Kingston police looking for owners following dog attack

Kingston police are looking for two women who may own a dog that attacked a man, sending him to hospital with bite wounds.

Just before 10 p.m. on Thursday, a man and his wife were walking near Friendship Park in the area of Chestnut and Carlisle streets when police say a tan pit bull aggressively came running towards their own dog.

The man then stepped between the dogs and the pit bull attacked him, biting him on the leg and arm.

Two women who appeared to own the pitbull were able to take control of it through a leash and muzzle, Kingston police said.

The women then allegedly left the scene and would not give the dog’s medical information to the couple.

The man was rushed to hospital by paramedics for his injuries.

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Indian doctors evicted over coronavirus transmission fears: medical body

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Some doctors combating India’s coronavirus outbreak have been evicted from their homes by force, a medical association said on Wednesday, due to fears that they may be infected and spread the disease to neighbors.

The country went into a 21-day lockdown on Wednesday, and experts have said it faces a tidal wave of infections if rigorous steps are not taken to keep the virus in check.

India’s public health care infrastructure is poor and it suffers from an acute shortage of medical staff, who will generally see many patients over a short period.

Some doctors in temporary residences had been forcefully evicted by their landlords over infection fears, the Resident Doctor’s Association of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in New Delhi said.

“(They) are now stranded on the roads with all their luggage, nowhere to go, across the country,” the association – which represents 2,500 doctors – said in a letter to the federal home minister on Tuesday, urging the government to intervene.

Late on Tuesday India’s Health Minister Harsh Vardhan, himself a doctor, said on Twitter he was “deeply anguished” to see reports of doctors being ostracized in residential complexes, adding that precautions were being taken to ensure health care workers were not carriers of the infection.

A home ministry spokeswoman said the Delhi state administration had issued orders saying penal action would be taken against those evicting doctors. She did not comment on the situation in other states.

India, a country of 1.3 billion, has recorded 539 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and nine deaths.

It has just one doctor for every 1,404 people, the government said in February, significantly below the World Health Organization’s norm of one per 1,000.

The AIIMS association’s president, Adarsh Pratap Singh, said three doctors in New Delhi and around 15 in the southern city of Hyderabad had already faced issues with their accommodation. He did not have estimates of how many have been impacted overall.

“People are not accepting them… The morale of doctors is down because of this, a stigma is being created due to lack of awareness of coronavirus,” he told Reuters on Wednesday.

Airline staff have faced similar problems, with state-run carrier Air India and private airline IndiGo saying there had been instances of employees being ostracized from their communities.

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US-backed Kurds launch final push against ISIL in Syria

More than 20,000 civilians were evacuated from ISIL area in eastern province as ‘decisive’ battle begins.

    US-backed and Kurdish-led Syrian forces say they have begun the final push to defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) group in the last pocket it holds in eastern Syria.

    “The SDF have started to launch … the decisive battle to finish off the remaining ISIL terrorists in the village of Baghouz,” Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) spokesman Mustafa Bali said in Arabic on Twitter.

    Bali tweeted that the offensive began Saturday after more than 20,000 civilians were evacuated from the ISIL-held area in the eastern province of Deir Az Zor.

    Bali says the aim of the current push is to end the military presence of “Daesh terrorists,” using an Arabic acronym to refer to ISIL.

    Backed by air raids by the US-led coalition against ISIL, the Kurdish-Arab alliance has in recent months cornered the remaining ISIL fighters in a final patch of territory in the eastern province of Deir Az Zor.

    After a pause of more than a week to allow civilians to flee, the SDF said Saturday it had resumed the fight to seize the last four-square-kilometre patch from ISIL. 

    Bali said there could be up to 600 ISIL fighters still inside the pocket, most of them foreigners. Hundreds of civilians are also believed to be inside.

    Attack near oil field

    The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that since the SDF began its offensive against ISIL in the area on September 10, some 1,279 ISIL gunmen and 678 SDF fighters have been killed.

    It said 401 civilians, including 144 children and teenagers, have been killed since then.

    Earlier Saturday, ISIL fighters attacked SDF fighters near an oil field in the country’s east, triggering air attacks by the US-led coalition.

