Utah Utes football notebook: Vroman erasing worries about replacing Sakoda as kicker

first_imgBesides getting settled on a starter at the quarterback position, perhaps the biggest concern for Ute football coaches in camp has been the kicking game. Replacing a player such as all-American Louie Sakoda, a three-year starter at punter and placekicker, is a tough task.After Thursday’s scrimmage, coach Kyle Whittingham was all smiles while talking about the kicking game.Ben Vroman, who handled kickoffs the last two years, is No. 1 on the depth chart at placekicker, and he showed why Thursday.He went 7-for-7 on the day, making field goals from 49 and 43 yards as well as from 39, 36, 35, 31 and 26 yards.”I was very pleased with the placekicking today,” Whittingham said. “We did a bunch of placekicking in live situations, and Ben Vroman was clearly the top guy and right now unless something dramatic happens, he’ll be handling the kickoffs and the placekicking.”Besides Vroman, freshman Nick Marsh made a 33-yard field goal and Joe Phillips a 36-yarder.”It was a good day for the specialists group,” said Vroman, a senior out of Skyline High. “Spring was a little rough for us, but the first part of the camp we’ve definitely taken some steps forward.”Whittingham also said punter Sean Sellwood was back in action after sitting out earlier in the week and did a “nice job” punting the ball Thursday.”I’m very happy with the whole kicking battery,” said Whittingham. “It’s all way ahead of where we were in the spring.”NOT GOOD ENOUGH: While much of the focus has been on the offensive side of the ball, the defense has been improving each day of practice. However, new defensive coordinator Kalani Sitake was not happy with the defense at Thursday’s scrimmage.”The guys are energetic and running around, but we had too many missed assignments and too many missed tackles,” he said. “Nobody was great today. We were just good. But good is not good enough for this program.”Sitake said the defense did rest seven starters as a precaution, but he still expected more.”It was an opportunity for our inexperienced guys to get in there and play some ball and get some experience,” he said. “But it wasn’t clean enough and crisp enough. We had a lot of mistakes. We need to stay focused on our fundamentals and our technique. We’re anxious for the next time to go live.”ROBLES BACK: Lost amid all the talk about the three-way battle for quarterback is the return of Griff Robles, the highly recruited QB from Spanish Fork High School.The 6-foot-4, 230-pound Robles returned from an LDS mission in June and wasn’t expected to play this fall but was given the scholarship saved for James Aiono, who didn’t qualify academically for this fall.If Robles doesn’t get a chance at quarterback, he may have a future as a defender, a another former quarterback from Utah County, PaulKruger.Robles took some snaps at the end of Thursday’s scrimmage and after getting picked off by Thor Salanoa he laid out the defender with a hard tackle on the sideline.When asked about it later, Sitake said, “That was the hardest hit all day.”EXTRA POINTS: Rice-EcclesStadium will have two new banners on the west side of the stadium this year, commemorating the 2004 season and Fiesta Bowl victory and the 2008 season and SugarBowl victory … Jake Orchard, an all-state receiver for Highland in 2005, has joined the team as a walk-on after recently returning from an LDS mission. He was recruited out of high school by several schools for football but opted to accept a scholarship to play basketball for Weber State as a freshman … The next scrimmage will be Tuesday at the stadium with the final scrimmage set for Aug. 22.last_img read more

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Innovision 2017 to Offer Education, Networking Opportunities for Security Leaders

