Security forces stop march against Citizenship Bill in Assam

first_imgThousands of people attempting to march towards the Assam Secretariat here on Friday against the proposed Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016, were halted by the security forces. People from 70 organisations were part of the march held as part of their ‘Janata Bhawan Gherao’ programme. On being stopped by the security personnel, the protesters squatted on the Last Gate Road, behind the Secretariat, blocking traffic on the busy thoroughfare for several hours, the police said. Members and supporters of the organisations, led by the Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti and Assam Jatiyatabadi Yuba Chhatra Parishad, had congregated here on Friday morning to gherao the Secretariat. Barricades had been placed around the building and Assam Police and the CRPF personnel were deployed to prevent the protesters from staging their ‘Sankalpa Shikha Jatra’. The demonstrators held a dharna on the road with the leaders of the organisations speaking against the BJP-led governments in the State and the Centre.They also criticised Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal for “remaining silent on the issue despite repeated protests against the Bill”. On Guwahati Police Commissioner Pradip Chandra Saloi’s request to withdraw the protest, the agitators demanded that he carry their message to the government for holding talks with them within seven days. The demonstrators cleared the road on Mr. Saloi’s assurance. KMSS chief Akhil Gogoi, however, said, “Our agitation programmes will continue.” All Minority Students Union president Ajijur Rahman said as per the Assam Accord of 1985, Hindus or Muslims from Bangladesh and Pakistan who came to the State after March 24, 1971, would have to leave. AJYCP general secretary Palash Changmai accused the Chief Minister of functioning “under the orders of the RSS” and said Mr. Sonowal should “give up his Hitlerian rule as it is against the people of Assam”.last_img read more

End our ordeal, says ex-militants’ wives

first_imgStranded wives of former militants from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) and Pakistan on Saturday held a street demonstration in Srinagar, urging Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistani counterpart, Imran Khan, to “chalk out a mechanism to allow them and their children a free movement across the Line of Control to meet their families”.Mehtab, a mother of three from Karachi, said she and her children felt stranded in Kashmir after they decided to take up the rehabilitation policy offered by the Omar Abdullah government in 2010 for former militants to return from PoK. “I appeal to Mr. Modi and Mr. Khan to find a way out to end our ordeal. For the past six years, we are applying for the travel documents. However, the question of our nationality is yet to be settled. Our children are also facing adaptability issues here. I lost my mother. I wish to pray for her at her grave in Pakistan,” said Ms. Mehtab, married to Imtiyaz Ahmad Wani from Kupwara. On Saturday, Ms. Mehtab was accompanied by around two dozen women from PoK and Pakistan, who have turned “stateless” after returning to J&K. They held a demonstration in Srinagar to press for their demand to be issued travel documents. The protest was held just a day ahead of Mr. Modi’s visit to J&K.“We are aged now. My elder daughter is pursuing a Master’s in Arts. I got married in 1995 to Ghulam Hassan Lone from Kashmir and am yet to have basic right to travel and see my family across the LoC. We have applied for travel documents like passport. But no document is being issued to us,” said Fozia Begum, a resident of PoK’s capital Muzaffarabad.The Hindu had reported the first such case, of a PoK bride Kubra Gillani, 27, who was divorced by her husband in Anantnag and was left stateless.last_img read more

Panionios Cut Olympiacos Lead…AEK Fall 2 Points Behind Playoff Spot

first_imgPanionios failed to capitalize on leaders Olympiacos’ stuttering form as they were held to a 1-1 draw at home in Nea Smyrni to in-form AEK in Monday night’s final match of the SuperLeague Matchday 23 fixtures.Panionios went into the match aiming to cut the gap between themselves and Olympiacos to just four points following the reigning champions’ 2-0 defeat to PAOK on Sunday, but Vladan Milojevic’s men fell behind to a 38th-minute goal from AEK’s Argentine forward Sergio Araujo.The hosts did recover and draw level through Greek forward Giorgos Masouras a minute before the hour mark, however, and they would have gone on to win the match had it not been for some impressive goalkeeping from AEK custodian Vasilis Barkas.Barkas kept the hosts at bay as they lay siege to his goal in the second half, saving his best block three minutes from time from French midfielder Kevin Tapoko as Panionios missed a golden chance to clinch a win they chased desperately.The result did allow Panionios to claw another point closer to Olympiacos, as they are just six points adrift with seven matches remaining.AEK, who who have been revitalized by Spanish coach Manolo Jimenez, and are back in the battle for a playoff place. The Kitrinomavri lie in sixth place with 37 points, just two points behind Xanthi who occupy the final playoff spot in fifth.Source: AGONAsport.com http://bit.ly/2n0ntSlFacebook,  Instagram,  TwitterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

10 months agoInter Milan coach Spalletti: Icardi and Wanda?

