Family alleges starvation death in Jharkhand

first_imgA family in Jharkhand’s Giridih district has alleged that one of its members died of starvation, but State’s Food and Civil Supplies Minister Saryu Roy on Thursday said official reports failed to prove the claim.The Minister said a perfectly laid out protocol to prevent death due to starvation is in place in the State.Ramesh Turi of Chirudih in Giridih district had told the media that his 48-year-old wife Savitri died of starvation on Tuesday last.The Minister said, “there is a perfect protocol to give ration under the Annapurna Yojana to the needy even if they don’t have ration cards, there are grain banks and ₹10,000 is given to Mukhias who can be approached for assistance.last_img

Bengal roads in bad shape: Governor

first_imgWest Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankar on Friday visited Murshidabad district even after his formal request for a helicopter was denied and complained about the condition of roads. “I can talk about the road condition as I am fresh from my travel. We started at 5 a.m. this morning. The national highway is fine and I want to thank Gadkari ji, some of the State roads were similar but as we reached 150-200 km close to Murshidabad, the road condition worsened. I had to withstand quite a few bumps.”Health Minister Chandrima Bhattacharya said: “The cost of the helicopter will be borne by the people . If his health does not permit, why undertake such a trip?” Asked about Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s remarks directed at him, the Governor said if the CM has any issue, she can discuss it with him directly. “Dialogue between a Chief Minister and the Governor is either one-to-one or through a communication. I have got no communication from the government so far that any of my actions is beyond my right. If she has any issue, either she will discuss with me or write to me,” he said. On Thursday, responding to the role of the Governor in Maharashtra, Ms. Banerjee had said: “In my State, you are seeing what is going on. Just like parallel administration they like to run.”last_img read more

NADA conducts surprise raid at NIS Patiala, took dope samples

first_imgThe National Anti Doping Agency on Saturday conducted a surprise raid at the National Institute of Sports, Patiala and took samples from the campers in the backdrop of the doping scandal in athletics.A four-member NADA team, headed by doctor Ankush Gupta, raided the premises of NIS and searched rooms of the campers, besides taking urine samples. The raid started around 1300hrs.The raid and taking of samples was not directed to track and field athletes only but to all the campers at the NIS.”A four-member team raided NIS, searched the rooms of the campers there and took urine samples also for dope testing. Dr Ankush Gupta was the team leader and there was one lady officer of NADA also,” NADA Director General Rahul Bhatnagar told PTI.Bhatnagar, however, said that the raid was a part of the routine drive of NADA to increase monitoring of athletes from using performance-enhancing drugs.”It was not directed to track and field athletes. The team raided the rooms of other non track and field campers also and took samples from them. It was part of our routine drive under our increased vigilance to tackle doping,” he said.Eight track and field athletes tested positive for anbolic steroids in one of the worst doping scandals in the country and six of them trained at the NIS Patiala.Mandeep Kaur, Sini Jose and Ashwini Akkunji, who were part of the 4x400m relay quartet that won gold in the Commonwealth and Asian Games last year, and three other quartermilers Jauna Murmu, Tiana Mary Thomas and Priyanka Panwar were training at NIS when they were caught for doping.– With PTI inputsadvertisementlast_img read more

Vikas Krishan gears up for World Championships

first_imgAlmost a year back, Vikas Krishan became the cynosure of all eyes when he won a gold in the 60kg category at the Asian Games, ending India’s 12-year drought of an Asiad gold medal in boxing.But as he prepares for the World Championships, starting from Thursday in Baku, Azerbaijan, he has an uphill task to prove his mettle in the 69kg category.The world meet poses the fiercest competition after the Olympics and odds are against Krishan. The 19-year-old catapulted to the new category (69kg) in which he is yet to be tested.Many consider his style of counter-attack as a suicidal, especially in the current scoring system, which clearly favours the aggressive boxers. But the 2010 world youth champion Krishan has not been weighed down by the odds. In fact, he is unnerved by the magnitude of the challenge he is going to face at the Worlds.”World Championships will be my biggest tournament till date. New category and tough competition will pose a big challenge but I have gone through similar situations in the past. I am sure I won’t be nervous or anxious at the World Championships and will give it my best shot,” said a confident Krishan, who is currently training with the Indian team for the mega event near Nice, France.”I was a novice when I was crowned the world youth champion. My first tournament in the senior category was at the Asian Games and I emerged triumphant. The level of competition at the World Championships is very high but it’s not impossible to win a medal there,” he told Mail Today. The World Championships are also the first qualifier for the London Olympics and 10 boxers from the 69kg category will qualify for the event.advertisementStrategy ProblemKrishan’s strategy drew flak during the Asian Games as he was criticised for being extra defensive against the then defending champion Qing Hu of China in the final. Despite that, Krishan won but Hu blamed him of being too negative.Krishan, however, justified his decision and said his strategy was apt to the old scoring system.Despite the new scoring system, which generally favours those with aggressive tactics, in place, Krishan remains unperturbed and insists he is working on towards improving his style.”My natural style is counterattack and I can’t change it overnight. So I am opening my guard more and also working on quick footwork during the practice.”I have Vijender and Kuldeep as the sparring partners. Both compete in the middleweight (75kg) and are known for their power-punches. Sparring with them will help me when I face strong contenders,” said the Bhiwani boxer.Lack of exposureThe biggest drawback, Krishan faced post Asian Games was the limited exposure he got. An invitational tournament in Cuba in May has been his only international event. So, the training in France is practically his only outing as a build up to the Worlds. The boxer said he wants to utilise the opportunity to the fullest.”The atmosphere in France and Baku is almost same, so the training will help us acclimatise to the conditions in Baku. Also, we will get sparring partners from other countries. It will help us understand their game as some of them could compete in Baku,” he said.”As far lack of exposure is concerned, I did well at the Asian Games, perhaps because my opponents were unaware about my game and they failed to gauge it in time. I think the same can work for me at the World Championships as well,” said an optimistic Krishan.last_img read more

