Dirk Nowitzki eyes December for start of 21st season with Mavs

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Either way, Rawlings didn’t want to wait past this season to honor the player who led the Mavericks to their only championship as the NBA Finals MVP in 2011 and is the highest-scoring foreign-born player in NBA history with 31,187 points, seventh on the all-time list.Rawlings lauded Nowitzki for his willingness to be visible in public, mentioning that he was elected the same night Nowitzki was celebrating a birthday and they ended up at the same club.“That was LIT!” Nowitzki interrupted, drawing laughs.“A kid came here that was skinny and didn’t really know much about life and only lived at home,” Nowitzki said earlier. “Like I said earlier, grew into a man here. Off the court, try to help out, try to help this great city be better. Try to represent the city the right way.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The 2007 NBA MVP said he started running on a treadmill about two weeks ago and has steadily increased the intensity. Nowitzki has played in a couple of games involving staff members during practice. But until he goes through several full practices, his debut will have to wait.“The reason why we’re taking it so slow now is once I get out there, I want to finish the rest of the season healthy,” Nowitzki said. “I don’t want to come back too soon now and then have setbacks again like I did with the Achilles a few years ago. Next thing you know I missed another few weeks.”Nowitzki said the significance of this debut hasn’t made him any more anxious than the painstaking wait when all indications were the surgery wouldn’t affect what could — and many presume will be — his final season.“I’ve been antsy,” he said. “Had the surgery in April and it’s been nothing but rehab and treadmills. Love to step out there soon and get the kick of competing, the crowd involved. It’s just something I miss. And once my career is over, that’s for sure something I’ll miss, the kick, the rush, the adrenaline.”Nowitzki said he wasn’t ready to decide how the injury will influence a decision on a possible 22nd season.ADVERTISEMENT Dallas Mavericks player Dirk Nowitzki makes a face as he is presented with the key to the city of Dallas by Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings, left, during halftime of an NBA basketball game against the Brooklyn Nets, in Dallas, Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth)DALLAS — Dirk Nowitzki was ready to take the court Wednesday night — at halftime, for a ceremony in which the Mavericks star was presented a key to the city by Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings.As for when the 7-foot German’s record 21st season with the same franchise will begin after a longer-than-expected recovery from ankle surgery seven months ago, Nowitzki said the goal is sometime in December.ADVERTISEMENT Boxing gets big new platforms even as HBO exits sport Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown LATEST STORIES Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew The 13-time All-Star had surgery to remove bone spurs from his left ankle just before the end of the 2017-18 season. Nowitzki was on schedule to be ready for the start of this season before a setback led to tendon soreness just before the start of training camp in September.Nowitzki spoke alongside Rawlings before the ceremony during the Mavericks’ game against Brooklyn.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“It’s just hard when I haven’t done much for eight weeks and there’s a 40-year-old basically starting from scratch to try to get back in shape to play NBA minutes,” Nowitzki said. “Hopefully soon. Hopefully, somewhere in December I’ll be ready and the body will respond the right way.”Nowitzki is set to become the first player to spend all 21 seasons with the same team. Until he makes his debut, he will technically share the record of 20 seasons with Kobe Bryant, who retired from the Los Angeles Lakers in 2016. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award View commentslast_img read more

