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The Special Way Rural India is Learning to Read

first_imgIn its Annual Status of Education Report (ASER) 2017, the Pratham Education Foundation, a non-profit working towards improving learning outcomes for rural children, found that nearly 25% of rural youth between the age of 14 and 18 cannot read in their own language.What this story tells us is that a lot of children are falling through the cracks of our public education system. Besides uncertain economic outcomes for students growing up in the system, the inability to read in their own language has the potential to shatter their self-confidence—the one human characteristic that has the potential to change lives drastically.Read it at The Better India Related Itemslast_img

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Cherish hunting trips with my cousin Mansur: Shahryar Khan

first_imgI felt very, very sad today to hear the news of the death of my cousin, Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi in New Delhi. I was there in New Delhi for four days and returned to Lahore only on Wednesday night. Had I known that his time was so close, I would have stayed back. But all our relatives have reached Delhi.I talked to him once, on Monday, at the intensive care unit of Sir Ganga Ram Hospital during my stay in Delhi, though I visited the hospital several times. The doctors had advised him not to talk. But I noticed his mind was perfectly alert.When I met him in the hospital, I tried to cheer him up. And when I narrated a few stories of our childhood, he smiled and held my hand. The doctors told us that his condition couldn’t improve.Even I could sense that his condition couldn’t get better. He was suffering from a lung infection. Mansur mian was about seven years younger to me, and as youngsters we used to go hunting in Bhopal, my home town. His mother used to send him to Bhopal often.We spent a lot time together, both in [the undivided] India and in England, where both of us studied and he also played cricket.He attended Lockers Park Prep School in Hertfordshire, Winchester College, and Balliol College, Oxford, while I was at Corpus Christi College, University of Cambridge, and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.Even in Dehradun, we spent a lot of time together. While he was at Welham Boys’ School, I was at Prince of Wales Royal Indian Military College. He must have been around five years old at that time and I 11.advertisementWhen the partition of India took place in 1947, and there were riots in Uttar Pradesh, his mother and my khala (mother’s sister) sent him and other children to Bhoapl.In England, he and I lived together with our families in a rented accommodation. I was a Third Secretary in the Pakistani High Commission in London while he went to the university.There are many memorable incidents involving us.The one that I remember fondly involves our trip to Frank Woolly’s famous coaching centre in Kent when we were in England. His father, Iftikhar Ali Khan, was coached by Woolly. In 1954, Mansur’s mother decided to send him too to Woolly for coaching.She asked me to accompany him to Kent County Cricket Club centre in Canterbury. We used to go there by train, twice or thrice a week. I noticed that Woolly wouldn’t speak to Mansur, who was 13 years old then. After observing this a few times, I decided to talk to him.I went to Woolly and said: “Aren’t you giving him tips?” He said: “Young man, I don’t have to coach him. He already is a master of batting. If I teach him, his batting might get worse.” I also knew well that he was a superb batsman and a brilliant fielder.(Shahryar is son of the elder sister of Mansur Ali Khan’s mother. He had been a Pakistani ambassador to several countries, a foreign secretary, and an ex- chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board) As told to Qaiser Mohammad Ali)last_img read more

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Dutch football great Johan Cruyff dies at 68

first_imgJohan Cruyff, the legendary Dutch striker and coach, has died of lung cancer aged 68, according to a message posted on his website.The site said he had died in Barcelona, surrounded by family.As a player, Cruyff was the embodiment of Dutch “total football”, a fluid style of play focused on ball possession and rapid passing, and involving all members of the team in both attack and defence.He emerged as one of the world’s greats in the early 1970s when he helped Ajax Amsterdam win three European Cups in a row from 1971-73, and he was named European Footballer of the Year in 1971, 1973 and 1974.He joined Barcelona for a then-world record transfer fee of $2.0 million, and it was the Catalan club that later defined his coaching career as he led them to their first La Liga title in nearly 15 years in 1974.He was also a key player in the great Netherlands team that reached the 1974 World Cup final, when a global audience saw him perform the now-famous “Cruyff turn”, in which the player tries to deceive a defender by hooking the ball behind their own leg before swerving away in the direction of the ball.Cruyff had been a heavy smoker, and had had heart surgery in 1991. His death comes less than six months after he announced that he had been diagnosed with lung cancer.last_img read more

