Chandigarh: The prime minister has offered some well-directed medical advice to Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar for his sore throat: get it treated at one of the newly launched Ayush centres. “These days the Haryana chief minister is touring villages and he is working very hard. I am seeing that he was unable to speak, this is the professional hazard we face. During poll time, even I have to go through this,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi said while inaugurating 10 Ayush health and wellness centres in Haryana through video-conferencing. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM'”But I will tell you one secret, I do yoga, pranayam and bank upon Ayurveda, I make full use of these therefore I am able to manage. Now that Ayush and wellness centres have been inaugurated in Haryana, I will tell Khattarji to get his throat treated there,” Modi said jokingly as Khattar burst into laughter. The 10 Ayush centres inaugurated by Modi are in Panchkula, Ambala, Kaithal, Karnal, Jind, Hisar, Sonipat, Gurugram, Faridabad and Nuh. Khattar was listening to the speech in Panchkula, where the Haryana government had organised a function. Several BJP MLAs and other party leaders were in attendance. Khattar expressed his gratitude to the prime minister for inaugurating the centres. Polls in Haryana are due in October and Khattar is touring the state as part of his ‘Jan Ashirwad Yatra’, which was flagged off from Kalka on August 18 by Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh. The yatra will culminate on September 8 in Rohtak, where the Modi will address a rally.
OTTAWA – The debate around the future of the planned TransMountain pipeline expansion in British Columbia could intensify today when Prime Minister Justin Trudeau meets new B.C. Premier John Horgan for the first time.Horgan was sworn into office last week after an unprecedented photo-finish election that saw former premier Christy Clark’s short-lived minority Liberal government defeated and Horgan’s NDP take over with the backing of the Green party.Trudeau’s government approved the $7.4-billion pipeline expansion project last fall but Horgan campaigned against it and has pledged to fight the project with every tool at his disposal.The two leaders have sidestepped the issue in official communications thus far, including a news release from Horgan on Monday where he said he intends to discuss the opioid crisis, B.C.’s wildfire emergency and the softwood lumber dispute with the U.S.But there is little time for Horgan to waste if he wants to stop the project as pipeline-builder Kinder Morgan said just last week construction is on schedule to begin in September.Following Horgan’s Ottawa trip, he will fly on to Washington, D.C., for meetings with U.S. lawmakers and officials about the softwood lumber dispute.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version said Horgan was sworn in last month instead of last week.
(Wendy Scott in a Facebook photo posted in 2008.)Click here to read the full background to this caseJorge Barrera APTN National NewsDuring her third appearance Friday in a Medicine Hat, Alta., courtroom for an arraignment hearing to begin her second trial for murder Wendy Scott told the judge things weren’t going well for her on the inside.“I am not doing very well,” said Scott, a 31-year-old intellectually challenged woman who has been assessed as having an IQ of 50.Scott appeared before the Court of Queen’s Bench wearing eye-glasses and with a rosary hanging from her neck.Scott’s arraignment hearing was postponed twice because the Crown had failed to transfer disclosure to the defence.In her previous appearances, Scott seemed disconnected from the court proceedings.The Court of Appeal of Alberta ordered a new trial for Scott in October after the Crown handling the appeal conceded there was not enough evidence to support her 2012 guilty plea to second-degree murder in the killing of Medicine Hat man Casey Armstrong who was found dead in the bathtub of his trailer. Scott had been sentenced to life with no chance of parole for 10 years.With no DNA, fingerprints or murder weapon, the Medicine Hat police and local Crown used Scott’s confession and testimony to build a case against the co-accused in the murder, Connie Oakes, 50.Oakes, a Cree woman from the Nekaneet First Nation in southern Saskatchewan, has always maintained her innocence and has appealed her jury conviction of second-degree murder. Oakes was sentenced to life with no chance of parole for 14 years.Oakes is scheduled to appear before the appellate court’s three-judge panel Tuesday in Calgary.Part of Oakes’ appeal is based on an affidavit from Scott who now says she doesn’t believe Oakes was at the trailer when Armstrong was killed.Scott also accused three other people, two men and a woman, of the murder before claiming she was there when Oakes killed Armstrong.Armstrong was found dead in his bathtub with a knife-wound through the neck during the May 2011 long-weekend. Police have never identified the source of a size 11 bloody boot-print found on the bathroom floor when Armstrong’s body was discovered. During Friday’s hearing Scott told Justice D.K. Miller that she was being transferred to the provincial jail in Lethbridge, Alta., where she would receive treatment from a psychiatrist. Scott had been held in a provincial jail in Calgary. She had been serving her initial sentence at the Philippe-Pinel psychiatric institute in Montreal.Scott said she wouldn’t be attending any more appearances until her new trial begins and is not seeking bail.Also on Friday Medicine Hat lawyer Bill Cocks, acting as an agent for Scott’s Calgary lawyer Andrea Serink, said the disclosure had finally been turned over on Dec. 31, 2015.Ramona Robins, the senior Crown in Medicine Hat, said procedural issues delayed Scott’s defence from getting disclosure.“There were a lot of DVDs to go through,” said Robins.Miller set the next arraignment hearing for Feb. 12. It’s expected a trial date will be set on that email@example.com
Some of the most active companies traded Friday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (16,202.69, up 9.91 points)Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB). Healthcare. Down 34 cents, or 3.53 per cent, to $9.30 on 19.3 million shares.Trican Well Service Ltd. (TSX:TCW). Oil and gas. Down two cents, or 0.63 per cent, to $3.13 on 12.7 million shares.Canopy Growth Corp. (TSX:WEED). Healthcare. Up four cents, or 0.10 per cent, to $39.32 on 7.2 million shares.Aphria Inc. (TSX:APH). Healthcare. Up three cents, or 0.25 per cent, to $12.09 on 6.02 million shares.Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Aerospace, rail equipment. Down four cents, or 0.81 per cent, to $4.88 on 5.3 million shares. The Montreal-based company will contribute up to $225 million to the C Series partnership with Airbus even though the agreement giving the European aircraft manufacturer majority control is closing earlier than originally planned. When the agreement was announced last October, Bombardier was required to fund the C Series until closing — forecast sometime in the second half of 2018 — and up to US$700 million in cash shortfalls over the next two years as it ramps up production.Baytex Energy Corp. (TSX:BTE). Oil and gas. Down 16 cents, or 2.85 per cent, to $5.45 on 4.5 million shares.
