Itanagar/New Delhi: A massive day-night search for a transport aircraft of the Indian Air Force, which went missing two days ago, continued on Wednesday in remote mountainous Mechuka in Arunachal Pradesh’s West Siang district.The Russian-origin AN-32 aircraft with 13 people on board lost contact on Monday afternoon after taking off from Jorhat in Assam for Menchuka advanced landing ground near the border with China. IAF sources Wednesday said additional assets including two Sukhoi-30 aircraft were deployed on the third day to locate the missing plane apart from the fleet of C-130J and AN-32 planes and two Mi-17 and two ALH helicopters. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoCThe ground forces included troops from the Army, Indo Tibetan Border Police and state police. The two Sukhoi-30 and two C-130J aircraft will carry out night missions, they said. The IAF has been regularly updating the families of all air-warriors on board the aircraft about the rescue operation. Military sources said rescuers have not received any signal from the emergency locator beacon in the missing plane, adding there is a possibility that the device may not have been functional. Also Read – Two squadrons which participated in Balakot airstrike awarded citationsThey said the plane that went missing is yet to be upgraded with latest avionics and radars, though some of the AN-32 were strengthened with advanced systems. The Indian Navy’s P-8I aircraft was deployed on Tuesday as it has electro-optical and infra-red sensors which could be helpful in the search operation. IAF officials said ISRO’s Cartosat and RISAT satellites are taking images of the area around Menchuka to help the rescuers find the plane. They said the area has thick vegetation and difficult terrain which are making the rescue operation challenging. The IAF on Monday said the aircraft took off from Jorhat at 12.27 pm for the Menchuka advance landing ground, and its last contact with the ground control was at 1 pm. A total of eight aircrew and five passengers were on board the aircraft. The AN-32 is a Russian origin aircraft and the IAF currently operates a sizeable number of it. It is a twin-engine turboprop transport aircraft. An AN-32 aircraft had crashed near a village in West Siang district of Arunachal Pradesh in June 2009 in which 13 defence personnel were killed. The aircraft had crashed over the Rinchi Hill above Heyo village, about 30 km from Mechuka advance landing ground. In July 2016, an AN-32 aircraft went missing while taking off from Chennai for Port Blair with 29 people on board. The aircraft could not be traced following weeks of massive search operations covering 2,17,800 square nautical miles by multiple aircraft. Months later, an IAF court of inquiry concluded that it was unlikely that the missing personnel on board the aircraft would have survived the accident.
Increasing red meat consumption, particularly processed red meat, is associated with a higher risk of death, researchers warned. A recently published study shows that replacing red meat with other protein sources, such as eggs and fish, whole grains and vegetables, over time may help you live longer. For the study, a team of researchers from Harvard University looked at the link between changes in red meat consumption over an eight-year period with mortality rate during the next eight years, starting from 1986 to the end of follow-up in 2010. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainThey used data for 53,553 US registered female nurses, aged between 30 and 55, and 27,916 male health professionals in the US, aged between 40 and 75, who were free of cardiovascular disease and cancer at the start of the study. Every four years the participants were given a food frequency questionnaire (FFQ) where they were asked how often, on an average, they ate each food of standard portion size in the past year. They were then divided into five categories based on their changes in red meat intake. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardDuring the study period, the total number of deaths from any cause reached 14,019 (8,426 women and 5,593 men) and the leading causes were cardiovascular disease, cancer, respiratory disease and neurodegenerative disease. After adjusting for age and other potentially influential factors, increasing total red meat intake by 3.5 servings a week was associated with 10 per cent higher risk of death in the next eight years. Overall, reducing red meat intake while eating more whole grains, vegetables or other protein foods such as poultry without skin, eggs and fish, was associated with a lower risk of death.
