Connecting Communities Plus extended

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 1 November 2005 | News  14 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Connecting Communities Plus extended About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Funding information service SMALLfri is once again sharing some funding news with UK Fundraising. The Home Office has extended the Connecting Communities grant programme, the new version being called Connecting Communities Plus.Grants will continue to be given to race equality projects and community cohesion activities throughout England. Strategic and project grants are open to applications now, further details of a small community grants programme will be issued early in 2006. £18 million will be available between April 2006 and March 2009.The scheme is intended to implement the objectives within the Government’s Improving Opportunity, Strengthening Society strategy. Specifically these are: Improving access and outcomes for BME communities in education, employment, health, housing and the Criminal Justice System; Increasing BME communities’ confidence in public services; Tackling racism and extremism; Bringing together communities from different races and faiths, and promoting a shared sense of belonging. Advertisement The three levels of grants are:* Strategic grants, which are for national organisations working across English regions. Up to £150,000 a year will be available for three years. The money is not for projects but for capacity building.* Project grants, are for work in at least one England region. Grants will range from £12,000 to £100,000 a year. Most grants will be for less than £70,000.* Community Grants will be for local groups and will rarely be above £6000. At this stage the Home Office is only inviting expressions of interest for Strategic or Project grants. Full details are available on 0845 121 5195 or by e-mailing [email protected] details are also available at a4e’s website.a4e, a training and employment development organisation specialising in work with disadvantaged people, is managing the scheme for the Home Office.Some preapplication information sessions are available, and you may still have time to book on these. They are on:* 3rd November 2005 in Manchester;* 4th November 2005 in Leeds.To book call 0845 121 5195.Closing date: 18 November 2005 for expressions of interest. If invited, full bids will need to be made by 11 January 2006.SMALLfri is the subscription funding information service for new and small organisations.last_img read more

NASCAR results at Bristol: Denny Hamlin holds off Matt DiBenedetto to win NRA Night Race

