New contract for Julio Jones is a risk worth taking for the Falcons

first_img To Jones’ credit, and in a wise move that creates good will with Atlanta’s front office, he is not saying much publicly about his contract status. He is not holding out of training camp, and he was present for Atlanta’s mandatory minicamp two weeks ago after missing voluntary OTAs. Jones referred to Arthur Blank’s recent comment in which the team owner said of an extension, “It will happen. It’s a matter of when.”Added Jones about Blank: “He said they are going to get something done, and his word is gold. As for me, I just hold up my end and stay ready.”MORE: Falcons-Saints still among the NFL’s best rivalries in 2019Jones is coming off his fifth consecutive season with at least 1,400 receiving yards. His 1,677 yards last year led all receivers, and he was selected to his sixth Pro Bowl. He is almost always double-covered but still gets open for quarterback Matt Ryan with his rare combination of size and speed. The only potential knock on Jones is that he has only one season of double-digit touchdown receptions (10 in 2012).But Jones does have six playoff touchdowns. Dimitroff knows the receiver has played well on the big stage of the postseason, averaging close to eight catches and over 100 receiving yards per game in his eight career playoff games.And let’s also remember that the Falcons GM thought so highly of Jones in the 2011 NFL Draft, he traded five picks — including two first-rounders — to move up to No. 6 overall and select the Alabama star.NFL UNIFORM RANKINGS: How the Falcons can improve their look To the contrary, Jones is expecting the Falcons to deliver on a perceived promise to give him a top-market extension now that he has two years remaining on the $14.25 million-per-year contract he signed in 2015. At the time, the deal made Jones the league’s highest-paid receiver, but he quickly was surpassed by Brown ($17 million per year) and then Beckham ($18 million per year). Now the Saints’ Michael Thomas is the NFL’s highest-paid wide receiver with his deal worth $20 million per year.MORE: Only one WR ranks higher than Jones on SN’s top 25 listJones, 30, is four years older than both Thomas and Beckham, so it surely is a bit scary for Atlanta general manager Thomas Dimitroff to commit with a deal that could take Jones to his mid-30s.However, Brown is the same age as Jones, a fact that lends support to the case for Jones to be paid like Brown was when his contract was acquired by the Raiders via trade. The ex-Steeler’s deal was fortified to the tune of an additional $11 million.The problem for Dimitroff is he apparently boxed himself in when he took $2.9 million from Jones‘ 2019 base salary and pushed it up to 2018 in order to get the receiver to report to camp last August. The GM did so with a promise to do an extension this year. Now Jones’ salaries of $9.6 million this season and $11.426 million in 2020 lag even further behind those of Thomas, Beckham and Brown.MORE: NFL’s highest-paid players; Thomas joins Beckham on listI can empathize with Dimitroff. As the Vikings’ GM, I was in a similar position when I extended Hall of Fame wide receiver Cris Carter in 1998. At 32, Carter was coming off his sixth straight Pro Bowl season, and he had set an NFL record with 122 catches four years earlier.Carter was an integral part of our prolific offense in Minnesota, and I felt that rewarding him was important to show our players how hard work and great play would result in a great contract. I made Carter equal to the highest-paid receivers at the time with his five-year, $26 million deal, and he played up to the contract with several more Pro Bowl seasons. He also mentored a young Randy Moss in the latter’s Rookie of the Year season.The bucks are a lot bigger these days, thus creating a bigger risk for Dimitroff and the Falcons. But as was the case for me with Carter, I think Dimitroff must negotiate a market-setting deal for Jones.And the Falcons GM can feel the same way I did; that he will be paying big money for a player who has been consistently productive and durable over most of his career. In this era of the diva wide receiver, Julio Jones doesn’t fit the mold. He is not a flamboyant headline-seeker, yet his numbers suggest he is the best wide receiver in the NFL.Unlike Odell Beckham Jr. and Antonio Brown, who make life stressful for their team owners, general managers and coaches with their on- and off-field antics, Jones is the model player and teammate. But that doesn’t mean he is happy with his contractcenter_img Perhaps the Falcons were waiting to see whether the Saints would give Thomas the $20 million-plus-per-year extension he reportedly was seeking.In any event, and despite any age concerns, Atlanta wants a happy Julio Jones lining up on opening day in Minnesota on Sept. 8. And a three-year extension with at least the $20 million per year Thomas got in new money (including guaranteed money in excess of $40 million) would make that vision a reality.Jeff Diamond is a former president of the Titans and former vice president/general manager of the Vikings. He was selected NFL Executive of the Year in 1998. Diamond is currently a business and sports consultant who also does broadcast and online media work. He makes speaking appearances to corporate/civic groups and college classes on negotiation and sports business/sports management. He is the former chairman and CEO of The Ingram Group. Follow Jeff on Twitter: @jeffdiamondNFL.last_img read more

