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Three prisoners escape from police custody in Maharashtra

first_imgThree undertrial prisoners facing charges of dacoity escaped from police custody while being taken to Silvassa from Thane Central Jail in Maharashtra for a court hearing, an official said on Thursday. The accused, Jairam Dalvi (21), Ganesh Dalvi (20) and Martin Madha (30), were arrested last year by Silvassa police in the Union Territory of Dadra and Nagar Haveli and subsequently lodged in the Thane prison, senior police inspector Vilas Chowgule said. On Tuesday, while the prisoners were being taken for a court hearing in Silvassa, they complained of nausea and got down from the escort van on Mumbai-Ahmedabad highway near Vasai in Palghar where they gave police the slip, he said. The escort team later approached Valiv police here and lodged an offence against the accused under Indian Penal Code Section 224 (resistance/obstruction by a person to his lawful apprehension).The three prisoners were facing several cases of dacoity in Thane, Palghar, Mumbai and Gujarat, Mr. Chowgule said. A manhunt has been launched to nab the absconding accused, he added.last_img read more

Journalists in Kashmir protest against continued suspension of internet services

first_imgJournalists in the Valley took out a protest march here against the continued suspension of internet services which completed 100 days on Tuesday since the abrogation of the Jammu and Kashmir’s special status on August 5.Scores of journalists working with different media organisations assembled at the Kashmir Press Club here and took out a protest march against the snapping of internet services in the Valley on the night of August 4, hours before the Centre revoked the state’s special status under Article 370 and abrogated it into two Union Territories.The journalists demanded immediate restoration of the services to facilitate the media persons to discharge their professional duties.“We took out the protest against the suspension of internet services for 100 days now. Internet is a basic took for journalists to discharge their professional duties and we demand its immediate restoration,” senior journalist Pervez Bukhari told reporters after the protest.The Centre’s August 5 decision led to an unannounced shutdown in the valley even as authorities imposed severe restrictions, including on communication, which were later gradually eased out.Postpaid mobile services on all networks were restored in the Valley on October 14, 72 days after they were snapped.However, pre-paid mobile phones and all internet services continue to remain suspended since August 5.The government has set up a ‘Media Facilitation Centre’ at a conference hall of a local hotel here for journalists to discharge their professional duties. But the media persons complain that it has not enough computers and they have to wait for hours for their turn.last_img read more

Stranger sent me expensive gifts: Irfan Pathan

first_imgThe corruption scandal that has rocked international cricket is finding an echo in India as well with out-of-favour pacer Irfan Pathan on Friday claiming that he was sent expensive gifts by a “stranger”, suspected to be a bookie, during a series.Although he did not disclose when exactly the incident happened and which team he was playing against at that time, Pathan said expensive gifts were sent to his hotel room during the series and he reported the matter to the team manager.”I was in a team hotel when a stranger approached me. He sent three expensive gifts to my room. He later sent me two more expensive gifts, things I couldn’t afford,” the 25-year-old, whose last Test appearance for India was in April 2008 against South Africa, told an English news channel.”I thought it was wrong as I didn’t know this person. I reported to the team manager who then alerted the ICC Anti-Corruption and Security Unit Officer,” he recalled.The pacer, whose career has been hit by injuries and a slump in form, was last seen in an ODI for India in February 2009 against Sri Lanka in Colombo.Pathan said he never saw the “stranger” again and is proud to have reported the matter to the concerned authorities promptly.”I haven’t seen the stranger since then. I think I have done the right thing and I am proud of it. As a player you are expected to report any such thing as per the code of conduct,” he said.advertisementHis disclosures come amid the raging spot-fixing controversy which has led to the suspension of the Pakistani trio of Test skipper Salman Butt and pacers Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Aamir.The three players were provisionally suspended by the ICC for allegedly conspiring to bowl no balls to order during the Lord’s Test against England last month.last_img read more


