M&CC to remove illegal structures in East Ruimveldt Market, along Mandela Ave

first_img– vendors given 24h notice torelinquish city’s propertyThe Mayor and City Council (M&CC) of Georgetown has issued a 24-hour ultimatum to another group of persons who have been breaching city rules and regulations.According to a statement from City Hall on Thursday, persons who are illegally occupying public spaces on the western side of Mandela Avenue with makeshift structures, as well as the East Ruimveldt market vendors who have also constructed illegal structures are being ordered to remove their belongings from the city’s property.“These persons have constructed shacks and stored items on these properties. The Council has noted that there are plans to utilise the facility and thus offered 24 hours for persons to remove their items and relinquish the city’s property. A 24-hour timeframe was also given to vendors to remove their illegal structures ahead of the Council’s visit to the location,” the release stated.Town Clerk Royston King said, “The Council is concerned about vendors illegally increasing selling points, virtually repeating what is being restricted in the city centre.”King said that several notices have been served on the vendors but they continue to illegally expand.Notice was also given to persons squatting along Mandela Avenue.City Hall is making it clear that all other illegal structures around the city are being eyed for removal, as its sanitation and management programmes continue.The City Council reminded that the city was in a transitional phase and reiterated calls for the cooperation of all stakeholders.“While the law is clear on what is and what is not permitted in and on public spaces, the Council is adamant about mechanisms to ease the transition process for vendors. Though this is not an obligation of the Council and requires separate financing, they have noted that the well-being of the city depends on the well-being of citizens.“All Guyanese deserve to have a city equal to the best in world,” the Town Clerk stated.King said the Council has an agenda to make Georgetown the “cleanest and greenest” city in the Caribbean, and this will be achieved, “regardless of the difficulties”.last_img read more

