Muslim teacher in Sanskrit faculty: BHU to seek legal opinion

first_imgIn the wake of protests by some students against the appointment of a Muslim as an assistant professor in its Sanskrit faculty, the Banaras Hindu University (BHU), a central university, said it would seek “constitutional or legal opinion” on the doubts they had regarding the BHU Act.The university, however, reiterated its backing for the newly-appointed assistant professor Firoz Khan. It said the selection committee unanimously recommended his selection on the basis of prescribed guidelines of the UGC and the Government of India. However, despite a two-hour long meeting with the Vice-Chancellor on Thursday evening, the protesters refused to call off their sit-in. Classes in the Sahitya (literature) department of the Sanskrit Vidya Dharm Vigyan have not been held since November 7, when the protest started, said department head Umakant Chaturvedi.There are over 250 students in the department and over 1,000 in the Sanskrit faculty overall.“The andolan [protest] is on,” Shubham Tiwary, a Ph.D scholar leading the protests, told The Hindu on Friday. He demanded Mr. Khan’s transfer to another departmentMr. Tiwary said the varsity did not accept their demand and they were now waiting for it to legally scrutinize the BHU Act and check if Mr. Khan’s appointment violated any rules.According to the protesting students, the inscription on a foundation stone slab laid down by BHU founder Madan Mohan Malviya in the department mentions that only Hindus and followers of Jainism, Buddhism and the Arya Samaj, were allowed entry into it. This could not be independently verified, and as per Mr. Chaturvedi, the slab and its content related to the pre-Independence era before the Constitution came into place.In an official statement released late on Thursday, the BHU quoted the Vice-Chancellor (VC) as reiterating that the “BHU ACT is being followed in letter and spirit in the ongoing selection process.” He appealed to the students to call off their dharna and cooperate in the smooth functioning of the faculty. He argued that “flawless conducting of classes in the wake of the ensuing examinations is very important, so that students are not at the receiving end,” said the assistant Public Relations Officer of BHU.The VC assured the students that the administration was committed to “providing equal educational and teaching opportunities to everyone irrespective of religion, caste, community, gender etc, which were core to the cause of nation building.”Mr. Chaturvedi said the protesting students were adamant and cited a 1916 preamble of the varsity to argue their point. While holding that Mr. Khan’s appointment was made as per rules and he was qualified for the job, Mr. Chaturvedi said he was, however, personally a “little distressed” that a “lapse” had been committed in regard to Malviya’s “feelings,” which as per the stone slab said that the entry of non-Hindus was restricted in the department.However, when asked to verify the claim of the students regarding the stone slab, Mr. Chaturvedi admitted his argument was based on “hearsay”. He said he could not verify whether it restricted non-Hindus from being appointed.last_img read more

Ind vs Eng: Virat Kohli, Ben Stokes fuel verbal spat in 3rd ODI

first_imgThe television replays showed Ben Stokes saying something towards Virat Kohli in the 3rd ODIA brief verbal spat broke out between Indian batsman Virat Kohli and England pacer Ben Stokes during the third one-dayer, leading to the umpires calling the home side captain and the bowler before the match continued.Kohli was dismissed on 40 in the 26th over off the bowling of Stokes in India’s run chase on Saturday but while walking back to the dressing room, the visiting batsman apparently heard something said by the pacer.Kohli retorted by raising his bat for a few seconds towards Stokes. The Indian, however, moved on towards the boundary line and did not turn back though it was clear from his body language that he was not happy with what he had heard.Reports said that Stokes provoked Kohli and television replays showed the England pacer saying something towards the Indian though it was not known what he said.On-field umpires Michael Gough of England and Paul Reiffel of Australia called home side captain Alastair Cook and Stokes after the incident. India thrash England by six wickets to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the five-match ODI series.The five-match Test series, which preceded the ODI contests, was also marred by an ugly spat between Indian all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja and England pacer James Anderson during the first Test at the same venue here.Anderson was yesterday booed by the seizable Indian supporters who turned up to watch the third ODI at Trent Bridge.advertisementlast_img read more

Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury

first_imgDefinitionAn anterior cruciate ligament injury is the over-stretching or tearing of the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in the knee. A tear may be partial or complete.Alternative NamesCruciate ligament injury – anterior; ACL injury; Knee injury – anterior cruciate ligament (ACL)ConsiderationsThe knee joint is located where the end of the thigh bone (femur) meets the top of the shin bone (tibia).Four main ligaments connect these two bones:Medial collateral ligament (MCL) runs along the inside of the knee and prevents the knee from bending out.Lateral collateral ligament (LCL) runs along the outside of the knee and prevents the knee from bending in.Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is in the middle of the knee. It prevents the shin bone from sliding out in front of the thigh bone.Posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) works with the ACL. It prevents the shin bone from sliding backwards under the femur.Women are more likely to have an ACL tear than men.CausesAn ACL injury can occur if you:Get hit very hard on the side of your knee, such as during a football tackleOverextend the knee jointQuickly stop moving and change direction while running, landing from a jump, or turningBasketball, football, soccer, and skiing are common sports linked to ACL tears.ACL injuries often occur with other injuries. For example, an ACL tear commonly occurs along with tears to the MCL and the shock-absorbing cartilage in the knee (lateral meniscus).Most ACL tears are seen in the middle of the ligament, or the ligament is pulled off the thigh bone. These injuries form a gap between the torn edges, and do not heal on their own.advertisementSymptomsEarly symptoms:A “popping” sound at the time of injuryKnee swelling within 6 hours of injuryPain, especially when you try to put weight on the injured legThose who have only a mild injury may notice that the knee feels unstable or seems to “give way” when using it.First AidSee your health care provider if you think you have an ACL injury. Do not play sports or other activities until you have seen a doctor and been treated.Your doctor may send you for an MRI of the knee. This can confirm the diagnosis. It may also show other knee injuries.First aid for an ACL injury may include:Raising your leg above the level of the heartPutting ice on the kneePain relievers such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (such as ibuprofen)You may need:Crutches to walk until the swelling and pain get betterPhysical therapy to help improve joint motion and leg strengthSurgery to rebuild the ACLSome people can live and function normally with a torn ACL. However, most people complain that their knee is unstable and may “give out” with physical activity. Unrepaired ACL tears can lead to further knee damage.Do NotDo NOT move your knee if you have had a serious injury.Use a splint to keep the knee straight until you see a doctor.Do NOT return to play or other activities until you have been treated.Call immediately for emergency medical assistance ifAnyone with a serious knee injury should seek medical attention for x-rays and evaluation.If the foot is cool and blue after a knee injury, the knee joint may be dislocated, and blood vessels to the foot may be injured. This is a medical emergency that requires immediate professional help.PreventionUse proper techniques when playing sports or exercising. Some college sports programs teach athletes how to reduce stress placed on the ACL.The use of knee braces during aggressive athletic activity (such as football) is controversial, and has not been shown to reduce the number of knee injuries.ReferencesGriffin LY, Armstrong A, DeMaio M. The female athlete. In: DeLee JC, Drez D Jr, Miller MD, eds. DeLee and Drez’s Orthopaedic Sports Medicine. 3rd ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2009:chap 10.Honkamp NJ, Shen W, Okeke N, Ferretti M, Fu FH. Anterior cruciate ligament injuries: 1. Anterior cruciate ligament injuries in the adult. In: DeLee JC, Drez D Jr, Miller MD, eds. DeLee and Drez’s Orthopaedic Sports Medicine. 3rd ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2009:chap 23, section D.Cimino F, Volk BS, Setter D. Anterior cruciate ligament injury: diagnosis, management, and prevention. Am Fam Physician. 2010;82:917-922.Review Date:8/14/2011Reviewed By:Linda J. Vorvick, MD, Medical Director, MEDEX Northwest Division of Physician Assistant Studies, University of Washington, School of Medicine; C. Benjamin Ma, MD, Assistant Professor, Chief, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.advertisementlast_img read more

‘Sorry to every single Arsenal fan around the world’

first_imgArsenal defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos has apologised to Gunners fans after his side were beaten 4-1 by Chelsea in Wednesday’s Europa League final in Baku.After a promising opening 45 minutes, a lame showing in the second half saw Arsenal picked apart, with Alex Iwobi’s stunning half-volley only a consolation.The result meant Arsenal missed out on qualification for next year’s Champions League, leading the 30-year-old Greek international to tweet his apologies and vow to put things right next season. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Sokratis said: “You all deserved better and I’m sorry that we couldn’t give you what we all wanted. For every single Arsenal fan who was in Baku and around the world, we are sorry. We’ll work to get stronger for next season to give this club the success it deserves.”The controversial choice of venue for the final meant that most supporters watched the game from home, with only around 5,000 fans making the journey of almost 3000 miles (4800km) from London to the Azerbaijani capital.Arsenal’s second-half capitulation – with goals from Eden Hazard, Pedro and former Gunners man Olivier Giroud – was nonetheless watched by millions around the world, and their performance has raised questions about the progress made in Unai Emery’s first season in charge.Despite some bright spots – most notably the partnership between top goalscorers Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette – it has been an inconsistent campaign for Arsenal.The Gunners were among the sides who could have secured Champions League football via their place in the Premier League with a strong finish to the season, but stumbled in the final month of the campaign.Arsenal took just seven points in their last seven games to finish two points back of Chelsea in third and one point back of Tottenham in fourth. That fifth-place Premier League finish and Europa League failure extended their absence from the top table of European football, with their last Champions League tie a 10-2 humbling at the hands of Bayern Munich in early 2017.Despite the immediate disappointment, Emery has appealed for patience as he continues his rebuilding work in the post-Wenger era, though Arsenal’s transfer plans are likely to be negatively affected by missing the Champions League. Gunners fans may be forced to endure another difficult moment as well on Saturday, should local rivals Spurs upset Liverpool in the Champions League final in Madrid.last_img read more

