A Hizbul Mujahideen militant was killed in a pre-dawn operation of security forces on Sunday.“On a credible input, a cordon-and-search operation was launched at Chadoora’s Bugam area of Budgam. During the search operation, the hiding militants fired on the search party. One militant was killed and the body was later retrieved from the site of encounter,” the police said.The police identified the slain militant as Hilal Ahmad Bhat from Pulwama’s Armulla.“Bhat was affiliated with Hizb and was wanted by law for his complicity in attack on security establishments,” the police said.
Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy Urgent reply from Philippine football chief Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netOn a day National University pulled off a huge stunner, Ateneo quietly locked up a fifth straight victory and tightened its hold on the top spot in UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball—and the Lady Eagles owe a lot of their success to the emergence of Bea de Leon as a team leader.The feisty team captain scored 14 points in her breakout game for the season as Ateneo demolished Adamson, 25-8, 22-25, 25-16, 25-10, on Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Centre.ADVERTISEMENT The Lady Maroons, despite the 20 points from Tots Carlos and 15 from Justine Dorog, fell to their third defeat in six matches despite seemingly being in control for a majority of the match. Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem The win did not generate as much thrills as the one later in the day, when the Lady Bulldogs chewed off three match points to shock University of the Philippines, 25-17, 14-25, 17-25, 25-23, 17-15.But it cemented Ateneo’s status as top title threat after that label was put in question by an opening weekend defeat to defending champion and fierce rival La Salle.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesDe Leon received profuse praises from Ateneo coach Oliver Almadro, who said his senior player “always makes things easier for me on the bench.”Known for providing leadership and spunk rather than piling up points, De Leon said she got a boost when Almadro told her that he doesn’t “always need my points, he just wants my voice.” Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Especially since the points came from just about everybody in the Ateneo lineup, with Ponggay Gaston making 16, including six from the service area.Kat Tolentino added 15, while Jules Samonte and Maddie Madayag chipped in seven and six, respectively.“That’s the difference now, they are talking to each other. And they know what they want to do out there,” said Almadro.The Lady Eagles are now alone on top with a 5-1 card while inflicting on the Lady Falcons their fifth defeat in six games.Rookies Ivy Lacsina and Princess Robles combined for 31 points, while libero Jennifer Nierva had 29 excellent receptions and 26 excellent digs for the Lady Bulldogs, who snapped their three-game losing streak.ADVERTISEMENT PH clubs Ceres-Negros, Kaya-Iloilo lead their groups after big victories SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LATEST STORIES View comments
Jammu, May 20 (PTI) The Jammu and Kashmir government has taken several measures to augment and upgrade the sports infrastructure in the state, Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh today said.”Mega sports tournaments are now being organised in the state regularly to groom the sports talent among the local youths,” he said at a function in Kathua district.Highlighting the role of youth in nation building, he said that they should channelise their energies and activities towards making India a global power as they constitute a major chunk of the population. PTI TSS AYP ZMN AYP