Legal Expert Pleads for Professionalism in Law Practice

first_imgOne of Liberia’s legal experts, Cllr. George E. Henries, is calling on lawyers to demonstrate professionalism and ethical behavior as they go about their practice.There is public fear about lawyers amidst the   poor justice system in Liberia, which is riddled with accusations that they (lawyers) receive money and bribe judges to turn justice against the righteous and justify the evildoers, he lamented.Cautioning lawyers working with the Henries Law Firm against unprofessional and unethical practices, Cllr. Henries said they (lawyers) need not to run after their clients for gratuity or make contacts for cases.“By conducting yourself professionally and building trust in your clients, the clients will in turn seek after you instead of [you] lawyers running   after clients. Therefore, you lawyers should defend your reputation by conducting yourself professionally and ethically,” Cllr. Henries stressed. He recalled that in the past, lawyers were asked not to advertise their law firms but to be   contacted on the basis of professionalism.  But   such is not the case today, where lawyers are all over the place running after clients.Expressing his appreciation to the lawyers working with his firm for their valuable services, Cllr. Henries, a former Supreme Court Associate Justice, who is now retired from practicing in court, said though the lawyers have over the years worked hard to bring a good reputation to the firm, more has to be done, especially when it comes to relationship with clients.The Henries proprietor, among other things, urged lawyers working with the firm to be acquainted with pending cases and converge every morning to discuss and argue same  before proceeding to the court to meet their opponents.“Professionalism among you will only be as good as the firm you are with; and by building a good reputation, you can become a judge or justice in the judicial system,” Cllr. Henries admonished the firm’s lawyers.He further urged them to adequately represent their clients and build confidence in them, noting that by that clients will always seek such lawyers’ expertise.Speaking exclusively to the Daily Observer after the program, Cllr. Henries intoned that public fear for lawyers is predicated upon the  unethical behavior some lawyers carry out.He stressed, however, that any lawyers following ethical standard and behaving professionally will earn the requisite respect from the public.The Henries Law Firm began active service in 1944 and was established by Richard A. Henries who, for nearly three decades served as Speaker of the House of Representatives.  He became Speaker in 1951 after the then Speaker, Benjamin Greene Freeman, was selected as President W.V.S. Tubman’s running mate during the True Whig Party national convention that year.  Unfortunately, the day had not ended before Mr. Freeman suddenly died, an event that shook Monrovia like a thunderbolt.It was following this that Tubman chose William R. Tolbert, Jr., as his Vice President.  Counselor Richard A. Henries served as Speaker until the 1980 coup d’état.The Henries Law Firm has produced many justices and judges in the Liberian justice system.Its current proprietor, Cllr. George E. Henries, a renowned international and corporate lawyer, a 1962 graduate of Cornell University Law School in the United States, one of America’s top ten universities.Upon his return home, he first served as Assistant Attorney General of Liberia, Solicitor General and then Attorney General.  He spent nine years serving in the Liberian Justice System.He also taught Law for 25 years in Liberia and worked at the Liberia Corporate Registry in New York.  He now serves as a consultant and legal opinion provider for Africa, Europe and United States, amongst others.The year-end party showing appreciation to workers is one motivating factors that encourage people in the workplace.The Henries Law Firm lauded its workers and certificated over five persons for their dedicated services; while commending all workers for their time and effort exerted to keep the firm moving for the past 70 years.  The Henries Law Firm is Liberia’s oldest and probably longest surviving law firm.Speaking earlier, Cllr. Cooper Kruah, one of the firm’s executives, said the lawyers are rendering services they are not paid for but only given allowances that are not even sustainable.The year-end party, designed to recognize their services and certificate some of them, was not a mistake but a motivation to also enable them to realize their potentials and services to the firm.Meanwhile, one of the certificated lawyers, Kuku Dorbor, speaking on behalf of the honorees, commended the management of the law firm and confessed that they are treated even better than most of the firms in Monrovia and other parts of Liberia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Dawson Creek Walk for ALS continues to raise hope for a cure

