Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Alaska’s Calvin ABueva. photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAlaska forward Calvin Abueva left the game between his team Alaska and Blackwater even before the opening buzzer sounded at Smart Araneta Coliseum Saturday.Abueva, who also ditched the Aces’ practice four days in a row, was said to be dealing with a “personal emergency” as people close to the situation described it.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Security staff inside Araneta said Abueva left the venue while the game was being played.When asked about Abueva, the Aces coaches declined to comment during the halftime break.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkApart from missing his club’s practices, Abueva was also absent from Gilas’ weekly practice for three consecutive Mondays. Chot Reyes has since dropped him from the pool.Alaska is currently sitting on a 3-2 record and is tied with TNT for the third spot. DeMarcus Cousins out for the season with Achilles tear Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award View comments
Some kids deliver pizza to earn college money. Others raise livestock. It’s a lot of work and they deserve their moments of glory. Politics seem to have snatched that away. This San Fernando Valley Fair will arrive sans animals. No hogs, chickens or goats; no rabbits groomed meticulously, no guinea pigs or sheep bleating to match the chorus of cars traveling down Soledad Canyon Road. Warring neighborhoods – not even our own at this point – and disgruntled committee members are sounding the death knell of the most critical skills that build responsibility and form character – the raising of animals that, whether we like it or not – provide us with food, clothing and other goods we couldn’t do without. On top of that, animals are cute. But the 4-H kids – some of them carrying on family traditions passed on for generations – are finding barn doors slamming shut everywhere they turn. It’s a crying shame that there is no room at the stable (oh, wait, that’s been torn down) for visitors to see these stalwarts of Americana. Depending on who you listen to, it’s a cost factor (the Speedway wants $45,900 to set up the livestock) or a space issue at Pierce College to hold livestock events offsite (a suggested alternative that turned out to be unresearched and unplanned and therefore not happening). Bottom line, the fair people are proposing an animal-free fair. valleynews.com user First, the San Fernando Valley Fair moves to the Saugus Speedway, which is far away from the San Fernando Valley. But since we don’t have a Santa Clarita Valley Fair, we’re game and welcome our visitors. We’ve put up with bicyclists, golfers and cowboys in the past few months, so what harm can a few agricultural folks be? In fact, I know some people who were looking forward to visiting the fair. It would be at least an hour closer than trekking out to Pomona for the L.A. County Fair to enjoy that dangerous fatty fair food, carnival rides and animals. Set for June 7, the Valley Fair is also a few months sooner than the Antelope Valley Fair, scheduled later this summer. Fairs have their own atmosphere that just can’t be duplicated. There’s nothing like the aroma of a pig pen, or the feel of the smooth hide of a cow’s neck. And it’s always fun to visit with the 4-H kids who sit anxiously near the pens watching their animals before the livestock auction they’ve worked toward for the last year or so. Why bother? It’s simply not a fair without the livestock. Period. Not only are they cheating us out of seeing the animals, but they’re also threatening the livelihood of dozens of young people who have worked hard for a payoff that seems endangered because this group doesn’t want the fair in their backyard or another group can’t adequately plan an event. You hear people complain that kids don’t aren’t responsible. Then why take away an opportunity for them to learn some life skills they can’t get anywhere else? Too many of our children think meat comes neatly wrapped at their favorite grocery store and that eggs magically appear at the farmers market. Let’s not lose those lessons in the name of poor planning. According to the Web site of the 51st Agricultural District, the San Fernando Valley Fair is dedicated to: “…producing an event preserving the (Valley’s) agricultural heritage and enhancing corporate and technological advances, while promoting educational and competitive exhibits and providing wholesome family entertainment.” Sounds to me like there are animals involved. In recent years, it’s been up to historic parks – William S. Hart Park in Newhall and the Leonis Adobe Museum in Calabasas – to provide children with a taste of life on the farm. Thousands of students from all over Southern California flock to both parks to pet cows and feed ducks, most of them never having seen the animals that used to roam freely where condos, schools and shopping malls now stand. Without the animals, it will become just the San Fernando Valley Craft and Carny Fair. And that’s something I really don’t want in my backyard. To post your own stories and photos, log on to valleynews.com.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
