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Man drives car onto pitch to halt Ranji game in Delhi

first_imgNEW DELHI, (Reuters) – A man drove his car onto the pitch during the ongoing Ranji Trophy match between Delhi and Uttar Pradesh in a major breach of security at the Air Force Sports Complex in Palam.Some 20 minutes before Friday’s scheduled close of play, the car entered the field through an unmanned gate and headed straight to the pitch, scaring away Delhi fielders and the two Uttar Pradesh batsmen.Former India players, including the Delhi duo of Gautam Gambhir and Ishant Sharma, looked in disbelief as the car was twice driven over the pitch.“Very disturbing to see our Ranji Trophy game being interrupted in this fashion today! Thankfully all players are safe,” Uttar Pradesh captain and India discard Suresh Raina said on Twitter.The car was on its way out when security guards stopped it near the gate and handed over the driver to police.Match referee V Narayan Kutti examined the pitch after the incident and approved it for further play.“We are treating it as a stray incident but it’s a major security breach and one would have to be very careful about such incidents in the future,” he later said.last_img read more

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Quick releases email addressing diversity issues

first_imgProvost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Michael Quick, sent out a memorandum to the USC community on Monday in response to the various acts of bias and disrespect against minorities at USC.Titled “Access and Opportunity, Diversity and Inclusion,” the memorandum comes after the Undergraduate Student Government’s resolution on campus climate that was passed Tuesday and recent demonstrations on campus urging for student voices to be heard on campus diversity issues.The resolution called for action from the University administration following recent incidents related to racial bias. It specifically asked for a $100 million fund to support underrepresented students, additional resources for cultural centers on campus, mandatory diversity training and the hiring of a vice president for diversity, equity and inclusion, among other things.Quick wrote that he was touched by the student voices, both at USC and at other universities, that have stood up and called for improvement at their institutions. He argued that since its earliest days, USC has shown a commitment to diversity because of its imperative role in learning.“In the current historical context, that commitment reflects our desire to enrich learning by embracing a broad range of ideas and perspectives, our moral support for the cause of social justice, and our realization, in today’s increasingly global context, that the more diverse the community, the greater its potential for economic and cultural prosperity,” he wrote in the memorandum.When Quick became provost in April 2015, he outlined his commitment to access and opportunity as one of the four pillars he was going to focus on. He said he’s recently been brainstorming with other members of the Trojan community on ways to increase their commitment to these ideals.Quick, along with President C. L. Max Nikias and the leadership at USC, have outlined a series of steps that will improve campus climate and enhance access and opportunity.The first point said the provost is establishing a diversity task force, which will be co-chaired by Varun Soni, the dean of Religious Life, and Ainsley Carry, vice president for Student Affairs.The force will aim to gather ideas from the campus leaders on how to improve and provide suggestions to various campus units, like the Department of Public Safety and USC Housing, among others.Second, a series of open forums moderated by Professors Tara McPherson and George Sanchez will, like Quick wrote, “recognize criticism and complaint as a resource rather than as a problem.”Quick said he will be making a symposium series with community leaders sharing their stance on equity and diversity with students. In the memorandum, Quick invited students to suggest possible speakers and ideas for these panels.The task force also looks to identify diversity liaisons between the school deans and their faculty that can best address the needs of the community.“Given the breadth of this University, I believe this broad approach will be the most effective in addressing these issues,” Quick wrote.The memorandum also said a strategic planning process will chart a course for the USC community over the next several of years.USC’s Visions and Voices will also direct $100,000 of their budget per year to engage the community in diversity issues, according to Quick.Quick’s seventh point said there will be a $100,000 fund established that will go to supporting student programs and events that enhance diversity and inclusion. Another $100,000 fund will be administered through the Office of Religious Life to support programming specifically through the University’s cultural centers.The Office of the Provost will also start soliciting proposals to issue evidence-based approaches toward understanding racial bias and improving relations on campus.Quick said creating a faculty committee that will work with students and faculty to create residential diversity programs that will impact the residential college experience is another goal.Improving mechanisms that will record when unfortunate incidents do occur, so that they can be investigated and acted upon as soon as possible. A reporting button has been added to the USC LiveSafe app so that students can immediately report incidents of discrimination.Finally, Quick wrote that the leadership team at USC understands that though improving diversity is not just about the resources they can implement, taking these steps is helping USC move toward becoming a better, more inclusive school. Quick asked students to understand that the greatest form of diversity is that that comes with opinion.“We must be prepared not only to support those with whom we agree, but also respect those with whom we disagree,” he wrote. “Only in that way will we live up to the promise reflected in the faces staring out at us from those iconic photographs and create a University of Southern California worthy of them, and us.”Correction: This article previously stated that the Undergraduate Student Government’s resolution on campus climate was passed on Wednesday. It was passed on Tuesday. 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Trojans could get last laugh in Oregon

