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Restaurant workers demand justice

first_imgA protest was organized in front of Liberato Restaurant in the Bronx, N.Y., on June 10. Workers employed at the restaurant explained a number of grievances, including not being paid a minimum wage, not getting overtime pay, working in an unsafe environment, sexual harassment by male managers and their tips being misappropriated. Community and political activists have been handing out leaflets on Tuesdays and Thursdays, during lunchtime and dinnertime, explaining the workers’ grievances for the past few weeks. The protest was covered by News One and Channel 12 News in the Bronx. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Members Of Turkuaz, Snarky Puppy, Allen Stone, Dopapod & More To Play Birthday Bash & Memorial Show

first_imgTurkuaz drummer Michelangelo Carubba is doing it big for his birthday this year with a huge birthday bash featuring an impressive roster of talent. Drawing from bands like Snarky Puppy, The Nth Power, Dopapod, and RAQ, this is sure to be one of our best superjam lineups yet! It’s all going down at The Hall at MP on Thursday, July 28th. Get tickets here.The full roster includes Michelangelo Carubba (Turkuaz) on drums, Robert “Sput” Searight (Snarky Puppy) on drums and keys, Steve Watkins (Allen Stone, Juno What) on keys and vocals, Nate Edgar (Nth Power) on bass, Craig Brodhead (Turkuaz) on guitar, The Turkuaz horns (Chris Brouwers, Greg Sanderson, and Josh Schwartz), Scott Flynn (formerly Pretty Lights Live Band) on trombone, Shira Elias (Turkuaz) on vocals, plus sit-ins from Sammi Garrett (Turkuaz) on vocals, Chuck Jones (Dopapod) on bass, Taylor Shell (Turkuaz) on bass, Fro (RAQ) on drums, and many more.In addition to Carubba’s birthday, the event will celebrate the life of former Turkuaz keyboardist Stephen Malinowski, who tragically passed away recently at age 25. Malinowski has played with members of Dopapod and Papa Grows Funk, and toured nationally with the Cha Wa Band and Ana Popovic.“Steve would be playing music right now if he were still alive. So we’re going to do just that,” said Mikey of his dear friend. “That’s the best way to honor him. By donating proceeds to music education through WWOZ in New Orleans, a city that he loved and I love, we can ensure that people are able to continue playing music for a long time.”Proceeds from the show will go to benefit music education in Malinowski’s memory. Tickets are available here.Enter To Win A Table For 6 + Meet and Greet:last_img read more

Clips of the Week: Checkin’ off the BRO Ultimate 100

first_imgClips of the Week: Checkin’ off the BRO Ultimate 100 features people getting out and taking advantage of all the incredible activity along the Blue Ridge Mountains. From kayaking down the Russell Fork Gorge to skiing in the summer at Snowflex, these clips will remind you of why it’s so great to live where we do. If you need a refresher on the Ultimate 100 list, check it out here. Got plans to knock one of these out this weekend? Snap a photo and tag your adventure with #BROUltimate100 on Instagram and we’ll send you some BRO shwag. Ready, set, go!Kayaking the Russell Fork Gorge.Tearing up Cupp Run at Snowshoe.Some guys on a Creature Craft surfing Jaws at Nolichucky River. Yes, it’s an inflatable creature, going down a class III-IV river. Epic.Kellan Baker shredding at Snowflex with no snow!last_img read more

