Rats expose police role in liquor trade

first_imgIn a crackdown on illicit liquor operations, Bihar police on Saturday raided the diara (riverine) areas of Patna and Hajipur and destroyed several drums of country-made liquor. In similar raids across the State, thousands of litres of seized illegal liquor were destroyed in presence of District Magistrates and Superintendents of Police following court orders.At a meeting of senior police officials of the Tirhut zone in north Bihar on Saturday as many as 52 policemen were identified as “aiding and abetting” the sale of illegal liquor in their areas. The superintendents of police of all 10 districts of the zone — Muzaffarpur, East Champaran, West Champaran, Bagaha, Sitamarhi, Vaishali, Sheohar, Saran, Siwan and Gopalgunj — were present in the meeting. “We’ve identified 244 persons active in liquor trade in north Bihar… as many as 52 police officials too have been found abetting the illegal business…the names of these erring police officials have been sent to the police headquarters for departmental proceedings,” Sunil Kumar, Inspector-General of Tirhut zone told journalists in Muzaffarpur.Mr Kumar also said the property of people involved in the illegal trade and vehicles used in illegal liquor transportation too would be confiscated and impounded. Data on seizuresIn a new directive from the State Police, all officers-in-charge of police stations will have to record every detail of seized illegal liquor like size of the bottle, quantity and brand and share the data with the Superintendents of Police of their respective districts, who in turn are required to inform the police headquarters. Further, the seized liquor at the police stations should be destroyed in 15 to 30 days of seizure, the directive said.The SPs and other officials have been asked to complete investigations in record time in cases in which huge consignments were seized and take stern against the those involved. The action follows Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s recent meeting with senior police officials on the illegal trade in the State and reports of rats at police stations destroying bottles of seized liquor apparently having chewed through the stoppers. Mr Kumar asked police officials to crackdown on all those found involved in the illegal trade while attaching their property and impounding vehicles used in transportation.Following the imposition of prohibition in Bihar in April 2016, the police have seized over five lakh litres of smuggled liquor which are kept in police stations. As a result almost all police stations face a space crunch with some renting premises for use as godowns. More than 40,000 people have been arrested under prohibition laws in the last one year.Following random breathalyser tests, three drunken police officials were caught last week and sent to jail.last_img read more

CBI probe starts in Assam; Opposition says region unsafe

first_imgA CBI inquiry into the Assam violence has been initiated and the Army put on alert, the government told the Rajya Sabha on Thursday as the Opposition alleged that the region was not safe because of vote bank politics by the ruling Congress.Replying to a debate on the issue of violence in Assam that has so far claimed 74 lives, Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde said the government was taking the issue seriously and has already initiated a CBI inquiry to ascertain the causes behind violent incidents.”The government is taking this issue very seriously. A CBI team has gone there and an inquiry has started….I have instructed the Army to be alert,” he said. As the opposition created an uproar expressing dissatisfaction over his reply, Shinde said, “I have instructed the Army to be on alert. What else do you want?”He also listed the steps taken by the government to provide relief and rehabilitation, but the opposition dismissed what he said by creating uproar.Earlier, leader of the opposition Arun Jaitley charged the government with adopting the policy of vote bank politics that led to the current violent incidents in the state and alleged that the region was “not safe in its hands” if such a policy continued.Jaitley also urged the government to have a relook at “this vote-bank policy” and start identifying the real problem of illegal infiltration that was causing unrest in the area.”If you adopt the original line of Gopinath Bordoloi (who wanted the cultural and linguistic identity of the Northeast) India will be safe in your hands. But if you adopt vote bank politics, I don’t think this region is safe in your hands,” he said.advertisementJaitley accused the Centre of adopting a “clerical” approach to the problem and urged the Home Minister to reject such an approach. “Here was a government which not only discarded the original Assam line…” but encouraged illegal infiltration enmasse in search of votebank politics, he said.Welcoming the CBI probe into the issue, Jaitley urged the government not to treat this as a “simple crime” and not “miss out” on the issues as to why such incidents have taken place.He also feared that going by “the kind of situation that is existing in these areas, such incidents are likely to be repeated”.”Is this is not a normal consequence of the unnatural change of the demography that has taken place in those areas?” he asked.Reminding the Congress leadership of the policy adopted by its former leader in Assam Gopinath Bordoloi, who wanted the cultural and linguistic identity of the North East, particularly of Assam, to be maintained, the BJP leader charged the ruling party with adopting a policy of vote-bank politics by allowing illegal immigrants and not deporting them.”The Congress leadership at the time of partition was fully conscious of the North East and rightly so that its identity has to be maintained…Unfortunately somewhere post-Independence the line that the Congress took before partition was altered by the subsequent people in the party.”They realised that Assamese vote was going away from them and so they were in search for an alternative vote bank… It is the pursuit of that alternative votebank that is the reason for the problems today,” Jaitley said.last_img read more

