UN: Zika virus will be ‘way down’ before Olympics

first_imgGENEVA (AP):The head of the World Health Organization’s Zika response team is predicting that Brazil will host a “fantastic Olympics”, and that the mosquito-borne virus will be “way down” by the time the Summer Games begin in Rio de Janeiro on August 5.Dr Bruce Aylward, WHO’s executive director for outbreaks and health emergencies, said yesterday at a news conference that the mosquito population is expected to drop off around when Rio hosts the games, since it will be winter in the southern hemisphere.Rio’s Olympic venues are also in a relatively confined area, he noted, making it easier for authorities to control the local mosquito population.”Brazil is going to have a fantastic Olympics and it’s going to be a successful Olympics and the world is going to go there,” Aylward said. “I just wish I was going there, but there’s not going to be a lot of problems there by then, so I’ll be somewhere else.”Aylward also pointed to the “probability” that the Zika virus will have “gone through” a large slice of the country’s population by then, so many Brazilians might have developed an immunity to the disease by the time of the August 5-21 games.Zika, however, is just the latest cloud hanging over Brazil ahead of South America’s first Olympics. The country is coping with its worst recession in 100 years, impeachment proceedings against President Dilma Rousseff and a wide-ranging corruption scandal centred on the state-controlled oil-and-gas giant Petrobras.Brazil has recorded more than one million suspected Zika infections in recent months amid strong concerns that the virus could be linked to a spike in the number of babies born with abnormally small heads microcephaly and to a rare neurological syndrome that can cause temporary paralysis in people of all ages.In Brazil yesterday, ministers, state governors, health authorities and members of the armed forces visited schools throughout the country to involve students in the nationwide campaign to eradicate the Aedes aegypti mosquito that spreads the Zika virus.WHO has declared a global health emergency due to the virus, saying it could produce as many as 4 million cases in the next year. The mosquitoes that spread Zika which also spread dengue and yellow fever are entrenched across the region and in a wide belt around the globe, mostly in tropical areas.last_img read more

UAAP: UST sweeps FEU in elimination round

first_imgFor the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. To make matters worse for FEU, Arvin Tolentino was slapped with his second straight disqualifying foul this season after his cheap shot on Huang with 15.9 seconds left.Huang finished with a career-high 20 while grabbing six rebounds for the Growling Tigers, who won their third straight game.Marvin Lee added 17 points with five assists for UST with Henri Subido tallying 14 points and Germy Mahinay putting up 10 points and eight boards.Despite making less field goals than FEU, 25 to 30, the Growling Tigers made up for it from the foul line hitting on a 21-of-27 clip while the Tamaraws went 7-of-13 from the stripe.Richard Escoto led the 5-3 Tamaraws with 12 points while Tolentino had 11 points and 11 rebounds before his exit.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college View comments Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title FEU held on to a slim 51-49 lead early in the fourth but that just fueled the Growling Tigers’ tenacity as they went on a game-changing 16-3 run to take a 65-54 after Zach Huang’s jumper with 3:55 left.Tamaraws head coach Olsen Racela was then, called for a technical foul with 2:01 left in the game after he challenged the referees for calling an offensive foul on his guard Alec Stockton.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“It’s so easy to coach these guys because they’re so connected, whatever you tell them to do they will,” said UST head coach Aldin Ayo in Filipino. “There’s no resistance on their part.”“It’s a good thing they appreciate our efforts because they see the results and they trust us coaches even more.” Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewcenter_img Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netUniversity of Santo Tomas downed Far Eastern University anew, 78-70, to sweep their head-to-head battle in the elimination round of the UAAP Season 81 men’s basketball tournament Sunday at Mall of Asia Arena.The Growling Tigers won their first meeting, 76-74, and their latest win bumped them to .500 territory with a 4-4 record.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption LATEST STORIES Crawford stops Benavidez late in last round to keep WBO beltlast_img read more

