Manchester City has come out quickly in response to the tough penalty imposed by UEFA, which condemns two seasons without contesting European competitions and a fine of 30 million euros. The club, “disappointed”, confirms that it will resort to the Court of Sports Arbitration to try to reduce the punishment and, in addition, charges heavily against the body, which it accuses of not acting impartially and of issuing a verdict when it had not even been Started the investigation. This is the full statement: “Manchester City is disappointed, but not surprised by today’s UEFA Chamber announcement. The club has always requested the need to seek an independent body and an impartial procedure. In December 2018, UEFA’s head of investigation publicly anticipated the result and the penalty he intended to send to Manchester City, even before any investigation began. The subsequent UEFA process was defective and constantly leaked left little doubt of its outcome. The club has formally complained to the UEFA disciplinary body, a claim validated by the Sports Arbitration Court.Simply put, this is a case initiated by UEFA, processed by UEFA and judged by UEFA. With this harmful process now over, the club will seek an impartial trial as quickly as possible and, therefore, in the first instance, will begin the necessary proceedings before the Court of Sports Arbitration as soon as possible.“.
Flyweight Ian Clark Bautista, light heavyweight John Marvin and light-flyweight Carlo Paalam are also expected to vie for the golds after Abap president Ricky Vargas had told the team that losing would definitely be unacceptable.“Our president said there’s no excuse for failure. We gave all the things that the boxers needed plus the sufficient exposure,’’ said Picson during the Philippine Sportswriters Association forum at the Golden Phoenix Hotel.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Bautista and Fernandez captured gold medals in the 2015 SEA Games in Singapore.“We’re hoping that since everything is being done properly, our boxers and coaches will deliver,’’ said Picson. Some senators dismayed by WBO review of Pacquiao-Horn match Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Malacañang open to creating Taal Commission LIVE: Sinulog 2020 Grand Parade “Our counterparts are putting a lot of emphasis on this age-group because this is where it all begins as the boxers get to the youth championships (17-18 years) and then to the elite level,’’ said Picson.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Philippines’ Eumir Felix Marcial, right, celebrates winning the fight against Singapore’s Tay Jia Wei. Singapore SEA Games Organizing Committee /The Association of Boxing Alliances in the Philippines is sending a full deck of boxers built to sweep the gold medals in the 29th Southeast Asian Games.There are only six weight categories in the Kuala Lumpur SEAG next month and Abap executive director Ed Picson said they’re fielding in a complete lineup headed by lightwelter weight Charly Suarez, middleweight Eumir Felix Marcial and bantamweight Mario Fernandez.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) View comments MOST READ Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ LATEST STORIES He also explained in the weekly forum backed by Accel, Pagcor and San Miguel Corporation that the tight schedule of the SEA Games and the forthcoming Aiba World Championships in Hamburg, Germany forced them to make a tough choice among the boxers.Rio De Janeiro Olympian Rogen Ladon (light flyweight) and flyweight Daniel Maamo were chosen to compete in the world championships. Picson said Marcial also made it to the world championships but they felt Marcial would be better off in the SEAG.“It seems that the public is more aware and concerned with the SEA Games rather than the world championships,’’ said Picson. “We had to consider public perception.’’Prior to the KL Games (Aug. 19-30) and the world championships (Aug. 25-Sept.2), Filipino boxers will also figure in the Asian Junior Boxing Championships in Puerto Princesa, Palawan on Aug. 1-8.Around 20 to 30 Asian nations are expected to attend the junior continental meet reserved for boxers aged 15 to 16 years old.ADVERTISEMENT 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano
Former Liberian President Charles Ghankay Taylor has finally disclosed the names of the three hired lawyers for his next month appeal case against his ‘scary stay’ in prison in the United Kingdom.The ex-Liberian leader via mobile phone Wednesday, his birthday, according to Cllr. Saymas Cyrenius Cephas, named Britain resourceful lawyer, John Johns; and a US-practiced lawyer, Chris Gosnell.Cllr. Cephas also disclosed that Taylor has also hired his legal services, as a Liberian legal practitioner, making him the third counsel.Cllr. Cephas made the disclosure yesterday at programs marking the celebration of the 67th birth anniversary of Dahkpannah Dr. Charles Ghankay Taylor. The program was held at his ‘White Flower’ residence in Congo Town, Monrovia, in his absence while he observed it locked behind bars in the UK.According to reports, Mr. Taylor has sued the British Government for denying him the right to a family life.The former Liberian leader is said to have written to the court in the Netherlands claiming that serving his sentence on his home continent would be “substantially more humane not only on my account, but also on account of my family.”He claims that because of the risk of attack from other inmates he is likely to be “seriously injured or killed.”The former Liberian leader’s imprisonment might cost the British tax payers up to £80,000 a year, according to an unconfirmed source. He faces a 50-year jail sentence for crimes against humanity,.He says his family should not have to travel from Africa to see him, the Daily Mail reported, and he fears other prisoners in HMP Frankland in Co Durham will inflict their “own brand of justice” on him because of his reputation.Charles Taylor led a rebellion in Liberia, which toppled the Samuel K. Doe regime in the 1990s.Mr. Taylor was Liberia’s 21st President. He was born on January 28, 1948 in Arthington, Montserrrado County.Meanwhile, delivering the birthday address yesterday, Cllr. Cephas said the National Patriotic Party (NPP) must wake up and rise to the challenge of a true and responsible party.He said that NPP should engage the government as a former ruling party and speak with one voice on issues of national concerning and not as individual members.Cllr. Cephas indicated that NPP must assure the Sirleaf-led administration that it is a partner in the national reconciliation, by engaging the government in a more constructive way befitting a responsible political party.“First the NPP must officially write the Government to assist the party to visit its former leader in prison to ascertain his condition and identify with him as a Liberian citizen and former President of Liberia,” Cllr. Cephas said. “And lastly, the NPP should engage the Government to ensure that the legitimate retirement benefits of President Taylor are paid for the upkeep of his family.”Some of the guests included his former wife, Bong County Senator Jewel Howard Taylor, former Vice President John Gray and Senator H. Dan Morias, the Presiding Officer of the Liberian Senate.Others included Bomi County Senator Sando Johnson, NPP Secretary General Andrew Peters.The ‘Ghankay 67th Birthday Anniversary’ was chaired by Atty. Edwin M. Martin.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Following the high increase of suspected and confirmed Ebola patients and corpses and due to the limited Ambulances in the country, ArcelorMittal has donated two ambulances to the Ministry of Health to help fight the deadly Ebola virus in the country.The donation was made this Wednesday, in Monrovia.Making the donation in Monrovia, Arcelor Mittal country manager for Liberia, Ronnie Addy, said the donation is an initial contribution to the country in helping to fight against the Ebola virus, especially with contact tracing and removing of dead bodies from one area to the other.According to Mr.Addy, the company had noticed the shortage of Ambulances to take suspected Ebola patients and dead bodies to and from the various Ebola Treatment Units in the country.“Ebola is real and is destroying our people everyday and there are not enough Ambulances to take our people to various Ebola Treatment Units for treatment and to remove bodies from one community to the other. That is why the Arcelor Mittal family is donating these vehicles to help combat the virus by carry on contact tracing and removing dead bodies,” Mr. Addy stated.Mr. Tolbert Nyenswah, Assistant Minister for Preventive Services at the Ministry of Health, thanked Arcelor Mittal for its continued support in the current crisis. He described the donation as a true example of private- public partnership.