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first_imgLAUSANNE, AP:The verdict in former FIFA President Sepp Blatter’s appeal against a six-year ban for unethical conduct will be announced on Monday.The Court of Arbitration for Sport said yesterday it will publish the ruling at 3 p.m. Swiss time ( 9 a.m. Ja time).Blatter has repeatedly denied wrongdoing in authorising a $2 million payment to Michel Platini in 2011. They claimed it was uncontracted salary for France great Platini advising Blatter from 1999 to 2002.FIFA’s ethics committee ruled the payment was a conflict of interest in 2011 just as a FIFA presidential election campaign was starting and banned both for eight years last December. FIFA’s appeal committee cut the bans to six years.Platini, who gave evidence for Blatter at a 14-hour hearing in August, previously had his ban cut to four years at CAS.Though a different three-member panel judged Blatter’s case, it would typically be obliged to respect the precedent of the Platini case which was based on much of the same evidence.Swiss federal prosecutors opened criminal proceedings against Blatter in September 2015 when details of the “disloyal payment” to Platini emerged. Both men were questioned at FIFA headquarters by Swiss investigators who waited for them outside an executive committee meeting.The case ended then-FIFA vice president Platini’s chance to replace Blatter as president, and also forced him out of UEFA.last_img read more

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first_imgOne day after having his services terminated as Region Five (Mahaica-Berbice) Regional Representative of the Office of the Prime Minister, controversial Member of the Alliance For Change (AFC) Abel Seetaram made hisAbel Seetaram at the Blairmont Magistrate’s Court on Tuesdayfirst court appearance on Tuesday the face dangerous driving charges.The matter was called on Monday at the Blairmont Magistrate’s Court but Seetaram did not make an appearance. He had not appeared on either of the two previous occasions the matter was called.However one day after he was fired as the Prime Ministerial Representative to Region Five, he went to court.Seetaram has been charged with dangerous driving, breach of insurance and being an unlicensed driver. He is still to answer to those charges.On May 8 around 21:00h, Seetaram allegedly lost control of the Government vehicle he was driving and ripped through the Bushlot Market fence, damaging a section of a nearby building.It was also alleged that at the time of the accident, he was under the influence of alcohol.Divisional Commander, Assistant Commissioner Ian Amsterdam had told the media that the Police were experiencing some difficulty in getting his alcoholic level tested following the accident.While the Police are still investigating the case, no charges have been brought against Seetaram for driving while allegedly being under the influence of alcohol.Police officers on the West Coast of Berbice have reported that on several occasions, the AFC official appeared to be under the influence.On September 14, 2015, Seetaram was appointed as Special Representatives for the Prime Minister in the region. He was tasked with the responsibility of working with the public on issues which could be addressed through the Office of the Prime Minister.last_img read more

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first_imgIn the letter, Lemieux and Burkle put the blame for the impasse on government officials, arguing they agreed to pay $120million over 30 years to help build a $290 million arena and cover construction cost overruns, yet still have not reached a deal. Moves for Detroit: Red Wings forward Tomas Holmstrom is out indefinitely with an upper-body injury and will be replaced in the lineup by right wing Darryl Bootland. The Penguins moved a step closer to leaving Pittsburgh, declaring on Monday an impasse in their new arena negotiations with state and local leaders and saying they will actively pursue relocation. The breakdown in arena talks came only three days after Gov. Ed Rendell said he felt an agreement was close. It also increases the possibility the Penguins will be playing in Kansas City next season. “We have made a single-minded effort to bring this new arena to a successful conclusion and keep the team in Pittsburgh,” owners Mario Lemieux and Ron Burkle said in a letter to Rendell and local government officials. “… Our good-faith efforts have not produced a deal, however, and have only added more anxiety to what we thought at best was a risky proposition for us moving forward.” center_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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first_imgCouncillor Jimmy Kavanagh, has welcomed the Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence’s call for greater use of non-custodial sentences by the judiciary where appropriate, where minor offences are concerned.Cllr Jimmy Kavanagh“The Annual