Ex-IPS officer seeks protection after Bihar MLA goes missing

first_imgFormer IPS officer from Bihar Amitabh Kumar Das on Wednesday sought police protection citing threat to his life from missing Independent MLA Anant Singh. The Mokama Legislator has been absconding since August 16 when an AK-47 rifle, 26 cartridges and two bombs were recovered from his ancestral home in Ladma village, Patna district.“In March 2009, I had given confidential information regarding possession of AK-56, AK-47 and other sophisticated weapons stacked at Anant Singh’s ancestral home. Now after 10 years, with the recovery of AK-47 from his home, my information has been found correct. I have received information that a conspiracy is being hatched for my murder and he [the MLA] has given supari [contract] for this… So, I should be immediately provided two cops from BMP-1 [Bihar Military Police] for my protection,” Mr. Das wrote in a letter to Bihar DGP Gupteshwar Pandey.Premature retirementA 1994-batch IPS officer of Bihar cadre, Mr. Das was given premature retirement in August 2018. A native of Darbhanga district, Mr. Das is no stranger to controversy. He had accused a few State BJP leaders, including a Union Minister, of having close connections with Ranvir Sena, an upper caste private militia, said to be responsible for several massacres of Dalits in the State.Mr. Das had also revealed the names of prominent musclemen-turned-contractors and their areas of operation in the Railways. In 2018, he was promoted as IG after the intervention of the Central Administrative Tribunal.On March 5, 2009, he had written a letter to Bihar’s Chief Election Commissioner Sudhir Kumar Rakesh about illegal weapons stacked at the MLA’s ancestral home. Mr. Singh was then a JD(U) Legislator.Mr. Singh has been booked under Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act and Arms and Explosive Acts. His residence in Patna was raided on Saturday but he was missing.Sources said the MLA said he is likely to “surrender on Thursday or Friday”.last_img read more

AVC: Thailand escapes China in thrilling five-set

first_imgTrending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Japan, Kazakhstan take wins in AVC classification Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension View comments Jin Ye had 19 points to lead China.center_img LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding The Thais are now at 2-0 while the Chinese at 0-2.Skipper Pleumjit Thinkaow had the fitting final hit to finish off China as her squad takes an early head start for a top four rank come the quarterfinals.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutHattaya Bamrungsuk had 19 points to lead Thailand but had plenty of help as Ajcharaporn Kongyot and Chatchu-on Moksri had 18 points apiece.Thinkaow produced 12 points to aid her team’s efforts with Wilavan Apinyapong adding 10. BIÑAN, Laguna—Thailand staked its undefeated record and broke through China in five grueling sets, 25-22, 22-25, 25-16, 23-25, 15-12, in the classification stage of the AVC Asian Senior Women’s Volleyball Championship Sunday at Alonte Sports Arena.ADVERTISEMENT K-pop star Jung Joon-young convicted of gang rape, spycam crimes MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Nextlast_img read more

Salman Khan’s Ek Tha Tiger latest collections

first_imgSalman Khan’s Ek Tha Tiger has been roaring at the Box Office not just in India but also abroad. The Kabir Khan directed co-starring Katrina Kaif has reportedly surpassed $10 million mark at the overseas Box Office. And in India, the film has grossed over Rs 200 crores.Ek Tha Tiger is the story of a RAW spy, played by Salman Khan and the film has made history with its collections. The film released on August 15, 2012. Ek Tha Tiger being remade in Tamil?There are reports in the media that Ilayathalapathy Vijay will remake this commercial entertainer in Tamil. Rumors of a remake of the film in Telugu are being suggested as well but no names have been suggested so far for Telugu.Grapevine has it that that Editor Mohan has bought the Tamil remake rights of the film. The film might be directed by Jayam Raja who worked with Vijay in Velayudham.Mystery behind Katrina’s red tilak revealed!Katrina Kaif recently grabbed headlines not for her performance in Ek Tha Tiger but for the tilak she sported at private screenings of this film.According to sources, the tilak was nothing more than a religious one, applied to her forehead during a pooja she attended.Katrina Kaif is these days celebrating the unprecedented response her recent film Ek Tha Tiger is receiving.No sequel to Ek Tha TigerDespite the ending of Ek Tha Tiger leaving a scope for a sequel, the makers have denied any such move.”We have not thought of a sequel for ‘Ek Tha Tiger’. We don’t have any idea (story line) for the sequel,” Kabir informed.Even the producers have denied making a sequel. “With the success of the film, it would be the obvious conclusion for anybody to assume that the film deserves a sequel. However, as of now, there are no such plans and it is more conjecture,” Yash Raj Films’ vice president (marketing and communications) Rafiq Gangjee said.advertisementlast_img read more

