Ajmer dargah blast case convicts awarded life imprisonment

first_imgThe National Investigation Agency (NIA) Special Court here on Wednesday awarded life imprisonment to two persons convicted for the 2007 Ajmer dargah blasts, in which three persons were killed.Both the convicts owed allegiance to Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh in the past.The convicts, Bhavesh Patel and Devendra Gupta, were held guilty under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act, Explosives Act and various sections of Indian Penal Code. This is the first-ever conviction and sentencing of the RSS cadre in a terror case.NIA Special Judge Dinesh Gupta also imposed a fine of Rs.10,000 on Patel and Rs.5,000 on Gupta. Patel was an RSS activist at his hometown Bharuch in Gujarat, while Gupta, a resident of Ajmer, worked for RSS in Jharkhand and Madhya Pradesh.The court had convicted three persons and acquitted seven others, including self-styled monk and former RSS activist Aseemanand, in the case on March 8 and postponed the verdict on sentence to those found guilty.The third convict, Sunil Joshi, who was an RSS pracharak, was murdered in suspicious circumstances in December 2007.Defence counsel Jagdish Rana told reporters outside the court that the convicts would file an appeal against the judgment in the High Court.The explosion in the historic shrine of Sufi mystic Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti on October 11, 2007, during Ramzan, had left three persons dead and 17 injured. The dargah was packed to capacity with about 5,000 devotees when the blast occurred at the time of Iftaar (breaking of fast).last_img read more

Brazil boss Tite won’t sacrifice Neymar’s ‘genius’ for good of the team

first_img\R Saint Petersburg, Jun 21 (AFP) Brazil coach Tite said he will not tell Neymar to be more of a team player as he insisted the Paris Saint-Germain star is fit for tomorrow’s crunch World Cup clash with Costa Rica. The world’s most expensive player had been an injury doubt after hobbling out of training on Tuesday with an ankle problem, 48 hours after he was on the end of 10 fouls from robust Swiss opponents as Brazil opened their campaign with a disappointing 1-1 draw. But Tite confirmed he will put his faith in the same XI that started against Switzerland in Saint Petersburg as Brazil look to kickstart their quest for a sixth World Cup. In their desperation for a breakthrough in the final stages against the Swiss, Neymar’s team-mates consistently looked to their star man to provide the final finish or pass without success. And he was criticised for being self-indulgent, often taking too many touches to try and beat Swiss right-back Stephan Lichtsteiner instead of moving the ball on quickly to teammates. – ‘Genius’ – ============ Tite, though, strongly refuted reports he has asked Neymar to play more in the team’s best interests. “Absolutely not. The information you got is not true,” Tite responded to a Brazilian journalist. “All of the players have this responsibility of playing for the collective (good) and being individuals. “I’m not going to take away from him his genius in the last third of the pitch. That applies to Coutinho, Jesus, Willian and Firmino too.advertisement “You have to strengthen the team but I’m not going to take away the main characteristics of the players.” Neymar’s latest injury scare intensified concerns over his match fitness after a broken bone in his right foot ended his club season in February. He returned and scored in World Cup warm-up friendly wins against Croatia and Austria, but did not complete 90 minutes until facing Switzerland. Tite admitted it could take until five games into his return for Neymar to be back to his best, but insisted he was not taking a risk by throwing him back into a highly pressurised environment. “We want to win, it’s a World Cup, but the coach is not going to play with the players’ health. It’s too big a risk.” Despite Neymar’s fitness concerns, Costa Rica coach Oscar Ramrez claimed his players will not target him in the same way the Swiss did. “In the case of Neymar he is a very skilful player so people look to stop him with rough tactics. I wouldn’t like to use rough tactics, I think there are ways to perform and the boys are clear how we need to play,” said Ramirez. Costa Rica reached the quarter-finals in Brazil four years ago, but are also in desperate need of the points after losing 1-0 to Serbia to open their campaign. Brazil are not alone among the pre-tournament favourites in having a slow start in Russia and Costa Rica captain Bryan Ruiz is hoping his side too can cause an upset to keep their chances of qualifying for the last 16 alive. “You’ve seen already there have been plenty of surprises,” said the Sporting Lisbon playmaker. “We don’t have no chance. We need to at least draw to continue with a chance.” (AFP) ATKATKlast_img read more

