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Fears grow for British man detained in Pakistan-administered Kashmir

first_img– Advertisement – Mainstream political leaders, and many ordinary people in Pakistani-administered Kashmir, are supportive of the Pakistani state, which has been accused by India of backing separatist militants. However, voices in Pakistani-administered Kashmir calling for complete independence, as opposed to joining with Pakistan, have been deliberately stifled. The region’s constitution forbids any activities deemed “prejudicial or detrimental to, the ideology of the State’s accession to Pakistan”. Ms Rajput told the BBC the detention of her husband shows the “hypocrisy” of Pakistan’s position. last_img read more

McShane hails Phelan’s impact

first_img The club’s longest-serving player appeared to be heading for a January exit after being sent to train with the Under-21s by Bruce for undisclosed disciplinary reasons, but relations have thawed and McShane has ousted Curtis Davies from the side. He admits he expected to leave and is delighted to be back in favour. “Football, it’s mad, it’s a crazy game sometimes,” he said. “I thought I’d played my last game for Hull. I was prepared to leave in the transfer window. “But I didn’t want to go, no way, it felt wrong to think about going, and now it’s great to be back playing, especially in a couple of good games with some big results.” The flipside of Hull’s renewed optimism is starkly evident at Villa, who dropped into the bottom three after finding no response to goals from Nikica Jelavic and full debutant Dame N’Doye. Villa are winless in 10 league outings and have scored just once in their last eight. They turned in a timid display at the KC Stadium and were warned by boss Paul Lambert afterwards that they were now playing for their top-flight careers. Right-back Alan Hutton is hoping that descending into the drop zone can jolt the squad to life. “It’s very difficult to take, Hull was a big game for us so to be beaten 2-0 is hard,” the Scot told Press Association Sport. “You’re always aware of the table and maybe slipping into the bottom three is the kick in the backside we need. “We have been playing well but not getting results and we need to change that quickly. “We all know we have to do our bit to get the goals, it’s a team game and we’ll take that on the chin as a team. “There’s pressure on every game now because we need to get going.” Press Association Phelan began work as Steve Bruce’s right-hand man just a week ago but his arrival has coincided with an immediate upturn in form for the Tigers. Having spent the majority of his coaching career hunting silverware alongside Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United, Hull’s relegation battle represented unfamiliar territory for Phelan. But he has thrown himself into the task and the initial results, a surprise 1-1 draw at Manchester City at the weekend followed by Tuesday’s crucial 2-0 win over Aston Villa, have helped Hull climb out of the bottom three. And Phelan’s early impact has not gone unnoticed among the players. “Mike’s been really good already, we’ve just been saying in the dressing room he’s going to win the first assistant manager of the month!” defender Paul McShane told Press Association Sport. “He’s done very well, the sessions we’ve had with him have been really good. “He’s brought something new and different to the group and training has been intense. “It’s been tough but the lads are really putting it all in during training and that’s showing out on the pitch. “It’s been a great few days because if we didn’t back up what we did at City it would have been a waste. But we’ve built on that result and got the three points at home.” McShane’s return to action has been another common theme in Hull’s last two performances. Hull’s players have an ointed newly-arrived Mike Phelan as the Barclays Premier League’s first “assistant manager of the month”. last_img read more

Two Dead, 20 Injured in TX Homecoming Party Shooting; Suspect on the Loose

first_imgTwo people are dead, and another 20 are injured, after a gunman allegedly opened fire at an off-campus Texas A&M University-Commerce Halloween and homecoming party Saturday night.According to Hunt County Sheriff Randy Meeks, the shooter may have been targeting a certain person at the gathering of about 750 people in Greenville, which is 15 miles southwest of the campus.The shooting occurred around midnight Saturday. Meeks says the injured included four people who did not have suffer gunshot wounds but were instead hurt while attempting to run from the scene.Authorities believe the male shooter entered the venue through a back door and then began firing with a handgun. He remains on the loose, and they do not know who he is or have a description of him.Sheriff’s deputies had been questioning a party-goer in front of the building due to complaints of parking on the roadway blocking traffic. That is when they heard gunshots coming from the back of the building.Meeks says the two deceased victims are both males, but he did not know if they were A&M-Commerce students.School and sheriff’s officials add that the party was not a school-sponsored event.The party was being held at a facility called The Party Venue. The owner is cooperating with authorities, Meeks says.According to its website, Texas A&M University-Commerce is the second-largest university in the Texas A&M University System. The school, which was founded in 1889, has about 6,000 undergraduate students and 4,000 graduate students.last_img read more