7. Middlesbrough gave 7,893 minutes to Under-23 players, with Ben Gibson the most frequently selected (3,420 minutes) 18. Stoke City gave 2,859 minutes to Under-23 players, with Ramadan Sobhi the most frequently selected (848 minutes) 20 1. Sunderland gave 12,657 minutes to Under-23 players, with Jordan Pickford the most frequently selected (2,610 minutes) 20 20 20 20 20 2. Tottenham Hotspur gave 12,089 minutes to Under-23 players, with Dele Alli the most frequently selected (3,044 minutes) 8. Manchester City gave 7,567 minutes to Under-23 players, with Raheem Sterling the most frequently selected (2,515 minutes) 5. Southampton gave 9,908 minutes to Under-23 players, with Nathan Redmond the most frequently selected (2,905 minutes) 4. Everton gave 10,367 minutes to Under-23 players, with Romelu Lukaku the most frequently selected (3,267 minutes) David Gold has admitted the days of West Ham being ‘The Academy of Football’ may be over.He claims the increased pressures in the Premier League mean managers are unwilling to throw in untested kids and would prefer experienced players – mostly of whom are not from these shores.Pablo Zabaleta has been brought to the London Stadium on a free transfer from Manchester City this summer, meaning young Englishman Sam Byram is likely to struggle to get back into the Hammers’ first-team, while highly-rated defender Reece Oxford has just departed on loan to Borussia Monchengladbach in Germany’s Bundesliga as he searches for consistent game time.But looking back on the 2016/17 Premier League season, which team played youngsters the most?talkSPORT have taken a look at the data, and have ranked all 20 top flight sides from last season by the minutes given to players who were 23 and under at the start of the campaign.You can see the results by clicking the right arrow, above… 14. Liverpool gave 5,030 minutes to Under-23 players, with Emre Can the most frequently selected (2,368 minutes) 20 20 16. Burnley gave 4,199 minutes to Under-23 players, with Michael Keane the most frequently selected (3,150 minutes) 20 15. Crystal Palace gave 4,641 minutes to Under-23 players, with Wilfried Zaha the most frequently selected (3,025 minutes) 11. West Ham United gave 6,797 minutes to Under-23 players, with Manuel Lanzini the most frequently selected (2,714 minutes) 20 13. Leicester gave 5,808 minutes to Under-23 players, with Daniel Amartey the most frequently selected (1,666 minutes) 20 9. Hull City gave 6,837 minutes to Under-23 players, with Andrew Robertson the most frequently selected (2,956 minutes) 20 20. Chelsea gave 865 minutes to Under-23 players, with Kurt Zouma the most frequently selected (245 minutes) – click the right arrow to see the remaining 19 Premier League teams ranked 20 20 20 6. Arsenal gave 9,089 minutes to Under-23 players, with Hector Bellerin the most frequently selected (2,498 minutes) 20 19. West Brom gave 877 minutes to Under-23 players, with Sam Field the most frequently selected (274 minutes) 3. Manchester United gave 10,774 minutes to Under-23 players, with Paul Pogba the most frequently selected (2,609 minutes) 20 20 20 20 10. Swansea City gave 6,587 minutes to Under-23 players, with Alfie Mawson the most frequently selected (2,430 minutes) 12. Bournemouth gave 6,505 minutes to Under-23 players with Ryan Fraser the most frequently selected (1,767 minutes) 17. Watford gave 3,438 minutes to Under-23 players, with Abdoulaye Doucoure the most frequently selected (1,358 minutes)
Donegal Sinn Féin TDs Pádraig Mac Lochlainn and Pearse Doherty have said that the Government must learn lessons from the gorse fires which have affected large parts of rural Ireland over recent weeks.Deputy Doherty commended the great work of all those who put their safety at risk in order to tackle the fires.He said: “I want to commend the fire services and all those ordinary people with no formal training who put their own safety at risk over the past number of days in order to bring raging gorse fires under control. “While the action of the fire crews and army personnel are to be commended it has been the people’s army – ordinary citizens who have shown outstanding courage and community solidarity that has been inspiring.“It is clear that the Government has not given the fires the attention deserved. There has been no sense of emergency and there are some serious lessons to be learned. The trail of devastation that these fires have left in their aftermath has been massive. Family homes have been destroyed and many others damaged, many farmers livelihood -the land- has been wiped out and substantial damage has been caused to farm fences and forestry.”Deputy Mac Lochlainn called on the Government to reverse the destocking directive which has been seen by many to have contributed greatly to the spread of the fires.He said: “The Minister must examine the extent to which state regulation has contributed to this problem in that forced destocking on commonage in 1998 has resulted in grass and heather growing out of control in these areas; providing a ready and volatile body of fuel for disastrous fires. What we have witnessed was fires literally waiting to happen due to EU and Government dictate. “Many farmers’ livelihoods are in tatters because of these fires. There are lessons to be learned here, the first being that the irrational destocking decision must be reversed before we add more fuel for future countryside fires”GOVERNMENT MUST LEARN LESSONS OF GORSE FIRES, SAY SINN FEIN TDs was last modified: May 6th, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
