Yogeshwar Dutt joins BJP ahead of Haryana Polls

first_imgImage Courtesy: Twitter(@DuttYogi)/ANIAdvertisement 80hjaNBA Finals | Brooklyn VsbnkWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ekls4( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 25Would you ever consider trying this?😱i7Can your students do this? 🌚3pevRoller skating! Powered by Firework Yogeshwar Dutt, the Olympic and Commonwealth medal winner is now confirmed to be joining the Bharatiya Janata Party, just a month ahead of the Haryana Legislative Assembly election to be held in 21st October, where he is likely to be a candidate.Advertisement Image Courtesy: Twitter(@DuttYogi)/ANIYogeshwar met the BJP Haryana state unit president Subhash Barala on Wednesday, who recently confirmed that the 36 year old,  who previously worked as an officer for the Haryana Police, has resigned.“Yogeshwar Dutt met with senior BJP leaders at the party HQ today. He will resign from the government service and then join the party,” Barala said, according to NDTV.Advertisement Dutt, who hails from Gohana, a city in Haryana’s Sonipat district, won the Bronze medal in the 60 kg category at 2012 Summer Olympics held in London. He also secured a gold medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games hosted in Glasgow, where he competed in men’s 65 kg freestyle category. He was awarded the Padma Shri award in 2013.“I want to serve the people. I’ve been influenced by Modji and hence I decided to join BJP. I’ve been following him for a long time. It’s important to come forward to do good work, including sportspersons. I’m happy to be part of this family,” Yogeshwar was quoted saying after joining the saffron party.Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Beaches Are In Great Shape, But Beware Of Riptides

first_imgWilliams said organizations are also trying to tackle the stigma that only out-of-state swimmers get caught in rip currents. With the high volume of beach replenishments since Sandy, beaches that locals are historically familiar with may have drastically changed.“It takes these beaches a while to get to equilibrium,” said Williams. “Some areas are faster and some take a longer time. Always be vigilant, even if it’s not a place that you’ve ever seen rip currents at.” THE ‘FOUR’EASTER’ By Jay Cook |ASBURY PARK – New Jersey’s beaches may be in the best shape since Super Storm Sandy ravaged the coast in 2012, but a virtually invisible threat continues to kill unsuspecting and inexperienced swimmers.Last summer, a record eight people across New Jersey drowned after being swept up in rip currents – the powerful water currents pulling away from the shorelines and out into the oceans – since the National Weather Service began tracking the related deaths in 1998. About 20 more fatalities last summer were also attributed to people swimming at beaches either after hours or when lifeguards weren’t present.It’s a menacing trend one local Sandy Hook-based organization is looking to halt.“It’s a shame,” said Claire Antonucci, executive director of New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium (NJSGC). “The water quality is great, the beaches are in great shape and then you have something like that happen, and it’s tough.” Remember that stretch of March where the Shore was seemingly beaten weekly with storms one after another?That weather event has since been titled the March 2018 “Four’easter,” said Jon K. Miller, Ph.D., a NJSGC processes specialist and research associate professor at Stevens Institute of Technology. The biggest of those storms was rated as the 27th biggest storm in the last 35 years, but the cumulative four storms ranked as the fifth-highest storm in that same time frame, Miller said.“We were fortunate that the wave heights during these nor’easters were not terribly large,” added Miller. “It had to do with the nature of the storms coming more over the land than over the sea.” Other than that month of blustery winds and constant rain, New Jersey beaches fared rather well, Miller said. The Four’easter caused some late beach erosion, meaning the sandbars which typically form off the shore will stay intact until July when that sand is pushed back to the beaches. Testing the water quality at New Jersey beaches has been a common practice since 1974, and if last year’s results are any indicator, the Garden State has been a standout student, said Catherine R. McCabe, acting commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).At the 16th annual State of the Shore event last week in Asbury Park, executive director of New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium Claire Antonucci, left, and New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection acting commissioner Catherine R. McCabe answered questions about the state of the beaches. Photo by Jay CookOf the 221 beaches tested last year from mid-May through mid-September, 97 percent of the results came back within the acceptable threshold of 104 colonies of Enterococci bacteria per 100 milliliters. That’s the same bacteria found in fecal matter.“I am proud to say and very happy to say once again, one more time, that the quality of our coastal waters is excellent,” said McCabe. “You can all feel safe going to the beach.”Locally, beaches in Highlands – Miller Street and Robert D. Wilson Community Center – and Middletown – Ideal Beach – experienced a handful of shutdowns last year. At one point, Highlands officials voluntarily closed the beaches as they investigated, and found, sources of pollution.“We don’t expect right now nor are aware of any situations of any infrastructure issues, but that’s why we do the testing every Monday,” Bruce Friedman, director of water monitoring and standards with the DEP, said of Highlands’ situation.This article was first published in the May 31-June 7, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times. “I think a lot of it is common sense,” said Williams, who works with NJSGC. “Be aware that rip currents exist, be aware that they’re out there. Swim with the lifeguard because they’re going to save you.” WATER QUALITY GETS AN ‘A’ After last summer’s high number of beach-related deaths, Antonucci and her team decided to broaden their awareness and education campaigns. For the past 20 years, NJSGC has used grants to supply every municipality along the coast from Sandy Hook to Cape May with rip current awareness signs, posted at all open beaches. This year, for the first time, those signs have been translated to Spanish, said Amy Williams, a post-doctoral associate and coastal ecologist at Davidson Laboratory at Stevens Institute of Technology.Williams has also traveled the state, visiting classrooms and libraries to educate elementary aged beachgoers about the dangers associated with rip currents.last_img read more