Report of the Prison Service 2012 shows a yearly increase of 10 per cent in the number of people being jailed for a term of three months or less, with 8,304 people imprisoned for non-payment of a court ordered fine,” he explained. “While we must ensure that violent offenders receive appropriate prison sentences, less costly options for non-violent and less serious offenders must be considered. The current overcrowding in our prisons and the high cost of imprisonment necessitates significant reform of sentencing in this country.The cost of incarnation for a prisoner rising to €65,404 per year.The Fine Gael Letterkenny Town Councillor says it is incumbent on the judiciary to consider the full menu of non-custodial options available, in particular, the community service order Scheme.“We have many examples locally of the great work being carried out by the probation service, including the initial preparation of the allotment site at Ard O’Donnell, painting the local boxing club premises, and Women’s Centre, clearing the site at Rodger’s burn, ongoing maintenance work at Donegal Hospice and the Little Angel’s school, these are just some examples of the very useful work that the service has carried out recently in the Letterkenny area, and there is room for much more to be done, with wider use of the community service order scheme.“Restorative justice is also an invaluable and cost effective non-custodial option for the criminal justice system in responding to and combating crime in Irish society. It is a victim-sensitive response to criminal offending, through which engagement with those affected by a crime aims to make amends for the harm that has been caused to victims and communities,” he continued.“Justice is not just a question of simply having the right procedures written into law and punishing the perpetrator, it is about affording dignity and respect to all parties in the justice process with the aim of reducing re-offending and overall crime rates. Initiatives such as the community service orders and restorative justice mean that people pay back their community by doing something positive within the community while also reducing overcrowding in our prisons,” Cllr. Kavanagh concluded.KAVANAGH SUPPORTS CALLS FOR NON-CUSTODIAL SENTENCES FOR MINOR OFFENCES was last modified: May 9th, 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) Tags:Cllr Jim Kavanaghprison sentenceslast_img read more

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first_imgThe Irish Kidney Association, which celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, is delighted to announce that Claire Byrne has taken up the voluntary role of ambassador for 2018 organ donor awareness. The prolific journalist and national radio and TV broadcaster will front the 2018 Organ Donor Awareness Week campaign (31st March until 7th April) encouraging the public to support organ donation for transplantation.Claire said: “I was delighted to be invited by the Irish Kidney Association to take up this role, following in the footsteps of previous wonderful national ambassadors, who are all united in the wish to spread the message that organ donation is an important life-saving legacy. “As I take up this role, as ambassador, it is heartening to hear reports that last year was a record year for both deceased and living organ donors and subsequent transplant operations. All this good news greatly serves to offer hope to those 550 plus anxious people on the transplant waiting lists.“I would encourage everyone to discuss organ donation with their family members. It is an important and potentially life-saving conversation.”“I have huge admiration for the many organ donor families, who made the selfless decision to donate a family member’s organs at a time of deep grief, and also for living donors who make the conscious decision to donate a kidney.“Credit must also go to the skill and dedication of our transplant surgical, medical and nursing teams in our country’s three transplanting hospitals.” Chief Executive of the Irish Kidney Association, Mr. Mark Murphy said: “We are delighted that Claire has agreed to be the ambassador for organ donor awareness. Claire has furrowed a distinguished career as a much-respected current affairs journalist and enjoys household name status.“To have such a prolific figure representing the Irish Kidney Association, a registered charity of patients and carers, carries with it huge impetus to the work we have undertaken for 40 years in advocating and caring for our membership, while also being the organisation charged with the promotion and distribution of the organ donor card in Ireland by the HSE through their procurement service, Organ Donation and Transplant Ireland (ODTI).“The organ donor card has developed from what started out as the kidney donor card in the same year our organisation was established in 1978”.