Journalist gunned down outside his home in Mosul

first_img Iraq : Wave of arrests of journalists covering protests in Iraqi Kurdistan News to go further February 15, 2021 Find out more RSF_en RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace” “We are extremely shocked and dismayed by Ahmadi’s death,” Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Jean-François Julliard said. “The murders of journalists in Iraq are not letting up and generalized impunity is fuelling the cycle of violence. Very few of the 232 murders of media personnel in Iraq since 2003 have been thoroughly and conclusively investigated.”Julliard added: “We demand an investigation that establishes the precise reasons for this murder. Those responsible must be arrested and brought to justice. Impunity must not prevail in Iraq.”Ahmadi was leaving his home in the eastern suburb of Mithaq in order to go to work when men in car opened fire with a submachine-gun and then took off. He was hit several times and died on the spot. The police said they were investigating. The murder scene was cordoned off and Ahmadi’s body was taken to Mosul’s department of forensic medicine.Aged 50 and the father of four children, Ahmadi was dismissed two weeks ago as head of the Ninawa provincial government’s communication and media department. Colleagues said his newspaper articles drew attention to corruption and the lack of social services in the region. Follow the news on Iraq Help by sharing this information December 28, 2020 Find out more News Receive email alerts Three jailed reporters charged with “undermining national security” News February 17, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalist gunned down outside his home in Mosul Organisation IraqMiddle East – North Africa Reporters Without Borders firmly condemns journalist Hilal Al-Ahmadi’s murder today in the northern city of Mosul. Ahmadi, who worked for two local weeklies, the Mosul Echo and Iraqiyoun, was gunned down outside his home. News IraqMiddle East – North Africa December 16, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

The Langham Participates in Pasadena’s Bike to Work Week

first_imgcenter column 4 The Langham Participates in Pasadena’s Bike to Work Week From STAFF REPORTS Published on Friday, May 10, 2013 | 12:35 pm EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS The Langham Huntington, Pasadena is participating in Pasadena Bike Week (May 13-18), encouraging employees to leave their cars at home and ride their bicycles to work. The hotel will provide its employees with bicycle routes and metro line time tables to encourage commuting via bicycle and public transportation, and it will distribute bicycle repair kits and safety tips for those colleagues who participate. Additionally, to encourage more bicycle riders, the hotel will conduct a raffle at the end of the week for those who ride their bikes to work and the winner will receive $200!The Langham Huntington, Pasadena will also be an official “pit stop” for bicyclists on Thursday, May 16 from 8:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. There will be a booth in front of the hotel offering refreshments such as water, coffee, cookies, granola bars and fruit, and the hotel will also give out bicycle repair kits and safety information to bicyclists.Pasadena’s Bike Week, www.cityofpasadena.net/trans/bikeweek, is an annual week-long celebration of all things bicycle co-sponsored by the City and CICLE (Cyclists Inciting Change thru Live Exchange (CICLE) www.cicle.org as a safe, sustainable way to get around town.For more information about The Langham Huntington, Pasadena, please visit http://pasadena.langhamhotels.com or dial (626) 568 3900. Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday HerbeautyStop Eating Read Meat (Before It’s Too Late)HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty18 Ways To Get Rid Of HiccupsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyTop 9 Predicted Haircut Trends Of 2020HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty8 Celebrities People Don’t Love AnymoreHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyBohemian Summer: How To Wear The Boho Trend RightHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyJennifer Lopez And Alex Rodriguez’s Wedding DelayedHerbeautyHerbeauty Community News Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Make a comment More Cool Stuff Top of the News Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m.center_img First Heatwave Expected Next Week Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  19 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Community News Business News Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Subscribe Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

