Paramilitaries threaten 11 journalists and 11 indigenous radio stations – vice-president asked to intercede

first_img RSF begins research into mechanisms for protecting journalists in Latin America to go further News News Follow the news on Colombia Peasant, trade union and indigenous groups and affiliated news media are designated as “permanent military targets” in three leaflets apparently issued by paramilitary groups – the Black Eagles, “Rastrojos” and United Self-Defence Forces of Colombia (AUC) – that have been circulating in the southwestern city of Popayán and the surrounding Cauca region since late February.The latest leaflet, dated late March and signed by the AUC’s central column, names 11 journalists. The targets also include the 11 community radio stations that are affiliated to the Cauca Regional Indigenous Council (CRIC), which representatives of the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC) and Reporters Without Borders visited in May 2010.“We are not all dead or in prison or extradited,” the authors of one of the leaflets say, going on to promise “offensive and repressive military actions” against the people and organizations named in the leaflet. CRIC spokesman Yamir Adolfo Conejo, one of those threatened, told Reporters Without Borders that CRIC’s member organizations have requested a meeting with Vice-President Angelino Garzón to discuss the threats, but have not yet received a reply.“The highest level of government should respond to the request from the victims in this extremely urgent situation,” Reporters Without Borders said. “These intimidation and terror campaigns , especially against journalists and community and national media, have been coming at a furious pace. We publicly urge Vice-President Angelino Garzón to agree to the meeting requested by the CRIC and to order appropriate protective measures. The safety of the population of Cauca, a region at the heart of the armed conflict that continues to rack Colombia, is at stake.”The press freedom organization added: “These latest threats unfortunately confirm what we told the representatives of the various indigenous communities about a new expansion of paramilitary activity in the region and the terrible consequences. The authorities have been slow to react to the danger. It is no longer possible to escape the fact that the so-called demobilization of the paramilitaries from 2003 to 2006 was a failure.”According to the CRIC, 18 members of the indigenous communities have been assassinated in the Cauca region since the start of the year. Three of them have been victims of “false positive” killings– killings in which the victim is falsely portrayed as having belonged to a guerrilla organization.The last leaflet – a copy of which has been obtained by Reporters Without Borders – names both local journalists and journalists from outside the region who had relayed the CRIC’s appeal for help. They are Silvio Sierra, Fredy Calvache, Antonio Palechor, Ricardo Mottato, Eli Alegría, Gustavo Molina, Carlos Pito, Gustavo Alzate, José Fernando Conejo, Carlos Andrés Gómez and Dario Patiño.These are the 11 radio stations that are affiliated to the CRIC (media, people and locality):1. Guambía Estéreo, Misak people, locality of Silvia 2. Uswal Nasa Yuwe, Nasa, Caldono 3. Nuestra Voz Estéreo, Nasa, Morales 4. Renacer Kokonuco, Kokonuco, Puracé 5. Radio Nasa de Tierradentro, Nasa, Belalcazar 6. Aires del Pueblo Yanacona, Yanacona, Almaguer 7. Radio Payumat, Nasa, Santander 8. Radio Libertad, Totoró, Totoró 9. Voces de Nuestra Tierra, Nasa, Jambalo 10. Nasa Estéreo, Nasa, Toribio 11. Radio Inzá, Nasa, Inzá Receive email alerts ColombiaAmericas Help by sharing this information RSF, IFEX-ALC and Media Defence, support FLIP and journalist Diana Díaz against state harassment in Colombia May 13, 2021 Find out morecenter_img RSF_en 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies Reports April 6, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Paramilitaries threaten 11 journalists and 11 indigenous radio stations – vice-president asked to intercede April 27, 2021 Find out more ColombiaAmericas October 21, 2020 Find out more Organisation Newslast_img read more

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CMHC director named President of Indiana Council board

first_imgCommunity Mental Health Center in Lawrenceburg.LAWRENCEBURG, Ind. — Tom Talbot, Executive Director of Community Mental Health Center, Inc., Lawrenceburg, was recently named president of the Board of Directors of the Indiana Council of Community Mental Health Centers (ICCMHC).The Indiana Council’s incoming president is selected by the Council’s sitting officers. Talbot, who has been with CMHC since 2000, was the Center’s Director of Performance Improvement & Information Management until June 2010, when he was named executive director after the retirement of former CEO Joe Stephens.ICCMHC is a membership trade organization dedicated to serving the state’s community-based mental health providers.Talbot is responsible for running monthly meetings of the Indiana Council as well as traveling to centers throughout the state.“The landscape of healthcare is currently very dynamic and exciting. Issues like cost of care, increasing risk, population health management, the rise of healthcare consumerism, and, most significantly, the shifting venues in healthcare delivery all provide unique challenges to the health care field today,” said Talbot.“Behavioral health and its role are at the forefront of many of these issues. I feel honored to be in this leadership position and look forward to working with key stakeholders as we navigate an ever-evolving industry.”last_img read more

