Redick’s 3s, Simmons’ triple-double lift 76ers over Pacers

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 Pacers: F T.J. Leaf didn’t return after spraining his left ankle early in the second quarter. McMillan said X-rays were negative. . Damien Wilkins (personal reasons) was inactive.76ers: Richaun Holmes had several loud dunks during an effective third-quarter stint in his season debut. The center had been out since breaking his left wrist in the preseason. . Furkan Kormaz was assigned to Delaware of the G-League after the game.ROUGHHOUSINGEmbiid was called for a Flagrant 1 foul late in the first quarter when he swatted Thaddeus Young on the head on Young’s dunk.UP NEXTThe Pacers visit the New York Knicks on Sunday night.The 76ers have three days off before starting a five-game trip out West on Tuesday night at Utah.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next After Redick’s 3 made it 113-110, Domantas Sabonis was called for a charge at the other end and fouled out. After two empty possessions that included Joel Embiid missing a dunk, Simmons slipped and it appeared Philadelphia was going to turn it over.But Redick ended up with the ball and drilled an off-balance 3 as the shot clock expired.“Believe it or not, it is something that I occasionally practice,” Redick said.Each team led by nine points in an up-tempo game before the Sixers took control behind Redick, who signed a free-agent deal with Philadelphia in the offseason.Turner hadn’t played since sustaining a concussion in Indiana’s season-opening win against Brooklyn on Oct. 18. McMillan had Turner come off the bench, and after a rusty start, he helped Indiana dominate inside in the first half.Turner had a thunderous dunk over Dario Saric late in the first quarter and blocked Embiid’s jumper early in the second. His 3-pointer ignited a late 9-0 run that helped Indiana to a 63-56 halftime lead.But Turner struggled with his shot in the second half and Embiid got the better of him late.“He was a little rusty,” McMillan said. “He had to play more minutes than we probably would have liked. Sabonis got in foul trouble. He missed some shots that he’s capable of knocking down, and just timing.”Embiid had 18 points and nine rebounds. Robert Covington scored 22 for the 76ers, who shot 50 percent from the field.TIP-INS Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Porzingis has 37, leads Knicks over Suns MOST READ Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set View comments Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scenecenter_img Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Redick scored 31 points and hit three decisive 3-pointers late, Ben Simmons had a triple-double and the 76ers moved above .500 for the first time in nearly four years with a 121-110 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Friday night.Redick said he had “goosebumps” hearing the ear-splitting sellout crowd finally get a chance to celebrate success.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“We all recognize the significance of tonight and getting over .500 for the first time in a long time,” Redick said. “My focus was more on winning. Obviously I had a good third quarter there where I got hot and then the three 3s down the stretch were more about, let’s just get a win.”Redick was 8 of 12 from 3-point range, including the go-ahead jumper with 2:06 left, another 3 to barely beat the shot clock with 1:08 remaining and a third from the left corner to make it 119-110 with 46 seconds to go. “He’s amazing,” Simmons said.Simmons was pretty good, too. He had 14 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists for his second triple-double in a rookie season delayed a year because of injury.The Sixers (5-4) last had a winning record when they were also 5-4 on Nov. 13, 2013, but their painful rebuild appears near an end as they won their fourth straight game.Victor Oladipo shook off a slow start to score 31 points, Bojan Bogdanovic added 21 and Myles Turner had 11 points and nine rebounds in his return from a concussion for the Pacers. They were outscored 11-0 to close the game as their three-game winning streak was snapped.“We had a couple possessions where we had open looks,” coach Nate McMillan said. “You have to knock those shots down.”ADVERTISEMENT Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Philadelphia 76ers’ Ben Simmons, right, of Australia, blocks the shot attempt by Indiana Pacers’ Darren Collison during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Nov. 3, 2017, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola)PHILADELPHIA — J.J. Redick has seen plenty in his 12 NBA seasons, yet he insists he’s never heard a louder regular-season crowd.Those fans in Philadelphia were going bonkers over their new sharpshooter.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

