The Supreme Court has questioned the lack of separate schools and distinctly trained teachers for students who suffer from autism, blindness and deafness.The apex court observed that it is “impossible to think” that children, who are disabled or suffer from any kind of disability or are mentally challenged, can be imparted education in mainstream schools along with normal children.A Bench, comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A.M. Khanwilkar and D.Y. Chandrachud, said that access to education has now been regarded as a fundamental right under Article 21A and there was a statutory obligation on the States to provide education under the Rights of Children to Free and Compulsary Education Act, 2009.Treat them as special“We are of the prima facie view that the children with special needs have to be imparted education not only by special teachers but there have to be special schools for them,” the Bench said.It asked the Uttar Pradesh government to file an affidavit keeping its observation in mind in four weeks and specify when the State is going to meet the obligation. It listed the matter for further hearing on November 27.“When we say ‘disability’, we do not mean ‘disability’ as has been defined in the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016. The Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016 includes certain physical disabilities which may not be a warrant for getting admission in special schools,” the bench said.Emphasising the need for a separate system, the court said: “The students who suffer from blindness, deafness and autism or such types of disorder may be required to have separate schools with distinctly trained teachers.”The Bench was hearing a plea filed by Rajneesh Kumar Pandey through advocate Prashant Shukla, claiming lack of sufficient number of special educators in Uttar Pradesh and other States to teach the children with special needs.‘UP already on it’Additional Advocate General Aishwarya Bhati appearing for Uttar Pradesh said the State was committed to imparting education to the children with special needs.She said the State had already commenced the procedure for engaging 12,000 teachers, of whom some would be teachers for such special children.Counsel for Centre said that under the new integrated education scheme, special children were being taught along with normal children.The Ministry of Human Resource Development and the UP government claimed that children with special needs were being taught under the integrated scheme to ensure they do not get demoralised or feel alienated.As a confidence-boosting stepIt was contended that teaching such children along with the normal kids without disability would boost the confidence of those disabled and stop their isolation from the normal environment in schools.The petition, filed by 17 teachers who claim to have undertaken the training required to teach special children, has contended that to make Right to Education a success, it is necessary that qualified special educators are there in each school so that disabled kids can be prepared to face the challenges of life.The Punjab government was also faced with the same query from the Bench in a similar matter in the apex court.
When humans dream of flight, they don’t often imagine jellyfish. But a new flying machine mimics the umbrellalike flapping of an ocean jelly. The prototype has a motor-powered crankshaft that alternately flaps opposing pairs of petal-shaped wings. Though its Mylar film and carbon fiber body weighs less than one-tenth of an ounce, its stability stems from its bottom-heavy design, which lets it wobble, but not flip over. Indeed, its designers argue that the flying jelly is more stable than robots based on insects or birds, which require a tail, sails, or a feedback system to stay upright. Researchers can adjust the speed and size of the flapping to make it hover or change directions. Though the current prototype must be plugged in, future models will be battery-powered, the team reports online today in the Journal of the Royal Society Interface. Such minidrones could do military surveillance or monitor traffic or air quality. Considering the advantages of jellyfishlike flight, the scientists question why no land animals have evolved to fly this way.
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Parts of Manipur shut down on Tuesday against the merger of the State with the Indian Union 70 years ago. The response to a bandh for the same reason in Tripura was lukewarm.Two Manipur-based umbrella extremist organisations – Coordination Committee (CorCom) and Alliance of Socialist Unity, Kangleipak (ASUK) – and the Tripura-based National Liberation Front of Twipra (NLFT) had announced the shutdown to mark the “forced merger” of the two States with India on October 15, 1949.The shutdown ranging from 12-18 hours affected six districts in the plains of Manipur dominated by the Meitei community. The impact was minimal in the hills although normal life was affected because of disruption of communication with State capital Imphal.“The shutdown was largely ignored in Tripura,” a senior police officer in State capital Agartala said, adding there were reports of some tribal areas having been affected to some extent.‘Dark period’A joint statement signed by the leaders of the outfits such as NLFT president H. Uastwng Borok and ASUK chairman N. Oken said that the 1949 merger was a “dark period” in the history of Manipur and Tripura.“We have become demographically outnumbered or nearly outnumbered, politically marginalised and disintegrated, economically dependent and pauperised, socially disorganised and splintered. National doom is staring at us viciously. Merger with India is the root-cause of all these national maladies,” they said.Maharaja Bodhachandra Singh of Manipur and V.P. Menon representing the Union government had signed the Manipur Merger Agreement on October 15, 1949. Tripura’s merger was signed by Maharani Kanchanprabha Devi, who was in charge of the State since her husband and the last reigning king of Tripura, Maharaja Bir Bikram Kishore Manikya had died in 1947.“The merger agreements were signed under duress by two incompetent authorities of the two kingdoms,” the joint statement from the extremist groups said.
