LONDON (CMC): England all-rounder Ben Stokes has launched a scathing attack on West Indies middle order batsman Marlon Samuels in the newest twist of a lingering feud between the two players. In an extract from his book ‘Firestarter’, the 25-year-old cricketer added fuel to the flames of an already strained relationship by labelling Samuels as disrespectful and “lacking manners”. A feisty rivalry which began during a Test in Grenada last year escalated during the World T20 final in Kolkata earlier this year. “Marlon Samuels lacks respect. You get that if you have spent any time with him on a cricket field. Marlon’s conduct after West Indies’ victory over us in this year’s World Twenty20 final showed a total disrespect for the game,” said Stokes, in his autobiography, Firestarter: Me, Cricket and The Heat of the Moment. “Without removing his batting pads, Marlon walked into a press conference, sat down and placed his feet on the desk. Totally lacking manners.” The two have been at loggerheads since Samuels gave Stokes an infamous send-off by saluting him after his dismissal in the Grenada Test. The feud further escalated during the World T20 final in Kolkata when the pair went face-to-face in the middle. “It didn’t require him to give me a character assassination bizarrely claiming I am some sort of ‘nervous laddie’ to help me form the opinion that I do not like him one bit. I believe in the saying ‘respect the game’. I don’t think he respects the game,” said Stokes. “Yes, he played an unbelievable innings but, because of our personal history, it stops me short of saying he’s a good player. Team players are the good players in my eyes.” Samuels, who scored 85 not out, was later fined for using abusive and offensive language directed at Stokes. The incident occurred after teammate Carlos Braithwaite hit the bowler for four successive sixes in the final over to seal the victory. In his book Stokes has admitted that the feud was ignited as a result of comments he made to Samuels when West Indies were reduced to 14 for three. “His mannerisms got me involved with Marlon. I was at mid-off and, in my enthusiasm, found myself creeping in from my position and I noticed that Samuels, at the non-striker’s end, was walking around like the big easy. I couldn’t resist,” Stokes confessed. “‘You’ve got a bit of a swagger on here, Marlon, considering you’re 14 for three,’ I said. ‘Shut the f*** up, you little bitch,’ came the reply.” RESPECT THE GAME
…says REO made unilateral decisionResidents of Region One (Barima-Waini), who would have signed contracts to further their studies in Georgetown, have been denied airfare to return to their communities, even though such is mandated in their agreement.Region One Chairman Brentnol AshleyRegional Chairman Brentnol Ashley told Guyana Times on Thursday that students desirous of studying on the coastland would take the opportunity of pursuing courses in the capital city and then return to serve their community for two years.It is a framework that was established to provide tertiary education since these services are non-existent in the region.“We would have established a scholarship programme. It would have been in existence for years in which persons who are employed with the RDC would apply because there is no access to tertiary education. They would apply to attend University of Guyana, the Guyana School of Agriculture and other agencies and the region would allow them to continue studying and upon completion, they are obligated by way of those conditions to return and serve the region for a period of two years,” he told this publication.During their scholarships, transportation is provided two times annually to visit their relatives; in the 2019 budget, adequate resources were allocated for such to be done. However, the Regional Executive Officer (REO) has reportedly denied the travel allowance, maintaining that such is not prescribed in the contracts.Ashley explained, “The region would have put together a contract which is in keeping with the contract that they normally sign with the Department of Public Service. In that regional contract would have guided with conditions that they will be paid their salaries and providing an air ticket for two times a year so that they can be with their families. Now, even though we would have budgeted for that to happen and the resources are provided, the REO has stopped that, saying that this contact does not speak about providing transportation or their air ticket”.Presently, a large number of persons are stranded in Georgetown, since transportation to Region One is costly. Students are now contemplating if they should return, a move which would affect the human resource capacity in their villages significantly.Ashely told this publication that this decision was taken unilaterally by the REO without consulting with the constituted council.“I was informed by many of these persons and others would have attested to the fact the REO in the region would have stopped the region from paying for these persons to come home, which is not a good sign for us. Because of these things, many persons don’t want to come back to serve the region and it is bringing hardships to families and persons who are training currently,” the Chairman explained.He added, “This is the hinterland. It is not the coastland where you can easily get into a bus or taxi to get to where you need to go and it is costly. It is a clear indication that the REO isn’t respecting the decision of the RDC. He is making unilateral decisions without consulting the legally elected council”.
