Earth Dance Brings Rain

first_imgSix thousand years ago, hippos lounged in lush land that is now the Sahara, and Lake Chad was as large as the Caspian Sea is today. But just how yesterday’s savannas became today’s sand dunes has stumped scientists for decades. Now new research, reported in today’s issue of Science, suggests that wiggles in Earth’s orbit may have dried up the monsoons that once watered the region.Seasonal changes warm and cool the continents, but leave the oceans relatively undisturbed. The resulting temperature differences between land and sea drive monsoons–steady winds that change direction twice a year. Summer monsoons bring Northern Africa most of its rain during a 90-day stretch.But climate modelers could never get the monsoons to bring enough water to support the level of vegetation that paleorecords show existed in the region 6000 years ago. Climatologists John Kutzbach and Zhengyu Lui of the University of Wisconsin, Madison, however, thought the precession of Earth’s axis might be the missing ingredient. Earth spun closer to the sun during the Northern Hemisphere summers 6000 years ago, causing an estimated 5% more solar radiation to bathe Northern Africa than it receives today. The warmer climate overall, the researchers say, could have warmed the North Atlantic sea, drawing wet monsoon rains up from lower latitudes.To test the hypothesis, Kutzbach and Lui ran an ocean model that responded to the increased radiation, then fed the revised ocean temperatures into an atmosphere model. The results, remarkably, predicted just the amount of rain–a 25% increase over previous models–and the places it fell to match the historical records. The Sahara began to dry up about 5000 years ago.David Rind, a climate modeler at the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York City, says the monsoon mechanism is sound, but warns that a more integrated climate model may give different results. “The atmosphere and the ocean are both complex dynamical systems,” he says, noting that computers are still not up to the task of handling them both at the same time.last_img read more

Gautam Gambhir undergoes scan on his back

first_imgGautam Gambhir underwent an MRI scan for a back problem ahead of Monday’s game. The opener had gone to Delhi after the second ODI in Visakhapatnam and came to the city late on Sunday. It is learnt he also underwent a few other scans, though details couldn’t be gathered. Gambhir was hit on the elbow during this year’s England tour and later suffered a concussion when he hit his head trying to take a catch.last_img

Parents held for severely beating their 4-yr-old son in Tgana

first_imgHyderabad, Jan 7 (PTI) A couple was today arrested for allegedly injuring their four-year-old son by beating him up severely in Medak district of Telangana.Shiv Kumar and his wife Radha, residents of Patancheru town, allegedly thrashed their son with a cane for going out of the house often, police Sub-Inspector Bharat Kumar said.Some locals saw the boy with bruises on his face, hands and a swollen eye and alerted the police following which they went to his house and took him to a government hospital, he said.”On a complaint by the district Child Welfare Committee president, a case under sections 323 (causing hurt) and 324 (causing hurt by dangerous weapons or means) of the IPC and section 23 (cruelty to juvenile or child) under the Juvenile Justice Act was registered against the parents,” Kumar said.They were arrested and the boy has been shifted to a childrens home in Ameenpur, he said, adding investigation was underway. PTI VVK KRK NSD RDSlast_img read more

SPORT-LD IND 3

first_imgEarlier, Rohit smashed his way to 171 as India piled up Earlier, Rohit smashed his way to 171 as India piled up an imposing 309 for 3 against Australia after Mahendra Singh Dhoni won the toss. En route his ninth ODI hundred, the stylish right-hander from Mumbai broke a plethora of records, including the one where he surpassed Sir Vivian Richards 153 which has been the highest individual score against Australia in an ODI Down Under for the last 37 years. Rohit faced 163 balls hitting 13 boundaries and seven huge sixes. He also added 207 runs for the second wicket with vice-captain Virat Kohli (91), who missed a well-deserved hundred. The Indian vice-captain hit 9 boundaries and a six. Australia got a taste of Rohits blazing blade especially towards the end when India scored 61 off the last five overs. Their partnership was the highest second for India against Australia in the ODIs surpassing the previous best of 199 set by Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman in Indore back in 2001. The Rohit-Kohli combination tore apart an inexperienced Australian attack as their debutant duo of left-arm fast bowler Joel Paris (0/53 in 8 overs) and right arm medium fast Scott Boland (0/74 in 10 overs) were taken to the cleaners. Opener Shikhar Dhawan (9) and Rohit had a tough ask during the start as dense clouds had gathered over the WACA. Josh Hazlewood (1-41) got off to a wayward start and Rohit capitalised on it in style. At the other end, local boy Paris (0-53) made a decent start to his international career, but then the Indian openers got the better off him too. Rohit looked good from the word go, and Dhawan ought to have played second fiddle but he didnt seem comfortable at the crease. He was out caught off a mistimed pull shot in the 7th over off Hazlewood, with the score reading 36/1. Kohli then walked in and the Australian bowlers werent given a breath of relief. The partnership got off to a cautious start, especially as the new batsman looked to settle in. But the two batsmen ran hard between the wickets, and Rohit got the boundaries easily, his swivel-six off Paris a highlight. The 50-mark came up in the 10th over, and thereafter runs came at a canter. Kohli got into his groove nicely with two glorious boundaries in the 10th over off Paris, one through mid-wicket and the other down the ground. (MORE) PTI CN KHS PM KHSadvertisementlast_img read more