US Open: Maria Sharapova inspired by warm welcome from fans, players

first_imgMaria Sharapova has been inspired by the reaction from fans, and felt the respect from other players, since coming back from her 15-month doping ban, the Russian told reporters following her second-round victory at the US Open on Wednesday.”I’ve had an amazing reaction from fans since I’ve been back and that’s been very special. I mean, I felt it while I was away. I felt it in a real presence since I’ve been back,” she said.”It’s a very special feeling.”Sharapova won an electric three-setter against world number two Simona Halep on Monday to get the tournament off to a thrilling start.Asked if she was at peace with fellow players and fans who were disappointed that she was found to be using meldonium after it had been added to the list of banned substances, she was blunt.”With the way that I played Monday night, I don’t think there are any more questions,” she said.Reuters PhotoSharapova has maintained that she was unaware of the policy change regarding the drug, which she had been taking for years before it was moved to the banned list in 2016.In addition to fan support, Sharapova said she feels the respect of other players.”I definitely feel the respect from the athletes. Certainly when I play against them, in terms of the level they play with,” she said.”That’s important to me. I think from a respect level, when you’re able to respect your rivals and compatriots, that’s really important, and I feel that.”advertisementThe 30-year-old followed up Monday’s big win with a come-from-behind victory over Hungarian Timea Babos 6-7(4) 6-4 6-1 on Wednesday.Next up for Sharapova is a third-round meeting with American Sofia Kenin on Friday.last_img read more

Real Madrid hold no fear for ‘quality’ Tottenham Hotspur, says Christian Eriksen

first_imgTottenham Hotspur have plenty of quality and no need to be afraid of Real Madrid in their Champions League clash in Spain on Wednesday, midfielder Christian Eriksen has said.The Danish international scored the winner as Spurs beat Bournemouth 1-0 in the Premier League on Saturday and Eriksen has set his sights on another good showing against the European champions at the Santiago Bernabeu.”You need quality and belief. I think we have both so I don’t think we should be scared of anything,” Eriksen told British media.”I haven’t won there yet so I need to change something. Of course it’s a special stadium, a special place.”Playing against Real will always be special for any footballer with the history they have and the players there so it will be a good test, to see how far we’ve really come.”Tomorrow, it’s a big one. #MondayMotivation pic.twitter.com/6d8KTiCkGe- Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) October 16, 2017Tottenham, level on six points with Real in Group H, will be look to avenge a 4-0 defeat they suffered the last time the two teams met in Madrid in the 2010-11 season.Two members of the Tottenham team that lost to Real — Gareth Bale and Luka Modric — have since moved to the Spanish giants while Tottenham have a new hero in Harry Kane.The England striker has struck five times in two Champions League games and six times in the Premier League but Eriksen was keen to stress that Spurs, despite Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola’s assertion, were not a one-man team.advertisement”Of course nobody wants to be called a one-man team,” he said.”I think over the last few seasons it’s been almost the same team every season. We know each other very well.”There are strong links between all the players and a good feeling going into training and going into the games. We’ve got something special and I hope that’s what people on the outside see, and it’s what the squad feels.”Ben Davies is a doubt for the match after the Welsh defender missed the Bournemouth match with illness and manager Mauricio Pochettino said the club was working towards getting the rest of the squad ready for a huge challenge in the Spanish capital.”We need to recover well after two weeks with the players away, and now after the massive effort against Bournemouth,” Pochettino said.”Until Tuesday we need to work hard, all the staff, to try and help the players recover.”last_img read more

