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Karaikal District Court Jobs : The Union Territory of Puducherry has been formed consolidating four erstwhile French establishments viz Puducherry, Karaikal, Mahe, and Yanam. Karaikal District is one of the four regions of the Union Territory of Puducherry and is next to Puducherry in area and population.  It is at about 300 Kms. South of Chennai and about […]



Back in Florida, CB Mackensie Alexander feels at home with Dolphins

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Back In Florida, Cb Mackensie Alexander Feels At Home With Dolphins

As Mackensie Alexander absorbed the South Florida heat and humidity for a third training camp practice with the Miami Dolphins this week, he was reminded on Thursday of the hard work he had to endure both working with his parents in his youth and as a high school football standout in Immokalee in similar conditions.

Alexander and his twin brother, Mackenro, gathered everything from oranges to tomatoes on the fields of the rural Florida town just southeast of Fort Myers for his working-class parents, who were Haitian immigrants. It was commonplace for Alexander to have to wake up at 4 or 5 a.m. to spend the morning on the fields before getting ready for school.

It motivated him to see football as a way out of that lifestyle, and he made the most of his opportunities at Immokalee High, becoming a five-star recruit that played for Clemson and eventually became a second-round pick of the Minnesota Vikings in the 2016 NFL draft.

Spending five of his six seasons with the Vikings and 2020 with the Cincinnati Bengals, Alexander was available as a free agent this week when the Dolphins needed a cornerback following Trill Williams’ placement on season-ending injured reserve. Already living in South Florida in the offseason, the situation lined up perfectly for Alexander to sign with the Dolphins.

“It’s an amazing opportunity. I love it,” he said, sweating profusely as he spoke with reporters following Thursday’s drills. “I’m back home. I’m excited. My family’s excited. My friends are excited. I’m like an hour away from home, so this is amazing. I’m happy. I’m enjoying this.”

Alexander is back in the region where he first made his mark as a football recruit. He was rated the 2013 class’ No. 4 cornerback prospect, according to the 247 Sports composite rankings, at Immokalee.

“In South Florida, it’s talent,” said Alexander, who recalls covering NFL wideout Sammy Watkins at South Fort Myers High before they became Clemson teammates for a year. “You’re going against top guys in the league. I went against a bunch of receivers that went to D-I ball or, a lot of them, that are in the league right now.”

Playing in South Florida, Alexander had two of his greatest team achievements of his career, one in high school and one in college. Both involved his teams reaching a championship game. His Clemson Tigers defeated Oklahoma in the 2015 season’s Orange Bowl, a College Football Playoff semifinal at Hard Rock Stadium before falling to Alabama in the title game. In 2012, his Immokalee team topped Miami Jackson at historic Miami-Dade County high school football venue Traz Powell Stadium in the Class 5A state semifinal before losing to Tallahassee Godby in the championship game.

“Jackson had a lot of good receivers that year too,” Alexander said, reminiscing. “I remember that, for sure. It was a shootout. It was a crazy game.”

The Dolphins were the hometown team for Alexander growing up, and he remembers watching a little bit of the cornerback combination of Sam Madison and Patrick Surtain in the early 2000s. Madison and Surtain are now assistant coaches on Miami’s staff.

A member of the same draft class as Dolphins All-Pro cornerback Xavien Howard, Alexander said the two have built a relationship recently.

“We’ve had a bond since before I got here,” said Alexander, who has 201 career tackles, three interceptions 4 1/2 sacks and 32 pass deflections in his six-year career. “He was excited. He was probably one of the first guys that called me, and he was actually here when I was working out and stuff. He wanted me here.”

Known for his prominence covering the slot in nickel defenses, Alexander could serve that role behind Nik Needham for the Dolphins should Miami stick with him. Coach Mike McDaniel, though, doesn’t want to box him into that category.

“The versatility of inside and outside I think is nice for us,” McDaniel said of Alexander. “I’ll never be 100 percent committed to, ‘OK, this guy is only this,’ always leaving the options open fully knowing that he has experience.”

Alexander is open to whatever is best for the defense.

“Wherever coach allows me to play and what he wants me to do, that’s where I’ll be,” he said.

Alexander has the backing of Dolphins defensive tackle Christian Wilkins, who had a year in common with him at Clemson.

“He’s a good player because he went to Clemson, so that’s No. 1,” Wilkins said of Alexander Thursday. “I think he’s a veteran presence on this team now. He’s played a lot of ball, played a lot of good ball in the NFL. He’s a Florida boy. He’s going to come in and work. He’s a smart player.”

