EC’s credibility hit: Congress, NC

first_imgThe National Conference and the Congress on Tuesday alleged that the Election Commission had decided to cancel the Anantnag Lok Sabha byelection to saving the BJP-PDP coalition government in the State from embarrassment.J&K Pradesh Congress Committee president G.A. Mir, the joint candidate of the two parties for the seat, said the failure of the Union and the State governments to conduct the elections showed “how grim and out of control the situation in Kashmir is”.The Congress candidate alleged that the Centre could not provide the security required and adopted dilly-dallying tactics “to save the already dented image of the PDP-BJP government in the State”.Slams alliance“Scrapping of the byelections is a blot on the face of both the State and the Central governments. The PDP-BJP alliance has no moral right to remain in power,” he said. National Conference general secretary Ali Muhammad Sagar said the cancellation had “put a question mark on EC’s credibility”.At PDP’s bidding“The EC has taken this decision on the recommendation of the coalition government in the State. Earlier, everybody urged the EC to postpone the bypolls keeping in view of the unfavourable atmosphere but they went ahead and later the PDP’s candidate urged the Commission to postpone the election, which was agreed to by the EC,” Mr. Sagar alleged.Meanwhile, former Chief Minister and NC working president Omar Abdullah, blamed Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti for the EC’s decision.“This is your legacy Ms. Mufti. Your ‘5% of the people’ have brought J&K back to the early 1990s; yet shamelessly you cling on to power! It’s depressing to see how far we have regressed in Kashmir from the highs of the Assembly polls of 2014 to the cancelled election of 2017,” Mr. Abdullah said.The leader said that in many ways, this was similar to the symbolic victory against India scored by the release of militants for Ms. Mufti’s sister in 1990. “The only things keeping Ms. Mufti in office are her shamelessness and a misplaced sense of pride in Delhi preventing admission of mistake,” Mr. Abdullah said.The EC on Tuesday cancelled the byelections, citing “unfavourable conditions”.Earlier, PDP candidate Tassaduq Mufti had also suggested to the ECI to cancel the upcoming polls. The byelection to the Srinagar Lok Sabha seat witnessed violence on April 9, leaving nine civilians dead.Later, the EC postponed the bypolls for Anantnag seat, scheduled for April 12, to May 25. National Conference president Farooq Abdullah won the Srinagar byelection, defeating PDP candidate Nazir Khan by 10,766 votes in an election marked by a low turnout.The constituency, comprising 15 Assembly segments across Srinagar, Budgam and Ganderbal districts, saw just 80,000 of the 12.5 lakh voters exercising their franchise.last_img read more

LTA eager to work with Andy Murray to increase tennis participation

first_imgThe chief executive of the Lawn Tennis Association has insisted that British tennis’s governing body has a productive relationship with Andy Murray and is determined to build on the former world No 1’s legacy.The LTA came under fire after announcing an £8.8m loss in its annual accounts last month, while recent figures showing that overall monthly participation in tennis has dropped by 9% lent weight to fears not enough is being done to build on Murray’s success. Sign up to The Recap, our weekly email of editors’ picks. Share on Twitter Share on WhatsApp LTA Read more Support The Guardian Read more Share on LinkedIn Since you’re here… … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. 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Share on Pinterest Topicscenter_img Tennis news Jamie Murray accused British tennis of wasting his younger brother’s decade at the top earlier this year and there was embarrassment in March when the publication of a rebranding strategy by the LTA failed to mention the Murray family. However, Scott Lloyd, who replaced Michael Downey two years ago, said that he has a healthy, open dialogue with the Murray brothers and their mother Judy.“I can’t speak for what went before me,” the LTA CEO said. “Anyone that has a passion for tennis, as Andy and Jamie clearly do, wants to see our sport thrive. What I want to do is take a sharper focus on how we invest the resources we have available to make sure we are investing behind things that have the biggest impact. The greatest legacy for Andy and Jamie would be to have a sport that’s thriving.“Jamie and I speak regularly. I think me, Jamie, Andy and Judy all share the same philosophy. We want the sport growing. That’s about the grassroots first and foremost. We have a very healthy and open dialogue with Andy and Jamie.”Lloyd was asked if the LTA has tapped enough into the Murray family’s expertise. “I’ve known Judy for a very long time,” he said. “I worked with her 20 years ago. Since I’ve started we have had an open dialogue on what we can do together.“We are working closely with Jamie on a few things. We’re working with him on a Challenger event we are bringing to Glasgow in September. This is all about trying to put on events in different parts of the calendar to sustain interest all year round. It’s going to be called the Murray trophy. For Andy and Jamie to be involved in helping the LTA deliver programmes inspiring kids, of course that’s what we want.” Jamie Murray: ‘You won’t get another Andy for God knows how long’ Share on Messenger Lloyd wants to alter the idea that tennis is an elitist summer sport and believes community programmes such as Serves, Tennis for Kids and Park Tennis will help. He is also encouraged about the LTA’s plans to develop indoor courts in 96 areas across Britain over the next 10 years.“I spent six months talking to people up and down the country about what more the LTA should be doing,” Lloyd said. “We’ve set about trying to open tennis up. I actually think it is more affordable than people appreciate. Last year we saw participation in park tennis grow 35%.“We’ve worked to identify where we need more indoor courts available on a pay as you play basis. We’ve identified 96 locations – 72 in England, 12 in Wales, 12 in Scotland – where there will be demand in tennis if there are indoor facilities all year round.“We have to work out what works best for British tennis and have a sharp focus on it, whether it’s performance strategy, investment or grassroots programmes.”Concerns that the landscape would be barren without Andy Murray, who will play doubles at Wimbledon as he continues his comeback from hip surgery, will be tested at SW19 over the next fortnight. Share via Email Share on Facebook “Investing in the 10-year performance strategy we launched last year will hopefully create a framework for athletically gifted children to take up tennis and ultimately become professionals,” Lloyd said.“In the men’s game we have Kyle Edmund, Cameron Norrie, Dan Evans. They’re in fantastic form. We have Jay Clarke and Paul Jubb coming up. On the women’s side the Fed Cup team are back in the World Group for the first time in 30 years. There’s a lot to be positive about.” The Recap: sign up for the best of the Guardian’s sport coverage Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Your next Toyota might have a fragrance dispenser loaded with tear gas