Gov’t Looking to Create Integrated Higher Education System

first_img “This integration is expected to be supported with policies and systems to support greater autonomy, greater alignment to industry and a flexible approach to funding to support the needs of the institutions, while ensuring that students are being trained in areas that are required by industry and will ultimately impact the economy,” he said. Portfolio Minister, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, made the disclosure while addressing the opening of the Ministry’s inaugural Higher Education Summit on May 10 at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in New Kingston. The Government is looking to create an Integrated Higher Education System for Jamaica (IHES-J) aimed at better aligning training to industry demands. Story Highlights The Government is looking to create an Integrated Higher Education System for Jamaica (IHES-J) aimed at better aligning training to industry demands.Portfolio Minister, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, made the disclosure while addressing the opening of the Ministry’s inaugural Higher Education Summit on May 10 at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston.“This integration is expected to be supported with policies and systems to support greater autonomy, greater alignment to industry and a flexible approach to funding to support the needs of the institutions while ensuring that students are being trained in areas that are required by industry and will ultimately impact the economy,” he said.He said that despite deliberations over the years, limited progress has been made in addressing the need for greater integration of education and training.“Our hope is that coming out of these discussions (at the summit) we will be able to agree on the needed and significant steps forward together,” he said.The two-day summit, under the theme ‘Education 4.0: Disrupting Tradition…Transforming Jamaica’, provided a platform for stakeholders to discuss and provide feedback on a number of issues critical to the development of the higher education sector.From the consultations, the Ministry will seek to establish a declaration, which will encapsulate the core principles around which the Government will be able to define and pass legislation with regards to matters of governance, quality assurance and regulation of higher education.In his address, Senator Reid highlighted the importance of higher education to the development of the country.He said that among the national imperatives are (a) to increase the percentage of eligible cohort holding the minimum of a bachelor’s degree from 15 per cent to 80 per cent; (b)  remove barriers to access; and  (c) ensure that institutions are responsive to the changing dynamics and requirements of the labour market.Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Dean-Roy Bernard, in his contribution, stressed that a key objective of the deliberations is to ensure that higher education is supporting the economic growth agenda.“We hear many times of the 67 per cent of our workforce that are untrained and uncertified. This summit is to ensure that we are reducing those numbers rapidly,” he said.Over the two days, experts in education and industry made presentations on a range of topics, including ‘Higher Education, Governance and the Oversight Framework’; ‘Autonomy within the Higher Education Sector’; ‘Funding the Higher Education Sector’; and ‘Relevance, Innovation and Leadership’.Among those in attendance were members of external quality assurance body, University Council of Jamaica (UCJ); regulatory body, Jamaica Tertiary Education Commission (J-TEC); the Council of Community Colleges of Jamaica (CCCJ) and their member institutions; and student representatives.last_img read more

Healthcare Mediator Appointed

first_img how the bargaining units at the new provincial health authority and the IWK should be structured which union should represent each of those bargaining units how employees’ seniority will be reflected whether to preserve all existing collective agreements or choose one per bargaining unit until April 1. Government has appointed British Columbia mediator James Dorsey to help determine the future labour relations structure for unionized staff at the province’s hospitals and clinics. Mr. Dorsey was recommended by both health-care unions and employers. He has 37 years of experience in mediation and arbitration. Issues to be considered at mediation are: Under the Health Authorities Act, any issues not settled in mediation by Monday, Nov. 17, will be referred to arbitration. If that happens, Mr. Dorsey would also serve as arbitrator. Mr. Dorsey graduated from Dalhousie Law School in 1973, and has served as mediator in cases involving health care, firefighters, transit and education. Government will pay his expenses and his fees, which are $275 per hour. Mr. Dorsey will meet with the parties before Friday, Oct. 24.last_img read more

