‘This holiday will never be the same’: Officers killed by train leave behind daughters 1 week before Christmas

first_imgTwitter/@AJGuglielmi(CHICAGO) — Two Chicago police officers who were chasing a suspected gunman when they were hit and killed by a train Monday have left behind wives and children just one week before Christmas.“For these two families, this holiday will never be the same,” Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel told reporters Tuesday.Eduardo Marmolejo, 36, survived by his wife and three daughters, joined the police department after working in an emergency room.“Eddie bettered the lives of any individual he came in contact with,” according to the family GoFundMe page. “His smile, jokes, and love for his friends and his girls at home will forever be missed.”Conrad Gary, 31, survived by his wife and daughter, was a veteran who “devoted this life to protecting others,” according to the family GoFundMe page. “He is loved by so many and will truly be missed.”Gary, who was on the force for 18 months, will be laid to rest on Friday.The funeral for Marmolejo, who was with the department for two years, will be held Saturday.Bodycam video from Monday showed Marmolejo and Gary get out of their patrol car, head up to the tracks and talk about where the armed suspect may have gone, police said, according to ABC Chicago station WLS-TV.One loud train approached, which may have masked the sound of a second train, police said, according to WLS. Then the camera went to black, WLS said.A suspect was later apprehended and a weapon was recovered, police said.Gary and Marmolejo’s deaths are the third and fourth for the Chicago Police Department this year.In November, Chicago police officer Samuel Jimenez was fatally shot in the neck while trying to protect employees and patients during a shooting at Chicago’s Mercy Hospital.In February, Chicago police Cmdr. Paul Bauer was shot and killed. Bauer, survived by his wife and daughter, had been sitting in his squad car when he heard a call over the radio and pursued a gunman on foot.The mayor on Tuesday urged Chicago residents to show the police department that it has “your support.”“When you think about Commander Bauer, officer Jimenez, you think now about Eduardo [and] Conrad,” Emanuel said Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

UEFA steps up probes into Euro 2012 racism claims

first_img“UEFA is now conducting further investigations,” UEFA spokesman Rob Faulkner said. “There are however, no disciplinary proceedings opened at this moment in time.”UEFA pledged zero tolerance of racism at Euro 2012, but has stressed it needs clear evidence before prosecuting cases through its judicial bodies.A Spanish fans’ group said Monday that “about 200 supporters” made monkey chants at Balotelli during the Spain-Italy match on Sunday in Gdansk, Poland.Faulkner said UEFA will also seek evidence from Czech team officials about chants directed by Russian fans at Gebre Selassie in Wroclaw last Friday.Gebre Selassie told The Associated Press that he was abused, but declined to file a complaint.“It was nothing extreme. I’ve experienced much worse,” said the 25-year-old Czech-born player, whose father is Ethiopian.Gebre Selassie was expected to play on Tuesday against Greece in Wroclaw.UEFA rules make national federations responsible for their fans’ behavior. A first offense would probably receive just a financial penalty, though further punishments could include deducting group points from teams and ultimately expelling them from Euro 2012.Italian officials also declined to make an issue of reports that abuse was targeted at Balotelli.Still, a Spanish group affiliated to the Football Supporters Europe network published a statement explaining that fans attempted to police the problem within their own ranks.“At some point during the match then, about 200 supporters started monkey chants when the Italian player Mario Balotelli touched the ball,” Spain fans’ spokesman Thomas Herzog said.“We’re glad to report that the majority of the Spanish supporters reacted in a very positive way, because many of them tried to intervene very quickly and stop the fans in question from singing. We are clearly angry about this small section of Spanish supporters showing this kind of racist behavior.”Balotelli, who was born in Italy to Ghanaian parents, said before Euro 2012 that he would walk off the pitch in protest if he heard racial abuse.The racism debate was fueled last month by a British television program which broadcast pictures of racism and violence at recent club matches in co-host nations Poland and Ukraine.The first incident at Euro 2012 happened two days before the opening match when monkey chants were targeted at Netherlands players during a public training session attended by 25,000 people last Wednesday in Krakow, Poland.UEFA was unable to get footage or recorded evidence to prove the Dutch players’ allegations. TARGET OF ABUSE—Italy’s Mario Balotelli is tackled by Spain’s Sergio Ramos during the Euro 2012 soccer championship Group C match between Spain and Italy in Gdansk, Poland, June 10. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn) by Graham DunbarWARSAW, Poland (AP)—UEFA stepped up investigations on Tuesday into alleged racial abuse directed at Italy forward Mario Balotelli and Czech Republic defender Theodor Gebre Selassie.UEFA said it received new reports “regarding the two cases of alleged racist chanting” at the European Championship.last_img read more


