Respiratory disease rates in Nunavut known for years why has so little


first_imgKent Driscoll APTN National NewsA study recently confirmed what most living in the North already knew.Infants in Nunavut and Nunavik suffer from the worst rates of respiratory disease in the world.The reason? Well, the same information has been published for years.APTN went to ask Nunavut’s health department if they’ve known what the problem is for so long, why has so little changed.last_img

Emotional Jean Coutu says farewell after shareholders approve sale to Metro


first_imgMONTREAL – Jean Coutu fought back tears as he bid adieu to shareholders Wednesday after they approved the sale of the pharmacy chain he founded to Metro Inc. in a move that could pave the way for expansion beyond Quebec.“I gave my all, my best, in business and my profession,” the company founder said before choking up.Coutu, 90, said he will now devote his time and energy to helping the poor through a foundation established with his wife and family.The Marcelle and Jean Coutu Foundation, which has around $500 million in assets, has long helped projects to aid the poor, women, child abuse and fighting drug addiction.Coutu, who founded the pharmacy chain in 1969, said watching the network join another retailer was a bit like a mother watching her youngest child leave home.“You’re glad because you hope they’ll be a success but at the same time you feel a little sorrow,” he told reporters.A near-unanimous 99.9 per cent of votes cast sanctioned the $4.5-billion transaction, well above the two-thirds requirement.Shareholders of Jean Coutu (TSX:PJC.A) are being offered a combination of cash and stock worth about $24.50 per share. The Jean Coutu Group will appoint two members to Metro’s (TSX:MRU) board of directors.The deal announced nearly two months ago still requires Competition Bureau approval and is expected to close by March.Quebec’s second-largest pharmacy network, including Jean Coutu and Brunet, will operate as a separate division of the Metro, headed by Francois Coutu, son of the company founder.Francois Coutu expects the combination will open opportunities to expand in Ontario where Jean Coutu has just eight stores.“That is something we think we can exploit more than what we have done so far,” he said.But Coutu said the first step is to merge the pharmacy operations in Quebec and then see how the growth will extend to neighbouring provinces.Jean Coutu and Metro had casually discussed a deal for more than seven years, but only entered into detailed negotiations last spring.The vote Wednesday was all but a foregone conclusion since the Coutu family and affiliated entities which held 93 per cent of the voting rights, along with company directors and senior officers, agreed to vote in favour of the deal.The food and pharmacy industries have faced intensifying competition from other food retailers, Wal-Mart, Costco and Amazon’s entry in the grocery space with its purchase of Whole Foods.The proposed merger follows Loblaw Companies Ltd.’s (TSX:L) deal in 2014 to acquire Shoppers Drug Mart, which operates as Pharmaprix in Quebec.last_img read more

Trump trade tariffs sink stocks


first_imgNEW YORK (NEWS 1130) – US President Donald Trump’s approval of tens of billions of dollars in duties on Chinese imports sparked a selloff in stocks.At the closing bell, the Dow Jones Industrial average was down 724 points or 2.9 per cent to 23,958. The S&P/TSX Composite Index fell 1.8 per cent of 275 points to 15,400.The Trump administration announced trade sanctions against China Thursday, and Beijing has said it will defend itself.Dow drops 700 points late in the session, 2.8%, on investor fear about Trump’s trade tariffs on China.— Richard Dettman (@rwdettman) March 22, 2018Industrial and technology companies, which depend heavily on foreign trade, took some of the worst losses.Boeing, Caterpillar and Microsoft all fell sharply.Bond prices surged as investors sought cover, sending yields lower. That helped push bank stocks sharply lower too.High-dividend stocks like utilities, another safe-play investment, rose.last_img read more

Ontario asks court to toss application from Tesla over electric vehicle rebates


first_imgTORONTO – Ontario’s Progressive Conservative government has asked the province’s Superior Court to throw out a petition from the Canadian arm of Tesla Inc. that claims the U.S. company has been treated unfairly in the government’s cancellation of an electric vehicle rebate program.The provincial government’s ministry of transportation said in a response filed Tuesday that there is no merit to the electric car maker’s application for judicial review, arguing the decision is government policy that does not fall within the court’s jurisdiction.“While framed as a judicial review of an ostensibly administrative decision, the application is essentially an attack on a core policy decision made by Ontario’s cabinet,” it said in the court filing.“Such a decision is not reviewable by the court and is not a basis to quash the decision.”In July, the government announced the cancellation of the rebate program but said that incentives would be honoured for vehicles ordered through a dealership if they are delivered and registered by Sept. 10.Tesla sells vehicles directly to customers rather than through a dealership, making its vehicles ineligible for the incentives under the new rules.Tesla Motors of Canada said in its application that the decision by Premier Doug Ford’s government to halt the program left hundreds of its customers no longer eligible for rebates they expected to get when they ordered their vehicles.It claims Tesla was also left out of a program that allows purchasers of other brands to receive rebates during a transition period and that the government has given it no reason for its exclusion.Tesla said the government’s decision has “already inflicted substantial harm” on the company in the form of lost sales and potential damage to its reputation because it leaves the impression that Tesla “may be singled out for future arbitrary treatment.”It asked the Ontario Superior Court to quash the government’s move.However, the government’s response said the decision to revoke the rebate program was made for “valid public reasons.”The government said it decided to include only independently owned franchised dealerships in the transition funding in order to minimize negative impacts to small- or medium-sized businesses, and that such dealerships may have vehicle inventory or made orders with manufacturers that could not be returned.“Tesla Canada is effectively asking this court to make a declaratory order at the behest of its customers to provide them a grant from public funds.”last_img read more

