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Dec
3

Arunachal Pradesh, where moves are afoot to keep out migrants

first_imgAs Assam gets ready to publish the final draft of the National Register of Citizens by June 30, neighbouring Arunachal Pradesh is tightening its borders.What happened?Last month, contractors in East Siang district of Arunachal Pradesh said 90 infrastructure projects were on hold because 2,000 labourers had left to ensure that their names figured in the NRC. More than a fortnight later, the police in Longding district caught 87 labourers without the Inner Line Permit (ILP) and pushed them back to where they came from — Assam. Similar drives against “ILP violators” saw more than 350 people being thrown out from other districts of the State over the next few days. But the administration in Itanagar indicated that the drive had more to do with keeping out illegal migrants “who may create a law and order problem and disturb peace.” This is linked to the theory that Assam might end up with lakhs of stateless people after the final draft is made public.Where is ILP applicable?A British-era system, the ILP is a travel document Indian citizens need to possess to enter the frontier States of north-eastern India: Aruanchal Pradesh, Mizoram and Nagaland. It is issued under the Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulation, 1873, to regulate the movement of people who do not belong to these States. The ILP is valid for a week, but can be extended. People who frequent these States for work can opt for a special ILP renewable annually. Since the ILP is mandatory for Indians and the Protected Area Permit for foreigners, the fact that the labourers ejected from Arunachal Pradesh did not possess the permit put their nationality under a cloud.Where does NRC fit in?Two days after the first draft of the NRC was published on December 31, 2017, Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal said those who were identified as foreigners after failing to make it to the list would be barred from all constitutional rights. Political commentators have said the NRC may leave 5 to 10 lakh people, mostly those with the ‘Bangladeshi’ tag, stateless. Assam’s neighbours fear some of those declared non-citizens may relocate to their territories to cash in on the demand for cheap labour. On January 4, Aruanchal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu ordered the police to strengthen vigil along the border with Assam. Around the same time, the former Nagaland Home Minister, Kuzholuzo Nienu, wanted to bring the State’s commercial hub Dimapur under the purview of the ILP because “illegal migrants sneak into Nagaland through the city.” The ILP is not applicable in Dimapur.Where will they go?The sister States often blame Assam for their problems with “illegal migrants” who are ironically indispensable as skilled and unskilled workers. Nagaland even has a term for them — IBI, which expands to Illegal Bangladeshi Immigrant. Organisations such as the Naga Students’ Federation conduct a ‘census’ to keep a record on the number of non-Nagas as well as IBIs. In 2008, several Bengali-speaking Muslims were driven out of Nagaland’s Mokokchung town, and this triggered vigilantism against “demography-changing” migrants. A similar drive happened in 2015, while in October 2017, residents of Chumukedima town adopted a resolution to keep IBIs out. Social scientists in Assam say the movement of flood- and erosion-displaced people to urban spaces usually trigger doomsday theories about illegal migrants outnumbering the indigenous people in the near future. The bulk of such people live on impermanent chars or sandbars on the Brahmaputra river system. There are more than 3,500 sandbars in Assam, though the official count, according to the last census by the State’s Char Areas Development Authority 14 years ago, is 2,089. These chars had 24.9 lakh people then, 9.35% of Assam’s population. It is believed the ‘ILP violators’ or ‘IBIs’ or the stateless-to-be will disappear — allegedly to the chars that often fall off the radar of the administration — until their need to survive meets the demand for labour.last_img read more

