A day after two persons, including a woman, were arrested for allegedly stealing a newborn boy from the government-run Calcutta Medical College and Hospital, the police on Wednesday said they were not ruling out the involvement of the hospital staff in the matter.The accused, Chinmayee Bej, and her husband, Prashanta, were arrested late on Tuesday night from Baghmari in North Kolkata. The baby has been returned to its mother, Saraswati Naskar.Asked whether they are suspecting the involvement of some hospital staff in the case, Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Vishal Garg said: “We are looking into it.” He said so far they have not got any evidence to suggest a child trafficking angle to the case.Earlier in the day, locals of Baghmari said one of Prashanta’s relatives worked at the hospital and hence his wife was able to get easy access to the premises.On Tuesday afternoon, Bej allegedly fled with the child on the pretext of taking him to the doctor for a check-up. The police released CCTV footage in a bid to identify the accused. “The accused were produced in court on Wednesday and were remanded in police custody till March 24,” said Mr. Garg. A senior police official said that during interrogation Ms. Bej has “admitted” to stealing the child.
The Gujarat High Court on Wednesday reserved its verdict after hearing a batch of petitions challenging a special SIT court’s order in the 2002 Naroda Patiya riots case, which killed 97 people.Dr. Maya Kodnani, a former minister in the then Narendra Modi government was sentenced by the trial court to 28 years in jail for her role in the massacre. Babu Bajrangi, former Bajrang Dal leader, was sentenced to life imprisonment.A Division Bench comprising Justices Harsha Devani and A.S. Supehiya reserved the order after hearing the rival parties who challenged their convictions. The Bench also heard the petition filed by the Special Investigation Team that challenged the acquittal of 29 accused in the case by trial court judge Jyotsna Yagnikon August 30, 2012.Kodnani’s lawyer Hardik Dave said that the High Court also reserved its order on her application seeking to summon BJP chief Amit Shah and seven others, including a former party MLA Amrish Patel, as additional witnesses.The Bench also visited the scene of the riots to understand the topography of the place where 97 people were slain by a mob led by Kodnani. The Naroda Patiya riots was one of the largest massacres during the post-Godhara riots in which over 1000 people were killed. The widespread communal riots in the State was triggered by the burning of a coach in Sabarmati Express on February 27, 2002, in which 59 kar sevaks were killed near Godhara railway station. Kodnani, currently out on bail, was handed down a 28-year imprisonment: 18 years’ life imprisonment after serving 10 years under Section 326 of the IPC (voluntary causing grievous hurt by dangerous weapons or means). The court had called her the “kingpin” of the crime. read more
Three Indian teenaged siblings were among four killed in a fire at a house in Collierville, US, two days before Christmas, according to media reports.A woman Kari Coudriet of Collierville, and Sharron, 17, Joy, 15, and Aaron, 14 — teen siblings of the Naik family from India — all died in the fire, said a statement released by the Coudriet’s Collierville Bible Church.Read it at Hindustan Times Related Items
The Green Archers also found open scorers that resulted to 16 uncontested field goals.“We were also able to pass the ball better,” said Mbala as his team tacked 26 assists. “Overall, we just played better.” Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. The Green Archers just took their biggest victory in Season 80 of the UAAP with a 115-86 degrading of University of Santo Tomas to improve to 4-1.READ: UP stuns La Salle behind Desiderio’s outburstFEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutMbala said they just wanted to get back to their winning ways after losing to University of the Philippines 98-87 a week ago.“We were very eager coming from a disappointing loss against UP, we had to find a way to get back and play our game,” said Mbala Saturday. “The last game, we were not able to play one-on-one defense and we didn’t execute our stops. Things went well today and we got some stops.” Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netReigning MVP Ben Mbala didn’t have the usual smile he usually flashes when talking to practically anyone.As the La Salle center took his seat in the small stage inside Smart Araneta Coliseum, Mbala exuded a stern and kingly aura.ADVERTISEMENT Castro ends debate: It was an air ball, not a pass Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight La Salle allowed UP to light the scoreboards to the tune of 16 three-pointers, and that seemed to have left a bad collective memory on the Green Archers as they limited the Growling Tigers to just a couple of triples in their bounce back win.READ: La Salle bounces back, clobbers USTMbala, who finished with 29 points, said their defense was the biggest factor against the hapless UST side.“I feel like we played better defense, we were able to execute our Mayhem defense and we were able to force them into turnovers and that led to easy fastbreak baskets,” said Mbala.La Salle forced UST to turn the ball over 35 times and this led to 37 points for the Green Archers.ADVERTISEMENT View comments read more
SEATTLE – Seattle’s Hisashi Iwakuma has become the second Japanese-born pitcher in major league history to throw a no-hitter, leading the Mariners to a 3-0 victory over Baltimore on Aug. 13.Iwakuma took the individual plaudits on a day when St. Louis again took the team laurels. The Cardinals, who boast the best record in the majors, beat Pittsburgh, their nearest rival in the National League Central, to stretch their lead to seven games.Iwakuma struck out seven in throwing the first no-hitter by any American League pitcher in nearly three years. He joins Hideo Nomo, who threw two no-nos, as the only Japanese-born pitchers to accomplish the feat.Iwakuma is the fourth pitcher to throw a no-hitter this season, joining Philadelphia’s Cole Hamels — prior to his trade to Texas — Washington’s Max Scherzer and San Francisco’s Chris Heston.TweetPinShare0 Shares read more
