No one is above coming Health Law says Opposition side

first_img Related Items: The issue surfaced during debate on the Health Regulation Bill, presented by the Minister of Health, Premier Rufus Ewing.  Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Hon Edwin Astwood called the laws wonderful and thanked the architects of the proposed legislation; but he stood weary of whether they would be activated to protect the public interest when it comes to complaints of medical malpractice, against IHC hospitals which he cited as the only medical care facility in the country which attracts condemning complaints. Hon Astwood reminded that IHC is not above the law. Hon Dr. Rufus Ewing highlighted that TCI would be among the only countries in the region with such a progressive law; it would require medical facilities to mandatorily have malpractice insurance.  Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppPDM shadow cabinet minister for Health & Human Services asked the question today… whether government will have the fortitude needed to investigate Interhealth Canada where necessary and if they are found guilty of malpractice, whether the facilities which are owned by the TCI and managed by IHC be subject to penalties outlined in a new bill. last_img read more

Police investigate shooting incident

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, July 26, 2017 – Providenciales – Around 8:58pm last-night (Tuesday 25th July 2017), Police were dispatched to a home on Hummingbird Lane located in Leeward Gates after the report of a shooting was made to 911.Upon arrival at the location, the victims told officers that they arrived home and met two (2) males inside and when the culprits saw them they fire several gunshots at them. The victims made their escaped unharmed.While on scene a Security officer reported to officers that while at another villa nearby on Tranquilty Lane he was tied up by two male persons about 5’7”, one wearing a yellow t-shirt, white sneakers and a white shirt covering his face. The other wearing all black with a handgun. The culprits got away with his flashlight. Upon making further checks officers noticed where the culprits attempted to enter the villa.The victim was taken to the Chalk Sound Medial Centre for minor injuries he sustained.  Investigations are ongoing into both incidents.We are appealing to persons who may have any information that may assist in this investigation to please contact us at 338-5901 or Crimestoppers at 1-800-8477.Press Release: RTCIPF Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more