Ebola and Sanitation

first_imgLast week, Liberians were poised at the bus park, awaiting the announcement of an Ebola free nation on May 9.  This is great news for the small West African Nation that found herself increasingly isolated by July through December of 2014.  Liberia was one of the epicenters in the West African sub region that was badly hit by the deadly epidemic. According to the statistics of previously affected countries by the Centers for Disease Control, Liberia recorded the highest death toll of 4716 out of 10564[1]  total cases of suspected, probable and laboratory confirmed cases. Faced with economic, socio- cultural and health- induced sanctions, nearly all International flights were suspended, with a drastic decline in trade, lowering investment, widespread economic speculation, thus bringing an entire nation to a monumental stop.The pace of a nation gradually recovering from a devastating 14-year civil war was stopped at an abrupt and uncertain end. Gloom hovered over Monrovia. The panic that characterized the civil war became more apparent-fleeing internationals, lowering economic activities, mass movement of people, fear, pandemonium, humiliating interaction with outsiders, unfavorable international news coverage, etc. Liberia was nearing point zero. A mid-term election for the Senate was postponed from October to November, sending a message that the health of a nation was more paramount than meeting a constitutional deadline. The hysteria began when Liberian government consultant Patrick Sawyer, died in Nigeria of Ebola. The news went viral; sending chills across Africa that Liberians were carriers of the Ebola virus, like fruit bats — the apparent natural habitat of the virus. Barely months after, the World was shocked when Thomas Eric Duncan was diagnosed of Ebola on the shores of the United States of America. Duncan, showed no signs of the virus, passed through International health protocols, and travelled to America. International media zoomed in on Liberia and the circus began.  Fear was alive. Long standing deeply entrenched stereotypes of Africans resurfaced.  A world wide campaign by Africans went viral: ‘I am an African and not a Virus’, ‘I’m a Liberian, not a virus’. Celebrated Beninoise Singer and Musician Angelique Kidjo narrated her ordeal in a moving article in the New York Times, ‘Don’t let Ebola dehumanize Africa’. She explained how naïve and evil preconceptions about Africa had resurfaced. Her encounter with a taxi driver in New York, who stigmatized her of the Ebola virus only because she was West African, summed it all.  The story of Kidjo is a tip of the iceberg of larger stories; wrapped in fear that many Africans, the world over, endured about the negative impact of the Ebola virus disease.   In Liberia, an effort to quarantine a huge slum community which is one of the ways of containing the virus went amok when residents clashed with law enforcement officers that resulted in the death of a teenager.But, with all the good news of an Ebola free Liberia, there are strong concerns of an Ebola free sub region, and ultimately, a world free of Ebola with a possibility of a vaccine for the virus.  The Global Community must not see Ebola as a neglected African infectious disease, but an international emergency. As the examples of Duncan, Sawyer, the Spanish nurse, and other foreign nationals that contracted the virus showed, Ebola is an unknown serial killer. A concerted global effort to tackle Ebola and other neglected infectious diseases should be sustained. Africa has borne the brunt of neglect and stigma of diseases she did not create. African governments should collaborate on disease surveillance and prevention mechanisms aimed at protecting their borders and citizens. The war on Ebola and other infectious diseases is like a war on terror and can’t be fought alone. In Liberia, the culture of shaking hands was permanently curtailed bringing a socio-cultural gap among the people who are accustomed to greeting with handshakes and hugs. Every home was manned with a bucket of water mixed with bleach for hand washing.  In the absence of a vaccine and treatment for Ebola, one of the perceived antidotes was good sanitation and hygiene. Ebola has left a sobering message that sanitation is a hallmark of long-term sustainable efforts in combating diarrhea, colorea and other diseases that present  symptoms akin to Ebola . Driving in Monrovia, I spotted a sign that read.’ Don’t Pepee Here’ A sanitation message that forbids people from urinating in public places. Ironically, few minutes later, three middle aged men descended on the sign and urinated profusely.  This is scary. Messages about Ebola awareness and prevention are tied to basic personal hygiene and public sanitation. Messages of constant hand washing with soap and clean water are widespread with a bucket of water posted at every entrance nowadays in Liberia. The Ebola virus is believed to be fast spreading through wastes, urine, feces, vomits, etc.  Hence, proper control of the virus means adequate sanitation.The former spirited city mayor of Monrovia, Mary Broh, was known by her fierce reputation for cleaning up the City. Every first Saturday in Monrovia is recognized as a day of general clean up, famously referred to as Mary Broh day. Liberians should not be fixated on counting the days of an Ebola free Liberia, but should be changing attitudes towards sanitation, personal hygiene, adequate preparedness in response to health and other emergencies. Health authorities should investigate reports of Ebola victims buried in shallow graves in parts of Monrovia, research dumpsites were Ebola waste materials were disposed of, all aimed at preventing a possible resurgence of the virus. As Liberia approaches the rainy season, all bolts must be tied in ensuring that sanitation remains a hallmark in the fight against the return of the serial killer.About the AuthorLekpele M. Nyamalon is a writer and poet from Liberia, an OSIWA Poetry residency fellow and the 2015 winner of World Poetry Day contest organized by Young People Today. He can be reached at nyamalon23@gmail.com Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Local ice hosting Pre-Novice hockey tournament

first_imgTen teams will be taking to the ice over the span of the two-day tournament, with local teams including Rhyason, Pat Preston, Twylight and Windsor Plywood.Fort St. John teams will be taking on various teams from around the region, including Taylor, Clearview, the Dawson Creek White Lightning and the Dawson Creek Canucks, as well as Chetwynd.Games will begin Saturday at 8:15 a.m., running until 3:30 p.m. then will start again Sunday at 8 a.m. with the final game hitting the ice at 11 a.m.- Advertisement -The weekend games are free to attend, and will include a variety of great raffle prizes to be won.The tournament will begin with all four Fort St. John teams playing one after the other, taking on different visiting foes in the first four games of the tournament.For a complete look at the tournament schedule, click the attached file.Advertisementlast_img read more

GOLF: GLENTIES GOLF SOCIETY NOTES

first_imgGlenties Golf Society – Nairn & Portnoo Saturday 23rd FebruaryCongratulations to our Winner Anthony Thompson (12) with 42 Points1st. Anthony Thompson (12) 42 pts. 2nd. Harold Reid (7) 41 pts. (B.O.T.)3rd. P.J. Campbell (27) 41 pts. Visitor: Kieran Gallagher (10) 38 pts.  Our next outing is Good Friday 29th March at Nairn & Portnoo with the Tee Time booked from 8am – 10am we hope to see you all there GOLF: GLENTIES GOLF SOCIETY NOTES was last modified: February 24th, 2013 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:Glenties Golf Society noteslast_img read more

