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Laois GAA officially propose Cheddar Plunkett for second stint as hurling boss

first_img Electric Picnic Laois GAA officially propose Cheddar Plunkett for second stint as hurling boss Electric Picnic Electric Picnic Facebook Twitter TAGSLaois County BoardLaois GAALaois senior hurlersSeamus ‘Cheddar’ Plunkett The Laois GAA Executive Committee officially proposed that Seamus ‘Cheddar’ Plunkett becomes the senior hurling manager for 2021 at a meeting last night.Last week it was revealed that the Portlaoise native was the preferred choice of the selection committee to take on the role.That group was headed up by Ballinakill hurler Eamon Jackman and they were tasked with finding a replacement for Eddie Brennan who departed last month. Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Twittercenter_img Previous articleCouncil and local business groups combine to urge people to shop local this ChristmasNext articleLocal drivers named as ‘Transport Heroes’ for outstanding service through lockdowns and restrictions Alan HartnettStradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016. Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date WhatsApp WhatsApp Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival Pinterest By Alan Hartnett – 8th December 2020 Home Sport GAA Laois GAA officially propose Cheddar Plunkett for second stint as hurling boss SportGAAHurlingLaois Senior Hurling Team Seamus Dooley from Rosenallis and David O’Brien from Clonad were also on the three-man committee that recommended Plunkett for the Laois job.In a statement last night, Laois GAA confirmed this move.They said: “Laois GAA management committee are delighted to propose Seamus Plunkett as Senior Hurling Manager to Laois County Committee with confirmation of his back room team and management to be confirmed at a later date.”The next step in the process will see Cheddar’s name being put before the clubs before he is formally ratified in the role.It’s understood that Plunkett is currently finalising his backroom team.The Portlaoise man was previously in charge from 2012 to 2016 when he turned Laois into a competitive side following a couple of very disappointing seasons prior to that under Teddy McCarthy and Brendan Fennelly.Since then he has been involved at club level with his native Portlaoise and with James Stephens in Kilkenny whom he previously guided to a senior county final and was only narrowly beaten by Ballyhale Shamrocks in this year’s semi-final.He has also had a high profile nationally due to his role as a regular pundit on Colm Parkinson’s GAA Hour Podcast.It’s understood that Offaly club Birr had approached Plunkett with a view to taking over there in 2021 but he was subsequently offered, and accepted, the Laois job.SEE ALSO – Moment in Time: 20 years on from the final curtain call for the old Portlaoise cinema Electric Picnic apply to Laois County Council for new date for this year’s festivallast_img read more