New Delhi: Bhuvneshwar Kumar is expected to be an integral part of the Indian attack when Virat Kohli and his boys land in England for the 2019 World Cup. But the 29-year-old has not been able to deliver as consistently as he would have liked for Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in this edition of the Indian Premier League. The premier SRH bowler has just taken nine wickets in the 13 matches he has played so far. He has also been taken for plenty in many of the matches with his economy rate hovering around 8 in this season. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: RijijuHowever, former India fast bowler Madan Lal believes the pacer is performing reasonably well and exuded confidence that Bhuvneshwar will deliver for India at the showpiece event. “He is performing okay in the ongoing IPL. He is one of our premier fast bowlers. He has a lot of experience and has performed in the past as well for the team. World Cup is a different game all together and I am pretty sure he will perform for the team in England,” Lal said. Also Read – Djokovic to debut against Shapovalov at Shanghai MastersBhuvneshwar had announced himself at the world stage in 2012 with a fantastic debut against Pakistan in a T20I where he returned with figures of 3/9. The highlight of his performance on that day was a terrific inswinger he had bowled to Nasir Jamshed which saw the stumps flying. The right-arm medium pacer since then had been an integral part of the Indian set-up. Despite not having express pace, Bhuvi kept on taking wickets with his lethal inswinging deliveries, which all batsmen, especially right-handers, found difficult to deal with. Bhuvneshwar was expected to start in all matches for the 2015 World Cup but could not due to poor fitness. He played in only one match against UAE. And 12 months ago, it was all but certain that he would be leading the Indian bowling attack at the World Cup in England. However, at present it doesn’t seem to be going that way.
“This means direct support to the Sri Lankan government, which is most unfortunate and untenable,” she said, adding she reiterated earlier requests that India should support the US-backed resolution in the UNHRC and “strongly condemn the Sri Lankan government”. Tamil Nadu chief minister Jayalalithaa on Tuesday termed India’s support to Sri Lanka at the United Nation Human Rights Council (UNHRC) untenable and demanded support for the US resolution next month on accountability issues of the Sri Lankan civil war.In a letter to the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, the text of which was released to the media here, Jayalalithaa, referring to her earlier Feb 29 letter, said: “The media reports mention that India is against the ‘Country Specific’ resolutions and wants to take up discussions only under Universal Periodic Review as a routine matter.” Noting her Feb 29 letter had gone unanswered, Jayalalithaa said that she awaited a positive response to it. (IANS)
Niagara Falls is revving its engine to receive Americans looking to make the most of their Memorial day long weekend. As the summer tourism season heats up, a new and and highly anticipated attraction is making its debut. A new multilevel go kart race track, that opened just in time for memorial day weekend.Tegan Versolatto has the story
Wynne admits Ontario’s Liberal cabinet ministers have fundraising quotas TORONTO – Premier Kathleen Wynne admitted Friday that Ontario cabinet ministers do have fundraising quotas after ducking the question for most of the week.The Liberals are accused of selling access to cabinet ministers at high-priced dinners and cocktail receptions for lobbyists, and Wynne promises to introduce new rules on political donations by the fall, but not to implement them before the next election in 2018.She had refused to confirm that cabinet ministers have individual fundraising targets of up to $500,000, but was pressed on the issue again Friday.“We’re a team, and those conversations (are) between the ministers and the fundraising (managers), we don’t necessarily have a joint conversation about what everyone’s target is,” Wynne said at an Ottawa news conference. “We know that there’s an overall objective in terms of what we need to run the party, and we all do our bit.”However, Wynne wouldn’t say what that overall fundraising objective is for the Liberals.“You’ll have to talk to the party,” she said. “It’s the party that raises the money. It’s the party that works with all the members to support their fundraising efforts, and it’s the same for all of the parties at the provincial level.”The Liberal Party of Ontario did not immediately respond to queries about its fundraising goal each year.Ontario is looking at the federal political donation rules, which have much lower maximum limits than the province, and also have an outright ban on contributions from companies and unions.“We are going to be looking at the federal model, where corporate and union donations have been disallowed, and that’s where we’re going,” said Wynne. “There will be a transition into that, and that plan will be brought forward in the fall.”Wynne said the new rules will also address so-called third party advertising. In recent Ontario elections, unions joined together under the Working Families banner and spent more than any political party to buy attack ads against the Progressive Conservatives.NDP Leader Andrea Horwath doesn’t want Wynne and the Liberals to come up with new political donation rules without input from the opposition parties, the chief electoral officer and the public. But Wynne suggested her political opponents can react to the changes the government makes, but not have input as they’re drafted.