Pogba dedicates France win to rescued Thai players

first_imgPalace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team ‘This is really happening’: Serena reaches Wimbledon semis Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding LATEST STORIES The last of the 12 boys and their coach were freed earlier in the day from a cave where they had been trapped for more than two weeks. France’s Samuel Umtiti, second from left, is congratulated by his teammates France’s Antoine Griezmann, Raphael Varane and Paul Pogba, from left, after scoring the opening goal during the semifinal match between France and Belgium at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg Stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia, Tuesday, July 10, 2018. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)Paul Pogba has paused after the biggest win of his international career to dedicate it to the Thai soccer team whose last members were freed from a flooded cave hours earlier.The France midfielder took to Twitter shortly after France beat Belgium late Tuesday to advance to the World Cup final. He posted the boys’ photos and said the victory “goes to the heroes of the day, well done boys, you are so strong.”ADVERTISEMENT Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West FIFA had invited the team to the World Cup final on Sunday but the governing body announced the boys wouldn’t be able to attend since they are receiving medical treatment after their ordeal.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins MOST READ This victory goes to the heroes of the day, well done boys, you are so strong 🙏🏾 #thaicaverescue #chiangrai pic.twitter.com/05wysCSuVy— Paul Pogba (@paulpogba) July 10, 2018FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’ View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewlast_img read more

