Over 40 lakh left out of draft NRC in Assam

first_imgMore than 40 lakh of the 3.29 crore applicants in Assam were left out of the complete draft National Register of Citizens (NRC), which was published on Monday. The five year exercise was completed at a cost of ₹1,220 crore.The draft NRC was released in Guwahati by Registrar General of India Sailesh and NRC State Coordinator Prateek Hajela in the presence of Joint Director (Northeast) in the Ministry of Home Affairs Satyendra Garg.While the publication of the list triggered a political row in Parliament, the situation in Assam remained largely peaceful, with thousands lining up at NRC Nagarik Seva Kendras (NSKs) to check their status.Soon after the list was released, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee hit out at the Centre, accusing it of resorting to “vote bank politics”. “This divide and rule policy will finish the country,” she said at a press conference in Kolkata.Including first listAs many as 3,29,91,384 people had applied and the applications of 2,89,83,677 were accepted, said Mr. Sailesh.The final draft included the names of 1.9 crore applicants who were listed in the first draft published on December 31, 2017.“The remaining 40,007,707 applicants, whose names didn’t figure in the list will be given ample opportunity through a process of claims and objections till September 28, and their citizenship status will not be questioned till the final, error-free draft is prepared,” Mr. Sailesh said.Mr. Sailesh and Mr. Hajela, however, did not specify when the final draft would be prepared. But they indicated the period for claims and objections could be extended by a month.Those not on the list include 2.48 lakh Doubtful-voters (D-voters) and their siblings and descendants.‘List not final’“The process has been completely transparent, fair, objective and meticulously carried out,” Mr. Sailesh said.Reiterating that the list released was only a draft and not the final one, he said, “Those not in the draft will get ample opportunity with adequate time to establish their citizenship claim. People who lack knowledge will be provided assistance. Full justice will be meted to all.”Names of those left out not to be revealedNRC State Coordinator for Assam Prateek Hajela said the names of around 40 lakh applicants left out of the final list published on Monday would not be revealed to protect their privacy. Speaking at the release of the final draft in Guwahati along with Director (Northeast) in the Ministry of Home Affairs Satyendra Garg and Mr. Hajela, Registrar General of India Sailesh said, “We cannot provide a district-wise breakup of these 40 lakh for the same reason,” adding that the total expenditure on the NRC exercise since September 2013 was ₹1,220 crore.To a question on whether those left out in the draft NRC would be intimated, Mr. Hajela said: “We consider them as applicants. Each of them will be sent letters individually for the next step. We are trying to tell them they might have missed out because of some reasons such as unsubstantiated documents.”Mr. Garg said there would be no penal action against those rejected until their cases were sorted out. “We want law and order to be maintained, and no one will be allowed to create trouble.”last_img read more

Entrepreneurs should focus on rural areas, says Gadkari

first_imgUnion Minister for Road Transport and Highways and Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, Nitin Gadkari, said entrepreneurs should focus on the rural and agricultural sectors to provide a stimulus to the economy. “If we want to achieve a $5 trillion economy we need to focus on initiatives like converting agriculture waste into biofuels. I would like new entrepreneurs to focus on rural areas and on the agricultural sector,” he said. Mr. Gadkari was speaking at an event organised by the Jain International Trade Organisation (JITO) on Friday.Referring to farmers’ leader Sharad Joshi’s description of ‘India vs Bharat’, Mr. Gadkari said there was still a disparity between urban centres like Mumbai and Delhi which constitute ‘India’ and rural areas, which were ‘Bharat’. “Until the industries are developed in agricultural, rural and tribal areas, the country won’t develop,” he said. He cited the example of the Delhi-Mumbai Expressway, which will go through rural and tribal belts of four States.“Around 95% of land acquisition has been done and within three years, this road will be completed,” he said. On a 10-km stretch from Delhi, there will be an e-highway, he said. This will have a dedicated lane with overhead electric wires through which heavy vehicles can charge their batteries.Mr. Gadkari said import substitution was also needed for the economy to grow and more initiatives needed to come in the area of biofuels and bio aviation fuel in particular, which makes up a huge chunk of our import bill. “We will be saving nearly ₹40,000 crore worth of imports if we adopt bio aviation fuel. If entrepreneurs take this up, it is a market worth ₹40,000 crore,” the minister said.last_img read more

