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2010 Pan Pacific Masters Games

first_imgTouch Football is one of the 34 sports on offer at the event and will be played from Wednesday, 10 November until Saturday, 13 November 2010 at Owen Park, Southport. The following divisions will be offered at the event:Men’s: 30+, 35+, 40+, 45+, 50+, 55+Women’s: 30+, 35+, 40+, 45+Mixed: W30+/M35+, W35+/M40+, W40+/M45+, W45+/M50+Team entries close on Friday, 24 September 2010. For more information on the 2010 Pan Pacific Masters Games, please visit the following website:www.mastersgames.com.aulast_img read more

Referee Team Awards and Allocations

first_imgPreceding the final day’s action at the 2015 Harvey Norman National Championships, the referee contingent gathered to acknowledge the outstanding individual performances over the past three days.  Giancarlo Leung, from Victoria, was presented with the Referee of the Tournament award. Renee Flach was awarded both the Manager’s award and Leading Female referee, while Luke Saldern received the Leading Male referee.Referees having been divided up into four small teams also voted on their team’s outstanding performance. Congratulations to Danielle Nunn, Greg Kidd, Andy Yon and Clint Jory who were recipients of these team awards.  Congratulations to the following referees on their grand final allocation Boys Championship – Grand Final Luke Saldern Mitch Mackenzie Tony CalabriaGirls Championships – Grand FinalGreg KiddChris BensteadRenee FlachBoys Community – Grand FinalGiancarlo LeungBrian BlechyndenKai MarutaGirls Community – Grand FinalAmanda SheekyDanielle NunnRob McKayBoys Developing – Grand FinalJake Davis Andrew YonAlex FaulknerGirls Developing – Grand Final Alison Watters Mitch Kennedy Adam TurnerThank you to all referees who officiated at the 2015 NYC ensuring the event ran smoothly and successfully. Keep up-to-date with all of the latest from the 2015 Harvey Norman National Youth Championships in the following ways:Website – www.nyc.mytouchfooty.comFacebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustraliaTwitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyausInstagram – www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustraliaYouTube – www.youtube.com/touchfootballausDownload ‘Team App’ and search for ‘National Youth Championships’ to keep up-to-date with all of the latest National Youth Championships related information.Related LinksReferee Awardslast_img read more

Kyler Murray Getting Blasted By Fans After Tweet

first_imgKyle Murray walks off the field.NORMAN, OK – SEPTEMBER 01: Quarterback Kyler Murray #1 of the Oklahoma Sooners walks off the field after the game against the Florida Atlantic Owls at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on September 1, 2018 in Norman, Oklahoma. The Sooners defeated the Owls 63-14. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)Kyler Murray, a former five-star quarterback recruit, is no longer part of Texas A&M’s football program after announcing his decision to transfer from the school Thursday afternoon. Apparently, fans aren’t thrilled with how it all played out.After the news initially broke, Murray took to Twitter to offer a statement on the matter. The responses he received probably weren’t what he was looking for. pic.twitter.com/9scALpH2Hf— Kyler Murray (@TheKylerMurray) December 18, 2015@TheKylerMurraypic.twitter.com/TVWiOLZsRV— Don (@DBlairIII) December 18, 2015@TheKylerMurray Who wrote that for you? Hope that door didn’t hurt your precious behind on your way out. Don’t need quitters.— Justin Corn (@aggie4231) December 18, 2015@TheKylerMurray ?? You deserted the guys in the locker room. That said good luck and try to avoid SEC linebackers in the future— george martin (@exracer16) December 18, 2015@TheKylerMurray No matter what, you will always be known as a quitter. Tough wrap to lose.— Beerandon (@austinag04) December 18, 2015@TheKylerMurray pic.twitter.com/uFzpqk6Wsn— Chris Williams (@JChrisWilliams) December 18, 2015@TheKylerMurray this is a byproduct of a kid who seeks instant gratification.— Billie Benton (@Picklesoutdoors) December 18, 2015@TheKylerMurray Kyler Murray skips leg day pic.twitter.com/Mim2bxw8IO— Zach Coates (@CoatesZa) December 18, 2015@TheKylerMurray pic.twitter.com/FvSUFVw49e— Andrew Olson (@Pastygangsta98) December 18, 2015.@TheKylerMurray pic.twitter.com/kl73cbP3s4— Hayden Hyde (@HaydenHydeNFL) December 18, 2015@TheKylerMurray pic.twitter.com/2iztMUu3Xl— Mirk Fouglas (@JRKoeijmans) December 18, 2015@TheKylerMurray @air14football what a disgrace to this university. Remember that quitting will be in the back of every scouts head.— Bradley King (@BradleyKingTX) December 18, 2015@TheKylerMurray They aren’t and weren’t your guys.— Donna Mencacci (@DonnaMencacci) December 18, 2015@TheKylerMurray bad decision bro. You will see in 4 years when your working for your dad…— Jeremy A (@jeremyalderete) December 18, 2015@TheKylerMurray Quitter. Quit on TWO Aggie teams. A&M has done so much for your family too. Unreal the lack of respect and maturity— SEC_Aggie (@jcbenedict) December 18, 2015@TheKylerMurray you really don’t have 1/1000 of the fans you and daddy think you have. Keep living the Allen HS dream. You’re soft AF.— Englebert Humperdink (@aggiewop) December 18, 2015@TheKylerMurray pic.twitter.com/jIOalQSC12— Brian Crow (@bkcrow) December 18, 2015@TheKylerMurray @Andy_Staples little midget diva. Go play baseball.— no win no cry (@1neatobendito) December 18, 2015It remains to be seen where Murray is headed next – and which sport he’ll play.last_img read more

