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Kitty driver slapped with causing death by dangerous driving charge

first_img…released on $300,000 bailA 29-year-old Kitty, Georgetown resident was on Wednesday slapped with a causing death by dangerous driving charge.Joel ThomasJoel Thomas, of Lot 205 Thomas Street, Kitty, appeared before Magistrate Sherdel Isaacs-Marcus at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts. The charge detailed that on July 8, 2019, at Vlissengen Road, Georgetown, he drove motor car PTT 2510 in a manner dangerous to the public thereby causing the death of motorcyclist Stephon Beckles.Thomas was represented by Attorney-at-Law Siand Dhurjon, who requested that his client be released on reasonable bail.Reports are Thomas was proceeding north along the western lane of Vlissengen Road, Georgetown, while the motorcyclist was proceeding south along the eastern lane of the said road at a fast pace, when the motorcycle ended up in the path of Thomas’ motor car, which resulted in a head-on collision.It was reported Beckles and his pillion rider, Kevin Andy, were thrown from the motorcycle, which resulted in both men receiving severe head and other injuries. They were picked up and rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital, where Beckles was pronounced dead on arrival.On Wednesday, Police Prosecutor Adduni Inniss did not object to bail; however, she requested that conditions be attached.The Magistrate released Thomas on $300,000 bail. The defendant has to report to the Brickdam Police Station every Friday until the completion of the trial, as a condition of bail.In July, Thomas was charged for driving under the influence of alcohol and driving without a tint permit and appeared before City Magistrate Clive Nurse. He was fined $7500 for driving without a tint permit, and he was released on $10,000 bail on the driving under the influence charge.last_img read more

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Clippers end losing streak

first_imgLOS ANGELES – Frogs didn’t fall from the sky. The moon did not turn blue. But a relatively rare phenomenon occurred at Staples Center on Saturday. The Clippers won there for the first time in February with a 103-90 victory over the Golden State Warriors. Maybe he was basking in his monster game of 31 points, 12 rebounds and eight blocks, which tied a career high for blocks. But without prompting, he said, “We had the question all season long: Is this the turning point? Is this the turning point? This has to be the turning point. We have to play well. We leapfrogged them, and now we have to catch the next team.” By mentioning “leapfrogging,” Brand was pointing out that the Clippers entered the day in the No. 10 position in the Western Conference behind Golden State. They moved to 91/2 games behind New Orleans for the eighth and final playoff spot in the West. Although a home victory over Golden State, which did not have Baron Davis, might not look like that glorious of an NBA moment, Brand’s point was that only 27 games remain, and the Clippers cannot afford to wait any longer to make a move. Time is running out. “I’ve been asked at least four times, after a big win or road win, if this is the turning point,” Brand said. “This has to be it.” The Clippers snapped a four-game losing streak and not only were victorious at home for the first time since January, but won for the first time in 13 days. Maybe Elton Brand was caught up in the moment. center_img Even though they won by 13 points, the Clippers hardly had control – until the fourth quarter. Through three quarters, there had been nine lead changes and seven ties with neither team leading by more than six points. With the Clippers up 83-81 with 7:54 left, they went on an 8-0 run to go up by 10, and Golden State did not recover. Corey Maggette scored five points and Shaun Livingston had a three-point play during the run. Maggette and Livingston’s play during that critical run underscored their role in the win. Those two, Brand and Quinton Ross are the only Clippers in their normal rotation who aren’t hobbled by some sort of injury. In a sense, the Clippers needed to have big contributions from them on Saturday, and they responded. Maggette had an overall solid game with 18 points, eight rebounds and five assists. Livingston responded with 14 points and a career-high 14 assists. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Another man arrested in connection with Ibiza sex assault

