A 54-year old man has been charged with hate crime for assaulting an Indian-origin woman traveling in a subway and using homophobic slurs against her.According to reports, Allasheed Allah was arraigned on Dec. 13 and charged with assault as a hate crime and aggravated harassment against Avneet Kaur, 20, for the attack in New York City’s Queens borough last month, PTI reported.If convicted, Allasheed faces three and one-half to 15 years in prison, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said.“Queens County is the most diverse county in the nation. It is home to many races, nationalities and sexual orientations. Crimes motivated by bias particularly those involving violence will never be tolerated in this county. When they do regrettably occur, they will be vigorously prosecuted and those involved will be severely punished,” Brown said while sentencing Allasheed.According to the charges, Kaur was traveling in a subway train in Manhattan last month when Allah engaged her in a verbal dispute, PTI reported.During the dispute, he began making homophobic slurs against Kaur and her friend. When the two women began to walk away, the defendant followed them and struck Kaur in the back of her head and then once in her chest causing her to fall and strike her head and neck on a pole before hitting the floor, PTI wrote.According to the charges, Allasheed admitted that he used homophobic language against Kaur and threatened her if she kissed her friend, traveling with her on the subway, again, PTI wrote.Kaur was immediately transported to a local Queens hospital where she underwent treatment for a fractured spine. Related Items
The court held that the classification “complies with the twin test of reasonable classification permissible under Article 14 (equality before the law) of the Constitution of India, namely, intelligible differentia and rational nexus to the object sought to be achieved.”It stated, “We, however, hold that the quantum of reservation set out by the Maharashtra State Reservation for seats for admission in educational institutions in the State and for appointments in the public services and posts under the State for SEBC as 16% is not justifiable and we quash and set aside the quantum of reservation under the said provisions over and above 12% and 13% respectively as recommended by the Commission.”Senior counsel Anil Sakhare appearing for the State told The Hindu, “we will definitely go in appeal to the Supreme Court on the limited point of 12% for education and 13% for jobs and will bring it back to 16%.”Advocate Gunratan Sadavarte, opposing the verdict, also said, “We will appeal in the Supreme Court as the reservation is against the spirit of the Constitution and breaks the 50% mandate of reservation in the State. It is reverse discrimination against general category.” Also Read MSBCC justifies 16% Maratha reservation The Bombay High Court on Thursday upheld reservation for Marathas in the State but quashed the 16% quota by calling it “not justifiable”. The court said it should not exceed 12% for education and 13% for jobs as recommended by the Maharashtra State Backward Class Commission (MSBCC).A Division Bench of Justices Ranjit More and Bharati Dangre said, “We hold and declare that the State possesses the legislative competence to enact the Maharashtra State Reservation for Seats for Admission in Educational Institutions in the State and for appointments in the public services and posts under the State (for Socially and Educationally Backward Classes) SEBC Act, 2018, and the State’s legislative competence is not in any way affected by the Constitution.”Welcoming the verdict, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said in the Assembly, “The court has upheld the extraordinary and exceptional circumstances mentioned in the report to provide quota to Marathas, due to which the reservation quantum in the State has crossed 50%.”Extraordinary situation In the 487-page judgment, the Bench noted, “We hold and declare that the report of the Gaikwad Commission has set out the ‘exceptional circumstances and extra-ordinary situations’ justifying crossing of the limit of 50% reservation as set out in the Indra Sawhney case (Supreme Court).”The court recorded, “The 50% limit of reservation can be crossed subject to availability of quantifiable and contemporaneous data reflecting backwardness, inadequacy of representation and without affecting the efficiency in administration.”The judgment said the classification of the Maratha class into “Socially and Educationally Backward Class” was justified.
