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Deaf driver shot dead by police
23.08.16 - TEAM PT
Deaf driver shot dead by police



Authorities in the southern US state of North Carolina said on Monday they are investigating the death of a deaf man who was fatally shot after a trooper tried to pull him over for speeding.

Daniel Harris, 29, was shot after being pulled over following a brief car chase just outside in the city of Charlotte on 18 August.

Police said they attempted to pull Harris for allegedly speeding on the Interstate 485.

One witness reported Mr Harris was then shot and killed "almost immediately" after exiting his vehicle".

After getting out of his vehicle, there was a "brief encounter" between Harris and state trooper Jermaine Saunders which resulted in Harris being shot and killed instantly.

The witness said it appeared the victim had attempted to communicate with an officer via sign language when he was fired on outside of his home.

Saunders has been placed on administrative leave while investigators review evidence, including dashboard and body camera videos.

A neighbor called the shooting "totally unacceptable."

"He didn't even hear the siren, he didn't hear anything... You're pulling someone over who is deaf, they are handicapped," Mark Barringer said.

Harris's family has launched an online fundraiser to pay for funeral expenses.

Leftover money "will be used to set up a foundation in his name to educate and provide law enforcement proper training on how to confront Deaf people," the family's fundraising page said.

 Mr Harris's family - a number of who are also hearing impaired - said they wanted to raise awareness of how police should confront deaf people.

The post on online fundraiser website adds that states should change their systems so that a police stop triggers an alert showing that the person is deaf.

"With this change, Daniel will be a hero in our Deaf community", the post read.

More than $10,000 had been raised by late Monday.




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Father kills 4-month-old daughter by punching her 22 times, for making baby noises
21.08.16 - TEAM PT
Father kills 4-month-old daughter by punching her 22 times, for making baby noises



In a shocking incident in the US, a father allegedly murdered his four-month-old daughter by punching her 22 times as she was making baby noises while he was watching television.

Cory Morris, 21, from Minneapolis, has been charged with second-degree murder for allegedly punching the baby girl named Emersyn in her face and chest.

Morris was alone when he was watching his daughter, called Emersyn. His girlfriend had gone to work and he was watching TV at home.

The girl started to make some noises – which Morris described as baby talk in police interviews. He then took her out of her swing and placed her on a changing table in her room.

She kept making noises, he said, to quieten her down he started to punch her.

Morris reportedly struck her with a closed fist 15 times in the face and then seven times in the chest. According to police, he then squeezed her chest with both hands.

Morris called police and admitted that he had killed his daughter Emersyn. When police arrived at the house of Morris, they found the 4-month-old unconscious on a changing table.

She was later pronounced dead.

He later called his mother and his wife and said "‘I did something bad’, but didn’t tell them what he actually did,”
"For reasons we cannot explain, he became irritated when his 4-month-old daughter was talking 'baby talk' and interrupting him. He put her on the changing table to try to get her to stop making noise. When she didn't, [he] struck [her], according to his own account, perhaps 15 times," said Police officials.

Court documents show the suspect took care of the girl three to four times per week while his girlfriend worked. His girlfriend told police that he went from happy to mad easily.

"We would have never left him alone with her if we thought that he would harm her, and he wouldn't want to. He loved her. He loved her," said the suspect's mother, Ginny Morris.

According to the criminal complaint, Morris was left to care for the baby girl three to four times a week while his girlfriend worked. His girlfriend reported that Morris went from happy to mad easily, and has grabbed her or thrown things in the past.

"Family members have suggested there may be mental health issues. These will need to be evaluated during the course of this case,” a source said.

Morris himself told police he was schizophrenic and heard voices. Investigators say Morris will receive a full psychological evaluation.

Morris remains in the Hennepin County jail, with bail set at $2 million.




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Sikh MP becomes Canada's 1st woman House leader
21.08.16 - TEAM PT
Sikh MP becomes Canada's 1st woman House leader



Indo-Canadian Sikh MP Bardish Chagger has been named as the new Leader of the government in Canada’s House of Commons, becoming the first woman to hold the post in the country’s history.

Chagger, the 36-year-old Waterloo MP and Minister of Small Business and Tourism, was among 19 Indian-origin candidates who won in last year's general elections. She will be Replacing Dominic LeBlanc.

She was sworn-in as House Leader at Rideau Hall on Friday.

"This is a tremendous opportunity. I have been involved in the political process for basically my whole life,” Chagger told reporters on Parliament Hill after her swearing-in yesterday.

 "I know what democracy should look like. Democracy should be engaging Canadians. That is the leadership of our prime minister and that's why the whole of government approach will work for Canada," she was quoted as saying by CBC News.

