A Border Security Force (BSF) constable has been arrested on charges of spying for the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) of Pakistan after being ‘honey-trapped’ through social media, the Uttar Pradesh police said on Wednesday.U.P. Director General of Police O.P. Singh said the accused, Achutanand Mishra, confessed to sharing confidential information regarding military establishments to a woman who claimed to be a “defence reporter” from Pakistan. The two were in touch since January 2016.The jawan was arrested from Noida by a team of the U.P. Anti-Terrorism Squad on the basis of inputs shared by the military intelligence, Chandigarh, that Army and paramilitary jawans were being honey-trapped through Facebook profiles of women. Following this, the ATS said its counter-espionage team found several Facebook profiles that were in touch with such fake profiles.Mr. Mishra was allegedly lured into sharing confidential military information by the woman. “They started with juicy conversations and soon Mishra started revealing secret information [to the woman] about the location of BSF units, details of their arms and ammunition and photos and videos of BSF establishments,” the ATS said in a statement.Cyber evidenceMr. Singh said they had extracted the data from the jawan’s mobile phone and Facebook profile and found enough “cyber evidence,” including images and videos, to implicate him.Apart from conversing on Facebook, the jawan chatted with the woman on WhatsApp where he saved her Pakistan coded number under the name “Pakistani dost,” said the ATS, adding that he was being influenced towards conversion and anti-India ideas on Kashmir. The jawan faces charges under Sections 3,4,5 and 9 of the Official Secrets Act, 121A of the Indian Penal Code pertaining to waging war against the government and Section 66D of the IT Act.Mr. Singh said an intensive interrogation would be conducted to find out if the jawan had a network and what motivated him. His bank accounts would be checked to ascertain if he received any money for sharing information. The ATS will also question him on the information he allegedly leaked to the ISI.ATS Inspector General Aseem Arun said a remand of five days had been granted to question the jawan.
Jose Mourinho’s start at Manchester United has been widely criticised for several reasons. From paying the world-record transfer fee and bringing the one that got away — Paul Pogba back to Old Trafford — to his team getting draws after draws at home, his 10-month reign has not been what it was expected to be.The team’s performances has left most United fans disappointed. United have created the most amount of chances from inside the box but have failed to put them away which has cost them dearly and might well haunt them come May. His first season has been regarded as a failure by most people but is it really so?Mourinho few days back said that he inherited a nice bunch of boys but the team lacked belief in themselves under Louis Van Gaal and one cannot argue about that observation of the current United manager if you look at the previous performances of the team. Yes, the team had won the F.A. Cup but they also played some lacklustre football and failed to go past easy opponents and conceded some horror goals as well. The defence was shaky, the forwards failed to take their chances and score goals and the team didn’t do enough when they should have.Has all of that changed in the last 10 months? Not fully but improvement is certainly there to be seen.Under Mourinho, United have conceded way less goals and also scored more already than under Van Gaal. Last season, they scored 49 and conceded 35 from 38 matches and had 66 points on the board, finishing fifth. This season they have already scored 51 goals and conceded 25 goals till now, with four matches to go. United have the second best clean sheet record in the league, behind second placed Tottenham Hotspurs, who have conceded 22 — three goals less in equal amount of matches so far. Not only that but the Red Devils are on a 25-game unbeaten streak in the league, which is the best in Europe amongst the top six leagues.advertisementBut they’re 16 points off the leaders Chelsea and one point adrift of fourth-placed Manchester City and qualifying for Champions League is looking tough with Arsenal and Spurs still to play. What’s the use of the unbeaten streak then?SOLID DEFENCEWell, if one looks at it this way, it’s of no use what so ever but if one considers the performance and the stability Mourinho has brought at the back, making it a solid defence from a shaky one, one has to say that he has done a commendable job. David de Gea has been the club’s best player for the past three years and no player had scored anywhere near 20 goals for the Red Devils after Sir Alex Ferguson left but this year it hasn’t been the case. De Gea has performed exceptionally when called upon but he has been more of a spectator when compared to the last few years.In the attacking front, the mercurial Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who Mourinho bought for free, has scored 28 goals so far — a far better return over Anthony Martial — who scored 17 in his debut season — last year. Not only that, Juan Mata, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Marcus Rashford also scored 10 goals each.Reuters PhotoThe 20-time league champions have already won the EFL Cup and are in the semi-finals of the Europa League – a competition that they have never won before. All this when he had to deal with several injuries time and again. In the last couple of matches he has had to play without a consistent pair at the back. Plus, Zlatan and Marcos Rojo being ruled out of the season after hurting themselves and Mata’s injury at one of the most crucial moments of the season has not helped his cause in any way.STILL FIGHTING FOR TROPHIESAfter another draw at home — against Swansea last night, they will play Celta Vigo next in the Europa League semis and if they can beat them over the two legs and win in the final as well – they earn direct qualification to the Champions League. They can still finish as high as third in the league as well. How is that bad for a team that played dull football and didn’t even manage to eke out results last year.Yes, Jose’s United have been boring as well and they have drawn 14 games, the highest in the league, but the Portuguese has built a solid defence and managed to build the foundation that was missing from the United of the last few years. His tactical genius saw Manchester City off last week, his masterclass helped United beat Chelsea at Old Trafford and his way of ‘somehow’ getting the job done has worked more often than not.advertisementThe team has to do a lot more with the likes of Pogba, Mkhitaryan, Martial, Ibrahimovic in the ranks — you’re expected to do bigger things and get silverware — agreed. But, Jose’s first season at most of his clubs has been about building a foundation and then winning a major trophy in his second. Be it his second spell at Chelsea or the one prior to it in Real Madrid.The football has been dreary mostly and the good work done by the Portuguese has certainly not brought results out in the open for people to see but if one judges by the performance of United compared to last few years, it’s not going to be difficult for them to realise the difference. Moreover, he has just had one pre-season to work with the team — it’s a team he took over but not his own. Once the transfer window comes and he gets his own set of players, this team will be a way more potent and a challenging one.Therefore, patience is the key here and if he delivers a Champions League spot, this season will be a good one for United to kick on from, laying the foundation for a trademark second season from the ‘Special One’.
