Now, City Hall is taking its war against the public to a new level by steamrolling through a phony phone tax while hiking water and power rates and imposing a gang tax without a gang strategy. City Hall is out of control with its lust for more and more of your money to put into the pockets of the unions, contractors and developers who keep our politicians in office. The politicians’ answer to every problem is another fee, another tax, another rate hike. But the problems never get fixed. Traffic gets worse. Gangs grow more numerous. The infrastructure is falling apart. There’s something fundamentally wrong with how the city is being run – and has been run for a long time. And it seems the only way for people to get attention is to sue City Hall. L.A.’s firefighters found they couldn’t stop the hazing and harassment on the job, but they could sue the pants off the city and walk away millionaires. WHERE are all the public-interest lawyers? They ought to be clamoring for a piece of the great L.A. rip-off in which 4 million Angelenos have been victims of City Hall. It’s clear now that City Hall politicians have no intention of listening to the people and serving them. All the politicians understand are lawsuits. That’s why they pay off millions of dollars every year to employees who are victims of mistreatment in the workplace and citizens who are mistreated by the city on the streets. For decades, the political class of Los Angeles has been squandering the city’s wealth on deals that benefit special interests, build monuments to their own grandiose egos and give away the public treasury to city unions and an enormous bureaucracy. Evidence of this pattern of deceit has mounted for years, from the outrageous lies told to water down term limits and get taxes passed, to the false claims that the politicians were actually fixing traffic congestion, getting rid of street gangs, paving streets and sidewalks and standing up for the business community and the creation of good jobs. This is a city that has surrendered the Police Department to federal control and now is about to be forced into a federal court consent decree over the Fire Department. It’s a clear-cut case: City Hall is using deception to bilk the public. Isn’t that as contrary to the public’s interest as target advertising to hook young kids on nicotine? Go on, sue City Hall. If the public doesn’t, someone else surely will.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Eden Hazard is on for Chelsea at Pride Park, where Oscar almost put them ahead in an even first half and Ramires hit the Derby post just before the interval.Oscar sent a free-kick narrowly wide and went close with two other decent strikes during a spell of Blues pressure.Ramires also fired wide for the visitors after in-form Championship side Derby had made a determined start to the FA Cup third-round clash.Ashley Cole did well to clear a dangerous early cross from Jeff Hendrick before David Luiz blocked a driven shot from Rams midfielder John Eustace.Luiz is alongside Gary Cahill for Chelsea, as captain John Terry is on the bench.And Cahill was called into action following a 28th-minute error by Luiz, who lost possession and was grateful to see his centre-back partner block Jamie Ward’s shot.Seven minutes before the break Eustace had an effort saved by Mark Schwarzer after the ball was given away again, this time by Ramires, whose deflected shot clipped the woodwork moments before the half-time whistle.Chelsea made a lively start to the second half and boss Jose Mourinho made a statement of intent on 55 minutes, bringing Hazard on for stand-in skipper Michael Essien.The winners of the tie will be at home to Stoke City in the fourth round.Chelsea: Schwarzer; Azpilicueta, Cahill, Luiz, Cole; Essien (Hazard 55), Mikel; Ramires, Oscar, Willian; Eto’o. Subs: Cech, Kalas, Terry, Baker, Mata, Torres.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
28 August 2012Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA) has created 800 jobs in response to strong demand for increased production of its Ford Ranger pickup truck, which begins on 3 September.Training of employees to fill the extra positions at the company’s Silverton assembly plant in Pretoria and its Struandale engine plant outside Port Elizabeth began in June.This follows last year’s R3.4-billion transformation and upgrade of Ford’s South African manufacturing and assembly plants to produce and export its new Rangers to 148 countries, mainly in Africa and Europe.The Struandale plant expanded its annual production capacity to 75 000 engines and 220 000 engine component kits, and is the only Ford facility to share both component machining and engine assembly for the Duratorq TDCi diesel engine programme which supports the Ford Ranger.“In order to meet continued strong demand in South Africa and abroad, we are adding shifts to our operations, creating jobs and confirming our commitment to South Africa,” FMCSA chief executive officer Jeff Nemeth said in a statement.“We invested significantly to transform our operations, and it is our strong belief that these jobs have the power to transform people’s lives as well.”Nemeth said it enabled the empowerment of local communities which Ford operated in.