first_imgA second man has been arrested in connection with the sexual assault of a woman in Ibiza which also involved a man from Letterkenny.Mickey Murray, 54, appeared in court charged with assaulting the woman, who claims that he held her against her will for three days. Another man, believed to be a French national, was arrested based on Mr Murray’s testimony.Murray, who claims to be a “spiritual metaphysical psychologist”, was charged with sexually assaulting a woman in Ibiza.The well-known Letterkenny man has lived on the Balearic island for two years.A local newspaper reported that the woman claimed that she was subjected to “very harmful massages” that culminated in sexual assault.A Spanish police spokesman said that she eventually escaped and took refuge in a shop, where she found a knife with which she cut herself on the wrists, neck and stomach.She had multiple wounds on her body, including her genitals, he said. She was taken to hospital.A French man was also arrested in connection with the case. The newspaper Diario de Ibiza reported that this arrest was made based on Mr Murray’s testimony.Mr Murray has previously divided his time between Dublin and Los Angeles.He has travelled the world to teach workshops and speak at spiritual conferences.He teaches concepts found in A Course In Miracles, a 1976 book that Helen Schucman claimed was dictated to her by Jesus.In 2016 he published Wake The F**k Up: Life Is but a Dream, in which he claims that he survived four near-death experiences that led to his spiritual awakening.Another man arrested in connection with Ibiza sex assault was last modified: April 4th, 2018 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalletterkennyMickey Murraysex assaultlast_img read more

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first_imgSwilly Rovers F.C. News:Swilly Lotto Results Sunday 4th Oct 2015, Numbers drawn: 1, 4, 11, 17.No Jackpot winner. Eight 3-number winners: James Mc Clay, David Gallagher x 2, Joanne Coyle, Pat Finnerran, Henry Lyons, Norman Irwin & Nancy Mc Namee. Jackpot next week: €1575. Next draw in Durkan’s Bar on Sun 11th Oct. Thanks The under 12’s won 7-6 away to Ballyraine United this weekend past with the goals coming from Shaun Coffey (3), Lee Callan (2) and Leon Boyce (2).The under 14 B’s drew 1-1 away to Glencar Schoolboys with the Swilly goal coming from Kellyanne Buchanan.The under 16 B’s lost away to Dunfanaghy Youths 2-0.The under 17’s won 5-0 away to Benbulben FC from Sligo. The Swilly goal scorers were Brad Patterson, Conor McHugh, Paul Bradley and Mikey Sweeney (2). The clubs club wear fitting nights will now take place in the Ramelton Community Center from 7-9 on Friday the 16th and 23rd on October. The club MUST receive payment in full for club gear ordered on the night, failure to comply will result in order not being placed. Orders must be placed on the night in the Community Center and WILL NOT be taken anywhere other than the fitting nights. GAA NEWS: SWILLY ROVERS U17’S EARN STUNNING FAI CUP WIN OVER BENBULBEN FC was last modified: October 6th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:soccerSportlast_img read more


