Scoreboard roundup — 3/10/20

first_imgMarch 11, 2020 /Sports News – National Scoreboard roundup — 3/10/20 FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailiStock(NEW YORK) — Here are the scores from Tuesday’s sports events:NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATIONBoston 114, Indiana 111Washington 122, New York 115Houston 117, Minnesota 111Chicago 108, Cleveland 103San Antonio 119, Dallas 109Orlando 120, Memphis 115Portland 121, Phoenix 105Brooklyn 104, L.A. Lakers 102L.A. Clippers 131, Golden State 107 NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUEBoston 2, Philadelphia 0Pittsburgh 5, New Jersey 2Toronto 2, Tampa Bay 1Nashville 4, Montreal 2Carolina 5, Detroit 2NY Rangers 4, Dallas 2NY Islanders 4, Vancouver 5 — OT/SOAnaheim 5, Ottawa 2 TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALLGonzaga 84, Saint Mary’s 66Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. Written bycenter_img Beau Lundlast_img read more

Summoning up the ghosts of Pakistani politics

first_imgThere was one grave and two candidates. It was either Bhutto or Gen Zia and since Gen Zia had the whip hand he got rid of Bhutto before Bhutto could get him.’ (Tariq Ali).The recent events of Benazir’s assassination in December 2007 have interwoven the current political situation in Pakistan with the historical event of Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto’s execution; a contemporary drama replete with its sense of betrayal, broken promises, and the spectre of the US hanging over the country’s political fortunes. For most Pakistanis the political dilemma of Bhutto’s execution remains a tragic episode in Pakistan’s history. But why does this story still haunt and capture the imaginations of the Pakistani people? Bhutto possessed a wealth of power and, more importantly, streams of support from the masses. At his political heights in 1971-72 he had the establishment in the palm of his hand. He could have reduced the army, carried out land-reform, educational reform – whatever he wanted. But despite his many successes while in office, from founding Pakistan’s Nuclear Programme to initiating the Islamic Summit of Muslim Nations, Bhutto did not fulfil all his promises. Yet the human connection that Bhutto enjoyed with the electorate ensured his place as a touchstone of Pakistani politics.In September 1985 the BBC commissioned the writer Tariq Ali to make a three-part TV series on the circumstances leading to the overthrow, trial and execution of Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, President (1971-73) and Prime Minister (1973-77) of Pakistan, betrayed by his closest confidante the Army Chief General Zia ul Haq, who then imprisoned and executed Bhutto in 1979, installing himself as the President with the blessings of the USA. By January 1986 the script was completed, and discussions for casting the principals were underway. It was agreed that Zia Mohyedin would play the General and that the Indian actor Naseerudin Shah would be approached to play Bhutto. Other approaches to stars were still being discussed when all proceedings were halted. Just as rehearsals were about to begin, the BBC hierarchy – under pressure from the Foreign Office – decided to cancel the project. Why? Firstly, because this play was written at a politically sensitive time when General Zia ul Haq, the President of Pakistan at the time, was being pressured by the USA to arm and train mujahideens leading the jihad against the Soviet Union in Afghanistan.According to expert legal opinion, there was a possibility of a whole range of defamation suits from Pakistan’s Head of State to judges involved in the case, who were all alive at the time. Secondly, due to the controversial nature of the screenplay, which implicated the CIA in the plot to overthrow Bhutto, the BBC came under legal pressure to censor the play. When asked by a BBC official whether he would eliminate all mention of the USA from the scripts, Ali was adamant that he would not alter the scripts, and rejected any form of censorship.Now, after more than two decades, Ali has published the play in book form, entitled The Leopard and the Fox: A Pakistani Tragedy. It presents both the script, and the story of censorship. The book reveals how Gen Zia, with the support of the USA, played a dangerous game with the destiny of Pakistan. In snap shots we learn not only of his plans to betray Bhutto but also of the realisation of his brand of Islamisation, which turned out to be a nightmare for the majority – hanging, lynching and stoning – designed to create fear, and deter them from expressing their support for Bhutto at the time of his execution.When asked by a TV reporter, ‘who is the Leopard and who is the Fox?’ Ali replied tactfully, ‘Without any doubt, the leopard is Bhutto who was brave, bold and courageous. As for the fox, one of his characteristics is that he is smart and cunning, which Zia turned out to be.’by Sundas Alilast_img read more

