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Waste not Want Not : Summer Salads

first_imgWhatsApp NewsWaste not Want Not : Summer SaladsBy admin – June 23, 2011 759 Advertisement A RECENT review of an article on FFT some weeks ago, brought back the message that we should be conscious of what we buy and what we throw away. Food waste is a huge issue in homes and kitchens around the city, county and indeed the island as a whole, but we can be clever in what we eat, keep and throw away.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Recent good weather, well in some parts of the country, have spurred on the bbq coals to bring out that white heat we all love and like. So, as the barbecues and salad days come and go, Stop Food Waste reminds you that 50% of the lettuce we buy ends up in the bin. While a head of lettuce may seem cheap at around under €1 you can see how quickly this amount of waste can add up in euros over time. The STOP Food Waste programme is funded under the EPA National Waste Prevention Programme (NWPP). Waste Prevention is the preferred waste management option in Ireland.Odile Le Bolloch, spokesperson for Stop Food Waste at the EPA, has the following advice for lettuce lovers and says; “When you buy lettuce, make sure to take it out of its bag and wash it as soon as possible. Spin the lettuce in a salad spinner to dry off the washing water and store it in the fridge in the salad spinner. Leave a small amount of water in the bottom of the spinner and top up if needed. This keeps the lettuce fresh, it lasts longer and you have a supply of washed lettuce to use during the week.“Another mistake people sometimes make is to cut the stalk off the lettuce with a metal knife. This can cause the lettuce to get those brown edges people hate so instead simply break off the leaves as you need them.”Stop Food Waste also advise that growing your own lettuce and other greens not only gives you a greater appreciation for it, because you’ve grown and nurtured it yourself, but it also means that you take as much as you want as you need it. “You don’t need that much space to grow a few heads of lettuce, rocket or herbs – a well drained window box works great where space is limited,” says Odile. “Start the window box indoors and once the first few sprouts start to show you can put it outside on a sunny sill. Make sure you keep it watered – though in Irish summers this is usually not a problem!”Donal Skehan lends his weight to the campaign and says: “Some cynics say ‘salad never sells’ and for the most part the sight of dry leaves are not going to whet the appetite much, but with a few simple recipes for salad dressing you can have your leaves glistening under the summer sunshine and guaranteed not to end up in the bin! The ingredients are very simple; it’s how you combine them that creates the magic.”Asian Dressing:Dresses a salad to serve 4–6 vegetarian3 tbsp sunflower oil1 tbsp dark soy sauce2 garlic cloves, peeled and finely chopped1 thumb-sized piece of fresh root ginger, peeled and finely chopped2 tsp honeyJuice of 1 lime French Mustard Dressing:Dresses a salad to serve 4–6 vegetarian1 garlic clove, peeled and finely chopped1 tsp dijon mustard1 tbsp white wine vinegar1 tbsp lemon juice3 tbsp extra virgin olive oilA generous pinch of sea salt and freshly ground black pepper Herby Balsamic Dressing:Dresses a salad to serve 4–6 vegetarian1 garlic clove, peeled and finely choppedFresh rosemary, finely choppedFresh thyme, finely choppedFresh basil, finely chopped1 tsp honey1 tbsp balsamic vinegar3 tbsp extra virgin olive oilA generous pinch of sea salt and freshly ground black pepper Linkedin Emailcenter_img Facebook Twitter Print Previous articleStones In His Pockets returnsNext articleBike It! pedals for Limerick Youth Services adminlast_img read more

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Colombia’s Era of Big Capos Ending as Drug Barons Fall from Grace

