first_imgRajnish said the youth, who had placed the ring order,Rajnish said the youth, who had placed the ring order, yesterday claimed that the piece of jewellery was tight, after which the worker was sent to a market in Sector 35 to get the necessary changes made.The youth then asked to see a ring for the woman accompanying him, Rajnish said, adding that later he went to the strong room in the shops cabin to pick out a ring and one youth followed him.The other accused placed a gun on Vinods head and brought him inside the strong room. He gave them a bag to put all valuables, they said.The owners stated that the robbers packed the bag with several diamond ornaments, including rings, chains, ear rings and bracelets, and fled after locking the cabin, police said.The owners managed to come out after smashing the glass door using a fire extinguisher. Subsequently, the police was informed.Police said the jewellery shop did not have any security guard for the last three years and added that they were quizzing the staff members.The DVD recorder of CCTV cameras installed inside and outside the showroom were also taken away by the accused. Footage from CCTV cameras installed at nearby shops was being screened, they said.A case under various sections of the IPC, including for robbery, and under the provisions of the Arms Act has been registered against unidentified accused at the Sector 17 police station.Sketches of the accused have also been prepared. One of the accused was dressed like an NRI and had spiky hair, the other youth was sporting a small beard while the woman was dressed in a traditional Indian suit. PTI SUN AKA GS AAR DV AARadvertisementlast_img read more

Some interesting facts that you must know about Mamata Banerjee

first_imgOften referred to as Didi, Mamata Banerjee was born on January 5, 1955. Mamata Banerjee has been the Chief Minister of West Bengal since 2011, becoming the first woman to hold the office. She has also served as the Railway Minister of India, Minister of Coal and Minister of State for Human Resource Development.Some interesting facts that you must know about Mamata Banerjee:Mamata Banerjee got involved in politics, at the age of 15. She established ‘Chhatra Parishad Unions’ which was the student wing of the Congress PartyMamata Banerjee started her political career in Congress in the year 1970. She was made the General Secretary of Mahila Congress in 1976In 1984, Banerjee became one of the youngest Indian parliamentarians, beating Somnath Chatterjee, a veteran Communist politicianIn 1991, Mamata Banerjee was made the Union Minister of State for Human Resources Development, Youth Affairs and Sports and Women and Child DevelopmentIn 1997, Didi left the Congress Party in West Bengal and started the ‘All India Trinamool Congress’In December 1998, she held a Samajwadi Party MP by the collar and dragged him out of the Lok Sabha to prevent him protesting against Women’s Reservation BillIn 1999, she joined the NDA government and was given the Railway MinistryMamata Banerjee split with NDA in 2001 and later, returned in 2004. She then rejoined UPA in 2009 and then split with them in 2012, eventually running her party independentlyIn 2011, Mamata Banerjee became the Chief Minister of West Bengal, the first female Chief MinisterIn 2012, Time magazine placed her in the list of “100 Most Influential People in the World.”In 2012, Bloomberg Markets magazine listed her among 50 most influential people in the world of finance.advertisementlast_img read more

Proud to be part of this team: Jasprit Bumrah after win over West Indies

first_imgProud to be part of this team: Jasprit Bumrah after win over West IndiesJasprit Bumrah was elated after picking up his 4th 5-wicket haul in Tests and helping India clinch their first win in the inaugural edition of World Test Championship.advertisement Next Asian News International North SoundAugust 26, 2019UPDATED: August 26, 2019 09:39 IST Jasprit Bumrah scalped five wickets in the second innings. (@Jaspritbumrah93)HIGHLIGHTSJasprit Bumrah expressed joy to be a part of a team to register India’s biggest win by margin overseasBumrah scalped five wickets in the second innings, helping India bundle out Windies for just 100 runsBumrah had become the fastest Indian pacer to scalp 50 Test wickets in the 1st inningsAfter registering a comprehensive 318-run win over West Indies in the first Test of the two-match series, Indian pacer Jasprit Bumrah expressed joy to be a part of a team to register India’s biggest win by margin overseas.In an Instagram post, Bumrah posted two pictures and wrote: “Biggest test victory overseas, so proud to be a part of this side” as the caption.Bumrah scalped five wickets in the second innings, helping India bundle out Windies for just 100 runs. As a result, India secured a thumping win.In the first innings, Bumrah had become the fastest Indian pacer to scalp 50 Test wickets, going past Venkatesh Prasad and Mohammad Shami.Bumrah achieved the feat in his 11th match, whereas both Shami and Prasad had recorded the milestone in 13 Tests.On day four of the Test, India resumed their innings at 185/3 and they went on to add 158 runs more to their tally to take the score up to 343 runs and gain a lead of 418 runs.India vs West Indies 1st Test Day 4: Highlights | ReportWindies batsmen failed to stay at the crease for a long time in the second innings and their entire team was bowled out inside 27 overs.India have now gained a 1-0 lead in the series.The team will take on the team from the Carribean in the second Test, beginning August 30 at Jamaica.advertisementAlso Read | Captaincy just a responsibility I am fulfilling: Virat Kohli on equalling MS Dhoni’s record in Antigua TestAlso Read | Jasprit Bumrah sets Asian record with 5-wicket haul in West IndiesAlso 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 India VS West IndiesFollow Jasprit Bumrahlast_img read more

