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No resolution any time soon in dope cases

first_imgWith a number of cases already pending before the anti-doping disciplinary panel, those involving six top quarter-milers of the country seem to be heading for another long battle after Wednesday’s hearing was adjourned for October 5.Defence counsel R K Anand sought reports on the second test of one of the athletes from the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) due to which the hearing had to be adjourned.Ashwini Akkunji, Sini Jose, Mandeep Kaur, Jauna Murmu, Priyanka Panwar and Tiana Mary Thomas appeared for their second hearing in the dope cases but there were hardly any arguments exchanged.The defence had sought the documentation package of all the athletes from NADA in the previous hearing. The packages of all the athletes were furnished but it came to light that Tiana tested positive for anabolic steroids in two different tests conducted by NADA – at the inter-state championships in June and an out-of competition test in Patiala.That gave Anand an opportunity to ask for the documentation package of the second test and the hearing had to be adjourned even as the prosecution lawyer asked for it to go ahead with the available documents on other athletes. But chairman of the disciplinary panel Dinesh Dayal allowed Anand another long period to prepare his case.According to the NADA rules, the hearing has to be completed within three months but often the cases have dragged on for months and in some cases, for more than a year. In fact, a few months back, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) also pulled up NADA and asked it to hasten the hearing process. It was only then that NADA woke up to ask the disciplinary panels, which are independent bodies, to pick up the pace in the hearing processes.advertisementOn Wednesday, a three-member panel headed by Dayal also adjourned the hearing in the cases of 11 sports persons who tested positive for methylhexaneamine (MHA) last year.The MHA cases have been going on for close to a year, if not more than that, but the disciplinary panel hasn’t been able to come out with a verdict due to various delays at the pretext of some missing documents or the other.As the case dragged on, NADA stepped in and requested the panel to accelerate proceedings. A time-bound schedule for the hearings was proposed this week, but the hearing has now been adjourned till October 7.Seized or provided?The tests on the food supplements provided by the quartermilers have returned positive but it throws a serious question on what can be tested at the National Drug Testing Laboratory (NDTL) and what not.Besides, there is no clarity on whether the food supplements that were tested there were seized or voluntarily provided by the athletes.It has been reliably learnt that NADA never collected the food supplements from the athletes. It was the Sports Authority of India (SAI) which collected the samples at the behest the Mudgal committee, which is looking into the dope cases in athletics, and passed them on to the NDTL. However, as per the rules, NDTL cannot conduct tests except if the request comes from NADA or from any other national sports federation.Another question that arises is whether the supplements that have returned positive tests are the same as those substance found in the samples provided by the athletes.The banned substance, which has been found in the supplements, is ginseng and if brought to the notice of the panel, it may help the athletes to get a reduced sanction on the basis of “No fault or negligence clause,” mentioned in the NADA code.But for that, the hearing process will have to come to some conclusion which does not seem likely in the near future.Panel head pleads for more staffThe anti-doping disciplinary panelists, who decide the fate of India’s top athletes caught in the drug mess, are finding it hard to carry out their work in the absence of the required facilities.Justice CK Mahajan on Wednesday was once again critical of the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) for the lack of staff for him and other panelists. “I have been asking for a dedicated staff for hearing proceedings for a long time but I have got nothing,” said Mahajan as he got ready to dictate his order to a NADA official.It is just one official who has been designated to help the anti-doping disciplinary and appeals panel with its daily proceedings. Besides, the official also goes out for sample collection to various places outside the Capital and then has to maintain all the legal and laboratory records of the athletes which are to be provided to the panelists.advertisementAlso, he has to double up as a stenographer as well when the anti-doping panel dictates its order. On Wednesday, when another official came to take the order on a laptop, Mahajan made his displeasure clear.”It will take three days to dictate the order,” he said. Following his comments, one of the lawyers came in to take down the order.last_img read more