first_imgSindhu, then, engaged Marin in an engrossing rally and Sindhu, then, engaged Marin in an engrossing rally and grabbed a point with Marin hitting the bird out. The Indian lost a video referrel to allow Marin open up a two-point lead again at 18-16. A short lift by Sindhu was converted into a winner as Marin led 19-16. Marin hit two wide shots and also struggled with a net dribble as Sindhu clawed back to 19-19 and then grabbed the lead for the first time when Marin found the net. Sindhu then made an exceptional return and pushed the shuttle to the back court which the Spaniard failed to return and the Indian girl let out a war cry having won the game from a losing position. Stung to the quick the ever-yelling Marin came up with cylinders blazing in the second game and surged to a 4-0 lead. Sindhu could not drew her rival into rallies and also struggled with her forehand flicks as Marin entered the break with a massive 11-2 lead. After the interval, Sindhu tried to break Marins rhythm but the Spaniard was always a step ahead as she dominated the rallies and came up with some surgical cross court slices and smashes to lead 17-9. Sindhu was erratic with her stokes and it was one such down-the-line smash that took Marin to 19-12. An over-the-head return from the baseline helped the Spanish girl reach game point and she sealed it next with a drop to the forecourt. Marin continued to dominate the rallies with her speed and accuracy in the decider, blowing holes in Sindhus defence to lead 6-1. The Indian grabbed a few points with a cross-court return, a down-the-line smash and a backhand flick from over the head. Marin also gifted a couple of points by finding the the net as Sindhu closed down the lead to 8-9. A long shot by Sindhu was followed by a body smash before the Indian closed a long rally in her favour to draw parity at 10-10. Marin, however, once again entered the break with a slender 11-10 lead. Marin extended the lead to 14-10 but a fighting Sindhu never gave up and narrowed the gap to 14-16 with the Spaniard committed some unforced errors. In the end, a superb cross court drop caught Sindhu off guard as Marin reached match point at 201-4. The Indian saved one when her rival hit long but she failed to negotiate a return off the next as Marin screamed her heart out and sprawled on the court. Japans Nozomi Okuhara bagged the bronze medal after London Olympic champion Li Xuerui pulled out with a knee injury that she suffered during the semifinal match against Marin yesterday. In mens singles, Malaysias Lee Chong Wei set up a summit clash with Chinas Chen Long after exorcising the ghosts of the last two Olympic finals with a hard-fought win over long-time nemesis Lin Dan 15-21, 21-11, 22-20 in the semifinal encounter. PTI TAP ATK SSR ATKadvertisementlast_img read more

Delhi govt to develop playgrounds on gram sabha land

first_imgNew Delhi, Oct 23 (PTI) Delhi Revenue Minister Kailash Gahlot today ordered district magistrates to identify gram sabha land in rural areas under their jurisdiction where playgrounds can be developed for children.According to the order, the land will be identified in consultation with the MLAs who will also form a committee comprising youths of their areas to be responsible for the maintenance of these playgrounds.The move is aimed at encouraging youth towards sports and prompting such facilities in the national capital.”Gram sabha land shall be identified in each rural village by the DM concerned where children of the village can play,” Gahlot said in his order.”The land shall not be allotted or transferred in the name of any authority but will continue to be gram sabha land,” he said.Gahlot, who also holds the charge of transport and law, said an area MLA will form a committee of not more than 21 youths who will be responsible for maintenance of the land.Earlier this month, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had said that the AAP government has drafted a policy under which training, travelling and other expenses of national and international-level sportspersons would be fully borne by the government.Speaking at an event on October 7, Kejriwal had also said there was no dearth of youths who can earn medals in sports, but their efforts were constrained by facilities and governments assistance. PTI BUN CHT CHTlast_img read more