Ref University: NBA spending summer seeking new officials

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. By any method, legible or not, their input is vital.“When you tell someone something, and they go out and do it, that gets you excited as someone who is seeking to bring in the next wave, next generation of officials,” McCutchen said.Lewis’ group needed to spend only a few seconds on some plays, spent several minutes on others. Late in the first half of their game, Gilpin gave Golden State coach Willie Green a technical foul — the first one she handed out in a pro game. Green argued that he wasn’t waving dismissively at her, but rather he was waving to someone behind her.A few moments later, Gilpin missed a call.“I was in my head,” Gilpin acknowledged afterward.Lewis shrugged and told her to believe in her call, believe the tech was warranted, and move on to the next play. And besides, the call that she missed, one of her fellow refs made anyway.“If we can get them where you need to be, where you need to look and give you an understanding of the guidelines of what’s illegal and legal, then it becomes easy,” Lewis said. “They digest the play, they know the process and that leads to the right decision at the end of the play.”Fans probably wouldn’t believe that those decisions get honed inside a cramped concrete-block room, one with mustard-colored walls and dingy carpet, and a pile of towels strewn off to the side.But the tiny room is what gets the refs ready for the big stage.“The best part after a game is coming in here and re-watching it,” Sago said. “It’s all about getting ready.” Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins NBA referee Eric Lewis breaks down a play with referees Ashley Gilpin, left, and Natalie Sago, right, after an NBA Summer League game in Las Vegas on Monday, July 9, 2018. Lewis and other established NBA refs are leading classes for summer league officials in Las Vegas as part of an NBA initiative to find future refs for their league. (AP Photo/Tim Reynolds)LAS VEGAS — It’s a half-hour after their game ended and the night is just beginning for referees Ashley Gilpin, Natalie Sago and SirAllen Conner. They’ve showered, they’ve changed clothes, but dinner and the bright lights of Las Vegas will have to wait.A long classroom session is up first.ADVERTISEMENT Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding For now, there’s only one in the NBA: Lauren Holtkamp.“To me, it’s a bit embarrassing that we only have one working woman in our officiating ranks right now,” NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said. “There is no physical reason why that’s the case.”Up-and-comers like Gilpin and Sago could change that.Gilpin might have an ideal academic makeup for refereeing, with three degrees from Arizona, where she also played basketball — an undergraduate in psychology, master’s in administration and then a law degree. Sago played college softball, but has long had an affinity for basketball. Conner has worked 11 games in the NBA, most of those coming as a replacement ref during the lockout in 2009.At the game Gilpin, Sago and Conner worked together, at least a half-dozen referees were seated on the baseline and in the stands watching. McCutchen, at one point, saw a technique that Gilpin used and jumped from his chair in delight before going over and asking other refs if they had noticed the same thing.“If you can’t referee in front of them, you can’t work for them,” Gilpin said. “Sure, sometimes we get nervous because it is an audition. But if we think about every call, every ‘oh my gosh this is a bad call,’ paralysis by analysis, we’ll run ourselves out of this profession.”During their classroom session with longtime NBA ref Eric Lewis, the three spoke in sync, even finishing each other’s thoughts on a couple occasions. Retired refs Bernie Fryer and Mark Wunderlich were in and out of the room as well, offering their thoughts on whatever play happened to be on the screen at a given time.For the mentors, it’s serious business.“It’s my job to get them hired,” Lewis said. “I’m focused on the things I can do to help them improve and get a job.”They all monitor in different ways — at some games, James Williams took meticulous notes, pulling out a tablet and typing observations during stoppages in play. At other games, Joey Crawford would handwrite his notes, with penmanship that not even fellow ref John Goble could understand. View comments Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team Alaphilippe keeps France celebrating with Tour stage win In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs There were 81 referees — mostly from the G League — working games at the NBA summer league in Las Vegas, which ends Tuesday. All 81 have been exposed to multiple classroom sessions with current and retired NBA officials, who are there to essentially groom the people who could one day replace them. Programs like this have been in play for years, although it’s no secret that the NBA wants to increase its pool of referees by 25 percent before 2020.That’s why this summer might provide more big breaks than usual for those blowing the whistles at games. The overwhelming majority of refs working this summer won’t see the NBA anytime soon, and many never will, but for some the call is closer than ever before.“What we want to do in our training is give people the opportunity to have the tools to be successful,” said Monty McCutchen, the NBA’s vice president overseeing referee development and training. “It’s about teaching. I think one of the great disappointments of American culture, as I see it, is we don’t appreciate apprenticeship enough. We think that just by going to school you’re suddenly ready instead of having hands-on training that allows you to grow.“Here, we give that hands-on training.”Of the 81 summer refs, 19 were women — up from just five at summer league last year and nearly doubling the total of 10 who worked the event over the most recent five years. It is clear that it won’t be long before more women make it to the NBA level.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ LATEST STORIES Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next They walk into a tiny locker room, grab seats on folding chairs and open their notebooks. Everything they did on the court that night — where they stood, where they looked, what call they made, what call they didn’t make— will be scrutinized on video for the next two hours by NBA referees, tasked with teaching the summer refs what they need to know to make it to the league.Think of it as Referee University.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Summer league is where players can get noticed by the NBA, and the same is true for referees.“We want them to watch us because we want to grow each and every game,” Sago told The Associated Press, which observed the feedback session with Sago, Gilpin and Conner. “We’re all trying to be NBA referees. So it’s a job interview for us just like it is for the players and the coaches.”last_img read more

LNP, Small Arms Commission Sign MOU

first_imgThe Liberia National Police and the Liberia National Commission on Small Arms have signed a memorandum of understanding that will introduce control on the proliferation of small arms in the country.A police statement said the two institutions over the weekend signed the MOU which also considered the marking of small arms to include hunting rifles.The MOU among other things, is intended by the Liberia National Commission on Small Arms to effectively supervise and coordinate mechanisms to control the possession of small arms and light weapons in support of a national standard for arms registry.It also seeks to provide technical guidelines to the Liberia National Police in carrying out its responsibilities to ensure proper marking of fire arms, reflecting national standards consistent with ECOWAS classification system, including serial numbers and other important marks.Under the memorandum, the Liberia National Police will ensure that all small arms and light weapons under its jurisdiction or control are marked and registered consistent with approved standard operating procedures and the provisions of the ECOWAS Convention on Small Arms and Light Weapons.The police is also required to mark its firearms using uniform, national marking formats established by the Liberia National Commission on Small Arms, consistent with ECOWAS Convention on Small Arms and Light Weapons, and properly manage and secure the arms marking equipment provided while in its possession.The Liberia National Commission on Small Arms is expected to provide the LNP arms marking equipment for a specified period and return under completion of the arms marking exercise with the exception of the desk top computers among others, as required under the MOU.Speaking at the signing ceremony the Chairman of LINCSA, James Flomoyan, said the signing of the MOU was a significant milestone in the control of small arms, which becomes dangerous when in the wrong hands.The LINCSA boss said Liberia is now on par with other countries within the sub-region on the control of small arms, which has played a major role in regional armed conflicts.Signing on behalf of the Liberia National Police, Director C. Clarence Massaquoi said the MOU was a step forward in the control of small arms, which was becoming widespread in the commission of crimes throughout the region.Director Massaquoi said the marking and control mechanism as laid out in the MOU will further stop the proliferation of small arms in the region, including Liberia. He pledged the full commitment of the police in upholding the MOU, stressing that it will help to contain conflict within the ECOWAS region.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Bagotville man to face trial for wife’s killing