first_img Emergence of ‘micro cartels’ An array of Colombian syndicates is now cultivating coca plants, chemically processing the leaves into cocaine, and transporting the finished drug northward. But the lucrative part of the trade — bringing cocaine across the U.S. border and distributing it in its cities — is now in the hands of Mexican cartels, cutting into the Colombian traffickers’ profits. And over the past two decades, Colombia’s big cartels have broken into dozens of “micro cartels,” said Alfredo Rangel, security expert and former defense ministry advisor. The usual pattern when a cartel breaks up, he said, is that a capo falls and three of his underlings fight for control of the organization. In a few instances, one is more powerful than the others and simply eliminates them. But more often, the cartel “fragments itself into smaller cartels that keep independent relationships with the business, replacing one capo of importance with three capos of medium importance,” Rangel said. These mid-level capos are the faces of Colombia’s trade today. Neighboring countries look to Colombia’s achievements The success of Colombia’s anti-drug efforts has also pushed its capos into neighboring countries. Since 2008, 10 Colombian capos, including Barerra, have been caught in Venezuela, a prominent exit route for cocaine. Colombia’s role in the cocaine trade will likely continue to weaken, Ávila said. With the removal of so many capos recently, Mexican cartels are sending delegates to Colombia’s neighboring countries, especially Venezuela, to wrestle away the transportation routes. “The Colombians each time are losing more space,” he said. Colombia, however, is still the top grower of coca, with about 160,000 acres in cultivation, according to a report released in July by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. Nonetheless, cultivation has plunged about 60 percent since 2000 when it was more than 400,000 acres. At the same time, Peru and Bolivia’s coca crops have mostly increased over the last several years. According to the UNODC report, Peru had nearly 155,000 acres under cultivation in 2011 and Bolivia had about 70,000. Peru and Bolivia have overtaken Colombia to become the world’s producers of finished cocaine, according to a U.S. government report published July 30, though the Bolivian government disputes this. Jhon Marulanda is a security consultant and former member of the Colombian army (and no relation to former guerrilla leader Manuel Marulanda, who was killed in 2008). He said that no single Latin American country can win the battle against drugs, noting that “we need cooperation among all of the countries if this is to be controlled.” Peace deal with FARC: Further blow to cartels? Meanwhile, ongoing talks between the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), Colombia’s largest left-wing guerilla group, and the Colombian government could dramatically change the country’s position as a cocaine producer. FARC manages 60 percent of coca production in Colombia, experts say, and could potentially hand the government, as part of a peace agreement, huge swaths of cultivation land and labs where the drug is processed. “That would give a significant hit to narcotrafficking in Colombia,” said Rangel, the former defense ministry advisor. But one obstacle to such cooperation, Rangel and other experts said, is that members of FARC still refuse to recognize themselves as narcotraffickers. Moreover, the withdrawal of FARC from remote coca-growing zones could create a bloody struggle for power, with traffickers enlisting paramilitaries in a war. “The FARC acts as a type of judge, regulating and administrating, ”said Ávila. “And when they are not there, it could become chaos.” Corpades: Lots of work remains to be done Fernando Quijano, an organized crime investigator and director of the Medellín-based human rights group Corpades, said most of today’s capos are actually “gatilleros,” or gunmen, whose purpose is to act as figureheads, uniting and giving orders to the hundreds of smaller criminal gangs. True power, he said, lies with a small group of men who operate as legitimate businessmen but are actually a tightly knit mafia. “The true bosses of the business are quiet. No one bothers them, because all eyes are following the façade,” he said. Quijano and other investigators noted that very few money launderers have been prosecuted in Colombia. “We’ve had a grand success in the capture of narcos,” said Ávila, of Nuevo Arco Iris. “But the bosses of these narcos have not been touched. It’s bittersweet.” How well that drug trafficking ends, but I would prefer that they put an end to corrupt politicians and to all the exaggerated perks that they have nowadays, not only them, but the majority of the senior officials of the State (high pensions, high wages, cell phone and plan, per diem, passages, advisers, cars…) There is no doubt, that politicians have done and will harm the country even more, than all traffickers together, including PABLO