Pune: A Sunday outing turned tragic for a group of 10 doctors as the boat they were travelling in capsized in the backwaters of the Ujani dam near Pune. While six of them managed to come out of the water, search teams recovered the body of one Dr. Chandrakant Urade. Three others — Dr. Subhash Manjrekar, Dr. Mahesh Lavate, and Dr. Annasaheb Shinde — were still missing till late Sunday evening and are feared to have drowned.According to reports, the incident happened around 6 p.m. near Ajoti village in Indapur taluk, around 100 kms from Pune. The missing hailed from Akluj and Natepute in Solapur district. A search operation is on to retrieve the remaining bodies.Last week, four students had drowned in separate incidents in Pune district; two in the Khadakwasla lake — a popular tourist destination, and two others in the Pavana dam.In the Khadakwasala lake incident, the victims lost their balance and got dragged by the current, and in the second incident, the victims ventured into deep waters of the Pavana dam and lost their lives.
A Special Investigation Team (SIT) has been set up by the Maharashtra government to probe the Tiware dam breach incident in Ratnagiri district. The SIT, to be led by Avinash Surve, Secretary, Water Resources department, will have to submit its report within two months, an official statement said on Saturday. The SIT will probe the loss of lives and properties caused by the dam breach on July 2 night due to torrential rain in the region. Other members of the SIT include the Ratnagiri collector, the Superintendent of Police, and a Chief Engineer from the State’s Water Conservation Department.
Xiaomi’s Mi Note (and Mi Note Pro) may very well have a successor soon. A new report (via Android Headlines) suggests that Xiaomi may secretly be working on the Mi Note 2, and as many as two variants of the flagship phone may be in the making.According to the report, the rumoured Mi Note 2 may be powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 and Snapdragon 823 processors, coupled with 4GB and a whopping 6GB of RAM respectively. Internal memory may start at 32GB and go all the way up to 256GB.The Mi Note 2 is said to offer a 5.7-inch QHD display with a 2560 x 1440 pixels resolution, a 16-megapixel camera (Sony’s IMX295 sensor) on the rear with optical image stabilisation along with a 5-megapixel camera on the front and a 3,600mAh battery inside. The phone is also said to come with some kind of Apple iPhone-inspired 3D Touch pressure sensitive display technology. The Mi Note 2 will likely be priced at about 2,999 Yuan (which roughly translates to Rs 30,000).Also read: Exclusive: Xiaomi Mi 5 camera image samples That said, there’s no official word from Xiaomi regarding the Mi Note 2 for now. Therefore, we suggest you take this piece of information with a grain of salt.The company launched its flagship phone Mi 5 in India on Thursday at a price of Rs 24,999 for the 32GB memory and 3GB RAM variant. Successor to the Mi 4, the Mi 5 boasts of a glass and metal design and includes a physical home button on the front housing a fingerprint scanner. It comes with a 5.15-inch FullHD display with a 1920×1080 pixels resolution and is powered by a 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor under the hood.advertisementIt sports a 16-megapixel camera on the rear with 4-axis optical image stabilisation, phase detection autofocus and LED flash. There’s also a 4-megapixel (2 micron pixel) camera on the front. The Mi 5 runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow based MIUI 7 out-of-the-box. The phone is backed by a 3,000mAh battery.
