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Doctors, beaten and harassed, plan silent protest across India

first_imgDoctors withdrew their plan to light candles in homes and hospitals across India, after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government promised to ensure their safety against rising violence over fears medical staff are spreading the deadly coronavirus.The Indian Medical Association had planned the silent protest for 9 p.m. on Wednesday, a stark parallel to Modi’s own exercise a few days earlier, when he urged Indians to light lamps to honor and support doctors. Home Minister Amit Shah, Modi’s confidante, appealed to the IMA not to hold even a symbolic protest and assured them of safety and support.“He has assured that government of India will take all necessary steps and come out shortly with relevant legislations to address the safety and dignity of doctors and healthcare givers,” the IMA said in a statement Wednesday. It said it is withdrawing the protest “to maintain the unity and integrity of our country.” While a backlash against doctors has been seen from Australia to the Philippines, it’s proving more widespread and intense in India, where trust in the healthcare system was already low, misinformation is rampant on social media, and tensions are mounting as the country’s strictly enforced 40-day lockdown drags on.Indian doctors over recent weeks have endured campaigns from their neighbors to force them out of apartment buildings, been attacked by a mob while tracing contacts of a coronavirus case through the slums, and have also been stopped by police and beaten with batons on the way back home from an emergency shift.The final straw was an attack on a convoy carrying the body of a doctor who died of Covid-19. Local media published reports on how his family and friends were attacked by mobs wielding sticks and stones as they tried to bury him, and his colleagues broke down on TV as they narrated the ordeal.“IMA has maintained utmost restraint and patience inspite of extreme provocation,” the IMA had previously said, while calling for the protest. “If dignity is denied even in death, our patience and restraint lose their value.”Topics :last_img read more

Advocacy Groups Celebrate Gov. Wolf’s Intellectual Disability/Autism Funding

first_img Press Release,  Round-Up Governor Tom Wolf’s announcement that $260 million in CARES Act funding will be distributed to the providers of services supporting Pennsylvanians with intellectual disabilities and autism was received with praise by advocacy groups.“We will emerge from the COVID-19 crisis strongest if we continue to take care of one another, and that includes vulnerable Pennsylvanians,” said Gov. Wolf. “This funding will help ensure Pennsylvanians with intellectual disabilities or autism receive the high-quality care they deserve, even amid the COVID-19 pandemic. It will also support the hardworking Pennsylvanians who have dedicated their lives to caring for these individuals and provide peace of mind to the families of these individuals.”Richard Edley, President and CEO, Rehabilitation & Community Providers Association (RCPA):“Throughout it all, this administration has shown needed flexibility in both policy administration and financial support, and that truly has made a world of difference for providers and families. This additional funding is absolutely critical because the challenges these agencies face won’t simply disappear when the pandemic ends.”Cherie Brummans, Executive Director, Alliance of Community Service Providers:“The Alliance of Community Service Providers supports and appreciates the allocation of CARES Act funding as this relief is critically important to sustain the services to some of Pennsylvania’s most vulnerable citizens.”Sherri Landis, Executive Director, The Arc of Pennsylvania:“The Arc of Pennsylvania is grateful to Governor Wolf and Secretary Miller for their leadership in allocating CARES funding for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities to continue to receive the support and services they need to live and thrive in the community. The $260 million dollars is a lifeline to the 50,000+ individuals with I/DD and their families who live in the community and receive community-based supports and services. Since the outbreak of COVID-19, the community-based system has tirelessly continued to provide individuals with the life-sustaining services in their communities.”Mark Davis, President and CEO, Pennsylvania Advocacy and Resources for Autism and Intellectual Disability (PAR):“The Governor and lawmakers in both chambers have lifted the lives of tens of thousands of our state’s most vulnerable individuals, as well as the Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) who provide the lifesaving care to individuals with ID/A. Our members and the families they serve are enormously grateful.”Patrick DeMico, Executive Director, The Provider Alliance:“Today our members are receiving notice of these essential funds. We are extremely grateful to the Commonwealth for acknowledging the tireless efforts of those supporting people with intellectual disabilities and autism. All have faced challenges and difficulties to sustain services providing needed care and support throughout the pandemic. Our gratitude to all who have advocated with us, and to our partners in government to obtain their support and understanding of the complexities and challenges faced by those with disabilities. We thank and applaud Governor Wolf, DHS leadership, and our lawmakers for their support and action on our behalf.”Ver esta página en español. June 16, 2020 SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img Advocacy Groups Celebrate Gov. Wolf’s Intellectual Disability/Autism Fundinglast_img read more