TangerMed Maersk Open New Container Terminal in Morocco

first_imgzoomAPM Terminals Medport Tangier. Image Courtesy: Maersk APM Terminals Medport Tangier container terminal, a collaboration between Moroccan port TangerMed and Danish shipping major A.P. Moller – Maersk, has officially opened its doors.With the new facility which has a capacity of 5 million TEUs, Morocco is becoming one of the most important transshipment locations in the world.The construction of APM Terminals MedPort Tangier — the first automated container terminal in Africa — took two years and a total investment of USD 800 million to make this facility become reality.The new transshipment terminal is designed, constructed and operated by APM Terminals, and will join the hub facilities servicing Maersk and its partners. Built utilizing the latest technology, the terminal is set to be one of the most efficient and safe in the world, Maersk said.“APM Terminals has a long-term relationship with Morocco and we are proud to be operating the second container terminal in the Tanger-Med port complex,” Morten H. Engelstoft, Chief Executive Officer of APM Terminals commented.The new facility is expected to support TangerMed Port to increase its annual throughput capacity to nine million TEU’s helping to improve Moroccan connectivity and further support global trade.Morocco has seen a GDP growth of 4,1% with a positive outlook on the containerized imports and exports which will see significant growth in the years to come. Approximately 200 cargo vessels pass through the Strait of Gibraltar daily on major liner services linking Asia, Europe, the Americas and Africa.With a quay length of 1200 meters, a depth of 16 to 18 meters APM Terminals MedPort Tangier is able to facilitate the ultra large container vessels.TangerMed Port is already ranked leading African port and is amongst the world’s top 50 container ports worldwide given its location along key trade lanes and the increasing cargo flow to and from Africa.Image Courtesy: Maersklast_img read more

Patients rue over dry water ATM at SSKM

first_imgKolkata: The water ATM in the SSKM Hospital allegedly remains closed most of the time in a day causing inconvenience to the patients.The water ATM was installed at the SSKM Hospital a couple of years ago to address the drinking water crisis faced by the patients and their family members at the hospital complex. Before the water ATM was installed in the hospital, people used to face difficulties and had to buy drinking water from the market. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe water ATM at the hospital used to cater a huge number of patients after it was installed. Patients and their family are now alleging that the water ATM remains closed most of the time in a day as a result they have to buy packaged drinking water from the market at a higher price. The patients used to get one litre of drinking water from the ATM at Rs 2. The patients also alleged that the water ATM is supposed to remain closed one hour a day between 2-3 pm. But, at present, it remains shut most of the time. The patients and their family members at the hospital are alleging that stores in the area are charging more for packaged drinking water as the water kiosk is non-functional for quite sometime.last_img read more

Gary Slaight to be recognized as recipient of the Humanitarian Award at

first_img Login/Register With: Given out annually at the JUNO Awards, the Humanitarian Award celebrates and recognizes the philanthropic efforts made by Canadian artists or industry leaders who have made a positive impact on social welfare worldwide. This year’s award will be presented at the JUNO Gala Dinner & Awards Presented by SOCAN on Saturday, March 24, 2018, at the Vancouver Convention Centre in Vancouver, British Columbia.“I am truly honoured to be this year’s recipient of the Humanitarian Award,” said Slaight. “Our family has had a tradition of giving back to the community that transcends from my parents Allan and Ada Slaight. The Slaight Family Foundation, created as a result of the sale of Standard Broadcasting, is a tribute to my parent’s commitment to community and of which I am proud to lead. Whether it is supporting a local music program for children or helping to advance key health care priorities, our goal is to make a positive difference on the lives of those around us and those needing our support globally.  We truly want to make an impact and help those who need it the most. “ Twitter Facebook Advertisement Advertisement TORONTO, Jan. 9, 2018 – The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) today announced that broadcast and music industry leader and philanthropist Gary Slaight will be honoured with the 2018 Humanitarian Award. Slaight personifies the essence of the award through his devotion to Canadian music and emerging Canadian artists as well as his philanthropic support of health care, social service, culture and at-risk youth at home and abroad. Advertisement Gary Slaight attends the Artists For Peace And Justice Festival Gala 2017 Presented By Bovet 1822 at AGO on Sept. 10, 2017 in Toronto, Canada. (Ernesto Di Stefano Photography/WireImage) LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment “We are honoured to present Gary Slaight with the Humanitarian Award,” said Allan Reid, President & CEO, CARAS/The JUNO Awards and MusiCounts. “His commitment to helping others and continued selflessness places him in a category of his own. Gary’s dedication to making the world a better place is truly inspiring; from The Slaight Family Foundation’s work with charities to his support for emerging artists, and music industry organizations like MusiCounts and Unison Benevolent fund, Gary has dedicated his time and resources to providing others with the opportunity to grow. We look forward to commemorating Gary’s philanthropic work at the 2018 JUNO Awards.”last_img read more

German farright caught in campaign finance scandal

first_imgBERLIN: The head of the far-right Alternative for Germany, Joerg Meuthen, said on Tuesday his party was facing a hefty fine for allegedly violating campaign financing rules. Meuthen told the daily Die Welt that a Swiss advertising agency had provided assistance valued at nearly 90,000 euros ($101,000) while he was running for a seat in the Baden-Wuerttemberg state parliament in 2016. Under German law, campaign donations from non-EU countries are illegal. Switzerland, though linked to the EU through numerous treaties, is not a member of the bloc. Meuthen, who is carrying the party’s banner into European elections in May, insisted that he had not received money “either from (ad agency) Goal AG or its chief executive Alexander Segert”. However he received in-kind donations from the firm including around 27,000 euros in adverts, 17,000 euros worth of flyers, 41,000 euros in billboards and 5,000 in graphic layout work. In exchange, Meuthen said, he signed a release form allowing Goal AG to use his “photograph and personal data for advertising purposes”. Meuthen told Welt that an oversight office in the federal parliament had informed him that the AfD, Germany’s biggest opposition party, would be fined more than 400,000 euros for his and another official’s suspected campaign finance violations. He said he would challenge the penalty on the grounds that the party did not break German law as the assistance was not a donation as such and came from EU citizens living in Switzerland. It is not the first time that the anti-Islam, anti-immigration AfD has found itself in hot water over financing.last_img read more

