It’s Vadnagar’s place in the sun

first_imgWith a ₹100 crore budget, Gujarat and the Centre are jointly developing the historical and ancient town of Vadnagar, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s birth place, as a major tourist hub. The town full of sites related to Hinduism and Buddhism is being showcased as a heritage destination.Among the eight projects in the works are the Vadnagar railway station, where Prime Minister Narendra Modi once sold tea while helping his father who used to run a tea stall at the railway station during his childhood. The projects cover Vadnagar’s famous Kirti Toran, Sharmishtha lake, Hatkeshwar Temple and archaeological sites.On February 3, Gujarat Chief Secretary J.N. Singh and Union Culture Secretary Raghavendra Singh visited the town to inspect the projects being developed under the Union government’s Swadesh Darshan scheme. A team of archaeologists and other experts accompanied the senior officials.“There are eight tourism-related projects which are being developed in Vadnagar. We are developing a heritage circuit from Vadnagar to Modhera Sun Temple and the historical step well in Patan,” Dr. Singh told The Hindu.The famous Chinese traveller Hiuen Tsang who visited the place around AD 640 referred to it as Anandpur. He has recorded the existence of 10 Buddhist monasteries and said that about 100 monks were staying in them.“The government of India has allotted ₹100 crore to fund the tourism-related projects in Vadnagar and develop a heritage circuit in North Gujarat,” said S.J. Hyder, Gujarat’s Principal Secretary, Tourism.last_img read more

Shutdown paralyses life in Srinagar

first_imgNormal life here was affected due to a strike called by separatists to protest the Supreme Court’s decision to stay an FIR against Army personnel in the Shopian firing, while restrictions were imposed in parts of the city to maintain law and order.According to a police official, strict restrictions under CrPC Section 144 have been imposed in Nowhatta, Rainawari, Khanyar, Safakadal and MR Gunj police station areas of the city, while partial restrictions were in force in Maisuma and Kralkhud areas.Restrictions have been imposed as a precautionary measure to maintain law and order, he said.Normal life was affected elsewhere in the city as most of the shops, business establishments and fuel stations remained shut, while public transport was off the roads, the official said.However, private cars, cabs and auto-rickshaws were seen plying in many areas of the city, he said, adding similar reports were received from other district headquarters of the Valley.Separatist groups on Thursday had called for a complete shutdown in Kashmir to protest against the court’s decision. The Joint Resistance Leadership, comprising Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik, had issued a statement criticising the Supreme Court for restraining the State Police from taking any coercive steps against Army officers accused in the Shopian firing case. Three civilians were killed when Army personnel fired at a stone-pelting mob in Ganovpora village in Shopian on January 27, prompting Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti to order an inquiry into the incident.The FIR was registered against personnel of 10 Garhwal Rifles, including Major Aditya Kumar, under sections 302 (murder) and 307 (attempt to murder) of the Ranbir Penal Code.Father of Major Kumar, the officer named in the FIR, had approached the Supreme Court seeking the FIR be quashed. The Supreme Court on February 12 restrained the Jammu and Kashmir Police from taking any “coercive steps” against Army officers and asked the State government to file a response within two weeks.CRPF officer found dead An Assistant Sub-Inspector of the CRPF was found dead under suspicious circumstances in a stream along the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway, police said.The body of ASI Harinder Singh, posted with the 177th battalion of the CRPF, was found in the stream at Kelamore in Ramban district, a police official said.last_img read more