Six reasons why Smriti Irani row is a slap on the education system

first_imgSmriti IraniThe new Human Resources Development minister Smriti Irani has been slammed by a section of the Indian polity and on social media for discrepancies in her educational qualification. The technical problems in her resume, as pointed out by a former sports minister with a BA degree, and the brouhaha around it are slaps on the face of the Indian education system.Here are six reasons why:1) An Indian degree is the most useless piece of document when it comes to measuring a person’s capabilities.2) We do not want to give Irani marks on her ability to cram up, but should rather laud her acumen to resolve the nation’s core issues of human resources and development.3) Degrees are not equal to Competence for HRD minister. Look at the track record of recent HRD ministers. Kapil Sibal had a law degree and Dr Murli Manohar Joshi had a PhD. They did not fare too well as HRD ministers.4) There’s a sharp mind behind that voice, both on and off the television screen. As a spokesman for the Bharatiya Janata Party, she has given enough evidence that she is intelligent, quick-witted and always well-prepared for a debate, even if the topic is on the ban of cow slaughter.5) She’s a college dropout, but a successful TV actress. She has worked hard to get there.6) Personalities who never finished school – Rabindranath Tagore, Bill Gates, Steve Jobs and former Brazilian president Lula da Silva – to name a few.last_img read more

Tweet declares ‘player’ Mohammad Azharuddin dead

first_imgThe tweet which sparked off the rumour that former cricketer Mohammad Azharuddin had died.Celebrity deaths on Twitter are not new. Last week, it was popular Indian singer Yo Yo Honey Singh. On Monday, a tweet claimed it was ‘player’ Mohammad Azharuddin who died of thirst on a train in Uttar Pradesh. The player is not the former Indian captain and politician, but a powerlifter with the same name.A railway official confirmed the death.”A sportsman died in Uttar Pradesh while travelling in a train as he was thirsty and water was not available in his coach,” an official said Monday.The incident took place Sunday in the Jammu-Tatanagar Muri Express in coach S-7 where sportsman Mohammad Azharuddin died of thirst. The tragedy happened between Allahabad and Mirzapur railway stations, he said.The deceased was a powerlifter and was returning after participating in a sports competition in Ambala city, where he won a silver medal. His body was taken over by the railway police and sent for post-mortem, the official said.Co-passengers of the sportsman bashed up the train ticket examiner after the incident. Passengers alleged that there was no water in the coach since Sunday morning and despite their requests at several stations on way, the storage tank remain unfilled.A group of passengers also protested against the incident at Mirzapur station and argued with troopers of the Railway Police Force.Passengers said the tank was not even filled at the Allahabad station and no staff came to check it despite several requests.advertisementlast_img read more

ONE: Back at full strength, Lee more than ready to defend belt in rematch vs Xiong

first_imgDTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers ONE: Unfazed Kingad looks to exploit holes in Johnson’s defense Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Alvarez ready to take risk vs Folayang, looks to end clash by ‘knockout or submission’ PLAY LIST 02:18Alvarez ready to take risk vs Folayang, looks to end clash by ‘knockout or submission’01:42Stars face off at ONE: Dawn of Heroes01:29Attacks vs UP Visayas students a ‘natural reaction’ from Duterte supporters – Palace02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue “I know what it takes to get here, and I know how hard I have to work to get here. In that sense, I like it. I’m more than prepared to do what it takes for this fight,” she added. There is definitely a lot at stake. My belt is on the line. I have to defend my title.”The Evolve MMA star shared that she is in a pretty good place mentally, even after her recent setbacks.Lee’s back was a lingering problem in her preparation for Xiong last time, and with that in the clear, the Waipahu, Hawaii-based Singaporean is confident with her preparation this time.“I do feel that I have fixed the mistakes going into that fight. I had prepared to the best of my abilities at that time – I was still recovering from my back injury, and that played a factor in my cardio,” Lee said.“That is something that I made sure would not be a problem this time. I’ve lost track of how many hundreds of miles that I’ve run already. I’m feeling good. I’m feeling great.”ADVERTISEMENT Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Becoming his own man LATEST STORIES ONE ChampionshipAfter an unsuccessful venture outside of her weight class, reigning ONE women’s atomweight world champion “Unstoppable” Angela Lee is back on a familiar territory.Lee defends her world title against ONE women’s strawweight world champion “The Panda” Xiong Jing Nan in the main event of the historic ONE: Century on October 13 at Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo, Japan.ADVERTISEMENT This jewelry designer is also an architect Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics It has not been an easy year for the 23-year-old as she lost to Xiong when they battled for the Chinese’s World Title in ONE: A New Era last March.She then dropped her second consecutive match in a shocker, losing to Michelle Nicolini at ONE: Masters of Destiny last July.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSBecoming his own manSPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40Now the queen is back in the division she has dominated for years and she vows to protect her turf at all costs.“It’s always a push for me to get to this weight class, but this is my division. It’s where I am world champion,” Lee said. Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Lee also admitted that she was caught off guard by the much more cautious approach that the Bali MMA standout displayed in their first bout.Xiong methodically broke down Lee in their first match, a stark contrast to her usual in-your-face style.“I’m pretty sure her game plan was to wear me out and take me into the later rounds, and I didn’t expect that from her. I thought she was going to come out strong and push forward like she usually does in her fights, and that threw me off a little bit,” Lee admitted.“Going into this fight, I’m prepared if she pressures forward or if I’m the one who is pressuring forward. I think, either way, the fight is going to be in my favor.”Lee knows that she is coming in as the underdog but it is a place where she believes she can flourish.With doubters coming in, the once-unstoppable Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt vows to display her vintage form in the biggest night of the organization which turned her into a star.“Even though I’m the world champion, a lot of people are siding with Xiong, and that’s fine by me. It doesn’t affect me. I know that I’m the world champion of this division and I have what it takes to win this fight,” Lee said.“I embrace being the underdog. It’s a unique situation because I did lose to her, but she’s coming into my territory. She’s coming for my belt. I’m going to defend it fiercely. I’ve fixed my mistakes, and I know that I’m going to come back 10 times stronger.” MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