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Colin Kaepernick: LeBron James tweets in support of Kaepernick before his open workout

first_img WE RECOMMEND Best of luck to @Kaepernick7 in his workout today! Pulling for you over here Young🤴🏾!!! Regardless the outcome you’re SPECIAL and I thank you for being TRUE! 🙏🏾✊🏾👑— LeBron James (@KingJames) November 16, 2019 Also Read | NBA: LeBron James Approves Carmelo Anthony’s Move, Posts 7 Instagram Stories For MeloThis is not the first time the Lakers player has come forward in support of former NFL player. Earlier this year, talking to press, LeBron James made a firm stance that he stands with the message of the former 49ers QB.Also Read | LeBron James, Tom Brady Exchange Hilarious Retirement Tweets With Each Other “I stand with Kap. I kneel with Kap. I feel like what he was talking about nobody wanted to listen to. Nobody wanted to really understand where he was coming from.” pic.twitter.com/TUjpgK8JHj— Tania Ganguli (@taniaganguli) February 16, 2019 SUBSCRIBE TO US Last Updated: 18th November, 2019 11:02 IST Colin Kaepernick: LeBron James Tweets In Support Of Kaepernick Before His Open Workout LeBron James, who plays in NBA team Los Angeles Lakers is one of the many professionals who has been supporting quarterback Colin Kaepernick. He posted a tweet. 9 months ago LeBron James terrorises Kings forward Nemanja Bjelica with vicious dunk: Watch video 9 months ago Colin Kaepernick gets help from Hip-Hop mogul Jay-Z in NFL star’s recent workout: Report First Published: 18th November, 2019 11:02 IST COMMENT FOLLOW US I’m just getting word from my representatives that the NFL league office reached out to them about a workout in Atlanta on Saturday. I’ve been in shape and ready for this for 3 years, can’t wait to see the head coaches and GMs on Saturday.— Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) November 13, 2019center_img Also Read | NFL: Colin Kaepernick To Make His Long-awaited Return To The NFL?LeBron James wished Kaepernick luck with a tweet for his publicised workout on November 16, 2019. He termed Kaepernick as special. Also, LeBron James thanked him for being real and true.Also Read | LeBron James Terrorises Kings Forward Nemanja Bjelica With Vicious Dunk: Watch Video 9 months ago NBA: Will Andre Iguodala be used by the West to stop LeBron James? NBA executives think so Akhil Nambiar Written By LeBron James, who plays for Los Angeles Lakers, is one of the many professionals who has been supporting quarterback Colin Kaepernick. The 32-year-old Kaepernick took the field for a transparent workout, basically a highly publicised workout in front of NFL brass in Atlanta. Also Read | NBA: Boston Celtics Edge Past Golden State Warriors To Bag 10th Straight WinHistory of the protestKaepernick began the protests against police violence and systemic racism at the start of 2016 by sitting and then kneeling during the national anthem. Kaepernick’s protest led to a sparkling movement in the NFL as multiple players following the protest and the league created a policy regarding this. 9 months ago NBA: LeBron James approves Carmelo Anthony’s move, posts 7 Instagram stories for Melo LIVE TV 9 months ago NFL: Colin Kaepernick to make his long-awaited return to the NFL? WATCH US LIVElast_img read more