India went down 2-3 to a resilient Canada in the fifth-sixth place playoff of the Hockey World League (HWL) Semi-Final here on Sunday.By making a fifth finish, Canada have booked their berth for the 2018 Odisha Hockey Men’s World Cup in Bhubaneswar.It was goals by Gordon Johnston (3′, 44′), Keegan Pereira (40′) and an incredible effort by goalkeeper Antonie Kindler that pushed India to the sixth spot in the tournament. Harmanpreet Singh scored both the goals for India with penalty corners in 7th and 22nd minutes.There was plenty of action in the first quarter with Canada taking the lead through a penalty corner scored by Gordon Johnston in the third minute.Johnston’s well-timed flick found the space between the post and India keeper Vikas Dahiya to take a 1-0 lead. Just four minutes later Harmanpreet Singh levelled the score with a fierce flick, slightly moving to the right before striking the ball low to the corner of the post.This was Harmanpreet’s fifth goal of the tournament. The next few minutes saw India win two more penalty corners but couldn’t quite make use of the chances. Only seconds before the final hooter, Akashdeep Singh set up Mandeep Singh with a beautiful pass but Mandeep’s diving effort didn’t make the post.In the second quarter, India increased the tempo with an improvised attack. Their effort won them two back-to-back penalty corners but Canadian defenders were up to the task to deny a lead. Minutes later, Mandeep did well to find Scott Tupper’s feet in the circle to win India their fifth penalty corner.advertisementThis time Harmanpreet was right on target, picked up the ball beautifully after Sardar Singh’s near-perfect injection to fire the ball past Canadian keeper in the 22nd minute to give India a 2-1 lead. Though both team traded penalty corners in the next few minutes, neither could make it count.However, a brilliant opportunity came by when Akashdeep and Talwinder Singh worked in tandem, with a well-timed run into the circle and perfect interchange to convert a goal. But Talwinder’s shot was blocked away by the keeper Antonie Kindler.Going into the third quarter with 19 circle penetrations, six penalty corner chances and better ball possession, India showed that they were the better team in the first half and had done well to recover from an early 0-1 setback.They hoped to keep up the momentum, and initially did so by denying Canada a shot on goal when they won a penalty corner in the 32nd minute. Desperate defence from Canada saw them give away India their 7th penalty corner of the match in the 35th minute. But Canadian goalkeeper Kindler came up with a brave save to deny Harmanpreet his third goal of the match.A turn-around in the match came in the 40th minute when Mark Pearson set up Keegan Pereira to score a brilliant goal to equalize 2-2. After missing a penalty corner chance early on, Johnston scored a splendid field goal in the 44th minute to hand Canada a 3-2 lead. The hero of this quarter however was Kindler who came up with a spectacular save off the tip of his stick to deny Ramandeep Singh a goal that cost India greatly.The final 15 minutes saw India make desperate attempts to make a come-back. Forward Sunil did well to win India a penalty corner in the 47th minute when he found Johnston’s foot in the circle. But nothing came off the opportunity for India. In the 50th minute, Sunil set up Mandeep who used a reverse hit to smash the ball to the goal but Kindler was up to the task with an impressive save to deny India an equalizer.India pulled off their goalkeeper Akash Chikte in the final three minutes of the match, playing with an extra defender. Canadian keeper however stayed resilient in his defence to deny India any goal to end the match 3-2 in favour of Canada.
THE BRONX – The doctors’ reports are not getting any better for the Yankees, but their recent acquisitions are in the pink, and their record at home is moving into the black.When Brandon McCarthy learned he’d been traded to the Yankees earlier this month, the right-hander experienced a rush of relief, knowing that his unimpressive season statistics could effectively be flushed. This would be, he said, a fresh start.McCarthy is making the most of that second season, fitting nicely into pinstripes and providing the Yankees with another solid outing on July 24th.He permitted just one run over six innings as New York defeated the Rangers, 4-2, at Yankee Stadium.Chase Headley and Francisco Cervelli each contributed run-scoring hits against Texas starter Colby Lewis to pace the attack as the Yankees took three of four games from the Rangers.Acquired from the D-backs on July 6 in exchange for left-hander Vidal Nuno, McCarthy has bolstered a reconstructed Yankees staff, improving to 2-0 with a 2.45 ERA in his three starts for New York. He was 3-10 with a 5.01 ERA with Arizona.The sinkerballer scattered four hits, walking two and striking out five. Texas brought in its only run off McCarthy in the third inning, as a soft Elvis Andrus flare fell beyond the reach of second baseman Brian Roberts to drive home Rougned Odor.The Yankees managed three runs and four hits in his 6 1/3 innings against Lewis, who lost his third straight start. Headley singled off the right-field wall in the fourth inning to chase home Brett Gardner with the first Yankees run.In the fifth, Cervelli drove home Ichiro Suzuki with a double into the left-field corner, and Gardner lifted a sacrifice fly.J.P. Arencibia hit a seventh-inning homer, his fourth of the year and second of the series, off reliever Adam Warren to bring the Rangers within a run. Brian McCann doubled home a run in the eighth off Ryan Feierabend to restore the two-run lead.TweetPinShare0 Shares
