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first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say George Graham: Arsenal and Man Utd well behindby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveGeorge Graham says Arsenal and Manchester United will struggle this term. The two teams meet on Monday night at Old Trafford for the first time this season.”I can’t see either challenging at the top for three seasons at least,” the legendary former Gunners manager said.”Even the top four will be tough for them right now. When standards slip, it’s hard to raise them again, and Liverpool and Manchester City aren’t going anywhere.”People talk about a lack of leaders and they have a point, particularly at centre-half. Think about Tony Adams, John Terry, Vincent Kompany, Virgil van Dijk. Every Arsenal supporter wants a defender like that. United have been looking for years. They’ve signed Harry Maguire and hope he’s the answer. But that’s the word: “hoping”.”United are under greater pressure because expectations there are higher, both for results and the style of play. It could be a good time for Arsenal to play them.” last_img read more

first_img Dean of Discipline at Petersfield High School in Westmoreland, Junior Clarke, is reporting a significant reduction in violent incidents at the institution, as a result of strategic intervention measures.In an interview with JIS News, Mr. Clarke said that in 2016, 17 per cent of the school’s population was involved in some form of violent act, but in 2018 that figure was reduced to five per cent.He said the intervention programmes included the Identity, Purpose, Attitude and Destiny (IPAD) for Life Youth Empowerment and Mentorship Summer Camp, which targeted at-risk youth.Mr. Clarke noted that the camp, with the support of parents, played a critical role in improving the conduct of students with behavioural challenges. “So, all the youth who had been suspended or were getting into trouble were mandated to be a part of this [IPAD for life] camp, in which they participated and it was a success,” he added.Dean of Discipline at Petersfield High School in Westmoreland, Junior Clarke, in an interview with JIS News. He said the intervention programmes included the Identity, Purpose, Attitude and Destiny (IPAD) for Life Youth Empowerment and Mentorship Summer Camp, which targeted at-risk youth. Dean of Discipline at Petersfield High School in Westmoreland, Junior Clarke, is reporting a significant reduction in violent incidents at the institution, as a result of strategic intervention measures. “In addition to that, though, we decided that parental involvement had to be more significant, so before it reaches a critical state of a child being suspended or getting into a fight or gang-related activity, we had regular conferences, whether via telephone or in person, as we recognise that it made a major impact on the level of violent incidents that we were seeing,” he said.Mr. Clarke further noted that an active mentorship programme at the school has also been bearing fruit.“It is called Most Valuable Person (MVP). So, mentors were chosen from the student population and they act as mentors to younger students and even older students who were at risk. These students were also paired with teachers and even members of the community, who provided support to them,” he said.Mr. Clarke added that the school administration will continue to take a strategic approach to change the behaviour of at-risk students.center_img Story Highlights In an interview with JIS News, Mr. Clarke said that in 2016, 17 per cent of the school’s population was involved in some form of violent act, but in 2018 that figure was reduced to five per cent.last_img read more

first_imgStory Highlights Youth and Culture Minister, Hon. Lisa Hanna, will be travelling to New York on October 15 to participate in a United Nations (UN) panel discussion The discussion will be held under the title ‘Regional Co-operation for the Protection of Children from Violence’. The discussion is taking place within the framework of the UN General Assembly’s Third Committee Debate on the Rights of the Child. Youth and Culture Minister, Hon. Lisa Hanna, will be travelling to New York on October 15 to participate in a United Nations (UN) panel discussion on ‘Regional Co-operation for the Protection of Children from Violence’.The discussion is taking place within the framework of the UN General Assembly’s Third Committee Debate on the Rights of the Child.Minister with responsibility for Information, Senator the Hon. Sandrea Falconer, who made the disclosure at the Jamaica House media briefing on October 9, said Cabinet has approved the travel, which is to cost approximately $545,000.Senator Falconer noted that last year Jamaica hosted the UN Regional Consultation on Violence Against Children and the upcoming panel discussion is the follow-up to that meeting.“It will assess progress of the work agreed at that meeting and agreed follow-up actions to protect our children from violence,” the Minister said.Minister Hanna will be making a Statement in the plenary of the panel discussion. She will be accompanied by Consultant/Advisor on Children’s Affairs, Mrs. Sadie Keating and Acting Chief Executive Officer of the Child Development Agency, Mrs. Rosalee Gage-Grey.Senator Falconer also informed that while in New York, Ms. Hanna will visit the Lincoln Centre and hold discussions with other cultural officials of New York. “Minister Hanna received a recent visit from the management of the Lincoln Centre with a proposal to establish a centre in Jamaica for the Caribbean,” the Minister informed.She also announced Cabinet’s approval of a Ministerial Mission, currently in Canada, led by the Minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Hon. Anthony Hylton.“The Mission will engage Canadian investors and promote investment opportunities in Jamaica, in particular the Logistics Hub (Initiative). They will also meet with potential distributors of Jamaican goods in the Canadian market,” Minister Falconer said.She added that Minister Hylton will use the opportunity to meet with the Jamaican Diaspora community to address issues relating to Jamaica’s growth agenda and update them on investment and other possibilities in the country.The Mission will visit Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and Halifax. The Minister is accompanied by Chairman of the Jamaica Logistics Taskforce, Dr. Eric Deans, and President of Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO), Ms Diana Edwards. The delegation returns to the island on October 11.last_img read more

