first_imgDOHA, QatarKaliese Spencer is more determined than ever to win her first senior championships medal in the 400m hurdles this year.Spencer, who turns 29 today, twice finished fourth at the World Championships and once at the Olympics.She will today compete in the first meet of the 2016 Diamond League series being held in Doha, Qatar, having won the Diamond trophy in her pet event in 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2014. But even the circuit will have to take a back seat this season, with the Olympics being her priority.”This (Diamond League) is definitely not my focus for this season. I am just focused on staying healthy and getting to the Olympics, and that’s my main focus, getting there and getting a medal,” Spencer said.Spencer has in the past been accused by local track and field fans of giving of her best on the circuit and falling short in the championship races. However, she blames her shortcomings at the World Championships and Olympics on injuries and said she would be out to quiet the doubters this time around.MORE FOCUSED”I am more focused right now, and I just need to stay healthy. I am always getting hurt, so once I am healthy, I should be good,” Spencer said.Spencer, who, with 21 wins in the 400m hurdles on the Diamond League circuit, is the most successful track athlete in the history of the series, split from the Stephen Francis-led MVP Track Club in 2015 after 10 years. She is now a member of Cameron Blazers, led by the 1983 four hundred metre World champion Bert Cameron.”Training has been going good. Great people and being there is like a family, so I am just trying to stay healthy, and once I am healthy, I believe that it should be a great season,” Spencer said. “He (Cameron) is a great 400m coach, and I have a lot of persons there working with me as well for the hurdles, so they are really trying their best to get me into top shape for the championships.”Spencer will get to test exactly where she is at the moment when she lines up against two-time reigning World Champion and Olympic bronze medallist Zuzana Hejnova of the Czech Republic, who denied her the Diamond trophy in the event last year.”I just want to ensure that my stride pattern is correct and getting my rhythm. It is a bit off,” Spencer revealed. “So once I can get the stride pattern and the rhythm, it should be a good race.”ryon.jones@gleanerjm.comlast_img read more

first_imgA Judge has praised a garda for her empathy towards a woman with HIV who bit her during a violent struggle while her attacker was experiencing a psychotic episode.Mary Kamunya, 38, of The Maples, Lismonaghan, Letterkenny had pleaded guilty to two counts of assaulting Dublin-based Garda Sheenagh Mary Carroll at Donegal Courthouse at Bridge Street, Donegal Town on November 10, 2014. One charge was assault, one was assault causing harm. Garda Carroll was helping transport Kamunya from the Dóchas Centre in Dublin to Donegal for a court appearance when she was attacked twice by her.She was bitten on both arms, scratched and hit during the assault.Garda Carroll outlined to Donegal Circuit Court the violent attack had deeply affected her personal and professional life but that she could empathise with her attacker who was experiencing serious mental health issues at the time.The court also heard that she had not been made aware that Mary Kamunya was prone to violent outbursts and was infected with HIV before she and two others began the journey transporting the defendant to Donegal.During the trip the defendant continually was uncooperative and abusive.Sergeant Tony Cornyn outlined that once they got to Donegal town court house, inside the building the defendant lashed out at garda Carroll and was removed from the building. She was placed in the back of a garda van.Prosecution barrister, Dara Foynes BL, outlined that once in the van she called out for help and when Garda Carroll went to assist the prisoner she sunk her teeth into her arm.When she pushed her head back she had a piece of her skin in her mouth and then bit into her other arm with a grip so tight she did not release it even after being pepper sprayed but she eventually let go.Garda Carroll was brought to Letterkenny University Hospital where she was in a lot of pain and became deeply upset further when she was told of the the defendant’s HIV.It was claimed she was left alone in the Emergency room for two hours alone and her cuts were not properly cleaned out.Kamunya had a number of previous convictions for assault, driving offences, public order offences.Garda Carroll read her own victim impact statement into court and holding back tears said she is not the same person she was before the attack and now suffered Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.She said