first_imgHamlin fell two laps behind the leader in Stage 1 after making contact with Jimmie Johnson, before eventually coming back for his second career win at Bristol.MORE: Watch NASCAR live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day trial)Brad Keselowski, Cup Series leader Kyle Busch and Chase Elliott — all of whom had already qualified for the playoffs — rounded out the top five.With just two races remaining in the regular season after Saturday, drivers on the playoff bubble were in need of a solid performance in order to lock in a spot in the 16-driver field. Clint Bowyer rebounded from a small wreck to finish seventh but ultimately fell outside the playoff bubble thanks to other drivers picking up more stage points.Here’s a look at the Playoff bubble after @BMSupdates:15. Ryan Newman +1416. Daniel Suarez +217. Clint Bowyer -218. Jimmie Johnson -26There are just two races left in the regular season #NASCAR #BassProNRANightRace— PRN (@PRNlive) August 18, 2019The Cup Series returns to Sunday racing in two weeks for the penultimate race of the regular season, the Bojangles’ Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway.Sporting News tracked live lap-by-lap updates and highlights from NASCAR’s night race at Bristol Motor Speedway. Follow along below.Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race: 2019 winner, top 20 order of finishFinishDriverTeam (Car No.)Laps led1.Denny HamlinJoe Gibbs Racing (11)792.Matt DiBenedettoLeavine Family Racing (95)933.Brad KeselowskiTeam Penske (2)914.Kyle BuschJoe Gibbs Racing (18)305.Chase ElliottHendrick Motorsports (9)336.Kyle LarsonChip Ganassi Racing (42)627.Clint BowyerStewart-Haas Racing (14)8.Daniel SuarezStewart-Haas (41)9.Kurt BuschChip Ganassi Racing (1)910.Ryan BlaneyTeam Penske (12)11.Ryan NewmanRichard Childress Racing (6)12.Daniel HemricRichard Childress Racing (8)13.Martin Truex Jr.Joe Gibbs Racing (19)5214.Bubba WallaceRichard Petty Motorsports (43)15.Alex BowmanHendrick Motorsports (88)16.Joey LoganoTeam Penske (22)17.Chris BuescherJTG Daugherty Racing (37)18.Ryan PreeceJoe Gibbs Racing (47)19.Jimmie JohnsonHendrick Motorsports (48)20.Ty DillonGermain Racing (13)NASCAR at Bristol: Live updates, highlights from Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race(All times Eastern)Caution flags: 8Lead changes: 23Lap leaders: Denny Hamlin (80), Matt DiBenedetto (93), Brad Keselowski (91), Kyle Larson (62), Martin Truex Jr. (52), Chase Elliott (33), Kyle Busch (30), Kevin Harvick (28), Kyle Busch (30), Erik Jones (9), Kurt Busch (8)10:40 p.m.: Hamlin enconters some lap traffic, but gets through to pick up his fourth win of the year.Denny delivers again!Retweet to congratulate @dennyhamlin on his fourth victory of the 2019 season! #ItsBristolBaby pic.twitter.com/LVuuDLzykF— NASCAR (@NASCAR) August 18, 201910:37 p.m.: Hamlin passes the No. 95. Nine laps left!10:35 p.m.: DiBenedetto and Hamlin now locked in a tight duel with 16 laps to go.10:31 p.m.: Hamlin is now running second, with Keselowski a distant third.The stage is set! @mattdracing leads with @dennyhamlin closing in second! Get to NBCSN for the final 35 laps from @BMSupdates! pic.twitter.com/1Rs5wozY9a— NASCAR (@NASCAR) August 18, 201910:27 p.m.: Fifty laps left, and DiBenedetto’s lead is now 1.5 seconds over Elliott.10:24 p.m.: Of the four drivers battling for the final two spots in the playoff standings entering this race, Bowyer is sixth, Suarez is ninth, Blaney is 10th and Johnson is 20th.10:19 p.m.: Chase Elliott is chomping on DiBenedetto’s heels with 72 laps remaining.7️⃣0️⃣ to go and @mattdracing leads!Could we see a first-time winner tonight at @BMSupdates? (📺: NBCSN) pic.twitter.com/Iw8e8mSqY9— NASCAR (@NASCAR) August 18, 201910:13 p.m.: Matt DiBenedetto has his first lead of the day. Erik Jones hit the wall pretty hard and is forced to pit.The crowd goes wild as @mattdracing takes the lead at @BMSupdates #NASCAR #BassProNRANightRace #ItsBristolBaby pic.twitter.com/llnemTimML— Matt Courson (@m_courson) August 18, 201910:10 p.m.: Green again after a lengthy cleanup. Erik Jones is your leader.9:57 p.m.: And…another caution. Blaney blew a tire and caused a decent sized wreck. Jimmie Johnson has a pretty big gash on his side panel. Foam blocks are falling out of his car.”That’s a major failure!” @Blaney has an issue entering the corner and multiple cars are collected behind him. pic.twitter.com/LrfWd5mFyJ— NASCAR (@NASCAR) August 18, 20199:56 p.m.: Green flag on Lap 371. Kyle Larson’s car is already smoking.9:51 p.m.: Caution with 146 to go. Alex Bowman blew a tire.A chain reaction at @BMSUpdates.Alex Bowman gets into the wall, and Joey Logano and William Byron pile in. pic.twitter.com/6kBRol5ef6— NASCAR on NBC (@NASCARonNBC) August 18, 20199:47 p.m.: Great battle between Keselowski and Busch for the lead. They’re door by door for several laps, trading the lead. Busch finally gets the pass.9:41 p.m.: Denny Hamlin is back on the lead lap and running ninth.9:38 p.m.: Kyle Busch is complaining that his car is getting loose. He is now a second behind Keselowski.9:35 p.m.: Erik Jones cracks the top five as