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LOOK: Beermen celebrate PBA Commissioner’s Cup crown with fans

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next San Miguel  executives, coaching staff and players were present to mingle with the fans.San Miguel fans full force at the victory party at SMC compound. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFEATURED STORIESSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsSPORTSPH women’s football team not spared from SEA Games hotel woesSPORTSThailand claims not enough Thai food, drinks for players at hotelPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSan Miguel president Ramon Ang. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSan Miguel head coach Leo Austria. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSMC sports director Al Francis Chua. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSan Miguel Beermen on the stage. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThe PBA Commissioner’s Cup trophy! Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSan Miguel’s Marcio Lassiter and Chris Ross. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSan Miguel forward Arwind Santos. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSan Miguel guard Chris Ross. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPBA Finals MVP Terrence Romeo. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThe San Miguel bigwigs. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netCoach Leo Austria being interviewed by the media. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/ Cignal rallies to beat Petron, forces decider for PSL finals spot UK thanks PH for rescuing Brit, Filipino wife abducted in Sulu Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘Ghost guns’ are untraceable, easy to make, more prevalent MANILA, Philippines–The San Miguel Beermen celebrated their latest conquest in the PBA with their employees and fans Tuesday night at the SMC compound.The Beermen captured the Commissioner’s Cup crown on Friday, their second championship this season that put them closer to rare Grand Slam.ADVERTISEMENT Renovation of old sports venues not just for SEA Games use LATEST STORIES Singapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics MOST READ What a relief! Paris show lifts taboo on historic outdoor loos ‘City-killer’: Asteroid the size of the Great Pyramid may hit Earth in 2022, says NASA Kim Chiu rushed to ER after getting bitten by dog in BGC PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss BREAKING: A day after being fired, Robredo asks: ‘Ano bang kinatatakutan ninyong malaman ko?’ View commentslast_img read more

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CBSE Class 10 Exam returns in 2018: Board should internally resolve the matter, says Javadekar

first_imgThe long awaited decision on return of Class 10 board examination has finally arrived.At the recent Central Advisory Board of Education (CABE) meeting, Union Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar has announced that the Class 10 board examination issue should be resolved internally by CBSE officials.Moreover, in the beginning of the meeting only, HRD minister said the matter was not discussed at CABE meeting.Why reintroduce Class 10 board exams?Number of drop-outs has reducedScrapping the exam affected academic standardsIn yet major announcement, the Central Advisory Board of Education (CABE) said that no child will be failed till class 5.Further, the states will have freedom to decide if they want to hold back students beyond class 5.Key notes of the meeting: CABE also said that the learning outcomes will be included in Right to Education rulesAlso, the RTE Act should be amended to extend deadline to teacher training till 2020Furthermore, officials present at the meeting decided on rationlisation of posting of teachers in rural areas, joyful learning and co-location of anganwadis near primary schools”It was agreed that the Central Government may bring in suitable amendment which will give states the freedom to review the ‘No Detention Policy’,” HRD minister Prakash Javadekar said.Other issues discussed:Improving infrastructure of government schoolsExtension of RTE to pre-schoolEnhancing skill and technical educationAs per reports, in the meeting along with Javadekar and Union Ministers Rajiv Pratap Rudy, Vijay Goel, Mahendra Nath Pandey and Upendra Kushwaha, Educations ministers from 21 states and representatives from all other states and UTs were present.advertisementRead: HRD to allow non-resident students in IITs Read: New study says running can enhance memory power Click here for more education related news.For more details, follow India Today Education or you can write to us at education.intoday@gmail.comlast_img read more

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TCU to the Big 12 – Five Thoughts

first_imgPhoto Attribution: Icon SMI1. Here’s to adding another team south of Stillwater and BYU so OSU can move on up to a north division with Iowa State, Missouri, Kansas, Kansas State, and BYU and play for the Big 12 Championship every year.2. Burns Hargis has now added one team for every four days he’s been on the job. At this pace A&M will be roped back in by Christmas!3. Speaking of A&M, here are the last ten AP finishes for TCU and A&M:TCU: 2 – 6 – 7 – NR – 22 – 11 – NR – 25 – 23 – NRA&M: 19 – NR – NR – NR – NR – NR – NR – NR – NR – NR So you tell me which conference (Big 12 or SEC) got the better end of that deal.4. OSU’s all-time record in football against TCU is 12-8-2 and once held them to 109 yards in a 1945 bowl game (Weeden will have that in, what, 4 minutes tomorrow?). They haven’t played since 1993 though.5. How bummed are TCU fans? You go from having to play UConn, Louisville, and South Florida as your conference games to having the Texas, OU, Oklahoma State gauntlet. I guess the upside is that you won’t need a layover to travel to away games. So much of having a feared program like both schools currently have lies in building from the ground up.Of the players listed on TCU’s website, 22 aren’t from Texas. A&M only has 13. It seems like your recruiting would get a little easier if you’re OSU because TCU looks out of state more and A&M’s opportunities in SEC country are opened up but the reality is that some of the three and four stars A&M was getting are probably going to go to TCU now…not to mention the new foothold held by Alabama, Georgia, LSU, Ole Miss…….you get the point.I don’t really know what we’re rooting for here as OSU fans. Do we want to bring in bad football programs for us to beat up on or good ones to strengthen the conference? Do we want stronger basketball schools (because the Big 12 is already ridiculous in basketball) or do we even care how good a school is at basketball since the powers that be obviously don’t?Trading A&M for TCU is like trading an iPad in for an iPad 2. Both are good programs but TCU has been on another level for the last decade.A level that OSU can absolutely compete on but that will be much tougher than what would have been a non-conference opponent slot had the invitation not been extended. Adding TCU is conducive to having entertaining football, not as much for clear-cut paths to national titles.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