Brazilian Army Increases Presence on Amazon Borders

first_imgBy Andréa Barretto/Diálogo May 05, 2017 With 984 service members spread over nearly 1,920 kilometers of Brazil’s border with Venezuela and Guyana, Operation Curaretinga keeps track of a series of actions taken by the Amazon Military Command (CMA, per its Portuguese acronym), to fight cross-border smuggling. Conducted from March 23rd to April 3rd, this was the ninth edition of Curaretinga, conducted by the 1st Jungle Infantry Brigade, headquartered in Boa Vista, the capital of Roraima state. During the operation, the Army made itself present in the state’s 15 municipalities, where more than 46 percent of the territory has been designated as indigenous land. But the service members were not operating alone. As is common in this type of operation, they carried out their activities in partnership with 86 professionals from 26 government agencies, including the Federal Police, the Federal Highway Police, and the Brazilian Institute of the Environment and Renewable Natural Resources (IBAMA, per its Portuguese acronym). “This encourages a very good turnout, with each agency operating in its own specialty and working together so the mission is more effective,” said Major Rodrigo Luiz Soares Evangelista, communications officer for the 1st Jungle Infantry Brigade. Interagency operations were already common practice in the Armed Forces but the disposition to adopt this model was backed by Executive Order 8,903, signed by President Michel Temer in November 2016. The order established the Strategic Border Plan with the goal of strengthening the prevention, control, oversight, and policing of cross-border crime. The document defined as one of its directives “comprehensive and coordinated action by public safety agencies, intelligence agencies, the Brazilian Internal Revenue Service, the Ministry of Finance, and the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the Armed Forces.” River patrols are one example of the joint operations performed in Operation Curaretinga. On one such patrol, Army service members and the Federal Police arrested 12 people with 1,700 grams of illegally mined gold and seized a motor that was used to extract the precious metal and a satellite phone. The operation resulted in the seizure of 2,733 grams of gold, and the arrest of 28 civilians involved in illegal mining, which had taken place within Yanomami Indigenous Land. Working with IBAMA, the Army seized 3,359 cubic meters of wood that had also been harvested illegally from the southern region of Roraima. Together with the Federal Highway Police, their focus was on inspecting the land routes that connect Brazil with its neighboring countries. Forty-seven highway roadblocks and checkpoints were set up, with the police and service members checking nearly 6,000 vehicles. Resources used The majority of the 984 service members deployed in Operation Curaretinga were from the 1st Jungle Infantry Brigade, but the operation also included participants from the 6th Construction Engineering Battalion and the 4th Army Aviation Battalion, all under the command of CMA. Service members from both the engineering and aviation battalions had a key role in facilitating equipment mobilization. “Some parts of Roraima are quite isolated and hard to access, primarily on indigenous lands,” said Maj. Rodrigo Luiz. “Members of the engineering battalion helped restore roads and bridges to improve our access, as well as access for the indigenous people. And members of the aviation battalion assisted with troop transport using their aircraft.” Helicopters were also used in aerial patrols allowing for the detection of suspicious activities on land, such as localized areas of environmental degradation in the forest, which called attention to the possibility of illegal logging. The 4th Army Aviation Battalion used four aircraft in Operation Curaretinga. For the river patrol activities, 11 vessels — primarily speed boats — were mobilized. The Army also used 115 armored vehicles to transport its troops throughout Roraima. Army doctors and dentists performed more than 3,400 health services in the communities along the border zones. The social activities carried out during the operation also included haircuts and other aesthetic treatments for children and adults, as well as recreation. Focus on Amazon limits Another Operation Curaretinga is scheduled for 2017, as well as another Operation Curare, which is more extensive. “But we cannot disclose the time that these operations are planned for because that would compromise the operations’ effectiveness,” Maj. Rodrigo Luiz said. In effect, carrying out surprise operations is a strategic decision for CMA. “Currently, such operations [border operations] are planned to be done suddenly, in short periods, with a lot of intelligence support and, whenever possible, with support from public safety agencies and government agencies,” stated Major General Antônio Manoel de Barros, commander of the CMA Operations Center. Along the same lines, Operation Abraço and Operation Relâmpago have already taken place in 2017. The former was conducted by nearly 50 service members from the 61st Jungle Infantry Battalion (61st BIS, per its Portuguese acronym), working in tandem with troops from CMA and the Western Military Command to perform widespread surveillance throughout the border region with Bolivia and Peru. That operation took place from February 15th to 24th. Operation Relâmpago also began at the same time but is still without a scheduled end date. Operation Relâmpago has 70 service members from the 61st BIS who are concentrated exclusively on the border with Peru. “These operations are justified by the fact that Brazil’s border region, which spans the states of Rondônia and Acre, is known to be used as an international drug trafficking route, a crime that, if not sufficiently dealt with, results in public safety problems in Brazil’s large cities, and in other countries,” Maj. Gen. Barros said. Rondônia and Acre border Bolivia and Peru, respectively. The CMA’s intent “is to step up operations like these, in order to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of our activities, limiting the freedom of action for criminal organizations operating in the area,” he added. CMA is responsible for a 9,762-kilometer area that borders five countries: Bolivia, Peru, Colombia, Venezuela, and Guyana. In order to secure this region, the unit has nearly 20,000 men and women organized into four brigades, six battalions, one special border company, and 23 special border platoons, six of which are located in Roraima state, where Operation Curaretinga took place. These operations complement the activities of the border platoons, which operate 24 hours a day, year-round, with activities directed at fighting transnational crime.last_img read more