the race crosses the 300-lap threshold.9:30 p.m.: Twenty cars remain on the lead lap. Alex Bowman may have taken some damage after swiping the wall.9:25 p.m.: Brad Keselowski passes Busch for the lead.9:23 p.m.: Green flag on the final stage, and it’s the other Busch in the lead — Kyle Busch.Stage 2 winner: Kurt Busch9:16 p.m.: Kurt Busch holds off Daniel Suarez for the stage victory.Stage 2 Top 10 at @BMSupdates:1. Kurt Busch2. Suarez3. Newman4. Kyle Busch5. Byron6. Elliott7. Jones8. Hemric9. Keselowski10. Truex#BassProNRANightRace pic.twitter.com/LgD8Yluapi— PRN (@PRNlive) August 18, 20199:15 p.m.: Green flag again, but Harvick’s day is done after he blows a transmission.The troubles continue for @StewartHaasRcng! @KevinHarvick is forced to the garage with a mechanical issue! pic.twitter.com/UyHSDAtvmc— NASCAR (@NASCAR) August 18, 20199:11 p.m.: Caution is out with seven laps left in Stage 2 as Clint Bowyer spins out.9:07 p.m.: Kurt Busch gets around Ryan Blaney for second.9:05 p.m.: Back under green.8:59 p.m.: Caution again, and it’s Almirola again into the wall. Kyle Busch is the last car on the lead lap.Another spin for the No. 10! @Aric_Almirola goes around, and the caution is back out at @BMSupdates. pic.twitter.com/ZWOLg4qzuu— NASCAR (@NASCAR) August 18, 20198:55 p.m.: Green flag with 55 laps left in Stage 2. Truex is the new leader with Larson in second.8:50 p.m.: Caution is out as Aric Almirola gets into the wall after JJ Yeley clips him.Here’s a look at what happened to @Aric_Almirola and @jjyeley1 at @BMSupdates. pic.twitter.com/IVzuSVhmKH— NASCAR (@NASCAR) August 18, 20198:49 p.m.: Hamlin heads to pit road with 64 laps left in the stage.8:47 p.m.: Hamlin just radioed that he has a loose wheel. Still staying out on the track.8:43 p.m.: Kevin Harvick takes his first lead of the day as he gets around Elliott.8:40 p.m.: Hamlin has failed to recover from the contact in Stage 1. He is still 11th.8:36 p.m.: Green flag on Stage 2 with Chase Elliott as the leader. Jimmie Johnson opted to stay off pit road and now only one lap down.Stage 1 winner: Kyle Larson8:28 p.m.: Larson and Elliott trade the lead, but it’s Larson who wins Stage 1.Kyle Larson holds off Chase Elliott to win Stage 1 of the #BassProNRANightRaceat @BMSupdates presented by @CocaCola!2. Elliott3. Truex4. Harvick5. DiBenedetto6. Blaney7. Jones8. Keselowski9. Kurt Busch10. Almirola pic.twitter.com/AIJpTKayW6— PRN (@PRNlive) August 18, 20198:25 p.m.: Ten laps left in Stage 1 with Larson, Elliott and DiBenedetto out in front.8:20 p.m.: Austin Dillon has to head back to pit road after hitting the wall again.8:17 p.m.: Green flag with Kyle Larson and Chase Elliott in the front.8:13 p.m.: All 20 cars on the lead lap head to pit road. It’s a bad stop for Hamlin as he falls 10 spots on pit road.8:11 p.m.: First caution. Austin Dillon blew a tire, causing Jimmie Johnson to rear-end the No. 3. Dillon went into the wall, and Johnson made decent contact with Hamlin.Here’s a look at what happened to @austindillon3 and @JimmieJohnson during Stage 1! pic.twitter.com/UjcgpC0Ulb— NASCAR (@NASCAR) August 18, 20198:08 p.m.: Joey Logano is the first to pit as he dives down with a flat tire on Lap 68. The stop puts him three laps down.Joey Logano’s right-front tire goes down, and Logano goes three laps down as a result. pic.twitter.com/YpV9sgRaqN— NASCAR on NBC (@NASCARonNBC) August 18, 20198:04 p.m.: Kurt Busch, a six-time winner at Bristol, is up to fifth. Martin Truex Jr. and Matt DiBenedetto are third and fourth respectively.8:00 p.m.: Lap traffic is going to play a big factor tonight on this short track as Larson passes Hamlin again.7:57 p.m.: Hamlin uses the high line to take the lead right [email protected] fights back!The battle for the early lead continues at @BMSupdates. pic.twitter.com/chko3tTJmg— NASCAR (@NASCAR) August 17, 20197:55 p.m.: Kyle Larson doesn’t wait long and passes Hamlin for the lead.7:54 p.m.: Hamlin already getting into lap traffic on Lap 14. It may not have been the Cinderella story that fans were rooting for, but Denny Hamlin overcame early issues to hold off Matt DiBenedetto and win the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway on Saturday night.The win was Hamlin’s fourth of the season and spoiled DiBenedetto’s attempt at an improbable win just days after receiving news that Leavine Family Racing was no longer planning to have the No. 95 as a part of its team for the 2020 season. DiBenedetto led a race-high 93 laps before Hamlin passed him with 11 laps to go. 7:51 p.m.: Green flag!7:48 p.m.: A breakdown of today’s race as cars hit the track.We’ve got all the information you need!Distance: 500 Laps, 266.5 MilesStages: 125 / 250 / 500Fuel Window: 152 LapsPit Road Speed: 30 MPH pic.twitter.com/YJwK8qrFax— NASCAR (@NASCAR) August 17, 20197:35 p.m.: Best rendition of our national anthem? Best rendition of our national anthem.One of our favorite moments of the year!Kids from throughout the NASCAR industry sing the national anthem at @BMSupdates. 🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/vRddZacsvL— NASCAR (@NASCAR) August 17, 2019last_img read more