When asked, in a press conference Friday afternoon, how she was going to manage all the responsibilites, she replied, "I have never been a stranger to hard work.”  She began her political life in the 1993 election as a volunteer when she was 13.

Chagger’s rise seems nothing short of meteoric, having won her first election just last October and being named small business minister in Justin Trudeau’s debut cabinet. She will retain her title as minister along with the new role.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau expressed his "confidence in minister Chagger as a worthy successor", the report said, citing a government statement.

On the first day on the job, Chagger said she "really does believe that we can all work together".

"...let's work with the team and let's get there," she said.

She is one of the four Sikh Canadians inducted into Trudeau's Cabinet besides Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan - a combat veteran who did three tours in Afghanistan as a member of the Canadian Armed Forces, Infrastructure Minister Amarjeet Sohi and Innovation Minister Navdeep Singh Bains.




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Aleppo boy's brother dies of his wounds
21.08.16 - TEAM PT
Aleppo boy's brother dies of his wounds



The older brother of the little Syrian boy, who was pictured sitting in an ambulance dazed and covered in blood after an air strike, died from wounds sustained in the attack on the family's apartment.

Ali Daqneesh, 10, was wounded in Wednesday's air strike, according to UK-based monitoring group the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, and a witness who was present at the time of the death along with the boys' father.

"He was martyred while in hospital as a result of the same bombardment that their house was subjected to," said Besher Hawi, the spokesman for the local council of Aleppo. He had internal bleeding and organ damage, doctors told the witness. 

Ali, 10, was not with his younger brother at home but playing with friends out in the street when the bomb fell on Wednesday. While his family sustained minor injuries when their home collapsed he was more seriously hurt in the blast.

"He stayed in the intensive care unit for three days," he said. "His general condition was unwell because he stayed behind in the rubble for a long time," unlike his brother, five-year-old Omran.

The haunting images of five-year-old Omran, sitting in an ambulance after the attack, his face, arms and legs caked in blood and dust, have reverberated around the world, becoming a symbol for the suffering of children in Syria's brutal five-year conflict.

In video footage from the incident, Omran is seen quietly staring into space before raising his arms to touch his bloodied forehead, then looking at his hand and wiping it on the orange seat.

Fighting and air strikes in and around Aleppo have killed 448 civilians so far this month, the Observatory said.

Rebels, supported by the United States, Turkey and Gulf Arab nations, have been fighting since 2011 to oust President Bashar al-Assad, who is supported by Russia and Iran. Russia began air strikes last September.
 
More than 290,000 people have been killed since Syria's conflict broke out, including nearly 15,000 children.
 
Regime warplanes, backed by Russia's air force since September 2015, bombard the eastern districts while rebel groups fire rockets into the west.

Of the estimated 250,000 people still living in the eastern parts of the city, 100,000 are children, according to the UN's children agency UNICEF.




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37 Sikhs honoured on Singapore National Day
11.08.16 - Asia Samachar
37 Sikhs honoured on Singapore National Day



More than three dozen Sikhs received various medals for the Singapore National Day Awards 2016.

There are 22 men and 15 women Sikhs who made the cut this time around.

Among the women on the list are District Judge Jasvender Kaur and Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore Senior Assistant Director Corporate Communications Satwinder Kaur.

Also on the list are Bukit Merah CCMC Vice-Chairman Sarjit Singh and former parliamentarian Inderjit Singh, who is a member of the Nanyang Technological University Board of Trustees.

Also listed is Rajpal Singh, who was appointed as Consul-General Singapore to the Consulate-General in Johor Bahru in December 2015.

They are part of the 3,959 individuals in 19 award categories who received honours which recognises various form of merit and service to Singapore.

THE PUBLIC SERVICE STAR [BINTANG BAKTI MASYARAKAT]

Mr Sarjit Singh s/o Fujah Singh, PBM, Vice-Chairman, Bukit Merah CCMC

THE PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION MEDAL (SILVER) [PINGAT PENTADBIRAN AWAM (PERAK)]

Ms Jasvender Kaur d/o Saudagar Singh, District Judge, Criminal Justice Division State Courts

THE PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION MEDAL (BRONZE) [PINGAT PENTADBIRAN AWAM (GANGSA)]

Mr Rajpal Singh s/o Santokh Singh, Consul-General Singapore Consulate-General in Johor Bahru Ministry of Foreign Affairs

THE COMMENDATION MEDAL [PINGAT KEPUJIAN]

Mr Savinder Singh Dhillon, Head of Department Si Ling Sec Sch, Ministry of Education

