‘BJP MLAs topped in attending Assembly’

first_imgSix BJP MLAs topped in attending the sessions of the Rajasthan Assembly, which held its 11 sessions since the 2013 election and sat for an average of 28 days every year. The ruling BJP members were also among the top four who asked the maximum number of questions on different subjects during the sittings of the House.A report card of MLAs, released by the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) and Rajasthan Election Watch (REW) here on Monday before this year’s Assembly election, said though the questions on education, medical & health, public construction and energy were asked in large numbers, a lesser number of questions were raised on revenue, Panchayati Raj, water and urban development.“No questions were asked on mob lynching of dairy farmers, violence against women and the atrocities against Dalits, which have brought a bad name to Rajasthan,” REW coordinator Renuka Pamecha said. Besides, former Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, who is an MLA from Jodhpur’s Sardarpura, and Leader of Opposition Rameshwar Dudi did not ask a single question during the 14th Assembly’s entire tenure.A total of 152 Bills were tabled in the Assembly and 145 of them were passed. Among the MLAs facing criminal cases, the BJP registered an increase from 8% in 2008 to 16% in 2013 and Congress from 16% to 24% in this period. Thirty-four MLAs in the 14th Assembly have declared criminal cases against themselves and 18 of them are facing serious criminal charges, including murder and kidnapping.ADR national coordinator Maj. Gen. (Retd.) Anil Verma said the increasing number of political leaders with the criminal background and getting elected to the State Assemblies and Parliament was a cause for concern all over the country.‘Close monitoring’Social activist Nikhil Dey said the electoral process needed to be closely monitored in order to ensure that the political parties did not give tickets to the persons with criminal background. He demanded that the BJP MLA from Manohar Thana, Kanwar Lal Meena, should be not fielded in the upcoming Assembly election again in view of the complaints of heinous crimes made against him.last_img read more

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Three Brothers Born in Pakistan Given Indian Citizenship

first_imgThree siblings born in Pakistan but staying in Nizamabad district of Telangana since 2004 have been granted Indian citizenship by the Indian government.The three Pakistani nationals- Mohammed Sanan, Mohammed Ruman and Mohammed Saif in the age group of 20-27, were handed over the Indian citizenship certificates by the Nizamabad Revenue Divisional Officer yesterday in the presence of their mother, a district administration official said.Read it at Business Standard Related Itemslast_img

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US swimmer Ryan Lochte apologises to Brazil on national TV

first_imgUS gold medalist Ryan Lochte admitted to Brazil’s largest broadcaster Saturday night that he had exaggerated his story about being robbed at gunpoint in Rio – but insisted he did not lie.(Rio Olympics: Full Coverage)In an interview aired on Globo TV after the proud soccer country won its first Olympic gold in a penalty shootout, Lochte apologised to the nation.”I’m sorry,” one of America’s most decorated Olympic swimmers said. “Brazil doesn’t deserve that.” (Also read: US swimmer says Lochte played key role in Rio ‘robbery’ incident) The Olympian insisted that he was a victim of extortion because he was forced by armed guards to hand over money.”I wasn’t lying to a certain extent,” he said. “I over-exaggerated what was happening to me.”The tale of a gunpoint robbery in Rio initially embarrassed Brazil, which had suffered a series of assaults against visiting government ministers, athletes and tourists, until local police accused Lochte, 32, of making it up to cover up vandalizing a gas station.Lochte’s interview with the Globo TV network aired after the Brazil versus Germany game. The soccer match was expected to attract a record number of viewers, many of whom stayed on to watch Lochte speak to the nation.Excerpts of an interview with Lochte by Matt Lauer also aired on “NBC” Saturday night.’LET MY TEAM DOWN’ In that interview, he apologised to his swimming teammates, Jimmy Feigen, 26, Jack Conger, 21, and Gunnar Bentz, 20, who police stopped from leaving Brazil over the incident.When asked what he was feeling when he saw his teammates taken off a plane and held back in Brazil, Lochte responded by saying he was “hurt.”advertisement”I mean I let my team down and you know, I don’t want them to think I left them out to dry,” he said.He said he had waited until his teammates returned to the U.S. before speaking again about the incident.Bentz, the youngest of the four swimmers involved, released a statement saying Lochte played the key role in the situation, tearing a poster off a wall and arguing with armed security guards at the gas station.The 20-year-old said the guards confronted them after they had urinated behind some bushes and Lochte had torn the metal-framed advertising poster from the wall. Lochte admitted to that in the interview on Saturday night.Earlier Saturday, a Brazilian judge provided another twist to the saga, suspending permission for Feigen to leave the country – even though he had already flown home.Feigen had agreed in an earlier hearing to pay a 35,000 reais ($11,000) fine for lying.Prosecutors appealed the penalty as being too low, persuading the judge to suspend the earlier ruling that had given Feigen the green light to leave.It was not immediately clear what impact the decision might have on Feigen, but his Brazilian lawyer Breno Melaragno told the O Globo newspaper in a story posted online Saturday that his client was the victim of extortion.Like Lochte, Melaragno said the armed guards at the gas station forced the four U.S. swimmers to pay for damages instead of calling police, which, he argued, was itself a crime.”The armed (guard) signalled with his fingers that he wanted money,” Melaragno said. “Regardless of the international attention that this case has had and the false testimony, I say that from a legal point of view … the guards carried out a crime.”last_img read more

