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Rishkhor: Students at Al Qaida training camps in Afghanistan get degrees in murder

first_imgTHE EPILOGUE: A Northern Alliance soldier rifles through papers found at the Al Qaida camp at Tora Bora”Kal Roos ko bikharte dekha tha,Ab India toot ta dekhenge,Hum barq-e-jehad ke sholon mein,America ko jalta dekhenge.(We saw Russia disintegrate,Now we will see India fall apart,In the flames of jehad we will see,THE EPILOGUE: A Northern Alliance soldier rifles through papers found at the Al Qaida camp at Tora Bora”Kal Roos ko bikharte dekha tha,Ab India toot ta dekhenge,Hum barq-e-jehad ke sholon mein,America ko jalta dekhenge.(We saw Russia disintegrate,Now we will see India fall apart,In the flames of jehad we will see America ablaze).”-Mujahideen ki Lalkaar (War Cry of the Mujahideen), a poem found in a terrorist’s notebook at Rishkhor, Afghanistan.The algebra of evil can be infinite. Or it can unfold with stark simplicity over 1,086 pages.The manual in neatly printed Arabic and accompanied by clear, hand-drawn illustrations is possibly one of the most comprehensive urban terrorist encyclopaedia. It was found at the Rishkhor Military Garrison located 15 km south-west of Kabul, set in the idyllic burnt beige landscape typical of the Afghan countryside.Rishkhor was among the largest and most efficiently organised terrorist training camps of Al Qaida. Just a 30- minute drive from Kabul, Osama bin Laden had established his University of Terror here.Run as a joint venture with Pakistan’s dreaded Harkat-ul-Mujahideen, its teachers were retired Pakistani military personnel and its syllabus one of frightening magnitude. It was here that impressionable young men-they called themselves jehadis-from as far away as China and Chechnya imbibed the mechanics of mayhem laced with religious overtones.YESTERDAY’S WAR: Al Qaida men storm a house during a drill at Al Faruq training camp; (top right) destroyed artillery at the siteThe lessons told terrible truths in the plainest of languages. “For an assassin, reconnaissance is an art. The target has to be well observed. You have to know where he comes and goes, the places he frequents, his friends. Come as close to him and even try and build a relationship with him … the safest way to assassinate someone is by booby-trapping his car, using letter bombs or poisoning him using chemicals which cause heart attacks.”What September 11 had made amply clear, Rishkhor only reiterated: this was not a random group of rebels, the fanatics faithful throwing themselves at the non-Islamic world. This was a motivated, organised army in the making.According to US intelligence sources, close to 25 camps throughout Afghanistan tutored an estimated 11,000 youths, turning them into the multi-skilled Swiss army knives of the jehad.advertisementThe cadres were meant not only to help realise bin Laden’s objective of expelling the US from the Gulf, but also to topple Islamic governments and ultimately help re-establish an Islamic Caliphate.Rishkhor was one of his most powerful indoctrination plants. Its success lay in its ability to fit the hand of medieval ideology into the glove of rigorous scientific military training.The Al Qaida manual leaves nothing to chance. Every element of an act of violence, from the materials and means used for preparation, execution and the aftermath is explained, catered to and taught.Recruits received detailed instructions on techniques of murder: remote-controlled explosives, assault rifles, cars, poisonous chemicals, gases and letter bombs filled with slivers of plastic explosives. There were instructions about the means of getting to a target: by diverting the attention of his security group, creating a fire or staging a street quarrel.The manual instructs further: “To stop the target’s car without shooting in a two-way street, speed up your car and hit his car on the left so it spins around and stops. As soon as it stops, the driver and the hit man start firing.”Close to 25 camps spread throughout Afghanistan transformed nearly 11,000 youth into multi-skilled Swiss army knives of the jehad.For the jehadis’ own use, the manual details first-aid in emergency situations: how to prevent blood loss from wounds and how to survive extreme cold in high mountains, surveillance techniques, briefings about the various intelligence agencies like the CIA and Mossad and a listing of ciphers and codes used by the Al Qaida.Instructors often used perverse analogies faithfully noted by their students. One notebook records how to blow up a helicopter: “1,000 gm hashoon aap uske qabool fuel tankon par rakh kar usko ba-aasani Rajiv Gandhi ki tarah sati kar sakte hain. (Place 1,000 gm of explosives on its fuel tanks and watch it blow up like Rajiv Gandhi).The entire manual has been deliberately given a religious twist, with a liberal sprinkling of quotations from the Koran on instances of subterfuge and psychological warfare to illustrate examples.Chapters usually begin with inscriptions from the Koran like, “It often happens that a small force has beaten a large army.” What follows is a 10-page lesson on infiltration, which makes for chilling reading.advertisementIt talks about the need to travel light, carry minimal food, clothing and arms- “remember, clothes aren’t as important as speed”. Besides guerrilla warfare, the course includes street-fighting techniques, full-frontal military assaults in populated urban areas using tanks, troops and armoured cars.Students were given “practicals” in the open, thin-air laboratory of Rishkhor which involved stripping and assembling small arms, lessons on unit leadership and use of explosives. Rishkhor’s students were taught to destroy practically every modern invention known to man-bridges, battle tanks, helicopters, power pylons.Al Qaida’s bomb- making manuals give precise recipes for the quantity of explosives to be used for damaging and destroying targets: 1 kg to destroy a truck’s fuel tank and 1.2 kg split in six pieces to destroy a railway intersection.The section on timers for explosives lists a range of switches, from complex to crude, including those that can be made from mousetraps, electrical fittings or even ordinary clothes pegs.Students were also given lessons on Indian political parties with notes describing the Bajrang Dal as aThe trained cadres could be deployed anywhere: with the Taliban, in military offensives against the Northern Alliance or in a suicide attack against a US target or an assassination bid. In the case of Alliance military commander Ahmed Shah Masood’s murder, Al Qaida operatives performed a text-book operation. They posed as journalists and used plastic explosives hidden in a video camera.There were rudimentary courses on politics, on Indian political parties and their leaders. Qari Mohammad Irfan from Bahawalpur, Pakistan, scrawled two pages on “extremist Hindu organisations” and their leaders.The parties include the RSS, VHP, Bajrang Dal, BJP, ABVP, Swadeshi Jagran Manch, Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh and the Shiv Sena. The Bajrang Dal is a “gundon ki tanzeem (party of thugs)” and the Sena is identified as the party that fights against Muslims (“musalmanon ke khilaf ladai karta hain”).It isn’t clear if these organisations were ever targeted by the Al Qaida or its allied groups. But whoever was targeted faced an enemy painstakingly instructed by the indigenous encyclopaedia of terror.When the INDIA TODAY team arrived in Rishkhor, three AK 47-toting government boy soldiers, no older than 22, led it around. One room served as a food store stocking cans of Pepsi and Rose Petal luxury tissues made in Lahore.Around this compound lay the jehad factory’s flotsam-tiny carpets of dust-caked papers, most of them in Urdu and Arabic, but none in the locally spoken Dari and only a few in Pushto.Scattered in the compound around a busted anti-aircraft gun today are papers, hundreds of them, like fragments of the camp’s library: pages from London’s A to Z street map, a bio-chemistry textbook, a US gun magazine, pages from the Koran, dozens of photocopied notes and manuals, the monthly Al-Muslim magazine published from Karachi.There was also a request to the ammo depot for fresh stocks of arms and ammunition and notebooks extensively detailing war fighting techniques.IN LINE OF FIRE: Al Qaida men learn how to operate a Soviet SA-7 missile at the Al-Faruq camp; (left) a ruined office building at RishkhorRishkhor’s students were all foreigners, most of them drawn from the hardline Deobandi madarsas of Pakistan. Apparently, not all adapted well to the Afghan weather. A notebook dated June 26, 1999, lists 48 Pakistani occupants-hailing from cities like Karachi and Bahawalpur-laid up in the camp’s sick bay with complaints ranging from fever to stomach ailments.Today, the camp is empty, its buildings bombed-out hollow shells. This could be the epicentre of an earthquake, yet strangely Rishkhor’s rural idyll seems to be reclaiming its turf from the destruction unleashed on it.Village youth cheekily drive donkeys laden with firewood through the ruins and fat-tailed goats munch the grass spiked with live anti-aircraft shells and ferrous remains of dead battle tanks. A forlorn letter, written in Pushto, blows in the wind. “I’m in the jehad. I’m happy here,” it says.advertisementMaulavi Izzatullah Wakif of the madarsa of Chauhar-Asiya was writing to his family in Pakistan. Wakif’s contentment was rudely shattered by precision laser-guided US bombs that spun out of the October night skies and turned Rishkhor into a death zone.In its heyday, the camp was divided into two sections: one made up of a dozen, single-storey, yellow-and-white buildings surrounded by 10-ft-high brick walls. The second, a row of C-shaped barracks and dozens of houses ringed with conifers.Today, six bomb craters, some 12 ft deep, mark the spot where Rishkhor took its body blow. It was among these ruins that the Taliban hanged mujahideen leader Abdul Haq, captured trying to foment a Pashtoon insurrection. Verses from the Koran are inscribed on the walls of several buildings, with one calling for the liberation of Kashmir.A small hill-with an unmarked stone memorial at the centre – which served as an assembly area, is now littered with a dozen Taliban heavy-artillery guns, prayer mats and armoured personnel carriers.CAPTIVES OF IDEOLOGY: Khalid (left) with other Taliban prisoners of war at Barak Jail; (below) Al Qaida’s young recruitsThree years ago, this five-acre camp housed the Afghan Army’s 7th Infantry Division. In 1998, the Taliban handed it over to bin Laden after the first US cruise missile strikes against his camps.In no time, Rishkhor turned into a fortress, the dusty road leading to it heavily guarded with barriers and machine guns. The lookout posts on hills further isolated it from the public.The camp was run by bin Laden’s deputy Qari Saifullah who occupied an Italian-style mansion with its own swimming pool on a small hill behind the camp. The barracks were divided into various sections.Rooms served as offices with filing cabinets, electronic equipment repair sections and ammunition depots, some still littered with belted, light machine-gun rounds, live grenades and rockets.While the Taliban enforced their medievalism in Afghanistan and farmers cultivated wheat and barley in the scenic valley, the camp was raising its own lethal crop: 500-1,000 recruits were trained at a time in courses lasting up to six weeks.It was a simple, spartan lifestyle: recruits woke up at dawn, said their prayers and did exercises which included push-ups, jogging and running up hillsides. After breakfast they began their training which lasted until noon.The course was divided, in a macabre replica of all conventional science courses, into theory and practicals. Students squatted in open compounds scribbling in Urdu and Arabic on regular ruled notebooks as teachers taught their sciences-not the workings of the solar system or the fragile biology of a flower, but analyses of all major infantry weapons, from AK-47s, rocket-propelled grenades and mortars to surface-to-air missiles, and the very elementary physics and chemistry used to work them.Bin Laden is said to have visited Rishkhor several times in the past few years but locals say they never saw him. “We were never allowed anywhere near the camp when he visited,” says Mohammed Haya, a wizened old villager.The universities of terror may be shut down but the world’s biggest worry now is where its students choose to use their lessons.WHO were the recruits who attended these camps? The answer lies deep in the Panjshir Valley, in the mud-walled Barak Jail ringed by steep ridges of the Hindu Kush.The jail holds nearly 100 Taliban fighters, including Pakistanis, Arabs, Chechens and even an Uighur from China’s Xinjiang province. All sport turbans and regulation long beards. Among many, like Salahuddin Khalid, 27, a Pakistani from Chagai trained in camps in southern Afghanistan, the flame of jehad still flickers.Khalid, whose beard and thick-rimmed spectacles lend him the air of an Islamic scholar, agrees the war in Afghanistan is over. But he has already becgun looking east. He smiles at his Indian visitors, “Hame aur bhi jang ladni hai. Iske baad hum Kashmir jaayenge. (We have to fight more battles. After this we will go to Kashmir.)”The universities of terror may have been smashed, but Rishkhor’s alumni have proved to be adept and apt pupils. Where they choose to use the lessons learnt must now be the biggest worry of the civilised world.last_img read more