Nov
28

India enter knock-outs after victory

first_imgIndia qualified for the knock-out stage of the Asian Games football competition for the first time since 1982 after outplaying Singapore 4- 1 in Guangzhou on Thursday. India fired three quick goals in the second half to register their first win in the tournament which helped them finish third in Group D with three points.India made it to the knock-out Round of 16 on better goal difference. In 2002 and 2006, they had missed out on the same basis. In another match, defending champions Qatar beat Kuwait 2-0 to top Group D with seven points from two wins and a draw. Kuwait finished second in the group with six points from two wins.Jewel Raja (13th), Balwant Singh (62nd), Khagembam Jibon Singh (67th) and Maithani (75th) scored for India while Lou Zhenlun reduced the margin for Singapore in the 83rd minute. The top two teams from each of the four groups and the four best third-placed teams will qualify for the Round of 16.The final six group matches of the competition will be played on Saturday but India have secured a place in the knock-out round as Uzbekistan and Maldives, the third-placed teams of Group E and F respectively, have been eliminated. India, who earlier lost 0-2 and 1-2 against Kuwait and Qatar respectively, have a better goal difference of zero than Uzbekistan (minus one) while Maldives have two points after three matches.Coach Sukhvinder Singh started with Gurpreet Singh Sandhu in goal with Laxmikant Kattimani yet to recover from the injury he suffered during the match against Qatar.advertisementFanai Lalrorama was brought in defence in place of Robert Lalthlamuana, who was suspended after a double booking. Jewel Raja put India ahead but they went into the breather still unsure of a knock-out round berth. They came out in the second half firing on all cylinders and pumped in three goals in the space of 13 minutes.Sukhvinder did not make any substitutions in the match and it was commendable for the boys to play the full 90 minutes and come out winners against the opponents who had played out a goalless draw againt Qatar.- With inputs from PTIlast_img read more

Nov
28

Man Utd tight-lipped on likely Louis van Gaal appointment

first_imgLouis van Gaal is likely to take over Manchester United as their new managerDutchman Louis van Gaal remains favourite to become Manchester United’s new manager but media reports that he would be confirmed on Thursday before the release of the club’s financial results proved unfounded.The former Ajax Amsterdam, Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss is preparing to lead Netherlands at next month’s World Cup and United are anxious to name the successor to the sacked David Moyes before the tournament kicks off in Brazil.”Everyone at the club is working hard to ensure the team is back challenging for the title and trophies next season,” executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward said in a statement.Van Gaal, 62, has been the leading contender for the role since Moyes was fired in April, 10 months after replacing Alex Ferguson who retired after 26 glittering years at the helm of England’s biggest club.Reports on Thursday said United’s longest-serving player Ryan Giggs, who managed the team for the final four games of the Premier League season, had held talks with Van Gaal about becoming his number two.United finished the season in seventh place, meaning they will be without European football next season.Should Van Gaal take charge he will have the task of rebuilding the squad and mounting a title challenge next season and would almost certainly have a large transfer kitty after United reported a 60 percent increase in quarterly profits.last_img read more

Nov
16

Virat Kohli becomes all-time leading IPL scorer during 49-ball 84

first_imgVirat Kohli hit his 35th fifty in the Indian Premier League as Royal Challengers Bangalore sought to bounce back following four successive defeats this season. Up against Kolkata Knight Riders, Kohli came out all guns blazing and became the 2nd fastest after Chris Gayle to reach 8000 T20 runs.RCB have struggled in the 2019 IPL and Virat Kohli had failed to lead from the front in the first four matches. However, back in Bengaluru, Kohli hit top gear against a top bowling attack and blazed away to a 49-ball 84. This was Kohli’s first fifty of the season.In 2016, Virat Kohli had smashed 973 runs and 4 hundreds as RCB came from nowhere to storm into the final against Sunrisers Hyderabad. This year, RCB need more of that magic from Virat Kohli if they are to make an impact on the tournament.The @RCBTweets Skipper departs after a terrific knock of 84 runs #RCB 172/1 pic.twitter.com/bJl9RnuCCdIndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 5, 2019In the course of the innings on Friday, Virat Kohli also became the leading run-scorer in the IPL., leaving Suresh Raina 2nd in the race. Raina will of course have the chance to reclaim top spot on Saturday when Chennai Super Kings host Kings XI Punjab.Virat Kohli and Suresh Raina are the only two players to score 5000 runs in the IPL. Both men got to the landmark this year.Rohit Sharma (Mumbai Indians) is 3rd in the list of most runs in the IPL with 4600 runs. David Warner (Sunrisers Hyderabad) is 4th with 4278 runs. Robin Uthappa (Kolkata Knight Riders) is 5th with 4242 runs.advertisementVirat Kohli has been in sensational form for India but he looked far from his best for RCB the last two seasons. Even then, Kohli scored 530 runs from 14 matches last season.After losing the final in 2016, RCB finished last on the points table in 2017 when they won only 3 out of 14 matches. In 2018, RCB finished 6th on the points table.Also Read | KXIP bench strength very strong in IPL 2019: KL RahulAlso Read | We at KXIP enjoy winning games for each other: Sam Curranlast_img read more

