FILE – In this Friday, Dec. 29, 2017 file photo, Great Britain’s Andy Murray reacts after he lost a match to Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut during the second day of the Mubadala World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Andy Murray says he has undergone surgery on his right hip and hopes to be back playing later this year, it was announced Monday, Jan. 8, 2018. The former No. 1-ranked Murray, a three-time major winner, has not played a competitive match since a quarterfinal exit at Wimbledon last July. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili, File)MELBOURNE, Australia — Andy Murray underwent surgery on his right hip on Monday and said he hopes to be back playing in time for Wimbledon.The former No. 1-ranked Murray, a three-time major winner, has not played a competitive match since a quarterfinal exit at Wimbledon last July. His current ranking is No. 19.ADVERTISEMENT Murray has been told to expect a 14-week recovery period and he is targeting a return to the court by June.“I underwent successful right hip surgery at the St. Vincent Hospital in Melbourne,” Murray wrote on his Facebook page. “I’d like to thank Dr. John O’Donnell and all of the staff for looking after me. I look forward to returning to competitive tennis during the grass court season. Thanks to everyone for all the well wishes and support over the last few days. I’ll comeback from this.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkThe 30-year-old Murray, though, accepts he will have to reduce his workload on court.“I’m certainly not going to be putting in the same amount of tournaments and effort to try to get to No. 1,” Murray told British media. “I’ll certainly be more considered in the amount of tournaments I play, even though I play a conservative schedule anyway in comparison to most of the players on the tour. Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES “I’ll be playing a reduced schedule, and then focusing more on trying to win major events and big tournaments rather than trying to achieve certain ranking goals.”Murray said he can get himself back to “95 percent of my best.”“I believe that’s enough to compete at the highest level,” he added. “No question.”Australian media reported Tuesday that Murray has been in touch with O’Donnell since 2008, when his right hip first started to bother him. The two men have met six or seven times in Melbourne since, usually around the time of the Australian Open.“I’ve known him since I was 20, 21 years old,” Murray said, “and I decided he was the right person to do it.”ADVERTISEMENT Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone View comments OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Pacers change directions by rolling past Bucks
NOTICE: The Donegal GAA Football Team 5k Race/Walk has been launched – and it is on Saturday 3rd December 2011 starting at 11.00 am.It is sponsored by Austin Daly of Daly’s Statoil Service Station, Lifford. Entries will be taken from Sean McCumhaills’ GAA Centre from 9.30 am. It is in aid of the Donegal Senior Football Team Training Fund.Sponsorship Cards are available from the Donegal Senior Football Squad & Management. Minimum of €50 sponsorship entitles you to a Free Entry to the Race/|Walk and entry into draw for Signed Jersey by Ulster Champions 2011.Entry Fee on the day €20. Special Rates for Family. Everyone welcome. Fun for all the Family. It starts towards Drumboe Avenue & continues past the Forest and turns back into town at Welchtown to finish at McCumhaill Centre. Flat Course which will suit runners, fun joggers & walkers. Families with pushchairs very welcome.ABOVE: Launching the forthcoming fundraising 5k road race and walk on December 3rd are Donegal Senior team manager Jim McGuiness and Austin Daly, Daly Service Station in Lifford who are sponsoring the event. Included are from left atsy McGonagle, Lonodn 2012 Irish Athletics Team Manager, Karl Lacey, Kevin Rafferty, Aishlin Daly, Roisin Daly, Gerard Crawford, Manager Daly’s Lifford and Donegal midfielder Neil Gallagher. © 2011 donegaldaily.com, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of donegaldaily.com Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law.Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldailyFollow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldailySell anything on www.donegaldailyclassifieds.comGET BEHIND THE LADS! DONEGAL GAA 5K LAUNCH was last modified: November 17th, 2011 by BrendaShare 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:GET BEHIND THE LADS! DONEGAL GAA 5K LAUNCH
Jim McGuinness WILL stay on as manager of the Donegal GAA team for 2014.Jim McGuinness – is staying on as Donegal managerAfter a number of weeks considering his role, the Glenties man has confirmed his intention to stay on as manager this afternoon.The chairman of the Donegal GAA, Sean Dunnion, met with the manager this morning. A message posted on the Official Donegal GAA Facebook confirmed the deal had been done.The message read “Following a meeting earlier today between Chairperson of Donegal GAA Sean Dunnion and Donegal Senior Football Team Manager, Jim McGuinness, Donegal GAA are delighted to confirm that Jim Mc Guinness will continue as senior football team manager for the 2014 season.”McGuinness had met with county board officials recently and also a number of senior clubs outlining his position.The manager said he wanted reassurances on a number of matters before agreeing to continue as manager. Earlier this week a meeting of the clubs decided that the senior football championship in the county would be delayed until Donegal’s finished their participation in next year’s All-Ireland championship.McGuinness, whose wife Yvonne gave birth to twins last week, will continue to work for Glasgow Celtic FC from Monday to Thursday. IT’S A DEAL – McGUINNESS AGREES TO STAY ON AS DONEGAL MANAGER was last modified: September 14th, 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:donegalJim McGuinnessManager