Donegal League: All the reports, results and fixtures

first_imgDONEGAL JUNIOR LEAGUEREPORTSSunday 13th November 2016Brian Mc Cormick Sports Premier DivisionKilmacrennan Celtic 3 Convoy Arsenal 2Milford United 3 Rathmullan Celtic 1Milford battled back from the loss of an early goal to take the spoils in the Moss Road derby which was reversed to the Flagpole Field this afternoon. Eoin Sheridan put Rathmullan ahead early on but Milford were quickly back on terms through Kyle Black. Cathal Mc Gettigan’s header put Michael Deeney’s team in front and another header from Johnny Logue early in the second half secured the win. The Hoops pushed mightily hard to find a way back but were denied by an excellent Caolan Mc Gettigan save the woodwork and some poor finishing by their standards. Three points and the derby-day bragging rights for Milford then after a well contested and sporting game. Referee: Liam Mc Laughlin. Lagan Harps 2 St. Catherines 2Lagan and St Catherines shared the points in a close fought encounter in Orchard Park. Lagan went close on five minutes when Gavin Mc Glanaghey headed a Michael Doherty free just wide. Mc Glanaghey then went close again from a narrow angle. St Catherines took the lead on ten minutes when Ryan Cunningham seized on hesitancy in the Lagan defence to fire home. Lagan responded and when Chris Toner flicked a corner back, Mark Graham’s shot was cleared off the line. Mark wasn’t to be denied and got on the end of a flowing move with Michael Doherty and Kenny Doran involved, to equalise on forty minutes .Michael Doherty struck the crossbar from a free right on halftime. Catherines went close on fifty six minutes when Daniel Breslin spun sharply and struck the crossbar. Breslin was then denied by a good save from Damien Mc Fadden as Catherines pressed again. Paul Mc Fadden restored Catherines’ lead when he bundled home after Lagan failed to clear. Lagan equalised on eighty minutes. Michael Doherty had a great run and his cross was turned in by an unfortunate defender. Lagan had a chance to win it in the final minutes when Frank Mc Brearty found Gavin Mc Glanaghey with a great pass. Unfortunately he scuffed his shot wide. All in all a draw was a fair result. For Lagan Barry O’Donnell, Ronan Gibson and Michael Doherty were best. For St Catherines Ryan Cunningham, Oran Mc Guinness and Daniel Breslin stood out. Referee was Joe Mc Hugh.Temple Domestic Appliances Division OneGweedore Celtic 3 Cappry Rovers 1This match was played at the Screaban in blustery conditions. The Celts started brightest and took the lead through Tommy Diver when he nodded home a long throw in from Odhran Mac Niallais. Odhran was again the provider on 40 minutes when he threaded a ball through to Colin Ferry who doubled the advantage. Cappry had a man sent off late in the 1st half however they started to crank up the pressure on the Screaban men in the 2nd half and were unlucky not to pull one back after Christopher Sweeney pulled off a great save from a spot kick. Shortly after they reduced the deficit when Ronan McHugh finished after being put through on goal. Late on in the game the Screaban men secured the 3 points when Tommy Diver scored his second when he volleyed into the top corner from well outside the area to make it 3-1.The Celts held on for the win as Rovers lost their first game of the season. Great team performance from Gweedore. Referee: Kevin Logue.Glenree United 1 Bonagee United 4The home side took the lead in the 35th minute when Danny Langan curled a fine free kick into the top corner . Both keepers had relatively little to do in the first half but that changed in the 2nd half when John Cunningham had to lift the ball out of his net four times. Goals in the 59th minute from Ryan Coyle, Noel Gillespie with a fine header in 65th minute, a Glenree OG in the 75th minute and the fourth coming in the 87th minute from 40 yards from Declan Brown. A good team performance from the visitors in the second half proved to be vital.CT Ball Division TwoCranford United 2 Kerrykeel ’71 F.C. 2Kerrykeel started the game on top and had a number of chances before taking the lead through Jimmy Coyle on 20 minutes. Cranford then had some half chances just before half time. After the break both times were creating chances and on 60 minutes Donal Callaghan soared highest to score from a corner to put Kerrykeel two up. This kicked Cranford into life, creating a number of great chances. Cranford got one back with a neat finish from Joe Gallagher from inside the box. Cranford pushed hard and Brendan Giles won a penalty which Andrew Kelly converted to make 2-2. With the last kick of game Dale Mc Fadden broke free but the Kerrykeel keeper pulled off great save. Ballybofey United 2 Drumkeen United 1League Leaders Ballybofey United welcomed near neighbours Drumkeen United to Finnside for this CT Ball Division 2 encounter. The home side took a first half lead when Brian Lafferty Jnr. netted after been set up by Damien Glackin inside the opening ten