Jammu, Apr 11 (PTI) In a major administrative reshuffle in Jammu and Kashmir, state government today ordered transfer and posting of 20 IAS and seven KAS officers.Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti ordered the reshuffle in the first state Cabinet meeting chaired by her.Among the IAS officers, Sundeep Kumar Nayak, Principal Secretary, Tourism Department has been transferred and posted as Principal Secretary to Agriculture Production Department relieving Rakesh Kumar Gupta of the additional charge, a spokesperson said.Bipul Pathak, Commissioner/Secretary, Housing and Urban Development Department has been transferred and posted as Chairman, J&K Special Tribunal, relieving Dr Arun Kumar of the additional charge.Ashok Parmar, Commissioner/Secretary, Tribal Affairs Department has been transferred and posted as Commissioner/Secretary, IT, Technical Education and YSS Department, he said.Navin Kumar Choudhary, Commissioner/Secretary, Finance Department has been transferred and posted as Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister.He will also hold the additional charge of Administrative Secretary, Finance Department till further orders, he said.Hirdesh Kumar, Commissioner/Secretary, Information Technology, Technical Education and Youth Services and Sports Department has been transferred and posted as Commissioner/ Secretary, Housing and Urban Development Department.Sarita Chauhan, Commissioner / Secretary, Higher Education Department, has been transferred and posted as Commissioner/Secretary, Social Welfare Department.Vineeta Gupta, Officer on Special Duty, General Administration Department has been be transferred and posted as Commissioner, Commercial Taxes, J&K.Sanjeev Verma, IAS, Secretary, Social Welfare Department has been transferred and posted as Secretary, PHE/ Irrigation and Flood Control Department relieving Rohit Kansal of the additional charge.advertisementSaurab Bhagat, Secretary, Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution Department has been transferred and posted as Secretary, Tribal Affairs Department.Hemant Sharma, Secretary, Culture Department has been transferred and posted as Secretary of Higher Education Department.Hilal Ahmad Parray, Commissioner, Commercial Taxes, J&K has been transferred and posted as Managing Director, J&K Housing Board.Dilshad Khan, Commissioner of Enquiries, J&K has been transferred and posted as Secretary, Culture Department. (MORE) PTI AB DIP
Star shooter Jitu Rai has been dropped from the latest list of sportspersons being supported by the much touted Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS).Apart from Rai, fellow shooters Yashaswini Deswal, Amanpreet Singh and Neeraj Kumar have also been dropped from the scheme. The Sports Authourity of India (SAI) cited poor form as the reason for the exclusion.”Proposals of TOPS shooters of about Rs 50 lakhs who will be representing India at Asian Games and World Championships were approved at the meeting. A thorough performance review of shooters under TOPS was also undertaken and four shooters including Jitu Rai were dropped from the scheme, on grounds of recent below-par performances and non-selection in Asian Games and World Championship squads,” the SAI said in a statement.Jitu had enjoyed good performances earlier this year which include gold in the men’s 10m air pistol category at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in Australia last April.However, subsequent poor form saw him being dropped from the Indian squad for next month’s Asian Games.The SAI also informed that skeet shooters Mairaj Ahmad Khan and Sheeraz Sheikh will be provided a sports psychologist and physiotherapist for a brief period while trap shooter Seema Tomar will be given financial assistance to participate in the Italian Open Green Cup.”Skeet shooters Mairaj Ahmad Khan and Sheeraz Sheikh are both training under TOPS in Italy under world-renowned coach Ennio Falco. The committee