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‘All lives matter’, say brothers-in-arms Richards and Botham

first_imgLONDON, United Kingdom (AFP) – Almost half-a-century on from when cricket legends Ian Botham and Viv Richards made their county debut for Somerset their bond is as strong as ever, they explained in media interviews Friday.England all-rounder Botham, 64, earned the respect and eternal friendship of 68-year-old West Indies batsman Richards for never turning his back on him even when the Englishman received hate mail during the halcyon days at the county.Their bond has been recognised with the announcement that future Test series between England and the West Indies will be called the Richards-Botham Trophy.Between them they made a combined 223 Test appearances, totalled 13 740 runs and 415 wickets.The third and final Test of the present series – which is tied 1-1 – got under way Friday at Old Trafford.“What I can say to Ian? I can thank him so much for being in my corner,” Richards told Sky Sports.“We just represented what I think people should be representing: that we’re all human beings, and that’s the most important thing.”Botham and Richards in their prime were targeted by South Africa to persuade them to go on rebel tours during the time when sporting links were cut due to the apartheid regime.Both declined but other England stars like Mike Gatting, John Emburey and Graham Gooch did go whilst the West Indies also toured there.“The thing that finally finished me with all that was when they turned round to Viv and said: ‘We’ll make you an honorary white man.’ I said: ‘Hang on, where’s this going?’” Botham told the Daily Mail in a joint interview.“He’s black and he’s proud and magnificent and a great guy.“He doesn’t want to be an honorary white man any more than I want to be an honorary black man.”Richards agreed with Botham over his statement that all lives matter.The pair stressed that it was not a rejection of the Black Lives Matter movement which was born out of the death of unarmed African American man George Floyd in Minneapolis at the hands of police officers in May.“I most certainly agree with Ian when he says all lives matter,” said Richards.“It’s been highlighted now because of the events we’ve seen played out in America – this hate towards our colour.“If we have respect for one another, these things wouldn’t come into the equation.“Look at COVID. We are not in control. This warfare is hitting everyone – not just black or white, but every race and every country on earth. We should all just sit back and reflect on where we’d like to be.”last_img read more

Skaneateles hockey wins twice, goes to 18-0-1

first_img Tags: ice hockeyskaneateles True, the bigger quests still lie ahead for the Skaneateles boys ice hockey team as it aims to repeat as both Section III and state Division II champions.But the accomplishment of an undefeated regular season is nearly in the books for the Lakers, who impressed again this week with two big wins over Divsion II challengers.Traveling to New Hartford Monday night, Skaneateles got off to yet another quick start and left the Spartans far behind them on the way to an 8-2 victory.It was 4-1 by the end of the first period, the Lakers ultimately seeing 10 different players earn points and six of them score goals, with only Jack Henry and Brendan Powers converting twice.Charlie Major had a goal and three assists, while Garrett Krieger, Cole Heintz and Charlie Russell each had one goal and two assists. Single assists went to Ben Clymer, Tom Coyne and Jacob French.Two nights later, Skaneateles went to Oswego, where the Lakers made up for a slow start in a big way by the way it tore through the last two periods of a 7-1 victory over the Buccaneers.Oswego did keep Skaneateles off the board in the first period, but once it broke through early in the second, the Lakers built a 3-0 margin and doubled it during the final period.Krieger set the pace with a three-goal hat trick, with Major and Russell each getting three assists. Henry added two assists as Heintz, Powers, Cam Lowe and Jacob Weeks earned single goals. French and Jack Buff got assists.Now all that is left was to tame Whitesboro in the regular-season finale next Wednesday night at Allyn Arena. Already, these two teams have clinched the top two seeds for the sectional Division II playoffs and had byes straight into the semifinals, which are not until Feb. 24-25.Thus, the Lakers and Warriors would play this game on this date so that neither of them would have a prolonged break between the end of the regular season and their respective semifinals.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story last_img read more