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PBA: Meralco jolts Alaska to fourth straight loss

first_imgBaser Amer leads Meralco. PBA IMAGESMANILA, Philippines—Meralco put the cudgels on Alaska, 101-75, for its second win in three games in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup Friday at Mall of Asia Arena.The Bolts bounced back from their 105-99 loss to NLEX on Friday and tied Columbian for the fourth place while sending the Aces to a 0-4 card.ADVERTISEMENT Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Becoming his own man Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue This jewelry designer is also an architect LATEST STORIES ADVERTISEMENT Novak Djokovic beats to reach Japan Open semifinals Baser Amer capped off Meralco’s 17-5 run in the third quarter to give the Bolts a commanding 62-46 lead.Meralco then pushed the envelope further in the fourth with Jammer Jamito converting on a jumper for the Bolts’ 101-71 lead with less than two minutes to play.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSBecoming his own man“We considered this a good bounce-back win coming off our loss to NLEX,” said Bolts head coach Norman Black. “We just got to continue to play solid defense. We always talk about Meralco being a great defensive team but last game against NLEX we didn’t play very good defense.”“Our defense in the second half was very good, particularly in the third.” The Bolts limited the Aces to 33.8 percent shooting, 26-of-77, while converting on a 44 percent rate, 37-of-84, on their part of the basket.Meralco also found the better shots more often than Alaskta, tallying 25 assists to the Aces’ 17.Amer put up 27 points, on 8-of-15 shooting, with five rebounds and four assists while Allen Durham had 25 points, 15 rebounds, and nine assists.Simon Enciso and Chris Banchero had 12 points apiece to lead Alaska.POST-GAME INTERVIEW MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical View commentslast_img read more

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GL vs KXIP: Gujarat Lions look to consolidate against Kings XI Punjab

first_imgMotivated by the morale-boosting four-wicket win against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in their last Indian Premier League (IPL) match, Gujarat Lions will be aiming to keep the momentum going when they face Kings XI Punjab at home on Sunday.The Lions rode on skipper Suresh Raina’s brilliant 46-ball-84 at the Eden Gardens on Friday to their second victory of the season while Kings XI will be eager to end their four-match losing streak at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium here.On paper, there is not much to choose between the two teams even though Punjab, despite being on a losing streak, are placed fifth with four points while Gujarat are seventh with the same number of points.For Gujarat, former New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum with 258 runs and Raina with 243 runs, are among the top five run-getters in the tournament so far.Punjab will take solace from the fact that they scored a near 200 total (198) against the Mumbai Indians with South African Hashim Amla scoring a terrific hundred and skipper Glenn Maxwell also hitting some lusty blows.However, the problem area for both the teams has been bowling which has let them down on most occasions.Both the teams are heavily dependent on the Indian bowlers, who have failed to rise to the occasion when their teams needed them the most.Punjab’s opening bowlers — Sandeep Sharma, Mohit Sharma and Ishant Sharma — have all been smacked all around the park by the batsmen, specially in the last match against Mumbai Indians.advertisementMohit and Sandeep have been preferred by Maxwell in all the six matches and their economy rates have been a dismal 9.39 and 9.18 respectively.Only left-arm spinner Axar Patel has somewhat redeemed himself with an economy rate of 7.31.Gujarat, on the other hand, will be banking on their Australian pacer Andrew Tye, who has taken seven wickets in three games including a hat-trick at a decent economy rate of 7.08. Kerala youngster Basil Thampi’s ability to ball yorkers at will, has been an advantage for the Gujarat side.All-rounder Ravindra Jadeja is yet to fire, having taken only one wicket in the four matches so far, while veteran Praveen Kumar’s lack of pace and swing has meant he has been hit at an economy rate of 10.32 over five games.Teams:Gujarat Lions: Suresh Raina (Captain), Akshadeep Nath, Shubham Agarwal, Basil Thampi, Dwayne Bravo, Chirag Suri, James Faulkner, Aaron Finch, Manpreet Gony, Ishan Kishan, Ravindra jadeja, Dhaval Kulkarni, Shivil Kaushik, Dinesh Karthik (WK), Praveen Kumar, Brandon McCullum, Munaf Patel, Pratham Singh, Jason Roy, Shadab Jakati, Pradeep Sangwan, Shelly Shaurya, Nathusingh, Dwayne Smith, Tejas Baroka, Andrew Tye.Kings XI Punjab: Glenn Maxwell (Captain), Darren Sammy, Hashim Amla, Shaun Marsh, Eoin Morgan, Martin Guptil, Ishant Sharma, Wriddhiman Saha (WK), Anureet Singh, Manan Vohra, Varun Aron, David Miller, Mohit Sharma, Gurkeerat singh, Sandeep Sharma, Axar Patel, Marcus Stoinis, Matt Henry, Nikhil Nayke, Rahul Tewatia, T Natrajan, Swapnil Singh, KC Cariappa, Pradeep Sahu, Rinku Singh, Arman Jaffer.last_img read more

