Championship a successBhubaneswar, June 25 (PTI) Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today joined “Pathotsav”, a vehicle-free citizen initiative, to seek peoples cooperation for making the 22nd Asian Athletics Championship being held here next month a success.Patnaik attended Pathotsav, earlier known as Raahgiri Day, organised on the Janpath here as the state government chose the innovative initiative to promote and publicise the international sport event as part of its citizen connect drive.Describing the upcoming sport event slated to be inaugurated here on July 5 as a glorious moment for Odisha, the chief minister said Bhubaneswar is fully prepared to host the mega event to be attended by players and delegates from 45 countries.Seeking peoples support and cooperation in making the upcoming event a grand success, Patnaik said the players and delegates should also be treated well.The centre of attraction at Pathotsav was Olly, the official mascot for Asian Athletics Championship. A road show with mascot “Olly” for the Championship had earlier been flagged off by Naveen Patnaik here on June 12.Two decorated vehicles carrying “Olly” turtle, depicting the endangered Olive Ridley turtles which throng Odishas Gahirmatha beach for mass nesting, are covering all the district headquarter towns and cities of the state.After criss-crossing the state, both the vehicles carrying the mascot are scheduled to arrive on July 2 at Kalinga Stadium here, the venue of the championship scheduled to be held from July six to nine.Over 1,000 athletes from 45 countries are slated to take part in 42 disciplines in the Asian Athletics Championships, first of its kind being held in Odisha.advertisementEarlier editions of the championships have been held in New Delhi (1989) and Pune (2013), making Bhubaneswar the third Indian city to host the flagship athletics event in Asia, sources said.The Odisha capital was roped in as the host city after Ranchi pulled out at the last minute.The multi-purpose Kalinga Stadium is being transformed to become a world-class track and field facility, meeting all the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) standards. PTI SKN RG KKB
Hyderabad: Pinning hopes on the recovery of the USA market, a top official of the Pharmaceuticals Export Promotion Council of India (Pharmexcil)on Friday said Indian pharma exports may touch $22 billion during the current financial year against $19.14 billion in FY ’19. Speaking to reporters, director-general of Pharmexcil, a body under the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Uday Bhasker said some of the policy decisions being taken by the Chinese government may align favourably to Indian pharma exporters. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalIn July 2019, Indian exports recorded 21.7 per cent growth to 1.72 billion (total exports from April to July this year was at $6.17 billion), he said. The cumulative growth of Indian exports for the period April-July was 13 per cent. As of June 2019, Indias generic pharmaceutical exports have grown almost 2.7 to 2.8 times faster than the market (global generic market), he said. “Hence, we expect the exports to touch $22 billion in the fiscal 2019-20,” Bhaskar said. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boost”The prices (in USA market) are now stabilised. Even when there was price erosion, our export volumes were growing. That is why the US market has revived,” he said. Despite price erosion and cartelisation in the USA market, the market there started recovering with 13.72 per cent growth in FY ’19 against negative growth of eight per cent in FY ’18, Bhaskar said. Exports to North America, Africa and European Union contribute nearly 66 per cent of the total Indian pharma exports comprising bulk drugs, finished dosage formulations, Ayush and herbals and surgical, statistics supplied by the Pharmexcil said. On exports to China and Japan markets, the official said the Japan market was basically not favourable for generic drugs and also doctors in that country were also not willing to promote generic versions. The registration of drugs in China takes lot of time for Indian companies. There was some policy change last year which was perceived as an opportunity for Indian exporters, he said. According to him, India currently imports APIs (Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient) and other chemicals worth $2.5 billion from China while drug exports to the country was at $230 million. Pharmexcil would be organising a two-day ‘International Regulators Meet’ here on September 19 and 20. About 40 delegates, including some drug regulators, from 25 countries are expected to participate in the meet, Bhaskar said.
