In light of the ongoing controversy surrounding the Parking Meters Project initiated by City Hall in Georgetown, the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) is calling for widespread public consultations on how the city addresses its parking woes.This call was made by General Secretary of the PPP Clement Rohee at the Party’s weekly press briefing on Tuesday.Rohee was asked whether the Party would support parking lots in the city as opposed to parking meters, to which he responded saying that no support will be given to any initiative undertaken without public consultation.“We don’t support any of the two so long as there are no consultations with the people,” he said affirmatively.The General Secretary noted that the question of resolving the parking situation in the city requires wide consultations with all stakeholders so that whatever decision is taken is done in the interest of the people who will be affected.“There must be broad and wide consultations with the citizens of Georgetown and the consultations must be public-like town hall meetings. Then they must publish what came out of the consultations so that others who didn’t go should hear,” he remarkedMoreover, the PPP General Secretary outlined that another important factor that needs to be taken into consideration is the collection of revenues from either parking meters or parking lots.“Anything that has to do with the payment of monies… we have know how that is going to be in place also because if a person is going to walk around with a receipt book, we all know what could happen,” he stated.However, Rohee opted not to pronounce on whether his party will support either initiative, noting that he cannot preempt the outcome of the consultations, which he maintained is crucial.Only Monday, during an address to Councillors of the Georgetown Mayor and City Council (M&CC), President David Granger suggested that the Council consider introducing parking lots in the city to address the congestion.The Head of State did not make any mention during his address to the ongoing controversy surrounding the Parking Meters Project. Over the past weeks, City Hall came has come under fire for signing the contract with National Parking Systems/Smart City Solutions Inc.Many persons, including Councillors, have raised concerns about the lack of transparency in the deal, which they claim appears to be a shady one aimed at exploiting the local populace.In fact, Deputy Mayor Sherod Duncan had stated that he could not find proper information about the company or any records of it providing parking meter services in any other country.However, President Granger told the City Councillors on Monday that his Administration will continue to support the Council in their drive to push the urban development agenda, however it will have to be transparent and accountable in its operations.In light of the parking meter controversy, Cabinet has ordered that the Legal Affairs Ministry and the Attorney General’s Chamber review the contract between City Hall and the Guyanese-owned companies.
0Shares0000Manchester City’s Pep Guardiola (left) and his Manchester United counterpart Jose Mourinho © AFP / PAUL ELLIS, Geoff CADDICKLONDON, United Kingdom, Dec 8 – Old Trafford will be at the centre of the football universe on Sunday when Manchester United face Manchester City in a crucial top-of-the-table Premier League clash.Second-placed United trail leaders City by eight points and must win to have a realistic chance of overhauling their fierce local rivals. Both United manager Jose Mourinho and City boss Pep Guardiola can call on a galaxy of expensive stars as they seek a potentially season-defining victory.AFP Sport takes a closer look at the key performers and tactical decisions that will help settle the Manchester derby:GoalkeepersMourinho will believe he has the advantage between the posts after United’s David De Gea once again underlined his status as arguably the world’s best goalkeeper with a stunning display in last weekend’s win against Arsenal.The Spaniard made save after save, including a breathtaking double stop to keep out Alexandre Lacazette’s drive before regaining his balance to block Alexis Sanchez’s follow-up with his boot.After the calamities of Claudio Bravo and Willy Caballero last season, Guardiola has stabilised the goalkeeping situation at City with his £35 million ($47 million, 40 million euros) close-season signing of Ederson from Benfica.The Brazilian might not be in De Gea’s class yet but he is a solid shot-stopper and, just as importantly for Guardiola’s ball-retention philosophy, he has enough composure on the ball to start City’s attacks with his distribution.DefendersBoth Mourinho and Guardiola have overseen solid defences, with United conceding nine goals in their 15 league games and City allowing in 10 over the same period.Yet the rival bosses have gone about it in entirely different styles as Mourinho currently prefers three central defenders and two wing-backs, while Guardiola has gone for a back four of late.It has not been all plain sailing and Mourinho might be worried after United trio Marcos Rojo, Victor Lindelof and Chris Smalling endured a torrid time against Watford and Arsenal.First-choice centreback Eric Bailly remains sidelined and Mourinho says Rojo is tired after recently returning from a long-term injury, meaning Phil Jones could return this week following his own injury issues.Vincent Kompany and Nicolas Otamendi are likely to figure at the heart of City’s defence, but Guardiola must be alarmed by the way City have conceded so