The Shahdol Commissioner has raked up grave charges against a serving State Information Commissioner, who during a past tenure had purportedly violated the revenue code to transfer a pond, meant for government ownership, to a private entity for a nominal fee “causing heavy loss” to the Madhya Pradesh government.Although the 12-hectare Mansarovar pond on unoccupied land in Gyaraspur of Vidisha district should have been vested in the government, wrote Shahdol Commissioner R.B. Prajapati to a State-level Principal Secretary, Rajkumar Mathur, the District Collector had parted away the State’s rights in 2005 in an “illegal and unauthorised way”.“Therefore, I request you to initiate the removal from the service of Mr. Mathur, now a State Information Commissioner,” wrote Mr. Prajapati, even though the district falls under the Bhopal division.‘Delay in inquiry’Due to the delay in an inquiry and the pendency of the case with the General Administration Department, he wrote, Mr. Mathur acquired the constitutional post for which he was “ineligible on moral and statutory grounds”.“If according to him,” wrote Mr. Prajapati, “the Mansarovar pond was a private land, it should have been vested in the State Government under Section 251 of the Madhya Pradesh Land Revenue Code, 1959. Instead, he gave it up for exchange.”According to the Section, all tanks situated on unoccupied land in the State on or before the date of coming into force of the Act should vest in the State government. The Act abolishes the rights of intermediaries in the area on a tank, which may be used by villages for irrigation.Moreover, although the pond didn’t fulfil the exchange parameters laid down under the revenue book circular, still it was given up under it in an illegal and unauthorised way, he alleged. “The Section is one of the most important ones enacted in public interest,” he wrote, “It has the same effect as the Madhya Pradesh Ceiling on Agricultural Holding Act, 1960, under which there is a provision to vest private land in the State government by declaring it surplus,” he said.‘In cold storage’Mr. Prajapati claimed he had brought the case to the attention of the GAD and other departments on July 14, 2008, as a consequence of which the Under Secretary to the Government of India (Ministry of Personnel and Training) had directed the State’s Chief Secretary to take action. “However, no serious inquiry was undertaken and the case was thrown into the cold storage,” wrote Mr. Prajapati.
Ginebra rookie Kevin Ferrer. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netKevin Ferrer is hoping to return to action as soon possible for Ginebra Ginebra.The Ginebra rookie is looking to return on Friday after he missed the Gin Kings’ 121-94 Game 1 rout of TNT in their 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup semifinals series on Monday.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LATEST STORIES View comments LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients Meralco suspends Kelly Nabong BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Read Next Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president The 24-year-old forward suffered a slight fracture on his left cheek after a freak fall in the Gin Kings elimination game against TNT last September 23.The former UST stalwart said he’s just awaiting the green light from the doctors. He has already returned to the team’s practice, but limited to only non-contact drills.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“It’s already normal. There’s no more pain. I’m just resting and waiting for the go signal of our doctors,” he said.Rather than be down, Ferrer is taking advantage of the extended time to heal up as the Kings prepare for the bigger wars ahead. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City “This is the time where I shouldn’t be down. I have to prepare for the time when I make the comeback and I hope that I’ll be better when I return,” he said.Ferrer has been averaging 5.25 points on a 38-percent shooting from three, to go with 1.25 rebounds in 12.4 minutes of play this conference.Ginebra shoots for a 2-0 series lead against TNT on Wednesday in Batangas.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC
Former hockey captain and Olympian Dhanraj Pillay on Wednesday joined the increasing chorus of voices demanding that batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar be given the ‘Bharat Ratna’ by the Indian government. “Sachin certainly deserves to be conferred the Bharat Ratna for the way he has been playing for the last 22 years. He was the mastermind of our World Cup victory,” said Pillay, who has represented India in four Olympics and hockey World Cups. Pillay, who spoke on the sidelines of the function to release veteran photographer Mohan Bane’s pictorial book on the Beijing Olympics with English captions, The Gold Wall of India, also believed that Tendulkar should play in the next World Cup in 2015. “He’s as fit as a 19 or 20 year old and he should play in the next World Cup too,” said Pillay about Tendulkar who would be turning 38 on April 24. Union Energy Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde also said Tendulkar deserved to be honoured with the Bharat Ratna. “Just like Donald Bradman, Tendulkar has brought happiness to the cricket fans of the world with his batsmanship. He deserves to be conferred with the Bharat Ratna,” said Shinde who was among the dignitaries present at the book release event. With inputs from PTI
