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first_imgSaturday, Oct 20, 2012  06.00 PM7th Annual Of The Vine FundraiserLido TheatreCommunity ,Celebration Saturday, Oct 20, 2012  09.00 AM – 03.00 PMFarmer’s MarketNorth Peace ArenaArt & Culture ,Market ,Community ,Food Sunday, Oct 14, 2012 – Sunday, Nov 18, 2012  12.00 PM – 05.00 PMFree Public Skating – Sponsored by DevonPomeroy Sport CentreSports & Fitness , Youth, Community ,Children & Family Friday, Oct 12, 2012 – Wednesday, Nov 7, 2012 Design Exhibit By Garry Oker.MAPeace Gallery NorthArt & Culture ,Community Sunday, Oct 21, 2012 – Sunday, Nov 25, 2012  12.00 PM – 05.00 PMFree Public Skating – Sponsored by DevonPomeroy Sport CentreSports & Fitness , Youth, Community ,Children & Family Sunday, Oct 21, 2012  04.00 PM – 09.00 PMJam NightJD Fitzgerald’s PubMusic ,Community ,Food , Dinner & Dance Date Of EventName of EventVenue LocationEvent Type Saturday, Oct 13, 2012 – Saturday, Oct 20, 2012 FSJ Loves Families Week–Children & Family , Youth, Conferences, Lectures, Workshops & Meetings ,Community ,Celebration ,Music , Theatre & Performances ,Sports & Fitness , Art & Culture Tuesday, Oct 9, 2012 – Thursday, Nov 8, 2012  06.00 PM – 08.00 PMGlove Making & Beading WorkshopFort St. John Friendship CentreConferences, Lectures, Workshops & Meetings ,Community ,Art & Culture Monday, Oct 1, 2012 – Wednesday, Oct 31, 2012 Haunted Pumpkin HouseJohn Curtis Market GardenFood , Children & Family ,Youth ,Community ,Celebration ,Market Saturday, Oct 20, 2012  02.30 PM – 04.30 PMExtreme Family LEGO Challenge!Fort St. John Public LibraryChildren & Family , Youth, Community ,Art & Culture Saturday, Oct 20, 2012  10.00 AM – 11.00 AMDaddy & Me Read & Sing – Rock Star EditionFort St. John Public LibraryChildren & Family ,Community ,Music , Art & Culture , Food – Advertisement –last_img read more

first_imgWith Arsenal, one of City’s rivals for a top-four finish, losing 3-0 at Crystal Palace on Monday, and Manchester United looking increasingly to the Europa League for comfort, the picture is looking brighter for Guardiola as a testing first season in England draws to a close.Not that the Spaniard is in a mood for complacency. For one thing, there is just a possibility, however slim, that fourth place will only bring a spot in next season’s Europa League.That is because UEFA rules do not allow six teams from one national association to compete in the Champions League at the same time.If Leicester win that competition, in addition to United securing the Europa League, and both sides finish outside the top four, then it is the fourth-placed team who must make way.Of far more immediate concern to Guardiola than an English double in Europe, however, is the continuing vulnerability of City’s defence. They faced only one shot on target against Hull last weekend, and conceded a sloppy goal from it.Goalkeeper Claudio Bravo, recalled for his first Premier League appearance since January 21, was widely blamed for that goal, but Guardiola was quick to make clear afterwards he felt his team were responsible.Whether it is Bravo or Willy Caballero who is selected in goal to face Southampton, they are set to see experienced club captain Vincent Kompany back at the heart of City’s defence.– ‘Exceptional Southampton’ –The Belgium centre-back, who has suffered a series of injury setbacks over the past three years, was rested against Hull to allow a minor leg problem to clear up, having made only his fourth league appearance of the season three days earlier, in a 2-1 defeat at Chelsea.Kompany is available to face Southampton, whom he also played against in October, when the two sides drew 1-1 at the Etihad Stadium.“I think Southampton are having an exceptional season,” Guardiola said. “They have, of course, a good manager (Claude Puel) and exceptional players in all positions.“They have very good midfielders, all the strikers are so fast, they play the wingers inside. The full backs are guys who go up and down, they are a really, really good team. I was really impressed when they came here in October. It’s a really good test for us.”Southampton have little to play for as they are comfortably above the relegation zone, but too far behind to the top seven to have a realistic chance of qualifying for Europe once again.Maya Yoshida doesn’t feel that way, however, as the Japan defender believes he has finally established himself as a Premier League performer following the sale of Jose Fonte to West Ham and injury to Virgil van Dijk.“I have been waiting for this chance for a long time,” Yoshida said. “Now I have to show everyone who I am.“I’m showing it now, but if it’s not enough I will understand and I must keep showing a good performance until the end of the season and even more, for the next two or three years.”Saints striker Manolo Gabbiadini is back following a groin problem, while midfielder Steven Davis has recovered from an ankle injury and can reclaim the captain’s armband from Yoshida.