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Former clerical officer got over €20,000 in return for confidential information

first_img Google+ Former clerical officer got over €20,000 in return for confidential information Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Twitter Pinterest By News Highland – January 24, 2018 Facebook A former clerical officer at the Department of Social Protection in Letterkenny received more than €20,000 in return for confidential information on social welfare recipients.50 year old Rory Lenihan of Ballaghderg, Letterkenny pleaded guilty to 12 sample charges of stealing information from social welfare recipients and selling them to two private investigators.Letterkenny Circuit Court was told this information inlcuded the location of those involved as well as their loans, etc and was then passed to various banks and solicitor’s offices.The offences took place between January 2008 and October 2010.Senior Counsel, Alex Owens, representing the DPP, said in total, Mr Lenihan was accused of 41 charges amounting to a total theft of €21,898.The court heard that in September 2010, his supervisor became suspicious of his behaviour during break times and an internal investigation was launched which included the checking of files as well as cross-referencing his call log.When Mr Lenihan was approached by his supervisors, he admitted he was passing on information for a return of money.He was paid €23 for information on each person, paid in a lump sum into his account, from two private investigators, John Buckley, of Navan Road, Dublin and Brian Foy with a business address in Leixlip.The case has been adjourned until Friday for sentencing. Previous articleStorm Georgina: Heavy rain expected for North West todayNext articleSeamus Coleman Returns “It’s a great feeling” News Highland RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic center_img Facebook WhatsApp Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows DL Debate – 24/05/21 WhatsApp News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Google+ Pinterest Homepage BannerNews Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programmelast_img read more

Influence of changing temperature on growth rate and competition between two psychrotolerant Antarctic bacteria: competition and survival in non-steady-state temperature environments

first_imgCompetition between two psychrotolerant bacteria was examined in glycerol-limited chemostat experiments subjected to non-steady-state conditions of temperature. One bacterium, a Brevibacterium sp. strain designated CR3/1/15, responded rapidly to temperature change, while a second, Hydrogenophaga pseudoflava, designated CR3/2/10, exhibited a lag in growth after a shift-down during a square-wave temperature cycle but not after a shift-up. The effects on competition and survival by these bacteria of both sine-wave and square-wave temperature changes between 2 and 16 degrees C over a 24-h cycle time were examined, as well as square-wave cycles over 12 and 96 h. The changing proportion of each bacterium in the chemostat was determined by plate counting at regular intervals. Under a sine-wave temperature cycle H. psedoflava outcompeted the Brevibacterium sp., but under square-wave temperature cycles the two bacteria coexisted because the lag by H. pseudoflava after the temperature shift-down favored the faster-responding Brevibacterium sp. The two bacteria thus exhibited different survival strategies, with H. pseudoflava adapted to effective competition under steady-state conditions and the Brevibacterium sp. adapted to rapid adaptation and survival in a changing environment. The degree of perturbation of the bacteria, expressed as a temperature challenge index (delta temp/delta time), was greater under a square-wave temperature cycle than under a sine-wave cycle of equivalent amplitude and frequency, and higher-temperature challenge favored the Brevibacterium sp. A computer model was developed to examine competition between the bacteria in transient environments. The frequency of the temperature cycle influenced competition, as with a longer cycle (96 h) the significance of the lag by H. pseudoflava decreased compared with that of a 24-h cycle, and H. pseudoflava predominated in a mixed culture with a 96-h cycle. The shift-down lag by H. pseudoflava, during which it adapted to low temperature, disadvantaged it in a changing temperature environment, but at a short cycle time (12 h) this disadvantage was countered by the incomplete loss of low-temperature adaptation between cycles and thus the carryover of some low-temperature adaptation. Also, it was demonstrated that, as well as consideration of the effect of temperature changes on inducing lags in growth, the loss of adaptation to low temperature between cycles had to be taken into account in the computer model if it was to reproduce the trends in the experimental data.last_img read more