Then there’s running back Deon Sumler, who is averaging 210 yards per game, has 842 rushing yards, and has scored an area-best 11 touchdowns. Both will be on display at 7 tonight when the Panthers host Temple City High (2-2) in the final nonleague game for both teams. Rosemead High School football coach Matt Koffler isn’t about to start talking about what he’s been more impressed with. The Panthers’ defense has allowed only 12 points with two shutouts, and given up just one touchdown en route to a 4-0 record. The Rams rebounded to defeat La Salle, 31-28, and played their most complete game last week, beating Glendale, 24-14. “Is this our biggest test so far?” Koffler said. “Probably, just because of the (Rams coach) Mike Mooney factor. He always has that team prepared, and you know they’re going to run the ball at you, but they can still be confusing with their different formations.” What makes this game interesting is that both teams rely on the running game, and both pride themselves on stopping the run. So, something has to give. While the Panthers have Sumler, the Rams counter with the combination of “Sushi” Tsai (418 yards) and Sammy Yu (277 yards). The Rams are averaging 192 yards a game on the ground. “What you have is two hard-nosed football teams that run the football and battle,” Koffler said. “I think this is a great test for us. Those two guys (Tsai and Yu) love to put their head down and attack you with power. We’ve been great at stopping that so far, and it’s another opportunity for our defense to show what they have.” — Fred J. Robledo can be reached at (626) 962-8811, Ext. 4485, or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 “I don’t think you zero in on either one,” Koffler said. “Everything we’ve asked so far from this football team they’ve given us. “We haven’t been turning over the ball. We’re controlling the line of scrimmage. And if there is a surprise for me, it’s that our offensive line is pushing people around a little better than I expected.” With a couple of breaks, the Rams could be 4-0 too. They held a late lead before surrendering a 21-17 loss to defending Mission Valley League champion Arroyo, and had four turnovers in a 14-7 loss to Alhambra. Both of those teams are 4-0.
Tags: arsenalman Unitedpremier leaguetop United have won just one of their past 5 league games. (PHOTOS/Courtesy)Man United vs ArsenalOld Trafford, Manchester Monday, 30-09-2019 @10pmReferee: Kevin FriendMan United host Arsenal in the last game of the Premier League match-day 7 at Old Trafford.Both sides have had a slow start to the campaign and will be desperate for victory in what was once the biggest fixture in the division.United have been worse off in recent times as several injuries have seen them win just one of their previous five league games (D2 L2).For Arsenal, the have been slightly better performing better than their opponents as they are currently on a three-match unbeaten run (W1 D2).With just three points and as many places separating the two on the log, Monday’s game promises to be a cracker.United are likely to be without injured forwards Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford, so Mason Greenwood, 17, may start his first league game this season. Midfielder Paul Pogba is a doubt because of an ankle problem he picked up against Rochdale, but left-back Luke Shaw is back in training.Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette is ruled out with an ankle injury. Dinos Mavropanos is available for selection after a groin problem. Emile Smith Rowe is sidelined by a concussion, but Rob Holding, Hector Bellerin and Kieran Tierney are all fit, with the latter available to make his Premier League debut.Arsenal are without a win in their last 12 top-flight away games at Manchester United and have won just three of 27 Premier League matches at Old Trafford. All three of those victories were by a 1-0 scoreline and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer played for the Red Devils in all three of those defeats. Arsenal are aiming to win consecutive league matches against Manchester United for the first time since 2006-07.Arsenal are winless in their last 12 visits to Old Trafford.Manchester United have lost three of their last six Premier League home games, as many as they had in their previous 52 at Old Trafford. The Red Devils have not lost consecutive home games against sides from London since December 2001 when they were defeated by Chelsea and West Ham. Manchester United’s Premier League record under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is 14 wins, six draws and seven defeats – matching their results in Jose Mourinho’s final 27 matches. They could fail to reach double figures in points after seven matches of a top-flight season for the first time since 1989-90. The Red Devils finished 13th in that campaign. Solskjaer’s side have scored more than one goal in only one of their last 11 Premier League matches – their 4-0 win against Chelsea on the opening weekend. Manchester United have been awarded four penalties this season, the most in the Premier League, while Arsenal have conceded the most (three).The Gunners have kept only one clean sheet in their last 11 league matches. They have conceded at least twice in each of their last four league games – they’ve not let in two or more goals in five consecutive top-flight games since August 1985. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has scored 13 goals in his last 13 Premier League starts. However, he has failed to score or provide an assist in all eight Premier League away appearances against sides from the established top six. Nicolas Pepe has converted 10 penalties since the start of last season, the joint-most in Europe’s top five leagues (prior to the latest round of matches).Comments