Here are the top transfer-related stories in Tuesday’s newspapers…Antonio Conte has told Chelsea to re-sign Romelu Lukaku – and wants a deal done before Euro 2016. Conte was finally confirmed as Jose Mourinho’s permanent successor yesterday on a three-year deal. And he wants to make Lukaku his first major signing, with Chelsea prepared to offer £50m for the Belgian. (Daily Star)But Conte faces an uphill task to persuade Diego Costa to remain at Stamford Bridge next season with the Spain international intent on returning to La Liga. (Guardian)John Terry, meanwhile, will discover if he has a future at Chelsea after a face-to-face meeting with Conte. The new Blues boss will attempt to sign Juventus and Italy centre-back Leonardo Bonucci for around £25million, regardless of whether Terry stays. (The Sun)Rafa Benitez is ready to walk out on Newcastle — even if he keeps them in the Premier League. Current Spain coach Vicente Del Bosque has named the Toon boss as his top choice to take over after Euro 2016. It would tempt Benitez more than the challenge of transforming Newcastle next season. (The Sun)Jack Wilshere’s contract talks at Arsenal are in jeopardy following his nightclub row. The midfielder, 24, has two years left on his £80,000-a-week Emirates deal and preliminary negotiations have already taken place. But those discussions are firmly on hold after the England star was caught up in a police investigation into a brawl outside London’s Cafe de Paris at the weekend. (The Sun)Alex Iwobi has agreed a bumper new long-term Arsenal deal keeping him at the club until 2021. The Gunners have handed the exciting teenage forward a five-year contract worth in the region of £30,000 a week. (Daily Mirror)Yaya Toure has a lucrative offer to join Inter Milan and will ‘definitely’ be leaving Manchester City this summer. That’s according to his agent Dimitri Seluk, who adds that the Ivorian is wanted by a number of top European teams. (The Sun)Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is targeting a £10m deal for Real Madrid’s Spanish winger Lucas Vazquez, 24. (Corriere dello Sport)Manchester United and Chelsea are being asked for £60million if they want to sign James Rodriguez from Real Madrid. The Colombian playmaker caught the world’s attention with his brilliant displays at Brazil 2014 and earned himself a big-money Madrid move, but is expected to leave the Bernabeu this summer after a disappointing campaign. (Daily Mirror)And here are the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…?‘Patience is key’ for Chelsea when they change philosophy under Antonio Conte, ex-Blue tells talkSPORTWhen can Leicester City win the Premier League? When can Aston Villa get relegated? You’ll find the answer to that and more season-ending questions hereArsene Wenger will be ‘tearing his hair out’ over Jack Wilshere nightclub brawl story, Gunners legend tells talkSPORTArsenal transfer news: Mathieu Flamini to leave Gunners this summer and could make MLS moveChelsea transfer news: Paris Saint-Germain want Diego Costa to replace Zlatan IbrahimovicManchester United transfer news: Sensational £40m deal for starlet Renato Sanches edging closerArsenal’s Premier League title hopes ‘totally not over’, insists Per MertesackerSwansea boss Francesco Guidolin admits he would be tempted by Italy jobNeymar would be interested in sensational £154million move to Paris Saint-Germain, says Barcelona star’s agent
Tori Pena from Finn Valley AC is named in today’s European championship team for the games due to begin next week in Helsinki.She is one of 6 Ulster athletes named in the 26 member squad. Consistently over 4.50m this season pole vaulter Tori has in addition the olympic Q mark for London. Pena set a new Irish pole vault record of 4.52m in April to gain selection for these championships. The record ranks Pena in tenth place on the 2012 European rankings going into Helsinki.Valley have a double interest in the team as Patsy Mc Gonagle is again team manager. Double Para-Olympian Jason Smyth (City of Derry) is named in the team after running 10.24 in Clermont, Florida in May. Smyth also has a wind assisted 10.17 to his name this year. Smyth is in great shape this year and will target a place in the 100m final at these championships.World