first_imgInnovision Gala 2015Leaders in the loss prevention, risk assessment, and security industries plan to gather from February 20–22 for the comprehensive learning opportunity offered by the Innovision 2017 Educational Conference. The event, which will be held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel Pier Sixty-Six in Fort Lauderdale, FL, has a lot planned for its 18th year.Originally designed to be an end-user conference held every two years, Innovision has changed into an educational event intended to inform and connect industry professionals in security and LP. “This year is the inception of something new: the event has morphed into a conference that goes beyond its original borders,” said Catherine Larouche, senior marketing manager at i3 International. “The industry is transforming, and Innovision will be a reflection of the changes going on in the field.”Interactive sessions for attendees at Innovision 2015.Attendees at this year’s event will benefit from roundtable sessions with peers, relevant advice from experienced speakers, and networking opportunities with solution providers. The show may even offer a bit of adventure: “We are putting together our first Craze event during this tradeshow and will host two more Crazes this year at RILA and NRF PROTECT. As usual, attendees can expect to be surprised!” said Larouche.- Sponsor – Although the emerging issues–data breaches, technologies to watch–are likely to receive a fair amount of attention at the event, the educational sessions at the show won’t leave out the traditional challenges faced by security and LP pros. “There will be sessions related to the more traditional side of security: the one where LP reacts to immediate threats endangering staff, customers and the bottom line. You can expect open forums on plans and actions to prevent and react to active shooting and shrink,” said Larouche.A full roster of experts will be on hand to share their experiences and advice as well. Keynote speakers at Innovision 2017 will include:Craig Kielburger, co-founder of the nonprofit WE Charity (formerly known as Free the Children)Crystal Kadakia, modern workplace and millennial expert, speaker, and authorKen Tencer, CEO of Spyder WorksAmy K Hutchens, Founder of AmyK Inc.Dr. Ashley Lesko, Leader, Square Peg SolutionsA wrap-up reference book of best practices will be available to all attendees after the event has ended. For more information, visit our Events page. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

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Philly 360° Legacy: Historic Sites and Cultural Attractions

