Michael O’Neill urges Northern Ireland to play ‘with loads of emotion’ v Wales

first_imgMichael O’Neill claims Northern Ireland and Wales will serve up a “good old-fashioned British game” in the French capital and he wants his players to feed off the hype surrounding the last-16 tie.The two British countries, who are both debutants in the tournament, meet for a place in the quarter-finals of Euro 2016 at the Parc des Princes in a game which will be officiated by England’s Martin Atkinson.Coleman’s team have already faced a home nation in France in the shape of England and he has urged his players not to get caught up in the emotional aspect of another fixture against near neighbours.Yet O’Neill refuted the notion he would do the same, insisting instead that such an atmosphere must act as a catalyst.“I want my team to play with loads of emotion; I want them to fully understand the significance of the game,” he said.“When you look at our performances, especially in the latter two games, you couldn’t question the effort of the team from the first minute to the last minute.“I don’t think you can play without emotion. I don’t expect my team to and I think it will be a big factor in the game tomorrow night.“It will be like a cup tie, but whether it’s like a Premier League team going to a Championship team…that’s irrelevant.“The main importance is that we make it a cup tie. We were bottom of the simulation rankings and we’re proud of that. We have an English referee and we want everything that is good about the British game in it.“We want to do our best within the rules and we expect a good old-fashioned British game tomorrow night.”A ‘battle of Britain’ certainly emerged 12 years ago in front of 63,500 fans at the Millennium Stadium when three men were sent off inside 22 minutes before the Welsh fought back to claim a 2-2 draw.O’Neill was neither playing or managing in that contest, and his relatable derby experiences come from a comparatively smaller stage.“When I was manager at Brechin, the Brechin-Montrose derby atmosphere was electric with those 500 people,” he joked.“My (derby) record is not something I give a lot of thought to.“We played Scotland recently in a derby game. The games have an edge to them but this would not be different against any other European nation because of the pride at stake.“If me and Chris had been told we would face each other for a place in the quarter final I think both of us would have readily accepted that.”For both managers and many of the players, Saturday’s game will be the biggest of their careers.Asked what he would tell his team prior to kick-off, O’Neill responded: “The message for the team is simple – play the game of your life. We don’t want this to end, we want to be going forward to Lille in the next round.“We have wrung every drop we can out of this experience and we want more.” Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill 1last_img read more

RELIVING THOSE NIGHTS IN THE ‘FIESTA’ CREATES A HUGE STIR!

first_imgWho would have thought a show about a dancehall would have created such a fuss?Festival director Paul Brown is delighted about the reaction to Fiesta.The much talked about theatre spectacular, Fiesta, will run another night at An Grianán Theatre, Letterkenny, due to unprecedented public demand.With word spreading about this unique and original play the demand for tickets has been phenomenal. Following last night’s preview, (Thursday, 10th July), the word on the street is that Fiesta is the festival event not-to-be-missed and will now run from Saturday 12th to Tuesday 15th July 2014.Earagail Arts Festival’s showpiece production ‘Fiesta’, is a new play celebrating one of the finest dance halls in Ireland – a celebration of the music, memories and stories that made the Fiesta Ballroom in Letterkenny a place filled with nostalgia.Paul Brown, Festival Director says: “It’s a true testament to the power of reminiscence and the place the Fiesta Ballroom occupied in the hearts and minds of so many people across the North West that this play has become so popular.“I am particularly proud of all those who have worked so hard to put this show together and delighted so many people have made the effort to come out and see the play. It really indicates the level of local ownership over this play and indeed the festival” For full details on the Earagail Arts programme visit www.eaf.ie. Earagail Arts Festival is funded by The Arts Council of Ireland, Fáilte Ireland and Donegal County Council.RELIVING THOSE NIGHTS IN THE ‘FIESTA’ CREATES A HUGE STIR! was last modified: July 11th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalEaragail Arts FestivalFiesta Ballroomlast_img read more