Deputy Pearse Doherty has reacted angrily to an admission from the Minister for Health and the HSE that the transfer of respite services at Mountcharles’ Sea View House to a new service provider, which was due to be completed at the start of 2019, is not now expected to happen until the autumn.This latest set back comes following months of ongoing disruptions to services at the centre which has been blighted by staffing shortages and rostering issues.Reacting to the announcement, Deputy Doherty said “As many people will remember, there was a cautious welcome to the announcement last November when it was first revealed that the HSE had reached an agreement with a third party provider to take over responsibility for the provision of respite care at Sea View House in Mountcharles. “The HSE advised at the time that services would be transferred to the RehabCare Group which had successfully tendered for the centre contract, and that the company was on track to formally take charge of respite services in February of this year, following which the centre would operate on an increased five days per week basis.Despite those reassurances, the HSE and the Minister for Health have now revealed, in a response to a Dáil Question which Deputy Doherty tabled a few days ago, that the planned transfer will not be completed until late September 2019.The Sinn Fein TD added “The HSE has advised that this is necessary in order to minimise disruption to service users, as well as to ensure continuity of care for patients and their families. The executive has also informed me that it has written formally to all service users and staff to update them on the changes.“While I, of course, acknowledge the importance of avoiding any unnecessary inconvenience to service users and their loved ones, and while I fully appreciate the need to minimise further service curtailment, this delay is simply not good enough. “It is grossly unfair of both the Minister and the HSE to raise expectations and to give people false hope like this, especially given the fact that services at Sea View have long been beset by issues owing to the failure to address staffing shortages and rostering.“For many months now, there have been countless families who have contacted me to express their disappointment at having appointments cancelled or their support hours reduced at the centre, as well as to outline how the issue was negatively affecting them and their loved ones.“My colleague Cllr Noel Jordan and I have been working closely with many of these families throughout south Donegal and we have continued to lobby the relevant authorities, both at national and local level, to demand they urgently address the issue of service disruption at Sea View House.“This latest delay will come as a huge disappointment to those families and will also be disheartening to the centre’s hard working staff who have been doing their best to maintain the service despite years of under investment from Government.“I promised to follow closely all developments at Sea View House when I first learnt of this new contract last year, and I remain committed to doing all I can to apply all necessary pressure on both the Minister and the HSE to get their acts together and to ensure that these important changes and improvements are delivered in a timely manner.” Delays over transfer of Donegal nursing home slammed was last modified: March 21st, 2019 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:donegalMOUNTCHARLESSea View House
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Tags:#Internet of Things#search brian proffitt Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting CNN, true to its alarmist nature, recently described Shodan as the “The scariest search engine on the Internet” – and indeed, there are some disturbing aspects to using Shodan. Entering the search term “cisco-ios last-modified” – a term suggested by Shodan itself as popular – reveals a number of Cisco-based devices on the Internet that had not been updated in a very long time. Such devices could be very vulnerable to attack through well-known exploits.Shodan exposes what security experts have known for a long time: a lot of devices connected to the Internet have been largely forgotten even as they continue chugging along performing tasks that range from mundane to mission-critical.But Shodan, while interesting, will probably not represent the future of searching Internet of Things. Instead, as the world around us “wakes up” and becomes increasingly connected to the Internet, the world will talk to us without our having to look for it.When The World Touches YouHere is one vision of how this potential future might work:Imagine, says J Schwan, CEO of Solstice Mobile, walking into an office building in which you are a maintenance technician about to start your day. Over the course of the previous day and evening, various tickets were filed by the building’s tenants (or maybe even by the devices themselves): a squeaky door here, a hiccuping elevator there. An app on your phone lists the problems to be fixed – ordered by priority and optimized for maximum efficiency. This is a system that Solstice is working on now for clients.Other examples abound. A department store could be populated with products connected to the Internet via RFID tags. Customers could walk in, request a certain