India-Lanka Test episodeNew Delhi, Dec 3 (PTI) Environmental NGO Greenpeace said it was “sad” that India faced “international shame” for hosting games in polluted areas such as Delhi, after Sri Lankan cricket today team held up play in the third Test, complaining of poor air quality.Noting that the bigger hindrance to clean up the air in India is lack of “political will”, the green body said that the solution to this is not in shifting or cancelling matches but in cleaning up the air with “systematic, coordinated and comprehensive” actions.In an unprecedented turn of events, the embattled Sri Lankan cricket team today held up play during the third Test against India, complaining of poor air quality that forced the hosts to declare their innings.The first-ever incident of this kind in the sports 140- year-old history saw an international team resort to anti- pollution masks while fielding and then refuse to continue, stopping play for 26 minutes over three interruptions.”This is a sad situation that we are facing international shame for hosting games at such polluted places.”The solution to this is not in shifting or cancelling matches but in cleaning up the air with systematic, coordinated and comprehensive actions using GRAP and more comprehensive Clean Air Action Plan across India with defined responsibilities and timelines, because it is not just limited to Delhi but entire Northern India is facing the health emergency,” said Sunil Dahiya, Senior Campaigner, Greenpeace India.He said that being sensitive to human health, “we should at least foresee approaching pollution episodes using emission inventory and meteorological data” as it is done in other geographies including China, and take corrective measures such as implementation of graded response action plan (GRAP) on pollution as precautionary steps rather than reactionary.advertisement”The bigger hindrance to clean up the air in India is lack of political will,” Dahiya said.He said this was clearly depicted by the fact that the biggest overlooked polluting sector, that is, coal-based power generation was given two years till December 7, 2017 by the environment ministry to control the toxic fumes coming out of them.”But as of today not even a single power plant complies with the full notification and no action has been taken on plants which are already violating the emission limits,” he said.Sri Lankan players struggling and using masks clearly highlighted that the air in Delhi is heavily loaded with pollution and undertaking physical activities was making it difficult for players to breath.Data from the Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) suggests the same — Major Dhyan Chand Stadium Air Quality monitoring station, the nearest station to Firoz Shah Kotla Stadium showed PM2.5 concentrations at 337 ï¿½g/m3 in the afternoon, which are hazardous levels of pollution. PTI TDS SKC SMN
Rachel Jeffs played for the Newcastle Knights in the inaugural NRL Touch Premiership – a pretty incredible experience for her, particularly because she barracks for the Knights in the NRL. And next week she touches down in Kuala Lumpur for the 2018 Youth Touch World Cup (8-11 August 2018). It won’t be the first time Jeffs has repped for Australia though – earlier this year she played Women’s Open in the Open Trans-Tasman 2018 in NZ. What a year she’s had!How are you feeling about playing in the YWC 2018? “I’m super excited, it will be such an amazing experience playing for Australia and getting to go up against different teams from around the world. I’m looking forward to being with a really good bunch of girls in Australia and showcasing the broad range of talent we have in our team.”How does representing your country feel? “I’ve represented the Youth 18 Girls Australia team in 2017 and also made my debut in the Australian Women’s Open team earlier this year in Rotorua. It was the best experience of my life and one I will never forget. The best thing was playing up against some of the best girls in their country, playing alongside the best older girls in Australia, and experiencing the culture of New Zealand.”How did you feel about the introduction of the new NRL Touch Premiership?“Very good that touch football’s finally getting some big recognition. I think [audiences] would be shocked by the amount of skill that elite touch football players actually have.”What are the best things about touch footy? “Learning new skills, meeting new people and setting and achieving goals for yourself. Touch football makes me feel excited, nervous and all different emotions while I am playing.”Do you think it’s cool that touch football is a truly integrated mixed-gender sporting community? “I think it’s amazing. Being able to play touch footy with my dad or whole family will be memories that stick with me forever. Being gender-equal is what makes touch football.”Do you think everyone can have a crack at touch footy? “Yes of course, it’s a great sport that’s inclusive and that everyone can play. I’d tell anyone to give it a go. Touch footy has truly changed my life.”Quickfire questions:> What age did you start playing touch? “Seven.”> What affiliate do you play for? “Newcastle.”> What do you do when you aren’t playing touch? “I’m a barista while I’m studying my Cert IV Allied Health.”> What are some of your favourite things to do? “Waterskiing and eating. I eat a lot, I like chicken snitty with chips and gravy (no to the salad or veg!).”> Use 3 words to describe you. “Motivated, inspired, friendly.”> What’s your most common breakfast, lunch and dinner? “Leftovers, chicken toasties, salmon.”> Favourite holiday destination? “Hamilton Island – for the blue waters and snorkelling.”> Current favourite tune? “Questions, Chris Brown.”