minutes. The lead lasted well into the second half when the ever dangerous Peter Mc Namee shot past Chris Patton to level the scoreline. Drumkeen were then struck a blow when they were reduced to ten men, having used all their subs, losing a player through injury. Ballybofey were now too strong for the visitors and Lafferty was again on hand to head home when Glackin crossed the ball into the six yard box after good work along the left hand touchline by Gavin Doherty. Referee: James Malseed.Lifford Celtic 3 Whitestrand United 1Lifford started bright in this game and should’ve gone in front on 5 minutes from a great free kick from David Gethins. Lifford did go one up after 10 minutes when a great ball from Daniel Lindsay played in Jason Mc Brearty and the striker kept his cool to chip the keeper from 20 yards out. David Gethins then played a ball into the box on 30 minutes and striker Hamilton headed just over under pressure. Lifford piled on the pressure and went close again when Matthew Carlin played in Mc Brearty but with the angle against him he fired just wide. Whitestrand started the 2nd half well and forced Lifford keeper Dylan Early into a fantastic save on 50 minutes. The hard work paid off for an improved Whitestrand on 55 minutes after a nice move in the middle caught out Lifford’s defence and Kevin Mc Carry finished into the bottom corner to level the game. This sparked Lifford into life and the home side were soon in front again when James Connolly fired past the keeper after a nice pass from Matthew Carlin. Lifford sealed the points on 75 minutes when Connolly found the net again after Carlin won a tackle in midfield and sent him clear to finish into the bottom corner. This was a hard earned three points for Lifford on a heavy pitch. Jason Mc Brearty was excellent for Lifford, team performance from Whitestrand.SATURDAY REPORTSSaturday 12th November 2016Glencar Inn Saturday DivisionStrand Rovers 0 Arranmore United 1Strand welcomed rivals Arranmore to Strand Park looking to avenge a defeat they suffered earlier in the season. From the start both teams fought tooth and nail. Both teams had early chances but were unable to take advantage to them. Arranmore began to take control and were rewarded when Paul Early scored after a quick counter attack. The second half was only two minutes old when Brendan Glackin came close to scoring but for a great save by John Greene. Strand continued to press looking to level the scores but a combination of good defending and bad luck kept them at bay. Brendan Brennan sent the ball just wide in the dying minutes which summed up the game for Strand who were disappointed to loose. Arranmore will be happy with their win.Glencar Celtic 2 Orchard F.C. 2GARVAN GRIEVE’S penalty rescued a draw for Glencar Celtic in the top-of-the-table clash with Orchard at Flagpole Park. Grieve drilled past Tommy McLaughlin in the 68th minute to secure a share of the spoils and ensure that Glencar stay on the coat tails of Orchard who lead the way at the top of the League by a point.Joe McCarron’s penalty seven minutes earlier put Orchard in front after Gio Peoples had cancelled out the opening goal from Glencar’s Paddy Collins. Glencar took the lead when Collins superbly lobbed the advancing McLaughlin on 28 minutes after he was picked out by Grieve’s fine cross. Orchard levelled when Peoples wonderfully controlled Eddie Moore’s pass before firing to the roof of the net. Both teams pushed hard for a winner but none was forthcoming as defences and goalkeepers held firm and the leading sides had to be content to share the dividends.Fintown Harps 1 Drumbar F.C. 0Fintown won this match when they scored with only fifteen minutes remaining. Both sides had half chances throughout the match but neither could break the deadlock. It took a 25 yard pile-driver to separate the sides in the end.Saturday Reserve DivisionGlenree United Reserves 1 Castlefin Celtic Reserves 3The first 30 minutes of this encounter were electric with both sides applying pressure with nice dynamic football and forcing the keepers into action early in the match. It was Glenree who took the lead with 10 minutes left in the first half when Mc Groddy shook of his man and expertly placed the ball into the far side of the keeper’s net and led his team into the break one up. The second half was dominated by Castlefin as the home side struggled to find the form they had shown in the first half. 20 minutes into the second half after a flurry of chances Castlefin got a deserved equaliser.Castlefin took the lead with 70 minutes gone when the striker broke through the home side’s defence and drilled the ball past Glenree’s cameo keeper for the day “Karl Mc Ilinney” and into the net. Castlefin wrapped up the match with 15 minutes left when they broke from midfield on the counter attack. Best for Glenree: Sean Clyde, Cathal McGinley Jr., and Padraig Mac Ginty. Team Effort by Castlefin St. Catherines Reserves 2 Keadue Rovers Reserves 0Both teams lined out with a youthful