often from set pieces recently.Right-back Kyle Walker and Fabian Delph, a midfielder converted to left-back by Guardiola, have both provided the attacking impetus required by their coach.MidfieldersWith Antonio Valencia and Ashley Young enjoying strong seasons in the wing-back berths and Nemanja Matic giving solidity in the holding role, United have established a strong foundation in midfield.Crucially however, Mourinho will be without Paul Pogba as he serves a suspension for his red card against Arsenal.With doubts over Marouane Fellaini’s fitness, Ander Herrera is likely to deputise for Pogba, but the little Spaniard will not be able to replicate the France star’s muscular power and ability to impose his will on games.Guardiola has an embarrassment of riches as he ponders how best to seize control in the vital midfield battle.Fernandinho has anchored City’s rearguard, allowing creative lynchpins Kevin De Bruyne and David Silva freedom to roam in attacking areas, though Silva could be a fitness doubt for Sunday.If De Bruyne and Silva are able to dictate the tempo, United could be in for a long and painful afternoon.ForwardsAfter scoring 11 goals in his first 10 games for United, Romelu Lukaku hit a frustrating lean spell, so Mourinho will have been relieved to see the Belgian score against CSKA Moscow in midweek — just his second goal in his past 13 appearances.Jesse Lingard should start after his brace at Arsenal maintained the young winger’s impressive burst of form, while Marcus Rashford is unlikely to oust Anthony Martial on the other flank despite his goal against CSKA.If Mourinho needs to go for broke in the closing stages, the presence of Zlatan Ibrahimovic on the bench offers the chance to unsettle City with a more direct approach.Guardiola said he had learned a lesson when his introduction of Gabriel Jesus as a half-time substitute to play alongside Sergio Aguero helped City break down West Ham’s massed defence.Starting with both Jesus and Aguero at United would be a bold move but Guardiola has so many options he can keep Mourinho guessing until the last minute.Aguero’s 11 goals this season have made him City’s all-time leading scorer, but Jesus would offer more mobility if Guardiola plays on the counter.On the flanks, Raheem Sterling and Leroy Sane are both in top form, with England winger Sterling especially lethal in recent weeks.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
Northridge (7-8) seemed like it was going to pull away early in the second half. The Matadors went on a 9-0 run to open the second half, taking an 18-point lead on two free throws by Efevberha with 18:23 remaining. But Davis (5-12) kept it close with sharp shooting from the free-throw line. The Aggies made 13 of 19 freethrows in the second half and 25 of 34 for the game. Senior point guard Bakari Altheimer returned from a concussion and had four points and five assists. Locke out: Braswell announced that sophomore pointguard Robert Locke had left the team for personal reasons and is not expected back this year. Braswell refused further comment on the matter. Locke played his last game in Sunday’s loss to Long Beach State. At halftime, he told a trainer he was not able to continue playing because of a re-occurence of an abdominal injury that kept him out of the first eight games of the season. Altheimer did not play Sunday because of a concussion suffered in Friday night’s loss to UC Irvine. Freshman Jason Hill got the start in his place. Locke did not start the game and went scoreless in just seven minutes in the first half. For the season, Locke averaged 0.9 points in 9.9 minutes. Ramona Shelburne, (818) 713-3617 email@example.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card “We practiced harder this week than we have in a long time,” junior guard Mike Efevberha said. “We decided we had to tun this season around. The conference is still wide open, but we can’t afford any more losses.” Efevberha rebounded from his personal two-game slump with a game-high 22 points, seven rebounds and three steals. Efevberha didn’t start against Long Beach State on Sunday because Northridge coach Bobby Braswell was unhappy with his defense and how he was handling opponents’ double-teams. Efevberha scored just 10 points against the 49ers, but he earned his way back into the starting lineup with a good week of practice and seemed focused early on, scoring 13 points in the first half. Junior guard Jonathan Heard continued his trend of second-half outbursts, scoring 12 of his 15 points after halftime. “Something had to change,” Heard said. “We had to pick the intensity up and start clicking.” UC Davis isn’t a full-fledged member of the Big West yet, butit isn’t a pushover either. The Aggies proved everybit as scrappy as their reputation, making the Matadors work harder than anticipated for their 70-60 victory in front of 872 Thursday at the Matadome. It may not have been pretty – the teams combined for 52 personal fouls and four technical fouls – but after the game, Northridge was all smiles. After five losses in the past six games, where its offensive rhythm has looked about as smooth as some of the less-skilled celebrities on “Dancing With the Stars,” at least the Cal State Northridge men’s basketball team had something to look forward to this week, a date with a provisional Division I team, UC Davis. The Aggies came in with little fanfare and more than twice as many losses than wins. But two of their wins this season – then-nationally ranked Stanford and Big West Conference leader UC Irvine – had to give the Matadors pause.