Touch Football Australia (TFA) is proud to announce a reunion of the World Champion Australian Representatives from the 1999 World Cup. The reunion will be held in conjunction with the upcoming Trans Tasman series to be held from the 24th – 26th April 2009 in Wollongong, NSW. It has been 10 years since the very successful 1999 World Cup campaign which was held in Sydney, and in celebration of a Trans Tasman Series coming to Australia for the first time in 6 years. It is a great opportunity to celebrate the achievements of both the present players and those who have pulled on the green and gold before them. Since the release of the initial information, there has been expressed interest from other past Australian Representatives from earlier and since campaigns who would also like to be included. TFA extends a warm invitation not only specifically to the 1999 World Cup members, but also any member of past representative teams from any campaign to attend and celebrate the current Australian Contingent.We will provide a special reunion package available for members to book with TFA, which will include the Reunion VIP Cocktail Function during the Saturday Night Test Series including a 2 hour drinks package, commemorative gift and free entry to the Trans Tasman games to be held at WIN Stadium for $50 inc GST. Reunion attendees are also welcome to attend the ANZAC Ceremony if they wish and can also purchase tickets to attend the Australian Team Function on the Sunday early afternoon as well as the Thursday Trans Tasman Civic Reception dinner. While hosting the Trans Tasman Series here in Australia, TFA are focused on the Australian aspects of the 1999 World Cup, but are also extending an open invitation to other participants of the event including Federation of International Touch Referees, New Zealand Team Members and participants from any other Nation. We also extend a warm invitation to the friends/ family and partners of the 1999 World Cup who are also permitted to purchase Reunion Tickets.At this early stage of promotion we have had exciting feedback that both the Women’s Open and Men’s Open teams from the 1999 Campaign will have the majority of their members in attendance. To arrange the purchase of reunion tickets, and get on the emailing list for more information, like ‘reunion friendly accommodation’, please contact Chrissy Brockway on 02 6212 2800 and email@example.com Related Filesflyer-pdf
LINCOLN, NE – OCTOBER 14: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes watches player warm up before the game against the Nebraska Cornhuskers at Memorial Stadium on October 14, 2017 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)On Tuesday afternoon, Ohio State held a press conference to announce Urban Meyer’s retirement. After seven seasons with the program, Meyer decided now was a good time to walk away from the program amid health concerns.Ohio State revealed offensive coordinator Ryan Day will take over for Urban Meyer after the team’s game against Washington in the Rose Bowl.So what will Meyer do with all of his newfound time? Well, after Ohio State’s game in the Rose Bowl, one media analyst predicts Meyer will land a new job with a major network.Richard Deitsch of the Athletic said it’s “inevitable” that Meyer lands with either ESPN or FOX.I think it is inevitable Urban Meyer lands at Fox or ESPN — at least for a short-term stay. History has shown sports networks do not particularly care about past indiscretions (maybe they would on OJ. Then again.) At ESPN, I thought Meyer was a good analyst. 1/2— Richard Deitsch (@richarddeitsch) December 5, 2018Meyer worked with ESPN after his time with the Florida Gators came to an end. However, Meyer has a complicated relationship with the company following his acceptance of the Ohio State job while under contract with the Worldwide Leader.Will Meyer head to the analyst booth? Stay tuned.
Image Courtesy: AIDA CruisesAIDAprima, a newly built cruise ship owned by German-based cruise line AIDA Cruises, is currently sailing on its first voyage from Nagasaki to Hamburg, with its route including several ports. The photo shows the ship at the Salalah port on March 30 ready to set sail for its next destination, Limassol. Following the ship’s delivery from Mitsubishi Heavy Industries shipyard, the voyage from Nagasaki started on March 14, 2016, encompassing calls at Singapore, Salalah, Limassol, passage through the Suez Canal and stopping at Cadiz. The voyage is to be rounded off with a visit to Rotterdam on April 14, before the ship reaches Hamburg on April 21.With its gross tonnage of 124,700, the ship is equipped with Mitsubishi Air Lubrication System which enhances fuel efficiency, a pod propulsion system, liquefied natural gas (LNG) fuel supply system, the latest gas emissions treatment system, and a new air-conditioning system.The 9,200 dwt cruise ship has a length of 300 m, width of 37 m and height of 54 m.Built to accommodate 3,300 guests and over 900 crew members, AIDAprima will be christened on May 7 on the 827th Hamburg Port Anniversary.According to Marine Traffic, the vessel is currently located in Cadiz, Spain.World Maritime News Staff; Image Courtesy: AIDA Cruises
Nova Scotians are being asked to comment on proposed amendments to Nova Scotia’s fire safety regulations. The proposed amendments will take effect Tuesday, Oct. 31, and are necessary to ensure that the province adopts the 2005 National Fire Code. The deadline for comments is Monday, Sept. 25. “Adopting the National Fire Code is in the best interests of public safety,” said Mark Parent, Minister of Environment and Labour. “The new code will make fire safety requirements more flexible and easier to implement by helping users understand the reasons behind the requirements.” The 2005 National Fire Code is the first objective-based fire code in Canada. The code allows for more flexibility in achieving fire safety in Nova Scotia. It is a sister document to the National Building and Plumbing Code of Canada, which takes effect in Nova Scotia on Friday, Sept. 1. Although Nova Scotia is adopting the national code, the province will be able to add to the provincial regulations at any time to further enhance public safety. The proposed changes can be viewed on the Department of Environment and Labour website at www.gov.ns.ca/enla .
Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Toronto-area student Kishore Thavaneethan is asking actress Nina Dobrev out to his prom with a slick dance video that features songs from Drake and Bruno Mars.In the video, entitled “Nina Dobrev, will you be my date to prom?” the teen tells the Hollywood actress: “If you could come, that would be amazing.”Nina DobrevComplete with back-up performers, he dances to songs that include Drake’s “Best I Ever Had,” Bruno Mars’s “Finesse” and “Paatha Oru Lookula” from the Bollywood film “Inimey Ippadithan!” “The first two are my favorites — and you know Drake and her were on ‘Degrassi,’” he told CTVNews.ca over the phone. “They’re also great songs to dance to.”Dobrev, best known from the TV shows “The Vampire Diaries” and “Degrassi: The Next Generation,” is a “huge role model” for Thavaneethan.She grew up in Scarborough, Ont., where Thavaneethan spent his childhood. “It was inspiring to see her act,” he said, adding her success story is a big reason why he wants to become an actor and dancer himself.“I think if she can make it from there, it’s possible for me as well,” he said, adding he hopes she accepts. “I think Nina is someone … who thinks outside the box and would take on the challenge.”In the video, Thavaneethan promises it will be an “unforgettable night.” The big day is May 2 at Middlefield Collegiate Institute in Markham, Ont. So the ball is in her court.BEHIND THE SCENES: ‘IT WAS FREEZING’Thavaneethan and his friend, who runs the Toronto-based videography company VM Images, shot the video during the chilly March break. He admitted dancing in a tank top might not have been the best decision“It was freezing. It was minus 10 [degrees]. You have no idea how cold it was,” he told CP24 on Monday. But he praised his back-up dancers and high school friends Anam Mulla and Kaaja Gnaneswaran for sticking it out.As for his future, Thavaneethan’s work ethic goes beyond the dance floor.He’s been accepted in the law, politics and governance programs at Western University, Waterloo, Laurier and Ryerson University. But he still wants to still pursue acting in some form or another.“I also want to minor in acting or something performance-based,” he said. Advertisement Twitter
Todd LamirandeAPTN NewsVictoria Island is a significant cultural and spiritual place for Indigenous people in the Ottawa area.It’s located just outside of the downtown core and close to Parliament Hill and is used by a number of Indigenous peoples as a site for ceremony and protest.Starting at the end of October, it will be off limits for the next seven years.And that caught some off firstname.lastname@example.org@toddlamirande
CALGARY (660 NEWS) – About 1,500 people are expected to attend the Small Business Calgary Expo Thursday.It features 150 exhibitors and is billed as Alberta’s largest business to business expo.There are two keynote speakers: Kristen Wood, founder and CEO of The Ten Spot, and Justine Barber, co-founder of Poppy Barley.On the Digital Tools Stage, 15-minute rapid-fire sessions are designed to give tips on how to transform and grow a business.The expo takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the BMO Centre.