Three Men Get Long Jail Sentences for Ruthless Killing of Elderly Jeweler in UK

first_imgTwo men have been sentenced for life while another person received a 16-year jail term for killing a 74-year-old jeweler in Leicester in January this year.Thomas Jervis, 24, and Charles Mcauley, 20, were both sentenced to life imprisonment at Birmingham Crown Court on Sept. 10 after being found guilty of killing Ramniklal Jogiya, who was abducted on his way back from his shop at Belgrave Road on Jan. 24, 2018. Jogiya was later found dead in a lane nearby.Jervis was ordered to serve a minimum of 33 years while Mcauley was ordered to serve a minimum of 30 years in prison. Callan Reeve, 20, who was found guilty of Jogiya’s manslaughter, was sentenced to 16 years in prison at the court hearing.The three, who had previously admitted to abduction and robbery of Jogiya, were convicted following a five-week trial at the same court which reached its conclusion on Aug. 8.The trial had heard how Jervis, of Enderby Road, Whetstone, Leicester; Mcauley, of Gooding Avenue, Leicester; and Reeve, of Biddle Road, Leicester, were part of a gang who had spent weeks planning to rob a safe at Jogiya’s jewelry shop.A fourth defendant, Javon Roach, 30, was acquitted of all charges.The court heard that the convicted murderers bundled Jogiya in a van and threw his mobile phone away, before torturing and beating him in an attempt to get the security codes for the alarm system and safe at his shop. The men wanted to steal gold jewelry worth £200,000 that was kept in the safe, the court was told, according to the BBC.A CCTV camera footage showed Jogiya locking up the shop and beginning his walk back to his house, while other images showed three men jumping out of a white transit van parked on Brandon Street and bundling him into a vehicle. Another footage showed that about 50 minutes later, a man dressed in a burka and pulling a shopping trolley entered Jogiya’s shop. This person was seen deactivating the shop alarm, going to the back of the shop where the safe was kept, and emerging a little while later, seemingly empty-handed.It was later discovered that, despite their meticulous planning, the gang had not realized that the safe was on a 12-hour time delay and so they could not break into the safe and collect the Asian gold inside it, the court was informed., a statement written by the victim’s family and read out by prosecutor James House conveyed what happened on the fatal night, Leicestershire Live reported. It said, “We were taken to Leicester Royal Infirmary and I was asked to identify my dad.“Nothing could prepare us for what we saw. So many thoughts were racing through our minds as what we did know was that he had suffered.“We could see terrible injuries on his face.”Jogiya suffered a total of 27 injuries, including broken ribs, wounds to his face, hands and arms, and died from a major brain injury caused by a severe assault to his head.“These men had planned to kidnap and rob Mr Jogiya, but it went tragically wrong. They launched a sustained and ferocious attack on Mr Jogiya which ultimately killed him,” DCI David Swift-Rollinson, the detective who led the investigation, said. Related ItemsLeicesterUnited Kingdomlast_img read more

Davis Cup: Aggression is the buzzword for Yuki

first_imgHis talent was never in doubt but injuries have plagued Yuki Bhambri’s promising career. After a lengthy injury lay-off, Yuki has come back strongly with some good victories under his belt and his confidence is certainly high going into Friday’s opening rubber against Serbia’s Dusan Lajovic.The difference in their rankings is huge with Yuki 90 places behind the 61st-ranked Lajovic, but considering that some of the visiting team’s top players, including Novak Djokovic, are missing, India can surely be positive. Yuki understands the expectations but says he will do what he knows best – play aggressively.”I am match-ready. It will be a tough one but that’s what Davis Cup is all about. My tennis has been good lately. We know it is a tough situation and this is how it is going to be. At the end of the day, we are here to win and not to give just a good fight. If you have to be there in the World Group, you have to beat the top 16, it is simple as that,” Yuki told Mail Today after Thursday’s practice session.In Yuki and Somdev Devvarman, the country’s top-ranked singles player, India have two players who have completely different styles of play. While Somdev believes in grinding down the opponent and is prepared to play a lengthy game, Yuki is someone who likes to be aggressive.Yuki, a former Australian Open junior champion, hopes to bank upon his aggression to counter Lajovic”Davis Cup is about teams and everyone has to contribute. Dusan has done well in the last two years but hopefully, with the crowd behind me, and if I can play as well as I can and physically handle long matches, it will be OK. Playing aggressively is what I know. I will go for my shots for that is how I have learned my tennis. It suits my game with the ball flying and going through the air quicker. I like playing fast and finishing fast. I am a completely different player than somebody like Somdev who would probably give the counter punch and run around,” added Yuki.advertisementAgainst Lajovic, who played the first round of the US Open main draw, Yuki certainly starts as the underdog but the Indian doesn’t mind that.”He is expected to win because is ranked 61st in the world. Being the underdog, it takes some pressure off you. I can play freely with the tie starting from scratch and I don’t have to think about the results of the previous matches of the tie. Yes, I will be nervous. It’s different because you are not playing for yourself here but for your country and your teammates. You have to play five sets so the mindset has to be different as well but I like challenges,” the Indian added.last_img read more


