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How healthy is your child?

first_imgThe tummy, they say, is a mirror of emotions. A stick of a girl in the outpatients department of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Delhi, has a stomach issue. In that crowded OPD, where everybody befriends everybody to while away the waiting hours, she sits like a zombie,,The tummy, they say, is a mirror of emotions. A stick of a girl in the outpatients department of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Delhi, has a stomach issue. In that crowded OPD, where everybody befriends everybody to while away the waiting hours, she sits like a zombie, eyes fixed on the ground. Her parents don’t quite know why she gets those excruciating bellyaches. It starts when she is about to go to school and becomes so bad that she is often sent home.Doctors routinely press stethoscopes to her stomach, put her on countless pills, prescribe a battery of tests, before dismissing the pain as a curious, if insoluble, problem. Hazy, drugged and in constant pain, she had to be pulled out of school last month. Today, however, she’s in good company. A little down the corridor, Dr Manju Mehta, professor of clinical psychology, and her students are studying precisely this phenomenon-Recurrent Abdominal Pains (RAP)-which they come across increasingly among schoolchildren across the country.Here’s some news that will give parents more reasons to lie awake at night. India’s children of prosperity may have much more- clothes, toys, gadgets, sport equipment-than their parents ever did. But with the economic advances of recent years-pumping in new money and new foods-there has been a telling change in the health of the country’s young citizens. According to a sweeping study conducted by the wellness R&D section of Apollo Hospitals, urban Indian children are not well.For the last one year, Apollo undertook a series of surveys covering 50 schools and 40,000 children, between class VI and XII, across the country- from Hyderabad to Allahabad, Bangalore to Lucknow, Chennai to Mumbai and Pune to Kochi. And by every measure, the report reveals alarming trends: about 34 per cent urban schoolchildren are in poor health.advertisementAs many as 62 per cent of the children surveyed eat irregular, untimely meals, snacking and eating junk food through the day. Not so coincidentally, a similar percentage have poor physical stamina and, among other things, become breathless while climbing stairs. A whopping 65 per cent told doctors that they face insoluble daily crises that affect them psychologically (compared to just 15 per cent adults).”Unless some changes are made, this batch of children will grow up with poorer health than the current set of adults in the country,” says Professor Adrian Kennedy, who heads the Apollo Lifetime Wellness Rx International Ltd.The survey revealed that more children (34 per cent) are on daily medication than adults (31 per cent). Surprised? Ask the Rajaratnams of Bangalore. The 30-something techie couple makes sure that their sevenyear-old son, Rakesh, stays in the best of health, even if that means popping some pills every day. Hence, Rakesh starts his day at the crack of dawn, takes two spoons of specially ordered Chawanprash from Kottakkal in Kerala because “his immune system is weak” and dashes off for his cricket coaching session.”He has to take calcium supplements because he has low bone density,” says his worried mother, Anila. Rakesh also takes a vitamin C supplement in the morning because coughs and colds are a part of his daily life-what with the pollution and the city’s weather. Anti-allergics, syrups and paracetamols are not uncommon to Rakesh. Nor are health tonics-for everything from common cold to purifying his blood.Peruse the stats and children seem to be slipping through the cracks: more children are admitted to hospitals (12 per cent) compared to adults (3 per cent); if 45 per cent adults surveyed wore spectacles, 33 per cent children do so. “Imagine what this figure will be when they grow up,” says Kennedy.Health meter An exclusive survey of 40,000 school children across seven states reveals alarming trends about how unhealthy our children really are and a public health crisis in the making12% of Indian schoolchildren face hospitalisation, compared to 3% of adults62% eat irregular, untimely meals, snacking mindlessly through the day34% children are in poor health; 37% physically unfit34% children pop pills every day, compared to 31% adults37% gorge on sweets every day32%eat junk food as a major meal three times a week43% do not eat veggies and fruits daily49% have low protein intake31%drink less than two cups of milk a day19% feel they are at breaking point, unable to cope with studies33% of children wear glasses30% children have dental problems, compared to 22% adults40% of children are seriously overweight40% feel that they can not confide in their parents36% can’t keep pace with their peer group30% have poor muscle strength and shape16% crave for love and affection from extended family63% become breathless when climbing stairs54% sent off to coaching classes after school36% of the children get little solace from home30% do not have the time to play outdoor games65% face personal, academic or family problems, to which they see no solution30% watch television for 4 to 6 hours daily7% are from broken homes17% find the fights and disagreements at home between family members unbearableQ: “Does any of your friends indulge in alcohol, cigarettes, drugs, reckless driving and sexual activity?”Yes: 34% Q: “Have you ever indulged in alcohol, cigarettes, drugs, reckless driving or sexual activity?”Yes: 32%advertisementAbout 22 per cent adults have dental problems compared to 30 per cent children-alarming since most polled children were long past the milk-teeth stage. When surveyed for family history of cardiac ailments, cancer, high blood pressure and diabetes, children outnumber adults (67:45 per cent). In other words, the risk for lifestyle diseases has risen by a whopping 22 per cent within one generation.The numbers tell only part of the story. In a world that’s raining food, making healthy choices about what and how to eat is not easy. The saga of little lives reflects that diet conundrum. Ankit Parashar of Lucknow might be just 12, but he has already been to the OT and back for what is essentially an adult affliction-gall stone. The doctor’s diagnosis? Too much junk food. “Instead of preparing fresh tiffin, I used to give him money to buy food from the canteen,” says his contrite mother, who works with a bank.”The shifting contours of the post-globalisation family-with more working mothers and both parents putting in more hours on the job- have created new circumstances of parenting,” says Delhi-based counsellor Gitanjali Kumar. As lives become busier, there is less time to cook healthy meals, more people eat at restaurants, grab takeout food or buy frozen foods to heat up at home.Ankit, obviously, belongs to the brigade of surveyed children, who score high on knowledge related to food (81 per cent), yet have appallingly disbalanced diets (29 per cent). “Except for the fact that more adults are overweight (61 per cent adults to 39 per cent children) in all other aspects of nutrition, children fare far worse than adults,” points out Kennedy.Track the diet demon: 31 per cent