Eightyearold boy among four people killed in headon Newfoundland collision

first_imgWHITBOURNE, N.L. – An eight-year-old boy is among four people who died after a head-on crash in eastern Newfoundland Sunday.Two SUVs collided on an undivided section of the Trans-Canada Highway on the Avalon Peninsula just before 5 p.m., police said Monday.The boy and his parents, a 41-year-old man and a 35-year-old woman from Conception Bay South, were pronounced dead at the scene, RCMP said.The driver of the second vehicle — an 18-year-old woman from the Burin Peninsula — also died at the scene. A 16-year-old boy who was a passenger in the second vehicle was taken to hospital in St. John’s with critical injuries.Although the cause of the crash is still under investigation, police say the driver of the Chevrolet Equinox SUV with the family appears to have crossed the centre line.RCMP Staff Sgt. Boyd Merrill said the driver, heading eastbound, appears to have veered into oncoming traffic and hit the Honda Pilot SUV driven by the 18-year-old woman.He said the road was wet, and there was fog and drizzle.“Traffic reconstruction crews are still piecing the accident together physically as well as analyzing witness statements and video,” Merrill said. “The big component here now is the office of the chief medical examiner is conducting his forensic evaluations to determine if there were medical causes for this crash.”Police have several witness statements and are examining footage of the accident captured by dashboard cameras, he said.“There are a number of witnesses that saw and recorded the collision. That will assist us greatly in determining what exactly happened. When the police get this information it’s first hand, irrefutable evidence.”last_img read more

RCMP to release report today on BC homicides that sparked massive manhunt

first_imgSURREY, B.C. — The investigative findings from the homicides of three people in British Columbia are being released today by the RCMP, more than seven weeks after the bodies of two teenage suspects were found in the wilderness of northern Manitoba.Bryer Schmegelsky, who was 18, and 19-year-old Kam McLeod were the subject of a two-week manhunt that spanned Western Canada.Before their deaths, the teens were charged with the murder of Leonard Dyck, a University of British Columbia botany lecturer, and were also suspects in the deaths of American Chynna Deese and her Australian boyfriend Lucas Fowler.Police have said Schmegelsky and McLeod died from self-inflicted gun wounds and they were dead for a number of days before their bodies were found on Aug. 7.Police said two firearms were found with the dead men.The manhunt began July 23 when police announced Schmegelsky and McLeod were suspects in the deaths.The young men had initially been considered missing persons when a truck and camper they were driving was found burned a few kilometres from where Dyck’s body was discovered at a highway pullout on July 15.The bodies of Deese and Fowler were found near the Alaska Highway, 470 kilometres from where Dyck’s body was discovered, on July 19.The manhunt for McLeod and Schmegelsky led to Gillam, Man., where Dyck’s Toyota Rav 4 was found burned. Officers converged on the area to begin a search.Police used drones, dogs and even had help from the Canadian Armed Forces to scour the remote area.The search was scaled back July 31 and a few days later a damaged rowboat was found in the Nelson River. A search of the river turned up little of interest, police said.On Aug. 6, police said some items linked to Schmegelsky and McLeod were found on the river’s shore. The bodies were discovered the next day, about a kilometre from where police said they found the items.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 27, 2019.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

In 2009 India was alone in 2019 it has worldwide support Swaraj

first_imgNew Delhi: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj Friday said the leaders who term China’s blocking of banning JeM chief Masood Azhar at the UN a “diplomatic failure” must see that India was alone when the move was first made in 2009 under the UPA rule, while it has worldwide support in 2019. Her remarks came a day after Congress president Rahul Gandhi hit out at Prime Minster Narendra Modi over China’s blocking of the UN resolution to designate Azhar a global terrorist, alleging that the PM was “weak” and “scared” of Chinese President Xi Jinping. Taking to Twitter, Swaraj said she wants to apprise the people of the facts regarding the listing of Azhar under the United Nations Sanctions Committee. Meanwhile, In a significant development, France, which had made a fresh bid at the UN to get Masood Azhar banned, has decided to impose financial sanctions on the JeM chief, asserting that it has always been by India’s side in the fight against terrorism.last_img read more

