About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Newcastle boss Benitez raps Man Utd: No excuses for top 4 failureby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United boss Rafael Benitez says Manchester United have no excuses if they fail to finish in the top four.United travel to St James’ Park to face Benitez’s Newcastle on Wednesday.”It’s a team that has to be easily in the top four, that is very clear,” said the Newcastle boss.”They can compete against Manchester City, Liverpool, anyone. We are talking about one of the biggest clubs in the world in terms of everything.”The players they have, they are so good that if you want to win or get points against them you have to perform really well.”When you are a top side like Manchester United, spending millions every year, you have to be in the top four and you have to win the title.”For them, that’s the pressure. Not just now, they had it before, and for sure they will feel the pressure in a few weeks when they will be there fighting with Tottenham, Chelsea, City, Liverpool and Arsenal.”
West Ham boss Pellegrini talks ‘value’ of Man Utd target Riceby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini insists midfielder Declan Rice is fully committed to the cause.Rice has been linked with their next opponents Manchester United.”It is important that he continues with what he is doing so far,” Pellegrini said.”He always listens, improves when he makes mistakes. “His value will depend what happens this season but his mind is not thinking about that.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
July 27, 2001Resident Gin Harrison (center) hosted a barbeque to celebrate her birthday in the courtyard of E.C. III – our most recently completed residential housing.Pictured: Alumni, residents and workshoppers that also share July birthdays.[Photo by Ivan Fritz] Ali (forefront) and Thomas (right) prepped food for the event.[Photos and text by: Jennifer Thornton] Ira, Nick, Syu and Kim talk in the glow of the setting sun. Workshopper Shelly Slocum watches the scene from above. Larry and Bernadette enjoy the festivities.
Cloud-based TV revenues will grow to over US$750 million (€580 million) by 2017, up from US$120 million in 2013, according to a new report from research group MRG.According to MRG, growth in cloud-based TV will be driven by the development of multiscreen and TV Everywhere services as well as cable networks’ migration from QAM to IP video networks.
Google and Amazon have restored their video services to each others devices after almost a year and a half of sparring. In a statement sent out on Tuesday, Amazon announced the launch of the YouTube app for Fire TV, complete with support for Alexa. Almost simultaneously, Google issued its own statement announced support for Amazon Prime Video on its Chromecast devices. The news was officially announced in April, the apps have now launched on their respective platform. There had always been tensions between the companies, but Google made the first move by stopping Echo Show devices from accessing YouTube in September 2017.This quickly escalated with Amazon taking products from Nest (the Google-owned smart home brand) off its storefront and removing Prime Video support for Chromecast, while Google removed the native YouTube app from Fire TV. However, the companies appear to have worked out their differences, with YouTube now available on Fire TV Stick (2nd Gen), Fire TV Stick 4K, Fire TV Cube, Fire TV Stick Basic Edition, and all Fire TV Edition smart TVs, and Amazon Prime Video on Chromecast and Android TV devices. One noteworthy omission from the list is the Echo Show, which was not included in either statement, nor was it mentioned in the first announcement in April. Echo Show users are able to access YouTube through an in-built browser, but there is no native app or Alexa functionality. Google creates its own Google Home direct competitor products to the Show.
Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Jun 20 2019Neuroscientists at the RIKEN Center for Brain Science (CBS) and University College London have found an anatomical link between cognitive and perceptual symptoms in autism. Published in the Journal of Neuroscience, the study identified a posterior region of the brain whose size–amount of gray matter–is related to both cognitive rigidity and overly stable visual perception, two symptoms of autism that until now were only conceptually related.Mental inflexibility is a hallmark symptom of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). This is best seen in restricted and repetitive behaviors, which are required for an ASD diagnosis. These behaviors can range from stereotyped and repetitive movements to repetitive thoughts. Perception in people with ASD can also be less flexible than in others. This can be understood by considering a line drawing of a transparent cube (called a Necker cube, see Figure). When looking at this drawing, the 3-D structure of the cube seems to spontaneously invert; the front becomes the back and then becomes the front again. This type of perceptual switching is called “bistable” perception. In the case of autism however, perception is often overly stable, and does not switch back and forth as often as it does in others.The team of researchers sought to find a physical neuroanatomical link between these two characteristics of autism. They recruited people with and without ASD to perform two simple computer-based tests and an MRI scan. The first computer test assessed perceptual stability. Participants viewed a bistable image in which the front and back of a cylindrical shape switch back and forth. The second test evaluated cognitive rigidity, and was designed specifically for this study. Participants were shown shapes on a display and asked to choose a rule to follow: select the brightest shape or a specific shape. The researchers counted the numbers of times each participant reported a switch in perception during the first test and the number of times they spontaneously switched rules in the second test. These measures allowed the researchers to quantify perceptual stability and cognitive rigidity for each participant.Related StoriesNew therapy shows promise in preventing brain damage after traumatic brain injuryRush University Medical Center offers new FDA-approved treatment for brain aneurysmsDon’t Miss the Blood-Brain Barrier Drug Delivery (B3DD) Summit this AugustAs expected, they found that perception of the bistable image switched much less frequently in people with ASD than in the control participants. They also found that people with ASD repeated the same rule choice–brightness or shape–for longer periods of time before switching rules. A control switching test in which participants were told to switch rules did not differ between groups, meaning that switching rules was not difficult for those with ASD, but that when acting freely, they chose to switch less often than the other participants.The results from the rule-switching task were particularly encouraging.First Author, Takamitsu Watanabe from RIKEN CBS: Cognitive rigidity in high-functioning autism is known to be difficult to detect and quantify in conventional psychological paradigms. Here, we overcame this issue with a new spontaneous task-switching test.” With these results, the team was confident that their tests were good measures of perceptual stability and cognitive rigidity.The team then took these individual scores and tested whether they correlated with the brain anatomy seen on the MRI scans. They found that one part of the brain in particular was related to both perceptual stability and cognitive rigidity. Lower density of neurons in the posterior superior parietal lobule was associated with both less frequent perceptual switching and less frequent rule switching, and was also associated with the severity of the participant’s restricted and repetitive behaviors.”We think that the posterior superior parietal lobule is the neural basis for both overly stable perception and cognitive inflexibility, two seemingly different symptoms in autism,” says Watanabe. “Knowing the importance of this brain region, we can now work to identify how it produces its effects and test whether manipulating its neural activity can mitigate these ASD symptoms.” Source:RIKENJournal reference:Watanabe, T. et al. (2019) A neuroanatomical substrate linking perceptual stability to cognitive rigidity in autism. Journal of Neuroscience. doi.org/10.1523/JNEUROSCI.2831-18.2019
This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Provided by CORDIS New Way of Measuring ‘Reality’ of Virtual Worlds Could Lead To Better Business Tools World drug usage is growing significantly every year. So is drug trafficking: Although the value of this market is difficult to calculate, experts evaluate it at approximately USD $400 billion. The amount of work this implies for investigators is mind-bending. It also means that, to be effective in their jobs, these investigators need to be well-trained in various disciplines, as well as have the means to cooperate with their peers in other countries. The LAW-TRAIN (Mixed-reality environment for training teams in joint investigative interrogation-Intelligent interrogation training simulator) project aims to fill existing gaps, with a virtual investigation training system jointly developed by universities, governments and relevant companies.”We know that training by role-playing is very beneficial. But doing it with a team of senior law-enforcement personnel from different European countries is very difficult: all are very busy and located in different places,” says Prof. Sarit Kraus, coordinator of the project for Bar Ilan University in Israel.Thanks to LAW-TRAIN, investigators will soon benefit from a virtual reality training platform