ATHENS — Panathinaikos goalkeeper Luke Steele saved a penalty in the 87th minute, preserving a 1-1 away draw at Panionios in the Greek league on Jan. 17.Olivier Boumale opened the scoring for Panionios in the 33rd with a blistering shot from outside the area, and Marcus Berg equalized in the 78th with a close-range shot.Panathinaikos was in third place, five points behind leader Olympiakos, which hosts Panetolikos on Sunday, and three behind second-place PAOK, which hosts Platanias.Panionios is 15th.Also, Veria beat OFI 4-1, Xanthi drew 0-0 at Kerkyra, and Atromitos won 3-0 on paper over Niki Volos, which has forfeited its remaining games in the league for financial reasons.TweetPinShare0 Shares
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New Delhi: A special CBI court in Bhopal has sentenced three candidates of the Police Constable Recruitment Test (2013) to five years in prison in connection with a Vyapam related case. Naeem Ali, Ajaharuddin, and Kasim Khan had been selected through the PCRT in 2013 by using illegal means.The Central Bureau of Investigation had taken over the probe from Madhya Pradesh Police on orders from the Supreme Court and registered a case against the three. During MP Police investigation in the case, the middlemen who had helped the three pass the examination Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!had absconded. The state police filed a chargesheet in the case in April 2015. However, the CBI had traced the absconding middleman, who confessed that he had helped the accused candidates by arranging impersonators for them who sat for the examination on behalf of the accused. The probe agency could not trace the impersonators. After completing its probe, the CBI filed a chargesheet in the case in May 2017 against all the accused candidates and the three middlemen who were revealed during the investigation.
MONTREAL – Police near Montreal are warning teens and their parents about the danger of sharing explicit images online as they probe an online sexual extortion case related to the popular game Fortnite.The Richelieu-Saint-Laurent police force reports four recent cases with the same characteristics: young males were targeted through Instagram with the perpetrator offering codes to access a higher level in Fortnite.Police say the suspects used fake avatars to successfully infiltrate groups of friends, where they made an offer through the chat feature to provide a code in exchange for images.They then threatened to share the images unless the victim sent more explicit material. The exchanges were in French, and no money was requested.Police suspect there could be other victims, and their investigation is ongoing.Sgt. Jean-Luc Tremblay said there is always a risk in sharing any personal information or sexually explicit images over the Internet and the blackmail can quickly escalate.
30 March 2011Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will on Monday visit the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, United States, to open the 5th meeting of the Global Colloquium of university presidents, his spokesperson announced today. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will on Monday visit the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, United States, to open the 5th meeting of the Global Colloquium of university presidents, his spokesperson announced today. The Global Colloquium is a network of international university presidents who are committed to addressing global public policy problems. Some 30 university presidents from around the world will attend Monday’s event. The theme of this year’s meeting is “Empowering Women to Change the World: What Universities and the UN Can Do.” Participants will discuss the global challenges to empowering women and girls and what universities and the United Nations can do to advance participation and leadership of women in their societies and the global community.
The truce should also be observed throughout the Paralympic Winter Games, which will be held in that same city next March, the Assembly said.The resolution asked Secretary-General Kofi Annan to draw the attention of world public opinion to the contribution the Olympic Truce can make to the promotion of international understanding, peace and goodwill.In a separate measure, the Assembly welcomed widespread commitment for commemorating the International Year of Sport and Physical Education throughout 2005 and requested that the Secretary-General elaborate an action plan to expand and strengthen UN partnerships with governments, sport-related organizations and the private sector.Speaking to reporters in New York, Adolf Ogi, the Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on Sport for Development and Peace, said 60 countries have already marked the International Year and an equal number planned activities for the future.Pointing out that obesity and the lack of exercise that often accompanies it are gaining increasing recognition as major public health problems, Mr. Ogi called for urgent action to promote athletics in all countries. “It is important that sport gets a better understanding, that it gets value, that it has a platform that is accepted throughout the world, and that is not yet the case,” he said.
