first_imgIpswich Town have completed the signing of Rangers forward Joe Garner on a three year deal.The 29-year-old fans favourite spent less than a year in Glasgow after being signed by former manager Mark Warburton for a reported £1.8 million last August.The English Championship club confirmed the signing for an “undisclosed yet significant fee”.Former England U21 player Garner is heading back to the league he says is the toughest he has played in after he playing there for a season with Preston North End, scoring six goals, before joining Rangers. The striker scored ten goals in Scotland, including a hat-trick against Hamilton Academical in the Scottish Cup, but wasn’t part of new manager Pedro Caixinha’s long term plans.A promising start in Glasgow seen Garner score his first goal for Rangers against rivals Celtic and even had a popular song in his honour reach the Christmas pop charts.But as the season went on he struggled to cement his place in the side as Rangers finished third in the Scottish Premiership and lost two semi-finals to the Parkhead side.Speaking after completing the move down south Garner told the Ipswich Town website he was excited at the opportunity to play in England again. He said: “I’ve had a couple of conversations with the manager and he told me of his ideas for this season and I can’t wait to get going now.“There has been interest from Ipswich in the past but I’m delighted to have this opportunity now to come down and play here. “It’s good to get things done early as well. I’ve had a few moves when you join in the last week of pre-season and it’s always harder to settle in then but here I can start with the other lads for a full pre-season and I’m looking forward to it.“I know all about the Championship. It’s the toughest league I have played in but we’ve got some good players here and I’m ready for the challenge. “I had a great time at Rangers and got on well with the fans there but that’s behind me now. It’s a new chapter for me here.”last_img read more

first_imgA Letterkenny chef has appeared in court after being caught with a quantity of cannabis.Michael Kemmy, of Glencar appeared at Letterkenny District Court after he was stopped by Gardai driving a VW Golf on Port Road in Letterkenny. When stopped Gardai suspected he was nervous and he admitted to Gardai that he had three cannabis joints and cannabis resin.The drugs, whom Kemmy said were for his personal use, was worth €50.Judge Paul Kelly said he would give Kemmy a chance to avoid a criminal conviction by paying €150 the Letterkenny Community and Youth Centre.Chef in hot water after cannabis find was last modified: February 24th, 2019 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:canabism chefcourtletterkennylast_img read more

first_imgSouth African chefs are coming into their own, dominating teams in international cook-offs, winning places in posh restaurants – and some of them starting their own restaurants.Local chefs are coming into their own. (Image: Brand South Africa)Brand South Africa reporterIt was not so long ago that all the top-level chefs in South Africa were imported from the United Kingdom, Ireland, Germany, Switzerland, Italy and France. But local chefs are coming into their own now, dominating the teams in international cook-offs, winning places in posh restaurants – and some of them starting their own restaurants.There are a number of South African chefs who can boast a high profile among South Africans. Among them:In Cape Town: Garth Stroebel at the Mount Nelson; Barak Hirschowitz at Tides at The Bay Hotel; Garth Shnier at the Arabella Sheraton Group’s Western Cape Hotel and Spa at Kleinmond; Graeme Shapiro at The Restaurant; and Janet Telian at the Savoy Cabbage.In Johannesburg they include Bruce Burns at Lutyens; Stefano Strafella at the Saxon; Michael Broughton at Broughtons in Sandton; Steven Benson at the Sandton Hilton; and Gaetano Sgroi at the Park Hyatt.The team of Daniel and Karine Leusch at La Madeleine in Pretoria win awards year after year. Marc Guebert at the Ile de France in Johannesburg was one of the first celebrity chefs in the country. The executive chef at Linger Longer in Johannesburg, Walter Ulz, has just celebrated his 25th anniversary at this finest of restaurants.Master chef Lucas Ndlovu still draws the gourmets to the Coach House in Agatha in the Northern Province, 12 years on. Paula Nel is guest chef presenter on Top Billing, while Citrum Khumalo of the Compass group performs the same function on Radio Metro.The country’s best-known chef is Bill Gallagher, current chairman of the South African Chefs Association, past president and honorary life president of the World Association of Cooks Societies, and food and beverage director of the Southern Sun group.The Association puts together national teams which compete at international culinary competitions. The South African team has won medals in every international competition, both individual and team events, since its debut in 1980, when the team won five individual gold medals in the IKA Culinary Olympics.At the IKA Hoga Culinary Olympics in Frankfurt, the team walked away with 15 medals and in the Culinary World Cup in