Retiring JPL Deputy Director Passes the Torch

first_img Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy More Cool Stuff Retiring JPL Deputy Director Gen. Eugene Tattini Image credit: NASA/JPL-CaltechGen. Eugene Tattini, who has served for the past 12 years as deputy director of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., will begin his retirement on Sept. 20. His successor, U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Larry D. James, will assume his duties on Sept. 23.The deputy director functions as JPL’s chief operating officer and is responsible to the director for the day-to-day management of JPL’s resources and activities. JPL employs 5,000 scientists, engineers, technicians and business support personnel, and generates $1.5 billion in annual revenue. The California Institute of Technology in Pasadena staffs and manages JPL for NASA.“We owe our gratitude to General Tattini for his dedication and contributions during the past 12 years, which were filled with numerous successful spacecraft launches and milestones, including the landing of the Mars rover Curiosity,” said JPL Director Charles Elachi.Before joining JPL in July 2001, Tattini was commander of the U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center in Los Angeles. His 36-year military career included 20 separate assignments.Born in Madison, Wis., Tattini graduated from the Reserve Officer Training Corps program at the University of Illinois before entering the Air Force in 1965. He holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Oklahoma City University, and certificates from the Air War College and Industrial College of the Armed Forces. He was chosen to attend executive development programs at Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y., and Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.“It has been an absolute privilege for me to support the men and women of JPL as deputy director for the past 12 years,” Tattini said. “I have seen the incredibly talented people at JPL perform magic, and I continue to be in awe of them. I leave with my congratulations for a job extremely well done.”Tattini and his wife, Jene, will continue to live in Glendale, Calif., minutes away from their daughter, son-in-law and two young grandsons.Gen. James was selected after a search committee considered a number of distinguished candidates. He has a wide range of experience with space-related activities.“I look forward to working with General James as we move ahead in the exciting, important and ever-changing field of space exploration and technology,” Elachi said.After graduating with distinction from the U.S. Air Force Academy, James received a master’s degree in astronautical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge.Most recently, James was the Air Force Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance in Washington, D.C. Earlier in his career, he trained as an Air Force payload specialist for the space shuttle program. James also served as vice commander of the USAF Space and Missile Systems Center in Los Angeles and as commander of the 14th Air Force at Vandenberg Air Force base in California, where he was responsible for all Department of Defense satellite and launch systems.“I’m truly excited to be a part of the amazing JPL team,” Gen. James said. “As someone who has loved space exploration since I was a kid, there’s no better place to be.”James lives in Altadena, Calif., with his wife, Susan. They have a daughter and son-in-law in New York City and a daughter in Nice, France. Subscribe Make a comment EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Business News Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday First Heatwave Expected Next Week center_img 13 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Community News HerbeautyIs It Bad To Give Your Boyfriend An Ultimatum?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty11 Ayurveda Heath Secrets From Ancient IndiaHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThe Most Heartwarming Moments Between Father And DaughterHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyYou’ll Want To Get Married Twice Or Even More Just To Put Them OnHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyBaby Boom: The Stars Are Getting Busy In QuarantineHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyTiger Woods’ Ex Wife Found A New Love PartnerHerbeautyHerbeauty OLD top box right Retiring JPL Deputy Director Passes the Torch From STAFF REPORTS Published on Wednesday, September 18, 2013 | 12:10 pm Top of the News faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyCitizen Service CenterPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Community News Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

Beach Replenishment for Ocean City, Strathmere and Sea Isle May Not Start Until Spring

first_imgBeach replenishment at the north end of Ocean City in spring 2013.The Army Corps of Engineers awarded a $57.6 million contract last Monday to the Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company of Oak Brook, Ill., to rebuild eroded beaches at the south end of Ocean City and in Strathmere and Sea Isle City in a much-anticipated project that was originally projected to begin in late November.But while the Army Corps has released no timetable for the project, a Great Lakes Dredge spokesperson says the project will not begin until the spring.“Dredging will start in the second quarter (April/ May/June) of 2015,” said Mary Morrissey, senior manager of investor relations for Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company. “At this point, we unfortunately do not know which city will be first when we start dredging.”That announcement suggests that one or more of the towns in the project area possibly could see dredging work during the peak summer season.Beach replenishment projects involve the laying of pipeline and the closing of a couple blocks of beach at a time as work crews traverse the project area.The Army Corps is expected to issue a “notice to proceed” to the contractor as early as next week.  The contractor then has about 480 days to complete the project, according to Army Corps spokesman Richard Pearsall.Great Lakes is the same company that completed the beach replenishment project at Ocean City’s north end in spring 2013. That project began in February and ended in early June. The company has dredging contracts throughout the nation.The new project will pump new sand onto beaches between 34th and 59th streets in Ocean City.The federal government will pay 100 percent of the initial project cost to restore beaches at the south end of Ocean City and in Strathmere and Sea Isle City.Morrissey’s statement is not an official timetable, but it appears clear at least that work will not begin by the end of November, as projected. The contractor will work with the Army Corps and the municipalities to develop a project schedule.Read more: 50 Years of Sand on the Way to Ocean City’s South End__________Sign up for OCNJ Daily’s free newsletter and breaking news alerts“Like” us on Facebooklast_img read more