After announcing the K6, K6 Power and K6 Note, Lenovo has now unveiled a couple of more smartphones – the P2 and the A Plus – at the ongoing IFA 2016 trade show in Berlin. While the P2 looks like a mid-level phone, the A Plus seems like a more budget offering from the company in question.The USP of the P2 is its massive 5,100mAh battery which can also charge other devices using an OTG cable. The technology would be similar to something that we’ve seen previously in the Asus ZenFone Max. The P2 supports quick charging, unlike the Max though which is nice.The Lenovo P2 comes with a 5.5-inch FullHD AMOLED display and is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor and will be available in 3GB and 4GB RAM variants with 32GB of inbuilt memory with support for expandable storage via microSD card. The phone comes with a 13-megapixel camera on the rear with dualLED flash alongside a 5-megapixel front-facing camera. The P2 also boasts of a front-mounted fingerprint scanner.The A Plus on the other hand has a smaller 4.5-inch display with 854×480 pixel resolution and is powered by a quad-core Mediatek MT6580 processor with 1GB RAM and 8GB, of internal memory which will be further expandable. It sports a 5-megapixel camera on the rear with LED flash and a 2-megapixel camera on the front. It is backed by a 2,000mAh battery.Lenovo has so far announced the Yoga Book, Yoga 910 and Miix 510, Moto Z Play alongside the Hasselblad True Zoom Moto Mod, K6, K6 Power and K6 Note phones at IFA.advertisementThe K6, K6 Power and K6 Note are mid-level phoned that come with an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor and Android Marshmallow out-of-the-box. While the K6 and K6 Power has a 5-inch FullHD display, the K6 Note comes with a bigger 5.5-inch 1080p screen. The K6 Power and K6 Note are backed by 4,000mAh batteries.Also Read: Lenovo’s K6, K6 Power & K6 Note have Snapdragon 430 CPUs, run Android Marshmallow
Romelu Lukaku Lukaku matches Van Persie and Ibrahimovic with Man Utd goalscoring feat Matthew Judge Last updated 2 years ago 02:23 10/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Romelu Lukaku Manchester United Stoke City v Manchester United Stoke City Premier League The Belgium international found the back of the net against Stoke City on Saturday to continue his fine start to life at the Red Devils Romelu Lukaku continued his fine start to life as a Manchester United player with a goal against Stoke City on Saturday.The Belgium ace found the back of the net after 57 minutes at the bet365 Stadium, increasing his goalscoring tally to four for the season following his summer move from Everton.Lukaku also netted a brace against West Ham on the opening weekend of the campaign before also scoring against Swansea City on matchday two. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing And, in scoring against Stoke, Lukaku matched a United milestone which some of their best strikers in recent years also achieved.4 – No player has scored more goals in their first 4 PL games for @ManUtd than Lukaku (4, same as Saha, van Persie & Ibrahimovic). Impact.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) September 9, 2017Lukaku’s strike against Stoke was his fourth goal in his first four Premier League matches for United, with no player having scored more in the same period.Robin van Persie, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Louis Saha also netted in their first four league games for the Red Devils before going on to lift silverware with the club.And Lukaku will certainly be hoping that is a good omen as he looks to lead Jose Mourinho’s side to more honours this term.In addition to matching that United achievement, Lukaku’s goal was also his 150th in club football.Lukaku scored 47 times at his first club Anderlecht, 17 at West Brom, 87 while at Everton and he has notched five goals in all competitions for United, having also netted in the UEFA Super Cup against Real Madrid.The 24-year-old’s effort initially put United 2-1 up against Stoke but Eric Choupo-Moting scored his second of the game to ensure the match finished 2-2.Chuopo-Moting fired Stoke in front after 43 minutes before Marcus Rashford equalised in a matter of minutes at the end of the first half.