Alexander said he and Wilkins will try to get Tigers coach Dabo Swinney to come down to Miami for a picture together.

Alexander explained he had opportunities to sign with other teams this offseason, but he wanted to come to Miami.

“I like what they’re doing on defense here. It’s home for me,” he said.

Alexander’s twin brother, Mackenro, who was also heavily recruited at Immokalee with him before attending Iowa State following a junior college stint, is now an actor on Tyler Perry’s TV series “Sistas.”


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US senator urges Kenyan president to facilitate peaceful transition

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Us Senator Urges Kenyan President To Facilitate Peaceful Transition

A visiting US senator says he encouraged Kenya’s incumbent president to participate in a “peaceful transition of power” amid the latest election crisis in East Africa’s most stable democracy.

“I’ll let the president speak for himself, but it was certainly a hope that I expressed today,” Senator Chris Coons told The Associated Press after meeting President Uhuru Kenyatta on Thursday. He said they had discussed ways in which Kenyatta could play a “constructive peacemaking role” after leaving office.

Kenyatta has remained publicly silent since the August 9 vote, adding to anxiety as Kenya once again faces post-election uncertainty and a likely legal challenge by losing candidate Raila Odinga. Coons, leading a congressional delegation on a visit to five African countries, was partly in Kenya to meet with key parties and urge continued calm.

Kenyatta had backed his longtime rival and opposition leader Odinga in the close race against his own vice president, William Ruto, who fell out bitterly with Kenyatta years ago. Ruto was declared the winner on Monday, but not before Kenya’s most peaceful election had ever descended into chaos in the final moments.

The electoral commission split in two, each side accusing the other of wanting to tinker with the results. It came as a shock to many Kenyans after an election widely considered the country’s most transparent ever, with results from more than 46,000 polling stations posted online.

Now Odinga will almost certainly challenge the results in the Supreme Court. His campaign has seven days from Monday’s statement to do so, and the court will have 14 days to rule. Odinga urged his supporters to remain patient instead of taking to the streets in a country with a history of sometimes deadly post-election violence.

After meeting with Kenyatta, Odinga and Ruto, Coons told the AP “I was heartened by the fact that in all three meetings we heard a commitment to a call for calm and quiet, respect for the processes established in the 2010 constitution”. He said the conversations focused on the rule of law, the importance of free and fair elections and peaceful transitions.

“Obviously the United States has had a very difficult experience with these issues over the past few years,” Coons said, referring to the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol as former President Donald Trump was trying to stay in power. “I said in all three meetings that we have things to learn from Kenya.”

Kenyatta told Coons that Kenya would maintain “its position as a shining example of democracy on the continent by maintaining peace during this transition period”, according to a statement issued by the president’s office.

Members of a U.S. Congressional delegation visit the Tabitha Medical Clinic run by CFK Africa in the Kibera neighborhood of Nairobi, Kenya, August 18, 2022.

Coons said he did not come to Kenya to seek anything like the handshake that Kenyatta and Odinga, after pushing, shared to end months of crisis following the 2017 elections, which the results were overturned by the Supreme Court for irregularities, a first in Africa. Odinga boycotted the new vote and declared himself “the people’s president”, bringing allegations of treason.

This time, with Kenyatta’s backing, Odinga’s campaign believed he would win the presidency after a quarter century of pursuit.

Kenyatta is stepping down after two terms, a notable move in a region where longtime presidents like Uganda’s Yoweri Museveni and Rwanda’s Paul Kagame have been accused of clinging to power by changing term limits, manipulating elections and suppressing dissenting voices.

The US delegation is also visiting Rwanda, where human rights and violent tensions with neighboring Congo are almost certainly on the agenda after Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s visit last week. Coons said he was looking forward to visiting Kagame.

Kenyatta has played a leading role in efforts to calm Rwandan-Congolese tensions and attempt to mediate the deadly Tigray conflict in neighboring Ethiopia, with US support. .

Ruto’s public comments this week focused on domestic issues, not foreign ones, but Coons said the president-elect had ‘expressed concern and intent in trying to help bring about positive resolutions’ in such regional crises. .

Coons also played a role in trying to calm the conflict in Ethiopia. But he told the AP that the delegation had no meeting with the Ethiopian government or Tigray forces while in Kenya.

Coons, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and his delegation have already visited Cape Verde and Mozambique and will also visit Tunisia.

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Giants QB Daniel Jones reveals he had ‘non-football related’ neck procedure during the offseason

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Giants Qb Daniel Jones Reveals He Had ‘Non-Football Related’ Neck Procedure During The Offseason

Giants quarterback Daniel Jones revealed on Thursday that he underwent a “non-football related procedure” on his neck “early in the winter.”