    The observatory said 12 ISIL fighters attacked the SDF and clashed with them for several hours until most of the attackers were killed early Saturday. It said 10 attackers were killed, while two managed to flee.

    The fighting was concentrated near the al-Omar oil field, Syria’s largest.

    US President Donald Trump predicted on Wednesday that ISIL will have lost all the territory it once controlled in Iraq and Syria by next week.

    In December, Trump surprised allies when he when announced the withdrawal of 2,000 US troops from Syria, saying ISIL had been defeated.

    The Kurdish-led SDF launched its offensive to end the ISIL presence in Syria in September, a battle that left hundreds of fighters dead on both sides.

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    ‘Democratic socialist’ Bernie Sanders looks set for battle with Donald Trump

    Left-wing firebrand Bernie Sanders has been made the clear front-runner to take on Donald Trump in this year’s election.

    The self-proclaimed “democratic socialist” has surged into a 27-point lead in the polls over his closest rival, former Vice President Joe Biden after winning the Nevada caucus.

    “We’ve brought together a multigenerational, multiracial coalition that is not only going to win Nevada, it’s going to sweep this country,” Sanders told supporters in San Antonio, Texas.

    Victory in Nevada on Saturday comes at a critical moment in the Democratic race to win the party’s nomination to take on Trump.

    Other hopefuls including Trump nemesis billionaire Mike Bloomberg, Elizabeth Warren, Pete Buttigieg, Amy Klobuchar and Biden all floundered in Sanders wake.

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    South Carolina will hold their ballot next on Saturday before ‘Super Tuesday’, on March 3, when 14 states will vote.

    In a state that is nearly 30 per cent Latino, 10 per cent black and has a rapidly growing Asian American community, the Nevada results were an indication of Sanders’ strength in diverse states that more closely reflect the supporters of the Democratic party.

    Before the count was finalised Trump congratulated Sanders, 78, on his victory before the result was declared.

    “Looks like Crazy Bernie is doing well in the Great State of Nevada. Biden and the rest look weak, and no way Mini Mike (Bloomberg) can restart his campaign after the worst debate performance in the history of Presidential Debates,” Trump said.

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    “Congratulations Bernie, and don’t let them take it away from you,” the president added.

    In response to the president’s tweet, Sanders told his supporters not to reveal how much support he had in the country’s most populous Republican state.

    “Don’t tell anybody, I don’t want to get them nervous, we are going to win the Democratic primary in Texas,” he said while in San Antonio.

    “And you know, this is also important the president gets very, very upset easily, so don’t tell him we’re going to beat him here in Texas,” he added.

    Vermont senator Sanders win comes off a victory in New Hampshire, with Buttigieg coming in a close second in the Granite State.

    The former mayor came third in Nevada, with 15.38 per cent of the vote.

    In Iowa, Buttigieg beat Sanders in the delegate count by a fraction, while the Vermont senator won the popular vote. Biden finished in fourth place in Iowa and fifth place in New Hampshire.

    Candidates who win more than 15 per cent of the vote at a caucus are awarded delegates, who then go to the party’s convention in Milwaukee in July to support their Democratic candidate.

    While there, a candidate needs the support of a majority of delegates eligible to vote on a given ballot to win the party’s nomination for president.

    There are a total of 3,979 pledged delegates eligible to vote on what is known as the first ballot.

    These delegates are allocated to candidates based on the results of caucus and primary contests in the states.

    The formulas that determine how those results are translated into delegates won can be complicated, but in general, a candidate must get 15 percent support to be eligible to receive delegates.

    Therefore, the more state contests a candidate wins, the more delegates will be pledged to support the candidate at the national convention.

    Before Saturday, Sanders had 21 delegates, and while he will remain a long way off the 1,990 needed to become the nominee, victory in Nevada brought him another small step closer towards that total.

    South Carolina will hold its ballot next on Saturday before “Super Tuesday”, on March 3, when 14 states will vote.

    Sanders’ win in multi-racial Nevada indicated his strength in diverse states.

    Trump congratulated Sanders, 78, saying: “Looks like Crazy Bernie is doing well in the Great State of Nevada.

    "Biden and the rest look weak.”

    Sanders responded: “Don’t tell him we’re going to beat him here in Texas.”

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