first_imgSantiago Gonzalez333489%$112,690 Kent Desormeaux901915921%$1,115,102 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Flavien Prat5482615%$310,130 SANTA ANITA JOCKEYS HOOPS BENEFIT THURSDAYLA TIA HEADS PRESIDENTS’ DAY FEATURE FEB. 16 Fernando Perez9299810%$384,414 Aaron Gryder353519%$198,090 TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won SANTA ANITA JOCKEYS-HOLY ANGELS ON TAP FEB. 12Corey Nakatani, whose natural athletic prowess spans wrestling, golf and basketball in addition to world-class race riding, is looking forward to the 48th annual Santa Anita Jockeys vs. Holy Angels School Charity Basketball Game next Thursday, Feb. 12, at La Salle High School in Pasadena.Proceeds benefit the Holy Angels athletic program, the Kentucky-based Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund (PDJF) and the Eye on Jacob Foundation.“It’s a great cause and the kids are always great about it,” Nakatani said. “For a fewyears there, we had no chance, but now with me and Kent (Desormeaux) back, things are looking better. We have a few guys who can play a little bit. We’ll have some fun out there.”Sponsored by J. Paul Reddam’s CashCall and Santa Anita Park, game time is 7:15 p.m., with admission doors opening at 6:15 p.m.Hall of Fame jockeys Desormeaux, Laffit Pincay, Jr., Mike Smith, Alex Solis and Gary Stevens will be available for an autograph signing session beginning at 6:30 p.m.With Pincay serving as honorary team captain, Desormeaux, Smith and Solis will comprise a team of fellow active riders such as William Antongeorgi, Tyler Baze, Rafael Bejarano, Brice Blanc, Brandon Boulanger, Alex Canchari, Victor Espinoza, Santiago Gonzalez, Mario Gutierrez, Aaron Gryder, Edwin Maldonado, Felipe Martinez, Corey Nakatani, Irving Orozco, Martin Pedroza, Fernando Perez, Tiago Pereira, Flavien Prat, Iggy Puglisi, Kayla Stra, Joe Talamo, Elvis Trujillo, Drayden Van Dyke and perhaps others.The PDJF helps assist permanently disabled jockeys nationwide, while the Eye on Jacob Foundation, named for Jacob Desormeaux, who is the 16-year-old son of Kent, benefits those suffering from Usher’s Syndrome. An extremely rare neurological disorder, Usher’s Syndrome causes progressive loss of hearing, imbalance, and eventual loss of sight in approximately 14,000 children in the United States.HRTV’s Kurt Hoover, a former standout cager at Arcadia High School, will again coach the jockeys’ team. Known for his laid-back approach, Hoover stated his game-day philosophy will be similar to that of past years–“We’ll keep the clock runnin’ and just let ’em run and gun.”Tickets are $5 per person, and for every two tickets purchased, individuals receive one free admission ticket to Santa Anita. Additionally, there will be opportunities to win a trip to Las Vegas and a Paintball Package to Hollywood Sports Paintball and Airsoft Park.La Salle High School is located at the southwest corner of Michillinda Ave. and Sierra Madre Blvd. in Pasadena, approximately four miles northwest of Santa Anita. Admission tickets and promotional tee shirts are on sale now at Champions! Gifts and Apparel in Santa Anita’s East Paddock Gardens, or through Holy Angels School. Joseph Talamo10912131611%$910,284 Elvis Trujillo1071314912%$825,926 John Sadler56691011%$409,772 Jerry Hollendorfer8517121020%$1,562,984 Doug O’Neill71871011%$423,376 Victor Espinoza771514919%$844,190 Bob Baffert49911718%$956,568 Michael Pender1843122%$123,880 Corey Nakatani6398814%$515,350 Mark Casse3465418%$545,520 -30- Felipe Valdez1444229%$83,760 Edwin Maldonado5863810%$248,036 Brandon Boulanger635368%$131,586 Peter Miller691416620%$766,440 (Current Through Friday, Feb. 6)center_img JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won Martin Garcia60912715%$842,500 Mark Glatt3958613%$288,824 Philip D’Amato3768616%$340,190 Jeff Bonde1840322%$178,930 Brice Blanc2131314%$112,252 Tyler Baze12415121612%$938,354 Richard Mandella2853518%$235,410 Drayden Van Dyke10312131612%$703,746 Tiago Pereira6264810%$182,404 Ron Ellis2742515%$178,790 James Cassidy3355615%$193,860 A. C. Avila1740224%$94,924 Richard Baltas3154316%$174,138 Martin Pedroza861016812%$412,850 Peter Eurton3884721%$364,508 Hector Palma1352038%$93,830 Gary Stevens4695720%$619,152 Rafael Bejarano12430211824%$1,433,544 Carla Gaines2353122%$290,865 Mike Smith571211921%$917,371 Eddie Truman940144%$168,490 FINISH LINES: California Cup Derby winner Mischief Clem worked five furlongs onSanta Anita’s main track Saturday in a rapid 59.80under Kent Desormeaux . . . Sam’s Sister, winner of the Grade I La Brea Stakes on opening day,will be ridden by Elvis Trujillo in the Grade II, $300,000 Barbara Fritchie Handicap at Laurel next Saturday for Jerry Hollendorfer, agent Tom Knust reports . . . Agent Scotty McClellan has booked Joe Talamo on War Story for trainer Tom Amoss in the Grade III Southwest Stakes at Oaklawn Park next Saturday . . . Jockey Fernando Perez has been suspended three racing days (Feb. 12, 13and 14) for causing interference aboard Richard’s Boy in Thursday’s sixth race. . . Monday, Feb. 16, is Presidents’ Day, featuring live racing and Dollar Day at Santa Anita. Draft beers, hot dogs and sodas will be just a buck. The holiday feature race is the Grade II, $200,000 Buena Vista Stakes for older fillies and mares at one mile on turf. Expected to head the field is La Tia, winner of the Grade I Matriarch at Del Mar last Nov. 30 under Joel Rosario, who will be back aboard the 10-race winner trained by Armando De la certa . . . Former agent Harry (The Hat) Hacek was a visitor at Clockers’ Corner Saturday. “I’m just out and about renewing old acquaintances and here to see the big race,” Hacek said in reference to the San Antonio Invitational . . . Accomplished actor Alex Rocco, best-known for his signature portrayal of Las Vegas casino boss Moe Green in the all-time 1972 movie classic, “The Godfather,” was a Santa Anita visitor Friday along with his lovely wife, actress Shannon Wilcox.last_img read more