“The Government cannot do this alone; we need this partnership from private entities and business organizations and the entire world to help eradicate this killer disease from our country.”Mr.Nyenswah promised to use the two ambulances to carry on contact tracing by bringing suspected Ebola patients to the Ebola Treatment Units; and also to remove dead bodies.At the same time, the Chief Coordinator of the Ebola Task Force, Mr. Dorbor Jallah, who received the keys to the vehicles on behalf of theTask Force, thanked Arcelor Mittal for the support and promised to work with the various Ebola Units to save the lives of the Liberian people.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Rejected appointments of Chancellor, CJ…respectfully declines to state reasons for non-agreement publiclyBy Shemuel FanfairOne day after rejecting President David Granger’s proposed candidates for Chancellor of the Judiciary and Chief Justice, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo on Thursday opted against giving reasons for rejecting the nominees on the basis that he will not be dragging people’s names through the mud.He said his action would be unlike what the President had done with the 18 names of nominees for Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) which was eventually “unilaterally” handed to retired Judge, James Patterson.“If required at some time in the future, I can provide reasons but I chose not to do so because I’m not in the business of judging people in the public domain. These are distinguished individuals who had long careers in the Judiciary and I therefore don’t want to do like what the President did with the GECOM nominees – drag people’s names through the mud,” Jadgeo strongly noted.In a letter issued late Wednesday, Jadgeo citing Article 127 (1) of the Constitution of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana contended that he is “unable to offer his agreement” to the top two judicial posts, thereby rejecting the appointment of Justice Kenneth Benjamin as Chancellor Justice Yonette Cummings-Edwards as Chief Justice. He indicated to reporters on Thursday that he is not interested in ascribing ratings to the various nominees.“No, I’m not going to rate anybody; I’m not a rating agency to say this persons is number eight or number five. I don’t want to do that; I prefer to deal with these people respectfully,” he stressed.He however pointed out that having such a career does not give one automatic qualification for the top judicial posts. He also berated reports by State media agencies that he was a no-show at the meeting at the President’s Office on Wednesday evening to discuss the matter. He also clarified that his absence was due to non-confirmation by Minister of State Joseph Harmon who did not respond to correspondence so that why he opted to dispatch another letter that confirmed his objection.“I said to him (Harmon), my positions are outlined in the letter and should there be a need to meet further, we’re available [but] I never heard back from him and then around 6pm I saw the photo on their Facebook page saying that I didn’t show up at the meeting, so clearly this Government loves a distraction,” Jagdeo expressed.This distraction, according to the former President, is part of the current Administration’s attempt to gain millage out of the issue.“I will just treat this as what it is: an attempt to score cheap political points by the President and the people surrounding him,” he claimed.Jagdeo had earlier warned that even though the President has to make the first move to resolve the decade-long non-appointment of a substantive Chancellor and Chief Justice, he would not allow himself to be coerced into accepting nominees just to fix the situation.The last meeting held in January was held in keeping with Article 127 (1) of the Constitution which speaks to the appointment of the Chancellor and Chief Justice. It states that both the Chancellor and Chief Justice shall be appointed by the President, acting after obtaining the agreement of the Leader of the Opposition. The provision was a key aspect of the 2001 amendment to the instrument.President Granger had announced at his first press conference in two years, in December last year, that he has accepted a proposal from a committee that had been set up to review and interview applicants interested in the top judicial post after it advertised locally, regionally and internationally.Justice Cummings-Edwards had previously severed in the post of acting Chief Justice before being promoted to her current post in an acting capacity. Once she is confirmed as substantive Chief Justice, it means that her current successor, acting Chief Justice Roxane George, SC, will be removed. It is not clear in what capacity Justice George will serve should Government move ahead with the appointments as was indicated by State Minister Joseph Harmon.
