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‘Interrogation Not Necessary’: Kerala HC Grants Pre-Arrest Bail To Christian Preacher Accused Of Promoting Religious Enmity
News Updates’Interrogation Not Necessary’: Kerala HC Grants Pre-Arrest Bail To Christian Preacher Accused Of Promoting Religious Enmity Sparsh Upadhyay23 Sep 2020 7:15 AMShare This – xThe Kerala High Court on 22nd September (Tuesday) granted anticipatory bail to Christian preacher who has been accused of promoting religious enmity.The Single Bench of Justice Ashok Menon was hearing the pre-arrest bail plea of an applicant, who has been arrayed as an accused in Crime No.582/2020 of Ernakulam Central Police Station for having allegedly committed offences punishable under…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 Kerala High Court on 22nd September (Tuesday) granted anticipatory bail to Christian preacher who has been accused of promoting religious enmity.The Single Bench of Justice Ashok Menon was hearing the pre-arrest bail plea of an applicant, who has been arrayed as an accused in Crime No.582/2020 of Ernakulam Central Police Station for having allegedly committed offences punishable under Section 153A of the IPC.Prosecution’s CaseThe prosecution case, in brief, was that the applicant had been propagating his religious thoughts through the YouTube channel and while speaking in favour of Christianity, he has been promoting enmity between different groups on the ground of Religion.It was alleged that he has been criticizing the preachers of Islam in such a manner that he was spreading disharmony or feelings of enmity, hatred or ill-will between persons belonging to Islam and Christianity and thus committed an offence punishable under Section 153A IPC.Applicant’s SubmissionsThe applicant stated before the Court that he has no ill-will and all his arguments with the other religious leaders are based on ideologies and that he has been exercising his right within the Constitutional framer and the freedom of speech as guaranteed by the Constitution.Further, he argued that his debates in the YouTube Channel are before the public and there was no attempt on his part to create hatred between persons belonging to Christianity or Islam.Therefore, he contended that his custodial interrogation may not be required and he may be released on anticipatory bail.Court’s Analysis and DecisionWhile going through the various materials and the links provided by the applicant, the Court was of the opinion that the applicant has been propagating Christian Religion.True, the Court observed, he has made several debates in comparison of the Religion with Islam and has also contradicted the propagators of Islamic Religion.However, the Court did not go into the details of the complicity of the applicant for an offence punishable under Section 153A IPC.The Court said,”It would suffice to say that custodial interrogation of the applicant may not be necessary. All his debates and statements are well preserved in the form of YouTube uploads, and there is nothing, apart from that to be ascertained by the investigating officers.”Hence, the Court observed, the applicant is entitled to a pre-arrest bail, particularly, considering the present pandemic situation.In the result, the Bail Application was allowed and the applicant was directed to surrender before the investigating officer within three weeks.After interrogation, the Court directed, in the event of his being arrested, he shall be released on bail on the execution of bond for Rs.50,000/- (Rupees fifty thousand only) with two solvent sureties, each for the like amount to the satisfaction of the investigating officer, and on the following further conditions:1- He shall appear before the investigating officer as and when called for and co-operate with the investigation.2- He shall not tamper with evidence or intimidate or influence the witnesses.3- He shall not get involved in any similar offence during the currency of the bail. In case of breach of any of the above bail conditions, the prosecution is at liberty to approach the jurisdictional court for cancellation of the bailClick Here To Download Order[Read Order] Next Story
