Not that they really need them, but reinforcements are on the way for the Yankees.Slugging first baseman Luke Voit, who has been on the shelf with a hernia since July 30, said Friday he’s eyeing a late-August return after avoiding a potentially season-ending surgery. Fernando Tatis Jr. injury update: Padres’ star rookie (back) likely done for season, manager says Gio Urshela surprises Yankees: ‘Nobody thought Gio would be this guy’ Related News Voit, 28, has been cleared by the Yankees for baseball activities and is expected to shake off the cobwebs in a handful of rehab starts with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre next week.”I know I’m going there to take BP and do baseball activities, kind of like Spring Training, I guess,” Voit said (via Yankees.com). “It’s just getting used to taking BP every day, grounders, getting workouts and everything. Then I’ll play Thursday or Friday.” Cubs bring back Addison Russell, send Albert Almora to minors Luke Voit working at 1st base.Also working on his hoop skills. pic.twitter.com/ru4GiKlA8v— Pete Caldera (@pcaldera) August 16, 2019Voit was enjoying a career year before the hernia slashing .278/.392/.493 with 19 home runs, 16 doubles and 54 RBIs in 94 games. He said he’s pinpointed a return to the big club Aug. 30 when the Yankees begin a six-game homestand.”We’ve been really excited about Luke over the last week, realizing that he’s going to be able to get back,” manager Aaron Boone said.New York has gotten along just fine without Voit and fellow injured slugger Giancarlo Stanton in recent weeks as they own the best record in the American League (82-42) and a 10 1/2-game lead over the Rays in the AL East.
1 Jul 2015 English amateur trio qualify for The Open England internationals Paul Kinnear and Ben Taylor and Somerset’s Alister Balcombe are among five amateurs who claimed places in The Open at St Andrews in yesterday’s final qualifying.They are joined by two other amateurs, Irishman Paul Dunne, who won the event at Woburn, and American Jordan Niebrugge.Taylor (pictured top, image © Leaderboard Photography) and Balcombe shared top spot at Royal Cinque Ports in Kent with professional Gary Boyd after they all scored five-under par over 36 holes.Meanwhile, Kinnear came through at Gailes Links and was emotional after joining professionals Mark Young and New Zealander Ryan Fox.The 20-year old from Formby said afterwards: “I was shaking over my three-foot birdie putt (at the last). It was awful waiting around to see if I was going to get into a play-off and I think that’s why all the emotions have come flooding out.” Kinnear was the leading Englishman at last week’s Brabazon Trophy, supported by Your Golf Travel, where he tied third.Taylor, 23 and a plus-five handicapper from Walton Heath, has just finished his studies at Louisiana State University and also had a top ten finish at the Brabazon. He birdied three of his last seven holes for a 67.“I putted out really well from six feet and that’s so important down the stretch when you are trying to qualify for The Open. I knew that putt at the last was to go five-under and made myself hole it.“I’ve just finished college and I might go to qualifying in America at the end of the year but this summer is about trying to make the Walker Cup at Lytham and making The Open at St Andrews as an amateur is a dream.”Balcombe, a 19-year-old from Clevedon with a plus-three handicap, said: “I was in the clubhouse at Clevedon just before the Regional Qualifier (last week) and saw a picture of the 18th at St Andrews.“I thought how great it would be to be a part of that. I’ve never played the Old Course, so I’m looking forward to the experience.”For scoring and more information visit TheOpen.com
Facebook28Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Jeffrey Scott, Owner of Desco Audio & VideoThere is a BBC Radio 4 program that started in 1942 called Desert Island Discs. The format is simple – a guest is invited to choose eight discs, a book, and a luxury to take with them as they’re castaway on a mythical desert island. They’re given the complete works of Shakespeare and the Bible. During the interview, they explain their choices and discuss key moments in their lives, people, and events that have influenced and inspired them and brought them to where they are today.The radio show still plays to this day and has aired over 3000 episodes. I’ve been an audio/music junkie since about 1977. Here are some of my favorite albums and why they are special to me.Steely Dan – Aja – Photo courtesy of Desco AVSteely Dan – Aja (new re-issued 180 gram vinyl)This album started my obsession with Hi-Fi and great music. When my older brother was about 18, he got this awesome Sansui stereo system and threatened me with great bodily harm or death if I ever touched it. So, as soon as