drink less than two cups of milk every day; 37 per cent eat sweets with each meal daily; 43 per cent refuse fruits and veggies; pizzas and burgers form a major meal at least three times a week, for 32 per cent; 35 per cent frequent fast food centres more than twice a week.When endocrinologist Dr Nikhil Tandon went around Delhi in 2006- measuring and weighing 21,485 schoolchildren between age 5-18-he was taken aback by the high burden of excess weight (18 per cent) and obesity (6 per cent) among them. “In the past two decades, adolescent weight has gone up by 5-15 kg,” says Tandon, professor at the department of endocrinology and metabolism, AIIMS.”The soaring symptoms of metabolic dysfunction among them indicate early onset of conditions like diabetes, hypertension, heart diseases and polycystic ovarian syndrome.” It’s not just the rich kids in the capital. An ongoing Fortis Hospital study, that also covers cities beyond Delhi (Agra, Jaipur, Allahabad and Pune), finds abdominal fat, insulin resistance and hypertension in one among four schoolchildren-indicting a likely explosion of lifestyle diseases when they reach the 20s.advertisementPritish Daudkhane is all of 11. But his schedules are more demanding and days more packed than his parents. And his mother, Parumita, who runs coaching classes in Navi Mumbai, is worried sick. Pritish looks and acts drained and exhausted at the end of each day. The student of Vasant Vihar High School wakes up every morning at 5.30 to catch his school bus, gets back by 2 p.m., watches television or plays computer games till it’s time to do homework or leave for coaching classes.”He wakes up too early,” claims his mother. “With the pressure of homework and coaching classes, he hardly has the physical stamina or enthusiasm to do anything else.” Pritish got into this mode ever since he entered high school. “I have never consulted a counsellor because every child seems to be leading this sort of a life. But it upsets me,” she says.The survey rings alarm bells over the physical fitness of children. The World Health Organization guidelines recommend 60 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity each day, with activities to improve bone health, muscle strength and flexibility at least twice a week. But India’s couch potato kids (over 30 per cent) prefer to spend 4-6 hours a day in front of the TV. Over 37 per cent are physically unfit; 30 per cent don’t have the time to play; 30 per cent have poor muscle strength and shape and 43 per cent have poor joint mobility.”Children are turning out to be sitting ducks for bone disorders later in life,” says Dr Ambrish Mithal, endocrinologist with Apollo Indraprastha Hospital in Delhi. A new study by AIIMS and the Institute of Nuclear Medicine and Allied Sciences in Delhi found rampant vitamin D deficiency (essential for strong bones) in nearly 90 per cent schoolchildren in the city in 2006.Not a pretty picture? Gear up for some more gory statistics: 65 per cent children face one or more persisting problems (personal, academic or otherwise) to which they see no solution; 54 per cent find it necessary to take tuitions after school; 36 per cent find it difficult to keep pace with their peer group, not just in studies but in other activities, too.Add to that 47 per cent children whose days are too full of things to do (school, tuitions, family obligations) and 54 per cent who spend over a couple of hours each day commuting to school-and you get a peek into the life of urban Indian children. Mehta of AIIMS is not surprised, “Children are increasingly found to be defiant, hostile, irritable, quarrelsome and destructive these days,” she says.That’s exactly what the parents of a 13-year-old Chandigarh girl complained of when they brought her, comatose, to paediatrician, Dr R.S. Bedi. Barred from calling up two of her boyfriends at nights, harassed by spying siblings, bullied by family members for not doing well in school, disturbed and distraught, she had started taking sleeping pills and went into overkill that day. The doctor reprimanded the parents and referred the family to a counsellor. They never visited him again.”Teenage is the time for hormonal change. A lot of parents don’t recognise that,” says Bedi. “Kids don’t feel at home when they are at home. When they come back from school, parents are away. At home parents are either too tired or too busy. Home is like a hostel these days,” he adds. No wonder, for 36 per cent of the surveyed children, home is not a refuge, 40 per cent can’t confide in their parents, 16 per cent crave for love from extended family and 7 per cent are from broken homes.Ahmedabad boy, Satyam Patel, 14, landed up in a hospital with an abysmal haemoglobin count of eight. It was just waiting to happen. The reed-thin student of class IX would skip breakfast, scarf down unhealthy fried food at school, hurry through lunch, slog at his all-subject coaching class in the afternoon and burn the midnight oil over his school and tuition homework. No one noticed when the drudgery started telling on him, until one day he fell sick.”Parental pressure to do well in life takes a huge toll on today’s troubled children,” says city psychologist, Dr Prashant Bhimani. “Another thorny issue is a father’s unwillingness to spend enough time with children,” he points out. With Bhimani’s help, Satyam is well on his way to recovery.Doctors across the country are pressing the panic button. Paediatrician, Dr Paresh Majmudar, who owns two hospitals in Vadodara, feels worried about the lack of awareness among parents. “A 11-year-old weighs 70 kg, yet he is a ‘healthy child’ to his parents,” he says. “Parents also tend to pass on their stress and ambitions to children. More than a child’s health, the fact that he would miss a day of school bothers some parents more.” Ask Dr Gaur Chaudhary of SGP Institute of Medical Sciences in Lucknow. His project, Hope Initiative, surveyed 22,000 children in 10 districts of Uttar Pradesh. “There’s a huge gap between the health of urban and rural children, yet all of them are united in one thing-bad health.”This is one study where there are only losers: parents for their lack of understanding and children for the predicament they find themselves in. The truth, however unsavoury, is writ large on the wall: regaining the future health of the nation ultimately rests on parents. Cardiologist Dr K.S. Reddy, director of Public Health Foundation of India, recommends looking back and learning from the past.”A 100 years ago, there was no such thing as snack food-nothing you could pop open and overeat,” he says. “People ate plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables. And low-technology lifestyles demanded more physical activity.” So find ways to get your child 60 active minutes each day, at least; encourage them to jump around; opt for regular, timely and home-cooked meals. The route to wellbeing is never easy. Parents will need to be healthy role models more than ever if they don’t want to be responsible for the dwindling health of generationext. Turn off the television now and go for a walk for your child’s sake.-with Nirmala Ravindran in Bangalore; Mitali Patel and Jhilmil Motihar in Mumbai; Adhi Valliappan in Chennai; Arvind Chhabra in Chandigarh; Uday Mahurkar in Ahmedabad; Subhash Mishra in Lucknow; Jhumari Nigam in Vadodara and Ayesha Singh in Delhi.last_img read more