Ukama Kitchen Incubator opens for home cooks and bakers

first_imgCariema Isaacs and Janine Roberts – both of whom are passionate about entrepreneurship and job creation – have started the Ukama Kitchen Incubator in Cape Town.Cariema Isaacs and Janine Roberts (both in middle) with business owners who are involved in the Ukama Kitchen Incubator. Isaacs says the incubator aims to preserve heritage and culture through a celebration of home- baked and cooked food. (Images supplied)Melissa JavanTwo South African women who are passionate about both the food industry and entrepreneurship, have opened the Ukama Kitchen Incubator in Cape Town.Through the incubator, unemployed women can cook or bake in a certified kitchen, explains co-founder Cariema Isaacs. This way, the women’s products will be compliant with government standards and policies, and sellable in a consumer market. The incubator was opened in December 2017.Isaacs, who wrote Cooking for My Father in My Cape Malay Kitchen, says the vision of Ukama is to transform home cooks and bakers who sell their products to support their families, into fully fledged entrepreneurs.Calling them foodtrepreneurs (food entrepreneurs), she says the plan is for the cooks to reach a bigger target market, both locally and internationally, in the future.WatchA certified kitchenCo-founder Janine Roberts says a facility needs to be certified by a regulatory body that inspects the facilities and certifies them safe to make food items for the retail market. “We are certified by Intertek and we are also halaal certified by the South African National Halaal Authority.”Roberts, who has more than 14 years’ experience in the packaging industry, adds: “Women who work from home kitchens are not able to get their products listed in the formal retail market because of health and safety regulations. Retailers need to ensure they only buy from suppliers who work in facilities that are complaint with health and hygiene requirements.”Being compliant means the cooks are able to sell to national retailers such as Pick n Pay and Checkers.For the past ten years, Roberts, a serial entrepreneur, has focused on social entrepreneurship. Her company, Ukama Packaging Solutions, is a multi-stakeholder collaboration – a bridge – between clients seeking packaging services and micro-entrepreneurs providing the labour.In addition, she established the Ukama Community Foundation, an NGO linked to the company that every day feeds about 200 children from Vrygrond in Cape Town.She has received the Tony Elumelu Foundation Top 1000 African Entrepreneurs award, as well as the Spark International Changemaker award in 2015.Behind the scenesUkama Kitchen Incubator sets up equipment for, training and development of small business owners.Foodtrepreneurs already have products on the shelves at the Ukama Kitchen Incubator, which they have sold to customers. “These entrepreneurs have products such as biscuits and shortbread, samosas, smoothies, traditional atchars and Cape Malay jams.“[We have our] very own barista, who is also disabled and we really wanted to give him a chance to manage our coffee bar,” says Isaacs.BootstrappingThe money for the business came out of the pockets of Isaacs and Roberts, although the former says their challenge is lack of funding. They have set up a Kickstarter fundraising page and so far have received several small donations. “[Due to] the lack of funding our existing product lines are focused on longer-life shelf items such as pickles and konfyt [jam].“For items where preservatives are required, such as our curry and pasta sauces, we’d have to approach a food technologist and the cost per product, per hour, per consultation is exorbitant at this stage,” says Isaacs. “We simply cannot afford it, and we would like to help these women.”Writer Melissa Javan asked Isaacs more about the Ukama Kitchen Incubator:Melissa Javan: You said you wanted to change the landscape of home cooking and baking. How do you plan to do this?Cariema Isaacs: Yes, we feel strongly that our kitchen incubator will change the landscape of home cooking and baking businesses, because there are various benefits that are derived from producing products in a commercial kitchen.The aunty who sells her biscuits in the community will always only