Trackers hit the road to central Alberta this weekend

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Northeast B.C./Yukon Trackers embark on their final extended road trip of the season to central Alberta this weekend.The Trackers are riding a five-game winning streak which has propelled their record to 12-6-1 and second place in the Bouchier Division standings, eight points behind the division-leading Peace River Royals.“It will be good for the boys to get back on the road and play the game they love,” said head coach Gerard Dicaire. “We haven’t had a road trip since December 1st and are long overdue for some team bonding and to grind a three game in three days weekend out.”- Advertisement -The boys start off their trip on Friday with a clash with the Strathcona ACT Warriors at 7:45 p.m. followed with a date with the Edmonton Maple Leaf Athletic Club Gologo Wear at 7:45 p.m. on Saturday. They conclude their three-game swing in Camrose on Sunday with a visit to the Viking’s den which gets underway at 1:00 p.m.All games can be watched online at: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/nebctrackerslast_img read more

Dodgers notes: No worrying for Betemit

first_imgFor another, Betemit showed signs on Wednesday night – when he finally snapped a hitless streak that had lasted all spring and reached 12 at-bats – that he might be finding his stroke. He flied out twice and struck out before singling in the seventh inning off the Marlins’ Jesus Delgado. But the switch-hitting Betemit had what Dodgers manager Grady Little said he felt were two quality at-bats in the second, when he flied to left batting left-handed off Gaby Hernandez, and the fourth, when he flied to right batting right off Aaron Thompson. “I know he did, just from the way he stayed back and hit both balls,” Little said. “I think it’s a confidence thing with him. He just needs to get going and get untracked. I don’t have a lot of worries about him.” VERO BEACH, Fla. – Wilson Betemit carried an .077 spring average into Thursday night’s Grapefruit League game against Florida. But that meager early showing notwithstanding, the man who is expected to be the Dodgers’ Opening Day third baseman apparently doesn’t need to worry about his job security. For one thing, Betemit is out of minor-league options, and Dodgers officials still strongly believe that he is capable of developing into a dependable power hitter, and they aren’t willing to risk losing him on the waiver wire. Sneak peek: Although he isn’t expected in Los Angeles until at least September, and possibly not for another year or two, second base prospect Tony Abreu has caught Little’s eye this spring. One half of an electrifying double-play combination with shortstop Chin-lung Hu, Abreu, like Hu, spent a good portion of the winter bulking up to try to improve his offense. Abreu went 3 for 4 with a single, double and home run in Wednesday’s win over the Marlins, driving in three runs. He entered Thursday batting .417 (5 for 12). “He has come a long way since last spring,” Little said. “You can see the strength he has added in one year’s time, and that has helped him a lot. He also had a very good winter-ball season in the Dominican Republic. He has gained a lot of confidence and a lot of strength, and that is a good combination.” [email protected] (818) 713-3675 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img Betemit wasn’t in the lineup Thursday. Betemit has been working extensively in the indoor batting cages with hitting coach Eddie Murray and special instructor Manny Mota. Betemit’s problem last season was that he couldn’t hit lefties. That seems strange given that he is naturally right-handed. But it doesn’t seem so strange when you consider he got just 74 right-handed at-bats last year because there aren’t that many left-handed pitchers around the league. “Right now, I’m feeling better from both sides,” Betemit said. “I’m trying to be more aggressive at the plate. That’s what I have to do every day, go up there and get my pitch and swing the bat. I know I can hit here, but things like this happen. You can’t go 5 for 5 every day. But you always have to make adjustments and do better.” The key for Betemit is to achieve that delicate balance between being more aggressive at the plate while still being patient. “I’m seeing that aggressiveness from him,” Mota said. “Sometimes, he tries too hard and chases bad pitches. He needs to relax and get good pitches to hit. But he has hit before, and you don’t forget how to hit in one day. He is working so hard because he wants to get better.” last_img read more