Conley breaks out, Jazz beat Clippers as Leonard rests

first_imgUtah Jazz guard Mike Conley (10) receives high-fives from fans as he leaves the court following the team’s NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)CeSALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Jazz had to kick Mike Conley out of the gym Wednesday morning.Conley kept shooting until the coaching staff pleaded for him to “save something for the game.” Turns out, he had plenty left.ADVERTISEMENT Conley snapped an early season slump with 29 points and the Jazz beat the Los Angeles Clippers 110-96 on Wednesday night with Kawhi Leonard sitting out.“I just wanted to get back to who I am,” Conley said. “I hit one, hit two and could feel going. I felt the energy from the crowd and my teammates and said, yes, this is the game.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceConley had 18 points in the third quarter as the Jazz scored 40 in the period and took a 90-71 lead. Utah (4-1) has won three in a row.Leonard missed the game for scheduled rest, though coach Doc Rivers has said his star forward has been healthy and energized. The Clippers play the second half of a back-to-back Thursday against San Antonio in Los Angeles. What’s behind the display of Chinese flag in Boracay? Priority legislation in the 18th Congress Duterte officials’ paranoia is ‘singularly myopic’ Rice industry paralysis Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Rockets bank on James Harden’s 59 to outlast Wizards Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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But, collectively, the Jazz were determined to get Conley on track.“Just trying to get Mike open,” Gobert said. “He did a great job reading the defense and making all the shots, driving the lane.”Lou Williams paced the Clippers (3-2) with 24 points, 16 before halftime.The matchup of one of the league’s top defenses against one of the top offenses lost some its luster without Leonard, but the Jazz showed how potent they could be with 55 percent shooting while holding their opponents below 100 points for the fifth straight game.“Our guys take pride on the defensive end,” Utah coach Quin Snyder said. “We were better on the ball, in pursuit of the ball handlers and got some contests (in the third quarter).”ADVERTISEMENT The Jazz were hot from the start and led by 14 points early in the second quarter. The Clippers trimmed the advantage to 52-51 at halftime.TIP INSClippers: Williams, who has won the Sixth Man of the Year award a record three times, started the game. “Lou has no problem starting or coming off the bench,” Rivers said. … LA had 20 turnovers. … Rivers lamented not having Leonard and Paul George, who continues his rehabilitation: “Having guys back at home. That’s a lot of points sitting out of the game for us.” … Rookie Terrance Mann scored the first points of his career and finished with four points and five assists.Jazz: Dante Exum is still inactive as he recovers from knee surgery. … Utah had a season-high 13 steals. … Gobert had two blocks and reached 900 rejections in his career.UP NEXTClippers host the San Antonio Spurs on Thursday night.Jazz visit Sacramento Kings on Friday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? LATEST STORIES Someone from the Philippines could win a $208 million jackpot this week! JaMychal Green, who had 23 points, led his fellow Clipper reserves in a fourth-quarter rally, cutting a 23-point edge to 99-89. Conley responded with a 3-pointer and a lob to Gobert for a dunk.“Second half, they made some tough shots,” Patrick Beverly said. “They made the shots that we wanted them to take.”Conley struggled in his first four games with Utah after playing 12 years in Memphis, including a 1-for-16 shooting performance in the opener and an 0-for-7 outing in the last game. In recent days, he admitted it has taken more time than he expected to feel comfortable with the Jazz plays and terminology.“As much as I tried not to, I was pressing. I have to say some doubt crept in. It was consuming,” Conley said.When Conley hit a 3-pointer and followed it with a tough layup high off the backboard in third quarter, he pumped his fist and yelled to the rafters. When Los Angeles called timeout, the entire Jazz bench leaped off the bench and ran onto the court to greet the point guard.“It’s a big relief and I’ve really wanted to start playing like I’m used to. I hope this is the beginning of the positive Mike,” Conley said.A few minutes later, Conley hit a high-arcing 3-pointer and motioned for the crowd to get louder. Cheers rang out and then turned into chants of “Con-ley, Con-ley, Con-ley”.“I’ve never experienced that before in 13 years of playing basketball. It was special and I could tell the crowd was feeling like I was, just waiting and had a lot of energy built up,” Conley said.After just nine made field goals in his first four games, Conley made 11 of 17 shots, including five 3-pointers, and had five assists with a season-low two turnovers.“Mike’s a pretty calm guy but when he was screaming and yelling, once we saw that, we were feeding of it,” Mitchell said. 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Revealed: The Man City youngsters who’ll face Burton

