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Gas agency employees robbed of Rs 15 lakh


first_imgNew Delhi: The broad daylight dacoity on Wednesday sent East District police into a tizzy as eight bike-borne masked miscreants held the employees of a gas agency hostage in Chilla Village, Mayur Vihar and robbed off Rs 1.5 lakh cash and eight mobile phones from them.The assailants also targeted the consumers who had come there for new gas connection and other grievances. The employees and locals tried to confront the robbers but they fled from the spot firing in the air. A case under section of dacoity and arms act has been registered against unknown accused at Mayur Vihar police station. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder The eyewitness said that all masked miscreants were equipped with fire arms and had come there on sports bikes so that they could escape. The assailants first entered in the gas agency and overpowered all employee and consumers on gun points. They threatened collection agents and looted Rs 1.5 lakh cash which was said to be collected from the vendors. They also beaten-up to consumers and employees. Before fleeing from the spot, the bikers snatched eight mobile phones from the consumers and employees to avoid immediate police calls. When they were fleeing from the spot, the locals and employee gave a chase to catch them but they opened fire in the air to create apprehension among them. DCP, east Delhi, Jasmeet Singh said a case of dacoity has been registered into the matter.last_img read more


Murray moves nearer return while Tsitsipas moves into top 5


first_imgWashington: Three-time Grand Slam champion Andy Murray moved closer to a singles return six months after right hip surgery while Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas rolled into the world’s top five Friday at the ATP Washington Open. Britain’s Murray and his brother Jamie, in their first doubles event since the 2016 Rio Olympics, lost to New Zealand’s Michael Venus and South African Raven Klaasen 6-7 (3/7), 7-6 (8/6), 10-7 in a quarter-final at the US Open tuneup event. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhMurray has practiced singles this week to improve his conditioning after the long layoff. “I feel fine,” Murray said. “Practice has been fine. No issues physically. So progressing well. Just keep practicing the next 10 days or so and see what happens.” Top seed Tsitsipas beat French 10th seed Benoit Paire 7-5, 6-0 to reach the semi-finals and ensure he will overtake Germany’s Alexander Zverev to crack the world rankings top five on Monday. “Once you’re in a certain position for a long time, you really crave for more,” Tsitsipas said. “This one position difference might not feel a lot for some people but for me it really means a lot because there has been a lot of hard work behind it, just a lot of suffering in general. “I feel I deserve this position. It means a lot for sure.” The 20-year-old Australian Open semi-finalist, who lost to Zverev in last year’s Washington semis, booked a semi-final against Australia’s Nick Kyrgios, who ousted Slovakian lucky loser Norbert Gombos 6-3, 6-3. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later”I’m excited to play him,” Kyrgios said of Tsitsipas. “He’s one of the best players in the world right now.” Murray, who feared his career might be over after the January operation, hasn’t played singles since the Australian Open but says he might return at the ATP Cincinnati Masters starting August 12. “If I feel like I’m ready, I’ll give it a go. If not, I’ll wait probably until after New York. But so far it has been fine.” Murray, set to play doubles next week at Montreal alongside Spaniard Feliciano Lopez, doesn’t want his first singles matches back to be the best-of-five-set variety offered in Grand Slams.last_img read more


PNB scam CBI seeks narco tests on accused Shetty


first_imgMumbai: The CBI on Wednesday urged a special court here to grant permission to conduct polygraph and narco analysis tests on Gokulnath Shetty, a former Punjab National Bank official and key conspirator in the multi-crore fraud case in which diamond merchants Nirav Modi and his uncle Mehul Choksi are the prime accused. Shetty, who is alleged to have played a key role in the Rs 13,700-crore loan fraud while working as the deputy manager at PNB’s Brady House branch in Mumbai, was arrested in March last year. In the application moved before special CBI court judge J C Jagdale, the central investigating agency said it needs to know about the “pecuniary benefits” received by the accused. “The assets and quid pro quo revealed so far during the investigation is minuscule as compared to the quantum of the fraud or Rs 7080.86 crore. In order to ascertain his (Shetty’s) other motives and details of undue pecuniary advantage obtained by him, as one of the main conspirators, it is very much essential to conduct polygraph test and narco analysis test,” reads the application filed by the CBI. The court will hear the plea on August 14. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The polygraph or a lie detector test is conducted using a device or procedure that measures and records several physiological indicators such as blood pressure, pulse, respiration, and skin conductivity while a person is asked and answers a series of questions. In the narco analysis test, a person is put in a semi-conscious condition in which imagination is neutralised, thus making it difficult to lie. The Anti-Corruption wing of the CBI had booked Shetty and his wife Ashalata for allegedly amassing a large number of movable and immovable properties during the period between April 1, 2011 and May 31, 2017, the day he retired.last_img read more