have access to her direct neighbours, friends and family.The foodtrepreneur, or business owner, has access – through the kitchen incubator – to knowledge and skills related to logistics, buying and selling, branding, marketing, recruitment, networking, accounting and the necessary business acumen one needs to run a successful brand and business. The same aunty is now not just selling, but she is learning business skills that will equip her to focus on profit generation, rather than on just making ends meet, collaboration and management of clients.MJ: Are you still fundraising for Ukama Kitchen Incubator on Kickstarter?CI: Yes we are. We’ve not managed to receive any funding apart from small donations and support from other business partners and brands.MJ: You wrote a cookbook about Cape Malay cooking. Is Ukama going to focus on Cape Malay cooking?CI: Many of our foodtrepreneurs had been following me on social media, so it was easier for them to contact me about becoming part of this initiative. Our intention is to focus on South African heritage fare, but we also recognise the current popularity of halaal cooking and baking, and it would be foolish not to capitalise on this trend.MJ: Why is an incubator necessary for people who want to take their home cooking and baking to the next level?CI: It allows for a broader target market, and an opportunity for the entrepreneur to market their products through a commercial and certified kitchen that complies with all hygiene and safety regulations. It’s also a chance to become a fully fledge entrepreneur supported by training, mentorship and coaching.Cariema Isaacs, co-founder of Ukama Kitchen Incubator, says cooks at the incubator will be able to export their products through Ukama’s commercial kitchens. Through the initiative, South African expats will be able to get from home products “the way mom made them”.MJ: How did you and your business partner meet?CI: Janine constantly has people coming to see her asking whether she can market or package heritage food such as jams. I was approached to help a co-op of unemployed women based in Bo-Kaap, who wanted to draw tourists to their homes for cooking classes.I contacted Janine about my own product range, which is due for release in 2018, which may have included the Bo-Kaap co-op. Janine spoke to me about collaboration and the idea of starting a kitchen incubator. We put our heads together and decided to start a company and build a vision for our brand; in less than a week the Ukama Kitchen Incubator was registered.MJ: What can people who join the Ukama Kitchen Incubator expect?CI: First and foremost, we are a family, as our name suggests – “Ukama” is a Shona word for family. We work in teams while still being able to maintain our individual products and skills.There are also areas that some newbies may find overwhelming, such as working in a commercial kitchen where rules and regulations apply, where we are pedantic about our packaging, labelling, presentation and hygiene standards.Through all of this, we also have fun and learn from one another and we always praise hard work and skill.MJ: On your Facebook page, you speak about your recipe swap with Sri Lankans. Are you planning to teach people at the incubator some of these recipes?CI: Oh my gosh, yes! I think in my past life I must have been a guru or coach or a mentor. I love teaching and sharing ideas and learning from others. I am also enrolled for part-time studies at the International Institute of Culinary Arts Dubai to attain my diploma as a chef, and I feel I can bring much of that knowledge to our kitchen incubator.MJ: Can you give us two lessons you learned in business?CI: Being an entrepreneur is hard work, but one of the most gratifying roles I’ve ever had. Every part of yourself is in every facet of the brand and the business and that, for me, speaks of my own ability to adapt and transform.Stay in your lane, don’t focus on who you think the competition is and what they might be doing – be true to your own vision. The vision should be your North Star and whenever you feel low or lost, that will bring you home again and again and again.Source: UkamaWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Video Tutorial: Cell Phone & Tablet Screen Replacement in After Effects