first_img Johnson House Historic Site 6306 Germantown Avenue (Historic Germantown)  | (215) 438-1768  The Johnson House Historic Site is a certified station stop on the Underground Railroad, where archaeologists recently discovered an attic trap door that hid freedom seekers. Visitors can see the door and other unique features of the house during guided tours. Underground Railroad Museum at Belmont Mansion 2000 Belmont Mansion Drive (Fairmount Park) | (215) 878-8844  With stunning views of the city skyline, the mansion, located atop Belmont Plateau, was the home of well-known abolitionist and early federal Judge Richard Peters. The Women’s Heritage Society offers docent-led and       self-guided tours of the museum Tuesday through Friday and on weekends by appointment. Insider Fact: Belmont Plateau, referenced in “Summertime” by Will Smith and DJ Jazzy Jeff, is also featured in the duo’s music video. Liberty Bell Center6th & Market Streets (Historic District)  | (800) 537-7676 The Liberty Bell was not only used for the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence, but in the 1800s, it also became a symbol of the anti-slavery movement. The Bell continues to be used as an international symbol of freedom today. Paul Robeson House 4949-4951 Walnut Street | (215) 747-4675  Renaissance man Paul Robeson was an actor, orator, activist, lawyer, author, linguist, athlete, singer, scholar and human rights activist. Tour the West Philadelphia home where he lived during the last 10 years of his life. The President’s House: Freedom and Slavery in the Making of a New Nation6th & Market Streets (Historic District) Just steps from the Liberty Bell, the President’s House deals with the paradox of slavery and freedom and commemorates the lives of the nine enslaved Africans who lived and worked in the first executive mansion when George Washington was president. The innovative outdoor site features video, original archaeology and glass interpretive panels, all telling different perspectives of this complex and powerful story. Deschler-Morris House The Germantown White House 5442 Germantown Avenue | (215) 597-7130  While many people look to Washington D.C. as the original White House, those in the know know that Philadelphia is home to the oldest presidential residence in the United States.  The Deschler-Morris House was the summer home of President George Washington and after an extensive renovation, now features multimedia components that allow visitors to get a glimpse into the private life of the nation’s first commander-in-chief. Historic Philadelphia Legacy SitesThe African American Museum in Philadelphia701 Arch Street  | (215) 574-0380 The perfect starting point for your African-American tour, the museum invites visitors to experience face-to-face encounters with the bold and fearless people who helped form our nation through its acclaimed core exhibit Audacious Freedom: African Americans in Philadelphia 1776-1876. The exhibition provides a multimedia historical overview of the African-American story with videos, a detailed, interactive timeline and more.  Every month, the museum features events like art exhibitions, storytelling, historical character interpretations, film series and musical celebrations, almost all of which are free with admission.Insider Tip: Check out special programming during Kwanzaa (December-January), Martin Luther King’s Birthday (January) and Black History Month (February) Insider Tips & Facts Insider tip: Independence Visitor CenterOffering tickets to Independence Hall (free, timed tickets), Mural Arts tours, the National Constitution Center and various city tours and attractions, the Independence Visitor Center is a convenient stop at any point during your stay (especially the beginning part of your visit), located at 6th & Market Streets. In addition to two cafés, the Center features revolving exhibitions, free short movies, a gift shop and free wireless internet access. Insider tip: President Obama’s “A More Perfect Union” While in Historic Philadelphia, stop by the National Constitution Center (525 Arch Street) and look for President Barack Obama’s signed copy of his famous speech on race, “A More Perfect Union.” Insider tip: Trace Your Genealogy Trace your genealogy at The National Archives at Philadelphia (900 Market Street, entrance on Chestnut Street between 9th & 10th Streets)—and on select Wednesdays, take part in their genealogy workshops between 12:00 noon and 2:00 p.m. Experience free exhibits exploring how “We, the people” have worked to make the American democracy apply to everyone, and connect to your family’s story.             Audacious Freedom exhibition at the African American Museum in Philadelphia(Photo by. G. Widman for GPTMC) The African Gallery at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology & Anthropology 3260 South Street | (215) 898-4000 The African gallery here is probably the closest you’ll come to visiting an entire continent in one day. Materials on display come from a collection that includes more than 11,000 items from throughout the vast land of Africa. The museum’s annual Celebration of African Cultures and its extensive ancient Egyptian galleries and programs always draw a crowd. Once Upon a Nation Storytelling Benches Throughout Historic Philadelphia, begin at the Independence Visitor Center, 6th & Market Streets | (215) 629-4026 Memorial Day – Labor Day, 11:00 am – 4:00 pmWhat’s more pleasant than taking a break on a cozy bench on a summer day?  How about listening to fun, exciting and sometimes silly tales of the history of Philadelphia from trained storytellers?  Kids can request a flag at any of the benches, collect stars after visiting each bench and redeem fun, free prizes after collecting stars from all thirteen benches.Insider Tip: Give the secret password—available at the Independence Visitor Center—to storytellers, and they’ll reveal tales about Underground Railroad heroes such as James Forten, Oney Judge and Jane Johnson. Cliveden of the National Trust 6401 Germantown Avenue (Historic Germantown)  | (215) 848-1777  Home to the wealthy and influential Chew family and the scene of the Revolutionary Battle of Germantown in 1777, Cliveden offers guided tours of the mansion. New research into Chew’s papers reveals much about slavery and the daily life on Northern plantations. Philly 360° Legacy is your guide to African-American history in Philadelphia—from the President’s House and Mother Bethel, which highlight Philadelphia as a center for abolition and civil rights, to the African American Museum in Philadelphia and PHILADANCO spotlighting Philadelphia’s cultural legacy and significance. Here is list of our top historic sites and cultural attractions. Historic Germantown Legacy Sites ACES MUSEUM 5801-5803 Germantown Avenue (Historic Germantown) | (215) 842-3742  The ACES MUSEUM is a rarity, in that its sole purpose is to honor African-American and minority veterans of World War II and their families.  ACES is also home to the Puppets with History and Reenactment Programs. The museum offers free admissionon on Tuesday afternoons. PHILADANCO 9 N. Philadanco Way (40th & Market Streets) | (215) 387-8200  Joan Myers Brown founded The Philadelphia Dance Company (PHILADANCO) in 1970 to provide opportunities for Black dancers. PHILADANCO has since become an internationally sought out contemporary dance company, known for its high-energy performances and exceptionally well-trained precision dancers and eclectic choreography. You can see the company perform at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, located at 260 S. Broad Street, each spring and fall. Insider tip:  Catch PHILADANCO’s annual holiday performance, Xmas Philes. Mother Bethel African Methodist Episcopal (A.M.E.) Church and Richard Allen Museum419 S. 6th Street (Historic District) | (215) 925-0616 Standing on the oldest parcel of land continuously owned by African Americans, perhaps no site is more sacred than Mother Bethel. The church is one of the first independent black churches in the nation and has remained a center of social activism since the 1700s. The museum features original artifacts dating back to the 1500s. Listen to Bishop Leath talk about the history of Mother Bethel here.Insider tip: Mention Philly 360° at the Blacksmith Shop to receive 10% off your purchase.  West Philadelphia Legacy Sites Additional Insider Tips & Facts Insider fact: The Philadelphia Tribune The oldest, continually published African-American newspaper in the nation, The Tribune, founded in 1884, remains a strong voice in Philadelphia’s African-American community. It’s published three times a week and available at newsstands around town. Insider fact: Philadelphia Museum of Art African-American architect Julian Abele played a large role in designing the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Insider fact: Church of the Advocate One of the best American examples of Gothic Revival style, the Church of the Advocate was a center for the Civil Rights Movement and was the site for the National Conference of Black Power in 1968 and the Black Panther Conference in 1970. Today, the functioning church features powerful murals depicting “stations” of the Civil Rights Movement. The Church also hosts performances and programs presented by Art Sanctuary (see below listing).  Listen to former Pastor Isaac Miller talk about the history of Church of the Advocate and Art Sanctuary here. Insider fact: Art Sanctuary Art Sanctuary uses the power of black art to transform individuals, unite groups of people and enrich and draw inspiration from the inner city. The organization presents lectures, performances and educational programs at its large performance venue the Church of the Advocate at 1801 W. Diamond Street and at its gallery at 628 S. 16th Street. Art Sanctuary’s largest signature program, the Celebration of Black Writing takes place during the first weekend in June at Temple University. Art Sanctuary is opening it’s new space, details here.  Listen to former Pastor Isaac Miller talk about the history of Church of the Advocate and Art Sanctuary here. Insider tip: Brandywine Workshop A major force in the creation, development and promotion of printmaking as a fine art, Brandywine Workshop has exhibitions and a great store featuring high quality affordable prints. Concord School House and Upper Burying Ground 6309 Germantown Avenue (Historic Germantown)  | (215) 844-1683  By the 1850s, African Americans had begun to rent this first English-language schoolroom to teach penmanship and host meetings to advance the abolitionist cause and education for African Americans. Tour this original one-room schoolhouse. Insider’s Tip: Make time to tour the burying ground outside of the schoolhouse, which is the final resting place of soldiers of the American Revolution, the War of 1812 and the Mexican War.last_img read more

