Rape reported

first_imgA sexual assault was reported to the University’s deputy Title IX coordinator, according to Wednesday’s Notre Dame Security Police (NDSP) crime log.The alleged rape occurred in a North Quad men’s dorm early Sunday morning, according to an email from NDSP sent to students Tuesday evening.Information about sexual assault prevention and resources for survivors of sexual assault are available online from NDSP and from the Committee for Sexual Assault Prevention (CSAP).Updated Wednesday at 11:36 a.m.Tags: committee on sexual assault prevention, NDSP, sexual assaltlast_img read more

Netherlands roundup: Political youth branches push for reform proposals

first_imgDutch political youth organisations have called for the government to break the deadlock on pensions reform and come up with proposals itself.During a networking meeting organised by PwC and the Dutch Association of Insurers (VvV), the youth branches of the Netherlands’ four coalition partners expressed concern that the stalemate over a new pensions contract would continue, after the government’s deadline for an agreement passed without result.The groups said they had found common ground on the introduction of mandatory pensions saving for all workers, including the self-employed (known as zzp’ers). This contradicted the position of the liberal VVD party and liberal democratic D66 party.“General mandatory pensions saving will lead to equal competitive relations between all workers,” argued Daan Looij of the VVD’s youth branch JOVD. The youth organisations said they favoured individual pensions accrual combined with “continued solidarity”.They also supported the government’s decision to abolish the average pension contribution model “as this provided for a unilateral income transfer from younger to older workers”.The organisations explained that they favoured progressive contributions – with younger workers paying in less than their older colleagues – rather than contributions reducing as workers got older.In their joint declaration, the youth organisations also highlighted the need for clarity about who was entitled to what. They cited demographic changes in the Netherlands and said that the pensions system had become disconnected from the labour market.They also argued that “the concept of opaque anonymous pension pots must disappear”.The youth organisations also demanded “much freedom of choice”, ranging from the investment profile to the pensions provider, and from premium holidays to the ability to take a lump sum.Women’s organisation demands legislation for board diversityThe Dutch government must introduce legislation to force pension funds to appoint at least 30% of women on their board if they keep on failing to adhere to a voluntary code for pension funds, a lobbying organisation has argued.In an interview with IPE’s Dutch sister publication PensioenPro, Marjon Brandenbarg and Larissa Gabriëlse, chair and vice chair of Women in Institutional Pensions (Viip), argued that the legislator must come up with a legal quota of female trustees, if naming and shaming also failed.They concluded that the ‘softly, softly’ approach hadn’t worked and further measures were necessary.“The pensions sector has been trying to improve diversity for years,” said Brandenbarg. “At the moment, no more than 15% of trustees are female, while many pension funds don’t even have a single woman on their board.”In her opinion, the code’s recommendation of at least one woman on a board was too little “as half of humankind comprises women”.The Dutch government was already considering a 30% quota for female trustees at large companies, Brandenbarg said. “If this were to materialise, the pensions sector can’t stay behind,” she added.Recently, D66 – one of the partners in the Netherlands’ coalition government – said it would initiate legislation for diversity rules for pension fund boards next year, if schemes failed to implement agreed changes voluntarily. Other parties are said to support the move. Trade unions and AkzoNobel on collision course over extra contributionDutch trade unions are heading for a confrontation with chemicals giant AkzoNobel after the firm declined a demand for a one-off €400m additional contribution to its pension fund.According to Dutch financial daily FD, the company has told unions that such a contribution to its defined contribution scheme was not allowed under international accounting rules.FD reported that the unions had declined the company’s offer of a salary increase and one-off payments as part of a new collective labour agreement.“This is to become war,” the newspaper quoted Erik de Vries, the FNV union’s trustee for the process industry, as saying.The unions had based their demand for the additional contribution on the sale of AkzoNobel’s specialty chemicals arm to US private equity firm Carlyle, saying that they wanted the assets to be used to improve the pension fund’s financial position.However, AkzoNobel had indicated it would channel most of the €7.5bn proceeds to its shareholders.The company’s €5.3bn pension fund has a coverage ratio of 108.9%. It has an ageing membership and has only been able to grant limited inflation compensation.The indexation in arrears for active participants is 7%, while its pensioners and deferred members have lost out on 14% of purchasing power.In addition to the unions, the scheme’s board and its pensioners association have asked for the capital injection, albeit as a subordinated loan, to be paid off within 10 years.last_img read more