that allows them to remain in their country while interacting with other team members across Europe. Each training session consists of four phases: individual preparation, where the trainee receives information about the case; joint preparation, where the trainee can exchange information and shape a joint strategy with his or her peers; investigative interview, where one or two trainees get to interview the virtual suspect in the presence of an equally virtual lawyer; and debriefing/evaluation. The use of virtual reality (VR) is focused on phase three and makes use of the Oculus Rift headset.”Recruiting a person to play the role of the suspect is difficult, so LAW-TRAIN provides a virtual suspect that the team can interview,” Prof. Kraus explains. “Besides, we provide various tools for the trainers: LAW-TRAIN supports many scenarios and enables the creation of new ones. It provides statistics on the trainees’ performance and includes a virtual trainer who can comment on the trainees’ performance and any deviation from the European ethical guidelines online.”These aspects of LAW-TRAIN make for as many different modules, all developed by project partners and mediated by an exchange server. Each module was, of course, developed in close cooperation with end-users. “They love it,” Prof. Kraus enthuses. “The system was presented at the MILIPOL conference to dozens of end-users who were enthusiastic and are now awaiting commercialisation.” The system will be available on various platforms. All it requires for working is a fast local computer and a secure Internet site for activities such as video conferences and information analysis. Before LAW-TRAIN makes it to the market, the team intends to continue testing the system with end-users and improving its modules until the project comes to an end in April 2018. “We are also looking for even more innovation beyond the goals set in this project, hoping to develop them as well in the future,” Prof. Kraus says. Since LAW-TRAIN has been designed as a generic engine, the development of scenarios for other types of illegal activities as well as other cross-border teamwork training is very likely. Explore further Citation: Virtual reality training to help catch drug trafficking (2018, February 9) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-02-virtual-reality-drug-trafficking.html More information: www.law-train.eu/
Citation: European tech leaders warn against EU digital services tax (2018, October 30) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-10-european-tech-leaders-eu-digital.html Explore further In a letter to finance ministers of the 28-nation European Union, leaders of 16 tech companies including Spotify, Booking.com and Zalando say the proposed tax would undermine the EU’s goal of a digital single market and “harm the very businesses that are the catalysts for economic growth and employment in the European economy.”Johannes Bahrke, spokesman at the EU’s executive Commission, defended the proposal Tuesday, saying it aims to create a “level playing field” for companies whether they are based in or outside the EU.”Our proposal remains fully grounded on the most basic principle of corporate taxation which is that profits should be taxed where the value is created,” he said.However, Bahrke added that the commission would prefer an international agreement to a new EU law.The European Commission unveiled its plan in March, insisting that EU member countries should be able to tax firms that make profits on their territory even if they aren’t physically present.The proposal was seen as a way of making tech giants like Google and Facebook pay more taxes.Brussels argues that corporate tax rules haven’t kept up with the emergence of the borderless digital marketplace that allows some companies to make huge profits in Europe yet pay very little tax.In the EU, foreign companies like Amazon, Google and Facebook pay what tax they owe in the country where they have their regional base—usually a low tax haven like Ireland.Britain, which is scheduled to leave the EU on March 29, announced its own tech tax on Monday.Treasury chief Philip Hammond said the proposed tax would target U.K.-generated revenues of specific digital platform business models. Hammond, like the EU, said he would prefer an international solution.In their letter, tech CEOs warned that the EU proposal “will have a disproportionate impact on European companies, resulting in unfair treatment.”They also said the tax will be difficult to implement, could result in double taxation for some businesses and might trigger retaliatory measures from other countries.Addressing EU finance ministers ahead of a Nov. 6 meeting, the letter urged them “not to adopt a measure which would cause material harm to economic growth and to innovation, investment and employment across Europe.” © 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. Technology company chiefs have warned that a digital services tax proposed by the European Union would hinder innovation and hurt economic growth. US opposes taxes on big tech firms Britain’s Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond poses for the media as he holds up the traditional red dispatch box, outside his official residence 11 Downing Street before delivering his annual budget speech to Parliament in London, Monday, Oct. 29, 2018.(AP Photo/Frank Augstein) This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