Jews Practice Their Religion Freely in Morocco AntiSemitism Rising

Rabat – A new report published by the US department of State said that Moroccan Jews face no hindrance in practicing their religion in Morocco and live in safety throughout the country.The report on “International Religious Freedom Report for 2014” stresses that Jews practice their religion freely across Morocco, in coherence with the Moroccan constitution, which guarantees the freedom of thought and practice of one’s religious affairs.Moroccan law also allows Jewish private schools to teach Judaism. There is also a “separate set of laws and courts with authority over personal status matters for Jews, covering issues such as marriage, inheritance, and other family matters,” according to the same report. Morocco hosts an estimated 3,000 to 4,000 Jews, approximately 2,500 of whom reside in Casablanca. The Rabat and Marrakech Jewish communities each have approximately 100 members, according to the source.Although the small minority of Jews living in Morocco is considered as Moroccan and does not suffer any form of persecution, the Israeli- Palestinian conflict has an impact on the way some Moroccan Muslims view their fellow Moroccan Jews, causing an increase in cases of anti-Semitism, according to the US department of state.The report notes that there were reports of public anti-Semitism. On July 11, 2004, a man attacked Rabbi Moshe Ohayon, who was walking to his synagogue in Casablanca, allegedly in response to the conflict in Gaza.The attack occurred during the Israeli deadly air offensive on Gaza in July 2014, which caused an outrage around the world.The same individual threw stones at another Jewish citizen, a few days later. In November, he was sentenced to 10 months in prison, over anti-Semitism charges. read more

Big Tens Best Bucks dominate Minnesota capture conference tournament title

Two nail-biters were enough for Ohio State. The Buckeyes won the Big Ten title Sunday, 90-61, in blowout fashion over Minnesota and asserted themselves as the Big Ten’s best team. It was something the Buckeyes have waited months to prove. “I think it was just about us coming together and playing as a team,” David Lighty said. “No one being bigger than the team or bigger than one another. That was the one thing that helped us win the championship.”Evan Turner finished off a tournament that may have solidified his standing as the country’s top player. After his last-minute heroics against Michigan and a never-say-die mentality in double overtime against Illinois, he finished the tournament in a business-like fashion. His 31 points, six assists and 11 rebounds capped his weekend and earned him the tournament MVP.“When the time called for it, I just tried to step up and make plays,” Turner said. “Coach [Thad] Matta really told me take over when I could, and stuff like that. Like I said, this is tournament ball; it’s all about play-makers.“It’s not too much about half-court offense or anything. You just try and make plays, and the team who’s in attack mode and the team that’s trying to win is going to win,” he said.The Buckeyes spent the second half of both games prior to Sunday holding on for dear life as Michigan and Illinois pushed them to the limit. On Sunday, however, they finally showed why they were the No. 1 seed in the tournament. OSU immediately came out and began pushing Minnesota to play at a faster pace. The Buckeyes went up 11 before the Gophers responded and pushed the game back to a two-point margin at 42-40. Both Michigan and Illinois made runs to get back in the game this weekend when the Buckeyes pushed their lead to a wide margin, but the Buckeyes weren’t going to make that mistake again. Instead they began to play as if their tournament life was on the line. Ohio State didn’t wait for Minnesota to respond, and pushed its slim, four-point lead into the 20s by making 12 straight shots, and it didn’t miss from the field for eight minutes and 22 seconds. “I think as a unit we got hot, we made our run,” Turner said. “Once we got a couple points ahead, we didn’t want to let them back, just kept trying to hit shots and trying to get defensive stops.”The Buckeyes used a 20-0 run on Saturday to come back from a double-digit deficit against Illinois, and they used a similar 20-5 run to eliminate Minnesota. Turner made big plays, but it was the eldest member of Ohio State, junior David Lighty, who took over during the spurt and scored nine points. He finished with 20 points and seven rebounds. “He’s been here before,” William Buford said of Lighty. “I’ve never been here before, so I just feed off of David. What he tells me to do, I do. He’s a good team player and he’s a good leader.”It looked as if Ohio State was determined to finish off the Gophers without a buzzer-beater or overtime. In a matter of minutes, the game was over. Matta said at halftime he didn’t even touch the clipboard but instead knew from that point on it was more about mind and heart than anything else. It looks like the Buckeyes finally knew it too. read more

Exeter pensioners suspect charged with murders is poloplaying former public schoolboy

The 27-year-old who was tonight charged with the murders of three elderly men in Exeter is a polo-playing former public schoolboy, it can be revealed. Mr Lewis-Ranwell, who grew up in Barnstaple, is a former pupil at the £30,000-a-year West Buckland boarding school, where he… Devon and Cornwall Police confirmed that they had charged Mr Lewis-Ranwell with the three murders along with two offences of causing grievous bodily harm with intent. He remains in custody and will appear in Exeter Magistrates’ Court tomorrow. Alexander Lewis-Ranwell, is to be put on trial over the deaths of twins, Dick and Roger Carter, 84, and Anthony Payne, 80, whose bodies were found in their homes earlier this week. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