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Olympic ice-dance champions Virtue and Moir: ‘We’re so proud of our relationship’

first_imgIt was supposed to be Virtue and Moir’s perfect swansong but instead they headed into presumed retirement full of anger, frustration and resentment. Moir, in particular, was disillusioned by all of it.“I was just kind of sour with the sport,” he says. “I didn’t want anything to do with it. I went into a period of excessive partying and doing anything that wasn’t figure skating, really. I went and built a house with my brother. I shut the whole world out and shut everything down.”But the break – regardless of the emotions that came with it – was badly needed. “Gaining the perspective to reflect and reassess was paramount,” Virtue says.After discussing a comeback in more detail, they earmarked former Canadian ice-dancers Marie-France Dubreuil and Patrice Lauzon as coaches and were eager to move to Montreal and get things started. But during their first conversation, Lauzon wanted them to explain their motivation for returning. It was a pre-requisite, he told them.“That floored us,” Moir says. “We couldn’t get out of it by just saying, ‘We want to win.’ He just said, ‘Well, that might not be enough. You need more than that if you want to come to our school.’ It came down to the fact that we just felt we had more to give.”In a new place and with a new coaching team, they were determined to push boundaries and rediscover the sport.“We weren’t conforming to any one thing,” Virtue says. “We lost this sense of trying to appease everyone else. We were more secure in who we were as people and athletes. We were more secure in what we stood for, what we valued and the art we wanted to create. I always loved skating but you can get hardened by it and it’s discouraging and disheartening. You can lose that spark. Montreal ignited it again.”In September 2016, they stepped into a rink in the Montreal borough of Pierrefonds and competed for the first time in two-and-a-half years at the Skate Canada Autumn Classic. The short dance was an electric, sensual tribute to Prince. Paired with the tenderness and contemporary slant of their free dance, it was a magnetic and thrilling package.Even so, it seemed a long shot that they would get the better of Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron, the French duo who were back-to-back world champions and unbeaten in two years. So, it was astonishing when Virtue and Moir ended the year on top of the Grand Prix podium for the first time in their careers and followed that up with a World Championship gold in 2017. Since you’re here… Read more Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir celebrate after becoming Olympic champions. Photograph: Aris Messinis/AFP/Getty Images Facebook “I don’t think people truly understand how difficult that is,” Moir says. “Three years is a long time. The game had evolved. And we’re back in the arena, with the bright lights and everyone’s faces looking back at us again. We did everything we could to prepare but there were a lot of tough steps. The goal was to not be our old selves. We knew we made a mistake in 2014. We didn’t pick music that was dear to our hearts and weren’t personally invested in a program. We vowed to never do that again.”The new era was exciting but still left Virtue slightly underwhelmed. She was expecting something bigger, more explosive.“I thought we’d have this Ziggy Stardust moment,” she says. “‘Representing Canada, Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir’ and the whole crowd would turn and gasp and say, ‘Who? Who’s that blonde girl? That’s not Tessa.’ I thought we would totally reinvent ourselves. But it was finding the balance. ‘Are we doing things differently just to be different or to be better?’ And that was a constant dialogue between us.”For Moir, the entire process became a safe harbour as he navigated a particularly difficult period.“2017 was probably one of the hardest years of my life,” he admits. “There were a lot of personal struggles. I lost some very important people. I had a best friend and then a grandfather pass away. Through it all, skating became an anchor. I used to think of it as a job. Now it was getting me through and giving me hope. Through all the heartache, it seemed worth it. Heading into the Olympic season, we were ready for almost anything.”In the build-up to Pyeongchang, they were consistently behind Papadakis and Cizeron, particularly in the free dance. So, they dramatically altered their sombre Moulin Rouge routine to make it more Olympic-friendly.“We changed about two minutes of our program entirely,” Virtue says. “We listened to people for eight years telling us we needed a big ending, people on their feet and the music to reach this massive crescendo. That’s the Olympic moment people want. Once we were able to find that, it soared and began to take shape.”It worked.The subsequent free dance performance sits alongside Torvill and Dean’s 1984 Bolero as the greatest ice-dance moment in history. Those four spellbinding minutes were not only enough to ensure astounding and unlikely Olympic golds for the pair but to also define Virtue and Moir’s legacy. Virtue and Moir win ice dance gold for Canada as Shib Sibs take bronze for USA Share on Twitter interviews Winter Olympics Share on Messenger Share on Pinterest “I had never felt momentum during a performance before,” Virtue says. “We felt flow in Vancouver [when they won gold in 2010] and we chased that feeling for eight years. I went into the penultimate lift in Pyeongchang and I got chills because I felt the energy and electricity in the building shift.”A different kind of momentum had been growing for a while too.Unlike their French rivals, Virtue and Moir took part in the team figure skating event a week earlier and quickly became viral sensations. In front of a global audience, the intensity of their chemistry, their innate closeness and the suggestiveness of certain choreography whipped new-found fans into a frenzy, especially across social media. When they found out Virtue and Moir were not involved in a romantic relationship, they didn’t really accept it. Instead, they started to fantasize.There are dark corners of the digital sphere devoted to them, including some intense fan fiction. The disciples – and there are a lot of them – obsess over every look and every caress. “It’s probably healthier to avoid it,” Virtue says.But that’s easier said than done. Last year, Moir spoke eloquently about the impact his unique athletic setup had on his personal life and how some partners found it difficult to properly understand his dynamic with Virtue. Before the Olympics, he was already daydreaming about what was on the other side. It’s why he’s so ready to move on to a new post-skating chapter and focus on things he spent so long sacrificing.“I was ready for that transition,” he says. “It was always skating first and I was finally at a point in my life where I could be a contributing member of my family and actually search for a life partner.”Their relationship is a curious thing. When I ask Virtue to define it, she takes a deep breath. “We’re the worst at answering this question”, she begins. “I wish we could help ourselves and everyone else.”She speaks uninterrupted for a few minutes. It’s essentially a meandering run-on sentence. Then she apologizes profusely for not supplying the right answer. But, of course, she had done. It’s why the moment of their eyes meeting in Scotland explains so much of their story. Words are limiting and what Virtue and Moir have goes far beyond that, almost existing in the abstract.“We were made for each other, in a work relationship,” Moir says. “There’s real love there. We’re so proud of the business relationship we have. And that’s the story we want to tell more than anything. Judging by my girlfriend’s Twitter, I think fans are disappointed a little bit that we’re not a couple but we have a very amazing, unique relationship that hopefully young people can look at and think, ‘Wow, that should be inspirational in its own right’”.When they stood on the podium immediately after their Olympic victory, Virtue – normally so poised – uncharacteristically welled up. “It was seeing 20 years flash in front of me,” she says. Her voice cracks so she nervously laughs to cover the lump in her throat.“The little seven and nine-year-old kids who got together, who didn’t speak and who just skated around a rink holding hands. On the world’s biggest stage, with all of that pressure, in that very moment … I was just very proud of Scott. It’s funny. We both have this thing where it’s hard for us to acknowledge our own success but we’re able to see it in each other.”Currently, there’s an adjustment period. It’s not about the Olympics anymore. There are touring shows to produce and various other projects to plan for. They both admit that fully appreciating what they have and what they’ve gone through together is something that will only come much later.For Moir, he’s still struggling to wrap his head around the last year and a half. “I don’t know how to explain it and I don’t think I even have a proper perspective on it yet,” he says. “It seems like it was a fairytale when I look back now.” There’s a guy at a bar nursing a drink. He looks up and catches the eye of a girl nearby. They share a knowing glance. And that’s the moment. It’s a scene from a litany of TV shows and films. But, it’s also the story of Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir’s rebirth. And given the hopelessly romantic and cinematic dimension to their partnership, the story fits perfectly.“We were on a charity trip to Scotland [in 2015] and they were showing an Olympic video,” Moir remembers. “I looked over at Tessa. We kind of have our own language. And I was like, ‘We’re going to do one more Olympics, aren’t we?’ And she was like, ‘Oh, yeah’. I turned around to the bartender, ordered three more beers and just thought, ‘Okay, here we go’”.At the time, the celebrated Canadian ice-dance duo were on a break. Embittered and irritated with skating, they’d stepped away from competing and were mulling their next move. After a period of unprecedented success between 2010 and 2012, things shifted substantially prior to the Winter Olympics in Sochi. The entire experience, which culminated in a bitterly disappointing silver medal, was clouded by a simmering rift with coach Marina Zoueva and newspaper claims that the ice-dance result had been fixed by American and Russian judges. Twitter Support The Guardiancenter_img Topics Facebook Twitter Figure skating Pinterest Winter Olympics 2018 Share on Facebook Share via Email … 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. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. 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Couple Invites Both Mark Richt And Jimbo Fisher To Their Wedding