Inside war on drugs

first_imgRina Begum holds a photograph of her son Riazul Islam, alleged drug dealer who was killed by police in Tongi, Gazipur, Bangladesh, 21 July, 2018. Photo: ReutersPolice arrested Riazul Islam as he was walking home from his in-laws’ house. At 3:15am, he was shot dead in a sandy field beside a set of railroad tracks north of Dhaka.Police say he was killed in a gunfight with other drug dealers, and they recovered 20 kg of marijuana from the site. His parents say the officers extorted money from them and then killed him.”I knew my son was in police custody. All of a sudden my son was dead. I couldn’t believe it. The police took money and they still killed him,” said his mother, Rina Begum.Bangladesh is the newest frontline in state-backed drug crackdowns in Asia, and Islam is one of more than 200 people shot dead by police in Bangladesh since May, when prime minister Sheikh Hasina announced the campaign.Critics say the crackdown reflects Hasina’s increasingly authoritarian rule ahead of a general election, due by December. That was also shown in its response to recent student demonstrations over road traffic deaths, including the use of rubber bullets and the arrest of a prominent photographer.Hasina emphasised that the police and intelligence agencies would now tackle the drug problem in the same tough way they had countered violent extremism in recent years.Such campaigns can be popular with voters as has been shown by President Rodrigo Duterte’s bloody drug war in the Philippines.Hasina’s office did not respond to questions about whether the drugs campaign was a populist ploy.Police search a house during an anti drug raid in Dhaka, Bangladesh, 4 June, 2018. Photo: ReutersMOUNTING DEATH TOLLThe bodies appeared rapidly after Hasina’s pronouncement. And, just like the Philippines, the killings appeared to follow a script: suspects died in “gunfights”, typically at night, and weapons and drugs were found nearby.In more than a third of the 211 killings recorded by Dhaka-based human rights group Odhikar since mid-May, the suspects were arrested before they were killed.The police are overseen by home minister Asaduzzaman Khan, who denied the police were executing suspects.”Our law enforcement people don’t kill, they don’t execute anyone. It is impossible. If they do so they will be fired at that moment,” he told Reuters. “It is not a lawless country.”After Islam was arrested, according to the police report, officers took the “top terror” of the neighbourhood to the field beside the railroad tracks to draw in and arrest other drug dealers. The other dealers “sensed” the officers’ presence and began firing randomly, and “to save life and government property”, the officers fired back.”Roni was shot and fell down. He died on the spot,” according to the report, which said two officers were wounded.Islam’s autopsy report, read to Reuters by a hospital official, noted that a single bullet entered his head near his left ear and exited near his right. Each of the two officers were treated for small areas of tenderness and swelling on one of their hands, according to records at another hospital.None of the six witnesses in the police report saw Islam die, they told Reuters.One of the six, handyman Mohammad Bappy, who lives at the edge of the field where Islam was shot, snapped photos of Islam’s dead body. One of the pictures shows blood on the ground beneath Islam’s head.”There was no gun,” he said. “If there had been a gunfight we would have heard lots of firing from two sides. That didn’t happen.”Kamal Hossain, the officer in charge of the operation, said drug use leads to crime and arrests don’t work.”They come out on bail and they do the same thing, selling and using drugs,” he said. “Every drug dealer should be killed. Then drugs can be controlled.”Hafiz Mia flips through the newspapers, for news of his son Riazul Islam, an alleged drug dealer who was killed by police in Tongi, Gazipur, Bangladesh, 21 July, 2018. Photo: ReutersLITTLE DATAThe UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, US ambassador to Bangladesh and the European Union have all expressed concern about the killings of drug suspects in Bangladesh.After a government official in the southern city of Teknaf was gunned down by Rapid Action Battalion police in May, the state-funded National Human Rights Commission sent a letter to the ministry in charge of the police to remind it of human rights.But Hasina pressed on.”Drugs destroy a country, a nation and a family,” she told parliament in June. “We will continue the drive, no matter who says what.”Most of the killings took place in May, when there were 129 as the campaign began, but then dropped to 38 in June before picking up to 44 in July.Drugs have long been a concern for the Bangladesh government, which bans consumption of alcohol by Muslims, who make up the vast majority of the population.But it’s not clear how much drug use has grown or even how many people use drugs. Asked for figures, Bangladesh’s narcotics deputy intelligence chief said there were none.”We have no government statistics or non-government statistics about users,” Nazrul Islam Sikder said, adding: “But we guess 7 to 8 million.”Drug seizures data from the Department of Narcotics Control suggests the drug trade has grown, but much of the increase happened three years ago, long before Hasina launched the crackdown. The data shows a dramatic increase in methamphetamine or “yaba” pill seizures beginning in 2015.No one believes the official accounts of the killings, said Rashid Alam, a 50-year-old manager of a garment factory near the field where Islam was shot, but he is more concerned about the scourge of drugs use for communities.Police search a man during an anti drug raid in Dhaka, Bangladesh, 4 June, 2018. Photo: Reuters”We understand he is a drug dealer and the police shot him,” he said. “That kind of death is okay. Good job, really.”Critics of Hasina say the crackdown is meant to show voters she is responding to popular concerns and to strike fear in political opponents ahead of the election. According to media reports, some of those killed were activists of the opposition Bangladesh National Party (BNP).For Ashrafuzzaman Zaman, liaison officer of the Hong Kong-based Asian Human Rights Commission, the politics of the drug crackdown are clear.”You kill 200 people and you make 150 million afraid: Today or tomorrow you can also be one of them. That is the message the government is giving to the people,” he said.Hasina’s office did not respond to the allegations from her critics.But home minister Khan denied the campaign was a cover to target opposition politicians, and said no drug offender is treated differently from another.”His identity is only as a criminal,” he said. “Even if he has a link with the ruling party, he will not be spared.”last_img read more

BNP to face new political crisis after 21 Aug verdict

first_imgObaidul Quader file photoAwami League (AL) general secretary Obaidul Quader on Friday said Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) will face a political crisis after the verdict of the 21 August grenade attack is announced as the BNP ‘is directly involved with the incident’.The road transport and bridges minister said this after paying homage to former Awami Mahila League president Ivy Rahman at the Banani graveyard.Ivy Rahman, also the wife of late Bangladesh president Zillur Rahman, was among the 24 killed in the attack.Obaidul Quader said BNP is trying to make a fuss as the verdict on the 21 August grenade attack case is nearing and they want to save the murderers.”The verdict will be announced soon. It makes everyone in the country happy except BNP men since they are behind this,” he said.Twenty-four people, including the then president of Awami Mahila League Ivy Rahman, were killed and over 500 others wounded in the gruesome attack on 21 August 2004 in front of Awami League central office on the Bangabandhu Avenue.Earlier on Tuesday, prime minister Sheikh Hasina also said there is no doubt that BNP, its chief Khaleda Zia and her son Tarique Rahman were involved in the brutal attack.last_img read more

