Kane shares training video and insists he is ‘making gains’ in huge boost

first_imgHARRY KANE’S road to recovery appears to be ahead of schedule after sharing a video revealing he is “making gains.”The Spurs striker was initially a doubt for England’s Euro 2020 campaign after tearing his hamstring on New Year’s day.3 Harry Kane is on his long road to recoveryCredit: Instagram @harrykaneKane, 26, was forced to undergo surgery but is making steady progress in his race to be back on the field this season.And he has further given a huge hint to Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate that he will be fit to face Croatia on June 14 with his latest workout video.Kane showed off a clip of him using the battle ropes alongside the caption “making gains, every day.”Boss Jose Mourinho recently revealed how he hopes to have his captain back leading the line to face Leicester in the final home game of the season.He said: “Maybe Leicester. Maybe we will need that match for something. To be fourth, to be fifth, to be sixth.“Maybe we need that match for something and maybe he can help us.”Southgate will be hoping Kane can get as many minutes under his belt as possible before England kick-off their Euro 2020 campaign.3 The England star could be back in time for the EurosCredit: Instagram @harrykaneMAKE YOUR DEBUT Bet £5 get £20 in free bets for new customers at Ladbrokes most read in footballTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’ExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticREF RELEASEDChampions League ref Vincic released by cops after arrest in prostitution raidKEANE DEALEx Man United youth ace David Jones says Roy Keane negotiated a contract for himREF RAIDChampions League ref Vincic ‘arrested in raid into drugs and prostitution ring’NICE RONCristiano Ronaldo goes on family bike ride with partner Georgina Rodriguez & kids3Speaking on his recovery, Kane added: “There is not a setback. Nothing has happened. Everything is OK.“He’s having his treatment. There’s no pressure, he keeps going, no setback. It’s just my feeling.“It’s better not to put any kind of expectations, any kind of pressure. Let it go and let’s see.”How to say Steven Bergwijn’s name properly as Tottenham star reveals English and Dutch pronunciations before scoring on Spurs debutlast_img read more

Yet a New Cry from Liberia’s Rice Farmers: Gbedin This Time

first_imgStarting with the Tubman administration in the early 1960s, the Liberian government has been encouraging the Gbedin people to grow rice, which they seem to be good at and are interested in doing. At the time, rice experts from the Republic of China (Tiawan) came regularly to help Gbedin rice farmers. More recently, scarcely nine months ago, it was the Lofa rice farmers who said they had grown one million metric tons of rice and could find no buyers. John Selma, Voinjama’s dynamic and visionary rice farmer, did not only grow his own rice, he motivated many other farmers to do the same; and believing in him, they got to work and produced lots of rice.Alas, when the rice was harvested, Selma and his fellow farmers could find no buyers! This newspaper appealed to the new Agriculture Minister, Moses Zinnah, to intervene immediately to ensure that the Lofa farmers sold their rice. We further appealed to the Liberian government to encourage rice importers to set aside some of the millions of dollars they spend importing rice to buy the Lofa farmers’ rice. The government reacted positively, but we do not know what happened. Selma and his fellow farmers are still struggling to sell their rice.Our agriculture correspondent Gloria Tamba recently reported that Selma and his fellow rice farmers had received a pledge of support from the Liberia Agriculture Development Authority (LADA). Selma told Gloria he would use the funds to buy processing equipment, including milling machines to help him and the other farmers to add value to their rice, then put it on the market.How belatedly, however, Gloria said they expressed fear that some of their rice had already begun to spoil. For true? Can we rice-starved-and-dependent Liberians afford to allow one grain of rice to spoil?And now look what is happening to our Gbedin rice farmers—250,000 tons of rice produced and no buyers. Just last week President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s Cabinet issued what they called a “performance report on the agricultural sector.” Again, Hamlet’s “Words, words, words.”Where were the specifics in the Cabinet “Performance report?” Where was the report on poultry and eggs, for which we spend millions of United States dollars importing each year? Where was the “performance report” on meat production? Or is this sector, too, non-existent? What did the “performance report” have to say about fisheries and vegetable production?Alas, where was the “performance report” on the national staple, RICE, on which we annually spend over US$200 million importing? Speaking of rice, the President recently issued an executive order to waive duties on imported rice, “to keep the price affordable for ordinary Liberians,” she said. What duty free privileges for imported rice, when we have all this locally grown rice WASTING around the country?Yet, the government and all of us ordinary Liberians are crying daily because of the absence of foreign exchange that has the prices of everything, including all the food we must import, skyrocketing. What kind of government is this that refuses to focus on the things that matter most to the people—food, especially our staple, RICE. Does the government want Liberia to become self-sufficient in rice, given only a token mention of it in the so-called “Cabinet Performance Report on the Agricultural Sector”?Ellen was right here in Monrovia when the April 14 Rice Riots happened. President William R. Tolbert had recalled her from the World Bank to become Finance Minister. She knows ALL about the sensational and sentimental issue of rice and the Liberian people. And yet, after nearly 11 years in power, what has she done to make Liberia self-sufficient in rice?Now here we are with the Gbedin farmers joining their Lofa colleagues crying for markets to sell their rice; and there are, again, no buyers! And ever since last Thursday, when the Daily Observer published our Nimba Correspondent Ishmael Menkor’s report of the Gbedin rice farmers’ lamentation, we have heard not a word from the Agriculture Ministry.Agriculture Minister Zinnah, where are you? We urge you to take three actions right away: First, go to Gbedin today, behold the rice farmers’ plight and do something immediately to help get their rice to the market.Second, call Commerce Minister Axel Addy and you both tell the President to compel the rice importers to buy the Gbedin and Voinjama rice.Third, go to Lofa and find John Selma and his fellow rice farmers and see how they are doing with planting more rice, to ensure that they have not gotten discouraged, but are maintaining their planting momentum. Do the same for the Gbedin rice planters.We urge the GOL to take our rice farmers more seriously. Do not depend on “foreign partners” and NGOs alone to help our farmers, for you do not know them, neither their intentions nor motives. GOL must take personal responsibility to ensure that all our farmers have ready markets for their produce.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