Triumph to unveil Bonneville T100 in India on October 18

first_imgTriumph has had an eventful first week of October, as the British motorcycle makers showcased the Bonneville T100 range and the Street Cup range at the Intermot 2016. Now, we have confirmation that the company will most likely launch the Bonneville T100 in India on October 18, bridging the gap between the Street Twin and Bonneville T120 in India. Triumph will be bringing the T100 to India within a few days of its global unveil. The all new Triumph Bonneville T100 will also get the Black variant.ALSO READ:Triumph Street Twin has got lean styling with high performanceDesign:    Triumph Bonneville T100 Inspired by the legendary ’59 Bonneville and styled to incorporate more of the iconic design, silhouette and character of the original, the T100 and T100 Black each have their own distinctive character, enhanced by the premium finishes and signature touches of a genuine motorcycle icon. From the sculpted lines of the 14.5 litre signature fuel tank, to the intricately detailed Bonneville engine plate and stylish feature-packed twin clocks, the new T100’s set a new standard for quality and finish.The Bonneville T100 features a wealth of classically inspired detailing and stunning chrome finishes including high-value brushed aluminium covers, classic bolt-on Triumph badges unique to these two models, and deep chrome mirrors, mudguard stays, handlebars and headlight bezel.Triumph Bonneville T100Engine:ALSO READ:Triumph Motorcycles opens its 13th dealership in India; first in VijayawadaThe all new Triumph Bonneville T100 shares its engine with the Street Twin, with a 900cc parallel-twin cylinder, liquid-cooled engine churning power output of 54 HP and torque of 80Nm, mated to a five-speed gearbox.advertisementTriumph Bonneville T100Features:The India-bound Triumph Bonneville T100 will come loaded with features like ABS, Switchable Traction Control, Torque Assist Clutch, LED Rear Light, Engine Immobiliser, USB Charging Socket and Stylish Twin Clocks.Triumph Bonneville T100To further enhance the superior handling of the T100s, both bikes are fitted as standard with custom developed Pirelli Phantom Sports comp tyres, designed especially by Pirelli for the Bonneville family with stiffness and profile changes to the front tyre, and deeper tread on the rear for secure handling and improved durability.Triumph Bonneville T100ALSO READ:Triumph eyes new motorcycle world land speed record. Will they, won’t they?Watch this space for more information on the upcoming Triumph Bonneville T100.last_img read more

ICC Champions Trophy: South Africa choke under pressure, produce comedy of errors

first_imgAnother big match. Another knockout, a virtual quarterfinal. And South Africa were up against defending champions India in a bid to make it to the semifinals of the ICC Champions Trrophy. Pressure was written large over the faces of every Proteas player.Quinton de Kock and Hashim Amla weathered an aggressive, charged-up spell from the Indian quicks and had finally settled down to a rhythm before Amla fell to comeback man R Ashwin against the run of play. Skipper AB de Villiers, who had been in the midst of terrible form this series, came out looking a lot more assured than he had in the matches vs Sri Lanka and Pakistan.But de Villiers was not entirely fit to play this game and his partner at the other end, Faf du Plessis pushed him hard. And when you have Hardik Pandya swooping in on the ball and MS Dhoni collecting it, there’s not much chance for batsmen around the world.De Villiers was caught well short of the crease and the South African captain was on his way back to the pavilion for 16.The onus was on du Plessis and David Miller to do some damage control but their brief stand ended in rather comical fashion.Du Plessis tried to cut a quicker delivery from Ashwin but only managed an outside edge to short third man. The batsman could not make up his mind and his start-stop trigger movement prompted Miller to go for it. Incidentally, both men scampered through to the same end but du Plessis dragged his bat inside the crease seconds before his partner.advertisementAn ordinary throw from Bumrah was collected by Virat Kohli who took off the bails at the non-striker’s end. That was more or less the end of South Africa’s resistance.Du Plessis, Chris Morris and Andile Phehlukwayo fell quickly thereafter, leaving an out-of-form JP Duminy to do the resurrection work against a charged-up Indian team desperate to book a berth in the semifinals.last_img read more

Arsenal will not sell Olivier Giroud, Jack Wilshere and Theo Walcott in January, says Arsene Wenger

first_imgArsenal will not sell striker Olivier Giroud, midfielder Jack Wilshere and winger Theo Walcott in the January transfer window despite their lack of playing time at the Premier League club, manager Arsene Wenger has said.The trio have started a majority of the club’s Europa League and League Cup games this season but are yet to start a league match, with Giroud making 12 substitute appearances while Wilshere has been limited to four and Walcott to three.Their lack of top-flight action could cost them a spot in their respective nations’ 2018 World Cup squads but Wenger said the trio will not move away from the Emirates.”They have to make their decisions; I have to make mine,” Wenger told reporters on Wednesday.”I cannot consider too much the interest of the national team. I want to keep the squad. We do not want to become weaker.”I have to consider the interest of the player but dominant of that will be the interests of the club. If you can combine the two it is even better but, first, what is important is for the club.” England international Walcott has been at Arsenal for 11 years but is no longer a regular starter but Wenger has backed the 28-year-old to reclaim his spot.”He has it in him (to become a first-team regular),” Wenger added. “Of course he is frustrated but he is focused. He doesn’t give up at all and is more determined than ever.”Arsenal have numerous players whose contracts expire in the next two years, including Alexis Sanchez, Aaron Ramsey, Mesut Ozil and Petr Cech.advertisement”When you pick a team you do not necessarily look how long a contract is,” Wenger said. “The shorter the contract is, the more hungry the players are usually. The hunger index drops with the length of the contract.”Arsenal have already progressed to the Europa League knockout stages and host Belarus’ BATE Borisov in their final group game later on Thursday.last_img read more