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Klopp claims Man Utd set up to defend when they play Liverpoolby Freddie Taylor5 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveJurgen Klopp says it is a fact that Manchester United are set up to defend against Liverpool at Old Trafford. The Red Devils almost pinched a win over their rivals thanks to a goal from Marcus Rashford.Adam Lallana rescued a point for the visitors, with Klopp insisting he wasn’t frustrated by United’s tactics.The German said: “Why should it frustrate me? I’m not the person who should be frustrated by Man United’s style.”It’s just a fact, when we come here, this year, last year, year before, they just defend. That’s how it is, that’s OK, it’s no criticism, it’s just a fact. It’s not the usual way you think United plays against Liverpool, you would think both teams are trying like this.”Again, the quality, we are the one team everybody is on their toes when United plays against us. It’s no excuse, we need to do better, we can do better, but you cannot play against each team like this, how they played today.”We are a good team, and when we play against somebody it is normal for them to say: ‘How can we stop them?'”
Story Highlights Dr. Ferguson said he is not averse to having a second look at the penalties Minister willing to consider allowing businesses to have a special area outdoors to facilitate smokers Health Minister, Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson, says he is willing to look at the possibility of allowing businesses, especially in the tourist industry, to have a special area outdoors to facilitate smokers.The Minister, who was speaking on the Jamaica Information Service (JIS) programme, ‘Issues and Answers’, on July 18, was clear about not allowing smoking rooms.“The evidence is clear that smoking kills. The evidence is clear that passive smoking kills. So, to put 10 to 15 persons in this room, what you are essentially setting up is a death chamber, because you now have concentration of smoking,” the Minister said.He noted that on a visit to one of Kingston’s most popular hotels, he was shown an area some five metres from the entrance, where smoke was not allowed to get into the building, and “they have created a little garden and an area where, if persons want to smoke from time to time, you can go out there and have your little smoke.”“I am not encouraging it, but I am not opposed to that,” Dr. Ferguson said.He pointed out that the new anti-smoking regulations are not a wholesale ban on smoking. “What we want to define is that once it (smoking) is going to impinge on someone else’s right, then the ban chips in. So in essence, if you want the right to smoke, do it where you do not affect the public in general,” the Minister said.Dr. Ferguson said he is not averse to having a second look at the penalties for breaking the ban, to include mandatory counselling for offenders.“I know some persons are a little worried about the fines and even conviction. My thing is not about sending anyone to prison. So, probably we might need to look, in revisiting, at some kind of mandatory counselling sessions, because cigarette smoking is an addiction and to that extent, it oftentimes require professional help,” he argued.The Minister pointed out that the ban on smoking in specific public places, in addition to protecting the lives of non smokers, including workers and children, is also part of an overall vision of the administration to “create for Jamaica, going forward, the health hub for the Americas.”Dr. Ferguson noted that Jamaica is the fourth in the region, behind Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados and Suriname, to have implemented the ban on smoking in specific public places. He also informed that it is not an attempt at any kind of draconian action to trample on anyone’s rights, but to protect workers, children and non-smokers.“For those who are arguing…rights have to be balanced, because the evidence we have, relative to smoking, is that six million persons are dying annually across the globe from cigarette smoking. Of that number, 600,000 are dying from passive smoking,” the Minister said.“Every six seconds, someone dies from some kind of tobacco related illness. One in 10 adults across the globe annually dies from some kind of tobacco related illness. Fifty per cent of the one billion smokers who continue to smoke will die from some kind of tobacco related illness. Eighty per cent of the persons affected by tobacco smoking are found in low and middle income countries like Jamaica,” he added.He emphasized that the impact of the ban will be seen in the long term, noting that he will be saving people’s lives in the process. He also informed that the Ministry, in collaboration with other stakeholders, will be embarking on a massive public education programme over the next eight months.
The province is ready to hire contractors to repair Lighthouse Beach in Pictou County, as soon as federal approval for the project is received. The beach is vulnerable to winter storms and has been washed out numerous times. The Department of Transportation and Public Works has attempted repairs of this stretch of Crown land to prevent further erosion. The repair job is more urgent now because testing done by the Department of Environment and Labour has shown unacceptable levels of fecal streptococcus in the water in Moodie Cove. Federal approval is necessary for the repair work to begin. The source of the contamination is thought to be a sewage treatment plant within the federal jurisdiction of the Pictou Landing First Nation community. The contaminated water is flowing through the washed-out section of the beach and into Moodie Cove. Repairing the beach is expected to solve the contamination problem in the cove. Transportation and Public Works plans to implement a long-lasting solution when it repairs the beach. Large rocks will fill the washed-out area and be covered with sand. In the spring, grasses will be transplanted on the dune side of the repaired beach.
