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The 30-12 defeat by Leinster in Dublin in the European semi-final was a reminder to Toulouse that there remains a difference in intensity between the Champions Cup and the slower, more physical Top 14. “There are some matches in the Top 14 that are intense but in general European games are tougher,” says Ramos.Point made: Romain Ntamack directs play against Argentina (Getty Images)Dupont agrees, adding: “I don’t find much difference in intensity and technical skill between playing against clubs like Saracens and Leinster, and playing in the Six Nations.”On their rise through the representative ranks, Dupont, Ntamack and Ramos have been coached by some of the most emblematic names in French rugby: from Novès to Fabien Pelous to Olivier Magne to Thomas Lièvremont to Brunel.For Ramos, one coach stands out: “I find that the Toulouse attacking philosophy of today is similar to what Olivier Magne instilled in the France U20s,” he explains. “It’s an offensive game plan based on rapid movement.“Olivier was the first coach to tell me that once you’ve broken the advantage line you no longer have a number on your back, you’re just a rugby player. That’s what we’re trying to implement at Toulouse, a style of rugby in which we aren’t confined to one position but can all play like threequarters or be effective at the breakdown.”Ntamack, comfortable at fly-half or centre, has the advantage of being able to draw on the vast experience of his dad, Émile, an elegant threequarter capped 46 times for France in the 1990s.“Dad’s been coaching me since I was very young and today I still ask his advice,” says Romain. “Sometimes I ask him to watch a game and analyse a specific aspect of my game. He’s always very precise in his comments.”Ntamack senior played in two World Cups, finishing third in 1995 and as a runner-up to Australia four years later. Can his son go one better in Japan? Hopes were not high before the tournament given inconsistent form and the fact they are grouped with England and Argentina as well as Tonga and USA, but Dupont says: “The fact we’re outsiders could suit us well.Triple threat: Antoine Dupont, Romain Ntamack and Thomas Ramos (Patrick Derewiany)“Most people think we’re not going to make it out of the group, so with expectations so low there will be less pressure on our shoulders. But at the same time we know we have the talent to beat big teams.”Ntamack cites the lack of consistency as the principal cause of France’s steady descent from a Tier One country to a lower-ranked rugby nation in recent years.“We used to be known for being unpredictable from one match to the next,” he says ruefully. “Now, as we showed in this year’s Six Nations against Wales, we’re unpredictable from one half to the next. It’s about correcting small details because if we do that we’ll gain in confidence and that’s always been key to French teams.”France may not expect much from this World Cup, but 2023 is another matter. For a start it’s in France, and by then the likes of Dupont, Ramos and Ntamack will be at their peak. They will also – if all goes well – have had four years of coaching and management from the new staff of Fabien Galthié, Shaun Edwards, William Servat and Raphaël Ibañez.Asked what they know of Edwards, Ntamack replies: “We’ve seen what he’s done with Wales and how their success has been built on a brilliant defence, so we hope he can bring that organisation to France.”Maybe les Bleus, like Toulouse, are on the brink of an unprecedented era of international dominance that will climax with their winning the Webb Ellis Cup in October 2023. Then again, didn’t I write something similar 17 years ago? Perhaps it’s best just to sit back and enjoy the ride that is always French rugby. Could Toulouse’s new generation transform the fortunes of France? Gavin Mortimer talks to a triple threat of players This article originally appeared in the September 2019 edition of Rugby World magazine.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Toulouse trio Antoine Dupont, Romain Ntamack and Thomas RamosBack in 2012, I had the misfortune to be present at the Top 14 final. It was a dire spectacle, one of the worst games of rugby that I can remember. Jonny Wilkinson’s Toulon lost to Toulouse 18-12 in a match devoid of tries, invention or ambition. The victors owed their success to the boot of All Black Luke McAlister but one left the Stade de France wondering how a Toulouse team of such scintillating talent could produce 80 minutes of mind-numbing tedium.We didn’t know it at the time but that Top 14 title – Toulouse’s third in five seasons – would bring down the curtain on their era of