first_imgIt was a beautiful day for the walk, which began at the Walter Wright Pioneer Village just after 11 a.m. that day. The total raised from the event is still being tallied, but local organizer Shirley Dubois said she expects it will exceed last year’s total.”We did $17,500 last year, and I know we’re already over that, so I know we’re going to do well. I’m more than happy with our result – we had a very good walk.”She added the sponsorships from local businesses this year were excellent.- Advertisement -The weather was perfect for the walk, which was officially five kilometres, though participants could chose to walk – or run, cycle or wheel – as far as they wanted.”We had a beautiful day, and a beautiful day last year, and I think it’s the perfect time of year for it because it`s warm but it`s not overly warm, so it`s a nice walk,” said Dubois.She said the success of the first two years of the walk has her already excited for the possibilities next year.Advertisement “We’re going to grow every year, even if it is just a little bit. We have certainly more and more interest from the Fort St. John area, for example, and I just feel this is really going to be a big thing. Every year we learn more and figure out new things we can do, and it’s very important that we do go ahead.”For Dubois, the effort to raise money for a cure is a personal one. She lost her brother last December to ALS, and a cousin a few years ago, and she said she is also motivated by the stories of others she has during the walks.”I think that people who have been touched with it (ALS), whether it’s a friend or family member, it just kind of unites you because you feel for each other and you know what they are going through. I think it is very important for people to know they are not alone.”After returning from the walk, participants were treated to a barbeque courtesy of local Rotarian Alex Reschny. Raffle prizes were also drawn for, and Coleen Cole from Dawson Creek was the lucky winner of return airfare for two courtesy of WestJet, valued up to $2,200, while Wanda Stopnik from Chetwynd won a $200 gift basket filled with merchandise generously donated by local businesses.Advertisement Once the totals have all been tallied, the top three fundraising individuals or teams will receive prizes donated by Three Monkeys, the Dawson Creek Co-op, and Bing`s Furniture, respectively.Dubois said she is very grateful for all of the support around the event.”I would just like to say a very big thank you to each and every person who participated or volunteered. We need people like them, and hopefully we`ll find more and more. I`ll just say for next year, `Peace River area: go, go, go!”last_img

GOLF NEWS – DUNFANAGHY AGM TAKES PLACES IN DECEMBER

first_imgDunfanaghy Golf NotesRyder Cup four person Team Event:The winners of the October qualifiers for the Ryder Cup four person Team Event were from Ballybofey with a great score of 88pts and they are as follows: Freddie Wilson, Tony Griffen, Freddie Stewart and John Mc Caughan.Congratulations for qualifying for the Grand Final.Make sure you try and qualify for the grand final in November. The playing conditions are excellent at present in Dunfanaghy.Wednesday Open: The Vice Captain, Gerald Dalton was successful on Wednesday last with a score of 40 pts. He won on a BOT from Johnny Connor with Gary Mc Clafferty third on 37pts. CSS 36pts. Gerald has featured in last few weeks and must have hit form.Saturday 9th November 4BBB Stableford:Kevin Rafferty and Ciaran Bradley were successful on Saturday with a score of 44pts BOT. In second place also on a score of 44pts was P Mc Clafferty and Hugh MAC Laifertaigh. CSS N.Q.Just to let everyone know, all 4BBB competitions on Saturdays from now on will be stableford for the winter months.Sunday 10th of November Monthly medal: John Nee was successful in the monthly Medal on Sunday with a score of 63. In Second place was Thomas Alcorn with a 66BOT. Daniel Mc Colgan won the gross with a score of 71BOT. In third place was Keith Lapsley with a score of 66. CSS 67. Well done to everyone.The AGM for the Men will be held on Saturday the 7th of December at 7pm in the Clubhouse. A notice will be going out to the members in the next few days.The Gaeltacht match fixed for this weekend had to be called off due to Rosapenna having a difficulty with the date of this match. Dunfanaghy are now due to play Portsalon at home on the 30th of November and then play Roasapenna at home on the 7th of December. Gerald or Andy will be in touch in the next few weeks.The clubhouse has been the venue for a number of private parties lately and is the perfect venue for anyone considering running a party in the future. The clubhouse is the perfect venue for 18th, 21st ,30th, 40th or any sort of party for your special occasions. Feel free to enquire in the clubhouse for any details surrounding holding a party at this venue. GOLF NEWS – DUNFANAGHY AGM TAKES PLACES IN DECEMBER was last modified: November 12th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:DUNFANAGHY GOLF CLUB NOTESlast_img read more