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ICC Champions Trophy: When another MS Dhoni masterclass left Sri Lanka stunned

first_imgSri Lanka were just beginning to feel good about themselves.Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma had toyed with their bowling attack for nearly 25 overs but Lasith Malinga and then Nuwan Pradeep took the wind out of the Indian sail with a couple of quick blows.Malinga got rid of his Mumbai Indians skipper for 78 before Kohli fell to Pradeep for his first duck in nearly three years. And when Yuvraj Singh departed to the spin of Asela Gunaratne, there cause for panic in the Indian circles.But panic is a word far removed from whatever dictionary it is that Dhoni uses. He walked in with India at 179/3 off 33.4 overs. Had they lost another wicket at that stage, Sri Lanka would have had their tails up and could have possibly snuffed another couple of wickets out. There was a moment of concern when Gunaratne appealed loudly for an LBW against Dhoni, who was yet to get off the mark.Angelo Mathews, more out of desperation to see off Dhoni, asked for a review even when it was obvious the ball had pitched outside leg. There were loud cheers across The Oval when the third umpire flashed not out and it was time for Dhoni to build his innings block by block, as he so often does these days.No risky shots were attempted till he had had a good look of the conditions. Dhoni likes batting deep and he has the array of shots to score briskly as the innings draws to a close. That’s precisely what he did and some of his boundaries had the brute power of a bull waiting to cut loose.,advertisementTwo successive fours off Pradeep in the 42nd over signalled Dhoni’s intent and he was unstoppable thereafter. Sri Lanka must have been reminded of the 2011 World Cup final. Just when they had started harbouring hopes of their second title in 15 years, having removed Virender Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar early, Dhoni walked it and dashed their hopes.On Thursday, Sri Lanka were once again desperate to restrict India. Mathews had conceded he was wary of the Indian attack and chasing anything in excess of 300 against Umesh Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah and Ravindra Jadeja is no captain’s idea of a dream match.Dhoni blunted Sri Lankan enthusiasm with some brutal stroke play. He waited for Dhawan to get to his hundred before exploding at the fag end of the innings. The former captain had to sit back and watch Hardik Pandya clobber Imad Wasim on Sunday. But it was another tale today – he wore a look of determination on his face and there was a point to be made.The point was well made with a 62nd half-century, one that India needed to assert themselves in the match.last_img read more

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Saina Nehwal bows out of Malaysia Masters after defeat to Carolina Marin in semi-final

first_imgFormer champion Saina Nehwal bowed out of the season-opening Malaysia Masters Super 500 tournament after losing the women’s singles semi-final to reigning world champion Carolina Marin in Kuala Lumpur on Saturday.Saina was beaten 21-16, 21-13 by Marin, who was on top form in the much-anticipated semi-final. This is the Indian shuttler’s second straight defeat to the Spaniard, to whom she had lost at last year’s world championships. Marin has now taken an overall head-to-head lead of 6-5.Saina had started the match reasonably well and was tied on 14-14 in the first game against the in-form Marin. However, she let her opponent win six straight points. Marin’s pace, placement, and smashes were too good to handle for the Indian shuttler, who was impressive in the earlier rounds in Kuala Lumpur.Saina conceded that she was not up to the mark in the semi-final and congratulated Carolina Marin. The Indian shuttler also said she is looking forward to playing at Indonesian Masters wherein she has not won a title so far.Was not up to the mark today in the match … but will try again next week to do well .. congratulations to @carolinamarin for playing so well today 16-21 13-21 #malaysiamasterssuper500 #semifinals .. looking forward to indonesia open next week .. pic.twitter.com/i33MpMbjqsSaina Nehwal (@NSaina) January 19, 2019Notably, Saina had defeated a familiar foe, Nozomi Okuhara in the quarter-final on Friday. The world number nine, who had tied the knot with compatriot Parupalli Kashyap last month, will be next seen in action at Indonesia Masters, starting January 22.advertisementWith Saina’s exit, the Indian challenge at the BWF World Super 500 tournament in Malaysia came to an end. Top-ranked men’s singles player, Kidambi Srikanth had bowed out in the quarter-final after losing to South Korea’s Son Wan Ho on Friday.Also Read | Never had a fight with Pullela Gopichand, says Saina NehwalAlso See:last_img read more