US sports New York Mets (@Mets)🚨 LIVE 🚨 The ❄️🐻 reacts to his historic night. https://t.co/TMhrqLEhiLSeptember 29, 2019 New York Mets Share via Email Alonso, who has 120 RBIs, thought back to 1 April, when he hit his first big league home run at Miami in his fourth game. Teammates dumped him into a laundry cart for a rookie hazing ritual. “I felt like yesterday I was getting raw eggs put on my head, mustard, flour, soap, mouthwash, whatever anybody could find,” he said. “And 52 later it’s just crazy. That seems like forever.”Not even assured a roster spot at the start of spring training, Alonso heads into the final day of the regular season leading the majors in homers, four ahead of Cincinnati’s Eugenio Suarez. No rookie since 1900 has won an outright home run title in the big leagues.“Pretty cool accomplishment,” Judge said after the Yankees’ game in Texas. He offered to take Alonso to dinner in the offseason on Judge’s dime.“He’s paying for it? Oh, dang,” Alonso said. “Is he picking where we’re eating or am I picking? I’ll talk to him. But if he’s picking the place, it’s probably McDonald’s or something, because I eat a lot. But if I get to pick and it’s on him, then it may be like Peter Luger.” Since you’re here… MLB Share on Facebook Topics New York Mets (@Mets)❄️🐻❄️🐻 ❄️🐻❄️🐻 🐻 ❄️❄️ 🐻🐻❄️🐻❄️ 🐻❄️🐻❄️ 🐻 🐻 ❄️ ❄️❄️🐻❄️🐻 ❄️🐻❄️🐻 pic.twitter.com/v7gUjhzDNQSeptember 29, 2019 Share on Twitter … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.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 need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on Pinterest “I was just kind of thinking about all the greats in the game of baseball. I was thinking about guys like Babe Ruth, Ted Williams, guys like Aaron Judge,” Alonso said, “and the fact that I’m ahead of those guys as a rookie, it’s mind-blowing.” A night after tying Judge’s record, Alonso launched a 93 mph fastball 415 feet on a 1-2 count from former All-Star Mike Foltynewicz. “When he puts it in play, you’re holding your breath,” Foltynewicz said. “He just hits the ball so damn hard. He kind of just reminds me of Bryce Harper.” Share on LinkedIn Share on WhatsApp Share on Messenger Support The Guardian news Baseball On the next-to-last day of his first major league season, the New York Mets’ Pete Alonso hit his 53rd home run to break the rookie record Yankees star Aaron Judge set in 2017. “There’s just euphoria and magic,” Alonso said. “It was like an out-of-body experience, almost. I felt like I wasn’t standing in the box alone.”The 24-year-old, nicknamed the Polar Bear, earned extended standing ovations from the adoring crowd at Citi Field during the New York Mets’ 3-0 win over the playoff-bound Atlanta Braves on Saturday night. When he went to field at first base for the fourth inning, he pursed his lips, exhaled deeply, blinked over and over and dabbed at his eyes, his cheeks glistening with sweat and tears. Reuse this content read more
All batsmen are considered right handed Mid on Imad Wasim I. Wasim 278/3 ( J. Root 34.3 Overs) , Imam-ul-Haq (PAK) Imam (PAK) Match Ended b Junaid Khan Jason Roy J. Roy c Asif Ali b Faheem Ashraf 0 Eoin Morgan (c) E. Morgan (c) not out Mid Wicket (50.0) England beat Pakistan by 6 wickets Point (44.5) Super Over third Man 234/2 ( J. Bairstow 28.4 Overs) , Moeen Ali M. Ali not out 6.87 w 10.8 England (44.5) (44.5) Ben Stokes B. Stokes run out (Shaheen Afridi) 0 fine Leg 4s Point 93 Point Referee: Sir Richie Richardson (WI) Umpires: Michael Gough (ENG), Paul Reiffel (AUS) and Chris Gaffaney (NZ) 10 Mid Wicket e/r Press Trust of India BristolMay 15, 2019UPDATED: May 15, 2019 10:14 IST 3rd ODI: Jonny Bairstow demolished Pakistan attack as England gunned down a 359-run target in just 44.5 overs (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSJonny Bairstow smashed 128 from 93 balls in England’s 5-wicket win over Pakistan on TuesdayLearnt different things in IPL from different coaches. players: BairstowBairstow hundred helped England chase down a 359-run target in just 44.5 oversEngland opener Jonny Bairstow says batting alongside Australian swashbuckler David Warner during a successful Indian Premier League helped raise his game.Bairstow’s 128 off 93 balls powered World Cup hosts England to a dominant six-wicket win over Pakistan in the third one-day international on Tuesday, helping them go 2-0 up in a five-match series with two to play.The 29-year-old Yorkshireman carried on his recent form from the lucrative Tty20 IPL where he scored 445 runs in 10 games at an average of 55.62 for the Sunrisers Hyderabad.”You’re able to learn different things from different coaches and different players,” Bairstow, who opened the batting for the Sunrisers with Warner, told reporters after the game here.”It’s just little things like game plans. He (Warner) hits in completely different areas to potentially myself. I guess it’s method more than anything else. But learning from them, as well as the guys here, that can only be a good thing playing under pressure with expectation,” said Bairstow.Bairstow was miffed after losing his wicket to Junaid Khan, with the batsman hitting out at his stumps.”I was cross because you want to see that through,” Bairstow said after England had made light of a target of 359 with their second-highest successful ODI run chase to win with 31 balls to spare.”You want to be going on and getting 160 or 170, and potentially 200 and seeing your team through.”That’s where we’re at as a group of players at the moment, having competition to go and get the 150s and 160s and beyond.advertisement”We are backing ourselves and competition is healthy all the way through. That’s a good place to be and I was cross about it,” he said.Also Read | How India’s World Cup-bound players fared in IPL 2019Also Read | Arjun Tendulkar shines with all-round show in T20 Mumbai League openerAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Jonny BairstowFollow England vs PakistanFollow IPL 2019Follow 3rd ODIFollow David WarnerFollow 2019 World Cup Mid on Pakistan PAK Point Liam Plunkett L. Plunkett 1 8.3 3 128 55 0 Pakistan in England, 5 ODI Series, 2019 2 75 8 8 15 5 All batsmen are considered right handed third Man Square Leg Square Leg Mid Wicket – Mid off Match Ended fine Leg Square Leg 9 Extras: 12 runs (B: 0, LB: 3, WD: 8, NB: 1, P: 0) 7 0 0 commentary (50.0) 7.12 Mid off 159/1 ( J. Roy 17.3 Overs) , Mid Wicket Shaheen Afridi S. Afridi 0 covers 0 0 0 43 Pakistan Bowling PAK Bowling 4 third Man 119.44 third Man 0 Tom Curran (ENG) T. Curran (ENG) Point 137.63 Mid on 17 36 1 8.28 76 Haris Sohail H. Sohail 38 c Asif Ali b Faheem Ashraf Mid off not out Scorecard 0.5 fine Leg 4/67 (10) Mid on Mid on Point Square Leg advertisement R 359/4 Pakistan in England, 5 ODI Series, 2019, 3rd ODI 128 (93) 46 m Square Leg All batsmen are considered right handed covers 0 127.77 wd Series Status: England lead the 5 ODI series 2-0 Player Of The Match: Jonny Bairstow Faheem Ashraf F. Ashraf 9.5 324/4 ( B. Stokes 41.2 Overs) , Pakistan PAK England batting ENG batting third Man 12 Mid on fine Leg Chris Woakes (ENG) C. Woakes (ENG) Jonny Bairstow (ENG) J. Bairstow (ENG) 151 (131) 8.33 Fall of Wickets Chris Woakes C. Woakes Mid Wicket Mid off Top Batsmen Top Batsmen England ENG 359/4 c Babar Azam b Imad Wasim 6s 0 Asif Ali A. Ali covers Joe Denly J. Denly 19 not out 1 Tom Curran T. Curran No data available! Top Bowlers Top Bowlers 83 third Man 1 Hasan Ali H. Ali covers nb 37 graphs Mid Wicket Mid off 4 2 Joe Root J. Root c Babar Azam b Imad Wasim 0 2 0 1 fine Leg 2/74 (10) covers r 0 view full scorecard 8 58 Mid off 97.36 Jonny Bairstow talks up IPL experience after demolishing Pakistan attack in 3rd ODIEngland opener Jonny Bairstow had been in fine form Sunrisers Hyderabad in Indian Premier League 2019. Bairstow had demolished opposition attacks as he forged a successful partnership with David Warner. 