(Wab Kinew. Photo by Anthony “Thosh” Collins)By Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsWab Kinew is considering a run for national chief of the Assembly of First Nations, APTN National News has learned.Kinew, an award-winning journalist and educator whose name recognition has grown since he hosted CBC’s 8th Fire series in 2012, was expected to come to a decision as early as Tuesday, according to source who would be involved in heading up a campaign team.The source said Kinew, 32, was seeking spiritual advice before making a final decision.“He is doing sweats this evening,” said the source, who requested anonymity until Kinew made a final decision.A “full-fledged” organization is in place and ready to back him and includes experienced hands who’ve been involved in national leadership campaigns dating back to the National Indian Brotherhood, the pre-cursor to the AFN, said the source.If he decides to run, Kinew would be vying to lead an organization at one of the lowest ebbs of its history following the sudden resignation of Shawn Atleo, said the source.“You can’t agree on anything, there is no trust, there is no leadership…You are at your weakest point and you have a powerful adversary,” said the source. “You need to be strong, you need to have a strong voice…That’s what the AFN needs, that is what First Nations need, that is what Idle No More needs.”The source said Kinew reminded him of Noel Starblanket who was National Chief of the National Indian Brotherhood from 1976 to 1980. Starblanket became chief of his community, Starblanket First Nation, at age 24.“Starblanket came out of nowhere and he had an awesome run,” said the source. “He could mobilize people, he was emotional, he had conviction…He went on to become a great national chief. Prime ministers feared him. He was a powerful leader.”Starblanket also helped the NIB transition into the AFN, said the source. The AFN is at a similar cross-roads, said the source.The AFN’s chiefs will decide on the electoral process to replace Atleo during a planned meeting in Ottawa on May 27.The national chief of the AFN is elected by First Nation chiefs.Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations Chief Perry Bellegarde is widely expected to again seek the leadership of the AFN. Bellegarde is making phone calls seeking support, but his flip-flop on Bill C-33, the First Nation education bill, and his opposition to the Confederacy of Nations, which is supported by chiefs in his own region, may have fatally weakened his chances.Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs Grand Chief Derek Nepinak is also facing pressure to run for national chief. Nepinak, however, is currently planning on seeking re-election to continue leading the AMC.Nepinak is expected to back Kinew if he puts his name on the AFN ballot.“Nepinak is a part of a very powerful movement, the historic numbered treaty group, it’s a pretty big block,” said the source.Kinew most recently left his mark on mainstream Canada through his robust defence of Joseph Boyden’s Orenda novel on CBC’s Canada Reads, a type of literary Survivor where books get voted off the island until only one remains.Kinew is also a correspondent for Fault Lines, a flagship Al Jazeera documentary program. His work with the international news network has taken him to Yemen, the U.S.-Mexico border and Elsipogtog to cover the explosive shale gas protests in New Brunswick.Kinew has won the Adrienne Clarkson RTNDA Award, and a Gabriel Award for his journalism.He is also director of Indigenous inclusion at the University of Winnipeg.APTN National News could not reach Kinew Monday email@example.com@JorgeBarrera
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Strict transparency needed for investments by state-owned enterprises: Prentice by The Canadian Press Posted Nov 14, 2012 9:02 am MDT LONDON, England – Former Conservative cabinet minister Jim Prentice says strict rules on governance and investment transparency are needed if state-owned enterprises are allowed to move into Canada, but that the country cannot afford to turn its back on such opportunities.In a speech to the Oil and Money 2012 conference in London, Prentice said current turbulence over investments by state-owned enterprises in Canada may have caught some in the international community by surprise.However, Prentice, now a senior executive with Canada Imperial Bank of Commerce (TSX:CCM), said the controversy has been building for years.It recently came to a head with a couple of major takeover deals — including the $15.2-billion bid by state-owned China National Overseas Oil Corp for Nexen Inc. (TSX:NXY).The bid, made last August, is still under review by Ottawa under the Investment Canada Act, which requires that major takeovers by foreign concerns are of “net benefit” to Canada.More recently, the federal government turned thumbs down on a $6-billion offer by Malaysia’s state-owned oil company, Petronas, for Canada’s Progress Energy Resources (TSX:PRQ). Petronas still hopes that deal will eventually be approved.“This is a pivotal time for the Canadian government,” Prentice told his audience while adding that Canada “must and will remain open for business and that means open to foreign investment.”Prentice said it would be “patently unwise” to turn down investment from countries like China, “particularly in circumstances where the transactions do not imperil Canadian values or environmental and labour laws,” he said.“Canada is aggressively engaged in diversifying its energy markets with an eye to Asia and with good reason,” he said.However, Prentice cautioned that it would be “naive” to think that the acquisition of Canadian energy resources by foreign governments or their surrogates would not raise public policy questions.“While Canada is most definitely open for business, it is not for sale,” he said.
The UNESCO policy paper, Aid to Education is Stagnating and Not Going to Countries Most in Need also voiced concern over skewed allocations by donors leading to aid not reaching places it is most needed. Sub-Saharan Africa, home to over half of the world’s out-of-school children currently receives less than half the aid to basic education it used to in 2002, and only 26 per cent of the total aid to basic education globally.This contrasts to the 22 per cent allocation to the northern Africa and western Asia region, where 9 per cent of children are out of school. Calling for urgent action to rectify the problems, UNESCO urged donors to “reverse the move away from education” and focus their attention on campaigns such as the Global Partnership for Education Replenishment campaign which is seeking to raise $3.1 billion between 2018-2020 and programmes such as the Education Cannot Wait fund (established in 2016) that aims to raise $3.85 billion by 2020, with the potential to transform the delivery of education in emergencies. Against the backdrop of aid allocations to education falling for the sixth year in a row, the United Nations agency mandated with promoting education globally has called on the donor community to focus more attention on the vital sector, especially in countries where needs are the greatest.According to a policy paper by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s (UNESCO) Global Education Monitoring Report, total aid to education stands at $12 billion – 4 per cent lower than the figure in 2010. “Aid remains far short of what is needed to achieve Sustainable Development Goal 4, putting our commitments at risk,” said Irina Bokova, the Director-General of UNESCO, in a news release announcing the findings. “[Resources] need to be multiplied by at least six to achieve our common education goals and must go to countries most in need,” she cautioned, calling on donors not to shift their attention away from the poorest countries. Based on newly released data from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s (OECD) Development Assistance Committee, the study revealed that aid to basic education, such as support to pre-primary and primary education, as well as adult education and literacy programmes – stands at $5.2 billion, 6 per cent lower than the amount in 2010. It also noted that, while humanitarian aid to education reached a “historic high” – increasing almost 55 per cent from 2015 to 2016 – education received only 2.7 per cent of total aid available and less than half (48 per cent) of the amount needed. In terms of national contributions, the United States and the United Kingdom were the two largest donors to basic education, but their allocations fell by 11 per cent and 9 per cent respectively in 2014-2015. In contrast, contributions from Norway and Germany increased by 50 per cent and 34 per cent respectively, noted the UN agency.