first_imgLetter for Mark Richt and his wife.TwitterWell, we’ve got a new trend emerging ahead of wedding season. Last week, we saw an Alabama fan invite Nick and Terry Saban to her wedding – and they actually responded with a heartwarming message and a gift. This week, we’ve got a couple inviting both Georgia head coach Mark Richt and Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher to their nuptials. The husband-to-be, Patrick Millard, tweeted photos of both invites.@fsucoachfisher @MarkRicht Wedding Invites on the way! Hope you can make it @JekyllClubHotel. #WhenDawgsAndNolesUnite— Patrick Millard (@PM_Traveler) February 28, 2015It remains to be seen if either will attend or respond – if so, expect others to copy the idea and invite their favorite coaches.last_img read more

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Zlatan jokes about #StormArea51

first_imgCan those planning to storm Area 51 expect to see another Zlatan Ibrahimovic? No, is the answer according to the man himself.Almost two million people have RSVP’d to a Facebook event to “Storm Area 51″ – a classified US Air Force training base in Nevada which conspiracy theorists believe harbours information about extraterrestrial life.A disclaimer in the Facebook event claims it is all a joke, but it has not stopped #StormArea51 from taking the internet by storm.”We can move faster than their bullets. Let’s see them aliens,” reads the description of the event.  Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? When LA Galaxy superstar Ibrahimovic fronted the media on Wednesday, he was asked what might be in Area 51 and he responded with a typically “Zlatan” quip. .”Not another Zlatan. That’s for sure,” Ibrahimovic joked with reporters.Asked if they would let Ibrahimovic into Area 51, former Manchester United, Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona striker Ibrahimovic replied: “I have my own area 51.”What that means is anyone’s guess, and it is to be assumed that his fans don’t take him seriously and start their own attempts to locate it.In all seriousness, the US military have understandably failed to see the funny side of the social media craze. “[Area 51] is an open training range for the US Air Force, and we would discourage anyone from trying to come into the area where we train American armed forces,” a spokeswoman said.Area 51 is part of a military base about 80 miles northwest of Las Vegas, Nevada.Its primary use is hidden from the public, however this is standard procedure for similar facilities right across the US.It would be extremely dangerous if the public took this stunt seriously and turned up in person at the base, as the entrance gates are patrolled by armed guards and any attempts to enter would be taken very seriously.Meanwhile Ibrahimovic has enjoyed another fine season in the USA, with 13 goals for the Galaxy in MLS.The 37-year-old’s goals have helped the Galaxy to third position in the Western Conference, 12 points adrift of leaders Los Angeles FC after 20 games.last_img read more