first_imgIan Carlo Poveda, Felix Nmecha, Taylor Richards and Iker Pozo are set to be included in the Manchester City squad for Wednesday’s Carabao Cup semi-final second leg against Burton, Goal has learned.City will take a 9-0 aggregate lead to the Pirelli Stadium and, with a place in the final all but assured, Pep Guardiola is planning to include around six or seven youth-team players in a bid to give his first-team stars some rest.Eric Garcia, 18, who has impressed in two appearances in the competition already, is also set to be involved, while Philippe Sandler, 21, and Luke Bolton, 19 could also travel.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? City had hoped to call up more youth-team players but their plans were disrupted by the scheduling of the Checkatrade Trophy quarter-finals, with the club’s Under-21s slated to play Sunderland on Tuesday night.SIX MAN CITY YOUNGSTERS TIPPED FOR BRIGHT FUTURES Guardiola has decided to send a relatively strong U21 team to Sunderland, but has plucked some of the most highly-rated talents in the youth ranks for the Carabao Cup semi.Poveda was at Barcelona before joining City three years ago and plays in a wide position; Nmecha has represented England and Germany at youth level; Richards is a right-sided attacking midfielder who counts Paul Pogba as a mentor, and Pozo has caught the eye playing in a deep-lying midfield role. All four are 18.Phil Foden, who has long been part of Guardiola’s first-team set-up, is widely expected to start on Wednesday, while Aro Muric, 20, has played in all previous rounds in the competition.The rest of the squad will be made up of senior first-team members, with Riyad Mahrez in contention to feature after missing out on the match-day squad for Sunday’s Premier League win at Huddersfield. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Duke’s David Cutcliffe Draws Serious Praise From Nick Saban

first_img His Alabama counterpart Nick Saban is certainly aware of Cutcliffe’s coaching ability, and had some serious praise for him when asked this week.From the Times Free Press:“I’ve always thought that he is one of the best quarterback coaches in the country,” Alabama coach Nick Saban said Monday in a news conference. “Obviously, his track record has proven that. He has that reputation, so I think a lot of players are interested in playing for him. He does a fabulous job of developing those players, but their system and scheme of offense is so well-conceived, and that gives players at all positions the chance to be able to be successful.“Their quarterbacks have the consistency that everybody looks for, because their system allows them to make quick decisions and get the ball out of their hands.”That reputation is not uncommon for David Cutcliffe, who famous developed Daniel Jones into a top 10 pick. While Jones wasn’t a star at the college level, Cutcliffe’s tutelage couldn’t have hurt his stock with the New York Giants in the spring.Duke probably won’t be particularly competitive with Alabama on Saturday in Atlanta, but you can be sure the team will be well coached.[Times Free Press] David Cutcliffe high fives fans after Duke win.WACO, TX – SEPTEMBER 15: Duke Blue Devils head coach David Cutcliffe celebrates with fans after defeating the Baylor Bears during a football game at McLane Stadium on September 15, 2018 in Waco, Texas. (Photo by Cooper Neill/Getty Images)On the basketball court, it isn’t unusual for Duke to face a top five team in a non-conference game. David Cutcliffe’s Duke football program doesn’t often have that chance, though.That is not the case this year. For Week 1, the Blue Devils draw No. 2 Alabama football.Cutcliffe has built Duke into a respectable program. He’s not unfamiliar with the rough and tumble SEC, though.He was a long-time assistant at Tennessee from 1982-1998, and again from 2006-07, where he famously coached up Peyton Manning. He was also Eli Manning’s head coach at Ole Miss, where he served from 1998-2004. The Manning family maintains a close connection to Cutcliffe.last_img read more

J. Wray & Nephew Foundation Lauded for Investment in Education

first_imgStory Highlights Senior Advisor to the Education Minister, Robert Miller, has lauded the J. Wray & Nephew (JWN) Foundation for its continued investment in the education of the nation’s youth.Through its award of scholarships each year, Mr. Miller noted that the Foundation assists those students who are desirous of a solid education, but are “crippled by (the lack of) financial resources”.Mr. Miller was speaking on Tuesday (August 29) during the entity’s awards ceremony for the disbursement of scholarships valued at $11.7 million to 65 students at the secondary and tertiary levels.The function was held at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston.The Senior Advisor implored the recipients to make the best of the opportunity they have been afforded and to continue to do well.He also encouraged the students to give back to their communities by assisting those who may be having difficulties with a particular subject.“Find someone in your community to assist with maths, to assist with English, whatever subject you can assist with – give back,” he urged.Mr. Miller further encouraged parents to start saving for their children’s tertiary education from early, to be in better stead financially at the appointed time.“In Jamaica, we tend not to promote higher learning, but we need, as a country, to start planning for tertiary education from birth by putting aside some money (towards that),” he said.Meanwhile, Chairman of the JWN Foundation, Clement Lawrence, also praised the recipients for working hard “under often less-than-ideal conditions”, noting that they are deserving of the Foundation’s assistance.“Congratulations to all the students here today. The scholarship you have all received represents your dedication and hard work. We encourage you to remain committed to your goals, stay focused and maintain a positive attitude,” he said.Over the past decade, the JWN Foundation has awarded more than $30 million to Jamaican students from communities within which it operates in Kingston, Clarendon and St. Elizabeth, assisting them to matriculate in their secondary and tertiary studies. Mr. Miller was speaking Tuesday (September 29) during the entity’s awards ceremony for the disbursement of scholarships valued at $11.7 million to 65 students at the secondary and tertiary levels. The function was held at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston.center_img Senior Advisor to the Education Minister, Robert Miller, has lauded the J. Wray and Nephew (JWN) Foundation for its continued investment in the education of the nation’s youth.last_img read more