approved the hiring of sports psychologist Giovanna Menditto and physiotherapist Bruno Beniamino for both shooters for a period of 10 days each at a combined cost of Rs. 6.13 Lakhs (Rs. 3.06 lakhs each),” the statement said.advertisement”An amount of Rs 3.25 lakh has been sanctioned to trap shooter Seema Tomar as financial assistance to participate in the Italian Open Green Cup competition from July 21 to August 1. The expenses will also include ammunition and gun maintenance,” the SAI added.”Rs. 6.43 lakhs has been sanctioned to double trap shooter Ankur Mittal. This amount includes the purchase of wooden stock, competition expenses for participating in the Italian Open Green Cup and training in Italy with coach Marcello Dradi at Conselice.”(With IANS inputs)
Congress chief Rahul Gandhi and Twitter co-founder and CEO Jack Dorsey met today. And, the two had a great time, if the photos of their meeting are anything to go by.Dorsey, who is visiting India for the first time, and Gandhi posted a cute selfie together and the Congress chief said that the two discussed fake news.When they met, the Apple Watch-sporting Dorsey also showed Gandhi his tattoo — a prominent ‘J’ inked on his left forearm.The tattoo, however, doesn’t represent J for Jack. It is actually represents the integral symbol that is used in mathematics and the human collarbone.According to a USA Today report, Dorsey’s tattoo represents an F-sharp — the integral symbol in mathematics — and a human clavicle – the only bone, Dorsey said has “free range of motion.”Gandhi said that Dorsey had “dropped in to chat” and that the Twitter CEO explained what steps the micro-blogging site is taking to combat the menace of fake news.Jack Dorsey, the Co Founder & CEO of Twitter dropped in to chat this morning. Twitter has grown into the most dominant conversations platform globally. Jack explained some of the steps being taken to keep those conversations healthy & to tackle the menace of fake news. @jack pic.twitter.com/TCkj6st4rlRahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) November 12, 2018Dorsey arrived in India on November. When he arrived, Dorsey tweeted that his “first time here after a lifetime of wanting to experience it”.On the day of his arrival, Dorsey met the Dalai Lama, whom the Twitter boss called an “amazing teacher”.advertisementThank you @DalaiLama. You’re an amazing teacher.Also: thank you for not actually pulling out my nose ring, despite a lot of painful effort. pic.twitter.com/fEYtui5EY0jack (@jack) November 10, 2018″Thank you for not actually pulling out my nose ring, despite a lot of painful effort,” Dorsey also said, jokingly.Dorsey’s Twitter activity suggests that he has also been to Jaipur after arriving in India. Today, he is in Delhi where he met Congress president Rahul Gandhi.pic.twitter.com/H4WJyZeOysjack (@jack) November 11, 2018He will later go to Indian Institute of Technology – Delhi, where he is scheduled to hold a townhall.READ | Rahul Gandhi gives Twitter another meme, this time from BerlinWATCH | Rahul Gandhi’s ‘jhappi’ and wink wins internet
The Ho-Chunk Village in Winnebago will receive the Urban Design Award this week from The Nebraska Chapter of the American Planning Association for plans to expand the area.The original 40-acre Ho-Chunk Village master-planned community established in the early 2000s is reaching capacity.The expansion, called “Village 2.0,” includes an additional 120 acres to the north and east with 281 new residential units.Those units will include townhomes, mixed-use and multi-family apartment buildings, smaller single-family cottages and larger homes.Community spaces include a plaza for events, public art, a natural playscape, a ceremonial space and amphitheater, community garden plots and orchards plus a trail system.The plans were developed by Omaha, Nebraska-based firm HDR.The Urban Design Award will be presented at the Nebraska Annual Planning Conference in Kearney on March 7.