DUNGLOE ART EXHIBITION OPENED BY MEMBER OF CHOCTAW INDIAN NATION – PIC SPECIAL

first_imgThe 11th Annual Art Exhibition at Sharkey’s Top Filling Station (1st Floor), Gweedore Road, Dungloe was opened on Saturday last by Waylon Gary White Deer, a member of the Choctaw Indian Nation.Mr. White Deer is an internationally acclaimed Choctaw painter and author now based in Cashelnagore, Gortahork, Donegal. Mr. White Deer performed an “Honour Song” prior to opening the Exhibition and indeed he said ” He felt a good spirit at the event”.Waylon is the author of “Touched by Thunder” published by Curragh Press, Dublin, and Left Coast Press, USA. His solo painting venues include the American Embassy, in Dublin, and his latest painting commission, purchased by the Donegal County Council, was installed in O’Donnell Castle, Donegal, last month.Waylon is also featured in an Errigal Arts Festival music venue with renowned Sean Nos singer Doimnic Mac Giolla Bhride.The Choctaw Nation raised $117 dollars to send to Ireland during the famine to help with the relief effort. This was at a time when the Choctaw Nation was experiencing its own difficulties and turmoil and to quote Mr. White Deer. “Their is a special bond between our two nations”, said Waylon.His own tribe had lost thousands of people when it was banished from Mississippi to Oklahoma in 1831 in what became known as the “Trial of Tears”.Mr. White Deer was quized by Joey Doherty and Dillon O’ Donnell (both aged 7) if he knew “Tonto” and the “Lone Ranger” .The following Artists are exhibiting at the Exhibition;Peter Healy, Liz Doyle, Eilise O’ Hart, Martin Dorgan, Gay O’ Toole, Mary Ellen Bonner, Heidi Nungen, Michelle Doherty, Kate Gallagher, Mary Mc Ginty, Waylon Gary White Deer, Kim Sharkey, Ros Sharkey, Ian Gordon, Deborah Melly, Jago Moulton, Lee Hunter, Cornelius Browne, Leo Bonner, Mary Celine Boyle, Cathy Melly, Eamon Hyde, Anne Davey, Shiela Ohlmyer, and Helga Letschert.The Art Exhibition runs from Saturday 25th July to Sunday 2nd August 2015, 11am to 5pam daily. DUNGLOE ART EXHIBITION OPENED BY MEMBER OF CHOCTAW INDIAN NATION – PIC SPECIAL was last modified: July 30th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:Featuresnewslast_img read more

Two Donegal stores are victorious at ‘Business Oscars’