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Manchester City enjoyed their first win in five Premier League matches last weekend, a straightforward 3-1 home victory over struggling Hull making City a little more secure in fourth place © AFP/File / Geoff CADDICKMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Apr 14 – Manchester City’s Champions League qualification chances look a little more solid after a productive week, but there will still be little margin for error when they travel to Southampton on Saturday.Pep Guardiola’s side enjoyed their first win in five Premier League matches last weekend, a straightforward 3-1 home victory over struggling Hull making City a little more secure in fourth place.last_img read more

first_imgBy Rachel Jones STAFF WRITER The Golden State Pops Orchestra, which frequently performs at the Warner Grand Theatre in San Pedro, will mingle with supporters Sunday at a start-of-the-season fundraiser. The first event of its kind for the nonprofit orchestra, president Linda Grimes is hoping the “friend-raiser,” as they are calling it, will become a fun new way to kick off each season. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas City“It’s a chance for us to visit with our audience,” Grimes said. The event, to be held at Boardwalk Cafe in Ports O’ Call Village, will feature a wine-tasting, silent auction and music by the Alistair Tober Jazz Quartet, as well as Lainie Nelson with Andy Howe. The wine will be provided by PRP Wines, and local restaurants will be offering samples of their food. Grimes and conductor Steven Allen Fox will be on hand to greet guests. “There will be good music, good wine and hopefully some good friends,” Grimes said. She and the other planners decided to call the event a “friend-raiser” because they thought it was more fitting. “We recognize that we exist for our audience, and the more friends of the orchestra we have, the bigger the audience is and more people come to enjoy the music,” Grimes said. If the event is successful, the orchestra may continue it as the new season kickoff. “I think there’s a lot of music lovers,” Grimes said, “and it’s a relaxing afternoon.” The first GSPO concert of the season will be “Halloween Fright Night 5,” on Oct. 27 at the Warner Grand Theatre. rachel.jones@dailybreeze.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

first_img11 December 2012 The Air Traffic and Navigation Services Company of South Africa was recently named the International Air Transport Association’s (IATA’s) top regional training partner worldwide for the second year running. ATNS said its vision is to use its training programmes to be a contributing partner to ensuring aviation safety in Africa. “Training continues to be one of the most important aspects of this company’s work,” it said. ATNS currently has 15 regional training facilities worldwide. As part of its training initiatives, the organisation unveiled a new 3D simulator developed in association with Airways New Zealand in October 2011. “With this new device ATNS is able to recreate any airport terrain in the world and simulate virtually any flight conditions or operational difficulties to prepare candidates for the real thing,” ATNS said. “South Africa is a regional leader in aviation safety and ATNS’s role in developing the human capital of the aviation industry in Africa by upgrading the skills of aviation professionals will strengthen African aviation as a whole.” SAinfo reportercenter_img The award recognises the results of and contribution by the training academy to developing human capital of the air transport industry. “To qualify for the award, a training organisation needs to have conducted more than 30 IATA accredited courses and trained more than 500 students in a year,” Air Traffic and Navigation Services (ATNS) said in a statement following the hand over of the award in Montreal, Canada at the end of November. As part of its strategic initiatives, ATNS aims to bring South Africa’s aerospace industry in line with global supply chain requirements by creating skilled and sustainable jobs. “It is indeed a great honour for us as ATNS because our quest and effort to ensuring that Africa prescribes to the best practices in the provision of aviation training is being recognised – especially the critical aspect of safety in training – as well as making sure there is continuous training to all airspace users,” said acting chief executive officer of ATNS, Thabani Mthiyane. Since April 2000, the ATNS training academy has trained over 9 000 local and international delegates. “We appreciate and thank ATNS for their commitment to this result-oriented partnership,” said IATA’s senior vice president, Mark Hubble. “Continue in the same way – to train young human capital in South Africa and [on] the rest of the continent.”last_img read more