141.66 1 England ENG Pakistan Square Leg B 0 All batsmen are considered right handed 0 Junaid Khan J. Khan 3 358/9 359/4 covers 36 55 o 1 fine Leg Jonny Bairstow (wk) J. Bairstow (wk) b Junaid Khan Toss: ENG elected to field 2 57 All batsmen are considered right handed 0 0 9 4 run out (Shaheen Afridi) 138.18 All batsmen are considered right handed 1 0 David Willey D. Willey S/R Pakistan in England, 5 ODI Series, 2019 Time: (GMT) | 17:30 (Local Time) 2 view more view less vs 358/9 read more
training use of force collaboration mental health services within the criminal justice system access to and delivery of mental health services As many as 4,500 people working in the criminal justice and health care systems will be trained over time. First priorities include understanding mental illness and identifying and responding to related behaviours, as well as the use of policies and tools, such as information sharing and the Health Information Transfer form. People living with, or affected by, mental illness will also be directly involved in some training. Education in areas such as the importance of de-escalation and crisis intervention before use of force, has already begun and is making a difference. Since 2007, we have seen a significant decline in the use of conducted energy weapons, with a 74 per cent drop. “Judge Derrick identified many areas that could be improved through appropriate and ongoing training,” said Mr. Landry. “We are carefully reviewing the training we have now and will be building upon it to address the gaps we know exist. In fact, correctional officers and sheriffs have already completed use-of-force training as well as recognition-of-emotionally-disturbed-persons training.” A mental health and justice liaison committee, with representatives from the Schizophrenia Society of Nova Scotia and Canadian Mental Health, is in place. A provincial mental health strategy is being developed to address issues relating to access and delivery of services. The strategy will be based on recommendations from the mental health and addictions strategy committee, which is consulting with Nova Scotians, and expected to report this fall. People living with mental illness who come into contact with the law need access to care and support. If the cause of their action is illness, and not ill intent, diversion programs that move them onto a path of recovery as they take responsibility for their actions are appropriate. A diversion program, the Integrated Adult Restorative Justice Pilot Program, is operating in two communities. The mental health court, which opened in November 2009, also ensures that people assigned to it receive the care and support they need. Both the diversion pilot project and mental health court will be evaluated. “We provide services to people who have contact with the justice system,” said Dr. Scott Theriault, clinical director, specialty psychiatric services, Capital Health Mental Health Program. “Our goal is to reduce the contact of people living with mental illness with the justice system through initiatives like Mental Health Court. We welcome this opportunity to collaborate further to improve the quality of life and mental health recovery outcomes of individuals living with mental illness.” “The plan by the departments of Justice and Health and Wellness is a valuable guide to improve services going forward,” said Peter Croxall, director of Capital Health Mental Health Program. People living with mental illness need safe places to stay to successfully transition from custody to the community. A pilot project with government working with the shelter community and mental health organizations to provide individuals leaving custody with permanent housing is being considered. “The release of this plan does not mark the end of our response to the Hyde Inquiry,” Mr. Landry said. “Rather, it is a milestone in what will be a continuing, long-term, partnership effort.” The province will report on progress next year. Building Bridges: Improving Care in Custody for People Living with Mental Illness can be found at www.gov.ns.ca. Stronger partnerships and better training are key elements of the province’s plan to improve care in custody for persons living with mental illness. Health and Wellness Minister Maureen MacDonald and Justice Minister Ross Landry released government’s response today, May 12, to Judge Anne Derrick’s report into the death of Howard Hyde. The Building Bridges: Improving Care in Custody for People Living with Mental Illness plan outlines about 90 actions to address Ms. Derrick’s recommendations. “Mr. Hyde’s experience makes it abundantly clear that we need to strengthen bridges between the criminal justice and health care systems, and build new ones for those living with, or affected by, mental illness,” said Ms. MacDonald. “We want Mr. Hyde’s family to know that his life will continue to touch others as we learn from his experience and work together to improve care in custody for people living with mental illness.” The plan focuses on five areas read more
BRAMPTON, Ont. — Police west of Toronto say a 51-year-old man killed his wife and 13-year-old son before taking his own life on Friday.Peel Regional Police say they were called to a Brampton, Ont., home early in the morning after receiving reports of a stabbing.They say they found the body of a 53-year-old woman inside.Police also found the teenage boy, who was rushed to hospital where he was later pronounced dead.Police say the boy’s father fled the home in a vehicle and killed himself by the side of a road later in the morning.Investigators have not released the causes of death and say they’re not releasing the names of the family members.The Canadian Press
