October 8, 2019

Navy expresses concerns over Indian allegations

The navy has expressed deep concerns over what it says are “malicious allegations” raised time to time accusing it of harassing Indian fishermen.A statement by the navy said it categorically denies latest allegations that naval personnel had harassed Indian fishermen over the weekend. The Indian media had reported that 16 fishermen from southern India had alleged that they were attacked by the Sri Lankan navy near the sea boundary which divides both countries. The 16 fishermen from Rameswaram were attacked on Saturday while they fishing near the International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL) in Palk Straits. It was also reported that the Indian External Affairs Ministry had raised its concerne over the alleged attack with Sri Lanka.The navy however said that being a responsible naval force, it adheres to International Maritime Laws and carries out surveillance and patrolling accordingly in the defence of Sri Lankan waters. “Sri Lanka Navy expresses deep concerns over the malicious allegations raised time to time accusing it of harassing Indian fishermen. None of these has, however, been able to provide credible proof regarding Sri Lanka Navy’s involvement. Most have been found to be mere hearsay and accusations based on ill intentions aimed at straining the good relations between the two friendly neighboring countries of Sri Lanka and India,” the navy said.Alleged attacks on Indian fishermen by the Sri Lankan navy have been frequently reported for several years but the navy had maintained it was never involved in such attacks.“On numerous occasions, Sri Lanka Navy has come to the rescue of Indian fishermen in distress on humanitarian grounds and provided them with assistance using its vessels and personnel. Sri Lanka Navy, always provides humanitarian assistance to local and foreign fishermen in distress. It will continue its humanitarian operations in future and make available its expertise in rescuing and providing protection to se farers when they are in difficulty in Sri Lankan waters,” the Sri Lankan navy said. (colombogazette.com) read more

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October 7, 2019

Mom of Sask teen killed in distracted driving crash becomes new Operation

TROY FLEECE / Regina Leader-Post Sandra LaRose’s teenage daughter, Kailynn Bursic-Panchuk, died in a distracted driving accident last year. A medal was given to the family from Saskatchewan Transplant Program after donating her organs. LaRose has been called brave and strong. Many have thanked her for sharing her story.A woman whose son was killed by a drunk driver 10 years ago approached her Monday with words of encouragement.“You have no idea how important what you’re doing is. Keep going. Keep doing what you’re doing and it will help you more than you know. Kudos to you,” the woman told LaRose.But getting kudos is not why she’s speaking out. She’d do it anonymously if she could.She’s doing it to keep Bursic-Panchuk’s memory alive. She’s doing it because she knows if the roles were reversed her daughter would have done the same thing.“I hope that wherever Kailynn is she’s proud of me,” said LaRose.Sept. 23 to 29 is Rail Safety Week.According to Operation Lifesaver, 2,100 North Americans are killed or seriously injured in railway crossing and trespassing incidents every year.Operation Clear Track, the single largest rail safety law enforcement initiative in North America, also takes place this week. The initiative aims to reduce the number of incidents through enforcement and education. Sandra LaRose holds a photo of her late daughter Kailynn Bursic-Panchuk in Regina. Her daughter died at the age of 17 after her car collided with a train last summer. TROY FLEECE / Regina Leader-Post Family and friends of Kailynn Bursic-Panchuk are grieving the loss of “the most compassionate and loving girl,” after the Weyburn teenager lost her battle to injuries sustained in a crash with a train last week. Facebook Mere days before her 17th birthday while driving to visit a friend, Kailynn Bursic-Panchuk’s vehicle was struck by a train near the Canadian Pacific railyard close to Weyburn. A CP Rail investigator later returned Bursic-Panchuk’s phone to her family, and told her loved ones the collision was deemed to be the result of distracted driving.Since then, LaRose has become outspoken about the danger and consequences of distracted driving in hopes of preventing the same tragedy from happening to someone else.She was eventually approached by Operation Lifesavers, a partnership initiative of the Railway Association of Canada and Transport Canada that aims to save lives by educating Canadians about the hazards surrounding rail property and trains.“I live it every day,” she said. “Every day I know that Kailynn is never going to walk through the door and every day I know that she’s not off at her university classes or she’s not meeting the love of her life.”She said talking about her daughter’s story helps, whether it’s rehashing the crash, the moment she found out when happened, or their final moments together in the hospital.“I’m still talking about her and that helps,” said LaRose. “That is a big deal to a parent who’s lost a child.”An Operation Lifesaver Canada film crew visited LaRose in January to document her daughter’s story. In Kamloops she spoke to a crowd about distracted driving and helped unveil a decal with the words ‘LOOK LISTEN LIVE.ca’ installed near one of the city’s railroad crossings.LaRose has also participated in an awareness campaign with SGI.“I think that there needs to be more education because as much as we think people that people have common sense, I think there’s less and less common sense nowadays,” she said. Before her daughter’s death, Sandra LaRose was simply a farm wife.She raised her kids, helped on the farm and went to work.She never dreamed that one day she’d be speaking out to help spread awareness about the perils of distracted driving.“But after I lost Kailynn, I figured I can’t lose her for nothing,” said LaRose in an interview Monday.One of Operation Lifesavers 2019 Stop Track Tragedies spokespersons, LaRose shared her family’s story in a video and at a launch event held Monday in Kamloops, B.C.“If I can save one person, then — it doesn’t make it worth losing her, because there’s nothing worth losing her — but it helps,” she said. “It’s helped my healing.” — with files from Thia James, Saskatoon StarPhoenixjackerman@postmedia.com Facebook read more

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