Cano, Mariners Sink Yanks, 4-3

first_imgNEW YORK — Michael Pineda thought he pitched OK. And he did — to everyone but Robinson Cano.Pineda gave up three of his six hits to Cano, and two of those were two-run homers July 18 as the Seattle Mariners beat the New York Yankees 4-3.“I always try to attack the hitter with my fastball,” Pineda said. “The first homer, he jumped on the first pitch, and the second homer I tried to get my fastball inside. He’s a great hitter.”Pineda (9-6) took a shutout into the seventh against his former team in his first start against Seattle on June 2, but he had difficulty throwing throw strikes this time.The righty walked two for the first time since June 17 and needed 105 pitches to get through six innings. But, other than Cano, the Mariners had little success against him.“I don’t think he struggled,” catcher Brian McCann said. “You’ve got one of the best hitters in the game that started to swing the bat a lot better. Take those away, we’re looking seventh, eighth inning with no runs. So sometimes you tip your hat.”McCann hit a tying two-out, two-run shot off Hisashi Iwakuma (2-1) in the fourth, just one of two flyballs off the Japanese right-hander in 5 2-3 innings. McCann had the other, too, an out to left field.Jacoby Ellsbury and Brett Gardner started the sixth with singles but Iwakuma struck out Alex Rodriguez for the third time and got Mark Teixeira on a grounder.Joe Beimel, who yielded A-Rod’s go-ahead homer July 17, relieved and retired McCann on a popup.Despite struggling against Iwakuma, the Yankees had a chance in the ninth when Teixeira doubled leading off against Carson Smith.Chase Headley struck out, but reached on a passed ball. Garrett Jones drove in a run with a grounder before Didi Gregorius grounded out to Cano to end the game and give Smith his seventh save.“It’s just one of those days we didn’t get the big hit,” Yankees Manager Joe Girardi said.With the win, the Mariners improved to 22-22 on the road after losing 11-of-17 to start the season. Seattle denied the Yankees a chance to move 10 games over .500 for the first time since Cano was closing out his career in pinstripes, on Sept. 13, 2013.Batting .249 with just six homers and 30 RBIs coming in, Cano has taken the brunt of the blame for the Mariners’ subpar first half. But he came out swinging against the team he spurned for a huge contract with Seattle before the 2014 season.The second baseman responded to hearty first-inning boos with a blast off Pineda (9-6) over the center field wall with Kyle Seager aboard, helping the Mariners end a seven-game skid against New York. Seager connected twice in Seattle’s loss July 17.“I just go to the plate and make some damage,” Cano said of how he handles the booing.Cano connected again off Pineda in the sixth, driving a ball into the second deck in right field for his 14th multihomer game — his first 13 came with New York. Cano singled between his long balls and grounded out with a shot for his first three-homer game.Iwakuma allowed five hits and two runs without a walk and five strikeouts in his third start since coming off the disabled list.(HOWIE RUMBERG, AP Baseball Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Ruthless Shakib drives Bangladesh to victory over hapless West Indies

first_imgReuse this content Pinterest Read more Bangladesh beat West Indies by seven wickets: Cricket World Cup 2019 – as it happened Share on WhatsApp … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share via Email match reports Share on Twitter Cricket Support The Guardian Bangladesh Cricket Team Share on Pinterest Share on Messenger Since you’re here… Twitter Cricket World Cup 2019 West Indies cricket team Share on LinkedIn A blistering innings of 124 from Shakib al Hasan led Bangladesh to a straightforward win against West Indies. The target was 322 and Bangladesh reached it with seven wickets and 8.3 overs to spare. This was a record-breaking performance, Bangladesh’s highest successful run chase in ODI cricket and the second highest – after Ireland’s triumphant pursuit against England in Bangalore – in World Cup history.For West Indies it was heartbreaking. Their early defeat of Pakistan raised hopes of a revival in this form of the game but since then they have been frail in body and mind. Here they tried to impose their plan A when defending a substantial total. That failed. And they did not have a plan B. The selection of their side did not permit one. They played five fast bowlers with Gayle as the only spin option. Four of the pacemen were tall right-handers inclined to bang the ball into the pitch. But this did not worry the Bangladesh batsmen a jot. Topics Even though Mushfiqur Rahim was caught down the leg side cheaply, Bangladesh could canter to victory thanks to a superb partnership of 189 between Shakib and Litton Das, who was playing his first match of the tournament. Initially Das was content to be a sleeping partner but the introduction of Gayle seemed to energise him. With his form flooding back he hit the hapless Shannon Gabriel for three consecutive sixes. By now West Indies had accepted the inevitability of defeat. Das, who hit the winning runs, had raced to 94 from 69 balls.Afterwards Jason Holder said the target was “30 to 40 runs short”, which means he wanted a score that would have required a record-breaking run chase by a considerable margin. This seemed an odd appraisal designed to counter the haplessness of West Indies in the field and in their selection. Before Shakib arrived Tamim Iqbal and Soumya Sarkar had added 52 in nine overs and then Bangladesh’s ageless all-rounder soon became the highest runscorer in the tournament. He took control from the moment he arrived at the crease. He knew what to expect and he was intuitively in position to cut and pull against bowlers who seemed to have only one tactic – to bang the ball into the pitch. Just occasionally he top-edged the hook shot but no West Indian could lay hands on the mis‑hits.Tamim was equally adept at combatting the short ball and it took a freakish piece of action to dismiss him. He hit a crisp straight drive back to the bowler, Sheldon Cottrell, who pulled off a heist reminiscent of Roger Harper bowling to Graham Gooch at Lord’s in 1987. Cottrell stuck out his left hand and then threw the ball at the stumps with Tamim out of his crease as he completed the shot. He hit them. It is true that Holder’s team might have scored more. They had to recover from a tortuous start with Gayle stuck at the crease for 12 balls without scoring a run before edging to the keeper. Then the innings was dependent on the solidity of Shai Hope, a minor resurgence by Evin Lewis and some pyrotechnics from Shimron Hetmyer and Holder.Hope hit the ball silkily but often straight to a fielder, although that did not seem to matter so much when the lower order set to work. This did not include any contribution from Andre Russell on a bad day for West Indies’ iconic Jamaicans. He also departed without scoring. Later in the field he could move little better than Gayle as his creaking body rebelled after bowling six painful overs, a sad reflection of West Indies’ standing in this tournament.Bangladesh are now the undisputed leaders of the chasing pack. Next up for them is Australia at Trent Bridge. They will not be taken for granted.•This article was amended on 18 June 2019 to correct a reference to Roger Harper bowling to Graham Gooch at Lord’s in 1988. The match in question took place in 1987. Share on Facebook Cricket World Cup 2019: final group stage standings Facebook Shakib al Hasan and Liton Das celebrate the all-rounder’s century during their match-winning partnership. Photograph: Alex Davidson/Getty Images Read morelast_img read more