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Hunger for winning never goes away for Alex Cabagnot

first_imgView comments ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Even in a state of bliss and the whiff of beer still emanating from the winning locker room, Cabagnot still has San Miguel’s stinging finals loss to Barangay Ginebra in the 2018 Commissioner’s Cup at the top of his head.That loss to the Gin Kings in six games was the Beermen’s only defeat in eight finals appearances under head coach Leo Austria, but one loss was enough to light the fire under their belly.Iit’s a tough defeat when we lost to Ginebra in the second conference last year. We felt it. We stepped it up. we just had to do due diligence and make things happen.”ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Nothing like first time as Romeo, Standhardinger, Nabong savor Beermen’s newest PBA title LATEST STORIES Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too MANILA, Philippines—Winning never gets old.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transportcenter_img If anything, it’s highly-addictive and staying in a trance has always been the goal for star guard Alex Cabagnot and rest of San Miguel Beer.“The hunger [to win another championship] is always its always there. I think that’s the curse of winning. The more you win, the more you wanna feel it and the more you don’t want to feel losing,” said Cabagnot shortly after winning his eighth PBA title Wednesday night at Araneta Coliseum.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“So when people say, ‘How do we keep the hunger?’ I think if you’ve won anything, you wanna continue winning. You don’t wanna feel [satisfied].Every championship run is memorable but tough losses, too, are not easy to forget. MOST READ Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew ‘Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance PLAY LIST 01:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krausslast_img read more