he left the house, I snuck into his room and fired up his turntable and discovered music like I had never heard before. The album he had on the platter was the new Steely Dan Aja. I was too young to understand all the lyrics and but the fusion of Jazz and Rock that came together makes this one of the greatest albums of all time. I just knew I loved it. I still listen to it, and we stock the new pressings in vinyl at our store.Thelma Houston and Pressure Cooker – I’ve Got the Music in Me – Photo courtesy of Desco AVThelma Houston and Pressure Cooker – I’ve Got the Music In Me (Sheffield Lab Records direct-to-disc vinyl)In the mid-70’s Doug Sax and Lincoln Mayorga created a music label called Sheffield Labs that perfected direct-to-disc recordings. Instead of making a master tape and editing it together, they cut the music straight to a lacquer lathe and made the master lacquer platter live! I didn’t discover these albums until the early 80’s. The music is Big Band, R&B, Jazz Fusion and is absolutely fantastic. These songs are all done in one take and captures a magical music moment. It is a very difficult album to find in good condition. There is an unopened copy on eBay for $133. If you buy it, give me a ring. I would love to listen to that first play! I could not live without my copy of this recording.Pink Floyd – The Dark Side of the Moon – Photo courtesy of Desco AVPink Floyd – The Dark Side of the Moon (180 gram vinyl and CD)Although The Dark Side of the Moon came out in 1973 and was an immediate success, I didn’t discover it until 1979 when it was re-mastered and released as a Mobile Fidelity half-speed master. This was the first theme based album with songs that blended into each other. It had sounds and effects that are unlike the albums of its day. I am sure most of you are familiar with the work as it is still one of the best-selling albums of all time. It has currently sold over 45 million copies worldwide. This record makes me miss the way records used to be made – as whole concepts. In this iTunes world we live in, concept albums seem a thing of the past. Perhaps that is the appeal of vinyl. With a record, the listener gets to enjoy the whole meal instead of an appetizer.Eagles – Hotel California – Photo courtesy of Desco AVEagles – Hotel California (vinyl or CD)Released in 1976, Hotel California, was the Eagles fifth studio album. I liked the sarcasm and smart lyrics in this album as well as the great cohesion that this band has. Every artist in the group had significant contributions to the final product. The members of the Eagles are all such accomplished musicians. I always have an easy, peaceful feeling when listening (sorry, couldn’t help stealing their line).Erich Kunzel & the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra – Tchaikovsky’s 1812, Capriccio Italien and Cossack Dances – Photo courtesy of Desco AVErich Kunzel & the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra – Tchaikovsky’s 1812, Capriccio Italien and Cossack Dances (CD or vinyl)I was introduced to classical music in about 1981 when a girl I liked invited me to her All-State Concert in Seattle. The All-State Symphony performed Tchaikovsky’s Capriccio Italien, and I was hooked. I had never heard full orchestral music live and could not believe how moving and powerful it was. The themed attacks of the music that built to this giant crescendo was both amazing and breathtaking.I did not have to look far for the best recording. Telarc Digital had a vinyl record for sale of the Capriccio with the 1812 Overture as the headliner. There were warning labels on the album. Most record players could not play the album because they recorded real cannons for the 1812 Overture. It made such wide modulations on the record that most needles would jump out of the groove. Who doesn’t want a record with torture-your-system warnings? I bought the album and enjoyed finding a cartridge that could play it. If you ever find the vinyl album – be careful – it is a challenge for most phono cartridges. The recording was an early digital master and is wonderful fun.Mikhail Pletnev – Scarlatti Keyboard Sonatas (CD)Mikhail Pletnev – Scarlatti Keyboard Sonatas – Photo courtesy of Desco AVI love listening to the piano, and this double CD recording is beautiful. Never have I heard such passionate interpretations of Scarlatti’s music. Mikhail Pletnev is a masterful pianist. He took Scarlatti’s Sonatas originally meant for the harpsichord and elevated them to lush involving romantic interpretations. Some harpsichord purists may not care for this piece, but I find that his playing combined with one of the best recordings of a piano to be captivating. Bonus info is that this CD has been re-issued and is available on Amazon for only $12.93! Julian Lloyd Webber, Sir Yehudi Menuhin & Royal Philharmonic