Ohio State junior guard C.J. Jackson (3) calls a play in the first half of the Ohio State-Robert Morris game on Nov. 10. Ohio State won 95-64. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo Editor
Mr Uddin was found lying in a children’s playground in a parkCredit:Anthony Moss/Cavendish Press 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. Who hated a decent man like Jalal Uddin with such virulence?Paul Greaney QC, prosecuting A respected imam was murdered by two Islamic State supporters who viewed his practice of using healing amulets as “black magic”, a jury has heard.Jalal Uddin, 71, was battered around the head and face with a hammer and left for dead in a children’s playground in Rochdale, Greater Manchester, after an attack borne of “hatred and intolerance”.Mohammed Hussain Syeedy, 22, and Mohammed Abdul Kadir, 24, are said to have targeted Mr Uddin when they discovered last year that he practised Ruqya healing. He told jurors: “Your task will be to determine whether that defence may be true. Our submission is that once you have heard all of the evidence, you will be sure that it is not true.”He said it was the Crown’s case that Syeedy drove Kadir to the gates of the park, knowing Kadir intended to attack Mr Uddin so as to kill him or at least cause him really serious harm.Kadir was said to have landed “repeated forceful blows”, including to his mouth and teeth, which left the victim with a depressed skull fracture. He then dashed to the exit on the other side of the park where he was picked up by Syeedy and spirited away, the court heard. Two young girls discovered the unconscious Mr Uddin at about 8.45pm and he died in hospital a short time later.Syeedy, of Ramsay Street, Rochdale, denies the murder of Mr Uddin and the jury heard Kadir fled abroad soon afterwards, taking a flight from Manchester to Copenhagen in Denmark three days after the killing, followed by a connecting flight to Istanbul, Turkey.Mr Greaney said investigators had failed to trace Kadir, but Istanbul “has often been used as a staging post to Syria”Poice found Islamic State in Iraq and Levant (Isil) related material on a mobile phone taken from Syeedy’s mobile phone.Photographs of flags associated with jihad draped over road signs were also found, and an image of someone holding up a flag for “Rochdale 2 Syria” – an aid convoy in which the defendant was involved.The jury was also shown video footage of one such convoy to Syria, which was interspersed with images of Syeedy and others said to be giving an Isil salute, and a man planting an Isil flag, apparently in the UK.Mr Greaney said the material seized clearly showed that Syeedy had been “radicalised”.He said Syeedy had travelled to Syria in 2013 as part of an aid convoy and said “perhaps” his mindset changed then.Mr Uddin’s form of healing involved the use of amulets, known as taweez, that believers think can bring good fortune or ward off evil, the court heard. Mr Greaney said the practice was controversial and Isil rejected all forms of magic, believing those who practise it should be punished, often by death.Mr Greaney said that by the summer of 2015 antagonism was growing towards Mr Uddin from Syeedy and his friends, some who would meet at the Rochdale-based Dawah Centre.An associate of Syeedy later stole items connected with Mr Uddin’s Ruqya from the Jalalia Mosque and destroyed them.Over the course of August and September 2015, members of a group featuring Syeedy using the WhatsApp social media service exchanged messages that demonstrated an interest in Isil ideology, said Mr Greaney.A Facebook message from Kadir about taweez prompted someone to reply: “Muhammed said kill the magician.”The jury also heard that someone had used their mobile to film Mr Uddin when he was discovered dying and the footage had been found on Syeedy’s phone.The trial continues and is expected to last up to four weeks. Syeedy and Kadir stalked their “quiet, dignified and well-respected” victim with a campaign of surveillance before attacking the Bangladeshi national as he walked home from the mosque where he prayed on February 18.Paul Greaney QC, prosecuting, told Manchester Crown Court: “Who hated a decent man like Jalal Uddin with such virulence? The answer to that important question is to be found in the twisted ideology of Isis, sometimes known as Islamic State.”Jalal Uddin was a practitioner of a form of Islamic healing called Ruqya. Mr Uddin died after being beaten around the head and faceCredit:Anthony Moss/Cavendish Press Isis regards this practice as black magic and adheres to the view that those who engage in it deserve severe punishment, even death.Paul Greaney QC, prosecuting “Isis regards this practice as black magic and adheres to the view that those who engage in it deserve severe punishment, even death.”Mohammed Hussain Syeedy, the defendant, and an associate of his named Mohammed Abdul Kadir were supporters of Isis and so they subscribed to the view that those who practised Ruqya deserved such punishment.”Mr Greaney said Syeedy will claim he does not support Isis or violent extremism of any kind.