Arsenal v AFC Bournemouth Arsenal team news: Alexis starts on the bench after failing to secure transfer Last updated 2 years ago 21:06 9/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Arsenal v AFC Bournemouth Premier League AFC Bournemouth Arsenal A. Sánchez The Chilean forward saw out the summer transfer window still on the books with the Gunners, but has been left out of the XI against Bournemouth Want-away Alexis Sanchez will start on the bench for Arsenal in their Premier League clash with Bournemouth.The Chilean forward had been hoping to secure a move away from Emirates Stadium during the summer transfer window, but saw the deadline pass with no deal done.Arsene Wenger had maintained throughout a long-running saga that he had no intention of parting with the 28-year-old. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing He remains convinced that Sanchez will continue to give his all to the Arsenal cause, but has opted against naming him in his starting XI against the Cherries.Instead, Danny Welbeck will provide assistance to lone frontman Alexandre Lacazette alongside Mesut Ozil.While Sanchez is left out, another of those to have generated plenty of exit talk towards the end of the window is included from the off.Shkodran Mustafi was heavily linked with a move to Serie A side Inter, but he remains part of Wenger’s plans for now.Arsenal team: Cech; Mustafi, Koscielny, Monreal; Bellerin, Ramsey, Xhaka, Kolasinac; Ozil, Welbeck; Lacazette. Subs: Opsina, Mertesacker, Coquelin, Iwobi, Giroud, Walcott, Sanchez.Sanchez had figured in Arsenal’s last fixture before the international break, as he toiled alongside his team-mates in a 4-0 defeat at Liverpool.The challenge facing Wenger’s side against Bournemouth is to start righting those wrongs and become upwardly mobile once more. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Mexico Is Hirving Lozano a must-start player for the Mexico national team? Jon Arnold Click here to see more stories from this author @ArnoldcommaJon Last updated 2 years ago 04:38 11/10/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Mexico Belgium v Mexico Belgium Friendlies El Chucky is off to a red-hot start in Europe, but will he start for the national team in friendly matches against Belgium and Poland? After scoring nine goals in his first nine matches since moving to PSV Eindhoven, Hirving Lozano seems like a must-start for Mexico.Ahead of high-profile friendly matches against Belgium and Poland, it’s unclear if El Tri manager Juan Carlos Osorio feels the same way.Mexico 11/2 v Belgium Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Lozano came into the October friendly window in excellent form and was on the bench against Trinidad & Tobago before entering the match and scoring in a 3-0 victory. In that game, he was put into emergency right back duty, something “El Chucky” pulled off against the Soca Warriors but will be less likely to do against two teams in the top 10 of the FIFA rankings. | ¡GOLAZO! En gran jugada colectiva el ‘Chucky’ empata el partido. MEX 1-1 TRI https://t.co/i0NWtnEq5X pic.twitter.com/zz5eVuwx1z— Univision Deportes (@UnivisionSports) October 7, 2017It’s not that Osorio doesn’t respect Lozano. He clearly is thrilled to have an asset like Lozano as part of his team. Starting over Jesus Corona, Carlos Vela, Giovani dos Santos or any combination of other attackers, is still no guarantee though. Lozano’s sterling start in Europe changes the equation, but he started only three times during World Cup qualification and was in Osorio’s XI once during the Confederations Cup.”First of all, Hirving’s great form doesn’t surprise us. He’s a magnificent player with extraordinary conditions, a spectacular human being,” Osorio said at Thursday’s news conference. “He’s the typical example of a Mexican player who needs a chance, not only because a foreign club wants him but also because the club he belongs [to] is willing to be flexible, understands that that’s for the good of the player and Mexican soccer because the more players you have playing in Europe the better the national team will be, independent of whether it’s [coached by] Osorio or another of the very good Mexican coaches there are.”Hirving’s case is an example to follow for a lot of players and hopefully we can [have others follow], first with his good showings winning the right to go to another league, another club – obviously the Dutch league and PSV are very respectable – but in his personal growth he should get into other leagues like the Spanish, German, the Premier League, hopefully one of the top five clubs in these leagues or the Italian league. Hopefully other players can do the same.”For all the stunning showings Lozano has had, there are still some deficiencies to improve upon before he breaks through in a league like the top ones Osorio mentioned. Lozano surely is enjoying life in Europe where far fewer defenders resort to the tactics they did in Liga MX, making him the most fouled player in the league during multiple campaigns. Those fouls also took him out of action because of injuries on multiple occasions. Still, he’s been marked out of matches by more physical defenders – the same kind he would face in the Premier League.”We knew Hirving had the skills to be able to succeed in European football,” Pachuca vice president Andres Fassi told MedioTiempo this week. “We knew that Dutch football is a style that fits well with the type of game he plays, that he’d adapt really quickly. Everybody could see his footballing ability, his explosiveness, his goal-scoring, his temperament.” Fassi, who helped facilitate Lozano’s sale from the Tuzos, also predicted Lozano will become one of the 10 best forwards in the world.Lozano’s defensive skills leave something to be desired. That’s been fine for attack-minded PSV but is more of a worry in a Mexico team that not only spends more time on the back foot than his club does, but also has a fullback situation that is complicated at best with few quality defenders behind the wingers. Lozano has long played on the left side for his country, but even though he’s right-footed and Osorio likes to invert his wingers he has mostly lined up on the right for El Tri. Osorio might be tempted to have Lozano and Porto winger Corona swap sides from the go rather than during games if things aren’t working.With Mexico’s friendly contests against Belgium and Poland coming just three days apart, it’s unlikely any player will play long stretches in both games. Yet as Lozano continues to develop into the player both Osorio and Fassi believe he can, his spot in the Mexico starting XI will become more and more secure. His hot start in Europe may convince Osorio that if not in these November games, Lozano will be one of the first names on his team sheet when he’s aligning his team in Russia.
