Vyapam scam accused get DVDs of chargesheet

first_imgThe CBI has handed over DVDs, instead of hard copies, of its chargesheet to 491 accused in the case related to the Madhya Pradesh Pre-Medical Test (PMT) 2013, a part of the Vyapam admission and recruitment scam.“We have handed over chargesheets in DVDs, each containing around 39,500 pages, including enclosures, to the accused or their advocates in the special CBI court,” special prosecutor Satish Dinkar said on Thursday. The CBI filed the chargesheet in the court on October 31, 2017, but the judge asked the agency to provide a copy to every accused.39,500 pagesIf hard copies were to be distributed to the accused, it would have needed a truck for delivery, Mr. Dinkar said.The Vyapam scam came to light in 2011. It is alleged that touts, in connivance with officials, helped students crack the professional course entrance tests using experts who wrote the tests instead of the students.last_img read more

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14 dead as bus plunges into gorge in Uttarakhand

first_imgAn Uttarakhand Roadways bus rolled down a 250-metre deep gorge around 15 kilometre from Chamba in Tehri district early on Thursday killing 14 persons, including two women, and injuring seventeen others, officials said.The ill-fated bus was on its way to Haridwar from Bhatwari when it met with the accident, the second such tragedy in the hill state this month.The accident occurred near Kirgani on the Chamba-Uttarkashi highway at around 8.20 am today when the bus plunged into a 250-metre deep gorge, killing 13 persons on the spot and and leaving 18 injured, Tehri District Magistrate Sonika said.One of the injured died in hospital during treatment, she added.There were 31 passengers, mostly locals, in the bus when the accident took place, she said.Seventeen of the injured were under treatment at different hospitals, officials said.Eleven people who sustained serious injuries, were flown in choppers to AIIMS, Rishikesh, while the rest were under treatment at district hospital in Baurari and Masihi hospital, Chamba, they said.Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat expressed deep grief at the loss of lives in the accident and announced a compensation of ₹2 lakh for the next of kin of those killed and ₹50,000 for those injured.Police and SDRF teams along with senior officials were rushed to the spot to conduct rescue operations.last_img read more

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Sizing Up the Viral Threat

first_imgEbola, HIV, influenza, MERS. Plenty of animal viruses cause devastating diseases in humans. But nature might have many more in store. In a new study, U.S. researchers estimate that there are more than 320,000 unknown viruses lurking in mammals alone. One of them could touch off the next pandemic if it jumps to humans, says Nathan Wolfe, a virologist who was not involved in the work and founder and CEO of Metabiota, a company that contracts with governments and health agencies to track disease outbreaks. “This paper gives an idea of what’s actually out there.”Scientists estimate that almost two-thirds of emerging infectious diseases originate in wild animals, such as birds, bats, primates, and rodents. Bats in particular have been in the spotlight recently as they are suspected to be the reservoir for many deadly viruses such as Ebola, severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), and Nipah. Some scientists argue that bats’ immune systems may make them more likely to pass pathogens to humans.To estimate how many viruses might be lurking in in wild mammals, researchers from Columbia University and EcoHealth Alliance, a conservation organization in New York City, studied flying foxes in Bangladesh. From 2006 to 2010, they caught hundreds of the big bats and collected urine and fecal samples as well as throat swabs before releasing them. They then fished out all the viral sequences they could find belonging to nine virus families, including the coronaviruses, herpesviruses, and influenza A viruses. Each family was chosen because it is already known to include human pathogens and because good tests are available for finding new viruses in the family, says Simon Anthony, a virologist at Columbia University and one of the authors on the paper. They found 55 viruses in all, 50 of which had never been seen before, including 10 in the same family as the Nipah virus that has caused numerous outbreaks in South Asia since surfacing in 1999.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)To estimate how many viruses the sampling might have missed, the team turned to statistical methods developed by ecologists to estimate tiger populations, which relate the effort put into a search to the number of animals likely to be overlooked. In flying foxes, three viruses were likely to have been missed, putting the total number of viruses harbored in these bats at 58. If the other 5486 known mammalian species each carry a similar number of viruses, and assuming each species’ set of viruses is unique, that would mean about 320,000 viruses altogether, the scientists report in mBio. “That is actually far fewer than I thought it was going to be,” says Peter Daszak of EcoHealth Alliance, one of the authors of the paper. “To discover all these viruses is a big task, but something we can probably achieve in the next 20 years.”Wolfe cautions that there are likely to be many more viruses than the paper estimates. “There are certainly more viral families that will be interesting to look at and also still unknown viral families,” he says. But he praises the paper for using models taken from ecology, “because fundamentally these are ecological problems.” “I think it represents a new period we are entering in terms of these viral discovery studies,” he says. Identifying all the viruses in mammals would be a huge boon to scientists and epidemiologists, Daszak says. If an animal virus begins spreading to humans, they could use the new sequences to quickly pinpoint its source. In the lab, they could study the newfound viruses to see which are most likely to jump to humans and then prepare vaccines or drugs, he says. “It would be the beginning of the end for pandemics.”Fabian Leendertz, an epidemiologist at the Robert Koch Institute in Berlin, is more skeptical. He calls the findings “very exciting” but says that even if all the viruses were found, most of the work would still remain to be done. “Just describing a number of sequences alone does not tell us whether one among them will be the next killer,” he says.A complete viral inventory would also carry a hefty price tag: about $6.3 billion, the authors estimate. “But you have to put that into perspective,” says Daszak, pointing to the 2003 SARS outbreak. That pandemic alone is estimated to have cost between $15 billion and $50 billion in economic losses.last_img read more

