first_imgPortsalon: Campbell carried out burglaries not far from where she livesA JUDGE has reserved his sentencing on a woman behind a spate of burglaries and thefts from holiday homes in the county.Theresa Campbell from Portsalon emptied homes of their contents in a series of raids – even taking heating oil. During one robbery, she stole a washing machine, tumble drier, TVs, hair straighteners and even the linen off the beds, Letterkenny District Court heard.Inspector Michael Harrison detailed the incidents in front of Judge Paul Kelly.A charge of carrying out an arson attack on her father’s home at Rosskirk – to defraud insurance companies – was withdrawn after the court heard her father had since died.Inspector Harrison said Campbell, who is 42, stole a range of items from two holiday homes on the Lough Salt Road, Carrigart in September 2010.The homes belonged to a woman from the North and Campbell helped herself to €1,700 worth of goods including the washing machine, a laundry basket and a kettle.She also caused €300 damage to the property and emptied the oil tank.She struck again at Eelburn Caravan Park the following month, carrying out burglaries at two caravans owned by a man from Co Down.A TV, aerial, DVD player were among €560 worth of good stolen and €200 worth of damage was done to the properties.In another raid the following month at Croaghross – in November 2010 – she stole tools to the value of  €1,300.Campbell also admitted driving while disqualified and the theft of oil when she was stopped in Kilmacrennan in October 2010.Inspector Harrison said she had stolen goods worth €3,760 and caused damage to properties worth €900.Solicitor Frank Dorrian said his client had a “simplistic” approach to life and described the case as “sad.”He said Campbell hoped to pay back some of the money by letting land next month for which she would be paid €1,200.Judge Kelly gave Campbell as six month suspended jail sentence for the driving offences June 2011, suspended sentence for previous pointing out: “She was given a 20-year driving ban in July 2008.”The judge warned: “She is not to drive again.”He adjourned the sentence on the burglaries until December 9.REVEALED: WOMAN WAS BEHIND SPATE OF HOLIDAY HOME BURGLARIES was last modified: September 10th, 2013 by John2Share 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:burglarLetterkenny CourtPortsalonTheresa Campbelllast_img read more

As a debutant MP, Pranab quickly earned the respect of his Rajya Sabha colleagues