first_imgMiguel Barker, called ‘Allan’, of Bagotville, West Bank Demerara, will next week go on trial for the brutal stabbing of his wife Donessa Barker, called Vanessa, who collapsed and died after being dealt several stabs about the body on the night of April 30, 2015 in Bagotville.Appearing before Justice Navindra Singh on Thursday as the Demerara Criminal Assizes continued at the Supreme Court, Barker denied the State’s murderDeceased: Donessa Barkerindictment when the charge was presented by Lead Prosecutor Tiffini Lyken.Barker is alleged to have murdered his wife after an alleged falling out with her. In evidence which was initially compiled, the woman is said to have died of incised wounds, and it has been proven that she was stabbed to the chest.Before the woman’s death, the couple had been married for more than a year, but would have frequent arguments wherein several accusations were made. On the night of the crime, the Barkers were reportedly heard arguing prior to the stabbing.Reports are that neighbours had attempted to rescue the woman, and had rushedAccused: Miguel “Allan” Barkerher to hospital after she had been stabbed. Barker had reportedly fled the scene, but was later apprehended and charged for the crime.He is being represented by Defence Counsel Maxwell McKay, while Prosecutors Abigail Gibbs and Narissa Leander are assisting with the State’s case. About seven witnesses are expected to testify throughout the trial.last_img read more


first_imgBusinesses throughout Donegal are losing thousands of euro each week through crime, a business security awareness seminar will hear.Leading Gardai and business owners are to reveal how thousands of euro are being lost through fake notes and bogus credit cards.A specialist Garda Sgt from the Garda Bureau of Fraud Investigation will address the seminar to outline the trends being used by fraudsters. The seminar is being held by Letterkenny Chamber in partnership the Letterkenny Joint Policing Committee and Donegal County Joint Policing Committee on Monday, March 12th.The Business Security Awareness Information night which will aim to advise local businesses as to how best to adopt practices and policies to protect themselves against the treat of crime. The event will be held at the Letterkenny Public Services at 7pm.The Letterkenny Joint Policing Committee, Donegal County Joint Policing Committee and Letterkenny Chamber through it’s Business Watch initiative have come together to raise awareness of crime against business and this event also acts as a refresher to business people on how to detect and avoid crime.Councillor Dessie Larkin, Chairman of the Joint Policing Committee believes awareness is the key to prevention. “I think its very important that we utilise the Gardai resources we have in terms of better informing businesses of the risks of crime in general and the particular trends at the moment. This event will allow the business community of Donegal to take on board simple security advice that will help them feel more secure as they carry out their business operations on a daily basis.”The speakers lined up for the event have many years experience in crime prevention.Paul Wallace the Divisional Crime Prevention Officer will be able to bring the participants right up to date with incidents happening around the county while Detective Sgt. Matt Sheridan from the Garda Bureau of Fraud Investigation will give the national view and refresh information on forged notes, credit card fraud and other such potential crimes.The advice given will be practical and straightforward so that business owners will be immediately able to put in place measures that will help prevent criminals targeting their business.John Watson, President Letterkenny Chamber says “Crime against business is with us all year round and no-one can afford to become complacent. This event will act as a timely reminder that crime costs money that businesses can ill afford. Over the years through Business Watch in partnership with the Gardai we have briefed members on some very basic methods and procedures to avoid becoming a victim of crime and we are pleased to be able to work with our partners in the Joint Policing Committees in hosting this seminar.” Donegal County Joint Policing Committee Chairman Cllr Patrick McGowan welcomed the initiative and encouraged as many people as possible to attend.“We know that these seminars have proved of immediate value to people in the past. This is one of a series of themed workshops to be carried out by the JPC throughout the county over the coming year, working together to improve the quality of life for our citizens.”Creating awareness of the threats against businesses is half the battle so this event will offer advice such as ensuring back stores are locked at all times and accessible only with a pin number or key, that large amounts of cash are not held in the tills, that all notes are checked and that staff are trained to spot criminal activity.The evening will be interactive, highly informative and everyone will get an opportunity to ask about their own specific issues. The organisers of the event hope that it will also increase awareness into the workings of the Joint Policing Committees and the partnership approach that works well to deal with issues raised by the community locally.The seminar, that is open to all takes place at the Public Services Centre in Letterkenny on Monday 12th March at 7pm. All are welcome. To book a place email admin@letterkennychamber.com or call 074 9124866DONEGAL BUSINESSES LOSING A FORTUNE THROUGH FRAUD was last modified: February 29th, 2012 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)last_img read more