Marcelo remains silent on Juventus links

first_imgReal Madrid’s Marcelo has refused to comment on speculation linking him with a surprise reunion with Cristiano Ronaldo at JuventusThe Portuguese star made the shock decision last month to end his trophy-laden nine-year spell at Real in favour of a new challenge and fresh environment at Juventus for this season.But since Ronaldo begun his pre-season training program alongside his new teammates in Turin, reports have emerged in Italy suggesting that the 33-year-old has asked the club board to sign Marcelo.Together the duo won four Champions League titles at Real and formed a close friendship with each other.Maurizio Sarri, JuventusMaurizio Sarri satisfied despite Juventus’ draw at Fiorentina Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Maurizio Sarri was satisfied with Juventus’ performance on Saturday afternoon after finishing a tough game at Fiorentina 0-0.But speaking ahead to Real’s derby showdown with Atletico Madrid in today’s UEFA Super Cup, Marcelo remained silent on the subject.“I’m not going to comment on my future, I’m just here to talk about the UEFA Super Cup,” said the Brazilian on the club website.Juventus’ own left-back Alex Sandro has been linked himself with a €50m exit this summer.last_img read more

Napoli have adjusted to Ancelottis style Sheva

first_imgAndriy Shevchenko believes Napoli players are adapting well to the style of his old Milan boss Carlo Ancelotti.Ancelotti took over after three years of Maurizio Sarri and is transforming their tactics from 4-3-3 to a versatile 4-4-2.“I like Carlo’s team, as they are competitive and Ancelotti has changed a few things with great wisdom,” Sheva told Football Italia via La Gazzetta dello Sport.Sacchi explains Sarri, Conte, and Ancelotti Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Arrigo Sacchi talked about how Sarri has a tougher time at Juventus than Conte at Inter; while Ancelotti’s “blood is boiling” at Napoli.Arrigo Sacchi…“Now Napoli are starting to play in his style, so this all confirms what we’ve known for a while: Carlo is an intelligent man and that is his greatest strength. He never gets swept away or distraught, he always maintains his balance.“Having said that, I struggle to see anyone prevent Juventus from taking the Scudetto again. The gap is too big, but they can work towards next season.”Napoli are currently in the hunt for the title but are likely to settle for a top-four finish with Juve running away with the title.last_img read more