Oct
28

11 days agoJonathan Kodjia to be fit for Aston Villa clash with Brighton

first_imgJonathan Kodjia to be fit for Aston Villa clash with Brightonby Paul Vegas11 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveJonathan Kodjia could be fit for Aston Villa’s clash with Brighton.The striker has not featured for more than two months after suffering an ankle injury in the 3-1 opening day defeat at Tottenham, before then breaking a cheekbone in a freak training ground accident. The Express & Star says Kodjia has now been training for more than a fortnight wearing a specially designed mask and is ready to fight for a place in the squad for the match against the Seagulls.The 29-year-old is now behind both Wesley and Keinan Davis in the pecking order but will provide boss Dean Smith with further competition up front.Villa are stepping up preparations for the weekend as they look to kick on after their excellent 5-1 win at Norwich prior to the international break. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Oct
27

Predicting The 1st Loss Of The Season For Every Power 5 Team

first_imgPower 5 conference logos.Predicting every team’s first loss. Every college football team is currently undefeated. And, in the minds of many of these teams’ fan bases, their team will still be undefeated once September, October and November come to an end.  Power 5Predicting every team’s first loss.They are wrong, though. Pretty much every college football team will suffer at least one loss during the 2016 season. Only one Power 5 team went undefeated through the conference championship games last season, Clemson. And the Tigers, of course, didn’t end their campaign unblemished, falling to Alabama in the College Football Playoff title game. So a loss is coming, at some point, for all of your teams. We’re going to predict when that first loss is coming for every Power 5 team (and Notre Dame). Here are our predictions. Start With The ACC >>>Pages: Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6last_img read more

Oct
18

Tata Motors Group August global wholesales down 32

first_imgMumbai: Tata Motors Group on Wednesday reported a decline of 32 per cent in August’s global wholesales, including that of Jaguar Land Rover, over the corresponding period of last year. According to the company, the global wholesales during the month under review declined to 72,464 units. “Global wholesales of all Tata Motors’ commercial vehicles and Tata Daewoo range in August 2019 were at 25,366 nos, lower by 45 per cent, over August 2018,” the company said in a statement. “Global wholesales of all passenger vehicles in August 2019 were at 47,098 nos, lower by 22 per cent, compared to August 2018.” As per the statement, global wholesales for Jaguar Land Rover were 39,615 vehicles.last_img read more

Oct
17

Bear cub rescued near mothers body dies unexpectedly in wildlife refuge

first_imgTOFINO, B.C. — A bear cub that was rescued near his mother’s dead body in Tofino, B.C., has died unexpectedly at a wildlife refuge.The North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre says in a statement that the cub named Malcolm was asphyxiated after getting his head stuck in a small rope handle attached to a plastic buoy in his enclosure.The centre says the suspended buoys have been a common source of enrichment for bears and there have never been any hints of injuries or mishaps.It says staff are quite upset and shocked by the event and will take precautions to ensure that the accident is not repeated.The cub was about eight to 12 weeks old and extremely malnourished when it was rescued in May lying on its mother’s corpse.The centre says despite some initial health problems associated with emaciation and hypoglycemia, the bear had shown good physical and behavioural progress while in care.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Oct
17

Five top public servants to warn of major meddling with next federal

first_imgOTTAWA — The federal government is creating a new mechanism to warn Canadians if malicious actors try to manipulate the outcome of this fall’s election.Democratic Institutions Minister Karina Gould was joined by Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale and Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan made the announcement Wednesday morning in Ottawa.It is establishing a “critical election incident public protocol,” under which five senior public servants will decide when an incident is egregious enough to warrant going public in the midst of a campaign.The protocol is intended to avoid the dilemma that faced James Comey, the FBI director during the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign, when he was confronted with evidence of Russian interference apparently aimed at boosting Donald Trump.The federal government is unveiling its plan to prevent and address foreign interference in the fall federal election. #cdnpoli— Cormac Mac Sweeney (@cmaconthehill) January 30, 2019With no rules for dealing with such a situation, Comey decided not to reveal the interference during the campaign.The five public servants who will be charged with determining what should be revealed during a Canadian federal campaign are: the clerk of the Privy Council, the government’s national security adviser, and the deputy ministers of justice, public safety and global affairs.Officials say the threshold will be high: only disruptive incidents that impact Canada’s ability to hold a free and fair election will be publicly disclosed.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Oct
15