Clifton’s first day at nearby King Middle School on Wednesday was a huge success. The class treated him like a star. “They said they saw me on TV and were real nice to me – even sang me a song,” Clifton says. “It was fun.” But the smile Clifton has put on his mother’s face fades as she prepares for another day of uncertainty. It’s been two weeks since Katrina drove her family out of New Orleans, and Ashley is tired of living in a converted hospital room with four bunk beds, three children, and a husband, Terrell, who has yet to find a job. For some of the evacuees, such as Darren Fountain and his family, the future looks bright. For the Hills, it remains dim. “We’re moving out (today) to San Bernardino,” Darren says while packing his family’s scant belongings. “I got a job as a waiter at a restaurant there and we’ve been given a place to live. I’m ready to go and start a new life for my family.” But before he does, Darren has one more thing he wants to say: “The people in L.A. are nothing but the greatest. Thank you.” Ashley Hill, however, doesn’t know what her family is doing wrong. No one’s offered them anything. “It’s like we’re in limbo, just livin’ day to day,” she says. “My babies can’t go on like this. We need a real home to call our own. Our old one is gone.” As she talks, her husband walks by on his way to a job fair being held in the parking lot. Maybe this week he’ll get lucky and find a job, she says. Catch a break for his family. Violetta Smith’s not looking for a job. She’s just looking to get back to New Orleans. So she spends most of her days watching the TV news for the latest updates on cleanup efforts in her hometown and baby-sitting her grandchildren. “L.A. has been so kind to us, but New Orleans is home,” she said. Out on Waterloo Street, Debbie Durant is walking to the bus stop. She’s seen her children off to school, and now she’s taking the bus to Torrance, where she has an interview set up to be a teacher’s aide at a group home for girls. “Things will be back to normal when I can stick the key in the door, and kick off my shoes at home,” she says. “But we’ve got to be patient. “My grandma always said, You don’t put a seed in the ground and get an apple the next day. It’s going to take some time. For all of us.” Dennis McCarthy’s column appears Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. — Dennis McCarthy, (818) 713-3749 firstname.lastname@example.org To volunteer or provide assistance, call the Dream Center at (213) 273-7000. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! DREAM CENTER, Calif. – The parking lot was nearly empty Thursday morning as Tiki Smith walked her three children onto Waterloo Street to meet the school bus. Gone were the TV news vans and long lines of cars that had blocked the street when the Hurricane Katrina evacuees first arrived at the former Queen of Angels Hospital in Echo Park. Now, more than 200 of them – mostly parents with young children – are just biding their time until they see where life takes them next. Home to New Orleans or a new life in L.A.? It’s been a week since I spent a couple of days with the evacuees, and the media glare has dimmed significantly. But that’s OK, these people say, because it’s more important that their children get some sense of normalcy back in their lives. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 And there isn’t anything more normal than a young mother standing on a street corner waving goodbye to her children on a school bus. “It’s their second day back at school since the hurricane and they’re excited, although it’s a little scary because they don’t know anybody,” Tiki says. “All their friends from their school back home in New Orleans are scattered across the country. I’m sure they’re probably scared, too.” Up on the fourth floor, 8-year-old Clifton Hill has just awakened and is playing on a Game Boy with his sister Brittany, 10. Their baby sister, Terryelle, was up sick most of the night, and Ashley Hill thought it better that her children sleep in than meet the school bus half-asleep.