Roy of the Rovers has been relaunched for the modern age with a flash new haircut and million pound contract.But fans will be shocked to discover that the classic cartoon character, who was famously loyal to the Melchester Rovers, may leave the League Two side when the big money clubs come calling.Roy Race’s story ran from 1954 until 2001 but publisher Rebellion has overseen a redesign.The fresh-faced 16-year-old will appear in Match of the Day magazine from June 5.Melchester are long past their glory days but their prospects are enhanced by the familiar teenage prodigy. “His family and friends will no doubt keep him grounded – Roy is a part-time carer for his disabled father, himself a life-long Rovers fan. What will happen when the big clubs come calling is anyone’s guess…” It’s a different look from the magazine of yesteryearCredit:Match of the Day magazine/PA 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. The creative team promise that Race’s storylines will be football-driven, suggesting a move away from memorable soap opera-style angles that included whodunnits, terrorism and shootings.Jason Kingsley, Rebellion’s chief executive, said: “Re-imagining a character as beloved as Roy Race is an opportunity that doesn’t come around too often, and we’re delighted to begin the next chapter in Roy of the Rovers history.”The ‘new’ Roy Race might look different to his predecessors, but rest assured the core of the character – from his talent through to his sportsmanship and, of course, his blonde mop – remain.” The new-look Roy of the Rovers will make its debut in a serialised strip in Match of the Day magazineCredit:Match of the Day magazine/PA His first story sees the club take on rivals Tynecaster and Spanish sides Varagosa and Real Santana.Fans will recognise many names from years gone by and the writers promise plenty of nods to original players and teams .Melchester’s first team is packed with players from various cultural backgrounds, reflecting the game’s diversity.Off the pitch, the modern Roy Race is a part-time carer for his disabled father and an avid user of social media. He plays computer games and watches YouTube.Rob Power, Rebellion’s brand manager and one of the new writers, said: “There aren’t too many millionaires in League Two, which is where the mighty Melchester Rovers are currently languishing, but he’ll certainly have to deal with the pressure of being in the spotlight.
South Korean rapper PSY performs before the inauguration ceremony of President Park Geun-hye at the National Assembly in Seoul, South Korea. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)Observers say her options will be limited by the international outcry over the North’s 12 February nuclear test, which has emboldened the hawks in her ruling conservative party who oppose closer engagement.There was no immediate reaction from Pyongyang, but an editorial today in the ruling Workers’ Party newspaper Rodong Sinmun carried a clear message for Park to avoid the “confrontational” policies of her predecessor Lee Myung-Bak.As South Korea’s first female president, Park leads a country that is ranked below the likes of Suriname and the United Arab Emirates in gender equality.The two-and-a-half hour inauguration ceremony, held on a chilly and cloudy morning, included a musical warm-up concert that saw Korean rapper Psy perform his global hit “Gangnam Style”. – © AFP, 2013Read: Timeline: North Korean rocket launches and nuclear tests > PARK GEUN-HYE became South Korea’s first female president today, vowing zero tolerance with North Korean provocation and demanding Pyongyang “abandon its nuclear ambitions” immediately.As leader of Asia’s fourth-largest economy, Park, the 61-year-old daughter of late military strongman Park Chung-Hee, faces challenges of slowing growth and soaring welfare costs in one of the world’s most rapidly ageing societies.Taking the oath of office less than two weeks after North Korea carried out its third nuclear test, Park called on the regime in Pyongyang to “abandon its nuclear ambitions without delay” and rejoin the international community.“I will not tolerate any action that threatens the lives of our people and the security of our nation,” Park said, while promising to pursue the trust-building policy with Pyongyang that she had promised in her campaign.
Father, teacher and author By Ronan Moore 74 Comments Share165 Tweet Email2 AS A TEACHER, father and aspirant politician, when I consider this week’s proposed school strike on global warming I face a dilemma: Am I letting my students down if I allow them to skip school or am I letting them down if I don’t encourage them to strike?For those who are not familiar with the planned ‘Schools Strike for Climate Action’ this Friday, it is a nationwide protest against the Government’s lack of action on climate change.Students from all over Ireland will take part in marches in Dublin and Cork as well as demonstrations outside school gates in counties from Kerry to Donegal.While there have been many days of protest across the country in recent years, from housing to health, this one is quite different.To begin with, this protest is led by secondary students and the Irish strike is part of a growing international movement.This is the latest of a series of school-student-led protests, strikes and demonstrations that began on 20 of August 2018 when 15-year old Swedish student, Greta Thunberg, decided to skip school and protest outside the Swedish parliament due to its inaction on global warming.That first Friday Thunberg spent alone with a hand-painted banner that read: ‘skolstrejk för klimatet’ : ‘school strike for climate’. On the second day, people started to join her and she hasn’t been alone since. This Friday she will be joined by students in more than 700 locations across 71 different countries.The second difference is the strength of the message that this remarkable young woman has brought forward.Thunberg’s message, which she has delivered passionately in front of audiences ranging from school children to billionaires at Davos, is emphatic, unequivocal and damning.The world, the biosphere, the planet is dying. Our house is on fire. This young lady does not mince her words, firing daggers of truth at the world’s governments and business leaders: Mar 13th 2019, 7:01 AM https://jrnl.ie/4536434 You are not mature enough to tell it like it is, even that burden you leave to us children.“You say you love your children above all else yet you are stealing their future in front of their very eyes,” she says. I don’t want you to be hopeful, I want you to panic. I want you to feel the fear I feel every day and then I want you to act.These are uncomfortable truths for all of us – especially coming from a child as she describes herself.But looking at the latest figures from the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) we need to start listening to these kids. According to the latest IPCC climate change report, published in October 2018, the world’s leading climate scientists have warned there are only a dozen years left for global warming to be kept under 1.5C.Any further rises beyond that will significantly worsen the risks of drought, floods, extreme heat and poverty for hundreds of millions of people.The final reason that this protest is different and has the potential to become truly meteoric is that it contains an action that may prove especially popular with the average student – skipping school.If all this does not yet strike fear into the heart of politicians, principals or parents then they probably still don’t fully understand the power of the internet and social media.This cluster of protests is close to tipping point, close to becoming an all-encompassing international movement, that each new protester, each hashtag, each video that goes viral helps to accelerate forward.And this is where I become torn. The strikes have begun gaining momentum in other countries as a regular ‘Friday for Futures’ event. Do I want to see this happen here? Of course, I don’t want my students to begin skipping classes and falling behind. But what is the point of teaching them algebra or Shakespeare if they face a future of total climate chaos when they are older?Shouldn’t we be encouraging them to make their voices heard on such a serious issue as a route to become active citizens?The sad truth is that we actually need this push from the children to do something – because so far we really haven’t pushed ourselves.I sometimes show the 1997 Oscar-winning film ‘Good Will Hunting’ to my students.I tie in a whole host of themes into it but at the heart of my choice is that I think it is a beautiful film that resonates with young people – a story of redemption, of love, of forgiveness, and of friendship.There is a moment in the film when Matt Damon’s character’s childhood friend Chuckie tells him that his favourite part of the day is when he arrives at Matt’s house to pick him up for another dead-end day of menial labour.He always hopes that his friend will have packed up and gone. Gone to a better life than the one that Chuckie and his other friends are destined to fulfil.There is a part of me that has begun hoping that I will turn up one Friday morning with my Hamlet, my French Revolution and my Sylvia Plath prepared but my students won’t be there anymore.Instead, they’ll realise that safeguarding our planet is the most important job they may ever have.They might be able to live with the consequences of skipping school – but none of us will survive the consequences of destroying our planet.Ronan Moore is a secondary school teacher, author and he will run in the local elections as a Social Democrat candidate in Co Meath. Ronan Moore 14,415 Views Wednesday 13 Mar 2019, 7:00 AM Opinion: As a teacher should I encourage my students to strike against climate change? Part of me has begun hoping that I’ll turn up one morning with my Hamlet and Sylvia Plath prepared but my students won’t be there anymore, writes Ronan Moore. 