first_imgThe All India Congress Committee (AICC) had been receiving complaints for a long time about the autocratic way Atulya Ghosh was running the West Bengal Pradesh Congress Committee (WBPCC) from a large number of dedicated Congressmen and veteran freedom fighters. Among them were the legendary Surendra Mohan Ghosh, for whom both Jawaharlal Nehru and Indira Gandhi had the highest regard, and Arun Chandra Guha, well-known revolutionary and pioneer of banking and finance in the agricultural sector as a minister of state (finance) under C.D. Deshmukh. AICC appointed Balwant Rai Mehta, under instructions from Nehru, to go into the allegations and submit a report. By the time Mehta submitted his report, Nehru was unwell, so the report was put on hold.The next prime minister, Lal Bahadur Shastriji, was determined to implement the recommendations of the Mehta report, which substantiated the allegations against Ghosh. Unfortunately, the Indo-Pak war and the death of Shastri in Taskhent put the issue on hold again. Congress split in Bengal. The powerful ‘Midnapore Group’ led by Ajoy Mukherjee and Satish Samanta, leaders of the ‘Free Tamralipta Government’ during the Quit India Movement, revolted against Ghosh and formed Bangla Congress.After the death of B.C. Roy in 1962, the Congress’s influence in Bengal politics was on the wane and Bangla Congress’s formation proved to be a body blow which resulted in its humiliating defeat in the 1967 General Elections. Ghosh himself was defeated by a little-known trade union leader from Adra. As a matter of fact, the entire ‘orthodox’ group of the Congress was humbled in the 1967 elections. Mrs Gandhi, who was opposed to this group, saw it as an opportunity to drive the last nail in the coffin.advertisementSoon after the 1967 elections, a non-Congress coalition government was formed in West Bengal headed by Ajoy Mukherjee, with Jyoti Basu as the home minister. Immediately after the formation of the government, labour minister Subodh Banerjee of the Socialist Unity Centre of India (SUCI), a coalition partner, encouraged ‘gheraoing’ of industrialists and businessmen, causing widespread panic among the business class. Matters rose to such proportions that many business houses decided to leave West Bengal and set up plants elsewhere in the country, in places such as Faridabad and Ballabgarh in Haryana.In spite of chief minister Ajoy Mukherjee’s orders, Home Minister Basu refused to allow the police to intervene. Unable to force Basu to fall in line, the chief minister finally decided to sit on a hunger strike at Curzon Park in the central business district of Calcutta. He was humiliated and insulted by cadres of CPI(M) and SUCI workers. The government was unable to continue under these circumstances. As a result, President’s Rule was promulgated in West Bengal. A number of governments were formed one after the other, but none of them was stable and so President’s Rule remained the only choice.In the aftermath of the 1967 elections, Mrs Gandhi started exchanging confidential notes with Ajoy Babu regularly through Satish Samanta, respected by all since the days of the Constituent Assembly. He was very close to both Nehru and Mrs Gandhi. She was desperately anxious to keep the ‘pro-Chinese’ CPI(M) away from the Writers’ Buildings. However, Satishda’s failing health was becoming a hindrance to his role as intermediary between the prime minister and Ajoy Babu. So, one day, in my presence, Satishda suggested Pranab Mukherjee’s name to the prime minister for maintaining direct contact with Ajoy babu. Mrs Gandhi asked him: “Satishda, is Pranab dependable?” “Yes, he is,” replied Satishda. That became the turning point. Pranab came close to Mrs Gandhi.Pranab became a member of the Rajya Sabha in 1969 representing Bangla Congress. His father, the late Kamada Kinkar Mukherjee, was a veteran freedom fighter and well-known Congress leader. Pranab never lost his temper and his command over facts and figures not only stunned the treasury benches but the entire Rajya Sabha and earned him the respect of the House.Pranab came to Delhi in his early 30s and I was on the wrong side of 30. It was quite easy for us to have a smooth relationship. Parliament House, more than Delhi, was an unknown entity for Pranab. I was already well-settled at that time as a journalist in Delhi. So I told him about the importance of the Notice office, showed him around Parliament House and acquainted him with the State Bank of India branch as well as the railway reservation counter.Once Pranab had to rush to Kolkata. I arranged for his air tickets at his request. He promised to pay the amount after getting his salary next month, which he did. Pranab’s wife Gita was a big fan of my novel Memsaheband she touched my feet when I first went to meet them at 7, Electric Lane, where Satish Samanta was staying. So it was natural that our two families came closer to each other.advertisementSoon after Pranab came to Delhi, I invited him for lunch at my Jangpura Extension home. He’s a quick eater and loves fish. Soon after lunch, a young man in my locality who worked in the civil aviation department and also happened to be an amateur palmist, came to meet us. He read Pranab’s hand and predicted that he would rise “like a rocket” in his political life. Pranab laughed but his prediction became a reality in the years to follow.Pranab first joined the government as a junior minister under C. Subramaniam in the industries ministry. After a few months, Mrs Gandhi received complaints that Pranab was going out of his way to help Bengali industrialists for political gains. The prime minister referred these complaints to a special agency to inquire and report back. The agency entrusted the inquiry to an officer who happened to be one of my best friends since school. I told my friend that Pranab was certainly guiding those who came for help but definitely not for any personal gain whatsoever. My friend also came to the same conclusion after tapping other sources.Pranab has some sterling qualities unlike most politicians. Like Pandit Nehru, Sampurnanand, Yashwantrao Chavan and Lal Krishna Advani, Pranab is also a voracious reader and he has a photographic memory. If once he has glanced through a paper, he will remember its contents for years. I am sure if somebody today asks him about the industrial and food production targets during the first Five-Year Plan, he will be able to answer correctly.Apart from these two qualities, Pranab is fiercely loyal to his leader and party and has never been part of any particular group within the Congress. It is because of these qualities that he has always succeeded in whatever duty he has been entrusted with, be it any ministry or the Planning Commission.In spite of his busy schedule, we remain friends. Though we do not get to meet often, it is heartening for me that he remains an avid reader of my novels.- The author is a Bengali novelist and former journalistlast_img read more

Hughes backs Stuart Armstrong

first_imgThe Southampton manager says the Scottish midfielder is doing great after he struggled at the start of the seasonScottish midfielder Stuart Armstrong scored his first goals for Southampton in the weekend.And for manager Mark Hughes, this is just the start of something great for the player.“I felt Stuart Armstrong was excellent on Saturday and it was a shame he had to come off late on because of cramp again, which we need to get to the bottom of,” Hughes told The Evening Times.ScotlandScotland needs a hero: Billy Dodds Manuel R. Medina – September 10, 2019 According to former striker, Billy Dodds his country needs a hero to inspire future generations as the team’s hope to qualify to the EURO 2020 is small.“He came back into the team lately for ourselves and has shown good intent in his work and I think that has been followed up with his performances at international level.”“He did plateau a little bit at the beginning when he was trying to get a foothold into the team and into the Premier League, but now he looks assured and confident which is a key thing for Stuart,” he added.“He needs to be confident about his form but I think he’s showing good signs in that regard which we will benefit from as Scotland did last week.”last_img read more