When it comes to weight loss everyone has an opinion, and I mean EVERYONE!Every single day I hear countless stories from clients and members of the gym, all of them with yet another analogy of what works best for weight loss.More often than not, the process which has been put forward to them is a ‘quick fix’. It will let you lose X amount of weight in X amount of time and you don’t have to do anything else. A – MAZ – ING!!!If you want to hear the truth about some of the myths surrounding weight loss, here….we…go!1. Low fat foods will help you to lose fat.In order to make foods low fat, the companies who make them have to put something else back in, and that is usually high quantities of carbohydrates. These low fat products quite often have roughly the same calories as the same products that are not low in fat. Even though you are eating low fat, you aren’t necessarily eating less overall calories and your sugar intake could be greatly increased.2. Eating 5-6 meals per day helps boost your metabolism.Unfortunately this is not true. Eating small meals more often, doesn’t help speed up your metabolism. It simply helps keep you more satisfied between meals therefore you are less likely to overeat at your next meal.3. Eating after 6pm will make you gain weight.Your total calorie intake is what governs whether you lose, maintain or gain weight. It doesn’t matter what time of day you get these in. Eating after 6pm will not make you gain weight. Eating above your daily calorie requirements will. 4. You have to work out in order to lose weight.Technically, you can lose weight without working out. Your weight gain and weight loss are governed by calorie intake.If you want to change the shape of your body, help speed up the process, have more energy and a better quality of life, then you do need to train.5. The scale is an accurate indicator of weight loss. The problem with scales is that your weight can fluctuate hour by hour, day by day, and week by week. The scales do not give accurate readings as they cannot tell you how much weight is fat loss, how much is water and more importantly, how much is muscle mass. When trying to lose fat, you don’t want to do it at the expense of your muscle. The loss of muscle may, in reality, slow down the metabolic rate of the body and thereby reduce the rate of weight loss too. True weight status can only be gathered by tracking fat loss – not weight loss. The extent of fat loss can be obtained by getting a body composition analysis done at frequent intervals by a qualified trainer.6. Weight loss products are the best way to lose weight and keep it off.There is absolutely NO evidence that weight loss products can provide long term sustainable weight loss.99.9999999999999999999999% of these products are rubbish, the other .0000000000001% aren’t much better.Remember that there is huge money to be made from weight loss -£22 billion in the UK in 2012 to be exact. These companies don’t want you to lose weight and to keep it off. That would be madness, as if the product actually worked long term, you wouldn’t need to buy their products anymore! Also, many of the people selling these products are simply sales people, with little or no nutritional knowledge or experience.#TrainSmartFor further information on Personal Training and Nutrition you can contact me through clicking the link below.https://www.facebook.com/pages/Rushe-Personal-Training-and-Performance/120518884715118 * Emmet is the owner and operator of Rushe Personal Training and PerformanceEMMET RUSHE’S FITNESS COLUMN: WEIGHT LOSS MYTHS was last modified: February 10th, 2014 by John2Share 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:emmet rusheEMMET RUSHE’S FITNESS COLUMN: WEIGHT LOSS MYTHSWeight Loss Myths
Calling all aspiring actors, playwrights, singers and costume designers in Donegal! The annual Bord Gáis Energy Student Theatre Awards are back and are now open for entries!This is the fourth year of the highly successful Awards which were set up by Bord Gáis Energy to recognise and reward participation in the dramatic arts in schools across Ireland. Over 1,000 schools have taken part in the Awards since their launch in 2013. The highlight of the year sees shortlisted schools travel from across the country to attend the annual awards ceremony at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre in May. Donegal has a proud history at the Bord Gáis Energy Student Theatre Awards. At last year’s awards in the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre, Letterkenny student Caolan Glackin from Glenswilly N.S. in Newmills took home the top accolade in the Best Short Scene Script category (primary school) for his original script ‘Granny on the Run’.The Bord Gáis Energy Student Theatre awards are open to primary school pupils from 3rd – 6th class and all secondary school students.There are 12 categories ranging from production categories such as Best Overall School Musical, Best Overall School Play, Best Set, Best Costumes and Best Performance in a Leading Role (male and female) to written categories such as Best Short Scene Script and Best Dramatic Review. A new category, Best Original Production, has also been added to the 2017 Awards in recognition of the outstanding quality of original productions entered in 2016.Bord Gáis Energy Student Theatre Awards Trophy 2015The deadline for entries in all production categories is 27 January 2017. The closing date for entries in the written categories is 