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Certainly.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogFultz, whose shooting form has been widely mocked all season, was finally shut down by the Sixers on Wednesday and he will be evaluated again next week.But no one in the organization can pinpoint when Fultz’s form went awry, though he’s had soreness since the summer. Fultz’s agent caused a brief panic this week when he said Fultz had fluid drained from his shoulder. The truth was, Fultz simply had a cortisone injection this month to treat the shoulder — a procedure the Sixers curiously did not reveal until the facts became confounding. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? The 76ers traded the No. 3 overall pick and a future first-round pick to the Boston Celtics for the No. 1 pick with the intention of drafting Fultz. Team president Bryan Colangelo said there had been “no medical reason” not to play Fultz this season and the shoulder had no structural damage.“At some point, you’ve got to know your body can no longer go through certain things,” Embiid said.Colangelo and the Sixers were caught on their heels for the second time this season over the severity of their stars’ injuries. The Sixers said in January that Embiid was out with swelling and a bone bruise in his left knee until news broke it was actually a torn meniscus. It’s difficult to imagine the Sixers would have said Fultz was treated with a shot had it not been for the agent’s erroneous statement to ESPN.“I think we are unfairly scrutinized, sometimes,” Brown said. “I understand we have been put in funnysituations.”The Sixers have made a heavy investment the last few years in their medical department, building a new training complex that offers round-the-clock care. The team sent out a press release when it hired itsfirst-ever “Vice President of Athlete Care.”But no amount of sports science has kept Philadelphia’s cornerstones healthy.The fact that Fultz even played has gone against one of the core principles of “The Process,” which is patience. The Sixers did not hesitate to shut down Noel, Embiid and Simmons and never wavered in the decision not to play them, even at times when they were dunking and shooting 3s in warmups.Brown was stymied at times in a pregame scrum that featured nearly three dozen members of the media andfelt more like a “60 Minutes” interrogation than a loose Q&A.How could you tell the injury affected Fultz?“I don’t want to comment on that.” In this Oct. 9, 2017, photo, Philadelphia 76ers guard Markelle Fultz during the first quarter of a preseason NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics in Boston. Fultz gets to start the next chapter of his career in a familiar spot. The No. 1 pick in the draft will make his NBA debut for the 76ers on Wednesday night, Oct. 18, at the Washington Wizards, about a half-hour from home. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)PHILADELPHIA — Markelle Fultz has a sore right shoulder and the 76ers benched him for three games.The injury and his absence — for now, at least — are about the only things certain for the No. 1 pick in the 2017 NBA draft.ADVERTISEMENT Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny As for the ugly shot, did Fultz change his mechanics because his shoulder hurt or does his shoulder hurt because he changed his mechanics? Even that isn’t really clear, though the latter seems more likely.“I don’t dismiss that it could have been a possibility,” Brown said.Fultz, though, now has a spot on the Injured 76ers Rookies list that boasts such recent prospects as Nerlens Noel, Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons. That trio of first-round picks all missed their rookie seasons (Embiid missed his first two) and Fultz for now is only scheduled to miss Wednesday’s game against the Houston Rockets and road games Saturday at Dallas and Monday at Houston.“I think that we all understand there were some things going on,” coach Brett Brown said. “I feel like it’s a time where we can take a deep breath and help move him forward in a cleaner way.”Fultz is shooting 33 percent, 50 percent from the free-throw line and has not attempted a 3-point shot all season, all as a reserve.“I watched hundreds and hundreds of his shots,” Brown said. “I get so excited because you see so clearly why he was the first player chosen. The kid is a baller. He can really play.”ADVERTISEMENT When you did you become aware Fultz was injured?“I don’t know.”Did you know Fultz had a cortisone shot?“I don’t even remember.”The Sixers also don’t know if Fultz will stick with his new shooting motion or go back to the one he used at Washington once he’s medically cleared.“I can’t wait to play with him because I think me and him on the pick-and-roll are going to be unstoppable,” Embiid said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments LATEST STORIES Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder PLAY LIST 05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder02:02‘Bata’ Reyes bows to Vietnamese foe for another SEA Games bronze04:07SEA Games: John Marvin 1st Filipino boxer to crash out, bows to Vietnam bet02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award
