Another Setback To CM Yediyurappa As Karnataka High Court Refuses To Quash Corruption Case Against Him

first_imgNews UpdatesAnother Setback To CM Yediyurappa As Karnataka High Court Refuses To Quash Corruption Case Against Him Mustafa Plumber6 Jan 2021 7:28 AMShare This – xIn another setback to Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa, the Karnataka High Court on Tuesday refused to quash an First Information Report (FIR) filed against him in the alleged illegal land de-notification case. The bench also imposed a cost of Rs 25,000 on him. A single bench of Justice John Michael Cunha, while dismissing the petition on Tuesday, said: “Since the allegations made…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginIn another setback to Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa, the Karnataka High Court on Tuesday refused to quash an First Information Report (FIR) filed against him in the alleged illegal land de-notification case. The bench also imposed a cost of Rs 25,000 on him. A single bench of Justice John Michael Cunha, while dismissing the petition on Tuesday, said: “Since the allegations made in the complaint and the documents produced in support thereof prima-facie disclose the ingredients of the alleged offences under P.C. Act as well as under IPC, the investigation therein cannot be stalled as sought for by the petitioner.” The case relates to the denotification of 1.11 acre land at Gangenahalli, which is part of the Matadahalli layout in RT Nagar in the city in which former Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy and others are also accused. Based on a complaint by social activist Jayakumar Hiremath, the Lokayukta police had on 05.05.2015  registered a case under sections 13(1)(c), 13(1) (d) r/w 13(2) of Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988 and sections 409, 413, 420, 120(b) r/w 34 IPC and sections 3 and 4 of The Karnataka Land (Restriction on Transfer) Act, 1991.On December 23, 2020 the high court had refused to quash another criminal complaint registered under the Prevention of Corruption Act, against Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa, who is alleged of de-notifying parcels of land and allotting it to entrepreneurs, during his tenure as the Deputy Chief Minister of the state, between February 2006 and October 2007.Yediyurappa’s arguments Senior Advocate C V Nagesh appearing for the petitioner had argued that the prosecution launched against the petitioner is illegal and an abuse of process of Court; that the allegations made in the complaint even if accepted on their face value do not constitute the ingredients of the offences insofar as the petitioner is concerned. Further, the petitioner ordered for de-notification based on the notings put up by the officials pursuant to the powers vested in him under section 48 of the Land Acquisition Act and as such no illegalities or malafides could be imputed to the petitioner especially when the facts disclose that order was made in discharge of the official duties and the power vested with the petitioner. It was also submitted that the “Doctrine of Public Trust”, though enjoins upon the Government, to protect resources for the enjoyment of the general public and to permit their use for providing ownership or commercial purpose, but this Doctrine cannot be invoked to fasten criminal liability against the ministers and public servants entrusted with public duties. Prosecution opposed the plea: Special Public Prosecutor Venkatesh. S Arabatti, pointed that the complaint in question is demonstrative of abuse of power by two Chief Ministers who not only ignored the law and the legal principles, but also deliberately and with dishonest intention de-notified the lands which had been acquired by the Government decades ago and which had vested with the State in terms of Land Acquisition Act, 1984. He further said that the de-notified lands were sold by the mother-in-law of H.D. Kumaraswamy to her own son and brother-in-law of H.D. Kumaraswamy based on the de-notified ordered by the petitioner which smacks of a well designed conspiracy to make unlawful gain. It squarely attracts the offence under section 13(1) (c), 13(1) (d) r/w 13(2) of PC Act and sections 409, 418, 420, 120(b) and section 24 of IPC. The court went through the land file notings and observed that “In the light of the notings at paras 33 to 37, the petitioner could not have ordered for de-notification of the subject lands. The order at para 39 on the face of it is indefensible. There is nothing in para 39 to suggest that the