Badgers special teams play chasing consistency

first_imgMichael Mersch has 22 points this season on 10 goals and 12 assists, good for third on the team. Mersch has scored six times on the power play, which is the most by any Badger.[/media-credit]Wisconsin mens hockey head coach Mike Eaves will be the first to admit special teams play has not been an all-around strength of his team this year.In fact, he has no qualms acknowledging that when it comes to killing penalties, Wisconsin has been disappointing throughout the season – posting a 75.5 percent success rate on the kill.The inefficiency the Badgers have faced skating a man down hasn’t been more evident in recent weeks than last weekend.“We made a big mistake on Saturday that they capitalized on pretty easily and on Friday night we were OK, but again we gave up a goal that in those tight situations … you can’t be giving anything up,” Eaves said of the penalty kill.Through 26 games this season, the Badgers (12-12-2, 7-11-2 WCHA) have compiled 156 penalties, averaging six a game. But with a handful of major penalties, UW is spending an average of 14 minutes in the sin bin per night.Eaves said last week, before hitting the road against a rowdy North Dakota team, that one way his young team could keep maturing is to stay disciplined.Instead UW gave UND nine power play chances over the weekend, three of which the former Fighting Sioux capitalized on. Friday night alone, the Badgers went 2-for-3 on the kill, which, in the words of sophomore forward Mark Zengerle “is bad.”“Coaches say the best penalty kill is to stay out of the box,” sophomore forward Michael Mersch said. “When penalties happen – they’re going to happen throughout a game – but it’s a matter of blocking shots and clearing the puck out of our zone.”Mersch, in fact, is the leading culprit in putting the Badgers on the kill, amassing 13 penalties and 37 penalty minutes so far this season. Zengerle is right behind him with 36 minutes.But with the worst success rate on the penalty kill in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, the Badgers need to find a way to turn things around – which they’ve started to do according to Eaves.“We only had two returning forwards and it struggled right out of the gate,” Eaves said. “But I will say this, since the middle of December or the beginning of December, we’ve been in the mid-80 percent. That’s been a good side of it. We’ve improved in that area and we need to continue to improve.“You look at the numbers and you say the numbers are so bad, it’s hard to bring them up.”Despite the improvements, UW needs to find some consistency – a concept that Wisconsin has yet to grasp thoroughly this season.Noting the fluctuating special teams success, junior defenseman Justin Schultz said – in true Schultz fashion – simple hard work would remedy the problem.“I think just keep working hard in practice and I think our penalty kill has been really good at times and at times it’s been kind of weak,” Schultz said. “So just to find that consistency and making sure we go out there every time and killing them off.”But a successful penalty kill isn’t the only special teams play that has eluded the Badgers from time to time this season. Wisconsin’s power play has seen better days.Capitalizing on 26 of 123 power plays so far this season, the Badgers have converted 21.1 percent of their chances with the man advantage.Mersch leads UW with six power play goals, which he credits mostly to his position in front of the net.“When you sit around the net, good things happen,” Mersch said. “That’s my spot on the power play so I’m just kind of whacking things home. They’re not too pretty, but they find their way in the back of the net, which is nice.”The first power play unit for the majority of the season – comprised of Zengerle, Mersch, Schultz, sophomore forward Tyler Barnes and freshman defenseman Jake McCabe – accounts for 19 of UW’s power play goals and 34 assists on those goals.According to Mersch, the right guys for the job are on the ice; they just need to capitalize on the chances they are given.“I think we have the right personnel, it’s just a matter of executing, that’s what we need to work on,” Mersch said. “I think we just need to start executing a little more and keep working hard and good things will happen.”Despite a ninth place conference ranking on the power play, Eaves is still pleased with what his team has done so far this season.“The power play has been pretty solid – we’ve been about 20 percent all year,” Eaves said. “It sputtered this weekend, but otherwise it’s been a pretty good thing for us.“Its percentage has been about the same all year. It just seems in games that when we needed to have it, it wasn’t there for us and other games when we had leads, we were scored on.”Last weekend, UND’s penalty kill philosophy was simple: Cut off Schultz and Zengerle. As a result, the Badgers only capitalized on one of their seven chances, losing a fair amount of momentum in the process.Schultz has a total of 16 points on the power play on five goals and 11 assists. While Zengerle has one more point, Schultz’s play from the point has set up key scoring opportunities.Mersch, while thankful for the goal this weekend, knows he and his teammates need to start leading by example and making up for whenever Schultz – or Zengerle – are keyed in on by the penalty killers.“Everybody knows how good Justin and Mark are, so I think they’re starting to key on them a little bit more,” Mersch said. “They’re great playmakers. They make things happen on our power play. So I think guys just need to step up – me, Jake, Barney – making more plays, opening up more space for them so that they can create more opportunities.”Overall, Eaves said he is aware of the state of the special teams, but it’s improving – regardless of the off weekend it had on the road.“Special teams, the one side of it that has been disappointing from the beginning was the penalty killing,” Eaves said. “But it’s raised its level and we’re at a level now that we can compete and do a pretty good job on it.”last_img read more