Health center doctor terminated last year amid allegations of misconduct, USC confirms in memo

first_imgDaily Trojan file photoPresident C. L. Max Nikias announced in a letter to the USC community Tuesday that the University had terminated a health center gynecologist in June 2017 after an investigation into allegations of sexually inappropriate and racially discriminatory behavior.George Tyndall was put on administrative leave in June 2016 when the investigation into his conduct began, and was then fired by the University when the investigation concluded. In 2016, the USC Office of Equity and Diversity investigated Tyndall for sexual and racial misconduct with patients during physical exams. According to a summary of findings released by the University, Tyndall’s assistants also raised concern regarding his method of digital penetration prior to insertion of a speculum, a tool used by medical officials to examine body orifices.After the investigation, the University found that there were several filed complaints about Tyndall prior to that year; however, these cases had been independently handled by the former health center director, according to Nikias. After discussing with external medical experts, criminal law experts and a medical review firm in 2016, the University concluded that there was no criminal activity about his examination practices to report. After his termination in 2017, Tyndall said he would retire from the profession. However, in March 2018, Tyndall submitted a letter of reinstatement requesting to return to his position. This letter led the University to file a complaint to the California Medical Board and later contact the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office along with the police department, Nikias wrote in his letter. The District Attorney’s office confirmed that USC contacted them regarding Tyndall and was subsequently referred to the Los Angeles Police Department. “In hindsight, we should have made this report eight months earlier when he separated from the university,” Nikias wrote.The USC Office of Equity and Diversity had initially conducted a review in 2013 after receiving complaints from staff members regarding the doctor’s use of racial slurs. After interviewing members who worked with Tyndall, OED concluded that they did not have sufficient information, according to the statement of facts released by the University. Nikias also wrote that the University is working on finalizing an action plan “to build a foundation based on respect, care and ethical behavior.” He said that the plan calls for a restructuring of USC operations to focus on how complaints and investigations are handled.“This issue, and other issues we have confronted recently at the university, teach us that I, my senior leadership team, and the entire USC community must work diligently and continuously to instill a culture that fully lives up to our values,” Nikias wrote. “This action plan builds significantly on numerous other steps that the university is taking to improve our culture, and our commitment to our students, our patients, and to each other.”Nikias highlighted USC’s newly formed task force of faculty and staff members in 2016 to review the professional and medical practices being performed within the University. Sarah Van Orman was also selected as the center’s new chief medical director. “We want to reassure you that our student health centers, under the leadership of Dr. Van Orman and the entire health system team, are committed to providing every student with the most respectful experience and highest quality care possible,” Nikias wrote. “We will provide her with the full resources necessary to support her efforts.”Nikias said the University has already led training on reporting misbehavior and will continue to hold this type of training throughout the summer and fall. “We understand that any unacceptable behavior by a health professional is a profound breach of trust,” Nikias wrote. “On behalf of the university, I sincerely apologize to any student who may have visited the student health center and did not receive the respectful care each individual deserves.”The OED and the University did not immediately respond to requests for comment.Tomás Mier contributed to this report.last_img read more