Canada 10 other countries will move forward on a new TPP after

first_imgCanada and 10 other countries agreed this weekend to re-evaluate the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the controversial trade deal that has been assumed dead since the U.S. pulled out in January.However a Canadian group opposed to the TPP says the deal should not be revived.Trade officials said the deal would change significantly without American involvement, although leaders from the 11 remaining countries are still figuring out what a revised trade plan would look like.In its current form, the partnership requires U.S. participation before it can go into effect. But a revised TPP wouldn’t be as simple as taking the U.S. out of the existing deal: each of the 11 remaining countries will have to re-evaluate its own trade needs absent of American involvement.Ministers attending the Asia-Pacific Economic Conference (APEC) in Hanoi, Vietnam this weekend discussed taking another look at the terms of the deal. Officials from the countries involved, which include Australia, Malaysia, Mexico, and Singapore, among others, have agreed to present assessments to their leaders when they meet for an annual APEC summit in Vietnam in November, which will also include U.S. President Donald Trump, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping.Since the U.S withdrawal, Japan and New Zealand have been spearheading efforts to revive the deal. Both countries have ratified the agreement and moved forward on legislation related to the deal. But Canadian officials stress that even the countries most enthusiastic about the previous agreement understand that it must be significantly altered before it can move forward.New Zealand Trade Minister Todd McClay said the remaining countries are open to others joining provided they accept the trade agreement’s high standards on labour and environmental protection. He said the door remains open to the U.S., even after President Donald Trump withdrew from the pact in January, saying he prefers bilateral free trade deals.Supporters of the agreement argue that opening the Canadian economy to foreign markets could benefit sectors including forestry, manufacturing and agriculture, especially production of canola, beef and pork. But there are also concerns about intellectual property provisions, including patent extensions, as well as the potential for job loss within Canada.Sujata Dey, trade campaigner for the social action organization The Council of Canadians, called the TPP “a huge corporate power grab” that should be abandoned completely rather than re-worked. The group takes particular issue with the policy’s investor-state dispute settlement, which allows companies to sue governments over any regulations that reduce their profits.“These trade agreements are old-school because our world problems have changed,” Dey said, citing environmental crises. “Until we stop copying and cutting the old trade agreement that we’ve been doing for the last 30 years, it’s not going to be a trade agreement that works for our new reality.”In response, a Liberal government official who did not want to be named indicated that the concerns of Canadians will be taken into account in formulating a new deal. Trying to sell a new version of the TPP to the public that doesn’t include free and progressive fair trade would be an uphill battle for the federal government, he said.The China-led 16-member Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership will meet Monday in Hanoi to further discussions on a separate deal seen as an alternative to the TPP. It is expected to be finalized by the end of this year.With files from the Associated Presslast_img read more

Di Maria Admits a Spiky Relationship with Van Gaal was Why

Rabat – Di Maria has revealed that he had a spiky relationship with former manager Louis Van Gaal during his ill-fated stint at Manchester United, hinting that his poor relationship with the Dutchman was the main reason he left the Old Trafford.The former Real Madrid player joined United for a British record 59.7 million pounds last season. After an impressive start at Old Trafford, with three goals in his first four games, he suffered a two-month injury layoff and failed to score again in the league.Towards the end of the season he was regularly left out by Van Gaal and was sold to French champions Paris St Germain for £44.3million, after the campaign. The Guardian quoted Di Maria as saying that he did not get on very well with the coach, Van gaal.“So I think the decision to join Paris was the best solution,” Di Maria said.“After [the break-in] it wasn’t reasonable to stay. My family wasn’t happy. My daughter was suffering. So it was important to leave.Honestly, we were not happy. At the beginning, we were a little. But then things became complicated. Life in England was a bit difficult. It is not easy for a South American. Some people get on fine, and for others it is harder to adapt.”The Argentina winger, 27, went on to add that last season was tough for him. “I didn’t play much and it was difficult watching the Champions League on television, when I had won it the season before with Madrid,” Di Maria noted.“From the little I have seen, our life here in France resembles more the life we led in Spain or Portugal. And at the moment we are 100% satisfied,” he concluded.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission read more

Joint UN strategy aims to ensure survival of millions of floodaffected Pakistanis