The Ohio State baseball team claimed a win in walk-off fashion for the second straight game and sixth time this season Monday afternoon.Junior infielder Troy Kuhn blasted a ball down the first base line, advancing senior outfielder Pat Porter home to score the winning run against penn State at Bill Davis Stadium.Down 7-6 in the bottom of the ninth, sophomore outfielder and leadoff hitter Troy Montgomery started out the inning by slamming a triple to left field. Senior catcher Connor Sabanosh followed with a pop fly out to left field, allowing Montgomery to tag up and score the tying run.Porter singled and advance to second on an error before Kuhn’s double finished off the Buckeyes’ 8-7 victory.With the win, the Buckeyes swept the Nittany Lions after pulling off victories on Friday and Saturday. OSU improved to 22-7 on the season and 7-2 in Big Ten play, but not without some drama along the way. Senior pitcher Ryan Riga’s scoreless inning streak was snapped in his seventh start of the season.“I think if you’re going to have 13 starts out of the year, you’re bound to have a bad one and he just wasn’t good today, basically Riga had an 0-4 day today, he wasn’t himself,” coach Greg Beals said.Riga had a difficult afternoon, only throwing four innings and allowing four runs, three of which came off the first home run to be hit off Riga this season.The Buckeyes started strong offensively despite difficulty on the mound. OSU was up 5-1 by the end of the second inning, but Penn State fought throughout the game to stay alive, scoring four runs by the fifth to tie the game at five.In the top of the seventh, the Nittany Lions found their momentum and ended up taking the lead, 7-6, before OSU sent in freshman pitcher Seth Kinker.After Trace Dempsey was placed on the mound to maintain the tie in his simple three-up-three-down inning, the Buckeyes’ bats turned on the heat once again after walking off against the Nittany Lions on Sunday with a Montgomery double.“I told them that we weren’t very good today, but we found a way to win and good teams do that. We need to be able to win on days where we aren’t playing our best,” Beals said.For Porter, sweeping the series was a team effort and it showed how talented the team is this season, he said.“That’s huge we just want to win the series, when you get those first two you gotta come out and sweep, that was big for the team, but we just have to keep going from there,” Porter said in regards to the Buckeyes first Big Ten sweep of the season.Last year the Buckeyes sat at the exact opposite of their current conference record at 2-7 as the bottom dwellers of the Big Ten. But the team isn’t concerned with what happened last season, their full purpose is to win the next games, Porter added.“We just have to stay tight, keep going keep moving forward and keep having good games,” he said.OSU is set to go for its sixth straight win on Tuesday against the Dayton Flyers Tuesday at 6:35 p.m. at Bill Davis Stadium.
“The prosecution say that each of them was effectively imprisoned in that room against their will,” he said.”It was not a one-off but organised and systemic abuse of people with learning disabilities – vulnerable members of society who were residents in homes that were meant to care for them.”The rooms were known as either the “garden room” or the “quiet room”.Mr Langdon said: “Whatever the original purpose, these two rooms were used by staff to control – perhaps to even punish – residents at a time that was not only unacceptable by professional standards of care but was also quite unnecessarily cruel.”One man, who cannot be named, spent 195 sessions in a “quiet room” including 13 overnight stays. His mother said the treatment was “barbaric, disgusting and unnecessary”.Hewitt was described as a “respected figure” who was a qualified psychiatric nurse and behavioural therapist.At the time he ran seven care homes in Devon and Berkshire. Hewitt sold Atlas for £3 million to his two sons and other directors in a management buyout in 2006 but continued to describe himself as the managing director.The “balloon went up” when one former resident contacted the watchdog, the Care Quality Commission, in July 2011 and the police became involved. Staff tried to correct residents’ behaviour as if they would train an animal, with prosecutor Andrew Langdon QC describing it as the “Atlas culture”. “There is no doubt that Atlas had an impressive reputation. It could offer care to people with severe learning disabilities that others could not.”At some point the wrong turn was taken which allowed the quiet room and garden rooms to be used.”It became a way of life – it became the norm, a habit. Rather than care in the community it became lack of care in the community and systematic neglect.”The residents didn’t like it. The phrase that comes back to me, ‘If you kick off, you get the quiet room’.”It was used as a form of punishment and they were distressed and in discomfort when left in the room. Eventually they complied but that had no therapeutic value”There were many that benefited from the Atlas regime but the way that the rooms became used was not beneficial.”Those two rooms cast a dark shadow over people’s lives.”One former employee of Veilstone told the BBC that that the atmostphere was like an “ice block” and likened it to a “prison regime”. Andrea Sutcliffe, chief inspector of adult social care at the Care Quality Commission, welcomed the sentences.”Atlas and a large number of their staff utterly failed in their duty to look after the people in their care,” she said. Care home bosses could increasingly face prosecution over the neglect of residents after a “groundbreaking” court case into “organised and systematic” abuse.Five company directors and managers were among 13 people convicted yesterday for imprisoning the vulnerable, with senior figures accused of creating a culture where neglect was the norm.Staff treated vulnerable people like animals, the court heard, trapping them in rooms without heating, furniture or even toilets for long periods, as a form of punishment.During the trials, the directors and staff were accused of creating a culture where “systematic neglect” was the norm at the two care homes in Devon run by Atlas Project Team. But the court heard that those who were vulnerable disabled were left alone for hours on end with little food or water.The case is significant because it is