Junonominated Hey Rosetta to Headline Tall Ships Concert

first_imgJuno-nominated Hey Rosetta will be the headline act for a concert on Georges Island on Saturday, July 21. The concert will run from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. with additional acts to be announced as they are confirmed. “This is a rare opportunity to experience some incredible music in the middle of the harbour, with the spectacular backdrop of tall ships,” said Colin MacLean, president and CEO, Waterfront Development. “This is rare opportunity to visit Georges Island, and immerse yourself in our renowned maritime culture.” Waterfront Development is partnering with Captain Morgan to present the event. The concert is one of a number of whirlwind summer performances for Newfoundland’s Hey Rosetta!, who will also play the Hangout Festival, Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza. Tickets, for those 19 years of age of older, will go on sale online at noon, Friday, June 8, at General admission tickets will cost $30 with an additional $10 transportation fee, plus HST and service fees. A limited number of VIP tickets will cost $70, plus $10 transportation fee plus HST and service fees. Only 2,000 general admission tickets are available and will be sold first-come, first-serve. The Tall Ships Nova Scotia event will take place July 19–23 in Halifax. The ships will sail to ports around the province July 25–29. For event information, visit .last_img read more

Three sentenced to life imprisonment for murder

first_imgKolkata: Three persons were sentenced to life imprisonment in a murder case on Friday. The main accused in the case is undergoing trial in a separate court as he was minor at the time of the murder. After he turned 18, the trial was shifted from the juvenile court.According to police, on July 22, 2016, officers of New Town police station found a body of a man near Tin Kanya Mor, on the outskirts of Kadampukur village. The face of the body was smashed to hide the identity of the deceased. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess DurgaDuring preliminary investigation, ligature marks was seen around his neck. Later, a suo moto case was initiated against unknown persons on charges of murder. The person was later identified as Nepal Ghosh (40) of Baranagar in North 24-Parganas. During the probe, cops came to know that a youth identified as Jaydeb Das, who was then 17-year-old, had borrowed Rs 10,000 from Ghosh. After the stipulated time to repay the loan was over, Ghosh asked for his money but Das did not return the money and kept on promising that he would repay it soon. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersLater Das, along with his three friends, hatched a plan to murder Ghosh. They planned to kill and rob him so that Das could be exempted from the loan. As per the plan on July 22 of 2016, Das called up Ghosh and asked him to meet at Dunlop. He said he would repay the loan. When Ghosh arrived, Das told him that he would give him the money after he gets it from another person. He called up one of his friend identified as Surajit Karmakar. They boarded Karmakar’s SUV, where two more youths identified as Tridip Biswas and Raju Sil were already present. Later, they drove to New Town and strangled Ghosh inside the car. After Ghosh died, they smashed his face and placed the body beside the road. During investigation, all four of them were arrested. On Friday, 1st Additional District Judge (ADJ), in Barasat Srimayi Kundu sentenced Karmakar, Biswas and Sil to life imprisonment. Trial against Das is still going on at the 2nd ADJ Barasat Court.last_img read more

Xi Modi may discuss US trade protectionism at SCO Summit China

first_imgBeijing: China on Monday hoped that President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Narendra Modi would discuss their respective trade frictions with the US and the two “good friends” could reach a consensus on opposing “trade protectionism” during their very important meeting during the SCO summit in Bishkek this week. This year’s summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) will be held in the Kyrgyz capital of Bishkek on June 13-14 where Modi and Xi are scheduled to meet and discuss bilateral and international issues. Also Read – Dussehra with a ‘green’ twist The meeting assumes significance as this is the first meeting between the two leaders after Modi-led BJP’s massive victory in the recent elections in India. Xi had congratulated Modi on his re-election through a letter on May 23. “Once again we congratulate Prime Minister Modi. President Xi and Prime Minister Modi are good friends. They had very successful informal summit at Wuhan last year,” Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Zhang Hanhui told a media briefing here answering a question on the Modi-Xi meeting. Also Read – India receives its first Rafale fighter jet from France He said the Wuhan summit has provided strategic guidance for the development of India-China ties, paving the way for stable growth of China-India relations in the long run. The April 27-28 Wuhan summit between Modi and Xi was largely credited to have turned around the bilateral relations soured by the 73-day Doklam standoff in 2017, triggered by Chinese troops’ attempt to build a road close to the Indian border in an area also claimed by Bhutan. After the Wuhan summit, both the countries stepped up efforts to improve relations in different spheres including the military-to-military ties. When asked about the planned Modi-Xi meeting on the sidelines of the SCO summit, Zhang said, “While the details for the meeting are under discussion, I believe every bilateral meeting between President Xi and Prime Minister Modi is very important. From the Chinese side, we will make good perpetrations for the success of bilateral meeting.” He also said the China-US trade war and the “spectre” of emerging trade frictions between the US and India could become important part of the discussions between the two leaders. “Whether they will talk about trade fictions between China and the US and the spectre of trade frictions between the US and India, such things are not surprising. I believe this could become an important topic in his bilateral meetings with the related leaders,” he said. The two countries have been in an escalating conflict over trade for the past year. The scope of the battle has expanded in recent months as Washington has tightened trade restrictions on Chinese telecom giant Huawei. Hopes for an imminent trade deal were shattered in May after the Trump administration more than doubled tariffs on USD 200 billion of Chinese imports and threatened additional duties. US President Donald Trump is demanding China to reduce massive trade deficit which last year climbed to over USD 539 billion. He is also insisting on China to workout verifiable measures for the protection of intellectual property rights (IPR), technology transfer and more access to American goods to the Chinese markets. Chinese officials hope that India, which is also facing trade frictions with the US specially over termination of its designation as a ‘beneficiary developing country’ under the Generalised System of Preferences (GSP), would join the fight against Trump’s protectionist policies. “Trade protectionism and unilateralism are very much on the rise. How to respond to the bullying practices of the US, its practice of trade protectionism this is an important question not only to China, but also has direct bearing on the recovery of global economy,” Zhang said. “So I would say it will be helpful if the two leaders could exchange views and we hope their communication will lead to extensive consensus on upholding justice and opposing trade protectionism,” he said. “I hope with their cooperation, the two countries will not only enhance bilateral trade but also play an important role in promoting global economy,” he said. Xi will exchange views with his foreign counterparts on bilateral and international issues as well, he said.last_img read more