10 February 2017. Shortlisted schools will be invited to a special awards ceremony at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre on 8 May 2017. Some schools will even get the chance to perform on Ireland’s largest theatre stage, making it a memorable experience they won’t forget! Winning schools will share a prize fund, and receive a commemorative trophy, picture and plaque for their school. The theme for the 2017 Awards is participation. We would like to call on all the proud parents and teachers in Donegal to encourage their children, classes and schools to participate this year and celebrate all the talent that we have in this country. We’re passionate about supporting these Awards and can’t wait to see the future stars of the stage, as well as future playwrights, choreographers, costume designers and everyone in between!”Irene Gowing, communications manager, Bord Gáis Energy said; “We set up these awards to reward all those taking part in the dramatic arts in schools across Ireland, whether that’s performing on stage, writing great scripts or contributing to the set and costume design. The competition has grown significantly in the last three years and we are always blown away by the numbers of schools that take part.”To enter the awards, log on to bgesta.ie where you can download an entry form to go with your written or video submission. Completed entry forms should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org or by post to Bord Gáis Energy Student Theatre Awards, Real Nation, Fumbally Court, Fumbally Lane, Dublin 8. Further information and information packs can also be requested via bgesta.ie.Donegal students interested in theatre called to enter national prestigious competition was last modified: September 16th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:actingBord Gaisdramaenergy student theatre awardstudenttheatre
The company has installed one of the projectors at a theater in Los Angeles that will show Sony Pictures’ “The Da Vinci Code.” The company, in conjunction with National CineMedia, a joint venture of AMC Entertainment Inc., Cinemark USA Inc. and Regal Entertainment Group, will install projectors in two other theaters next month in yet to be determined locations. Movies can be distributed in one of several ways. In the current test, the Sony projector will play the movie from a computer disk. Movies can also be beamed to theaters via satellite or sent over fiber-optic cables, as is the case with a similar test in Japan being conducted by Warner Bros. and Sony Pictures. The 4K projectors promise richer color and better contrast that draws moviegoers into the image. The major difference, however, will be seen by those who sit closest to the movie screen, who will see sharper images without noticing individual pixels, which can occur in a theater with 2K projection. Sony recently tested its system using a clip from the 1965 classic “The Sound of Music.” When it was projected in 4K, viewers were able to pick out two hairs sticking up from Julie Andrews’ head and see details of the weave in her dress. “Anything that enhances the visual experience, that better supports the artistry, the story of the motion picture being exhibited, anything that raises the bar of higher quality is a benefit to the moviegoer,” said Andrew Stucker, general manager of the digital cinema systems group at Sony Electronics. The increased quality is strongly desired by theater owners, who are looking for ways to attract more business, especially as home theater systems become more sophisticated.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! After more than a decade of talking about it, movie theaters and studios are finally rolling out digital projectors that show sharper, brighter images without cracks, pops or hisses. This weekend, Sony Electronics will enter the field with a projector that displays the sharpest resolution envisioned under a set of standards issued for digital cinema. Movie studios last year agreed on such technology standards, which will allow components made by different manufacturers to be interoperable. Those components include the projector itself, the computer that stores the movie and sound, software that compresses the huge digital files and security systems that prevent piracy. And, after years of debate about who would pay for the systems, studios and companies that sell digital cinema systems agreed to share the cost. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsStudios stand to save millions each year by delivering digital versions of their films to theaters instead of the clunky film prints that get scratched and dirty after only a few weeks and have to be replaced. But the studios agreed to forgo those savings for 10 years in order to finance the cost of replacing current 35-millimeter film projectors with digital cinema systems. Two financing groups have been established to install projectors that display images with “2K” resolution, or about 2 million pixels – dots of light that make up a digital image. The main benefit of 2K projection is a more stable, consistent image, although one trade-off is that color is often not as deep and rich as that provided by film. Both groups hope to have hundreds of systems installed by the end of this year and as many as half of the nation’s 36,000 screens within 10 years. This weekend, Sony will begin a test of its new “4K” projector, which displays images at 8 million pixels horizontally.
