Lashkar-e-Taiba’s fresh recruit Majid Khan surrenders in Kashmir

first_imgA fresh Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) recruit, Majid Khan, on Friday “returned home and gave up the gun” in the wake of repeated appeals made by the family and friends on social media. The 20-year-old was a local football star.‘Not to press charges’“The brave boy decided himself to give up violence and get back into the mainstream. We ensured he safely returned after we came to know about an opportunity (of his return) on Thursday. No charges will be pressed against him so that he pursues his career and sporting passion,” said General Officer Commanding (GOC), Victor Force, Maj. Gen. B.S Raju.GOC Raju also offered a surrender option to those militants involved in crimes but intend to return. “They may have to face the law of the land. But we will ensure their return to the mainstream,” he said.Mr. Khan — who was mentally disturbed after the killing of his close friend Yawar Nisar in an encounter in August this year — joined the LeT two weeks ago and announced it on the social media by posting gun-wielding pictures, invoking a barrage of appeals from friends and family.Mr. Khan’s mother Ashiya Begum, 50, made an emotional appeal to her lone son online.He was also fast turning into a poster boy of militancy, motivating many to join online.The police want other local militants, whose number is around 150, to join the mainstream. Inspector General of Police, Kashmir, Muneer Khan said Mr. Khan had neither “surrendered nor was he apprehended.” “His mother, father and friends were instrumental in bringing him back,” the IGP said.In an appeal to local militants, the IGP said, “We are ready to welcome those who have gone astray. Violence will take us nowhere. Let all local youth return home, resume work and establish peace. They have a right to live a dignified life.”Mr. Khan’s decision has brought joy to the family. “He was the only support to the ageing parents. I have two daughters. I have come out to offer prayers. I am happy and thank all who prayed for his return,” said father Irshad Khan, who was hospitalised recently due to mental stress. Mr. Khan, a resident of Anantnag, earned goodwill locally due to his social work during the 2014 floods. Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti said it was “a mother’s love that prevailed.” “Her impassioned appeal helped in getting Khan back home. ,” she tweeted.last_img read more

2 golds, silver for women wrestlers

first_imgIndia’s Alka Tomar celebrates after winning gold in the women’s 59kg category wrestling event of Commonwealth Games in New Delhi on Friday. PTIIndian wrestlers on Friday clinched two gold medals and a silver in women’s freestyle wrestling competitions at the Commonwealth Games (CWG).Anita won the 67 kg freestyle event, beating Canada’s Buydens Megan to get India its 19th gold medal at CWG.Medals tally | Pics | WATCH VIDEO Wrestling: India gets 2 gold | Shooting: Vijay Kumar gets gold | Shooting: Gagan, Hasan win gold | Archery: Indian women win gold |  Shooting: Omkar Singh wins goldAlka Tomar beat T. Verbeek of Canada in the finals of the 59 kg freestyle category. Babita Kumari won the silver in the 51 kg freestyle category, having lost to Nigeria’s Nwaye. India’s women wrestlers have so far won three gold medals. On Thursday, Geeta won the gold in 55 kg freestyle wrestling by defeating Australia’s Emily Benstead.last_img read more

Big surprise that no one picked Ganguly: Akram

first_imgThe snub to Sourav Ganguly in the IPL players auction shocked his former Kolkata IPL team bowling coach Wasim Akram, who said he expected any of the other franchise to pick the ex-India captain for his “experience and leadership qualities”.In a major embarrasment for Ganguly, he was not picked by his home team Kolkata Knight Riders or any of the other franchises after two rounds of bidding last week.Sourav Ganguly.”Ganguly is a dear friend of mine. I thought he would be picked up by some franchise for his experience and leadership qualities. But it was a big surprise when he was totally ignored,” Akram said from Karachi, hinting that the IPL Kolkata team never had plans to hire the Prince of Kolkata.If the snub to Ganguly shocked Akram, the former Pakistan skipper was more surprised when there were no takers for dashing West Indian batsman Chris Gayle.”I just can’t believe it. Gayle is a game-changer but probably never fit the scheme of things for many teams. Maybe, teams think that Gayle does not help youngsters in the side,” said Akram.Akram believes IPL Kolkata have made a gamble by buying injury-plagued Australian tearaway pacer Brett Lee in the IPL auction last weekend.”Lee is part of Australia’s World Cup plans. He is playing Twenty20 in the KFC Big Bash. But there is certainly a risk involved with him or any other fast bowler for that matter. He might have been out of action for a year and a half but he is now fit and hungry. He is surely a threat to any opposition and he is a kind of gamble that any franchise would love to take,” he said.advertisementAkram said it was bull’s eye for KKR when Yusuf Pathan was bagged for USD 2.1 million.”KKR definitely had a plan to catch top marquee Indian players. But I think they had planned for one and got two.Both (Gautam) Gambhir and Yusuf are match-winners. Gambhir is a good mix of calmness and aggression. Yusuf, on the other hand, is a useful bowler and a very good fielder,” Akram said.- With PTI inputslast_img read more