Los Angeles: Two US Marines have been arrested for smuggling undocumented Mexican migrants into the United States in exchange for money, according to a court document. Byron Darnell Law II and David Javier Salazar-Quintero were arrested on July 3 along the Mexican border in Jacumba, California, the document said. They were charged with having transported three undocumented migrants about six miles (10 kilometers) over the border. The three Mexican nationals seated in the back of the Marines’ vehicle were prepared to pay 8,000 “to be smuggled into the United States,” although it is unclear to whom they would have paid the money. Also Read – Imran Khan arrives in China, to meet Prez Xi Jinping The two Marines, who were stationed at Camp Pendleton near San Diego, have been accused of “knowingly” transporting the migrants into the US “for the purpose of… private financial gain,” according to the court document. During their hearings, both men accused each other of responsibility in the matter: Law said that Salazar received directions to the pickup location via a cell phone, while Salazar said that Law originally got him involved with smuggling. Salazar also said he had made four other smuggling trips to Jacumba. Also Read – US blacklists 28 Chinese entities over abuses in Xinjiang Law and Salazar were formally charged Monday, according to The Washington Post. The office of the attorney general did not respond to AFP’s request for comment. “We continue to cooperate fully with the investigative efforts into this matter,” Marine spokesman First Lieutenant Cameron Edinburgh told Marine Corps Times. This is not the first case of US military members helping migrants enter the US. There were similar instances in 2014, 2017 and last year. The US Border Patrol apprehended nearly 700,000 people illegally crossing into the United States from October to June, 140 percent higher than during the same period a year earlier.
Guwahati: A person was killed and two others were injured on Wednesday after incessant rains triggered landslides here in Assam’s capital city. One Narayan Shah died after stones and mud from adjacent hillock caved in on his house in Gorchuk area, officials of the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) said. While other members of Shah’s family managed to escape, Shah got trapped in the debris and died. Two other persons were injured in a separate incidents of landslides in the same area, officials said. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity! The ASDMA had earlier issued warnings and notices to hill dwellers in and around the city to vacate their houses ahead of the monsoon season as the areas are prone to landslides. “We have carried out massive awareness drive in landslides prone areas of the city since April. Even in Gorchuk, we asked the people here to shift to other areas. But they did not pay heed to our warnings,” officials said. Meanwhile, the Meghalaya government has issued warnings for probable landslides and flash flood like situations. Several districts of Arunachal Pradesh were also affected as landslides caused road transportation, officials said.
Sydney: A looming ban on climbing Australia’s Uluru rock, intended to protect the sacred site from damage, has instead triggered a damaging influx of visitors, tourism operators said Friday. Clambering up the giant red monolith, also known as Ayers Rock, will be prohibited from October — in line with the wishes of the traditional Aboriginal owners of the land, the Anangu. But a rush to beat the ban has led to a sharp increase in tourists and is causing its own problems for the World Heritage Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. Also Read – Imran Khan arrives in China, to meet Prez Xi JinpingFamilies arriving in campers vans and RVs are a particular problem, chief executive of Tourism Central Australia Stephen Schwer said. “We have got so much of one particular market coming, we don’t have enough infrastructure to handle the number of drive travellers.” While most visitors are doing the right thing, camping venues in the area are at capacity with advance bookings, leaving many less organised arrivals to set up illegally. “People don’t realise when they go off the road they are actually trespassing on pastoral land, or Aboriginal land, or protected land,” Schwer said. Also Read – US blacklists 28 Chinese entities over abuses in Xinjiang”We are getting people that are leaving their rubbish behind and lighting fires,” he added. “Sadly, people are also emptying their toilet waste out of their vans on what they think is unpopulated land, but is actually private land.” In the 12 months to June 2019, more than 395,000 people visited the Uluru-Kata National Park, according to Parks Australia, about 20 percent more than the previous year. Yet just 13 percent of those who visited also climbed the rock, the government agency said. Tourism operators say that Australian and Japanese tourists most commonly seek to climb Uluru. The Aboriginal connection to the site dates back tens of thousands of years and it has great spiritual and cultural significance to them. “Since the hand back of Uluru and Kata Tjuta to traditional owners in 1985, visitors have been encouraged to develop an understanding and respect for Anangu and their culture,” a spokesperson for Parks Australia said. “This is reflected in the ‘please don’t climb’ message,” they added. Lyndee Severin from Curtin Springs station and roadhouse, one of just a few camping venues within 100 kilometres of Uluru, said “the vast majority of people are doing the right thing” but hundreds were setting up illegally by the side of the road or down a bush track. “So we have some people that think that the rules don’t apply to them,” she said.
