23 things everyone who has played Touch Football will relate to!

first_imgPopular news and list website, Buzzfeed has featured Touch Football this week, creating a post titled ’23 things everyone who has played Touch Football will relate to’. The post lists plenty of relatable scenarios to anyone who has taken the Touch Football field, from slipping over, attempting to score a touchdown on the wrong line and making lifelong friends. To read the story, please click on the link below: http://www.buzzfeed.com/tahliapritchard/23-things-all-aussie-kids-who-played-touch-football-growing#.qdQgDJv5Qj Is there anything you’d add to this post? Let us know on our social media channels:Facebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustraliaTwitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyausInstagram – www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustralia Related LinksBuzzfeed storylast_img read more

Two Torontoarea men charged with human trafficking in Nova Scotia

first_imgHALIFAX – Two Toronto-area men have been charged in an 18-month, seven-province investigation into a human trafficking ring that allegedly forced ”numerous” Nova Scotia women into the sex trade across Canada.The arrests of Malachi Almonzo Downey, 31, and Sanderico Rekel Beals, 29, follow earlier charges against Lorenzo Trevor Thomas, and police say all three are associated with a Halifax-area street gang known as North Preston’s Finest.“The investigation started as a result of information received that men who were originally from Nova Scotia were in Ontario and were trafficking in women also from Nova Scotia, trafficking and exploiting them across country in the sex trade,” RCMP Supt. Alfredo Bangloy said.“We’ve identified a number of victims, and the investigation remains fluid and it’s our hope that additional victims or their families and loved ones will come forward with information.”The probe, dubbed Operation Hellbender, saw Nova Scotia Mounties travel “across the country in an effort to locate victims of human trafficking from Nova Scotia.”Downey, who lives in Vaughan, Ont., was arrested in Upper Onslow, N.S., on Friday, while Beals, of Scarborough, Ont., was arrested Sunday in Dartmouth.They are charged with human trafficking, laundering crime proceeds and receiving material benefits from sexual services and human trafficking.Bangloy said the busts are a big deal for the Mounties: “There’s been human trafficking charges in the past here in Nova Scotia but none of those investigations were of the scale that this has been,” he said.“The investigation is ongoing and there may be further charges.”Thomas, 31, was arrested by police in Niagara Falls, Ont., on March 27. He’s facing 17 charges, including trafficking in persons, assault, advertising sexual services and receiving a material benefit from sexual services.RCMP officers worked with their provincial counterparts in British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec and Newfoundland and Labrador, as well as with Halifax Regional Police.RCMP said they have set up a tip line for other victims: 902-449-2425.“Our goal is to get victims to safety and link them with resources and support to break the cycle of violence,” Bangloy said.last_img read more

Five things to watch for in the Canadian business world in the

first_imgTORONTO – Five things to watch for in the Canadian business world in the coming week:Bombardier’s no good, very bad week After having its CSeries jets slapped with a 219 per cent duty by the U.S. Commerce Department on Tuesday, Bombardier says it expects a large anti-dumping duty to be announced next week.End in sight to the CAMI dispute? After “constructive” talks in Detroit last week, Unifor Local 88 president Dan Borthwick said GM negotiators understood the union’s position and committed to providing a response.Happy anniversary! OSFI turns 30 years old this year and Superintendent of the Office of Financial Institutions Canada Jeremy Rudin will speak to the Economic Club of Canada in Toronto Tuesday to outline the role of Canada’s prudential regulator.What’s next for BoC? Deputy Governor Sylvain Leduc of the Bank of Canada will speak Tuesday at the Chambre de commerce de Sherbrooke.Latest labour stats Statistics Canada will release the labour force survey for September on Friday.last_img read more