Former Donegal, Mayo and Laois coach Michael McGeehin has been appointed to the backroom team of Limerick football manager Maurice Horan.The well-known St Eunan’s clubman comes on board in a coaching capacity after helping to guide the Letterkenny outfit to their first Donegal senior crown since 2009.McGeehin worked as coach during John Joe Doherty’s spell as Donegal manager, but is familiar with the Shannonsiders’ set-up as he served as Limerick coach in 2008 under Mickey Ned O’Sullivan. WELL-KNOWN DONEGAL COACH APPOINTED TO LIMERICK BACKROOM STAFF was last modified: November 29th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:LimerickMICKEY MCGEEHINSt Eunans
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The challenges of making good hay are many.It requires season-long hour-by-hour weather watching, extensive time management skills, the equivalent of a PhD in engineering required to make even routine in-field repairs, and the patience under pressure of the most skilled surgeons when making said repairs with a rain cloud looming. Those making hay also need to know a good bit about chemistry, biology, agronomy, physics, and have the people skills of a top waiter at a white tablecloth restaurant to deal with an often fickle customer base trying to feed livestock worth more than most homes.At any rate, it ain’t easy making hay, but somebody has to do it. One of those somebodys is Mike Lutmer from Warren County. Mike and his brother Chris have been working with hay since they were young.“Currently, we have around 200 acres of hay. We also do some custom work. A majority of our hay customers have been with us for over 15 years. Warren County has over 6,000 horses, so we keep hay in the rotation due to the high demand. Also, not every field is suitable for row crops, so the demand for hay works to our advantage,” Mike Lutmer said. “We learned to bale hay from our grandfather when we were little kids. One of my fondest memories is tumbling the hay bales down the hay stack in Grandpa’s barn. Sometimes we tumbled with the bales.”The number of hay acres on the farm are subject to changes in the farm economy and the general economy.“When the housing market declined, the demand for straw decreased significantly. With the economic downturn, many horse owners also felt the same pain. Some of those individuals were no longer able to afford good quality hay,” he said. “People weren’t buying houses and they weren’t buying horses.”Most of the hay grown on the farm is a blend of alfalfa and orchardgrass, with timothy mixed in some fields.“We have about 50 acres that are mixed grass — fescue, orchardgrass, timothy and red clover that is used to make cow feed. There is nothing too hot, but it has a good protein and feed value,” Lutmer said. “The rotation depends — usually it will be corn-beans for several years and then we’ll put wheat in. When we take off the wheat, we’ll let it sit fallow for a few weeks. Then we will prepare to begin for our fall seeding of hay. This happens mid-August through the first week of September, weather permitting. Depending on what we want, we’ll do a 65% 35% alfalfa-orchardgrass mix. We will also grow straight timothy and a timothy alfalfa mix, depending on what our customers are requesting. Fifteen years ago, the timothy alfalfa mix was a hot commodity. Since then, the alfalfa-orchard grass mix has gotten more popular. Typically, we leave the stand in rotation for five years, but we have gone seven or eight years in the past. If it is getting thin at the four-year mark and we are getting weed pressure, we will take the first cutting and no-till soybeans in.“We no longer make round bales because a cow deserves a square meal. We run a New Holland big square baler that produces three-by-three-by-eight bales, and we also run a couple New Holland 575 small square balers with accumulators behind them. For our mower conditioner, we run a center pivot MacDon disc mower. We have two different rakes. We run a Krone twin rotor rake and a H&S wheel rake, depending on the conditions.”Maintaining a consistently high quality product is vitally important. Pests are not often a major issue with quality hay production.“We really don’t have many issues. If we do, we spray Warrior for leaf hopper,” Lutmer said. “You have to catch leaf hopper in the larvae stage and spray it, otherwise they will eat it and be gone. Since we have the mixed forage, we do not have a big issue with that or alfalfa weevil. When scouting fields, if we happen to see an issue we will make that field a priority. It will be cut first to try and control the pests.”Soil fertility and hay moisture levels are much more important for quality.“Every few years we will pull soil samples and add lime, N, P or K, depending on what the soil sample shows. We’ll add it after the first cutting, weather permitting,” Lutmer said. “We make sure the hay is baled at the best moisture to avoid problems with mold, that is one of the most important things for quality. We also try to keep good, clean fields. Especially around the outside, we’ll spot spray or mow if we have something like a bad patch of thistles. We have looked into it, but we have not used any Roundup Ready alfalfa yet. Then, depending on the moisture levels on our big squares, we’ll use CropSaver Hay Preservative from New Holland if it is anything over 18%. We use that as little a possible, but if the rain is coming and the hay is borderline, it will be applied to help keep it greener and keep it from molding. It also helps the palatability.”If quality suffers, so do customer relationships. Lutmer goes to great lengths to address any problems.