HALIFAX – Close to a quarter of solitary confinements in Nova Scotia’s jails are due to medical issues or protection from other inmates, according to recent figures offering a glimpse of why offenders in the province spend weeks buried in virtual isolation.Experts say the statistics are worrying, especially when isolation is used for non-disciplinary reasons.“You’re denied access to human interaction, you have very limited access to the outside world. … It’s a very austere form of confinement,” says Howard Sapers, who recently prepared recommendations for reforms on the use of segregation in Ontario.“Segregation is not therapeutic,” said the former Correctional Investigator of Canada.The list of “closed confinement” cases from February to June this year show about 80 confinements out of 600, or about 13 per cent, are for medical reasons. In addition, more than one in 10 cases of the solitary confinements were for “protection of the offender,” which often means an offender risks violent attacks by other prisoners.The province defines closed confinement as “a restriction imposed on an offender to a cell or isolated area … that limits interaction with other offenders,” with guards only required to give offenders 30 minutes of fresh air exercise daily.Medical confinement includes prisoners “recovering from a surgical procedure,” and “illness,” which officials say includes mental health diagnoses.Sean Heywood, 29, has frightening memories of being in closed confinement in the Central Nova Scotia Correctional Facility’s health unit.He said 90 days in a windowless, segregated cell with a bed and toilet meant brief, bi-weekly interactions with a psychiatrist, deepening despair and a lack of preparation for a transfer to a federal jail’s general population.“I was put in an isolation cell and there’s not access to anything. I think I got outside twice in the 90 days I was in there,” he said of his experience in 2013.“I went from borderline personality disorder to ideas of suicide.”Sean Kelly, director of corrections in the province, said in an interview efforts are being made to reduce solitary for non-disciplinary reasons, with prisoners permitted to continue in programs and more flexibility in the amount of time spent with other inmates.Kelly said “the majority” of 43 medical confinements at the Halifax jail and 15 in Pictou County were in the prison’s health unit cells, rather than solitary confinement units used for punishment.However, he said there aren’t health-unit cells available for the 18 cases in the provincial jail in Sydney and three in Yarmouth’s facility.A committee is looking at alternatives, he said.“Rather than thinking of reasons why they (inmates in medical confinement) need to stay there, we need to think of reasons why they can move out into the general population,” said the administrator.Kelly said the 600 segregation cases recorded last year — up from 484 cases in 2014 — reflect a decision to include medical and other non-disciplinary isolation in the statistics.The figures provided to The Canadian Press through freedom-of-information legislation include multiple cases of the same offender being in solitary, he said.Rob Clark, a former federal deputy warden who recently authored the book “Down Inside,” said the data suggests Nova Scotia should be doing more to avoid solitary confinement.He said in an interview that over three decades he observed prisoners in solitary slipping into lethargy and sleeping 16 hours daily. Mental illnesses often deepened, he said.Clark says keeping prisoners in solitary because they’re unwell or because they face threats from other offenders is a “Band-Aid on a tumour.”Inmates isolated for protection are seen as weak and picked on by other inmates when they emerge, he said.“As soon as they go in, they’re labelled for life,” he said.The inmates should be moved into another area of the general population where they won’t be attacked, he said.In the province’s recently opened Northeast Nova Scotia Correctional Facility in New Glasgow, a prisoner was kept in solitary for 35 straight days for “protection” between late March and early May, and in a similar case, a prisoner was put in solitary for 41 straight days.The Canadian Civil Liberties Association has repeatedly criticized these kinds of lengthy stays.“It should be the responsibility of the prison to house inmates in a separate place in the general population, rather than creating these situations where someone is put in solitary allegedly for their own protection,” said Brenda McPhail, a spokeswoman at the CCLA.Justin MacLean, the president of the Nova Scotia Government and General Employees Union, said lack of space and programs is an underlying issue.“A lot of time you get stuck with putting people in a holding cell or isolation because they’ve told you they’re not compatible with another person,” said the former corrections officer.Meanwhile, Heywood said warehousing mentally ill or threatened offenders isn’t making the public any safer.He said he only stopped cutting himself, exited solitary and started to prepare for life outside prison when he had access to specialized psychological counselling at federal prison in 2015.“That completely changed the route forward,” he said.Follow (at) mtuttoncporg on Twitter.