14 December 2015South Africans should be encouraged during this year’s Reconciliation Month, running throughout December, to reach out to one another and help to build a united nation, according to the Department of Arts and Culture.This year’s Reconciliation Month takes place under the theme, “Bridging the divide: building a common South African nationhood towards a national developmental state”.Minister Nathi Mthethwa launched Reconciliation Month at the end of November at the War Museum in Bloemfontein, where he unveiled plaque in the Garden of Remembrance to honour men, women and children who perished in the concentration camps of the South African War – or Anglo Boer War – that was fought between 1899 and 1902.The minister also opened the Sol Plaatjie Exhibition space, which looks at the participation of black people in that war.“Reconciliation Month says that we ought to be walking this common road hand-in-hand, conscious of our past and confident of our future, no longer at the mercy of systems that divided us into black and white and men and women and saw no measure of equality between us,” he said.“Reconciliation Month reminds us that in 1994 with the first democratic elections, we set South Africa on the pathway towards a united, non-racial, non-sexist, democratic and prosperous reality characterised by nation-building and social cohesion and a better life for all.”OriginsThe Day of Reconciliation is an annual public holiday observed on 16 December. It was previously known as Dingane’s Day and Day of the Vow. It is a significant day in South African history; its origins can be traced to the Battle of Blood River in 1838. The Voortrekker army defeated the Zulu army at the battle in the Ncome River, which was fought over land ownership.This year’s Reconciliation Month will focus on recognising and highlighting the trials and tribulations of the Khoi and San people and the role they played in the liberation struggles against colonialism and apartheid.Did you know !ike e: xarra //ke on the code of arms is a language of the /Xam people meaning “diverse people unite” #Reconciliationmonth— Arts & Culture (@ArtsCultureSA) December 4, 2015Source: Department of Arts and Culture
Three leopards that had escaped from the Gopalpur Zoo and had spread panic in Palampur town were recaptured on Thursday and were brought back to the zoo.A spokesman of the State forest department said it was an act of sabotage by some miscreants who had cut the fence of the enclosures.The infringement was noticed by the zoo staff on Wednesday morning and the three leopards were missing.After a thorough search by the forest and zoo officials, the animals were captured from the nearby jungle.Trap laidA trap was laid and meat pieces were strewn all over to lure the big cats back to the enclosures. They were tranquilised and locked inside, the spokesman said.Some parents in Palampur did not send their children to the school on Thursday after news of the leopards escaping from the zoo spread. A police investigation has been ordered into the incident.
“We’ve seen him. He’s been here for a few times, not with this group, but we know how he plays. We’ve been monitoring him,” he said.Standhardinger will arrive in the country late Tuesday night and will immediately join the team practice on Wednesday afternoon.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutReyes noted that the inclusion of the 6-foot-7 Standhardinger will be a huge boost to the country’s frontline in the regional tilt, as he is set to team up with undersized big men like Kobe Paras, Troy Rosario, Raymar Jose, and Carl Bryan Cruz.“I think we have quite a good lineup of big men. That was the biggest deficiency of having an all-cadet team, that we didn’t have enough quality big guys. They are all undersized, but then with the addition of Christian and Kobe, we were able to address that. Hopefully, that would be enough to get the job done in the SEA Games,” he said. View comments Chot Reyes. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netNational team coach Chot Reyes surprised many on Tuesday when he enlisted Christian Standhardinger as part of Gilas’ lineup for the 2017 Southeast Asian Games.Though the Fil-German forward has yet to attend any practice sessions, the outspoken mentor said that their past knowledge of him was enough to give him a slot in the Philippine team.ADVERTISEMENT Jeff Horn could try another weapon Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony However, Reyes said changes could still be made with the team.“There’s always a possibility of changes. People get — God forbid — get injured, or they don’t come to practice and stuff, we have time to still make changes. The reserves are the other guys in the pool,” he said.“But for now, the way were looking at it, that’s the kind of lineup we’re hoping to field in the SEA Games. It’s a combination of cadets and new guys, plus two PBA vets.”ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire What ‘missteps’? WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken
Science has identified some 2 million species of plants, animals and microbes on Earth; however, there are millions more left to discover. New species are constantly discovered and described, some of them weirder than the last.Read below for a list of 10 new species that have been discovered in 2017:1. NyctibatrachusSeven new frog species were discovered in the Western Ghats of Kerala and Tamil Nadu.The new frog species belong to the genus Nyctibatrachus, commonly known as Night Frogs. Out of the seven newly discovered frog species, four are miniature-sized species, which can comfortably sit on a coin or a thumb-nail and are among the smallest known frogs in the world, Prof S D Biju, who led the new study team said in a release, according to PTI. Read: Thumb-nail sized frogs along with 6 other species discovered in Western Ghats2. Neopalpa donaldtrumpiA new moth species was found in parts of California and Baja, Mexico.Donald Trump was gearing up for the inauguration ceremony for taking the oath to be sworn in as the President of the United States, when the species was discovered. The moth was named Neopalpa donaldtrumpi because of his yellowish crown. Dr Vazrick Nazari, the evolutionary biologist who discovered the moth, said he chose the name to bring awareness to conservation challenges of the species of moths.Read: New moth species named after Donald Trump3. Arcella gandalfiFound in Brazil, a new species of amoeba has funnel shaped shells that have a striking resemblance to a wizard’s hat.advertisementIt has been given the name Arcella gandalfi, after the wizard Gandalf from The Lord of Rings, a series of novel by JRR Tolkien. “New amoeba species are very rarely discovered because they’re so tiny and not widely studied,” said Daniel J G Lahr, professor at University of Sao Paulo, according to PTI. The researchers say that the camoebians are among the 30-45 lineages of amoebae, which are known to exist worldwide. During their evolution, they developed the ability to produce differently shaped outer carapace or shell to protect themselves.Read: Newly discovered Amoeba species named after wizard’s hat 4. Nettorhamphos radula A new clingfish species was found in a specimen jar from the 1970s in the collection of the Western Australian Museum in Welshpool, Australia.Nettorhamphos radula is a tiny translucent fish, just a few inches long but holds between 1,800 and 2,300 teeth in its duckbill-like mouth. No one has ever seen N. radula in the wild. What the team found, and reported April 14 in the journal Copeia, was not an average clingfish. It has about 10 times as many teeth as other clingfish, all of which are cone-shaped and point inward, toward the fish’s throat. This may suggest that the teeth are used for gripping.The fish also has a wide upper jaw. All these features call for a new genus, and not just a species, since this fauna is pretty-well studied but this species has many unique characteristics.5. Synalpheus pinkfloydi A new species of pistol shrimp- small, burrowing crustaceans with one oversize claw was discovered in waters off the Pacific coast of Panama. The researchers who described the shrimp proposed a name for the new species that is inspired by the English rock band Pink Floyd, who just happened to be the scientists’ favourite band. Therefore, the species was named Synalpheus pinkfloydi. The crustacean sports a large snapping claw colored a brilliant pink, which provoked the researchers’ name choice. 6. Hydrolagus erithacus A new ghost shark species with bucktooth was discovered in the region between South Africa and Antarctica in the southeastern Atlantic and southwestern Indian Oceans. This is the 50th ghost shark species known to science and is the second largest species of ghost sharks ever discovered!This previously unknown ghost shark has rabbit-like teeth and a bulky head, and is nearly three feet in length. 7. Avicularia avicularia Three new species of massive, furry “bird-eater” spiders have been discovered, named Avicularia avicularia. The genus was first described in 1818, and they narrowed the number of species from 50 to 12, including these three species that hadn’t been discovered before. The three species were quite different from each other, but didn’t fit in any other genus. Therefore, the researchers named them also in the Avicularia genus.One, A. caei, is found only in Brazil. Another, A. lynnae, can be found in Ecuador and Peru. A. merianae, found only in Peru, was given its name in honor of Maria Sibylla Merian, a naturalist born in 1647 who famously painted an illustration of an Avicularia spider eating a bird.advertisement 8. Phanuromyia odo, Phanuromyia pauper, Phanuromyiaprinceps, corys, cranos, cudo, galeata and hjalmr Image source: phys.org A group of wasps with a horrific lifestyle has gained 15 new members. These newborns make a habit of laying their eggs in developing insects. Once a wasp baby emerges, it consumes its slushy host from the inside out.All of these species, which are mostly inhabitants of the neotropical region, which includes the tropical regions of North America, Central America and South America, have been named to match their strange lifestyle and appearances.One of the species is now called Phanuromyia odo after the character Odo, a shape-shifting changeling in the sci-fi television series Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. Though this species does not change its shape, but it does sport a range of variable features– so much so that the scientists thought that they were dealing with two different species.The name of another wasp, Phanuromyia pauper, was inspired by Mark Twain’s ‘The Prince and the Pauper’, indicating that the wasp lacks so-called longitudinal costae, or sculpturing in the surface of the insect’s outer skeleton, at the base of the largest part of its abdomen.Scientists have also found a “prince” for this pauper wasp. Phanuromyiaprinceps, whose species name was inspired by Twain’s prince character, looks similar to P. pauper, except this species shows sculpturing — tiny punctures that form a curved chevron shape on its abdomen.Five of the new wasps were given species names — corys, cranos, cudo, galeata and hjalmr – that mean “helmet” in other languages (two from Greek words, two Latin and one Old Norse), referring to the insects’ big heads. 