Yankee Woes Wax: Erstwhile Savior Tanaka Out Six Weeks with Elbow Injury

first_imgCLEVELAND  — Allowing nine runs in the last two innings wasn’t the worst thing that happened to the New York Yankees on Thursday night.New York’s 9-3 loss to the Cleveland Indians was overshadowed by the news that rookie sensation Masahiro Tanaka has a partially torn ligament in his right elbow.General manager Brian Cashman said in a conference call during the game thatTanaka could return in six weeks, but didn’t rule out the possibility of Tommy John surgery if the right-hander doesn’t respond to a rehab program.“Certainly disappointed for our player, for our organization,” Cashman said. “He’s been an important piece. We have a tremendously gifted and tough player. We’ll see how he responds.”“It is what it is,” manager Joe Girardi said. “We’re not going to have him for at least six weeks and that’s the tough part, but I’m optimistic that we’ll have him back.”Tanaka was placed on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday and had an MRI in New York, one day after his worst major league outing. He flew to Seattle on Thursday.Cashman said Tanaka saw three doctors, including Yankees head physician Dr. Christopher Ahmad, and all three agreed that a six-week rehab program was the best option at this time.“If we knew today that the best course of action was Tommy John surgery, despite the name and the amount of the investment, we would be doing Tommy John surgery,” Cashman said.Girardi, looking for any positive sign, said, “Guys have had success doing this and we’ll keep our fingers crossed. That gives you reason for optimism that he’s going to pitch again for us this year.”Tanaka, who is tied for the major league lead with 12 wins, allowed five runs and 10 hits — both career highs — over 6 2-3 innings Tuesday night in a 5-3 loss to the Indians.The All-Star is 12-4 with a 2.51 ERA in 18 starts, but has lost three of his past four outings.The injury is a huge blow to a battered Yankees rotation already was missing CC Sabathia, Ivan Nova and Michael Pineda to injuries. Tanaka had been a stabilizing ace in his first season since arriving from Japan.“We’ve lost 80 percent of it,” Girardi said. “There’s really not a whole lot that you can go back and redo. You’ve just got to go out and find a way.”Mets ace Matt Harvey initially tried to rehab a partial tear of his ulnar collateral ligament last year before ultimately opting for Tommy John surgery.Harvey has been sidelined all season, but his rehabilitation appears to be going well.“When it comes time to trying to work through it, it’s a personal decision. Going down and having Tommy John surgery is a personal decision in itself. Everybody is different. No one is saying that he can’t rehab and be completely fine and never have an issue again. For me, personally, it was a mental thing. It was something I didn’t want to continue thinking about,” Harvey said Thursday night in New York.“I would tell him to just go with what you feel. I didn’t listen to anybody. I went off of my personal feelings. It’s your body that you want to throw with again. If you want to go out and try not to have it, and your mind is set to that and you’re 100 percent committed to that, then more power to you. If it’s the other way around, then go get it done.”Derek Jeter, playing his final regular-season game in Cleveland, went 2 for 4 in the 1,000th multihit game of his career.“You can’t sit around and feel sorry for yourselves,” he said. “It’s unfortunate, it’s not what we planned coming out of spring training, but it gives some other guys some opportunities to step up and fill some voids. It’s unfortunate but what can you do? You have to move on.”Jeter was hit on the wrist by Michael Brantley’s groundball RBI single in the eighth, but said he was fine.Prior to the game, the Yankees placed Carlos Beltran on the seven-day concussion list. Beltran was hit in the face with a ball that caromed off the batting cage Wednesday and broke his nose.The game did nothing to lift the Yankees’ spirits. New York took a 3-0 lead into the seventh, but the Indians scored four times to go ahead and blew it open with a five-run eighth.Carlos Carrasco (2-3) pitched a scoreless inning to help the Indians gain a four-game split.Ichiro Suzuki had a pinch-hit single in the eighth for his 2,800th major league hit. Zelous Wheeler hit a two-run homer in the fourth for New York.Yankees starter David Phelps took a shutout into the seventh before Chris Dickerson and Roberto Perez singled. Jason Kipnis singled off the glove of reliever Matt Thornton (0-3) to load the bases.Girardi initially thought the groundball could have been a double play if it hadn’t deflected off Thornton’s glove.“It happens, it’s a reaction,” he said. “You want your pitchers to try to field balls, but that happened to be one that is the double play ball that we’re looking for.”Yangervis Solarte, recalled from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to replace Beltran, had an RBI single in the fifth.STEVE HERRICK, Associated PressTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Deepa Malik opts out of 2020 Paralympics

first_imgNoted para-athlete Deepa Malik, who became the first Indian woman to win a medal at the 2016 Paralympics Games, has backed out of the next Games due to injury and is instead considering taking up swimming.Malik had won a silver in shot put in 2016 Paralympics, but she revealed that shot put and javelin in her disability category were not a part of the next Paralympics, which will be hosted by Tokyo from August 25.”Taking about the next tournaments, it is very unfortunate that in 2020 (Paralympics) and the forthcoming World Championships, my events, shot put and javelin in 53 category, are not there. The only event being offered in my disability category is discus,” Malik told reporters late Monday night.She attended a convocation ceremony of International Institute of Sports Management, founded by ex-India spinner Nilesh Kulkarni in suburban Bandra-Kurla complex.Throwing light on why she is keen to do swimming, Malik said she tried practising discus, but injury to her spinal cord has prevented her from going ahead.”I did my best to learn discus, which is not been my major sport. I won a bronze at the Asian Games 2018 in Jakarta (in discus) in my run up to prepare for 2020 (Paralympics).”But, unfortunately the side jerk with discus is causing injury in my cervical region. My spinal cord injury is very high. So the moment and jerk of discus is not suiting my body. So, I had to take a step down, because of the repetitive injuries ue to that,” explained 48-year-old Malik.advertisementBut the para-athlete, with a never say attitude is keen to take up sea-swimming.”However, I do not want to stop my fitness and training. And I am thinking of doing swimming this year, back to my roots. Swimming not at the (level) of Paralympics as such, but at the national level. So that I continue to train and touch base with my swimming background.”This year I want to make a personal record in sea swimming (but) not in a competitive way and (add) another milestone in my life. It is just that the sea is left and I want to touch the sea waters,” she added.Malik also spoke on the need to have more inclusive infrastructure for para-athletes in the country.”We need more coaches, physiotherapists, trained ones to handle various disabilities and above all we need Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR wing of various companies) to come forward and adapt para-sports, because it is main-stream sport, at par with Olympics,” she signed off.Read more | India to host ISSF World Cup from March 15-26 2020Also See:last_img read more