thought to be the first time directors have been successfully prosecuted alongside staff.Last night health watchdogs the Care Quality Commission admitted they had been too slow to act on concerns, but said they had strengthened enforcement processes, which could mean further prosecutions.Huw Rogers, from the Crown Prosecution Service, said: “The directors and managers at the Atlas care homes created a culture of abuse – unlawfully detaining residents in very poor conditions for long periods of time.”This case has been ground-breaking in that the directors and managers of the homes and not just the staff that implemented their policies have been held to account.The investigation was launched after one of the residents contacted the authorities in July 2011.He said he was left to sleep on a punctured airbed, in a room that was “disgusting and cold” without a toilet, or a handle to open the door. “These criminal court proceedings against Atlas Projects Ltd founder Paul Hewitt and Atlas managers and employees underline the legal responsibilities those who manage and profit from care facilities have for the physical and psychological well-being of their residents.”It also highlights the responsibility of those public bodies who failed these vulnerable individuals by not commissioning appropriate facilities and therefore should retain responsibility for the services they have contracted out.”These verdicts against the owners and managers of Atlas Projects Ltd and those they employed are a reminder that health and safety legislation protects the rights of the most vulnerable and we would call on the Government to ensure that more is done to strengthen such safeguards.” “No-one should be subject to the degrading abuse people experienced and I am glad that the perpetrators have been recognised for the criminals they are.”When the CQC inspected Veilstone in October 2011, inspectors were so concerned by the treatment they discovered that they quickly extended the inspection to all 15 of the services run by Atlas.”We found serious concerns in most of their care homes, including the routine use of excessive restrictive practices, which is why we took action which led to the closure of all of these services in 2012.”She said the watchdog “should have responded much more quickly” when concerns were first raised. “Much has changed since 2011,” she said. “Since then we have overhauled our regulatory approach; improved the monitoring of services and the way we respond to safeguarding concerns; introduced a new and more thorough inspection process; increased the numbers of people with learning disabilities involved in our inspections; and strengthened our enforcement processes.”The end of these trials is a chilling reminder that we must all remain vigilant to support and protect people in vulnerable circumstances who have every right to live their lives to the full, free from fear and treated with dignity and respect.” It became a way of life – it became the norm, a habit. Rather than care in the community it became lack of care in the community and systematic neglectJudge William Hart The CQC carried out unannounced inspections the following October and the two homes were later closed. Atlas has since gone into administration.”The prosecution say it was an insular world and it led to a culture of care that was in effect abusive,” Mr Langdon said.”The residents were not inmates, they were residents, and whatever the challenges their behaviour created, each of them at all times should have been treated with respect.”The company was paid as much as £4,000 a week per resident.Gatooma had an income of nearly £700,000 a year while Vielstone produced annual revenue of £1.2 million. Atlas Project Team had a turnover of £6.5 million in 2011.During the trial, some of the seven victims – who were only known by their initials of AF, AC, BP, LO, HI, JM and WB – gave evidence.Seven defendants were acquitted and prosecutors did not seek retrials against four others after the panel failed to reach verdicts.Passing sentence last year, Judge William Hart said: “Having heard the evidence during these trials, I can only conclude that for many years the Atlas homes were well run and were able to provide a service for the most challenging people in our society. The court case saw senior managers convicted of the “organised and systemic abuse” of disabled residents at the Veilstone care home in Bideford, and Gatooma, in Holsworthy, in 2010 and 2011.They included Jolyon Marshall, 42, a company director, jailed for 28 months, his wife Rachel, 32, who was given an eight-month suspended sentence.Paul Hewitt, 71, the founder of the company, was convicted of a health and safety offence, with other managers given suspended sentences and community service orders, along with care workers who carried out the abuse.The company was paid up to £4,000 a week per resident. The room inside Veilstone care home in BidefordCredit: Devon & Cornwall Police/PA Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Health campaigners said weak inspection systems had allowed an abusive culture to develop. Jan Tregelles, chief executive of Mencap, and Vivien Cooper, chief executive of The Challenging Behaviour Foundation, said: “Throughout the three trials last year, juries have listened to horrific accounts of people with a learning disability being abused by those who were being paid to support them,””Despite several warning signs, it took far too long for the abusive practices at the care homes to be exposed.”Poor commissioning by a number of local authorities and weak inspection allowed an abusive culture to develop and sustain itself, with devastating consequences for individuals and their families.”They said the families of the Atlas victims had waited more than five years for justice and commended Devon and Cornwall Police for a thorough investigation.The treatment of some vulnerable adults within residential settings was exposed by the BBC’s Panorama programme in 2011 with its undercover investigation into the scandal at the Winterbourne View private hospital.Since then the Government has ordered the closure of 1,000 beds at assessment and treatment units like Winterbourne View.Lawyer Alison Millar, from law firm Leigh Day, is representing several of the former residents.”We believe this is a significant verdict for the future welfare of people in residential care,” she said.