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Beards, Booze, and Bacon: The Portland Podcast Festival Episode

first_imgNicole Raney/The ManualWhat new bourbon are we pumped about? Which hiking trail are we exploring? Why is the next supercar so cool? The Manual is dedicated to helping men live a more engaged life. Each week, our editors and guests get together for a round-table discussion about what’s new, exciting, and unique in the men’s lifestyle world. So pop open your favorite brew, step into your man cave, and start streaming.For this week’s episode of Beards, Booze, and Bacon: The Manual Podcast, the round-table — managing editor Nicole Raney, food and drink editor Sam Slaughter, head of live content Jake Rossman, and the inimitable host, Greg Nibler — hit the road for the 2018 Portland Podcast Festival.The Portland Podcast Festival was founded in 2017 by Jason Lamb (Minority Retort), Sarah X. Dylan (Funemployment Radio), and Greg Nibler (also of Funemployment Radio). If that name sounds familiar, that’s because it’s the very same Greg who hosts of Beards, Booze, and Bacon (and Trends with Benefits andBetween the Streams, if you’re fans of The Manual’s tech-focused brother site, Digital Trends). The idea of the fest was to bring together the city’s podcast community to celebrate some of the best shows, hilarious chats, and real discussion you can find anywhere on this planet.The Beards, Booze, and Bacon crew took the stage at Landmark Saloon on Friday, November 9 for a deep dive into the bar staple we all know and love: boilermakers. You can find boilermakers on menus across the country from the dive-iest of dive bars to high-end cocktail bars. But how did this simple pairing come to be named a boilermaker? Is there a right way to drink it? What kind of shot do you take with your beer? What do Sam, Jake, Greg, and Nicole sound like when they’ve enjoyed multiple boilermakers in front of a live audience? All these questions are answered in this episode: An Astronomically Fun Chat About Space and Wine With a Winemaker and Former Physicist Editors’ Recommendations Learning About Finger Wrestling, Mountain Cheese, and More Fun from Germany If you have a question for The Manual podcast crew, give us a shout at — we’re always around! Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter and keep an eye out for podcast polls so you can join the discussion. And check out the Portland Podcast Festival on Facebook to stay up-to-date on the 2019 run.Further ReadingA Brief History of the Boilermaker and the Best CombosThe Best Cheap Beer Money Can BuyThe Best Bottles of Whiskey You Can Buy For $20 or Lesscenter_img Understanding Diets and Dieting with Shawn Wells Why Fresh Hops Are Essentially the Magic Sauce of Craft Beer A Rev-ealing Conversation About IndyCar Racing with Takuma Sato last_img read more

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India must invest in education human skills to be among top 3

first_imgNew Delhi: As India hopes to be among the world’s top three economies in the next 15 years, it must invest in education and human skills, a white paper released by a think-tank of top business schools has said., a think tank and network of leading B-schools in the country, organised the 10th edition of the Indian Management Conclave (IMC) and also released a white paper on the occasion. According to it, India will have to double its GDP, like it did between 2000 and 2006, when the GDP doubled from 476 billion dollars to 949 billion dollars. This period saw strong spurt in management and engineering education. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal Robust higher education focus leading to skilling and employability will help India to become a true services economy, the report said. Gross Enrolment Ratio (GER) target of 35 per cent by 2025 and 50 per cent by 2035 is necessary, which only matches that of China and is still half of the US GER, it added. The white paper also said the number of universities, which stands at 950, needs to grow to over 1200 by 2025 to sustain the GER growth. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boost “Brick and mortar educational institutions will have to ride the digital highway that Digital India promises to build, reshaping their focus towards distance, online and continuing education in addition to campus programmes,” the report said. Amit Agnihotri, one of the authors of the white paper said, “Population of India will reach 1.40 billion in 2025 which will require more colleges, universities, faculty and higher Gross Enrolment ratio.” “The draft National Education Policy proposes to increase the current Gross Enrolment Ratio of 25.8 per cent to 35 per cent by 2025 along with other key requirements which would contribute substantially to achieve the five trillion dollar economy goal,” he added.last_img read more

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Abandoned for two hundred years haunted Kuldhara village in Rajasthan has a

first_imgKuldhara (Jaisalmer): Situated around 18 km south-west of Jaisalmer in Rajasthan, Kuldhara is an abandoned village since the early 19th century. According to a popularly held notion, the village is now inhibited by ghosts. Once a home to rich Paliwal Brahmins, the “haunted” village was abandoned by its inhabitants due to atrocities committed by a powerful minister of Jaisalmer, Salim Singh. “Salim Singh liked a girl from this village and to protect their honour, all residents migrated to some other place in just one night. They just disappeared. God knows where they went,” said Suma Ram, an elderly who lives near the entrance to the village. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’He said according to the folklore, the original inhabitants had cursed the village due to which it remained uninhibited. However, the story of being a haunted village is disapproved by him and others connected with it some or other way. “The village has ruins of old buildings and nothing else. Paliwal Brahmins had left this village to protect their honour. This village could not be inhibited ever since,” Suma Ram told PTI. It is commonly believed that the place is possessed by spirits but the old man rejected the theory, saying he had lived there for long and never encountered any such experience. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K”These all are just myths. Many visitors ask me about ghosts and I do not know who told them about this. I never encountered any such experience. People say what they like or feel about this place,” he said. Suma Ram said he never saw any unusual object or activity. Another man who lives there as a caretaker of a cafeteria project, claimed that his son and he stayed there day and night but never felt anything unusual about this place. “People come here with a perception that ghosts live here but we have never seen any such thing. No one lives around this place and this kind of atmosphere creates fear,” he said. Kuldhara, an archaeological site, is frequented by many tourists during the daytime, particularly during the tourist season, which is about to begin. It has dilapidated houses. Amid the ruins stands a renovated temple. A few houses have also been renovated to give the visitors an idea of the structures there. There is no commercial activity around the area located in the Thar desert.last_img read more