“We will be bringing forward a plan that there’ll be commentary from all sides,” she said. “I’ll be interested to hear their commentary.”Progressive Conservative Leader Patrick Brown wrote Wynne a letter Friday saying he agreed with Horwath. He is calling on the legislature to strike an all-party committee on Monday to gather public input on fundraising and advertising reforms.The federal contribution rules are simple: people can contribute a maximum of $1,525 to each party annually, plus another $1,525 in total to all the registered associations and candidates of each party.In Ontario, people, companies and unions can donate $9,775 to a party each year, another $9,975 to the party for each campaign period, plus $6,650 annually to constituency associations of any one party. They can also donate $6,650 to candidates of any one party in a campaign, but no more than $1,330 to a single candidate.Ontario also has no limits on contributions to political leadership candidates. One young man made a single donation of $100,000 to former Progressive Conservative leadership candidate Christine Elliott in 2014.___Follow @CPnewsboy on Twitter by Keith Leslie, The Canadian Press Posted Apr 1, 2016 12:34 pm MDT Last Updated Apr 1, 2016 at 2:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
Facing violence and trauma in Libya and other countries, thousands of children decided to flee by themselves, seeking to get away but not necessarily aiming for Europe, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) today reported. A new study of push-pull factors on child marriage showed that 75 per cent of children on the move decided to leave unaccompanied and that initially, they had no intention to come to Europe, UNICEF spokesperson Sarah Crowe told journalists in Geneva. “What was striking in the new findings was that there were far more push factors, pushing children away from home – conflicts or violence at home – than there were pull factors [that lure them to Europe], and this went against the current narrative,” Ms. Crowe said.She noted that of the children who arrived in Libya, 63 per cent of young people left the country because of the generalized violence and trauma they suffered or witnessed, making them more willing to take terrifying sea journeys. “As one young Gambian boy said, ‘if you have a lion behind your back and a sea in front of you, you take the sea,’” said Ms. Crowe. Among girls interviewed, one in five left because of forced child marriage at home. For the first six months of the year, a total of 12,239 children had arrived to Italy, and 93 per cent were travelling alone – the majority of them teenage boys, according to UNICEF figures. In Greece, however, the majority of children were actually being sent on the voyage by their parents, or were accompanied by their parents. UNICEF said the study is important for policymakers to understand why the children are making the voyage and how best to help them once they arrive in Europe.Deadly voyages increasingly expensiveVoyages through the so-called Eastern Mediterranean route and into the European Union now cost $5,000 or more, according to the UN Migration Agency (IOM). “With increased border controls, it has become harder to reach Europe,” noted Livia Styp-Rekowska, IOM’s Border Management Specialist in Vienna. “One constant, however, is the increase in sums demanded.” She noted new data released today that shows “the cost of getting into Europe has increased significantly when compared to 2016, the routes have changed, and different countries of destination are being prioritized.”People arriving from Afghanistan, Syria and Pakistan are charged the most, according to IOM. The most popular destination up to June 2016 was overwhelmingly Germany, but migrants now seek to get to France, Sweden, Italy, Norway, Austria and Denmark as well, with Greece used as a popular transit country.
Isiah Thomas’ efforts as an NBA head coach and general manager were nowhere near as outstanding as his Hall of Fame career as a point guard for the Detroit Lions. He was not that good as a college basketball coach, either — or owner of the CBA.Maybe Thomas’ ideal role is in as an analyst. He will join NBA TV in the studio starting Friday during the network’s AutoTrader.com Pre-Game Show at 7 p.m.Thomas, who served years ago as an in-game analyst for NBC, will make several appearances each month on the network and will also be a regular contributor to NBA.com.It will be interesting to see if he is on set with Magic Johnson, who works for TNT but on occasion will be an NBA TV guest. Johnson and Thomas were best friends, so much so that they actually kissed before NBA Finals games in the late 1980s when the Pistons faced Magic’s Los Angeles Lakers.However, the thick-as-thieves-relationship fell off in subsequent years for many rumored but unconfirmed reasons.Thomas is a 12-time NBA All-Star and was named one of the 50 greatest players in NBA history in 1996. He was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2000.He became the target of much fury in 1987 when he repeated teammate Dennis Rodman’s comment that Larry Bird, the NBA’s MVP at the time, ”would be just another good guy” if he were not white. The backlash was so sever that Thomas flew to Los Angeles and appeared alongside Bird during a press conference.He explained then: ‘My mistake was in joking in a manner and with someone who did not fully understand that I was joking,” Thomas said. ”I’m really hurting about this.”At the same time, Thomas can be thoughtful, insightful and pensive. If he unleashes all his knowledge, he can become a strong addition to the network.He had a decent run as coach of the Indiana Pacers and a rally bad stint as coach and general manager of the New York Knicks. His latest basketball job was at tiny Florida International, where he did not make a significant mark.Recently, Thomas, who won the NBA’s J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award in ’87, spoke out at a rally in his hometown of Chicago to end the extreme violence that has marred the city.Thomas played 13 seasons in the NBA, all as a member of the Pistons. He led the franchise to back-to-back world championships in 1989-90 and earned NBA Finals MVP in 1990.Thomas is chairman and CEO of Isiah International, a holding company with interests in a diversified portfolio of companies with strong market positions and growth potential.