Touch Football Australia (TFA) has recently reviewed and updated the TFA Member Protection Policy, in line with Australian Sports Commission standards. It is a requirement by TFA that all state, regional and affiliate entities formally adopt the TFA Member Protection Policy – 2015 version of this policy, under the TFA constitution. This policy will take effect from 1 January 2015 and will be made available via the TFA website.TFA has a legal obligation in relation to harassment, discrimination and child protection. Furthermore we also have moral obligations to establish appropriate standards of behaviour and to provide safe and respectful sporting environments. As member entities of TFA we require you also to implement and regularly update policies and procedures that assist sports to comply with the law and improve the sporting environment.For more information, please click on the attached memo and policy below. Related Filesmemorandum_-_member_protection_policy_2015_update-pdfmember_protection_policy_2015-pdfRelated LinksMember Protection Policy
Liverpool attacker Shaqiri admits ‘nice’ seeing Tottenham loseby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool attacker Xherdan Shaqiri says it was nice to see Tottenham lose on the weekend.Spurs were defeated 3-1 by Wolves on Saturday to leave them nine points behind Liverpool, who thrashed Arsenal.”Obviously [it boosted us],” the 27-year-old told Standard Sport when asked about Tottenham’s result on Saturday.”I think everybody when they see some teams struggle, who are behind you and coming after you, it’s nice to see obviously.”But, in the end, we look to ourselves and win our games.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
Cricket Australia hopeful, but won’t rush into Pakistan 2022 tourAustralia is scheduled to play two Tests, three ODIs and three T20I games in Pakistan from late February 2022.advertisement Next Indo-Asian News Service SydneySeptember 20, 2019UPDATED: September 20, 2019 10:59 IST Australia has not toured Pakistan since 1998 because of security concerns. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSCricket Australia Chief Executive Kevin Roberts has said that they are hopeful of touring Pakistan in 2022Australia is scheduled to play two Tests, three ODIs and three T20I games in Pakistan from late February 2022Roberts returned from Pakistan after the first trip by a high-level Australian cricket delegationCricket Australia Chief Executive Kevin Roberts has said that they are hopeful of touring Pakistan in 2022, adding that they won’t rush into a decision.Australia is scheduled to play two Tests, three ODIs and three T20I games in Pakistan from late February 2022.Roberts returned from Pakistan on Thursday after the first trip by a high-level Australian cricket delegation in more than a decade.”The purpose was really to understand the landscape, look at the plans they have in place around security and then start expressing our expectations for the safety of our players and our support staff well over two years away from when we’re due to tour,” Sydney Morning Herald quoted Roberts as telling to SEN.”So that we’re not dealing with that in a pressure-cooker environment a couple of months before the tour.”Things are heading in the right direction, but in saying that we were traveling in armoured cars and escorted by police and felt very safe over there. But certainly, that level of security is still required at this point,” he added.Australia has not toured Pakistan since 1998 because of security concerns.Asked if he could see Australia touring Pakistan during his tenure, the Chief Executive said: “I hope so. I really hope we do for the sake of world cricket and Australia’s important relationship with Pakistan.”As I said to Pakistan, we share their desire for international cricket to return to their country.”(But) we will never jeopardize the safety of our people and we will keep taking advice from experts on the way,” he added.advertisementInternational cricket was put on hold in Pakistan after a touring Sri Lankan team in March 2009 was attacked by gunmen on their way to the Gaddafi Stadium. In 2015, Zimbabwe, however, toured Pakistan for a limited-overs series.And currently, Sri Lanka is scheduled to play three ODIs and as many T20Is in Pakistan with the first 50-over game on September 27.Also Read | It’s been an amazing journey so far: Hardik Pandya shares major throwback picAlso Read | Sri Lanka team to tour Pakistan as plannedAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow Australia vs Pakistan
VANCOUVER – A British Columbia woman has hit a dead end in her quest for compensation from the Canadian government, whom she accuses of falsely branding her a terrorist and an arms dealer to American authorities.The United States Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal has dismissed an appeal from Perienne de Jaray, upholding a Washington state district court’s ruling that says she can’t sue Canada for malicious prosecution or abuse of process.The lower court wrote in its decision earlier this year that American law grants immunity to foreign states.De Jaray is a former co-owner and executive of Apex USA, once a multimillion-dollar subsidiary of electronics maker Apex Canada, which her father founded.She alleges she suffered years of baseless investigation on both sides of the border after the Canadian government told the Federal Bureau of Investigation in 2009 that it had intercepted a shipment of illegal, weapons-grade electronics from Apex — a claim later revealed to be false.The Canadian government ordered all criminal charges against de Jaray and her father stayed in 2011, and the charges were eventually dismissed.De Jaray and her lawyer could not be reached for comment.