first_imgWhat it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Related Posts guest author 1 Peer-to-Peer GeofencesWith peer-to-peer geofencing, both the geofence location and the time window are regularly shifting – and the goal is to detect “collision” (nearness) of two very dynamic points as, for example, when we want to detect that two friends are near each other. This is a more advanced feature of a geofencing services aPI because it involves a real time comparison of many streams of location data both for location and time collision (it’s much less interesting to detect that your friend was here a few days ago).What’s Taking So Long?The easy part is coming up with these use cases. But Android, Blackberry and WinMo have had background process capability for some time – why haven’t we seen an explosion of these kinds of apps on those platforms? It turns out that managing background process – especially using location and geospatial calculations – can be very complex. Naïve implementations can be a massive drain on battery life of a phone (leaving the GPS chip on would drain the battery in a few hours). Geospatial calculations can be complex, as is rapid computation of massive amounts of location data.Producing a scalable, commercial-grade solution is a difficult problem. iPhone attempted to solve some of these issues (like battery drain), the solution is far from ideal. For instance, in our early testing, the iPhone background location API was not reliable out-of-the-box for geofencing. We have a long way to go. But the opportunity is huge and obvious, so I expect we will see much innovation in this area in the coming months as the industry moves into Location 2.0.Photo by Yaroslav B. Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Tags:#Location#mobile#Real-Time Web#web Until recently, iPhone location app designs were limited by the constraints of single-tasked OS capabilities: launch Foursquare and check-in, use Yelp find a nearby place of interest, open another app to update your status and tag it with location.All of these scenarios require users to have a participatory role in publishing and sharing. This works well for some apps that require active engagement such as broadcasting your Twitter status and where you’ll be later. But an entirely new class of compelling scenarios really shine when you use a technology called geofencing to leverage background location and push location updates up to public and private clouds.Guest author Tasso Roumeliotis is founder and CEO of Location Labs, the leader in Location-as-a-Service for mobile application developers. You can follow his location stream on Twitter: @TassorThe interesting nuance here is that the geofence location is relatively static (a traffic accident doesn’t move much), but the geofence time window is extremely dynamic (accident locations appear and disappear). This gets very interesting when you incorporate rapidly moving real-time data, like Twitter feeds.Place GeofencesPlace-based geofences use a stream of continuously pushed location to identify when a user enters or exits a place or static zone. A place may be the local bar or even the state of California. Place and zone data sources are infinite – from restaurants and other POIs to boundaries such as a county, city, zip code, neighborhood, your home, school, or workplace.If you need more ideas for zone data types, check out UrbanMapping’s geodata catalog, which lists dozens of geodata source types. With places loaded into a geofencing service, you can build Smartphone apps to trigger when a user enters or leaves the static area that you care about. Your app could send an email, text or multimedia alert to the user (“Billy has arrived safely at school!”) or trigger an action such as updating a database. Imagine a geofence that automatically checks you in to one of your favorite venues, without having to even interact with the Foursquare mobile client. Or when you leave, it checks you out so your friends aren’t wondering where you are.Dynamic GeofencesAnyone reading this post has heard of, or probably even used, a mobile app that delivers real-time and right-time information to your smartphone app: weather alerts, Amber Alerts, traffic alerts, emergency notifications. With dynamic-feed proximity-based geofencing and geofencing APIs, it’s possible to deliver these dynamic data sources just-in-time as mobile users move within geographic proximity of continuously shifting, moving-target data streams.The interesting nuance here is that the geofence location is relatively static (a traffic accident doesn’t move much), but the geofence time window is extremely dynamic (accident locations appear and disappear). This gets very interesting when you incorporate rapidly moving real-time data, like Twitter feeds. You could imagine real-time location-aware celebrity sighting notifications where I would receive an alert that Lionel Messi (the best soccer player in the world, who lead my beloved Argentina in the World Cup) was spotted and then geo-tagged and tweeted about around the corner from me. Also, think about all the “expiring assets” – movie tickets just before showtime, pizza slices post-lunch rush – these could be fed to nearby subscribers, offering discounts. Or maybe an exclusive Gilt sale that lasts a couple of hours.last_img read more