Study New NAFTA auto rules would act as a multibilliondollar tax hurt

first_imgWASHINGTON – New NAFTA rules could increase the cost of a car by hundreds or even thousands of dollars, act as a multibillion-dollar tax and ultimately hurt sales as consumers keep their wallets shut, a new study predicts.The study by the Center for Automotive Research attempts to assess the impact of proposals under consideration as the three North American countries huddle in a marathon negotiating session in Washington.Negotiators are refining a plan that would require that every car include more North American parts; use primarily North American steel; and favour production in high-wage jurisdictions, meaning the U.S. and Canada.The study calculates that at least 46 vehicle types currently produced on the continent would fail to meet these new standards, a dramatic increase in the number of products that fail to comply with existing NAFTA rules.The companies making these vehicles always have a choice: comply with the NAFTA rules, or pay the tariff, which is 2.5 per cent for a light vehicle in the United States, 6.1 per cent in Canada.The study offers a broad estimate, with a range of outcomes. It finds that 25 per cent to 87 per cent of vehicles currently sold in the U.S. would fail to meet the standard and would wind up paying a tariff.”Tariffs (would) add at minimum a US$2.1-billion to US$3.8-billion tax on U.S. consumers,” said the study, released Thursday.”The tariffs would add between US$470 and US$2,200 to the cost of these particular vehicles … (and) the result would be an estimated loss of 60,000 to 150,000 annual U.S. light vehicle sales.”The group behind the research is funded by the auto industry, governments, unions and other organizations. The study was commissioned by Trade Leadership Coalition, an industry-funded group.But its findings are consistent with the view of Jeff Rubin, a senior fellow at Canada’s Centre for International Governance Innovation and a former chief economist at CIBC World Markets.He says that under the current NAFTA many groups win: consumers with cheaper cars, car companies with higher profits and Mexican auto workers with higher salaries than Mexicans in other sectors.The losers under the current NAFTA, he says, are auto workers in the U.S. and Canada, where employment has dropped and, Rubin says, the auto sector faces a long-term terminal decline.He’s unsure the new NAFTA rules will change that.He said it’s a no-brainer for companies trying to decide whether to adjust practices to comply with the new rules. He figures compliance with NAFTA might add five per cent to the cost of a vehicle, versus the tariff of 2.5 per cent for light vehicles sold in the U.S.”If I was a shareholder at (auto-parts-maker) Magna, or GM, I know what I would be telling management to do — which is, instead of tripling wage costs (in Mexico), pay the tariff,” Rubin said.”Ultimately GM and Magna are going to do what’s in the best interest of their shareholders. And right now the best interest would be keep the production in Mexico, pay the low wage rate and pay the 2.5 per cent tariff.”As long as the tariff remains low, Rubin added that the new NAFTA will be “a paper tiger.”However, it would be “a totally different ball game,” if the countries raise their tariff, he says, arguing that it would make paying the higher cost of compliance the better alternative and steer production back to the U.S. and Canada.”It would be a total game-changer.”But under the current proposal, with no change to the tariff level, Rubin sees the new NAFTA as producing a 2.5 per cent added tax on cars and no improvement in the lives of Canadian and American workers — a scenario that “isn’t going to bring a single job back to the U.S.”last_img read more

Huskies Early Bird Season Ticket Pricing

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Huskies are currently promoting their Early Bird Season Ticket pricing before September 1st, 2019.With 19 regular-season home games this year versus the 17 last year there is a lot of entertainment to be had.2019-20 Season Passes Rates;  Infant (0-4) – Early Bird FREE / After FREE Child (5-18) – Early Bird $75 / After $85 Adult (19-54) – Early Bird $150 / After $170 Senior (55+) – Early Bird $75 / After $85 Family (4+) – Early Bird $425 / After $480Tickets are available at the upcoming training camp (Aug 30 – Sept 1) or email; fsjhuskieshockey@gmail.comlast_img read more

Joel Edgerton joins Barry Jenkins series

first_imgLos Angeles: Actor Joel Edgerton has signed on for a role in the Barry Jenkins series “The Underground Railroad”. Edgerton will play the part of Ridgeway, a slave catcher. He joins previously announced cast members Thuso Mbedu, Chase W. Dillon and Aaron Pierre, reports variety.com. The role will mark Edgerton’s first regular TV role in some time. He previously starred in the series “The Secret Life of Us”, in his native Australia early in his career in addition to a handful of other TV roles. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka Nowadays, Edgerton is known for his film work. He most recently starred in, wrote, and directed the film “Boy Erased”, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2018. He made his feature directorial debut in 2015 with the thriller “The Gift”, in which he also starred and wrote. His other film roles include “Loving”, “Red Sparrow”, “Bright”, “Jane Got a Gun” and “Midnight Special”. Based on Colson Whitehead’s book of the same name, “The Underground Railroad” chronicles young Cora’s (Mbedu) journey as she makes a desperate bid for freedom in the antebellum South. After escaping her Georgia plantation for the rumoured Underground Railroad, Cora discovers no mere metaphor, but an actual railroad full of engineers and conductors, and a secret network of tracks and tunnels beneath the Southern soil. Jenkins will direct all 11 episodes of the one-hour series in what will be his first attempt at directing a TV series in its entirety.last_img read more