first_img“Suicide Blitz” runs Thursdays. To comment on this article, visit dailytrojan.com or email Danny at savitzky@usc.edu. Elite college football programs show unwavering class and respect in defeat and victory.For Oregon, most of its players are doing their part. In fact, all but one of Oregon’s players appear to carry themselves with an elegance appropriate for a team that has a shot to play in consecutive BCS national championship games.But running back De’Anthony Thomas doesn’t appear to be following that line of thought.“I wouldn’t want to play us right now,” he told reporters earlier this week. “We scored the most points [on No. 1 LSU], so I feel like we deserve another chance to play against them again.”Really? More so than No. 2 Oklahoma State at 10-0, with an offense just as imposing as yours?Remember, it wasn’t so long ago that Thomas coughed up the football twice in the Ducks’ season opener against LSU.It’s human nature that spurs a player to get ahead of himself like that, but it’s immaturity that prevents him from keeping it to himself. Oregon coach Chip Kelly and tailback LaMichael James, however, insisted their focus is on USC, not on LSU. Oregon has two regular season games left, including Saturday’s matchup against USC, but Thomas’ story would suggest an easy path to the BCS title game.Though Thomas characterized his team’s matchup against the Trojans as “just another game,” you can bet it’s a lot more than that to him and his once-prospective teammates.Yes, it was Los Angeles native and five-star recruit Thomas who committed to play for USC before mysteriously defecting to join Oregon in the 11th hour. If you’re a Trojan player, you’d have to be brain-dead to forget that.In fairness, Thomas is likely not concerned with the Ducks’ public relations goals, but his comments regarding LSU presuppose that he’s quick to dismiss the Trojans as a legitimate threat to the Ducks — if only to taunt them a little bit.The only redemption to be found in Thomas’ behavior is the reassurance it was the right move for both sides for him to play at Oregon.The Trojans still have a chance, however, to show Thomas what he missed.USC’s leaders show a special sensitivity to improper behavior — with a mind on the lack of control just a few years ago.It’s interesting: The sanctions that were likely the driving force behind Thomas’ departure from the university are what created the structured environment at USC that would have been great for him. And he’ll get a taste of what this discipline yields on Saturday.USC will face improbable odds Saturday, and some would say Las Vegas’ appraisal of the Trojans’ chances isn’t bleak enough, especially now that sophomore receiver Robert Woods might not play.But my downward outlook on USC’s shot of defeating Stanford last month has taught me to not be so negative this time around. Oregon, however, certainly seems to be an even better team than Stanford was.If USC can stay fresh and stop Oregon on third downs, it’s capable of anything, especially with the extra motivation to stick it to Thomas for abandoning the program.last_img read more

