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Doctor freed in Bilaspur sterilisation deaths case

first_imgTwo years after 13 women died and 65 were impaired in a botched sterilisation camp, Dr. R.K. Gupta was acquitted by the Chhattisgarh High Court on technical grounds last week. The surgeon — accused of using the same gloves, syringes and sutures on all the 83 women, and causing life-threatening infections — was acquitted after the prosecution argued that the investigators did not have the State government’s sanction, necessary to prosecute a public servant.On November 8, 2014, Dr. Gupta, a surgeon at the Bilaspur District Hospital, conducted laparoscopic tubectomies on 83 women, within 90 minutes in an abandoned, unsterile building. Police investigation revealed that Dr. Gupta had spent approximately 3 minutes per patient, and not followed infection control protocols. Dr. Gupta was arrested and released on bail 27 days after the incident.Deaths at the Takhatpur sterilization camp were one the darkest chapters of India’s family planning programme since the policy achieved notoriety during the Emergency years (1975-77) when a compulsory sterilisation programme to limit population growth was introduced by the Indira Gandhi government.In a 16-page verdict, the court reasoned that, “the petitioner’s services were terminated on 13.11.2014 in respect of the offence which had occurred on 08.11.2014 and though the cognizance of which was taken later, it would still require sanction from the Govt. before the petitioner is prosecuted for those offences which clearly falls within the ambit of discharge of official duties. In the absence of obtaining prior sanction, the entire prosecution case becomes ab initio, void and becomes unsustainable.”The decision is likely to be challenged, said Colin Gonsalves, lawyer appearing in the case. “Sanction should have been granted by the state government for prosecution. Withholding sanction, simply, means the stategovernment is supporting the doctor. Sanction can be granted even now and the prosecution can be started again.If the state foes not grant sanction, then any of the affected women can go to the high court and file a petition to get the order of sanction. It is shocking that the state government is supporting the doctor in this case,” added Colin.A situational assessment report ordered by the State government that month established that the premises where the tubectomies were conducted had not been disinfected properly: “A sweeper had mopped the walls. None of the surgical staff changed their hand gloves. The same injection, needle and suture were used for all the women. Neither were they sterilised nor new needles taken for each case.” It further added that Dr. Gupta used only one laparoscope, without disinfecting it after each use. A laparoscopic surgery is a minimally invasive surgery where a thin surgical instrument is inserted into the abdomen. The report was authored by experts from PFI, Family Planning Association of India, and Parivar Sewa Sanstha. Investigations by The Hindu revealed that viscera reports — from the Central Forensic Science Laboratory in Ramanthapur, Hyderabad, and from the Central Drugs Laboratory, Kolkata, and from the State Forensic Science Laboratory in Raipur had indicated medical negligence by the doctor and his surgical staff. Even though 15 drugs and 18 medical devices were used during the surgery, only two drugs – Ciprocin and Ibuprofen- were tested for contamination. However, viscera reports from the State Forensic Science Laboratory in Raipur of all 13 women established categorically stating that no “raasaynic vish” (chemical poison) was detected from the two drugs.“I am stunned by the verdict. Every woman who died that day was a mother. She left a child motherless. It is disheartening that there will be no justice for these women. The message it sends out to the medical community is that these doctors- in government or private sector- can break rules and not be held accountable,” said Poonam Muttreja, Executive Director of the Population Foundation of India. In a double whammy, the State government has since discontinued all family planning services, leaving women with the choice of unaffordable private hospitals.The Hindu found that months before the deaths at Takhatpur camp, every district in Chhattisgarh was given a sterilisation target to meet, in violation of Union Health Ministry norms. Doctors in Bilaspur had an ‘ELA’ (Expected Level of Achievement) of 3,000 sterilisations and 3,000 Intrauterine Contraceptive Device (IUCD) insertions within a fortnight. For Takhatpur Nagar Panchayat, the doctors had to sterilise 300 women or risk losing the budget for the next year.When asked about targets, Dr. Gupta had told The Hindu last year: “If I am wrong, all my senior officials are also in the wrong. They gave me these targets. They knew exactly what was happening.”While Dr Gupta was suspended after the deaths, he continues to practice- and operate on patients- at a private clinic is a post area of the city.last_img read more


December 3, 2019 0

Maharashtra’s helping hand for inter-caste marriages

first_imgThe Maharashtra government will give ₹2.5 lakh as incentive to couples entering inter-caste marriages, but with a caveat that either the groom or bride must be from the Scheduled Caste category and the marriage must be performed at a mass wedding ceremony organised by the Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Samata Pratishthan (DBASP), an autonomous company working under the State government’s Social Justice Department (SJD). Incentive increased Inter-caste couples currently receive ₹50,000 from the State. In 2017, the Centre had announced a scheme with an incentive of ₹2.5 lakh. Maharashtra Social Justice Minister Rajkumar Badole said that an inter-caste marriage is one of the most effective ways to break the shackles of caste hierarchy. “We will be extending this financial incentive to the couples as we consider them the leaders of the anti-caste movement which will create a society without caste,” said Mr. Badole. The Samata Pratishthan will be organising a mass-wedding ceremony in February. Couples getting married then will be given the incentive.“The company [DBASP] is autonomous and though it works under the Social Justice Department, we have no control over its finances,” said an official from the SJD, when asked about financial allocation for the scheme. Maharashtra is also coming up with a law to protect and promote inter-caste marriages, the draft of which is yet to be submitted to the State. The new law will have special clauses extending protection from honour killing, social boycott.last_img read more