Eze lifts Perpetual to first win; St. Benilde puts game under protest

first_imgLATEST STORIES “We’re lucky that we won the game,” quipped coach Jimwell Gican. “Our defense collapsed and maybe, that’s due to fatigue. But it is what it is, that’s first game jitters and we’re lucky to get the win.”READ: NCAA Season 93 Preview: Altas move on from Akhuetie’s departureThe Blazers had numerous chances to steal the game, but rookie Unique Naboa missed a three and committed a traveling infraction in the final minute, while Matthew Johnson missed a potential game-tying trey from the right corner in the dwindling seconds of the game.St. Benilde, though, put the game under protest after the Altas wore the wrong uniform and played the game in their maroon jerseys.Kendrix Belgica topped the Blazers with 16 points and five rebounds, while Johnson got 10 in the losing effort.ADVERTISEMENT El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Clippers sign guard Milos Teodosic Eze finished the game with 11 points, 12 rebounds, and five blocks.READ: NCAA: Perpetual brings wrong set of uniformFEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsGab Dagangon paced the Altas with 14 markers, 10 boards, and three assists, while GJ Ylagan had 12 points and three rebounds.Jonathan Yuhico contributed 12 markers and two boards, while Flash Sadiwa got 10 points and six rebounds despite missing five freebies in the last three minutes. China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR The Scores:PERPETUAL 69 – Dagangon 14, Ylagan 12, Yuhico 12, Eze 11, Sadiwa 10, Pido 6, Coronel 4, Lucente 0, Tamayo 0, Clemente 0, Mangalino 0.ST. BENILDE 65 – Belgica 16, Johnson 10, Castor 9, Domingo 9, Young 6, Dixon 5, Sta. Maria 4, Naboa 3, Leutcheu 2, San Juan 1, Bunyi 0.Quarters: 23-13, 39-32, 53-55, 69-65. View comments Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Prince Eze. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netPrince Eze showed that Perpetual is going to be fine after the departure of Bright Akhuetie as it outlasted St. Benilde, 69-65, Tuesday in the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.The Nigerian big man converted two huge putbacks to score the final five points for the Altas in the last 48.3 seconds, fending off a huge fightback from the Blazers.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucenalast_img read more

Meniscal tears

first_imgA meniscal tear is an injury of the shock-absorbing cartilage in the knee. The meniscus is a C-shaped fibrous cartilage that is found in certain joints forming a buffer between the bones. The meniscus also serves as a shock-absorption system, assists in lubricating the joint, and limits the joint flexion and extension.Review Date:6/13/2010Reviewed By:Linda J. Vorvick, MD, Medical Director, MEDEX Northwest Division of Physician Assistant Studies, University of Washington, School of Medicine; Benjamin Ma, MD, Assistant Professor, Chief, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.last_img read more