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Jamaica developing long term solutions for coffee industry

first_imgTwenty varieties of coffee being evaluated “Variety trials have, so far, been carried out on two farms… one in the Blue Mountain region and the other in the Jamaica High Mountain region. Approximately 20 varieties are being evaluated with quality evaluations slated to begin shortly,” Shaw said.Shaw’s remarks were read by Minister without Portfolio in the Economic Growth and Job Creation Ministry Daryl Vaz to launch Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee Day and to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).The MoU, which was signed by JAMPRO, JACRA and the Jamaica Coffee Exporters Association, establishes a formal framework to guide a promotional campaign and marketing strategy to support the Jamaica Blue Mountain and Jamaica High Mountain coffees.The Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee Day, to be observed on January 9 between Jamaica and Japan, is being held in recognition of the formidable relationship forged between the two countries since 1953 when Jamaica sent its first shipment of coffee to the Asian country.It also marks the day the largest shipment of coffee left the port of Kingston en route to Japan in 1967.More solutionsOther solutions being examined are the implementation of a coffee nursery policy to guide the way nurseries operate, in order to adequately regulate and monitor varieties that are cultivated; and the establishment of a coffee training institute, aimed at certifying the regulatory cup testers.“The (nursery) policy is currently in its draft stage and will be completed by the first quarter of the financial year 2019. The regulatory cup testers would lead the way as certified trainers for the industry stakeholders, including coffee shop personnel, coffee makers in hotels and restaurants,” Shaw said, adding that the training institute will be fully operational by September. KINGSTON, Jamaica, CMC – The Jamaica government is examining long term solutions to place the coffee industry in a better position in the future.Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Minister Audley Shaw, said among the solutions suggested is the reduction of infringements on the Jamaica Blue Mountain and Jamaica High Mountain coffee trademarks on the international scene, as well as locally, through the Jamaica Agricultural Commodities Regulatory Authority (JACRA).It also includes variety monitoring activities to ensure adaptability and disease resistance.last_img read more

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IndyCar Grand Prix of Alabama: Start time, TV channel, live steam for 2019 race

