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KC’s Buchanan wants to leave Champs on a high

first_imgAfter a third place finish in the 2000-metre steeplechase and second in the 5000 metres a year ago, Shane Buchanan, the co-captain of Kingston College’s (KC) track and field team at this year’s ISSA Grace Kennedy Boys and Girls’ Championships, is hoping to end his Champs career on a high by winning both events. “I feel great going into the Championships and my training has been going well all season and I am feeling better now at this stage than I was last year,” he said this week. With Kingston College aiming to wrest the title from Calabar High, Buchanan, one of the favourites for the 2000 metres, steeplechase, says he is feeling some pressure. “Knowing that I am one of the favourites here, there is a little pressure because I will be a target man but I am just staying focused and will just go out there and do what I have to do,” he stated. After playing second fiddle in the 5000 metres this season to teammate Aryamana Rodgers, his main aim is for both to earn maximum points for the school. He, however, wants to be in front at the finish. “Training with Ari (Rodgers) gives me a great lift as we push each other in practiCe, and we will both be running a tactical race. I am hoping to use my good early pace as Ari is a strong finisher,” said Buchanan. The co-captain wants fans to come out to give their support to the school. “I am hoping that all the KC supporters come out in large numbers to support the team as all the guys are in fantastic shape and we are confident we will win the title,” Buchanan said. – R.G. MAXIMUM POINTSlast_img read more

Construction of international laboratory for biodiversity to begin soon – President

first_imgIn keeping with the country’s green development agenda, a vast amount of land will be protected in an effort to conserve the environment. In this light, President David Granger announced on Saturday that the construction of an international laboratory for biodiversity will commence soon in the compound of the Iwokrama International Centre for Rainforest Conservation Development, in Region Nine (Upper Takatu-Upper Essequibo).President David Granger with the help of eight-year-old Konankiae, planted this Breadfruit tree at the Iwokrama Centre on SaturdayThis revelations were made by President Granger while officially declaring opening the second annual National Tree Day event at Iwokrama, Region Nine on Saturday.“As we continue to advocate the importance of sustaining our environment, importance must be given to the repercussions that the effects of climate change may have on our developmental path. Therefore, it is vital that we enforce measures which can withstand whatever negative effects climate change can have on our environment,” the President said.The President also referenced present and future developmental projects which he noted have been “leading the way” in Guyana’s sustainable development trajectory. Among those mentioned were the Low Carbon Development Strategy (LCDS) through the Guyana REDD+ Investment Fund (GRIFF) initiatives which fosters partnership between Guyana and Norway on issues of climate change, biodiversity and sustainable low carbon development.Meanwhile, Agriculture Minister Noel Holder explained that while risk factors of climate change differ by country, Guyana’s Government has taken an “holistic approach” by embracing various risks and accounting for synergies and trade-offs.“Indeed, one of the most effective ways for agriculture to adapt to climate change could be to increase its resilience. What we would focus on is the various risk management strategies to deal with such changes such as the Flood Risk Management project, and the more recent recommendations of the Kingdom of Netherlands Dutch Risk Reduction (DRR) Team,” Holder posited.National Tree Day 2016 is being held under the theme, “Sustaining Biodiversity: Plant a Tree”. It is the hope of the Agriculture Ministry to use the annual event to create more awareness on the importance of trees for food, medicine, fibre for clothing and woods for shelter.Holder referred to this year’s theme which he noted reflects on building a “resilient agriculture” sector as a means of adapting to the effects of climate change.Meanwhile, Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs Minister Sydney Allicock said Guyana’s recognition for its forest conservation has been “enormous”, noting thet importance that plants play in the country’s sustainable development agenda.“The gains to be derived remains enormous, however, for this to be fully realised, there must be a strong collaboration from both Government and the Private sector… Initiatives such as the soon to be constructed lab, which was announced by the President, will aid in bridging the gap between the coast and hinterland,” Allicock expressed.Also attending the event were, Country Representative, Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), Mr Ruben Robertson, Mayor of Linden, Carwyn Holland, Permanent Secretary of the Agriculture Ministry George Jervis and Head of Department and staff of the various sub-agencies within the Ministry of Agriculture.The National Tree Day event forms part of the Agriculture Ministry’s calendar of activities in observance of its month-long celebration where the sector’s performance and the contribution farmers make towards Guyana’s development is celebrated.This year, Agriculture Month is being held under the theme, “Exploring new production frontiers: in Pursuit of Climate Resilience.”last_img read more