Sonia Noel, through her newly formed 6/50 Project, distributed a quantity of school supplies to children on Friday.The 6/50 Project was launched as Guyana celebrated its 50th Independence anniversary.Founder of the project and renowned fashion designer Sonia Noel, explained that the project was launched with the aim of investing in the country’s human resources. As the name suggests, 50 children in Guyana will receive US to assist them with school supplies, etc.“I grew up in a single parent home and this is the time that my mother had the most headaches and I can never really recall all of us going to school together like on the same day,” she related.She said too that giving back is part of her DNA and is something she does from the heart.Noel explained that her foundation seeks to assist in whatever way they can to ease the strain on some families and to equip the children with the motivation to pursue their dreams.“It is important for us to instil in our children, the importance of leadership, and the importance of you believing in yourself and believing that you can achieve anything. I myself am a dreamer and I live by faith a lot of times, so you just can’t tell yourself that this is too big for me because no career is too big for any of the children in here,” she explained.This Sunday, Sonia Noel will also be hosting a special event titled “Style Mission”. The event will feature a fashion extravaganza to assistFashion designer Sonia Noel poses with beneficiaries of her 6/50 projectthe less fortunate and the underprivileged.Proceeds will also go towards popular actor/comedian Henry Rodney, and former lead hairstylist and makeup artist for GFW, Corin Gibson, who are both in need of assistance to offset medical expenses.Rodney’s daughter Tamara Rodney thanked Noel for her support.“On behalf of my family, I want to say a huge thank you for the support that all of the country has been giving and I want to say thank you again to Sonia Noel because it’s quite moving that you took the time out to just do this for my father.”The event will be held at the Pegasus Hotel and will be treated as a VIP event.
4 Radja Nainggolan (Roma) – With Chelsea set for an overhaul in midfield following Nemanja Matics drop in form, they are reportedly turning their attentions to the Belgian star. Juventus are also interested in Nainggolan, who would cost £35m, but Contes long-standing interest could sway him to opt for Stamford Bridge. 4 4 4 Chelsea’s resurgence under Guus Hiddink has been incredible but the Dutch boss is set to be replaced by Antonio Conte in the summer.With the Italian’s appointment seemingly on the cards, there has been plenty of talk about possible new signings and sales.Several Blues stars could be set for the exit, leaving the current Azzurri boss needing to bring in some fresh faces at Stamford Bridge. So, what are the latest rumours? talkSPORT takes a look.Click the arrow, above right, for all the latest transfer news… John Stones (Everton) – Click the arrow, above right, to see the latest transfer rumours surrounding Chelsea… – As reported by the Daily Star, Antonio Conte is set to become manager of the Blues and curtail their pursuit of the Toffees starlet. The England international has had a mixed season at Goodison Park and it is believed Conte feels a proposed £50m deal is not value for money. Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus) – With John Terry probably leaving Stamford Bridge in the summer, the Blues will need a new centre-back. If Conte comes in and drops their interest in Stones, the Daily Star adds they could well move for the 28-year-old Italian. They could well have competition in Manchester City though as Pep Guardiola is a well-known admirer of the Juve star. He is likely to cost around £25m. Thibaut Courtois – The Belgian goalkeeper may not be around to greet compatriot Nainggolan in west London as he refused to commit his future to the club. Asked if he would leave in the summer, Courtois said: I do not say yes, I do not say no. I do not know. Real Madrid and Barcelona are both interested in his services but could be put off by a huge £73m asking price.
