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TOM GILMARTIN LAID TO REST IN INISHOWEN AS SON SAYS HE NEVER GOT APOLOGY

first_imgThe remains of the late Tom Gilmartin ar carried to the grave by family members as his wheelchair bound wife Vera looks on.The son of Mahon Tribunal whistleblower Tom Gilmartin said his father never got the apology he was owed by the Irish state.Thomas Gilmartin Jnr received a huge applause at St Michael’s Church in Urris earlier today as he remembered the life and times of his late father. Almost 200 mourners gathered at the picturesque church on the rugged Inishowen Peninsula overlooking Tullagh Bay.Family and friends gathered with locals as Tom, 78, whose wife Vera is a native of the area, was laid to rest in the adjoining cemetery.Tom’s son Thomas Jnr broke with the normal tradition to read his eulogy in memory of his father at the start of mass.During his touching tribute to his father, he occasionally looked towards the coffin containing his father. On top of the coffin lay two pictures of a young Mr Gilmartin alone and one with his beloved wife Vera.Thomas Jnr told how his father was touched by corruption from an early age – even before he started his career.“Unfortunately as is very common in the Ireland of the 1940s and 1950s, opportunities to make the most of his God given talents were few and far between.“Nonetheless he managed to get a place in Agricultural college and did so well in his exams that he was told to get ready to com to Dublin to take up a job in the Civil Service.“A short time later he was told that his place had been taken by someone else that had not done nearly as well – but someone that had a relative well-placed.”When he returned from England to work in England he found it was a  similar place that he had left all those years ago. “Unfortunately my father was let down by people for whom moral scruples or the type my father lived by was seen as a weakness.“Later he never wavered his commitment to the truth even when subjected to extraordinary pressure.“He would never perjure himself even when it was disadvantageous for him to tell the truth such was his honestly and his religious faith.“Dad loved his country and was a proud Irishman. It truly grieved him as the son of a man who fought for the independence of his country to see the sacrifices of his father’s generation disregarded by lesser men. “It is a source of great sadness to us his family that dad was never truly given the credit he deserved for what he did or the apology he was owed for what was done to him. He deserved better.“But that era was only a drop in the ocean compared to his life as a whole,” he said.A native of Lislary, Co Sligo, Mr Gilmartin spent much of his working life in Luton, Bedfordshire, before acquiring land in west Dublin for a planned shopping centre.His name will forever be linked to a shopping centre, originally planned for Quarryvale, which subsequently became the Liffey Valley Shopping Centre, after Mr Gilmartin was squeezed out of the project.His payments to Fianna Fáil politicians and his allegations of bribery demands from others led to his becoming a key witness in the Quarryvale module of the Mahon Tribunal.Mr Gilmartin latterly lived in Cork with his family.He died peacefully at Cork University Hospital last Friday morning.Thomas Jnr also remember the lighter moments of his father’s life and how he loved only very strong tea – with a “teabag or four.”He revealed how Tom had returned to his native Sligo a year ago for the last time.“Dad always remained a proud Sligo man and took time to tell stories there about his adventures as a young man. And 40 odd years in England did not even leave the slightest trace on his accent.“Going back there last year on what would be his final visit home was a great privilege for my wife and myself. As we walked along the shoreline beside his birthplace it was if as if he was reliving his boyhood and it was very moving to see a mixture of joy and sadness in him as he did.”As he fought back tears, Thomas Jnr added he genuinely thought his father was a one-off.“It is sometimes an exaggeration to say that we will not see someone’s like again. But in my father’s case it is true. He was a one off,” he said.He added that his own life with be a lot quieter and a lot less colourful place without his dad to talk to.“I was blessed to have him as my beloved father”As Tom Gilmartin was lowered to his final resting place, his family including his four children and wheelchair-bound wife Vera dropped yellow and red roses on top of his coffin.The bright floral tributes contrasted starkly to the grey skyline of the Inishowen Peninsula under which Tom Gilmartin was laid to rest forever.TOM GILMARTIN LAID TO REST IN INISHOWEN AS SON SAYS HE NEVER GOT APOLOGY was last modified: November 26th, 2013 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)last_img read more