Environment Canada issued a slew of extreme cold warnings across the country on Tuesday.Environment Canada says it issues extreme cold warnings when very cold temperatures or wind chill creates an elevated risk to health such as frost bite and hypothermia.The agency is asking people to watch for symptoms related to the cold, including shortness of breath, chest pain, muscle pain and weakness, numbness and a change in the colour of the fingers and toes.In British Columbia, the agency warned that the Yoho Park and Kootenay Park region could see wind chills as low as -40 C due to a cold arctic ridge of high pressure that it predicts will remain over the region for several days.Much of Alberta, Manitoba and the entirety of Saskatchewan were also subject to the warnings, and Environment Canada says the frigid temperatures are expected to continue through the end of the week.Environment Canada issued the warning for parts of northern Ontario too, along with a snow squall warning for Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.Southern Ontario was largely spared from the extreme cold, save for parts of southwestern Ontario surrounding the Georgian Bay.In Quebec, the agency warned that the cold arctic air was moving southward on Christmas Day night and Boxing Day, and would continue to do so on Wednesday.It said wind chills could reach -42 C in the province.While the Atlantic provinces were largely spared from the extreme cold warnings, much of Newfoundland and Labrador was subject to wind and blizzard warnings, as well as blowing snow advisories.
U.S. President Donald Trump says he wouldn’t mind seeing the North American Free Trade Agreement replaced by two separate, bilateral trade deals with Canada and Mexico.Trump told reporters of America’s neighbours: “these are two very different countries.”He said NAFTA has been “a very lousy deal” for the U.S. and added, “they’re our allies but they take advantage of us economically.”The U.S., Canada and Mexico have been holding talks to renegotiate the deal.Trump spoke to reporters after a lengthy meeting with a top aide to North Korea’s Kim Jong Un to discuss an on-again nuclear summit later this month.Larry Kudlow, director of the National Economic Council, also said Friday that he remains optimistic about the outcome of negotiations with Canada, Europe and Mexico in spite of recent escalations. Trump this week announced a 25 per cent tariff on imported steel and a 10 per cent tariff on imported aluminum from Canada, Mexico and the European Union.Countries around the world are already fighting back, announcing retaliatory countermeasures and warning that the U.S. plan will hurt U.S. consumers.Canada retaliated for the tariffs Thursday with $16.6 billion worth of “countermeasures” that hit a range of products from flat-rolled steel to playing cards, while Mexico also plans tariffs on a variety of U.S. products, including flat steel.
Kolkata: Mayor Firhad Hakim directed the Director General (DG) of the Lighting department and DG (Civil) to maintain coordination with CESC, so that there is no revenue loss of the Kolkata Municipal Corporation when it comes to charging them for taking up work on land belonging to the civic body.The matter came up for discussion at the monthly meeting of the KMC on Monday, when Congress councillor Prakash Upadhyay proposed that the KMC would levy hefty charges on CESC for laying cables or fixing light posts for the purpose of electricity connection on KMC land. “The CESC charges a monthly bill of Rs 30 crore from the KMC, which amounts to a whopping Rs 360 crore in a year. But when CESC uses KMC land for their purpose, they do not pay the KMC enough,” Upadhyay said. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersResponding to his proposal, Hakim said the civic body is bound by some provisions of Indian Telegraph Act 1885 and Electricity Act 2003, under which it levies charges on the power utility. “The concerned officials should remain alert and ensure that charges are levied upon CESC as per provisions of the two Acts,” he maintained. The Mayor instructed the DG of the Lighting department and DG (Civil) to address the issue in a proper manner and maintain liaison with CESC to prevent any revenue loss for the civic body in this connection.