ICC to trial TV umpires for front-foot no-ball calls

first_img Press Trust of India New DelhiAugust 6, 2019UPDATED: August 6, 2019 21:54 IST Umpires and players look at the stumps (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSThe system was put to test before in the ODI series between England and Pakistan in 2016The ICC official said the world body needs to implement the system in all its official matchesThe idea is the third umpire will be presented an image of the front-foot landing within a few secondsThe ICC will soon empower TV umpires to take a call on front foot no-balls on a trial basis, the world body’s General Manager (Cricket Operations) Geoff Allardice said.The ICC will test the new system in a few indentified limited-overs series over the next six months and if the experiment pans out to be a success, on-field umpires could lose the right to call no-balls for overstepping in future.”Broadly, yes (the same technology as 2016 will be used),” Allardice, told ESPNcricinfo.”The idea is the third umpire will be presented an image of the front-foot landing within a few seconds. He would communicate to the on-field umpire that a no ball has been delivered, so every delivery on the field would be played as a fair delivery until called otherwise.”The system was put to test before in the ODI series between England and Pakistan in 2016.”The footage is shown on a slight delay, it goes to super slo-mo as the foot approaches the point of landing and then it freezes,” Allardice said.”The routine works well, with the third umpire judging the no-ball off a picture that is not always shown on the broadcast.”The ICC’s decided to test the system again after its Cricket Committee recommended to use it in as many limited overs matches as possible.”The Cricket Committee recommended that we do it in all ODIs and T20Is. In 2018 there were about 84,000 balls delivered around the world in those formats in men’s international cricket. So to monitor the no-ball on each of those deliveries at all of the different venues is a big exercise.advertisement”We just need to understand all the challenges before implementing this across all matches,” Allardice said.The ICC official said the world body needs to implement the system in all its official matches.”Can this technology be implemented consistently across the 80 venues that hosted ODIs and T20Is last year? There are different levels of television coverage across these matches, so it will be easier to implement at some matches than at others,” Allardice said.”We now have 104 members who play T20I cricket and many of their matches are not televised, so what do we there? Thinking through all of the implications of introducing this is the exercise for us over the next six months.Read more | Rahul and Deepak Chahar to play together for India for the first timeAlso see:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports 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 byNitin Kumar Tags :Follow ICCFollow TV umpiresFollow no-ballFollow on-field umpires ICC to trial TV umpires for front-foot no-ball callsThe ICC will test the new system in a few indentified limited-overs series over the next six months and if the experiment pans out to be a success, on-field umpires could lose the right to call no-balls for overstepping in future.advertisementlast_img read more

K Line Faces Penalty for PriceFixing in South Africa

first_imgzoom Japanese shipping company Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha Ltd (K Line) is facing a fine for its alleged involvement in a price-fixing cartel, according to South Africa’s competition commission.The commission said it had recommended a fine equivalent to 10 percent of K Line’s local turnover.The authority’s investigation unveiled that from at least 2002 to 2013 K Line, along with Mitsui O.S.K Lines Ltd (MOL), Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha Ltd (NYK) and Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics AS, was involved in price fixing, market division and collusive tendering for shipping Toyota vehicles.The vehicles were shipped from South Africa to Europe, North Africa (Mediterranean Coast) and the Caribbean Islands via Europe, West Africa, East Africa and Red Sea (Latin America).Additionally, the commission found that K-Line, MOL, NYK and WWL agreed on the number of vessels that they were to operate on the South Africa to Europe routes at agreed intervals or frequencies.The parties also agreed on the freight rates that they were to charge Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) for the shipment of Toyota cars.In 2015, NYK and WWL admitted to colluding on this tender and settled with the commission. Japan’s MOL was not fined as it was first to approach the commission and cooperated, according to the authority.last_img read more

Youth Gear up for Tall Ships Atlantic Challenge with SEASTAR

first_imgTall Ships from around the world will sail into Halifax on Thursday, July 16 and more than 50 Nova Scotia youth will participate in Tall Ships Atlantic Challenge with SEASTAR. The SEASTAR Society is Tall Ships Nova Scotia 2009’s charity of choice. It gives youth the opportunity to experience Tall Ships through the eyes of traditional seafarers. The society began in 2007 and launched a pilot program with 20 participants in 2008. The Tall Ships Atlantic Challenge 2009 is an odyssey around the North Atlantic Ocean of more than 7,000 nautical miles. The theme of the challenge is international understanding and friendship. On Monday, July 20, ships head to Belfast, Ireland for the last leg of the race. More than 1,500 crew members are participating internationally. Participants are sponsored by youth-focused organizations. SEASTAR assists with costs and handles the logistics of the voyage. “I’ve only ever been on a tour of the Tall Ships and I’ve never sailed,” said Angela MacKenzie, a 15 year-old participant. “I think the learning experience of sailing a Tall Ship will be amazing.” MacKenzie will take part in a three-week journey on the Virginia Schooner vessel from New London to Halifax, and will continue on to Portland, Me. “Sail training is recognized as a powerful learning opportunity for helping young people build self-confidence,” said Dr. Sheila Brown, chair of The SEASTAR Society. “The lessons learned aboard a ship can be transferred to the trainee’s everyday life and help them achieve their goals.” SEASTAR will be a prominent part of the Tall Ships Nova Scotia 2009 event. There will be a SEASTAR booth at Sackville Landing on the Halifax Waterfront daily from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Proceeds from public pancake breakfasts on Friday, July 17, and Saturday, July 18, will be donated to the organization. On Saturday, July 18, SEASTAR youth will parade along Lower Water Street as part of the Tall Ships Nova Scotia 2009 Crew Parade. “Knowing that young Nova Scotians are gaining life and sailing experiences as part of this incredible international gathering makes the event even more special,” said Colin MacLean, president and CEO of Waterfront Development Corporation Limited. “Supporting the efforts of SEASTAR is very rewarding.” For more information about The SEASTAR Society e-mail info@seastarsociety.ca or call 902-405-7700. Trainees interested in the 2010 program should visit seastarsociety.ca in October 2009. For more information on Tall Ships Nova Scotia 2009 including event schedules and race updates, visit www.tallshipsnovascotia.com .last_img read more