How much Hawaiian blood is enough?

first_imgCOURTS: Some are fighting for a piece of the benefits going to those who have the strongest ancestral link. By Mark Niesse THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WAIMANALO, Hawaii – In Hawaii, where blood and ancestry matter as in no other state, a legal challenge is posing this question: Who is sufficiently Hawaiian? AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.In Hawaii, ancestry is more than just a matter of ethnic pride. Under a program created by Congress in 1921, Native Hawaiians with strong bloodlines can get land for a home for $1 a year. Those with more mixed ancestry still receive many other benefits, including low-interest loans and admission for their children to the richly endowed and highly regarded Kamehameha Schools. The help is designed to make amends for the 1893 U.S. overthrow of the Hawaiian kingdom, the annexation of the islands, and the hundreds of thousands of deaths caused by foreign disease. In a federal lawsuit filed in 2005, Native Hawaiians with at least 50 percent islander blood want exclusive control over state programs currently open to everyone with some Native Hawaiian blood. In a separate dispute that could also be headed for court, state residents with no Native Hawaiian ancestry are questioning why they can’t join a Hawaiians-only voter registry. The two cases are just the latest in a string of challenges over the special treatment accorded Native Hawaiians. About 400,000 people claim Native Hawaiian ancestry nationwide, two-thirds of them in the Hawaiian islands, making them a minority in a state of 1.2 million. Roughly 60,000 of those who consider themselves Hawaiian claim at least half Hawaiian blood. Proving Native Hawaiian ancestry is a big deal. Without it, you can be born in the islands but can never call yourself Hawaiian. No blood or DNA test exists to determine who is or isn’t Hawaiian. Instead, people have to prove their ethnicity through birth certificates, marriage licenses, census records, family trees or newspaper obituaries. The state Office of Hawaiian Affairs spends millions a year on programs to benefit Native Hawaiians, promoting the Hawaiian language and pushing for federal recognition of Hawaiians. Most of the money comes from revenue generated by leasing out to farmers, developers and harbor users the land that once belonged to the Hawaiian kingdom. In the federal lawsuit, people with at least 50 percent Hawaiian blood contend that the money derived from their ancestors’ land should be spent only on them. “These are the closest relatives to the people whose lands were taken from them unjustly,” said their attorney, Walter Schoettle. “If you’re less than 50percent Hawaiian, you’re more something else.” But the state of Hawaii argues that it is committed to trying to raise the quality of life for all Native Hawaiians. “It is impossible to improve the conditions of 50 percent Native Hawaiians in isolation,” said Clyde Namuo, administrator for the state office. Shannon Kahalepauole, 25, lives on property designated under the 1921 federal law for people with at least half Hawaiian blood. But she said all people of Hawaiian ancestry should be treated the same. “If you’re Hawaiian, you’re Hawaiian,” she said as she and nine other Hawaiian women prepared for a dance exhibition today in seaside Waimanalo. “Hawaiian is not just blood. It’s culture and attitude.” Another dancer, Oriana Coleman said that she is 47 percent Hawaiian and that it is rare to find people who are more than 50percent. Hawaiian programs “should be opened up for all Hawaiians,” she said. In 2000, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a Hawaii law that permitted only Native Hawaiians to vote in trustee elections for the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, citing the constitutional ban on racial discrimination in voting. As for the 6.700-student Kamehameha Schools, they have so far survived lawsuits from students who were denied admission because they were not at least part Native Hawaiian.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