Kohli not shrewd franchise skipper cant be compared to Dhoni Rohit


first_imgNew Delhi: Virat Kohli is not a “shrewd captain” who could be compared to his national team deputy Rohit Sharma or former skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who have won three IPL titles each, feels former KKR captain Gautam Gambhir. The former India opener, who led Kolkata Knight Riders to two IPL trophies in 2012 and 2014, feels that in result oriented franchise environment, Kohli has been “lucky” to have survived despite Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) never winning the coveted title in his eight years as skipper. “I don’t see him as a shrewd captain. I don’t see him as a tactful captain (tactician). And he hasn’t won the IPL. So ultimately, a captain is only as good as his record,” Gambhir told on host broadcasters’ ‘Star Sports’ show ‘GamePlan’. Gambhir’s comments is specific to Kohli’s success as a leader in IPL since he is the first captain who has led India to a Test series win on Australian soil. “There are people who have won the trophy three times. MS Dhoni and Rohit Sharma. So I think he has a long way to go. You cannot compare him to someone like Rohit or Dhoni at this stage,” Gambhir said. “He has been a part of RCB, and captaining RCB for the last seven to eight years, and he has been very lucky and should be thanking the franchise that they stuck with him. Because not many captains have got such a long rope where they haven’t won a tournament,” said Gambhir, who had to part ways with KKR in 2018 after seven long years and two titles.last_img read more

BSF jawan commits suicide


first_imgBalurghat: An on duty BSF jawan recently committed suicide at Hili border outpost at the India-Bangladesh border in Hili police limits in South Dinajpur district. He allegedly shot himself with his service gun.Sagar Gouda, 31, was the resident of Orissa, said a BSF source. Hili police have sent his body to Balurghat district hospital for postmortem. The cops could not determine the motive of suicide. Over the past few years, the jawan had been posted in Hili border outpost under 199 of BSF Battalion. According to the BSF source, other jawans rushed to the incident spot after hearing the gunshot sound. Gouda was immediately taken to the Hili health centre where the doctors declared him brought dead. According to preliminary investigation, Gouda took the extreme step as he had been suffering from some mental illness. The police have started investigation in the case and the family members of Gouda have been informed .last_img read more

Genoa and Sampdoria players attend State funerals


first_imgThe footballers were present at the Morandi bridge funeral, as the death toll rose to 41After the Morandi bridge tragedy in Italy, players from Genoa and Sampdoria attended the funeral.A bridge collapsed in Genoa this week, killing at least 41 people.This tragedy made Genoa and Sampdoria suspend their debuts in the 2018-2019 Serie A season.“The Liguria landmark Ponte Morandi collapsed amid a storm and possible lightning bolts, though the cause of the tragedy is still unclear,” wrote Football Italia.And the two clubs from the port city paid their respects to the victims.Maurizio Sarri, JuventusMaurizio Sarri satisfied despite Juventus’ draw at Fiorentina Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Maurizio Sarri was satisfied with Juventus’ performance on Saturday afternoon after finishing a tough game at Fiorentina 0-0.“Players from both clubs attended today’s funerals, along with Presidents Massimo Ferrero and Enrico Preziosi, Coaches Marco Giampaolo and Davide Ballardini,” reported Football Italia.Genoa captain, Domenico Criscito, passed over the bridge just 10 minutes before it fell.#Genova, siamo con te. ❤??#LegaSerieA— Lega Serie A (@SerieA) August 14, 2018last_img read more

Guardiola backs the use of VAR


first_imgThe Manchester City manager is happy that UEFA will use the technology for the knockout stages of the Champions LeagueUEFA has announced that the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) technology will be used in the Champions League this season.But it will be introduced only in the knockout stages, which means it will only be used starting next year.And Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is very happy about it.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“I welcome the news, I’m delighted with it,” he told France 24.“The Premier League is the last one [to adopt VAR] and sooner or later it will happen.”“This season, our second goal against Shakhtar was a ridiculous penalty. It’s so we don’t have to talk about it or to talk about last season versus Liverpool,” he added.“Now with VAR, we are looking to make better football, better decisions. Most of the time, not always, the ref will do a good job. Everyone makes mistakes and they’ll be helped by it and it will be good.”last_img read more

Neighbors File Suit to Stop Extra Flights at DavisMonthan AFB


first_imgThree residents of neighborhoods near Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson, Ariz., filed a lawsuit Friday against the Air Force to stop it from increasing the number of flight operations associated with the installation’s training of visiting military units, including foreign military partners.The plaintiffs asked the U.S. District Court of Arizona to issue an injunction to stop the installation from carrying out an updated plan issued last May for training visiting units, reported the Arizona Daily Star. They say the Air Force failed to comply with the National Environmental Policy Act because officials did not adequately notify affected communities. The Air Force also did not prepare an environmental impact statement, according to the complaint.The plaintiffs allege the increase in flight operations has hurt their homes’ value; they also claim the aircraft noise caused emotional and physical injuries.Capt. Casey Osborne, spokesman for the 355th Fighter Wing at Davis-Monthan, said he could not comment on the specifics of pending litigation but defended the environmental assessment.“Davis-Monthan Air Force Base fully complied with all applicable laws when conducting its Total Force Training environmental assessment,” he told the paper.“The environmental assessment places a cap on the total number of annual Total Force Training flights. It should be noted that even if we reach that cap, all Total Force Training flights combined would represent less than 6 percent of the total annual D-M airfield operations numbers,” Osborne said.Last May Air Combat Command issued a final environmental assessment on the proposed expansion of its program training visiting units at Davis-Monthan and determined that increasing the number of sorties by 65 percent would not pose any significant environmental issues. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