petitioner had ordered for de-notification based on the notings put up by the officials in exercise of the power under section 48 of the Land Acquisition Act on satisfaction that the land has not vested with the Government.” It added “The question as to whether the said order was passed by the petitioner by abuse of power or in furtherance of the common object of the conspiracy need to be ascertained only after a thorough investigation.” Complainant sought to withdraw from case; HC did not permit During the hearing the petitioner moved an application seeking amendment of the petition so as to urge a further ground to quash the criminal proceedings in view of the insertion of section 17A to the PC Act. Though this was opposed by the prosecution, contending that section 17A of the amended PC Act was not applicable to the facts of the case since the case was registered much prior to the amended PC Act came into force. However, the complainant Hiremath filed a memo dated 09.12.2020 seeking leave to withdraw the petition on the ground that in view of the insertion of section 17A of the PC Act, respondent No.2 is left with no other option than to concur with the claim of the petitioner that the investigation/inquiry/ enquiry cannot be undertaken in the absence of an appropriate permission / approval / sanction / consent by the appropriate authority as the subject matter relates to an order passed by the public servant in discharge of his duties as a public servant. Following which he was directed to appear before the Court to explain the circumstances of filing the said memo. In his response he engaged Senior Counsel Ashok Haranahalli and filed an affidavit reiterating the averments made in the memo and further asserted that as on the date of filing the complaint, he was not having materials as were necessary that would connect the accused with commission of the offence and that subsequently, he was able to advert to the relevant documents which had come on record in the course of investigation of the crime to prima facie establish the offence said to have been committed by the accused. Justice Cunha said “The contents of the above affidavit, I may hasten to add, when compared with the facts and events narrated by respondent No.2 in the complaint lodged by him in the year 2015, make it evident that an ingenious attempt has been made to bail out the petitioner and other accused persons named in the FIR.” The court added: “Though respondent No.2 has no legal right or locus standi to seek withdrawal of the complaint or to enter into composition with accused, yet, the hidden motive of respondent No.2 is glaringly evident from the manner in which he has made audacious statements in the affidavit contrary to the records which he claimed to have been “able to advert’ and “which had come on record in the course of investigation” and sought to justify them by engaging a Senior counsel on his behalf. It is really preposterous and disgusting to note that in his eagerness to justify the acts of the petitioner, he has even gone to the extent of taking upon himself the role of an investigator, prosecutor and the Judge, making a grand declaration on oath that “a careful examination of the record of the case” indicated to him that “possession of the land has remained only on paper” and that “number of unauthorised structures have also come into existence over the lands notified for acquisition etc”. The bench opined :”From the reading of the above affidavit and the memo, one can readily draw an inference that respondent No.2 has either fallen a prey to the allurements or has yielded to the pressure of the petitioner or other accused persons named in the FIR, as it is evident that at the instance of the petitioner, petition was amended solely with a view to create a ruse for respondent No.2 to seek withdrawal of the complaint.” The court directed the investigating agency as well as the trial Court which is seized of matter, to take note of the unscrupulous, immoral and unholy nexus between the petitioner and respondent No.2 and other offenders and take suitable action as per law at appropriate stage. Case Details Case Title: B S YEDDYURAPPA And THE STATE OF KARNATAKA Case No: WRIT PETITION NO.29046 OF 2017 Date of Order : 05TH DAY OF JANUARY, 2021 Coram: JUSTICE JOHN MICHAEL CUNHA Appearance: Senior Advocate C.V. NAGESH, A/W Advocate SWAMINI GANESH MOHANAMBAL for petitioners. SPP VENKATESH S ARABATTI, FOR R1; Senior Advocate ASHOK HARANAHALLI, A/W R. SHASHIDHARA, FOR R2Click Here To Download Order[Read Order]Next Storylast_img read more