Earl, Pavelski once again dominate scoring

first_imgAfter leading the team in scoring with more than 40 points each last season, forwards Robbie Earl and Joe Pavelski are at it again.Earl leads the team through the first four games with five points, one goal and four assists. Pavelski is not far behind, averaging one point a game with three goals and one assist.The impact of the line — consisting of Pavelski, Earl and team captain Adam Burish — was never more evident than last weekend. In the two games against St. Cloud, the three combined for two goals and five assists.”That whole line played well,” head coach Mike Eaves said at a Monday press conference. “If you’re going to be a good player at this level, you have to rely on the people you play with and they were pretty fun to watch.” In the Badgers’ 3-1 win Saturday night, Pavelski and Earl each notched a point in all three Badger goals.Earl and Pavelski both assisted on Ryan MacMurchy’s first period goal and Earl earned an assist on each of Pavelski’s two goals.Watch for that line to lead the Badgers — both scoring goals and opening opportunities for other lines — throughout the season.”They’ll make it easier for us,” Eaves said. “If we have all our lines firing, we can be as good as anybody. I think we’ll get to that point.”WCHA schedule puts UW at home early: For the second-straight season, the Badgers’ schedule has them at home in the early stages of Western Collegiate Hockey Association play.After a road series with St. Cloud last weekend, the home series with Alaska-Anchorage marks the beginning of a stretch that will see UW at home in three of the next four weekends.Wisconsin will host UAA before going on the road to North Dakota. That series will be their last road trip until Thanksgiving break.”Well, it’s pretty much been our course of scheduling for the last couple of years so we’re used to it,” Eaves said.Last year, the Badgers played four of their first six conference series at home, which helped them jump out to an early lead, before fizzling down the stretch. Wisconsin will see a similar stretch towards the end of this season, when four of its six series in January and February are on the road.But, similar to how the football team has to deal with not having a bye week until the end of the Big Ten season, the hockey team isn’t dwelling on the things it cannot control — which right now means winning at home and putting up early WCHA points.”We just have to control the things we can control,” Eaves said. “We want to win every game, but if you look at the big picture it is important to put those points in the barn early.”League-wide instant replay scheduled to begin: After experimenting with instant replay at Denver and Colorado College last season, the WCHA — and the NCAA — decided to implement it for the 2005-06 season.However, delays in getting the equipment delivered and set up at all WCHA arenas has postponed replay thus far. But the use of replay to confirm the scoring of controversial goals is scheduled to begin with WCHA action this weekend.”Last year with DU and CC having it, it proved to be an advantageous thing just because the fact that your getting the right calls,” Eaves said. “Now that everybody in the league will have it … in important situations, they’ll make the right calls, so I’m excited for it.”In other talks of changing rules, Eaves was asked if he ever expected the NCAA to institute a shootout, like the NHL has added at the end of overtimes to nix ties.”I think the fact remains, how does it affect RPI? Until they figure out how to get around that, I don’t think we’ll see it in the college game,” Eaves said.Wisconsin has played to three overtimes in just four games this season, tying once.last_img read more

Carol of the Birds

first_imgCan birds make you happy?  Some scientists think so, but why?There seems to be a connection between seeing birds in their natural habitat and a person’s sense of well-being, reported Science Daily. Whether that is true may be a function of the setting and species of bird (buzzards, ostriches probably not rating as high as cardinals in the snow), but Natalie Clark of the University of Reading is convinced:Most of us say we enjoy seeing wild birds in our local environments every day, be that the friendly robin visiting our garden each Christmas or ducks swimming in the local pond. But we have little idea of how much we value their presence and how they’re contributing to our overall well-being.The idea is reinforced by the number of people who place bird baths or hummingbird feeders in their gardens, beyond the avid bird watchers themselves.  Without the sweet songs of birds, their visible beauty and their amazing powers of flight, the world would be an impoverished place.There have been several Christmas songs titled “Carol of the Birds.”  The oldest and best known is probably this traditional Catalonian carol whose lyrics are reproduced at HymnsAndCarolsOfChristmas.com.  Its hauntingly beautiful melody can be heard on YouTube sung by Victoria de Los Angeles, accompanied by cellist Luis Claret, as performed at the closing ceremony of the 1992 Barcelona Olympics.A little bird tweeted a tip that Illustra Media is working on a full-length documentary on birds, to be released in Spring 2013.  If it’s anything like their latest film Metamorphosis about butterflies, you know it will be a keeper. (Visited 22 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