“The main objective of training the potential new employees is to give trainees a better understanding of our industry and equip them with the necessary skills to take up positions in the plant and start building world-class Rangers,” he said.“Our enthusiasm for technical innovation is always tempered by our responsibility to the vehicle, to our customers and their safety.“We’re investing in the continuous training and education of our employees. Each one of the 800 potential new employees underwent comprehensive pre-employment assessment prior to the commencement of training.”Successful candidates were then given both classroom and on-the-job training to equip them to build the Ford Rangers.“As part of the One Ford plan, and to maintain a viable and strategic presence in southern Africa, we require a globally integrated supply chain and a highly trained workforce,” Nemeth said.“We are pleased with the investments in South Africa and we are committed to having world-class facilities and standards.”SAinfo reporter
Elon Musk’s Tesla Motors will open a South African office this month, which will be managed by Evan Rice, the chief executive of GreenCape, an organisation formed to help develop the market for renewable energy in Western Cape.(Image: Tesla Powerwall)Brand South Africa reporterThe South African Tesla operation will start off with only one employee. But Rice told the htxt website that “if we can find some solid business cases and get them going, we will be expanding”, hinting at further announcements for the company’s presence in South Africa and the rest of the continent later in 2016.Rice says the company’s priority in South Africa will be to develop a market for Tesla’s industrial-scale battery pack, called the Powerwall. It was introduced to the world in 2015 by Musk. At the launch, Musk called the revolutionary device “the most suitable and cost-effective way to manage energy grids and supplement renewable energy sources for both industrial and home markets”.The Tesla Powerwall is a home battery system charged with solar energy that can provide power after sunset. The system can be plugged into the power grid, connected to buildings or paired with solar panels. Utilities can use them to operate their grids more smoothly and avoid having to build more expensive power plants that create pollution.Powerwall batteries are currently manufactured in Nevada, in the US. Tesla already has distribution deals in place to sell Powerwall products in South Africa through several renewable energy companies, including Dako Power and Rubicon, according to Rice.Rice also says the company, together with GreenCape, has spoken to municipal energy providers about feed-in tariffs which would allow customers to sell energy back to the grid. This would help to encourage private capital to invest in the systems, he says.“At the moment, we’re seeing the majority of solar going into shopping malls or retail parks where all the energy produced can be used on site,” Rice explains. “If you could sell some back to the grid it would make (investing in storage) a much more attractive business case and help to leverage private capital.”While Tesla has no plans to bring the group’s electric vehicles here, the anticipated success of the Powerwall home battery system in South Africa – which is no stranger to electricity constraints – might push forward plans to introduce the hugely popular vehicle in the country.Tesla Motors was founded in 2003 by Musk and a group of Silicon Valley engineers looking to improve the performance and cut the costs of electric motors. The defining aspect of the Tesla vehicles and the Powerwall is the principles of the AC induction motor patented in 1888 by inventor Nikola Tesla. The resulting Tesla Roadster not only set a new standard for non-emission vehicles, but was also the fastest and most cost-effective electric car in the world.Tesla Motors turned its first profit in 2013, according to Forbes magazine, giving Musk a net worth of $13-billion (R209.4bn), while making Tesla a household name in the United States.Born in 1971, Musk grew up in Johannesburg and Pretoria and immigrated to Canada when he finished high school. He sold his first startup, a company that provided maps and business directories, to Compaq Computer for $22-million. He went on to co-create the PayPal online payment system, which he later sold to eBay for $250m. This, in turn, financed Musk’s interests in alternative energy and space technology. His two business focuses now are Tesla and SpaceX, the private space exploration company dedicated to developing affordable and advanced space travel and research.Described by biographer Ashlee Vance as a “possessed genius on the grandest quest anyone has ever concocted, (Musk) is no less a (chief executive) chasing riches than a general marshalling troops to secure victory. Where Mark Zuckerberg wants to help you share baby photos, Musk wants to save the human race from self-imposed or accidental annihilation.”Source: AFKInsider, Tesla Motors, Elon Musk websiteWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.