Kolkata: The Enforcement Branch (EB) of Kolkata Police unearthed a racket that produced adulterated milk powder and arrested two persons in this connection from Rajakatra in Burrabazar on Wednesday morning.Police found several packets of a well-known milk powder producing company, which were being used for the packaging of the adulterated milk powder. According to the police, sleuths from the enforcement branch recently got a tip-off that there was a warehouse in the city where adulterated milk was being produced. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersWorking on the information, the sleuths found out that the warehouse was located on the Netaji Subhas Road in Rajakatra. To confirm the information, police kept strict vigil on the warehouse for a few days. When they had enough evidences that adulterated milk powder was being manufactured at the warehouse, they launch a raid on Wednesday morning. Two persons were caught mixing milk powder from two different packets of local companies. They were putting the adulterated milk powder into the packets of the well-known milk producing company. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaSeeing the police, both of them tried to flee but they failed as several police personnel had surrounded the warehouse. The accused persons were identified as Sunil Tanti and Arup Bhaduri. They will remain in police custody till March 19. Police conducted a search and found 95 cartons filled with the adulterated milk powder and containers, cartons and jars of the well-known milk producing company. About 3,890 kg of adulterated milk powder was seized by the cops. During the interrogation, the arrested persons revealed that Dilip Saha was the owner of the warehouse and he had managed to give cops a slip. Sleuths are trying to nab him as soon as possible. A case has been lodged at the Burrabazar police station in this regard. Sleuths are also trying find out where the adulterated milk was supplied. The police are sure that more persons are connected with the racket and several shop owners also know about the illegal practice.
The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) called for an immediate easing of the restrictions given that April is the start of the annual high season, when fish migrate from the Nile Delta region in Egypt to Turkish waters across the Mediterranean Sea.Under current restrictions, Palestinians are allowed to fish only up to six nautical miles off the Gaza coast, whereas a deal in 2002 between the UN and Israel allowed for fishing up to 12 miles off the coast and the Oslo Accords of 1993 gave fishing rights for up to 20 miles.The Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) have said the restrictions are necessary to prevent Palestinians smuggling weapons into the Gaza Strip.Margareta Wahlström, Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, described the relaxation of restrictions as critical.“Being confined so close to shore has meant poor catches for Gazan fishermen in terms of fish size, value and quantity,” she said, adding that fish stocks have depleted because many natural breeding grounds are close to shore.Many of the Israeli restrictions seem to be imposed arbitrarily, OCHA said in a press release, with fishing allowed in some locations but not others, and on some days but not others. It called for a means of communication between Israeli naval boats and Palestinian fishermen to reduce the hazards.OCHA also said that many Gaza residents now buy fish imported from Israel at a much higher price because of the restrictions, placing the commodity out of reach of many people.For the families of the fishermen, the reduced income means they have become progressively impoverished over the past six years, and now depend on aid and jobs from the World Food Programme (WFP), the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) and other humanitarian agencies. 19 April 2007Israeli restrictions on where Palestinian fishermen can work in the waters off the Gaza Strip are hurting more than 40,000 people who depend on the industry as their main source of income, the United Nations humanitarian arm warned today.
Two Hamilton men are being shamed after posting a video of a cruel prank at a McDonald’s – that went viral on Facebook.The video shows two men throwing a half-eaten cheeseburger and a drink into the face of a man who was sleeping at a nearby table. The two are laughing, as they run out of the restaurant. It was posted on Facebook early Monday morning by Joey Alexander Reid. 23 year old Matthew West is tagged in the post. It’s now been deleted from his Facebook page. The incident happened Sunday night at the McDonald’s at Barton and Lottridge. Matthew West now admits it wasn’t funny. Reaction and comments are coming in from around the world, including some threats. At this point, no charges have been laid. Hamilton police say they are aware of the video and the incident and are investigating.