La Liga: Lionel Messi increases goal haul as Barcelona draw with Eibar

first_imgBarcelona captain and La Liga top scorer Lionel Messi rounded off a spectacular season by netting twice in a 2-2 draw away to Eibar in the champions’ final game on Sunday, taking his tally to a remarkable 36 goals.Eibar went ahead in the 20th minute with a strike from Barca’s on-loan midfielder Marc Cucurella which squirmed under keeper Jasper Cillessen but Messi levelled in the 31st, sneaking into the box to meet a pass from Arturo Vidal and score.Messi struck again a minute later, racing through the middle unchallenged and calmly chipping the outstretched keeper Marko Dmitrovic, but Eibar’s Pablo de Blasis levelled right before halftime with a superb one-touch strike from long range.Malcom and Gerard Pique missed second-half chances for the champions while Cucurella spurned an even better opportunity for Eibar. Barca finished the campaign on 87 points, 11 clear of runners-up Atletico Madrid and 19 ahead of Real Madrid in third.Also Read | La Liga: Real Madrid end campaign with 12th league defeatAlso See:last_img read more

8 days agoReal Madrid happy as Man Utd plot Kroos bid

first_imgReal Madrid happy as Man Utd plot Kroos bidby Carlos Volcano8 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United remain keen on long-term target Toni Kroos, the Real Madrid midfielder.BILD says United are eager to prise Kroos away from Madrid in January.United would be willing to offer about €67m for the German, who at 29 remains one of the most reliable midfielders on the world scene. For their part, Real welome the interest, since, being United are the interested party, it opens up the possibility of incorporating Kroos in an operation involving their great target: Paul Pogba.The question remains, however, is whether Kroos would be willing to sign for a club that does not play in the Champions League. TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Kapil Dev-led CAC writes to CoA, wants to pick India support staff

first_imgKapil Dev-led CAC writes to CoA, wants to pick India support staffThe CAC had earlier expressed its intention in this regard at the press conference to announce the re-appointment of Ravi Shastri as the head coach of the Indian team till the 2021 World T20. Making its wish official, the CAC has now written to the CoA, putting the latter in a spot.advertisement Next Indo-Asian News Service LondonAugust 17, 2019UPDATED: August 17, 2019 14:19 IST Indian Coach Selection Committee members Anshuman Gaikwad, Kapil Dev and Shanta Rangswami (IANS Photo)HIGHLIGHTSBharat Arun is certain to be retained as the bowling coachVikram Rathour may beat Praveen Amre for the job of batting coachBatting coach Sanjay Bangar’s position is being questioned after team’s inability to find competent no.4 batsmanThe three-member Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) comprising Kapil Dev, Anshuman Gaekwad and Shantha Rangaswamy, has asked the Committee of Administrators (CoA) to include the CAC in the process of appointment of the Indian team’s support staff.The CAC had earlier expressed its intention in this regard at the press conference to announce the re-appointment of Ravi Shastri as the head coach of the Indian team till the 2021 World T20. Making its wish official, the CAC has now written to the CoA, putting the latter in a spot.A board functionary confirmed the development to IANS. “Kapil Dev and team have written to the CoA and made their intentions official to become a part of the support staff appointment procedure as well, but it has left the CoA in a spot as the constitution clearly calls for the selectors to pick the support staff while the CAC is expected to only pick the head coach,” the functionary explained.Asked what the solution could be in such a scenario, the functionary said: “Well, you can always have scope for guidance, if you don’t wish to cut them off completely and that is something the CoA has to decide over the weekend as the process of selecting the support staff starts from Monday. The CoA also has the option of making it clear to the CAC how the constitution works.”Going against the constitution can put the CAC at odds with the CoA as it is they who got the new constitution registered. Interesting times ahead for sure,” he added.advertisementOn Friday, CAC chief Kapil Dev had made his intentions known when he said: “Yes, our opinion should be there. If you ask me, we have (sent) a recommendation to the board about the selection process of the support staff as well. It is not right, if we are not doing that job also. We told them that we would like to be part of the process that finalises the appointment.”While Bharat Arun is certain to be retained as the bowling coach, Vikram Rathour may beat Praveen Amre for the job of batting coach, as current batting coach Sanjay Bangar’s position is being questioned after the team’s inability to find a competent no.4 batsman put them in trouble during the recently concluded World Cup.Also Read | Cheteshwar Pujara, Rohit Sharma hit the nets as India gear up for 3-day practice match in AntiguaAlso see:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byNitin Kumar Tags :Follow Kapil DevFollow CACFollow COAFollow Anshuman GaekwadFollow Shantha Rangaswamylast_img read more