Philip May, Prime Minister Theresa May, Carol Vorderman and Mark Austin at a Prince’s Trust receptionCredit:PA Austin at work for ITNCredit:Getty Mr Austin said that the situation became more complicated when his daughter hit 18 because he was no longer able to see her medical notes.”Things were getting pretty bleak,” he said.The presenter said the NHS offered the best emergency health care in the world for physical problems but warned that help for mental health is underfunded.”We are heading towards an epidemic in mental health and there are not the resources there to deal with it.”He added: “Social media is a key problem. In many ways a generation of teenagers are guinea pigs in a social experiment – and we don’t know how it will end.”Mr Austin told the programme, a mental health special, that his daughter is now “doing fine”. In many ways a generation of teenagers are guinea pigs in a social experiment – and we don’t know how it will end.Mark Austin Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt, who has two young daughters, said that any father listening to Mr Austin’s interview would be “incredibly worried”.While the Government was investing £1.4 billion in the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) over the course of the parliament, he acknowledged that more needed to be done.”Obviously in Mark’s case it is wonderful that his daughter made a full recovery, but I’ve spoken to a dad whose daughter committed suicide in Cumbria the day after she had a CAMHS appointment – I’m sure, not the fault of the therapist she was seeing – but we didn’t spot the seriousness of the problem and we weren’t able to prevent that suicide. So I do think it is an area we need to do a lot better,” he said”It is partly about making financial commitment which I believe we are making. It is also about consistency of service because, as Mark Austin and other people have pointed out, it is very patchy.” Mark Austin, the broadcaster, has told how he feared for his daughter’s life after she became “dangerously ill” with anorexia.The ITN newsreader said his family had struggled to find the care the teenager needed, after her illness left her close to organ failure.Mr Austin, who hosts the ITV Evening News, revealed one of his daughters developed a serious eating disorder when she was studying for her A-levels and she entered a “bleak, dark world of depression”.”She was basically shrinking away before our eyes,” he told BBC Radio 4’s The World at One.”She was there, but she was gone and it all happened very quickly.”We thought we were losing her so we tried to get help, but there wasn’t really the help there.” 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. Mr Austin said his daughter had needed “quick, significant” intervention, “but we couldn’t find it”.”Within a period of four or five months she was very dangerously ill,” he said.The newsreader’s daughter dropped to five and a half stone in weight, so the family turned to private health care but “that didn’t work”.”It wasn’t the kind of care we wanted for her,” he told the programme. “There was force-feeding going on. There was all sorts of stuff that was making her even more depressed.”We pulled her out and basically looked after her ourselves. Had it not been for the fact that my wife is an A&E doctor I’m not sure what would have happened.”She was getting close to organ failure.”
During the clash in the Women’s EHF Champions League between Larvik – Itxako (ended in a draw 23-23), Nerea Pena was out because of injury. After two days of waiting, diagnosis is made in Pamplona: ruptured ligaments in his right knee and cracked meniscus. After recovering from the shoulder injury, Pena finished her “black season” in February. Good luck in the future… ← Previous Story Maksimov goes to History – Russia looking for a new Head Coach! Next Story → Season is over for Edin Basic Itxako handballLarvik handballNerea Pena
According to Deutsche-Welle, Michael Ballack said he was “surprised” to see that Joachim Low was still in charge of GermanyReal Madrid footballer Toni Kroos has come out in defense of his manager Joachim Low after former Germany national team captain criticized him.According to the Deutsche-Welle, Ballack said he was surprised that Low was still in charge after the 2018 FIFA World Cup fiasco.“I was surprised as well as many other people that he kept his job,” Ballack told the DW.“For a long time, he worked with the team and sometimes you should say that things don’t work anymore when you’re so long with a certain team.”“Perhaps he just wanted to take his job,” said Kroos to the DW.Top 5 Bundesliga players to watch during the weekend Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 With the international activity cooling down for the next month, we go back to the Bundesliga’s Top 5 players to watch next weekend.The German…“I’m convinced that we can get back on track with Jogi Löw.”“He’s proven over many years that he’s willing to refine himself. He absolutely deserves another chance,” he added.💬 @ToniKroos: “The fixtures are very promising. We are motivated and targeting six points.” #NEDGER #FRAGER #DieMannschaft pic.twitter.com/bBcUV3TxVj— Germany (@DFB_Team_EN) October 11, 2018
00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI)- A record number of people died in San Diego County in 2018 from the synthetic opioid, fentanyl. The San Diego County Medical Examiner’s Office reported that deaths from the opioid have more than doubled in the last two years.From figures released by the Medical Examiner’s office, the county recorded 33 deaths in 2015.The number of deaths soared in successive years by more than 150%, to 84 deaths in 2017 and 85 in 2018.With a potency that is 50-100 times greater than morphine, a small amount of fentanyl equal to no more than a few grains of salt can be fatal.According to Dr. Steven Campman, the chief deputy Medical Examiner, most of the people who are dying are younger men.“It’s five to one, men to women. The average age is 36 with a fair number of mid-20’s and mid-30’s and fewer older people,” Campman said.Fentanyl in a dermal patch can be prescribed for therapeutic purposes, however, Campman said he believed the fentanyl associated with most of the fatal overdoses is obtained illegally from dealers on the street.Users may think they are buying Xanax or the popular painkiller, Oxycontin, but the pill is counterfeit and actually contains fentanyl.“Maybe they meant to buy cocaine, oxycodone or alprazolam and took what they thought was something else, and it was too much and they died,” Campman said.Also common are drugs laced with fentanyl. The deputy medical examiner said he has seen an increasing number of cases in which people are dying in clusters.Last fall, several people died in the Pacific Beach and Ocean Beach areas from cocaine that was mixed with fentanyl.Citing that incident as an example, Campman said, “Three people dead in one house, all right next to each other, all right next to the drug – and that’s kind of new for us to see with fentanyl.” Sasha Foo Categories: Health, Local San Diego News Posted: February 6, 2019 Deaths from fentanyl overdoses spike in San Diego County FacebookTwitter Sasha Foo, February 6, 2019 Updated: 7:12 PM
