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Duke’s Zion Williamson sits on the floor following a injury during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against North Carolina, in Durham, N.C., Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)DURHAM, North Carolina—Soon after Zion Williamson’s shoe ripped apart, Nike’s stock price took a hit.The freak injury during one of the college basketball season’s marquee games immediately sparked debates about everything from the shoe manufacturer to insurance issues and whether the likely NBA lottery pick should risk his professional future by continuing to play for the top-ranked-for-now Blue Devils.ADVERTISEMENT Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Williamson is day to day with a mild right knee sprain and is progressing as expected, team spokesman Mike DeGeorge said Thursday night.By Thursday morning, Nike, which manufactured the shoes Williamson was wearing, also was feeling the impact of the injury.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsThe company’s stock closed down 89 cents at $83.95 on Thursday as the sportswear manufacturer became the target of ridicule on social media. A spokesman said Nike has begun an investigation into what it called an “isolated” event.“Shoes have failed before, but not as visibly,” said Matt Powell, a senior industry adviser for sports for the NPD Group, a market research firm. “I’ve seen guys bust through shoes but not sprain their knee,” coach Mike Krzyzewski said. “He’s gone down a couple times where he’s slipped and saved the ball. That’s what I thought happened. He goes so fast that maybe if there’s something slippery, that happened.”The injury also set off a fresh round of debate about whether Williamson — the possible No. 1 overall pick in the NBA draft, should he leave Duke after his freshman season — would be wise to end his college season in an attempt to avoid an injury that could jeopardize his pro career. NBA Hall of Famer Scottie Pippen made the case for it a month ago, saying on ESPN that “I would shut it down.”Asked to respond on Feb. 5 to those comments, Williamson turned to his locker room sidekick, walk-on Mike Buckmire, and asked, “Buck, would you hate me if I shut down the season?“I couldn’t do that to my teammates,” Williamson continued. “Again, thank you for, like, seeing the confidence in me and the type of player I can become. But I love college too much to stop playing. I wouldn’t give this up.”Now that he’s actually hurt, it’s unknown if his feelings have changed.It’s also unclear, if he decides to continue his college career, whether Williamson has an insurance policy to protect him in case of injury like many other elite college athletes have purchased.DeGeorge on Thursday could not confirm a report by Action Network that Williamson had an $8 million loss of value policy written by Winston-Salem-based International Specialty Insurance that would pay out if he slipped past the 16th pick in this June’s draft. Officials at ISI did not return telephone and email messages Thursday.Loss of value polices are not offered by the NCAA, but the governing body does offer disability insurance.Spokeswoman Stacey Osburn said the NCAA allows schools to purchase loss of value policies on a player’s behalf. She added that the NCAA also facilitates a disability insurance program for players in five sports, including men’s basketball, in which athletes can purchase policies with preapproved financing to protect against future loss of earnings due to injuries suffered in college. Duke spokesman Jon Jackson said the university does provide the resource for athletes to purchase policies in limited cases but declined to comment on specific instances.There are no NCAA restrictions on how much insurance a player can purchase, or if the player wants both types of policies, Osburn said. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college View comments LATEST STORIES Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? MOST READ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil NBA, union forward talks on ending ‘one-and-done’ Playing before a crowd littered with celebrities — from Spike Lee to former President Barack Obama — Williamson was hurt in the opening minute of the game as his Nike PG 2.5, from Oklahoma City Thunder star Paul George’s signature sneaker line, tore apart. Williamson wears that model frequently during games and hadn’t had any obvious problems.The 280-pound Williamson is one of the most powerful players in the game, and he tried to plant with his left foot as his right foot was slipping. The blue rubber sole ripped loose from the white shoe and Williamson’s foot came all the way through the large gap. He ended up in an awkward-almost-split, clutching the back of his right knee . He walked to the bench and a few minutes later headed to the locker room, leaving the wrecked shoe under his chair.George said Thursday that he has talked with Nike to see what went wrong and what happened to the shoe.