International journalism and the global water crisis

first_imgOn Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2010, the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard will host an evening discussion on how news media collaboration and innovative online tools can bridge the foreign reporting gap.Titled “International Journalism 2.0: Bringing Home the Global Water Crisis,” the event will bring Dennis Dimick, executive editor for the environment at National Geographic, and Jon Sawyer founding director of the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, to Harvard to discuss their joint collaboration with PBS NewsHour to raise the visibility of water and population issues.John Briscoe, professor of environmental engineering at Harvard and a former senior water adviser at The World Bank will respond. Stefanie Friedhoff, special projects manager at the Nieman Foundation, will moderate the conversation.The event will kick off a new collaboration between the Nieman Foundation and the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. The purpose of the talk is to reach out to the academic, research, and student communities and involve them in a conversation on the importance of international journalism; what the challenges are to reporting a complex subject that affects the entire globe; and how this type of in-depth global reporting can be sustained and improved.The event is open to the public and will take place at Lippmann House, One Francis Avenue, Cambridge, Mass., from 7 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 27. A wine and cheese reception will follow the discussion. If you have questions, email [email protected] or call 617.496.8511.last_img read more

Highlights of the Week

first_imgDredging Today brings you an overview of the most popular stories from the past week (March 12 – 18, 2018). CHEC Wins Chornomorsk Port Dredging ContractChina Harbor Engineering Company Ltd. (CHEC) has been awarded two lots of the Chornomorsk sea port dredging project. PHOTO: Keel Laying Ceremony of New IHC Easydredge for CubaRoyal IHC held a keel-laying ceremony last week for the Easydredge 3.700m³ trailing suction hopper dredger (TSHD) that is being built for Tecnoimport and Empresa Constructora de Obras Maritimas from Havana, Cuba. New Backhoe Dredger for Pakistan NavyInduction ceremony of new backhoe dredger Rah Kusha and two split hopper barges Tarseel One and Two, built for Pakistan Navy at Tianjin Shipyard in China, was held at Pakistan Navy Dockyard in Karachi last week. EcoShape Releases the Koehoal Salt Marsh Development StudyThe EcoShape foundation which carries out the public-private Building with Nature innovation program recently released a study on the Mud Motor Koehoal salt marsh development. Afsluitdijk Project Awarded to Levvel ConsortiumRijkswaterstaat has awarded the Afsluitdijk project to the Levvel consortium, the joint venture consisting of Van Oord (with Aberdeen/APG), BAM (with PGGM) and Rebel. Multi Cat Water Injection Dredger from DamenDamen Shipyards Group has introduced a Water Injection Dredger (WID), courtesy of a plug & play system aboard a Damen Multi Cat.last_img read more

Half-time: Fulham 0 Sunderland 0

first_imgFulham are down to 10 men at Craven Cottage following the sending-off of Brede Hangeland.The defender was red-carded after half an hour for a two-footed challenge on Lee Cattermole.To their credit, the Whites responded strongly and Dimitar Berbatov had a low shot saved by Sunderland keeper Simon Mignolet.Earlier, Seb Larsson’s tame shot was held by Fulham keeper Mark Schwarzer and Black Cats forward Stephane Sessegnon sent a 25-yard effort over the bar.Fulham: Schwarzer, Riether, Riise, Hangeland, Hughes, Sidwell, Karagounis (Senderos 34), Kacaniklic, Duff, Ruiz, Berbatov. Subs: Kelly, Petric, Rodallega, Dejagah, Smith, Stockdale.YTo4OntzOjk6IndpZGdldF9pZCI7czoyMDoid3lzaWphLW5sLTEzNTI0NjE4NjkiO3M6NToibGlzdHMiO2E6MTp7aTowO3M6MToiMyI7fXM6MTA6Imxpc3RzX25hbWUiO2E6MTp7aTozO3M6MjI6Ildlc3QgTG9uZG9uIFNwb3J0IGxpc3QiO31zOjEyOiJhdXRvcmVnaXN0ZXIiO3M6MTc6Im5vdF9hdXRvX3JlZ2lzdGVyIjtzOjEyOiJsYWJlbHN3aXRoaW4iO3M6MTM6ImxhYmVsc193aXRoaW4iO3M6Njoic3VibWl0IjtzOjMzOiJTdWJzY3JpYmUgdG8gb3VyIGRhaWx5IG5ld3NsZXR0ZXIiO3M6Nzoic3VjY2VzcyI7czoyODM6IlRoYW5rIHlvdSEgUGxlYXNlIGNoZWNrIHlvdXIgaW5ib3ggaW4gb3JkZXIgdG8gY29uZmlybSB5b3VyIHN1YnNjcmlwdGlvbi4gSWYgeW91IGRvbid0IHNlZSBhbiBlLW1haWwgZnJvbSB1cywgY2hlY2sgeW91ciBzcGFtIGZvbGRlci4gSWYgeW91IHN0aWxsIGhhdmVuJ3QgcmVjZWl2ZWQgYSBjb25maXJtYXRpb24gbWVzc2FnZSwgcGxlYXNlIGUtbWFpbCBmZWVkYmFja0B3ZXN0bG9uZG9uc3BvcnQuY29tIGFuZCB0ZWxsIHVzIHlvdSB3aXNoIHRvIHN1YnNjcmliZSB0byBvdXIgbmV3c2xldHRlci4iO3M6MTI6ImN1c3RvbWZpZWxkcyI7YToxOntzOjU6ImVtYWlsIjthOjE6e3M6NToibGFiZWwiO3M6NToiRW1haWwiO319fQ== Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

‘Hard Knocks’: Series has extra meaning for ex-Raider’s son

first_imgFrom Jon Gruden’s hilarious barbs to the bizarre antics of Antonio Brown, HBO’s “Hard Knocks: Training Camp With the Oakland Raiders” has delivered plenty of memorable moments through its first three episodes.But for Matt Montoya, a key production assistant with the show, the best experience by far came during the team’s alumni weekend featured in the series opener. It was an event attended by his father, former Raiders’ guard Max Montoya, and his mother, Patti. And, in his eyes, it was pure …last_img

The extraordinary real meal revolution of Tim Noakes

first_imgEggs, bacon and asparagus. One of the filling, tasty, protein- and fat-rich – and guilt-free – recipes in sports scientist Tim Noakes’s new recipe book, The Real Meal Revolution.• Professor Timothy NoakesDirector, UCT/MRC Research Unit for Exercise Science and Sports MedicineUniversity of Cape Town+27 21 650 [email protected]• A Mad Swim from Mozambique to Madagascar • Quality non-fiction from Mampoer • ‘Human polar bear’ makes Himalayan swim for peace • Science in the spotlight • Taking a nation’s health to heartMelissa Jane CookEating fat is good for you. That’s the extraordinary claim by South African health and exercise guru Tim Noakes, who has snatched headlines with his controversial new diet plan – high fats, high protein and next to no carbohydrates, ideally none.Speaking at an Extraordinary South Africans event in Johannesburg in late January, Noakes, a professor of exercise and sports science at the University of Cape Town, explained to an engrossed and crowded room why a plate of bacon and eggs may be good for you.The Extraordinary South Africans series of talks at Gallagher Convention Centre gives a platform to South Africans who are not afraid to confront lazy thinking. An author, serial runner and globally respected researcher, Noakes fits the bill: he’s in the middle of a global challenge to dietary convention, and doesn’t shy away from a rumpus.Noakes is a world-class scientist, so his assertion that there is “no evidence that a low-fat diet is healthy” has caused an outcry. The evidence, he said, is that fat is good and carbohydrates bad – contrary to what massive food corporations tell us. Carbohydrates are profitable, he said, but big industry shouldn’t determine what people eat.“It has taken me 61 years to suspect that bread and cereals – the biblical staff of life – as well as rice, pasta and refined carbohydrates may not be healthy for me personally as I had always believed.”Noakes claims that fat is a US government-endorsed scapegoat for obesity. “It was made up initially by a couple of scientists, and then the US Senate got behind it. They produced the US Dietary Guidelines and said fat was bad, and that you should eat more carbohydrates. Industry got behind it because you can make more money selling carbohydrates. From that moment, Americans became more obese.” Professor Tim Noakes is no maverick outsider, easily ignored. He’s a globally recognised sports science expert, an accomplished University of Cape Town academic, a ground-breaking researcher, and the author of numerous well-regarded books.Over his long career Noakes – particularly in his classic runners’ bible The Lore of Running – always recommended loading up on carbohydrates to improve sporting performance. Only in the last few years has he made a U-turn, concluding that carbohydrates are in fact the cause of diet-related illnesses such as obesity and type-two diabetes.At his talk, Noakes apologised, putting up his hands to say: “I’m sorry for telling you all those years ago that carbohydrates were the way to go: bulk up the diet with those and this creates healthy bodies.” Recently, the Harvard school of public health released a statement admitting they, too, were wrong about carbs.The ancestors’ dietNoakes has backed up his views with a sumptuous book of recipes for unorthodox meals, The Real Meal Revolution, co-authored with nutritionist Sally-Ann Creed and “chef-athletes” Jonno Proudfoot and David Grier.With the tagline “Changing the world one meal at a time”, the book implodes conventional beliefs about weight loss, heart health, obesity and cholesterol. It is full of fat and protein – beef steak with horseradish crème fraiche, for example, or bacon fat cherry tomatoes with bocconcini cheese – but also lots of fruit, vegetables and nuts.Noakes is no maverick outsider easily ignored. He holds a Doctorate in Science, the highest degree the University of Cape Town can award, and is globally recognised as a leading sports science expert. With cold-water swimmer Lewis Pugh as his subject, he has conducted ground-breaking research in the Arctic and Antarctic on how the human body adapts to extreme temperatures, and has authored numerous well-regarded books on exercise and health.Fat, Noakes says, is the body’s preferred fuel. People don’t need carbohydrates for energy. In the introduction to The Real Meal Revolution, Noakes and his co-authors insist that their revolution is not some “newfangled diet involving bizarre strategies and supplements”.“Rather,” they say, “it’s a return to your dietary roots, bringing you back to the way humans are meant to eat and returning your body and mind back to the trim, happy, energised state our ancestors experienced thousands of years ago. They didn’t get fat or suffer from obesity, diabetes or other lifestyle illnesses.”Noakes himself is diabetic, and so has to cut carbohydrate consumption down to 25 grams a day. If he doesn’t, his insulin levels become unstable and he puts on body fat.“Metabolic syndrome, diabetes and insulin resistance are all agitated and brought on by the consumption of carbohydrates, and can be controlled – and in some cases reversed – by reducing the consumption of carbohydrates,” he said.The four absolutes of foodThree years ago Noakes had an epiphany. He realised his diet was killing him and vowed to do something about it.“I submitted myself to an experiment of rigorously avoiding all bread, cereals, rice, pasta and refined carbohydrates and replacing that nutritional deficit with healthy meats, fish, fruit, vegetables and fats, including nuts. Five months later, I was at my lightest weight in 20 years and running faster than I had in 20 years.”Noakes said there are four absolutes of diet:1. Healthy eating requires the best possible nutrition for gut and brain – food has a powerful influence on brain function. A good diet will make people more productive, and drive down health costs. The human gut – our food-processing intestines – also works best when occupied by lots of healthy bacterial flora, beneficial microorganisms that thrive on protein, fat, fruit and vegetables – but starve on carbs.2. What you eat determines what you eat. If you’re hooked on carbohydrates, then your body will crave carbohydrates.3. Don’t eat sugars, artificial sweeteners or processed food. Just don’t.4. Eat zero to a maximum of 200 grams of carbohydrates a day, depending on your insulin resistance.“It’s the European paradox: high fat equals low heart disease,” Noakes said. “Carbohydrate requirements are zero grams per day, but you can’t cut out fat and protein. We don’t understand health and, unfortunately, the population have been made obese and ill due to incorrect facts. There is no evidence that a low-fat diet is healthy.”Over the next few months the Extraordinary South Africans talk series, a project of Litha Communications, will present a line-up of top South African speakers. These include former president Thabo Mbeki, environmentalist and extreme cold water swimmer Lewis Pugh, Archbishop emeritus Desmond Tutu, African Union chair Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, mining magnate Patrice Motsepe, and Jonathan Jansen, rector and vice-chancellor of the University of the Free State.last_img read more