On The Importance Of Zach Sinor

first_imgPunters, man. You feel sort of bad for them. They are the unpaid extras of the movie so often. Except that this year, Oklahoma State’s punter Zach Sinor has stolen the show on multiple occasions. Mike Gundy gave him the equivalent of a flying chest bump on Saturday after the Iowa State game.“[Punter Zach Sinor] was excellent, our kick coverage was excellent,” said Gundy. “It was a good battle with special teams on both teams. He’s been super for us. One thing you don’t see in the statistics is that there have been a few snaps that haven’t been great, and he’s gone up and gotten the ball or scooped the ball.“His target punting was excellent like always. The last one, I think they caught it on the five. The one before that landed on the three and it needs to land around the seven. But still there was hangtime on it, and the coverage was poor. We didn’t do a good job of getting down there, flipping our head and finding the ball. That will be something we improve on in the open week. We needed to do a better job on that punt.”Gundy is right on all accounts. Sinor downed six punts inside Iowa State’s 20 on Saturday. Six! Iowa State’s average starting field position on nine punts from Sinor was its own 17-yard line.According to the excellent BCF Toys, an average college offense can expect from its own 17-yard-line is 1.52 points per drive. That means Sinor essentially held an average college offense to 14 points (9 x 1.52) on his nine punts. In the second half, ISU’s average starting field position on punts was its own 13. From there, it would have been expected to score seven points which is exactly what it scored. So what if Sinor is marginally worse? What if his punt that was downed on the six-yard-line rolls into the end zone for a touchback? What if he’s, say, 15 percent worse on his placement and distance and ISU had started at its own 20 instead of its own 17. Doesn’t sound like a big deal, right?It’s not in the short term. ISU would have been expected to score a little over a point more overall if Sinor would have been three yards worse. If ISU’s average starting spot had been on the 25 instead of the 17, it would have been expected to score three additional points. OSU probably still wins.But over the course of the year, these things add up. There’s a reason teams score more when they’re closer to the other team’s end zone, and Sinor is trying to mitigate that (and doing so quite successfully). For a team that plays a lot of close games, every point counts, especially when it comes to small sample sizes.OSU is currently No. 19 in the country in net punt return yards allowed at 2.6 per punt which is wildly impressive. Gundy has always been huge (yuuuuge) on special teams, and it has served him well. Maybe never more so than this year.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

Shades of Green: A Guide to Emerald-Colored Eyewear

first_img1. “Aviator Distressed” model by RAY-BAN 2. “Barkley” model in acetate by WARBY PARKER 3. “Dino” model in acetate by PACIFICO OPTICAL 4. “Film Noir Edition” model PO3112S 24/31 by PERSOL 5. “Fingerprint Collection Frogskins” model by OAKLEY 6. “Joplin” model with green lenses by WARBY PARKER 7. “Oh Shoot!” readers with bamboo temples by EYEBOBS 8. “RB2180” model in acetate by RAY-BAN 9. “Seize” model with removable metal grill by HAZE 10. “Stockton” model in sea green acetate by WARBY PARKER 11. Aviator/Pilot PO0649 1022/58 model in acetate by PERSOL 12. Acetate and wood sunglasses by GIORGIO ARMANI 13. Plastic sunglasses with tinted military green lenses by EMPORIO ARMANI The Best Campgrounds Near Major U.S. Cities Editors’ Recommendations A Brief History of Aviator Sunglasses and Our 5 Favorite Pairs Right Now Save Your Eyes from the Scourge of the Screens with the Best Blue-Light-Blocking Glasses for Men center_img 14 Scandinavian Clothing Brands You Need to Know 16 Best Action Movies on Netflix Right Now Yes, St. Patrick’s Day is seven months away and yes, I know you are a not a slave to trends. That said, the menswear designers apparently had their seasonal powwow and decided that green was going to be THE big color for fall 2015.Like, where did that meeting happen? And do you really give a damn?That said, if you are to savor Summer ’15 until the bitter end, you’ll still need to replace those lost/broken sunglasses (or optical prescription frames/readers) you stupidly left/shattered at the time-share house, communal lakefront barbeque or in this past weekend’s very fuzzily remembered Uber ride.My suggestion? Man up and embrace a trend for once.When it comes to eyewear, go for the color green–be it in lenses, frames or both. They’ll look good on you for a long while and match what you are probably already wearing (and what you’ll be wearing this fall)–green is pretty ubiquitous in men’s wardrobes after all and kind of always goes with everything.These featured specs, which range from traditional to daring and affordable to pricey, will also painlessly make you that guy who can boast–even ironically–that you’ve got your finger/green thumb (ba-dum-chhhh!) on the pulse of fashion for fall.Here are some of my current favorite eyeglasses in green:“Aviator Distressed” model by RAY-BAN, $160“Barkley” model in acetate by WARBY PARKER, $95 (non-prescription)“Dino” model in acetate by PACIFICO OPTICAL, $159“Film Noir Edition” model PO3112S 24/31 by PERSOL, $280 at Sunglass Hut“Fingerprint Collection Frogskins” model by OAKLEY, $110“Joplin” model with green lenses by WARBY PARKER, $145 (non-prescription)“Oh Shoot!” readers with bamboo temples by EYEBOBS, $89“RB2180” model in acetate by RAY-BAN, $160“Seize” model with removable metal grill by HAZE, $255“Stockton” model in sea green acetate by WARBY PARKER, $95 (single-vision)Aviator/Pilot PO0649 1022/58 model in acetate by PERSOL $360 at Sunglass HutAcetate and wood sunglasses by GIORGIO ARMANI, $400Plastic sunglasses with tinted military green lenses by EMPORIO ARMANI, $200last_img read more