Devils Clip Rangers in OT, 2-1

first_imgNEW YORK — Seconds after Lee Stempniak scored against the New York Rangers in overtime, the New Jersey Devils stormed off the bench, staked across the ice and mobbed the veteran on the far boards.It was a celebration worthy of an overtime playoff victory.For the Devils though, it was simply a first win under new coach John Hynes and they really needed it.Stempniak finished off a 2-on-1 break with Adam Henrique at 3:07 of overtime and the Devils ended some recent frustrations against the Rangers with a 2-1 decision Oct. 18.“It feels great,” said Hynes, who lost his first four games, the last in a shootout Oct. 16. “I am really just happy for the team.”Stempniak, who made the roster after coming to camp on a tryout basis, also got the satisfaction of beating the Rangers, who had sent him to Winnipeg in a trade deadline deal.“It feels good to beat them, always, but more important, it’s a huge win for us as group,” said Stempniak, who snapped his winner over the pad of Henrik Lundqvist in ending the 3-on-3 overtime. “Instead of going down 0-5, to get win, pick up a point last game, we’re turning in the right direction.Derek Stepan, who scored for the Rangers in the opening minutes, had hit the crossbar just before New Jersey won for the first time in five games.“It feels great,” said Devils goalie Cory Schneider, who had 26 saves. “Maybe that celebration was a little too much for the fifth game of the year, but you could just tell, everyone, some frustration and anger came out there. It was exciting. It felt really good, but it just one game.”The loss was the third straight for the Rangers, who opened the season with three wins.“I think we need to be concerned,” Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi said. “We’re not pressing any panic button by any means but it needs to be addressed right now.”The overtime was wild. Devils defenseman Andy Greene reached behind Schneider in the opening 23 seconds and pulled Rick Nash’s shot off the goal line before it went across.Lundqvist stole one from the Devils with 2:35 left in the extra session, coming across the crease to stop Kyle Palmieri on his doorstep. Greene set up the shot with a great pass.“I felt like the game was right there for us,” said Lundqvist, who had 22 saves. “We had some opportunities late in the game but couldn’t cash in.”The Devils had a great chance to take the lead early in the third period when they had a two-man advantage for 1:36 after defenseman Kevin Klein was called for delay of game on a penalty kill. However, the Rangers did not allow a shot.After being shut out by the Montreal Canadiens on Oct. 15, the Rangers scored early. Rookie Oscar Lindberg picked up a loose puck at center ice, skated it into the New Jersey zone and found Stepan alone in front. The center cut across the crease and slipped a backhand between Schneider’s pads at 3:12.Schneider stopped Stepan in the slot minutes later and Devils defensive Damon Severson prevented Kevin Hayes from sliding a puck into an open net with a sliding block with his leg.New Jersey, which may not have had a quality chance in the first period, tied the game 1:52 into the second period when Henrique stuffed his own rebound past Lundqvist. It was his team-high third goal of the season.(TOM CANAVAN, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

CARLIN TO CHAIR SENATE VETERANS AFFAIRS COMMITTEE

first_imgState Senator Randy Feenstra’s resignation as chair of the Iowa Senate Ways and Means Committee spurred Republican party leadership to shuffle committee assignments.Senate Majority Leader Jack Whitver named Senator Jake Chapman of Adel to replace Feenstra as chairman of Ways and Means.Whitver also appointed Council Bluffs Senator Dan Dawson to chair the Senate Commerce Committee.And Senator Jim Carlin of Sioux City will serve as chairman of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee.Carlin says he looks forward to passing legislation to support Iowa’s veterans and thank them for their service.”last_img