Kroos happy to have ditched Bayern for Real

first_imgTransfers Real Madrid midfielder Kroos has no regrets about ditching Bayern Munich Sacha Pisani Last updated 2 years ago 14:22 10/4/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) ToniKroos-cropped Getty Images Transfers Getafe v Real Madrid Bayern München v Freiburg Bayern München Primera División Bundesliga Real Madrid The 27-year-old Blancos midfielder has no regrets about departing the Bavarian outfit for the Spanish capital in 2014 Toni Kroos said he made the correct decision to leave German giants Bayern Munich for Real Madrid in 2014.Kroos ended his association with boyhood club Bayern three years ago and the Germany international has gone on to enjoy great success in Madrid.Real 6/4 to win La Liga with dabblebet Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. The 27-year-old – gearing up for World Cup qualifiers against Northern Ireland and Azerbaijan – has helped Madrid to La Liga glory and back-to-back Champions League titles.”My change of team was correct, in fact, from my point of view there is no doubt about it,” Kroos said in an interview with the German Football Association (DFB). “Clearly, if you go abroad to a top club, it means one more step in your development.”Carlo Ancelotti wanted me in Madrid, and had bet on me.”Pep Guardiola Toni Kroos Bayern MunichOn his one season with former Bayern head coach Pep Guardiola in Bavaria before moving to the Spanish capital, Kroos added: “I wouldn’t undervalue my year under Pep Guardiola because I think I made a big step forward in that year.”I look at my career in phases: Jupp [Heynckes] was the most important coach in the early stages of my career, both at Leverkusen [during a loan spell] and then in Munich as well.”Pep Guardiola saw me as a central player in his system, which my style of play fit into perfectly.”last_img read more

10 months agoRoma wing-back Florenzi: Champions League qualification our goal

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Roma wing-back Florenzi: Champions League qualification our goalby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAS Roma wing-back Alessandro Florenzi says their target is Champions League qualification.Florenzi admits trophies are on the agenda.He said, “The Coppa Italia could be a very important objective for Roma. We mustn’t take dreams out of our minds.“Even if we know Serie A is impossible, we have another objective, which is the Champions League.“I’m not saying it’s a utopia, but it would really be a dream to retrace what we did last season and improve on it, even if it won’t be easy.“I don’t think we lack malice. Sometimes we haven’t been clinical enough. I’m not just talking about the strikers but rather everyone, myself included.“We’re lacking a bit in this regard, similar to how we’re lacking in desire to not concede goals.“I’m not just talking about the defenders but rather the whole team. These are things that we had last season and we have to find them again.” last_img read more

Government Signs MoU to Enhance Security at Ports

first_imgThe Government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)-World Customs Organisation (WCO) Container Control Programme that is expected to result in improved security at the nation’s ports. “This MoU establishes and recognises that a funded and enhanced partnership now exists between the Government of Jamaica, through the Ministries of Finance,   National Security and  Transport and Works and the UNODC and the World Customs Organisation, to improve port security and to prevent the unlawful use of cargo containers for activities, such as illicit drug trafficking, smuggling of goods, tax evasion and possible terrorist acts,” Finance and Planning Minister, Dr. the Hon. Peter Phillips, said at the signing at his Kingston office on Tuesday. The UNODC will provide technical assistance, equipment, analytical tools, computer stations, radio communications and field test kits to help in identifying drugs and chemicals in containers at the ports. They will also be involved in the training of the staff, selected to man the joint container control units. Programme Manager, UNODC, Troels Vester, said Jamaica is the first country in the Caribbean to join the programme, which is significant, due to Kingston’s role as a major transshipment hub. He stated that the container control programme aims to open fewer containers and find more illicit goods. Mr. Vester explained that 14 officers have commenced training under the programme, which began on November 26, and an ambitious deadline of December 10 has been set for the Container Control Units to become operational. In the meantime, Dr. Phillips also pointed to the possibility of earning increased revenue from the ports as a result of the programme’s implementation. “The mislabeling of containers leads to significant revenue evasion at the ports. Given our current fiscal situation, Jamaica critically needs the revenues to execute vital programmes and we also want to establish a general atmosphere of law abiding behavioor in our ports and elsewhere,” he said. The Minister pledged the Government’s commitment to establish a steering committee, and to have the participating institutions undertake to maintain and provide support to the port control units. He stated that funding has been secured from the Canadian Government in the sum of CD$500,000 for the programme to be implemented in the Kingston port, while the United States Government has committed to funding the programme for the Montego Bay port. Also at the signing was the US Ambassador, Pamella Bridgewater, who stated that her country was proud to collaborate with Canada to support the programme. “This collaboration, we firmly believe, will result in helping to preserve the security of Jamaica’s borders… and we think that it is going to be very important to ensure that the large number of shipping containers that pass through Jamaica do not contain illicit goods, such as narcotics, guns and other illicit substances. But equally important, it will be very good to know that the speedy shipment and processing of legitimate goods will be facilitated, which will be an important factor in enhancing Jamaica’s economy,” she said. For his part, Canadian High Commissioner, Robert Ready, said the project is an example of Canada’s commitment to fight  international crime in the region. He stated that the Canadian Government stood  ready to continue its support and provide expertise to Jamaica through the UNODC. The MoU follows a Letter of Intent that was signed in June of this year for the establishment of the programme. The UNODC-WCO aims to assist governments to establish effective container controls that will serve not only to prevent drug trafficking and other illicit container crime, but also to facilitate legitimate trade and raise state revenues.last_img read more

