Barcelona reach 50 million Facebook followers

first_imgBarcelona have become the first sports club to reach 50 million followers on social networking website Facebook, the Spanish soccer champions said on Thursday.Barca’s Facebook page, which provides fans with photo and video content, has the most followers in Indonesia with 4.73 million, followed by Mexico (3.5 million), Brazil (2.5 million), United States (2.1 million) and Turkey (1.75 million), the club said on their website (www.fcbarcelona.es).Cairo is the city with the most Barca followers with 746,000, followed by Mexico City (666,000), Jakarta (623,000), Lima (481,000) and Bogota (420,000).“Being the first sports club in the world to reach 50 million Facebook fans is a source of pride and at the same time a responsibility towards our followers,” said Didac Lee, a Barca director responsible for new technology.“Barca is the world’s most popular club and this is just the latest evidence of that,” he added.Barca said their Facebook page was among the 30 most followed overall, although they have some way to go to catch some of the world’s more popular artists, including singer Rihanna on 82 million and rapper Eminem with just under 80 million.Colombian pop diva Shakira, whose partner Gerard Pique plays for Barca and Spain, has almost 77 million followers.Real Madrid are not far behind bitter rivals Barca with 46.7 million, while Real’s Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo has nearly 69 million and Barca’s Argentine World Player of the Year Lionel Messi 52 million.last_img read more

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Klopp wants more consistency, nervy win for United

first_imgLiverpool manager Jurgen Klopp called for more consistency from his players after a sparkling 4-0 win at Bournemouth on Sunday followed a goalless stalemate at home to relegation-threatened West Bromwich Albion in midweek.Philippe Coutinho, Dejan Lovren, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino all scored at the Vitality Stadium to lift Liverpool to fourth place and extend the club’s unbeaten run in the Premier League to nine games.Klopp was pleased with “pretty much everything” about the display but said his side must perform at the same level in every match.“I’m not here to celebrate my squad,” Klopp told Sky Sports. “I like them all – that’s why they are at Liverpool. At the West Brom game, they were exactly the same players but they didn’t hit the target.“I don’t change my mind (about the players). They are good – that’s why they are at Liverpool – but they need to be consistently good because we are Liverpool.“We are consistent, but we have to be even more consistent in decisive moments. We had a few games like the West Brom game – not performance-wise, but result-wise.”Brazilian playmaker Coutinho enhanced his reputation by slaloming through the Bournemouth defence and scoring with a cool finish into the bottom corner after 20 minutes.The 25-year-old is a target for Barcelona and Klopp said he was trying to structure his Liverpool squad in a way that will ensure a player is not missed if he is unavailable.“He is a fantastic player, but the job of LFC is to play without Phil Coutinho, to play without Sadio Mane, to play without Mo Salah,” he said. “That makes the quality of a squad.“Today, he (Coutinho) played really well and helped us a lot, but about the transfer, we have nothing to say about that. Nothing positive and nothing negative, until something happens. But that’s still a few weeks and months away.” Earlier on Sunday, Manchester United survived a tense finale to beat West Bromwich Albion 2-1 at the Hawthorns and close to within 11 points of Premier League leaders Manchester City.United’s former West Brom striker Romelu Lukaku scored his 15th goal of the season in the 27th minute by heading home Marcus Rashford’s left-wing cross.Midfielder Jesse Lingard doubled the lead with a deflected shot from the edge of the penalty area eight minutes later.United appeared to be on course for a comfortable win, but West Brom set up a nervous finish for Jose Mourinho’s side when substitute Gareth Barry poked home from close range following a corner in the 77th minute.United hung on, however, to restore their three-point advantage over third-placed Chelsea. West Brom have now gone 16 league matches without a win and remained second bottom, two points from safety.“I think we deserved the win,” Mourinho told Sky Sports. “We were the best team. We controlled the game for a long, long time.”United spurned opportunities to kill the game off when Rashford slashed a right-footed shot wide in the 57th minute and Lingard fired straight at West Brom goalkeeper Ben Foster.They then switched off at a set-piece to allow Barry to score and were lucky not to concede an equaliser when Jay Rodriguez headed wide from point-blank range with five minutes remaining.“We had a few chances to kill the game but I knew they would react,” Mourinho added. “The intensity in the first half maybe we didn’t have in the second half.”West Brom manager Alan Pardew, who was appointed last month after Tony Pulis was sacked, made one change to the side who drew 0-0 against Liverpool on Wednesday.“The team I picked, in hindsight, was not the right team,” Pardew said. “I should have put some fresh legs in there, but they did so well at Liverpool that, I’m a new manager, I wanted to show some faith in those players.“But I should have maybe made two or three changes. We looked leggy.”last_img read more