RBC Teens Bring American Friendship to Cuba

first_imgBy Muriel J. SmithRED BANK – Let the governments of the United States and Cuba quibble and argue over their policies, but two volleyball players from Red Bank Catholic High School took positive action last week and demonstrated to Cuban teenagers just how friendly Americans really are.Junior Catherine Curtin of Atlantic Highlands and senior Ava Zockoll of Bay Head spent a week in Havana, traveling with parents Dan and Tricia Curtin and Nancy Zockoll, under the auspices of Cuba Educational Travel, to bring GUEST – the Girls Universal Empowerment Sports Tour – to this third world country which suffers as much poverty and need as many other nations where assistance programs are already in place.It was Catherine’s idea to bring friendship, knowledge, and the start of an easy camaraderie among young people in the largest city of a country 90 miles off the U.S. Southern border. “I was fortunate enough to travel with my parents to Cambodia several years ago,” Catherine said, “and the sight of the poverty there has remained with me since then. I wanted to do something to help someone less fortunate than us, and with Cuba just opening for American visitors again, I thought that would be the perfect place.”Pavel Garcia of Barrio Habana (center, green shirt) accompanied the group to the nightly cannon firing at Morro Fortress. Volleyball coach Reyneer (far left) and Muriel Smith (blue shirt) also joined the entourage.Catherine also knew that as popular as volleyball is in the United States, it’s even more so in other countries. So, with the help of her parents, Catherine contacted the American Embassy in Cuba who put her in touch with Cuba Educational Travel and GUEST, Catherine’s newly formed group, was launched.Catherine’s teammate senior Ava Zockoll, captain of the RBC girls’ team who also plays for Central Jersey Volleyball Academy, and a seasoned traveler herself, was ready, willing and able to take on the challenge of bringing American friendship to Cuba.Cuba Educational Travel put them in touch with Pavel Garcia Valdes and his wife Sandra Sotolongo Iglesias of Proyecto Comunitario Barrio Habana. The couple work tirelessly on the streets of Havana to give a better life to people of all ages. Pavel is as comfortable and efficient encouraging a group of teens on the street through the educational and social aspects of improving their lives as he is trying to find enough drinking water to keep a day care center open so senior citizens can enjoy the friendship and social benefits of others of all ages.All good things must come to an end – Curtin and Zockoll felt the new friendships they formed made a positive impact on their counterparts’ opinion of the U.S. On the last day, there were tears and promises of return visits.The American teens came to Cuba armed with gifts for their soon-to-be friends – volleyball nets, kneepads, volleyballs, game shirts in two colors for opposing team play, as well as open hearts and huge smiles. They left the comfort of air-conditioned gyms and well-polished courts and quickly adjusted to old, cracked concrete outdoor courts with boundary lines faded by the hot sun. All play was wrapped up by noon on any day when afternoon temps went well into the mid-90s.Volleyball, the warm-ups and exercises are all international, so not knowing the language did not present a disadvantage. What were shy exchanges of broken English and Spanish on the first day turned to laughs and friendly handshakes on the next, and later genuine laughter and friendship. On the last day, there were tears when they said their goodbyes amid promises of return visits.“If you can help people in one way, such as by sharing a sport, then you can connect on another level,” Catherine explained. She was surprised at the English speaking skills – however limited – that many of the girls had, and loved the welcoming attitude they exuded from the very first day.Ava agreed, pointing out that one of the reasons she wanted the experience was to be absorbed in another culture and help people with fewer opportunities than she herself has. She was surprised the Cuban teens did not appear to be as poverty-stricken as she had heard they were, and was impressed not only by the quality of the coaches but also their intensity and excellence in training the girls. Both teens commented on how polite, courteous, and well-mannered their Cuban counterparts were.Afternoons were spent with Pavel and an Educational Travel rep who took the American visitors through a series of cultural and educational experiences including a visit to a senior care center where the oldest client at 102, walks from his home on the third floor of a once well-maintained apartment the few blocks to the center where he can enjoy games, friendship, song and meals with other older Cubans. The group also visited a third floor walk-up apartment of a husband and wife renowned for their hip-hop music in clubs and cabarets across the country. The couple, who are black, were eager to speak about racism and said they both believe strongly it exists in Cuba.There was also a visit with Edel Bordon and his wife, Marina, and their children Pablo and Lucy. One of the finest artists in the country, Edel teaches art in his large and elegant 10th floor apartment overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, a home filled with the artwork of both Bardon and his students, as well as the photography of son Pablo.In between, there was a salsa dance lesson and a visit to Morro Castle where they experienced the nightly cannon firing by Cuban soldiers, dressed in colonial garb which dates back to the Spanish rule of the 17th century. Citizens set their watches by this 9 p.m. ritual, which commemorates the centuries when the cannon was fired each evening to tell residents to hurry behind the protective walls of the fortress before the gates were locked against marauders, pirates, and other evils.Although trips to private homes and historic sites were all planned by Cuba Educational Travel, the group could go their own way individually or together in the afternoons and evenings. Even with the limited experience, both Catherine and Ava felt they had made new friendships and had a positive effect on their counterparts’ opinion of the United States.Ava felt the best gift she left behind was showing the Cuban students they too can meet and interact with people they have never met in a positive way. Catherine agreed, and felt she also had given her new friends a better understanding of the American people.last_img read more