Have seen Sachin Tendulkar get angry but not MS Dhoni: Ravi Shastri

first_imgRavi Shastri has seen Sachin Tendulkar get “angry at times” but not Mahendra Singh Dhoni, “a once in 40 years player” who will be very difficult to replace once he bids adieu to the game, according to India’s head coach.The 37-year-old Dhoni, who was panned by critics for 51 off 96 balls in the first ODI against Australia, showed glimpses of his golden days by anchoring India to a series win with scores of unbeaten knocks of 55 and 87 in the next two.”He is a legend. He will go down as one of our great cricketers. I have never seen an individual so sound. I have seen Sachin at times get angry. Not this man,” Shastri told the ‘Daily Telegraph’.Shastri made it clear that a player of Dhoni’s caliber can’t be replaced.”You can’t. Such players only come once in 30 or 40 years. That is what I tell the Indians. Enjoy while it lasts. When he goes you will see a void that will be very hard to fill,” he said.The coach is hopeful that Rishabh Pant would live up to the hype surrounding him but insisted that Dhoni is something else.Pant’s hero is MS Dhoni: ShastriWhen former England captain Michael Vaughan asked if Pant could be Dhoni in the next 20 years, Shastri replied: “I would love to. He has the talent. His hero is MS. Every day he is on the phone to MS. I think during the Test series he must have spoken more to MS than anyone else.”advertisementIt’s not just Dhoni’s role as a batsman that defines him but the master strategist in him that takes a lot of load off skipper Kohli’s shoulders.”That is because he has the best angle. He sees things. He is great with the guys, they all worship him. This entire team has been built by him because he was captain for 10 years. To have that kind of respect in the dressing room and experience is massive,” said Shastri.An introvert in the real sense, Dhoni has not given any proper cricketing interview since 2011, says Shastri.”Whether he gets a zero, gets a hundred, whether he wins the World Cup or loses in the first round, MS is the same man. He is simply consistent with his body language and composure. It amazes me how he does it. Since 2011 he has not given one interview.”Also Read | Virat Kohli blasts MS Dhoni critics: He is an intelligent cricketer, give him spaceAlso Read | Ready to bat anywhere for Team India, says MS DhoniAlso Read | Born to chase: MS Dhoni leaves fans awestruck after MCG masterclassAlso Read | Virat Kohli becomes first Indian captain to win Test and ODI series in Australialast_img read more

10 days agoMan Utd academy chief Parry explains loan club selection

first_imgTagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd academy chief Parry explains loan club selectionby Paul Vegas10 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United academy player performance manager Les Parry admits they’re careful with the clubs they select for their loan players.Parry has discussed the process that United staff members go through before deciding upon a destination.He said: “We draw up a player’s needs before we start the process.”I’m not kidding that we tick every box, because we can’t, but there have been a few clubs for one or two players, that we didn’t think were suitable.”On the face of it, it might look a good move, but we didn’t think it was, for one reason or another, so we looked elsewhere.” last_img read more

Man held with pistol bullets at Vaishali metro station

first_imgNew Delhi: A man has been apprehended by CISF officials at a Delhi metro station on Tuesday for allegedly carrying a pistol and some bullet rounds in his bag, a senior CISF officer said. Abhimanyu Yadav (28), a resident of Meerut district in Uttar Pradesh, was intercepted by the Central Industrial Security Force personnel at the Vaishali metro station in Ghaziabad, he said.Four live bullet rounds, a local-made pistol and Rs 50,000 were recovered from his hand baggage, the officer said. He has been handed over to the Ghaziabad police for further investigation. Carrying arms and ammunition in the metro is banned.last_img read more

Autopsy report shows Canadian killed fighting ISIL died from head injury mother

first_imgAn Ontario woman whose son was killed secretly fighting against Islamic State militants in northern Syria last year says she was devastated to finally learn the details of his death.Tina Martino says an autopsy report she received last week concluded her 24-year-old son, Nazzareno Tassone, died from a blow to the head, not a gunshot wound as she had previously been told.Martino says the autopsy, which was conducted in northern Iraq, also found her son had broken bones, cigarette burns to his body and face and marks that suggested he had been bound.After days spent believing her son had been tortured, Martino says she learned Tuesday those injuries were incurred after his death.Tassone was killed on Dec. 21 in the city of Raqqa while fighting militants associated with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, known as ISIS or ISIL.Months before, Tassone had told his family that he was going to Iraq to teach English, but he secretly slipped into Syria to join forces with a U.S.-backed Kurdish group known as the YPG.The young man’s family learned of his death in early January after receiving a letter from the group. The letter also said Tassone’s body had been taken by ISIL militants. His body was recovered last month.The autopsy report initially confused the family, because it described Tassone as six feet three inches tall, in his 30s and with blond hair, when in fact he was five feet 10 inches tall, several years younger and had brown hair, his mother said.That gave the family hope that it was about a different man, she said.“It was the first time in five months of not having him home that anger… overpowered most of the emotional crying,” Martino said.“There was also a lot of hoping and praying that it wasn’t him,” she said.Dental records eventually confirmed the report had correctly identified Tassone, however, she said.Still, the report leaves many questions unanswered about Tassone’s fate, his mother said. “Nobody’s saying what they think happened,” she said.Martino said her son’s body could be flown back to Canada as early as this weekend, though she wouldn’t be surprised if they encountered other delays.Tassone’s body would arrive in Toronto and be brought to Niagara Falls, Ont., in a repatriation ceremony, then laid to rest there, she said.The family had planned a memorial service last month but then decided to wait for the return of his body.last_img read more