She was just lovely Slain Fredericton police officer loved giving back

first_imgFREDERICTON – A Fredericton police officer killed in Friday’s shootings was a compassionate woman keen on helping her community, a longtime friend said Sunday.Fiona Williams said she had known Const. Sara Burns for most of her life, but the two only reconnected about six months ago when the officer helped raise funds for Liberty Lane, a local housing centre for women in crisis.“(She was) one of these people you always feel comfortable around, she was always down to earth,” said Williams, Liberty Lane’s executive director. “Lovely, she was just lovely.”Williams described Burns as a warm person who talked constantly about her three sons and her love for her job.“Our parents were friends when I was a child, so we had a lot of family-friend parties when we were kids,” she said.Williams said Burns and her husband Steven helped raise money for Liberty Lane: Steven and his best friend, Brian Jones, walked from Edmundston, N.B., to Fredericton in June to raise awareness and funds for the organization.While Burns was too busy with her police work to go on the walk itself, Williams said she worked hard from the sidelines to promote the fundraiser through local events.“That’s not something they could have done without their family’s involvement and support,” said Williams.Liberty Lane provides second-stage housing and outreach for women and children fleeing abusive situations.Burns and Jones raised over $130,000 for the cause, and the Burns family accepted an award through TD Bank’s Customer Appreciation Day for their fundraising efforts, just two weeks before the officer was killed at the age of 43 Friday. The shooting also claimed the lives of fellow officer Const. Robb Costello and civilians Bobbie Lee Wright and Donnie Robichaud.Burns decided to follow her dream of being a police officer when she was 40.She attended the Atlantic Police Academy at Holland College and was hired in Fredericton in 2016. She had been an auxiliary officer with the force for a time as well.One local politician told the New Brunswick Telegraph-Journal when Burns was hired that the city was “very excited” to have her on board.In 2015, Burns told a Summerside, P.E.I., newspaper that she saw policing as a demanding career.“(Policing) is something that I think challenges you physically, mentally and socially; you need to be aware of those components,” she told the Journal Pioneer. “It’s a really challenging field and to survive you need to keep all of those in check.”Burns also held a degree in criminology from St. Thomas University.In recent months, Williams said Burns expressed a keen interest in mental health and working with youth, which she said is an important quality for police to have.“As a police officer, you’re not counselling people, but you really have to approach every situation differently,” Williams said.“It was really important that she understood mental health, and what some youth finding themselves at risk might be going through.”Burns was proud of her line of work, frequently sharing links to articles about police work and issues on her Facebook page. She linked to a story about Const. Frank Deschenes, who was killed in a roadside crash last year, and shared an article about the high rate of suicide among first responders.In May, Burns shared an image of a police hat and said: “Share if you’re proud of a police officer.”Burns’ family has asked for privacy as they grieve, but said in a statement that Burns loved her job and “went to work each shift committed to serving this great community.”They also expressed condolences to Costello.Costello, 45, was a 20-year police veteran and the father of four children.His partner, Jackie McLean, said in a statement of behalf of the family that she sought privacy but wanted to say a few things about him.“Robb was the single most positive person I have ever met; and that was obvious to everyone who met him. He had a special way of dealing with people — fair, but strong and tough when needed. He was the only officer I’ve ever known to write a ticket and have the recipient thank him for it,” she said.Wright, 32, and Robichaud, 42, the civilian victims of Friday’s attack, just started dating in August. Robichaud, a local musician, had two teenage sons and a daughter.Matthew Vincent Raymond, 48, will appear in court on Aug. 27 to face four counts of first-degree murder in the deaths. Police did not say if the suspect and victims were known to each other and a motive is not yet known.— By Alex Cooke in Halifaxlast_img read more