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To Be Perfectly Fair, Even Baseball “No-Names” Have Names

first_imgARLINGTON — The New York Yankees have acquired utility player Dustin Ackley from the Seattle Mariners for a pair of minor leaguers.New York sent right-hander Jose Ramirez and outfielder Ramon Flores to the Mariners in the deal completed Thursday, a day before the non-waiver trade deadline.Ackley is hitting .215 with six home runs and 19 RBIs in 85 games for the Mariners this season. The second overall pick in the 2009 amateur draft, Ackley is a .243 career hitter in 584 big league games, all with the Mariners since 2011. He has appeared at second base, first base and all three outfield spots.Ramirez and Flores were both at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and will report to Triple-A Tacoma.Flores had three stints with the Yankees this season, hitting .219 in his first 12 major league games. Ramirez allowed five earned runs in three innings in three relief appearances.STEPHEN HAWKINS, AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Virat Kohli would have smashed me out of the park too: Shane Warne

first_imgVirat Kohli would have smashed me out of the park too: Shane WarneShane Warne spoke exclusively to India Today about a range of issues. Warne, who has 708 Test and 293 ODI wickets, said he felt Virat Kohli would have smashed him out of the park tooadvertisement Rasesh Mandani MumbaiFebruary 13, 2019UPDATED: February 13, 2019 19:55 IST Shane Warne feels Virat Kohli would have smashed him out of the park (AP Photo)Shane Warne is the greatest leg-spinner to have ever played the game. The Australian legend is now a brand ambassador for Rajasthan Royals but his opinions on the game are held in high esteem. While he picked India and hosts England as favourites to win the 2019 Cricket World Cup, Warne said he would not be surprised if Australia pose a stiffer challenge than many might think.Warne mesmerised batsmen with his spin and guile for years. His battles with Sachin Tendulkar are now part of cricketing folklore – the Aussie spin wizard had once said he had nightmares of Tendulkar stepping down the pitch to hit him for sixes. Now, happily retired, Warne feels even Virat Kohli would have smashed him out of the park.Virat Kohli has the second most ODI hundreds after Tendulkar and he is widely believed to break most of Tendulkar’s batting records in the time to come.Speaking exclusively to India Today, Shane Warne heaped praise on Virat Kohli, talked about his journey with Rajasthan Royals and MS Dhoni and Rishabh Pant. Excerpts:INDIAN PREMIER LEAGUE 2019Q. It’s been quite a journey for you Shane with the Rajasthan Royals. From winning the trophy as captain in the first year to various other cricketing roles to now promoting the franchise..A. Yeah, my role with the Royals has evolved. The first year of the IPL, we managed to win which is pretty amazing. We were the underdogs. Everyone was saying Mumbai Indians is going to win and in their critiques, one thing was consistent that the worst team is Rajasthan Royals and they will finish at the bottom. So to go from captain-coach for four years and create our own history, we have now gone on for ten years with two years out. So my role has gone on from consultant and mentoring the players to consulting from a distance with the owners and this year I am the brand ambassador.advertisementBecause if you look at Rajasthan Royals, we are one of the more popular franchises in India. If you look at who is everyone’s second favourite team, it’s Royals. Everyone has a soft spot for us from that first year. A soft spot because we always unearth young talent, we always give young talent a go. Then if you look at the global scale, everyone looks at what the Royals are doing. So now we are looking at how we can capitalise on that, interact with the fans globally and push for what Rajasthan Royals stands for, which is integrity, honesty, win from any position, never give up. And that’s got a correlation with business and life. We are going to explore the states, UK, Asia, Australia, Europe on what we can do with business and cricket. Also what we are pushing at the moment is our new colour, which is pink. One because we think it is pretty cool and can’t think of any other sporting team that wears pink. Last year when we were supporting various cancer organisations, the fort turned pink, the whole of Jaipur turned pink, the Rambaug Palace turned pink and we are from the pink city. It’s a bit bold colour and that’s what we are.Q. How do you see the Rajasthan Royals doing on the field this year?A. The boys have a put together an amazing squad. It being a World Cup year, we are probably going to lose Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes, Steve Smith and Jofra Archer maybe. But we think they will play 10-11 games and can still have an impact in the tournament. So the squad that Rajasthan Royals have, I think we will be one of the favourites.Mumbai and Chennai will always be favourites. But for us anything less than the playoffs will be a disappointing year. When you think about it, we won it in the first year and we haven’t won it for the next ten years. I think it could be the Royals’ year this time.WORLD CUP Q. Talking about the World Cup, you have said that India will be one of the fancied sides. Who else?A. India and England are the two favourites. If you look on recent form and who has played really well and who has set the benchmark, it would be these two standout teams. So I think they go in as favourites, having Chahal and Kuldeep who are really good. And that’s what you need; spinners in the middle overs who can take wickets.advertisementBut I think when you look at Australia and their record in ICC trophies, we have won the most. Australia always performs well in big tournaments on the big stage. That’s a proven fact. With Warner and Smith coming back they will have a point to prove. They will be determined and hungry to go well. I think David Warner could possibly be the player of the tournament. I really believe he could do well. And if you add those two guys with Finch, D’arcy Short, Stoinis, Maxwell, Starc, Cummins and then you look at the side, you would think, actually they are a pretty good team. They have got the backbone and the spine and heart for big tournaments. They are proven champions. They are current World Cup holders. I think Australia will do really well in this World Cup and could win it as well. So England, India and Australia are my three sides, one of them will win.WRIST SPINQ. You expect this trend of wrist spinners having their noses in front extending to Test cricket too? Ravi Shastri recently said so, adding that Kuldeep Yadav will be India’s frontline spinner in overseas conditionsA. Look, I am biased. I want spinners to play all the time. Play as many spinners whether it’s off spin, leg spin. But the more leg spinners, the better for me. I think it’s a proven fact that leg spinners can help win you games in all conditions, home or away. So I hope India stick with spinners and Kuldeep gets a spot in any condition because he is a class act.VIRAT KOHLIQ. You are never short of words in praise of Virat Kohli. Do you see a bit of yourself in him, in the way he approaches his cricket?A. I am a huge fan of Virat. What he brings to the world game is passion. He’s not someone who just toes the line and says what he is meant to say, he says what he feels. He is passionate, he is emotional. And I love that, his cricket, what he brings to the table. I love that he is a terrific leader of men. He is an absolute superstar of the world game. And he loves Test cricket so I really respect that as an old-time player who loves Test cricket. I love that he is really pushing it and making it the best form of the game. That’s not to say T20 is not fun, it’s awesome, ODI cricket is awesome. But Test cricket with the history and tradition of the game, I love that he loves it too. I am a huge fan of Virat Kohli.Q. Picture this! Shane Warne in his prime with Kookaburra ball in hand is running into bowl to Virat Kohli. He would cope all right, you think?A. Well I bowled to Virat a few times and I did get him out. But he must have been only 15 or something when he started.advertisementEvery time you bowl to the best you want to test yourself against the best. I am sure Virat would have smashed me around the park, just about every time I played but maybe, I would have got him out once or twice.Q. Virat as a captain; he leads from the front but you think he can get better tactically?A. Yeah. I saw one report, I wasn’t having a go at Virat about tactics. I think he is the best leader of men but he can get better tactically. I think he is a very good tactical captain but every captain can get tactically better. And the more you do, the better you get.You are never the best captain when you start. It takes a few years as a captain to understand how to get the best out of players. Tactically, when to be aggressive, what fields to set, when to declare, situations of games, that evolves and you get better. The more he does it the better he will get. So I think at the moment you have Tim Paine, Kane Williamson who are good tactical captains but they can get better too. And I think Virat in time will become a terrific tactical captain too.MS DHONI AND RISHABH PANTQ. The MS Dhoni question, Shane. He would have gained confidence from his Player of the Series winning show against Australia. But there are some things that he used to do like scoring 10 an over, setting up a total or while chasing that he does not. Should India reassess their expectations from him in the World Cup?A. If you are going to win World Cups and I have been in a few and won a few, you need your best and most experienced players to perform. If they perform, you will win the World Cup. So India need MS Dhoni to perform at his best in the World Cup. India needs him in the team.Dhoni has always done what is best for the team, whether it is bat at no 4, 5 or 6. Whatever the state of the game, the match situation, he will adapt. If you need 10 runs an over, he will adapt. He will do it, it’s a proven fact. He doesn’t have to prove anything to anyone. They need him in the team because he will deliver because he is class.There has been talk if Rishabh Pant can play in the side. I think Dhoni and Pant both can play. I can’t see why Rishabh Pant can’t play as a batsman. He is outstanding. Maybe even open the batting with Rohit Sharma. I know Shikhar Dhawan does a great job but Rishabh Pant opening the batting with Rohit Sharma could be pretty cool too for India. Go with some of these X-factor type things and tactical battles where you surprise the opposition.It could be worth throwing Rishabh Pant at the top of the order for a couple of games and see how he goes. Maybe against Australia now (upcoming series) and experiment and see how he goes for the World Cup. Dhawan may have a role to play somewhere else. But I am really looking forward to seeing what India have because they have a lot of players who can do a lot of roles.Also Read | Vijay Shankar making a strong case for 2019 World Cup berth: L BalajiAlso Read | Virat Kohli head and shoulders above the rest in world cricket today: Kumar SangakkaraAlso Read | Pant, Rohit as openers for India in World Cup? Shane Warne has an interesting takeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Virat KohliFollow Shane WarneFollow Rajasthan RoyalsFollow IPLFollow MS DhoniFollow Rishabh PantFollow Kohli Warnelast_img read more

