Month: October 2019

Kim executes 5 summit men for being won over by USA

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first_imgSeoul: North Korea executed its special envoy to the United States following the collapse of the second summit between leader Kim Jong Un and President Donald Trump, a South Korean newspaper reported Friday. The Chosun Ilbo said Kim Hyok Chol, who laid the groundwork for the Hanoi meeting and accompanied Kim on his private train, was executed by firing squad for “betraying the supreme leader” after he was “won over to the US” during pre-summit negotiations. Also Read – ‘Hong Kong won’t rule out Chinese help over protests'”Kim Hyok Chol was executed in March at Mirim Airport along with four senior foreign ministry officials following an investigation,” the newspaper quoted an unidentified source as saying. The other officials were not named. Kim Hyok Chol was the North’s counterpart of US special representative Stephen Biegun in the run-up to the Hanoi summit in February. South Korea’s Unification Ministry, which handles inter-Korean relations, declined to comment on the report. Also Read – Pak Army chief accompanies Imran at key meetings in ChinaThe paper also said Kim Jong Un’s interpreter Shin Hye Yong was sent to a prison camp for a mistake at the summit. She failed to translate Kim’s new proposal when Trump declared “no deal” and walked away from the table, Chosun reported, citing another unnamed diplomatic source. Kim Jong Un and Trump left the Vietnamese capital without a deal after they failed to reach agreement on rolling back Pyongyang’s nuclear programme in exchange for sanctions relief. The North has since sought to raise the pressure and carried out two short-range missile tests in May. Senior party official Kim Yong Chol, the North’s counterpart to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in nuclear talks, was also sent to a labour camp, the paper said. In April, South Korea’s parliamentary intelligence committee said Kim Yong Chol had been censured over his handling of the Hanoi summit, despite the fact he had recently been named a member of the State Affairs Commission, a supreme governing body chaired by Kim Jong Un. News of the reported purge came as North Korea’s official Rodong Sinmun newspaper, mouthpiece of the ruling party, Thursday warned that officials who committed anti-party or anti-revolutionary acts would face the “stern judgement of the revolution”. Previous South Korean reports of North Korean purges and executions have later proved inaccurate.The Chosun Ilbo itself incorrectly reported in 2013 that Hyon Song Wol, head of the North’s Samjiyon Orchestra, was executed by firing squad for distributing and watching pornographic content. And the Unification Ministry also mistakenly announced in February 2016 that Ri Yong Gil, chief of the general staff of the North Korean People’s Army, had been executed.last_img read more

CBI books railway officials in Rs 220 crore fraud

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first_imgNew Delhi: The CBI has booked a railway official and three companies in Secunderabad for allegedly siphoning off Rs 2.20 crore from railways’ accounts to fake firms using fraudulent bills, officials said Tuesday. Now suspended accounts assistant V Ganesh Kumar, who was posted in the Expenditure Section, South Central Railway, and fake firms — Sai Balaji Pharma and Surgical, Vinayaka Agencies and Sri Thirumala Enterprises — have been named in the FIR lodged on a complaint from the railways, they said. During a test check, the railways had found that 31 alleged fake bills without GST numbers were allegedly cleared in six months from October, 2018 to April, 2019, they said. It is alleged that Ganesh, in criminal conspiracy with others, allegedly generated and passed these bills in the name of fake firms to transfer around Rs 2.20 crore into the accounts of these firms in Axis Bank.last_img read more

Aligarh murder accused arrested earlier for sexually assaulting minor 2 more held

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first_imgAligarh (UP): Police Saturday arrested two more people for the murder of a toddler here and confirmed one of the men booked earlier for the crime is an alleged sex offender who has targeted children in recent years. The wife and brother of Zahid, one of the two main accused, were picked up this morning by the special investigation team formed to probe the killing of the two-and-a-half-year-old girl in Tappal township. “They were later arrested,” a senior police official said. Also Read – Dussehra with a ‘green’ twist After the fresh arrests, the total number of people arrested in the case has gone to four. Other than the 27-year-old Zahid, police arrested Aslam, 43, on Tuesday after the girl’s decomposed body was found in a garbage dump around 200 metres from her home. The body was discovered on June 2, three days after she was reported missing. The girl’s father alleged she was killed because he failed to repay Rs 10,000 taken as loan from the accused. Also Read – India receives its first Rafale fighter jet from France Aslam was charged under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act in 2014 and 2017, police said. He has also faced charges under Uttar Pradesh’s Goonda Act. The second POCSO case, in Delhi’s Gokulpuri, also involved the abduction of the minor. Aligarh SSP Akash Kulhari confirmed one of the two accused had a criminal history. Two separate cases of POCSO are pending against him and he had gone to jail in connection with an abduction case in Delhi, the SSP said. Kulhari said officials probing the Aligarh case are looking into the phone records of all suspects. “The police are in the process of building a water-tight case against the accused so that it stands all legal scrutiny and speedy justice is delivered through a fast-track court. We are checking phone records of all suspects to trace the crime trail,” he said. Kulhari, who camped in the area till late Friday, warned mischief mongers that strong action would be taken if they try to spread rumours through social media. Tension had prevailed in the area after the victim’s family alleged that police officials delayed the registration of their complaint and the investigation. Five policemen have been suspended for negligence and Kulhari Friday assured the locals that justice would be done in the case. The SSP reiterated that the postmortem examination by a panel of three doctors found “no evidence of sexual assault” but police were taking no chances and forensic experts are examining vaginal swabs for any further evidence. The incident has triggered massive outrage. Political leaders and celebrities have tweeted their angst and disgust over the crime. Aligarh city witnessed candlelight protests over the murder. Teachers and students at Aligarh Muslim University have demanded “exemplary and prompt” punishment for the perpetrators. At a special meeting of its executive, the AMU Teachers Association demanded that a fast-track court be immediately set up to try the case. AMUTA secretary Nazmul Hasan said in a press release the teachers stood by the victim’s family. Former president of AMU students union Faizul Hasan said the law should be amended so that convicts of such crime face “punishment as stringent as that in Saudi Arabia”. ADG (Law and Order) Anand Kumar said Friday, “As of now sexual assault is not ruled out. Vaginal swabs have been sent for forensic examination.”last_img read more