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Bread pricefixing documents wont be unsealed Thursday Loblaw says

first_imgBRAMPTON, Ont. – Loblaw says court documents regarding an alleged industry-wide bread price-fixing scheme won’t be released tomorrow after an unidentified individual filed an application against releasing them.The information to obtain, which outlines why the Competition Bureau wanted search warrants in the case against at least seven companies, including Canada’s three major grocers, has been sealed for 30 days and was scheduled to be released Thursday morning.Loblaw says an application was filed on behalf of an unknown individual named in the documents to have their name redacted from the version that will eventually be made public.Spokesman Kevin Groh says the company’s lawyers have notified them that the documents will remain sealed for the time being, and that Loblaw respects the process, but looks forward to the information being made public.He says the next step will be an appearance on Friday, Jan. 26 to set a date for the court to hear the application.Loblaw announced in December that it discovered its participation in an arrangement to fix the price of some bread products over roughly 14 years and brought the information to the Competition Bureau, resulting in immunity from criminal proceedings.Some of its competitors, including Metro and Sobeys, have denied any wrongdoing and have expressed concern over what they say is Loblaw misleading the public and making other retailers appear guilty.Follow @AleksSagan on Twitter.last_img read more

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UN telecom agency takes step to boost 3G mobile phone services around

8 March 2010Users on so-called third-generation (3G) mobile telephones are set to receive a boost in worldwide compatibility, international roaming capability and greater access to high-speed data services from a new United Nations International Telecommunications Union (ITU) standard announced today. Users on so-called third-generation (3G) mobile telephones are set to receive a boost in worldwide compatibility, international roaming capability and greater access to high-speed data services from a new United Nations International Telecommunications Union (ITU) standard announced today.ITU Secretary-General Hamadoun Touré said these advances will facilitate the agency’s efforts to promote broadband access in rural and remote areas around the world.The standard provides access to a wide range of telecommunication services for existing 3G network users by identifying satellite radio interface specifications for IMT-2000 systems through one or more radio connections.ITU said that even as the satellite component of IMT-2000 3G services continues to evolve, work is already in progress to develop the satellite radio interfaces for IMT-Advanced, which provides a global platform for the next generations of services that will provide faster data access, unified messaging and broadband multimedia.In related news, ITU announced it has provided emergency communications aid to support the search and rescue effort in eastern Uganda in the wake of last week’s mudslides which completely destroyed villages, left hundreds of people dead or missing, and many more are homeless.“In Uganda, and around the globe, ITU will always do its best to help those who need emergency telecommunications,” said Mr. Touré. ITU sent 20 Thuraya satellite terminals to the affected area on 3 March, which will be vital for coordinating the logistics of relief work in the aftermath of a series of devastating mudslides on the slopes of Mount Elgon, which began on 1 March, buried homes under metres of earth and rock following days of heavy rain. read more

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Sri Lanka backs Indias concerns over Kashmir issue

Sri Lanka, which attended the just concluded Belt and Road Forum here, has backed India’s concern over the Kashmir issue, saying it is difficult for New Delhi to accept the USD 50 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) as it goes through the “heart of Indian interests”.India, which skipped the high-profile meeting, would have joined “very happily” in the One Belt and One Road (OBOR) initiative of China, said Sarath Amanugama, Sri Lanka’s Minister on Special Assignment. Besides Mr. Wickramasinghe, the summit was attended by Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and several other leaders, heads of UN, World Bank and IMF.Mr. Wickaramasinghe, who arrived in Beijing a day after he hosted Prime Minister Narandra Modi in Sri Lanka, had a low-key presence at the high-profile summit.While Mr. Sharif and many other leaders spoke at the inaugural ceremony, the Sri Lankan leader reportedly took part in the discussions in the roundtable meeting yesterday. “Unfortunately, the issue is going through the heart of Indian interests. If it is some uncontested region, India would have negotiated its way out. Here especially the Kashmir issue getting dragged into it, makes it difficult for India to be flexible,” Mr. Amanugama, who accompanied Lankan Prime Minister Wickramasinghe to the two-day forum in Beijing, told PTI. “(Chinese) President Xi Jinping has emphasised connectivity. These countries were connected many centuries ago. This will link up these countries on certain rational basis. Once the regional problems are resolved, then India has to play big role in the initiative,” he said, adding that India anyway has to play big role “because you cannot think of a belt and road without going over and close to India.”India skipped the meeting due to its sovereignty concerns over the USD 50 billion CPEC, which goes through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir. The two-day conference in Beijing brought together leaders from 29 countries. Confirming reports that recent Chinese requests for docking of its submarines was declined, he said, “we denied the permission.”“Lanka’s position is that our harbours and ports are for commercial operations. All other countries have no strategic interests. We are equidistant from everyone,” he said.Earlier, the problem came because a Chinese submarine was allowed to be docked in Colombo harbour by former president Mahinda Rajapaksa in 2014 which sparked protests from India. “China, India, US and all other countries, they cannot come into our territorial waters without the consent of the Sri Lankan government,” Mr. Amanugama said.Even the Hambantota harbour which Sri Lanka plans to hand over to China under debt equity scheme will function under Sri Lankan Port Authority (SLPA).He said in the agreement currently being finalised to give 80 per cent stake for Chinese shipping company, it will be allowed to operate inside the harbour but all the outside operations will be carried out SLPA.The harbour master who permits the ship movement in the harbour will be an SAPA employee, he said.Allaying India’s concerns, he said Sri Lanka is taking assistance from the Indian Navy to maintain maritime security including tracking submarines.India is also providing patrol boats, he said.About Hambantota port, he said, it is entirely a commercial operation. “It was constructed with Chinese assistance costing about USD 1.4 billion. It was established during the regime of Mahinda Rajapaksa,” he said.“But we had an extended debt. Sri Lanka is facing a problem of debt repayment,” he said, defending Sri Lanka opting for debt swap for harbour.Sri Lanka has an estimated debt of USD eight billion to China. The loans were taken for different mega projects.“So last year we raised it with Premier Li Keqiang. At first we asked for a debt relief, either to write it off or to reschedule payment. But the Premier said it is not possible because they have lent money to several other countries. We cannot write it off to create precedent,” he said.“But suggested why don’t you convert into equity by forming a joint venture company. It will be registered in Sri Lanka and will be Sri Lankan company. Chinse side will convert that into equity. Sri Lanka doesn’t have to repay,” he said, adding that it was a “win win situation”. He said India, China and Sri Lanka were very much part of the ancient Silk Road route as the Chinese Buddhist scholars like Faxian visited both India and Sri Lanka leading to big discoveries of Buddhist relics in the island nation. Amunagama said that Sri Lanka will not permit any foreign military operations in its port by any country including China, in an effort to reassure India’s security concerns over Chinese military activity. read more