Indoor semi finalist Ben Reynolds (North Down AC) will compete in the 110m hurdles. Reynolds set a new Irish U23 record of 13.81 in May to qualify for the championships.Amy Foster (North Down AC) has been selected to compete in the 100m and 200m events. Foster tops the 2012 Irish rankings in the 100m with a time of 11.50 and has also ran an even quicker 11.32 this season, however this performance was wind assisted. Foster has also run 23.97 for the 200m which puts her in second place on the 2012 Irish rankings behind team mate Joanne Cuddihy.Thomas Barr (Ferrybank AC) and Jason Harvey (University of Ulster AC) will compete in the 400m hurdles. Barr, who finished sixth at the 2011 European Juniors and broke the Irish national junior record on no less than three occasions last season, will make his Irish senior debut in Helsinki. Harvey, who placed second at last year’s Woodie’s DIY Senior Track and Field championships behind Barr, is also selected for the 400m hurdles. Harvey ran a seasonal best of 51.67 in May to secure his place on the team. Jessie Barr (Ferrybank AC), sister of Thomas will compete in the women’s 400m hurdles having run 56.16 in May to qualify. The time was a personal best and also moved Barr to third on the Irish all time lists.Mark Kenneally (Clonliffe Harriers) who has been nominated for Olympic marathon selection will compete in the 10,000m. Kenneally ran a personal best of 28.33.12 for 10,000m in May to qualify for Helsinki. Kenneally will be joined on the start line by David Rooney (Raheny Shamrock AC). Rooney has had a very successful year, while on scholarship in America recording impressive victories over the 5,000m and 10,000m distances.Stephanie Reilly (Sli Cualann AC) will compete in the 3000m steeplechase having run 9:54.55 in May. Reilly was eliminated in the heats at the last European Track and Field Championships held in Barcelona. Reilly will aim to go one better this time and make the final in Helsinki.Ciara Mageean (U.C.D AC) and Orla Drumn (U.C.C AC) are both selected for the 1500m. Mageean the 2010 World junior silver medalist over 1500m will be making her senior Irish debut in Helsinki. Meanwhile Drumm has been in fantastic form all season setting a personal best of 4.09.05 in May to qualify for the championships. Paul Robinson (St. Coca’s AC) is selected for the men’s 1500m. Robinson has made a big breakthrough this season, running a personal best of 3.39.92 in Watford on the 10th of June.Pena set a new Irish pole vault record of 4.52m in April to gain selection for these championships. The record ranks Pena in tenth place on the 2012 European rankings going into Helsinki. The women’s 4×400m team includes Irish record holder Joanne Cuddihy (KCH AC) and regulars, Marian Heffernan (Togher AC), Claire Bergin (DSD AC) Michelle Carey (Dublin Striders AC) and Jessie Barr (Ferrybank AC). The new additions include Catriona Cuddihy sister of Joanne (Kilkenny City Harriers AC) and Joanna Mills (Ballymena and Antrim AC). The squad has a seasonal best time of 3:30.61, which they ran in Poland at the beginning of June. These championships offer the squad a further opportunity to improve their time and ranking in order to secure Olympic qualification.A men’s relay 4x400m relay team which includes Irish record holder David Gillick (Dundrum South Dublin AC), Brian Gregan (Clonliffe Harriers) along with Brian Murphy (Crusaders AC) and Timmy Crowe have been selected to make up the relay squad.Kevin Ankrom commented “I am encouraged to see that we will have a very competitive team competing at the European Championships in the same year preceding the Olympic Games. These championships are a great opportunity for those just sitting outside of the Olympic standard to compete with other world-class athletes.”Irish record holder’s Deirdre Ryan (Dundrum South Dublin AC) and Derval O’Rourke (Leevale AC) will not compete in Helsinki, both preferring to focus all their intentions on the upcoming London Olympic Games. Team Selection European Track and Field ChampionshipsJason Smyth (City of Derry AC) 100mAmy Foster (North Down AC) 100m & 200mSteven Colvert (Crusaders AC) 200mPaul Hession (Athenry AC) 200mBrian Gregan (Clonliffe Harriers AC) 400mJoanne Cuddihy (Kilkenny City Harriers) 400mBen Reynolds (North