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Standardizing the Hospital Discharge Summary in a Metro Area

first_imgThere’s essentially a 1-in-5 chance that a Medicare patient will be readmitted within 30 days of being discharged from a hospital.The U.S. government estimates $17 billion USD a year could be saved by preventing unnecessary readmissions through better care coordination, not to mention the improved quality of life and lowered infection risk for patients who don’t have to go back to the hospital.Under new federal rules, hospitals with readmission rates considered too high now carry risk of having portions their Medicare reimbursements withheld.The hospital discharge summary is an important document to aid communication that can prevent unnecessary returns to the hospital. If incorporated into an effective workflow, it helps open a window of opportunity for patients and their normal care teams to get on the same page with the hospital on next steps, such as making follow-up appointments, monitoring to prevent complications, managing a new medication regimen, etc.So, if each hospital creates a better discharge process, we will tackle the readmission problem, right?Not entirely. The problem, especially in metropolitan areas, is that patients go to several providers, and a few different hospitals. Therefore, the needed care coordination cannot be confined to one hospital alone. It needs to be spread across the community, including the patient, the patient’s primary care provider, specialists, and in some cases, non-traditional health workers. And to do that efficiently, communities need to standardize the discharge document as well as some targeted post-discharge interventions. That’s the fundamental premise behind an important project that a small Intel team joined in the metropolitan area of Portland, Ore.  We were honored to work with a team led by Melinda Muller, MD, of Legacy Health, who directs a pilot to standardize the discharge summary and process.We describe the project and its initial lessons in a new whitepaper: Developing Community-Based, Standardized Hospital-Discharge Summaries.There are other efforts all over the world to improve the discharge summary process. We’re interested in your thoughts.What’s happening in your community?last_img read more