29 Peace Corps volunteers sworn in

first_imgThe newly sworn-in batch of Peace Corps volunteers with US Ambassador Sarah-Ann Lynch, First Lady Sandra Granger and Peace Corps Country Director Kury CobhamTwenty-nine young American volunteers will spend the next two years living with Guyanese families to execute community projects geared at fostering education, health, and protecting the environment.The 32nd group of Peace Corps volunteers to serve in Guyana was sworn in on Wednesday by United States Ambassador Sarah-Ann Lynch at her residence.The 29 volunteers underwent 10 weeks of training to prepare them for their deployment. During the training sessions, they learnt about Guyanese culture, creole language, technical theory and practical training on model school programmes, all while living with a Guyanese host family.Peace Corps Country Director Kury Cobham said that the 29 volunteers were committed and ready to take on the assignments with the utmost professionalism, commitment, and passion.“A group of Americans from dynamic and varying backgrounds –- all coming to give of themselves and of support to where they are most needed. Today marks the culmination of their 10 weeks of pre-service training. This time was not only meant for the training team to educate them on Guyanese culture, giving them a foundation in Creolese and drill in key technical skills relevant to their sectors, it was also a critical time for them to reconfirm their commitment to fulfil the expectations placed upon them by Peace Corps,” Cobham noted.Meanwhile, Ambassador Lynch, a former volunteer herself, spoke of the work Peace Corps has done over the years in Guyana. She noted that Peace Corps Guyana has fielded 1400 volunteers, who have served and lived in Guyanese communities, working alongside the people, sharing their aspirations, helping them address their challenges and celebrating their achievements.“The Peace Corps’ special ingredient in Guyana and globally is a people-to-people approach to learning, reinforcing, and building capacity at the community level. And 53 years later, volunteers are still serving the people of Guyana, having lived and worked in all 10 regions of this country,” the US envoy noted.Turning her attention to this current batch, Ambassador Lynch highlighted the task ahead of the new volunteers as they head out to serve in eight of Guyana’s 10 regions.“You are being posted to eight of Guyana’s 10 regions, and 40 per cent of you will be serving in some of the neediest Indigenous communities… But let me remind you that you are committing to two years of service – service to your country, the United States, and service to the Guyanese citizens in your communities and beyond. As with those before you, we expect excellence; we expect professionalism; and we expect commitment during your two years of Peace Corps Service,” the Ambassador said to the volunteers.This batch consists of 10 volunteers in the education sector, 10 in the environmental sector and nine in the.Addressing the volunteers, Education Minister Nicolette Henry recognised the sacrifices they had to make to be able to work in communities in Guyana.“I urge you to feel free to explore and enjoy what we have to offer, so that the exchange may be balanced in many respects as you interact with our teachers, students, parents, communities, and the nation by large. I trust the experience will contribute, in a large way, to your personal as well as your professional growth,” Henry posited.The 10 volunteers assigned to the education sector will serve at 26 schools throughout the country, working to improve the literacy programme from Grades One to Four.Meanwhile, the health sector will see volunteers working with young persons to improve their health and well-being outcomes by educating them on the harmful effects of alcohol and drugs.Wednesday’s swearing-in ceremony for the 32nd batch of Peace Corps Volunteers was attended by First Lady Sandra Granger; Minister of State, Dawn Hastings-Williams; Junior Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs Minister Valerie Garrido-Lowe, officials from Peace Corps Guyana and partnering stakeholders.last_img read more

Dam Spill Potential

first_imgDespite the current drought conditions in the North Peace, there’s still a possibility for a W.A.C. Bennett or Peace Canyon Dam summer spill. B.C. Hydro’s Dave Conway says the spill risk at both facilities is now about 3%. However, he also says….[asset|aid=128|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=Dave-Spill Potential_1_Pub.mp3] He went on to explain what the supply forecast contains….- Advertisement -[asset|aid=129|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=Dave-Supply Forecast_1_Pub.mp3] Conway says the Williston Reservoir gets about 50% of its water from spring and summer rains. Since it covers about 35,000 square km, different parts of the reservoir can receive rain at different times, from different storms.last_img