Donegal man Tommy goes down a “bomb” in The Restaurant

first_imgDonegal man Tommy Martin is the final celebrity taking on the HeadChef Challenge in Virgin Media One’s ‘The Restaurant’ tomorrow night (Thurs).The final episode of the new series of ‘The Restaurant’ with Marco Pierre White and Rachel Allen airs on Virgin Media One at 9pm.This week it’s the Annagry man’s turn to take on our Head Chef Challenge. Tommy, who’s a sports presenter and columnist, is a Donegal man with Italian blood.His Italian grandmother fed the family in the best traditions of Italy and Ireland, encouraging her extended brood to enjoy pasta as well as potatoes, so naturally, Tommy’s menu has an Italian influence.Tommy and the crew from The Restaurant including Ramelton chef Gary O’Hanlon.For starters, Tommy made Lobster & Greencastle Crab Bisque with Scallops & Langoustine, honouring his home county of Donegal.For mains, Tommy served Duck Confit with Gratin Dauphinoise & Irish Purple Sprouting Broccoli. Sadly, the dish didn’t go down well with the critics, Rachel Allen found the duck “lovely and tender, but a bit unimaginative”. The second main course was Loin of Lamb with Salsa Verde & Caponata that went down well with Marco, who commented, “I like big flavours, and this ticks all the boxes for me”.For desserts, Tommy served, a Pistachio & Almond Cake with Lemon Ripple Ice Cream. The cake recipe came from Tommy’s wife Catriona.And the second dessert, Chocolate Bombe with Strawberry Ice Cream & Hot Chocolate Sauce, was from a happy family holiday in France and Tommy’s two children; Isla and James who just loved it. Sadly, the bomb did not ignite the Critics’ table. Marco commented “I don’t think I can eat this”.The Restaurant is hosted in Marco Pierre White Courtyard Bar & Grill Donnybrook.Donegal man Tommy goes down a “bomb” in The Restaurant was last modified: October 21st, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:the restaurantTommy Martinlast_img read more