I SUPPORT CASTING DIRECTORS – FAIRNESSFORCASTING

first_imgAdvertisement While Broadway producers are celebrating “the highest grossing season in Broadway recorded history,” the industry’s Casting Directors are asking why Producers are denying them health insurance. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Facebook Login/Register With: Twitterlast_img

Oct
15

WFF17 – INTERVIEW WITH BRYAN MICHAEL STOLLER – DIRECTOR OF SANTA STOLE

first_img Facebook Edward Asner Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement Twittercenter_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Canadian born Writer/Director Bryan Michael Stoller is the author of “Filmmaking For Dummies” – Jerry Lewis wrote the foreword, and Dan Aykroyd wrote the cover endorsement.  He is also the author of “Smartphone Movie Maker“.  At the age of eleven, Stoller hosted his own TV network series on the CBC called, “Film Fun” showing pr-teens how to make their own super-8 movies. Stoller attended the American Film Institute (AFI) in Hollywood.  Stoller produced, directed and wrote comedy shorts for, “”Foul-Ups, Bleeps and Blunders”” and “”TV’s Bloopers and Practical Jokes.”” Stoller directed the 1987 “”Tales from the Darkside”” episode, “”The Bitterest Pill”” starring Mark Blankfield.WHAT WAS THE INSPIRATION FOR YOUR FILM?To make a magical Christmas movie. WHAT WERE THE GREATEST CHALLENGES YOU FACED DURING THE FILM?To make a magical Christmas movie.Made the film with a crew of five people.WHAT APPEAL DO YOU THINK YOUR FILM WILL HAVE FOR AUDIENCES?I never know and never guess.WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO BECOME A CREATOR?I get bored easily. The world needs more inspiring films because films are an escape, not a trap.WHAT ARE YOU WORKING ON NEXT?To try and get distribution so a worldwide audience can experience the film and have fun.WHAT’S THE BEST ADVICE YOU COULD GIVE ASPIRING FILMMAKERS?Believe and be passionate about your story and characters.WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE FILMS OF ALL TIME?E.T. and The Sixth SenseIF YOU COULD RESHOOT ANY FILM MADE IN THE PAST 20 YEARS, WHICH ONE WOULD CHOOSE AND HOW WOULD YOU CHANGE IT?I would want a bigger budget so there would have been less compromise and enough money to hire people in every department so I didn’t have to do everything.WHO ARE YOUR MENTORS? (AND WHY)Nobody wanted to mentor me.WHISTLER FILM FESTIVAL SHOWTIMES:– DECEMBER 2, 2017, 4:30 PM – VILLAGE 8 – THEATRE 8– DECEMBER 3, 2017, 4:30 PM – SLCCGET YOUR TICKETS AT:  http://whistlerfilmfestival.com/film/santa-stole-dog-merry-doggone-christmas/SYNOPSIS:On a snowy and cold Christmas Eve, Santa Claus accidentally steals the family Dog. So begins an epic journey through the twelve days of Christmas as the family ventures to the North Pole to get their beloved canine back.CAST AND CREDITS:Executive Producer: Bryan Michael Stoller, Yvette RachelleProducers: Bryan Michael Stoller, Yvette Rachelle, Gary Bosloy, Winterland EntertainmentCast: Samuel Portugal, Tim Peyton, Ed Asner, Yves Bright, Yvette RachelleCinematographer: Bryan Michael Stoller, Douglas MazellEditing: Bryan Michael StollerScreenplay: Bryan Michael Stoller Edward Asner and Yvette Rachelle Edward Asner and Chase Pollock Yvette Rachelle Edward Asner Edward Asner Edward Asner Bryan Michael Stoller GET YOUR TICKETS FOR THE WHISTLER FILM FESTIVAL TODAY Login/Register With:last_img read more