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Manu Sawhney appointed ICC’s Chief Executive Officer

first_imgManu Sawhney appointed ICC’s Chief Executive OfficerManu Sawhney to replace David Richardson who will step down as the CEO of the International Cricket Council after the 2019 World Cup in England and Wales.advertisement Press Trust of India DubaiJanuary 15, 2019UPDATED: January 15, 2019 18:05 IST Manu Sawhney will join ICC next month before formally taking over the reins from David Richardson in July (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSManu Sawhney replaces David Richardson as the new CEO of ICCRichardson’s contract expires at the end of 2019 World Cup in England and WalesSawhney was with ESPN Star Sports for 17 yearsThe International Cricket Council on Tuesday appointed media professional Manu Sawhney as its new chief executive officer, replacing incumbent David Richardson, who will step down after the World Cup.Richardson’s contract expires at the end of this summer’s ODI World Cup in England and Wales.Sawhney, the former CEO of Singapore Sports Hub and Managing Director of ESPN Star Sports, will join the organisation next month before formally taking over the reins from Richardson in July, the ICC said in a statement.The appointment was ratified by the ICC Board following a global search and appointment process led by the apex body’s chairman Shashank Manohar and the Nominations Committee.Manohar said: “He brings 22 years of outstanding commercial experience to the ICC and will lead the delivery of our new global growth strategy for the game…Manu stood out as the man to work with our Members and take cricket forward.”Sawhney, was with ESPN Star Sports for 17 years and, during his tenure as Managing Director was responsible for scaling the business and doubling annual revenues.”He has proven success in a number of leadership roles in both sport and broadcasting. He is a strategic thinker and understands the cricket landscape and its complexities. The decision of the Nominations Committee to recommend Manu to the Board was a unanimous one…”Additionally, Sawhney led the global broadcast partnership deal with the ICC that ran from 2007-2015. He is also a non-executive director and member of the Audit Committee of Manchester United Ltd.advertisementHe said: “It is a great privilege and responsibility to serve the global cricket community as CEO of the ICC.”Sawhney will work alongside outgoing CEO Richardson to ensure a smooth transition of leadership before assuming control in July.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 byPTI Tags :Follow Manu SawhneyFollow David RichardsonFollow International Cricket Councillast_img read more