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Jets release Santonio Holmes after 4 seasons

first_imgSantonio Holmes (AP Photo/File)NEW YORK (AP) – Tone Time is over for the New York Jets.The Jets parted ways with wide receiver Santonio Holmes on Monday, cutting the talented but injury-plagued playmaker after four seasons.The move, which had been expected, saves the Jets $8.25 million, which Holmes was due to make as his base salary this season. He was also scheduled to have a $10.75 million cap number, a lofty total for a one-time Super Bowl MVP who has struggled with injuries and inconsistency the last two seasons.The Jets also released cornerback Antonio Cromartie on Sunday, clearing $17.75 million of salary cap space before the NFL’s free agency period starts Tuesday. New York could also save another $8.3 million if they cut quarterback Mark Sanchez, who missed last season with a shoulder injury.Holmes, who turned 30 last Monday, had 23 catches – the second-lowest total of his career – for 456 yards and a touchdown in 11 games last season. He missed five games midway through the season with a hamstring injury. Holmes played in just four games in 2012 and was sidelined for several months after suffering a career-threatening foot injury.In December, Holmes said he would be willing to restructure his contract to remain a member of the Jets, adding that how much of a pay cut he’d be asked to take probably wouldn’t play into his decision to want to stay.“I appreciate Tone’s contributions over the last four seasons,” coach Rex Ryan said in a statement. “I’ve always admired his knack for making the clutch play. He’s a tremendous competitor who wants the ball in his hands when the game is on the line. I wish him nothing but the best.”Holmes signed a five-year, $45 million deal before the 2011 season after a solid first year with the Jets, who acquired him from Pittsburgh for a fifth-round draft pick. He agreed to restructure his contract in March 2012, when he took a $3.5 million cut to his scheduled base salary of $11 million for last season.Holmes was a controversial figure at times during his tenure with the Jets, butting heads with Sanchez and the team’s offensive linemen during the 2011 season. In the season finale at Miami, he got into an argument with offensive tackle Wayne Hunter in the huddle and was benched for the rest of the game.The mercurial wide receiver also had a contentious relationship with the media, keeping his answers short during most group interviews. He inadvertently made headlines last season when he called Carolina’s secondary the Panthers defense’s “weakest link” while trying to credit the unit – but providing bulletin board for an opponent that went out and beat the Jets 30-20.Holmes was a first-round draft pick by the Steelers out of Ohio State in 2006 and was selected the Super Bowl MVP in his third season after he caught a 6-yard touchdown pass from Ben Roethlisberger with 35 seconds left to lead Pittsburgh past Arizona.He had his best statistical performance the following season with 79 catches for 1,248 yards and five touchdowns. But Holmes was traded to the Jets the following offseason after the Steelers tired of his numerous legal troubles.Holmes was suspended for his first four games with the Jets for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy, but quickly became one of the team’s primary playmakers when he returned. He played a key role in three straight wins with big catches late in games, prompting Ryan to label those types of clutch moments as “Tone Time.”He also helped lead the Jets to their second straight AFC title game appearance, in which they lost to Holmes’ former team.Holmes has 381 career catches for 5,963 yards and 36 touchdowns in eight NFL seasons.___AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.orglast_img read more

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Gaelscoil Adhamhnáin embark on a musical quest to All-Ireland finals

first_imgStudents from Gaelscoil Adhamhnáin in Letterkenny are on a high as they prepare to perform at the All-Ireland final of the prestigious Walton’s Music for Schools competition.Just six primary schools and six secondary schools are chosen to perform in the All-Ireland concert every year, which takes place next Tuesday 2nd May in the National Concert Hall, Dublin.Forty Gaelscoil pupils in the Meitheal group entered the competition with their song ‘Saol Gan Cheol, Saol Gan Anam’ (A World without Music Is a World without Soul). The finalists were selected based on several criteria, including musicality, originality, inclusiveness and how effectively and creatively they addressed this year’s Competition Theme, ‘Music Has No Borders’.Watch Meitheal’s entry here:Gaelscoil Adhamhnáin (430 students) provides a wide range of extra-curricular music tuition for its students before school, after school and at lunchtime. The school’s board of management helps to finance this tuition, and the school also works with the Donegal Music Education Partnership and Ceol na Coille, a school of Irish traditional music, to provide it. ‘Saol Gan Cheol, Saol Gan Anam’ was created by students after they came together to contemplate the competition theme, look at the individual members, think of their local area, think of Donegal, think of Ireland and then think of all of these in the context of the larger world we live in.The Meitheal group are very proud of their achievement so far to reach the final, and are hoping to return with even more good new next week.The Waltons Music for Schools Competition is a non-profit national event celebrating music in Irish schools. All primary and post-primary schools recognised by the Department of Education and Skills in the Republic of Ireland are eligible to enter, and over the past five years, schools from every county in Ireland have taken part.The objective of the Competition is to promote the enormous benefits of creative music making for young people, and it annually awards €10,000 worth of musical instruments and equipment as an incentive for schools to develop their existing music programmes or create new programmes and make music accessible to all.This year’s Finalists Concert adjudicators are Deborah Kelleher, Director of the Royal Irish Academy of Music, and Riverdance composer Bill Whelan. The First, Second and Third Prize winners in each category (Primary and Post-Primary) will be announced at the end of the concert and will win €3,000, €1,500 and €500 worth of vouchers respectively in each category, for musical instruments and equipment from Waltons Music. In all, €10,000 worth of prizes will be awarded.Gaelscoil Adhamhnáin embark on a musical quest to All-Ireland finals was last modified: April 26th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:competitioneducationgaelscoil adhamhnainMUSICschoolsWalton’s Music for Schoolslast_img read more