Footballers around the world celebrate Christmas

first_imgWTF Messi, Ronaldo & footballers around the world celebrate Christmas Ronan Murphy 18:13 12/25/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(5) Lionel Messi Christmas Instagram/LeoMessi WTF Premier League Tottenham Hotspur Real Madrid v Barcelona Real Madrid Barcelona Primera División Many of the world’s biggest names shared photographs and messages on their social media accounts, wishing fans a wonderful Christmas Families all around the world woke up to Christmas presents on Monday, celebrating Christmas with their loved ones. Footballers around the world, including Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and some of the world’s biggest names were among those enjoying the special time with their families and friends.Many of them posted messages to their fans on their social media pages, sharing pictures of their partners and children, showing off their presents, and sending warm wishes to their fans.Merry Christmas from me, Kate and Ivy who met Santa for the first time! #MerryXmas pic.twitter.com/3wr6dLlmcN— Harry Kane (@HKane) December 25, 2017To all those celebrating, have a great Christmas! pic.twitter.com/ZW6abT3jGC— Yaya Touré (@YayaToure) December 25, 2017Merry Christmas To Each And Everyone Of You, I Hope You All Enjoy The Christmas Holidays#JLingz #JL pic.twitter.com/hJUoBjrUo6— Jesse Lingard (@JesseLingard) December 24, 2017Merry ChristmasHope you have a happy and healthy holiday. #merrychristmas #froheweihnachten pic.twitter.com/KXPR4UQMrq— Basti Schweinsteiger (@BSchweinsteiger) December 24, 2017Wish you a Merry ChristmasOs deseo una Feliz Navidad pic.twitter.com/gu5gqqTK2Y— Alberto Moreno (@lfc18alberto) December 24, 2017Feliz natalFeliz navidadMerry Christmas pic.twitter.com/FEIrtU4TYj— Diego Costa (@diegocosta) December 25, 2017Merry Christmas pic.twitter.com/r0qLHaXEwC— Nicolas Otamendi (@Notamendi30) December 25, 2017Merry Christmas and happy holidays to everyone pic.twitter.com/IAZpVPvXBt— Victor Wanyama (@VictorWanyama) December 25, 2017Merry Christmas #Podolski #Family— Lukas-Podolski.com (@Podolski10) December 24, 2017Merry Xmas! May your heart and home be filled with all of the joys the festive season brings.#Christmas pic.twitter.com/K2pUYrMxkK— Alderweireld Toby (@AlderweireldTob) December 24, 2017Merry Christmas my dear friends! Wishing you all a very Magical 2018 pic.twitter.com/4r0c0rHeaA— Henrikh Mkhitaryan (@HenrikhMkh) December 24, 2017Merry Christmas to all of you. Here are my two biggest presents. Let’s enjoy!!!  pic.twitter.com/D2vgJsGBqP— Thiago Alcantara (@Thiago6) December 24, 2017I would like to wish you a Merry Xmas!! I hope you all have a great time with your family and loved ones!!Wünsche dir und deiner Familie ein frohes Weihnachtsfest!! #merrychristmas #happyholidays pic.twitter.com/ekiM8SJFQl— Rafinha Official (@R13_official) December 24, 2017Bon Nadal!¡Feliz Navidad!Merry ChristmasJoyeux NoëlSelamat natalメリークリスマス!عید سعید!Feliz NatalBuon Natale圣诞快乐!聖誕快樂 !শুভ বড়দিনFrohe WeihnachtenПоздравляю Рождеством크리스마스를 축하합니다Força Barça! pic.twitter.com/LlG8Sdu71C— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) December 24, 2017Merry Christmas everyone I hope use have a special day with your loved ones— Shane Duffy (@shaneduffy) December 25, 2017Merry Christmas  pic.twitter.com/yaKBjK7DNA— Bafétimbi Gomis (@BafGomis) December 24, 2017Happy Christmas to everyone, including the ones that try to invent stories that never happened #sofunny #trytobehappyanddontlye— Ander Herrera (@AnderHerrera) December 24, 2017Even Gunnersaurus got in on the act!Wishing all Gunners a very Merry Christmas, hope you are rocking the @Arsenal Christmas jumpers #WeAreTheArsenal #Christmas pic.twitter.com/nFF1S6MmTW— Per Mertesacker (@mertesacker) December 25, 2017Happy Christmas from Goal! Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Agriculture Minister Urges Greater Collective Effort to Combat Praedial Larceny

first_img Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Audley Shaw, has called for stronger collective efforts to enforce the law underpinning the Agricultural Produce Receipt Book System, which was established to combat praedial larceny.His urging comes against the background of complaints from several victims that enforcement of the law by the police force has, to some extent, been inadequate, resulting in thieves frequently raiding farms and escaping with produce.“We have to get serious about our laws. This is a time that is going to require of us courage, collective action, and working in unity. When the criminals find out that we are serious because we’re working together, this problem is going to become a diminishing [one]. So the police must demand receipts,” he underscored.The Minister was speaking at the Coconut Industry Board’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) on May 4, at the Jamaica Conference Centre in downtown Kingston.Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Minister, Hon. Audley Shaw (right), and Coconut Industry Board (CIB) Chairman, Christopher Gentles, peruse documents during the CIB’s Annual General Meeting at the Jamaica Conference Centre in downtown Kingston on May 5. Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Audley Shaw, has called for stronger collective efforts to enforce the law underpinning the Agricultural Produce Receipt Book System, which was established to combat praedial larceny. Story Highlights “We have to get serious about our laws. This is a time that is going to require of us courage, collective action, and working in unity. When the criminals find out that we are serious because we’re working together, this problem is going to become a diminishing [one]. So the police must demand receipts,” he underscored.center_img His urging comes against the background of complaints from several victims that enforcement of the law by the police force has, to some extent, been inadequate, resulting in thieves frequently raiding farms and escaping with produce. National Security Minister, Hon. Dr. Horace Chang, who also spoke at the AGM, said his Ministry is aware of the farmers’ challenges, and is willing to continue working with them to eliminate the problem.“The challenge has become much more critical. Security is one of the foundations on which we build our economy and, certainly, praedial larceny is an area [of the Ministry’s focus],” he stated.Dr. Chang, who also noted that there have been increased attacks on farmers, assured that efforts are being made by the security forces to combat this.Delegates attending the meeting were updated on wide-ranging developments.These include impending plans for the industry’s expansion and farmers’ roles in this undertaking.The Coconut Industry Board was established in 1945 under the Coconut Industry Control Act.last_img read more