Rodgers Sets All-Time Goals Record in Road Win for Women’s Soccer

first_img MACOMB, Ill. – Rebecca Rodgers (Peotone, Ill.) scored a pair of goals for the Drake University women’s soccer team in a 2-1 double overtime win at Western Illinois on Sunday afternoon. Full Schedule Roster Valparaiso 9/30/2017 – 7 p.m. Preview Rodgers’ first score came in the 21st minute (21:45) after Ali Smith (Lenexa, Kan.) played a pass to Rodgers, who had her back turned to the goal and she turned around and chipped it past Currie. Next Game: “This was a game we were in complete control of in the first half, with several good chances to go into halftime with a comfortable lead but just couldn’t find that second goal,” said Drake head coach Lindsey Horner. “In the second half Western Illinois worked hard, congested the middle and caught us early in transition for their goal. We need to be hitting our mid-season stride and while I want to be happy with the number of great chances we are creating I know we have it in us to be sharper around goal. Everyone is thrilled for Becca on her accomplishment and have confidence that she can keep adding to her goal tally.” “Our non-conference season has involved a variety of styles and formations from our opponent and numerous line-up changes from us,” Horner said. “I believe this MVC season will be exciting, every game could be a battle, and that we’ve done our best to prepare for a successful league season.” Print Friendly Versioncenter_img Sunday’s win is the final non-conference action for Drake, which has a break before league play begins on Sept. 30 when newcomer Valparaiso travels to the Cownie Soccer Complex. First kick against the Crusaders is set for 7 p.m. Rodgers’ goals made history as she is now the program’s all-time leader in goals scored with 33 in her decorated career. Rodgers moved past Andrea Schmitz (2002-05) who held the previous top mark with 32 in her outstanding career. Rodgers is now seventh all-time in Missouri Valley Conference history. Western Illinois tied the match in the 51st minute (51:41) as Bianca Romay took a breakaway pass and beat Drake freshman goalkeeper Kelsie Stone (Hoffman Estates, Ill.). Stone started and played the whole match and finished with a career-best five saves. Live Stats Drake, which is 7-3-1 overall, improved its record in overtime contests to 3-0-1 this season. The Bulldogs have won four-straight and are 6-1-1 in their past eight game matches with the lone loss during that span to No. 9 Wisconsin. The game winner and historic goal came in the 102nd minute (102:25) as Rodgers collected the ball out wide and beat her defender off the dribble, then beat the Western Illinois (1-8-0) goalkeeper, Jennifer Currie, for the golden goal.last_img read more