“It hasn’t happened to me as long as I’ve been in this shoe,” George said. “We’ve made three generations, going on four now of my shoe, of being successful. So I didn’t necessarily feel any way about that part — the negative part of it. My only concern was for Zion, honestly.”Since Duke is a Nike-sponsored school, Williamson has his choice of that company’s footwear.ADVERTISEMENT A few years ago, former South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore took out a disability insurance policy.He purchased a $1.8 million insurance policy through the NCAA program. Lattimore had a clause in his policy that it would pay out if he did not play four NFL games. Lattimore never played in an NFL game but only received about $270,000 from the policy, in part because he did get a signing bonus when he was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in the fourth round.He purchased the policy prior to his sophomore season in 2011 then renewed it the following year. That season he dislocated his knee in a game suffered several torn ligaments when he was tackled. 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Chick said the audit was thorough and her office had approved the use of subcontractors with workers’ compensation expertise to help conduct the review. kerry.cavanaugh@ dailynews.com (213) 978-0390 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Chick said her office’s review was accurate. “I stand by – 100 percent – the findings of my audit,” she said. “No one likes to be audited. No one likes to be criticized or analyzed or picked apart, especially not publicly, and I work very hard to make my audit public because that’s how change occurs.” The audit, which was released in February, found that Cambridge’s claims adjusters handled too many cases and that files were reviewed too infrequently and were insufficiently documented. Cambridge disputed those findings, saying they were skewed because the review was conducted by claims adjustors provided by a subcontractor rather than by auditors. Concerned that a critical audit by Controller Laura Chick will hurt its reputation and bottom line, a workers’ compensation contractor has challenged findings that it provided lax oversight and slow service for police and city firefighters injured on the job. Cambridge Integrated Services Group Inc., which has a $7 million-a-year contract with the city that expires in June, has asked for a new audit, claiming the initial report was flawed and misleading. “It’s not that any one particular task or item was botched up; it’s that the entire audit really does not comport with what are the generally accepted audit standards,” said attorney Ben Reznik, whose firm reviewed the audit for Cambridge. Cambridge is unwilling to sue over the audit, but its owners have been trying to talk to members of the City Council and Personnel Department, which recently sought bids from competing firms to handle the police and fire workers’ compensation cases.
Lifford Clonleigh Resource Centre Local Notes• Lifford Midnight Walk: A midnight 5K walk has been organised by a group of local walking enthusiasts. All proceeds from this event will go to the Friends of Lifford Hospital and will be held as a midsummer’s night walk on Friday 21st June. Registration for all participants is 5 euro taking place at Lifford Health Centre from 11 am to 12 noon. The official start time is 12 o’ clock walking from Lifford to Strabane and return walking back to Lifford. All are very welcome to take part and there will be free water available.• Living a Quality of Life with a Long Term Health Condition: If you or someone you know is living with a long term condition, you will find that sometimes life is not easy. However there is lots of support available to you to make the choices that suit you in areas that you may feel you need that little bit of extra help. The HSE in Donegal is providing a self-management course for carers and people with long term conditions that promote self- care. Participants, to date, have reported a significant positive impact on their lives from implementing the skills they have learned from the course. They also enjoyed learning from other people with long term conditions in an informal setting. The course is free and is due to start in September and is run over six weekly sessions. If you would like to find out more information on this course or would like to book a place on the course, contact the HSE Consumer Services Department on 074 91 89016 or email firstname.lastname@example.org All enquires are welcome. • Student Summer Special: Astro Turf Pitch available for 1 hour hire up to 4.30pm for 20 euro. For more information or to book a place contact us on 074 91 41773.• Counselling & Support Services: Free Confidential Counselling Support. You can avail of this service free of charge if you are 17 years or over, whether you are Male or Female. Services Available@ Lifford Clonleigh Resource Centre and Manorcunningham. Strictly Appointment Only. For Further information contact0044 (0) 784 9223 114. • Young parents Pathways programme Start date to be confirmed: This programme is open to Young parents that would like to learn: Parenting Advice, Personal Development, Health Awareness, Paediatric First Aid and IT Qualification. Also enjoy Fun days out for parents & children, Visits to health spas. All expenses are covered by this programme at no cost to the individual. There is also childcare supplements and free travel available. For further information or to receive an application form Contact 04882 250 962 /0749141773.