A lot at stake for BJP in first phase LS polls

first_imgNew Delhi: As voters cast their ballot in the first phase of Lok Sabha polls for 91 seats across 18 states and two union territories, it is the Bharatiya Janata Party that has a lot at stake. It had won 32 of these seats in 2014. The Congress fared poorly in the last parliamentary elections and could win only seven of these 91 seats. Five of its seats came from the North-East where the BJP has considerably consolidated its position in the last five years. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details The battle is tough for the BJP in Uttar Pradesh, where it had won all the eight seats that have to the polls today. This time, the party faces challenge from the coalition of Samajwadi Party, Bahujan Samaj Party and Rashtriya Lok Dal. Analysts say it will be difficult for the BJP to repeat its 2014 performance. In Uttarakhand, where BJP had won all the five seats in 2014, the party faces strong candidates from Congress, including former Chief Minister Harish Rawat and Manish Khanduri, son of former Union Minister Major General B.C. Khanduri. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday The “nationalism” narrative of the BJP seems to be a strong factor in the hills which has a large population of ex-servicemen and those serving in the uniformed forces. The BJP faces a stronger challenge in Assam with its stand on the Citizenship Amendment Bill which has been opposed by its allies. The Asom Gana Parishad, its ally in Assam, is opposed to the Bill which finds a mention in the BJP manifesto. In Bihar, BJP had won three of the four seats going to the polls and is now contesting one. The BJP and its ally Shiv Sena had in 2014 won all the seven seats going to polls in the first phase in Maharashtra, but the BJP later lost one seat. The first phase election will decide the fate of six Union Ministers — Nitin Gadkari (Nagpur), Hansraj Ahir (Chandrapur), General V.K. Singh (Ghaziabad), Mahesh Sharma (Gautam Buddha Nagar), Satyapal Singh (Baghpat) and Kiren Rijiju (Arunachal West). As it tries to retain its seats, BJP will also be seeking to gain in two seats each in West Bengal, Manipur and Tripura. The Congress is hopeful of scaling up its numbers from seven particular from Uttar Pradesh, Telangana, Assam and Uttarakhand. The BJP and Congress are not seen as major players in Andhra Pradesh, which is undergoing both Lok Sabha and Assembly elections. BJP spokesperson Bizay Sonkar Shastri said the party will improve its performance compared to the last Lok Sabha polls. “Nationalism is a factor. The people continue to have faith in Modiji. Various government programmes have taken off, making an impact among communities seen to be loyal to other parties,” Shastri told IANS. He said there was “a visible wave” last time but this time it “is an inner current”. Congress spokesperson Sanjay Jha said the party will do “much better than last time.” Prominent leaders whose fate will be decided in the first phase are Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao’s daughter K. Kavitha (Nizamabad), Former Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi’s son Gaurav Gogoi (Kalibor), Union Minister Ramvilas Paswan’s son Chirag Paswan (Jamui) and AIMIM leader Asaduddin Owaisi (Hyderabad). In Tura, former Union Minister Agatha Sangma is fighting former Chief Minister Mukul Sangma of Congress.last_img read more

European rights envoy talks with France about yellow vests

PARIS — The Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights is travelling to Paris to meet with French authorities to discuss human rights issues related to the yellow vests protests.A day after yellow vests demonstrated for an 11th straight weekend in Paris and across France, Dunja Mijatovic said Monday on Twitter that she will hold talks with French deputy Interior Minister Laurent Nunez and France’s defender of rights, Jacques Toubon.The council of Europe’s press office confirmed that Mijatovic will also meet with representatives of France’s human rights commission, police and journalists.About 2,000 people have been injured during yellow vests protests as the demonstrations demanding more economic justice often descended into violence. Ten people have also been killed in road incidents since the protests started on Nov. 17.The Associated Press read more