extraordinary success. As well as the domestic domination (they also won six titles between 1994 and 2001), the club from the deep south of France were crowned European champions on four occasions and for two decades their players formed the backbone of les Bleus.Within five years of that 2012 triumph, Toulouse finished the season one place above the relegation zone of the Top 14. Instead of the Champions Cup, it was the Challenge Cup and instead of providing the bulk of the squad for the national side, Toulouse had no players selected by Jacques Brunel when he named his starting XV to face Ireland in the first round of the 2018 Six Nations.Club call: Thomas Ramos in action for Toulouse (Getty Images)Eighteen months later, however, and Toulouse have been transformed into something resembling the club that terrified opponents for the best part of 20 years. Last season they won their first Top 14 final since 2012 – lifting the Bouclier de Brennus for an incredible 20th time – and reached their first European Cup semi-final since 2011.Brunel’s 31-man World Cup squad Brunel featured eight players from Toulouse – more than any other club. Six of the eight are backs, and among them are a new generation in Antoine Dupont, Thomas Ramos and Romain Ntamack, aged 22, 24 and 20 respectively.Ntamack was a member of the U20 squad that beat England last year to win their first world title in that age group and he’s since won senior caps, as has another of his U20 team-mates, Brive prop Demba Bamba.Watch how France did in their opening RWC 2019 match against Argentina…When I met Dupont, Ramos and Ntamack in Toulouse, I had a sense of déjà vu. Seventeen years earlier I had sat before three of the most precocious talents in the French game at the time and listened to their statements of intent. But Frédéric Michalak, Clément Poitrenaud and Nicolas Jeanjean arguably never fulfilled that early potential, and only time will tell how rugby will remember Dupont, Ramos and Ntamack.Dupont, as befits a scrum-half, is the character of the three friends. Asked under the glorious Toulouse sun if he one day might sign for an English club, he shoots back with a grin: “If global warming continues, why not?”Ntamack is the city slicker, a stylish, softly-spoken young man who escapes the pressures of international sport by meeting his non-rugby playing friends for a coffee on the terrace of one of Toulouse’s myriad cafés.Full-back Ramos is the only one of the three who lives outside the city; he’s a country lad at heart and his idea of relaxation is building his own house.There’s been plenty of rebuilding work in Toulouse in recent years, a new empire arising from the ruins of the Ancien Régime administered by Guy Novès. Like Arsène Wenger at Arsenal, Novès outstayed his welcome as head coach by several seasons and when he did finally depart after 22 years in 2015 for his ill-fated stint to take charge of France, he left behind a club in decay. It was only last season that his successor, Ugo Mola, has seen the results of his extensive redevelopment.Jump to it: Antoine Dupont on the attack for France (Getty Images)“We’ve been developing a style of rugby in recent years that is now bearing fruit,” explains Dupont, who arrived from Castres. “We’ve also recruited intelligently, signing players who fit easily into the style we’re trying to achieve. In the back-line we’re all attack-minded. We want to get our hands on the ball and we will counter-attack whenever we can.”Dupont is one such intelligent signing, arriving in the summer of 2017, along with another astute acquisition, the Springbok winger Cheslin Kolbe. “I’d never heard about Antoine when I arrived at Toulouse,” explains Kolbe. “It was crazy when I learnt how young he was. I thought he’d been playing Top 14 rugby for years. He’s got maturity, all the skills, and he’s a physical boy, too, who doesn’t shy away from contact.”At 25, Kolbe is a senior citizen of the Toulouse back-line, a grizzled veteran compared to young guns like Dupont, Ntamack, Ramos, Arthur Bonneval and Lucas Tauzin. But on those young shoulders are cool heads, as they demonstrated more than once last season. In the quarter-final of the Champions Cup against Racing 92, for instance, Toulouse had Zack Holmes dismissed for a high tackle on 23 minutes but still had the wit and willpower to win 22-21 in Paris.“After the red card we told ourselves not to panic,” reflects Ntamack. “We were playing well, so it was a case of continuing to play the same way. We knew it was going to be a challenge but everyone was prepared to put in twice as much effort.” Leap year: Antoine Dupont, Romain Ntamack and Thomas Ramos (Patrick Derewiany)