• Writer’s Group: Finished until Wednesday 18th September for summer break.• Art Classes: Finished until September for summer break.• Clothes Appeal: Blossoms charity shop is appealing for donations. We are looking for clothes, shoes, belts, bags, bric-a-brac, toys and books (in good condition). Items can be dropped into the Resource Centre when the shop is closed. “Many thanks”• “Blossoms” Charity Shop: We are currently looking for volunteers for our local charity shop “Blossoms”. This shop generates much needed income to help the running costs of the Lifford Clonleigh Resource Centre. Without the help of volunteers we would not be able to open the shop. The new opening hours of the shop are Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 12-4pm. If you have any free time to spare and would like to help out please contact reception on 074 91 41773.• Children’s Arts and Crafts: Every week 1 hour 30 minutes per session. To find out more please contact reception on 074 91 41773! • Woman’s knitting class: Finished until September for summer break.• Just 4 me: Finished until 9th September for summer break.• 50+ groups: Finished until September for summer break.DD LOCAL – LIFFORD/CLONLEIGH RESOURCE CENTRE NOTES was last modified: June 19th, 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:Lifford/Clonleigh Resource Centre notes
Norwich midfielder Wes Hoolahan left Craven Cottage on crutches after suffering an ankle injury in his side’s defeat against Fulham.The Republic of Ireland international was taken off just before the hour mark as the Canaries were knocked off their perch at the top of the Championship.Boss Neil Adams said: “Wes has gone over on his ankle. He’s on crutches and in a protective boot.“He signalled straight away that he knew something was bad there.“We won’t know the exact extent of the damage until he has his scan but it doesn’t look too clever.”Adams was disappointed at the lack of clear-cut chances his side created and felt Lewis Grabban’s penalty miss early in the second half was the game’s turning point.He said: “We had 63 per cent possession, which is massive away from home but it didn’t materialize into genuine goalscoring chances.“We had the penalty obviously and it’s those fine margins that change games – if we score it, we probably win.“The first 20 minutes we’re on top and Fulham break away and score with their first shot. There’s two or three errors there and we can’t afford to do that.“To take one point from the last three games the way we’ve played is not good enough.”Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Chelsea have been impressive so far under Maurizio SarriChelsea are gearing up to host Premier League leaders Liverpool in a huge six-pointer at Stamford Bridge on Saturday afternoon. The Blues’ 100% start to the season came crashing down with a 0-0 draw away at West Ham on Sunday and they are now third in the table.Liverpool are still protecting a perfect record, two points clear of Chelsea, but Maurizio Sarri’s men now have a great opportunity to derail their title charge.Victory would spark serious confidence among the troops and lay down a statement of intent to all the Blues’ rivals, so there is a great deal at stake.Chelsea are the underdogs for this game according to the oddsmakers, its highly recommended to read a sportsbetting.ag review if you’re looking to wager on the game.It must be more than a decade since the Blues were last rated as the outsiders in a home game against Liverpool. But it is a reflection of Liverpool’s aggressive and ambitious summer transfer window, in which they vastly outspent Chelsea to snap up the likes of Naby Keita, Fabinho and Alisson.The Reds finished ahead of Chelsea in the table last season and reached the Champions League final, and they have made a blistering start to the new campaign, so they are the shorter-priced favourites. Chelsea’s chanceBut this gives Chelsea a fantastic opportunity to make a mockery of any talk of a power shift in the Premier League.Liverpool have not won the league in 28 years, whereas Chelsea are Premier League heavyweights and regular title winners. In front of a passionate home crowd, they can really take Liverpool down a peg or two.The Reds will be surging with confidence after picking up away wins against Tottenham and Leicester in the past month. But Chelsea have also been excellent at home, beating Arsenal, Bournemouth and Cardiff.Eden Hazard has been outstanding for club and countryIf they can pick up three points in this game it would have massive ramifications for the title race even at this early stage. The Blues are certainly capable of picking up a result. The midfield battleN’Golo Kante, Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic form a magnificent triumvirate in