first_imgzoom Dutch storage company Koole Terminals has started operating the storage terminal for petrol and diesel in Pernis, Rotterdam, which was recently bought from BP.Apart from the storage facility with the capacity of around 200,000 cubic meters, Koole Terminals will also handle the acquired truck loading facility and the K1 jetty for seagoing vessels.BP’s terminal is directly adjacent to one of Koole Terminals’ existing sites in Rotterdam and is connected through a pipeline with BP’s refinery in Europoort. BP is partly leasing back the storage and truck loading rack capacity under long-term agreements.”The expansion of Koole Terminals through the acquisition of BP’s site in Pernis is in line with our ongoing strategy to grow together with our customers, in this case regarding storage and distribution of petrol and diesel. Especially the safe and efficient 24-hours per day truck loading facility in the Rotterdam harbour represents an important widening of our service offering. We are not only acquiring additional storage capacity but also further available land supporting our future expansion plans,” John Kraakman, CEO of Koole Terminals, said.last_img read more

first_imgLondon: Pakistan batsman Shoaib Malik confirmed his retirement from one-day cricket without making a farewell appearance in his side’s victory over Bangladesh. Malik had admitted last year that he intended to quit one-day cricket after the World Cup and he followed through with that plan after Pakistan’s 94-run win at Lord’s. The 37-year-old will continue to play the Twenty20 format, but he admitted it was an emotional moment to call time on his ODI career. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football together “I am retiring from one-day cricket,” said Malik, who was dropped after a disappointing World Cup featuring two ducks in three maches. “I’m sad as I’m leaving the format I loved the most but this will allow me to spend more time with my family and concentrate on the Twenty20 World Cup next year,” added Malik, who is married to Indian tennis star Sania Mirza. Malik’s decision came after a Pakistan win which was not enough to take the 1992 champions into the semi-finals. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian Open Pakistan were ousted by New Zealand on net run-rate despite finishing level on 11 points after nine matches. Malik appeared in 287 one-day internationals and scored 7,534 runs with nine hundreds. His last appearance came in the defeat against arch rivals India in Manchester on June 16. As an off-spinner he finished with 158 wickets, while he also captained Pakistan in 41 ODIs. Malik said he was disappointed to finish on a low note. “Yes, I wanted to help my team win the World Cup as a senior but at times things don’t go the way you think and that’s part and parcel of cricket,” he said. “You don’t judge a player on two or three matches, but I am still happy that the player who replaced me performed well,” Malik said of Haris Sohail, who scored half-centuries against South Africa and New Zealand. “I never thought that I will play 20 years for Pakistan but when you play with hard work and honesty you achieve the best and that happened with me. “I am satisfied with my ODI career and winning the Champions Trophy has been the highlight of my ODI career,” he added of Pakistan’s triumph in England two years ago. (AFP) ATKlast_img read more