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4 Best Camping Hammocks for Backpackers, Hikers, and Outdoor Lovers

first_img 16 Best Action Movies on Netflix Right Now The Best Documentaries on Netflix Right Now 10 Best Crime Documentaries on Netflix Right Now The Best Netflix Food Documentaries to Savor Right Now The Best Travel and Adventure Documentaries on Netflix Right Nowcenter_img Editors’ Recommendations We believe every season is hammock season. But, as August winds to a close, it’s hard not to think about the crisp, cool feeling of fall.Best Camping Hammocks:Sea to Summit Ultralight HammockKammok Roo Camping HammockRepublic of Durable Goods Mock ONE Folding HammockTentsile Connect Tree Tent What better time of year for a nature trek, a hammock hanging, and a deep soul-searching session between two trees? Here are the four best camping hammock designs for travelers, hikers, and outdoor lovers.Sea to Summit Ultralight Hammock – $90-$100Sea to SummitSea to Summit’s products are as lightweight and straightforward as their names. The Ultralight Hammock is exactly what it sounds like — a compact, flyweight hammock designed to get you hanging in the simplest way possible. From its built-in, soda-can-sized stuff sack, it unfurls to a spacious 8’6” long x 4’ wide (even larger with the XL size) which is enough room for a six-foot-tall fellow. The 20D monofilament nylon construction is highly breathable and guaranteed to hold up to 300 pounds.Buy From Sea to SummitBuy From REIBuy From AmazonKammok Roo Camping Hammock – $69-$99KammokFor a more substantial option, Kammok offers the Roo line of hammocks. At 10 ounces, the Roo Single is heavier than its Sea to Summit counterpart. But that added weight is due to its durable Gravitas 40D ripstop nylon construction capable of supporting 400 pounds. It still packs down small, yet unfolds to an 8’4” x 4’2” footprint. It’s available in a variety of sharp, fade-resistant colors, and comes pre-broken-in for an ultra-soft feel straight out of the box. Upgrade to the 10-foot-wide Roo Double if you’re planning to bring a friend. We’re also partial to the company’s strategy of giving a portion of all proceeds to support young outdoor explorers in the Explore Austin program.Buy From KammokBuy Single From REIBuy Double From AmazonRepublic of Durable Goods Mock ONE Folding Hammock – $175-$300Republic of Durable Goods/FacebookThe Mock ONE from Republic of Durable Goods is touted as “the world’s most compact folding hammock.” It’s designed to be pitched literally anywhere, even in areas without trees. The steel frame makes this a heavier option than others on this list, but it supports up to 250 pounds and the seat “floats” 18 inches off the ground. It includes a carry bag and a sunshade, plus additional accessories are available including a warm top-/underquilt, a weatherproof tarp, and bug netting. While we’re skeptical of crowdfunded goods, the Mock ONE Kickstarter project has already received a quarter of a million dollars (on a modest $10K goal) from nearly 1,000 backers. It seems likely this clever almost-hammock will see the production line as planned. Delivery for Kickstarter backers is slated for December 2018.Pre-Order From KickstarterTentsile Connect Tree Tent – $450TentsileIt’s difficult to classify Tentsile’s now famous outdoor products. They’re part tent, part hammock, and part backcountry treehouse. The Connect Tree Tent is their entry-level product and the one that made them a household name among hikers, campers, and outdoor lovers. If you’re only after a basic hammock to quietly while away an afternoon in the woods, this might be overkill. If, however, you’re looking to replace a third of the gear in your pack (tent, sleeping pads, hammocks, bug net, etc.), it may be just the trick. The two-person Connect is designed to “float” between three strong anchor points — trees, boulders, even a few truck beds will do. Inside, you’ll find a spacious, 53-square-foot living area for relaxing, sleeping, and other “couple’s pursuits.” The included no-see-um mesh top, fold-away doors, and removable rain fly all make the Connect a great, four-season home base in almost any weather conditions.Buy From TentsileIf you’ve been putting off buying a hammock because you’re intimidated by the process of hanging one, we have you covered.last_img read more