December 3, 2019 0

Blackwater nails 1st win, beats NorthPort

first_imgEthel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? This jewelry designer is also an architect Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics View comments LATEST STORIES Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ MOST READ Becoming his own man Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PBA IMAGESANTIPOLO — Blackwater notched its first victory at the expense NorthPort, 107-98, in the 2019 PBA Governors’ Cup Saturday at Ynares Center here.Rookie Bobby Ray Parks Jr. scored 21 while import Marqus Blakely delivered an all-around performance of 13 points, 14 boards, seven assists and eight blocks for the Elite, who dropped their first two games this conference.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue PVL: Creamline too much for Choco Muco Blackwater had three more players tallying at least 14 points in a balanced scoring effort.Batang Pier reinforcement Mychal Ammons accounted for 29 points and 17 rebounds while freshman Robert Bolick tossed in a near triple-double of 14 points, nine rebounds, and eight assists but not enough as they fell to 1-3.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSBecoming his own manBlackwater tries to sustain its winning form against the Columbian Dyip Friday next week at MOA Arena in Pasay.NorthPort looks to arrest its three-game slide against conference pacesetter TNT on Wednesday at Cuneta Astrodome also in Pasay. Read Next For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparc DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyerslast_img read more


November 22, 2019 0

Rome Escalator Accident Injures 20 Russian Soccer Fans (Vid)

first_imgROME (AP) — At least 20 people were injured when an escalator in the Rome metropolitan system collapsed Tuesday night.A video shown on Sky TG24 shows the escalator accelerating suddenly, and the people riding down on it collapsing one onto another. The dramatic footage shows people on the parallel escalator trying to pull others to safety.The cause was not immediately known. The metropolitan station at Piazza Repubblica near the main Termini train station was closed by investigators.“The scene that we found was people piled up at the bottom of the escalator,” said Rome provincial fire chief Giampietro Boscaino. “People one on the top of the other looking for help. They had various injuries caused by the escalator that was twisted, therefore serious injuries.”The prefect’s office put the number of injured at 20, mostly Russians in town for a Champion’s League soccer game between CSKA Moscow and Roma. Firefighters said seven were in serious condition.The news agency ANSA quoted Rome Mayor Virginia Raggi as saying that witnesses reported people were jumping and dancing on the escalator before the accident. ANSA also quoted city transport agency officials as saying maintenance is carried out on metro system escalators every month.Separately, one CSKA fan was slashed with a knife during clashes between opposing fans outside the Stadio Olimpico, the ANSA news agency reported.About 1,500 CSKA fans were attending the match.____By PAOLO SANTALUCIA , Associated PressColleen Barry contributed from Milan.Rescuers evacuate a person who was wounded after an escalator at the “Repubblica” subway station in Rome, started running much too fast before crashing, Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018. According to first reports many of the people wounded in the accident were fans of CSKA Moscow, who were in Rome for tonight’s Champions League match with Roma. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)Rescuers evacuate a person who was wounded after an escalator at the “Repubblica” subway station in Rome, started running much too fast before crashing, Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018. According to first reports many of the people wounded in the accident were fans of CSKA Moscow, who were in Rome for tonight’s Champions League match with Roma. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)Rescuers evacuate a person who was wounded after an escalator at the “Repubblica” subway station in Rome, started running much too fast before crashing, Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018. According to first reports many of the people wounded in the accident were fans of CSKA Moscow, who were in Rome for tonight’s Champions League match with Roma. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more


November 18, 2019 0

Thailand Open: Satwiksairaj Rankireddy, Chirag Shetty 1st Indian doubles pair to win Super 500 title