Quartz Hill High golfer at the fore

first_imgQUARTZ HILL – The dramatic improvements Quartz Hill High girls’ golf senior standout Ayla Friga made in her game – the result of offseason training she and her teammates did on their own – were apparent at the start of the season, when she shaved seven strokes off her game from last year. Her ability to handle pressure and shrug off setbacks is a more recent development in her career. All the above-mentioned areas she’s progressed in came together for Friga on Monday at the Southern Section’s Southern Division individual championships at Soboda Springs Country Club in Mt. San Jacinto. Friga, who shot a 78 on the 18-hole par-72 course, was the Golden League’s only golfer to qualify for Thursday’s Southern Section individual-championship round at Diamond Bar Country Club. “More than anything it’s been her mental game that’s developed, especially in the last few weeks,” Manthey said. “I was just really proud of the way she sees battle. It just seemed like she refocused the rest of the way.” Friga is among 90 golfers who will compete in Thursday’s Southern Section final, of which 28 advance to Monday’s Southern California individual championships at the Southern California Golf Association’s Members Course in Murrieta. The state meet will start Nov. 15. Friga hopes to be Quartz Hill’s first Southern California championship qualifier in three years. “If she plays like she did yesterday, she definitely has a shot,” Manthey said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’Quartz Hill junior Katie Dilger shot a 78, and Lancaster’s Amber Frauhiger shot a 100. “For a girl to go from being our No. 4 golfer last year to (the Southern Section championships), that’s a huge accomplishment,” Quartz Hill coach Stu Manthey said. Friga finished strong, shooting 1-under-par over her final five holes, including shooting a birdie on the last hole. Friga had shot bogies on her previous four holes before her late run. Her performance Monday typified the progression of her career. last_img read more

Arrests Made in Recent Whiteside Cove Community Break Ins

first_imgDeputies with the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office have made arrests in recent breaking and enterings in the Whiteside Cove Community located in Cashiers.  Charged and arrested are the following persons:Austin Chandler Langley, Heady Mountain Road, Cashiers, NC.  DOB 1/5/1995Breaking and Entering of a Motor Vehicle; Larceny of a Firearm; Possessing a Stolen Firearm; Breaking and Entering; Larceny after Breaking and Entering; Possession of Stolen Property.  Arrested on February 16, 2017 and given a $50,000 bond.Chandler Dillion Langley, Heady Mountain Road, Cashiers, NC.  DOB 10/11/2000.Breaking and Entering of a Motor Vehicle; Larceny of a Firearm; Possessing a Stolen Firearm; Breaking and Entering; Larceny after Breaking and Entering; Possession of Stolen Property.  Arrested on February 6, 2017 and given a $40,000 bond.Charged but not arrested as of yet is Brandon James Mathis, DOB of 5/2/1990, of Tuckasegeelast_img read more