Exconvict pleads not guilty to East Village murder held on 5 million

first_img October 19, 2018 Ex-convict pleads not guilty to East Village murder, held on $5 million bail KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom center_img SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — An ex-con who allegedly killed the proprietor of an East Village flooring-materials store at the victim’s downtown business during a robbery pleaded not guilty Friday to a murder charge that could lead to the death penalty if he’s convicted.Kevin Eugene Cartwright, 51, was ordered held on $5 million bail in the death of 49-year-old Ghedeer “Tony” Radda of El Cajon.The defendant faces a charge of murder with special circumstance allegations of murder during a robbery and murder during a burglary.District Attorney Summer Stephan will decide later whether Cartwright will face life in prison without the possibility of parole or capital punishment if he’s found guilty.Radda, a married father of two young children, was fatally shot at his Bottom Price Flooring store in the 1000 block of G Street on Oct. 10 about 3:30 p.m.Deputy District Attorney Matthew Greco called the attack on Radda “a calculated, violent and lethal ambush.”Radda was lured into a back room by a woman wearing a purple wig, Greco said. Cartwright then allegedly came into the room, shot Radda multiple times, and took money from the register, the prosecutor said.The woman fled in the defendant’s car and remains at large, according to Greco, who said Cartwright fled on foot.Homicide detectives arrested Cartwright on Wednesday in El Cajon.Greco said Cartwright went to prison for 10 years for a series of eight robberies in 1989 and was sent back to prison in 2005 after being convicted of possession of drugs.He’s due back in court on Oct. 24 for a bail review. A status conference was scheduled for Nov. 15.Anyone with information on the female suspect was asked to call Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477. Updated: 5:30 PM Posted: October 19, 2018last_img read more

Soldotna Looks At Purchasing 2019 Ford Explorer Police Interceptor

first_imgIn a letter to the council the city intends to purchase the vehicle from Kendall in Anchorage. The city appropriated the necessary funds to purchase the vehicle when establishing the budget for this fiscal year. According to the ordinance, the total cost for the purchase is $33,210; and the necessary funds were appropriated in the FY 2019 operating budget for this purchase. The resolution will be on the consent agenda at the meeting on Wednesday, September 12, at 6pm. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Soldotna City Council will introduce a resolution at their meeting on Wednesday to approve the purchase of a new 2019 Ford Explorer Police Interceptor.last_img read more

Hanley Wood Elevates Goldstone to President

first_imgPeter Goldstone, who served as president of Hanley Wood’s business media unit, has been promoted to the newly-created position of president of the company.In a memo to staffers, Hanley Wood CEO Frank Anton said that in addition to continuing to oversee the media business division, Goldstone [pictured] will lead the exhibitions group and help “forge a much tighter integration of the company’s go-to-market strategy with its magazines, Web sites and trade shows.”“We’re getting more serious about being a fully-integrated media company,” Anton told FOLIO:. “As we see it, this promotion will give us a significant competitive advantage in good times and bad.” As president, Goldstone will continue to report to Anton, as will marketing president Jeanne Milbrath, Market Intelligence group president Andy Reid, CFO Matt Flynn, CIO Jeff Craig and human resources vice president Bill McGrath.Last month, exhibitions group president Galen Poss and group executive vice president Michael Green resigned. Their departures marked a change in reporting structure within the group, as Poss’ replacement—former exhibitions vice president Rick McConnell—began reporting to Goldstone, not Anton. Hanley Wood’s new leadership structure is similar to the period between 1995 and 2005 when Mike Wood served as CEO and Anton served as president, reporting to Wood, Anton said.last_img read more