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#Analysis#cloud guest author 1 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Business Week published an article recently that talked about changes in outsourcing. They got the cloud part right – massive disruptions and changes in the IT infrastructure stack both in technology and company power positions. But they got the outsourcing part wrong. There will be big changes for large and middle-tier outsourcing companies. But the large won’t necessarily get larger. In fact, the combination of cloud and modern programming frameworks makes it perfect for small developers and medium IT shops to get a leg up on the big consulting firms, putting their models – and margins – at risk. Ken Fromm is a serial entrepreneur who has been a part of many innovation cycles. He co-founded two companies, Vivid Studios, one of the first interactive agencies in the Internet 1.0 days, and Loomia, a Web 2.0 recommendation and personalization company. He is currently working in business development for Appoxy, developing scalable cloud applications for others in the realtime and Internet of Things arenas. He can be found on Twitter at @frommww.This post explains why cloud makes for better outsourcing. More specifically, why cloud lets you keep a better eye on outsourced development, lets you more quickly correct issues that might arise, and gives you more security when taking ownership of the work.Most large firms don’t go to large IT consulting shops to get their websites designed and developed. (At least, we hope they don’t.) Design shops in combination with industrial strength content management systems (WordPress, Alfresco, and Drupal/Joomla/Zend combinations) let modest-size firms create robust sites for some of the largest companies. – and under modest budgets. The same is happening within Web app development. The combination of cloud infrastructure and programming frameworks lets a small team of developers compete on the same or even better terms than a large team of enterprise consultants and developers.A Web application is not just a SaaS or Web 2.0 service built for multi-tenant use. The increasing ease of building them means that every application becomes a Web app and that almost every company can build or commission one. They can be utilities to extend your brand. They can be critical interfaces doing business with your customers and business partners. Or they can be for internal use built on top of open source business apps or as replacement for large complex business software. Reason 1: AgilityThe most pronounced advantage to developing in the cloud is agility – the ability to work faster and get more things done. In the case of outsourced development, agility translates into the ability to ramp up development of a project as well as identify if something is going off course. The issue isn’t so much the development of the look and feel because that’s not tied to whether something is in the cloud or not (although the programming frameworks used for cloud development create common interface patterns that accelerate development). But when you start handling data and running algorithms to process the data – and when you modify the features to find out what works and what doesn’t – that’s where doing things in the cloud changes the game. This is because build-test-deploy cycles are faster using cloud infrastructure and programming frameworks. The structure and flows for a Web app can be built in a few days or weeks. Data storage components can be brought on line quickly and multiple copies or versions of test data can be cycled in and out. Configuration and data management time is reduced, and so less time is spent messing with operating environments and copying and managing data stores – which means more time developing, testing code segments and algorithms, and making sure an application will work as intended. And once you launch the application, this speed improvement extends to iterating on the design. No application is launched with the right features and flows – in fact, with minimal viable product approaches, the goal is not to get everything right, it’s to get something to users to get data. Being able to rapidly iterate based on real-world data and to rapidly add or delete features (yes, deleting features is a part of popular design approaches) makes sure you get a viable product