India vs Pakistan: Vijay Shankar proved himself, has had a dream start to World Cup, says Sachin Tendulkar

first_imgBatting legend Sachin Tendulkar heaped rich praise on Vijay Shankar, saying the all-rounder had a dream start to his World Cup campaign.Tendulkar’s comments came after Vijay Shankar came up with an impressive bowling performance against Pakistan in India’s 89-run (DLS) win at Old Trafford, Manchester on Sunday. With the dominant win in their ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 meeting, India made it 7-0 against their arch-rivals at the biggest stage of world cricket.India vs Pakistan, ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Highlights | ReportShankar, who was slotted in the playing XI, to replace the injured Shikhar Dhawan made a handy contribution with the bat, scoring 15 runs in as many balls as India posted a mamoth total of 336 for 5 in 50 overs.However, Shankar stole the show with the ball, picking up a wicket off the first ball in his World Cup campaign. Shankar, replacing an injured Bhuvneshwar Kumar as early as the 5th over, got the ball to swing back into Imam-ul-Haq and had the Pakistan opener trapped in front.Shankar then came back to get the big wicket of Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed in the 35th over just before a rain interruption in Manchester. Pakistan needed 136 runs off 30 balls following the rain break after which it was just India’s turn to complete the formalities.Speaking to India Today after India’s emphatic win, Sachin Tendulkar said Vijay Shankar’s inclusion was indeed the right move by the team management.”I thought his [Vijay Shankar’s] inclusion was correct and he proved himself. Picking the wicket off the first ball was a dream start for him. the moment that is realised now things are easing down a bit. Before they could press the gas hard, Vijay Shankar hurt them. Bhuvi set Imam up beautifully. Virat made the right move,” Sachin Tendulkar said.advertisement”We need to understand from Shankar’s point of view because he was bowling in the powerplay. So he was backed to go out and deliver,” Tendulkar added.Sachin Tendulkar also lauded the fast bowler’s effort in keeping the Pakistan batsmen quiet during their defence of 337.Despite not picking up wickets after Shankar’s strike, the likes of Hardik Pandya and Jasprit Bumrah kept things tight agianst Babar Azam and Imam-ul-Haq.”Upfront the fast bowlers bowled really well and kept things under control. I would also like to applaud how everyone fielded. We built pressure through our fielding. The difference between the two sides was we batted and bowled much better than them but fielding was at a different level.”Also Read | Sarfaraz Ahmed was confused, Pakistan lacked imagination, says Sachin TendulkarAlso Read | Vijay Shankar joins elite list with wicket off first ball in World CupsAlso Read | Things can go haywire if you approach this game too emotionally, Virat Kohlilast_img read more

Gattuso won’t pair Piatek & Cutrone at goal-shy Milan

first_imgGennaro Gattuso has ruled out playing new signing Krzysztof Piatek alongside Patrick Cutrone despite AC Milan’s goalscoring problems continuing against Napoli.The Rossoneri failed to score for the fifth time in their last seven league matches on Saturday as Carlo Ancelotti’s side claimed a 0-0 draw at San Siro.New signing Piatek, who arrived from Genoa this week for a reported €35million, came off the bench for Cutrone after 71 minutes but was denied by a good David Ospina save with his only clear chance. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Despite watching his side draw a blank for the third time in four league games at home, Gattuso is not yet prepared to sacrifice a midfield player for an extra forward.”Yes, but not right now,” he told DAZN when asked if Piatek and Cutrone could play together. “I don’t like getting pinned back with a line of four in midfield. You risk losing too much space.”They won’t play together for now because there’s an issue of getting balance in the team. When we used two strikers, we were too unbalanced.”A hard-fought battle ends in a stalemate: Here’s the match report https://t.co/96Bx44KxLiUna partita combattuta finisce in pareggio a San Siro: leggi il match report https://t.co/af9uqTzLiy#MilanNapoli pic.twitter.com/stkavWRcHR— AC Milan (@acmilan) January 26, 2019Gattuso was content with a share of the spoils, even if he was frustrated by some of Milan’s play in the attacking third.”We played against a fantastic team and did well in the first half, even if we seemed to go missing in the last part of the pitch,” he said.”Napoli are an opponent who always keep you on your toes and had all their forwards out there. We were getting stretched in the second half and struggled with fatigue, but I am happy with a point.”We often lose our way in the final third, getting the final ball wrong, which is a real problem. We are doing a lot of work on it in training.”last_img read more

