By Dialogo July 28, 2009 RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) 7/23/2009 — Rio drug traffickers are operating makeshift medical clinics in the slums they control so wounded gang members don’t have to risk arrest by seeking treatment at hospitals, police said Thursday. “It’s the first time we’ve found clinics like this,” a civil police spokesman said Thursday. “We can’t say how long they’ve been used — we assume for some time.” He spoke on condition of anonymity, per department rules. Officers discovered the first clinic Wednesday in the Manguinhos slum in northern Rio. Inside a two-room shack, police found surgical scissors stained with blood; morphine, anesthesia, antibiotics and other medicines; medical equipment such as IVs and X-rays. Police found bandages with fresh blood on them and surmised that a gunman wounded in a shootout with officers sought treatment at the clinic just minutes before it was discovered. Police then went looking for other rudimentary facilities — and quickly located one in the nearby Jacarezinho slum, stocked with similar medical supplies. Police chief Allan Turnowski said an unspecified number of doctors and nurses who worked in the clinics have since been arrested. “They were making a lot of money” by treating drug gang members, Turnowski said. Rio’s sprawling slums are the site of frequent, bloody shootouts between police and the gangs that dominate the neighborhoods — with innocents often caught in the crossfire. A United Nations report last year found that police kill an average of three people a day in the city. Police killed one suspect during Thursday’s operations in Jacarezinho and another suspect in Manguinhos. Wounded drug traffickers know that if they seek treatment in a regular hospital, they risk being handed over to authorities, Turnowski added. “So they’ve made the investment of setting up these facilities where they can get proper treatment inside of their slum and avoid arrest.” Police have previously arrested doctors who traveled into the slums to treat drug gang leaders, the spokesman said.
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Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York The FBI had an ex-environmental company official wear a wire to secretly record the son of New York State Sen. Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre) discussing an alleged pay-to-play scheme, the official said.Bjornulf White, the former vice president of AbTech Industries, used the hidden device to record the senator’s son, Adam Skelos, who was hired by AbTech at the senator’s urging, discuss how Adam planned to lobby state Sen. Tom Croci (R-Bohemia) at Croci’s re-election campaign fundraiser rather than at Croci’s office so he wouldn’t appear on the senator’s official schedule, White said Tuesday during his second full day of direct testimony in the father and son’s corruption trial at Manhattan federal court.“After you meet with Tom Croci, I’m going to his fundraiser,” Adam told White in the conversation recorded on Feb. 13 at the W Hotel in Manhattan when he advised White on how to lobby Croci for legislation that would help AbTech. “That’s all I’m going to talk to him about.”Arizona-based AbTech is one of three companies that the former state Senate Majority Leader allegedly coerced $300,000 in bribes from in the form of no-show jobs for his son in exchange for illegally manipulating legislation. Both men deny the accusations. Adam, through a middleman, allegedly coerced AbTech into paying him $10,000 a month after threatening to sink the company’s bid for a $12-million Nassau County contract.White testified that the FBI told him to ask Adam about Chief Deputy Nassau County Executive Rob Walker, the $400,000 project that White said Walker promised AbTech, and what came of media reports that the senator was under federal investigation. White also asked Adam if he had a “safe number” so White could call him and avoid federal authorities recording their conversations on wiretaps. Adam gave White the number for Adam’s so-called burner phone—pre-paid disposable cell phones that aren’t billed in the user’s name. Then the FBI tapped Adam’s burner phone.The burner phone was one of many attempts Adam used to push for legislation on AbTech’s behalf despite his not being a registered lobbyist and despite breaking news of the federal investigation. White said Adam told him to avoid using email, and instead mail him paper copies of their request for Croci to sponsor legislation that would authorize AbTech to design and build its storm water drain filters, because state law requires different companies do those roles on public projects separately. Adam told White that he would hand deliver those paper copies to Adam’s father and Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano, who was urging Gov. Andrew Cuomo to pass similar legislation, White testified.“It’s better that I distance myself from being in, like, official meetings,” Adam told White in a Feb. 23 wiretapped call while discussing their lobbying strategy and how to avoid detection by authorities. “Normally, I’m never that cautious…but with everything going on, I’m trying to be.”Meanwhile, Adam set up another lobbying meeting for White with state Sen. Michael Venditto (R-Massapequa). Then he called the senator’s office to confirm that Venditto would be attending a GOP fundraiser after his meeting with White, according to additional wiretaps played in court. Adam thought Venditto would be more receptive than Croci, but his father’s senate staff canceled White’s meeting with Venditto before it could happen. When Adam found out, he called his father to complain.“I don’t work with that person anymore,” Adam told his father in a Feb. 24 wiretapped call. “He’s just a friend.”The senator was apparently more shaken by the news of his federal investigation than his son.“Right now we are in dangerous times, Adam,” the senator told his son.