Egypt police arrest AlJazeera journalists ministry

first_imgCairo – Egyptian secret police have arrested an award-winning Australian journalist and an Egyptian reporter for the Qatar-based Al-Jazeera channel on suspicion of illegally broadcasting news harming “domestic security”, the interior ministry said.Officers of the National Security service raided their makeshift bureau at a Cairo hotel on Sunday, arresting the two and confiscating their equipment, the ministry said in a statement.It did not identify the journalists, only mentioning that one was a “Muslim Brotherhood member” and the other an Australian. Their colleagues at Al-Jazeera English identified them as Cairo bureau chief Mohamed Adel Fahmy, and Australian reporter Peter Greste.The raid came after authorities listed the Muslim Brotherhood movement of deposed president Mohamed Morsi as a “terrorist organisation”, making membership in Islamist group or even possession of its literature a crime.The journalists “broadcast live news harming domestic security,” the interior ministry said, adding they were also found in possession of Muslim Brotherhood “publications”.Greste, a former BBC journalist, won the prestigious Peabody award in 2011 for a documentary on Somalia. Fahmy, who formerly worked with CNN, is a well-known journalist in Cairo with no known links to the Brotherhood.Egypt’s military-installed government cracked down on Al-Jazeera’s affiliates following the overthrow of Morsi in July, accusing the broadcaster of pro-Brotherhood coverage.Several Al-Jazeera reporters remain in detention, including Abdullah Elshamy, a journalist for the Arab language station arrested on August 14 when police dispersed an Islamist protest camp in Cairo, killing hundreds in clashes.The government declared the Brotherhood a terrorist organisation last week after a suicide car bombing of a police headquarters killed 15 people.It blamed the attack on the Islamists, although an Al-Qaeda-inspired group claimed responsibility for the bombing and the Brotherhood condemned it.last_img read more

Opposition Growing to Va Techs Plan to Induct Michael

Virginia Tech quarterback Michael Vick (7) eludes Clemson’s Keith Adams for a short gain in the first quarter of the Gator Bowl NCAA college football game in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Public opposition is growing against the planned induction of former football star Michael Vick into the Virginia Tech Sports Hall of Fame.The Roanoke Times reported Tuesday that two online petitions at change.org had received more than 90,000 combined signatures against the September induction. The Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine has also announced its opposition.The university in Blacksburg has continued to defend its recent decision, noting that some believe Vick is the greatest athlete in school history.Vick served 19 months in federal prison on 2007 dogfighting convictions. He was a top contender for the 1999 Heisman Trophy after leading the Hokies through an undefeated regular season and to a spot in the national championship game. He went on to play professionally for the Atlanta Falcons and Philadelphia Eagles. read more

Khedira still bothered by Germanys WC performance

first_imgThe German midfielder has been criticized for his performance with the German national team, but still believes he can give the team something goodFor Juventus midfielder Samy Khedira, the performance of the German national team at the 2018 FIFA World Cup is still bothering him.According to an article published by ESPN, the footballer believes he had his worst performance of his career with the national team.“After a good season and nine goals with Juventus and with full fitness, I played my two worst matches at the World Cup,” Khedira wrote on Instagram.“That was really bad. That we did not work together as a team and were eliminated in the group stage still weighs on me.”Germany finished last in their group after being defeated by Mexico and South Korea, winning in the last minute against Sweden for their only three points.Maurizio Sarri, JuventusMaurizio Sarri satisfied despite Juventus’ draw at Fiorentina Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Maurizio Sarri was satisfied with Juventus’ performance on Saturday afternoon after finishing a tough game at Fiorentina 0-0.“It must continue to be an honor for any active player to play for this country, this association, and this team,” Khedira said.“If there are better players at the moment then I will accept it, but should I be nominated because the coach believes I can help the [team], then for me, it is always an honor and an obligation.”last_img read more