GOGcom secures 25 classic EA games

first_imgThe Good Old Games service (GOG.com) has impressed ever since it first came online. A digital download service with no DRM offering classic games that work on modern versions of Windows. It’s an ageing gamers treasure trove of nostalgia, and a great collection for the curious younger gamers out there.That treasure trove of titles just got a little bit bigger thanks to a new deal that has been agreed with EA. The deal will see GOG.com get at least 25 classic games from EA’s back catalog over the coming months.The full line-up has not been revealed yet, but the first three games are already available and include:Wing Commander: PrivateerDungeon KeeperUltima Underworld 1+2The next three games planned for release are:Crusader: No remorseSid Meier’s Alpha CentauriMagic CarpetAfter those six games are out, we won’t be seeing any more until the end of summer. The other bad news is the EA deal does not include System Shock or Syndicate, but hopefully another deal can be done if EA generates a decent amounts of revenue from this initial offering and sees the value of adding more titles.So far all the games are priced at a more than fair $5.99 each, and we hope that trend continues when the other titles appear. GOG has also been doing money-saving deals more regularly, so hopefully we should see an EA weekend deal in the not-too-distant future.Last year GOG admitted that there are only around 250 games left to add to the catalog before it’s complete. The aim is to reach 400 at some point next year. With another 25 from EA the service gets a little bit closer to its goal, but if games like System Shock are held back indefinitely it may never be truly complete.Read more at GOG.comlast_img read more

Never give up in the face of adversity

first_imgA Greek-born Aussie veteran who embraced Australian values considers the alternative and his latest challenge. The title itself is an enigma and I find it ironic that this is my first article since being advised I’ve been diagnosed with acute leukaemia. I am officially classified as B-Cell Non Hodgkinson Lymphoma (Unspecified). Why then even consider the alternative, when the possibilities are numerous and the word ‘hope’ is still refusing to leave Pandora’s Box.Throughout life I’ve endeavoured to be an encourager rather than a discourager. After a lifetime of broken bones, car smashes, crushed vertebrae, broken noses through boxing, operations, emotional scars, infections, three heart attacks, severe depression and surviving disasters, I’ve not been afraid of making that final transition from a physical body to one of a spiritual energy. I have always been a risk-taker; first as a young street fighter struggling to survive as an immigrant, to 30 years with the Australian Defence Force, raising four beautiful sons and married to a wonderful woman who assisted in developing me into a person beyond my wildest dreams.I write this with an open mind to the possibilities, and dreams yet unfulfilled and to face what challenges I have left with a cheeky grin on my face. I am no hero. I am an ordinary bloke who had the good luck to have been surrounded by some of Australia’s most brilliant minds and who, in their wisdom, recognised my potential by reshaping my aggressive behaviour and channelling it into the right direction.Am I pissed off? You bet I was; wondering why the bloody hell I did to get the bastard rogue cells so pissed off at me. I searched for answers on many levels and on each level the answers were elusive as ever. I chuckled to myself when the doctor said I had acute leukaemia. My response was: “You can’t win them all and she’ll be right.” The doctor said “you’re taking it surprisingly well” and my response was, “I’m not afraid to die and in any case, what’s the alternative”. I was only hurt emotionally when I heard my lovely wife’s voice crack over the phone and could hear her sobs. Stopped off at my favourite barber and had a haircut and trimmed the beard. I thought about my old mate ‘Ned’ Norman Kelly (who passed away in the mid-1980s from the same ailment) and the effects of his passing upon the battalion in Brisbane. Ned was my third son’s godfather and it was a shame to hear of his enlistment into the big jungle patrol upstairs. I thought of another mate, Kostas Nikolopoulos, a past deputy editor of Neos Kosmos, who succumbed to his illness. I thought of my military mates who had also gone before me on their final journey and their private battles with the big C. While I had those brief moments alone, my concerned wife came home, hugs and kisses and in no particular fashion, packed some personal items and we made our way to emergency at the Austin Hospital some 15 minutes away.My holiday within the confines of the isolation unit named ‘the bubble’ was not lost among the labyrinth of subterranean tunnels, corridors, rooms, offices, nuclear, radioactive, x-ray and non-invasive machinery; cluttering these abodes were fascinating to say the least. I enjoyed being wheeled around and pampered.The first diagnosis, with normal blood tests, indicated acute leukaemia; a nasty and aggressive form which had attacked the spleen, blood, chest, kidneys, liver and bone marrow. I didn’t know I had so many bloody organs let alone malfunctioning ones. The second test indicated Mantle Cell Lymphoma which is incurable. The third test was a complete and welcome surprise that the diagnosis was now Diffuse Large B Cell Lymphoma – DLBCL which was treatable and potentially curable. A fourth diagnosis indicated B-Cell Non Hodgkin’s Lymphoma (unspecified). They injected me with so much toxicity that if I stumbled, and when drops of urine somehow made it to the floor, staff had to wear protective gear to clean up the spills.All of this time fluids and chemicals were being injected through a medical device called a PICC (Peripherally Inserted Central Catheter), which is a tube inserted into the superior vena cava through a peripheral vein. Some drugs made me run to the toilet, others incapacitated me. One scared the daylights out of me as I reacted badly; part of chemotherapy commonly known in medical circles as R-CHOP. They gave me the R-CHOP and at one stage I was hyperventilating, shuddering, trembling, [and] feeling of immense cold and stress on the heart. While I was freaking out the doctor and the nurses quietly went about their routine as if it was nothing unusual. Additional drugs calmed the body down. At that moment of trembling, a massive death of rogue-cells was occurring, and giving the body a chance. As a result of my poor reaction to the drug, I was given the weekend off in bed and bombarded again with the same drug the following Monday.I was overwhelmed by it all and became rather emotional. At one stage one of my favourite nurses came in, looked at me, put her hands on her hips and said: “Now listen, Pete, you don’t look the best. Are you fine psychologically?” I said “yes, I can handle it no bloody worries”. She said “well if you need to talk let us know”. “She will be right,” I said.As soon as she left the room, I had a vision of me hanging on [an] olive tree with my dad saying, “Never give up”. I just broke down. The nurse came and we had a long chat. I no longer wanted to be that strong person. I needed to reach out for help but the bloody thing is that I did not know how.I did reach out; to an ex-military mate who helped me cope, and that was Phil Buttigieg, whose origins were from Malta. I don’t know why I selected Phil but he shared with me that he had also experienced being gravely ill and that he had memorised a poem when he was in hospital. It was by Rudyard Kipling. My favourite verse is this:“If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew To serve your turn long after they are gone, And so hold on when there is nothing in you Except the Will which says to them: ‘Hold on!”In memory of cobber Digger mates who have battled and fought cancer I wrote the following poem from the heart, early in the morning, and I shared it on social media.The Cancer Warrior Within O warrior within, let thy battle begin
 Fight those demons that dwell within 
Unfurl the flag and ready the lancers
 Let fly the shot like a deathly dancerLet not the hordes of hell who crave for more 
Quench thy will from opening survivals door
 Allow the pain to be thy guide as you meander
 Throughout the battlefield you stumble and founderIt matters little the battle name for your type of cancer
 And place much faith in your selected necromancer 
Holdfast your organs intact and not let them loose
 Until victory becomes certain and you cannot loseRemember that your creator whoever he may be
 Will embrace you when you have lost all hope of thee
 Even though you look like a mere bag of bones 
 Your will and only your will to live will drown out the groansGo forth and arm yourself with your chosen weapons of war
 Come close to your cancer and defeat the bastard once more
 Then rest and allow the physicians of war rearm you 
 To defend your body against the remaining cancer few 

