Former Odisha MP demands action against attackers

first_imgFormer Lok Sabha member and president of Utkal Bharat party Kharabela Swain, who was attacked allegedly by ruling BJD cadres at a public meeting at Aul in Kendrapara district on Wednesday, met State DGP R.P. Sharma here at the police headquarters and urged him to ensure that the culprits are immediately arrested.“Unless the culprits are arrested and exemplary punishment is given to them, no political party, other than the ruling BJD, will feel secure holding public meetings anywhere in the State during the run-up to the Assembly and general elections scheduled early next year,” Mr. Swain told the DGP. Speaking to media persons after the meeting, Mr. Swain hoped that the DGP would take up the matter seriously.‘Assaulted, threatened’While addressing a street corner meeting at Annapurna Bazaar on Wednesday evening, about 25 to 30 men barged onto the podium and stopped Mr. Swain from addressing the gathering. “You cannot speak against the BJD and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik here in Aul as the area belongs to Rajya Sabha MP Pratap Keshari Deb,” Mr. Swain quoted the men who claimed to be BJD workers.“Resisting the highhandedness of the youth, I sat on a dharna at the spot. But they dragged me by my neck, assaulted me and my party workers and pushed me into my vehicle threatening that if I dare to speak against the BJD and Naveen Patnaik again, they will hack me to death,” Mr. Swain alleged, adding that he has already submitted a complaint to Kendrapara SP naming at least five attackers.last_img read more

Liverpool through to last 16 with nervy win in Europa League

first_imgFive times European champions Liverpool were made to sweat before reaching the Europa League last 16, with an early penalty securing a 1-0 second-leg victory over Augsburg at Anfield on Thursday.Having played out a goalless draw in the first leg, Juergen Klopp’s side spurned several chances after James Milner’s early spot kick and survived a nervy finale to book a place in the next round.There was no such tension for Gary Neville’s Valencia whose recent upturn in form continued with a 4-0 win at Rapid Vienna to complete a 10-0 aggregate success, while Shakhtar Donetsk, Athletic Bilbao, Lazio and Bayer Leverkusen also progressed.Shakhtar completed a superb 3-0 win at Schalke 04 to progress from the round of 32, while Bilbao’s Sabin Merino scored an 81st-minute equaliser as they drew 1-1 at home to Olympique de Marseille and went through 2-1 on aggregate.Lazio beat Galatasaray 3-1 in Italy with all four goals coming in 14 second-half minutes as Marco Parolo, Felipe Anderson and Miroslav Klose netted for the Serie A side, who went through 4-2 over the two legs.Bayer Leverkusen’s Karim Bellarabi again proved decisive in their tie with Sporting Lisbon as the Germany international, who scored the winner in the first leg, netted two more in a 3-1 win that secured a 4-1 aggregate success.last_img read more

FORMER WINNEBAGO OFFICIAL PLEADS GUILTY IN FEDERAL COURT

first_imgA former Winnebago Tribal Council member has pleaded guilty to his role in stealing from the tribe’s casino in Sloan, Iowa.Lawrence Payer is one of nine former council members accused of a conspiracy to siphon more than $327,000 from the WinneVegas Casino in Sloan, Iowa.As part of his plea agreement with prosecutors in U.S. District Court in Omaha, Payer admits only to misapplying funds belonging to an Indian gaming establishment.Conspiracy and other charges against him will be dropped if the court accepts the plea agreement.Prosecutors have recommended that Payer be sentenced to five years of probation and be ordered to repay any money he illegally obtained from the casino.Nebraska APlast_img read more

a month agoMan Utd target Declan Rice insists he’s happy at West Ham

first_imgMan Utd target Declan Rice insists he’s happy at West Hamby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveDeclan Rice insists he’s happy at West Ham.The midfielder continues to be linked with Manchester United.But he told the Mirror: “I’ve signed a long-term, five-year contract last season and if I didn’t want to sign it, I wouldn’t have done it.“It makes me a West Ham player for the next five years and I’ll be giving my best for the team and the supporters.“All I can do is to keep my head down, play my football and I’m not taking any notice of what’s going on outside.“The manager keeps emphasising to us that we are a top club with a big-team mentality and we’ve started the season that way.“We see how the boss works, and we know what he’s done at Manchester City , Real Madrid and Villarreal. He’s a top manager and all the lads respect him because we know he’ll take us in the right direction.“As a club, we want to get into Europe and his track record says he usually gets there. If we make it this season, that’s a bonus – but we need to keep pushing.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Bayern Munich crush Gladbach 5-1 to join Borussia Dortmund at top

first_img Next Reuters BerlinMarch 3, 2019UPDATED: March 3, 2019 08:21 IST Robert Lewandowski celebrates after scoring against Borussia Moenchengladbach (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSBayern Munich demolished hosts Borussia Moenchengladbach 5-1 to join leaders Borussia Dortmund at the topRobert Lewandowski joined Claudio Pizarro on 195 goals at the top of the all-time foreign scorers’ list in the BundesligaRejuvenated Bayern have now won 11 of their last 12 league gamesChampions Bayern Munich demolished hosts Borussia Moenchengladbach 5-1 to join leaders Borussia Dortmund at the top of the Bundesliga and reignite the title race on Saturday.Rejuvenated Bayern, who have now won 11 of their last 12 league games, scored twice in the opening 11 minutes through Javi Martinez and Thomas Mueller before two second-half Robert Lewandowski goals ensured the most straightforward of wins.Gladbach lost their third straight league home game by at least three goals for the first time in their club history.Bayern, who were seven points off the top a few weeks ago, are now level on 54 with Dortmund, who lost 2-1 to Augsburg on Friday. Gladbach drop to fourth on 43.”I am very satisfied with our game and we could have scored one or two goals more,” said Bayern coach Niko Kovac, whose team face Liverpool in the Champions League Round of 16 second leg later this month.”It was one of our best games this season. We have now reset everything and the title race starts again from zero.”The three points are all that matter to goalscorer @Javi8martinez #BMGFCB 1-5 pic.twitter.com/jymb0db1dCBundesliga English (@Bundesliga_EN) March 2, 2019Lewandowski, who joined Claudio Pizarro on 195 goals at the top of the all-time foreign scorers’ list in the Bundesliga, almost opened his account after 35 seconds when his shot was saved by Yann Sommer but the resulting corner was headed in by Martinez.Bayern doubled their lead in the 11th minute when Mueller latched on to a Serge Gnabry cross to slot in with his second effort.advertisementback to Munich after a 5:1 win against @borussia #MiaSanMia #fcbayern #esmuellert #bmgfcb #bundesliga pic.twitter.com/Z8RSk8F1ULThomas Müller (@esmuellert_) March 2, 2019They then missed several golden chances to increase their lead and instead it was Gladbach’s Lars Stindl who scored to cut the deficit in the 38th.Lewandowski restored their two-goal advantage two minutes after the restart to make it 120 Bundesliga goals with Bayern and climb to third on their all-time scorers’ list.Gnabry drilled in from close range in the 75th before Lewandowski completed the rout with a stoppage-time penalty.The current holder joins the leader on 15 pic.twitter.com/G1DdlTdHZwBundesliga English (@Bundesliga_EN) March 2, 2019Schalke 04 coach Domenico Tedesco is on the brink of an exit after his team lost 4-0 at home to promoted Fortuna Duesseldorf to stay in 14th place, seven points above the relegation zone.RB Leipzig climbed to third place on 45 points after beating Nuremberg 1-0.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byJepher Nickels Tags :Follow Robert LewandowskiFollow Javi MartinezFollow Thomas MuellerFollow Bayern MunichFollow Borussia MoenchengladbachFollow Borussia DortmundFollow Bundesliga Bayern Munich crush Gladbach 5-1 to join Borussia Dortmund at topRejuvenated Bayern, who have now won 11 of their last 12 league games, scored twice in the opening 11 minutes through Javi Martinez and Thomas Mueller before two second-half Robert Lewandowski goals ensured the most straightforward of wins.advertisementlast_img read more