Annual powwow honouring women

first_imgTraditional dancers and drummers will be flooding into Taylor for the sixth Annual Spirit of the Peace Powwow.There will be several types of dances occurring throughout the weekend, including the women’s jingle dance and fancy dance, says Leeanna Rhodes, media relations person for the event. Rhodes says there may even be a chicken dance.- Advertisement -Everything is free because the event is considered traditional, she says, which means organizers will try to be the best hosts they can be, ensuring everything is free for attendees.This year’s theme is “Empowering the Spirit of our Women” and there will be an honouring ceremony held on Saturday. She says the theme encompasses the fact that women should receive the respect and recognition they deserve. She also says they should be honoured for their kindness, strength and courage they possess, even if they don’t recognize it themselves.The Powwow will take place from Friday through to Sunday at the District Ice Center in Taylor.The ‘Grand Entry’ – when dancers enter the arena – will begin on Friday at 7 p.m., on Saturday at both 1 and 7 p.m. and on Sunday at 1 p.m.Advertisement A free shuttle bus will be offered to take people from the co-op mall to the Powwow and back. The bus will run starting at 4:15 p.m., then again at 5 p.m. and every two hours until 11 p.m. The bus will again run on Saturday and Sunday, starting at 12 p.m., then again at 1 p.m. and every two hours until 11 p.m. and 5 p.m., respectively.last_img read more

Donegal dumper Jim Ferry is jailed

first_imgDonegal waste collector Jim Ferry has been jailed for contempt of court.The businessman was sentenced to nine weeks’ imprisonment following an appearance in the High Court on Wednesday. The Irish Times reports that Mr Ferry was jailed for failing to comply with court orders granted to Donegal County Council in their case against him over illegal dumping.Mr Ferry, of Ferry’s Refuse Collection Limited and Ferry’s Refuse Recycling, has admitted to dumping tens of thousands of tons of waste at Rossbracken outside Letterkenny.  Donegal County Council is seeking to recover a multi-million euro figure from Mr Ferry to clear up the illegal waste from the site. Mr Ferry has previously told the High Court he is broke and unemployed.Donegal County Council has employed a forensic accountant to analyse where the money from Mr Ferry’s businesses has gone, but he has failed to comply with the investigation.Read more at: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/crime-and-law/courts/high-court/businessman-jailed-for-nine-weeks-for-illegal-dumping-in-donegal-1.3938502Donegal dumper Jim Ferry is jailed was last modified: June 28th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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:jim ferrylast_img read more

Do cows use cell phones?