“Without the voices of more than half the world’s population, how can we understand the whole story?” Irina Bokova, Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), said in her message for the Day. In 2011, the UNESCO General Conference proclaimed 13 February as World Radio Day, the day United Nations Radio was established in 1946. Radio is the most prevalent mass medium, with the ability to reach up to 95 per cent of the world’s population. World Radio Day aims to celebrate radio as a medium; to improve international cooperation between broadcasters; and to encourage major networks and community radio alike to promote access to information, freedom of expression and gender equality over the airwaves. This year, the Day has a dual theme: to promote the voice of women over the air waves and to enhance the role of women within broadcast organizations. Radio, said Ms. Bokova, is vital for promoting gender equality and the empowerment of women. “From pioneering executives in the early 20th century to those today reporting from conflict zones, women have played a key role in the growth of radio. “As citizen journalists, reporters, producers, technicians and key decision-makers, women are working at every level of the broadcasting industry to ensure the free exchange of opinion, information and ideas over the airwaves. “But there is still much work to do,” she stressed, noting that less than one quarter of radio stories are about women, and women represent less than one-third of all top-level management and governance positions in media. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, in his message, underlined the need for radio broadcasters everywhere to promote the voice of women and to enhance the role of women within broadcast organizations. “The airwaves have frequently lagged behind when it comes to gender equality. Not nearly enough women’s voices are heard – either in front or behind the microphone,” he stated. “Not nearly enough stories about women and girls are being told. And women make up only a quarter of the members of the boards of the world’s media enterprises.” On its website, UNESCO has created a dedicated portal for the Day, which features a host of related audio and video messages, including from Frank La Rue UN Special Rapporteur on the Promotion and Protection of the Right to Freedom of Opinion and Expression, Suzana Owiyo Singer, and Goodwill Ambassador for the UN Environment Program (UNEP), and Stephane Dujarric, Director of the News and Media Division in the UN Department of Public Information.
Provisional output data released today by the Office for National Statistics shows: Best November performance since 2000, despite loss of MG Rover Production for export up 4.4 per cent in November and 0.9 per cent in year-to-date ‘Export volumes continue to boost car production in the UK’, said Christopher Macgowan, SMMT chief executive. ‘Eight in every ten cars made in the UK in November is destined for export markets and we expect the 2005 total to reach record volumes and market share. Overall car output in 2005 should hit 1.6 million units, a little down on 2004 but still a strong performance.’ Strong exports deliver CV growth UK car production to smash export record DownloadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) November CV production fell 0.6 per cent on November 2004 Export production rose 12.5 per cent on November 2004 Rolling annual total of 208,052 units at year-to-November ‘Like car production, commercial vehicle exports have underpinned output throughout 2005,’ said Christopher Macgowan, SMMT chief executive. ‘Growth in November meant that total CV production for the month was broadly the same as last year. Overall, we expect total CV production will be close to 210,000 units by the year end.’
General Secretary of the PPP, Dr Bharrat JagdeoThe findings of the Commission to Inquiry (CoI) into the Lindo Creek killings, which was leaked to certain sections of the media, has come as no surprise to the Opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP).This is according to a statement issued by the Party on Saturday, where it was outlined, among other things, that while the Party was expecting a certain outcome it was disappointed that blame was laid at the feet of the Joint Services men and women.According to the PPP “So while we emphatically reject the findings of the Donald Trotman Commission of Inquiry, we are not surprised by it. In fact, we predicted it. However, it is a real tragedy when a Government can travel to such extent to protect criminals and tarnish our law enforcement officers, who risk their lives every day to protect the law abiding citizens of this land.”Moreover, the Party posited that “We knew that this Commission was established with a preconceived intention of holding the Joint Services liable and to exonerate the notorious killer, Rondell Rawlins also known as “Fine Man” and his murderous gang. We pointed out that a close relative of a leading member of the Coalition Government was appointed as the lone Commissioner to bring home this finding. Nearly a year later and after the expenditure