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Brawn upsets at 6-1

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first_imgBRAWN, running at odds of 6-1, with customary jockey Aaron Chatrie riding for trainer Gary Subratie, ran on strongly, leaving the furlong pole to win the 3-y-o and up open allowance feature for the Saint Cecelia Cup over 1300 metres at Caymanas Park yesterday.Among his victims was his more fancied stable-companion NUCLEAR AFFAIR (2-1), who ran way below expectations despite coming off a recent win over the distance in the Seek Exercise Book Trophy, a race in which BRAWN was third.The classy 3-y-o filly, who won the 1000 Guineas in April, was unable to go the early pace and was never a factor in finishing out of the frame.Subratie said that while he expected a big run from BRAWN with more pace present, “Nuclear Affair failed to click.””It is difficult to pinpoint any problems with her until she is examined,” the second-generation trainer said shortly after the race.However, based on the last run behind NUCLEAR AFFAIR in which BRAWN carried topweight of 57.0kg and ran a good race, Subratie was quick to add that the victory was not surprising now coming down to 54.0kg in the scales.stormed throughHeld up in sixth as FORCE DE JOUR (23-1) led from the 6-5 favourite CAMPESINO and DREAMCOMRETRUE (16-1) in a 10-horse field, BRAWN stormed through on the rails in mid-stretch to beat DREAMCOMETRUE by 1-1/4 lengths with topweight PHINEAS (2-1) third.An American-bred 4-y-o colt, owned by Michros, BRAWN covered the distance in a very fast 1:17.1, behind splits of 23.1, 46.0, and 1:10.2 for the first six furlongs, only three-fifths of a second outside the track record held by EROS since September 1993.Chatrie and Subratie teamed up for a second winner on the card in 8-5 chance ZACKONTHEATTACK in the third race over 1400 metres.Meanwhile, the 2015 St Leger winner, SUPERLUMINAL, ridden by Paul ‘Country’ Francis for in-form trainer Ian Parsard at odds of 8-5, took over the lead from RAGING PROSPECT (23-1), approaching the half-mile and outstaying him by 2-3/4lengths to win the day’s co-feature over 2000 metres for the Kenneth Mattis O.D. Memorial Trophy contested by seven overnight allowance horses.It was SUPERLUMINAL”s second consecutive win this month.last_img read more

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Skylett to Grab More Fans

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first_imgThe New Generation Award (NEGA) and Liberia Music Award Foundation (LMA) nominee Skylett White is to launch on March 20 at the Liberian Dujar High School a fan base in Liberia. The singer said the show is a back to-school project that is aimed at welcoming students to school through entertainments, as well as to create an avenue in which they can forget the trauma that the Ebola situation in Liberia may have caused them one way or another. “This is my way of identifying with young Liberians, especially following the Ebola crisis, and to help them create a comeback attitude during the country’s Ebola period,” she said, adding, There are thousands of talented and young Liberian artists who need support and it is important that organizations and individuals make this a priority.  “I believe that having a back-to-school show will help bring each and every student together about the humanitarian process taking place in the country. At the end of the show, winners will receive cash prizes and free books will be distributed to each student for their participation,” she said via FaceBook.Eight to ten different Schools within the Gardnersville community are expected to promote the show.  The talented Afro pop and rapper added that as youth, art is something we relate to and Liberia is becoming a fertile soil when it comes to music.The show will be hosted with the help of O’Neal Robert, affectionately known as Young Crack.“I would really love to be there but due to tight schedules, it wouldn’t be possible,” she said.Young Crack said plans are in the offing to have a health practitioner speak to the students in maintaining Ebola health measures, in order to continue the effort in stamping Ebola out of Liberia.“All necessary preventive health measures will be put in place for the show and hand sanitizer will be divided among students,” he said, adding, The show will be divided into two phases: the first will be a battle on march 20, which will see some Liberian artist perform, and the second will be held among schools.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Beautiful Day Foundation hopes to educate young women that, yes, they can get breast cancer