first_imgInter Milan coach Spalletti: Icardi and Wanda?by Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveInter Milan coach Luciano Spalletti doesn’t doubt the commitment of Mauro Icardi.Icardi’s future is again under question over the relationship between Inter and his wife and agent, Wanda Nara.But Spalletti says: “Team not scoring enough barring Icardi? He’s played more and he must be the element that finishes off our moves.“I agree the goals also have to come from other players so we can move further up the table.“Rumours about his renewal? They haven’t created problems. Everyone is thinking about their work and doing well.“The news doesn’t concern what we do on the field and our attitude to stay in the game.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Solskjaer: Man United’s pre-season wins mean nothing

first_imgOle Gunnar Solskjaer insisted Manchester United’s pre-season results meant nothing as they look ahead to their Premier League opener.United have won all five of their friendlies this summer, posting victories against Perth Glory, Leeds, Inter, Tottenham and Kristiansund.But Solskjaer, ahead of a clash with AC Milan in the International Champions Cup on Saturday, said the results were irrelevant ahead of his side’s first game of the 2019-20 campaign against Chelsea at Old Trafford on August 11. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? “We’ve been very pleased with it. It’s been nice seeing the boys come back to pre-season in good shape,” he told talkSPORT on Thursday.”But then again, no points have been handed out, and it doesn’t really matter when Chelsea come to Old Trafford on 11th August.”Solskjaer added: “We need to improve and we need to be better. The more we improve and the more we get better, the bigger the chance we can challenge for trophies at the end of the season.”These boys have shown their capabilities. If we just stay level-headed, I can see us improving a lot.Solskjaer helped the Premier League giants briefly turn their form around last term after replacing Jose Mourinho at the helm in December.The Red Devils won 15 of his first 17 matches in charge across all competitions, restoring the feel-good factor around Old Trafford for a brief period.However, United won just two of their final nine league games of the season, finishing sixth in the table and failing to qualify for the Champions League.Solskjaer, confirmed as permanent manager on a three-year deal in March, feels the difficult campaign eventually took its toll on his players.”Football is an emotional game. It’s always difficult when a new manager has to come in and the previous one loses his job, but the players handled it well over the summer and they’ve come back really fit and sharp,” he said.”I know how fine the margins are in football and how easily things can go from good to bad. It’s a mental game, it’s all in the head.”We didn’t handle the ups and the downs well enough, we know that. That would be down to mental tiredness because it was a draining season for everyone, but we’ll be better this year.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Nation’s Top Uncommitted Recruit, Darnell Wright, Announces Commitment

first_imgA detail of a Nike official NCAA size football as it sits in the end zone while the West Virginia Mountaineers stretchon the field prior to playing against the Clemson Tigers during the Discover Orange Bowl at Sun Life Stadium.(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)On Wednesday afternoon, the nation’s top uncommitted recruit revealed where he plans to play his college football.Five-star recruit Darnell Wright took to the ESPN airwaves to announce he’s headed to the SEC. Wright was reportedly between Tennessee and Alabama before making his announcement on Wednesday afternoon.So, where is the five-star offensive tackle recruit taking his talents?He’s signing with the Tennessee Volunteers.BREAKING: 5-star OT Darnell Wright commits to Tennessee over Alabama and Weat Virginia. Wright is a top 10 prospect in the country and the Vols second 5-star OT. BOOM!! pic.twitter.com/lemVnZu2KS— Cole McCormick (@Cole_McCormick) February 6, 2019It’s a huge addition to the class for Jeremy Pruitt and company who owned the No. 13 class in the 2019 recruiting cycle, according to 247Sports’ Composite Rankings.Wright becomes the second five-star recruit for the Vols this year, joining fellow offensive lineman recruit Wanya Morris who is already enrolled at the school.The five-star recruit was the No. 2 offensive tackle recruit in the country, the No. 10 overall recruit in the nation and the No. 1 player from the state of West Virginia.Tennessee brought in the No. 21 recruiting class during the 2018 cycle and have already improved tremendously in one year of recruiting under Jeremy Pruitt.The Volunteers also landed a commitment from four-star linebacker recruit Henry To’oto’o over the Crimson Tide earlier today.It’s a big day for Volunteers fans everywhere who are ready to see their program back in the national spotlight.last_img read more

BJP takes over South Dinajpur Zilla Parishad

first_imgKolkata: The BJP has taken over the control of South Dinajpur Zilla Parishad after 10 out of 18 members of Trinamool Congress joined the BJP in New Delhi on Monday.Kailash Vijayvargiya handed over the party flag to the new entrants. This is for the first time when the BJP has taken over the control of a Zilla Parishad in Bengal. The party has also taken the control over Buniadpur municipality after the Trinamool Congress councilors joined the party. Biplab Mitra, former Trinamool Congress MLA and former district president of the party’s south Dinajpur unit also joined the BJP. Vijayvargiya said many more MLAs and councilors will join BJP soon. It may be mentioned that the BJP has already taken over Bhatpara, Halisahar municipalities under its control and the councilors of Bongaon municipality are likely to join the party soon. Reacting sharply Firhad Hakim, state Urban development and Municipal Affairs minister said: “The opportunists who do not have any political ideology have joined the BJP. The sooner these people leave the Trinamool Congress, the better will be the position of the party. These opportunists will simply use the BJP for their personal gain,” he said.last_img read more