IT dept files 4 fresh chargesheets against lawyer Gautam Khaitan

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first_imgNew Delhi: The Income-Tax Department has filed four fresh chargesheets against lawyer Gautam Khaitan, an accused in the multi-crore VVIP chopper deal scam, on charges of tax evasion and possession of undisclosed bank accounts in Singapore, official sources said on Tuesday.They said four supplementary chargesheets or prosecution complaints were filed before a special court here last week against Khaitan for offences under section 276C (1) (wilful attempt to evade tax) and 277 (giving false statement on oath) of the I-T Act. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoCThe department filed at least nine chargesheets against him in 2018 and the year before on similar charges of possessing undisclosed foreign assets and non-disclosure of all assets and income to tax authorities in India. The sources said the latest development comes after the taxman obtained “fresh evidence” that Khaitan was maintaining three bank accounts in his “own” name in Singapore. The four chargesheets pertain to financial years of 2009-10 to 2012-13, they said. Also Read – Two squadrons which participated in Balakot airstrike awarded citationsThey claimed that Khaitan had not disclosed the ownership of these bank accounts before the tax authorities and that there were “substantial credit entries” or financial transactions in these bank accounts. The department, few months back, had also recorded his statement in the Tihar Jail as he was under arrest by the Enforcement Directorate in a money laundering case. A total of 13 chargesheets have now been filed by the tax department against Khaitan. Last year, five such complaints were filed against him and his wife Ritu Khaitan under the anti-black money law for possessing alleged undisclosed assets abroad while in 2017 four chargesheets were filed against him for allegedly “maintaining four bank accounts in Singapore in the name of British Virgin Islands-based shell companies as well as his own name.” The ED, which is probing the role of the Delhi-based lawyer in two money laundering cases, including in the high-profile VVIP choppers case, has said he has been a beneficiary of Rs 850 crore slush funds generated out of defence deals. It had arrested Khaitan in ter cases under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).last_img read more

169 newly recruited IAS officers to work as assistant secretaries in govt

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first_imgNew Delhi: A total of 169 newly recruited IAS officers were on Wednesday posted as assistant secretaries in different central government departments for three months, beginning July 1.The posting is part of a unique initiative started by the central government to groom bureaucrats at the Centre before they move out to their respective state cadres. All officers of Indian Administrative Service (IAS) are allotted cadres which could either be a state or group of states. The officers are supposed to start their career in their respective cadre states. Also Read – Cong may promise farm loan waiver in HaryanaAs per rules, IAS officers are eligible to come on central deputation only after completing nine years of service at their respective cadres. A total of 169 IAS officers of 2017 batch will be on central deputation for 13 weeks from July 1, 2019 to September 27, 2019, an order issued by the Personnel Ministry said. These officers will be designated as assistant secretaries during the period and will be attached to departments allotted to them, it said. They have completed Phase-II training at the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration in Mussoorie and got their posting. They will report to their respective cadres state after completion of the training, the order stated.last_img read more

Kangana Ranaut Prasoon Joshi 60 others attack selective outrage in letter to

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first_imgSrinagar: President Ram Nath Kovind on Friday paid tributes to the Kargil War martyrs at the Martyrs’ Memorial inside the headquarters of Army’s 15 Corps here. President Kovind laid a wreath at the Martyrs’ Memorial inside the Badami Bagh headquarters. He also signed the visitor’s register at the Memorial. Senior Army officers, including GOC 15 Corps Lieutenant General K.J.S. Dhillon, were present during the wreath laying ceremony. As supreme commander of the Armed Forces, President Kovind was scheduled to visit Drass town of Kargil district today to attend the 20th anniversary celebrations of Kargil victory there. However, the programme was cancelled due to bad weather.last_img read more