to users sooner rather than later.Reason 2: Standard ArchitecturesStandard architectures and loosely coupled components are another benefit to using cloud infrastructure. Most IT consultants developing on managed servers will have likely have restrictions or gating factors with their infrastructure which will make development more serialized and the components more tightly configured.The cloud enforces much looser coupling between application code, operating systems, Web and application tiers, and data storing and processing. Cloud developers are forced to compartmentalize and think in distributed terms. This is in part due to the abstraction inherent in virtualization – more parts of systems are commoditized and therefore shielded from application code. Also, the components that are visible are accessed through increasingly standard distributed programming approaches.This approach pays off because one or more pieces can be modified and then combined and relaunched in hours and minutes instead of half-days and more days. And because the elements launched are copies and created on the fly, instances can be started and stopped at will with little setup or clean up. Developers can also build and test more asynchronously. Instead of running one version one day and another version another day, developers can run trials at the same time and share results the same day.Reason 3: TransparencyA third reason for reduced risk with outsourcing development is the greater transparency provided by cloud development, meaning that a more logically separated architecture in combination with rapid launch-teardown-restart mentality makes it easier to know where things are, localize and identify problem areas, and take over ownership.When you outsource development, you typically accept the language and the development environment that the IT shop specializes in. The big pieces – the operating system, Web server, database, and language – will be common and industrial strength. (Hopefully it’s a form of LAMP stack.) But with internally managed environments, the scripts that configure the system, the wiring of connections between components, and the side processes to maintain the system will all be largely custom and unique. With a system in the cloud, a number of components are shielded by the virtualization layer. Any exposed connections typically work via standard interfaces. Configuration scripts and issues are either handled by third party software or services or at least widely documented and discussed. Configuration problems, scaling issues, and growing pains will still exist. But the enforced compartmentalization and the widely exposed connections reduces the complexity and administration of the system. Cloud development and programming frameworks have led to the rapid acceptance of core design patterns. This means the application code and the system architecture will be recognizable to thousands of developers. It also means that approaches and answers are available from a number of sources – which means you can more easily take over oversight and operation of the application with less of a learning curve and less risk.SummaryRisks associated with developing applications – internally or using outside developers – will always remain. Things will go wrong regardless of the platform or method you’re using. Teams can fall flat or deliver something other than what was intended. Algorithms might not quite work right. Data can get corrupted or overwritten. Bad programming and poor project management can touch any project. But the combination of the cloud and common programming frameworks increases your chances of success – or at least, developing what you intend to develop.Photo by Kevin Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

first_imgRelated Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#Analysis#international#news#NYT#web center_img marshall kirkpatrick Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Wanted by the law across multiple countries, threatened with military action by US hawks, shut out by internet vendors from Amazon to PayPal, Wikileaks leader Julian Assange may still be named TIME Magazine’s Person of the Year for 2010. He’s currently leading in the magazine’s online poll, ahead of the Prime Minister of Turkey, Recep Erdogan, in influence score if not in votes. Erdogan is hardly uncontroversial, either, having challenged Israel vehemently and collaborating with Turkish nationalists TIME says still deny the history of the Armenian genocide. The Person of the Year award this year is basically a media statement for or against the legitimacy of Wikileaks and what it represents. The third candidate on the list might represent the perfect abdication of responsibility for answering this or any serious questions: it’s Lady Gaga.What Wikileaks RepresentsDepending on your perspective, Assange and Wikileaks probably