Rapper Maitre Gims Recites Quran in New Video

Rabat – On May 13, French-Congolese rapper and singer Gandhi Djuna, known by his stage name Maitre Gims, shared a short video of himself reciting the Quran. In the video, which he shared on social media, Gims can be seen reciting the beginnings of Surah Yasin in the Holy Quran.Maitre Gims, 33, converted to Islam in 2004. Gims has also recently filmed a music video in Marrakech. The song, which featured the Colombian singer Maluma, was part of his newly released album.Read also: Maitre Gims and Maluma Release New Music Video Filmed in Marrakech“I wanted to make this clip here in Marrakech, where I live. to highlight this millennial city and its enormous tourism potential,” said Gims in a statement to the press. Gims also noted that he wanted to “pay homage to this city where I was welcomed with open arms.” read more

Errachidias Flood Police Investigate Bus Driver

Rabat – Authorities are investigating the driver of the bus, which overturned at the Oued Damchan bridge in Errachidia province on Sunday, September 8.The bus driver fled the scene immediately after the incident, Maghreb Arab Press (MAP) reported.The news agency added that the driver was considered among the missing people before he admitted himself for treatment at the Moulay Ali Cherif regional hospital on Monday, September 9. Security services are now investigating the driver. Emergency services managed to rescue 30 people.The number of people who were rescued stands a 30.  Local news outlets reported that the death toll has risen 17.Floods due to heavy rains in the region blocked the road.Morocco’s southern and central provinces saw heavy rains across August and September, claiming the lives of several people.Read Also:  Errachidia Flood Kills 11, Death Toll Continues to RiseFlooding in the Taroudant region killed eight people after a river in the region,  burst its banks onto a football pitch in August.Heavy rains led to floods in the Khenifra province, in northern central Morocco, on September 2. The floods killed a teenage girl and an elderly man.Moroccan media have been releasing special weather alerts recently to warn people of possible heavy rainfall, storms, and floods.Authorities warned citizens to check weather forecasts to avoid similar incidents.Equipment and transport Minister Abdelkader Amara told the press that “the National Meteorological Directorate published weather reports on a regular basis that must be taken into account and that citizens must be aware of the weather warnings issued by provincial and local officials.”He added that weather issues “should not be treated carelessly.” read more

SecretaryGeneral gives list of Darfur war crimes suspects to international court

But in Sudan, where public statements and media comment have repeated the Government’s refusal to allow any Sudanese citizens to be tried in foreign courts, tens of thousands of people demonstrated against the Security Council resolution referring the issue to the ICC, with some attacking a perimeter fence and stoning a UN compound.”Now, we have a common task – to end the culture of impunity,” ICC Prosecutor Luis Moreno Ocampo said on receiving the list compiled by the UN-appointed International Commission of Inquiry, which found that crimes against humanity and war crimes had been committed, including mass killings of innocent civilians, systematic rape of girls and women, torture, destruction of villages and burning of family homes.”I will closely monitor ongoing crimes in Darfur as well as efforts to prevent and stop them,” he added of the conflict in which tens of thousands of people have been killed and more than 2 million others driven from their homes since rebels took up arms in early 2003, partly in protest at the distribution of economic resources.Earlier today the ICC, based in The Hague, received thousands of documents collected by the Commission and Mr. Moreno Ocampo said he would analyze them and assess the crimes and the admissibility of the cases.Appointed to determine whether genocide had occurred, the five-member Commission found that although no genocidal policy had been pursued, “international offences such as the crimes against humanity and war crimes that have been committed in Darfur may be no less serious and heinous than genocide.”Meanwhile in Khartoum, Sudan’s capital, the UN mission reported that some of the tens of thousands of protesters attacked the perimeter fence of the UN Development Programme (UNDP) compound. When that failed, they threw stones into it until a group of elders and community leaders passed a letter into the building for transmission to the Secretary-General.Earlier, a group of students threw stones at a rental car with UN markings. No casualties were reported. A similar demonstration was planned for Port Sudan today and on Sunday a protest took place in El-Fasher in North Darfur.In Darfur today, Mr. Annan’s Special Representative Jan Pronk continued his tour amid reports of continued insecurity. In North Darfur, some 800 people at the Abu Shouk camp for displaced persons staged a demonstration to protest against the high level of rapes around the camps and the continued lack of security.In South Darfur, tribesmen entered Kalma camp at the weekend and harassed the population. The local police, claiming there was no wrongdoing, refused to take action. Later, members of the African Union civilian police unit dispersed the armed men, following requests from humanitarian organizations.The UN mission said that in Nyala, South Darfur’s main town, police continued to demand incentives in the form of fuel and food for carrying out security patrols despite the clear understanding that this is a responsibility of the Government of Sudan. read more