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first_imgOne week after Christiaan Rollich met the petite, brown-eyed girl who would later become his wife, a friend snapped a picture of her at a Hollywood Halloween party. She was dressed as an angel, with white wings tied around her small shoulders and an enthusiastic smile splashed across her face. Who could have known that seven years later, Rollich would choose that photo – that picture of a smiling and angelic, 25-year-old Daylani Santos Rollich – to forever rest on her gravestone? “We didn’t know anything about breast cancer,” said Rollich, now 35 and living in Redondo Beach. “Nobody thought we had anything to worry about. Young girls don’t get breast cancer – that’s what we were told.” But they do. And she did. Santos Rollich died Feb. 20, 2006, about five years after she found the mosquito-bite-size lump in her right breast – and after countless doses of chemotherapy and radiation failed to eradicate the cancer. She was one of a minority. According to the American Cancer Society, only 6 percent (about 12,000) of the more than 200,000 new breast cancer cases every year occur in women younger than 40. That means, for men and women like Santos Rollich and her husband, there’s a shortage of information geared toward young women battling the disease. “There are Web sites,” Rollich said, “but they are all geared to post-menopausal women.” That’s something Rollich wants to change. Shortly before his wife died – and while she was still well enough to contribute her ideas – he and a group of friends formed the Beautiful Day Foundation (“Beautiful Day” was Rollich’s nickname for his wife). Its mission: to provide support to young women with breast cancer and to get the message out to other young women that breast cancer isn’t just something their mothers and grandmothers need to worry about; that it can happen to them, too. “You see your annual gynecologist and they just blow you off. Age-wise, they say, `Oh, you’re too young to worry about that,’ ” said Vienna Flores, 34, one of Santos Rollich’s friends, who now serves on the Beautiful Day Foundation board of directors. “So you just get that in your mind yourself. You’re not too concerned because you just assume when you’re young you’re invincible – and that’s not the case.” Making matters worse, young women tend to develop a more aggressive form of cancer and have a lower survival rate than their older counterparts. And because young women have a tendency toward cystic breasts (a benign condition), detection – by self-exam and yearly check-ups – is that much more difficult. “Unfortunately, there has been this misconception that you can be `too young’ for breast cancer,” said Dr. Ann Partridge, a medical oncologist at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, where more than 400 women under 40 belong to the hospital’s Young Women With Breast Cancer Coalition. “But that’s not true. I’ve seen women as young as 18 with breast cancer.” Partridge, who specializes in young women with the disease, said all women, regardless of age, should do regular self-examinations to recognize the normal feel of their breasts. “Any lumps or bumps that aren’t going away should be taken very seriously, even in a young woman,” she said. “Yes, the majority of those lumps and bumps aren’t going to be cancer, but early detection matters.” Santos Rollich was already in an advanced stage of cancer when she was diagnosed, a factor which may have led to the disease’s relentless progression from her breasts to her lymph nodes and then to her bones, her spine and, finally, her brain. “You think it gets easier, but it doesn’t,” said her husband, who still wears the white beaded rosary Santos Rollich was holding when she died. “I miss her with my heart, I miss her ring around my finger, I miss my partner, my buddy, my love, my beautiful wife, the love of my life.” Since the mission of the Beautiful Day Foundation is to educate, the organization sends doctors and nurses to college campuses, where they teach women how to conduct proper breast self-exams and how to be vigilant with their physicians should they find anything unusual. The Beautiful Day Web site (www.beautifuldayfoundation.org) contains information about the disease as well as a guide on “How to Deal” with a diagnosis and what to expect with the treatment. A glossary of terms deciphers a daunting dose of medical jargon, and an online forum allows women to communicate on topics ranging from emotional support to how to find “younger-looking” wigs. The Web site also contains advice from Santos Rollich herself. “Take this disease very seriously,” she said in a letter written months before her death. “Fight it with all your heart. Involve anybody who offers. Let them drive you to your chemo, your radiation or to your doctor’s appointments. It will be a hard fight, but it’s worth fighting.” Her words sit online beside that Halloween photo taken years ago, before any of this had happened. The angel in the picture smiles, brightly as ever. She says: “I’ll be watching over you.” Melissa Heckscher (310) 540-5511; melissa.heckscher@dailybreeze.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img
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49ers hold on, defeat Titans