24 September 2010A group of United Nations agencies have developed a combined strategy focusing on the areas of food, health, nutrition, and water and sanitation to ensure a coordinated response to the crisis in flood-hit Pakistan and ensure the survival of millions of people. The so-called ‘Survival Strategy’ seeks to ensure a more integrated, effective and timely response to address the key factors contributing to diarrhoea, acute respiratory infections, malaria, measles, cholera and malnutrition, as well as maternal and neo-natal mortality and morbidity.It is a joint effort by the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the World Health Organization (WHO), the World Food Programme (WFP) and the UN Population Fund, as well as their partners.The Strategy comes as the directors of the emergency divisions of UNICEF, WHO and WFP wrapped up a visit to flood-affected areas in Sindh and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa provinces and warned that the crisis is far from over and is worsening for the most vulnerable people.“The sheer scale of this disaster is unprecedented and requires unprecedented measures,” said Eric Laroche, WHO Assistant Director-General of Health Action in Crisis. “One of the many challenges we are facing is to provide assistance to people cramped in scattered spontaneous settlements, thus making it very difficult to address life threatening risks and to provide the health coverage they so desperately need,” Dr. Laroche added.WHO estimates that some 20 million people have been affected by the floods, which began in late July, including 8 million needing direct life-saving assistance.The agencies warned of the serious risks posed by unsafe water, inadequate sanitation, food shortages and a lack of access to health services, and voiced grave concern about the likelihood of disease outbreaks and deaths due to malnutrition.They noted that many of those affected by the floods come from the areas where the disease burden, malnutrition rates and health risks were already very high. “A combination of illness, food insecurity and destruction of crops is now compounding the situation, making people more vulnerable, especially children,” they stated in a news release.Louis-Georges Arsenault, Director of Emergency Programmes at UNICEF, emphasised the importance of working together to ensure the survival of those affected, particularly of children. “We have to also remember that this is an important opportunity to reach people who were already vulnerable before the floods and who were not receiving the assistance that they needed. “With sufficient resources and good collaboration, we can make great gains in tackling some of the problems that have been present here for a long time. This is an opportunity that we cannot afford to miss,” he added. WFP, for its part, voiced serious concern about the nutritional situation of those affected by the floods. “We urgently need to keep feeding people in this crisis – food provision is the cornerstone of any strategy to assist people and to prevent malnutrition,” said David Kaatrud, Director of Emergencies at WFP. During the visit, the joint UN team visited key emergency relief programmes related to health, food and nutrition activities and took park in an aerial survey of some of the most recent and worst hit areas in Dadu and Sehwan in Sindh province.They called on the international community to continue its support and to respond urgently to the recently revised floods response plan issued by the UN which seeks more than $2 billion to provide assistance for up to 14 million people affected by the floods over a 12-month period. read more

More and more countries using graphic antismoking labelling UN reports

7 July 2011About a billion people, if they wanted to buy a pack of cigarettes, are facing some pretty off-putting and sometimes gruesome graphics on the package cover, the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) said today, marking the success of its warning campaign. In its third annual report on the global tobacco epidemic, launched today in Montevideo, Uruguay, the agency said more than one billion people in 19 countries are now covered by laws requiring large, graphic health warnings on packages of tobacco, nearly double the number of two years ago, when only about 547 million people were covered in 16 countries. Some of the warnings show rotten teeth and cancerous lungs. Mexico, Peru and the United States became the latest countries to require the large, graphic warnings, which are proven to motivate people to stop using tobacco and to reduce the appeal for people who are not yet addicted, WHO said. This year’s report, which concentrates on packaging laws and anti-smoking media campaigns, said more than 1.9 billion people live in the 23 countries that have implemented at least one strong media campaign within the last two years.“We are pleased that more and more people are being adequately warned about the dangers of tobacco use,” says WHO Assistant Director-General for Non-communicable Diseases and Mental Health, Ala Alwan. “At the same time, we can’t be satisfied that the majority of countries are doing nothing or not enough. We urge all countries to follow the best practices for reducing tobacco consumption and to become parties to, and fully implement, the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control.”The other measures involve monitoring tobacco use; protecting people from tobacco smoke; helping users quit; enforcing bans on tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship; and raising taxes on tobaccoEach measure corresponds to at least one provision of the Framework Convention, which has been in force since 2005 and to which more than 170 countries and the European Union have already become parties. Of the world’s more than one billion tobacco smokers, more than 80 per cent live in low- and middle-income countries and up to half will eventually die of a tobacco-related disease, WHO said.This year alone, the tobacco epidemic will kill nearly six million people, according to the agency. More than five million of them will be users and ex-users of smoked and smokeless tobacco and more than 600,000 will be non-smokers who were exposed to tobacco smoke. By 2030, tobacco could kill eight million people a year. In addition, tobacco use is one of the biggest contributors to the non-communicable diseases epidemic, which includes heart disease, stroke, cancers and emphysema and accounts for 63 per cent of deaths.“Large, graphic health warnings of the sort pioneered by Uruguay, Canada and a handful of other countries are an effective means of reducing tobacco’s appeal,” said the Director of WHO’s Tobacco Free Initiative, Douglas Bettcher. read more