An open solution to healthcare

first_imgSenegalese superstar Youssou N’Dour isa driving force behind the IntraHealthOPEN Remix initiative.(Image: Youssou N’Dour) The efforts of non-profit organisationIntraHealth make the job of healthcareworkers in Africa that much easier.(Image: IntraHealth)Janine ErasmusA group of musicians, among them Grammy-winning singer Youssou N’Dour and South African-born DJ/producer Gavin Hardkiss (aka Hawke), have created an album to raise funds for wider distribution of open source software among health workers in Africa.The group has collaborated with non-profit organisation IntraHealth International under the umbrella of its OPEN initiative, which operates in developing countries, to facilitate access to infrastructure, design and implement open source healthcare solutions, and boost skills development to maintain those solutions.The OPEN Remix campaign, which went global in February 2009, is the brainchild of IntraHealth and Senegalese superstar N’Dour, a true pioneer of African music. Its aim is to raise awareness of open source resources and the need to make this essential software more widely available to workers in the field, thereby advancing health care in Africa.Since open source software is flexible and collaborative, users and programmers are always looking for ways to improve it, and it can easily be tailored to fit specific needs. In addition, it is inexpensive and ideal for use in environments where resources are limited.With targeted training, developers and health professionals in Africa can use open source solutions to create and customise their own systems. This eliminates the necessity for proprietary software, which most can ill afford.“Open source technologies let us address health challenges collaboratively with African developers in the lead,” said N’Dour. “If we invest in open source development training in Africa we will be supporting self-sufficient health professionals able to use technology and customise programmes to address their critical health challenges.”IntraHealth CEO Pape Gaye, also a Senegal native, added that he believed the initiative would foster a new generation of technology and health professionals, and national leaders who understand, use, and support open technologies to improve health.“IntraHealth supports affordable and creative solutions to the biggest health and infrastructure problems in the developing world by putting the focus on the local health worker,” he said.The organisation combines open source solutions with cutting-edge Web-based interfaces, mobile phones, and PDAs, to innovatively improve the efficiency of health service delivery in communities across Africa.IntraHealth OPEN helps health practitioners in many ways. Nurses use PDAs to screen HIV-positive patients at clinics and store patient data. Based on patients’ responses to a specific set of questions, the devices can suggest the next action and even reduce the load for doctors if the situation can be handled by a nurse.Students use geographic information systems to track the spread of infectious diseases. Health workers use mobile phones to gather data from women and children in rural households – the data is submitted to the district health office, which uses it to plot health trends in the area.These, and other examples, show how technology and open source software can be leveraged for the benefit of Africa’s poorest citizens.Download and shareN’Dour has donated Wake Up, one of his recent hits, to be freely mixed and altered by the musicians involved, and the result is a host of different versions ranging from hip hop and blues to electronica, trance, and world. The singer also showed his commitment to the project with a full page ad in Time magazine at the start of the campaign.Wake Up, featuring songstress Neneh Cherry, daughter of jazz great Don Cherry, is taken from N’Dour’s 2007 release Rokku Mi Rokka (Give and Take). The new versions have been tackled by top musicians such as Hardkiss, Peter Buck of REM, Grammy-winning composer Duncan Sheik, US/Malian instrumentalists Toubab Krewe, and US poet Umar Bin Hassan.The 10 songs on the digital-only album may be freely downloaded and shared, in the spirit of the open source philosophy. However, supporters are encouraged to make a donation to the cause. Various distribution partners, including Amazon MP3 and iLike, have come on board to help spread the word, and the music – although the former is only available to US-based users.In April 2009 IntraHealth OPEN plans to launch a global remix competition, in partnership with social network and music collaboration tool Indaba Music. Supporters will get the chance to submit their own versions of the song and with over 125 000 members in more than 170 countries, the OPEN Remix project will receive valuable exposure and momentum. Winners will be announced in May at the Global Health Council in Washington, D.C.Working together to save livesYoussou N’Dour, described in 2004 by Rolling Stone magazine as “perhaps the most famous singer alive” in his home country Senegal and the greater Africa, is an activist and humanitarian as much as he is a world-famous musician.“I have been blessed with many gifts,” said the singer. “I want to use my voice and my celebrity to give back to the communities that have supported me. I am making a renewed commitment to use my influence in the fight against illness and poverty in Africa. I believe this is my duty, as it is the duty of all Africans.”An ambassador for the 46664 movement, N’Dour has led efforts to overcome the scourges of malaria and Aids in Africa, and has also worked to bridge the continent’s digital divide. “Better organised, efficient, affordable and sustainable systems save lives,” he said.Based in North Carolina, US, global organisation IntraHealth consults with governments and private institutions in developing countries to design and implement customised open source solutions. The organisation has been in existence for almost 30 years and has active projects in 12 nations on four continents, addressing a range of health and social issues including HIV/Aids, malaria, and family planning.The organisation’s OPEN initiative was formed to help expand access to infrastructure, develop tools that are viable and cost-effective, and boost the skills needed to efficiently implement and maintain these tools.The initiative is overseen by a council comprised of leading technology, entertainment and public health experts. These include the Linux Foundation, Red Hat Linux, the Center for Children and Technology, Motorola, Novell, and the David and Lucile Packard Foundation.Connecting the continentAccording to IntraHealth, Africa has a long way to go in terms of connectivity – the organisation says that the 400 000 citizens of Luxembourg share more international internet bandwidth than Africa’s entire 900 million.However, the continent is making progress, with broadband now available in over 30 African countries, and mobile phone use growing at twice the global rate. The International Telecommunications Union (ITU), a division of the United Nations, reports that in terms of the global mobile pre-paid market, 90% of customers are located in Africa.The ITU also says that there is a higher percentage of the population connected to the internet in Senegal than there is in India. Kenya has 500 000 more internet users than Ireland, while Nigeria has 10-million, more than twice as many as Norway. While lack of infrastructure has forced many African countries to rely on expensive satellite connectivity, a number of undersea cable projects are expected to alleviate that problem once they become operational in months to come.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Contact Janine Erasmus at [email protected] linksYoussou N’DourIntraHealthOpen Source Software InstituteGlobal Health CouncilGavin Hardkiss46664Geographic information systemsInternational Telecommunications UnionInternet World Stats – statistics for AfricaICT at a glance – World Banklast_img read more