Buried Souls How Ontario bulldozed through a rare HuronWendat burial site in

first_img(Photo above shows heavy machinery working on the Allandale Station lands when GO Transit was building a new station in Barrie, Ont.)Kenneth JacksonAPTN National NewsThere are few people who stand on the station platform at Allandale and know they are standing right over one of the greatest Indian burial places known in Ontario,”-Major Joseph Rogers in the Barrie Examiner newspaper, 1926 In 2014, the leading archaeology firm in Ontario began poring over historical reports on a three and a half hectare parcel of land in downtown Barrie, Ont., sitting on the shore of Kempenfelt Bay off Lake Simcoe.Rumours were beginning to spread of what happened there – mainly how the Ontario government extended its Toronto commuter GO Transit train line with a station and pedestrian underpass in 2012 through land where there was documented evidence of Indigenous burial grounds. A whistleblower approached Archaeological Services Inc. (ASI) with their concerns. ASI soon began assessing the situation by examining previous archaeological reports done on the site known as the Allandale Station lands. It didn’t take long for ASI to see the provincial regulations that were in place to protect archaeological sites, like this one, had failed over and over. It began with a 2004 report by New Directions Archaeology.They were hired by GO Transit to conduct a Stage 1 assessment.The firm, and its owner Philip Woodley, felt the land had been so disturbed after years of operating as a major rail yard, it held no archaeological importance. Woodley never made mention of the burials or that Indigenous people had occupied that site for hundreds of years before settlers came in.Woodley told GO it didn’t need to do any archaeological testing, essentially giving Ontario the green light to start construction.But this was a mistake. And it would be the first of many.  Who is ultimately to blame for allowing construction to start, and finish, is another question.Documents obtained by APTN National News point the finger directly at Ontario’s Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport (MTCS), the department charged with safeguarding archaeology sites. – Read the ASI report here.But the City of Barrie had multiple opportunities to stop the construction and didn’t, as staff knew of the documented burials and that their own archaeological consultant had told them not to dig where GO did.The cacophony of errors included reports not being shared, human bones found where other archaeologists said there were none and, as of today, the government is keeping quiet.There are laws protecting archaeological sites under the Ontario Heritage Act enforced by MTCS – destroying one without proper clearance comes with fines of up to $1 million. There’s another set of fines and possible jail sentence of two years for purposely destroying a burial ground under the province’s Cemeteries Act. To date, no one has been fined, charged or investigated as far as APTN has determined. This is the story of what happened at Allandale.Welcome to HuroniaThey believe there are two souls with a person. One goes with the person in the ground and the other one goes to the Creator,”– Ojibway archaeologist Kris NahrgangBarrie is in Simcoe County, about an hour north of Toronto.It’s also known as Huronia because of its long Indigenous history. The Huron-Wendat confederacy occupied Simcoe County for hundreds of years up until about 1650 when the Haudenosaunee are said to have forced them out. That was made easier because disease, such as smallpox and the flu, had taken the lives of many Wendat people after Samuel de Champlain made his way up there.Settlers took claim of the land in the early 1800s.In 2013, over 1,700 Huron-Wendat bodies were reburied after being dug up from various locations in southern Ontario in the mid-20th century.A prominent area for the Wendat was on the shores of Kempenfelt Bay, particularly the Allandale Station lands.On that site, the Wendat buried their dead in large pits known as ossuaries, also known as the village of the dead.They would hold feasts and ceremonies to honour the deceased.They are not like a typical burial.“They believe there are two souls with a person,” said Ojibway archaeologist Kris Nahrgang of the Wendat. “One goes with the person in the ground and the other one goes to the Creator. So when you bury these people every one of the bodies that in are in the burial pit have a soul.”In 1846, a large pit with at least 200-300 bundled bodies was discovered at Allandale.Some reports put the numbers as high as 1,000 bodies. Smaller ossuaries were discovered in 1884 and in 1889 after the railway came in, plus other burials. It’s not known what happened to those ossuaries.Philip Woodley’s 2004 report for GO Transit and the province doesn’t mention any of this.It also failed to mention that renowned historian and archaeologist Andrew Hunter documented all this in 1907. His reports are known to some in the archaeological world as the “Bible” of Simcoe County.Andrew Hunter documented Allandale in 1907. His reports are known in the archaeological world as the “Bible” of Simcoe County.Woodley also missed a Barrie Examiner newspaper article from 1926 that recounted an interview with a Major Joseph Rogers, the high constable for Simcoe County.“There are few people who stand on the station platform at Allandale and know they are standing right over one of the greatest Indian burial places known in Ontario,” Rogers is quoted as saying.None of this was missed by a different archaeological firm that accessed the site a few years before Woodley in 2000.The former AFBY Archaeological and Heritage Consultants was hired to do a Stage 1 assessment of a small portion of the site, basically around the old Allandale train station. A media company was looking to build a broadcast centre.But by law, they needed an archaeological report first.Unlike Woodley, AFBY quickly determined they needed to dig and see what was on the site. Owner Charlton Carscallen wanted to find the elusive, yet documented, ossuaries that hadn’t been seen for over 100 years.He didn’t find the pits, but proved the Wendat were there by finding a village, including thousands of pieces of ceramics and tools. He determined the site was rare as only a handful that old were known to exist.“We found a needle in the hay stack,” said Carscallen in an interview with APTN.Despite not finding the ossuaries, Carscallen was convinced the site needed further assessment if it was ever developed, particularly the areas where he didn’t test, as much of the site was left untouched. He sent his reports to the Ministry of Tourism, Sport and Culture as is the practice. The ministry’s Malcolm Horne, a heritage planner at the time, agreed with Carscallen’s recommendation that any development was subject to archaeological clearance. Horne already knew what was documented on the property. He wrote to officials in Barrie when the city was acquiring the site back from the Canadian National Railway in the 1990s, and told them the lands had archaeological potential and there were rules to follow if they redeveloped the land.That included “no demolition, grading, filling, or any form of soil disturbances” without an issuance letter from the ministry according to Carscallen’s 2000 Stage 1 report.But Woodley claimed he didn’t get any of AFBY’s reports or Horne’s letter to the city.His report stated that he asked the ministry for any former archaeological reports, but wasn’t given any. The ministry is supposed to keep the reports on file.So, in 2007, when GO finally acquired a part of the Allandale Station lands from Barrie, and despite what officials within the MTCS knew about the site, a clearance letter was issued allowing GO Transit to move forward.By then the mistakes were piling up.ASI picked up on this in its review.“Further systemic gaps are indicated by the fact that in 2007 the Ministry of Culture issued a concurrence letter for (Woodley’s) report – essentially clearing the candidate GO station site on the Allandale Station lands of any further archaeological concern – in spite of the outstanding recommendations for further work on the property to which they had previously agreed in 2001,” wrote Robert MacDonald, the assistant managing partner at ASI in Toronto, in his January 2015 report.The official announcement that GO was going to downtown Barrie was made in April 2009. It would receive $5.5 million from the provincial and federal governments and Barrie would put in another $3.7 million.Patrick Brown, currently the Ontario PC party’s leader, was a Conservative MP for the riding at the time, and before that he was a Barrie city councillor. Brown would later say in 2012, having a GO station at Allandale had been a “key aspiration” of Barrie for a decade.Premier Kathleen Wynne was the transportation minister.Premier Kathleen Wynne and Barrie Mayor Jeff Lehman in 2015 announcing the province will add more trips from Barrie to Toronto. It could have been stoppedWe know there is a burial ground there. We told the city there is a burial ground there. We know because it’s documented. It’s publicly available information,” – Mike Henry, AMICK ConsultantsBefore GO came in with heavy machinery, there was one last chance for the Ontario government to follow its own rules. Someone just needed to say something.Barrie was trying to develop the land, and hired an archaeologist to do a Stage 1 assessment in November 2009.It went to AMICK Consultants, a local company, operated by Mike Henry.Before he started, Henry asked the ministry for all the former archeological reports on the site to get a complete picture of what had transpired on the property.Henry got AFBY’s reports, but somehow not Woodley’s. This was another so-called “breakdown” in the system.Henry just recently reviewed Woodley’s report for the first time after APTN obtained a copy. Had he seen Woodley’s report at the time he would have tried to stop GO as he’s always believed the ossuaries are, or were, in the area where GO’s tracks are.Regardless, Henry said the ministry should never accepted Woodley’s report just based on its merit.