Port of Virginia Makes USD 217 Million Crane Order Official

first_imgzoom The Port of Virginia has finalized the USD 217 million contract with Finnish crane manufacturer Konecranes, which will build and deliver 86 automated stacking cranes (ASCs) intended for the port’s two container terminals. Under the contract, 60 automated stacking cranes will be delivered to Norfolk International Terminals (NIT), while the remaining 26 cranes will be provided to Virginia International Gateway (VIG). The value of the contract exceeds EUR 200 million (USD 217.6 million).The delivery of the cranes is scheduled to begin in 2018 and will continue in phases until 2020, according to the port.“We secured the financing for these projects this summer, the planning and preliminary site-work has started and now we have an agreement in place with one of the world’s leading manufacturers of specialized cranes to supply the hardware to move containers safely and efficiently across our two primary container terminals,” Terry R. McAuliffe, Governor of Virginia, said, adding that the port will have the capacity to process an additional 1 million containers annually as well as the channel depth to handle the biggest ships in the Atlantic trade.The engineering and manufacturing of key components for the cranes will be done in Finland and the steel structures will be fabricated elsewhere in Europe. The components and structures will then be loaded onto vessels bound for The Port of Virginia.By 2020, the port will have expanded the container handling capacity at VIG by 600,000 units and the capacity at NIT by 400,000 units.In addition, the combined cost of the projects is USD 670 million, The Port of Virginia said.last_img read more

Parliament approves civil society CC nominees

Dr. Radhika Coomaraswamy was the Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations, Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict until 13 July 2012.Coomaraswamy, a lawyer by training, was also formerly the Chairperson of the Sri Lanka Human Rights Commission.(Colombo Gazette) Shibly Aziz is a well-known and eminent President’s Counsel who has contributed extensively to the development of the legal system in the country from on or about 1968. Dr. Ariyaratne is the founder and president of the Sarvodaya Shramadana Movement in Sri Lanka. Parliament today approved the civil society nominees proposed to the Constitutional Council (CC).Dr A T Ariyaratne, Shibly Aziz and Dr Radhika Kumaraswamy were earlier nominated as the civil society representatives to the Constitutional Council (CC). read more

How major US stock indexes fared Monday

Tech stocks were the standouts in an otherwise sluggish day of trading on Monday, as investors gear up for the arrival of the heart of earnings reporting season.Apple, Intel and several chip makers jumped more than 2%, and technology stocks in the S&P 500 climbed 1.2%. But the other 10 sectors that make up the index were evenly split between gainers and losers, and none moved by more than 0.5%.On Monday:The S&P 500 rose 8.42 points, or 0.3%, to 2,985.03.The Dow Jones Industrial Average edged up 17.70, or 0.1%, to 21,171.90.The Nasdaq composite rose 57.65, or 0.7%, to 8,204.14.The Russell 2000 index of smaller company stocks dropped 3.11, or 0.2%, to 1,544.78.For the year:The S&P 500 is up 478.18 points, or 19.1%.The Dow is up 3,844.44 points, or 16.5%.The Nasdaq is up 1,568.86 points, or 23.6%.The Russell 2000 is up 196.22 points, or 14.5%.The Associated Press read more