Bulls win Cape Epic for second time

first_img30 March 2009Despite its fearsome reputation, this year’s Absa Cape Epic, which ended in Lourensford on Saturday, saw only 118 riders of the 1 196 cyclists that had entered the eight-day event fail to finish. It was the highest percentage of finishers in the history of the race, even though many participants felt it was the toughest edition of the Cape Epic yet.Known as “the Magical and Untamed African MTB race”, this year’s event, brought together many of the world’s leading mountain biking competitors, for seven gruelling stages, covering 685 kilometres.The early pace in the race was set by the powerful combination of Switzerland’s Christoph Sauser, the cross-country mountain bike world champion and South Africa’s Burry Stander, the world under-23 cross-country champion.Altered the outcomeRiding as Songo.info, the pair dominated proceedings, building up a six-minute lead, until the kind of mishap that can happen at any time in a tough event like the Cape Epic occurred and incontrovertibly altered the outcome of the race.Heading down a downhill track near Greyton, during stage four, Stander had an accident and destroyed the front wheel of his bicycle. Max Knox, one of South Africa’s top MTB competitors, in a magnanimous gesture gave his bike to Stander so that Songo.info could carry on.They eventually finished 20 minutes behind the stage winners in ninth place, but worse was yet to come for the former race leaders. The race referees, after a number of teams had objected to the help received by Stander, penalised Songo.info a further 15 minutes. Later, this was extended to an hour when Sauser admitted that Stander’s broken bike had been carried by a third party.Bulls in the leadFrom being comfortably in charge of the race, the Swiss/South African combination tumbled down the standings and out of serious contention, leaving the way clear for Team Bulls, consisting of the German duo of Karl Platt and Stefan Sahm, to take the stage victory and move into the overall lead.It would prove hard to dislodge them from first place. After all, Platt and Sahm had finished runners-up in 2008 and had won the race in 2007.The stage win by Team Bulls came at a price, however, and it required a tremendous amount of courage from Karl Platt to ensure they took the line honours. He had dislocated a shoulder in the race’s prologue and dislocated it once more on the fourth stage.Songo.info stage winsSauser and Stander fought back on the next stage, pushing hard to stand atop the podium for the stage. In fact, the Songo.info riders captured five of the seven stages, as well as the prologue, but they couldn’t overcome the time they lost on stage five.Victory on the last day went to Spain’s Lukas and Mathias Fluckiger, with the South African combination of Brandon Stewart and Max Knox, Team DCM Chrome, finishing second.They were followed across the line by the Multivgan Merida team of Germany’s Hannes Genze and Jochen Kaess. Fourth place was shared by Platt and Sahm of Team Bulls, who finished arm-in-arm with Songo.info’s Sauser and Stander.Overall winAlthough Team Bulls took the overall win, it was only on stage four that they finished ahead of Songo.info. They claimed the overall title with a time of 28 hours, 10 minutes, 13.8 seconds.It was a third victory in the event for Platt who, besides his win with Sahm in 2007, also took the honours in 2004 with Namibia’s Mannie Heymans.Second place went to the Trek-Brentjens team of Bart Brentjens, from the Netherlands, and Chris Jongewaard, from Australia, in 28 hours, 15 minutes, 07.9 seconds.Sweden’s Emil Lindgren and Switzerland’s Andreas Klugler, racing as Felt Factory 2, finished in third place.The top South African team was the MTN Energade combination of Kevin Evans and David George, who picked up the Best African Team award. Songo.info, the dominant team in the race, had to settle for sixth position.Women’s winThe Absa Ladies team of England’s Sharon Laws and South Africa’s Hanlie Booyens dominated the ladies’ race. They won every stage, which gave them a convincing overall victory.Laws and Booyens finished in 37 hours, 18 minutes and 20 seconds, over five hours ahead of second placed Robyn Adendorff and Sarah van Heerden of WSP – Jeep Girls, an all-South African team. Another South African pair, Nolene Saunders and Sarah Wielopolska, racing as Tread Magazine, took third place.MixedMountain Bike Hall of Fame member Alison Syder captured the mixed title with South Africa’s Nico Pfitzenmaier in 32 hours, 13 minutes, 09.5 seconds. Racing as the Adidas Tree team, they ended nearly 40 minutes ahead of Epic rookies, Esther Suss and Marcel Bartholet of Switzerland, competing as Team Wheeler iXS Pro.IMC/Momentum GT/Activeworx – an all South African duo, made up of Yolanda Speedy and Paul Cordes – completed the podium positions.MastersThere was a fantastic dice for honours in the Masters category. Victory went to Doug Brown of South Africa and Barti Bucher of Switzerland, the Absa Masters, who finished just over three minutes ahead of Cycle Lab Toyota’s Shan Wilson and Andrew Mclean.Over three-and-a-half hours further back, Doug Andrews and Rich Bartlett of the USA secured third place.The Absa Cape Epic is the most widely televised mountain bike race in the world. The 2008 race was broadcast in more than 175 countries in 17 languages.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