look today and it was the youths of St. Catherines that shone the brightest in Emerald Park. Brandon MC Ginley scuffed his shot after breaking into the box on 12minutes but the ball fortunately broke to Callum Quinn who slotted home comfortably for the saints. It was a game of few chances and Keadue came close to equalising on the half hour after Shane Byrne, who had an impressive game for the visitors, shot wide. Just before half time Charlie Boyle, who ran himself into the ground all game, was barged over in the box and Seamus Mc Groary had no choice but point to the spot. A cool head in Rory Murray drove the penalty low and hard to give the home team a 2-0 lead at half time. Keadue pressed hard and had most of the procession in the second half, even striking the crossbar at one stage but could not find the elusive breakthrough.Donegal Town Reserves 0 Kilmacrennan Celtic Reserves 0Chances for both teams were few and far between throughout this stalemate. The first half was a battle of the midfields and the game remained scoreless at half time. The second half played out similar to the first. Gary Ward came closest to scoring for Donegal on 70 minutes but he was unlucky to see his shot slide wide of the post. Donegal were unlucky again not to open the scoring on 75 minutes, Ward’s wiped cross into the 6 yard box was headed just wide of the post by David Ted Bustard. Kilmacrennan will feel they were the stronger side for much of the second half but they failed to create any clear chances and Donegal remained resistant in defence.Cappry Rovers Reserves 2 Glenea United Reserves 2It was all go from the moment the whistle blew at Cappry Park. Benji O’Meara’s home side knew they had a tough challenge ahead against the league leaders, Glenea. Cappry got the game off to a good start putting plenty of pressure on the visitors and holding off any challenges to break through their back line. In the 22nd minute Cappry left back Darren Bonner took a free kick from outside the Glenea’s box and nailed it straight into the back of the net. In the final 15 minutes of the first half Glenea came back into the game dominating possession and with five minutes until the break managed to get a goal to level the score line. Both teams equally shared possession and chances. Conor and Shane Laverty controlled the midfield well while NP Mc Daid dazzled the opponents every time he possessed the ball. Cappry kept the pressure on and it paid off on the 60th minute when winger Shaun Bannigan put the home team ahead again with a right footed shot from inside the Glenea penalty area to make it 2-1. Glenea came back fighting and in the 64th minute were denied a goal thanks to a brilliant save from Cappry goalkeeper, Bari Duncan. The game continued with end to end action and in the 83rd minute, Glenea found the back of the net for the 2seond time to equalise. A very entertaining game with both teams putting in excellent performances.RESULTSSaturday 12th November 2016Glencar Inn Saturday DivisionStrand Rovers 0 v 1 Arranmore UnitedGlencar Celtic 2 v 2 Orchard F.C.Fintown harps 1 v 0 Drumbar F.C.Saturday Reserve DivisionGlenree United Reserves 1 v 3 Castlefin Celtic ReservesSt. Catherines Reserves 2 v 0 Keadue Rovers ReservesDonegal Town Reserves 0 v 0 Kilmacrennan Celtic ReservesCappry Rovers Reserves 2 v 2 Glenea United Reserves Sunday 13th November 2016Brian Mc Cormick Sports Premier DivisionKilmacrennan Celtic 3 v 2 Convoy ArsenalMilford United 3 v 1 Rathmullan CelticLagan Harps 2 v 2 St. CatherinesTemple Domestic Appliances Division OneGweedore Celtic 3 v 1 Cappry RoversGlenree United 1 v 4 Bonagee UnitedCT Ball Division TwoCranford United 2 v 2 Kerrykeel ’71 F.C.Ballybofey United 2 v 1 Drumkeen UnitedLifford Celtic 3 v 1 Whitestrand UnitedFIXTURESSaturday 19th November 2016 K.O. 2 p.m. (Unless Stated)Glencar Inn Saturday DivisionArranmore United v Orchard F.C. (K.O. 1 p.m.)Drumbar F.C. v Strand RoversDunlewey Celtic v Fintown Harps AFCSaturday Reserve DivisionSt. Catherines Reserves v Glenree United ReservesDonegal Town Reserves v Milford United ReservesGlenea United Reserves v Erne Wanderers ReservesKilmacrennan Celtic Reserves v Keadue Rovers ReservesSunday 20th November 2016 K.O. 2p.m. (Unless Stated)Brian Mc Cormick Sports Premier DivisionConvoy Arsenal v Kildrum TigersDrumoghill F.C. v Rathmullan CelticGlenea United v Lagan HarpsKilmacrennan Celtic v Milford UnitedCastlefin Celtic v St. CatherinesTemple Domestic Appliances Division OneBonagee United v Erne WanderersKeadue Rovers v Glenree UnitedDonegal Town v Gweedore UnitedCappry Rovers v Raphoe TownDeele Harps v Gweedore CelticCT Ball Division TwoWhitestrand United v Curragh AthleticCranford United v Eany CelticLifford Celtic v Letterbarrow CelticDunkineely Celtic v Drumkeen UnitedCopany Rovers v Ballybofey UnitedDonegal League: All the reports, results and fixtures was last modified: November 13th, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Ahead of polls, Gujarat govt. offers freebies in budget