Clippers argue OT defensive foul call on Boban Marjonovic added insult to injury

first_imgLOS ANGELES — As Lance Stephenson danced near the baseline after converting a layup and drawing a foul on Boban Marjanovic to increase the Lakers’ lead to four and maybe five with less than a minute left in overtime Thursday night, the 7-foot-3 center was crumpled beneath the hoop, his head in his hands.Replays showed that Stephenson’s left elbow connected solidly with Marjanovic’s face on the play, after which the referees re-watched the sequence on the court-side monitor to determine whether it “warranted a possible or potential hostile act,” according to crew chief John Goble, who answered a pool reporter’s questions after the Lakers’ 123-120 overtime victory at Staples Center.He also explained that the referees were limited in what they could do because a defensive foul had been called. Furthermore, he said, “the on-court ruling was a defensive foul and there was no additional contact.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 “I was thrown out on a play where I went for a defensive rebound and my elbow hit the guy going up for a rebound and I was ejected,” Harrell said. “This guy comes down offensively, leads with the (left) arm and lays the ball in with the other hand, and there’s nothing you can do to change it?“You can say it’s a basketball play, bang-bang play or whatever it is, but you went to the monitor and looked at it, slowed it down and watched it. If that’s not offensive, a tech or something, I don’t know what it is. You’ve gotta be consistent about calling this stuff.”“Boban, he gets penalized so much for being big,” said Lou Williams, the Clippers’ 6-foot-1 guard. “He never gets the benefit of the doubt. If I get hit with the same off-arm elbow, it’s gonna be an offensive foul. It’s unfortunate that they even looked at it and it was blatant (and) they said it was a basketball play. I’ve seen them call way worse if you elbow a guy going away from the rim, so it should be an offensive foul.”Patrick Beverley was more diplomatic about the situation.“Referees’ job is hard as it is already,” the veteran Clippers guard said. “They can’t call everything.” Most of the Clippers were not, however, in the mood to kid about the call, which led to the Lakers’ five-point lead with 45 seconds left. Marjanovic’s teammates were expecting a vastly different ruling.“When I saw it on the Jumbotron … I was just positive, I thought it would be overturned,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. “I was drawing up a play because I assumed we had the ball and I thought we were going to get a free throw out of it. And then we didn’t get either one.“I don’t know how you can come to that judgment. I get that maybe they said Boban fouled first, (but) it’s still a flagrant (on Stephenson). You make contact with the head, it’s a flagrant foul.”The Clippers’ Montrezl Harrell was called for a flagrant 2 and ejected after unintentionally elbowing Jusuf Nurkic while battling for a defensive rebound against the Trail Blazers in December.That play – which he criticized on Twitter afterward – was on Harrell’s mind Thursday.Related Articles Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum center_img For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 5 playoff updates from NBA beat reporters Marjanovic stayed in the game and said afterward that he was OK. And, yes, Marjanovic, who makes an appearance in the forthcoming “John Wick 3” action film, confirmed that the fictional assassin packs a harder punch than Stephenson.“It’s basketball, sometimes you must feel the elbow, it’s just a game,” said Marjanovic, who had 11 points and five rebounds in 13 minutes to help the Clippers rally to force overtime. “But from my perspective, I hope when I do that that they don’t call a foul. If they can do that to me, I can do that to them.”If that’s a frightening thought, Marjanovic followed up immediately: “I’m joking.”last_img read more