After Months Of Waiting, Facebook Surges In Opening Moments As A Public Company [UPDATED]

first_imgA Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Related Posts The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos dave copelandcenter_img Tags:#Facebook#web Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification From here on out, Facebook will not be measured by the number of registered users, the number of photos being uploaded every minute or the number of likes and comments left by its more than 900 million members.Facebook became a publicly traded company at 11:30 a.m. Eastern Friday, and from here on out, Facebook will first and foremost be measured by its share price.Founder Mark Zuckerberg rang the opening bell of Nasdaq, where his company will be listed under the symbol FB. The bell, which Zuckerberg rang remotely from the company’s Menlo Park headquarters, was rigged to automatically update his Facebook status to say he had listed a company on the exchange. The sheer volume of orders for the stock delayed the start of trading by 30 minutes, as traders were flooded with change orders. Zuckerberg had been expected to make comments after U.S. markets opened at 9:30 a.m. Eastern but had not issued a statement by the time Facebook shares started trading two hours later. Facebook’s share price was set at $38 late Thursday night but quickly rose to $42.99 after 421 million shares of Facebook started trading. [UPDATE: After that increase, the share price dropped back to its initial sale price where it hovered for the rest of the morning.] Analysts and investors were expecting a day of high volume and volatility, as early investors cashed in shares, and people getting their first crack at owning Facebook placed orders through retail brokers. Nasdaq IT officials were on a morning-long conference call to make sure the volume – which is estimated to be at least 500 million shares traded – did not crash the exchange’s order-processing system.It was the third-largest initial public offering in history, netting $16 billion and valuing Facebook at $104.2 billion. It was also arguably the biggest tech story on Wall Street since Google went public in 2004.“The more we talk about it, the more people at home are going to say ‘I want to own a piece of Facebook’ and not just go on Facebook,” CNBC analyst Jim Cramer told viewers just after Nasdaq opened at 9:30 a.m. ET Friday.  “It could overwhelm the market – there is Facebook, which is fabulous, and there is everything else, which is the worst market we have seen in years.”In spite of grim financial news for the broader markets – and repeated warnings from Cramer that naive investors would run up the price of Facebook – the IPO had a celebratory feel to it, coming a decade after the dot-com bubble burst and five years into a global recession. Anchors on financial news networks wore hoodies over their shirts and ties in deference to Zuckerberg’s trademark outfit. One CNBC commentator called the buildup to the start of trading “the business news equivalent of a car chase.” A beaming Zuckerberg was shown flanked by employees, including COO Sheryl Sandberg, as he rang the Nasdaq opening bell in the early-morning hours following the company’s 31st hackathon. Television reporters camped outside the campus gave a blow-by-blow account of what was happening at Facebook at dawn local time, including updates that employees stayed up all night binging on Red bull, working on code, playing roller hockey, ordering Chinese food and making runs to In-N-Out Burger.Still, all of the optimism was tempered by persistent and familiar fears that the company may be overvalued. Facebook opened with a valuation 100 times greater than its earnings for the previous 12 months. If Facebook stumbles, it will have a far-reaching ripple effect across the tech sector and the broader economy.“Facebook is the component that will make or break the IPO market,” Scott Sweet, of IPO Boutique, told Dow Jones. “It is so powerful and there is so much demand that if the IPO didn’t work, the IPO pipeline would immediately freeze.”last_img read more

Kalmadi condoles death of wrestler Chandgi Ram

first_imgIndian Olympic Association president Suresh Kamladi has condoled the death of 1970 Asian Games wrestling champion ‘Master’ Chandgi Ram, who passed away on Tuesday morning following a cardiac arrest.READ STORY: ‘Master’ Chandgi Ram passes away “The world of wrestling and, in fact, Indian sport will be poorer by Master Chandgi Ram’s absence,” Kalmadi said in his condolence message.”The remarkable thing about Master Chandgi Ram is that he continued to contribute to wrestling way beyond his active career. He encouraged women to take to the sport and set up an akhara in Delhi so that girls could play the sport, driving them to follow their dreams and carve a niche for themselves,” Kalmadi said.Ram, a recipient of the prestigious Arjuna and Padma Shri awards, served as Additional Director of Sports in Haryana and was conferred with the titles of ‘Hind Kesari’, ‘Bharat Kesari’, ‘Bharat Bhim’, ‘Rustom-e-Hind’ and ‘Maha Bharat Kesari’.The most impressive feat of Ram’s international career was the gold in 100 kg category in the 1970 Asian Games in Bangkok, where he defeated world champion Amvani Abuifazi of Iran en route the title.He also represented India in the 1972 Olympics in Munich.”For a man of his achievements, including the titles of Bharat Kesri and Rustom-E-Hind, Master Chandgi Ram has a genial presence. His stint in the Jat Regiment of the Indian Army and then as a school teacher, coupled with his sense of humour made him a towering figure in Indian wrestling history,” the IOA chief said.Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda also expressed deep sorrow and grief over Ram’s demise.advertisementIn his condolence message, Hooda said Chandgi Ram was a great wrestler who always kept the Indian tri-colour flying high at international championships.He said Ram would be long remembered for his contribution to Indian wrestling.last_img read more