Kuwait City: The EU’s diplomatic chief Federica Mogherini said Sunday the bloc is increasing its engagement in the Middle East, as she opened a new mission in Kuwait City. The office in Kuwait’s tallest skyscraper is the third such EU mission in the Gulf, after Riyadh and Abu Dhabi. “This also sends a message to the whole region; the European Union is increasing its presence and engagement in the Middle East,” Mogherini said at the opening ceremony. Also Read – Imran Khan arrives in China, to meet Prez Xi Jinping “What happens to the Gulf matters to Europe and what happens to Europe matters to the Gulf,” she added. The ceremony in the Al Hamra Tower, which is also home to the French embassy, was attended by Kuwait’s Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Sabah. The opening, decided several months ago, comes amid a tense standoff between the United States and Iran which has affected the Gulf. “In a moment of regional and global tensions, Kuwait is a voice of wisdom and force of peace and this is what made us natural partners,” Mogherini said. Kuwait has strong relations with Brussels and Washington and, unlike Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, it maintains good ties with Tehran.
New Delhi: A day after three persons, including two women, were killed in a massive fire at a hardware factory in the Jhilmil area of Shahdara, the Delhi Police have arrested factory owners two persons in the case. Deputy Commissioner of Police (Shahdara) Meghna Yadav said they have arrested Adnan and Naeem in the case. “They are the ones who were running the factory,” said DCP Meghna. According to Delhi Fire Services (DFS) officials, the fire broke out at a rubber-plastic factory in Shahdara’s Jhilmil Industrial Area around 9 am. Police said two women and a man were killed in the blaze. The deceased were identified as Manju, Sangeeta and Shoaib, she added. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsTwo bodies were recovered from the second floor and one from the first floor. It took several hours to douse off flames and do off the cooling. The fire department had to connect pipes to a single fire tender because of space constraint. Black smokes were visible from distance. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal visited the factory in Jhilmil area where a major fire broke out that killed three workers as he extended condolences to the family of the deceased. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”I visited the site. Brave Delhi Fire Service warriors saved two lives in Jhilmil factory fire. Despite their best efforts, they cud not save the other three. Heartfelt condolences to their families. Reasons of fire still being investigated,” Arvind Kejriwal tweeted after visiting the factory. In January last year, 17 people — 10 women and seven men — were killed in a massive blaze at a firecracker storage unit in outer Delhi’s Bawana Industrial Area.
Kolkata: Tension was triggered at Bally area after a woman’s body parts and head was found inside two travel bags. Till Thursday night, the identity of the deceased could not be established. Five knives were also found inside the bags.According to sources, local residents saw two bags filled with something at the Jetia Ghat under the Bally bridge on Thursday morning. A few of them subsequently went close and dragged the bags out of the water. As soon as they opened the bags, they saw the horrifying sight of the decapitated head and some body parts of a woman. Immediately, the Bally police station was informed. Police soon went to the spot and sent the head and body parts for autopsy examination. After preliminary investigation, it is suspected that the woman might have been aged between 25-30 years. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersShe was likely killed very recently as the body parts and the head was found in only partially decomposed condition. It is almost clear that the miscreant or miscreants involved in the crime had tried to hide her identity and thus had chopped up the body parts. However, it is not clear that whether the bags were thrown into river Ganges from somewhere or if they had been dumped at the Jetai Ghat during the dark hours. Police took a picture of the head and circulated it in all police stations of Howrah, Barrackpore and Kolkata Police. As there are no CCTV cameras installed in and around the Jetia Ghat, police are facing trouble cracking the case. It is suspected that the woman might have been killed over some old rivalry and the motive behind the murder might be revenge. Though it is almost confirmed that the body parts found inside the second bag are of the woman, police may go for a DNA test to establish it officially.