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Haryana, Maharashtra bypolls: rolls’ revision from July 15

first_img: Ahead of Assembly elections in Haryana and Maharashtra later this year, election authorities in the States would revise the electoral rolls from July 15 in order to give those eligible another opportunity to enrol.The Election Commission of India on Thursday wrote to the Chief Electoral Officers of the States on the schedule of the second special summary revision, saying the draft rolls would be published on July 15 and claims and objections could be filed from that date till July 30. After two special camps over the next two weekends (July 20-21 and July 27-28), the claims would be disposed off by August 13, ahead of publication of the final rolls on August 18.last_img read more

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Cong.-led govts. contributed a lot to India’s development: Gehlot

first_imgRajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Thursday lashed out at the Narendra Modi government at the Centre for creating an atmosphere of “hatred and suspicion” and said the Congress-led governments had made an immense contribution in the past for infrastructure development, giving the country the pride of place in the 21st century.Addressing the State-level Independence Day function after hoisting the national flag at Sawai Man Singh Stadium here, Mr. Gehlot said though the national economy was in a bad shape because of the Modi government’s faulty policies, an impression was being created that every development in the country had happened only after 2014 when Prime Minister Mr. Modi was elected to power.“The atmosphere of peace, brotherhood and social harmony was built up through democratic traditions laid down by visionary leaders such as Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi. In contrast, the country is today facing serious challenges of terrorism, communalism, separatism and Naxalism,” Mr. Gehlot said.He said all the State governments were worried about the declining economy which would affect the development projects and lead to deterioration in the quality of life of their citizens.‘RTI Act diluted’ It was the UPA government which had given the right to food security, education, information and employment to the people by enacting legislations, while the Modi government had diluted the RTI Act, he said.Mr. Gehlot also cited the example of Pakistan, where democracy had been murdered several times by the imposition of martial law. He said democracy in India had taken strong roots after Independence because of the selfless work of leaders like Nehru, B.R. Ambedkar, Vallabhbhai Patel and Maulana Abul Kalam Azad.last_img read more

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Already in Final 4, San Beda tries to stretch unbeaten run

first_imgFinally, a win for UAAP’s heartbreak squad LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “Our goal is to fortify our position at the top. We have to work as a team and get as many wins as we can,” said San Beda coach Boyet Fernandez.Already assured of a ticket to the Final Four, the unbeaten Red Lions are looking for win No. 14 opposite the Altas, who have lost eight of their last 11 games.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSBecoming his own manSPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40“We have to stay sharp and focused regardless of who we are facing. Nobody’s invincible here. Any team can beat anybody in this tournament,” Fernandez said.After reasserting their mastery over the San Sebastian Stags, Fernandez is convinced that the Red Lions have resolved their struggles in the first three games of the second round. P11-B loan for SEA Games hosting not an issue — Cayetano DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers MOST READ Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical This jewelry designer is also an architect Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics The Lions nearly lost to the Mapua Cardinals while their victories over the Arellano Chiefs and Jose Rizal Heavy Bombers didn’t please Fernandez at all.Against the Stags, James Canlas and Calvin Oftana showed the efficiency that their coach has been looking for in the team while Donald Tankoua, Evan Nelle, Clint Doliguez and AC Soberano made some positive contributions as well.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Brushing off their foes in succession, the San Beda Red Lions appear solidly built for another championship run.The defending champions intend to keep that form going against the hard-luck Perpetual Altas in the NCAA Season 95 men’s basketball tournament on Thursday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.ADVERTISEMENT Becoming his own man Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles04:11Robredo accepts Duterte’s drug czar post appointment02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue View commentslast_img read more

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World Cup 2019: MS Dhoni’s stumping miss was a crucial moment we didn’t seize, says Jason Holder