Solitary confinement violates charter right to life liberty security lawyer

first_imgVANCOUVER – Solitary confinement is a cruel and inhumane punishment with “truly horrific” consequences including severe psychological harm and suicide, a lawyer said Monday in arguing the law allowing the practice in Canada must be struck down.Joe Arvay, representing the British Columbia Civil Liberties Association and the John Howard Society of Canada, delivered closing arguments in B.C. Supreme Court in a legal challenge of the use of indefinite isolation in prisons.The constitutional lawyer argued that solitary confinement violates the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, including the right to life, liberty and security of the person.He named several prisoners who have killed themselves, among them 19-year-old Ashley Smith, who hanged herself in 2007. A correctional investigator found reason to believe Smith would still be alive if she had been removed from segregation and given appropriate care.“It’s one thing if the law deprives a person of their liberty. That should be bad enough,” said Arvay. “Then you layer on top of that that it deprives a person of their psychological or physiological integrity. That’s even worse.“And then you layer on top of that that it killed you. How much worse does it get?”He said the so-called administrative segregation provisions of the Corrections and Conditional Release Act, which allow inmates to be locked in cells for up to 23 hours a day, are arbitrary, overly broad and have grossly disproportionate effects on prisoners.Arvay asked Justice Peter Leask to strike down the law and compel Parliament to establish external oversight of solitary confinement placements. Currently, segregated prisoners have a hearing after five days but its purpose is to decide whether they should be allowed out, not whether the placement was justified in the first place.He said some prisoners who are in solitary confinement in Canada have been there for hundreds and even thousands of days, including one inmate at an unidentified prison who has been segregated for 6,273 days, or more than 17 years.The Attorney General of Canada is expected to deliver closing arguments later this week. The government maintains that segregation is used when inmates are difficult to manage, their safety may be at risk or if there is no alternative to maintain the safety and security of an institution.The constitutional challenge was filed in January 2015. The federal government tried to stop the trial, saying legislation introduced earlier this year would impose a time limit on solitary confinement terms, but the judge allowed the case to proceed.The proposed law would establish an initial time limit of 21 days, with a reduction to 15 days once the legislation is law for 18 months.Arvay argued Monday that United Nations rules for the treatment of prisoners say indefinite and prolonged solitary confinement amounts to “cruel, inhumane or degrading treatment.” They are known as the Nelson Mandela Rules, named after the former South African president who spent 27 years in prison, including time in segregation.Arvay said the practice also broadly violates the principles of the charter, which include respect for the rule of law, the dignity of the human person and a commitment to social justice and equality.“Putting a prisoner in a cell the size of some people’s bathrooms, or what is, in fact, the prisoner’s bathroom, for 22 to 23 hours a day, without meaningful human contact, violates every one of those values,” he said.“Putting mentally ill prisoners in those conditions must be seen as a further egregious affront to those values.”— Follow @ellekane on Twitter.last_img read more