first_img(Attn.editors: The following press release comes to you(Attn.editors: The following press release comes to you under an arrangement with PRNewswire. PTI takes no editorial responsibility for the same).Dettol Partners with Amazon India to Launch Air Protect Mask to Offer 4 in 1 Protection from Rising Air Pollution NEW DELHI, March 19, 2016/PRNewswire/ –An innovative solution to protect yourself from PM 2.5, bacteria, dust & pollen With over 80 years of strong heritage in product innovation and creating new categories in the country, Dettol has been consistently ranked amongst the most trusted brands in the country.Dettol has further strengthened its legacy of product innovation and commitment towards improving the health and hygiene of consumers by launching a solution for the growing menace of air pollution. (Photo: ) A 2015 WHO report had revealed that 13 of the 20 most polluted cities in the world are in India.Particulate matter (or small airborne particles) is among the most detrimental of these pollutants. Studies link it with increased rates of chronic bronchitis, lung cancer and heart disease. (MORE)PRNewswire JSMlast_img read more

Sudha tested positive for Swine Flu, not for Zika virus

first_imgBengaluru, Aug 23 (PTI) Rio Olympian and Indian long distance runner Sudha Singh, who was undergoing treatment at a private hospital here for a suspected Zika virus infection, has tested positive for swine flu and will be out of action for at least two months, doctors said today. “Sudha Singh who has been undergoing treatment for a suspected Zika virus is suffering from H1N1, known as swine flu virus,” Dr Sarala of Sports Authority of India told PTI here. Sudha had participated in the womens 3000m steeplechase competition at Rio Olympics. Dr Sarala also said Sudha will be out of competitive action for the next two to three months, but subject to how fast she recovers from H1N1 virus infection. “It will take Sudha Singh two to three weeks to get discharged from the hospital, depending upon her health condition,” she said. Sudha, who returned from Rio Olympics with fever and bodyache last week, was admitted to Fortis Hospital the same day on August 20 for a suspected Zika virus diagnosis. The doctors had collected the blood samples of Sudha and had sent them to Virology Institute in Pune for Zika virus testing. “The doctors had taken blood samples to avoid risk factors. The samples were sent to Virology Institute in Pune and results reached us today afternoon. The report confirmed Sudha was suffering from H1N1 virus,” Dr Sarala said. Meanwhile, Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah said the state government will bear the medical expenses of Sudha and wished her speedy recovery, according to a communique from Chief Minister Office. The CMO also asked Karnataka Olympic Association President Govinda Raju to visit the hospital and ensure best medical care for her. Sudha had qualified for the Rio Games during the Federation Cup National Athletics Championships in New Delhi in April, where she clocked nine minutes 26.55 seconds. Before the commencement of the Rio Olympics, the Indian Olympic Association had issued a detailed advisory to all the athletes and support staff in view of the Zika virus scare in Brazil. PTI BDN KSU CMadvertisementlast_img read more