item, and see a map to that item’s exact location displayed on their phones. Or even see it as an augmented-reality display on their Google Glass or other wearable computer.The same store’s managers could use augmented-reality displays to view sales figures of the items the see on the shelves, perhaps in the form of a heat map that instantly indicates which items sell better in what position in the store. Just by speaking a couple words, they can have the stock room shift the position, or even update electronic price tags on the shelves to attract more buyers. Those price updates, by the way, then show up as alerts on shoppers’ devices.Not Far AwayThis world is not far off. Smartphones and other mobile devices can already tap into public search engines to discover more about the world around them. You can use augmented reality to see results displayed graphically on device screens.As more and more objects join the Internet, they’ll create information that will be added to the potential data you can receive, raising the level of information available by orders of magnitude. This will be both a boon (more data to help make decisions) and a curse (so much data you could drown).Searches, as active tasks, will become less needed – and less practical – as not just the Web, but the whole world around us will automatically send us information based on our preferences. And the questions we will have to ask will be far simpler and less arduous to construct.Instead of entering “2013 best televisions” in your browser to get back lots of data in the form of articles and content, you’ll be able to stand in the store and ask “which one of these TVs is the best for me for me right now?” and see the answers (based on your budget, space and other preferences) right in front of you.Knowing the tenacity of advertisers, you probably won’t even have to ask.Image courtesy of Shutterstock. How Intelligent Data Addresses the Chasm in Cloud Serverless Backups: Viable Data Protection for … Related Posts As mobile devices dictate the terms of search and how results are being conveyed to end users, there’s another phenomenon that will greatly influence the future of search – very soon, we’re going to be swimming in more data than we will know what to do with.The rise of the Internet of Things means billions of physical objects will soon generate massive amounts of data 24 hours a day. Not only will this make traditional search methods nearly impossible to use, it will also create an environment where instead of looking for things in the world, those things will be seeking us out to give us all sorts of information that will help us fix, use or buy them.(See also Forget Searching For Content – Content Is About To Start Searching For You.)Search Collides With Internet Of ThingsWhen talking about the Internet of Things, it is important to get past the hype and explain exactly what it is: vast numbers of automated physical devices and objects connected to the Internet. These devices are usually routers, switches, phones… but increasingly devices like security cameras and remote climate sensors are being added – and over time we can expect everything from cars to refrigerators to join the party.(See also Futurist’s Cheat Sheet: Internet Of Things.)At this moment in history, the relationship between search and devices on the Internet resembles the model of searching for Web content: you search for data from devices, and you get it.The Shodan search engine follows this model very well. Using Shodan is pretty much like using Google or any other search engine: enter your search string and up pops quite a few results matching devices that Shodan has found on the Web. Routers, cameras, municipal control systems… they’re all there to see. Cloud Hosting for WordPress: Why Everyone is Mo…
AI is Not the Holy Grail of Sales, at Least Not… Jasika Adams is a writer with a passion for writing on emerging technologies in the areas of human resources, startups and business management. She is a talent acquisition manager currently associated with Index Time Clock. In her free time, she loves to play with her kids and reading mystery books. Related Posts Jasika Adams Marketing is really what drives your business forward. But, most marketing activities are tough, tedious, time-consuming, and expensive. Yes, it can be dreadful thinking about all that you must undertake to complete your marketing tasks. But, you must invest in it somehow to keep moving forward. The best way to handle your sales and ads is to automate your marketing campaigns, preferably with artificial intelligence and live chat software. Content is King but engagement is Queen, and the lady rules the house. – Mari SmithWays to automate your marketing.Delivering the right message at the right time is essential to increasing your ROI. So much so, 77% of businesses are believed to have witnessed a rise in conversions since they started using automation. So, here are a few ways you could accomplish that: 1. Artificial Intelligence.The most powerful tool in the hands of a business owner or a marketing manager is artificial intelligence. Chatbots are no longer just for techs. It is a tech that, in the hands of marketers, can make businesses flourish, giving the extra-special human touch, even without having to spend on additional customer service staff. What’s even better is that bots never go wrong, and never spend time thinking over what the response should be, or even on normal human activities, like taking regular breaks during working hours. They are always there to respond to client/customer queries every minute of the day, as long as you keep the systems running. AI can follow shopper behavior to offer necessary suggestions