Donegal’s workforce is travelling further and getting older, study shows

first_imgDonegal people are travelling further to work and the country’s workforce is ageing, says a Western Development Commission study.The shifting patterns of Donegal’s labour force are revealed in a detailed new analysis which shows a decline in the number of resident workers in five of the county’s eight labour catchment areas.A study of census data by analysts at the WDC suggests that Donegal’s larger towns such as Donegal and Letterkenny are continuing to draw workers away from smaller towns such as Ballybofey/Stranolar, Bunbeg, Ballyshannon and Killybegs. The WDC studied Census data from 2016, comparing some statistics with 2006.It recorded a rise in the number of people who are ‘cross-border commuting’ to work into Northern Ireland and found that the county has an ageing workforce but with an increasing number of women workers.The data showed that of eight smaller labour catchments (LCs) in Co Donegal, five recorded a decline (the numbers of resident workers) between 2006 and 2016. A town’s labour catchment is that area from which a town draws most of its workers/labour force/supply.These are Ballybofey-Stranorlar (-15.7%), Bunbeg (-23%), Ballyshannon (-15.7%), Buncrana (-1.6%) and Killybegs (-11%). Some declines were as a result of increases in neighbouring towns LCs, for example, Donegal (+12%), Dungloe (+39%) & Carndonagh (+32%) and Letterkenny (+10.3%). Commenting, Western Development Commission policy analyst Deirdre Frost said the figures showed that rural employment was still very important in Co Donegal and is generally the second most important employment location after the town at its centre.“The results highlight the dispersed nature of employment in many Co Donegal labour catchments. For example, in the case of Donegal town, more employed are outside the town and within the catchment (1,367) than in the town (1227) itself.“What is also clear is that people are generally travelling further to work, for example the numbers travelling to work to destinations such as Dublin have increased over the ten-year period, this could be in part a legacy from the crash, where people had to travel further to access jobs and have yet to find similar quality employment closer to home. Some of these workers are likely to avail of e-working and facilities at enterprise hubs which can reduce travel time.“There are over 1,600 workers living in the Derry labour catchment within Donegal and crossing the border to work in Northern Ireland on a daily basis. This provides clear evidence of the extent of cross border commuting and the need to minimise impacts arising out of Brexit and any border arrangements”.Other key findings reveal: Donegal’s has an ageing workforce with much fewer workers under 30 years, partly attributable to higher levels of third level participationWholesale, retail, Commerce (incl tourism) and Education, Human Health and Social work are generally the two largest sectors often exceeding State employment averages.More women are working: Carndonagh has high percentage of females in the workforce at 55.3% with Dungloe recording a rate of 56%.Manufacturing is a particularly strong source of employment in Killybegs at 27%, compared to just 13% across the State while Dungloe recorded an increase in manufacturing employment from 2% in 2006 to 15.5% in 2016. Rising numbers of Donegal workers are cross-border commuting with the Derry catchment (within Co. Donegal) amounting to 5,056 resident workers in 2016, up from 4,581 in 2006). In 2016, 1,653 of these travelled to work in NI, up from 1,585 in 2006.Workers are also making the long journey to Dublin. Numbers recorded commuting to Dublin from Ballyshannon were 18; from Killybegs 23; from Ballybofey 23; from Bunbeg 27 and from Donegal 45.Donegal’s workforce is travelling further and getting older, study shows was last modified: May 23rd, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Deirdre FrostdonegalstudyWDCWorkforcelast_img read more

2016 Arlo Stroing Memorial Scholarship and Internship winner announced

first_imgThe fourth annual Arlo Stroing Memorial Scholarship and Range Management Internship was awarded to Alex Orozco of Chico. Orozco is a second year student attending California State University, Chico to earn his Ag Business and Animal Science degree. He has just completed his summer internship working along-side Josh Davy, the farm advisor for the University of California Cooperative Extension office in Tehama County, where he gained first-hand experience with livestock and rangeland research …last_img read more

MFLN Family Development Team Welcomes YOU to Explore Our New Webpages!

first_imgThe Military Families Learning Network (MFLN) Family Development team aims to provide professionals with online resources, information, and continuing education opportunities that supports work with military families. Our focus connects largely to family strengthening, family violence prevention, treatment, and intervention. We welcome you to explore and connect with us on this online community and are excited about our new web pages designed to assist with this purpose.Included in Our New WebpagesProfessional DevelopmentThis webpage offers information surrounding upcoming and archived webinars. We provide links allowing for easy access to the webinars along with additional information such as speaker information and current research on webinar topics. Most of the upcoming webinars we provide, offer National Association of Social Workers (NASW) continuing education units (CEU’s). Each webinar topic focuses on the important work that service professionals do with military families.ResourcesThis webpage houses links to books, journal articles, websites and videos that can be useful for service professionals working with military families. We’ve also included an archived list of our weekly “Resource Discovery” themed blog posts that provide in depth descriptions of featured resources.Meet Our TeamThis webpage offers a chance for you to learn about the MFLN Family Development team members and provides links to team member contact information and professional history. We’ve also provided an “Ask an Expert” section where participants can have questions answered by one of our MFLN Family Development team members.Blog PostsThis webpage houses links to archived MFLN Family Development blog posts. Each week the MFLN Family Development team utilizes blog posts to provide information surrounding the latest research, prevention strategies and intervention techniques relevant to work with military families. We hope these weekly blogs provide you with helpful information that you can utilize in your important work with military families. Feel free to contact the MFLN Family Development team with suggestions for how we can make this weekly blog more effective for your professional needs.Connect with us through Social Media!We welcome you to connect with us on our social media pages. They house announcements about our weekly blogs, upcoming webinars, and additional information helpful for professionals working with military families. Our Facebook page, titled The MFLN Family Development, can be accessed by clicking here. Our twitter page, titled @MFLNFD, can be accessed by clicking here. We plan on adding YouTube and Pinterest accounts in the near future, so stay tuned!last_img read more