Angels’ stopgap measure

first_imgChone Figgins began the season batting ninth because Angels manager Mike Scioscia wanted to configure the lineup in a way to best “set the table for the big boys,” Vladimir Guerrero and Garret Anderson. Turns out, Figgins is pretty big himself. When the Angels players convened recently to vote for the Gene Autry Trophy, representative of the team’s MVP, Figgins was named co-winner, along with pitcher Bartolo Colon. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 Figgins, 5-foot-7 and 180 pounds, didn’t last long in the ninth spot, moving up to leadoff. And while his place in the batting order has remained a constant, his locker full of gloves makes it clear he is used all over the field. He began the season as a player without a position, but his “have glove, will travel’ role got him into more games than any other Angel. He won the major-league stolen base crown, he’s the first Angel ever to score at least 100 runs and steal at least 50 bases in a season, and he has done it while playing every position except pitcher, catcher and first base. “He’s like having three players,” said Angels first baseman Darin Erstad, who admitted he voted for Figgins. “When you can play so many positions, it opens up the roster for more players. It takes a very unselfish guy to do that, and he never complains. It’s hard enough playing one position, and he can play a bunch of ’em well. He’s amazing.” Figgins admits he is humbled by his teammates’ acknowledgment of him. He spends a lot of time talking with Anderson and has learned enough Spanish to make small talk with Guerrero and the other Latin players. “It’s very important to me,” Figgins said of his relationships with teammates. “I got an opportunity to play more because of injuries, and sometimes I make mistakes defensively. But they never get down on me. They always pick me up. They say, /\x27/Don’t worry about it.” To get their vote for team MVP means everything to me.” “You can talk about Vlad (Guerrero), Frankie (Rodriguez), Bart, go down the list of guys, John Lackey, Scot Shields,” said Scioscia, whose team opens the American League Division Series at home today against the New York Yankees. “Chone, for a number of reasons, sticks out as a reason we’re going to the playoffs. His versatility from day one, all the changes he made, everything he did was so important. Figgy had a helluva year.” center_img Figgins began the season as the starting second baseman because regular starter Adam Kennedy was recovering from offseason knee surgery. After Kennedy returned, Figgins found time at third base because rookie Dallas McPherson was having hip and back problems. And when center fielder Steve Finley’s troubles at the plate became too much for the Angels to bear, Figgins made his way to center on a more consistent basis. Figgins not only moves around from day to day, but he has changed positions during a game, a couple times in the same inning. He makes it look as easy as a simple change of gloves, but it isn’t. “It’s still tough to this point, having to come to the park ready to play but not knowing where,” said Figgins, who has started 47 games at third base, 45 in center field, 36 at second base, one at shortstop, seven in right field and 12 in left. “In the outfield, you have to know where the cutoff man is going to be, what the /\x27/no-doubles’ sign is, know where to back guys up. Then in the infield, you’ve got your bunt plays, and you have to know all the different signs for those.” Figgins has heard the talk that baseball should create a Gold Glove award for utility players, but that isn’t likely to happen. He knows the best way to become an All-Star is to have one position to call his own. “It’s helping me become a major-league player,” said Figgins, 27. “A lot of people in baseball would love to do what I do. Maybe being a player that plays every position is my role. As long as it keeps me on the field.” Figgins said his favorite position is “on the field,” but with further prodding, he admitted that shortstop is “where my heart is.” Figgins still has a score to settle. He had a rough time in the playoffs last year against the Red Sox, going 2 for 14 at the plate, committing a baserunning gaffe and making two errors in the field. “It’s unfair to talk about Chone because our whole team did not play to the level we hoped,” Scioscia said. “It wasn’t just Chone that had a tough series, a lot of guys didn’t get into their game. In a short series, things happen quickly.” 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