Tales from the CryptoLocker: Dealing with ransomware

first_imgHello and welcome to my first blog post. I’m Andrew Morris, Regulatory Affairs Counsel at NAFCU, and I help develop NAFCU’s advocacy with regard to payments and cybersecurity issues. Today’s blog post will focus on ransomware and address what credit unions can do to prevent, respond to and recover from these types of attacks.As you have probably heard, a notorious variety of ransomware called “WannaCrypt” locked and disabled computer systems in at least 150 countries this past weekend. Beginning late last Friday, hospitals belonging to the U.K.’s NHS reported that their systems had been compromised, and not long after, the attack reached global proportions, with a second wave of attacks hitting countries in Asia on Monday. continue reading » 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Harold Hartshorne’s Life On The Ice

first_imgBy Sharon HazardLITTLE SILVER – Living on the banks of the Shrewsbury River at “Boxwood Manor,” skating was a natural pastime for Harold Hartshorne.Harold Hartshorne, who was born in 1891 and died in 1961, took skating a few steps further. He mastered the art of ice dancing and became the 1937-1938 U.S. champion, and in 1943 he and partner Nettie Parnell won the bronze medal. With Sandy Macdonald he was the 1939-1941 U.S. champion, and an international silver medalist in 1942. He was the silver medalist, along with partner Kathe Mehle, in the 1944 Winter Olympics. (Ice dancing did not become an official Olympic sport until 1976; until then it was simply known as figure skating.)Whatever it was known as in the 1930s, ice dancing was an elegant form of synchronized skating that suited the long and lanky Hartshorne. With arms outstretched gliding his partner across the frozen ballroom, he was a natural and looked every bit at ease and confident on the ice as he did in other aspects of his life.Harold Hartshorne was born in New York City, graduated from Princeton Univer­sity and served in World War I as a second lieutenant. Like his father and grandfather, he became a stockbroker on Wall Street and added to the family fortune.His brick Tudor-style mansion at the end of Oakes Road in Little Silver was built in 1929 and is now on the Monmouth County registry of historic homes. But back in its day, when the Shrewsbury River froze, another type of history was being made. Hartshorne used it as his own private practice rink, twirling and dipping his female partners around while attaining a world-renowned name as a champion ice dancer. He was the primary force behind the organization of a national ice dancing competition started in 1936, and won the title with two different partners for five consecutive years, from 1937 through 1941, leading to his two international wins. He was president of the Ice Skating Club of New York.Never losing the competitive edge, in 1953 he won the heart of Louisa, his fourth wife, whom he and skating partners had competed against in many previous events. After retirement he became a national and international skating judge and traveled extensively in that capacity.The late Harold Hartshorne, champion figure skater and Little Silver resident, used the Shrewsbury River as a practice rink.In 1961, when the U.S. Figure Skating Association realized there were not enough American judges for the World Competition in Prague, Hartshorne was contacted and agreed to participate. He and Louisa boarded Sebena Flight 548 at what was then Idlewild Airport (now JFK International Airport) in New York City on route to Brussels. It crashed, killing all 72 people aboard on February 15, 1961. An entire generation of athletes, coaches and judges died in the fields near Zaventem Airport.For Harold and Louisa Hartshorne and those who perished with them, it was the end of majestic glides across the glimmering ice in a sedate style that resembles ballroom dancing. In competition, partners are always in an embrace and never separated by more than two arms lengths while skating to music with a definite rhythm and specified tempo.In 1981, 20 years after his death, Harold Hartshorne was inducted into the U.S. Figure Skating Hall of Fame. His former home, just off Seven Bridges Road in Little Silver, looks much the same today as it did when skating parties danced around its banks.All photos courtesy World Figure Skating Museum & Hall Of Famelast_img read more