first_imgTwo popular Donegal stores scooped top awards at the ‘Oscars of Business Excellence’ on Friday night in Dublin.Tobin’s SPAR Express in Letterkenny and Whoriskey’s Eurostar in Ramelton took home National Q Mark Awards.Tobin’s SPAR Express Letterkenny was named Best Service Station in Ireland with a Café and Deli for Hygiene and Food Safety at the awards, held in the Clayton Hotel. Picture caption: Annette Tobin, Irene Collins MD of the EIQA, Marian McGarrigle, Eddie Tobin and Mary Ann O’Donnell at the National Q Mark Awards at the Clayton Hotel in Dublin 4.Their nomination earlier this year put them in the top 6.75% of all audits completed by the EIQA on the island of Ireland and this win means they are at the very top of the Q for highest standards of Quality and Excellence.“This is a fantastic achievement for our business. We are a single site operator with an absolute commitment to hygiene and food safety standards. We are delighted that our businesses commitment has been nationally recognized” said Annette Tobin, DirectorSpeaking at the awards Irene Collins, Managing Director of EIQA said: “Eddie, Annette and the team are truly committed to high standards of operational hygiene and food quality. They have put ‘service’ back into service station. Winning this Q Mark award is a fantastic endorsement of that commitment.” Tobin’s Service Station is a family run business established in 1980 which incorporates a modern attended forecourt, carwash facility, convenience store and 90 seated café/deli. They pride themselves on delivering a consistent high level of customer service coupled with top store standards. They currently employ 37 staff and have been in the Q mark programme since 2009.Whoriskey’s Eurostar was named Best Eurospar in Ireland for Hygiene & Food Safety standards at The National Q Mark Awards.Their nomination put them in the top 6.75% of all audits completed by the EIQA on the island of Ireland and this win means they are at the very top of the Q for highest standards of Quality and Excellence.Hugh Whoriskey and Christine McGonigle from Whoriskey’s EUROSPAR Ramelton pictured with Soreid McEntee being presented with a National Q Mark Award for Hygiene and Food Safety at the National Q Mark Awards.“Winning a Q Mark award is a national recognition and confirmation of everyone’s dedication and efforts. It is a major boost for all of us” said William Toye, Head Baker in Whoriskey’s Eurospar. “This is a testament to the entire team’s hard work and dedication to hygiene, food safety and customer satisfaction. It is a firm indicator of success for us”Whoriskey’s Eurospar is a family run supermarket, situated in Ramelton, Co. Donegal with a hot and cold deli, a butcher’s counter and an instore bakery. They proudly serve their local community and the surrounding areas. The Whoriskey family have been in retail in Ramelton since 1936 and now have a total of 36 full and part time employees. Over 500 people representing 135 companies attended the glitzy, black-tie ceremony at the Clayton Hotel, Burlington Road in Dublin 4 in competition for one of only 26 awards presented. The Master of Ceremonies was Chicago based keynote speaker, author and business humourist Conor Cunneen; Irishman Speaks. Funds raised on the night for Debra Ireland were much appreciated and celebrations went on into the early hours with live music from ‘The Swing Cats.’EIQA (Excellence Ireland Quality Association) has been the Irish National Quality Association since 1969. They currently audit the operating standards of thousands of organisations and businesses both in Ireland and Internationally. EIQA is known as the ‘Guardian’ of The Q Mark suite of standards which includes: The Q Mark for Hygiene & Food Safety, The Q Mark for Quality Management Systems, The Q Mark for Nursing Homes, The Q Mark for Leisure Centre’s, The Q Mark for Accessibility (ABLE) and The Q Mark for Environmental Awareness (The Green Q).Two Donegal stores are victorious at ‘Business Oscars’ was last modified: October 3rd, 2017 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:EDDIE TOBINletterkennyRameltonTobinsWhoriskeyslast_img read more

