Chris Paul donates $2.5M to Wake Forest basketball program

first_imgGov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award FILE – In this March 2, 2013, file photo, Los Angeles Clippers’ Chris Paul shows his Wake Forest jersey to fans as the school retired his number during a ceremony at halftime of an NCAA college basketball game between Wake Forest and Maryland in Winston-Salem, N.C. Former Wake Forest guard and NBA All-Star Chris Paul is donating $2.5 million in support of the Demon Deacons’ basketball team, the school announced Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton, File)WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — NBA All-Star and former Wake Forest guard Chris Paul is donating $2.5 million in support of the Demon Deacons’ basketball team.The donation announced Tuesday is the school’s largest by a former Wake Forest basketball player.ADVERTISEMENT View comments MOST READ ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins School officials say it will assist a project to expand and enhance the men’s and women’s locker rooms, and the men’s locker room will be named for him.Paul says the locker room project “inspired me, because that’s where players build relationships and create a unifying camaraderie.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’The Houston Rockets guard and Winston-Salem native led Wake Forest to its first No. 1 ranking in 2004-05 before becoming a nine-time All-Star and two-time Olympic gold medal winner with the U.S. national team. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Peza offers relief to ecozone firmscenter_img Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Closing it outlast_img read more

James scores 25 as Lakers use defense to top Kings

first_imgNadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Chandler, playing in his second game with the Lakers, logged 23 minutes and scored three points. In his first game, the Lakers held Minnesota to 110 points — which, up until Saturday night’s game, was tied for the lowest by any Los Angeles opponent this season.“For me, the defense has been easy because it comes naturally, but it’s a matter of getting into the offense,” Chandler said. “The key for us was getting back on transition, building walls, forcing them into a half-court offense.”James said the Lakers’ center duo of starter JaVale McGee and Chandler, who combined for 20 rebounds and a pair of steals, has solidified a defense that struggled early in the season.″(Chandler) just shored up our front court. We have a great 1-2 punch now with JaVale and Tyson,” James said.De’Aaron Fox had 17 of his 21 points in the first half to lead the Kings, who shot 35 percent from the field and went 6 for 25 on 3-pointers. Willie Cauley-Stein added 12 points and 12 rebounds.ADVERTISEMENT Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown James scored 25 points and recently signed Tyson Chandler had 12 rebounds for the Lakers, who began the season with three straight losses but now have won four of their last five.The Lakers held the Kings, who entered the game averaging 118 points per contest, to their lowest scoring total of the season. It was only the second time Sacramento has been held below 100 points this season, and it marked the first time Los Angeles had held an opponent below 100.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“We won the game tonight because of our defense,” Walton said. “I think we’ve been showing glimpses of that defense, but tonight was the first time we’ve been able to put it together for long stretches.”James hit three 3-pointers and had seven rebounds. He only had two assists, though he often fed teammates for open shots that missed – including Lonzo Ball, who was 2 for 10 from the field. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Lakers: Ball missed all six of his 3-point attempts, most of them wide open. … There were plenty of Los Angeles fans in the stands, and several “Let’s Go Lakers” chants in the fourth quarter.Kings: Sacramento’s 44 points in the first half matched a season low. … The Kings had scored 100 or more points in each of their seven previous contests. … Sacramento had a season-low 11 assists.UP NEXTLakers: Return home to host Atlanta on Sunday.Kings: Conclude a four-game home stand on Monday by hosting San Antonio, which has won 14 straight against Sacramento. Starter or not, Ravena makes same impact for Blue Eagles Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, right, is fouled by Sacramento Kings forward Nemanja Bjelica during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018, in Sacramento, Calif. .(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Smoke from the raging Northern California wildfires seeped into the Golden 1 Center, giving LeBron James a headache and leading Los Angeles Lakers coach Luke Walton to shorten his players’ stints on the court.But the haze did little to slow James and the Lakers, who used their best defensive effort of the year to earn a 101-86 win Saturday night against the Sacramento Kings, lifting Los Angeles to .500 (6-6) for the first time this season.ADVERTISEMENT Fox said the Lakers were able to shut down the Kings’ fast-paced offense by getting back quickly on defense.“They got back every shot attempt and they sent four people back,” he said. “And we didn’t shoot the ball well.”The Lakers were ahead by six points at the half and held a 76-65 lead entering the fourth quarter. They built that lead to 20 points at 88-68 before the Kings responded with a 10-0 run, but Sacramento got no closer.ON THE REBOUNDThe Lakers had a season-high 59 rebounds, including a season-best 17 on the offensive end. Five of Chandler’s rebounds were offensive, while McGee had three of his eight rebounds on offense.LEBRON’S RETURNJames made his NBA debut in Sacramento 15 seasons ago as the No. 1 overall draft pick of the Cleveland Cavaliers. He had 25 points, nine assists, six rebounds and four steals in the Oct. 29, 2003, game in which the Kings defeated the Cavs 106-92.BAD SHOOTINGThe Kings were held to their worst field goal percentage of the season, going 32 of 92 from the field. They were averaging 49 percent shooting coming into the contest, third best in the NBA.TIP-INS Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? LATEST STORIES Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

