the house perfectly. I couldn’t fit a tunnel any wider – as (a) I didn’t have any more space & (b) When you go wider than 10’ the tunnels get higher – great for Horticulture but not great when you live in a housing estate – I wanted to keep the visual intrusion from the tunnel down. I worked out that :The Polytunnel would increase by total crop output by 140% – as it would lengthen my season of production, broaden my production range and quicken my cropping. Also it would make any gardening more enjoyable as I’d be out the rain doing it!Also I can use the Polytunnel for drying clothes in the winter (I know not a Horticultural reason but a good idea all the same!), I could house my hens in the tunnel in the winter – thus stabilising egg production.I think in a climate like what we have here a Polytunnel is a necessity for anyone looking to grow some serious veg or plants. However they’re not without their downfalls. We mentioned before the visual downside but also when it comes to Polytunnels everything which is bad also grows quickly, so fungal diseases can be an issue owing to the tunnel being constantly warm and damp, pollination can be an issue if there’s not enough ventilation, the crop is entirely dependent on you the gardener to do all the watering.We’ll cover in future weeks more of managing pests and diseases in polytunnels, but the number 1 place to start is on ventilation…..I’ll say it again ventilation. Open the doors and leave them open, this supply of fresh air will help reduce disease, improve pollination, increase biodiversity, bring carbon dioxide in for photosynthesis and take the oxygen out.Here in the North West we are fortunate to have a company who makes (and erects) Polytunnels of all shapes and sizes – Gillespie Polytunnels – based near Ballybofey in County Donegal. Dean Gillespie has a great show site at his engineering business where he has a range of polytunnels built, all planted up with delicious fruits and vegetable and all laid out inside in different styles – some with raised beds, some concrete some plain soil beds.A visit to Dean is worth it to see these different methods of planning the inside, but to also see the different heights, widths and the likes you can get. For details see www.gillespiepolytunnels.com .So to simplify Is a Polytunnel worth it….Yes!.Our Garden of Focus this week is the organic garden of Paddy McCartney in Greencastle. The Vinery in Paddys GardenNot open to the public….yet…but soon it will be. Paddy’s garden is situated in the scenic Greencastle area of Donegal, and the garden itself enjoys views across the Foyle to Benone and Magilligan on a gentle slope.Paddy is a long-term member of the Irish Seed Savers, a garden centre pioneer of the early 80’s, fully organic vegetable grower, and a recently retired Secondary School science teacher – this combination gives Paddy a vast knowledge of Horticulture, which is evident in the garden at Shroove.Paddy’s garden is split into 3 sections. The front Garden with its packed borders of nectar rich perennials and strategically planted Artichokes for drama, the upper back garden with its wildlife pond, more nectar rich planting and a Vinery and then the lower garden with its 2 rooms of raised vegetable beds, extensive fruit gardens and beehives.The ornamental planting is very Robertsonian in its approach, by this I mean there is little bare soil being exposed, the borders are full to bursting with foliage and flowers – the flowers chosen to attract wildlife and to offer as much biodiversity as possible in the garden, something which can be seen by the array of butterflies, moths and insects hopping about the garden.Bees in Paddy’s gardenThe back garden is what most attracts people to Paddys garden in Greencastle, first you have the Vinery full of Black Hamburg grapes which Paddy uses as his potting and propagating house, outside this there is large cold frames and more standing area for plants.The upper back garden contains a small wildlife pond, surrounded by perennials and evergreens – these evergreens offer shelter and protection for birds. Then you follow the path through a small gate and then boom….the first of the vegetable rooms appear in front of you. Long raised beds full of Raspberries and Strawberries, more beds full of rocket, Kohl Rabi, Herbs, Peas, Potatoes decorate each side of the gravel path which leads to a large escallonia hedge and then behind this more raised beds full of lush produce, and below these a small gate which opens into a field containing some Bee-hives. All in all there must be 200ft of raised beds all together….an impressive show!As mentioned before Paddy is a committed organic grower, so he has large beds of Comfry for making fertiliser with, composting areas are found in every section of the garden, he has the aforementioned focus on biodiversity- which attracts natural predators into the garden to control unwanted bugs, he also only