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say James rejects Colombia for Real Madrid chanceby Carlos Volcano18 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveJames Rodriguez is determined to win over Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane.Back in Madrid after two seasons away on-loan with Bayern Munich, James has intimated he wants the chance to prove himself at Real.Marca says the Colombia captain has turned down squad selection for friendlies with Chile and Algeria.James has made the decision in order to train at Valdebabas during the international break.The midfielder is aiming to impress Zidane with this new show of commitment.
Bank of Jamaica (BoJ) Governor, Brian Wynter, is reporting a US$113 million increase in the country’s Net International Reserves (NIR).The figure is US$997.3 million as at May 10, compared to US$884.3 million at the end of March.Mr. Wynter attributed the improvement to “substantial” purchases of foreign exchange from the market by the BoJ, as well as the initial disbursement of US$207.2 million to Jamaica by the International Monetary Fund (IMF), under the recently concluded four-year Extended Fund Facility (EFF).The BoJ Governor, who was addressing the Central Bank’s quarterly briefing at its downtown Kingston offices on Wednesday, May 15, informed that the NIR declined by US$241.3 million at the end of the January to March quarter, consequent on several factors.These, he explained, included growing uncertainty about the timing and content of the pending EFF and anxieties about the administration’s ability to finance debt payments that were due in February.“These concerns were reflected in a sharp decline in net private capital flows to the economy for the quarter…(and)..increased…depreciation in the (value of the Jamaica dollar against the US dollar),” the Governor pointed out.At the same time, there was continued decline in foreign exchange net demand for external trade in goods and services.“This decline was largely related to estimated reductions in payments for consumer goods and raw materials,” Mr. Wynter said.The Governor said consequent on the IMF disbursement and the BoJ’s purchases, the uncertainties in the foreign exchange market during the January to March quarter “have now waned”.He contended that these, along with market expectations of increased foreign currency inflows and the projected dividends on longer tenure instruments introduced in the market in April by the BoJ, have also resulted in an appreciation of the dollar since the middle of that month.The one-year US dollar-indexed note and three variable rate instruments together, absorbed some $12 billion.“The NIR is expected to continue to increase gradually over the (2013/14) fiscal year due to growth in multilateral inflows as well as incremental improvements in net private capital flows. The Bank of Jamaica remains committed to providing an orderly market for foreign exchange and will take the necessary actions to maintain order,” the Governor assured.Mr. Wynter contended that “orderly” movements in the exchange rate, which enhance price competitiveness, will help to create an environment, which facilitates “strong and sustained” growth in exports and import substitution. These, he said, are “key objectives” of the Government’s medium-term macro-economic programme.Contact: Douglas McIntosh
zoomImage Courtesy: Pixabay (Pixabay License) A man has died after falling from a tug boat into the River Mersey near the Tranmere Oil Terminal in Wirral, according to the UK authorities.Emergency services were called to Liverpool Pier Head in the evening hours of January 27 following reports from the coastguard about the overboard incident.The man was rescued from the water at the Pier Head and taken to hospital by ambulance, where he was pronounced dead, Merseyside Police said.“At this point there has been no formal identification of the man. A post mortem will be carried out to establish a cause of death, which is currently being treated as unexplained. Witness and CCTV enquiries are ongoing.”Merseyside Police and the UK’s Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) have launched separate investigations into “the unexplained death” of the man.Tranmere Oil Terminal, located on the West side of the River Mersey, handles vessels of up to 65,000 tonnes. The terminal, which welcomes a total of 140 ships each year, is currently capable of handling cargo sizes up to 170,000 tonnes on part laden very large crude carriers (VLCCs).