first_imgSatwiksairaj Rankreddy and Chirag Shetty created history on Sunday as they became the first Indian doubles pair to win a Super 500 title. The unseeded Indian duo stunned reigning world champions Li Jun Hui and Liu Yu Chen in the final of Thailand Open to win their biggest career title on the BWF tour.Satwiksairaj and Chirag took the Chinese world champions by surprise with their approach and won the final 21-19, 18-21, 21-18 in an hour and 2 minutes at the Indoor Stadium Haumark in Bangkok. Notably, The 16th-ranked Indian men’s doubles pair had beaten former world champions Ko Sung Hyun and Shin Baek Cheol in the semi-final on Saturday.With the win, Satwiksairaj and Chirag will enter the top 10 of BWF men’s doubles rankings for the first time in their careers.History created!UNSTOPPABLE @satwiksairaj @Shettychirag04 They have etched their names in history!They win the biggest title of their career, beating the reigning world champions Li & Liu! What a performance! What efforts!P.C: @BadmintonTalk#ThailandOpen #IndiaOnTheRise pic.twitter.com/grQ4bBlksG BAI Media (@BAI_Media) August 4, 2019Heading into the big final, Satwik and Chirag were the underdogs as they were up against the 2nd seeds and the reigning world and Thomas Cup champions Li and Liu. However, the youngsters from India did not care about reputations as they tested the Chinese pair with some fine teamwork on the court.Satwik and Chirag were up 10-6 in the first game as the duo kept charging to the net and putting pressure on the established Chinese pair. The two Indian shuttlers kept their composure at nervy moments towards the end of the first game before taking it 21-19.advertisementThe Indian duo though was not able to hold their nerves when they had the opportunity to finish the match in straight games .Momentum is a big thing in any sport and in badminton it has a decisive effect. That’s why when Li and Liu raced to a 6-3 lead in the deciding game, it looked like they were going to run away with the match. However, Satwik and Chirag showed immense girt and determination to claw back into the match and seal it with their first match point.Satwik, who is known for his powerful jump smashes, wonderfully mixed it up as he was quite effective at the net as well. Flick serves, powerful smashes and what not. The 18-year-old Indian shuttler was at his absolute best on the big day in Bangkok.Woohooo! Killed it @Shettychirag04 @satwiksairaj . Historical win ??India is proud of you ????????????#thailandopensuper500 Ajay Jayaram (@ajay_289) August 4, 2019Great win for the Indian doubles…that to in the Olympic year!! Amazing performance boys #satwik #chiragOnly the beginning ???????????? Gutta Jwala (@Guttajwala) August 4, 2019Meanwhile, Chirag Shetty controlled the rallies wonderfully well from the front court and charged to the net whenever there was an opportunity to put pressure on the Chinese pair. Shetty’s defence and net play peaked towards the end of the deciding game.The two Indian shuttlers were delighted as they hit the winner. There was excitement so much so that that they forgot to complete the customary post-match duties.Did not take pressure ahead of the final: Chirag ShettyChirag Shetty spoke to the official broadcasters after the historic win and insisted that the Indian pair did not want to take pressure ahead of the big final.”Not really, it was just our first major final. The people we were playing were the reigning world champions. They have been pretty regular at the seim-finals and finals of Superseries. I think, the moment we entered the court, we did not take pressure. That’s what helped us,” Chirag said.Satwiksairaj and Chirag Shetty are finding form at the right time as consistent appearances in the final stages of major touraments will come in handy in the Olympic qualification period.Satwik had not played for more than 5 months on the tour after suffering a major shoulder injury in December and subsequently aggrevating in the Premier Badminton League. However, the fit-again teenage shuttler is making the right moves and forging a strong partnership with Chirag Shetty.Also See:last_img read more


November 16, 2019 0

NEBRASKA DEMOCRATS TO DROP STATE CAUCUS

first_imgNebraska Democrats are giving up on the presidential caucus.During a meeting in Ord, the Nebraska Democratic Party’s State Central Committee overwhelming approved returning to a May primary for the 2020 election.The party first instituted the caucus in 2008 in hopes of having a say in the national race while drawing people into the political process.Barack Obama won the initial caucus, as well as the Democratic presidential nomination before being elected the country’s 44th president.In 2016, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont captured the caucus, but Hillary Clinton won the party’s nomination.Critics argued the caucus diverted resources and focus from electing Democrats in Nebraska.Pictured Jane Kleeb, State Democratic Chairlast_img read more


November 16, 2019 0

Jonjo O’Neill Jr shines on Big Time Dancer to land the Lanzarote Hurdle

first_imgnews Share on Pinterest “If you had a straw poll at the yard, he would come out No 1. Everyone loves him. Altior, Might Bite and Buveur D’Air might be better horses, but there is not a nicer horse in the place.”Top Notch is top-priced at 14-1 for the Ryanair Chase, while Henderson’s Ok Corral, an impressive winner on the card at Warwick, is a new clear favourite for the four-mile National Hunt Chase at the same meeting.Dan Skelton’s Beakstown also advertised his Festival chance with a comfortable success in the Grade Two Leamington Novice Hurdle and he is now the 16-1 third-favourite for the Ballymore Novice Hurdle on 13 March. O’Neill, never previously a winner in a race with a five-figure first prize, remained impressively composed with a £25,000 purse within reach and eased past Solomon Grey and Bridget Andrews between the final two flights to secure a comfortable, one-and-a-half length success.O’Neill’s father, now a successful trainer at Jackdaw’s Castle near Cheltenham, has supplied most of his winners but it is another promising sign that Jennie Candlish’s Big Time Dancer is from an outside yard, as O’Neill edges towards the 40 winners he needs for his claim to drop from 5lb to 3lb.“He made it very easy for me,” said O’Neill, who missed much of last season with an injury. “He travelled really well and jumped unbelievable, and every position I put him in, he answered my call straight away. You are dreaming of these sorts of things when you’re off for eight months, just sitting on the sidelines. Fresh claims throw doubt over Ladbrokes’ ‘cancelled’ bet settlements Since you’re here… Was this helpful? “To ride a nice winner like this means everything. I’m trying to be my own self and I want to be a jockey. I take advice and he [O’Neill’s father] is very supportive and a very big help but I’m my own man, and even though I’ve the same name, I’m very much different.”Top Notch, whose season got off to a difficult start when he suffered an adverse reaction to a flu jab, registered his first win of the campaign in the Listed 32Red Casino Chase and will now be aimed towards the Ryanair Chase at the Cheltenham Festival in March.“He always had them covered off a right good pace,” Nicky Henderson, Top Notch’s trainer, said. “He hasn’t got the scope of other horses and he has his own way of doing it, but he is brave as well and he has been a wonderful servant. Reuse this content Hide A famous name can be as much of a burden as a blessing for a young jockey and Jonjo O’Neill Jr has a long way to go to match the exploits of his title-winning father in the 70s and 80s. The biggest win of the 20-year-old’s career was a step in the right direction here on Saturday, however, and there were moments in O’Neill’s confident performance on Big Time Dancer in the Lanzarote Hurdle that betrayed his impeccable racing pedigree.Big Time Dancer was a 16-1 chance to beat 13 opponents but travelled smoothly from the start behind a strong pace and was still going strongly with three flights to jump as other rivals came under pressure. Share on WhatsApp Thank you for your feedback. Share on Messenger Read more Share on Twittercenter_img Read more Show Horse racing The Observer Share via Email Southwell 12.20 War And Glory 12.50 Barossa Red 1.25 Mininggold (nap) 1.55 Azari 2.30 Thunder Buddy (nb) 3.00 Dollar Value Kelso 12.30 Trixster 1.00 Lord Yeats 1.35 Diamond King 2.05 Eureu Du Boulay 2.40 Choochoobugaloo 3.10 Chidswell 3.40 Achill Road Boy   Horse racing tips Quick guide Greg Wood’s Sunday tips Share on Facebook Support The Guardian Talking Horses: BHA on alert as Irish increase jockeys’ cocaine bans … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay. 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November 16, 2019 0