Sudan harvest improves but 7 million people will need food aid UN

While Sudan is likely to reap a reasonably good harvest late this year and into next year, almost 7 million people will still require food aid this year, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and World Food Programme (WFP) said.Some 6.7 million people will require about 800,000 tons of targeted food assistance this year, the agencies said.With favourable rainfall, a low incidence of pests and diseases and improved security over most of the country, the most recent FAO/WFP Crop and Food Supply Assessment Mission said the country’s overall cereal production in 2005/06 would amount to about 5.3 million metric tons. The total would be 55 per cent higher than the very poor 2004/05 harvest and 17 per cent above the average of the last five years.Many Sudanese, however, have either been forced to flee their homes because of fighting, are in the process of returning home following the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement between the Government of Sudan and the South, or will be unable to benefit from the harvest due to high cereal prices.These people include more than 2 million internally displaced persons (IDPs), about 900,000 returnees and close to 3.5 million highly vulnerable people in Darfur in the west, in the South and in marginal areas of the central and eastern parts of the country. read more

Womens swimming Ohio State set to travel to Indiana for Big Ten

The Ohio State women’s swimming team practice at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion in preparation for the Big Ten Championships. Credit: Fallon Perl | Lantern reporterAfter completing its regular season just one meet shy of undefeated, the No. 22 Ohio State women’s swimming team is looking forward to taking its talents to West Lafayette, Indiana, for the Big Ten Championships beginning Wednesday.Last year, the Buckeyes finished in fourth place with a total of 859 points, claiming four individual Big Ten titles as well as one relay title for five championships overall. This was the sixth time since 2010 that OSU earned a top-five finish, and the Buckeyes’ four individual titles and one relay title made the year the most successful one since 1991.With four Big Ten teams ranked ahead of it, OSU will need strong performances by all swimmers to make a run. However, the main focus is on the factors that it’s able to control.“When you’re at Ohio State, the expectation is to put together championship teams. So, we want to compete for Big Ten titles and be one of the ten best teams in the country, but the truth is we can’t control that,” OSU coach Bill Dorenkott said. “What we can control is putting the strongest, fittest, most prepared kids in the pool at Big Tens, and who we compete against is irrelevant.”To ensure they do so, the team will be taking 25 swimmers to compete in Indiana, several of whom are returning Big Ten contenders, including senior Taylor Vargo. During last year’s Big Ten Championships, Vargo finished fifth in the 100-yard breaststroke and eighth in the 200-yard breaststroke. She will be competing in both races again this year, as well as the 100-yard individual medley and possibly a relay. This year, her personal goals are to enjoy her senior year, move up a couple of spots from last year and improve her times, Vargo said. However, her focus remains on the team rather than herself.“I’d say we’re focusing more on preparing to go to Purdue and swim as a team, not as an individual,” Vargo said. “We always go through the mantra, ‘The goal is not to win, the goal is to improve.’ Whether it’s your technique, or half a fraction of a second, or moving up two spots — go in and swim your best. Focus on the little things.”Vargo’s teammate, senior Lindsey Clary is another returning Big Ten contender who will be competing in the 400-yard individual medley, 500-yard freestyle and the 1,650-yard freestyle — all for the fourth consecutive year — at the Big Ten Championships.Last year Clary set new OSU records in all three events and took home Big Ten titles in both the 400-yard individual medley and the 1,650-yard freestyle with times of 4:03.64 and 15:49.98 respectively. She will also be competing in the 800-yard freestyle relay.Clary said she is looking forward to improving at the Big Ten Championships this year, and is hoping to inspire her teammates as well. “Each year you want to get better. I was extremely happy with how I swam last year, so I want to repeat that and hopefully swim even faster,” Clary said. “Especially to put points up for my team because I know that if someone has a good swim it inspires everyone else, so I’m hoping to be that person for the team.”In addition to Clary and Vargo, OSU has five other athletes who have posted top-10 times in the Big Ten this season including junior Meg Bailey, freshman Kathrin Demler, freshman Molly Kowal, junior Liz Li and senior Zulal Zeren.“This is a good group. They’ve done the work, they’re well prepared, and I’m looking forward to seeing what we can do,” Dorenkott said. “We’re looking toward being our best for seven sessions, three and a half days in February. That’s what we want to do.”The Big Ten Championships are set to begin Wednesday evening at the Boilermaker Aquatic Center in West Lafayette, Indiana. The competition runs through Saturday evening with preliminaries beginning Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 11 a.m. Finals begin each night at 6:30 p.m. read more