first_imgTORONTO – No holiday humbugs here. With the festive season on the approach, Crave delivers tidings of all-new LETTERKENNY quicker than you can say golds, frankincenses, and myrrhs. This Crave seasonal delivery includes the brand new special, A LETTERKENNY CHRISTMAS: THE THREE WISE MEN, streaming Friday, Nov. 23, followed by a fresh six-pack of episodes launching Christmas Day. Created by and starring Jared Keeso, the hit small town comedy is produced by New Metric Media in partnership with DHX Media and Play Fun Games.“Pitter patter, let’s get Advent’er!” In the brand new special, A LETTERKENNY CHRISTMAS: THE THREE WISE MEN, the Hicks get in the festive spirit and throw a holiday get-together with enough gifts and jingle juice to go around. There is talk around town that it might just be the best Christmas party ever. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment In keeping with what has become an annual holiday tradition, viewers wake up to more LETTERKENNY under the tree again this year with another all-new six-pack available to stream on Christmas Day. While the LETTERKENNYlocals continue to seek out love in all sorts of places – from bush parties all the way to the big city – new and familiar faces make appearances around town, including guest stars Sarah Wayne Callies (THE WALKING DEAD) and Jonathan Torrens (TRAILER PARK BOYS) as Mennonite parents, Noah and Anita Dyck; and the return of Sarah Gadon as mysterious lady-skid, Gae.In addition, production is currently underway on the next set of LETTERKENNY episodes, which sees The Hicks launch their own public access call-in show. Set to debut on Crave in 2019, Jacob Tierney returns to direct all episodes and reprise his role as the fan-favourite Christian leader, Glen. The episodes also feature a stacked slate of returning guest stars, including Tiio Horn as The Natives’ badass leader, Tanis; CSA-nominated Dan Petronijevic as Hick McMurray; Magalie Lépine Blondeau as Wayne’s lady love, Marie Fred; and Kelly McCormack (Killjoys) and Jess Salguiero (Saving Hope) as Shamrockette stars Mary-Anne and Betty-Anne.Based on overwhelming demand, additional shows and markets have been added to the 2018 LETTERKENNY LIVE tour – a 90-minute comedy experience, starring Jared Keeso, Nathan Dales, K Trevor Wilson, and Mark Forward. Kicking off in Orillia on Dec.1, LETTERKENNY LIVE, THE ENCORE!  tour, presented by Puppers Premium Lager and Crave, and produced by New Metric Media, features additional sketches and video not seen on the original tour, as well as original stand-up sets from Wilson and Forward. Tickets for LETTERKENNY LIVE, THE ENCORE! are available here.LETTERKENNY LIVE, THE ENCORE! Tour Dates:December 1 – Orillia, ON – Casino RamaDecember 3 – Brantford, ON – Sanderson CentreDecember 5 – St. Catharines, ON – Meridian CentreDecember 6 – Mississauga, ON – Living Arts CentreDecember 11 – Regina, SK – Conexus Arts CentreDecember 13 – Saskatoon, SK – TCU PlaceDecember 14 – Lethbridge, AB – ENMAX CentreDecember 15 – Red Deer, AB – ENMAX CentriumDecember 17 – Kelowna, BC – Prospera PlaceDecember 18 – Vancouver, BC – Orpheum TheatreThe first five seasons of LETTERKENNY, along with special episodes “Ferda Edition”, “The Haunting of MoDean’s II”, “St. Perfect’s Day,” “Super Hard Easter,” and the original web series Letterkenny Problems, are currently streaming on Crave. The first two seasons of LETTERKENNY are now streaming exclusively on Hulu in the U.S. LETTERKENNY is also available on iTunes and Google Play. Seasons 1-4 of LETTERKENNY are currently available on DVD wherever DVDs are sold.Created by and starring Jared Keeso, the award-winning half-hour comedy revolves around the dustups Wayne (Keeso) and his buds – Daryl (Nathan Dales), Wayne’s free-spirited younger sister, Katy (Michelle Mylett), and Wayne’s buddy, Dan (K Trevor Wilson) – get into with their small-town rivals. Dylan Playfair and Andrew Herr reprise their roles as hotshot Hockey Players “Jonesy” and “Reilly”. Tyler Johnston and Evan Stern return as Skids Stewart and Roald. Mark Forward returns as the temperamental Coach.LETTERKENNY is produced by New Metric Media, in partnership with DHX Media and Playfun Games in association with Bell Media, with the participation of Canadian Media Fund, OMDC Tax Credits and the Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit and the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund and distributed by DHX Media. Jared Keeso is executive producer, co-writer, star, and creator, Jacob Tierney is executive producer, director, and co-writer and Mark Montefiore is executive producer for New Metric Media. Sarah Fowlie is Director, Original Programming, Comedy, Bell Media. Production Executive for Bell Media is Chris Kelley. Corrie Coe is Senior Vice-President, Original Programming, Bell Media. Justin Stockman is Vice-President, Pay and OTT Services, Bell Media. Tracey Pearce, President, Distribution and Pay, Bell Media. Mike Cosentino is President, Content and Programming, Bell Media. Randy Lennox is President, Bell Media. Advertisement Advertisement Facebook Login/Register With: Twitterlast_img read more