Once again Woodward showing why he is unfit to be in this job has no bottle to sack the manager and will just sit like LVG and moyes until the season is ruined and united are a mid table team #mufc #WoodwardOut— Ryan Murray (@RMurray911) October 6, 2018 On serious note. Should Jose get the sack, as what’s being reported. What manager looking in from the outside would take the job? The club is rotten from the top! Woodward! The demise is all on you! You’re a poisonous rat! #MUFC #ManUtd— Dave W (@DaveW_MUFC) October 6, 2018 If u sack jose whom are we going to appoint?? There is no long term thought process in the club?? If somebody is to be fired it is woodward then not jose.— AK (@itsaktweeting) October 6, 2018 United chiefs moved to deny these rumours on Saturday morning, but the feeling remains that Mourinho will be lucky to see out the season in charge of the Red Devils.He is said to have alienated the club’s key players such as Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford, and results have been remarkably poor; with three Premier League losses already, United sit 10th in the table.Nonetheless, Mourinho remains largely backed by the Old Trafford faithful. predicted gameday cracker latest changes Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update revealed silverware the press saying Jose is about to lose his job at @ManUtd. Very sad it got to this so quickly. In my opinion, Ed Woodward deserves the sack before Jose or any of the players. You don’t hire Jose and not get him the players he wants.— Dan masanin (@lomon_) October 6, 2018 Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Manchester United fans do not want to see Jose Mourinho sacked, despite reports suggesting the Portuguese could be shown the Old Trafford door.The Mirror reported on Friday night that Mourinho will be axed irrespective of United’s result in their Premier League clash vs Newcastle, which you can listen to LIVE on talkSPORT. Time for #Woodward to step down. Whether JM is sacked or not, do the fan’s really want Ed making another footballing decision at United again? 5 years, 3 managers & still no strategy, no gameplan & no ideas. A financial genius, out of his depth. #MUFC pic.twitter.com/ppFGetG8PY— Dean Conn (@robin_steal) October 6, 2018 whoops Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion The rumours of Jose Mourinho leaving Manchester United are really unsettling, i say keep at the club for 1 more season and rather dismiss Ed Woodward, the problem has never been the manager but the board— TSHEPO KGAKANE (@TshepoKgakane) October 6, 2018 REVEALED SORRY If the Mourinho sack rumours are true, then I sympathise with any manager who comes in after him. Its an absolute shambles how Woodward and the Glazers are handling our football club #mufc— Andre (@The__Giant) October 6, 2018 Couldn’t agree more with Jose, the problems isn’t Pogba or Mourinho it comes from board, Ed Woodward is a fraud all he thinks about is money. He has no loyalty to Man Utd. #mufc https://t.co/uaOrGNpjlk— Rob Elliott (@RobElliott23) October 5, 2018 Guardiola-inspired tactics: Is this how Arsenal will line up under Arteta? England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings The supporters feel the Portuguese was not backed enough by the United hierarchy during the summer, and they believe he is being made a scapegoat for the club’s failures.And it is not Mourinho that United fans want to see sacked – it is Ed Woodward. tense Fan anger towards Woodward was displayed earlier this season by a banner flown during United’s defeat of Burnley 2 Couldn’t agree more with @GNev2 . Not José’s biggest fan but the answer isn’t to sack him now. Woodward is great for commercial deals but doesn’t have an iota when it comes to football #WoodwardOut https://t.co/vK1df2pBkH— Andrew McCarthy (@andrewmc_6) October 6, 2018 Reminder: Woodward brokered the deal that has resulted in £1 BILLION being taken out of the club. He’s done more damage to mufc than any other individual in the club’s history.— AP (@__AP____) October 5, 2018 Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Most read in Premier League Woodward has tested the water with the press release to the Mirror. That’s why no others have it.Seen the backlash and focus shifting towards him.Now backtracking.Almost worse than sacking him.Mans a coward.— Howellsey (@RalphieMilne) October 6, 2018 Mourinho’s position is reportedly safe, despite rumours claiming he will be sacked this weekend #mufc he’s looking like a broken man in his press conference but there’s other people at the club who should look at themselves, the likes of Woodward who’s not a football man and also the glazers who bleed our club dry every year.— antonio cassano (@6Cassano) October 6, 2018 Woodward is a fraud,get out off my club!— ⚔️ Kagura Hanasaka ⚔️ (@abdoellinho) October 5, 2018 Lol. Ed Woodward is such a coward. Was ready to sack Mourinho, now he is back-tracking because HE will be asked questions about bad appointments.— Harley Davidson Tempo ☇ (@THUSOSETLHAPELO) October 6, 2018 Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Woodward, the club’s executive vice-chairman, is regarded by fans as the man truly behind United’s failures, and supporters took to Twitter to call for his dismissal amid the reports of Mourinho’s departure.You can see the best reaction below… 2 Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019