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Australia: Cricket World Cup giants

first_imgOther Galleries 4 images Sat, 12 Oct, 2019 Free Fire India Today League: Team Nawabzade win final and Rs 8.5 Lakh 4 images Thu, 10 Oct, 2019 IND vs SA, 2nd Test: Mayank Agarwal hundred put India on top on Day 1Other Photogallery CategoriesIndiaMoviesLifestyleTelevisionAdd new comment Your name * E-mail * The content of this field is kept private and will not be shown publicly. Comment *More information about text formatsPlain textNo HTML tags allowed.Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.Lines and paragraphs break automatically.647×363: 483×271: 370×208: 170×96: 88×50: Section: PhotoCricket World Cup 2019CricketSportsCricket World Cup 2019Gallery Image: Image: Credit/Source: Getty ImagesCaption: Allan Border led Australia to its maiden World Cup title in 1987, Australia beat England by 7 runs in the final in KolkataThumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 0Image: Credit/Source: Getty ImagesCaption: Steve Waugh-led Australia began an era of dominance after their World Cup triumph in 1999. Australia beat Pakistan by 8 wickets in the final in LondonThumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 0Image: Credit/Source: Reuters PhotoCaption: Ricky Ponting led side clinched a dominant (125-run) win over India in the World Cup 2003 final in JohannesburgThumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 0Image: Credit/Source: Reuters PhotoCaption: Ricky Ponting’s team continued their dominance by winning Australia its third straight World Cup title. Australia beat Sri Lanka by 53 runs in the final in BarbadosThumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 0Image: Credit/Source: Reuters PhotoCaption: Australia cruised to their 5th World Cup title under Michael Clarke in 2015. They defeated New Zealand in the final by 7 wickets in MelbourneThumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 0Tags: Australia cricket teamCricket World Cup 2019Allan BorderRicky PontingSteve WaughMichael ClarkeSource type: photogalleryShort description: Australia are the most successful team at the World Cup. While Allan Border led them to their first World Cup triumph in 1987, Michael Clarke won Australia its latest World title in 2015Preview_unique_id: preview_5ced42a706ed11559052967_1536003_editCommentContent Publish date: Monday, May 27, 2019 – 20:00Story Extra Data: eyJzZWN0aW9uIjpbIjEyMDg1MjEiLCIxMjA2NTUwIl0sImNhdGVnb3J5IjpbIjEyMDg2MTgiLCIxODA2NjYzIiwiMTgwNjY2MSJdfQ==770×433: Short Headline: Australia: Cricket World Cup giantsApp headline: Australia: Cricket World Cup giantslast_img read more

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Classic Wool: Dale Of Norway

first_img Editors’ Recommendations 12 Reasons South Dakota Deserves Your Attention 9 Socially Conscious Sweaters for Cozying Up in Comfort This Fall 14 Scandinavian Clothing Brands You Need to Know What Wrangler Is Doing to Make Denim More Sustainable Bundle Up Right Now With the Best Sweaters for Men A well knit wool sweater is more than just a layering piece for the winter. The right sweater will last you many seasons of use. We rediscovered Dale of Norway at the most recent Outdoor Retailer, and couldn’t be more pleased. Their traditional designs and modern take on wool is the perfect example of Norwegian craftsmanship. Whether you’re looking for après ski style, outdoors performance, or something in between, this heritage wool knitwear brand should be in your closet.Related: What To Dry Clean and When: A Guy’s Guide To Getting CleanThe textile industry in Dale,  Norway got it’s start when business man Peder Jebsen built a modern textile factory alongside natural waterfalls for hydro-power, and a massive supply of high quality Norwegian wool. Since 1879 Dale’s timeless designs and attention to quality have been hallmarks of each sweater’s longevity. Some of their latest collections take that heritage into the twenty-first century.The Viking CollectionDesigned for the Norwegian Alpine Ski Team, The Viking collection features Viking Runes symbolizing protection and victory knitted into each design. We’ve been wearing the Henley style Basic Sweater ($239) spring skiing in Squaw Valley, and are impressed with the incredibly soft merino lambswool yarns. Add in a flawless, athletic silhouette, and you’ve got an anti-stink henley you can as easily wear in the office as you can on the slopes.Reworked CollectionThe sweaters in this collection combine classic Norwegian knitting patterns and designs with more modern materials and fits. With pieces from the same soft merino as the Viking Henley,  to weather proof outerwear, these are more than simply retro or “throwback” pieces. Our favorite of the collection is the Lillehammer ($229) sweater. Re-imagining the original sweaters designed for the 1994 Olympic winter games, this modern version is skin soft, and the fit is exceptional.last_img read more