2011 NTL Managers Pack

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November 7, 2019 0

Kennetcook Wastewater Request Approved

first_imgThe Department of Environment has authorized a request from Atlantic Industrial Services to begin treatment and disposal of hydraulic fracturing wastewater stored in two holding ponds near Kennetcook, Hants County. “This is a significant milestone and good news for Kennetcook residents who have been looking forward to disposal since the evaporation pilot proved to be a viable solution for addressing the province’s hydraulic fracturing wastewater last year,” said Environment Minister Randy Delorey. Like the pilot, wastewater will be treated for naturally occurring radioactive materials and put through reverse-osmosis. The treated water meets the Canadian Council of Environment Ministers and Health Canada guidelines for release into freshwater. The twice-treated water will be transported from Kennetcook to the Lafarge cement plant in Brookfield where it will be used as a coolant in the kiln and evaporated at 700 C. Initial project work is expected to begin next week and will include relocating the company’s water treatment equipment from Debert to Kennetcook. Up to eight truckloads of treated water will be transported daily for evaporation at the cement plant. Triangle Petroleum currently has 20 million litres of wastewater in two holding ponds in Kennetcook. Since last year, Atlantic Industrial Services used the process to successfully dispose of more than eight million litres of wastewater stored at their facility in Debert. The wastewater is from high-pressure hydraulic fracturing that took place in 2007 and 2008. Results from the pilot are available at www.novascotia.ca/nse/pollutionprevention/pubs.asp .last_img read more


October 22, 2019 0

Privacy concerns over credit card use for legal online pot purchases

first_imgTORONTO — Canada’s privacy commissioner is planning to issue guidance for buyers and sellers of legal cannabis amid ongoing concern about potential fallout, such as being barred from the United States, if transactions become known by third parties.The concern has been heightened in provinces where anonymously paying cash in-store is not possible in light of a controversial Statistics Canada initiative to obtain detailed bank records from all Canadians.“Our office recognizes the sensitive nature of cannabis-related transactions — particularly if information about those transactions is processed in a jurisdiction where cannabis consumption is not legal,” said Tobi Cohen, a spokeswoman for the federal privacy commissioner. “Organizations need to make it plain to individuals that their information may be processed in a foreign country, and that it may be accessible to law enforcement and national security authorities of that jurisdiction.”British Columbia has already issued its own guidance and privacy-protection tips. For example, it notes that online sellers collect personal information such as name, date of birth, home address, credit card number, purchase history and email address.“Providing personal information, especially through online formats, creates additional security risks,” the document by B.C.’s privacy commissioner notes. “Cannabis is illegal in most jurisdictions outside of Canada; the personal information of cannabis users is therefore very sensitive.”Legal online purchases across Canada show up on bank statements in a variety of ways, depending on the retailer.In Manitoba, for example, an order from the outlet Delta 9 shows up as “D9-2 -8675309 Winnipeg MB,” while purchases in British Columbia appear as “BCS Online Vancouver.” Those in Nova Scotia are recorded as coming from the provincial liquor corporation — “NSLC #2098/e-commerce Halifax.”  Similarly, in Newfoundland and Labrador, orders register as NLC #700 St. John’s N.L.In Ontario, where the only way to buy marijuana legally is online through the Ontario Cannabis Store using a credit card, transactions show up as “OCS/SOC.”Jesse, 39, of Toronto, who’s in marketing and who asked his last name not be used, said he has mixed feelings about “OCS/SOC” appearing on his credit-card statement.“I’m not crazy about being potentially profiled at the U.S. border because of a purchase that’s thrown up in my credit history,” Jesse said. “At the same time, I’m not losing sleep over it because there’s no precedent (for that) yet.”In the pre-legal era, online outlets usually masked credit-card purchases, perhaps by using a generic notation such as “Organics,” and some still do so now. However, a spokeswoman for the Ontario Cannabis Store said such an approach doesn’t fly.“As a legal business operating in Ontario, it is required that we operate with transparency,” Amanda Winton said. “This includes using our registered business name for payment services.”Ontario’s privacy commissioner, Brian Beamish, said his office recommends redacting sensitive information in a case where, for example, a landlord might ask a prospective tenant for a credit card statement. Beamish also said a generic name used to record cannabis transactions could become widely known.“The key issue here is the protection of bank information, whether it’s related to legal cannabis transactions or any other personal banking decision,” Beamish said. Troy Patterson, who works with a licensed cannabis producer in Kincardine, Ont., said pot is legal and he wasn’t particularly worried about purchases showing up on credit card or similar statements.“Now, if that info were to be weaponized against people, say for insurance or other purposes, that would be a huge issue,” Patterson said.Colin Perkel, The Canadian Presslast_img read more