India’s pace bowling unit has ‘unusual’ variety and depth: Alastair Cook

first_imgFormer England captain Alastair Cook believes that India are fielding their strongest ever pace attack in the five-match Test series, starting August 1 in Birmingham.There have been a lot of talks around India’s bowling unit this time, considering the fact that pace attack has not been India’s strong point. As a touring side, India have mostly lacked quality pacers, which have usually cost them matches in alien conditions.Cook feels this time around, India have variety and depth in their pace unit, something that is very unusual to them.Even without their pace mainstay Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who was expected to play an important role in England, India have immense quality in Umesh Yadav, Ishant Sharma and Mohammed Shami.While Ishant and Umesh are considered to be the fittest among all the fast bowlers, the performance and fitness of Shami will be key for the team in this series.Also read – India vs England: Injury concerns around India’s pace attack”India seem to have got a good variety of bowlers, especially pace bowlers, which is probably unusual. They have strength and depth in their pace bowling,” Cook said on Monday.”Over the last couple of years – certainly in the last 10 years I’ve played them – they haven’t had the option of playing five or six different types of seamers. That’s different to what I have experienced in the past but we’ll see over the next six weeks.”India’s top order has been under scrutiny and their form seems to be a cause of concern for the visitors but Cook backed struggling Shikhar Dhawan and Cheteshwar Pujara to come good in the series.advertisement”With very good players, form is certainly temporary. The reason they’re very good players is the number of runs they’ve scored in the past over a sustained period of time.Also read – Kuldeep our X-factor but we can’t forget Ashwin, Jadeja: Ajinkya Rahane”That’s why they’re the number one side in the world. You can go a couple of innings not scoring any runs, and suddenly you get a couple away and start to get that rhythm and timing back, and you get a big one. That is the nature of the beast, certainly with top-order batting,” Cook said.Cook is making a return to the English side after playing against Pakistan earlier in the summer. He said that he is feeling fresh for the challenge against India, a side against whom he has had a lot of success at Edgbaston.”I feel fresh. I haven’t played a huge amount of cricket over the last three and a half weeks. It was nice to score those runs last week (180 for England Lions versus India A). I moved pretty well, I batted pretty well. I feel ready,” said Cook.Cook, who had resigned as England Test captain last year to pave way for Joe Root, said: “I thoroughly enjoyed my time as England captain. It is a very challenging job. It’s a hard job. But it’s also a very rewarding job. You get tested in ways you never thought you would be.”And you make decisions every day about things which, before the days starts you don’t know about, and you’re captaining your country, which is the biggest honour a sportsman can know. I absolutely loved it. But I believed it was the right time (to quit) for me personally.”Also read – England gear up for historic 1000th Test, India eye rare series triumphCook feels the constant change in the combination of the playing XI has affected England’s dream of becoming the number one team in the world.”To become the number one side in the world, it takes two or three years of really good results and we haven’t had that. The team has been changing as we’re finding out different things about different players and different combinations,” he said.”You go back to that side in 2011, that was probably the end of two or three years under Andrew Strauss and Andy Flower playing really good cricket with the same 14 or 15 players. Everyone produced the goods over a period of tome. We’re a little bit away of that and that’s the challenge of this time,” he said.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

Kick 2 to go on floors next year

first_imgMumbai: Superstar Salman Khan will soon be back as Devil in Kick 2, which is expected to go on the floors next year. Kick released on Eid 2014, and filmmaker Sajid Nadiadwala shared an update about the second installment of the film. “It’s a nostalgic day today. It’s been five years to Kick today and I have started penning down the second installment. The first draft is concluded,” Nadiadwala said. “The second draft is in its initial stage and I am personally excited for this journey to begin, as much as fans are to witness it. The Devil will return soon,” he added. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: PriyankaThe film will mark the return of Salman as Devil (Devi Lal Singh), a thief with a purpose. The first part also featured Jacqueline Fernandez, Randeep Hooda and Nawazuddin Siddiqui. “Sajid and his writing team is taking things extremely slow, to ensure that part two lives up to expectations,” said a source close to the development. According to a source, Salman’s character in the film is deeply layered, and “there’s a lot about him that has been left to explore”. “Devil’s character is extremely unpredictable. That is precisely what makes his role unique. Sajid will explore this side of the character in part two,” said the source.last_img read more

Canadian mining employee kidnapped in northern Burkina Faso local officials

first_imgMONTREAL — Burkina Faso’s security minister says a Canadian national has been kidnapped in the country’s northern Sahel region.Clement Sawadogo says in a statement that an employee of Vancouver-based mining company Progress Minerals was abducted from the Mansila area near the Niger border on Tuesday.Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland says Canadian officials are aware of the report and are reaching out to the person’s family.The news comes soon after a 34-year-old Quebec tourist and her Italian travelling companion were reported missing in Burkina Faso.Sawadogo’s statement refers to the disappearance of Edith Blais and Luca Tacchetto last month as a kidnapping.He says certain areas of Burkina Faso have been targeted by terrorist activities and that foreigners should use extreme caution when travelling.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Minister of Public Safety responds to Sapers Report saying they only target