Waking up with agonizing pain over the gun violence that continues to victimize our youth. Thoughts are with latest victims & their families Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. SOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – A concerned South Florida community is taking steps to help put an end to gun violence, days after, police said, six young people were injured in a drive-by shooting that took place during a birthday party in Southwest Miami-Dade.Investigators said the victims, between the ages of 12 and 17, all sustained gunshot wounds.Miami-Dade Police and Fire Rescue responded to the scene of the shooting near Southwest 206th Street and 119th Avenue, Saturday, at around 10:45 p.m.Kedisha Wilson said she received a call informing her that her 16-year-old son Kiondae, a student at Westminster Christian School, had been shot in the leg. “That’s a feeling that I really can’t even describe. My heart just sank,” she said.Also rushed to Jackson South was 17-year-old Andre Foster, Kiondae’s best friend and a student at South Ridge Senior High.Miami-Dade Public Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho took to social media to express his outrage over the shooting. 7News cameras showed crime scene tape cast outside at the scene of the shooting, Sunday afternoon. Area residents declined to comment on the shooting.In the aftermath of this display of gun violence, those directly affected are left with many unanswered questions. “It definitely has to stop,” said Grant. “We have to guide our children a little bit better than we’re doing.”“It’s very senseless,” said Wilson.The conditions of the four other victims are unknown.At a meeting held at Arcola Lakes Library, Monday evening, community leaders announced plans to roll out a new violence prevention program. “This is a challenge that we have to sort through together,” said Miami-Dade Public Schools Chief Strategy Officer Lisa Martinez.The initiative raises awareness about social isolation and the importance of creating connected communities.If you have any information on this shooting, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward. — Alberto M. Carvalho (@MiamiSup) September 18, 2016He also spoke about the launch of a new gun violence prevention initiative for kids at an event, Monday. “Because the fiber and the soul of our community and many communities across the country is being irreparably chipped away,” Carvalho said. “As old as 13, as young as 17, celebrating like any other kid would.”Five out of the six students who were injured in the shooting attend district schools.The outreach is coming for residents in Northwest Miami-Dade, not far from where 8-year-old Jada Page was shot and killed in a drive-by, a few weeks ago. “Bring victim services, trauma services employment service,” said Wayne Rawlins, a Miami-Dade anti-gang consultant.Kiondae was transported to Jackson South Community Hospital, where he underwent surgery and is recovering in the intensive care unit. “My baby, he’s strong. He’s a fighter,” said Wilson.Foster was sent directly to the ICU and into surgery. His mother, Shanta Grant, described how a bullet went through both of his legs, causing serious damage. “They’re still monitoring the main artery that was hit,” she said.“Working on improving the relationship that we have with the community because we feel like that is a way to get information, to get tips, to get some of these violent criminals off the street,” Miami-Dade Police Maj. Ricky Carter said at the meeting.
Titas Gas logo“Secretary Mushtaque has been given three kgs, Tepa 15.” “Sabur and Jahangir have taken 5 kgs.” “When will you take your 6 kgs?”These ‘kgs’ are no units of weight. These are actually coded words denoting bribes shared among top officials, including its managing director, of Titas Gas Transmission Company Limited, a state-owned gas distribution company. One ‘kg’ means Taka One Lakh or that is, Taka 100,000.Titas’ officials use these codes among each other regarding bribes they extract in Gazipur, Savar, Bhaluka and Narayanganj distribution zones.Alongside taking bribes themselves, they have created a class of middlemen to bring in the bribes. These middlemen directly deliver the bribes to the top officials.Details of these underhand transactions were revealed in mobile phone text messages provided by a government agency, and also from the experiences of the victimised businesspersons and Prothom Alo investigations.The mobile phone SMS texts were exchanged over a period of three months, covering September to November 2016. Though these SMS records are of three months, these bribes are extracted the year round. Prothom Alo took up a detailed investigation into the matter.A syndicate has been created under the leadership of Titas’ current managing director Mir Mashiur Rahman, investigation confirmed. His main associate in all this is the manager of Titas’ pipeline design department Sabber Ahmed Chowdhury.The others in the syndicate are named as manager Titas’ ECC department manager Mohammed Abu Bakr Siddiqur Rahman, Gazipur’s current general manager (currently GM, vigilance) SM Abdul Wadud and former company secretary, and current MD of the Sundarban Gas Distribution Company, Mushtaq Ahmed.These incidents of bribery took place when Sabber Ahmed Chowdhury was manager of the Gazipur sales region and Abu Bakr Siddiqur Rahman was manager of the Tongi North system operation department.Officials within Titas said the bribes were mainly taken for changing installations, providing clients with illegal gas connects, increasing illegal gas loads, providing unlawful facilities to use additional appliances, and providing selective promotions. Titas is a distribution company of the country’s Oil, Gas and Minerals Resources Corporation, popularly known as Petrobangla. According to records till 30 June 2017, the company has authority over 13,056 km of gas pipeline and 4,610 subscribers.However, the syndicate targeted the owners of certain industrial units near Dhaka, in the Gazipur region. Most of these entities with Titas gas connections are located