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCARICOM misses 2017 renewables target, but transformation underwayJanuary 20, 2017In “latest news”Guyana and Japan looking to further strengthen bilateral cooperationJuly 18, 2019In “latest news”Improved energy efficiency, fewer power outages expected with US$17M aid from JapanJune 27, 2018In “Business” …energy expert says poor infrastructure crippling company’s ability to go renewableGuyana, in April 2016, signed the Paris Climate Change Agreement amidst public commitments to achieve 100 per cent renewable energy by 2025, but experts have been painting a dire reality about Guyana’s energy sector.One such reality concerns the capacity of the Guyana Power and Light (GPL). Responsible for the distribution of electricity across the length and breadth of Guyana, experts say GPL has such out-dated infrastructure that integrating renewable energy into its grid would be an uphill task.Head of the Caribbean Community (Caricom) Secretariat’s Energy Unit, Dr Devon GardnerHead of the Caribbean Community (Caricom) Secretariat’s Energy Unit, Dr Devon Gardner, speaking during the recent University of Guyana Turkeyen and Tain Talks, identified GPL’s generation and distribution systems as below industry standard. He noted that while GPL is contending with reaching unserved areas, there is also pressure surrounding the utility company going green.He painted a picture of a company that has bitten off more than it could chew. “To start with, the grid they currently operate is not in the best of shape, to say it mildly. There’s not a lot of investment that is going into the grid right now. And the fact is it’s always difficult to manage and maintain infrastructure in countries like Guyana, where the population density is very small compared to the distance over which the grid is run.”Dr Gardner explained that the longer the transmission line, the more a utility company’s losses are likely to be from both a technical and criminal standpoint, from the increased possibility of theft. The specialist noted that this all amounts to lost revenue and investment diverted away from upgrading the grid.“Looking at the generation system, not even talking about the fact that it is fossil (fuel) based, the capacity at which power is being generated (by) GPL is 10 to 15 per cent less efficient than the (standard).“The average rate for the generators is around 8200 BTU (British Thermal Unit) per kilowatt,” he said, adding that this is around 10 per cent higher than what is average in the industry. So GPL is 10 to 15 per cent less efficient. In addition, the transmission losses are currently 28 per cent.For perspective, Gardner explained that the industry standard of transmission losses is five to six per cent, compared to GPL’s 28 per cent. He noted that as a result of these statistics, GPL could stand to benefit from the introduction of renewables.He noted the potential not only to reduce carbon emissions, but to also lighten the load on the pockets of consumers, if GPL were to switch to renewables. But he said the issue is a complicated one, and he cited GPL’s infrastructure as a major hindrance to renewable energy.“Even if GPL wanted to put wind and solar right now, it’s going to be difficult to put significant amounts. Because the critical issue is because the grid is so unstable, it’s not modern, it means you would run the risk of the system becoming destabilised by the fluctuations and variations of the solar and wind generation,” he explained.“So the grid issue is a primary source of concern; because, without fixing that, it limits the ability to put certain types of renewables into your grid. (But) there are opportunities for GPL to look at the way it is currently expanding its gridding,” he declared. Notwithstanding the state of its infrastructure, Dr Gardner said, GPL is taking steps in going green.InitiativesSharing the panel with him was Project Officer for the Project Management Department of GPL, Amir Dillawar. While the young engineer confirmed the stark reality of Gardner’s contributions, he identified what the company is doing about it.“What we have done is advertised recently for three utility scale solar sites,” Dillawar said. “One (is) in Demerara, one in Berbice, and one in Anna Regina. The intention is to shortlist from that public round (persons) to move to proposal stage, where we will enter a build/own/operate/and transfer (BOOT) arrangement,” Dillawar explained.Essentially, the company would build, own and operate the solar sites, he said, adding, “We will buy power from them. So there (are) three three-megawatt (sites) and there are ongoing negotiations on finalising the Hope Beach Windfarm project. There are restrictions to what and how you can technically put (infrastructure), but we are making moves to have a greening of the sector, little by little,” he explained.In the Finance Ministry’s 2017 mid-year report, it was detailed that GPL’s expenditure increased from $9.3 billion in the first half of 2016 to $12.6 billion in the same period this year. Interestingly enough, this increase in expenditure was noted to be due to higher costs for heavy fuel oil (HFO), reinforcing the need for clean and renewable energy if the Government hopes to cut costs.Recent issues with the transmission of power have caused the Private Sector Commission (PSC) to take the power company to task for the spate of blackouts.
Yes (7604) By Sean Murray No (1011) 21,826 Views Poll: Should the digital age of consent be kept at 16? It has been argued that the age of 13 is too young for children to consent to the terms and conditions of online companies. 56 Comments http://jrnl.ie/3852838 AN OIREACHTAS COMMITTEE heard earlier this week that it should be “frowned upon” for parents to give a smartphone to their children before a certain age.A number of online experts argued that the digital age of consent be kept at the age of 16, rather than changed to 13 as proposed, because of the risks to children.The digital age of consent is the age at which a person can consent to the terms and conditions of online tech companies and service providers, such as creating an email account of Facebook page.It has been argued that the age of 13 is too young to fully consent to all of the terms and conditions of various websites, and risks exposing young people to unnecessary risks online.In the wake of this, number of senators have tabled an amendment to the Data Protection Bill that would keep the digital age of consent at 16.So, today we’re asking you: Should the digital age of consent be kept at 16? Poll Results: Share36 Tweet Email Not sure (431) Thursday 15 Feb 2018, 8:37 AM Image: Shutterstock/Surasak Ch Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article YesNoNot sureVote Image: Shutterstock/Surasak Ch Feb 15th 2018, 8:37 AM