FACEBOOK REFUSES TO NAME PERSON AT CENTRE OF FERRY’S DUMPING CASE

first_imgSocial media giant Facebook has refused to name a person making claims about a Donegal waste company allegedly involved in illegal dumping.A barrister told Falcarragh District Court yesterday he was seeking to find out the identity of a person claiming it could help his case.Barrister Oisin Clarke is defending Ferry’s Refuse which is facing 12 charges of breaching waste management laws between May, 2010 and June 2011 in Falcarragh. Mr Clarke said he believes the identity of the Facebook operator could help the case against his client Jim Ferry – one of Donegal’s biggest waste operators.He told Judge Paul Kelly he had written to Facebook seeking the IP address of the unknown person behind the page but had been told Facebook would only do this if they received a court order.However criminal courts could not issue such orders, said Mr Clarke.Judge Kelly asked what the relevance of the Facebook page was to the cases before the court.“We are concerned that there may be an ulterior motive or a more sinister reason behind this. This page appeared at the same time as the alleged offences making comments about Mr Ferry and Mr Ferry’s business,” the barrister responded.Mr Clarke insisted that his client believed the Facebook page was relevant to the case and failure to identify the person responsible could deny the right of his client to a fair trial.“It appears the court does not have jurisdiction (to order Facebook to release the information). We have tried two separate avenues and both have been closed down,” said Mr Clarke.“In a previous case in 2009 where a third party order was made in the courts, the Supreme Court ruled this was not allowed, so we are left with no means of ordering Facebook to deal with this.”Patrick McMullin, a solicitor representing Donegal County Council which is bringing the case against Mr Ferry, argued the Facebook claim had no relevance to the case.Mr McMullin told the judge: “It’s going away into the Neverland. It seems to be another matter being used to delay matters here. It is not a tenable proposition.”Judge Kelly said he would consider the arguments but warned: “I haven’t heard anything that would suggest that proceeding with the trial would be unfair.“I’m still struggling to work out how it’s going to affect the trial of this case. It sounds a bit tenuous from where I’m sitting but I will certainly consider it.Ferry is also facing a number of other charges relating to alleged illegal dumping in Raphoe.Judge Kelly adjourned the case until next month and said he would set a date for the trial.FACEBOOK REFUSES TO NAME PERSON AT CENTRE OF FERRY’S DUMPING CASE was last modified: March 21st, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:FacebookFalcarragh District Courtferry’s refuselast_img read more

PALMDALE

first_imgTOTAL2005560332306 VS SCHOOLDateWLTPFPA Blood,D.254075 Receiving Total100183015 PASSINGPAPCPIYDSTDRating Trimm,R.44028 Culver,M.1006 House,T.14141.0 Jackson,K.1-7-7.00 PUNTINGNo.YDSAvg. Punting Total2360926.5 Quartz Hill11/11/20051003227 Mira Costa11/18/20050103642 Edwards,D.61361 Highland10/28/20051004114 Blood,D.1740106 Tolley,A.40024 Littlerock10/14/20051005524 Jackson,K.1006 Jackson,K.46416.0 Knight09/30/2005100530 Hicks,H.4307.50 McLaughlin,B.1006 Gillory,K.58416.80 Antelope Valley10/07/20050101922 Edwards.,D.1006 Trimm,R.751091.54 Culver,M.100000.00 Rushing Total34920415.829 Atkins,L.7375.30 Jackson,K.1 Passing Total1631009183015 Coleman,D.842681112.65 Scoring Total49380332 Ford,D.1 Holst,B.015015 Martin,A.100.00 Maddox,D.1006 Oaks Christian10/21/20050101458 Trimm,R.150957170913178.30 Notre Dame09/23/2005010734 SCORINGTDPATFGTP Tolley,A.91883 Tolley,A.13846.51 Blood,D.615125.2 Culver,M.6971 Guillory,K.150 Coleman,D.100 RUSHINGTCBNYGAvg.TD House,D.2 Scott,R.211205.73 Coleman,D.1617410.91 RECEIVINGRECYDSTD House,T.565249.49 Interceptions Total5 RECORD: 5-6-0 Ford,D.190 Martin,A.1 Blood,D.1358366.211 Atkins,L.270 Crespi09/09/2005010628 Scott,R.3280 INTERCEPTIONSNo. House,T.410531218.80 Vaughn,I.111.00 Maddox,D.2130 Castro,F.1-2-2.00 Lancaster11/04/20051003521 Trimm,R.1235329.4 Coleman,D.20012 Sarran,G.1006 Maddox,D.13513.90 McLaughlin,B.81461 Kennedy09/16/20050103436 House,T.367944 Scott,R.37025 Hicks,H.0202 House,T.136084 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