2 chopped during Corentyne brawl

first_imgThirty-eight-year-old Rajindra Balkaran, called ‘Gomes’, and his uncle Vishnu Gopaul, called ‘Strokeman’ and ‘Balbala’, a pork vendor at the Port Mourant Market, traded chops on Monday afternoon at Kitten Dam, Portuguese Quarters, Port Mourant Corentyne; and are now both hospitalized at the New Amsterdam Public Hospital, with Gopaul being listed in critical condition.Injured: Vishnu GopaulReports reaching this newspaper detail that Balkaran was under the influence of alcohol when he accused his uncle of being a “cochore”. After hurling several expletives at his uncle, Balkaran walked over to Gopaul’s donkey cart and pushed it into a nearby drain.At that, Gopaul ran out of his yard with a cutlass. “Is the same cutlass he does use fuh cut meat,” one eyewitness said.“The two of dem start to argue, and ‘Gomes’ (Balkaran) telling he that he is a cochore and Gopaul cussing he (Gomes),” an eyewitness offered.The argument intensified, and Gopaul reportedly chopped his nephew several times to the upper body. Balkaran received chop wounds to his hands and neck, but was able to overpower and disarm his uncle, and he turned the weapon on the pork vendor. Gopaul received chops to the face, neck, chest and hands, and is reportedly in a critical condition at the New Amsterdam Hospital.When the Police arrived, Gopaul was picked up in an unconscious state and taken to the Port Mourant Hospital, from whence he was transferred to the New Amsterdam facility. Balkaran has also been admitted a patient at the hospital.Police are investigating the incident.last_img read more