20 July 2015The Proteas, South Africa’s national cricket team currently on tour in Bangladesh, teamed up with the International Children’s Palliative Care Network (ICPCN) to spread some Madiba Magic among young cricket fans in Chittagong.The youngsters, all born with life-limiting conditions, were treated to a once-in-a- lifetime opportunity of spending the afternoon with the Proteas in celebration of Nelson Mandela International Day, at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Cricket Stadium.The 18 children were accompanied by their parents and spent a day of fun with the team. The children are patients at the Paediatric Oncology Centre at Chittagong Medical College Hospital. They watched the team train, and received ICPCN wristbands and NOW campaign cricket bats as they eagerly waited to meet the players.Mandela Day is a day set aside annually to celebrate Mandela’s life and legacy, and all South Africans and citizens of the world are encouraged to make acts of kindness to help change the world for the better.Proteas assistant coach Adrian Birrell, one of the drivers of team culture, said humility and compassion – keys traits of the late leader – were the founding qualities by which the Proteas lived.“We knew that back home most South Africans would be spending 67 minutes doing good deeds in Nelson Mandela’s memory and we felt we wanted to share that Madiba legacy with the people of Chittagong,” he said. “The Proteas are all about higher purpose and we felt it would be a great opportunity to give back to the community and to contribute towards a worthwhile cause.”A tour could get tedious between moving from the hotel, training and playing, Birrell explained, so it was nice to do something fun and different. “These children are suffering from terminal illness; it’s tragic for them and their families. It was humbling to see the excitement and smiles on their faces.“Hopefully that makes some kind of difference to their lives. Hopefully they forgot about their plight in these few minutes that they were with us signing autographs and interacting with the players.“I think the most important thing for us was to bring smiles to their faces by spreading some Madiba magic to those less fortunate than us. We tried to share a little bit of what the Proteas stood for and gave an unconditional act of kindness. I think it’s important for all South Africans to give where we can, if we can all do a little bit it can go a long way.”Watch the Proteas with the children in Chittagong:Speaking of the work the network does, media and marketing officer, Lorne Sithole, said: “The ICPCN’s mission is to achieve the best quality of life and care for children and young people with life-limiting conditions, a critical necessity especially in an impoverished country like Bangladesh. It is a dream come true for many of the children here from the Chittagong Medical Hospital.“Bangladesh is one of the poorest countries in the world and access to medical care, information and resources is limited. We hope this day will at least have given these brave children something to smile about.”The Proteas’ two-Test series against Bangladesh starts tomorrow. They had mixed success in the limited overs portion of their tour, winning the T20 series 2-0 but losing the One Day Internationals 2-1 to the home team.Source: News24Wire
CC Wikimedia Commons photo by Nephronby Joanna ManeroIf you missed the webinar by Amy Jones MS, RDN, LD on theThe Scoop on Gluten Free: Research and Practice TipsYou can still watch the recording and earn 1.0 CPEU by visiting the event page.Gluten-free eating may be a popular trend among fad dieters; however, to a person with Celiac disease, it may not look so glamorous. Celiac disease is an autoimmune disease in which the ingestion of gluten leads to an immune attack to the small intestine. The villi in the small intestine become damaged, which leads to malabsorption of nutrients.According to a large multicenter study carried out by Alessio Fasano and his research team (2003), celiac disease affects 1 in 133 Americans; however, when people have first-degree relatives with the disease, the incidence increases to 1 in 22. Unfortunately, the average length of time for a symptomatic person to reach a diagnosis is four years. This delay can lead to substantial damage to the intestine that can take years to repair leading to further complications. This difficulty in diagnosis is likely because celiac disease can present itself so differently from one person to the next. Some people may even be asymptomatic. However, about 200 symptoms have been associated with the disease. The most common symptoms are below.In Children:Abdominal bloating and painAttention-deficit/hyperactivity disorderBehavioral issuesChronic diarrheaConstipationDelayed growth and pubertyDental enamel defects of the permanent teethFailure to thriveFatigueShort statureVomitingWeight lossIn Adults:ArthritisBone lossBone or joint painCanker soresDepression or anxietyFatigueInfertility or recurrent miscarriageIron-deficiency anemiaLiver or biliary tract disordersMissed menstrual periodsPeripheral neuropathySeizures or migrainesSkin rashYou can see how many of these symptoms overlap with those of other diseases, making diagnosis challenging. If you are suffering from one or more of these symptoms do not start a gluten free diet without getting a diagnosis first! This is very important to accurately identify what is causing your symptoms. Once you are diagnosed see a Dietitian to help you with the diet.As of now, the only form of treatment for this disease is a strict gluten-free diet. Once a client is diagnosed with celiac disease, eliminating gluten from their diet may seem like the next daunting task. So what exactly is left to eat? Foods that are naturally gluten-free may be a place to start. These foods include:Beans, Legumes, and NutsDairyFruitsFish and SeafoodMeat and PoultryVegetablesThere’s also a variety of grains and other starchy foods that are gluten free. These include beans, cassava, chia, corn, flax, potato, quinoa, rice, sorghum, soy, tapioca, and yucca. And finally, with a higher incidence of celiac disease and gluten sensitivity, the number of gluten-free products has also increased. Most supermarkets now have sections dedicated to gluten-free versions of products that were once thought to be a distant memory for those suffering from the disease.What are your experiences with celiac disease and gluten intolerance? Do your clients have a hard time getting a diagnosis as the literature suggests? Share your opinions on gluten-free diets without medical reason below!Celiac Disease Foundation: Gluten-Free FoodsCeliac Disease Foundation: Symptoms of Celiac DiseaseCeliac Disease Facts and Figures. The University of Chicago Medicine Prevalence of Celiac Disease in At-Risk and Not-At-Risk Groups in the United States This was posted by Robin Allen, a member of the Military Families Learning Network (MFLN) Nutrition and Wellness team that aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the MFLN Nutrition and Wellness concentration on our website, on Facebook, on Twitter, and LinkedIn.