Pamela Anderson Takes On RideHail Apps In MeToo Campaign

first_imgThe National Limousine Association’s Ride Responsibly initiative ( and Promoting Awareness, Victim Empowerment (PAVE) have joined forces to produce a public service campaign, starring actress, activist and sexual violence survivor Pamela Anderson.Video: The Signs – A New PSA from PAVE and Ride Responsibly Starring Pamela Anderson (2018)The PSA draws attention to the vast number of sexual assaults that have occurred in ride-hailing vehicles and questions if these were caused by insufficient background check procedures. This PSA serves as a call-to-action following alarming revelations of sexual harassment and assault that reach far beyond Hollywood and Washington, D.C.The video, titled “The Signs”, is Pamela’s second PSA for the Ride Responsibly initiative, and comes on the heels of the #MeToo movement. The PSA is a stark reminder that even getting from point A to B carries risk, particularly if you are not conscientious of the service that you choose.“The astounding number of tweets that referenced #MeToo and #uber was absolutely frightening, and disheartening to say the least,” said Gary Buffo, President of the National Limousine Association (NLA). Continued Buffo, “It is time to recognize that these services are simply unsafe, and pose an inherent threat to anyone using them, due to the blatantly insufficient background checks that Transportation Network Companies (TNCs) use. Our partner, PAVE, has been instrumental in our campaign to inform the public about the dangers these services pose. Together, we are actively working to compel safety measures that will prevent these crimes.”For more than 20 years, Angela Rose and PAVE have been the only national charitable organization committed to both sexual harassment and assault prevention and recovery. Through its support, social advocacy, training and education programs, PAVE is leading the way and tackling these issues head on in the hopes of minimizing their occurrences and impact.Angela Rose, Founder and Director of PAVE, noted, “through our work with survivors, we have always been aware that cases of sexual assault and harassment can occur just about anywhere. Unfortunately, this now includes ride-hail apps such as Uber and Lyft, which is why we have partnered with the National Limousine Association and Pamela Anderson. It is critical that everyone be made aware of the risks associated with ride-hailing apps and PAVE is excited to support this campaign with best practices and tangible safety tips. It’s important to note that no matter how many safety tips you practice, it is never your fault if someone harms you.” Rose continued to say, “While we are so proud of the #MeToo movement and all of the brave men and women that have come forward, we are constantly working to bring an end to these crimes.”“When I first embarked on my quest to raise awareness about the safety risks associated with ride-hailing apps, I had no idea of the frequency or disturbing nature of the incidents,” said Pamela Anderson. “The reaction to our first campaign was inspiring, and also disheartening, as many voices came to the surface echoing the sentiment, #MeToo. Action, however, is more effective than a hashtag, and it is critical that we take the next step, demand justice for victims and force ride-hail apps to ensure our safety in their vehicles. Fingerprint-based background checks are a simple step that these transportation providers can take, and it is beyond me why this practice isn’t commonplace in 2018. These apps are optimized for predators and will remain so until common sense safety measures are put in place.”last_img read more

Annan is disbanding Jenin factfinding team spokesman says

A spokesman for United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan said this evening that Mr. Annan was disbanding the fact-finding team into recent events in the Jenin refugee camp, as indicated in the letter the Secretary-General had forwarded to the Security Council on Wednesday. “The Secretary-General has written to the Council President, the Government of Israel and the Palestinian Authority communicating this decision,” said a statement released by the spokesman’s office. According to the statement, the Secretary-General has also written to the head of the fact-finding mission, former President of Finland Marti Ahtisaari, and his team, thanking them for “the dedication, energy and time that they have given the United Nations.”

Annan and Australian Prime Minister meet discuss postconflict Iraq

Speaking at a press briefing afterwards, Mr. Howard told reporters he had indicated to the Secretary-General that it was necessary for all of the UN Member States to look forward in relation to the post-conflict period in Iraq as there was very little to be gained in rehashing old arguments.The Prime Minister also stressed that as part of the coalition, Australia wished to see a restoration of basic services, and noted that “great progress” was already being made in relation to that.”We want to see the affairs of Iraq handed back to the Iraqi people as soon as practicable,” Mr. Howard said. “We want to see the emergence of a free and open government that is responsive to the wishes of the people of Iraq and I think all of the efforts of the world community should be directed towards that.”Asked about whether the United Nations would play a political role in post-conflict Iraq, as it had done during the meetings in Bonn, Germany, for Afghanistan, Mr. Howard responded that the United Nations could play a positive, constructive role.”I think it is important to recognize that the effective administering authority in Iraq is the coalition, but consistent with that, there are many roles that can be discharged by the United Nations,” he said, noting that the Organization was already playing an effective role in relation to humanitarian assistance, and could involved in issues such as human rights and organizing elections in the future.Video of the Prime Minister’s press briefing read more