A furniture magnate, a hospitality icon and an academic are just some of those recognised at the Hellenic Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (HACCI) Excellence Awards on November 14.Five Greek Australians have taken home awards in five different categories this year.PR professional and candle maker Nicole Condos received the HACCI Award for Young Achievement, furniture icon Stelios Koukouvitakis received the Lifetime Achievement Award, philanthropist Kaliope Paxinos took out the Community Service Award, restaurant/bar mogul Con Christopoulos received the award for Business Excellence and academic Nikos Papastergiadis received the Professional Excellence Award. The event, hosted at the Savoy Ballroom at the Grand Hyatt Melbourne, saw hundreds of Greek Australian business minds gather and mingle, with Minister for Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship Matthew Guy and Consul General of Greece in Melbourne Christina Simantiraki also present. HACCI president Nicholas Mylonas spoke fondly of all the award recipients, saying most remained influential community members and all embraced their migrant heritage. Receiving the award for lifetime achievement, Stelios Koukouvitakis embodied the spirit of the awards, having worked as a taxi driver, a grocer and a property developer before he started his successful family furniture business. “Mr Stylianos Koukouvitakis personifies the concepts of humility and philotimo,” Mr Mylonas said. “He is motivated by a deep sense of community and fulfilled by community progress and well-being.”Now 73, Mr Koukouvitakis initially came from Crete and migrated to Australia in 1964.Con Christopoulos’ heritage played a big role in his future career, giving him a love of the Mediterranean palate and instilling a hard work ethic. Known for starting famous eateries and bars like The European, Siglo, The Supper Club, Benito’s and DeGraves Espresso, Christopoulos has been a innovator in the Melbourne food scene. Volunteer Kaliope Paxinos has led most of her life connected to children, making sure those with Greek heritage know and understand its significance. As a bilingual speaker, she helped many Greek mothers give birth, even teaching Australian midwives words in Greek to comfort their patients during labour. She became a teacher’s aid, helping students with language and cultural issues and giving teachers guidelines on how to deal with migrant children.She also became a probation officer for eight years, and an advocate for mental illness. As a leading public cultures academic, Nikos Papastergiadis has been a ‘go to’ expert for government agencies on cultural identity and continues his work on the turbulence of migration, cosmopolitanism and culture.As an entrepreneur, Nicole Condos has used her heritage to start a new line of Greek-inspired scented candles, with the likes of ouzo and cinnamon making the product list.The event marked more than 20 years of HACCI rewarding Greek Australian business excellence, and is the chamber’s most prestigious event of the year. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Une Ligue pour la défense d’un Web libreL’ONG Fight for the Future vient de lancer l’Internet Defense League, une Ligue qui a pour but de protéger le Web des différentes lois réduisant sa liberté.Pour de nombreuses associations, la défense d’un Web libre est devenu un enjeu primordial. C’est le cas de Fight for the Future, une ONG qui s’est déjà fait remarquer lors de la vague de protestation de plus de 100.000 sites, dont Wikipedia, Google ou WordPress, qui avaient fermé leurs portes pour signifier leur mécontentement face aux lois mises en place pour “encadrer” la Toile. Cette ONG vient de lancer l’Internet Defense League, une Ligue qui a donc pour but la défense d’un Internet libre, visant la disparition de lois comme la SOPA (Etats-Unis) ou Hadopi (France), explique IT Espresso.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?La méthode de cette Internet Defense League consiste à rassembler instantanément une masse critique d’internautes, qui auront au préalable laissé leur contact sur son site, afin qu’ils exercent une pression dès qu’une loi est jugée destructrice pour le Web libre. Une fois l’alerte activée, ces internautes recevront par mail un morceau de code qu’ils pourront insérer sur leurs sites, incitant le public à signer des pétitions ou faire circuler l’information. Un logo a même été imaginé, reprenant l’idée du phare qui appelle Batman à la rescousse mais avec une tête de chat à la place de la chauve souris.Le 29 mai 2012 à 21:00 • Maxime Lambert
Do you have a photo or video from the Veterans Day storm? Send it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.• To report downed trees or traffic-light outages in the city of the Vancouver, call 360-487-8177 from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. After hours, call 360-693-9302.• Report outages or downed power lines to Clark Public Utilities’ customer service line, 360-992-3000, or the outage line, 360-992-8000.To view outages in real time, see the Clark Public Utilities mapArctic winds gusting upwards of 50 mph hit Clark County today, knocking out power for tens of thousands of electricity customers by this evening. The Veterans Day storm brought below-freezing temperatures to the region, and today’s forecast calls for freezing rain and the possibility of snow. The windstorm brought trees and tree limbs onto houses, roadways and power lines and is likely to continue into Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service. The wind even uprooted a “do not enter” sign, which struck a woman walking near the state Highway 500 exit ramp to Andresen Road, said Washington State Patrol Trooper Will Finn. The woman, who had a cut on her face and bruised ribs, was sent to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center. With schools and government offices closed today, many hunkered down at home waiting for the windy weather to pass. The day started with a large outage in Camas around 6:50 a.m. that was mostly repaired by 9 a.m. By 6 p.m., a total of 39,119 customers had experienced outages throughout the day, said Clark Public Utilities spokeswoman Erica Erland. Some areas saw power restored, only to lose power again. A half-dozen crews were working nonstop Tuesday, responding to the outages — nearly 100 in all by Tuesday evening. A tree that damaged a high-voltage transmission line caused the largest outage, leaving 10,636 customers in downtown Vancouver temporarily without power. The Columbian and the Clark County Jail were among those that were affected and used backup generators. Even Clark Public Utilities’ facility was on a generator at one point during the day.
(NOTE: McDonald’s is located at 212 Main Street in Wilmington.)CHICAGO, IL — Last month, McDonald’s announced it now sustainably sources 84 percent of its McCafé coffee for U.S. restaurants – and 54 percent of all McCafé coffee worldwide – as part of its efforts to protect coffee from the adverse effects of climate change. This announcement marks significant progress from when the company first announced its goal in 2014 to sustainably source 100 percent of its coffee worldwide by 2020, with some markets having already reached that goal.The coffee crop is highly vulnerable to rising temperatures. In fact, one study showed that climate change has the potential to cut the world’s coffee-growing area in half by 2050. In March 2018, McDonald’s became the first global restaurant company in the world to address global climate change by setting a target approved by independent experts to significantly reduce its greenhouse gas emissions.