At a press conference yesterday in Dar es Salaam, the head of the police confirmed Kabendera’s arrest and said he was being questioned on suspicion of having obtained his Tanzanian citizenship fraudulently.A freelancer for respected media outlets such as The Guardian and The East African, Kabendera is known for his investigative coverage of Tanzania’s politics and economy. He co-authored a story on 20 July about tension within Tanzania’s ruling party and an alleged plot to prevent President John Magufuli from running for a second term.“Using a team of six people and two days of questioning – so far – just to verify identity papers clearly suggests an attempt to intimidate a journalist who is critical of the government,” said Arnaud Froger, the head of RSF’s Africa desk. “This journalist must be released without delay. His arrest is the latest manifestation of the steady decline in press freedom since John Magufuli became president in 2015.”RSF has learned that Kabendera’s family and lawyers were finally allowed to see him today. An application has been filed for his release on bail. It will be heard tomorrow morning.What with arrests of journalists, media closures, legislation designed to restrict free speech and the freedom to inform, and impunity for crimes of violence against journalists, the press freedom situation has deteriorated dramatically in Tanzania in recent years.In an interview three weeks ago, the foreign minister referred to Azory Gwanda, a journalist who has been missing for more than a year and a half, as having “died” but he later retracted. Two press freedom defenders who were investigating Gwanda’s disappearance were deported at the end of last year. The leading independent daily The Citizen was suspended for a week in February for a supposed exchange rate mistake.Tanzania is ranked 118th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2019 World Press Freedom Index after falling 47 places since 2016, more than any other country in the world during the same period. Reports TanzaniaAfrica Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Crédit : Jamii Forums Organisation News Reporters Without Borders condemns the arbitrary detention of Erick Kabendera, a respected investigative reporter who was taken from his home in Tanzania’s commercial capital, Dar es Salaam, on 29 July by six men in civilian dress claiming to be police officers carrying out an arrest. News TanzaniaAfrica Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Help by sharing this information February 4, 2021 Find out more RSF_en Receive email alerts News Twitter arbitrarily blocks South African newsweekly and several reporters over Covid vaccine story July 31, 2019 RSF calls for Tanzanian investigative reporter’s immediate release Follow the news on Tanzania The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa Tanzanian media unable to cover Covid-19 epidemic to go further November 27, 2020 Find out more November 5, 2020 Find out more
News News to go further Part 2 RSF_en News Another journalist murdered in Haiti Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts HaïtiAmericas April 12, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Media slowly resurfacing, operations centre approaching three-month mark The Haitian press is slowly resurfacing three months after the 12 January earthquake that ravaged the capital and surrounding region and killed 230,000 people. That is the assessment of our Haitian correspondent, Claude Gilles, manager of the Media Operations Centre that Reporters Without Borders and the Canadian media group Quebecor set up nine days after the earthquake with the government’s support.Address: 8A Rue Butte, Bourdon, Port-au-Prince. Phone: +1 514 664-8695. Part 1 HaïtiAmericas Organisation October 11, 2019 Find out more November 14, 2019 Find out more Follow the news on Haïti Violence against the press in Haiti: RSF and CPJ write to Minister of Justice Journalist shot dead amid anti-government protests in Haiti News Twenty-five of Port-au-Prince’s approximately 50 radio stations were able to resume broadcasting during the month after the earthquake, thanks in many cases to logistic help from Radio France. Others took longer and many are operating from very makeshift studios. “We had to abandon the building that had housed our station for the past 18 years,” Tropic FM manager Guy Jean told Reporters Without Borders. “We resumed broadcasting last week from a small house with a zinc roof and plywood walls put up in the culture ministry’s garden.”Jean-Lucien Borges, the owner of Radio-Télé Ginen, a radio and TV station that was very badly damaged on 12 January, said: “I don’t know if one can talk of a makeshift shelter, but