Gousha later said he thought the penalty was two strokes. He was wrong. One wonders what would have happened if the eight-stroke winner on Sunday, Annika Sorenstam, had been the guilty party at Bighorn Golf Club in Palm Desert. Sorry, Annika, you’re out of here, too. It would seems that some rules allowance could be made in “the spirit of fair play.” I say penalize the errant player two strokes, or five strokes, or 10 for that matter. Don’t disqualify the golfer completely. Wie should have stayed at home in Hawaii and gone to class. Instead, in her professional debut, she added zest and excitement to the World Championship. She was the only reason I, for one, watched the televised LPGA event. The harsh scorecard rule will be amended some day — but not in my lifetime. HOLY TOLEDO! UPLAND GOLFER GOES GLOBAL Joe Toledo of Upland said he had so much fun playing and finishing among the leaders in both the Inland Valley Amateur Championship (80, 84 gross) and the City of Chino (93-86) that he wants more tournament action – and he’ll find it in Portugal. Toledo, a 14-indexer, has filed for entry into a 72-holer in Algarve, Portugal. “I’m flying out on Nov. 11 for the 28th annual TAP Air Portugal Amateur Championships,” Toledo said. “It’s a four-day tournament using four different courses.” Also on the trip will be George Gaspar of Chino and Joe Al-Lewis of Turlock. The trio will return Nov. 20. In the meantime, Toledo has announced that his newly formed golf association, FOLGA (Friends of LusoGolf Association) has scheduled three more monthly tournaments. Fullerton Golf Course is on tap for Sunday, Oct. 30, beginning at 10 a.m. On Dec. 4, the group moves to San Dimas Canyon Golf Course, and Cresta Verde Golf Course in Corona will be the site of the first 2006 event, Jan. 29. Golfers can register on-line at www.lusogolf.org. HUNTER JOINS EL PRADO STAFF Rick Hunter, noted valley PGA professional who directed golf instruction at Ayala Driving Range in Chino for 10 years, has joined the staff at El Prado Golf Course. Hunter, who is available for individual and group lessons, uses his original Impact Golf Swing System, which features video replays and personal instruction. For information, contact Hunter at the course. BE TOUGH BUT FAIR IN PIN PLACEMENT Bim Jollymour of Claremont, golf coach at Claremont Mudd, reminds us that Rule 16 of the Rules of Golf calls for good judgment in deciding what pin placements will give fair results. “Do not be tricky in locating holes,” the rules states. And, “An area two to three feet in radius around the hole should be as nearly level as possible and of uniform grade.’ Now, if the USGA would also abide by the rules when it sets up holes for the U.S. Open. DOORS CLOSED AT EL RIVINO COURSE Ken Clark of Rancho Cucamonga wonders what ever happened to El Rivino, that marvelous course in Riverside that featured the par 6, 600-yard first hole and the semi-island green at No. 4. Clark said he and his son from back east were disappointed recently when they found a sign at the entrance saying the course was closed. Indeed, the popular El Rivino has been shut down for more than six months now, the 18-hole victim of a land management deal. WALNUT GOLF CLUB SCHEDULES EVENTS L.A. Royal Vista Golf Club in Walnut continues to thrive. The newest Mizuno clubs will be available for demonstration purposes on Saturday from 4-7 p.m. at the driving range. Golfers will get an opportunity to hit the MX-500 driver and the F-50 fairway woods. Weather permitting, three chambers of commerce – Walnut, Diamond Bar and Rowland Heights – will host the Tri-Chamber Swinging for Educationevent on Thursday at the course. Entry per player is $125. For information, call (909) 860-1904. And Royal Vista continues to offer its Monday Maniac promotion, golf and cart for $25 throughout the day. Phil Roche is a freelance golf columnist whose column appears Wednesday. Readers my contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! So, I see where they disqualified 16-year-old Michelle Wie, dropped her right smack out of the Samsung World Championship on Sunday, took away her fourth-place finish and $53,126 in winnings. And no doubt chipped off some of her spirit. “Welcome to the pros,” former Nogales High School golf coach Manny Vasquez of Montebello said on Monday. “The real world that is.” She had dropped her ball illegally after finding it in a bush, 12 inches closer to the seventh hole on Saturday, the day before for Pete’s sake. You’d think officials could keep a keen eye on the new pro; after all, only 20 players were in the field. Then it appears Wie had maliciously signed the scorecard for a 71 instead of adding a 2-stroke penalty for a 73. Of course, she (and her caddy) weren’t aware of any infraction. The DQ rule (signing an incorrect scorecard for a lower score) too often diminishes golf, ignores a player’s effort and doesn’t fit the infraction. Locally, at Marshall Canyon in the 2004 Inland Valley Amateur Championship, we reluctantly disqualified one of our first-day tournament leaders, Eric Gousha of Rancho Cucamonga, for an illegal drop and for signing an incorrect scorecard. Our rules director, USGA official Chuck Jorgensen, disqualified Gousha after Gousha – to his credit – called in to report his improper drop on the eighth hole and his signature on an incorrect scorecard. Yep, we’re tough in golf – play by the rules or else – even if the rules don’t make much sense. Officials waited clear until late Sunday, reviewed the third-round tape and revisited the crime scene, then said Wie had cheated.