Primary Election Results In Monmouth County

first_imgThere were few surprises for politicians running in Monmouth County primary elections Tuesday. But despite lower turnout at the polls overall, more Democratic Party voters cast ballots in Republican Party-governed towns than last year.County-supported candidates in the federal races for U.S. senator and the two congressional districts comprising the Two River area all won by handsome margins. Candidates on the county level for the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders did not face primary challenges, although incumbent Freeholder John P. Curley will be running as an Independent after losing Republican Party support earlier this year.There was also only one contested primary in the 13 Two River area towns. In Atlantic Highlands, Republican voters backed candidates new to the political realm. See the results. By Jay Cook |  Boms and Murphy will take on a pair of entrenched Democrats, Councilmen Charles Lero and Roy Dellosso, in November. The general election in Atlantic Highlands may prove to be interesting considering the recent pushback from residents regarding development on First Avenue and an ever-growing parking problem in the downtown.Voter turnout in primaries across Monmouth County was down this year (10.9 percent) compared to last year’s primary election (11.8 percent), but polling numbers show Democrats in the Two River area were active. Democrats outpolled Republicans in four GOP-controlled towns: Fair Haven, Little Silver, Middletown and Shrewsbury. Republicans, on the other hand, out-polled Democrats in Atlantic Highlands, Colts Neck, Holmdel, Oceanport and Rumson. Democrats retained strongholds in towns like Red Bank, where they had a 4:1 ratio compared to the GOP turnout for the borough council contest.Related article: NJ Primary Results in Monmouth County After voting with his wife at Forrestdale School in Rumson, Welle said in a statement he’s “prepared to carry the Democratic flag in the general election.”He continued, “America needs a new generation of leaders with fresh ideas to fix a broken Washington. I’m committed to making Central Jersey the best place to live, work, and raise a family.”But that will be no easy task. Smith, 64, was first elected to the district in 1980 and has won his recent elections by sizable margins. During the last midterm election in 2014, Smith won with 68 percent of the vote, followed by a win in 2016 by a 100,000-vote margin.U.S. Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ4). Photo by Jay Cook“I will run on my record of providing constituent services that are second to none and for authoring numerous laws that make a positive difference,” Smith said in a statement on election night. “My staff and I are problem solvers. We have left – and will leave – no stone unturned in the pursuit of just and equitable solutions for tens of thousands of people wronged by a bureaucratic decision or mistake or misapplication of law.”Smith is seeking his 20th two-year term in the House of Representatives. During his tenure he has co-founded a number of different bipartisan congressional caucuses on subjects like autism, Alzheimer’s disease, Lyme disease and human trafficking. “My enthusiasm for the job has only increased over the years along with my experience and know-how in getting things done,” Smith said.In the 6th Congressional District, U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone Jr., a Democrat, staved off a primary challenge from Javahn Walker by winning an over whelming 87.77 percent of the vote. Pallone was first elected to the House of Representatives in 1988 and has been a steady presence in Washington.U.S. Rep Frank Pallone Jr (D-NJ6) Photo by Jay CookPallone will face off against Republican Richard J. Pezzullo, who faced no primary challenger this week, in November’s general election.In the race for his federal senate seat, Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez was victorious in Monmouth County despite winning by only 3,639 votes over Lisa A. McCormick. Menendez is running for U.S. Senate after he was indicted on corruption charges last year. The case ended in a mistrial earlier this year.center_img Republican businessman and former U.S. Marine Bob Hugin had a compelling victory in the GOP primary to face off against Menendez. Monmouth County Republicans supported Hugin with 85.52 percent of the vote over his challenger Brian D. Goldberg.Quiet Yet Interesting Municipal RacesAtlantic Highlands Republicans pushed four candidates forward to challenge in this year’s primary and the pair running as “Regular Republican” came out victorious.Brian Boms and James Murphy carried the GOP primary by winning 65 percent of the Republican support against candidates Richard Colangelo and Penelope Morris, who ran with the Monmouth County Republican Organization. A total of 660 Republican voters cast votes on Tuesday. This article was first published in the June 7-14, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times. The Federal RacesOne of the more contested primaries across New Jersey took place locally as Democrats Joshua Welle and Jim Keady squared off for the chance to challenge Rep. Chris Smith, the 19-term Republican incumbent, for the U.S. House of Representatives 4th Congressional District seat.Welle, a U.S. Navy veteran and former founder of a tech company, earned support from the Monmouth County Democrats, winning 57.68 percent or 10,941 of the 18,970 votes cast. Keady, a former Asbury Park councilman, won 42.23 percent of the votes.last_img read more