Guatemala ratifies UNbacked treaty banning nuclear tests

Out of a total listed number of 195 States, 182 have so far signed the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT).For the treaty to enter into force ratification is required from the so-called Annex 2 States. Of these China, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), Egypt, India, Iran, Israel, Pakistan, and the United States have yet to ratify it. The Indonesian parliament took the decision to ratify the treaty on 6 December 2011.Guatemala’s Foreign Minister, Haroldo Rodas Melgar, handed over the instrument of his country’s ratification at a ceremony yesterday at UN Headquarters in New York.Welcoming this move, Tibor Tóth, the Executive Secretary of the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO), said Guatemala’s ratification is an important building block towards a world free of nuclear weapons.“It underlines Guatemala’s commitment to outlaw nuclear testing and to enhance non-proliferation and disarmament worldwide,” he stated.Latin America and the Caribbean was the first region in the world to establish a nuclear-weapon-free zone with the Treaty of Tlatelolco in 1967.“Guatemala’s ratification of the CTBT is a boost for the Treaty of Tlatelolco, which will soon celebrate 10 years of being the world’s first nuclear-weapon-free zone to include all countries in the region,” noted Mr. Tóth. “This bodes well for the CTBT.”Among the 33 States in the Latin America and the Caribbean region, 31 have now ratified the CTBT, with Cuba and Dominica being the only countries that have not yet signed or ratified.Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has urged all remaining States to sign and ratify the CTBT, with the aim of bringing it into force by 2012.“My message is clear: Do not wait for others to move first. Take the initiative. Lead. The time for waiting has passed,” he told a high-level conference last September on facilitating the treaty’s entry into force. “We must make the most of existing – and potentially short-lived – opportunities.”In the meantime, Mr. Ban has urged all States to honour all existing moratoria on nuclear-weapon-test explosions, and to refrain from acting in a manner that undermines the purpose of the treaty. 13 January 2012Guatemala has ratified the United Nations-backed international treaty banning nuclear tests, bringing the number of State parties to 156. read more

Over 840000 affected by drought in parts of the country

According to the Disaster Management Centre 243,683 families have been affected by the drought.Among the areas affected are Jaffna, Kurunegala, Batticaloa and Ampara. (Colombo Gazette) Over 840,000 people have been affected by drought in parts of the country, despite rain being experienced in other areas.The Disaster Management Centre said that as of noon today 849,752 people have been affected by drought in eleven districts.

Pottahawk party this weekend

Lake Erie will be seeing an increase in boaters this weekend for the annual Pottahawk party.Police are reminding boaters that impaired boating holds the same penalties as impaired driving. That means any consumption of alcohol, marijuana, or any other substances could lead to charges for the operator of a boat.The OPP will be out patrolling the area to ensure that all drivers are sober and have the mandatory safety equipment on board.Boaters are also asked to not give rides to people trying to get to the island unless they plan on taking them back from the party afterwards.People are asked to wear a lifejacket at all times, and to have a fully charged cell phone available. read more