we are now working in our own premises, on the original site.” The radio station was back on the air a few days after the quake, followed by the TV station, with the help of equipment recovered from the rubble and reinstalled in a tent in Cour de Saint-Louis, one of the capital’s main refugee camps. “We have completely cleared and reequipped our premises, our own ‘Ground Zero’,” Borges said.Father Désinord Jean, the manager of the Catholic Church-run Radio-Télé Soleil, said: “We have not lost hope despite the loss of our archives and lack of resources.” Temporarily located in a private residence in the Port-au-Prince suburb of Pétion-Ville, the station is operating at 85 per cent of its pre-quake level with equipment recovered from the ruins of the Port-au-Prince archbishop’s headquarters, which was badly damaged by fire and looted a few hours after the earthquake. Radio-Télé Soleil is still awaiting the subsidy that the government promised to around 100 news media. It is also still waiting to receive a prefabricated shelter. Print media are back“We are about to resume daily issues,” said Max Chauvet, owner and publisher of Le Nouvelliste, a newspaper founded in 1898 that is the country’s leading daily. Initially published only online after the earthquake, it reappeared in print for the first time in the form of a special issue six weeks later. The public’s response exceeded expectations.“The staff will stay at the temporary headquarters in Pétion-Ville but the newspaper will be printed at Rue du Centre,” editor Robenson Geffrard said, referring to its badly-damaged original headquarters in the city centre, where Venezuelan technicians helped to repair the presses. Half of the newspaper’s pre-quake staff of 24 reporters have just been rehired.Haiti’s other leading newspaper, Le Matin, has had to go back to being printed in the neighbouring Dominican Republic, where it was being printed until eight months before the earthquake. Originally a daily, it is now appearing biweekly. Unfortunately, the management plans to lay off 30 per cent of the staff for lack of funds.Meeting placeEquipped with 20 work stations, the Media Operations Centre is currently receiving an average of 17 journalist visits a day. Its computer equipment was used a total of 358 times in March. The centre does more than offer technical support to journalists who have been hit by the earthquake. It is reinforcing its capacity to host events and is making itself available as a place where people can meet, exchange views and do training.For the past month, it has been hosting the weekly meetings of NGO representatives in charge of communication, with an average of 18 participants at each meeting. It has just inaugurated a “Humanitarian Journalism” seminar at the initiative of Internews, the leading NGO in the field of media rebuilding. Two other workshops are planned in this programme and the centre will soon be assisted by two trainers from the Agence France-Presse Enterprise Foundation.With the support of June 11, 2019 Find out more
News UpdatesLok Sabha Clears Bill To Amend Mines & Minerals Act; Remove End Use Restrictions Of Minerals Akshita Saxena19 March 2021 6:21 AMShare This – xThe Lok Sabha on Friday passed the Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Amendment Bill, 2021 by voice vote. The Bill seeks to amend the Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Act, 1957 and further regulate the mining sector in India by: Permitting removal of restriction on end-use of minerals;Enabling captive mines to sell up to 50% of their annual mineral…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Lok Sabha on Friday passed the Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Amendment Bill, 2021 by voice vote. The Bill seeks to amend the Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Act, 1957 and further regulate the mining sector in India by: Permitting removal of restriction on end-use of minerals;Enabling captive mines to sell up to 50% of their annual mineral production in open markets;Easing the process of statutory clearances by allowing its transfer from one lessee to another; Allowing private companies to enter mining exploration; etc. Salient Features Removal of restriction on end-use of minerals The Act empowers the central government to reserve any mine (other than coal, lignite, and atomic minerals) to be leased for a particular end-use, such as iron ore mine for a steel plant. Such mines are known as captive mines. The Bill provides that no mine will be reserved for a particular end-use. Sale of minerals by captive mines The Bill provides that captive mines (other than atomic minerals) may sell up to 50% of their