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first_imgL.A. City at Compton, 7:30 p.m. JC WOMEN’S BASKETBALLCerritos at Long Beach City, 5:30 p.m. L.A. City at Compton, 5:30 p.m. Cypress at Golden West, 5:30 p.m. SATURDAYCOLLEGE BASEBALLCal State L.A. at Cal State Dominguez Hills, doubleheader, 11 a.m. USC at Long Beach State, 1 p.m. COLLEGE MEN’S BASKETBALLPacific at Long Beach State, Walter Pyramid, 4:30 p.m. COLLEGE WOMEN’S BASKETBALLBiola at Chapman, 5 p.m. COLLEGE MEN’S TENNISBiola at Redlands, 9:30 a.m. COLLEGE WOMEN’S TENNISBiola competing in Cal State L.A. Invitational, all day COLLEGE MEN’S VOLLEYBALLPacific at Long Beach State, Walter Pyramid, 8 p.m. HORSE RACINGSanta Anita, 12:30 p.m. Los Alamitos, 7 p.m. SUNDAYCOLLEGE BASEBALLLong Beach State at USC, noon COLLEGE WOMEN’S TENNISBiola competing in Cal State L.A. Invitational, all day HORSE RACINGSanta Anita, 11 a.m. Los Alamitos, 5:30 p.m. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! COLLEGE MEN’S TENNISBiola at La Verne, 3 p.m. COLLEGE WOMEN’S TENNISBiola competing in Cal State L.A. Invitational, all day Long Beach State at Cal State Fullerton, 1:30 p.m. COLLEGE MEN’S VOLLEYBALLStanford at Long Beach State, Walter Pyramid, 7 p.m. HORSE RACINGSanta Anita, 1 p.m. Los Alamitos, 7:15 p.m. JC MEN’S BASKETBALLCerritos at Long Beach City, 7:30 p.m. center_img TODAYCOLLEGE BASEBALLCal State Dominguez Hills at Cal State L.A., 2 p.m. Long Beach State at USC, 7 p.m. last_img read more

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District of Taylor set to unveil historical artifacts at Taylor Visitor Centre

first_imgTAYLOR, B.C. – District of Taylor Mayor and Council will be unveiling a historical artifact to honour local history with the restoration of the replica of Alexander Mackenzie’s Canoe.The official ribbon-cutting will be held on Monday, May 15th at 11:00am at the Taylor Visitor Centre which is located at 10316 100 Street.A Canoe Restoration Committee was developed to oversee the project. Members included Councillor Dave Lueneberg, Councillor George Barber, Community Services Director Laura Prosko, and Travel Counsellor Rita Eichelberger.- Advertisement -Councillor George Barber said is extremely please with the end result.“I commend the Committee, staff, Cameron River Logistics, and Northern Lights College for their efforts in this project. The project went very well and we are proud of the end result.”Stephen Janssen of Northern Lights College Dawson Creek completed the restoration work alongside colleague Michael French and says it was something that brought back memories for him from his youth.Advertisement The original tusk was donated to the Tumbler Ridge Museum after it was found by Wayne Gordon at the Nels Ostero Gravel Pit on April 23rd 2015. The original tusk, which belonged to a Mammuthus primigenius, is approximately 27,000 years old and weighs 50 pounds and is on display at the Peace Region Palaeontology Research Centre in Tumbler Ridge. The President of the Tumbler Ridge Museum Foundation, Jim Kincaid, will also be attending the presentation.”The presentations will take place on Monday, May 15th at 11:00am at the Taylor Visitor Centre. The District of Taylor says that the artifact has been drawing people in for a very long time.“The replica canoe located outside the Taylor Visitor Centre was first built by Glen Kyllo to commemorate the travels of Alexander Mackenzie across Canada. Glen Kyllo was a Commissioner of the very first Town Commission when Taylor first became a village in 1958. The canoe, donated by the Kyllo family, has become a fixture at the Taylor Visitor Centre.”Also at the unveiling of the canoe, another historical artifact will be donated courtesy of Tom and Thelma Ostero who will be presenting Travel Counsellors Juanita and Rita with the replica Mammoth Tusk found on their property in 2015.Advertisementcenter_img “As a child when ever we as a family [drove] through Taylor we would look for the big pink canoe. I’m excited and happy I could be a part of its resurrection so that other children can see it and create these same fond memories have I have of it. I hope the original makers would be happy with the new upgrade. We each add our mark in like…our personality and this boat should be around for another 40+ plus years.”last_img read more