A fond farewell to retiring St Eunan’s principal and teachers – Picture Special

first_imgThe staff of St Eunan’s College Letterkenny have paid tribute to four special colleagues on their retirement this year.Staff from St. Eunan’s Collage that attended the retirement function for Chris Darby, Anne Coll and Sean Carr at Rockilll House . Photo Brian McDaid.Some of the school’s long-serving staff members will be putting their feet up after decades of teaching. While their influence on the school and countless students will last forever, they will no doubt be greatly missed from the corridors and classrooms of the school.The St. Eunan’s function at Rockhill House was a special chance for the team to wish Chris Darby, Anne Coll, Sean Carr and Dr Joe Gallagher a very happy retirement. Retirement function for from left seated Anne Coll, Principal Chris Darby and Sean Carr. Also pictured from left were Colm Mc Fadden, Principal Damien McCrory Siobhan Melvin and and Former Principal , Fr. Michael Carney. Photo Brian McDaid.Chris Darby:Chris arrived in St Eunan’s College in 2009, leaving Ballyshannon as Deputy Principal to take up Principalship in St Eunan’s College. Chris was the first Lay Principal and would spend the next 10 years enhancing teaching and learning, maintaining standards set by his predecessors and introduce various curriculum changes. The Board of Management, Staff, Students, Parents and the wider community wish him well in his retirement and thank him most sincerely for his continued support to St Eunan’s College.Chris Darby retiring principal with his wife Ann with sons Daniel and Christopher at his retirement function at Rockilll House .Anne Coll: Anne Coll BSc H.Dip came to St.Eunan’s in 1986 until 2019. She taught Science and Maths to Junior Cert and Biology to Leaving Cert. She was head of the Science Department until she became Deputy Principal in 2015. We would like to take this opportunity to thank Anne for her dedication and hard work to St Eunan’s College. She will be remembered for her kindness and patience to all students and staff. We would like to wish her every happiness on her retirement.Anne Coll Deputy Principal at her retirement function at Rockhill House with Andrew DohertySean Carr:Sean Carr taught in the college from 1988-2019. During that time he taught Irish, Maths, Geography and PE before moving on to teach and work in the SEN department. Sean coached school soccer teams to many successes including an All- Ireland Schools Senior title in 2004. He was chairman of the FAI Schools for 6years and also managed the Irish School Boys for two successful campaigns. Sean was Shop Stewart in St. Eunan’s for 20 years and he was elected to the Standing Committee of the ASTI during this time. We would like to thank Sean for his knowledge and understanding of union matters. He was very supportive to all colleagues. We wish him every happiness in the future. Chris Darby, Anne Coll and Sean Carr pictured at their retirement function at Rockhill House.Dr Joe Gallagher: (Unfortunately, Dr Joe Gallagher was unable to be present as he had a prior engagement)Dr Joe Gallagher taught in the College form Sept 1998 – 2019.   During his time here Dr Joe Gallagher taught Economics. Joe Gallagher was our Career Guidance Counsellor and was also the LCA Co-Ordinator. We thank Joe for his dedication and commitment to the students of St Eunan’s College and wish him a long and happy retirement.  See more photos from the function, by Brian McDaid, below: Siobhan Melvin, and Colm Mc Fadden with Principal Damien McCrory at Rockilll House.Catherine Kavanagh, Marie McElwaine, Shanon Gildea, Ciara Boyle and Elaine DonagheyFamily members Annie, Catriona and Meg pictured with Sean Carr at his retirement function at Rockhill House.Daniel Monaghan, Garry McDaid and Paddy TunneyMartina Gormley, Paddy Tunney and Elis Masterson.Rose Crawford, Lisa Gallagher, Marie McGonagle and Siobhan MelvinNiamh Mc Cay, Mary Mc Keever and James Finnigan.Ellis Masterson, Micheal Cullen and James GordonMonica Gribbin, Damien Mc Crory and Colm McFaddenA fond farewell to retiring St Eunan’s principal and teachers – Picture Special was last modified: December 19th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:retirementSt.Eunan’s Collegelast_img read more