Napoli owner slams Maurizio Sarri

first_imgFor Aurelio De Laurentiis, the Italian manager is motivated solely by money and that’s why he chose to move to English Premier League side ChelseaItalian manager Maurizio Sarri coached Lega Serie A club Napoli from 2015 to 2018.He then chose to transfer to English Premier League side Chelsea during the summer.But for Napoli’s owner Aurelio De Laurentiis, his motivation to leave the Italian club was based solely on money.Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“Sarri? I thought I had met a coach who would stay at Napoli for a long time. At a certain point it became a question linked exclusively to money,” De Laurentiis was quoted by Il Napolista.“Suddenly, it was established by the media that his contract must be adjusted. So what is the value of an agreement just signed? We had already gone from 700 thousand euros to a million and a half.”“I also once heard him say that for his next contract, he wanted to get rich,” he added.“Sarri’s declarations of love for the city? I believed it, but then I wondered: ‘What if he was using me as a bank?’”last_img read more

Jonathan Klinsmann hopes he can have a Bundesliga breakthrough

first_imgThe German-born American goalkeeper hopes his time with the United States senior national team will help his debut in the leagueGoalkeeper Jonathan Klinsmann was born in Germany but has defended the national colors of the United States since 2014.He’s now been called up for today’s match between England and the USA, and he hopes this will help his debut in the German Bundesliga soon for Hertha Berlin.“I think we all had varying reasons to go abroad,” Klinsmann explained to bundesliga.com.“[But] the biggest one I think would be that the Bundesliga has had a good reputation of giving young players a chance to play. Most clubs are known for developing talent and that age is only a number.”Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“I’m learning a lot here and we have a very good working relationship with all the keepers at Hertha which I’m grateful for,” he added.“But also at the end of the day, I have my sights set on the spot above me. We need to climb and be able to put pressure on the No. 1 as well.”“I was always a striker or attacking mid but at one point just hopped in goal for fun during a break at school,” he explained.“I loved diving around and making those big saves. I eventually asked to go in goal for my club and I stayed there. My dad used to shoot on me a bit in our backyard or on the school fields, and he usually scored so that was some good motivation to get better!”last_img read more

Slap on the wrist charge for exEMS consultant says some

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp No Case against Athenee Harvey as corruption charges are tossed out Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 16 Nov 2015 – Today Patrick Riel and his wife got a lucky break according to some as the court determined that they were only guilty of overstaying in the Turks and Caicos. It had been widely talked about that Riel was trying to start up an air ambulance company in the country but failed due to a denial by TCIG for the requisite permissions. It was believed Riel was working without a permit. Riel was fined $1,000 and his wife, $500 and the pair with their children have to be out of the country and en route to Canada by Wednesday. Nearly two weeks ago, Patrick Riel was arrested and jailed for overstaying and allegedly working illegally in the TCI but a call saw the former EMS consultant with the government, released. Magnetic Media was told Riel has been enjoying a lot of preferential pardons for his alleged illegal behavior including the final charge against him. John Masters is the Director of Public Prosecutions and said if Riel and his wife fail to do what the court has required of them, they will be re-arrested. Both Patrick Riel and his wife, Jacqueline Nicole Bassard entered a guilty plea in the court of Magistrate Clifton Warner. Recommended for you Related Items:Jacqueline Nicole Bassard, john masters, overstaying, pat riel Ex-Govt Consultant ordered to leave TCI Canadian resident arrested for working illegally in TCIlast_img read more