MONTREAL — The head of the First Nations Chiefs of Police Association is calling on Ottawa and Quebec to address the chronic underfunding of Indigenous police forces outlined in this week’s report of a national public inquiry.Dwayne Zacharie says the lack of funding for First Nations police forces is a long-standing problem that needs to end.“First Nations communities deserve to have the same service that everyone else is getting,” said Zacharie, who is also the chief Peacekeeper for the Mohawk community of Kahnawake on Montreal’s South Shore.“For that, we require proper resourcing, whether it’s funding or human resources, meaning bodies to go out and do it.”A supplementary report from the inquiry into murdered and missing Indigenous women and girls dealing specifically with Quebec noted that the province’s 22 independent Indigenous police forces are the most of any province.But the report said “chronic underfunding” has resulted in problems, including recruitment and retention issues, a lack of female and Indigenous officers, difficulty in accessing training and poor communications between departments.“The national inquiry has also noted that Indigenous police forces have a chronic shortage of human resources and training,” it noted.High turnover rates mean that the complex job of policing Indigenous communities often falls to young and inexperienced officers with only a few months on the job, it said.The report said some of the problems stem from a complex funding agreement between the communities and the federal and provincial governments, which must be renegotiated every three to five years.This “makes it difficult, and sometimes impossible, to implement plans and strategies beyond a three-year time frame,” it notes. Zacharie said the problem is that First Nations police are often viewed as “second-class” forces, even though their officers graduate from the same police schools.He said that while the federal government recently promised to ensure the funding agreements would become permanent, it’s hard to be sure until First Nations police forces are declared an essential service — something he urges Ottawa to do.“We need to get more advanced training, we need the resources to do more, to give our communities the services we deserve,” he said.Lyle Cox, an inspector with the Eeyou Eenou police force that serves Cree communities of northern Quebec, agreed that First Nations policing needs to be made an essential service.“It is questionable for us to know if we can make a career out of policing and retire, because we never know if the (First Nations Policing Program) will be renewed with the governments,” he said by email.The report issued a number of recommendations related to Indigenous police forces.These included increased long-term funding, better co-ordination between police forces, better training for police cadets on the socio-cultural realities of Indigenous communities and access to full training for Indigenous officers.Michel LeRoux, whose son died while working for an Indigenous police force, said the changes can’t come soon enough.LeRoux’s 26-year-old son, Thierry LeRoux, was killed in the line of duty as he responded to a domestic call in Lac-Simon, about 500 kilometres from Montreal in Quebec’s Abitibi region. He was shot in February 2016 by a man who then took his own life.LeRoux said his son and partner were the only ones on duty, which forced them to enter a dangerous situation alone, with the nearest backup 40 minutes away. Their radios didn’t allow them to call for help directly, meaning the message would have had to pass through another person, LeRoux said.“This lack of financing means they’re ill-equipped, don’t have all the training they need, aren’t numerous enough, and the communications to get reinforcements are worse the farther away you are,” he said in a phone interview.After his son’s death, LeRoux and three of his son’s former colleagues started a foundation in Thierry’s name, which helps to fund sporting and educational opportunities for youth in the Val-d’Or region as well as in Lac-Simon. He said the police force also changed its policies regarding staff levels and communication.He believes the system failed not only his son but also the 22-year-old gunman. “I hope we don’t wait to lose other people before making the effort we need to ensure it doesn’t happen again,” he said. Pierre Saint-Antoine, a spokesman for Quebec’s police academy, says the school is taking the report seriously and is working hard to increase the number of Indigenous officers and improve their training.“There are clearly still things to improve, and we will reflect with our Indigenous partners on what needs to be done,” he said in a phone interview.He said the school graduates about 15 officers each year from its Indigenous police officer program, which is designed to prepare officers for the difficult conditions they can face in remote communities.He said all police officer candidates, including those in the regular stream, receive training on the history of residential school and Canada’s legacy of colonialism from Indigenous partners, including the Quebec Women’s’ Association.Morgan Lowrie, The Canadian Press
WILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington Little League’s annual AAA All-Star Game took place on Saturday June 23rd at Rotary Park. Team White included four players each from the Braves, Astros, and Rays plus two from the Cardinals while Team Blue had four each from the Giants, Royals, and Pirates plus two others from the Cardinals. White prevailed over Blue 15-7 in a very well-played affair.Team White’s Will Poyant held Blue scoreless in the first, striking out one and giving up only a single to Ronin Uftring. Poyant was helped by some stellar defense by Tommy Pereira, Jake Banda, and Joe Gronemeyer.White got off to a fast start in their half of the first with four runs. Tim Watson, Henry Santini, Jonathan Stokes, and Gronemeyer all singled and scored as Kenny Branley ripped a double to clear the bases.Team Blue’s Noah Titterington got their only hit in the second off of Team White’s Luke Cushing who kept Blue off the board again. Blue’s Mikey Ware, Riley Morell, and Conner Lynch did hit the ball well but some more excellent glove work by White’s Braedon Almas, Cam O’Connell, Cushing, and Watson kept them off the bases.Team White was held to one run in the second by Team Blue’s Gavin Poirior. Pereira made solid contact but Team Blue’s solid fielding kept him off the bases. Eric Banda then hit a shot to Ryan Gray at second but a great play by Gray resulted in the second out. Luke Kitanov then walked and scored and Poyant drew a walk as well.Team Blue finally did some major damage in the top of the third scoring five runs. Jake Driscoll and Ryan Gray both singled and scored as Ronny Jordan walked and Chase Kennedy was hit by a ptich driving in a run. Gray scored as Will Biscan singled and Poirier doubled scoring Biscan. Uftring singled and Andrew Almeda ripped a ball to short but Gronemeyer made a good play firing to Pereira at first for the final out.Team White then got most of them back in their half of the third as Watson singled again, O’Connell and Santini walked, and Stokes singled. All of them scored as Gronemeyer blasted a double to finish the action.Team Blue stormed right back in the fourth as Ware (double) and Morell (walk) scored. Titterington singled and Connor Lynch was hit by a pitch but Team White’s Branley, who was pitching, made a great play at home as catcher Theo Bryson flipped him the ball to nail the runner at the plate trying to score. Branley then struck out the next batter and induced a ground out to Almas at short to end the threat.In the bottom of the fourth, Team White returned serve again as Bryson singled, Pereira walked, and Eric Banda singled. All three scored as hard hits by Kitanov and Poyant cleared the bases. Jake Banda doubled but was unable to advance.In the top of the fifth, Team Blue’s Jordan was hit by a pitch while Gray, Charlie Roy, and Kennedy hit the ball hard but pitcher Almas kept them from scoring with a nice play at the mound and some other fielding help from O’Connell, Santini, and Jake Banda.The game was still close thanks to the defense of Team Blue’s Jackson Hegarty and Almeda among others but the bottom of the inning saw Team White’s relentless bats get right back in gear. Watson doubled and O’Connell drove him in. Santini singled and Stokes doubled to drive him in. Gronemeyer’s single plated Stokes.Biscan led off the top of the sixth with a single off of closer Gronemeyer but two strikeouts and a great short-hop pickup by Kitanov at first ended the game.Team White’s manager Stew Pruslin remarked, “I was not only proud of my four Astros players for representing our team so well, but I was impressed with everyone on both teams. It was exciting to coach such a high-level collection of players from different teams who came together for a common goal.”BLUE TEAM: Front row: Jake Driscoll and Riley MorellSecond row: JR Hegerty, Ronin Uftring, Ronny Jordan, Noah Titterington, Ryan Gray, Chase KennedyThird Row: Coach Phil Gray, Andrew Almeda, Mikey Ware, Charlie Roy, Will Biscan, Connor Lynch, Gavin Porier, Coach Bill Almeida, Manager Mike HegertyWHITE TEAM: Front Row: Jake Banda, Will PoyantSecond Row: Jonathan Stokes, Luke Cushing, Tommy Pereira, Henry SantiniThird Row: Cam O’Connell, Luke Kitnov, Manager Stew Pruslin, Tim Watson, Braden Almas, Joe Gronemeyer, Kenny Branley, Theo Bryson, Eric Banda, Coach Brian Burke(NOTE: The above game summary was provided by Wilmington Little League.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email [email protected] this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington Little League’s Latest Game SummariesIn “Sports”Wilmington Little League’s Latest Game SummariesIn “Sports”Wilmington Little League’s Latest Game SummariesIn “Sports”