October 17, 2019 0

Life jacketclad Justice Minister MacKays photo op interrupted by Indigenous women calling

first_imgAPTN National NewsJustice Minister Peter MacKay agreed to meet with the families of missing and murdered Indigenous women after he was confronted on Parliament Hill with demands for a public inquiry.A life jacket-clad MacKay was standing next to a mascot in the form of a red lifejacket alongside a group of children all wearing identical life jackets when his photo opportunity was interrupted by a woman with a message.MacKay eventually agreed to meet with the families of missing and murdered Indigenous women.Video by APTN video-journalist John Cooke.last_img read more


October 14, 2019 0

Northern PC polls in September 2013

Mr. Rajapaksa refused to accept that the Indian vote against Sri Lanka in the United Nations Human Rights Council was because Colombo did not implement the promises it made to the Council in 2009. Insisting that his government had worked on all the promises that were delivered and was serious about fulfilling all undertakings that were given, he said he had even said that he was willing to go beyond the 13th Amendment.Clarifying for the first time what the plus was, Mr. Rajapaksa said this was the creation of a Senate. “I said 13th Amendment plus. Then Shankar [Shiv Shankar Menon, Indian National Security Adviser] remarked if I meant the creation of a Senate, and I said yes.”Mr. Menon had met Mr. Rajapaksa on June 29 on post-Geneva issues. India is the chair for the Universal Periodic Review at the UNHRC that comes up in November. The second issue was the completion of the rehabilitation and resettlement process. This was on with international support and was expected to be completed soon. Livelihood issues too were being addressed. Elections to Sri Lanka’s northern provincial council will take just over a year from now. “We want to hold elections in September 2013,” President Mahinda Rajapaksa told The Hindu. “We are working towards it [the elections] in a systematic manner.”In an interaction at his official residence, Temple Trees, here, Mr. Rajapaksa said there were many issues to be resolved ahead of holding of elections. The primary one related to the electoral rolls. People who fled when the Tamil Tigers were in power and during the war were still coming in and staking claim to their land and property after the defeat of the Tamil Tigers in May 2009. These people too had to be accommodated in the rolls. The last rolls were more than 30 years old and had no relation to the current eligible voters in the province. Mr. Rajapaksa made it clear that the creation of a Senate and the fleshing out of a solution needed to come from Parliament. “This is [where] the Parliamentary Select Committee is important,” he said The holding of elections hold the key to moving forward on the question of granting Tamils the political space they lacked. In fact, this should have been possible soon after the India-Sri Lanka accord of 1987 (later called the 13th Amendment because the Sri Lankan Constitution was subsequently amended to include this provision), which also had a clause on devolution of powers. Ironically, the amendment benefitted all the other regions — albeit in a very limited manner — and all the provinces, barring the North, had a provincial council.On the issue of glaring visibility of the Army in all walks of life, Mr. Rajapaksa said he had instructed that the Army should be visible only when required. When The Hindu brought to his notice the plight of five fishermen from Tamil Nadu, who were being held in a Jaffna prison since November 28, 2011, he said he would first ascertain the facts of the case. He had called the Inspector General of Police and received an update on the issue. (The Hindu) read more


October 8, 2019 0

UN family honours terror victims one month after Baghdad bombing

“They form a roll call of heroes that would be the envy of any nation,” Secretary-General Kofi Annan declared, standing beneath the very flag – now damaged – that had flown above the UN compound in Iraq on 19 August when the massive blast killed 22 people, including top envoy Sergio Vieira de Mello. “If people need an example of our United Nations family at its best and brightest, at its most committed and most courageous, they have only to look at the men and women who perished in the Canal Hotel,” he added as family members and others in the audience wiped away tears.”When we lost them, our Organization also suffered another loss, of a different kind: a loss of innocence for the United Nations,” he said after paying homage by name to each of the victims. “We, who had assumed that our mission to help others served as its own and ultimate form of protection, now find ourselves threatened and exposed. We, who have tried from the beginning to serve those targeted by violence and destruction, have become targets ourselves.” But despite the new need to balance the mission to help others with the needs of self-protection, “our commitment – our pledge in the name of ‘we the peoples’ – must never change,” Mr. Annan concluded. “Today, let us renew that commitment in the name of our irreplaceable, inimitable, unforgettable friends. Let us work to heal these unhealable wounds, by working every day to live up to the standard they set us.” After a minute of silence and musical tribute from a cellist, members of the bereaved families in turn moved forward to light a candle in memory of each of the victims.Poems were read in homage. Then the flag from that August afternoon was lowered by the honour guard from above the tribune – sullied, dirtied, holed, revered as a symbol of UN heroism.Video of memorial ceremony read more