first_imgKellys Toyota, Mountcharles and Letterkenny welcome everyone to the launch of the new Toyota Avensis this evening from 6pm.New Avensis – Smart Thinking: The new Toyota Avensis is all about smart thinking. From the advanced safety systems and wide array of powerful yet efficient engines, to the sophisticated interior and dynamic styling – when no detail has been overlooked – there’s no better choice than the new Avensis. Innovative Technologies:The new Avensis is packed with clever and intuitive technologies. They are all designed to make your drive as effortless, enjoyable and as safe as possible.Welcoming & Spacious Interior: Business trip or family outing – new Avensis accommodates your life effortlessly. Cleverly composed, the interior feels exceptionally spacious with plenty of legroom and head space for everyone.The beautifully crafted cabin also feels instantly welcoming with its quality materials and meticulous finishes.Confident Looks:Whatever lies ahead, the new Avensis comes prepared with sharp, dynamic styling and uncompromising confidence.From the striking LED headlamps to the rear lights styling with eye-catching V-shaped LED light guides – the new Avensis design is full of agility.A Smart Decision: From its new standard Toyota Safety Sense and range of efficient engines, to the sophisticated interior, class-leading specification and dynamic new look there really is no brighter choice.The best now comes as standard…RESTYLED AURIS:On display will be the newly re-styled Auris which has some updated bold and dynamic styling changes which immediately catch the eye. Inside the new Auris you’ll find great design and rich materials of quality.A new Toyota Touch 2 screen is your window into a world of entertainment, while a new colour TFT screen in the instrument panel displays trip data, navigation commands and Toyota Safety Sense information.With the option of Toyota’s responsive Hybrid powertrain, plus advanced engine and diesel options, the perfect drive awaits you.Visit www.kellystoyota.com .Don’t forget THREE years free service on all orders placed by 19th June.NEW AVENSIS AND RE-STYLED AURIS LAUNCHES TONIGHT AT KELLYS TOYOTA was last modified: June 10th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:BusinessnewsNoticeslast_img read more