On March 1, in the presence of President Dilma Rousseff, the Brazilian Navy inaugurated its Steel Structure Fabrication Unit (UFEM), which is part of the construction and maintenance infrastructure of submarines being implemented by the Navy in Itaguai, Rio de Janeiro. The ceremony was attended by Brazilian Minister of Defense Celso Amorim, French Ambassador in Brazil Bruno Delaye, Navy Commander Admiral Julio Soares de Moura Neto, and other civilian and military authorities from Brazil and France. The construction of the UFEM was initiated in 2010, and its completion marks the accomplishment of an important milestone through the implementation of the Submarine Development Program (PROSUB), designed to enable the country to design and build conventional and nuclear submarines, strengthening the Brazilian naval construction industry, especially in the state of Rio de Janeiro, where millions of direct and indirect jobs are generated. The process to build submarines started at Nuclebras Equipamentos Pesados S.A., which is currently prepared to make the parts for the external hulk of a submarine that must be resistant to deep sea pressure. From there, the parts are transferred to the UFEM, where structures, equipment and internal components are added. Once they are fully equipped, the parts are then taken to a nearby shipyard for the finishing operations and to be assembled, finalizing the submarine, which can then be evaluated by dock and sea tests. Today, PROSUB is the most important project being developed by the Navy, and the result is a strategic partnership, established in 2008 between the presidents of Brazil and France. This partnership provides for the technology transfer and the association between companies from both countries to respond to common strategic objectives. The PROSUB also anticipates the construction of five submarines, four of which are conventional. In other words, four are equipped with diesel and electric propulsion, while one has nuclear propulsion. It is important to emphasize that the technology transfer for the construction of the submarine propulsion plant is not part of the agreement with France. This is the responsibility of the Brazilian Navy, which develops it at the Navy Technology Center in Sao Paulo using its own technology. The deadline to complete the construction of the shipyard is December 2014, and 2017 for the naval base. The first of the four conventional submarines will begin operation in 2017, with construction scheduled to end in 2015, after several tests. The other conventional submarines will be delivered in intervals of 18 months, and the first nuclear-propelled submarine will be completed in 2023, followed by approximately two years of ocean tests before becoming operational. Naval engineers attended several courses on submarine projects in France and started developing the project for the Brazilian submarine with nuclear propulsion last year. The PROSUB will generate over 9,000 direct jobs, at its peak, and another 32,000 indirect jobs. Additionally, it is projected that during the submarine construction period, approximately two thousand direct and eight thousand indirect permanent jobs will be created in the area of naval construction. Finally, the PROSUB includes a nationalization process based on the technology transfer, which makes the construction of conventional and nuclear submarine equipment available in the country, thus raising the technological level of Brazilian companies, and creating more jobs. The construction and operation of submarines with nuclear propulsion developed with highly sensitive technology, is limited to only a few countries: China, the United States, France, England, and Russia. With PROSUB, Brazil will join this exclusive group. By Dialogo March 04, 2013
“I think this is a really strong step forward to where we want to be about getting control of this outbreak,” Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told the “TODAY” show after Moderna’s announcement, calling the company’s vaccine data “quite impressive.”Excellent. Memo to my broker: expect a package soon containing $200.39 cash, three Burger King coupons, a $5 savings bond and my grandmother’s hearing aids. Put it all on Moderna and make me rich.JEERS to the hunchback of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Forty-seven years ago today, in 1973, floundering President Richard Nixon uttered his immortal words: “People have got to know whether or not their president is a crook. Well, I’m not a crook.”–And to prove he wasn’t a crook, Gerald Ford shielded him with a “full and unconditional pardon” after Nixon resigned rather than face impeachment for crooky things like high crimes and misdemeanors. Trust me: the less you think about it, the more it makes sense.–BRIEF SANITY BREAK––END BRIEF SANITY BREAK–JEERS to fakers in high places. You remember how social media exploded when Trump appointed some unqualified hack to be “acting” Director of Homeland Security, even though he never went through a proper vetting process and was, essentially, making decisions on things like DACA illegally? Remember how we were all like, “Why doesn’t someone do something about this trespasser in public office?” Finally, someone did, and there was rejoicing across the land:A federal judge in New York ruled Saturday that Acting Department of Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf assumed his position unlawfully, a determination that invalidated Wolf’s suspension of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which shields young people from deportation.And thanks to Judge Garaufis, here they’ll stay.