Down AC) 110m HurdlesThomas Barr (Ferrybank AC) 400m HurdlesJason Harvey (University of Ulster) 400m HurdlesJessie Barr (Ferrybank AC) 400m HurdlesPaul Robinson (St Coca’s AC) 1500mCiara Magaaen (U.C.D AC) 1500mOrla Drumm (U.C.C AC) 1500mStephanie Reilly (Sli Chulainn AC) 3000m SteeplechaseMark Kenneally (Clonliffe Harriers AC) 10,000mDavid Rooney (Raheny Shamrock AC) 10,000mFionnuala Britton (Kilcoole AC) 10,000mTori Pena (Finn Valley AC) Pole vaultWomen 4x400m RelayJoanna Cuddihy (Kilkenny City Harriers)Claire Bergin (Dundrum South Dublin AC)Marian Heffernan (Togher AC)Michelle Carey (Dublin Striders AC)Catriona Cuddihy (Kilkenny City Harriers AC)Joanne Mills (Ballymena and Antrim AC)Men 4x400m RelayDavid Gillick (Dundrum South Dublin AC)Brian Gregan (Clonliffe Harriers)Brian Murphy (Crusaders AC)Thomas Barr (Ferrybank AC)Jason Harvey (University of Ulster AC)Tim Crowe (Doneen AC)Team ManagementTeam Leader: Kevin AnkromTeam Manager: Patsy McGonagleTeam Coaches:Anne Keenan-BuckleyTeam Medical Support:Lead Team Physio: Emma GallivanTeam Manual Therapy: Kyle AlexanderTeam Physio: Kathryn CraddockFINN VALLEY’S TORI NAMED IN EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM was last modified: June 19th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:FINN VALLEY’S TORI NAMED IN EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM
Minister Joe McHughMinister of State for Gaeltacht Affairs, Joe McHugh has welcomed today’s Leaving Certificate results which showed a 7% increase in the number of students taking the Higher Level Irish examination.Almost 19,500 students sat the higher level exam this year, compared to about 18,100 last year and 16,700 in 2013. More than 88% of students who took the exam this year scored Grade C or higher.Minister of State McHugh said: “I am delighted to see the continuing growth in the number of students taking the Higher Level Irish paper in the Leaving Cert. “These reflect the excellent work being done in Gaelscoileanna, Gaelcholáistí and other schools.“I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate all the students who sat this year’s Leaving Certificate and to wish them well for the future.” MINISTER McHUGH DELIGHTED WITH LEAVING CERT IRISH RESULTS was last modified: August 12th, 2015 by John2Share 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:Acting Chief Fire Officer Joe McTaggartirishLeaving certResults
Former Donegal player Rory Kavanagh believes that the job of rebuilding the Donegal squad is a ‘long-term’ one for whoever is appointed to succeed Rory Gallagher.Last evening, Gallagher stepped down after three years in charge, following a disappointing Championship that saw Donegal suffer heavy defeats at the hands of Tyrone and Galway.Nine players from last year – including St Eunan’s man Kavanagh – stepped off the carousel for this year and there are expected to be further retirements for the 2018 campaign. “It’s a long-term job,” Kavanagh, who played 146 times for Donegal, said.“It’ll take three or four years now, at least, for whoever is coming in.“The target now isn’t Al-Irelands. The target is getting back to an Ulster final and giving that a good rattle.”Kavanagh admitted his surprise that Gallagher pulled the plug having agreed a new three-year term last autumn. Kavanagh said: “I felt it was a long-term project that he had in mind. Rory would have known with the spate of retirements and boys leaving that it was no quick fix. It was always going to be a big, big job. The League form probably got us a bit carried away and we thought there was no transition.“Jim (McGuinness) inherited a good crop of players, but Rory inherited an ageing squad with the best days behind them. Unfortunately now, the team is full of legs but lacking in experience and physical power.