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Servant of the People Netflix has acquired Servant

first_imgServant of the PeopleNetflix has acquired Servant of the People and the hit Ukrainian comedy drama will play on the SVOD operator’s international services.It has landed a show currently in the news, after Fox optioned it last week, with a view to making a US version.The deal is global, meaning Netflix will bring the original version of the show to international viewers ahead of any US version getting underway.Ron Howard and Brian Grazer production company Imagine Entertainment will make the US version of the show, which follows an ordinary teacher who, after venting his spleen at the state of the country in a YouTube video, is persuaded to run for president. He wins the election, and the series follows his new life running the country. Eccho Rights distributes the format and finished show and struck the Fox deal. The original show is produced by Ukrainian production company Kvartal 95, which is now making season two and a Servant of the People feature film.Vladimir Zelenskiy, co-founder and creative producer of the production company said: “We are very proud to be the producers of the Ukrainian series [for which] Netflix acquired the worldwide.“This deal demonstrates to the world that Ukraine can produce good content for a worldwide distribution and opens new opportunities for Ukrainian productions. Since the story is universal and understandable to people from all over the world, we believe that millions of Netflix viewers worldwide will enjoy watching the series”.last_img read more

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Reproductive cycle may provide new window into Alzheimers disease risk among women

first_img Source:http://www.sfn.org/ Related StoriesAXT enhances cellular research product portfolio with solutions from StemBioSysTAU’s new Translational Medical Research Center acquires MILabs’ VECTor PET/SPECT/CTResearch sheds light on sun-induced DNA damage and repairAD begins to develop decades before the first clinical symptoms emerge. This means the disease may already be progressing during a woman’s reproductive years. Dena Dubal and colleagues asked whether the hormones — specifically estrogen — released during the natural ovarian cycle promote disease progression in at-risk individuals.Despite similarities in cycle length and fertility, the researchers found AD model mice spent a greater portion of time in stages with high estrogen levels than control mice. These stages were associated with impaired learning and memory and abnormal activity in AD-affected brain regions. The researchers also observed a sharp increase in beta-amyloid production during one of the high-estrogen stages. These findings emphasize the importance of incorporating female biology into the study of nervous system disorders. Dec 5 2018Female mice destined to develop Alzheimer’s-like pathology and related cognitive impairments display a unique pattern of fluctuation in sex hormones during the ovarian cycle, finds new research published in eNeuro. This study suggests the natural reproductive cycle may provide a new window into Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) risk among young women.last_img read more

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Bengal farmers son is key scientist in Chandrayaan2 mission

first_img Next Bengal farmer’s son is key scientist in Chandrayaan-2 missionThe son of a Bengali farmer, Chandrakanta is a key part of Chandrayaan-2, India’s most ambitious space project.advertisement Indrajit Kundu KolkataJuly 16, 2019UPDATED: July 16, 2019 15:14 IST Son of a Bengali farmer, Chandrakanta is a key part of Chandrayaan-2, India’s most ambitious space project.From working in fields with his father to leading a part of the Chandrayaan-2 mission, Chandrakanta has come a long way.The son of a Bengali farmer, Chandrakanta is a key part of Chandrayaan-2, India’s most ambitious space project.Even though the launch of the lunar mission was postponed, the family could not be any more proud their son’s achievements.Chandrakanta’s father, Madhusudan Kumar, who lives in Shibpur village in Hooghly district with his wife, was up all night on Sunday to catch the launch live along with the entire village.”I don’t understand much about the work but since his seniors were confident of his work therefore he has been given such a big responsibility,” Madhusudan Kumar told India Today TV.”We are a little sad that after the whole night’s wait the launch has been postponed but we are hopeful that it will be successful,” Chandrakanta’s father said.After joining Isro in 2001, Chandrakanta climbed the ladder steadily to become a key scientist in the prestigious Chandrayaan-2 project. He was made incharge of the satellite system that is pivotal ensuring a communication link between the Moon rover and the mission control back on Earth.Chandrakanta’s brother Shashikant is also a scientist at Indian space agency. Interestingly, both sons are named after the Moon.Read | Chandrayaan-2 launch: Why mission to Moon was deferredRead | Lunar eclipse 2019: When and where to watch partial lunar eclipseWatch | Bengal farmer’s scientist son is now a key member of Chandrayaan-2For the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byArshi Aggarwallast_img read more