Arcata reams Red Bluff, advances to AIBT semifinal

first_imgNiko Zambas dropped 15 points including three 3-pointers and the Arcata Tigers clawed their way to a 62-44 victory over Red Bluff in their first-round Arcata Invitational Basketball Tournament game, Thursday night at Arcata High.“I thought our defense was much improved tonight compared to last weekend,” Arcata head coach Dusty Scofield said. “We were connected as a unit and our defensive intensity where were we need it to be.”With Thursday’s win Arcata (2-2) advances to the semifinal round of …last_img

EnerPHit — The Passive House Approach to Deep Retrofit

first_imgReprinted with permission from Construct Ireland magazine.Some of the estimates of the numbers of empty houses in Ireland are frightening. The RIAI [Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland] reported last year that the figure could be anything up to 352,000. With so many resources invested in the existing housing stock, and with the banking system still dysfunctional, we’re unlikely to see any recovery in new build for some time.We now know too that large swathes of the housing stock built in the last decade is of very poor quality. If there’s going to be any revival in the building industry in Ireland, retrofitting is going to form a big part of its future. Tomás O’Leary of MosArt looks at it from another angle: “The existing housing stock is the elephant in the room as far as energy consumption worldwide is concerned.” Is it more practical to tear the house down?The question thrown up by the Monkstown project centres on resources. Are greater levels of waste – even if it’s properly processed – an acceptable by-product of achieving airtightness? “I think we’re in the infancy of trying to understand the impact of going either way – greater retention of materials or higher standards,” says Little. “But I would be suspicious of an argument that said knock everything, just start new each time.”Tomás O’Leary agrees. “We often have clients who want to hang on to the shell of their house. They’re emotional about it. It’s all stripped back down to the bare walls and in truth in some cases, it might be more practical and easier to tear it down and start again, but there is a whole question about resources and where does the waste go? So there’s a broader sustainability question that needs to be tackled on that,” he says.O’Leary believes that larger schemes provide the perfect application for EnerPHit. “I think what it’s ideally suited to is local authority, low income housing units, especially those in poor condition. You can picture them; they’ve got single glazing, they’ve got old heating systems, they’ve got no insulation. I’d be anxious that this isn’t just for those who can afford to upgrade their private home. We should be looking at the larger projects, when there is a lot of fuel poverty. That’s the direction I’d like to see government policy take.” Reducing thermal bridging and tightening up the envelopeOn the ground, architects and engineers all say the same thing when it comes to passive house refurbishments. Airtightness and thermal bridges represent the biggest challenges. “I’d say the trickiest detail for the majority of EnerPHit projects is airtightness in general,” says Cathal O’Leary of OLS architects in Wexford, “and in particular around the eaves detail, where you’ve got an existing cut roof or prefabricated roof truss sitting on an existing cavity wall.” With their first EnerPHit project currently at the design stage, OLS are in the process of researching the best way of achieving airtightness.Installing a continuous insulated envelope is much more difficult on retrofit. With cavity walls or block walls descending all the way to the foundations, thermal bridges cannot be designed out as they can on a passive new build. “It is tough to achieve,” says Tomás O’Leary. “Lets say your typical bungalow might have a footpath going round it on the outside, what you’re talking about to create a thermal bridge free connection is taking up that footpath or digging away the soil and running the insulation right down to the foundation. Those are the kinds of lengths that you’d often need to go to.” The Passivhaus Institut introduces a retrofit standardThe Passive House Institute has been working on a way of dealing with this elephant for the past number of years. Finally, at last year’s Passive House Conference, founder of the institute, Dr. Wolfgang Feist, launched EnerPHit, a passive house certificate for the modernization of old buildings. Speaking at the launch, Dr Feist pointed out that the energy consumption of old buildings can’t usually be brought to the level of new build passive house standard, because among other things, some unavoidable thermal bridges remain. “But the same components as for new passive house buildings can be used, and the building substance can thus be protected and sustainability can be improved significantly. In numerous projects, a reduction of 90% in the heating demand could be achieved.” As Feist implies, the institute recognizes the multiplicity of building forms faced by retrofitters and as a result has stitched a significant level of flexibility into the EnerPHit standard. The thresholds are looser, and nor are there as many of them. Moreover, a form of certification is achievable even if these minimum values are not.