Huawei says US needs to talk to company for China trade deal


first_img(14:12) Beijing, Sep 12 (IANS) Amid the US-China trade war, a top executive of Chinese technology giant Huawei has said that the US needs to hold talks with the company in order to reach a trade deal with China. As per news portal GizmoChina’s report, the company’s Chief Security Officer Andy Purdy said, “Can I imagine a trade deal where the U.S. government doesn’t agree to talk to us? No I can’t.” Purdy noted that the trade war between the two is affecting American companies and workers more than it hurts Huawei. He said the company spent $11 billion on U.S. supplies last year and an estimated 40,000 U.S. jobs depend on its business. Huawei wants “transparent mechanisms” for evaluating its equipment and that of its competitors, which would build “trust through verification,” Purdy said. “We are not asking we should simply be allowed to sell without any scrutiny, we believe there has to be scrutiny for everyone,” he added.last_img read more


Confidence of investors shaken but Modi govt refuses to acknowledge truth Priyanka


first_imgNew Delhi: Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Wednesday attacked the government over the state of the economy, saying the confidence of investors is “shaken” but the Modi dispensation is refusing to acknowledge the truth. The Congress general secretary also cited a media report which claimed that after pouring USD 45 billion into India’s stock market over the past six years on hopes that Modi would unleash the country’s economic potential, international money managers have sold USD 4.5 billion of Indian shares since June. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ “By showing glitter, saying 5 trillion, 5 trillion, everyday or by doing media’s headline management, economy cannot be improved. Investors do not come by sponsoring events abroad,” Priyanka Gandhi said in an apparent dig at Prime Minister Modi’s upcoming diaspora event in Houston. The confidence of investors is “shaken” and the foundation of economic investment has “cracked”, she said in a tweet in Hindi with the hashtag ‘BJP bad for business’. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K “But the BJP government is refusing to acknowledge this truth. This slowdown is a speed breaker in the direction of becoming an economic superpower. Without improving this situation, all other razzmatazz is useless,” Priyanka Gandhi said in another tweet. She has been relentlessly attacking the government over the issue of economy in the last few days and demanding answers from the government over the economic slowdown.last_img read more


Family unhappy with fouryear sentence for BC drunk driver who killed Mountie


first_imgCOLWOOD, B.C. – As a judge delivered a four-year prison sentence to the drunk driver who killed Const. Sarah Beckett on Friday, her grieving relatives shook and wept, before handing a letter to Crown counsel expressing their outrage.Provincial court Judge Ronald Lamperson acknowledged the sentence would seem inadequate to the many people on Vancouver Island who have been touched by the “tragic case.”“Clearly there is no sentence I can impose that will bring Const. Beckett back or address the pain that her family and friends continue to suffer,” Lamperson told a packed courtroom near Victoria.But he said he must be guided by prior decisions involving impaired driving causing death in sentencing Kenneth Fenton, 29, who has also been banned from driving or owning a weapon for 10 years.Lamperson said to his knowledge, Beckett is the first police officer in B.C. to be killed by a drunk driver.Beckett, a 32-year-old mother of two boys, had recently returned from maternity leave when she was killed in Langford, a suburb of Victoria, in April 2016.Her husband, Brad Aschenbrenner, broke down in tears as the judge recounted the details of his wife’s death.The court heard that Fenton was upset about a friend’s suicide and had been drinking heavily before he sped through a red light in his truck and slammed into Beckett’s cruiser.Another officer who had tried to stop Fenton’s truck seconds earlier because his tail lights were out described the crash as an “explosion” with “glass and smoke and dust everywhere.”The judge said a man who spoke with Fenton at the scene said he appeared “dazed and confused” and asked how the Mountie was doing. When the man replied that he thought she was dead, Fenton slumped over and began to cry.Fenton was taken to hospital, where he refused to give a blood sample and denied he had been drinking or had an alcohol addiction. A search warrant was later obtained to seize blood samples, which showed .287 milligrams of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood, more than three times the legal limit.The court also heard Fenton had previous traffic convictions, including two 90-day driving bans for alcohol-related incidents in 2006 and 2010.Fenton pleaded guilty in May to impaired driving causing death and dangerous driving causing death. He was handed a four-year and three-year term for each charge, respectively, and the judge ordered that the sentences be served concurrently.Beckett’s family was unhappy with the sentence and handed a statement to prosecutors criticizing their performance, said Crown counsel Chandra Fisher outside court. Fisher refused to show the statement to the media.Alisia Adams of the B.C. Prosecution Service said counsel had regularly met with Beckett’s family and heard their concerns.“It’s clear that the family and the friends and the colleagues of Const. Beckett have experienced a profound loss. We recognize their pain,” she said.But she said Crown counsel have to look objectively at the evidence and what it can prove beyond a reasonable doubt.The family did not speak to media, but Const. Alex Berube, a spokesman for West Shore RCMP and a friend of Beckett’s, said the court process had been “very hard” for them.“We’re all human beings, even in the police force. It’s a hard day,” he said.Aschenbrenner told Fenton’s earlier sentencing hearing that he awoke at 3:30 a.m. on April 5, 2016, and knew something was wrong. Soon after, an officer knocked on his door to tell him his wife was dead.He said he lost the love of his life and the mother of their young sons, Lucas and Emmett. The hardest thing after his wife’s death was telling six-year-old Lucas “mommy wasn’t coming home,” Aschenbrenner said.The judge also outlined some of the victim impact statements and letters from Fenton’s family that described him as a kind and respectful man whose family has been attacked verbally since his arrest.Fenton apologized to Beckett’s family in court last week and said he would trade places with her if he could.B.C.’s prosecution service announced earlier this week that there was not enough evidence to approve charges against the officer who tried to stop Fenton’s truck seconds before the fatal collision.On Friday, the prosecution service said there was no evidence the officer was pursuing Fenton. As the truck accelerated away, the officer told dispatch he was “shutting it down” and reduced his speed seconds later.— Follow @ellekane on Twitter.last_img read more