uses recycled rainwater to water all his beds and tunnels (large collection drums gather water from the house roof, which is piped then to the lower garden).Myself and a group of Horticulture students have been working on the garden over the past few weeks, helping get new paths re-laid, beds revitalised and helping to get the garden back into ship-shape again.Replanting the wildlife pond in Paddy’s gardenPaddy hopes to re-open his garden to the public in 2016….and it should be a defo visit on your bucket list!Gareth AustinGareth Austin is resident Horticulturist with BBC Radio Foyle, a member of the Chartered Institute of Horticulturists and Horticultural Lecturer with the National Learning Network. For more see www.garethaustin.com or join Gareth on Twitter @GardenerGareth .IS A POLYTUNNEL WORTH IT?….. GARDENING WITH GARETH was last modified: August 8th, 2015 by StephenShare 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:donegalGardening with Garethpolytonal
Members of the business community in Falcarragh have been invited to attend a meeting this week ahead of major water replacement works in the region. It is understood that Irish Water is set to begin their planned water main replacement project in the west Donegal area in two sections.The first section will invloved the replacement of the 1.7km of replacement pipe from the Cashel Reservoir in Gortahork, while section two will see 1.5km of water mains replacement from the Cashel Reservoir in Falcarragh. Councillors were told earlier this year that Irish Water was committed to delivering water improvement works in Falcarragh as financial approval had been given to progress this through the National Leakage Reduction Programme.A number of businesses in the west Donegal town have been plunged into consistent water issues for well over a year due to old pipe connections, forcing many to close their doors over the busy summertime period.The meeting will take place this Friday, September 6 at 2pm in the Falcarragh Community Hall.Falcarragh business community invited to meet Irish Water this week was last modified: September 2nd, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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)
21 Icons is an annual collection of narrative portraits and short films by Adrian Steirn, who is one of Africa’s pre-eminent photographers and filmmakers. It captures the essence of South Africans who, through their own ingenuity and extraordinary social contribution, have embraced the transformative power of cohesion and the fostering of dignity to make a sustainable difference to society. (Images: Grapevine Communication) • Liesl Frankson Public Relations Grapevine Communications +27 11 706 9600 firstname.lastname@example.org • Chancellor House to honour icons • A towering cultural icon • Celebrating ubuntu at New York’s Carnegie Hall • Nelson Mandela: the world mourns • Hot SA musicians head to CannesStaff WriterA second season of 21 Icons South Africa is on the way, following the success of the debut season, which had a global following of 130 million. Season two reveals more extraordinary stories about South Africa’s global heroes, and will continue to honour the legacy of Nelson Mandela, who taught people to keep looking forward and to improve the world for all.21 Icons is an annual collection of narrative portraits and short films by Adrian Steirn, who is one of Africa’s pre-eminent photographers and filmmakers. It captures the essence of South Africans who, through their own ingenuity and extraordinary social contribution, have embraced the transformative power of cohesion and the fostering of dignity to make a sustainable difference to society.Season two includes Albie Sachs, who was appointed a judge of the Constitutional Court by Mandela in 1994; Imtiaz Sooliman, the founder of the Gift of the Givers Foundation; Frene Ginwala, the journalist and politician who was the first female, and longest-serving, Speaker of the National Assembly; Francois Pienaar, the former Springbok captain who led South Africa to victory in the 1995 Rugby World Cup; and Herman Mashaba, the veteran entrepreneur and founder of hair-care brand, Black Like Me.The intention is to inspire ordinary citizens to learn from, and emulate, the lives of these remarkable people. “I’ve met many people whose stories are incredibly powerful,” Steirn says. “It’s a true privilege to discover more about the human spirit and share these individuals’ personal accounts, their positive character traits, and their propensity to influence and shape perceptions and transform societal norms for the better, impacting the communities around them.”Celebrating the nation’s living icons is important to Steirn, and he believes it ensures that their legacy is maximised and not confined to memory and history books. Sachs aptly sums up the beauty of living in the present in a conversation with Steirn: “It’s that intermediate