Rep of Ireland vs Wales: preview, predicted line-ups, team news, plus more

first_img 4 huge blow Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won MONEY Bale is sidelined for the clash 4 Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move REVEALED England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Harry Arter and Roy Keane have made up Both sides met in September 4 silverware If they are to bounce back, they must do so without star men Gareth Bale (injured) and Aaron Ramsey (family reasons).What time is kick-off?Republic of Ireland vs Wales is a 7.45pm kick-off on Tuesday evening at the Aviva Stadium.What is the team news?center_img Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade RANKED BEST OF 4 Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? The news on Sunday that Bale had returned to Madrid and would not be travelling to Dublin did not come as a surprise. Bale missed Thursday’s defeat to Spain with muscle fatigue, and Real Madrid had made it known they did not want him risked.Wales suffered a further blow on Monday when another of their star men, Ramsey, pulled out of the match due to family reasons.The visitors will also be without Chelsea teenager Ethan Ampadu, who injured his knee in the friendly against Spain. Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Wales were humbled against Spain As for Ireland, midfielder Callum O’Dowda is out after suffering dizziness following a collision in the draw with Denmark.Harry Arter returned to the Ireland side on Saturday after settling his differences with assistant manager Roy Keane.Predicted line-upsRep. of Ireland: Randolph; Christie, Duffy, Keogh, Stevens; McClean, Hourihane, Arter, Hendrick; Long, Robinson.Wales: Hennessey; Gunter, Williams, Davies; Roberts, Allen, King, John; Wilson, Lawrence; Vokes. Wales travel to Dublin on Tuesday for the latest instalment of their modern rivalry with Republic of Ireland.The previous Nations League clash between the two sides will be fresh in the memory – Wales ran riot in Cardiff with a humiliating 4-1 defeat of Martin O’Neill’s men last month. REVEALED ADVICE But this time last year, it was Ireland who emerged victorious as the two nations fought for a place in the World Cup play-offs.The Boys in Green are fighting to avoid the drop in League B, with a goalless draw against Denmark on Saturday keeping their hopes of safety alive.Ryan Giggs’ side would’ve been eyeing promotion to League A after their fast start against Ireland, but a 2-0 Nations League defeat to the Danes, followed by a 4-1 battering at the hands of Spain in a friendly, has somewhat dampened the Welsh mood.last_img read more

Remembering Thomas in a very special way

first_imgThe memory of a much-loved young Letterkenny man will now be recalled when a special table quiz is held to raise funding for a defibrillator for Glenswilly National School.Thomas Sweeney, from Tullygay, passed away prematurely in May last year as result of a cardiac arrest.Now friends and family will gather in the Station House Hotel on Friday next at 9pm for a table quiz in his honour. There’s no questions that memories will be evoked of a young man who was very kind and humble with a very easy manner that anyone would warm to.Thomas was born in 1978 the youngest of a family of seven.He had a very happy childhood playing and working on the family farm.He developed an interest in the mechanics of how things worked and came 2nd in Ireland in the Young Engineer of The Year with his working model of an aeroplane wing. He later studied electronic engineering at the LYIT and Limerick University and went on to become a Service Engineer with GE Healthcare, diligently installing and servicing vital medical equipment in hospitals all over the country.While based in Dublin he met Sarah and after they married they built a home on the family farm which they filled with four wonderful children.Being at home with his wife and children was what brought Thomas the most happiness.Sadly Thomas was taken prematurely as the result of a cardiac arrest last May aged 38 and has been desperately missed by his wife Sarah, Children Lisa, Aoife, Dara, Mathew, Mother Isobel, Sisters Marie, Ruth, June, Brothers PJ, Liam, Seamus, wider family and friends.Remembering Thomas in a very special way was last modified: April 22nd, 2018 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:RIPStation House HotelTable quizThomas Sweeneylast_img read more