Why Digital Maps Aren’t Ready To Replace Paper

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Apple Maps Isn’t The Only Epic FailAs you well know, last year’s introduction of Apple Maps was an epic failure. Missing bridges, improperly placed landmarks, directions to places that never existed and stranded tourists topped the list of Apple Map fails. A life-endangering situation befell a group in Australia when they were following directions to what they had believed to be Mildura, a vibrant city of 30,000 people in Victoria. Instead, they ended up stranded for 24 hours in a national park in the outback wilderness – in 115-degree heat with no food or water. Turns out that Apple Maps plotted the city of Mildura 40 miles away from its actual location.  But Apple can’t be blamed for last week super-duper-epic-digital-mapping fail: The USS Guardian ran aground on a reef in the Philippine Sea. The Tubbataha Reef is an environmentally sensitive natural park, and the Guardian was navigating through the area without the clearance. When officials informed the Guardian that it had entered a restricted area, and would have to be boarded and inspected, the ship replied: “Take it to the U.S. Embassy.” And then it hit the reef and got stuck.No one was injured and no fuel oil leaked, but the damage to the reef may be extensive. And the Navy has decided to scrap the $277 milllion ship, cutting it into three parts to remove it from the reef without further damage. Plus, the U.S. is facing huge fines and an investigation from the Philippine government. So what’s the connection to digital maps?A few days after the incident, the Navy revealed that the digital maps the Guardian used to navigate misplaced the reef by about eight nautical miles, a little more than 9 miles. The Navy has since advised other ships to compare electronic charts to paper ones before following directions.Durable And Valuable Dr. Clough said in an email to ReadWrite that experts and professionals in certain fields, including military personnel, often value paper more than digital mapping software. His study found that while users liked digital maps for planning short and long distance travel, when it came to traveling on foot, paper was preferred due to its durability and portability. Not to say that digital mapping isn’t more than good enough for most applications. But it may be a good idea for users to refrain from putting their complete trust and faith in any mapping app. Having a paper backup plan may be a good idea. Clough pointed out the irony of the common practice of printing out Google Maps as a convenient backup when navigating. He added, “ I think paper is here to stay for the foreseeable future.” A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts Tags:#Google maps#Government#maps christina ortiz With the rise of smartphones, millions of people have tossed away their paper maps, instead relying on GPS and mapping apps on our phones to find a restaurant or plan a road trip. But is that really a good thing?Surprisingly enough, there’s a lot of academic research into the digital versus paper maps issue. Paul Clough, Senior Lecturer in the Information School at the University of Sheffield, conducted one of these  studies and found that, aside from the fact that we still like paper versions of things (books, magazines), we trust paper maps more. Whether it’s because of technical difficulties with apps, or fear of running out of battery power, the usability and reliability of paper maps still fare better than digital. Even if you do look like a freakin’ tourist if you unfold a paper map on a city street. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Ask an Expert Series: Supporting Dual Language Children and Families

first_imgThis is the second part of a three-part blog series.  Click here to read part one.Image from, CC0Following our first webinar of 2018 the FDEI team recognized our audience’s desire for quality resources and information related to dual language learners.  We carefully reviewed your questions and comments and reached out to Elizabeth D. Peña, Ph.D. at the University of California, Irvine.   Dr. Peña, a certified Speech-Language Pathologist, is a professor in the School of Education.  She is also an American Speech Language Hearing Association Fellow. Her research focuses include bilingualism, language impairment, language development, and assessment bias & measurement.  In this three-part blog series Dr. Peña hopes to answer your questions and help dispel common myths.In dual language families, should family members promote the use of both languages in the home? How can providers support and encourage parents to continue using the home language and dispel fears that their child’s language challenges are related to their dual language status?I think persistence is the key. If a family speaks a language that is different from the community language, the best thing to ensure bilingualism is to continue using the home language. Using the one-person one-language strategy if both partners are fluent in different languages can promote bilingualism.   Care must be taken to ensure that use of this strategy does not result in both parents speaking the community language. Children need exposure to a language to learn it, and casual exposure probably will not be enough.Opportunities for exposure to the home or family language might include: play groups, Saturday classes, after school programs, and bilingual schools. The presence of a variety of people the child hears speaking a language and with whom they interact in that language, will increase children’s ability to learn the language.As children get older, it is important to think about academic opportunities to learn the home language, especially reading and writing. Reading and writing exposes children to complex vocabulary, grammar, and ideas. Even listening to books provides exposure to higher level academic language.There are several blogs that I recommend:2 Languages 2 Worlds: This is my blog, where my colleagues and I post frequently about bilingualism.  Barbara Zurer Pearson’s Blog: This is a great blog on raising children bilingually.  Additionally, her book Raising A Bilingual Child is excellent.  Bilingual Monkeys: This blog offers great, practical advice for raising bilingual children.  What online resources (or resources that families can easily access via local libraries) are available for families of dual language learners who also have a disability? It can be difficult to tell the difference between resources that are based on data and resources based on opinion. However, some quality resources I recommend can be found at these links:Growing Up Bilingual – 10 Article & Studies Supporting Bilingualism in Children with DisabilitiesBilingual Kidspot – Bilingual Children with Autism, Downs Syndrome and other Developmental DelaysPsychology Today – Supporting Bilingual Children with Special Education Needs When the adults around the child, whether it is their parents or teachers, are fluent in only one language, what can they do to support the child towards making progress in their communication and speech development?The best way to support a child is to talk with him or her. Listen to them, focus on meaning and ideas; Expand on their ideas and meaning; Don’t correct them, but provide models so they can learn how to form correct sentences; Support their use of two languages in their lives. I think that letting families know that it is a good thing to learn two languages will go a long way toward supporting their efforts with their children.To jump to part three in this Ask an Expert series click here.This post was edited by Robyn DiPietro-Wells & Michaelene Ostrosky, Ph.D., members of the MFLN FD Early Intervention team, which aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network FD concentration on our website, on Facebook, on Twitter, and on YouTube.last_img read more