This combination of 28 November 2018 file photos shows former Chicago Police officer Joseph Walsh, left, former detective David March and former officer Thomas Gaffney, accused of trying to cover up the fatal shooting of Laquan McDonald, during a bench trial before Judge Domenica A. Stephenson at Leighton Criminal Court Building in Chicago. Photo: APA judge rejected allegations that the shocking video of Laquan McDonald’s death proved that Chicago police officers tried to stage a cover-up in the fatal shooting of the black teen. Now another judge must decide how long the officer who pulled the trigger spends behind bars.Jason Van Dyke was convicted in October of second-degree murder and 16 counts of aggravated battery. He will likely go to prison for at least several years, if not decades, when he’s sentenced Friday.But critics of the police department and protesters who cheered Van Dyke’s conviction are clearly worried after a judge on Thursday acquitted three officers accused of trying to conceal what happened to protect Van Dyke, who was the first Chicago officer found guilty in an on-duty shooting in a half century and probably the first ever in the shooting of an African-American.”We will be down here tomorrow by the hundreds, and we will cry out for justice for Laquan,” activist Eric Russell said after the hearing in which Cook County Judge Domenica Stephenson acquitted former officer Joseph Walsh, former detective David March and officer Thomas Gaffney on charges of obstruction of justice, official misconduct and conspiracy.Friday’s hearing will be emotional. Van Dyke’s wife and young daughters, who pleaded for leniency in letters submitted to the judge, will make statements. Court officials do not know if McDonald’s mother, who has remained silent ever since her son’s Oct. 20, 2014, death, will speak.The courtroom will be packed with activists worried that Judge Vincent Gaughan will impose a light sentence.Thursday’s verdict “means that if you are a police officer you can lie, cheat and steal,” said a shaken Rev. Marvin Hunter, McDonald’s great uncle.Stephenson accepted the argument that jurors in the Van Dyke case rejected: that the video that sparked protests and a federal investigation of the police force was just one perspective of the events that unfolded on the South Side.The judge said the video showed only one viewpoint of the confrontation between Van Dyke and the teen armed with a small knife. She found no indication the officers tried to hide evidence or made little effort to talk to witnesses.”The evidence shows just the opposite,” she said. She singled out how they preserved the graphic video at the heart of the case.Prosecutor Ron Safer tried to put a positive spin on the verdict.”This case was a case where the code of silence was on trial,” he said, referring to the long tradition that officers do not report wrongdoing by their colleagues. “The next officer is going to think twice about filing a false police report. Do they want to go through this?”Special prosecutor Patricia Brown Holmes said she hoped the verdict would not make officers reluctant to come forward when they see misconduct. Her key witness, Officer Dora Fontaine, described how she had become a pariah in the department and was called a “rat” by fellow officers.In her ruling , the judge rejected prosecution arguments that the video demonstrated officers were lying when they described McDonald as moving even after he was shot.”An officer could have reasonably believed an attack was imminent,” she said. “It was borne out in the video that McDonald continued to move after he fell to the ground” and refused to relinquish a knife.The video appeared to show the teen collapsing in a heap after the first few shots and moving in large part because bullets kept striking his body for 10 more seconds.The judge said it’s not unusual for two witnesses to describe events in starkly different ways. “It does not necessarily mean that one is lying,” she said.The judge also noted several times that the “vantage point” of various officers who witnessed the shooting were “completely different.” That could explain why their accounts did not sync with what millions of people saw in the video.Both Van Dyke’s trial and that of the three other officers hinged on the video, which showed Van Dyke opening fire within seconds of getting out of his police SUV and continuing to shoot the 17-year-old while he was lying on the street. Police were responding to a report of a male who was breaking into trucks and stealing radios on the city’s South Side.Prosecutors alleged that Gaffney, March and Walsh, who was Van Dyke’s partner, submitted false reports to try to prevent or shape any criminal investigation of the shooting. Among other things, they said the officers falsely claimed that Van Dyke shot McDonald after McDonald aggressively swung the knife at police and that he kept shooting the teen because McDonald was trying to get up still armed with the knife.McDonald had used the knife to puncture a tire on Gaffney’s police vehicle, but the video shows that he did not swing it at the officers before Van Dyke shot him and that he appeared to be incapacitated after falling to the ground.Attorneys for the three men used the same strategy that the defense used at Van Dyke’s trial by placing all the blame on McDonald.It was McDonald’s refusal to drop the knife and other threatening actions that “caused these officers to see what they saw,” March’s attorney, James McKay, told the court. “This