Rabat – The death toll in the Italian earthquake has risen to at least 247 as thousands of rescuers continue efforts to find survivors, local authorities said on Thursday morning.Dozens are believed trapped in ruined Amatrice, Accumoli and Pescara del Tronto, in mountainous central Italy.The search went on through the night, and there was a strong aftershock which rocked already damaged buildings. More than 4,300 rescuers are using heavy lifting equipment and their bare hands.Many of the victims were children, the health minister said, and there were warnings the toll could rise further.The 6.2-magnitude quake hit at 01:36 GMT on Wednesday 100km (65 miles) north-east of Rome.With MAP
Efforts are underway to ensure the early release of 20 fishermen of Thoothukudi detained in Sri Lanka on a charge of illegal fishing in Lankan waters, India’s Union Minister of State for Road Transport, Highways and Shipping Pon. Radhakrishnan said while talking to the media at the Thoothukudi airport, The Hindu newspaper reported.The fishermen from Threspuram, a hamlet in Thoothukudi, who ventured into the sea by three country boats, were detained by the Sri Lankan Navy on March 6. He said the Centre was keen on protecting the interests of fishermen and hence was taking swift action to secure the release of Indian fishermen whenever they were detained by the Sei Lankan Navy. Around 1,500 fishermen, who were held in Sri Lanka and other countries on various charges, had been released after efforts were taken by the Centre. The detention of Thoothukudi fishermen was brought to the notice of External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj. The Chief Minister, Jayalalithaa, had also forwarded letters twice to the Centre after the fishermen were detained seeking efforts to secure their release at the earliest, he said. (Colombo Gazette)
The search is on for the next Dean of Brock’s largest Faculty — the Faculty of Social Sciences.The University has put out a call for nominations and applications for the full-time appointment, which will commence on July 1, 2018 for an initial five-year term.The Faculty of Social Sciences — home to more than 5,000 undergraduate and graduate students — includes internationally renowned researchers, scholars and award-winning teachers who, along with staff, share a commitment to excellence and student success.“It’s a very diverse Faculty in terms of the program and dynamic research that goes on,” said Tom Dunk, Provost and Vice-President Academic.Within the Faculty of Social Sciences, students are encouraged and supported to develop a better understanding of how cultural, economic, political, psychological and social phenomena influence human behaviour. This is achieved through 12 undergraduate programs, 15 graduate programs, and the dedication of more than 200 full-time faculty and staff members.Reporting to the Provost and Vice President-Academic, the Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences will work with the Brock community to enrich student experience, build upon programming that offers advanced learning, research and scholarship opportunities, and actively support the professional development of faculty and staff.Dunk, who spent seven years as the Social Sciences Dean, said the Faculty is home to a “tremendous group of faculty members and wonderful programs.”“It was an honour and privilege to serve as the Dean of that Faculty,” he said. “It has such rich potential.”All expressions of interest, applications, related forms and nominations will be held in strict confidence and should be directed to Provost and Vice-President, Academic at Provost@brocku.ca.Consideration of candidates will begin immediately, with a deadline for applications of Oct. 27, 2017.The full job posting is available on the Careers @ Brock website.
As punishment, it said he had been “blown away from a gun”, a common method of execution used by the British to execute rebels which involved tying the person to the mouth of a cannon which was then fired. The note added that the skull had been brought back to Britain by “Captain (AR) Costello (late Capt. 7th Drag. Guards), who was on duty when Alum Bheg was executed”.But Dr Wagner says Mr Bheg was wrongly accused – and the real culprit was a local executioner who had a personal grudge against the British. Bheg was a member of a regiment whose members did mutiny in the location where the missionaries and doctor were killed, but wasn’t actually involved in the violence, he says. “My research shows he was actually innocent,” he told the Daily Telegraph. “Those murders did happen, and he was there, but he didn’t kill them. We know who did kill these people, and it was somebody else. The rolled-up, handwritten scrap of paper was inserted into an eye socket Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Storming of Delhi, Sepoy uprisingCredit:DEA / A. C. COOPER /De Agostini Editorial A skull found in a Kent pub should be repatriated and buried in India because it belongs to a man wrongly accused of murdering European missionaries, an academic believes. The skull was owned by a couple who inherited it after relatives took over the The Lord Clyde pub and discovered it in a back room in 1963. The couple passed it on to Dr Kim Wagner, an expert in imperial history at Queen Mary University, London, who began to investigate its provenance. He was helped by the fact that the skull came complete with a note which claimed to tell its history. The rolled-up, handwritten scrap of paper was inserted into an eye socket and said it was the skull of Havildar “Alum Bheg,” a leader in the mutiny of 1857 who murdered a group of missionaries and a doctor near Sialkot, which is now in Pakistan. It said he had been a “principal leader in the mutiny of 1857 & of a most ruffianly disposition. “He took possession (at the head of a small party) of the road leading to the fort, to which place all the Europeans were hurrying for safety. “His party surprised and killed Dr. Graham shooting him in his buggy by the side of his daughter. His next victim was the Rev. Mr. Hunter, a missionary, who was flying with his wife and daughters in the same direction. “After 1857 the punishment that the British meted out was quite indiscriminate. “There was very little concern about individual guilt.” As a result, he says the man’s skull should receive a respectful burial in his home country – particularly because the method of his death was a deliberate effort to stop a proper burial taking place. “It should be buried because the method of execution – he was blown from a cannon, so his body was physically destroyed.”That was intended, when the British did that in 1857, as a kind of spiritual punishment, so that the body could not be buried. “So that combined with the fact that the skull was then taken as a trophy, all points to the fact that it’s a kind of humiliation.”So my aim would be to bury it and put it to rest under respectful circumstances.”He said the British High Commission in India and the Royal Asiatic Society were involved in preliminary discussions about a possible repatriation, as well as non-Governmental Indian institutions. “There’s no real precedent for this kind of thing,” he added. The mutiny of July 1857 involved Indian soldiers rebelling against the British East India company, in part because they believed gun cartridges, which a soldier had to open with their teeth, were being greased with cow and pig fat, which would be forbidden by both Hindu and Muslim religions. “He murdered Mr Hunter, and his wife and daughters after being brutally treated were butchered by the road side.”It described him as “about 32 years of age; 5 feet 7 ½ inches high and by no means an ill looking native”.