 Hold on and hold fast your values and the will to live Against all odds survive your cancer and have more to give 
 Warrior within, let thy battle begin and fight your cancer within
 Cherish and live long enjoying your life from now on in
We now reach the point where a decision is made to allow me to go home. The effects of [the treatment] is that the immune system is depleted to almost zero, which effectively bars any contact with visitors. The first night, I did not want to come home, despite all the good work my wife had done. I was and continue to be irritable at times; I was used to the hospital routine and felt unease at home. On top of all that, I became angry, aggressive in my behaviour as I wanted to be independent and not a burden to others. I had always prided myself on not having to rely on others.Slowly but surely I became used to the idea of being home and back into a normal routine as much as I could. Those who have gone through the experience will know that the following side effects are normal, such as: vomiting, lethargy, forgetfulness, tingling of fingers and toes, infections, weight and hair loss, irritability, anger, depression, grief and moments of being on a roller coaster.At one stage, my lovely wife and I went for a walk around the block and I asked that I be left alone while I walked to the local shops. She said that she wanted to go with me and as normal couples do, a robust discussion took place before I went off by myself, stubborn as ever. What my wife didn’t know is that I wanted time to purchase a gift and card for her as our 15th year’s anniversary was approaching.I wish to pay a very special tribute to my lovely wife, Yovanna for her support and I love you very much. To my boys, David, Paul, Matthew and Mark, thank you for being there. To my political cobbers, mates, and the Australian Hellenic community, I thank you.To my committee of management at the Pallaconian Brotherhood – Leonidas, I thank you and embrace you, as Aussie Laconians who during my presidency never wavered in their support, and for being there for me when I needed you.To those who gave me support, encouragement and the courage to keep going, I can truly say that your blood is worth bottling. We now face another four months of the same treatment and one can only look out for the worst and hope for the best.* This is an edited extract from an article Peter Adamis wrote earlier this month published online. You can follow Peter on Twitter: @Abalinx Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Marco Travel comes to rescue of Asian workforce with BA flight changes