JAKARTA, Indonesia — Greenpeace says six of its activists boarded a tanker transporting Indonesian palm oil in the Gulf of Cadiz and were detained by its captain after unfurling “Save our Rainforest” and “Drop Dirty Palm Oil” banners.A ship tracking website shows the Stolt Tenacity, which Greenpeace says is carrying palm oil from Wilmar International linked to tropical forest destruction in Indonesia, was bound for Rotterdam.Greenpeace says the activists from Indonesia, Germany, Britain, France, Canada and the U.S. are being detained in a cabin on the ship.Palm oil is used in a huge array of consumer goods from makeup to snacks. Wilmar supplies Mondelez, the maker of Oreo cookies and Cadbury chocolate.Greenpeace said the Stolt Tenacity’s captain was informed in advance that the protest, staged Saturday, would be peaceful.The Associated Press
Moscow: President Vladimir Putin vowed to ensure Russia’s military capabilities as the country on Thursday marked World War II Victory Day, a commemoration that has become increasingly important over his two-decade rule. The president’s speech to thousands of soldiers and veterans on Red Square came at the start of an annual parade that sees hundred of pieces of military hardware roll through the streets of Moscow. “The lessons of the past war are relevant once again. We have done and will do all that is necessary to guarantee the high capabilities of our armed forces,” he said. Those in the modern Russian army remember the “oath” of Soviet soldiers who fought Nazi Germany, he added: “I die but I will not surrender”. The two-day public holiday to celebrate the 1945 victory comes this year amid heightened tensions with the West and fears of a new Russia-US arms race. Moscow also recently said it would build up its military presence in the Arctic, seeking to assert its influence in the strategic region. Parades and celebrations took place in towns and cities across the country, from the European exclave of Kaliningrad to the Far Eastern Sakhalin island, near Japan. However a fly-by planned for the capital was cancelled because of poor weather, news agencies reported. State television broadcast marches from around the former USSR, including from the unrecognised republic of Lugansk — a Ukrainian breakaway region run by Russia-backed separatists.
High salary demands putting strain on Alberta businesses AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by News Staff Posted Jun 17, 2013 11:05 am MDT Alberta workers may earn the highest incomes in the country, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s rosy for small and mid-sized companies.According to ATB Financial’s second quarter Business Beat Survey, 67 per cent of provincial business owners say finding and retaining experienced or skilled labour is a problem and 37 per cent say they simply can’t meet salary demands.These high-wage expectations are forcing owners to adapt and create new ways to not only get staff, but retain them as well.For example, one Calgary-based company offers employees a continental breakfast, hot lunch and on-site fitness.Small and mid-sized businesses make up 99.9 per cent of businesses in the province.
Program brings business leaders, entrepreneurs, together Stock photo AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Dave Will Posted Apr 15, 2016 5:23 pm MDT A group of senior business executives has launched a new program aimed at helping would-be entrepreneurs get off the ground in a challenging economic climate. The first event took place on Friday at Hotel Arts. Offering his support to the program was local business leader Brent Wilson, who says by offering perspective entrepreneurs high-level business mentorship, meaningful and sustainable business ideas can come to fruition. “There’s an incredible opportunity in this marketplace right now, given the mindset of a lot of people that the sky is falling,” Wilson said. “The economic reality is that there are opportunities beginning to abound.”He adds, he likes what he’s hearing from the province in regards to entrepreneurship initiatives.“The budget announced a couple programs that were very – it looked to me – innovative and creative, but there was no new information supplied in terms of how they would operate, or how funds would be allocated. The proof is in the pudding; we’re still cooking the pudding,” he said. Step one is matching would-be upstarts with one of more than 30 business leaders.