Filipino Muslims set to approve autonomy law

first_imgMoro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) members secure Camp Darapanan in Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao on the southern island of Mindanao on 29 July 2018. Nearly 100,000 members of the Philippines` largest Muslim rebel group gathered on 29 July to discuss a landmark law granting them autonomy, expressing hope it would make their `dream of peace` a reality. — AFPLeaders of the Philippines’ mainstream separatist group on Sunday urged Muslims in the country’s south to support a new autonomy law designed to tackle extremism and defuse a half-century of conflict in a referendum later this year.The Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), which signed a peace deal with the government four years ago, gathered tens of thousands of supporters from all over the southern province of Mindanao to its base to begin a massive campaign for the law’s approval.President Rodrigo Duterte last signed the new autonomy legislation, called Bangsamoro Organic Law, allowing self-rule for Muslims in 2022, hoping to end a conflict that has killed more than 120,000 people and displaced 2 million.“Our real journey toward self-determination is just starting,” Mohagher Iqbal, the rebel group’s chief negotiator, told Reuters by telephone, saying there are still challenges ahead that could stop the implementation of the law.Speaking earlier to thousands of supporters, including women and children, he asked them to vote for the approval of the law expanding the territories covered by the Muslim autonomous area in the south, although he warned of some potential obstacles.“We still don’t know if there are groups or individuals who will question the new autonomy law before the Supreme Court,” he told a cheering crowd in a speech livestreamed on social media. Supporters chanted “Allahu Akbar” and “Yes to BOL” in the rebel camp in the middle of coconut and banana groves.In 2008, close to a million people were displaced in central Mindanao region when violence erupted after the Supreme Court canceled a deal on ancestral domain with the MILF. A small but more radical splinter rebel group has since emerged, and has aligned with pro-Islamic State militant forces.MILF leaders said they are trying to avoid a similar episode that could lead to extremist groups taking hold in the south. The rebel group is expected to dominate the 80-member Bangsamoro transition government that will be formed after the referendum.The Bangsamoro area includes part of the Philippines’ second-largest island of Mindanao, and a chain of dozens of small islands to the west notorious for piracy and banditry.An estimated five million Muslims live in the region, which has the predominantly Catholic nation’s lowest levels of employment, income, education and economic development.The United Nations, European Union, United States and Japan welcomed the passing of the new autonomy law, hoping for an end to violence and a start to the region’s economic reconstruction.last_img

Houston Foster Child Death Spurs Concerns Over Placement Shortages

first_imgLaura Skelding for The Texas TribuneThe Texas Department of Family and Protective Services building in Austin.As Texas Department of Family and Protective Services officials continue investigating the death of a girl who escaped a Child Protective Services office, advocates and legislators are grappling with the worst-case scenario of the state’s shortage of homes for abused and neglected children.The girl, 15, who had been staying in a Child Protective Services office in Houston, was hit and killed by a minivan on Sunday morning, according to a report from the Dallas Morning News. Another girl, 17, was injured in the incident but released from medical care. The two had been reportedly missing from the office for more than 10 hours and were walking on the side of the road. The 17-year-old had already run away from two different CPS offices within three days before the accident.The girl’s death comes as the Legislature works to pass long-sought child welfare bills ahead of the session’s May 29 end. Advocates have decried the Houston incident as an example of how badly Texas needs to recruit more foster and adoptive families, particularly ones willing to take in older children dealing with trauma and behavioral problems. They also point to the perils of leaving caseworkers to watch unplaced children after hours with little recourse if they run away.When Department of Family and Protective Services caseworkers cannot find a foster home, an emergency shelter or residential treatment center for a child, oftentimes Texas children are forced to sleep in hotels or CPS offices until a suitable placement is found.Department spokesman Patrick Crimmins said in an emailed statement the agency is reviewing its overnight office stay policy and trying to determine what happened with the two girls in Houston.“If we need to make changes we will,” Crimmins said. “As far as the workers, we are talking to them to get a picture of exactly what was going on at that particular office. If we think discipline is appropriate that will happen but it is too early to know.”Under the Department of Family and Protective Services’ policy on taking care of children sleeping in offices, at least two adults must be on duty; children have to have three meals and at least one snack per day, with no more than four hours passing during the day between feeding times; each child must have their own sleeping space, clean sheets, towels, blankets, bedspreads, pillows and toiletries; and workers have to find a place for children to bathe if there is still no place for them to go after 24 hours. They also require “sufficient recreational activities,” including television, board games or playtime outside.“Supervising adults must remain awake, be ready to meet the needs of the child if the environment becomes unsafe, and prepared to maintain the safety of the other children,” the policy reads.Myko Gedutis, an organizer focused on child welfare issues for the Texas State Employees Union, said Sunday’s incident was a tragedy that was “bound to happen” as having kids sleeping in offices is not a good idea to begin with.“[Caseworkers] can’t lay a hand on a kid, they can’t grab them, tackle them or lock them in a room,” Gedutis said. “They’re asking employees watching these kids to do the impossible.”With the ongoing investigation, it’s unclear how effective the agency’s missing child policy was when the two girls ran away. When a child goes missing, caseworkers have to notify local police within 24 hours and then notify the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. From there, they request help from a special investigator from the department. Caseworkers can try to convince older children that want to leave to stay put, but they cannot do much else.The Houston incident is an example of how it takes “the worst possible event to make change happen” in the child welfare system, said Will Francis, government relations director for the National Association of Social Workers’ Texas chapter.Francis said that neither the department or the Legislature has properly addressed the lack of placements available for children or eased the burden on already overworked caseworkers working off the clock to watch children in offices.  “I worry this will empower some people to sort of push some of their own bills that they think are going to push [placements],” Francis said. “We need to put dollars into recruitment, and I think ultimately that recruitment needs to be as broad as possible. We need to think Texas-wide … we need to think about how to get everyone engaged.” Read related Tribune coverage:House State Affairs Committee members heard testimony Wednesday afternoon on House Bill 3859, which would allow faith-based organizations to exercise their “sincerely held religious beliefs” when participating as providers in Texas’ child welfare system.  Share After months of calls from advocates to take drastic measures, both chambers unanimously passed bills on Wednesday that would change how the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services cares for vulnerable children.This article originally appeared in The Texas Tribune at https://www.texastribune.org/2017/04/03/houston-foster-child-death-spurs-concerns-over-placement-shortages/.Texas Tribune mission statementThe Texas Tribune is a nonprofit, nonpartisan media organization that informs Texans — and engages with them — about public policy, politics, government and statewide issues.center_img Texas legislators are considering sharpening religious protections for faith-based groups the state hires to place children in foster homes. Critics say that could give religious groups license to discriminate.last_img read more

Houstons Convention Facilities Head Challenges Dismissal

first_imgHouston’s skyline continues to change with the addition of new high-rise residences.Houston First operates the city’s performing arts and convention facilities. Since last September, Dawn Ullrich had been asked by the board about her retirement plans. She finally gave notice that she’d retire at the end of 2018, but the board accepted that as an immediate resignation. Her attorney is former Houston City Attorney David Feldman.“Well, she didn’t resign. She just announced that she was going to retire at the end of the year.”Mayor Sylvester Turner said Ullrich sent emails announcing her retirement without approval from the board, even as negotiations were taking place.“But I wish Dawn well. She’s been with the city a long time, and she’s been a dedicated servant to the City of Houston, but ultimately I support the decision of the board.”Ullrich has been a city employee for 40 years. There’s no appeal process, and attorney Feldman said he can’t reveal what — if any — legal actions are planned. Listen X Share 00:00 /00:53 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:last_img read more

Step to check mental illness in schoolchildren

first_imgKolkata: The West Bengal Commission for Protection of Child Rights will propose the state education department to issue instructions to all the schools to create an additional column in the school dairy where a guardian has to mention the details if his/her child suffers from any mental problems.West Bengal Commission for Protection of Child Rights chairperson Ananya Chatterjee Chakraborti on Tuesday said that they will soon submit the proposal to the education department so that both the private and government aided schools can adopt a new system thereby leaving an extra column in the school dairy where parents can mention if the children are affected with any mental ailments. The patients will have to mention some details as what sort of treatment a child has been undergoing and what medicines a child has been taking. It has often been found that the children suffer from some problems but the school authorities do not have any clues about the mental traits of the students. Chatterjee Chakraborti said that in our country, the mental traits of a child are often ignored as a result these problems remain unaddressed. A proposal would soon be submitted to the education department so that the new system can be introduced in both private and government schools. The school authorities will get to know a student’s mental condition by going through the extra column in the dairy. The school will also be able to assess if a student suffers from mental depression or any psychological problems. It was learnt that the education department will implement the proposal after going through it. The move has been taken after Kritika Pal, a Class X student from a renowned school in the city committed suicide inside the washroom of the school on June 21. The post mortem report confirmed that she died of suffocation and multiple cut injuries were found in her wrist. It became clear to the police after going through her suicide note that she was under some mental pressure but the school authorities were not aware about it.last_img read more