first_img Post a comment 0 Toyota More about 2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid Toyota Review • 2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid review: Sip with subtlety Share your voice 2018 Mercedes-Benz E400 Coupe: Drives better than most, and smells better too 2016 Mercedes-Maybach S600 review: Let it semi-autonomously chauffeur your chauffeur More From Roadshow Preview • 2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid first drive: 53 MPG made simple 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Tags Putting fragrance dispensers in cars is nothing new. But automakers have yet to add a personal twist that also weaponizes the system — that is, until a Toyota patent application surfaced.A recently published patent application from Toyota describes, quite simply, a “vehicle fragrance dispenser system.” As the application notes, this system goes above and beyond the current systems by adding a personal twist. It can use mobile devices to determine if a specific occupant is entering the vehicle, at which point it can dispense one of multiple perfumes specific to the occupant’s tastes. Current systems only have space for one fragrance in the system at a time.Enlarge ImageEven your perfume atomizer will be connected to the cloud in this lovely little dystopia we’re building. USPTO But wait, there’s more. Because some people might have problems with specific fragrances, the system also includes a deodorizer. It can deploy as soon as the occupant leaves the vehicle, returning the car’s scent to neutral as it awaits the next occupant, who might not like the last guy’s preference for fresh pine or whatever. The system can also dispense fragrances ahead of a person entering the car, filling the car with scent instead of forcing the occupant to wait for the HVAC system to do its thing, like current applications.So what about the tear gas? Here’s where it gets clever. Since the system is built to detect the occupants, if it detects an “illegitimate engine start,” as the application says, it can dispense tear gas instead of perfume, likely sending the scofflaw running. Hopefully that deodorizer is capable of removing tear gas from the car, otherwise the actual owner will be in for an eye-opening (and eye-watering) experience later on. Hopefully the trunk has an eye-rinse station.Of course, the beauty of a patent application is that it allows for some wild thinking without necessarily making it to reality. Some automakers routinely apply to patent technologies to beat competitors to the punch. So, while this system might not appear in your next Toyota, it’s good to know that the automaker is thinking about some… unorthodox ways to keep your car safe while also making it smell pretty. 2018 Toyota Century is a Marvel movie star car in waiting 94 Photos Auto Tech Car Industrylast_img read more

