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Protests swell after the junta in Myanmar raises the spectre of power

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Despite the threat by the ruling junta to use lethal force against citizens joining a general strike against the military takeover three weeks ago, demonstrators gathered in Myanmar’s largest city on Monday.

Near the U.S., more than 1,000 demonstrators gathered. In spite of obstacles blocking the way, the Embassy in Yangon left to avoid a confrontation after 20 military trucks with riot police arrived nearby. In other parts of the town, protests continued, including next to Sule Pagoda, a traditional meeting place.

In response to the call for a national strike, factories, offices and shops were closed throughout the country on Monday. The closings spread to Naypyitaw, the capital city.

In a public announcement Sunday night on state television broadcaster MRTV, the junta had cautioned against a general strike.

It has been noticed that on the day of 22 February, the demonstrators lifted their incitement to riot and anarchy mob. The onscreen text said in English, replicating the spoken announcement in Burmese, the protesters are now inciting people, particularly emotional teens and young people, to a path of confrontation where they will suffer the loss of life.

The statement by the junta also blamed criminals for previous protest activity, with the effect that “the members of the security force had to fire back.” Three demonstrators were fatally shot.

On Sunday night, trucks cruised the streets of Yangon blaring similar alarms.

Nonviolence has been adopted by the protest movement, which aims to return power to Aung San Suu Kyi’s elected government and have her and other leaders released from jail.

For the five number twos in the numeric form of Monday’s date, the nationwide strike was called Five-Twos.

“As a citizen of the region, I am joining the 22222 national protest. This time, we must enter the protest without fail,’ said 42-year-old Zayar, who owns the capital’s bottled water company. “So I shut my factory down and joined the demonstration.”

Also joining the strike was Zin Mi Mi Aung, a 27-year-old saleswoman.

“We don’t want to be ruled by the regime,” she said as people marched behind her and chanted. “Until we win, we will fight against them.”

Thousands of people gathered in the vast boulevards of the capital, many on motorcycles to allow rapid movement in case of any police action.

Reports and photographs of demonstrations were shared on social media in at least a dozen cities and towns. Overhead images, some of them taken from drones, showed huge crowds appearing to number in the tens of thousands in six cities.

In Taunggyi, the capital of Shan state, where hundreds of small red hot-air balloons were set aloft, there were photographs of an especially colourful gathering. The larger one was decorated with a three-finger salute drawing adopted by the anti-coup movement. The city is renowned for its annual festival of hot-air balloons.

Police pursued people in Pyinmana, a satellite town of Naypyitaw, across the streets to detain them. Social media posts, some from concerned family members, said the police had detained and sent 200 or more people, mainly young people, to a military base. It will be the biggest mass arrest since the protests began, if confirmed.

The general strike was an expansion of acts called by the Campaign for Civil Disobedience, a loosely structured organisation that urged civil servants and employees to abandon their employment in state enterprises. The appeal has been addressed by many transport employees and white collar workers.

On Saturday, more than two dozen organisations organised a General Strike Committee to provide the resistance movement with a more structured framework and initiate a “spring revolution.”

The U.S. and other Western nations have called on the junta to end violence, free prisoners and restore the elected government of Myanmar. The U.S. said on Monday it was implementing sanctions against more members of the junta because of security forces killing peaceful demonstrators.

Lt. Gen. Moe Myint Tun and Gen. Maung Maung Kyaw are joining other military leaders and institutions facing U.S. sanctions, and since the military takeover, Britain and Canada have taken similar steps.
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The U.S. criticised the assaults on demonstrators, the U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in a statement that if there was further violence, he vowed to take more action. “We call on the military and police to stop all attacks on peaceful protesters, to immediately release all those unjustly detained, to stop attacks on journalists and activists and to intimidate them, and to restore the democratically elected government.”

Since gaining independence from Britain in 1948, Myanmar has been dominated by the military for much of its existence. In the past decade, a gradual shift towards democracy permitted Suu Kyi to lead a civilian government beginning in 2016, although under a military-drafted constitution, the generals retained considerable control.

Her party won the election last November by a landslide, but before Parliament was to convene on Feb. 1, the military stepped in and arrested Suu Kyi and other government officials and declared a one-year state of emergency. It argues that the vote was contaminated by fraud and plans to reinvestigate those charges before a fresh election takes place.

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Wings use dominant third quarter to blow by Lynx

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“Exactly right.”

Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve didn’t hold back on what she thinks of her team’s 1-6 record to start the season after another loss on Saturday.

Minnesota fell to Dallas 94-78 when the Lynx turned a halftime lead into a 15-point deficit after the third quarter.

“There’s always a quarter,” Reeve said. “Until you find a defensive identity and you play with some toughness, you don’t get out-worked, this is going to be the result.”

It was a tale of two halves for the Lynx. The first quarter ended with Minnesota holding a five-point lead. Though the second quarter wasn’t as strong, the Lynx still went to halftime with a two-point lead.

The third quarter was where everything changed as Dallas’ offense took control.

“For us, we just need to get in the gym and we need to get better together at playing together, moving together and putting in the effort to get stops,” starting forward Jessica Shepard said.