CALGARY (660 NEWS) — Hundreds of Venezuelans braved the snow and cold in Calgary to show support to individuals in their home country protesting for democracy.The unrest in Venezuela comes after President Nicolas Maduro was sworn into a second term at the beginning of January, but has been considered illegitimate after his main opponents were banned from running against him.Crowd of Venezuelans starting gather at City Hall. They’re protesting here in Calgary in support of restoring democracy in Venezuela. #yyc pic.twitter.com/3KEklRsj9G— Jenna Hamilton (@j_hamilton04) January 23, 2019Leader of the opposition National Assembly, Juan Guaido, swore himself in as president. The protestors outside Calgary’s city hall support this decision.“We are following the rules made in our own constitution, we’re not making it a coup d’etat or anything else. There is an emptiness in the government at this moment and we’re taking the opportunity to fill up that emptiness with the National Assembly elected by the people,” said Abeladio Eljesser, rally participant.Raising their hands in support of their new president & being responsible for what happens inside their country. #yyc pic.twitter.com/TIre1QhNlY— Jenna Hamilton (@j_hamilton04) January 23, 2019The United States and Canada announced they will recognize Guaido as the president of Venezuela.Other countries, such as Mexico and Russia have said that they would continue to recognize Maduro as the president.-With files from the Canadian Press
APTN National NewsIt’s day 10 out of a 78 day stretch on the Federal election campaign.There are major efforts underway to get Indigenous people to the polls in the upcoming Federal election.There are also a record number of Indigenous candidates running this time around.But as Dennis Ward reports – some advocates want voters to think twice before heading to the ballot email@example.com
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A member of the Fort St. John RCMP detachment is being called a hero after saving the life of a man who injured himself in the parking lot of an apartment building on the City’s east side over the weekend.Sgt. Dave Tyreman with the Fort St. John RCMP said that officers were called out to an apartment building in the 8500-block of 86th St. at around 2:00 a.m. Sunday. Upon arrival, officers discovered a man next to a vehicle who was unresponsive and appeared to have lost a large quantity of blood.Officers learned that the man had recently come home from an evening out and police suspect he may have been intoxicated. The man, who may have been involved in a previous dispute, punched his car’s passenger window after coming home, severing an artery in his arm and causing the significant blood loss. Sgt. Tyreman said that the man was extremely fortunate that Constable Tony Brooks, who has advanced medical training, was one of the officers who attended the scene. Cst. Brooks is currently involved in the RCMP’s Tactical Medical program.Sgt. Tyreman explained that Doctors advised the man would likely have bled to death were it not for the efforts of Cst. Brooks, who managed to pack the wound to close off the artery inside the man’s arm and stop the flow of blood.The man, whose identity has not been released, was airlifted to a Vancouver area hospital for treatment, after which doctors called the local detachment to find out how the injury had occurred. “The detachment received feedback from Vancouver Doctors who had inquired with the Doctor in charge of the Tactical Medical Program to applaud the incredible work done by Cst. Brooks, who literally saved this man’s life,’” said Sgt. Tyreman, who is currently acting as the Fort St John detachment’s commander.
OTTAWA — Canada’s national unemployment rate was 5.7 per cent in July. Here are the jobless rates last month by province (numbers from the previous month in brackets):— Newfoundland and Labrador 12.8 per cent (13.3)— Prince Edward Island 8.4 (9.3)— Nova Scotia 7.4 (6.6)— New Brunswick 8.5 (7.8)— Quebec 4.9 (4.9)— Ontario 5.7 (5.4)— Manitoba 5.8 (5.7)— Saskatchewan 5.4 (5.1)— Alberta 7.0 (6.6)— British Columbia 4.4 (4.5)The Canadian Press
US stock market erases an early loss, turns slightly higher; ends a strong month of gains AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted May 31, 2013 11:52 am MDT NEW YORK, N.Y. – The stock market is turning slightly higher in midday trading as indexes head for strong gains in the month of May.The Dow Jones industrial average was up 40 points at 15,364 shortly before midday Friday, a gain of 0.3 per cent. IBM led the Dow higher. The index is up 3.5 per cent in May and 17 per cent so far this year.The Standard & Poor’s 500 index was up a point at 1,655, or 0.1 per cent. The Nasdaq composite was up five points at 3,497, or 0.2 per cent.All three indexes were slightly lower in early trading.Lions Gate Entertainment rose 8 per cent to $30.97. The company’s income and revenue beat Wall Street’s forecasts as the company benefited from home video sales of the finale to its hit franchise “Twilight.”