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Pantry feeds even more

first_imgThe food pantry plans to expand a pilot program begun in Acton a year ago, where eligible clients pick up food once a month at the Acton Presbyterian Church. Crawford is finalizing plans to establish satellite centers in Canyon Country and Castaic/Val Verde because the demand there is great, she said. “I hate they’re using what little money they have for taxi service or bus service,” she said. The group provides food for about 14 percent of Santa Clarita residents who qualify for the service. According to a 2002 study conducted by the city of Santa Clarita, 16 percent of households within city limits earn less than $29,999 a year. Households can earn 150 percent of the federal poverty level to partake in the food pantry services, which for a family of four is $30,000 a year. In Los Angeles County, 957,000 people are “food-insecure,” said Darren Hoffman, a spokesman for the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank. He said that is one-third of the 2.9 million statewide who cannot reliably afford food. He said Santa Clarita’s population of families that can’t afford food mirrors the 8 percent in the county, the hunger capital of the nation. The regional agency operates a mobile program on a larger scale. A big rig loaded with 40,000 pounds of food unloads its wares at hubs in the San Fernando Valley, Palmdale and Lancaster, where a handful of charities pick up their share. The SCV Food Pantry receives emergency supplies from the regional agency. Hoffman lamented that countywide, just 50 percent of those eligible for food stamps are receiving them. He hopes public-education campaigns can change that. “The more people we can get in the program, the fewer people who would rely on the resources of the food bank,” he said. “It will help some of the hunger problems and bring in hundreds of millions of federal dollars distributed to this program, which is under-utilized in the county.” Crawford said people can come to the pantry Wednesdays to sign up for food stamps. Most of the pantry’s donations come from concerned citizens but, through the Harvest Program, Kentucky Fried Chicken and Pizza Hut urge franchise owners to donate leftover food instead of discarding it. Olive Garden and Red Lobster have joined in. People who assume they can easily spot recipients should think again. Lupe Lopez, director of the local office of the Los Angeles County Department of Community and Senior Services, said many who walk through the agency’s doors are mainstream folks – working- and middle-class people, many heading single-parent households. “The families we’re seeing who are beginning to feel the pinch and are starting to suffer – who are not able to put enough food on the table – are those at the lower rungs of the economic scale,” she said. “No matter what, they must pay their rent. If they lose their housing, they get sucked into this vortex they can’t get out of.” Their credit scores and status on tenancy lists plummet. Mainstream senior citizens whose Social Security checks can’t be stretched far enough to cover rent, food, medicine, gas and utilities are seeking help more and more. “They’re swallowing their pride,” Lopez said. “They’re short $20, $50 each month and they’re borrowing money from children, friends. They’re not being able to make do.” The group operates a small food pantry. Erin Moore-Lay, an administrative analyst for the city, noted that property values directly correlate to increasing rent, and that rents have risen. “When a family on $30,000 a year is paying $1,000 for rent, it’s going to change their ability to buy other goods when their rent goes up to $1,500,” she said. “It may change their situation sufficiently that they can’t pay for their other needs, so some of the people in those situations may turn to the food pantry to offset the increase in their rent.” There is no rent control in Santa Clarita, and while the rise in property values is a boon for property owners, it can be a downer for renters. “We’ve created an amazing place to live here,” she said. The great schools and parks are family magnets, but alas, the rental rates are subject to supply and demand. “As our valley continues to grow, so does the number of our neighbors in need,” Crawford said. judy.orourke@dailynews.com (661) 257-5255 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The U.S. Department of Agriculture describes people who don’t have access to food at all times as “food-insecure.” Once a month the pantry delivers to a homebound disabled Canyon Country woman, helping her avoid the label. “I’m lucky if I have $175 for food a month,” the 58-year-old woman said. “With the food pantry delivering me a bag a food once a month, it helps out.” From her monthly Social Security disability payments of $1,209 she covers prescriptions, utilities and $780 in rent, which is due to rise in June. Crawford said most of the pantry’s senior citizen clients net half that – $600 to $800 a month from Social Security – as their sole income. A 70-year-old retired Castaic woman receives $700 a month, about the same amount as her monthly rent and utilities. “Whatever I have left goes for food,” she said. “This way I can buy a little bit of other things, maybe meat.” A 62-year-old Acton woman collects and recycles bottles and cans to earn food money. SANTA CLARITA – Economic indicators presume good times ahead but some who scrimp to pay bills find food a luxury they can’t afford. A local food pantry is putting wheels on its operation, planning to open part-time distribution centers in outlying areas to meet the need. “I’m sorry to say our numbers continue to grow,” said Belinda Crawford, executive director of the Santa Clarita Valley Food Pantry. The group distributed more than 400,000 pounds of staples for the fiscal year that ended June 30, and more has been given each month this year than last year, Crawford said. Half of its nearly 3,000 clients are children; 953 families participate. last_img read more