THREE HOMES REPOSSESSED AS 200 MORE LISTED FOR HEARING ACROSS DONEGAL

first_imgThree houses in various parts of Donegal were repossessed following court orders at a sitting of the Registrar’s Court.There were scores of applications to have homes repossessed due to have been heard this week.A total of 200 repossession cases are to be heard at the local court between now and October.The latest repossessions were connected with a variety of backgrounds.One was a family home in East Donegal that had been vacant for ‘some time.’ Attempts to pin notices on the door had not received any reply and neighbours had told the summons server that the family had ‘packed up and left overnight’. The mortgage arrears were over €40,000.Another house was described as a ‘buy to let property’ that had fallen into mrotgage arrears and the owners agreed to the house being repossessed.The third property repossessed was one in the East of the County , where the owner had been declared bankrupt in Northern Ireland and owed over €100,000 on mortgage repayments to the bank.A total of 43 cases came before Geraldine O’Connor and there are over 200 to be heard between now and October. Many of Monday’s cases were on the list for the first time and few homeowners came to court to make their cases in person, despite the registrar putting all repossession cases back to 3pm to allow people a chance to appear in court.THREE HOMES REPOSSESSED AS 200 MORE LISTED FOR HEARING ACROSS DONEGAL was last modified: May 14th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:banksdonegalGeraldine O’Connorhomesrepossessedlast_img read more

Verizon Helps You Say Wassup?! With Group Chat Lines

first_imgRole of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Tags:#mobile#web What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Have you ever tried to plan a get-together with a group of friends only to find yourself texting and calling individual people in a frantic maze of communication? Thankfully there are now web apps that make the process of event planning easier, but what about those times when you need a quick decision and some people aren’t by their computers? Verizon hopes to solve this dilemma by offering subscribers the opportunity to sign up for their new Group Communication service. For $4.99 a month, Verizon family plan customers can dial a “party line” number that will ring the phones of the other members of their plan. I can picture this being used at an amusement park when a family that has split up wants to rendez-vous again to leave or to eat. Family groups can also include one other number from outside of the family plan, as long as it’s a domestic number, mobile or land line.But what if you need more people, more groups or more non-Verizon numbers? There is also a $6.99 per line per month option that will allow customers to create up to 7 groups consisting of 20 members from any network, mobile or land line. Business can also add this feature to corporate accounts, making it simple to hold conference calls on-the-go – granted you don’t have any outsiders that need to be added to the list.Growing up as a kid, I can remember a time before cell phones when youngsters would ask their parents for their own telephone lines so they could chat with friends at will without hogging the house line. Countless TV shows aimed at kids during this era showed moments when characters would switch back and forth between friends on call-waiting and conference calls to gossip about school, but that practice has faded significantly.That was back when households were tethered to land-line phones and dial-up modems, but now everyone (even most kids) owns a cell phone and can talk with whoever and whenever. Instead of talking as a group, kids just text with each other, or log on to their social networks of choice and communicate there. The telephone conversation has fallen out of habit recently, especially for younger generations growing up with technology.Is Verizon’s Group Discussion feature an attempt to lure people back to using up valuable call minutes? Will we rediscover the phenomenon of the “party line” conversation that once defined local phone service in the early half of the 20th century? It’s vaguely possible, but my guess is the best use for this feature is special circumstances, not casual conversations. center_img chris cameron Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Related Posts last_img read more