Luxembourg, golds in both the hot and cold competitions.A local chef, Eric van Dam, achieved second place in the Chaine des Rotisseurs Young Chef of the Year competition in 1987 in Spain, and a year later won second place in the Masterchef Junior World Challenge. For a full list of achievements by South African chefs, see below.The South African professional culinary scene goes beyond honours and celebrity. In keeping with the country’s history, and the remaining gap between rich and poor, it was Bill Gallagher, before his tenure as president of the World Association, who suggested a World Cooks Tour for Hunger – now a mainstay of World Association activities.The first tour, in August 1993, brought 118 chefs from five continents to Johannesburg at their own expense to train hotel and restaurant staff and to host fund-raising events, from demonstrations and competitions to street parties for underprivileged children. The chefs also cooked for shelters for street children. The tour and a special book commemorating it raised a good deal of money for South African non-governmental organisations Operation Hunger and the Valley Trust.The concept has continued, with subsequent tours elsewhere. In 1999, for example, the World Association staged its Tour for Hunger in Scotland to benefit Save the Children. The South African team was among international chefs who arrived to do their part.International competitionsSouth Africa has a much-decorated history of participation in international competitions, both at individual and team levels.TEAM EVENTS1980 (South Africa’s debut) – IKA Culinary Olympics – five individual gold medals and an overall fourth placing in the hot competition1983 – Torquay Gastronomic Festival – Won team trophy, two silver medals and two bronzes and were placed fourth out of eight teams1984 – Hotelympia – Two gold medals, a silver and a special merit award1984 – IKA Culinary Olympics in Frankfurt – 11 gold medals, three silvers, two bronzes and overall prize for best junior chef of the entire competition1987 – American Culinary Classic in Chicago – A silver medal behind Canada in the cold display and a gold in the hot event1988 – IKA Hoga – Three teams sent; the junior team won five bronzes, the city team won four golds and the national team won five golds and two bronzes1989 – Culinary World Cup in Luxembourg – Six gold medals in the hot kitchen and six silvers in the cold kitchen1990 – Gastroprag cooking competition in Czechoslovakia – Six silver medals and 14 gold medals1991 – American Culinary Classic – Silver medal in the hot kitchen and gold medal in the cold kitchen1992 – IKA Hoga Culinary Olympics in Frankfurt – 15 Olympic medals and world champions in the Hot Kitchen (alias Restaurant of Nations)1993 – International Culinary Competition: Taste of Canada – Bronze in the hot competition and three silvers and a bronze in the individual cold events1994 – Culinary World Cup in Luxembourg – Golds in the hot and cold competitions1995 – Malta Open Cookery Championships – Eight individual and two team events brought three golds, three silvers, a bronze and two trophies1997 – World Culinary Grand Prix (Scothot) in Glasgow – Three medals and a diploma1998 – Culinary World Cup in Luxembourg – Silver medals in the hot and cold competitionsINDIVIDUAL EVENTS1986 – Mary Taylor achieved fourth place in the Salon Culinaire in Germany1987 – Eric van Dam achieved second place in the Chaine des Rotisseurs Young Chef of the Year in San Sebastian in Spain, achieving second place, a single point behind Germany. This is the best result to date by any South African in this competition1988 – Masterchef Junior World Challenge, held in South Africa – Eric van Dam awarded second place, earning him a stint in Lyon working under Paul Bocuse1989 – Gordon Fraser placed fourth in the International Culinary Grand Prix Auguste Escoffier in Lisbon1989 – Heinz Brunner placed third, winning six trophies and a win for his dessert in the Concours Auguste Escoffier in Nice1990 – Bill Gallagher placed third in the Concours Auguste Escoffier in Nice1992 – Manfred Reinhard placed fourth in the Concours Auguste Escoffier in Nice1997 – World Junior Chef Challenge – Gregg Oosthuizen awarded second place1998 – Individual World Championship in Melbourne – won by Steven BensonBibliographyRainbow Cuisine by Lannice Snyman (S&S, 1998)Flavours of South Africa by Peter Veldsman (Tafelberg, 1998)Funa: Food from Africa by Renata Coetzee (Butterworth & Co, 1982)The South African Culinary Tradition by Renata Coetzee (Struik, 1977)Indian Delights edited by Zuleikha Mayat (Women’s Cultural Group, several editions between 1961 and 1996)Traditional Cookery of the Cape Malays by Hilda Gerber (AA Balkema, 1957)Cooking from Cape to Cairo: A Taste of Africa by Dorah Sithole (Tafelberg, 1999)Cass Abrahams Cooks Cape Malay (Metz Press, 1995)Treat the Troops (no editor credited, CUM books, Roodepoort, 1983)Simply South Africa by Elaine Hurford (Struik, 2000)Encyclopaedia of Southern Africa compiled by Eric Rosenthal (Frederick Warne & Co Ltd, London, 1970 – fifth edition)Originally published March 2002Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? 