Jones said the previously undisclosed surgery was “completely unrelated” to the “neck strain” that prematurely ended his 2021 NFL season after a Week 12 injury in Philadelphia.

A small scar at the bottom of Jones’ neck, in a photo circulated on social media, prompted a question about whether he’d had surgery to correct last season’s injury.

“No, I didn’t. I didn’t at all,” he said. “I had a non-football related procedure done on my neck. I saw there was some [speculation] about it [online]. But it was completely unrelated. I feel good. Neck’s great.”

Jones added that the surgery happened “early in the winter” and reiterated that it was “unrelated” to last season’s injury. The press conference was cut off at that point, and he took no more questions on the topic.

It’s unheard of nowadays for an NFL team to successfully keep a surgery to its starting quarterback under wraps. This story isn’t over, though.

Understanding the exact nature of the procedure is important. Any potential health issue that required surgery on Jones’ neck is relevant, if not possibly concerning.


Special teams coordinator Thomas McGaughey said Kadarius Toney isn’t in the mix for kick or punt returners at the moment because he isn’t on the field.

“Well, he hasn’t done a lot of anything right now,” McGaughey said. “As soon as he gets back on the field, he’ll be pushed right back into the mix. It’s just a matter of him getting healed up and get to where he can just function as a football player.”

Toney sat out 11-on-11 again Thursday, meaning he has failed to participate fully in eight of the Giants’ 15 practices this summer.


Center Ben Bredeson left Thursday’s practice with an apparent right arm injury while filling in for injured top center Jon Feliciano. Left guard Max Garcia, filling in for injured starter Shane Lemieux (foot), finished practice snapping to Daniel Jones with backup tackle Devery Henderson at left guard. The Giants are decimated by injuries as a team, including on the line, where they’ve lost tackles Korey Cunningham (released), Matt Gono (released), Marcus McKethan (IR), Lemieux, guard Jamil Douglas (ankle) and Feliciano (undisclosed) since the start of camp. Reserve guard Garrett McGhinn was even slow to get up on the final snap of the day. Feliciano did individual drills but not team drills. Douglas continues to rehab on the side.

At other positions, promising rookie defensive lineman Ryder Anderson hurt his left foot or ankle but got it taped and returned to finish practice. … Linebacker Blake Martinez was on the field, doing limited work, for the first time since Aug. 8. … Corner Aaron Robinson was down for a while and left the field after a collision with Kenny Golladay on an incompletion, but it appeared Robinson may have just been hit below the belt.


Defensive coordinator Wink Martindale said the defense purposefully played more “front-and-coverage” on Thursday, with less aggressiveness and blitzing, to work on their technique. …

Jones completed a 40 or 50-yard pass to Golladay down the left sideline, Golladay’s third catch of practice and Jones’ deepest completion of camp. The QB then threw a near interception on the next play, intended for TE Daniel Bellinger, that LB Tae Crowder dropped. …

Wideout C.J. Board caught TDs from both Jones and Tyrod Taylor. David Sills had a couple good catches on Jones passes in his first full practice since Aug. 3. …

Rookie Jashaun Corbin received the bulk of the carries with the first-team offense with Saquon Barkley resting, Matt Breida and Gary Brightwell still limited, and Antonio Williams working in. …

Alex Bachman had a good day at receiver, including a TD catch from Taylor. Darius Slayton also hauled in a TD from Taylor. …

Martindale said the practice was going to be “noisy” because “the emphasis today is communicating well.” That was needed after a couple of low-energy practices to start the week. Sterling Shepard, still on the PUP list rehabbing, was loud and exuberant on the offense’s sideline. Shepard also looked great running routes with trainers, better than he has all camp. It seems like he’s getting closer coming off last season’s Achilles tear. …

McGaughey said Gillan was “the player of the game” on special teams in the preseason opener at New England. “His first punt was 52 yards, two yards from the boundary. You couldn’t walk down there and place it any better than that one,” he said. …

The Giants have one more practice Friday before Sunday night’s second preseason game against the Cincinnati Bengals at MetLife Stadium.


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What to know about the symptoms of E. coli and how to prevent infection

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What To Know About The Symptoms Of E. Coli And How To Prevent Infection

A “rapid” outbreak of E. coli disease has been reported in Michigan and Ohio. At least 29 people are sick and nine of them are hospitalized, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in an urgent message on Wednesday.

The CDC said a source of infection has yet to be identified in this outbreak and no deaths have been reported.