Indian athletics star Dutee Chand reveals she is in samesex relationship becomes

first_imgDutee Chand becomes first Indian athlete to reveal her homosexualityLinato Zhang/Getty ImagesOne of India’s most successful athletes of all time, Dutee Chand, who won silver for the country in both 100 meter and 200 meter event at last year’s Jakarta Asian Games has created history by becoming first major sportsperson from India to declare herself in a same-sex relationship.This announcement by Chand was made in an interview given to The Indian Express’ Sunday edition. She stated: “I have found someone who is my soulmate. I believe everyone should have the freedom to be with whoever they decide they want to be with. I have always supported the rights of those who want to be in a same-sex relationship. It is an individual person’s choice. Currently, my focus is on the World Championships and the Olympic Games but in the future I would like to settle down with her.”Facing troubles in the pastThis revelation has made waves in the Indian social media with many people coming out in her support and praising her for what they describe as ‘courage.’ The 23-year old, who hails from Odisha, had been earlier caught in a controversy over her eligibility to compete as a female in events for that gender. Due to hyperandrogenism, a condition which causes women to have higher levels of androgens than what is considered normal for the sex, she was removed from the Indian athletics squad for the 2014 Commonwealth Games held in Australia’s Gold Coast and the Asian Games of the same year in South Korea’s Incheon.However, in 2015, thanks to a case being filed in the Court of Arbitration for Sports on her behalf, the rules pertaining to testosterone levels in female athletes were changed and Dutee was allowed to participate again. Chand had earlier been disqualified from participating due to hyperandrogenismIANSAn uncharted territoryBut her latest revelation is an even bigger step. While there are many athletes in other countries who have revealed their homosexuality and have continued their participation, India has been relatively untouched by this phenomenon. For Dutee, the Supreme Court judgement invalidating section 377 of Indian Penal Code which criminalised homosexuality was a major moment.”I have always believed that everyone should have the freedom to love. There is no greater emotion than love and it should not be denied. The Supreme Court of India has also struck down the old law. I believe nobody has the right to judge me as an athlete because of my decision to be with who I want. It is a personal decision, which should be respected. I will continue to strive to win medals for India at international meets,” the girl from Odisha said.While homosexuality has been de-criminalised, there is no provision in the Indian law for same-sex marriages. Yet, the sprinter looks forward to having the company of her partner. “I wanted to be with someone who will encourage me to continue being a sportsperson. I have been a sprinter for the past 10 years and I will perhaps continue to run for the next five to seven years. I travel around the world to compete. It is not easy. Mujhe kisi ka sahara bhi chahiye (I also need to have the support of someone),” the athlete added.last_img read more

Will Narayana Murthy return to Infosys as talks of his role as

first_imgN. R. Narayana Murthy, founder and former chairman of Infosys.Reuters fileAfter Infosys founder and former CEO and chairman, NR Narayana Murthy revealed in July that he regretted quitting the firm in 2014, much has been said about how he should be back at the firm as chairman-emeritus and chief mentor. While TV Mohandas Pai had earlier said that Infosys should bring Murthy back as chairman emeritus, his thoughts have now been echoed by former chief financial officer of Infosys V Balakrishnan.Balakrishnan also said that Murthy, after coming back, could reconstitute the board. “I think it will be a good idea for the board to immediately invite Mr Murthy as Chairman-Emeritus and Chief Mentor… He should also take the lead in re-constituting the board to create a long-term, sustainable governance framework,” he told the Press Trust of India.He explained that the board of Infosys needs to have a balance amid the much-talked-about conflict between the firm’s founders and the board. Balakrishnan also said that despite the conflict, the board should “shed its ego” and reach out to Murthy and the other founders and work in sync with them keeping the company’s interest a priority.”The friction between founders and the current board is impacting the company and is not good for its stakeholders. With Infosys stock languishing for almost three years without much upside is brutal to its shareholders,” he explained.”As a person coming from outside, he can take a fresh look at all the governance-related issues of last three years and bring it to its logical conclusions.”Earlier Pai had explained that Murthy’s return to Infosys would improve the brand and also assure its investors regarding the firm’s position and working.”My personal view is Narayana Murthy should come back as Chairman Emeritus,” he told PTI in an interview. “As Chairman Emeritus, people can look up to him to give his views…these are (views on) governance, nothing to do with management, strategy and all that. May be Murthy should come back as Chairman Emeritus, where he has no operational responsibility.”Murthy, earlier, had said that he wishes he had stayed on with Infosys and should have listened to his colleagues and other co-founders when they advised him to stay back. Employees of Infosys Technologies Limited walk in the campus of the company’s headquarters in Bangalore on April 13, 2017. Indian software giant Infosys has pledged to return USD2 billion to shareholders this year as it reported subdued growth in profits for the fourth quarter.MANJUNATH KIRAN/AFP/Getty Images”Generally, I find that I am a very emotional person. A lot of my decisions are based on idealism and probably, I should have listened to them,” he told CNBC TV18. “A lot of my founder colleagues told me not to leave Infosys in 2014, to stay a few years.”While he said that he regretted leaving the IT giant, he did clarify that he does not really miss being on the campus on a daily basis.Vishal Sikka valuing his team a tad more?Considering numerous executives have left the brand in the last few months, Infosys CEO Vishal Sikka seems to be valuing his team a tad more than usual these days, which was evident from his recent tweet.Congratulating mergers and acquisitions head Deepak Padaki for his 25-year stint with the firm, Sikka tweeted: “Congrats & thanks Deepak! 9200 days of awesomeness! And you always bring your best to *each* day. Amazing journey of an amazing leader…”Padaki joined Infosys in 1992 and was appointed as the M&A head in 2016. ReutersMeanwhile, Sikka has previously said that the recent high-level exits were not a cause for concern and said that the exits were “far lower” when compared to other companies. When CNBCTV asked Sikka if he was worried about the attrition rate at Infosys, he said: “Not at all. This is a complete nonsensical myth that has been propagated in some parts,” reported PTI.”It happens in every company. We actually did an analysis, both in terms of our own past as well as in terms of the other companies in our industry. And there are far more executives who have left every other company that we could think of,” he added.Along with the recent exits, Sikka’s longevity with the company too has been questioned and many have said that he may leave after losing such high profile talents.last_img read more