in the Gazipur zone.Businesspersons, at a meeting on 23 April at the Bangladesh Textile Mills Association (BTMA) office, demanded that action be taken against corruption and bribery of the top Titas officials. BTMA director Mohammad Khorshed Alam said, “Titas’ harassment has made me ill.”When asked about the bribes and corruption of the Titas officials, Supreme Court lawyer Tanjib-ul Alam, who deals in company law and IT, told Prothom Alo, “If these accusations against the Titas officials are proven to be true, they are to receive seven-year prison sentence in accordance with Section 5 (2) of the Prevention of Corruption Act 1947.”He suggests that the relevant government departments should thoroughly investigate the asset details of the accused persons.Energy and mineral resources secretary Abu Hena Md Rahmatul Muneem on Wednesday told Prothom Alo, “Titas’ thieves are always stealing. We can’t take action as they haven’t been caught out.”Bribes deals over SMSMobile phone SMS texts reveal that of the bribes taken by Titas official Sabber Ahmed Chowdhury’s family, from Prodip Das, an engineer of the company AMC located in Gazipur, Tk 50 lakh (5 million) was paid on 13 October 2016. An SMS text message exchanged between Sabber and Prodip on that day reveals: At 8:27am Prodip texted to Sabber, addressing him as ‘boss’ and asking where he would deliver the money. At 9:13am, Sabber asked Prodip, “How many kg?”On the same day at 9:22am Sabber wrote to Prodip: “Kg means amount.” A minute later Prodip told Sabber,” That’s why I need to talk. You just listen and say ‘yes’ or ‘no’.” At 9:54am Prodip wrote to Sabber, “In front of them say that the entire 50 has to be given by Sunday.” At 10:18 am Prodip wrote, “I will give 50.” On the same day at 3:30pm Prodip texted Sabber, “Boss, I gave bhabhi (referring to Sabber’s wife) 50. Please confirm.”Prothom Alo tried for three months to call the mobile phone number which Prodip called on 13 October 2016 for all these exchanges with Sabber, but it is now turned off. Prothom Alo gathered his present number from AMC Knit Composite. The mobile phone operator records show he has been using this new number since 13 December 2017.When an attempt was made to meet Prodip Das directly on 2 July this year at AMC Knit Composite in Baniarchala, Gazipur, the security guard Manik said he was inside, but ‘you will have to wait to meet him.’ After 30 minutes, the security guard came and said, ‘Sir (Prodip Das) has said he is busy.’ When a text message was sent to this present phone number regarding the reason of wanting to meet him, he replied that he was not Prodip Das.When a call was made to AMC Knit’s MD Md Enamul Huq on 4 July, explaining why Prodip Das was being approached, he said that he would arrange Prodip to call back. However, since them Enamul Huq has also not being answering his phone.Similarly, Mohammed Taimur, manager of Vielatex in Gazipur, paid Sabber on behalf of the company. On 24 October 2016 at 10:29am, Sabber messaged Taimur, “Give it all in one go. First deal complete please.” The next day on 25 October at 6:03pm Sabber said to him again, “Was this the final contract? Will I keep anything for you?” In the afternoon on the same day at 6:56pm he told Taimur again, “Try to give 50. I will come to Dhaka tomorrow. You can give 20 tomorrow. The other 10 is yours.”On 20 May Taimur of Vielatex told Prothom Alo, “We are very upset about this matter. It is no secret how a class of officials at Titas hold us hostage to extract bribes.”According to information of the government agency, two contractors enlisted with Titas, Saiful Islam and Swapan, were also involved in delivering bribes to Sabber, from which they would get a cut too. For example, the Mahmud Group has three companies, Mahmud Denim, Mahmud Fashion and Dong Bang. Contractor Saiful Islam paid Sabber Tk 20 lakh (2 million) from Mahmud Fashion in Gazipur. Sabber Ahmed Chowdhury received Tk 1 crore 50 lakh (15 million) from Mahmud Group’s MD Aminul Islam through Saiful Islam in order to provide a connection from Titas’ main transmission line to Dong Bang. Saiful Islam received a share of this amount. Dong Bang has still not been given the gas connection.The present general manager (GM vigilance) in charge of Gazipur, SM Abdul Wadud, took Tk 20 lakh (2 million) from Gazipur’s Binoda Textiles. In the meantime, Sabber and Siddiqur Rahman tried to arrange gas connections from the Titas transmission line to two companies, NRG and AT&T. Also, Sabber would go as far as to warn subscribers in advance if any illegal connection was to be severed. For instance, one of his text messages to Pradip Das read, “Vigilance team is in the field. So be alert and keep in touch.”Bribe talk on brother’s phoneThe Grameen Phone SIM card used by Sabber for his unscrupulous negotiations belonged to his brother Sajjad Ahmed Chowdhury. Sajjad Ahmed Chowdhury is the MD and director of a firm, Westcam International. Westcam is an ITP chemical sales company.Westcam was registered with the Office of the Registrar of Joint Stock Companies and Firms on 29 March 2012. Though its approved capital was Tk 3 crore (30 million), its paid-up capital was Tk 60 lakh (6 million). During registration of the company, Sajjad Ahmed Chowdhury and his brother Sabber Ahmed Chowdhury’s wife Rumana Rishat Zaman, Syed Zahid Parvez and Subrata Paul were directors, purchasing 15,000 shares each at the rate of Tk 100 per share. Subrata Paul was MD at the time. Their mobile numbers were all of the same series.The international mobile phone equipment identity (IMEI) number used by Sabber for his bribe negotiations was in his wife’s name. On 25 September 2014, Subrata Paul handed over 15,000 shares of 5,000 each to the three and Sajjad became the new MD. When asked, Sajjad Ahmed Chowdhury said his brother Sabber used to use that phone number before, but not anymore.MD’s involvementIn a cryptic SMS sent to contractor Swapan at 10:12am on October 2016, Sabber wrote, “55-24=31. That is 10.5 for you, 10.5 for me, 10 for MD and Siddique. So you will give me 20.5.” On the same day at 10:15am, Swapan texted Sabber, “All right, but where will I deliver the money?” Four minutes later, Swapan told Sabber, “I’m delivering it to bhabi.”In an SMS sent to Mir Mashiur Rahman at 1:14pm on 27 November 2016, Sabber wrote, “Sir, your 140 kg (other than Noman’s 50 and Kader’s 1).” The code 140 kg meant Tk 1 crore 40 lakh (14 million). That means the MD’s share would have to be handed over to Sabber, the share amounting to over one crore.”The SMS text messages indicate that the bribes were also for postings and promotions. Persons involved in the bribe syndicate were placed