Latest transfer gossip: Speculation over Chelsea players continues

first_imgSpeculation continues over the futures of a number of Chelsea players.Real Madrid continue to be linked with Eden Hazard, with the Daily Express picking up on more reports that the La Liga club are planning to make a move for him in the summer.The story is based on Spanish outlet Diario Gol claiming that Real are holding talks about a bid for the Blues star.Real president Florentino Perez is working hard behind the scenes in an effort to strike a deal, it is claimed.Hazard has been linked with Real for some timeThe Daily Star have picked up on yet more reports in Italy suggesting that AC Milan are planning a move for Cesc Fabregas.And the Daily Mirror say Bournemouth plan to offer Chelsea £10m for Asmir Begovic, having failed to clinch a deal to sign the goalkeeper last month.Meanwhile, The Sun suggest Chelsea will target Leonardo Bonucci, who was previously linked with a move to Stamford Bridge.It follows reports in Italy that the defender has had a row with Juve boss Massimiliano Allegri.   Ads by Revcontent Trending Articles Urologists: Men, Forget the Blue Pill! This “Destroys” ED x ‘Genius Pill’ Used By Rich Americans Now Available In Netherlands! x What She Did to Lose Weight Stuns Doctors: Do This Daily Before Bed! x Men, You Don’t Need the Blue Pill if You Do This x One Cup of This (Before Bed) Burns Belly Fat Like Crazy! x Drink This Before Bed, Watch Your Body Fat Melt Like Crazy x Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Archaeologist Walks a Mile for Camel Smoke

first_img(Visited 32 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 History should provide warnings to those who say the Bible is wrong.  Did camels arrive in Israel too late for Abraham?Give an inch and some will take a mile.  Can a data point at one site justify a sweeping generalization about a region for centuries?  That’s essentially what two archaeologists from Tel-Aviv University did to conclude that the Bible’s mention of camels as far back as the time of Abraham is wrong.  Erez Ben-Yosef and Lidar Sapir-Hen based their conclusions on radiocarbon dates of camel bones from copper mines in the Aravah Valley, between the Dead Sea and Eilat.  Since the bones appear suddenly at 930-900 BC, they conclude camels were not domesticated till then.  All it means, though, is that camels were not associated with copper production at that spot till that time (unless older camel bones are found elsewhere at the site some day in the future).  It says nothing about the use of camels elsewhere in the Levant for other purposes.  It’s basically a piece of negative evidence (i.e., blowing smoke with camels).PhysOrg is one of many news sites echoing the theme that this constitutes “direct proof” the Bible is wrong:Camels are mentioned as pack animals in the biblical stories of Abraham, Joseph, and Jacob. But archaeologists have shown that camels were not domesticated in the Land of Israel until centuries after the Age of the Patriarchs (2000-1500 BCE). In addition to challenging the Bible’s historicity, this anachronism is direct proof that the text was compiled well after the events it describes.Some news outlets became brash in their headlines: Yahoo News stated flatly, “Appearance of camels in Genesis called sign of authors’ distance from history.”  National Geographic headlined, “Domesticated Camels Came to Israel in 930 B.C., Centuries Later Than Bible Says.” Others were patronizing in their put-downs, saying the Biblical authors were not intentionally wrong: “They weren’t trying to trick anyone,” Joel Baden (CNN) said, slaying Biblical credibility with faint praise.  “They imagined, quite reasonably, that the past was, fundamentally, like their present.”Creation Ministries International provided one response.  After showing other evidence to support the existence of camels in the time of Abraham, Lita Cosner concluded:There is a long and glorious history of archaeologists claiming that what they see out at their dig sites contradicts the Bible, only to be proved wrong as later discoveries come to light. However, the evidence to disprove this spurious claim existed long before this latest argument was put forward.Todd Bolen, professor of Bible history and long-time resident of Israel, had a tone of “here we go again” on Bible Places Blog before providing an extensive list of evidences and references that support the Biblical account:Yes, I have been ignoring all of the crazy media coverage on the camel story. For one thing, the popular angle here is hardly new—scholars have tried to deny the accuracy of the Bible using camels for a long time. For another, the story is wrong. The biblical account is trustworthy, and the evidence from the recent study does not support the claims being made from it. (We didn’t find any camels being used at two copper-mining sites in the early 10th century; therefore, no camels were domesticated anywhere in the ANE [ancient near east] before that time.)One is left wondering, therefore, what motivated the two archaeologists to rush to impugn the Bible’s historicity.  They should have known it’s risky: “Proving that something did not exist at some time and place in the past is every archaeologist’s nightmare because proof of its existence may, despite all claims to the contrary, be unearthed at some future date,” said Martin Heide, quoted on Bible Places Blog.  Previous examples abound of discredited discredits of the Bible.Here, though, the archaeologists seem to have made anti-Biblical opinions not justified by their meager evidence, merely by the power of suggestion.  For instance, “While there are conflicting theories about when the Bible was composed, the recent research suggests it was written much later than the events it describes,” National Geographic deduced.  “This supports earlier studies that have challenged the Bible’s veracity as a historic document.”That’s not just bad science; it’s bad logic.  Later compilers (even if that were assumed) could have used original sources, for one thing; and dates on a few camels in a copper mine cannot possibly be extended into generalizations about the whole ancient near east.  They themselves admit, “The biblical angle wasn’t the focus of the recent research, though, just an after-the-fact observation.” It wasn’t even an observation.  It was the lack of an observation: negative evidence used to promote a universal negative.  That’s always risky.Besides, evolutionists place the evolutionary “emergence” of the camel at 40-50 million years ago, and the emergence of human beings in the Levant around 400,000 years ago.  Would it not seem odd if the two never got acquainted in Israel before 930 BC?  The Genesis account locates the creation of humans and camels on the Sixth Day of creation, not that long ago.  It seems reasonable that Abraham, within centuries of the Flood, would have been well acquainted with the animal resources available to man, given that he came from Ur, a civilization in camel-friendly habitat, and was experienced in the logistics of long-distance migration of personnel and their baggage.Where have all the camels gone, long time passing?Where have all the camels gone, long time ago?Where have all the camels gone,Stomped on skeptics, every one;When will they ever learn?When will they ever learn?last_img read more