OTTAWA – A scorching heat wave has kept crowds on Parliament Hill smaller than usual for Canada Day festivities in the nation’s capital.Paramedics in Ottawa have been busy responding to holiday revellers in distress, mainly due to the heat. Temperatures were above 34 C with a humidex that reached 47 C in the afternoon.By 2 p.m., paramedics had attended to 54 patients at Canada Day events. Seven people were taken to hospital with heat illnesses or heart problems.“Most of what we’re seeing is mostly due to heat,” said Marc-Antoine Deschamps, a spokesperson for the Ottawa Paramedic Services.“People have been pretty good to follow our advice … so it has kept our call volume fairly low, but it’s still busier than usual.”Both Ottawa police and the parliamentary police force report that there have been no security incidents on or around Parliament Hill.But officials do say they’ve noticed a drop in the number of participants this year, which they attribute mainly to the heat.“We’ve noticed there’s a smaller crowd out there and probably the biggest logic behind it is the heat itself,” said Const. Chuck Benoit of the Ottawa Police.Police officers themselves were also affected by the heat, and took shorter shifts to hydrate and seek air-conditioning relief throughout the day.Canadian Heritage said only 6,000 people attended the noon-hour show on Parliament Hill, which is thousands less than last year.Later in the day, a spokeswoman for the department said more than 19,000 people had attended the day’s festivities.However, Natalie Huneault said the numbers couldn’t be directly compared to previous years because of the use of a new security system that tracks entrance numbers.Follow @ReporterTeresa on Twitter.
MONTREAL – Cominar Real Estate Investment Trust is replacing its chief executive as Quebec’s largest commercial property owner repositions its operations to focus on its key markets in Quebec and the Ottawa region.Sylvain Cossette, president and chief operating officer since joining the firm in 2013, will take over on Jan. 1 from Michel Dallaire, who has held the position since 2005.Cossette said Cominar’s (TSX:CUF.UN) plan to reduce its debt, improve its occupancy rate and focus its activities on the Quebec market are key to driving the fund’s organic growth and financial health.The trust announced in August plans to unload about 100 properties following a ratings downgrade. It expects to allocate more than $1.2 billion in expected proceeds primarily to reduce its debt. The remaining $325 million will be used to repurchase units and for acquisitions in core markets.Alban D’Amours, the lead independent trustee, thanked Dallaire for his contribution, calling him “a true builder and visionary who propelled Cominar to become one of Quebec’s most respected real estate businesses.”Dallaire said his family remains one of Cominar’s largest unitholders and is committed to the Quebec City-based business’ success.Dallaire will remain chairman and executive vice-president operations (office and industrial) and asset management.Michael Markidis of Desjardins Capital Markets said the changes should not have an impact on the strategic direction of the REIT. However, he said separating the roles of chairman and CEO, along with the removal of a Dallaire family member from the board, may be perceived as an improvement.Cominar is Canada’s third-largest diversified real estate investment trust, with 523 office, retail, industrial and mixed-use properties across Quebec, Ontario, the Atlantic Provinces and Western Canada.It will release third-quarter results on Nov. 10.