London: An Irish international human rights lawyer who was caught on camera making abusive rants at Air India crew after she was refused alcohol on a flight from Mumbai to London has been jailed for six months in the UK. Simone Burns, was described as “drunk and obnoxious” during a hearing at Isleworth Crown Court in London on Thursday, where it emerged that she also spat at a flight attendant during her foul-mouthed racist tirade after she was refused alcohol on the flight in November last year. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details “The experience of a drunk and irrational person in the confines of an aircraft is frightening, not least on a long-haul flight, and poses a potential risk to safety,” said Judge Nicholas Wood, as he sentenced the 50-year-old to six months in prison for being drunk on an aircraft and two months for assault, sentences to run concurrently. “You were drunk and obnoxious almost from the beginning to the end. You were abusive, contemptuous and confrontational and used appalling language,” he said. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday Burns, born in Northern Ireland and living in Hove in England, was also ordered to pay 300 pounds compensation to the person she assaulted, with the judge saying that “spitting straight into a crew member’s face at close range is a particularly insulting and upsetting act.” The court heard how the lawyer drank three bottles of wine on the long-haul flight before calling the cabin crew “Indian money-grabbing c***s” as she was denied a fourth bottle of red wine for being too drunk. “I’m a f*****g international lawyer,” she told attendants during her tirade before retreating to the toilets to try and smoke. She was given a series of warnings before being arrested on landing in London. A member of the Air India cabin crew described her conduct as unlike anything he had seen during his 34-year aviation career. The judge at Isleworth Crown Court said he was satisfied the offence was racially aggravated and the language Burns used would have been extremely upsetting for the airline staff. Noting Simone Burns’ work with refugees around the world, Judge Wood added: “You are a woman, not just of good character but a positive and impeccable character a righter of wrongs. What this has done, thanks to social media, (has meant) you have had death threats and been a hermit in your home. You are a person who has done good work throughout your life.” Burns’ defence lawyer suggested that her actions were due to a “mixture of altitude, the consumption of drink and anxiety” at the fact that she was likely to miss the funeral of an uncle. Mark Kimsey told the court that his client was “totally ashamed of her behaviour”. “This is not a lady who has a drink problem. This is not a woman who has a drug problem. This is totally out of character,” he said. read more
“The Secretary-General is appalled by reports of the killing of at least 36 civilians on 13 August in the area of Rwangoma village, North Kivu province of the DRC, by suspected members of the Allied Defense Forces (ADF),” said a statement issued by his spokesperson. “[Mr. Ban] condemns in the strongest terms this latest attack in the Beni area where, since October 2014, several hundred civilians have been killed by suspected members of the ADF,” the statement continued, extending the UN chief’s condolences to the families of the victims and to the Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.The Secretary-General in his statement went on to call for those responsible for this attack to be brought to justice. He reiterated the commitment of the UN to support the authorities of the DRC in their efforts to address the threat posed by armed groups and end impunity, in line with the mandate of the UN Organization Stabilization Mission in the DRC (MONUSCO).Earlier in the day, United Nations Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Region Said Djinnit also strongly condemned the attack, referring to the incident as a “massacre.” “Attacking a vulnerable, innocent population is unacceptable,” Mr. Djinnit told UN Radio.“We also encourage […] the authorities of the DRC and MONUSCO to increase their cooperation in addressing the scourge of armed groups in eastern DRC in general and Beni, in particular,” he added. At least 36 people were killed in the attack which took place overnight on 13 and 14 August. The attack is believed to have been carried out by the ADF, a rebel group of Ugandan origin, operating mainly in eastern DRC. Additionally, in a press release issued earlier today, the Special Envoy noted that “[The] attack will not deter from the collective determination to neutralize all negative forces that continue to cause sorrow and atrocities in eastern DRC.” Mr. Djinnit added that the attack is a reminder of the urgency to implement the commitments of the Peace, Security and Cooperation (PSC) Framework, and the decisions taken in that regard by the Heads of State of the region. According to the press release, the Special Envoy also reiterated his readiness to continue to support ongoing efforts to end the plague of negative forces in the region, together with other representatives of the “guarantors” of the PSC Framework agreement. Mr. Djinnit also expressed his condolences to the Government and people of the DRC on the deadly incident. For its part, MONUSCO strongly condemned the killings as an act of barbarism, noting that reports indicate that 31 victims were brought to Beni town, while 5 victims were reportedly buried at the scene of the attack.MONUSCO, in cooperation with the national forces, known by the French acronym, FARDC, and the national police, deployed forces throughout the territory of Beni to contribute to the protection of the population and prevent further attacks. Joint patrolling is under way and a senior MONUSCO delegation was expected to fly to Beni today to express support to the national authorities in addressing the situation. read more
On Sunday afternoon May 7, if you’re in the north end of St Catharines, don’t be surprised if you see a larger than usual number of walkers on the Welland Canal path.Steven RenzettiHospice Niagara is holding its annual fund-raising Hike, and this year’s event holds special resonance for many members of the Brock community. Among many others for whom Hospice Niagara has provided palliative and end-of-life care was Steven Renzetti, Professor of Economics at Brock, and the University’s Interim Vice-President of Research. Steven passed away in February after being diagnosed with cancer several months earlier.One group of walkers in Sunday’s Hike will constitute Team Steven Renzetti. Led by Steven’s daughter, Allie, it will also include many members and friends of the Renzetti family.Members of the Brock community who wish to support Hospice Niagara, in honour of Steven’s memory, can sponsor Team Steven Renzetti by visiting http://www.hikeforhospiceniagara.ca/faf/search/searchTeamPart.asp?ievent=1170257&lis=1&kntae1170257=F9E66AA2D767457E9CD279D4E2DED0FD&supId=0&team=6931877&cj=Y read more