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe federal government only targets criminals and Aboriginal peoples are likely to be victims of crime so they’re “taking action” to ensure their safety said the office of Public Safety Minister Vic Toews when asked to comment on the Sapers report.“Our government is taking action to ensure our correctional system actually corrects criminal behaviour. The only identifiable group that our tough on crime agenda targets are criminals,” said Julie Carmichael, a spokeswoman for Toews. “Fact – Aboriginal Canadians are more likely to be victims of crime. We are taking action to ensure that all Canadian communities are protected.”Howard Sapers released his long-awaited report Thursday that found there’s been a 23 per cent increase in the number of Aboriginal peoples in the federal prison system in the last five years.In comparison, Aboriginal peoples make up four per cent of Canada’s population. One of three female inmates are First Nation, Metis or Inuit.Critics don’t agree with the Toews’ office and slammed the government for inaction.But Carmichael said “our government’s action to date” includes a recent announcement to fund Aboriginal police forces for the next five years.She also pointed to “bringing in stronger laws to keep our streets and communities safe including mandatory minimum penalties for serious crimes, cracking down on people who sell drugs to children, eliminating house arrest for serious crimes, ending the faint hope clause and eliminating two for one sentencing credits.”last_img read more

Cadillac brand will return to Michigan from New York

first_imgDETROIT – General Motors is moving its Cadillac brand headquarters from New York back to Michigan, four years after heading to the big city to become more cosmopolitan.The move to the Detroit suburb of Warren, Michigan, across the street from GM’s giant technical centre, will take place in April.The company said Wednesday the brand’s workers need to be closer to engineers and designers because Cadillac plans to launch a new vehicle every six months for the next three years.The move comes five months after GM ousted Cadillac brand chief Johan de Nysschen, who thought a New York headquarters would give the brand more sophistication when Cadillac moved to New York in 2014. Cadillac sales fell 8 per cent last year but were up 5.4 per cent during the first half of 2018. GM replaced de Nysschen with Steve Carlisle, who ran GM’s Canadian operations.Spokesman Patrick Morrissey said GM learned a lot about the brand in New York, but circumstances changed since 2014 with Cadillac being part of GM’s technology and electric vehicle push. About 70 per cent of the workers in New York were recruited from the city, bringing GM new talent, Morrissey said.All 110 workers at the headquarters in the Manhattan’s SoHo district will be offered jobs in Michigan.De Nysschen was hired away from Nissan’s Infiniti luxury brand with much promise and named president of Cadillac in August of 2014. A few months later he moved the brand’s headquarters from Detroit to New York.New York’s economic development agency approved a $1 million grant to Cadillac to help with the $12.7 million renovation of the Manhattan headquarters.Morrissey said GM did not draw down any of the incentive funds “but we are thankful and appreciative of the support we got from New York.”Jason Conwall, spokesman for Empire State Development, New York state’s main economic development office, said the state is disappointed in the move, but understands “this is a business decision being made by GM to co-locate the Cadillac headquarters with the rest of its corporate headquarters.”He confirmed that the state did not disperse any of the $1 million performance grant to GM.last_img read more

Scotiabank Q1 net income slips 4 to 225B amid significant market volatility

The Canadian Press Companies in this story: (TSX:BNS) TORONTO — The Bank of Nova Scotia hiked its dividend as it reported its first-quarter profit slipped to $2.25 billion from $2.34 billion a year earlier.Canada’s third-largest bank raised its quarterly payment to common shareholders by two cents to 87 cents per share.The Toronto-based lender’s earnings for the three-month period ended Jan. 31 amounted to $1.71 per diluted share, compared with $1.86 a year ago.On an adjusted basis, the bank reported first-quarter net income of $1.75 per diluted share, down from $1.87 per diluted share a year ago.That was below the adjusted earnings of $1.82 per share expected by analysts, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.Scotiabank chief executive Brian Porter said while “significant market volatility” impacted some of the lender’s business, it was a “solid start” to the year with strong earnings in international banking and wealth management.“While significant market volatility impacted some of our business lines, we still experienced strong growth,” Porter said in a statement.“In addition, credit quality remains strong and in line with recent quarters.” read more