in key posts. In an SMS text, Sabber Ahmed Chowdhury wrote to Abu Bakr Siddiqur Rahman, “You 36.5, MD 140 and Noman 50.” In another text message on 24 November 2016 at 9:53 am, Sabber asked Abu Bakr Siddiqur Rahman, “How much of the MD’s amount do you have?” Again, in a message to contractor Swapan, Sabber gives a breakdown of the payment — “MD 4, me 6, you 5.”When contacted over phone on Wednesday, Swapan admitted to being a contractor with Titas, but said he was not a go-between for bribes. When he was told that Prothom Alo has information that he delivered money to Sabber Ahmed Chowdhury’s wife at their home, he said he did not know anyone by the name of Sabber Ahmed Chowdhury.On 25 October 2016 at 3:28pm, Sabber sent the same SMS text to two of the numbers of the MD, stating, “Sir, the vigilance team found excess load. They shouldn’t cut the line. We are dealing with the customer.” Titas later didn’t sever the company’s line.Even though he is a subordinate officer, Sabber’s closeness to the MD is apparent in an SMS text sent to him by the MD: “We will meet at our hangout.” In other messages to the MD, Sabber wrote, “Arrange the posting of Sumon Das (Savar zone deputy manager) please.” “Ask ATI, SM Knitting, Elegant Washing, director operations to approve the drill file.” “We have already taken the Mahmud Group work.” “Release the Binoda reconnection.” Sir, I’ve asked them to hold up the work. Will discuss later.” “Sir, unless you say ‘okay’, I don’t understand whether you have received the SMS or not.”The MD is mentioned by others too. For example, in a message to Sabber on 27 September 2016, Abu Bakr Siddiqur asked how much should he negotiate for with Paragon (a company). The next day on 28 September Siddiqur wrote to Sabber again, “Paragon’s bag and file is with me. How much will I ask for the MD about the Paragon reconnection?”On 18 October 2016, in an SMS to Abu Bakr Siddiqur Rahman, Sabber Ahmed Chowdhury said, “I’ll need 25 kg of apples tomorrow.” Siddiqur replied, “Forget it. Do you have any lack of money?”Prothom Alo spoke to manager Abu Bakr Siddiqur Rahman at the Titas office on 3 July. He denied having taking bribes. When told about the date and text of the SMS messages, he said, “I do not remember any such SMS texts. And the Paragon files are not supposed to come to me and they didn’t come to me either.”Further conversations on bribesSome significant text message exchanges between Saber and Titas officials, contractors and private firms who have received gas connections, include: “Me 6, you 4. Your due was 2, so pay me 4.”Other messages read: “My man is at the head office with the advance payment and file. How much do I get? 45?” “Saiful has been given 10 lakh (1 million), another 20 (2 million) will be paid tomorrow.” “For audit and Petrobangla you will pay 1 lakh (0.10 million).” “Secretary Mushtaque has been given 3 kg, Tepa 15, 17 taken from the ATI bag.” Sabur and Jahangir have taken 4 kg.” “When will you take your 6kg?” “No need to count, it may be 7.” “6 from the MD’s kgs, 5 to SABD, 10 to the director.” “Give 4 from 181 kg.”Also, “Your file has been approved. Saiful will go to you tomorrow. Pay Tk 1 crore (10 million) for the office expenses in approving it.” “I’ll meet you at your convenience tomorrow and take my 10.” Titas sources say this was about a company’s application for a Titas gas line connection.It wasn’t possible to identify Sabur, Jahangir, Tepa, Noman and Kader. However, Prothom Alo spoke to a contractor on 26 June. On condition of anonymity, he said, he had worked for three years as a middleman between Sabber Ahmed Chowdhury and certain companies. He would get commission from both sides. Once the negotiations were final, he would deliver the money to a house in an upscale residential area of Dhaka. Work has slowed down for about a year.When contacted about the bribes and corruption, Sabber advised that this correspondent through an SMS text on 11 April to contact Titas’ ECC department manager Abu Bakr Siddiqur. After about a month’s efforts of trying to meet Sabber, he was finally tracked down on 15 October at a five-star hotel lobby in the city. When he was given details of the dates and messages concerning the bribery, Sabber told Prothom Alo, “This is all a conspiracy. Ask those who claim to have paid the bribes.”When the current Titas MD Mir Mashiur Rahman was approached in his office on 23 April this year about the allegation of taking bribes, he denied it outright: “Allah has given me more than enough. How much money does one need in one lifetime? Why should I take bribes?”When faced with the allegations that he took a cut of the bribes and there is proof of such accusations, Mir Mashiur Rahman said, “The basis on which you are saying this is not correct. Someone is working against us.” When asked why anyone would do so, he replied, “Perhaps someone isn’t getting a good posting.”Businessmen, experts seek end to corruptionAt the meeting held in the BTMA office on 23 April this year, former president of the association Matin Chowdhury also said, “Titas has to be paid a few extra crore taka for gas connections. The Titas people are so organised, nothing can be done against them.”Quoting information from an intelligence report, Khandakar Salek Sufi, former director of a gas transmission company, told a meeting held at Dhaka Club on 4 May, the amount of gas pilfered from Titas every month would be enough to generate 1,000 MW of electricity and provide a few hundred factories with gas connections.Officials with Titas who have a clean image, say if the pilferage could have been halted, they would have been able to receive higher profit bonuses and the government would have received more revenue.Supreme Court lawyer who works with IT law, Anik R Huq, told Prothom Alo, “The bribery of these top Titas officials tarnishes the image of the government too. The government should look into the mater seriously and ensure punishment of those proven to be guilty.”Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB)’s executive director Iftekharuzzaman told Prothom Alo, “These serious allegations against the top officials of Titas show that its system of control and monitoring is ineffective. It would not be surprising if influential political persons are involved in this too.”Iftekharuzzaman suggests that the energy and mineral resources department investigates this organised corruption and takes departmental actions against those proven to be guilty. And the Anti-Corruption Commission can carry out its own investigations and dig out deeper evidence.* This report, originally published in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Ayesha Kabir.