first_imgThe 2019 NTT IndyCar Series season continues Sunday, April 7 with the 10th running of the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama, the third race of the IndyCar season. As will be the case for most of the IndyCar races on the schedule, NBCSN is the TV channel that will broadcast this week’s race. The start time for the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama will be 4 p.m. ET.Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, 17-turn 2.38-mile road coarse with 80 feet of elevation change, again will host the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama. The Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg also can be streamed live via fuboTV. New fuboTV users can sign up with a seven-day free trial.Throughout the season, INDYCAR Pass will provide live streams of all IndyCar practice and qualifying sessions. The service also will provide same-day replays of IndyCar races, live streams of Indy Lights races and more.IndyCar Grand Prix of Alabama track scheduleFriday, April 5TimeSeriesEvent9 a.m. ETFormula 3 AmericasPractice 19:45 a.m. ETMazda MX5Practice 110:35: a.m. ETPorsche GT3Practice 111:20 a.m. ETLamborghini Super TrofeoPractice 112:15 p.m. ETIndyCarPractice 11:15 p.m. ETFormula 3 AmericasPractice 22 p.m. ETMazda MX5Practice 22:50 p.m. ETPorsche GT3Practice 23:50 p.m. ETIndyCarPractice 24:50 p.m.Lamborghini Super TrofeoPractice 2Saturday, April 6TimeSeriesEvent9:05 a.m. ETFormula 3 AmericasQualifying 19:50 a.m. ETMazda MX5Qualifying 110:25 a.m. ETLamborghini Super TrofeoQualifying 110:45 a.m. ETLamborghini Super TrofeoQualifying 211:15 a.m.Porsche GT3Qualifying 111:45 a.m. ETIndyCarPractice 312:45 p.m. ETFormula 3 AmericasRace 11:50 p.m. ETMazda MX5Race 12:50 p.m. ETLamborghini Super TrofeoRace 14 p.m. ETIndyCarQualifying5:30 p.m. ETPorsche GT3Race 16:30 p.m. ETMazda MX5Race 2Sunday, April 7TimeSeriesEvent9:30 a.m. ETFormula 3 AmericasRace 212:10 p.m. ETIndyCarWarm-up12:55 p.m. ETPorsche GT3Race 21:55 p.m. ETLamborghini Super TrofeoRace 24 p.m. ETIndyCarRace MORE: Watch the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama live with fuboTV (7-day trial)Penske Racing’s Josef Newgarden will be considered the favorite for the 2019 Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama, and with good reason. Not only has Newgarden won the last two IndyCar races in Alabama, but he has won three of the last four, and those three wins are the most for any driver at the track.​ Newgarden won the IndyCar season-opener last month and finished second in the IndyCar Classic a couple weeks ago.Below is all the info you need regarding how to watch the 2019 Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama.IndyCar Grand Prix of AlabamaDate: Sunday, April 7Time: 4 p.m. ETTV channel: NBCSNLive stream: fuboTV (7-day free trial) | INDYCAR PassIndyCar Grand Prix of Alabama TV channelThe 2019 Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama will be broadcast live on NBC Sports Network as part of NBC’s TV contract, which splits the IndyCar season coverage between two networks, NBC and NBCSN.Of the 17 IndyCar races on the schedule for 2019, eight will be broadcast on NBC, and nine, including Sunday’s Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama, will air on NBC Sports Network. NBC will offer additional coverage of IndyCar practices and qualifying sessions on its NBC Sports Gold app.NBCSN’s coverage of Sunday’s IndyCar race in Alabama will begin at 4 p.m. ET with the start of the race.Below is the full NBC broadcast schedule for all IndyCar events in Alabama.Day, timeEventHow to watchFri., 12:15 p.m. ETPractice 1NBC Sports GoldFri., 3:50 p.m. ETPractice 2NBC Sports GoldSat., 11:45 a.m. ETPractice 3NBC Sports GoldSat., 4 p.m. ETQualifyingNBCSNSun., 12:10 p.m. ETWarm-upNBC Sports GoldSun., 4 p.m. ETRaceNBCSNIndyCar Grand Prix of Alabama live streamHonda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama practice sessions on Friday and Saturday, plus the IndyCar warm-up session on Sunday, can be streamed via INDYCAR Pass on NBC Sports Gold. As for qualifying and the race itself, live-stream presentations can be found on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app.last_img read more

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More judges, Full Court sittings needed – former AG