“DHS failed to follow the order of succession as it was lawfully designated,” U.S. District Judge Nicholas Garaufis wrote. “Therefore, the actions taken by purported Acting Secretaries, who were not properly in their roles according to the lawful order of succession, were taken without legal authority.”Karen Tumlin, an attorney who represented a plaintiff in one of two lawsuits that challenged Wolf’s authority, called the ruling “another win for DACA recipients and those who have been waiting years to apply for the program for the first time.”To make matters worse, Wolf also has to replace all the pudding cups he stole from the break room fridge, the result of a separate suit filed by Mable in accounting.JEERS to today’s edition of Toscanini Fail. And a’ one and a’ two…This has been today’s edition of Toscanini Fail.–Ten years ago in C&J: November 18, 2009CHEERS to a bouncing baby bill! The tones were hushed in the Capitol last night as Harry Reid brought out the infant healthcare reform bill wrapped in a swaddling hospital gown and gently laid it in a bed of cotton balls, where it cooed and gurgled and coiled its tiny fingers around its—my goodness—rather robust (if opt-out-able) public option. And no sign of Stupak syndrome, says Senator Kirsten Gillibrand:“While this bill is not perfect, the anti-choice measure that was included in the House bill is not contained in the Senate bill. The House’s Stupak amendment would have resulted in grave risk to women and girls, particularly to low-income women. Denying a full range of reproductive services is not only discriminatory, but also dangerous, and puts the lives of women and girls at risk.Now comes the hard part: raising it to adulthood without dropping it on its head. Which is easier said than done. They don’t call it the “Butterfingers Chamber” for nothin’.–And just one more…CHEERS to that people-powered dude. Since I know you appreciate being made to feel old, here’s a fun fact: when Howard Dean’s 2004 presidential campaign—the catalyst for bringing so many of us here to Daily Kos—was shifting into high gear, he was but a lad of 56. Today he finds 72 candles on his birthday cake. The former Vermont governor (first in the nation to sign same-sex civil unions into law—a quaint milestone, but groundbreaking at the time) became the loudest 2004 candidate to rail against the warmongering Bush II regime at a time when too many Democratic leaders were still searching for their spines. (His 2003 speech in Sacramento remains one of the most influential barn burners in modern political history.)Happy Birthday, Howard.Of course, we all know Governor Dean met his Waterloo after he uttered “Yeah” in Iowa at a higher volume than is allowed in polite political society. He then went on to become the chairman of the DNC, unleashing a radical strategy that would give the Democratic party a robust presence in all 50 states, and remains forever a proud card-carrying Kossack. So when you’re pouring your first drinky this morning (may we recommend a cocktail made with pure Vermont maple syrup?), hoist it and send a happy birthday toast to ol’ Doc Dean. And you should also get together and bake him a cake. After all, YOU have the flour and YOU have the flour and YOU have the flour…!Have a tolerable Tuesday. Floor’s open…What are you cheering and jeering about today?–Today’s Shameless C&J Testimonial“If Cheers and Jeers were posted anywhere else, our State Department would be issuing grim reports about the future of that country’s kiddie pool. But that country is this country—it’s happening here.”—Chuck Todd– Democratic organizers in Georgia say they’re pumped and primed to bring Jon and the good Reverend to the Senate, and financial support from the rest of us will help ‘em get it done. Daily Kos has an Act Blue page for Ossoff and Warnock here. And we’d be guilty of political malpractice if we didn’t also lend our support to Stacey Abrams’ group Fair Fight, which was so important in taking Joe Biden across the finish line November 3rd and sealing Trump’s doom—click here for that link. As always, keep an eye on Daily Kos, especially the Elections Team, for updates and calls for action. Many thanks and fresh peaches to you all.