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Satellite launch is end of an era

first_imgNorthrop Grumman Corp.’s 23rd and final Defense Support Program satellite will launch today, helping to maintain the U.S. military’s early-warning monitoring of launches by ballistic missiles and spacecraft, and nuclear explosions. The launch also fulfills one of engineer Donald Bigelow’s career goals. “A goal was to stay here till the last launch,” Bigelow said. “I thought we would have launched two years ago.” Bigelow, 58, has worked on the satellite program for the past 15 years, nearly half his career at Northrop’s Space Technology Sector in Redondo Beach. He finally will retire in December. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Flight 23 is scheduled to blast off from Cape Canaveral in Florida carrying a satellite that Northrop completed in 1998. The launch had been delayed in part because of unexpectedly long lifespans of earlier satellites in the DSP constellation, and a problem preparing the new Boeing-built launch vehicle for the Air Force mission. Meanwhile, Bigelow and other Northrop DSP engineers have waited. “We’re more than 25 percent retirement eligible on DSP,” said Peggy Paul, Northrop’s DSP program manager. “They’ve been hanging around here for a long time waiting for this last DSP to launch. We’ll have quite a few retirements after the launch.” Northrop’s Redondo Beach-based sector has about 150 engineers working on DSP, down from 1,000 at the program’s peak. In 1966, the Air Force awarded its first DSP research and development contract to TRW Inc., before Northrop bought the company. The first DSP satellite was put into orbit four years later in what was considered at the time to be a lightning-fast turnaround as the United States and Soviet Union faced off in the Cold War. “The design life of those satellites was in the order of one and a quarter years,” Paul said. “That was in the beginning. We need it now. The Cold War is now. Don’t spend time trying to make it last longer.” Now, the contractual design life of DSP satellites is three years with a functional goal of five years. “But what we’ve delivered is close to 20 years of life,” Paul said. The DSP constellation has evolved as the threat changed, said Lt. Col. Joe Coniglio, the Air Force’s DSP program director. For example, the Air Force used DSP to track Iraqi missile launches during Operation Desert Storm in 1991. “Tactical and in-theater is an evolving mission these days, like the firing of Scuds,” Coniglio said. “The technology has stayed the same; the threat has changed. Yet, the technology has been able to stay with the threat. We’re still figuring out that there’s a lot more this satellite can do and we’re exploiting those abilities.” While satellites cannot be physically altered while in space, software at ground stations can be enhanced to allow the military to monitor smaller events like tactical missile launches. DSP even has been used to track forest fires. The contractual value of DSP No. 23 is $400 million, with billions of dollars in cumulative value for all 23 satellites. But experience from that program also has helped other Northrop projects, Paul said. “DSP has been a great training ground, a great technology process proving ground,” Paul said. Coniglio declined to say how many DSP satellites remain functional. DSP eventually will be replaced by a satellite system called Space Based Infrared Systems, or SBIRS, made by Lockheed Martin Corp. The first SBIRS satellite is scheduled to launch as early as 2009. For a time, DSP and SBIRS will overlap in their missions, Coniglio said. Even after today’s DSP launch, Northrop engineers will still perform some work for the satellite as it orbits 22,000 miles above the Earth. However, the program will soon wind down. It will be the end of an era, not only for the U.S., but for the engineers whose lives have been in part defined by the program. For one of Northrop’s former DSP engineers, it was a family affair. He had three daughters who also worked on the program. Another DSP engineer stationed in Florida has spent the past few years making models of the satellite out of soda and beer cans. Each model is relatively proportional with sensors and antennas sticking out. A rubber band holds the faux solar panels in place. The satellite models are in virtually every Northrop and Air Force office that has something to do with DSP, Coniglio said. “He’s got a production line,” Coniglio said of the model maker. “It’s amazing how he spits them out.” James Dukas spent his 27-year Northrop career on DSP. Dukas, 60, leads a group of engineers who handle launch system integration. “A lot of us have been here so long, that we’re going to have a hard time leaving,” Dukas said. “It’s like graduating.” muhammed.el-hasan@dailybreeze.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Brighton winger Anthony Knockaert having Fulham medical – reports