is a case about law and order (and) about Laquan McDonald not following any laws that night.”The lawyers ridiculed the decision to charge the three officers, saying they merely wrote what they observed or, in March’s case, what the other officers told him they saw. And they said there was no evidence that the officers conspired to get their stories straight.”The state wants you to criminalize police reports,” McKay bellowed at one point.City Hall released the video to the public in November 2015 — 13 months after the shooting — and acted only because a judge ordered it to do so. The charges against Van Dyke were not announced until the day of the video’s release.The case cost the police superintendent his job and was widely seen as the reason the county’s top prosecutor was voted out of office a few months later. It was also thought to be a major factor in Mayor Rahm Emmanuel’s decision not to seek a third term.The accusations triggered a federal investigation, resulting in a blistering report that found Chicago officers routinely used excessive force and violated the rights of residents, particularly minorities. The city implemented a new policy that requires video of fatal police shootings to be released within 60 days, accelerated a program to equip all officers with body cameras and adopted other reforms to change the way police shootings are investigated.
Carrie Feibel In pushing a replacement for the Affordable Care Act that cuts off funds for Planned Parenthood, Republicans are out to reassure women who rely on the major health care organization that other clinics will step up to provide their low-cost breast exams, contraception and cancer screenings.Texas is already trying to prove it. But one big bet is quietly sputtering, and in danger of teaching the opposite lesson conservatives are after.Last summer, Texas gave $1.6 million to an anti-abortion organization called the Heidi Group to help strengthen small clinics that specialize in women’s health like Planned Parenthood but don’t offer abortions. The goal was to help the clinics boost their patient rolls and show there would be no gap in services if the nation’s largest abortion provider had to scale back.The effort offered a model other conservative states could follow if Republicans make their long-sought dream of defunding Planned Parenthood a reality under President Donald Trump. Several states are already moving to curtail the organization’s funds.But eight months later, the Heidi Group has little to show for its work. An Associated Press review found the nonprofit has done little of the outreach it promised, such as helping clinics promote their services on Facebook, or airing public service announcements. It hasn’t made good on plans to establish a 1-800 number to help women find providers or ensure that all clinics have updated websites.Neither the group nor state officials would say how many patients have been served so far by the private clinics.The Heidi Group is led by Carol Everett, a prominent anti-abortion activist and influential conservative force in the Texas Legislature.In a brief interview, Everett said some of the community clinics aren’t cooperating despite her best efforts to attract more clients.“We worked on one Facebook site for three months and they didn’t want to do it. And we worked on websites and they didn’t want to do it,” Everett said of the clinics. “We can’t force them. We’re not forcing them.”Everett said that advertising she planned was stalled by delays in a separate $5.1 million family planning contract.Everett proposed helping two dozen selected clinics serve 50,000 women overall in a year, more than such small facilities would normally handle. Clinic officials contacted by the AP either did not return phone calls or would not speak on the record.The Texas Health and Human Services Commission, which awarded the funding to the Heidi Group, acknowledged the problems. Spokeswoman Carrie Williams said in an email that the agency had to provide “quite a bit” of technical support for the effort and make many site visits. She disputed that the contract funding has been as slow as Everett alleged.“The bottom line is that we are holding our contractors accountable, and will do everything we can to help them make themselves successful,” she said.In August, the state had lauded Everett’s pitch for taxpayer funds as “one of the most robust” received.Planned Parenthood and its supporters say the failures show the risks of relying on unproven providers to serve low-income women, and that Republicans’ assurances about adequate care are only political rhetoric.“Every time they try to relaunch one of these women’s health programs, without some of the most trusted providers in women’s health, every single time they come up short,” said Sarah Wheat, a Planned Parenthood spokeswoman in Texas. “And they show their lack of understanding and respect for what women need.”On Tuesday, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office estimated that 15 percent of low-income people in rural or underserved areas would lose access to care if Planned Parenthood loses funding. The analysis also projected several thousand more births in the Medicaid program in the next year.The Heidi Group is an evangelical nonprofit that started in the 1990s and is best known for promoting alternatives to abortion. It operates with a relatively small budget, taking in about $186,000 in grants and donations in 2015, according to tax records, and had not been doing patient care.State officials say the year-old women’s health program includes about 5,000 providers. Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers are banned from participation.Federal dollars comprise nearly half of the Planned Parenthood’s annual billion-dollar budget, and although government funds don’t pay for abortions, the organization is reimbursed by Medicaid for non-abortion services that it says the vast majority of clients receive. Missouri is planning to reject federal funding just to keep some of it away from Planned Parenthood, and Iowa is also considering giving up millions in federal Medicaid dollars to create a state-run family planning program that excludes abortion providers.U.S. House Republicans’ health care bill would freeze funding to Planned Parenthood for one year. House Speaker Paul Ryan has suggested other clinics will pick up the slack.“It ends funding to Planned Parenthood and sends money to community centers,” Ryan said last week.Democrats argue that other clinics are already overloaded and wouldn’t be able to meet increased demand.After Texas state funding was cut off to abortion providers in 2011, 82 family planning clinics closed in the state, a third of which were Planned Parenthood affiliates. A state report later found that 30,000 fewer women were served through a Texas women’s health program after the changes. Planned Parenthood now has 35 clinics in Texas and served more than 126,000 individual patients last year, including those seeking abortions. The state has provided no estimates of low-income women served by other clinics.Asked whether the Heidi Group would meet the patient targets in her contract, Everett said her own goal was to serve 70,000 women.However, “it’s not as easy as it looks because we are not Planned Parenthood. We are working with private physicians and providers,” Everett said after leaving a committee hearing this week at the Texas Capitol. She said the clinics she is working with are busy seeing 40 to 50 women a day. “They don’t have time to go out and do some of the things that we would really like to help them do. But we’re there if they want to. And we’re there when the need it. And we’re in their offices and we’re helping them.”She had been at the Capitol to support a bill that would require abortion clinics to bury or cremate fetal remains. Share
Kolkata: The children have trespassed into the domain of the adults but their parents do not mind, at least in this case. As the lion’s share of reports in media, particularly television, and discussions among people in public transport and at home revolves around the on-going Lok Sabha elections, children take note and improvise it in their own way. They have invented a new game — the “vote-vote game” — that they play in their pool car while going to or returning from school. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata”Our parents say vote is very important. But we cannot vote till we grow up. So we are playing vote-vote game,” said Samadrita, a 10-year-old girl who studies in class 5. She plays this new game with her friends in the pool car — Trisrota, Nabanita, Ayush, Vidissa, Soumili and others — who are students of two-three schools in the north eastern part of Kolkata. Asked to whom people vote, they said in unison: “Parties”. They do know names of parties. “Trinamool… BJP… Congress..,” said Nabanita, a class 4 student. They came to know from their parents that someone becomes the prime minister after election. So, how is this vote-vote game? Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in state”We divide ourselves into two parties and elect a prime minister. All of us has to listen to the prime minister,” 7-year-old Soumili was serious. Trisrota said they elect the prime minister by raising their hands and counting them. And in case of a tie, the “driver uncle” of the pool car is entitled to a casting vote. “Even I have to listen to the prime minister. I play the song the prime minister wants to listen to. The prime minister also gets the first share of tiffin,” Prabir Haldar, 30, who drives a pool car, said with a smile. Parents of these children said their wards get excited to inform them about the result of the game. “My son was very excited after returning from school the other day. He was elected the prime minister,” said Shrabani Dutta, mother of Ayush, a class 3 student. “He asked a lot of questions about elections and political parties. He even asked to which party I am going to vote,” she said. Psychologist Shreya Ghosh said children are by nature curious and they learn from their surroundings. “But parents must take care that the game remains as such. Children try to emulate what they see. They should not indulge in the ugly sides of elections like fights,” she said.