Man kills four of his neighbors’ dogs to make “doggy coat”

first_imgA Kentucky man has been arrested after he reportedly killed and skinned four dogs to make what he called a “doggy coat.”38-year-old Jonathan D. Watkins was arrested on December 23rd after one of his neighbor’s contacted police about the incident.The neighbor told authorities that Watkins showed up to their home around 1:20 pm covered in blood and asking for a cigarette. When the neighbor inquired why Watkins was covered in blood, Watkins replied  “I’ve been skinning dogs.”The neighbor says he didn’t initially believe Watkins, however, when the neighbor went walking by Watkins home later that afternoon, they saw what they believed to be four animal skins and two dog carcasses on his porch. That’s when the neighbor called police.Authorities say two residents contacted them earlier about their missing dogs, however, authorities had not been able to locate them.When a trooper made contact with Watkins about the missing dogs and the carcasses on his porch, Watkins told the trooper: “I’m making myself a Doggy Coat. ” He then went on to say that he didn’t see anything wrong with making the coat and  that he killed the animals by “stabbing them in the heart” before he skinned them and abandoned their carcasses over a nearby hill.Watkins is now facing animal cruelty charges in addition to charges for tampering with physical evidence.last_img read more

BREAKING: Glades Central High School in Belle Glade on lockdown due to shooting

first_imgPolice say Glades Central Community High School in Belle Glade is on a code red lockdown Wednesday afternoon after one person was shot near the parking lot of the school.The shooting was reported shortly after 1 p.m.Palm Beach County School District authorities said the shooting did not involve a student and that students were safe.In the statement officials said parents are not to worry and that school expects to have a normal dismissal.last_img

“Forever chemicals” were found in the drinking water in Miami, other major US cities

first_imgNew tests show that potentially toxic chemicals are in the drinking water supplies of several major US cities, including Miami, New Orleans and Washington, DC,.The Environmental Working Group reported that PFAS, which are manmade chemicals, are referred to as “forever chemicals” because they don’t break down once they’re in the environment.They’re found now in nonstick products, paints, cleaning products and food packaging. The forever chemicals can harm the liver, kidney, and can lead to cancer and reproductive and developmental issues.The group tested 44 sites in 31 states and Washington. The Environmental Working Group said that the only area with clean drinking water is Meridian, Mississippi, which gets its water from a 600-foot-deep well. The areas with the highest levels of chemicals are Brunswick County, North Carolina, and Quad Cities, Iowa,last_img read more

Lawsuit Claims Funeral Home Left Girl’s Body to Decompose

first_imgA Riviera Beach funeral home is facing a multi-million dollar lawsuit, after a family claims the business failed to preserve an 11-year-old girl’s body.The family of Re’Asia Washington claims they noticed her body was decomposed and nearly unrecognizable leading up to her memorial service.“My daughter was deteriorated beyond recognition, her skin has come off her body,” says Ebony Morgan, Re’Asia’s mother.The fifth-grader died on Jan. 22 after suffering an asthma attack while in Georgia.Morgan hired Shawn Johnson Funeral and Cremation Services to handle the arrangements.However, “When I saw her face, it looked like someone had threw acid on her face, or she was pushed into a fire and just left to burn,” Morgan explains. She adds that her daughter’s scalp appeared to be coming off the girl’s head.In the lawsuit, which was filed by Tayson Gaines with the Palm Beach County-based Gaines Firm, the family alleges a breach of contract with the funeral home, fraudulent misrepresentation, negligence, negligent infliction of emotional distress, deceptive and unfair trade practices, and conspiracy.The family has also filed a complaint with the Florida Department of Financial Services’ Division of Funeral, Cemetery and Consumer Services, according to Pierre Ifill, Re’Asia’s uncle and an attorney who is helping Gaines with the lawsuit.“What we got was a mummified body that was not presentable for a service. What we got was excuses,” Ifill says. “That’s not acceptable.”On Jan. 24, an employee of the funeral home transported Re’Asia’s body to Florida from Georgia without embalming or refrigerating it.The funeral home also lacked the disposition permit that is required by Georgia law to move a body across state lines.On Jan. 31, Shawn Johnson allegedly refused to allow Ebony Morgan to see her daughter’s body. Johnson refused again on Feb. 5 and 6.However, Morgan paid Johnson $3,055 on Feb 4.After Johnson refused to allow Morgan to see the body on Feb. 6, Morgan contacted state officials to inquire about her rights to see her daughter’s body at the funeral home, and was told she could.Later that day, Morgan visited the funeral home with a police escort. A few hours later, Johnson returned to the funeral home and rolled Re’Asia’s body into the office. She allowed Morgan and her sister to only see the girl’s face and hand.When Morgan’s sister began taking photos of the body, Johnson reportedly threatened to sue if she showed them to other people.On Feb. 7, Morgan informed Johnson that she was planning to pick up the body. Johnson claimed that it was in a Fort Lauderdale morgue. However, the morgue claims that it does not have a contract with the funeral home.“We have not heard one apology” from the funeral home or anyone associated with the business, Ifill states.The family says it had to cancel Re’Asia’s viewing due to what happened.Morgan and Re’Asia’s father, Reginald Washington, are now seeking $10 million in damages from the funeral home, its three managers — Shandelrio “Shawn” Johnson, Ronald Warnecke and Alterraon Phillips — and the funeral home’s embalmer, Adrienne Leger.last_img read more