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Justice Improvements Going Forward

first_imgMore improvements to the province’s justice system will result from reviews of two incidents involving offenders at the Central Nova Scotia Correctional Facility last fall. “Our justice system processes about 15,000 cases a year — that’s thousands of offenders, most facing multiple charges — and more than 99 per cent of those are error free,” said Justice Minister Ross Landry. “These reviews provide us with insights that we will use to further reduce the risk of mistakes.” Mr. Landry called for a review of the procedures that were in place at the time of the incidents involving the mistaken release of prisoners. “We will be focusing on measures to improve communication and co-ordination among the various parties within the system. We will also make changes to our computer system that will help to reduce the possibility of human error.” The Justice Department is also working on a disclosure policy to improve public communication when significant incidents occur. It’s expected to be finalized in the spring. The Nova Scotia justice system includes the courts, the judiciary, the public prosecutions’ service, corrections officers, sheriffs, community corrections workers, data-entry clerks, administration staff, computer professionals, and other department of Justice employees. The incident reviews may be viewed at www.gov.ns.ca/just/publications/ .last_img read more

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Grants Help Encourage Healthy Eating

first_img FOR BROADCAST ONLY: The Truro Campus of Nova Scotia Community College is one of 17 publicly funded institutions receiving grants to help people eat healthy food. The campus is using $11,500 to implement its healthy eating strategy, which includes a nutrition policy, education about healthy food choices and creating a positive social environment for healthy heating. The grants total nearly $268,000 for publicly funded institutions, which include health authorities, post-secondary institutions, municipalities, and sport and recreation settings such as public arenas and fitness facilities. The grants support Thrive!, the plan for a healthier Nova Scotia. -30- The Truro Campus of Nova Scotia Community College is one of 17 publicly funded institutions receiving grants to help people eat healthy food. Environments where people work, study and play often influence them to make poor food choices. Through Thrive!, the plan for a healthier Nova Scotia, these grants are helping organizations like NSCC change their environments so healthy food choices become more natural and habitual. “Our entire campus community is inspired by the Thrive! funding received for the healthy eating project,” said NSCC Truro faculty member Dawn D’Arcy. “We’re looking forward to launching our Healthy Living Strategy and are thrilled with the commitment and involvement demonstrated by our students, campus staff, our food service provider Aramark, and Public Health as we move forward on this initiative.” The Truro campus is using $11,500 to implement its strategy, which includes a nutrition policy, education about healthy food choices and creating a positive social environment for healthy heating. The grants total nearly $268,000 for publicly funded institutions, which include health authorities, post-secondary institutions, municipalities, and sport and recreation settings such as public arenas and fitness facilities. They help organizations strengthen or develop food and nutrition policies that make healthy food the default option and decrease the pressure to resist less healthy foods. The money can be used for policy development, supplies and equipment, menu development, training in cooking skills, promoting local food, and other activities that help create a supportive environment for healthy eating.last_img read more

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USA pats great friend India for helping to enforce Iran oil curbs

first_imgWashington DC: The US is “highly gratified” by the cooperation from a “great friend” like India in enforcing the oil sanctions on Tehran, the White House said on Wednesday as the Trump administration slapped sanctions on Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif. Tensions between the US and Iran have heightened after Washington last year withdrew from the 2015 nuclear deal that aimed to curb Iranian nuclear activities. Washington has since reimposed crippling sanctions affecting the Iranian economy. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US”We have been highly gratified by cooperation from a great friend and partner like India, and even less well-aligned countries such as China, in making the rather obvious choice that the United States would be the business partner of choice, not Iran,” a senior official told reporters during a conference call. India, which has galloping energy needs, went out of its way to co-operate with the US. India has brought down the import of oil from Iran to almost zero though the country has has historic and cultural ties with the Persian Gulf country. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsIndia stopped importing oil from Iran after American waivers granted to eight major buyers expired in May this year. Referring to an open source information, the US official, requesting anonymity, said Iranian export of oil for July was at 1,00,000 barrels per day, which is down considerably from the previous historic low of 7,81,000. The official credited the Trump administration for this and added that Iran has very little to offer in terms of being a trading partner. “The United States just continues to be appreciative, particularly of India’s cooperation, and continues to be very mindful of India’s legitimate energy needs,” the senior official said responding to a question on reports about talks between India and Iran on oil trade through their own currencies. “We are very happy as a major energy producer to contribute to what we see as an ample supply to the global market that can keep India amply supplied with energy,” said the official. A second senior administration official said that the US officials have been all over the world very carefully making sure that all of its partners and allies and companies around the world understand the consequences of violating the sanctions. The US has been very explicit about the need to ensure that the sanctionable activity has ceased, the official said. “We’re getting very important results there,” the second administration official added.last_img read more

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Global Goals Awards Honor Five Champions Making The World A Better Place