South African sporting highlights of 2013

first_img20 December 2013South African sportsmen and women excelled on the world stage in 2013. The country’s national rugby and football teams both boosted their world rankings over the course of the year, while the Proteas remained the undisputed number one team in test cricket.Perhaps the biggest upset in football in 2014 occurred at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg on 19 November when Bafana Bafana, ranked 61st in the world with Libya, defeated world and European champion, Spain, ranked number one in the world since 2008, by a goal to nil. Bernard Parker scored the winner and a few gilt- edged chances were missed as Bafana recorded their first ever victory over a team ranked number one in the world.It was a welcome boost for a team that had missed out on qualifying for the 2014 Fifa World Cup, although coach Gordon Igesund had started on the back foot when he took over a side that had drawn two qualifying games under former coach Pitso Mosimane.Orlando PiratesOrlando Pirates captured the headlines when they made it through to the final of the African Champions League. On the way to the final, they defeated 2009 and 2010 champions TP Mazembe of the Democratic Republic of Congo in the second round and 2011 champions Esperance de Tunis in the semi-finals. However, defending champions Al Ahly, whom they had beaten 3-0 in Cairo in group play, stopped the Buccaneers in the final, winning 3-1 on aggregate.Pirates’ great rivals, Kaizer Chiefs, the most popular team in South Africa, won the Premier Soccer League title for the first time since 2004/05, while Chiefs and Bafana Bafana captain Itumeleng Khune won five awards at the South African Football Awards gala and was also named the South African Sports Star of the Year after a public vote.Cricket’s number oneThere was little hope of upsetting the Proteas, cricket’s number one test team, in 2014. New Zealand found that out in a New Year’s clash at Newlands in January. They went down by an innings and 27 runs after being bowled out for only 45 in their first innings. The margin was even greater in the second test, which the Proteas won by an innings and 193 runs.Pakistan were brushed aside in a three-test series, which included scoring only 49 in the first innings of the first test in Johannesburg. After a six-month break, the teams met in the UAE and Pakistan surprised South Africa by winning the first test, but with the rust out of their system the Proteas romped to an innings victory in the second test to tie the series. The win was South Africa’s 100th since the country’s readmission to world cricket in 1992.Three of Wisden’s Cricketers of the Year were South Africans, with Hashim Amla, Dale Steyn and Jacques Kallis being recognised by the “Cricketer’s Bible”.The SpringboksFor the Springboks, 2013 was a very positive year, which saw the men in green and gold make strong progress and enjoy an excellent season that included an unbeaten tour of the northern hemisphere, with wins over Six Nations’ champions Wales, Scotland and France, and only one try conceded in those three tests.The Springboks lost only two matches out of 12, both of them to New Zealand, but highlights included a Castle Rugby Championship record-setting victory of 73-13 over Argentina in Soweto, a first ever win over Australia in Brisbane, and a first clean sheet against Scotland (28-0) since the famous 44-0 win (which would have been 62-0 today) at Murrayfield in 1951.Bryan Habana became the first Springbok to score 50 test tries in a 56-23 win over Samoa in June. Only five players before him had achieved the milestone, three of them from first tier test rugby nations.SevensThe South African Sevens team finished second in the HSBC Sevens World Series, won titles in in Las