USC vs. Washington Game Time, Channel, Spread, Announcers

first_img Here’s all the details for Saturday’s contest:Game Time: 3:30 p.m. ETChannel: FOXSpread: Washington -10.5Over/Under: 61.5Announcers: Joe Davis, Brock Huard, Bruce FeldmanThe spread has the Huskies as a pretty big favorite in this one. It’s difficult to argue against UW. Not only is USC on the road, the Trojans are hot-and-cold. They might play well this weekend. But Washington, behind its home crowd, will be up for the challenge.Washington and USC kicks off at 3:30 p.m. ET on FOX. General view of Husky Stadium.SEATTLE, WA – NOVEMBER 19: A general view prior to the game between the Washington Huskies and the Arizona State Sun Devils on November 19, 2016 at Husky Stadium in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)A major Pac-12 showdown is happening this Saturday in Seattle. No. 17 Washington hosts No. 21 USC at Husky Stadium. Both teams are battling to win their divisions. Saturday is expected to be an offensive shootout.Washington already has a conference loss this season. So the Huskies are looking for their first conference win. UW’s offense has improved significantly this season. Quarterback Jacob Eason is one of the best offensive players in the Pac-12. He’ll go head-to-head with USC QB Matt Fink.The Trojans pulled off a shocking upset of Utah last Friday. They even did it without Kedon Slovis — who will miss this Saturday’s game. But Fink was phenomenal against the Utes, relying on USC’s talented receivers.Husky Stadium will be rocking with USC in town. Can Fink and the Trojans overcome the raucous crowd?last_img read more

Minister Bunting Appeals for Calm in Shrewsbury

first_img The Minister toured the area yesterday (March 21), where there have been days of protests, following the March 15 incident, which resulted in the death of 29-year old fireman, Andrew Brydson; his 24-year old brother, Triston Brydson; and their 38-year old cousin, Kingsley Green. Mr. Bunting said the Ministry is mobilising all the resources at hand to support the families and colleagues, such as the Chaplaincy Service of the police force, counsellors, and the Victim Support Unit of the Ministry of Justice. He visited the homes of the deceased, where he consoled the grieving relatives and community members, and appealed for calm as the investigators carried out their work. He also asked the residents to cooperate with the investigators from the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM), whom, he said, have been processing the scene of the incident, and taking statements from witnesses and police personnel. He said that at the end of the process, recommendations will be made. “I have spoken with the INDECOM officers, who have been here the entire week. We went to the incidence scene and I have spoken with the area Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP), Devon Watkis, and his team, who have overseen the administrative review of the incident. We are not here to draw any conclusions one way or the other. Why we are here is to satisfy ourselves after the briefing we have received both from the Divisional Commander and the ACP, as well as from INDECOM, that the process is being followed carefully and appropriately,” Minister Bunting told the residents. While acknowledging the pain of their loss, he urged them to await the report and not to rush to judgment. center_img At the Savanna-La-Mar Fire Station, where Mr. Brydson worked, Mr. Bunting urged the firefighters to demonstrate the discipline of their training, and set the pace and tone for community members. “Suspend any judgment or action, because prior to getting the report, anything you do will be pre-mature. I know that you are feeling the pain of the loss of a colleague and all of us in the government service have that feeling of loss and regret … let us not rush to judgment, let us await the findings of the properly constituted authority to do the investigation,” he appealed. MONTEGO BAY – Minister of National Security, Hon. Peter Bunting, has assured residents of Shrewsbury, Westmoreland where three men were allegedly killed by the police, that the incident would be thoroughly investigated. CONTACT: GLENIS A. ROSElast_img read more