first_imgCHARLOTTETOWN – A national park in Prince Edward Island that bears the name of a controversial British general will be renamed.Parks Canada confirmed Friday that it will add a Mi’kmaq name to the Port-la-Joye—Fort Amherst National Historic Site, which is near Charlottetown.Indigenous critics have long complained that the General Jeffery Amherst’s name should be removed because he stands accused of trying to wipe out the Mi’kmaq by giving them blankets inflected with smallpox.Catherine McKenna, the federal minister responsible for Parks Canada, issued a statement saying the Mi’kmaq name “skmaqn” (pronounced Ska-MAA-kin) will be added to the park’s name.McKenna said skmaqn means “the waiting place” and is thought to have its origins in the mid-1700s when Mi’kmaq and French leaders met annually at the site to renew their military alliance.The official name of the site will now be Skmaqn—Port-la-Joye—Fort Amherst National Historic Site of Canada.McKenna said the name change was made in the “spirit of reconciliation,” adding that no relationship is more important to the federal government than the one with Indigenous Peoples.She said the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada (HSMBC) is making the change on the recommendation of the Mi’kmaq Confederacy of Prince Edward Island.“The HSMBC is aware of public concerns related to sites, events, or persons of national historic significance with ties to colonialism, racism, or other forms of discrimination,” McKenna said.“Parks Canada is committed to working respectfully with Indigenous Peoples, and to a system of national heritage places that recognizes Indigenous traditions, cultures and contributions to Canada.”John Joe Sark, a member of the Mi’kmaq Nation traditional government, has been campaigning for a name change since 2008: “You don’t right wrongs by keeping the name of a tyrant,” he said last year.Montreal struck Amherst’s name from a city street last fall.Amherst, an officer in the British Army in the mid-1700s, is considered a key architect of British victories in the Seven Years’ War for control of New France territories in North America. Several places in the U.S. and Canada, including Amherst, N.S., and Amherstburg, Ont., bear his name.Amherst College in Massachusetts said last year the British military commander would no longer appear in school communications or as an unofficial mascot.last_img read more

first_imgROME — A popular Naples pizzeria is the latest target of bombings in the area which Italian authorities have linked to mobsters.A small blast outside Pizzeria Sorbillo in the city’s historic centre early Wednesday damaged the eatery’s metal grating.The ANSA news agency said eight bombs have targeted Naples-area businesses in recent days. Last month, a pizzeria was bombed in the nearby town of Afragola. The attacks are under investigation.Chamber of Deputy President Roberto Fico, a Neapolitan, decried “vile” intimidation attacks by the Camorra, the Naples-area crime syndicate.Gino Sorbillo’s pizzeria, which was torched five years ago, draws lines of residents and tourists.Extortion is a Camorra mainstay. Businesses refusing to pay “protection” money risk attacks. Italy’s interior minister said there’s state funding to hire 100 more Naples police officers.The Associated Presslast_img read more

19 February 2008Only a permanent political settlement ending the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territory and giving Palestinians their independence “can fundamentally alter the economic and humanitarian problems of the Palestinian people and bring lasting security for Israel,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today. In a message delivered on his behalf by Robert Serry, the United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, to the UN Seminar on Assistance to the Palestinian People, held in Amman, Jordan, Mr. Ban said that international law must serve as the basis for any sustainable solution.But he noted that “the key ingredients for a breakthrough exist,” citing the launch by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert of bilateral negotiations to resolve all core issues, the “impressive reform and development agenda” of the Palestinian Authority, the support of donors and the efforts of a range of international envoys.“While I am well aware of the challenges, I believe that with the right mixture of wisdom, realism and political courage – including a major intensification of efforts in the months ahead – we can make historic progress towards the vision of two States, Israel and Palestine, living side by side in peace and security,” Mr. Ban stated in his message.He said the members of the diplomatic Quartet on the Middle East – the UN, the European Union, Russia and the United States – were united in their determination that the “harsh realities on the ground” must improve and progress must also be made in the political negotiations.“The current situation in Gaza is unsustainable in humanitarian, human rights, security and political terms – for the Palestinians, Egypt, and Israel too. The ongoing crisis in Gaza also undermines the Annapolis process,” the Secretary-General said, referring to the peace process launched in the US city of that name late last year.Mr. Ban stressed that all the UN humanitarian agencies on the ground would continue with their work to relieve suffering, especially in the Gaza Strip, which has faced tight Israeli restrictions since last month, and to support the Palestinian Authority’s development efforts.Meanwhile, UNSCO reported that all goods crossings into Gaza were closed today with the exception of Nahal Oz, through which supplies of diesel, cooking gas and industrial gas – but not benzene – were expected to pass. The benzene shortage at the local market is now severely restricting the movement of private vehicles, according to UNSCO.Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator John Holmes yesterday wrapped up his five-day visit to the occupied Palestinian territory and Israel with a series of meetings in Jerusalem and Ramallah with officials from both sides. read more