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Province Provides funds to SPCA

first_imgThe province announced $100,000 in funding today, April 25, to the Nova Scotia Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA). The funding will support the SPCA’s work implementing the new Animal Protection Act. The act, passed in November 2008, designates the SPCA as responsible for the enforcement of the companion animal portion of the act. “The SPCA plays a significant role in assuring companion animals in Nova Scotia are protected and treated with the care they deserve,” said Minister of Agriculture Mark Parent. “This funding will help the SPCA meet its obligations under the Animal Protection Act.” The new act shifts responsibility for farm animals from the SPCA to the Department of Agriculture. It will allow the SPCA to focus on the protection of non-farm animals. The act is scheduled to be proclaimed in the coming months. “We are very pleased to receive this funding from the department as it allows us to focus on improving our investigation capability by providing our staff and volunteers with operational funding and additional training,” said Jim Kochanoff, treasurer for the provincial SPCA. “As well, it allows us to adjust to our new administrative requirements and responsibilities under the act.” The provincial SPCA has been incorporated since 1877. Nova Scotia was the first jurisdiction in North America to pass laws for the prevention of cruelty to animals.last_img read more

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Expanded parental leave to come into effect in December

first_imgOTTAWA – New mothers and fathers planning to begin their parental leave on or after Dec. 3 will be able to spread their federal benefits over a longer period of time.The federal government’s long-promised changes to parental leave rules will go into effect early next month, said Families Minister Jean-Yves Duclos, allowing eligible new parents to take up to 18 months of employment insurance benefits after the birth of a child.On that same date, a new family caregiver benefits will also kick in – one a 15-week leave to care for a critically ill or injured adult, the other a 35-week benefit to care for a critically ill or injured child.Eligible soon-to-be-mothers will also be able to claim maternity benefits up to 12 weeks before the baby is due.However, the government won’t increase the actual value of employment insurance benefits for anyone who takes the extended parental leave: instead, the Liberals are sticking with their 2015 election promise to spread 12 months’ worth of benefits over 18 months.The change in rules will automatically give more workers in federally regulated workplaces like banks, transport companies, the public service and telecoms the option of taking time off, and are likely to spur calls for provincial changes to allow the other 92 per cent of Canadian workers access to similar leave.last_img read more

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ARROW With Stephen Amell Wraps Main Filming of its 100th Episode in

first_imgWho’s in it: Stephen Amell (Oliver Queen, Green Arrow), Willa Holland (Thea Queen/Speedy), Susanna Thompson (Moira Queen), Jamey Sheridan (Robert Queen/Earth 2 Arrow), Katie Cassidy (Laurel Lance/Black Canary/Earth 2 Black Siren); Caity Lotz ( Sara Lance/White Canary), Paul Blackthorne (Quentin Lance), David Ramsey (John Diggle/Spartan) and Emily Bett Rickards (Felicity Smoak). Merlyns? Deathstroke? Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Login/Register With: Twitterlast_img

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Three Men Arrested in Casablanca for Counterfeit Money

Rabat – Judicial police in Casablanca arrested three men accused of attempting to sell counterfeit banknotes of MAD 200.The three forgers were detained this week in Casablanca by the members of the judicial police, according to Le360 news website.Members of a large network producing false banknotes with sophisticated computer equipment, the three men were arrested and police conducted detailed searches inside their homes where they confiscated a total of MAD 59,000 in MAD 200 banknotes. According to the same source, the thugs were detained in different locations. The leader was arrested in Sefrou, central Morocco in the Fez-Bouleman region.A second criminal was arrested in Fez and the third one was caught red-handed trying to exchange his faux MAD 200-bill at a store in the Al Mustaqbal neighborhood in Casablanca.The three men remain in custody of the police in Casablanca pending the outcome of an investigation conducted by the Prosecutor General.A large number of counterfeit banknotes has been circulating in Morocco’s major cities. Last October, merchants and nightclub owners denounced a “massive flow” of fake money received from customers.Fraudulent bills have been largely circulating in the Derb Omar neighborhood in Casablanca, according to several business managers, gas station operators and local residents, cited by Moroccan daily Al Massae. read more

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Pentagon to send troops to bolster Saudi defenses after attack

WASHINGTON — U.S. President Donald Trump has approved sending American troops to bolster Saudi Arabia’s air defenses after Saturday’s attacks on the kingdom’s oil facilities, which Washington has blamed on Iran, the Pentagon said on Friday.The Pentagon said the deployment would involve a moderate number of troops and would be primarily defensive in nature. U.S. Marine General Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said the deployment would not reach thousands of forces but he declined to be more specific. (Reporting by Phil Stewart and Idrees Ali Editing by Chizu Nomiyama )