Rs 8100crore loan fraud case Hitesh Patel held in Albania

first_imgNew Delhi: Hitesh Patel, an accused in the Rs 8,100-crore bank loan fraud allegedly perpetrated by Gujarat-based Sterling Biotech group, has been detained in Albania on the basis of an Interpol notice issued against him by the ED, officials said Friday.Hitesh Narender Bhai Patel was apprehended by law enforcement officials of that country from the capital city of Tirana on March 20, they said. The officials later informed Indian investigative agencies about the development and the Enforcement Directorate officials are expected to reach Albania soon to secure his extradition. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details”Patel is an accused in the case and is the brother-in-law of one of the main accused, Chetan Sandesara. The other prime accused is Nitin Sandesara. Patel is expected to be extradited to India soon,” they said. The ED had ensued a red corner notice against him from the Interpol on March 11. The detention has happened based on this warrant, the officials said. The agency said Patel was instrumental in getting dummy directors for shell companies used by Sandesaras. The Sandesara brothers are also stated to be in Albania and on March 19, a Delhi court had allowed the ED to send extradition requests to that country against the two.last_img read more

The Latest US to lift steel tariffs on Canada Mexico

WASHINGTON — The Latest on President Donald Trump and U.S. trade tariffs (all times local):1:40 p.m.The United States has reached a deal to remove steel and aluminum tariffs on Canada and Mexico, while those nations would scrap retaliatory tariffs they imposed on U.S. products.That’s according to sources in the U.S. and Canada who spoke on condition of anonymity ahead of an announcement.The deal removes a major hurdle to the passage of a new pact to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement.President Donald Trump imposed tariffs last year of 25 per cent on steel imports and 10 per cent on imported aluminum. He employed a rarely used 1962 law that empowers him to put a levy on products that the Commerce Department determines threaten national security. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau planned a news conference this afternoon after earlier speaking with Trump.___9 a.m.President Donald Trump is delaying any decision to impose tariffs on car and auto part imports, deciding against ratcheting up trade disputes or impacting talks with European nations and Japan.Trump announced his decision to delay for up to six months in a proclamation issued by the White House on Friday.He was required to make a decision on Commerce Department recommendations aimed to protect the U.S. auto industry, based on national security concerns.Trump directed his trade team to pursue negotiations and address the impact that imports are having on the U.S. auto industry and its ability to invest in new research and development that he says is critical to the nation’s security.Trump says he’ll decide whether to take further action in 180 days.The Associated Press read more

Pakistani trailblazer wins award for female police peacekeepers

Ms. Gulfam, currently a United Nations Police (UNPOL) Team Leader with the UN Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste (UNMIT), is this year’s recipient of the International Female Police Peacekeeper Award.Granted by the UN and the International Association of Women Police (IAWP), the award went to Ms. Gulfam for her work to protect vulnerable people in several countries. It was handed out on Sunday at the IAWP’s annual training conference in Lexington in the United States.For Ms. Gulfam, the award is the culmination of a career she has built step by step since she first joined the Pakistani police force in 1985.“I was born in a remote village of Pakistan in a predominantly traditional, patriarchal society,” she said. “Against all the heavy odds I decided to work as a police officer. It was not an easy task itself.”First, Ms. Gulfam joined the Punjab Police, where she worked for the investigation unit. Then she became a member of the Punjab Highway Patrol, where she was instrumental in improving the province’s traffic system. On the international level, Ms. Gulfam was the first female police officer deployed by Pakistan to a UN peacekeeping mission in 1997. She worked in Bosnia, followed by an assignment to Kosovo in 1999. “In Bosnia and Kosovo I believe that I became a role model for local women and my example encouraged them to join the police force… The newly elected President of Kosovo, Atifete Jahjaga, is a former police officer. Her example shows that it is possible to crack and break the glass ceiling.”Ms. Gulfam also spent time as the Pakistani police contingent commander in Timor-Leste, where she was in charge of 27 police officers.Now she is the UNPOL Team Leader with the Vulnerable Persons Unit (VPU) in the capital, Dili. Upon her arrival, there had been 411 cases pending investigation since 2007. Within a year Ms. Gulfam has already solved more than 70 cases.As an UNPOL officer she is responsible for receiving and acting on complaints submitted by vulnerable people, especially women, children and those with disabilities. Beyond “traditional” police work, Ms. Gulfam has taken on VPU duties such as seeking medical assistance for victims of child abuse and domestic violence and addressing issues related to human trafficking.The officer was instrumental in involving a number of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in assisting victims of sexual assault and abuse. She has also enhanced the VPU with a child-friendly investigation room and adjacent garden and playground. “Timor-Leste is a typical post-conflict society, where domestic violence is rampant,” explained Ms. Gulfam, who said her job is especially difficult when victims do not report to the police. Many victims decline to provide testimony because they are afraid or unaware of their rights. In response, Ms. Gulfam has carried out a public awareness programmes on the Timorese law adopted in 2010 which declared domestic violence a public crime, and enhanced outreach to victims through liaison with NGOs. Each UN peacekeeping mission nominated two officers for the award. Ms. Gulfam was surprised to be chosen, and passed the credit to her commanding officers and PNTL colleagues. “My wish is that I do something good for the Timorese. I was away from the mission at the time when the news broke. I jumped when I received the news,” she said. “To be honest it was my dream. My friend told me about the IAWP. I looked it up and saw all the women from Europe and Canada and the United States; I thought that I could never get this award.” 23 August 2011Police officer Shahzadi Gulfam tackles difficult policing challenges with determination and a smile. In the process, she has made the communities in her charge safer places to live. read more