Communitybased sentence for man with mental health issues

Having debated what to do with a man with both an acquired brain injury and mental health issues, a Regina judge has determined a community-based sentence is the best approach.But Regina Provincial Court Judge Doug Kovatch warned Jessie Ahenekew (also spelled Jesse Ahenakew) he faces the likelihood of eventual jail if he doesn’t get a handle on addictions issues that have served to land him in trouble with the law.The 38-year-old man returned to court on Tuesday, having previously pleaded guilty to offences that included assault, mischief and failures to appear in court. Given Ahenekew’s existing criminal record, which includes some violence, the Crown requested a nine-month jail sentence.But defence lawyer Tony Orlowski petitioned the court in July for a sentence that would allow his client to serve his time in the community — thereby ensuring he has access to needed programming.Kovatch had observed the Crown wasn’t out of line in requesting the sentence it did, but decided he wanted some additional information in the form of a pre-sentence report looking into Ahenekew’s problems and what options might exist for him.Orlowski’s colleague, Andrew Hitchcock, appeared with Ahenekew on Tuesday, noting the report observed that while Ahenekew has had trouble following a community treatment order in the past, he has also struggled with side effects from his medication.And Ahenekew, speaking for himself, told the court his ABI — which he has had for 13 years — has been “shifting again,” causing further problems.“It’s like a disease,” he explained. “It doesn’t stop growing.”Ahenekew expressed a desire to take addictions treatment, and Kovatch agreed that, in combination with mental health programming, is likely the best approach — as long as Ahenekew follows directions. If he doesn’t, the judge explained, there will be consequences, possibly in the form of a jail sentence.Kovatch imposed a four-month conditional sentence order to be followed by 12 months probation. Both orders include conditions intended to help Ahenekew with his addictions and mental health issues.The mischief and assault incidents for which Ahenekew was sentenced took place in October and March respectively.In the first incident, Ahenekew attended city police headquarters, where he claimed the police chief had made off with the bulk of his lotto winnings in 2011. Court heard Ahenekew had tried unsuccessfully to lay the complaint in the past and, as on those occasions, police didn’t take the complaint. Angry, Ahenekew kicked over and damaged a ticket dispensing machine in the lobby. He was arrested following a struggle.He was back in trouble in March, when he was confronted by a security officer in a Regina liquor store. Court heard the intoxicated Ahenekew threw a bottle over a clerk’s head, then punched and pushed the officer to the read more

Somalia Security Council discusses revised UN presence in Mogadishu

“This period of transformation, with its opportunities and challenges, requires a step change in the United Nations support to peacebuilding in Somalia,” the Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs, Tayé-Brook Zerihoun, told the Council. Mr. Zerihoun supported Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s recommendation in his latest report to establish a broader peacekeeping mission in Mogadishu “to simultaneously provide enhanced support to peacekeeping and to meet other development and humanitarian objectives.” The new mission would include good offices, advice and assistance on security, peacekeeping and state-building, the preparation of elections, human rights and the rule of law, and assistance for the coordination of international assistance, Mr. Zerihoun said. The recommendation follows an integrated strategic assessment conducted late last year, building on discussions with Somali authorities, the African Union, civil society and international partners in Somalia and Kenya.The UN entities working on Somalia, including the UN Political Office (UNPOS) and UNSOA, which provides logistics for the African Union peacekeeping force in Somalia (AMISOM), are due to steadily relocate to Somalia over the next six to 12 months, Mr. Zerihoun said. Last month, Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman met with key Somali and UN officials during a visit to the capital, Mogadishu. He said Somalia was undergoing a “profound transformation” and needs a better coordinated and coherent response from the international community. Also speaking to the Council today, Somalia’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Fawzia Y. H. Adam, reiterated her Government’s “strong position that there must be an integrated mission” in Mogadishu to assist the humanitarian situation, which remains critical for hundreds of thousands of people displaced by fighting. Ms. Adam also requested that the Council lift the 20-year-old UN arms embargo to allow Somali Defense Forces, supported by AMISOM, to fight Al-Shabaab and other militant groups. “Getting rid of the remnants of the Al-Shabaab is a top priority for us,” emphasized Ms. Adam. She added that the Government would put in place necessary mechanisms “to ensure that armaments do not fall into the wrong hands.” Mr. Zerihoun had said that relaxing the arms embargo “would take a calibrated approach based on all the factors,” including support for the Somali forces while avoiding proliferation of uncontrolled weapons. Somalia marked a historic political watershed last August when it swore-in the first formal parliament. The event ended a so-called “transition” phase which had begun with the 2004 launch of a UN-backed interim government after Somalis had been without a functioning government since the overthrow of dictator Mohamed Siad Barre in 1991.“There is now a tangible sense of security and optimism in Mogadishu,” Mr. Zerihoun said. He cautioned, however, that the security sector needs development in parallel with enhanced support for the judiciary and respect for human rights, in particular to deal with ongoing threats to journalists and the incidents of sexual violence. read more