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ask some of my friends and they will tell you that I am a person that can misplace things from time to time — alright, all of my friends will tell you that. Knowing the location of my smartphone can be one such challenge.In my mind, smartphones are both a blessing and a curse. The good? Nearly the entire span of human knowledge and wisdom is available to us at the flick of a thumb on a device that fits in our pocket. The bad? The fact that the entire span of human knowledge and wisdom is on a device small enough to fit in our pocket — and then go undetected when flung unknowingly into a field.I used to work on my extended family’s large dairy farm where I had carried on the tradition that my two older brothers, whom had worked before me, began. Now this dairy, like most farms of its type, gains most of its herd growth from heifers born on the operation. It takes roughly two years for a newborn calf to become ready for the milk cycle, and during the summers of their development, many of them are put out to pasture. One of my jobs at the farm was to buddy up with my cousin on the weekends  — let’s call him J — to feed grain to pasture heifers in order to better manage their diets.To this day, it was one of my favorite jobs. A lot of the world’s problems were solved in the cab of that truck driving from pasture to pasture in the early hours each day. One morning, however, the world’s problems had to wait.There we were, headed back to the last pasture of the day. J was driving and I was on gate duty (at any moment ready to leap out of the truck and open the gates keeping the truck out and the heifers in). He nonchalantly asked if I had gotten a message from my uncle, the boss man. I quickly swiped my hand into the right front pocket of my iodine-stained jeans.No phone.“Odd,” I thought, as sweat started to bead on my forehead. “Better try the other pockets.”I quickly rummaged the left front and back pockets of my jeans before realizing my device was nowhere in the denim. With wide eyes and adrenaline pumping, I immediately lunged out of my seat and turned around. My cousin, startled at the sudden movement, swerved across the road, sending my head into the glass window, making a “konk” sound in the process — similar to two coconuts being smashed together.The mild concussion-inducing head bounce only delayed the realization for a few seconds — my phone was not in this vehicle.“Well did you leave it at the farm?” my cousin offered.“No! I had it after we left because I looked at the time as we were on the road!” I frantically recalled. There, somewhere in the five pastures we had visited since that time, the phone was likely laying. Helpless, cold, alone — my smartphone was maybe feeling the tickle of a cow’s rough tongue, or even the indelicate harassment by a heifer’s hooves. The latter was unthinkable. I couldn’t stand to imagine the prized object  in such an abysmal situation.Ok yes, the phone was just a mangling of metal, glass, and electricity that could be easily replaced, but no such thoughts crossed my mind in that moment. We had to find it.My cousin, through a bond we had grown in our long pasture mornings together, immediately absorbed my panic and alarm. The gas pedal hit the floor, tires squealed, and the local church bells seemed to echo in alarm as we were off to find the phone.We started by heading to our prior stop — a barn with a pasture that ran back to a creek to an adjoining field on the other side of the road. To our dismay, another member of the farm was just arriving in front of us, dumping a load of gravel near the bunk in which we had stopped to deliver feed. Surely my phone was crushed by the tons of vehicle and rock above it if it had been there.Pasture after pasture heard our panicked calls, but still nothing.Then, an idea — the smartphone I lost was an iPhone! It had been equipped with the “Find My iPhone” feature when I originally bought it and could still be found if it had not yet met its demise at the hands of  heifers or herdsmen. The location app was available with any other smartphone. My cousin, however, was still clinging to a flip phone at the time, and like many farmers, was holding out on getting a smartphone for some secret, unknown reason which only they seem to know. Our means of accessing the location feature wasn’t possible. Good news broke as we realized his tech-savvy wife did have a smartphone. A quick call was placed urgently explaining the situation and what she had to do.My cousin soon received a picture from his wife to his phone. It was a screenshot of a satellite view map that had a blue dot that had the words “Joel’s iPhone” emboldened above it. We went straight to work deciphering the landmarks and geography from the aerial view picture, an interpreting job that even the U.S. Army would envy.We cleverly deduced it was back in the pasture where we had first looked, the same place the gravel was being unloaded. We proceeded that way with doubts about the accuracy of such GPS technology as the blue dot showed us it was in a part of the field we had not been.Our arrival back to the field was greeted with the harsh realization that the little blue dot on the map coincided very closely with the placement of two large piles of gravel. When I say very well I mean in the exact same dang place. My cousin immediately started calling it from the truck parked afar in order to keep from unwittingly crunching the device. I started scanning the ground near the feed bunks where we were, hoping the accuracy of the little blue dot was off by several feet (possibly, we thought, due to several shiny grain bins and tin roofs nearby bouncing the signal around — NASA scientists we are not).The minutes passed and the search path kept getting wider and wider. My cousin kept calling the phone, interrupting the deadly silence that we had maintained with a loud shriek from time to time exclaiming, “THE PHONE MUST STILL BE GOOD BECAUSE IT KEEPS RINGING.” Thanks for the hope, J.After a notable amount of time went by, we decided to reevaluate the situation. Should we abort, give up, and head back to the farm to continue with the morning’s chores? Or try once more? Another look at the tiny map on the itty bitty flip phone screen and we decided to go closer to those foreboding gravel piles that would mean sure death for a smartphone.J went back to calling and I intrepidly headed out to the middle of the field, a location where we hadn’t been all morning. Why would the phone be there?My ears twitched at the slightest sound as we maintained strict silence in the search for the ringtone (albeit the occasional assurance scream of “IT’S STILL RINGING” by J — thanks again for the hope, cousin).And then…something — was it a trick my ears were playing on me?  Was it a cow mooing in a far off pasture? Was it a fly passing by? Was it a groundhog moving underground? No, this was the distinct sound of on and off vibration made by a phone. I ran towards the origin of the audio about 15 feet away. There I saw a black object glint in the sunlight and I hurriedly dove ahead for it, screaming in the process. My phone had been found!I hoisted it into the air with a victory yell. J was rocking the truck in celebration of the find. I ran towards the vehicle with urgency, jumping and waving my phone in excitement while doing so.(Only later would we find out that the farmer in the pasture delivering gravel had witnessed the entire thing. Looking back, the moment of discovery was relatable to the scene from Rudy in which the entire stadium cheers in the end. Though in this case, instead of the Notre Dame football team and its players overcoming the barriers of life, two guys were out hopping up and down in some pasture.)The culprit for the phone’s missing? We figured the clumsy placement of it halfway in my pocket. The reason for the phone being in the middle of the field? Well, a telltale sign after its discovery helped us with that — a healthy dose of cow cud covering the phone from top to bottom. It seems one of our bovine friends had decided it was time their herd had access to the entire span of human knowledge and wisdom, but it looks like they grew tired of that and went back to the excitement of eating grass.Maybe they’re onto something? Good moooove cows, good move.last_img read more