Maratha quota demand | Call given for Mumbai bandh on July 25

first_img Intra-city commute is likely to be thrown awry as a result of the shutdown in Pune. Morcha activists will stage bike rallies throughout Pune city during the day, said Shantaram Kunjir, the Morcha’s Pune co-ordinator. Emotional scenes at Shinde’s funeralThere were emotional scenes on Tuesday at the funeral of Kakasaheb Shinde, the 27-year-old youth who died by suicide, protesting delays over a reservation quota for the Maratha community.Irate crowds raised slogans against the Devendra Fadnavis-led BJP government and the Shiv Sena MP from Aurangabad, Chandrakant Khaire, who was heckled by protestors while trying to attend the funeralFearing the wrath of the demonstrators, Mr. Khaire, a four time MP, was forced to beat a hasty retreat from the funeral spot.While the State administration has ordered Gangapur Tehsildar Chandrakant Shelke and Police Inspector Sunil Birla to go on forced leave, the Aurangabad committee of the Maratha Kranti Morcha says it is not satisfied with the govt.’s decision. Speaking to The Hindu from Aurangabad, Morcha convenor, Ravindra Kale said: “Both officials must be suspended immediately. We also demand Rs. 50 lakh as compensation for Shinde’s family.” Buses cancelledState Transport buses along the Pune – Aurangabad route have been cancelled in wake of the intensity of the protest.According to reports, nearly 60 Maharashtra State Transport buses have damaged or torched by irate protestors in the last three daysKeeping in mind the inconveniences to the lakhs of ‘warkaris’ (devotees) stranded in the temple town of Pandharpur (in Solapur district) on the occasion of Ashadhi Ekadashi , the Morcha has called for activists not to disrupt public transport in western Maharashtra districts and cities, namely Satara, Sangli, Kolhapur and Pune. Fadnavis forced to cancel temple visitAfter the Maratha Kranti Morcha’s warning that it would not permit Maharashtra Chief Minister to hold prayers in Pandharpur, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Sunday said he had cancelled his July 23 visit to the temple town in view of the safety of lakhs of devotees gathered on ashadhi ekadashi.“I have decided to cancel my engagement bearing in mind the security of 10 lakh warkaris present in Pandharpur. For several years, it has become a custom for the CM to perform pooja. I have been going there for the last three years. But some organisation has objected to it this year for certain reasons. However, its method of seeking their demands by holding the warkaris hostage is improper,” Mr. Fadnavis said in Mumbai.Read more Members of Maratha community hold bike protest rally on crowded Laxmi road, Pune.   The suicideKakasaheb Shinde (27) jumped into the Godavari river to protest increasing delays by the government in announcing a reservation quota for the Maratha community. Lifeguards pulled Mr. Shinde out and took him to a civic hospital nearby, where he was declared ‘dead before admission’.The suicide sparked furious reactions from the Marathas, who refused to accept his body. Agitators staged a rasta roko on the Aurangabad highway on Monday, vandalised several vehicles including government ones.Protesters also demanded a criminal case be filed against Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis in the incident, and demanded ₹50 lakh as compensation for the deceased’s family.Read more | Photo Credit: Mandar Tannu center_img A constable died and another was injured in pelting of stones on July 24 as a State-wide protest called by outfits seeking reservation for the Maratha community turned violent with agitators clashing with police and torching vehicles in Aurangabad and adjoining districts of Maharashtra.The Maratha Kranti Morcha had called for a Maharashtra bandh after the death of a protester on July 23 during a protest march in favour of reservation. Twenty-seven–year-old Kakasaheb Shinde, jumped off a bridge over the Godavari river in Aurangabad. He was rushed to a hospital where he was declared brought dead.Quota for Marathas, a politically influential community that constitutes around 30 per cent of the State’s population, has