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first_imgTags:#Google#social networks#web Fox News seemed to fare better in its coverage of the Michael Jackson doctor trial verdict. Although to be fair, its posts came earlier in the day.Entertainers & Retailers Feel Out G+The initial sports and music Pages are mostly using Google+ to post photos and videos, although some promise to “hangout” with fans soon.The retailers are, as to be expected, using G+ Pages to promote their wares. The Macy’s Page wrote in its introduction: “Stay tuned for exclusive info on sales, promotions,events and more.” As with entertainers like The Muppets, Macy’s needs to be careful not to create a one-way advertising experience. The giant retailer is, however, promising “9 lucky trendsetters” a hangout with Fashionista Executive Editor and mBlog Style Blogger, Leah Chernikoff. So far 14 comments have been made on that post, including this potential question for Chernikoff: “What is the best way to mix pumps and tights that are more than just black on black?” So if you’re interested in knowing the answer to that, tune into Macy’s hangout. Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Related Posts It is very early days for Pages with brands. Already though you get the sense that the best way for brands to use Google+ will be to truly interact with their followers. Whether by posts that solicit comments or by video hangouts, Google+ is best used to engage in conversation with other people. Indeed, that’s what we’ll be trying to do over on the ReadWriteWeb Page. So circle us on Google+ and together we’ll talk about what’s next on the Web! (yes that was an advertisement of sorts)Lead Image by M Kaye richard macmanus Google+ Pages for brands launched early today, with a select group of launch partners. Later in the day, G+ Pages were opened up to everyone. ReadWriteWeb, among others, immediately created a Page. I took point on developing RWW’s one and afterwards I was curious to see what other brands had done. While it’s very early days, it was clear to me what works and what doesn’t in Google+ Pages for brands.One thing to note is that Google+ Pages aren’t fully developed yet. For example, currently only one person can administer a Page. However Google+ engineer Dennis Troper assured everyone that “this is just the beginning!” Specifically, he stated that “a few of your top requests we’ve already started working on, such as multi-admin support, ownership transfer and page analytics.”Having said that, there is much potential for brands in Google+ Pages. Given that some companies got a head start in developing their Pages, let’s look at what they came up with.The Google+ team helpfully created a shared circle of the launch Pages. It features 36 Pages, 16 of which come from within Google and 20 of which are external brands. The external brands include retailers (Macy’s, H&M), sports teams (Phoenix Suns, Dallas Cowboys), mainstream media (Anderson Cooper 360, Fox News), entertainment (The Muppets, The All-American Rejects) and more.The Muppets Hangout… But Forget to Hang OutThe Muppets did a much publicized Hangout (a group video chat), which due to demand was affected by technical issues. However, more importantly, there was no interaction with the audience. One viewer called it an “elaborate ad for the next movie.” Google+ user M Monica wrote a disappointed review, noting that it “came across as a media/pr blitz with little consideration for the fans.”Brands will need to watch that Google+ doesn’t become just another way to advertise their wares to a mass audience. Google+ is known for its topic-focused conversations, so the creators of The Muppets need to find ways to really engage with its audience – not just show them a video. Hangouts can be a great way for brands to interact with their audiences. Imagine for example if Kermit and Miss Piggy took questions from the other users in the hangout. Sure that’s risky for brands, but that kind of two-way interaction is necessary if brands are to use Google+ effectively. CNN & Fox Reach Out To Their ViewersThe Page for Anderson Cooper 360 made a good attempt at creating a conversation around a hot topic for the day. It posted the following, presumably while the show was being broadcast on TV:“Are you watching AC360? Anderson is talking to James Carville and Ari Fleischer about the woman who claimed on camera, in detail, that Herman Cain made unwanted sexual advances.”The Page currently has over 8,500 followers, but the above post only attracted 11 comments and 7 +1’s. Still, it’s just Day 1 for the CNN Page and the quality of those 11 comments is encouraging. Once the Page gets promoted more by the show and gains more followers, I expect we’ll see more viewer interaction. I like that they posted this while the show was happening and tried to get a conversation going in real-time. A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verificationlast_img read more