Credit: Metamorworks/Shutterstock This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Drivers, however, don’t suffer motion sickness because they are aware of the likely future motion of the vehicle, like helmsman on boats. As a result, they tend to do things like tilt their heads against the turn of the car, which counteracts the forces of motion (whereas passengers tend to tilt with the bend).The main solution to motion sickness is to look at a fixed object in the direction you are travelling so that your eyes send the same signal to your brain about how you are moving as your inner ears do. This means it will be difficult for driverless cars to include rear-facing seats from where you can’t see in the direction of travel.Other information that can tell us about the future movement of the vehicle can help minimise motion sickness. This can include voice cues from a satnav, directional lighting showing which way the car is going to turn, and virtual horizons that display where the real horizon would be.Stopping sicknessHowever, it may be possible to design driverless cars to reduce the chances of motion sickness in the first place. My colleagues and I have demonstrated technology that can reliably predict a passenger’s motion sickness from their vital signs, posture and data from the vehicle for past and predicted future motion. Using this, we can create a personalised recovery programme depending on the individual and what they are doing. We can then adapt the car’s control settings to minimise provocative motion further and maximise passenger comfort.We have also been researching how a small vibration device located just behind the ear can lengthen the time it takes the most sensitive people to start feeling motion sickness in a driverless cabin. Such a device could, for shorter journeys at least, enable you to avoid motion sickness without having to look out the window, and without the side-effects of medication.Future research will focus on how we can train people to gradually get used to riding and eventually multi-tasking in a driverless car so they experience less motion sickness. We also want to gather passengers’ biometric data in more remote and discreet ways, and use artificial intelligence to assess this information to work out how well they are doing with the training and adjust it accordingly. Hopefully by enabling passengers to do other things while riding, we can stop feeling sick from being a barrier to the driverless revolution. Provided by The Conversation But my Ph.D. research suggests we’ll never be as comfortable or productive as these visions portray without finding a way to combat motion sickness. Just as passengers in human-driven cars can easily feel sick if they don’t look out the window, giving up control to a self-driving vehicle to focus on something else will likely to lead to queasiness.In one recent experiment, my colleagues and I found that facing backwards in a driverless car increases motion sickness symptoms in 100% of passengers during normal urban driving. This echoes previous research that shows not being able to see out the front of a vehicle can worsen motion sickness.In another experiment, again echoing other research, we found that ability to perform a simple reading task was reduced by 40%, simply by being driven around at normal speeds on a normal urban route. However, we’ve also found that there might be technological ways to combat this problem.Motion sickness is caused by a conflict between the signals from our different senses. When our eyes observe the environment, our inner ears sense if we are moving. When the two signals do not match then we are more likely to develop motion sickness.For example, if you read a book in a car, your eyes see the stationary item but your ears tell your brain you are moving. The reverse is also true for so-called virtual reality sickness, where your eyes are immersed in a rich tapestry of information that tells you you are moving, but your inner ears can’t detect any movement, leading to similar symptoms to motion sickness.Everyone except the profoundly deaf or those with true vestibular dysfunction is susceptible to motion sickness. The extent of the problem can depend on age, ethnicity, gender and past experiences. For example, Chinese people are generally more sensitive than white Europeans, females are more sensitive than males, and 11-year-olds are the most sensitive. New patented system could prevent motion sickness while riding in self-driving cars Driverless cars will usher in a transport utopia, at least according to many of their proponents. Concept art for these futuristic vehicles often show passengers sat facing each other, reading, working or enjoying some other activity as their car does the driving for them. I would argue that one of the main attractions of an automated vehicle is being able to do something else while you’re safely and comfortably transported to your destination. This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article. Citation: Driverless cars will make you sick – but there’s a fix (2018, November 13) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-11-driverless-cars-sick.html Explore further
Dubious recordThe Indonesian National Transportation Safety Committee has retrieved one of the plane’s black boxes—the flight data recorder—but is yet to locate the cockpit voice recorder. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Indonesia’s National Transportation Safety Commission chastised Lion Air over its safety culture A Lion Air jet that crashed last month should have been grounded over a recurrent technical problem and never permitted to make the fatal flight, Indonesian authorities said Wednesday in a report that took aim at the carrier’s poor safety culture. Boeing issues advice over sensors after Indonesia crash Black box data showed the plane also had an airspeed indicator issue on multiple earlier flights, investigators said.Lion must take steps “to improve the safety culture” and ensure “all the operation documents are properly filled and documented”, the transport agency said.Despite a dubious safety record and an avalanche of complaints over shoddy service, the budget carrier’s parent Lion Air Group, which also operates Batik Air and Wings Air, has captured half the domestic market