US Senator John McCain, who spoke widely on Sri Lanka, has died. He was 81 years old at the time of his death.Al-Jazeera reported that McCain, a US senator from Arizona for over three decades, had been battling glioblastoma, an aggressive brain cancer, discovered by his doctors in July 2017. He had not been at the US Capitol in 2018. He also had surgery for an intestinal infection in April of this year. Meghan McCain, one of McCain’s daughters, tweeted a statement, saying: “My father is gone, and I miss him as only an adoring daughter can. But in this loss, and in this sorrow, I take comfort in this: John McCain, hero of the republic and to his little girl, wakes today to something more glorious than anything on this earth.”William Schneider, a political analyst, told Al Jazeera that McCain will be remembered as a “beloved figure, not primarily for his ideology or his partisanship … but because of his personal qualities”. “My heart is broken. I am so lucky to have lived the adventure of loving this incredible man for 38 years,” Cindy McCain wrote on Twitter. “He passed the way he lived, on his own terms, surrounded by the people he loved, in the place he loved best.” “Senator John Sidney McCain III died at 4:28pm on August 25, 2018,” read a statement from his office. “With the senator when he passed were his wife Cindy and their family,” the statement added. read more

The campaign, under the theme “Your change for a real change,” was initiated by the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) and will enable the organization’s members in some 100 countries to choose from a variety of donation options to support UNICEF’s children immunization programme.UNICEF is the world’s largest buyer of childhood vaccines and helps governments protect hundreds of million of children from vaccine-preventable diseases every year. Still, more than a quarter of the world’s youngsters are not protected by routine vaccination, the agency said.IAAPA will promote the three-year partnership and encourage its 5,600 members to adopt the programme. The group said its message would be that every child should have the opportunity to enjoy a healthy and happy childhood.”There is a natural affinity between UNICEF’s work with children and their communities, and the time for family recreation provided by IAAPA’s members in the amusement parks and attractions industry,” said UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy. “We welcome this initiative for the IAAPA and its members to get involved in supporting children worldwide.” read more

Two years of economic slowdown has pushed the number of people without jobs to a record 180 million worldwide, with little prospect of any improvement in the global employment situation this year, according to a new report issued today by the United Nations International Labour Organization (ILO). “The world employment situation is deteriorating dramatically,” ILO Director-General Juan Somavia said. “While tens of millions of people join the ranks of the unemployed or the working poor, uncertain prospects for a global economic recovery make a reversal of this trend unlikely in 2003.” In the new study, “Global Employment Trends,” the ILO estimates that since 2000 the number of unemployed worldwide grew by 20 million. The weakness of labour markets has also reversed recent reductions in “working poverty” achieved in the late 1990s. Particularly hard-hit have been women and youth, who often have jobs that are especially vulnerable to economic shocks, the report says. Unemployed workers pushed into informal jobs in search of work faced even more uncertainty due to the sector’s near total lack of unemployment or social security coverage. “This deteriorating world employment picture and the prospect of a weak or delayed recovery is very disturbing,” Mr. Somavia said. “A continuation of these trends will dramatically increase the number of unemployed and working poor. A full-scale global recession could have grave consequences for the social and political stability of large parts of the world.” read more