“This is Haiti’s moment, a break-out opportunity for one of the poorest nations to lift itself toward a future of real economic prospects and genuine hope,” Mr. Ban wrote in an opinion piece published in The New York Times on-line edition.The Secretary-General, who earlier this month visited Haiti with former United States President Bill Clinton, said that Haiti stands a better chance than almost any emerging economy, not only to weather the current economic storms but to prosper, because of new US trade legislation. HOPE II, as the act is known, offers Haiti duty-free, quota-free access to US markets for the next nine years. “No other nation enjoys a similar advantage,” Mr. Ban said. “This is a foundation to build on.”He sees it, he says, as a chance to consolidate the progress the country has made in winning a measure of political stability, with the help of the UN peacekeeping mission, and move to genuine economic development, creating the jobs needed to alleviate the country’s massive unemployment, particularly among youth.Mr. Ban said he will be advocating investment in Haiti, for these purposes, at an international donor conference to take place next month in WashingtonPaul Collier, an Oxford University economist and Mr. Ban’s special adviser on Haiti, has helped the Government devise a strategy to create those jobs, emphasizing the country’s traditional strengths in garments and agricultural production. The plan calls for the enactment of new regulations lowering port fees (now among the highest in the Caribbean) and creating the sort of industrial clusters that have come to dominate global trade. It also calls for dramatically expanding the country’s export zones, so that a new generation of textile firms can generate economies of scale, drive down production costs and spark “potentially explosive growth constrained only by the size of the labour pool,” as Mr. Ban put it.Describing some of the experiences on his recent trip, Mr. Ban recalls visiting a factory in the capital where workers earned $7 a day making T-shirts for export, vaulting them into the Haitian middle class. “Under HOPE II, the owner figures he can double or triple production within a year,” he said.The UN peacekeeping mission in the country (MINUSTAH) has been working with Haitians for nearly five years towards creating a secure and stable environment within which key reforms and economic development could take place, he stressed.In related news, today MINUSTAH announced some details of its electoral assistance plan for Haiti’s legislative elections scheduled for 19 April.With voter registration, printing of ballots and training of electoral workers now completed and some 9,500 polling stations in place, the Mission is now distributing some 100 tons of equipment it received last week. It said some 4,000 electoral security workers will be on hand to keep the peace on election day in addition to 6,500 UN peacekeepers. To further assure the success of the elections, MINUSTAH said, it would deploy more than 1800 civilian staff, 11 aircraft, 950 vehicles and some 300 horses and mules. 30 March 2009Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today said that he will be asking donors to go beyond traditional assistance and invest in Haiti, at a time he called a crucial turning point for the impoverished Caribbean nation.
He said the Government had decided to convert the port city into a financial city in order to help boost the economy of the country. He said Parliament will be fully briefed on the progress of the project in order to ensure there is transparency.CHEC Port City Colombo (Pvt) Ltd, the Project Company for the Colombo Port City (CPC), signed a tripartite agreement between the Ministry of Megapolis and Western Development, the Urban Development Authority and the Project Company recently.The agreement formally replaces the previous agreement signed on 16thSeptember 2014 between the Government of Sri Lanka and the Project Company. The financial city will initially operate as a hub between Dubai and Singapore and will have some of the top international banks operating from the new city.Perera said the financial city will look to promote business between India, other Asian countries, Middle East and Europe. The new tripartite agreement has been signed following the announcement in March this year by the Government to lift the temporary suspension of work on the project until the Ministry of Megapolis and Western Development completed the Supplementary Environmental Impact Assessment (SEIA). The SEIA was completed earlier this year, pursuant to a Development Permit issued by the Coast Conservation Department to recommence the project. (Colombo Gazette) The Government is upbeat over the future of the proposed financial city which is to be constructed on the land earlier named the Colombo port city.State Minister of National Policy and Economic Affairs Niroshan Perera said that the financial city is expected to offer over 15,000 jobs in the first stage. The agreement on the financial city was signed recently between the government and the Chinese company engaged in constructing the new city.
Member of parliament, Ajith Mannapperuma took oaths as State Minister of Mahaweli Development and Environment before President Maithripala Sirisena today.Mannapperuma earlier held the post of Deputy Minister of Environment.