3 of a family killed in lightning strike


first_imgFile photo of LightningThree members of a family were killed as lightning struck them at Saltala village in Sadullapur upazila in the district on Sunday, reports UNB.The deceased are Rasheda Begum, her son Afiz and nephew Nizam, all residents of Saltala village.Officer-in-charge of Sadullapur police station Md Borhan Uddin said a thunderbolt hit the tin-shed house amid rain in the afternoon while the trio was in the house, leaving them dead on the spot.last_img

3 new judges at SC Appellate Division


first_imgHigh CourtPresident Abdul Hamid has appointed three judges at the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court.They are Zinat Ara, Abu Bakar Siddiquee and Md Nuruzzaman – all of whom were serving as the High Court judges.The president made the appointment on Monday, an official of the court told Prothom Alo.With this, the number of judges at the Appellate Division increases to seven.The three new judges will take the oath of office to be administered by chief justice Syed Mahmud Hossain at the Supreme Court Judges’ Lounge Tuesday morning.Apart from the chief justice, there are four judges at the Appellate Division. They are Syed Mahmud Hossain, Muhammad Imman Ali, Hasan Foez Siddique, and Mirza Hussain Haider.last_img

Dallas Is All In On Amazon HQ2 Austin ¯ツ¯


first_img Share Illustration by Todd WisemanDallas and Austin are potential candidates for Amazon’s HQ2To hear Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings tell it, attracting Amazon is “like a poker game.”“Bring the bidding war on,” he said shortly after Dallas made the shortlist to house the tech giant’s second headquarters. And in that war, he’s “all in,” he made clear in an interview weeks later.A few hundred miles south, Austin Mayor Steve Adler has yet to ante up.“I don’t know that we want to be” Amazon’s second home, Adler said last week.Austin and Dallas are the only two Texas cities still in the running to land Amazon’s second headquarters, a coveted $5 billion capital investment the company says will employ as many as 50,000 people.Both cities are considered strong contenders. Various algorithms have ranked each one first, and both made the top five in a recent survey of site selection consultants. But the cities’ most public spokesmen seem to be taking opposite approaches to the deal. Adler said Austin’s initial bid did not contain any financial incentives, for example; Rawlings has promised that Dallas will be “aggressive.”Those approaches highlight the divergent business climates within the two cities — and could affect the two cities’ standing in the tech behemoth’s eyes, some experts say.“One approach is better than the other,” said Ron Starner, who has been following the Amazon bidding war for Site Selection magazine. “If you’re up against an Atlanta and a Dallas-Fort Worth which you know are going to hold nothing back, that historically have a long track record of winning projects like this… saying ‘Um, yeah, I’d really like you to come here but as part of the long-term package we’d like you to help us solve our problems’ — I’ve never been aware of that being a winning strategy.”The full details of the two cities’ wooing efforts are all but impossible to know at this time. Amazon has reportedly asked local officials not to discuss details of the deal publicly; Rawlings’ office declined to comment for this story, citing a non-disclosure agreement. And both Texas cities have refused to make public most of their communications with the Seattle-based company, as well as the proposals themselves.But in interviews and public statements, Rawlings has spoken at length about all that Dallas has to offer Amazon. Adler, despite touting his city’s perks, seems to be wondering what Amazon can offer Austin. “We have really severe traffic issues and really severe affordability issues,” Adler said last week in an interview with Evan Smith, CEO of The Texas Tribune. “If, because of your scale, because of the resources and power you bring, you can actually help us deal with mobility in a way that we can’t deal with it on our own or aren’t going to be able to deal with it for a significant period of time, well then I want to have that conversation.”“But that’s the conversation we should have,” he emphasized.Meanwhile, Rawlings, the former chief executive of Pizza Hut, has indicated that he sees the bidding process like any other: catering to a client.“This is about taking care of a customer, and saying, ‘Customer, what do you like? Blue? Red? You like something that is slimming?’” Rawlings said. “It’s all about, ‘The customer’s right.’”He also made that clear in a promotional video that the city released with its application: “I love DFW because it’s easy. It’s a great place to live.”In his initial pitch, Adler asked Amazon to see Austin’s “greatest challenges as an opportunity.”The Dallas approach is markedly more traditional, experts said.“Most often, you’ll see the communities competing for the site to really be coming up with very, very competitive solutions, and that’s what we may be witnessing from the Dallas competition,” said Jeff Moseley, CEO of the Texas Association of Business.The two mayors’ rhetoric squares with what several experts describe as a pattern from the two cities’ economic development departments. Dallas has historically been more business-centric and more generous with financial incentives. Austin — a city that sometimes clings to its free-spirit, college town reputation — has tended to be more skeptical of corporate relocation deals.The two cities are “kind of the polar ends,” said Nathan Jensen, a University of Texas at Austin professor who studies the impact of financial incentives.Austin is also “more progressive” when it comes to economic development, said Dallas City Council Member Philip Kingston — meaning the capital city is less likely than its northern neighbor to hand out substantial financial incentives.“The business community and the political leadership [in Dallas] really believe in all of that old-school, civic boosterism hokem that if you spend a bunch of money then you get all this ‘economic impact’ in your city,” Kingston said. “I have yet to be able to fill a pothole with ‘economic impact.’”Kingston said he is part of an “insurgent” minority on the Dallas City Council that doesn’t support generous financial incentives. Along with Austin City Council Member Greg Casar, Kingston recently signed an online “non-aggression pact” asking Amazon’s candidate cities to band together in rejecting “egregious tax giveaways and direct monetary incentives for the Amazon headquarters.”That view seems more dominant among members of Austin’s City Council, many of whom have publicly expressed skepticism about the deal-making process and the prospect of Amazon coming to Austin at all. Adler said this city council has “operated in the best interest of the city overall.”“There was some question or concern that people expressed to me, that you can’t send that letter in because it’s going to take us out,” Adler said. “But this is who we are and this is the conversation this community would want to have as part of that.”last_img read more