Officials say 57 dead in Brazil prison riot 16 decapitated Officials

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first_imgRio De Janeiro: At least 57 prisoners have been killed by other inmates during clashes between organized crime groups in the Altamira prison in northern Brazil with 16 of the victims being decapitated, according to prison officials. Para state prison authorities said on Monday a fight erupted around 7 a.m. between the Rio de Janeiro-based Comando Vermelho and a local criminal group known as Comando Classe A. “Leaders of the (Comando Classe A) set fire to a cell belonging to one of the prison’s pavilions, where members of the (Comando Vermelho) were located,” the statement read. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US State prisons chief Jarbas Vasconcelos said the fire had spread rapidly with inmates held in old container units that had been adapted for the prison while another building is under construction. The fire prevented police forces from entering the building for several hours, he told a news conference. Two prison staff members were held hostage, but eventually released. “It was a targeted attack. The aim was to show that it was a settling of accounts between the two groups, not a protest or rebellion against the prison system,” Vasconcelos said. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls Authorities have not found any firearms following the riot, only makeshift knives. Prison authorities said 46 inmates will be transferred to other prisons, 10 of which will go to stricter federal facilities. President Jair Bolsonaro was elected on the promise of curbing widespread violence in Brazil, including in the country’s often overcrowded, out-of-control prisons. The Associated Press obtained a July 2019 report from the National Justice Council that it says was filed by a local judge in charge of the facility, showing that the prison had 343 detainees for a maximum capacity of 163. Yet Vasconcelos said the situation did not meet the official requirements to be considered overcrowded. “It is not a unit that has a prison overcrowding, we consider overcrowding when it exceeds 210 per cent,” Vasconcelos said during the press conference. The judge who filed the report described the overall state of the prison in the city of Altamira as “terrible.” In many of Brazil’s prisons, badly outnumbered guards struggle to retain power over an ever-growing population of inmates who are able to run criminal activities from behind bars. The killings echoed those of 55 inmates who died in a series of riots in May in several prisons in the neighbouring state of Amazonas. In early 2017, more than 120 inmates died in prisons across several northern states when rival gangs clashed over control of drug-trafficking routes in the region. The violence lasted several weeks, spreading to various states. Para state authorities spent the afternoon in Altamira, drafting a security plan to avoid possible retaliations in the region. Police forces from the nearby municipality of Santerem were sent as reinforcement in the coming weeks. Prison authorities said they had not received any prior intelligence reports of an upcoming attack. The prison is run directly by the state, not a third-party private operator as in the Manaus prisons where the riots took place in May. Last year, inmates had already set fire to another wing inside the same prison unit, according to the state prosecutors’ office. (AP)last_img read more

Muslim hajj pilgrims ascend Mount Arafat for day of worship

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first_imgMount Arafat (Saudi Arabia): More than 2 million Muslims are gathered at the sacred hill of Mount Arafat in Saudi Arabia for an intense day of worship and reflection on what’s considered the climax of the Islamic hajj pilgrimage. Some had tears streaming down their faces as the men, wearing simple white garments, and women raised their hands in worship on the slopes of the rocky hill. Many walked through the pre-dawn darkness early Saturday to the hill where the Prophet Muhammad delivered his final sermon some 1,400 years ago, calling for equality and unity among Muslims. One of the largest religious gatherings on earth, the second day of the hajj is often the most memorable for pilgrims. They stand shoulder to shoulder with Muslims from around the world seeking God’s mercy and blessings.last_img read more

Infosys to deliver cloudbased solutions for Toyota Material Handling North America

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first_imgBengaluru: Infosys announced it has been selected by Toyota Material Handling North America (TMHNA) for a cloud based IoT telematics product implementation along with application support and development for its SAP Platform. As the development partner for TMHNA Global Telematics Solution, a cloud-based IoT offering, Infosys said it would enable remote monitoring and diagnostic capabilities including vehicle access control, system maintenance, condition sensing and location tracking. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal Leveraging its experience and presence in the connected vehicle space, Infosys will help TMHNA draw insights from the data collected to provide better service and improve after sales experiences for consumers in the forklift industry, the Bengaluru-headquartered company said. Infosys said it would also provide SAP Application Maintenance Services to TMHNA through its ValuePLUS service offering that enables smart governance, higher productivity, business satisfaction and efficiency.last_img read more

Drug Inspector and Pharma officials held in bribery case

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first_imgNew Delhi: The CBI on Friday arrested a drug inspector of the Central Drug Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO) under bribery charges in a case where officials of the CDSCO were allegedly demanding bribes in exchange for approving cardiac medication that had already failed tests by the testing authority.The Central Bureau of Investigation had booked Ankur Bansal, a drug inspector with the CDSCO along with the Managing Director of Kwality Pharmaceuticals and other officials of the pharma company in the case, where Bansal had demanded Rs 1.5 lakh to approve a cardiac medication called dobutamine. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Agency sleuths also arrested officials of Kwality Pharmaceuticals in the case, including the Managing Director, a director, the Chief Pharmacist and a driver. Officials here said that premises of the accused in Amritsar and Delhi were also searched. According to the probe agency’s case, Kwality Pharmaceuticals had manufactured a dobutamine injection, which is most commonly used in cardiac surgery to give a boost to cardiac functioning, in case of sudden heart failure. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KHowever, when the injection was sent to the CDSCO for testing, the samples of the medication failed the required tests and Ramesh Arora, the MD of the company challenged the test results, sending another batch of samples to the test laboratories. Subsequently, Karunakar Tiwari, Kwality’s Chief Pharmacist allegedly approached Bansal with Arora and sought to “settle the matter” on July 18. A few days later, Bansal told Tiwari that the second batch of samples had also failed the tests and that he would need to visit Kwality’s premises in Amritsar to investigate. While officials of Kwality and Bansal were negotiating the bribe amount required to close the case and get a favourable decision, Bansal had indicated that senior officials of the CDSCO were also involved in the scam. The CBI’s investigation in the case continues as all the arrested were sent to four days of CBI custody on August 14.last_img read more