Syria Outraged Security Council condemns ongoing violence targeting civilians

In a press statement issued at United Nations Headquarters in New York, the Members of the Security Council expressed their deep concern at the continued high level of violence in Syria and condemned all violence directed against civilians. “They expressed outrage at all attacks against civilians, as well as indiscriminate attacks, including those involving shelling and aerial bombardment, such as the use of barrel bombs, which were reportedly dropped on a displaced persons camp in Idlib governorate on October 29, leaving many dead and injured, including children.”Through its statement, the Council recalled that all obligations under international humanitarian law must be respected in all circumstances. The 15-member body recalled, in particular, the obligation to distinguish between civilian populations and combatants, and the prohibition against indiscriminate attacks, and attacks against civilians and civilian objects. The Members of the Council reiterated their call on all parties to immediately implement in full the provisions of Council texts urging an end to the violence, respect for international law, and increased humanitarian access, among other terms, set out in resolutions 2139 (2014) and 2165 (2014), and of the Presidential Statement of 2 October 2013.“The members of the Security Council reiterated that the only sustainable solution to the current crisis in Syria is through an inclusive and Syrian-led political process with a view to full implementation of the Geneva Communiqué of 30 June 2012,” said the statement, referring to the United Nations-backed six-point plan six-point plan aimed at ending the violence and moving the Syrian parties towards a political settlement. read more

Prepare to be Entertained at the Emery County Fair

PAUL DRAPER (MENTALIST)Paul Draper is a comedy mind-reader seen on television stations such as History, A&E, HBO, Hallmark, Travel and HGTV as well as shows like Hell’s Kitchen, Pawn Stars, Mindfreak and House Hunters. In Las Vegas, he has headlined for casinos including the Orleans Casino and Planet Hollywood and served as the house magician for seven years at the Venetian.Paul will be performing at the Emery County Fair on Sat., Aug. 3 at 1 p.m.JEFF CIVILLICO Come watch this amazing juggler and comedian at the Emery County Fair on Saturday, Aug. 3 at 3 p.m.Jeff Civillico is a Las Vegas headliner, TV host personality and philanthropist. He has been a Las Vegas headliner with Caesars Entertainment for seven years, having performed 1,000+ shows at The LINQ, The Flamingo and now at The Paris Hotel & Casino. He will be AMAZING!!!!! read more

Brock Wind Ensemble kicks off holiday season

The Brock University Department of Music Wind Ensemble will present an evening of captivating melodies Tuesday, Dec. 5 in St. Catharines.Under the baton of conductor Zoltan Kalman, the University Wind Ensemble features the talents of 70 musicians drawn from Brock University, high schools across the region, and the broader music community.On stage at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 5 in Partridge Hall at the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre, the ensemble will perform a spectacular range of works from the past and present including Kernen’s Latin Mood, Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker, Suppe’s Light Cavalry Overture, Alford’s The Purple Carnival, Whitacre’s Ghost Train, Gorb’s Awayday, Kositsky’s Suite Canadienne, Whitacre’s Seal Lullaby and a medley from the musical Frozen, featuring four-year-old Khloe Kalman.The concert also includes musicians Michael Hindrichs, Peter Macdonald, David Pearson and Graham Young from the Hamilton Symphony on the Bay, Patrick Beard from the Niagara Symphony and high school students from three area schools.Tickets for the event are $10 for general admission or $5 through the eyeGo high school program. Free tickets are available to current MIWSFPA students. Tickets are available through the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre Box Office at 905-688-0722,  online at, via email at  or at the door. read more