By Ghita El HafidiRabat – Marrakesh, also called “Red City,”continues to fascinate many superstars and icons from around the world, according to a video published by Saudi Channel Al Arabiya.In the two-minute video, Al Arabiya explains how Marrakesh mesmerizes international tourists and celebrities, showing the glamour and beauty of the city and the secrets that attract them to buy residences in the city. Marrakesh is now considered to be a playground for the world’s rich and famous, such as football players David Bekham and Cristiano Ronaldo, former French president Sarkozy, and American pop star Beyoncé.The channel said that Marrakesh is now dubbed the “yacht-less Saint-Tropez,” after the southeastern French coastal town that also attracts rich people and remains known for its beaches and nightlife.With mazelike alleys where thriving souks sell traditional textiles, pottery, and jewelry, its superstitious and unusual atmosphere both represent the exceptional symbols of the city, the channel Moro most popular travel dadded.Located at the peak of North Africa, Marrakesh is one of the most important of kingdom’s four former imperial cities built by Berber dynasties. The surrounding are acharacterized by mountainous interior, large tracts of desert, and a lengthy coastline along the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea.Marrakesh is also major economic center and home to mosques, palaces, and gardens. The medina is a densely packed, walled medieval city dating to the Berber Empire. It is well-known for its prestigious hotels.The Mandarin Oriental Marrakesh was voted most beautiful new luxury hotel in the world in 2015, according to American digital magazine “Luxury Travel Intelligence” (LTI). In 2016, American luxury-lifestyle magazine “Robb Report” ranked the city in its top 10 list of the world’s 21 most popular luxury destinations.Marrakesh also provides the opportunity to taste gourmet dishes in local restaurants, with the US travel company Thrillist ranking the city as the sixth best gastronomic cities in the world out of 18 total.Marrakesh is an oasis of sprawling desserts, sacred ruins, luxurious spas, and challenging golf courses that make of it the perfect hotspot for the wealthy community.
Sri Lanka believes that the momentum gathered at the celebration of the 30th Anniversary of the Right to Development should be sustained and built upon, to develop a stronger political will and consensus at the international level as an effective way forward to translate commitments towards concrete action in realizing this intrinsic right. (Colombo Gazette) At a global level, Sri Lanka believes that international cooperation is indispensable for addressing obstacles to development that are beyond the national capacity of States to tackle, such as extreme poverty, adverse effects of climate change, financial crises and unequal trade relations. In this regard, Sri Lanka believes that revitalizing global partnerships for sustainable development could play a significant role in creating an environment conducive for realizing the Right to Development. The developing countries too could contribute to this process by making efforts to strengthen South-South cooperation. Sri Lanka also acknowledged the progress achieved so far, by the Intergovernmental Working Group on the Right to Development, in concluding the second reading of the criteria and sub-criteria for realizing the Right to Development during its last Session.“We appreciate the efforts undertaken by the Chairperson of the Working Group presenting a “Set of standards” for the implementation of the Right to Development, pursuant to the HRC resolution 30/28, which could be considered as a useful basis for further deliberations on the implementation and realization of the Right to Development. We highlight the importance of successfully accomplishing the mandate of this Working Group andmoving forward in the elaboration of a coherent set of standards on the Right to Development, which could frame the basis for a legally binding instrument,” the Sri Lankan delegation told the Council. Sri Lanka says it remains committed to ensure the Right to Development through its National development policies.In a statement to the UN Human Rights Council during its ongoing 32nd session, the Sri Lankan delegation said that owing to Sri Lanka’s long history of consistent investments in health, education and poverty alleviation programmes, the country has succeeded in achieving some targets in relation to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), ahead of schedule.
A “firm, clear, unequivocal and unambiguous” message should be sent out by Indian government to Sri Lanka to ensure that these arrests are stopped and “the livelihood of the poor and innocent fishermen from Tamil Nadu who are engaged in fishing in their traditional waters is protected,” she said. Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, seeking his personal intervention for release of four Indian fishermen arrested by Sri Lankan navy, besides release of 103 boats, the Press Trust of India reported.In the latest incident, four fishermen in a mechanised fishing boat, who had set sail from Jegathapattinam fishing base in Pudukkottai district, had been arrested by the Lankan Navy on Monday, the Chief Minister said in her letter dated August 9, which was released yesterday. This recent act of the Sri Lankan Navy has again created anxiety and unrest in the minds of the fishermen, she said. Colombo’s strategy of not releasing the boats was causing “great frustration amongst” the fishermen of Tamil Nadu, she added.“Without their livelihood base, these fishermen are in a state of despondency. I urge you to take this up with the highest authorities of the Sri Lankan government and ensure the immediate release of the precariously berthed boats which continue to suffer great damage,” she said. The Indian Government “must take necessary steps to ensure the safety and security of our fishermen. I request your personal intervention to secure the release of the fishermen and 103 fishing boats currently in Sri Lankan custody at the earliest,” Ms Jayalalithaa said.The chief Minister reiterated that retrieving Katchatheevu islet from Sri Lanka and abrogation of the 1974 and 1976 agreements alone could restore the traditional fishing grounds of the Palk Bay to the state’s fishermen.Ms Jayalalithaa also reminded the Prime Minister of her demand for a deep sea fishing and infrastructure package of Rs. 1,520 crore.