ESCOBAR.. MEDELLÍN, Colombia — The 20-year career of Colombian drug baron Daniel Barrera came to an end with a whimper, not a bang, last month when he was captured in a Venezuelan telephone booth. Barrera — deemed to be the second most wanted trafficker after Mexico’s Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán — was living quietly in the border city of San Cristobal. For four years, this man with a $5 million bounty on his head had been moving among a series of guesthouses, the last of which cost less than $100 a night. Despite his low profile, Colombian and Venezuelan forces tracked him with intelligence assistance from the United States and England. Then as the sun set on the evening of Sept. 19, Venezuelan security officers grabbed him without a fight. Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos called Barrera—known as “El Loco,” the madman, for his mercurial temper — “the last of the grand capos.” Barrera’s capture, despite the painful lengths he took to hide his identity from authorities, including burning his hands with acid to remove his fingerprints and having plastic surgery to alter his face, shows just how effective Colombian forces have become at collaring narcotrafficking heads. In July, fellow drug trafficker Camilo Torres — known as “Fritanga” — was taken into custody after police raided his lavish wedding party on the island of Múcura. Experts: Colombian drug trade more fragmented than ever But security analysts say the recently caught capos, including Barrera, aren’t nearly as powerful as the Colombian capos of the 1980s and 1990s. “I will not say that [Barrera] is the last of the grand capos,” said Ariel Ávila, who has written extensively on the drug trade as an investigator for Bogotá-based research institute Nuevo Arco Iris. “Colombia hasn’t had grand capos for some time.” Those who track the subject closely say Colombia — and much of Latin America — has entered a post-capo era, in which authorities must combat networks of traffickers whose heads can easily be replaced. The success of Colombian security forces has fragmented the drug trade more than at any time in its more than 50-year history. “This era of capos, the cartel of Medellin, the Cartel of Cali, is not going to repeat itself,” Ávila said. “To think that we are going to return to the epic of Pablo Escobar, that is not going to happen.” Plan Colombia instrumental in catching kingpins In the two decades since the fall of Pablo Escobar, Colombian forces have become much more adept at capturing drug kingpins. Under Plan Colombia, the police and military created small groups of highly vetted and trained forces, whose sole job was to track and capture capos. They tapped phone lines, intercepted electronic communications, and recruited criminal informants. In the last several months authorities have captured, besides Barrera, Erickson Vargas Cardona, better known as “Sebastían,” who was the head of the Oficina de Envigado (Office of Envigado), a group with roots in the old Medellín cartel. In early June, Diego Pérez Henao, the main enforcer of a transnational gang called the Rastrojos, was arrested on a Venezuelan farm, where he was posing as a groundskeeper. And just a month earlier his partner Javier Calle Serna, alias “Comba,” surrendered to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration after months of negotiations from a hideout in Argentina. These capos have behaved very differently from the capos of old, who built their wealth through cocaine, spread it across other businesses, and were unafraid to show it. Escobar raced expensive cars, hosted parties at grand fincas and built a full-fledged zoo. His rival capos in the Cali cartel, Gilberto José and Miguel Angel Rodriguez Orejuela, owned a professional soccer team and a chain of pharmacies that is still in business today. (The Orejuela brothers were extradited to the United States in 2005 and sentenced to 30 years each). New breed of ‘capo’ keeps a low profile The new class started as street toughs, murdering their way to temporary power. Ávila described them as “killers of turn that can easily be replaced.” They also keep a much lower profile so as not to attract attention, said Diego Corrales, a specialist in urban security and the director of Enciudad, a public-policy group in Medellín. “Escobar showed off the eccentricities he had as an extension of his power,” Corrales said. “Anyone who does that now is likely to fall at the hands of the law.” Escobar and his contemporaries also controlled the entire chain of cocaine, from the cultivating and manufacturing of the drug to its transportation and ultimate distribution in North America. But these days the chain is decentralized, and most capos today often control only one or two parts of it. For example, said Ávila, “Loco” Barrera maintained shipping routes. He bought cocaine, loaded it in airplanes and distributed it to Mexican cartels. 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Guyana records 141 deaths by suicide in 2018