Filaria and the community-based drive to mass distribute drugs

first_imgBy Jarryl BryanAt the age of 76, Brenda Fox lives with a chronic case of Lymphatic filariasis. She still moves about, but aided by a walker. And on occasions when the pain becomes unbearable, Mrs Fox is sometimes left bed ridden in hospital.Fox, who resides in Werk-en-Rust, Georgetown, does not remember the exact circumstances under which she first contracted the disease. But it only takes one fateful bite from a mosquito carrying any one of three varieties of nematode worms in order to transmit it; and as such, she knows the importance of prevention.“Every day I gotta take tablets. It’s just something that happened. I had a lot of pain, went in hospital, come out, all of that. But I use to work (until) I get fever and I fell sick. Then afterwards I start getting (swollen lymph nodes) and the foot (started) paining,” she related.Swollen feet which characterise filariasis, as exhibited by Brenda FoxMrs Fox noted that her persistent illness raised a number of questions in her mind and tests later confirmed exactly what she had. It goes by forbidding names such as Elephantiasis or “big foot”. But essentially, Mrs Fox was diagnosed with Lymphatic filariasis.She credits her husband, as well as her son and primary caregiver Brian Fox, for her life being as undisrupted as possible. Brian noted that while his mother’s filariasis has been exacerbated by a stroke, her infection is not the end of the road, as she still maintains a certain level of mobility.Global phenomenonGeneral Medical Officer, Dr Whitney MunroeAccording to information from the World Health Organisation (WHO), the disease is caused by three species of thread-like nematode worms, known as filariae – Wuchereria bancrofti, Brugia malayi and Brugia timori. Male worms range from three to four centimetres in length, and female worms eight to10 centimetres.The worms target the lymphatic system, which is an essential component of the body’s immune system as they are essentially a network of nodes and vessels that maintain the delicate fluid balance between blood and body tissues. But when someone is infected, the male and female worms form “nests” together in this vital system.Filarial infection can cause a variety of clinical manifestations, including lymphoedema of the limbs, genital disease (hydrocele, chylocele, and swelling of the scrotum and genitals) and recurrent acute attacks, which are extremely painful and are accompanied by fever – a symptom mentioned by Mrs Fox.The majority of infected people are asymptomatic (no symptoms), but virtually all of them have some kind of damage to the Lymphatic system and as many as 40 per cent can register kidney damage, with proteinuria (excess protein in the urine) and haematuria (blood in the urine).Back in 2000, the WHO launched the Global Programme to Eliminate Lymphatic filariasis (GPELF). According to the WHO, mass treatment for Lymphatic filariasis is ongoing in 45 countries. Ten countries have not started treatment or have submitted evidence indicating treatment is not required.But data from the Organisation also indicates that of 73 countries listed by the WHO as having endemic lymphatic filariasis, 18 countries have completed interventions and are conducting surveillance to validate elimination. China and the Republic of Korea were declared to have eliminated lymphatic filariasis as a public health problem in 2007 and 2008, respectively.An additional 22 countries have conducted Mass Drug Administration (MDA) in all endemic areas and are described by the WHO as being on track to achieve elimination. The remaining 33 countries have not been able to achieve 100 per cent geographical coverage; 10 of these have yet to initiate preventive chemotherapy or submit evidence that MDA is not required.In GuyanaBut how exactly can one ensure they are protected? In the years gone by, the then Health Ministry laid out an aggressive drive to distribute and raise awareness about the use of diethylcarbamazine (Dec) salt.Recently, National Coordinator of Guyana’s Elimination of Lymphatic filariasis Campaign, Dr Fabu Moses had said that there were hiccups with administering the ‘Dec salt’ programme. According to her, mapping showed that 90 per cent of the populace was at risk but keeping track of the amount of persons using ‘Dec salt’ was difficult.The current Government has been focused on the distribution of tablets intended to insulate persons from contracting the disease. The workers attached to the campaign can be seen braving the scorching sun and sometimes the soaking rain. But they have a mandate to deliver and for the most part, they fulfil this mandate.Guyana Times sat down for an interview with General Medical Officer, Dr Whitney Munroe, who oversees distribution activities in the district extending from Durban Street to Carifesta Avenue and is based at the South Road Clinic.“The distribution process has been for two weeks, starting the 16th October and it ends the 29th of October. Before that, we had training sessions which extended a little while. Presently we have 42 distributors,” she related.Dr Munroe noted that the distribution efforts have been largely successful thus far, with residents usually willing to receive their pills. The doctor attributed this to the increased awareness of the dangers of ‘big foot’, buoyed by the Government sponsored advertisements. She also went into details about exactly what medication residents are receiving.“The campaign is about filariasis. Presently in Guyana, we are using two tablets; albendazole and diethylcarbamazine. Depending on the age range, different amounts (are distributed). So what we are basically doing, we are attacking the worm that causes filaria,” She stated.“Wuchereria bancrofti (worm) is the main one that affects the Guyanese populace. And that is the worm we are attacking. This year, the distributors will be moving in different locations for approximately two weeks.”Dr Munroe noted that while the campaign of roving pill distributors will end today, distributors will be at fixed locations such as health centres to ensure that everyone is given a chance. This extension will last until November 9.“Our target for this location is approximately 38,800. And thus far, we have captured 75 per cent of that. So we are doing well thus far (and) despite some shortcomings, we are pressing on,” Dr Munroe said.last_img read more