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Twisted carers jailed for murdering vulnerable Scottish teenager

He added: “That remains a source of immense grief as far as her mother is concerned. It seems obvious that the motive for the murder and cover up was financial. cairney and jones 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. Two carers who murdered a vulnerable teenager they were meant to be looking after almost two decades ago have been jailed for at least 14 years.Nineteen-year-old Margaret Fleming, who had learning difficulties, vanished around December 1999.She then appeared to have been forgotten for almost 17 years before being reported missing in 2016, as the result of a routine benefits check. Her body has never been found.Edward Cairney, 77, and Avril Jones, 59, were sentenced at the High Court in Glasgow on Wednesday after earlier being found guilty by majority of murdering the missing woman.Jones was also convicted of fraudulently claiming £182,000 in benefits by pretending Ms Fleming was alive, and both were convicted of perverting the course of justice. They were each jailed for life and ordered to serve at least 14 years.They murdered Ms Fleming two years after taking her into their home. The teenager’s father, a tradesman who retrained as a lawyer,had  asked them to look after her when he was diagnosed with terminal cancer.She was living with him and her elderly grandparents before he died and was said to have had a difficult relationship with her mother. The judge Lord Matthews told the pair that only they knew truth, and only they knew where Margaret’s remains could be found. “Margaret Fleming was a vulnerable young woman with evident difficulties. She was in your care and you breached the trust placed in you.”The manner in which you spoke about her was cruel. The web of deceit that you spun was callous and calculating.”Cairney and Jones killed Margaret and disposed of her body between December 1999 and January 2000.The senior police officer investigating the case, Detective Superintendent Paul Livingstone, urged them to reveal where they had put her remains.He said: “Cairney and Jones’s lies have been exposed and now they have to serve their time for the heinous crimes they’ve committed.”Margaret was a very vulnerable young woman when she was abused, neglected, manipulated and murdered by these two greedy, evil individuals.”Margaret’s family and friends will never know just what happened to her and they have been denied the right to pay their final respects to her at her funeral.”I would say to Cairney and Jones, if you have a scrap of decency you will give the answers to the questions that Margaret’s family deserve. Det Chief Supt Livingstone called on the killers to reveal what they had done with their victimCredit:SWNS “I am willing to meet either of them so that they can tell me in order to provide some kind of comfort to her family and allow them to put her to rest finally.” Cairney and Jones were jailed for lifeCredit:Police Scotland/PA Jurors found the couple murdered Ms Fleming by unknown means at their squalid home in Inverkip, Inverclyde, or elsewhere in Scotland.Police launched an investigation in 2016 after routine social services inquiries sparked concerns over her whereabouts.It was claimed the last independent sighting of her was at a family event on December 17, 1999. Her supposed carers were arrested in October 2017.During the trial prosecutors described Ms Fleming as a “friendless and lonely” young woman with significant difficulties.She moved to the Seacroft home of the accused when she was a teenager, following her father’s death, after those closest to her “didn’t want her”. By October 1999, the household was collecting her benefits.The Crown suggested it was “tempting” for Cairney and Jones to have the money but not the “inconvenience” of looking after her.The pair claimed that Ms Fleming ran off with a traveller, then went on to become a gangmaster who travelled Europe, and a drug dealer with several aliases. Their explanations were dismissed as “farcical”. paul livingstone read more

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Give it another push Seán All smiles as Christmas tree lights go

first_imgUpdated 18:33THERE WAS A rare outbreak of cross-party cooperation outside Leinster House this evening as politicians gathered to turn on the lights of the Oireachtas Christmas tree.Ceann Comhairle Seán Barrett did the honours with the Taoiseach and the Tánaiste in attendance along with opposition party TDs and the Seanad Cathaoirleach Paddy Burke.There was music and song from Blackrock College’s Lieberman Choir and, free from the rowdiness of the Dáil chamber, the Ceann Comhairle was in fine spirits, saying he hoped the exit of the Troika will “bring not only more light into our lives but also the precious gift of hope for a bright future”.He also said he hoped for “renewed growth and prosperity for us all”. So we know what Seán’s asking Santa for this Christmas.Later, the Taoiseach joined in with Christmas carols, sharing a joke with Caroline Winston and posing for this great picture:Pic: Niall Carson/PA WireOriginally published 18:17Read: Ceann Comhairle tells TDs: ‘Go and watch television to see what it sounds like’Read: ‘It’s a members facility’. Ceann Comhairle denies Dáil bar is there for drinkinglast_img read more