first_imgWest Indies skipper Jason Holder was left utterly disappointed after a crushing 125-run defeat to India in their World Cup encounter in Manchester.On Thursday, West Indies bowlers came out with a reasonably good performance as they restricted the famed Indian batting line-up for 268/7 after Virat Kohli opted to bat at the Old Trafford.However, none of the Windies batters could stand against the formidable Indian bowling unit and were bundled out for mere 143. With the defeat, West Indies have been officially knocked out of the tournament with two matches remaining for them.”I thought the bowlers did a fantastic job on this surface. Just let ourselves down with the bat,” Holder said in a post-match interview.He also said that it was a great opportunity that they lost when wicketkeeper Shai Hope failed to stump MS Dhoni, who went on to score unbeaten 56 off 61 deliveries.When Dhoni was batting at eight, he charged down the track against Fabien Allen to go for the maximum but failed to connect. Hope couldn’t collect the ball and failed to stump out the 37-year-old despite him being yards down the track. He even missed a run-out opportunity as Dhoni stole a quick single in the process.”In hindsight, Dhoni’s (stumping) miss a crucial moment we didn’t seize. Let ourselves down significantly in this tournament. Missed a few chances in the field which cost us,” said Holder.Chasing 269 on a tricky pitch, Windies never found any momentum. Mohammed Shami removed Chris Gayle and Shai Hope inside the first seven overs and they never recovered from that early jolt and kept on losing wickets and eventually bundled out within 35 overs.advertisementHolder went on to say that they need to improve in all the three departments of the game, especially considering that ODIs is the weakest format for the Windies.”Batting was too inconsistent. I can’t fault the bowlers. We need to improve. This is probably our weakest format. Kemar Roach was outstanding today. Youngsters have chipped in here and there. Bowlers had a reasonable campaign. I can’t fault their efforts. Fielding, definitely has to improve. So does the batting,” said Holder.With just one win from seven games, West Indies are currently placed at the eighth spot. They will next play Sri Lanka on July 1 which will be followed by their last game in this World Cup against Afghanistan on July 4.Also Read | World Cup 2019: MS Dhoni or Sarfaraz Ahmed? ICC asks whose catch was betterAlso Read | West Indies crash to lowest World Cup 2019 powerplay scoreAlso Seelast_img read more

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5-Star LB/DE Erick Fowler Flips From LSU To Texas

first_imgErick Fowler flips his commitment from LSU to Texas.Erick FowlerIt’s possible that no one will have a better National Signing Day than the Texas Longhorns. Charlie Strong already has several four-star commitments in the fold, and Manor (Tex.) five-star linebacker/defensive end Erick Fowler just flipped his commitment to UT after being pledged to LSU since June 2015. Reporter Victor Diaz is on the scene at Fowler’s announcement ceremony and has video. Manor’s Erick Fowler chooses #UT. Big get for the Longhorns. pic.twitter.com/NghaFU7N7j— Victor Diaz (@VictorOchoDiaz) February 3, 2016Manor is the No. 7 outside linebacker in the 2016 class according to 247Sports’ Composite Rankings.last_img read more

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Experiencing Mango magic at Imperial

first_imgApart from being the best fruit to have in summers, I never knew that Mango could be a game-changer for the dish when combined with chicken, fish and spanich pancakes.Turning mid-week into an indulgent summer soiree, The Imperial Culinary Club ushered in the season of the ‘King of Fruits’ with a live cookout for guests. Held on May 22, at The Imperial, New Delhi, the event witnessed endless servings of Mango, in an array of handcrafted preparations by Vijay Wanchoo- Sr EVP & GM, The Imperial. Also Read – Pollution makes you more aggressiveSpeaking about the session, Wanchoo said: “Though mangoes are seasonal, they are one of the most loved fruits all over the world and we wanted to create dishes that highlight the vast culinary opportunities that it has to offer. I am excited to share the counter with Chef Saurabh Singh Chandel- Executive Sous Chef at The Imperial, after a hiatus of almost two years.” The Mangolicious menu well-curated by Wanchoo, and designed to melt the audience’s heart included cuisines like citrusy fresh ‘Mango Gazpacho’ – Mango, orange juice with cucumber and lime juice; tropically sweet ‘Mango Feta and Avocado Salad’ – Mango, feta and avocado with mustard honey ginger dressing; endlessly appetising ‘Chicken Cordon Bleu with Creole Crushed potato and Mango Pica De Gallo’ – Stuffed chicken breast with baby potato, and mango relish; super succulent ‘Fish meunière with Wilted Spinach and crumb fried Mangoes’– Fish cooked in its own juices, infused with olives and capers; along with ‘Ricotta and Mango stuffed spinach crepe’ – Pancake stuffed with mango and ricotta cheese; and the ultimate source of joy ‘Mango Panacotta’. Also Read – Physical therapy better for low back painFirst of all, the very tasty Gazpacho was served like a welcoming drink. While the Chefs were elaborating on the versatile nature of mango and its use in different ways, I sipped on my chilled mango drink that had a refreshing capsicums and cucumber taste to it. As much as I was enjoying the live cooking session, I was restlessly waiting to dig my spoon in every dish that was prepared right in front of my eyes. And because I had already tasted the drink, I was looking forward to treating my taste buds with all the other mango delicacies. I really liked the fish, its softness – that chewy taste and a tanginess of mango quite subtly coming from it. Salad being my favourite on plate everytime, was also good. About chicken, I think it could have been a bit better in terms of flavours and texture. Crepe with a lot of cheese inside was equally good and flavourful. After having a wholesome meal, I moved towards the counter where Panacotta was served. The mango dessert was one of the best things I ever had. The Imperial Culinary Club is an initiative to share with their patrons the finer nuances of ‘The Imperial’ cuisine. Each session is full of exciting cuisines made either by the in-house chefs and Vijay Wanchoo, who started his career as a chef and even highly skilled guest chefs on special occasions. Concluding the session, Wanchoo said: “The whole idea is to create unforgettable learning experiences for our discerning guests. We have always strived to engage them with personalised touch in our sessions. The objective is to impart culinary skills through interactive sessions on a live station.”last_img read more