Oct
12

The Premier Battle

first_imgBanging up to the date, Liverpool’s stalemate in the Merseyside derby threw the title race wide open, enabling rivals Manchester City to leapfrog into the top spot with a slender one point lead. Now, with only nine games to spare, it promises a leviathan of battle between the two hotshots right down to the wire as they hunt for the precious prize. Manchester City The premier league centurions bested every team last season as they pumped in 106 goals to reel in the title. Come the face-off at Etihad against the Reds, the Cityzens were out on the pitch like passionate dogs in heat, managing to chew off three points by bagging a 2-1 victory. By doing so, they also punched a hole in Liverpool’s confidence as Klopp’s side evidently dipped in form, paving way for the ‘sky blues’ to catch up and soon overtake. Since then, the club has registered consistent victories as Liverpool continued to blow the lead away. Managed by Pep Guardiola, the noisy neighbours sit atop table with a point more than the Reds, as of now, and have to play Spurs at home before they visit their crosstown rivals Manchester United for another cracking game. And, not to forget, the renowned fixtures at this point of the season could very well decide the tilt of the title. Going into the last few games, City will remember the three titles they have won since the outset of this decade or so. Interestingly, two of them were attained when they were running hot on the leaders’ heel, ultimately being handed the crown on the final day of the season. This apparently reflects the much required steely nerves and unwavering belief to pull off such a showstopper, not once but twice. Given the hectic schedule that screams a flurry of matches as the season advances to its end, Pep’s players will need the same grits more than ever to retain the title – a fascinating feat that has not been achieved by any of the defending champions since 2009. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football togetherLiverpool The pressure is mounting on Liverpool as they look to end their 29-year wait for the Premier League crown. Having played some sublime football over the course of the season, the Reds have lost only once but have played seven draws that have ultimately dethroned them as table-toppers. Eventually, there’s some tension in and around Anfield regarding the title credentials as only nine games remain. A team that depends heavily on its attacking trio comprising of Salah, Firmino and Mane has been misfiring for a while now. As seen against Everton and in the past few games, the Reds have not been as prolific in front of the goal and the struggle to find the net has been more conspicuous than ever. Manchester City, on the other hand, has abounding firepower, in terms of not only its attackers but also a midfield that steps up whenever needed – something that is Liverpool’s need of the hour. In the coming days, Anfield will bear witness to two fixtures against the ‘top six’ i.e., against Chelsea and Spurs. Given the Premier League’s unpredictability, the men in red may find their coveted prize after a long wait – though Cityzens are unlikely to ever be too far behind.last_img read more

Oct
12

NYAY will remonetise economy: PC

first_imgNew Delhi: Senior Congress leader and former Finance Minister P Chidambaram on Wednesday alleged that the incumbent government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi is misleading the people with hollow claims as the economy is treading a weak path.Chidambaram further said that the next government has enough work to do so as to repair the damage done by the BJP as several indicators show that the economy is facing a slowdown. While praising the NYAY scheme, he said, “The scheme will help in the remonetisation of the economy.” Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghThe people have begun to raise their voices as the elections near an end, he added. The report by the economic division of the Finance Ministry for March is an indictment of the state of the economy, he noted. Taking the stock of a media report on the CSO’ data and GDP series, Chidambaram said that it appears the MCA-21 data, which has not been made public, is faulty as 35 per cent of companies in the data does not exist. There is not even a single parameter which shows the economy is in good shape, he added. According to the March 2019 report, the GDP growth fell from 8.2 per cent to 7 per cent in the last 3 years. The gross fiscal deficit and capital expenditure remain flat and inflation rose from 3.1 per cent to 4.2 per cent, the former finance minister said. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadThe private expenditure, government expenditure and fixed investment rates have also fallen in the last five years, Chidambaram said while dubbing Modi as naukri vinash Prime minister. “The tughlaqi farmans of demonetisation and GST resulted in the country losing over 1.1 crore jobs in 2018 alone. The economy has entered a disastrous phase of a slowdown as reflected by a consistent fall in the quarterly growth of real GDP. A massive shortfall of Rs 1.6 lakh crore in the tax revenues would effectively increase the actual fiscal deficit to 3.9 per cent,” he said. In a reply to a question on Hindutva narrative set by PM Modi, Chidambaram said, “However much the prime minister tries to hijack the narrative, ultimately we believe that the people of India will vote on the state of the economy.”last_img read more