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Concretions Can Form Rapidly

first_img(Visited 859 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 The spherical inclusions inside geological layers do not take millions of years to form, Japanese scientists say.Concretions are eye-catching. Varying in size from peas to cannonballs, the almost perfectly spherical balls that erode out of geological layers seem almost too perfect to be natural. Science Daily indicates that scientists, not only laypersons, are mystified by them, especially when the remains of living things are found inside.All over the world, spectacular fossils have frequently been found preserved inside solid, roughly spherical rocks called “concretions.” From geologists to casual observers, many have wondered why these hardened masses of carbonate formed around dead organisms, with round shapes and sharp boundaries with the surrounding material, typically in marine mud and mudstone.Several important questions regarding concretions have long puzzled scientists. What conditions cause them to form? How long do they take to grow? Why do they stop growing? Why are they so distinct from the surrounding rock or sediments?Japanese researchers, publishing in Nature Scientific Reports, think that geologists need to radically reduce their dating of these rock balls.The results of this new study dramatically impact understanding of the rate at which concretions form. “Until now, the formation of spherical carbonate concretions was thought to take hundreds of thousands to millions of years,” co-author Koshi Yamamoto says. “However, our results show that concretions grow at a very fast rate over several months to several years.” This rapid sealing mechanism could explain why some concretions contain well-preserved fossils of soft tissues that are rarely fossilized under other conditions.“Blueberries” – concretions on Mars (natural) next to rover drill holes (designed).The team evaluated concretions in Japan, England and New Zealand. Not all concretions contain fossils; small versions, dubbed “blueberries” by JPL scientists, have been found on Mars. Those are clearly abiotic, composed of hematite, an iron-rich mineral that may have precipitated from water seeping into bedrock. Similar-looking versions, from blueberry size to golf ball size, are found in Navajo sandstone on Earth, sometimes called Moqui marbles. They can be found in various stages emerging from the sandstone, and collecting on the surface. Because they are harder than the sandstone, they really stand out. The concretions studied with fossils, however, provide an explanation for rapid growth and preservation.All of the studied concretions were composed of calcite, with relatively consistent compositions throughout, distinct from the surrounding muddy matrix. Fine-grained, generally clay-rich sediments were found to be important to limit diffusion and permeability, and to slow the migration of solutes. Thus, bicarbonate concentrations would rise high enough at a reaction front to cause rapid precipitation of calcium carbonate, with sharp boundaries from the surrounding mud.Even though the team studied only calcite versions, their model is general enough to be applied worldwide.This new unified model for the creation of spherical concretions, which can be generalized by simple formulas, can be applied to interpret concretions from all over the world. In addition to advancing our knowledge of this important preservation mechanism in the fossil record, this improved understanding of the rapid precipitation of calcite due to the presence of organic material may have practical applications in the field of sealing technology.Concretions from Navajo sandstone accumulating at White Pocket, Arizona (DFC)The new model helps explain why concretions stop growing, too. When the biological source material is used up, the growth stops: “The concretions therefore continue to grow until there is no more carbon of organic origin remaining within the concretion.”Such a radical revision in formation rates, “at least three to four orders of magnitude faster than previously estimated timescales,” is bound to cause a stir among geologists who have assumed that concretions take up to a million years to form.The original paper in Scientific Reports does not address the “blueberry” concretions on Mars. Presumably other kinds of inclusions can stimulate the growth of spherical structures that can erode from the rock by wind. This might be analogous to stromatolites, which on Earth are considered evidence of fossilized microbial mats. On Mars, however, similar types of structures have been explained by chemical processes. In their concluding sentence, the authors seem to suggest that abiotic conditions can produce concretions as well: “The reported method for estimating the growth rates of concretions is applicable to any syn-genetic concretion within fine marine sediments that formed due to the diffusion-controlled supply of reactants in very early diagenesis.”The article also did not elaborate on soft tissue preserved in concretions, other than providing a reference to a 2015 paper in Palaios from the Society for Sedimentary Geology.Another long-age assumption bites the dust. Think about this! Assumed to take long ages, concretions can form in just months! Secular geologists were off by four orders of magnitude. That’s like going from 10,000 years to 1 year, or from 100,000 years to ten years, or from a million years to 100 years. That’s a ‘YUGE’ mistake!Spherical rocks can also be used as a test of intelligent design. Some spheres are clearly designed: the stone spheres of Costa Rica, cannonballs, and beads in jewelry. Other spectacular spheres can form naturally: concretions (some as big as cannonballs), “cave pearls” and oyster pearls. How do you infer design for a stone sphere made for a Roman catapult, but not for a stone concretion? Do you think we’re going to give you the answer? No; this is your exercise for the day. Test your knowledge of the design filter.last_img read more