Province Moving Tourism Jobs to Windsor

first_imgThe province will establish the new Nova Scotia Tourism Agency in Windsor, fulfilling a commitment to move good jobs outside metro and support families and businesses in rural communities, Percy Paris, Minister of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism, announced today, Sept. 6. “For years governments centralized jobs in the city while rural communities struggled. We are doing things differently,” said Mr. Paris. “Tourism plays a significant role in rural economies across the province. Residents depend on the industry for good jobs and the revenue generated to keep their communities strong. It just makes sense to set up this new agency where it will have a greater impact.” Establishing the agency outside of Halifax Regional Municipality will move 34 civil service jobs to the Windsor area by the end of September 2013. “This is a boost to our community and our local economy, and a great way to demonstrate that tourism is an industry important to Windsor, and every region across the province,” said Paul Beazley, Mayor of the Municipality of Windsor. The remaining 125 positions will remain with the Department of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism. The majority of these people already work in rural areas, at visitor information centres throughout the province. The province has committed to look for locations outside of Halifax for new and consolidated agencies and offices. This ensures provincial departments and agencies can serve all Nova Scotians in urban and rural areas. “Windsor is the right location for the Nova Scotia Tourism Agency,” said Mr. Paris. “The community is central to many tourism destinations and it is within commutable distance to many of our industry and government partners who are located in Halifax.” Last year, the province announced plans for the new Nova Scotia Tourism Agency, a collaboration between industry and government that will build a more innovative and globally competitive approach to tourism. The interim board of the agency, which has been in place since last September, has completed its mandate to create a permanent charter, recruit a CEO and help to develop a long-term strategy. “I am excited to work with the team and our partners to build our international reputation as a tourism leader and a must-visit destination,” said Patrick Sullivan, the CEO of the agency. “Through this new partnership with industry, we can be more flexible and able to respond to profitable opportunities as they arise to create economic benefit for all Nova Scotians.” Some functions of the former tourism division, including marketing, sales, partnerships, and development, will go to the new agency, while functions such as quality assurance and visitor information centres, will remain with the Department of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism. “Industry and government have been working in true collaboration to establish the Nova Scotia Tourism Agency and set a long-term strategy that will help Nova Scotia reach its greatest potential,” said Tom Ruth, chair of the interim board of the Nova Scotia Tourism Agency. “The formation of the agency is a big step towards allowing Nova Scotia to become more competitive as a world-class destination.” “Tourism is a global industry and every day we are competing with new destinations,” said Darlene Grant Fiander, president of the Tourism Industry Association of Nova Scotia. “The tourism industry is anxious to see the new agency up and running. As government realigns its investment in the sector and brings renewed focus to economic growth, the NSTA represents a new era for tourism in the province.” The inaugural board of the Nova Scotia Tourism Agency will be announced in the coming weeks.last_img read more

Kia Motors launches Seltos SUV at starting of Rs 969 lakh

first_imgMumbai: Korean auto major Kia Motors on thursday made its debut in India with the launch of an SUV, Seltos, at an introductory price of Rs 9.69 lakh.Seltos, a mid-sized SUV, is manufactured at the carmaker’s Ananthpur plant in Andhra Pradesh. The model comes in both petrol and diesel variants.Kia has entered the Indian market at a time when the domestic automotive industry is facing the worst slowdown in more than two decades.The company has already seen as many as 32,035 bookings till date, said Manohar Bhat, vice president and head of marketing, Kia Motors.The prebookings for Seltos SUV commenced online as well as on its 206 sales points in the country on July 16.last_img read more

Mark Ronson Hosts The Other Ball For Arms Around The Child

first_imgEarlier this week, Arms Around The Child launched The Other Ball at the Highline Ballroom in New York City.Hosted by British producer Mark Ronson, The Other Ball featured an incredible performance by The Black Keys. Producer Jeff Bhasker served as the Musical Director for performances by A$AP Rocky, Mikky Ekko, Lykke Li, Miguel and Nate Ruess from fun.. Samantha Ronson was on-site as the house DJ for the night.On the first day of snow, guests sat on Rococo furniture in front of fireplaces listening to the most culturally relevant bands and artists today at the fundraiser event. The Black Keys performed a 30-minute set, including “Ten Cent Pistol” and “Little Black Submarines.” Lykke Li performed “I Follow Rivers” and debuted a new song. Nate Ruess entertained the room with his hit single “We Are Young” and a cover of the Prince classic “Let’s Go Crazy.” Miguel brought the crowd to its feet with his classics “Adorn” and “Sure Thing.” Alicia Keys and filmmaker David Lynch attended by video with messages for the evening’s honorees.Clive Davis spoke to the crowd about the critical need to help children living in extreme adversity and commended Leigh Blake, President of Arms Around the Child, for her 25-year history working as an advocate. Leonardo DiCaprio was also in attendance. All proceeds from the event went towards helping Arms Around the Child support children living in extreme adversity.Leigh Blake, who co-founded Keep A Child Alive with Alicia Keys, is a harbinger of AIDS advocacy work. Over the years, Blake has made her mark in using the power of fame and celebrity to make the world a better place. One of the evening’s honorees, famed photographer and Rolling Stone icon, Mark Seliger, said in a speech last night, “Bono and I both agree. There are three things in life that are certain: You will pay taxes, you will die and you WILL say yes to Leigh Blake.”“Leigh has brought punk rock to the charity world,” added Peter Edge, CEO of RCA Records, who was also honored last night as a quiet revolutionary.Arms Around the Child auctioned off an array of incredible items and experiences including couture leather bears that were custom designed and donated to the auction by top fashion designers, including Christian Louboutin, Topshop, Topman, Alexander Wang, Simon Doonan, Opening Ceremony, Chromat and Thom Browne.“Through the auction at The Other Ball, Arms Around the Child will be able to protect many kids who would otherwise be prey to sexual abuse, exploitation, hunger and neglect,” said Leigh Blake. “I am incredibly thankful to all those who came out to support our cause last night.”The Other Ball is a new annual fundraising event that harnesses the power of the collective to benefit children suffering in the developing world. Millions of children have lost their parents, become infected with HIV or other diseases, fallen prey to those out to harm them and have been trafficked, sold or sexually abused. Arms Around the Child wants to provide safe, loving homes to as many of these children as possible and advocate for a kinder world for children.AATC works to provide a loving home, medical treatment, protection, respect and education for children who have lost their parents to AIDS or who are living in adversity, suffering from sexual abuse, neglect, or exploitation. Providing a sense of community, safety, and understanding for children who are vulnerable, living in child headed households, abused, neglected, stigmatized or abandoned is at the heart of our mission. AATC advocates for the needs of these children so they may be the last generation to experiences the trauma of losing their parents from preventable, treatable diseases. AATC believes in a global future where all children in adversity have their lives transformed into a bright future.last_img read more