“Dealing with horses is quite different than dealing with cattle. Horses do not have the ability to process moldy hay like a cow does. Therefore, horse owners have different concerns when it comes to the hay for their horses. We do everything we can to provide a high quality product and keep an open line of communication to know what they are looking for,” he said. “In the fall, we ask our customers how many bales they will need. That way, we can plan to have enough bales to take care of our current clients.”Most of the hay is then delivered.“We deliver over 90% of our hay. Sometimes it is a delicate balancing act, juggling all the things we have going on,” he said. “We are fortunate to have long term customers who work with us on delivery scheduling.”Hay remains an important part of the Lutmer Farms business, along with row-crop production and custom trucking. The hay certainly offers plenty of work and numerous challenges, but it also helps diversify income sources and provide many benefits to the other parts of the operation.“There is a yield benefit with the hay in rotation. Some years it is more beneficial than others. On average, we have seen a 10% yield bump with beans after first cutting hay. After years of being in alfalfa, the corn uptakes the nitrogen helping increase the yield,” Lutmer said. “Water quality and erosion are very important aspects of our farm. Hay production in certain fields enables us to keep our waterways clean and viable. The more soil health you have the better off you are.”Hay production often requires near super-human abilities, but people like Lutmer welcome the challenge, at least some days.“Some days, baling hay can be extremely rewarding. Then there are days when baling hay can test your resilience,” he said. “It may not be for everyone, but it’s something we thoroughly enjoy. The best scent of summer is a trailer load of freshly baled hay. Knowing that this trailer load of good quality hay is going to a satisfied customer, makes all the long hours worthwhile. We are always looking for that perfect bale.”
Tags:#start#startups 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market As we reported earlier, 22 teams of European entrepreneurs gathered at Seedcamp in London last week to compete for a chance to win serious investment in their startups. ReadWriteWeb has been following these and other entrepreneurs on our ReadWriteStart channel, so you can get good background there on some of the teams selected to compete.Seedcamp, however, is far from a simple dragon’s den-style pitch and panel investment company. The week-long camp included many hours of training sessions and mentoring from some impressive industry names: Google, Twitter, Microsoft, and a slew of other big-time companies and individuals. Alongside training and pitching, the teams also scheduled opportunities to mingle with venture capitalists and potential industry complementors. In the end, five of the teams received 50,000 each and will remain in London for three months for more training. But this single week is the tip of a Seedcamp networking iceberg.Similar to Y Combinator, Seedcamp focuses on the beginning phase of a company’s growth, and it feels more like a “foster” organization than a traditional investment group. After speaking with CEO Reshma Sohoni (previously of 3i), we learned a bit more about the vision and context in which they work.Sohoni explained that Seedcamp has two parts: a seed fund and a platform of support, which work together to get the most interesting companies past the initial hurdles. Seedcamp focuses on opening doors and translating a startup’s ideas into a marketable product. Its platform model leads on from a very Web-savvy approach to business.“We’ve taken the best of what’s happened in the past 10 to 15 years in terms of the Web for finding great new investment opportunities and supporting them through a much more federated (not so much top-down) structure of working,” says Sohoni.Seedcamp aims to put people in contact with a strong support network, so that after the 50,000 is spent and their three months of additional support have expired, the startups should be in very capable—and well-matched—hands.An example of this “platform” mentality could be seen in the series of panels throughout the main event. The panel discussions provide a venue for attendees to question people who have “made it.” It seemed like a good opportunity to learn from the mistakes and successes of startups that are no longer new.At the technical panel, for example, the audience posed questions about scaling applications and servers to some of the biggest names in scaling history: Blaine Cook (who built Twitter), Vijay Pandu (who worked at Google), and Matt Biddulph, CTO of Dopplr. This is a seriously cool idea, because it gives everyone a chance to ask about specifics: “What servers do you use?” “How can I stop X from happening?” Questions, in other words, that might take a long time to find