“It’ll take two or three years for them to physically develop. If you look at Kerry, Dublin, Tyrone, they’re not peppered with under-21s. They’re senior players that have experience to draw upon.”Since the 4-17 to 0-14 defeat to Galway in a Round 4A qualifier in Sligo last weekend, Gallagher has been the subject of some sharp criticism and Kavanagh has condemned some of those online, who were described last night by Donegal goalkeeper Mark Anthony McGinley as ‘keyboard warriors’.Kavanagh said: “We have to be realistic. Some of the abuse Rory received was incredible and it was very damaging. It was personal and it went totally over the top. If they call themselves real GAA people, they wouldn’t stand up and say it to his face the type of stuff that was written. It was uncalled for. “It’s a results business now, but it was disappointing to see some of the stuff. Young players are reading this stuff too.”Listen to the full interview below …Listen: Rory Kavanagh says Donegal role will be a ‘long-term job’ was last modified: August 1st, 2017 by Chris McNultyShare 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:2017 All-Ireland SFCdonegalDonegal GAAGalwayJim McGuinnessRory GallagherRory Kavanagh
The racePhelps took it out fast over the first 50 metres and led Le Clos by 0.09 seconds as they turned. At 100 metres, he had extended his advantage to 0.27 seconds. With 50 metres to go, at the last turn, Le Clos had slipped to third behind Phelps and Matsuda, 0.58 seconds behind the American. South Africa’s Chad le Clos stunned 200 metres butterfly king Michael Phelps in London on Tuesday night, snatching gold to end the American legend’s attempt to win a third successive Olympic title in his signature event. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material Anxiously looking towards the scoreboard afterwards, Le Clos saw the amazing result and joyously smashed the water with his fist before letting out a loud yell of triumph. He pointed towards the crowd to acknowledge his mother and father and the South African support. Once the music stopped, Le Clos’ face broke into a wide grin. His father, with a South African flag draped around his head, used it to dab away tears, his mother mouthed: “I love you.” And South Africa celebrated another wonderful victory in the swimming pool at the 2012 London Olympic Games. Phelps, the most successful Olympian in history, with 15 gold medals and 19 medals in total after the evening’s programme (he later won gold in the 4 by 200m freestyle relay), had won every Olympic Games and World Championships 200 metres butterfly title for over a decade. “I can’t believe I beat him in the final. It is something that I’ve lived over in my mind a million times. I’m still shocked that I’ve won. I can’t believe it.” 1 August 2012 In the final, those three men, swimming in the lanes three, four, and five battled it out for the title. The scale of his achievementThen it seemed to hit him as the scale of his achievement began to make sense. Le Clos shook his head in wide-eyed disbelief, holding his head in his hands for a moment. Tears welled in his eyes. For the 20-year-old South African, a dream had come true and he had beaten his hero. Le Clos had entered the Olympics, acknowledging that Rio 2016 would probably be where he would be able to best challenge for Olympic medals. Suddenly, he had beaten the most successful Olympian of all time in that man’s strongest event! “It’s a dream come true. Michael Phelps is an idol to me and he still is,” Le Clos said after the race. ‘WHAT A FINISH!!!’South Africa’s other golden boy, 100 metres breaststroke champion Cameron van der Burgh, who wrote on Twitter before the race: “More nervous for Chad’s race than mine!!! Come on my boy!!!”, followed that posting up with “CHAD LE CLOS!!!!!!! WHAT A FINISH!!!” “It’s crazy!” he added. Le Clos was the second fastest qualifier for the final after setting an African record of 1:54.34 in the semi-finals. Japan’s Takeshi Matsuda, a bronze medal winner in the 200m butterfly in Beijing four years earlier, was fastest in 1:54.25. Phelps, meanwhile, won his semi-final in 1:54.53. Later, standing on top of the Olympic podium, gold medal around his neck, Le Clos struggled to sing the national anthem as tears filled his eyes. No worry, he had plenty of South African supporters singing it full of gusto as they celebrated his superb victory. Phelps came up just short of the wall with his stroke and Le Clos burst past to out-touch him in 1:52.96 to shatter his previous best time, which he had set in the semi-finals. Phelps finished in 1:53.01 and Matsuda in 1:53.21. The chasing pair fought back hard, however, and in the last 25 metres Le Clos and Matsuda closed on the great American with a furious finish.