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Olly Woodburn double helps Exeter to emphatic win over Montpellier

first_img Read more … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share via Email Share on Twitter Topics Montpellier Rugby union It has not been a vintage European season for the Premiership clubs but English pride is not yet entirely extinguished. This convincing six-try thrashing of the French league leaders has certainly breathed fresh life into Exeter’s prospects in Pool Three and the revitalised Chiefs do not have the look of a team who have given up on quarter-final participation.Everything will now depend on beating Glasgow in the final pool round, with the try bonus point they earned on a cool Devon evening having significantly boosted their qualification chances. Aside from their back-to-back defeats to the pool leaders, Leinster, this has otherwise been a productive campaign for the English champions and, even without the injured Jack Nowell, they reduced their visitors to a wheezing pulp.If the outstanding finishing of Olly Woodburn, who scored two acrobatic tries in the left corner, inevitably caught the eye, this was primarily a win fashioned by the home pack against opposite numbers with far weightier reputations. Sam Simmonds was outstanding, Luke Cowan-Dickie was a constant nuisance and the front five collectively enjoyed a rewarding afternoon at scrum time. “Tactically and emotionally we got it right today,” said Rob Baxter, the Chiefs’ director of rugby. “We knew we had to be good and we were. We’ve now given ourselves a fantastic opportunity to go after the game next week.” Share on Pinterest The Observer Share on LinkedIn Tadhg Beirne powers Scarlets to verge of last eight in masterclass at Bath Rory Best leads Ulster to top of Pool One after crucial win against La Rochelle Support The Guardian Since you’re here… Share on Messenger match reports Share on Facebook In between, however, the pink-clad Chiefs did manage one touchdown, through Dave Ewers after 28 minutes, the big back-rower crashing over after a clever flat pass from Gareth Steenson had sent Mitch Lees rumbling through a midfield hole. With a chilly breeze at their backs in the second-half, a seven-point interval lead felt a handier cushion than it looked on the scoreboard.Their only real moment of fortune came when Montpellier, after an extended period of pressure, opted merely to kick a 52nd-minute penalty rather than go for the jugular with a driven lineout. Up the other end surged the Chiefs and the excellent Simmonds duly burrowed beneath a heap of bodies to show the value of aiming a little higher.Woodburn’s spectacular brace of finishes in the left corner within seven minutes of each other hammered home the same message, as well as defying the laws of physics. Nic White, sharp all day at scrum-half against his former club, nipped down the blindside to score his side’s fifth before Don Armand, ever reliable, poached a sixth as the Chiefs took the second half 34-10.Jack Yeandle had to be helped off with an ankle injury but otherwise this was pretty much precisely the script Exeter had hoped for. Last week’s below-par defeat at Newcastle has been forgotten already and another win at Scotstoun next Saturday should now be enough, although Nowell’s damaged ankle is expected to sideline him once again. Either way the Chiefs are not finished yet. Strictly speaking this was not really an Anglo-French affair at all. The visitors’ starting XV contained a mere three Frenchmen and was significantly more populated with South Africans and Georgians. When the top club in the Top 14 are as cosmopolitan as this, it makes the task facing the new France management team as they prepare for the Six Nations all the harder.As the Chiefs have delighted in proving, winning trophies is about rather more than simply recruiting expensive imports and Montpellier, even with Aaron Cruden, Bismarck du Plessis, François Steyn and Louis Picamoles in their ranks, remain considerably less than the sum of their pricy parts.The Chiefs, to their credit, even enjoyed consistent set-piece dominance and could have had the game all but sewn up by half-time with a shade more precision with ball in hand and more ruthlessness in their opponents’ 22. Cowan-Dickie lost the ball as he stretched for the line and a boot in touch ruled out a potential charge-down try for Lachie Turner. Exeter Champions Cup Share on WhatsApp Read more Reuse this contentlast_img read more