Former Donegal Garda says thugs must work with victims after release

first_imgA well-known former Donegal Garda Sergeant has called for legislation to force people who commit crimes against the elderly to work with old folks during their rehabilitation.Christy Galligan said recent court cases involving attacks on the elderly shows that we need to adopt a more caring and protective attitude when it comes to our most vulnerable in Society.He said “We have seen the attack by a person just released from prison on two elderly brothers with special needs in Mayo in 2013. The Blaine brothers lived a very simple life. “They were, as one cousin put it, “slaughtered” in their own home by a fantasist and violent young man. They were beaten mercilessly and scalded. That young thug, who has mental health issues, received life this week.”Mr Galligan cited the cases of several other victims attacked by thugs.He added “This is only a snippet of the attacks on the elderly over many years but we as a Society must take the reins and start to assist and inform the Gardaí of people acting unusual or suspiciously in our areas.We do this through the Community Alert text scheme or Neighbourhood watch schemes.“We should also be setting up Community Watch Officers, volunteers who are screened, to patrol areas not frequented by the Gardaí but by the travelling criminals who invade our communities. This could be funded through various community programmes.” Former Garda Sgt Christy GalliganThe former Garda said the only way to rehabilitate the offenders was to deal strictly with them and to force them to work with elderly people.“The thugs who perpetrate these crimes should be given very lengthy sentences, without remission or suspended sentences, while participating in compulsory anger management classes before their release back into Society because, unfortunately, they will be released.“They then should be made, on post release Supervision, work with the elderly and vulnerable, as part of their post release rehabilitation. Any deviation and they should be returned to prison on breaching the post Supervision Order.“The National Council for Aging released stats that showed in 1984, 432 elderly people were attacked in their homes. This fell to 66 in 1991 and 1992 and again increased to 121 in 1997.“This is an indicator of the number of our most vulnerable who are living in fear.“Those who perpetrate these crimes have no empathy or understanding of the physical, emotional or psychological damage they do. They don’t care. These cowards offer nothing to Society but their own brutal hatred for the vulnerable in order to get a few quick bob. “Whilst we are concerned for peoples rights and the right to defend themselves before our Courts there is also the right to life and the right to be left alone in ones home without the fear of attack.”Former Donegal Garda says thugs must work with victims after release was last modified: July 28th, 2017 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:Christy GalligandonegalelderlyGardalast_img read more

What do Raiders have left to play for in 2018?

first_imgOAKLAND — Derek Carr sauntered to the podium postgame, visibly drained, sad, lethargic and everything he hasn’t been after losses this season.Carr is normally upbeat, optimistic, engaging, but that wasn’t the case nearly as often after Sunday’s 20-6 loss to the Chargers that dropped the Raiders to 1-8 and alone with the NFL’s worst record for the time being. He told reporters something had happened that frustrated him, but he wouldn’t say what exactly.“Deep down, I’m good. I promise. It just …last_img

Listen to Yourself Evolve

first_imgA pretty gene is like a melody, decided Mary Anne Clark at Texas Wesleyan University, so she gave life to music—literally.  She translated the structure of proteins into musical notes so that she could hear “protein songs,” reported National Geographic News. By listening to the songs, scientists and students alike can hear the structure of a protein.  And when the songs of the same protein from different species are played together, their similarities and differences are apparent to the ear.   (Emphasis added in all quotes.)That leads us to the Stupid Evolution Quote of the Week: “Therefore, Clark said, by playing the beta globin song for a human and tuatara, an ancient three-eyed lizard, people can hear the process of evolution—a variation on a theme that was present before mammals split from reptiles some 200 million years ago.”Need we remind Clark that Theme and Variations is a musical form created by intelligent composers?(Visited 11 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Lifesaving SA innovation