“Tropical Cyclone Idai…has compounded destructive flooding that has already occurred as far inland as southern Malawi and eastern Zimbabwe,” he said. “The World Food Programme has been stepping up preparations to meet large-scale assistance needs.”The UN agency has already begun to assess the extent of the flood damage and prioritise needs among the most vulnerable, Mr. Verhoosel added.It is not yet clear how many people have lost their lives since the storm hit, although on 13 March, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said that flooding had killed at least 122 people in Mozambique, where 66 are reported to have died, and Malawi, where the death-toll stands at 56.In a statement issued on Friday, the UN Secretary-General António Guterres said he was “deeply saddened by the loss of life, destruction of property and displacement of people due to the heavy rains and flooding caused by Tropical Cyclone Idai.” He extended condolences to the families of the victims.”The United Nations expresses its solidarity with the Mozambique authorities and stands ready to work with them as they respond to the humanitarian needs resulting from this natural disaster,” he added.Casualty figures ‘changing constantly’“We know already that some people sadly died in the past week and probably during the night,” Mr. Verhoosel said. “We don’t have any numbers to communicate for the moment as that number is changing constantly.”Satellite imagery shows that Malawi’s Chikwawa district has been particularly badly affected by flooding, while Mozambique’s Zambezia and Tete provinces have also seen tens-of-thousands displaced and more than 168,000 hectares of crops reportedly affected.“We expect that some of the zone will have difficult or no access at all,” Mr. Verhoosel said, noting that rising water levels on the Zambezi river will affect the many villages and small cities that line its banks and which rely on it for trade and transport.In Mozambique, help for people displaced by the flooding is being provided in 10 transit centres in Zambezia and two in Tete.A first round of needs assessments has been completed, but crucial follow-up visits have hampered by fallen powerlines, overloaded mobile phone networks and the fact that airspace is closed over Mozambique because of the weather conditions.In addition to helicopters already sent by the South African Government, WFP is sending at least one MI-8 transport helicopter to conduct emergency air operations in Mozambique.Its objective is to focus on remote locations that are likely to be cut off by floodwater “as soon as conditions allow, and air space is open”, Mr. Verhoosel said.Multiple dangers remainWorld Health Organization (WHO) spokesperson Christian Lindmeier cautioned that multiple dangers remain.“Following the flooding which is coming with the rains, you have of course the risk of drowning and victims there, but you have also crush and trauma injuries through the flooding,” he said. “This is typically followed later by waterborne diseases and rise of airborne disease like malaria could also be expected.”Mr. Lindmeier added that there could be longer-term effects caused by damage to health facilities – “simple scenarios like assistance to pregnant women or deliveries, assistance to diabetes patients”, he said.Before Cyclone Idai hit, OCHA cited expert predictions that could be the strongest cyclone to make landfall in Mozambique since Tropical Cyclone Eline, which struck Mozambique in February 2000. Exceptional rainfall before the cyclone hit, has already affected a total of 1.5 million people in both Southern African countries and claimed more than 120 lives. The cyclone has now reportedly moved west, towards Zimbabwe.In addition, tens of thousands of people have been displaced and homes, roads, bridges and crops have been washed away, World Food Programme (WFP) spokesperson, Hervé Verhoosel, told journalists in Geneva. read more