Here’s everything you need to know about Escherichia coli — commonly known by its abbreviated name, E. coli.


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Joe Klecko knows better than to celebrate Hall of Fame induction too early

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Joe Klecko Knows Better Than To Celebrate Hall Of Fame Induction Too Early

Joe Klecko has been waiting for his moment since the former Jets defensive star was first eligible to be elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

The moment finally came on Wednesday as Klecko, now 68, found out he was a finalist on the senior ballot and will likely be headed to Canton, Ohio as part of the 2023 Pro Football Hall of Fame class.

But instead of being at home waiting for the official announcement, Klecko was getting a scheduled MRI done in the afternoon. He found out he had made the cut by checking his phone after the procedure.

“I never knew your phone could catch on fire,” Klecko joked when he talked to the media Thursday at Jets training camp. “I had 65 text messages on my phone and I don’t think I’ve ever seen that in my life.”

Klecko, along with former Chicago Bears and Dallas Cowboys linebacker Chuck Howley and former Bengals cornerback Ken Riley were announced as the three senior finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame Wednesday.

Klecko will be elected to the Hall of Fame if he receives support from 80% of the voters in January, which is mostly a formality for senior candidates. Then he would then be enshrined next summer with the rest of the ‘23 class.

Klecko says he is excited about the possibility of being inducted, but he won’t become overjoyed by the moment until it becomes official.

“I’ve been in the construction business all my life and I have had times where I’ve had the job and I walked in the door to get the contract to sign and I get the excuse something went wrong and it is going another way,” Klecko said. “You learn to take the rejections in business and it is something I didn’t want to let myself get up for.

“I’ve learned not to get excited about anything unless the check is in the bank. This is kind of one of those situations, but not as negative. Everyone knows the last hurdle of this thing comes in January when you have to get 80% of the vote among 48 voters.

“That is a pretty tall mountain to climb. Until the check is in the bank, I’m going to maintain my civility about this and live my normal life.”

During his 11 seasons with the Jets, Klecko was a mainstay on the team’s defensive line as he dominated at three positions — defensive end, defensive tackle and nose tackle. He was an All-Pro twice, including in 1981, when he unofficially led the NFL with 20.5 sacks.

He finished second to Giants great Lawrence Taylor in the AP Defensive Player of the Year voting and won the Pro Football Writers of America Defensive Player of the Year. Sacks didn’t become an official stat until 1982.

During the 1980s, he teamed up with Mark Gastineau, Marty Lyons and Abdul Salaam to form the “New York Sack Exchange.”

Klecko ended his career with 78 sacks. That is good for second in Jets history, trailing only Gastineau’s 107.5.

After a season with the Indianapolis Colts in 1988, Klecko ended his 12-year career. At the time, some Jets fans might have thought Klecko would be in the Canton, Ohio shrine as early as the minimum five seasons after he retired. However, that proved not to be the case.

A Hall of Fame snub for years, Klecko was a Modern-Era candidate before becoming a senior candidate. He had never advanced to the finalist stage until this year.

“[Hall of Fame offensive guard] Joe DeLamielleure makes a great case for me,” Klecko told the Daily News earlier this year. “He said if I just stayed at one position I’d be in the Hall. But what’s the difference? I still dominated at every position.”

On Thursday, Klecko — who has his No. 73 retired by the Jets and is a member of team’s Ring of Honor — also talked about the joy he got from playing in the biggest media market in the country.

“Playing in New York is one of the greatest things you can do,” Klecko said. “Winning in New York is the next best thing. I remember when we were the Sack Exchange and we were doing this photo shoot down at Wall Street and we drove down there and we turned the corner and it was mobs of people.

“It was that exciting. It is New York, they do everything big. When we got out of the car, it was a surreal moment but a long-lasting moment.”


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Women Defend Ukrainian First Lady’s ‘Vogue’ Cover With Hashtag #SitLikeAGirl: NPR

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Ukrainian first lady Olena Zelenska on the cover of vogue, photographed by Annie Leibovitz. Titled “Portrait of Bravery”, the broadcast and accompanying interview depict Zelenska as a woman rising to the challenge of her many roles in this war.

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Women Defend Ukrainian First Lady's 'Vogue' Cover With Hashtag #Sitlikeagirl: Npr

Ukrainian first lady Olena Zelenska on the cover of vogue, photographed by Annie Leibovitz. Titled “Portrait of Bravery”, the broadcast and accompanying interview depict Zelenska as a woman rising to the challenge of her many roles in this war.

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LVIV, Ukraine — What does it mean to “sit like a girl”? The question arose after Ukrainian first lady Olena Zelenska appeared sitting on the cover of vogue last month. Some critics ridiculed her pose as unfeminine.