Vegas, Tokyo and Edinburgh, defeating New Zealand on all three occasions for the title, and also captured World Games gold in Colombia in August.Former Springbok coach Ian McIntosh received the International Rugby Board’s Vernon Pugh Award for Distinguished Service at the IRB World Rugby Conference and Exhibition in Dublin, Ireland, in November.Chad le Clos continued to shine in the swimming pool, winning World Championship gold medals in the 100 and 200 metres butterfly in Barcelona. Cameron van der Burgh also won gold in the 50 metres breaststroke.Swimming starsIn addition, Le Clos claimed the Fina World Cup overall title for a second time, while Roland Schoeman finished fourth and Myles Brown ninth. The evergreen Schoeman, who is aiming to become the first South African to appear in five Olympic Games at Rio de Janeiro in 2016, went unbeaten throughout the season in the 50 metres breaststroke and was seldom challenged.Paralympic legend Natalie du Toit received recognition for her wonderful career, which ended after the 2012 London Paralympics, when she was awarded an honorary MBE.Triple world championGreg Minnaar was crowned UCI MTB downhill world champion for a third time, delighting South African fans by winning the title in his home town of Pietermaritzburg in September. One of the all-time greats of downhill racing, Minnaar has also finished runner-up in the World Championships three times, has won the UCI MTB World Cup overall title three times and finished as runner-up on four occasions. He has more World Cup podium finishes than anyone else in history.There was also plenty to celebrate on the road. Daryl Impey became the first South African to wear the Tour de France’s famous yellow jersey in the 100th edition of the event, while Chris Froome, schooled in South Africa, where he first competed as a professional, won the race.Louis Meintjies showed there is more talent waiting in the wings when he won a silver medal in the under-23 category at the UCI Road Race World Championships in Florence, Italy, while his professional team, MTN-Qhubeka, made a significant mark after becoming the country’s first ever Professional Continental cycling team. Their most significant result was achieved in March when Gerald Ciolek claimed victory in the Milan-San Remo Classic and the team went on to record 16 victories during the season, second among Pro Continental teams.Wheelchair tennis starWheelchair tennis player Lucas Sithole shone during 2013. He won the British Open title and then went one better by lifting a major trophy at the US Open. Ranked second in the world, he twice beat world number one David Wagner on his way to the title. Kevin Anderson, meanwhile, became the sixth South African to be ranked in the ATP Tour’s top 20.Canoeing greatOn the water, Hank McGregor was crowned canoe marathon world champion for a third time, while Andy Birkett edged out fellow South African Brandon van der Walt to claim the under-23 men’s title.Sean Rice won the first Ocean Racing World Championships title in Portugal as South African paddle skiers occupied six of the top 10 places. Michele Eray claimed the women’s title, just ahead of Michelle Burn, with Nikki Mocke, in third, making it a South African 1-2-3.African championsThe national men’s and women’s hockey teams were both crowned African champions, which secured them places at the 2014 Hockey World Cup in The Netherlands.Motorsport aceGiniel de Villiers finished second in the Dakar Rally in a South African-built Toyota Hilux 4×4 and was named the South African Motor Sportsman of the Year.Kelvin van der Linde won the Scirocco R-Cup Championship in Germany and Austria. His talent and rising star was confirmed in October when he won a place at the FIA Institute’s 2013/14 Young Driver Excellence Academy.last_img read more