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 06 Mar 2015 – The change of British Airways taking travellers to London Gatwick instead of London Heathrow as of April this year will not have such an adverse effect on the Asian workforce in the islands; at least not anymore. Marco Travel’s Chloe Zimmerman has revealed that her efforts to route these workers through London’s Heathrow Airport so they are able to get home and back, has netted good results. It is now confirmed that the Asian population can leave the TCI on Sundays via Bahamasair with continuing service to London via British Airways to Heathrow out of the Sir Lynden Pindling International Airport later the same day. One problem is that Gatwick does not offer the same transit services for Asians as Heathrow does. Another challenge was upon those workers’ return to the Turks and Caicos could they overnight in the Bahamas as they waited to take the next available Bahamasair flight which is on Tuesdays; two days later. The answer, according to the UK Regional Immigration Coordinator in Kingston, Jamaica is yes they can with the right documentation. The workers would have to have their local work permit or residency and an onward ticket. Zimmerman says the Filipinos and Indonesians are legally eligible to stay three days in The Bahamas without a transit visa from The Bahamas. Those workers can also apply for a UK Transit visa. While this route, which is more cumbersome, will likely be more expensive, it does eliminate the headache of trying to get out of London’s Gatwick Airport. Meanwhile the TCI Tourist Board has announced that British Airways is adding more flights to the country via Antigua beginning in October. Premier Of The Turks And Caicos Islands, Dr. The Honourable Rufus W. Ewing Addresses The Foreign Affairs Committee On Governance In London Related Items:airport, asian workers, chloe zimmerman, gatwick, london, marco travel, tourist board, UK transit Visa Recommended for you Last call to vote ahead of World Travel Awards Europe Gala Ceremony 2015 UK support to TCI Nat’l Security limited; London meeting to build skillslast_img read more

Miami TD Bank robbed at gunpoint 1 at large

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – Federal authorities are seeking the public’s help in locating the man who, they said, robbed a bank in Miami at gunpoint, Sunday afternoon.Newly released security photos show the subject with his face covered at the TD Bank branch on Northweat Seventh Street and 57th Avenue, just before 2 p.m.Investigators said the man entered the bank and demanded money from an employee. He left the premises with an undisclosed sum of cash.No customers were inside the bank and no shots were fired.Authorities believe the subject got away in a blue, newer model Cadillac Escalade.RELATED: FBI searching for 2 in Miami Shores bank robberyThis is the third TD Bank targeted by robbers in South Florida this weekend. However, police do not believe the robberies are connected.If you have any information on any of these bank robberies, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Garden Gun Boasts Largest Advertising Issue Ever

first_imgIn addition to increasing the sales team, Garden & Gun also put a premium on creating more complete packages to offer to potential advertisers. Bing says advertising now offers, “Strong presence in the magazine, presence on the web, sponsorship for events so that they were front and center along with Garden & Gun; it also allowed them a visibility after the event online to further resonate their brand with our readers and our audience.”Engaging the audience with events offered to a smaller group is a big draw for advertisers, according to Bing. Often attended by an audience of only 50 to 60 readers, G & G hosted events across the country throughout the past year. Events include The Garden & Gun Chef’s Roundtable presented by Le Creuset in Charleston (featuring five chefs, cocktails and fare); Bulleit Bourbon sponsored a tasting series, hosted by the Bulliet’s Master of Whiskey (G & G also designed four ads in-house for the distiller); and a Southern Field Feast, which included Ferrari test drives and a 15 station sporting clays course. A Ferrari, valued at $160,000, was sold at the event.“We went to the Vikings, the Sub Zeros, the Audis and the Land Rovers. We developed stronger programs, and took to the marketplace strategically,” says Bing.Former Garden & Gun executive editor David DiBenedetto replaced Evans in July. In May 2011, Garden & Gun won the National Magazine Award for general excellence in the food, travel and design. Garden & Gun has a long history, despite only launching in April 2007. After a near death experience in January 2009 when previous publisher Evening Post Publishers Co. pulled out its five-year agreement with the magazine (and the departure of editor Sid Evans in July 2011), Garden & Gun is today touting its largest issue ever with ad pages up 160 percent year-over-year for the October/November issue. Meanwhile, ad pages are up 160 percent. FOLIO: spoke with G & G publisher Barbara Bing about the success, and the strategies that increased ad spending both in print and online.Bing says the ad push began by the installment of nine additional sellers to the Garden & Gun team: two staff were added in New York; two are in the Southwest; another two on the West Coast; and others in Chicago, Atlanta and Florida. The next order of business was to dispel a common misconception that G & G exists solely as a regional publication. Bing says, “We are represented in all 50 states, and we needed to be in front of [potential clients] to tell them that.”last_img read more