“Claire is giving up her time voluntarily to front the Organ Donor Awareness Week campaign, this Easter, to help us raise awareness, amongst the general public, about the plight of people with organ failure and encourage families to discuss organ donation and consider being a donor in the event of their untimely death.”The popular broadcaster will feature in radio advertising and on posters as well as attending the national launch of 2018 Organ Donor Awareness Week by the Minister for Health, Simon Harris, T.D. on Tuesday 27th March. There are approximately 550 people in Ireland awaiting life-saving heart, lung, liver, kidney and pancreas transplants. Thanks to the gift of organ donation almost 3,500 transplanted people in Ireland are enjoying extended life.The focus of Organ Donor Awareness Week is to raise awareness about the ongoing and ever-increasing demand for organ transplantation which relies on the public for organ donation.Its key message is that families need to talk to each other and keep the reminders of their willingness to donate visible by carrying the organ donor card and permitting Code 115 to be included on their driver’s license.Organ Donor Awareness Week also serves as a fundraising exercise for the Irish Kidney Association. Throughout the Week (31st March – 7th April 2018), the Association’s volunteers will be out on the streets, and in shopping centres throughout the country, distributing organ donor cards while selling ‘forget-me-not-flower’ emblems, brooches, pens and shopping trolley discs. All proceeds will go towards the Irish Kidney Association’s aid for patients on dialysis and those patients fortunate enough to have received a kidney transplant.The Irish Kidney Association’s charitable activities include the provision of a 13-double bedroom, free accommodation facility for patients and their families in the grounds of Beaumont Hospital and holiday centres located in Tramore and Kerry, together with patient advocacy, advice, counselling, financial aid and rehabilitative, health promotion through sport and the provision of kidney patient information and education through its head office in Dublin and its 25 branch network of volunteers throughout the country.Free information fact files, which accompany organ donor cards, are obtainable from the Irish Kidney Association and are available nationwide from pharmacies, GP surgeries and Citizen Information Offices.Organ Donor Cards can also be obtained by phoning the Irish Kidney Association tel. 01 6205306 or Free text the word DONOR to 50050. Visit website www.ika.ie/cardOver 300 lives saved in 2017 due to record amount of organ donationsClaire Byrne named ambassador of Irish Kidney Association’s 2018 awareness campaign was last modified: March 7th, 2018 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:claire byrneIrish Kidney Associationorgan donor awarenesslast_img read more

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first_img23 February 2009The “point of no return” – in aeronautical terms, the “radius of action formula” – refers to the moment beyond which a course of action must continue because turning back is physically impossible, prohibitively expensive or simply too dangerous.So it is with South Africa’s charge towards hosting the 2010 Fifa World Cup. February is fast becoming one of the most memorable months since South Africa secured the rights to host the event all those years ago. The weekend before last, a grand lighting ceremony was held at Durban’s Moses Mabhida stadium to celebrate the completion of the extraordinary 105-metre high arch that towers over the 2010 semi-final venue.Over the past week, stadium project managers at other sites around the country have begun signing off some of the venues for June’s Confederations Cup – a key curtain-raiser for the world’s biggest single-code sporting event.And this week, Communications Minister Ivy Matsepe-Casaburi will demonstrate the state of readiness of the ICT infrastructure at the 2010 stadiums.Friday’s launch of the ticketing process for the World Cup marks another milestone. 2010 Local Organising Committee CEO Danny Jordaan says this symbolises that the World Cup in Africa is now a reality, “and only God can take it away from us”.Fifa’s 2010 consultant, Horst Schmidt, is confident that the launch of the ticketing process marks the “turning point” for South Africa.He said there was a great deal of concern and trepidation in Germany up to this point back in 2005. “But once the ticket sales were launched, it was as if an explosion of interest and enthusiasm took root – and we never looked back.”The latest market research suggests that three out of every four people believe that South Africa will be ready for the tournament, while 88% of respondents are now proud that the country is hosting the tournament.Almost everyone, it seems, is beginning to recognise the enormity of this event and, perhaps more importantly, to acknowledge that it is crucial that all the role-players as well as every South African – and African – unites for this common cause.Urquhart is a former Fifa World Cup media officer and the current editor of Project 2010last_img read more