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first_img Shawn Hawkins, after dribbling several times while Jibril Hodges was unsuccessful in freeing himself off of a screen, launched a 3-pointer from the right corner and over the right hand of defender Justin Burns that banked in to put the 49ers ahead 97-95 with 1.9 seconds to play in overtime. The Titans called a timeout and then another after getting a look at Long Beach’s defensive alignment. But his approximately 40-foot heave bounced off the glass, a foot to the right of the rim, as the buzzer was sounding and Reynolds and his players breathed a collective sigh of relief and began celebrating before boarding a bus back to campus with a 3-2 conference record and 8-8 overall mark. The 49ers, who play at UC Riverside Saturday evening, sliced up Fullerton’s man-to-man defense to break out out to a 27-11 lead before the Titans, behind Jamaal Brown’s inside play and the perimeter scoring of Bobby Brown (19 points) and Jermaine Harper (22), cut their deficit to 43-39 at intermission. Long Beach needed the heroics of Kejuan Johnson (11 points) and Hodges (24 points) to send the game into overtime. After Jamaal Brown’s free throw with 12 seconds to go put the Titans up, 83-80, Louis Darby missed a 3-pointer from the right wing with about seven seconds remaining. But Johnson snatched the rebound along the left baseline, heard Hodges scream his name, and fired to Hodges in the right corner. Hodges then knocked in the 3-pointer his fifth of the night, which tied him for the school career lead with Johnson’s uncle, Lucious Harris with 2.3 seconds on the clock. Neither Hawkins nor Reynolds thought Hawkins’ shot had a chance when it left his hands as the clock wound down in OT. “But,” Reynolds said, smiling outside his team’s noisy locker room, “sometimes you need to be a little lucky.” And then some. Frank Burlison can be reached at frank.burlison@presstelegram.com or (562) 499-1320. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card When the Titans came back out on the floor and prepared to inbound the ball, 49ers coach Larry Reynolds signaled for, and was granted, a timeout. There was just one problem: The 49ers had used their final timeout (the one they were granted at the start of overtime) just after Burns had put the Titans (3-3 in the Big West and 9-6 overall) ahead, 95-94, with 20.4 seconds to go on Burns’ follow of a Bobby Brown miss. When the officials confirmed with the official scorer that Long Beach had exhausted its timeouts, the 49ers were hit with a technical foul and Brown went to the free-throw line with the opportunity to tie the score. With the 49ers and their following (which made up a decent chunk of the announced crowd of 1,125) still in disbelief, Brown missed the first attempt but made the second. Finally given the opportunity to inbound, the Titans’ Vershan Cottrell fired the ball just beyond mid-court to center Jamaal Brown, who had crushed the 49ers to that point with 31 points and 10 rebounds. center_img It couldn’t have been cut any closer with microsurgery. But, thanks to a couple of gut-wrenching 3-point shots and despite an even more gut-wrenching timeout call, the Long Beach State men’s basketball team pulled out a 97-96 Big West Conference victory in overtime over the host Cal State Fullerton Titans on Thursday night. last_img read more

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West Ham ace ‘calls out pundit for fight’ after being criticised