first_imgReducing judicial backlogThere is still much more that can be undertaken by way of initiatives to further reduce the backlog of cases that have crippled the Judiciary’s ability to dispense justice in an efficient, effective and timely manner.This is the position of Guyana’s former Attorney General, Anil Nandlall, who on Thursday lauded the progress made over the last the ten years under the Canada-based Justice Education Society (JES) which has been providing enhanced training to judges, magistrates and policemen.He explained that the 2016 allocation of $25 million to be spent on establishmentActing Chief Justice Roxane George, SCof night court at the Georgetown Magistrates Courts was also a step in the right direction.His comments come on the heels of a statement made by acting Chief Justice Roxane George, SC, who highlighted the extent to which the backlog still persists, revealing that at the High Court level, between 4,500 and 5000 cases are on record. While she did highlight that cases encompass divorces, civil trial matters [and] full court matters, Justice George observed that 14 judges, included herself, are presiding over these matters.Nandlall, in an interview with Guyana Times, contended that the former PPP administration should be credited for the reduction, because of the initiatives which were implemented under successive PPP Legal Affairs Ministers and Attorneys General, which are still being undertaken by the current Government.“What we are witnessing now is the result of our initiatives which were embarked upon. Thousands of cases had to be cleared up before you could have seen the results,” he stressed.He, however, told this publication that more initiatives still have to be implemented to ensure that the reduction continues, chief of which is being to appoint additional judges to the bench.“We increased the complement of judges (and) special courts were established to deal with special matters. Perhaps the current ratio of judge to case clearly shows that we need more judges,” he stressed.The former minister, however, cautioned that while the payment package for judges is “reasonable”, the State has to be cognizant when taking on persons to fill the posts, given the nature of the profession.He called for more full court sittings in Berbice and Essequibo, saying that there is need to have more physical space to accommodate the additional judges.“We need to expand the courts in Essequibo and Berbice. What you have in Berbice is two judges sitting, one for Civil and the other (for) criminal. At any given time, one can easily double that without any hardship on the system,” Nandall stated.As with the Sexual Offences Court in Demerara, the former Legal Affairs Minister called for automated system in the courts, which would relieve Judges and Magistrates from the arduous task of writing all of what is said in court.“The voice recording equipment needs to be implemented and used. People were trained to use system and were trained to produce verbatim records within 24 hours. They need to use that system,” he urged.The Acting Chief Justice had explained to the Department of Public Information (DPI) that the High Court now operates under the Civil Procedures Rules which were introduced on February 6, 2017, as opposed to the “old High Court Rules”“There are a number of them that we call live matters in the sense that they are matters that will go to trial unless the parties agree to settle, but we also have a number of matters that will not be going to trial. Under the old High Court Rules, a judge must adjudicate to formally complete them,” DPI quoted her as saying.The acting CJ noted further that 1,500 matters are before the Court that require trials or a full hearing. The remaining, from estimation, will have to be passed through the Court for them to be formally closed. It was explained that under the Civil Procedures Rules, there are Fixed Date and statement of claim matters. For 2017, a total of 2,063 Fixed date applications was filed, and 1,452 were completed. Four hundred and forty (440) statements of Claim matters were filed, of which 54 were completed. For 2018, a total of 214 Fixed Date Applications were filed, with 95 completed. And 37 Statement of Claim matters were filed and 4 were completed. Judges are rotated to the other two counties each session for at least three months, DPI reported.When contacted on Thursday evening, Guyana Bar Association President Kamal Ramkarran was not available for comment.last_img read more

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NCC gets $19M sound system upgrade

first_imgPatrons can now benefit from much-improved sound at the National Cultural Centre (NCC) as a brand new, state-of-the-art sound system is currently being installed to the tune of $19 million. The first phase of the project commenced recently at a cost of $7 million which saw the installation of new stage monitors, a new Public Address (PA) system for the theatre, as well as new amplifiers and line array speakers.The upgrades to the NCC’s sound system are just part of a multibillion-dollar effort to comprehensively upgrade the NCC, and bring it up to par with similar facilities located across the Region and internationally.The Ministry of the Presidency’s Department of Social Cohesion, Culture, Youth and Sport has embarked on a massive overhaul of the facility, with a series of upgrades already being executed in several areas.These include rewiring of the facility, the purchase of new curtains, the installation of a modern lighting system, and repairs to the NCC’s roof.More significant are the efforts to replace all the old chairs in the theatre, with brand new ones.The NCC, which opened on May 16, 1976, is Guyana’s premier venue for cultural and theatrical entertainment. The auditorium seats approximately 2000 people; the stage is 15 metres (48 feet) deep with an orchestra pit, and a 22-metre (72-foot) wide by 6.1-metre (20-foot) high opening.last_img read more

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LAX Encounter closes for repairs