represent one of two things. As GigaOm’s Mathew Ingram wrote this weekend, “Some argue that there is nothing journalistic about the organization whatsoever, and that it is simply a lawless group of misfits spreading information around that it doesn’t have the right to distribute, without caring for the effects of its actions.”Journalism thought leader Jay Rosen, however, calls Wikileaks “the world’s first stateless news organization.”WikiLeaks Coverage From ReadWriteWeb:Wikileaks Lets Loose “Global Intelligence Files” from Stratfor EmailsWikiLeaks May Move Servers to International Waters to Avoid Shutdown One Year After Cablegate Began, WikiLeaks’ Operations Still HandicappedTwitter, WikiLeaks and the Troubling New Implications For Online Privacy Having Ended the Iraq War, Wikileaks Runs Out of MoneyDid Google Hand a Wikileaks Volunteer’s Gmail Data to the U.S. Government? [Updated]Weekly Wrap-up: Wikileaks, Google Plus, Facebook and More…Wikileaks Takes Down the Head of Al Jazeera The organization, which isn’t at all a wiki like Wikipedia is anymore, does represent something very interesting about contemporary technology and media. This much is hard to argue with, I think, no matter your perspective: Written about by websites everywhere, spread across millions of Twitter and Facebook conversations, mirrored by hundreds of independent servers, Wikileaks represents mass accessibility of information that simply cannot be shut down, despite the best efforts of authorities. Unlike Amazon, Paypal and others, Twitter and Facebook have allowed the organization to continue using their services. Were that to change, we’d be talking about a different ball game. Neither company has responded to inquiries about their official positions on their Wikileaks accounts, but neither has shut down the accounts, either. Twitter is passing around a press statement this morning stating that it is not censoring Wikileaks from its “trending topics” section, but asked point blank about whether it will permit the Wikileaks account to remain online or whether it will be shut down, Twitter’s Matt Graves told ReadWriteWeb, “We’ve got no additional comment beyond the statement.”Genie, Meet the World Outside a BottleIt’s also notable that most of the “state secrets” being distributed by Wikileaks are allegedly from troves of information that thousands, if not millions, of people had security clearance to see already. There are 3 million people in the U.S. with some level of security clearance to access classified government documents. It’s hard to believe that malevolent actors who wanted to see what Wikileaks exposes didn’t have the opportunity to, though now the documents have been analyzed by hundreds of outside analysts, indexed by search engines and pointed to by countless websites. That scale of eyeballs, minds, machines and social connections is the biggest game changer, not the mere availability of the information.The U.S. government made the Internet fault tolerant through redundant connections. Now unflattering information about its own activities has flooded that network it helped create. The Internet is a genie that cannot be put back in the bottle.No one has forced discussion of these questions before as much as Julian Assange and Wikileaks. I expect that TIME will award Assange the Person of the Year Award, not for any of the revelations that Wikileaks exposed, but for the way it forced the issue of a radically transparent global communications network. The magazine may reference its choice of Joseph Stalin in 1939 to emphasize that the award is not a sign of approval or support, but such an award would doubtlessly confer a new sense of legitimacy to Wikileaks and the issues the organization represents.You can’t change your Facebook profile from dating to single these days without all your friends finding out – and neither can international diplomats put digital pen to paper without some concern that their words will be made available for universal access and analysis. How will that change the world of international relations? I suspect we’re about to find out. Perhaps Lady Gaga will be the Person of the Year instead, though.last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi, Jan 15 (PTI) Swashbuckling former India opener Virender Sehwag gave WWE Divas Champion Charlotte and WWE Superstar Dolph Ziggler their first taste of cricket here today. Assisted by his two children, Aryavir and Vedant, Sehwag introduced the duo to the sport and shared the techniques of batting, bowling and catching with his eager WWE pupils. Dolph and Charlotte both enjoyed the experience of batting against the former off-spinner. They also had the chance to bowl at Sehwag, who semed to resist his legendary aggressive approach of smashing the ball over the boundary. Both Dolph and Charlotte showed plenty of promise as up-and-coming cricketers, having played baseball and softball respectively to a high standard in the USA. “That was an awesome experience, and were grateful to Virender for giving us our first taste of playing cricket,” said Dolph. WWE Live India will see Dolph and Charlotte join WWE Superstars including World Heavyweight Champion Roman Reigns, Big Show, Demon Kane, and many more at the Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium tonight and tomorrow. WWE fans will see history being made as former World Kabaddi League champion, Lovepreet Singh, and two-time Kushti national heavyweight champion, Satinder Del Pal, make their WWE in-ring debuts in their home nation. PTI ATK ATKlast_img read more