DRG jawan dies after encounter with Naxals in Chhattisgarh

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first_imgRaipur: A District Reserve Guard (DRG) jawan, who was injured in an encounter with Naxals on Saturday in Chhattisgarh’s Narayanpur district, has died, police said.Five Naxals were killed on Saturday in the gun-battle with the DRG in a dense forest area of the district, located about 350 km from the state capital Raipur.Two DRG jawans, identified as Raju Netam and Somaru Gota, were also injured in the encounter.”Netam received critical bullet injuries to his vital organs. He succumbed while being evacuated from the forest,” Narayanpur Superintendent of Police Mohit Garg told PTI on Sunday. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Acting on a specific intelligence input about the location of a Naxal training camp near Dhurbeda village in core area of the Maoist hotbed of Abhujmad, a team of DRG, comprising over 100 personnel, raided the place around 6 am on Saturday, he said.The gunfight lasted for about an hour, following which the ultras disappeared into the dense forest.During search, bodies of five ultras were recovered along with a huge cache of weapons, explosives and Maoist documents from the spot, he said. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KGarg said bad weather and hostile terrain hampered the evacuation operation as three attempts to airlift the injured personnel from the forest failed due to continuous rainfall in the area.”The security personnel brought their injured colleagues on cots over their shoulders. They reached Orchha, where the ambulance and doctors were arranged,around 10 pm (nearly 15 hours after the encounter) on Saturday,” he said.While Netam was declared brought dead, Gota was admitted to a private hospital in Raipur where his condition was reported to be out of danger, he said.The killed ultras were yet to be identified, the official said, adding that prima facie, it seems they belonged to military company no. 1 of Maoists.last_img read more

Muslim groups support Dalit community demand joint protest on September 15

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first_imgNEW DELHI: Representatives of several Muslim organisations on Monday supported the Dalit community’s demand for reconstructing a Ravidas temple in Tuglakabad forest area and said they would organise a joint protest in the national capital on September 15. The Delhi Development Authority (DDA) had demolished the temple on August 10 on the orders of the Supreme Court.On August 21, a massive protest in the national capital on the issue turned violent, following which Dalit group Bhim Army chief Chandrashekhar Azad and 95 others were arrested on the charge of rioting. At a press conference here, Mulana Fazlul Manan Shahi, the Imam of Teele Wali Masjid in Lucknow, said, “We feel the pain caused by the temple’s demolition as we have gone through a similar experience. We share the grief of our Dalit brothers. We will be there to rebuild the temple.” Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderMufti Aeyaaz Arshad Qasmi, a member of the All India Muslim Personal Law Board, said, “If the government does not rebuild the temple, we will hit the streets on September 15. We will do all that we can. We will take legal recourse too.” Syyed Bahadur Abbas Naqvi, the general secretary of Anjuman-e-Haideri, alleged that the “government misled the apex court by furnishing fake documents about acquisition of the land where the temple stood.” “According to law, land belonging to any religious structure cannot be acquired. The government acquired the land in question in 1986. There is enough evidence to prove that the temple existed before 1986,” he claimed. “Muslims and Dalits communities stand together on the issue. We demand the temple be built at its original place and Azad and his supporters, who have been arrested on false charges, be released immediately,” Naqvi said, adding on September 15, the Muslim community will take put a peaceful march to the site in Tughlakabad where the temple stood.last_img read more

Europe beat USA to regain Solheim Cup

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first_imgGleneagles: Europe regained the Solheim Cup with a thrilling 14.5-13.5 victory over the United States on Sunday at Gleneagles. Norwegian wildcard Suzann Pettersen holed the winning putt in the last match on the course, making a birdie on the 18th to defeat Marina Alex one-up in a dramatic finale in the event’s closest ever finish. It was a first defeat for US Captain Juli Inkster – and it makes it three wins out of three in Scotland for Europe following on from Dalmahoy (1992) and Loch Lomond (2000). “This is fantastic,” said Europe’s Scottish captain, Catriona Matthew after Europe’s first victory since 2013. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh”I knew the last few matches would be crucial.” Pettersen, a new mum who had hardly played in two years, was a controversial wild card selection. “But I always had faith,” added Matthew. “It is all still a blur,” said Pettersen. “I knew it was close. But Catriona came up to me at the last and I said ‘is this why you picked me?’. “This is just so fantastic for Europe.” It was Europe’s sixth Solheim Cup win – with the USA 10-time champions.last_img read more