- Advertisement – And now, our feature presentation…–Cheers and Jeers for Tuesday, November 17, 2020- Advertisement – Days ’til the start of Hanukkah: 24Number of the record-breaking 117 women elected to the 117th session of the House who are women of color: 48Number of Black women Missouri has sent to the House besides Black Lives Matter activist Cori Bush, who was elected this year: 0Percent of President-elect Joe Biden’s transition staff who are people of color and women, respectively: 46%, 52% Height and weight of this year’s Happy Holidays tree at 30 Rockefeller Center: 75 feet, 11 tonsCost to buy the 40th anniversary edition of Nintendo’s Game & Watch console: $49.99 Current ocean temperature off the coast of Portland, Maine: 51F–Puppy Pic of the Day: Reverend Warnock speak, you listen…–CHEERS to personal POTUS pronouncements put to parchment. That earthquake you felt this morning was the tremor caused by Part I of Barack Obama’s memoir landing in e-readers and on bookstore shelves around the globe:A Promised Land…chronicles the future president’s childhood and political rise, before diving deeply into his historic 2008 campaign and first four years in office. Obama dedicates hundreds of pages to the fights and characters that colored his tenure, from his work to pass Obamacare in 2010 to the complexities of dealing with a slate of world leaders and finally his decision to approve the raid that killed Osama bin Laden.A presidency worth all that paper and ink.Throughout, Obama casts his presidency as comprised of hard choices, sometimes made more difficult by internal disputes, mismanagement by the previous administration and obstructionism by Republicans, which he suggests was rooted in an attempt to appeal to anxieties about the first Black president.Yet he also acknowledges his own shortcomings on a range of topics, like calling his failure to pass immigration reform “a bitter pill to swallow” and acknowledging that the economy “stank” as he headed into the 2010 midterms, where Republicans reclaimed the House of Representatives on the back of the Tea Party movement.Fair warning: it’s nearly 800 pages long. Lift with your knees.CHEERS to happy little stabbies. Send out the town criers: “We have another vaccine! We have another vaccine!” And at 94.5 percent effectiveness, this one by Moderna appears poised to leave the one announced last week by Pfizer—at a paltry 90 percent—rotting on the shelf like yesterday’s meatloaf. (I kid—we need all the vaccines we can get, and I plan to inject them all along with my usual morning gallon of bleach.) Even better, unlike Pfizer’s vaccine this one it doesn’t need to be stored up Mr. Freeze’s tuchus to remain stable. Naturally, I never sink my personal fortune into anything without consulting human prospectus Dr. Anthony Fauci first, so the next words I read will be crucial: Voting for both Georgia Senate seats starts December 14th—twenty-seven days from today—and ends on January 5. Our candidates are the excellent Jon Ossoff and Rev. Raphael Warnock. They’re facing a confused and calcified curmudgeon, and a female Donald Trump. Some important dates and two links: Note: It’s Random Drug Test Tuesday! Pick a random drug from the bowl and give it a shot. First one to smell sounds and taste colors wins Kos’s Tesla. Good luck. —Mgt. –By the Numbers:Starts in 24 days!!!- Advertisement – – Advertisement –
MOUNT VERNON, Iowa (AP) – Iowa authorities are investigating the death of a hiker in Palisades-Kepler State Park in Mount Vernon.The Iowa Department of Natural Resources said Sunday that 32-year-old Brian Jungen, of Coralville, died Friday after a fall.Officials say a group of four hikers found Jungen on the Cedar Cliff Trail with several cuts to his head. Jungen was able to speak to the hikers before he blacked out.When paramedics arrived, they were unable to locate Jungen’s pulse, and he was pronounced dead.
Saturday teams play round robin before concluding Sunday with divisional finals.All action is set for the Lakeside playing fields.The tournament is in honour of Terry Walgren, a longtime coach in Nelson — who skippered teams in Nelson Youth Soccer as well as men’s and women’s teams.Walgren, a graduate of Nelson Youth Soccer, played high school and men’s league soccer before going off to university where played for Simon Fraser and University of Alberta in Edmonton.Walgren, who returned to coach in the NYS rep program along with playing men’s league for the Heritage Innkeepers, died of cancer. The Lakeside Pitches will be filled with excitement as the Nelson Youth Soccer hosts the annual Terry Walgren Tournament beginning Saturday.Teams from Penticton, Montana, Trail-Castlegar, Cranbrook and Fernie join the host Nelson Selects during two days of roundball action in U12 Jamboree and Rep Tournament.