midfield, and they could run rings around James Milner and co.Liverpool are yet to properly unleash Keita and Fabinho and Milner, Jordan Henderson and Giorginio Wijnaldum have seen the most playing time. Chelsea’s midfield looks vastly superior on paper in that contest. Defensive frailtiesThere are also still serious question marks over Liverpool’s defence. The arrivals of Alisson and Virgil Van Dijk have tightened it, but they are still vulnerable, and Hazard and Willian could have a field day against their full-backs.Chelsea are unlikely to keep a clean sheet against a rampant Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane, but they could easily outscore Liverpool in this game.They need Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud to find their shooting boots, and they need to get Hazard on the ball as often as possible, but it is certainly a game Chelsea could win. Upsetting the oddsThey should thrive on the pressure to make a mockery of their status as underdogs. A couple of years ago the notion of Liverpool being favourites to win in the league at the Bridge would have been ridiculous. It is time to bring Jurgen Klopp’s upstarts back down to earth.The bookies rate Chelsea as the third favourites to win the title this season, with champions Man City still odds-on to defend their crown and Liverpool dropping all the time.But the Blues won the title in 2014/15 and 2016/17, defying the odds both times, and they have the quality to win the league again this season if they can turn it on against big teams like Liverpool.They look rejuvenated thus far under Sarri and it will be intriguing to see how they respond to the pressure of Saturday’s game. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebookby Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksRecommended for youAspireAbove.comRemember Pauley Perrette? Try Not To Smile When You See Her NowAspireAbove.comUndoRome Hotels | Search AdsRome Hotels Might be Cheaper Than You ThinkRome Hotels | Search AdsUndoLifestly.com25 Celebs You Didn’t Realize Are Gay – No. 8 Will Surprise WomenLifestly.comUndoUsed Cars | Search AdsUsed Cars in Tuen Mun Might Be Cheaper Than You ThinkUsed Cars | Search AdsUndoezzin.com20 Breathtaking Places to See Before You Dieezzin.comUndoFood World Magazine15 Fruits that Burn Fat Like CrazyFood World MagazineUndoDrhealth35 Foods That Should Never Be Placed in the RefrigeratorDrhealthUndoHappyTricks.comHer House Always Smells Amazing – Try her Unique Trick!HappyTricks.comUndo
Big Science journals need to either balance their coverage of political issues or drop them altogether to avoid losing half their audience.More people are looking askance at Big Science because of its political adherence to leftist causes. We refer to “Big Science” (which can be abbreviated B.S.) as the institutions, reporters and lobbyists who promote the “public image” of science in the media. Day after day, their biased coverage reveals the following political posture by BS and their uncritical reporters in Big Media (B.M.):If evidence favors the Trump administration or Republican policies, BS is against it.If evidence favors conservative positions on social issues, BS is against it.If evidence supports intelligent design, BS is against it.If evidence favors anything favorable to Christianity, BS is against it.The converse of each point is also true: if evidence discredits Donald Trump’s policies, BS is all for it, and so on down the list. Many science articles that get into politics really aren’t about science at all. They are written as if to give a scientific aura to leftist, globalist, atheist positions. They look like they were written by political liberal hacks. Even in social issues like abortion and transgenderism—where leftist positions are anti-science—BS and BM consistently take the leftist stance. Their in-your-face bias is bound to make non-leftists consider BS and BM as special-interest groups that amount to political enemies. This is not good for science. There needs to be objectivity and balance to extricate BS from politics. Better yet, science should just keep out of political policy matters altogether. Whatever happened to the unbiased study of nature?People who see men and women as fundamentally different are more likely to accept workplace discrimination (TheConversation). As a quasi-scientific website, The Conversation is a hotbed of liberal, leftist, anti-creationist, anti-ID, anti-Republican, anti-Trump sentiment posing as a forum for scientists. Its posts are usually uncritically shared by Phys.org. Here’s a good example. Nobody wants to be accused of “discrimination” these days for anything; even claiming “discriminating taste” in clothes, music, or food risks a sour glance. Given the loaded word, who, you might ask, tends to “see men and women as fundamentally different”? The answer is clearly conservatives and others who believe God created sexes for distinct (yet equally valuable) roles, like Genesis 1:27 says. Prepare for Cordelia Find and Nick Haslam to commit the Association Fallacy linking conservatives with bigots. To add the aura of science, they appeal to