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Want CCTV camera under AAP govt project Give undertaking to provide power

first_imgNEW DELHI: People who want to get a CCTV camera installed on their house’s outside wall under a Delhi government project will have to give an “undertaking” to provide electricity for the functioning of the device.The government will give subsidy to such people on the power consumed by the CCTV camera, according to legislators of the ruling AAP in the national capital. As per the government’s decision, 1.4 lakh CCTV cameras will be installed across the city under the project, which aims to ensure women safety in Delhi. Also Read – Cylinder blast kills mother and daughter in Karawal NagarAam Aadmi Party (AAP) legislators, in their respective constituencies, are distributing a form titled “undertaking” to people who want to install a CCTV camera on the outside wall of their house. The government will give the subsidy to such residents for the consumption of electricity in the functioning of the CCTV camera, AAP MLA Surinder Singh said. “There will be no burden on residents who want to get a CCTV camera installed on the wall of their house as the government will give subsidy for it. In the form, residents will have to mention their CA number or electricity meter number apart from their mobile number to avail the subsidy from the government,” Singh, the MLA from Delhi Cantt, said. Two thousand cameras will be installed in each of the 70 assembly constituencies here. Also Read – Two persons arrested for killing manager of Muthoot Finance”I…..resident of…..hereby undertake that I agree to give the electrical connection for CCTV camera system work. My CA/KA Number is…. and my contact No…. I will not disconnect the supply given to CCTV system in any condition,” the form being given to residents read. AAP MLA Jitender Singh Tomar, who represents Tri Nagar in the Delhi assembly, said the survey for installing CCTV cameras in his constituency has been completed. “Residents will have to mention the CA number of their electricity bill in the form and then they will get the government’s subsidy for consumption of power in the functioning of the CCTV camera installed on their house’s wall,” Tomar said. He said around 30 CCTV cameras have so far been installed in his constituency.last_img read more

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Baloney Meter Will tougher penalties for gang members make Canada safer