Letterkenny flood threat prompts call for meeting with OPW

first_imgThe new Letterkenny-Milford council is seeking a meeting with the Office of Public Works to discover what challenges and opportunities they are focusing on for Letterkenny.The call came from Cllr Ciaran Brogan this week, who said that the new council should be updated on the work of the OPW.“This is a new council and new members. We hear a lot of talk about the flood plains and climate change. I think it’s an opportunity to meet with the OPW and see exactly what they are doing,” Cllr Brogan said. Much of Letterkenny’s retail centre is built on a flood plain. Cllr Brogan said that the members should be informed of recent works and plans to address challenges facing Letterkenny. He added that having a river so close to the town also brings huge opportunities, but raw sewage had prevented any development in the past. Now, with the Letterkenny Sewage Scheme underway, the councillor said that plans such as a walk along the Swilly could be explored again.Cllr Ian McGarvey, who seconded the motion, added that “Letterkenny is an area that is definitely under threat and there’s no reason whatsoever why we can’t meet with the OPW.” He said a meeting would help inform members to know what must be done to alleviate flooding risks in the town.Letterkenny flood threat prompts call for meeting with OPW was last modified: November 13th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

49ers at Rams, behind enemy lines: 5 questions with opposing beat reporter

first_imgSANTA CLARA — Here is what Los Angeles Rams beat writer Kevin Modesti of the the Southern California News Group had to say about Sunday’s 49ers visit to the Rams:Question: What is the Rams’ vibe amid a two-game losing streak and could their popularity be waning in L.A. so that a bipartisan crowd will fill the Coliseum?Modesti: It’s safe to say the Rams and their fans are shocked to face a pivotal game against the 49ers in Week 6. Before their sloppy loss to Tampa Bay, they Rams had never …last_img read more

Mars Red-Faced Without Water

first_imgThe Martians are singing How dry I am.  Scientists have a new explanation for how Mars turned red without water: it’s just dry dust tumbling in the wind.  This new hypothesis was announced by Live Science, Science Daily, New Scientist, and Space.com, based on a presentation at the European Planetary Science Congress last week.1     This has been dubbed a “surprising” new theory.  Why?  Because for many years scientists thought that water was required to rust the iron in the rocks.  Lab experiments at the Aarhus Mars Simulation Laboratory in Denmark have shown that quartz grains mixed with magnetite in a tumbler turn red in a few months as the surfaces wear down and oxygen atoms bind to the magnetite, forming reddish hematite.  Because hematite is deep red in color, it doesn’t take much of it to color the dust red.  These experiments do not rule out water on Mars; they just remove water as a requirement for staining the surface red.    If this is the source of the redness on Mars, it has implications for the age of the surface.  Space.com said, “since the process can occur relatively quickly, it could be that the thin red layer of dust on Mars is somewhat new.”  How new?  Jonathan Merrison said “millions of years instead of billions of years.”  His experiments, though, reduced the sand grains to dust in just seven months, and they turned red quickly when magnetite was added.1.  Merrison, Gunnlaugsson, Jensen and Nornberg, “Mineral alteration induced by sand transport; a source for the reddish colour of Martian dust,” Icarus (in press, published online 9/12/2009), doi:10.1016/j.icarus.2009.09.004.The moyboys should be red-faced (moyboys: those recklessly spouting claims about “millions of years, billions of years”).  Not only does this potentially undermine the astrobiologists’ hopes for water on Mars, it casts doubt on whether the surface is really billions of years old.  Remember, even 100 million years is a tiny fraction of the assumed age of the solar system (A.S.S.).  What color was Mars before?  Yellow?  Green?  Purple?  Why are we seeing the tail-end of a rapid process if Mars dried up billions of years ago and its sand grains have been tumbling around for eons?  The truth is, they just don’t know.  They weren’t there.  The fact that a hypothesis this radical can upset everything previously believed about a planet should give one pause before accepting the next moyboy pronouncement on faith.(Visited 11 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Danny Kingad: student by day, fighter by night