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Liverpool-linked Fekir completes transfer to Real Betis

first_imgFrance international Nabil Fekir has completed his move from Lyon to Real Betis, the Liga club have announced.Fekir, who nearly completed a move to Liverpool a year ago, has signed on with Betis on a four-year deal, making the move for a reported fee of around €20 million (£18m/$22m).Another €10m is rumoured to be possible in incentives, with Lyon receiving a 20 per cent sell-on clause. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Fekir’s younger brother, Yassin, also has joined Betis with Lyon said to be receiving a 50% sell-on clause.The 26-year-old playmaker had spent the entirety of his senior career with Lyon, breaking into the first-team squad in 2013.The 2014-15 season saw Fekir have his first strong year, scoring 13 goals and adding nine assists, but it was in the 2017-18 campaign where he burst onto the scene.Fekir scored 18 goals and added eight assists for Lyon, while chipping in another three goals and an assist in the Europa League that season.📣 OFFICIAL | #RealBetis sign Nabil Fekir 📝🤝Welcome, @NabilFekir! 🧞‍♂️🤤➡ https://t.co/ImcCvzYBJr pic.twitter.com/75YkDdgBjL— Real Betis Balompié (@RealBetis_en) July 22, 2019His strong campaign earned him a place at the 2018 World Cup for France, as he made six substitute appearances for Les Bleus as they went on to win their second-ever title.However, Fekir was allegedly on the verge of a big money move to Liverpool, with the Anfield outfit rumoured to be ready to pay around €60m for the playmaker and the player’s former agent, Jean-Pierre Bernes, claiming he even posed for photos in a Liverpool shirt.But the deal failed to materialise, with reports suggesting the Premier League club took issue with Fekir’s medical. Further reports claimed he also had the interest of clubs such as Real Madrid and Chelsea. But the player remained with Lyon last season, scoring nine goals and adding seven assists, as well as a further three goals and two assists in the Champions League.With Fekir only having a single season remaining on his contract and refusing to sign a new deal, Lyon were forced to cash in on the playmaker rather than lose him for free next summer.Fekir now joins a Betis side who finished 10th in La Liga last season, but only three points back from Espanyol in a Europa League qualifier spot.Betis will open their 2019-20 season at home against Valladolid on August 19.last_img read more

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Microsofts GitHub acquires collaboration tool firm

first_imgSan Francisco: To review codes, Microsoft-owned GitHub has acquired a US-based start-up called Pull Panda that makes collaboration tools for software teams at an undisclosed amount. Following the acquisition, Pull Panda’s products – Pull Reminders, Pull Analytics and Pull Assigner – would now be available for free as part of GitHub Marketplace application. “We’re excited to share some big news… We’ve acquired Pull Panda to help teams create more efficient and effective code review workflows on GitHub,” the Microsoft-owned company wrote in a blog-post on Monday. Also Read – Spotify rolls out Siri support, new Apple TV app The acquisition would support automatic reminders, real-time insight into the effectiveness of a team’s process, make data-driven improvements and automatically distribute code across teams. In future, GitHub plans to eventually internally integrate Pull Panda’s features with its own software. Founded in 2008, GitHub is a web-based hosting service, mostly used for computer coding. It offers all of the distributed version control and source code management functionality of Git as well as adding its own features Microsoft announced GitHub’s acquisition in June 2018 for $7.5 billion.last_img read more

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Indigenous women in Saskatchewan subject to police mistreatment report