annual mineral production in the open market after meeting their own needs. However, the lessee will have to pay additional charges for mineral sold in the open market. Auction by Central Government Under the Act, states conduct auctions for granting mining leases. The Bill provides that where the State Government has not successfully completed auction process within a specified time, the Central Government may take over and conduct such auction. Transfer of statutory clearances Presently, upon expiry of mining lease of a particular lessee, fresh auctions are conducted and the statutory clearances issued to previous lessee are transferred to the new lessee for a period of two years. The new lessee is required to obtain fresh clearances within these two years. The Bill replaces this provision and provides that the transferred statutory clearances will be valid throughout the lease period of the new lessee. This is expected to reduce compliance burden. Allocation of mines with expired leases The Bill provides that such mines, whose lease has expired, may be allocated to a Government company in cases where: the auction process for granting a new lease has not been completedthe new lease is terminated within a year of the auction. Such lease to a Government company shall be valid for a maximum period of 10 years or till selection of new lessee through auction, whichever is earlier. Inclusion of Private companies The Bill provides that the words “private entities that may be notified” shall be added to the second proviso to Section 4 of the principal Act which contemplates grant of license for prospecting or mining operations. Discussion on the Bill Speaking on the Bill, Union Minister Pralhad Joshi said that the mining sector in India is vr weak. The reason for this, he said, is non-involvement of private companies in this sector. He added that the Bill enables private players having advanced technology to enter exploration and boost the sector. Whereas many members said that the Bill is a welcome move to augment minerals and mining sector, the same came with certain concerns, listed as follows: Schedule VI areas, i.e., Tribal areas of Assam, Meghalaya, Tripura and Mizoram should be excluded from purview of the Bill as the unexplored mine areas are privately held in this region and as per the Supreme Court’s Judgment in All Dimasa Students Union v. State, private owners of land are also owners of minerals.Most mines are located in forest areas having tribal communities. Thus, if a balanced view is not taken and private companies are allowed to freely operate in these areas, then both tribal communities as well as environment will be adversely affected.Mining sector is prone to irregularities and corruption. Thus, there is a need to create a mechanism of checks.The District Mineral Funds under the Act are intended to benefit such areas that are degraded due to mining activities. Since the State Governments will have better insight on the problems and requirements of people in such region, the Fund should be managed by States. Permitting the Central Government to direct utilization of the DMF shall not be not be viable in such a scenario.One MP should be appointed to oversee the utilisation of the District Mineral Fund. This will ensure transparency and reasonable use of the funds.Privatization comes with risks of monopolization and black marketeering. Thus, the Government should design a mechanism to include safeguards.Provision empowering Centre to hold mine auctions in case the State fails to hold the same in a stipulated time overarches the spirit of Federalism. Click Here To Download Bill Read BillNext Story
JANIFEST/iStock(DES MOINES, IA) — A soon-to-be grandmother killed at a gender-reveal party in Iowa was struck in the head by shrapnel after her family inadvertently created a “pipe bomb” to announce the impending baby news, authorities said.Pamela Kreimeyer, 66, was killed on Saturday afternoon at her home in Knoxville, about 40 miles southeast of Des Moines, when the homemade gender-reveal contraption that contained gunpowder exploded, sending pieces of metal flying, according to authorities.Kreimeyer died at the scene.“The family got together for what they thought was going to be a happy event with no intent for anyone to get hurt. What ended up happening was that Pamela Kreimeyer, a wife, mother and grandmother, was killed by a piece of metal where a metal stand, gunpowder and colored powder were involved,” Marion County Sheriff Jason Sandholdt said in a statement.Kreimeyer and four family members, including her daughter-in-law who is expecting a baby, gathered outside her home to light a fuse to the makeshift explosive, according to an investigation by the sheriff’s office, the Iowa State Fire Marshall’s Office and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.