first_img11 August 2005A South African device originally designed to detect the theft of diamonds by mineworkers is saving the lives of critically injured patients around the world.Taking just 13 seconds to provide a full-body x-ray, the Lodox Statscan saves time during the vital “golden hour.”“It is an innovation designed in South Africa, for South Africa,” says Lodox product manager Rodney Sandwith.Sandwith received the Chairperson’s Award for the Statscan at the SABS Disa Design Institute Awards in May – the most recent in a succession of awards since the product was first unveiled in 2003.The Statscan is able to provide scans of both bone and soft tissue, useful in the diagnosis of a wide range of traumatic injuries. The full body overview means injuries can be quickly identified.“We can use it to make high quality x-rays of the entire body or just a hand. It represents the safest choice for doctors before deciding to use expensive high-dose CT or other scans,” says Sandwith.This versatility gives the scanner an edge over many other imaging technologies. The open design of the device also means that medical personnel have access to critically injured patients at all times during scanning.The images are digital, so they can be transferred across the hospital’s computer network, rotated and manipulated without any loss of quality. There is also no need for x-ray film or cartridges, dramatically reducing operating costs.A study conducted at the trauma unit at Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town over more than two years found that the Statscan offered significant improvements in patient handling, reducing the time required to complete a diagnostic examination from 48 to five minutes.The same study also showed that both patients and medical staff were exposed to significantly lower radiation doses compared to conventional x-ray devices.The technology at the core of the Statscan was developed for security purposes for De Beers’ diamond mines. When the humanitarian possibilities of the scanner became apparent, De Beers became one of the primary investors in the Lodox consortium.The other primary backers are the Industrial Development Corporation and emergency services provider Netcare.The company has recently been awarded a contract to supply the Sudanese government with four Statscans at a total cost of US$1.2-million.The Statscan is already in use in 10 US hospitals, and has received full approval from the US Food and Drug Administration.“It is a state-of-the-art, lifesaving medical system,” says Sandwith. “A technology all South Africans can be proud of.” reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

IRCTC scam: Lalu Prasad, wife, son and others summoned as accused by Delhi court

first_imgA Delhi court on Monday summoned RJD supremo Lalu Prasad, his wife Rabri Devi and son Tejashwi Yadav and others as accused in the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) scam. Special Judge Arvind Kumar directed them to appear before the court on August 31 in a case related to alleged irregularities in granting operational contract of two IRCTC hotels to a private firm. The CBI, which had on April 16 filed the charge sheet in the case, had said that there were enough evidence against the accused. The CBI had earlier informed the court that sanction has been procured from the authorities concerned to prosecute Additional Member of Railway Board B.K. Agarwal, who was then the group general manager of the IRCTC. Besides Lalu Prasad and his family members, former union minister Prem Chand Gupta and his wife Sarla Gupta, Agarwal, then managing director of IRCTC P.K. Goyal and then IRCTC director Rakesh Saxena were also named in the charge sheet. The other names in the charge sheet include then group general managers of IRCTC V.K. Asthana and R.K. Goyal, and Vijay Kochhar, Vinay Kochhar, both directors of Sujata Hotels and owners of Chanakya Hotel. Delight marketing company, now known as Lara Projects, and Sujata Hotels Private Limited have also been named as accused companies in the charge sheet. The CBI had registered a case in July last year and carried out searches at 12 locations in Patna, Ranchi, Bhubaneswar and Gurugram in connection with the case. The charges in the case include criminal conspiracy (120-B), cheating (420) under IPC and corruption, the central probe agency had said.Charge sheet According to the charge sheet, between 2004 and 2014, a conspiracy was hatched in pursuance of which BNR hotels of Indian Railways, located at Puri and Ranchi, were first transferred to the IRCTC and later, for its operations, maintenance and upkeep, it was given on lease to Sujata Hotel Private Limited, which is based in Patna. It is alleged that the tender process was rigged and manipulated, and the conditions were tweaked to help the private party (Sujata Hotels). It also claimed that Vinay Kochhar, on February 25, 2005, sold commercial property in the form of three acres of land in Patna through 10 sale deeds for ₹1.47 crore to Delight Marketing, in which Sarla Gupta was a director as a front benami holder on behalf of Lalu Prasad. Between 2010 and 2014, this land was further transferred, the CBI alleged. In 2001, it was decided to handover the management of catering services of Indian Railways, including of its hotels, to the IRCTC. Two such hotels — BNR Hotels in Ranchi and Puri — were also identified and an MoU was signed between the Railways and the IRCTC on March 19, 2004. According to an FIR flied by the CBI, Lalu Prasad Yadav, the then railway minister, entered into criminal conspiracy with the owner of Sujata hotels, Sarla Gupta, the wife of his close associate Prem Chand Gupta, an RJD MP in the Rajya Sabha, and IRCTC officials for “undue pecuniary advantage to himself and others”.The probe agency also alleged that BNR hotels were transferred to Sujata Hotels through a rigged and manipulated tender process managed by P.K. Goel, the then-MD of IRCTC. The CBI enquiry shows that the Railways sought bids for developing, operating and maintaining Rail Ratna Hotels on September 16, 2006. The probe agency has alleged that Lalu Prasad Yadav, as the railway minister, was aware about the whole process and was keeping a track of the tender proceedings. It surfaced that while over 15 bid documents were received for both the hotels, IRCTC has no records of bidders other than the Sujata Hotels. It was also alleged that with an intention to render undue pecuniary gains to Sujata Hotels, the bid of another hotel was deliberately and unreasonably given low marks under technical evaluation.“As a result, Sujata Hotels remained the only bidder in financial evaluation and was qualified,” the CBI has alleged, adding after the tender was awarded to Sujata Hotels, the ownership of Delight marketing also changed hands from Sarla Gupta to Rabri Devi and Tejashwi Yadav between 2010 and 2014.By this time Lalu Prasad had demitted the office of railway minister.last_img read more