Bears Grant Matt Forte 4Year Extension

Bears Grant Matt Forte 4Year Extension

Matt Forte has been a rock-solid running back for the Chicago Bears for years, and the team has just not gotten around to showing its appreciation of the Pro Bowl running back.The sound and reliable Forte agreed to terms on a four-year contract worth roughly $32 million,The Bears had placed their franchise tag on Forte in March and the sides had until 4 p.m. today to reach an agreement. Without a long-term deal, Forte would have had to play the 2012 season under the $7.749 million tender or sit out the season.The deal is a sign of respect for Forte. He has been under-appreciated most of his career and when he sprained the medial collateral ligament in his right knee early in a Dec. 4 loss to Kansas City — shelving him for the season — it would not have been a surprise if the Bears held back on a new deal.Forte went into last season looking for an extension, but was disappointed when the sides could not did not reach an agreement with the Bears. There was a point where he believed he would be playing his last year in a Bears’ uniform because they could not come to terms.But look at him now. Forte got rewarded with a multi-year deal even though the team had not seen how he fared after the injury.Without Forte and quarterback Jay Cutler, the Bears struggled down the stretch and finished third in the NFC North, missing the playoffs with an 8-8 record.Still, Forte was so strong before his injury that he still got his first Pro Bowl selection. He finishing with 1,487 yards from scrimmage and 997 rushing in his fourth season. He averaged 4.9 yards per carry. Forte was the first Chicago running back to make it to the Pro Bowl since Neal Anderson following the 1991 season. read more

RNLI volunteers sacked in dispute over mugs adorned with naked women

Two RNLI volunteers have been sacked and four fellow crewmen have quit over a dispute surrounding mugs adorned with images of naked women.The men from the Whitby station in North Yorkshire exchanged jokey Christmas gifts, which included a mug with a picture of a naked woman on it and one of the crew’s faces superimposed onto the model’s head. But a female superior found the mugs in a cupboard and Joe Winspear and his colleague Ben Laws were dismissed. Navigator Steve Boocock, helmsman Martyn Cairns and trainees Neil Cook and Simon Rhodes have now walked out in protest, according to The Sun, and a source told the paper: “The mugs were just banter, a bit of fun.“One of the sacked men served 15 years. He’s saved people’s lives and recovered those who were not so lucky. He should be given a medal, not his marching orders.“Two of the crew are women and told the managers that they were not offended. It’s overkill by the RNLI.”Initially, Mr Winspear and Mr Laws were reportedly told if the mugs were destroyed they would face no further action. But in March, bosses told them they had breached safeguarding protocol, citing they could have been seen by visiting schoolchildren.  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Both were dismissed in a phone call on Tuesday, according to The Sun.  As they prepare to appeal, The RNLI told the paper: “Two volunteers have been stood down. We are waiting to hear if they wish to challenge this decision. Others have resigned.“The investigation focused on the production of inappropriate material of a sexual nature and social media activity directed at an RNLI staff member. This was not a trivial matter.” read more

Can you help Emma Rafferty has been missing for the last two

first_imgTHE PSNI HAVE launched an appeal for help finding a 33-year-old woman last seen on Wednesday in Newry.According to the police service, Emma Rafferty has “close connections in the city as well as in Carlingford” in Co Louth.Emma is described as being of slim build, approximately 5’3″ tall, and with long bleached blonde hair with brown dip-dyed ends.When last seen, in the Sandys Street area of Newry, she was wearing a red t-shirt and jeans.Anyone who knows her whereabouts is being asked to contact Ardmore Police Station in Newry on 028 302 65500.Read Israel rejects John Kerry ceasefire proposallast_img read more