Saving water all in a day’s work

first_imgThe rainwater is collected and stored in an underground dam on the Vodacom premises. (Image: Vodacom)Thembani Jwambi of Vodacom hopes that other companies will follow Vodacom’s example in stepping up efforts to save water.Water is pumped from the storage dam to the cooling plant, and any excess is used to irrigate the gardens.(Images: Janine Erasmus)MEDIA CONTACTS • Andile April  Specialist: media projects at Vodacom  +27 11 653 5082 or +27 79 141 7109RELATED ARTICLES • New solutions for water conservation • Going underground for water • SA’s drinking water is top class • Rewarding efforts to save the planet • Keeping the water balanceJanine ErasmusSustainability was the name of the game at the launch of South Africa’s largest commercial rainwater harvesting project, located at the Midrand head office of mobile provider Vodacom.The R4.2-million (US$459 000) project is expected to reduce Vodacom’s usage of municipal water for cooling by up to 40%. Fittingly, it’s been completed in the UN-declared International Year of Water Co-operation. Over the last 10 years, says UN Water, global water use has been growing at double the population growth rate, and is unsustainable.“Corporates, even those that don’t use a lot of water, can make a significant on society and the environment by introducing conservation measures,” says Maya Makanjee, the company’s CO of corporate affairs. She also sits on the board of the World Wide Fund for Nature, South Africa.Decisions taken today will affect future generations more, says Makanjee, because water is available now whereas people in years to come may face greater challenges in accessing the resource. Rainwater harvesting is a technique that has been proven effective in conserving water.Thembani Jwambi, Vodacom’s executive head of facilities, says there were a number of compelling reasons for initiating the project. Firstly, the company wanted to reduce its reliance on municipal water and reduce the volume of municipal water it uses in the HVAC cooling plant in its Commercial Park building.Also, rainwater would require fewer chemicals for treatment, which in turn would help the environment, and lastly, it would contribute positively to the bottom line.The company started on its water-saving drive by filling in the manmade water features and pools on its premises, replacing them with water-wise gardens. In addition, waste water from the cooling plant was used for irrigation. The savings from these efforts amounted to about 15%, but Vodacom wanted to do more.Tackling the water usage of the cooling plant, the team felt, was a way to substantially reduce overall water consumption. The plant uses about 30 megalitres of water every year, but now 12 of those megalitres – or 40% of the demand – are supplied entirely from rainwater. One megalitre is a million litres.Based on 50-year data reflecting annual rainfall in the area, which was calculated at 537mm per year, the company was able to determine the optimal size for an underground dam to collect the monthly downpour.“The capacity of the dam is one megalitre, which is what we are able to harvest every month,” says Jwambi, “and the catchment area is 0.4 square kilometres.”Those million litres a month, which would normally run away into the stormwater drain, are now diverted to Vodacom’s Commercial Park.The water is not exposed to any chemicals, and the only treatment is a filtration process. Monitoring of quality and quantity is automated, and because there is a non-return valve in place, there is no danger of the untreated rainwater and municipal water coming into contact.Excess water will be used to irrigate the gardens.Vodacom aims to become known as a leader in the field of corporate water conservation. “We want to tell other companies that we did it, and they can do it too,” says Jwambi.“Every drop counts. All of us in South Africa need to realise that water conservation doesn’t depend only on the government,” says Phakamisa Mgedezi, programme manager for rainwater harvesting at the Department of Water Affairs. “Rainwater harvesting is not a new idea because people in rural areas have practised it for years, but these days it’s well suited to urban areas because there are better structures in place.”Future demand exceeding supplyBy 2030, an extra 52% of water will be in demand from urban centres, agriculture and industry around the world. Unless steps are taken now to cut down on water usage, the demand will outstrip the supply by 17%, predicts the 2030 Water Resources Group.South Africa’s special challenge, says the group in a report titled Charting our Water Future, lies in the fact that demand is projected at 17.7-million megalitres by 2030, with 34% of this demand coming from households. However, the country currently supplies 15-million megalitres, and not all of that can be guaranteed for the future.“At WWF we are faced by challenges such as preserving wetlands. This issue and others that centre on water availability and scarcity are crucial for the African continent. Today water is available, but we need to look to the future,” says Makanjee.Wetlands are important because they help to purify and store water, thus ensuring a supply during times of drought. They help to minimise flood damage because they regulate water flow, and they control soil erosion. They also provide a home for a wide range of plants and animals, and they are an important source of food and drinking and irrigation water for poor communities. Yet, 50% of South Africa’s precious wetlands have been lost, says Makanjee, and others are suffering under pollution from industrial effluent.“Water availability affects not only society,” she says, “but the economy too, because many companies rely on water for the operations. Vodacom has taken on the responsibility for reducing its water footprint.”last_img read more

2017 NTL Referee Upgrades

first_imgLevel 6OpenTim Ah SeePhilip BalcombeChristopher BensteadPatrick CostiganJake DavisJustin HillDean MacDonaldRobert McKayAlexander McCahonAdam TurnerAndrew WatkinsAlison WattersNicole WestAndrew YonSeniorPeter CrampIvan GiammarcoJoshua LittlePaul RichardsonDavid TewkesburyJohn Viklund Monday, March 20, 2017Congratulations to the following referees on receiving upgrades at the 2017 National Touch League.Level 4OpenTess LeahyJack Van Lohuizen 2017 NTL Referee Upgradescenter_img Level 5OpenMatt ButlerAlec ClarkIsaac CossonVince CostiganMike EllisLachlan FreshwaterBen HarrisAdam HoganMitchell KennedyPatrick MoranJonathon PowyerBenjamin RogersLawren SullivanSeniorAnthony BradleyCraig ButlerSimon BernieJohn ClarkPaul KeyteMike KenderesJoe MercuriMark MontgomeryGregory OatenBrendan O’FlynnDarren Tomslast_img read more