Blog: Huawei deserves credit for tackling security claims head-on

first_img Huawei’s global PR team certainly had a frenetic start to December, with three major setbacks coming over just a few days.First there were reports BT’s mobile unit plans to remove Huawei gear from its 4G core network, then the vendor’s CFO was held in Canada on alleged trade sanction violations and the next week all of Japan’s mobile players said they don’t plan to use the vendor’s 5G kit.Instead of waiting for the furore to subside over the upcoming holidays and ease into the new year, the Shenzhen-based company called a press conference with its rotating chairman Ken Hu (pictured) and gave media their first glimpse of its Structural Material and Mechanics Lab, which focuses on heat dissipation and anti-corrosion technologies.While the R&D centre visit was mostly for show (highlighting various innovations), the two-hour Q&A with the chief was indeed substantial. (In an unusual move it also released the full transcript of the event the next day.)Hu didn’t shy away from the hard questions. He started by stating security concerns are disingenuously raised as excuses to block market competition and insisted labelling the company as a security risk should be based on real evidence, which needs to be shared with operators, Huawei or the public.Responding to a question about fears it could spy on behalf of the Chinese government, he said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs recently formally clarified that no law requires domestic companies to install mandatory backdoors.“Just like the US and Australia, China also has certain legal requirements for counter terrorism or cyber security objectives,” he explained.Focus on positivesDespite recent setbacks, Hu highlighted the positives: “We don’t see operators saying they want to swap out Huawei equipment. On the contrary, out of the hundreds of operators we work with in the world, almost all of them are saying they want to work with Huawei…because they know we are the best. Only by using the best equipment can they build up their 5G networks faster and can they build up their 5G networks in a more cost-competitive way.”He also emphasised the disadvantages operators face when not allowed to use its gear, noting bans would slow adoption of new technology, increase costs for network deployments and raise prices for consumers.“If Huawei could compete in the US for 5G deployment from 2017 to 2020, some $20 billion of capital expenditure in wireless infrastructure would be saved, according to some economists,” he declared.The point is that Huawei, which expects revenue to top $100 billion this year and already claims 25 5G commercial contracts, is not backing down from the fight and intends to proactively address the security concerns raised by the US and many of its allies, which is the reason behind the equipment bans in a growing number of markets.Its recent ‘openness’ is in stark contrast to its earlier PR strategies.A Hong Kong-based PR executive, who asked not to be identified, told Mobile World Live that the company, rather than taking defensive or retaliatory action, has done everything possible to openly acknowledge the issues it faces and address them with media, industry and authorities.The executive added: “This front-foot positive engagement is a notable shift from many Asian and Chinese companies that typically batten down the hatches and withdraw from all engagement. Huawei is to be commended for its response given the dire situation it faces.”As The Economist noted in this week’s edition, it is impossible for Huawei to prove a negative, for example, that it is not spying. It all comes down to its reputation and trust from its clients, third-party agencies and governments.Addressing the spreading concerns will be the company’s biggest challenge over the next year or so: talking up its successes and sharing plans to mitigate risks and soothe worries is a good place to start.The editorial views expressed in this article are solely those of the author and will not necessarily reflect the views of the GSMA, its Members or Associate Members. Subscribe to our daily newsletter Back Blog Blog: How is chip shortage affecting US? AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 20 DEC 2018 Joseph Waring Tags Joseph Waring joins Mobile World Live as the Asia editor for its new Asia channel. Before joining the GSMA, Joseph was group editor for Telecom Asia for more than ten years. In addition to writing features, news and blogs, he… Read more Authorcenter_img Previous ArticleT-Mobile blasts allegations of coverage fraudNext ArticleApple shifts strategy in Qualcomm battle Blog: Driving through a Covid-proof event HomeBlog Blog: Huawei deserves credit for tackling security claims head-on Blog: Will others follow TSMC in US move? Related cyber securityHuaweilast_img read more

It Turns Out You Really Were Moving the Thing on the Ouija Board

first_imgA new study hooked up eye trackers to people who were using a Ouija board, and the researchers found that, yeah, everyone was pushing it a little bit.  Sorry to ruin your first experience with crossovers from the spirit world. Remember that slumber party when you were a kid where someone busted out the Ouija board . . . it spelled out some random stuff . . . and then you took turns accusing each other of pushing the thing to affect the results? Well . . . it turns out you were all guilty.last_img

Sappi buys Finnish paper firm for R8.9bn

first_img30 September 2008 An increase of Sappi’s European graphic paper production capacity from 2.6 million tons per annum to 4.5 million tons per annum The transaction has received the support of Allan Gray and RMB Asset Managers, who manage some 34% of Sappi’s shareholding, and the deal now only awaits regulatory approval from competition authorities in the US and Europe. South African multinational paper and pulp giant Sappi is to acquire the coated graphic paper business of M-real for €750-million (about US$1.1-billion or R8.9-billion), subject to a purchase price adjustment for net debt and working capital. An enhancement of Sappi’s leading position in the coated fine paper sector in Europe and globally Significant synergies from the acquisition, which should result in savings of approximately €120-million over a three-year period, through maximising capacity utilisation and distribution, integration of sales and administration and rationalising manufacturing across the Sappi group “We are excited about the transaction and the benefits it brings to Sappi, the industry, as well as to our existing and new customers,” said Boettger. “The products and brands which have been acquired are an excellent complement to our strong market offering, enabling us to offer our existing, as well as new customers in Europe, north America and globally, a broader range of products coupled with excellent customer service.” “This transaction is in line with Sappi’s stated intention to improve profitability and returns, and to seek out opportunities that will add value to and grow Sappi’s business as a market leader in coated fine paper and chemical cellulose.” “This acquisition will significantly strengthen Sappi’s market position in Europe and globally by combining M-real’s strong brands and assets with Sappi’s already powerful product offering,” Sappi CEO Ralph Boettger said in a statement this week. Boettger said that the company had built its global footprint through the acquisition and integration of businesses in north America and Europe, and the acquisition provided an opportunity for the company to achieve its goal of becoming the most profitable company in the pulp, paper and chemical sectors in which it operates. According to the statement, the acquisition will result in the following benefits for the company: SAinfo reporter An expansion of Sappi’s wood-free coated product offering and customer base, as well as the addition of the strong brands and significant market position of M-real’s magazine paper Global expansion Two paper mills, situated in Sweden and Finland, will remain in the ownership of Finnish-based M-real, and continue as contract producers for Sappi under supply agreements. The transaction includes the acquisition of M-real’s coated graphic paper operations, its brands and technical expertise, as well as four coated graphic paper mills in Europe. These are situated at Kirkniemi and Kangas in Finland, Stockstadt in Germany and Biberist in Switzerland. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