Schmegelsky and McLeod likely desperate at each others throats former US Marshal

first_imgVANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – As the search of northern Manitoba continues for two murder suspects from British Columbia, a former U.S. Marshal who has spent more than 30 years hunting down killers says the teens are likely “desperate.”During his time with the New York/New Jersey Regional Fugitive Task Force, Lenny DePaul says they made more than one hundred arrests every week.“I’ve hunted down the most violent felony fugitives across the globe, terrorists, murderers, rapists, arsonists, gun-runners, drug-runners – the worst of the worst,” DePaul says.The now-retired commander believes at this point, Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky know it’s just a matter of time before they’re caught.“They’ve got to shift gears at a moment’s notice if they’re out there in the wilderness somewhere, desperate, probably no provisions. They’re probably at each other’s throats,” he says, adding they likely have no idea who they can trust.“These kids are out there, they’re desperate. I believe there’s a weapon involved. I don’t think the gun has been recovered. Human instincts turn into animal instincts. You don’t know what they’re going to do.”No new sightings of suspects. Officers are searching cottages, cabins, waterways, & along the rail line for any signs of the suspects. This search of remote areas is being conducted both on foot & in the air. The terrain is immense & varied w/lakes, ponds, muskeg etc. #rcmpmb pic.twitter.com/9xp5eg8GnI— RCMP Manitoba (@rcmpmb) July 28, 2019DePaul says that’s why people who might be at risk in rural Manitoba communities need to cooperate with police and stay safe.“Leave your lights on at night. You’ve got a dog, keep him out back. These folks are sleeping with one eye open, I’m sure. I’ve been there. I’ve chased people that have been on the run like this — serial killers and escape cases — I mean, I’ve chased ghosts in the past. You don’t know who they are for weeks.”Mounties have been searching for the teens from Port Alberni for more than a week. They’ve been charged with second degree murder in the death of Leonard Dyck, a Vancouver academic, and are suspects in the shooting deaths of Australian Lucas Fowler and American Chynna Deese.DePaul says the pair has been lucky so far, but will slip up.“It’s a matter of time. They’re not going to run too far, that’s for sure, without being spotted. The public is going to come into play a lot — I mean, they got to remain vigilant, obviously, but social media’s fired up, photos are out there all over the place,” DePaul explains. He says offering a cash reward might help catch the fugitives faster. “People tend to get a little more into it, so to speak, if there is reward money.”‘I think they’re more lucky than anything right now’Craig Caine, who used to chase high-profile killers, terrorists, and kidnappers, sometimes internationally, believes 19-year-old McLeod and 18-year-old Schmegelsky aren’t necessarily good at evading capture.“If you’re out in the woods, hunkered down or trying to evade the police, you’re not going to be changing your appearance with makeup, a shave, and all that stuff,” he explains. “I think they’re more lucky than anything right now, or they’re having substantial assistance from somebody.”Caine says police shouldn’t rule out that the two Vancouver Island men could have friends in low places, someone he describes as a possible “sympathizer for their cause.”While he doesn’t think the pair is well-equipped or well-trained, Caine also doesn’t underestimate how desperate they are a week into the manhunt.“Will they want to go to their death in a blaze of firefight with the cops and become famous — so they think,” he wonders.That is a point that has been raised by Schmegelsky’s father, who had told The Canadian Press he believes his on “wants his hurt to end.”“They’re going to go out in a blaze of glory,” Alan Schmegelsky had said. “Trust me on this. That’s what they’re going to do.”Caine says it’s no doubt everyone involved just wants this saga to end.“Could they want to be suicide by cop and go out in a blaze of glory, and try to have some kind of legacy? Who knows?”In the meantime, RCMP are digging deep into the teens’ personal lives.“They’re turning their worlds upside down, they know pretty much everything they need to know about these two kids,” DePaul explains. “Who their trusted circle of friends are, their digital footprint.”The pair are under immense pressure and likely won’t last as a team, DePaul says, adding it’s common for suspects to be at one another’s throats after a full week on the run.last_img read more

JIM CARREY FEELS BLESSED AFTER ARIANA GRANDE SHARED HIS QUOTE ON DEPRESSION

first_img Twitter Advertisement Jim Carrey heaped praise on Ariana Grande, after he noticed the ‘Thank U, Next’ singer shared his quote about depression. (Claudio Onorati/ANSA via AP and AP / Scott Roth) Facebook Advertisement Advertisementcenter_img Comedian Jim Carrey said he felt blessed and heaped praise on Ariana Grande after he noticed the ‘Thank U, Next’ singer shared his quote about depression.Over the past two years, Grande, 25, has been open about the trying experiences in her life.In May 2017, a suicide bomber killed 22 people outside her concert in Manchester, England. Her ex-boyfriend, rapper Mac Miller, died from a suspected overdose in September and then she broke off her engagement to “Saturday Night Live” actor Pete Davidson. The pop star broke down on stage last December and said she’d had “the worst year.” Last week, she even shared a screenshot of a brain scan on her Instagram story showing which areas appeared to be affected by post-traumatic stress disorder.Then, on Saturday, Grande shared a black-and-white photo of the “Ace Ventura” actor overlaid with his comments about depression which he made during a TIFF Originals interview in 2017.“Depression is your body saying, ‘I don’t want to be this character anymore. I don’t want to hold up this avatar that you’ve created in the world. It’s too much for me,’” his quote read. “You should think of the word ‘depressed’ as ‘deep rest.’ Your body needs to be depressed. It needs deep rest from the character you’ve been trying to play.” LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With:last_img read more

Barrick Gold Corp shares are sinking this morning after warning of 3billion

TORONTO — Barrick Gold Corp. shares were lower in pre-market trading, following its advance notice of a US$3-billion asset writedown.Barrick (TSX:ABX) says it will be writing down the value of its stalled Pascua-Lama mining project on the border of Chile and Argentina and its Pueblo Viejo gold operation in Dominican Republic by a total of between US$1 billion and and US$1.2 billion.It will also reduce the value of goodwill — an intangible asset related to some of its past acquisitions — by about US$1.8 billion.The Toronto-based company — one of the world’s largest gold producers — says it will provide an update on the writedowns on Feb. 17 when it reports detailed financial and operating results for the year ended Dec. 31.‘You can’t get weak in the knees’: Canadian miners continue to expand abroad despite brutal bear marketMetal price meltdown opens door for private equity to walk inAnglo American’s massive restructuring involving 85,000 layoffs shows miners bracing for prolonged downturnThe write downs are non-cash items that reflect the reduced long-term value of the assets.Its shares closed in Toronto on Thursday at $11.90 and in New York at US$8.32 before the announcement. The U.S.-listed shares were down three per cent from that level in extended trading before markets reopened Friday morning.Barrick also announced Thursday that it produced about 6.12 million ounces of gold and 511 million pounds of copper last year, both within Barrick’s expectations.It got about US$1.105 per ounce on average for the gold sold in the fourth quarter and US$1,157 per ounce for the year. For the coming year, however, Barrick assumes its realized price for gold will drop to US$1,000 per ounce in 2016. read more