UN News/Jing ZhangGlobal Communications Chief Alison Smale (left), General Assembly President María Fernanda Espinosa (centre) and other UN staff volunteer at Brownsville Community Culinary Center in Brooklyn to commemorate Nelson Mandela International Day New York. (18 July 2019) In November 2009, the UN declared 18 July, Nelson Mandela International Day as a global call to action under the premise that everyone has the power to make an impact on the planet. With hate speech casting a growing shadow around the world, “Nelson Mandela’s calls for social cohesion and an end to racism are particularly relevant today”, said the UN chief. “As we work collectively for peace, stability, sustainable development and human rights for all, we would be well served to recall the example set by Nelson Mandela,” he asserted. “Our best tribute is found in actions”.   Lauding the late South African President’s qualities and service to humanity, the UN in New York hosted the Nelson Mandela Peace Summit during last year’s General Assembly week, where some 100 Heads of State and Government, Ministers and Member States, adopted a political declaration to redouble efforts to build a just, peaceful, prosperous, inclusive and fair world.  The declaration, which recognized the period from 2019 to 2028 as the Nelson Mandela Decade of Peace, saluted Mr. Mandela – or “Madiba” as he’s known affectionately by South Africans – for his humility and compassion, while also acknowledging his contribution to the struggle for democracy and the promotion of a culture of world peace. “Our children are our greatest treasure. They are our future. Those who abuse them tear at the fabric of our society and weaken our nation.” – Nelson Mandela#MandelaDay#LeadingLikeMandela@NelsonMandela @OPSC_SA@G_MachelTrust@UNDPSouthAfrica— UN in South Africa (@UNinSouthAfrica) July 17, 2019 As “one of the most iconic and inspirational leaders of our time”, the UN chief said: “Nelson Mandela exemplified courage, compassion and commitment to freedom, peace and social justice”.   “He lived by these principles and was prepared to sacrifice his liberty and even his life for them”, Mr. Guterres spelled out.    Saying that “every one of us can step up and act for enduring change”, Mr. Guterres maintained that Nelson Mandela’s message to the world is clear and “we all have the duty to do so”.   “On this day of reflection on Nelson Mandela’s life and work, let us embrace his legacy and aspire to emulate his example”, concluded the Secretary-General. Honouring ‘Madiba’ at Headquarters in New York and beyondIn 2015, as General Assembly President María Fernanda Espinosa noted in a special celebration event on Thursday, the UN adopted Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners, known as the ‘Nelson Mandela Rules’ to promote humane prison conditions, raise awareness that prisoners are part of society and to value the work of prison staff.“In keeping with a life spent “walking the talk”, Mandela Day is marked not by grand words or gestures, but by action taken by individuals in their communities”, she said, noting that she and some of her team would be among the UN volunteers who would be helping to prepare and serve meals at a Community centre in the low-income neighbourhood of Brownsville, Brooklyn, later in the day. Mr. Mandela himself also paid a visit there in 1990. She recognized that for so many people in this city, “the UN can feel like something distant”, adding that she was “delighted” to do something tangible “to serve people in Brooklyn, as we strive to serve the whole of humanity”.Ms. Espinosa met President Mandela during the 2002 Climate Summit in Johannesburg, where she “was struck by how his profound respect for human dignity was evident in every interaction with those around him”. “We can channel his spirit and honour him by carrying forward his legacy”, the Assembly president said, including by increasing “efforts to combat racism and hate speech” and addressing “the lasting impacts of colonialism and slavery, which “demand that we do more to build a culture of peace”.From the UN’s High-Level Week in September to its 75th anniversary in September 2020 and key events in between, she underscored the need “to demonstrate greater trust, cooperation, and shared responsibilities” to address the world’s multiple crises, including climate, conflict, and poverty as “there can be no better tribute to Mandela than being each other’s keepers and stewards of the planet”.“As we contend with challenges old and new, let Madiba’s legacy inspire us to act in a way that matches the ambition of our resolutions”, she concluded. It was ‘the greatest thing’ to have Mandela among us, says Brownsville residentOn site in Brooklyn today, retired educator and community activist Paul Chandler is something of a living legend in Brownsville. Lucky to have met Nelson Mandela in 1990 during his visit, he lit up recalling the occasion, saying that “it was the greatest thing to have him in my community.”“He gave me inspiration”, affirmed Mr. Chandler. “If he could do it, I could also be out on the street, could be part of changing our community.” read more

first_imgTHE PSNI HAS said that two people were injured in a republican anti-internment parade which took place in Belfast yesterday.The demonstration, which started at 1pm, saw up to 4,000 people take to the streets. It marked the introduction of internment in 1971.Speaking after the parade yesterday, PSNI Assistant Chief Constable Mark Hamilton said it had passed off with “minor trouble” with a number of fireworks and missiles thrown as the parade passed through Royal Avenue. Source: Niall Carson“One officer and one member of the public are reported to have each sustained a minor injury,” he said.There was a considerable policing operation put in place throughout the city centre today to ensure that the Parades Commission determinations in respect of the parade and the associated protests were upheld. Our focus was, as always, on keeping people safe.Hamilton said police will now review all evidence gathered and pursue relevant lines of inquiry relating to any offences or breaches of the Parades Commission determinations.Read: Major police operation in Belfast as anti-internment march hits the city>last_img read more