It’s Geek to me

first_imgGadgets, innovations, the internet and moreIPod NanoTechnically, a Nano review shouldn’t be more than 140 characters. We’ll make it even nano-er. “Looks Good. Works Great. Not Edible. Buy.”Takara TomyRemember those Spiderman 3D comics that came along with stereoscopic glasses? Excellent memory! Now, here’s a camera that will surely accelerate that geriatric feeling. Takara Tomy has this delightful US$ 70, 3D camera. No fancy features, just a 0.3 MP(!) basic camera that shoots 3D images on to a SD Card which needs to be printed out; before being viewed through a viewer. Basically, you’re shooting two images which look like cool 3D when seen through a stereoscopic viewer. Bag this if you’re heading Japan-side.Samsung S2Very soon, you will be overwhelmed with words like USB 3.0–it is a fast way of exchanging data between the hard drive and the computer. You need to have two USB 3.0. compatible devices to enjoy that luxury of speed. OK! Class over. Now, here’s our Korean friend with some shiny wares that sport USB 3.0! The Samsung S2 Portable range of hard drives are USB 3.0 enabled, have a 7,200 rpm hard drive and are just 2.5 inches thick. These land in Europe and US this month. Choose between 320 GB and 640 GB. you’re a fan of well designed computers but ain’t too keen about those Macs, here’s Zotac’s ZBox line of PCs with an integrated Blu-Ray drive. If plain looks ain’t killing it for you, this one is powered by an Intel Atom processor at 1.8 Ghz, 2 GB RAM, a NVIDIA Ion graphics platform and carries along a HDMI port, b/g/n Wifi, USB 2.0 ports and surprisingly USB 3.0 ports too! The shining star in the arsenal is surely the integrated Blu-Ray drive. No news on the cost yet, but expect to raise an eyebrow considering this has Blu-Ray in an admirable package. www.zotac.comNikon S8100Aah Nikon. Another of those proper nouns which mortals can never seem to pronounce right. This time, they’re in the spotlight with his rather dapper camera. The S8100 joins the Coolpix family with a muscle power of 14.2 MP and a light sensitivity of ISO 3200. Adding to the ogle factor is 1080p recording and multi-coloured hues to choose from. With features like these, you cannot blame the camera for bad pictures. Spill US$ 300 for one of these and head to for the buy!Pico ProjectorDon’t be a pedant! You know that Pico is a smaller unit than a Nano; so don’t ask why a Philips Pico Projector is larger than a Nano. For the uninitiated, a Pico Projector is a pocket projector designed to impose pictures and media on unsuspecting co-passengers. So, the PPX 1430 is a tiny Philips projector that accepts content from SD cards and spits out projections at 800 X 600 & 400:1 contrast! Damages begin from 199 pieces of European silver. read more