Nebraska judge sets trial for lawsuit over eminent domain use in seizing

Nebraska judge sets trial for lawsuit over eminent domain use in seizing land for oil pipeline by The Associated Press Posted Jul 28, 2015 10:34 am MDT Last Updated Jul 28, 2015 at 11:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email O’NEILL, Neb. – A judge has scheduled an October trial on a Holt County lawsuit aimed at keeping TransCanada Corp. from seizing land to build the Keystone XL oil pipeline.At a hearing in on Monday in O’Neill, District Judge Mark Kozisek set the nonjury trial date of Oct. 19.Seven Nebraska landowners filed lawsuits after the state Supreme Court tossed an earlier, similar lawsuit, with three justices saying the plaintiffs in the case didn’t have standing to sue because they didn’t prove TransCanada was seeking their land.In January TransCanada filed legal papers in nine Nebraska counties to invoke eminent domain for land that’s needed to construct, operate and maintain the pipeline. It would go from Canada through Montana and South Dakota to Nebraska, where it would connect with existing pipelines to carry more than 800,000 barrels of crude oil a day to refineries along the Texas Gulf Coast.The TransCanada filings prompted the lawsuit in Holt County and a similar one York County. Both challenge the company’s legal authority under state law to use eminent domain. Judges in both counties later barred TransCanada from proceeding with any eminent domain actions until the legal challenges have been completed.Environmentalists and other opponents have argued that any leaks could contaminate water supplies and that the project would increase air pollution around refineries and harm wildlife. Supporters have said those fears are exaggerated, that the pipeline would create jobs and that it would ease American dependence on oil from the Middle East.The pipeline, first proposed in 2008, still requires presidential approval because it crosses an international border. Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts announced Monday that his office had sent a letter to President Barack Obama, urging him to issue a pipeline permit.Earlier this year, Congress approved legislation to build the pipeline. The president vetoed the bill, and the GOP-run Senate failed to override the veto in March. read more

Human Rights Council UN envoy details grave violations against children in conflict

“In Syria, South Sudan, Central African Republic, but also in other countries, thousands of children are recruited, killed, maimed, raped and kidnapped,” Leila Zerrougui, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict told the Geneva-based Council.“The survivors are often deprived of lifesaving humanitarian assistance and denied their basic human rights,” she added. Noting that yesterday, the Syrian crisis marked the end of its third year, Ms. Zerrougui stressed that grave violations against children are being committed by Government forces and opposition groups. “I urge all parties to respect international humanitarian law and put an end to all violations against children, including – but not limited to – the killing and maiming of children, recruitment and use of children, as well as to cease all attacks on schools and hospitals and allow unimpeded humanitarian access,” she listed in her statement. Noting that the number of children affected by the Syrian conflict has more than doubled over the past year, she said that “Syria has become one of the most dangerous places to be a child”.Six and a half million people in Syria are internally displaced, and half of the 2.5 million refugees are children, she noted.Of particular concern is the use of education facilities in the country, as well as in several other places, for military purposes. “In 2013, we have witnessed an increasing and worrying number of attacks on schools in countries such as Syria, Afghanistan and Nigeria,” said Ms. Zerrougui. “We have to join forces, we must ensure that the essential role of education in emergencies is fully recognized and that children’s right to education is protected even in times of conflict.”In addition, the office of the Special Representative is preparing to launch guidelines on monitoring and reporting of attacks against schools and hospitals. This will contribute to improve the accountability of perpetrators, in line with Security Council resolution 1998 on attacks against schools and hospitals adopted in 2011.Last week, the Special Representative and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) launched, and the Security Council endorsed, the “Children, Not Soldiers” campaign to end the recruitment and use of children by Government armed forces in Afghanistan, Chad, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Myanmar, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan and Yemen by 2016. The Governments of these countries have committed to the campaign, and Ms. Zerrougui today asked Member States, UN and NGO partners in Geneva to also support the efforts. read more

Excitement builds as InterTyre 2003 is launched at the NEC

InterTyre runs alongside auto 1, but under its own unique branding and will be the only show to be internationally marketed. InterTyre 2003 got under way last week, as it was officially launched to a packed audience at the NEC, Birmingham. After the success of the inaugural show in 2001, InterTyre is back again next year, and looks set to be bigger and better than before.The show will run alongside auto 1, the UK Automotive Expo, which was also officially unveiled to the automotive industry. For visitors, this presents a compelling reason to attend – not only will they be able to see all that’s new from the dedicated tyre industry, they will also be able to sample every other sector in the UK automotive industry.After the presentation, SMMT Chief Executive Christopher Macgowan, said, ‘We are delighted to launch InterTyre 2003 to the tyre industry. The positive feedback we received both during and after the 2001 event was indication enough that we are on the right track. While much of the focus today was on the bold and innovative steps for auto 1, it is important to remember that this is only the second InterTyre, and already it looks set to be the biggest dedicated tyre event in the UK.’Notes to Editors: Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) InterTyre 2003 and auto 1 is held at the NEC, Birmingham from Sunday 27 to Wednesday 30 April. In 2001, 83 per cent of exhibitors at InterTyre said that they were either definitely or very likely to return to the show in 2003. Visitor quality was described as good or excellent by 92 per cent of the exhibitors. read more