October 6, 2019 0

Community has amazing response to disgusting antiIslam graffiti on mosque

first_imgPolice are treating this graffiti on a mosque in Thornaby as a hate crime. While we were filming, this local man came along to scrub it off pic.twitter.com/KNwNWEHcSP— Tom Sheldrick (@TomSheldrickITV) June 5, 2017 Individuals who think this OK are not welcome in the Thornaby Community and we have today made that know. #Proudofmytown https://t.co/OpuJNgxNbG— Luke John Frost (@lukejohnfrost) June 5, 2017 Thornaby mosque graffiti  pic.twitter.com/X4a7pjSJWw— Thornaby News (@thornaby_news) June 5, 2017 Angela Gill Angela Gill with husband Ali El Hawary What an excellent response to the awful hate crime against the mosque today #thornabymosque https://t.co/WDTDoQxYhO— Terri (@Tez12g) June 5, 2017 ITV journalist Tom Sheldrick‏ also shared footage of a man helping remove the graffiti, tweeting: “While we were filming, this local man came along to scrub it off.”“Man said he hadn’t been asked or paid to clean it off, didn’t know who’d done graffiti, but it was ‘wrong’ – ‘these people are good people’.” Many other Thornaby residents offered to help remove the graffiti, Lauren Fisher wrote: “I’m happy to help scrub this off if the help is needed.” Thornaby mosque  Ms Gill said two girls then offered to again help paint over the graffiti, adding: “The public reaction outshines the actions of one individual.“Whatever the religion, I would hope that someone would act the same as I did.” A North East community has rallied to remove “disgusting” anti-Islam graffiti spray-painted on the side of a mosque.Appalled residents have reached out to support the Thornaby mosque in Stockton-on-Tees after ‘Muslim cowards’ was sprayed in large letters on the side if their building following the London Bridge terror attack. Anti-Islam graffiti on the side of a mosque in Thornaby, Stockton-on-Tees Credit:Supplied: Twitter / Luke Kenning Photos of the graffiti have been shared on social media, one commented: “Disgusted to see this attack at the local mosque. We need to unite as communities. This does the total opposite.” Mother-of-three Angela Gill told the Teeside Gazette she saw a photo of the graffiti on Facebook and immediately headed to the mosque to try and scrub it off.She explained the graffiti “wouldn’t budge” so she decided to paint over the letters, only for a downpour to wash away all of her hard work. Meanwhile, Thornaby Mosque has responded by organising a community open day aimed at tackling misconceptions abut Islam.  Members of the public helped paint over the graffiti Credit:Ian McIntyre / Evening Gazette Cleveland Police are investigating, adding: “This type of activity is completely unacceptable and that we are treating it as a hate crime.”Anyone with information on the person responsible for this incident is asked to contact Cleveland Police via the 101 number. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more


September 25, 2019 0

Every McDonalds Will Use Sustainable Packaging By 2025

first_img KFC Tests Plant-Based Beyond Fried Chicken in AtlantaMinneapolis Bans Construction of New Drive-Thrus McDonald’s is the world’s largest toy distributor. They also sell a fair amount of fast food, and they use a lot of packaging to serve that food to their customers. That’s why it’s so good to hear that the company is committing to going 100% sustainable.That won’t happen overnight, of course. McDonald’s plans to complete the push by 2025. That might seem like a long time — heck, it is a long time — but we’re talking about nearly 37,000 locations serving 70 million customers a year in 120 different countries.There will be plenty of logistical hurdles to overcome along the way. It won’t be as easy to source eco-friendly materials they need in some countries as it might be in the U.S. or U.K., for example. McDonald’s has acknowledged that, saying “regulations and consumer behaviors vary city to city and country to country,” adding that they”plan to be part of the solution and help influence powerful change.”The chain has been trending in a sustainable direction for quite some time now. Years ago, McDonald’s teamed up with the Environmental Defense Fund to reduce packaging and waste. The project was a huge success. The EDF celebrated the 300 million pound reduction in waste and 1 million tons of corrugated cardboard recycled and McDonald’s got a big PR win and raked in a cool $6 million in annual savings.Back in 2014, McDonald’s committed to using only FSC-certified or recycled sources for their fiber-based packaging. Two years ago, they were already at around 64% of their goal. They’re on track to hit 100% by 2020.Another important milestone the company has slated for this year: the complete elimination of foam from its packaging. McDonald’s says that only about 2% of the packaging they use right now is foam, but on a McDonald’s scale that’s still a huge amount of foam being used in day-to-day operations. Stay on targetcenter_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more


September 20, 2019 0

Pellegrini unsure how long Wilshere will be out of action

first_imgWest Ham United manager Manuel Pellegrini revealed that Jack Wilshere’s latest injury setback is taking longer than expected to recover fromThe former Arsenal midfielder’s start to life at West Ham continues to be put on hold after sustaining another ankle injury this month.Wilshere had undergone surgery on his left ankle in September and made his return for West Ham in a five-minute cameo in their 3-0 win over Newcastle at the beginning of this month.But now Wilshere is struggling with a problem in his right ankle and will be sidelined for West Ham’s trip to Fulham on Saturday in the Premier League.Victor Wanyama, Tottenham Hotspur, Premier LeaguePochettino admits Wanyama remains in his Spurs plans Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Kenyan international, Victor Wanyama, was the protagonist of a summer transfer saga, but in the end, he is set to stay at Tottenham Hotspur.“Is it more serious than first thought?” Maybe, because when he felt the pain it was in his ‘good’ ankle – it was not the ankle where he had the surgery,” said Pellegrini, according to Daily Mirror.“We hoped it was just a pain and that he could adjust for two or three days but for different things it has been longer than we expected.“It is very difficult to know. Maybe the doctor can answer better than me – on Wednesday he did a medical examination and when we get the results we will know.”Wilshere has made just five appearances for West Ham this season after arriving on a free transfer from Arsenal in the summer.last_img read more