Doctors often called on to provide medical emergency aid on flights

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first_imgTORONTO – It’s a call for help that most physicians worry about when taking a flight: “Is there a doctor on board?”What it heralds is an urgent medical issue, usually involving a passenger, which can range from someone experiencing severe pain or passing out to having a heart attack.“Every health-care professional is likely to hear this call at some point while flying, but for most of us, treating patients on a plane is a completely unfamiliar scenario,” said Dr. Alun Ackery, an emergency physician at Toronto’s St. Michael’s Hospital, who co-authored recommendations aimed at helping medical professionals manage in-flight emergencies.Trying to treat an ill passenger in the dimly lit and cramped confines of a commercial aircraft at 11,000 metres in the air can be a daunting proposition, said Ackery, especially if a doctor is unaware of what in-flight medical equipment is available.“When you’re in a moment of crisis, you don’t really want to be learning about what you have to help you,” he said.The recommendations, published Monday in the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ), were developed in collaboration with Air Canada and WestJet, which both carry comprehensive first aid kits on their aircraft.“Each airline’s kit is going to look different, and the contents aren’t always going to be familiar, which adds another layer of complexity to an already stressful situation,” said Dr. David Kodama, an emergency medicine resident at the University of Toronto and a co-author of the recommendations.The kits contain a number of medications, saline, a blood pressure cuff, stethoscope and other basic pieces of equipment to address on-board medical emergencies.But the authors say the cabin environment also changes how some of that equipment is used and how certain diagnostic results are interpreted. For instance, a patient’s normal oxygen saturation is lower at altitude than on the ground and aircraft noise may make getting an accurate blood pressure reading using the cuff and stethoscope difficult.“We want more physicians and health-care professionals to read this (CMAJ) article and gain some comfort in their ability to approach a medical problem on an aircraft,” said Ackery.He and Kodama have also prepared a video discussing Air Canada’s on-board medical kit, and its URL is listed in the CMAJ article and will be posted on St. Michael’s Hospital’s website.An estimated 2.75 billion passengers worldwide fly each year on commercial airlines, with about 133 million flyers in Canada in 2015, a 27 per cent increase over 2009, the article states.The increasing number of passengers is one reason for a rising incidence of in-flight medical emergencies. Estimates range from one per every 604 flights to one per 7,700 passengers.The top five causes of medical emergencies are lightheadedness/loss of consciousness, respiratory symptoms, nausea or vomiting, cardiac distress and seizures. Seven per cent of these emergencies result in the flight being diverted.In Canada, Quebec is the only province that imposes a legal duty on physicians to come to the assistance of a person in a life-threatening emergency, the authors say.So what is a doctor’s ethical and legal obligation to step forward when a call goes out for medical aid on a flight?Dr. Jeff Blackmer, vice-president of professionalism at the Canadian Medical Association, said physicians are encouraged under the organization’s code of ethics to provide “whatever assistance they can to any person with an urgent need for medical care.”“But there’s no law or regulation except in Quebec that requires a physician to do this,” he said from Ottawa.There have a been some cases of Canadian doctors facing lawsuits after trying to help a sick passenger on their flight, but Blackmer said the Canadian Medical Protective Association that provides legal defence and liability protection to physicians does not provide blanket coverage in such cases.Such protection is decided on a case-by-case basis and one of the issues doctors face is what country’s airspace is involved at the time.“And it’s very different if you’re in Canada versus, say, over Russian airspace or Sub-Saharan African airspace or American airspace what your liability may or may not be,” he said.“You have to make a judgment whether to participate and then sometimes make life and death decisions in a very less than optimal environment, with or without the necessary equipment.“And you can’t sort of stop to say which airspace are we in?”Blackmer, who flies a great deal in relation to his position with the CMA and has frequently responded to calls to help a fellow passenger in medical distress, said many doctors struggle with the issue of offering assistance.For instance, if a physician is on board a flight and has had a couple of alcoholic drinks and perhaps been awakened in the middle of the night, he or she may feel their judgment might be impaired and they could do more harm than good, he said.“So you can’t have a black-and-white statement that says doctors have an absolute ethical obligation to provide assistance during an in-flight emergency. It’s much more nuanced and complicated than that.”The Canadian Medical Association Journal is editorially independent from the CMA, the professional body representing more than 80,000 physicians across the country.— Follow @SherylUbelacker on Twitter.last_img read more

Challenges for boys trapped in Thai cave is mental not physical Cdn

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first_imgThe challenges 12 boys and their soccer coach are facing as they make their way out of a flooded cave in Thailand are more mental than physical, Canadian cave divers and rescuers said Monday.The dangerous underwater rescues — considered a last resort — involve two divers accompanying each of the boys, none of whom had experience diving before they were found on July 2.The group had gone exploring in the massive Tham Luang Nang Non cave on June 23 after a soccer practice, and were cut off when a rainstorm flooded the cave.A massive international search operation was launched and it took 10 days to locate the boys, who had taken shelter on a dry slope deep in the complex.Typically people would learn to scuba dive before embarking on a more technically challenging cave dive like the one involved in the rescue effort, said Chris Foisey, a St. Catharines, Ont.-based scuba instructor with experience diving through underwater tunnels.But the boys have had experts on hand to navigate the tight passageways filled with muddy water and strong currents, with no light to guide the way.Foisey said the rescuers will be looking for signs including the direction the bubbles are travelling in order to figure out which way leads out of the cave and which leads farther in.So the challenge for the children lies in keeping in keeping calm while remembering the minutiae of a new skill, Foisey said.“For instance, if their mask was to leak, how to clear the mask properly without any sort of panic,” he said.The kids may also have been instructed in non-verbal ways to communicate while underwater using touch and light, he said. For instance, a squeeze of the arm could mean there’s an emergency, or a light moving in a circle could mean “OK.”Christian Stenner, a provincial co-ordinator for the Alberta/BC Cave Rescue Service, said making sure the kids understand what’s going on is key.“Any way we can help involve them in their own rescue is beneficial,” he said. “It gives them a bit of focus, a bit of ownership over the process.”And, Foisey said, the boys do have one thing going for them: “I’m sure these kids were very determined to get home.”-With files from The Associated Presslast_img read more

