Posted on

Rise in thefts at concerts and large events, say Toronto police CanIndia News

Rise in thefts at concerts and large events, say Toronto police CanIndia News

Toronto police issued a public alert about a rise in personal property thefts occurring at large gatherings and concerts in the city in the past few days.

In a news release, police said that between July 28 and August 1, they received numerous reports of thefts of personal property during a music festival at Downsview Park. While victims were distracted, personal items like cell phones and credit cards were stolen. Police believe the thefts were a coordinated effort.

The police would like to remind the public to be aware of their surroundings when in large gatherings, secure all personal property and report anything suspicious to event security or staff.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-3100, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), or at

Posted on

Anti-Asian hate crime events in California up 177.5 pct in 2021: report CanIndia News

ISPR denies media report on events at PM House CanIndia News

Reported Anti-Asian hate crime events in California, the most populous state in the United States, increased by 177.5 per cent from 89 in 2020 to 247 in 2021, said a report by the California Department of Justice.

The state, home to around 40 million residents, reported 1,763 hate crime events in 2021, a rise of 32.6 percent from 2020, and the highest since 2001, Xinhua news agency reported quoting the report titled “2021 Hate Crime in California.”

Reported hate crimes targeting Black people remained the most prevalent and increased by 12.5 percent from 456 in 2020 to 513 in 2021, while those anti-Hispanic or Latino increased by 29.6 percent from 152 in 2020 to 197 in 2021, the report said on Tuesday.

Reported hate crimes involving a sexual orientation bias increased by 47.8 percent from 205 in 2020 to 303 in 2021, it said.

The number of cases filed for prosecution by district attorneys and elected city attorneys involving hate crime charges increased by 30.1 percent from 2020 to 2021.

“Today’s report undeniably shows that the epidemic of hate we saw spurred on during the pandemic remains a clear and present threat,” said California Attorney General Rob Bonta in a press release on Tuesday, noting that reported hate crime has reached a level the state has not seen since the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks.

“Now, more than ever, it is critical that we stand united — there is no place for hate in California,” Bonta added.


Posted on

‘D3’ is about a series of events that happen in a day! CanIndia News

ISPR denies media report on events at PM House CanIndia News

Director Balaaji’s upcoming thriller ‘D3’, which features actors Prajin and Vidya Pradeep in the lead, will be about a series of events that happen in just a day.

Giving out details of his film, Balaaji says, “I have created the story based on a real incident that I got to learn of and about which the public aren’t aware. This element will keep the screenplay racy from beginning till end.”

On the experience of shooting ‘D3’, the director says, “We have shot the movie despite serious challenges posed by nature. We started shooting the movie during the non-rainy season in Kuttralam. However, despite this, 70 per cent of our shooting days had a heavy downpour of rain. We had to complete filming, overcoming this challenge.”

“When we had finished 60 per cent of the shooting, Covid-19 hit the world and a 30-year-old actor, who had played a prominent role in the film, passed away due to Corona. Due to this, we had to reshoot his entire portion with another actor.

“Similarly, we had planned to shoot a few scenes in a famous hospital in Chennai. The cost of renting the place was Rs 2.5 lakh per day. On the morning of the shoot, we had made all arrangements when we got we the disappointing news that actor Varghese Mathew, who had landed at the Chennai airport from Hyderabad, had tested positive for Covid-19.

“We had no other option but to cancel the shoot. Such have been the challenges that we faced during the filming of D 3.”

Manoj of Bmass Entertainments and Samuel Godson of JKM Productions have jointly produced the film ‘D3’, the title look of which was revealed by filmmaker Venkat Prabhu recently.

While actor Charlie plays an important character, others in the cast include Varghese Mathew and ‘Mogamull’ Abhishek.


Posted on

World Archery proposes compound events from 2028 LA Olympics CanIndia News

ISPR denies media report on events at PM House CanIndia News

World Archery, the sports global governing body, has proposed the inclusion of compound archery in the Olympics and the proposal is officially being considered for the 2028 Los Angeles Olympic Games.

If approved by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), compound archery will be included alongside the current recurve event in the sports programme of the LA28 Olympic Games, World Archery said in a release from Lausanne, Switzerland.

This will open up a medal opportunity for upcoming nations like India, which has won many medals in compound archery at the international level. South Korea has dominated the recurve section winning 43 medals in all with USA second with 33.

The proposal from World Archery is for an additional indoor archery competition for men, women and mixed teams that would last approximately three days, shorter than the current nine-day Olympic schedule, said the release carried on the official website of World Archery.

Competing over 18 metres and indoors, in comparison to the 70-metre outdoor recurve format, would clearly differentiate the two events while building on the successful professional indoor archery circuit that is already well-established in the USA, the host nation of the next Games after Paris 2024, the release informed.

The request will now be assessed by the International Olympic Committee, alongside submissions from other sports, before a final decision is made.

Compound is a modern bow style invented in the 1960s that uses a system of pulleys and cables, along with release aids and magnified scopes, to increase the bow’s speed and accuracy. The compound competition emphasises precision, tension and perfection.