first_imgThe 2017 Goalkeepers Global Goals Awards last week honored five outstanding activists for their efforts to create positive impact in people’s lives and accelerate progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).Priyanka Chopra speaks on stage at The Goalkeepers Global Goals AwardsCredit/Copyright: UNICEF/UN0123773/Getty ImagesThe winners included a medical student dedicating his life to reducing maternal and child mortality rates in rural areas of Tanzania; a fashion student who founded an organisation to support survivors of acid attacks; and a Colombian woman who helps former guerrillas reintegrate into society.Leaders from business, government and entertainment attended the ceremony, including UNICEF Goodwill Ambassadors Priyanka Chopra and Muzoon Almellahan.The Goalkeepers Global Goal Awards – curated by UNICEF for the second year – are part of ongoing efforts to rally support for the Sustainable Development Goals, a set of 17 goals unanimously adopted by every country in the world in 2015 to help make the world more peaceful, equitable and healthy.Winners of the Global Goals Awards:Winner of the LEADERSHIP AWARDRIA SHARMA, 26, NEW DELHI – Ria Sharma, a fashion student at Leeds College of Arts, United Kingdom returned to India in the third year of her graduate programme to make a documentary on acid attack survivors. In the process of creating the documentary, she met several survivors and their stories touched her and inspired her to help. She founded Make Love Not Scars (MLNS), which is an organisation that actively supports survivors of acid attacks physically and mentally, and campaigns to raise awareness of the issue. Acid attacks against women especially have risen in recent years in India. They are particularly committed by men who wish to seek ‘revenge’ against women who refuse their advances or against wives who do not bring enough dowry.Winner of the INNOVATION AWARDMARIEME JAMME, SENEGAL/UK – Marieme grew up in Senegal and endured a difficult childhood that included being trafficked. She emerged from this to teach herself how to read and write at age 16. Today, she channels this experience to inspire youth, especially young girls through SpotOne Global Solutions, where as Chief Executive she encourages global investment in African IT infrastructure. She’s also the founder of the iamthecode movement, an effort to teach 1 million girls and women to code by 2030, and which addresses Sustainable Development Goals 4, 5, 8 and 9.Winner of the YOUNG GOALKEEPER AWARD LAURA ULLOA, 27, COLOMBIA – Laura Ulloa was just 11 years old when she was kidnapped and held captive by FARC for seven months. Her ordeal started in 1999 when she and her family were victims of one of the biggest mass kidnappings in Colombia. While she and her family were able to escape, others were not so fortunate. Two years later in 2001, members of the FARC-EP hijacked her school bus and took her as the sole hostage. After living this ordeal Laura has dedicated her life to helping former guerrillas get reintegrated into society. Through her work with the Colombian Agency for Reintegration, for the Security Council of the United Nations and as coordinator for Social Projects at the Corona Foundation in Colombia, Laura is changing lives.Winner of the LEAVE NO ONE BEHIND AWARDFELIX MANYOGOTE, 26, TANZANIA – Felix is a social entrepreneur and medical student dedicating his life to help others, especially those in vulnerable communities. After losing his Aunt while she was giving birth, due to prolonged labour accompanied by excessive bleeding, he focused his work on reducing maternal and child mortality rates in rural areas of Tanzania. Through his project MAMA AFYA (MAMA Delivery KIT) he provides free maternal and new born health services, distributes free clean delivery and new born kits and develops an effective line distribution so that women are connected irrespective of their location. Felix’s charisma, leadership and reliability has impacted the lives of more than 15,000 people. His project MAMA AFYA has managed to distribute 1,200 birth kits, saving the lives of more than 4,000 mothers and newborns.Winner of the HEALTHY NOT HUNGRY AWARDBERNARD COULIBALLY, 45, MALI – Bernard is the Deputy Prefect of Yorosso in the South of Mali who has focused his work on reducing child malnutrition rates in his community. This area was once known as critical in terms of malnutrition, but thanks to his dedication and commitment, severe acute malnutrition rates were reduced from 2.3% to 0.4 % from 2012 to 2016 and stunting levels by nearly half (from 27.8 % to 15.4%). Stead-fast progress has been made through his strong leadership and community ownership has translated into real results, making him a wonderful example of how political leaders can make a tangible difference for their people.The Awards dinner, in partnership with UNICEF, is part of the inaugural Goalkeepers Events in New York on 19 and 20 September, organized by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. UNICEF is the official partner and curator of the 2017 Goalkeepers Global Goal Awards.17 SDG Advocates along with Melinda Gates and UN Young Leaders form the official judging panel to select the winners after a competitive application process.last_img read more

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Leaked Rafale papers put national security at jeopardy

first_imgNew Delhi: The Centre Wednesday told the Supreme Court that documents filed by the petitioners seeking review of its Rafale deal verdict are “sensitive to national security” and those who conspired in photocopying the papers have committed theft and put the security in jeopardy by leaking them.The Ministry of Defence said an internal enquiry commenced on February 28 and is currently in progress over the leakage of sensitive documents and it is of utmost concern to find out where the leakage took place. Also Read – Squadrons which participated in Balakot air strike awarded citations on IAF Day”This puts the national security in jeopardy. Without consent, permission or acquiescence of the Central Government, those who have conspired in making the photocopy of these sensitive documents and annexing it to the review petition/ miscellaneous application and thereby committing theft by unauthorised photocopying of such documents relied in this regard…have adversely affected the Sovereignty, Security and Friendly Relations with the foreign countries,” said the affidavit, filed by Defence Secretary Sanjay Mitra. See P7last_img read more

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Donors pledge 100 million for UN agency caring for Palestinian refugees more

Since its establishment in 1949, the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), has become the world body’s largest operational body and currently provides education, health, relief and social services to more than 4 million Palestinian refugees in Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.The approximately $99.8 million pledges for UNRWA’s 2007 budget came at a meeting yesterday of the General Assembly’s Ad Hoc Committee for Voluntary Contributions, however the Agency is seeking around $487 million for the General Fund next year and already faces an operational deficit of over $100 million.UNRWA Deputy Commissioner-General Filippo Grandi said that in contrast with the cautious optimism of last year, international organizations were now warning about the dire situation facing the Palestinian populations of Gaza and the West Bank.He said that the poverty rate in Gaza had reached a staggering 80 per cent, resulting in “an economy on life support – kept barely alive by the drip feed of international assistance,” and he further predicted that the Emergency Appeal for next year would need to rise considerably to accommodate the growing needs.After the election victory of Hamas, which has yet to renounce its commitment to Israel’s destruction, Israel stopped handing over tax and customs revenues it collects on behalf of the Palestinian Authority and international donors suspended direct aid, calling on Hamas to commit to non-violence, recognize Israel and accept previously signed agreements.Sweden, Bahrain, the Netherlands, Egypt, Turkey, Kuwait, Luxembourg, Denmark, Austria, Belgium, Slovenia, China, Norway, the Republic of Korea, the United Arab Emirates, and France made pledges at yesterday’s meeting. Japan, the United States and the European Community said they would announce a pledge at a later date. read more

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Netflix goes for laughs with standup comedy specials by Bill Cosby Chelsea