THE WANNABE FACES OF CANADIAN COMEDY

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Have you seen The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel? It’s brilliant. I’m a huge fan of the show’s writers, and an even bigger fan of stand-up comedy. Sadly, the show only has an eight-episode season, leaving me wanting so much more. So, naturally, I turned to the archives and found the perfect salve – The Next Big Thing series.On Maisel, Midge literally stumbles into stand-up when she wanders on-stage and starts ranting about her husband. Stream-of-conscious comedy is her thing, and she does it well. But for most comics, an incredible amount of work goes into producing a set.  When I was learning stand-up, it took me three months to write a semi-solid 5-minutes. Comedians work for years to perfect their act, hoping for a spot that’ll turn into their big break. This is something that’s only touched on in Maisel, but forms the central focus ofThe Next Big Thing.The Next Big Thing follows six comics – Shaun Majumder, Kristeen Van Hagen, Jason Rouse, Laurie Elliott, Dave Martin, and Nikki Payne – as they try to break into the big time by winning a slot in Montreal’s Just for Laughs comedy festival. It follows the specific trajectory of stand-up comics, as opposed to sketch and/or improve groups, like Second City, Kids in the Hall, or the SCTV gang. Advertisement Twittercenter_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Login/Register With:last_img read more

THEY CREATED AN EXPECTATION QUEBEC ARTISTS WAITING FOR NETFLIX INVESTMENTS

first_imgMONTREAL—On a recent episode of Quebec’s popular TV talk show, “Tout le monde en parle,” co-host Dany Turcotte asked Prime Minister Justin Trudeau why he hadn’t heard of any significant Netflix investment in Quebec since a major announcement last year.The U.S. streaming giant committed in September 2017 to investing $500 million over five years in Canadian-produced movies and television shows, in both English and French.“It’s not happening fast,” Turcotte said to Trudeau about Netflix money in Quebec. “There is nothing happening.” The $500-million pledge was supposed to make up for the break given to Netflix, but more than one year after the announcement, francophone Quebec directors, writers and actors are still waiting for a big project.“It’s very disappointing,” said Gabriel Pelletier, head of a union representing 700 film, television and web-based directors in Quebec.“It takes time to develop projects,” he conceded, “but still, there should at least be some deals for developing something.”On the English side, Netflix has made significant moves in Canada over the last year.It recently renewed the show, “Travelers,” created by Canadian Brad Wright and shot in Vancouver. The company has other English-language movies and television shows in production across the country.Montreal-based Muse Entertainment is currently in post-production on “Good Sam,” a US$5-million feature film for Netflix, scheduled to run on the company’s online platform in 2019.Muse Vice-President, Jesse Prupas, said in an interview, “as a producer, I am very happy for this opportunity and it took me years to get it — I’m delighted.”Netflix points to two recent projects involving francophone talent as evidence it has not ignored Quebec.It bought the rights to the 2017 film, “Les affames,” scheduled to appear on the platform in 2019. And the company plans to record four francophone comedians during the next Just for Laughs comedy festival in Montreal as part of an international series featuring 47 comedians from around the world.Writers, editors and actors see signs of goodwill from Netflix, but so far it is not funding any original Quebecois movie or television series.In a statement to The Canadian Press, Netflix said, “we are always on the lookout for the best stories.”The company said its $500-million commitment includes movies and television shows in both English and French, as well as an additional $25 million in market development.“There is more to come,” the company said.Simon Ross, a spokesman for the Heritage Department, declined comment on the progress of Netflix investments but assured Quebec artists, “we have their back when it comes to protecting our culture.” He said the government “expects the company to make the investments stipulated under the Investment Canada Act in both official languages, and we are monitoring it.”Last May, Netflix held a two-day series of meetings in Montreal during which it received numerous pitches. Helene Messier, head of an association that represents 150 independent Quebec production companies in film, television and online, attended one of the events in May.“There were more than 1,000 ideas submitted to Netflix during those meetings,” Messier said in an interview. “I know it can take time to develop projects,” she added, “but I would have hoped that by now we would have at least been able to announce something.”Messier said Netflix “created an expectation” in Quebec last year when it announced its investment, and she remains optimistic.“I think they will deliver,” she said in an interview, “but I don’t know when.”BY GIUSEPPE VALIANTE | THE CANADIAN PRESS The prime minister replied defensively: “On the contrary.” Netflix would invest “even more than they had initially planned to,” he promised.Maybe Trudeau knew something about Netflix’s plans that Turcotte, a Quebec show-business veteran, didn’t. Advertisement But none of the Quebec-based production companies or unions representing actors, directors or writers contacted by The Canadian Press said they have heard of any French-language movie or television series in development by Netflix in the province.Culture is a highly charged issue in Quebec — and it’s no surprise that alongside questions about cannabis legalization and Saudi arm sales the prime minister was put on the spot about Netflix.Melanie Joly, the former heritage minister, lost her portfolio last summer following what was widely seen as a disastrous handling of the Netflix file.Joly was savaged in the Quebec media for her government’s decision not to impose the federal Goods and Services Tax on Netflix or any other online-streaming company.Netflix’s $500-million announcement was seen by cultural and political leaders in the province as a sop to the industry after Ottawa decided against imposing sales taxes on streaming services such as Netflix.It’s a question of equity, said Gilles Charland, director general of the union representing Quebec’s image and sound technicians.“It’s not about adding a tax on people,” Charland said. “It’s about ensuring that whether you’re subscribed to Bell or Videotron or Shaw or Netflix, you pay a tax for using that product.” Login/Register With: Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