Khomeinis legacy looms over Iran 30 years after death

first_imgTehran: Thirty years ago millions of mourners crowded the streets of Tehran for the funeral of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, and today the founder of the Islamic republic remains a guiding figure in Iran. The image of the black-turbaned cleric who brought down the monarchy in 1979 stares out at people across the country, from hotel lobbies and the front of stadiums to hospitals and banknotes. In life Khomeini was recognised by his followers as the “Imam”, leader of the Shiite community, and decades after his death he remains enshrined in the Iranian constitution as “the great source of imitation”. Also Read – ‘Hong Kong won’t rule out Chinese help over protests'”His key legacy is the strong notion of independence, sovereignty and resilience against foreign hegemony and imperialism that still continues to exist among Iranians,” Mohammad Marandi, head of the American studies department at Tehran University, said. Born in 1902, Khomeini died on 3 June 1989 following a battle with cancer just over 10 years after he led the Islamic revolution that swept Iran’s last Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, a key US ally, from power. Also Read – Pak Army chief accompanies Imran at key meetings in ChinaHis rule saw a decade of tensions with the “Great Satan” Washington and the brutal 1980-88 war unleashed by Saddam Hussein’s Iraq that ended a year before he passed. Khomeini’s teaching was centred on the defence of Islam and the underprivileged and a fierce rejection of Western modernity and perceived imperialism. He developed the doctrine of Velayat-e faqih (the guardianship of the jurist) stating that power should be in the hands of a supreme spiritual leader chosen for his piety to direct both the state and believers. The theocratic principle forms the cornerstone of the Iranian system that combines elected institutions with religious control aimed at giving the Islamic republic both divine and popular legitimacy. “Velayat-e Faqih is not a concept that he created. It existed in Shiite jurisprudence over many centuries,” said Marandi. “What was new was that he actually was able to overthrow a Western-backed dictatorship in the country and establish an Islamic republic” that allowed Iran to put the “theory into practice”. The overthrow of the monarchy was achieved thanks to a disparate array of forces that mixed Shiite clerics, with secular nationalists and Marxists. But after the regime fell Khomeini showed a ruthless determination to shut out those erstwhile allies as he staved off all challenges from them and supporters of the shah. In an August 1979 speech the ayatollah exhorted his followers to show no pity for the “enemies” of the revolution, lamenting diplays of leniency. “If we had acted as revolutionaries, broken the pens of all the press and closed down all corrupt magazines and corrupt media, prosecuted their corrupt bosses, and banned the corrupt political parties, and set up hanging scaffolds in main squares… we would not be facing these struggles,” he said. Former French ambassador to Tehran Francois Nicoullaud said Khomeini combined both “the pragmatism that it took to get power and to keep it, and the merciless behaviour towards the enemies of the Islamic revolution”. “He was for the Velayat-e faqih…and he accepted having elected institutions,” he said, ticking off examples of the leader’s flexibility. “He wanted to go all the way against Saddam Hussein and finished by accepting a peace that had no victor and no vanquished.” While Khomeini has become a major historic figure, he continues to play a central role in discourse in Iran decades after his death. “The ayatollah’s charisma is kept alive in the political debate,” said Clement Therme, an Iran specialist at the International Institute of Strategic Studies (IISS). “All the political elites of the Islamic republic claim to be his heirs and his words are used in the debate to score points off opponents.” The splits that run through the country’s rulers are fed by “different interpretations” of Khomeini’s thoughts, Therme said. On the one side are reformists “who insist on the popular elected legitimacy of institutions” and on the other are the conservatives focused on “divine legitimacy”, he said. While the disputes may rage over Khomeini’s political legacy there is little doubt that he transformed Iran and remains for many in the country a major authority. Khomeini “literally changed Iranian society, (from) a country that was subservient to the needs and interests of foreign entities to prioritising the needs, the dignity, beliefs, culture and the interests of the indigenous population,” said Marandi from Tehran University.last_img read more