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UN forum on indigenous issues wraps up third annual session

Too many indigenous peoples face challenges over their land, cultures, languages and livelihood, but the declaration being drafted by the United Nations Commission on Human Rights would be a specific international instrument on their rights and fundamental freedoms, UN General Assembly President Julian Hunte said today.Addressing the two-week Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, which wrapped up its third annual session at UN Headquarters in New York, Mr. Hunte, from St. Lucia, said too many indigenous people remain outside the national decision-making activities that affect their daily lives.The International Decade of Indigenous Peoples, ending this year, had established cooperation between many communities and the United Nations, he said. Indigenous peoples could rely on the General Assembly, called the “House of Mica” in an ancient Hopi prophecy, to welcome them in good faith, celebrate their civilizations and listen to them.The 22nd session of the Commission’s Working Group on Indigenous Populations is scheduled to take place from 19 to 23 July in Geneva under the theme “Indigenous Peoples and Conflict Resolution.”Mr. Hunte said it was timely to have made indigenous women the focus of the Forum’s third session because they have suffered special marginalization, extreme poverty, discrimination and violence. He called on all UN Member States to make critical decisions to ensure gender equality.At a concluding news conference, the Forum’s Chairman, Ole Henrik Magga of Norway, said one of the recommendations on indigenous women would be to ask the Commission to appoint a Special Rapporteur on particular abuses.The Rapporteur would study such genocidal practices as forced sterilization of females and using indigenous communities as subjects in nuclear testing, or storing nuclear waste on their land, he said. read more

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Its the structure

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Australians look at the Reserve Bank’s cash rate announcement on the first Tuesday of each month and make decisions based on it. And the RBA has been charged (mainly) with keeping inflation in the ‘target’ range of 2 – 3 per cent. However, key parts of this structure have been breaking down into a new order. Part of this break down is the extent to which inflation and growth affect the general economy. That is, if there’s wage inflation in Western Australian mining is there also wage inflation in Victorian manufacturing? Or, if the economy is growing at 3.5 per cent, does that mean all Australians in all industries? Investment in mining rose by 60 per cent during the year while investment in the non-mining sectors was flat. And while the unemployment rate has remained at around 5.25 per cent for more than six months, in the March quarter there were employment increases in mining, health and public administration while there were declines in manufacturing, retail and accommodation/food. But the RBA can only react to the averaged numbers, so many householders feel official interest rates have been raised to head-off inflation that they have not benefited from. Perhaps the clearest sign of a structural change lies in how the major banks now react to the Reserve Bank. For 20 years the major banks set their variable rate loans according to where the RBA set the cash rate. But lately, variable rate loans have been moving independent of the Reserve Bank. The current average margin on variable rate loans in this country is 2.4 per cent whereas ten years ago it was around 1.4 per cent. This creates a liquidity problem. Because the residential mortgage market is so profitable for the banks, they are now concentrating their lending in that market, to the detriment of business lending, which is less secure and more costly to distribute and manage. This is creating a bulge in our economy: banks are pumping funds into home loans while many business owners can’t get finance. I don’t advocate regulating the markets because regulators typically distort before they remedy. But there’s a case for using incentives to alter the structural problems.A first step could be to foster competition by encouraging our regional banks and foreign banks to compete in mortgage lending. There are tax incentives that could be used and there are models where the Australian government could guarantee the small and non-banks, and not the big banks. It doesn’t matter how we get there, but we do need more competition in lending. Competition will bring down the margins on variable rate mortgages and lure the big banks towards business lending again, where they can charge higher margins. So, the market is actually poised to correct itself, but there has to be an incentive. And what about the broader structural problems in the economy? Don’t blame the Reserve Bank: they only have interest rates to use against a dynamic set of forces that haven’t yet settled into their new shape. * Mark Bouris is the Executive Chairman of Yellow Brick Road, a financial services company offering home loans, financial planning, accounting & tax and insurance. Email Mark on any queries you may have.last_img read more