True gender equality rests in South Africans’ hands

first_imgPontsho Manzi is a business woman, a professional and motivational speaker, facilitator, coach, image consultant and author of Diary for Fabulous You. She is a mentor to the youth of South Africa, especially girls through her non-profit organisation, FabGalzAs South Africa commemorates two decades of democracy, we can count amongst our greatest achievements that women now have the opportunity to transcend the barriers of their race, gender and class to become anything and anyone they choose.This is enabled by amongst others, government’s policy of equal education for all for our young; a policy of gender parity in the public sector; and equity targets in the corporate sector.But have the lives of women truly improved in the past 20 years?  We may have the opportunity to access opportunities but do we have the ability to do so?  Are we adequately equipped to take advantage of these opportunities?The recent Brand South Africa Sowetan Dialogues in Bloemfontein focused on the role women have and can play in the country’s democracy; speakers such as the Honourable Sisi Mabe – Speaker of the Free State Legislature; Mbuyiselo Botha from Sonke Gender Justice; Kenosi Machepa from the Ministry of Women; and dairy farmer Nompi Zim discussed how women’s rights were, in fact, human rights, and that men needed to support women to achieve a society free from sex and gender discrimination.A report compiled by Statistics South Africa in 2013 observes that “South Africa ranks fourth among the 87 countries covered by the 2012 Social Institutions and Gender Index of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development. It is the highest ranked country in Africa in this index.”South Africa’s high ranking reflects the country’s strong legal framework in respect of gender equality and women’s rights.South Africa also performs well against the indicators specified for Goal 3 of the Millennium Development Goals, the goal that focuses on gender equality and women’s empowerment.Our legislative and policy environment suggests that we should be well on our way to redressing the historic gender imbalances in our country.  However the reality with which we are faced contradicts this.  Why?First and foremost, we need to socialise our boy and girl children differently; boys need to understand that men and women are different, but equal.  A healthy, productive and well-functioning society requires both men and women to be skilled and empowered.Girl children must be empowered to realise that, while South Africa remains a patriarchal society, they are as valuable and necessary to a successful nation as men.We need to pay special attention to building the self-confidence and self-esteem of our girl children.This requires the concerted effort of each and every one of us – parents, caregivers, relatives, sisters, uncles, aunts – everyone.There is a line in the Hollywood movie Pretty Woman that has great resonance for me – “the bad stuff is easier to believe”.  That is, it is easier to believe it when people say we are inferior, subordinate, weak, and so on.BOLD WOMEN MOVE THE COUNTRY FORWARDIf we want girl children to grow into young women who can take their rightful places in building another generation of strong, bold women who can make a meaningful contribution to our country and its development, we need to be conscious of this.Secondly, we need to pay attention – and encourage women to do the same – to the health of our girl children.This ranges from good nutrition to the necessary media interventions. It is easy to say that we cannot afford to have good nutrition, and I agree; good quality food does cost money.Those who have a garden, start a home vegetable garden – like our grandmothers and mothers did; it will soon be fruitful enough to provide for the entire family.Research shows that domestic responsibilities are still borne mainly by girls and women.  This includes fetching of water and fetching of fuel to heat the home and prepare food.  This means that the time of girl children is taken up with chores.Chores should be shared equally among boys and girls.  Girls must have equal opportunities to benefit from the education to which they are legally and rightly entitled.With the increasing levels of gender-based violence, and the fact that despite the best policies, the lives of the women of our country are not progressing as fast as they should, we need to do things differently. This generation of women must not be found wanting by those that will follow!  We must all play our part!Pontsho Manzi is a business woman, a professional and motivational speaker, facilitator, coach, image consultant and author of Diary for Fabulous You. She is a mentor to the youth of South Africa, especially girls through her non-profit organisation, FabGalz®.This was published in the Sowetan on 12 August 2014.last_img read more