Mumbai: Actor Jacqueline Fernandez has launched her YouTube channel, to take forward her bond with fans. Jacqueline, who is quite active in the digital world, went live on her Instagram handle to launch the channel. The first video that the actor uploaded gives glimpses of her childhood, her family, her first rampwalk, her first audition, and the moment she was crowned Miss Sri Lanka. “Looking back, I think I always had a special relationship with the camera. I feel I have always been camera-friendly – a happy little kid. I have two people to thank for that – my dad and my mom,” she said in the video. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka”As I grew up, so did my dreams and so did the size of the ramp… I was only 21 when I got a chance to be at Miss Universe. Although I didn’t win, this gave me enough confidence to chase my dreams, and that somehow got me to Mumbai. That is a story I will tell you later,” added Jacqueline. Jacqueline made her Bollywood debut with Sujoy Ghosh’s 2009 film Aladin, starring Amitabh Bachchan and Riteish Deshmukh. The film turned out to be a dud at the box office, but Jacqueline got noticed. Also Read – Salman Khan remembers actor Vinod Khanna”The journey of mine had its ups and downs, but it has been a Bollywood-themed crazy rollercoaster ride,” the actor said, with the video showing the bond she shares with her fans. “All my life I have been surrounded by the camera. This time, it is different because this is my camera,” said the actor, while concluding the video. On the work front, Jacqueline will soon be seen in Netflix’s upcoming thriller ‘Mrs Serial Killer’.
North Sound (Antigua): Comeback man Wriddhiman Saha and Shivam Dube shared 124 crucial runs for the sixth wicket after a top order struggle as India A took a 71-run lead in their first innings on Day 2 of the first unofficial Test against West India A here. After resuming on 70 for 1, India A added 229 runs at the expense of seven wickets as the visitors were placed at 299 for 8 at stumps on Day 2 at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium. India A had bowled out the home side for 228 on the first day. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhSaha, who was named in the Test squad for the West Indies tour next month after spending in the sidelines for more than a year due to an injury, was batting on 61 not out off 146 deliveries. He has hit six fours do far. The Bengal wicketkeeper batsman and Dube revived the India A innings after they were reduced to 168 for 5. After Dube was out, India A lost two lower-order batsmen in quick succession for the addition of just seven runs. Krishnappa Gowtham (6) and Shahbaz Nadeem (0) were out at the score of 299. The stumps were drawn when Nadeem was out in the 99th over of the India A innings. Earlier, opener Priyank Panchal (49) and Shubman Gill (40) added 46 runs for the second wicket before they were separated. Captain Hanuma Vihari contributed 31 runs off 80 deliveries while Srikar Bharat was out for a first-ball duck as India lost wickets at regular intervals.
Palghar: An earthquake of magnitude 3.2 shook parts of Palghar district in Maharashtra on Tuesday morning, an official said. No loss of life or damage to property was reported, regional disaster management cell chief Santosh Kadam said. The quake, having its epicenter at a depth of 10 km in Dundalwadi village of Dahanu taluka, was felt around 5.38 am, he said. The district’s Dahanu area has been experiencing such tremors since November last year, with most of them centered around Dundalwadi village.