“We know many people enjoy coffee as part of their daily routine, and, at McDonalds, we are taking meaningful steps to support farmers protecting it from climate change,” said Townsend Bailey, Director, U.S. Supply Chain Sustainability, McDonald’s. “As we continue on our journey to build a better McDonald’s, we are using our size and scale to implement significant changes that are important to our customers, our people and the environment.”Key Sourcing PartnershipsTo help protect coffee from climate change, McDonald’s has partnered with organizations – like Rainforest Alliance, Conservation International, Solidaridad, COSA, and Fair Trade – in support of the farmers in their supply chain, their communities and their land. The McDonald’s system has invested millions since 2012 to train roughly 20,000 farmers on sustainable practices ranging from reforestation to water quality so they can continue to steward their land.In 2016, McDonald’s launched its McCafé Sustainability Improvement Platform (SIP), in partnership with Conservation International. McCafé SIP is a framework guiding the coffee supply chain in sustainable sourcing, as well as an investment in coffee growers and their communities over the long term. McDonald’s is also part of Conservation International’s Sustainable Coffee Challenge, which aims to make coffee the world’s first sustainable agricultural product. United with other key industry players — retailers, roasters, producer groups, industry associations and non-governmental organizations — McDonald’s is helping make the changes needed to transform the industry.“For people to enjoy coffee in the future, we need to do our part to take care of it now,” said Raina Lang, Director, Sustainable Coffee Markets at Conservation International. “Through our partnerships with McDonald’s and across the industry with the Sustainable Coffee Challenge, the coffee sector is making strides in protecting and strengthening coffee production around the world.”Beyond coffee beans, McDonald’s USA is proud to work with US dairy farmers to source its McCafé dairy needs. By 2020, nearly all dairy products served in the U.S. will come from farms that participate in the Farmers Assuring Responsible Management (FARM) Program, which strives to hold its members to high standards of animal care, and environmental and antibiotic stewardship.Ongoing CommitmentToday’s sustainability progress announcement for McCafé coffee is the latest update on building a better McDonald’s. Previous commitments and progress milestones include recently announcing that McDonald’s classic burgers – including the hamburger, cheeseburger, double cheeseburger, McDouble, Quarter Pounder with Cheese, double Quarter Pounder with Cheese and Big Mac – have no artificial preservatives, no artificial flavors and no added colors from artificial sources (our pickle contains an artificial preservative, so skip it if you like). Additionally, McDonald’s has also pledged to transition to cage-free eggs in US and Canada by 2025 and by the end of 2020, McDonald’s has also committed to sourcing a portion of its beef from its top 10 beef-sourcing countries from suppliers participating in sustainability programs aligned with the Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef principles and criteria. For more details on McDonald’s efforts, visit our Scale for Good website.About McDonald’sMcDonald’s USA, LLC, serves a variety of menu options made with quality ingredients to nearly 25 million customers every day. Ninety-five percent of McDonald’s 14,000 U.S. restaurants are independently owned and operated by businessmen and women. For more information, visit http://www.mcdonalds.com, or follow us on Twitter @McDonalds and Facebook http://www.facebook.com/mcdonalds.(NOTE: The above press release is from McDonald’s.)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@example.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedMcDonald’s Eliminates Artificial Preservatives, Artificial Flavors & Added Colors From Its 7 Classic BurgersIn “Business”McDonald’s Becomes First Restaurant Company To Set Approved Science Based Target To Reduce Greenhouse Gas EmissionsIn “Business”McDonald’s Announces Changes To Happy Meals Coming In JuneIn “Business”
Cook Inlet oil platforms are visible from shore on Dec. 13, 2016 near Kenai, Alaska. (Photo by Rashah McChesney/Alaska’s Energy Desk)The State of Alaska held a lease sale for offshore acreage in Cook Inlet today, with modest results.Listen nowThe state offered 2.6 million acres, but just one company — Hilcorp — bid on 16,636 acres.Hilcorp is currently the biggest oil and gas producer in Cook Inlet. The Texas-based company will pay $298,800 for the additional acreage it picked up at the sale. Hilcorp was also the sole company bidding during last year‘s state oil and gas lease sale for Cook Inlet.“We’d always like to see a larger lease sale and more money come into the state,” Kyle Smith, leasing section chief with the Alaska Department of Natural Resources, said. “With the Cook Inlet, the gas demand has mostly been met through 2023, 2024 through existing gas contracts. And the incentives aren’t quite what they were years ago.”Faced with dwindling funds, the legislature phased out tax credits for oil and gas companies in Cook Inlet over the past two years.Smith added that the sale also shows most companies in Cook Inlet are focusing investments on producing from areas they’ve already leased, rather than exploring in new areas.
The house at Mirpur suspected to a militant hideout. Photo: Prothom AloMembers of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) recovered three bodies from a room of a suspected militant hideout at Mirpur’s Mazar Road in the city on Wednesday afternoon, reports news agency UNB.Mufti Mahmud Khan, RAB Director (Legal and Media), came up with the information while talking to reporters at the spot.RAB personnel entered the militant den and found three charred bodies, Mufti said, adding they could not identify the bodies immediately.Earlier, in the day law enforcers resumed their operation around 9:30 am at the militant den after overnight massive explosions and exchange of gunfire.Fire fighters rushed to the spot as a fire broke out in the hideout after the militants commenced a daring counterattack of bomb explosions and gunfire against the law enforcers on Tuesday night.Mufti Mahmud Khan said the militants carried out three massive explosions inside the building around 9:45pm on Tuesday followed by three more blasts which led to a fire, leaving four RAB men injured with splinters.“It might be chemical firing,” he said, adding that casualties could be known after entering the building once the fire is doused.Suspected militant Abdullah agreed to surrender along with his two wives, two children and two associates between 7:30 pm and 8pm, Mahmud told a press conference in front of the building on Tuesday evening.He said they earlier asked Abdullah, son of late Mir Yusuf Ali of Chuadanga district, to surrender when he sought time for taking the decision. “We gave him time. Few minutes before the dusk fell, he informed us that he’ll surrender along with his family members and associates,” he said.As per his commitment, Abdullah sent his wives—Nasreen and Fatema—and two children to the balcony. But later he didn’t surrender.Meanwhile, Inspector General of Police AKM Shahidul Hoque visited the spot in the morning.As part of the security arrangement, the law enforcers evacuated all the residents from the building and adjacent ones.Earlier, Abdullah’s mentally challenged sister Meherunnesa came out of the house.Tipped off, a RAB team cordoned off the six-storey building on the south side of Martyred Intellectuals’ Graveyard at 12 am on Tuesday.Earlier, police arrested two suspected militants conducting a drive in Tangail district and got information about Abdullah from the arrestees.Locals also said that the building owned by Habibullah Bahar Azad has five flats on its each floor. The homeowner had been living on the 2nd floor.RAB Director General Benazir Ahmed said militant Abdullah got involved in militancy in 2005 and he had been carrying out his activities under the cover of his business of IPS, UPS, fridges and refrigerators. He deposited huge acid, petroleum and explosives, said the RAB DG.