Buying an apartment house or plot in Greece

first_imgYou would have recently noticed that prices of beautiful homes and other properties in Greece you may have been eyeing for the last few years have dramatically dropped. Therefore you may sense that the time to buy a nice property in one of the most magnificent countries in the world perhaps has come. What do you do next?Firstly, you try to pick the property you wish to buy, through the numerous sites on the internet, or by instructing a local real estate agent to show you what is offered according to your preferences, or by visiting prospective properties, which you have heard about through agents, relatives or friends in Greece. Your obligation towards the agent will be to pay no more than two per cent of the purchase price if you buy something they have shown you. You can engage more than one agent and you do not have to pay anyone except the agency who showed you the property you are going to buy. Once you have made up your mind on which property to buy and you have reached an agreement with the seller on the price, you must retain an attorney in Greece, who will review the various deeds and other legal documents related to the titles of the property, and will undertake the title search at the local land registry to make sure there are no legal burdens on the property and that there are no legal obstacles to the acquisition. In Greece the title search is significant since the legal description, the boundaries, and the other characteristics of the property are not always clear, nor properly outlined in previous deeds, and clarification may be needed to make sure that what you believe you are buying will be the actual property you buy. If you purchase a plot or a lot – defined as a piece of land within the city, town or village limits – or a land – a piece of property outside these limits – and you intend to build upon it you may also need the advice of a local civil engineer to make sure the plot or land is able to be built upon according to the local building regulations, and the dimensions of the structure you intend to build. Once the legal due diligence has been concluded, you choose a notary to draft the purchase deed with advice of your lawyer(s). As the buyer, you will pay the notary at the end of the transaction. The purchase deed can only be signed at the notary’s office by both parties (seller and buyer) at the same time. Either of the two parties can sign in person or by proxy with a power of attorney. Right before the deed is executed, the seller must pay acquisition tax, which in most cases is three per cent of the purchase price. The money is paid to the seller either by certified bank cheque(s) from a Greek bank, or by transferring money to the seller’s bank account anywhere in the world, in which case more details and terms must be added to the sale/purchase deed, to safeguard the rights of seller and buyer. Finally, the deed, once signed/executed at the notary’s office by both parties, must be properly registered at the local land registry, without which the legal transfer of the property to the ownership of the buyer will not take place. It must be noted that this is just a general outline of the basic steps in the process of the purchase of a real estate property in Greece. However, in each specific case more action may need to be taken and more checks may have to be done in relation to forest regulations, environmental directives – Natura 2000 legislation and related articles – and other particularities of Greek administrative and legal practice. * Christos Iliopoulos is an attorney at the Supreme Court of Greece, LLM. For more information go to greekadvocate.eu or e-mail ktimatologiolaw@yahoo.gr or bm-bioxoi@otenet.gr Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Interhealth Canada ICL promises cooperation