“Our investigation showed that members of the Kreimeyer family were experimenting with different types of explosive material on Friday and Saturday in an attempt to record a gender reveal that could be posted on social media for friends and family,” according to a statement from the sheriff’s office.The deadly device was fashioned out of a metal tube welded to a metal base plate and had a hole drilled in the side of the tube for a fuse, the sheriff’s office said. The tube was then filled with gunpowder and a colored powder and covered with a board.“Tape was then wrapped over the top of the metal tubing, inadvertently creating a pipe bomb,” the statement read. “Instead of the gunpowder shooting the powder out the top of the stand, the stand exploded sending metal pieces flying.”Pamela Kreimeyer was standing with family members about 45 feet from the device when it exploded and she was hit in the head by a piece of shrapnel, “causing instant death,” according to the sheriff’s office.“It’s believed that the projectile that struck the victim then continued another 144 yards through the air coming to rest in a field,” according to the sheriff.A man who answered the phone Sunday at the Kreimeyer home told ABC News that his wife was the woman killed, but declined further comment.“This is a reminder that anytime someone mixes these things there is a high potential for serious injury or death; please do not take these unnecessary risks,” Sandholdt said in his statement. “My condolences go out to the family.”An explosion set off at a gender-reveal party in Green Valley, Arizona, two years ago sparked the massive Sawmill Fire, which burned 47,000 acres in the Coronado National Forest.In that incident, Dennis Dickey, 37, an off-duty U.S. Border Patrol agent, revealed his wife was carrying a boy when he used a high-powered rifle to shoot at a target causing it to explode with a blue substance, according to a statement by the U.S. Justice Department. Dickey had packed the target with the explosive substance Tannerite, according to the statement.Dickey pleaded guilty in September 2018 to federal charges stemming from the Sawmill Fire. He was sentenced to five years probation and ordered to pay $8.1 million in restitution.Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
Professional Studio/iStock(ELIZABETH CITY, N.C.) — Family and friends of Andrew Brown Jr. gathered Monday at a North Carolina church for his funeral as protesters continue to take to the streets to demand justice and answers over why sheriff’s deputies opened fire on the 42-year-old Black man outside his home last month.Brown’s invitation-only funeral service was held at noon at the Fountain of Life Church in Elizabeth City.The service began with a choir calling itself the “Andrew Brown Jr. Ensemble” singing gospel tunes, “I Put it All in His Hands” and “You are my All in All.”A closed black and chrome casket containing Brown’s body was topped with a bouquet of red roses and baby’s breath.Among the roughly 400 people in attendance were the relatives of Black people killed by police, including the family’s of 46-year-old George Floyd, 20-year-old Daunte Wright, and the mother of 43-year-old Eric Garner.“Because the dead cannot cry out for justice, we must do it for them,” Ben Crump, one of the lawyers for the Brown family, told the mourners.Crump led those in attendance in a chant of “We’re going to stand our ground for Andrew Brown.”Brown’s sons, Gerard and Khalil Farebee, also addressed the mourners, saying that they love their father and felt his spirit in the church.“Me and my dad, we were like best friends. Every time you saw him, you saw me,” Gerard Farebee said.New York civil rights activist Rev. Al Sharpton give the eulogy, beginning by noting that Brown’s death came just one day after the murder conviction of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin for the death of Floyd, and just days after Wright was fatally shot by a police officer in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota.“Too often we come to funerals of people that are unjustly brought to death and act like this is a natural occurrence,” Sharpton told the mourners. “We are going to celebrate him (Brown) but we are not going to excuse the fact that we shouldn’t have to be here to do this. So don’t confuse the celebration with the determination to get justice in this matter.”Sharpton called Brown’s death in Elizabeth City “disgraceful and shameful.”