Oct
8

IMF assures continued support

Sri Lanka’s economy has stabilized to a satisfactory level during the past three-four years, responded the President. “Our problem is high cost on fuel and negative consequences of climate change”, added President Rajapaksa. The International Monetary Fund while commending President Mahinda Rajapaksa for his role in developing Sri Lanka, has assured continued support to the country, the President’s office said today.Dr. Anoop Singh, International Monetary Fund’s Director for Asia and the Pacific region, who arrived in the island to participate in the “Sri Lanka Economic Summit”, gave this assurance when he met President Rajapaksa at Temple Trees. “You have brought Sri Lanka to a higher level of development within a short period”, said Dr. Singh. He went on to add; now it’s time to focus on long term economic stability. Recalling his visit few years ago to Sri Lanka, the IMF’s Regional Director stated, there is vast improvement visible now. Government gave priority to the development of infrastructure facilities such as road, electricity and telecommunication, and people are reaping the benefits now President said.As Asia is the center of global economic growth in the 21st century, President Rajapaksa’s decision to further enhance relationship with East Asian countries including China is a correct step, Dr. Anoop Singh added. Dr. Koshy Mathai representing the IMF, and Secretary to the Treasury Dr. P. B. Jayasundara participated in this discussion. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Oct
8

President slams calls for blackflag protest during Modis visit

President Maithripala Sirisena today slammed calls for a black-flag protest during Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Sri Lanka.The joint opposition recently called for a black flag protest during Modi’s visit to take part in the celebrations marking the UN ‘Vesak Day’, the most important in the Buddhist calendar. “Are they Buddhists?” President Maithripala Sirisena asked with regards to those calling for the protest. “They are trying to sell Sri Lanka to India,” he said.He also called on joint opposition supporters to take to the streets and push for an early election.Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa also attended the joint opposition May Day rally. (Colombo Gazette) Joint opposition Parliamentarian Wimal Weerawansa, speaking at the joint opposition May Day rally at Galle Face said that Modi was to discuss a deal with the Government during his visit. Weerawansa said that Modi and Sri Lanka are discussing a deal on Trincomalee which he says must be opposed.The opposition member urged all those who oppose the deal to raise black flags in protest of Modi’s visit. read more

Oct
6

South African maize helps UN provide relief for Mozambiques drought victims

The donation is part of a larger contribution of 100,000 tons of maize valued at $20 million that was donated earlier this year to WFP’s emergency operation in Mozambique.At a ceremony hosted by WFP and attended by the country’s high-ranking officials, Angela van Rynbach, WFP Representative to Mozambique, stressed the effects of the drought crisis and praised South Africa’s donation to its neighbour. “The South African maize will help us expand to hot spots where these families are trying to survive in extremely fragile conditions,” she noted.After reviewing the results of April’s maize harvest, assessment teams have found that large areas of southern and central Mozambique have experienced widespread crop failure. Almost 1 million people will need emergency food relief in the upcoming year, up from the 650,000 who were believed to be in need earlier this year.WFP, which has been providing emergency food assistance to Mozambique’s drought victims since July 2002, is working to increase its operations in hard-hit areas as more donor food arrives and partner support is strengthened. read more