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Been wondering how to fill that large empty space in your office lobby? Look no further.Artist Costas Theoharidis is desperately seeking any interested parties who would like to display his piece of artwork, after Toyota’s headquarters in Melbourne aren’t able to keep it on display anymore. The sculpture, a steel globe measuring two metres wide, has been on display at the art space in the building’s lobby for about two months, but Costa has been told it will need to be moved in the next couple of days to make room for more artwork.A representative of the Toyota head office told Neos Kosmos that no artist’s work is permanently exhibited.“It’s one of 50 exhibited in our gallery show,” Toyota’s representative said. Each piece of artwork is exhibited for three months, after which if the artwork hasn’t been sold, it will go directly back to the artist.Now Costa is facing the prospect of destroying the artwork if he can’t find a place to house it or raise enough funds to put it in storage. “I’ve been to everyone,” he says of his desperate search to find the globe a home.“I’ve been to state government, I’ve tried to contact multinationals, airlines, we went to hotels, we went to Westfield, all the shopping centres, the buildings in the city, Federation Square. “They’re just ‘we love it, but sorry’.”Costas is at odds at what he’ll do when the deadline to remove the sculpture on March 8 comes. He spent around 15 years building the structure, precision-cutting around 750 intricately handcrafted pieces that fit within the steel work, and painting the pieces with such detail that they mirror the earth’s topography.“I wanted it in public for people to appreciate,” he says. “I built it for people to really remember that the world is a beautiful place.”He’s offering to give the artwork to an interested party for free if they would be able to display it in its full glory or, if worse comes to worse, would talk to someone who would be able to offer secure storage.The globe, weighing about 600kg, is very versatile and can be suspended or can sit in a stand.Those interested can contact Costas Theoharidis on 0419103343. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Kanakanak Hospital. (Photo by Austin Fast/KDLG)As of Tuesday, Kanakanak Hospital, which is run by the Bristol Bay Area Health Corporation, is no longer in immediate jeopardy with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.“Immediate jeopardy” is a CMS designation for facilities that place patients at serious risk of death or injury. If a hospital is placed in immediate jeopardy and does not remedy the situation, then it loses its Medicare and Medicaid funding.After Kanakanak Hospital was removed from immediate jeopardy status on Tuesday, BBAHC president and CEO Robert Clark said, “We are pleased that CMS has recognized the good progress underway to quickly but effectively bring the pharmacy to full compliance.”Kanakanak Hospital was first placed in immediate jeopardy on Sept. 27. After a complaint was made, a CMS investigator conducted a three-day survey and noted a wide range of serious deficiencies in the hospital’s pharmacy.The survey concluded that medications were being mishandled, that serious medication errors had occurred, and that hospital leadership was aware of a rise in medication errors and had not responded appropriately.In mid-October, the hospital submitted a corrective action plan to CMS. The plan was accepted, and the hospital had 90 days to enact the plan. But implementation was rocky.When CMS visited on Oct. 23, it extended the hospital’s immediate jeopardy status because key elements of the plan were not implemented.BBAHC said that the immediate jeopardy status was extended due to problems with staffing.It explained in a statement, “Due to the qualifications needed and BBAHC’s remote location, it has always been difficult to find the right pharmacy personnel with appropriate training and experience for the scope of services BBAHC provides. Hiring highly qualified and appropriately licensed personnel for remote, Alaska health care facilities is a lengthy process, and is challenging to complete in a matter of a few short weeks.”A former Kanakanak Hospital pharmacist who worked there at the time said that problems also included insufficient training for pharmacists.In the meantime, serious medication errors were still occurring. Dillingham resident Alannah Hurley is a caregiver for her 97-year-old grandmother. She said she has encountered numerous mistakes at the pharmacy.“Over the course of the last eight months or so, we’ve noticed multiple errors, not only in packaging, but in dosage and medications being in the wrong bottles with the wrong labeling. We’ve put in multiple complaints and have only seen those errors get worse,” said Hurley. “One hundred percent, these are life-threatening mistakes.”Hurley said some of the most serious errors occurred in October, when the pharmacy was supposed to be implementing its corrective action plan. She said she believes the medication errors began after the hospital administration fired or forced several longtime pharmacists to resign.