in less than 20 years of operation to become Southeast Asia’s biggest airline.Indonesia’s aviation safety record has improved since its airlines, including national carrier Garuda, were subject to years-long bans from US and European airspace for safety violations, although the country has still recorded 40 fatal accidents over the past 15 years.The report stopped short of making any recommendations to Boeing but the US planemaker has come under fire for possible glitches on the 737 MAX—which entered service just last year.The APA, a US airline pilots union, said that carriers and pilots had not been informed by Boeing of certain changes in the aircraft control system installed on the new MAX variants of the 737.”I am really surprised if Boeing has not shared all the flight performance parameters with pilots, unions, and training organisations,” University of Leeds aviation expert Stephen Wright told AFP before the report was released, adding that “a deliberate omission would have serious legal ramifications”Several relatives of the crash victims have already filed lawsuits against Boeing, including the family of a young doctor who was to have married his high school sweetheart this month.Lion Air Flight JT610 plunged into the sea less than half an hour after taking off on a routine flight to Pangkal Pinang city.Authorities have called off the grim task of identifying victims of the crash, with 125 passengers officially recognised after testing on human remains that filled some 200 body bags. Explore further © 2018 AFP Citation: Lion Air jet should have been grounded before fatal flight, Indonesia says (2018, November 28) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-11-lion-air-jet-grounded-fatal.html The Boeing 737 MAX vanished from radar about 13 minutes after taking off from Jakarta on October 29, slamming into the Java Sea moments after it had asked to return to the capital.The preliminary crash report from Indonesia’s transport safety agency did not pinpoint a definitive cause of the accident, which killed all 189 people on board, with a final report not likely to be filed until next year.But investigators said that Lion Air kept putting the plane back into service despite repeatedly failing to fix a problem with the airspeed indicator in the days leading up to the fatal flight.Its second last flight was from Denpasar in Bali to Jakarta.”During (that) flight, the plane was experiencing a technical problem but the pilot decided to continue,” Nurcahyo Utomo, aviation head at the National Transport Safety Committee, told reporters. “The plane was no longer airworthy and it should not have kept” flying, he added.The findings will heighten concerns there were problems with key systems in one of the world’s newest and most advanced commercial passenger planes.Investigators have previously said the doomed aircraft had problems with its airspeed indicator and angle of attack (AOA) sensors, prompting Boeing to issue a special bulletin telling operators what to do when they face the same situation.The report confirmed that initial finding, saying the plane’s data recorder detected an issue with the AoA.It also said the plane’s “stick shaker”—the steering-wheel like handles in front of the pilots that vibrates to warn of a system malfunction —was “activated and continued for most of the fight.”An AOA sensor provides data about the angle at which air is passing over the wings and tells pilots how much lift a plane is getting. The information can be critical in preventing an aircraft from stalling. The ill-fated Lion Air 737 MAX plunged into the Java Sea less than half an hour after taking off
Court orders bail for Nissan executive linked to Ghosn case Ghosn will be able to make his first public statement at a brief hearing on Tuesday, after his lawyers used an obscure article of Japan’s constitution to demand an explanation for his detention. What will happen in court?The hearing is “a dialogue between the lawyer and the judge, and the prosecutor is not required to be present,” said Yasuyuki Takai, a former investigator at the unit that arrested Ghosn.The judge is likely to give a brief explanation for Ghosn’s detention, and the Constitution mandates that the accused be permitted to speak as well.However there is no allotted time for his comments, and the judge could require Ghosn to read a prepared statement rather than give off-the-cuff remarks. In theory he is free to say what he wants until the judge tells him to stop, said Takai. “He can wear what he wants, but he’ll be handcuffed until the entrance of the courtroom,” he added.He will not, however, be permitted to speak to reporters, the general public or family members in court.”This hearing will have no bearing on the rest of the case,” Takai said. “There’s no chance that Ghosn’s release will be ordered tomorrow.”What is Ghosn accused of?Prosecutors are investigating three separate lines of enquiry:— He is accused of under-reporting his salary by around five billion yen ($44 million) between 2010 and 2015 in official documents sent to shareholders.— He is accused also of under-reporting his salary by a further four billion yen between 2015 and 2018.