first_imgOTTAWA — “Canadians deserve to feel safe where they live. A Conservative government will deal swiftly and firmly with gang crime as part of our overall plan for a safer Canada.”— Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer, news release, Nov. 8, 2018.Dozens of handguns, bags of deadly drugs and confiscated cash were on display at a news conference after police laid more than 1,000 charges in June against 75 suspected members and associates of a Toronto-based gang.Since 2013, gang-related homicides in Canada’s largest cities have almost doubled, Public Safety Canada says.Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer’s solution to the scourge of gang crime focuses on strict law enforcement and creating new penalties. He says the Conservatives will put an end to “the revolving door” for gang members by making it easier for police to target them and put them where they belong: behind bars.Will Scheer’s plan make Canadians safer?Spoiler alert: The Canadian Press Baloney Meter is a dispassionate examination of political statements culminating in a ranking of accuracy on a scale of “no baloney” to “full of baloney” (complete methodology below).This one earns a rating of “a lot of baloney.” Here’s why:The Conservative proposalScheer’s plan includes five elements: — Ending automatic bail for gang members, to ensure arrested repeat gang offenders remain in custody.— Identifying gangs in the Criminal Code, much like the existing list of terrorist organizations, to help speed up prosecutions.— Revoking parole for gang members, sending them back to jail if they associate with other known members.— Tougher sentences for ordering gang crime, including mandatory sentences in federal prison for directing crimes.— New sentences for committing and ordering violent gang crime, with mandatory sentences in federal prison.What the experts sayCriminal-justice experts say elements of the Conservative blueprint either duplicate existing measures or would be struck down as unconstitutional, and ignore the kind of measures shown to be effective in dealing with gang-related crime.“Overall, it seems to be written by someone who has either little knowledge of the criminal process, or it’s trying to mislead people about the process,” said Kate Puddister, an assistant professor of political science at Ontario’s University of Guelph.Added Neil Boyd, a criminology professor at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia: “It is very lamentable that the leader of the Opposition has chosen to engage in a Trumpian style of rhetoric, chastising the government through either deliberate distortion, or a more fundamental ignorance of existing law.”An analysis of each of Scheer’s proposals:— Ending automatic bail for gang members.While bail is not automatic, it is generally allowed as a constitutional right unless public safety would be endangered by releasing the accused. However, for some offences, including those involving a firearm or a gang — known as a “criminal organization” in the Criminal Code — the accused must show why their detention is not justified.Simply outlawing bail for gang members would result in “a pretty strong constitutional challenge,” Puddister said. — Identifying gangs in the Criminal Code.The Criminal Code, while not listing specific groups, defines a criminal organization as a group of three or more people with the purpose of committing serious offences for material benefit.Experts say prosecutors rightly have the burden of proving gang activity. The question of whether a group of individuals is an organized crime network “is not one that can simply be assumed,” Boyd said.— Revoking parole for gang members.Release on parole is never guaranteed, and the Parole Board of Canada must assess an offender’s risk when they become eligible. Offenders on parole must obey the law and follow standard conditions, such as reporting regularly to a parole officer. The parole board can also impose special conditions, and has the power to revoke release if the conditions are breached.The Conservative proposal “implies that the people working in the system are stupid,” said Irvin Waller, a criminology professor at the University of Ottawa.— Tougher sentences for ordering gang crime.The Criminal Code states that a member of a criminal organization who instructs someone to commit an offence for their benefit is guilty of an indictable offence and could receive a life sentence.There is considerable academic research that shows mandatory minimum sentences “don’t really work and have disproportionate effects on minority communities and vulnerable people,” Puddister said. “Simply because there’s no minimum doesn’t mean judges won’t apply a restrictive sanction.”Adds Waller: “Mandatory minimums are not a silver bullet.”All this aside, many firearm offences already carry mandatory penalties.— New sentences for violent gang crime.Penalties in the gang section of the Criminal Code range from as much as five years to life in prison.“If we want to stop those involved in organized crime, who are not afraid of using deadly force against each other, the answer is not in changing already severe penalties, but in increasing the likelihood of arrest and conviction, and working to prevent involvement in these kinds of activities in the first instance,” Boyd said.Other approachesThe Conservative plan doesn’t include any of the things that are proven to significantly reduce gang-related violence, Waller said. As an example, he pointed to Glasgow, Scotland, where the Community Initiative to Reduce Violence has seen success by establishing a partnership among police, social services, educators, housing officials and the public. The initiative makes services and programs available to violent street-gang members who agree to change their lives and devote themselves to constructive work.The U.S. National Institute of Justice says evaluations of gang-prevention programs show success flows from working with the local community, engaging city leaders, partnering with social service agencies and involving community members who have the respect of local gang leaders and members.In Canada, about 180 people took part in a national meeting on gun and gang violence convened in March by the Liberal government. Among the recommended measures were initiatives that look beyond the immediate problem to address the roots of violence through a holistic, healthy-communities approach.The verdictThe Conservative proposals to end gang activity focus on increasing penalties and locking up members for longer periods, based on the notion existing approaches are too soft on offenders.Criminal-justice experts say existing penalties and parole provisions are stiff enough. In addition, public safety officials in Canada and abroad emphasize the need for a much broader approach to gang-related crime — one that includes direct intervention with gang members and tailored programming. For these reasons, the Conservative assertion that its plan would make Canadian communities safer is “a lot of baloney.”MethodologyThe Baloney Meter is a project of The Canadian Press that examines the level of accuracy in statements made by politicians. Each claim is researched and assigned a rating based on the following scale:No baloney — the statement is completely accurate.A little baloney — the statement is mostly accurate but more information is required.Some baloney — the statement is partly accurate but important details are missing.A lot of baloney — the statement is mostly inaccurate but contains elements of truth.Full of baloney — the statement is completely inaccurate.SourcesSummit on Gang and Gun Violence: Summary Report https://www.publicsafety.gc.ca/cnt/rsrcs/pblctns/2018-smmt-gng-vlnce-smmry/index-en.aspxGangs and gang crime, U.S. National Institute of Justice https://www.nij.gov/topics/crime/gangs/Pages/welcome.aspxAddressing Youth Gang Problems: An Overview of Programs and Practices https://www.publicsafety.gc.ca/cnt/rsrcs/pblctns/ddrsng-prblms/index-en.aspxThe violence must stop: Glasgow’s Community Initiative to Reduce Violence, second year report http://actiononviolence.org/sites/default/files/CIRV_2nd_year_report.pdfJim Bronskill , The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Probe sought into Hero Chowk flyover collapse

first_imgGurugram: The Centre for Disaster Management Gurugram has demanded a comprehensive investigation over portions of new flyovers of Gurugram caving in. On May 8, the portion of Hero flyover in Gurgram had collapsed. In less than a year for the second time, the portion of Hero Chowk flyover which has been made operational just one- and a half years ago caved in. Earlier in June 2018, the part of recently built flyover at the Delhi-Jaipur highway came out all of a sudden six months before it was inaugurated by the Chief Minister of Haryana. Last year, a portion of Rampura flyover also collapsed. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehiclesThere are claims that how in order to hasten the process of opening the flyover, most of the basic processes of construction were flawed. Facing flak over the entire incident the public officials have as of now refused to comment on the matter. The massive crack has just been one of the incidents of the new flyovers that have come up at the National Highway-8. Recently there were cracks that were witnessed on two occasions at the Hero Chowk flyover. Taking cognisance of the danger that these cracks pose to the commuters the NHAI officials have closed the stretch and begun the maintenance work. Slated to be completed within 30 months, Hero Chowk was completed in the record time of 15 months.last_img read more