Libertarians Independents And WriteIns Here Are Texas NonMajor Party Options in 2018


first_imgBob Daemmrich for The Texas TribuneA “vote” sign in a yard in west Austin on March 6, 2018.Today’s Texplainer question was inspired by reader Karen.Hey, Texplainer: I don’t like the Republicans or Democrats running in 2018. What are my other choices?For Texans who aren’t fans of either of the nation’s two major parties, writing in a random person — or meteor — may sound appealing. (Yes, voters in 2016 cast ballots for Giant Meteor, Deez Nutz, Oprah Winfrey, Harambe or just left a somber message like “America U R Broken.”)No, those votes don’t count. But you still do have some real options besides the chosen Democrats and Republicans.Third party candidatesTexas Libertarians have fielded a candidate in nearly every statewide race this election season, according to Mark Tippetts, the party’s nominee for governor. A full list of the Libertarians that will be on the ballot this fall can be found on the party’s website.In order to get their candidates on the general election ballot without a petition, third parties must have at least one candidate win more than 5 percent of the vote in a statewide race during the previous election cycle. Libertarian petroleum engineer Mark Miller barely cleared that hurdle for his party in 2016, winning 5.3 percent of the vote in the race against Railroad Commissioner Wayne Christian.“We’ve maintained ballot access throughout the state by running candidates and getting the percentages needed,” Tippetts said. “It is a really good feeling to have ballot access and it really takes away the argument of the Democrats and Republicans that they are the only ones you can vote for.”Despite enthusiasm from the state’s only third party to clinch ballot access this year, a Libertarian has never won a statewide race in Texas. According to Tippetts, however, winning an election this fall isn’t the only goal. Rather, he hopes to prove that third parties can compete against the nation’s two major parties and have at least one Libertarian statewide candidate earn enough votes to ensure they’ll be on the ballot again in 2020.“We must maintain ballot access and we have enough statewide candidates running that I think we should be able to do that,” Tippett said. “We believe we have the best platform and the best principles, but we also realize a party grows little by little and our intent is to keep the party going and maintain ballot access.”Independent candidatesCandidates unaffiliated with a political party are allowed access to the general election ballot as long as they file the necessary paperwork and gather a certain number of signatures — depending on the office sought — from people who didn’t attend either the Republican or Democratic party conventions this year or vote in either party’s primary.“It’s up to their personal campaign on how they want to portray themselves [but] when you’re an independent, you haven’t attended the convention of another party,” said Sam Taylor, a spokesman for the secretary of state’s office.Independent candidates were required to register with the appropriate office by June 21. This year, eight candidates are registered as independents — seven in congressional races and another vying for a state House seat. None are running for statewide office. Independent U.S. Senate candidate Jonathan Jenkins missed the filing deadline for the November ballot.Here’s the full list of independent candidates: Ben Mendoza in El Paso’s 16th Congressional District. Benjamin Hernandez and Kesha Rogers in Houston’s 9th Congressional District. Scott Cubbler in the 2nd Congressional District in the Houston area. James Duerr in Texas’ 27th Congressional District along Texas’ Gulf Coast. Kellen Sweny in the Houston area’s 22nd Congressional District.center_img Write-in candidatesFive parties in Texas made an effort this year to get November ballot access — America’s Party of Texas, the Christian Party of Texas, the Green Party of Texas, None of the Above and the Texas Independent Party. However, none of the parties secured the nearly 50,000 valid signatures needed for ballot access this fall.There’s a last-ditch effort these parties can utilize, however: filing a declaration of write-in candidacy. The window to file declarations opened on July 21 and will close Aug. 20, Taylor said.As of Friday, Taylor said, only one candidate had filed a nominating petition: Samuel Lee Williams Jr. (who will appear on the ballot as Sam Williams). According to his campaign filing, Williams is running as a candidate for the Independent Party against Democrat Veronica Escobar and Republican Rick Seeberger in the race fill the U.S. House seat that’s being vacated by Beto O’Rourke, D-El Paso.But don’t be surprised if more write-ins file to get on the ballot over the next several weeks. Jan Richards, a Green Party of Texas candidate for governor, told The Texas Tribune she plans to send her paperwork to the secretary of state’s office in the final days leading up to the declaration deadline — but first she said she needs to collect the $3,750 needed to be eligible as a write-in. She said she wasn’t aware of other candidates in her party that planned on doing the same.“My own platform represents the needs of a large number of Texans,” Richards said. “There’s a huge number of people who could be served by a candidate like me. What I’m trying to accomplish is talking about issues relevant to people — like education, universal healthcare and workplace improvement.”Andy Prior, the former state chairman for America’s Party of Texas who’s the party’s nominee for land commissioner, also said he’s considering filing paperwork to be an eligible write-in. According to its website, America’s Party supports a pro-life and pro-liberty platform.“I plan on making a final decision probably this week, which would give me two weeks to get everything done that would be necessary,” Prior said.Spokespeople for the Christian Party of Texas, None of the Above and Texas Independent Party did not immediately respond to requests for comment regarding their plans for the November election.The bottom line: For Texans who don’t want to vote for either the Democrat or Republican on the ballot, there are other options available. Libertarians fielded a candidate in nearly every statewide race this year, and there are eight eligible independent candidates running. Neal Katz, in Texas House District 6 in Tyler. Martin Luecke in Texas’ 25th Congressional District, which spans from Fort Worth to Austin. Sharelast_img read more