The 4 Unsung Pioneers of Film Editing

first_imgThe original cutters of film. The 4 women who predated the term “film editor” and whose names dominated the Academy Awards for decades.Cover image “Stagecoach” from United Artists via NY TimesThe Birth of a Nation (1915), Stagecoach (1939), The Wizard of Oz (1939), Singin’ in the Rain (1952), The Ten Commandments (1956), Lawrence of Arabia (1962), Bonnie and Clyde (1967), Jaws (1975), Star Wars (1977), Apocalypse Now (1979), Raging Bull (1980), Pulp Fiction (1994), Memento (2000), The Avengers (2012), Star Wars: Episode VII (2015)Each of these films made cinematic history, but many people don’t realize one thing. All of these films were edited by women. But who are the original pioneers of film editing? Who paved the way for females in film? Before we go in depth, it should be stated that the following is a list of incredible editors. Not “female editors” or “women editors.” No. These are some of the best damn editors who have ever worked in the industry.Women working as editors dates back to the early days of cinema. In fact, the term “editor” was not even used as a job title. When working with actual film reels, editing a film required you to literally cut and splice scenes together. This gave rise to the term cutter. In the early days of film, cutting was seen as unskilled labor. Practically anyone could be hired for the job, and it actually became a common position for women. The reason most people don’t know this comes from the fact that all of those cutting positions went uncredited in the films.Margaret BoothImage from Stay for the CreditsIn 1910, actor Elmer Booth frequently starred in the early works of director D.W. Griffith. Elmer was set to have a large role in the Griffith film Intolerance, but he died in a car crash in 1915. Griffith actually gave the eulogy at the funeral. After his death, Griffith hired Booth’s sister, Margaret, as a “patcher.” This low-end editing job provided her with a living. She immediately got to work on Griffith’s film The Birth of a Nation. The Orpheum Theatre in Haverhill, Massachusetts bought the exclusive rights to show The Birth of a Nation in the New England area. The owner of that theater was none other than Louis B. Mayer. In 1924, Mayer would form the Metro-Goldywn-Mayer company, widely known as MGM. Mayer hired Margaret Booth as a director’s assistant, where she would eventually rise to cut films like The Mysterious Lady and Camille, starring Greta Garbo. It was actually MGM’s head of production, Irving Thalberg, that would coin the term film editor when describing Margaret’s skill.In 1936 came the release of Mutiny on the Bounty. The film was a massive success, and Booth received an Oscar Nomination for Best Film Editing. The film had a total of 8 nominations, and won the Oscar for Best Picture. Her talents would not go unnoticed, as Booth soon became the studio’s editor-in-chief in 1939. She immediately became the supervising editor behind The Wizard of OZ, which was edited by Blanche Sewell. Booth did not receive editing credit for working on other major MGM films like The Red Badge of Courage and Ben-Hur. She remained the editor-in-chief at MGM until 1968.Throughout the 70s and 80s, Booth would supervise a variety of films. The last film she supervised was the 1982 hit Annie. She received an Honorary Oscar in 1978 for her contributions to the art of film making. She passed away in 2002 at the age of 104.Anne BauchensImage from Stay for the CreditsOne of the most notorious names associated with early directors is that of Cecil B. DeMille. One of the little known facts about DeMille is that he collaborated with the same editor for over 40 years, Anne Bauchens. Bauchens was personally trained by DeMille as an editor, receiving her first credit on the film Carmen in 1915. DeMille had directed and edited all his previous films himself, but by 1918 he had entrusted all his edits to Anne. The two worked together on nearly every project.The Oscar for Best Film Editing was first introduced in 1934. Anne Bauchens received one of the original 3 nominations for her work on Cleopatra. In the most shocking revelation, Bauchens is not even credited as the editor of the film. Neither is most of the production crew nor some of the cast. She lost the award in 1934, but would soon return. Bauchens won the Oscar for Best Film Editing in 1941 for North West Mounted Police, the first time a woman had won the award. Anne received 2 more Oscar Nominations for The Greatest Show on Earth and The Ten Commandments. (She actually edited both versions of DeMille’s Ten Commandment in 1923 and 1956.)Despite her success, Bauchens was often criticized for her technique. In 1965, Margaret Booth had this to say of Anne Bauchens.Anne Bauchens is the oldest editor in the business. She was editing for years before I came into the business. DeMille was a bad editor, I thought, and made her look like a bad editor. I think Anne really would have been a good editor, but she had to put up with him — which was something. – Editors Guild MagazineBarbara McLeanImage from wikipedia.orgIn 1924, Barbara McLean married J. Gordon McLean, a film projectionist and cameraman. Soon after, she found a job as an assistant editor in Los Angeles, California. Her talents were quickly noticed. She received her first film credit in 1933. That same year, film producer and head of production at Warner Bros., Darryl F. Zanuck, decided to leave the company following a salary dispute. Immediately after his resignation, he created 20th Century Pictures. Two years later his company merged with the Fox Film Corporation. In 1935, Zanuck became the head of 20th Century Fox and named Barbara his editor-in-chief.1935 also saw the release of Les Misérables in theaters. The film was a hit and garnered McLean her first Oscar Nomination for Best Film Editing. She lost, but was again nominated the next year for Lloyd’s of London. Once again she lost, but would soon be back. She was nominated five more times for Alexander’s Ragtime Band in 1939, The Rains Came in 1940, The Song of Bernadette in 1944, Wilson in 1945, and All About Eve in 1951. She only won the Oscar for Best Film Editing once, for Wilson.McLean remained with 20th Century Fox until her retirement in 1969. In that time, she was granted full authority over the studio’s film edits. In that era, film directors were not nearly as involved with editing, if they were involved at all. Director’s contracts had them working on their next production while editing had just started on their last project. McLean supervised all those edits. A 1940 issue of the Los Angeles Times declared,“Barbara McLean, one of Hollywood’s three women film editors, can make stars — or leave their faces on the cutting room floor.”Dorothy SpencerImage from Sheigh via FlickrDorothy Spencer began working as an assistant editor in 1924. By the late 1930s, she found herself employed at 20th Century Fox. In 1937 Spencer began co-editing with Otho Lovering. Together they collaborated on several features, most famously known for the work on John Ford‘s 1939 western Stagecoach. The film was also John Ford’s first collaboration with John Wayne. It was a massive success, garnering seven Oscar nominations, including Dorothy Spencer’s first Oscar Nomination for Best Film Editing. The film won Best Music and Best Supporting Actor. She would later collaborate with John Ford again on My Darling Clementine, which is still regarded as John Ford’s best western.In the 1940s, Spencer took on a solo editing role. It was then she first worked with director Alfred Hitchcock on Foreign Correspondent and Lifeboat. She then worked on four films with director Ernst Lubitsch, including his hit film To Be or Not to Be. In 1945 she edited A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, the feature film debut of legendary director Elia Kazan. As the 1950s rolled around, Spencer was quick to grab her second Oscar Nomination for Decision Before Dawn.By the 1960s, Spencer had already worked on 60 films. Her experience and skill would come to a test with the 1963 version of Cleopatra. The film was the most expensive movie ever made, and the director’s cut ran a whopping 320 minutes. When released in theaters, the film ran for just over 4 hours. Her work paid off, as Spencer received her third Oscar Nomination.She would continue editing an average of one film a year for the rest of her career. One of her final credits was the 1974 epic Earthquake. It was her seventh collaboration with director Mark Robson, which earned her a fourth and final Oscar Nomination. It was fitting that her last nomination reflected her first, a tremendous skill for editing action and suspense.Did you enjoy this piece? Would you like another installment on the role of women as editors? Let us know in the comments below.last_img read more