National Coalition of Chiefs backs oil and gas development

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first_imgCALGARY (660 NEWS) — A group of Indigenous leaders in Canada are coming out in support of the oil and gas industry, while also opposing two major pieces of legislation.On November 5 and 6 in Richmond B.C., the National Coalition of Chiefs talked about resource development and how the industry can reduce poverty on reserves.The First Nations chiefs and Metis leaders agreed the industry needs their backing, while the federal government should stop Bills C-48 and C-69.Bill C-48 would put a moratorium on tanker traffic on B.C.’s North Coast, while Bill C-69 revamps the assessment process for projects such as the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.NCC Executive Committee Member and former president of the Metis Nation of British Columbia, Bruce Dumont, said Indigenous people need to work with the projects, not against them.“You need to be an owner, a business partner in these pipelines. So that you have equity and you can be a steward on those pipelines when it crosses your territory.”Dumont says it’s a misnomer that Indigenous people do not support resource development, and he recalls the debate over Northern Gateway, which dozens of Indigenous groups supported.When it comes to Bills C-48 and C-69, the NCC says they would harm Indigenous rights. Dumont said Indigenous groups do benefit from tanker traffic off the B.C. coast.“That’s part of our economy, and our people should be a part of that economy.”Dumont believes propping up the oil and gas industry results in economic gains for Indigenous groups and the country as a whole. On the opposite end, by making it tougher for projects to move forward, Dumont says it essentially locks the groups out of the economy.Members of the coalition are planning on going to Ottawa in the coming weeks to deliver a letter to Senators, asking them to strike down the two pieces of legislation.last_img read more

Two teens charged with seconddegree murder in Montreal slaying of 17yearold

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first_imgThe Canadian Press MONTREAL — Two teenagers appeared in Quebec Youth Court Wednesday on charges of second-degree murder in connection with the death of a 17-year-old whose body was found in a wooded area in Montreal.The Crown asked that the accused — a boy and a girl, both 17 years old — be sentenced as adults in the event they are found guilty.Police initially thought the death was the result of an accident, but an autopsy showed the victim was stabbed in the lower body.Sgt. Manuel Couture said in an interview that all signs point to an armed robbery that went awry.Police arrested the two suspects Wednesday morning. It is unclear whether they knew the victim.The 17-year-old’s body was discovered Monday morning in woods bordering a residential district on Nuns’ Island in southwestern Montreal.Defence lawyer Daniele Roy told reporters outside the courtroom that the Crown’s request to have the suspects sentenced as adults if found guilty is standard in these types of cases.“All I can say is that it’s the usual step,” she said. “Meaning, when there are murder accusations, it’s almost automatic that the Crown will make this kind of request — and it’s far from certain it will be accepted.”The Al Jazira Centre, a local mosque, has launched an online funding campaign for the victim’s mother and brother and was holding a wake and vigil Wednesday night.Under the Youth Criminal Justice Act, neither the accused nor the victim can be identified.The case returns to court Nov. 21.last_img read more