Reform of Baltimores Civilian Review Board Passes Md General Assembly


first_imgBaltimore’s Civilian Review Board will soon have two new members and will be required to hold during the year, at least four of its monthly meetings in locations around the city, rather than at police headquarters downtown.Senate Bill 882, sponsored by Sen. Joan Conway (D-Baltimore City), passed the General Assembly and will require Baltimore’s Civilian Review Board to add two new members, one each from the ACLU Maryland and the Baltimore City NAACP. Both members are to be selected by the mayor of Baltimore City.The bill originally aimed to place all law enforcement agencies operating in Maryland under the jurisdiction of the review board, but the Maryland Transit Administration and the police agency of the University of Maryland system, both state agencies, were ultimately exempted from the bill, according to Dr. Marvin Cheatham, head of the coalition which sought to have the bill passed.“We would have preferred [those agencies] being in [the law], but as a result of that . . . the [Maryland Transit Administration] has agreed to meet with [our coalition] and get from them what are their guidelines for people filing complaints, where do people go, and we will be encouraging them to do a stronger public relations piece, so people will know what to do,” said Cheatham.The Civilian Review Board has been in danger of not reaching a quorum at its monthly meetings because four of the five seats on the board are not currently filled, said Cheatham. The two new members should help address this issue.Del. Nathaniel Oaks (D-Baltimore City), who sponsored the House version of the bill, said that, in an ideal world, he would have liked to see the University of Maryland police system placed under the jurisdiction of the Civilian Review Board, since they have arrest files in Baltimore City.“There were some things that we wanted that I got [in the bill] so I’m pleased with that,” said Oaks. “Not necessarily satisfied, but I’m pleased.”ralejandro@afro.comlast_img read more