White wins USA’s 100th winter gold, gets grilled by media

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Put it down he did, soaring and spinning Wednesday through a half-dozen near flawless tricks — including back-to-back 1440s for the first time in his life — en route to his record third halfpipe gold medal.White won with a score of 97.75 and wept at the bottom of the halfpipe. It marked White’s return to the top of the sport after a disappointing fourth-place finish at the 2014 Sochi Games.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkThe snowboarding great received heaps of praise for his gutsy run, but also criticism on social media and questions in a news conference about a sexual misconduct lawsuit filed against him in 2016. White dismissed the allegations as “gossip” and declined to address the matter further.White’s gold was also the 100th overall for the United States in the Winter Olympics — all four American golds this year have been won by snowboarders. Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina The U.S. might have gotten gold No. 101, but Mikaela Shiffrin’s bid for multiple medals at the Pyeongchang Olympics was delayed once again when the women’s slalom was postponed because of strong winds. It’s the third time in four days an Alpine skiing race was put on hold because gusts made it too dangerous for competition.The women’s individual biathlon was also postponed because of wind, and the weather also led officials to evacuate the Olympic Park in the coastal city of Gangneung.In figure skating, the Chinese duo of Sui Wenjing and Han Cong are in first place after the pairs short program. Russian skaters Evgenia Tarasova and Vladimir Morozov were a close second to the Chinese — .71 points behind. Canada’s Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford were third. Alexa Scimeca-Knierim and Chris Knierim of the United States struggled and were in 14th place.WHITE DISMISSES “GOSSIP”White’s post-gold news conference got contentious when reporters questioned him about the lawsuit. Lena Zawaideh, a former drummer in his band, claimed in the lawsuit White sexually harassed her, forced her to watch pornography and refused to pay her after she was fired. The suit was settled last spring.White was asked if the allegations might tarnish his reputation.ADVERTISEMENT Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Shaun White, of the United States, celebrates winning gold after the men’s halfpipe finals at Phoenix Snow Park at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — Shaun White stared down the halfpipe before his final Olympic run and had no doubt what would happen next.“I honestly knew I had it,” White said. “I knew I had to put it down.”ADVERTISEMENT UAAP volleyball: La Salle survives FEU for 3rd straight win Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacsoncenter_img OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Griffin’s goal led to an eruption from the fans filling Kwandong Hockey Center. Better yet, the goal pulled the combined Korean team within 2-1 of Japan — South Korea’s biggest Asian rival.HELLO AND GOODBYEHarley Windsor became the first indigenous Australian to compete at the Winter Olympics when the pairs skater joined teammate Ekaterina Alexandrovskaya on the ice for their short program.Windsor and his Russian-born partner were among the first pairs on the ice, and their total of 61.55 points was just off their season’s best. The duo was just shy of making the cut for Thursday’s free skate, though.Windsor said he started to “feel a bit nervous” the night before competing, but he was happy with the performance. Both of the 21-year-old Windsor’s parents have Australian Aboriginal roots, and his mother Josie was cheering him on from the stands.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours LATEST STORIES Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases “I’m here to talk about the Olympics, not gossip and stuff,” he said. “I don’t think so.”Reporters attempted to follow up about the lawsuit, but U.S. Snowboarding and Freeskiing event director Nick Alexakos shut them down.White immediately left the stage following the conference while reporters continued to question him.“I have to get to the medal ceremony,” he said while being ushered away by Alexakos.WINDIER OLYMPICSThis latest postponement for Shiffrin could complicate her effort to enter up to five individual events, as she’ll now have less time to rest and prepare between them. She’ll no longer get full days off between each race if she tries to do them all and would have to compete Thursday, Friday and Saturday this week to make that happen.In Gangneung, an announcement in Korean and English advised fans to go inside for safety in the afternoon. Volunteers also used bullhorns to tell fans to seek shelter. Many were queued up to go inside the Samsung building near the hockey arena.Winds were blowing steadily and rattled the giant tent anchored with metal beams in Gangneung.ON THE BOARDThe joint Korean women’s hockey team finally scored its first goal of the Olympics, courtesy of a pair of Americans.Randi Heesoo Griffin scored at 9:31 of the second period on the Koreans’ 33rd shot of the Olympics in their third game. She grew up in Cary, North Carolina, and her mother is from South Korea.Griffin was set up for the goal by Marissa Brandt, who now lives in a suburb of the Twin Cities in Minnesota and who is playing for the country where she was born. Her birth name is Park Yoonjung, the name she uses on the back of her Korean team jersey. View commentslast_img read more