“Right away when Phil Woodley’s report came in (the ministry) should have said ‘try again,’” said Henry. “Even if the ministry didn’t recognize they’re at fault for not giving Phil the AFBY report they should have still said to Phil ‘this is unsatisfactory because we know there is a burial ground there. We told the city there is a burial ground there. We know (because) it’s documented. It’s publicly available information … re-write the report. Re-submit it. Make appropriate recommendations.’” APTN left several messages with Woodley but never received a response.Mike Henry of AMICK Consultants.Henry said it’s rare when the ministry doesn’t make an archaeologist re-submit a report, so he’s puzzled as to why the government would have accepted Woodley’s considering all they knew and how little Woodley apparently knew of Huronia.So, without Woodley’s hidden report, Henry completed his Stage 1 assessment in early 2010.He noticed what AFBY did – when the railway was built in the 1850s, workers covered the entire site with fill to level it – meaning the natural soil had been protected all these years. The same soil the Wendat walked on was still there. An aerial view of how the site used to look in 1966 when CN Rail tracks occupied the land, like is shown in the lower portion of the photo.ASI reviewed Henry’s report and said it added a recommendation that “comprehensive stripping of native top soil across virtually the entire property would be required to ensure there are no undiscovered human burials. We concur with these recommendations.”Henry told APTN that would have included where GO was going to build their station and lay track.He filed his report with the city and Ministry of Culture, however nothing happened.Henry feels that should have raised alarm bells with the ministry as construction was starting around then and an archaeologist could have been called in.But, apparently, no bells went off.      Down in the crawl spaceI gave you the report and I told you not to go in the basement and her response at the time was ‘we didn’t read it,” – Mike Henry, AMICK Consultants It doesn’t appear Barrie shared Mike Henry’s report with Metrolinx, the Ontario government agency that operates GO Transit. “It is Barrie’s understanding that Metrolinx conducted its own archaeological investigations for the work it was completing for the Allandale GO Train Station. Barrie does not have a record of those reports. Barrie does not believe that Metrolinx discovered any archaeological artifacts during the course of its works,” said the city in a statement to APTN.In Henry’s 2010 report he also recommended Barrie not do any work on the existing buildings on site, including the dirt crawl spaces, without an archaeologist to check the space for remains first.Henry said Barrie ignored his recommendation and started to work in one of the building’s crawl spaces.There were human bones in the dirt.After police and the coroner confirmed the remains were over 50 years old, the city called Henry back in.He determined the bones were likely two people, an adult and a child. He also found a shovel-shaped human incisor, a known characteristic of Indigenous people pre-contact, suggesting the bones could be Indigenous.But the basement wasn’t the original burial site. They had been moved from another location and likely part of fill used when the building was constructed in the early 1900s.Archaeologists dig in the “crawl space” in the old Allandale station. Photo courtesy: Mike HenryBarrie officials insist they took Henry’s report seriously.“Barrie was installing the fire sprinkler system to the wooden ceiling of the crawl space when it discovered the bone specimens. There was no digging,” said the statement. “Barrie complied with AMICK’s recommendations.”Henry has a different version of events.“They went into the crawl space and decided they wanted it lowered so it was more accessible to install services for the building and that’s when they hit a concentration of bones,” said Henry, adding he asked a Barrie staff employee why they ignored his report. “My question was ‘I gave you the report and I told you not to go in the basement’ and her response at the time was ‘we didn’t read it.’”After Henry cleared the crawl space it was lowered and capped with cement.He alleges the city violated the Ontario Heritage Act because he told them not to go in the basement.“They willfully violated the OHA and should be fined $1 million,” said Henry. “Why has MTCS done nothing?” No questions, please(We’re) very concerned that gaps in provincially mandated policies and protocols … may result in further impacts to the archaeological deposits and/or human remains on the Allandale Station Lands,” -Robert MacDonald, Archaeological Services Inc.APTN put a series of questions to the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport, including whether Barrie should be fined. APTN also asked why the ministry allowed GO Transit to dig despite contradictory opinions, including their own. The ministry refused to answer those questions.The ministry was also given eight business days to answer 26 questions APTN asked but no one responded to those questions.  Officials did say they are trying to improve the system and are reviewing reports.APTN can confirm that not only have they had the reports for several years, but that a whistleblower attended their office, along with his lawyer in May 2014, to tell them what happened at Allandale. The same Malcolm Horne, now an archaeology review officer, was in the meeting taking “copious” amount of notes, according to the people in the room.The ministry has refused to say if they followed up with the information from that meeting.The ministry was also involved after the bones were found in the crawl space in 2011, as was the Registrar of Cemeteries, that simply ignored questions. The ministry has had ASI’s report since January 2015 that called for “urgent action” to be taken on the Allandale site after reviewing all that happened.“(We’re) very concerned that gaps in provincially mandated policies and protocols, such as those which led to the construction of the Allandale Go Station without a Stage 2 archaeological assessment, may result in further impacts to the archaeological deposits and/or human remains on the Allandale Station Lands,” ASI said its report.According to documents obtained by APTN, GO believes its contractors didn’t find any burials. They also believe Woodley’s report cleared them to dig without further assessment.But while Mike Henry was dealing with the crawl space bones in 2011, he was contacted by representatives from GO who were working about a hundred yards away.They wanted Henry to look at their site to see if there was any archaeological concerns with their dig. When he arrived, they had already dug the site. Henry said cement had also been poured for the pedestrian underpass.“When I went over there it looked like a strip mine. They had dug down quite a bit … all I could do is sort of walk along this huge trench and the big back dirt pile and see if I could see anything. That’s not the most reliable way but at that point that’s the best we can do,” said Henry. “I did make one comment as I was walking around with one of the engineers that ‘you obviously hit something because there’s a chimney stack in the back dirt pile there so obviously there was a building there but I guess that is gone now.”This photo was taken in 2011 and shows work is underway on the pedestrian under pass.Henry sent GO a letter saying he didn’t see anything but told APTN that doesn’t clear them of any mistakes made by digging on the site. It was far too late for any archaeologist to determine what they had found. The proof was in the ground all alongWe have all the way from infant … to older individuals,”– Kayleigh MacKinnon, AMICK Consultants The bones beneath the building weren’t the only ones found near the former train station.Henry discovered many more in 2012 when the city had him monitor the digging of trenches so they could lay electrical wiring.As the back hoe lifted dirt from the ground, Henry’s team quickly spotted human bone.“Part of that trench went through AFBY’s dig, and while they were trenching it (we’re) picking human bones out,” said Henry.AFBY’s Charlton Carscallen said they stripped the fill from around the building and dug in the natural soil, which why they likely missed so many pieces of human bone.A more comprehensive testing of the area was called for by the Registrar of Cemeteries and MTCS, including doing test squares, of about four feet deep and just in the fill on top of the natural soil.“By the time we were done that, digging all our squares, the only thing we could say is ‘yep, there is a lot of human bone and it goes beyond where we’re looking,” said Henry.In total, including the trenches and test squares, Henry’s team said they found over 900 pieces of human bone and many more human teeth, with similar shovel-shaped groves in them.The old Allandale rail station in Barrie. In the foreground a test square can be seen where archaeologists are searching for human bones. Photo courtesy: Mike HenrySome pieces of bone had mortar on it, including in the cracks as though wet cement had been poured on them. He even found pieces of bone in the foundation of the buildings.Because of the marking on the bones, Henry could determine they came from somewhere else long ago.“(The bones in the fill) came from somewhere and they didn’t truck in fill from somewhere else. They came from somewhere on that property,” he said. “A lot of them have trauma marks on them where chunks of them sheared off. They’ve been snapped in half … they’ve suffered a lot on that site.”And they likely would have come from north on the property, where the GO train station and tracks are said Henry. The bones were examined by Henry’s staff, including Kayleigh MacKinnon, a licensed archaeologist researcher who has her master’s degree in human osteoarchaeology from the University of Edinburgh in the United Kingdom, essentially the analysis of human skeletal remains. “It’s very distinct with how bones articulate with others. You can usually tell whether it’s human or not,” said MacKinnon. “There are specific bones that (humans) have that animals don’t or the way they’re formed.” APTN was shown a human jaw with teeth still attached, a neck bone and several other pieces from a wrist and pelvis.They also uncovered hundreds of pieces that were either too fragmented or identified as animal. “We have all the way from an infant … to older individuals,” said MacKinnon.Henry said his dig didn’t get all the disturbed bones from the around the building and they remain there today, while Barrie plans to open the renovated buildings to business, including a possible wedding reception hall and coffee shop.The bones he recovered remain in his office while the government figures out what to do with them.“Until we come to a decision and that’s usually when the Registrar of Cemeteries designates whomever is going to speak for the deceased,” said Henry, meaning which First Nation will claim them.The Wendat, who resettled to Quebec in the late 1800s, is involved and is currently waiting for a decision to be made.But APTN has learned there’s something holding that up.There’s a lawsuit over who owns part of the land that needs to be settled. A Brampton developer is suing the city for a number of reasons, one being he was never told the lands were a documented burial ground when he won bid to build condos on the site with underground parking in early 2009.kjackson@aptn.calast_img read more