Sep
28

Noholdsbarred riots precede Final Four

NEW ORLEANS – Paying $25 for a student ticket to the Final Four probably seemed like a deal to students whose schools advanced to the last weekend of competition in men’s college basketball. But the riots that ensued when they arrived at the venue left some students shocked and others trampled. Students from each of the four institutions competing in the 2012 Final Four arrived throughout the early morning Saturday to obtain their tickets for the Kentucky-Louisville and Ohio State-Kansas National Semifinal Games at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. Erik Christianson, director of public and media relations for the NCAA, said students entered the garage area for the Superdome about 16 hours before any game was scheduled to start. “In an effort to secure floor seats from a general admission pool of student tickets, a crowd of approximately 500 students crossed barricades and entered a garage area at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome without proper authorization at approximately 12:30 a.m. on Saturday,” Christianson said in an email. Although instructed to begin forming lines at about 10 a.m., students attempted to line up early to secure highly coveted floor seats. “The students were instructed by their respective schools and the NCAA to arrive at the garage at 10 a.m.,” Christianson said in an email. “While they were being removed in an orderly manner, some students rushed back into the garage and remained there against the orders of security staff.” Several students said the day-of-game ticketing process was a “riot” that morning, adding that people were trampled and pushed over while grappling for position in line. Jon Hicks, a second-year in human development and family services at OSU, attempted to position himself for a lower level ticket and arrived in line at about 7:30 a.m. Hicks was one of 710 OSU students to buy a $25 ticket and was trying to sit on the floor rather than in the upper bowl of the stadium, where half his peers would be located. He said a riot broke out shortly after his arrival when security guards told OSU, Kansas, Louisville and Kentucky students to leave the arena. “Some cop came in and said, ‘You all have to leave,’” Hicks said. “We all went outside. We were there for five minutes. They said, ‘Go back in,’ and we went right back inside. A couple Kentucky girls got knocked over. It was bad. It was pretty intense.” Ricky Voigt, a second-year in human resources at OSU, said hundreds of people began running around in the Superdome parking garage where the four groups of students waited for tickets. Voigt said it was the closest he’s ever been to being in a riot situation, and likened the scene to that of a rock concert. “People were jumping over barriers, climbing up the parking garage. Just running and screaming,” Voigt said. “There was really no security or personnel from the Superdome facilitating anything. It was sort of self-governed by the students.” Voigt said he did not see any students injured. However Nick Nachbar, a first-year in microbiology at Kansas said he saw several female students trampled. Nachbar, who described a process of waiting for hours for multiple wristbands in order to obtain access to Superdome floor seats, said people were pushed down and trampled in the rush to reposition after being told to leave the arena and then invited back inside. Christianson said adjustments were being made to ensure a similar incident does not happen when Kentucky plays Kansas Monday evening. “When the NCAA and facility staff arrived at 7 a.m., they adjusted the ticket distribution process to accommodate the students,” Christianson said. “The NCAA and facility staff has reviewed the incident and are taking measures with increased security for Monday’s game to ensure the safety of the students.” Nachbar said he had never seen anything like the scene he saw Saturday morning. “For the people in the middle trying to get up front, it was no-holds-bar,” Nachbar said. “Anything they had to do to get to the front of the line, they would do. It’s crazy.” read more

Sep
22

Column Underage drinking and peerpressure – a secondlevel students perspective

first_imgTo mark Alcohol Awareness Week, Leaving Certificate student Dónal Keane discusses underage drinking culture and peer-pressure in Irish society.THE DESIRE TO conform, to fit in, to be accepted as part of a group, is one that is common to all teenagers. What must be done in order to gain acceptance by one’s peers is not always consistent with the individual’s morals. However, if this behaviour is necessary to acquire ‘friendship’ then more often than not it is carried out for fear of being cast out, alone.Underage drinking is nothing new in society, nor is it a phenomenon that is unique to Ireland. Where there exists a legal drinking age, there will be underage drinking. It is an undeniable state of affairs, which has been a part of life in the past, and will be for as long as the legislation regarding under-18s’ inability to purchase or consume alcohol remains in effect.One-size fits all ruleI am unsure as to what causes the sudden onrush of maturity that overcomes people on their 18th birthday. People are marginally different than they were the day before, perhaps even months before. I understand that no two people are the same and that reasonable drinking ages can not be set on an individual basis. However, the one-size fits all rule at 18 gives rise to the aforementioned underage drinking.Alcohol-consumption, in moderation at any age, is perfectly fine. The problem, is the culture of excess. Ireland is renowned globally for its alcohol abuse. A fact, which I do not feel we should be proud of. Due to the illegal nature of alcohol to youths, most teenagers have their first encounter with alcohol in some field or parent-free house. There is a strong chance that peer pressure will have played a part in this. Pushed on by ‘friends’, kids as young as 13 and 14 will consume far more that their bodies are capable of handling.I don’t think that there can be any argument that it would be preferable for young people to have their first taste of alcohol in the family home, under parental supervision. Parents could at least make an attempt to explain the importance of sensible drinking to their offspring, rather than having them being egged-on to the point of alcohol poisoning in what would be more favourable company in their eyes.A safe environmentParents might not be the coolest people going in teenagers’ eyes but at least if they could get their first taste of alcohol out of their system in a safe environment, there is less of a chance that a stomach pumping will be required at a later stage. Fuddy duddies they may be, but I think that teenagers who have loving, trusting relationships with their parents are happier in all facets of life.Excess is not the only problem when it comes to teenage drinking in Ireland, reliance on alcohol is equally as bad. I am a second-level student myself, and I can testify that all social gatherings succumb to a drearily formulaic routine. There seems to be a distinct inability for sober socialising in Ireland, not just among teenagers, but across all societal demographics.I am not suggesting for a second that the entire population become teetotallers. I merely feel that is it a sad state of affairs that the social lubricant of alcohol is required for any kind of interaction at said events. What is even more depressing is the gloomy realisations of those who have decided to abstain from alcohol that without this magic relaxant they do not enjoy themselves as much but instead are more aware than usual of the typical idiotic antisocial drunken behaviour which accompanies alcohol consumption.Expressing feelings without alcoholA few drinks now and then does little harm. But all too often people do not  limit themselves to a few – that would be far too sensible. The live fast, die young mentality is a sure-fire way to die prematurely of liver failure. People have the right to enjoy their nights out without having to step around vomit/be vomited on/babysit their overly-inebriated companions. There is always the few who take things a naggin too far and end up putting a dampener on proceedings for everyone.What worries me further still is the legitimacy of drunken conversations. Science has shown that people still have control over their actions while in an intoxicated state. This does not stop them from blaming their behaviour on the alcohol though. If people need external substances such as alcohol to ‘be themselves’ I question their mental health. It is said that drunken words are sober thoughts. Why shouldn’t people be able to express their feelings without the assistance of alcohol?Macho bravado v common senseOne thing I will never understand is how people can say that they know they’ve had a good night because they were so sozzled they wake up criminally hungover the following morning and can’t remember a thing. This defies reason. There is a macho bravado when it comes to who can drink the most pints etc. All lunacy again. It requires a great degree of self-confidence and comfort with oneself to stay clear of the crowd and do things at one’s own pace. Consume as much alcohol as you like, provided you don’t behave in a way that will affect others’ enjoyment. Common sense is what’s needed when it comes to alcohol, in a serious way. And better examples from our elders wouldn’t go amiss.Moreover, just because everybody else is doing it, doesn’t mean you have to. I guarantee that ‘uncool’ non-drinking friends who share your values and courage in defecting from the pack will offer you infinitely more in terms of friendship than image-conscious sheep who dare not deviate from the norm.Dónal Keane is a sixth-year student.last_img read more

Sep
21

ANZACs school competition

first_imgThe Australian Hellenic Memorial Foundation, with the support of Mr Vasilios Gkokas, the Greek Consul for Educational Affairs, will hold the fifth annual Australian Hellenic Memorial School Competition throughout all Greek schools in Victoria, including schools that incorporate Greek in their curriculum. The Australian Hellenic Memorial was erected in the Domain Gardens of Melbourne in 2001 as a means of acknowledging the sacrifices made by ANZAC soldiers who fought alongside Greeks during the Second World War. President of the foundation, Steve Kyritsis, said that the competition is a way of commemorating the joint efforts by both countries, and their soldiers, toward the Greek cause during the War. “It’s been well highlighted, the contribution of the ANZACs to the Greek campaign in the Second World War, but it’s important to go further in schools,” he said. “The number of Australians who served in Greece in the Second World War was just over 17,000. Out of the 17,000, 841 Australians lost their lives and are buried on Greek soil,” he said. Participation in the competition has grown from 250 in its inaugural year in 2010, to close to 500 in 2013. Despite its connection with Victorian Greek schools, Mr Kyritsis welcomes contributions from all students at those schools, regardless of ethnicity. The competition is open to all ages from year one to year 12 and students are welcome to submit a drawing, painting, poem, essay, or an interview with a veteran. According to Peter Andrinopoulos, member of the Board of the Australian Hellenic Memorial Foundation, entries can be posted to PO Box 2932, Cheltenham, Victoria, 3192, or alternatively, if entries cannot be posted then arrangements can be made with schools to pick up the items. All contestants will receive a badge and a certificate of participation, with winners receiving cash prizes from $50 to $400. The competition closes on Friday 12 September, 2014, with competition winners set to receive their prizes on Sunday October 12, 2014, at the Australian Hellenic Memorial.For further information on the competition contact Peter Andrinopoulos on 0416 020 865 or Emanuel Karvelas 0400 629 597. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Sep
9

Oil Industry Puts 10M Into Oil Vote

first_imgThe referendum was the most expensive issue race over a ballot measure in the state history, with the oil industry putting in more than $10 million to defeat the measure. Referendum sponsors spent a fraction of that amount, with a little over half a million raised. APRN’s capitol reporter Alexandra Gutierrez has been following the campaign.Download Audio:last_img