IPE Conference: Asset managers ‘relative beneficiaries’ of poor scheme governance

first_imgThe UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) should take into account the role of trustees as it conducts its asset management review, according to the chief executive of HSBC’s pension fund.Speaking at the IPE Conference in Berlin today, Elizabeth Renshaw-Ames welcomed the regulator’s recent wide-ranging review of the asset management sector but called for real solutions for pension-scheme governance challenges when the FCA completes its work next year.Renshaw-Ames said: “My personal belief is that good governance of pension schemes will deliver better outcomes for members. The UK occupational pension system is fraught with challenges, many of which arise out of an increase of lay people as members of trustee boards.”Such trustees – typically employee or pensioner members – have ultimate responsibility for the governance of pension schemes, including some legal responsibilities. For smaller pensions without internal expertise, they will often make asset allocation and manager selection decisions with the aid of consultants.The lack of support for many trustees means “the asset management industry that services these clients is therefore a relative beneficiary of some of these governance challenges”, Renshaw-Ames argued.She called for regulators to “grasp the nettle and come up with solutions to improve governance of schemes” to help trustees hold asset managers to account.The FCA’s interim review, published earlier this month, proposed consolidation among UK pension funds to increase their resources and access benefits of scale.The regulator also highlighted governance shortfalls within asset management companies, which meant investors found it difficult to judge value for money.It also criticised a lack of transparency and competition among investment consultants.last_img read more

STETHS, Edwin Allen impress

first_img 400m HURDLES He then returned 50 minutes later to beat his rivals in the 400m hurdles in 53.53 seconds and closed off with another fine leg to anchor his team to victory in the 4x400m in 3:14.69. Edwin Allen girls showed that they will be hard to be dethrone at this year’s ISSA-GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Championships. The Michael Dyke-coached team produced several good all-round performances. Edwin Allen won the Class Four 4x100m in a record 48.51, the Class Three sprint relay in 46.78, the 4x800m in 9:01.69, and closed the day with a big win in the 4x400m in 3:45.41. Shannon Kallawan was impressive in winning the girls open 400m hurdles in 59.24 seconds ahead of Vere Technical’s Sanique Walker in 59.72 with Holmwood Technical’s Nicolee Foster taking third in 59.74. The evergreen Kim Collins of St Kitts warmed up for the World Indoor Championships, winning the men’s 60m in 6.53 seconds, getting the better of G.C. Foster College’s Oshane Bailey, 6.65. Third went to University of Technology’s (UTech) Kwesi McFarlane, who clocked 6.77. Gayon Evans of G.C. Foster College took the women’s 60m in 7.19 seconds as teammate Audra Segree was second in 7.23, with third going to Shimarya Williams of UTech in 7.34. St Elizabeth Technical High’s (STETHS) boys and the girls from defending inter-secondary champions Edwin Allen High were the outstanding performers at yesterday’s Central Hurdles and Relay meet at G.C. Foster College yesterday. World Youth representative Jauavney James stood out for the school from Santa Cruz as twice he anchored his team to victories in the 4×400 and 4×800 metres and also ran on well for a victory in the boys’ open 400 metres hurdles. James showed his class early in the morning as he came from second spot on the final exchange of the 4x800m to pilot his team to a win in 7:46.26.last_img read more