first_imgTyphoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC “I am still studying, but I learned how to manage my time with the help of my coaches and senior teammates,” the Team Lakay member said. “I love this sport, I love to compete because this is my passion.”Kingad (5-0) is in his second year of his Physical Education major and he had to lessen the units he takes per semester so he can properly juggle his time training and studying.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAnd in the process of finishing his degree, the 22-year-old plans to disprove the stereotype that professional fighters don’t put a premium on education.“I am giving everything I have in training for this fight and bringing home the belt will be a testament that pursuing your passion is not a hindrance in securing your future through education,” said Kingad. MOST READ Kia pleads for understanding: ‘Give us a chance to prove our philosophy’ Read Next CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion PHOTO FROM ONE CHAMPIONSHIPThere are two things that Filipino mixed martial artist Danny Kingad wants, the ONE Flyweight title and his college diploma from University of the Cordilleras.Kingad is set to face ONE Flyweight champion Adriano Moraes for the title on November 10 at Mall of Asia Arena and as he hits the bags at night preparing for the fight, he does the same thing on his books in the morning.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img LATEST STORIES Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort “It is also a way of breaking the stigma that fighters have in our society.”Kingad is aware that being a professional fighter is not a lifetime job and having a college degree will open avenues for him in the future.“Education is very important because my career as a fighter will not last for long time,” said Kingad who had his first professional fight in 2014. “By the time I reach 38 or 40-years-old, I need to retire and have another job to support my family.”ADVERTISEMENT Team Lakay’s rough start lights a fire under Danny Kingad PLAY LIST 01:04Team Lakay’s rough start lights a fire under Danny Kingad00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa View commentslast_img read more

Mets Learn From The Best

first_imgThe young Mets team, who are preparing for the New South Wales Touch Association’s Junior Regionals in Forster later this month, train at the same venue as where the camp was being held and Australian Men’s Open coach, Tony Trad thought it would be a great opportunity to help the side out. “They were training at the same venue and given that Penrith Touch Association and Mets have always bent over backwards to help us out whenever we need fields and things like that for our camps I thought it was just a way of us giving back a little bit to those permits and affiliates that help us out,” Trad said. “They were great, they were really excited but I think our guys love it too. They really enjoy getting involved with the younger kids. It was really hot out there but the boys were showing a lot of skill and some of those young boys for their age they’ve got a fair amount of skill and class about them so our future’s looking bright.”The Men’s Open squad did some skills work with the side as well as a coaching clinic and some games, and it wasn’t just the Mets boys that enjoyed the experience. “Our squad loved it, they really like to put back, they are a great bunch of young men and they like to put back into the game, especially when dealing with young kids. So for them it was a lot of fun but it was really good, they really enjoy doing that kind of work, they relish it,” Trad said. The camp was the final selection event for the squads in the lead up to the 2012 Trans Tasman Series which starts on Thursday, 26 April in Mudgee. Trad says it was one of the ‘tougher camps’ but the players are looking forward to the upcoming series. “We did a lot of good work, we played some hard games, we had good refereeing so I really enjoyed it and we got a lot out of it. A lot of questions were answered because it’s a very short preparation so we’ve got to hit the ground running so we certainly did that on the weekend.”“It’s been a long season coming from a World Cup and we’ve just had the NTL but as soon as the boys got together, and there’s a lot of young guys in that squad as well, there was definitely a sense of excitement and anticipation. I think the young boys bring out the best in the old fella’s and the old fella’s like to make sure the young guys don’t get it all their own way and that makes a nice competitive edge to the training and builds a great atmosphere and a great culture so they are really looking forward to it,” Trad said. To keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information in the lead up to the 2012 Trans Tasman Series, please visit the following websites:www.austouch.com.au http://www.sportingpulse.com/assoc_page.cgi?assoc=6460&pID=14last_img read more