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT 4 Wilmington Students Named To Deans List At University Of Maine

first_imgORONO, ME — The University of Maine recognized 2,388 students for achieving Dean’s List honors in the Fall 2018 semester.The following Wilmington students received Dean’s List honors for fall 2018, completing 12 or more credit hours in the semester and earning a grade point average of 3.5 or higher:Rose CrispinJillian DoyleJocelyn FerraroShannon Smith(NOTE: The above announcement is from the University of Maine.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email You To Our Sponsor:Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSTUDENT SPOTLIGHT: 5 Wilmington Students Named To Dean’s List At University Of MaineIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: 6 Wilmington Students Named To Dean’s List At Bridgewater State UniversityIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: 6 Wilmington Students Named To Dean’s List At University of New EnglandIn “Education”last_img read more

Of crafts and craftsmen

first_imgIt was an evening which brought together a heady mix of beauty with brains, usually a rarity. Aptly called Apne Desh Ko Jano – know you country, the event centered upon the Indian handicrafts industry and its workings. Hosted at IIT-Delhi, the event mainly aimed at creating awareness among people and popularise Indian handicrafts.Speaking on the occasion, the chief guest of the show, IAS, Secretary, Ministry of Textile, Government of India, Zohra Chatterje said that the huge gathering present on the occasion was a tribute to the 69 lakh artisans of the country who are incessantly toiling hard to come up with the finest products. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting”It is also an attempt to keep young generation connected to handicrafts, since not many know that the number of handloom employees and the business was facing a downfall during recent times. But IIT Delhi’s support to our initiative will inspire to encourage handicrafts and bring it back succesfully,’ she added.The event further proceeded with an audio-visual shown on Indian artisans across the country and paid a tribute to their toil including the magnificent products they create out of what not. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixAn initiative by the Ministry of Textiles, Apne Desh Ko Jano witnessed a grand fashion show with models wearing attractive handicrafts artifacts and products sourced from various parts of the country coupled with rounds of quickfire question and answers on them conducted by veteran quiz master Barry O’ Brien.The models sashayed the ramp in three different rounds. Each round focussed on particular handicraft region. The handicraft dresses along with the accessories were designed by Yana Ngoba from Arunachal Pradesh. There was a special round when they donned dresses from the northeastern states too.According to Ngoba, the concept is not aimed at drawing a border between technology and craftsmanship but rather trying to blend the two.’We believe the very purpose of creating awareness of handicrafts through fashion shows only is defeated as the people are not aware of the products they carry and no meaningful information is given. Apart from being visual feast, it does not serve the purpose for which it is done. So, why not we’re-create the re-created?,’ she said at the event.Moving on further, the other round had visuals of various handicraft prototypes and artefacts shown from around India and the audience, a mix of students and guests was asked to identify them along with the area they belong to.Winners were showered with numerous chocolates as gift and also awarded that particular handicraft product.Finally, the event concluded with a couple of patriotic songs sung by one and all present there to enliven the spirit of unity and bring about oneness in hearts irrespective of the diversity we belong to and ended with a vow to always make our country proud.last_img read more

Road shut for week for emergency repairs due to gas leak

first_imgThe approximate location of the closure (marked A) (Image: Google/INRIX) Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailA road is set to be closed for a week following a gas leak this morning Maunders Road is shut in Milton while emergency repairs take place following reports of a leak earlier today. The street is shut in both directions at the junction with Newford Crescent – with traffic data company INRIX reporting the closure is outside The Old Bike Shed. The road is set to reopen by next Friday (February 23). A Stoke-on-Trent City Council spokesman said: “Maunders Road is closed at the junction of Newford Crescent due to a gas leak.” For more traffic and travel news visit our dedicated channel here or visit our live news service for the latest news, traffic and travel updates and weather from across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire and South Cheshire. Read MorePolice urge drivers to ensure cars are secure – after spate of attempted break-ins For the latest news and breaking news visit . Get all the big headlines, pictures, analysis, opinion and video on the stories that matter to you. Follow us on Twitter @ SentinelStaffs – the official Sentinel account – real news in real time. We’re also on – your must-see news, features, videos and pictures throughout Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire.last_img read more