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She said: “It is a dangerous road. Mrs Stannah was coming from a side road to cross that road. Clearly extra care should be made.”Stannah’s lawyer, Alex Stein, told the court: “Obviously [Mrs Stannah] is extremely traumatised by these events.”It’s caused terrible damage to Mr Rayner’s family as well, and she is extremely remorseful.”She had to be pulled away from Mr Rayner because she was trying to assist where possible.”Sentencing Stannah to eight weeks in jail suspended for 12 months and ordering her to pay £200, District Judge Timothy Pattinson said: “All cases of causing death by careless driving are tragic.”This case is particularly tragic, involving the death of a family man with wife and children. The court extends its deepest sympathy to the family of Mr Rayner.”Mr Rayner’s wife Marie, from Sparsholt, near Winchester, Hants, said: “Losing Steve in the tragic accident was devastating for the girls and I and our lives will never be the same again.”We recognise the effects of such a tragedy are far reaching and touch everyone involved in the accident.”Speaking after the sentencing, PC Kelly Hargreaves said: “This case shows how devastating just a few moments of inattention can be when behind the wheel. Stannah attended court with her husband Nicholas, the managing director of Stannah StairliftsCredit:BNPS 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. The wife of Stannah Stairlifts’ managing director killed a motorcyclist after hitting him with her Land Rover during the school run, a court heard as she was spared jail and fined £200.Andrea Stannah, 45, was returning home to Ovington, Hants, after dropping her children off when she failed to spot Steven Rayner and struck him as she pulled across a dual carriageway.Mr Rayner, a 53-year-old civil engineer, was declared dead at the scene after the impact sent him careering into a tree and a fence, Basingstoke Magistrates Court heard.The court heard Stannah, who is married to Nicholas Stannah, managing director of Stannah Stairlifts Ltd, had to be “dragged away” from Mr Rayner’s prone body as she desperately tried to assist him.Stannah, who attended court with her husband, admitted a charge of causing death by driving without due care and attention, and was also banned from driving for one year. “Had Stannah taken a few extra moments to look properly and check the road again, she would have seen Mr Rayner’s motorbike and his family wouldn’t be facing the rest of their lives without him.”Stannah Stairlifts, which dates back to the 1860s and remains a family business, has an annual turnover of £210m. The company was awarded The Queen’s Award for Enterprise four times since 1984 and Prince Charles visited its factory in Andover, Hants, in 2011 to mark its 500,000th stairlift. It has now sold over 700,000. It was claimed Mr Rayner’s death was due to the 45-year-old’s “inattention” at the junction on the A31, less than a mile from her home.Prosecutor Kerry Richardson told Basingstoke Magistrates’ Court that witnesses driving on the carriageway in July last year braked to avoid Stannah’s green 4×4 as it pulled out into the road, and saw the bike collide with its front near-side wing.