Orchestra – Elgar Cello Concerto – Photo Courtesy of Desco AVJulian Lloyd Webber, Sir Yehudi Menuhin & Royal Philharmonic Orchestra – Elgar Cello Concerto (CD or vinyl)There are many great recordings of the Elgar Cello Concerto. This performance is not only well recorded, but the scale is large and the stereo image expansive. Recorded in 1985 it still passes the test of time. There are a few significant recordings of this piece, the most well known is the recording by Jacqueline Du Pré, who made the piece popular on the world stage. But, Yehudi Menuhin was a musician who had worked with Elgar and Julian Lloyd Webber is a fabulous player who is often looked over due to the fame of his brother, Andrew Lloyd Webber.Elgar says that he wrote the Cello Concerto as an image of a man contemplating the meaning of life. It is a haunting and passionate piece of music. This is one of those pieces of music to be played late at night and savored.Crosby Stills and Nash – CSN – Photo courtesy of Desco AVCrosby Stills and Nash – CSN (vinyl and CD)David Crosby, Stephen Stills, and Graham Nash released this studio album in the summer of 1977. CSN was the first studio album the three had created together since the Deja Vu album in 1970. The writing is creative, and the vocals are tight. One of my favorite tracks to use for demos is In My Dreams written by David Crosby. The stereo recording has beautiful imaging with the guitars and voices focused across the whole soundstage.I hope you enjoyed reading about my favorite Desert Island Discs. I would love to hear your favorites. Post them in a comment below. I am always looking for new music to experience. If you ever want to hear my list, stop by the store and ask for a demo.
By Liz Sheehan MONMOUTH BEACH – The Monmouth Beach Board of Education will seek new bids this month for the construction of an all-purpose room after the bids received last week did not match the amount the board had set.Linda Considine, the interim business administrator for the district, said Tuesday that the lowest bid received last week for the project was $1.579 million, while the target set for the project was $1.30 million.The funds for the project will come from capital reserve, Superintendent Michael Ettore said Monday. The district, he said, has the funds because the school had no operating costs for a period of eight months following Super Storm Sandy, when students went to Oceanport, West Long Branch and Shore Regional High School.“We don’t need to ask the public for a nickel” to build the addition to the school, Ettore said.There are 250 students in the school, he said.In a presentation to the school board in 2015, Board President Kirk Ruoff said that in addition to the savings from the school closing for Sandy, a roof project, estimated to cost around $850,000, had instead come in at $370,000. The district, he said, had always transferred other small amounts to capital reserve and, counting in the savings from the period following Sandy and the lower costs than expected of the roof, there was approximately $1,700,000 in the district’s capital reserve account.After a feasibility study and input from the community, the administration and the PTO, the decision was made to build a multi-purpose room “for lunch, instructional use and community use,” he said, according to the minutes.Ettore said that the tables for lunch, which is now in the gym, had to be stored in that room which created a safety issue. He said when the tables were not in use they were behind mats and cut down on the space in the gym used for indoor activity.Not using the gym for lunch would also add instructional time there, he said, since now in the period before and after lunch it cannot be used while the tables are being set up and taken down.The proposal, as presented for bids by architects Kellenyi, Johnson, Wagner Architects, Red Bank, is listed on Construction Journal, a web site for contractors.It described the project as a 3,338-square-foot addition to the school to be built on the southeast corner of the existing building, with steps and a handicapped ramp where an existing playground, to be moved, now stands. A ramped hallway would connect the addition to the existing school.Asked how the community was informed about the plans for the addition, Ruoff said that the plans had been discussed for a long time at school board meetings and at PTO meetings.“Nobody ever shows up” for the school board meetings he said. “I guess they’re happy with how we are running things.”“I have not heard of that,” said Dona Zabe, whose twins are in the eighth grade at the school, when asked about the plan for the addition. She said she had not been aware of any problems with having lunch in the gym.Zabe said she didn’t see adding the new lunch room as an issue. “Go for it,” she said.
ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 11, 2017)–They call him “Big Money Mike” and anybody who saw him orchestrate an improbable come from behind win aboard the Carla Gaines-trained Bolo in Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 Arcadia Stakes at Santa Anita will readily attest Mike Smith is aptly named. Rank under the wire the first time around, Smith somehow got the 5-year-old horse by Temple City to relax and unleash a powerful late rally that resulted in a head victory over an unlucky What a View while getting one mile over a “good” turf in 1:34.51.“It’s his first race back (since the Grade II Eddie Read Stakes on July 17) and it’s his first time wearing a rubber bit,” said Smith, who had just guided Vale Dori to victory in the Grade II Santa Maria Stakes one race earlier. “I had a bit of trouble. He’s so strong, it’s like pulling on the barn. If you give him daylight, he’ll just run off, which he’s done before.“I thought I had a good shot through the lane. When Graham Motion’s horse (Ring Weekend) came up on the outside of us, it was like Talladega Nights, time to ‘Shake ‘n’ Bake baby!’ He helped me push by What a View.”Off at 6-1 in a field of five older horses, Bolo paid $14.60, $4.60 and $2.80.Owned by Keith Brackpool’s Golden Pegasus Racing and Earle I. Mack LLC, Bolo, who also won last year’s Arcadia, notched his fifth win from 13 starts and with the winner’s share of $120,000, he increased his earnings to $614,045.“He’s something else, this horse,” said an elated Brackpool. “Carla and I were saying ‘Get third, get third,’ then ‘Get second, get second.’ I didn’t think we had won until I saw the replay, amazing. We’ll take a look at the Kilroe (Grade I, mile on turf, March 11) next.”California-bred What a View, who along with Conquest Enforcer, opened up two lengths on the winner at the top of the lane, prevailed by three quarters of a length for the place and paid $5.00 and $3.00.“I just can’t beat Smith!” said Tyler Baze, who rode What a View and who was also second to Smith in the previous race, the Grade II Santa Maria Stakes. “(My horse) ran good, really good…I thought I had it once I fought off Conquest Enforcer, which I thought was the horse to beat. He came head to head with my horse and my horse dug in hard. Especially that last sixteenth of a mile. I thought, ‘Good, we’re home free. Then Bolo…It’s frustrating.”The 6-5 favorite with Flavien Prat aboard, Conquest Enforcer held Ring Weekend off by a nose and paid $2.10 to show.Fractions on the race were 23.74, 46.92, 1:10.98 and 1:23.22.