Naya Pakistan should demonstrate Naya action on terror India

first_imgNew Delhi: Pakistan will be judged not by words but on basis of the action it takes to dismantle terror infrastructure on its soil, India said Saturday, asserting that its non-military strike on the JeM terrorist training camp in Balakot achieved its desired objective. External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said if Pakistan claims to be a ‘naya Pakistan’ (New Pakistan) with a ‘nayi soch’ (new thinking), then it should demonstrate ‘naya’ action (new action) against terror groups operating with impunity from its soil. The MEA’s comments came a day after Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan said he will not allow Pakistani soil to be used for terror directed at other countries. Khan has been saying that a ‘Naya Pakistan’ is embarking on a new journey under his leadership. Kumar said Pakistan has been making identical statements after separate terror attacks and now Islamabad will have to take up the concrete action the international community expected it to take and must rein in terror groups operating from its soil. “We remain resolute in our determination to persuade the international community of the necessity of compelling Pakistan to move beyond mere words and to show credible, verifiable and sustained actions. We have and we will continue to act with responsibility and maturity,” he said at a media briefing. Kumar said the widespread presence of terrorist camps in Pakistan is public knowledge and repeated requests by India and the international community for Pakistan to take action against such groups has been met with “denial”. “In 2004, the then President of Pakistan had made a solemn public commitment that they would not allow any territory under their control to be used for terrorist activity in any manner,” he said. “But till today, however, Pakistan has failed to take any credible action against Jaish-e-Mohammed and other terrorist organisations, which continue to operate with impunity from Pakistan,” he said, adding Pakistan will be judged not by its words but on the basis of action it takes to dismantle terror infrastructure. Tension between the two nuclear-armed neighbours escalated after the February 14 Pulwama terror attack and subsequent aerial strike by India on a training camp of the Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) in Balakot on February 26. Pakistan retaliated the strike next day by unsuccessfully attempting to target Indian military installations. The JeM claimed responsibility for the Pulwama attack. “Our non-military counter terrorism strike of February 26 achieved the intended objective. It has demonstrated our firm resolve to take decisive action against cross-border terrorism,” Kumar said about Balakot strike. He, however, evaded questions on number of casualties in the strike. Kumar said the fact that Pakistan refused access to journalists from visiting the site of the strike in Balakot meant that they have “plenty to hide”. “So the initial bravado that everything is open please come and visit has disappeared. We are absolutely confident that strikes on Balakot has been successful and achieved the desired objectives,” he asserted. On Pakistan’s retaliatory strike, he said instead of taking action against terrorist groups on its soil, Islamabad chose to escalate through an “act of aggression” by violating Indian airspace and attempting, unsuccessfully, to target military facilities. Kumar also accused Pakistan of propagating a “false narrative” of the events of the day when Pakistani jets unsuccessfully attempted to target Indian military installations. In the aerial combat India had lost a Mig-21 Bison aircraft and its pilot Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman was captured by Pakistan. Pakistan claimed it downed two Indian jets, and rejected IAF’s assertion that a F-16 aircraft was shot down by it during the dogfight. “Only one aircraft was lost by us. If, as Pakistan claims, they have a video recording of the downing of a second Indian aircraft, why have they not shown it to the international media even after more than one week? “Questions should be asked to them as to where the fuselage of the aircraft is and what has happened to the pilots? As we have already said, there are eyewitness accounts and electronic evidence that Pakistan deployed F-16 aircraft and that one F-16 was shot down by Wing Commander Abhinandan,” Kumar said. He said Pakistan should explain why it continues to deny that its F-16 aircraft has been shot down. “We have asked the United States to also examine whether the use of F16 against India is in accordance with the terms and conditions of sale,” he added. Kumar said India’s armed forces continue to maintain strict vigil and will remain determined in the defence of the nation and its citizens. Hitting out at Pakistan for remaining in a state of denial, he said, “It is regrettable that Pakistan still continues to deny Jaish-e-Mohammed’s own claim of taking ownership of the Pulwama attack.” The MEA spokesperson referred to the Pakistan foreign minister’s interview to BBC on March where he talked about “some confusion” about JeM’s claim on the Pulwama attack. “Is Pakistan defending the Jaish-e-Mohammed and acting as its spokesperson? Does Pakistan’s claim have any credibility,” Kumar asked. He said despite the media interviews by Pakistan’s foreign minister and former president Musharraf acknowledging the presence of JeM in Pakistan, the spokesperson of the Pakistan armed forces openly denied the presence of the terror group in the country.last_img read more

South Sudan UN mission presses for all child soldiers to be released

17 November 2011The United Nations peacekeeping operation in South Sudan today called on the country’s military to ensure that all child soldiers within its ranks are released after more than 50 teenage soldiers were let go earlier this week. Fifty-three soldiers aged between 13 and 17 were released on Tuesday in Bentiu, the capital of South Sudan’s Unity state, according to the peacekeeping mission (UNMISS).The children had been conscripted in April into the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA), the former rebel group that became the country’s military, but were demobilized this week by the South Sudan Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration Commission.Hazel De Wet, the senior child protection officer for UNMISS, told the UN News Centre that she welcomed the release of the child soldiers and commended the SPLA for its action.“However, we still call upon the SPLA to ensure that all children within their ranks are released,” she said. “Children should be in schools and not military barracks.”UNMISS, along with the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and South Sudanese child welfare officials, have been advocating for the release of the child soldiers since their recruitment.UNICEF has given the soldiers blankets, mosquito nets, plastic sheets, soap and buckets to help them reintegrate into civilian life, while a non-governmental organization (NGO) has provided them with goats for rearing. read more

Court issues order against arresting Karannagoda

Karannagoda was also ordered to appear before the CID to record a statement on Monday.The 11 youth had been abducted in Colombo and the suburbs between 2008 and 2009. (Colombo Gazette) The Supreme Court today issued an order against moves by the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) to arrest former Navy Commander Admiral Wasantha Karannagoda in connection to the case on the abduction of 11 youth.The order was given after a fundamental rights petition filed by Karannagoda was considered by the court today. read more

Canadas housing market headed for weakest year in almost decade warns CREA

The average price for homes sold last month was down 5.2 per cent from last year as the number of sales dropped to a 10-year low for the seasonally weak month of February, the Canadian Real Estate Association reported Friday.The national association highlighted the impact of a mortgage stress test that affects federally regulated lenders, including the big banks, but some analysts said February’s drop may be due in part to severe winter weather.“February home sales declined across a broad swath of large and smaller Canadian cities,” CREA chief economist Gregory Klump said Friday in a statement. Canadian housing slump deepens with first drop in values in decades Canadian home prices just had worst February since the financial crisis Deep freeze in housing market suggests mortgage rules have overshot their mark In its updated outlook for the year, the association said it expects home sales in Canada to pull back by 1.6 per cent to 450,400 in 2019, a change that would mark the weakest annual sales since 2010. The association expected British Columbia to account for much of that projected decrease, as well as continued decline in Alberta.Its forecast projects sales will rise to 459,400 in 2020, up two per cent from the 2019 forecast.The national average price is expected to stabilize in 2019 at around $487,000. In B.C., Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Newfoundland and Labrador it forecasts the average home price will retreat, while it will continue to rise in Eastern Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and P.E.I.The association expects the national average price to move up 0.8 per cent to $490,800 in 2020.CREA said February sales by its members fell 4.4 per cent compared with the same month last year. That is the lowest level for the month of February since 2009 and almost 12 per cent below the 10-year average for the month.On a month-over-month basis, national home sales in February were down 9.1 per cent compared with January for the lowest level since November 2012. It’s the biggest month-over-month drop since the mortgage stress test came into effect in January 2018.The new stress test requires borrowers to prove that they can service their uninsured mortgage if lending rates go above a certain threshold.The national average price for homes sold in February was $468,350, down 5.2 per cent from the same month in 2018. Excluding the Greater Vancouver and the Greater Toronto Area, two of the country’s most active and expensive markets, the national average price was just under $371,000.“Only time will tell whether successive changes to mortgage regulations went too far, since the impact of policy decisions becomes apparent only well after the fact,” said Klump.“Hopefully policy makers are thinking about how to fine tune regulations to better keep housing affordability within reach while keeping lending risks in check.”Some analysts however focused on the weather as a key factor.Doug Porter, chief economist at BMO Financial Group, wrote in a note Friday that February is normally a seasonally slow month even during a tame winter.“This was most patently not a tame winter month, further bludgeoning a sluggish market,” Porter said.He added that the year-over-year drop in sales was heavily concentrated in British Columbia and Alberta, while the other eight provinces saw a 2.8 per cent year-over-year rise.Porter said he won’t delve into great detail on the housing figures as they’re more of a weather report than an economic one at this time of year.TD Economics senior economist Brian DePratto agreed that severe winter weather in Toronto and Vancouver may have sidelined potential buyers and sellers.“The true test of market health will come with the warmer spring weather,” DePratto wrote in a note. read more

UN agency China open door to carbon financing for herders grazers

Farmers rely on grasslands to feed the livestock, yet poor land management has left large swathes of the world’s grasslands degraded – an environmental problem which also has direct implications for livestock-dependent communities, the UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) today said. Measuring the impact of restoring grasslands – through more sustainable grazing practices and forage production – to link grasslands restoration with international climate financing schemes has been difficult. But this has been the focus of a partnership between the FAO and the Chinese Academy of Agriculture Science (CAAS), the World Agroforestry Center (ICRAF) and China’s Northwest Institute of Plateau Biology (NWIPB).The UN agency announced that the tool created through this partnership has now been sufficiently tested, and endorsed by the non-profit Verified Carbon Standard (VCS), a voluntary greenhouse gas accounting programme used by projects around the world to verify and issue carbon credits in voluntary emissions markets.According to findings from the case study in Northern China, improved practices could help herders sequester an average of 3 tCO2 (tons of carbon dioxide) per hectare of grassland each year over the next 20 years.These practices include, for example, reduction and rotation of grazing pressure on overstocked sites and the sowing of improved pastures and fodder crops. “Now that the tool has won the certification needed for recognition by international carbon markets, project developers and farmers have a new opportunity to implement grasslands restoration projects at a meaningful scale, improving the productive potential of their grasslands and helping to reverse historic carbon losses,” said Henning Steinfeld of FAO.Returns from the carbon finance and other mitigation funds can be invested in further restoring the long-term health of the lands upon which herders and grazers depend and in building up marketing associations to improve their incomes, raising families incomes and improving household food security,” Mr. Steinfeld added.CAAS and FAO are continuing to work together to identify opportunities to pilot this methodology and upscale its use in China and beyond, according to the UN agency. read more

UN agencies launch new standards to improve adolescent care worldwide

“These standards provide simple yet powerful steps that countries – both rich and poor – can immediately take to improve the health and wellbeing of their adolescents,” said Dr. Anthony Costello, Director of Maternal, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health at WHO, in a press release. WHO and UNAIDS are underlining that existing health services often fail the world’s adolescents, with many suffering from mental health disorders, substance use, poor nutrition, intentional injuries and chronic illness, while not having access to critical prevention and care services. According to the UN, adolescents form a unique group, rapidly developing both physically and emotionally but are often dependent on their parents or guardians. The Global Standards for quality health-care services for adolescents recommend making services more “adolescent friendly”, providing free or low-cost consultations, and making medically accurate age-appropriate health information available. They also highlight the need for adolescents to be able to access services without necessarily having to make an appointment or requiring parental consent, safe in the knowledge that any consultation remains confidential, and certain that they will not experience discrimination. “If we want to keep adolescents healthy, we have to treat them with respect,” Dr. Costello continued. “Adolescents are particularly vulnerable to certain health issues.” The top three causes of death among adolescents are reportedly road traffic injuries, AIDS-related illnesses and suicide. “AIDS is the leading cause of death among adolescents in Africa and the second primary cause of death among adolescents globally,” said Dr. Mariângela Simão, Director of Rights, Gender, Prevention and Community Mobilization at UNAIDS. “All adolescents, including key populations, have a right to the information and services that will empower them to protect themselves from HIV.” WHO and UNAIDS further note that not only is adolescence a period of life when people are particularly vulnerable to certain health issues, it is also a time when critical behaviours are shaped that will affect health in the future. “So many behaviours – healthy or unhealthy – that impact the rest of our lives begin in adolescence,” Dr. Costello explained. “The health sector cannot stand there and tell people they are sick because of the ways they use tobacco and alcohol, and their attitudes to diet and exercise, if it does not do a better job of helping people develop healthy habits as adolescents.” Meanwhile, Dr. Valentina Baltag, an adolescent health expert at WHO, said there are countries where every fifth citizen is an adolescent. “Yet most students in medical and nursing schools graduate with no understanding of the specific needs of adolescents in accessing healthcare. This is unacceptable,” she warned. In light of all these issues, the Global Standards for quality health-care services for adolescents call for an inclusive package of information, counselling, diagnostic, treatment and care services that go beyond the traditional focus on sexual and reproductive health. They also push for adolescents to be meaningfully involved in planning, monitoring and providing feedback on health services and in decisions regarding their own care. The UN agencies have reported that more than 25 low and middle-income countries have already adopted national standards for improving adolescent health services, while their global standards are built on research from these countries, as well as feedback from health providers and more than 1000 adolescents worldwide. read more

Claims that children cant celebrate Christmas at Educate Together schools incorrect and

first_img 29,177 Views Multi-denominational schools deliver the national primary curriculum in the same way as all schools and are subject to the same rules and regulations, regardless of patron.“Many multi-denominational schools celebrate various important religious and non-religious events that take place throughout the year such as Christmas, Diwali, Eid, Vaisakhi, Holi, Darwin Day and other festivals.”“It can be seen, therefore, that significant festivals or events which may be associated with a particular religion can play a part in the life of a multi-denominational school.” Claims that children can’t celebrate Christmas at Educate Together schools ‘incorrect and misleading’ It has been claimed by one gaelscoil that Irish greetings like dia duit would no longer be allowed. Short URL Tuesday 2 Apr 2019, 3:24 PM 166 Comments By Cónal Thomascenter_img Share738 Tweet Email3 Apr 2nd 2019, 3:24 PM Source: Leon Farrell/Photocall IrelandEDUCATE TOGETHER HAS described claims that Christmas and other religious holidays will no longer be celebrated in schools once they are transferred from the Catholic Church as “incorrect and misleading.”It was reported today that eight Catholic primary schools in north Dublin could have their patronage transferred – or divested –  to multi-denominational schools.  There is opposition to the plan in at least two of the schools in the Portmarnock-Malahide-Kinsealy area of Dublin, the Irish Independent has reported.It is understood that staff in two schools – Scoil an Duinnínigh and St Marnock’s NS – are opposed to the changes and have made their opposition clear to parents through letters and at meeting with parents, according to today’s report. It has been claimed by at least one of the two schools that Christmas fairs, carol services and nativity plays would no longer be held after a school is transferred and that St. Patrick’s Day, St. Brigid’s Day and Easter would no longer be celebrated in schools either, the Independent has reported. It has also been claimed by gaelscoil  Scoil an Duinnínigh that Irish greetings like dia duit – ‘God be with you’ – would no longer be allowed. The divestment process forms part of the Department of Education’s efforts to provide greater diversity in schools and reduce the dominance of the Catholic Church in education.Transfers would be to the multi-denominational Community National School model, the all-Irish An Foras Pátrúnachta or the multi-denominational Educate Together. ‘Incorrect and misleading’In a statement today, Educate Together described the characterisation of multi-denominational and equality-based schools as “incorrect and misleading”.“At the core of Educate Together’s equality-based ethos is that pupils in our schools are exposed to different beliefs and perspectives in a respectful way that encourages critical thinking.”Each year, Educate Together offers pupils Festivals of Lights, seasonal get-togethers and winter fairs, the statement said, which incorporate elements of Christmas, Hanukkah and the Winter Solstice.“Religious aspects of these festivities are approached from a learning perspective, rather than from a promotional perspective,” Educate Together has said. “At the heart of these celebrations is the principle that all members of the school community are welcome and equally respected.”Christmas is marked in Educate Together schools nationwide, the group has said, “just as our schools endeavour mark Diwali, Eid, Vaisakhi and other religious festivals throughout the school term.”Educate Together was formed in Dublin in 1978. There are currently 84 primary and 13 second-level schools around Ireland with a total of 28,000 students. ‘Clear guidance’Following today’s report, Educate Together has said that it has no interest in “taking over” schools and “imposing an ethos against the will of any local school communities.”“The growth in the Educate Together school network continues to be driven by demand and we support the rights of families to access the education they want for their children.”According to the Irish Independent, St Marnock’s NS and Scoil an Duinnínigh have both held meetings with parents about the divestment process. Parents at all eight schools are due to vote on the divestment process and the Catholic Church will then submit feedback to the department. The government plans to offer 400 multi-denominational schools by 2030.A department spokesperson has said that there is “clear guidance” on the teaching of religion in primary schools. https://jrnl.ie/4573263 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Keita should thrive at Liverpool – Xabi Alonso

first_imgOne of former Liverpool midfielder favourites Xabi Alonso says Naby Keita is in the right frame of mind to become a shining star under the leadership of Liverpool’s Jurgen Klopp.Alonso retired from playing football in 2017 and has showered praises for the latest Liverpool signing while also being confident he will make a tangible impact at Anfield.“He’s a big personality,” Alonso, who came up against Keita twice during his final season at Bayern Munich, told Liverpool’s official website.“He has the hunger, the will to compete, and after in football terms he’s an all-around midfielder.“[He’s] Good with the ball, he runs and dribbles very quickly with the ball, but he also likes to make things tick in the midfield.”divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…Alonso added:“I think for this position in front of the holding midfielder, or even as a holding midfielder [or] close to the front three, he can have that role to find the space and to be up there. So [he’s a] good signing.“He will have to adapt to the idea [of Klopp’s philosophy], but I don’t think that he will have many problems because he’s a great player and very complete.“[Under] Jurgen you need to do [play like] ‘bang, bang, bang’ and if he gets it, he will do well. [I see him as] An eight. I would say an eight, sometimes he can play as a six, but I could see him more as an eight behind the three strikers.”last_img read more

GCI fiber optic cut causes outages across the state

first_imgA GCI fiber optic cable was cut in midtown Anchorage Thursday morning causing phone, cable, and internet outages across the state. The company says they are working as quickly as possible to fix it, but it’s more complicated than it seems.Download AudioThe cable contains over 500 strands of glass. Each is responsible for carrying different information. One transports television channels to rural Alaska. Another carries internet. GCI spokesperson David Morris says that’s why outages are so inconsistent.“Your wireless phone may work in one part of town and not work in another part of town. Internet could be effected the same way. Some services work and some services don’t, and that’s why it’s really hard to pinpoint both the number of effected customers and a neat, tidy package of where services are effected.”To fix the problem, the company is reconnecting two ends of the severed cable with an aerial cable that runs over Tudor Road near C Street. Morris says they have multiple crews working on the project. It will take over 1,000 individual splices, and they have to make sure all of the fibers connect properly on each end. They are prioritizing the strands that get the most traffic to try to restore busier services sooner, he says. Fixing the entire cable could take until Friday. He says they are still investigating the cause.According to their Facebook page, they will let people know when the problem is fixed through social media.last_img read more

NIMS doctors pay respects to Dr Maaz Ahmed

first_imgHyderabad: The Nizam’s Institute of Medical Sciences (NIMS) medical fraternity held a condolence meeting on Monday for Dr Maaz Ahmed (29 years), who died in a tragic accident at Attapur on city outskirts on August 23 midnight. Over 400 Resident Doctors and teaching faculty paid their respects to the departed doctor, who was pursuing MD second year in General Medicine department. Also Read – JIH organises Eid Milap for sanitary workers Advertise With Us Later, in the evening, resident doctors held a candle rally in memory of their colleague. Resident Doctors president Dr G Srinivas said Maaz was a meritorious student who achieved four gold medals while pursuing medical studies. NIMS medical fraternity mourns the shocking death of a brilliant doctor, he said.last_img read more

Budget 2016 Food ministry wants 20B in subsidies for next fiscal

first_imgThe food ministry is reportedly seeking Rs 1.40 trillion ($20.40 billion) in subsidies for 2016-17 to a run massive food welfare programme in the country following droughts in the past two years, said a senior government official.If the ministry’s request is met, the subsidy amount for food schemes will go up 13 percent compared to the subsidy given a year earlier.”In its previous Budget, the government had allocated Rs 1.24 trillion as food subsidy for 2015-16, but we now need Rs 1.40 trillion for next year. Let’s see what’s in store for us in the Budget,” the source, requesting anonymity, told Reuters.The Narendra Modi government is making efforts to reduce subsidy spending in order to invest in manufacturing and infrastructure, even as it implements the mammoth food welfare plan introduced by the UPA government led by Manmohan Singh.The finance ministry is yet to settle an outstanding food subsidy bill of about Rs 560 billion, according to the source.In August 2013, the previous Congress-led government had approved the National Food Security Act (NFSA), which is aimed at providing access to quality food at affordable prices. Most Indian states will launch the food programme from April 1, 2016.India witnessed drought in the past two year due to deficient monsoon rainfall. After starting on a promising note in June last year, monsoon rainfall weakened from late July due to the El Nino effect and ended in deficit for the second consecutive year.Facing drought for two straight years, the country was compelled to import maize for the first time in 16 years in 2015.[1 lakh = 100,000 | 1 crore = 10 million | 100 crore = 1 billion]last_img read more

AL candidate sits with man accused of killing party activists

first_imgAriful Rahman alias Tuhin, Adabor thana unit JL convener, greets AL-nominated candidate for Dhaka-13 constituency Sadek Khan at Shyamoli Club on Thursday. He has been implicated in a murder case. Photo: CollectedA leader of ruling Awami League’s youth front Jubo League (JL), who has been implicated in a murder case, is publicly doing politics in the city’s Mohammadpur area, witnesses said.Ariful Rahman alias Tuhin, Adabor thana unit JL convener, greeted AL-nominated candidate for Dhaka-13 constituency Sadek Khan at Shyamoli Club on Thursday, a Facebook post shows.On 10 November, two AL activists died in a clash between two AL factions in Mohammadpur area. The victims, said to be followers of Sadek Khan, were run over by a pickup van while fleeing the clash.On the same day, a victim’s father, Faruk Hossain, filed a murder case with the Mohammadpur police station accusing some unidentified persons. The police immediately arrested Arifur Rahman in connection with the incident.Arifur, a follwer of AL joint general secretary Jahangir Kabir Nanok, were released on bail within 17 hours of his arrest. The police produced him before the court and sought five days on remand.The court rejected the remand prayer on 11 November and granted bail till the submission of investigation report.Mohammadpur police station sub-inspector and also investigation officer in the case, Mukul Ranjan told Prothom Alo on Sunday that Arifur Rahman was arrested on charges of his involvement in the incident. The fact could be known if he is interrogated, the police officer added.The conflict between Jahangir Kabir Nanok and Dhaka city north unit AL general secretary Sadek Khan in Mohammadpur area is know to many. Sadek, however, managed to secure the nomiation for the 30 December elections.Nanak’s followers feel their leader was deprived of nomination due to the 10 November incident.After getting the party ticket, Sadek Khan started campaign in the constituency.He organised an echange of views at Shyamoli Club on Thursday, where Arifur was present. A number of photos of the meeting were posted on Facebook. The photos of the Facebook show Arifur is greeting Sadek Khan with flowers. They were also seen talking privately. Various discussions are going on among the party leaders and activists over the matter.While contacted, some Riad picked up Arifur’s cell phone and said, “Arif bhai (brother) is in a meeting. Sadek Khan is a candidate of the party and Arif bhai is a leader of Jubo League. They can hold meetings.”Sadek Khan, however, did not respond to phone calls.last_img read more