Sask nurse Carolyn Strom goes to provinces top court in fouryear landmark

Roger Lepage, a lawyer for the association, said Strom should have taken internal measures instead of speaking publicly and identifying herself as a nurse. He said her post amounted to defamation against care providers at St. Joseph’s.“It’s about the proper balancing of professional conduct and freedom of speech,” he said.“It’s contrary to the public interest for an RN to make a statement that puts into question the confidence they should have in a long-term care centre.”Strom’s lawyer, Marcus Davies, said Strom is now seeking public vindication and an annulment of the fee, which has not yet been paid. He argues his client’s case is fundamentally about freedom of expression. He said he’s optimistic the Court of Appeal, which has a more “vigorous understanding of charter rights,” will be better-equipped to address the case than Queen’s Bench.“Carolyn did not act maliciously,” Davies said. “She did not bring disgrace onto her profession. She did not attack, demean or defame any other healthcare providers. We’re more confident in this case that this will be understood by the panel.”Strom’s case drew international attention and support, particularly from other nurses. A 2017 crowdfunding campaign raised more than $27,000 to cover her fees.The B.C. Civil Liberties Association and the Saskatchewan Nurses Union will reprise their roles as interveners in the upcoming case.Megan Tweedie, a lawyer with the civil liberties association, said her organization is concerned the current ruling could have a ‘chilling effect’ on other health care workers who want to discuss their sector.“We wanted to emphasize the societal costs when internal discipline chills speech that’s critical to our public institutions, especially critical insider knowledge,” Tweedie said.Strom is seeking to overturn the finding of professional misconduct and a cancellation of the fees. The nurse’s association is seeking to uphold the finding and may also seek additional damages, which Lepage estimated could be roughly $5,000.Davies said his client is anxious for the four-year case to come to an end. Barring an appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada, who may not agree to hear the case, this is likely the final decision.“This has really taxed her personally and had impact on her family life,” Davies said. “… it’s only because of all the support she’s received that she’s able to say ‘Yes, let’s appeal.’ ”The case is scheduled to be heard by a three-judge panel at the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal on Sept. 17. The hearing will be live streamed at TheStarPhoenix.com and on the Saskatoon StarPhoenix mobile apps.Related Liam Richards / Saskatoon StarPhoenix A Saskatchewan nurse is making a final attempt this week to overturn charges of professional misconduct resulting from a 2015 Facebook post in which she criticized her grandfather’s end-of-life care.Carolyn Strom is asking the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal to overturn a disciplinary decision from the Saskatchewan Registered Nurses’ Association that her post violated their code of ethics.In the post, Strom said care for her grandfather at St. Joseph’s Health Facility in Macklin was “subpar.”Following a complaint from staff and an investigation, Strom was fined $1,000 for professional misconduct and $25,000 to cover some of the investigation’s costs, which were more than $150,000 as of last year. Strom appealed the decision to Court of Queen’s Bench in 2018, arguing she made the post as a grieving granddaughter and not as a nurse. Her appeal was rejected.Strom says the case has taken a toll on her health and she’s experiencing a range of emotions.“When you keep getting a bad ruling how can a person keep up the hope?” she wrote in a message to The Canadian Press.“But it’s just too important to not give up.” Carolyn Strom, who is appealing the decision by the Saskatchewan Registered Nurses Association that she was guilty of professional misconduct for posting on Facebook about her grandfather’s care, speaks to media outside Court of Queen’s Bench in Saskatoon on Jan. 18, 2018 Saskatchewan Facebook nurse Carolyn Strom loses appeal of $26,000 fine by SRNA Campaign reaches goal to cover fine for Sask. nurse Carolyn Strom over Facebook comment read more

Stronger effort must be made to cement peace deal for South Sudanese

The delegation’s there to express solidarity with the people and leadership of the country, in support of the peace agreement signed early last month in Addis Ababa by President Salva Kiir and his former deputy and political rival, Riek Machar.Speaking after arriving in the capital, Juba, both UN Peacekeeping chief, Jean-Pierre Lacroix, and the head of the UN’s gender equality agency, UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, said there was a need to focus on those most affected by conflict – vulnerable women and children.South Sudan’s development has been stunted by ongoing conflict over the past five years, but there is hope that the new deal will stem the tide of violence across the country, which has resulted in the displacement of more than four million people.We want to be sure that all negotiations going forward must include women in a substantive way. Women need to be supported and protected – Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Women“We are currently at a time where the emphasis has to be put on the implementation of the revitalized peace agreement,” said Jean-Pierre Lacroix. “We are ready to help, we are ready to support and at the same time ready to say that it is very important to take time…for the implementation to be inclusive.”Championing the rights of women who are victims of the conflict, Mr. Lacroix said that women being heard “represents the process of bringing peace to South Sudan.”“There is a glimmer of hope now with the peace agreement, but we know much more needs to be done, and we are here to see how we can help that,” he said. “The only way to bring durable peace is to build an inclusive peace.”While there has been some skepticism about whether the political will exists to implement the peace agreement, the international community hopes that the government and opposition parties will compromise to enable peace to prosper.“The purpose of our visit is to focus on women, peace and security because of the impact of the conflict on women,” said Ms. Mlambo-Ngcuka.“It is to be in solidarity with women and to look at how we can address, in a stronger manner, the challenges that are facing women and girls, especially violence against women.”“We want to be sure that all negotiations going forward must include women in a substantive way. Women need to be supported and protected…but women are also decision makers in their own rights, so it is important to hear their voices,” she said.September’s peace deal has a 35 percent quota of executive appointments set aside for women, “It’s a good step and we would like them to do more,” said the UN Women chief.The Africa Union’s Speciosa Wandira-Kazibwe, who is also the chairperson of the African Women’s Network on Mediation – FemWise, said she wanted to encourage the women of South Sudan and tell them to join men in the struggle to develop the country.Referring to the peace agreement, she said: “What is happening in South Sudan gives us a lot of hope, and with hope, there is innovation, with hope there is rebirth.”She challenged South Sudan’s leaders to end the conflict and work together for peace. “The dream of silencing the guns in Africa is here, and it is up to us to take it – take the bull by the horns now, in South Sudan, to make sure that this region which has been dubbed the Great Lakes Region of conflict, becomes the Great Lakes Region of peace and prosperity,” she said.Female UN police and military personnel held discussions with the joint-delegation which stressed the need for increased numbers of women serving in peacekeeping missions.“We are convinced that peacekeeping with more women is more effective peacekeeping,” said Jean-Pierre Lacroix. “We heard from their experiences. We heard about the challenges they are facing. He said that with more women in the UN Mission in South Sudan, UNMISS, and with more women in peacekeeping operations in general, “we are better at engaging with the population, we are better at creating trust [and] confidence, and therefore we are better at building peace.” read more