Winter sun sales are ahead 9 and half the capacity is booked

first_imgWith files from The Canadian Press Share << Previous PostNext Post >> Friday, December 15, 2017 Winter sun sales are ahead 9% and half the capacity is booked: Transat Posted by Tags: Air Transat, Transat MONTREAL — Revenues were up 14% for Transat A.T. Inc. in the fourth quarter of 2017, following an “excellent” summer season that President and CEO Jean-Marc Eustache says was one of the best in the company’s history.Transat A.T. plans to spend $750 million over the coming years to develop its hotel chain in Mexico and the Caribbean.Vertical integration is crucial, said Odette Trottier, Transat’s Director, Communications and Corporate Affairs, in an interview with Travelweek earlier this fall: “It becomes more and more important for leisure travel companies to control the actual products – the flight, transfers and excursions, and, of course, hotels.”In a conference call on Thursday Transat co-founder and CEO Jean-Marc Eustache said he plans to devote the next 18 to 24 months until he retires to begin developing the chain of hotels while his heir, Annick Guerard, runs the company as COO.“It’s our main goal for the development of Transat,” said Eustache.A president for the hotel division will be hired within weeks to put the plan in action before he “disappears” after retiring and leaving his position as chairman, he added.Transat plans to purchase and refurbish one hotel and a piece of land this year as it looks to build a network of 5,000 rooms, 60% of which it will own and manage, over the next five to seven years.In October Transat sold its 35% stake in its Ocean Hotels joint venture for $186 million. The company also signed a deal last month to sell its Jonview Canada subsidiary to a Japanese company for $44 million.Transat has also simplified its fleet to give it more flexibility, improved its digital footprint, augmented the amount of trips it sells directly and improved revenue management. “I think we are better armed to face any of those actions coming from our competitors in the future,” said CFO Denis Petrin.Transat beat expectations as the travel company’s fourth-quarter net income surged due to a strong transatlantic summer season and the sale of its stake in Oceans Hotels.For the quarter ended Oct. 31, 2017, the company posted revenues of $698.6 million, compared with $612.1 million for the same period in 2016, an increase of 86.4 million. This increase resulted mainly from an 8.7% increase in total travellers in the transatlantic market, while average selling prices were up 4%. In this market, Transat A.T. increased capacity by 8.5% compared with 2016, while overall capacity was up nearly 5%.More news:  Direct Travel names Smith as Senior VP, Leisure Marketing, North America“The fourth quarter, like the summer as a whole, was excellent. Financially, our summer results were among the best in our history and significantly improved our results for the year compared with last year,” said Eustache. “From a strategic standpoint, we made great strides towards establishing our hotel division and in several other major areas, including fleet composition and corporate leadership succession.”In the sun destination market, the corporation’s capacity was down 3.8% compared with 2016 due to hurricanes Irma and Maria, which resulted in the repatriation of passengers, particularly in Cuba and the D.R. and the cancellation of certain flights. As a result, total passengers were down 2.7% in that market, while average selling prices rose 7.2%.Transat A.T.’s operations generated $78.5 million in adjusted operating income compared with $46.5 million in 2016. This uptick was driven primarily by higher average selling prices across its markets, as well as by higher capacity and load factors in the transatlantic market.On Oct. 4, 2017, the corporation completed the sale of its 35% minority interest in Ocean Hotels to H10 Hotels, ahead of the anticipated Nov. 2, 2017 closing date. As announced earlier this July, the sale closed for $187.5 million, received in cash on Oct. 4.For the whole year, Transat A.T. posted revenues of $3.0 billion compared with $2.9 billion in 2016 and adjusted operating income of $102 million, compared with $25.8 million in 2016. During the summer, the corporation increased its product offering in the transatlantic market by 7.9%, and average selling prices were higher across its markets. All markets combined, total travellers were up 8.2% for the year.More news:  Le Boat has EBBs along with its new 2020 brochureFor the winter season, it posted an operating loss of $65.7 million (4.2%) compared with $54.2 million (3.4%) in 2016. This decline was due to a rise in air costs and the unfavourable foreign exchange effect which, combined with an increase in fuel prices, resulted in a $39.3 million increase in operating expenses for the winter. This could not be offset by higher average selling prices for sun destination packages, noted the company.During the summer, operating income amounted to $100.5 million (7.0%), compared with $23.9 million (1.9%) for the previous year, driven primarily by higher average selling prices, capacity and load factors across markets.This year, and particularly in the last six months, a number of initiatives were carried out to lay the foundations for the 2018-2022 plan. These include the announcement of the leases for 10 Airbus A321neo LRs, to be operational from the beginning of 2019, the extension of existing A330 leases under better financial conditions, the addition of new A330s, and an agreement with Thomas Cook that will see it provide the corporation with A321ceos in the winter, replacing the Boeing 737s currently operated by Transat.Looking ahead to the first half of fiscal 2018, Transat A.T. reports that capacity is up 8% in the sun destination market outbound from Canada. To date, 50% of that capacity has been sold, bookings are ahead by 9.2%, and load factors are similar. Due to the strengthening of the Canadian dollar, offset by rising fuel costs, operating expenses are currently down 2.1%, while margins are currently up 2% from the same date last year.As for the transatlantic market, where it is low season, Transat’s capacity is up 20% from last winter. To date, 47% of that capacity has been sold, bookings are ahead by 15% and load factors are down 2%.If these trends continue, Transat said it expects to achieve better results than in the 2017 winter season. Travelweek Group last_img read more