The Brock farmers market returns Thursday and Carrie Kelly will have some extra cash to spend.Kelly is the winner of a draw for a $10-market gift certificate. The draw will happen again this week and anyone attending the market can enter.Sandy Howe and Curtis Gadula (Team Force) have also been crowned champions of the first ladder ball tournament. They competed against teams who epitomized sportsmanship and had fun while doing it.There will be three new games to partake in this week. Bocce ball, washoos (washer toss), and corn hole (bean bag toss) will make their debuts in Jubilee Court. Ladder ball will also return. All are welcome to participate so challenge your co-workers and neighbouring department in the ultimate battle for bragging rights for the week.Two new vendors will also being setting up shop this week. The market runs 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
A foul-mouthed family doctor used her stiletto high heel to stamp on the feet of police before ranting: “Why the f*** have I been arrested? I’m a f***ing GP don’t you know,” a tribunal heard.Dr Eve Speight, 54, drunk three glasses of wine and a glass of beer in a village pub during a night out with her husband before having a marital bust up.When officers arrived she is accused of turning the air blue and spitting in the street before stamping her high heel on the ankle of one of the officers and scraping the stiletto down his colleague’s leg as they tried to calm her down.As the two officers pulled her to the ground to restrain her, Speight, originally from Vienna, added: “Why the f*** have I been arrested? I just want to go f***ing home, this is not my home, I’m from Austria. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Dr Eve Speight, after her MPTS hearing at the GMC in ManchesterCredit: Pat Isaacs/Cavendish Press Bob Sastry, counsel for the GMC, said: “Mr A was a neighbour of Dr Speight at the time and the family of Mr A were celebrating the 3rd birthday of one of the children. At about 6pm there were still family members and children aged three in the garden of Mr A’s home.”Dr Speight went to the garden fence looked over and was said to be under the influence of alcohol. She shouted ‘your f**king dog is annoying’ and then said ‘I will f***ing kill your dog’.”Mr A apologised for the dog barking but it would seem Dr Speight began to ask questions about his personal employment which he found strange.”She then said ‘I will cut your balls off’. She was told that her behaviour was inappropriate because of the children. But she shouted at Mr A ‘I don’t f***ing care about your family, you can all go and f*** off’.”She was repeatedly asked to leave and pushed Mr A with both hands to the chest, leaning over the fence as she did so. She was shouting and spitting at this time. When he asked her to stop she spat directly in his face.”This was seen by Mr A’s partner who called the police. She was asked to leave again and did so after a short time. Dr Speight was also shouting homophobic abuse at Mr A, calling him a ‘gay p***y’.”Police arrived at 6.20pm and spoke to Mr A before going to Dr Speight’s property to arrest her.Mr Sastry said: “They went to hand cuff her but he began to be abusive and emotional in their presence. She spat at one constable with the saliva making contact with the lower part of his face. They took her to the ground.”During police interview Speight denied wrongdoing and asked whether she spat at Mr A, retorted: “No – but I wish I did”.She was freed on bail on June 15 but later that afternoon went to a pub with her husband in the village of Stewkley, Oxfordshire.Mr Sastry added: “A phone call was made from someone in the pub to police and it seemed there had been an argument between her and her husband. At 6pm she was seen on High Street North by two officers who approached her and told her they were going to arrest her for a public order offence due to her behaviour.”She said ‘I’m going to have a f***ing cigarette’ and this was said in the presence of a male with two young children. One of the officers considered her to be heavily under the influence of alcohol as she was slurring her words, unsteady on her feet and spitting when talking.”He took hold of Dr Speight who continued to shout and swear loudly and continued to struggle with them but they managed to hand cuff her.”She shouted ‘what the f*** am I being arrested for?’ And raised her left foot and stamped a stiletto type heel to PC G’s ankle. No injury was caused but he could feel the heel through his boot.”She then stamped on PC F’s leg and scraped it down the side and started to kick at him, hitting him a further two times. He felt a sharp pain and arrested her for assaulting a police officer and she continued to try and kick out. She was taken to the ground.”She could be heard shouting ‘why the f*** have I been arrested? I just want to go f**king home, this is not my home, I’m from Austria. Is this how you treat people here? I’ve done nothing wrong, my husband left me in the pub after eight years, I’ve had enough. I’m a f***ing GP don’t you know?’Speight later pleaded guilty to six public order charges at Aylsbury Magistrates’ court in August 2015. The court heard whilst in the police station she became further