Tip O’Neills family with this years recipient of the Tip O’Neill Irish Diaspora Award Loretta Brennan Glucksman with the great man himself looking on. Front row Rosemary O’Neill, Loretta Brennan Glucksman, Susan O’Neill, Back row: Shelly O’Neill with Thomas O’Neill.The strong connections between Donegal and the United States of America were reinforced on Friday night as the recipient of the 2015 Tip O’Neill Irish Diaspora Award was honoured at a gala function at the Inishowen Gateway Hotel in Buncrana.This year’s winner, noted US philanthropist Loretta Brennan Glucksman said she was honoured, humbled and grateful for the recognition afforded by the county of her forefathers.Final preparations for Aengus MacGrianna from RTE who was hosting last nights Tip O’Neill Irish Diaspora Award in Buncrana.The large attendance heard Master of Ceremonies for the occasion, RTÉ newsreader, Aengus Mac Grianna, deliver a comprehensive overview of Ms Glucksman life and contribution, not only the American Ireland Fund but also her many philanthropic endeavours stretching over two decades focusing on education, the arts, healthcare and peace initiatives. “But it’s not just about monies donated and raised, it’s about her time and effort and sheer determination to promote so many projects on behalf of the Irish people. They say if you want to get something done get a busy person to do it and in that regard Loretta certainly fits that bill,” he said.Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council, Cllr Ciaran Brogan spoke of his and the Council’s delight at being part of this prestigious event and their commitment and dedication to continuing their strong links with the Irish diaspora.He spoke of the huge contribution made by the late Tip O’Neill to Irish affairs and thanked his family for maintaining their strong links with Donegal and never forgetting where they came from.Chairperson of the Tip O’Neill Irish Diaspora Committee, Cllr. Nicholas Crossan said there was always a ‘Céad Míle Fáilte’ for all visitors to Inishowen and Donegal, particularly members of the Irish diaspora. He also outlined why the Tip O’Neill Irish Diaspora Award now held such a central role in the county’s calendar of events. “The award serves two purposes; it acknowledges the life of Tip O’Neill while at the same time it recognises and celebrates the work and achievements of the broad Irish diaspora,” he said.Minister for Gaeltacht Affairs, Joe McHugh TD said it was important to appreciate what was happening behind the scenes and the leadership being shown at cross-border and at Donegal County Council levels by being ambitious in relation to building the network between America and Donegal.“I believe its Donegal’s time. We all known about the difficulties in the past but we see with the Wild Atlantic Way the benefits of tourism and our wonderful connections with people across the border and we need to build on those. The people from America and the American government have helped us on our way. “The minister also acknowledged the community and business leadership in Inishowen saying they were also part of the success story as well.Tip O’Neill’s son, Tommy, addressed the gathering on behalf of their family. He recited a poem his father used to use to remind him of who he was, where he came from and what his roots, values and life was all about. He said the O’Neill family were delighted that Ms Glucksman had won this year’s award.“My family and I are thoroughly honoured to be here today because Loretta Brennan Glucksman raises this diaspora award in my dad’s name to an even loftier height. Thank you very much for everything you’ve done, your decision, your leadership, your dedication and your passion, we love you,” he said.Presenting the award Minister of State at the Department of the Taoiseach and at the Department of Foreign Affairs with special responsibility for the Irish abroad, Jimmy Deenihan TD praised Donegal County Council’s foresight and imagination by being way ahead of the rest of the country when it came to incorporating the diaspora through various initiatives and enterprises.The five time All-Ireland winning Kerry footballer from Listowel also recalled his many meeting with the late Tip O’Neill describing his contribution to Ireland and Donegal as ‘immense’. He praised the family too for maintaining the strong link and ensuring the legacy lived on.Minister Deenihan also recalled his many meetings with Ms Glucksman over the past 20 years and how the benefits of her work and contributions had changed lives and communities all over the county.