Bill Cosby Gets 3 to 10 Years in Prison for Sex Assault


first_imgBy The Associated PressHis Hollywood career and good-guy image in ruins, an 81-year-old Bill Cosby was sentenced Tuesday to three to 10 years behind bars for drugging and sexually assaulting a woman, becoming the first celebrity of the #MeToo era to be sent to prison.The punishment all but completed the dizzying, late-in-life fall from grace for the comedian, former TV star and breaker of racial barriers.Bill Cosby is the first celebrity of the #MeToo era to be sent to prison. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)“It is time for justice. Mr. Cosby, this has all circled back to you. The time has come,” Montgomery County Judge Steven O’Neill said. He quoted from victim Andrea Constand’s own statement to the court, in which she said Cosby took her “beautiful, young spirit and crushed it.”Cosby declined the opportunity to speak before the sentence came down, and afterward he sat and chatted with his spokesman and a lawyer, seemingly in good spirits. His wife of 54 years, Camille, was not in court. Constand smiled upon hearing the punishment and was hugged by others in the courtroom.Cosby’s lawyers asked that he be allowed to remain free on bail, but the judge appeared incredulous over the request and said he would not treat the celebrity any differently from others.The punishment came at the end of a two-day hearing at which the judge declared Cosby a “sexually violent predator” — a modern-day scarlet letter that subjects him to monthly counseling for the rest of his life and requires that neighbors and schools be notified of his whereabouts.The comic once known as America’s Dad for his role on the top-rated “Cosby Show” in the 1980s was convicted in April of violating Constand, Temple University women’s basketball administrator, at his suburban Philadelphia estate in 2004. It was the first celebrity trial of the #MeToo era.Cosby faced a sentence of anywhere from probation to 10 years in prison. His lawyers asked for house arrest, saying Cosby — who is legally blind — is too old and vulnerable to do time in prison. Prosecutors asked for five to 10 years behind bars, saying he could still pose a threat to women.Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele rejected the notion that Cosby’s age and infirmity entitle him to mercy. “He was good at hiding this for a long time. Good at suppressing this for a long time. So it’s taken a long time to get there,” Steele said.The sentencing came as another extraordinary #MeToo drama unfolded on Capitol Hill, where Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh stands accused of sexual misconduct more than three decades ago.The Cosby case “really raised awareness of the pervasiveness of … sexual misconduct against subordinates and against women of relatively less power,” said Daniel Filler, dean of Drexel University’s law school. “For jurors, I think it’s inherently changed the credibility of the accusers.”In the years since Constand first went to authorities in 2005, more than 60 women have accused Cosby of sexual misconduct, though none of those claims have led to criminal charges.The judge ruled on Cosby’s “sexually violent predator” status after a psychologist for the state testified that the entertainer appears to have a mental disorder that gives him an uncontrollable urge to have sex with women without their consent. When the ruling came down, a woman in the courtroom shot her fist into the air and whispered, “Yessss!”In a statement submitted to the court and released Tuesday, Constand, now 45, that she has had to cope with years of anxiety and self-doubt. She said she now lives alone with her two dogs and has trouble trusting people.“When the sexual assault happened, I was a young woman brimming with confidence and looking forward to a future bright with possibilities,” she wrote in her five-page statement. “Now, almost 15 years later, I’m a middle-aged woman who’s been stuck in a holding pattern for most of her adult life, unable to heal fully or to move forward.”She also wrote of Cosby: “We may never know the full extent of his double life as a sexual predator, but his decades-long reign of terror as a serial rapist is over.”The AP does not typically identify people who say they are victims of sexual assault unless they come forward publicly, which Constand and other accusers have done.Constand went to police a year after waking up in a fog at Cosby’s gated estate, her clothes askew, only to have the district attorney pass on the case.Another district attorney reopened the file a decade later and charged the TV star after stand-up comic Hannibal Buress’ riff about Cosby being a rapist prompted more accusers to come forward and after a federal judge, acting on a request from The Associated Press, unsealed some of Cosby’s startling, decade-old testimony in Constand’s related civil suit.In his testimony, Cosby described sexual encounters with a string of actresses, models and other young women and talked about obtaining quaaludes to give to those he wanted to sleep with.Cosby’s first trial in 2017 ended with a hung jury. He was convicted at a retrial that opened months after the #MeToo movement had taken down such figures as Hollywood studio boss Harvey Weinstein, NBC’s Matt Lauer, actor Kevin Spacey and Sen. Al Franken.Constand said Cosby gave her what she thought were herbal pills to ease stress, then penetrated her with his fingers as she lay immobilized on a couch. Cosby claimed the encounter was consensual, and his lawyers branded her a “con artist” who framed the comedian to get a big payday — a $3.4 million settlement she received over a decade ago.Five other accusers took the stand at the trial as part of an effort by prosecutors to portray him as a predator.Cosby, whose estimated fortune once topped $400 million, broke barriers in the 1960s as the first black actor to star in a network show, “I Spy.” He went on to superstardom as wise and understanding Dr. Cliff Huxtable on “The Cosby Show,” a sitcom that showed America a new kind of black TV family: a warm and loving household led by two professionals, one a lawyer, the other a doctor.He also found success with his Saturday morning cartoon “Fat Albert,” appeared in commercials for Jello-O pudding and became a public moralist, lecturing the black community about young people stealing things and wearing baggy pants. He won a Presidential Medal of Freedom and countless Emmys, Golden Globes and Grammy awards.As the allegations mounted, his career all but collapsed, “Cosby Show” reruns were taken off the air, and one college after another stripped him of his honorary degrees.last_img read more

Best summer fabrics for children


first_img* Cotton and cotton blends: Cotton has always been a preferred fabric for every age group with a wide range of prints, textures and motifs. With its unique features and multipurpose approach, cotton has become a largely used fabric in the garment manufacturing sector. * Bamboo and bamboo blends: Bamboo fabric is very soft, often described as feeling like cashmere. This is because the bamboo fibre itself is naturally round and smooth without any chemical treatment. It can be worn directly to the skin due to no sharp spurs to irritate the skin due to its organic nature.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Bamboo fibres are also quite long which means that there is less piling of the fabric than in the cheaper varieties of cotton. The softness and quality of the fabric itself seems to stand up to multiple washings. * Rayon and rayon blends: Rayon and its blends are made of natural cellulose which is chemically processed to produce fibres. Its ability to absorb humidity makes it a perfect fabric for summer just like linen or cotton. Rayon should be dry cleaned due its shorter durability.* Fine polyester and polyester blends: It is an ideal fabric for warm garments and soft accessories such as blankets, caps, mittens, and bibs.last_img read more