the incident tested her personal relationships unnecessarily and also impacted seriously on her profession with the gardaí as she was now nervous of being in enclosed spaces with people but added she empathized with her attacker because of her mental health problems.Defense barrister, Peter Nolan BL, said his client was delusional and had been admitted into psychiatric hospitals a number of times the year prior to the assault.At this time she believed she was the President of the United States on her way to the White House and alos claimed she was the “Princess of Ireland”.She also held a belief that gardaí were attempting to injected her with hormones.The court heard this mental condition was linked to her HIV diagnosis and she also suffered a range of other medical problems including failing eyesight and she was unable to walk properlyMr Nolan said she had met and married a German pharmacist in Kenya,whom she later moved to Europe with and they settled in southern Ireland. She worked in the business before her sold the pharmacy and left her in Ireland when he moved to live in Australia.He said she was now responding well to treatment, was being care for by a friend locally who was with her in court.He said she apologized for what she has done and asked for leniency for her saying she need to continue her psychiatric care which she was now receiving.Judge John Aylmer said it was an “extremely serious offence” where the defendant acted “savagely” toward Garda Carroll whom he said was already doing a “very difficult job”.He said she was clearly traumatised by the incident.He added that the probation and psychiatric report clearly showed the defendant was under serious mental health issues at the time and she now appears to have “settled down significantly” with the assistance of her friend and continued support from the mental health services.He said he would have considered a three year jail term for the offences had there not been such mitigating factors. He imposed a two prison term for assault causing harm and four months to run concurrently for common assault saying he would suspend the terms and bind her to the peace for two years and that she continue to work with the mental health services.He added: “I must say that Garda Carroll be commended for the empathy she displayed to Ms Kamunya in her victim impact statement”.Judges praises Garda after she was bitten by woman with HIV was last modified: October 28th, 2017 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:bitedonegalGarda Sheenagh Mary CarrollHIVMary Kamunyalast_img read more

first_imgAmazon, the US e-commerce and cloud computing giant is said to hire 1,000 people in Poland. The company already hires almost 5,000 people in Poland and has service centers in Gdansk, Wroclaw and Poznan ON 14 April 2016. (Photo by Jaap Arriens/NurPhoto via Getty Images) As per the prevailing law, online buying and selling of medicine is illegal. However, to check the factual scenario, Kailash Tandale, President of Maharashtra Registered Pharmacist Association had ordered MTP pills online. On receiving the same, he brought it to the notice of the Food and Drug Administration of Maharashtra.“The abortion pills were ordered by me without prescription of a gynecologist to gauge whether it was available online or was a mere hearsay,” Tandale saidConfirming the filing of FIR, Mukund Donglikar, Drug Controller, Food and Drug Administration in Raigad district of Maharashtra said, “Based on the complaint made by Tandale, we have filed a FIR against Amazon and the medical store from Uttar Pradesh at the Kamothe Police station in Navi Mumbai. Since, our jurisdiction is restricted to the state, the police will investigate the case further.”Health is a state subject in India and hence each state has a separate Food and Drug Administration.In August 2018, the Indian government had released the draft rules to the Drugs and Cosmetics Act to facilitate online sales of medicines and had planned to roll the rules in the first 100 days of its second term.As per the proposed draft, only government-registered e-portals can sell medicines, and must retain prescriptions and verify details of patients and doctors.The proposed law will legitimize and put online retailer and a brick-and-mortar pharmacy outlet on equal footing, which has strongly been opposed by Maharashtra Registered Pharmacist Association. London best pest control center_img MUMBAI, June 10 (Xinhua) — A first information report (FIR) was filed for online sale and supply of medical terminal of pregnancy (MTP) pills against online retailer Amazon and supplier from the northern state of Uttar Pradesh by the Indian drug regulator in the country’s western state of Maharashtra, an official told Xinhua on Monday.last_img read more