1963 Ohio State Buckeyes reflect on hollow victory vs Michigan after John

OSU running back Paul Warfield (42) catches a 35-yard pass from quarterback Don Unverferth late in the second quarter for a touchdown against Michigan Nov. 30, 1963. OSU won, 14-10.Credit: AP wirephoto published by The Lantern Dec. 2, 1963In a typical year for the Ohio State and Michigan football teams, there might not be anything that takes precedence above the rivals’ annual meeting at the end of the regular season. The Game took a backseat in 1963, however, to national tragedy.Nov. 22, 1963, 50 years ago Friday, President John F. Kennedy was assassinated while traveling in a motorcade to an appearance in Dallas. The Ohio State-Michigan game, originally scheduled to be played the following day, was postponed one week — though not immediately.“We were actually at the stadium getting dressed when it was canceled,” Arnie Chonko, a cornerback on the 1963 team, said in an interview with The Lantern. “They didn’t cancel the game until 10 in the morning.”Members of that team acknowledged that had the game gone on as scheduled that Saturday, it would have been difficult to focus on football.“It was just the demeanor of the team was like, this game isn’t really important,” linebacker Ike Kelley said. “It’s a big game and as far as the rivalry goes between the Buckeyes and the Wolverines, but at that particular moment when we heard the news, it really didn’t matter.”Greg Lashutka, a tight end on the 1963 team who later became the mayor of Columbus from 1992 to 2000, said he thought postponing the game — as well as most of the other college football games scheduled around the nation that Nov. 23 — was the “smartest thing that collegiate football did.”“I think that was the right thing to do so people could put themselves around their own reflection, get with their loved ones,” Lashutka said. “I don’t think we could have really played the game very well that next day if we had to. It was hard enough a week later, let alone the day after.”The Game was rescheduled for Nov. 30, the latest a game between OSU and Michigan has been played until this year’s contest, which will also be played Nov. 30.The postponement had a number of effects on the rescheduled game, which the Buckeyes won, 14-10.The official attendance of that game at Michigan Stadium, which had hosted 101,450 people during a game against Michigan State earlier that year, was only 36,424, the lowest of any game at Michigan Stadium that season.The cold, wintry weather that often characterizes late November also played a factor in the game.“It was a really cold day and snowy,” Chonko said. “Not snow on the field, but sort of flurries.”The day had a high of 41 degrees and a low of 27, according to Weather Underground.The postponing had a tangible benefit for the Buckeyes, Kelley said, as it gave a number of injured players another week to heal.“I’m not sure that we would have won that game if we would have played it the next day,” Kelley said.In the aftermath of tragedy, however, Lashutka said the win was a “hollow victory.”“You wanted to play the game, you wanted to win, but it clearly (took) a lot of the enthusiasm out of the classic Ohio State-Michigan rivalry,” Lashutka said. “We all played for the sake of the game and for self-respect, but I don’t believe anybody’s heart was 100 percent in it.”Kelley said even eight days later, the normal thrill of a victory against Michigan was quickly replaced by the reality of what happened Nov. 22.“Everybody was happy that we had won the game but then it was back to the, you know, how’s the country going to heal up after such a horrific incident taking place,” Kelley said.During the game itself, however, Chonko said his focus was solely on OSU’s annual goal in the rivalry game: beat Michigan.“Once you see those helmets, those Michigan Wolverines helmets, you immediately get refocused,” Chonko said. “There’s just something about those damn helmets that just irritate a Ohio boy.”Unlike this year’s game, in which the Buckeyes (10-0) are set to play the Wolverines (7-3) with an eye on berths in the Big Ten Championship Game and in a BCS bowl, OSU’s 1963 season ended on that Nov. 30, as OSU fell short of qualifying for the Rose Bowl by finishing the year with a 5-3-1 record. Still, the OSU players said the win helped bring back some normalcy in what Chonko called a “time of great turmoil.”“We enjoyed it ‘cause we won,” Chonko said. “It would have really looked bad if we would had lost.”Nonetheless, all three players said they still vividly remember, 50 years later, how they felt when they heard about the assassination.“You remember where you were specifically the moment you heard the news,” Kelley said. read more

Former Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel to be inducted into College

Former Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel is set to be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as a member of the 2015 class, the National Football Foundation announced Friday morning.Tressel, along with four other members of the 2015 induction class will be present for the coin toss at the first ever College Football Playoff National Championship Game between the Buckeyes and Oregon Ducks.Tressel, who coached at OSU from 2001-10, compiled a record of 229-78-2 in 24 years as head coach of OSU and Youngstown State, the latter of which he is currently university president.The Mentor, Ohio native’s 94 wins at OSU ranks him third in school history.The height of Tressel’s coaching career came in the 2002 season, when OSU upset the University of Miami in the Fiesta Bowl to cap off a perfect 14-0 season and the Buckeyes’ seventh national championship and first since 1970.OSU made two additional national championship appearances under Tressel but were defeated in back-to-back years by Urban Meyer’s Florida Gators, followed by a 38-24 loss to Louisiana State University. Overall, Tressel had a 6-4 record in bowl games at OSU. He also developed a reputation for dominating Michigan, going 9-1 against the Wolverines.However, he resigned following the “Tattoo-Gate” scandal prior to the 2011 season. As a result of the violations, OSU vacated all 12 of its wins from the 2010 season including a Sugar Bowl win over Arkansas and a win over Michigan.Tressel also enjoyed a great deal of success at Youngstown State prior to being hired by OSU. His Penguins won 135 games, including four Division I-AA championships, in 15 seasons with Tressel at the helm.Tressel joins Kansas State coach Bill Snyder, as well as 15 players, including former Texas running back Ricky Williams, in the 2015 Hall of Fame class. He also joins his late father, former Baldwin-Wallace coach Lee Tressel, who was inducted in 1996. read more

Man arrested on suspicion of murder after mother heard screaming for help

first_imgAssisting @MPSHackney officers searching Finsbury Park for a suspect.— NPAS London (@NPASLondon) March 19, 2017 The neighbour said she later saw two young children being carried out of the building, with one being held very close to a member of the emergency services. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.  Mihai Menea, 29, who lives in the building said: “A neighbour heard the woman screaming in the street and went up to the room.  “He went into the room and the boy was already dead when he found him.  “I couldn’t imagine something like this happening in a million years.”He believed the mother was Romanian and the father is Indian and worked as a night receptionist at The Pembury Hotel round the corner for seven years, but apparently quit his job two days ago.He confirmed the children were twins, a boy and a girl.center_img Scotland Yard said Das was arrested in the Hackney area at 7.15pm on Sunday.He has been taken to an east London police station where he remains in custody.The girl remains in a critical condition in an east London hospital. The Metropolitan Police had been trying to find Das throughout Sunday, releasing an earlier statement saying: “Detectives are urgently trying to trace a man who was at the flat shortly before the injured children were found, but left before emergency services were called. The man has not been seen since this time.”He is Bidhya Sagar Das, 33, of the address in Wilberforce Road where the injured children were found.”If any members of the public see this man or know his whereabouts, they are urged to contact police via 999 immediately.”The incident is believed to be domestic. There has been no arrest at this stage and enquiries continue.”The National Police Air Service helicopter tweeted that it was assisting “officers searching Finsbury Park for a suspect”.A woman living opposite the building, who gave her name as Gui Gui, said she heard a woman shouting late last night and opened the window to offer help.”I was watching TV,” she said. “I heard someone was shouting.”She kept on shouting. I do not know what she was shouting.”I opened the window and I asked her ‘Can I help you, can I call the police for you?’She added: “I said what has happened and she just shouted ‘my kids, my kids’.” A mother was heard screaming “my kids, my kids” after a one-year-old boy was killed and a girl of the same age left fighting for life in an alleged hammer attack.  On Sunday night arrested a man, believed to be the mother’s partner, after a major search.Scotland Yard said Bidhya Sagar Das, 33, was arrested on suspicion of the murder of a one-year-old boy and the attempted murder of a girl of the same age at a flat near Finsbury Park, north London.Das was at the property where the children were injured but left before police and ambulance crews arrived.Both toddlers were discovered with critical injuries at the address on Saturday night and were taken to an east London hospital, where the boy died in the early hours of Sunday morning.Police said that the suspected murder, at a flat in north London on Saturday night, is believed to be domestic. last_img read more