B-town veterans return with notable roles after forgettable outings

first_imgAn actor may fade away from the screen but rarely goes away from the hearts of loyal fans, thus goes the popular belief. The notion gets a re-confirmation each time a popular actor recognised for his or her skill, style or talent makes a comeback on the screen and brings back lost glory. Blame it on the irony of the fickle ways of showbiz that actors usually come with an expiry date and have to struggle with the dreaded ‘shelf life’. Collage of Bollywood veterns.In Bollywood especially, the affinity for unimaginative characters and dearth of writers trying to create novel characters that may suit seasoned actors is a major reason seniors vanish from the scene much before they deserve to. When Tabu made a poignant appearance in Vishal Bharadwaj’s Haider, it was a delightful treat for the audience waiting for the return of the National Award-winning actress. Known for her understated yet impactful performances, Tabu played Haider’s mother Ghazala, a character that was Bharadwaj’s interpretation of Queen Gertrude in William Shakespeare’s Hamlet.Coming after her disappointing and cliched appearance role as Salman Khan’s didi in her last outing, Jai Ho!, Tabu’s fans were relieved to see the actress finally get a role that does justice to her talent. Her role in Haider negated Bollywood’s unwritten rule that senior actresses are good enough to just play insignificant supporting roles as mother or elder sister or bhabhi .If Haider was a pleasant departure for Tabu fans who wished to see more of her beyond her appearances in Jai Ho! and Ang Lee’s Life Of Pi (where she had a blink-and-miss role as hero Suraj Sharma’s mother), megastar of the ’90s Govinda looks all set to return with a couple of interesting roles in the weeks to come. Govinda, who ruled the screen with his spontaneity and raw appeal, and made a quirky style statement with his yellow pants in his heydays, conspicuously took a back seat over the last decade as globalisation made urban cool and trendy fashion the buzzwords in Bollywood.advertisementThe actor mostly struggled over the past decade barring the mega success of David Dhavan’s Partner, disappointing fans with badly-made duds such as Life Partner, Do Knot Disturb, Money Hai Toh Honey Hai, Naughty @ 40 and Loot, and his only appearance lately was a forgettable cameo in Akshay Kumar’s Holiday. The return of Govinda and his brand of pink-pant panache in Shaad Ali’s Kill Dil has therefore created a buzz.He plays the antagonist in the film, mixing his brand of comedy with swagger. Govinda also has Saif Ali Khan’s next production Happy Ending, where his trademark dances has already emerged as the highlight of the film. Next year, he will be seen playing Ranbir Kapoor’s father in Jagga Jasoos, and has a vital role in the remake of Hero, which introduces Suraj Pancholi and Athiya Shetty.Rekha remained the undisputed queen of marquee for long before her talent was reduced to playing Hrithik’s mom and grand mom in Koi Mil Gaya and Krrish.Her appearances in duds such as Bachke Rehna Re Baba and Kudiyon Ka Hai Zamana saddened hardcore fans. If Rekha’s recent chirpy appearances on Bigg Boss and Comedy Nights With Kapil is anything to go by, it was clearly her way of connecting with the masses.She returns as Sharman Joshi’s grand mom in Inder Kumar’s Super Nani based on the hit Gujarati play Baa Ae Mari Boundary. Rekha will also play Noor in Abhishek Kapoor’s Fitoor, a Bollywood interpretation of the coldhearted Miss Havisham in Charles Dicken’s Great Expectation. Film buffs who considered Amitabh Bachchan and Rekha as the biggest onscreen pair can hope for some fireworks as R. Balki promises to unite the duo in his upcoming Shamitabh.TABULatest avatar: As Ghazala in Vishal Bharadwaj’s HaiderRECENT FILMS: Jai Ho (2014), Life Of Pi (2012), Cheeni Kum (2007), The Namesake (2007)Why fans want her back: National Award-winning Tabu has been one of the most natural performers, who took her films to another level with her moving portrayal in films such as Vishal Bharadwaj’s Maqbool based on William Shakespeare’s Macbeth, Madhur Bhandarkar’s Chandni Bar and Gulzar’s Maachis. The reclusive actress shifted