first_imgIn this video tutorial you’ll learn how to create and track a screen replacement in After Effects!Need to promote a mobile app or game? An explainer video or demo video is a great way to showcase the new app in action.In the following After Effects video tutorial, you’ll learn how to replace the screen of a cell phone, iPhone, tablet or other mobile device with your own video content.  This is ideal for demonstrating user interaction or showing off the design of an app, without having to have talent onscreen manipulating the device.The screen replacement effect is created by tracking live video using the tools that come packaged with After Effects (no third party filters or plugins required). Highlights of the tutorial include:Using the Warp Stabilizer to smooth camera motionUsing the Perspective Corner Pin Tracker to isolate the device’s screen‘Selling’ the effect by applying screen glow, beveled border and simulated light streaksThis is an intermediate After Effects tutorial and goes through the steps quite quickly. Some previous experience working in AE is suggested.[color-box color=”gray”]Video Transcript:This is Evan Abrams for Premium Beat.com and today we’re going to be creating a fake iPhone screen and putting the new graphics into it. It’s not that difficult and these things will go a long way, and I hope you find it useful.So once you’ve imported your footage into After Effects, go ahead and bring it onto a new composition. And the first thing we’re going to do is take this footage and we’re going to stabilize it. We’re going to use the warp stabilize VFX and this will automatically stabilize shaky footage. The result is going to be smooth motion; we like the smoothness to be at 25%. We like the method to be position scale and rotation, and in the advanced we would like to use detailed analysis and we’d like to set crop less, smooth more to 25. This will process automatically so you can go do something else while it happens.Now that your footage has been successfully smoothed out, the motion is less jittery and the things are less awkward to work with. So we’re going to take this comp, and we’re going to call it footage stabilized. Now we’re going to drag that onto a new composition and we will do our tracking in here. So I’m just going to block off the part of this comp we’re interested in, so it’ll be from here to about here; set your play head, trim the comp to the work area.And now instead of using any fancy trackers we’re just going to use the four-point corner pin. I’ll just trim this a little bit more. And we just need to track the four corners of this device and then export that information to a new comp.So the new comp we’re going to make is going to be 960 x 640, which are the dimensions of that screen. It’s important that you know the dimensions of the screen you’re replacing. So if you don’t know of your specific device you should Google it or measure it with a ruler, but as long as the aspect ratio is correct you should be fine. So we’ll call this screen content, and there we might as well make a place holder, so just make a new solid, perhaps; maybe make it white, maybe make a new solid, make it a little bit darker, put it on top of that, and then we can use something like venetian blinds, set it at ten, 45 degrees, 75 degree angle, just to put a little texture into this thing. So now we have some footage.So we have stabilized footage; and then stabilized footage No. 2 we’ll call screen tracked. And then here we have our stabilized footage and then we’re going to bring in our screen content above it. Good.So now we need to actually track these corners. So we’re going to go, track motion, and we’re going to go with a tracker type of perspective corner pin, which will give us these four dots. And now we just need to apply them to the corners. So we move point one up here, point two up here, and then point four and finally point three. And it can be helpful for you to make a note of where these are, because it’s not always easy to know which point is on which corner.Now let’s go back and make sure they’re all nicely nestled into the corner between the bezel and the screen area. Those all look good. And then we go into the options of the tracker using RGB; we are processing before match, we’re enhancing, and we’re telling it to stop tracking if confidence is below 80%. Hit okay, and then press play to track ahead. And it will do as good a job as it possibly can to track this up. Again, another automated process where if you set it up correctly and your footage is good you shouldn’t have too much of a problem. Okay, that’s done; it’s output a bunch of information.Now we’re going to edit the target, set it to screen content, hit apply, and then we can have a look at the type of damage that we’ve done here. So I’ll put the eye of this back on, and we’ll see if it’s even remotely close to where we want it. And it looks like it’s been successful. So that’s good; you’ve tracked something on there, but your work is not yet done because there is a lot that needs to be done to get this to look correct. We have to remove that disgusting green border there. We have to continue the glare up onto the screen; there are so many things to do.So first thing to do is to pre-compose this here; so Cntl-shift-C will pre- compose it, and this is tracked content, because we want to remember that this content is tracked