1st-timers Texas Tech and Virginia face off for NCAA title

first_imgVirginia’s Ty Jerome, left, and Kyle Guy laugh as they answer questions during a news conference for the championship of the Final Four NCAA college basketball tournament, Sunday, April 7, 2019, in Minneapolis. Virginia will play Texas Tech on Monday for the national championship. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)MINNEAPOLIS — For Virginia and Texas Tech, doing something that had never been done before took hard work, dedication, determination — and vision.The Cavaliers and Red Raiders meet in the NCAA Tournament championship game Monday night. Neither program has ever been this close to a title, making it a rare matchup of first-timers to the final game of the college basketball season. The last time both teams in the championship game had never been there before was 40 years ago, when Magic Johnson and Michigan State beat Larry Bird and Indiana State.ADVERTISEMENT Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles “Our goal has never been to make a tournament. It’s been to win the tournament,” Beard said. “It’s easy to talk about, and really, really hard to do. But that’s where we started this whole thing, was just trying to have the expectations and the vision where we could be relative.”Texas Tech reached the Elite Eight for the first time last season. This season, with a mostly rebuilt team around star Jarrett Culver, the Red Raiders shared the Big 12 regular-season title for the first time and are now on the cusp of an unlikely championship.Bennett’s belief he could challenge the Atlantic Coast Conference’s Tobacco Road powers came from his father, Dick Bennett. The Badgers hadn’t been to a Final Four in more than 50 years, when Dick Bennett coached them there in 2000 using a methodical style.“Can you go and take a team and build your program in a way that you think is best and compete against the best?” said Bennett, in his 10th season at Virginia. “There’s a way that I know works — or that I believe works. So when you get in those spots, you hope, you have a vision and you hope, but you never truly know. When you come in and say, ‘This is going to happen. We’re going to be a Final Four team, or we’re going to win the ACC.’ You believe it, and you hope it, and then you just go to work.”Tony Bennett took his father’s blueprint and turned Virginia into a perennial ACC contender, going toe-to-toe with Duke and North Carolina, but not until this season were the Cavaliers able to break through — doing so on the strength of two improbable last-second plays. And just a year after suffering the most stunning upset in NCAA Tournament history, losing as the top overall seed to No. 16 seed UMBC. ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. LATEST STORIES Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krausscenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Between the Red Raiders (31-6) and Cavaliers (34-3), a first-time champ is guaranteed. The last one of those was crowned in 2006, when Florida won the first of back-to-back titles.College basketball’s hierarchy, blue bloods in an array of shades from Duke to Kentucky, North Carolina to Kansas, is difficult to crack. Getting here started with Virginia coach Tony Bennett and Texas Tech’s Chris Beard believing it could be done.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“Then you’ve got to get people on board that really believe it and believe it in front of you, behind your back, believe it at 10 o’clock when they’re out of town, on the road somewhere. Believe it in the morning, believe it when they’re talking to their wife, their kid,” Beard said Sunday at U.S. Bank Stadium. “They’ve got to really believe it.”In less than a decade, Beard has gone from coaching in the semi-pro ABA to Division III, then II, and then a couple of seasons at Arkansas Little Rock before landing in Lubbock. The Red Raiders basketball history is solid but unspectacular. Texas Tech was where Bobby Knight landed after the volatile Hall of Fame coach wore out his welcome in Indiana. He took Texas Tech to the NCAA Tournament four times in the 2000s. Pretty good, but Beard expected much more. MOST READ View comments Baylor holds off Notre Dame for NCAA women’s title Defense is the calling card for both the Cavaliers and Red Raiders, but Bennett is quick to point out, they are not similar when it comes to X’s and O’s, only results. By KenPom’s points allowed per 100 possessions, Texas Tech is ranked No. 1 in the country and Virginia is fifth. The betting total for this game was paltry 118 on Sunday.Maybe they’re making defense cool again.“I would like to think so,” Tech’s Brandone Francis said. “It’s like I love eating ice cream, no different than playing defense.”This NCAA championship game might not lure in the casual fan, looking for one-and-done stars, iconic coaches and fast-paced 3-balling offenses like the ones Villanova used to win two of the last three titles.“I think if you’re a basketball fan you’ll really enjoy the game,” Virginia’s Braxton Key said. “If you’re just kind of a highlight fan this isn’t the game to watch.” DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anewlast_img read more