Wood stoves popular again

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! No way was Ginger Rice going to put up with another year of $300-a-month heating bills. So when she heard natural gas prices would climb even higher this season, Rice did the only thing she thought would spare her bank account: She bought a wood-pellet stove. In doing so, the Albuquerque, N.M., resident joined a growing number of people turning to firewood and wood pellets for heat for the first time this year. Scared of what their fuel bills might be, customers are flocking to stove dealers while manufacturers struggle just to keep up with demand. “It’s just insane,” said Lori Pitman, spokeswoman for Country Stoves of Auburn, Wash. “We weren’t prepared for it, frankly. I don’t think anyone was in the industry.” The Energy Department predicts winter heating bills will be a third to a half higher this winter than last for most families across the country – an average of $350 more for natural gas users and $378 more for fuel oil users. The rising prices are blamed largely on hurricanes Katrina and Rita, which damaged oil and natural gas installations and disrupted production. And that prospect is sending people out in droves for wood stoves and, especially, wood pellet stoves. Pellet stoves, which run between $1,800 and $3,000, use small wood pellets sold in 40-pound bags for a few dollars each. On average, a home uses one bag a day. While the initial cost of buying the stove and pellets won’t save money, the savings come in the long run, said Leslie Wheeler, spokeswoman for the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association. “Nobody could have foreseen the price of oil, then add a couple hurricanes on top of that,” said Don Kaiser, executive director of the Pellet Fuels Institute, a trade group that represents manufacturers. “You can understand why demand is so high. People are buying early.” But good luck trying to get one anytime soon: Manufacturers are already weeks, even months behind in orders. “I think people are just panicking and the manufacturers all across the country have depleted their inventories,” said Cyd Ault, co-owner of Heatsource Stoves and Grills LLC in Albuquerque, N.M. “They’re now having to produce stoves as fast as they can.” Wood stoves aren’t as popular, but still are being sold at a steady pace. Firewood sales are experiencing a “phenomenal increase,” according to Stan Dykstra, owner of S&D Firewood in Belgrade, Mont. And national forests are seeing a jump in the number of permits issued to individuals to cut their own firewood. “Oh, my goodness, yes,” said Jim Maxwell, spokesman for the Forest Service’s regional office in Denver. “It’s gone through the ceiling this year because of those rising costs. It’s definitely impacting the behavior of folks and how they’re heating.” Environmental groups caution homeowners to use their heat source efficiently. Brendan Bell, Sierra Club energy analyst, said people need to make sure wood stoves don’t leak and that they aren’t using moldy wood. “The money you invest in a new wood stove would probably be better spent in buying a new gas furnace that is more efficient,” Bell said. “That’s what’s best for the environment and your pocketbook.” In Alaska, one official voices a different concern: Ernie Misewicz, Fairbanks deputy fire marshal, predicts all the new wood stoves will lead to more fires, as they did in the late 1970s when the price of fuel skyrocketed. “There was an abundance of wood out there. In a year or so, we started seeking a spike in the number of fires related to wood stoves,” he said. Environmental and fire warnings aside, the quest for alternative heat and that all-important price break continues across the country. Rice was among the fortunate ones who hit the stores early this year, so she already is basking in the heat from her cozy stove. “Love it,” she said.last_img read more