Jamaica Signs on to UN Urban Disaster Preparedness Campaign

first_imgGovernment has signed an agreement with representatives from the United Nations, cementing Jamaica’s participation in the ‘Making Cities Resilient: My City is Getting Ready!’ global campaign.The programme, which has been launched in 1,300 cities worldwide, aims to strengthen Jamaica’s disaster risk reduction and disaster resilience capabilities, through the development of relevant policies, tools and mechanisms.The campaign also encourages local government officials and Mayors to familiarise themselves with the UN’s 10-point check list for making cities resilient, in an effort to inform and educate residents.Minister of Local Government and Community Development, Hon. Noel Arscott, signed the agreement on Tuesday, May 7, along with Acting Director General of the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM), Richard Thompson; Resident Co-ordinator, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Arun Kashyap; and Regional Reporting Officer, UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, (UNISDR), Jennifer Guralnick.Speaking at the signing ceremony and programme launch, held at the Four Seasons Hotel in Kingston, Minister Arscott said the agreement is of great significance, as it highlights the government’s commitment to disaster preparedness and emergency management. “This is only the beginning, as we can never be too prepared for the next natural or man-made disaster. The key to (disaster reduction) is really our level of preparedness, effective response and resilience,” he said.He commended the work of the ODPEM and the local government system, noting that the various departments have been playing significant roles in managing comprehensive disaster preparedness and risk reduction in communities across the island.Meanwhile, Ms. Guralnick emphasized that disaster and risk reduction is critical to the economic and sustainable development of countries, such as Jamaica.She pointed out that every year the Caribbean faces losses of up to US$1.5 billion as a result of disasters.“This affects not only the communities and the economies…, but also affects the future process of development and our investments,” she stated.Ms. Guralnick noted that tools and mechanisms for disaster prevention were therefore quite important, as every US$1 spent on prevention leads to a reduction of US$7 in economic losses.The campaign, which is built around the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA), also addresses issues of local governance and urban risk, while exploring sustainable urbanisation principles.The 10-year HFA came out of the World Conference held in Kobe, Hyogo, Japan in 2005 and outlines five priorities for action, and offers guiding principles and practical means for achieving disaster resilience.The campaign’s 10-point check list include:putting in place organisation and co-ordination to understand and reduce disaster risk, based on participation of citizen groups and civil society; assign a budget for disaster risk reduction and provide incentives for homeowners, low-income families, communities, businesses and public sector to invest in reducing the risks they face; and maintaining up-to-date data on hazards and vulnerabilities, prepare risk assessments and use these as the basis for urban development plans and decisions.Contact: Athaliah Reynolds-Bakerlast_img read more

Man jumps to death at police station in Delhi

first_imgNew Delhi: A man called for questioning at the Bawana police station in Delhi committed suicide by jumping off from the balcony, the police said on Monday. Balraj had been called for questioning on Sunday regarding an attempt to murder case against his son, a police official said. “He had gone to drink water, but instead jumped off the balcony,” said the official.last_img

Redmi Note 8 Pro to come with liquid cooling feature

first_imgBeijing: Ahead of the launch of its Note 8 series, Redmi has revealed that the ‘Note 8 Pro’ will come with liquid cooling feature. According to the manufacturer, the liquid cooling feature would keep the phone about 4-6 degrees cooler, enabling longer durations of gaming without a drop in performance, GSMArena reported on Friday. In addition, a Weibo post by MediaTek revealed that the upcoming ‘Note 8 Pro’ would ship with the new Helio G90T chipset. Also Read – Swiggy now in 500 Indian cities, targets 100 more this year The Chinese smartphone maker recently shared a poster giving a glimpse of the ‘Note 8 Pro’ that has three cameras aligned vertically on its back, with the fourth one placed on the right. The image further reveals that the upcoming Note 8 series would have a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner and a glass-sandwich design. Xiaomi’s sub-brand Redmi is all set to unveil its new smartphones — ‘Note 8’ and ‘Note 8 Pro’ — and the Redmi TV, in China on August 29. The regular Redmi Note 8 phone is also expected to feature four camera sensors at the back.last_img read more