Morning Ragas Enthralling jugalbandi


first_imgAs winter sets in, early mornings become more pleasant than ever and the concept of ‘Morning Ragas’ catches on. The eighteenth edition of ‘Morning Ragas’, a series introduced by Legends of India in association with Sangeet Natak Akademi, was organised in the national Capital, recently. The depth, the style and perfectness of Kedia Brothers in presenting the tradition of ‘Maihar Gharana’ with effortless ease, enchanted the audience. It is said that when lord Shiva was carrying the body of the dead mother goddess (Mai in Hindi) Sati, her necklace (har in Hindi) fell at this place and hence the name ‘Maihar’ (Maihar = Mai+Har, meaning the ‘necklace of mother’) was originated. The Kedia Brothers had a wonderful taiyari, perfect mutual understanding and marvelous anticipation which attracted the audience to the dizzy heights of ecstasy and  brought them to fathom eternal tranquility and serenity of music. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfWith young talented artistes, many young music lovers swayed their heads and tapped their feet while some sat still – heads bowed and eyes shut – in deep thought, throughout the soulful recital in ‘Raag Sindhu Bhairavi’. Mormukut and Manoj Kedia commenced their concert with ‘Raag Todi’ where vilambit and chhota khayals were set in ‘Teen taal’.Then the artiste-duo drenched the audience in the labyrinth of music-ocean. Through their soulful and intelligently woven presentation of both the ragas they depicted their absolute command and maturity in their crafts. It was indeed an amazing and spectacular jugalbandi of two great artistes in a true sense.  Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe Founder Chairman of Legends of India and the curator of Morning Ragas, Dipayan Mazumdar said that the purpose of presenting these soulful renditions were to bring the young generation into the fold of Classical music and uphold our Cultural traditions.Over the years, traditional ragas meant to be played essentially in the mornings have been widely neglected. Therefore, the concept of this weekend series was designed by Legends of India primarily to resurrect our tradition and cultural heritage. ‘Morning Ragas’ shall help re-live the traditional morning ragas which are on the verge of extinction. This concept of the on-going series is designed to promote dedicated young musicians. The series of ‘Morning Ragas’ showcase the Legends in the making.last_img read more

Dilip Ghosh seen in car with police sticker


first_imgKolkata: State BJP president Dilip Ghosh allegedly travelled in a car with ‘police’ sticker pasted on its windshield on Sunday at Durgapur. Later, a local resident identified as Akhil Shee lodged a complaint against Ghosh, narrating the incident on Monday at Durgapur police station, requesting necessary action.On Sunday, BJP organised rallies across the state, calling them ‘Sankalpa Yatras’. As per their plan, BJP supporters gathered at the Rajiv Gandhi Maidan in Durgapur. Local BJP leadership was preparing to start the rally which was supposed to be led by the party’s West Burdwan district president Lakshman Ghorui. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseBut just before the rally was about to commence, police asked the BJP leaders to stop as the rally had no permission. As Ghorui and the others refused to follow the order, they were arrested. After some time, Ghosh arrived at the spot in a car. He was seen sitting in the front seat. A ‘police’ sticker was pasted on the driver’s side, while in front of Ghosh a logo of BJP was seen on the windshield. West Burdwan Trinamool leaders have alleged that Ghosh used the sticker for extortion purposes. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataGhosh claimed that his security personnel, who are policemen, use the car which is why the sticker was on the car. Though the BJP leader is allegedly not taking the issue seriously, no one other than police personnel can use a car with ‘police’ sticker pasted anywhere on the car. Interestingly, the vehicle in question bearing registration number WB 08B 6307, belongs to one Roshmi Doll Chakraborty and is registered with the Regional Transport Authority, Salt Lake, as per the database of Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways.last_img read more

Maldives receives Most Exclusive Leisure Product award at OTM Mumbai 2016


first_imgMaldives Tourism was bestowed with the prestigious ‘Most Exclusive Leisure Product’ award at the OTM 2016, India’s leading travel trade show. Maldives Marketing & Public Relations Corporation won the award at the show which was held in Mumbai from February 18-20, 2016. It was one of the two destinations who won this title at the conclusion ceremony of OTM 2016.An estimated average of 3000 unique individuals visited the Maldivian stand. Maldives showcased the exclusive destination by participating in the stand with a total of 26 industry professionals from 15 companies. In addition, the Visit Maldives Year 2016 campaign was promoted in surplus advertising options such as billboards, pillar wraps, lanyard design, and show carry bags.In December 2015, Maldives had won the prestigious position of the ‘World’s Leading Beach Destination’ at the annual World Travel Awards ceremony held at the Mazagan Beach and Golf Resort in Morocco.In 2015 in India, Maldives was also declared the ‘Best Destination’ for relaxation (international), at Lonely Planet awards. Conde Nast Traveller readers chose Maldives as the ‘Emerging Destination’ while it was awarded as the ‘Best Destination’ in Asia at Outlook Traveller Awards.Maldives is a paradise on earth. Despite being a small country in Asia, Maldives is a famous dream destination as it has beaches of pure white sand, covered by palm trees and rich foliage. It has become a holiday spot for celebrities, businesses, friends, individuals, families and honeymooners.last_img read more