first_imgThe spidery theme building at the heart of Los Angeles International Airport will undergo months of renovation and repair after a chunk of its plaster skin broke apart, revealing widespread rust damage. The half-ton piece of plaster detached from one of the soaring arches of the landmark building more than two weeks ago and crashed into its upper platform. The impact caused no real damage, but rattled diners inside the building’s Encounter Restaurant and prompted work crews to install protective scaffolding. This week, though, engineers made a closer inspection of the arches and found that several sections of the plaster sheathing are weak and could also fall. Airport officials ordered the Encounter closed late Wednesday as a precaution. In the coming months, travelers at LAX can expect to see the upper arches of the space-age building reduced to their steel cores as workers strip away and rebuild the outer plaster. Airport officials inspected the hole in the arch from the building’s rooftop and initially thought the rest of the plaster looked stable. A small crew of engineers surveyed the top of each arch, finding “extensive decay” in the web of metal and wire mesh that attaches the plaster skin of the arches to the steel cores. doug.irving@dailybreeze.com (310) 543-6649160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Airport spokeswoman Nancy Castles said it is too early to say how much the repairs will cost or how long they will take. “We’re just guesstimating that it might take at least six months,” Castles said. The Encounter – a funky, sci-fi vision of lava lamps and drink dispensers that zap like lasers – could open sooner, although airport officials have no exact timeline. The section of plaster that peeled off the building late last month was about 10 feet long and 5 feet wide, and weighed an estimated 1,000 pounds. It fell from midway up one of the upper arches and slammed into the concrete platform at the center of the building, not far from the roof of the restaurant. Nobody was hurt, and the only damage caused by the falling plaster was an indentation punched a few inches into the concrete. But inside the Encounter, “it was just noisy as the piece fell,” said Connie Bass, the restaurant’s marketing director. “It did disturb some of the guests.” last_img read more

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3 doctors in alleged ‘rent-a-patient’ scam

first_imgSANTA ANA – Three doctors were charged Wednesday as part of a long-running investigation into an alleged “rent-a-patient” scam that has cost insurers millions of dollars, authorities said. Prosecutors allege Unity Outpatient Surgery Center recruited patients from across the nation, who then underwent unnecessary surgery in exchange for money or low-cost cosmetic procedures. Dr. Michael Chan, a Cerritos obstetrician; Dr. William Hampton, a Seal Beach surgeon; and Dr. Mario Z. Rosenberg, a Beverly Hills gastroenterologist, were arrested Wednesday. Bail ranged from $1 million to $2.3 million. Each was charged with 47 felony counts, including conspiracy for billing 19 insurance companies $30.5 million after performing unnecessary colonoscopies and surgeries on 940 patients, authorities said. Their first court appearance was pending.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The doctors could face nearly 50 years in prison. The California Medical Board was pursuing the suspension of their licenses. Fourteen others, including five administrators and nine recruiters, have been charged as part of a four-year investigation. “Doctors have a respected position in our community and are entrusted with our health and well-being,” Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas said. “Doctors need to know if they commit insurance fraud, they may be trading in their scrubs for prison jumpsuits.” Chan, 61, was the owner and medical director at Unity. Authorities said he performed 211 unnecessary procedures on 208 patients, billing $9.5 million in claims, of which $1.8 million was paid to the clinic. Rosenberg, 60, and Hampton, 51, also performed hundreds of procedures, billing insurers $21 million in claims, of which $3.3 million were paid, prosecutors said. last_img read more

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Five Africa Cup of Nations facts

first_img— Only three countries, hosts Sudan, Egypt and Ethiopia, took part in the first tournament in February 1957 and there was no qualifying competition.— The most successful country has been Egypt with seven titles followed by Cameroon (five), Ghana (four), Nigeria (three) and the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Ivory Coast (two each).— Cameroonian Samuel Eto’o is the leading overall Cup of Nations scorer, notching 18 goals in six tournaments between 2000 and 2010.— Egypt goalkeeper Essam el Hadary became the oldest player at 44 years and 21 days to feature in the tournament when he faced Cameroon in the 2017 final in Libreville.0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Egypt goalkeeper Essam el Hadary is the oldest player at 45 to feature in an Africa Cup of Nations finals match© AFP/File KHALED DESOUKICAIRO, Egypt, Apr 12 – Five Africa Cup of Nations facts after draw for 2019 tournament was made in Cairo Friday:— Egypt will be hosts for a record fifth time. They previously staged the Cup of Nations in 1959, 1974, 1986 and 2006, winning three of those four tournaments and finishing third in the other.last_img read more

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