Mumbai: Accepting the recommendation of a panel headed by its former Governor Bimal Jalan, Governor Shaktikanta Das-led Reserve Bank of India central board on Monday decided to transfer a sum of whopping Rs 1,76,051 crore to the government. “The board of central bank decided to transfer a sum of Rs 1,76,051 crore to the Government of India comprising Rs 1,23,414 crore of surplus for the year 2018-19 and Rs 52,637 crore of excess provisions identified as per the revised Economic Capital Framework (ECF),” the RBI said in a statement. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsThe committee had recommended the bank equity to be within a band of 5.5 per cent to 6.5 per cent of the balance sheet. However, the RBI board has decided to maintain it at a lower end of 5.5 per cent band to hand over Rs 52,637 crore excess to the government. The receipts from the RBI will give a fillip to the government’s efforts to boost the economy from a five-year low. Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman had last week announced a slew of measures to prop up growth even as the government tried to stick to the target of keeping fiscal deficit at 3.3 per cent of the GDP. The additional cash will now give the Centre more headroom for stimulating the economy. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from ThursdayThe Modi government and the RBI under its previous governor Urjit Patel had been at loggerheads over the optimum level of surplus capital with the central bank. As a result, the RBI in its crucial November 2018 board meeting decided to form a committee to review the Economic Capital Framework (ECF) for the Reserve Bank. However, Patel quit before the committee could be formed. Subsequently, the panel was constituted in consultation with new RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das on December 26. Since 2013-14, the RBI has been paying 99 per cent of its disposable income to the government, which is battling to rein in deficits. As far as the dividend is concerned, the statement said “as financial resilience was within the desired range, the entire net income of Rs 1,23,414 crore for the year 2018-19, of which an amount of Rs 28,000 crore has already been paid as interim dividend, will be transferred to the Government of India (in March 2019)”. The government will get a higher dividend Rs 95,414 crore during the current fiscal as against the estimate of Rs 90,000 crore. The Union Budget 2019-20 had pegged dividend or surplus of the RBI, nationalised banks and financial institutions at Rs 1.06 lakh crore up from Rs 74,140.37 crore realised in the previous fiscal. In 2017-18, Rs 40,659 crore was transferred in dividend to the government.
Shimla: In a shocking case, a married woman died at Indira Gandhi Medical College (IGMC) Shimla—a leading government health institution on Tuesday after she had slipped into coma following her wrong diagnosis at a private clinic as being “HIV positive” case.Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur on Wednesday ordered a high level prove into the incident admitting that it’s shocking and distressing to know about such a loss of young life, apparently she had been passing through a mental agony about wrong HIV test. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM'”I have asked Director of the health services to look into the incident and submit a report within a fortnight. Strict action will be taken against the guilty. We will also try to help the family,” he declared in the state Assembly. The issue was raised by Rohru Congress MLA Mohan Lal Brakta, who pointed out that the woman, who was married only some months back was in shock and distress when she learnt about her HIV test. He demanded strict legal action against the private clinic and grant of appropriate compensation to the family. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KThe woman, as par her family, was rushed to a private clinic at Rohru on August 21 when her condition became critical. She was some months pregnant. “Doctors at the private hospital initially asked the family to arrange some blood but soon took a decision to refer her Shimla’s government hospital, 110 km from Rohru,” recalls her brother Des Raj. On reaching Shimla, she was taken to Kamla Nehru Hospital (KNH), where the doctors performed a surgery. Her condition was stable till August 22. “It was only when her husband Harish Kumar was briefed about her being a HIV positive case, and advised to undergone his screening, she overheard it. Thereafter she went into coma and never recovered,” brother says. Later, referred to Indira Gandhi Medical College (IGMC) hospital, she was again subjected to a fresh HIV test at Integrated Counselling and Testing Centre (ICTC) of National Aids Control Organisation (NACO). Her blood samples were tested negative. “But it was too late for her to know that she is not a HIV positive, as declared by the private clinic of Roohru. We lost her in error of judgement or negligence by doctors, who were supposed to save her life,” says Des Raj, who also works at IGMC Shimla.
New Delhi: A Delhi court Friday adjourned sine die the Aircel-Maxis case, involving former finance minister P Chidambaram and his son Karti, noting that the CBI and the ED were seeking “adjournment after adjournment”.Special Judge O P Saini adjourned the matter without giving any date for further hearing, saying it would save the time of the court as well as the probe agencies. The court granted liberty to the probe agencies to approach the court and get the case revived as and when they complete the investigation. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The court on Thursday granted anticipatory bail to the Chidambarams in the corruption case filed by the CBI as well as in the money laundering matter lodged by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in relation to the Aircel-Maxis deal. The matter was listed for arguments on the cognisance of charge sheet in the case. However, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta and senior advocate Sonia Mathur, appearing for the CBI and the ED respectively, sought deferment of the proceedings till the time investigating agencies gather further material. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KThe agencies also told the court that Letters Rogatory (LRs) have been sent to different countries and response to them is still awaited. “Since further investigation is pending since long and the prosecution has been seeking adjournment after adjournment, it would be in the interest of justice, if the instant cases are adjourned sine die, with liberty to the prosecution to get it revived as soon as they are able to complete the investigation on collection of further evidence and/or receipt of response to LRs,” the court said in its order. “Adjourning the matter sine die would save the time of the court and that of the prosecutors and investigators… Applications stands disposed of. Files be consigned to Record Room sine die,” the court said. The agencies requested the court to adjourn the matter for six weeks. They were also represented by Special Public Prosecutors Nitesh Rana and NK Matta and advocate Noor Rampal.