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ICBC warning customers about text message scam

first_imgVANCOUVER, B.C. — ICBC is warning customers to delete any text messages purported to have been sent by ICBC, after a number of customers said they received such texts in the last day.According to ICBC, the text messages tell the receiver they’ve been given a refund for a traffic fine or ticket, and includes a link to claim the money. The link directs the user to a site where they have to enter personal banking information.The scam is referred to as SMS phishing, or SMiShing for short, and could trick a recipient into unknowingly downloading malware onto their mobile device or sending personal information directly to the attacker.- Advertisement -ICBC stresses it does not use text messaging or social media to communicate sensitive information to its customers. Furthermore, the Crown Corporation said that it does not issue refunds via text message or Interac e-transfer.In most cases, reading the text shouldn’t cause harm to one’s mobile device but customers should delete the text immediately and not click on any links.Customers that have received this text are encouraged to report this through their local police and the Government of Canada’s Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501.Advertisement ICBC also provided tips to avoid becoming a victim of the scam:Don’t click links within text messages, especially if it’s sent from someone you don’t know. But also be aware that sometimes a scam text could also come from someone you do know.Don’t respond to texts that ask for private or financial information.If you get a message that appears to be from ICBC or another institution you regularly do business with, contact the business directly to confirm they sent you a message. ICBC’s customer service line is 1-800-663-3051.Never reply to a suspicious text message without doing your research and verifying the source.Never call a phone number from an unknown texter.Common sense is your best protection against fraud. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.last_img read more

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‘Berahino not for sale’, insists West Brom chairman

first_img West Brom striker Saido Berahino West Bromwich Albion chairman Jeremy Peace has responded to mounting speculation over the future of Saido Berahino by insisting the striker is not for sale.Berahino hinted last week he may have to look elsewhere to fulfil his long-term Champions League ambitions after being called up to Roy Hodgson’s England squad for the first time.But Peace maintains the 21-year-old graduate of the Baggies’ academy will not be leaving any time soon – and revealed he is in “preliminary talks” with a view to extending Berahino’s current contract which still has three years left to run.In a statement on the club’s official website Peace said: “I wish to assure our supporters that Saido Berahino will not be going anywhere in January or, I hope, next summer.“It is not in our minds at all to trade a footballer the club has worked so diligently to develop.“He is contracted to play for West Bromwich Albion until at least the summer of 2017 and we are happy to sit down with him and discuss extending that commitment on terms which recognise his continuing improvement as a footballer and his growing importance to our own plans.“We have begun that process by opening preliminary talks with Saido’s representatives.“We are delighted that this development has now taken him all the way to the senior England squad. This reflects proudly on our club and the efforts of all the staff who have played such a key role in Saido’s progress since he arrived here as an 11-year-old.“However, it seems to have also generated unwarranted and excitable speculation about his future – which I wish to stress remains very firmly aligned to this football club.”Berahino has been named in Hodgson’s squad for the Euro 2016 qualifier against Slovenia and the friendly against Scotland.The Burundi-born star has starred for England under-21s and has scored eight goals in 13 games for West Brom this season, making him the highest scoring Englishman in the top flight. 1last_img read more

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Everton transfer news: David Moyes ready to do deal with Toffees for striker

first_img Alfred Finnbogason 1 Real Sociedad striker Alfred Finnbogason is set to leave the Spanish side on loan this summer, opening the door to a switch to the Premier League.The Icelandic forward has been told he can leave the Anoeta by manager David Moyes in a bid to get more first-team experience under his belt in a top European league.The San Sebastian side paid nearly £6m to sign the 26-year-old from Heerenveen last summer, but he registered just two goals in 25 league appearances.But news of Finnbogason’s availability has stirred renewed interest from England, with Everton and newly-promoted Norwich reportedly both in contention to land the powerful forward.Moyes’ link with the Toffees and knowledge of the set-up at Goodison Park could convince him to send Finnbogason to the Blues.last_img read more