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Inter youngster aims for high objectives

first_imgFor Flor Van Den Eynden, his time in the U19 squad will prepare him for first-team opportunities in the Italian Lega Serie ABelgian center-back Flor Van Den Eynden is having the time of his life since he joined Italian Lega Serie A club Internazionale Milan.But the youngster knows that he needs to play well with the youth squads in order to be called to the senior team.“Our next game against Fiorentina will be very difficult. The Viola are always a hard team to face. But we are also a strong team and if we approach games with the right attitude we’ve always got a chance of winning,” he told the Inter Milan official website.Romelu Lukaku, Serie A, Inter MilanCapello calls Lukaku “a modern striker” Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 The former Italian manager believes Romelu Lukaku is perfectly suited for Antonio Conte’s Internazionale Milan in the Serie A.“We managed to get three very important points after a difficult period where we missed out on a few wins. But we can’t rest on our laurels and always need to think about improving and learning from our mistakes.”“We’ve taken advantage of the break by working a lot, especially in terms of looking at things as a group. We have enough quality in our ranks to achieve great things,” continued Van den Eynden.“I get on really well with him. Ryan [Nolan] talks a lot on the pitch and he has helped me a lot in what is my first year with the Primavera. We have to try and win against Barcelona after only picking up one point from our games against Tottenham and PSV.”last_img read more

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58 cite flexible working as most valued benefit

first_imgMore than half (58%) of employee respondents cite flexible-working hours as the benefit they value as the most important, according to research by Sodexo Engage.Its survey of 2,001 UK adults also found that 47% of respondents identify a high salary as the benefit they value as the most important, compared to 51% of millennial respondents aged 20-35 years old.The research also found:Half (50%) of respondents cite a generous pension scheme as the benefit that they value as the most important, compared to 34% of millennial respondents.33% of millennial respondents identify a strong workplace culture, including regular after-work team events for example, as the benefit they view as the most important, compared to 19% of overall respondents.60% of respondents aged 20-35 years old view flexible working as the most important benefit an employer can offer.44% of respondents cite a generous annual leave allowance as the benefit provided by their employer that they value as the most important, compared to 41% of millennial respondents.Among respondents with experience of working for a small or medium-sized enterprise (SME), 12% cite higher pay than for a comparable job at a large organisation as the reason for opting to work for an SME, and 35% cite a friendlier workplace culture as the reason for doing so.43% of respondents aged 20-35 years old would expect flexible working to be more likely to be offered in an SME than a large organisation, and 79% would expect a friendlier workplace culture in an SME than a large organisation.Iain McMath (pictured), chief executive officer at Sodexo Engage, said: “Businesses face a reputational challenge to prove that those seeking a friendly [workplace] culture and ability to lead a more flexible lifestyle can do so in corporate giants.“Although big businesses are having trouble attracting the best candidates, they’re more likely to keep them once through the door. SMEs must do more to increase loyalty amongst the workforce if they want to retain the best talent. It can often be harder for employees working for these smaller organisations to see a clear progression path after reaching senior positions, and the added benefits that come with larger employers can be a big draw. However, considering the diversity of today’s workforce, businesses of any size need to ensure that every individual always feels motivated and appreciated.”last_img read more

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Vivos Apex 2019 lets you can scan your fingerprints anywhere on the

first_img Vivo Apex 2019 is a super-cool futuristic phone 1:38 Now playing: Watch this: Tags 8 Comments Share your voice There are no ports on this phone — not even a Type-C USB. That’s because it uses what it calls a Magport, similar to the older Apple MacBooks, and uses a magnetic clip that connects behind the phone to charge it at 18 watts. It’s an odd placement that means you can’t leave the phone flat down — instead it sits at an awkward angle. There’s no wireless charging and, predictably, no 3.5mm audio jack. Adding on to the no-port mania, there’s no SIM card slot, so you’ll have to use an eSIM for this phone. It doesn’t have speaker grilles either — instead it uses conduction, vibrating the phone to deliver sound straight to your ear. I didn’t get a chance to try this, but I did get to play music. The sound comes out from the back of the phone, but I found it a tad quiet. Putting it flat on a table helps give it some more volume.vivoapex2019-14You can tap anywhere on the screen to unlock the phone. Aloysius Low/CNET Because there’s no ports anywhere, the Apex 2019 is technically water resistant, but there’s no official IP rating as Vivo has yet to test this out fully. I did notice a small gap for the microphone, but I’m guessing there are ways to keep water out of this tiny hole.Vivo has gone the extra mile to sell the idea that this is a futuristic phone. It’s stripped off all physical buttons — even the power and volume keys usually found on the side. Instead of the keys, it uses a combination of capacitive and pressure sensors as replacements. And there’s a haptic motor to simulate the experience of pressing a button. The Apex 2019 also has liquid cooling and claims to use the largest vapor chamber plate in the industry. The phone comes in three colors, with fanciful names: Quartz White, Titan Silver and Meteor Gray, and I loved the silver version. It’s shiny enough that you can check out your reflection if you’re using the rear cameras for a selfie. And you’ll have to turn your camera around for a selfie since this phone has no front camera.The rear cameras have a 13-megapixel ultrawide sensor and a 12-megapixel regular sensor, but don’t expect any neat tricks, as Vivo told me that the focus of this phone isn’t on the cameras.This is a concept device, so don’t expect to see it in the market anytime soon. Vivo said that the technology it uses, such as the full-display underscreen fingerprint scanner, will probably trickle down to its mass-market phones in the future.Vivo Apex 2019 specsProcessor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 855Memory: 12GB RAM, 512GB onboard storageCamera: Dual rear 13-megapixel wide-angle and 12-megapixel camerasBattery: 2,000-mAh battery, 18-watt wireless charging MagportFeatures: Full-display underscreen fingerprint scannercenter_img Vivo’s Apex 2019 concept is what phones will be in the… 15 Photos The future is here and it has no buttons. Aloysius Low/CNET If I told you the phones of tomorrow will be a slab of glass with no buttons, no ports and a full-display underscreen fingerprint sensor, you’d probably tell me I was dreaming. But I’m not.Chinese phone-maker Vivo’s Apex 2019 concept is all that and more. I’ve just had the chance to try out this 5G phone, and I’m pretty much blown away. Forget folding phones: The Apex 2019 is what the future looks like, though a quick caveat here — selfie cameras are not included. We know the front and rear of the Apex 2019 are covered in Gorilla Glass, but Vivo wouldn’t disclose which version of the glass it’s using. Its main claim to fame is that it uses a full-display fingerprint sensor — you can touch the screen anywhere to unlock the phone. Vivo suggests adding a second finger for enhanced security, but the test phone unlocked with just one fingerprint when I tried to test the feature. That’s because there were other prints already registered.Making the whole screen unlockable gives Vivo more options on the unlock screen. There are apps you can tap to unlock and load straight away. When you touch the screen, the pixels in the area will light up, helping the reader under the screen see your print more clearly. This is supposed to help speed up the scanning process, but it was already quick enough. Phones 5Glast_img read more