The report, which will be presented to the UN Human Rights Council in March, depicts a country suffering from increasing turmoil and lawlessness, inflamed by a multitude of competing, heavily armed groups and a broadening political crisis. Against such a backdrop, it calls for bolstering State institutions, urges accountability for rights violations and support for the ongoing political dialogue. “Rampant violence and fighting, including in the country’s two biggest cities, Tripoli and Benghazi, as well as many other cities and towns across the country, is badly affecting civilians in general and a number of specific groups in particular,” said spokesperson Rupert Colville. Indiscriminate artillery and air attacks are commonplace, the report says, while infrastructure, such hospitals, schools and airports, has been attacked and damaged or used for military purposes.He said the report found tremendous suffering among children, with many unable to attend school and others killed or maimed at home or during attacks on schools and hospitals, as well as numerous reports of violence against women, including threats, attacks and killings of female human rights defenders, politicians and other women in public positions.Targeted violence, unlawful killings and assassinations, were found to be common, with footage emerging in November that appeared to show several beheadings in Benghazi and Derna. Cases of harassment, intimidation, torture, abductions, and summary executions of human rights defenders, civil society activists, journalists and other media professionals, as well as members of the judiciary, politicians and law enforcement officers were common and minority groups, including Egyptian Coptic Christians, have also been increasingly targeted. “The report also highlights the extremely vulnerable situation of migrants in Libya, especially those in areas affected by the fighting, and of internally displaced people,” said Mr. Colville. “Migrants face arbitrary detention and very poor conditions of detention, marked by overcrowding, poor sanitation and exploitation.”Fighting and intentional destruction of residential and commercial property has caused ballooning displacement with the number of internally displaced persons soaring from 60,000 at the beginning of 2014 to around 400,000 by mid-November. UN human rights staff report thousands of people in detention, held mostly by armed groups in situations where torture and ill-treatment is rife, with no means of challenging their situation because prosecutors and judges are unable or unwilling to confront the armed groups.The intimidation and attacks suffered by members of the judiciary, which include court bombings, physical assaults, abduction of individuals or family members and unlawful killings, help explain the hesitancy and the breakdown of the justice system, which does not function in some parts of the country.State institutions must be strengthened, the report urges, calling for accountability for human rights violations and support the ongoing political dialogue. Reforms have been severely undermined by the security situation, with little progress on establishing a new fact-finding and reconciliation commission or measures of redress for victims.“The National Council on Civil Liberties and Human Rights, Libya’s national human rights institution which has been forcefully shut down in Tripoli, must be allowed to resume its work,” said Mr. Colville, who noted that the Constitution Drafting Assembly was in urgent need of support to continue functioning.As the Libyan parties prepare to restart UN-supported political talks – two rounds of discussions have been held in the past month at the UN Office in Geneva – Bernardo Leon, head of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) told UN Radio that he believed that while the majority of the people in the country were pushing their political representatives and the militias alike to negotiate, “a minority, but a noisy minority and people who hold weapons and have power, in some cases are against [the talks.]”“Our challenge is to make sure this majority has enough support from the international community to prevail over the minority,” he said the coming round of negotiations, which will be held in Libya rather than Geneva. The time and location for the talks had not been released for security reasons.Asked what would be the difference between the talks now that they were opening in a new location, Mr. Leon stressed that the dialogue is the same, while it has different tracks. “One is this political track; there are other groups with municipalities with the armed groups, tribal leaders and political parties. So you have different groups discussing different things but the idea is that at the end they will all converge in one final group.”He went on to say that as of now, all the mainstream groups, the most influential groups in both the political and military realms in both groups fighting in Libya are supporting the UN-mediated political process, which he said had been agreed by the parties and should include at the first stage “the unity government and the stabilization programme including, ceasefire, weapons control, militias leaving cities and the strategic facilities and monitoring. “If we can achieve these two very urgent goals we will be solving maybe 75 per cent or 80 per cent of the current problems in Libya. Still we will have a lot of challenges and it will be an important step, but it won’t be enough,” he explained, underscoring that the constitution process would need to be re-launched and that negotiation would be needed “to find solutions for the institutional chaos in the country.”“So, we will still have a long way [to go], even if we’re successful in the first stage, but if we can get in the coming weeks this ceasefire and especially the unity government, I think we will have achieved a lot,” said Mr. Leon.
One of the pieces allegedly stolen in the break-inCredit:The History Collection/Alamy Stock Photo 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. In December 2009, a man called Richard Ellis became involved in tracking down the artworks for the family.With the assistance of him and the Bulmer family, an advert was placed in the Antiques Trade Gazette in February 2015 offering a £50,000 reward for the paintings.It was at this time Jonathan Rees came forward, claiming to be a “go between” to secure the reward, stating he had “ex-SAS members” who would recover the artwork, the court heard. Liam Judge also previously worked on the home Credit:Ben Birchall/PA It was then distributed among those involved in the insurance fraud and burglary, it is claimed.Following the break in 11 people are on trial, but they are not believed to be the only people involved in the robbery. It is believed that the family were investing a lot of money in their property at the time leading up to the burglary. Two of the defendants, Liam Judge and Matthew Evans, were builders who worked on the site and allegedly planted the seed that it was a “very soft and lucrative target”.The alleged group of burglars targeted