base to Hyderabad and reportedly turned down film offers for long. By effectively narrating the complexity of Ghazala, a woman caught in complex situation, Tabu reconfirmed her importance in Bollywood.ASHUTOSH RANALatest avatar: As Alia Bhatt’s strict dad in Humpty Sharma Ki DulhaniyaRECENT FILMS: Desi Kattey (2014), Zila Ghaziabad (2013), Ata Pata Laapata (2012), Kismet Love Paisa Dilli (2012) Why fans want him back: In the late ’90s, Rana emerged as one of Bollywood’s most promising villains after his role of a sinister psycho in Dushman and a transgender killer in Sangharsh. With roles becoming more realistic and with heroes taking over negative roles, Rana’s brand of loud villainy lost ground over the past decade. He returned to public eye playing the heroine’s conservative, strict father in Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhaniya. The role was a tribute to Amrish Puri’s character in the evergreen Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge.advertisementJACKIE SHROFFLatest avatar: As the villain Charan Grover in Happy New YearRecent films: Gang Of Ghosts (2014), Dhoom 3 (2013), Aurangzeb (2013), Shootout At Wadala (2013)Why fans want him back: A look at the forgettable roles he has been offered lately would make it seem impossible to believe that Jackie was the ultimate hero of the ’80s, who would make women go weak on their knees much before the six-pack era. Jaggu dada, as he was popularly known, was a lovable B-town hunk who carried his nonchalant persona of real life onto the screen. Last memorable outing was as the flamboyant Chunni babu in Devdas, after which he appeared in series of forgettable characters. Playing Aamir’s dad in Dhoom 3 and the villain in SRK’s Happy New Year has brought him back to the limelightREKHALatest avatar: Plays a jestful grandmom in Inder Kumar’s Super Nani, opening this weekRecent films: Sadiyaan (2010), Yatra (2007), Kudiyon Ka Hai Zamana (2006), Bachke Rahna Re Baba (2005)Why fans want him back: Rekha has remained a Bollywood diva for decades despite some dismal choice of films over the past few years. Ironically, she picked a few disastrous films which left her career graph in the lurch after films such as Raj Kumar Santoshi’s Lajja and Rakesh Roshan’s Koi Mil Gaya. Known to be a recluse, Rekha showed her uninhibited side when she interacted with the masses on TV shows to promote Super Nani, her new film. She playfully dropped Amitabh Bachchan’s name to revive old rumours on Bigg Boss 8. The legendary onscreen pair is all set to reunite in R. Balki’s Shamitabh. Next year, Rekha plays a desi Miss Havesham in Fitoor, a Bollywood interpretation of Charles Dicken’s Great Expectations.KAY KAY MENONLatest avatar: As Khurram in Vishal Bharadwaj’s HaiderRECENT FILMS: Raja Natwarlal (2014), Any Body Can Dance (2013), Gulaal (2007), Life In A… Metro (2007) Why fans want him back: Starting out as a promising TV actor, Kay Kay shot to fame with Sudhir Mishra’s Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi and later in Anurag Kashyap’s Black Friday. Kay Kay came in the mainstream league by making a strong statement as an unfaithful husband in Life In A… Metro and as a wayward son in Sarkar. He made a presence by deliberately picking small yet influential roles in prominent films over the last decade. He was applauded as Khurram the slimy politician in an incestuous relationship with his sister-in-law in Haider. In 2015, he will be seen in Neeraj Pandey’s Baby and Anuraag Kashyap’s Bombay Velvet.GOVINDALatest avatar: As the antagonist in Kill Dil and a hyper superstar in Happy Ending, both films set to release in November.Recent films: Holiday (2014), Loot (2011), Naughty @ 40 (2011), Raavan (2010), Do Knot Disturb (2009)advertisementWhy fans want him back: Many among the’90s audience associated big-screen entertainment with Govinda’s brand of rustic slapstick and quirky dancing. His upcoming outing shows him donning pink pants with elan, as he return as the villain Bhaiyaji in Shaad Ali’s Kill Dil. The new generation gets a taste of Govinda-style dancing in song G phaad k in Saif Ali Khan’s Happy Ending. He will also be seen in Neeraj Pandey’s Baby and Anurag Kashyap’s Jagga Jasoos.last_img read more