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Netflix goes for laughs with stand-up comedy specials by Bill Cosby, Chelsea Peretti and more by Frazier Moore, The Associated Press Posted Aug 14, 2014 7:01 am MDT NEW YORK, N.Y. – You can have Bill Cosby in the palm of your hand. And Jim Jefferies will tickle you at your discretion.Netflix is announcing performances by both comics and three more, set to roll out this fall. It’s the latest in the original-content initiative from this subscription Internet channel.Here’s the lineup, unveiled Thursday, with each program going online at 3:01 a.m. Eastern:— “Jim Jefferies: BARE,” premiering Aug. 29. Taped at Boston’s Wilbur Theatre, it finds Jefferies weighing in on diverse topics such as politics, new fatherhood, orgies and Neil Diamond. (It will join the first season of Jefferies’ FX comedy series “Legit,” now streaming on Netflix.)— Chelsea Handler in her previously announced “Uganda Be Kidding Me Live” appearance, premiering Oct. 10. It’s the culmination of an international stand-up tour by Handler (who exits her E! talk show later this month, headed for a new series on Netflix in 2016) as she recounts tales of her global travels and the ridiculous characters in her life.— “Chelsea Peretti: One of the Greats” premieres Nov. 14. Originating from San Francisco’s Palace of Fine Arts, it’s a dark but silly exploration by the “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” star showcasing her talents as an actress, stand-up comic, writer and motorcycle enthusiast.— “Bill Cosby 77,” premiering Nov. 28. Taped July 12 (Cosby’s 77th birthday) at the San Francisco Jazz Center, it’s an hour-plus of comedy from Cos dealing with such topics as relationships, marriage and, of course, kids.— “Bill Burr: I’m Sorry You Feel That Way,” premiering Dec. 5. Burr is onstage at Atlanta’s Tabernacle exploring subjects such as how nothing ruins great sex like a rom-com and how too many childhood hugs could be the downfall of man.“Stand-up comedy is a category of original content that we’re very focused on,” said Lisa Nishimura, Netflix’s vice-president of original documentary and comedy programming. “There’s a really huge scope of types of comedy within stand-up, and we have the ability to provide that entire scope.”Going forward, Netflix expects to keep introducing stand-up specials, she said.And while other networks regularly air stand-up programs, Nishimura said Netflix has its own appeal: “Our flexibility and ubiquity of access is a really important component, specifically for comedy.”Jefferies noted that he’s done specials for HBO, Showtime and FX. But he hailed the Netflix model, which presents his concert at its original length (about 77 minutes) and will keep it available to viewers for the foreseeable future.“When you tell people you’re doing a special for a cable channel, you say they’re going to air it at 8 o’clock on Saturday and again at 2 in the morning on Tuesday,” he explained. “But here, all you have to say is, ‘It’s on Netflix.’ It’s easier.“People can watch it over and over again,” he pointed out, then added with a laugh, “and fast forward through the bits they don’t like.”With the Cosby program, Netflix is staging a hasty encore for the comedy legend, who made a celebrated return to TV stand-up after 30 years last fall with his “Far From Finished” special on Comedy Central.Cosby said he’s even more pleased with his new special. For one thing, there will be no commercial breaks, allowing the flow of his performance to be uninterrupted.In a recent conversation, he couldn’t help marveling at the pace of technology that will soon deliver him anytime, on demand, from Netflix servers to countless consumer devices. When Cosby burst on the scene a half-century ago, he won widespread exposure thanks to broadcast television and his comedy LPs.And now?“People can get a plug-in and put my show on their huge flat-screen TVs,” he said, “while other people are watching on their i-This and i-That.”When “Bill Cosby 77” goes online, he said with a chuckle, “You will have Bill Cosby in the palm of your hand.” Another chuckle. “Just as he has YOU in the palm of HIS hand.”__EDITOR’S NOTE — Frazier Moore is a national television columnist for The Associated Press. He can be reached at fmoore@ap.org and at http://www.twitter.com/tvfrazier. Past stories are available at http://bigstory.ap.org/content/frazier-moore___Online:http://www.netflix.com read more

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Global wood production in 2014 shows biggest jump since economic crisis says

Worldwide major wood production has undergone a revival over the past year as it has seen the greatest leap since the global economic downturn of 2008-2009, according to the latest data released by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).“We are seeing now the highest growth of the global wood industries in the last five years, which is important to national economies and the wellbeing and livelihoods of millions of forest-dependant people worldwide,” said said Thais Linhares-Juvenal, head of the FAO’s Forest Economics and Statistics Team, while recognizing that “wood industries were among the hardest hit by the recent global economic downturn in 2008-2009.”The new statisticsshowed that in 2014, major wood products, such as industrial roundwood, sawnwood, wood-based panels and pulp and paper, have increased from one to five per cent, surpassing the pre-recession levels of 2007. It is also noteworthy that the Asia-Pacific, region, and Latin America and Caribbean have the fastest growth in production.Production of wood pellets, mainly used as fuel, increased dramatically in recent years, setting a new record in 2014 and growing by 16 per cent over the previous year, reaching 26 million metric tonnes. Europe and North America accounted for most global production and consumption, while the situation in Asia more than doubled in 2014 over the previous year, said the data. The study also noted that in 2014, paper production stagnated in Europe and declined in North America, due to the prevailing use of social media. China, however, is by far the largest producer and consumer of paper and wood-based panels. Its paper production and consumption resumed growth in 2014, after a pause in 2013, driving the overall growing trend in the Asia-Pacific region.Turing to wood-based panels and sawnwood, the study noted there has been a worldwide strong gain in both production and consumption, with wood-based panels surged most in production by six per cent, according to the report, revealed the report.South America, attributed for 30 per cent of worldwide exports of wood pulp, has gradually emerged as a new ‘big player’ in the global market, with new mills being built in Brazil, Chile, and Uruguay.The Statistical Yearbook of Forest Products, published by FAO annually, aims to provide countries with informative tools to assess the forest products to global and national economies and sustainable development, and to improve their forest management and forestry policies. read more

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Dealz has been ordered to shutter one of its Dublin stores

first_imgDealz has been ordered to shutter one of its Dublin stores An Bord Pleanála has said the British-owned retailer’s Fonthill store is breaking planning rules. By Fora Staff 141,432 Views Share46 Tweet Email3 Sunday 25 Feb 2018, 4:00 PM Take me to Fora Feb 21st 2018, 11:29 AM Get Fora’s NEW daily digest of the morning’s key business news: Short URL 74 Comments http://jrnl.ie/3869135 RETAIL CHAIN DEALZ has been ordered to close down one of its Dublin stores by the national planning authority.Last year, the British-owned discount retailer was refused permission to use a unit in Fonthill Retail Park for one of its stores by South Dublin County Council.The company was already operating a store, employing around 30 people, in the retail park and sought planning permission from the local council to retain the use of the unit that was earmarked for the sale of bulky goods.Following the planning refusal, Dealz appealed to An Bord Pleanála to overturn the local authority’s decision.In its appeal, Dealz noted that is has secured over 8,000 signatures from locals in the area that called for the store to be kept open.However, in a recently published ruling, the national planning authority has decided to uphold the decision of South Dublin council.In its decision, An Bord Pleanála said the use of the unit for a “shop” would be in breach of planning policy that aims to ensure retail parks are used for the sale of bulky goods.It added that these policies are in place to protect the “vitality and viability of existing designated town centres and major retail in the vicinity”.Another appellant to An Bord Pleanála in support of Dealz, made by the owner of the retail park, noted that little consideration is being given to the jobs that are under threat due to the council’s decision.The appeal lodged by Integrated Development Services Ltd, added that if the planning laws were “strictly” applied in Fonthill Retail Park, the majority of stores in it would have to close.It is worth noting that there is no town centre (Liffey Valley is not a town centre) in the vicinity of this retail park and therefore this park has no impact on any town centres,” the landlord added.Track recordDealz has rapidly expanded across Ireland since it launched its first two Irish stores in 2011 and the company now has 60 locations in the Republic.Previous Fora analysis has shown that Dealz has a track record for retrospectively applying for planning permission and over a dozen disputes between the company and county councils have boiled over nationwide.After opening stores in 15 different counties, the retailer retrospectively applied to county councils to retain aspects of each development that had been included without planning permission.In another similar case to that in Fonthill, Wexford council ruled that Dealz broke planning laws by opening a store in Clonard Retail Park more than two years ago.Over the past three years, Dealz has also brought several of these disputes before the national planning body. Nevertheless, Dealz has enjoyed little success in its planning appeals.Fora contacted Dealz for comment but no response was received by the time this piece was published.Sign up to our newsletter to receive a regular digest of Fora’s top articles delivered to your inbox.Written by Killian Woods and posted on Fora.ie Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Greek coalition wins confidence vote