Indigenous leaders sounding alarm over implications of legal pot regime


first_imgOTTAWA – Indigenous leaders looking at the prospect of legalized marijuana in Canada say they don’t see a route to riches, but rather a serious risk that the black market in pot will set its sights on their vulnerable communities.Isadore Day, the Ontario regional chief of the Assembly of First Nations, said Tuesday he fears for Indigenous community safety because the federal government is moving too quickly with its plans to legalize pot by July 2018.“First Nations are not just looking at this as a cash cow,” Day said in an interview. “We have very legitimate concerns and fears about what legalization of cannabis is going to do, the types of things it is …potentially going to create in our communities.”Day called it embarrassing that Indigenous leaders weren’t invited to take part in Monday’s meeting of finance ministers, and said he and Quebec Regional Chief Ghislain Picard are leading discussions on how First Nations communities will address the impacts of legal pot.“This is a problem and I don’t think that there’s been a deep dive done yet on the full breadth of implications on our communities,” said Day, who called it “backwards” that Ottawa would commit to a cost-sharing agreement without Indigenous leaders in the room.On Monday, Finance Minister Bill Morneau announced a two-year deal that will see Ottawa give 75 per cent of tax revenues to the provinces and territories while Ottawa retains 25 per cent, to a maximum of $100 million a year.Morneau, who originally floated a 50-50 split, said larger share will allow the provinces and territories to fairly deal with costs and allow for them to work with municipalities, who have also advocated for at least a third of the revenue.Indigenous Services Minister Jane Philpott said the implications of legal cannabis for Indigenous communities are being discussed, including at a special chiefs gathering held last week in Ottawa by the Assembly of First Nations.“It certainly has come up on many occasions,” she said.Day has also raised concerns that the federal government won’t cover the cost of medicinal marijuana for people living on reserve, even though they do for other medically necessary drugs.“We entered into treaties,” he said. “We have to stand our ground … the right to have health care covered … we will continue to push so that applies.”Cannabis is not currently eligible for coverage through the First Nations Inuit health branch, Health Canada confirmed Tuesday, noting medications must meet appropriate criteria, including a drug identification number, a doctor’s prescription and dispensation by a pharmacist.“There are no forms of medical cannabis that currently meet these conditions,” the department said in a statement.—Follow @kkirkup on Twitterlast_img read more