September 18, 2019 0

Information sessions for YouthBuild planned

first_imgVancouver residents 17 to 24 years old who do not have a high school diploma or GED and are interested in a construction career are invited to attend one of two YouthBuild Vancouver information sessions. They are from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Nov. 20 and Dec. 9 at Partners in Careers, 3210 N.E. 52nd St. The program has space for 60 people who either live in Vancouver or are homeless. There is no cost to participate. YouthBuild participants will get support with academic and construction skills training through a $1.1 million Department of Labor grant secured by the Southwest Washington Workforce Development Council and a group of partners. The program will culminate with the building of two energy-efficient homes for low-income families enrolled with Evergreen Habitat for Humanity. Program.To register for the free information session, contact Dave Cole, 360-696-8417 or dave@swwpic.org.last_img read more


September 16, 2019 0

Valves Steam Link gamestreaming app launches on iOS

first_img Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR See it Best Buy • See It $999 Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Apple iPhone XS $999 Gaming Mobile Apps reading • Valve’s Steam Link game-streaming app launches on iOS See It Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Share your voice $999 Apple Tags See All Post a comment Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it $999 Sprint Steam is now available on iOS devices. Screenshot by Lori Grunin/CNET Valve’s Steam Link app, which lets you play games on any supported device by streaming them off a computer, made its debut Wednesday at Apple’s App Store, a year after Apple rejected the app.The game maker launched the app in May 2018, offering gamers the ability to sling their game library to an Android phone, tablet or TV or an iPhone, iPad or Apple TV, as long as they had a Steam host system connected to the same network as their device. Apple initially approved the app but changed its mind a few weeks later due to “business conflicts with app guidelines,” Valve said at the time.Apple marketing chief Phil Schiller reportedly said in emails that the Valve app violated a number of the company’s guidelines and that the two companies were working to bring the app to the iOS platform.A year later, the Steam Link app is officially available for download to iPhone, iPad and Apple TV.The app requires devices to run iOS 11.0 or later and that they be connected to a host computer running Steam via a 5GHz network or wired Ethernet. The app features support for the Steam Controller and MFI controllers. 0 See It CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Boost Mobile Steam iOS 11 iOS 12 Valve Applelast_img read more


September 10, 2019 0

PM welcomes ICC decision of probing atrocities on Rohingyas

first_imgInternational Criminal Court (ICC) chief prosecutor Fatu Bensouda calls on prime minister Sheikh Hasina in Munich, Germany Friday. Photo: PIDPrime minister Sheikh Hasina on Friday welcomed the decision of the International Criminal Court (ICC) to send a team for ‘preliminary examination’ of the atrocities on Rohingyas by Myanmar Army, reports BSS.She assured the ICC to give all possible support to the team which is scheduled to visit Bangladesh next month, foreign secretary Shahidul Haque said while briefing newsmen following a meeting of the prime minister with ICC chief prosecutor Fatu Bensouda on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference in Munich, Germany.“The prime minister in principle welcomed the ICC team which will visit Bangladesh at the beginning of March and assured them of giving all support in this regard,” the foreign secretary said.The prime minister’s press secretary Ihsanul Karim was present in the briefing.Haque said the prime minister and the ICC chief prosecutor discussed the issues relating to the trial of genocide of Pakistani Army in Bangladesh in 1971 and atrocities on Rohingya nationals in Myanmar.He said prime minister Sheikh Hasina laid importance on bringing the perpetrators of the genocide of Pakistani Army in Bangladesh in 1971 to book.About the trial of atrocities on Rohingyas, Fatu said the ICC has already brought the Rohingya issue under its jurisdiction and set up a court for trial of the perpetrators.He said the ICC team will visit Bangladesh to have the ‘preliminary examination’ aimed at establishing the case.The prime minister also underlined the background of the killing of Bangabandhu and his family members in 1975 and informed the ICC chief prosecutor about the trial process of the killers.Fatu, a national of Gambia and international lawyer, said she knows about the brutal killing of Bangabandhu.The ICC chief prosecutor requested the prime minister to visit the ICC to speak to the judges on the issue of the trial of the 1971 genocide.Fatu thanked the prime minister for playing a pioneering role in the ICC. “Bangladesh Ambassador is actively playing role in various committees in the ICC,” she said.The ICC is a new area where Bangladesh is being involved very actively in recent time, the foreign secretary said.Earlier executive director of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons Nobel laureate Batrice Fihn called on prime minister Sheikh Hasina.Fihn thanked the prime minister for Bangladesh’s firm stance on nuclear weapons abolition issue and appreciated Bangladesh as the country since Bangabandhu’s era in 1974 has been making constant efforts to make South Asia a nuclear free zone.last_img read more