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Moroccan Woman Tells Her Romance With Cristiano Ronaldo

Rabat – Moroccan model Amal Saber has said that Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo enjoyed “special nights” with her while he was still dating Russian supermodel Irina Shayk.The 26-year-old Amal Saber, who immigrated to Spain as a child, made the statement in an interview with the Spanish magazine Interviu.Amal said she met with Cristiano for the first time in late 2014 at an upscale Madrid club-restaurant. “I was looking for the restroom, when a man stood up and showed me politely where I can find it… It was Ronaldo,” adding that he later invited her and a relative to join his table.Amal told the Spanish publication that Ronaldo “invited her to his apartment later that night, where he shared with her melon champagne till dawn next to a photo of Irina Shayk.”“I was a little drunk but I remember the house was dark, black and grey. We went into his bedroom and he had a bed with a large TV and a photo of Irina Shayk beside it,” she said.“We drank melon champagne from some lovely bottles he said were left over from his birthday,” Amal said, adding that they stayed together until 5 a.m.The Moroccan model went on to add that the footballer invited her to his apartment several times after their first encounter. “The first night was very special and there were more. But neither of us will forget that first one, because we were very affectionate,” she concluded.Amal further claimed that Ronaldo blocked her on WhatsApp after breaking up with Shayk in January 2015.Amal Saber, currently lives in Majorca. She was born in 1990, in Nadour, Northeastern Morocco and immigrated to Spain at the age of eight. read more

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Major treaty banning worlds worst pesticides opens for signature

The Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) bans a dozen of these toxic substances, which travel through the environment far beyond their original source and endure for years or even decades. The pollutants, which include pesticides, industrial chemicals and hazardous by-products of combustion, are known to become concentrated in the fats of animals and to build up in the breast milk of nursing mothers. POPs can kill, cause birth defects or generate diseases such as cancer.The treaty was negotiated under the auspices of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP). According to a spokesman for the agency, 90 countries signed the treaty at the Stockholm meeting today, and Canada ratified it. Fifty ratifications are required for the Convention to enter into force. The Convention sets out control measures covering the production, import, export, disposal, and use of POPs. Governments are to promote the best available technologies and practices for replacing existing POPs while preventing the development of new POPs. They are required to draw up national legislation and develop action plans for carrying out their commitments under the treaty. While the control measures will apply to an initial list of 12 chemicals, a POPs Review Committee will consider additional candidates for the POPs list on a regular basis. This will ensure that the treaty remains dynamic and responsive to new scientific findings.The 12 initial POPs banned under the treaty are aldrin, chlordane, DDT, dieldrin, endrin, heptachlor, mirex, toxaphene, polychlorinated biphenols (PCBs), hexachlorobenzene, dioxins and furans. read more

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More refugees flee from Senegals Casamance province UNHCR says

On Tuesday, hundreds of refugees carrying belongings were still arriving through Gjiboro border post, just south of Gambia’s capital, Banjul, the agency said in a statement issued in Geneva. The arrivals reported heavy fighting between Senegalese Government forces and the separatist MFDC (Movement of Democratic Forces of Casamance). Over 500 refugees arrived on Monday morning alone, mostly women and children.These refugees said the latest influx was triggered by reports that rebels had captured the Senegal town of Selity, two kilometres south of Gbijoro, looting its armoury and destroying communications equipment.Refugees from the northern Casamance village of Jakoi Banga informed UNHCR staff that they had fled after Senegalese soldiers started digging defence trenches near their village on Saturday. UNHCR, working with the World Food Programme (WFP) and the Red Cross Society of the Gambia, is providing emergency assistance to the several hundred refugees encamped in the country’s southern border villages, and those living at a transit camp in Kwinella, 70 kilometres north of the border.The civil conflict in Senegal’s southern Casamance Province began in 1982 and has simmered on since then, sometimes breaking out into all-out war. Several peace agreements between the Government of Senegal and the separatist MFDC rebels have broken down in the past, UNHCR said, with hard-line elements in the MFDC insisting on independence from Dakar. UNHCR is caring for 12,400 refugees in the Gambia, including 1,675 from Senegal who arrived before the recent upsurge in fighting. read more