Relatives of serial killers victims speak of pain guilt and anger

first_imgWOODSTOCK, Ont. – One after another, family and friends of a serial killer’s victims described overwhelming guilt, anger and profound sadness when they learned their loved ones had been murdered by an Ontario nurse who was supposed to care for them.And many spoke about their loss of faith in the province’s long-term care system, where Elizabeth Wettlaufer was allowed to cast her “shadow of death” over vulnerable seniors for nearly a decade.Wettlaufer was sentenced Monday in a Woodstock, Ont., court to life in prison with no eligibility for parole for 25 years after she pleaded guilty last month to eight counts of first-degree murder, four counts of attempted murder and two counts of aggravated assault.The 50-year-old nurse used insulin trying — and in most cases succeeding — to kill vulnerable victims in her care at three Ontario long-term care facilities and a private home. Her crimes began in 2007 and didn’t stop until she confessed to the killings at a psychiatric hospital in Toronto last fall.Sandy Millard, whose 87-year-old mother, Gladys Jean Millard, was murdered by Wettlaufer in 2011 at Caressant Care in Woodstock, told court about the depression she has fallen into.“Finding out she was killed by a huge injection of medication she did not need broke my heart,” she said.Her daughter, and Millard’s granddaughter, Shannon Emmerton, spoke through tears.“I don’t know if I will ever truly recover,” she said.Patricia Matheson glared at Wettlaufer as she read a statement by her husband, whose mother, Helen Matheson, was killed by the nurse in 2011.“I lost my mother for the second time. No funeral this time, just shock, followed by the question why,” Jon Matheson wrote. “I placed my mother in a facility I researched never once considering she would be a victim of such a despicable act. I ask why, because she didn’t eat all the blueberry pie and ice cream?”The question of why Wettlaufer killed or hurt 14 people loomed large in court. In a lengthy video statement she gave to police last fall, she said she felt a “red surging” well up in her chest that was relieved after she completed a kill. She believed she was an instrument of God at times, but also killed because some residents were too much work, too burdensome.Many others, wracked by guilt, spoke of what-ifs.“I simply feel guilty for not being able to protect my father as he had protected me,” wrote David Silcox, whose father, James Silcox, was murdered in 2007.Justice Bruce Thomas acknowledged that guilt was the common theme of the 28 victim impact statements filed in court a few weeks ago.“It is a complete betrayal of trust when a caregiver does not prolong life, but terminates it,” he said. “But you cannot blame yourselves.”Thomas described Wettlaufer’s “free run” on her nine-year killing spree, with no oversight or even an inkling she had committed such calculated murders.“Without her confessions, I am convinced these offences would never have been brought to justice,” he said, calling Wettlaufer a “shadow of death that passed over them (the victims) on the night shift where she supervised.”Debora Rivers said her grandmother, Mary Zarawinski, hated the nursing home when she first went there. There are a lot of old people here, she told her niece, even though Zarawinski was one of the oldest residents in the facility.“She made it nice for everybody there,” Rivers said outside court.She also noted that Wettlaufer had described Zarawinski as “‘fun and feisty’ — and she was.”“The woman lived to be 96 years old for God’s sake,” Rivers said. “We have no way of knowing how long her life might have been,” she said. “We were pretty sure she was going to make it to 100 and so was she.”For her part, Wettlaufer apologized, crouching in the prisoner’s box without looking at anyone.“I am truly sorry for the people I injured or murdered,” she said in a soft voice.“Sorry is much too small a word. I hope that the families can find some peace and healing.”Beverly Bertram, who is Wettlaufer’s sole living victim, wrote about the physical pain she was in after the nurse injected her with insulin with the intent to kill her.“It is really hard to describe, but I knew I was dying,” she wrote in her statement. “I was doubled over in pain in my stomach…Just such pain. My whole body hurt…I thought I was screaming, but I was just moaning I guess.”Bertram wrote that she has become a recluse since the incident, afraid of everyone, including her own shadow, and has lost all relationships with her family.“I truly think sometimes I’d be better off if she did her deed.”Shortly after Wettlaufer’s sentencing hearing, the province announced it would hold a public inquiry into the murders to ensure a similar tragedy does not happen again.last_img read more

NorthRiver Midstream to deactivate Buckinghorse Road

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – At a City of Fort St. John Council meeting on Monday, Council were provided with an update on NorthRiver Midstream’s current projects.Talese Shilleto, External Affairs with NorthRiver Midstream, says NorthRiver has provided notice to the B.C. Oil & Gas Commission to deactivate the BuckinghorsePetroleum Development Road.According to Shilleto, they are deactivating the road as they no longer have a need for it since the deactivation of the Buckinghorse Plant. “The Buckinghorse Plant and the Petroleum Development Road came to NorthRiver Midstream and the Buckinghorse Plant hasn’t been operational in over 20 years. We have been maintaining that road for the last 20 years. Now that we’re working to abandon that plant, we’re looking to deactivate the road.”Shilleto says NorthRiver had sent out letters to the City, the Peace River Regional District, and all known users of the road to notify them of this decision.The deactivation project will include the removal of all bridges and culverts along the road and reestablishing the natural drainage.NorthRiver plans to deactivate the Buckinghorse Road starting September 1, 2019.last_img read more

New rehydration formula can help save hundreds of thousands of children –

Diarrhoea is currently the second leading cause of child deaths and kills 1.9 million young children annually, mostly from dehydration, and the new formula for Oral Rehydration Salts (ORS) will advance the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) of slashing child mortality by two-thirds by 2015, the UN World Health Organization (WHO) and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said in a joint statement. The improved formula contains less glucose and sodium (245 mOsm/l compared with the previous 311 mOsm/l), affording quicker absorption of fluids, reducing the need for intravenous fluids and making it easier to treat children with acute non-cholera diarrhoea without hospitalization.ORS is the simplest, most effective and cheapest way to keep children alive during severe episodes of diarrhoea. The solution is absorbed in the small intestine, thus replacing the water and electrolytes lost. WHO provides the only updated international quality specifications for this formula and UNICEF is a leading supplier of ORS to poor countries. The two agencies have jointly issued guidance for production of the new ORS.Establishing local production of ORS will be a key step to ensure countries can meet their own needs in controlling diarrhoeal disease.According to UNICEF and WHO, oral rehydration therapy should be combined with guidance on appropriate feeding practices. Provision of zinc supplements (20 mg of zinc per day for 10 to 14 days) and continued breastfeeding during acute episodes of diarrhoea protect against dehydration and reduce protein and calorie consumption, greatly reducing diarrhoea and malnutrition in children. read more