There’s apparently a leaked picture of Shraddha Kapoor wearing a black hoodie on the sets of Ek Villain doing the rounds.Here too, one can just about make out look we’re referring to. Along with the film’s promos, it was revealed that actor Riteish Deshmukh plays the bad guy. Not only that, the film’s male lead Sidharth Malhorta is being touted as an anti-hero.Shraddha Kapoor wears a black hoodie while on the sets of Ek Villain.But this picture had us thinking there’s might be more bad guys planted in the plot than we thought.Why we’re thinking this is since the only two other ‘villains’ have been sporting the black hoodie too. Not to forget the sinister look accompanying it. Left, Sidharth Malhotra. Right, Riteish Deshmukh.The film is apparently based on a Korean film titled I Saw the Devil, though director Mohit Suri has denied these rumours.Produced by Ekta and Shobha Kapoor, the film is slated for release on June 27.
MOST READ Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess “What you saw, that’s his game,” Popovich said. “He’s just kind of steady, picks his spots. I loved seeing him get more confident with the 3, knocking down a couple, that’s great. That’s the next step for him.”White had scored six points in each of his previous two games and shot a combined 7 for 30 from the field in his past four.“He had a couple of games where he struggled, but sometimes you’ve got to embrace the struggle to understand how to get out of it and what you need to do to get back to yourself,” DeRozan said.White did so, going 10 for 12 from the field for his highest output since March 12. The 24-yeard old returned to the form that made him a pleasant surprise after the Spurs were forced to move him into the starting lineup when starting point guard Dejounte Murray suffered a season-ending knee injury in the preseason.“They were focusing a lot on DeMar, he had a big game,” White said. “I knew I had to step up when the opportunity was there.”DeRozan added seven assists and seven rebounds in 38 minutes. Rudy Gay, who finished with 11 rebounds, was the only Spurs starter not to score in double figures.Both teams got off to an efficient start, making their first three shots on their first three possessions. The Spurs closed the quarter shooting 59 percent from the field and took a 33-31 lead while the Hawks shot 48 percent.TIP-INSHawks: Atlanta’s previous win in San Antonio was on Feb. 15, 1997. Steve Smith and Mookie Blaylock combined for 46 points in a 109-89 victory. . Atlanta had six players sit out with injuries. Dewayne Dedmon (left), Alex Poythress (right) and Omari Spellman each were suffering an ankle injury. … Forward Taurean Prince missed his third straight game with a sore foot. . The Hawks are 12-27 on the road this season.Spurs: San Antonio, which plays Denver on Wednesday, is 11-14 in back-to-back games this season and 4-8 on the second night. . Guard Lonnie Walker IV made an early appearance, entering the game with 3:51 remaining in the first quarter. The rookie from Miami is averaging 6.4 minutes in 12 appearances. . DeRozan picked up a technical foul with 10.1 seconds remaining in the first half as he walked to the bench berating Ed Malloy for a charge called against him. . White had two blocked shots, raising his season total to 44. “The last couple of games, I felt like I kind of let them down, so I wanted to step up and help them out,” White said.White, in his second year, scored 23 points after scoring 20 total points in his previous four games.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThe win kept San Antonio seventh in the Western Conference after Oklahoma City defeated the Los Angeles Lakers 119-103 on Tuesday behind Russell Westbrook’s historic game. Westbrook joined Wilt Chamberlain as the only players in league history with at least 20 points, rebounds and assists in a game.The Hawks, who were eliminated from the playoffs last month, entered Tuesday’s game having won six of 10. Atlanta led by as many as nine points in the second half despite missing six players due to injury, before San Antonio rallied in the fourth to avoid its second straight loss at home. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Spurs: At Denver on Wednesday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid UAAP volleyball: UP bolsters Final 4 bid, escapes UE SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess View comments STREAKINGSan Antonio has 20 straight seasons with 45-plus wins, the longest streak in league history.The Los Angeles Lakers held the record previously, winning at least 45 games in 15 straight seasons beginning in 1976.BLAZING BAZEMOREBazemore’s 26-point game marked the first time he eclipsed 20 since scoring 23 against Minnesota on Feb .23.The 6-foot-5 guard averaged 7.2 points in March, reaching double figures in only six of 15 games.