Volleyball at Pacific Games competes day two

first_imgResults in the men’s games today saw Nauru beat Tuvalu 3-0 while Fiji handed American Samoa a 3-1 score line.Wallis and Futuna were also too classy for New Caledonia, winning 3-0.  The home team PNG were too strong, thrashing the Solomon Islands 3-0.In the females game, Fiji gave a 3-0 whipping to Tuvalu who were no match for them.PNG men’s and women’s are the teams to beat so far having won all their games.last_img

Ja Under-19s look to rebound

first_imgRobert Samuels, the coach of Jamaica Under-19, believes his team has more than what it takes to beat Canada, and bounce back after their 128-run loss to Windward Islands on Thursday.The Jamaicans who, after two games, are third in the seven-team standings, will face off with the ICC America’s Under-19 champions in the third round of the WICB Under-19 Championship at St Elizabeth Technical today.Canada who lost their opening encounter to the Windwards, are currently at the bottom of the standings.They are playing as a guest team in preparation for the ICC Youth World Cup in Bangladesh next year after winning the ICC Americas Under-19 Division 1 Championship, staged in Bermuda earlier this month.”There will not be much difference in terms of our plans for Canada,” said Samuels.”It’s about executing by bowling in the right areas, taking our chances, and showing the requisite application when we bat.”We did not do these basics well against the Windwards, and that is why we lost.”Competitive 227Winning the toss and electing to bat, the Windwards posted a competitive 227 with lower order batsman, Dornan Edwards, who was dropped twice, making a top score of 61.This was against Jamaica captain and off-spinner, Michael Frew, who played four for 30.Jamaica, the title favourites heading into the tournament, won their opening fixture against defending champions Guyana by five wickets on Wednesday.Elsewhere today, Windwards will seek to extend their lead when they play second from bottom Trinidad and Tobago at Chedwin Park.The Trinidadians have lost their two matches to date, and are coming off a three-wicket defeat to Guyana on Thursday.Meanwhile, at Manchester High, fourth place Guyana, and fifth place Leeward Islands will do battle.Guyana have a one win, one loss record, while the Leewards have one win from their lone contest thus far.Second-place Barbados with a win and a loss have drawn a bye and will sit out the round.The tournament is being played in two stages. A round-robin preliminary round followed by a final, which will be contested by the top two teams.last_img read more