TESO calls for Indian resolution on Lanka

Asked whether TESO was still in favour of creation of Tamil Eelam, Mr Karunanidhi said, “Yes, yes, yes.”Asked why the TESO was not able to retain the vigour of the 1980s when it was able to force the Centre to cancel the extradition of Sri Lankan militants, Karunanidhi said there would be a series of agitations if its demands were not taken seriously by the Centre, The Hindu newspaper reported. He also said TESO would hold a seminar in Delhi to bring to the notice of all political parties the sufferings of Tamils.“Vajpayee attended the TESO meeting in 1986 in Madurai,” he said while answering to a question whether the BJP would be invited for the seminar.Recalling the US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State James Moore’s assertion that a new resolution would be moved in the UN against Sri Lanka, he said India should strongly support the resolution. Another resolution adopted in the TESO meeting urged the Sri Lankan government to disclose information about LTTE leaders, including Baby Subramanian, Balakumar, Yogi, Puduvai Rathinadurai, Ilamparithi, who were arrested after the war. Explaining a resolution adopted in TESO meeting, Karunanidhi alleged that Rajapaksa had led the massacre of Tamils and was seen as an enemy of humanity after being accused of war crimes and violation of human rights. The Tamil Eelam Supporters Organisation (TESO) in Tamil Nadu has passed a resolution calling on the Indian government to facilitate a resolution calling for a referendum during the general council meeting of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva.India’s The Hindu newspaper reported today that DMK president M. Karunanidhi had urged the Union government not to encourage Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s visit to the country and announced a black-shirt demonstration in Chennai during his visit on February 8. “India also should put pressure on Sri Lanka in connection with the issue,” the resolution said. “He takes advantage of our friendly attitude and traditional hospitality. But he is a symbol of Sinhalese majoritarianism. India should not encourage his visit, as Tamils will not tolerate it,” the resolution said. The TESO meeting also decided to hold a demonstration in Rameswaram and Nagapattinam on February 18 and 19 respectively to urge the Centre to set up a Naval base near Manadapam to prevent the killing of Tamil fishermen by the Sri Lankan Navy.TESO also has constituted seven teams comprising DMK MPs and Thol Thirumavalavan to hold talks with Ambassadors of various countries to muster support for the Sri Lankan Tamils cause, The Hindu newspaper added. read more

DR Congo UN envoy says country should be ready to hold successful

Speaking to reporters after briefing the Security Council at UN Headquarters in New York, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative William Lacy Swing said the UN Organization in the DRC, known as MONUC, is in the midst of “a very complex operation” to prepare the vast African country for the polls.About 1200 tons of electoral kits have already been transported and 25-28 million ballot papers have also been distributed to regional bases, he said.Using more than 60 helicopters, or travelling by bicycle, foot or canoe, MONUC staff will then help election officials deliver the ballot papers and electoral kits to some 50,000 polling stations around the country.On 29 October the Congolese will go to the polls to elect either current President Joseph Kabila or Vice-President Jean-Pierre Bemba as their next President after the two scored highest in the first round on 30 July.Elections will also be held for members of the DRC’s provincial assemblies, who will then have the task of appointing senators to the national parliament, as well as all the regional governors.The polls on 30 July were the first free and fair elections staged in the DRC in more than 40 years and represent the most complex electoral-assistance programme ever undertaken by the UN.Mr. Swing was briefing Council members today on the contents of Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s latest report on MONUC, in which he called for the Mission’s mandate to be extended until February. read more

UNESCO welcomes Azerbaijans decision to free investigative reporter Khadija Ismayilova

“Some three weeks after UNESCO awarded [Ms. Ismayilova] the prestigious UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize, I welcome her release from prison as a major step for freedom of expression, due process and the rule of law in Azerbaijan,” said UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova in a press release.“UNESCO’s commitment to stand by journalists around world is unwavering,” Ms. Bokova added.Ms. Ismayilova, a freelance journalist and contributor to the Azerbaijani service of Radio Free Europe, was detained in December 2014. In September 2015, she was sentenced to seven and a half years’ imprisonment on charges relating to abuse of power and tax evasion.“Our mandate to enhance the safety of journalists and fight impunity for crimes against them, to defend freedom of expression and media freedoms has never been so important. This requires the commitment of all actors and every Government,” Ms. Bokova said. read more

Chinese paper cutting exhibit and workshop

The James A. Gibson Library is holding an exhibition of the works of master Chinese paper cutter, Zhu Musheng. This art form has been practiced for centuries with motifs and themes bearing strong cultural significance in China. One example, Double Happiness, pictured – is a decoration for wedding ceremonies which dates from the Tang Dynasty. The exhibit will run Sept. 12 to Sept. 16 in ST 211. In conjunction, Zhu will visit the Library to teach participants the basic techniques of this folk-art. This free workshop will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 14 from noon to 2 p.m. in ST 211. Space is limited. Participants are asked to register in advance by emailing esmith@brocku.ca. Zhu’s visit, the workshop and lunch for workshop attendees is sponsored by the Confucius Institute at Brock University. read more