first_img…Govt commits to reviewing criminalisation of attempted suicideGuyana experienced a “significant” decline in the number of deaths caused by suicide with 141 cases recorded in 2018 when compared to the 184 documented in 2017.Director of the Mental Health Unit, Dr Util Richmond-ThomasA section of persons who participated in the sensitisation walkThese figures were disclosed by Director of the Mental Health Unit, Dr Util Richmond-Thomas during a programme organised by the Public Health Ministry at the National Cultural Centre in observance of World Suicide Prevention Day on Tuesday.According to Richmond-Thomas, young people between the ages of 20 and 29 years old accounted for the most suicide deaths during 2017 and 2018.She was keen to note too that the majority of the deaths were as a result of pesticide use followed by persons hanging themselves.On the other hand, the Director related that persons who attempted suicide and were unsuccessful in their bids are now being assessed by psychiatrists and are linked to services such as alcohol and substance abuse treatments.The Mental Health Director posited that the Ministry still has a lot of work to do to reduce these figures.“According to the National Suicide Plan 2015-2020, published in December 2014, Guyana ranked at the top worldwide with an estimated suicide rate of 44.2 per 100,000. Also, according to the said plan, suicide was a leading cause of death among persons aged 25-44 years old. The most affected age group was 20-29 years but individuals 13-19 years and greater than 50 years were in high proportion,” she explained.But more recently, the death rate caused by suicide stood at 24.63 per 100,000 in 2017 and 18.80 per 100,000 in 2018 in a population of just about 746,995 people.Males, she pointed out, die more frequently as a result of suicide with a proportion of four to one while the most common method was by pesticide or herbicide use. In fact, statistics revealed that 69 per cent of suicide cases were men in 2017 which climbed to 83 per cent in 2018.East Indians accounted for more than 50 per cent of suicide cases which were highly concentrated in Regions Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam), Six (East Berbice-Corentyne), Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara), Four (Demerara-Mahaica) and Five (Mahaica-Berbice), respectively.A further breakdown shows that last year, 65 per cent of persons were of East Indian descent, 17 per cent were of African descent and 8.5 per cent were Amerindians while seven per cent were mixed race.Although this was the case, Chief Medical Officer, Dr Shamdeo Persaud told the gathering that suicide has no face and that everyone suffers from this scourge.On the other hand, Pan American Health Organisation, World Health Organisation (PAHO/WHO) Representative, Dr William Adu Krow reminded Guyana that while the figures may be decreasing, the country still needs to do more work.He pointed out, “In 2014 we happened to be the worst in the world in terms of per capita (suicide deaths) now we are the third-worst and we are coming down”.More alarming, Adu Krow explained that for every death, about 20 to 25 people attempt suicide, which translates to about 3500 persons who try to harm themselves annually.Decriminalising suicideWith calls mounting for the Government to decriminalise attempted suicide, Public Health Minister Volda Lawrence committed to reviewing the laws which criminalise the act.While delivering the feature address at Tuesday’s event, she said, “Our suicide attempts are our target for intervention…let me assure all of you that I will seek to have the repeal of Chapter 8:01 96 of the laws of Guyana which criminalises attempted suicide”.Back in July, British High Commissioner Gregory Quinn renewed calls in support for the decriminalisation of attempted suicide, as he shared the belief that it is not a criminal offence, but rather a cry for assistance.He stated that suicide was removed from the list of criminal offences in England and Wales since 1961 and such actions should follow through for Guyana as well because it eliminates the stigma for surviving family members.“Suicide here in Guyana needs to be decriminalised. It needs to be taken off the criminal statute. It is no way a criminal offence…It was decriminalised in England and Wales in 1961 with the appropriately named Suicide Act. What that fundamentally means is not only is the stigma removed from surviving family members, but also those who try and fail are no longer prosecuted…If you do, here in Guyana, you are and this we believe is fundamentally wrong. Trying to commit suicide is a clear statement of a need for help,” the High Commissioner shared.This year, World Suicide Prevention Day was observed under the theme “Working together to prevent suicides”.To commemorate the day in Guyana, a sensitisation walk was held throughout a few city streets. In attendance were hundreds of representatives from religious organisations, Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), students, MoPH officials and civil society decked out in yellow t-shirts and caps. 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Argentine ‘on Chelsea’s hit list’