Nasdaq: Diana Containerships’ Bid Price Too Low

first_imgzoom Athens-based shipping company Diana Containerships has received written notification from the Nasdaq Stock Market LLC stating that it no longer meets the minimum bid price requirement for the Nasdaq Global Select Market.The company’s closing bid price for its common stock was below USD 1 per share for the last 30 consecutive business days, according to the notification.Diana Containerships now has a grace period of 180 calendar days, or until July 12, 2016, to regain compliance.The notification letter has no effect at this time on the listing of the company’s common stock.“The company can also cure this deficiency if the closing bid price of its common stock is USD 1 per share or higher for at least 10 consecutive business days during the grace period. “In the event the company does not regain compliance within the 180-day grace period and it meets all other listing standards and requirements, the company may be eligible for an additional 180-day grace period if it transfers to the Nasdaq Capital Market,” Diana Containerships said.last_img read more

Scribe booked for objectionable post against Yogi

first_imgNew Delhi/Lucknow: A journalist has been booked for allegedly sharing an objectionable post against Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on social media, police said. An FIR was registered against Prashant Kanojia by a sub-inspector at Hazratganj police station on Friday night in which it was alleged that the accused made “objectionable comments against the CM and tried to malign his image”. A senior police official initially said that the journalist has been arrested. But he later clarified that no arrest has yet taken place. The official said police were trying to question the scribe. Kanojia had shared a video on Twitter and Facebook where a woman is seen speaking to reporters of various media organisations outside the CM office claiming that she had sent a marriage proposal to the Chief Minister.last_img read more

Pride members resign over calls for police apology for alleged homophobia

first_imgST. JOHN’S, N.L. – Most of the board members of a Newfoundland Pride group have abruptly resigned, days after one of its leaders accused the police of targeting homosexual men for allegedly having sex in a mall bathroom more than two decades ago.Noah Davis-Power, co-chairman of the St. John’s Pride board of directors, said that at least one of the resignations was due to his recent call for an apology from the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary over arrests at a local mall in 1993.Davis-Power, who will step down Saturday, said the request didn’t sit well with a law enforcement officer who was on the board before resigning earlier this week. He had also reportedly said St. John’s Pride was considering a ban of RNC officers and Liberal politicians.“I understand that my politics aren’t coinciding with what a lot of the community feels right now,” Davis-Power said on Twitter. “I don’t think Pride is about one person. It’s never about one person. When it is, you’ve lost the goal. That’s when it’s time to step away.”Power had asked for a police apology for a series of arrests related to alleged sexual activity in the washrooms at the Village Shopping Centre in St. John’s.Police began investigating in 1993 after a woman complained that her young son was approached by a man at the mall who started a conversation of a sexual nature.At the time, police installed hidden cameras in the men’s washrooms and captured 60 men on camera performing various sexual acts. About 34 men were charged with indecent acts in what police said at the time was an investigation into alleged pedophilia and a homosexual sex ring.The apology request and news stories prompted RNC Chief Joe Boland to issue a statement earlier this week saying the investigations were “free from discrimination” and did not target homosexuals.Boland said in the brief statement that the 1993 investigation “produced evidence of sexually explicit acts occurring in the open area of a public washroom.”“I can assure you that this investigation was not carried out for the purpose of targeting homosexual men,” he stated. “At no time did the RNC refer to the subject of this investigation as a ‘homosexual ring’.”The provincial government has rejected a request for an apology, but Davis-Power said an apology would help set the groundwork for true “bridge building.”He alleged that a number of the men involved killed themselves for being outed in that way, but Boland insisted that the RNC did not publicly identify the people involved.(VOCM)last_img read more