Austria farright figure admits emails with NZ attack suspect

first_imgVienna: The leader of an Austrian far-right group has confirmed a media report that he had more extensive contact with the suspect behind deadly mosque attacks in New Zealand than previously admitted. Austrian investigators have been probing the Identitarian Movement Austria (IBOe) after it emerged that its figurehead Martin Sellner received a donation from alleged Christchurch gunman Brenton Tarrant. So far, Sellner — whose group is known for its anti-immigration stunts — had publicly denied having had contact with Tarrant other than sending him a “thank you” email for the 1,500-euro ( 1,700) donation received in January 2018. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: ReportBut public broadcaster ORF reported late Tuesday that the men had in fact exchanged several emails, the last one dating back to July 2018, showing that their contact was “longer and more intensive”. In reply to Sellner’s “thank you” message, Tarrant said it had only been a small contribution in comparison to the work that Sellner was doing. In a further exchange, Sellner invited Tarrant for a beer or coffee if he was ever in Vienna. Tarrant returned the invitation for New Zealand, adding that sympathisers would also be happy to host him in Australia. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protestsSellner confirmed the authenticity of the emails to ORF but continues to deny he met Tarrant when the latter travelled to Austria. Sellner also says he did not know of the plans for the attack. Austrian investigators are probing whether there was any further contact between the two men. Sellner admitted deleting the messages before a March raid on his home in Vienna, saying on Twitter late Tuesday that he did not want them in his inbox but took screenshots to show the police. The probe has caused a headache for Austria’s far-right Freedom Party, which rules the country in a coalition government since 2017 and has had to distance itself from reported links to the IBOe.last_img read more

In warravaged Gaza Ban urges ministers of new government to unite on

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon meets with inhabitants of Nirim. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe ‹› He said that all the details relating to the location of UN facilities were shared with the Israeli military authorities again and again. Yet the shells fell where innocent civilians were seeking shelter. The Secretary-General reiterated his call for a full and independent investigation into the matter. Mr. Ban is also expected to visit several other sites destroyed during last summer’s conflict, including a compound belonging to the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) and a UN Development Programme (UNDP) Fishing Project. Later in the day in Gaza, the Secretary-General held a town hall meeting with UN Staff today and salute the sacrifice made by those who had died during the conflict. Before leaving Israel to travel back to New York, Mr. Ban visited the Ein Hash Losa kibbutz and met with about a dozen family members who were affected by rocket fire and tunnel activity from Gaza. Speaking later to the press, the Secretary-General said that he had been “shocked and alarmed by the underground tunnels which have been used for penetration for terrorist purposes.” “I have been particularly condemning these rocket attacks by Hamas from the air and also attacks through leftover tunnels, underground tunnels. This is unacceptable,” the UN chief declared, reiterating that rocket attacks killing the civilian population is not acceptable and should be condemned. “Nobody should live under constant threat or fear by these rockets and the penetrating alarming underground tunnels.”He went on to say that during his trip through the region, he has been urging leaders on both sides to address the underlying issues. “For that, they should sit down together and resume their peace talks. That is the only way – a viable option, so that the two peoples can enjoy peace and harmony and security.” The Secretary-General said that he had met in southern Israel the grandparents and uncle of Daniel – a four year old boy. “What has he done wrong? Why has he to die? Even without knowing anything, even without being able to grow up at the age of four years. This is very sad. I conveyed my deepest condolences to the family.” The UN chief said that he could only hope his words “helped…even a little bit [in] healing their wounds. But that may not be enough. For that, I urge again – the two parties should, must address all the underlying issues to bring peace and harmony and security to the two peoples.”In recent days, the UN chief has met with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Palestinian Prime Minster Rami Hamdullah. Mr. Ban also met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Israeli President Reuven Rivlin while in Jerusalem yesterday. Following today’s meeting with Palestinian ministers, Mr. Ban reiterated his support for the National Consensus on the basis of the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) commitments. “You have sent a strong message to the world by forging the government of national consensus and by convening the first historic meeting of the Unity Government under the leadership of President Abbas and chaired by Prime Minister Hamdullah,” said Mr. Ban. “You are building one Palestine which is essential…By having another meeting with cabinet ministers in Gaza, I am seeing one united Palestinian government,” he added. In the wake of the donor conference over the previous weekend, the World Health Organization (WHO) has appealed for $8.7 million in order to improve Gaza’s health system. That would be part of a $45.1 million project to repair and enhance Gaza’s health care system.According to a preliminary survey, 67 health facilities had been damaged and the stock of essential medicine and the health staff has been exhausted. It has been estimate that up to 20 per cent of Gaza’s population, or some 360,000 people, could need treatment for mental-health disorders in the wake of the hostilities. There was a shortage of health services before the conflict, which was even more urgent now. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (left) meets with Ziad Abu Amr, Deputy Prime Minister of the State of Palestine, during his visit to the Gaza Strip. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s visit to the tunnel at Ein Hash Losa. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon meets with internally displaced persons (IDPs) at the UNRWA Collective Centre during his visit to the Gaza Strip. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon pays his respects to the memory of the UNRWA staff members who lost their lives during the conflict in Gaza the summer. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe A child in Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s audience during his visit with internally displaced persons (IDPs) at the UNRWA Collective Centre in Gaza. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Addresses Media in Nirim. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe Scenes of the aftermath of the devastating Gaza conflict, which took place during the previous summer, 14 October 2014. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe Children look out from a window during Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s visit with internally displaced persons at the UNRWA Collective Centre in Gaza. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon meets with internally displaced persons at the UNRWA Collective Centre during his visit to the Gaza Strip. “We stand by you. The international community supports your government’s efforts to assume the security and governance responsibilities in Gaza,” the UN Chief said in remarks following his meeting with the top officials of the government including its Deputy Prime Minister Ziad Abu. Mr. Ban said that while he was deeply moved by the destruction he had seen in Gaza, there are signs of hope. The Government of National Consensus has brought together Palestinian factions that have “too long” been divided. And the agreement between Israel, the United Nations and the Palestine government has facilitated the arrival today of the first truck bringing in cement and other construction material. “This is a great opportunity to unite the West Bank and Gaza under one Palestinian leadership,” he added. He also highlighted several important developments that “should facilitate your government performing its functions in Gaza” including the management by the Palestinian Authority of the Gaza crossings, in enabling the flow of materials and restoring trade between the West Bank and Gaza. Mr. Ban’s Gaza visit comes on the heels of a weekend conference held in Cairo in support of the UN-backed plan on reconstruction of the enclave following a 51-day conflict in which entire neighbourhoods were flattened and almost one-third of Gaza’s population was uprooted. The violence killed more than 2,100 Palestinians, including more than 500 children, and more than 70 Israelis. Mr. Ban talked with several people who have been deeply affected by the conflict. “I just met a man who lost his legs. He lost his brothers and sisters. It is very sad and heart-breaking,” said the UN chief. He also talked about his visit today to the Jabalia school and meeting the children of Gaza, saying that being born in Gaza should not be a crime. “My visit today to the school and to Gaza has reinforced my conviction that there is no time to lose. There can be no peace in the Middle East, no security for Israel, while the crisis in Gaza festers,” the UN chief said, declaring that the “build-destroy, build-destroy cycle must be broken”. “The mindless pattern of blockade, rockets and destruction must stop. I repeat here in Gaza: the rockets fired by Hamas and other armed groups must end,” said Mr. Ban. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon visits the UN school at the Jabalia refugee camp. The school was damaged by Israeli shelling during the conflict in Gaza the summer. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s visit with Pierre Krähenbühl, Commissioner-General of the UNRWA to a classroom at the UN school at the Jabalia refugee camp. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Meeting with internally displaced persons (IDPs) at UNRWA Collective Centre in Gaza City (Bahrain Kingdom Prep Boys School). UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe read more