ICE Futures Canada Wednesday morning Canola prices lower barley unchanged

WINNIPEG — Prices were lower in mid-morning trading at ICE Futures Canada on Wednesday:Canola: July ’17 unchanged $579.20; Nov. ’17 $4.40 lower $522.80; Jan. ’18 $4.00 lower $527.00; March ’18 $4.10 lower $529.90; May ’18 $3.50 lower $530.00; July ’18 $2.90 lower $530.80; Nov. ’18 $8.10 lower $481.90; Jan. ’19 unchanged $490.70; March ’19 unchanged $490.70; May ’19 unchanged $490.70; July ’19 unchanged $490.70.Barley (Western): July ’17 unchanged $138.00; Oct. ’17 unchanged $140.00; Dec. ’17 unchanged $140.00; March ’18 unchanged $140.00; May ’18 unchanged $140.00; July ’18 unchanged $140.00; Oct. ’18 unchanged $140.00; Dec. ’18 unchanged $140.00; March ’19 unchanged $140.00; May ’19 unchanged $140.00; July ’19 unchanged $140.00.

Sri Lanka ready for US resolution

The government says it is prepared to respond to a United States resolution expected to be submitted at the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) sessions scheduled to begin in Geneva in February.Foreign Secretary Karunathilaka Amunugama said that the government has done a lot to address post war issues in the country and has also briefed the international community on its progress. “The U.S. is entitled to its views but Sri Lanka is ready to respond to the resolution. We have made substantial progress on the recommendations made by the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) report and we have briefed the diplomatic community and media about this,” Amunugama said. (Colombo Gazette)Report By Jamila Najmuddin Three visiting U.S. officials consisting of Deputy Assistant Secretary of State James Moore, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Vikram Singh, and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Jane Zimmerman told reporters in Colombo that a resolution was aimed at pushing Sri Lanka to address human rights concerns relating to the final stages of the 30 year conflict against Tamil Tiger rebels. The United States yesterday warned that a procedural resolution on Sri Lanka will be submitted before the Council in Geneva. read more