David SaintJacques talks space training and robotics during stop in Montreal

first_imgMONTREAL – David Saint-Jacques is two-thirds of the way through his training ahead of his flight to the International Space Station in November, the Canadian astronaut said Saturday.Saint-Jacques, who took a break from his training to cheer on the participants of a youth robotics competition in Montreal on Saturday, said he’s finished the theoretical part of his training, and is currently working on simulators and practising the science experiments he’ll do in space.“I’m in the very practical part of my training, where we’re learning to react to every emergency situation available,” he said in a brief interview.“It’s a bit like the launch ramp is at the summit of Mount Everest, and I’m at about the two-thirds mark of climbing Everest.”The 47-year-old will be the first Canadian aboard the ISS since Chris Hadfield spent five months aboard the station in 2013.By the time he leaves Earth, the Quebecer will have undergone intense training, including time in the microgravity simulator.On Saturday, Saint-Jacques, who is both an engineer and a doctor, appeared eager to check out the talents of the next generation.He spent time touring and chatting with the mostly teen-aged participants and took in the competition, where student-designed robots raced to pick up and place bright yellow cubes as rock music blared.Nouha Doghri, 16, said she was impressed and touched by Saint-Jacques’ interest in their project.“He’s really inspiring as a person, having done all those jobs: pilot, astronaut, astrophysicist,” said Doghri, part of an all-girls team.“It’s really impressive and motivating because it shows that if you want something you can do it.”Saint-Jacques told reporters that robotics are Canada’s main contribution to space flight and he’s happy to see that innovation continue in the next generation.He said there’s always a chance one of the students could design the next Canadarm — the country’s famous now-retired robotic contribution to space flight — but even if they don’t, they’re still learning.“They’re learning to be ingenious, thinking outside the box, fixing, focus on the solution, not the problem — all these skills that will be invaluable later in life,” he said.He compared the students’ hard work to his own preparation to go to space, adding that for the moment, he was more focused than excited.“(They students) were eager to get ready for the big day, and that’s the shoes I’m in,” he said.last_img read more

In the news today June 6

first_imgFive stories in the news for Wednesday, June 6———FINAL DAY OF CAMPAIGNING IN ONTARIO ELECTIONThe three major party leaders in the Ontario election race have one more day of campaigning before voters head to the polls. A poll released Tuesday suggests Andrea Horwath’s NDP and Doug Ford’s Progressive Conservatives are in a virtual tie heading into Thursday’s vote at 39 and 38 per cent respectively. Kathleen Wynne’s Liberals are well back with just 18 per cent support among those surveyed.———CANADA REJECTS BILATERAL DEAL TO REPLACE NAFTAOttawa is rejecting a push by the Trump administration to strike separate, bilateral trade deals with Canada and Mexico instead of forging ahead with a revamped North American Free Trade Agreement. Ottawa’s refusal to pursue a one-on-one trade deal with the United States came after Larry Kudlow, Donald Trump’s top economic adviser, said the president was serious about pursuing bilateral agreements with its NAFTA partners.———SENATE SEEKS DISCLOSURE OF POT INVESTORSThe Senate wants to ensure organized crime doesn’t use offshore tax havens to wind up secretly controlling the recreational marijuana market in Canada once pot is legalized. Senators voted 45-29 Tuesday to amend the cannabis legalization bill to require that any company licensed to grow marijuana must publicly disclose all its shareholders or executive members who are not based in Canada.———NO CERTAINTY AT G7 ON PLASTICS OR CLIMATEDoubt is percolating about Canada’s ability to deliver on its two biggest environmental commitments at this week’s G7, with no agreement yet on a plastics waste charter and Canada’s recent pipeline purchase casting a pall over its commitment to climate change. Environment Minister Catherine McKenna said Tuesday it is still uncertain whether Canada will get its proposed zero plastics waste plan signed at this week’s G7 leaders summit.———B.C. INDIGENOUS LANGUAGE SPEAKER AWARDEDShe’s the last surviving fluent speaker of her Indigenous language, but Elizabeth Phillips says she’s more confident than ever that her mother tongue will survive. The 79-year-old Sto:lo Nation elder is scheduled to receive an honorary degree Wednesday for her efforts to preserve the Halq’emeylem language in British Columbia. Phillips, whose Sto:lo name is Siyamiyateliyout, will receive an honorary doctor of letters degree at the University of the Fraser Valley’s convocation ceremony.———ALSO IN THE NEWS TODAY:— Statistics Canada releases April data on the value of building permits and Canadian international merchandise trade.— Prime Minister Justin Trudeau meets with French President Emmanuel Macron.— Gov. Gen. Julie Payette meets with French President Emmanuel Macron at Rideau Hall.— Preliminary hearing in Edmonton for Michelle Rice, charged in the death of her 11-day-old daughter.— Transportation officials will outline details of Calgary’s first low-speed autonomous shuttle pilot.last_img read more