Dean Dalla Valle, BHP Billiton’s Chief Commercial Officer is responsible for overseeing BHP Billiton’s response in Brazil. Dalla Valle said while considerable work remains over the long term, six months on substantial progress was being made in the response effort.The company has reported on the recovery and response effort following the breach of the Fundão tailings dam and Santarém water dam at Samarco’s iron ore operations in Minas Gerais, Brazil, in November 2015. “While we cannot bring back the lives that were lost, we continue to focus on ensuring that the families and communities impacted by this tragedy are supported,” Dalla Valle said.“The response has been comprehensive and swift. BHP Billiton Brasil is working with Vale and Samarco to rebuild and restore the environment and communities and ensure compensation where restoration is impossible,” he said.“Through BHP Billiton Brasil, we are establishing a long-term presence in Brazil and helping to build capacity in the team on the ground to support the commitments set out in the Framework Agreement with the Brazilian authorities.”On 5 May 2016, the Federal Court of Appeal in Brasilia ratified an Agreement to provide a framework that Samarco, its shareholders and the Brazilian Authorities agree is the best way of managing the ongoing response to the Samarco tragedy. The Agreement will create an independent Foundation that will put in place a comprehensive range of programs to address the social, economic and environmental consequences of the dam failure. Its programs will be informed by science and reflect the needs of the community. The results will be transparently reported.The recruitment process for a CEO to lead the foundation is well underway ahead of the organisation’s launch in July. The relocation of the most heavily impacted communities, including Bento Rodrigues and Paracatu de Baixo, is one of the critical elements of the agreement. To this end, the Bento Rodrigues community will soon vote on where to rebuild their town, selecting one of three locations shortlisted based on community-elected criteria such as accessibility, proximity to the regional centre of Mariana and agricultural productivity.Restoration of community infrastructure continues and all impacted bridges have been rebuilt with further clean-up and reconstruction work progressing in Barra Longa, Paracatu de Baixo and Gesteira. More than 60 per cent of the residential, commercial and public buildings have been rebuilt or restored in the Mariana region.People affected by the dam failure are receiving financial support with more than 5,200 people receiving emergency support cards in Mariana, Barra Longa and Rio Doce as well as fishermen along the river in the states of Minas Gerais and Espírito Santo. In terms of environmental remediation, areas affected by flooding are being progressively revegetated, including 760 of the 800 ha requiring short-term revegetation along the Doce, Carmo and Gualaxo rivers. This planting will protect the riverbank and reduce the amount of sediment carried into the riverbed through rainfall. A full program to restore biodiversity will be implemented over time.Samarco reports that of the tailings released as a result of the event, approximately 85% was retained within 85 km of the Fundão dam. Samarco has built three containment dykes (S1, S2 and S3) which are working effectively to contain tailings that have left the dam facility and prevent them from entering the Doce, Carmo and Gualaxo rivers. As a result, the quality of water leaving the site meets Brazilian national standards for turbidity. The Samarco team continues to work on solutions to address sediment runoff further downstream. Samarco has confirmed it has begun the process of seeking approvals from the relevant authorities to progress options that would enable restart of its operations. Samarco is an important contributor to the national economy and the livelihoods of thousands of people. Samarco’s operations will restart only when it is safe to do so, and when all regulatory approvals are granted and accepted by the relevant authorities and communities. read more
Update: These lawsuits have now all been quietly dropped, so score one for the outlaws.Both Red Dead Redemption and its sequel are about wild cowboys realizing they have no place in the new world running from the outwardly civilized but no less violent and oppressive force of modernity in the form of the encroaching federal government. It’s a classic Western story, and like many other classic Westerns, the main government antagonists are the Pinkertons, which were one of the most powerful law enforcement groups in the late 19th century.However, now the Pinkertons have found themselves the forgotten men of history and are raging against the forces of the future they believe have exploited them. It’s kind of poetic really. But Rockstar’s lawyers probably don’t feel that way as parent company Take-Two is now embroiled in a legal battle with the actual Pinkertons.Pinkertons were never actually a part of the government. They were a private detective agency that worked for the government, businesses owners, and anyone else who wanted to crackdown on crimes such as “labor organizing.” It got so bad the 1893 Anti-Pinkerton Act cut (most) ties between the group and government. These days that private company is owned by Swedish security firm Securitas AB. And Securitas isn’t too pleased that one of the biggest games in the world right now makes their dudes seem like such dicks.According to The Verge, in December Pinkerton sent Take-Two a cease-and-desist for violating the trademark and wanted money either from royalties or a lump sum. Take-Two shot back saying that they way Pinkerton is used in Red Dead 2 is part of a long tradition of Western historical fiction using the agency this way from Deadwood to The Legend of Zorro to that Weezer album.Even other video games set during this time, like Bioshock Infinite, feature plenty of Pinkerton references. Take-Two is essentially arguing that Pinkerton’s past is a part of the public domain and that artists have a First Amendment right to use it. And although we aren’t lawyers, we tend to agree. While