A UN Stabilisation Mission in DRC soldier on Goma hill. It remains to be seen whether the force can ensure peace in the eastern DRC after the defeat of M23.(Image: Guy Oliver, Irin Photo)MEDIA CONTACTS• A MaswanganyeMinister-counsellorM ConradieCounsellorSouth African Embassy, Kinshasa, DRC+243 81 556 6586• Stephanie WoltersProgramme managerConflict Prevention and Risk Analysis DivisionInstitute of Security Studies, Pretoria+27 12 346 9500/2RELATED ARTICLES• Stateless Zim residents gain citizenship • Kilimo Salama farmers’ safety• Africa rising• Piracy decline gives Somalis hope • Africa’s turn to save the worldIrin NewsWith the predominantly Tutsi rebel group M23 routed and vowing to disarm, attention is shifting to how to cement and extend peace across eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and ease the decades-long suffering and deprivation of millions of civilians.Since 25 October, Congolese troops, backed by a new UN intervention brigade, have driven M23 fighters from their fortified strongholds in North Kivu Province, in a series of surprisingly successful operations.The triumph has raised hopes of better times ahead for one of the world’s most turbulent regions. Civilians in the area reportedly welcomed the M23’s defeat. A jubilant Martin Kobler, head of the UN Stabilisation Mission in the DRC, was filmed shaking hands with smiling residents in “liberated” villages.But observers caution that the military triumph is only a first step towards stability in a region long plagued by lawlessness and bad governance, beset by ethnic and political tensions, and awash with weapons.“The M23 is only one of many armed groups operating in the eastern DRC,” said Stephanie Wolters, an analyst at the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) in Pretoria. “There are many others that have long rendered the lives of the population in these parts a living nightmare, and that still need to be tackled politically and militarily.”Military muscleExperts say the reorganised FARDC, as DRC’s national army is known, and the newly offensive UN force must continue to work in tandem if the cycle of violence in eastern DRC is to be broken.M23 is just the latest in a series of ethnic-Tutsi led militias that have operated in the hills close to the borders with Rwanda and Uganda. As many as 45 other rebel groups are currently operating across the region, where the DRC government has little control.Militant groups have been accused of gross human rights violations, including executions, using rape as a weapon of war and conscripting children. Government forces have also been blamed for atrocities. The violence and instability have hampered efforts to extend basic services, including health care, and to alleviate poverty.DRC President Joseph Kabila shook up the command of the army after security forces put up no meaningful resistance as M23 gunmen seized Goma, the capital of North Kivu, in November last year. Having humiliated the government and the UN, whose peacekeepers proved equally powerless, the rebels withdrew a few weeks later.Military analyst Darren Olivier said the new FARDC commander in North Kivu has cracked down on ill-discipline, raised morale and turned his troops into a capable force. The troops were well prepared and supplied for their assault on the M23, he said.“This has interesting implications for the potential of FARDC to eventually be able to maintain a monopoly of force in the eastern DRC,” Olivier wrote in the African Defense Review.“In just four days, M23 has been dislodged from every one of the strongholds it once held,” Olivier said. “This surprisingly rapid reversal of fortunes for the group was unprecedented only weeks ago when most experts predicted that it would take significant effort to remove M23 from towns like Kibumba, Rumangabo and Rutshuru.“Despite M23′s claims that its withdrawals were intentional, the group relinquished heavily-fortified positions all over North Kivu that it had only recently reinforced after the fighting in August. While M23 is not yet fully defeated, there is little doubt that it has suffered a crushing military loss.”South African troopsCreating such a monopoly should prove easier with the support of the UN Force Intervention Brigade, the 3 000-strong unit deployed earlier this year in a demonstration of the international community’s determination to break the cycle of violence in eastern DRC. Unusually for UN missions, the brigade is mandated to carry out targeted offensive operations to help government forces eliminate armed groups.According to Olivier, the UN force played a crucial role in the battle against the M23 by allowing government troops to fight simultaneously on three fronts, dividing and weakening the rebels as they tried to defend their fortified redoubts north of Goma.Wolters of the ISS said the M23 defeat and the impact of the UN brigade (made up of troops from South Africa, Tanzania and Malawi) sends a strong message to other armed groups.