the house whilst the Bulmers were on holiday, however they had hired Deborah Barnjum to house-sit and look after the family dog named Echo. Matthew Evans, one of the builders who worked on the site and allegedly planted the seed that it was a “very soft and lucrative target”Credit:Ben Birchall/PA They tied her up and placing a blanket over her head. The group then spent the following 45 minutes going through the house, selecting items to take with them – including one of Mr Bulmer’s cars.Mr Mooney said the ties were “brutally, unnecessarily and cruelly tight” and Ms Barnjum was left “terrified” as the burglary took place around her.Following the burglary, the paintings were allegedly taken to Birmingham and stored in the garage of Thomas Lynch. They remained here until 2015, jurors heard. Another of the pieces that went missingCredit:The History Collection/Alamy Stock Photo Stephen Mooney, prosecuting, said Ms Barnjum secured the house on the evening of March 20 and had a bath before letting Echo out through a side door at about 10pm.”As she did so she saw three shadowy figures in the doorway as if waiting for this very moment,” he told the jury. The family behind Bulmers cider tracked down the alleged art thieves who burgled their home by posting an advert in an antiques magazine six years after the crime, a court has heard. Millions of pounds of artwork and antiques were stolen from the home of Esmond and Susie Bulmer, members of the Bulmers cider family, in Bruton, Somerset in 2009.But it was not until an advert was placed in an antiques magazine in 2015 that the perpetrators were found.Bristol Crown Court heard a group of burglars with intimate knowledge of the property – known as the Pavilions – ransacked it on the evening of March 20 whilst the couple were on holiday. Following the raid insurance firm Hiscox paid the Bulmers a “substantial amount” of money, but both the couple and the company wished to recover the paintings, estimated to be worth up to £2 million. He is accused of persuading Hiscox to increase the reward to £175,000 and personally returning the paintings to a secure location in Bermondsey, London, in August 2015.Hiscox allegedly paid the money into an account for a company called Lois Jewellery. The trial continues. Skinder Ali, 39, of no fixed address, Liam Judge, 42, and Matthew Evans, 41, both of Tuffley, Gloucestershire, deny conspiracy to commit burglary.Ali, Mark Regan, 46, of no fixed address, Thomas Lynch, 43, of Small Heath, Birmingam, Donald Maliska, 63, of Dartford, David Price, 53, of Virginia Court, London, and Ike Obiamiwe, 55, of Ealing, London, deny conspiracy to handle stolen goods, namely 15 paintings.Maliska, Price, Obiamwie and Jonathan Rees, 62, of Weybridge, Surrey, deny conspiracy to defraud James Esmond Bulmer and Hiscox Insurance.Nigel Blackburn, 60, of Hockley, Birmingham, and Azhar Mir, 65, of Solihull, deny entering into or becoming concerned in a money-laundering arrangement.Rees denies doing acts tending and intended to pervert the course of justice.
IRISH RESEARCHER DR Colm J Ryan has been announced as the recipient of the Sir Henry Wellcome Research Fellowship fund worth €300,000.It offers funding opportunities for young researchers who are in the final year of their PhD studies or have no more than one year of postdoctoral research experience.Dr Ryan’s research at UCD will focus on the progression of cancer treatments through the identification of genetic vulnerabilities in cancer cells.A major challenge in cancer therapeutics is to kill tumour cells without harming other cells in the body.This cancer research will focus on understanding how genetic differences between tumour cells and healthy cells can be exploited to address this challenge.Dr Ryan said: I am delighted to be awarded this fellowship as it offers me the freedom and financial support to research why a particular type of personalised cancer treatment, known as synthetic lethality, might work in some individuals but not in others.“During the fellowship I will collaborate with some of the leading experts in the field, in labs in multiple countries, to address this important question.”Chief Executive at the Health Research Board Dr Graham Love said, “Personalised medicine is a hot, promising field.Hats off to Colm for coming through a gruelling selection process. His success highlights the level of research talent here in Ireland.Read: Using your mobile 15 hours a month may triple your risk of brain cancer>Read: Cancer patients forced from their own countries can’t access treatment>
‘Broken character’ … ‘repugnant falsehood’: Netherlands-Turkey diplomatic crisis deepens In a dramatic escalation of the crisis Turkey has said it is suspending high-level relations with the Hague. TURKISH PRESIDENT RECEP Tayyip Erdogan has warned that the Netherlands would face more retaliation from Ankara in a spiralling diplomatic crisis, as he made a new jibe against the country over the 1995 Srebrenica massacre.In an uncompromising speech, Erdogan said a ‘yes’ vote in an April 16 referendum on expanding his powers would be the best response to Turkey’s “enemies” in a dispute that risks wrecking the entire Ankara-Brussels relationship.He also said the Dutch character had been “broken” after Netherlands peacekeepers had failed to prevent the 1995 Srebrenica massacre, in comments described as “repugnant” by The Hague.In a dramatic escalation after the Netherlands prevented two Turkish ministers from holding rallies ahead of the referendum, Ankara said it was suspending high-level relations with the Hague in a raft of diplomatic sanctions. Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte called his claim a “repugnant historical falsehood”.EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini and EU Enlargement Commissioner Johannes Hahn had called on Turkey to “refrain from excessive statements and actions that risk further exacerbating the situation”.But the Turkish foreign ministry hit back by saying: “The EU’s short-sighted statement has no value for our country.”“Our EU counterparts apply democratic values, fundamental rights and freedoms selectively,” the ministry added. Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte Source: Peter DejongPaying no heed to the EU’s warning, Erdogan had bluntly told the German chancellor on Turkish television late yesterday: “Mrs Merkel, you are supporting terrorists.”In an interview with A-Haber television, he accused Berlin of not responding to 4,500 dossiers sent by Ankara on terror suspects, including those linked to Kurdish militants and the failed coup in Turkey last year.Merkel’s spokesman described the accusations as “absurd”, saying the chancellor had no intention of taking part in a “competition of provocations”.Germany’s Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said today that Ankara was playing the role of the victim with its broadsides against NATO allies, as it seeks to “build solidarity” ahead of the referendum.