Grieving the soldier son who became a militant

first_img“We did not want him to join the Army. You know what happened with Ummer Fayaz. We have orchards and I am a government school teacher. If he wanted he could have pursued higher education and taken up any other job, but he insisted. He showed no inclination of joining the militants; we are in deep shock,” said Mr. Meer.Recalling the fateful day his son disappeared, Mr. Meer said, “He accompanied me to a peer baba (shrine) in the morning. I wanted to go there as I have had two surgeries and I don’t keep well. My eyesight is weak that is why I don’t use a mobile phone. But that day, he was continuously speaking to someone on the phone. I did not know what he was talking about. He had to attend a wedding at Budgam in the evening, but he refused to go there, saying he had to join work at the earliest.”Mr. Muzamil said his brother had deleted his Facebook account after he went missing. “Maybe it was all pre-planned. When I saw his pictures on social media, I checked his Facebook profile. It had been deleted. Our house is undergoing construction and before coming home on April 13, he had asked me to send pictures of the renovated kitchen. After that we exchanged no messages on WhatsApp,” said Mr. Muzamil, who is pursuing a Masters in English through distance education from IGNOU. He said Idrees had bought a new phone about a month back.Idrees’ mother Raja Bano sits in a corner and nods her head in approval whenever Mr. Muzamil speaks. “I want my son back,” she says in Kashmiri.Mr. Meer said his son had become interested in the armed forces in 2013. “He couldn’t join the Army that year as we did not have his caste certificate. He asked me to get the certificate so that he could apply afresh. He applied the next year and got through the recruitment,” the grief-stricken father said. Less than 48 hours after he was told that his son, who had enlisted in the Army, had joined the terrorist outfit, Hizbul Mujahideen, 49-year-old Mohammad Sultan Meer was back at work. Meer, who teaches at a government primary school near his house, says getting back to work will help him forget the grief that has struck the family. | Photo Credit: NISSAR AHMAD A picture of Mir Idrees Sultan and, right, his mother Raja Banoo at her home in Shopian .center_img Raja Banoo, Mir Idress Sultan’s mother.  | Photo Credit: NISSAR AHMAD Meer Idrees Sultan, 23, the second of his five children, left home at Safanadari in South Kashmir’s Shopian on April 15, telling his family that he had to rejoin his Army unit. Within hours, however, the Hizb released his photograph on social media, saying he had joined the outfit. Soon the picture went viral. Deployed in Doklam Idrees had joined the Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry in 2015. After about a year’s training, he was posted in Bihar’s Katihar district. It was the first time he had travelled outside the Kashmir Valley. Last July, his unit was deployed in Doklam during the tense stand- off between Indian and Chinese troops. With patchy communication lines, Idrees had only once called home from Doklam — on Eid to wish his family.Mr. Meer recalled that when Idrees came home last in January, he had taken him to Chandigarh to see a doctor. He had told the family that he had no plans to come home in April. However, Idrees told his unit in Bihar that he had emergency work at home and applied for 10 days’ leave. “He came home on April 13. After two days he told us that he has been transferred to Khrew near Pulwama. He left home at 3 p.m. on April 15. When we called him at 8 p.m. to check if he had reached, his phone was turned off. We kept calling him every hour. We feared he had been abducted by militants,” said Mr. Meer with tears in his eyes. Less that a year ago, Lt. Ummer Fayaz from nearby Kulgam was allegedly abducted and killed by Hizbul Mujahideen militants in Shopian district when he had gone to attend a wedding. The family said none of the men from the village had joined the militants in the recent past. Yawar Majeed, from a nearby village, who had joined the Hizbul in 2017, was killed on April 1 along with 12 other alleged militants in Shopian when security forces launched multiple operations. Education cut shortMr. Meer said that by 1 p.m. on April 16, Idrees’ photograph was all over social media. “My eldest son Muzamil showed me the picture on his phone. I could not believe my eyes — he had joined the militants. We rushed to a nearby police post to report that he was missing,” said Mr. Meer, who doesn’t use a mobile phone.Ironically, Mr. Meer says Idrees was the first in the family and the village to join the Army. Earlier he had been was pursuing a B.Sc degree at the Government Degree College in Anantnag, around 20 kms away. last_img read more

Podcast: A butterfly controversy, the evolution of human language, and more

first_imgWhy has a plan to save monarch butterflies backfired? When exactly did human language evolve? And what shapes our immune systems? Science’s Online News Editor David Grimm chats about these stories and more with Science’s Sarah Crespi. Plus, Charles Bishop discusses the “roller-coaster” flight strategy of bar-headed geese as they migrate across the Himalayas between their breeding and wintering grounds.last_img