A complaint was filed on Monday with Goa Lokayukta against former Shiroda MLA Subhash Shirodkar over alleged irregulaties over land acquisition to the tune of ₹70 crore. Mr. Shirodkar resigned as Congress MLA and joined BJP along with another MLA Dayanand Sopte last week upon which the issue of his land acquisition surfaced in public domain.Besides Mr. Shirodkar, complainant — activist-advocate Aires Rodrigues — has named Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar and the Chief Secretary of Goa as respondents.Goa Lokayukta Justice P.K.Misra on Monday issued notice to the Chief Secretary seeking a report from him while also directing him to place the entire records of the said land acquisition and has fixed the matter for hearing on November 14. Mr. Rodrigues in his complaint has alleged that Mr. Shirodkar has “benefitted from a massive land scam in collusion with the Goa government’s gross act of maladministration.”Pointing out that in a “blatant illegality” the Goa Government has acquired 1,83,524 sq.m. of orchard land in Shiroda in South Goa from Mr. Shirodkar for a whopping ₹70 crore, Mr. Rodrigues has stated that “this deal was to deceptively reward Mr. Shirodkar for politically flirting with the BJP.”The complaint has stated that Vedanta Real Estate Developers owned by Mr. Shirodkar and his three brothers Amit, Umesh and Sattesh had purchased that land on October 19, 2006 for a mere ₹45/sq m, which the government has now acquired for a price of ₹3,500/ sq m.Mr. Rodrigues, in his complaint, also claimed that another land owner had by a letter dated April 5, 2018 addressed to the Chief Secretary had offered the government 1,40,650 sq.m. of his land in Shiroda for a mere ₹350/sq.m. and that a copy of that letter had been also sent to the then Cabinet Advisory Committee comprising ministers Sudin Dhavalikar, Francis D’Souza and Vijai Sardesai.Stating that any land acquisition by the Government is always for a particular purpose, the complaint claimed Mr.Shirodkar’s land was acquired by the State Industries department without having any plan in place for what purpose the acquired land would be used.Mr. Rodrigues also said the government has not taken any action till even even though he raised the issue with the Chief Secretary on May 29.
Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netLyceum’s historic 18-0 sweep of the NCAA Season 93 eliminations almost didn’t become a reality after referee Edmar Avis’ call late in the first overtime.After CJ Perez gave the Pirates a 97-96 lead with a gutsy drive with 3.4 seconds to spare, Robert Bolick desperately tried to fish for foul in the last 1.5 ticks, something that the official numbered 16 willingly gave as he whistled Jaycee Marcelino for a foul.ADVERTISEMENT “Mistakes will always be there. But what I can say is the referees really tried their best. If I will rate it, you already saw it and you can base it on what you saw, I’m happy with the way they called it,” Cristobal said.“I will not entertain that anymore. As far as the referees are concerned, we’ll always go on different ways. They will judge it according to what they saw and they will always call for what is good and right for the game.”Lyceum coach Topex Robinson also didn’t let the errant call affect his team’s psyche late in the game.“I trust coach Bai a lot. They’re also people who make mistakes. I told my players to just keep on playing. They don’t want to be in that situation also, and we honor them also. We know that they’re gonna make mistakes and it’s not a fault of their own. I told them that instead of making the referees as an excuse, we have to find a way. We have to find a way and we have to really, really grind it with them,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa NCAA Finals trip dream come true for Marcelino twins Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight MOST READ Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president That led to a lot of fans scratching their heads after Lyceum seemed to have lost the shot at history.Fortunately for Pirates, Bolick botched his first attempt and could only muster for a split to tie the game at 97 and send the game to a second overtime.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 shutoutThe Pirates would then take the 107-105 win over the Red Lions in double overtime to complete the unprecedented streak.NCAA commissioner Bai Cristobal was quick to leap on the defense of the referees, charging the bad and missed calls made to experience. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES San Beda, Lyceum early favorites ahead of NCAA Season 93 PLAY LIST 02:12San Beda, Lyceum early favorites ahead of NCAA Season 9305:18After the Typhoon Part 200:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters 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 View comments
Santiago Solari has been thrust straight into the deep end at Real Madrid.The 42-year-old, who spent five years at the club as a player, has been promoted from the Madrid B team to take the reigns of the senior side following the sacking of Julen Lopetegui on Monday.Solari takes over at a time of immense upheaval at the club, with Real having been thumped 5-1 by Barcelona on Sunday, and also struggling for form without the goals of Cristiano Ronaldo. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! But who is the former Real midfielder, and how long will he remain in charge?Who is Santiago Solari?Solari was born in Argentina in 1976, and began his career with Richard Stockton College in the United States.A return to Argentina saw him take in spells at Newell’s Old Boys and Renato Cesarini, but his professional career did not begin until 1996, at River Plate.Three years later, a move to Atletico Madrid followed, before his dream move to Real.A total of 208 appearances followed, with Solari playing 90 minutes as the club beat Bayer Leverkusen in the 2001-02 Champions League final.Spells at Inter, San Lorenzo, Atlante and Penarol followed, with Solari earning a total of 11 caps for Argentina; he eventually returned to Real in 2013, taking charge of the youth team.Before the 2016-17 season, he was given the reigns to the Real Madrid Castilla – the Blanco’s B team that plays in the third tier of Spanish football – and will now take charge of the senior side as they look to hire a permanent replacement for Lopetegui.How long will Solari be in charge of Real Madrid?Real have a total of two weeks to appoint a new permanent coach, whomever that may be.The Spanish Football Federation’s (RFEF) rules state that Real Madrid have a fortnight to permanently hire a new coach, or face disciplinary proceedings.Article 160 in RFEF’s General Regulations document reads:1. If a coaching vacancy occurs after the competition (La Liga) has started, the club will be obliged to find a new coach who is licensed for the category within a maximum time frame of two weeks.It is worth noting that Solari possesses such a licence.2. Failure to carry out the duties referred to in the previous paragraph will lead to the carrying out of corresponding disciplinary measures by the federation.Thus, provided he is not appointed permanent manager, Solari’s reign is set to last a maximum of four games, starting with Wednesday’s Copa del Rey clash against Melilla.They then face surprise package Real Valladolid in La Liga before travelling to Czech Republic to take on Viktoria Plzen in the Champions League.Their final fixture before November’s international break is back in La Liga against Celta Vigo, by which time Solari’s immediate future should be a lot clearer.Who will be Real Madrid’s next permanent manager?Real Madrid are currently in negotiations with former Chelsea manager Antonio Conte, but his potential appointment is a complicated one.The Italian is understood to be interested in taking the reigns at Santiago Bernabeu, but protracted negotiations between Madrid and Conte’s former side, Chelsea, have the Blancos scrambling ahead of Wednesday’s Copa del Rey match against Melilla. Though Conte is keen to take charge of Madrid, the Italian’s compensation package with Chelsea still must be thrashed out after the Blues fired the Italian following the 2017-18 season. In order to sign with Madrid, Goal understands Chelsea want Conte to forego a €10 million (£9m/$11m) payment, which is complicating the negotiations between all three parties.Conte has won Serie A three times, as well as the Premier League, but it remains to be seen if the Italian will eventually be appointed in Madrid.If not Conte, then Solari could be placed in permanent charge until the end of the season, though that is far from the ideal scenario.Other external candidates include Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino, whom the Madrid hierarchy have long been a fan of, though his signing of a new five-year contract in north London during pre-season complicates matters somewhat.Arsene Wenger remains out of work having left Arsenal at the end of the 2017-18 campaign while Joachim Low – who Madrid reportedly spoke to following Zinedine Zidane’s resignation in May – is struggling with Germany and may be glad of the change of scenery.Roberto Martinez has also been linked following his successful World Cup showing in charge of Belgium while there are even suggestions Jose Mourinho could return to the hotseat as he continues to struggle for consistency at Manchester United.