Steve Smith out of the third Ashes Test

first_imgIn what could be a decisive blow to Australia’s chances of regaining the Ashes, their prolific run-scorer Steve Smith has been ruled out of the third Test of the five-match Ashes series beginning on Thursday, August 22. The injury suffered by Smith was due to a bouncer bowled by England’s debutante Jofra Archer in the Lord’s Test.This bouncer, delivered on the third day of the Test when Smith was batting on 80, hit the right-handed batsman on the neck and led to him retiring hurt. The former Aussie captain was able to come back out later and resume his innings, eventually being dismissed by Chris Woakes on the personal score of 92.It was on the fourth day that the 30-year old suffered a delayed concussion and was declared unfit to take part in the rest of the match. In his absence, the new rule stipulating that teams can bring in a full substitute in case of a concussion suffered by one of their players, was put into effect for the first time and Marnus Labuschagne was brought into the XI.The reason why Smith’s absence could prove to be the turning point is because he has been in outrageously good form, having had scores of 142, 144 and 92 in the three innings he has played so far in the series. In his absence, the Australian batting line-up will look much weaker.last_img read more

Tutor arrested for rape attempt on 4th grader

first_imgProthom Alo illustrationPolice on Friday arrested a tutor for allegedly trying to rape a Class-IV student in Sadar upazila of Manikganj, reports UNB.The arrestee is Rubel Hossain alias Rumel, also a clerk of Betila Govt Primary School. He had also been providing tuition to the victim for the past one year.The victim’s father filed a case with Sadar police station on Thursday night in this regard.As per the case statement, Rubel had been molesting the girl for the last one year threatening her of dire consequences if she disclosed the matter to anyone.The victim’s family came to know about the molestation on Wednesday upon interrogation as she was bleeding following rape attempt on her.Sub-inspector of Sadar police station Md Harej Sikdar said the victim was sent to Sadar Hospital for physical tests.last_img read more