Ghaziabad Man died during police checking FIR registered

first_imgGhaziabad: Following the death of 34-year-old man who suffered a heart attack after an argument with traffic cop, Ghaziabad police have lodged an FIR against unidentified cop for death due to negligence at Indirapuram police station.The family members of deceased have alleged that the misbehaviour from the traffic cop led to their kin’s condition deteriorating and his subsequent death. Sudhir Kumar Singh, Senior Superintendent of Police, Ghaziabad has also set up an enquiry for the matter which will be headed by an officer of superintendent rank. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”Based on the complaint received from the family of deceased, a case under section 304-A (causing death due to negligence) has been registered against the unknown cop. The enquiry will be headed by SN Singh, SP traffic of Ghaziabad. We have also asked the family to come and identify the cop who was involved in the incident. Appropriate actions will be taken against him,” said Singh. According to police, Gaurav Sharma (34), who works in the sales department of a software company was stopped by a traffic policeman when he was travelling in his car along with elderly parents near CISF cut, on Sunday evening. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsSharma’s 65-year-old father Moolchand Sharma alleged that despite they were not disobeying any road traffic rule, the traffic police personnel, who was wearing white dress, banged a stick on their car’s body to stop them. The family further said that Sharma stepped out of the car questioning the policeman for his behaviour. However, he fell on the road during the altercation and the policemen present over there fled away instead of taking him to the hospital. The victim was taken to nearby Fortis Hospital in sector 62 where doctors declared him dead on arrival. The Noida police confirmed after the incident that it occurred in Ghaziabad. Senior police officials said that Gaurav was diabetic in nature which made him to suffer a cardiac arrest. However, the family has said that his latest reports that came in August were normal. Meanwhile, the family will go for identification parade of the cops deployed near the spot once they are back from Haridwar where they had gone to perform the last rites of their kin.last_img read more

Tatiana Maslany Eugene and Dan Levy among presenters at Canadian Screen Awards

first_imgAdvertisement Orphan Black star Tatiana Maslany, Schitt’s Creek leads Eugene Levy, Catherine O’Hara and Daniel Levy, and Sons of Anarchy alumnus Kim Coates will be among the presenters at this year’s Canadian Screen Awards.Staged in Toronto on March 12, the awards honour the best in Canadian TV, film and digital media.This year’s host will be comedian and America’s Got Talent judge Howie Mandel. Facebook Login/Register With: Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Other presenters are set to include:Oscar-nominated director Atom Egoyan.CBC satirist Rick Mercer.Big Brother Canada host Arisa Cox.Kim’s Convenience co-stars Jean Yoon and Paul Sun-Hyung Lee.Comedian Sean Cullen.Actors Wendy Crewson, Catherine Reitman and Stephan James.Toronto singer Francesco Yates is lined up for a musical performance. The show will air on CBC-TV. Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Montreal home sales mark 40 months of growth but only thanks to

MONTREAL — The Greater Montreal Real Estate Board says home sales in the city for June were up one per cent compared with the same month last year, marking a record 40 consecutive months of rising home sales.The board says sales totalled 4,081 for the month, up from 4,055 in June 2017.The increase came as sales of single-family homes slipped about two per cent to 2,290 compared with 2,342 a year ago, while condominium sales increased seven per cent to 1,383 compared with 1,292.Sales of plexes, which include two to five units, fell three per cent to 404 compared with 415 in the same month last year.The median price of a single-family home edged up one per cent to $325,089 compared with $322,750 a year ago, while the median condominium price was $256,000, up from $255,000. The median plex price rose seven per cent to $507,000 compared with $475,000.The increase in sales came as the number of active home listings fell 17 per cent compared with a year ago to 22,333 compared with 26,866 in June last year. read more

Woman dies in Port Rowan fire

A fire has claimed the life of a woman in Port Rowan.Emergency personnel responded to reports of a fire at a residence on Erie Avenue shortly after 3 p.m. Monday.Firefighters entered the building to extinguish the fire and found the deceased woman.The Ontario Fire Marshal’s Office has been called in to investigate the cause of the fire. They were expected at the scene on Monday.The residence is part of a 12-unit Erie Park Place housing complex.The Norfolk OPP Crime Unit is also investigating assisted by OPP forensic identification services.“It’s a terrible day in Norfolk County,” said Norfolk OPP Const. Ed Sanchuk. “We’ve lost a resident and community member.”

Coach registrations buck falling trend

Coach registrations up 19.4 per cent in May, year-to-date market up 9.5 per centMay bus registrations down 33.1 per cent, year-to-date registrations fall 16.2 per centSMMT bus and coach registration figures for May 2004 show that coach registrations rose 19.4 per cent on the same month in 2003, building a 9.5 per cent rise for the year-to-date. The headline trend for bus registrations confirms industry expectations of falling demand.Year-to-date midi-bus registrations are up by 14 per cent. However, registrations of large single-deckers are down 28.9 per cent. Overall, the figures show a further slowing in the operating industry’s progress towards the target of achieving a 100 per cent wheelchair-accessible fleet. Over the year-to-date mini-buses to 3.5t gvw – which recently took 62 per cent of all bus registrations – have also suffered weaker demand with registrations falling 817 units to 2,699. Only the 3.5-8.5t gvw sector has shown consistent growth, with an increase of 172 units so far in 2004.In the first five months of 2004, the coach sector has seen growth in both lighter and heavier vehicles but this has now levelled off. The rolling year total for bus registrations to May was 11,554, compared to 12,428 at December, 2003. Corresponding totals for coaches are 1,086 and 1,033.This is issue five of a new press release, an aid to understanding the new bus and coach markets.DownloadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Coach registrations buck falling trend read more