to where it is. And we’ll just change its color here to be blue.And we’re going to need a few copies of this, so I’m going to duplicate it and one of these we’re just going to call regular content, and it goes above the stack of other content. This one we’ll just have to match its blurriness to match the blur level of what’s around it. So I can use the fast blur to do that, and I think a blurriness of two is enough, just so it matches.Now the next one under that is going to be a blurred glow, and on this one we’re going to set its opacity to be lower, like a 50, give it a fast blur– even a much higher fast blur of 25, so it starts to glow out on the edges. And depending on how bright your mimicking your screen to be that’ll change that value. So those two are done.Duplicate that again, put it down here, blurred glow two we’re going to change to a mode of add, because it’s much brighter and (? glow), and press glow level of 50, and transparency is perhaps lower, around ten. So now we’ve set up enough glowing to simulate a glowing screen coming out of this thing. So that’s all good.Now using blurred glow two we need to create a small border around here, so I’m going to duplicate this, set it below everything, and change its value here to be red. And what I’m going to call this is spillover alpha. And I’m going to use this to define the alpha of the spillover range. And I’ll do that by changing it from add to normal; then we’re going to change its opacity up to 100%. And I’m going to do a fill to it, and that fill goes above the fast blur. And then I’m going to apply a curve to this and that curves I’m going to put on the alpha. And then only to use that to just bang this out so that it is much larger; this will have to be smaller blur. You just have to make sure that it’s not going too far interrupting with things. So we’ll change the blur level down just so it fits in that area, a median zone, just around to cover up the green. So that looks good.So what we’ll do is we will duplicate the footage stabilized, and we’ll take the spillover alpha and we’ll put both of those up at the top. Footage stabilized we’re going to use the track mat of that alpha thing so that it is only this much that we’re concerned about. And then what we’re going to do is we’re going to use the key light to key out the green, so to select it in there. And then we’re going to go here to the screen mat, change this to hard color, so now there is kind of a glow that’s going to be coming over it. And this is in order to preserve things like the light streaks and the spillover so you can see how this is now starting to bleed over into this piece. And now we’re going to fast blur, about 25; that should do it. And change this from normal to add, and then change its opacity to say 10 or 25 or something around there.So when we go in and we start editing things in the screen content, let’s say we made this slightly darker by adding in a new solid, make it dark solid, when we go back here we can see these light streaks that are now over top of that, which are helping to really sell this image. So that’s a very important feature, depending upon what is on your screen content.So going back here we still have a bit of green that we need to deal with. So duplicate this spillover alpha and put this below everything. And we will now rename this to be color fix. And on here we have a bunch of effects that we don’t really care about except that they determine how big this is. So I’m going to pre-compose this, move all the attributes to the new layer, and we’ll call this one color fix. And now what I’m going to do is I’m going to change it to be an adjustment layer and then we can use this adjustment layer to make changes to the green here. What I like to do is use a hue and saturation and set it to colorize; make sure you have the eye turned on. And then you want to just colorize it to match with the area just outside, and it’s sort of like a yellowy brown there, and you know, maybe not as saturated, lightness not exactly the same. But you can use it to help make this fit in better with the piece. So there we go; so far so good.Now just go into your screen content, maybe punch this up to look a little more noticeable, or maybe have something that seems a little bit more appropriate, but all in, you are now done. You now have a screen that is tracked in there; you have light streaks over it, and it is very convincing. So now you just need to put in content, alter your glows a little bit depending on your scene, and you should be done. Everything’s stuck in well and you’re good to go.So this has been Evan Abrams for PremiumBeat.com. Hopefully you’ve learned a lot about tracking screens onto devices. One important thing to remember though is to make sure that device is displaying a chromatic green background which is easily done by taking a picture of it with your camera phone, or just downloading the image and then putting it on the screen, and that’s about it. Thank you so much for watching. Stop by at PremiumBeat.com and check out the blog for tips, tricks, and tutorials and After Effects and other applications. And of course come to PremiumBeat for all of your music and sound effects needs. I’m Evan Abrams, follow me on Twitter at ECAbrams and come back next time for more stuff. Thanks for watching, and I’ll see you around the Internet.[/color-box]last_img read more