Red Dead Redemption 2 has certainly made more than enough money to make Pinkerton go away (unlike the characters) it’s the principle of the thing.For more on Red Dead Redemption 2 read our review and check out this beautiful photo gallery.View as: One Page Slides1/241. A River Runs Through It — I couldn’t help but think of Norman McLean’s tale of coming and age and fly fishing, A River Runs Through It, as I spied this view from a perilous rope bridge.2. After the Bear Fight — I was ridging through a green field of beautiful flowers when my horse reared and a grizzly attacked me. I got a few shots off, but had my varmint rifle equipped. I survived the mauling and killed the beast, but was worse for wear.3. After the Hanging — I watched this poor soul lose his virtual life. Not a pretty sight.4. Altar Tight — A raven perches atop an altar of sacrificial bones. You’ll see some weird things if you wander off the beaten path.5. Amputation — I brought this fellow to the doctor, who had to take his arm. Nasty business.6. Arthur and Deer — I couldn’t resist posing for a selfie outside the taxidermist’s house.7. Arthur Twilight Mountain Selfie — The light was gorgeous in the game, trust me.8. Bear Hat Mouth Harp Selfie — I put on my bear hat, one of the first absurd hats you can get in the game, to snap a selfie in the Rhodes town square.9. Bird of Paradise — Arthur contemplates his decisions as he stands in front of a bird of paradise.10. Boat on River — I had a Georges Seurat painting in my mind when I framed this one.11. Dry Goods Vet — The general store in Rhodes is photogenic as hell.12. Dynamite Accident — This is what happens when you stand too close to a safe during the process of attempting to open it using dynamite.13. Gunfighter Lady —Gunfighting wasn’t just for the fellas.14. Hanging Guy In The Swamp — I had a legendary fish on my horse. But I saw this and stopped to take a picture anyway. Needless to say, I was immediately murdered by swamp people. I got the fish back, though.15. In Memory — Old gravestones are one of my favorite real-world photographic subjects, so I had to snap this shot of a wooden marker when I happened upon it.16. Law Office — An urban street scene at night—not sure what these dudes are up to, but the lighting grabbed my attention.17. Lighthouse — The lighthouse is one of the prettier spots in the game.18. Look On My Works — Serial killer? I don’t know. No spoilers. Unless you know where Gavin is.19. Mouth Harp — There’s a dude in Rhodes who just hangs out and plays a mouth harp all day. Who said they didn’t have hipsters in the 19th century?20. Notions — There’s just something about the townsfolk in Rhodes that makes me think of Deliverance.21. River and Mountains —Red Dead’s scenery is amazing, even if Arthur isn’t quite Ansel Adams.22. Snowy Cabin Body — One of Arthur’s victims lies dead in the snow.23. St. Denis Street At Night — As New Orleans is in the real world, St. Denis is one of my favorite places on the Red Dead map.24. Vesuvius Studio Shot — This isn’t from Arthur’s camera. I paid to have my portrait taken in St. Denis. The photographer had a backdrop with what is presumably Mount Vesuvius, so of course that’s the one I went with. Stay on target ‘Red Dead Online’ Finally Fully Launches‘Red Dead Redemption 2’ Sold Even Better Than Expectations read more
Vancouver police officers on Thursday arrested Fontella Hooper, 30, of Vancouver on suspicion of two counts of vehicular assault in connection with a suspected impaired driving crash that seriously injured two people Wednesday night.Hooper, the other driver, and the other driver’s passenger were all hospitalized following the crash, the police said. The crash was reported around 7 p.m. on East Fourth Plain Boulevard near the P Street intersection.The police did not identify the other motorists, but said both remained in the hospital Thursday, and that the vehicle’s passenger suffered possible life-threatening injuries.The police said investigators think driver impairment may have been a factor in the crash.
Gemstar TV Guide’s announced $2.8 billion sale to Macrovision Corp.—by far the biggest consumer magazine deal of 2007—faces an uphill battle for shareholder approval and ultimately may not go through, industry observers said this week.The transaction—56 percent cash and 44 percent stock—is still pending shareholder approval at both companies. But Gemstar’s declining stock price and questions surrounding Macrovision’s plans for the company have led to serious speculation that some stockholders may vote against the deal.Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp., which owns 41 percent of Gemstar, has publicly agreed to vote in favor of the deal. Loeb Partners, which has a 2.1 percent stake in Macrovision, announced last week that it would vote against the merger. No date has been set for a Gemstar shareholder vote. A spokesperson for Macrovision says their vote will come in mid-to-late March. “When the acquisition was announced in early December, we said that the deal was expected to close early in Q2, 2008 and that is still the plan,” says a Gemstar spokesperson.”We believe that investors are free to make their own decisions,” Macrovision CFO James Budge told FOLIO:. “[And we] continue to believe that this is a compelling business combination.”Wall Street, though, has been skeptical of the pairing from the get-go. News of the deal sent shares of both companies plummeting. Macrovision shares fell 22 percent to $20.35; Gemstar shares dipped 16 percent to $4.99. Overall, Gemstar’s stock has fallen from $6.00 per share on December 7 to $4.31 at the end of trading on January 23. Macrovision’s offer values Gemstar at $5.53 a share.On Tuesday, Reuters compiled an arbitrage spread list based on that day’s stock prices. The Gemstar deal is on the list with a spread—the difference between the offered price and the current trading price—of 40.5 percent. According to the Reuters report, “the wider the spread, the more investors doubt the deal will close.”