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Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast – best bits of the week: Friday, December 11

first_imgJoin Alan Brazil for the highlights of another packed week of Sports Breakfast shows, including a host of top guests.Former Everton and Manchester United manager David Moyes joined the show for an exclusive chat, with Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe, Liverpool hero Danny Murphy and British boxing legend Chris Eubank also making special appearances, while Mr Brazil delivered another brilliant Alan Answers.last_img

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Newcastle 2/1 to beat Brighton and move top of the Championship – Coral

first_imgCoral’s Dave Stevens joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds.The top two in the Championship – Brighton and Newcastle United – meet at the Amex Stadium on Tuesday night.Brighton boast a formidable home record and are 11/8 favourites to win and stretch their lead at the top to four points, while Newcastle are 2/1 and the draw is 2/1.Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfastlast_img

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Free coeliac information evening planned at Super Valu Donegal Town

first_imgThe Coeliac Society of Ireland have teamed up with SuperValu to bring awareness to the condition. A coeliac disease information event will take place in Kavanagh’s SuperValu in Donegal Town on the 22nd of February between 7pm and 9pm.The event is free to attend and those who make it along can look forward to sampling a range of gluten-free products, expert advice on following a gluten free diet from the Coeliac Society, tips on understanding food labels plus an opportunity to speak with a dietitian. Coeliac disease is estimated to affect 1% of the Irish population (over 46,000 people). It is an auto-immune disease, which prevents those affected from digesting gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley and rye.The disease can manifest itself at any stage in a person’s lifetime, with symptoms including abdominal pain, recurring mouth-ulcers, weight-loss, vomiting and diarrhoea. The health implications of undiagnosed coeliac disease are far reaching can include; fertility issues, osteoporosis and anaemia. The only treatment is a gluten-free diet.Commenting in advance of the in-store events, CEO of the Coeliac Society of Ireland, Fergal O’Sullivan said “We are delighted to partner with SuperValu on this series of events. At least 1 in 100 people in Ireland in Ireland has coeliac disease and it can be challenging for them to figure out what they can eat, as gluten is a common ingredient in food.“I would encourage anyone who wants to find out more about coeliac disease or following a gluten free diet to attend an event in their local SuperValu store. We are here to help.” He added: “The Coeliac Society of Ireland provides up-to-date support and information for those suffering from coeliac disease, as well as for their families. This includes an invaluable Food List, available to members, which references over 6,400 gluten-free products available on the Irish market. Members also receive monthly updates on new products.”Gareth Ferry, Manager of Kavanagh’s SuperValu, Donegal Town said: “We are delighted to host this event in our store. SuperValu has invested heavily in ensuring we stock an extensive range of gluten free products that offer good value and great taste.“Our Food Academy programme has also produced a large number of innovative products demonstrating the potential for small producers to develop some nice niche products. The in-store event is a great opportunity to showcase the range of gluten-free produce available and for us to engage with our shoppers to get their views”.These free in-store events are open to the general public, including those who are simply interested in maintaining a gluten-free diet. No pre-booking required.Free coeliac information evening planned at Super Valu Donegal Town was last modified: February 12th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:coeliac diseaseDonegal TownSuper Valulast_img read more

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Finn Valley College classroom expansion being considered by Department

first_imgDeputy Pat the Cope Gallagher has asked the Minister for Education and Skills to reveal his plans to provide additional classroom accommodation for Finn Valley School.An application has been lodged with Minister Joe McHugh’s Department and is awaiting approval.Pat the Cope added an application for additional classrooms at Finn Valley College, which is to include an ASD Unit, has already been submitted. He said “It is essential that the Department now process the request from the school, in order that the school gets the necessary approval for the additional accommodation which is required at the school.“I will maintain the pressure on the Department in order that no further delays occur in dealing with this application, as design works and procurement will still have to be done by the school authorities before the accommodation will be provided,” he said.Minister McHugh replied “I can confirm to the Deputy that my Department is in receipt of an application, for additional accommodation, from the school in question.“As part of the assessment process, officials from my Department have been in contact with the school authority regarding additional information which has now been provided. The application is currently under assessment and it is envisaged that a decision will be conveyed to the school authority shortly.” Finn Valley College classroom expansion being considered by Department was last modified: February 28th, 2019 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)last_img read more

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Will wearables’ biometrics out you as a bad shot?