Attacks on foreign nationals: South Africa responds

first_imgAfter violence against foreigners, many of them from elsewhere in Africa, erupted in communities across the country over the past week, the government, civil society and ordinary citizens have condemned the attacks, sought ways to alleviate the suffering, and looked for ways to end the conflict. Watch: Is South Africa’s brand equity in question after xenophobic attacks?The wave of xenophobic attacks has brought into question South Africa’s brand equity. Brand South Africa’s acting chief executive officer Alice Puoane joins CNBC Africa senior anchor David Williams to discuss the issue. Peace restored in communities after xenophobic attacks29 April 2015 – Peace has returned to South African communities riven by the recent xenophobic violence, and the supply of food, shelter and other support for foreigners forced to flee their homes has been stepped up, Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe told a press briefing on Tuesday. MORE > Watch: Media briefing on xenophobia28 April 2015 – “We want to reassure those who have plans to travel to South Africa that our government is in charge. The violence has stopped,” Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe told the media at the first briefing by the Inter-Ministerial Committee on migration. MORE > Inter-Ministerial Committee on Migration media briefing statement28 April 2015 – President Jacob Zuma has appointed an Inter-Ministerial Committee on Migration to strengthen and broaden the scope of the work started by Ministers Mahlobo, Gigaba and Nhleko. In the coming weeks and months the IMC will work with all the affected parties so as to seek a lasting solution to the issues raised by communities and foreign nationals. MORE > Our African bonds defy borders28 April 2015 – The South Africa where foreigners fear for their lives is not the South Africa envisioned by Nelson Mandela and the Freedom Charter, writes Thebe Ikalafeng. MORE > Media statement: South African government responds to the decision by the Nigerian government26 April 2015 – The South African Government takes note that the outgoing Government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria has recalled its Acting High Commissioner to South Africa. A government resorts to such an extraordinary diplomatic step to express outrage at actions or behaviour of another government. MORE > Booklet: Stop attacks on foreign nationals24 April 2015 – The South African government appeals for peace and tolerance following the recent violence against foreign nationals. In addition to the human cost, the attacks damage the country’s reputation and development, and ignore migrants’ contribution to our society, as a new booklet explains. Read and download the booklet here. MORE > Watch: We Are the World Africa sings out against xenophobia23 April 2015 – Organisers of the MTN Radio Awards have called on radio stations across the continent to stand in solidarity against the recent xenophobic attacks in South Africa by broadcasting the new Africa Against Ebola and Xenophobia rendition of “We Are the World”. MORE > Zuma meets stakeholders to discuss migration and attacks on foreign nationals23 April 2015 – On Tuesday 22 April South African President Jacob Zuma met representatives from different sectors of society to discuss the country’s migration policy and explore ways to promote orderly migration and good relations between South Africans and other nationals. MORE > Buti Manamela addresses National Union of Mineworkers Youth Council23 April 2015 – “These images of violence and criminality directed at foreign nationals have been splattered over the front pages of our newspapers and our television screens. They have tugged at our hearts and sometimes brought tears to our eyes.” MORE > Social support to continue as foreign nationals are reintegrated into communities23 April 2015 – Foreign nationals who have been accommodated at a temporary settlement next to the Primrose Police Station in Germiston, East Rand, after they fled fearing attacks, will continue receiving social support services from social workers as they are reintegrated into their communities in Makawusi and Marathon informal settlements. MORE > High-level ministerial committee to tackle migration issues22 April 2015 – On Tuesday 21 April South African President Jacob Zuma convened the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Migration, instructing members on what they need to do to promote orderly and efficient migration as well as peaceful coexistence between citizens and