US keeps Sri Lanka on watch list in human trafficking report

Before leaving Sri Lanka, many migrant workers go into debt to pay high recruitment fees imposed by unscrupulous labor recruitment agencies—most of them members of Sri Lanka’s Association of Licensed Foreign Employment Agencies—and their unlicensed sub-agents. The United States has kept Sri Lanka on a watch list in the latest human trafficking report released by US Secretary of State John Kerry today.The report states that Sri Lanka is primarily a source and, to a lesser extent, a destination country, for men, women, and children subjected to forced labor and sex trafficking. Migrant laborers receive a monetary advance as an incentive to move abroad, only to be trapped in debt bondage upon arrival at their destination. Some recruitment agencies commit fraud by changing the agreed upon job, employer, conditions, or salary after the migrant’s arrival. Some Sri Lankan women are subjected to forced prostitution in Jordan, Maldives, Malaysia, Singapore, and elsewhere.Within the country, the report says women and children are subjected to sex trafficking in brothels. Boys are more likely than girls to be forced into prostitution in coastal areas for child sex tourism. Children, individuals with physical deformities, and those from socially vulnerable groups are forced to beg or engage in criminal activity in Sri Lanka’s largest cities. Some child domestic workers in Colombo, generally from the Tamil tea estate sector, are subjected to physical, sexual, and mental abuse, non-payment of wages, and restrictions of movement—indicators of labor trafficking. A small number of women from Asia, Central Asia, Europe, and the Middle East have been subjected to forced prostitution in Sri Lanka in recent years. Police accept bribes to permit brothels to operate, some of which exploit trafficking victims. Sub-agents collude with officials to procure fake or falsified travel documents to facilitate travel of Sri Lankans abroad. Some of the Sri Lankan men, women, and children who migrate to the Middle East, Southeast Asia, and Afghanistan to work in the construction, garment, and domestic service sectors are subjected to forced labor. The report says the Government of Sri Lanka does not fully meet the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking; however, it is making significant efforts to do so. During the reporting period, the Government ratified the 2000 UN TIP Protocol and the Cabinet approved the Government’s national action plan to combat human trafficking.Despite these measures, the report says the Government did not demonstrate overall increasing anti-trafficking efforts compared to the previous reporting period; therefore Sri Lanka is placed on Tier 2 Watch List for the fourth consecutive year.Per the Trafficking Victims Protection Act, Sri Lanka was granted a waiver from an otherwise required downgrade to Tier 3 because its Government has devoted sufficient resources to a written plan that, if implemented, would constitute significant efforts to meet the minimum standards. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Sask women reflect on cancer diagnosis relapses ahead of inaugural Multiple Myeloma

A mere five years left to live — the words hit Mona Neher like a punch to the stomach.She was only 39 years old and a single parent of two young girls when she got the devastating news.“They said if you don’t have a stem cell transplant you may live three years. If you have one you may live five years,” recalled Neher who was diagnosed with multiple myeloma (a type of blood cancer) in 2006.At the time there was a lot of fear. Fear of what’s next. Fear of what would happen to her daughters when she was gone.But despite her poor prognosis, Neher continues her fight against the incurable disease 13 years later.Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.“I’m very fortunate,” she said in an interview this week. “I really didn’t think that I was going to survive.”Determined to do her part to help create awareness and raise money so that a cure may one day be found, Neher is helping organize the inaugural Multiple Myeloma March in Regina this Sunday.An offshoot of Myeloma Canada’s annual five-kilometre walk/run, which is in its 11th year, this is the first time one has been held in the Queen City. Organizers hope to raise $10,000 for the cause.Related Teen cancer survivor sisters share story at 39th annual Terry Fox Run “I’ve known quite a few people, sadly, that have passed away from myeloma which is really hard,” said Neher, who was born and raised in Regina, but now lives in Southey. “I really feel I am blessed. You just keep taking a day at a time.”Neher was diagnosed after prolonged back pain and fatigue prompted her to go to her family doctor. She had her first stem cell transplant in 2006. Her daughters were just 11 and 15 years old at the time.A long recovery process, she had to step away from her work as a registered labour and delivery nurse and joined phase two of a clinical trial for medication she said is now a mainstream treatment for the cancer.She returned to work in 2010, but a relapse in 2015 sent her back for a second stem cell transplant in 2016.“They’ve been very supportive,” she said of her daughters and her then-boyfriend, now husband. “They learn that there’s a lot in life that a person can cope with, and you just keep putting one foot forward. That’s the positive side of it I guess.”Kathy Dorsett was 66 years old when she was given the same three-to-five-year prognosis.But with the cut-off for stem cell transplants set at age 65 at the time, she relied solely on drug maintenance programs for her treatment.Like Neher, she beat the odds and seven years later is still fighting. But now 73 years old, she’s going through a relapse.“It was under control with one set of drugs … and then obviously my body must have gotten used to it, and all of a sudden my blood work numbers were going out of wack,” said Dorsett, who is also one of the march’s organizers.Every day, eight Canadians are diagnosed with multiple myeloma, according to Myeloma Canada. Although there’s still no cure, strides in research has improved the quality of life for myeloma patients. The life expectancy has more than doubled in the past 15 years “and is continuing on an upward trend.”Dorsett said the amount of research being done is more encouraging every year, but that like with any cause, money is needed to keep moving in the right direction.Despite no cure, she remains optimistic and good humoured.“I’m getting a new puppy on Monday and I’m hoping I’ll be able to have her for a few more years before I have to maybe give her up or something. I wouldn’t do that if I thought I was going to be popping off in the next five years or so,” she said with a laugh.Both Dorsett and Neher are encouraging residents to come out and support the walk on Sunday, which begins at 10 a.m. at the RCMP Heritage Centre.“We … need to keep raising awareness and looking for treatments,” said Neher.In the meantime, she says she and her family take it one day at a time, try not to let the fear creep in and enjoy their lives and each other while they still can.“We value our time together,” she said.jackerman@postmedia.com read more

Annan UN Mission welcome pact forming new government in DR of Congo

In a statement issued today in New York, the Secretary-General welcomed President Kabila’s naming of the Ministers of the DRC’s new Government of National Unity. “The Secretary-General looks forward to the inauguration of this transitional government as soon as possible,” the statement said, adding that “he calls on the Government of National Unity to seize this opportunity to work together to bring about peace and stability in the country.” Meanwhile in Kinshasa, the UN Organization Mission in the DRC (MONUC) also welcomed the formation of the new Transitional Government. According to the mission, President Kabila last night named the authority, which will comprise 36 ministers and 25 deputy ministers. The agreement divides the 36 ministries among the government, rebel movements and pro-government militias, political parties and representatives of civil society, in line with the comprehensive power-sharing accord signed by the parties last December in Pretoria.The deal comes on the heels of an agreement signed this past weekend between the DRC government and the country’s two main opposition factions – Congolese Liberation Movement (MLC) and Congolese Rally for Democracy (RCD) – on a division of military and security arrangements. In a press release, MONUC expressed the hope that the ceasefire would also be implemented throughout the country, in particular the war-ravaged eastern and the northeastern part and the State would be extended to the whole of the DRC. read more

South Sudan Senior UN relief official condemns killing of health worker

“I am deeply saddened by this senseless act and send my deepest condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Sister Veronika Racková,” said the humanitarian coordinator, Eugene Owusu, in a statement issued by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). “I welcome steps being taken by the authorities to bring the perpetrators to justice and urge them to act swiftly.” The health worker was driving an ambulance in Yei, in southwest South Sudan, on her way back from a medical centre when she was attacked. Her death brings the number of aid workers killed in South Sudan since the beginning of the conflict in December 2013 to 54. “Violence against humanitarian workers and humanitarian assets is categorically unacceptable and must stop,” said Mr. Owusu. “I urge the Transitional Government of National Unity to endeavour to strengthen the safety and security environment for aid workers and will work intensively with them to achieve this.” read more