Construction related to Site-C causing headaches for rural residents

first_imgBefore Site-C can be built, a lot of work is required to be done — including maintenance to key roads.For residents who take 240 rd. everyday, the commute likely hasn’t been ideal.One resident, Christine Richards, said that crews are actively working on 240 rd. and widening it.- Advertisement -“The road is a disaster, you can only drive 10/km and even then, you’ve got mud everywhere,” she said.As work progress, Richards added that she came home one day in October to find her landline had been removed; a big concern, as their cell service is unfavourable and her mother-in-law, staying at her home, wouldn’t be able to use a phone for help otherwise.“Not being able to use 911, in this day and age, I think is a shame.”Advertisement He also wrote, “With respect to the work on 240 Road, it is continuing this week, in advance of winter shutdown. However, 240 Road will be gravel through the winter. The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure has made arrangements to properly maintain the road throughout the winter season. Work will recommence on the road in 2016.”Director of PRRD’s Electoral District C Brad Sperling said Richards is just one of quite a few residents who has complained about construction impacting their property since work to the areas surrounding Site-C took off.“We’ve had some noise and dust complaints, but (BC Hydro) has been giving them their attention,” he said. “The major impact is right now, because, of course they’re upgrading the roads and hauling the camps.”Another recent disturbance Sperling has received word of are so-called ‘pop-up camps’ generating a lot of noise for nearby residents on 244B rd., but he said they have since packed up and moved. Her telephone provider, TELUS, did not provide a comment about this situation, but has since remedied it temporarily with a landline that will need to be replaced next summer.Richards said this was followed by her signing an agreement to allow crews to remove trees on her front yard. As she came home, she said BC Hydro instead accessed her and her neighbour’s property, and mulch his trees.According to her, he had not agreed to his property being accessed, and they had not been told what was going to happen in the first place.In an e-mailed statement, BC Hydro’s Community Relations Manager for Site-C David Conway said they are aware of the issue. “While an agreement is in place for property access, we were informed late last week of concerns the property owner had raised. We halted work to investigate further.”Advertisementlast_img read more


first_imgSTUNNING Donegal model Faye Dinsmore had to leave her studies at Trinity College Dublin – to go on her latest shoot.The Ballintra woman, 23, has her head firmly back in the books after returning from a shoot in London for Ralph Lauren, where she wore an aran sweater and tweed blazer.She has returned to Trinity to complete her degree after two years of international jet-setting as one of the world’s most sought-after models. After she finishes her exams in French and Classics in May, she’s off to Everest Basecamp to raise money for charity.“I’m back in Trinity College Dublin after two years away. It’s really exciting to be in lectures once again. I’ll miss travelling as much, but if I’m to finish my degree then I have to go back this year. It’s been a hard choice, and I’ll miss everyone in IMG (modelling agency), but education has to come first,” she said.The Everest trek will see Faye and her sister Beth join a group of volunteers in climbing to the basecamp. The trek takes place for 17 days from May 5 to May 22 and will raise money for Suas, an educational development charity and will provide funds for education projects in India and Kenya.Participants are expected to be in good physical health and able to walk up to several hours a day in hilly terrain with a light back pack. For more information on the trek go to www.suas.ie/everest.  HOW MODEL FAYE LEFT STUDYING – TO DO RALPH LAUREN SHOOT was last modified: January 7th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:Faye Dinsmorelast_img read more