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The government breezed through a confidence on the weekend as it gained the support of its own MPs but no other members of Parliament.The final results saw 155 MPs back the coalition, two lawmakers vote “present” and 131 deputies vote against the government.With 155 MPs in its ranks, after being boosted by the return of Nikitas Kaklamanis to New Democracy, the government was not expected to run into any problems. It needed to secure the support of just 146 deputies as nine Golden Dawn MPs were unable to vote as they are in pretrial custody.Addressing the House, Prime Minister Antonis Samaras, who is also New Democracy leader, highlighted the imminent return of growth and the possible early exit from the bailout as reasons for ensuring the coalition remaining in power.PASOK leader and Deputy Premier Evangelos Venizelos said the coalition had put together a “comprehensive national strategy to exit the crisis.” He said main leftist opposition SYRIZA’s policies would undermine an economic recovery.“Five years of toil and sacrifice can be undone in five days,” he said.SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras insisted that the government would soon be removed from power as it would be unable to elect a president in February.Some independent and PASOK MPs’ suggestions the parties should come together to create a government of national unity received short shrift from New Democracy, PASOK and SYRIZA.“We are not interested in such scenarios,” said SYRIZA spokesman Panos Skourletis. “We believe that at this time the country needs a strong government that will defend its interests and get us out of the memorandum and the crisis.”Democratic Left (DIMAR) leader Fotis Kouvelis stuck to his position that the government needed to be replaced. Kouvelis has said his party will not vote for the coalition’s candidate in February’s presidential elections.“A change of policy in a progressive direction presupposes a change of government,” said Kouvelis.“This government cannot and does not want to implement progressive policies. Political stability does not mean the continuation of the same policies. These policies create social instability.”Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more

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NXT star out for several months with torn pectoral WWE to be

first_img Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Twitter NXT star out for several months with torn pectoralNXT star Tino Sabbatelli recently underwent surgery to repair a torn pectoral muscle according to a new report by Dave Meltzer of F4WOnline on Friday. Sabbatelli suffered the injury during the NXT live event in Largo, Florida on April 28 against The Velveteen Dream. Sabbatelli will be out of action for several months following the surgery.Sabbatelli had been featured on NXT TV for several months in a tag-team with Riddick Moss and had recently turned on Moss, presumably beginning a push as a singles competitor before the injury.WWE to be featured on “Undercover Boss”WWE will be featured on the upcoming season of the CBS show “Undercover Boss” that will premiere on May 11.Footage for the episode was shot at the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, as seen in the following clip released previewing the upcoming season on Twitter last week.These stars are going undercover for #CelebrityBoss! Find out more about Celebrity @undercover_cbs premiering May 11 at 8/7c on CBS: https://t.co/MKT2a1EsnX pic.twitter.com/sG2AEBfvSY— CBS (@CBS) April 26, 2018 Ronda Rousey Releases Mugshot After Arrest On WWE Raw Google+ WhatsApp Ronda Rousey On WWE: I Love This Job, But I Dont Need It WALTER and Kassius Ohno set to compete at EVOLVE 135 and 136 Live Events Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Ronda Rousey Now Playing Up Next Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Now Playing Up Next Facebook Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipRonda Rousey Highlighting WWEs ProblemsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:26 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 list Now Playing Up Next 9/13 NXT Live Results: Cocoa, FL (Dain vs. Kushida, NXT North American Title Match) Ronda Rousey Highlighting WWEs Problems Pinterest NXT Highlights: Johnny Gargano addresses NXT future, Baszler vs. Ripley, Pete Dunne in action Roman Reigns is in Remission Now Playing Up Nextlast_img read more

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Pension Problems In Galveston And Teaching MexicanAmerican Studies Without A Textbook The

first_imgA lot can happen in a week. Some of it good. Some of it bad. Some of it downright ugly. When faced with intriguing developments in the week’s news, we turn to a rotating panel of “non-experts” to parse The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly of it allThis week, our panel weighs in on unmet pension obligations in Galveston, and Texas schools teaching Mexican-American Studies without a textbook and without statewide standards.Our panel of non-experts this week includes:Wayne Ashley, academic adviser, digital media strategist, and editor of TexasLeftist.comVlad Davidiuk, communications director for the Harris County Republican PartyDr. Vivian Ho, health economist at Rice University and Baylor College of Medicine Sharelast_img read more

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Report Calls For Better Translation Services After Two Migrant Deaths In Border

first_imgU.S. Customs and Border ProtectionUndocumented immigrant children at a U.S. Border Patrol processing center in McAllen, Texas.A new report calls for improved translation services after two Mayan children from Guatemala, 7-year-old Jakelin Amei Rosmery Caal Maquin and 8-year-old Felipe Gómez Alonzo, died in Border Patrol custody.“Little attention has been paid to the fact that both families speak indigenous languages—Q’eqchi’, in the case of the Caal family, and Chuj, in the case of the Gómez family,” the report said.The progressive think tank Center for American Progress laid out several recommendations for Border Patrol in their report published this week. The recommendations include: Border Patrol officers should proactively assess a migrant’s need for a translator once they’re custody.Border Patrol officers should be well-trained to identify different indigenous languages.The Department of Homeland Security should set up a dedicated indigenous language interpretation facility Investigations into the deaths of the two children are still underway. A Mexican man also died in Border Patrol custody earlier this week.After the second child death, policies changed so that all kids must undergo health screenings once in custody. But no language-service policies have been announced.  In 2018, more children and families from Guatemala were apprehended at the border than from any other country — more than 70,000. That doesn’t account for thousands of additional Guatemalan adults that also arrived that year. Around half of Guatemalans speak an indigenous language and an estimated 7% don’t speak any Spanish.Elizabeth Trovall/Houston Public MediaMexico-United States Border within the Big Bend Sector in West TexasIncreased demand for indigenous language translators Since the late 1970s, Guatemalans have been crossing the border into the United States in large numbers, taking their indigenous languages with them. As Guatemalan immigration continues, demand for translators of America’s ancient languages continues to rise at the border, in immigration courts and for refugee resettlement programs.“We’ve seen a steady increase in the what we term as ‘other than Mexicans’, majority of those being Guatemalans,” Rush Carter, Border Patrol Special Operations Supervisor for the Big Bend Sector, previously said.“With the Guatemalans we do hear more of that indigenous language,” said Carter. “Of course our agents are all trained in Spanish, however when they hear something like that it’s a foreign language to them.”In 2016, two Mayan languages were listed among the ten most commonly-used languages in U.S. immigration courts.This demand for interpreters, combined with low supply and the fact that some Mayan languages are incredibly rare, creates extra challenges for Guatemalan immigrants. Sharelast_img read more