Political Frontier

first_imgThe Republican tsunami in November wiped out the Congressional ambitions of five Indian Americans running for the U.S. House of Representatives, but it swept into office an Indian governor — Nikki Haley (Nimrata Randhawa Haley) of South Carolina. Haley, 38, becomes the second Indian governor in the United States, after Bobby Jindal of Louisiana, a truly remarkable feat, not just because Indian Americans constitute under 1 percent of the U.S. population, but also because both are Republicans and won in the South, a party and region considered the least hospitable to minorities and immigrants.Haley and Jindal positioned themselves in the extreme right wing of the Republican Party; Haley was even a Tea Party favorite and secured the endorsement of former Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin early on in the GOP primaries — an endorsement that was considered crucial to her primary victory in a heavily Republican state. Both Jindal and Haley also converted to Christianity before their political debuts. Jindal is Catholic, while Haley converted at the age of 24 and worships at the Mount Horeb Methodist Church in Lexington.  After her religious beliefs became an issue during the campaign, Haley reaffirmed her Christian allegiance on her website: “My faith in Christ has a profound impact on my daily life and I look to Him for guidance with every decision I make. God has blessed my family in so many ways and my faith in the Lord gives me great strength on a daily basis. Being a Christian is not about words, but about living for Christ every day.” Nevertheless, unlike Jindal, Haley did not hide from her ethnicity and her family, including her Sikh father Ajit Randhawa, were visible on the campaign trail.The next biggest statewide prize won by an Indian American was Democrat Kamala Harris’ narrow victory over her Republican opponent for attorney general of California, the largest state in the country. In Maryland, three Indian Americans — Sam Arora, Aruna Miller and Kumar Barve — won state legislative races from Montgomery County, creating the largest Indian American legislative delegation in any state in the country. Two other South Asians were elected as state legislators in the 2010 elections: Dr Janak Joshi from the 14th district in Colorado and Sen. Hansen Clark, whose father was born in the Sylhet region of pre-partition India (now Bangladesh), who won from Michigan’s 13th District.This year a record five Indian Americans ran for the U.S. Congress on the Democratic ticket and atleast two — Dr Manan Trivedi of Pennsylvania’s 6th district and Dr Ami Bera of California’s 3rd district — were credited with having solid shots at prevailing. However, the Republican Congressional landslide, which crushed 60 Democratic incumbents, saw Trivedi go down 43% to 57% and Bera 43% to 51%. The other three were trounced even more humiliatingly — Rajiv Goyle in Kansas’ 4th district by 36% to 59%; Ravi Sangisetty, in Louisiana’s 3rd district by 36% to 64% and Surya Yalamanchili, in Ohio’s 2nd district by 34% to 59%.By all accounts, after taking stock of the number of Indian Americans who threw their hats into the ring, tallying their wins and losses, the 2010 elections were a watershed moment for the community. Clearly, American politics is the next Indian American frontier. Boot up! Related Itemslast_img read more