Alaskan selected for NASAs 2017 astronaut candidate class

first_img2017 NASA Astronaut Candidate – Robb Kulin. (Robert Markowitz / NASA)An Alaskan is among the 12 people selected by NASA for the newest class of astronaut candidates. Robb Kulin will report to Johnson, Texas in August, where he will begin 2 years of training.Listen nowKulin was born and raised in Anchorage, where he graduated from Robert Service High School. Later, he earned a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Denver. That’s where he first became interested in space travel.“In undergraduate, I kind of had my eyes opened to the possibilities of space exploration,” Kulin said. “Coming from the last frontier I was pretty excited about the next frontier. I’ve kind of been pursuing it ever since. And the great part about pursuing something like this is it’s just great encouragement to go and do things that would be fun otherwise.”Along the way to becoming an astronaut candidate, Kulin got his pilot license and learned how to SCUBA dive. Experiences like ice drilling in Antarctica and working as a commercial fisherman have helped him develop the kinds of problem-solving skills that astronauts need in space.“You’re working in a tight environment with some others through pretty tough opportunities,” Kulin explained. “You’re pretty self-contained. When something goes wrong on the boat, you have to fix it right? And so those are kind of similar attributes to what they’re looking for, you know, what can happen in space. Something goes wrong in the space station, it takes a while to get resupply so you’ve got to try to fix it there.”Most recently, Kulin has been working at SpaceX in Hawthorne, California as a senior manager for flight reliability. He was involved with the design of Dragon, a free-flying spacecraft which NASA has used to deliver supplies to the International Space Station. When asked if there are any future missions or projects that he hopes to be a part of, Kulin said it’s difficult to know what’s ahead.“One thing that I’ve learned in the space industry over the last six and a half years is that it’s incredibly dynamic these days,” Kulin said. “And it’s hard to really imagine what could be happening in the next 6 and a half, seven years, eight years, whenever I get an opportunity.After Kulin completes his two years of training as an astronaut candidate, he will be assigned technical duties in NASA’s Astronaut Office while he awaits a flight assignment.last_img read more

Centre Slammed for Rail Fare Hike Opposition says it will Affect Poor

first_imgThe Central government, which hiked rail fares for passengers by 14.2 percent on Friday, came under the line of fire from the opposition and other parties who demanded a rollback.On Friday, less than three weeks before the Rail Budget is set to be announced in the Parliament, the railway ministry increased not just passenger fares but also levied a 6.5 percent hike on freight charges.The hike was met with strong protests across the country, and several party leaders demanded a rollback.”The government has imposed burdens on the ‘aam aadmi’ who voted them to power,” Congress leader Manish Tewari told Hindustan Times.Just last week, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had given indications of stringent economic measures by the government, which he termed as a “bitter medicine”.The Ministry of Railways had defended the move in a statement it issued that said: “Meeting the annual expenditure would not be possible unless the revised rates as finalised by previous government is implemented. Hence the order withdrawing implementation of revised fare and freight has been withdrawn”.Railway Minister DV Sadananda Gowda in fact said that the decision was merely an implementation of “the order of the previous UPA government”, which had in its interim budget earlier this year proposed a rail fare hike and announced it on May 16 but later withdrew it for the next government to take the decision.The hike is expected to bring the Railways ₹8,000 crore more in this fiscal year, according to news reports.While the fare hike has set the ground for the Railway Budget, a major step expected to be taken by the government is to allow 100 percent Foreign Direct Investment in the railways, according to news reports.Former railway minister Nitish Kumar, head of the Janata Dal (United) came out in strong criticism of the decision to hike fares. “They are promising the country that ‘Achye deen aa gaye hain’ (good days have come) and promoting bad tradition,” Kumar was quoted by the Financial Express, referring to the announcement of the fare hike before the Railway Budget is presented in the Parliament.The Congress and CPI(M) in Kerala also strongly protested the hike in railway passenger fares and freight rates and demanded that it be rolled back, according to the Press Trust of India.”It is the beginning of many severe measures of the NDA government, which the Prime Minister had pointed out a few days back,” said Chief Minister Oommen Chandy.Congress General Secretary Ajay Maken said that the rail fare hike will in turn further aggravate food inflation, which reached 9.50 percent in May.”The increase in railway fares means an increase in the cost in transpotrt of food items, which in turn will lead to inflation in food prices,” Maken was quoted saying.The fare hike is expected to affect the poor, and will particularly press on those who travel daily by suburban railways in cities such as Mumbai. Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa and and Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik called the centre’s decision as “anti-poor” and “anti-people”.The increase in freight charges did not go down well with the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) either, which, in a statement said: “While inevitable, the industry, currently reeling under a low growth scenario, can ill-afford the freight increase especially on bulk heavy industries like Steel, which contributes about 20% of the freight revenue of Indian Railways and are already under stress”.last_img read more

Contract Worker at White House Arrested on Warrant

first_imgBy The Associated PressAuthorities say a man wanted on an arrest warrant from a Maryland county was taken into custody when he reported for work at the White House, where he was employed as a private contractor.News outlets report 29-year-old Martese Edwards was taken into custody at a checkpoint Tuesday. Prince George’s County police say a man with the same name was wanted on a charge of attempted first-degree murder.(Courtesy Photo)A Secret Service statement says a member of its uniformed division ran the man’s name through a criminal database when he arrived at the White House. The Secret Service didn’tprovide the man’s precise job or where he worked at the White House.Edwards was charged in the district with being a fugitive from justice. It’s unclear if he has a lawyer.last_img read more