Lyme Disease warning issued after two people contract deadly tickborne illness at

first_imgIn a warning shared widely on Facebook, people have been told that the disease can be easily treated with antibiotics if caught at an early stage.The message says:”Lyme disease is a nasty disease which can be debilitating and can cause serious symptoms (including meningitis) for years if it goes undiagnosed, but if caught at a fairly early stage is easy to cure with antibiotics.”The first symptom (in two thirds of cases) is that you have a red “bullseye” halo up to 6 inches away from the bite site.”Once that has gone the next symptoms are flu-like, general aches and pains and a stiff neck.”The incubation time is up to three months, so it may not have shown up yet.”If you think you may have it, get to your GP immediately for a blood test. Please forward this email to all who attended Tewkesbury this year.”The Tewkesbury Medieval Festival took place on July 8 and 9. Organisers say two members of a group who attended the festival have had confirmation that were infected with the disease. Show more Thousands of re-enactors, entertainers, traders and sightseers congregated in Tewkesbury for the largest annual free medieval gathering of its kind in EuropeCredit: Lee Thomas Lyme Disease is a growing problem in the UK. At the turn of the century there were only around 250 reported cases of lyme disease in the UK each year, but now the NHS says the figure is closer to 3,000 and some charities claim the actual number could be as high as 45,000. The rise is partly down to Britain’s soaring deer population.  One person on Facebook wrote: “Oh no, sounds like I have this. I had one horrendous bite at Tewkesbury, then an infected leg, and then was quite ill the week after with what I thought was flu.”I’m now just under the weather and my body hurts. It’s off to the GP for me.”Another Facebook user added: “I was bitten most badly near the public entrance on the Friday evening and again on Saturday by the beer tent after public hours.”The first aid treatment on site was superb and really helped. My ankles and feet swelled so much I couldn’t flex my ankles or feel my toes.”center_img Thousands of re-enactors, entertainers, traders and sightseers congregated in Tewkesbury for the largest annual free medieval gathering of its kind in Europe A warning about Lyme Disease has been issued to attendees of a medieval festival after two people contracted the deadly illness from ticks. Anyone who attended the Tewkesbury Medieval Festival in Gloucestershire last month is being urged look out for the symptoms of the condition. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Revealed Autistic children locked in unsupervised isolation rooms for hours