first_imgFormer Argentina boss Marcelo Bielsa is the shock name on Chelsea’s hit list if they replace Andre Villas-Boas, according to the Daily Mirror.AVB’s position is under scrutiny.Bielsa, who manages Atletico Bilbao, is believed to be one of a number of possible appointments considered by Chelsea as pressure grows on AVB.The Daily Mail claim former Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez is high on the list of candidates to take over at Stamford Bridge for the rest of the season if a change is made following tonight’s vital Champions League match against Napoli.The Mail also say Blues owner Roman Abramovich has considered Fabio Capello but was told the ex-England manager would not be interested in a short-term positionAnd The Sun say AVB, who insists he will not be sacked, would like Abramovich to publicly declare his support for him.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Trio in action on Groves’ Wembley bill

first_imgSteve O’Meara, Gary Corcoran and Mitchell Smith will appear on the undercard of George Groves’ European super-middleweight title fight at Wembley Arena on 16 March.Groves, the Commonwealth champion, will face Mouhamed Ali Ndiaye for the EBU belt recently vacated by his arch-rival and fellow West Londoner James DeGale.And O’Meara (pictured above) will be in action for the first time since an unsuccessful attempt to win the Commonwealth light-middleweight belt in December.The 29-year-old, who was born in Shepherd’s Bush and lives in West Drayton, remains in the hunt for a major title.Welterweight Corcoran, from Wembley, will be looking to extend his unbeaten record, as will Harrow Weald’s super-featherweight prospect Smith.See also:Corcoran easily extends unbeaten record O’Meara suffers defeat in title clash Groves tipped to win world title in 2013Groves set to fight for European title Groves to fight for title at Wembley ArenaGroves lining up world title challengeThe press conference to announce Groves’ Wembley returnTrainer Booth discusses George Groves’ European title fightGroves ready to add European belt to his title collectionGroves warned ahead of title 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Apple Farm Service announces Local Government Appreciation Days

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Do you work for the township, county, city, or state government? Apple Farm Service appreciates everything you do to keep our streets, parks, neighborhoods, and communities maintained and safe. They would like to say thank you with a special day just for you.Apple Farm Service is excited to announce their first annual Local Government Appreciation Days. Anyone who works for any level of government (whether local, state, or federal) are invited to join them!Mark your calendars for these dates:• Covington Store, 10120 West Versailles Rd., Covington. Thursday, June 6, 10 a.m. untill 3 p.m.• Mechanicsburg Store, 12446 East State Rt 29, Mechanicsburg, Thursday, June 13, 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.Government employees can stop by for prize giveaways, product demonstrations, test drives, and equipment education. Apple Farm Service will also be firing up the grill for a cook-out lunch.Product specialists will be on site to provide equipment education, lessons to find the best deals with government bidding and purchasing programs, and product demonstrations. Mowers, tractors, skid steers, attachments, and everything grounds care and construction will be on display.This free event is a small token of appreciation for everything you do for our communities.last_img read more

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SEA Games: PH booters score first win, deny Cambodians ‘bonus’

first_imgUPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Flags of SEA Games countries raised at Athletes Village Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Read Next Jose gives it all for Cignal before flying for SEA Games LATEST STORIES KUALA LUMPUR — The Philippines U22 team dismantled Cambodia, 2-0, on strong second-half goals by Reymart Cubon and Filipino-Japanese Kou-Ichi Belgira late Tuesday night in the Southeast Asian Games.Cubon, of Far Eastern University, broke the ice in the 52nd minute as the Filipinos shook off a lethargic start.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Then Belgira booted home a free kick with exciting striker Javier Gayoso acting as decoy in the 81st.The win gave the Philippines three points in the tournament and bolstered its hopes to make the podium.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutCambodia started off hot, fueled by the promise of its prime minister to give team members $1,000 each per won game.But the Filipinos buckled down to work and put up a punishing string of attacks in the second half. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View comments Man sworn in as lawyer by judge who sentenced him to prison as a teen 20 years ago PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chieflast_img read more

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3 days agoMan Utd legend Neville: Solskjaer tactics spot on against Liverpool

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Man Utd legend Neville: Solskjaer tactics spot on against Liverpoolby Freddie Taylor3 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United legend Phil Neville says Ole Gunnar Solskjaer got his tactics “spot on” against Liverpool on Sunday.Solskjaer’s decision to play with five in defence nullified Liverpool’s attacking threat at Old Trafford for the majority of the game, before Adam Lallana equalised in the final minutes.”Tactically, Ole got it really spot on,” the England women’s manager told Optus Sport.”Five at the back, they defended the middle of the pitch really well, the three centre-backs, in particular, defended the goal really well, every cross that came in from wide areas they were set.”Just that cross at the end when it gets fired across the box. Rojo just lost a little bit of concentration and it got punished.”Liverpool did finish really strong and United will feel like that’s two points dropped.” last_img read more