SA wine back on growth track

first_img7 January 2008South African wine exports are on the rise again, reflecting a 16% volume increase for the first 11 months of 2007 compared with the same period in 2006, says Wines of SA CEO Su Birch, commenting on the latest data from industry body SAWIS.Birch expects exports for the full year to exceed the 300-million litre mark, which would be a record for the country.Confident of continued growth this year despite the highly competitive nature of the international market, Birch is projecting an increase in export volumes of at least 6%. “Although a conservative estimate, all indications are that the temporary setback in sales experienced in 2006, when volumes dropped some 5% on 2005, is now well and truly behind us.”Another positive trend, Birch adds, is that the country’s global reach has widened, significantly diversifying risk. “Whereas five years ago, 72% of our packaged exports went to just the UK and the Netherlands, the net has widened so that the UK, Sweden, the Netherlands, Germany and the US currently account for 70% of total export volumes.”She says that with the exception of the Netherlands, where sales are characterized by heavy discounting, all other major markets have shown sound growth in demand for local packaged wines. “In the Netherlands, we are currently addressing the higher-priced segment of the market, where margins are more attractive for producers, and we are advising local wineries to move their focus away from extreme value business.“The UK remains our biggest export destination, where we have reversed the negative trend of the past two years. Not only are packaged wines showing a growth of 6% but we are growing ahead of the market’s 4%, which means we should begin to increase market share again from next year. We are also particularly heartened by the fact that much of this growth is taking place in the more premium segment of the market.”South Africa has also succeeded in retaining three trademarks on the UK multiple grocers’ Top 20 list of bestsellers – Kumala, FirstCape and Namaqua.Birch says Wines of South Africa is continuing to pursue opportunities to grow profitable trading relationships, not only among the multiple grocers but by giving greater attention to the independent retailers and the on-consumption channel.Sweden has become South Africa’s second biggest market for packaged wine. “We are now number two in Sweden, behind market leader Australia,” says Birch. “The entire Scandinavian bloc offers very exciting potential. We have shown double-digit growth not only in Sweden, but also Denmark and Finland, and we haven’t even begun to tap Norway.”One of the strongest growth markets has been Germany, where volumes have jumped over 40%. According to Wines of SA’s representative in Germany, Petra Mayer, South Africa is now the fifth biggest supplier of imported wines to the country, up from ninth position in 2000.Another star performer is Canada, with Quebec proving a fast-growing market for South African producers, historically most active in Ontario. Volumes to Quebec grew 76% to reach sales of 175 000 cases with a value of CAN$22-million in the 12 months to September.Local wineries not already in this market are being urged also to develop a presence in Quebec, which accounts for 40% of Canada’s total wine consumption. All four provinces have upped their purchases of local wines, says Wines of SA’s representative in Canada, Laurel Keenan, with total volumes for Canada up 11%.Exports to the US are over 9% higher on last year.Russia also offers excellent opportunities, Birch believes. After an initial foray by Wines of SA earlier this year, sales have risen fourfold on a year ago, albeit off a low base, and there is widespread optimism for further market penetration.Birch does, however, sound a note of caution. “With exports of red wines growing at nearly three times the rate of whites, we could be experiencing shortages of reds by 2010. As it is, there are currently some shortages of certain white cultivars, notably Sauvignon Blanc.“Although shortages might mean higher prices for grape suppliers, the situation will not be to the advantage of our industry. South Africa is still a very young exporter in global terms, and to be unable to meet market demands could make us vulnerable.”Source: Wine.co.zalast_img read more