first_imgWith an eye on Assembly polls to be held later this year, the Gujarat government on Tuesday presented a populist budget that attempts to cater to all sections including generous doze of subsidies for farmers, tablets to 3.5 lakh students and subsidized food to 50,000 construction workers. Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel, who also hold Finance portfolio, presented the budget of Rs. 1,72,179.24 crore without imposing any new tax while enhancing the allocation in health, agriculture and education sectors in a bid to please masses ahead of the assembly polls. “Theme of the budget is: Optimise inclusive development of human resources and trunk infrastructure through effective and transparent implementation,” Mr. Patel said, adding, “the state budget is complimentary to the central budget.”Thrust on education Giving a thrust on education, Mr. Patel said Rs 200 crore has been allocated to provide tablet to around 3.5 lakh students who will pass class 12 board exam and will take admissions in college or polytechnics. The tablets will be provided at token price of Rs. 1,000. Similarly, Rs. 261 crore has been provided for Digischoll initiative under which classes of standard 7 & 8 will be converted into digital classes with use of computers, smart interactive boards, IR cameras, projectors and other digital tools. “Parents and guardians of 5.75 lakh girl students of primary schools in 14 tribal districts will be provided with grains under ‘Anna Triveni’ scheme and medical education for female students has been made completely free even in self financed colleges,” Mr Patel said in his two hour long budget speech. “Budgetary allocation for the education sector is Rs 25,000 crore, which is 1185 crore higher than previous year while 8800 crore has been earmarked for health and medical services and 6400 crore for agriculture sector,” Mr Patel told the assembly while presenting the budget. Subsidised power to farmers”1.25 lakh new electricity connections will be provided to the farmers, which will clear entire backlog till 2013 and state assistance for micro irrigation scheme has been expanded from 50 % to 70 % subsidy for general farmers and from 75 % to 85 % for SC or ST farmers.” According to Mr Patel, the state will bear subsidy of Rs 4011 crore in providing subsidized powers to farmers for agriculture connections. “In the next financial year, Rs 5100 crore will be provided for canal networks to ensure that Narmada water reaches parched Kutch region,” the finance minister said. Financial PositionIn the revised estimates for the 2016-17 Budget, Patel stated as against the expected surplus of Rs. 245.49 crore for the year 2016-17, now the surplus of Rs. 1342.93 crore is expected in the revised estimates due to net transactions.For the year, 2017-18, total revenue expenditure is estimated at Rs. 1,25,455.63 crore, while capital expenditure is estimated at Rs. 45,376.34 crore. The revenue receipts are estimated at Rs. 1,31,521.23 crore and the capital receipts are estimated at Rs. 33,974.90 crore.last_img read more