first_img Related Items:house of assembly, interhealth canada, sharlene robinson Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Minister of Works puts government buildings reconstruction post hurricanes at $8.6m Recommended for you TCI Premier blasts Opposition side for “slop” information, sets it straight in HOA Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 28 Jan 2015 – No bucking expected from Interhealth Canada explains executives of the two hospitals today in a media release. After a motion to investigate the facility on a financial and clinical level was approved at the House of Assembly, ICL said this: “We have noted the motion put before the House of Assembly January 27th, 2015, and understand that the motion was approved. If a properly constituted, independent review into the matters raised in the motion is launched we wish to state very openly that we welcome that process and will fully participate, in the same fashion we welcomed the financial audit and the clinical audit carried out at the request of Government in the past months”. That motion was brought by Opposition Leader Sharlene Robinson. Budget cuts hurt, but necessary says TCI Deputy Premier in parliamentary debate on hurricane fundslast_img read more

Battle Ground school board appoints Rose interim superintendent

first_img The Battle Ground school board unanimously appointed Duane Rose as the district’s interim superintendent while a successor for Shonny Bria is sought. Bria is retiring June 30 after 15 years at the district’s helm.Rose’s contract begins July 1 and will last for a year or until a permanent superintendent is hired.The board also appointed Lynn Hicks as interim deputy superintendent to temporarily replace Diana Gilsinger, who is also retiring June 30. The contract for Hicks is for the same time period.Both appointments were made during the public portion of a special board meeting held Saturday. Their salaries were not immediately available.Bria announced her retirement at an April 29 board meeting. She is completing the first year of a three-year contract.John Idsinga, board president, explained the need to appoint the interim positions quickly.“We need to get this done because people in the district were asking: ‘What about leadership between now and then?’” said Idsinga. “At Saturday’s meeting, we had a good discussion and asked for names. We decided this would be a great team, with their past knowledge of the district.”Rose, a former Battle Ground teacher, principal and administrator, already has been serving as a liaison to the board since Bria’s announcement.Hicks retired from the district in 2006 as assistant superintendent for business and operations.Finding a permanent superintendent will be an involved, public process, Idsinga said. The district will use an interest-based approach that involves community members, parents, employees, employee unions and other major groups.“We will come together with the community and have public meetings and have the bargaining units present,” Idsinga said. “They’ll all be involved in the process to design what we’re looking for in a superintendent.” Duane Roselast_img read more

66 of managers believe the average retirement age will increase in their

first_imgTwo thirds (66%) of manager respondents believe the average age of retirement in their organisation will increase over the next five to 10 years, according to research by Axa PPP Healthcare.Its Supporting fuller working working lives: how organisations can embrace older employees and those with caring responsibilities white paper, which is based on a survey of 1,000 managers and 1,000 employees in the UK, also found that 36% of manager respondents are unaware of anything their organisation does to attract, retain and engage older employees.The research also found:29% of employee respondents feel supported in managing workplace stress, and 28% feel supported in maintaining their physical wellbeing.23% of employee respondents feel their employer supports them with their caring responsibilities.Less than a third (28%) of manager respondents state that their organisation has formal policies and practices in place to support employees with caring responsibilities.44% of employee respondents feel supported in meeting work deadlines.Chris Horlick (pictured), distribution director at Axa PPP Healthcare, said: “The changing nature of older age and how work is performed, combined with the predicted increase in employees who have caring responsibilities, present opportunities for redefining the relationship between the state, employer and individual when it comes to managing health and wellbeing.“Employers need to ensure that their procedures, policies and communications are geared up to meet the needs of the growing number of older workers and, in particular, that they support the so-called sandwich generation; those who may be responsible for caring both for elderly relatives and for children or grandchildren while working.”last_img read more