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Summit ‘to finalise BRICS bank structure’

first_img16 January 2013Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa are likely to finalise the structure for a BRICS-led development bank at the fifth BRICS summit taking place in Durban in March, delegates were told at a preparatory media workshop in Pretoria on Tuesday.The bank is part of a strategy agreed to at last year’s BRICS summit in New Delhi to look at long-term investment opportunities within the countries making up the grouping.It is envisaged that the bank would provide pooled funds for targeted infrastructure projects and key sectors, while supporting and driving increased commerce between the BRICS and other emerging economies.Although multilateral institutions such as the World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF) already perform a similar function, BRICS countries say the new bank would not compete with these but rather supplement them, especially in developing countries.The seed capital for the bank is projected to be US$50-billion or more, making it about $10-billion per member country.‘Political will’ to have the bankThe director-general in the Department of International Relations and Cooperation, Jerry Matjila, told delegates at Tuesday’s workshop that there was political will among the group to have the bank.Pretoria is lobbying to host the bank, if it does get off the ground.South Africa has placed emphasis on the integrity of its banking system, which Matjila described as “modern and predictable”. South Africa co-chaired the preparatory work on the bank together with India.Meanwhile, preparations for the Durban summit are in full swing. The theme for the summit, which runs from 25 to 27 March, is “Partnership for Development, Integration and Industrialisation”.The department’s deputy director-general for Asia, Middle East and BRICS, Anil Sooklal, said it was all systems go for the logistics of the summit.About 3 000 delegates and officials, including the presidents and prime ministers of the five countries, will attend.In a first for BRICS, high-level representatives of Africa’s regional economic blocs and the African Union (AU) have also been invited to attend.Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more

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Joe Root plans to make it 4-1 vs India and give Cook a great send off