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An 18-year-old Iraqi asylum seeker, Ahmed Hassan, believed to have trained with the Islamic State group in Iraq is later given a life sentence. The judge said it was an attempt to kill as many members of the public as possible.June 19, 2017: Mosque attack A van ploughs into people leaving late-night prayers at a mosque in Finsbury Park in north London, killing one man and injuring 11 others.The driver, 47-year-old Darren Osborne, is later given a life sentence for murder. He said he was seeking revenge for Islamist terror attacks and a child sex scandal.June 3, 2017: London Bridge attack Three men wearing fake suicide vests mow down pedestrians with a van at a popular nightlife hub around London Bridge before getting out to stab people. They are killed by police.Eight people are killed and about 50 are hurt. The Islamic State group claims responsibility.May 22, 2017: Manchester Arena bombing A suicide bomber blows himself up outside a pop concert by teen idol Ariana Grande in Manchester, killing 22 people and injuring 116. Seven of the victims are under the age of 18.The attack was carried out by 22-year-old Salman Abedi, a Manchester-born university drop-out of Libyan origin, and claimed by the Islamic State group.March 22, 2017: Westminster Bridge attack Five people are killed and more than 50 wounded when a man rams his car into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge in London before crashing into the barriers surrounding parliament and then stabbing a police officer to death.The attacker, 52-year-old British Muslim convert Khalid Mahmood, is shot dead by police. Investigators describe it as a lone-wolf attack and “Islamist related terrorism”.2013: British soldier slain British soldier Lee Rigby, 25, is hacked to death in May by two Britons of Nigerian descent whom witnesses say shouted “Allahu Akbar” (“God is greatest”) before being injured and arrested. Michael Adebolajo, 29, is later sentenced to life in prison for the murder while Michael Adebowale, 22, receives a minimum of 45 years behind bars.2007: Glasgow airport attack -Two men in a burning vehicle ram into the main terminal of Glasgow Airport in Scotland in June. An Indian man driving the car suffers serious burns and later dies. The passenger, Iraqi doctor Bilal Abdulla, 29, is jailed in December for at least 32 years for plotting to murder hundreds of people.2005: London transport hit On July 7 four British suicide bombers inspired by Al-Qaeda attack London’s Underground network and a bus during rush hour, killing 52 people, as well as themselves, and wounding 700.It is the deadliest attack on British soil since 1988 when an airliner blew up over the Scottish town of Lockerbie, killing 270 people. November 29, 2019: London Bridge Police shoot a man on London Bridge, in the heart of the capital, after several people were stabbed in what officers said was a terrorist incident.September 15, 2017: Tube bomb A bomb partially explodes on a London Underground train at Parsons Green station in southwest London during the morning rush hour. It leaves 30 people injured. Topics : Britain has been struck by a string of attacks in recent years, many claimed by jihadists. Here is a recap of some others since 2005.February 2, 2019, Streatham A man is shot dead by police on Streatham High Road, a busy thoroughfare and shopping street in south London. At least two people were injured, according to initial police reports.
January 30, 2017 Press Release, Public Health, Substance Use Disorder Philadelphia, PA – Today, Governor Wolf visited Temple University’s Lewis Katz School of Medicine’s Center for Substance Abuse Research and hosted a discussion with legislators, local leaders, and medical professionals on how to best continue the fight against the opioid epidemic in Pennsylvania.“Ensuring that Pennsylvanians have access to the mental health and substance use care that they need is a priority for my administration. Every day, we lose ten Pennsylvanians to the disease of opioid addiction and 3,500 Pennsylvanians lost their lives in 2015 alone,” said Governor Wolf. “I applaud Temple University for recognizing that substance use disorder is a disease, not a choice and I want to thank them for doing their part in battling this epidemic.”Temple University’s Lewis Katz School of Medicine’s Center for Substance Abuse Research was selected as a substance use disorder treatment Center of Excellence by the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services. The 2016-2017 budget included $20.4 million for Centers of Excellence which serve as central, efficient hubs around which treatment revolves. These centers will have navigators to assist people with opioid-related substance use disorders through the medical system, and ensure they receive behavioral and physical health care, as well as any evidence-based medication-assisted treatment needed.“It’s time we treat this like the true epidemic it is,” said Temple University President Richard M. Englert. “We need to mobilize our efforts similar to what we would do for an infectious disease. The Temple model does just that.”In late September, Governor Wolf addressed a joint session of the General Assembly to outline a set of shared, specific legislative goals that would help tackle the opioid and heroin crisis. Together with Republicans and Democrats in both the House and Senate, Governor Wolf made a commitment to prioritize helping the victims of substance use disorder and the communities that have been devastated by this terrible disease.During the fall session, real progress was made in helping the victims of substance use disorder and the communities that have been devastated by this terrible disease. The governor and legislators made significant achievements toward fighting this epidemic by passing five major bills that will strengthen the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program, restrict the number of pills that can be prescribed to minors or in emergency rooms, establish education curriculum on safe prescribing, and create more locations for the drop-off of drugs among other important initiatives.If you or someone you know is suffering from substance use disorder, help is available. Please visit pa.gov/opioids or call 1-800-662-HELP.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf In Philadelphia, Governor Wolf Hosts Discussion on Efforts to Combat the Opioid Epidemic SHARE Email Facebook Twitter