‘Not a Slam Dunk’“It’s certainly not a slam dunk,” says Reed Phillips, managing partner at media banker DeSilva + Phillips. “There appears to be some controversy regarding the price. We’ll have to wait and see how much clout the shareholders have.”Last week, federal regulators approved the merger between the two companies. But analysts have been critical of the deal, specifically, wondering where TV Guide fits into Macrovision’s master plan. Indeed, Macrovision’s main interest in Gemstar-TV Guide appears to be data. The Santa Clara, California-based company hopes to give customers access to information about television shows and music libraries across a variety of devices and platforms.During a conference call the morning of the sale announcement, Macrovision CEO Fred Amoroso—who will become CEO of the combined company if the sale is approved—said that no decisions had been made about TV Guide’s 3.2 million circulation magazine or its publishing division, and that he would need time to study that part of the company before disclosing his plans for the magazine. “I don’t have a deep background in that area,” Amoroso said, not exactly projecting the confidence in the publishing side of the business.Meanwhile, TV Guide’s performance at the newsstand has been on the decline. During the first half of 2007, the magazine’s single copy sales average fell 26 percent (to 221,900), while the average number of paid subscriptions dipped 11 percent (to 3,038,883).Through the first three quarters of 2007, Gemstar-TV Guide had $472 million in revenues, with an operating income of $72 million. Projected revenue for 2007 for Gemstar-TV Guide is $631 million, with projected EBITDA of $115 million. Amoroso expects the combined company to achieve 10 to 15 percent growth in annual revenues over next five years. read more
Early Tuesday morning Anchorage police responded to a fatal shooting at an apartment complex at East 41st Court. Two people were shot, a man and a woman. The man was dead on the scene. No arrests yet. This follows a midtown fatal shooting Sunday in which a 14-year-old is charged with shooting 18-year-old Gustav Steinhilpert the Third in a vehicle in a parking lot. Police call this one a drug deal gone bad.
Anti-extremism program won’t stop hate, say Muslims who’ve seen its flaws August 30, 2019 Share This! By: Krishan Francis TagsSri Lanka Sri Lanka attack Sri Lanka Catholic,You may also like Instagram apostasy stirs controversy over Christian ‘influencers’ August 30, 2019 Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email By: Krishan Francis Krishan Francis Share This! News Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Photos of the Week August 30, 2019 Share This! Share This! News • Photos of the Week Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Catholic officials and parents in Sri Lanka are hopeful that church-run schools will begin to reopen soon for the first time since last month’s devastating Easter Sunday attacks on churches and hotels.All of the island nation’s schools were set to reopen the day after the bombings following a two-week break, but they remained closed after the attacks, which killed more than 250 people and injured hundreds more. Government schools reopened last week, but many children stayed home, fearing another attack.Catholic schools, however, have stayed shut out worried that other Catholic properties could be targeted in further attacks.RELATED: Easter Sunday blasts kill at least 207 in Sri LankaIn a memo to Catholic institutions earlier this month, Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith, the archbishop of Colombo, said he had information from a trusted foreign source that a famous church and a lay institution were to be attacked. The church confirmed that the memo, which first appeared on social media, was authentic.On Sunday, the Catholic Church held the first regular Sunday Mass since the April 21 coordinated suicide bombings, amid tight security. Sunday services had been canceled the two previous weekends apprehensive of more attacks, leaving the faithful to hear Mass via live TV transmission from Ranjith’s residence.Later Sunday, Ranjith gave Sri Lanka’s Catholic school administrators permission to reopen on an individual basis in coordination with local security officials.Rangika Perera, a teacher in a Catholic school where her daughter also studies, said reopening the schools and churches was the best way to demonstrate that Sri Lanka’s Catholics hadn’t been defeated by terrorism.“They want to deprive us in every way and we should not help them succeed by our fear,” she said.The Rev. Ivan Perera, the priest in charge of Sri Lanka’s Catholic schools, said that Catholic school administrators have sent study packs to children by email with exercises on a variety of subjects, but that the toll has been more than academic.Priests and nuns working as counselors said Catholic school students “are very traumatized and are very disturbed, a lot of fear in them,” according to the Rev. Perera.“It will take quite a bit of time for them to get back to normal attitudes. It’s very unfortunate that at this age children should be so traumatized and be full of fear,” he said, adding that when schools reopen, administrators will offer students psychological and spiritual help.RELATED: Sunday Mass canceled across Sri Lanka a week after bombingsThe Easter attacks — which were carried out by radicalized local Muslims and claimed by the Islamic State group — targeted three churches: Sri Lanka’s famous St. Anthony’s Shrine in Colombo, the capital; St. Sebastian’s Church in the seaside, majority-Catholic town of Negombo, outside Colombo; and the protestant Zion Church on Sri Lanka’s east coast. Three luxury hotels in Colombo — the Shangri-La, Cinnamon Grand and Kingsbury — were also attacked.There are currently about 40 schools run by Sri Lanka’s Catholic Church, which owned hundreds of schools by the time the Buddhist-majority island gained independence from Britain in 1948. In the 1960s, the state nationalized hundreds of Catholic schools amid a post-independence wave of Sinhala Buddhist revivalism.According to the Rev. Perera, an estimated 10 to 15 Catholic school students died in the blasts, including eight girls from the same convent school in Negombo. The United Nations children’s fund said 45 children were killed in the six near-simultaneous suicide attacks, including tourists.Though Sri Lankan adults lived through at least part of the brutal, decades-long civil war that ended in 2009, in which rebels from Sri Lanka’s ethnic Tamil minority violently clashed with government forces, younger generations had never experienced bomb attacks or armed soldiers standing guard on street corners.