West Hampstead fire Firefighters battle blaze in London block of flats

Around 100 firefighters battled a blaze on the top floor of a block of flats in north-west London early on Thursday.Fifty people were evacuated from the block, while firefighters helped bring out two people on the first floor of the building.The London Fire Brigade (LFB) said 15 engines attended the scene in Inglewood Road, West Hampstead, after being called at just after 1am.About four-and-a-half hours later, the LFB said the fire was under control and no one was taken to hospital.The fire, which was visible for miles, was on the fifth, and top, floor of the building and the cause was not yet known, LFB added. Just spoke to @bbc5live about the fire in #westhampstead – we can see flames billowing into the sky & heat glass breaking from the windows blowing out. pic.twitter.com/4EFdKcLlOA— Angelica Malin (@jellymalin) July 26, 2018 Clainton Murray, station manager, said: “The fire is believed to have started in a flat on the fourth floor.”The flat was severely damaged by fire and a large part of the roof was also destroyed. In the early stages the fire was very visible and could be seen for miles around.” Firefighters tackle a blaze in a block of flats on fire in West Hampstead, London “It’s so scary – my flat is filled with the smell of smoke. The firemen have been amazing and I feel comforted by the incredible response.” The nearby Black Lion pub, on West End Lane, opened its doors to people affected by the blaze.A tweet read: “Please anyone near stay safe. We will be here all night.”Angelica Malin described watching the blaze from her bedroom window. Firefighters tackle a blaze in a block of flats on fire in West Hampstead, LondonCredit:Reuters “I can see firefighters inside as the roof is on fire and there’s two men on cranes working on putting the roof fire out,” she told the BBC. Unbelievable to see this from@the back garden. Hoping no casualties but fire under control now. #WestHampstead @LondonFire pic.twitter.com/pQBWZlZOvE— matt (@matt4lis) July 26, 2018 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

Cadbury may shrink the size of its products in Britain due to

first_img As the clock ticks down, get all the best Brexit news and analysis in your inbox: CADBURY HAS SAID it may shrink the size of its products in the UK in the wake of Brexit.Glenn Caton, who is in charge of Cadbury in the UK, told the Guardian that the company would have to adapt to the terms of Brexit – but committed to future manufacturing there.The company may eventually have to pass on the higher cost of doing business to customers by selling smaller products for the same price.“It [the UK] is still going to be a huge market,” in the wake of Brexit, said Caton, who is president of the northern Europe division of Mondelez International, which owns Cadbury.It is still going to be the home of chocolate manufacturing, it is still going to be the home of global research and development.He said there were three priorities for the company as Brexit approached – a strong economy; no introduction of new, complex regulation; and security for staff from the 50-odd different nationalities who work at its Bournville plant.If the Brexit deal doesn’t deliver, the company will have to adapt, he said, telling the paper: All we can do is to move to the times that we face. I am confident though because a £200m investment in the last five years is not something we are going to walk away from. I can’t guarantee anything forever but am I confident that we are still going to have world-class manufacturing and research sites in the UK for the long term? I do feel confident of that. By Daragh Brophy Monday 27 Mar 2017, 3:18 PM Share391 Tweet Email9 http://jrnl.ie/3309185 Founded 1824 in Birmingham, Cadbury was taken over by Mondelez International, a US company, in 2010.Cadbury Ireland employs staff at its Coolock plant in north Dublin and at its chocolate crumb factory in Rathmore, Kerry. Mondelez cut 200 jobs in Ireland in 2015.Cadbury supports additional jobs in Ireland, according to the company website, through the purchase of local milk, sugar beet, packaging and a range of other materials.More than €250 million worth of Cadbury chocolate produced in Ireland is exported every year.In a statement to TheJournal.ie, Mondelez said:“Product evolution is not unique to chocolate, our business nor our brands. It is a decades-long, industry wide trend that happens for many reasons. Recently, it has been well reported that food manufacturers have been experiencing higher input costs for some time, making food more expensive and we are no exception to this.We carry these costs within our business for as long as possible to keep our brands available and affordable, only making changes as a last resort, whilst (always) ensuring we don’t compromise on taste and quality.Read: Theresa May is heading north for a Scottish independence showdown with Nicola Sturgeon >Read: Trump taps his son-in-law to run government like a business > Short URL Image: PA Archive/PA Images Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: PA Archive/PA Images Cadbury may shrink the size of its products in Britain due to Brexit The company may have to pass on the higher cost of doing business by shrinking bar size. Mar 27th 2017, 3:18 PM 42 Comments 21,673 Views last_img read more