first_imgBrighton winger Anthony Knockaert is reportedly on the verge of completing a move to Championship club Fulham.Sky Sports News claims that the Frenchman is having a medical with the Cottagers. New job getty boost deals Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Solskjaer gives Pogba fitness update and calls him world’s best all-round midfielder REVEALED It is understood both Brighton and Fulham have agreed a price for Knockaert, believed to be in the region of £15million.He will not be involved in the Seagulls’ pre-season match tomorrow, which is actually against Scott Parker’s men at Aldershot.Fulham, who were relegated from the top flight last season, are anxious to recruit wingers this summer following the exits of Ryan Babel and Andre Schurrle.They are also expected to lose teenager Ryan Sessegnon, who has been heavily linked with a move to Tottenham. 1 Knockaert has scored five goals in 63 appearances for Albion.He has proved himself in the second tier having been a central part of Brighton’s promotion to the Premier League during the 2016/17 season.He also scooped the Championship Player of the Year award in the same season. LATEST Knockaert could be about to end his three-year stay at Brighton targets Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January Lampard appears to aim dig at Mourinho for handling of Salah and De Bruyne at Chelsea Former Crystal Palace and West Brom manager Pardew takes over at Dutch strugglers TROPHY Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January JIBE Liverpool update ‘Champions Wall’ after ending 2019 as European and world champions The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star last_img read more

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Scotland U21s to face hosts France in Toulon tournament

first_imgFixturesScotland v Togo, Sunday, May 27, kick-off 4.30pm, Stade de Lattre, AubagneScotland v France, Wednesday, May 30, kick-off 6.30pm, Stade D’Honneur, SalonScotland v South Korea, Saturday, June 2, kick-off 2pm, Stade Parsemain, Fos-Sur-Mer Full DrawGroup A: China, England, Mexico, QatarGroup B: France, Scotland, South Korea, TogoGroup C: Canada, Japan, Portugal, Turkey Scotland Under 21s have been drawn in Group B alongside hosts France for this summer’s Toulon tournament.Scot Gemmill’s side will also face South Korea and Togo in the 12-team competition.The annual tournament is seen as one of the most prestigious events in the calendar at under-21 level.The Scots reached the semi-final stage last year and return to the south of France looking for further success.last_img

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McDonell pulls past Columbus Catholic to win first-place game of Cloverbelt boys basketball crossovers

first_imgDons finish regular season at 20-2By Paul LeckerSports ReporterALTOONA — Chippewa Falls McDonell pulled away in the second half to beat Marshfield Columbus Catholic 75-66 in the first-place game of the Cloverbelt Conference boys basketball crossovers on Saturday afternoon at Altoona High School.The game was tied 36-36 at halftime before the Macks pulled out the win with a 39-30 advantage in the second half.Tyler Fuerlinger scored 21 points, and Charles Payant and Nick Malovrh each added 14 for the Dons, who suffered just their second loss and finish the regular season with a 20-2 record.Alex Ohde led McDonell (19-3) with 25 points.Columbus Catholic, the No. 1 seed in its sectional bracket, hosts Bowler in a WIAA Division 5 regional quarterfinal at 7 p.m. Tuesday. The game will be broadcast on WDLB-AM 1450 and wdlbwosq.com.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)Macks 75, Dons 66McDonell 36 39 – 75Columbus Catholic 36 30 – 66McDONELL (75): Grayson Knowlton 17, Cory Hoglund 4, Alex Ohde 25, Ryan Sorensen 2, Wes Benish 3, Hayden Baughman 17, Nathan Hogland 17. Record: 19-3.COLUMBUS CATHOLIC (66): Jarred Mandel 4, Charles Payant 14, Ryan Dieringer 3, Nick Malovrh 14, Tyler Fuerlinger 21, Noah Hansen 10. Record: 20-2.last_img read more