Daniel Lugay sworn in as senator this morning

first_imgMr Lugay on his way to Parliament this morning.Daniel Lugay who contested the 2009 general elections for the United Workers Party in the Roseau North Constituency was this morning sworn in as a senator when the Second Meeting of the Second Session of the Eighth Parliament commenced at the House of Assembly. The Speaker of the House of Assembly announced that the Opposition Leader had written to the President indicating his wish to revoke Mr Claudius Sanford’s appointment as senator and appoint Daniel Lugay by a letter dated 19th October, 2011.The newly sworn in senator said in Parliament that he will “endeavor to speak the truth in spite of the cost”.He further promised the Parliament that he will speak the “inconvenient truth” on matters related to unemployment, electoral reform, voter identification cards and equal access to the media among others. Opposition Leader Hector John who congratulated Mr Lugay on his new appointment asked him to respect the constitution of Dominica, not to use the resources of Dominica to enrich himself, not to engage in any fraudulent activities and be reminded that he is a servant of the people and not their master.Mr John further advised the newly sworn in senator who he described as a man of integrity whom he has known for 16 years having worked together to “stand on the side of truth, righteousness and justice”.Meantime, Leader of the United Workers Party Mr Ronald Green also rose to congratulate Mr Lugay stating that he knows him to be an energetic, God fearing, family man who is committed to Dominica.Mr Green further stated that Mr Lugay has responded to the call from his constituents to leadership and because he was unfairly defeated at the last general elections he can “truly represent the attitude of never again”.Mr Green also requested full disclosure and inquiry into matters concerning the country and his wish for a fair, balanced and transparent parliament.Former Deputy Leader of the United Workers Party Kalinago native Claudius Sanford has been granted a Fulbright Faculty Development Scholarship, enabling him to study at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, where he will pursue a Master’s degree in Economic Policy. Both the Leader of the Opposition and Leader of the United Workers Party congratulated Mr Sanford for his contribution to the party as well as representing his constituents and wished him well in his studies.Dominica Vibes News Share Sharing is caring! Share Sharecenter_img 181 Views   no discussions Tweet LocalNews Daniel Lugay sworn in as senator this morning by: – October 25, 2011last_img read more

Missing diver found dead off the coast of Sanibel Island

first_imgA missing diver was found dead off the coast of Sanibel Island on Wednesday.Coast Guard crews say the unidentified man went diving 18 miles off the coast of the island Wednesday morning but never resurfaced.The first report of the missing diver came in from an 18-foot boat shortly before 11 a.m., according to the Coast Guard.The 52-year-old man’s body was found just after 1 p.m.This story is developing.last_img

Nadal beaten by Muller in fourth-round classic

first_imgBy Martyn HermanLONDON, England (Reuters) – Rafael Nadal’s challenge for a third Wimbledon crown ended in heart-breaking fashion as relentless Luxembourger Gilles Muller won a nerve-jangling fourth-round classic 6-3, 6-4, 3-6, 4-6, 15-13 yesterday.The 31-year-old Nadal fought back from two sets down and saved four match points in a 135-minute minute fifth set in which he successfully served to stay alive nine times.At the 10th time of asking, however, and with thousands of transfixed fans watching the drama unfold on the screen on the hill and on the edge of their seats on Court One, Nadal buckled under the relentless pressure exerted by an inspired Muller.A mishit forehand gave Muller two more match points and this time he finished the job as a weary Nadal went long.Sixteenth seed Muller, who served 30 aces and hit 95 winners, will play Marin Cilic in the quarter-finals.“I’m just glad it’s over,” the 34-year-old Muller, who claimed a second Wimbledon win over Nadal having beaten him at the All England Club in 2005, said.“I did really well in the first two sets, then Rafa stepped it up. It was a big battle. When I had the last two match points, I thought I just had to give it a shot.”Muller outplayed 15-time grand slam champion Nadal in the opening two sets but when the Spaniard fired himself up and began to play his best tennis it seemed his chance had gone.With Prince Felix of Luxembourg watching in the stands, Muller showed remarkable resolve to withstand the Nadal fightback and keep his nose in front in the fifth set.He saw two match points come and go in the 10th game, saved break points at 6-6 and 9-9 as Nadal turned the screws, and then secured the biggest victory of his career to reach the last eight at Wimbledon for the first time.last_img read more