9. Harryplax severus Named after Harry Potter wizards, this newfound crab was unearthed while digging along the shores of Guam, a US territory located in the western Pacific Ocean by late Harry Conley, an ex-Marine turned researcher.Researchers have identified it as a new genus twenty years after the discovery. Coincidentally, the scientists, one of them a self-proclaimed “Potterhead” seized the opportunity to name the undescribed critter Harryplax severus, after Harry Conley and JK Rowling’s character, Harry Potter.The crab is tiny, just 0.3 by 0.2 inches, and was found about 6.5 feet (2 meters) below the water’s surface during a low tide in 1998.Researchers state that they named it after Harry Potter because the wizard’s magical abilities aren’t too different from Conley’s talent for finding rare or new species, and that Conley’s work has “substantially advanced the cause of marine science,” they wrote in the study.Harryplax severus lives at deep depths, but has adapted to its environment by evolving to have small eyes, well-developed antennae and long, slender legs, the researchers said. 10. Hoolock gibbon A new gibbon species was discovered in southwest Asia, and scientists have named it for the famous Star Wars character, Hoolock gibbon. This new name is connected both to the high tree-top home and the ideas around the primate in the Chinese history.The primate joins two other species in the genus of hoolock gibbons: the western (Hoolock hoolock) and eastern hoolock (H. leuconedys) gibbons, which are geographically divided by the Chindwin River.advertisementIn studying the genetic characteristics of wild gibbons and museum specimens, the researchers defined apparent differences between the Skywalker hoolock and H. leuconedys. For instance, the Skywalker gibbons’ eyebrows are thinner and farther apart, and the shape of their skulls and teeth differentiate them from the other hoolock gibbons. Interested in General Knowledge and Current Affairs? Click here to stay informed and know what is happening around the world with our G.K. and Current Affairs section.To get more updates on Current Affairs, send in your query by mail to email@example.com
As a judge of the Supreme Court, and also as the Chief Justice of the Karnataka High Court before that, Justice (Retd.) Vikramajit Sen had encountered many challenging assignments.But, the 66-year-old is frank enough to admit that one of the most testing one came post retirement when he was named the new administrator of the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) by the Delhi High Court earlier this year.”It is a totally different ball game and I don’t think any judge would like this kind of an assignment,” Sen told INDIA TODAY in an exclusive chat, two days after witnessing another “ruckus” at the Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) at the Ferozeshah Kotla Stadium. The meeting, first adjourned and then organised the next day, was held to adopt the Article of Association. But, it ended in a familiar chaos. “They would like to see me fatigued and walk out. That is not going to happen,” says a visibly upset Sen. “I will soon submit a report to the Delhi High Court, to the bench which is seized of the matter. Like any other company, we will have to follow the Act and see how the elections go through. Maybe it will not be in this EGM with all these people there, maybe through some other system envisaged in the Companies Act. I must say that when I came in February, DDCA was starved of funds. The BCCI said that on your assurance we will send the money. They sent me a large amount of money. Now, seeing all that is happening, I have made it clear to them that if these amendments are not done then I will feel ethically bound to return this money to the BCCI. That is the reason why there is a move initiated by some of the most seasoned and respected cricketers to disaffiliate DDCA.”advertisementSen’s warning has come at a time when even the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Advisors (COA) has drawn sharp criticism from many for failing to make BCCI toe their line and implement the reforms suggested by the Lodha Committee. “There are so many groups entrenched in all these cricketing associations that they don’t want a change. They want to perpetuate the same leadership year after year. I am frankly appalled by the mismanagement, appalled by the failure to adhere to things like audits, for accounts to be available, for the minute book to be available. They don’t want any change it seems,” says Sen.The former SC judge had prepared well for the Tuesday meeting and was somewhat assured of things finally moving in the right direction.”I am very disappointed for the reason that this is something which the court has directed. The Lodha Committee had given some