In the news today Aug 29

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first_imgSix stories in the news for Thursday, Aug. 29———B.C. ANTI-GANG UNITS TARGETING KIDS IN ELEMENTARY SCHOOLSA senior officer in the RCMP’s gang enforcement unit in Surrey, B.C., says he didn’t expect to find himself working in elementary schools. Sgt. Mike Sanchez says there are already signs of kids glorifying what he describes as a “gang lifestyle.” He says they wear clothes mimicking older kids who sell drugs and show no surprise when his team gives its presentation. A task force on gang violence found that while many promising programs, they often operate in silos and with limited budgets. The Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit says the average age of a gangster on the Lower Mainland remains in the late 20s. But the task force found teens and young adults can be attractive partners for older, more entrenched gangsters who may direct them to kill, which reduces the risk of retaliation and criminal charges.———FACTS AREN’T FAIL PROOF IN POLITICS: SURVEYA survey probing how people use facts to form beliefs suggests that even when given accurate information, many people still get the facts wrong. The Digital Democracy Project told poll participants that Canada is not on track to meet its climate-change commitments, which is true. But even when armed with that fact, barely half of those surveyed then correctly answered a question on the subject. Researchers say the results show it is possible for journalists and politicians to correct the record, but not easy. The project, led by the Public Policy Forum and the Max Bell School of Public Policy at McGill University, is exploring how people’s ideas are shaped by the information they consume and in turn how that might shape their vote this fall.———FUNERAL TODAY FOR B.C. TEEN WHO DIED OF APPARENT OVERDOSEDA celebration of life is set to be held today for a 14-year-old British Columbia boy whose apparent drug overdose death was captured on video and posted to social media. Carson Crimeni’s death on Aug. 7 in Langley, B.C., is under investigation by RCMP and B.C.’s police oversight body, the Independent Investigations Office. Crimeni was found that night in an area near the skateboard park and was rushed to hospital but was pronounced dead. RCMP have set up a 24-hour tip line seeking anyone who may have seen Crimeni in the hours before he died, as well as anyone who might have seen him with any other groups of people. An obituary published by Crimeni’s family last week described the teen as a “fun-loving jokester” who had “dreams of becoming a veterinarian or chef.” The funeral is to take place this afternoon in a Langley church.———HOSPITAL TO DEVELOP THERAPY GEARED TOWARD SOUTH ASIANSCanada’s largest mental health hospital is developing a specialized form of psychotherapy that will be catered toward Canadians of South Asian origin. The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto says it hopes to have a culturally adapted manual on the specialized form of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, or CBT, as well as a therapist training package ready by November. CAMH psychiatrist Dr. Farooq Naeem says he will be consulting with patients, caregivers, mental health professionals and community leaders on the project. He says evidence shows that CBT is as good as medications to treat depression and anxiety, as well as to prevent relapse. He says he hopes the culturally adapted C-B-T will help reduce the stigma surrounding mental health for South Asians and encourage members of the community to seek help if needed.———LIBERALS PLEDGE $1.5M TO TACKLE CAMPUS ASSAULTThe Liberal government is committing up to $1.5 million to help colleges and universities get better at dealing with sexual violence on campus. Maryam Monsef, the minister for women and gender equality, says the money is to be spent over two years to fill gaps in resources that post-secondary institutions need to tackle the problem. Student groups welcomed the effort but said those promises should be backed up by the resources and oversight needed to make them work. The Liberal government committed $5.5 million over five years toward the initiative in the 2018 federal budget, which also came with a threat. The budget said that beginning this year, the federal government would consider holding back funding from institutions that are not putting “best practices addressing sexual assaults on campus” into place.———YOUR WARD NEWS PUBLISHER SET TO BE SENTENCEDThe publisher of a free Toronto newspaper that promoted hatred against Jews and women is expected to be sentenced today. The prosecution wants 77-year-old LeRoy St. Germaine jailed for six months. St. Germaine was found guilty in January of two hate counts but sentencing has been delayed repeatedly. A week ago, the editor of Your Ward News was given a one-year term. The judge said he would have given James Sears a stiffer sentence had the law had allowed. The judge said the publication promoted hate to a large audience, both in print and online.———ALSO IN THE NEWS:— Natural Resources Minister Amarjeet Sohi makes a coal mine reclamation project announcement.— B.C. Supreme Court Justice Martha Devlin is expected to sentence James Oler, a former leader of a polygamous sect in Bountiful, B.C. Oler was convicted of removing a child from Canada to marry a member of his fundamentalist church in the United States.— Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and B.C. Premier John Horgan will make an announcement today at the BC Hydro Trades Training Centre.— Closing arguments take place today in the trial of David and Collet Stephan. They are charged with failing to provide the necessaries of life in the death of their son Ezekiel from meningitis.— Edmonton MP Randy Boissonnault to announce federal funding to help Alberta commercialize health-care products.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Blackface a wounded tiny horse and a wayward walleye InTheNews for Sept