Pain-free Andy Murray optimistic about return to tennis

first_imgAndy Murray of Britain reacts during his men’s singles match against Fernando Verdasco of Spain at the ATP Shenzhen Open tennis tournament in Shenzhen, in south China’s Guangdong province on September 28, 2018. (Photo by – / AFP) / China OUTAndy Murray is confident he can return to competitive tennis and has hinted at a doubles spot at Wimbledon, inspired by American doubles great Bob Bryan’s return from hip surgery.The two-time Wimbledon champion, 32, in January announced plans to retire after this year’s Wimbledon due to injury, expressing doubt as to whether he would even make it to the All England Club.ADVERTISEMENT The Scot has all but ruled out an appearance in the singles draw, nearly four months after surgery on a career-threatening hip problem, but he could return by playing in the men’s doubles.The former world number one told Tuesday Times there was “very little chance” he would play singles during the grass-court season.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“Potentially doubles, but I’m not trying to get ready for singles just now,” he said.“The thing I said before was that, if I wasn’t feeling good, there was more chance that I would play and then stop after Wimbledon. “I can look at Bob Bryan and say, this is what he has done, he is playing top three or four in the world-level doubles. He’s also nine years older than me, so why would I not be able to do the same and hopefully a bit more?”Murray has an official deadline of June 18 to apply for a wildcard for this year’s Wimbledon, where he was the champion in 2013 and 2016, and could also use his protected ranking to enter.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss View comments 10 boys, girls make it to Jr. NBA Philippines 2019 All-Stars Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess “Whereas if it’s feeling good, it makes a bit more sense to give it time to make sure that it’s as good as possible before I try to play singles on it.”Murray, whose ranking has plummeted to 218 due to his time away from the court, said he was pain-free as he spoke about the example set by Bryan.“I know from seeing what Bob Bryan has done (he had similar surgery last year) that for doubles it will be absolutely fine. I will need to see from there how it would work singles-wise.“It has been really good so far. I’m playing lots of golf. I don’t have any pain walking round the course and swinging clubs. When I’m on the court hitting, it has been perfect.“If I continue to feel good, then I will obviously give it a shot in singles and see what happens. Whereas in doubles I am pretty certain I will be able to play, just based on having an example to look at.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img LATEST STORIES ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP MOST READ Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, toolast_img read more

Harvey Norman Touch Football day a success

first_imgOver 150 Harvey Norman franchisees took to the fields at Sydney Olympic Park on Wednesday to learn more about Touch Football as part of their Electrical Conference. Franchisees from across Australia travelled to Sydney for the conference and had the opportunity to have a run around on Wednesday morning to experience the sport after the recent announcement of Harvey Norman becoming a whole of game sponsor for NRL Touch Football. NRL ambassadors, Nathan Hindmarsh and Mario Fenech were also involved in the day, adding plenty of entertainment and humour to the event. Participants were split into 16 teams, taking part in two games each throughout the morning, with the Gorillas, including Hindmarsh who joined the team for the final, defeating Fenech’s newly adopted Buffalos team in the grand final. Hindmarsh and Fenech were full of praise for the event and the relationship. “It was a great day, there’s nothing better than being outside having a run around. It beats being in the office so I was glad to be involved in the day and beating Mario in the grand final made it an even better day,” Hindmarsh said. “Harvey Norman is a major sponsor of NRL Touch Football which is outstanding news. Harvey Norman has always been a great sponsor of Rugby League over the years, so it’s fitting they’ve started with Touch Football to help grow both codes,” Hindmarsh said. “It was great. Harvey Norman has been a great partner of Rugby League, I’m friends with Harvey Norman and it’s great to be involved,” Fenech said. Touch Football Australia Chief Executive Officer, Colm Maguire said the event was a great way to see the relationship come into fruition following the announcement in early October. “I thought it was a fantastic day, so many people just enjoying themselves. We had four fields running at once, franchisees from all around the country participating in Touch Football and really creating strong ambassadors not only for the relationship but also for our product in terms of Touch Football,” Maguire said. “(Hindmarsh and Fenech) found their way into the first match and made sure they kicked the day off against each other and come grand final time it was no surprise that they found their way onto the two teams participating. They are great ambassadors for our sport as well as the Rugby League and certainly the relationship between us and Harvey Norman.”Harvey Norman’s Chief Operating Officer, John Slack-Smith, said the event was a great opportunity for the franchisees to have a taste of Touch Football. “It was fantastic, when you’ve got people who are genuinely enthusiastic about being involved, sporting skill or not, and a great Sydney day, it’s been lots of fun,” Slack-Smith said. Harvey Norman Caringbah’s Ian Crawford was part of the winning ‘Gorillas’ team and is looking forward to being able to create a relationship with his local Touch Football community. “I had a great time. It’s a fantastic day, a great venue. There were a lot of laughs involved,” Crawford said. “It’s a great team sport, a lot of the guys here today I hadn’t met before but I got to know them really well. It’s a great way to meet new people and have some fun times together. It doesn’t have to be super serious, it’s just a lot of fun.”To view some photos from the day, please visit the Touch Football Australia Facebook page – Stay tuned to the TFA YouTube channel for all of the highlights of the day – Related LinksHarvey Norman Touch Daylast_img read more