I have a special talent in me to hit sixes –

Yet although he is only 25, T20 careers rapidly gain their own momentum; if Lewis wants to play Tests too, he will have to make a conscious choice to focus more on his red-ball game. Perhaps, paradoxically, T20 specialisation will prove the most enduring difference with Gayle’s career. Gayle, for all his embrace of the T20 life, has played 103 Tests (and scored two triple-centuries).Either way, Lewis’s aim is not to be seen as merely Gayle’s protege. “I want to create my own image. I don’t really want to be under Chris Gayle. I want to be myself and make myself proud.” And so Lewis already has his eyes set on usurping Gayle once again, this time by stealing his record for the world’s quickest T20 century, set in just 30 balls.“The first record I was thinking of breaking was to score the fastest hundred in T20 cricket. That’s one record I’m really looking forward to.” (ESPNCricinfo) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedEvin Lewis can’t get over that feeling of 125 not outJuly 11, 2017In “latest news”Gayle ‘committed to West Indies cause’ – LawOctober 6, 2017In “latest news”Gayle Storm’ set to hit England – tomorrowMarch 15, 2016In “Sports” A few weeks ago, Evin Lewis did something that few batsmen have managed in the history of T20 cricket: he relegated Chris Gayle to inconsequential supporting act. The pair opened together for St Kitts and Nevis Patriots against the Barbados Tridents, chasing 129 to win. They got there in seven overs, powered by Lewis’s remarkable 97 not out off 32 balls – denied the chance of a century only by Kieron Pollard’s no-ball when the scores were level.Lewis laughs when I say that he outdid Gayle. “Yeah, yeah he told me the same thing. As I was striking the ball cleanly, he tried his best to give me the strike as much as possible. That’s something I feel really thankful for. Normally when a guy sees you going after the bowling he’ll try and go after the bowling too, but it was different with Chris.”It was not the first time that Lewis has usurped Gayle. Two months ago, Gayle returned to international cricket in his hometown of Jamaica, for a T20 international against India. A few hours later the talk was only of the Trinidadian Lewis. While Gayle stuttered to a rather awkward 18 off 20 balls, Lewis heaved 125 off 62 balls, with 12 sixes: the sort of innings that has marked him out as Gayle’s heir.That innings was Lewis’ second T20 international century, and second against India. The first came a year ago, in Florida. Lewis arrived assuming that he would be an unused squad member. “The coach came up to me that morning and said ‘Chris is out, you’re in’,” he recalls. “I was so nervous but I said ‘what’s the worst that could happen?’ So I just went out, was positive and got a good start. I felt free and started to hit the ball very cleanly.”By the time he was done, Lewis had scored 100 in 49 balls; both his T20I centuries have come at a strike rate in excess of 200. He and Gayle now form two-thirds of an elite club – Brendon McCullum is the other member – to have scored two T20I centuries.“Everybody keeps calling me the young Chris Gayle,” he chuckles. “I think I’m similar to how he bats. We work on a regular basis – almost every time together in the nets. He keeps talking to me, telling me to keep being myself, keep being positive, and keep doing my thing. In the wicket it’s the same – he always tells me to keep my shape when I go after the bowling. He’s a guy who’s really helped me in my cricket so far.”Lewis is a couple of inches shorter than Gayle, but shares his power and meticulous focus on hitting sixes. Both left-handed openers embrace an all-or-nothing trade-off, permitting a high percentage of dot-balls, while gluttonously reaping boundaries. Like Gayle, Lewis tends to eschew dabs behind the wicket, trusting instead in his own raw strength and timing. Full balls are lashed straight; those short of a length are heaved over the leg side, often through square leg; anything short is pulled with impunity.Perhaps we should not be asking whether Lewis will one day dethrone Gayle, but whether he already has. Consider their records opening together in this year’s Caribbean Premier League. Gayle scored five more runs in the tournament, and with four more not-outs was more consistent. But Lewis made his tempo look almost funereal: Gayle’s strike rate was 127.02; Lewis’s was 184.57. Gayle hit a boundary every 6.3 balls; Lewis hit one every 3.4 – and, unlike Gayle, more of those boundaries were sixes than fours.“He seems to have the all-round game and generally attacks from ball one, whereas Chris sometimes needs to face a few balls to get his eye in,” observes Trevor Penney, a coach at St Kitts and Nevis Patriots. Across T20 since the start of 2016, Lewis scores at 8.92 runs an over in the Powerplay, Gayle at a more sedate 7.74 runs an over.“Once I know I can hit a ball for six, I’ll hit it for six. It can be the first ball,” Lewis explains. “I always back my strength. Certain balls I know, when it’s in my arc, I know I can hit it out the ground. Sometimes the good balls also go for six – that’s how the game is. When you’re on point, you’re on point.”To Lewis, bowlers are not opponents to fret over; they exist to give him something to hit. “I’m a destructive batsman – a batsman who goes out to be myself and be positive. I don’t worry about any name. If a big bowler or a bowler who’s really established bowls a short ball or a half volley, it’s the same half volley. That’s how I see it.”Lewis might have been lost to cricket. As a child, he preferred football, and “used to run from the ball” when batting. “But my dad told me that cricket is a better sport, especially in the country you live in – footballers don’t really reach as far as cricketers. So I just stuck to that.”The young Lewis idolised two cricketers: his compatriot Brian Lara, and Gayle. “Growing up, you don’t really have most of the technique, and most of the knowledge about cricket. Once you see the ball you just swing as hard as possible to see how far you can hit the ball. It just happens.” It was optimal grounding for the T20 age. “I have a special talent in me to hit sixes, so I just keep working on it every time I go out to bat, try and work on my strengths and also my weaknesses.”Such belligerence will surely lead to a gallivanting T20 career. Lewis has already played in the Bangladesh Premier League, where he will return in November, and has designs on other leagues too. “I might end up in the Big Bash and PSL and hopefully next year, please God, the IPL.”The question seems not whether Lewis’ talents will be seen throughout the world in the coming years, but if this will be confined to T20, with some one-day internationals throw in, or will extend to Tests too. Penney is convinced that Lewis can replicate David Warner’s journey from T20 into a successful Test cricketer: “He would flourish because he has a sound technique.”Lewis is elusive on Test cricket. “I won’t say I don’t want to play. Actually, if I do get the opportunity I would be interested but you know how things go sometimes. So let’s wait for the right moment to see what happens.” read more