Homo erectus were good pitchers

first_img(Visited 40 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Science news sites are talking about the evolution of human throwing, but it’s mostly speculation based on prior faith in Darwinism.  The real story is good design in the human shoulder.Nature News, in a review entitled “Baseball players reveal how humans evolved to throw so well,” states, “A catapult-like mechanism allows energy to be stored in shoulder and torso, a video study of pitchers reveals.”  That study, published in Nature, tries to draw an evolutionary interpretation:Compared with other carnivores, hominins are slow, weak and lack natural weapons such as fangs and claws. However, hominins were eating meat at least 2.6 million years (Myr) ago, and were probably hunting large prey 1.9 Myr ago….  Although contemporary hunter-gatherers rarely rely on throwing to kill prey, earlier hominins probably needed to throw projectiles frequently to acquire and defend carcasses before the relatively recent inventions of the atlatl and bow. We can therefore surmise that the ability to throw well would confer a strong selective benefit to early hunters. However, to test when and how hominins evolved the ability to throw projectiles effectively, it is necessary to understand both throwing biomechanics and how changes in hominin anatomy affect throwing performance.Actually, understanding throwing biomechanics doesn’t require evolutionary theory at all.  It is the prior belief in human evolution that is propelling these scientists to “surmise” that throwing was beneficial somehow to human ancestors long ago.  Notice that the authors, by comparing contemporary hunter-gatherers (modern humans) to “earlier hominins” are saying we are all hominins.  The usefulness of the term “hominin” seems, therefore, moot.The science news sites all leapt upon the evolutionary angle:PhysOrg: “Researchers say ability to throw played a key role in human evolution.”BBC News: “Origins of Human Throwing Unlocked.”Live Science: “Homo erectus was the original starting pitcher.”The authors of the Nature  paper, though, only compared modern humans (and Homo erectus, already a good thrower), with chimpanzees and australopiths.  Since chimpanzees cannot throw a good baseball game, this illustrates a gap, not a transition.  By the assumed time of Homo erectus 2.6 million years ago, “low, wide shoulders, long legs, and hyperextendable wrists” were “all present,” the paper says.From this evolution-contradicting data, the authors nevertheless concocted an evolutionary story without evidence, saying, “Although some of these features were probably selected for functions other than throwing, their combined configuration, first present in H. erectus, would have benefited throwing performance by enabling elastic energy storage in the shoulder, providing a selective advantage during hunting.”The popular news sites liked the story and repeated it with gusto.  “Early humans evolved to throw about two millions years ago, according to new research,” the BBC article stated confidently.   Then, with flagrant misunderstanding of Darwinism’s purposeless, aimless process, it continued, “Anatomy changes found in the extinct species Homo erectus allowed this ability to evolve.”  Explaining how those anatomy changes arrived in the first place is the issue.  And merely allowing an ability “to evolve” does not mean that it will, no more than “allowing” a helicopter to evolve from a junkyard means you can book your ticket in advance.Live Science shows how high school biology teachers take these evolutionary stories and run the bases with them:While the paper’s information about throwing mechanics is generally well-known to professional baseball players, the link to evolution is particularly interesting, said Tim Layden, head baseball coach and evolutionary biology teacher at Florida’s Montverde Academy….“I’m probably going to use this next semester in my primate course, for sure,” said Layden. “It makes perfect sense from an evolutionary standpoint that there would be a selective force for high velocity throwing and the buildup of energy within the shoulder joint.”Mr. Layden, sadly, misrepresents evolutionary theory.  Selection is no more a force than a hurdle on a track or a bumper in a pinball game.  While praising the mechanics observed by the scientists in the shoulder and torso of modern humans that allow professional pitchers to accurately toss baseballs 90 miles per hour repeatedly in a baseball game, and allow Olympic athletes to throw a javelin hundreds of feet, nothing in the paper explains what mutations could have added to a throwing-challenged Chimpanzee all the attributes that make human throwing so effective – changes to stance, shoulder width and position, wrist extension, and leg length, to name a few.Don’t you get angry at the storytellers?  Think of what this DODO-headed, Darwine-drinking, baloney-barfing high school teacher is going to say to impressionable high school students next semester to make it appear Darwinism is scientific (and, by implication, intelligent design is not).  He is basically going to lie to them.  He doesn’t understand evolutionary theory well enough to throw it, but you can be sure his job is absolutely secure, compared to many better-educated biology teachers skeptical of Darwin, who, if they dared speak what they know, would be under threat of losing their jobs.The scientists, the reporters, and the high school teacher have all taken a pro-ID finding and mangled it into a pot of mush to offer to their idol. We should marvel at the design in our bodies and praise God who gave us what we need to serve Him, but no— every day in the media, we are asked to believe “it evolved because it evolved.”  Why do we put up with this?  Did you catch, also, that Homo erectus is (for all practical purposes), our brother?  He ate meat, built fire, cooked, played baseball, he was a better hunter than most of us.  We insult these people by demoting them to artificial pre-human categories.  If they were alive today it would be denounced as racism.Time to play hardball.  We must keep up the fight to get the storytellers out of science and return it to observational, repeatable, testable evidence.  No more “surmising” about what “selective forces” could have created.  Darwinism would be disqualified if all its surmisals, probably’s, could have’s and maybes were banned.  Teaching Darwinism honestly would make it honestly strike out.Exercise: Why is this sentence self-refuting: “It makes perfect sense from an evolutionary standpoint.”  Play umpire and call foul if you see it.TAKE ME OUT TO THE CON GAMETake me out to the con game,Take me out to the crowd,Tell me some stories by crackpot quacksI don’t care if they never have facts,Oh it’s toot, toot toot for some Dar-wine,If they run out it’s a shame,For it’s D – O – D O D OAt the Darwin game!last_img read more