answers to otherwise. The panel also presented little gems of advice, such as, “Don’t test too closely, sometimes. You’ll just get stuck in making red flags green and miss the bigger problems.”Seedcamp sees itself as a startup, too, with a very active approach to business, and it has seen some significant changes to participating teams this year. For one thing, more teams are coming from further away, and one of the winning five (Talasim) came all the way from Jordan! This is an impressive step for an initiative that has always seen itself as pan-European. “In previous years, most of the applicants were coming from the UK, and most then only from London,” said one observer. “That’s changing.”The quality of applications is also improving year after year, no doubt because of how startups are moving from conception to competitor so quickly. Many of Seedcamp’s impressive advisery groups (which mentor the next generations of ‘Campers) were themselves successful applicants.The proof of any initiative is its success, and the success of Seedcamp will be found in the number and quality of startups it helps over the next few years. Tracking the next bunch of industry disruptors, and seeing which ones have come through the program, will be interesting. If the past few years are any indication, we should see quite a few!This bit of advice from Blaine Cook on the technical panel seems an appropriate note to end on:“If you’re not obsessed with your own product, you need to change what you’re doing. Keep changing it until you care about it. Then work on scaling.” Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… zach beauvais 1 Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting
Other industrial companies will be able to purchase Tata Group’s own wearable for factory workers, in a new move to boost the Indian giant’s hardware sales.Last year, Tata launched a wearable for its own workers to reduce accidents. It is able to track heart rate, temperature, movement, fall detection, and ambient gasses in the vicinity.See Also: Is Nokia growing into contender in emerging tech?Even though workers and unions were worried about Tata’s ability to snoop on workers at the start, both eventually caved in and the device is now quite popular in the factories, according to Tata.The wearable has watch functionality—apparently a popular feature for low-paid factory workers—and is built to sustain damage. It doesn’t do much outside of the workplace apart from show the time.A whole new revenue stream?The firm is hoping that with its almost ubiquitous brand identity in India, it will be able to sell the units to smaller factories. Miners and freight companies are two major industries targeted by Tata with the wearable. Although some targeted client industrial players may compete with the Indian conglomerate, the wearables focus could be an untapped revenue stream.“For these programs, we are looking at potential revenue of $1 billion and a profit of $100 million is possible,“ said Tata Group technology chief Gopichand Katragadda to the Economic Times. “Right now, our partner for go-to-market is Tata Communications. We are working on the pricing model. What might work in a B2B model is a monthly subscription rather than a certain price.“Industrial wearables and IIoT devices are starting to become more prevalent, as owners start to look for ways technology can reduce accidents and improve productivity. Related Posts The Ultimate Checklist on Ways to Prevent IoT D… David Curry 5 Industries Destined for Technological Disruption Tags:#factory#industrial#smartwatch#Tata Group#wearable How IoT Will Transform Cold Chain Logistics For… Electronic Design is Utilizing AI-Enabled Solu…
Scores of people came out on the roads to express their elation over the victory of activist Anna Hazare, whose three key demands on the Lokpal bill were accepted by Parliament on Saturday.Sporting Anna caps, waving the tricolour and shouting slogans, people were seen heading towards India Gate.Some people were found to be dancing to the tunes of patriotic songs on roads, while some took out car rallies and processions.Many people boarded the metro to reach Ramlila Maidan where Hazare will break his fast 10 a.m. on Sunday. At the venue, people were applauding and singing patriotic songs.Anna Hazare’s home village Ralegan-Siddhi also broke out in celebrations on Saturday after the activist said he will call off his fast as the government had agreed to his three key demands.Villagers ran out of their homes as soon as the news broke out.”Anna is a national hero, he has achieved what many felt was impossible by a hunger strike and a peaceful agitation,” an admiring villager said in front of television cameras.Many people, including women and youths, danced in groups, while the men folk cheered and raised slogans in favour of Hazare. Similar celebrations were seen in Pune, Nagpur, Kolhapur, Thane and other parts of the state.Braving heavy rains, Mumbaikars managed to gather in small groups in temples or public places and flashed the victory sign as Hazare compelled the government to take the first concrete steps for a strong Lokpal bill.Anna Hazare with his associates at Ramlila Maidan”Anna has achieved what the people of the country wanted and he continues to remain safe and healthy,” Andheri businessman Rajeev Jain told IANS.Pooja Pujari, an