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More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Sponsored Stories Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates LONDON (AP) – Queen Elizabeth II and former Provisional Irish Republican Army leader Martin McGuinness are expected to shake hands in a delicately choreographed moment for both sides, an encounter which may be shielded from cameras but which puts a further seal on the peace process in Northern Ireland.Here’s a gallery of historic handshakes that became powerful symbols of peace:NIXON-MAOU.S. President Richard Nixon, a staunch anti-Communist through much of his political career, shakes hands with Chinese Communist leader Mao Zedong in February 1972 on Nixon’s historic visit to China. Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Top Stories Comments Share New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk BEGIN-SADATIsraeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin welcomes Egyptian President Anwar Sadat with a handshake on Nov. 19, 1977, an extraordinary gesture that helped lead to the signing of a peace treaty 16 months later.REAGAN-GORBACHEVA handshake between U.S. President Ronald Reagan and Soviet Premier Mikhail Gorbachev on Nov. 19, 1985 at a summit in Geneva signals the opening of a new era in relations.MANDELA-DE KLERKPresident F.W. de Klerk and Nelson Mandela shake hands in Cape Town, South Africa on May 4, 1990 after announcing an agreement on steps that will lead to talks on ending white-minority rule.RABIN-ARAFATIsrael Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat shake hands in public for the first time at the White House on Sept. 13, 1993, with President Bill Clinton looking on. The agreement called for a final settlement to be achieved by February 1999.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day
Spacey was arraigned on a charge of felony indecent assault and battery NANTUCKET, Mass. — Lawyers for Kevin Spacey entered a not guilty plea on his behalf in Massachusetts court Monday on charges he groped an 18-year-old busboy in 2016.The disgraced actor was arraigned on a charge of felony indecent assault and battery during a hearing at Nantucket District Court. The judge set another hearing for March 4. Spacey does not have to appear, the judge ruled, but said he needs to be available by phone.Spacey must stay away from his accuser and his accuser’s family, the judge also ordered.The judge granted a request by Spacey’s lawyers to preserve the victim’s cellphone data from the six months following the alleged assault. Spacey’s attorney Alan Jackson said there is data that is “likely exculpatory” for Spacey.Spacey and his lawyers declined to comment as they left the courthouse amid a crush of reportersThe hearing comes more than a year after a former Boston TV anchor accused the former “House of Cards” star of sexually assaulting her son, then 18, in the crowded bar at the Club Car, where the teen worked as a busboy.Jackson has sought to poke holes in the case, noting that the teenager didn’t immediately report the allegations. If convicted, Spacey faces as many as five years in prison. Spacey has said he intends to plead not guilty.The civil attorney for the accuser said in a statement ahead of the hearing that his client is “leading by example.”“By reporting the sexual assault, my client is a determined and encouraging voice for those victims not yet ready to report being sexually assaulted,” said lawyer Mitchell Garabedian, who has represented hundreds of clergy sexual abuse victims.Garabedian is not a part of the criminal case against Spacey.Media trucks lined the street before dawn, and locals on the island, which teems with tourists in the summer but quiets down in the winter, drove by slowly to take photos of reporters standing in line in the cold.When the doors opened, more than two dozen journalists packed the courtroom hours before Spacey was scheduled to appear.Members of the news media stand outside the Nantucket Town & County Building, awaiting arrival of actor Kevin Spacey for arraignment on a charge of indecent assault and battery, Monday, Jan. 7, 2019. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)It’s the first criminal case brought against Spacey, 59, since other allegations of sexual misconduct surfaced against him in 2017.A judge denied Spacey’s bid to avoid appearing in person Monday. Spacey had argued his presence would “amplify the negative publicity already generated” by the case.Television anchor Heather Unruh told reporters in November 2017 that Spacey got her son drunk and then grabbed his genitals during the incident. She said her son fled the restaurant when Spacey went to the bathroom.The Associated Press does not typically identify people alleging sexual assault.After the charge was announced last month, Spacey released a video in the voice of Frank Underwood, his character on Netflix’s “House of Cards,” in which he said, “I’m certainly not going to pay the price for the thing I didn’t do.” It was unclear whether he was referring to the charge.Spacey has also faced other allegations.His first accuser, actor Anthony Rapp, said Spacey climbed on top of him on a bed when Rapp was 14 and Spacey 26. Spacey said he did not remember such an encounter but apologized if the allegations were true. by ALANNA DURKIN RICHER, The Associated Press Posted Jan 7, 2019 4:29 am PDT Last Updated Jan 7, 2019 at 11:59 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Summary Kevin Spacey’s lawyers enter not guilty plea in sex assault Related Stories The Latest: Media pack courtroom where Spacey is to appearSpacey: Court appearance would ‘amplify’ negative publicityKevin Spacey asks to skip Massachusetts court appearanceCourt records detail Spacey’s encounter with teenager Kevin Spacey