on products and services that customers may have shown interest in. Shoppers can also ask chatbots specific details about products in stock, request to be notified when a product is available or even get suggestions based on past purchases.2. Live Chat Software.You can boost sales with live chat services too. There are quite a few live chat software options available in the market to choose from. These applications can make marketing activities quicker and more efficient. Live chats improve sales in several ways. Here are a few ideas: Generate quality leads by engaging prospects in real time, customizing messages, shortening sales funnel, improving lead nurturing, increasing conversions.Building the mail list from web visitors whom you managed to engage on live chat with offers or the like. You can request for the visitor’s email ID by promising to reply to his or her queries in detail. He/she may not have bought your product, but you can keep urging them to do so via emails.Mine chat transcripts to analyze customer trends, preferences, behavior and insights. These can be successfully utilized to chalk out a new strategy or test out a current one.Personalized conversations always please customers. This is where you can efficiently use live chat software to cater to every customer’s specific needs, even while automating your marketing processes. This software is a mix of both live and chatbots. The initial part of the conversation is dealt with by the bots, while the customer relations executive can engage with another customer who has already asked questions that go beyond the purview of bots.Better than CTAs, since with CTAs on your landing page you can only hope that your customers would take action if they feel like it. But with live chat software, you can ensure you have got your customers’ attention and engage them long enough for them to decide if they will go ahead and buy your products or hire your services.3. Email Marketing.Email marketing is still one of the best means of reaching out to your audience. And if you don’t have to send every one of them manually, even better. Automated emails make life easier while ensuring that it will appeal to your customers, pique their interest, and increase revenue.Once your intended customers have been added to your email list, they should receive regular emails, informing them of the recent offers, changes in policy, latest collections, their latest transactions, and recent page visits, etc. All these emails depending on the stage your leads are in. Remember: Each mail should have a call to action. Depending on which stage your leads are in, always end your emails by urging them to do something. It may be to view the latest collection or to read what the media has to say about you, or even to contact you for further queries. Email automation can also be used to wish customers on their birthdays with coupons or remind them when it’s time to reorder supplies.4. Inbox Filtering.Throughout the day, an innumerable number of emails keep bombarding your inbox, most of which would inevitably be junk. You may end up exhausted, checking through every mail to make sure you don’t miss out on important ones, and in turn, also waste a lot of precious time that should have been spent strategizing your next plan. It’s best to automate your inbox. You can set this up with any email service provider by setting rules domain message authentication, reporting, and conformance, (DMARC Policy) for your inbox.5. Social Media Marketing.The adage “Content is King” totally fits this area of marketing. But, what good is an engaging piece of content, if you don’t share it often enough or at a time when your customers may be paying attention?There are quite a few ‘third-party services,’ like Hootsuite or Sprout Social, that can provide you with scheduled social media posts ahead of time.Most social media platforms have scheduling options.Some apps also come with options to schedule auto-responses to certain requests from customers, including Facebook’s seller section.Incorporate easy email marketing strategies with your Facebook efforts to see more significant results — profits. AI: How it’s Impacting Surveillance Data Storage Tags:#automate Amy Porterfield5. Marketing Analytics.Set up automated analytics to monitor successes or losses. Don’t spend time on physically investigating analytics. Start with a list of key performance indicators, KPIs that are specific to your marketing goals and then find software that will do the job for you. 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Farmers belonging to Nindar village, 20 km from here on Monday staged a novel protest as part of the 10-day-long ‘gaon bandh’ (rural shutdown), to draw the government attention and the public at large to their plight.The farmers, who had stopped the supply of vegetables and milk to the cities, distributed vegetables free of cost to the poor. They also served cold milk to the passengers travelling on the Sikar-Jaipur highway.Farmers of Nindar and nearby villages of the Chomu region, including Rajawas, Jairampura, Jalsu, Modi and Chatarpura, took part in the initiative.The Nindar Bachao Yuva Kisan Sangharsh Samiti activists, led by its convenor Nagendra Singh Shekhawat, said they were ready for a prolonged struggle to get remunerative prices for their produce. “We have stopped vegetable and milk supplies to Jaipur since June 1. We will intensify our agitation if the government does not respond to gaon bandh,” said Mr. Shekhawat.Nindar village had made headlines in October last year when its residents dug pits and trenches and buried themselves waist-deep in the mud for a month to protest against acquisition of land for a housing project.