Trump tries to block release of libelous book

first_imgDonald TrumpUS president Donald Trump tried to counter one-two blows of betrayal and scandal Thursday, punching back at a bare-knuckle book that portrayed his White House as a fetid stew of backbiting, incompetence and dysfunction.Trump’s lawyers moved to prevent the release of “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House” — an exposé by author and political muck spreader Michael Wolff — which quotes key Trump aides raising questions about his fitness for office.The book — which paints Trump as craven, unstable and far out of his depth in the Oval Office — extensively quotes his former ally and chief strategist Steve Bannon, who also received a “cease and desist” order from Trump’s attorneys.”Your publication of the false/baseless statements about Mr. Trump gives rise to, among other claims, defamation by libel, defamation by libel per se, false light invasion of privacy, tortious interference with contractual relations, and inducement of breach of contract,” Trump’s lawyers said in the letter to Wolff.In the book, Bannon is quoted accusing Trump’s eldest son Don Jr of “treasonous” contacts with a Kremlin-linked lawyer, and saying the president’s daughter Ivanka is “dumb as a brick.”But it is the US president himself that is cast in the most unfavorable light — by a series of his top aides.The book claims that for “Steve Mnuchin and Reince Priebus, the president was an ‘idiot.’ For Gary Cohn, he was ‘dumb as shit.’ For H.R. McMaster, he was a ‘dope.’ The list went on.”Trump appears to have been most upset by the betrayal of Bannon — the man who engineered the New York real estate mogul’s link to the nationalist far right and helped create a pro-Trump media ecosystem.”He called me a great man last night. He obviously changed his tune pretty quick,” Trump said in the Roosevelt Room Thursday. “I don’t talk to him.”A day earlier, Trump unleashed a spectacular denunciation of Bannon, describing him as insane and irrelevant.”Steve Bannon has nothing to do with me or my presidency. When he was fired, he not only lost his job, he lost his mind,” Trump said in a written statement.Bannon, who left the White House in August, is also quoted in the book as saying that the investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller into Russian interference in the 2016 election will focus on money laundering.The investigation by Mueller, a former FBI director, is looking into whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia to help get him elected — a charge the president has repeatedly and vehemently denied.- ‘You should have called the FBI’ -Don Junior took a meeting with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya in June 2016 after an intermediary promised material that would incriminate Trump’s Democratic rival Hillary Clinton.Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner and then campaign chairman Paul Manafort also attended the meeting at Trump Tower in New York.”The three senior guys in the campaign thought it was a good idea to meet with a foreign government inside Trump Tower in the conference room on the 25th floor — with no lawyers,” Bannon was quoted as saying in the book.”They didn’t have any lawyers.”Even if you thought that this was not treasonous, or unpatriotic, or bad shit, and I happen to think it’s all of that, you should have called the FBI immediately,” he said.- Disbelief over victory -Wolff’s book — which he says is based on interviews with Trump, his senior aides and others — also mentions that Trump eats food from McDonald’s because he believes it to be safe from poison, and that his team did not believe he was capable of winning the election.”Shortly after 8 p.m. on Election Night, when the unexpected trend — Trump might actually win — seemed confirmed, Don Jr. told a friend that his father, or DJT, as he calls him, looked as if he had seen a ghost. Melania was in tears — and not of joy,” it said.The book even deals with the subject of Trump’s infamous hairdo, citing Ivanka as telling friends it was the result of a combover from the front and sides of his head, stiffened by hair spray.”The color, she would point out to comical effect, was from a product called Just for Men — the longer it was left on, the darker it got. Impatience resulted in Trump’s orange-blond hair color.”Trump’s press secretary Sarah Sanders hit back.”This book is filled with false and misleading accounts from individuals who have no access or influence with the White House,” she told a briefing.Stephanie Grisham, a spokeswoman for the first lady, denied allegations that she had cried tears of sadness on election night.”The book is clearly going to be sold in the bargain fiction section. Mrs. Trump supported her husband’s decision to run for President and in fact, encouraged him to do so. She was confident he would win and was very happy when he did,” Grisham said in a statement.last_img read more