England wicketkeeper-batsman Sam Billings feels his inclusion in the England squad for the upcoming International Cricket Council (ICC) Champions Trophy, starting here from June 1, is enough to give “headaches” to the national selectors.Billings said his flexibility to bat at any position besides keeping wickets will give the side different options.”I want to give the selectors some headaches. I have proven that I can put in match-winning performances and get big scores,” Billings was quoted as saying by ecb.co.uk.”I think I can offer different options because of my flexibility in being able to bat between one and seven as well as keep wicket, so I think I have something to offer the team,” he added.Exuding confidence on the composition of the team to win the tournament, the 25-year-old said the side is ready to make the most of the home advantage.”Our aim is to win the Champions Trophy and we will go into the tournament with nothing to fear because of the ability in our whole squad,” said Billings, who is currently playing for Delhi Daredevils in the Indian Premier League (IPL).”We have amazing quality throughout the squad and everyone can come in and do a really good job.”Billings was named in the 15-man England squad that will play a three-match One-day International (ODI) series against South Africa next month before the start of Champions Trophy. He was also included in the 14-man group for the two-match ODI Series against Ireland in May.advertisementAcknowledging the pressure of playing in front of the home crowd, the right-hander said the team should use that to their advantage.”There is always going to be pressure, especially in a home tournament, but should be using that to our advantage,” he said.”We know how good we are and how good we can be. We have the attitude to improve and we go into every game believing we can win.””It’s a cliche, but we will take it one game at a time. If you look too far ahead, that’s when you run into problems, but we know the end goal.”We have a great team and a great group of players who are mates and enjoy each other’s company, so we will all be really looking forward to it,” he added.England will start their Champions Trophy campaign against Bangladesh at the Oval on June 1 before completing the group stage with matches against New Zealand and Australia.
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo asserted himself in the biggest game of his budding career with his team on the brink of playoff elimination.Now it’s on to Game 7 for the Milwaukee Bucks.Antetokounmpo had 31 points and 14 rebounds and the Bucks pulled away late to beat the Boston Celtics 97-86 on Thursday night to force a winner-take-all game Saturday night in Boston.“At the end, it was (all) about will,” Antetokounmpo said. “I was out there, I was trying to make plays, I was trying to be aggressive.”He had plenty of company to help keep the Celtics on their heels down the stretch.Khris Middleton and Malcolm Brogdon each added 16 points, with Brogdon hitting a momentum-swinging 3 from the left corner to give the Bucks a two-possession lead with 5:22 left.Just getting to Game 7 is a small but significant step for a young team that lost in six games to the Toronto Raptors a year ago. The up-and-coming Bucks haven’t played a seventh game in the playoffs since losing to Atlanta in the first round in 2010.“This is what you work for. Embrace that moment. Go out as a team, attack it together … find a way to get a win,” coach Joe Prunty said.Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo dunks during the first half of Game 6 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series against the Boston Celtics Thursday, April 26, 2018, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)The Celtics had their shots to win in it six. They led by nine early, then drew as close as 80-78 with 7:13 left on Marcus Morris’ 3-pointer.The Bucks made the last big push to close out the Celtics.Boston had to settle for perimeter looks down the stretch. They couldn’t hit enough 3s, finishing 10 of 36 (28 percent) on the night, and the Bucks limited Boston on the glass.“We got stagnant and we weren’t very good,” coach Brad Stevens said.Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo reacts after a dunk during the first half of Game 6 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series against the Boston Celtics Thursday, April 26, 2018, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)At the other end, Antetokounmpo led the Bucks’ charge right at the heart of the Celtics’ defense.After Eric Bledsoe picked off Jayson Tatum’s inbounds pass, Antetokounmpo converted an offensive rebound with a putback off the glass for an 89-81 lead with 3:08 left. It was part of an 11-3 run late to help the Bucks pull away for 10-point advantage.With his team facing elimination, Antetokounmpo vowed to be more aggressive following a five-point loss in Game 5.The two-time All-Star produced in the crunch time, scoring 20 points in the second half on 8-of-14 shooting.“It’s big. We’ve grown as a team,” Antetokounmpo said. “For us to win Game 6 — we have a big opportunity ahead of us.”Tatum finished with 22 points, and Terry Rozier had 18 for the Celtics. After holding the edge on the glass for most of the series, Boston got outrebounded 48-39.