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Srisailam gets huge inflows as Karnataka dams release waterSrisailam gets huge inflows

first_imgSHARE SHARE EMAIL Jurala sees hydel power generation  Brimming Almatti, Narayanpur and Tungabhadra dams in Karnataka have forced authorities to release water downstream. This has resulted in copious inflows into Srisailam dam over the past few days.The Srisailam dam, which had reached a low of 790 ft as against full reservoir level of 885 feet and full storage capacity of 215 tmc, has seen the water raising to 850.3 feet (as of 5 pm) in the past three-four days.It has been receiving flood water from Tungabhadra, and also from Jurala, enabling the latter to generate about 310 mw of hydel power and also release water to Srisailam.According to data from the Reservoir Monitoring Systems, the Srisailam dam has been receiving more than 2,19,368 cusecs of water as Almatti dam, whose full reservoir level is 1705 feet has water up to 1702 ft and releasing 1,71,068 cusecs and Narayanpur dam whose FRL if 1615 ft and current level of 1611.5 ft releasing 1,49,843 cusecs.The water that is being released from Karnataka through Almatti and then from Narayanpur is flooding the Jurala project, which is able to generate hydel power from all of its units and in the process is also releasing water from hydel plants and by lifting crest gates downstream.About 1,72,746 cusecs is being released to Srisailam.If the current trend continues, Srisailam dam is expected to get more water and its capacity could significantly go up from about 80.5 TMC as against full storage capacity of 215.8 tmc.However, the huge Nagarjunasagar downstream on the Krishna has not received much inflows. As against its FRL of 590 ft, it is currently at 510.9 ft and as against full storage of 312 tmc, the current storage is merely 133 tmc.The huge inflows into Srisailam augurs well for irrigation in the catchment areas upstream of the dam. However, the filling up of both Srisailam and later Nagarjunasagar would make both Telugu States, who are lower riparian States, happy both for irrigation and drinking water security.Unlike last year, the dams on Krishna river system have seen good inflows in July itself, bringing cheer to the farming community. SHARE Andhra Pradesh July 23, 2018 Karnatakacenter_img Published on COMMENTS rivers water (natural resource) COMMENTlast_img read more

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Immigration DG Students detention followed procedure

first_img Nation 1d ago Following protest, police increase presence outside Nigerian High Comm Related News Related News Nation 1d ago Wisma Putra: No protest outside Malaysian High Comm in Nigeria KUALA LUMPUR: The Nigerian, whose death while in custody led to a protest here, was arrested and detained according to procedure, says Immigration director-general Datuk Khairul Dzaimee Daud.He said Thomas Orhions Ewan­siha, 34, was picked up on July 4 following raids on apartments in Desa Aman Puri here. He explained that the raids were conducted following complaints by residents about drugs, prostitution and public intoxication in the area. “At that time, a group of foreigners had tried to run away. The person in question (Ewansiha) had also fled but was successfully detained by our officers,” he said in a statement yesterday. Volume 90%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9 facebook twitter Email Linkhttps://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2019/07/13/immigration-dg-students-detention-followed-procedure/?jwsource=clCopied EmbedCopiedLive00:0001:2801:28  While his papers were deemed valid, he said the officers were suspicious due to his actions at the time.Ewansiha was detained and transferred to the Bukit Jalil depot. Khairul Dzaimee said Ewansiha did not disclose any pre-existing medical condition to the officers. However, medical treatment was administrated to him for an old thigh injury.“At 12.05am on July 9, other detainees told the officers on duty that the subject had a seizure in his sleep. Immediate medical aid was given and the hospital was contacted to assist as well. “An ambulance from HUKM (Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia Medical Centre) as well as an assistant medical officer arrived at 12.30am and attempted to help the subject. However, he was pronounced dead,” he said. The department, he said, was still waiting for a complete medical report and the cause of death.City police chief Comm Datuk Seri Mazlan Lazim has called for calm among after a protest was held on Thursday morning at the Nigerian High Commission.The situation escalated when the protesters were not allowed into the office there. “However, they dispersed when told to do so by the police,” he saidMeanwhile, a Wisma Putra spokesman said that there was no protest outside the Malaysian High Com­mission in Nigeria on the matter. Nation 1d ago Nigerian tried to flee during raid, says Immigration {{category}} {{time}} {{title}}last_img read more