Primary focus of response must be to halt spread of Ebola in

Earlier today at WHO’s headquarters in Geneva, Dr. Keiji Fukuda, the agency’s Assistant Director-General for Health, Security and Environment, and Isabelle Nuttall, WHO Director of Global Capacities, Alert and Response, briefed the press on the Committee’s discussions.Dr. Fukuda said the key lessons learned to control the outbreak include the importance of leadership, community engagement, bringing in more partners, paying staff on time, and accountability, and stressed that WHO, UN partners and the international community have scaled up their support in these three countries.Answering a question about when international efforts might catch up to the unfolding outbreak, he said there is an intense effort under way to step-up the response, within and outside the United Nations, including with the establishment of the UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER) and implementation of the so-called “70-70-60 plan” which aims to try to get 70 per cent of the cases isolated and 70 per cent of the deceased safely buried within 60 days (from the beginning of October to 1 December), “by which time we hope to see a bend in the curve.” “So it’s clear that it remains quite a challenge. We see the numbers still going up. We still see an extensive effort trying to catch up to and get beyond that curve,” Dr. Fukuda said, adding however that reaching the targets by the earliest possible time remains the goal. As for the outbreak spreading outside the three countries, he said: “We are reasonably confident right now we are not seeing widespread transmission into neighbouring countries. It remains a concern…but right now I think we are not seeing it.”Among the Committee’s recommendations for hard-hit Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone, the Committee noted that exit screening in those countries remains critical for reducing the exportation of Ebola cases. “States should maintain and reinforce high-quality exit screening of all persons at international airports, seaport, and major land crossings, for unexplained febrile illness consistent with potential Ebola infection.” The exit screening should consist of, at a minimum, a questionnaire, a temperature measurement and, if fever is discovered, an assessment of the risk that the fever is caused by Ebola virus disease. States should collect data from their exit screening processes, monitor their results, and regularly share these with WHO in a timely fashion. This will increase public confidence and provide important information to other States, said the experts.As for the wider international community, the Committee reiterated its recommendation that there should be no general ban on international travel or trade. “A general travel ban is likely to cause economic hardship, and could consequently increase the uncontrolled migration of people from affected countries, raising the risk of international spread of Ebola,” said the experts.Noting that a number of States have recently introduced entry screening measures, WHO encouraged countries implementing such measures to share their experiences and lessons learned. “Entry screening may have a limited effect in reducing international spread when added to exit screening, and its advantages and disadvantages should be carefully considered.” As for the fact that a number of States without Ebola transmission have decided to or are considering cancelling international meetings and mass gatherings, the experts underscored that although they do not recommend such cancellations, they “recognize that these are complex decisions that must be decided on a case-by-case basis.” “The Committee encourages States to use a risk-based approach to make these decisions. WHO has issued advice for countries hosting international meetings or mass gatherings, and will continue to provide guidance and support on this issue,” said the news release. Reporting on the outcome of the third meeting of the International Health Regulations Emergency Committee on the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, which wrapped up yesterday in Geneva, the experts stressed that focusing on the countries at the epicentre of the outbreak, including through reinforcing high-quality exit screening procedures at airports, “is the most important step for preventing international spread.”In a news release summing up the meeting, which included States Parties’ presentations and subsequent Committee discussions, the experts noted that specific attention, including through appropriate monitoring and follow-up of their health, should be paid to the needs of health care workers. This would also encourage more health care staff to assist in this outbreak, they added. The WHO expert Committee also stressed that all countries should strengthen education and communication efforts to combat stigma, disproportionate fear, and inappropriate measures and reactions associated with Ebola. “Such efforts may also encourage self-reporting and early presentation for diagnosis and care,” it adds.As for most up-to-the-minute statistics on the outbreak, WHO reported that as of 22 October, the number of total cases stands at 9,936 total cases, with 4,877 deaths. Cases continue to increase exponentially in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone and the situation in these countries remains of great concern, warned the agency. Ebola is real Ebola prevention Ebola can spread read more

Six men jailed for 104 years after trying to turn Glasgow into

He was attacked with a cleaver and hammer and suffered wounds so severe that police initially thought he had been shot in the face. He spent several weeks in hospital.The Audi S3 used in the attack was set on fire, but a blood stained machete was discovered in the back seat.The first attack was on Robert Daniel, whose car was rammed by another vehicle before he was chased into a house in December 2016 and hit on the head with a hatchet or machete.The victims also included Ryan Fitzsimmons, 34, who the judge described as a hard working man who lived quietly with his mother. His brother had been held for trying to kill Ross Monaghan,  who was cleared of shooting the Daniel family “enforcer”, Kevin “Gerbil”  Carroll, outside a primary school in Glasgow. Six men who tried to turn Glasgow “into a war zone” in a violent feud with another gang have been jailed for a total of 104 years.Part of the Lyons crime clan, they were sentenced after being found guilty of plotting to kill five men linked to the rival Daniel family.Police said it was a “miracle” that no-one had died in what the judge described as a “sophisticated plot”.Det Inp Jim Bradley said the level of violence used in a “planned and premeditated manner” was “just horrific”.Lord Mulholland told the six at the High Court in Glasgow that they tried to turn the city into a war zone, adding: “This is a civilised city, which is based on the rule of law. There is no place for this type of conduct, retribution or the law of the jungle.” CCTV captured a high speed chase in the centre of GlasgowCredit:Universal News and SPort An Audi was used in the attack on Steven DanielCredit:Universal News and Sport Lord Mulholland told the men: “Steven Daniel gave evidence and said that he was not aware of a feud between the Lyons and Daniel families. I did not believe a word and, more importantly, neither did the jury.”He said the murder plot involved tracker devices and encrypted mobile phones, adding that gang was undone by “good old fashioned detective work”.Gallacher made a clenched fist gesture as he was led out of the dock while Ferguson appeared to salute supporters in court.The six appeared for sentencing amid heightened security, with armed police patrolling the building gangsters Police found a haul of weapons in a lock-up garageCredit:Universal News and Sport The five were ambushed in a series of attacks, with Steven “Bonzo” Daniel – nephew of  the late gangland boss Jamie Daniel – identified as a primary target.The ex-taxi firm director was assaulted in May 2017 after a 100mph car chase that ended with a crash on an M8 off-ramp. The gang were able to find him because they had attached a tracker to his car. gangsters Brian Ferguson, 37, Andrew Gallacher, 40, Robert Pickett, 53, Andrew Sinclair, 32, John Hardie, 35, and Peter Bain, 45, were convicted last month of conspiracy to murder.Ferguson, Gallacher and Hardie were jailed for 20 years, Picket was jailed for 16 years, Bain for 15 years and Sinclair for 13 years and three months.The men targeted five associates of the Daniel family between June 2016 and September 2017 in several locations, including Glasgow and Manchester. Five masked men attacked him with a sword, causing brain damage that left the former soldier unable to live on his own. He told the court he had “never been involved in crime”. gangsters 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. read more