Boil water advisory issued at Live Oak Springs resort

first_imgBoil water advisory issued at Live Oak Springs resort Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter BOULEVARD (KUSI) —  A boil water advisory was issued Friday at the Live Oak Springs resort in southeastern San Diego County.The advisory was issued by the county Department of Environmental Health due to a loss of pressure within the water distribution system for the resort, which includes 92 residential homes, an RV park, cabins, a laundry facility, a market and a restaurant.The advisory will remain in effect until lab analysis confirms the absence of bacteria in the resort’s water, according to the county. February 2, 2018 KUSI Newsroom Posted: February 2, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, last_img

Governor to attend JNTUK convocation today

first_imgKakinada: JNTU-K Vice-Chancellor Prof M Ramalinga Raju has said that the seventh convocation of JNTU-K will be held on August 17 from 10.30 am onwards at Alumni Auditorium of the university. Disclosing the details of convocation to media, the VC said that B Prasada Rao, former chairman & managing director, BHEL, will be the chief guest. The chief guest will deliver the convocation address, he said and added the varsity will confer him with honorary doctorate in the presence of Governor and Chancellor Bishwa Bhushan Harichandan. Also Read – Fit India rally held in Vijayawada Advertise With Us The Chancellor will confer the Ph D awards and distribute Gold Medals to students who passed out in 2017-18 academic year in the presence of the chief guest. Around 45,799 students of BTech, 1,191 B Pharmacy, 3,834 M Tech, 3,036 MBA, 439 MCA, 268 M Pharmacy, 61 BBA, 3 MSIT, 3 MS, 119 PhD, 29 Gold Medal bagged students for the academic year 2017-18 will be awarded with the degrees, VC said.last_img read more