KORUS valuable for U.S. soy growers

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest In response to indications that the White House is preparing a withdrawal from the free trade agreement between the United States and South Korea, the American Soybean Association issued a stern warning that withdrawal from the pact, and the larger strategy of brinkmanship with regard to trade agreements by the White House, could have disastrous consequences for the nation’s soybean farmers.“Withdrawal from KORUS would hurt us all. As soybean farmers, we benefit greatly from exports, which contribute a $2 billion annual surplus to our nation’s balance of trade. Trade makes our local businesses and our communities stronger. Yet whether it’s South Korea, Mexico and Canada, or our neighbors on the Pacific Rim, we once again find ourselves fighting to communicate the value of trade to farmers,” said Ron Moore, ASA president. “With respect to South Korea, we supply nearly half of the 1.3 million tons of soybeans that country imports, with no tariffs as a result of the KORUS agreement. Most of Korea’s soybean imports, however, come from our competitors in Brazil and Argentina. If we withdraw, reinstatement of tariffs will make it hard to maintain our market share and will further increase our competitors’ advantage. And it would be devastating for our U.S. livestock customers who export meat products to South Korea.”Global competition for soybeans makes trade agreements like KORUS extremely valuable to U.S. farmers.“The idea that we’re the only game in town when it comes to selling soybeans or other agricultural products abroad is false. So is the notion that there’s always another country that will buy our commodities. Furthermore, even the threat to withdraw from this or any trade agreement is a dangerous course of action. Repeatedly walking our trade relationships to the brink, or actually breaking them, only weakens our standing abroad,” Moore said. “As American soybean farmers, we demand that the U.S. remain in KORUS, and that we move forward to negotiate new trade agreements rather than retreating from existing ones. We must expand rather than abandon access to essential overseas markets for the products we produce.”last_img read more

Jaguar Land Rover to launch sports cars in next 2 years: Ratan Tata

first_imgTatas-owned British subsidiary Jaguar Land Rover would launch a number of fuel-efficient sports cars in the next two years, group Chairman Ratan Tata has said.In Tata Motors’ Annual Report for 2011-12, Tata said Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) was developing higher-powered and more fuel-efficient engines to attract more customers.”The company has undertaken its most ambitious product development programme in its history and will be launching several new sports sedans and sports cars in the next two years in order to provide dealers with a more competitive and wider product range,” he added.Face-lifts and new models of the Range Rover as well as a competitively-priced new line of “rugged, lifestyle vehicles under the Land Rover brand are also scheduled to be launched,” Tata said.He, however, did not share details such as how many new models will hit the roads or how many will be under each of the two brands – Jaguar and Land Rover.JLR had earlier announced to roll out 40 new products in the next 4-5 years.Talking about JLR’s performance, Tata said: “Jaguar Land Rover’s operations have shown impressive growth in sales and profitability. Sales have increased by 37 per cent and 29 per cent respectively in value and volume over the previous year.”The company is currently considering to set up a new manufacturing facilities in China to meet market demand for the two luxury brands in the region, he added.For 2011-12 fiscal, JLR’s profit after tax stood at 1,481 million pounds (over Rs 12,900 crore) against 1,036 million pounds (over Rs 9,020 crore) in FY’11, up 42.95 per cent.Its revenue went up by 36.89 per cent to 13,512 million pounds (over Rs 1,17,800 crore) from 9,871 million pounds (over Rs 86,020 crore) in the previous fiscal.Earlier in March this year, JLR had said it would invest 3.5 billion yuan (over Rs 2,800 crore then) in its recently-announced joint venture with Chery Automobile in China to commence local assembly there.The company is currently investing 355 million pounds in an engine plant in the UK. It also planning to set up an engine manufacturing facility in India.In April 2011, JLR had said it would invest 1.5 billion pounds every year for the next five years, mainly on product development as it looks to catch up with global luxury car makers and position itself as a top premium brand.JLR had also raised 500 million pound (over Rs 4,000 crore) in March this year through issue of bonds.advertisementlast_img read more

India vs Australia: MS Dhoni hit on forearm during net session ahead of 1st ODI

first_imgMahendra Singh Dhoni had an injury scare during the Indian team’s practice session on the eve of the first ODI series opener against Australia in Hyderabad on Saturday.Dhoni sustained an injury on his right forearm while taking throwdowns from team’s support staff member Raghavendra.The former India captain had a long batting session at the nets and like all first team players was taking throwdowns after the formal session.It was one such delivery from Raghavendra that kicked up and Dhoni was hit on the right forearm.The veteran was in some pain and didn’t bat after that as a precautionary measure.Whether the injury is serious enough to make him doubtful for the opening ODI couldn’t be ascertained. A final call is expected to be taken by the evening.In case Dhoni is unavailable, then Rishabh Pant is expected to don the big gloves. That is the most likely option in case Dhoni fails to get fit in time.If the team management is keen on checking all the fringe batting options, then KL Rahul and Ambati Rayudu could both play in the XI with Rahul keeping.India are aiming to bounce back in the five-match ODI series after losing both the T20s.Also Watch:last_img read more