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first_imgLast August we quoted outgoing Google CEO Eric Schmidt saying “There was 5 exabytes of information created between the dawn of civilization through 2003, but that much information is now created every 2 days, and the pace is increasing.” RJMetrics co-founder and CEO Robert J. Moore calls tk. According to Moore, a more honest quote would have been “23 Exabytes of information was recorded and replicated in 2002. We now record and transfer that much information every 7 days.” A lot less impressive a figure, huh?Moore writes that he used Schmidt’s figure in a talk about big data at TEDxPhilly. But when he went looking for a primary source, he discovered that it’s unlikely.Moore believes that the claim that five exabytes of data is created every two days comes from a May 2010 IDC report titled “The Digital Universe Decade – Are You Ready?” The report predicted that 1.2 zettabytes of digital information would be created or replicated in 2010. That’s 1,228.8 exabytes, or about 6.7 exabytes every two days. So actually a bit more than Schmidt’s number.Moore had a harder time tracking down a source for the claim that only five exabytes of data had been created from the dawn of time until 2003. But he did find a 2003 UC Berkley study titled “How Much Information?” The study claims that “Print, film, magnetic, and optical storage media produced about 5 exabytes of new information in 2002. Ninety-two percent of the new information was stored on magnetic media, mostly in hard disks.”That figure apparently includes non-digital information, and doesn’t include the rate of replication. But it does suggest that far more than five exabytes of information was produced before 2003.One commenter on Moore’s blog suggests that if the creation of information has been exponential since the dawn of time, then Schmidt’s claim might not be so far off. But Moore counters:You make a totally valid point. The only thing I don’t totally agree with is that the increase in information generation and transfer is exponential since the dawn of the written human record.You said we have “every reason to believe that has been the case,” but the 2003 study estimated 30% annual growth in the number between 1999 and 2002. That puts those four years alone around 3x of the 2002 number he was using. I understand there is steep decay as you go back in time, but I don’t think its unrealistic to think that all recorded history might represent 5x 2002’s number or more, putting Schmidt’s statement 20x off the mark.What exactly was Schmidt saying, and is Moore’s speculation as to Schmidt’s sources correct? We’ve previously cited Google VP Marissa Mayer’s claim that there was five exabytes of data online in 2002 and that number rose to 281 exabytes in 2009. Could it be that Schmidt actually meant five exabytes of data had been put online between the dawn of time and 2003, not that five exabytes were created between the dawn of time and 2003?Looking at the studies Moore cites it’s clear that no one really knows how much information is out there or how quickly it’s actually being produce, but everyone is certain it’s being produced increasingly quickly.Photo credit: nasa1fan/MSFC A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… klint finley Tags:#cloud#Trends Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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first_imgWhen it comes to recording good video testimonies, the biggest consideration should be audio. Take time to pick a great location for audio. Avoid echos, air conditioners, and high-traffic areas. No matter what type of interview you are shooting, you want to use an off-camera mic. If you’re the only person recording the footage, you might want to use a wireless lav that you can simply run straight into the camera. Or if you have some help, it’s usually best to use a boom mic, as it will not be seen in the shot like a lav mic.When it comes to shooting an interview, there is really no bad camera to choose, just be sure to check out your camera’s limitations before you hit record. Some cameras (especially DSLRs) can only record for a short amount of time before stopping. Needless to say, this can be a very bad thing if your camera goes out during an emotional interview.Camera Setup IdeasAn interview shoot is typically very simple, so it’s really best to not overthink it. Simply pick a style before you show up on set.Two-Camera SetupOverview: one Master Shot with Prime Lens, one Roaming Camera with Zoom LensThe most popular setup is the two-camera testimonial style. When you record with two cameras, you can seamlessly edit two clips together by simply switching to the other angle. Most two-camera setups feature a master shot on a tripod and a roaming camera that will shoot multiple camera angles during the shoot. Depending