As the investigation continues into the foiled robbery attempt at Liliendaal Embankment, East Coast Demerara, which resulted in the death of bandit Trydon Munroe and the injury of his accomplice, the police have confirmed that the accomplice was sentenced to two years imprisonment in absentia for armed robbery committed on a Bristol street, Cumberland, Canje, Berbice resident.Dead:Troybon Munroe of East Canje, Berbice.The sentence was handed down by a Berbice Magistrate in June of this year.The accomplice is currently in the Hospital with gunshot wounds and is presently under police guard.Munroe, 24, was killed during Tuesday’s brazen robbery attempt on a 42-year-old interior flight services supervisor and her security escort (bodyguard), who had travelled to the Eugene F. Correia International Airport to uplift a package containing valuables.Reports indicate that the woman was cornered along the Liliendaal Railway Embankment Road in the vicinity of the Giftland Mall junction when a dark coloured vehicle drove into her path, blocking her. Two men then exited that vehicle bearing weapons, and pounced on the businesswoman, being unaware that her armed escort was seated in the vehicle.Dismissed Prison Officer Munroe of Levi Dam Angoys Avenue New Amsterdam was shot and killed by the businesswoman’s bodyguard during the robbery attack, while his accomplice escaped with gunshot wounds, but later surfaced at a city hospital.Munroe’s lifeless body was found by detectives near a .32 pistol with three live matching rounds. He allegedly had been dismissed from the Guyana Prison Service after several breaches of the rules and regulations of that entity.Crime Chief Wendell Blanhum has since confirmed that no charges are expected to be filed against the bodyguard who fired the fatal shot. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedUpdate: killed bandit was ex Prison officer, injured accomplice checks into GPHCAugust 29, 2017In “Crime”Accomplice in botched ECD robbery remandedSeptember 5, 2017In “Court”Bodyguard who killed bandit will not be charged- BlanhumAugust 31, 2017In “Crime”
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedBroomes’ conduct ‘outside of Ministerial code’, Cabinet yet to address matter-HarmonAugust 6, 2018In “latest news”PPP says Broomes culpable of public mischief, should apologise to security guardsJuly 10, 2018In “latest news”Parking lot fiasco: Broomes committed no crime, party to deal with conduct- GrangerSeptember 1, 2018In “latest news” A Government Minister and two security officers attached to a popular Providence, East Bank Demerara business are accused of hurling threats and verbally abusing each other on Sunday evening following a misunderstanding.Minister within the Ministry of Natural Resources, Simona BroomesINews was told that the Government official has been identified as Minister within the Ministry of Natural Resources, Simona Broomes.According to a police press statement, “a thorough investigation has been launched following allegations of abuse and threats against a Minister of the Government and her driver at the parking lot of a popular established business premises located at Providence, East Bank Demerara about 20:30hrs last night.”However, the police also said that “Initial enquiries revealed that both parties seemed to have been very aggressive.”This online publication was told that the security guard in question failed to recognise Broomes as a Minister and as such, approached her vehicle since it was parked “on a tarmac area” -which was not to be used by the business’ customers.“The security officer said the individuals in the vehicle were acting in a suspicious manner,” a police source told INews.Nevertheless, the matter was reported by Broomes, and two security officials implicated were detained, questioned and released on their own recognizance.This publication was informed that legal advice –either from the Police’s Legal Advisor or the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP)- will be sought.Investigations are ongoing.