“Before longtime dedicated pharmacists were fired or resigned due to the toxicity of the environment out there, we never had problems like this,” said Hurley. “We had pharmacists like Evelyn Olson who cared, who worked with us to make sure that we were receiving the best care possible, people who really, really care about our people in this region.”Olson was born and raised in Dillingham. Between attending college and then pharmacy school, Olson has worked at Kanakanak Hospital in various capacities since 2005. In 2013, she became a staff pharmacist at Kanakanak Hospital, and her husband, Kane Olson, became the pharmacy director.The couple bought a house in Dillingham and planned to stay, but Evelyn said Kane was fired in Sept. 2017 and wasn’t given a reason. She resigned in January.State law requires that every pharmacy designate a pharmacist-in-charge (PIC) to ensure compliance with all regulations. Evelyn Olson said Kanakanak Hospital administration had not designated a new PIC by the required deadline in late January. Olson said she requested direction from hospital administration, but did not receive any. Unsure if it was legal to operate, she and the other pharmacists closed the pharmacy until administration identified a PIC.The pharmacy reopened hours later after hospital administration named a new pharmacist-in-charge, but Olson says the hospital took action against her.“My boss at the time and a representative of HR essentially handed me a piece of paper that accepted responsibility for the pharmacy closing … and I would be placed on immediate administrative leave without pay,” explained Olson. “So I said, ‘I’m not going to sign this.’ I wasn’t going to accept responsibility. It was up to them to work with the state to work out the new pharmacist-in-charge situation.”At least three community members wrote letters to the BBAHC board in support of Olson after she resigned, and the state Board of Pharmacy found she did not violate any statutes or regulations.Despite the rough ending, Olson praised Kanakanak Hospital medical staff and employees.She said, “I really, really love my job there. It was so important to me, as a lifelong Dillingham resident, to give back to my community, the community that always supported me through all of school, whether that be high school, undergrad or pharmacy school. So it was really important for me to return.”Both Evelyn and Kane Olson now work as pharmacists in Anchorage.After Evelyn left, at least three full-time, permanent pharmacists have left or resigned and two spots continue to be filled by temporary duty pharmacists. In October, no pharmacist working at Kanakanak Hospital had been there longer than four months.The CMS survey only illustrates deficiencies. It does not suggest possible causes. However, it does note that medication errors rose sharply in the first half of 2018.It reads, “There were 29 medication errors from January to July 2018 compared to six during this same time frame in 2017. The (Executive Committee meeting) minutes did not reflect the significance of the medication events and the lack of investigations, or action plans to be implemented.”The CMS survey also found that hospital “leadership staff” took no actions on the increase in medication errors prior to being placed on “immediate jeopardy” status.So what is next for the hospital as it works to improve patient safety and keep its CMS funding?Because CMS lifted the hospital’s immediate jeopardy status after a site visit on Tuesday, the hospital will keep its Medicare and Medicaid funding as long as it successfully completes its plan of correction.BBAHC said that plan includes working with the Indian Health Service to hire qualified pharmacists. The Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium has also deployed a team to assist Kanakanak Hospital in training pharmacy staff and addressing deficiencies.The new deadline for BBAHC to bring the pharmacy into compliance is Jan. 11, 2019.
Anantapur: State Homeo Doctors Association general secretary Dr P Kumaraiah has cautioned the public against fake homeo doctors, who are taking gullible patients for a ride and medically mistreating the patients. Talking to The Hans India on the sidelines of an awareness programme on the efficacy of the homeo medical science while drawing a parallel with allopathy, here on Saturday, Kumaraiah stated that Homeo medical science takes a wholistic view of the patient unlike the allopathy medicine practitioners, who offer instant emergency solutions to ward off any form of sickness. Also Read – Fit India rally held in Vijayawada Advertise With Us English medicine prioritises only on suppression of symptoms of any ailment making the patient vulnerable to a return to the supressed sickness or ailment whatsoever. The homeo science deals with the root cause of the ailment while taking a comprehensive look at the disease or sickness. Homeo science applies its mind on eradication of the disease in the body and does not prioritise on giving instant succour to the patient. A supressed sickness will one day bounce back on the patient. Also Read – PV Sindhu visits Tirumala temple Advertise With Us Homeo science medical practitioner is often confused with Registered Medical Practitioners (RMPs), who are authorised by government only to extend first aid and refer the patient to the authorised medical practitioner, whereas the homeo doctors also study homeo medicine for five-and-a-half years on the lines of MBBS. Kumaraiah has urged the government to take steps to end the fake homeo doctors menace particularly in the rural areas. Many homeo practitioners, who were trained for 6 months in medicines administration are masquerading as doctors by establishing hospitals with a corporate look and misleading gullible patients. Kumaraiah alleged that these so-called doctors were administering overdose of medicines to patients and putting their lives to risk and danger. He called upon homeo doctors and the general public to bring to his notice on fake doctors so that he could take up the issue with the government and help end the menace.