BEE ‘must involve active empowerment’

first_img1 November 2012Black economic empowerment (BEE) needs to shift from supporting passive shareholding to promoting a more active and productive empowerment of black people across South Africa’s economy, says Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies.Speaking at a New Age business briefing in Sandton on Monday, Davies said the government was trying to bring about such a shift through the revised B-BBEE Codes of Good Practice, launched earlier this month, and the B-BBEE Amendment Bill.These aimed to provide a more effective tool to support and encourage empowerment in the productive sense of the word, involving black people participating in the economy as leaders and players in established companies, as well leaders of companies which were entrepreneurial in nature.Davies added that the government was trying to align BEE with the wider objectives of supporting the emergence of more active players in the economy, more active entrepreneurship – which meant developing skills and capacities – and more symbiotic relationships between larger and smaller companies.Davies said BEE remained imperative for South Africa’s growth and development, and not only from the point of view of equity.“We cannot have an economy in which the people are allowed to vote in the political level but are not able to benefit from involvement in the economy,” he said.South Africa could also not run an effective economy when it drew its leadership from all levels but its entrepreneurial capacity from a small minority.“It is an imperative that we draw leadership, we draw our entrepreneurs, much more broadly, across the totality of our population.”Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more

CMA CGM to Bring Artificial Intelligence on Board Ships

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: CMA CGM French shipping company CMA CGM has teamed up with San Francisco-based startup Shone to embed artificial intelligence on board ships.Through the collaboration, launched at the beginning of the year, Shone is to access the company’s vessels to finalize the development of AI aboard.The startup, specializing in the use of artificial intelligence for maritime transportation, is thus allowed to take onboard data collection systems which are then analyzed at its headquarters in San Francisco. Once the development is finalized, this innovation will facilitate the work of crews on board, whether in decision support, maritime safety or piloting assistance.As far as security and anti-collision alert systems are concerned, Shone fuses data from multiple sensors in order to increase detection accuracy, thus preventing potential collisions, taking into account COLREGs.“This collaboration is fully in line with the group’s strategy of innovation at the service of digital transformation,” CMA CGM said.last_img read more