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first_img gameday cracker latest “I’m waiting for an answer.”Despite the rumoured criticism of Yarmolenko in his homeland, he has been named in Andriy Shevchenko’s Ukraine squad for their friendly against Italy and Nations League clash with the Czech Republic. whoops The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update revealed changes TOP WORK Yarmolenko has called out Kobelkov Guardiola-inspired tactics: Is this how Arsenal will line up under Arteta? huge blow SORRY Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion predicted Yarmolenko has been in excellent goalscoring form recently Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? “In my youth, I fought a lot,” Yarmolenko told XSport. “There was wins and there were losses. It’s normal for a boy, for a man.“I want to announce my next fight. I don’t want to listen to that Kobelkov any longer. I want to call him out for a fight and get my revenge on all those things he’s said on air. Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury West Ham’s summer signing Andriy Yarmolenko has called out a Ukrainian pundit for a fight after alleged criticism of his performances.Yarmolenko, the forward, joined West Ham over the summer, and he’s finally come to life after a dodgy start following his move from Borussia Dortmund. He scored in the defeat of Everton that was the Hammers’ first win of the season, and then he also netted when Manuel Pellegrini’s side secured a shock victory over Manchester United at the end of last month.However, Yarmolenko’s performances have not been going down all that well with one pundit in his home country.Wladimir Kobelkov, a commentator on Ukrainian television, is alleged to have criticised the 28-year-old, and Yarmolenko has responded by calling him out for a fight. tense Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT 2 2 Most read in Premier Leaguelast_img read more

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MAN APPEARS IN COURT AFTER DRAMATIC CAR CHASE ACROSS DONEGAL

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first_imgA man has ben remanded to Castlerea Prison after a car chase from Sligo to Ballybofey last night.The 19 year old appeared at Letterkenny District Court for a brief appearance.The court heard the man had been involved in a pursuit with Gardai before being apprehended in Ballybofey just before 11.30pm. The man was arrested and taken to Letterkenny Garda station.It is understood the man had been attending Sligo General Hospital and stole the a car form the car park of the hospital.The man, who is already before the courts, was placed under medical supervision at the prison and will appear again on Monday next at Letterkenny District Court.MAN APPEARS IN COURT AFTER DRAMATIC CAR CHASE ACROSS DONEGAL was last modified: April 2nd, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:car chasedonegalGardaiLetterkenny District Courtlast_img read more

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The Warriors and Oakland: How a community grapples with goodbye

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first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile device OAKLAND — Mistah FAB’s Dope Era store sits in the heart of Oakland’s up-and-coming Uptown District.The clothing shop, nestled near the corner of Broadway and 17th Avenue, is a symbol of the community where the rapper grew up. Fab, born Stanley Cox, like the rest of the Oakland community, is bracing for the Warriors’ last season in The Town, while reconciling a future reality that hasn’t existed for more than four …last_img

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Stromatolites and Suppositions