“For the past 10 years, there weren’t any of these things,” said Anushka Wijeyeratne, a mother whose two children, ages 5 and 9, attend Catholic school. “Everything is new to them — the checkpoints and other things are absolutely new to them. As parents we have to go back to basics and rethink, we will have to worry about security.”RELATED: Who are Sri Lanka’s Christians?According to conservative U.N. estimates, some 100,000 people were killed in Sri Lanka’s civil war. Minority Catholics were not spared from the violence, but they were not targeted for their religious beliefs. Since the war ended, Sri Lanka experienced only a handful of small-scale incidents of communal violence before the Easter attacks.Cardinal Ranjith has been an outspoken critic of the government for failing to act upon near-specific intelligence from Sri Lanka’s neighbor India that provided details of the plot and the militants who were to be involved.Parents say they trust the church’s leadership more than the government’s when it comes to the safety of their children.“The government has failed and we don’t have confidence in the government in that aspect,” said Wijeyeratne.But, she added, “How long are we going to sustain this sense of fear?” By: Krishan Francis For many Muslims, Ramadan is a built-in digital detox program Krishan Francis,Load Comments,As Emanuel AME documentary screens, survivors, families mull grief and guns News Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts Share This! read more
Kolkata: A 10-year-old girl was allegedly raped by one of her neighbours on Saturday night at Deganga in North 24-Parganas. The accused person has been arrested by Deganga police station on Sunday.According to sources, the girl had gone to a local shop to buy something. While she was returning home, a youth, who is her neighbour, dragged her to a garden beside the road and allegedly raped her. Later, he also threatened her with dire consequences and told her to remain silent. Also Read – 3 injured, flight, train services hit as rains lash BengalHer parents went out to search her after the victim did not return home for a very long time. When they were asking their neighbours if anybody had seen her, they saw their daughter coming home crying. She was immediately taken inside and asked what had happened. The girl was frightened to the core. She was taken to a local hospital at night where the doctors found that she was raped. Deganga police station was informed. Later, the girl narrated the whole incident to the doctor and her family members. On Sunday, the villagers detained the accused and handed him over to the police. Later, the girl’s parents lodged a complaint at Deganga police station and the accused youth was immediately arrested. Police sources said the accused has admitted to have committed the crime. He was in an inebriated state at the time of the incident. A medical test has been conducted. The accused person will be produced before the Chief Judicial Magistrate’s (CJM) Court, Barasat, on Monday with an appeal for police remand. read more
In the middle of the frozen taigas of Siberia, 1,000 miles inland from the Pacific Ocean and yet still 2,500 miles away from Moscow, sits the city of Mirny in the Sakha Republic in Russia. Having up to 10 full months of winter, the city knows little in the way of seasons. There’s simply a couple of months a year when instead of massive, frozen snowbanks in -76º F, Mirny is filled with swampy streets and can reach record highs of 104º F.Founded in 1955, the Soviet government settled and developed Mirny in a mere three and a half years, gaining official town status in 1959. The most recent census in 2010 boasted a population of just over 37,000 people but the city’s population has grown barely 25 percent since 1979 when it was recorded at 30,000 people.The open pit diamond mine of Mirny in Yakutia. Its depth is 525 meters. Photo by Vladimir CC BY SA 3.0Aside from pretty harsh living conditions, the city of Mirny has seen such little growth since its founding for two main reasons.The first is because Mirny is a monotown, a settlement whose existence is owed to one single company. In this case: Alrosa, Russia’s largest — if not one of the world’s largest — diamond mining company.Central square in Mirny. Photo by alex.maksimov CC BY 3.0At the height of development, Alrosa reaped more than 10 million carats (over 4,400 pounds) worth of diamonds per year, making it one of the richest mines in the world. In 2004 the mine stopped production as there were no more diamonds left to unearth, and in 2011 the mine closed permanently.Related Video: The mystery of a rotating island called ‘The Eye’Second only to the Bingham Canyon Mine in Utah in size, Mirny boasts a diameter larger than 3/4 of a mile and a depth of 1,722 feet. The mine is a site to behold, especially from far away.Kennecott Bingham Canyon Copper Mine in Utah, the deepest open-pit mine in the world, Western USA.Mirny Mine during winter. Photo by Ptukhina Natasha CC BY SA 3.0The second reason is because of its seclusion from the rest of the country, which is not just due to its location. In Russia there are several “closed cities” where Russian tourists, let alone foreign tourists, are not allowed access.Though the cost of living is high, needing to import goods from across Siberia, Alrosa drew inhabitants to Mirny solely for the purpose of mining with incentives of higher wages.Mir from plane. Photo by Serj Kras CC BY SA 3.0Some workers were seasonal, living in Mirny only three months at a time to earn extra money to bring back home. Some settled there with their whole family.Women were employed in post-excavation positions and children could grow up to attend the Polytechnic Institute in Mirny which offers a bachelor’s degree in Petroleum Engineering and specialists’ degrees in Underground Mining of Mineral Deposits, Electrical Engineering and Automation in Mining, and Mining Machines and Equipment.Lake in the Mir mine. Photo by Vladimir CC BY 3.0Suffice to say the mining trade tends to stay in the family, continuing down the generations. Within reason, too, as an average teacher’s salary in Mirny adds up to the equivalent of $400 per month.Despite the seeming singularity of this Siberian city, Mirny hopes to open its doors more in the future, working its way into the hospitality industry. The university now offers degrees in Philology, Mathematics, Computer Science, and Economics. Though the city now only has a couple of hotels, more and more guest rooms are cropping up on Airbnb.Photo by Институт экономики и управления в промышленности CC BY SA 4.0There are a handful of cafés and restaurants to choose from — including sushi and kebabs — not to mention the diamond museum, boasting some glittery specimens of the Mirny mine.Read another story from us: For Centuries this Mysterious Rock Art has Guided Caravans Crossing the AndesMiles and miles away from other settlements let alone cities, Mirny seems a strange place to choose to live. The name does, however, mean “peaceful,” “serene,” and “amicable” in Russian, so it must be pretty relaxing over there. read more