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With tree cutting underway, prohibitory orders continue in Aarey Colony

first_imgAarey Colony protestsVolume 90%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard ShortcutsPlay/PauseSPACEIncrease Volume↑Decrease Volume↓Seek Forward→Seek Backward←Captions On/OffcFullscreen/Exit FullscreenfMute/UnmutemSeek %0-9Live00:0000:5900:59  Watch | Aarey Colony protests cutting of trees Prohibitory orders continued to be in force in Aarey Colony and surrounding areas for the second day on Sunday, as felling of trees was underway to make way for a Metro car shed, a police official said.Heavy security was deployed at Aarey Colony’s five entry points, including the key connecting road near the Western Express Highway, to prevent people from going towards the area and to avoid any untoward incident, he said.Most of the shops, restaurants and roadside stalls remained closed in the area in view of the imposition of Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC), banning unlawful assembly, since Saturday.The police official said the situation was expected to become normal soon.Patrolling was stepped up in the tribal hamlets located in Aarey area and those found assembling there were being taken into custody, but later let off after proper verification, he said.center_img  On Saturday, clashes broke out between the police and green activists who tried to stop tree cutting by Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation Ltd (MMRCL) in Aarey Colony, leading to arrest of at least 29 people.The MMRCL started hacking trees from Friday night to make way for the car shed, hours after the Bombay High Court dismissed four petitions filed by NGOs and activists challenging the decision to allow felling of nearly 2,700 trees in the prime green lung of the city.“Several trees in the area have been cut and security has been tightened,” the police official said.He said that Section 144 of the CrPC will remain imposed in the area till the completion of cutting of the prescribed number of trees.“We have identified five major spots which are broadly used to get access into the Aarey Colony, including from the Western Express Highway, Marol police training camp centre and one route coming from Mulund side,” he said.“Police personnel have been deployed on all these spots. Pedestrians have been advised not to venture into five km area in the vicinity of Aarey Colony. Besides, those residing in the area need to show their Aadhaar cards to move around. We are ensuring that no one is allowed free access to the disputed area,” he said.Several senior police officials are on bandobast duty, he added.Earlier, opposition parties slammed the ruling BJP- Shiv Sena, stating they failed to save the trees.Yuva Sena leader Aaditya Thackeray also criticised the MMRCL and backed the protesters.The MMRCL has defended tree felling by contending that it is restricted only to a small area in Aarey Colony, and is necessary to ensure a modern transport system for Mumbaikars.The proposed car shed for the Metro-3 line (Colaba- Bandra-Seepz) will occupy 33 hectares.last_img read more

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Rahman joins Olympic Goodwill Ambassadors list

first_imgNew Delhi, May 12 (PTI) Oscar winning music composer A R Rahman today agreed to be the Goodwill Ambassador of the Indian Olympic contingent, joining cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar, ace shooter Abhinav Bindra and Bollywood star Salman Khan. Tendulkar, Salman and Olympic gold medallist Bindra had earlier accepted the role offered by the Indian Olympic Association. The IOA said that it has also received an official written confirmation from Rahman. “Its absolutely an honour and my pleasure to be a goodwill ambassador of the Indian contingent scheduled for August 2016,” Rahman said in a release issued by the IOA. Welcoming Rahman on board, IOA Secretary General Rajeev Mehta said, “I would like to welcome AR Rahman on board as a goodwill ambassador of Indian contingent for Rio Olympics. Its our privilege to have the Oscar winning living legend-music composer on board to spread awareness and promote the Olympic movement. “As per our plan to reach out to maximum people in the country for Olympic Sports, we are happy that Mr. Rahman has come forward from the field of music to support our athletes and we already have Salman Khan from Bollywood, Abhinav Bindra from Olympic Sports and Sachin Tendulkar from Cricket. I am sure Mr. Rahman will inspire our sportspersons.” There was a huge uproar after Salman was appointed Goodwill Ambassador ahead of other sporting luminaries. Former and current athletes were up in arms against Salmans appointment and demanded to know why someone from the field of sports was not named by the federation. The IOA immediately went into damage-control mode and requested Beijing Games gold medallist shooter Bindra and Tendulkar to be Goodwill Ambassadors. PTI PDS AH AHadvertisementlast_img read more

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Colombian footballer shot at after his club fails to make first division playoffs

first_imgDeportivo Cali defender Juan Sebastian Quintero narrowly escaped injury when his car was shot at after the Colombian team failed to make the first division playoffs, local media reported on Monday.Quintero was in a car with his brother following the game against Pasto when two men on a motorcycle sprayed his car with bullets, he told Colombian reporters.”I was driving to my flat with my brother when I felt someone knocking on the car window and I saw a gun pointing at me,” the 23-year-old said.”The only thing I could do was react as quickly as possible and accelerate away. But they fired and luckily the bullets only hit the door. Thank God I survived uninjured as did my brother.”These things are inexplicable, football is a game. Today it was me, and tomorrow it could be other players. This can’t happen.”Quintero, who made five appearances last season for Spanish club Sporting Gijon, played in Deportivo Cali’s 1-0 win earlier on Sunday which left them outside the top eight playoff places.The safety of Colombian players has been in the spotlight since gunmen shot dead Andres Escobar just days after his own goal at the 1994 World Cup in a match against the United States.(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

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