14 employees at filthy pharmacy charged in meningitis outbreak that killed 64

by Denise Lavoie, The Associated Press Posted Dec 17, 2014 5:26 am MDT United States Attorney Carmen Ortiz announces indictments of 14 owners and employees from the New England Compounding Center Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, in Boston. More than 750 people in 20 states were sickened, and 64 died after they contracted fungal meningitis and other illnesses in 2012 from tainted steroids made by the Framingham, Mass., company. (AP Photo/Steven Senne) 14 employees at ‘filthy’ pharmacy charged in meningitis outbreak that killed 64 patients AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email BOSTON – Mould and bacteria were in the air and on workers’ gloved fingertips. Pharmacists used expired ingredients, didn’t properly sterilize them and failed to test drugs for purity before sending them to hospitals and pain clinics. Employees falsified logs to make it look as if the so-called clean rooms had been disinfected.Federal prosecutors levelled those allegations in bringing charges Wednesday against 14 former owners or employees of a Massachusetts pharmacy in connection with a nationwide meningitis outbreak that killed 64 people.U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz called it the biggest criminal case ever brought in the U.S. over contaminated medicine.The 2012 outbreak was traced to tainted drug injections manufactured by the now-closed New England Compounding Center of Framingham.Barry Cadden, a co-founder of the business, and Glenn Adam Chin, a supervisory pharmacist, were slapped with the most serious charges, accused in the racketeering indictment of causing the deaths of 25 patients in seven states by acting with “wanton and wilful disregard” of the risks.The other defendants were charged with such crimes as fraud and interstate sale of adulterated drugs.Ortiz said NECC was “filthy” and failed to comply with even basic health standards, and employees knew it.“Production and profit were prioritized over safety,” she said.More than 750 people in 20 states fell ill — about half of them with a rare fungal form of meningitis, the rest with joint or spinal infections — after getting steroid injections, mostly for back pain. Sixty-four died.In reaction, Congress last year increased federal oversight of so-called compounding pharmacies like NECC, which custom-mix medications in bulk and supply them directly to hospitals and doctors.Cadden’s lawyer, Bruce Singal, complained that prosecutors are trying to turn a “tragic accident” into a federal crime.“Not every accident, and not every tragedy, are caused by criminal conduct,” Singal state in a statement.Chin’s lawyer, Stephen Weymouth, said he was stunned that prosecutors charged his client with second-degree murder under the racketeering law.“He feels hugely remorseful for everything that’s happened — for the injuries and the deaths — but he never intended to cause harm to anybody,” Weymouth said. “It seems to be a bit of an overreach.”Lawyers for the other defendants did not immediately return calls.John Nedroscik, 64, of Howell, Michigan, received the tainted steroids while getting treatment for damaged discs in his back. He contracted a fungal infection that caused an abscess on his spine.He spent nearly a month in the hospital for surgery to remove the abscess and then had to return frequently for a string of problems. He said he still takes pain medication and has trouble sleeping.“I still struggle with some stuff,” he said. But “it could have been a lot worse.”Cadden and Chin were ordered jailed for a bail hearing on Thursday. Gregory Conigliaro, who founded the business in 1988 with Cadden, his brother-in-law, was also among those arrested.The federal law used against Cadden and Chin, the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, was originally aimed at organized crime but has been applied in white-collar prosecutions and many other kinds of cases over the years.Jeffrey Grell, a former prosecutor in Minnesota who is an expert on RICO, said it is unusual to use the law to prosecute a pharmaceutical company.But “here, you’ve got such a close link between the meningitis and the malfeasance at the laboratory, I can totally understand why the U.S. Attorney’s Office is using it in this circumstance,” he said.After the outbreak came to light, regulators found a host of potential sources of contamination at the pharmacy, including standing water, mould and dirty equipment. The business filed for bankruptcy after it was bombarded with hundreds of lawsuits from victims or their heirs.Assistant U.S. Attorney Stuart Delery said the defendants showed “not only a reckless disregard for federal health and safety regulations, but also an extreme and appalling disregard for human life.”“Every patient should have the peace of mind knowing that their medications are safe,” he said.The International Academy of Compounding Pharmacists defended the industry and portrayed the Massachusetts business as a rogue operator.With the passage of new legislation, “the profession operates in a highly regulated environment and compounding pharmacists adhere to, and even exceed, these regulations every day,” group said. “Today’s announcement is an important milestone in seeing that justice is served.”___Associated Press Writers Philip Marcelo in Boston and Jeff Karoub in Detroit contributed to this story. read more

Hamstring Injury Sidelines 400M Champ LaShawn Merritt

LaShawn Merritt’s worst fear was realized. Injury.The reigning gold medalist in the 400 meter race, Merritt has been pulled from the London Olympics because of a bad left hamstring. It is a disheartening end to a four-year period that saw Merritt either injured or sidelined with a 21-month drug suspension.This was his opportunity to get beyond all that. But Merritt pulled up halfway through his 400-meter heat Saturday and will not be around to defend his title.“It’s very disappointing to be dealing with an issue and not be able to finish the race,” Merritt said. “I’ll regroup.”Regrouping has been a constant for Merritt since winning in Beijing.He failed three successive drug tests between October 2009 and January 2010 for a banned substance found in a male-enhancement product. The substance has been used as a masking agent, but Merritt convinced the those judging the case that he really did buy it at a convenience store for its intended purpose.His ban was reduced in time for him to compete at the world championships last year, then he won another case challenging an International Olympic Committee rule that would have kept him out of the London Games.At worlds last year, however, he finished second behind Kirani James of Grenada because he hadn’t been back long enough to get into strong competition shape.Now this. His first loss in 2012.It was a result of an injury he suffered last month during a tuneup race in Monaco. He has spent the time between then and now in rehabilitation, but earlier this week, coach Loren Seagrave conceded he wasn’t sure how Merritt would do once the Olympics arrived.At the 150-meter mark, Merritt started slowing down and by the time he reached the far turn, he was done, hands on his hips, for a slow walk out of the stadium.“I thought I could get through these rounds, not at 100 percent,” Merritt said. “I got out and got around the curve and started to feel it. I moved a little more and still felt it. I think I need more rest.”With Merritt’s exit, the 400 meters turns into a free-for-all, with James now the favorite and a bunch of interesting possibilities beyond that. Jonathan Borlee of Belgium set a national record in qualifying at 44.43 seconds. His brother, Kevin, also had a top-six time.“Yeah, it may be a little bit more fun to watch,” said Erison Hurtault of Dominica. “Now we’re going to see, I guess it’s someone else’s turn now.” read more