first_imgAC Milan coach Gattuso urges Higuain to reject Chelseaby Carlos Volcano9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAC Milan coach Gennaro Gattuso admits he doesn’t want to lose Gonzalo Higuain.On-loan from Juventus, Higuain is now in talks with Chelsea.”If Gonzalo wasn’t training the way I like to see, then I would not have made the decision to use him in the squad against Sampdoria,” assured Gattuso ahead of their Coppa Italia tie with Sampdoria.“There is gossip around him at this moment, but seeing the way he trains, the effort he puts in and the professionalism with which he treats me, you wouldn’t know.“The rest is down to his brother, his agent and Leonardo. I hope Higuain remains as long as possible, but if that doesn’t happen, then we’ll see. As long as he is here and continues to behave with this level of professionalism, it won’t be a problem for me.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Hasenhüttl hails Southampton spirit for victory at Leicesterby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton are out of the dropzone after victory over Leicester City.James Ward-Prowse’s penalty and Shane Long’s first goal for nine months earned victory at the King Power Stadium.Long’s strike, in first-half injury time, came just 120 seconds after Yan Valery had been sent off for a second bookable offence.Wilfred Ndidi pulled a goal back in the second half for the Foxes but Claude Puel suffered defeat against his former club. “After the red card for Yan Valery, nobody will have thought we can win this game with 55 minutes to go. It’s a long time to defend against such a good team. Then we scored the second goal which is unbelievable,” Saints boss Ralph Hasenhüttl said.“Longy did a fantastic job today I think. He was hard-working, going after every ball. In the second-half we said that we will try to keep the clean sheet as long as possible and if a goal happens we stay focused and keep believing that we can take this win.“It’s a fantastic win. It can be a very important one because we showed that we act as a team with fantastic commitment. That’s what I want to see.“We showed today more of our potential that we have to bring to excellence, which is the step we want to go to. It’s only possible with hard work and we had a very good week ahead of this game.”Now I think we have made a very important step but only one, the others have to follow.” last_img read more

first_img The Performance Task aspect of the Primary Exit Profile (PEP), previously scheduled for December, has been pushed back to March 2019.The Ability Test and Curriculum-Based Test components will be conducted in February 2019 and April 2019, respectively, as previously scheduled.Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, made the disclosure during a press briefing at his offices in Kingston on Wednesday (October 3)“That will allow us to grade and provide scores and placement of our students on schedule for June 2019,” he said.He informed that the change was based on the recommendation of the Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA) for an adjustment in the PEP schedule.“The next round of discussions will be held with Board chairs and vice chairs, principals, vice principals and bursars, to make sure that at the leadership level they are all cognisant of what we are doing for PEP and other policies. This will then complete the circle of educators’ discussions with me,” he said.Senator Reid said that coming out of consultations with other stakeholders, such as the National Parent-Teacher Association of Jamaica and the Book Industry of Jamaica, “other changes were taken on board in the best interest of the children”.These include that students will have an option to choose for the Performance Task; teacher-engagement activity will be provided at least one month before the actual assessment is to be done; questions will be organised in such a way as to prevent students from having to flip the paper several times; a national committee will be formed to review test items; removal of teachers’ names from the individual students’ reports; and teachers will also be involved in the marking of papers and the development of test items.“I am very pleased with the feedback and support we have been getting from all our stakeholders, and we intend to continue to listen and make adjustments where necessary and in keeping with the best interest of our children,” Senator Reid said.He said that the Ministry will be continuing the weekend PEP camps for students, teachers and parents as well as teachers’ sensitisation sessions across the island.He noted that over the last eight weeks, the Ministry has distributed a suite of materials to schools across the island, including practice items, registration manuals and sample test booklets.“The final set of key resources will be the official practice booklets and answers for both teachers and students, for which distribution will begin this week,” he indicated.Senator Reid noted that the PEP website should be fully operational by Friday of this week, adding that a PEP software application will be available in another two weeks.Meanwhile, he said Performance Task mock results for grade five have been distributed to schools. The mock test was conducted in June to assess the readiness of students for PEP.Overall, the results showed that 83 per cent of the students met or nearly met the standards for English Language; 48 per cent met or nearly met the standard for Mathematics; 52 per cent met or nearly met the standard for Social Studies; and 22 per cent met or nearly met the standard for Science.He said additional resources, such as specialist teachers, will be utilised to improve the results for Science.