first_imgCommonwealth Games 2010 bronze medallist and renowned para swimmer Prasanta Karmakar was banned for three years by Paralympic Committee of India on Thursday.The Paralympic Committee took the big step against athlete-turned-coach Karmakar for recording video of female swimmers.The incident took place during the National Para Swimming Championship, which was held in Jaipur from March 31, 2017 to April 3, 2017.The PCI revealed that Karmakar has been suspended after a written complaint regarding acts of misconduct, misbehavior and manhandling by the Arjuna awardee swimmer was reported.”He (Karmakar) gave a camera to one of his associates and asked him to make video films of female swimmers during the event. When the parents of those swimmers objected, the person making videos was called by Dr. V.K. Dabas, chairman, para swimming, PCI, wherein he told that the camera was given to him by Karmakar under instructions to make the said video films,” the PCI said.”The person was stopped but soon after that, similar complaint was received again and this time, Prasanta Karmakar was himself making videos of female swimmers with camera on tripod despite objection from their parents,” the statement added.Even after Karmakar was asked to delete the videos, he argued as to why his man was stopped from making a video before refusing to delete the same.”Karmakar was called by the chairman wherein, he, in full anger, asked the chairman and other office bearers of PCI that why they were stopping his man from making the video upon which he was told that the act was being objected to by parents of the swimmers. Karmakar asked the PCI office bearers to show written objections on which the objecting parents immediately submitted their written complaints. Karmakar argued with Dr. Dabas and Mahipal Singh Arya from Haryana saying that he was an Arjuna awardee and refused to delete the video recordings of said swimmers,” the PCI said.advertisementMeanwhile, Karmakar was also detained by police, though he was released later after he agreed to delete the videos and photos recorded by him and his associate.The PCI further said that it has also directed the Haryana Sports department to take strict disciplinary action against Karamkar for his above ‘intentional wrongdoings, misbehavior’ and indiscipline””Having taken into consideration the act, conduct, behavior, response of Prasanta Karmakar and the gravity of events, Prasanta Karmakar, swimmer, be suspended and is hereby suspended from participation and sponsorship in any sports event by PCI for a period of three years w.e.f: 20.01.2018 and recommendations be also made to his employer i.e. Haryana Sports department to take strict disciplinary action against him for his above intentional wrongdoings, misbehavior and indiscipline,” the PCI said.Karmakar has been one of India’s most decorated para swimmers for more than a decade winning as many as 37 medals in the international arena.Karmakar, who was the coach of India’s paralympic swimming team for 2016 Rio Paralympics, is the only Indian to have won a medal at the World Swimming Championship (2003). On top of that, he was the most decorated Indian swimmer at the 2009 International Wheelchair and Amputee Sports (IWAS) World Games in Bangalore, where he won four gold medals, two silver and a bronze medal.Karmakar is also the only Indian swimmer to have won a medal at the Commonwealth Games. He has three Asian Games medals (2006, 2010, 2014) to his name.He is the Paralympic swimming Asian record holder in 50m Butterfly, 50m Breaststroke and 50m Backstroke and is also the Paralympic National Record holder in four events — 50m Freestyle, 100m Freestyle, 100m Backstroke and 200m Individual Medley.Karmakar was bestowed with the Arjuna Award in 2011 and the Major Dhyan Chand Award in 2015.This news comes just a few days after former USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar was sentenced to life imprisonment by Michigan court for molesting girls on the pretext of treating them.Nearly 200 victims gave horrifying testimony of their experience in the court. He is also serving a 60-year federal term for child pornography convictions.(With inputs from ANI)last_img read more