New Delhi, Jul 12 (PTI) Asserting that funds were released by the government on time for para-athletes, Sports Minister Vijay Goel today sought a report from the Paralympic Committee of India on how para-swimmer Kanchanmala Pande was left to fend for herself without money in Berlin. Visually challenged Pande, who took part in the Berlin Para Swimming Championships with five others, was forced to borrow money in Berlin from a friend and was reportedly fined for travelling without a ticket on public transport after she was not given enough money by the PCI. The incident has triggered reactions from the likes of Abhinav Bindra and Mahesh Bhupathi, who called the incident “unacceptable” and “shameful”. Terming the incident as unfortunate, Goel today asked PCI to submit a report within ten days. “The Ministry through SAI released Rs. 3.21 Lakhs as 75 percent of dues as advance payment to Para Olympic Committee of India (PCI) in time and arranged tickets etc,” the ministry said in a release. “This amount was transferred in the account of PCI on 22nd June, 2017. Since the amount was transferred to the account of PCI, the players should not have been put to any hardship,” he said. “The Minister found this (incident) as very unfortunate and has ordered that a report from the PCI be sought in the matter within ten days.” Goel, who immediately sought report into the incident from his officers in the ministry, said he also spoke to the PCI CEO. The minister said he has been informed that for some reasons the money was not transferred by PCI to the team members. The Indian Para-Swimming team was in Germany from July 3 to 9. The PCI, however, washed its hands off the incident, saying the sanctioned amount could not be distributed due to the non-availability of court-appointed committee chairman. The PCI vice-president Gursharan Singh said that the national Paralympics body could not be blamed for the incident. He said the fund sanctioned by the government could not be withdrawn as the PCI needed the approval of Justice (Retd) Kailash Gambhir, who was appointed by Delhi High Court as Chairman of the Committee. Under the order of the High Court, which appointed the committee, the PCI needs the approval of the committee to withdraw money till a pending case is decided. “We feel sad that this kind of incident had happened, it should not happen again. We regret that this incident had happened. We will seek a report from the team manager and find out how this had happened,” Gursharan told PTI today. “The sanctioned amount from SAI came five days before the departure of the athletes but we could not withdraw the money as it needs the approval of the Chairman of Committee appointed by the Delhi High Court. He (Justice Retd. Kailash Gambhir) was not available to clear the funds. “So, we told the athletes not to take part in Berlin or go on their own and get reimbursed later. The team went on theirown and I am hearing about this incident. We have asked for a report about what happened in Berlin from team leader Kamaljit Singh,” said Gursharan from London, where an Indian team is taking part in the World Para Athletics Championships. Gursharan said that Kamaljit, a Haryana government coach, had recently led some para athletes to a championships in Australia on their own funds, which was reimbursed later. “Taking part in an event on their own and getting compensated later is not happening for the first time. Kamaljit had taken some para athletes in Australia earlier this year. They went there on their own funds and were compensated later.” Gursharan said henceforth this practice of para-athletes taking part on their own fund (to be compensated later) will not be encouraged. “We will not encourage this kind of participation in future. We work for the well being of our para-athletes. We do not wish this kind of incidents to happen in future.” Abhinav Bindra, the countrys lone individual Olympic gold medallist, took to the social media to express his anger on this incident. “This is UNACCEPTABLE. People must be held accountable,” Bindra wrote on his Twitter handle. He even tagged Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Sports Minister Vijay Goel. Indian Davis Cup captain Mahesh Bhupathi and another player Somdev Devvarman also reacted to the incident. “Against all Odds has been every sportspersons story in India at some level but this is an all time low,” tweeted multiple Grand Slam winner and Indias non-playing Davis Cup captain. “Horrible stuff to read… Changes need to be made in the way we perceive sport and the way we run it… The current system is a shame… ,” Devvarman wrote. PTI PDS KHS KHSadvertisementadvertisement