It has featured at the World Archery Championships since 1995 and on the Hyundai Archery World Cup since its launch in 2006. Compound events are included in the sports programmes of the Asian Games, European Games, Pan American Games, World Games and World University Games.

Archery is celebrating the 50th anniversary of its return to the Olympics in 2022. The sport featured on the programme of the Games in 1900-1908 and 1920 before taking a 52-year hiatus until 1972.

The number of available medals has since risen from two to five with the introduction of recurve team competitions – and the mixed team at Tokyo 2020.

“For nearly 30 years, compound and recurve have been treated equally within the sport of archery, while World Archery has invested considerable resources in developing the discipline at grassroots and elite levels worldwide,” World Archery secretary general Tom Dielen was quoted as saying in the release.

“Compound is now an important event, alongside recurve, in many major continental and regional Games as well as the World Games. We have seen phenomenal growth in participation and results, particularly from female athletes, and particularly in countries with aspiring sporting legacies like India, Colombia and Mexico,” he added.


Posted on

IBA opens bidding process for World Boxing Tour events 2023-2024 CanIndia News

ISPR denies media report on events at PM House CanIndia News

The International Boxing Association (IBA) has opened the bidding process for World Boxing Tour (WBT) events for 2023-2024. During that period there will be six key WBT events that are planned to offer points toward Olympic qualification.

The events are expected to be spread between continents, ensuring fair opportunities to earn a chance to box at the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.

“For many years, IBA has delivered World Boxing Championships for men, women and youth. The World Boxing Tour was designed to expand the opportunities we make available for boxers around the world to participate in international tournaments featuring the best boxers. We are excited to partner with National Federations to deliver the World Boxing Tour and help turn the dreams of boxers worldwide into reality,” said IBA president Umar Kremlev.

A hosting outline has been provided to IBA National Federations, featuring WBT requirements, financial expectations, governance models and more, while highlighting the benefits of hosting. This will also enable potential hosts to be more actively engaged in the bid process from an earlier stage and to better understand the WBT events as a platform that creates shared value by facilitating exchanges between athletes, spectators, media and organizers.

IBA secretary-general Istvan Kovacs added: “When developing the World Boxing Tour, we had to consider not only IBA’s or the boxers’ needs, but also benefits for the hosts. With our model, hosts can expect a straightforward bidding process, supported event delivery, a partnership approach to rights and responsibilities, reasonable expectations, and significant measures aimed at sustainability and legacy.”

The newly designed hosting requirements and a draft of the competitions’ calendar which has been reviewed, revised and approved by the IBA Athletes’ Committee and the IBA Competitions Committee were distributed among all National Federations.


Posted on

KK’s death underscores the need for emergency care at public events CanIndia News

ISPR denies media report on events at PM House CanIndia News

The recent death of veteran singer Krishnakumar Kunnath (KK) after a concert in Kolkata has highlighted the need to learn the basic nuances of handling the health emergencies for all.

The post mortem report of singer indicated that KK had significant blockages in his heart vessels, which led to a heart attack. Even, he can be seen distressed and sweating during his live performance. The singer was taken to his hotel and then to a hospital where doctors declared him dead following a cardiac arrest.

The major point which is being widely discussed is — Had he survived if he had been promptly transported to a hospital?

“Timely CPR even by a lay person and immediate shifting to cardiac Centre might have different result”, says Dr (Prof) Tarun kumar, ABVIMS and RML hospital. He told IANS that if he had any symptoms, he should have been immediately taken to nearest medical Centre, instead of going to hotel. Time is both precious and precarious in such medical emergency, he said.

Emergency medical and critical care services can play a significant role in designing and implementing an effective approach towards public health. The top three reasons people visit an emergency are heart attack, a stroke, or an accident. In the case of a heart attack or accident, the patient must get to a hospital within 60 minutes. The time-to-treatment is most crucial in the case of heart attack. The medical guidelines say this should be 90 minutes or less to perform angioplasty in such cases.

The essential elements of an emergency medical system for cardiac patients are: ambulance operations, a call centre, and healthcare facilities.

“A heart attack is a medical emergency. It usually occurs when a blood clot blocks blood flow to the heart. It leads to myocardial injury and needs proper treatment to salvage the myocardium. In cardiac arrest, the heart abruptly stops beating. Without prompt intervention, it can result in the person’s death. Heart function stops abruptly and needs urgent intervention”, said Dr Kumar.

Availability of Cardiac defibrillator at public places is sometimes life saving, said Dr Kumar, highlighting the need of self awareness and proper training in such emergency cases. To handle the medical emergency, he emphasised on self awareness and regular cardiac check.

To prevent such incidents, Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) may be helpful in certain situations if he or she has proper training. “Installation of Cardiac defibrillator at public places like bus stand, railway station, airport, stadium and General public awareness and training at mass level in CPR and usage of cardiac defibrillators can help us deal with any such health emergency”, Dr Kumar told IANS.

Deployment of ambulances at least equipped with necessary medicines and trained paramedics should be made mandatory at large gatherings or public events, he added further.