first_imgA child locked in a withdrawal room.  A member of staff this the photo of the child attempting to dismantle the light after being locked in the room for several hours. (Image supplied to TheJournal.ie by the child’s parent)Updated 10.55pmAUTISTIC CHILDREN AS young as eight-years-old are being locked in so-called ‘withdrawal rooms’ for hours without supervision, TheJournal.ie revealed this morning.Parents have blamed insufficient training for teachers and a lack of cohesive national regulation for the incidents.The rooms, present in some schools in Ireland which have an Autistic Spectrum Disorder unit, are intended for brief use as a last resort when a child with autism is having a meltdown, and is at risk of injuring themselves or others.Withdrawal rooms, sometimes referred to as isolation, seclusion, or quiet rooms, may contain padding to protect the child from injury, but others are left bare. A small observation window is required.However, guidelines for their use are set by the Board of Management of  individual schools, rather than at national level, which may have contributed to their misuse.The rooms have been banned in some parts of the United States, and now parents in Ireland want a similar move here.The Canadian province of British Columbia is considering an outright ban on the use of the rooms, following the publication of a survey which raised concerns that they may be in breach of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.Three days in a rowIn one case, which TheJournal.ie understands to be the subject of an investigation by the Child and Family Agency, an 11-year-old child with autism and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) was locked into a ‘withdrawal room’ three days in a row, for hours at a time during a week in January of last year.The child was first locked into the room, a 1.8 by 2.5 metre converted bathroom, for an hour and a half for becoming agitated after falling behind on classwork.This had become a regular occurrence since the child lost their Special Need Assistant in September 2013.The following two days, they were locked into the room for five hours each day, leaving the child in an extremely distressed state.BleedingOut of frustration caused by being forced into the room, the child attempted to smash through the room’s only window. When one of the child’s parent arrived to the school, the child was found still locked in the room, surrounded by broken glass and bleeding from the feet, as his shoes had been removed.The image above, taken by a member of staff at the school on one of these occasions, shows the child attempting to dismantle the light fixing at the top of the room after being kept in the room for five hours.Speaking to TheJournal.ie, the parent described the school’s use of the room as “barbaric”, and that her child has been left traumatised by the incident, with the effects still felt almost a year later:It wasn’t until November that my child laughed again. They don’t trust strangers any more, and assumes all teachers will treat them like before.A spokesperson for the Child and Family Agency said they do not comment on individual cases, but that “if there are concerns regarding a child, these should be brought to the attention of the nearest Social Work Dept for investigation and follow up when necessary”.An eight-year-old child in a separate school was found by its parents – at the end of the school day – screaming after being kept in a withdrawal room for an extended period of time.A third school with access to a withdrawal room is understood to have rarely used it. On two occasions that it was needed, the child was taken out of the room after a maximum of 15 minutes.PetitioningFearing for their childrens’ safety, a group of concerned parents are petitioning the Department of Education to ban the use of the rooms.The petition, launched by Parents Against Isolation Rooms Ireland, is close to its aim of 2,500 signatures.Spokesperson for the group, Niamh Deane, says that they want to see the use of these rooms banned completely.“Children can see these rooms as a punishment,” she said, “and it can have a lasting psychological effect on them.”“I’ve been contacted by dozens of families who are frightened by them. They are also frightened by what other methods of restraint are being used by teachers to calm down their children.”She said that children are at risk due to a lack of training that teachers receive, not only in the use of withdrawal rooms but in other situations too.Deane is in the process of setting up a registered charity, Tabor Children’s Trust, with the aim of opening a small Montessori primary school in September 2014 for children aged from 3 to 12 years old with learning difficulties.The school, which will require €150,000 in funding, would cater for 6 children in each classroom, with one fully trained Montessori teacher and one to two support staff, varying on the children’s needs.“Small safe space”Withdrawal rooms are described by the Department of Education as a “Small Safe Space”, with funding provided for their construction, and designed for use in a different manner to sensory rooms, which are designed to calm the child under supervision rather than contain the child during a meltdown.In a School Design Guide, published by the Department, the intended use of a withdrawal room is as “a safe area that a pupil, under the supervision of a staff member, can access for a short period of time”, and in line with “a clearly documented staged approach to the management of pupils’ behaviour”.An observation window is required.However, there are no national guidelines in place for the use of these rooms and schools do not have to report on how often or for what reasons they are used.“Each school is required to prepare their own code of behaviour in accordance with Section 23 of the Education (Welfare) Act 2000″, the Department said in a statement.Codes of Behaviour“To assist schools in formulating a code of behaviour, the National Educational Welfare Board (NEWB) has developed guidelines for schools on Codes of Behaviour.”However, situations where “specialised behaviour management strategies, such as the use of restraint” are needed are described in the report as “outside the scope of these Guidelines”.Dr Joseph R McAllister Jr, an award-winning expert in the area of autism who is based in Pennsylvania in the United States, told TheJournal.ie that they are generally considered to be used a last resort, and for only a brief period of time.“When it is used, it should be used briefly. The theme should be looking to get an individual out of there as soon as it is no longer necessary”, he said, and that training should focus on preventative measures to stop the situation from escalating.“Highly regulated”The use of the rooms is “highly regulated” in the United States, he added.He added that young children experiencing a meltdown do have the potential to cause injury.This website is currently awaiting a response from the Department of Education as to whether or not the government intends to draw up a set of national guidelines. It is understood that such guidelines are planned for 2015.The identity of the child pictured, their parents, and the school involved are known to TheJournal.ie.First published at 6.30am, 13th of January 2013. The image’s caption now clarifies that it was taken by a member of staff at the school.last_img read more

Man tackled to ground after throwing grenade at Ethiopian prime minister

first_img Image: Mulugeta Ayene/AP/Press Association Images Jun 23rd 2018, 2:58 PM Saturday 23 Jun 2018, 3:15 PM Short URL 10,248 Views Man tackled to ground after throwing grenade at Ethiopian prime minister One person was killed and more than 80 others were injured in the incident. http://jrnl.ie/4087930 People rally in solidarity with Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed in Meskel Square in Addis Ababa today. Image: Mulugeta Ayene/AP/Press Association Imagescenter_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article People rally in solidarity with Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed in Meskel Square in Addis Ababa today. Updated Jun 23rd 2018, 3:15 PM THE ORGANISER OF a pro-government rally in Ethiopia that was hit by a grenade blast today said the attacker had aimed for Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed but was stopped by police.Seyoum Teshome said he watched from the stage as a scuffle erupted when someone attempted to hurl a grenade towards the area where Abiy had just delivered a speech to a crowd of tens of thousands in Addis Ababa.“At that moment, four or more police, they jumped on him and during that scuffle the grenade went off,” Seyoum said.Ethiopia’s government has given few details of the incident, which Abiy blamed on “anti-peace forces”.One person has been confirmed dead. Initial reports stating that several people were killed were later corrected.The attack injured 83 people, according to an aide to the prime minister, and marred an event aimed at building support for Abiy, who has pushed an aggressive reform agenda since taking office in April.Seyoum, a blogger and university professor who spent weeks in prison earlier this year during a four-month state of emergency, said most of the injuries came during the pandemonium that erupted after the blast.Hasty getaway Thousands of people in Meskel Square rushed the stage as Abiy made a hasty getaway.“Most of them were injured but not due to the grenade, but rather it was the stampede, it was just running away from that spot,” Seyoum said.Abiy was elected leader of the ruling Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) after his predecessor’s February resignation that prompted the emergency declaration.The first prime minister in modern Ethiopia from the country’s largest ethnic group the Oromo, Abiy has announced major reforms such as liberalising the economy and pushing for a rapprochement with neighbour and arch-enemy Eritrea.But the EPRDF remains unpopular in many parts of Ethiopia, and some people at the rally chanted anti-government slogans after they stormed the stage.- © AFP 2018  5 Comments Share11 Tweet Email By AFPlast_img read more

Manasis students wow guests at annual dinner dance

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Manasis School of Greek Dance and Culture held its biggest annual dinner dance to date last weekend, with hundreds turning out to attend the event. Held at Star’s International in Preston on Saturday 17 September, it was the dance school’s 10th year performing in the space for family, friends and other members of the Greek community. School director, Dimsothenis Manasis told Neos Kosmos he was overwhelmed by the positive response on the night. “We run this event every year and each year just seems to get bigger. We had absolute maximum capacity,” he said.“Our school currently has over 700 enrolled students, and just under 200 of them were able to get tickets with their families for this event.” To help cater to the large number of guests, Mr Manasis revealed organisers had to replace the venue tables with trestle tables, which proved to be a big hit giving the space more of a bouzoukia and paniyiri-style atmosphere. The exceptional talent of performers was no exception this year, wowing the audience with students of all ages performing from the three year olds right through to the professional dance group.But the clear stand out on the night were the senior dance group with their debut performance of a new modern routine. In the works for just under two years before being unveiled on Saturday night, students emerged dressed all in black and showcased a variety of traditional dances with heavy ballet-style choreography accompanied by modern music.“It proved to be a big hit,” said Mr Manasis. “Facebook’s gone absolutely viral all week and we’re already getting invitations to perform the routine around Melbourne and events that are on our performance calendar.”The school also hosts a large-scale concert in June each year, where all students have the chance to perform in a theatre set-up to accommodate both students and spectators.last_img read more