Berlin: German Chancellor Angela Merkel Saturday hailed a swap of 70 prisoners between Russia and Ukraine as a “sign of hope” and called for the implementation of a 2015 ceasefire deal that Paris and Berlin helped broker. “This exchange of prisoners between Russia and Ukraine is a sign of hope… it’s worth continuing the hard work to implement the Minsk accord,” Merkel said in a statement put out by her spokesman Steffen Seibert on Twitter. “I am happy for the Ukrainian sailors and Oleg Sentsov who can finally return home,” she said. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USThe 43-year-old Sentsov was the most famous Ukrainian prisoner held in Russia and the subject of a star-studded international campaign calling for his release. He was arrested in 2014 and had been serving a 20-year sentence in an Arctic penal colony for planning “terrorist attacks” in Crimea. Russian coastguards captured 24 Ukrainian sailors off the coast of Crimea in November last year after seizing their three vessels. Moscow had wanted to put them on trial for violating Russia’s maritime borders.
OTTAWA – The national unemployment rate was 6.6 per cent in May. Statistics Canada also released seasonally adjusted, three-month moving average unemployment rates for major cities. It cautions, however, that the figures may fluctuate widely because they are based on small statistical samples. Here are the jobless rates last month by city (previous month in brackets):— St. John’s, N.L. 8.5 per cent (8.3)— Halifax 7.0 (6.8)— Moncton, N.B. 6.1 (6.9)— Saint John, N.B. 5.6 (6.2)— Saguenay, Que. 6.8 (6.5)— Quebec 4.6 (4.2)— Sherbrooke, Que. 6.2 (6.2)— Trois-Rivieres, Que. 6.5 (6.5)— Montreal 6.6 (6.7)— Gatineau, Que. 5.6 (5.7)— Ottawa 5.8 (5.1)— Kingston, Ont. 5.5 (5.8)— Peterborough, Ont. 6.7 (5.2)— Oshawa, Ont. 5.9 (6.1)— Toronto 6.9 (6.9)— Hamilton, Ont. 5.2 (5.4)— St. Catharines-Niagara, Ont. 6.9 (6.8)— Kitchener-Cambridge-Waterloo, Ont. 5.3 (5.2)— Brantford, Ont. 5.1 (4.7)— Guelph, Ont. 3.9 (4.6)— London, Ont. 6.2 (5.7)— Windsor, Ont. 5.0 (4.9)— Barrie, Ont. 5.4 (5.8)— Sudbury, Ont. 6.6 (6.7)— Thunder Bay, Ont. 5.5 (5.7)— Winnipeg 5.9 (6.3)— Regina 4.7 (4.6)— Saskatoon 8.3 (7.8)— Calgary 9.3 (9.3)— Edmonton 7.9 (8.1)— Kelowna, B.C. 4.0 (4.8)— Abbotsford, B.C. 5.6 (5.7)— Vancouver 5.2 (4.8)— Victoria 3.9 (3.7)
CALGARY – A fatality inquiry into the death of a peace officer in Alberta five years ago focused strongly on the mental health of the killer on its opening day Monday.Rod Lazenby was a retired RCMP officer who was responsible for enforcing bylaws in the Municipal District of Foothills south of Calgary.The 62-year-old died in 2012 after being sent to Trevor Kloschinsky’s rural property on a call about dogs. An autopsy found Lazenby was strangled and had 56 cuts and bruises to the face, head, neck, body and back. He also suffered numerous internal injuries.Kloschinsky told officers he had apprehended a dog thief. He was charged with first-degree murder, but was found not criminally responsible because a mental disorder meant he didn’t understand that what he was doing was wrong.Doctors testified at his trial that they found him “actively psychotic.”RCMP Sgt. Ryan Singleton faced a number of questions at the hearing, which included Lazenby’s sister and daughter as well as a representative of the Alberta Association of Community Peace Officers.He testified that there was a note on Kloschinsky’s file indicating mental-health issues and the municipal district had made it clear that no one should go to the property without RCMP backup.“It was the MD of Foothills … telling RCMP that they weren’t going to do this and therefore giving them the heads up that we may be requesting your assistance,” said Singleton.“They weren’t going to go out and deal with Mr. Kloschinsky by themselves … on a one-on-one basis without RCMP presence.”Singleton said there hadn’t been any previous indication that Kloschinsky was dangerous.“We had no indication of him being violent. We were dealing with a person who believed his dogs were being stolen.”Singleton said it’s probable that Lazenby, who wore hearing aids, may have turned them down before the attack because of the din created by the barking dogs.