Channel 4 Diana documentary condemned as exploitative and hurtful

first_imgMs Junor said: “This is just another way of exploiting Diana. It’s not what Charles would want and it’s clearly not what the boys would want. It will be deeply hurtful to them.“It seems to me a very bad idea to broadcast these tapes, especially at this difficult time for the family.” Prince Charles with his then fiance Lady Diana Spencer before their wedding, while staying at Craigowan Lodge on the  Balmoral Estate  Penny Junor, the royal biographer who has written studies of the Prince of Wales, Duchess of Cornwall, Prince William and Prince Harry, condemned the decision to screen the tapes. They were broadcast in the US in 2004, but have not been seen since. The BBC bought some of the footage in 2007 but the project was shelved amid claims it would be deemed in bad taste. Asked about the feelings of Princes William and Harry, Mr Lee replied: “It’s not for me to speculate what they’ll think of it.”In the tapes, Mr Settelen asks probing questions about her personal life, in what Channel 4 suggest could have been a practice run for her 1995 Panorama interview. She recalls the night that her relationship with the Prince of Wales, a family friend, turned romantic. “We were sitting on a bale of straw at a barbecue… whereupon he leapt upon me and started kissing me,” she tells Mr Settelen.“Next day he said, ‘Oh, you must come to Buckingham Palace with me. I’ve got some work to do but you wouldn’t mind sitting there while I do my work.’ And I thought, ‘Well, bugger it, I do mind sitting there while you do your work.’ And I said that. And that sort of lit up something in him, because someone answered back.”Diana speaks of the anxiety she suffered during their early public engagements, her struggle with bulimia and how she was left “traumatised” when the Prince was asked in their engagement interview if he was in love and he famously replied: “Whatever love means.”Referring to the Prince’s affair with Camilla Parker Bowles, now Duchess of Cornwall, the princess said: “I remember saying to my husband, ‘Why? Why is this lady around? And he said, ‘Well, I refuse to be the only Prince of Wales that never had a mistress.’” Diana, Princess Of Wales in St Tropez in the summer of 1997, shortly before Diana and boyfriend Dodi were killed in a car crash in Paris on August 31, 1997 Prince Charles with his then fiance Lady Diana Spencer before their wedding, while staying at Craigowan Lodge on the  Balmoral Estate Credit:Tim Graham/Tim Graham Photo Library His solicitor, Marcus Rutherford, said: “For the past 15 years Peter has been reluctant  to show the tapes. But now, coming up to the 20th anniversary, with everyone, including her own children, discussing Diana and revisiting her life, he wants Diana to be able to speak for herself. It’s about giving her a voice.” “She loved Charles, yes. But Charles loved another woman. It’s very hard for any woman when you love someone and you realise that perhaps they don’t love you. I think it made her very sad – devastated. She felt she wasn’t enough,” said Ms Allan.“She told me that she was pregnant and she wanted to give her marriage absolutely everything that she could. She really wanted everybody to feel proud, but particularly Charles. It was very important because of course he was going to be the future king.“She realised that Charles was seeing Camilla, and I just remember being quite horrified about what she was telling me, and at the same time rather shocked. She was worried about what it was that was going on. I know that she did ask Camilla to leave her husband alone. I thought that was quite brave of her actually because I know how much that must have taken for her to do that. “What can you do about it? All you can do is to try to make the marriage work and hope in time that things change, but that’s not really what happened.”Ms Allan tells the programme that the stress of her failing marriage led to the princess suffering from bulimia. Diana, Princess Of Wales n St Tropez in the summer of 1997, shortly before Diana and boyfriend Dodi were killed in a car crash in Paris on August 31, 1997Credit:Michel Dufour/French Selectcenter_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. A decision by Channel 4 to broadcast private video recordings of Diana, Princess of Wales, in which she discusses her failing marriage and her love affair with a royal protection officer has been condemned as “exploitative” and “hurtful”.The princess spoke candidly to her voice coach, Peter Settelen, during a series of meetings at Kensington Palace in 1992-93. He taped them, ostensibly to improve her public speaking technique.Following the princess’s death in 1997, the tapes found their way into the hands of her butler, Paul Burrell. Earl Spencer fought an unsuccessful legal battle to claim them, but they reverted to Mr Settelen. “I was quite happy to give all this up,” she says, gesturing at the palace walls, “just to go off and live with him. Can you believe it?”Manakee was transferred to other duties when rumours of the relationship began circulating. He died in a motorcycle accident weeks later. “It was all found out and he was chucked out and then he was killed. And that was the biggest blow of my life, I must say.”The documentary includes interviews with the princess’s dance teacher from the English National Ballet; one of her closest friends, James Colthurst; her former protection officer, Ken Wharfe; and her former private secretary, Patrick Jephson.Mr Wharfe admitted that “alarm bells went off” when the princess told him that Mr Settelen was recording their conversations. But he said the tapes showed the princess’s true nature and “it’s a film that both William and Harry should see”.A young Prince William can be heard giggling in the background of one of the recordings.Twelve tapes were recorded in total. Mr Settelen has only seven, Channel 4 said, and the whereabouts of the other five remain a mystery.Mr Settelen declined to take part in the documentary. One of the longest excerpts details her relationship with Manakee. “When I was 24, 25, I fell deeply in love with somebody who worked in this environment,” she confides. “I noticed that she had lost a little bit of weight and that’s when she told me that was bulimic. It was pure pressure, stress,” she said. He has sold them to Channel 4 for an undisclosed sum and they form the heart of a documentary, Diana: In Her Own Words, to be shown next Sunday.Friends of the Royal family are said to be aghast that the private tapes will be aired, barely a week after Princes William and Harry paid public tribute to their mother with a film of their own. Critics say the film is “exploitative” and “ghoulish”. ‘She loved to dance’ says Diana’s ballet tutorDiana’s private ballet tutor has told how dancing helped the Princess cope with the stress of her turbulent personal life.Anne Allan, who was first approached by Diana for lessons in 1981 when she was an instructor at the English National Ballet, said: “When I first met her you could see that there was a huge shyness. But over time as we went through our dance class realised just how much dance meant to her.“She had dance in her soul. I realised the pure enjoyment that it gave her. She loved the freeness of being able to move and dance. She loved it. I could see it helped to alleviate her emotional life. That was hard for her at that time.”Ms Allan, who now works as a choreographer in Canada, tells Channel 4’s Diana: In Her Own Words, that the princess struggled to cope with Prince Charles’ infidelity. But Channel 4 has strongly defended its decision to air the recordings. Ralph Lee, its deputy chief creative officer, said the conversations could not be considered private because they were done in a question-and-answer style with a camera running.“The idiom – that she’s sitting on a sofa – is very familiar. She’s very clearly talking to someone in front of a camera. There’s nothing surreptitious,” he said.“The word that has been used is that the footage is somehow ‘ghoulish’. I simply don’t agree with that. She is self-consciously and clearly taking part in a filmed process. I don’t think viewers will feel greatly uneasy with that.”last_img read more