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first_img(Visited 60 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 We know some things about stromatolites, but we don’t know what we don’t know.In “Unlocking the secrets of Shark Bay’s stromatolites” on PhysOrg, Samille Mitchell introduces the world’s most famous examples of stromatolites. These are columnar rock formations caused by bacterial mats that grow upward, depositing sand grains and other geological material with their biological material (the microbes subsequently vanish, leaving just the columns). The word stromatolite simply means “layered rock” in Greek without any necessary biological association. We can measure their growth rates in the few known active biogenic stromatolites, such as the ones at Shark Bay, Australia. Why the fuss about stromatolites?They appear as strange-shaped columns of rock—a mere oddity. Yet this mundane appearance belies a fascinating structure whose fossilised remains hold records to the earliest life on Earth.Mitchell mixes confidence with diffidence in his treatment of the subject. At one moment, he speaks like a prophet about how they “provide a picture into life billions of years ago” and how their microbes “generated the oxygen that went on to help make the planet habitable to human life” (but see Evolution News & Views). At the next moment he is confessing, “Despite their importance to our very existence, and many years of research, much about stromatolites remains disputed.” Reading on, we find some factors that could lead a neutral observer to question Mitchell’s confidence.Recent research “has transformed the way we understand the modern stromatolites at Shark Bay,” implying that previous orthodoxy was misinformed.“Understanding how the local environment affects stromatolite morphology will help scientists interpret the ancient stromatolite structures so prevalent throughout the rock record,” a researcher says, implying that assumptions that do not take into account local environment effects could lead to misinterpretations.The article mentions prior doubts whether fossil stromatolites are analogous to current ones. The new research seems to conclude they share characteristics, but to what degree? Which factors are shared, and which are not?In Astrobiology Magazine, Charles Q. Choi takes the reader below Antarctic ice where a team is investigating microbial mats for “Clues To Life on Early Earth.” Spectacular and diverse stromatolites in this remote environment are actively growing.“Microbes very rarely fossilize well, and even when they do, the shapes of the microbes don’t necessarily tell us much about the lifestyle of the organisms,” Mackey said. “The overall shape of microbial mats, however, is much more likely to be preserved.”One unique characteristic of these Antarctic stromatolites is their branching structures – a feature scientists from UC Davis attribute to changing environments.The shape of stromatolites is intimately linked to environmental and microbial activity. These shapes varied over time, potentially shedding light on how the ancient world changed over the course of millions of years.During the Proterozoic — the eon 2.5 billion to 540 million years ago before multicellular life appeared — some stromatolites grew branched formations rather than simple flat layers. The branches varied in shape, the degree of divergence from the underlying stromatolite, and whether the branches themselves branched.But questions come to mind once we scrape away the confident assertions.What about the lack of multicellular life would cause stromatolites to branch out instead of grow flat?If “Branches also varied in abundance over time, potentially serving as markers of long-term environmental changes and microbial evolution,” how does one distinguish causation from correlation? “However, the environmental and biological processes responsible for different stromatolite shapes are difficult to deduce from fossil stromatolites.““Studies of modern microbial mats could yield insights into the factors that cause specific variations in stromatolite shape,” the article says, but conditions today are very different than the presumed past, especially regarding the presence of oxygen, multicellular life, a more complex ecology, and other unknowns such as ocean temperature, minerals present, and more. So even if a cause were found for a branching shape in a growing stromatolite today, that does not necessarily confirm the same factor(s) caused the shape changes in the past.“There are so many observations that could be made, samples that could be collected,” one scientist comments, implying possible selection bias. “We need to maintain a balance between collecting samples that can test a hypothesis and being open to the unexpected.”Some of the specimens collected had branches, and some did not, but they were collected in the same environment at the same time. What conclusions could be drawn, therefore, about fossil stromatolites over assumed vast ages of time? They found one microbe responsible for branching structures that seemed to prefer a certain depth, but can that supposition be extrapolated back to conditions hundreds of millions of years ago?Yet these scientists hope to correlate their suppositions with the search for life on Mars, where no microbes have ever been proved to exist.“If we were to find some ambiguous squiggly layers in sedimentary rocks on Mars, we would have a very high burden of proof to determine their origin, much less to actually say whether these were due to microbial communities. Microbial mat growth models like the one we have outlined here are a necessary step in developing interpretations of microbial community activity from the sedimentary record.”It appears there’s a long way to go before such conclusions could be drawn, and even then, they would be interpretations, not proofs. Indeed, some geologists have argued for abiotic formation of stromatolite-like structures on Mars and in the fossil record on Earth. See our 3/22/06 where a leading JPL planetary scientist questioned the assumption that fossil stromatolites are biogenic and provided a plausible geochemical model for their formation.We want to make clear that we at CEH support good basic research on natural phenomena. Studying and measuring stromatolites is great; the details will go into the corpus of observational literature. These scientists did right to point out the “very high burden of proof” necessary to determine the origin of stromatolites (or possible stromatolites in the fossil record and on Mars). They were also right to point out the difficulties in interpretation, and the potential for the unexpected. And undoubtedly, they had fun scuba diving and taking pretty pictures. Nothing wrong with any of that.It’s the interpretation of the data that is problematic. You probably noticed the going-in assumptions about the ancient age of the earth, the vast time scales, the evolution of life, and major geological changes; none of those were factored into their interpretations. What if conditions were very different in the recent past, causing stromatolites to grow rapidly? No scientist has observed millions of years. No human could.Creationists are also studying stromatolites. Some scientists at the Geoscience Research Institute at Loma Linda University are working on them. ICR has posted several articles about stromatolites. Creationists also freely admit difficulties with interpretation when causes are not clear. Everybody has puzzles and mysteries about this subject. What is not needed is overconfidence, boasting and bluffing about them in order to avoid running afoul of the Darwin Sharia enforcers.Exercise: list some factors that might influence the structure and formation rates of stromatolites. For instance, would algal and bacterial stromatolites form at the same rate at the same water depth, water temperature, sunlight and oxygenation? How different would they look? How could one test such factors?last_img read more