“I don’t think Mr. Lazenby knew what was coming.”The Alberta Association of Community Peace Officers held a news conference Monday to call for more collaboration between police agencies, improved access to personal protective equipment and better training.“The training that we get currently is based on different levels of community police officers,” said president Terri Miller. “The three levels that we have don’t get the same amount of training and we want to try and standardize the training.”The group is also recommending officers be trained in how to deal with people experiencing mental-health problems.Jamie Erickson, who was vice-president of the association when Lazenby was killed, hopes the inquiry will push forward changes.“We want to make sure our peace officers are safe.”A fatality inquiry may recommend how to prevent similar deaths, but cannot make any findings of legal responsibility.“The recommendations from the inquiry, although they’re non-legally binding, will provide an opportunity to make those necessary changes to ensure the safety of bylaw and peace officers in Alberta and in other jurisdictions across Canada,” said Dawn Rault from the Department of Economics, Justice and Policy Studies at Mount Royal University.The inquiry is scheduled to run until Friday.— Follow @BillGraveland on Twitter
STRATHMORE, Alta. – A woman charged after a critically injured dog was found tied to a car was confronted by animal rights protesters when she made her first court appearance Tuesday.Melinda Harris, 40, is accused of causing unnecessary suffering to an animal.On July 2, a police officer was stopped by a driver who had seen a dog on a leash being dragged behind a black car down a highway east of Calgary.The car, with the injured dog tied to it, was found in a field later that day. Police said the dog was suffering from injuries consistent with having been dragged. RCMP took the dog, believed to be a border collie cross, to an emergency veterinary clinic, but the animal had to be euthanized.Heather Anderson from the Daisy Foundation, a group that fights for stiffer penalties for animal abusers, confronted a smiling Harris outside of the Strathmore courthouse, east of Calgary, during a break.“How can you be joking? Your dog just died. I don’t find anything funny about this,” Anderson said. “I want to know why the dog didn’t end up at a vet.”Harris replied it wasn’t her fault and said her boyfriend had tied the dog to the hitch of her car.“I drove away to get gas,” Harris said.Her car ran out of gas and she left on foot to get help, she said.“He was in pain and I knew he was dying and I ran for help,” Harris said.“Shut up. I didn’t tie my dog up and I wouldn’t never had done that to my dog. Am I laughing about my dog? No, I’m crying every day.”Harris waited for most of the day for her named to be called in court. She was told that the Crown was amending the charge against her but it wasn’t clear what the new charge will be.Harris, who now lives in Mackenzie, B.C., has been ordered to return to court Sept. 5.RCMP have issued an arrest warrant for True Underwood, 20, who is also charged with causing unnecessary suffering to an animal.Anderson founded the Daisy Foundation in 2006 after a 19-year-old man was charged with animal cruelty when a dog named Daisy Duke was dragged up and down the street in Didsbury, Alta.“It really reminded me of Daisy Duke and when she got killed. Dragged behind the vehicle by someone who was supposed to love her. It was way too familiar for me,” Anderson said outside of court.“Obviously the poor thing died and he suffered. It’s pretty sad.”— Follow @BillGraveland on Twitter
As excitement on social media about the Aug. 21 solar eclipse heats up, experts are urging people to take good care of their eyes when they enjoy the spectacle in Canadian skies.Ralph Chou, a University of Waterloo optometry professor and president of the Toronto Centre of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, says that staring at the sun for more than a few seconds will cause harm. He says the eye feels no pain so it will be too late to look away from potential retina-burning solar rays before a person notices they’ve done potentially-permanent damage.