Start the award train Turner Matta take home Big Ten honors

Well before the season started, coach Thad Matta told Evan Turner that he wanted the junior to make the switch from small forward to point guard.The choice to put the ball in Turner’s hands proved to be a monumental decision, as the Buckeyes became Big Ten regular season champions and Turner and Matta both took home postseason honors.In the first of what will likely be many awards for the Ohio State junior, both the media and coaches selected Turner as the Big Ten Player of the Year Monday.“I think it’s a really big deal,” Turner said Monday night on a teleconference. “Most of my awards are state-wide but this is across the Midwest and is against some of the best talent in the country.”Matta was honored by the media as the conference Coach of the Year. Purdue’s Matt Painter earned the honor from the coaches.“We all love playing for [Matta},” Turner said. “He’s a player’s coach and we all have trust and faith in him.”Turner leads the conference with averages of 19.5 points and 9.4 rebounds per game. His 5.8 assists per game rank second in the Big Ten.The Chicago native started the season with a bang, recording just the second triple double in OSU history, with 14 points, 17 rebounds and 10 assists in a 100-60 victory over Alcorn State.Two weeks later, he stuffed another stat sheet, notching 16 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds in an 84-64 win over Lipscomb.But the success came to an abrupt — albeit temporary — end. On a breakaway dunk in the early stages of a blowout victory Dec. 5 against Eastern Michigan, Turner fell to the floor, breaking a pair of vertebrae in his back.Doctors initially predicted that the injury would cost Turner eight weeks, but the resilient junior returned to the court after just five weeks of recovery.During his absence, the Buckeyes fell into the Big Ten cellar. OSU went 3-3 with Turner sidelined, plagued by an ineffective offense.But once the do-it-all guard returned to action, the Buckeyes surged through the home stretch of the season, winning 13 of their last 15 regular season games.With a 73-57 win Mar. 2 over Illinois, the Bucks clinched a share of the Big Ten title.Matta and Turner look to each other for the reasons behind the team’s success this year.“We’re really close. I really look at him for guidance,” Turner said. “He’s coached some great players and he’s taught me how to be a great player. He’s helped me grow up in a number of ways, and I’ll forever appreciate him for that.”Turner is the fifth player in OSU history to win the award. Jim Jackson took home the honor twice.Sophomore William Buford was named Third-Team All-Big Ten by both the coaches and media. Junior David Lighty was selected as a Third-Team All-Big Ten choice by the media and junior Dallas Lauderdale was named to the First-Team All-Big Ten Defensive Team by both the coaches and media.Ohio State earned the No. 1 seed in the Big Ten Tournament, and will play the winner of the Michigan-Iowa game at noon Friday in Indianapolis. read more

Illegal aircraft origin not Colombia still to be determined – Crime

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedFull investigation into Colombia aircraft, illegal airstrip discovery expected- HarmonAugust 15, 2017In “Crime”Illegal airstrip/aircraft: Suspect confesses to constructing airstripSeptember 10, 2017In “Crime”Lethem businessman in custody for illegal airstrip in Region 9August 28, 2017In “Crime” -Brazilian, Venezuelan IDs found onboardThe multi-taskforce investigative team, dispatched to investigate the circumstances leading to abandonment of an illegal twin engine Beechcraft aircraft on an illegal airstrip in Region 9 (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo), discovered identifying documents belonging to states of Brazil and Venezuela and are working to verify the authenticities of those. They are also in contact with regional and international counterparts to verify the origin of the aircraft.The seized twin engine Beechcraft aircraftOn Sunday, acting on information, a team from Police ‘F’ Division visited the area and discovered a 5,400-foot long; 45-foot wide airstrip that appeared to have undergone recent repairs. This strip had been discovered and destroyed by the GDF only a few years ago. The aircraft landed while the ranks were making their way back to the airstrip. They reported that they saw some persons running into the bush.Inside of the aircraftCrime Chief, Wendell Blanhum, told this publication they are trying to verify the origin of the aircraft and whether any criminal records are associated with the identifying documents found on the aircraft.Although initial reports stated that the illegal twin engine Beechcraft is of Colombian origin, new information has surfaced indicating that it is registered to Brazil’s third largest bank Banco Bradesco.However, the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority said that they have received this information and are working with their Brazilian counterparts to determine whether the plane is indeed registered in that country.The cockpit of the aircraftState Minister Joseph Harmon in a statement late Monday night, said that a team comprising of members from the Guyana Defence Force, the Police Force’s Criminal Investigations Department, the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit, the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) and other related agencies have been deployed to the area to conduct an initial investigation.Harmon noted that this initial assessment is an effort to gather evidence that will assist in the investigation into the circumstances, which led to the aircraft being abandoned on an illegal airstrip.Nevertheless, he noted that Government expects a full investigation into this serious national security issue.According to the ‘F’ Division Commander, Ravindradat Budhram, having received information from an unnamed source that the airstrip was being used, investigating ranks visited the site and were leaving the area when they observed an aircraft circling some distance away. The aircraft landed while the ranks were making their way back to the airstrip. They reported that they saw some persons running into the bush.Following the discovery of the plane, an extensive search was mounted by a Joint Services team for the men, who had been observed fleeing, and the search continues.Budhram noted that a search of the area unearthed three abandoned camps, in which canned food and other items were found. Additionally, 16 10-gallon containers, which are suspected to have contained aviation fuel, were also discovered. During the search of the aircraft, several pieces of communication equipment, including cellular phones, flashlights, a quantity of dried ration, medical supplies and an identification card were discovered.The government said that because of the vast land and airspace, Guyana is particularly vulnerable to transnational security threats and that they are working with both local and international partners to build capacity and strengthen security as it relates to monitoring the airspace and landmass.Meanwhile, investigations are ongoing, and the aircraft is said to have suffered some mechanical difficulties.The GCAA is working to repair that and have it flown to the city. (Lakhram Bhagirat) read more