Did Prabhas rumoured girlfriend Anushka hurt her leg Here is the truth

first_imgAnushka Shetty.PR HandoutThe fans of Anushka Shetty have been sending ‘get well soon’ messages to her following the reports which claimed that she suffered an injury on the sets of her Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy, but the actress has responded to it by stating that she is fit and fine.”I am hale, healthy and happy shooting in Seattle Love You All,” the actress wrote on her Instagram account to clarify the rumours. Anushka Shetty is working on her other project Silence, which stars Madhavan.Prior to her formal clarification, reports stated that she has informed her associates to clarify the rumours and a WhatsApp conversation apparently with the director and the actress had surfaced online.Although there is no authenticity on the purported screen shot of the conversation, her online fans club are sharing it on social media sites. Now its officially confirmed ?Thanks @hemchandINC anna for sharing this ?❤Now Dear Media’s Please Stop this rumor #Sweety is absolutely fine officially confirmed by (Her) #AnushkaShetty ?❤ pic.twitter.com/fVo0sqquSf— Anushka Shetty™ (@TeamAnushkaFC) June 26, 2019Earlier, there were reports that Anushka Shetty got her leg fractured after suffering the injury during the shooting of Mega Star Chiranjeevi’s Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy. She was taking treatment and had maintained secrecy over the development, reports said.Indeed, some reports had claimed that Anushka Shetty was in bed rest and not attending the shooting of Silence. This came as a worrying piece of news to fans, who prayed for her quick recovery.Anushka Shetty, who is the rumoured girlfriend of Prabhas, will be seen as an NRI businesswoman. As per the rumours, she is a deaf and dumb in the multilingual flick. Hemant Madhukar of 125 KM and Vastadu Naa Raju fame is directing the film which is funded by People Media Factory.last_img read more

Over 100 die in Malaysian immigration camps in 2 yrs

first_img.More than one hundred foreigners died in the past two years in Malaysia’s immigration detention centers from various diseases and unknown causes, according to documents from the government-funded National Human Rights Commission reviewed by Reuters.The toll, which has not been previously disclosed, is based on Malaysian immigration department data provided to the commission, which is known by its Malay acronym Suhakam. There were 83 deaths in 2015, and at least 35 in 2016 up to 20 December.It is unclear whether the death rate is higher than in neighboring countries. Government officials in Indonesia and Thailand told Reuters they do not disclose such numbers. The rate is higher than in major industrialized nations such as the United States, which in the last financial year recorded 10 deaths in its immigration detention system, which has many more detainees than Malaysia’s.More than half of the 118 dead are from Myanmar, the source for tens of thousands of refugees coming to Malaysia, including Rohingya Muslims escaping persecution by Myanmar’s authorities and its majority Buddhist population. The number of Rohingya fatalities in the camps is unknown.For a graphic on deaths in detention in Malaysia, click hereMalaysian prime minister Najib Razak has been a harsh critic of the Myanmar government and its de-facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi after a crackdown in October by Myanmar’s security forces led many Rohingya to flee across its borders amid multiple allegations of mass killings and gang rapes by troops. He has called for foreign intervention to stop the “genocide” in Myanmar.Najib’s office did not return calls seeking comment.“The numbers are too many and are shocking and it calls for the overhaul of the system,” said Jerald Joseph, one of eight commissioners at Suhakam, which was established by the Malaysian parliament through an act in 1999 and is due to publicly announce the numbers next week in its annual report on human rights issues in Malaysia.He described conditions at the centers, some of which he has visited, as “appalling” and said the deaths should be investigated as a criminal matter.  The illnesses that led to some of the deaths may have been caused or exacerbated by poor sanitation and food, physical abuse and a lack of medical attention, said Joseph, who was speaking on behalf of the commission.BRUTAL CONDITIONSMalaysia’s home ministry, which oversees the immigration department, said it was trying to improve the conditions in the centers but that its budget was constrained.“I agree there is some overcrowding and the conditions are not ideal. We are always trying to improve the procedures, health conditions and management of these sites. The problem is we hit a budget brick wall,” said deputy home minister Nur Jazlan Mohamed in an interview.He said there wasn’t enough funding to upgrade facilities, provide adequate healthcare and hire and train enforcement officers. Jazlan blamed overcrowding on the “never ending flow of people seeking better future in Malaysia.”The living conditions inside the Malaysian camps are grim – overcrowded, unhygienic and brutal – according to interviews with 13 former detainees, and 12 others who have regularly visited the centers, including people from government agencies and rights groups.Those who had been detained say they did not get adequate food, water or healthcare, that many inmates developed skin and lung infections, and the sick are usually not isolated, leading to the spread of contagious diseases.All of the detainees interviewed also allege they were beaten by guards at the camps or witnessed others being beaten. One former Rohingya inmate of the Lenggeng camp in the southwestern state of Negeri Sembilan told Reuters in an interview that he witnessed detainees being beaten and then saw them die when the resulting injuries were not treated. “When we asked for medicines, we were beaten,” he said.Reuters could not independently verify his account or the similar accusations made by other detainees. They all declined to be identified for fear of reprisals.Asked about the claims of beatings, Jazlan said he needs more evidence to establish if it was prevalent.  “I hope critics won’t rely on detainees’ testimony, and come up with proper evidence,” he said.FARED WORSEOf the 118 people recorded as dying in 2015-2016, 63 were from Myanmar, and people from that country have fared worse than those from elsewhere, the documents from Suhakam and data from the Malaysian government’s Enforcement Agency Integrity Commission (EAIC) show.During 2016, for example, there were 14,180 Myanmar nationals detained and at least 14 of them died, while there were only five fatalities among 34,586 Indonesian inmates. The documents and data don’t explain this discrepancy and Reuters was unable to independently confirm the reason for it.People from Myanmar, including Rohingya Muslims, tend to stay in the detention centers longer as they try to persuade the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to issue them with identification cards that allow them to stay in Malaysia temporarily, rights groups and former detainees said. People from other countries are often undocumented migrant workers who are deported home relatively quickly.Malaysia, which has not signed the UN Refugee Convention, treats refugees as illegal migrants with few rights.Asked about the deaths of Myanmar nationals in Malaysian detention centers, Zaw Htay, who is spokesman for Myamnar’s Suu Kyi, said that “we haven’t heard about these cases.” He also said that “a lot of Bengali people in Malaysia say they come from Myanmar to get UNHCR cards.”“Bengali” is a derogatory term used by many in Myanmar to refer to the Rohingya that suggests they come from Bangladesh, even though many Rohingya have lived in the country for generations.LUNG INFECTIONSThe documents reviewed by Reuters give causes of death for 68 detainees. Pneumonia and lung infections led to 19 deaths, at least 10 were the result of various heart-related conditions, and five died from the bacterial disease leptospirosis, which is often spread through the urine of infected animals, including rodents.Sepsis, or septic shock, a condition usually triggered by other illnesses, claimed 21 victims, including some who were suffering from pneumonia or leptospirosis, various forms of tuberculosis led to three deaths, and one Filipino woman committed suicide.The 13 detention centers in Malaysia held a total 86,795 detainees for various periods during 2016, according to the EAIC.Malaysia isn’t the only country in southeast Asia that has faced criticism for the conditions in its prisons.In its human rights report for 2016, the US State Department said Indonesian and Thai facilities, including those used to detain immigrants, are overcrowded. It said government figures showed that 548 prisoners died “in custody” in Indonesia between January and June of 2016, and 762 died in “official custody” in Thailand in the year to September 2016. However, there was no breakdown between those who died in ordinary jails and those who died in other forms of incarceration, such as immigration detention facilities.No cause was given for 50 deaths in Malaysia. They are classified in the documents as “no report” or “pending autopsy” or “undetermined” or “awaiting report from hospital” or “unascertained.” One center in Kuala Lumpur had 13 deaths in 2016, but no reasons were stated for any of them.When asked about the lack of reasons given for so many deaths, Jazlan said he will look into it.The documents do not specify the reasons for the lower death rate in 2016, though a Reuters analysis of them and related data shows that there was a 27 percent drop in the number of people detained at the end of 2016 from a year earlier.last_img read more