“The problem with the back of the eye is that there’s no pain sensors, so all this damage can occur without you even knowing about it until it’s far too late … the next morning they wake up and the photo receptors at the very centre of their vision are damaged and they suddenly realize they can’t see their faces in the bathroom mirror,” he said. The person will have to wait an anxious three months to know whether the damage is permanent, Chou said.Regular sunglasses just won’t cut it during the direct viewing for an eclipse because they allow in thousands of times more sunlight than is safe to reach your eyes. NASA says special solar eclipse glasses should be marked with the “ISO 12312-2” international safety standard on the label. Make sure there are no scratches on the lenses.These glasses cost only a few dollars but are becoming hard to find as we inch closer to eclipse date.This week, Amazon pulled potentially shady glasses from its site and issued refunds to customers who had already purchased them. In an email to buyers, the company said it could not get confirmation from the supplier that the glasses came from a recommended manufacturer.“We recommend that you DO NOT use this product to view the sun or the eclipse,” the email said.The American Astronomical Society has a list of reputable sellers of solar eclipse glasses on its website. The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, some universities and science centres will be distributing free eclipse glasses at viewing parties across Canada. Science museums and stores that sell telescopes may also have stock left.With ads for eclipse glasses for sale on Kijiji and social media it can be hard for armchair astronomers to track down where they were made and whether they meet the standards recommended by NASA.The Canadian Press asked the University of Toronto to test two pairs of eclipse glasses using an ellipsometer. The machine sends a wave of UV and visible light though the glasses’ lens and uses a sensor to measure how much of the light makes it through.The first pair, bought at one of the stores on the American Astronomical Society list, blocked out more than 99.9 per cent of UV and visible light. The pair was labelled as conforming to the ISO 12312-2 standards for direct observation of the sun.The second pair, purchased online did not have the ISO mark and did not perform as well. It let through more than 0.1 per cent of visible and UV light.The ISO standard allows a maximum of 0.0032 per cent of light to be allowed to pass though. The equipment used could not give a sensitive enough reading to verify if the glasses conformed to the standard.In both cases, the machine was not able to determine if the glasses met the ISO 12312-2 standard. Both pairs did let through less than one one-thousandth of the light that you’d see with the naked eye.“Results show us that the two sets of glasses are most likely safe for observing the sun,” said Herman Wong, a University of Toronto engineering and photonics PhD student who tested the glasses. He said the machine found that there was almost zero transmission of light that passed through the lenses, but added that there’s really no way to know if they meet NASA recommendations, especially if they are not labelled.“They are not standardized by any means so use at your own risk,” he said.Chou, who has travelled as far as Africa and Asia to view more than 25 eclipses in person, says you shouldn’t let fear deter you from enjoying the event as long as you take precautions. He said he gets an emotional rush when seeing the sun’s corona, which appears differently every time.“There are some times when you get sort of a uniform halo around the sun. There are other times when you get these spectacular elongated streamers of corona shimmering in the sky around the sun,” he said.“This is sort of the giant astronomical clock at work and it’s just the way the universe ticks, or at least the solar system ticks as you see the movement of the earth around the sun.”———On the web:Royal Astronomical Society of Canada’s list of solar eclipse events in Canada: http://rasc.ca/solar-eclipse-2017American Astronomical Society list of reputable eclipse glasses sellers and manufacturers: http://bit.ly/2hZzB7JFor more safety tips, visit NASA’s dedicated solar eclipse safety website: https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/safety———Follow @marygazze and @lucastimmons on Twitter