Md Lawmakers Pass Minimum Wage Increase

first_imgANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The Maryland General Assembly on its last full day of the session Monday gave final approval to incremental increases in the state’s minimum wage over several years to $10.10 by 2018.The House of Delegates voted 87-47 for the measure, sending it to Democratic Gov. Martin O’Malley, who made the bill a priority of his last regular legislative session. Passage won praise from President Barack Obama.”Maryland’s important action is a reminder that many states, cities and counties — as well as a majority of the American people — are way ahead of Washington on this crucial issue,” the president said in a statement.The minimum wage, which was last raised in 2006, will increase from $7.25 an hour to $8 in January. It will rise to $8.25 in July 2015; $8.75 in July 2016; $9.25 in July 2017 and $10.10 in July 2018. All 87 supporters were Democrats. Delegate Benjamin Kramer, D-Montgomery, said the lack of action on raising the minimum wage in Congress has left it up to states to move forward to give low-wage workers a badly needed raise.”Unfortunately, like so many other things, our state legislatures are having to take up issues that traditionally rested with our federal government because nothing, nothing, is happening on Capitol Hill, and so the state of Maryland has said we’re going to step up to the plate,” Kramer said.Republicans, however, said increases could result in job losses. Opponents, including six Democrats, also said the increases will make Maryland less attractive to businesses that would consider relocating to the state.”We are making it so it’s cost prohibitive for jobs to come here,” said Delegate Michael Smigiel, R-Cecil.The bill includes a provision to ensure about 18,000 community service providers who work with the developmentally disabled will make about 30 percent above the minimum wage.The vote came early on the last day of the legislative session. Lawmakers were still working to put finishing touches on a marijuana decriminalization bill and a plan to get the state’s stalled medical marijuana framework operational.The House approved the decriminalization measure on Saturday with some differences to a bill passed by the Senate. The Senate had proposed a $100 penalty for every offense. The House measure raises the penalties to $250 for a second offense and $500 for a third offense. The two houses also differ on what would trigger evaluations for drug treatment. The measure as changed by the House would require offenders under 21 and those caught with the drug three times or more to be evaluated for treatment.Medical marijuana legalization has stalled in the state, because a law enacted last year requires academic medical centers to make the drug available to qualifying patients. However, none of the academic medical centers has stepped forward. This year, lawmakers want to allow certified doctors to recommend marijuana for patients with debilitating, chronic and severe illnesses.Meanwhile, efforts to reform Maryland’s bail hearing system have stalled.Maryland’s highest court has ordered the state to provide defense attorneys for poor defendants at initial bail hearings, and to avoid this expense, the House and Senate have passed disparate bills to rework the bail process. But Sen. Brian Frosh, chairman of the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee, said Monday afternoon that lawmakers had run out of time to negotiate.As a backup measure, next year’s budget has tentatively allocated $10 million for paying private attorneys to staff these bail hearings. Public defenders have estimated it would cost $28 million a year for a proper solution, and they worry underfunding will cause a crisis.Click for related articles:“Maryland Senate Approves Minimum Wage Increase Leading to $10.10 Wage”last_img read more

Try the trendiest winter boots

first_imgWinter isn’t exactly the easiest season for dressing. The endless layering and styling possibilities that comes with the winter chill is as much fun and accessorizing your outfit with boots is the most classy one. So opt for the trendiest footwears. Experts list some trends in boots: Over-the-knee-boot: Over-the-knee winter boots have been a popular choice for the last couple of years and rightly so. But, it’s how you style them that changes your entire winter look. Instead of opting for the done and dusted �short skirts and dresses that meet the boots’ look, go for velvety mid-length skirts and ankle-sweeping coats to give a layered effect. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfAnimal print: Whether in leopard, zebra or snake form, animal prints are set to be one of the top trends for fall. Keep in mind that animal prints basically qualify as neutrals, so the styling possibilities of these shoes are endless. You can work them into an earthy sweater and cropped jeans look or team with a maxi dress and jean-jacket combo. And they will pretty much complement any coat colour as you step afoot this winter. Classy black boot: It goes without saying that once the temperature drops, a pair of black winter boots are a necessary wardrobe investment. When choosing a pair of black winter boots, imagine yourself wearing them every day for a week with a different outfit. A classic pair of black boots in high or low ankle can rock most of your wardrobe and will instantly elevate any look. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveChelsea boots: A pair of Chelsea boots is a must-have for every guy. Not only a pair of Chelsea boots provides the proper warmth in winters but also offers better comfort and grip than other boots. These boots are versatile and can be paired with an endless array of outfits from a tailored classic suit to casual jeans and T-shirt. Brogue boots: These are easily recognized by its patterned hole punch detailing. They are very stylish to wear and give a different dimension to your look. They can be worn with dark coloured chinos and denim for the casual look.last_img read more