In The Spotlight – Christian Frost

first_imgIn the thirty-fifth edition of In The Spotlight, Australian Mixed Open player, Christian Frost, speaks about what it means to be playing in the 2011 World Cup, and about his knowledge of Scotland. Name: Christian FrostNickname: FrostyAge: 32Affiliate: EastsOccupation: Safety and Environment Manager for NBN CoPosition: LinkDebut for Australia: Probably one of the oldest debutants for Australia at an Open’s level – 2009 Trans Tasman Series in Wollongong.Career highlights so far: Meeting many friends in the sport, including Stephanie my partner. On the field, I recall a few favourites including (not all winning):–       winning our first State Cup in 1998–       winning back the State of Origin from Queensland in the last series–       winning the last two Trans Tasman series–       being part of a team of nobodies that made it all the way to the State Cup final with Easts Men’s–       being part of the Rebels Men’s who have been top four for the past three National Touch League’s from an eight year history of placing 10-12th–       Seeing some of my good friends like Jarrat Wood, Jamie Chan, Ryan Pollock and Manu Wakely achieve rep honours through sheer hard work.How you got involved in Touch Football: School – the old MCC and CCC pathway.What does it mean to be representing Australia at the 2011 World Cup: It’s a great honour to be representing our country. It’s a time to put into practice all of the skills and combinations we have been working hard to develop over the past few years. I also look forward to experiencing the Scottish culture, having fun with the team and making new overseas friends. Biggest influence on your Touch Football career: Bernie Morrison, Manu Wakely, Jason Stanton.Favourite sporting moment: It’s around the corner.What do you know about Scotland:Scotland is a country that is part of the United Kingdom. Occupying the northern third of the island of Great Britain, it shares a border with England to the south and is bounded by the North Sea to the east, the Atlantic Ocean to the north and west, and the North Channel and Irish Sea to the southwest. In addition to the mainland, Scotland includes over 790 islands including the Northern Isles and the Hebrides.Edinburgh, the country’s capital and second largest city, is one of Europe’s largest financial centres. Edinburgh was the hub of the Scottish Enlightenment of the 18th century, which transformed Scotland into one of the commercial, intellectual and industrial powerhouses of Europe. Glasgow, Scotland’s largest city, was once one of the world’s leading industrial cities and now lies at the centre of the Greater Glasgow conurbation. Scottish waters consist of a large sector of the North Atlantic and the North Sea, containing the largest oil reserves in the European Union. This has given Aberdeen, the third largest city in Scotland, the title of Europe’s oil capital. The Kingdom of Scotland emerged as an independent sovereign state in the early Middle Ages and continued to exist until 1707, although it had been in a personal union with the kingdoms of England and Ireland since James VI of Scotland succeeded to the English and Irish thrones in 1603. On 1 May 1707, Scotland entered into an incorporating political union with England to create the United Kingdom of Great Britain. This union resulted from the Treaty of Union agreed in 1706 and enacted by the twin Acts of Union passed by the Parliaments of both countries, despite widespread protest across Scotland. Scotland’s legal system continues to be separate from those of England and Wales and Northern Ireland, and Scotland still constitutes a distinct jurisdiction in public and in private law. The continued existence of legal, educational and religious institutions distinct from those in the remainder of the UK have all contributed to the continuation of Scottish culture and national identity since the Union. In 1999, a devolved legislature, the Scottish Parliament, was founded with authority over many areas of home affairs following a successful referendum in 1997. Issues surrounding devolution and independence continue to be debated.On 5 May 2011, the Scottish National Party won an overall majority in the Scottish parliament elections. They intend to hold a referendum on independence sometime in the next several years. Any superstitions: None.Funniest Australian teammate: I never get tired of watching Dylan Thompson trying to explain to his girlfriend over the phone that there are no girls around during Mixed Open trips. Tashy (Tony El Takchi) has some good one liners – never get tired of them. Favourite quote: “I’ve seen all of the fads and fashions come and go. The guys that get all psyched up, spending time in darkened rooms, drinking magic potions and acting out. But when the gun goes off and the pain starts, all of that evaporates into the naked reality of the competitive arena. Then my friend it comes down to you or me, then we will see if you have really done the work,” Lance Armstrong.Any travel plans after the World Cup: A long list: London, Paris, Switzerland, Italy, Malta, Turkey. A bit of a whirlwind tour.  Stephanie and I are keen to see as much as we can during the trip.Stay tuned to the website for the upcoming editions of In The Spotlight, which will feature every Open’s player travelling to the World Cup.  With less than a month to go until the 2011 Federation of International Touch World Cup, be sure to be regularly visiting the Touch Football Australia website to keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information. Don’t forget to become a fan of Touch Football Australia on Facebook and Twitter in the lead up to the 2011 World Cup to find out all you need to know about Australia’s World Cup campaign:http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Touch-Football-Australia/384949403384 www.twitter.com/touchfootyauslast_img read more