AW plans to add 200 franchiseeowned restaurants in Canada by 2020

A&W plans to add 200 franchisee-owned restaurants in Canada by 2020 by The Canadian Press Posted Feb 7, 2017 3:10 pm MDT Last Updated Feb 7, 2017 at 4:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Fast-food chain A&W Food Services of Canada plans to open more than 200 franchisee-owned restaurants by 2020.The burger joint already boasts 879 locations in the country, mostly in Western Canada, and the expansion will focus on Ontario, Quebec and the Atlantic provinces.The company re-invented itself in recent years as an option for diners seeking higher-quality ingredients.In 2013, A&W started serving beef raised without the use of added hormones or steroids, and followed that up with chicken and pork raised without antibiotics, eggs from hens that don’t eat animal by-products, and organic coffee.The company has previously said it’s seen an uptick in sales because of this shift.A&W also recently announced it will start serving all-day breakfast on Feb. 27, less than a week after competitor McDonald’s Canada does the same. read more

The first birth control app to be officially approved as a contraceptive

first_imgThe first birth control app to be officially approved as a contraceptive uses an age-old method As a fertility-awareness based contraceptive method, the app will only work well for some people. Feb 26th 2017, 12:00 PM I think there are many women who this will be great for.But not everyone falls into this category.It’s worth noting, for example, that the same study which found that Natural Cycles had an encouragingly low failure rate for typical use also found that more than half of the women who did get pregnant recorded having unprotected sex during their fertile period, Susan Walker, a professor of sexual health at Anglia Ruskin University, pointed out in a recent post for The Conversation. This doesn’t mean the app was providing inaccurate data.Quite the contrary, in fact: It suggests that women were still having sex on the days when the app was telling them not to.That’s an important finding, too. We know an app can’t keep people from having sex. But depending on your current situation in life, consistently and reliably abstaining from sex for several days at a time during a precise and sometimes variable window each month may be easier said than done. In these situations, medication may be your best option.- Erin BrodwinRead: The ‘male pill’ could be coming, it’s in jab form and it works > Natural Cycles founders Elina and Raoul. Source: Natural Cycles Frontier Airlines is selling flights for as low as $20 Over 1,200 students at 17 universities including Stanford have pledged to not take jobs at Palantir unless it stops working with ICE Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Russia hacked the FBI to prevent the bureau from being able to track Russian spies in the US Short URL 31 Comments center_img We want to make planning easy for everyone. Temperature data fluctuates a lot. This makes it easier and ensures a certain safety.The elephant in the roomAs a fertility-awareness based contraceptive method, the app will work wonders — for some people.These people will likely have, in addition to a clean sexual bill of health, one or all of the following: A predictable sex schedule; regular periods; the time and ability to abstain from sexual activity on certain precise, consecutive days every month.“In the end, what we want to do is add a new method of contraception that women can choose from without side effects,” Scherwizl said. Smog, selfies, and city living are fueling demand for cosmetics, L’Oréal boss says 34,168 Views Share126 Tweet Email1 By Business Insider Sunday 26 Feb 2017, 12:00 PM A NEW APP that is “as effective as the pill but using only mathematics” has been approved for birth control by the Europe Commission.The Natural Cycles app, designed by physicist couple Elina Berglund and Raoul Scherwizl, is the world’s first to get government approval as a contraceptive.Still, while the app is bolstered by a brilliant algorithm that takes into account everything from a woman’s temperature to the irregularity of her periods, it is still a “fertility awareness-based” method of birth control, meaning it exists in a category of contraception that’s been around for thousands of years.This means the app relies on carefully monitoring behavior. And for that reason, there are a lot of people it simply will not work for.Here’s what you should know about the Natural Cycles birth control app, which claims to be “as good as the pill” at preventing pregnancy.How the app worksAround the time a woman ovulates, her body temperature rises slightly (about 0.3℃) and remains slightly elevated throughout the rest of her cycle.Her ova (female eggs) only live for about a day. That means that if she were to have sex with a man for a window of time after ovulation, she will not get pregnant. If she has sex with a man before she ovulates, on the other hand, she can get pregnant — sperm can stay alive in the uterus for close to a week.The app uses an algorithm that takes into account her temperature and many other factors like sperm survival, temperature fluctuations, and cycle irregularities. That way, it can detect ovulation and fertility as well as the different stages of her cycle. Source:“We give red and green days and clear recommendations on which days to abstain and which days we consider the risk of pregnancy to be negligible,” Natural Cycles co-founder Raoul Scherwizl told Business Insider.And it’s far more accurate than other similar methods of fertility tracking.Fancy-schmancy app, meet your great-great-great-great grandmotherStill, aside from Natural Cycle’s proprietary algorithm — which, again, is what makes it far more accurate than other similar methods — the app is grounded in science that has been around for centuries.For thousands of years, it formed the basics of birth control. Since as early as 300 AD, the idea went, someone who wanted to either avoid pregnancy (or get pregnant) kept track of when she was the most fertile. If you want to avoid pregnancy, you don’t have sex on those days. If you want to get pregnant, you do. Simple.Simple, but not perfect.Fertility awareness-based contraception is hard workToday, so-called “fertility awareness-based” methods of birth control can include everything from marking up a calendar to paying detailed attention to vaginal discharge to taking one’s temperature every morning. Problem is, they aren’t always reliable, because human bodies aren’t always reliable. Source: Shutterstock/Nick StarichenkoThe length of a woman’s cycle can vary for several reasons, including stress. For many women, this variability is the only constant thing about their periods. In this case, fertility awareness-based methods are generally a bad option, according to US reproductive health organisation Planned Parenthood.Fertility awareness methods also aren’t advisable for women who have a sexually-transmitted infection (STI). And Planned Parenthood suggests these methods “may not work” for women who have any of the following:More than one sex partnerA sex partner who “isn’t as committed to fertility awareness-based methods as you are”Trouble keeping close track of “safe days”Trouble abstaining or using another method for at least 10 “unsafe days” during each cycleFor women who take medicine that may affect reading any of the signs of these methods.This is where the app comes in.Today, women and their partners don’t need a physical calendar to keep on top of fertility — they can use their phone or any one of a number of other apps designed specifically for this purpose.Natural Cycles, however, is the first of these apps to be certified as a medical device and officially approved by a European health agency. So where does that “as effective as the contraceptive pill” come in?Scherwizl reference a recent clinical study of more than 4,000 women between the ages of 18 and 45 published in the peer-reviewed European Journal of Contraception and Reproductive Health Care.The study found that the app’s failure rate for “typical use” (a term used to refer to how most people use a form of contraception) was 7%. Or, for every 100 women who used the app in a “typical” way (meaning certain common slip-ups are accounted for), seven got pregnant each year. Source: lookcatalog via Flickr/CCIn comparison, the “typical use” failure rate for the pill is about 9%, according to the CDC. For injectable birth control, it’s 6%; for an IUD, it’s 0.2% – 0.8%.For “perfect use,” the app was also found to be fairly similar to the pill in terms of effectiveness — among those women who used the app perfectly, about five out of every 1,000 got pregnant (a 0.5% failure rate). Among women who use the pill perfectly, about three out of every 1,000 get pregnant (a 0.3% failure rate).That’s way better than traditional fertility-based awareness methods, which have an average failure rate of 24%, according to the CDC.With that in mind, Natural Cycles is inarguably one of the best forms of fertility-based awareness birth control that exists. Its low failure rates are multitudes better than other traditional fertility-based awareness methods, thanks to all of the data the company has crunched (it probably helps that its creators are both physicists with extensive science and math backgrounds).“A lot of other apps track fertility indicators and then the focus is on the women to do it on their own,” Scherwizl told me.last_img read more