first_imgHow Myia Health’s Partnership with Mercy Virtua… David Curry Video games in the future may involve strapping a bunch of wearables to your head, arms, and feet, in order to get the most immersive experience.That’s what some industry observers are suggesting, as virtual reality (VR) devices like the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive VR start to arrive in homes.See Also: Huawei focused on virtual reality and Internet of Things in 2016“For virtual reality, you need sensors to detect whether the user is standing or squatting, and to control input,” said Li Zhifei, CEO of Mobvoi, a Chinese startup that produces the Ticwatch. Zhifei added that a wearable ring could provide that control input.Smartwatches could go even further, providing video games with biometric data like the player’s heart rate. Valve CEO Gabe Newell said the company was working on biometric input in a 2013 interview with The Verge:“We think that, unlike motion input where we kind of struggled to come up with ideas, there’s potential in biometrics. We have lots of ideas … Biometrics is essentially adding more communication bandwidth between the game and the person playing it, especially in ways the player isn’t necessarily conscious of. Biometrics gives us more visibility.”Biometric data might tell you you’re a bad shotValve hasn’t launched any major biometric trackers, but we suspect as SteamVR comes to more homes, it will work with third-parties to provide biometric support for video games.Biometrics could make shooters and horror games more interactive by adding more suspense or lowering accuracy.“Biometric gaming is still in its early stages, but there are companies who are integrating and experimenting with our technology right now,” said Steven LeBoeuf, president of biometric company Valencell, which recently filed a lawsuit against Apple.What we need to see is openness across the industry, between device manufacturers, platform providers, and video game developers. Only then will we see biometrics and wearables integrated into all types of experiences. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Tags:#biometrics#HTC Vive VR#Internet of Things#IoT#Oculus#smartwatch#Valve#virtual reality#VR#wearables center_img Related Posts Follow the Puck Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You…last_img read more

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Science Headed for Big Stimulus Boost

first_imgAfter years of flat budgets, U.S. scientists have been hoping for the federal government to boost their prospects in a rough economy. If a fact sheet released late yesterday by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D–CA) is accurate, the stimulus package that House and Senate leaders agreed upon yesterday will be manna from heaven. Most of the numbers reflect gaudy spending for science agencies that the House of Representatives proposed in mid-January. They also suggest that science won out over domestic spending priorities, notably federal assistance to state budgets. With state budgets in the red across the country, the House wanted to spend $79 billion on the assistance but the Senate only $39 billion. Science lobbyists had feared that in trying to come up with a compromise while controlling total spending, negotiators from the House and Senate would have to cut science funding. But although the final spending for state assistance is $54 billion in the fact sheet, science agencies made out like bandits:The National Institutes of Health will receive $8.5 billion, along with $1.5 billion for NIH to renovate university research facilities. The large numbers reflect an amendment to the Senate version of the bill successfully added by Republican Senator Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania, who was one of three key Republican senators whose support for the stimulus package allowed it to pass the Senate.The Department of Energy’s Office of Science, which supports U.S. physical science, will receive $1.6 billion.$400 million will be provided to fund a new mini agency within DOE called the Advanced Research Project Agency-Energy. President Barack Obama’s energy secretary, Steve Chu, is a fan. Now Congress has bestowed their blessings—and big money—on his dream energy program.NASA will get $1 billion including $400 million for climate change research.The National Institute of Standards and Technology will receive $580 million.The National Science Foundation would receive the full $3 billion increase that the House had passed last month. That’s a 50% boost to its $6 billion budget. The breakdown of that number is not clear, but the House version contained $2 billion more for research grants; $900 million for three infrastructure programs, including a revived $200 million extramural facilities competition; and $100 million for two education programs.According to the terms of the stimulus deal, this money must be spent roughly over the next 18 months. And a Pelosi staffer called the fact sheet “preliminary.” But if it reflects what’s in the final version of the bill that staffers are currently finalizing, “it’s a huge surprise,”  says Toby Smith of the Association of American Universities. “It really shows a strong base of support, both on Capitol Hill and from the Obama Administration.” Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)last_img read more