Mariano Diaz will go back to Madrid Sevilla president

first_imgJose Castro has tried to sign the striker from Ligue 1 club Lyon but says he feels betrayed by the footballer and his agentSpanish La Liga club has worked hard to sign Lyon’s Mariano Diaz during the summer.But according to Sevilla president Jose Castro, the footballer will go back to Real Madrid after his spell in the French Ligue 1.“Real Madrid has a buy option they are going to exercise,” Castro told reporters as quoted by Sportskeeda.“But we still have no communication from the player, who has told us that he wanted to play with Sevilla again and again. He has the ability to say one thing or another.”“We negotiated with Lyon and then they have 48 hours to decide. Real Madrid did it. Annoyed with Real Madrid? Not at all, this is football. We have to keep working,” he added.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“We have done what we had to do, in good faith, with an agent and a player who tells us on videos and audios that he only wants to play in Sevilla.”“He is one of the players we have dealt with,” Castro said. “There is nothing to be happy about here,” he commented.“Another striker is coming.”Mariano Diaz will be part of the #teamOL until 2022 ! ?? pic.twitter.com/0XvupfmdOH— OL English (@OL_English) June 30, 2017last_img read more

Invisible glass watermarks will ensure your new watch or smartphone is g

first_imgI think we’ve all got used to the copycat gadgets that appear on the market with increasing regularity. For example, Apple will release a new iPhone, iPad, or Watch, and sure enough, a white-label Chinese manufacturer will produce a device that looks almost exactly the same, but for a much lower price (and likely running a reskinned version of Android).You can avoid these genuine-looking fakes by only purchasing gadgets from reputable stores. However, the startup Nanoga has created another way to tell a genuine from a fake: by using a watermark.Watermarks have been used for decades to tell if bank notes are genuine. You hold a UV light over a note and it will reveal some hidden detail that helps confirm it is real. To do that for the latest gadgets, Nanoga came up with a manufacturing process that can hide a watermark in glass while remaining completely invisible until a UV light it directed at the surface.It’s called a nanometric image and can be applied to glass, ceramic, or metal as a layer of atoms 10,000x thinner than a human hair. The image can be anything a manufacturer wants, and who knows, one day you might even be able to choose your own unique nanometric image.As for the potential for the watermark being copied and used in fakes, Nanoga insists that’s nigh on impossible. Producing the watermarks requires very expensive machinery combined with a mix of chemicals whose recipe is both secret and patent protected. So a counterfeiter would have to try and find an alternative method or somehow go and steal Nanoga’s secret recipe and manufacturing setup.As the watermark is invisible, it has no impact on the final design of devices. That means a company such as Apple or Samsung would consider it for their mobile gadgets as long as the price wasn’t too high. In fact, it may even help a plethora of companies fighting to stop counterfeit or copycat devices hitting the market. No watermark means no sale.For now it looks as though Nanoga is focusing on Swiss luxury watches and offering a “smart labeling solution” under the brand DNAwatch. If it’s as good as it sounds, though, I can see the watermarking system spreading to a wide range of devices (or Nanoga being acquired by someone to make it exclusive).last_img read more

Game set read

first_imgScent of a Game authored by Raghav Chandra, Additional Secretary and Financial Advisor, Ministry of Agriculture/ADF/Culture, Government of India is all set to be launched amidst a lot of interesting conversations. The book will be released by Dr. S.Y. Quraishi, former Chief Election Commissioner of India.  Scent of a Game is set against the backdrop of wildlife conservation and draws together several themes extending from tiger poaching, big game hunting and  illegal trade of endangered species.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’These themes are woven into place, in a fast paced and gripping story line that draws the reader’s attention to pressing environmental issues whilst contributing to a transformation in their understanding of not just the tiger and it’s environment, but lends new perspective on their take on life itself.The launch will be followed by a panel discussion on the topic of Tiger and the Environment: Role that Corporates and other stakeholders can play in Conservation and will have panelists representing some leading voices in the area of wildlife conversation. WHERE: Gulmohar Hall, India Habitat CentreWHEN: 22 Maylast_img read more

Domjur murder case Four more arrested

first_imgKolkata: Howrah Rural Police have arrested four more persons in connection with the murder of a bank employee, Partha Chakraborty, at Domjur.The incident was reconstructed by prime accused Shaikh Samsuddin. Previously, police arrested Samsuddin and his father Mansur Ali.Later in due course of investigation, police got hint that other family members of Samsuddin might have some connection with the murder. On Wednesday, police interrogated Samsuddin’s wife Rojina Begum and his mother J Begum. Following another interrogation of Samsuddin, police became sure about their connection. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeLater, both his mother and wife were arrested. Police also arrested his brother Shaikh Jasimuddin and Jasimuddin’s wife Rabia Begum as they were also a part of the whole act.According to the sources, when the murder was committed, all of them were inside the house. However, they claim that they came to know after it happened. After mutilating Chakraborty’s body, Samsuddin went to dispose it while others were busy cleaning the blood on the floor.Rojina felt uneasy on seeing the pool of blood on the floor. Though Rojina tried to reveal the incident, she was stopped by others and convinced not to tell others about the murder. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killed”All the family members are involved in wiping out evidences,” said an official of Howrah Rural police. On Thursday, police took Samsuddin to his home for reconstructing the murder plot. He showed how Chakraborty was brought in and murdered. He also showed how his family members wiped out evidence.On August 30, Partha Chakraborty was murdered and his body was dismembered. Later, his torso was found inside a sack, wrapped with sponge and pieces of cloth. On noticing a sack with blood dripping from inside, locals informed the police.last_img read more