West Genesee baseball plays trio of extra-inning classics

first_imgAnd it stayed 4-4 through four extra innings until daylight ran out. Not only would WG have to wait to finish that game, it would not play B’ville again until Thursday since their Tuesday meeting got rained out.But it dried up in time for last Wednesday’s game with Liverpool, itself a makeup of a rained-out game from a week earlier. Having lost twice to the Warriors, the Wildcats did not want to get swept.Again, it would go deep into to extra frames – but this time it ended before dark, and WG won it 4-3 when it netted the winning run in the bottom of the 10th inning.Prior to that, the Wildcats had erased a 1-0 deficit with a run in the third and a 2-1 deficit by scoring twice in the bottom of the fifth, only to have Liverpool pull even, 3-3, in the seventh.Nick Jessen pitched 6 2/3 innings, with Joe Comins working in relief until Mike Hebbard pitched a scoreless 10th. Kensey and Chris Bonacci both had two hits, Bonacci driving in a pair of runs as Brad May got three hits.Now came the rematch between WG and B’ville, and a clash of aces – Ryan Paige going for the Wildcats, Jason Savacool for the Bees – but neither was around for the finish as, in eight innings, the Wildcats prevailed 5-3.Unlike when he pitched in the the sectional final, Savacool got tagged for runs by WG – one in the second, two in the third – that erased an early 1-0 Bees lead, but he settled down and, over 6 2/3 innings of work, amassed 13 strikeouts.Paige also went 6 2/3 innings, giving up seven hits but striking out seven, with the Bees netting single runs in the fourth and sixth innings to send WG into extra frames for the third time in four days.Maintaining its poise, the Wildcats got to B’ville reliever Mike Carr for two decisive runs in the top of the eighth. Then Gallager recorded the final three outs.Comins had two hits and scored twice, with Nick Chemotti also getting two hits. May drove in a pair of runs, while Davis and R.J. Murphy had one RBI apiece.Aside from finishing the 12-inning game with B’ville and another rain-halted game with Cicero-North Syracuse, WG (9-3) also has a series this week against Fayetteville-Manlius.Bishop Ludden won big at Pulaski last Wednesday, the Gaelic Knights prevailing 16-6 in large part because it put together a 10-run fourth innings after the Blue Devils seized an early 2-1 advantage.David House singled, doubled, tripled and drove in three runs to pace Ludden, with Steve Anderson adding three hits, three runs scored and three RBIs. Pete Dunham drove in two runs as Pat McGarvey, Tom Westers, Jacob Duffy and Axel Rivera had one RBI apiece.A 10-1 loss to Weedsport followed a day later, House’s solo home run in the fourth the lone run for the Gaelic Knights as the Warriors got away with a seven-run fifth inning. Rivera took the loss as Ludden also lost to Beaver River Saturday by that same 10-1 margin. Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story Nearly 12 months had passed since the West Genesee baseball team had seen the dream of ending its 41-year Section III championship drought dashed in an extra-inning classic against Baldwinsville in the sectional Class AA final.Yet when the Wildcats and Bees reunited last Monday afternoon in Camillus for the first of a three-game series, they battled into extra innings again – lots of them, as it turned out.In fact, darkness fell before it could end, with the score still tied 4-4 in the 12th inning of an astonishing game where WG led three different times, yet could not hold it. Walks and errors in the first two innings meant that the Wildcats went in front 2-0 without getting a hit, and two more Bees errors in the fourth put the Wildcats in front again after B’ville tied it, 2-2, in the third.After the Bees used a run in the fifth to make it 3-3, WG finally got its first hit off Jake Marshall in the bottom of the sixth, and with two out Dan Davis belted a pinch-hit single that scored Tyler Kensey.Yet that 4-3 lead didn’t hold, either, as Sam Gallager relieved starter Jack Gordon and gave up two singles. With one out, Pat Anson hit a possible game-ending double play grounder, but an error at first allowed Jason Savacool to dash home with the tying run. Tags: BaseballBishop LuddenWest Geneseelast_img read more

Beat Writer Q&A: Akhil Rekulapelli of The Cavalier Daily previews Syracuse-Virginia game