Theres been a few tears shed OBrien hopes to play for Ireland

first_img By Murray Kinsella Short URL 86 Comments Tuesday 19 Feb 2019, 2:34 PM ‘There’s been a few tears shed’ – O’Brien hopes to play for Ireland after move The 32-year-old will join London Irish after this year’s World Cup. Share146 Tweet Email MANY HAD PRESUMED that Sean O’Brien, a proud son of Tullow in Carlow, would play out his career in the blue jersey of his native Leinster.It’s not to be the case, however, with London calling. O’Brien’s move to London Irish on a three-year contract starting in December was confirmed by the English club early last week. O’Brien started for Ireland against Scotland two weekends ago. Source: Inpho/Billy SticklandSpeaking today for the first time since the announcement, O’Brien confirmed that he had offers from several other clubs but is “very happy” with the decision he reached after a tough process. Leaving Leinster will be emotionally difficult.“There’s been a few tears shed over the last few months thinking about all of this,” said O’Brien.“When you do make your final decision, it’s a tough place. At the end of it all, you’re just packing your bags and you’re walking out the door and moving to a different club. It hasn’t been easy but it is what it is. You back yourself to go over there and do a job.” His Leinster days will be over later this year, but O’Brien hopes his move abroad won’t mean the end of his time as an Ireland player.Even if recent history with Simon Zebo, Donnacha Ryan and Ian Madigan demonstrates that departing these shores means an end to a player’s time in the green shirt, O’Brien won’t give up hope of representing his country.“If I’m fit and well and I think I can add value to this group, even after I leave Leinster, I’d hope to be selected,” said O’Brien.“That’s so long away and it’s probably a decision that the coaches and whoever is in charge at the time will have to make, but there’s always hope there, I think, that regardless of where you are, you’re still in with a shout if you’re playing well enough.”Andy Farrell will be the Ireland head coach by that stage, having succeeded Joe Schmidt, and it will be fascinating to note if O’Brien has any part to play after departing for the Premiership-bound London Irish. O’Brien with future Ireland boss Andy Farrell. Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHO“I haven’t spoken to Faz about it,” said O’Brien. “It’s too far away to think about really. I am only back in a couple of weeks here so it’s not a priority for me at the minute.“I want to focus on playing well back here and staying fit and I’ll think about that stuff in November and December.”The powerful flanker is keen to ensure he finishes out his current IRFU contract on a high with province and country – Champions Cup, Pro14 and World Cup titles among the honours he will be eyeing up.Even if 2019 doesn’t go as successfully as he hopes, O’Brien won’t have many regrets.“When you start out your career in a province and have been there through the bad days and the really good days, it ebbs and flows throughout your whole career,” he said.“I know that at the end of this season, at the end of my contract when it runs out, that I will have done what I could for Leinster, done it to the best of my ability in those 10 or 12 years. That sits well with me.“It’s not going to be a case of me leaving with a load of regrets. I’m happy with my contribution so far and hopefully what lies ahead for the next six or seven months.”His future at London Irish is an exciting one, with director of rugby Declan Kidney being given strong financial backing and other big signings like Paddy Jackson set to be announced. Currently nine points clear at the top of the Championship, the Exiles will move into Brentford FC’s new Community Stadium near Kew Bridge in the summer of 2020, with big ambitions. Declan Kidney gave O’Brien his Ireland debut. Source: James Crombie/INPHOO’Brien said he had never imagined himself moving abroad but the offer from London Irish was difficult to ignore.Asked if he had an option to stay with Leinster, O’Brien said, “it was kind of out of my hands” and stressed the appeal of moving to London Irish.“Regardless of what options are there, I made the decision based on a lot of stuff for me as well, personally,” said O’Brien.“New challenge, new environment, new competition. They were all things that excited me, testing myself in a different environment. I have given a lot to Leinster this last 10 to 12 years so it was time to move on and do something else.“Deccie wants to bring the club to a really competitive place in the Premiership hopefully, develop a lot of the younger guys and create a really good culture there. I think he’s done a great job from what he’s said to me and what I have seen so far in bits and pieces.“Obviously, it’ll be a different kettle of fish when they get back into the Premiership. He didn’t have to sell it too much to me, they are things I enjoy doing.“There are a lot of younger lads coming through their academy, there’s a big focus on them for the past couple of seasons. You can see a lot of them are getting their chances in the last few games.“I have been keeping one eye on them, as such. That’s a major part of it and the brand of rugby they are trying to play is going to be an exciting brand of rugby hopefully. They have some nice classy players.”Subscribe to our new podcast, The42 Rugby Weekly, here:center_img 27,838 Views https://the42.ie/4501682 Feb 19th 2019, 2:34 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Subscribelast_img read more

Clark County unemployment rate lowest since September 2000

first_imgWhether your choice of small talk is either the weather or the economy, your opening line should be the same: It’s hot.Clark County stockpiled another 900 jobs in April, according to the latest report from the state Employment Security Department. And unemployment rates fell by another half a percentage point, to 5 percent, the lowest since September 2000.Regional economist Scott Bailey said the unemployment rate isn’t a perfect ruler to measure economic health, however. The participation rate in the economy was better in 2000, he said.“The unemployment rate continues to be not a straightforward comparison because of the lower labor force participation rate, with people who dropped out of the labor market and still haven’t fully come back,” Bailey said.The Tuesday report documents shifts in employment across sectors and compares those changes with the previous month and April 2016. The growth by 900 jobs doesn’t account for seasonal jobs, like the extra cashiers hired by stores during the holidays.Without making those seasonal adjustments, Clark County added 1,300 jobs. Government jobs grew by 400 positions since March, the report said. The leisure and trade sectors both added 300 jobs. None of the sectors showed a decline in jobs, though construction went flat.last_img read more