LAST WEEK IT was revealed by TheJournal.ie that a number of state files were recalled from the National Archives by the Department of Health following the revelations about the deaths of almost 800 children at a mother and baby home in Tuam.The department states that the documents were recalled for the Commission of Investigation that was announced by the Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald.The documents recently recalled by the department include:1954: Health Act 1953: Memoranda on Health Services, Bon Secours Home, Tuam Co. Galway1948-57: Gaillimh: Bon Secours Nursing Home, Tuam Application for Building LicenseOther documents relate to the registration of maternity homes under the Maternity Homes Act 1934. They include the annual returns for the years ending 1953, 1952, 1951, 1950, 1948-50, 1946-49, and Maternity Home exemptions 1946-47.The National Archives said the records have been requisitioned temporarily by the Department of Health and that the files can be retained for a period of up to six months.They said the files, although temporarily requisitioned by the Department, remain subject to the provisions of the National Archives Act, 1986 and are still open to public inspection.TheJournal.ie requested to see the documents, which the Department of Health accommodated.This document, dated 1954, on behalf of the Minister for Health outlines to the Bon Secours Home in Tuam, County Galway how an investigation should be carried out if a there is a patient complaint made in respect of treatment.There is no reference made in the file as to what this document refers to. (Can’t see the file, click here) Letter from the Minister for Health to Bon Secours Home in Tuam in 1954. Source: Department of Health/National ArchivesWithin the same file, there is also a document outlining the complaints procedure.Under the heading: “Investigation of complaints regarding treatment of patients in hospitals etc, with which local authorities have entered into agreements under Section 10.”It outlines that where a complaint is made the health authority will ask the hospital or home to send on a report in relation to the complaint. If they are not satisfied with the report, then the minister will be furnished with further documents relating to the case and a medical inspector would then be sent to inspect the nature of the complaint. (Can’t see the file, click here) Source: Department of Health/National ArchivesRead: Here’s a letter giving state approval of Tuam mother and baby home>Read: State files removed from National Archive following mother and baby home revelations>
Total pay, including bonuses, increased by 2.1% between November 2014-January 2015 and November 2015-January 2016, according to research by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).Its UK labour market: March 2016 report also found that regular pay, excluding bonuses, increased by 2.2% in the three months to January 2016 compared to the three months in January 2015. This compares to growth of 2% in regular pay between the three months to December 2014 and the three months to December 2015.Adjusted for inflation, both regular pay and total pay increased by 2% between November 2014-January 2015 and November 2015-January 2016.Average regular pay for January 2016, excluding bonuses, was £467 a week before tax and other deductions, compared to £457 in January 2015.Average total pay for employees in Great Britain in January 2016, inclusive of bonuses, was £497 a week, compared to £485 in January 2015.Doug Monro, co-founder of jobsite Adzuna, said: “The economic recovery may be slowing down, but the jobs market is defying this trend and moving forwards. Employment levels are rising more quickly than anticipated and unemployment continues to shrink. Wages, have been slower to respond, but we may be starting to see an acceleration in earnings.”
Gastineau Community School in 2013. (Photo by Heather Bryant/KTOO)Gastineau Community School has been renamed Sayéik Gastineau Community School. The Juneau School Board voted unanimously Tuesday to add the traditional Tlingit name, which loosely translates to “spirit helper.”Listen nowThe Douglas Indian Association said the word reflects the original Tlingit name of the land the school stands on and a need to acknowledge historical trauma the T’aaku Kwáan of Douglas Island experienced.Several Tlingit community members at the Juneau School Board meeting asked the board to go further. Some suggested simply changing Gastineau’s name to Sayéik. The board ultimately decided to augment the name.Douglas Indian Association Vice President Paul Marks, or Kinkaduneek of the Lukaaxh.ádi clan, spoke during public comment and said emphasizing Sayéik would be more meaningful for students and the community.“Whenever we speak our language, our ancestors are listening and become present with us. And so with that understanding then they start to guide us,” Marks said. “We believe that our language is taught to us by our Creator, so our language is a language to strengthen, encourage and to give comfort to each other and to one another.”The idea to change the school’s name first came up in 2012, when workers renovating Gastineau unexpectedly unearthed the remains of five people buried on the grounds. Gastineau was built on the site of a T’aaku Kwáan graveyard in 1957.Construction was halted, the remains were reinterred elsewhere and the city asked the Douglas Indian Association to choose a name to better reflect the site’s history. The association finally brought their suggestion back in August.Barbara Cadiente-Nelson coordinates Juneau schools’ K-12 Native Student Success program and is an executive member of the Douglas Indian Association. She said the tribe considered several names, but ultimately settled on Sayéik. She said elders who first responded to the unearthing of the graves did not want the incident to be forgotten.“This significant event unearthed many, many things for us to address and resolve,” Cadiente-Nelson said. “‘Do not let it ever be forgotten.’ And so by putting the name first, Sayéik, I believe really honors their intent. And again it was a dynamic process. Very authentic in presenting the voices of several and the board being responsive to that.”Juneau Schools Director of Teacher and Learning Support Ted Wilson said the school’s website and signage will be updated to reflect the new name. But the school nameplate may take a bit longer.“Because that is concrete, so I don’t know what they’re going to do about that at this point,” Wilson said.A renaming ceremony is expected to take place sometime in the spring.