first_imgSyracuse tips off against Virginia in its season-opener Wednesday night in the Carrier Dome at 9 p.m. The Orange spent part of their offseason in Italy for exhibition games before winning two more in October. UVA, the reigning national champions, is led by Mamadi Diakite and Tony Bennett’s patented pack-line defense. The Daily Orange connected with The Cavalier Daily’s Akhil Rekulapelli to preview the matchup. The Daily Orange: Virginia enters as the defending champions, but the roster is a bit different than last year. What can Syracuse expect from the 2019-20 UVA roster? Akhil Rekulapelli: Obviously (Virginia) lost the three biggest players, what we call the trio of De’Andre Hunter, Ty Jerome and Kyle Guy. I believe they together averaged 50-55 points per game for UVA. A team based on (head coach) Tony Bennett’s system that doesn’t score very much because they have a high offensive efficiency to take the time to create shots. So losing their top three scorers like that they’re gonna have to rely on young and inexperienced guys. I think that’s going to be the biggest problem.D.O.: Do you think the combination of Virginia’s inexperience and potential early-season rust can hinder UVA Wednesday night?AdvertisementThis is placeholder textA.R.: Yeah, I think not necessarily rust, but definitely unfamiliarity. I think you have a lot of inexperienced guys heading into the Carrier Dome. It doesn’t get bigger than that, 34,000 all yelling and screaming. You’re not even in an environment that’s in a basketball stadium. … It’s a really, really tough place to play your first collegiate game. I talked to Casey (Morsell) at our media day and he was saying their excited for the challenge, but it’s a very unique environment. If they were going to be playing at (John Paul Jones Arena) or a more conventional arena, that’s different. From the start you’re going to see them pretty slow defensively, especially against the 2-3 zone. Even though Syracuse isn’t ranked, it’s going to be a tough game. I wouldn’t be surprised to see this game be very close.D.O.: Other than Mamadi Diakite and Kihei Clark, who’s the one player that Syracuse needs to watch out for? A.R.: It’s definitely going to be Kody Stattmann. I mean, Kody Stattmann last year played sparingly. He played a lot at the end of games. For example, at the end of those conference games, you start to see him enter when the margin is in our favor like when we blew out Florida State. Last year he looked very uncomfortable with the ball. He looked uncomfortable on the floor. But this year, especially during the scrimmage, he looked more confident and a lot more sure of himself. … I think this year he’s made that transition. He played for Australia and he’s familiar with the FIBA 3-point line that is now the college basketball 3-point line. I expect him to be a great player for UVA at the start that a lot of people don’t know about. When it comes to getting open 3s and mid-range jump shots, I think he’s going to be lethal. That’s one player for Syracuse fans to watch out for.D.O.: Prediction time, who takes the season-opener? A.R.: That’s going to be tough. I think it’s going to come down to the fact that you have two really strong defenses going against each other. I’m going to say it’s a low-scoring affair, but I’m going to say Virginia squeaks out a win, 65-59, in the Carrier Dome. Starts off slow, I think Syracuse goes to the half up. But then the Cavs will get it together and pull off a win to start the season. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 6, 2019 at 1:36 pmlast_img read more

Bregman leaves game with apparent leg injury

first_imgLast Updated: 20th August, 2020 07:29 IST Bregman Leaves Game With Apparent Leg Injury Bregman doubled to right field to lead off the fourth inning and began to favor his right leg before reaching first base. He limped into second base and immediately was removed from the game Written By SUBSCRIBE TO US LIVE TV COMMENT Houston Astros third baseman Alex Bregman left Wednesday night’s game against Colorado with an apparent leg injury.Bregman doubled to right field to lead off the fourth inning and began to favor his right leg before reaching first base. He limped into second base and immediately was removed from the game.Abraham Toro came in to run for Bregman.Bregman, a two-time All-Star, is hitting .267 with four home runs this season. He struck out in his first at-bat Wednesday against the Rockies.Image credits: AP center_img WATCH US LIVE First Published: 20th August, 2020 07:29 IST Associated Press Television News FOLLOW USlast_img read more

Jamaicans being turned back at Texas Airport

first_imgJamaican officials are concerned about a reported increase in the number of Jamaicans who have recently been refused entry at a Texas, United States airport.Jamaica’s Consul General for Miami, Franz Hall, has cited that a number of Jamaicans who arrived at the Hobby Airport in Houston, Texas, have been denied entry to the US, and had their visas cancelled.Speaking on Friday on ‘Both Sides of the Story’, which is aired on Power 106 FM in Jamaica, Hall said Jamaican authorities are troubled by the development.He conceded that immigration officials in any foreign country have the right to determine who they allow into the respective countries. However, he said Jamaica also has a responsibility to ensure that its citizens are treated fairly when they travel abroad.Earlier this month, a Jamaican woman, Veronica Gaubault, complained about treatment she reportedly received at the Hobby Airport.Gaubault said US border and customs personnel confiscated and inspected her cell phone, along with a tablet computer and other personal belongings.She reported being held in custody for a period of four hours, and that her US visa was revoked before she was sent back to Jamaica.The concern among Jamaican officials relating to increased scrutiny at US airports followed the recent issuance of expanded powers to US border and customs personnel by President Donald Trump.last_img read more