“Clearly their speed and length and athleticism affected us,” Stevens said. “They were quicker to the ball all night than us, best probably exemplified by the rebounding numbers.”TIP INSCeltics: Stevens stuck with the same starting five he used for Game 5, with Semi Ojeleye in for Aron Baynes for a quicker frontcourt on defense. … Former President Bill Clinton attended the game and exchanged handshakes with guard Marcus Smart. … Jaylen Brown added 14 points on 6-of-15 shooting.Bucks: C John Henson (back) missed his fourth straight game, with Thon Maker getting his first start of the series over Tyler Zeller. Maker finished with four points and one block. … Held a 25-4 edge on transition points. … Jabari Parker had another strong game off the bench with nine points and 11 rebounds, while Tony Snell had six points.YOUNG CELTICSVeteran forward Al Horford chalks up Game 6 as another valuable learning experience for his young teammates.No better education than a seventh game in the playoffs on home court.“It’s going to be new for our group. This whole playoff experience has been new, we have a lot of new pieces,” Horford said. “As a basketball player, fan, one of the places that you want to enjoy and be is the TD Garden for a Game 7.”He finished with 10 points and 10 rebounds.QUOTABLE“We got great looks this whole series. It’s a matter of knocking it down and trusting the pass. … We need to have that same mentality going into Game 7.” — Middleton.UP NEXTGame 7 is Saturday night at the TD Garden in Boston.—By GENARO C. ARMAS , AP Sports WriterMilwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo dunks during the first half of Game 6 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series against the Boston Celtics Thursday, April 26, 2018, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo is fouled during the first half of Game 6 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series against the Boston Celtics Thursday, April 26, 2018, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)TweetPinShare0 Shares
The American Indian College Fund (the College Fund) has announced that The Walt Disney Company has committed $250,000 to create The Walt Disney Company American Indian College Fund Scholarship Program.The program will provide Native American and Alaska Native students who have financial need with multi-year support to attend tribal colleges and universities nationwide.The donation, announced at the American Indian College Fund’s 25th Anniversary Gala in Los Angeles – which featured a performance by Jeff Bridges and the Abiders – will also support the “25 in 25” capital campaign to expand the College Fund’s student initiatives, including professional development, networking opportunities, internship programming and a new scholar and alumni program.“The College Fund is so honored to be the first American Indian organization to team with The Walt Disney Company on the implementation of a scholarship program for Native American students,” said Cheryl Crazy Bull, President and CEO of the American Indian College Fund. “Collaborations like this help dreams come true and allow our students to experience a little of the magic that is Disney.”“When we looked at the American Indian College Fund we saw not only an organization doing important work, but one that benefits all tribes and educates future leaders and storytellers,” said Paul Richardson, Chief Diversity Officer of The Walt Disney Company. “Their mission aligns with our commitment to the inclusion, celebration, and growth of people from all different backgrounds and cultures.”Students can begin the application process online at www.collegefund.org.
TORONTO – The chief executive officer of Toronto’s transit agency is leaving his post to take a job as president and CEO of New York City Transit.Andy Byford — who announced his resignation Tuesday, six years after joining the Toronto Transit Commission — will remain on the job until Dec. 22, when deputy CEO Rick Leary is expected to take over as acting CEO.Byford told a news conference his time at the TTC has been the “absolute highlight” of his 28-year transit career to date.He says running New York City Transit is arguably the toughest job in transit right now and he’s looking forward to taking up the challenge beginning in mid-January.Byford says his last task in Toronto will be to open a long-awaited subway extension from north Toronto to Vaughan, Ont.Byford said he is most proud of his work on changing the prevailing culture at the TTC to make the organization more diverse and focus on supporting its employees.“World-class service can only be delivered through a highly motivated, well-informed team that wants to succeed and that feels supported in their mission,” he said. “We have put huge effort into changing the way we manage — focusing our attention on the vast majority of TTC employees that deliver great service day in and day out.”Byford also described an order of new streetcars from Bombardier as an “immensely frustrating” part of his time as CEO.“The fact that we only have 50 new streetcars now when we really should have about 150 of them is both a disappointment and a frustration,” he said. “Until the day I leave, every week now I’m having a weekly conference call with Bombardier to go through unit by unit where is it, when are we getting it.”Toronto Mayor John Tory said Byford is leaving the TTC in much better shape than it was when he became CEO.“Byford has been no less than superb when it comes to taking the tens of millions of additional dollars city council has given the TTC … and investing this new money quickly and wisely in restoring services previously cut and adding new service,” Tory said.Ontario’s transportation minister also wished Byford well.“On behalf of the province of Ontario I want to thank Andy not only for his leadership at the TTC but also for his unwavering and unquestionable dedication to getting the people of Toronto moving,” Steven Del Duca said in a statement.Byford came to the TTC from Australia, where he held the position of CEO for the Rail Corporation New South Wales. He had also previously held several positions with rail operators in the United Kingdom, including the London Underground.