National awards for Donegal’s top techno students – Pic Special

first_imgThe Technoteachers Annual National Student awards took take place on March, Saturday 2nd with several Donegal students earning top prizes. The annual ceremony awarded the top students across the technology suite of subjects from the State examinations.Students from Pobalscoil Ghaoth Dobhair, St Eunan’s College Letterkenny, Deele College Raphoe, and Rosses Community School were all awarded on the night. Photos of the winners can be seen below.Ciaran Mac Suibhne from Pobalscoil Ghaoth Dobhair who who was awarded third place in Junior Cert Technical Graphics (Ordinary) pictured with their teacher Padraig Mac Fhionnghaile , Techno Teachers Chairman Stephen O’Brien Xtratherm’s Ray Madden, and Minister for Training,Skills Innovation Research and Development John Halligan TD at the annual Techno Teachers National Student Awards 2018 awards ceremony in GMIT recently . Photo Reg GordonKillian Gribben from St Eunan’s College who who was awarded third place in Junior Cert Technical Graphics (Higher) pictured with their teacher Sean McGinley Techno Teachers Chairman Stephen O’Brien , Xtratherm’s Ray Madden, and Minister for Training,Skills Innovation Research and Development John Halligan TD at the annual Techno Teachers National Student Awards 2018 awards ceremony in GMIT recently . Photo Reg GordonStephen O’Donnell from Rosses Community School who who was awarded second place in Leaving Cert Applied (Graphics and Construction Studies) pictured with their teacher Martin Gibson ,Techno Teachers Chairman Stephen O’Brien and Minister for Training,Skills Innovation Research and Development John Halligan TD at the annual Techno Teachers National Student Awards 2018 awards ceremony in GMIT recently. Photo Reg GordonThomas McKelvey from Rosses Community School who who was awarded first place in Leaving Cert Applied (Technology) pictured with their teacher Colm Byrne ,Techno Teachers Chairman Stephen O’Brien and Minister for Training,Skills Innovation Research and Development John Halligan TD at the annual Techno Teachers National Student Awards 2018 awards ceremony in GMIT recently . Photo Reg GordonStephen O’Donnell from Rosses Community School who who was awarded second place in Leaving Cert Applied (Technology) pictured with their teacher Colm Byrne ,Techno Teachers Chairman Stephen O’Brien and Minister for Training,Skills Innovation Research and Development John Halligan TD at the annual Techno Teachers National Student Awards 2018 awards ceremony in GMIT recently . Photo Reg GordonLuke Sharkey from Deele College who who was awarded first place in Leaving Cert Construction Studies (Ordinary) pictured with their teacher Andrew McFaddenl ,Techno Teachers Chairman Stephen O’Brien, Tom Parlon, CIF Director General and and Minister for Training,Skills Innovation Research and Development John Halligan TD at the annual Techno Teachers National Student Awards 2018 awards ceremony in GMIT recently . Photo Reg GordonNational awards for Donegal’s top techno students – Pic Special was last modified: March 4th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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:GOATH DOBHAIRtechnoteacherslast_img read more

Half-time: Everton 2 Chelsea 1

first_imgNemanja Matic’s spectacular strike from distance dragged Chelsea back in the game at Goodison Park after early substitute Steven Naismith had scored twice.Naismith, who has scored more goals against Chelsea than any other Premier League side, came on after eight minutes when Muhamed Besic limped off with a foot injury.And on 16 minutes, the Scotland forward maintained his fine record against the Blues when he slipped the ball to Brendan Galloway and continued his run to head home the left-back’s cross.Asmir Begovic, standing in for the injured Chelsea keeper Thibaut Courtois, then denied Arouna Kone and James McCarthy as Everton grew in confidence.And the home side did not have to wait long for a second goal, as Chelsea allowed Everton to work the ball to Naismith, who drilled in from the edge of the box.Having been rattled, Jose Mourinho’s side responded well. Cesar Azpilicueta had a shot blocked by John Stones, who impressed in the first half against the club who chased his signature all summer.It took a bolt from the blue though to reduce the arrears as Matic, a good 35 yards out, launched a swerving shot which beat Tim Howard in the home goal.And Chelsea could have been level shortly afterwards, but John Terry – returning to the side after suspension – headed over from an Eden Hazard cross.Everton: Howard; Coleman, Stones, Jagielka, Galloway; McCarthy, Barry; Besic, Barkley, Kone; Lukaku. Subs: Robles, Mirallas, Lennon, Naismith, Deulofeu, Osman, Funes Mori. Chelsea: Begovic; Ivanovic, Zouma, Terry, Azpilicueta; Mikel, Matic; Pedro, Fabregas, Hazard; Costa. Subs: Blackman, Cahill, Loftus-Cheek, Kenedy, Willian, Falcao, Remy.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