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West Indies to win the World Cup Twotime World T20winning captain Darren

first_imgSammy thinks West Indies may reclaim the World Cup after 40 yearsReutersIf there is a contemporary cricketer in West Indies who knows about winning cricket world titles, it has to be Darren Sammy. He led his team to two major triumphs – 2012 and 2016 World T20. Now, the former West Indies captain has made a bold prediction – his team is going to win the upcoming ICC 2019 World Cup.The reason cited by the all-rounder for his prediction is not entirely based on scientific reasoning but also his deep faith. “It’s been 40 years since we last won the World Cup. I’m a biblical man and the number 40 comes up a lot in the bible… I think it’s our time to rise up,” the St. Lucian stated.But on cricketing grounds also, he thinks his cricket team are in with a good chance. “I think man-for-man the batting line-up is really good. The key is to have bowlers who can take wickets in English conditions and I think we have that,” the man who led West Indies in the 2011 edition of the World Cup explained. Sammy thinks Gayle will go out with a bangReutersGayle could make the differenceBut there is another reason why the former Windies skipper believes his team stands a great chance in the upcoming 10-team event. Chris Gayle will be playing his last tournament in ODI format for West Indies and Sammy thinks the big opener can produce something special if he can sustain his great form.”With Chris Gayle retiring, the ‘Universe Boss’ will want to leave with a bang. I just have a strong feeling. I’ve played most of my games with Chris and I’ve enjoyed watching him. When he’s in that sort of form, it sends a very positive message to the rest of the dressing room,” Sammy said.Considering how capable the batting line-up of West Indies is and how effective it can be on its day, the chance of them going all the way can’t be ruled out. However, as Sammy said, it would also require the bowlers to deliver. If the Windies return to the top of the cricket pyramid, it would be one of the greatest stories of comebacks in cricket.last_img read more

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US imposes sanctions on eight Venezuela supreme court justices as violence continues

first_img Close The US Treasury department announced on May 19 new sanctions on Venezuelan officials for alleged human rights abuses. The news comes as the month-long protests and deadly clashes continued against President Nicolas Maduros government. US imposes sanctions on eight Venezuela supreme court justices as violence continuescenter_img IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:01/0:55Loaded: 0%0:01Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:54?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading …last_img read more

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Bowser Offers Bill to Ease License Renewals for Returning Citizens

first_imgD.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) announced an effort to enable District residents convicted of drug offenses, who have served their time, to renew their driver’s licenses. On Jan. 25, Bowser; Brian Ferguson, director of the D.C. Office of Returning Citizens; and Christopher Shorter, director of D.C. Public Works department, provided details of her effort to help the city’s large returning citizens’ population. The mayor said a driver’s license is crucial to employment prospects for residents seeking to steer their lives in the right direction.D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) wants to make it easier for returning citizens to get licenses. (Courtesy photo)“My administration understands that employment is a crucial element for successful reentry and a second chance at living a successful, productive life,” the mayor said. “By removing unnecessary burdens and ineffective policies, we knock down barriers to re-entry, reduce our recidivism rates and put every returning citizen back on the path to the middle class.”About 60,000 District residents have criminal records – 10 percent of the population – and many of those come from working and low-income communities.In 1992, the District signed the drug-conviction license revocation requirement to avoid losing federal money for highways. Bowser’s legislation would repeal the current D.C. Code, which automatically revokes or suspends the driver’s licenses of those convicted of drug-related offenses, even when those offenses are unrelated to motor vehicles.Bowser said she wants the District to join states that have repealed the restrictive law and do so without losing federal funds. In order to keep the highway federal funds, the D.C. Council needs to repeal the law and pass a resolution formally stating its opposition to the policy. After that, Bowser and the council will have put on record their opposition to stripping returning citizens’ licenses.Debra Rowe, executive director of Returning Citizens, an advocacy organization for those who have been convicted of criminal offenses, was supportive yet puzzled by Bowser’s actions. She said it is her understanding that returning citizens routinely go to the District’s Department of Motor Vehicles and get their licenses or identification cards without any problem. “I know of no instance in Washington, D.C. where a returning citizen has been denied the chance to get a driver’s license if they served their time,” Rowe said.Eric Weaver, chairman of the National Association for the Advancement of Returning Citizens, echoed Rowe’s sentiment. “I commend what the mayor is trying to do,” Weaver told the AFRO. “But as I see it, the real problem is when people are sent away to prison for long periods of time. Their licenses expire and they come back to the city and have to go through the whole process again such as getting a learner’s permit and driver’s education and taking the test. I don’t think they should have to do that when their driving record is clean.”Weaver said he could “see where Bowser’s bill would benefit people who get short sentences, perhaps five years or under.”Weaver said another problem returning citizens’ face when they seek a driver’s license is lacking the money to pay fees and fines that may have accumulated during their incarceration. He said the fines and fees should be dealt with in a manner that is of benefit to the returning citizen.last_img read more

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