Nature Penitent Over Political Bias

first_imgThe editors of Nature confess to living in a liberal echo chamber, out of touch with most Americans, too quick to judge conservatives.This could be a first. For years we have pointed out the terribly lopsided political bias in Big Science, and the journals in particular. Just last week we exposed Nature‘s vitriol against president-elect Donald Trump (11/17/16), chastising them for their “naked hostility” not only to him but to the millions of Americans who voted for him.Something happened to the same Editors two weeks later. Did they get religion? Did they read our report and feel sorry for their sins? Not quite; they still deplore “Trump’s odious racist, sexist and anti-intellectual remarks” in today’s Nature Editorial, worried that his statements “risk unacceptably broadening the limits of acceptable discourse — and freeing and normalizing people’s worst base instincts and a rhetoric of hate.” Not exactly a weeping confession, this, but in the editorial they do engage in some humble soul-searching. Look at what they do confess:Bias: “According to surveys and statistics, most Nature readers place themselves on the liberal left of the political spectrum.”Knee-jerking: They listen seriously to a commentator (Mark Lilla) who “called for an end to what he described as an overemphasis by liberals on racial, gender and sexual identity politics.”Echo chamber: They bow their heads when Lilla preaches that “many progressives live in bubbles; that they are educationally programmed to be attuned to diversity issues, yet have ‘shockingly little to say’ about political and democratic fundamentals such as class, economics, war and policy issues affecting the common good.“Inequality: They don’t contest Lilla’s accusation that “the excessive focus on identity politics by urban and academic elites has left many white, religious and rural groups feeling alienated, threatened and ignored in an unwelcoming environment where the issues that matter to them are given little or no attention.“Disunity: They listen politely when Lilla gets to the application: “What is urgently needed … is for US liberalism to refocus on educating all citizens on broader issues that unite people, and on core values of democracy, governance and the major forces shaping international politics….”Ignorance: They don’t complain when Lilla points the finger at them: “and for the liberal press to educate itself about neglected parts of the country and what matters to people living there.”That’s quite a confession list. But then, sadly, comes the anti-Trump rhetoric, threatening to undo the humility. So a second preacher steps up and rubs it in:But the discussion echoes points made earlier this year by New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof, directed at academics. Kristof, who has long championed diversity issues and so can hardly be accused of conservative bias, argued in a column entitled ‘A confession of liberal intolerance’ that academics are often selectively tolerant, but are intolerant when it comes to considering conservative or religious viewpoints.That got them bowing their heads again. For a moment, these Editors acknowledge the bubble they live in that is light-years apart from the rancher in Montana trying to eke out a living in a harsh land, hampered at every turn by government regulators, or the faithful church-going couple lovingly baking cakes for all comers but politely declining to support a same-sex wedding on religious convictions, only to be threatened with heavy fines on top of loss of their livelihood in the name of “tolerance.” For a moment, the Editors envision how out of touch they have been with millions of people carrying on their daily lives outside the high walls of the ivory tower.What will they do about it? A short pause for a moment of silence is at least something.Both articles, although perhaps overstating the case, offer food for thought. They highlight that confirmation bias is rife in all walks of life, including the practice of research and the political viewpoints of academic liberals. No one should kid themselves that they are immune.“Academia must resist political confirmation bias,” they titled this Editorial. “It is crucial to fight discrimination in all its forms, but it is unhelpful to exclude conservative voices from debate.” And boy, have they been excluded! More confession:Kristof also argued that the low and plunging representation of conservatives and evangelicals on US faculties, and bias against these groups, is itself impoverishing intellectual diversity and discourse. He pointed to an effort to change this state of affairs: the Heterodox Academy, a website set up by centrist social psychologist Jonathan Haidt of New York University to advocate tangible remedies. His column did not go down well with liberals. “You don’t diversify with idiots,” stated one of the most highly recommended comments.Ouch! The Editors seem to feel the sting in that blatant outburst, as if temporarily empathizing with a conservative having to listen to another routine ad hominem from the Left. Their ending paragraph—even though they can’t let Trump off the hook—expresses rare self-reflection, humility, and almost penitence.Academics must be vigilant and resist normalization of Trump’s crude vision of society, but must also look in the mirror. A significant chunk of the US population voted for Trump. Are some bigots and racists? Yes; but most aren’t, and progressive academic liberals can’t simply dismiss them as retrograde. More unites Americans than divides them, and building on that common ground is the best antidote to extremism.Conservatives can be grateful for small favors. Will this new spirit of humble cooperation last? Time will tell. The Editors still identify as “progressive academic liberals” who visualize themselves on the moral high ground above all those “bigots and racists” and extremists beneath them. But for a few days, maybe they will speak more gently and softly when they call them idiots.With that confession out of the way, the Editors can feel good about themselves and go back to their regularly scheduled hate.The comments after the Editorial (10 as of this writing) tended to fall into two camps: (1) those who appreciated it and have witnessed the anti-conservative bias in their own arenas, and (2) the hard-left, take-no-prisoners radical leftists who think conservatives deserve even more hate: e.g., the guy who spoke of “trump and his klan of bigots.” The latter group appears deficient in philosophy of science, committing the either-or fallacy between ‘scientism = Truth’ and’ conservative = idiot’, especially those awful “creationists” (the liberal’s worst bogeymen). Interesting that those are the same ones who, in their own words, also embrace muslims who would cut their heads off, and abortion that could have prevented their own births. Any ‘creationists’ threatening academia with either of those fates?Here is a portion of one comment we deem more thoughtful than most, by Alan Reyes:The posts so far [i.e., previous comments] reflect the ‘liberal bubble’ is intact. Jeff Upton ‘creates ‘ a statistic that 70% of Americans are creationists. A number that is as un-replicable as the 97% of scientists who support anthropogenic warming. I applaud Nature for trying to get the alt-Left on Nature to open their minds, but the alt-Leftoids are convinced everyone but their group is a horrible person. This reflects the crisis in science where scientific fraud is rampant especially in the Liberal sciences where inability to replicate studies is common. The issue of ‘bubble’ thinking is directly related to the science fraud where studies that confirm Liberal bias are quickly accepted and then must be recanted later. The core of science is to reject what was previously felt to be true, so, try rejecting your beliefs about others and actually talking to people who exist outside your bubble.The Editors of Nature still didn’t say anything about Hillary Clinton’s crimes, lies and genocidal positions on late-term abortion. Now watch this.(Visited 61 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