Police Constable to be charged with Sisters Village fatal accident

first_imgThe Police Constable who is allegedly responsible for causing the death of 10-year-old Devin Sealey on the Sister’s Village Public Road, West Bank Demerara, is expected to make his first court appearance today at the Wales Magistrate’s Court.The Police rank was charged with driving under the influence and causing death by dangerous driving. Both charges stemmed from the fatal accident which occurred on Sunday last.Dead: Devin SealeyTen-year-old Sealey of Lot 904 Sister’s Village, WBD, was reportedly struck by the Policeman who was driving his motorcar bearing registration number PLL 222. According to reports, the Police rank was highly intoxicated and would have lost control of his motorcar while negotiating a turn in the vicinity of the Wales Police Station.As a result, he slammed into a park motorcar with registration plates PGG 5099, then struck the lad before coming to a halt after colliding with a utility pole.The child reportedly was flung into the air and landed on the roadway. From the impact and the fall, Sealey would have suffered broken arms and legs among other injuries.He was picked up and taken to the West Demerara Regional Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival. The Policeman however, would have also received injuries and was admitted a patient at the said hospital.He was discharged on Tuesday and based on information reaching this newspaper, he would have given his colleagues a detailed statement about the fateful night.Meanwhile, a post-mortem examination performed of the lad’s body proved that he died from multiple injuries. The autopsy was performed by Government Pathologist, Dr Nehaul Singh at the Ezikiel Funeral Home, Vreed-en-Hoop, WBD.last_img read more

With All Our Might, Liberians, Guineans and Sierra Leoneans Must Fight WHO and CDC…

first_imgEven as reports from throughout Liberia, including some of the epi-centers of the deadly Ebola virus, say it  is rapidly receding, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for  Disease Control are still making alarming and apocalyptic ‘predictions’ that Ebola will continue to spread by massive proportions well into January 2015.The question that readily comes to mind is, What are these two global organizations up to?  After taking a full six months to respond to this deadly emergency in three West African countries where people were dropping dead in their thousands, WHO is still insisting that Ebola deaths could exceed 20,000.Pessimistically worse yet, the Atlanta-based United States government’s CDC says that between 500,000 and 1.4 million people may be infected by January.  And now the British medical journal, The Lancet Infectious Diseases have just come out with another dreadful prediction, that “unless accelerated efforts to control the disease are made, the virus, by mid-December, will infect 171,000 and kill 90,000 people in Liberia alone.Are these grim predictions real? Are they a ploy to attract more world response against the epidemic, or are they designed for something else?When last week President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf visited Foya in Lofa County, where Ebola first broke out in Liberia from across the border in Guinea, there had been in the past three weeks NO new cases reported in Lofa.  In addition, the Ebola Treatment Center in Foya was practically empty.   In Ganta, Nimba County, which lost over a hundred people, reports are saying that there are no new cases there either, and that the death toll has diminished.Even in Monrovia, reports coming in to this newspaper say the cases are going down, and that most ETUs have limited occupancy.  Our Senior Reporter Omari Jackson visited several communities around Monrovia, many of them badly affected slums, and reported that the people were in a thanksgiving mood because the number of infections and deaths were way down.Reporter Jackson said people were very upset that WHO and others were saying the reason the numbers in ETUs were down was that ‘infected’ people were staying away for fear of Ebola stigma and cremation.   He said he found no one in the several communities visited who held that view.  Many were upset with the WHO and CDC for giving these alarming predictions.  The people interviewed by Reporter Jackson said that just as they were beginning to feel a welcome sense of relief, given the visible decline in the viral infections and deaths, these WHO and CDC predictions were causing them great discomfort and anxiety.Reporter Jackson discovered another highly positive development: people are religiously following all measures of prevention, including washing their hands, not touching one another or dead bodies and insisting that anyone suspected of any kind of infection is immediately sent away from the neighborhood and led to a center where that person can be tested. In other words, the people are no longer hiding their sick, but doing what they know they must do to fight the virus.  So we expect corresponding encouragement from all the partners, including the international bodies.With the virus receding, it will be interesting to see what will happen in the 17 ETUs nearing completion by the American military contingent and by the Chinese and other partners.  Reporter Jackson visited the latest one at the new Defense Ministry premises and found that there were so far no patients there.It is an historical fact that Liberia has never before faced a health crisis like this one.  The WHO and CDC predictions, even as our people are responding robustly to the established preventive measures, have presented us with another very serious challenge:  just as President Ellen Johnson said a week ago, we must REJECT these predictions by fighting with all our might to resist this virus and expel it from ourcountry and the Mano River basin.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Grande Prairie RCMP investigating death after possible assault