a rigged “study” whose outcome was predictable by these two, who see no problem sending the less-enlightened conservatives to re-education camps:Our findings raise some important questions for human resources practitioners working to reduce gender-based discrimination in organisations. Are programs that promote the essentialist view that women and men have fundamentally different and complementary skills impeding rather than improving workplace equality? Might programs that challenge inaccurate gender-essentialist beliefs be more effective than unconscious bias training programs?Emergency department visits after abortion extremely rare (Medical Xpress). Planned Parenthood (you remember, that organization that sells baby body parts) has no better partner than BS and BM, who regularly offer excuses for killing babies in the womb. Those conservatives who complain that abortion centers are dirty, filthy, unsanitary places, as seen in Kermit Gosnell’s house of horrors, must be stopped. Enter another “study” by biased “researchers” to speak up abortionists with their nice, sweet, pink-and-blue rooms where women can safely dispose of their children: “Given the low rate of major incidents, perceptions that abortion is unsafe are not based on evidence,” the authors of the “study” conclude.Arkansas abortion pills restriction remains on hold (Medical Xpress). Democrats and other leftists love it when unelected judges cross the will of the people. Citizens of Arkansas, through their elected representatives, tried to restrict abortion pills, but a judge issued an injunction from allowing the law to go into effect. The reporter, Alicia Gallegos, appears delighted that this happened, writing like a Planned Parenthood defender would. “Attorney General Rutledge will continue to defend Arkansas law and fight to protect the lives of women across the state.” The little girls in the trash can weep.Religion-free church lifts your spirits (Phys.org). What on earth is a “science news site” like Phys.org doing promoting secular “church” meetings? Natural science has no business promoting atheism, but this article heartily endorses the benefits of fellowship apart from “religion” (which they equate with belief in God). The reporters could have said that these “secular congregations” are just as religious as church congregations. The reporters could have noted that the phenomenon points to a God-shaped vacuum in the human heart. That, however, would not fit the leftists’ secular narrative. The article, posing as “science news,” looks like a free ad for drawing people out of real churches into fake churches. “Secular congregations may be a good alternative for non-religious people who want the health benefits religious communities traditionally offer.”Report: Trump administration needs to step up on ‘Obamacare’ (Medical Xpress). Well, if a “report” on a science news site says something, it must have more cred than a tabloid, right? The wildly unpopular and unsuccessful health program based on Obama’s lies (“If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor”) gets not only positive coverage (as if socialized medicine is sweet); it also launches an attack on Trump, too. It’s Trump’s fault, the writer implies, that Obamacare rates are skyrocketing. Trump needs to be doing more to shore up the failing system!Donald Trump’s Space Force Isn’t As New Or As Dangerous As It Seems (Space.com). Isn’t this an item that defends Trump? Notice that the implication is that the Space Force is dangerous, but it’s not “as” dangerous “as it seems”— to whom? Obviously, to the leftists that liberal reporters Cameron Hunter and Bleddyn Bown assume are their readers. Some defense. Trump is undoubtedly flattered. This article’s defense of Trump is about as tasteless as the redneck’s compliment, “You don’t sweat much for a big girl.”Hey America, you can finally choose to elect people who rely on facts (New Scientist). The leftist progressives in Britain here brazenly intrude into US politics in the name of “science” and “facts.”Whenever we can, we need to complain to BS and BM to stop this persistent bias. “Get back to natural science!” we should insist. Turn them off. Complain to their advertisers. They are betraying the good name of science with their leftist propaganda. They deserve no more respect than Antifa – maybe less, since they are more sneaky about it. 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SharePrint RelatedTop 10 Geocaches of the Week 2017December 27, 2017In “Geocache of the Week”Maastricht:Wandelen op en langs de stadsmuren – Geocache of the WeekApril 3, 2019In “Community”How to find a Multi-CacheJune 10, 2015In “Geocaching Info” “In the Jungle you must wait, until the dice read 5 or 8.”Deep in the untamed wilderness of the Netherlands exists a legendary geocache. The 21 stages of this Multi-cache bring you through the game of Jumanji. Ward off giant wasps, escape from pesky monkeys, and play the game as you journey towards the Final stage — an official Jumanji game board. Location:Noord-Brabant, NetherlandsN 51° 40.910′ E 005° 38.757′ Multi-CacheGC39CM6by The Knight Templar Difficulty:4Terrain:2.5 Do you dare to take the bait, to learn your geocaching fate?Disclaimer: Imagination required for exotic animal sightings. Do you remember the hunter from the movie? Look familiar?21 stage Multis can be tough!Father-Daughter bonding at one of the stages3-D Vision to carry out the mission.The final stage and ultimate reward: Jumanji!Share with your Friends:More