“How do you shoot a man in the back and say it was justified?” Sharpton said. “How do you try and justify shooting a man that was not a threat to you because he was running away from you?”“I’m here in Jesus’ name to stand up for a Black man who had a record, but he also had a right life,” Sharpton added.The funeral comes a day after a public viewing of Brown’s body was held on Sunday at the Museum of the Albemarle in Elizabeth City, North Carolina, where Brown’s family members lead a peaceful protest march of several hundred people to the viewing.Brown was shot to death around 8:30 a.m. on April 21 when multiple deputies from Pasquotank and Dare counties went to Brown’s home in Elizabeth City to attempt to serve an arrest warrant on him that stemmed from a felony drug investigation, officials said.Three deputies opened fire on the vehicle Brown was in as he attempted to drive away, according to the Pasquotank Sheriff’s Office.While Brown was unarmed when he was shot, Pasquotank County District Attorney Andrew Womble said during a court hearing last week that Brown’s car drove toward law enforcement officers and allegedly made contact with deputies twice before shots could be heard on body-camera video footage of the shooting.Brown’s son, Khalil Ferebee, other family members and one of their lawyers were allowed to view a 20-second body camera clip of the shooting last week at the Pasquotank County Sheriff’s Department.Ferebee and one of the family’s attorneys, Chantel Cherry-Lassiter, claimed the video showed Brown with his hands on the steering wheel of a car that was not moving when he was initially shot four times in the right shoulder and arm. They claimed the footage shows a wounded Brown attempting drive away from deputies when he was fatally shot from behind.The family released results last week of an independent autopsy they commissioned that showed Brown was shot five times, including once in the back of the head near the base of his neck.Ferebee and Cherry-Lassiter both described what they saw in the video as an “execution,” and said the independent autopsy performed by Dr. Brent Dwayne Hall, the former medical examiner for five northwest North Carolina counties, confirmed their belief.Protesters have joined Brown’s family in calling on the Pasquotank County Sheriff’s Office to publicly release all video it has of the shooting, including body camera and patrol car dash camera footage.Pasquotank County Superior Court Judge Jeff Foster rejected a request from Pasquotank County Sheriff Tommy Wooten and multiple media outlets to immediately release to the public all video of the shooting. While Foster said the videos will not be publicly released until the investigation by the North Carolina Bureau of Investigation is complete, he found that Brown’s family, specifically his adult son, Khalil Ferebee, were entitled to see all of the footage once the faces of the deputies involved in the shooting are blurred out.Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
Cholesterol screening is a regular part of lifestyle and well-personassessments in the workplace. But although it is recognised that raisedcholesterol levels lead to coronary heart disease, the benefits of randomscreening are still being questioned. By Vicki Madden The advantages of lowering cholesterol have already been demonstrated in twolandmark studies. The large scale secondary prevention clinical trial, theScandinavian Simvastatin Survival Study(4S)1, showed that patients with proven heartdisease and a raised total serum cholesterol in the range 5.5 to 8 mmols/litrebenefited from treatment with the lipid lowering drug, simvastatin. Compared with placebo, those in the treatment group had a 30 per centreduction in all cause mortality, and a 40 per cent reduction in CHD mortality.These survival benefits were also seen in men over 60 years of age and inwomen. The other large landmark study, the West of Scotland Coronary PreventionStudy (WOSCOPS) found that patients with raised cholesterol but no previoushistory of CHD also benefited from cholesterol lowering treatment. Results of the five-year study showed that those offered lipid loweringtherapy had a 31 per cent reduction in non-fatal heart attacks, compared withthose in the placebo group2. National diet Coronary heart disease rates in different countries reflect the serumcholesterol levels of their populations and these, in turn, are linked tonational diet. Countries where most energy is derived from carbohydrate have the lowestcholesterol levels and those, such as Britain, with the highest cholesterollevels consume a diet rich in fat. In Britain, the median cholesterol level from middle age onwards is 6 to 6.5mmols/litre, and while the levels are dropping among the young and