‘Envoy’s return blocked’ Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus said after a cabinet meeting in Ankara that Turkey will not allow the Dutch ambassador to return until the Netherlands meets conditions over holding rallies.Ambassador Kees Cornelis van Rij is currently outside of the country, and business is being handled by Dutch charge d’affaires.Kurtulmus added:Until the Netherlands compensates for what it has done, high-level relations and planned meetings at a ministerial and higher level have been suspended.The move by the Netherlands to block the rallies by Turkish ministers comes as Rutte prepares to face the far-right populist Geert Wilders in a general election tomorrow.Turkey is gearing up for a key April 16 poll to decide whether to approve constitutional changes that would create an executive presidency, boosting Erdogan’s powers.In a bid to woo support, Turkish officials have sought to address to their citizens living in Europe, where a majority have traditionally supported the ruling party.“Our nation on April 16 at the ballot box… will give the best answer to Turkey’s enemies,” Erdogan said.In Germany, there are over 1.4 million Turkish citizens eligible to vote while there are nearly 250,000 in the Netherlands based on official figures from November 2015.© – AFP 2017Read: Death toll after fire at Guatemalan children’s shelter rises to 40 >Read: Dutch PM says he won’t apologise to Turkey over escalating diplomatic row > Mar 14th 2017, 2:10 PM Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Source: AP/Press Association ImagesErdogan also lashed out at German Chancellor Angela Merkel for “supporting terrorists” as she backed the Netherlands in the increasingly acrimonious standoff, prompting an exasperated response from Berlin.Far from stepping back, Erdogan accused the Netherlands of “state terror” in preventing Turkish ministers from holding pro-’yes’ rallies.“We are going to work more” on measures against the Netherlands, said Erdogan. “These wrongs won’t be solved with a sorry, we have more things to do.”‘We know them from Srebrenica’ Erdogan had previously angered the Netherlands by saying the authorities had behaved like the Nazis, who had occupied and bombed the country in the World War II.Touching another raw nerve, he recalled the 1995 Srebrenica massacre in Bosnia, which Dutch UN peacekeepers failed to prevent in an episode that remains a national trauma to this day.“The Netherlands and the Dutch, we know them from the Srebrenica massacre. We know how much their morality, their character is broken from the 8,000 Bosnians that were massacred,” Erdogan said.We know this well. No one should give us a lesson in civilisation. http://jrnl.ie/3286828 Tuesday 14 Mar 2017, 2:10 PM Share Tweet Email Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 12,138 Views 48 Comments By AFP
Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article http://jrnl.ie/3328952 Image: Laura Hutton/RollingNews.ie Apr 7th 2017, 6:32 PM 61,325 Views Friday 7 Apr 2017, 6:32 PM No Comments By Alison O’Riordan Image: Laura Hutton/RollingNews.ie Share125 Tweet Email8 Updated 6.29 pmTHERE WERE CHAOTIC scenes in the Central Criminal Court today after a man accused of murdering his former partner and mother of their two children punched the prosecuting barrister in the face.The accused then leapt across the benches before he was wrestled to the ground by five prison officers who handcuffed him and removed him from the courtroom.Vesel Jahiri (35), originally from Kosovo but of no fixed abode, has pleaded not guilty to murdering Anna Finnegan (25) at Allendale Glen, Clonsilla, Dublin 15 on 21 September 21, 2012.He has also pleaded not guilty to assaulting Karl Finnegan, causing him harm, at the same place on the same date.Jahiri previously dismissed his legal team and is now representing himself at the trial.This morning, Justice Paul Coffey told the jury that Jahiri was not in a position to call any further witnesses in his trial. The judge then said that Jahiri would not be making a closing speech although he was given an opportunity to do so and for that reason prosecuting counsel, Patrick Marrinan SC, would also not be making a closing speech.At that point Jahiri shouted:The judge is refusing to call witnesses. This trial is not going ahead. You broke the law. This trial is going nowhere I’m stopping it now.The judge then told Jahiri that he had given him an opportunity to call witnesses this morning.Jahiri said he needed a phone to call potential witnesses saying: “I’m in Guantanamo jail.”The accused was told by the judge that he has had the last seven weeks to telephone witnesses. Jahiri started to shout: “My teeth are sick and everything.”Marrinan then stood up and was about to speak when Jahiri, who has been permitted to sit in counsel’s bench since he sacked his legal team, reached across to him and punched him in the face.Blood could be seen coming from counsel’s nose.The accused then leapt across the benches before he was wrestled to the ground by five prison officers who handcuffed him and removed him from the courtroom.The trial was adjourned for twenty minutes before resuming in front of the jury.Justice Coffey addressed the jury saying: “The accused has been removed from court and we will proceed in his absence.”Justice Coffey then began charging the jury and spent much of the afternoon summarising the evidence in the trial.In relation to the murder charge the judge told the jury that there were three verdicts open to them, namely; guilty of murder, not guilty of murder or not guilty of murder but guilty of manslaughter.He said the burden of proof always rests on the prosecution and that for a guilty verdict to be returned the case must be proven beyond all reasonable doubt.If the jury believed Jahiri’s defence, that he did not stab Anna Finnegan, was true or could reasonably be true they must find him not guilty of murder.If it is proven that Jahiri stabbed Anna Finnegan they must then consider his intention.Justice Coffey explained that for a murder verdict, the prosecution must prove that Jahiri intended to kill or cause serious injury.In considering Jahiri’s intention, Justice Coffey said they should have regard to the fact that Anna suffered only one wound and that the Deputy State Pathologist said the injury could have been caused by “moderate force”.They should also consider evidence from other witnesses who said they heard Jahiri threaten to kill Anna earlier on the day and that he kicked in the door of her home before the incident that led to her death.In relation to the charge of assault causing harm to Karl Finnegan, Justice Coffey said the jury must consider if Jahiri believed he was acting in self-defence.If he was acting in self-defence and used no more force than was necessary, they should find him not guilty.If the prosecution has proven that he intended to cause harm and was not acting in self-defence they should find him guilty. Justice Coffey will conclude his charge to the jury of eight men and two women on Monday. Short URL Chaotic scenes in Dublin murder trial as accused punches opposing barrister in the face Vesel Jahiri previously dismissed his legal team and is now representing himself at the trial.