“There is no other woman that I can think of from America that has made such a huge contribution and no doubt that’s because of her strong connection with Donegal and also her love of Ireland,” he said.Ms Glucksman was also presented with a specially designed bouquet of flowers by Donegal County Council’s Chief Executive, Seamus Neely. Returning thanks to everyone Ms Glucksman said it was very special not only to be back where her roots were but to be brought there by the O’Neill Clan.She paid tribute to everyone involved in the event saying she was honoured, humbled and grateful for the award.The gala evening ended with MC Mac Grianna reciting a poem ‘Lauds for Loretta’ which was specially written for Ms Glucksman by the poet and playwright and the recipient of the 1995 Nobel Prize in Literature, the late Seamus Heaney.The guests were also treated to a very impressive recital of traditional and contemporary songs by the renowned Inishowen Gateway Choir.TIP O’NEILL IRISH DIASPORA AWARD NIGHT A HUGE SUCCESS was last modified: September 28th, 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:Loretta Brennan GlucksmanTip O’Neill Award
Students at the Yavatmal primary school: Sordid episodeThe packed central hall of Bombay’s towering Vidhan Sabha building, usually the scene of deafening exchanges between ruling party and opposition legislators, was this time reduced to a stunned silence.Replying to an adjournment motion by the Opposition, Maharashtra’s Minister of State for Home,Students at the Yavatmal primary school: Sordid episodeThe packed central hall of Bombay’s towering Vidhan Sabha building, usually the scene of deafening exchanges between ruling party and opposition legislators, was this time reduced to a stunned silence.Replying to an adjournment motion by the Opposition, Maharashtra’s Minister of State for Home Affairs, Vilas Deshmukh, admitted before a shocked house on March 30 that the superintendent and the cook of a government-run residential primary school for Adivasi children in the state’s backward Yavatmal district stood accused of raping 14 young girls in their charge.Informing the Assembly that the two accused had only four days before been arrested and formally charged, Deshmukh stated that preliminary enquiries with the girls – mere children between the ages of six and 10 – had confirmed reports by a teacher at the ashramshala that they had been repeatedly assaulted for some months.Widespread Concern: The reaction, both from treasury benches and the Opposition, was a shocked outcry. There were calls for an investigation of the 313 ashramshalas which offer Maharashtra adivasis free residential schooling. Since their inception a decade ago, ashramshalas have become popular with the backward community and today the tiny boarding schools have over 40,000 students in Maharashtra’s tribal belts.Less than a week later the news broke of yet another molestation charge being made by ashramshala students. Alleging that the assistant teacher who accompanied them to a sports match with a rival school “tried doing things” on the bus while returning, two 14-year-olds from the Nanza village ashramshala, just 120 km from Harshi village where the earlier charges originated, complained to Yavatmal’s tribal welfare officer of maltreatment and attempted rape.advertisementSaid V.N. Gajibe, tribal welfare officer for Yavatmal and Buldhana districts, who filed both complaints with the local police: “The ashramshala scheme has been very successful so far, since even the poorest Adivasi parents are now encouraged to send their children to these schools, and girls who were not earlier getting any education at all are now increasingly enrolled. But if this kind of abuse takes place it will set back the entire programme and lead to withdrawal of children.”Swift Action: Last fortnight, the Government moved rapidly to stem the rot. N.S. Umbharkar, assistant teacher at the Nanza ashramshala, was arrested and formally charged under Section 354 of the Indian Penal Code, and in Harshi the police started by arresting Superintendent Govind Mahakale and Maruti Sitaram Rajne, the cook. A week later, after enquiries and intensive questioning of the schoolgirls revealed that Charandas Bhadikar, the original informant who had alerted Gajibe to the abuse, was equally involved in its perpetration, Yavatmal’s Pusad taluk police promptly picked him up and had him remanded to their custody for further questioning.Moving rapidly to sew up the matter and avert widespread panic, Maharashtra’s Additional Inspector-General of Police (CID), Ramakant Kulkarni, dashed to Harshi to personally assess the situation.Further Revelations: In Yavatmal district the sordid affair grew murkier as police investigations revealed a complicated web of child abuse and adult intrigue. News of the original allegations against Mahakale and Rajne first broke when their colleague Bhadikar informed a group of Harshi villagers on March 9 that they had continually abused their young wards.Though swift village justice followed, a Pusad taluka advocate and journalist A. Aparwo Maind, who edits a weekly paper called the Chawdi Varta, informed the police circle inspector about the allegations. No formal complaint was registered for over a week.Meanwhile Bhadikar, who had first instigated the villagers against the ashramshala