Skullduggery ongoing at the GGMC

first_imgDear Editor,There is a deliberate attempt by some members of the GGMC to silence me for exposing their corrupt practices. I drew this conclusion from how the Commission addresses matters that are of concern to me in my individual capacity, or when I stand as a representative of the group of bona fide residents of Kurupung.I came to this realization during a meeting which was organized by the commissioner to address all matters of concern to me within his organization. At that forum, only one matter came up for discussion — the issue of a missing claim file.The matter that was chosen for discussion was serving some members of the commission’s interest, because they are bent on covering up the atrocities of their colleagues.They were being selective in giving answers, rather than bringing a resolution to all matters affecting me. At that meeting, I requested an investigation into a missing claim file after I was led to believe by a senior staff that there were two of the same files for me in the system, when in fact there is only one. This was a mistake made by the cashier on my claim licence application receipt.In attempting to make the correction, a senior mines officer related there’s no issue with having more than one claim with the same name, because the serial/HO numbers are unique. The missing claim file issue was reported in a letter dated August 14, 2017.If the commissioner had chosen the letter addressed to him two days prior to the August 14, 2017 letter, he would have been able to touch on critical issues which are beneficial to me and the bona fide residents of Kurupung.It seems as though those issues were too sensitive for discussion, and would only lead to more cover-ups. There are numerous letters that were written to be addressed by the commissioner (ag) and his predecessor, which they both stubbornly refused to address. Two of those letters were sent by our then lawyer, now Minister Mr. Joseph Harmon, in January and February, 2014.Four years have since passed and the Commission is yet to respond to those two letters. I had followed up with several letters of my own, reiterating my request for an investigation into those matters of our concern as a bona fide resident of Kurupung, and in my individual capacity. Most of the requests made went unanswered.The few that were attempted by the commission were deliberately prepared with inaccurate information and yielded no result.At commencement of the last meeting, the commissioner decided to release some of his pent-up energy by telling me that I took my stories to all heights and lengths to state that he has been covering up corruption and this is the last time he’s going to address my situation; and if I am not satisfied, I could take the matter to the court.He then opened the floor to his colleagues, which comprised three heads of department.In my opinion, the ulterior motive of the meeting was clearly demonstrated, and that was to BLAME and SHAME me in order to SILENCE me for my reporting, and the request for answers to those atrocities which are taking place under his watch.I also thought the commissioner had a greater amount of stored energy to exhale at the end of the meeting, from the level of energy I felt every time I was interrupted during the course of the meeting. When it was discovered by me that the mistake had actually come from the cashier’s department, the atmosphere in the room changed, and the interruption became more frequent. I was unable to express myself due to the frequent interruption from members of the group before the commissioner brought the meeting to an abrupt end.At the conclusion of the meeting, the commissioner had changed from his initial stand of his last hearing on the matter, to a two-week ultimatum to produce relative documents to support my case, or he would strike out the matter that was in front of him.I welcome the new normal/beginning by the commissioner on the time limit into dealing with matters, if it is across-the-board and is not conveniently used to his advantage. Although I had supplied the relevant information to the commissioner before the allotted time, his response is still not forthcoming.I left the meeting with a stronger sense of a cover-up by some officials of the high echelons of the GGMC.I have many reasons to believe that the situation is worse than I previously thought. I do hope my speculations are wrong.Sincerely,Suffering minerlast_img read more