Vehicle production – July 2006

Source:Cars Commercial Vehicles Total vehicles SMMT LtdJul-06YTD 2006Jul-06YTD 2006Jul-06YTD 2006 Total117,829917,34715,318121,439133,1471,038,786 -5.3%-1.4%22.7%8.4%-4.4%-0.4% Home28,919219,6004,89340,56333,812260,163 % of total24.5%23.9%31.9%33.4%25.4%25.0%* Car Production ‘More than three quarters of the UK’s July car production was destined for foreign markets’, said Christopher Macgowan, SMMT chief executive. ‘With European volumes a little flat during this period, it was no surprise that the UK output levels were slightly lower this month. But despite the lower July figures, it is very encouraging to see the likes of Toyota, Honda, Land Rover and Jaguar posting significant growth’ * Commercial Vehicle Production ‘A big increase in van production served to boost the commercial vehicle market by 7.5% in July’, commented Christopher Macgowan, SMMT chief executive. ‘And again exports were a key factor in this rise. Whilst LCVs took the lion’s share, at the heavier end, DAF’s Leyland truck plant was able to continue to show a modest gain despite the backdrop of purchasing indecision caused by the changes from Euro 3 to Euro 4 standards’ * Full details – and Toyota plant focus – can be found within the attached press releaseDownloadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Export88,910697,74710,42580,87699,335778,623 % of total75.5%76.1%68.1%66.6%74.6%75.0% -20.5%-19.2%-15.0%-18.4%-19.8%-19.1% -9.6%-6.3%7.5%-2.3%-7.9%-5.9% read more

April preregistration data

DownloadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) The Supply of New Cars Order 2000 requires motor manufacturers to publish the number of pre-registered cars supplied and the gross income received by suppliers from selling those pre-registered cars.  This information is published on a monthly basis. For more please see the attached SMMT has released figures for April pre-registrations in the UK car market. The data shows the number of cars disposed of in April 2008 that were defined as pre-registrations.

Freshman Maddy Humphrey shines as Buckeyes pick up 1st victory of 2014

The Ohio State University Field Hockey team defeat Miami 3-2 at Varsity Field, The Ohio State University. September 5, 2014Credit: Courtesy of OSU athleticsOn her parents’ 33rd wedding anniversary, Ohio State freshman forward Maddy Humphrey scored the first two goals of her OSU career and assisted on another to lead the OSU field hockey team to its first win of the season.The Buckeyes won, 3-2, against Miami (Ohio) on Friday behind Humphrey’s brace and a goal from junior back Emma Royce.“Those two (goals) are for them,” Humphrey said about her parents in attendance.OSU picked up the win despite being outshot, 15-2, by the Redhawks in the second half.“It feels awesome. I love this team more than anything,” Humphrey said. “We’re just a family, and I’ll do anything for them. We’d do anything for each other.”The Buckeyes came out aggressively looking for shots and struck less than 12 minutes into the game. After being denied twice early, Humphrey snuck in front of the cage and converted off a pass from senior midfielder Kaitlyn Wagner to put OSU in front.OSU possessed the ball for much of the first half, but Miami responded with more than eight minutes remaining in the period on a goal from sophomore midfielder Geagy Pritchard from the left corner.The Buckeyes were not satisfied with a halftime tie, however. With 6:31 to play in the first half, Humphrey showed some of her ball-handling skills. She maneuvered into the scoring zone, hurdled a defender and fired a shot from right to left to put OSU back on top, 2-1.The third Buckeye goal of the game came with a little more than three minutes to play in the first half when Royce converted off a penalty corner from Humphrey.“I was really proud of (Humphrey) because she put away goals when we most needed it,” Royce said. “Her goal actually fired me up for scoring the third.”Humphrey was slowed down in the second half after receiving a shoulder to the chest area early in the period. She returned to the game, but was visibly winded on the field and had to leave the game again.Miami mounted a late comeback behind an unassisted goal from Pritchard with just over four minutes to play. However, the Buckeyes held on for the 3-2 victory behind solid goalkeeping from freshman Liz Tamburro, who saved 10 shots in the second half.OSU is scheduled to have a week off before its next game against the Ohio University Bobcats on Friday.Royce said it is important that OSU uses the extra time to work on keeping its defensive pressure up for a full 70 minutes of play.“(Miami) got that second goal in and that put a lot more pressure on us that we didn’t need,” Royce said. “We’re gonna be tightening up the defense and keep working on putting those goals away.”OSU coach Anne Wilkinson said she’s going to let her team get some recovery time in after a hard-earned victory.“I’m gonna just let them relax and let their bodies repair,” Wilkinson said. “We’ve really been going hard through this entire preseason so we’ll let them just relax a little bit.”The Buckeyes’ game against Ohio is scheduled for 7 p.m. in Athens, Ohio. read more