Top Movie and TV Trailers You Might Have Missed This WeekWatch These Movies Before ‘Hustlers’ Stay on target TGIF. While you’re planning for the long weekend ahead, we’ve rounded up the top movie and TV trailers that you might have missed during the week.The Rock is playing Danny DeVito in the sequel Jumanji: The Next Level, while Hulu’s Wu-Tang: An American Saga series highlights the journey of one of the world’s most successful hip-hop groups. From Lionsgate Movies’ mystery thriller Knives Out to Netflix’s comedy special Aziz Ansari: Right Now, here are the top movies and TV shows to keep on your radar.Four Weddings and a FuneralNathalie Emmanuel (Game of Thrones) stars in the Hulu series Four Weddings and a Funeral, which follows Maya (Emmanuel), a communications director from New York who travels to her schoolmate’s wedding in London and ends up falling in love with an unexpected suitor. Four Weddings and a Funeral, which is creatively led by Mindy Kaling, hits Hulu on July 31. Jumanji: The Next LevelReady for another wild, game-themed adventure and rescue mission? Jumanji: The Next Level, which stars Karen Gillan, Dwayne Johnson, Madison Iseman, Kevin Hart, and Danny DeVito, debuts in theaters on Dec. 25.Mrs. FletcherInternet porn and social media come together for Mrs. Fletcher, a steamy HBO series that follows empty nester and divorcée Eve Fletcher and her quest to heighten her sex life. This series, which stars Kathryn Hahn, is coming to Hulu this fall.Knives OutWitness a modern-day murder mystery in Knives Out, a suspenseful movie that highlights the murder of crime novelist Harlan Thrombey and a group of people who try to find his killer. Directed by Rian Johnson (The Last Jedi), the film stars Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Ana De Armas, and Jamie Lee Curtis, and hits theaters on Nov. 27.DrivenDriven, a film set in the ’80s, follows a conman (Jason Sudeikis) and a famous car maker (Lee Pace), and their crazy friendship that might be left on the line when one of them sets the other up and involves the FBI in their “operations.” Driven premieres in theaters on Aug. 16.Wu-Tang: An American SagaInspired by “The Wu-Tang Manual” and “Tao of Wu,” Wu-Tang: An American Saga tells the story of the Wu-Tang Clan, and how Bobby Diggs aka The RZA, brings together a squad of men who are musically talented, yet torn by personal conflicts. This mini-series will premiere on Hulu on September 4.Aziz Ansari: Right NowAziz Ansari (Parks and Recreation, Master of None), stars in a new comedy special called Aziz Ansari: Right Now, which gives a behind-the-scenes look at Ansari’s stand-up work and the greater messages he is sending to fans everywhere.More on Geek.com:In ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ Trailer ‘The Rock’ Is Finally Danny DeVito‘Knives Out’ Trailer Shows Another Great Rian Johnson MovieRusso Brothers Might Be Teasing an ‘Avengers: Endgame’ Reunion for SDCC
What will will the weather throw at us this weekend? Find out with our local weather coverage.Here are some of the stories that grabbed readers’ attention this week.Golden Corral opens for businessAfter eight months of construction and a heaping of blown openings, Golden Corral swung open its doors on Thursday.“Boy oh boy, what a wild ride,” said franchise co-owner Ramsey Zawideh, who told The Columbian shortly after receiving final permits from the city of Vancouver.Its opening, at 11801 N.E. Fourth Plain Blvd., ends a drawn out saga where the all-you-can-eat buffet blew by opening dates in October, December and then again on Valentine’s Day.After the latest delay, spurned diners took to the restaurant’s Facebook page to either express frustration — some called for a boycott — or plead for rationality from their “hangry” peers.
New Delhi: Post the scrapping of Article 370, phone services and internet were partly restored today in Jammu and Kashmir. Restrictions in the movement were eased to facilitate Jumma or Friday prayers. As a preventive measure to curb any untoward trouble, several security personnel are still stationed in the valley. Prayers were allowed in smaller mosques in the interiors, said officials, even as the gates of Jama Masjid remained closed.