first_imgSASKATOON – Indigenous women in Saskatchewan have been subjected to violence, invasive strip searches and other mistreatment by police, says a report from a human rights watchdog that was quickly criticized by some police agencies.The report from New-York-based Human Rights Watch said the group documented 64 cases of alleged violent abuse during a visit last year to the province that included talks with indigenous women and social workers.“Human Rights Watch found evidence of a fractured relationship between law enforcement and indigenous communities,” the report states.“The legacy of settler colonialism and racist assimilation policies — particularly the residential school system — still overshadow the present-day dynamics between police and indigenous communities.”The treatment of indigenous people by police in Saskatchewan has been the subject of high-profile legal proceedings. The 1990 death of Neil Stonechild, who was found frozen to death in a field outside Saskatoon, led to an inquiry and the firing of two Saskatoon police officers.In 2001, two other Saskatoon officers were fired after being convicted of unlawful confinement for leaving Darrell Night on the outskirts of the city the previous year in -22 C weather.The report documents more recent allegations of police abuse from indigenous women whose names were not revealed, including:— A Prince Albert woman who said an officer at a traffic stop in 2014 grabbed her ear and started hitting her because she didn’t want to leave her car with her child in it.— A woman who said she was strip-searched by a male RCMP officer in Regina in 2014, and told to remove all her clothing despite asking for a female officer to conduct the search.— A woman who said Saskatoon police stripped another, very intoxicated woman and threw her violently into an adjoining cell in 2015.The report said victims of police abuse are reluctant to come forward or file complaints because they feel they will be ignored or even punished for speaking out.“Indigenous women told Human Rights Watch that they would not call the police to report a crime committed against them — or crimes that they witness — out of fear that the police may harass them or be physically violent toward the suspect,” said Farida Dief, director of Human Rights Watch Canada.The report makes 16 recommendations, including a call for an independent, civilian-led unit to investigate alleged police misconduct, instead of allowing police to investigate their own.“Saskatchewan is … one of the five Canadian provinces that does not have an independent civilian special investigation unit,” it said.The report also calls for more female officers to perform strip searches of women, and more training for police on indigenous history. There should also be more detox facilities to reduce the number of intoxicated people detained in jails or holding cells, the report said.RCMP Assistant Commissioner Curtis Zablocki said the allegations of misconduct are very concerning and demand a full and thorough investigation.But Zablocki said Mounties, who police much of rural Saskatchewan, work well with indigenous communities.“This report indicates that the relationship between the police and indigenous communities is ‘deeply fractured,’” he said in a release. “In my time here as the commanding officer I can tell you this is not the case.”The Regina Police Service said it provided details of its policies to Human Rights Watch, but the group ignored them in drawing up the report.“The Regina Police Service does not dispute the lived-experience anecdotes of indigenous women, provided in the Human Rights Watch report,” spokeswoman Elizabeth Popowich said in a written statement.“However, we do not accept that these stories can be generalized to represent the current environment and interactions between police services and all indigenous women and girls in this province.”There were similar comments from the police services in Saskatoon and Prince Albert.“Many members of our service are indigenous, so this issue is near to the organization,” Prince Albert Police chief Troy Cooper said.“We also have a female resident elder and our structure includes resources dedicated to supporting indigenous women and families in our victim services unit.”The Saskatoon Police Service said it agreed relations between police and the indigenous community have been strained, but are getting better.“It is disappointing that none of those positive initiatives were included in the report.”Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett said the issues raised by the report need serious attention.“Some of the stories that are very well known now across Canada show that there have been serious issues with misconduct and sexism and racism and we need to eliminate it,” she said.— By Steve Lambert in Winnipeg, with files from CJWWlast_img read more

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Rescuer says snowy owl pulled from SUV grille in Saskatchewan is healing

first_imgREGINA – The director of an animal rescue group in Regina says she’s seeing a big increase in the number of injured snowy owls, but last week was the first time she pulled one out of a vehicle’s grille.Megan Lawrence with Salthaven West says she rushed to the scene on Thursday where a woman waited in a parking lot after hitting one of the large white birds with her SUV.“It’s not unusual for animals to be hit by vehicles but usually they end up bouncing off and ending up in the ditches,” Lawrence said in an interview Sunday.Lawrence said the woman hit the owl a few moments earlier and assumed it was likely dead on the road behind her. She pulled into a parking lot to see if her Chevrolet Tahoe sustained damage, and to her amazement, found a snowy owl trapped inside the grille.And it wasn’t dead.The woman phoned Saskatchewan’s environment ministry and a conservation officer quickly contacted Lawrence, who keeps rescue gear inside her car.“He was standing up inside the grille, however, we could see that his eyes were closed. He wasn’t moving a lot, and when I started to reach in to get him out he wasn’t fighting back a lot, so that told me that he was pretty severely injured,” Lawrence said, noting she wore thick leather gloves.“You want to reach in and get the feet first because those are what they’re going to start attacking you with before the beak.”Carefully, Lawrence said, she extracted the owl from the grille while keeping its wings close to its body so it wouldn’t suffer further injury. Raptors can be quite aggressive, but Lawrence said the owl didn’t put up much of a fight, making it obvious to her that it needed help.She brought it to the Animal Clinic of Regina for X-rays where it was determined one of its wings was broken and it had also suffered a concussion.Lawrence said that despite its injuries and ordeal, “Tahoe” as staff have named him, will hopefully make a full recovery.This month, snowy owls were listed as vulnerable — one step away from endangered — by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.The large white raptors have descended on the Great Lakes region and northeastern U.S. in huge numbers in recent weeks, hanging out at airports, in farm fields, on light poles and along beaches, to the delight of bird lovers.But researchers say the population of snowy owls is likely far less than previously thought and are using the opportunity to study them.Instead of 300,000 snowy owls worldwide, as long believed, researchers say the population likely is closer to 30,000 or fewer.The previous calculation assumed snowy owls acted like other birds, favouring fixed nesting and wintering sites. But researchers discovered the owls are nomads, often nesting or wintering thousands of kilometres from previous locations.Lawrence said the first year Salthaven West was operating, they rescued a couple of snowy owls. Last year it was four or five, and this year it’s up to ten.Mostly, she said, they’ve been hit by cars.“Animals don’t know to look both ways before they cross the road, so once they get their eyes on some prey they’re going to follow it until they catch it. And of course in the Arctic, where they come from, there’s not a lot of vehicle traffic. They’re not used to that at all,” Lawrence said.last_img read more