Mobile Devices, Internet TV, & Geolocation Services Top Targets for Cyber Attacks in 2011

first_imgAs 2010 wraps up with a month full of leaked documents, DDoS attacks and spam and database breaches, it’s hardly surprising that security experts are predicting a rise in cybercrime in 2011. According to McAfee Labs, the top targets in the coming year will be some of the most popular technologies, services and platforms, including mobile devices, Internet TV and geolocation services.“We’ve seen significant advancements in device and social network adoption, placing a bulls-eye on the platforms and services users are embracing the most,” says Vincent Weafer, senior VP of McAfee Labs. “These platforms and services have become very popular in a short amount of time, and we’re already seeing a significant increase in vulnerabilities, attacks and data loss.”Exploiting social media tops the McAfee list of threat predictions, and of the sites that will be “most riddled with cybercriminal activity,” McAfee points to those with URL-shortening services at the forefront. According to McAfee, there are more than 3,000 shortened URLs generated per minute, and these are easy for cybercriminals to utilize for spamming and scamming and to direct users to malicious websites. McAfee also warns of geolocation services, with real-time tracking of where people are and what they’re doing, as providing new opportunities for criminals.Personal Data, Corporate DataIt’s not just personal data that will be threatened by these sorts of attacks. As mobile devices become more ubiquitous in the workplace, attacks will follow, says McAfee, noting that the “historically fragile cellular infrastructure and slow strides toward encryption” will make mobile devices a target, putting both personal and corporate data at risk.McAfee also points to Internet TV as a new target, criticizing a “‘rush to market’ thinking by developers.” McAfee says that “suspicious and malicious apps” will expose privacy and identity data. Furthermore, the move to connect more physical devices will also raise the effectiveness of botnets. Apple’s VulnerabilityApple users, long blasé about viruses and malware, would be wise to pay attention to security, says McAfee. As with all the areas that the security company has identified here, the increasing popularity of the Mac OS platform – along with a “lack of user understanding of proper security for these devices” in McAfee’s words – make Apple a clear target for future attacks.While most of the predictions focus on “cybercrime,” McAfee Labs also suggests that “hacktivism” will become the “new way to demonstrate political positions in 2011 and beyond.” Look for more WikiLeaks-like events, with increasing sophistication. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#NYT#security#web Related Posts center_img audrey watters Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Parties giving RSS slant to smear me: Anna Hazare

first_imgPune: Veteran anti-graft activist Anna Hazare on Thursday alleged that some parties were trying to smear his reputation and target his movement by linking it with the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS).Mr. Hazare said there were some reports in the media recently that an activist Kalpana Inamdar, who was part of his new core committee before his indefinite hunger strike on March 23, was a relative of Mahatma Gandhi’s assassin Nathuram Godse.“Several new activists were chosen from different parts of the country to be part of my core committee… Ms. Inamdar was one of them. However, some articles reportedly said she was a relative of Godse and that I had entrusted the reins of my agitation to her,” said Mr. Hazare. He clarified that Ms. Inamdar, was only managing the stage at the start of his hunger strike at Ramlila Maidan.“Neither I nor my agitation for the demand of Jan Lokpal have had any ties with the Sangh. Yet, through local media, my agitation is being given an RSS slant by falsely linking Kalpana Inamdar with the Sangh and Nathuram Godse. In fact, I was not even acquainted with Ms. Inamdar prior to my latest agitation,” he said, adding, however, that he was “not perturbed at the smear campaign against him.”Without naming anybody, Mr. Hazare hinted that the allegations were perpetrated by both ruling and opposition parties whose feathers, the octogenarian crusader claimed to have ruffled with his movement demanding a Jan Lokpal.Mr. Hazare said he was in consultation with his lawyers and was soon planning to file a defamation suit against some parties in the Bombay High Court.Mr. Hazare’s week-long ‘indefinite’ strike at the Ramlila Maidan in New Delhi witnessed a noticeable decline in participation as against 2011. Mr. Hazare, however, stressed that his movement had exposed the corruption of several leaders within the ruling and opposition parties.“There is this conspiracy to taint me for links to the RSS. For several decades, I have steered clear of any party or individual and have thought only for the welfare of society,” he said.last_img read more