We recently told you about the Flickr App garden and gave a list of five interesting apps we found using this new section of the site.One app we didn’t find – and one that brilliantly appropriates the Flickr API in a delightful, infectious user experience – is Noticings. Part game, part geotagging app, part photoblog, Noticings asks users to upload geotagged photos of interesting artifacts to Flickr. Users tag the photos “noticings;” those photos are then imported, analyzed, and scored, with extra points being awarded for those who post every day in a given week, who post photos of lost objects, or who post the first pic from a certain neighborhood. It is, as the site states, “a game of noticing the world around you.”“Many of us are moving so fast through the urban landscape we don’t take in the things around us,” the site reads.“Noticings is a game you play by going a bit slower and having a look around you. It doesn’t require you change your behavior significantly or interrupt your routine. You just take photographs of things that you think are interesting or things you see. You’ll get points for just noticing things, and you might get bonuses for interesting coincidences.” Tags:#Photo Sharing Services#web We find the concept charming, a less boozy version of Foursquare, and a more friendly-competitive version of Flickr or Twitpic.So, with all the other photo-sharing services out there, why choose Flickr to build a game around? It’s a question of scale, according to the site. “We know other photo-sharing services are available, but we’re on Flickr, so are our friends, and it really does have the best location API for the sort of thing we want to do.”At the moment, the game seems to have a small user base and a largely international one – which means this game is wide open for early-adopting Yankees to go Team America all over the place! Also, anything that gets geeks outside gets our vote. What do our readers think? Let us know in the comments, and be sure to include a link to your Noticings profile if you’re playing already. jolie odell Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting
Assam Chief Minster Sarbananda Sonowal met Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday to apprise him of the ongoing work on updating the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in the State ahead of the Supreme Court-set deadline of December 31. The NRC is supposed to help the State government identify illegal Bangladeshi migrants who allegedly entered the State after March 25, 1971, the cut off date for migrant settlers to be considered citizens. However, civil society activists and minority organisations have pointed out that the process of citizenship verification is not flawless. Stick to SC normsAddressing a seminar in Delhi on the current political situation and the question of citizenship in Assam, CPI (M) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury urged the Assam government to strictly adhere to the Supreme Court guidelines to update the NRC and warned against dividing people for political mileage.“The question of citizenship register or NRC was an issue on which the Supreme Court has given very definite guidelines. This is something that has to be adhered very scrupulously and there cannot be any deviation from these guidelines,” said Mr. Yechury. Civil society activists also point out that a Gauhati High Court order, rendering identity papers authenticated by village panchayat officials invalid, has added to the confusion. Unsettling verdictWhile Mr. Yechury said the Supreme Court’s original guidelines accepted panchayat documents as legal documents, eminent scholar from Assam, Prof Hiren Gohain, said the High Court ruling has resulted in “widespread panic”.“As many as 27 lakh women, most of them married, suddenly begin to feel insecure. There appears to be some uncertainty as whether they are to be regarded as suspect aliens or citizens whose citizenships claims are yet to be established,” said Prof Gohain.The High Court order has been challenged in the Supreme Court and the top court is expected to give its verdict by November 22.Professor Apurba Kumar Baruah, Academic Director of Institute of Social and Regional Development (ISCARD), and formerly with the School of Social Sciences at the Shillong-based North East Hill University said the activists and scholars did not want to influence the judicial process but pointed out the complexities that revolve around the issue of identity politics in Assam.Academic-turned-politician Yogendra Yadav alleged that the ruling BJP was “trying to give a religious interpretation to the issue of citizenship” and urged people to closely follow the citizenship debate in Assam as it concerned the idea of India.