Baghdad enclave mayor wounded

first_img160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Al-Daraji is a soft-spoken sheik whose office has been a regular stop for U.S. military officers in Sadr City. Early this month, U.S. and Iraqi forces moved into Sadr City and have been trying to establish two garrisons there. Throughout Baghdad, U.S. forces plan to operate out of 100 neighborhood garrisons in the next month as part of the new offensive to secure the city, the American commander in charge of Baghdad said Thursday. Nearly 80 such garrisons are already operating. The increase in outposts is part of the plan to put U.S. troops back on the streets, living among Iraqis and making their presence felt, he said. Thousands of additional U.S. troops are expected to enter the Baghdad area by May to bolster forces here. “So far, the indicators are they’ll do real well,” the American commander, Maj. Gen. Joseph F. Fil Jr., said of the garrisons. “But we do expect them to be challenged.” The expansion of the garrisons is essentially a repudiation of the military policy of the last two years, in which U.S. troops spent more time on bases and much less time patrolling or interacting with Iraqis. BAGHDAD, Iraq – Gunmen ambushed a convoy on Thursday that was carrying the mayor of the sprawling Shiite area known as Sadr City, seriously wounding him and complicating U.S. efforts to rein in a powerful Shiite militia there. The attack killed Lt. Col. Muhammad Motashar, the director of the Sadr City police station. The mayor, Rahim al-Daraji, has led negotiations with the Americans over what to do about the militia, the Mahdi Army, which has rebelled twice against the Iraqi government and the U.S. military. Al-Daraji has lobbied the Americans to finance reconstruction projects that would bring jobs to his impoverished neighborhood, an approach U.S. commanders say could help disarm the largely unemployed men in the Mahdi Army. last_img read more

NY police arrest fan who attacked wrestler at WWE event

first_imgPhoto from WWE.comNEW YORK — Bret “The Hitman” Hart is OK after the famous wrestler was tackled by a spectator while he was giving a speech during the WWE Hall of Fame ceremony at Barclays Center.The man was promptly subdued by several people who came to Hart’s defense on Saturday night.ADVERTISEMENT Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte View comments PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LATEST STORIES Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess A law enforcement official told The Associated Press a 26-year-old man was in custody and facing criminal charges. The official was not authorized to discuss to the case and spoke on condition of anonymity.Several shocked onlookers posted footage of the incident online.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThe induction event resumed after the fan was taken into custody. Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nets bolster playoff hopes with win against Bucks MOST READlast_img read more

5 Pak athletes held for shouting Go Nawaz Go

first_imgFrom M ZulqernainLahore, Apr 22 (PTI) Five Pakistani athletes were today arrested for shouting “Go Nawaz Go” against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif during an annual sports event here, two days after he escaped disqualification in a corruption case.”The railways police arrested five young athletes for chanting Go Nawaz Go during the speech of Railways Minister Khawaja Saad Rafique at the railways headquarters in Lahore,” an official told PTI.The official said the minister ordered his staff to stop those chanting slogans against the prime minister.”However, when the five athletes refused to comply with the ministers order, the railways police intervened and took them into custody. The police also tortured them for raising slogans against the prime minister,” the official said.Although railways spokesman Najam Wali claimed that the athletes have been set free, the railways police have summoned their parents to settle the matter. “The young sportsmen will be allowed to go home after they and their parents tender a written apology,” the official said.Opposition Pakistan Tahreek-i-Insaf and Pakistan Peoples Party said the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz has been unnerved after the Supreme Courts decision in the Panama Papers leaks case two days ago.”Now from ever nook and corner of the country Go Nawaz GO slogan will be raised and how many the government will arrest,” said Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf leader Ejaz Chaudhry.The Supreme Court though found that the evidence against Sharif was “insufficient”, it ordered the constitution of a joint investigation team to probe the allegations of corruption against him and his family.advertisementThe high-profile case is about alleged money laundering by Sharif in 1990s when he twice served as the prime minister to purchase assets in London. The assets surfaced when Panama Papers leaks last year showed that they were managed through offshore companies owned by Sharifs children. PTI MZ ABH AKJ ABHlast_img read more

Jamaicans Urged to Prepare for Fourth Industrial Revolution

first_imgStory Highlights Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, Dr. the Hon. Andrew Wheatley, is urging Jamaicans to prepare themselves to benefit from the opportunities to emerge from the fourth industrial revolution, which, he says, the entire world is already experiencing. The Minister was speaking at the launch of the Dr. Andrew Wheatley Centre for Digital Innovation and Advanced Manufacturing at the Caribbean Maritime University (CMU) on Wednesday (November 15). He noted that skills will be needed to bridge the gap between engineering and computer science, machine learning and artificial intelligence. Therefore, Jamaicans need to start seeking the necessary training that will make them qualified for jobs. Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, Dr. the Hon. Andrew Wheatley, is urging Jamaicans to prepare themselves to benefit from the opportunities to emerge from the fourth industrial revolution, which, he says, the entire world is already experiencing.This fourth wave of industrial development is characterised by a fusion of digitalisation and automation in order to make machines smart, interactive and easy to use.It builds on the third revolution that has been occurring since the middle of the last century, and involves the use of electronics and information technology to automate production.“These new technologies will have a significant impact on the way we live and work. In fact, we are seeing, every day, that new types of robots are being built; robots that will now interact with humans. This revolution will challenge all our industries. It will change our economy and it will definitely change our lives,” the Minister said.He noted that skills will be needed to bridge the gap between engineering and computer science, machine learning and artificial intelligence. Therefore, Jamaicans need to start seeking the necessary training that will make them qualified for jobs.“We have to upgrade existing skills, reskill and learn to collaborate and coexist with intelligent machines. This technological revolution is multifaceted and its implications are transformational.With digitalisation, opportunities will be created for entrepreneurs and businesses while bringing enormous benefits to consumers,” he added.The Minister was speaking at the launch of the Dr. Andrew Wheatley Centre for Digital Innovation and Advanced Manufacturing at the Caribbean Maritime University (CMU) on Wednesday (November 15).The Centre will facilitate training in 3D laser scanning and advanced manufacturing, including drone technology.It is the first and only innovation centre in the English-speaking Caribbean that will facilitate research and development aimed at digital transformation.It seeks to attract talented student designers, creators and engineers, and will be available to students, faculty and industry practitioners who want to utilise additive manufacturing for co-innovation in a research-based environment. The Centre will perform a variety of rapid prototyping and low-volume part manufacturing.Dr. Wheatley welcomed the Centre and pointed to the need for other such facilities in the island.“I believe that this Centre provides an opportunity for us to explore our innovative capacity as a people. We need to move away from being mere consumers of technology, to become innovators of technology,” he said.The Dr. Andrew Wheatley Centre for Digital Innovation and Advanced Manufacturing has the most sophisticated fleet of Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) 3D printers in Jamaica.There are 16 such printers, including one professional-grade printer used in manufacturing environments by big brands such as General Motors, BMW, Boeing and others.last_img read more