agitated and needed medical attention after knocking out a tooth.At the time her lawyer said: “She says that she is really ashamed of what happened.”Speight admits misconduct charges relating to her convictions. She faces other charges relating to her prescribing antidepressants to a 15-year-old girl without fully exploring the youngster’s problems. “Is this how you treat people here? I’ve done nothing wrong, my husband left me in the pub after eight years, I’ve had enough. I’m a f***ing GP don’t you know?”The incident occurred just hours after Speight, from Soulbury, Bucks, had been bailed following another drunken foul mouthed bust up in which she raged at a neighbour during a child’s third birthday party over their family dog barking too loudly.During that incident she spat in the unnamed neighbour’s face saying: “Your f***ing dog is annoying. I will f***ing kill your dog. I will cut your balls off. I don’t f***ing care about your family, you can all go and f*** off’.Speight was subsequently convicted of six charges including assault and threatening behaviour but escaped with a 12 month community order after she said she was “stressed out” and going through a divorce.She was later referred to the General Medical Council.The first incident occurred on June 13 last year when Speight was working a locum GP having earlier been a partner for five years at a GP practice in Bicester, Oxfordshire, the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service in Manchester was told. She was told that her behaviour was inappropriate because of the children. But she shouted at Mr A ‘I don’t f***ing care about your family, you can all go and f*** off’.Bob Sastry, counsel
A mother who “knew” her four-month-old son was dead was forced to leave him with the dog attacking him to save her older child, an inquest heard.Jade Rogers was with her two young sons when the Staffordshire bull terrier-type dog, called Bailey, entered the room and attacked, a hearing at a coroner’s court in Chelmsford was told.Baby Archie Joe Darby died after being bitten by the animal on Oct 13.Essex coroner Eleanor McGann praised Miss Rogers’s “bravery” in fighting off the aggressive animal as she managed to save her other son, Daniel-Jay, who was 22 months old. Daniel-Jay Darby, who was mauled by a dog, with mother Jade RogersCredit: SWNS.com She had moved into the house, in Harwich Road, which belonged to her sister, Clare Ferdinand, and her sister’s husband, John Ferdinand, the week before, and Mr Ferdinand had left around an hour before the attack.Mr Biddle said: “Jade was in the living room with her two children. She had Archie in her arms. She was on the phone to Dan [her partner]. They were ‘Facetiming’ each other.”He said the dog entered the living room while Miss Rogers was on the phone.”It growled and immediately attacked Daniel,” Mr Biddle said. “Jade went to get up and tried to move the dog out of the room.”It went straight for Daniel’s head, started biting and shaking his head while she had Archie in her arms.”She tried to pull the dog off Daniel. It dropped Daniel and pulled Archie out of her arms. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. “They saw Archie lying on the floor face down with significant injuries and Daniel sitting on the sofa with significant head injuries in a very upset state.”The children were removed to Colchester General Hospital.” Archie was pronounced dead at 4.02pm.Police called specialist dog handlers to remove the dog and it took several officers to achieve this.”We had to use specialist equipment to do that because of his continued aggressive behaviour,” said Mr Biddle. “It never stopped for the whole time until it was put to sleep.”In a statement to police, Miss Rogers said she was alone in the house with her two children at the time of the attack. Det Insp Gary Biddle, senior investigating officer, said the boys’ mother barricaded the dog in the conservatory at the family’s Colchester home, and had to hold the door shut to prevent it from continuing to attack her children.”Jade called the ambulance service and did a heroic job removing the dog from the house to a conservatory area,” he said. “Because of the behaviour of the dog, being very aggressive at the time, Jade barricaded herself against the door to stop the dog getting back into the house.”She could not leave the door and let the ambulance service in.”Fortunately police attended very quickly. They shouted through the letter box to understand why she couldn’t get to the door and she shouted out why.”We were left with no option but to force entry. “It then shook Archie around the room then dropped him.”Jade said she knew instantly that Archie was dead. She decided to save Daniel, thought ‘I can save Daniel’, ran into the kitchen with him, grabbed the phone and dialled 999.”The dog was still having a go at Daniel, grabbed him off the kitchen counter.”On the 999 call you can hear him attacking Daniel and you can hear Jade shouting and screaming, trying to get the dog off.”The inquest heard that Mr and Mrs Ferdinand had owned the dog for around four years.They got it from a dog rescue centre and no previous concerns had been raised about its behaviour.Mr Biddle said officers traced a previous owner of the animal to find out why they had given it up.”She [the previous owner] had a little Jack Russell dog that used to attack Bailey and injure him, so she felt it was unfair to keep Bailey,” said Mr Biddle.A post-mortem examination on the dog concluded that it was healthy and well kept.Police took advice from the Crown Prosecution Service and were satisfied no offences had been committed, he said. Police outside a house near to where a baby boy was killed and a second child injured in a dog attackCredit:Sam Russell/PA Wire