Inuk woman over hospitals after second discharge since transplant rejection


first_imgST. JOHN’S, N.L. – An Inuk activist has been released from hospital for a second time since her health struggles raised awareness about an Ontario rule that requires alcoholics to be sober for six months before they can be eligible for a liver transplant.Delilah Saunders, 25, posted to Facebook on Sunday saying she feels better and is ready to go home after spending several days at the Health Sciences Centre in St. John’s, N.L.Saunders, a prominent Indigenous women’s activist from Labrador, was diagnosed with pancreatitis on Wednesday night, just a few days after she was released from a Toronto hospital where she was being treated for acute liver failure.She has said doctors initially told her she was ineligible for a liver transplant because she had not abstained from alcohol for the prior six months, but later said it appeared the procedure wouldn’t be necessary.Her case put a spotlight on an Ontario transplant program’s six-month abstinence policy, which doctors have defended by citing research that suggests some alcoholics return to drinking after the procedure.Saunders told her social media followers that she is “over hospitals,” but says the nurses and doctors in St. John’s could not have provided her with better care.She told The Canadian Press in a Facebook message that she has been in touch with other advocates about reforming the Ontario rule.last_img read more


Health scare prompts BC member of Parliament to review key goals


first_imgPRINCE GEORGE, B.C. – A British Columbia Conservative member of Parliament says the memory of his stricken wife’s face as a medical crisis nearly killed him is his motivation for a heartfelt message to his colleagues, constituents and all Canadians.Todd Doherty, the MP for Cariboo-Prince George, says in a Facebook post he needed emergency surgery to remove his gallbladder after becoming ill in Prince George on Jan 20.He says he stopped breathing during the surgery and over the next two days his lungs filled with fluid and his major organs began shutting down.Through all that, despite the drugs and the chaos, he says he remembers his son pleading to be allowed to donate a kidney or lung to help his dad pull through.Doherty is on the mend now but says he has learned the lesson that plans, no matter how carefully crafted, will fail if the planner isn’t around to carry them out.He is out of hospital, recovering at home, and urges people to take time to care for themselves and do the work necessary to stay healthy.“Regardless of the titles or status we seek or achieve, our schedules or whatever demands placed on us, remember this: There is only one group who will mourn you longer than a week, that’s your family,” Doherty says in the social media post.He says he still wants to achieve his goal of backing legislation to help sufferers of post-traumatic stress disorder. He also pledges to never stop trying to inspire others, and be the best father, husband, brother, friend and community leader possible.Doherty says even his loftiest goals are now filtered through a different perspective.“I don’t have the plan as to how I’m going to do it yet, but I know I have too much on my “to do list,” so healthy changes are coming. And I’m challenging my friends, family and colleagues to do whatever you need to do to make this a priority in your lives, also.”Doherty says he’s giving thanks, and will never put his family through this again.He says you can’t help others if you’re not well yourself.“So to my colleagues in Ottawa — who’s up for some early morning walks and workouts?”last_img read more


Dellen Millard to be tried by judge alone for fathers alleged murder


first_imgTORONTO – Twice convicted killer Dellen Millard will be tried by a judge alone for the alleged murder of his father, as Ontario’s attorney general agreed that the man’s previous high-profile trials would make it difficult to find fair jurors.Millard is serving two life sentences for murdering a former lover and a Hamilton man and burning both bodies in an animal incinerator.The 32-year-old is awaiting trial for the alleged murder of his father, Wayne Millard, whose death in 2012 was initially ruled a suicide. Given the extensive media coverage of his previous convictions, Millard had requested a judge-alone trial, which was granted.“In light of the notoriety from other trials and the difficulty getting a jury, this will ensure he gets a fair trial,” Justice John McMahon, the case management judge, said in a court hearing Tuesday.The first-degree murder trial was scheduled to begin in early April, but has now been delayed until the end of May to allow his recently retained lawyer time to prepare.Justice Maureen Forestell will preside over the trial, which is scheduled to last about a month, court heard.Millard and his friend, Mark Smich, were convicted in mid-December of killing Millard’s former girlfriend Laura Babcock, 23, who went missing in the summer of 2012 and whose body was never found.They’ve also been convicted of killing Tim Bosma — a Hamilton man who went missing in May 2013 after going with the pair for a test drive of a truck he was trying to sell online.Last week, a Toronto courtroom erupted into a standing ovation after the judge decided Millard and Smich would not be eligible for parole for 50 years, tacking a consecutive sentence for the murder of Babcock on top of the conviction for Bosma’s murder.After the death of his father in November 2012, Millard inherited a multimillion-dollar aviation business — Millardair — that was initially launched by Millard’s grandfather, Carl Millard, in the 1960s.Millard, who represented himself at the Babcock trial, had initially said he was going to represent himself for his father’s case. But he changed his mind in January and retained Ravin Pillay, who represented him during the Bosma murder trial.Pillay asked Tuesday for more time to prepare. The judge agreed to a two-month delay.“It is important for Mr. Millard to get a fair trial,” the judge said. “I think the proposed schedule counsel has come up with is completely fair and reasonable.”The trial is scheduled to begin on May 31.last_img read more