recommendations which are applicable all over the country. There were few recommendations which I had made. I had put them in colour scheme so that it is easily decipherable by every member of the DDCA. First, we told them about the Lodha Committee recommendations which are binding everywhere, then we told about the High Court recommendations which are also binding on everybody. Third colour scheme was of provisions of the Companies Act which are also mandatorily applicable to the Association. Article of Association was made several years ago therefore they didn’t feel the need to put in some provisions of the Companies Act. Our view was that since we are in the process of amending the articles, why not put everything there so that every member is aware of how the DDCA is to function in future. Recommendations coming from me were only there to facilitate the recommendations of the Lodha Committee and the directions of the Delhi High Court. They were very, very few and therefore, it shouldn’t have led to the ruckus that happened.”Sen knows well that the “old hands” will not let him have his way.”They have been there in various positions in the DDCA for such a long time. I told them to finish this exercise quickly so that I can hold elections, hand this association to the successors and let them do what they want to do with it. I was very optimistic that we would be able to carry out these amendments in the last meeting. They could have voted whichever way they thought was the right way to do. And, then we would’ve decided to go to next elections or not. I thought that by September or October, we would be over and done with this exercise. Now, I am still hopeful that we will finish by the end of the year. These amendments have to be carried out.”advertisementMeanwhile, the ‘old hands’ Sen is referring say that they have filed a conflict of interest plea in the High Court against the administrator and thus, with the matter being sub-judice, Sen cannot hold such a meeting. This was the second meeting held for the purpose of amending the Articles. Before him, Justice (Retd.) Mukul Mudgal, appointed as an Observer by the court, too had faced same stiff resistance from the DDCA members. “The difficulty was if the office bearers remained in place, we would have never been able to achieve the actual implementation of these orders and recommendations. That is why the High Court decided to set them away. Earlier, they were there just as (Mukul) Mudgal was also there. He went through the same problems. In all fairness to him, I should’ve had an easier way because there was no executive body simultaneously administering the association. But, the whole purpose was to get these articles amended, bring them in conformity with the various decisions given and hold a quick election and move out. That is what I was hoping to do. But, because it is being deferred, what was not really envisaged for a long time to take place was the actual administration,” said Sen.There is a forensic audit going on at the DDCA headquarters in Kotla Stadium these days which too hasn’t been spared of this ongoing drama.”We are holding a special audit which is going on right now but the auditors say that their hands are tight as they don’t get the documents. We don’t even get the minutes. I am sorry to say that if the minutes don’t surface then has no option left but to make the FIR. So, there are lots of problems. I would love to walk away but since this responsibility has been given to me, I refuse to be deterred from this job by these unruly elements,” warned Sen.
Left-arm spinner Kuldeep Yadav, who is almost a certainty to replace all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja in the Indian playing XI for the Pallekele Test against Sri Lanka, has insisted he will feel his hard work has paid off if he gets a chance to play in the dead rubber beginning Saturday.Shortly after bowling India to a comprehensive victory in the Colombo Test on Sunday that gave the tourists an unassailable 2-0 series lead, Jadeja was suspended for the third and final Test of the series having accumulated six demerit points inside a 24-month period.With Ravichandran Ashwin leading India’s spin attack, Yadav will look to take the second spinner’s place. However, the 22-year old faces competition from left-arm spinner Axar Patel, who has been selected as the backup option for the left-arm Chinaman for India’s third Test.”There is excitement wherever you play. There was excitement when I made my debut. If given a chance here in Sri Lanka, I will be happy because then I’ll know that my hard work has paid off. There is excitement but at the same time, nervousness is also there as you have to perform as well,” said Yadav, who is in line to make his overseas Test debut.The Chinaman bowler further heaped praise on skipper Virat Kohli, saying the latter makes everyone comfortable with the way he interacts.”Captain’s belief is very important for a player. Virat (Kohli) bhai (brother) fully supported me in West Indies,” he said.”The way he interacts with players on the field and the way he talked to me during the One-Day Internationals, I felt good because winning the confidence of the captain is important for a player,” he added.advertisementThe 22-year-old made his Test debut against Australia in the Dharamsala Test in March this year, where he impressed everyone with his four-wicket haul.