Opposition Leader; Bharrat Jagdeo, today, slammed the APNU/AFC Government for suggesting that he (Jagdeo) should not benefit from Constitutional immunity due to the fact that he is actively involved in day-to-day politics. Voicing his opinion on the matter, Jagdeo said he was ashamed for the Minister of State, Joseph Harmon, for taking such a position since, with his [Harmon’s] legal background, he should be aware that no one can remove a constitutional protection.“Harmon is wrong on this and as a lawyer I am so ashamed for him to think that anyone can remove a constitutional protection,” Jagdeo said while noting that contrary to Harmon’s claims that the police can determine presidential immunity, “only the courts can determine these issues.”Harmon, during a post-Cabinet press briefing last week, proclaimed that former Presidents should relinquish their constitutional right of immunity upon returning to active politics.His comments came on the heels of past President and present Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo being cleared from answering to any SOCU officials after he invoked his immunity under Article 182 of the Constitution of Guyana.Harmon had indicated that it was unreasonable to claim that immunity while being actively involved in day-to-day politics.In summary, Article 182 states that a President shall not be personally answerable to any court for any act done in the performance of the functions of his office; no criminal nor civil proceedings can be instituted against him, in his personal capacity in respect of any acts done in the performance of his office, either during the term of office or thereafter; and while he holds office or performs the functions of Office of the President, no criminal nor civil proceedings shall be instituted or continued against him in respect of anything done or omitted to be done by him in his private capacity.Jagdeo held the office of President and performed the functions of that office during the period August 11, 1999 –December 3, 2011.Pradoville 2, a housing project currently under SOCU’s investigation, was developed and lots allocated thereof to the several allottees during the period that Jagdeo was President.Harmon had posited that the Constitution is very clear about immunity relating to a sitting president, who takes certain steps while he is in office. He had said that despite the level of immunity there are certain exceptions. (Ramona Luthi) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedPresidential immunity could be re-examined as part of Constitutional reform process, says HarmonMarch 10, 2017In “latest news”Harmon unwittingly admits to political witch-hunting of PPP leaders – NandlallMarch 12, 2017In “Politics”“Jagdeo had his time, no third term” – APNU’s HarmonFebruary 4, 2015In “Politics”
Mining fleet management specialist Leica Geosystems has launched its GPS Augmentation Network, incorporating exclusive technology developed by Locata Corp. The innovative terrestrial network ensures 24/7 positioning coverage even with adverse GPS situations. Open pits can present challenges for satellite based positioning as the pit becomes deeper, and where the walls are steep. The positioning signals transmitted from satellites can become obstructed by the pit walls, reducing GPS availability and in turn, accuracy. The angle of ‘sky view’ is further reduced where machinery is in close proximity to the pit walls which block GPS signals. Leica’s GPS augmentation network fills these shortcomings in the GPS network and ensures consistent and accurate positioning is always available. Under an exclusive technology partnership with Locata, Leica’s Jigsaw360 is the first fleet management system with the ability to replicate the GPS satellite constellation from the ground. This ground breaking technology enables a level of control and flexibility which is not possible from the standard satellite GPS network.With this development, Leica Geosystems and Locata have made a significant advance in the availability of consistent positioning signals. The efficiency and productivity benefits of total positioning coverage also have the potential to solve other problems where the standard GPS network has fallen short in the past. For example, GPS collision avoidance systems, and for automated mining developments. In these applications, constant and accurate positioning is critical to safe operation. Consistent and accurate GPS coverage across the deepest and steepest pitsComplete positioning availability ensures the highest efficiency and productivity gains from Leica’s Jigsaw360 fleet management and machine control systemsA significant step in the development of reliable collision avoidance and automated mining systems.