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GLOBAL NEWS REPORTER SUES HAMILTON POLICE OVER ARREST AT CRASH SCENE

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Global News journalist Jeremy Cohn was arrested by Hamilton Police in May 2017. (BARRY GRAY / THE HAMILTON SPECTATOR) A Global News journalist who was briefly arrested while covering a fatal crash last year has filed a lawsuit against Hamilton police, alleging an officer used excessive force in an effort to prevent him from filming.Jeremy Cohn says Hamilton police Const. Jeffrey Todoruck — who is also targeted in the lawsuit — breached his duty by forcefully arresting a clearly identified journalist who was acting peacefully.He says the officer aimed to intimidate him in order to prevent him from reporting on the May 16 incident, which claimed the life of a 10-year-old girl. Advertisement The allegations have not been proven in court and a statement of defence has not yet been filed.Spokespeople for Hamilton police and the Hamilton Police Services Board said they do not comment on civil proceedings that may be before the courts.The lawsuit alleges Cohn arrived on scene and learned that a freelance videographer had been arrested and was being held in a nearby police cruiser. The videographer, David Ritchie, appeared to be shaking and to have trouble breathing, the document says.As he went to speak to Ritchie through the car’s open window, Cohn was approached by a “hostile” Todoruck, who refused to explain why the videographer had been detained, the statement of claim says.Cohn called the Hamilton police media relations officer on speakerphone so that Ritchie could hear, and discussed the situation. He was told to keep calm and go about doing his job, the document says.The Global News reporter went to shoot footage of the scene, it said. At some point, officers set up police tape, though the lawsuit alleges this was more to keep media away, as residents were allowed inside the perimeter.The statement of claim said Cohn was outside the tape the entire time. He made a second call to the media relations officer, who asked to speak with Ritchie, the document says.But as Cohn approached the cruiser, Todoruck “violently grabbed Mr. Cohn by the arm and told him he was under arrest,” the document says. “At no time did Const. Todoruck advise Mr. Cohn why he was being arrested.”Cohn was taken to a grassy area and pushed to the ground, causing his equipment to fall as well, the document alleges.“Const. Todoruck pressed his knees into Mr. Cohn’s back and then straddled Mr. Cohn with his full body weight, causing Mr. Cohn to experience significant pain and inability to move,” it says, noting Cohn was not resisting arrest.The journalist was then restrained with zip ties and held in a cruiser for 45 minutes before another officer released him without charges, it says.The document says Cohn has suffered mental distress, humiliation and depression along with chronic pain. It also says the incident has interfered with his ability to do his job because he now feels distress in the presence of police officers.Cohn says he has never received an apology or explanation from police despite filing a complaint with the force. Twitter Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: In a statement of claim filed this week, Cohn further alleges the Hamilton Police Services Board failed to ensure officers were properly trained to deal with journalists and encouraged or permitted a culture of disrespect toward media, among other things.The lawsuit seeks $700,000 in damages for negligence, false arrest, false imprisonment, assault, battery, mental suffering and breach of rights, as well as an additional $200,000 in punitive damages.last_img read more

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AIIMS launches SAATHI lab to protect elderly from hip fracture

first_imgNew Delhi: All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS) orthopedic department established a lab and developed a training program for the senior citizen to protect them from having a hip fracture.Doctors at AIIMS introduced “Save the Hip Initiative” in which eight weeks training program scheduled to give expert guidance to the senior citizens. The ‘SAATHI’ (Save the Hip Initiative) lab was inaugurated by Dr Randeep Guleria, Director of AIIMS, which will study and recognise the risk of falling of the elderly and also teach them the ability to balance their body. “The purpose is to save elderly from falling, as well as protecting their hip fractures,” said expert. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe expert also said that during the old age, human body becomes weak, which makes it difficult to handle and balance, hence, the biggest reason for hip fracture among the elderly is a sudden loss of motor function in their legs. Keeping all these things in mind, the expert has developed a special lab, SAATHI. Dr Rajesh Malhotra, Head, Orthopedic Department, AIIMS informed that there are many reasons for sudden loss of motor function in a human body. During the old age, under the influence of medicines for their geriatric ailments, low eye vision, and neuro-related disorders are among the few of the reasons for sudden fall while walking. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchings “Once in a year, at least 50 per cent of patients over 80 years loss their motor function and among of these around 20 per cent need to hospitalised,” he added. Due to this, around 10 per cent elderly incurred fracture and seldom, they received brain injuries. Around a dozen of machines and equipment have been installed into this lab, which will study and examine the risk of falling of the elderly and also be treated, he added.last_img read more