SEE PIC: Neil Nitin Mukesh gets engaged, wedding next year

first_imgNeil Nitin Mukesh is no more an eligible bachelor. The grandson of legendary singer Mukesh got engaged to Mumbai-based Rukmini Sahay at a ceremony attended by close family and friends.ALSO READ: Neil Nitin Mukesh’s mother wants to be his girlfriend in the next birth In case you were wondering there was no buzz about him dating someone, here’s the dope. The 34-year-old actor chose to take the arranged marriage route, and the wedding is set to take place next year.The ceremony took place at a Juhu hotel in Mumbai on Tuesday (October 11).Rukmini belongs to the aviation industry and both the families know each other well.Talking about his daughter-in-law to be, Neil’s father Nitin Mukesh says the family is “ecstatic” that Neil will finally settle down.”Neil is quite old school in his ways and is a firm believer in the traditional school of thought when it comes to the sacred institution of marriage. He left the decision of finding his soulmate in his parents’ trusted hands and there couldn’t have been a better match for him than Rukmini,” Nitin Mukesh told IANS.He said the bride-to-be has “already won the hearts” of the Mukesh family “with her simplicity and upbringing”.”She reflects the values and traditions that Neil has been raised with and complements him in every way possible. The celebrations to the final countdown have already begun,” Nitin Mukesh added.For the ceremony, Neil, 34, was seen sporting a black sherwani, while Rukmini, 27, flaunted a traditional look in a pink-and-blue heavily embellished lehenga. A simple gajra enhanced her look, even as she looked excited for her special day with Neil, as seen in some photographs that emerged on social media.advertisementAccording to a source in the know of the developments, Neil and Rukmini were in a courtship for a month.Neil is known for films like Johnny Gaddaar, New York, David, 7 Khoon Maaf and Wazir. He has also moved into a new pad in Andheri, Mumbai.last_img read more

State of emergency declared evacuations ordered amid central BC wildfire

first_imgFRASER LAKE, B.C. — An out-of-control wildfire in central British Columbia has prompted a local state of emergency and several evacuations.The Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako issued a state of emergency Saturday night and ordered people to leave an area near the community of Lejac, about five kilometres east of Fraser Lake.An evacuation alert is in place for a larger area, meaning people there have to be ready to leave at a moment’s notice.The BC Wildfire Service says the blaze was discovered on Friday, May 3.As of Saturday night, it was estimated to be about 260 hectares in size and was considered to be zero per cent contained.Twenty firefighters, four air tankers and several pieces of heavy equipment have been deployed to fight the fire.The Canadian Presslast_img

Governments continue to ignore Jordans Principle

first_imgAPTN National NewsThere is growing frustration in the Nova Scotia community of Pictou Landing.That’s where a mother is trying to get help for her severely disabled son.She’s got the support of her First Nation, but so far, governments are dragging their feet.APTN National News reporter Taryn Della finds out that governments are still reluctant to play by the rules of Jordan’s Principle.last_img