moreaffluent, Britain still has one of the highest CHD rates in the world. Although different groups of cardiologists recommend slightly differentcholesterol levels at which diet and/or treatment should be initiated, all tendto be much lower than a few years ago. The most recent Joint British Recommendations on the Prevention of CHD inClinical Practice (1998) propose that for patients with established heartdisease, total cholesterol should be maintained at below 5.0 mmols/litre andthe “bad” low density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol should bemaintained at below 3.0 mmols/litre3. In practice, as so many people are above these levels, screening programmesare not recommended for everyone. Marilyn McDougall, health promotion nursing adviser at Glaxo Wellcome,screens patients who opt for a lifestyle assessment. “As part of theassessment we do a finger prick analysis for total serum cholesterol,” shesaid. “If anyone has a level over 6.5 mmols/l we recall them for a fastingcholesterol level and then send off their blood to the hospital for furtheranalysis. We also refer them to their GPs.” She adds, “Those with levels between 5.5 to 6.5 mmols/l are givenleaflets on cholesterol and advice on diet and exercise. In six years we havehad nine men and four women with levels over 6.5 mmols/l. When they wererecalled for their second assessment, we found all the men had cholesterollevels over 6.5 mmols/l, but only two women. Of the two women whose cholesterollevels had fallen, one had been put on hormone replacement therapy and theother had been put on lipid lowering therapy.” False negatives Although screening such as this is common in occupational health departmentsaround the country, epidemiologists such as Professor Nick Wald and Dr MalcolmLaw, from the Department of Epidemiology, St Bartholomew’s Hospital, London,still question the benefits. “Random testing like this will only pick uparound 11 per cent of those with raised cholesterol, and of these as many as 5per cent may be false negatives,” says Dr Law. “Unlike breast cancer screening, cholesterol screening is not asufficiently discriminating test. The difference between those at high risk andthose at low risk of developing CHD is small. “You cannot assume that people with cholesterol levels of 5.2mmols/lhave no risk of developing CHD. It’s like telling someone who smokes 30cigarettes a day that he has a higher risk of developing cancer than someonewho smokes 20 a day. The difference in their risk is, in fact,negligible.” However, Dr Law concedes that the mere fact of screening someone maymotivate them to change their way of life. “If they have a cholesteroltest they may then follow the health advice that will accompany the screeningtest. Graham Johnson, occupational health manager at MTL Medical Services, is alsosceptical about random cholesterol testing. He says it has just completed amajor contract with 750 personnel from Mersey Police. “The computer-aided lifestyle package that we used included a randomcholesterol test. During the course of the tests, this threw up a number ofindividuals with raised total serum cholesterol. As this gave no indication oftheir LDL/HDL ratio we had to refer them to their GP for further fastingcholesterol testing. “Inevitably, some individuals with raised totalcholesterol became unduly anxious.” Johnson recommends all those with high total serum cholesterol are alsogiven a fasting cholesterol check. Cholesterol should not be considered inisolation, he adds, and other CHD risk factors such as smoking, blood pressure,and the amount of exercise an individual does must be taken into account. “Whatever else it does, the cholesterol test can make individualsreflect on their lifestyles. It can only be to the good if that means that theytake more exercise and change their diet.” Vicki Madden is a freelance medical writer References 1 Randomised trial of cholesterol lowering in 4,444 patients with CHD: theScandinavian Simvastatin Survival Study(4S). Scandinavian Simvastatin Survivalgroup. Lancet 1994;344:1383-9. 2 Prevention of CHD with pravastatin in men with hypercholesterolaemia.Shepherd J, Cobbe SM, Ford I, et al for The West of Scotland CoronaryPrevention Study Group. New Engl J Med 1995;333: 1301-7 3 Prevention of CHD in clinical practice: recommendations of the jointsecond task force of the European and other societies on coronary prevention,Eur Heart J 1998;19: 1434-1503. LinksBritish Heart Foundation: www.bhf.org.ukBritish Heart Foundation Health Promotion Research: www.dphpc.ox.ac.ukSearching the Web: www.healthAtoZ.com Comments are closed. In good heartOn 1 May 2000 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.