“My teammates have been in my corner and the coaching staff has been in my corner throughout the past month because it’s been tough,” Bazemore said. “Sometimes you’ve just got to let go. Recommitted myself. Shot the ball and it went in tonight.”Bazemore shot 10 for 16 against San AntonioUP NEXTHawks: Host Philadelphia on Wednesday night. LATEST STORIES Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles “Stops win basketball games,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. “Sure, you’ve got to make shots, but when we lose these games it’s because we don’t make stops, especially in the fourth quarter.”Kent Bazemore had 26 points to lead the Hawks, and Alex Len added 21. Atlanta has not won in San Antonio since 1997.“It’s tough winning here, we all know that,” said Hawks rookie Trae Young, who scored 15. “(But) we had chances to win.”Atlanta closed the third quarter on an 18-6 run and carried a 90-86 lead into the fourth. The Hawks made four 3-pointers in the run, including a pair by Len, their 7-foot-1 center.The Spurs countered with a 15-4 run beginning midway through the final quarter and took a 108-104 lead with 3:39 remaining. White had seven straight points during the outburst, including his third and final 3-pointer in as many attempts.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. San Antonio Spurs’ LaMarcus Aldridge (12) looks to pass as he is defended by Atlanta Hawks’ Isaac Humphries during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, April 2, 2019, in San Antonio. San Antonio won 117-111. (AP Photo/Darren Abate)SAN ANTONIO — The San Antonio Spurs needed someone to help veterans DeMar DeRozan and LaMarcus Aldridge carry the load as the long season draws to a close. Derrick White provided the needed lift.DeRozan scored 29 points and the Spurs defeated Atlanta 117-111 Tuesday night for their 21st straight win at home over the depleted Hawks.ADVERTISEMENT
LAKERS 98, KINGS 94LOS ANGELES (AP) — Greek star Georgios Papagiannis finished 10 points (5-8 FG), 10 rebounds and three assists across 25 minutes in Friday’s 98-94 loss against the Lakers.Papagiannis is getting a long look down the stretch as the team continues to rest Kosta Koufos in an attempt to not only help their lottery status, but also get a look at their younger personnel. He has emerged as a solid option in deeper seasonal play and he is a value in DFS play.Julius Randle scored 25 points and Corey Brewer stole an inbounds pass with 5 seconds to play, was fouled and made both free throws to lead Los Angeles over Sacramento.Brandon Ingram had 14 points and D’Angelo Russell scored 13 for the Lakers. Jordan Clarkson finished with 12 points and Larry Nance Jr. added 11 rebounds in a victory that hurt Los Angeles in the lottery.The Lakers remained 1 ½ games ahead of the Phoenix Suns for the second-worst record in the NBA. The Lakers have only three games remaining. The Suns beat Oklahoma City earlier Friday.The King got 19 points from Skal Labissiere, 14 from Willie Cauley-Stein, 17 from Buddy Hield and 15 from Darren Collison.PHOENIX (AP) — Russell Westbrook became the second player in NBA history to average a triple-double for a season, but failed for the second game in a row to break Oscar Robertson’s single-season record.Westbrook fell two assists shy of what would have been his 42nd triple-double in the Oklahoma City Thunder’s 120-99 loss to the Phoenix Suns on Friday night.On a rough night all around, Westbrook had 23 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists, along with eight turnovers before coach Billy Donovan pulled him with 2:34 to play.Devin Booker scored 21 of his 37 points in the fourth quarter to help the Suns snap a 13-game losing streak.Westbrook did get the six assists he needed to assure that he’d join Robertson as the only players to average a triple-double for a season — meaning he has averaged double figures in all three categories this season.HAWKS 114, CAVALIERS 100Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 15 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter and the Atlanta Hawks, despite resting center Dwight Howard and missing three other key starters, stunned the