By Megan Ogilvie Data Enterprise Reporter Fri., Aug. 17, 2018 Mike Laughlin never saw the deer that ran out of the woods and into the side of his motorcycle. Moments after the impact, the Kingston, Ont., firefighter, who had been enjoying a country ride on his Harley-Davidson, was lying at the bottom of a ditch with a broken neck, a broken back and his right leg torn off at the knee. Alone, bleeding and in desperate pain, Laughlin managed to pull his mobile phone from his back pocket. But he didn’t call 911. Instead, Laughlin called his own fire dispatch centre for help. “They picked up in one ring and said, ‘Hey, Mike, how are you?’ I started to yell over and over that I was dying.” Article Continued Below Within 15 minutes, firefighters were at his side. They were soon followed by an ambulance and a team of paramedics, who raced Laughlin to Kingston General Hospital, where surgeons saved his life but not his right leg. … [Read more...] about He battled back from the brink of death. Now he’s back fighting fires
The road of death
JOHOR BARU: 'Ops Selamat 13', launched in Johor on June 8 in conjunction with the Aidilfitri celebration, has up to today recorded 2,925 road accidents with 25 deaths. Johor Police chief Datuk Mohd Khalil Kader Mohd said today the number of deaths recorded in the 15-day operation, which ends today, showed a decrease of 16 compared to the 41 in the corresponding period in 'Ops Selamat 11/2017'. He said 21,658 summonses were issued, with 8,902 via post or placed on vehicles and the remaining 12,756 given directly to the traffic offenders. "The enforcement, like in previous years, covered six main offences, namely driving in emergency lanes, overtaking at the double line, beating the traffic lights, exceeding the speed limit, cutting queue and using mobile phones while driving. "The Johor Police, through the Traffic Enforcement and Investigation Department, had mounted a series of integrated operations in several areas, focusing on federal and state roads as well as bus terminals. During … [Read more...] about 25 road accident deaths in Johor during Raya period
By Edward Keenan Star Columnist Mon., April 30, 2018 On April 23, 2018, shortly after 1 p.m., it began here, on the southwest corner of Yonge and Finch, when a white van coming through the intersection mounted the curb and began running down pedestrians. One week later, more or less to the minute, there are a few bouquets of flowers on the curb near a hydro pole, near chalk marks proclaiming “Love to all,” and there is a white van coming through the intersection. But now is not then. The van proceeds along the road normally, amid the other three full lanes of southbound traffic, while dozens of pedestrians flood into the crossing. People in suits, striding purposefully; joggers bouncing and huffing; an older woman with a cane. Black and white and Persian and Korean they come, not to mark the occasion of death, but to get where they are going — to pick up bulgogi from a nearby street cart, or fill a prescription at the Shoppers Drug Mart, or … [Read more...] about As life returns to Yonge St., the stories of the victims remain
caption Brazilian soldiers patrol the Kelson’s slum during an operation against crime in Rio de Janeiro, February 20, 2018. source REUTERS/Pilar Olivares Brazil’s legislature has approved the military intervention in Rio de Janeiro decreed by President Michel Temer last week. Deployments of troops to Rio are not new, but the latest measure gives the military control of public security there. The intervention has brought a new round of warnings about relying on the military for civilian security operations. On Tuesday, hours after Brazil’s lower house of congress overwhelmingly backed the military’s takeover of public security in Rio de Janeiro, the Senate gave the measure final approval, voting 55 to 13 in favor. “Together, the police and the armed forces will combat and confront those who have kidnapped our cities,” President Michel Temer said on Friday, when he … [Read more...] about Brazil has committed to an ‘extreme measure’ to combat crime in Rio — and it could be a model for the rest of the country
With lucrative sport utility vehicle and truck sales on the ascent, Detroit automakers are racing to ditch slow-selling cars in favour of the big rigs that mint them money.Chief executive officer Sergio Marchionne started it off by killing the Dodge Dart and Chrysler 200 to reorient Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV around Jeep SUVs and Ram pickups. The profit boom that’s followed has emboldened Detroit’s other CEOs to consider snuffing out sedans such as the Ford Fusion and Chevrolet Impala.“The industry thought Sergio was a mad man when he did that, and now he looks like a genius,” said Jeff Schuster, an analyst with LMC Automotive. “He paved the way for everyone. Now, with the Detroit brands, virtually every car is under review.”A slew of sedans on the floor of this week’s North American International Auto Show may well be missing or on death row by the time the industry gathers again next year in Detroit. U.S. automakers … [Read more...] about Has the car reached the end of the road in Detroit?