Three policemen linked to drug ring

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Public Order Minister Nikos Dendias declared on Tuesday that the police force is intent on pursuing a zero-tolerance policy in cracking down on lawlessness on all levels after officers cracked a massive drug-dealing racket involving at least three policemen.Describing the operation as “a very great success,” Dendias remarked that “the few corrupt officers within the police force are being traced by their own colleagues and facing the consequences of the law.”His statement came after a massive police operation over the weekend that led to 29 arrests in Thessaloniki, Volos and Agrinio. Those detained included the head of the anti-drugs squad in Volos and officers from the immigration unit in Thessaloniki and the security police in Agrinio.Police arrested fellow officers on the basis of incriminating evidence drawn from the latter’s cell phones which had been tapped. According to sources, the officers can be heard during the taped conversations offering suspected drug dealers varying amounts of drugs in exchange for information about the activities of other drugs rackets or for favorable testimony in defense of suspects implicated in drug dealing.Most of the calls were made to the suspected leaders of the ring, three Albanians, according to police who are seeking other fellow officers in connection with the racket.Four convicts serving time for drug-related offenses in jails around the country have also been implicated in the ring’s activities.last_img read more

Forgiving debt to prevent a Greek tragedy

first_imgIn 2009, the newly elected centre left PASOK Greek government imposed austerity measures demanded by the dreaded ‘troika’, made up of the EU Commission, EU Bank and IMF.These draconian measures were continued under the centre right New Democracy government which came to power in 2012.The impact of these policies was so severe that Greece’s GDP plummeted by a quarter between 2009 and 2015.Its household income dropped by more than a third and its unemployment rate trebled to 26 per cent. Youth unemployment is over 50 per cent. One third of the population have lost their social security and health insurance and live below the poverty line. Suicide rates have doubled. When I visited Greece last year I saw more beggars than I have ever seen in Athens.And no wonder – it’s estimated 18 per cent of the population is unable to afford basic food needs and huge numbers rely on soup kitchens for a meal. Greece was the birthplace of democracy, and given the suffering of its citizens in the last six years, the world should celebrate the election of its new, radical-left SYRIZA government led by 40-year-old Alexis Tsipras, who promises to discontinue the austerity measures.Greeks could just as easily have voted for the right wing neo-fascist Golden Dawn Party, which made the same promise. Golden Dawn did get six per cent of the vote but SYRIZA received 36 per cent.New Democracy, which supported austerity, attracted 28 per cent and the PASOK Party, which five years ago ran Greece, managed a paltry five per cent. Despite only gaining 36 per cent, SYRIZA came within two seats of an absolute majority thanks to a new electoral law implemented in 2012. That law introduced ‘reinforced proportionality’, under which the party which gains the highest proportion of the vote is allocated an additional 50 seats in parliament. This meant SYRIZA won 99 seats in the 300 member parliament and was allocated the additional 50 seats, bringing it just shy of a majority. SYRIZA has struck a deal with the Independents Party, which gained 13 seats, to form government.This rise of the radical left in Greece has been met with nervousness in financial markets and among centrist parties.But a shift to the left in Europe is better than the alternative. In France and Germany it is the neofascist National Front and NDP parties which are gaining prominence.Newly elected Greek Prime Minister Tsipras wants a large part of the debilitating debt, which now stands at $448 billion, or 175 per cent of GDP, to be forgiven (by contrast Australia’s debt is 11 per cent of GDP). Tsipras points to the fact that Germany, the country most insistent on Greece paying its debts, was forgiven more than half its war debts in 1953.Germany was forgiven huge amounts of post-war debt even before 1953 and under the London Debt Agreement Germany did not have to repay debt unless it achieved growth and trade benchmarks. This made it in the interests of Germany’s debtors to help it grow and by 1959 Germany had a debt to GDP ratio of less than six per cent.Tsipras is asking Germany to return the favour that the allies heaped upon it after the war.He wants debt forgiveness and he wants future interest payments tied to economic growth. But he is not just asking. He is demanding a reduction of debt and a discontinuance of key austerity measures.He wants to raise the minimum wage from $825 to $1,070 a month, increase the lowest pensions, provide coupons for food and electricity for 300,000 households, provide access to free medical care and scrap heating fuel tax.He has also promised to cut tax fraud, smuggling, corruption and the black market which is endemic in the Greek economy.This ’emergency’ plan will cost $17 billion which the country does not have and is unlikely to be able to borrow at affordable rates without troika help.Whether the Germans and their European partners in the troika have enough foresight to help ease the financial burden on Greece or whether they will insist on current arrangements even if Greece is forced out of the eurozone remains to be seen.Either way the stakes are exceptionally high. If Greece is forgiven debt and austerity requirements are relaxed the other debtor nations in the EU such as Italy, Spain and Portugal may demand the same.If Greece is forced out it would default on its debt, its creditors would lose their money and Europe would be destabilised.These are challenging times for Europe. Many of its member nations are on the brink of bankruptcy and are struggling to control growing fascist movements.If Greece is not dealt with fairly and its people given some respite, the whole of Europe may pay a very high price indeed.* Theo Theophanous is a former Victorian govenment minister and political commentator. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Mars mois de lutte contre le cancer colorectal