Cleveland Cavaliers.The Hawks, who beat Boston on Thursday night, outworked and outgunned the defending NBA champions. The Cavaliers blew a chance to move closer to securing the top seed in the Eastern Conference.Mike Dunleavy added 20 points for Atlanta and got a little revenge against the Cavs, who tossed him in as part of a trade for Kyle Korver in February. The Hawks had 39 assists.It was a shocking letdown by the Cavs, who were so impressive in a win over the Celtics on Wednesday night. But they lacked energy from the outset and the Hawks took advantage.LeBron James scored 27 points, and Kyrie Irving had 18 for Cleveland.RAPTORS 96, HEAT 94TORONTO (AP) — DeMar DeRozan scored 38 points as Toronto beat Miami in the Raptors’ final home game of the regular season.DeRozan broke Vince Carter’s franchise record with his 31st 30-point game of the season, shooting 14 of 32 from the floor. Carter set the mark in 2000-01.Cory Joseph added 14 points, and Kyle Lowry had 12 in his second game back form an injury.James Johnson had 22 points for Miami against his former team. The Heat remained ninth in the Eastern Conference with three games to play.GRIZZLIES 101, KNICKS 88MEMPHIS, Tennessee (AP) — Mike Conley scored 31 points to help Memphis wrap up the No. 7 seed in the Western Conference with a victory over short-handed New York.Conley was 12 of 17 from the field, including 7 of 11 from 3-point range. The Grizzlies will face the second-seeded San Antonio Spurs in the first round of the playoffs.Wayne Selden scored a career-high 13 points and Vince Carter added 12, including a trio of 3-pointers as the Grizzlies pulled away with a 16-2 rally in the fourth quarter.Courtney Lee led the Knicks with 16 points.PISTONS 114, ROCKETS 109HOUSTON (AP) — Stanley Johnson hit a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 32.4 seconds left and added two free throws to lift Detroit past Houston.The Rockets led by two after a dunk by Montrezl Harrell before Ish Smith made a basket to tie it. James Harden missed a 3-pointer on the other end, and Johnson’s 3-pointer made it 110-107. Harden missed another 3-point attempt, and Johnson added the free throws to make it 112-107.Harden finished one rebound shy of a triple-double with 33 points, 12 assists and nine rebounds.Boban Marjanovic, Detroit’s 7-foot-3 backup center, led the Pistons with a career-high 27 points with 12 rebounds off the bench.NUGGETS 122, PELICANS 106DENVER (AP) — Rookie Jamal Murray scored a career-high 30 points, including several high-soaring dunks, and Denver beat New Orleans to keep its postseason hopes alive.Nikola Jokic added 23 points and 12 rebounds to help the Nuggets pull within a game of Portland for the eighth and final playoff spot in the West with three games remaining.New Orleans’ Anthony Davis scored 25 points in nearly 24 minutes on a night when fellow big man DeMarcus Cousins sat out with tendinitis in his right Achilles. The Pelicans were eliminated from playoff contention Tuesday in a home loss to the Nuggets.SPURS 109, MAVERICKS 89DALLAS (AP) — Bryn Forbes scored a career-high 27 points with San Antonio resting most of its starters, as the Spurs ran past Dallas after the Mavericks pulled most of their key veterans in the second half.Dewayne Dedmon, the only San Antonio starter to play, had 10 points and 13 rebounds. Tony Parker made the trip but didn’t leave the bench, while Kawhi Leonard, LaMarcus Aldridge, Pau Gasol and Danny Green stayed home with the Spurs locked in to the No. 2 seed behind Golden State in the Western Conference.The Mavericks, playing their fourth game since getting eliminated from the playoffs, pulled Dirk Nowitzki and other veterans in the second half, when the Spurs outscored Dallas 52-28 after trailing by 16 points in the first half. Dwight Powell led Dallas with 12 points.JAZZ 120, TIMBERWOLVES 113SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Gordon Hayward scored a career-high 39 points as Utah overcame an 11-point deficit to beat Minnesota.Hayward and Joe Johnson powered a 40-point third quarter in which the Jazz came from behind and took the lead for good with a 16-7 run. Johnson finished with 22 points.Karl-Anthony Towns led the Timberwolves with 32 points and 13 rebounds, Ricky Rubio added 26 points, and Andrew Wiggins had 25.TweetPinShare0 Shares