CHILDCARE MANAGER URGES DONEGAL CHILDCARE SERVICES TO APPLY FOR FUNDING

first_imgAvril McMonagle, Donegal Childcare Manager is strongly urging all early childhood services in County Donegal to apply for the new capital grant announced by the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs which provides €2.75 million to support the ongoing improvement of the early childhood sector on Ireland.Donegal County Childcare is offering 142 early childhood service providers across the county a range of advisory supports over the next month to enable them to avail of this opportunity to provide the best learning experiences possible for young children.The recently announced 2013 funding scheme is smaller than the allocation for 2012 and is expected to be extremely competitive. The scheme covers improvements in four important areas including small grants to purchase equipment or carry out small maintenance work; grants to improve accessibility of services for children with disabilities, grants to provide natural outdoor spaces that promote active outdoor play and; grants towards critical works to ensure that buildings are fit for purpose under the childcare regulations.When asked how Donegal early childhood services could improve their chances of being successful in obtaining funding Avril advised ‘The criteria and funding limits of this programme have been designed to ensure the best possible outcome for investment, therefore, it is hugely important that early childhood services carefully review the application guidance document provided and submit applications strictly in line with this.“For example, if a service is applying for the development of a natural outdoor space it is imperative that the proposal is clear, complete and backed up with the relevant documentation including proof of need and accessibility to/ownership of, the space in question. Value for money is also central so any requests for funding need to be supported by realistic, comparable quotations. When the need to shortlist applications is so competitive, it is remarkable how many applications don’t get passed the first stage due to the omission of one piece of information’Avril also encouraged early childhood services to ‘keep it local’ by working with local businesses when compiling quotations for natural outdoor play structures in particular. She said ‘There is a tendency to purchase outdoor adventure structures from big multinational outlets but I would urge early childhood service providers to work with local trades’ people and businesses in Donegal to provide quotations for the development of outdoor play spaces and wooden structures. These can often represent best value for money and can also be used as a sound rationale as part of a funding application regarding access to ongoing maintenance works’.The programme is now open for applications via the Pobal website www.pobal.ie and applications for funding will be made on-line until Tuesaday 30th April 2013. Full details regarding grant conditions are on the DCCC website www.donegalchildcare.com or on DCCC facebook page www.facebook.com/DonegalChildcare.For advice and assistance to complete the application please contact Donegal County Childcare on 074 9123442 and ask to speak to a Childcare Development Officer who will provide support and advice regarding the application and appraisal process. CHILDCARE MANAGER URGES DONEGAL CHILDCARE SERVICES TO APPLY FOR FUNDING was last modified: April 2nd, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Avril McGonagleDonegal Childcare Serviceslast_img read more

Barnsley chief compares fans to family after sending heartfelt letter

first_imgThe Barnsley chief executive who sent a heart-warming letter of support to a lifelong fan suffering from depression has compared the gesture to supporting a family member.Gauthier Ganaye reached out to Reds supporter Chris Ryder after hearing about his mental health problems through social media. Barnsley sent this letter to support a fan who’s suffering from depression.Pure class from @BarnsleyFC 👏👏 pic.twitter.com/OEE8TyLJmQ— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) August 14, 2018In the letter, Ganaye wrote: “I’ve noticed through social media that you’ve had a bit of a hard time recently, I’m not sure what it is but I hope everything improves for you as soon as possible.“You’ve been a fan of the club for many years and always supported us, so we want you to know that if the favour needs returning and we need to support you, please do let us know.“Keep supporting the Reds, Chris. We’ll keep supporting you.”And now, speaking exclusively to talkSPORT, Ganaye says Barnsley strive to bring fans closer to the club and make them feel like family. “If someone in your family was going through a tough time you’d want to sit and talk to them and we want to do that with our fans.”@BarnsleyFC CEO Gauthier Ganaye, who sent THAT letter to a Tykes fan struggling with depression, spoke to @JimWhite.This is fantastic… 👏👏 pic.twitter.com/kNT7CtCf5D— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) August 16, 2018He told Jim White: “At Barnsley, we are a community club, we are a family club. So we try to be as close as possible to our fans.“We do lots of things to get the fans closer to the football club. If someone in your family was going through a tough time, you’d want to sit with them and have a chat.“Everything we can do for our community, to help out fans, we will do it. It’s not just what the fans can do for us, it’s what we can do for our fans.”Mr Ryder’s tweet, in which he described Barnsley as the ‘best football club in the world’, has been liked over 133,000 times and received widespread praise. Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes NEW ERA England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won possible standings Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener Best clips, calls and talkSPORT moments of 2019, feat Hearn, McCoist and more 1 The League One club’s chief executive also pointed Mr Ryder towards the mental health charity Mind, who are working closely with the English Football League this season.Ganaye hopes the letter’s publicity will encourage others to start having much-needed conversations about mental health.He added: “I think by taking it to social media, Chris has actually helped thousands of people to show them that it’s not a problem to talk about a problem like that and everyone should be brave enough to do it.” How Arsenal could line up in Arteta’s first official game in charge – Ozil return? center_img LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS ALTERED smart causal highlights impact How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures silverware gameday Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade last_img read more