Ed Beathea excited to be coaching Ohio State mens track and field

Ed Beathea became the interim head coach of Ohio State’s men’s track and field in April, following an abrupt end to Robert Gary’s coaching tenure.Beathea’s interim tag was removed when he was officially named the program’s head coach Thursday.Beathea, who joined OSU as associate head coach in 2006, will receive a five-year contract as the team’s new head man. He will also lead the OSU men’s cross-country program.His annual salary will be $95,000, according to an OSU spokesman.Beathea told The Lantern that it is “certainly a big relief” to continue having the opportunity to lead the Buckeyes.“It’s very exciting for me, it’s very exciting for my family,” Beathea said. “The guys on the team are all very excited, they were very supportive and certainly supported me throughout the process.”Prior to joining the OSU coaching staff, Beathea coached sprinters and hurdlers at Indiana University for 10 years, including four seasons as associate head coach. An alumnus of Ball State University, he was also an assistant coach for two seasons at Northern Arizona University prior to his decade at Indiana.OSU fired Gary April 6, according to public records obtained by The Columbus Dispatch. OSU athletic spokesman Dan Wallenberg told the Dispatch that the decision to terminate Gary was made following the university’s discovery of “financial reporting irregularities.”On April 18, Gary was named the head coach of Furman University’s men’s and women’s track and field/cross country program. Furman also hired is wife, Rita, as his assistant coach.Beathea took over head coaching responsibilities for the remainder of the 2012 season following Gary’s firing. Beathea, who coached the Buckeyes to a fourth-place finish at the Big Ten Outdoor Championships, said he was pleased with the team’s performance during his time as interim head coach.“I thought the team performed really well,” Beathea said. “Considering the situation … me having to come in midway through the season, I thought the team was very focused, I thought they were very competitive.”While Beathea was satisfied with his team’s result this spring, he has higher expectations going forward.“It was a tough conference meet outdoor this year,” Beathea said. “I think that our goal is always to be in the top three. I think that our goal in the Big Ten in the next two or three years is to win the conference.”Beathea said he believes the team’s incoming recruiting class is very strong, but that he and his coaching staff will place a greater emphasis upon recruiting.“I think that certainly we will try to recruit more aggressively,” Beathea said. “We’ll certainly have a plan in place for that. Our goal for the national standpoint is to be a top-five or a top-ten team, and the only way that we’re going to be able to do that is to continue to add recruiting classes like the one we had this year.”The team’s incoming recruiting class includes three Gatorade State Track and Field Athletes of the Year. Ohio’s Donovan Robertson, a two-time winner of the award, also won two consecutive Division I state outdoor championships in 110-meter hurdles and 300-meter hurdles, and set the indoor national high school record in 60-meter hurdles in March. Rhode Island’s Joe Velez won the 2012 outdoor national championship in hammer throw, while Pennsylvania’s Billy Stanley had the nation’s second-farthest javelin throw among high school athletes in 2012.Beathea said he is still evaluating his current coaching staff, and whether any changes will be made is “still to be determined.”Beathea said that while his coaching style is different from Gary’s, he does not anticipate significant changes to be made as a result of the coaching change.“I think there’s certainly differences in how Coach Gary led the team and how I led the team, how I lead the team,” Beathea said. “But there’s certainly some similarities … I’m very focused on having a strong culture with a team, having the guys understand what the expectations are, have them understand what’s going on around them with other event areas and other guys on the team.Beathea said he planned on changing things that needed to be changed, but that he wouldn’t need to reinvent the wheel.“I think that we always are open for new ideas.” read more

Backcourt duo of DAngelo Russell Shannon Scott propel Buckeyes into Big Ten

Senior guard Shannon Scott (3) and freshman guard D’Angelo Russell (0) both helped lead the Buckeyes past Minnesota in the Big Ten Tournament on March 12 in Chicago. Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorCHICAGO — The Ohio State men’s basketball team was struggling through a rough first half in the Big Ten Tournament against Minnesota as it opened the game shooting 1-of-12 from long range.Enter the Yin-and-Yang combo of senior guard Shannon Scott and freshman D’Angelo Russell.The pair combined for 44 points Thursday night as the Buckeyes defeated the Golden Gophers, 79-73, in Chicago to advance to the tournament quarterfinals.Scott scored 21 points, setting a new career-high, in the win and said he was aggressive from the start of the game.“I just looked for my shot a little earlier in the game. I think a lot of times I settle and pass the ball around the perimeter,” he said. “I think I looked at the rim a lot more and when I felt I was open I attacked from there.”Scott finished 7-of-12 shooting from the field and added a team-high six assists to go along with five rebounds.He said a motivating factor for his performance, and the team’s performance as a whole, was a 72-48 drubbing at home on Sunday against Wisconsin.“Our biggest thing was after our senior night loss, just to play our best basketball now. We went out at the (Schottenstein Center) not playing how we wanted to play,” Scott said. “So we had to move on past it and get going again.”Freshman forward Jae’Sean Tate, who scored just four points in his first college tournament game, said looking to seniors like Scott is important as March gets in full swing.“We definitely have to look close to them, because they have been there before,” Tate said. “They know the atmosphere, and being freshmen, they may know what we’re feeling.”OSU coach Thad Matta said after the game that he was proud of the way his team responded coming off of a tough loss.“We had a couple great practices leading into this,” Matta said. “I talked about it before the game tonight, I think, in terms of the way we came out. I was excited to see that.”Russell who had five turnovers against Wisconsin on Sunday, started Thursday’s game 0-of-6 from long range with eight points in the first half. He said it was Matta who woke him up in the second half.“Coach told me, ‘It’s time,’ and I started making shots for some reason,” Russell said. “I don’t know what it was. They started calling plays for me and putting me in positions to score and capitalize and create for others, and that’s what I did.”Russell’s biggest play of the game came with 1:41 on the clock when the Louisville, Ky., native stepped into a 3-point shot with the shot clock winding down and buried it to extend the OSU lead to seven and ultimately out of reach for Minnesota.Scott said even though he has only played with Russell for one season, he has come to expect those kinds of plays from the freshman.“That’s what he does … The whole year he has made some spectacular plays for us. He is uncanny scoring the ball,” Scott said. “When he has the ball in his hands, we know there is a good chance it is going in.”The game marked Russell’s first post-season college game and now that it is out of the way, he said he is looking forward to Friday’s matchup with Michigan State.“It’s win or go home, anything can happen,” he said. “Whoever our opponent is, we are just going to treat it like another game and trust the system.”The Buckeyes dropped their only matchup with the Spartans this season on Feb. 14 in East Lansing, Mich., 59-56, something Russell said he has not forgotten.“They only beat us by a buzzer beater,” Russell said. “I give a lot of credit to them. They played the gaps well, they were physical on me. They capitalized when we made mistakes.”The Buckeyes and Spartans are set to tip about 25 minutes after the Maryland vs. Indiana matchup on Friday night. read more