Former captain Wayne Rooney will make a one-off international comeback when England play the United States in a friendly charity game later this month, the Football Association (FA) said on Sunday.The 33-year-old, England’s record scorer with 53 goals, will win a 120th cap in the comeback appearance on November 15 — two years after his last international match against Scotland in November 2016.”I am truly humbled and hugely excited to play for England at Wembley again,” Rooney said in an FA statement.”I would like to thank Gareth Southgate and The FA for inviting me back and helping to support my Foundation in the process.”Playing for England was the greatest honour of my career so winning my 120th, and final, cap will be a particularly special moment for me. It’s fitting that the match will be against the USA and I hope that both sets of fans enjoy the game.”Having made his international debut in 2003 as England’s youngest ever player, Rooney surpassed Bobby Charlton as his country’s leading scorer in 2015.Across a 13-year international career, Rooney represented England at three World Cups and three European Championships.Rooney, who began his career at Everton, spent 13 seasons at Manchester United.After a season back at Everton, he moved to the U.S. to join D.C. United — whom he helped to the playoffs in his first campaign.He is not expected to start or captain the side against the U.S., but will be brought on as a substitute in a charity match arranged to raise funds for the Rooney Foundation, which aims to improve the lives of disadvantaged children.advertisementEngland also play Croatia at Wembley in the Nations League on November 18.
Salman Khan is a busy man. He is currently wrapping up Bharat with Katrina Kaif as the film gears up for an Eid release. However, this isn’t the only film that Bhai plans on releasing this year. According to a report, Salman is eyeing the Christmas release for Dabangg 3. If this is indeed true, then fans will see one of the biggest clashes of 2019, as Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt’s Brahmastra will release around the same time too.A source told a portal that the script of Dabangg 3 has been locked and the shooting will begin in April. “Initially, Bhai thought of starting Chulbul Pandey’s third outing last September, while Bharat is also under production. But, since that film spans across many decades and consequently see him sporting different looks, he eventually decided to complete it before beginning Dabangg 3,” said the source. Initially, Kick 2 was meant to release around the same time. However, the script still requires work.Brahmastra, which is a sci-fi mythological film, is slated to release on December 20. The film has already created massive amount of hype and buzz as the lead pair Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt are dating in real life, and fans are eager to see how their chemistry will crackle on-screen.ALSO READ | Ranbir Kapoor is the ‘joy’ of Alia Bhatt’s life. This picture is proofALSO WATCH | Alia Bhatt opens up about her link-up rumours with Ranbir Kapoor
Hyderabad: Former chief election commissioner T S Krishnamurthy Tuesday said the ‘one nation one election’ idea is very attractive but cannot be put into practice without a Constitutional amendment providing for fixed tenure for legislatures.Prime Minister Narendra Modi has invited heads of all political parties which have at least one MP either in the Lok Sabha or Rajya Sabha for a meeting Wednesday to discuss the “one nation, one election” and some other important matters. Krishnamurthy, who oversaw the 2004 Lok Sabha elections, said a lot of administrative arrangements, including increasing the strength of paramilitary forces for poll duties, might be required for holding simultaneous elections but they are possible. Also Read – Cong may promise farm loan waiver in HaryanaThe idea has several advantages, he said, but the biggest impediment in its implementation is constitutional provision relating to no-confidence motion and related issues. “The only way out is amendment by which you say…a vote of confidence will be effective only if some other person is elected as a leader; otherwise old government will continue. Unless you provide for fixed tenure of the House, it’s not possible”, he said. “…transitional provisions may be required because some Houses would have had two-and-half years (of its tenure), some would have had four-and-half years, like that. Transitional provision providing for extending the (tenure of) Houses to a common date may be required,” Krishnamurthy said. He further said it’s very difficult to guess if a consensus would emerge among political parties on the issue.
“According to PETA, 3,000 silkworms are killed to make every pound of silk,” says actress Alicia Silverstone.This is because the silkworms are gassed, steamed or boiled before they emerge from their cocoons as moths. Preventing the moths from cutting through the cocoons allows manufacturers to harvest long, single strands of silk.Silverstone supports peace silk, the process by which the silkworm is allowed to live out its full life cycle.“Peace silk is woven by hand by fair trade producers in India,” says Silverstone. “This cruelty-free silk is sourced from the cocoons of the wild Eri moth. The process does not involve touching or harming the moths, nor does it require keeping them in captivity. Rather, their cocoons are collected from the forest after the moths emerge and fly away.”Copyright ©2014Look to the Stars
NEW YORK, N.Y. – Campbell Soup will spend $4.87 billion in cash for Snyder’s-Lance, gorging on a snack market that has grown increasingly competitive.The soup maker said Monday that the acquisition will allow it to expand its distribution channels in the crowded field.Campbell Soup Co., based in Camden, New Jersey, is paying $50 per share, a 6.8 per cent premium to Snyder’s-Lance’s closing price Friday. That’s about a 27 per cent premium to the stock’s close last Wednesday, just before rumours of a deal began to circulate.Snyder’s-Lance, based in Charlotte, North Carolina, makes pretzels and chips. Its most well-known brands include Snyder’s of Hanover, Kettle Brand and Pop Secret. It will join the Campbell’s division that makes Pepperidge Farm and Goldfish crackers.The Snyder’s-Lance purchase marks Campbell’s sixth and largest acquisition over the last five years. It bought beverage-maker Bolthouse Farms in 2012, baby food company Plum and biscuit company Kelsen in 2013, hummus and salsa maker Garden Fresh in 2015, and soup maker Pacific Foods in 2017.In midday trading, Campbell Soup shares added 36 cents to $49.95. Snyder’s-Lance gained $3.10, or 6.6 per cent, to $49.89.
The Canadian Press CALGARY — Drilling firm Ensign Energy Services Inc. is reporting a 72 per cent increase in revenue in its first full quarter since buying Trinidad Drilling Ltd. late last year.The Calgary-based company says revenue came to $445 million in the first three months of 2019, up from $258 million in the same period a year earlier, mainly due to its winning the battle for Trinidad over larger rival Precision Drilling Corp.Ensign lost $22.3 million or 14 cents per share in the quarter, down from a loss of $26.7 million or 17 cents the year before.Analyst on averaged expected a loss of 31 cents, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.Trinidad’s U.S. oilfield operations were seen as the biggest attraction for its suitors. Ensign says the companies’ combined U.S. operations in the first quarter accounted for $274 million or 61 per cent of its revenue.Its Canadian arm contributed just 24 per cent of revenue and its 56 per cent increase in operating days compared with the year-earlier period was dwarfed by activity in the U.S. which more than doubled.
Earlier the UNP had said it will boycott the PSC untill some of its concerns are adressed by President Mahinda Rajapaksa. Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa today named a 19 member Parliament Select Committee (PSC) to propose changes to the constitution.The PSC will be led by Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva, and includes Minister G.L Peiris, Maithipala Sirisena, W.D.J Seniviratne, Anura Priyadharshana Yapa, Douglas Devananda, Susil Premjayanth, A.L.M. Athaulla, D.E.W Gunasekera, Rishard Badurdeen, Champika Ranawaka, Wimal Weerawanse, Basil Rajapaksa, Lakshman Seniviratne, Vasudeva Nanayakaara, Muttu Sivalingham, Sudarshini Fernandopulle and Janaka Bandara. The government had yesterday said that while necessary amendments to the 13th Amendment to the Constitution will be instituted in the future, elections for the 3 provincial councils including the elections for the Northern Provincial Council will be held in September under the present constitutional status.Cabinet spokesman and the Minister of Mass Media and Information Keheliya Rambukwella had said that the 13th Amendment to the constitution and the Indo Lanka Agreement were imposed on the country without the consent of the people, the government information department reported. (Colombo Gazette) Notable absentees from the list was that of opposition members. The Speaker however said that opposition members of the PSC will be included once the opposition nominates its members.
In a message to a United Nations meeting on Palestinian rights being held in Rabat, Morocco, Mr. Annan repeated his “dismay at the disproportionate and excessive use of force which Israel has too often used in conducting its self-defence.” He also reiterated his call on Israel to halt settlement activity throughout the occupied Palestinian territory.At the same time, the Secretary-General recalled his appeals for an end to terrorist killings of Israeli civilians – actions which “can never be justified” – and called for the Palestinian Authority to do more to prevent them.”Both sides must do much more to meet their obligations to protect civilians under international humanitarian law,” Mr. Annan said in a message to the UN African Meeting in Support of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People, delivered on his behalf by Mervat Tallawy, Executive Secretary of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA).The Secretary-General emphasized the importance of ending the occupation while providing genuine security for Israel in order to realize the vision of two States – Israel and Palestine – living side by side in peace.”I call on Prime Minister Sharon and Chairman Arafat to assume their responsibilities and lead their peoples and the entire region away from the abyss,” he said. “For that to happen neither side should set conditions and no extremist should be allowed to derail this vitally important undertaking.”Mr. Annan pledged “to do whatever it takes to help these peace efforts, in coordination with the ‘Quartet’ [United States, UN, Russian Federation and European Union] but also in cooperation with other important region and international actors.” Calling for intensified international engagement with both sides, he said, “We need to help the parties chart a clear path that will lead to resolving this conflict once and for all.” At the same time, he urged the donor community to provide assistance to the Palestinians, particularly through the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA).
FREDERICTON – A new software testing company in New Brunswick is expected to create 145 information technology jobs, all of which will be filled by aboriginal people.Professional Aboriginal Testing Organization — or PLATO — is the creation of Fredericton businessman Keith McIntosh.“We have a need for people. We have people who want to be here and have a need for work,” McIntosh said Thursday.The new employees will come from a six-month software testing course created by McIntosh.“We want to make sure that First Nations have all the opportunities that they need to be able to gain the skills, education and training that they need for the workforce here in the province,” said Premier Brian Gallant as he announced the jobs at one of the classrooms for the course.McIntosh said they expect to have at least 150 aboriginal people doing software testing on reserves and in other areas of the province by the end of 2018.PLATO now has 10 employees delivering outsourced testing services, and up to 87 more jobs will be created as students complete the training program.Another 58 jobs will be created at Professional Quality Assurance, where McIntosh is the co-chief executive officer.Melanie Griffith, from the St. Mary’s First Nation, is a student in the current class. She said she saw the program as an interesting opportunity.“I hadn’t considered the technology field being a job opportunity before, but when I saw that people were getting hired on and how quick the training was, I was interested,” she said.McIntosh said he’s impressed with the calibre of the students and their desire to work.“For the people that are taking the course it’s work. It’s not free money, it’s work money. Work for fair pay to do a valued job is dignity, and that’s the best thing you can have,” he said.The provincial government will provide up to $982,000 in payroll rebates for the creation of the new jobs.Gallant was quick to defend the financial assistance, saying the work to be done by the graduates will add $11 million to the provincial economy.McIntosh said the work they are chasing now goes offshore. He said it’s an opportunity to create jobs in the province and bring in money from elsewhere.McIntosh said while the new company is based in Fredericton, he is looking to expand to other provinces across the country. Software testing company in New Brunswick to create 145 aboriginal jobs by Kevin Bissett, The Canadian Press Posted May 19, 2016 9:44 am MDT Last Updated May 19, 2016 at 12:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
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FAIRFAX, Va. — Otis Livingston II scored five of his 22 points in the final two minutes to help George Mason pull away and beat Morgan State 82-75 on Wednesday night.George Mason (3-5) rebounded from double-digit losses to Cincinnati and Baylor in the Emerald Coast Classic in Florida.Sherwyn Devonish-Prince Jr. and Stanley Davis scored four points apiece during an 8-2 spurt to tie the game at 71 with 2:19 remaining. Livingston made a pair of free throws and converted a 3-point play as the Patriots closed on an 11-3 surge.Livingston was 7 of 13 from the field, made all six free-throw attempts and added seven assists. Javon Greene chipped in with 17 points and Justin Kier had 14 for George Mason.Kyson Rawls scored 18 points, and Davis had 15 points and 12 rebounds to lead Morgan State (2-4). Devonish-Prince Jr. finished with 12 points.The Associated Press