After winning a number of awards and honors throughout her career, 2012 graduate and sprinter and hurdler Christina Manning claimed another Tuesday when she was named the Ohio State 2011-12 Female Athlete of the Year.The announcement, which made Manning the first women’s track and field athlete to win the award since Donica Merriman in 2001, came three days after Manning won the national title in Saturday’s 100-meter hurdles at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships.Manning completed the race in 12.89 seconds, holding off Clemson redshirt junior Brianna Rollins by just .02 seconds to win the NCAA title. With her victory, Manning became only the second outdoor national champion in OSU women’s track and field history, joining Merriman, whose national championship also came in 100-meter hurdles in 2001.Manning said winning a national title was meaningful for her.“It feels amazing,” Manning said in a press release. “I had to leave it all on the track.”Head coach Karen Dennis praised Manning.“Manning has been dominant in the 100-meter hurdles all year long, and she has again proven she’s the best collegiate hurdler in the country,” Dennis said in a press release. “She’s excited to have won and to move on to the next phase in her career … This championship will never be forgotten.”The OSU women scored 14 points in the championship meet, which began last Wednesday and concluded Saturday at Drake Stadium in Des Moines, Iowa. Manning’s individual victory scored 10 points for the team, and she was also part of the 4×100-meter relay team which scored four points. Manning, senior Christienne Linton, sophomore Aisha Cavin and junior Chesna Sykes combined to complete the relay in 43.88 seconds, which was good for a fifth-place finish.Manning, who is currently ranked ninth among all athletes worldwide in the 100-meter hurdles, plans to compete in the United States Olympic Trials, which will be held from June 21-July 1 in Eugene, Ore. Manning must finish in the top three at the trials to earn a spot on the U.S. Olympic team.OSU’s point total earned them a 21st-place finish in the meet, their highest overall finish since 2001. Dennis said she was proud of her team’s effort.“(Saturday) was a very good day for our women’s track and field team,” Dennis said. “Our year has had many memorable moments.”OSU men’s track and field also ended up with a top-25 team finish by scoring 12 points in the meet, a result of three Buckeyes scoring points by finishing among the top eight in their events. The Buckeyes finished 23rd, their highest overall finish since 2000, while scoring their highest point total since 1993.OSU’s highest scorer was redshirt senior Cory Leslie, who finished third in the 3,000-meter steeplechase in a time of 8 minutes, 40.98 seconds.Men’s track and field interim head coach Ed Beathea correctly predicted prior to the NCAA East Prelims that Leslie would be among the top finishers at the national championship meet.“Cory Leslie is probably in a great spot to really make an impact on the national championship meet,” Beathea told The Lantern on May 22.2012 graduate and thrower Matt DeChant and sophomore sprinter/hurdler Antonio Blanks also scored points for the Buckeyes. DeChant placed fifth in shot put with a throw of 19.57 meters, his best throw of the season. Blanks finished seventh in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 50.49 seconds.Manning, the women’s 4x100m relay team, Leslie, DeChant and Blanks each earned First-Team All-American recognition for their finishes in the top eight places.