Dozens of innocent dogs being destroyed under Dangerous Dogs Act new figures

Northampton police said it would have been negligent “to release a dog displaying such obvious aggression without first ensuring both the dog’s and the wider public’s safety”.The 1991 Dangerous Dogs Act was passed after a series of attacks left several people, including children, severely injured.But doubts have long existed about its efficacy, with NHS figures showing the number of people treated in hospital after a dog attack going up from 4,110 in 2005 to 7,461 in 2017.Only last month MPs on the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee called for a full-scale review of current legislation to provide better protection for the public.In its report the Committee said the Government should concentrate on educating dog owners – with speed-awareness style courses to make them more responsible – as well as imposing robust sanctions for offenders.The Committee also highlighted evidence showing that some legal breeds can pose just as much a danger as illegal ones.Neil Parish, Chair of the Committee, said: “Existing laws and the breed ban have not stemmed the rising tide of injuries and deaths from dog attacks. This is unacceptable. Our evidence was clear that the law is riddled with inconsistencies, harms animal welfare unnecessarily, and offers false reassurances to policymakers and the general public.“All dogs can be dangerous, and we can’t ban all dogs that might one day bite someone. The Government should focus instead on encouraging responsible ownership, improving education, and ensuring offenders face robust penalties.”A spokesman for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs said: “Dog attacks can have horrific consequences for victims and families and we must take any necessary steps to help prevent these.“The Dangerous Dogs Act makes it a criminal offence for any dog to be dangerously out of control, and the police can seize such dogs.“When a dog is seized, it will be for the courts to decide whether the owner can keep it, based on the dog’s temperament and whether the owner is a fit and proper person, including that they have the right accommodation to care for the dog.” Bungle the chow chow who was seized by Northamptonshire Police and later returned to its owners after the puppy bit a policeman More than half the dogs killed after being seized by police have not harmed anyone, new figures have revealed – prompting calls for urgent reform of the legislation.Figures reveal for the first time that the majority of dogs destroyed after being seized under the Dangerous Dogs Act, which bans breeds such as pit bull terriers and Japanese tosas, had not exhibited any dangerous behaviour or been involved in any incident with the public.The latest available figures show that in 2015/16 a total of 307 dogs were destroyed after being seized, but that 175 of these (57 percent) would be widely regarded as “innocent”.Indeed the vast majority of dogs seized during that period – 599 out of a total of 731- had not attacked anybody or showed dangerous intentions. Yet owners face a long and expensive legal fight to try and get their pets back.The figures, obtained through a Freedom of Information request, have prompted animal welfare charities to denounce the Dangerous Dogs Act as a blunt instrument which allows police to seize and destroy dogs simply because they belong to a banned breed, not because they have done anything wrong.And they say it ignores the potential danger posed by dogs that are not banned, lulling the public into a false sense of security about other breeds.Born Innocent, which campaigns for the act to be replaced, said it allows for police to seize dogs of any breed or crossbreed that may look like a pit bull, irrespective of behaviour.The charity said: “Our FOI analysis shows 82 percent of the dogs seized had done nothing wrong. We believe the Dangerous Dogs Act is not only unscientific and cruel, it is also costly to the public and wastes police time, whilst the issue of preventing dog bites is not being addressed.“Bites and mortality have grown since the Act was introduced and one of the reasons, according to expert researchers, is that it creates a false belief that all other dogs are safe. Society is failing to address the issue of bite prevention correctly.”The charity has launched a petition on the parliament.uk/petitions website calling for the law to be reformed. It found that in the past eight years £3 million has been spent on kennelling seized dogs and over £5m on police costs for investigation and prosecutions and argues that instead suspected banned breeds should be allowed to stay at home during investigations.The new data comes after it was revealed that police in Northamptonshire seized a fluffy puppy under the Dangerous Dogs Act when it bit an officer on the hand and arm after running into the road.The officer had tried to stop the 16-week old dog after it ran out of the drive of the family’s £2 million home near Towcester, last Saturday.Bungle, a Chow Chow, was later returned to its owners, David and Susan Hayes, after they agreed to a voluntary control order.The couple, who were inundated with messages of support, said: “It is not just us that feels the outcome of this accident is grossly draconian and disproportionate.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Bungle the chow chow who was seized by Northamptonshire Police and later returned to its owners after the puppy bit a policemanCredit:Press Association read more