Montreal mayor to meet with investors hoping to bring back baseball


first_imgMONTREAL – Mayor Valerie Plante will meet with the potential investors who hope to bring major league baseball back to Montreal.Plante said this week she will sit down with businessmen Stephen Bronfman and Mitch Garber on Friday to gather information on the project and see what role the city may play in getting a team.Montreal has been without a franchise since the Expos were moved to Washington D.C., and renamed the Nationals after the 2004 season. Bronfman and Garber lead a group looking to land a team either through expansion or the relocation of an existing club.Bringing back the Expos was a pet project of former mayor Denis Coderre, but Plante vowed during her successful election campaign last fall not to commit any money to a baseball team without a referendum.Plante’s stance may have softened after Bronfman said last week they were not seeking money from city hall but need its support in other areas.“Already it’s a better deal,” Plante said after an executive committee meeting this week.While the meeting has stirred hope for baseball’s return, Garber played down the importance of the meeting on Twitter.“There is a lot of speculation about the meeting with @Val_Plante,” he wrote. “The (mayor) has never met Stephen Bronfman and has communicated a desire to get to know a cross-section of Montreal business leaders and also to hear about the potential for baseball in Montreal. Nothing more.”Bringing back baseball would be a major investment, not only in paying for a team but also building a stadium.Major League Baseball is considering expansion, while teams that may be contemplating relocation include Oakland and Tampa Bay.Plante did not attend a pair of pre-season games at Olympic Stadium last week between the Toronto Blue Jays and St. Louis Cardinals, but city representatives were present.Robert Beaudry, the executive committee member responsible for economic development, said the city would also be open to a National Basketball Association team if investors are found. The city’s chamber of commerce indicated this week it would collaborate with a group led by former federal cabinet minister Michael Fortier that is studying the possibility of landing an NBA team.An NBA franchise could play at the Bell Centre, saving the cost of building a venue, but several cities are reportedly looking for a team and expansion fees would likely be steep.last_img read more


Carjacker who used pepper spray struck pedestrian arrested in Vancouver police


first_imgVANCOUVER – Police say a pedestrian was seriously injured Friday morning in downtown Vancouver after a carjacking that ended with the arrest of a suspect and multiple collisions.Const. Jason Doucette says police received a call at about 8:40 a.m. from a motorist who reported being pepper sprayed in a downtown parking lot by someone who took off with his car.Doucette says the suspect drove erratically through the downtown, causing numerous collisions and also striking the pedestrian, who was rushed to hospital.Police say the pedestrian’s injuries are serious but not life-threatening.After the car came to a stop, Doucette says the carjacker jumped out of the vehicle and was chased by construction workers, who were also pepper sprayed.Doucette says the group was able to hold the man until police arrived.He says a 27-year-old man has been arrested and several charges will be recommended against him.Police say the car was stolen at Cambie and Pender streets and ended up in the area of West Georgia and Hamilton, about three blocks away.last_img read more


Broncos player who returned to team this month steps away to recover


first_imgHUMBOLDT, Sask. — An injured player who returned to the Humboldt Broncos junior hockey team earlier this month has decided to step away.Tyler Smith, who is 20, said in a social media post that he is thankful for all the support from the team, its fans and his billets for welcoming him back to Humboldt.But he says he has decided to step away from the team so he can continue his recovery at home.Smith suffered a broken collarbone, broken shoulder blade and nerve damage down his left arm when the team’s bus collided with a semi-trailer at a Saskatchewan intersection in April.The six-foot-one, 185-pound forward from Leduc, Alta., was one of three survivors who returned to the team this season.Smith joined in early November and played 10 games, recording one assist.His coach, Nathan Oystrick, thanked Smith for his dedication to the Broncos on and off the ice.“Tyler’s perseverance and commitment to being a part of our organization is inspiring to our Broncos family,”Oystrick said in a statement.“Smitty, I wish you all the best and look forward to following your success in whatever you choose to do.”The Canadian Presslast_img read more