“The mock showed that greater support will have to be provided for teachers in the areas of drawing conclusions and taking informed actions, as well as gathering and evaluating sources, which were two of the areas assessed in the mock exam,” he said.He said the Ministry is pleased with the responses of the students and the effort that was made by teachers to understand and administer the assessment.“The signs are encouraging, and we now have tangible data to move forward,” he said.Senator Reid informed that the Ministry will continue to fine-tune the preparations for the administration of PEP, through extensive engagement with teachers, parents and other stakeholders. The Ability Test and Curriculum-Based Test components will be conducted in February 2019 and April 2019, respectively, as previously scheduled. Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, made the disclosure during a press briefing at his offices in Kingston on Wednesday (October 3)“That will allow us to grade and provide scores and placement of our students on schedule for June 2019,” he said. Story Highlights The Performance Task aspect of the Primary Exit Profile (PEP), previously scheduled for December, has been pushed back to March 2019.last_img read more

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe son of revered First Nations leader Elijah Harper is in a coma at a B.C. hospital following an attack by three people, APTN National News has learned.APTN spoke with Harper by phone, and Harper says that his son Grant was in Kelowna studying diving dynamics when the attack occurred. Police and family aren’t sure who was behind the attack, or if it was racially motivated.Elijah Harper is best known for saying “No” to the Meech Lake Accord when he was a member of the provincial legislature in Manitoba.last_img read more

first_imgLONDON – He once was Russia’s richest man, and then for 10 years its most famous prisoner. Now Mikhail Khodorkovsky wants to try a new mantle: godfather of Russian democracy.Khodorkovsky is playing a long game, looking well past the Russian presidential election on March 18 that is guaranteed to give President Vladimir Putin yet another six-year term.In a wide-ranging interview with The Associated Press ahead of the vote, Khodorkovsky warned that U.S. and European Union sanctions against Russia are fueling Putin’s domestic agenda instead of hurting him, and predicted more ugly Russian-U.S. relations in Putin’s next term.“For him and for those he represents, America is only good as an enemy,” Khodorkovsky said.Exiled and forced into managing his political movement remotely from London, Khodorkovsky’s own presidential ambitions appear to be fading, as the 54-year-old looks for younger proteges more likely to outlast the 65-year-old Putin.“I can do what I want and still die under Putin. Those who are today 20 or 30 are today planning how they will live afterward,” said the oligarch-turned-dissident, who spent a decade in prison seen as punishment for his political ambitions.Khodorkovsky was stripped of the bulk of his assets but is using his remaining fortune — around half a billion dollars — on a plan to re-imagine the Russian political system. He wants to put more power in the hands of parliament and regional legislatures.He’s not alone in thinking ahead. The outcome of the March 18 vote is so pre-ordained that many of Putin’s opponents are focusing instead on what happens when his term ends in 2024 — or beyond.Still, Khodorkovsky is urging people to “get off the couch” and vote next month, arguing against a boycott like that suggested by Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny. Khodorkovsky himself is barred from running because of his recent criminal record.His own presidential vote may go to Ksenia Sobchak, a 36-year-old Russian TV host. But Khodorkovsky has challenged her to clarify her positions first, to prove she’s not just a superficial effort to inject controversy and glamour into the largely tension-free race.“I don’t know if I will vote for her — or cross everyone out and write ‘I’m sick of Putin,’” Khodorkovsky said.Khodorkovsky says Navalny is too focused on seizing power to be a viable solution. Navalny is also barred from challenging Putin in the March election due to a conviction that supporters call politically motivated.“We don’t need a czar, good or bad. We need people who are ready to seek consensus,” Khodorkovsky said.Asked if he wants to run for president in 2024, Khodorkovsky said, “I am against anyone running to replace Putin. I think it’s a doomed position.”Contrary to whispers that the former oil tycoon would launch a political career upon his release from prison in 2013, Khodorkovsky has a longer-term strategy: a 10-year plan to lay stronger civil and political foundations in Russia for when the Putin regime is “swept away.”Khodorkovsky is ready to finance alternative leaders, particularly young ones. But he doesn’t want a revolution — he wants an evolution that focuses on policies not personalities.