SC rejects Meghalaya miners’ plea on coal transportation

first_imgThe Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected a set of pleas by coal miners in Meghalaya to let trucks move coal in transit before a transportation ban came into effect.The deadline for transportation of extracted coal was being extended since April 2014 when the National Green Tribunal (NGT) had imposed a ban on the life-threatening rat-hole coal mining in Meghalaya. A narrow opening that makes miners crawl gives the rat-hole its name.But after at least 16 miners were trapped in a flooded mine at Ksan in Meghalaya’s East Jaintia Hills district on December 13, the apex court refused to allow the transportation of extracted and assessed coal beyond January 31. On January 15, the court further said there would be no transportation of coal lying at (dumping) sites.The State Co-ordination Committee of Coal Miners and Dealers’ Forum had subsequently filed a petition for allowing their trucks that were in transit as on January 15 to transport their coal and also to pass through government check posts and weighbridges to their respective destinations.Rejecting the plea on Monday, the court did not entertain the entreaty of another coal dealer named Babul Marak who wanted to transport coal he had procured legally from a dealer.The court of Justice duo D.Y. Chandrachud and Hemant Gupta also saw “no reason to entertain” a petition by one Lber Laloo for lifting the ban on coal mining by NGT “in view of a previous order” on January 28.The Supreme Court hearing coincided with Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K. Sangma informing the 60-member State Assembly that more than 1,000 cases of illegal coal mining have been registered since the NGT ban came into effect.From 203 in 2014, the number of such cases jumped to 541 in 2015 and slumped to 117 in 2016. There were 274 and 163 registered cases in 2017 and 2018 respectively, the Chief Minister said.Death in coal truckMonday saw an overloaded coal truck capsize in Meghalaya’s East Jaintia Hills district, reportedly killing four people inside it. The mishap in the Sutnga area near the district headquarters Khliehriat, anti-coal mining activists said, exposed the laxity of the local authorities in dealing with illegal transportation of coal.According to district Superintendent of Police V. Singh, the driver of the truck had lost control because of high speed. But he said the local police not find bodies at the spot and did not specify what the truck was carrying.The Shillong Times quoted local people as saying that the district heads, including the Deputy Commissioner rushed to the spot after the mishap and did not allow them to take photographs. They also claimed they were warned against speaking about the accident to anyone.last_img read more