been a hugely contentious issue.Shinde’s death triggered a fresh set of protests in several parts of the State, with Opposition leaders seeking to put the onus on the BJP-led government in the State, according to PTI.In the last few days, protests have take place in Buldhana, Akola, Parali, Washim and even in Mumbai. The community leaders had taken out several rallies in various districts to highlight their demands. Last year, a huge rally was organised by the Maratha Kranti Morcha in this connection in Mumbai. Despite Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis’ promise to fulfil the demands, nothing concrete has been done till now, community leaders have claimed. Call given for Mumbai bandhAs the stir for reservation in jobs and education intensified, the Maratha Kranti Morcha also decided to call for a Mumbai bandh on July 25. At a meeting in Dadar, the Morcha leaders decided to call for a Mumbai bandh. At another meeting of the Sakal Maratha Samaj in adjoining Vashi, it was decided to call for a bandh in Navi Mumbai and Panvel as well. Constable dies of heart attackA police constable, deployed to oversee security for the funeral of Kakasaheb Shinde in Aurangabad’s Kaygaon village, dies after suffering a cardiac arrest. The deceased constable has been identified as Shyam Padgaonkar. Chandrakant Patil calls protestors ‘paid elements’”Can the question of reservation be resolved by breaking Ministers’ vehicles or torching State Transport buses? There are paid elements who trying to discredit the agitation for Maratha reservation and defame the government, which has been functioning smoothly for the past four years,” says Maharashtra Revenue Minister and senior BJP leader Chandrakant Patil, speaking in Sangli.While remarking that Kakasaheb Shinde’s [Maratha agitation activist] suicide was tragic, he asked whether it would help resolve the knotty affair of reservation for the Maratha community”Our [the BJP-Sena] govt. is ready for discussions. But the issue of reservation is now in the hands of the Bombay High Court. What is the point of agitating for something which is not in the State govt.’s control?” Mr. Shinde said. Pelting os stones at Kaygaon TokaThe agitation has taken a hostile turn near the bridge on the river Godavari in Kaygaon Toka (where Kakasaheb Shinde committed suicide) in Aurangabad’s Gangapur tehsil.Despite robust police deployment, a restive mob got out of hand and began pelting stones on security personnel. Two police jawans have been injured after the mob damaged and torched a Fire Brigade department vehicle. Support for ‘bandh’ in Sangli district, total shutdown in BeedState transport buses in Hatkanangle in Western Maharashtra’s Kolhapur district were damaged around noon on Tuesday, The Hindu correspondent Shoumojit Banerjee reports.The ‘bandh’ is also seeing overwhelming support in Sangli district, with thousands of Maratha community youths on the streets, demanding immediate quota implementation and castigating Fadnavis govt for tardinessThere are some major traffic snarls in Jamkhed tehsil in Ahmednagar due to roadblocks, while there is a total shutdown in Beed and Osmanabad districts in Marathwada. Both government as well as private establishments downed shutters in response to the ‘bandh’ call. The bus stops in Beed wear a desolate look as 400-odd State buses are stranded sans passengers. Raj Thackeray cuts short Marathwada tourThe agitation has forced Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray to cut short his tour of Marathwada.Acceding to police,, Mr. Thackeray cancelled his tour of Beed district mid-morning on Tuesday and returned to Aurangabad. Another suicide bidTwo cases of attempted suicide in Aurangabad district’s Devgaon Rangari village by agitators clamouring for Maratha reservation — a 31-year-old man identified as Guddu Sonawane jumps into a stream, while Jagannath Sonawane, a 60-year-old agitator tried to take his own life by consuming poison, reports The Hindu correspondent Shoumojit Banerjee.Both are undergoing treatment at a local hospital in Aurangabad’s Kannad tehsil Activists stage bike rally (With inputs from Shoumojit Banerjee and PTI)last_img read more