of unknown millions of taxpayers’ dollars, we have been vindicated.”Commissioner, Lindo Creek CoI, retired Justice Donald TrotmanAlmost 10 years after the eight miners were killed, the Commission of Inquiry (CoI) into the Lindo Creek Massacre, commenced in February of this year. Retired Justice Donald Trotman, 80, father of incumbent Minister Raphael Trotman, was the lone Commissioner selected by Granger to oversee the CoI.The Commissioner had said that the main objective of the CoI was to find the truth and to bring healing and closure to the nation as a whole.However, he rejected suggestions to extend the CoI’s focus to several years before 2008 when other major criminal activities had plagued the country.The PPP had said that the inquiry should have started from the period 1998 when the real wave of ethno-political violence commenced, which would assist in addressing the root cause of the violence.Some time between June 12, 2008 and June 24, 2008, miners Cecil Arokium, Dax Arokium, Compton Speirs, Horace Drakes, Clifton Wong, Lancelot Lee, Bonny Harry and Nigel Torres were shot and killed, and their bodies burnt at the Upper Berbice River mining camp which was being operated by Leonard Arokium.See the PPP’s full statement below:From the inception, the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) expressed no confidence in the establishment of a Commission to inquire into the Lindo Creek killings.We knew that this Commission was established with a preconceived intention of holding the Joint Services liable and to exonerate the notorious killer, Rondell Rawlins also known as “Fine Man” and his murderous gang. We pointed out that a close relative of a leading member of the Coalition Government was appointed as the lone Commissioner to bring home this finding. Nearly a year later and after the expenditure of unknown millions of taxpayers’ dollars, we have been vindicated.Certain PNC leaders’ close affiliation with criminals, criminal gangs and their posture against the law enforcement agencies are well documented and have a long history. The draping of our national flag on the coffin of the notorious criminal Blackie London and marching with his corpse along the streets of Georgetown; the nocturnal visits of many leaders of that party, including, a close relative of the lone Commissioner, in south Buxton to liaise with criminal gangs hiding out in “the gulf”; the labelling of the 2001 jailbreak escapees, who terrorized law abiding citizens for years, as “freedom fighters”; their mass street protests against segments of the Guyana Police Force (GPF), who bravely took on the bandits; the continuous pardoning of convicted criminals by President Granger – are all irrefutable evidence of where they stand on this issue.So while we emphatically reject the findings of the Donald Trotman Commission of Inquiry, we are not surprised by it. In fact, we predicted it. However, it is a real tragedy when a Government can travel to such extent to protect criminals and tarnish our law enforcement officers, who risk their lives every day to protect the law abiding citizens of this land.To our Joint Services men and women, who have been wrongly tarnished in this Report, we say, do not despair, we stand with you, and we are sure that so do a large majority of our citizens.People’s Progressive Party Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedTrotman heading Lindo Creek COI a Conflict of Interest says PPP/CJanuary 31, 2018In “latest news”Lindo Creek COI ‘turning out to be an assault on the GDF’- JagdeoMay 17, 2018In “latest news”Lindo creek CoI being held “in camera” – HarmonFebruary 22, 2018In “latest news”
A 22-YEAR-old woman has died in a house fire in Cork.Gardaí in Midleton are investigating all the circumstances of the fatal house fire, which occurred at New Cork Road in Midleton at approximately 3.30am today.A 22-year-old female was pronounced dead at the scene. Three other people were brought to Mercy Hospital Cork and have since been released.The scene is preserved but gardaí currently believe that there is nothing suspicious about the fatal blaze.Originally posted 07:50
Martha Mavrommati, Cyprus’ High Commissioner in Australia, paid a visit to the Greek Centre on Lonsdale Street on Wednesday 3 January. Accompanied by the representative of the Cypriot Community of Apostolos Andreas, Marina Theodorou, the High Commissioner met with the President of the Greek Community of Melbourne and Victoria (GCMV), Bill Papastergiadis, Vice President Theo Markos, General Secretary Kostas Markos and board member Dimitris Bosinakis. Ms Mavrommati and the leaders of the GCMV discussed the latest updates on the Cypriot issue, as well as the upcoming Presidential elections in Cyprus, scheduled to take place on 28 January (with a second round possibly happening on 4 February).From their part, the President and board members of the GCMV offered a detailed account of the organisations activities and reaffirmed that the Greek Centre is always open to host events organised by the High Commission and Cypriot Community Associations. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram