Authorities in Kentucky say five family members from Michigan headed home from vacation were among six people killed in a wrong-way accident on Interstate 75.Lexington police said in a statement that a southbound pickup truck being driven in the northbound lanes struck the family’s sport utility vehicle at 2.30 am Sunday. The statement says the SUV caught fire. All five occupants died, along with the pickup’s driver.The Fayette County coroner’s office says the family from Northville, Michigan, was returning from a vacation in Florida.A coroner’s statement identified them as 42-year-old Issam Abbas, 38-year-old Rima Abbas, 14-year-old Ali Abbas, 13-year-old Isabella Abbas, and 7-year-old Giselle Abbas.The pickup’s driver was identified as 41-year-old Joey Lee Bailey of Georgetown. The crash remains under investigation.Also Read | 2 people killed in Meghalaya as another coal mine collapses, 15 trapped remain untracedAlso Watch | 7 Sabarimala pilgrims killed in road accident in Tamil Nadu
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Zack Langston was hauled off the field on a stretcher and brought to the team’s medical room. His mother, who was watching the game, followed close behind – terrified.Langston was a linebacker for Pittsburg State University in Kansas. A remarkably strong kid, he was known as a “wedge-breaker” and a “workhorse”. In high school, he won a “hammer” award for being the team’s hardest hitter. More than 1 million boys play football in high school each year, but less than 2% make it to elite schools like Pittsburg State. Langston was one of them. He was only dehydrated when he was taken out of the game, but as his mother, Nicki Langston, sat by his side, something else seemed amiss. “He’s just laying there on the bed, and all of the sudden tears just start rolling down his cheeks, and he’s still staring at the ceiling,” said Nicki Langston. “I said, ‘Zack, what’s wrong? What’s wrong?’ and he said, ‘I don’t know, I don’t know.’”“I kind of look back now, and I think maybe something was going on then that he wasn’t aware of, we weren’t aware of,” said Nicki. “That was his sophomore year.” He was 20 years old. Ex-NFL player confirmed as first case of CTE found in living person – researchers Topics Just a few years after playing for the “Pitt State” Gorillas, Zack had bouts of depression, rage and anxiety. He stunned his mother and brother when he tossed a barstool across a hotel room on vacation, and worried everyone when, on three occasions, he bought guns. Langston told his mother he believed football had “messed up his brain”, but could not explain how. Just a few years after he graduated, at age 26, Zack Langston shot himself, ending his life but preserving his brain, which he had told his girlfriend he wanted examined. He left behind a two-year-old son, three siblings, a mother, father. He also left behind many questions. “They did the autopsy here at the coroner’s office locally, and said his brain was totally healthy,” said Nicki. “That made things very disturbing, in a way.”In the last decade, American football’s “concussion epidemic” has become an existential crisis for the sport. Lawsuits against leagues at all levels – from elementary school age to the National Football League (NFL) – have flooded courts. Fewer children are playing. Debates and controversies about brain injuries have enveloped the sport as mounting medical evidence shows the long-term effects of heavy contact and collisions. In 2005, a Pennsylvania neuropathologist provoked a backlash from the NFL when his paper explicitly linked the degenerative brain disorder chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, to playing in the NFL. The league tried to discredit the physician, Bennet Omalu, and more recently to influence concussion research with a $16m grant. The latest research connecting concussions to degenerative brain disease came in July, when researchers from Boston University released a study of the 111 brains of former NFL players that had been donated to their “brain bank”: 110 players, or 99%, had CTE. It is no longer newsworthy when stars say they won’t let their sons play the sport, or for former players to divulge struggles with homelessness, chronic depression or drug abuse. But after years of focus on the professional game, attention is now turning to college football, as plaintiffs in a new class action lawsuit seek to bring the same reckoning to college football. Researchers from Boston University, the leading research institution on the topic, found CTE in the brains of 48 of the 53 college football players, the largest such study to date.Nicki Langston, whose son’s estate is now party to the lawsuit, first heard of CTE eight months after Zack’s death in February 2014. Her sister “just happened upon” League of Denial later that year, an award-winning documentary on the NFL’s refusal to acknowledge the dangers of repeated head trauma, despite mounting evidence.CTE’s symptoms are now well documented. “Impulsive, explosive and sometimes violent behavior; depression; and a tendency toward suicidality” is associated with “younger age and an earlier stage of CTE pathology”, the most recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association said.Nicki Langston said: “This was the very first time I’d heard of CTE … I watched [the film], and I called her back afterwards and said: ‘Oh my God, he had every single symptom.’” Reflecting on Zack’s life now, the Langston family believes he could have had as many as 100 undiagnosed concussions through the 13 years he played school and college football.•••What makes this lawsuit more acute than similar lawsuits in the professional league is the odd economic dynamic between college athletes and institutions they play for. Unlike in other countries, US college sports are a multi-billion dollar industry. Schools make millions from television broadcasting contracts and ticket sales. The days around this Thanksgiving weekend are packed with some of the most high-profile games.Elite college football is divided into 11 regions, called conferences. One of those conferences, called the Big Ten, signed a television contract last year worth $2.6bn. By contrast, one of the top academic institutions in the country, Johns Hopkins University in Maryland, spends $2.3bn annually on scientific research and development. Of the 10 largest sports stadiums in the world, eight belong to American college football teams. Professional American football stadiums don’t even make the list. The largest in the US belongs to the University of Michigan, is nicknamed “the big house” and is one of several to hold more than 100,000 people. The football-crazed University of Alabama pays its football coach Nick Saban $11.1m per year.But for all the money earned by the programs, athletes see little. The players, who are mostly black, are considered primarily students, and are not paid. They leave school without the sort of long-term health benefits the NFL players’ union has been able to negotiate.••• The Observer Facebook NCAA Soon after Nicki Langston learned about CTE, she sent her son’s brain to Boston University, a school at the forefront of the “concussion epidemic”, to be examined. Initially, she did not believe it would even be possible to send her son’s brain – he had died months prior – but the local coroner had saved enough of it for Boston University to perform tests. It took eight months for neuropathologists to conclude what Langston already believed: her son had CTE. “I was not at all surprised,” said Langston. “I was totally expecting them to tell me he had CTE. There was actually a little bit of relief – not relief, but closure – to know this was what had been causing his issues and his problems.” Langston is part of a growing group of former college football players and relatives suing the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), which they say failed to properly protect or warn its players of the danger of repeated concussions. Decades of scientific data, from the first peer-reviewed paper on “punch drunk” syndrome in boxers in 1928 through to Omalu’s 2005 article on CTE in a professional football player in 2005, should have provided ample evidence of potential harms, attorneys argue. Read more NFL concussion: researchers hope blood tests can better detect head trauma … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. 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Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on LinkedIn College football news Support The Guardian Share on WhatsApp Twitter Share on Facebook Share via Email Share on Twitter Some lawyers believe the case could grow larger than the roughly $1bn deal retired NFL players struck with their former employer, intended to care for 20,000 players. Each year, more than 70,000 young men play on teams like Zack Langston’s. “I am indeed very concerned about professional football players,” said Robert Stern, who co-authored the recent study from Boston University. Stern is part of a four member medical committee advising on a current NCAA lawsuit. “But from a public health standpoint, I’m much, much more concerned about the high school and college football players.”Though 91% of the 53 brains of college players examined by Boston University had CTE, it is not yet possible to estimate how many players might develop the disease. CTE can only be diagnosed after death, and the people whose brains were examined by Boston University almost all experienced symptoms during life. “It wasn’t until the early 70s that children from age six on began to experience these hundreds of subconcussive hits per season,” said Stern. “When you put it together, and you look at folks who only played in high school or who only played in college since 1970 … there’s around 12 million americans, at a minimum.”In a separate lawsuit, lawyers have already successfully sued the NCAA to establish a $70m medical monitoring fund for former college players. The current group of lawsuits, to which Langston’s estate is party, is gathering steam to compensate former players and their families. The NCAA did not immediately respond to a request for comment.Mothers like Nicki Langston are hoping for more lasting change. She and a small group of football mothers who survived their sons, called Faces of CTE, argue no one younger than 14 should play tackle football. “I absolutely do not feel kids should be playing football, absolutely not,” Langston said.“I’ll drive by football fields – middle schools – and I see these boys out practicing and it just makes me ill … The first time I saw it this season, I wanted to jump out of my car and say, ‘Do you know what you’re doing?’”In the US, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-8255. In the UK, the Samaritans can be contacted on 116 123. In Australia, the crisis support service Lifeline is on 13 11 14. Other international suicide helplines can be found at www.befrienders.org. 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10 Best Crime Documentaries on Netflix Right Now Editors’ Recommendations Ask anybody who wears a luxury timepiece why they wear it and they’ll tell you the same thing; a watch isn’t so much about telling time these days; it’s about style and status. Despite having the time on their cell phones, most men of a certain stature still wear a timepiece. New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony likes watches so much, that he co-founded Haute Time, the number one luxury watch resource. During NBA All-Star weekend, Anthony and Dom Pérignon hosted a late-night, post-game “Lights Out” (the nickname Anthony gave to Dom Pérignon’s Luminous bottles) bash with Haute Time at the Gilded Lily. Swizz Beatz, who DJd the party, even had to charter a G650 jet, which happened to be the only one allowed to land during the storm that night. Anthony wore an IWC timepiece that night, while all his friends wore pieces by Patek Philippe, Hublot, and more.Anthony (in Camel Coat) wears IWC, Haute Time co-founder Kamal Hotchandani at the top wears Richard Mille RM 11, Anthony’s brother-in-law Christian Vasquez (bottom right) wears the Hublot Big Bang chromo, MELO 7 tech venture co-founder Stuart Goldfarb wearing Patek Philippe (top right).Anthony, who is clearly a watch enthusiast, has a number of favorite watches. Curious about his style? See the main photo above (Clockwise, L-R): The F.P. Journe Octa Lune, for more information, visit hautetime.com; The Cartier Rotonde de Cartier, for more information visit hautetime.com; The Jaeger-leCoultre Master Grand Complication, for more information visit hautetime.com; The IWC Aquatimer Chronograph, for more information visit hautetime.com. Deep Sleep: The World’s Most Incredible Underwater Hotel Rooms The Best Food Shows on Netflix to Binge Right Now The Best Netflix Food Documentaries to Savor Right Now The Awake G7 Watch Makes Fishing Nets Fashionable and Sustainable
zoom Japan’s Minister of Land, Infrastructure and Transportation Award, one of the highest awards in the eco-services category, was presented jointly to Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha, the Monohakobi Technology Institute, and Oshima Shipbuilding Co. Ltd. on December 12, in recognition of the NYK Group’s use of an energy-saving air-lubrication system on its vessels.The awards ceremony was held in Tokyo at Eco-Products 2013, the largest environmental exhibition in Japan, and attended by NYK managing corporate officer Yasuo Tanaka; Iwashita Tatsurou, director and general manager of the Design Dept. at Oshima Shipbuilding; and Makoto Igarashi, president of MTI.The awarded air-lubrication system effectively reduces CO2 emissions by use of bubbles generated by air released from the bottom of the vessel to lessen the frictional resistance between a vessel’s bottom and the seawater. Moreover, in 2010 a new air-lubrication system that features a blower that provides air to the vessel bottom, thus reducing friction between the vessel bottom and the sea, was installed on two NYK Group module carriers. A system using the vessel’s scavenging air was additionally developed and installed on a new coal carrier in 2012, thus demonstrating the viability of a system for large vessels having deep drafts. The NYK Group is also currently looking to equip newly built car carriers with this eco-friendly system.Based on its environmental management vision — i.e., “to contribute to the global environment and the creation of sustainable societies by managing environmental risks and arriving at an optimal balance between environment and economy” — the NYK Group has become a tireless promoter of the development of innovative technologies and devices to improve vessel operation and thus reduce negative environmental impacts. Equipping vessels with air-lubrication systems has been highly commended both in Japan and abroad as an approach leading to the prevention of global warming.Recognitions Received for NYK’s Air-lubrication System (by fiscal year):2013 – Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transportation Award at the 2013 Eco-Products Awards2013 – Highest award at the 2013 Nikkei Global Environmental Technology Awards2013 – 2012 Ship of the Year Award by the Japan Society of Naval Architects and Ocean Engineers2013 – Finalist at the 2013 Lloyd’s List Awards2013 – Finalist for the Clean Shipping Award at the 2013 Seatrade Awards2013 – Award for excellence at the 40th Environmental Awards sponsored by the Hitachi Environment Foundation and Nikkan Kogyo Shimbun Ltd.2012 – Japan’s 2012 Ministry of the Environment Award in the technical development and commercialization categories for the promotion of measures to address climate change2011 – Special award at the Japan Society of Naval Architects and Ocean Engineers’ Ship of the Year Awards2010 – Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport Award at the 20th Global Environment Awards“The NYK Group will continue its efforts to develop and make use of new environmental approaches,” the company said in a press release.NYK, December 13, 2013
Hyderabad: Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu Saturday said the country does not need any lessons from others, as it is the most secular one in the world even as religious freedom is a fundamental right guaranteed under the Constitution.”Please remember that culture is a way of life and religion is a way of worship. Accordingly, I have the honour of asserting that India is a country built on the foundations of a civilisation that is fundamentally tolerant,” he said. Also Read – Prohibitory orders lifted from Mumbai’s stir-hit Aarey ColonyIn India, religious freedom is a fundamental right guaranteed under Articles 25 to 28 of the Constitution, he said. “We do not need any lessons from anybody. Some countries of late have started giving us ‘pravachans’ (sermons), forgetting what is happening back in their own countries. If at all, you have to grade number one, the most secular country in the world, is Indian civilization, India, that is Bharat, our motherland,” he said. Naidu was speaking at the Graduation Day-2019 of Muffakham Jah College of Engineering and Technology here. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!Last week, the US state department, in its annual 2018 International Religious Freedom Report, had alleged that “mob attacks by violent extremist Hindu groups against minority communities, particularly Muslims, continued in India in 2018 amid rumours that victims had traded or killed cows for beef”. It evoked a sharp reaction from the ruling BJP, which said it shows a clear bias against the Modi government. Making his point, Naidu quoted the Indian concept of ‘sarva dharma sama bhavana, which means respect for each others religion. The Preamble of the Constitution declares the country as secular so as to guarantee every citizen equality without any discrimination based on religion, though our country is predominantly Hindu, he said. India is the birthplace of four major religions of the world Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism and significant population of three other religions of the world — Islam, Christianity and Zoroastrianism — live in India, he said.
EDMONTON – Some four-legged canine comfort is coming to paramedics in Alberta.Alberta Health Services says it has enlisted a three-year-old black Labrador retriever to help responders overcome psychological job stress.Delray is an accredited canine trained to provide comfort and support, and will visit EMS stations with his handler following traumatic calls.There will also be regular visits to maintain morale, promote mental wellness and support members reintegrating to work after taking time off for stress.The health agency says animal contact has been shown to trigger production of a hormone in the body, which lowers stress by reducing blood pressure and cortisol levels.Delray and his handler, Erica Olson, will first work in the agency’s central zone.Their services will be monitored for up to 18 months to determine how the program can be expanded to paramedics across the province.“Our EMS professionals deal with challenging and traumatic calls every day across Alberta,” chief paramedic Darren Sandbeck said in a release Monday. “The psychological impact is very real and we have made it our priority to support our staff every step of the way.”The PAWS program was identified by the EMS Psychological Health and Safety Committee as an effective resource for staff using proven animal engagement techniques supported by specialized training through PADS, one of Canada’s leaders in the breeding, raising, training and supporting certified assistance dogs.“For years we have known that specially trained canines like Delray have a unique and instinctive capacity to comfort those in distress,” said Associate Health Minister Brandy Payne.Delray is believed to be the first dog in Canada to provide dedicated support to first responders.
APTN National NewsTyeshia Jones, 18, was buried in Duncan, B.C., over the weekend.Close to 1,500 people paid their respects to Jones and her family.The RCMP say that Jones was murdered, but police still have no suspect.Rumours are circulating in the community on who may have killed Jones.The family wants those rumours to end.APTN National News reporter Wayne Roberts has more on this story.
HACKENSACK, N.J. – Three sports memorabilia collectors who accused New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning of providing bogus “game-worn” equipment that was sold to unsuspecting fans settled their lawsuit against the Super Bowl-winning quarterback on Monday, days before the case was scheduled to go to trial.A spokesman for the defendants, a group that included Manning, the Giants, two equipment managers and Steiner Sports, the company with whom Manning is under contract to provide game-worn jerseys and helmets for sale, said Monday night a settlement had been reached to resolve the claims. Details were not given.Plaintiffs Eric Inselberg, Michael Jakab and Sean Godown had sought triple the amount of their alleged losses — which totalled less than $20,000 combined — for buying two helmets billed as worn by Manning. They also had sought punitive damages, and claimed in court filings they would produce evidence that would “show that Manning engaged in a pattern of knowingly providing items to Steiner Sports that he misrepresented as having been game-used when he knew they were not.”Manning and the Giants had denied the allegations and characterized the suit as “inflammatory and baseless” in court filings.Jury selection was to have begun this week, but a death in the family of one of the attorneys had pushed that back to next Monday.An attorney for the plaintiffs confirmed the settlement Monday night.Inselberg filed the lawsuit in 2014. The suit claimed two helmets purchased by Inselberg and the two other plaintiffs — including one purportedly used by Manning during the Giants’ 2007-2008 Super Bowl season — were bogus. Inselberg alleged photographic experts using a technique called “photomatching” could not find evidence that the helmets were ever used in games.The Giants and Manning contend photomatching is unreliable because it does not take into account that helmets are routinely reconditioned during or after a season, the evidence of which might be found on the inside of the helmet and not the outside.The stakes were raised in the lawsuit in April 2017 when Inselberg’s attorneys filed court documents that contained emails between Manning and equipment manager Joseph Skiba, who also was a defendant in the lawsuit. In one email, Manning asks Skiba to get “2 helmets that can pass as game used.”The email does not refer to the two helmets at issue in the lawsuit, but Inselberg alleged it indicates a pattern of fraud.When the emails went public last year, Manning angrily denied any wrongdoing. In a court filing this month, Manning’s attorney wrote that the email was intended to ask Skiba for two game-used helmets that would “satisfy the requirement of being game-used.”“Manning never instructed Joe Skiba to create any fraudulent memorabilia,” attorney Robert Lawrence wrote. “Rather, Manning believed that if he asked Joe Skiba for his helmets, he received his game-used helmets and that the helmets he received from Skiba were his game-used helmets.”In the same court filing, Manning’s lawyer accused Inselberg of being “engaged in a decades-long memorabilia scheme” in which he obtained, without permission, game-used Giants equipment, including Manning’s, from Skiba and Skiba’s brother, Ed, as well as a local dry cleaner.
The Government and the Palipehutu-FNL – the last major rebel hold-outs after the end of the brutal civil war between the Hutu majority and the Tutsi minority – took a decisive step forward in April when the FNL formally disarmed and registered as a political party, Youssef Mahmoud, Executive Representative of the Secretary-General for Burundi, told the Security Council.In addition, he said that 3,500 former combatants for the FNL, which had first signed the Comprehensive Ceasefire Agreement in 2006 but revised it last year after a fresh outbreak of deadly fighting, integrated into Government forces and the police.“The FNL’s renunciation of armed struggle is an important development which paves the way for its participation in the democratic process in Burundi,” Mr. Mahmoud, who also heads the UN Integrated Office in Burundi (BINUB), told the Council in an open meeting.He noted that almost half of the 11,000 adults associated with the FNL militia have registered and received assistance as part of the disarmament, demobilization and reintegration (DDR) process.Some 340 children, including six girls, who had been separated from the FNL during April, were also reunited with their families, and 24 the group’s leaders had been nominated to senior civil service positions, including ambassadorial posts and governorships.The head of BINUB said that the political climate in the Great Lakes nation had also seen some improvements in 2009, most notably the establishment of the National Independent Electoral Commission (CENI).Additionally, with yesterday’s registration with the Government of the Mouvement pour la Solidarité et la Démocratie of Alexis Sinduhije, there are now 43 registered political parties in Burundi, he said.Despite the improvement in the political climate, Mr. Mahmoud said that concerns remain over the persistent disruption of the activities of opposition political parties – in some cases of violence against their members – by the police, the intelligence service and local officials.In his most recent report to the Security Council on Burundi, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged the Government to “treat all political parties equally under Burundian law and to ensure the respect of the right to freedom of expression and assembly.”In a press statement issued at the end of today’s Council meeting, Ambassador Baki Ilkin of Turkey, which holds the body’s rotating presidency for June, commended the advances in the Burundian peace process, in particular the disarmament of the FNL, its accreditation as a political party and the release of children associated with it.Mr. Ilkin said that the Council also encouraged the Government and “all political parties and stakeholders to prepare the ground for peaceful, free and fair elections scheduled for 2010 in the spirit of reconciliation and dialogue enshrined in the Burundian Constitution.” 9 June 2009Significant strides have been taken in Burundi in implementing its ceasefire accord and laying the foundations for next year’s presidential election, the United Nations top envoy to the impoverished African nation said today.
RICHMOND, B.C. — The head of a company that runs a British Columbia casino alleged to have taken in millions that could be proceeds of crime says procedures to ensure compliance with regulations are strictly followed.Rod N. Baker says the Great Canadian Gaming Corp. has a “culture of integrity and transparency” and is committed to preventing illegal activities at all of its locations, including the River Rock Casino in Richmond.“We are proud of our track record, and the positive and open working relationship we have with our regulatory authorities and Crown partners,” he said in a statement released Monday.Last month, the B.C. government announced an independent expert’s review of the province’s policies in the gambling industry after concerns were raised about the possibility of money laundering at River Rock.Attorney General David Eby said he launched the probe after reading a report about the casino accepting $13.5 million in $20 bills in July 2015 that police said could be proceeds of crime involving Asian VIP clients.Baker said Great Canadian initially detected suspicious activity at the casino in 2012 and that its ongoing monitoring and reporting to the B.C. Lottery Corp. was crucial to identifying the individuals allegedly involved.The company provides records about unusual and large cash transactions directly to the lottery corporation, which assesses whether the transactions raise enough concern for further investigation, he added.“Contrary to suggestions in certain media reports, to our knowledge our company is not under investigation in any jurisdiction. Our employees followed all procedures required of them by BCLC and we do not believe our company’s actions would give cause to initiate any investigation,” he said.Baker said the company has contacted Peter German, who was appointed by Eby to conduct a review of the lottery corporation’s policies and practices to prevent money laundering.“Great Canadian is proud of its culture of integrity and positive interaction with our regulators and Crown partners, and will adopt any changes or improvements to the regulatory structure that result from the review.”Eby said he thought a July 2016 report commissioned by the province’s previous Liberal government should have been made public when it was completed. The report done by the accounting and consulting firm MNP compiled documents from B.C.’s Gaming Policy and Enforcement Branch.It says single cash buy-ins in excess of $500,000 with no known source of funds were accepted at River Rock.“Law enforcement intelligence has indicated that this currency may be the direct proceeds of crime,” the report says.The report makes more than a dozen recommendations, including implementing policies that casinos refuse unsourced cash deposits exceeding an established dollar amount, that anti-money laundering training programs are evaluated, and that casinos work to support cash-alternatives.A B.C. Lottery Corp. document in response said many recommendations in the report have been addressed though it was awaiting more direction from the Gaming Policy Enforcement Branch on dealing with and refusing large, unsourced cash deposits.The MNP report says its review wasn’t meant to provide an analysis about whether money laundering was actually occurring in B.C.’s casinos.
An Ontario court judge said a 43-year-old Hamilton man “shook the consciousness of the community” when he drunkenly drove his vehicle onto a busy Port Dover beach last year.Justice Gethin Edward sentenced Yourem Mako to 90 days in jail, which he will be permitted to serve on weekends so he can hold down his full-time job.Mako was severely intoxicated last Aug. 4, his birthday, when his actions were captured on video.“People saw how close innocents were to injury and even death,” said Justice Gethin Edward. “It was horrible.”The judge watched a video, captured and posted on social media, that showed Mako’s blue van mounting a curb at the beach and driving steadily toward the packed beach despite screams from onlookers.One man rushed his child out of the way and tried to stand in front of Mako’s van. Those on the beach opened the driver’s door and pulled out and restrained Mako out.People reported seeing open and empty bottles in the vehicle and said said Mako was screaming threats.“For the most part, impaireds happen at night,” said Edward. “But, here, the community bore witness to Mr. Mako’s conduct at 11:37 a.m. on a crowded beach and then the greater community bore witness when the cellphone video went viral.”Assistant Crown attorney Lynette Fritzley asked for a 90-day sentence.“His pre-sentence report shows a man not willing to take responsibility for his actions and is blaming his ex-wife,” Fritzley told the judge.“You could see from that video, nobody pulled his ex-wife out of that car as he plowed through the beach on a busy day. His ex-wife didn’t pour alcohol down his throat and tie him into that car. He made those choices to put everybody on that beach at risk that day.”Defence lawyer Adam O’Brodovich said his client, who was born in Iraq, was misunderstood by the author of the report.“It’s unfair. His drinking did occur from the breakdown in the relationship (with his wife) but he’s not saying he drank on that day because his ex-wife magically made him do this. He’s taking full responsibility.”O’Brodovich said, since the incident, Mako, who previously had a clean driving record, has been “bone-dry sober”.Without a licence, Mako’s been travelling six hours a day to get to and from work to keep his job and maintain his child-support payments.“He’s clearly taking it seriously.”While many first-time drunk drivers get a driving prohibition and finesof $1,000 to $2,000, the defence lawyer asked the judge to consider a sentence of 10 days of time served plus another 30 days of weekend jail. O’Brodovich also presented letters of support from Mako’s siblings, with whom he’s been residing, co-workers and employer.“It was a terrible thing that happened and, yes, people were put in danger. I’m not minimizing that. He was depressed, turned to drinking and made some very poor decisions. But he got his drinking under control.”Mako offered a short apology to the judge.Edward said that Mako’s “egregious conduct’ calls for a 90-day sentence.He said the man’s blood-alcohol readings were extremely high, the number of potential victims, including children, was high and and the video was upsetting to the thousands who viewed it.Edward credited the time Mako had already served toward a breach of probation, which had to do with a charge of having a dangerous weapon in a domestic dispute some time ago.Mako’s 18-month probation period will mean no driving, except for the forklift at his job. He also is prohibited from consuming alcohol or drugs. And he is banned from Port Dover.“Mr. Mako, there are redeeming qualities in all people but many who observed how you drove on that beach might believe you have no redeeming qualities,” said the judge. “To your credit, you are spending six hours a day going to and from work to support your family.“That’s something you should be proud of and use that motivation to remain sober and do the right things in life. I trust this was a one-off and it’s not going to happen again.”SGamble@postmedia.com@EXPSGamble
This reinforcement makes it possible to better protect Bambari and its inhabitants, as, for the time being, the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission is the only legitimate authority mandated by the Government to control the city. As Mission chief Parfait Onanga-Anyanga recalled: “Bambari should not belong to armed groups.” In a news release, the Mission stressed that the FPRC (Front Populaire pour la Renaissance de Centrafrique)’s coalition and UPC (Mouvement pour l’Unité et la Paix en Centrafrique) represent a threat for civilian populations and that UN peacekeepers will respond in case of violence. However, discussions are ongoing and a UN civilian-military delegation will soon meet with the leader of one of the armed groups. The MINUSCA stressed that Bambari “must be free of armed groups in the coming days.”And the UN Mission today also welcomed the nomination of Toussaint Muntazini Mukimapa as Special Prosecutor to the CAR’s Special Criminal Court. Clashes between the mainly Muslim Séléka rebel coalition and anti-Balaka militia, which are mostly Christian, plunged the country of 4.5 million people into civil conflict in 2013. According to the UN, more more than half the population is in dire need of assistance. Despite significant progress and successful elections, CAR has remained in the grip of instability and sporadic unrest. In December 2016, the Mission supported a new dialogue between 11 of the 14 armed groups, as part of an ongoing effort to disarm the factions.
“Our concern is based on reports suggesting the involvement of the Special Forces, a unit aligned with the LNA [Libyan National Army], and in particular their field commander, Mahmoud al-Werfalli, in torturing detainees and summarily executing at least 10 captured men,” Liz Throssell, a spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), told journalists at a media briefing in Geneva today. “We urge the LNA to ensure there is a full, impartial investigation into these allegations and also call on the group to suspend Mr. al-Werfalli from his duties as a Special Forces field commander pending the conclusion of such an investigation,” she added. According to OHCHR, on multiple occasions, there have been videos circulating on social media which allegedly show Mr. al-Werfalli executing kneeling men, or ordering them shot. The latest video, which was posted on social media this month, seems to shows LNA fighters kicking and taunting prisoners, while Mr. al-Werfalli is apparently heard accusing two men who have their hands tied behind their backs of belonging to terrorist groups, added the OHCHR spokesperson. “The fight against terrorism cannot be used to justify summary executions or other grave violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law,” she stressed. Also at the briefing, Ms. Throssell stated that, in March, the LNA announced investigations into alleged rights abuses but added that it has not shared any information regarding the status of the inquiries.
Nick Herbert, Conservative MP for Arundel and a former minister, added: “It’s intolerable that key public services can be brought to a halt by a small number of militant trade unionists in what increasingly looks like a co-ordinated political action. “The Government cannot give in to this pressure and if the campaign continues we will have to look at new measures to ensure that services which people rely on cannot be disrupted in the future.”A 24-hour walkout over job losses by the RMT and TSSA unions, which represent TfL staff, began at 6pm and is expected to bring the capital to a standstill on Monday, when many are returning to work for the first time after the Christmas break. Tim Loughton, Conservative MP for East Worthing and Shoreham, said: “At a time when the Government is doing everything it can to show Britain is open for business post-Brexit, a resurgence in union activity doesn’t help that message. “We don’t want this to be seen as a back-door way for the unions to try and undermine Brexit.” Colin Stanbridge, chief executive of the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry, who said: “This is the wrong time to send out a message across the world that London isn’t open for business, as it is being closed by ongoing strikes.”It will put tourists off visiting and discourage business from moving their headquarters to the UK. Strikes like this go to the very heart of undermining companies’ efforts to make a real success of Brexit.” He added that if London’s image abroad is damaged, the cost to the UK will be “small beer” compared to the day-to-day cost of strikes, which already run into tens of millions of pounds.Have you got a transport story? We’d like to hear about it. Email: email@example.com Unions have co-ordinated a spate of strikes this week to inflict “maximum pain” upon millions of commuters, Government sources said on Sunday night. Industrial action which will affect around five million people began at 6pm on Sunday as Transport for London staff staged a 24-hour London Underground strike, while Southern Rail services are expected to be severely disrupted until Friday as a result of three separate days of industrial action.The action comes amid warnings that the misery will spread across the country as union bosses said industrial action is “inevitable” on the Northern rail network, which covers Leeds, Manchester, Newcastle upon Tyne and Hull. Business chiefs and MPs warned strikes could send out a message to the rest of the world that London is “not open for business” at a crucial moment in the Brexit process. Four different unions taking industrial action in the same week has led to a number of allegations that bosses have deliberately timed the strikes together. A Government source told The Telegraph: “This action is clearly co-ordinated to inflict maximum pain on hard working commuters”. About 300,000 Southern Rail passengers also face being unable to get to work this week as rail staff plan to strike on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday over the implementation of driver-only operated trains. Southern admitted it cannot lay on enough rail replacement buses to get people into work and the Government has urged people to either work from home or share lifts with other commuters to get to work.As commuters who usually catch the train to work are expected to hit the roads instead, the AA has warned drivers can expect a rise in congestion and “road rage” across London and the South East. In addition to the rail strikes an estimated 10,000 British Airways passengers also face disruption as cabin crew strike on Tuesday and Wednesday. Heathrow is likely to be worst affected, with up to 48 flights grounded. A BA spokeswoman revealed that although all passengers have been offered an alternative flight “within hours” of their original booking, the airline will not compensate them for the inconvenience unless their new flight is significantly delayed. Travel mayhem is expected this week as services will be disrupted across London and the South East, while the North could also be impactedCredit:Jack Hardy
METS Ignited is an industry-led, government-funded, Growth Centre for the mining equipment, technology and services (METS) sector. Its stated mission is: “To strengthen Australia’s position as a global hub for mining innovation, and, enhance the global competitive advantage of the Australian METS industry.”Ric Gros CEO, METS Ignited recently highlighted what the group sees as industry knowledge priorities for the METS sector. “Developing capabilities to compete in a global market place, reducing barriers to innovation, advancing mine autonomy and robotics, reducing the footprint of mining, advancing interoperability of data and systems, and improving exploration technologies, are captured in the Industry Knowledge Priorities (IKPs) for the Mining Equipment, Technology and Services (METS) sector. METS Ignited together with industry and research partners, Austmine and CSIRO, have developed the IKPs for the METS sector to help influence strategic areas of direction to create a sustainable global advantage for the Australian METS sector.”“The IKPs, an element of the Sector Competitiveness Plan (SCP), for the METS sector are outcome-focussed priorities intended to strengthen and increase the competitive advantage for the Australian METS sector. Six IKPs have been identified as a result of consultation with the METS and mining sectors alongside with our SCP partners Austmine, CSIRO and VCI. The IKPs were further shaped by the global megatrends impacting the mining ecosystem, as well as emerging challenges and technology trends. The IKPs fall into two key category areas:management skills and capabilities needed to make the sector more competitive; andresearch and development required to ensure that the sector remains relevant.The knowledge priorities address the opportunities for step-change improvements in global mining challenges, creating a critical mass through identifying and developing clusters formed around either areas of specific expertise or natural geographic groupings of complementary skills, and increasing commercialisation of innovation.”Those interested can download the full document: Industry Knowledge Priorities: Mining Equipment, Technology and Services sector at: https://www.metsignited.org/Attachment?Action=Download&Attachment_id=53
Source: Órla Ryan/Twitter Selfie time with @campaignforleo pic.twitter.com/aP2AeGK4vi— Órla Ryan (@orlaryan) June 26, 2014 “We might need the stretcher for the reshuffle.” pic.twitter.com/7i35V9jmDI— Órla Ryan (@orlaryan) June 26, 2014 Source: Órla Ryan/Twitter THE GOVERNMENT HAS announced it will provide a one-off grant of €200,000 for Mountain Rescue Ireland to purchase new vehicles and equipment.The announcement was made today by Transport Minister Leo Varadkar and Junior Tourism Minister Michael Ring.Chris English, team leader of the Dublin-Wicklow Mountain Rescue Team, said the money is the equivalent of “almost a full year’s running costs”.“It’s going to make a huge impact to the running of the teams across the country.”English said that in the last ten years there has a been a big increase in the number of people the group has to rescue annually.Some teams have seen this figure jump from 20-30 in 2004 to over 100 last year, thanks to increased hill walking and tourism. Banking inquiryIn terms of the banking inquiry not being able to discuss what happening during 30 minutes of a crucial Cabinet meeting in the lead up to the bank guarantee six years ago, Varadkar said he was not overly familiar with the issue.“I had understood that we’d passed an amendment to the Constitution to allow for Cabinet confidentiality to be lifted in some cases, but I’d need to study it more closely first.”Related: ‘Busiest year yet’ for Dublin & Wicklow Mountain Rescue TeamRead: ‘Ridiculous’: The banking inquiry won’t be able to discuss 30 minutes of a crucial Cabinet meeting That’s a significant increase over ten years, at a time when we’ve had our funding cut significantly.The organisation’s budget was cut by 40% up to 2012, but has remained steady since then.https://vine.co/v/MtUxgiM9UqAEnglish said that, as a voluntary society, Mountain Rescue is happy to fundraise part of its running costs. Currently they have to raise about two-thirds of the money, while the government gives them a grant for the remainder.He noted that the group would like to see this scenario reversed.Crucial equipmentVaradkar said that he would “love” to increase funding for the organisation, but could not promise anything in the next Budget. He added that the €200,000 grant would help them to purchase “crucial” vehicles and equipment.Mountain rescue teams play a hugely important role in supporting trekkers and mountaineers. Hill walking and adventure sports are getting more popular by the year, and play an increasingly important role in tourism.“The various mountain rescue teams work closely with the Irish Coast Guard and the Gardaí on rescue operations. My department has stabilised current funding for mountain rescue since the general election, providing €363,000 for day to day operations since then.”Minister Ring called on local authorities, particularly those in coastal counties, to set aside money in their budgets for mountain rescue teams, saying: “It’s the least they could do.”As a West of Ireland Minister I am very familiar with the excellent work done by mountain rescue teams. I want to pay tribute to the heroism of these brave men who go out in all conditions, throughout the year.“We have some of the harshest weather in the West of Ireland, and we feel the full force of the Atlantic storms. I’m delighted that we could make this special allocation.”Ring added that he would be “delighted to serve the country to the best of my ability” should he receive a promotion in the upcoming Cabinet reshuffle.Both Varadkar and Ring made a few quips that the Mountain Rescue’s stretcher might be needed following the reshuffle. OversightVaradkar said he plans to hold discussions with Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald about improving the current oversight arrangements of the organisation.Under Ireland’s Framework for Emergency Management, mountain rescue teams fall under the remit of the Department of Justice and are called out by the Gardaí. However, the Department of Transport administers the grant scheme, while the Coast Guard chairs the National Coordinating Committee for Mountain and Cave Rescue.“We need greater clarity concerning which Department is responsible for funding and supporting mountain rescue teams. I intend to discuss this matter with my colleague Minister Fitzgerald and provide a better arrangement for mountain rescue,” Varadkar stated.Road SafetyHe noted that he had a “really productive” meeting with Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald and the PARC Road Safety Group yesterday.“We focused on practical things that we can do together, improving some of the administration in the courts service and also things like bringing in the third payment options when it comes to penalty points.”The third payment system would give people an extra chance to pay a penalty points-related fine before having to appear in court.Frances has a real feel and understanding for road safety so things are going really well.When asked how she compared to her predecessor, Varadkar said that Alan Shatter was “extremely busy obviously with a number of different matters”, adding: “He certainly did an excellent job in a number of areas.”“You’d be amazed sometimes at how hard it can be coordinate ministers’ diaries and get two in a room at the same time.”
these suckers have no clue that they are being silently judged from a mile away.london. one of the world’s most fabled urban metropolises is ready for its close-up. really close-up. crazy close-up. eighty friggin’ gigapixel closeup!photographer jeffrey martin took this 80 billion pixel, 360-degree panoramic image over the course of three days from the top of the center point building by digitally combining 7,886 individual photos. if the image was printed at normal resolution, it would measure 115 feet long and 56 feet high. the image allows you to zoom in on pedestrians or people going about their business inside buildings far off in the distance. you are even able to zoom into the westminster clock face to read the time from a mile and a half away.faces were blurred to protect their privacy and, according to the daily mail, the photographic team also had to censor one image described as “naughty,” though they declined to tell where it is or what uniquely british form of waggery transpired.
Fake gun and €60,000 worth of cocaine seized in Cork Gardaí have yet to make any arrests following the sezures and the investigation is ongoing. File photo. Image: Eamonn Farrell/RollingNews.ie Friday 13 Sep 2019, 9:13 AM File photo. By Ceimin Burke https://jrnl.ie/4807250 GARDAÍ IN COUNTY Cork have seized an imitation firearm and approximately €60,000 worth of cocaine.The drugs and the imitation weapon were found shortly after 9pm yesterday when Gardaí from the Mallow District Drugs Unit, Regional Support Unit and Regional Dog Unit, carried out a search of a house in the Newmarket area.During the course of the search, Gardaí seized suspected cocaine and an imitation firearm which will both be sent for analysis.No arrests have been made and the investigation is ongoing. Share7 Tweet Email 4 Comments Fri 9:13 AM Image: Eamonn Farrell/RollingNews.ie 12,483 Views Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article