— He is further accused of trying to transfer 1.85 billion yen in personal investment losses during the financial crisis to Nissan. He is also accused of wiring company funds to a Saudi associate who put up collateral for him in the investment scheme.Authorities have so far only pressed formal charges over the first accusation.Ghosn reportedly denies all the allegations.Why is he still in prison?Under Japanese law, a suspect can be held for weeks, or even months, as prosecutors probe different allegations.After the initial arrest they have 48 hours to question the suspect. They can then apply for two consecutive 10-day extensions. After a maximum of 22 days they must either press formal charges, release the suspect on bail or come up with new allegations.Ghosn was initially held until December 10 as prosecutors investigated the first allegation against him. They then formally charged him, kicking off a two-month period of pre-trial detention that is renewable.But prosecutors also simultaneously re-arrested him on the second set of allegations, restarting the 22-day clock.A court rejected a further extension of that set—raising the possibility of Ghosn’s release on bail—but in another twist, prosecutors slapped the tycoon with a third set of allegations, restarting the whole process.The case has sparked criticism of the Japanese legal system, especially from overseas.What happens next?The detention period for the third allegation against Ghosn expires on January 11, by which time prosecutors must decide whether to charge him, re-arrest him on new allegations or allow him to apply for bail.Even if prosecutors do not level new allegations, the former Nissan chief could remain in jail in pre-trial detention.If prosecutors charge him with either of the outstanding allegations that would also restart the pre-trial detention clock.If no new allegations are levelled against Ghosn he could apply for bail. His alleged accomplice and former right-hand man at Nissan, Greg Kelly, successfully won bail on December 25 on the condition he stays in Japan. © 2019 AFP Citation: Ghosn to appear in court: what happens next? (2019, January 7) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-01-ghosn-court.html Explore further Carlos Ghosn will finally get his day in court The case of auto tycoon Carlos Ghosn has gripped Japan and the business world since his stunning arrest in November, and now he is finally getting his day in court. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
SHARE SHARE EMAIL politics COMMENTS Published on SHARE February 15, 2019 COMMENT Jammu and Kashmir JSW Group Chairman Sajjan Jindal has urged the government to convene an urgent Parliament session to revoke Article 370 of the Indian Constitution for ensuring that there are no more cruel attacks on the country’s security forces.Article 370 of the Constitution provides autonomous status to the State of Jammu and Kashmir.“Let the country see which (political) party supports this and which doesn’t. We have to draw the line right here,” he wrote tagging Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congress leader Rahul Gandhi.“We have to now make sure that the world knows they can’t mess with us. India cannot be threatened. We move decisively when anyone attack us in any way,” said Jindal.“It is high time we taught a lesson to the terrorists. We need to end it once and for all. Nobody..absolutely nobody in the great nation should support these cowardly attacks!” said Jindal.Efforts to helpJSW Steel is planning to help the families of solider who have lost their lives in the attack.A detailed plan is expected to be announced next week, sources said. terrorism (crime)
Saddened by induction of Congress MLAs into party, loyal BJP worker quitsA BJP worker publicly resigned from the party, directly blaming its decision to induct 10 Congress MLAs – one of whom has been chargesheeted for the rape of a minor – for his exit.advertisement Indo-Asian News Service PanajiJuly 13, 2019UPDATED: July 13, 2019 11:25 IST Pranav Sanvordekar’s open resignation letter uploaded to Facebook on Friday has gone viral. (Photo: IANS)Days after re-enrolling into the BJP as part of its nationwide membership drive, a young BJP worker on Friday publicly resigned from the party, directly blaming its decision to induct 10 Congress MLAs – one of whom has been chargesheeted for the rape of a minor – for his exit.Pranav Sanvordekar’s open resignation letter uploaded to Facebook on Friday has gone viral.”I am extremely saddened by the events (which) occurred during the last 2 days… I cannot be a part of this organisation anymore even if the decision is for the betterment of the party… If I keep quiet now, it would be like suffering thousand deaths which I already have… The party may have succeeded in safeguarding the interest of the government,” Sanvordekar said in his Facebook message.Sanvordekar has been with the BJP for 18 years and was a part of the state BJP’s communication cell, regularly present at media briefings and issuing communications on behalf of the BJP.Since Wednesday’s surprising induction of 10 Congress MLAs into the BJP, several party workers like former state president and Speaker Rajendra Arlekar, even senior state leaders have already expressed disgust at the development.Late Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar’s son Utpal too has maintained that the Goa BJP was walking on a different path, compared to the days when Parrikar was alive and there was no element of trust left.Sanvordekar said he began his career in the BJP in 1999 writing election slips, and painting roads with BJP insignia. But added that a lot had changed within the BJP since.”Have been defending the wrong doings of the party publicly but had been fighting out internally been even when Manohar bhai was alive and after his demise…” he said.Sanvordekar told IANS that one of the newly-inducted ex-Congress MLAs Atanasio Monserrate, who was chargesheeted for raping a minor girl last year, should be sacked from the party.Monserrate, who contested the May 2019 bypolls for the Panaji seat on a Congress ticket and had defeated the local BJP candidate, is now tipped to be a minister in the Pramod Sawant-led Cabinet.READ | Goa CM Pramod Sawant seeks resignation of 3 ministers, independent MLA to induct new facesALSO READ | Kumaraswamy wants floor test, SC asks Speaker to not act on resignations | All that happenedALSO WATCH | Karnataka crisis: BJP denies poaching chargesFor the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byKritika Bansal Tags :Follow BJP Next