The Time A Guy Named Flipper Set The SingleGame NFL Receiving Record

Anderson played five more full seasons and parts of three more, gaining 100 or more yards in a game seven more times in his career, but never coming close to matching his performance in the Superdome. Then again, few have. Since November 1989, Terrell Owens (283), John Taylor (286), Jerry Rice (289), Jimmy Smith (291) and Johnson (329) all approached 336, but the record still belongs to Flipper.These days, he lives in the Atlanta area, coaches youth football, and follows his son Dres’s career. The University of Utah senior receiver, who recently suffered a season-ending knee injury, is an NFL prospect. If there’s one person Anderson would like to see rewrite the family history, it’s Dres. “It’s waiting there for you,” he’s told him. “Go get it.” The tape? It’s been a while since Anderson, now 49 and long retired from football, has seen it. There’s a VHS copy buried somewhere in his house, but like most of us, he no longer owns a VCR. Still, sharp memories remain. “Everything that was thrown to me,” Anderson said, “I just caught.” He recalled thinking afterward: This is what Michael Jordan must feel like.Until then, nobody would’ve dared compare him to MJ. Dubbed “Flipper”4From Richard Hoffer’s 1990 Sports Illustrated profile of Anderson and Henry Ellard: “Flipper, raised by grandparents in a stew of seven uncles, considers it all to be as ordinary as Ozzie and Harriet. For the record, none of these people nicknamed him Flipper. That was done by Aunt Pearl, a distant cousin of Flipper’s, who thought his crying sounded just like the critter then popular on TV.” as a baby by a relative who thought his crying made him sound like the famous dolphin, Anderson grew up in South Jersey and eventually became one of Troy Aikman’s favorite targets at UCLA. The Los Angeles Rams5The Rams moved to St. Louis before the 1995 season. took the receiver in the second round of the 1988 NFL draft, but he caught only 11 passes his rookie season. Anderson entered his second year third on the depth chart behind Aaron Cox (a first-round pick in ’88) and Ellard (a two-time first-team All-Pro). Then came an opening.At practice two days before the Rams faced the Saints that November, Ellard strained his right hamstring. This led to what seemed like an unsolvable problem. He led the NFL in receiving yards — nobody could fill his role. With Ellard on the Superdome sidelines in a blue Rams sweatshirt and a baseball cap, Anderson slid into the injured star’s spot. “Most of the time during the game it was kind of tough getting our timing down,” Everett said.Flipper was a fill-in, but unbeknownst to many, he already had proven himself capable of producing highlight-reel material. Over the first 11 games of the 1989 season, he only had 19 receptions, but averaged a league best 30.7 yards per catch. Generously listed at 6 feet and 172 pounds, Anderson could fly. “From the minute he got there until the minute he left,” said Hall of Fame offensive tackle Jackie Slater, his Rams teammate from 1988 to 1994, “our DBs used to say, ‘If I can cover Flipper Anderson on a go [route], I can cover anybody.’”The Rams (7-4) needed something out of him while facing an NFC West rival that sat one game behind them in the standings. The Saints were ferocious. They boasted four Pro Bowl linebackers: Sam Mills, Vaughan Johnson, Pat Swilling, and future Hall of Famer Rickey Jackson. “They were just ass kickers,” said Rams kicker Mike Lansford, whose bare right foot6In the ’70s and ’80s, Lansford was one of a handful of barefoot NFL place kickers. In his book “A Few Seconds of Panic”, kicking enthusiast Stefan Fatsis explained the fad: “As long as it didn’t hurt, the theory went, kicking sockless and shoeless eliminated the energy-absorbing and -dissipating layers of fabric and leather.” ended up heavily factoring into the proceedings.“Our weakness,” said former Saints cornerback Robert Massey, “was in the secondary.” Through 11 weeks, the Saints had the top-ranked run defense in the NFL. On the other hand, their pass defense ranked 22nd.ESPN aired Sunday night NFL games at the time, and before kickoff, analyst Joe Theismann explained to the audience that in Ellard’s place “Cox can do a real good job” and that if L.A. used a four-receiver set, tight end Pete Holohan would be split out wide. Theismann never mentioned Anderson. To those involved, processing the events of that evening 25 years ago still requires some suspension of disbelief. Anderson’s 336 receiving yards made up 29 percent of his season total.“You would think — 13 catches, over 300 yards — that during the game, you’d be like, ‘Man, this guy’s ballin’,” Cook said. “But it wasn’t that way. He was workmanlike. It wasn’t like he would get up and call attention to himself. It did not feel like 336 yards.”Anderson’s performance may have seemed workmanlike, but it was anything but. “There was no one better than Flipper that night,” said Everett, who in that game8Despite getting sacked six times in that game, Everett passed for a career high 454 yards. targeted the receiver 20 times. The numbers are still staggering: 13 of Anderson’s 15 catches produced a first down or a touchdown, and the ones that didn’t were still important: one went for 16 yards on second-and-20, and another went for 26 yards on second-and-32. For the most part, Anderson wasn’t simply turning short throws into big gains. By my count, 107 of his 336 yards came after the catch. In today’s NFL, where quick passing has all but replaced the running game, his screw-it-I’m-going-deep style would be rare. His 20.1 career yards per reception still ranks fourth in league history.Amazingly, Anderson’s 336-yard game wasn’t his most memorable accomplishment of that season. On Jan. 7, 1990, in overtime of a divisional playoff game against the Giants at the Meadowlands, he caught a 30-yard touchdown pass, and without breaking stride, ran into the tunnel and into the visitors’ locker room.9Anderson said it was Cox’s idea. “When the game went to overtime, he brought it up first. He said, ‘If I catch it, I’m going to the tunnel.’ I said, “Ooh, if I catch it, I’m going to the tunnel, too.’” On Oct. 27, 2013, Dres Anderson’s cell phone began lighting up with text messages from friends imploring him to turn on the Cowboys-Lions game. Detroit receiver Calvin Johnson, they explained, was having an impossibly prolific day. By late in the fourth quarter, the All-Pro had gained 290 receiving yards.To Anderson, this more or less constituted a family emergency. After all, his father was Willie “Flipper” Anderson, the former Rams wideout who had set the record Johnson was chasing. In a primetime clash against the Saints on Nov. 26, 1989, Flipper had piled up 336 receiving yards, eclipsing the single-game NFL record of 309.Almost a quarter-century later, Flipper’s record was on the verge of being broken. “I’ve never rooted for the Cowboys in my life,” Dres tweeted that afternoon last fall, “but I pray they hold down Megatron for these last two minutes!!!”His prayers were answered. Despite hauling in two long passes during his team’s final, game-winning drive, Johnson finished with 329 yards, seven short of Flipper’s mark. “I thought it was going down,” Dres said recently. “Thankfully it didn’t.”It’s been 25 years since his historic night, and since then Flipper Anderson has become a piece of obscure sports trivia. He once even popped up as the answer to the $125,000 question — “What NFL player holds the record for most receiving yards gained in a single game?” — on a Super Bowl week episode of “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?”1The choices were: A. Randy Moss, B. Jerry Rice, C. Flipper Anderson, and D. Stephone Paige. After asking the audience, the majority of which guessed Rice, the contestant decided not to answer, instead walking away with a $64,000 prize. But reducing the accomplishment to game show fodder undersells its brilliance. Before defense-hindering rule changes and sophisticated scoring strategies led to the arcadization of offensive statistics, Anderson made “Tecmo Bowl” come to life.“Those weren’t short easy passes,” said then Rams quarterback Jim Everett. “He was going up in traffic, pulling them down and beating the corner. He had a special night.”How special? In 1989, Anderson’s teammate Henry Ellard averaged an NFL-best 98.7 receiving yards per game. In games where pass catchers had at least one reception, those catchers averaged 34.6 receiving yards.2While the NFL has become more pass happy, that figure actually hasn’t changed much. In 2013, pass catchers averaged 35.9 receiving yards in games where they had at least one reception. Anderson’s night was 9.0 standard deviations from the average.Football Outsiders editor-in-chief Aaron Schatz, whose site has compiled extensive data from every NFL season going back to 1989, said Anderson had “the best game of any receiver in our advanced stats. Period. By a significant amount.” To measure individual offensive output, FO uses a metric called Defense-Adjusted Yards Above Replacement. That evening in New Orleans, Anderson racked up 160 receiving DYAR, the most in at least the last 25 years. Jaguars receiver Jimmy Smith’s 141 DYAR in Week 2 of the 2000 season is the second-best total. The gap between those two performances is almost the difference between Smith’s and the list’s 10th best.3The seventh best, you’ll notice, is Anderson’s teammate, Ellard. Everett could sling it. As Schatz reminded me: “That’s a big gap.”The numbers show how impressive Anderson’s record was, but they don’t show the spectacular way he set it. For that, let’s go to the tape. For most of the night, the Rams looked hopeless. They piled up penalties, committed turnovers, and allowed Everett to take some nauseatingly vicious hits. With the Saints leading 17-3 in the fourth quarter, New Orleans defensive lineman Jumpy Geathers recovered Rams running back Greg Bell’s fumble. Everett said that across the country “you could hear every television click off.”If the game had ended at that moment, it still would’ve been a special night for Anderson. In 55 minutes of action, he had tallied career highs in catches (8) and yards (171). But then he caught a 46-yard pass and the Rams soon scored, making it 17-10. On the next Rams possession, Everett threw a 15-yard touchdown pass to Anderson and it was tied.When the game reached overtime, L.A. simplified its strategy. “I didn’t care if they had two guys over there,” Everett said, “I’m finding a way to get it to Flipper.” By then, Anderson had 13 catches for 296 yards.During the Rams’ first overtime drive,7On that drive, Anderson also drew a 36-yard pass interference penalty. Anderson caught a short pass on a crossing route, shook trailing Saints cornerback Toi Cook, and sprinted toward the sideline for a 14-yard gain. ESPN play-by-play announcer Mike Patrick quickly perked up. “Flipper Anderson has just set an NFL record: 310 yards receiving,” he said. “What a marvelous night.” Anderson erased a mark made by his friend, Chiefs receiver Stephone Paige, who in 1985 racked up 309 receiving yards in a game against the Chargers. But Flipper wasn’t finished.On third-and-11 from the Saints’ 40, Anderson lined up outside. After the snap, he made a quick inside move to gain a step on cornerback Milton Mack then ran straight ahead. Everett’s throw came high and fast, so he jumped up to corral it. With legs splayed and arms fully extended, the bare-handed Anderson made a fingertip grab. It was his best catch of the night.Saints defensive backs Mack and Dave Waymer tackled Anderson, but not before he reached the 14 yard line. At that moment, Anderson rolled over on his back and looked up at Waymer, who was standing over him. “I was just done,” Anderson said. “They had to come get me off the field.”He eventually made it to the bench, where cameras caught Ellard congratulating him. On the very next play, Lansford hit a 31-yard field goal to give the Rams a 20-17 victory. What you don’t see in the above clip is the way ESPN closed the broadcast. It being 1989, the network cut to a quick shot of Anderson flashing the “I’m number one!” sign followed by a freeze frame of the record-setting receiver and teammate Aaron Cox leaping together for a giant high-five. read more