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first_img News | Radiation Oncology | July 31, 2019 Laura Dawson, M.D., FASTRO, Chosen as ASTRO President-elect The members of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) elected four new officers to ASTRO’s Board of… read more The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July.  Technology | June 20, 2012 Beam-Shaping Device Aids Radiation Therapy Throughput Elekta receives FDA 510(k) clearance for Agility MLC solution News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a… read more Related Content News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 07, 2019 Qfix kVue One Proton Couch Top Validated by Mevion Medical Systems Qfix and Mevion Medical Systems announced that a special version of the kVue One Proton couch top is now both validated… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 02, 2019 Varian Showcases Cancer Care Systems and Software at AAPM 2019 Varian showcased systems and software from its cancer care portfolio, including the Identify Guidance System, at the… read more June 20, 2012 — Elekta announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for Agility, a beam-shaping device integrated into the head of a linear accelerator (linac). Patients and clinics in the United States will now be able to benefit from the speed and reliability of this new multi-leaf collimator (MLC) design.“Hundreds of thousands of patients will benefit from this unique device every year. Agility is designed to meet the demands of modern cancer treatment. It’s vital to be able to shape a radiation beam with high precision to avoid harming surrounding tissue, while maintaining time efficiency. Agility has now been in clinical use for some time in Europe with excellent feedback from users,” said Tomas Puusepp, president and CEO of Elekta.Agility’s leaf speeds are twice as fast as other MLCs commonly used within the industry, meaning shorter treatment times for patients while hospitals and clinics are able to treat patients more efficiently. With twice as many leaves as a standard MLC, Agility will enable clinicians to sculpt delivered radiation doses to the unique contours of tumors with extreme precision. Consequently, Agility’s leaf bank is designed for extraordinarily low transmission.Agility can be purchased as part of a new radiotherapy solution from Elekta, as well as an upgrade option to a large part of Elekta’s installed base of linear accelerators. This enables clinics to maximize the potential of their existing equipment.Agility features include:160 tungsten leaves only 5 mm thin, with a leaf speed of up to 6.5 cm per second;High-performance reliability and precision using Elekta’s Rubicon optical positioning system;Dedicated Integrity R3.0 software, Elekta’s seventh generation digital control system, to precisely coordinate leaf movements with variable dose delivery rates and other treatment parameters;Integrated dynamic leaf guides streamline delivery and eliminate the need for “split fields” commonplace with other MLC systems; andLarge-field MLC will enable clinicians to shape radiation across fields of up to 40 x 40 cm, providing a highly versatile single solution for a broad spectrum of therapies.For more information: www.elekta.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Proton Therapy | August 06, 2019 IBA Signs Contract to Install Proton Therapy Center in Kansas IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.) recently signed a contract and received the first payment for a Proteus One solution… read more Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 16, 2019 Drug Accelerates Blood System’s Recovery After Radiation, Chemotherapy A drug developed by UCLA physician-scientists and chemists speeds up the regeneration of mouse and human blood stem… read more last_img read more