executive with the five-star Hotel Trident Oberoi, said she was “thrilled by the victory of the people”.advertisement”Many of us had taken out a candle light march supporting Anna’s cause last week. We are happy our individual efforts have succeeded in achieving Anna’s objectives for a strong Lokpal bill,” Pooja told IANS.Praful Vora, the Mumbai coordinator of India Against Corruption, said: “Real parliament is the people, says Annaji. People are supreme and parliament is only an institution to serve them. This has been established again today.”Kiran Gavande, the secretary of Nutan Dabbawala Trust said that he is glad their efforts bore fruit. “We are glad that we supported Annaji by taking a break from providing tiffins for a day, a first in the last 120 years,” he said.”But we are now planning to celebrate by serving our customers with free sweets Monday,” he addedUnion Minister and former Maharashtra chief minister Vilasrao Deshmukh conveyed the “sense of the house”, including in-principle agreement on the three key demands of Anna Hazare on the Lokpal bill, to the activist at Ramlila grounds in New Delhi late on Saturday.Reading out a letter signed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Deshmukh said: “This House agrees, in principle, on the following issues for a strong and effective Lokpal – citizens’ charter, lower bureaucracy to be under Lokpal through an appropriate mechanism, (and) establishment of Lokayuktas in the states.”Soon after, the activist announced that he will break his fast at 10 a.m. on Sunday. Saturday was the 12th day of Anna Hazare’s fast.
The Acting Secretary of the BCCI Amitabh Choudhary has accused the Committee of Administrators (COA) Chairman Vinod Rai of taking unilateral decisions in dealing with sexual misconduct charges against BCCI CEO Rahul Johri.In a communication to COA accessed by India Today, he writes, “The Committee of Administrators was constituted by the Honourable Supreme Court as a four member body and one of the members of the said committee was made the chairman to convene its meetings and preside over them. The position of the Chairman was only that of first among equals and no additional or superior powers had or have been conferred upon the Chairman by the Honourable Supreme Court. Presently, the committee comprises two members and both members are equal in status for all purposes. That being so, the learned Chairman has no power or authority to prevail over the views of the other esteemed member and take decisions unilaterally on behalf of the CoA or on behalf of the BCCI.The media advisory issued by the BCCI and the subsequent reports clearly lay down that one member of the Committee of Administrators was decisive in the matter that there was enough material warranting strict action against the CEO. The learned Chairman, on the other hand, decided to have further inquiries.”Choudhary argues that given the serious differences between the two COA members on the issue, it would have been more prudent to let the Supreme Court rule over the matter or place it before the BCCI general body.advertisement”The media release says a committee comprising three persons will look into the matter without informing how the committee was constituted or who chose its members. In view of the admitted position of one member completely disagreeing with the Chairman, the esteemed member could hardly have had anything to do with the constitution of the three member enquiry committee. This makes the enquiry committee further suspect.In view of the clear divergence of views of the two members of the COA, the only recourse available was to refer the issue to either the Honourable Supreme Court of India or to the General Body,” he further writes.Choudhary also goes on to question the composition of the committee, two of the three members being over 70 years of age, arguing it’s against the spirit of the Supreme Court order. “Interestingly, two of this three member enquiry committee are disqualified in terms of the limitation of 70 years of age, laid down by the Honourable Supreme Court in its order dated 09.08.2018. A committee stricken with such infirmities from its inception is hardly expected to dispense any real justice and is bound to be seen with great suspicion. The undersigned most humbly desires that a solution be immediately be found in view of the points noted above,” he writes.BCCI CEO Rahul Johri charged with sexual harassment through an anonymous post on social media, submitted his written reply to the COA on October 20th. Differences between the two COA members came to light with Diana Edulji of the opinion that there are sufficient grounds for Johri’s contract to be terminated and Chairman Vinod Rai wanting the CEO to be given a right to put up his case before a probe committee.As per a BCCI media release, following legal advice, an inquiry committee comprising of Justice Rakesh Sharma, former Allahabad High Court judge, Smt. Barkha Singh, former Chairperson, Delhi Commission for Women and P. C. Sharma, former Director, CBI was formed and asked to submit it’s report in fifteen days.Another sexual misconduct allegation against the BCCI CEO too has come to light with former Mumbai captain Shishir Hattangdi claiming to have been approached by an unknown lady seeking advice on how to bring the charge against the CEO to BCCI’s notice.