first_imgGRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. – Grande Prairie RCMP are investigating a possible assault that may have lead to the death of one man.Saturday at 12:55 p.m., Grande Prairie RCMP were dispatched to a complaint of a traffic collision and possible assault in the parking lot of the Home Hardware.  A male exited the store and confronted a male who was interfering with his vehicle. During the confrontation, the vehicle owner attempted to apprehend the suspect as he attempted to flee in another vehicle.  As a result the vehicle owner was severely injured, resulting in him being airlifted to a hospital in Edmonton where he succumbed to his injuries.Edmonton RCMP Major Crimes Unit, Forensic Identification and Grande Prairie GIS are currently investigating this matter.- Advertisement -Investigators are asking anyone who may have information, or anyone who may have witnessed this occurrence to contact the Grande Prairie RCMP at 780-830-5700.  If you want to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), or by internet at www.tipsubmit.com.The name of the deceased is not being released, pending notification of next of kin.  No additional information is available at this time.  The RCMP intend to issue an update as more becomes known by investigators.last_img read more

Croatia court rejects Modric perjury charges: report

first_img0Shares0000Luka Modric was crowned FIFA’s best player of the year © AFP/File / GABRIEL BOUYSZagreb, Croatia, Oct 2 – A Zagreb court has rejected charges that Croatia captain and Real Madrid star Luka Modric gave false testimony in a corruption trial, a Croatian newspaper reported on Tuesday.The decision, which can be appealed, came just a week after Modric was crowned FIFA’s best player of the year, after starring for both his club and Croatia. Croatian prosecutors charged Modric in March with committing perjury during evidence he gave in the multi-million-euro corruption trial of former Dinamo Zagreb boss Zdravko Mamic.Modric, 33, testified in June last year over the details of his 2008 transfer from Dinamo to Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur.He went on to join Real Madrid in 2012.The offence carries a maximum penalty of up to five years in jail.But, the Zagreb municipal court decided not to confirm the indictment — a step required by Croatian law for a trial to open — according to an online report in the Vecernji List daily quoting the tribunal.The report could not be immediately confirmed with the court.Vecernji List said the court ruled that the indictment was “premature”, meaning it should have not been brought before rulings in the trial against Mamic become final.Mamic and three other defendants were found guilty of charges of abuse of power and corruption that cost Dinamo, the current Croatian champions, more than 15 million euros ($17.3 million), and the state 1.5 million euros.Mamic, who is currently in hiding in neighbouring Bosnia, was sentenced in June to six and a half years in jail.Prosecutors allege cash was embezzled through fictitious deals related to player transfers. Liverppool defender Dejan Lovren, who also testified at the Mamic trial about his 2010 transfer from Dinamo to French side Lyon, also faces perjury charges.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Underrate us at your own peril, Mbao warn