Malaysia exdeputy PM charged with graft money laundering

first_imgKUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia – Malaysia’s former deputy prime minister was charged Friday with abuse of power, corruption and money laundering involving millions of dollars in another graft investigation against leaders ousted in elections earlier this year.Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, who now leads the opposition after his party was defeated in the May general elections, was brought to court a day after he was detained by the anti-graft agency.Zahid pleaded not guilty to 10 counts of criminal breach of trust involving nearly 21 million ringgit ($5 million) in his family-run welfare group, eight counts of abusing power as home minister to receive bribes worth over 21 million ringgit for various projects including the supply of passport chips, and another 27 counts of laundering about 72 million ringgit ($17.3 million).Former Prime Minister Najib Razak, who along with his wife was also charged with graft after the elections, appeared in court to support his former deputy. Zahid took over as president of the United Malays National Organization, or UMNO, after Najib stepped down following their coalition’s defeat for the first time since independence from Britain in 1957.Dozens of UMNO members rallied outside the court complex, slamming the charges as politically motivated. They carried placards accusing the new government of adopting a “rule of the jungle” in an attempt to cripple the party. UMNO was the linchpin of the former ruling alliance, which has since disbanded, but the party still holds about a fifth of parliamentary seats.Zahid, 65, was freed after posting bail. He told supporters that he considered the 45 charges against him as a “test from Allah.” He indicated most of the money was meant for charity such as to build orphanages, mosques and other welfare programs, and that he will clear his name in court.“Whatever the public opinion is, I leave it to Allah to decide. Allah willing, with all the good things I have done with the intention of upholding Allah’s religion, I hope Allah will protect me,” Zahid said. Each of the charges against him carries a prison term of up to 20 years, plus heavy fines.His daughter, Nurulhidayah Ahmad Zahid, has called her father a “target of cruel injustice” under the new government.Two public listed companies implicated in the charges issued denials after prices of their shares plunged Friday.Datasonic Group Berhad said in a statement that neither the company nor any of its directors paid any bribe to Zahid to supply biodata chips for Malaysian passports, adding that it won the contract by offering the best pricing through an open tender.MyEG Services Sendirian Berhad said separately it has no knowledge of the person and company that allegedly paid Zahid millions in bribes to secure projects from MyEG, a provider of online government services. It said it was not privy to their alleged dealings with Zahid. Trading of MyEG shares were halted Friday afternoon on the company’s request.The charges against Zahid are not related to the multibillion-dollar looting of the 1MDB state investment fund that led to his coalition’s shocking loss.Najib and his wife, Rosmah Mansor, were charged earlier with multiple counts of corruption and money laundering linked to the 1MDB scandal. The fund, set up by Najib, is being investigated in the U.S. and several other countries. They have both denied any wrongdoing and Najib’s trial is to start next year.last_img read more

EC marks six constituencies for special watch

first_imgKolkata: The Election Commission has identified six Lok Sabha constituencies out of 42 in Bengal for keeping special vigil. The EC has decided to deploy one Police Observer each for these six constituencies to ensure free and fair elections. There will be one police observer in charge of two constituencies in the other 36 seats.Sources in the EC said that the six constituencies which will be under special watch are Raiganj, Murshidabad, Ranaghat, Asansol, Sreerampore and Kolkata South. “There will be one Police Observer each for these six seats,” an EC official said. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaIt may be mentioned that Police Observers for the constituencies which will go for polling in the first two phases, have already reached the state. The Police Observers will be responsible for maintaining law and order, the deployment of Central Forces, route march for area domination etc. They will also keep in touch with the state administration and send reports to the special Police Observer of Bengal as well as the Election Commission. The Election Commission takes into account a number of factors when it comes to deployment of a Police Observer. The geographical location of a constituency, its law and order situation, antecedents during previous polls and sensitivity of the polling booths under the constituency are all analysed before assigning such observers. The percentage of voting is also taken under consideration. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayIt may be noted that North Kolkata has the least voter turnout ratio among Bengal’s 42 Lok Sabha constituencies, in the last three Lok Sabha polls. In 2014, it had a turnout of only 66.08 percent, when the state’s average stood at a whopping 82.22 – one of the highest in the country. Sources in the EC said that there will be 44 Expenditure Observers for the 42 Lok Sabha seats in the state, along with 47 General Observers. The ECI on Thursday had already replaced retired BSF director general K K Sharma with 1981 batch IPS officer Vivek Dubey as Central Police Observer for Bengal. Sharma’s appointment as Central Police Observer for Bengal had been objected to by Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee and CPI(M) on grounds of neutrality. It may be noted that the EC has primarily approved the report of the Chief Electoral Officer of Bengal that less than 30 percent of the total booths in the state are ‘sensitive’. As per reports of the CEO’s office, 18,461 booths in the state have been marked as vulnerable out of as total of 78,000. According to sources in the EC, South 24-Parganas, with 2,357 vulnerable pockets, is the most sensitive district in the state. Eight other districts including North 24-Parganas, Murshidabad, Malda, East Midnapore, North Dinajpur, Birbhum, West Burdwan and Kolkata are also under the watch of the Election Commission.last_img read more