Ready for NIA questioning in Srinagar, says Mirwaiz

first_imgHurriyat chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Monday made a second plea before the National Investigation Agency “to question him in Srinagar instead of New Delhi”.“The Mirwaiz has reiterated that he is willing to cooperate in the matter but has asked for the venue for examination to be shifted from Delhi to Srinagar. The concerns and apprehensions (over his security outside the State) and regarding travel to Delhi was already expressed on March 10 in a letter addressed to the NIA,” said the Mirwaiz’s counsel in a statement on Monday.“Earlier many persons have been examined by the agency at Humhama Budgam while conducting investigation. The Mirwaiz sees no reason why his client cannot be examined in similar manner,” said the counsel.The NIA had issued a second summon to the Mirwaiz, also Kashmir’s head priest, on March 14 and asked him to report to the agency’s Delhi office on March 18. Earlier, the NIA searched the office and house of Mr. Farooq on March 9 and asked for his personal appearance before the NIA in a case lodged by the agency in 2017 in an “illegal funding” case.last_img read more

Torres knocks out Osenio, Kelly scores stunner in ONE prelims

first_imgPhoto from ONE ChampionshipJomary Torres continued her sensational ascent to the top of the women’s atomweight division as she knocked out April Osenio in the preliminary matches in ONE: Global Superheroes Friday at Mall of Asia Arena.The 21-year-old Zamboangueña wiggled her way out of the Team Lakay bet’s armbar on her right arm, lifted Osenio and slammed her to the mat.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Photo from ONE ChampionshipAlso, Edward Kelly hardly broke a sweat as he scored a three-hit combo knockout of Meas Meul.The Team Lakay featherweight fired a pair of solid punches and immediately nailed the high knee to the Cambodian’s jaw, stunning the challenger and prompting the referee to call for the bell at the 21-second mark of the first round.It was an emotional victory for Kelly, who finally achieved success in front of his home crowd.“Last time, I trained really well and I ended up with a loss. I was really disappointed,” he recounted. “But now, this is what happened. I’m so happy, not just for myself, but for my team and I hope my teammates will also get the win.”Kelly bounced back from his loss to Emilio Urrutia back in August to rise to 10-4, while Meul suffered his first defeat and dropped to 8-1.ADVERTISEMENT Federer reaches 7th Australian Open final after Chung retires Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises In the other preliminary fights, Rajinder Singh Meena (9-7) made quick work of Zhang Ze Hao (2-1), making his Chinese foe tap out to his guillotine at the 42-second mark of the opening round.Indonesian strawweight Adrian Matehis (4-3) submitted Eddey Kallai (0-3) with a rear-naked choke at the 4:15 mark of the first round to keep his Malaysian foe winless in the promotion. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:42Stars face off at ONE: Dawn of Heroes01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Torres punctuated her emphatic win by pummeling Osenio with strikes to take the knockout victory 40 seconds into the match, the fastest victory in the women’s division of ONE Championship.Triumphant in the clash between the Filipinas, the undefeated Torres (4-0) now looks on to bigger things, saying she’s willing to take on all comers in her continuing journey in the promotion.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I’m thankful to God that He gave me this win and I also am grateful for my coaches who put their trust on me,” she said in Filipino. “I’ll just accept whatever ONE gives.”Osenio, meanwhile, remains in search of her first win since returning to the cage as she fell to a 2-4 record. LATEST STORIES Read Next View comments NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s weddinglast_img read more