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Centre sees foreign hand behind Maoist rebels

first_imgAfter blaming the foreign hand to be behind the anti-nuclear protests in India, the government has now blamed the foreign hand for supporting the Maoists in the country.Replying to a question in the Rajya Sabha the Home Ministry has claimed, for the first time, that the homegrown Maoist movement was receiving support from abroad.”The so-called ‘People’s war’ being waged by the CPI (Maoist) against the Indian state has also drawn support from several organisations located in Germany, France, Holland, Turkey and Italy. Besides, Left-wing extremist groups have participated in conferences and seminars conducted in Belgium and Germany,” the Minister of State in the Home Ministry, Jitendra Singh, told Parliament.Earlier, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s statement about NGOs in the US and Europe fuelling anti-nuclear protests at Kudankulam atomic plant in Tamil Nadu had raised a furore.In the present case, the Home Ministry has not made it clear whether the organisations in European countries are only lending ideological support to the CPI (Maoist) or providing financial help as well.It has also not been explained how wanted Maoist leaders could have managed to travel to Europe to participate in seminars or conferences without catching the eye of the Indian authorities.A Home Ministry source, however, claimed there was proof of Maoists deriving support from European NGOs and the Intelligence Bureau (IB) was monitoring it. In the reply to Parliament, the home ministry went on to say that the CPI (Maoist) has “close links” with foreign Maoist organisations in the Philippines and Turkey.advertisementlast_img read more

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‘Indian politics is invading diasporic politics’

first_imgBhikhu ParekhUnlike Ireland, Israel, China and many other countries, governments in independent India for long took only a limited and furtive interest in overseas Indians. Several factors were responsible. The early migrants, now called Persons of Indian Origin (PIO), had only a limited interest in India. They were neither economically,Bhikhu ParekhUnlike Ireland, Israel, China and many other countries, governments in independent India for long took only a limited and furtive interest in overseas Indians. Several factors were responsible. The early migrants, now called Persons of Indian Origin (PIO), had only a limited interest in India. They were neither economically well off nor politically influential, and had little to offer. Most of their countries of settlement were either fighting for independence or had only recently acquired it and had no international clout. Their project of nation-building demanded total loyalty from Indians. The Indian government was anxious to cultivate their support and was also apprehensive that its concern might expose the PIOS to charges of disloyalty.The depth of this attitude was brought home to Jawaharlal Nehru when Indians in Burma and Sri Lanka were threatened with expulsion. The Sri Lankan prime minister wrote to Nehru in 1948: “I admire the affection they (Indians) still have for their mother country, but note with regret the absence of even the beginning of a similar affection for the country of adoption.” Successive Indian governments thought it wise to adopt a policy of studied indifference to PIOS, doing no more than raising a murmur of concern when they were shabbily treated. Thanks to the second phase migration that began in the early 1960s, the relation between India and overseas Indians has changed dramatically. Indians are now settled in the advanced countries, which are mature, self-confident democracies not particularly worried about dual loyalty. They are used to immigrant communities retaining ties with their countries of origin and acting as pressure groups. This is particularly true of the US and Canada, and is becoming a common practice even in non-immigrant societies like Britain and other European nations. Citizens do worry about the number and impact of immigrants, but seldom about their loyalty. It is striking that no government in the West has raised an eyebrow the various NRI-oriented business schemes floated by the Indian government, or at their political representations on Indian issues. Overseas Indians too have been cautious not to provoke charges of disloyalty. Though much of their philanthropy is directed to India, they have pledged commitment to their countries of settlement. They may cheer the visiting Indian cricket team in the UK, but generally support England in all other cases. As sport becomes the site and emblem of nationalist sentiments, these things do matter. This is not to deny that there have been occasional tensions between overseas Indians and their host societies. Some demand total assimilation and accuse immigrants of retaining native customs of cultural and even political disloyalty. Such voices, however, are generally condemned. On their part, overseas Indians are keen to adapt and keep a low profile. This is as true of Indian Muslims and Sikhs as of Hindus, often described as the most invisible minority because they tend not to make strident demands. In the West today, the concern is about the communal tensions in India spreading to their shores. Indian immigrants are showing disturbing signs of communal polarisation. It even extends to the second and third generations. After last year’s events in Gujarat, Indian Muslims increasingly see themselves more as Muslims than as Indians, and turn to the Islamic ummah for support. Hindus do the same. Both do talk of India but have different attitudes – Hindus claim exclusive ownership and Muslims bemoan their loss of it. I recently wrote what I thought was a balanced article on Gujarat in which I criticised both the Muslim and Hindu leaderships. It provoked a fierce attack from some Hindus – they even called me Maulana Parekh. Such communalisation enables western governments to play off one Indian community against another, and exposes them to charges of supporting militant groups in India and being unable to live in a democratic society. The Indian government needs to appreciate that as the diaspora becomes a significant factor in Indian political life, Indian politics reflects on diasporic politics. Visiting Indian politicians should scrupulously avoid communal partisanship. The Indian diplomatic missions should act as a bridge between India and its diaspora, and might find it helpful to set up advisory councils that act as discussion fora. India can’t cultivate its diaspora without making changes in its attitudes, sensibilities and institutions. Bhikhu Parekh is a member of UK’s House of Lords and Centennial Professor at the London School of Economics.advertisementlast_img read more