Salmon moved to native waters before Condit Dam is breached

first_imgSee a video of the transfer.WHITE SALMON RIVER — Two dozen spawning fall chinook salmon took a ride home Friday to a place they’d never known.Fish biologists deployed boats, nets, weirs and truck-mounted tanks to move the husky spawners out of the way of the massive sediment plume that will be unleashed in late October, when 98-year-old Condit Dam is breached. These particular salmon were transported in tanks to the town of Husum, where they slid down a chute into the clear blue-green waters above Rattlesnake Rapid and, with a sweep of their muscular tails, swam away. Federal biologists hope to capture at least 500 tule fall chinook by the end of the run and set them free in their native waters above the dam. Two years of trial runs have convinced them that these fish will gravitate to the places where their distant ancestors spawned until the White Salmon River was dammed nearly a century ago. In 2008, the biologists scrapped plans to transport the returning fall chinook to the nearby Spring Creek National Fish Hatchery, where tule fall chinook were reared from 1901 through the 1970s, in favor of setting them loose in the free-flowing river above the dam, a process called “adult outplanting.” “We discussed artificial propagation, but there was a consensus we would do natural colonization instead,” said Rod Engle, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service fish biologist who is heading the salmon relocation program. “Some amount of natural propagation already was happening. Fall chinook were going up to the face of the dam.” Not every fish returning to the lower river over the next six weeks will get this red-carpet treatment. Bright fall chinook and steelhead just passing through on their way upriver will be on their own when a 15-foot-diameter hole at the base of the 90-foot-thick dam opens, releasing up to 2.7 million cubic yards of sediment that has built up over the lifetime of the dam. Only the tule fall chinook and steelhead native to the White Salmon will be rescued. That’s because both are protected as threatened species under the federal Endangered Species Act.last_img read more

Land Trust For Alaska Tribes Is A Popular Concept

first_imgNCAI president Brian Cladoosby. (Photo by Lori Townsend, APRN – Anchorage)At a wide ranging press conference during day three of the NCAI gathering in Anchorage today, BIA Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs Kevin Washburn said the concept of taking land into trust for Alaska tribes is a popular one.Download Audio“Even though we don’t have a rule in place that allows it, we have applications,” Washburn said.NCAI President Brian Cladoosby, middle, BIA undersecretary for Indian Affairs Kevin Washburn, middle, and NCAI executive director Jacqueline Pata, left. (Photo by Lori Townsend, APRN – Anchorage)A recent DC district court decision affirmed the Interior department’s authority to take Alaska tribal lands into trust if tribes request it and the Secretary of Interior approves the request. Washburn said although the decision is being appealed, the court was clear in the assertion. He said the issue is also supported by two other entities.“One from the secretarial commission on trust reform, which was set up at the department of Interior and it’s a blue ribbon panel of outside independent experts, who said we think this would be a good idea,” Washburn said. “We also heard from the Indian Law and Order Commission which set a whole chapter on Alaska because they were looking at issues for Indian Law and Order all over the country but the issues in Alaska are very serious and so they set aside chapter two.”Trust status for Native lands would allow more tribal authority and jurisdiction over certain criminal behavior on those trust lands. The Indian Law and Order Commission sees it as a way to better address the high rates of domestic violence and sexual assault in Alaska Native communities.Washburn said there have been applications from Interior and Southeast Alaska tribes.last_img read more

Afghan defence minister army chief resign after Taliban attack

first_imgMap of Afghanistan locating Mazar-i-Sharif, where a Taliban attack killed or wounded more than 100 soldiers on 21 April. Photo: AFPThe Afghan defence minister and his army chief resigned Monday, days after what is believed to be one of the deadliest-ever Taliban attacks on a military base triggered calls for officials to step down.“President Ashraf Ghani has accepted the resignation of the defence minister and army chief of staff,” a one-line statement from the presidential palace said.Angry Afghans had called for the resignations of minister Abdullah Habibi and army chief Qadam Shah Shaheem, among other officials, after the assault outside the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif on Friday.Ten gunmen dressed in soldiers’ uniforms and armed with suicide vests entered the base in army trucks and opened fire at unarmed troops at close range in the mosque and dining hall.The exact toll from the assault remains unclear. Afghan officials have so far ignored calls to break down the toll it has given of more than 100 soldiers killed or wounded, but have been known to minimise casualties in such attacks in the past.The US has said that at least 50 soldiers were killed, and some local officials have put the number of dead alone as high as 130.The raid underscores the Taliban’s growing strength more than 15 years since they were ousted from power, and as they gear up ahead of the spring fighting season.Many Afghans slammed the government for its inability to counter the attack, the latest in a series of brazen Taliban assaults, including one on the country’s largest military hospital in Kabul in March that left dozens dead.Twelve army officers, including two generals, were sacked for negligence over that attack.Officials put the death toll in that attack at 50, but security sources and survivors told AFP more than 100 were killed in the brazen assault.Military analysts have slammed the “total intelligence failure” over such assaults, and called for new strategies to counter them.Afghan security forces, beset by killings and desertions, have been struggling to beat back insurgents since US-led NATO troops ended their combat mission in December 2014.According to US watchdog SIGAR, casualties among Afghan security forces soared by 35 percent in 2016, with 6,800 soldiers and police killed.More than a third of Afghanistan is outside government control and many regions are fiercely contested by various insurgent groups, as Kabul’s repeated bids to launch peace negotiations with the Taliban have failed.last_img read more