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11 signs youre a complete bandwagon World Cup fan

first_img This is right about where the bandwagon USA fans will start saying “Is soccer over, yet?” #WorldCup2014— Sergio Azevedo (@amonkeyonacid) July 1, 2014 Two Radio Nova presenters ate stomach-turning World Cup smoothies and filmed their reactions>12 essential phrases for bluffing your way through the World Cup> Source: Christian Toto/Twitter Source: Sergio Azevedo/Twittercenter_img SO, YOU GOT The Netherlands in your office sweepstakes and now you think you’re the business.But you’re not, you’re not the business. You’re not a real football fan, but what’s the harm?You do you, fair-weather football fan.1. You still don’t really know the rulesBut damn, if people are watching it, you’ll watch it anyway. At least the bits where they attempt a goal. Source: eepaul2. You say it’s about ‘the atmosphere’Look, Brazilians! Lets support Brazil. You have a friend backpacking in Brazil at the moment too, practically a native.Eating pizza? Go with Italy. Basically whoever you’re bound to have the most fun cheering on. Source: Anne Fröhlich3. You can’t name more that a single player on a teamArgentina? Oh yeah, also known as ‘Messi’. You also have no idea what other teams they play for.This is how you view teams: Source: Andrew Matthews EMPICS Sport4. You scream things you have no idea aboutREF! Typical dive, a child could have scored that!On the other hand, ‘What a BEAUT’ can come in handy for a less-than-impressive goal. Source: photoloni5. You still don’t know the offside rule and don’t plan to learn itWhy bother? Source: Soccer Training6. You’re only getting into it nowIt’s like the audition stage of X Factor, it doesn’t really get interesting until the final 10.Side Note: You also compare football to TV talent shows. Source: EEPaul7. You act like you’re from the country you got in sweepstakesGO BRAZIL! We’ll, it’s ‘we’ if we’re winning, and ‘they’ if they’re losing. Source: markhillaryOr, if your pick are not playing, pick whoever looks like they might win. Source: murky8. There are more comments to be made on the footballers’ appearances than their gameIt saves you having to pretend you know what’s going on if you comment exclusively on their cool neon boots or bouncy, bouncy hair. Source: Hassan Ammar9. You have no intentions to watch another match after the finalWhen the pubs stop playing them on four super-large unnecessary screens, what fun will it be? Source: wjarrettc10. You think Suarez is a jerkSO unsportsmanlike. But it was amusing. Source: Luis Suarez11. You join in on the live tweeting, despite complaining about football tweets beforeGOOOOAL #BEL #WorldCup2014The little flags are nice, in fairness. That deafening sound is a million feet collectively jumping off the bandwagon #WorldCup2014— Christian Toto (@HollywoodInToto) July 1, 2014last_img read more

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Man and woman charged with earlymorning Ranelagh assault to face court today

first_imgA MAN AND a woman will be in court this morning charged with the assault of a man in Dublin in the early hours of Saturday morning.The  27-year-old man and 22-year-old woman will appear before Court 3 of the Criminal Courts of Justice at 10.30 am after they were arrested close to the scene of the attack in Ranelagh.The assault happened at the junction of Charleston Road and Oakley Road outside Dublin city at about 5.30 am on Saturday morning.The 32-year-old victim was taken to Saint Vincent’s Hospital after the assault and has since been released.The two that were charged were arrested a short distance from the scene and have been held at Rathmines and Terenure Garda StationsRead: Man (27) and woman (22) charged over early-morning assault >Read: Man in hospital with serious injuries after assault in Ranelagh this morning >last_img read more