Using Ceiling Fans To Keep Cool Without AC

first_img Start Free Trial Already a member? Log in Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details. This article is only available to GBA Prime Memberscenter_img When I was a young backpacker traveling through India, Sri Lanka, and Thailand in the 1970s, I couldn’t afford air-conditioned hotels or restaurants. In these tropical conditions, I became quite accustomed to the benefits of Casablanca-style fans.Although a fan can’t lower the temperature of the air, it can make people feel cooler. Moving air accelerates the rate at which perspiration evaporates from your skin. The evaporation process requires heat, so increased evaporation means that more heat is leaving your body.Moving air also removes heat from your body by convection — at least as long as the air temperature is below 100°F or so. Once the air temperature significantly exceeds your body temperature, however, fans tend to raise rather than reduce your body temperature (unless you are very wet).Fans use electricity and their motors give off heat, so it’s important to use them sparingly and appropriately.Ceiling fan energy use varies by model. Watt draw ranges from 15 to 30 watts on low speed, 30 to 50 watts on medium speed, and 50 to 100 watts on high speed. According to a paper by Danny Parker, Michael Callahan, Jeffrey Sonne, and Guan Su, the average Florida home has 4.3 ceiling fans and consumes about 800 kWh per year to operate these fans.A central air conditioner requires far more power — on the order of 2,000 to 5,000 watts.Alas, many people never turn off their ceiling fans. Even in homes with six or seven fans, the fans are often left humming for 24 hours a day.But a fan in an empty room isn’t cooling the chairs or beds; rather, its motor is giving off heat. Seven 60-watt fans give off 420 watts continuously. In 24 hours, the waste heat from these fan motors is equivalent to ten hours’ operation of a 1,000-watt hair dryer.Ceiling fans were… last_img read more

NBA: Jason Kidd brushes off comparisons to Lonzo Ball: ‘It’s a stretch’

first_imgRead Next LATEST STORIES John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Although the pair posted eerily similar statistics in their first 12 games as a pro, Kidd downplayed any comparison between him and the young upstart from UCLA.“It’s still early in his career, and it’s a stretch,” the floor general turned bench boss said in an appearance on ESPN’s “First Take.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“He has to understand what it means to play hard and what it means to win, and how to win at the highest level. It takes time, and hopefully in three years maybe there is a better comparison, but right now it is a stretch and he has a ways to go.”Much like Ball, Kidd was also drafted second overall in 1994 and was an inconsistent scorer in his early years. Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games PLAY LIST 01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games If Ball truly shares the same mold as Kidd, he’ll certainly have his work cut out for him, as his predecessor went on to make 10 All-Star appearances, nine All-Defensive teams, and six All-NBA rosters, culminated by a championship with the Dallas Mavericks in 2011.  Khristian Ibarrola /raRELATED STORIES:Lonzo Ball says ongoing shooting issues ‘just in my head’Coach Luke Walton: It ‘would be silly’ to tinker with Lonzo Ball’s shooting styleADVERTISEMENT View comments Batang Pinoy gets going Milwaukee Bucks head coach Jason Kidd checks the scoreboard during the second half in Game 1 of the NBA basketball playoffs against the Chicago Bulls, Saturday, April 18, 2015, in Chicago.  APIn his first 12 games in the NBA, highly touted Los Angeles Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball is viewed as a tall, pass-first point guard who struggles to put the ball in the hoop.The same could be said for first ballot Hall of Famer and now Milwaukee Bucks head coach Jason Kidd, when he first entered the league in 1994.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion MOST READ Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPAlast_img read more