Euronav Sells Suezmax Tanker for Offshore Project

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Euronav Belgium’s tanker shipping company Euronav has sold its Suezmax vessel Felicity to an undisclosed supplier and operator of offshore floating platforms.As informed, the 157,667 dwt vessel has been delivered to its new owners and will be converted into an FPSO.“Once again Euronav has demonstrated a capability to generate value for our stakeholders as part of our approach on fleet renewal. This is the eighth vessel we have successfully introduced into an offshore project,” Paddy Rodgers, CEO of Euronav, said.Euronav said it will record a capital loss on the sale of approximately USD 3 million in Q4 2018. The company expects to generate the cash of USD 21.1 million on this transaction, after repayment of debt.Built at Samsung Heavy Industries shipyard in South Korea in 2009, the ship has a market value of USD 31.83 million, according to data provided by VesselsValue.Euronav’s owned and operated fleet currently comprises two ULCCs, 43 VLCCs, 25 Suezmaxes, one LR1 and two FSO vessels (both owned in 50%-50% joint venture).last_img read more

No shortage of medicines phone restriction helped save lives JK Guv

first_imgNew Delhi: Governor Satya Pal Malik on Sunday denied that there was any shortage of medicines and essential commodities in Jammu and Kashmir and said communication curbs helped save many lives there.Mailk also said no life has been lost in Jammu and Kashmir due to any violence in the last 10 days after the abrogation of the special status given to Jammu and Kashmir and its division into two Union Territories.”If blockade of communication helps saves lives, what is the harm?” he told reporters when asked to comment on how long the restrictions will continue. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsMalik said that in the past, whenever there was a crisis in Kashmir, at least 50 people used to die in the first week itself.”Our attitude that there should be no loss of human life. ’10 din telephone nahi honge, nahi honge, lekin hum bahut jaldi sab wapas kar denge. (If there is no phone connection for 10 days, so be it. But, we will restore everything soon),” he said.Malik said there has been no shortage of medicines and essential commodities anywhere in Jammu and Kashmir and enough stocks were available for the people to buy. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday”In fact, we delivered meat, vegetables and eggs to people’s doorsteps on Eid,” he said.The Governor was in the national capital to pay his last respect to former Union finance minister Arun Jaitley, who passed away on Saturday at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences here.Fondly remembering Jaitley, Malik said it was the departed leader who had insisted him to take up the responsibility as the Jammu and Kashmir Governor last year. “I was advised by Arun Jaitley to take up the responsibility as Governor. He told me that it will be historic. He also told me that his in-laws are from Jammu,” he said.last_img read more

The Elders Call For Swift Action In The Central African Republic

first_imgThe Elders yesterday called on the international community, notably the UN Security Council, to take all possible measures to restore peace and security urgently to the Central African Republic (CAR), where inter-communal violence has worsened and credible allegations of widespread human rights abuses have been reported.Kofi Annan, Chair of The Elders and former UN Secretary-General, said: “I urge the Security Council to act swiftly and decisively and authorise the resources urgently needed to begin stabilising the CAR. The interim President, Catherine Samba-Panza, is a courageous leader who needs all the support she can get at this difficult moment for her country.”Over the past two months, more than a thousand deaths have been reported in the capital, Bangui, alone in clashes between Muslim ex-Séléka fighters and Christian anti-Balaka militia forces. Nearly a million people have been displaced in the capital, while more than half of the 4.5 million inhabitants of the CAR are reported to be in need of humanitarian assistance.“I pray that the people of the CAR will come to their senses soon and stop the bloodshed,” said Archbishop Desmond Tutu. “The reports of sexual violence, recruitment of child soldiers and other grave abuses, including the beheading of children, are absolutely ghastly. The African Union, the UN and the European Union all have a part to play in restoring peace, getting help to those in need, and preparing for fresh elections.”The Elders are independent leaders using their collective experience and influence for peace, justice and human rights worldwide. The group was founded by Nelson Mandela in 2007.The Elders are Martti Ahtisaari, Kofi Annan (Chair), Ela Bhatt, Lakhdar Brahimi, Gro Harlem Brundtland (Deputy Chair), Fernando Henrique Cardoso, Jimmy Carter, Hina Jilani, Graça Machel, Mary Robinson and Ernesto Zedillo.Desmond Tutu is an honorary Elder.last_img read more