SA takes the fight to rhino poachers

first_img1 February 2013 While 57 rhinos have been killed by poachers in South Africa this year, 18 suspected poachers have been arrested and three fatally wounded as the authorities step up their enforcement activities. Forty-two rhinos were poached in the Kruger National Park, six in KwaZulu-Natal, six in North West, two in Limpopo and one in Mpumalanga province, according to the latest data released by the Department of Environmental Affairs. The department cited the recent floods in the Kruger National Park, thick summer vegetation, two weeks of a full moon, and aggressive incursions from Mozambique as some of the factors contributing to the spike in poaching. Despite the floods that have left large parts of the park inaccessible to vehicles and rangers on foot, the area was still being patrolled with the assistance of helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft. Eleven of the 18 suspected poachers arrested this year were arrested in the park, while three were arrested in Limpopo province following a tip-off about their activities in Kruger, and two were arrested in North West province. Despite increased incursions from Mozambique, particularly in the Limpopo Transfrontier Park region in the north of the Kruger National Park, South African National Parks (SANParks) CEO David Mabunda said their anti-poaching operations were starting to yield results. “We bled in December, but as of January 1 there has been a change in strategy from a conservation management system to greater law enforcement, and this is working,” Mabunda said. “Our operations are more militaristic. The number of poachers arrested has increased inside and outside the park.” Six suspected poachers were arrested and seven rhino horns recovered, along with heavy calibre hunting rifles, ammunition and poaching equipment, during three operations in the Kruger National Park on 18 and 19 January. Since last Friday, a further six suspected poachers had been arrested and two fatally wounded by South African and Mozambican authorities. All were armed. Last week, anti-poaching operatives in the Houtbosrand section of the park were involved in a shootout with two suspected poachers at the site of a freshly killed rhino. One of the suspects was fatally wounded, while the other managed to escape back to Mozambique. A heavy calibre hunting rifle, ammunition and the rhino’s horn were recovered. An intelligence-driven operation on same day resulted in the arrest of two more suspected rhino poachers by the Mozambican authorities inside Mozambique, adjacent to Houtbosrand. The group was allegedly on its way to the Kruger National Park when its members were arrested. A heavy calibre rifle and ammunition were recovered. And this Wednesday, joint forces were again involved in a shootout with armed suspected poachers in the Houtbosrand area. One of the suspects was wounded and arrested, while his two accomplices managed to escape back to Mozambique. A heavy calibre hunting rifle and ammunition were recovered. The Department of Environmental Affairs has congratulated SANParks’ anti-poaching units, the police and the South African National Defence Force for their recent successes. South Africans are urged to report any information or tip-offs that they may have in relation to rhino poaching to the anonymous tip-off lines 0800 205 005, 08600 10111, or CrimeLine on 32211. Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more