first_img 6 Comments Tuesday 17 Jan 2017, 4:54 PM Image: Google Maps 12,570 Views Tullamore Garda Station GARDAÍ HAVE ARRESTED a man in relation to the attempted murder at a Tullamore gym in 2013.A man, dressed in military-style camouflage gear and a balaclava entered the Offaly gym and attempted to shoot a man who was exercising at the time.Gardaí have said this afternoon that they have arrested a 33-year-old man in relation to the incident.He is being held at Tullamore garda station under Section 30 of the offences against the state act. This means he can be held for questioning for 48 hours before he must be charged or released.A garda spokesman said: “Once inside he attempted to fire a number of shots at another man. When the gun failed to discharge he fled the scene. The man made his escape in a car that was later found burnt out at a nearby cemetery. No one was injured during the incident.“During an operation in Tullamore this morning, a 33-year-old man was arrested by gardaí as part of the investigation. The investigation is ongoing and further updates will follow.”Read: Ibrahim Halawa trial delayed for 18th time >Read: As it happened: Talk of ‘hard Brexit’ dominates Leaders’ Questions > Share27 Tweet Email center_img Tullamore Garda Station Image: Google Maps Jan 17th 2017, 4:54 PM Short URL Gardaí arrest man in relation to 2013 attempted gym murder by balaclava-clad gunman The 33-year-old man is currently being questioned by gardaí. By Garreth MacNamee Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Justice has been served to the culprits of a shooting in Meadow Heights which took place over a year ago on November 4, 2013. Twenty-five-year-old Constantine Likiardopoulos and Shannon Cooke, 22, were equally blamed for shooting Cooke’s cousin in the head, as neither will disclose who supplied the gun and who pulled the trigger.The victim was said to be sitting in his car outside of his home in the early hours of the morning, with the incident following the death of Cooke’s and the victim’s 17-year-old cousin from a drug overdose – drugs which were said to be supplied by the victim’s family.According to Judge Gaynor, the two men are lucky that the bullet did not penetrate the victim’s skull, as had it hit a few centimetres away, the two would have been facing charges of manslaughter. The judge, however, gave recognition to the less than ideal upbringing of the two men, where crime was a commonality and the cause of trauma.Likiardopoulos’ father and brother, who were also like family to Cooke, were both jailed on charges of murder and manslaughter.However, despite their past, Judge Gaynor said both men showed positive signs of development, having cared for their ill mothers, in addition to both being engaged and in loving long-term relationships.Both pleaded guilty to reckless conduct and endangering a person, while Likiardopoulos also confessed to the possession of amphetamines and ecstasy.Cooke has been sentenced to 422 days imprisonment and Likiardopoulos for 10 months, along with being monitored for two years of their community corrections orders.last_img read more

first_imgStay on target The Ultimate Super Smash Bros. Character Guide: King DededeThe Ultimate Super Smash Bros. Character Guide: Meta Knight If you’re a fashion designer, you’re probably familiar with all the big names: Givenchy, Yves Saint Laurent, Gucci, Versace, Kirby. Wait, Kirby?! You got that right — that little pink puffball is the start of a brand new line of clothes, from Japanese lingerie creator Peach John.You may recognize the name Peach John from its racy Sailor Moon lingerie and other awesome collection items, as well as One Piece and Pokemon clothing items. But the Kirby 25th Anniversary collection has to be one of the greatest things they’ve come up with yet.The collection is comprised of an adorable Kirby dress that looks like an enormous pink blanket, Kirby undies, a clear, round backpack that looks like Kirby’s face, and even a Kirby sleeping mask for you to get some Zs with. Some of it is a little out there as far as what’s considered “normal” in everyday situations, but you could totally rock a big Kirby dress. It’s probably super comfortable as well.If you’re interested in picking up some of this Kirby couture, you’ll have to nab them from Peach John’s Yummy Mart beginning April 22. You also might be able to pick it up via Japanese purchasers that will complete the buy for you, so you don’t have to have your item shipped overseas with some sort of complicated machinations.This isn’t a collection you’re going to want to sleep on, so get started celebrating Kirby’s 25th anniversary with these adorable clothing items! And when you’re done, check out the rest of the items Peach John sells. If you can find it in your size, you’ll see there’s tons of awesome collection items that you’ll want to pocket, and quick, before they sell out. I’m still lamenting I didn’t grab those Sailor Moon items while they were still available…last_img read more