Former National Security Advisor General Mike Flynn (L), Senior Advisor Jared Kushner (2L) and US President Donald Trump ® at the beginning of a meeting on cyber security in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, DC. AFP file photoThe probe into Russia’s role in the US election pierced the innermost circle of the White House Saturday, with reports that Donald Trump’s son-in-law sought a secret communications line with Moscow—the most damning allegation yet from the scandal.The latest furor was stirred up after the Washington Post reported late Friday that Jared Kushner—arguably Trump’s closest White House aide, and husband to the president’s eldest daughter Ivanka—made a pre-inauguration proposal to the Russian ambassador to set up a secret, bug-proof link with the Kremlin.Kushner, 36, even suggested using Russian diplomatic facilities in the United States to protect such a channel from monitoring, The Post said, quoting US officials briefed on intelligence reports.The revelation, if confirmed, would raise new questions about the Trump team’s relationship with the Russians, who US intelligence agencies say tried to sway the November election in Trump’s favor.News reports said the White House, reeling from the explosive developments in the long-running Russia saga, is creating a new rapid-fire communications unit to respond to the controversy, led by Kushner, senior presidential adviser Steve Bannon and White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus.‘Naive’ or ‘Sinister’White House officials declined to comment on Saturday, ahead of Trump’s return to Washington following his first overseas trip.“We’re not going to comment on Jared, we’re just not going to comment,” said Gary Cohn, Trump’s chief economic adviser, during a press conference in Italy as a G7 summit wound down.National Security Advisor HR McMaster refused to talk about the allegations but said that in general, “We have backchannel communication with a number of countries. What that allows you to do is communicate in a discrete manner.”“I would not be concerned about it,” he added.But a former head of the US National Security Agency harshly condemned Kushner’s alleged effort to set up a secret communications line, saying if it’s true, it would reveal a dangerous degree of ignorance or naivete.“What manner of ignorance, chaos, hubris, suspicion, contempt would you have to have to think that doing this with the Russian ambassador was a good or appropriate idea?” Michael Hayden said on CNN.He said he leaned toward “naivete” as an explanation, though he did not find it comforting.Malcolm Nance, a retired naval officer and expert on terrorism and intelligence, said: “This is now sinister. There is no way this can be explained, from the intelligence perspective.”“That is indicative of espionage activity of an American citizen that is working in league with a hostile government,” he told MSNBC.The Washington Post said Kushner’s secret communications proposal was made December 1 or 2 at Trump Tower in New York, according to intercepts of Russian communications that were reviewed by US officials.Michael Flynn, who was Trump’s national security adviser for just 24 days before being fired amid questions about meetings he held with the Russian ambassador, was also present, the newspaper reported.The Post said the Russian ambassador to the United States, Sergei Kislyak, was surprised by the future White House aide’s idea of a secret channel and passed it on to the Kremlin.The New York Times said the channel was never established.Trump will return to Washington to face a cascade of other worries related to the Russia probe in the coming days, including expected testimony by fired former FBI director James Comey before a Senate committee.In another development, The New York Times reported Friday that Oleg Deripaska, a Russian once close to Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort, has offered to cooperate with congressional bodies probing alleged Russian election meddling.Not yet a ‘target’Kushner boasts an enormous portfolio of domestic and international responsibilities underscoring his importance as Trump’s chief aide-de-camp, despite having no experience in politics before the 2016 White House race.He is the only person currently in the White House known to be under investigation.The Post and other media have been careful to note that their sources did not say Kushner was a “target” of the investigation, nor that he was accused of any wrongdoing. Labeling him a “target” would suggest Kushner was a main suspect of the investigation.But there have been a number of as yet unexplained contacts—during last year’s presidential campaign and afterward—between other top Trump aides and senior Russian officials, including Flynn, US Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Manafort and others.The investigation is being led by Robert Mueller, a respected former FBI director who was given broad powers to pursue the case as a special counsel after Trump abruptly fired Comey on May 9.The Senate and House Intelligence committees also are investigating, but not with an eye to bringing criminal charges.Former CIA director John Brennan revealed this week that intelligence chiefs had been looking into suspicious contacts between Trump campaign associates and Russian officials since mid-2016.Trump has denied any collusion with Russia, calling the probe “the greatest witch hunt” in American political history.
Share Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner talks with Houston Matters host Craig Cohen about Friday’s morning’s shooting at Santa Fe High School and the city’s role in preventing and mitigating gun violence. 00:00 /10:47 Listen Aerial of Santa Fe High School in Texas. Image by KTRK-TV To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X
Truly, we all live in a Pokemon world. Two new Pokemon games are coming to the 3DS this fall along with the fighting game spin-off Pokken Tournament on Nintendo Switch. A true Pokemon RPG for Switch is on the horizon, and mobile game Magikarp Jump is the Game of the Year. But in terms of sheer impact and financial success, the modern Pokemon game to beat is probably still the augmented-reality phenomenon Pokemon Go.While the game will most likely never be as ubiquitous as it was during its debut last summer, the developers at Niantic are certainly trying to give players good reasons to return. This summer Pokemon Go evolves with new gyms and raid battle systems.I’d argue that Pokemon Go’s initial shallowness (along with its focus on first generation Pokemon) is actually what allowed it to be such a mainstream hit. However, Pokemon fans have been asking for deeper gameplay mechanics from the game for a while now, and this upcoming update should push the game in that direction.Soon, you will only be able to put six Pokemon in a real-world gym, and each must be a different species of Pokemon. But you can determine the order in which challengers battle your monsters. Like PokeStops, gyms will also now provide items as well as unique badges. As Pokemon in a gym lose battles their Combat Points (CP) decrease due to the new “motivation” stat. Teammates can feed friendly monsters berries to raise motivation but once the meter runs out the Pokemon abandons the gym and returns to its trainer.Raid battles, meanwhile, are limited-time co-op events. Once triggered, players can team up with up to 19 other friends or strangers nearby to battle one powerful Pokemon before time runs out, like the fight against Mewtwo in Times Square(?) in the original Pokemon Go trailer. Win and you can use special Premiere Balls to try and catch the raid boss. Sounds like a great way to introduce more legendary Pokemon into the game (as well as make more real-world deals by turning the local Applebee’s or whatever into a “sponsored gym”). Other prizes include special berries and candies and TMs for easier catching and nurturing and teaching Pokemon better moves.To prepare for the update, Niantic is shutting down existing gyms. But they’ll soon return in the all-new, all-different Pokemon Go. In the meantime, improve your trainer skills with our Pokemon Go strategy guide.Let us know how we’re doing Battle Team Rocket in New ‘Pokemon Go’ Update‘Pokemon Sleep’ Puts Pocket Monsters in Your Dreams Stay on target
Kolkata: In a reshuffle in the IAS cadre in Bengal, Dr Preeti Goyal has become the Additional District Magistrate (ADM) of North 24-Parganas.An IAS of 2013 batch, Dr Goyal, who is a medical practitioner, was earlier posted as Sub-Divisional Officer (SDO) Arambagh. She had fought against illegal sand mining as SDO Arambagh and brought an end to the menace in the area. Dr Goyal had also united a 65-year-old woman with her near and dear ones after five decades, after finding out her native place in Nagaland. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsNitin Singhania of the same batch has become the Joint Secretary in Chief Minister’s Office (CMO). He was earlier posted as SDO Kalna. Abhishek Kumar Tiwary, who was Joint Secretary in CMO, has been made ADM Howrah. Dr Rajat Nanda, who was SDO Serampore, has become ADM Hooghly and Nidhi, who is also of the 2013 batch, has become ADM Nadia. Anshul Gupta has become ADM Murshidabad. He was earlier posted as SDO Uluberia.Tshering Y Bhutia, who was SDO Islampur, has become ADM Jalpaiguri. Manish Mihra is the new SDO Islampur. Raju Mishra, who was Officer on Special Duty (OSD) in Higher Education department, has become SDO Khatra. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedDr Akanksha Bhaskar, OSD of Health and Family Welfare, has become ADO Raghunathpur. Tushar Singhla, OSD of Power department, has become SDO Uluberia.Smrutiranjan Mohanty of 2015 batch has become SDO Rampurhat. He was earlier posted as OSD School Education. Lakshmi B Tanneeru, OSD of the Women and Child Development and Social Welfare department, has become SDO Arambagh.Shevale Abhijit Tukaram has become SDO Kalimpong. Kuhuk Bhushan, who was OSD Finance, has become SDO Haldia. Dhivya L, who was an OSD in Personnel and Administrative Reforms and e-governance department, has become SDO Domkal. Srikanth Palli has been posted as SDO Durgapur.