Minnesota was outscored by 17 points in the third quarter alone. The Wings’ 36 points in that frame tied the most points against in any quarter this season for the Lynx. On May 10, the Lynx surrendered 36 points in the second quarter in a loss to Indiana.

The biggest trend leading to Dallas’ surge in the third quarter was a sudden turnaround in shooting percentage. For much of the first half, the Wings had a shooting percentage around 35 percent. As the fourth quarter expired, they had ballooned that percentage to just under 50 percent for the game — 46.6 percent.

They were able to take so many shots because of the Lynx faltered on the defensive glass.

While the Lynx got just four offensive rebounds, the Wings took control off their own shots and collected 15 offensive boards. Even on a night when Minnesota got 20 defensive rebounds on its own, Dallas nearly met that total in its favor on the offensive glass.

“We talked about that it would be more challenging to go get rebounds, but we certainly wanted to keep them off the glass,” Reeve said. “That was a priority, probably couldn’t tell.”

Things remained mostly even in the fourth quarter, but the damage had already been done in the third as Minnesota was thwarted by Dallas’ quick-paced attack and explosive offense.

On the other end, Minnesota didn’t capitalize on its own shots, missing points from much of the offense. All five starters had at least 12 points in the loss, but it still all came back to defensive cohesion.

“Honestly, it’s trust, and helping each other,” starting guard Moriah Jefferson said. “We have to make sure we’re in our schemes … that comes from trust, that comes from chemistry. We’re going to be better, I’m going to make sure of that.”

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JKSSB Selection List for the posts of “Junior Statistical Assistant” (Finance Department) Divisional Cadre Kashmir/Jammu advertised vide Notification NO. 04 of 2020 under Item No. 107 & 113 respectively.

As per the indent and the Notification the qualification prescribed for the posts of Junior Statistical Assistant is as follows: “Bachelors Degree in Economics/ Statistics/ Mathematics/ Commerce/ Computer Applications/ Information Technology as one of the elective subjects”.

The candidates whose recommendation has been kept withheld for the reason(s) indicated against their respective names, shall submit the requisite documents within “one month” from the date of issuance of the list positively.

The recommendation of the aforementioned candidates is subject to genuineness of all academic certificates and recognition status of institutes.

The select list shall be subject to outcome of any writ petition(s) pending in any court of law of the competent jurisdiction.

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Even in 6-1 loss to Rays, Adley Rutschman’s Orioles debut brings different feel to Camden Yards

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Even in 6-1 loss to Rays, Adley Rutschman’s Orioles debut brings different feel to Camden Yards

With a crowd that had been waiting for this day for almost three years on its feet, Adley Rutschman shook hands with home plate umpire Andy Fletcher, smiling and sharing pleasantries, then stood behind home plate at Camden Yards on the dirt he will patrol for the Orioles for years to come.

Before he squatted there as a major leaguer for the first time, Rutschman took a visual lap of this 30-year-old venue. He turned around and gave a slight nod. Then, as he has since adopting catching as a child, donned his mask, bent his knees and opened his mitt.

A major league debut requires a difficult balance. Players are told to treat it as any other game, the one they’ve played since boyhood, and to savor it, which Rutschman’s look around the ballpark served as an attempt to do. His actions from there — squatting, catching, swinging, taking pitches — were in and of themselves no different than usual. But little else in Baltimore’s 6-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays in their top prospect’s first major league game was normal.

An announced crowd of 17,573, one that routinely sounded much larger than its mediocre tally, stood and applauded at every opportunity to honor Rutschman, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2019 draft.

When he first took the field to warm up starting pitcher Kyle Bradish, another product of this organization’s rebuild and one of its top 10 prospects.

When he trotted onto the field and took that glance around the ballpark.

When he came up for his first at-bat, with phones held aloft for every pitch, including strike three.

When he walked in his second plate appearance, with the palpable hype around him almost suggesting he could do so on water.

When he showed he can run, too, following alternating chants of “Ad-ley! Ad-ley!” and “Ad-ley Rutsch-man!” by smacking a ball into the right field corner to triple for his first hit, matching former top prospects Matt Wieters and Manny Machado in their Oriole debuts.

When he prompted more chants by, of all acts, catching a routine popup before hitting one himself in his final at-bat.

As manager Brandon Hyde said before game, Saturday’s at-bats were only a handful to start a career that will hopefully feature thousands. That they came in a loss will also not be unique.

A pair of Randy Arozarena home runs off Bradish and another from Kevin Kiermaier off Mike Baumann spoiled a night in which Rutschman not only debuted, but also caught two of Baltimore’s top four pitching prospects. The solo shot was the only run Baumann allowed in finishing the game after replacing Bradish in the sixth.

Rutschman’s triple accounted for one of Baltimore’s six hits. Trey Mancini recorded two, including a run-scoring single in the eighth.

Rutschman alone won’t turn the Orioles’ tide, Saturday showed, but his presence brought a new energy to Camden Yards, a venue that during the course of Baltimore’s rebuild has featured many droll nights.

Saturday was different. A 360-degree turn from Adley Rutschman said as much.

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