on your shoot, the roaming camera can stay in virtually the same location or it can move around dramatically.The biggest consideration would be to make sure the roaming camera is significantly different than the master shot, as you can get some very weird cuts if the shot is too similar. For more on that check out the 30 degree rule in filmmaking.This video created by ClicktoPlayMedia showcases a simple two-camera setup with b-roll.One-Camera ‘High-Resolution’ SetupOverview: one Camera on Tripod in 4KThe other option when recording a video testimonial is to record on a single camera in a high-resolution format and then crop in to simulate a second camera angle. While this isn’t ideal, it can make the video a little more exciting than simply having the same shot the entire time. This is great if your finished video will be in HD, but it won’t work if it’s in 4K.This example (shot on a GH4) shows how this technique could be used.One-Camera ‘Low-Resolution’ SetupOverview: one HD Camera on Tripod with B-Roll TransitionsIf you have plenty of b-roll footage, or simply want to shoot quickly, you can use a single HD camera setup. The concept is simple… just place b-roll footage over the transition points and the entire video will feel like a one-shot video. For smaller in-house videos, this setup should work perfectly.This video shares some quick insight into how you might use a single camera to shoot a good interview or testimonial. I recommend checking out the full course on Lynda.com if you want to learn more. Testimony videos are a great way to humanize a video. Let’s take a look at how to shoot effective testimonial videos.If you’re considering shooting a testimonial video for your brand or simply want to get better at your interview skills, then you’ve come to the right place. Whether you’re shooting the video for a church or for a business, these quick tips will cover everything you need to know to shoot a great video testimonial.Testimonial StylesThere is one very important question to ask when creating a testimonial video: scripted or non-scripted?Scripted TestimonialsPerfect for: Professional Business Videos, Promotional Pieces, Product Releases, Brand VideosPros: Control Over Script, Easier for Beginners, Easier to EditCons: Less “Authentic”For most testimony videos, a scripted video is the way to go. This is because most of your subjects are not experts when it comes to talking in front of a camera. For this reason, you’ll probably want to set up some sort of teleprompter off to the side of the camera. I will usually just use a laptop, but you can use an iPad or even paper if you are having issues with glare.The other option would be to have your subject memorize the script then recite each line to the camera individually. This can be a very authentic way of presenting scripted work, but it will always take longer than simply reading off of a teleprompter. There is also the issue of vocal fluctuations. When you have a scripted work, it can be easy for the subject’s voice to bounce around as they get exhausted, frustrated, or excited — especially if they are inexperienced on camera. If you don’t keep an eye on pacing on set, you might end up with some very strange pacing issues that will need to be worked out in post.Perhaps the most popular scripted videos right now are Apple’s product videos. Notice how everything Jony Ive says is perfectly scripted to match the tone of the video.Interview TestimonialsPerfect for: Church/Charity Videos, Organic Business Testimonials, DocumentariesPros: Authenticity, Organic Answers, Better for Great On-Camera PersonalitiesCons: Less “Professional,” Less Script ControlThe second option when shooting video testimonials is to ask your subject questions and simply have them answer them on the spot. This will by no means generate the most professional video possible, but it will be very authentic which could be an important selling point depending on your brand.When I have to shoot interview testimonial videos, I will typically email the questions to the interviewee before the day of the shoot. That way the interviewee can get somewhat prepared before they arrive on set.In this interview-style testimonial, Kate King is simply answering a series of questions that the interviewer is asking her. You’ll notice how the answers are not quite as polished as the Apple commercial, but there is an extra level of authenticity.No matter which style you prefer to use, it’s always a great idea to have an outline of what you want your finished piece to look like before you arrive on set. This can be as detailed as a full script or as small as some simple notes. Remember, no matter what video you are creating, you are always trying to tell a story.Gear ConsiderationsYou can shoot great video testimonies with very little gear, but it all depends on what you want your finished video to look like. If you are going to be incorporating cinematic b-roll, you don’t want your footage to look