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Former Volkswagen CEO investigated over emissions scandal

by David McHugh And David Rising, The Associated Press Posted Jun 20, 2016 7:47 am MDT Last Updated Jun 20, 2016 at 10:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Former Volkswagen CEO investigated over emissions scandal FILE In this May 13, 2014 file picture then Volkswagen CEO , Martin Winterkorn, stands next to a VW car at the annual shareholder meeting in Hannover, Germany. German prosecutors said Monday June 20, 2016 they have opened an investigation of former Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn on allegations of market manipulation in connection with the company’s scandal over cars rigged to cheat on U.S. diesel emissions tests. ( Julian Stratenschulte/dpa via AP,file) BERLIN – German prosecutors are investigating former Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn and another unnamed executive over allegations they didn’t inform investors soon enough about the company’s scandal over cars rigged to cheat on U.S. diesel emissions tests.The Braunschweig prosecutor’s spokesman, Matthias Diekman, said in a statement Monday that the probe was opened at the behest of Germany’s Federal Financial Supervisory Authority, the country’s financial watchdog.German stock market law requires publicly traded companies to alert investors as soon as they have unforeseen developments that could affect a decision to buy or sell the stock. Prosecutors said that Volkswagen only made that notification on Sept. 22, and that there was evidence that the disclosure obligation should have been fulfilled earlier.Volkswagen said it had the issue reviewed by outside lawyers who found “no clear or serious violations of duty” and that the prosecutor’s statement contained “no new facts or findings over possible violations” by the two executives. The company had already said in response to an investor lawsuit that it met its disclosure obligation.The company said the review showed no reason not to recommend that shareholders vote to approve management’s work for 2015 at the annual meeting on Wednesday.Volkswagen has said Winterkorn was sent a memo on May 23, 2014, about emissions irregularities uncovered by an environmental group, but the company was not sure he saw it, and said that top officials discussed the matter on July 27, 2015.The company said earlier that the issue was believed to be something that could be resolved through a settlement that would not impose heavy costs, and it still believed that to be the case in early September 2015.On September 18, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued a violation notice, leading Volkswagen to assess the risks as more serious and issue its investor advisory four days later.The prosecutors’ news release said that the second employee is not the current board of directors’ chairman, Hans Dieter Poetsch. Poetsch was chief financial officer under Winterkorn but has since left that post.Winterkorn stepped down as the scandal came to light, saying he was doing so “in the interests of the company even though I am not aware of any wrongdoing on my part.”Volkswagen has admitted equipping cars with software that sensed when the car was on a test stand and turned off emission controls during everyday driving. The company has apologized and commissioned a law firm to investigate. It is negotiating a settlement with U.S. authorities in federal court in San Francisco on how it would fix or buy back some 500,000 diesels sold in the United States. Some 11 million such cars were sold worldwide.Volkswagen has set aside 16.2 billion euros ($18.3 billion) from last year’s earnings to deal with the costs of recalls and fixes. read more

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Ban notes generally peaceful elections in Madagascar

In a statement issued by a UN spokesperson in New York, Mr. Ban expressed his appreciation for the efforts of the Malagasy Government and important stakeholders to restore constitutional order.“The Secretary-General expresses the hope that polling will be followed by the orderly counting and tallying of results,” the statement says, adding that the UN chief calls on the people and authorities of Madagascar to continue to maintain a peaceful environment and for all to accept the results and to address any complaints through established channels.Applauding the support provided by Madagascar’s partners both within the region and in the wider international community, the statement says that the UN has provided technical assistance to the Transitional Independent National Electoral Commission in preparing the elections, and has coordinated international technical and financial assistance. read more

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Buckeyes hold tight grip on No 1 seed but 3 remaining top

While it’s clear the Ohio State men’s basketball team (24-0, 11-0 Big Ten) is a front-runner for the NCAA Tournament’s top seed, there’s still much debate about who will get the three remaining No. 1 spots. The Big East, arguably the nation’s deepest and most competitive conference, has seven teams ranked No. 16 or better in The Associated Press‘ Top 25 poll. According to CBS Sports’ Jerry Palm, six of those teams are still in the running for a No. 1 seed in the big dance. “You got three spots up for grabs and nine teams that could grab it still,” Palm told The Lantern. “Maybe more than nine, because you probably got half a dozen in the Big East alone.” Fourth-ranked Pittsburgh (22-2), No. 8 Notre Dame (19-4), No. 9 Villanova (19-4), No. 10 Connecticut (18-4), No. 11 Georgetown (18-5) and No. 12 Syracuse (20-4) can all win their way to the top of a regional bracket, Palm said. “You got half a dozen teams that are capable of playing at that level and making the kind of run that it would take,” Palm said. “In my bracket, I have six Big East teams in the top 13.” Pittsburgh’s road to a No. 1 seed got a little harder after its leading scorer Ashton Gibbs injured his left knee in Saturday’s win against Cincinnati. The 6-foot-2 junior guard is averaging 16.3 points per game while shooting 46.3 percent from 3-point range. He’s expected to miss up to two weeks. However, Gibbs’ absence didn’t stop the Panthers from beating West Virginia on the road in their “Backyard Brawl” rivalry game, 71-66, on Monday. Big 12 teams Kansas (23-1) and Texas (20-3) hold the No. 2 and No. 3 ranks, respectively. Palm said while Kansas is the least accomplished team in the top four, it still deserves its ranking. Texas has already beaten Kansas in their only scheduled meeting of the season Jan. 22, though they may meet again in the conference tournament. If they do, it’s possible that a No. 1 tournament seed will be on the line, along with a Big 12 Championship. Fifth-ranked Duke also remains in the running for a top seed, and has a favorable schedule ahead. The Blue Devils don’t play another ranked team until North Carolina on March 5, their last game of the regular season. Palm said he doesn’t believe OSU will finish its regular season undefeated, but it would take a string of losses to cost the team a No. 1 seed. He pointed to Saturday’s road game at No. 13 Wisconsin (17-5, 7-3 Big Ten) and the Feb. 20 contest at No. 14 Purdue (19-5, 8-3 Big Ten) as the toughest games remaining on the Buckeyes’ schedule. OSU coach Thad Matta has never won a game at Wisconsin’s Kohl Center during his tenure at OSU, while Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan is 75-6 there in Big Ten play since he took over for the Badgers. But the Buckeyes have given their best performances against good oppositions, most notably against Florida, Minnesota, Illinois and Purdue. Matta’s players have said all season that they don’t feel the pressure associated with their No. 1 ranking. “To be honest I don’t think we really feel pressure at all because we don’t really talk about it as a team,” senior guard Jon Diebler said. “I think the coaches have done a great job at having that next-game mentality and focusing on the next game at hand.” Fifth-year senior forward David Lighty agreed. “When you start looking too far ahead, that’s when you lose sight of what’s in front of you,” he said, “and you end up losing.” read more