More Oscar glory for South Africa

first_imgJanine ErasmusSouth Africa has again won Oscar honours. Taxi to the Dark Side, produced by South African filmmaker Don Edkins, won the golden statuette for best documentary feature at the 2008 Academy Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday 24 February.Previous South African Oscar laureates include Charlize Theron, who won best actress in 2004 for her searing portrayal of Aileen Wournos – executed in 2002 for murdering six men – in Monster. South African film Tsotsi won best foreign-language film in 2006, while Yesterday was nominated for the award in 2005.Taxi to the Dark Side is part of the global documentary project Why Democracy?, initiated in 2005 with the aim of using film to start a global conversation about democracy. Executive-produced by Edkins and written, directed and narrated by Alex Gibney, it deals with US treatment of prisoners. In 2007 it won the best documentary prize at its premiere at the 2007 Tribeca film festival in New York, and again at the Chicago international film festival.“I am very pleased that Taxi to the Dark Side won because it deals with a very tough political issue,” the South African filmmaker said at the award ceremony. “By awarding the film an Oscar, the Academy has showed it is not scared of films which expose the undemocratic practices of the American government.”Also in the final race for the Oscar was Please Vote for Me by Weijun Chen, another Why Democracy? film produced by Edkins. The film is about an experiment in democracy in China, where eight-year old schoolchildren in Wuhan, central China, campaign for the position of class monitor.Talking about democracyEdkins is the producer and co-ordinator of Why Democracy? which is run by Cape Town-based Steps International. This is a non-profit organisation established by the founders of Steps for the Future, itself an anthology of 38 HIV/Aids-focused films from seven different Southern African countries. The latter project’s patron is veteran South African singer and activist Miriam Makeba.Consisting of 10 one-hour documentaries and 18 short films, Why Democracy? had its first global broadcast in October 2007 – partnered locally by the South African Broadcasting Corporation. The estimated audience was 300 million worldwide.Project contributors included independent award-winning filmmakers from around the world, including China, India, Japan, Liberia, USA, Bolivia, Denmark, Afghanistan, Egypt, Pakistan and Russia, with subjects ranging from US torture methods to the current state of politics in Russia, to the scandal around Islamic cartoons in a Danish provincial newspaper.Spending time in the shadowsTaxi to the Dark Side, which took about 18 months to make, deals with the death of Dilawar, a young Afghan taxi driver who died in 2002 from injuries inflicted by US soldiers while in detention. The first part of the title refers to the victim, and the second part is taken from a quote by US vice president Dick Cheney, who said on television that the fight against Islamic extremism will involve working “the dark side, if you will. We’re going to spend time in the shadows”.In a February 2008 radio interview, writer and narrator Gibney said the taxi driver was apprehended and taken to Bagram air base, a US military facility in northeast Afghanistan. Five days later he was dead.“He was accused of being involved in a rocket attack against an American base,” Gibney said. “In fact, later on, it was learned that the very people who arrested him were responsible for that attack.”Dilawar was never formally charged with any crime, and was never shown to have any connection with Al Qaeda or the Taliban.The hard-hitting film features interviews with a fellow prisoner, reporters, historians, legal experts and US military personnel of both junior and senior ranks. The soldiers interviewed were interrogators and military police stationed at Bagram, and Gibney skilfully manages to convey not only the horror of the incident but also the difficult situation that enlisted soldiers, who were just obeying orders, found themselves in.“They were told that the rules, the old rules that used to apply, the Geneva Conventions, are no longer in effect,” he said. “This was in Afghanistan. And there were a number of rules coming out of the Department of Justice through the Office of Legal Counsel that tried to indicate that perhaps in Afghanistan the rules no longer applied.“So in the field, the message was clear: the gloves are off, do whatever you need to do to get information. And a lot of military people were deeply upset by this, because there are, you know, very clear rules and guidelines that the military has in place in order to forestall and prevent these kind of abuses that we’ve seen, but the administration, the civilian administration, was taking a very different attitude toward these rules and regulations. “Gibney said he felt vindicated when hearing of the film’s nomination, because it was a difficult piece to make.Useful linksWhy Democracy?Steps for the FutureDemocracy Now!The White HouseHuman Rights Watchlast_img read more

Farmers of M.P. villages protest relocation order

first_imgFarmers from 20 Madhya Pradesh villages that are in the submergence zone of the Sardar Sarovar Dam, on Tuesday observed fast against the administation’s order asking them to vacate their villages. The Gujarat government had closed all the 30 gates of the dam after obtaining permission from the Narmada Control Authority, causing the dam’s water level to rise to 133 metres from 122 metres. Rising water level Although this was expected to generate hydel power and meet the drinking water requirements of parts of the State, the rising water level would submerge many villages in the surrounding areas. “We are at present, observing a relay hunger strike to protest the order to vacate the villages. A total of 200 people across 20 villages are fasting every day to make the point that they do not want to abandon their villages,” said Rahul Yadav of the Narmada Bachao Andolan. Basic facilities“They want to be rehabilitated in areas which had facilities like their villages and not in areas which lacked basic facilities,’’ Mr. Rahul Yadav added. “The Supreme Court had said that the villages should be vacated by the end of the month. Rehabilitation has been offered to them and officials have visited the sites and expressed satisfaction with the facilities offered,” Barwani PRO Swadesh Silawat told The Hindu over phone.last_img read more