IPS officer D Roopa demands ACB probe against retired DGP who filed

first_imgDeputy General of Police D Roopa has demanded a probe by the Anti-Corruption Bureau against retired Director General of Police H N Sathyanarayana Rao on November 29, following the latter’s Rs 20 crore defamation suit against her on Monday.The suit is with regard to a report submitted by Roopa in July to then DGP Rao alleging that the DGP is involved in giving preferential treatment to AIADMK leader VK Sasikala and her relative Ilavarasi at Bengaluru’s Parappana Agrahara Central Prison.Sasikala and two of her relatives are serving a four-year jail term for corruption since February.Roopa’s allegations against Rao Roopa as DIG (prisons) submitted the detailed report against the DGP claiming the latter’s involvement in irregularities in the jail premises. The report was leaked to the media.A video also surfaced in the media in August matched Roopa’s allegations. It reportedly showed Sasikala and her relative walking around in the open inside the Bengaluru central jail.Roopa was quoted by PTI as saying, “There was a talk that Rs 2 crore had exchanged hands to give preferential treatment for Sasikala and there were bribery allegations against him (Rao) also.”A special probe was ordered by the Karnataka government into Roopa’s allegations. Roopa was also transferred by the state government after she and Rao’s public spat. IPS officer D RoopaTwitterRao’s Rs 20 crore defamation notice to RoopaRao slapped Roopa with a defamation suit of Rs 20 crore claiming that the junior officer’s allegations are “absolutely false, baseless and wild and legal action will be taken against her.”Rao’s lawyer Puttige Ramesh told PTI that the defamation case was filed on November 27.Ramesh said that Roopa has framed the DGP under false allegations to gain publicity for a film based on herself. “We came to know that a movie on Roopa is in the making. In order to gain publicity for the movie, she prepared the defamatory report on my client (Satyanarayana Rao).”The lawyer alleged that Roopa had violated norms and leaked her findings to the media before disclosing it to the jail authorities.Ramesh pointed out that, “The report was submitted on July 11 this year, but a day later the report was published in the media. It is very clear that the officer leaked the information to the media.”What now?After demanding a ACB probe against Rao, Roopa denied receiving any defamation notice. She said, “I have not received any defamation notice. If I receive it, I will answer in court. As it is, there is no defamation made out, that is the first thing.”Speaking to IBTimes India on Wednesday, Roopa said, “In the complaint I had filed earlier against DGP Rao, I said he was also involved in corruption which was not considered by Vinay Kumar. Now the ACB probe will perform a detailed investigation and should file corruption charges against him (Rao) under Section 13 (1) (c) of Indian Penal Code.”The officer stands by her earlier statement on irregularities in Bangalore jail and stressed that, “The report submitted by Vinay Kumar has confirmed that irregularities did take place in the jail and special privileges were given to select prisoners.”Roopa added, “It is now important to find out why privileges were given and that can be probed by the ACB. I stand by my statements and insist that the ACB probe the matter.” Close IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPlayMute0:00/0:00Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE0:00?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window.The media could not be loaded, either because the server or network failed or because the format is not supported.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading …center_img IPS Officer exposes Sasikala’s “royal treatment” in a Bengaluru Jaillast_img read more

Seat Pleasant Citizens Help Police Fight Crime

first_imgBy James Wright, Special to the AFRO, jwright@afro.comIn the early 2000s, Seat Pleasant was in the waning days of the crack epidemic that started in the 1980s but the city was still not a popular place to live.A group of citizens, led by resident Pamela Boone, decided that the Seat Pleasant Police Department needed help in fighting the city’s crime rate. She, Rogers Reynolds and other residents formed the Citizens for Public Safety Advisory Council (CPAC) to support the police department and encourage citizens to get involved in fighting crime.Pamela Boone, chairman of Seat Pleasant’s Citizen’s for Public Safety Advisory Council, decided to get involved in helping the police in her area several years ago. (Courtesy Photo)“We have been in existence for a number of years,” Boone, who has lived in Seat Pleasant since 1983, told the AFRO. “There were five of us and we approached [former] Seat Pleasant Police Chief Elliott Taylor about forming a group and he supported it.”Boone, a retired human resources supervisor with the FBI, said at the time there were no community organizations, such as a civic association, where citizens could bring their issues about the police department to except the Seat Pleasant City Council and its mayor. In Prince George’s County, most municipalities and unincorporated areas have civic or citizens associations to address those concerns outside of local elected leaders.Boone said the residents of Seat Pleasant did not have a formal way of working with the police and her neighbors and the “residents wanted that.”“We created CPAC to bridge the gap between the community and the police,” she said.Seat Pleasant is located in the central western part of Prince George’s County, bordering the District of Columbia’s Ward 7 sharing Eastern Avenue. The city has 4,769 residents that are 91 percent Black, 5 percent Latino and 2 percent White.Seat Pleasant consists largely of working-class and low-income residents with a large number of senior citizens. Its crime rate is largely the same as nearby municipalities like Capitol Heights.Seat Pleasant Police Chief Devan A. Martin recently reported crime is down in the city due to the use of technology and stronger community engagement by his police officers. He noted that violent crime is down 21.5 percent, residential burglaries are down by 33.3 percent, robberies of commercial establishments and citizens are down by 70 percent and homicides/murders are down by 75 percent.Martin also noted vehicle impounds increased by 38.38 percent and calls for service have increased by 3.50 percent. Property crime is up 19 percent due to thefts from automobiles and stolen vehicles.Seat Pleasant Mayor Eugene Grant believes in CPAC. “At the heart of a successful community is an engaged citizenry,” Grant said in a statement to the AFRO. “The efforts and leadership of residents like Pamela Boone has been tremendous. Through her leadership she has helped to bridge the gap between civilians and the police department.“CPAC has been instrumental in disseminating information to the general public. They host forums, set up information booths at community functions and volunteer where needed.”CPAC is in the process of becoming a 501(c)3 so it can raise money and set up an organizational structure to further its mission, Boone said.last_img read more