ICC indefinitely suspends No.1 ODI bowler Saeed Ajmal

first_imgTop-ranked Pakistani offspinner Saeed Ajmal was on Tuesday suspended indefinitely from international cricket for an illegal bowling action but vowed to return in time for next year’s World Cup. The world’s leading ODI bowler blamed the International Cricket Council (ICC) ruling on his ‘not usual’ right elbow and said he would appeal. Ajmal, speaking to reporters in his home city of Faisalabad shortly after the announcement, shrugged off the ICC announcement as not an issue. But the ban could cause serious problems for Pakistan, firstly in their upcoming series with Australia and also in the World Cup, which they won in 1992.It comes as part of an ICC crackdown on illegal bowling actions – where the arm is straightened more than 15 degrees – in international cricket. “It is disappointing to learn the result of the biomechanic test in Brisbane but I have not given up. I don’t see the ban as a major problem as I know I can work out on the flaws and make a comeback,” Ajmal said in Faisalabad. “My elbow is not usual, so that’s why it seems that I bend it more than normal 15 degree allowed,” said Ajmal, who was cleared on medical grounds when his action was first reported in 2009. “We will go into appeal soon… I will be in action in the World Cup next year, that’s my resolve,” he added — though the Pakistan Cricket Board later said it has yet to decide whether to appeal. The ICC said Ajmal, 36, had been suspended with immediate effect following tests by specialists at Australia’s National Cricket Centre in Brisbane. Ajmal was reported for a suspect action after last month’s first Test against Sri Lanka in Galle. He can apply for a reassessment once he has modified his action. “The analysis revealed that all his deliveries exceeded the 15 degrees level of tolerance permitted under the regulations,” the ICC said in a statement. Ajmal is Pakistan’s key bowler, with 178 wickets in 35 Tests and 183 in 111 ODIs. He is also the leading wicket-taker in all Twenty20 matches with 85 in 63 matches. He is ranked number one in ODIs. Ajmal will require to undergo remedial work on his bowling action at Perth’s University of Western Australia, where human movement expert Daryl Foster will work on his action. The ICC said Ajmal can be tested again once the remedial work report is satisfactory.Even if he is cleared, he faces a ban of 12 months if he is reported again within two years. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said it was a big jolt to lose a player with a total of more than 350 Test and one-day wickets. Under the ICC rules a suspended bowler can appeal within 15 days but can risk a ban of six to 12 months in case the appeal is turned down. “PCB is contemplating its future course of action, weighing all options, after Ajmal was suspended,” said a PCB release late on Tuesday.advertisement”It’s unfortunate and the timing is sad,” said head coach Waqar Younis. “Ajmal is mentally very strong and I am sure he will come back after correcting his action.” The ICC has recently come down hard on suspect actions after its cricket committee decided no bowler should be allowed to play at international level without remedial work. Former Pakistan cricketers have backed Ajmal to the hilt. Ex-pacer Shoaib Akhtar said: “I think legal action is the best option for Saeed at this time. I am surprised at the number of bowlers being reported for suspect actions all of a sudden by the ICC match officials. This new protocol needs to be challenged.” Former leg-spinner Abdul Qadir said: “The ICC is biased [against] Pakistani players. All its rules and penalties are only for our players,” Qadir said. Agencieslast_img read more