John Garland Graves was taken aback when he walked


first_imgJohn Garland Graves was taken aback when he walked into his McKinleyville, Calif., gym in October and learned that his SilverSneakers membership was being canceled.Since 2014, Graves, 69, has enjoyed free access to the gym through SilverSneakers, the nation’s best-known fitness program for seniors. He was disturbed by the news, as are many other people who have recently learned they’re losing this benefit.A controversial business decision by UnitedHealthcare, the nation’s largest health insurance carrier, is causing the disruption. As of Jan. 1, the company is dropping SilverSneakers — an optional benefit — for 1.2 million customers with Medicare Advantage plans in 11 states (California, Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, North Carolina and Utah) as well as 1.3 million customers with Medicare supplemental (Medigap) insurance in nine states (Arizona, California, Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, North Carolina, Ohio, Utah and Wisconsin).Graves, who works out four to five days a week and has a UnitedHealthcare Medigap policy, decided to seek coverage elsewhere after the company raised his policy’s rates and eliminated SilverSneakers in California. He has signed up for a new policy with Blue Shield of California.Starting next year, UnitedHealthcare will offer members a package of fitness and wellness benefits instead of paying to use SilverSneakers — a move that will give the company more control over its benefits and may save it money.Seniors with UnitedHealthcare Medicare supplemental policies will get 50 percent off memberships at thousands of gyms across the country, telephone access to wellness coaches and access to various online communities and health-related resources.Those with Medicare Advantage policies can join Renew Active, UnitedHealthcare’s fitness program, with a network of more than 7,000 sites, at no cost, and qualify for an evaluation from a personal trainer and an online brain-training program, among other services.Steve Warner, who leads UnitedHealthcare’s Medicare Advantage product team, explained the company’s move by noting that over 90 percent of policyholders who are eligible for SilverSneakers “never step foot in a gym” or use this benefit.UnitedHealthcare wants to reach “a broader portion of our membership” with a “wider variety of fitness resources,” he said, noting that the company’s shift away from SilverSneakers began last year and has accelerated this year.Altogether, more than 5 million customers have been affected. But the company is making market-by-market decisions, and nearly 675,000 UnitedHealthcare Medigap policyholders and 1.9 million UnitedHealthcare Medicare Advantage plan members will retain access to SilverSneakers in 2019.”I think it’s a smart move,” said Connie Holt, an independent broker with Goldsum Insurance Solutions of Pleasant Hill, Calif.But many of the company’s customers aren’t happy that SilverSneakers, which offers group classes tailored to seniors in addition to gym access at 15,000 sites, is disappearing. And confusion about alternatives is widespread.It’s one of the “top topics” that seniors have been raising over the past few months when they call Ohio’s Senior Health Insurance Information Program, said Chris Reeg, the OSHIIP program director.Michael Chanak Jr., 69, of Wadsworth, Ohio, had problems getting through to UnitedHealthcare’s customer relations department several times when he called with questions — a common complaint. “The way this is being implemented is a train wreck,” said Chanak, who has a UnitedHealthcare Medicare supplemental policy and spends an hour every day exercising at his gym.People are “extremely upset,” wrote Margaret Lee of Arroyo Grande, Calif., in an email. “That’s about the only topic of conversation at my water exercise class!”AARP has also become a target of anger because it endorses UnitedHealthcare’s Medigap and Medicare Advantage insurance policies — an arrangement that yields substantial royalties for the organization.In an email, Mark Bagley, a spokesman for the organization, said “[UnitedHealthcare], not AARP, operates these plans and determines the benefits.””I will be dropping my AARP membership when it is time to renew,” wrote Shelley Holbrook, 67, of Yorba Linda, Calif., a UnitedHealthcare Medigap policyholder, in an email exchange about the loss of SilverSneakers. “I am a Parkinson’s patient who has been prescribed this type of exercise program,” she explained. “This program is under the guidance of certified instructors that make sure the exercise routines are performed correctly. … An ordinary gym membership provides no instruction on how to use the equipment safely for seniors.””A health coach is not what I need,” Holbrook continued. “I have used the health coaches before, and have found them to be totally worthless.”For policyholders like Holbrook, the situation is complicated by another factor: Federal laws don’t ensure that seniors can switch Medicare supplemental insurance plans without undergoing new medical evaluations after an initial “guarantee issue” period. (This period occurs six months following a person’s enrollment in Medicare. Changes are allowed under a few specific circumstances and by laws in a few states.)If seniors can meet medical standards, they’ll find SilverSneakers available from other insurance operators. In 2019, Tivity Health is offering the program through more than 65 health plans covering more than 15 million older adults and introducing a new digital platform that emphasizes its social benefits: SilverSneakers Connect.”There are people we’ve learned who are alone but don’t want to go to the gym,” and the new platform can help them connect with each other as well as activities in their communities, said Donato Tramuto, Tivity Health’s CEO. Recent research suggests that SilverSneakers may help reduce isolation and loneliness in seniors who go to classes and form new relationships, he noted.Whether UnitedHealthcare’s health plans will be less appealing because of the shift away from SilverSneakers is yet to be determined. Several years ago, Humana, another giant insurer, also began reducing the number of plans that offered SilverSneakers, but it faced a backlash from members and sales representatives. “The membership perceives [SilverSneakers] as a valuable benefit despite the fact that not everyone uses it,” said George Renaudin, Humana’s senior vice president of Medicare.Humana subsequently reversed course and is now making SilverSneakers broadly available to about 3.5 million Medicare Advantage and Medigap policyholders.Ray Liss, who retired seven years ago, just changed over from UnitedHealthcare to a Humana Medicare supplemental policy with his wife. The loss of SilverSneakers precipitated the switch, which has an unexpected benefit: The couple will save almost $60 a month next year on their new policy.In an email, Liss, who declined to say where he lives, was philosophical about the value of exploring his options, writing, “I was pretty mad at the time, but it worked out for the best.”Kaiser Health News is a nonprofit news service covering health issues. It is an editorially independent program of the Kaiser Family Foundation that is not affiliated with Kaiser Permanente.KHN’s coverage related to aging and improving care of older adults is supported in part by The John A. Hartford Foundation. Copyright 2018 Kaiser Health News. To see more, visit Kaiser Health News.last_img read more