Today editor says female hosts are better on fashion while John Humphrys

“It is called the Today programme. We have five presenters, they all have different strengths.”Laughing, she continued: “I have said that I think, on the whole, Mishal and Martha might be slightly better on fashion. I will certainly give you that.”The team as a whole, she said, was “first rate”.Commenting on the interview on Twitter, one listener called it a “stupid, reductive comment about the women presenters”. Saying she would incorporate more world news into the morning broadcast, she added she was “trying to expand the horizons of news because there’s an awful lot of it about”.Sands and her team are also exploring a podcast with an eye to “future-proofing” the show, with alternative approaches to news “perhaps in a more reporter-y, conversation style” to go alongside the “mothership” Radio 4 programme.BBC spokesperson said: “She was saying that Martha and Mishal are better at covering fashion than John is, nothing more.” Sarah Sands, Today programme editorCredit:PA “What he has particularly is a quality of holding power to account, and in the turbulent times we are in that couldn’t be more important,” she said. “I think he is, as I say, the person you want when you want to hold power to account. “And the particular challenge of the Today programme is that it has to be for everyone.” Martha KearneyCredit:Clara Molden Justin Webb has said he was paid £100,000 less than Robinson at the time of the 2017 report, while Husain, who also works in television news for the BBC, earned between £200,000 to £249,000.Sarah Montague did not make the list of presenters who earned more than £150,000, and has since left the show saying the revelations left her “incandescent with rage” and feeling “a sap”.Speaking on Radio 4’s Feedback to defend the Today programme against recent criticism of its tone and content, Sands was played clips from listeners lamenting Humphrys’ contribution. The editor of the Today programme has risked exacerbating the BBC’s gender row after claiming her female presenters are “better on fashion” while John Humphrys “holds power to account”.Sarah Sands, the editor of the Radio 4 show, said veteran broadcaster Humphrys was “the person you want to hold power to account” in her “first-rate” team of five hosts.Mishal Husain and Martha Kearney, the show’s female presenters, were “on the whole slightly better on fashion”, she said.The comments risk further inflaming a dispute over the treatment of women at the BBC, after a gender pay gap led to protests by female employees.Last year, the report revealed that Humphrys earned up to £649,000 for his work at the BBC, while Nick Robinson was paid up to £299,000. Cant believe I just heard Sarah Sands defending criticism about John Humphrys, then saying that Michelle Hussein is ‘certainly better on fashion’?! @BBCRadio4 #Feedback— Susie Howells (@Greenmetrics) July 6, 2018 John Humphrys Sarah Sands, Today programme editor John HumphrysCredit: Rii Schroer Discussing presenters and their strengths on @BBCR4Feedback. Sarah Sands: “Mishal and Martha might be better on fashion *giggle*”.Maybe it’s Sarah Sands they need to get rid of as well as John Humphrys.— Suzanne Bosworth 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿🇪🇺 #FBPE (@MediaWeasel) July 6, 2018 Martha Kearney “Did I hear correctly?” asked another. “Sarah Sands laughingly admits that her female presenters are better at fashion, but she likes to leave the heavy-weight subjects to John Humphreys.  “Really??”Asked about criticism of the show’s bias, Sands, who has previously edited the Evening Standard and Sunday Telegraph, said strong views about the Today programme were down to “people building up evidence based on their Facebook feeds”.“I think what you’re seeing is a more polarised news landscape than I have ever know, and an increasing intolerance of views that are not shared,” she said. 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. read more

Blazenko Lackovic next three years in RK Vardar

Blazenko LackovicRK Vardar Croatian left back Blazenko Lackovic (33) has signed three-years contract with Macedonian best team RK Vardar. Ambitious Vardar’s boss Sergei Samsonenko wants to make strong squad capable to win the VELUX EHF Champions League in upcoming years. Lackovic is one of the players who knows how that looks like as legendary player won the EHF CL with HSV Handball in 2013, but also Olympic and World’s gold with Croatia in 2003 and 2004.Lackovic spent last 10 years in German Bundesliga, playing for SG Flensburg (2004-2008) and HSV (2008-2014). There were only two teams abroad in his career after he playing at domestic RK Varteks, Metkovic and Zagreb.Lackovic has won 9 medals at European and World Championships, but Olympic Games as well. ← Previous Story EHF CL TOP 8 “BEST 7”: Veszprem’s back players, “Lions” on the wings… Next Story → Draw for Men’s 20 EHF EURO 2014 in Austria on Thursday read more