“It may prompt them to consider the advantages of a negotiated solution over a drawn-out military campaign. If it really wants peace, Kinshasa will then have to react quickly to capitalize on this and to engage in robust negotiations that can bring a real end to the violence,” Wolters said.Negotiations and reformsHow Kinshasa deals with the M23 may indicate how willing it is to make concessions to other rebel groups in the name of a national reconciliation programme.Under a multilateral framework agreement signed under UN and African Union auspices in March, the DRC is committed to a far-reaching reform programme designed to tackle the root causes of instability and rebellion.“The M23 is only one of many armed groups operating in the eastern DRC. There are many others that have long rendered the lives of the population in these parts a living nightmare, and that still need to be tackled politically and militarily.”As well as pledges on reconciliation and democratization, the government promised action to overhaul its security forces, consolidate state authority in the east and prevent armed groups from destabilizing neighbouring countries. The plan includes detailed benchmarks at national, regional and international levels to measure progress.However, peace talks with the M23 in the Ugandan capital Kampala had dragged on for months and were already stalled when the military push changed the facts on the ground.Russ Feingold, the US special envoy to the region, said on 6 November that a still unsigned agreement between the government and the M23 contains detailed provisions for disarming and demobilising the rebels and for protecting them from other armed groups.French permanent representative to the UN Gerard Araud said DRC negotiators were reluctant to sign “a sort of agreement between equals” after the rebellion had been crushed.The DRC parliament also has yet to pass a national amnesty programme. Western diplomats are pushing strongly for those accused of war crimes or crimes against humanity, including several M23 commanders, to be excluded from the amnesty and held accountable.Feingold contrasted this approach with the failed peace agreement of 23 March 2009, from which the M23 movement took its name. While the 2009 deal “did give that kind of amnesty to people who committed major crimes… there’s no impunity in this, this time,” Feingold said. “The goal here is to make sure this can’t happen again.”He said a successful conclusion to the Kampala talks could open the way for substantive talks between countries in the region. “Without that, this is not likely to be a successful effort to get at the root causes.”The violence in eastern DRC has left over one million people displacedYet there is concern that success against the M23 could leave Kinshasa feeling less compelled to meet its obligations under the framework agreement and deliver on its reform pledges, which include the establishment of the special courts.With the M23 defeated, Kabila could “shake off some of the pressure on him to carry out national reforms and would be buoyed by the popularity such a victory would certainly bring,” said Jason Stearns, a former UN expert on DRC.Concerned neighboursWhile the enhanced capabilities of FARDC and UN were important in defeating the M23, some analysts argue that the rout also reflects a Rwandan decision to withdraw support for the rebels in the face of intense pressure from the international community.There is speculation that Rwanda has secured assurances that the next target of military action in DRC will be the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR), which includes ethnic Hutus who fled Rwanda after the 1994 genocide.“They should have done this some years ago. I hope that this time they will tackle the FDLR. They have to,” said Rwanda’s UN Ambassador Eugene Gasana.If Kigali feels short-changed, analysts warn that it could reactivate the M23 or arm another ethnic Tutsi-led proxy force in DRC in order to protect its security and economic interests.France’s UN representative Araud said on 7 November that FDLR was “on the front line” of the rebel movements to be tackled next. Diplomats have named the Allied Democratic Forces, an Islamist group opposed to the Ugandan government, as an additional priority.Rwanda has accused DRC forces of collaborating with the FDLR, something that Kinshasa denies. UN experts have in turn accused Rwanda of supporting the M23, a charge rejected by the government in Kigali.On the groundSome observers warn that the ethnic Tutsi communities in Kivu will remain fertile ground for future rebellions unless they are given more social and political representation, and unless long-standing land and citizenship issues are addressed.A strong DDR – disarmament, demobilization and reintegration – programme for armed groups, including repatriation for foreign fighters, is vital in Kivu and elsewhere, DRC scholar Christoph Vogel said.Last week, Oxfam expressed concern that the space left by defeated M23 forces could simply be seized by other rebels.In the short term, the government and UN are keen to restore civilian control in the areas previously held by M23. In a gesture of goodwill, the provincial authorities reportedly vowed not to collect any taxes until next year.“It is up to the government to take responsibility and bring development to the economy as well as to the administration,” Kohler said while touring former rebel strongholds.Source: Irin humanitarian news and analysis, a service of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. This report does not necessarily reflect the views of the United Nations.
Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market mike melanson In four short months, Microsoft has sold more than 10 million Kinects. The device, which serves as a controller-less gaming system (among other more innovative things) burst out of the gates last November, selling 2.5 million units in less than a month. At that pace, it seemed, the Kinect was bound to break records.Today, it has done just that and the Guinness Book of World Records has named the device the “Fastest-Selling Consumer Electronics Device.” Just how fast has Kinect been selling? Read on.When we looked at Kinect sales at the end of November, just 25 days after its launch, it had sold 2.5 million units. That’s 100,000 Kinects a day. Surely, that was just because the device was brand new, right? Maybe not.According to the Guinness Book of World Records, Kinect sold at “an average of 133,333 units per day, for a total of 8 million units in its first 60 days on sale from 4 November 2010 to 3 January 2011,” leaving both the iPhone and the iPad in the dust. As a matter of fact, when Kinect hit the market, 2 million units hit consumers’ homes in half the time it took for the iPad.Gaz Deaves, an editor for the Guinness Book of World Records, says that the sales figures are truly remarkable. “The sales figures here speak for themselves,” said Deaves. ” We can confirm that no other consumer electronics device sold faster within a 60-day time span, an incredible achievement considering the strength of the sector.”Not that any of this is news to Microsoft. Two months before the device’s launch, Microsoft pulled a Babe Ruth and pointed to the bleachers, predicting that Kinect would “blow away any of the sales you’ve seen with iPad.”By comparison, the iPad sold 2 million in 60 days and 3 million in 80 days. The Kinect has been on the market for 125 days and sold 10 million. Even being nice, if we say that the iPad could keep up with its pace of 2 million in 60 days, the Kinect is still selling more than two times as fast. Tags:#news#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts
Kolkata: The Calcutta University (CU) has decided to recruit permanent hostel superintendents at all its hostels, to curb incidents of ragging. The decision was taken at the syndicate meeting, the highest decision-making body of the varsity on Monday. The varsity has also decided to demarcate one of its 16 hostels only for first year male students, as they have been found to be the most vulnerable to ragging as per records of the varsity.It may be mentioned that in the last few months, there have been a number of complaints of ragging from the hostels under CU and some of the students have complained directly to University Grants Commission (UGC) through e-mail. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThis had resulted in a section of educationists raising questions over the role of the varsity in investigation of ragging incidents. “We are taking strong measures to curb incidents of ragging in our hostels. A number of hostels did not have full-time permanent hostel superintendents. Now, we will recruit them on a permanent basis,” CU vice-chancellor Sonali Chakravarti Banerjee said.A senior official of the varsity, who attended the syndicate meeting, informed that the persons who will be recruited as hostel superintendents, will stay round-the-clock in the hostels and keep a hawk eye on the activities. The minimum qualification for the new recruits will have to be graduate and their age group should be between 45-55. “We have often seen that young persons who are in charge of hostels are unable to control students and the latter have a tendency to ignore his/her instructions. So, we have taken a decision to have an age group for the superintendents,” the official added.”The majority of the complaints that we receive come from first year students. We have decided to segregate a New Law Hostel only for first year male students. The idea is to see whether there are any complaints from this hostel. If the plan works out, then we will earmark another hostel for first year women students,” Banerjee said.
Darjeeling: In a sudden development, Dr Harka Bahadur Chettri president Jan Andolan Party (JAP) on Wednesday announced that his party will stay out of the Lok Sabha polls thereby causing a major setback to coalition that was being forged.”For more than a month we have been trying to forge an alliance and field a consensus candidate. There is the GNLF, JAP and the CPR. However, this has not been possible. The other two parties have already decided on their candidates,” stated Chettri. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseThe JAP president stated that his party does not adhere to the politics of winning seats. “We do not want to win the MP elections. We wanted to forge an alliance with the regional parties and come out with a consensus candidate for the greater good. “However, as this has not been possible we have decided to stay out of the fray,” added Chettri. Interestingly, while talks were on in Siliguri between the three parties along with the Congress and CPI(M) on March 10, though the CPRM had sent representatives to the meeting, in Darjeeling they unilaterally had announced RB Rai as their candidate. Communist Party of Revolutionary Marxist (CPRM) is a breakaway faction of the CPI(M). The CPRM, however, stated that if a agreeable consensus candidate is decided upon Rai will withdraw from the fray. Rai is the president of the CPRM and a former MP.