Love Baseball? An iPad App That Uses the Cloud to Explore a National Pastime

first_imgTags:#Case Studies#cloud#cloud computing alex williams Related Posts Pennant is the kind of app that will be the norm for top flight tablet experiences. It takes baseball data and distills it into a format that is engaging to people. Baseball is a pastime. We have thousands of pastimes in our lives. I just hope more pastimes become the passion for developers who want to use the cloud to provide rich experiences and make connections to activities that are a core part of their life. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting But how does this work? First off, it’s about the data. For the play-by-play data, the app uses open data from Retrosheet. Data is also available from the Baseball Databank, a “comprehensive record of all baseball statistical data in a form that makes them useful for researchers and product developers.”The data is run through Pennant’s software, which he says is managed by doing intense calculations, which we expect is some form of an algorithm that quantifies the information to create unique data sets that can be displayed in their various forms. According to the Pennant site, a custom API formats the data, generates play-by-play statements in English and returns it in a usable format (JSON or XML). The data is then parsed and displayed in real-time.A video on the site provides a demonstration. Here are a few screenshots:You can view teams by card, in a deck view or by map: A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market There are options for searching by season and by game: Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Baseball is a game of numbers. There are 162 games in a season. Each team’s performance is defined by the numbers that the players show when at the plate and in the field. A team may have a mediocre overall batting average and still be at the top of the league. Why? Their pitchers don’t allow many runs. Their earned run average is so low that it makes it easier for the team to win, even with the okay batting record.Baseball is a statistician’s game. But how do you bring that granularity into an app?Pennant is a $5 iPad app by Steve Varga that details every team, every game and every play since 1951. That’s 115,000 games. According to the site, Pennant allows you to:View any team’s complete overall history (since 1950), showing the rise and fall of each team over time.Compare any team’s season to the rest of the league and see how they matched up in numerous pitching and hitting categoriesView the result of every game within a season, showing the rise and fall of the team’s league and division ranking.Show every event within any selected game, complete with updated score and event text.Replay each event within a game in a timeline, allowing you to relive each play.last_img read more

Top Stories: A Blood Test for Suicide, Bats Linked to Deadly MERS, and a Controversial Drilling Plan

first_imgCheck out this latest installment of Science’s weekly news podcast, ranked the best science podcast in WIRED’s 101 Signals.Free Papers Have Reached a Tipping Point, Study ClaimsOpen access has reached a milestone: Fifty percent of all papers are now freely available within a year or two of publication, concludes a new study. The study’s authors say that open-access publishing has reached a “tipping point” and will now accelerate. But some observers have been quick to criticize the study, which yielded a number twice as high as other analyses.A Blood Test for Suicide?Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)What if a psychiatrist could tell whether someone was about to commit suicide simply by taking a sample of their blood? That’s the promise of new research, which finds increased amounts of a particular protein in the bloodstream of those contemplating killing themselves.Bat Out of Hell? Egyptian Tomb Bat May Harbor MERS VirusScientists say that they are one step closer to understanding the deadly new Middle East respiratory syndrome virus. They have found a small fragment of the virus’s genome in an Egyptian tomb bat from Saudi Arabia, suggesting that these bats are a source of the virus—although another animal species may act as the bridge to humans.Sometimes It Pays to Be a WeaklingSometimes it’s better not to be the best. Take rams. Those with bigger horns get the girl and make babies more often—but they also die younger. The weaker rams are less lucky in love and have fewer babies each season, but their longer lifetimes mean that they get a few more goes around the mating merry-go-round, managing to produce a few good offspring themselves. The tradeoff helps explain a long-standing puzzle about why the best genes for mating don’t take over, and why there are always plenty of small, weak males among the supermen.Ecuador Says It Will Launch Controversial Drilling in Amazon ParkThe president of Ecuador says that he will move ahead with controversial plans to drill for oil in the Amazon Basin’s renowned Yasuni National Park. Researchers consider the park to be one of the world’s richest biological hotspots.last_img read more