Sue and Richard Lewandowski at their stunning five bedroom riverfront home in Dutton Park which has just come on the market. Picture: AAP Image/Mark CallejaBRISBANE’S most expensive houses are gaining value most quickly as southern buyers trade up to luxury homes.The highest priced 25 per cent of properties jumped 3.7 per cent over the year to August, the CoreLogic Stratified Hedonic Index found. Those worth above $800,000 rose fastest, lifting 4.1 per cent over the year – a minimum gain of $33,000. That compared to the middle half of the market (up 3.1 per cent) and the cheapest homes that saw values grow just 2 per cent.Luxury units did not fare as well though, falling 4.1 per cent, CoreLogic analyst Cameron Kusher said. GET THE LATEST QLD REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX He said the driving force in Brisbane was at the top end of the market.“The premium end of the Brisbane housing market is priced at the middle and upper middle of the Sydney and Melbourne markets, so relatively speaking there’s some pretty good value here,” he said. “Some people in Sydney and Melbourne could sell their homes, buy a $1.2-1.3m home here and only borrow $400,000 or so.” LIFESTYLE CAPITAL: Brisbane’s most liveable suburbs TAKE A TOUR: State’s best homes of 2017 RENOVATION: Australia’s hottest kitchens this year The top of the market was registering multiple bidders and seeing strong competition now, said agent Judy Goodger of Place New Farm. Statistics like seven out of seven sold under the hammer in Bulimba by a single agency were more commonplace than a year ago. “It’s happening because Brisbane is still so very affordable,” she said. “Brisbane is becoming a destination of choice to live. It’s a great start to Spring.” More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this homeless than 1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investorless than 1 hour agoAdded features like the outdoor elevator inclinator at this home at9 Borva Street, Dutton Park, are what make it stand out in a rising market. Picture: AAP Image/Mark Calleja.Medical professionals Sue and Richard Lewandowski have just put up for sale their five bedroom riverfront home in Dutton Park, complete with putt-putt golf on the roof, a private pontoon and outdoor elevator inclinator. “Because the house is so big, and it’s four levels, we put in an inclinator to cater for times where we have luggage or when there were people here carrying out work. It also caters for the elderly and the disabled.” “We could have 20 of our friends over upstairs, and the kids could have 20 of their friends downstairs, and we would never know they were there,” Mrs Lewandowski said.Her husband Richard said “what we’ve loved about living in the spectacular riverfront home is that you’re so close to the city, but you can feel 1000 kilometres away.” SOLD YESTERDAY (Tues. Sept 19): 20 Aemilia Avenue, Seven Hills: $1.21M, Up $440K (+57% since 2004)1 Wealth Street, Runcorn: $970K, Up $240K (+32% since 2006)7 Watford Street, Upper Mount Gravatt: $846K (+16.5% since 2015) (Source: Realestate.com.au) * Follow SOPHIE FOSTER on Twitter or Facebook
Stuff.co.nz 26 July 2012 A coroner’s decision implicating Chris Kahui in the deaths of his twin babies has reignited debate over a defendant’s right to silence in court. The coroner’s findings have sparked calls for a review of a defendant’s right to silence in criminal trials. Sensible Sentencing Trust founder Garth McVicar said that, had Mr Kahui been forced to take the stand at his trial, the jury may well have convicted him. “It certainly appears that way from what we’re reading now – the differences in the statements which would have been exposed on the stand. “It’s about justice. From a victim’s perspective, they honestly and genuinely believe they will get justice out of the system. But that’s happening less and less. Chief coroner Neil MacLean said that, unlike the adversarial criminal court process, the inquisitorial coronial process could compel key people to give evidence in order to establish the truth. “The reality here is the reason why Chris Kahui, A, was willing to give evidence, and B, could actually be made to give evidence, was because he could never be charged again.” The fact that Mr Evans’ findings directly contradicted Mr Kahui’s High Court acquittal raised “an interesting academic debate” about whether a defendant should be able to be retried, or compelled to take the stand. In the French system, magistrates could force people to give evidence “and draw adverse inferences” if they did not, Judge MacLean said. The right to silence is a historic safety measure to protect defendants from being compelled to provide answers through torture. It has evolved over centuries from English common law. Auckland University law professor Bill Hodge said it was time for a national debate over the modern application of the right. “It’s not a question of simply doing away with it, but it could be a question of saying: ‘No, it needs to be re-examined in modern conditions’. Justice Minister Judith Collins said there were no plans to change a defendant’s longstanding right to silence. “Making someone take the stand does not mean they will suddenly ‘crack’ under cross-examination and confess to the crime – people may not always tell the truth on the stand.” http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/crime/7349687/Accuseds-right-to-silence-questioned