like it was shot on an iPhone. In the same way, it’s not always necessary to use an ARRI to capture epic cinematic interview footage if your b-roll was shot using a cheap camcorder. MusicWhen it comes to shooting video testimonials, music is just as important as the footage. Music will tell your audience how to feel about the words the subject is saying. The music should match the tone of your video. Here on PremiumBeat, we have thousands of tracks that can match any video testimonial style. From sad production music to upbeat corporate tracks, if you need the perfect song, I recommend checking out our curated collection of music.GraphicsThis example is from the Designer Titles pack on RocketStock. One amateur mistake that you should avoid is making your graphics too complicated or stylized. Having bright flashy graphics may work in some cases, but simple text is the way to go for most situations. Due to their flexibility and legibility, sans-serif fonts are the best for videos. Or if you want to give your videos a little more sparkle, you could use a graphics pack like those found on RocketStock. A graphics pack will typically include lower thirds and title graphics that will help elevate your video’s quality.Additional Video Testimony TipsAsk your interviewee a few warm-up questions to get them comfortable in front of the camera.Shoot the important stuff multiple times, just in case.Ask your subject to repeat the question back in their answer. For example: Q: What is your favorite color? A: My favorite color is blue.Keep lighting simple: You can usually get by with a soft-box or simple reflector.Don’t be afraid to ask your subject to repeat something. It’s better to spend a few extra minutes re-recording a question than to have to come back and shoot again.Have any other tips for shooting video testimonials? Share in the comments below!last_img read more

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first_img Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now New business is sexy. The thrill of the chase and the resulting win is exciting. The brand new money from a brand new client is worth reporting. The challenges you have executing are all-hands-on-deck affairs that are worth solving.Old business isn’t sexy. The chase ended a long time ago, and the newness has worn off. The old money is routine; it’s an annuity. The challenges and your existing clients have to together aren’t worth anyone’s time, theirs or yours. Until you are competitively displaced.Running In PlaceIt’s difficult to grow if the new clients you win are only replacing the clients you’ve lost. Even selling more to your remaining clients may not be enough to move the needle when it comes to revenue growth.There is no reason to win new clients only to lose them. It doesn’t make sense to acquire a new client and lose them for the same reason you lost the client they replaced.When you are running in place, your heart rate increases, you sweat a lot, you expend a lot of energy, but you don’t go anywhere.Retention + AcquisitionLost clients are negative revenue. When you lose a client, you lose their revenue. This is anti-sales. While you are busy trying to make sales, lost clients are creating anti-sales, and all the bad things that come with it, like reputation damage.The same effort that goes into winning new deals and solving your new client’s problems needs to be applied to your existing client’s problems so that you can retain them. When you retain clients, all new clients are accretive, they’re growth instead of replacement revenue.If your existing client was a prospect, their challenges would be sexy enough for you to solve if it meant you would displace your competitor.last_img read more

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first_imgPresident Ram Nath Kovind on Saturday awarded President’s Colours to the Corps of Army Air Defence at Odisha’s Gopalpur military station.President’s Colours is the highest honour bestowed upon a regiment of the Indian Armed Forces in recognition of invaluable contributions to the security of the nation during peace and hostility. It was presented on the completion of 25 years of the Army Air Defence as an independent arm of the Army. It was received by the Army Air Defence Centre on behalf of the Corps of Army Air Defence.Glorious legacy The President, in his address, recalled the glorious legacy of Indian Armed Forces in protecting the unity, integrity and sovereignty of the nation in general and the Corps of Army Air Defence in particular. Air Defence came into existence in 1940 as part of Corps of Artillery. In 1994 it was bifurcated from the Regiment of Artillery. Its troops had shown valour during World War II in various operations and won gallantry awards, namely four Military Crosses, one Medal of the British Empire, seven Indian Distinguished Service Medals and two Orders of the British Empire.last_img read more

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