SB Player Spotlight on Taylor Roby

first_img The University of Louisville Softball Player Spotlight series features short interviews with each of the Cardinals’ players. Episode three features redshirt freshman Taylor Roby.  Episode 3:  Taylor RobyThe Roby FileNumber: 8Full name: Taylor RobyClass: Redshirt freshmanPosition: RHPBats/Throws: R/RHometown: Mt. Washington, Ky.High School: Bullitt EastTravel Team: Louisville SluggersMajor: Exercise ScienceFun Fact: Was named Metro Louisville Softball Player of the Year and met Peyton Manning at the Kentuckiana Sports Awards Banquet.   Print Friendly Version Story Linkslast_img

YouTube Gaming Highlights New VR Videos

first_imgStay on target LGBTQ+ Video Creators Sue YouTube, GoogleYouTube Star Grant Thompson Killed in Paragliding Accident In the world of video game streaming, Twitch may seem impossible to beat. But if any entity can do it, it’s probably the Google-powered, beef-filled, internet video behemoth known as YouTube.Alongside other initiatives like YouTube Red and YouTube Community, for over a year YouTube Gaming has been the platform’s attempt to leverage its sizable amount of gaming content. You can easily search for specific games or personalities and watch live or pre-recorded videos.Meanwhile, virtual reality continues to grow into an important part of the gaming landscape, so YouTube Gaming is trying to get a piece of that. The service recently highlighted its selection of gaming VR videos.YouTube’s been planning VR gaming content for a while. It was something we talked about when I met with the company last year. Many streamers are also pondering how exactly they want to use the technology. YouTube Gaming has been working with creators to develop a variety of videos that can be enjoyed in glorious virtual cyberspace. VR Minecraft Let’s Plays, 360-degree trailers inside the world of Clash of Clans, live-action VR Call of Duty shorts, World of Tanks documentaries, Red v Blue, and VR videos of League of Legends tournaments that put you right in the middle of the eSports action are all available. The lengthy playlist below is just a sample (obviously you’ll need to watch in VR for the full effect).The great thing about these VR YouTube Gaming videos is that you don’t need a pricey, hair-ruining gaming console/PC VR headset to enjoy them. Just pull them up on your phone and use Google Cardboard or Daydream. YouTube is as big as it is because it’s everywhere, not just on niche hardware for enthusiasts. This is why VR on mobile phones everyone already owns is probably the real way the technology will evolve.Just don’t expect to see a VR PewDiePie video anytime soon.last_img read more

Bruce Arians in The Herd Nick Saban covets the Giants job Video

first_img Advertisement Recently retired Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians stopped by The Herd today to reflect on his decades long coaching career, but Bear Bryant’s former running backs coach also had some thoughts on Nick Saban, and if the now six-time national champion could be enticed to leave Tuscaloosa for a second run at an NFL coaching gig.Arians conceded it’s a long shot that Saban walks away from his dynasty for the uncertainty of the NFL, but believes the Giants might have a shot. Arians said Saban ‘covets’ the Giants job because it’s one of the NFL’s historic franchises, a fact that isn’t lost on Saban.Watch Arians explain why it’s not out of the question:”It wouldn’t surprise me. There’s a job he covets and it just happens to be open… The Giants.” — @BruceArians on Nick Saban returning to the NFL— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) January 9, 2018last_img read more