Lithuania vigilante case exposes social divides

first_imgAssociated PressKAUNAS, Lithuania (AP) – A desperate father launches a bloody vendetta against an alleged pedophile network of judges and politicians that he says preyed on his 5-year-old daughter. After two murders, Drasius Kedys hides in the countryside until he is found dead under mysterious circumstances.It’s not the plot of a Stieg Larsson crime novel but the outline of a sad and sordid case that has split Lithuania into two camps. One side believes Kedys fabricated the allegations as part of a custody dispute with the girl’s mother; the other sees a wider conspiracy of corrupt child molesters running the country. Experts say the dispute, which has become a national obsession, reflects deeper currents of discontent in a post-Soviet society plagued by emigration and the world’s highest suicide rate. The fact that so many Lithuanians are prepared to side with a presumed killer despite such inconclusive evidence reflects an overwhelming lack of trust in public institutions. A Eurobarometer survey in November 2010 showed that faith in the courts was the lowest in Lithuania among 27 European Union member states.“People have found a way to express their dissatisfaction with their lives and their country. This is the main driving force of the movement,” said Andrius Kaluginas, a psychologist who has criticized the “violets.”Lithuania’s exuberance at joining the EU and NATO in 2004 was soon replaced by disillusionment as the previously booming economy nearly collapsed during the global financial crisis.Lithuania remains one of the EU’s poorest members and has not overcome the social problems that have dogged it before and after the Soviet breakup in 1991. Alcoholism is rampant, and the suicide rate is the highest in the world, according to the most recent data from the World Health Organization.Many Lithuanians feel nostalgic for the economic security of Soviet times. Life was grim behind the Iron Curtain but at least the state provided a stable living and welfare benefits. The freedoms of capitalism have also brought wrenching uncertainties and widened the gap between haves and have-nots. Two years after Kedys’ body was found, the case still inflames passions in Lithuania, and last month even reached the U.S., where an angry mob of Lithuanian-American Kedys supporters swarmed the Lithuanian president’s motorcade ahead of the NATO summit in Chicago.“If I were able to say where the truth is and who is right, I would have done so long ago,” President Dalia Grybauskaite told a group of Lithuanian-Americans in Lemont, the Chicago suburb where she ran into the protest. “Unfortunately, the whole story is very complicated and corrupted by investigators from the beginning.”The drama unfolded in Kaunas, a city of 500,000 in south-central Lithuania notorious for poor infrastructure, lopsided wooden homes, and not least of all, corrupt officials wedded to local crime syndicates.Kedys, a bodybuilder businessman, was a man determined to retain custody of his daughter.Not only did he accuse the girl’s mother of pimping her to a pedophile ring, but he video-recorded the girl giving detailed descriptions of sexual acts he claims she was asked to perform by three grown men, then sent the video to over a hundred politicians and law enforcement officials. Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Sponsored Stories Reaching deeper back in history, the people of this tiny nation recall the greatness of medieval times, when Lithuania, together with Poland, lorded over a swath of eastern Europe from the Baltic to the Black seas _ a golden age that the country will never resurrect.And the country is shrinking _ at an alarming rate. Hundreds of thousands of Lithuanians have moved other EU countries, primarily Ireland, Britain, and Norway, in search of a better life. Over the past decade, Lithuania’s population, now 3 million, has declined 1 percent annually for a total loss of more than 300,000 people, according to last year’s census.With such problems at home, Lithuanians have shown little interest in the wider economic crisis in Europe, which is seen mainly as an issue affecting wealthier nations in the West.The Kedys saga is likely to continue until general elections in October, as many politicians are keen to keep tensions high. Kedys’ supporters have even registered a party that will vie for seats in Parliament: The Way of Courage.Critics say the mob justice mentality prevailing in the case is a sign that Lithuania has not fully embraced the values underpinning the EU.“A person who likely killed two people was made a martyr, and the mob has created its own code of law,” said Dalia Kuodyte, a liberal member of Parliament. “Lithuania must prove it is still a judicial and democratic state that respects the law and human rights.” Comments   Share   More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Top Stories Police finally broke through the wall of protesters on May 17 _ arresting nearly 40 of them _ allowing Stankunaite and her lawyer to whisk the girl into an awaiting police van.Later the same day hundreds of enraged Kedys supporters turned up to demonstrate outside the President Grybauskaite’s residence in Vilnius.“Lithuania is being demolished with the help of authorities as they use force against an innocent child and destroy the republic’s moral foundations,” said protester Darius Kuolys, a former adviser to ex-President Valdas Adamkus.Days later, Grybauskaite got another feel of public wrath _ only this time in Chicago, where she was attending the NATO summit. In Lemont, as she headed to a Lithuanian community event, a crowd of hostile Lithuanian-Americans blocked her car, shouting “disgrace” and waving banners saying Lithuania was “blind to children’s tears.” Secret Service officers had to jump out of their vehicles and push aside protesters to let the motorcade pass.What actually happened to the girl is a mystery.The main evidence cited by “the violets” is the 3-year-old video testimony Kedys made of the girl, who is now 8. A psychiatric evaluation found it unlikely that she had made it all up, but skeptics say it’s possible that Kedys had coached her. Doctors who examined her found no physical injuries, and prosecutors dropped the investigation for lack of proof. When his appeal fell on deaf years, Kedys took the law in his own hands.In October 2009, he allegedly shot and killed two people he had accused of abetting the alleged pedophile ring _ one of whom was the mother’s sister. He then disappeared, only to be found dead six months later, in April 2010. Police said he died after binge drinking and choking on his own vomit _ a finding that many Lithuanians don’t believe.The tragedy didn’t end there. Two months later, one of three men whom Kedys accused of molesting his daughter, died after ostensibly falling from his dune buggy and drowning in a creek _ one that was only 8 inches (20 centimeters) deep.Lithuania appears evenly split between those who see Kedys as a vigilante hero, and those who believe he snapped while trying to win the custody dispute against the girl’s mother.The division cuts like a knife through Lithuanian society, souring dinner party conversations and ruining friendships.The most fervent group of Kedys supporters _ dubbed “the violets” after the color of a T-shirt Kedys wore in a now iconic photo of him and his daughter _ have continued his struggle on the streets. For six months they surrounded the house where Kedys’ relatives were keeping the girl, determined to prevent police from enforcing a court order that gave custody to the mother, Laimute Stankunaite, who claims Kedys fabricated the pedophilia claims to discredit her. New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of 4 must play golf courses in Arizona Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family How do cataracts affect your vision? (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)last_img read more

US Iran fired on Singaporean cargo ship in Gulf

first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) — An Iranian naval patrol boat fired on a Singapore-flagged commercial ship in the Persian Gulf on Thursday in an apparent attempt to disable it over a financial dispute over damage to an Iranian oil platform, a U.S. official said.The Iranians initially fired warning shots Thursday after the MT Alpine Eternity refused to move into Iranian waters. The incident took place a bit south of the island of Abu Musa just inside the Gulf, according to the U.S. official, who was not authorized to discuss details by name. The official said the U.S. military was not involved in the incident. Top Stories The vital role family plays in society After the warning shots were fired the ship began heading toward territorial waters of the United Arab Emirates, and the Iranians then opened up with machine gun fire, according to the U.S. official. The official said early reports indicated no one aboard the ship was injured.In response to a call for help from the Alpine Eternity, the UAE coast guard responded and the Iranian patrol vessels left the area.Officials at Transpetrol, the Singapore-flagged ship’s manager, who were reached by telephone by The Associated Press, said they had no immediate information. The company lists offices in Belgium, Norway, Switzerland and Bermuda.“We’re certainly concerned about anything that interferes with freedom of navigation in international waters and the free flow of commerce,” State Department spokesman Jeff Rathke said, noting that no Americans or US ships were involved.The U.S. official said the Alpine Eternity is involved in a financial dispute with Tehran. The Alpine Eternity on March 22 accidentally struck an Iranian oil platform, damaging it. The ship, which also was damaged in the accident, went into port for repairs, and during that period the Iranians informed the shipping company that it must pay for damage to the oil platform. With the dispute apparently unsettled, the Iranians confronted the Alpine Eternity near Abu Musa island, the U.S. official said. The dispute escalated from there. The U.S. official said the U.S. Navy communicated with the Alpine Eternity after the Iranians fired at it, but by the time the circumstances became clear the incident was over, and no U.S. ships were dispatched to the scene. The U.S. maintains a constant aircraft carrier presence in the Gulf area.This was at least the second recent significant incident involving the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy and a commercial vessel in the Gulf.In late April a Marshall Islands-flagged cargo ship seized by Iran as it traveled through the Strait of Hormuz was detained for more than a week and was finally released last Thursday. Iran claimed the Danish shipping company that chartered the MV Maersk Tigris owed money to an Iranian firm. Officials have not said whether any money was paid to settle the claim.___Associated Press reporters Adam Schreck in Dubai, UAE, and Bradley Klapper in Washington contributed to this reportCopyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation Sponsored Stories Comments   Share   New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvementlast_img read more