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Bus driver banned from wearing his Santa suit while working

first_img Source: Global NewsRockwell says he’s not concerned about the outcome of his actions, as his Christmas cheer is more important. Talking to the Vancouver Sun, Rockwell said that he’ll wait to ”see what the company wants to do with me”. THE CHRISTMAS GRINCH has been found, and it’s this bus driver’s boss.Kirk Rockwell from Vancouver has been dressing as Santa Claus every Christmas for 16 out of the 19 years he’s been a bus driver. But this season, he’s been ordered to remove the red outfit and wear his corporate uniform instead.Rockwell, however, is adamant to keep the suit on, and says he will do so until December 24. If his bosses don’t like it, they can kick him and his Christmas stuffed toys off the bus. I feel there comes a time when you have to take a stance for something you believe in. This doesn’t hurt anybody, I haven’t had any complaints.A letter from the Coast Mountain Bus Co. said he had to change his attire despite the driver getting prior approval in November from his immediate supervisor.Spokesperson for the company Derek Zabel said that the non-negotiable uniform rules are new this year and prohibits charity clothing or dressing up for any other specific causes and events.The reasoning behind the new rules are to keep drivers identifiable by the public and to maintain respect and professionalism. However, drivers are free to wear a Christmas themed hat or tie on the job.The bus passengers say the suit will be missed. Kirk is asked for an average of 65 photos a day and says that people love seeing Santa pull up to the curb to pick them up.I’ve been blessed to touch some people’s lives in a positive way. If I can make someone feel good, there will hopefully be a ripple effect.If anything, wearing the suit has proven to have a positive effect in terms of driver security. According to Global News, Rockwell has “never had a fare dispute while wearing a Santa suit”.He’s never gotten into a fight or had to deal with a belligerent passenger. I think it all comes down to, who wants to get on Santa’s naughty list? Nobody is going to give a hard time to somebody who is so cheery.Have you received something worse than these appalling Christmas presents?>Ryanair shock the people of Ireland with act of Christmas generosity>last_img read more

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Ice Cream Sandwich landing in October or November

first_imgAccording to someone familiar with the matter, namely Google’s own Eric Schmidt, Ice Cream Sandwich will be available in October or November of this year. The next version of Android (4.0), the one that will combine the Gingerbread and Honeycomb builds, has been known about for some time, but this is the best information we’ve gotten about its release date. You can’t really get a better source than Google’s Chairman, can you?Schmidt revealed the timing in an on-stage talk with Salesforce.com’s Marc Benioff at the Dreamforce conference. In the 31st minute of the two-person snooze-fest the information came out. At 30:20 he says that the update, which is “internally known as Ice Cream Sandwich, for some reason” will be released in October or November. Prior to this reveal the best information about Ice Cream Sandwich was that it was slated for Q4 2011.So what does this mean? If nothing else, things should start moving quickly, quite soon. We are already well into September and a lot of things have to happen before a new version of Android is released–developers need time to code, carriers need time to test, and so on. So, as long as Schmidt was on the money, Ice Cream Sandwich’ SDK should be available soon, and the OS update will be hitting tablets and smartphones within a matter of weeks.Some of the rumored changes ICS will bring include an updated launcher, a new app drawer UI, stackable homescreen apps, and, of course, it will bring some Honeycomb features to mobile phones. There will also be some cool features like the Virtual Camera Operator head-tracking API. Plus, as with previous (non-Honeycomb) versions of Android, ICS should be completely open-sourced.We’d be remiss to move on from this post without noting Schmidt’s quip about the version’s name. He says it’s called Ice Cream Sandwich “for some reason” as if he doesn’t know the reason. It’s not clear if he was just playing it cool for the crowd or if he’s just tired of the Android name game. The versions are named, in alphabetical order, after different sweets, starting at Cupcake.via Androidandmelast_img read more

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