In the portrait, shot by famed photographer Annie Leibovitz in Kyiv, Zelenska is dressed in slacks and a shirt with rolled up sleeves, flat shoes and minimal makeup. She is seated on marble steps, propped up with her elbows on her knees – her legs not zipped together.

“‘Sit like a girl,’” recalled Polina Karabach, a 30-year-old Kyiv resident, who had read online while browsing through a deluge of criticism. “[They say] it’s inappropriate for the first lady, it’s inappropriate for women to sit like that.”

Karabach believes Zelenska sent an important message by appearing in the magazine: that even though Ukrainians are tired, they are “still holding on”. So she was surprised when so much criticism, including from fellow Ukrainians, focused on the first lady’s appearance.

Her hair? Too glamorous for war.

Their eyes? Too weary.

His stance? Too manly.

The media may have noticed that President Volodymyr Zelensky has looked exhausted since the war. But few people criticize him when he’s in the press, Karabach says, so the backlash against his wife is “a sign that it’s really about trying to humiliate women and Olena, in particular.”

Critics have taken issue with all sorts of aspects

Zelenska’s photo shoot drew other kinds of criticism, including from fellow Ukrainians who accused her of stealing the limelight from women working on the frontlines and promoting a cult of personality in the West around President Zelenskyy. . He appears kissing or holding hands with his wife in some of the photos.

Meanwhile, outside Ukraine, the photo shoot also drew criticism as war propaganda and shedding light on the conflict. “Does the magazine romanticize war, or does the first lady weaponize the brilliant?” asked for a reviewer’s notebook in The New York Times.

Peter Dickinson, editor of the Atlantic Council’s UkraineAlert service who runs a publishing business in Ukraine, says most of the criticism seems to come from Russia, Russian proxies and people who criticize their government’s support for Ukraine in countries like the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany and Italy.

“I think it was a good opportunity for people who are critical of the overwhelming support for Ukraine, to shout out to Ukraine and say, ‘Look, this country doesn’t need our help, they’re doing vogue photo shoots, they don’t need help, they don’t need support,” says Dickinson.

Republican Congresswoman Lauren Boebert shouted exactly that. As the United States sends billions in aid to Ukraine, it tweeted“Zelenskyy does photo shoots for Vogue Magazine. These people think we’re just a bunch of suckers.”

Jalisa Danielle, a Houston-based podcaster, also expressed skepticism about the seriousness of the conflict. “How serious is the war in Ukraine? she asked in a tweetwhich received a large number of retweets and likes.

Danielle told NPR that vogue just might not have been the right vehicle for the message Zelenska might be trying to send.

“To look at this and see, on the one hand, people say it’s very serious, there’s a lot of crazy conflict going on, and then seeing someone has time to do a high fashion photo shoot, even if it wasn’t high fashion clothes or stuff, that’s what it’s associated,” says Danielle.

When Zelenska was requested by the BBC on criticism that his appearance in vogue ‘glamorize war,’ first lady said, ‘I take every opportunity to talk about Ukraine – it was a huge opportunity, because millions of people read vogue. … And being able to talk to them directly was my duty.”

Dickinson agrees, writing in his blog:

“An eye-catching photo shoot with a global media brand is a smart move by Zelenska that leverages Ukraine’s strengths and bolsters the country’s ability to significantly exceed its weight in the information war against Russia. At a time when scenes of death and destruction in Ukraine have lost the power to shock, she offers a compelling personal perspective that brings home the reality of war to outside observers.”

It has become an important moment for Ukrainian women

A growing number of people have pushed back against criticism of her pose in particular.

Women are using the hashtag #SitLikeAGirl on social media with images of themselves sitting like the first lady’s cover photo, in a challenge against female stereotypes. Supporters have included people from all walks of life – soldiers, police, artists, singers – and this week, the Minister of Justice of Slovakia.

Valeria Voshchevska, a Ukrainian activist who works for Amnesty International in London, says this response is “incredible” and shows the “power of civil society in Ukraine, which is so nice to see in juxtaposition with, you know, Russia”.

This moment is important for Ukrainian women, she says, because not only is a woman leading the way for the country to be better seen and heard, but she stands up to criticism and stereotypes at a crucial time.

Back in Kyiv, Karabach recreated the photo of first lady Zalenska in her apartment. Her portrait was taken by her husband, Yuriy Karabach.

‘I think we should stop paying attention to this and start focusing on what’s important,’ she says – like doing what you can to support Ukraine in the war.

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