Modi meets mother Heeraben on his 69th birthday

first_imgPrime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday met his mother Heeraben in Gandhinagar on the occasion of his 69th birthday.Earlier in the day, Modi, who arrived in Gujarat late on Monday, inaugurated the Namami Devi Narmade Mahotsav, celebrating the overflowing of the Sardar Sarovar dam. After that event, Modi reached his mother’s residence and had food with her. TV visuals showed the PM paying obeisance with folded hands to his mother, who was seen blessing her son. Modi was to meet his mother early on Tuesday before the Sardar Sarovar event but there was a change in the schedule.last_img read more

ICC gears up for a clean World Cup

first_imgIn the aftermath of the spot-fixing episode during the Pakistan-England Test series last year, the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) Anti-Corruption and Security Unit (ACSU) has geared itself up for the upcoming World Cup.ICC chief executive officer Haroon Lorgat said here on Tuesday that the ACSU, an independent arm of the game’s world governing body, has tightened its belt for the 45-day tournament beginning on February 17 with an opening ceremony in Dhaka. The first match will be played between India and Bangladesh on February 19 in the same venue.”We have prepared well and will deploy more people. Yesterday and today the whole staff of ACSU assembled and prepared a strategy. We can handle any situation.If needed, we will deploy additional officials,” he said at an MoU- signing ceremony between the ICC and Hyundai, its new car partner from 2011- 2015.Lorgat also said if betting was legalised the incidents of spotfixing and match-fixing could be brought down.”If betting syndicates are legalised then it will be easy to regulate. Where it is not regulated it will go underground. If betting is legalised then it will be far easier to manage the issue of temptation towards corruption,” he said.”In countries like Australia, England, there is a regulatory industry. So we would like to find a way in which the whole industry can be regulated and that’s what we are exploring.” Betting is illegal in India and Pakistan. But in neighbouring Sri Lanka, its Parliament passed legislation in November to legalise betting and gambling in the island nation. Now licenses will be issued for people to run casinos etc.advertisementIn December, after Pakistani players allegedly bowled no balls in exchange for money in a Test against England, former India captain Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi touched upon the raging issue, saying that it ” hurts” to hear that world betting syndicates have roots in India.”Everybody said the money (for betting and fixing) emanated from India. That is an accusation that hurts but it rings true, especially for those of us who live in this country and have been reading about the scams that have been taking place in the last few days and weeks,” he said at an event.Interestingly, Indian courts have also made observations on the controversial topic. A Delhi court in October even commented that Parliament should consider legalising it. ” It is high time that our legislature seriously considers legalising the entire system of betting online or otherwise so that enough revenues can be generated to fund various infrastructural requirements for the common man and thus check the lucrative business in organised crime,” said additional sessions judge Dharmesh Sharma.But members of Parliament have been almost unanimous in shooting down hints of a debate on legalising betting, which rears its head usually during international cricket matches in India and often abroad too.On hot-spot technology, Lorgat reiterated that due to paucity hot- spot cameras the latest technology would not be used during the World Cup. ” We were always aware that there was a limited number of hot- spot cameras in the world and it was always going to be a case where we could not deploy it in all of the matches during the World Cup,” Lorgat said.”So it’s no surprise to us and I don’t believe it a setback because the other specifications we have got is sufficient to improve correct umpiring decisions by more than five per cent.So we are quite satisfied with other technologies available to support the umpires.” The technology, with its black and white images traces the trajectory of the ball hitting the bat or batsman, helps the third umpire take decisions referred to him by his on- field colleagues as part of the umpire Decision Review System (DRS). DRS will be used for the first time in a World Cup, being jointly hosted by India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.last_img read more