Why 600 people will be at a soldout event in Dublin today

first_img Looking forward to hearing Thomas #Piketty speak tomorrow at the @TASCblog conference in Dublin. Excellent treatment by #rtept tonight— Dónall Geoghegan (@DonallGeoghegan) June 19, 2014 WITH ALL DUE respect to the ‘dismal science’, it’s not too often that you find an economist who gets people this excited.Later today, more than 600 people will cram into a sold-out event in Dublin to listen to what Thomas Piketty has to say. It comes just days after he had people queuing around the block in London to hang on his every word and bringing copies of his book to sign  – something that has been happening in every city he has visited on his book tour. I am seeing Thomas Piketty speak tomorrow in Dublin!— Heber Rowan (@HeberRowan) June 19, 2014 Source: Dónall Geoghegan/Twitter Piketty is part of a new breed of academics who don’t just write about their research and then hand it over to policy exerts and politicians to actually implement ideas. Instead, in the same way that the authors of books like The Spirit Level were prescriptive about what needs to be done next, Piketty is strident about what capitalist economies should do.He recommends a global tax on money that people have inherited from their families, saying that there should be an 80% tax on incomes above $500,000, a 15% tax on capital, and enforced transparency for all bank transactions.Sound compelling? It’s definitely kicked off a lot of arguments. While some of the policies that he argues for – including the wealth tax – have already been brushed aside by the Irish government, he’s likely to have a lot to say about what could or should be done about inequality in Irish society.If you want to hang around outside – all the seats sold out ages ago – Piketty will be giving the keynote address at the annual conference of Tasc, the social policy think-tank, at the Croke Park conference centre later today, followed by a response from Central Bank governor Patrick Honohan and a discussion with the audience.FACTFILE Source: Paris School of EconomicsName: Thomas PikettyBorn: 7 May 1971 in Clichy in France.Job: Professor of Economics at the Paris School of EconomicsEducation: He has a Masters in mathematics from the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris and PhD in economics from the LSE and EHESS.Most likely to say: “The distribution of wealth is one of today’s most widely discussed and controversial issues. But what do we really know about its evolution over the long term?” (Capital, page 1).Least likely to say: “If you work hard, you’ll definitely be able to make lots and lots of money. Long live the American Dream”.Stay tuned later on when we’ll be covering Piketty’s speech at the Tasc conference and the response from Patrick Honohan. Read: Ireland is split between people who have good jobs – and people who don’t >center_img The fact that rich kids can swan aimlessly from gap year to internship to a job at [their] father’s bank/ministry/TV network – while the poor kids sweat into their barista uniforms – is not an accident. It is the system working normally.Piketty’s neatly-researched and engagingly-written book has captured public attention and become a major talking point. Mason points out that much of the book is spent “marshalling the evidence that 21st-century capitalism is on a one-way journey towards inequality – unless we do something”. Source: Seth Anderson via Flickr/Creative CommonsOn the left, commentators love him for pointing out this inherent unfairness in modern capitalism. On the right, criticism has focused on his methodology and his conclusions.In a piece in the New York Times, Thomas B Edsall covered some of the criticisms, noting:It’s not only the right that is disturbed; there is also opposition among a number of progressive activists and liberal policy analysts who recognise the dangers Piketty’s analysis poses to their agenda. In the space of just a few months, Piketty has gone from working at his day job as a  lecturer at the Paris School of Economics to the economics equivalent of a break-out star (it has already been described as ‘Piketty mania’ by the British media).So what happened? Piketty’s book, the deceptively-excitingly-titled Capital In the Twenty-First Century, is the 696-page tome which has been hovering around the top of bestseller lists since it was published earlier this year.In it, Piketty argues that inherited wealth is always going to grow faster than wealth that is earned through work. In other words, that inequality is a built-in part of capitalism and the richest people in the world – the top 1 per cent – are always going to keep getting richer.Or, as Channel 4 News journalist Paul Mason put it: Source: Heber Rowan/Twitterlast_img read more

Fox 5 thinks iPhone 5 has a laser keyboard holographic projection

first_imgIn the run up to the launch of the iPhone 5 lots of rumors were flying around about the feature-set of the device. Most of them turned out to be true, with few surprises at the actual launch event. But some rumors were just totally ridiculous, like the suggestion Apple would be incorporating holographic projection and a laser keyboard in their new smartphone.We may have dismissed such features without a second thought, but Fox 5 did not. During a feature on how many people are lining up outside Apple Stores this week in order to get an iPhone 5 first, Fox decided to recap some of the cool features we can all expect to be using on the new Apple device.What followed was some well-made, yet completely fake video of an iPhone with a working laser keyboard and the ability to display holographic images in mid-air. The “sleeker” iPhone they held up was so thin it probably made Jony Ive a bit jealous if he was watching.The footage Fox used is actually a year old and the original video can be seen below:Someone at Fox 5 either has no idea about current technology and what a smartphone is capable of, or this was a joke that made it on to live television and the repercussions are now being felt. However, I’d like to think no one at Fox actually realized anything was wrong with this segment and pre-orders have been placed by staff working there because they want to play with lasers and watch holograms.last_img read more