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US Embassy and American Center in Colombo back to normal

Operations at the US Embassy in Sri Lanka has returned to normal, the US Embassy in Colombo said today.The Embassy said that the American Center in Colombo is also now open to the public. The Democratic leadership agreed to back the bill after accepting promises from Republicans for a debate later on the future of young illegal immigrants. Operations were back to normal after the US government partial shutdown ended after Republicans and Democrats voted for a temporary funding bill. Thousands of federal employees had been placed on temporary, unpaid leave since Saturday as the bill failed to get approval. (Colombo Gazette)

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Energy sector weighs on stocks in Toronto loonie up after strong jobs

Companies in this story: (TSX:GSPTSE, TSX:CADUSD=X) TORONTO — Losses in the energy sector weighed on Canada’s main stock index in late-morning trading, while the loonie pushed higher after a stronger-than-expected jobs report for August.The S&P/TSX composite index was down 14.24 points at 16,560.57.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was up 75.45 points at 26,803.60. The S&P 500 index was up 4.67 points at 2,980.67, while the Nasdaq composite was up 7.94 points at 8,124.77.The Canadian dollar traded for 75.92 cents US compared with an average of 75.60 cents US on Thursday, after Statistics Canada reported the economy added 81,100 jobs last month.The October crude contract was down 75 cents at US$55.55 per barrel and the October natural gas contract was up 4.4 cents at US$2.48 per mmBTU.The December gold contract was up US$2.80 at US$1,528.30 an ounce and the December copper contract was down 0.55 of a cent at US$2.64 a pound. The Canadian Press read more

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Marking World AIDS Day UN urges refocused attention to fight epidemic

Addressing a Town Hall Meeting held UN Headquarters in New York in observance of the Day, UN Deputy Secretary-General Louise Fréchette said the events of the past few months had propelled the world into an uncertain environment, but that the resolve to address the epidemic should not be diminished as a result. “The Secretary-General has issued a call to action to the whole world, focusing on five clear objectives around which we can all rally,” she said. The aims were to ensure that people everywhere knew what to do to avoid infection, to stop “perhaps the most tragic form of HIV transmission” – from mother to child – to provide treatment for all infected persons, to redouble the search for a vaccine, as well as a cure, and to care for all those whose lives have been devastated by AIDS, particularly orphans.Marked annually on 1 December, World AIDS Day this year has the theme “I care, do you?” to inform people that individual action can go far in slowing infection rates and breaking the silence about the epidemic. For her part, the Director-General of the UN World Health Organization (WHO), Dr. Gro Harlem Brundtland, said the world had seen the start of a real change over the past year. “Silence about HIV and AIDS is being broken,” she said in a message. “All governments are confronting the epidemic with a new openness. They know that the effects [of AIDS] are relevant for their people. Taboos are starting to erode.” Pointing to recent declarations by world leaders, the WHO chief said there was widespread political commitment to act. The increase in access to low cost AIDS medicines, the establishment of health services for people at risk of HIV, and the boost in contributions to the Global Fund initiated by Secretary-General Kofi Annan were all signs that the fight against the epidemic was gaining serious momentum, she said.Meanwhile, all over the world, the UN and its partners are organizing events to inform people about AIDS. UN Information Centres are holding media events, press conferences, film screenings, art competitions, script-writing contests, exhibits and educational campaigns to get the message out.World AIDS Day events are also being held by UN peacekeeping operations. The UN Mission in Sierra Leone, for example, is marking the Day with a march from park in central Freetown to a stadium, where a weeklong commemorative programme includes cultural performances, workshops, film shows and panel discussions. The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) is organizing events both at its Headquarters in Geneva and it many of its nearly 290 offices worldwide. read more

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UN agency EU partner to reduce risks from pesticides in Belarus

Over the next two and a half years, the United Nations food agency will provide technical assistance to Belarus in managing its stocks of obsolete pesticides, it was announced today.The effort is part of a joint plan with the European Union, launched in 2012 throughout the former Soviet Union, to build capacity to minimize the threats from hazardous waste to human health and the environment, as well as to strengthen legislation and build capacity in the management of pesticide containers.An estimated 200,000 tons of obsolete pesticides, around 40 per cent of the world’s stockpiles, can be found in Belarus and the 11 other former Soviet republics, according to the UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO). “Kept in tens of thousands of unprotected sites, they pose a serious threat to peoples’ health and the environment,” FAO reported.According to the World Bank, there is significant risk that pesticides could pollute the groundwater in parts of Belarus, affecting well water, along with rivers and other bodies of water in the entire region. The UN agency will identify and assess the most highly contaminated sites in the country. In addition to also mobilizing resources for risk reduction, the plan also promotes alternatives to the most hazardous chemicals in use, and develops communication strategies to raise awareness among farmers and the public.“This is an important project for FAO, where our organization has a unique experience,” said Vladimir Rakhmanin, FAO Assistant Director-General for Europe and Central Asia. read more