“If there’s a parliamentary system and a president is needed … that person should have minimal ambitions,” he said.And that person probably won’t be Khodorkovsky himself.He knows he’s widely disliked for making billions in the country’s turbulent 1990s while most Russians suffered bitterly. Known for his steely determination in business, Khodorkovsky bought up floundering state companies for a pittance, turned them around and used his resulting power to squeeze out rivals and minority shareholders.Asked how he responds to Russians who see him as a thief, Khodorkovsky sighs deeply and stares at the table. After a pause, he calls his fortune a “justified bonus” for his work.But unlike other Russian oligarchs, Khodorkovsky now enjoys an exceptional moral authority for surviving years in Russia’s dismal penal system and waging legal battles in a corrupt and troubled justice system.And his money speaks: funding his Open Russia political movement that supports opposition politicians, provides legal support for victims of rights abuse and runs media projects.He was pardoned in 2013 but the Kremlin still sees him as a threat — the Open Russia website and all affiliated domain names have been blocked in Russia since Christmas.Khodorkovsky “is relevant as long as he has his political movement … he wants to keep his possibilities open,” said Alexei Makarkin of the Center for Political Technologies in Moscow.“He has support in society – rather small, but it exists,” Makarkin said — and that could prove useful “if the machine of the state turns out to be not as durable as expected and suddenly collapses.”In the meantime, Khodorkovsky travels around Europe and the United States to meet like-minded Russians, invests in real estate and gives lectures at universities.He is bemused by the Russian security services’ haphazard attempts to keep tabs on him, but no longer fears for his life, rejecting the question with a nonchalant shrug.His voice rises, however, when railing against enemies — including today’s Russian oligarchs, who he says are too invested in the current system to stand up to Putin. He said a recent name-and-shame U.S. list of rich and powerful Russians means the oligarchs now face a life-changing choice.“Stay and work in Putin’s Russia, but then understand that from that moment on, you no longer have opportunities outside Russia’s borders. Or say, that’s it, we earned something, and now we need to get out of this game before it’s too late,” he said.He’s also frustrated that U.S. and EU sanctions — prompted by Russia’s 2014 annexation of Crimea and its support for separatists in eastern Ukraine — feed Putin’s argument that Russians’ problems are caused by the West.U.S. officials “say ‘we are helping the Russian opposition with sanctions.’ No, you are not helping,” he said.However he doesn’t think that Putin organized interference to ensure Donald Trump’s election in 2016.“America is a powerful democratic system and no czar, even with loyal hacker armies, is capable of deforming such a system,” he declared.last_img read more

first_imgJammu: Pakistani troops Sunday resorted to unprovoked ceasefire violations targeting forward posts and villages at four places along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch district, officials said.The firing was intense in the Krishna Ghati sector, where the Pakistani troops resorted to mortar shelling and firing by small arms from around 04.30 AM, which was retaliated to befittingly by the Indian Army, a defence spokesman said. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!He said the cross-border shelling between the two sides continued till 07.30 AM. There was no report of any casualty on the Indian side, he said.Officials said firing and shelling by Pakistan were also reported from the Balnoi and Mankote (both in Mendhar sector), besides from Shahpur sector, all in Poonch district, for a brief period in the early hours of Sunday.The firing was mild in nature and lasted for a brief period without causing any harm, they said. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killedOn late Saturday as well, the Pakistan army had targeted Indian positions In Sunderbani sector of Rajouri district for several hours.There has been a spurt in ceasefire violations by Pakistan after India’s preemptive air strike on a Jaish-e-Mohammed terror camp in Balakot on February 26 following the February 14 Pulwama terror attack in which 40 CRPF personnel were killed.Four civilians, including three members of a family, were killed and several others injured as Pakistan targeted over 80 villages in more than 100 incidents of ceasefire violations along the LoC in the state since then.The frequent ceasefire violations have caused panic among the border residents, forcing authorities to close down educational institutions within five km radius from the zero line in the twin districts of Poonch and Rajouri as a precautionary measure.However, most schools reopened a few days back after the intensity of the cross-border firing decreased.last_img read more