Conservatives seek criminal investigation of PMs trips to Aga Khans island


first_imgOTTAWA — The federal Conservatives want the RCMP to look into whether Prime Minister Justin Trudeau broke the law by accepting family vacations on the Aga Khan’s private Caribbean island.In a letter to RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucki, Conservative MP Peter Kent says a thorough investigation should be conducted to ensure Canadians have confidence in the integrity of government.Kent’s 26-page letter notes that members of Trudeau’s family visited the private retreat of the Aga Khan, a billionaire philanthropist, on three occasions from 2014 to 2017.In December 2017, then-federal ethics commissioner Mary Dawson found Trudeau contravened four sections of the Conflict of Interest Act in relation to a Christmas 2016 stay on the island, saying the holiday could reasonably be seen as a gift designed to influence the prime minister.In his letter, Kent cites a Criminal Code provision that prohibits a government official from accepting a benefit of any kind from someone who has dealings with the government.Dawson’s report said the federal government had supported projects of the Aga Khan Foundation Canada by contributing nearly $330 million to initiatives in various countries.The government also regularly consulted foundation representatives on current and emerging development trends and priorities, she noted.Following Dawson’s 2017 findings, opposition parties argued Trudeau should refund the treasury for all or part of the transportation and security costs related to the Christmas 2016 trip.Trudeau acknowledged at the time he should have checked with the ethics commissioner’s office before accepting the holiday, and said he would now clear all family vacations with the commissioner.“I’ve always considered the Aga Khan a close family friend, which is why I didn’t clear this family trip in the first place, but given the commissioner’s report, I will be taking all precautions in the future.”In September 2017, then-lobbying commissioner Karen Shepherd said there was no basis to a complaint that the Aga Khan violated the code for lobbyists by allowing Trudeau and his family to stay on the island.However, a Federal Court judge recently ordered Shepherd’s successor, Nancy Belanger, to take a fresh look at the matter.The court said that as a board member of the foundation, the spiritual leader of the world’s Ismaili Muslims was directly and legally connected to the organization bearing his name and was acting as its representative in giving a gift to the prime minister.Ottawa is contesting the ruling in the Federal Court of Appeal.— Follow @JimBronskill on Twitter Jim Bronskill , The Canadian Presslast_img read more


Federal government commits cash for national strategy to fight human trafficking


first_imgREGINA — The federal government is putting up tens of millions of dollars to fight human trafficking.Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale has announced that Ottawa will commit $57 million over five years and $10 million a year after that as part of a national strategy.Speaking in Regina, Goodale called the crime one of the most heinous in society that causes extreme suffering for victims and survivors.The strategy is to focus on empowering and protecting victims as well as on prosecuting offenders.The government says the funding will support measures such as development of a national case management standard.Goodale says today’s announcement builds on other initiatives such as a human trafficking hotline.The federal government says it will be spending a total of $75 million on the national plan.The Canadian Presslast_img read more


Bill Bailey Fronts Prostate Cancer UK Campaign


first_imgMuch-loved comedian Bill Bailey is standing up to front Prostate Cancer UK’s new campaign to ‘crack’ prostate cancer once and for all — as new statistics illustrate the continued neglect around the disease.The new figures show that, despite being the most common cancer in men and the fourth most common cancer overall, prostate cancer lies twentieth in the ‘league table’ of annual cancer research spend per case diagnosed.The figures, published today by Prostate Cancer UK, also show that breast cancer — the most common female cancer which has a similar death rate as prostate cancer — received more than double the annual research spend (£853 per case diagnosed compared to £417 respectively).Although more used to making the nation laugh, it is statistics such as these that have inspired Bill Bailey to help expose the not very humorous facts behind this disease by becoming the front-man of The Sledgehammer Fund.Prostate cancer kills one man every hour and the number of men with the disease is rising at an alarming rate. Already the most common cancer in men, it is predicted to become the most common cancer of all in the UK by 2030.Bill, 47, will appear in a series of television, digital and print ads — scheduled to begin on January 1 — as Prostate Cancer UK launches its first large-scale communications offensive. The organisation is determined to change the fortunes of men’s health once and for all, and is waking up the nation to the impact of prostate cancer, which affects over 250,000 men across the UK.Bill, whose father in law has survived prostate cancer, is determined to help Prostate Cancer UK expose the scale of the disease, and the fact it has suffered a legacy of under-funding and ignorance.“I only campaign for the things I believe in,” he said, “and I feel very strongly about this. I read a news article about the number of men affected by prostate cancer and I was shocked by the figures. I had no idea it was so common — but, if caught early enough, can be successfully treated.“Blokes are not always good at taking care of themselves and, even if they know they have a health problem, they often don’t want to talk about it — or they just hope it will go away.“I want The Sledgehammer Fund to help change that. I hope the advert that I’ve made for Prostate Cancer UK will get men talking about prostate cancer and their prostates. The charity wants to raise more money for research because there’s a need for better treatments and better ways of diagnosing prostate cancer — so the deadlier tumours are caught, before it’s too late.“My father in law was diagnosed with prostate cancer, treated, and now leads a fulfilling life so it can be done – but over 10,000 men every year in the UK are not so lucky.”The Sledgehammer Fund aims to generate cash to support Prostate Cancer UK’s ambitious work to increase research spend into the disease, as well as improve the support men receive through the delivery of world class services.Bill added: “I hope this campaign will help bring prostate cancer into the open and help Prostate Cancer UK give men a better chance of beating this disease. If someone sees this commercial and wants to find out more about prostate cancer or make a donation – then for me it’s been a success.“To quote myself from the ad, do yourself a favour, do your Dad a favour, do your son a favour, do mankind a favour … and get giving. Help us crack prostate cancer once and for all.”The Sledgehammer Fund, which will run between January and the end of March, will also feature a series of hard-hitting print ads, which have been designed to ‘rattle the cage’, and set the issue out in stark terms.