superintendent and cook, made a similar complaint to Gajibe in Yavatmal, and the tribal welfare officer promptly visited Harshi to verify the charges.”At that time all 14 of the girls interviewed – two were not present – confirmed what Bhadikar had told me,” said Gajibe, “so I went ahead and filed a police complaint against the two.”Under the more exacting interrogation of the police, however, the little girls broke down and stated that Bhadikar himself had constantly molested them since the past Diwali and had finally cajoled them to condemn the other two.Said Vasudev Potdar, deputy superintendent of police at Yavatmal: “Investigations are going on, so at this stage all we can say is that the girls now state that even Bhadikar used to molest them; so we have arrested him also. But the case has become considerably more complicated, since according to the medical examination none of the 16 girls has actually been raped. The doctor has stated that their hymens are intact and there are no visible signs of rape.”advertisementDepravity: But this is small consolation for the girls themselves. Subjected daily to harrowing questioning sessions for over a fortnight, the Harshi ashramshala’s 16 girl students’ were last fortnight distraught, with fear and worry about a crime which lay almost outside’ their comprehension.Rudely jerked out of their childhoods into an incomprehensible world of adult perversion and depravity, the group huddled in their miserable temporary school room, bursting into tears each time a stranger came in. Chandrakala, a pretty eight-year-old along with Ganga, an alleged favourite of Bhadikar’s, haltingly explained that the assistant teacher-frequently called his charges to his rooms at night to perform small chores for him, often seizing the opportunity to strip them off their clothes and molest them.”He used to call me to his chulha (kitchen) to do some work and then take off all my clothes and his own,” said the young girl unselfconsciously, “and then he used to do things.” Added Ganga: “Bhadikar used to call me at night and he used to touch me down there.”Shobha, barely six and certainly unaware of the reasons for the furore around her, nevertheless adds to the astonishing charges of depravity. “Once he took me also to his room,” she says, almost by rote, clamming up thereafter and refusing to elaborate on what was done to her. The others, harassed from days of questioning by the police, burst into tears each time they are asked about the incidents.Cruel Neglect: The testimony of the ashramshala students notwithstanding, little was actually known last fortnight about the extent of molestation, how long it had gone on, or the exact involvement of each of the accused. But the Harshi case raised several questions.No women teachers or attendants were provided in the Harshi ashramshala even though its 16 girls and 52 boys are all between the ages of six and 10. The teacher’s control over his students is absolute, and statements by the young Adivasi girls make it clear that they are frequently made to perform menial tasks and housework for the ashramshala staff.Involvement of the villagers in the children’s welfare is almost nonexistent, possibly because it is a school for tribals in a village dominated by non-tribals. Political workers in the Pusad-Harshi area insist that even the funds allotted for the upkeep of children are often diverted from some ashramshalas, and as a result their running has become a high-stakes business handed out as patronage by the ruling party.R. H. Atre, BJP worker from Pusad, points out that only last fortnight the sanction of an ashramshala for Pedhi village in Yavatmal’s Mahagaon taluk was abruptly cancelled and handed over from Kuddus Mirza, who was originally to have run it, to Manoharrao Naik, brother of Maharashtra Education Minister Sudhakar Naik.Naik, who already administers the Parvatibaji Charitable Trust in Pusad, will set up the ashramshala at Saathghari, a village next to Pedhi. “Even the running of something as desirable as ashramshalas has become a prestigious thing to be handed out to favoured persons,” said Atre. “The Government grant of Rs 105 per student per month is an incentive for persons to take up the running of these schools.”advertisementBut Patil’s Government last fortnight appeared determined to put the ashramshala scheme right; it pulled out all the stops to speedily solve the Harshi and Nanza cases and restore confidence in the institutions. A senior official in the Tribal Welfare Ministry admitted that “this scheme shows more potential for tribal uplift through education than perhaps all other welfare schemes put together”. The official added that the Government was trying to set things right. “I would be the first to admit that it is at present far from perfect,” he said, “but ashramshalas are the one way of encouraging the desperately poor to educate their children, and the success so far shows that it can easily be extended.”