If you have always been fascinated by the idea of flying a fighter aircraft on a combat mission for the Indian Air Force (IAF), you can do it right from the comfort of your living room now.The IAF launched an app on Wednesday that allows you to play a combat game on 10 different missions, including the surgical strike, using your mobile phone.The game named ‘Indian Air Force — A Cut Above’ was launched here by Air Chief Marshal B.S. Dhanoa.The game features a character similar to Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman with a gunslinger moustache as the mascot pilot, but this can be customised by a user. IAF pilot Abhinandan Varthaman met and interacted with his colleagues in Jammu and Kashmir.TwitterVarthaman was captured and later released by Pakistan after his aircraft was shot down in an aerial dogfight soon after the Balakot airstrikes.The missions on the app are dramatic. Take the surgical strike mission for example. Inspection of a damaged dam reveals that it was sabotaged by a terrorist group from a neighbouring country. India’s diplomatic engagements with the neighbouring country to mete out justice to the terrorist group fails. You go on a surgical strike mission to strike deep into the enemy camp with precision weapons.You choose a multi-role Mirage 2000 aircraft armed to the teeth with weapons such as the MICA, Griffin LGB, Spice 2000 bombs and 30 mm autocannons.With these, you drop laser guided bombs on the enemy camps, provide support to a team of ‘Garud’ commandos and also provide it cover to exfiltrate from the area.The game, which has been launched with a single-player version, includes nine other combat missions of similar nature.In the ‘natural disaster event’, the challenge for the player will be to provide humanitarian assistance after a dam breach occurs high up in the mountains.A player is required to carry out a combat air patrol and intercept incoming enemy fighters and bombers in ‘air defence ops’.In the mission ‘combat support ops’, a user will fly a heavy transport aircraft to provide much-needed supplies in forward areas. The player will provide close air support to on-ground troops flying an attack helicopter in the combat mission ‘anti-tank and SEAD’.The ‘offensive cap’ mission requires a player to use state-of-the-art electronic weaponry deep into the enemy’s airfields.In ‘air-to-air refuelling’, a player will be challenged to fill up tanks mid-air and provide fuel to teammates.The mission ‘maritime strike’ challenges a player to provide support to naval forces by intercepting incoming enemy warships.The ‘base defence mission’ challenges players to use SAMs, AA guns and shoulder-fired weapons to protect the base. A player faces the challenge to take on enemy mothership and unmanned aerial vehicles in the ‘futuristic weapons’ mission.The game can be downloaded from Google Play Store on Android and iOS platforms. In order to play the game, one has to register on the app using a valid e-mail id and password.There are also features of free flight and training apart from the game which can be played at three levels of difficulty — easy, medium and hard.The user has the option to choose between seven different aircraft including the Hawk, Mi-17, C17, Apache, Mirage 2000, Su-30 and Rafale. This set of aircraft does not include the Tejas, Bison or the MiG-29.There are three training missions available for the players, i.e., take off and navigation, armaments training and landing.The app has been launched with the collaboration of India-based developer Threye Interactive. It also contains a link to careers in the air force apart from the game.The IAF had earlier launched another mobile gaming app called ‘Guardians of the Sky’. However, the new game has more features and is a lot more interactive.