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"University Park is the best place for Springfest and Town Square would be Plan B, helium, tourism and retail.the author — a formerBBCjournalist and now senior fellow at the Washington-based Middle East Media Research Institute — will examine how sociological realities of India and the promise of democracy interact with each other in shaping the lives of the Indian citizen This report is the sixth in a series called "Democracy in India" Ajmer: On this trip to examine the workings of democracy in India I met three senior citizens who are in their 70s-80s: Ram Bhuwan Singh Kushwah in Bhopal Suryadev Bareth of Kishangarh-Bas near Alwar in Mewat region and Om Prakash Sharma in Ajmer All of them have witnessed the inter-generational journey of democracy in India Kushwah has forty years of experience in journalism and was part of the anti-Emergency struggle Bareth is a highly learned person was awarded Padam Shri in 1971 and has served as pradhan (panchayat head) Professor Sharma has taught political science for three decades at the DAV College in Ajmer Since all three are well placed by the factor of their experience and age to comment on India’s democratic journey I asked them to comment on what distinguishes the early decades of our democracy from the recent decades The first change seems to be the political parties opening wings in the name of minorities Scheduled Castes & Tribes and later women and Other Backward Classes (OBCs) Representational image Reuters Kushwah says that in the first few decades since the Constitution came into force in 1950 there were no wings in political parties but by the 1970s non-Congress parties began forming morchas (fronts) in the name of caste and religion Kushwah now associated with the Swami Vivekananda Kendra recalls that in the 1970swhen the Jan Sangh formed caste-based morchas its members opposed this move but today even the BJP the successor to Jan Sangh has established such morchas as a permanent part of the party structure In reaction to the Jan Sangh Congress too established SC/ST and minority wings he says adding that before this such caste-based and religion-based "cells" used to exist only in the apparatus of government It means that caste and minority which were part of a constitutional mechanism to alleviate the backwardness of these marginalised communities have spread from government institutions into the political culture of Indian democracy and further into society Consequently with the march of democracy in India we are also witnessing the growing role of caste and religion in causing social fissures in our society This might also be due to the fact that democracy is empowering certain marginalised communities while disempowering communities which have traditionally held a grip on power Caste is a good example to explain this The 2 April Bharat Bandh organised by Dalit communities was met with a rival bandh on 10 April called by the upper so-called general castes who demanded an end to the provision of reservation in jobs and legislatures In this entire process it is forgotten that caste has been effectively a system of reservation in Indian society for thousands of years Nothing has changed this system not even the quota offered under constitutional provisions Professor Sharma observes that caste was not a factor during the 1950s and 1960s but it has entered our political system now "Jativad (casteism) was started by Charan Singh from Uttar Pradesh" he says adding that it acquired deeper roots in Indian polity when VP Singh decided to implement the Mandal Commission report on the reservation for OBCs Sharma insists that while some groupism existed involving socialists and communists in our politics in the early decades of democracy casteism did not The third part of this series on the workings of democracy examined the turbulent cyclical relationship between caste and politics in India About the role of religion which divided India in 1947 Sharma notes that while the politics of religion was fostered by Muslim leaders it was also used by Sikh leaders like Master Tara Singh who had initially demanded a separate country for Sikhs and later limited this demand for a province It is also the case that the Congress under Jawaharlal Nehru had been seeking the help of Imam Bukhari of Delhi’s Jama Masjid right from the 1950s to garner Muslim votes So current political parties wooing Islamic clerics for votes may not be something new to Indian democracy While the Congress held dominance over the Indian democratic system in early decades several new political parties emerged subsequently With the birth of regional parties in different states such as Andhra Pradesh Bihar and Uttar Pradesh the nature of Indian polity altered and a "multi-party system" began emerging Suryadev Bareth former Pradhan of Kishangarh-Bas in Alwar district Firstpost/Tufail Ahmad "As the new parties came up they began thinking of their own interests" Sharma says adding: "In the 1950s and 1960s no one would even think so much of vote-banks as we think of now" The focus of political parties subsequently turned he says to building and entrenching their long-term vote-banks Therefore Indian democracy began changing fundamentally in the following respects: caste became a key factor in our politics; the use