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$10 Million Resource Centre Opens in Eastern Hanover

first_imgStory Highlights The facility includes a community library, internet café, bathrooms and multi-purpose hall Member of Parliament, Dr. D.K. Duncan presented the group with a gift of $100,000 The JN Foundation would be dedicating resources to the centre Residents of Mt. Hannah and surrounding districts in eastern Hanover are to benefit from the opening of a resource centre valued at approximately $10 million in their area.The Mt. Hannah Resource Centre, established by the Mt. Hannah Primary School Past Students Association in collaboration with the Organization of International Development (OID), was officially opened on August 5, the eve of Jamaica’s 51st anniversary of Independence.The facility includes a community library, internet café, bathrooms and multi-purpose hall; and will benefit hundreds of students and adults from across the districts of Donalva, Mt. Hannah, Maryland and adjoining communities.Member of Parliament, Dr. D.K. Duncan, congratulated the Mt. Hannah Past Students Association and the wider community for “persevering together and achieving great things for the community.”He presented the group with a gift of $100,000 that will go towards further construction work on the resource centre.“In consultation with Councillor Lloyd Hill, we have decided that this is an appropriate venture for us to make even a small contribution of $100,000 to the project out of the Constituency Development Fund (CDF).  This is in appreciation for what you have together achieved for the benefit of many of this immediate community and surrounding areas,” Dr. Duncan said.Delivering the main address at the opening ceremony, Representative of the Jamaica National Building Society (JNBS) Foundation, Virginia Turner, said the activities at the Mt. Hannah Resource Centre are going to be successful because the entire community has “embraced and bought into the dream.”“We at JN Foundation firmly believe if you give persons the resources and you get them to buy in, that they are responsible for the development of their communities and if they are given the opportunities and the resources, then they can make changes in their societies,” Ms Turner noted.She pointed out that unless the young people and seniors alike are engaged in these tough economic times to get themselves trained and to become self reliant, the country will be in trouble.“I am therefore encouraging all citizens across this and adjoining communities to make the best use of the many opportunities that will be emerging from this resource centre. I am also encouraging the formation of senior clubs for both females and males, in order to bring out their creative and resourceful abilities.” she said.Ms.Turner noted that the centre has to make money to be sustainable. “If the centre is not sustainable after a while nothing will go on here, so be resourceful and the centre will benefit entire communities of the parish,” Ms.Turner said.She announced that the JN Foundation would be dedicating resources to working with the centre in the extensive structuring of programmes and activities in ensuring that members benefit as they prepare for the future.last_img read more

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ED may start PMLA probe against SP MP Azam Khan

first_imgNew Delhi: The ED is set to initiate a money-laundering probe against Samajwadi Party Lok Sabha MP Azam Khan under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act, based on allegations of land-grabbing.The Enforcement Directorate has asked for details of 28 FIRs, where allegations of land-grabbing have been levelled against the Rampur parliamentarian, by farmers in the area, a source in the know said. The financial probe agency can register an Enforcement Case Information Report (ECIR) only after taking cognizance of an FIR registered by another law enforcement agency. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Some of these FIRs, details of which the ED has asked for, have been registered on complaints from farmers who claimed that Khan had grabbed their land for purposes related to the Mohammad Ali Jauhar University. The ED will consider the details of these allegations, based on which it is expected to initiate its probe soon. Khan was recently put on an online list of land mafia by the district administration of Rampur, to which both the Khan and his party had cried foul, saying that the MP was being framed. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KIn fact, the District Magistrate (Administration) JP Gupta had said that the Rampur MP had been included in the list of anti-land mafia portal, owing to the FIRs registered against him on land-grabbing charges. District Magistrate AK Singh had said that the “farmers had claimed that Azam Khan had acquired their land for the university though coercion”. UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had at the time, alleged that Rampur had become an example of “land-grabbing” culture under the SP-led government. Khan was the senior-most Cabinet Minister in the Akhilesh Yadav-led government and held portfolios such as Urban Development, Minority Welfare, and many others. However, the SP has maintained that the move to add Khan to the list was a conspiracy by the Rampur DM to defame the MP and the university.last_img read more

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