Seeking solace, Rajiv convicts turn spiritual

first_imgVellore (TN), Mar 16 (PTI) Convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, Sriharan and Santhan lodged in the Central prison here for nearly 25 years, have turned deeply spiritual.Out of the seven convicts in the case, V Sriharan alias Murugan and Santhan are regular visitors to the temples within the jail premises. They offer prayers to deities of Goddess Amman, Ganesha and Sai Baba in the temples, according to highly placed prison sources.”Both Sriharan and Santhan have turned very spiritual. Both are regular visitors to the temples within the jail premises to offer prayers, they follow stipulations like rituals during particular times”, the sources told PTI.The transformation happened over the past several years and the two convicts introspect a lot, the sources said. However, Arivu alias Perarivalan, another accused in the same case is an atheist.Sriharan, who sports a saffron shirt, has gone even a few notches higher in his spiritual life with regular meditation sessions in his cell. He is also the husband of Nalini, another convict in the same case and lodged in the womens prison here.”He even discusses his spiritual pursuits, efforts to understand spirituality better with his wife Nalini. Usually, he is allowed to meet his wife once or twice in a month. Like other convicts, Sriharan and others also work in prison and they are trained in craft like tailoring,” the sources said.After the death penalty of Sriharan and Santhan was commuted to life sentence in 2014 by the Supreme Court, they had attributed it to the grace of God. Nalini is interested in reading books, newspapers and magazines to keep herself abreast of the developments.advertisementTamil Nadu Chief Secretary K Gnanadesikan had earlier this month written to Union Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi informing him of the governments decision to remit the life sentences of the seven convicts in the Rajiv case.The seven are V Sriharan alias Murugan, T Suthendraraja alias Santhan, A G Perarivalan alias Arivu, Jayakumar, Robert Payas, Ravichandran and Nalini — and sought Centres views on the matter.The decision of the State government is supported by political parties including the DMK. All the seven were convicted in the assassination case of former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi on May 21, 1991 during an election rally at Sriperumbudur near Chenani. PTI VGN RC VSC DVlast_img read more

Vivo launches V3, V3Max phones starting at Rs 17,980

first_imgChinese company Vivo launched two new phones — the V3 and V3Max — in the Indian market on Tuesday. While the Vivo V3 has been priced at Rs 17,980 the V3 Max has been priced at Rs 23,980 respectively. Both the phones boast of a full-metal unibody and come equipped with a 360-degree recognition fingerprint scanner that is claimed to unlock them in just 0.2 seconds.Both the V3 and V3Max sport a13-megapixel camera on the rear with dualLED flash and phase detection autofocus along with an 8-megapixel camera on the front. The phones run Android 5.1 Lollipop based FunTouch OS 2.5 and support 4G LTE connectivity option.Also Read: Vivo launches Y31L budget 4G phone with 1GB RAM for Rs 9,450The Vivo V3 comes with a 5-inch HD display with a 720×1280 pixels resolution and is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 616 processor coupled with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal memory which is further expandable by up to 128GB via microSD card. The phone is backed by a 2,550mAh battery.The Vivo V3Max on the other hand has a 5.5-inch FullHD display with a 1080×1920 pixels resolution. It is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 processor clubbed with 4GB of RAM. The phone uses a 3,000mAh battery.”The V Series designed with creativity and equipped with state of the art technology will be a landmark for Vivo India. India remains our prime focus and the launch of these models is a testimony to our commitment to cater to the ever growing demand of meticulous customers in India and worldwide,” Alex Feng, CEO of Vivo India said at the launch.advertisementlast_img read more