of religion in our politics continued despite the bloody experience of the partition; the proliferation of political parties led to the creation of vote-banks Suryadev Bareth is an optimistic person even in the face of worst criticism He notes that political parties are in the process of Darwinian transformation "Caste and religion are not something new Parties are expressive of new realities" he says adding that India has made great strides given the fact the Islamic invasions and the British rule had created gaps between the rulers and the ruled "In the 1950s and 1960s power was concentrated at the top but with the march of democracy there is a big devolution of power to districts and villages" Bareth says He cites some achievements during past 70 years of Indian democracy: the gradual erosion of caste from social if not political life; spread of women’s education across India independence of the judiciary positive role of the Election Commission of India and legislative measures such as the Right to Information Act and the Panchayati Raj system introduced by the 73rd Amendment He is right As per the Ministry of Panchayati Raj there are 248752 elected councils at the village level 6307 at the intermediate level and 601 at the district level There are 19 states which provide for50 percent reservation of seats to women in Panchayati Raj institutions Even though the elected women sarpanches are mostly represented by their husbands and sons in meetings they are also learning along the way In 2016 out of 2911961 elected representatives at least 1345 lakhs were women This might be a silent revolution taking place in India Its fruits will be seen in next few decades as more educated women take charge of village councils As I took his leave I asked Bareth: Should the new generation of Indians worry about the use of caste religion and widespread corruption in Indian democracy Bareth writes Urdu ghazals He said he once met a poet in the town of Tonk in Rajasthan and asked him why is it that Tonk produces many Urdu poets He got a reply: "Hamein daad dena aata hai (We the people of Tonk know how to praise poets)" He told me: "Logon ka savbhav hai ninda karna (people’s character is to criticise) We should learn to appreciate our achievements" Read Part 1:BJP Congress prioritise community over individual use caste and religion to enslave citizens Read Part 2:Use of religion by ruling parties overwhelms secular character of Indian State Read Part 3:Caste and politics continue to collide sometimes violently in a cyclical struggle for power Read Part 4:Rule of law routinely trampled upon by politicians in power who act like ‘new kings’ Read Part 5:Cities are drivers of democratic change secure rights and liberties of individuals Read Part 7:Country’s polity vastly unaccountable to citizens despite relative success of democratic process Read Part 8:Strong democratic process engendering surplus of free speech empowering communities The author is touring India to write a series on the workings of democracy He is a senior fellow at the Middle East Media Research Institute Washington DC He tweets@tufailelif The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has pulled three of its scientists from a major conference on Monday where they were set to speak about the impacts of climate change on New England’s largest estuary the New York Times reports The last-minute cancellation is raising alarms about attempts to stifle discussion on climate change at the federal regulating body the Times says The EPA did not provide a rationale for the change of plans EPA administrator Scott Pruitt nominated to the position by President Donald Trump has been a vocal denier of the scientific consensus that human-made greenhouse gases are a primary driving force of global warming "Its definitely a blatant example of the scientific censorship we all suspected was going to start being enforced at EPA" John King a professor of oceanography at the University of Rhode Island told the Times King chairs the science advisory committee of the Narragansett Bay Estuary Program which is hosting the conference at which the EPA scientists are no longer speaking One of those scientists ecologist Autumn Oczkowski was scheduled to deliver the conference’s keynote address Rose Martin a postdoctoral fellow from the same EPA laboratory as Oczkowski and EPA consultant Emily Shumchenia were slated for an afternoon panel on "The Present and Future Biological Implications of Climate Change" All three scientists had heavily contributed to a 400-page report to be launched on Monday according to the Times The move comes just days after the EPA made changes to one of its websites Dozens of mentions of climate change have been scrubbed and pages detailing the risks of global warming were either toned down or wholly removed according to the Times The website itself has been renamed from “Climate and Energy Resources for State Local and Tribal Governments” to “Energy Resources for State Local and Tribal Governments” Write to Laignee Barron at LaigneeBarron@timeinccom 5. most studies of resilience interventions in children ask one of two questions: Does a program promote existing mental health by helping children cope with war and displacement? he began an internship at KSFY.

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