Gardaí search for Dublin woman missing since Saturday night

first_imgGARDAÍ IN NORTH County Dublin are seeking help in finding an 18-year-old woman who has been missing since Saturday.Kayleigh Carroll was last seen in the Ballyboughal area at about 9pm on 16 November. The village, west of the M1 motorway, is between the north Dublin town of Lusk and Ashbourne in Co. Meath.Carroll is described as being 5’4″ in height, with a strong build and shoulder lenghth red hair.Gardaí are appealing for anyone who may have seen her or who can assist in her location to contact Balbriggan Garda Station on 01-8020510 or the Garda confidential telephone tine at 1800-666-111.last_img read more

Silent running UAV looks like a bird capable of invisible surveillance

first_imgDrones have already proved very effective on the battlefield in both surveillance and attack configurations. But there’s growing concern over how extensively drones will be used by the authorities for surveillance and tracking of civilians.If such drones take the form of small aircraft, they should be easy to spot in the sky, and you’ll also be able to hear their engines. But a new drone has been shown off during the HOMESEC 2013 defense and security conference that will be able to hide itself in plain sight.Spanish defense manufacturer EXPAL has demonstrated a drone at HOMESEC 2013 that looks like a gliding bird. Not only that, but the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) will function using a noiseless motor, meaning you won’t hear it flying above you. Anyone looking up will just see a gliding native bird that looks natural and will most likely be disregarded as anything suspicious.The UAV is called SHEPHERD-MIL and has already been put into operation as a bird strike avoidance system. EXPAL wants to expand its uses, though. With both cameras and a geolocation system on board, SHEPHERD-MIL is being modified to work as a surveillance drone, an aid to firefighters, and for use during drug trafficking operations.So, next time you see a bird gliding above you, it may be just a bird, or it could turn out to be a surveillance drone doing a pass and checking for suspicious activity. Combine that with the ongoing development of tiny UAVs, and detecting when surveillance is underway is only going to get more difficult.last_img read more

95 WWE Results Terre Haute Indiana John Cena vs Kane

first_img Pinterest Now Playing Up Next Vin Diesel Why Total Divas Didnt Change Their Name After WWE Rebranded Videos Articles Google+ John Cena Is Done With The WWE Now Playing Up Next Twitter Vin Diesel and John Cena share ‘intense’ scene Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Videos Articles WhatsApp 9/5 WWE Results: Terre Haute, Indiana* Goldust and Stardust def. Los Matadors.* NXT Champion Adrian Neville def. Tyler Breeze.* WWE Divas Champion Paige def. Natayla.* WWE Tag Team Champions The Usos and The Great Khali def. The Wyatt Family.* Sin Cara def. Titus O’Neil.* WWE U.S. Champion Sheamus def. Cesaro.* John Cena def. Kane in a street fight match.Source: The Wrestling Observer/Figure Four OnlineRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipVin Diesel and John Cena share ‘intense’ sceneVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 1:05/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -1:01 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the listcenter_img Now Playing Up Next WWE Superstar John Cena announced as part of cast for Suicide Squad Sequel Cesaro Hopeful WWE Will Reunite The Bar Glenn “Kane” Jacobs will not be appearing at WWE Live Events despite being advertised WWE stars join “Brawlhalla” as Epic Crossovers in SummerSlam game event Facebook Now Playing Up Next Charlize Theron John Cena Now Playing Up Next Celebrity Shortlist: Top 3 Actors You Didn’t Know Could Rap Videos Articleslast_img read more