first_imgEngland captain Joe Root was pumped up ahead of the final Test against India at the Oval and wanted to make a strong statement by defeating the world No.1 Test side India 4-1.England have already won the five-match series after taking an unassailable 3-1 lead with the 60-run win at Southampton and now Root wants to cap it off on a high.This is set to be an emotional week for England with their opener Alastair Cook set to retire at the end of the match.Root said that Cook had informed him of his decision to retire ahead of the Southampton Test and said the emotions will not be a distraction for the English team.READ – Alastair Cook to retire from international cricket after 5th Test vs India”It will be quite an emotional week for him and for a lot of the guys who have played a lot of cricket with him. He will be a massive loss to our dressing room. But I’m thrilled he’s got an opportunity to enjoy this game.”My full focus has been on making sure we win this game. It’s been an area we’ve not got right in the past and to beat the number one side in the world and make it 4-1 would send a really strong statement of where we are at as a team and where we are looking to go as a team. It would sum up a good summer of cricket for us in difficult conditions,” Root said on the eve of final Test.advertisementRoot said that they have not really planned anything for the farewell of Cook but he was sure things would fall into place. He added that this would be a motivation for the team and they will want to give him a “great send off”.”We have not got anything planned per se but I’m sure spontaneously we will do something. I’m sure the ground and the occasion and everyone involved will also help him do that fine. I don’t think it will be a distraction but a motivation for the group. It means a lot to the whole dressing room and they will be desperate to do everything they can to give him a great send off.Also read – Alastair Cook cried while informing England teammates of retirement”It’s been an outstanding career – 12 years at the top of the order – to have a record like that is some feat, especially in these conditions for the majority of it. There are not many openers around the world who can match that, never mind English players. So he’s going to be very hard to replace.”Upon being questioned if he had tried changing Cook’s mind, Root said, “I was a little bit surprised. But he was adamant in his decision. You could see in his face that was what he wanted and he’d obviously thought it through and was read for that. When you get that impression from someone there was no point in me trying to talk him round.”Cook spoke at length about the phenomenon of Alastair Cook and how much of an influence Cook had on him.”I remember someone walking into the team and making it look so easy from the get go at the top of the order. Obviously a bit further down the line I was in Australia that summer/winter where he got 730-odd runs. I managed to get to a couple of the games where he smacked it everywhere. Just phenomenal really!”He’s been a huge influence on me. First he gave me the opportunity to play. As a role model, there aren’t many people who go about things in a better way than he does. He’s the most down to earth superstar you’ll ever see. He’s always got time for everyone. That’s a great quality to have in any walk of life never mind a high-pressure environment like international cricket. I’ll miss him being around. Not just for his runs and what he adds to the team but him as a person as well.”England will go ahead with the same playing XI for the fifth and final Test, that won the fourth Test at Southampton against India.Root also confirmed that Jonny Bairstow will keep wicket as he has recovered from his broken middle finger injury.”Jonny’s been the Test keeper for a long time now and has done a fantastic job. It’s not a reflection on the way Jos went about things in the last game at all. But long-term, you look at scheduling of all international cricket across the formats, and sharing that workload could be really key in terms of keeping everyone fresh and ready and at the top of their game.advertisement”I think it’s a great way for those two guys to drive each other’s games forward as well. We’re very fortunate to be in the position where we have two quality keepers,” said Root.He went on to add that Moeen Ali will take the first down position.”Moeen has played exceptionally well for his county at three and he wants to do it, feels very comfortable there. The way he batted in his first innings in the last Test, I know it was down the order, but that style of batting could get us off to a really good start and a great chance of taking things on from there. With the winter coming up it might be the way to go, gives us great options.Also read – Winning the last Test before going home will be really important: Rahane”Four is definitely my preferred position, where I think I’ll get the best out of myself as a player and a captain. So I’d have never known that if I’d never given myself the opportunity to bat at number three and I thought it was the right thing to do by the rest of the team and gave us the best chance of winning.”England came into the series at the back of defeats in Australia and New Zealand, as well as a draw with Pakistan earlier in the summer. However, Root said he would like to build on this series going ahead.”The win has given me a huge amount of confidence and I feel like I have grown as a captain and hopefully it can continue,” he signed off.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

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Not a single illegal immigrant would be allowed in NE Shah

first_imgGuwahati: The Centre will “not touch” Article 371 of the Indian Constitution that is applicable to the Northeast and not a single illegal immigrant would be allowed in the region, Union Home Minister Amit Shah said on Sunday.After Article 370 was abrogated in Jammu and Kashmir, there were attempts to “misinform and misguide” the people of the Northeast that Article 371 would be scrapped by the Centre, the Home Minister said in his inaugural address at the 68th plenary session of the North East Council (NEC) here. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM'”I have clarified in Parliament that this is not going to happen and I am saying it again today in the presence of eight chief ministers of the Northeast that both the Articles are different and the Centre will not touch Article 371,” Shah said. The Constituent Assembly had framed Article 370 as a temporary provision but Article 371 is about special provisions in the Northeast and there is a vast difference between the two, Shah said. “I think it is important to clarify the difference between the two. Let me make it clear that the Prime Minister and the BJP government respects Article 371 and 371 (A),” he said. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KMost of the States that have been accorded special provisions under Article 371 are in the Northeast and the special status aims to preserve their tribal culture. There was an attempt to give a wrong message that the BJP-led government would scrap Article 371 and this was done by people who did not want peace in the Northeast or the region to become an engine of development, Shah said. On the National Register of Citizens (NRC), the Home Minister said, “Questions are being raised about the NRC by different sections but today I just want to say this that the BJP-led government is committed to ensure that not a single illegal immigrant enters the region.” The NRC has also been completed within the stipulated time-frame, he added. Shah’s visit comes just days after the publication of the final NRC in the state on August 31. Pointing out that under Prime Minister Narendra Modi there has been a “drastic decline” in terrorism and militant activities, Shah said, “I do not want to quote statistics but the entire country and the world knows that we have been able to control it.”last_img read more

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