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Bill to make sexual crimes gender neutral introduced in Parliament

first_imgBill to make sexual crimes gender neutral introduced in ParliamentSpeaking to India Today TV, KTS Tulsi said that he would be sending the bill to several members of Parliament as it was a “social issue and not a political issue”.advertisement Aneesha Mathur New DelhiJuly 13, 2019UPDATED: July 13, 2019 22:55 IST The bill was brought before Parliament on Friday. (Photo: PTI)Postponed in 2013 amidst the outrage following the Nirbhaya rape case, the issue of making sexual offences gender neutral was once again brought before Parliament on Friday. Senior lawyer and Parliamentarian KTS Tulsi introduced a private members bill before the Rajya Sabha to introduce amendments in the criminal laws to make sexual offences gender neutral.Speaking to India Today TV, KTS Tulsi said that he would be sending the bill to several members of Parliament as it was a “social issue and not a political issue”.”Law needs to be balanced. The balance has been disturbed. All sexual offences should be gender neutral. Men, women, and other genders can be perpetrators and also victims of these offences. Men, women and others need to be protected,” Tulsi said.The bill proposes amendments in the Indian Penal Code (IPC), the Criminal procedure Code and the Indian Evidence Act to ensure that the words “any man” and “any woman” in the sections relating to sexual offences in the laws are changed to read as “any person”.This would extend the protection of the law to women, men and transgender persons.The bill also points out that there has been a “spate of incidents resulting in injuries, psychological trauma and death of persons at the hands of offenders belonging to either gender or sex on account of various sexual offences and exploitation committed against them”.Apart from other changes, the bill also calls for inserting a new offence in the rape laws – to include punishment for “touching” without penetration of the genitals of the victim.It calls for the insertion of S375A in the IPC, to punish “sexual assault” defined as “intentionally touches the genitals, anus or breast of the person or makes the person touch the vagina, penis, anus or breast of that person or any other person, without the other person’s consent except where such touching is carried out for proper hygienic or medical purposes”.While changes in S375 under the 2013 amendment act redefined ‘rape’ as penetration or insertion and introduced stricter punishment for sexual harassment and molestation under section 354, this provision calls for a new offence of “sexual assault” which would carry a punishment of up to three years imprisonment.The statement of objects for the bill claims that it is meant to “provide for effective protection of the Constitutional rights of all persons vulnerable to sexual exploitation and offences, to punish acts of sexual assault and rape of all persons including but not limited to men and transgender persons in addition to the protection afforded to women under the existing penal laws and punish offenders of any sex or gender thereto”.Interestingly, by changing the definition of the perpetrator and victim of sexual assault from “man ” and “woman” to “any person”, the bill allows for recognition of not only transgender persons defined as the ‘other’ gender under Indian law, but would potentially leave the door open for the recognition of other gender identities.The issue was raised in a PIL before the Supreme Court last year. The court had then declined to pass any orders, noting that the matter required legislation to be passed, which was the domain of Parliament.Also Read | Rajya Sabha passes Aadhaar amendment Bill, allows to file complaint in case of security breachAlso Watch | UP law panel drafts stringent law for mob lynching, recommends life termFor the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byChanchal Chauhan Nextlast_img read more

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