Universes 1st molecule detected in space

first_imgBerlin: Scientists have detected the most ancient type of molecule in our universe in space for the first time ever. Helium hydride ion (HeH+) was the first molecule that formed when, almost 14 billion years ago, falling temperatures in the young universe allowed recombination of the light elements produced in the Big Bang. At that time, ionised hydrogen and neutral helium atoms reacted to form HeH+, said researchers from The Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy (MPIfR) in Germany. Despite its importance in the history of the early Universe, HeH+ has so far escaped detection in astrophysical nebulae — cloud of gas and dust in outer space. Operating the GREAT far-infrared spectrometer onboard the flying observatory SOFIA, an international team reported unambiguous detection of the molecule towards the planetary nebula NGC 7027. During the dawn of chemistry when the temperature in the young universe had fallen below 4000 Kelvin, the ions of the light elements (hydrogen, helium, deuterium and traces of lithium) produced in Big Bang nucleosynthesis recombined in reverse order of their ionisation potential. Helium combined first with free electrons to form the first ever neutral atom, according to the study published in the journal Nature. At that time hydrogen was still ionised or present in form of bare protons. Helium atoms combined with these protons into the helium hydride ion HeH+, the universe’s first molecular bond. As recombination progressed, HeH+ reacted with then neutral hydrogen and created a first path to the formation of molecular hydrogen — marking the beginning of the modern universe. Despite its unquestioned importance in the history of the early Universe, the HeH+ molecule has so far escaped detection in interstellar space, researchers said. Studied in the laboratory as long ago as 1925, dedicated searches during the last decades have been unsuccessful, thereby challenging our understanding of the underlying chemical networks, they said. “The chemistry of the universe began with HeH+. The lack of definitive evidence of its very existence in interstellar space has been a dilemma for astronomy for a long time,” said Rolf Gusten from the MPIfR. In the late 1970s, astro-chemical models suggested the possibility that HeH+ might exist at detectable abundances in local astrophysical nebulae, and would be most easily observed in so-called planetary nebula, ejected by Sun-like stars in the last stage of their lifetime. The hard radiation field produced by the central white dwarf star with a temperature of more than 100,000 degrees drives ionisation fronts into the ejected envelope, where HeH+ is predicted to form.last_img read more

Multiple Voter IDs Court issues summons to UP Delhi EC on complaint

first_imgNew Delhi: A Delhi court Wednesday issued summons to the state election commissions of Uttar Pradesh and Delhi on a complaint against Sunita Kejriwal, wife of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, for allegedly having two voter identity cards. Metropolitan Magistrate Shaifali Barnala Tondon took cognisance on the complaint filed by Delhi BJP spokesperson Harish Khurana and issued summons to authorised officials of the state Election Commission of both Uttar Pradesh and Delhi to bring all relevant records related to Sunita Kejriwal. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework The court then posted the matter for hearing on June 3. The criminal complaint filed by Khurana in Delhi’s Tis Hazari court alleges that Sunita Kejriwal possesses two identity cards, one from Uttar Pradesh’s Ghaziabad parliamentary constituency and another from Chandni Chowk. “In complete disregard to the electoral processes and norms and in order to wrongfully give advantage to the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), in which her husband is the national convener, the accused is deliberately and intentionally maintaining her name in the electoral roll at two different places,” Khuranna has alleged in his petition. Also Read – Trio win Nobel Medicine Prize for work on cells, oxygen Khuranna has sought directions to the Delhi Police to investigate offences under sections 17 and 31 of the Representation of the People Act (RPA), 1950, besides other sections. Section 17 of the RPA provides that no person is entitled to be enrolled as a voter in more than one constituency and its violation is a criminal offence punishable with a maximum imprisonment of one year. Section 31 of the act makes false declaration in the matter of inclusion or exclusion of voter rolls punishable with up to one year in prison.last_img read more