first_imgA group calling itself Southwest Washington Citizens for Sanity will gather at U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler’s office from 9:15 to 10:45 a.m. Tuesday at O.O. Howard House at 750 Anderson Street, Suite B, in Vancouver.The group is partnering with Camas Progressives, and both groups formed in response to actions taken by U.S. President Donald Trump. They plan to speak about the Affordable Care Act, the immigrant experience and raising a special needs child in a public school.“We want to see our congresswoman representing us so we are making sure that she hears our concerns,” organizer Sarah Blanchette said.last_img read more

first_imgNortheast 112th Avenue was closed late Thursday morning between Northeast Ninth and 18th streets after a natural gas line ruptured at about 10 a.m.A contractor was working in the area when a crew inadvertently hit the 4-inch gas line and broke it, according to the city of Vancouver. Crews are working on a street improvement project in the area.There aren’t many structures in the area, with the closest about 200 feet from where the break occurred, according to the city. The Vancouver Fire Department notified people in two nearby homes to stay indoors while the line was repaired.Northwest Natural Gas personnel responded to the scene and capped the pipe.Motorists were detoured around the area for about two hours, said Loretta Callahan, a public information officer with the city’s public works department.last_img read more

first_img IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPlayMute0:00/0:00Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE0:00?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window.The media could not be loaded, either because the server or network failed or because the format is not supported.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. COPY LINKAD Loading … India: After effects of demonetisation of high value currency notes Indian pedestrians walk on Dalal Street – Trader’s Street – next to the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) in Mumbai on March 7, 2014.INDRANIL MUKHERJEE/AFP/Getty ImagesEquity markets saw a fifth straight session of decline on Monday, with the benchmark indexes ending nearly 1.5 percent each after steeper intraday losses. The sustained selling was triggered by further weakening in financial stocks that were battered by the blowback from the ongoing IL&FS crisis, exacerbating concerns over higher crude prices and a weak rupee.While the BSE Sensex closed at 36,305, down 537 points, the broader Nifty ended the day at 10,975, down 168 points. Earlier, the Sensex had sunk to an intra-day low of 36,239 points while the 50-share index was down to 10,946.The losses on the Dalal Street were led by non-banking financial companies (NBFCs), which had spectacularly collapsed on Friday. Shares in Bajaj Finance, Indiabulls Housing Finance, Reliance Home Finance, Cholamandalam Investment and Finance Company and Ujjivan Financial Services suffered losses in the range of 5 to 15 percent.Since September 14, the financial services index slipped 7 percent while the broader index fell 3.7 percent, Business standard noted.Monday’s losses came despite the RBI and the regulator Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) assuring markets that all appropriate steps would be taken to ensure calm.Following it up, finance Minister Aurn Jaitley said on Monday that adequate liquidity at non-banking financial companies would be ensured.Analysts on Monday said they remained cautious and that more downside was likely. “Market correction was overdue given the stretched valuations. With oil on the boil and rupee levels, it was just a matter of time for the markets to take cognizance,” Tirthankar Patnaik, India Strategist at Mizuho Bank, said.”Developments related to IL&FS, however, were foreseen. The current market movement is more of a contagion and has led to a risk-off phase now. The Nifty50 can dip another 500-points from here on in a worst-case scenario,” he added. Close Friday’s rout was triggered by further bad news stemming from under-pressure Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services Limited (IL&FS). The infrastructure company said on Friday it was selling majority stake in its financial services unit and offloading assets worth Rs 4,500 crore. The company has been struggling to pay off debt and avoid bankruptcy. The company, which undertakes premier infrastructure projects in the country, also sent an SOS to the central government to urgently clear dues worth as much as Rs 16,000 crore.Macquarie Research explained in a note on Monday that IL&FS defaulted on its debt obligations and that rating agency ICRA downgraded it from AA+ to BB on 8th September and then to D on 17th September. IL&FS is one of India’s largest infrastructure financiers with consolidated debt of Rs910bn.last_img read more