first_imgHead coach Ally Bushiri believes that the victory over Gor has boosted their morale and will be in a better position to challenge Sharks for a place in the final of the tournament in their debut year.“I have seen how Sharks play and they are a very good team. But, in this competition, there is no underdog. Before, it was thought we were underdogs and people talked so many bad things but we have proved we can make it. No one will now underrate us,” the tactician stated.“I respect every team in this competition and I will go into any match knowing that I am facing a tough team,” he added.Mbao FC players celebrate after dumping defending champions Gor Mahia out of the 2019 Sportpesa Super Cup. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluMbao who are placed fifth in the Tanzanian Vodacom Premier League came from a goal down to level scores against Gor on Wednesday before finishing the job in the shoot-oit.Bushuri has revealed that he had a strict pre-match tactical plan that he says his players executed to the latter. His plan was simple, deny Gor time on the ball and defend with numbers.“Tactical discipline helped us. When you are playing against such a big team with exposure and experience, you can’t keep playing attacking football. We wanted to possess and keep muc of the ball and the hit on the counter when we have the right moment,” the tactician oted.He added; “We prepared well for them. We knew we are playing against of the giants in East African football and we had to prepare psychologically and physically. That preparation really helped us. I am proud of the players and their performance.”Mbao FC players line up before their SportPesa Cup first round match against Gor Mahia at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam on January 24, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluOn whether his side can go all the way to the final and get the coveted trophy and a chance to play English Premier League side Everton in July, Bushiri is not leaving anything to chance.“In football anything can happen. This was a good start for my boys to beat Gor Mahia and build their confidence. We go into the semis knowing that we have beaten the defending champions and giants in East African football,” the tactician stated.Mbao who reached the final of the domestic cup here in Tanzania last season are in some decent form having lost once over their last five league assignments, winning two and drawing a similar number.Their only loss was against Keshi La Kujenga Taifa (JKT) on Sunday where they went down by a solitary goal.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Mbao players line up tensed during their penalty shoot-out against Gor Mahia in the SportPesa Cup first round match at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam on January 24, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluDAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania, Jan 24 – After slaying the giants in defending champions Gor Mahia, Mbao FC have warned their SportPesa Cup semi-final opponents Kariobangi Sharks to underrate them at their own peril, saying their confidence has been hugely boosted and are motivated.Mbao came into the tournament as underdogs, but surprised all and sundry much to the joy of the Tanzanians after beating Gor Mahia 4-3 on post-match penalties.last_img read more

Whittier rejects `miracle’

first_imgEditor’s note: It’s Politics reports Saturdays on the ins and outs of Whittier-area politics and city government. What do Joe Marsico and Helen Keller have in common? Keller was “The Miracle Worker” – and Marsico wants that label to be designated as his occupation on the Whittier City Council ballot. No, says Whittier City Clerk Katherine Marshall. “Miracle worker” is not an occupation. “When he submitted `miracle worker,’ I pointed out that’s not a profession,” Marshall said. “So we couldn’t list it.” In a meeting with Marsico and City Manager Steve Helvey, Marshall said, she and Helvey offered other suggestions – such as futurist or transit operator. But Marsico rejected both labels, even though Marsico does have a bid submitted with the city to purchase one of Whittier’s old trolley buses. Marsico is rejecting the city clerk’s ruling, saying he now plans to take the city to court over his occupation label. “Mr. Helvey asked me, `What does a miracle worker do?”‘ Marsico said. “I have proved there are miracles in my life. I work hard and I pray. I pray for answers and get solutions to problems. I’ve been doing this for 30 years.” RAHDER REPORT: When former Whittier Councilwoman Helen Rahder did not return her nomination papers last week to run in the April 11 City Council elections, some were surprised. But after careful consideration, Rahder said she decided it just was not the right time for her. She had taken out nomination papers for the unexpired two-year position, created when former Councilman Dave Butler resigned and his appointed replacement, Councilman Doug Lopez, decided not to run. Whittier attorneys Alex Moisa and Joe Vinatieri and local church deacon Arthur Rock have filed papers to run for the seat. “When the vacancy came up, I had thought that it would be two more years of service and this would be a great time to finish off my contribution to the city of Whittier,” Rahder said. “When I run, it’s a big, big effort and I put my heart and soul into it. Right now, my personal obligations are such that I couldn’t do it.” Rahder, a current Whittier planning commissioner, served on the council from 1990-94. STATE OF THE UNION: The Mark Twain Democratic Club will hold a viewing party for President Bush’s State of the Union speech at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Mimi’s Cafe, 15436 E. Whittier Blvd., Whittier. For more information, e-mail ruben.espejel@alumni.usc.edu or visit www.Mark- TwainDemocrats.org. REPUBLICAN MEETING: Barbara Stone, professor of political science at Cal State Fullerton, will speak at the 11a.m. Friday meeting of the Whittier Republican Women Federated meeting. The club meets at the Friendly Hills Country Club, 8500 S. Villaverde Drive, Whittier. Business meeting begins at 11 a.m. For reservations, call Maybe Hendricks, (562) 696-3345. Cost is $17. Mail items for It’s Politics to the Whittier Daily News, P.O. Box 581, Whittier, CA 90608; fax to (562) 698-0450; phone (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3022; or e-mail mike.sprague@sgvn.com. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img