Owen Sharp, Chief Executive of Prostate Cancer UK, said: “Men in the UK have a problem and they don’t want to talk about it. Neither do the wives and partners who will end up supporting them, the doctors who will treat them, nor the politicians who will count on their vote. Prostate cancer is the UK’s best kept worst secret.

”Prostate cancer is simply not on the radar in the UK. Even though it kills one man every hour, that’s 10,000 men each year, most men and women don’t know enough about it. We need to follow the lead of the successful female movement against breast cancer and create a real change for men.“We are going to need a very big sledgehammer to crack prostate cancer. This is more than a campaign. It is a call to arms and we are delighted that Bill Bailey is joining us and leading the charge. Men deserve better.”

People are being urged to donate £5 to The Sledgehammer Fund by texting CRACK
to 70004, visiting prostatecanceruk.org or calling 0800 082 1199.Source:ProstateCancerUK.orglast_img read more


George HW Bush Receives Inaugural Award For Courage And Character


first_imgGeorge Washington’s Mount Vernon has awarded former President George H.W. Bush a new honor, the Cyrus A. Ansary Prize for Courage and Character.From left to right: Cyrus A. Ansary; Barbara Lucas; Ryan C. Crocker; President H.W. Bush; Barbara Bush; Curt Viebranz.The award was presented to President Bush at a ceremony in Houston on March 28. The Ansary Prize recognizes a modern-day “Washington” — a leader whose record of service calls to mind the qualities of the first president: patriotism, integrity, and thoughtful leadership.Bush is the first recipient of the Prize. The Ansary Prize’s panel of judges, chaired by the Honorable Condoleezza Rice and including the Honorable Dr. David Abshire, the Honorable Lee H. Hamilton, Dr. Steven Knapp, the Honorable John Warner, and Lady Susan Westmacott, unanimously recommended Bush for the honor.“No American could ever hope to match the grace, guile and grit of President Washington and the way he led both to our independence and to the birth of our young Republic,” said President H. W. Bush. “To have one’s name associated with him and this award is certainly one of the highest honors I have received. Rather than question the committee’s very kind and overly generous decision, I will simply thank them for it.”In recognition, Bush receives a $50,000 cash award, which he has designated to The George Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University. He also has designated an additional $25,000 to fund a special Mount Vernon project – an animation about the Siege of Yorktown that will be available to school children, teachers, and lifelong learners everywhere. In addition to these elements of the prize, the president received a bust of Washington mounted on a pedestal made of the mahogany wood used to construct the interior of the rare book vault at the new Fred W. Smith Library for the Study of George Washington at Mount Vernon.“It is an honor for us to bestow the Ansary Prize on George H.W. Bush,” said Barbara Lucas, Regent of the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association. “Throughout his career, George Bush was clearly inspired by Washington’s example, serving our country with dignity and integrity. He clearly demonstrates how Washington’s leadership lessons remain relevant in today’s world.”Established in 2012 and awarded for the first time this spring, Mount Vernon supporters, Cyrus A. and Janet H. Ansary, are founders of the Prize.Since 1860, more than 85 million visitors have made George Washington’s Mount Vernon the most popular historic home in America. A privately-owned national treasure, Mount Vernon is maintained and operated by the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association. Since purchasing the estate from the Washington family and assuming stewardship in 1858, the Association has embraced a heroic mission to preserve, protect, and maintain the estate for the American people, relying exclusively on private donations, admission fees, and restaurant and retail proceeds. Through robust education and outreach programs, the Association expands awareness about the exceptional life and character of George Washington, sustaining his legacy through research, interpretation, and public education. In experiences on the estate and through its digital outreach platforms, Mount Vernon strives to preserve George Washington’s place in history as “First in War, First in Peace, and First in the Hearts of His Countrymen.”With its latest initiative, The Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington, Mount Vernon is affirming its status as the preeminent center of learning about George Washington, his life, character of leadership, and legacy. In addition to safeguarding original books and manuscripts, the Library serves as a center for leadership, where scholars, influencers, and other luminaries come together to talk about the past as well as the future, inspired by Washington’s extraordinary life, achievements, and character.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more