Mr Surjeet Singh, Administration Manager Bukit Batok Sec Sch, Ministry of Education

Ms Satwinder Kaur d/o K Singh, Senior Assistant Director Corporate Communications, Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore, Ministry of Transport   

THE PUBLIC SERVICE MEDAL [PINGAT BAKTI MASYARAKAT]

Mr Sukhmindar Singh, Member, Potong Pasir CCC

Mr Inderjit Singh Dhaliwal, Member, Nanyang Technological University Board of Trustees, Ministry of Education

THE EFFICIENCY MEDAL [PINGAT BERKEBOLEHAN]

Mdm Balvinder Kour, Management Support Officer Professional & Adult Continuing Education Academy, Singapore Polytechnic

Ms Jasbir Kaur d/o Harban Singh, Defence Executive Officer SAF Personnel Hub (West), Ministry of Defence

Ms Surinder Kaur Basra, Retail Executive NHG Pharmacy National Healthcare Group

THE LONG SERVICE MEDAL (PINGAT BAKTI SETIA)

Ms Nirmaljit Kaur d/o Shiv Singh, Defence Executive Officer Ministry of Defence

Mdm Karamjit Kaur, Senior Teacher Bendemeer Sec Sch, Ministry of Education

Mr Gulzar Gurdev Singh Sandhu, Teacher Gan Eng Seng Sch, Ministry of Education

Ms Surjeet Kaur d/o Shamsher Singh, Teacher St Joseph’s Institution, Ministry of Education

Miss Balbir Kaur d/o Katar Singh, Management Assistant Officer NUS Libraries, National University of Singapore

Ms Lkhvinder Kaur, Health Advisor National Skin Centre National Healthcare Group

Ms Amarjit Kaur d/o Pritam Singh, Senior Customer Service Associate, National University Hospital, National University Health System

Ms Dalbiro d/o Jassa Singh, Senior Staff Nurse, KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital Singapore Health Services

Ms Balbir Kour d/o Surat Singh, Senior Associate Executive, Singapore General Hospital, Singapore Health Services

Mr Awtar Singh Brar s/o Amrik Singh, Chief Warder (2), Cluster A, Singapore Prison Service, Ministry of Home Affairs

Mr Dave Singh Calais, Superintendent (1) Cluster B, Singapore Prison Service Ministry of Home Affairs

Mr Jetendra s/o Dharam Pal Singh, Inspector of Police (1) Airport Police Division Singapore Police Force Ministry of Home Affairs

Mr Avtar Singh Dhillon, Assistant Superintendent of Police (1) Clementi Division, Singapore Police Force, Ministry of Home Affairs

Mr Sushminder Singh s/o Endar Singh, Rehabilitation Officer (1) Cluster A, Singapore Prison Service, Ministry of Home Affairs

Mr Terence Singh s/o J Devinder Singh, Sergeant, Cluster C, Singapore Prison Service, Ministry of Home Affairs

Mr Surender Singh s/o Jagdish Singh, Staff Sergeant, Cluster B, Singapore Prison Service, Ministry of Home Affairs

Miss Ranjit Kaur d/o Jagtar Singh, Staff Sergeant, Coastal Command, ICC (Sea) Immigration & Checkpoints Authority, Ministry of Home Affairs

Mr Jogindar Singh s/o Naranyat Singh, Staff Sergeant, Cluster C, Singapore Prison Service Ministry of Home Affairs

Mdm Pajang Kaur, Staff Sergeant, Ports Command, ICC (Sea) Immigration & Checkpoints Authority, Ministry of Home Affairs

Mr Gurmukh Singh s/o Rajan Singh, Staff Sergeant, Cluster A, Singapore Prison Service, Ministry of Home Affairs

Mr Amarjeet Singh s/o Sarjit Singh, Assistant Superintendent of Police (1) Tanglin Division, Singapore Police Force, Ministry of Home Affairs

Mr Daljit Singh s/o B Gurbachan Singh, Chief Warder (1), Community Corrections Command Singapore Prison Service, Ministry of Home Affairs

THE LONG SERVICE MEDAL (MILITARY) [PINGAT BAKTI SETIA (TENTERA)]

MWO Sanjee Singh s/o Saraina, PB, Singapore Armed Forces, Ministry of Defence

1WO Jagdeep Singh s/o Gurdial Singh, Singapore Armed Forces, Ministry of Defence

ME3 Harjit Singh s/o Santa Singh, PB, Singapore Armed Forces, Ministry of Defence

ME2 Karamjit Singh s/o Mehinder Singh, Singapore Armed Forces, Ministry of Defence




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