Blast from the past David Trimble claims Sinn Féin is cynically exploiting

first_img 88 Comments David Trimble at the funeral of Margaret Thatcher in 2013. Image: Chris Jackson/PA By Rónán Duffy Jun 12th 2017, 12:09 PM http://jrnl.ie/3439367 Blast from the past: David Trimble claims Sinn Féin is cynically exploiting Brexit for votes Trimble says the party is avoiding negotiations. 16,148 Views David Trimble at the funeral of Margaret Thatcher in 2013. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article FORMER UUP LEADER David Trimble has claimed Sinn Féin is cynically exploiting Brexit in an attempt to grow their nationalist support.Speaking on RTÉ’s Today with Seán O’Rourke, the former Northern Ireland First Minister claimed that Sinn Féin is refusing to re-enter power-sharing in Northern Ireland as a way of staying out of negotiations.“The biggest problem is caused by Sinn Féin’s refusal to join the executive, that is the problem,” he said.“They give various reasons why they do it but the real underlying reason is they want to exploit Brexit to generate another nationalist surge on the back of that and it’d be difficult for them to do that if they go back into the administration.”Because if they go into the administration then they’ll be pulled into the Brexit negotiations and they’d prefer to be outside and attacking it from that point of view. It’s a very cynical approach for what they think is in their political interest.Northern Ireland’s institutions have been down since January after Sinn Féin pulled out of the power-sharing government with the DUP over what the party said was Arlene Foster’s handling of the RHI ‘cash-for-ash’ scandal.Following subsequent elections in which the DUP won just one more seat than Sinn Féin, no agreement has been reached to form another government.The Irish and British governments are both facilitators of talks between the parties and there have been concerns, particularly from nationalists, that the impending deal between Theresa May’s Conservatives and the DUP could affect the British government’s impartiality.Asked about this, Trimble said people who were concerned need to “calm down”.“Calm down, there isn’t a problem. The government has always had policies, and that has not prevented the governments from treating parties equally, which any sensible government would do,” he said. Short URL Image: Chris Jackson/PA Share111 Tweet Email Source: RTÉ Radio 1/SoundCloudSpeaking on the same programme and reacting to Trimble’s charges, Sinn Féin MLA Gerry Kelly said his party’s stance on Brexit is that Northern Ireland should have a special designated status in negotiations, something the DUP disagrees with.He also noted that his party is in Stormont today to resume talks on establishing the executive once more.“With all respect it comes from David Trimble, the fact is we have put our position forward in terms of Brexit,” Kelly said.It is for a special designated status. We have argued that in the Dáil as well and other parties in the Dáil support that. We want the institutions up and running, I am phoning your from Stormont at this very moment, we’re going to meet Charlie Flanagan later on today and we hope to be able to move this forward.Read: DUP ‘a compassionate party that won’t bring up abortion or gay marriage in Westminster’ >Read: Adams hits back at ‘hurler on the ditch’ Martin over Sinn Féin abstentionism > Monday 12 Jun 2017, 12:09 PMlast_img read more

Search launched after WWI medals found in pocket of donated jacket

first_img 23 Comments It would be great to find his relatives so the medals can go where they belong. Hopefully the public appeal will jog someone’s memory.   Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Search launched after WWI medals found in pocket of donated jacket The medals were found in a tattered old coat that was donated to charity. The heritage centre is saving Private Ryan’s medals until a proper home is found.Anyone who thinks they may know anything about Patrick Ryan can contact the Skibbereen Heritage Centre here or Kealkil Charity Shop here. 25,044 Views By Ceimin Burke Tuesday 19 Feb 2019, 11:56 AM https://jrnl.ie/4500954 Share888 Tweet Email2 Feb 19th 2019, 11:56 AM A CHANCE FIND in a charity shop has sparked a search for the relatives of a Private Ryan who served in the Munster Fusiliers during World War One.The British Army medals were found in a threadbare jacket that was handed into Kealkil Charity Shop near Bantry in West Cork. Patrick Ryan’s 1914-15 Star (left) and Victory Medal (right). Source: Skibbereen Heritage CentreThe poor condition of the coat meant it was set to be recycled and the medals were nearly lost but for the intervention of a diligent volunteer who checked the pockets. The ornate tokens date back to the First World War and the volunteers set about trying to find out more about their owner.The medals, which are the 1914-15 Star and the Victory Medal, gave a few handy clues as they reveal that they were awarded to a Private P Ryan from the Munster Fusiliers. They are also impressed with Ryan’s service number.In a bid to track down Ryan’s relatives the charity shop contacted the Skibbereen Heritage Centre, which had previously successfully discovered the background of Stephen Sweetnam who was killed in action in 1916 when he was 19-years-old.Sweetnam’s Memorial Plaque, also known as the ‘Dead man’s penny’, is now on display in Aughadown Church of Ireland in Cork where he lived with his uncle who was the Vicar.Through an extensive trawl through war records Kevin Tomlinson discovered that Ryan’s first name was Patrick.He volunteered for war early, likely signing on in either Tralee or Cork, and was enlisted in the first Battalion of the Munster Fusiliers. Source: Skibbereen Heritage CentreThe battalion was shipped out to the Balkans, so Ryan’s first experience of war was possibly in Gallipoli or in Egypt. From there he was sent to the western front and saw active service in June 1916.He was later transferred to the Labour corps, meaning he was no longer fit for active service. He was honourably discharged but, remarkably, reenlisted and was sent back to war.Patrick was also nominated for the Military Medal, which is given out for bravery in battle, however, for reasons unknown, he never received the award.The rest of Patrick Ryan’s life remains a mystery.“We don’t know what happened to him after he got back,” Terri Kearney, of the Skibbereen Heritage Centre, told TheJournal.ie.  Short URLlast_img read more