However, a 2020 AIIMS Delhi report on emergency and injury care at district hospitals in India says that even 88 per cent of hospitals had in-house ambulances, trained paramedics needed to assist ambulance services were present only in 3 per cent.

“Provision of specialized care during ambulance transport was largely poor: only 12 per cent hospitals had mobile Stroke/ STEMI (for heart attack) program. Most of the hospitals lacked Pre-hospital arrival notification system”, the study pointed out.

“Emergency care system in our country has seen uneven progress. Some states have done well, while others are still in the budding stages. Overall, it suffers from fragmentation of services from pre-hospital care to facility-based care in government as well as in the private sector. The system also suffers from lack of trained human resource, finances, legislation and regulations governing the system. Absence of standalone academic department since its inception is another factor which is ailing the system”, the study said about emergency services in the country.

Dr Abhishek Shankar, Associate Professor, Department of Radiation Oncology, AIIMS Patna, says that awareness about health for any minor issues in India is so poor that people land in trouble.

Dr Rohan Krishnan, President of Federation of All India Medical Association, emphasised on providing health education at plus two level irrespective of students’ stream. He said that students must be taught basic life saving skills at college level to deal with such emergency situation. Along with creating a mass level awareness on basic life saving skills, the general public also needs to imbibe ‘accepting attitude’ and abstain from ‘ignoring attitude’, as public visit hospital only when the condition becomes grave, said Dr Krishnan.

(Avinash Prabhakar can be reached at


Posted on

Guide to report extreme weather events CanIndia News

ISPR denies media report on events at PM House CanIndia News

A guide for journalists, written by climate scientists, sets out what reporters can say about the link between climate change and extreme weather events like heatwaves, storms and floods.

The guide, by researchers from Oxford University and Imperial College London and published by World Weather Attribution, an international group of climate scientists, explains how attribution science makes it possible to connect particular extreme events with climate change and why and where some events cannot always be linked with human-caused warming.

Until recently, scientists avoided connecting individual events with climate change, instead limiting themselves to saying that an event might reflect the sort of thing we can expect to see more of in the future if emissions and warming continue.

But scientists have developed methods that allow them to work out the link between climate change and an individual extreme weather event, calculating how much more or less likely, and how much more or less intense, an event has become because of global warming.

These attribution studies allow scientists to make statements like ‘this heatwave was three degrees hotter than it would have been in a world without global warming’, or even that an event would have been effectively impossible without climate change.

Even in the absence of a specific attribution study, journalists can often still make links between climate change and particular events. The guide sets out what journalists can say in these cases, covering heatwaves, floods, cyclones, snow, droughts and wildfires.

The guide says that ‘climate change cannot cause an event because all weather events have multiple causes, but climate change can affect how likely and how intense an event was’.

Among its conclusions are that every heatwave can now be linked with climate change and that both heavy rain and in some parts of the world — but not all — droughts are more common and more severe because of greenhouse gas emissions.

With some other types of extreme weather, there are other important factors journalists should be aware of when they describe the relationship with climate change.

‘Reporting extreme weather and climate change: A guide for journalists’ by Ben Clarke and Friederike Otto is available in nine languages at


Posted on

ISPR denies media report on events at PM House CanIndia News

ISPR denies media report on events at PM House CanIndia News

The Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the Pakistan military’s media wing, on Sunday rejected a media report over alleged events that took place at the Prime Minister’s House the previous night, saying it was “totally baseless and a pack of lies”.

The BBC Urdu report alleged that “two uninvited guests” reached the Prime Minister’s House, with an extraordinary security detail, via helicopter and held a 45-minute private meeting with ousted Prime Minister Imran Khan, Dawn news reported.

The biggest claim in the report, made by citing government sources, was that the meeting was less than pleasant.

“Just an hour ago, former Prime Minister Imran Khan had given orders to remove one of the senior officials present for the meeting,” the report said.

It went on to say that the sudden arrival of the guests was “unexpected” for the former premier, adding that Khan was instead expecting the arrival of his “newly appointed officials”.

The report further alleged that the necessary notifications for the removal and the new appointment were not issued by the Ministry of Defence.

“Even if the removal was carried out on the prime minister’s orders, preparations had been made to declare it null and void.”

The report also talked about how the doors of the Islamabad High Court (IHC) were open late at night to take up a petition asking the court to restrain Khan from possibly de-notifying Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa.

The urgent petition, which was filed but never fixed for hearing, said that Khan, for political and personal purposes, had misused his powers and recommended the removal of the Chief of Army Staff, urging the court to quash the order in public interest, the report said.

“It is important to mention that while the petition was prepared, the space for the number of the notification regarding the army chief’s dismissal was left blank. The reason for this was that despite the Prime Minister’s request, the notification could not be issued and there was no need for a hearing,” the report concluded.

Reacting to the BBC Urdu report, the ISPR branded the story “typical propaganda” lacking “any credible, authentic and relevant source” and claiming that it “violates basic journalistic ethos”, Dawn news reported.

“There is no truth in the fake story whatsoever and clearly seems part of an organised disinformation campaign. The matter is being taken up with BBC authorities,” it added.