Remote Work vs. Collaboration: 8 Startups Weigh In

first_imgTags:#collaboration#StartUp 101#startups#Telecommuting Tips for Selling Smart Supply Chain Solutions Related Posts End-of-Life Software: Keep it, Update it, or Fi… How OKR’s Completely Transformed Our Culturecenter_img scott gerber The controversy over Marissa Mayer’s decision to ban telecommuting at Yahoo just won’t go away. Mayer said the move was necessary to foster collaboration at the struggling new media giant, but what about startups? Is remote working right for very young companies? Are there particular issues to watchout for?To learn more, we asked eight founders from the Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) to share their company policies with respect to work outside the office – and why it works for their teams.It turns out that while many young startups do have entirely or partly remote remote workforces, they still feel it’s important to have some sort of physical space for meetings and “collaborative” work. Many have offices they use some or all of the time, and others promote remote work as a privilege or perk. 1. Boost Productivity With Fridays At HomeAt Scripted, we always work from home on Fridays and have a flexible vacation and sick day policy. Our office is simply a physical resource we use to collaborate and socialize. If on any particular day this resource isn’t required or is detrimental to your productivity, then you don’t need to use it. Plus, our Fridays from home boost productivity the rest of the week. We all love it. – Ryan Buckley,Scripted 2. Establish Asynchronous CollaborationWe’ve gotten the best results from a team that has the flexibility to work when and where they believe makes the most sense, coupled with a strong anchor in our office as the primary locale for everyone. I’d say more than 75% of the team’s time is spent in or near the office, but most of our collaboration is done asynchronously using tools like Yammer, Trello, Salesforce and others. – Derek Shanahan,Playerize 3. Create A Culture Of CommunicationOur team is based in San Francisco, Atlanta and Los Angeles. We are rarely in a room together. Agenda-driven team calls limit the ability to collaborate. We found considerable success in transitioning from an “emailing” company to a “calling” one. When you call a teammate with a question, you work together to create a solution. Impromptu conference calls with multiple offices are truly effective. – Aaron Schwartz, Modify Watches 4. Make Remote Work A PrivilegeOur people work remotely only after they’ve been in the office for a while. I need to get to know their personalities first to make sure they understand our culture and interests. Then, they can work from wherever they want. Real-time collaboration tools like Skype, HipChat and Google Drive make it easy to stay in the loop, no matter where you are. – Jim Belosic,ShortStack/Pancake Labs 5. Set Up A Daily Huddle CallWe’ve implemented a daily huddle call at 1:11 p.m. This keeps everyone on the same page. Tracking our most important daily metrics together, going over 24-hour agendas and discussing bottlenecks are regular activities. We do not have an office, but we have four people who live locally and get together once or twice a month for lunch or coffee. Hiring locally and doing daily huddles helps greatly. – Joe Barton, Barton Publishing 6. Trust Your EmployeesAs a company whose entire company culture is established on the foundation of remote working, we really believe in flexible work. It starts at the beginning: you must hire with the knowledge that your employees will be independent and responsible and have the capacity to work from home. When you hire right and place your trust in these employees, collaboration happens and people are productive. – David Ehrenberg, Early Growth Financial Services 7. Encourage Balance And FlexibilityOur team of five works on a remote basis, even though we’re mostly located in New York. I just spent seven months overseas; it was difficult scheduling agendas and regular calls. Technologies like Skype, Ghat and iMessage made it work. We try to have balance and flexibility, and that’s what we pride ourselves on. Yvon Chouinard’s book, Let My People Go Surfing, gives insight into our philosophy. – Matt Wilson, Under30Media 8. Implement Productivity-Based MeasuresOur entire company is remote and has great workflow tools in place. I agree with Mayer’s decision since people blatantly took advantage of the policy. The incentives to be productive were not effectively structured. Your team needs compensation for productivity-based measures and salary. We developed workflows to require collaboration and transparency. Everyone can see what everyone else is doing. – Chuck Cohn, Varsity Tutors Will Development Eventually Make Itself Obsolete?last_img read more

Jharkhand lynching: ‘Tabrez would be alive if given minimum medical attention’

first_imgDistraught and inconsolable, yet Shehnaz Begum, mother-in-law of 24-year-old Tabrez Ansari, victim of Jharkhand mob lynching, could gather all her strength to speak.“My son-in-law would have been alive had the administration showed a little bit of sympathy and given the minimum medical attention,” said Ms. Begum holding her teenage widowed daughter tight.“First it was the religiously motivated mob that meted out instant justice, and secondly, the administration committed cold-blooded murder by letting Tabrez die of excruciating pain. To save his life, the police at least could have admitted him in any hospital,” she said.The non-descript Kadamdia village, 15 km from the district headquarters town of Saraikela, where Tabrez’s family lives, has been receiving media and political attention. Three days after Tabrez’s death, District Collector of Saraikela-Kharasawan Chhabi Ranjan and Superintendent of Police Karthik S reached Kadamdia late on Monday evening to assure the family of justice, while another group of district officials landed in the village early Tuesday morning. And hordes of media professionals and rights activists have been thronging the place.“My son-in-law did not deserve such death,” Ms. Begum kept saying to everyone.Tabrez, who had lost both his parents at a very early age, had migrated to Pune to eke out his livelihood eight years ago. In April, he returned to his village to get married. On April 27, his marriage was solemnized with Sahista Pervez, 19. The couple would have gone back to Pune in few days.According to his extended family members, he was returning after meeting his aunt from Jamshedpur on June 17 night when some people of Dhatkidih village caught hold of him and branded him a thief.“Tabrez could have been let off with a few slaps. All hell broke loose when he revealed his name. He was tied to an electric pole and beaten up the whole night. Later, he was dragged to nearby bushy areas and another round of thrashing started. He was also forced to chant ‘Jai Sriram and Jai Hanuman’,” said Md Mansoor Alam, Tabrez’s uncle, who had gone to meet him at the police station after his rescue.‘Main accused was present at Saraikela police station’Tabrez’s family members got the shock of their life when they met him at the Saraikela police station. “Initially, I was not allowed to enter the police station. Then I heard someone saying ‘Ab tak yeh mara kyon nahin? [why did he not die till now?]’. When inquired, I found that it was Papa Mandal, the main accused, who was shouting right inside the police station. I could not hold myself back. I entered the police station forcibly only to find Tabrez having bruises all over his body and blood stains on his face, hands and legs,” Ms. Begam said. His young wife fainted then and there.After a day, the family members again met him in jail. “His condition was even worse. I pleaded with the authorities to admit him in hospital, but nobody paid any heed to my request,” said Ms. Begum.Tabrez was admitted in the District Headquarters Hospital only when his condition suddenly deteriorated on June 22.After the video of the lynching went viral on the social media and Tabrez was heard chanting ‘Jai Sriram and Jai Hanuman’, as directed by the mob, media started taking note of the incident. Only then, police swung into action.Eleven arrested“We have so far arrested 11 persons, including main accused Papa Mandal. Investigation is going on and more people will be rounded up if their complicity in the crime is established,” said Mr. Karthik.When his attention was drawn to the alleged administrative bias in handling Tabrez’s case, especially his poor health condition, Mr. Karthik said, “We are not the authority to give medical certificate. Doctors carried out medical tests on him. Tests such as x-ray and ECG were carried out multiple times.”On the accusation of the police recording only the ‘confession’ on the victim’s theft activities and not trying to know the attackers who thrashed Tabrez after knowing his religious identity, Mr. Karthik admitted that the subordinate staff had messed up the whole thing. He said two police officers had been put under suspension.last_img read more

Three ex-Congress MLAs, one from BJP likely to join Goa Cabinet

first_imgFour Goa MLAs, including three Congress rebels who joined the ruling BJP a couple of days ago, would be inducted in the Cabinet on Saturday, sources said on July 12.Ten of the 15 Congress MLAs, led by Leader of the Opposition Chandrakant Kavlekar, switched sides and joined the BJP on July 10.Accompanied by Chief Minister Pramod Sawant, the breakaway group met BJP president and Union Home Minister Amit Shah and its working president J.P. Nadda in New Delhi on July 11. All the MLAs returned to Goa on July 12.However, Mr. Sawant stayed back to attend a high-level meeting on the issue of mining in Goa, which has come to a standstill following a February 2018 Supreme Court order. Mr. Shah and Union Minister of Mines Pralhad Joshi will attend the meeting.A top BJP source said three of the 10 former Congress MLAs and Deputy Speaker of the Assembly Michael Lobo would be sworn in as ministers on July 13.However, he did not disclose the names of the three former Congress MLAs who would get ministerial berths.When contacted, Mr. Lobo, a BJP MLA, confirmed that he and three other MLAs would join the Cabinet.Mr. Lobo was instrumental in convincing the 10 Congress lawmakers to switch sides, giving the BJP an overwhelming majority in the 40-member Assembly, the sources said.In order to accommodate the new MLAs in the Cabinet, Mr. Sawant would be dropping four ministers, most of them from the BJP’s alliance partners, they added.Talking to PTI on July 11, Mr. Sawant said a decision on the fate of the coalition partners in the Cabinet would be taken only after he returned to Goa.However, the sources said all the three ministers of the Goa Forward Party (GFP) — its president and Deputy Chief Minister Vijai Sardesai, Vinod Palyekar and Jayesh Salgaonkar — were expected to be dropped, along with Independent MLA and Revenue Minister Rohan Khaunte.The GFP, a regional party, has been with the BJP ever since the saffron outfit formed the government in the coastal State after the February 2017 Assembly polls.Meanwhile, Mr. Kavlekar, who returned to the state from New Delhi, told reporters at the Goa airport that he took the decision to join the BJP as his Assembly constituency had remained underdeveloped all these years.“I was in the opposition for long which was affecting the development of my constituency. I have taken this step as the BJP is a party which has been pro-development and when I remain in power, it will help the people of my constituency,” he said.Besides Mr. Kavlekar, the other MLAs who switched sides are Atanasio Monserratte, Jeniffer Monserratte, Francis Silveira, Philip Nery Rodrigues, Cleaofacio Dias, Wilfred D’Sa, Nilkant Halarnkar, Isidor Fernandes and Antonio Fernandes.last_img read more