non-South Africans. MORE > Watch: South Africans must support the government in fighting xenophobia – Sexwale South Africa to host anti-xenophobia football friendlies21 April 2015 – The South African Football Association and the Premier Soccer League are organising two international friendly matches against neighbouring countries to create unity in the wake of attacks on foreign nationals. MORE >  Watch: AU chair Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma pleads for calm Pandor takes a stand against xenophobia21 April 2015 – Minister of Science and Technology Naledi Pandor has expressed her dismay at the recent xenophobic attacks and said that some of South Africa’s scientific achievements may not have been possible without eminent African scientists working in our universities and science councils. MORE >  Attacks on foreign nationals20 April 2015 – The South African government condemns in the strongest possible terms the recent outbreak of violent attacks in parts of the country against foreign nationals, particularly fellow Africans from other African countries. This the government’s response so far. MORE >  President Zuma to build partnerships for peaceful migration20 April 2015 – President Jacob Zuma is to hold consultative meetings with stakeholders to discuss South Africa’s migration policy and how different sectors of society can work with the government to promote orderly migration and good relations between citizens and foreign nationals. MORE >  Watch: Newsroom discusses business and xenophobia South Africa acts against xenophobia20 April 2015 – The South African government is taking steps to bring the latest outbreak of attacks against foreign nationals in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng under control. President Jacob Zuma cancelled a trip to Indonesia and visited refugee camps in Durban on Saturday. MORE >  Maponya: We must collectively say no to xenophobia20 April 2015 – Brand South Africa’s chairperson, Chichi Maponya, says our African neighbours helped us during apartheid and says it is time for South Africa to play her part for the continent. MORE > Department of Energy condemns attacks on foreign nationals20 April 2015 – The Minister of Energy Tina Joemat-Pettersson and her deputy, Thembisile Majola, join President Jacob Zuma in strongly condemning the current attacks on non-South Africans in parts of our country. MORE >  Sport is fighting against xenophobia20 April 2015 – Minister of Sport and Recreation, Fikile Mbalula, has lauded the sports bodies taking a stance against the xenophobic attacks and says that sport, yet again, is playing a role in uniting people in our country. MORE >  Displaced foreigners successfully reintegrated into KwaZulu-Natal communities18 April 2015 – The KwaZulu-Natal government and eThekwini Metro are satisfied that great progress is being made in reintegrating displaced foreign nationals in a number of areas affected in greater Durban and greater Pietermaritzburg. MORE >  Statement from Brand South Africa on the current developments in South Africa17 April 2015 – Brand South Africa joins the rest of the country in condemning the acts of violence that have been levelled against some foreign national residing in some of the nine provinces of South Africa. MORE >  Thousands march for peace in Durban17 April 2015 – South Africans took to Durban’s streets on Thursday to call for calm and an end to the attacks on foreign nationals, which have claimed five lives and displaced hundreds of others in KwaZulu-Natal over the past two weeks. #WeAreAfrica #StopXenophobia MORE > Watch: President Zuma condemns the spate of xenophobic attacks Zuma: Xenophobic attacks defy South African values16 April 2015 – President Jacob Zuma expressed his condemnation of the xenophobic attacks on foreigners in KwaZulu-Natal when he addressed the National Assembly on Thursday, 16 April. MORE >  Zuma condemns xenophobic attacks15 April 2015 – President Jacob Zuma condemned the attacks on foreign nationals in KwaZulu-Natal and Johannesburg in an interview with the SABC, South Africa’s public broadcaster, on Wednesday night. MORE > Watch: Foreign nationals anticipate more attacks African Union statement on xenophobic attacks in South Africa15 April 2015 – Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, the chairperson of the African Union Commission, has described the attacks of foreign nationals in the South African province of KwaZulu-Natal as “unacceptable,” calling for their immediate halt while again expressing her deep concern about the violence. MORE >last_img read more