“EnerPHit reflects the fact that when you’re retrofitting, the challenges are much greater,” says Tomás O’Leary. “With new build passive house, the space heat demand is 15 kw/m2/yr. It’s 25 kw/m2/yr for EnerPHit.” The other key parameter is airtightness. The 0.6 air changes per hour required by passive new build is retained as a target only, with a rate of under one deemed satisfactory for refurbishment.Those figures, O’Leary is keen to point out, are not plucked from the air, and nor are they solely arrived at through building physics. The pilot program undertaken prior to the launch of EnerPHit included extensive economic modeling which fed into the designation of the thresholds. The Value of a Passive Retrofit In the pilot phase of EnerPHit, the Passive House Institute carried out a number of case studies, which incorporated economic modeling on the impact of specific energy retrofit measures. One such case, the refurbishment of a commercial building in Germany, saw the heat load drop from 200 kWh/m2a to 26 kWh/m2a. While it doesn’t quite meet the EnerPHit threshold of 25 kWh/m2a, the refurbishment nonetheless saw an 85% improvement in the building’s energy performance. The Institute went on to demonstrate the value of each element of the refurb. As you would expect, the building measures (as opposed to the renewable technologies) turned out to be the most cost-effective. Taking the cost of 1 kWh as produced by fossil fuels at a very conservative 5c, they found that it took only 1.7c of spend on wall insulation to save the cost of that kWh. Each 2c spent on roof insulation saved one kWh, while the equivalent figures for floor insulation and thermal bridges were 2.6c and 4.5c respectively. Two choices: a full EnerPHit or a partial EnerPHitWhile the 25 kWh/m2/a represents a relaxation from the new build standard, it’s still a very ambitious target for retrofit and won’t be achievable in all circumstances. EnerPHit certification is still possible however through the use of what the PHI call “passive-house-suitable components.”“There’s a full EnerPHit and there’s a partial EnerPHit.” Tomás O’Leary explains. “The idea basically is to encourage people to do the very, very best that they can whenever they’re doing any work on a building. Let’s say your budget is limited and you want to do a big job on a project. Rather than putting in Mickey Mouse windows and Mickey Mouse insulation, you concentrate on one particular area or element of the build. The philosophy is: spend all your budget on one or the other and do the best that you can, because in time you might get more funds and you can do the other elements.” This approach is exemplified in the Ballynagran case study accompanying this article. With a budget of just under €60,000, MosArt zoned in a particular area of the school and achieved a great deal more than had they deployed the budget across the entire school. The official PHI documentation puts it like this: “The measures should be carried out in consultation with the certifier in such a way that maximum energy efficiency can be achieved, provided that, for the duration of their life cycle, the measures result in a financial net profit under the normally expected boundary conditions for the building owner and users collectively.”In order to maintain the integrity of the standard, any partial certification will state exactly what measures were undertaken and how these measures impact the energy performance of the building. “The client must appreciate,” says O’Leary, “that they can’t go round claiming that it’s a passive house if they’ve gone the partial route, but they can be very proud of themselves knowing that they’ve done a world class upgrade on those particular elements.” In praise of PHPPIn choosing how to spend the budget on a passive retrofit, PHPP, the passive house software, becomes a very powerful design tool. In their EnerPHit project in Monkstown, Brendan O’Connor of Joseph Little Architects says that the software was first used to see if the EnerPHit standard could be reached and where the design was falling short. “It gave us a template for changes from an earlier specification. There are often compromises with existing buildings; the key thing is to know their significance. For instance we thought thermal bridging through internal masonry walls bypassing new insulated floors would be problematic, but thermal bridge analysis of our details and inputs into PHPP proved the additional heat loss would be insignificant.”The Monkstown retrofit began life as a low carbon project that morphed into EnerPHit after the Low Carbon Homes scheme became defunct. The transition from one design approach to another was revealing. The embodied energy of measures taken undoubtedly crept up, but the change forced greater uniformity in insulation, better control of thermal bridging and a big improvement in airtightness. In order to achieve a punishing airtightness target, there’s a natural tendency to strip the existing building right down, especially if airtightness was the bugbear of previous low energy retrofits. “We felt we almost needed to overdo the strip-out to reach the standard,” says Joseph Little. He accepts that there may come a tipping point where you ask, is it better to raze the building completely and start again?“The Passive House Institute created EnerPHit because the Passivhaus Standard is so much harder to achieve in retrofit,” says Little. “We had a very interesting discussion with them about the Monkstown project relating to what level of strip-out can still qualify for EnerPHit and what level is virtually new-build, and therefore should achieve the higher standard. It’s much easier to achieve really high levels of thermal performance with new build. It’s a clean slate and so much more controllable.” Construct Ireland, known as “the sustainable building magazine,” has been published in County Dublin, Ireland, since January 2003.last_img read more