A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… I first learned of the quake via Twitter, including tweets from people I follow who live in Christchurch. Most of the initial tweets and re-tweets were of coverage by local media: the TV, newspaper and radio networks. Soon after, a People Finder service was published by Google and social media sites like Reddit created special web pages to track the latest news. I’ve also been tracking my own family’s updates via Facebook. richard macmanus The hashtag #eqnz has been the mobilizing factor on Twitter, including prominent placement to important local Twitter accounts like @nz_quake (an unofficial account that tracks data from GeoNet) and @NZcivildefence (an official account run by the Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management). There’s also a more specific hashtag, #eqnzcontact, to collate information about people affected by the quake.The website EQNZ.co.nz has a running feed from Twitter and Geonet, as well as photos and a blog. This site has graphs of earthquake data from Geonet.Google rushed out a Person Finder application, to help people locate relatives. Update: Google Australia advises that Google.org’s crisis response team now has a landing page which will be constantly updated.Related is this wiki, for people to share information about missing people. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market CrisisCommons is a non-profit website doing a wonderful job rallying resources. It points to, among other things, a crowdsourced map. Update: Chad Catacchio noted in the comments that this is not an official CrisisCommons initiative, rather it is from CrisisCamp NZ with support from CrisisCamp Santa Barbara and CrisisCamp Toronto.You can make donations to the Red Cross.The primary news websites in New Zealand are all frantically updating as we speak. Here are the main ones: NZ Herald, Stuff.co.nz (which is the mothership for the Christchurch and Wellington dailies), TVNZ, 3 News. The latter two are the main television networks and their websites include live streaming coverage (3 News, TVNZ). Radio NZ, the national radio service, has ongoing news and a live audio stream. An alternative is Radio Live’s audio stream.If you want to track the news and reactions outside of Twitter and the mainstream news websites, Reddit has a special aggregation page up. This information page is particularly good (hat-tip @JaredNeilsen)Images from Twitter are being aggregated on Hashalbum.Please add more resources that you know of to the comments. At time of publishing, 5.45pm NZ, a state of emergency has just been declared in Christchurch. Our thoughts are with the people of Christchurch.Updates:Ed Borasky comments: “Kate Starbird at University of Colorado Boulder has activated the Tweak-the-Tweet system as well. Follow @kate30_dev and @katestarbird.” As Ed explained in a post, Tweak-the-Tweet aims to provide a “standardized syntax for Twitter communications.” Here is the Volunteer spreadsheet & map (thanks @Org9). A Facebook page has been created to support the people of Christchurch (thanks Rachel Cunliffe for that tip). Further update:This Facebook Page has gathered more momentum.Telecommunications updates can be found at this Telecom NZ web page and on Twitter. Also, Vodafone NZ advised via its Twitter account: “Do not overload phone lines with non-emergency calls, stick to TXT and short calls if you can.”Julie Starr has a comprehensive list of news and sources on The Evolving Newsroom. She also recommends the All Hazards site.quakebeds.co.nz has information on places to find and offer accomodation for Christchurch people.If you are a blogger, you may want to add this fund-raising widget fromGivealittle to your site. 100% of all funds donated will be contributed to the official mayoral fund. I’ve added one near the top of this post.Tweet stream via EQNZ.co.nz Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#news#web Related Posts Today the New Zealand city of Christchurch was rocked by another large earthquake, a magnitude 6.3 that was shallow and hit close to the city center. It follows months of aftershocks from the first big earthquake to strike Christchurch, a magnitude 7.1 on 4 September last year. A personal note: I live in Wellington, New Zealand, which is about 200 miles from Christchurch. However, I have a number of relatives who live in Christchurch and I’m concerned about their safety.
With slackers in the Nashik Municipal Corporation feeling the heat of the newly appointed commissioner Tukaram Mundhe’s functioning methods, the IAS officer on Tuesday issued yet another directive prohibiting display of images of gods and religious figures at work tables and stations of the employees.Mr. Mundhe has ordered work places and desks across departments in the NMC to be cleared of religious imagery.Government orderThe Commissioner was acting on a government order which dissuades government employees from adorning offices with such pictures or performing rituals.According to sources, the clearing has already begun in right earnest. In another move literally aimed at dusting off bureaucratic spider webs, the Commissioner has ordered that the NMC premises be cleaned every Saturday and Sunday, and dust from files to be swept away.Transferred nearly a dozen times in his 13-year tenure as IAS officer, Mr. Mundhe is a darling of the vernacular press, which minutely tracks his actions and pronouncements.One of his first acts on taking charge of the NMC on February 9 was to send the chief of the Nashik Fire Brigade home after he failed to appear in ‘proper uniform’.Imposing strict sartorial discipline, Mr. Mundhe has also warned all NMC employees to follow a formal dress code during work hours and that wearing casuals and sport shoes would not be tolerated.Determined to make his staff look crisp and sharp, Mr. Mundhe, while outlining his vision to transform Nashik into an ideal city on the cleanliness, environment and civic amenities fronts, has ordered that employees adhere to punctuality.His no-nonsense style of functioning has found himself perpetually at daggers drawn with politicos and contractors, while earning plaudits and cheers from citizens.His previous posting as Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) of the Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Limited (PMPML) lasted barely 10 months, with the city’s corporators resenting Mr. Mundhe’s efforts to revive the moribund PMPML as “overbearing”.In a bid to make the organization [PMPML] efficient, Mr. Mundhe had sacked nearly 160 contract drivers for poor attendance records – a move that drew the ire of populist politicians.