Scientists Study Fossilized Bird With Extremely Long Toe

first_img Nature never ceases to amaze: For its latest trick, researchers discovered a 99-million-year-old bird with toes longer than its lower legs.The feathered creature, preserved in amber, likely used its hyper-elongated third toe to hook food out of tree trunks.This is the first time such a foot structure—detailed in a paper published by the journal Current Biology—has been observed in birds, living or extinct.“I was very surprised when I saw the amber,” study author Lida Xing of the China University of Geosciences said in a statement. “It shows that ancient birds were way more diverse than we thought. They had evolved many different features to adapt to their environments.”Without removing the Cretaceous-era fossil from its casing, Xing & Co. scanned the amber with micro-CT and created a 3D reconstruction of the foot.It turns out the bird’s third toe, measuring 9.8 millimeters, is 41 percent longer than its second toe, and 20 percent longer than its tarsometatarsus—the bone in the lower leg of birds.The team compared those ratios with 20 other extinct fowl from the same period, as well as 62 living birds. None had a foot that resembles the just-named Elektorornis chenguangi.A nearly 100-million-year-old bird foot, featuring a very long toe preserved in amber (via Lida Xing/China University of Geosciences)The “amber bird” apparently belongs to a group of extinct creatures called Enantiornithes—once abundant during the Mesozoic era. It is thought that these birds became extinct along with the dinosaurs some 66 million years ago. They have no living descendants.Smaller than a sparrow, the Elektorornis likely spent most of its time in trees, as opposed to on the ground or in water.“Elongated toes are something you commonly see in arboreal animals because they need to be able to grip these branches and wrap their toes around them,” according to co-author Jingmai O’Connor of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. “But this extreme difference in toe lengths, as far as we know, has never been seen before.”The fossilized tree resin in which the foot was protected comes from the Hukawng Valley in Myanmar. Xing obtained it from a local ambert trader.Scientists remain stumped as to why the amber bird evolved such an unusual feature. The only known animal with disproportionately long digits is the aye-aye—a lemur that uses long middle fingers to fish larvae and insects out of tree trunks. The team believes Elektorornis may have used its toe for the same purpose.“This is the best guess we have,” O’Connor said. “A lot of ancient birds were probably doing completely different things that living birds. This fossil exposes a different ecological niche that these early birds were experimenting [with] as they evolved.”Moving forward, researchers hopes to extract proteins and pigments from exposed features peeking out from the amber. Such data could help shine a light on the bird’s evolutionary adaptations.More on Baby Bird Gets Solo Uber Ride to Utah Rehab Center‘Exotic’ Bird Turns Out to Be Curry-Covered SeagullSecret Chamber Discovered in Roman Emperor Nero’s Palace Egg Fossils Provide Glimpse Into Prehistoric ParentingBoy Uncovers Rare Woolly Mammoth Tooth Outside Ohio Resort Stay on targetlast_img read more

England coach suffers injury

first_imgEngland manager Gareth Southgate had his right shoulder dislocated while running on Wednesday.The squad had a scheduled day off from training and Southgate suffered the injury near England’s base in Repino. This is coming after Southgate celebrated acrobatically after Harry Kane sealed a 2-1 win over Tunisia in England’s opening World Cup game on Monday.“The doc has made it clear that punching the air is not an option,” said Southgate via BBC.“I might not be celebrating any goals as athletically in future,” he added.Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.Southgate, who is wearing a sling, was treated at a nearby hospital with the assistance of team doctor Rob Chakraverty.Southgate won the League Cup with both Aston Villa and Middlesbrough and captained Crystal Palace to win the First Division championship in 1993–94. He also played in the 2000 FA Cup Final for Villa and the 2006 UEFA Cup Final for Middlesbrough.Southgate made 57 appearances for the England national team between 1995 and 2004, featuring in the 1998 FIFA World Cup and both the 1996 and 2000 European Championships. His playing career ended in May 2006 at the age of 35, and after more than 500 league appearances.He served as manager of Middlesbrough from June 2006 until October 2009, then managed the England U21 team from 2013 to 2016, before becoming the England national team manager in 2016.last_img read more

Local San Diego Girl Scouts hold Coat Drive for One Warm Coat

first_imgLocal San Diego Girl Scouts hold Coat Drive for One Warm Coat Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Ginger Jeffries, October 6, 2018 Posted: October 6, 2018 Ginger Jeffries 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The Girl Scouts in San Diego will be collecting coats and sweaters for the needy this autumn.Fariba Namvar and Girl Scout Troop 2126 visited the studio to talk about their upcoming drive and how you can help.Girl Scout Brownie Troop 2126 will be holding a Coat Drive again this year. Last year over 450 items were collected.As the weather becomes chillier and you bring out those coats, sweaters, jackets, scarves and hats, please hang on to those you no longer need or have grown out of, and drop them off at one of the following locations in October:  Design 39 Campus (Welcome Center Oct. 1-19 & Kinder Loop Oct. 3-19); Ralphs 4S Commons (by front entrance Oct. 3-19); Starbucks Del Sur (by barista counter Oct. 3-19).Please click on One Warm Coat for more information. last_img read more

Police seek tips on man suspected of Fashion Valley Mall carjacking

first_img SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Authorities reached out to the public today for help in identifying and tracking down a man who held a knife to a woman’s throat while robbing her at the Fashion Valley mall, then drove off in her car.The 57-year-old victim was walking to her car around 1:45 p.m. Monday in a parking lot outside the JCPenney store on the west side of the Friars Road shopping center when the thief approached her from behind, put the blade of a knife to her neck and demanded her wallet and keys, according to San Diego police.After she complied with his demands, the thief drove off southbound on Fashion Valley Road in her 2017 Nissan Sentra, which has since been recovered, police said.Investigators released a composite sketch of the suspect, described as Hispanic, 30 to 35 years old, between 5 feet 8 and 5 feet 9 inches tall, with brown hair.Anyone with information about the suspect was urged to call the San Diego Police Department’s robbery unit at (619) 531-2299 or San Diego County Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477. Tipsters may remain anonymous and could be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000. KUSI Newsroom March 27, 2019 Posted: March 27, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News center_img Police seek tips on man suspected of Fashion Valley Mall carjacking KUSI Newsroom, FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Clark County at Work Focus North America Inc

first_imgo Each week, The Columbian offers a brief snapshot of an interesting Clark County business. Send ideas to Mary Ricks: via email; fax 360-735-4598; phone 360-735-4550.Business name: Focus North America Inc.Owners: Steve Palodichuk, Don Meacham and Mike Wiant.Address: 1005 W. Eighth St., Vancouver. The company also has an office in Kent.What the business does: Focus North America Transportation Inc. is an over-the-road trucking company that provides service in all 48 contiguous states, as well as several Canadian provinces. The company moves freight locally and globally. It works with a vast network of carrier partners that makes it possible to service customers in almost any market.Steps to build the business: The company’s owners are slowly but methodically expanding their fleet of trucks and trailers as well as other assets so they can continue to meet the demands of their customers. Focus North America also works with a growing number of experienced owner-operators to further expand its services.Greatest challenge: The company is challenged to find qualified drivers and those who meet governmental regulations. Another challenge, the owners say, is that ever-changing government requirements can make it difficult to stay on the cutting edge.What is your favorite part of the job: The owners enjoy working strategically and systematically to bring the freight and trucks together.last_img read more