DAs Office Will Offer Free Removal Of Outstanding Warrants During Weekend Event

first_imgImage captured from the Harris County District Attorney’s Twitter feed / @ @HarrisCountyDAODistrict Attorney Kim Ogg is offering some residents of Harris County the opportunity of getting their outstanding warrants removed and their pending cases resolved for free and at no risk of being arrested during a one day event that will take place on Saturday, July 14.District Attorney Kim Ogg is offering some residents of Harris County the opportunity of getting their outstanding warrants removed and their pending cases resolved for free and at no risk of being arrested during a one day event that will take place this weekend.Ogg announced the initiative, which she calls the ‘Make It Right!’ program, during a press conference held on Friday. This weekend’s event will take place on Saturday, July 14, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at North Shore High School, which is located at 353 Castlegory Dr.The program will only apply in Harris County’s Precinct 3, which covers the east and northeast of the county.The offenses that can be removed are Class C warrants, which, for example, include theft (less than $100), public intoxication and disorderly conduct, and other pending charges.According to information published on the DA’s website, attorneys will be on-site to provide attendants with legal advice and counsel.Employers and volunteers from local, community-based organizations will also be present to provide information about jobs, job training, educational opportunities, as well as legal referral services.Ogg underscored at the press conference this initiative is not an “amnesty” and also touched on how time consuming and expensive serving Class C warrants can be. “It takes officers about four hours to arrest somebody, book them into jail, it takes prosecutors time in court to prosecute them, judges’ time, lawyers’ time, several thousand dollars are often expended just in the prosecution of even one minor offense.”Judge Joe Stephens, who is a Justice of the Peace for Precinct 3, was also at the press conference and noted: “I live in Precinct 3 and I know there’s a need and we are gonna do our best to fill that need.”The Harris County Public Defender’s Office, Workforce Solutions and Beacon Law are some of the agencies and organizations that are partnering with the DA’s Office in the ‘Make It Right!’ program.You can watch the press conference here:Make it Right! press conference https://t.co/KMPHOgsfao— Harris County DA (@HarrisCountyDAO) July 13, 2018 Sharelast_img read more