moment, so it’s filled with the energy of the past and the possibilities of the future. It’s a great time to be in, the present.”Watch Albie Sachs on 21 ICONS21 Icons South Africa series two will debut on Sunday, 3 August, and will feature Sachs. The short film will be screened on SABC3 at 8.27pm; the series will run for 21 weeks. The first of 21 Portraits will be revealed in City Press on 3 August, and readers will be able to collect the series, starting with the portrait posters of Sachs and Sooliman, on Sunday, 10 August.Steirn believes that the determined and positive attitude seen in the featured individuals, is the future of South Africa. Evidence of this can be heard in the words of Sooliman, who told Steirn: “We have a great generation of people coming up looking beyond the colour, looking beyond the race, and I think in time this is going to be a great country – it’s already a great country; it’s just going to get even better.”One of the goals for this season is to stimulate public participation and dialogue in the project, and in so doing, create future icons. Through competitions, panel discussions and other activities, 21 Icons will relay the message that South Africa has an endless list of icons, and that everyone, regardless of race, creed or socio-economic standing, can act with integrity and make a positive impact on and influence change in our world today.The portraits from season one will be auctioned off later this year, and all revenue generated will be donated to charity of each icon’s choice. For Steirn, this tangible aspect of helping to provide financial aid to charitable causes is an important aspect of 21 Icons South Africa’s quest to give back to the country.21 Icons as a concept has gained traction worldwide, and international icons are looking to join the project. As a result, 21 Icons will go global at the end of the year to celebrate some of the social masters around the world.Mercedes-Benz South Africa is a sponsor of season two. The company’s divisional manager of group corporate affairs, Mayur Bhana, says: “What the world today needs most is a generation of young people who are empowered to make sound moral choices, and above all who are not afraid to stand up for a set of beliefs that will sustain cohesion in our developing society. South Africa has an abundance of stories of ordinary people who have achieved the extraordinary, and have made a positive contribution to the social fabric of our country.“Mercedes-Benz South Africa continues to support the 21 Icons initiative because we believe that this project exposes our nation to the kind of role models whose example can continue to guide us on our path to greatness. We are very excited about the dialogue that this project has already stimulated and will continue to create in season two.”Aisha Mohamed, SABC3’s head of bouquet, says premiering the series is a coup for the channel. “It is a great honour for SABC3 to bring the second season of this wonderful series of 21 Icons short films to South Africa. This world-class, locally produced series will once again be a weekly highlight on our schedule.” Photographer and filmmaker Adrian Steirn photographing Albie Sachs in Clifton, Cape Town for 21 Icons.
On coming out of the Special CBI court in Ranchi on Friday, Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad said the CBI raids on his residence in Patna and other places was a “political vendetta against him and he will not be cowed by such acts”. Mr. Prasad appeared before the court in connection with a fodder scam case.“I’ve done nothing wrong … these are political vendetta against me and my family to defame us but I’ll not be cowed by such raids,” Mr. Prasad told journalists.The BJP and the RSS were behind all these acts but “even if I’m finished off I’ll stop not until I force them out from power”, he said.“I’ve asked my sons and family members to respect CBI officials and cooperate with them as they are officers and have to follow what the Narendra Modi government would ask them to do”, he said adding that the CBI shouldn’t have conducted a raid in his absence. While reading out a leaf of paper, Mr. Prasad said he had not broken any rule or regulation in awarding two hotels to the IRCTC. “Everything was done according to rule and regulations… if CBI officials would ask me, I’m ready to explain them in detail”, he observed.“IRCTC was formed in 1999 and I became Railway Minister in 2004… as per rules laid down by the then NDA government, an open tender of these two hotels were floated for 15 years on lease…if anyone can prove where my signature is or I’ve done anything wrong I’m ready for the punishment”, Mr. Prasad.Mr. Prasad recalled how he had anticipated on RJD’s Foundation Day that BJP would send him to jail. “Its all part of it… Narendra) Modi, Amit Shah and RSS are responsible for the raid to frighten me and bully me…but, I’ll not, come what may”, said Mr. Prasad.