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first_imgIn-The-News is a roundup of stories from The Canadian Press designed to kickstart your day. Here is what’s on the radar of our editors for the morning of Sept. 20.What we are watching in Canada …Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau is in Toronto today, hoping to take back control of his re-election campaign after spending yesterday apologizing for donning blackface when he was younger.He scrapped his plans on a visit to Winnipeg, instead using the time to call supporters and leaders in minority communities, after images came out of him as a dark-skinned Aladdin at a party when he was 29 and made up like Harry Belafonte at a talent show when he was a student.Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer is in Atlantic Canada, with plans to make an announcement at the University of New Brunswick and then make campaign stops with candidates there and in Nova Scotia.The Greens’ Elizabeth May is spending her day in Calgary, starting with a transportation announcement at a CTrain station and then a visit to a climate-change demonstration at city hall.People’s Party Leader Maxime Bernier is trying to hold onto his own seat in Quebec and is spending today campaigning there, though he has a swing to Western Canada coming up next week.—Also this …Students in Canada are expected to participate in climate demonstrations beginning today, and some school boards are moving to allow — even encourage — them to miss class for the cause.The University of British Columbia, the Toronto District School Board and Montreal’s Dawson College are among the institutions taking measures to support students who plan to walk out of class as part of a global call to action.The TDSB, Canada’s largest school board, said it has asked its schools to avoid scheduling tests and other assignments next Friday to ensure students aren’t penalized academically for participating in a rally outside the Ontario legislature.The weeklong rallies — dubbed Global Climate Strike — are timed to coincide with the United Nations Climate Action Summit in New York next week.The movement is partly inspired by Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg, who has staged weekly demonstrations over the past year under the hashtag #FridaysForFuture, calling on world leaders to step up efforts against climate change.—ICYMI (In case you missed it) …A miniature horse faces a long road to recovery after being mauled by two dogs on Vancouver Island.Eileen Stevens said her 76-centimetre-tall horse, Hali Berry, was attacked in its corral this week when two pit bulls broke out of a fenced, neighbouring property south of Nanaimo.Hali’s left ear was completely severed, and she suffered other deep bites and gashes,But Stevens said the little horse is doing well.“She’s so bright. She’s got her voice back. She’s talking to anyone who comes around at the vet’s hospital,” said Stevens in a phone interview from her hobby farm.As for the neighbouring farmer whose dogs attacked the horse, Stevens said he immediately surrendered the dogs to be euthanized and offered to pay all the vet bills.“He’s a very, very kind man, he’s a good man,” she said.What we are watching in the U.S. …Owners have pulled boats from the water and shopkeepers put plywood over windows and doors as tropical storm Lorena bears down on Mexico’s resort-studded Los Cabos area, predicted to arrive Friday at hurricane force.The storm is forecast to pass over or near the southern tip of the Baja California Peninsula later in the day with heavy winds and soaking rains.In the Atlantic, hurricane Jerry has been gaining strength on a track that is predicted to carry it near the northern Leeward Islands on Friday and north of Puerto Rico on Saturday.In Texas, the slow-churning remnants of tropical storm Imelda that flooded parts of state left at least two people dead and rescue crews with boats scrambling to reach stranded drivers and families trapped in homes.Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said that by Thursday night, floodwaters had started receding in most of the Houston area. Police Chief Art Acevedo said law enforcement officers planned to work well into the night to clear freeways of vehicles stalled and abandoned because of flooding.—What we are watching in the rest of the world …Iran says its president and foreign minister have received visas from the United States to attend next week’s UN General Assembly meeting in New York.A spokesman at Iran’s mission to the UN said Thursday that Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif would arrive in New York today, and President Hassan Rouhani on Monday.Their visit comes as tension between the U.S. and Iran has risen following the weekend attack on oil installations in Saudi Arabia, which says Iran is behind it.—On this day in 1867 …The first general election in Canada, won by the Conservatives under Sir John A. Macdonald, was completed.Confederation, achieved earlier in the year, had set out the mandate for the formation of a federal government to unite the four provinces in the Dominion at the time.Macdonald formed a coalition cabinet almost equally split between Liberal and Conservative ministers and representing different regions, religions and cultures.—Weird and wild …NORTH BAY, Ont. — Now that’s a fish fry. North Bay Hydro says a power outage Thursday morning was caused by a walleye that landed on a pole-mounted transformer.Hydro officials say the fish was likely dropped by a bird, though they joked that a strong-armed resident at loose ends might have also been throwing fish around.Crews restored power to the affected area within about an hour.—Your health …OTTAWA — Health organizations in Canada want urgent action on vaping. Eight leading Canadian health organizations are asking the federal government for an interim order to curb the marketing of vaping products, restrict the flavours available and regulate nicotine levels.Vaping products, the organizations say, should be treated the same way as tobacco products.“Youth vaping has become a public health crisis,” Dr. Sandy Buchman, president of the Canadian Medical Association, said at a news conference.The call comes after the news of a serious vaping-related illness in London, Ont., as well as hundreds of cases in the United States, including seven deaths.—Your money …TORONTO — As the immediate impacts of hurricane Dorian fade from the East Coast, its effects on home insurance profiles will linger on.The claims made by homeowners for storm-related damage are added to a long-term profile of their properties, which, like a credit report, creates an overall picture of risk that can sway how much they may have to pay in premiums or if they can get coverage at all.“I can tell you it’s a phenomenon from Halifax to Victoria, where there are sections of cities, or homeowners who have found themselves in a position that they can’t get insurance coverage for any amount of premium, because their probability for flooding is simply too high,” says Blair Feltmate, head of the Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation at the University of Waterloo.For homeowners, the shifting risk profile means they need to be mindful of potential preventative measures, like making sure drain-spouts are directed away from the house, window wells are covered and sealed, and that their sump pump is working and has a backup power source.Such measures could lead to discounts for insurance premiums, which have been on the rise in recent years as claims increase. In just the last five years, premiums have gone up 20 to 25 per cent, with water damage accounting for about 60 per cent of that rise, said Feltmate.—Celebrity buzz …MONTREAL — Canada Post is set to honour the late singer Leonard Cohen with a new set of stamps to be revealed today.The three-stamp set — distinct designs celebrating the life and work of the beloved Montreal-born artist — will be unveiled at an event at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts this afternoon.Cohen died in Los Angeles on Nov. 7, 2016, at age 82.Canada Post says it will produce four million stamps, a number it believes will be sufficient for fans and collectors worldwide.The stamps will be available to the public as of Saturday — which would have been Cohen’s 85th birthday — with Canada Post hosting a special event at a downtown Montreal post office.—This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 20, 2019.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Magic Johnson To Honor Students At Brunch

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first_imgMagic Johnson is to honor students and celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Magic Johnson Foundation’s Taylor Michaels Scholarship Program at a special brunch on July 27.Magic Johnson will be on hand at a FedEx-sponsored brunch to honor new and graduating scholars who earned the Magic Johnson Foundation’s Taylor Michaels Scholarship, which develops future leaders by supporting socioeconomically challenged high achievers through completion of their undergraduate degrees.This year, MJF has teamed up with the FIAT brand to award one graduating scholar with a brand new Fiat 500. The winner will be announced during the event’s program. Highlights from the TMSP:· 460 scholarships and $4 million awarded since 1998, when the scholarship program was created and named after MJF’s late COO Taylor Michaels· TMSP scholars attain a Bachelor’s Degree at a rate of over 80%· TMSP alumni go on to graduate from top universities including Howard, Brown, USC, among othersAlong with Magic Johnson, senior leadership from MJF, FIAT Brand executives and 110 scholars will be on site.WHERE: The Skirball Center 2701 North Sepulveda Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90049WHEN: Saturday, July 27th at 10:00 AMlast_img read more