The Real Madrid talisman is suspended after picking up two bookings 1 Chris Coleman is confident his Welsh youngsters can step out of Gareth Bale’s shadow in Serbia on Sunday.Wales held their first training session on home soil on Wednesday morning after spending six days at the Vale do Lobo resort in Portugal last week.Coleman is without Real Madrid talisman Bale for the first time in a competitive game since October 2013 as Wales attempt to close the four-point gap on Serbia and the Republic of Ireland in their World Cup qualifying group.Bale is suspended after picking up two bookings in the competition and, with other senior players Neil Taylor, James Collins and Andy King also absent for one reason or another, Coleman has had to draw deep on his resources.Five uncapped players – teenage Liverpool forward Ben Woodburn, midfielder Lee Evans and defenders Joe Walsh, Tom Lockyer and Gethin Jones – are in the 23-man squad who all trained at their Vale of Glamorgan base on Wednesday.“You know in international football you can’t have it all your own way,” Wales manager Coleman said.“We can’t always pick our strongest team so you’ve got to bridge the gap somewhere along the line.“Okay, we haven’t got our best player – who just happens to be the one of the best players in the world – but other people have to stand up and show they are capable.“Serbia will be delighted that Gareth is not playing, but we’ve got to turn that to our advantage and stand up together.”Bale’s importance can not be ignored as Wales have won only seven times in 32 games since 2006 when the 27-year-old has been absent.He has scored 26 Wales goals and Aaron Ramsey, on 11, is the only other member of the squad in double figures.But the last time Bale missed a competitive game an under-strength Wales side held Brazil-bound Belgium to a 1-1 draw in their final 2014 World Cup qualifier.“When you have a player that good, everybody rightly wants to talk about him,” Coleman said.“But we have handled it without Gareth before. We went to Belgium once with no Gareth, no Ashley Williams, no Joe Allen – and we got a result.“I remember on the night Aaron was incredible. He ran the show, so people are prepared to step up.”Coleman also accepts that the evolution of a squad which reached the semi-finals of Euro 2016 is inevitable.“Over the next couple of years we will lose some players, unfortunately,” Coleman said.“You’ve got to plan for the future and it’s a good experience for some of these young ones to come in and see what it’s all about.“We’ve studied them for a long time as they’ve been through our system, and it’s good for them to have a taste of it because international football is tough.“It’s not for everyone. If you really want to represent your country you have to persevere.“They’ve done great to get to this position, but they’ve got to maintain if they’re going to have international careers.”
The Jammu and Kashmir government was warned by the main opposition party in the state, the National Conference (NC) of severe consequences if it implemented the Goods and Services Tax (GST) in its present form, saying the party would not accept the new tax regime till adequate safeguards were put in place. “Our position is that till we get the constitutional, administrative and economic safeguards, NC will not accept the GST…They (government) should not do it (implement GST in its present form). But if they still do it, they will have to face the consequences,” said senior NC leader, Abdul Rahim Rather. Rather, accompanied by party state spokesperson Junaid Mattu, was addressing a press conference. Mattu said the party would safeguard the special status of Jammu and Kashmir as guaranteed under Article 370 of the Constitution. “We will do everything we can to safeguard it. If they (government) still are adamant to apply GST in its present form), we will explore other options to fight,” he said. Hitting out at Finance Minister, Haseeb Drabu’s statement that the state Assembly was likely to pass the GST bill by July 6, Rather asked if the government had made up its mind, adding, “what is the fun of calling a special session of the legislature?”