The Union government wants to showcase and publicise the National Register of Citizens (NRC) exercise through music videos and films. The office of the NRC Coordinator has invited bids to film the process for which it will “share data” with private creative agencies.The documentary will include “the verification processes undertaken across the State, interviews of [the] public and interviews of officials involved in NRC work,” the Request for Proposal (RFP) says. Stating the purpose for floating the RFP, the office of NRC State Coordinator Prateek Hajela said, “NRC update is an extremely huge exercise without any precedence and it is imperative that adequate documentation of the process is carried out. Such documentation also needs to be done in formats which are to be understood and have the ability to record the elaborate and IT-intensive nature of the exercise.”The RFP added that the State Coordinator, NRC “accordingly intends to get a proper audio-visual documentation of the NRC Update Project.”The RFP said the language of the documentaries will be English with versions in Hindi and Assamese. “Sub-titles for interviews and other written material will also have to be in English while Hindi and Assamese language will be used for the respective language version,” it said.Around 1,200 employees of software major Wipro have provided the IT backup to the project.The NRC exercise in Assam — under the supervision of the Supreme Court — is one of the most keenly watched processes in the country as several lakh people will be rendered Stateless once the final list is published.The SC has asked the list to be published by July 31 but the Centre and the State have moved the Court seeking “sample re-verification” in areas bordering Bangladesh. Minister of State for Home Nityanand Rai while replying to a question on the NRC in the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday said there would be “some delay in finalising the NRC” as the government does not want genuine citizens to be left out or any illegal immigrant to be included. The SC is yet to respond to Centre’s petition for sample re-verification. Hearings under wayAround 41 lakh people have been excluded from the draft NRC lists published in July 2018 and June this year. Around 36 lakh have filed claims against their exclusion and objections have been filed against two lakh inclusions. The hearings for these claims and objections are underway at various NRC centres.NRC first published in Assam in 1951 is being updated as per directions of the SC to segregate Indian citizens living in Assam from those who have illegally entered the State from Bangladesh after March 25, 1971.
The year 12 student became one of only a handful of 17-year-olds to ever represent Australia at the Open’s level in the series, doing so with fellow 17-year-old Charlotte Caslick. It has been an impressive rise for Quinlan, who has achieved plenty in a few short years. At just 15 years of age in 2010, Quinlan was a part of the Sydney Mets Women’s Open team that won the 2010 National Touch League title and was there again when the New South Wales Mets won the 2011 Elite Eight title. She was also brought into the New South Wales Combined High Schools 18’s Girls side in 2010 as a 15-year-old and has won two consecutive titles with the team. She was also one of the youngest members of the Australian 18’s Girls side that defeated New Zealand three games to nil in the 2011 Youth Trans Tasman Series in Canberra. Quinlan says that to make the Australian Women’s Open team at such a young age was ‘really exciting’ and something she didn’t expect so early in her career. “I was really happy, it was one of my big goals to make the Australian Women’s Open team. I expected it a bit later, I didn’t expect it this early,” Quinlan said. “We (Charlotte and I) are so young, I didn’t think we’d get the opportunity at this stage, but it’s really good.”Prior to the series, Quinlan said that what she was looking forward to the most was learning from the game’s best Women’s players. “Just playing with the girls, getting a lot of experience, I think experience is the main thing.”“I’ve learnt a lot from the girls, the older ones especially, like Woodsy (Kelly Woods), KJ (Kristy Judd) and Weezo (Louise Winchester). “There’s a lot of experienced players in the team…I’ve played with KJ and Weezo before but the Wollongong girls like Jess McCall and the Queensland girls, it’s the first time I got to play with them.”Quinlan impressed in her first series at the Australian Women’s Open level, playing all three games and winning the Kristy Judd award at the Australian Presentation Function following the series.The Kristy Judd award was created in the lead up to the 2011 World Cup, given to a player who epitomises the characteristics of one of the stalwarts of Women’s Touch Football. These characteristics include showing dedication and commitment, always putting the team first, being a good role model for the game of Touch Football, playing consistently well for Australia always in a good spirit and shows strong determination, passion and a competitive nature. Despite their achievements to date, both Quinlan and Caslick are still eligible to represent their country at a Youth level next year. “I was still a young one in that team (in 2011) and I’ll still be able to play next year as well.”