first_imgMars : mois de lutte contre le cancer colorectalFrance – Le mois de mars est, pour la troisième année consécutive, synonyme de lutte contre le cancer colorectal.Comme pour le cancer du sein, auquel le mois d’octobre est dédié, le mois de mars sera entièrement consacré au cancer du côlon avec une grande campagne de sensibilisation incitant la population française, et notamment les personnes âgées, à se faire dépister.À lire aussiCancer : définition, causes, types, qu’est-ce que c’est ?Roselyne Bachelot a annoncé le lancement de la campagne ce lundi 2 mars. De nombreuses actions seront menées. Entre autres : des forums, des programmes d’information, mais surtout, le dépistage des plus de 50 ans, plus enclins à développer ce type de cancer. Ce dépistage doit être effectué tous les deux ans par un professionnel de santé. La détection de traces de sang dans les selles à un stade précoce, c’est-à-dire avant que les polypes n’évoluent vers un cancer, permet d’augmenter fortement les chances de survie de la personne atteinte. Lorsque celle-ci présente des risques accrus de développer un cancer, elle est invitée à subir une coloscopie afin de déterminer l’avancement de la maladie.Chaque année, 39.000 cancers du côlon sont recensés, faisant de cette maladie le troisième type de cancer le plus courant dans l’Hexagone en matière de fréquence. Il fait 17.000 morts par an, soit le taux de mortalité le plus élevé derrière celui du cancer du poumon. Le 3 mars 2010 à 12:14 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Columbia Gorge fire now 40percent contained

first_imgFirefighters are getting the upper hand on a wildfire that has burned about 100 acres just west of the Klickitat County community of Lyle.A bulletin from the U.S. Forest Service said the Major Creek Fire was 40 percent contained as of 6 p.m. Thursday. The fire was reported about 3 p.m. Wednesday and quickly grew under windy and dry conditions.The fire’s spread was checked before it could cross Major Creek and threaten homes and agricultural land on the creek’s eastern side, the bulletin said.County Road 8 will remain closed near the fire through Friday. The fire is under the jurisdiction of the Washington Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Forest Service. Three crews, seven engines and two helicopters have been committed to fighting the fire, with 130 people involved.last_img read more

ExXXL Editor to Launch the HuffPo of HipHop

first_imgRELATED: Why Wilson’s Approach Makes Sense The former editor of XXL magazine is getting back in the rap magazine game—this time, online.Elliott Wilson is preparing to launch RapRadar, a Web site he hopes will eventually be a Huffington Post-like destination for hip-hop music fans and, perhaps, a print magazine. First, though, he says, he wants to develop a voice that has been lacking among Web sites that cover rap—that is, something akin to Perez Hilton. The New York-based site is slated to go live March 9. When it does, RapRadar will enter a highly-competitive category—with established Web sites including AllHipHop.com, SOHH.com and upstarts like NahRight covering the space alongside MTV, Billboard, the Source and even XXLmag.com, which Wilson launched during his XXL tenure.“There are a lot of sites out there that do news, and a lot do gossip,” Wilson told FOLIO:. “But not a lot of them can put it into the proper context, where it’s journalism versus pure gossip. I want to raise the bar journalistically. The public is hungry for both.”Once the ad-supported site is up and running, Wilson plans to invite artists and producers to post entries, Huffington Post-style. “If Jay-Z wants to express his feelings about Obama, there’s not really a forum where he can do that right now,” he said. (Wilson’s Soul of a Hustler, an authorized biography of Jay-Z, is scheduled to published in Spring 2010 by Atria/Simon & Schuster.)The venture is being backed by Paul Rosenberg, Eminem’s manager with whom Wilson launched Makavelliott LLC. “But this isn’t gonna be an Eminem fan site,” Wilson said.Wilson—whose wife, Danyel Smith, is the editorial director of Vibe—still thinks rap magazines are viable, and is hoping Rap Radar will eventually make its way to print.“If you’re a magazine, in this climate, you have to prove your value,” Wilson said. “You are looking at your editorial staff of 10 or 15 people saying, ‘Who are the seven people I can keep and still put out a magazine?’”Wilson added: “Right now, the goal is to build a brand.”last_img read more