10 Things I Learned About Sales the Hard Way

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now Every new salesperson stumbles. Despite what many of the “gurus” will try to sell you, sales is a craft that must be learned. If your goal is to be a top level, trusted advisor sales professional, you understand that there are skills, strategies, disciplines, a certain mindset, and a lot of other skills that you must continue to hone to get to the very top level in sales.  You will learn a lot along the way, and some things you will learn the hard way. But not every lesson needs to be learned through your own mistakes. You can learn valuable lessons without paying the price if you are willing to learn from other’s mistakes. Bad mistakes, I’ve made a few:Book Your Next Call While You Are in the Meeting: There was a time when I would leave a sales meeting without having booked another sales meeting with my prospect or client. I discovered that doing this made it nearly impossible to schedule the next meeting; it took dozens of phone calls and months to accomplish. Booking the call when you are sitting with your prospective client is the very best way to ensure you gain that commitment.Lead With Your Higher Price: It has become a common misconception of the ignorant and fearful that it is a good strategy to withhold your pricing until your prospective client wants what you are selling. It takes a while to learn that the sticker shock your prospective client feels when they see a higher price makes it far easier to justify the delta between your price and your competitors. Leading with a higher price, with confidence, makes justifying the difference between you and your competitors’ price easier, not harder.Don’t Present Anything More Than You Need To: When I was young, I worked for a company that provided me with an 84-page presentation. I literally read my prospective clients every page of the 84 pages, oblivious to the fact that I was turning them into zombies. It took me time to learn to pare down my presentation to only what was necessary and to only present what the prospective client needed to see to say yes.Ask for Your Money: I’ve had clients that spent millions of dollars with me and my company who believed they had a right to ignore the agreement we had made around payment terms. It can be difficult to ask someone to pay you hundreds of thousands of dollars, especially when you are young. At some point, I recognized that we had earned the money and we had a right to collect it.Assume You Need the Support of More People: I have felt very safe in a relationship with a single stakeholder who I believed was all that was necessary to win an opportunity. Later I was surprised that people I had never met, and who had nothing to do with the opportunity, had killed it. It is easier to get consensus when you include people in the process from the beginning rather than springing it on them later. Make sure you have all of the stakeholders involved from the beginning.Deal With the Elephant in the Room: Problems don’t age well. Many people will sit in a room perfectly content to avoid the most difficult and important issue. This is especially true for salespeople who believe they jeopardize an opportunity by bringing up the challenges in generating the results their dream client needs. But you win your prospects trust when you’re willing to “go there” and tackle the big issues.Leadership’s View of the Problem Is Often the Problem: At one point in my career, I was thrilled to be working with leaders of companies. They would share their sophisticated and nuanced view of their strategic challenges. It was fun and exciting. When it came time to execute, I found out that the ground truth, the real challenges, were very different than the leader’s view. A holistic view of the presenting problem and the root cause is easy to discover when you work North and South through your prospective clients or chart.Sustained Success is Found in a Full Pipeline: Early in my career, I had three major clients that were generating a massive amount of commission. I sat on these accounts like a mother hen sits on her eggs. All I wanted to do was keep them warm and safe. Over the course of a few months, I lost two of those accounts, cutting my income by about 70 percent. The only way to sustain success in sales is through a full pipeline of opportunities.You Have to Lead Highly Compensated Employees: When I became a leader I thought the easiest thing to do would be to hire people, pay them well, and that would be enough to prevent me from having to lead and manage them. That strategy failed every time I tried it. It turns out that everyone on your team needs to be led.Delegate and Help People Grow: Throughout my work life I have done a lot of work that I shouldn’t have because I believed I could do that work better and faster than anyone else. Even when this was true I was wrong. By doing the work myself, I wasn’t doing the most important work, the work where I was the primary value creator. I was also depriving my team of the experience they needed to grow and become even better than I was at that work. You help people grow when you delegate–including you.last_img read more