Association of African American Study Holds Centennial Celebration in DC

first_imgRep. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) and Sylvia Cyrus, executive director, ASALH. (Photo by Rob Roberts)Noted historian John Hope Franklin once wrote, in documenting the accomplishments of Blacks in America, that White historians had “blandly asserted that the Negro had never developed a civilization of his own, vigorously argued that the Negro possessed childlike traits, and claimed with conviction that the Negro’s history supported the view that the best role for him was one of subordination . . . Carter G. Woodson was especially well-qualified to meet the urgent need for an historian of the Negro people.”The Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) – Woodson’s brainchild and labor of love – is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. As part of the event, the group’s Centennial Founders Day Celebration paid homage to Woodson and the enduring legacy of his work.  Held at the historic Shiloh Baptist Church in Northwest on Sept. 9, the celebration acknowledged “Rays of Light” – community elders whose lives and careers were positively impacted by Woodson’s work.“A century after Carter G. Woodson established ASALH, few can deny the centrality of African Americans in the making of American history.  While Dr. Woodson labored with singularity and purpose he did not work alone,” said Dr. Robert Harris, who along with his wife, fellow historian and scholar Dr. Janette Hoston Harris, introduced ASALH’s Rays of Light.  “His co-workers at the Association were many, ranging from college presidents and government officials, to self-made poets and philosophers, to everyday folks in cities and rural areas.”Noting ASALH’s 1915 birth coincided with the celebrated release of D.W Griffith’s “The Birth of a Nation”, which cast the Black existence in America as one of animalistic and brute savagery tamed only through Ku Klux Klan intervention, Harris discussed the necessity of the organization.“I regard it as a special honor that ASALH asked me to speak on this occasion because this country is only 239 years old, and ASALH is now 100 years old, which means ASALH has been around for almost half the life of this nation,” said Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.), who served as guest speaker.  “There are very few organizations that can sustain themselves for that length of time, but ASALH understood that it carried and sustained the very life of our people.“What we needed was an entire organization to help correct the record about who Black people were in this country and Carter G. Woodson institutionalized his scholarship and with African-American history. As a third-generation Washingtonian, I remember being a little girl in this segregated city and reading about Negro History Week and Negro History Month.  I was reading about Black history in books that Dr. Woodson produced in his home – that little narrow home by himself.  ASALH is continuing that legacy.”In honor of this milestone, ASALH has selected “A Century of Black Life, History, and Culture” as the 2015 National Black History theme, and expects more than 1,500 participants at its annual conference in Atlanta later this month.John Hope Franklin’s son, John W. Franklin, the director of partnerships and international programs at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, said his father – who penned more than a dozen books including “From Slavery to Freedom” – first met Woodson in 1937 during his years as a graduate student and was a member of the association from 1936 until 2007.“Growing up, I would always hear Dad talking about what was happening in the association,” said Franklin, who has been a member since 2007. “It’s a marvelous mixture of historians and lay historians who are passionate about Black history.”last_img read more

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It shows a severe restriction of the left main artery which requires a stent to revacularize. The image on the right is a comparison with the invasive angiogram from the cath lab prior to stenting.  GE Discovery IGS 730As catheter-based, minimally invasive procedures expand rapidly beyond treatment of the coronary arteries into all areas of the human anatomy, angiography X-ray imaging systems have moved beyond their original purpose of simple vascular imaging. Today, in addition to interventional cardiology, cath labs are frequently shared by numerous specialists, including interventional radiology, interventional oncology, electrophysiology (EP), vascular surgeons and neurology.For this reason, GE and other vendors are now tailoring technology packages for each user. These include specific technologies for EP, interventional radiology, vascular surgery, cardiology and neurology. This change in the market led GE this past fall to use a new concept name for its angiography systems, now called Innova Image Guided Systems (IGS). It introduced the IGS name during the 2011 Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics (TCT) scientific symposium.According to the market research firm IMV Medical Information Division’s December 2011 report on angiography system market trends,1 there were about 1,710 cath labs in the United States, which performed an estimated 4.9 million procedures in 2010. At least 50 percent of the total cath lab volume consisted of noncoronary angiography procedures, IMV found. In addition to interventional cardiologists and radiologists, IMV found vascular surgeons are the second most likely physician type to be using cath labs, performing procedures in more than 60 percent of the cath lab sites.All vendors say the complexity of interventional procedures has increased, raising interest in more advanced visualization and 3-D guidance tools. More complexity also means longer imaging times, so users are more concerned about monitoring dose.A New Class of Angiography SystemsGE Healthcare launched two recently U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-cleared angiography systems offering the high image quality and features of a fixed system, but with the versatility of a mobile C-arm. The systems were shown for the first time at the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) show in December 2011 and formally released to the market in March at the American College of Cardiology (ACC) 2012 meeting.The Discovery IGS 730 system was designed to address the challenge departments historically have had in needing to switch between ceiling-, floor-mounted and mobile C-arm systems. It uses a wireless, laser-guided, motorized, wheeled, mobile gantry, allowing it to be moved anywhere in a room. It is ideal for hybrid operating rooms (ORs) because it can be parked away from the patient table, allowing open access for patient transport or open surgical procedures.GE also introduced the Innova IGS 520/530 with the OR option. This system uses a specifically designed table and accessories to enable both transcatheter and open surgical procedures in one room.New Software ToolsWith the approval of the Edwards Sapien Valve in November 2011, several vendors have created transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) software to help screen patients, plan procedures and guide the procedures in the cath lab or hybrid OR. GE Healthcare’s ValveAssist and Siemens’ syngo Aortic ValveGuide software were demonstrated at ACC.Other new software includes:• Siemens’ syngo Neuro PBV IR (parenchymal blood volume interventional radiology) provides visual assistance in the diagnosis and treatment of vessel malformations. In neuroradiology, this feature assists physicians in the treatment of stroke patients by displaying a color-coded qualitative map of cerebral tissue.• GE’s AngioViz yields additional information from digital subtraction angiography (DSA), utilizing parametric imaging, which examines each pixel and determines the peak opacification caused by the contrast and the time it takes for that pixel to reach that peak.• Toshiba introduced Volume Navigation 3-D roadmapping for the Infinix-i product line, allowing real-time procedural guidance. It links the movements of system components with the fusion 3-D and fluoroscopic display, so despite changes in table and C-arm position, the 3-D overlay is automatically aligned.• GE began offering Veran’s ig4 fusion imaging angiography electromagnetic navigation system using 4-D registration to precisely target cancerous lesions. The system helps deliver instruments to small targets in hard-to-access regions of the human body.Concern Over DoseIn 2011, the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions (SCAI) published guiding principles and best practices for the development of radiation safety programs in cardiac cath labs.2  It focused on the need for safe practice and continuing education for all facilities that perform angiographic interventions. The document summarizes program development criteria, including procedural guidelines, training, dose management and monitoring, equipment considerations and potential safety concerns.In 2011, Toshiba introduced a DICOM radiation dose structured report on all new Infinix-i systems to automatically record dose information from every X-ray event. The data is transferred into a standard format suitable for storage, making it easier to document, manage and evaluate overall dose usage.References:1. “2011 Interventional Angiography Lab Market Summary Report.” IMV Medical Information Division. December 2011. www.imvinfo.com2. Charles E. Chambers, et al. “Radiation Safety Program for the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory.” Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions (CCI), January 2011, vol. 77, issue 4, pages 546-556. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/ccd.22867/pdf. 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