Parupalli KashyapIndia were knocked out of badminton semi-finals 0-3 by England, who will now play for gold against Malaysia, who struggled their way past Singapore 3-2 at the Commonwealth Games here.England had to fight hard for their 3-0 victory, particularly in the mixed and men’s doubles. India’s top singles player Parupalli Kashyap lost his match against Rajiv Ouseph in straight games at the Emirates Arena on Sunday.Chris Adcock was England’s star performer, having a fair share in winning both the doubles. He first won the mixed double with wife Gabriel and then paired up with Andrew Ellis to take the men’s doubles, both matches going into decisive third game.The Adcocks looked like running away with their match when they took the first game 21-16 and led 15-8 in the second against Jwala Gutta and Akshay Dewalkar. But the Indians fought back to take 12 of the next 13 points to force a decider.Kashyap was up against a fighting Ouseph, who had a tougher second game but pulled it off 21-16, 21-19.Adcock was back on court, this time for the men’s doubles with Ellis against Dewalkar and Pranaav Chopra.The Indians took the first game 21-12 but Adcock and Ellis rallied brilliantly to take the second at 13, one particular rally going to 82 strokes. The English partners steadied themselves to take the decider 21-16.England have not lost a match in the competition.Ouseph was the only English player who played at the New Delhi Games four years ago and thinks his team can beat defending champions Malaysia.advertisementMalaysia had to go all the way to overcome Singapore 3-2.Mixed doubles pair Chan Peng Soon and Lai Pei Jing had to come from behind to edge out Danny Chrisnanta and Vanessa Neo 17-21, 21-12, 21-14 in a thriller for the winning point.Men’s doubles pair Tan Wee Kiong and Goh V Shem put Malaysia ahead beating Danny Chrisnanta and Chayut Triyachart 21-17, 18-21, 21-16 but Singapore levelled the score when Xiayou Liang beat Tee Jing Yi in straight sets, 21-12, 22-20.Chong Wei Feng, who came in for injured Lee Chong Wei as the top men’s singles player, restored Malaysia’s lead by beating Derek Wong, 21-9, 21-18.However, Singapore levelled yet again when their women’s doubles pair Shinta Mulia Sari and Lei Yao beat Woon Khe Wei and Vivian Hoo 9-21, 18-21.Eventually, it was left Peng Soon and Pei Jing to eke out the decisive victory.
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Shashank Manohar, the International Cricket Council (ICC) chairman, made a strong deposition as India’s witness and it marked the end of the three-day Dispute Resolution Forum hearing into Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) compensation claims.It is learnt that the three-member committee has kept its orders reserved as there have only been oral submissions from both parties.”Now there will be written submissions and after that the panel will write the order,” a senior Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) official told PTI on the condition of anonymity.PCB has claimed INR 447 crore compensation following allegations that the BCCI didn’t honour a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that required India to play six bilateral series between 2015 and 2023.”We are very happy how the cross examinations went. Today Manohar’s deposition was very strong. He deposed as India’s witness not as ICC chairman. Even all the other witnesses also put up a strong case,” the official said.Former external affairs minister Salman Khurshid was Tuesday cross-examined, during which he justified India’s refusal to play bilateral cricket with Pakistan.Khurshid, who was the external affairs minister during the UPA-II government which finished its term in 2014, was presented by the BCCI as one of its prime defence witnesses on the second day of the hearing that began Monday.Manohar, himself a lawyer, was the BCCI president when erstwhile PCB chairman Shahryar Khan had visited India to meet him in order to convince the BCCI for a bilateral series at neutral venues.”Manohar is very well versed how the e-mail signed by Sanjay Patel is not binding. He is well aware about contractual obligations in bipartite agreements,” the official said.advertisementIndia and Pakistan last played a bilateral series in 2012-13 when the 1992 world champions toured India for three ODIs and as two Twenty20 Internationals.The two arch-rivals play only in multi-nation tournaments organised by ICC and most recently played two matches at the Asia Cup in the United Arab Emirates.(With inputs from PTI)