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Delhi Daredevils seem to be a changed team

first_imgSports View by S. Kannan.For the die-hard IPL fan, it really doesn’t matter whether TV viewership is soaring or not. And having read plenty about the slam-bang cricket now not being so popular on prime time, I decided to sample a match in the Capital last week.Friends had warned me, entering the Kotla would be a tedious exercise as, from cops to touts pushing black tickets, there would be plenty of irritants. To my surprise, it was a quick entry an hour before the match and everything seemed in place.The excitement of watching a live IPL match cannot be matched by what you see on the television sets where multiple replays and commentators giving their gyaan can bore you to death.So it was no different at the Kotla where a lot has changed. The viewing has improved and seats are better and it really doesn’t matter whether you are in a marquee box or the stands if just cricket is what you need. Yes, in case you want to be seen with the glitterati, then it’s a different case.Of course, that doesn’t mean the DDCA itself has changed drastically. In almost 25 years, one thing is common: People I saw then are still hanging around.And since understanding the power structure of the DDCA is very tough, I am impressed that despite so many impediments, cricket still takes place!Last year, when Delhi Daredevils did badly, I had no hesitation in writing that the team was done and dusted. Mind you, even before the halfway stage was reached, the daredevilry had vanished.advertisementBut the story in this edition of the IPL has been very different, which has prompted a few to ask me if I have become a fan of this franchise. It’s a hard choice when you are a professional sportswriter and also a sports lover.However, much I may admire Roger Federer or Sebastien Vettel, when it comes to writing I cannot let this creep in. So the same holds for Daredevils, whose start has been solid this time. Four wins in five matches is good by any standard and the outcome of the match against Pune Warriors India will not be too significant.One of the biggest criticisms of the IPL is that it is just a batsman-oriented show and bowlers suffer. I have a different view since it’s not just Ajinkya Rahane, Chris Gayle and Kevin Pietersen who are making waves. The bowlers are also doing their bit.For Delhi Daredevils, it is also about how the bowling has matured under the guidance of TA Sekar, who I happened to meet after years, and Eric Simons. These are two gentlemen with vast experience and the way they have handled the bowlers is evident.It’s not as if the entire bowling mix has been changed in Delhi. It’s the confidence with which they bowl and sticking to the basics which makes them look so good. While I firmly believe statistics don’t always tell the full story, the fact that Daredevils have bowled many more dot balls is very important.In six matches, Daredevils have bowled 269 dot balls, which translates to approximately 45 overs. No doubt, the pick has been Morne Morkel. Apart from being the highest wicket-taker till now (15 wickets), it’s his ability to strike when required that has made a big difference.Here is a fast bowler who essentially loves to use the new ball. Daredevils have used him as first change and he has made the necessary changes to adapt to the new role. All this happens because you have in Sekar and Simons two seasoned guys who have drilled him so hard at the nets.There have been a lot of jokes about Irfan Pathan, the other medium pacer. Sekar, himself has said in an interview that even he was told that Irfan should be played more as a batsman than a bowler.But as I see it, for a man who has been out in the wilderness, he has not been that bad.Umesh Yadav has bowled at a fast clip and impressed us all. And with Varun Aaron almost certain to play in a week’s time, I am sure Sehwag will be happy he has so many options.But the pick has been the unassuming Shahbaz Nadeem, though, on Saturday, he went for runs. Who would have imagined that an unassuming left-arm spinner from Jharkhand would bowl so well? Shahbaz has been a revelation and it’s his variety which lends the Capital’s team a huge edge.advertisementIn all, there are 74 matches in this IPL and with one-third of the tournament complete, Delhi have shown that they have the right mix this time. Talk of their batting, the addition of Pietersen has been explosive.It is clear that from the fag end of the tour in Sri Lanka, the Englishman has played himself into form. And the way he hammered a century against Deccan Chargers was a delight to watch with the ball flying all over.Talk of others who have caught the eye in this IPL, it’s got to be Rahul Dravid and Sourav Ganguly, the two senior pros who have grabbed the chance to emerge as good leaders of Rajasthan Royals and Pune Warriors India.I, for one, am convinced that Dravid’s retirement plan is not about chalking out his savings and so on but how he has taken on the role of captain and mentor so well. If someone like Rahane has been going hammer and tongs, be sure Dravid would have given him meaningful advice.And as for Sourav Dada, he has looked sloppy as a fielder but you can’t take away the shrewdness with which he leads the side. And as if to remind his critics that he can still bat, he played an aggressive 41 against Daredevils on Saturday night.Chennai Super Kings seem to be wearing the slow starter tags again and if people are writing off MS Dhoni, it would be stupid.Mike Hussey will be joining them and that could be dangerous. The low of this IPL has been Mumbai Indians. Minus Sachin Tendulkar and now Lasith Malinga, they look weak.Skipper Harbhajan Singh does have a big challenge on his hands if he is to lift the morale of Mumbai.s.kannan@mailtoday.inlast_img read more