Glory Be Behind Saturn

first_imgDon’t look at this picture till you’re ready.  Switch off the phone, turn off the radio, rub your eyes, and sit down.  Ready?  Click Here.    This is a view of Saturn we could never see from Earth.  It’s the backside of the planet, with the sun shining through the rings.  According to a JPL press release, “This marvelous panoramic view was created by combining a total of 165 images taken by the Cassini wide-angle camera over nearly three hours on Sept. 15, 2006.”  Another version with enhanced brightness and color is available also: click here for Saturn in all its backlit glory.  This was Astronomy Picture of the Day for Oct. 16.    Look carefully in the outermost broad E-ring on the left foreground, and you can see the tiny moon Enceladus (click here for close-up) with its geysers sputtering along, feeding the short-lived E-ring with new material (11/28/2005, 03/01/2006, 07/11/2006).  Now look at the picture again.  See that tiny white speck on the left side, outside the bright main rings, but just inside the fainter G-ring?  That’s the Earth – that’s us – from almost a billion miles away.  Click here for a close-up.  A member of a planetary discussion group has labeled the features in this image on Unmanned Spaceflight.    The Division of Planetary Sciences of the American Astronomical Society has been meeting all week in Pasadena, and scientific announcements are being made daily.  One of the most interesting concerns Saturn’s rings.  Scientists are baffled by color differences that cannot yet be explained.  A JPL press release states:“We expected to see things we haven’t seen before, but we are really, really puzzled by these new images of Saturn’s main ring system,” said Dr.  Phil Nicholson, of Cornell, Cassini visual and infrared spectrometer team member.  “The rings appear very different, with none of their usual calling card of water-ice features.  There are hints that other material besides ice might finally be detected within the rings.”    “The main rings show a neutral color, while the C ring is reddish, and the D and E rings are quite blue,” added Nicholson.  “We don’t quite understand if these variations are due to differences in particle size or composition, but it’s nice to be surprised every once in a while.”The colors he mentioned can be seen in a labeled version of the montage, and are even more apparent in this infrared image.  One reason for the puzzlement is that the images indicate the rings are dynamic, evolving, ephemeral phenomena.  This means that what we are seeing today could not last for billions of years.  New rings discovered in the backlit image seem associated with small embedded moons, indicating that the moonlets are producing the rings (see picture).  How does this occur?Saturn’s smallest moons have weak gravity and cannot retain any loose material on their surfaces.  When these moons are struck by rapidly moving interplanetary meteoroids, this loose material is blasted off their surfaces and into Saturn orbit, creating diffuse rings along the moons’ orbital paths.  Collisions among several moonlets, or clumps of boulder-sized rubble, might also lead to debris trails.  For instance, Saturn’s G ring seems not to have any single moon large enough to see; it might have formed from a recent breakup of a moon.Evidence for impactors also comes from the innermost D-ring of Saturn, another tenuous ring of fine material.  Another JPL press release tells the detective story of a modern-day collision.  A low-oblique Cassini image indicates a wavy, “corrugated” spiral with crests about 30 km apart (see illustration and line-of-sight diagram).  In a Hubble 1995 photo, the crests were about 60 km apart.  This indicates that the spiral has been winding up tighter over the last 11 years.  Extrapolating backward, the scientists think a comet or meteoroid may have struck the ring back in 1984, producing waves like ripples in a pond.  The waves wind up over time because of their orbits around Saturn – the inner parts moving faster than the outer parts.    More on the new Saturn ring discoveries can be found at the Cassini imaging team and Planetary Society websites.  The DPS meeting announcements are also producing lively discussions on Unmanned Spaceflight.  All three montage images can be found on JPL’s Planetary Photojournal.  Another recent Cassini picture of Saturn shows cloud features like a string of pearls in Saturn’s upper latitudes.  The spacecraft also found new ringlets within the Cassini Division, a gap in the main rings that was once thought to be devoid of material.Cassini’s findings confirm predictions made over several decades now that Saturn’s rings are being rapidly eroded by collisions.  We now have even more evidence that impactors, from comet-size to molecule-size, are wearing away Saturn’s rings.  The E-ring would be gone in mere decades or centuries if Enceladus were not constantly replenishing with new micron-size material.  The color differences between the rings also show that whatever non-ice material has been added has not had time to become thoroughly mixed.  And it would be surprising to think that this new D-ring impact was a one-time phenomenon we just happened to be lucky to witness.    It may be impossible to say from data alone that the rings are mere thousands of years old or less, but they certainly cannot be billions of years old.  That should raise some eyebrows by several inches among scientists who accept the standard A.S.S. (age of the solar system) as being 4.5 billion years old.  Upper limits at ring ages are often put at 10 or 100 million years.  That may sound like a lot (it’s an upper limit, remember), but even 100 million years is 1/45 the standard age.  What was Saturn doing the other 44 parts?  No materialist wants to believe that humans were somehow lucky to emerge right at the time when Saturn’s rings were at the height of their glory.  Yet no secular scientist dares question the A.S.S., because concluding a recent formation of Saturn and the rings would collapse the time available for evolution.  There is nothing about the Saturn system that needs billions of years.  A scientist should follow the evidence where it leads, whether or not it agrees with prevailing orthodoxy.    Those of us living in 2006 should take time to value the privileges we have in this age of discovery.  Pictures like this are hard to come by.  It took over 3 billion dollars, and hundreds of scientists and technicians, to build the Cassini spacecraft.  This complex machine had to fly for seven years before even getting to Saturn, and has orbited over two more years before getting into position last month to look back toward home and take this unprecedented shot.  In 1609, when Galileo Galilei first turned a crude telescope to the sky and beheld new and wonderful things – including the rings of Saturn for the first time – his response was to worship the Creator.  He said, “I render infinite thanks to God for being so kind as to make me alone the first observer of marvels kept hidden in obscurity for all previous centuries.”  What is your response as you look at this rare vantage point on creation?(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Polystyrene Female Dummy Mannequin Head Long For Hats : Prefer other dummies ordered

first_img At first sight i thought it was small, but it does the job well. Very nice woman 🙂 and useful. My mother wanted this to display knitted hats & scarves so it needed to have a good base. Arrived quickly and in perfect condition. I bought this polystyrene mannequin head to display a hat i wanted to sell and this head did the job perfectly. I was worried when ordering that the product would arrive broken, as other reviews had stated. I was very pleased when it was delivered in one piece. Item as described, very light weight but perfect for putting hats on, it doesn’t fall over. (i’m using it to photograph hats)good preportions on the face- it doesn’t look strange, however it is slightly smaller than life size (although i think this is the average size for a mannequin head)the neck and shoulders are great as hats flow when sat on the head, rather than bunching up on the surface you’re working on. I used this head and another male one to construct leather masks on top of moulds, very useful for mask masking and designing hats etc. Search for head without a grumpy expression . Though light in weight, it was exactly what i was looking for. Most had an unpleasant face, and no shoulders. This wig/hat stand is just right. It is tall enough for longer length wigs or larger style hats, so that they don’t droop on to the table/stand. Slimline and modern looking. I wanted this item but they sent me one that’s just the head, as i need to use the item i told them i will keep the woung item aslong as the pay me back the difference which they did. Item was as per description. It will be good for its intended use – display of hand crafted hats and scarves. Polystyrene female dummy mannequin head. I liked the head but the reason for the rating was that i felt it would have been more stable with a slightly wider base. Genuinely remember to with ‘hattie’ ~ i’ve picked out to phone her. She has a great face, nothing at all ‘spooky’ about her and she will be heading in the bed room and applied to display the ‘current’ hat i am sporting.This is a great product, excellent size and superior area. I required it as a bed room feature and painted rene magritte design with blue sky and clouds. It has appear out charming and does just what i wished it to do.I produced it larger sized with ducktape for the reason that i am making a fursuit and it has to be able to healthy my head.I chose this head for a close friend to use for his images set-up-he appeared to think it was much better than the true point.Specifically what i wanted, terrific benefit for money, i necessary it for a headwear/hat structure venture. Its is manufactured of polystyrene so wont very last forever but if looked after is fantastic for my function.A person was marginally destroyed when it arrived but was useable. Perfect for basic display and cosplay storage needs. . Packaging came in a huge box which made me smile but otherwise matched the description perfectly and easy to use. A little smaller than my head but then all mannequins tend to be. I needed one to store and work on a wig for a cosplay event and wanted something a little more substantial than a simple wig stand. If you want to display items, work on wigs or do some basic millinery shaping then i say this is the one foe you. Great price and a good shape. Good quality grat for my art wheark. Prefer other dummies ordered. Quality ok and arrived on time but dumbly very small and features odd. The reason for the rating is that everything was fine except for the fact that there was no hole at the base of the stand to enable me to put it on a wig clamp. Perfect for basic display and Cosplay storage needs.just what i was after.Search for head without a grumpy expression !The longer neck is exactly what I was looking for Polystyrene female dummy mannequin headGood for long wigs, styling and keeping the wig in shapePolystyrene Female Dummy Mannequin Head Long For Hats,wigs, DisplayPOLYSTYRENE FEMALE DUMMY MANNEQUIN HEAD LONG FOR HATS,WIGS, DISPLAYlast_img read more