Hopkins Health System to Pay 190M Settlement in Gynecology Peeping Tom Case

first_imgGynecologist Dr. Nikita LevyBALTIMORE (AP) — A “rogue” gynecologist’s secret use of tiny cameras to record hundreds of videos and photos of his patients’ sex organs has led to a $190 million settlement with some 8,000 women and girls, lawyers said Monday.Dr. Nikita Levy was fired after 25 years with the Johns Hopkins Health System in Baltimore in February 2013 after a female co-worker alerted authorities at about a pen-like camera he wore around his neck.He committed suicide days later, as a federal investigation led to roughly 1,200 videos and 140 images stored on computers in his home.“All of these women were brutalized by this,” said their lead attorney, Jonathan Schochor. “Some of these women needed counseling, they were sleepless, they were dysfunctional in the workplace, they were dysfunctional at home, they were dysfunctional with their mates. This breach of trust, this betrayal — this is how they felt.”The preliminary settlement approved by a judge Monday is one of the largest on record in the U.S. involving sexual misconduct by a physician. It all but closes a case that never produced criminal charges but seriously threatened the reputation of one of the world’s leading medical centers.Lawyers said thousands of women were traumatized, even though their faces were not visible in the images and it could not be established with certainty which patients were recorded or how many.Plaintiffs’ attorney Howard Janet said 62 girls were among the victims, and that Levy violated hospital protocol by sending chaperones out of the exam room.This photo taken July 8, 2014, shows the East Baltimore Medical Center, a community practice affiliated with Johns Hopkins Hospital, in Baltimore. Johns Hopkins Hospital has agreed to a $190 million settlement with more than 8,000 patients of Dr. Nikita Levy, a gynecologist who secretly photographed and videotaped women’s bodies in the examining room with a pen-like camera he wore around his neck, lawyers said Monday, July 21, 2014. Levy was working at the East Baltimore Medical Center when the allegations came to light. (AP Photo)Hopkins said insurance will cover the settlement, which “properly balances the concerns of thousands of plaintiffs with obligations the Health System has to provide ongoing and superior care to the community.” “It is our hope that this settlement_and findings by law enforcement that images were not shared_helps those affected achieve a measure of closure,” the hospital statement said, adding that “one individual does not define Johns Hopkins.”About 8,000 of his patients contacted lawyers in the class-action lawsuit, which alleged that the hospital should have known what he was up to.“This has shaken the Hopkins system,” said Hopkins’ attorney, Donald DeVries, who said Levy “went rogue.”“There was no inkling of it. Hopkins was unaware,” DeVries said.Once alerted to the problem, hospital authorities quickly notified Baltimore police and escorted Levy off campus. Police and federal investigators said they found no evidence he shared the material with others.Some women told of being inappropriately touched and verbally abused by Levy, according to Schochor. Some said they were regularly summoned to Levy’s office for unnecessary pelvic exams.The settlement involves eight law firms and is subject to final approval by Judge Sylvester B. Cox after a “fairness hearing” where the women can speak. Each plaintiff was interviewed by a forensic psychologist and a post-traumatic stress specialist to determine how much trauma she suffered and how much money she will receive.Myra James, 67, had been going to him for annual exams for 20 years. Since his misconduct became public, she hasn’t been to a gynecologist once.“I can’t bring myself to go back,” James said. “You’re lying there, exposed. It’s violating and it’s horrible, and my trust is gone. Period.”The AP normally does not identify possible victims of sex crimes, but James agreed to the use of her name.Levy, 54, graduated from the Weill Cornell Medical College in Manhattan, and completed his internship and residency at Kings County Hospital Center. He began working at Hopkins in 1988. When the allegations came to light, he was working at Hopkins East Baltimore Medical Center.He saw roughly 12,600 patients during his 25 years at Hopkins.“Did he take pictures of me? There’s no way of knowing,” said another former patient whose two children were delivered by Levy. “I felt violated, because I don’t know if for sure if he had pictures of me, or who has seen them.”Schochor said there is no way to identify which patients were recorded without having them “sit around a table and try to identify sexual organs without pictures of faces,” something the lawyer said would be impossible and could cause the women more distress.His suicide — by wrapping his head in a plastic bag with a hose connected to a helium tank — frustrated everyone who wanted to know his motives and see him face justice.Hopkins sent out letters to Levy’s entire patient list last year, apologizing to the women and urging them to seek care with other Hopkins specialists.But hundreds were so traumatized that they “dropped out of the medical system,” and some even stopped sending their children to doctors, Schochor said.James said her dealings with Levy were always unsettling. She said she found it strange that he conducted examinations without a nurse present.“He was cold, and I was kind of scared of him. His bedside manner — he didn’t have any,” she said. “But all my doctors were at Hopkins. I’ve had two surgeries there, my primary doctor is there. I was used to going there for everything.”last_img read more