‘Offer’ of talks comes amid bloodshed in Kashmir Valley

first_imgThe reported offer of talks by the Hurriyat leadership comes smack in the middle of operations against terrorists in Kashmir, in which a record number of 88 locals had been killed this year. The Jammu & Kashmir administration has said that recruitment to militant ranks is at its lowest now.But since June 12 alone, 10 security personnel, five of them CRPF men, lost their lives, and 10 others were injured in various attacks, including the fidayeen strike in Anantnag on June 12 and a blast using an improvised explosive device (IED) in Pulwama on June 17. These took the death toll of security personnel to 73, the highest since the corresponding period of 2005, when over 100 were killed.As the battle against militancy continued, the Centre’s Special Representative for Jammu and Kashmir, Dineshwar Sharma, quietly visited Srinagar — his first trip after the Lok Sabha election results were announced on May 23.The visit followed J&K Governor Satya Pal Malik’s statement on Saturday that the Hurriyat leaders were ready for talks and a change of guard in the Home Ministry, where BJP president Amit Shah has assumed office as Home Minister.Mr. Sharma was appointed in 2017 to carry forward the dialogue with all stakeholders, but his role had been undermined in the past by parallel action initiated by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) and the Enforcement Directorate. Several separatists, including Syed Ali Shah Geelani and Mirwaiz Umer Farooq, are being investigated by the agency for funding terror groups.“Yes, this was the first time after the general elections that I went to Srinagar. I would not like to disclose anything about the meetings,” Mr. Sharma told The Hindu. Of late, terrorists in Kashmir have resorted to new tactics. Buoyed by back-to-back successful operations against local militants in the past six weeks without any major casualty, Major Ketan Sharma, 32, was confident of wrapping up within hours a pre-dawn operation started around 4 a.m. against a hiding militant at Badoora village in Anantnag on June 17.Surprise elementThe Army, however, was taken by surprise by the level of training of the “non-local” militant of the Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM). Major Sharma took bullets inches below the bulletproof headgear on the face, as he volunteered to neutralise the hiding militant with grenades while changing position in an uneven courtyard.“As soldiers raised their heads to fire at his position, the militant would fire back with precision. He succeeded in hitting four jawans. The fact he hit the Major in the face shows his level of training. He was a freshly infiltrated militant [from Pakistan]. There is a bid to push highly trained militants from across from the border,” a senior police officer told The Hindu. As the operation drew to a close at Achabal, three soldiers suffered injuries, while Major Sharma lost his life.Changing tackTop police officers of the counter-insurgency cell and the special operations group (SOG) said the surprise element thrown up by the militants by changing tack and technology resulted in higher casualties this year.“First, the suicide car blast on a CRPF convoy on February 14 inflicted the highest casualties, when 40 jawans died. In June, we saw a fidayeen militant coming close to a stationed CRPF mobile bunker at Anantnag’s busy market, killing five jawans and a police officer. In both these incidents, there was a surprise element,” a south Kashmir-based police officer said.The change in tack and technology by terrorists was because the surprise, short pre-dawn operations employed by the security forces were yielding results, with 113 militants killed this year, the police officer said. Of the 113, 25 were foreigners. “Around 45% of them belonged to the Jaish-e-Muhammad. We stepped up operations against the group and its leadership after the February 14 attack and killed over 40 of them in south Kashmir,” another counter-insurgency cell officer said.Another new tactic employed by the militants is to make IEDs locally and stage attacks away from the now-secured Srinagar-Jammu highway, which was, previously, the main focus of the militants.“The June 17 IED attack, where it was fitted to a Maruti car, took place on an interior road near Aarihal in Pulwama. Over 10 jawans were injured and two were left dead,” the police officer said.As the security forces take on the terrorists, it remains to be seen what happens with the reported offer of talks and the follow-up on Mr. Sharma’s visit.last_img read more