Day, Noren need another day to decide winner at Torrey

first_imgIt was the third playoff in three weeks on the PGA Tour, all of them lasting at least four holes. And while it was entertaining, thousands of fans weren’t around to see it. They left after Woods finished his round. In only his second PGA Tour event since August 2015, Woods closed with a 72 and tied for 23rd, seven shots out of the lead.Woods said it was a mostly positive week, and it was hard to argue considering he was returning from his fourth back surgery. He at least was closer to the fairway in the final round, but hit only three fairways for the third straight day.“I got a lot out of my rounds,” Woods said. “The short game wasn’t something I was worried about. I knew what I could, what I’ve been doing at home. That wasn’t going to be an issue. It was going to be, ‘Can I shoot low scores?’ I didn’t, but I grinded out some good rounds.”The final hour of the tournament was a big grind.Day, Noren, Palmer and J.B. Holmes — the latter three in the final group — were tied for the lead with six holes to go.Day twice missed the green with a short iron in his hand, and one of those shots led to bogey. He didn’t make a birdie on the back nine in regulation. Noren appeared to have the steadiest game until he pulled his tee shot into the hazard on the 14th hole and did well to escape with bogey. Noren also made a pair of 7-foot par putts to stay in a share of the lead, and then he missed a 12-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole in regulation.Palmer, trying to win for the first time in eight years, made consecutive bogeys from the bunker on No. 14 and short of the 15th green. He came up big on the 72nd hole with a wedge to 2 feet to get into the playoff.Holmes effectively fell out of the hunt when he missed the 15th green with a wedge and took bogey, and then missed a 4-foot par putt on the 16th hole. He needed an eagle on the final hole, and took some 4 minutes trying to decide on which club to hit. He finally, curiously, decided to lay up and try to make his 3 by holing a sand wedge. He laid up in the rough and didn’t come close to holing the shot.Noren went next and hit his fairway metal over the green, into the tunnel below the TV tower and out the other side. He took his relief, and smartly played away from the flag to keep it from running by the hole and possibly down the slope into the water, though he missed the putt.The Sony Open took six holes before Patton Kizzire won. The CareerBuilder Challenge went four holes before Jon Rahm prevailed. NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Both players had a good chance to end it — Noren from 12 feet on the 18th in regulation, Day from 12 feet on the third playoff hole at the par-3 16th.“It’s so important over every shot, and maybe not as much as stroke play, you know, you can play safe sometimes and you can play aggressive here,” Noren said. “Here, you need to play aggressive to finish it out.”Ryan Palmer began the playoff with them at 10-under 278. He was eliminated with a par on the 18th on the first extra hole.Day closed with a 2-under 70. Palmer hit wedge to 2 feet for birdie for a 72 to get into the playoff. Noren, who had a one-shot lead at the start of the final round, closed with a 73.By then, Tiger Woods was long gone.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View comments Alex Noren was 5 feet away from extending the playoff Sunday at the Farmers Insurance Open, a putt he could easily have missed except that the Swede could rely on experience. He had a similar putt in regulation and knew it broke off to the right.Day and Noren went at it for 77 holes at Torrey Pines, and after five sudden-death playoff holes, it still wasn’t enough to crown a winner. They matched birdies in the dark on the par-5 18th, and then had no choice but to return Monday morning to decide the longest playoff in the 67-year history of the event.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We both played some pretty good golf, especially down 18 going back and forth, back and forth, which is good entertainment for the fans,” Day said. “It’s good to be back in the action, good to be back where I’m at right now. But I’ve got to get some rest.”Day has gone 20 months since his last victory. 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Rahm had a chance to reach No. 1 in the world with a repeat victory at Torrey Pines. He was two shots out of the lead until going into the water and making double bogey on the 18th hole of the third round. On Sunday, the 23-year-old Spaniard fell back early and never recovered. He closed with a 77.Day’s last victory was in May 2016 at The Players Championship when he was No. 1 in the world.“I’ll play all day tomorrow if I need to get the win,” Day said.Noren is a nine-time winner on the European Tour who is No. 19 in the world, trying to make his mark in America. He already has left quite an impression. James narrowly misses triple-double, Cavs beat Pistonscenter_img Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 City Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises LATEST STORIES Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Jason Day, of Australia, makes his way to the green of the 18th hole of the South Course for the fifth playoff hole at dusk at Torrey Pines Golf Course during the final round of the Farmers Insurance Open golf tournament, Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)SAN DIEGO — Jason Day watched the flight of his wedge for as long as he could and had to listen to the crowd to realize he nailed it.“I can’t see,” he said to his caddie.ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s weddinglast_img read more

CWG probe: CVC asks for reports by month-end

first_imgThe Central Vigilance Commission (CVC), probing alleged financial irregularities in construction and procurement works related to the Commonwealth Games, has directed all agencies concerned to submit their reports by the month-end.Official sources said a reminder has recently been issued to Central Public Works Department (CPWD), Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD), Delhi Development Authority (DDA) and Public Works Department (PWD) in this regard.The move came after Central Vigilance Commissioner P J Thomas objected to the “lackadaisical approach” and continuous delay by agencies in submitting replies to the queries raised by the anti-corruption watchdog, they said.”We have issued reminders to all the agencies and directed them to submit replies. They have been told to give point-wise answers to our queries by the end of October,” a senior CVC official said.He said, based on their replies, the CVC will give its findings or final report to a committee formed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh headed by former Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India V K Shungloo.”All the Chief Vigilance Officers (CVOs) in the concerned organisations have been asked specifically to pursue the matter,” the officer said.An analysis by Chief Technical Examination Wing of CVC has found alleged financial and administrative irregularities in 16 construction and procurement projects.Six of them are being done by PWD, three by MCD, two each by CPWD, DDA, NDMC and one by RITES, a Government of India Enterprise, the CVC report said.According to the report, “Almost all the organisations executing works for Commonwealth Games have considered inadmissible factors to jack-up the reasonable price to justify award of work at quoted rates citing urgent or emergent circumstances.”advertisementThe CVC has written a letter of complaint to CBI asking for a probe into alleged criminal conspiracy by unknown MCD officials in granting work for upgradation of street lighting in the national capital.Meanwhile, the agency has also asked the CWG Organising Committee and the Sports Ministry to keep a sample of each items of the equipment and props hired from foreign suppliers for the Games venues ready for its inspection.last_img read more

India to go in with best combination says Dhoni

first_imgWhen the cover was removed a few minutes before 8 am on Thursday, the pitch looked bone dry, even as dark clouds continued to hover over the M Chinnaswamy Stadium, the venue of the second and final Test between India and New Zealand, starting on Friday.The forecast of showers and thunder showers remains, but it should concern more the Kiwis rather than the Indians, who are 1-0 ahead in the series. Rain also affected the first Test in Hyderabad, but it failed to prevent India from winning by an innings.The stark difference in quality between the two teams was visible in Hyderabad where India took just four days to wrap up the big win. Spin was the dominant force in the first Test as off-spinner R Ashwin (12) and left-armer Pragyan Ojha (six) bagged 18 of the 20 New Zealand wickets.Despite being in a strong position, captain MS Dhoni ruled out experimentation just because India are in an advantageous position. “No, we are not experimenting; whatever is the best combination for this Test, we’ll feature it,” he said.New Zealand are, on the other hand, relying more on pace and are badly missing their wily left-armer Daniel Vettori, who was ruled out the Test series with a shoulder injury. Vettori is here with the team but he can only guide from outside.Their second most-experienced spinner is Jeetan Patel, who has bagged 44 wickets in 14 Tests.New Zealand have also brought Tarun Sai Nethula, a leg-spinner who was born in Kurnool, Andhra Pradesh, but it remains to be seen if he makes his Test debut in Bangalore.advertisementHere, it may be slightly different for Nethula as the final face of the pitch is yet to be known. Dhoni said that the pitch and the Bangalore weather may slightly assist the New Zealand pacers.last_img read more