100000 Opportunities Career Fair

first_imgThe career fair, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 810 7th ST NW, is expected to offer almost 1,800 interviews and jobs in the retail industry to D.C. youth from ages 16 to 24. Residents who are not currently enrolled in school or are unemployed are also eligible to apply. The career fair also offers resume and interview workshops and information on educational opportunities. According to the coalition’s website, the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative hopes to bridge the gap between the untapped potential in Washington D.C. and various opportunities in retail, food, the classroom, and more.View ‘Live’ videos from the career fair on the AFRO’s Facebook Page. The 100,000 Opportunities Initiative, an employer-led coalition focused on hiring opportunity youth, will hold its annual career fair on Sept. 20.last_img read more

Saving wetlands highest priority for govt Adhikari

first_imgKolkata: State Environment minister Suvendu Adhikari said on Wednesday said that the government assigns highest priority towards saving wetlands and has protected 12,500 hectares of such land in recent times.”We have a dedicated team which watches out to thwart any attempts to fill up existing wetlands as part of our mission to save waterbodies. We take the help of police administration during drives and have recently prevented two to three attempts of illegal construction in wetland areas,” Adhikari said on the sidelines of a seminar by West Bengal Biodiversity Board, with the theme ‘Mainstreaming Biodiversity: Convergence of Stakeholders for Sustainability.’ Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseResponding to a poser on the fate of the proposed 6 km flyover project over a part of East Kolkata Wetlands mooted by former Environment minister Sovan Chatterjee, Adhikari said that the new committee on wetlands will take up the issue at the first meeting, which will be held soon. It may be mentioned that a section of environmentalists has raised objections against the construction of the flyover on East Kolkata Wetlands, which is a Ramsar site. “We will not do anything which can cause damage to the waterbodies,” Adhikari reiterated. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe minister said the department has already formed 432 block management committees (BMC) across the state, where the members will campaign in their respective areas to save wetlands and the target was forming 467 BMCs. The minister pressed for a massive campaign to conserve biodiversity in the state and said that his department will encourage schools to paint pictures with the message of conservation of biodiversity on their walls. He maintained that 10 schools have already responded to the initiative. “We are also welcoming the formation of biodiversity clubs at schools, for which the state Environment department will provide all logistics and infrastructural support,” he added. Adhikari assured that there is nothing to panic about the air quality index in the city, which was low during the winter. “Particulate Matter 10 and Particulate Matter 2.5 fluctuated over alarming level at certain times in this season but the NO2 and SO2 levels were not much of a concern. The fluctuation of air quality index during winter has been a typical phenomenon for the past 25 years,” he said. The state is going for tree plantation on a massive scale and has already stopped the entry of vehicles aged over 15 years into the city, to address the issue of air quality.last_img read more

New town open air gym spreads fitness mantra

first_imgKolkata: In a unique move to create health awareness among the local residents, the Housing Infrastructure Development Corporation ( HIDCO) recently came up with an open gymnasium at New Town.This is for the first time an open air gymnasium has been set up in a township. Providing facilities to ensure sound health of local residents is the most important prerequisite of a clean and green city. Fitness equipment have been installed at the bus stations so that Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamatathe passengers can workout while waiting for the bus or can do it after coming back from work in the evening. The machines that have been installed are chest press, air walker, arm wheel, sit up bench, leg press and cross trainer. In New Town, hundreds of men and women go out for morning and evening walk and jogging. They will be able to use these machines free of cost to keep themselves fit, said a senior HIDCO official. “One has to get membership in gymnasiums to use such machines and the charges in gyms are high. The same kind machines they will be able to use at the open air gymnasium at free of cost,” he said. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateTushar Sil, former Mr Asia who runs several state of the art multi gyms in the city lauded the effort of HIDCO and said: “Many young boys and girls along with elderly people are going to gyms to keep themselves fit. After walking or jogging if they do work out at the open-air gym for some time that will keep fit. He urged the he Housing Infrastructure Development Corporation authorities to take steps for publicity so that more and more people are inspired to keep themselves heathy and fit. Some machines such as the cross trainer or leg press are highly effective to reduce obesity and maintain the strength of leg muscles.” PK Thakur, who is a doctor, also lauded the effort and said: “The way diabetes and obesity cases are increasing up among the people, particularly the youths, physical activities have become mandatory. If people can do light exercise with the help of machines that will help them to keep fit and control the disease. In the Western countries, open air gyms are available but the effort to develop the habit to exercise among the residents is welcome initiative.”last_img read more