Introducing our new podcast The Explainer

first_img Sunday 10 Mar 2019, 8:00 PM 16,444 Views Mar 10th 2019, 8:00 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL By Aoife Barry Share1 Tweet Email1 23 Comments Source: The Explainer/SoundCloudIdeas, thoughts, or feedback? Email This episode presented by Sinéad O’Carroll, executive producer Christine Bohan, producer Aoife Barry, assistant producer/technical operator Nicky Ryan, contributing reporter Gráinne Ní Aodha. Design by Palash Somani.  HERE AT THEJOURNAL.IE, we like to bring you closer to the news. With our Explainers and FactChecks, we find out the facts and figures you need to know about the biggest stories people are talking about.Now we want to bring you an even deeper dive into the news stories you’re reading, with our new podcast The Explainer.Hosted by our news editor Sinéad O’Carroll, The Explainer is a new weekly podcast from that takes a deeper look at one big news story you need to know about.What’s the background? Why is this in the news? Get the facts behind the story in The Explainer.For our first episode, we take a look at a big question for consumers: How will Brexit affect the food that you buy? In the week where the major decisions will be made about what Brexit will look like, our debut episode of The Explainer looks at your shopping basket to see what will happen to prices and supply in Ireland after 29 March.You can listen wherever you get your podcasts or via SoundCloud below – you can also head straight to:iTunesCastboxPocket CastsOvercastGoogle PodcastsSpotifyPodBeanPodcast RepublicStitcherPlayer FMAcastThe Podcast App Introducing our new podcast: The Explainer’s new podcast looks at the facts behind the biggest news stories.last_img read more

Clues in metro bomb case

first_imgPolice may have identified those who planted an incendiary device that failed to explode on an Athens metro train on Saturday after viewing CCTV footage from the public transport network, sources told Kathimerini on Tuesday. A Citizens’ Protection Ministry official who wished to remain anonymous said that police have been examining video of the platform and other areas of Aegaleo metro station, where the device was found, and have singled out some suspects. The source did not state how many people the police said were involved in the would-be attack. Another ministry source suggested that some useful forensic evidence was found but that efforts to connect it with evidence gathered at the sites of terrorist attacks in the past had not yet yielded any results. Officially, the police denied that any breakthrough had been made in forensic tests. The device was left in a bag on the train that traveled between Ethniki Amyna and Aegaleo stations. It was found by the driver, who checked the carriages at the end of the journey. Anti-terrorist squad sources said that the assailants may have links to the Conspiracy of the Cells of Fire, an urban guerrilla group that carried out a series of bloodless bomb attacks before most of the members were arrested in 2009 and 2010. Officers have not ruled out the possibility that the suspects were members of the group. Conspiracy of the Cells of Fire had claimed an arson attack on a Kifissia-Piraeus electric railway (ISAP) train in March 2009 at Kifissia station. A previously unknown group calling itself Urban Guerrilla War (Antartiko Poleon) claimed on Monday that it planted the device. However, police sources said that they would wait to see if this group produces a proclamation before they can treat the claim seriously.Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more