J&K administration amends reservation rule for border dwellers, backwards areas category

first_imgThe Jammu and Kashmir administration has amended reservation rules for border dwellers and backward areas category, officials said here Tuesday. The amendment was carried out through a notification issued late Monday night by the Social Welfare Department, the officials said. They said the department amended the rules for “person claiming reservation on backward area or an area near the Line of Actual Control/International Border Jammu and Kashmir.”“In exercise of the powers conferred by Section 23 of the Jammu and Kashmir Reservation Act 2004 and all other relevant provisions of law in this behalf, the Government of Jammu and Kashmir hereby directs that clause (III) of Rule 21 of the Jammu and Kashmir Reservation Rules, 2005 shall be substituted by the following namely.“A person claiming the benefit on the grounds that he/she belongs to an identified backward area or an area near the Line of Actual Control/International Border, must establish that he/she has resided in the area for a period of not less than 15 years prior to the date of application and is actually residing in the said area,” the Statutory Regulatory Order (SRO) 321 read. It said a person shall not be disentitled from claiming this benefit only on the ground that his or her father or the person on whom he or she is dependent is living in a place which is not identified as backward or area near the Line of Actual Control or IB on account of his employment, business, other professional or vocational reasons and migration from one place to another place within the respective division due to security reasons.last_img read more

London Olympics: Aries Merritt wins gold in 110m hurdles

first_imgAries Merritt ran a personal best of 12.92 to win the gold medal as the US took 1-2 in the final of the 110m hurdles on Wednesday. Merritt got a flying start and held off the challenge of world champion Jason Richardson and Jamaica’s Hansle Parchment to secure what in the end was a comfortable win.It is the first gold medal that the US have taken in the event since Allen Johnson took gold in Atlanta in 1996, Xinhua reported.”I am so excited, words can’t explain how excited I am,” said Merritt after winning the gold.It was a race that lived up to the expectations that had been raised earlier in the evening, although Merritt admitted that it was impossible to set a new world record.”Everyone said it could be a world record beforehand, but you can’t do that if you don’t have the conditions. I had to run into a headwind,” he explained.The race ended in disappointment for Cuba’s Olympic champion, Dayron Robles, who pulled up halfway through the race with a hamstring injury.The loss of Robles, coupled with the injury suffered by China’s Liu Xiang, who damaged his Achilles tendon in the heats did nothing to take the shine off Merritt’s win.”I trained for this, it is very intensive,” he said, adding that he had done all he could in order to take the tension out of his performance.”When I practice, I do some ridiculous things, so I thought I’d try and do that here. I work so well in practice when there is no pressure, so I tried to repeat that,” he explainedadvertisementMerritt highlighted the importance of his win in an event where the US had traditionally dominated, but failed to win in the last three Olympics.”Gold means everything, we have not had gold since Allen Johnson, so to be able to take it back home is important,” he said.last_img read more

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