Silver Shadow hunted by police after surfing on train roof at up

first_imgPolice are hunting a man who labelled himself “The Silver Shadow” after he was spotted on top of a train travelling at up to 100mph.Officers say he put the lives of himself and others on the train at risk when he waved below to passengers as it passed through Bromborough Rake station in Wirral, Merseyside.The man was seen boarding the exterior of the train in between two carriages at Rock Ferry station at about 1.30pm and waited for the doors to close.Seven minutes later, he was spotted on CCTV on top of of the train at Bromborough Rake before he got off at the next stop. He then concealed his face as he briefly spoke to booking office staff at Bromborough station as he told them he had travelled from Birmingham and was called “The Silver Shadow”, said British Transport Police. Anyone with information is asked to contact British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40 or text 61016, quoting 141 of 21/12. The man later told staff he had travelled from Birmingham and was called 'The Silver Shadow' The man later told staff he had travelled from Birmingham and was called ‘The Silver Shadow’Credit:British Transport Police  Police said the man boarded the exterior of the train in between two carriages at Rock Ferry stationcenter_img Speaking about the incident on December 11, investigating officer Pc Andrew Richardson said: “Even attempting to get on the top of a train is a nonsensical and idiotic thing to do.”The man concealed himself between two carriages above electrified rails and so one slip could have easily killed him and endangered the lives of those on the train.”This isn’t cool, it isn’t funny. It’s dangerous and we will not stand for it. If you recognise the man in these pictures, please get in touch.” Think train surfing is cool? We don’t.We’re looking for the self-styled “Silver Shadow”.Know him? Text 61016 👍— BTP (@BTP) December 21, 2016 Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Mens EHF CL 20132014 completed Wisla Motor FC Porto Metalurg and Minsk

1. THW Kiel00000:0(0)0 GROUP B 6. Porto00000:0(0)0 6. HSV Hamburg00000:0(0)0 4. Naturhouse La Rioja00000:0(0)0 GROUP A 5. Dunkerque HB Grand Littora…00000:0(0)0 3. SG Flensburg-Handewitt00000:0(0)0 Men’s EHF Champions League got last five teams to complete Preliminary Round 2013/2014. Poland and Macedonia will have two teams at the handball club’s elite, while Eastern Europe made significant development with two champions – Ukraine and Belarus.MOTOR ZAPOROZHYE – VOJVODINA NOVI SAD 36:24DINAMO MINSK – TATRAN PRESOV 29:27WISLA PLOCK – MONTPELLIER 28:23 (first match 27:29)PICK SZEGED – METALURG 23:19 (first match 16:26)FC PORTO – HCM CONSTANTA 26:22 4. Rhein-Neckar Löwen00000:0(0)0    ▼ Matchesclick on the names to see all match data 1. Aalborg Handball00000:0(0)0 3. Orlen Wisla Plock00000:0(0)0    ▼ Matchesclick on the names to see all match data 2. RK Gorenje Velenje00000:0(0)0 5. HK DROTT Halmstad00000:0(0)0 5. HC Dinamo Minsk00000:0(0)0 6. Motor00000:0(0)0 2. HC Croatia Osiguranje Zagr…00000:0(0)0 GROUP C 3. St. Petersburg HC00000:0(0)0 1. MKB-MVM Veszprém00000:0(0)0 2. KS Vive Targi Kielce00000:0(0)0 TWDL 4. KIF Kolding Kobenhavn00000:0(0)0 6. HC Metalurg00000:0(0)0    ▼ Matchesclick on the names to see all match data TEAMMATCHES GOALSDIFFPTS GROUP D 5. Celje Pivovarna Lasko00000:0(0)0 1. FC Barcelona00000:0(0)0 2. PSG Handball00000:0(0)0 4. Wacker Thun00000:0(0)0 Dinamo MinskFC PortoMotor ZaporozhyeRK MetalurgVELUX EHF Champions League 2013/2014Wisla Plock 3. HC Vardar PRO – Skopje00000:0(0)0 ← Previous Story After 4 years Győr is defeated in Hungary! Next Story → Qatar have a new goalkeeper – Goran Stojanovic! read more

VIDEO Kielces fans and freak show

velux ehf final 4 Thousands of voices, thousands of colors around Lanxess Arena in Cologne. Take a look on our special videos from celebration of Kielce fans and “freak out” edition of those who wanted to be “special”… ← Previous Story Ten things to know before EHF CL Final! Next Story → Fuchse Berlin sign line-player Kresimir Kozina