a day agoSpurs, Man Utd target Denis Zakaria: I’ll keep my feet on the ground

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Spurs, Man Utd target Denis Zakaria: I’ll keep my feet on the groundby Paul Vegasa day agoSend to a friendShare the loveBorussia Monchengladbach midfielder Denis Zakaria is staying grounded over growing transfer interest.Switzerland international Zakaria has the likes of Inter Milan, Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United all keen.And Gladbach have intimated a willingness to sell for €50m.But the youngster says: “I’m happy with Borussia and I want to play a big season with Gladbach if possible. “The important thing is that I keep my feet on the ground and do not worry about the other things.” last_img

Desmond Howard Says Ohio State Fan Flipped Him Off, Yelled “F*** Michigan” At Him Friday

first_imgOhio State Buckeye fans doing the "O-H-I-O" chant.COLUMBUS, OH – SEPTEMBER 27: Ohio State Buckeyes fans cheer on their team against the Minnesota Golden Gophers on September 27, 2008 at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)ESPN’s College GameDay is in Columbus for tomorrow’s big showdown between Ohio State and Michigan State, which means that former Michigan star Desmond Howard, who is an analyst for the show, is in enemy territory. One Buckeyes supporter appears to have gone overboard in making sure Howard doesn’t feel at home.Friday morning, Howard, on SportsCenter, told Cari Champion that he’d been flipped off and screamed at by an Ohio State supporter on his walk to the set. Hours later, a fan claimed responsibility on Twitter and called out Howard in the process. We’ve gone ahead and transcribed what Howard told viewers. We imagine that the fan is going to eventually delete all of his tweets, including the video – it isn’t a good look at all.“On my way to the set, I came across a young man, a student here, who showed me that he thought I was No. 1 with one of his fingers and then he – he went on to say that, using this foul language, that he wanted to have some sort of weird sexual relations with Michigan. So I told him, hey buddy, I don’t blame you, I blame your parents and the way you were raised, have a good day young man.” Told Desmond Howard right to his face, “fuck Michigan” he wasn’t happy pic.twitter.com/7FVSVhcGE0— Matt Schroth (@Schroth21) November 20, 2015ok chill Desmond you didn’t say anything to me pic.twitter.com/tt5laMhEJy— Matt Schroth (@Schroth21) November 20, [email protected] say it to my face next time and not on sports center. You don’t want these hands chump— Matt Schroth (@Schroth21) November 20, 2015Rivalries are great, but this kind of stuff isn’t cool at all. Maybe a simple “Go Bucks!” would have sufficed instead.last_img read more

20 private schools in Ggn operate without fire NOC

first_imgGurugram: In an alarming figure that puts a serious question mark over the safety of school children over 20 private schools in Gurugram are functioning without the NOC from the fire department.The information has been revealed from the survey conducted by the fire department. The information cites that most of these Private schools are prominent schools in the schools in the city. The fire officials have cited that while most of the schools have not applied for the renewal of the license, there are also certain schools whose license were rejected due to inadequate fire safety systems. Sources in the fire department have cited that lack of action by the authorities is resulting in most of the establishments including schools in the city getting away and not renewing their fire safety licenses. Besides the Private schools, there are certain Government establishments including the city’s civil hospital that does not have a fire safety clearance certificate. For safety precautions, the city fire department has already started issuing notices to various establishments that are functioning without the fire safety clearance. Recently over 200 buildings that are over 15 metres in height were served notices by the Gurugram Fire department for not renewing their NOC on fire safety.”With summers resulting in a lot of fire incidents in the city, the fire department does not want to take any chances. We are serving a lot of establishments in the city with notices and warned them of punitive action if they do not renew their license,” said a senior official from Gurugram fire department. “As per law, major establishments in the city have to renew their licences after every year. However, many establishments in the city do not renew their licences and continue to play with the lives of the people in the city. While the fire department is expected to take action, even the residents must put pressure on these establishments,” added the official.last_img read more