WE Partners With Omaze To Offer Once In A Lifetime Celebrity Experiences


first_imgWE, a family of organizations that makes doing good doable, has announced a partnership with Omaze and a star-studded lineup of celebrities to help raise funds for WE Schools – a year long service-learning curriculum that empowers young people, including underserved youth, to create meaningful impact locally and globally.In a series of video announcements, top stars including Natalie Portman, Kermit the Frog, Martin Sheen, Paula Abdul, Sofia Carson and Drew and Jonathan Scott, stars of HGTV’s Property Brothers, are offering fans the chance to live their dream celebrity experiences, all in a bid to empower 100,000 students to engage in service.“We believe that these youth are the leaders of tomorrow,” said co-founder of WE, Craig Kielburger. “We’re so excited to have partnered with Omaze and some incredible celebrities who have offered their time to raise funds that will help give students the inspiration, mentorship, educational resources, tools and support they need to realize their potential and become the change-makers of their generation.”To help get fans excited about these experiences, all of the stars participating created video announcements, letting fans know exactly what they can expect if they’re the lucky winner. These experiences include: Double date with Natalie Portman and Benjamin Millepied in LAKaraoke with Kermit the FrogDiscuss The West Wing with Martin Sheen over lunchHave the ultimate summer picnic with Paula AbdulCruise to the Bahamas with the Scott brothers and score a virtual home makeoverTake a dance lesson with Sofia CarsonThese campaigns will also be featured in the fourth annual WE Day Special, airing on ABC, Friday, August 17, 2018 at 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT. The Special is a celebration of doing good, honoring youth and families across the country who are making a real impact in their communities and around the world, with the help of A-list celebrities and global thought leaders.A $10 donation on Omaze.com/WE provides fans the chance to win one of these epic experiences and supports this important cause. These campaigns close on September 20, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. PST.For more information on the partnership and to enter for your chance to win a celebrity experience that gives back to WE visit Omaze.com/WE.last_img read more


Space announces summer slate of programming beginning this June


first_imgAdvertisement 8 p.m. – DARK MATTER – Season 3 Premiere – *Two episodes back-to-back*(Then single episodes air weekly on Fridays at 9 p.m.)Based on the graphic novel created by Joseph Mallozzi and Paul Mullie, DARK MATTER centers on an intergalactic crew who awaken on a derelict spaceship with no memories of who they are or how they got there. After the EOS 7 space station is destroyed, the survivors fight to stay alive and find the rest of their crew.Wednesday, June 1410 p.m. – BLOOD DRIVE – Series PremiereGet uncomfortable…! In the tradition of classic grindhouse movies, BLOOD DRIVE is a new series soaked in high-octane chaos and just barely approved for television. After Los Angeles’ last good cop (Alan Ritchson) is forced to join a twisted cross-country death race, his only hope of survival is a dangerous femme fatale who has the need for speed (Christina Ochoa). Oh, and forget gasoline… these cars run on human blood! The series is from Universal Cable Productions and executive producers John Hlavin (Underworld Awakening), David Straiton (BATES MOTEL) and Frederik Malmberg (Let Me In), along with producer Mark Wheeler (Becoming). James Roland (WEEDS) created the project and is a co-executive producer on the series.Friday, June 308 p.m. – KILLJOYS – Season 3 PremiereAfter sustaining serious personal losses, our trio of interplanetary bounty hunters must come together and prepare themselves for what lies ahead. Tension and tragedy loom over the J Star System as they struggle to assemble an army and prepare for battle. Facebook Advertisement Space announced today summer premiere dates for fan-favourite thriller DARK MATTER (Friday June 9 at 9 p.m. ET), and its most watched original series KILLJOYS (Friday, June 30 at 8 p.m. ET). In addition, Space revs up the summer with the acquisition of new action-packed grindhouse series BLOOD DRIVE, premiering exclusively on Space in Canada, Wednesday, June 14 at 10 p.m. ET.Below is a chronological list of Space premieres just announced.Friday, June 9 LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Login/Register With: Twitterlast_img read more