From the Newsroom Partnership no longer a dirty word

first_imgCraig Brown is The Columbian’s editor. His column will appear in this space periodically. Contact him at 360-735-4514 or craig.brown@columbian.com I went to college with a lot of people who became TV journalists, and one of the things we liked to talk about was George Carlin’s “Seven Words You Can Never Say on Television.” Thinking back, I now realize that we print journalists had our own dirty word: “partnerships.” As in, newsrooms need to remain more independent than McMurdo Station in the middle of the winter in order to maintain their integrity.That notion seems archaic these days. Certainly, we need to maintain integrity. But we realize we are part of the community we cover, and we’ve been working hard in our newsroom to forge new partnerships on a variety of fronts.Probably our most simple partnership is sharing stories and photography with other news organizations. Our most frequent partner is The Daily News in Longview. A decade ago, we considered them a competitor; now we share several times per week. It’s improved our coverage of Woodland and Mount St. Helens, to name two.The partnerships don’t end there. You’ve likely seen Columbian photos and/or stories on KATU-TV and occasionally other Portland news stations. On Thursday we published the first of what is planned to be several articles on the local Patriot Prayer group and its charismatic leader, Joey Gibson.These stories are being produced by a new online news startup serving Oregon called underscore.news. It was spun out of a Seattle online news organization, InvestigateWest, and is being advised by veteran Portland journalist Lee van der Voo. I’ve known Lee for more than a decade; it’s fair to say she is one of my heroes. She is a four-time winner of Oregon’s top award for reporters, the Bruce Baer Award. The reporter on the Patriot Prayer story, Sergio Olmos, is a long-form journalist who has spent more than a year following Gibson, who has given him access to the group. We will contribute some photography to the series, as will Pamplin Media Group, the owner of the Portland Tribune and a major partner in the story. John Schrag, Pamplin’s executive editor and another journalist I’ve long known and admired, edited the first part of the series.last_img read more

Review set for Vancouver police use of force

first_imgFollowing four Vancouver police shootings — three of which were fatal — the city has ordered an independent assessment of the police department’s use-of-force protocols and training, and will explore the possibility of a body-worn and dash camera program.The city entered into a contract with the Police Executive Research Forum, a nonprofit, national law enforcement membership organization, to conduct a use-of-force assessment, according to an Aug. 1 email from City Manager Eric Holmes to the city council.The nonprofit provides management services, technical support and executive-level education for law enforcement agencies.“(Police Executive Research Forum) helps to improve the delivery of police services through the exercise of strong national leadership, public debate of police and criminal justice issues, and research and police development,” Holmes’ email to the city council reads.Community tensions ran high following the spate of shootings, which occurred between Feb. 5 and March 7. Two of the fatalities involved people of color and the third involved a homeless man previously diagnosed with schizophrenia. The shootings prompted an online petition calling for police body-worn cameras, an impassioned Vancouver Neighborhood Alliance meeting and public forum, and a “March for Justice” rally.Initially, Police Chief James McElvain said he was not planning an official review of the department’s use-of-force policies. But in a reversal weeks later, he said he was considering having the Police Executive Research Forum review the department’s use-of-force policies.last_img read more

Decision in Washington electors case conflicts with 10th Circuit

first_imgIn 2016, four electors from Washington broke 40 years of tradition in the Electoral College by casting their votes for candidates other than the state’s popular vote winner.While Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton earned eight of the state’s votes in the Electoral College, former Secretary of State Colin Powell got three and Native American tribal leader Faith Spotted Eagle got one.Washington has a so-called “faithless elector” statute, which says electors are required to vote for the person winning the state’s popular vote and calls for a civil fine of up to $1,000 if the elector breaks their vow. All four electors were fined $1,000, but the three who voted for Powell appealed to the state Supreme Court, which in May upheld the fines.The state Supreme Court ruling conflicts with the recent federal ruling by the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which found electors aren’t bond by the popular vote.Vancouver was represented in the 2016 presidential election by Ryleigh Ivey, a then-18-year-old senior at Hudson’s Bay High School. Though she’d been an early supporter of Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders, she wasn’t among the defectors.last_img read more

Columnists seeks suggestions for local restaurants accessible to all

first_imgIt may be a preference, or perhaps a need. The Columbian’s Food & Drink columnist Rachel Pinsky is looking for suggestions on local restaurants that are easily accessible and enjoyable for people who use wheelchairs or other mobility devices, or who are partially sighted or hard of hearing. Contact her at 360-735-4458 or couveeats@gmail.com.last_img