Former 76ers guard Allen Iverson holds the game ball before Philadelphia played the Boston Celtics in Game 6 of the NBA Eastern Conference semifinals on Wednesday, May 23, 2012, at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. Credit: Courtesy of MCT“We talkin’ about practice…not a game… not the game I go out there and die for. But practice.”This was Allen Iverson’s most memorable moment to the masses. In this classic rant, he successfully said the word “practice” 22 times in a press conference. In a nutshell, this moment with the media summed up his entire career.The incident was exciting, riveting and defiant, which was exactly who Allen Iverson was. Basketball fans who watched Iverson play know he stood for so much more than a simple rant in an interview. The innovative Iverson will go down in history as one of the most beloved and popular players of the early 2000s era of the NBA for three reasons: his superior toughness, quickness and exciting brand of basketball.Iverson, who last played in the NBA in 2010, has been back in the news recently after a Showtime documentary titled Iverson was released on May 16. The film captures the life of one of the most influential and beloved athletes our generation has ever seen. In the documentary, filmmaker Zatella Beatty tells the story of one of the more intricate individuals we’ve seen in any sport. The story of Allen Iverson touches on his triumph from the depths of poverty-stricken Hampton, Va., into a NBA legend.Iverson, standing at only 5-foot-11 and 170 pounds, was the ultimate warrior on the court and feared no one. Not even the likes of 7-foot giants such as Shaquille O’Neal who occupied the painted area could stop the lightning-quick Iverson from slashing for a layup.His uncanny ability to take brutal punishment from players twice his size and always rise to his feet afterward marks the true definition of a warrior. Iverson was relentless and always gave it his all; no one ever questioned Iverson’s effort or determination on the court. Iverson might have always been the smallest in terms of stature on the court, but what he lacked in height he certainly made up with the size of his heart and determinationIverson wore his emotions on his sleeve and was the beating heart and soul of the 76ers organization for a decade. Behind his remarkable MVP season when he averaged 31 points, 5.5 assists, 4.5 rebounds and three steals, the future Hall of Famer carried a lackluster supporting cast in 2001 to the NBA Finals (which stands today as one of the greatest one-man feats ever) against the heavily favored and nearly unstoppable Kobe Bryant- and Shaq-led Lakers.During the Lakers’ run in the 2001 playoffs, they went undefeated, sweeping every opponent they faced until Game 1 of the Finals. Behind Iverson’s amazing 48-point (the next-highest scoring output was Eric Snow’s 13 points), six-assist, five-rebound and five-steal performance, the Sixers defeated the unstoppable Lakers in overtime. The Sixers would go on to lose in five games; however, it was no fault of Iverson’s, who averaged a ridiculous 35 points throughout the series.The Answer’s most formidable of moves on the court were unequivocally his quickness and his killer crossover. Even the greatness of Michael Jordan was no match for a rookie Iverson who found himself in a one-on-one matchup that left His Airness baffled and befuddled.In a one-on-one matchup, Iverson was impossible to guard. His quickness left defenders on their heels and off balance. If the defender would back off too far, he would rise up for the pull-up jumper, whereas if the defender tried to play him close, he’d blow right by him with his electric speed for an acrobatic layup.Iverson loved to play in big moments and relished the opportunity of taking the opposing team’s best player one-on-one and making him look foolish. Because of this style of play, Iverson was often referred to as selfish and narcissistic, but the quality of teammates (or the lack thereof) forced Iverson into attack mode every night, knowing he was his team’s only option to win.Every single time Allen Iverson took a step onto a basketball court, you held your breath. He brought pure excitement and thrill with his brand of basketball that left even the most casual of fans impressed with his all-out efforts. During this time period, “street ball” was extremely popular but viewed as taboo in the professional ranks of the NBA. Iverson changed this mentality with his flair and exuberance that was both rewarding and entertaining.The Answer was a true superstar who seemed to have a special aura about him. The way he carried himself on the court was so infectious and impressionable, with his persona of tattoos, hairstyle and accessories on the floor. As a child growing up, I specifically remember getting my hair braided solely because of Allen Iverson.When one watches a basketball game today, it is impossible to not find at least one player on the court without a shooting sleeve on. Allen Iverson started this phenomenon initially because of a medical issue with his elbow that future players took and turned into a fashion statement. It’s even evident in other sports such as football and baseball today, where players wear a single sleeve on their right arm just like A.I. did. Ultimately, Iverson was cool, fierce and edgy, and that’s why he was so loved.Iverson was an 11-time All-Star, four-time scoring champion, two-time All-Star Game MVP and the 2001 Most Valuable Player. Most of all, he was an icon to a generation.The Showtime documentary details a man’s life story that so many could either relate to or really marvel at. His struggle from poverty and trouble-filled youth to becoming one of the greatest players ever is truly a feat captured well in the documentary.