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As Firefighters Work On Blazes Hunters Are Urged To Adjust Plans If

first_imgHunters are asked to avoid anywhere around the perimeters of the Deshka Landing Wildfire; the McKinley Wildfire, currently burning between Willow and Talkeetna; the Swan Lake Wildfire, being fought on the Kenai Peninsula around Cooper Landing; and the North Fork and Caribou Lake wildfires north of Homer. Wildlife Troopers, Fish and Game, and the Alaska Division of Forestry agree these are all good reasons to look for areas to hunt away from the fires. In addition to fears that firefighting crews could be caught downrange of hunters seeking moose and other big game, hunters also face logistical challenges in the form of road closures due to fire activity, poor visibility or air quality from smoke, and getting caught in the paths of rapidly moving fires. Even while hunting well away from active wildfires this hunting season, hunters are asked to take extra precautions to see that new fires aren’t ignited. For information on fire safety, visithttps://www.alaskacenters.gov/trip-planning/stewardship/safety/fire-safety Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Original Post: 2:00PMAlaska’s unusually volatile and prolonged wildfire season this year has extended into hunting season, creating challenges for firefighting crews and hunters alike. Of particular concern are popular game management units along the highway system between Homer and Talkeetna where several wildfires are currently burning even as moose hunting seasons openlast_img read more

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Town Manager Asks For Residents Help With Vandalism Issues At Yentile Farm

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Town Manager Jeff Hull recently highlighted vandalism issues at the Yentile Farm Recreational Facility in his quarterly Town Topics column:The Yentile Farm Recreational Facility has been a truly successful investment by residents. The space has provided a second artificial turf field available for practices and games for local sports teams, additional basketball courts for the spontaneous “pick-up” games, play areas for youngsters and a beautifully landscaped area with a pavilion. The park is heavily utilized which the Town strongly encourages.The Town is seeking the support and cooperation of residents to ensure that this special place remains a recreational “gem.” Unfortunately, vandalism has occurred both to inset stones that surround the footings at the pavilion and inside the restrooms. If you see something contact Public Works at 978-658-4481 or the Police Department nonemergency line at 978-658-5071. While the park may be a public space it should be treated with the same care and respect as we treat our own living space.Yentile Farm Recreational Facility is a “carry-in carry-out” facility. While it may be inconvenient to take the coffee cups, pizza boxes, sandwich wrappers and drink cans with you when you leave the park it is a tremendous help in maintaining a clean and welcoming space. There are numerous public spaces across the state and across the country that are “carry-in carry- out.” Such a policy cuts down on rodents, insects, bees and other critters seeking out trash as a food source.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedLatest On Yentile Farm Recreational Facility — Read Meeting Recap, Watch Video, See More PhotosIn “Government”Town Officials Discuss Creating A SPLASH PAD In WilmingtonIn “Community”Town Breaks Ground At Yentile Farm (Watch The Video)In “Community”last_img read more

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49 Voices Tammy MichaelsJimenez of Anchorage

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Over 400 job offers land at IITKharagpur on Day 1

first_imgKolkata: Over 400 job offers have been made on the first day of the placement season at the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, a press release from the institute has said. More than 362 companies have already registered and over 618 profiles have been opened by them, giving ample opportunity to students to choose their career wisely, it said. Of them, 256 were PPOs (pre-placement offers) and close to 150 were fresh ones, the statement said Saturday evening on the first day of placements. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life The first phase of placement is expected to continue till December 20. Qualcomm and Microsoft made the highest number of offers which stood at 21. As many as 12 international offers were received including six from Mercury Japan and four from Microsoft and more offers were expected as the placement progressed, it said. More than 16 new companies including ARPWood Capital, AB InBev, Blackrock and Bidgely are participating in the first few days of the placement session, the statement said. The placement season is also witnessing the participation of some 33 leading start-ups. Most of the companies are visiting the campus in the first few days of placement including Zomato, Ola, Oyo, Flipkart and Innovacer, it said.last_img read more

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