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Go Beyond the Webinar| Insights into Financial Planning for Life Events

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first_imgPlanning a wedding, getting married, becoming a parent, going through a divorce… all life events that can affect finances and emotions. Dr. Barbara O’Neill facilitated the second webinar of the 3-part Family Finances Series hosted by the MFLN’s Personal Finance and Family Development Concentration Areas on August 28, 2018. During this webinar, Dr. O’Neill discussed 16 different life events; some involving relationships and some involving big purchases. The following are some insights gained from the webinar:Some life events involve relationships and some involve purchases.Not everyone experiences each event, but many people do.Not everyone goes through life events in the same order.Military families experience life events in unique ways in balancing their personal/family, military, and financial life cycles, which oftentimes overlap.Life events involving relationships include: Cohabitation, Planning a wedding, Marriage, Parenthood, Divorce, Widowhood, and Remarriage.Life events can also be centered around purchasing big ticket items such as: Buying or Leasing a Car and Home Buying.College Planning, Retirement, Unemployment, and Caregiving Duties are also major life events that can have profound impacts on family dynamics.Some life events require long term planning, but some have to be faced with quick decisions. By utilizing positive action steps, many of these events can be addressed and planned for.If you missed the live webinar, there’s no need to worry because we’ve got the archived version for your viewing convenience here. In addition to watching the webinar on the event page, you can also find out information on how to obtain 1.5 CEUs if you are an AFC or CPF-credentialed participant. CEUs are also available for licensed social workers, family therapists, or professional counselors until August 28, 2019. And, don’t forget to check out part 1 and part 3 of this series- CEUs are offered for these as well!last_img read more

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Report sought over lynchings

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first_imgThe National Human Rights Commission on Monday took cognisance suo motu of the lynching of seven persons near Jamshedpur in Jharkhand and issued notice to the Director-General of Police, asking him for a “detailed report” within four weeks.“The Commission also expects comments on the preventive measure taken/proposed…to ensure that such incidents do not reoccur,” the NHRC said in a statement. It said such incidents amounted to violation of the right to life of the innocent victims. “A civilised society cannot allow such heinous crimes to occur, in which human lives are taken by angry mob merely on suspicion of their being anti-social elements…The law enforcement agencies of the State have failed to perform their lawful duty,” it said. In Ranchi, DGP D.K. Pandey and Home Secretary S.K.G. Rahate said at a press conference that the officers in charge of the Bagbera and Rajnagar police stations were suspended and 18 persons were arrested for the killings and the subsequent violence. ‘Will probe incident’ADG (Operation) R.K. Mallick said officials had failed to anticipate the situation brought on by rumours about child-lifting gangs. Mr. Rahate said the Kolhan DIG and Commissioner would probe the incident and submit a report in a month. “We are investigating whether there was any criminal conspiracy behind the circulation of such rumours,” he said. On May 18, seven persons were lynched, in areas under these two police stations, allegedly by a mob that suspected them of being child-lifters.last_img read more

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