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Air India pilots finally take a break from striking

first_imgAir India’s pilots remained on strike for 58 days, which probably makes it the longest rest period an airline’s active flying crew has enjoyed in aviation history. As it is, pilots get to rest for long periods between operating flights in an industry paranoid about crew fatigue bringing an airliner down. May Day! May Day! Air India pilots have even left the cockpit minutes away from takeoff because their duty hours were over.The last time I enjoyed a two-month break was in 1991 after my Class X exams. Then, Air India and Indian Airlines were not today’s conjoined albatross but two separate birds. I lived near the airport and, watching IA jets take off and land, dreamed of becoming a pilot one day. Not to go on strike but to soar like a seagull. There were days when IA’s flights never arrived. One learnt from the papers that pilots were on strike.Twenty years on, little has changed. Pilots still go on strike. IA pilots were the bad boys then. Now, it is the AI pilots’ turn. Already, stories of striking pilots have outrun the MiG-21 crash reports as the longest-running aviation story in the Indian media.I would like to think that pilots are rare birds. When they are not flying commercial jets, they take off in anything with wings. Gliders, light planes, sports planes, sailplanes… The sky is where they find their feet.They also have the best office in the world. Today, you are in Delhi; tomorrow in New York. In my job, headline changes can sometimes be a painful task. But for pilots, it’s a pleasurable exercise. Flying over the French Alps, a heading change can take her over the Arctic Sea.advertisementBeats me as to why they decided to squat like politicians at Jantar Mantar in white kurta pyjamas.Joining duty after a long break, a pilot once tried taking off from a taxiway. To the striking pilots, happy takeoffs.last_img read more

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Mediation best alternative dispute resolution mechanism, says

first_imgHP HC chief justice Shimla, Sep 19 (PTI) Mediation is the best alternative dispute resolution mechanism as it saves time, Himachal Pradesh High Court Chief Justice Mansoor Ahmad Mir said today. Inaugurating the state meet of para-legal volunteers and conference on mediation here, Mir laid stress on the importance of mediation in dispute redressal saying it ensures confidentiality as proceedings before the mediator are not disclosed to any person. He said so far 6,268 para-legal volunteers and 1,429 retainer lawyers have been identified to man the Village Legal Care and Support Centres. “Further, 2,628 village legal care and support centres have been set up in Gram Panchayats, which are being manned by trained para legal volunteers and retainer lawyers who sit in their concerned panchayat bhawans every Tuesday from 10.00 am to 5.00 pm,” Mir said. Legal aid clinics in central jail/district jail/sub jail have been made functional and the performance of the para legal volunteers is being monitored by the District Legal Service Authorities under the supervision of HP State legal Service Authorities. Till date, 33,183 persons have been benefited and provided legal Service. As many as 61 mediators and 54 volunteers from all over the state and 11 chairmen of District Legal Services Authorities attended this conference, organised by Himachal Pradesh State Legal Services Authority (HPSLA). Para Legal Volunteer Scheme was started by National Legal Service Authority in 2009 for training individuals to assist in making legal services available to poor at grassroot level. Also addressing the conference, HPSLA Executive Chairman Justice Sanjay Karol said justice must reach every section of the society. “Under Article 39 A of the Constitution, the state is bound to provide legal aid by enacting schemes and regulations and each individual should have access to justice,” he said. Emphasising that opportunities for securing justice must not to bedenied for economic reasons or other disabilities, he said the purpose of themeet is to analyse activities carried out by the HPSLSA. PTI PCL HUadvertisementlast_img read more

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