Sustaining the charge

first_img‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war 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 US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants “It’s not the way you start,” Alas said on the heels of a 114-95 drubbing of Blackwater at Ynares Center last week.There’s a reason to look at Phoenix’s league-leading 4-0 slate as a mirage of sorts.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesFor one, the team has plowed through the easy part of its schedule, knocking down teams it was supposed to beat—a preseason challenge Alas hurled at the Fuel Masters.“Before we can start figuring out how to compete against the top teams, we must be able to take care of the teams we’re at level with,” Alas told the Inquirer before the season started. View comments Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Phoenix also had a strong showing in the elimination round of the Governors’ Cup last season, but failed to make it past the quarterfinals—a lesson Wright and his teammates hope to learn from.We’re still so far from where we should be,” Wright said.At the same time, however, Wright feels that this version of the Fuel Masters is exactly the team that will help the franchise make its mark on the league.“I feel it in my bones that we’re going to be something special,” said Wright. “We just have to keep at it.”The Fuel Masters will face the NLEX Road Warriors on Friday, looking for a fifth straight win against an opponent that is still feeling its way through its new roster.Game time is at 4:30 p.m. at Mall of Asia Arena. Later in the night, Rain or Shine will battle NorthPort with the Painters hoping to keep in step with the Fuel Masters on top.The Painters have also been doing great, riding on throwback performances by former MVP James Yap and solid contributions from rookie Javee Mocon.On a sad note for Alas, he won’t be coaching against son Kevin, the NLEX gunner who lost yet another season after tearing his ACL again.That leaves NLEX, which is still dealing with Keifer Ravena’s suspension, trying to stop Phoenix behind JR Quiñahan and star big man JP Erram, an offseason acquisition. Gilas coach Guiao worried over availability of players Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting They’ve done that so far.But their schedule will begin baring its teeth once Phoenix flips its calendar. There, the heavyweights await. And the Fuel Masters have dealt with hot starts before, only to falter at the homestretch of their schedule.“We haven’t done anything yet. We haven’t done anything worth bragging about. We haven’t won a playoff game yet,” said top gunner Matthew Wright, echoing his coach’s warning that his teammates should not let their lofty perch cloud their goal.The team wants to roll into the playoffs with momentum, not just barely making it there gasping from the beatings handed out by league heavyweights.“We have to sustain this,” Alas added.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES MOST READ Calvin Abueva (right) hopes to help Phoenix soar past JR Quiñahan and NLEX. —AUGUST DELA CRUZSoaring in a way they have never had in franchise history, the Phoenix Pulse Fuel Masters have every right to feel good about themselves.But Louie Alas offered a warning that was timely and relevant.ADVERTISEMENT Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woeslast_img read more