J&K Bank fraud case: 70 entities under ED scanner

first_imgNearly 70 entities have come under the scanner of the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in connection with the money laundering investigation into the J&K Bank-related cases registered by the Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB) of the Jammu and Kashmir government.The primary allegation being probed is the diversion of funds received from the bank in the form of credit facilities through these entities, which include companies that received loans. The agency suspects that several of these companies were incorporated solely for the purpose of money laundering and they were later shut down after routing the funds.Two of the cases being investigated by the ED are related to a group whose two companies are said to be involved in a bank fraud involving over ₹300 crore. One of the firms did not pay up the outstanding amount and the loan amount became non-performing asset (NPA) and the issue was subsequently settled in its favour through a one-time settlement, allegedly as part of a conspiracy with bank officials.In another case, the ACB alleges fraud involving ₹1,124 crore. According to the agency, officials of the J&K Bank’s Mahim branch in Mumbai and in Delhi’s Ansal Plaza sanctioned loans to the tune of ₹800 crore in favour of REI Agro Limited during 2011-13 on fake documents. The loan accounts turned NPA in 2014.The company, which showed its head office in Kolkata and corporate office in Delhi, had approached the bank’s Mumbai branch and got the loans and advances to the tune of ₹550 crore sanctioned in its favour. Another amount of ₹139 crore as supplier bill discounting facility and takeovers was extended by the bank’s Vasant Vihar branch.The ACB is investigating another ₹350-crore fraud case allegedly involving one Rawther Spices.last_img read more