September 3, 2019 0

In St Louis Grill to Glory deploys churches and hot dogs for

first_img News • Photos of the Week Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,Arlene Mckenzie, left, handles the cooking at a barbecue hosted by her church, Christ’s Southern Mission Baptist, on May 18, 2019, in North St. Louis. RNS photo by Eric Berger(RNS) — James Clark has a perfect recipe for getting to know your neighbors.Set up a grill.Light some charcoal.And put on some hot dogs.On a recent Saturday afternoon, Clark, vice president of community outreach at the nonprofit Better Family Life, was offering hot dogs to passers-by at Christ’s Southern Mission Baptist Church in North St. Louis.Even the mailman dropped by to see what was going on. He joked that he planned to stop by for hot dogs at five other churches having similar cookouts for neighbors that day.“That’s what I am talking about,” Clark responded and laughed.The cookouts are part of “Grill to Glory” — a partnership between local churches and Better Family Life to build community in North St. Louis, an area plagued by violent crime.RELATED: Overcoming fears of ‘making noise,’ US Muslims step into civic lifeIn 2016, almost 70% of the homicides in St. Louis occurred in North St. Louis, according to an analysis of St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department data done by the news organization The Trace and the Missouri School of Journalism.That chaos creates a sense of hopelessness among people who live in that area, Clark said. And he thinks churches are the institutions best positioned to host barbecues and in doing so, change the psyche of residents who might otherwise be drawn to crime.“It becomes a neighborhood magnet and conversations begin. Members of the church are there, and they are not aggressively trying to push the Bible. They are just saying, ‘We are the church. We’re here. Come fellowship with us. And if you are free tomorrow morning, why don’t you come to service?’” Clark explained.Grill to Glory aims to bond North St. Louis through community outreach and fellowship. Photo by StockSnap/Creative CommonsSo far, Cook has helped organize events at more than 60 churches around North St. Louis.Grill to Glory is an offshoot of Better Family Life’s “neighborhood opioid triage,” in which the group tries to help addicts in open-air drug markets by handing out toiletries and Narcan (used to revive someone who is overdosing from opioids), offering to take them to treatment centers and grilling hot dogs.At one such drug market near a liquor store on North Grand Boulevard, police were called “104 times in a 12-month period for assaults, shootings, drug use, fights and unruly behavior,” the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported in March 2018. Crime analysts and community leaders have linked the growth of such drug markets to increased gun violence in recent years.In January 2018, Leonard Missionary Baptist Church, located near a drug market, started to hold barbecues on Saturdays.Some 60 guests would come each week, Clark said.After seeing the growth, he thought, “what would happen to the neighborhood if we could get the collective church body to buy into this model? And it’s low-hanging fruit. The ask of the church is relatively small.”So on May 4, Better Family Life, which is not a religious organization, launched the program.The group has received a few $1,000 donations and has spent about $3,500 so far on grills, lighter fluid, charcoal and food items, said Clark. It’s also asked the churches to contribute supplies such as tables and tents.Grill to Glory organizer James Clark, right, is greeted while visiting different church barbecue sites on May 18, 2019, in North St. Louis. RNS photo by Eric BergerClark, who has worked for Better Family Life since 1997, received the 2018 Nonprofit Executive of the Year Award from the St. Louis American Foundation, which runs the newspaper that covers the local African-American community. President Trump met Clark at a national conference and thanked him for his efforts to reduce violence.Around 11 a.m. on May 18, Clark and BJ the DJ, the assistant program director for iHeartRadio’s local hip-hop, R&B and gospel radio stations, left the Better Family Life headquarters in North St. Louis with the goal of stopping at as many barbecues as possible.BJ had been promoting the effort on his morning show on Hallelujah (1600 AM).“James and I talked about it, and we saw that the churches were not connected to the community,” said BJ, who has invited clergy to talk about the program on air.“A lot of times you go past the church and you don’t see any activities,” he said. “It’s like they are there but they are not there.”At the first stop, Christ’s Southern Mission Baptist Church, Arlene Mckenzie stood over the grill; she’s the church’s culinary specialist.She’s 63 years old and started attending the church as a young child. She now lives three houses down.“My heart is for feeding the people. I pass out food up and down the neighborhood, and it’s just a vision of mine. I believe it’s really coming true,” she added.Another longtime church member, Deborah Mason, said she thinks this is one of the church’s first such efforts since it moved into the neighborhood in 1960.“People want to know that you care, especially the church. If we are supposed to be models of Christ — that’s what he did. He got up with the people. He was a party animal,” said Mason.Cheryl Collins, right, chats with fellow attendees at Emmanuel Missionary Baptist Church’s Grill to Glory event on May 18, 2019, in North St. Louis. RNS photo by Eric BergerAt the next stop on Clark’s hop, Cheryl Collins, a member of Emmanuel Missionary Baptist Church, offered a hot dog to a young man walking by. He declined.“How about a prayer?” Collins said.He stopped and came over.Church members were all smiles as they embraced Clark and BJ the DJ. Clark hopes to enlist 112 churches around North St. Louis.“I’m having a ball, man,” said one church member. “This is where it’s at.”Ike Ghee, a homeless 70-year-old man, said he was unable to bring anything to the barbecue — the church already had the necessary supplies — but wanted to participate.“I had a divorce and things kinda turned but I’m still God’s child,” he said. “He’s showing me that he’s still here.” Tagsbarbecue crime faith outreach grilling homepage featured racial reconciliation religion and food St. Louis,You may also like Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Vanier is gone, but his Christian model for living alongside the disabled takes root Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Catholicism By: Eric Berger By: Eric Berger Share This! By: Eric Berger Eric Berger,Add Comment Click here to post a commentcenter_img Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Share This! Photos of the Week August 30, 2019 Eric Berger Share This! 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September 3, 2019 0