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Sania Mirza-Martina Hingis duo enters Wimbledon doubles final

first_imgIndian tennis ace Sania Mirza entered her maiden final at the prestigious Wimbledon with Swiss partner Martina Hingis by earning a straight sets victory in the women’s doubles semifinals at the All England Club here on Friday.The top seeds needed only 56 minutes to overcome American fifth seeds Raquel Kops-Jones and Abigail Spears 6-1, 6-2 in their semifinal match on No.1 Court to enter the summit clash.This is Sania’s first final here across all formats in seniors though she had won the girls’ doubles title here 12 years ago with Russian Alisa Kleybanova. Martina, on the other hand, has two doubles (1996, 1998) and one singles title (1997) to her credit that she won at the lone grass court Major.Though the World No.1 Indian has three mixed doubles Grand Slam titles, she is yet to win the top prize in women’s doubles. The only time she reached a Major final in the category was at the 2011 French Open.The top seeds totally dominated both the sets. In the first one, they broke their opponents twice out of four opportunities which was more than enough to seal the set in their favour. Though they gave three breakpoint chances to Raquel and Abigail, they managed to save all three. Also, they dominated by taking 30 of the 46 points played in the set.The fifth seeds were already rattled by now which led to double fault thrice at crucial moments in the second set. Sania and Martina got two chances to break Raquel and Abigail and utilised both perfectly to clinch the set and match. They were so clinical that they did not even give a breakpoint opportunity to their opponents.advertisementThe world’s two highest ranked players will next take on the winners of the match between Russian second seeds Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina and Hungarian-French fourth seeds Timea Babos and Kristina Mladenovic.Earlier in the day, another Indian Sumit Nagal, partnering Vietnam’s Nam Hoang Ly, earned a straight sets victory to enter the boys’s doubles semifinals. The eighth seeds needed only 53 minutes to defeat Japanese combination of Yusuke Takahashi and Jumpei Yamasaki 6-2, 6-3 on Court 6. Nagal and Ly will next take on Serbian-Norwegian pair of Miomir Kecmanovic and Casper Ruud for a place in the final.last_img read more

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Sourav Ganguly chooses Delhi Capitals over Cricket Advisory Committee

first_imgAdvertisement AdvertisementSourav Ganguly, who currently is seen as a part of the Delhi Capitals team management in the Indian Premier League 2019, seems to have stirred up a controversy by taking up the role of an advisor for Delhi Capitals. The questions raised over here have been of conflict of interest, as Ganguly is also a member of the Cricket Advisory Committee (COA) which was formed by the Supreme Court of India.BCCI CEO Rahul Johri on behalf of the board has asked D.K. Jain the ombudsman to evaluate the dual roles that Ganguly is currently holding. Ganguly is all set to have a meeting with Jain on the 20th of April for his explanation on the scenario.There have also been three complaints from West Bengal from Ranjit Seal, Abhijeet Mukherjee and Bhaswati Santua who have raised questions on Sourav Ganguly, who also is the CAB chief was allowed to sit with the Delhi Capitals team in their dugout at the Eden Gardens during their match against the Kolkata Knightriders.Ganguly’s other counterparts at the COA VVS Laxman and Sachin Tendulkar are also mentors of Sunrisers Hyderabad and Mumbai Indians respectively. Ganguly has stated that he is willing to resign from the Cricket Advisory Committee if there is a question of conflict of interest. Ganguly adds that he is not conflicted and is willing to give up his post at the COA if the situation arises.last_img read more