Chris Holtmann recognized during first quarter of Ohio StateOklahoma game

Ohio State men’s basketball coach Chris Holtmann speaks to the media after an event titled “An Evening With Coach Holtmann” on Aug. 1, 2017. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports EditorThe Ohio State fan base caught its first glimpse of its new men’s basketball coach, Chris Holtmann, when the coach was introduced with 10:16 remaining in the first quarter of Ohio State’s home opener against Oklahoma.Holtmann comes to Ohio State after three seasons at Butler, spent from 2014-17. The Bulldogs posted a 70-31 record and made an NCAA appearance every season. He was named the John McLendon Coach of the Year and Big East Coach of the Year at the end of last season.Holtmann previously held a season-ticket holder event at the Schottenstein Center on Aug. 1.What a tremendous welcome Buckeye Nation! Go Bucks! pic.twitter.com/Msh3iNTSeg— Chris Holtmann (@ChrisHoltmann) September 10, 2017 read more

Uncertainty over NEET exam timings

first_imgKolkata: About 80,000 state candidates, who are supposed to take the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) on May 5, are confused over the timings of entering the examination centres, as they claim, their admit cards doesn’t provide clear instructions.The National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test is an examination for admission of students into medical and dental colleges at graduate and post-graduate levels. Students are not aware at what time they should turn up at the centres on the day of examination. The confusion was created as the admit cards of the aspirants mentioned that the reporting time is at 12 pm and the students can enter maximum by 1.30 pm. The gate of the centres will be closed at 1.30 pm and the examination will be conducted from 2 pm to 5 pm. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataMany aspirants said it was not clear whether a candidate will be allowed to enter the examination centre if he/she arrives after 12.30 pm. Many candidates who come from distant places don’t know if they can reach the centre 10-15 minutes prior to 1.30 pm. Candidates, who live in close to the centres, prefer to reach half-an-hour before the examination as there are no adequate sitting arrangements at the centres. At each examination centre, around 500 to 2,000 candidates are accommodated depending on the size of the centre. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateA candidate said if majority of students enter the centre half-an-hour before the examination, how will the centre authorities handle such a huge number of students at that time as they have to individually search each candidate. The timings of the examination have been rescheduled this year. Since the introduction of the NEET, the examinations would start at 10 am and end at 1 pm. Students will be not allowed to enter the examination centres with anything made from metal such as rings, earrings, nose-pins, chains, necklaces, pendants, badges and brooches. Sikh students do not know if they would be allowed in the centres with their kada and kirpan. In the NEET prospectus, it is mentioned that in case there is any error in the translated version of question-paper in Bengali, the National Testing Agency would not take the responsibility. Earlier, Bengal candidates had to face difficulties in this regard. Dr A K Maity, an expert in the field of medical education, who has written to the Prime Minister Narendra Modi in this regard, said: “NTA should take the responsibility if there is any mistake in the question papers in Bengali. Many meritorious students from Bengal had to face problems in previous years only because they had opted Bengali as the medium of examination. The responsibility of conducting the medical entrance examination should be entrusted upon the state government.”last_img read more