10 months agoEverton boss Marco Silva explains halftime shake-up for Lincoln FA Cup win

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Everton boss Marco Silva explains halftime shake-up for Lincoln FA Cup winby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton boss Marco Silva admits beaten FA Cup opponents Lincoln City forced him into major halftime changes.Silva took off Tom Davies and Dominic Calvert-Lewin at the break and replaced them with Andre Gomes and Cenk Tosun, in a sign of how tough Lincoln were making it.”In that moment, I felt we needed a player like Andre,” Silva said.”We completely controlled the game with the ball and were creating problems for them but when they score we started to have some doubts in our build-up and we needed Andre in that moment.”About the situation with Dominic, it was the moment for us to give Cenk the chance to show his quality.”Lincoln brought nearly 5,500 fans to the tie with Goodison almost sold-out and Silva thanked the home support.”Some words for our fans also,” he said.”When you play against Lincoln at home, and with big respect for our opponent, we nearly sold out the stadium and that shows us how important the competition is.”We knew that before the match and they proved and show to us again that is important and the enthusiasm they have when we play in this competition. Congratulations to them.” last_img read more

a month agoNeville: Man Utd don’t need Rice

first_imgNeville: Man Utd don’t need Riceby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United legend Gary Neville says they don’t need West Ham United defensive midfielder Declan Rice.Neville believes Rice can develop into a ‘fantastic’ player but not sure if he’s the player that United need.”Would I say yes now at 80million, 90 million? I’m not feeling that personally at this moment in time,” he told Sky Sports.”But am I seeing a really good player who could potentially develop into something fantastic for the next ten years? Yes. I really do think that.“But do United need another player? They’ve already got Matic, they’ve already got McTominay who are doing a similar role to what I see Rice doing.“ TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

Notley pledges support for Alberta beer brewers as potential 100M lawsuit looms

first_imgCALGARY – Premier Rachel Notley, reacting to a proposed $100-million class-action lawsuit over Alberta’s beer subsidies, says her government will continue to find ways to support its homegrown industry.Notley declined to speak to the lawsuit directly, given it is before the courts.But she says Alberta is finished supporting liquor industries in other provinces at the expense of its own brewers.She says beer and liquor merchants enjoy wide latitude to sell in Alberta while Alberta producers face barriers in other markets.A proposed class-action lawsuit has been filed on behalf of brewers and others in the industry who allege Alberta’s beer ruleshave brought unfair price markups that hurt their competitiveness.Alberta is now revamping its beer subsidy plan after a trade panel recently ruled it violated interprovincial trade rules.last_img

Leaders welcome SC decision on Ayodhya row

first_imgNew Delhi: Political leaders welcomed the Supreme Court’s decision to appoint a panel headed by retired apex court judge F M I Kalifulla to explore the possibility of an amicable settlement of the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute case. BSP leader Mayawati called the move “appreciable”. “Hon’ble Supreme Court’s order to constitute in-camera mediation (in Faizabad) in order to resolve the Ayodhya matter seems an honest effort. Hon’ble Court looking for ‘a possibility of healing relationships’ is an appreciable move. BSP welcomes it,” she said on Twitter. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity! In an apparent reference to Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi said he should act in an “unbiased” manner. “It would have been better had the Supreme Court appointed a neutral person. One of the members of the panel had threatened Muslims that India would become Syria and I hope that he keeps those thoughts out of his mind while being on the mediation panel. We welcome the decision,” he told reporters. CPI(M) leader Brinda Karat said the previous mediation efforts had failed to yield results but this time, the Supreme Court is monitoring it and all the parties who have gone to the court are in agreement with the decision and it is to be seen what will be the result. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killed The Supreme Court Friday gave the panel eight weeks to complete its proceedings. The other members of the panel will be spiritual guru Sri Sri Ravi Shankar and senior advocate Sriram Panchu, said a five-judge Constitution Bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and added that they can co-opt more members if needed. Ravishankar said the Supreme Court’s decision is in the best interest of the country. “This move towards mediation by the Hon Supreme Court is in the best interest of the country and all parties concerned. We should not leave any stone unturned in resolving this burning issue amicably. We should keep our egos and differences aside and come together with a spirit of honouring & accommodating the sentiments of the communities concerned. Respecting everyone, turning dreams to reality, ending long-standing conflicts happily and maintaining harmony in society – we must all move together towards these goals,” he tweeted.last_img read more