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Diebler Lighty showcase skills at NBA Combine prepare for draft

As the Ohio State basketball team prepares for life without Jon Diebler and David Lighty, they are both are preparing for success at the next level. Both players competed at the NBA Combine, which was broadcast live on ESPN U, Thursday in Chicago. ESPN draft analyst Chad Ford said it’s possible both Buckeyes will be selected in the second round of the NBA draft but he also sees situations in which neither player will be selected. The NBA draft consists of only two rounds. One thing Ford was certain of was which draft hopeful has the best shooting ability. “When you watch Jon Diebler, his misses look good. … I do think he’s the best shooter in this draft,” Ford said on the ESPN U broadcast. “You need shooters; you’ve got to spread the floor in the NBA.” Ford compared Diebler to Chicago Bulls guard Kyle Korver, who led the NBA this season in 3-point shots made during the fourth quarter. While Diebler was praised for his shooting ability, Lighty was acknowledged mostly for his defense. Len Elmore, an ESPN analyst and former NBA first-round, called Lighty “one of the best defenders in the Big Ten” last season. Lighty was referred to also as a player who doesn’t have just one elite quality, but who “does all the little things” and has “always played his role.” The 2011 NBA draft will be held June 23 in Newark, N.J. Diebler did not immediately return phone calls for comment. read more

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Rory Stewart to address party members at Conservative conference

The former international development secretary will still attend the four day get-together in Manchester even though he is no longer being allowed to sit as a Conservative MP. Another high-profile rebel attending is former justice secretary David Gauke, who will take part in a Brexit debate on Tuesday October 1 in an… He will take part in an one-on-one interview with Conservative peer Lord Finkelstein on the opening day of conference, in what a spokesperson for the event organiser described as “a wide ranging conversation.” Rory Stewart will launch a defence of his Conservative values at the party’s annual conference later this month, despite having the whip withdrawn for rebelling over Brexit.

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Three new Yokohama OTR tyres to be seen at MINExpo

first_imgYokohama Tire Corp is debuting three OTR (off-the-road) radial tyres at MINExpo International in Las Vegas. “MINExpo only comes around every four years and is the largest mining show in the world,” said Gary Nash, Yokohama vice president, OTR Sales. “It attracts about 50,000 attendees and is absolutely the best place to launch our new OTR tyres.” The tyres are the RL45TM, RB42TM and RL51TM .  RB42: Designed for dump trucks and soft and/or loose surfaces such as mud, sand, gravel and rocks. Features include an extra-deep tread for improved traction and tread life; large centre blocks that increase resistance to cuts and improve overall wear; and a zig-zag groove pattern for better traction: Sizes: 18.00R33, 24.00R35, 27.00R49 (with cut protected compound) and 27.00R49 (with regular compound).RL45: Made for articulated dump trucks, loaders and underground vehicles. Highlights: the deep tread offers longer wear while adding stability; the non-directional block pattern provides abrasion and cut resistance; and it has excellent traction, side-cut protection and improved ride comfort. Sizes: 26.5R25 E2 and 26.5R25 L1.RL51: Grader tyre for mining and construction that features side-cut protection and offers outstanding traction and a long tread life. Size: 23.5R25.Yokohama Tire is the North American manufacturing and marketing arm of Tokyo, Japan-based The Yokohama Rubber Co., a global manufacturing and sales company of premium tires since 1917.last_img read more

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Another brick in the wall Education minister on economic growth figures

first_imghttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oREMQ88eG6ITWO GOVERNMENT MINISTERS said that they are encouraged by figures released today that show Ireland’s economy grew in the second quarter of this year.Junior Finance Minister Brian Hayes said he was encouraged by the “strong” CSO figures saying that employment, growth and exports are all going “in the right direction”.He also said it was significant that trading partners such as the UK and the US are coming out of recession.Education Minister Ruairí Quinn said that it was still too early to determine “where we are and what we have to do”.He said Cabinet agreed yesterday to wait until the last week in September when more budget figures are published to determine how much to take out of the economy in the October budget.Watch the full video above Read: Ireland technically exits recession as economy records growthlast_img read more

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