Kia import Johnson goes back to drawing board after subpar debut

first_imgCatriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Fernandez enjoys coaching players from other schools in NCAA All-Star Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC PBA IMAGESANTIPOLO—Kia reinforcement Geron Johnson said he will reevaluate his mistakes after putting up a disappointing performance in their 118-97 loss to Blackwater in the PBA Governors’ Cup Friday.Johnson, who played first game in the PBA, finished with 28 points on 12-of-26 shooting, only had four rebounds and turned the ball over nine times.ADVERTISEMENT WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Read Next “It wasn’t the way I wanted to start, so I’m trying to get the film and I got to go back to the drawing board,” said Johnson at Ynares Sports Center here in Antipolo. “It’s just showing that I got to come more prepared for Philippine basketball.”Compounding Johnson’s worries was the Picanto’s miserable 0-8 record, a statistic he only knew about when he talked to the reporters after the game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutJohnson replaced Markeith Cummings who played for Kia for the first seven games of the conference.“It’s my first game so I’d definitely see what I have to do,” said Johnson. “I will come out harder next game.” UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

OC is prime graft suspect, says Sheila Dikshit

first_imgDelhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Saturday put the needle of suspicion on the Suresh Kalmadi-led Organising Committee (OC) regarding allegations of corruption related to the Commonwealth Games.Welcoming Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s decision to order a probe into the allegations, Dikshit said corruption could have taken place in the activities undertaken by the OC to which the central government had given loans to the tune of Rs 1,600 crore. “We feel relieved and happy (at the successful completion of the Games).But what is disturbing is the corruption charges. They are very disturbing,” Dikshit said. “The fact that the Prime Minister has taken almost an instantaneous decision to order a probe into the whole thing and have the picture ready by January is very heartening,” the chief minister said. “I think only this committee will be able to clear the cobwebs. At the moment, the suspicion is very much on the OC.”The Prime Minister set up a highlevel committee headed by former Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) V.K. Shunglu to probe all matters related to the Games, a day after the mega sporting event came to an end. The committee will submit its report to the Prime Minister within three months. The government has already asked Kalmadi not to relieve any official from the OC till the inquiry is over.Dikshit reiterated that allegations of corruption are not going to be pushed under the carpet. Noting that infrastructure development was the government’s job, the chief minister said the Centre had given a number of loans (to OC) and that is where the real corruption could have been. “There may have also been (corruption) in some government departments. am not ruling that out,” she said.advertisementKalmadi has, meanwhile, assured help to the committee probing the allegations. “The Prime Minister has appointed a committee to probe into all matters relating to the Commonwealth Games. We welcome the initiative and hope that it will be comprehensive, covering all aspects. The Organising Committee will be happy to provide all support to the panel,” Kalmadi said in a statement released to the media.Speaking about his achievement, Kalmadi said, “The Indian Olympic Association was responsible for winning the bid to host the Games in Delhi. And the Organising Committee was given the task of delivering the opening and closing ceremonies and the sporting competitions. We have delivered the task of conducting the Games really well.”He also said the critics had been silenced following a successful conduct of the Games. “During the runup to the Games, many concerns were expressed about India’s ability to conduct the Games and ensure the security and safety of the athletes and guests. All these were cleared and the athletes and officials have left Delhi very satisfied,” Kalmadi said.last_img read more