“Den of Thieves” is a convolutedly narrated heist film that involves concepts from other superior crime thrillers of the past. With a handful of stylish shootouts, chase sequences and other confrontations bridged together by a lacklustre screenplay, this over-the-top crime saga is a predictable derivative saga of cops and robbers.The film begins with some onscreen graphics informing us about some true-life statistics about bank robberies in the US. Apparently, a bank robbery occurs every 48 minutes there. Given this information, one expects that the opening sequence in Los Angeles would give us an adrenaline-packed thrilling insight into one such robbery. But instead, we witness a run-of-the-mill heist of an armoured truck by a very well armed gang of thieves. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThis dacoity is led by Ray Merriman (Pablo Schreiber) a one-time special forces soldier and criminal mastermind and cohorts including Enson (Curtis “50 Cents Jackson) and Bosco (Evan Jones).Despite the robbers’ military precision, there are fatalities on both sides. And to the amusement of his colleagues, Ray mentions, “We are cop killers now.”The case catches the attention of the Major Crimes unit of the local Sheriff’s department, led by Nick Flanagan (Gerard Butler) who is also known as “Big Nick” among his co-workers. While surveying the scene of the crime, we learn that he is at loggerheads with the head of FBI. At the same time, he is wary and anxious as he gravely says, “We’re dealing with a different animal here, boys.” Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveTo top it all, Nick has a troubled personal life. He tells us that he and his unit are bad guys and there’s no reason to doubt that claim.The battle of wills between Ray and Nick aspires an epic level, but the characters exhibit far less real respect for one another. The bad blood incorporates a personal element where both Ray and Nick casually indulge in sex with the same person.Personal foibles apart, Ray and his team eye the Los Angeles branch of the Federal Reserve. In order to succeed in their endeavour, they rope in a genial bartender Donnie (O’Shea Jackson Jr) who is skilled in speed racing. But Nick who tries to stay a step ahead of Ray, roughs up Donnie who knows the consequences of turning into an informer.The plot takes a convoluted route. It oscillates back and forth between the two sides, offering would-be poignant exchanges. It teases the audience unnecessarily with personal issues and wastes precious time that could have been spent on the tense heist and its explosive aftermath, which is where the viewer wants to be. The execution in these moments is thrilling, although muddied by a final plot twist. There is not much time spent on motives or on explaining the ridiculous twist at the end. Also, parts of the film remind you of scenes in “The Usual Suspects” and the 1995 released film “Heat”.As for the performances, despite packed with testosterone-fuelled swagger and tough guy posturing by its ace-cast, the poorly developed characters are its undoing. Without much meaningful character development, the lines between heroes and villains blur. While the film majorly focuses on Butler and Pablo Schreiber who deliver compelling performances, the others too have their moments of onscreen glory.Though the story lacks in originality, it displays more brawn than brains and excels in its production values. The production designs, cinematography, editing and background-score are all of ace quality.
Kolkata: The city on Tuesday witnessed eastern India’s first green corridor which was facilitated to ferry a critical patient to the hospital from the Calcutta airport after he suffered a stroke in Uttar Pradesh.The patient was brought to the city by an air-ambulance on Tuesday morning. Both the Bidhannagar and Kolkata police made necessary arrangements to set up a green corridor in the city to ensure a smooth passage for the patient. The patient, Samarjit Das (69), a resident of Sil Lane in Tangra went to Manasarovar with his family members a few days ago. On his way back to the city, Das had suffered ischemic stroke and pneumonia in Uttar Pradesh. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe patient was brought in an air-ambulance that had taken off from Lucknow. It landed at the city’s airport in the morning. Another ambulance was waiting outside the airport with the police escort. The patient was taken to a private hospital in Mallick Bazar within 23 minutes. The ambulance was however caught in a traffic jam for nearly five minutes at Hudco More before it finally reached the hospital around 11.38 am. Green Corridor was facilitated by Bidhan Nagar police as well as Kolkata Police in their respective jurisdiction. The patient was admitted to the hospital and a surgery was conducted in the hospital later in the day. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateAccording to the hospital sources, patient suffered a major stroke due to his visit to a high-altitude area. As he is an elderly patient, he could not withstand acute shortage of oxygen. A city-based doctor said elderly people suffering from heart related ailments and sugar are often prone to heart attacks. The actual cause of the heart attack in case of Das is yet to be confirmed. The victim’s family members told the hospital doctors that he had no history of heart ailments or sugar. After performing various tests on the patient, the doctors felt the need of an immediate surgery. His condition is stated to be critical. The doctors thanked the police administration for creating the green corridor which helped the patient to reach the hospital on time. It may be mentioned that the city had witnessed a series of green corridors earlier also but in those case organs were transported from one place to another. But, this is for the first time in the state’s history, a critical patient was brought to the hospital.