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedWest Indies’ Ronsford Beaton cleared to bowl againAugust 28, 2018In “latest news”Beaton could be an asset to WI Test squad, says Coach DanielsMarch 1, 2017In “latest news”CPL 2018: USA’s Ali Khan joins TKRJuly 16, 2018In “Sports” Suspended Ronsford Beaton will join the CWI bowling camp following to work on his flawed bowling actionRonsford Beaton, who has been banned from bowling in international cricket after failing an independent assessment of his bowling action, has been included in Cricket West Indies’ fast-bowling camp now on in Antigua. “In accordance with the regulations, Beaton’s international suspension will also be recognized and enforced by all National Cricket Federations for domestic cricket events played in their own jurisdiction, save that, with the consent of Cricket West Indies, Beaton may be able to play in domestic cricket events played in the Caribbean under the auspices of the CWI,” the ICC said in a statement Tuesday.The response from CWI was almost immediate.“Cricket West Indies wishes to acknowledge a report from the International Cricket Council (ICC) regarding the suspension of fast bowler, Ronsford Beaton. The ICC is reporting that Beaton has failed an independent assessment and will not be permitted to bowl in international cricket,” a statement from CWI said.“Beaton will, therefore, join the fast bowling camp now on in Antigua as part of his remedial program, following which he will undergo a reassessment process, which if successful, he will be allowed to participate at the international level.”Director of Cricket, Jimmy Adams says CWI is fully committed to working with Beaton during this period of remedial work which will hopefully accelerate his successful re-admission to the professional game.Beaton was reported for suspect action during the second ODI against New Zealand last December. The ICC noted that the international suspension will also be recognized and enforced by all National Cricket Federations for domestic cricket events played in their own jurisdictions; but with the consent of CWI, Beaton may be able to play in domestic events in the Caribbean. (SportsMax)
Spain 0Chile 2DEFENDING CHAMPIONS SPAIN slumped to a 2-0 defeat to Chile and crashed out of the World Cup after their second defeat in five days.Chile’s victory — through goals from Eduardo Vargas and Charles Arranguiz — made the South Americans and the Netherlands the first teams to go through to the second round.After a golden era that saw them win the European Championships in 2008 and 2012 and the World Cup in 2010, Spain have suffered a dramatic fall from grace. They equalled Italy’s unwanted record in 1950 of being booted out of the World Cup after just two games.It was Chile’s first win over the Spanish in 11 meetings.Spain’s confidence seemed to have evaporated after their 5-1 defeat to the Netherlands in their first Group B game on Friday.Coach Vicente del Bosque dropped established stars Gerard Pique and Xavi Hernandez but it had no impact in the charged atmosphere of Rio de Janeiro’s Maracana stadium. Chile’s Alexis Sanchez skips a challenge from Spain’s Javi Martinez. Source: EMPICS SportChile pressed forward from the start. Vargas’ shot in the second minute was narrowly deflected wide of the goal by a defender.Spain also pushed up, but errors soon proved costly.Xabi Alonso gave the ball away in the 20th minute and the ball reached Arranguiz in the penalty area who slipped it inside to Vargas who smashed the ball past Spain’s captain Iker Casillas, making a Spanish record 17th appearance in a World Cup finals match.Spain’s defence was in disarray.The game carried on at a furious pace as the defending champions sought a way back into the game.But in the 43rd minute, Casillas clumsily punched away a free kick by Barcelona star Alexis Sanchez. The ball went straight to Arranguiz who struck it into the net.https://vine.co/v/MTzVhAaj657Casilllas seemed shell-shocked as he walked off at half-time. Defender Sergio Ramos and other Spanish players also shook their heads in disbelief.Spain’s pitiful state seemed to be epitomized by misses in the second half. Diego Costa had a shot deflected wide and in the 53rd minute Sergio Busquets’s was clear in front of goal but a seemingly simple tap in went wide. Chile’s Eduardo Vargas celebrates his goal with team-mates. Source: EMPICS SportChile’s goalkeeper Claudio Bravo pulled off a brilliant reflex save to stop an Andres Iniesta shot in the 84th minute.The historic Maracana stadium erupted into a riot of red and blue as Chilean supporters started noisy celebrations. Thousands crossed the Andes in special convoys to watch Chile’s games.Chile play Netherlands to decide top place in Group B on June 23. Spain play their final game against Australia on the same day.- © AFP, 2014When men became Giants: an oral history of Ireland 1-0 Italy, USA World Cup 1994Snapshot: 10-year-old Dubliner Ciarán Duffy winks at the world from the Maracanã pitch