CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceLOS ANGELES – Up close, Jonnie West saw what made his father such an accomplished executive and feared negotiator.Each summer between his years at Lausanne Collegiate School (2002-06), Jonnie shadowed his father, Jerry, during his quest to bring prosperity to the Memphis Grizzlies the same way he once did with the Showtime Lakers. So before and after workouts at the team’s facility, Jonnie observed his dad at …
11 August 2006Children and young adults in KwaZulu-Natal who were born with facial deformities such as cleft lips and palates are set for a new lease on life.The KwaZulu-Natal department of health and international volunteer organisation Operation Smile have embarked on a free corrective surgery campaign.Department spokesman Leon Mbangwa said on Friday that Operation Smile would screen possible patients at various hospitals in the province next week. “Once they have been assessed by the whole team, [the department] will decide which children require operations,” Mbangwa said.The operations will be conducted at Ngwelezane Hospital in Empangeni from 7 to 16 September.Operation Smile is a medical services organisation that provides reconstructive facial surgery to poor children and young adults. Natalie Miller of Operation Smile South Africa said the campaign would give children born with such defects a new beginning.Miller explained the deformities, saying a cleft lip was a separation of the two sides of the lip which sometimes included the bone of the upper jaw.“A cleft palate, on the other hand, is an opening in the roof of the mouth in which the two sides of the palate did not join together.”A cleft lip or palate originates some time between the sixth and 11th week of pregnancy, when parts of the lip or palate fail to come together properly.Miller says everybody has cleft lips and palates in the womb. “Some join together and others do not. Why some do not, we may never know.“Sometimes clefts can be found in families who have had clefts in other family members. Some clefts can be linked to certain syndromes,” she added.What mattered, however, was that they could be repaired.The provincial health department has urged people who know of affected children or young adults to contact the KZN Operations Centre on 0800 005 133.The centre will advise people on where to go for a pre-screening and medical evaluation.Source: BuaNews
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TagsAustralia/Asia NewsScottish Football NewsAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your say Indian outfit Bengaluru FC partner with Rangersby Ian Ferris25 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveGlasgow Rangers have signed a two-year partnership with India’s professional outfit Bengaluru FC as part of a commercial push into the Asian sub-continent, reports, www.sportspromedia.com/.Established in 2013, the serial Indian Super League champions will present a staging point for Rangers to grow its presence and fan base in the region, where the Scottish Premier League (SPL) club will also seek to identify India’s best club talent.As part of the arrangement, the Rangers Academy will also travel to India to train at Bengaluru’s facilities, which will also host several school soccer training camps Rangers are planning, as well as various club ambassadors and former players.Rangers managing director, Stewart Robertson, said: “We’re excited and proud to announce our partnership with reigning Indian Super League champions Bengaluru FC, especially at this time when football in India, a country of 1.3 billion people, is entering a period of unprecedented growth.”The club’s international strategy is a core-pillar to our growth plans and this partnership opens up Rangers to the vast football community in India and provides a great platform for us to engage with our wider fan base, and the South Asian communities at home here in Scotland”A Rangers ‘legends’ side will travel to India to feature in exhibition matches and to also strengthen the club’s fan engagement around training camps, while screen events will also be made available for fans in Bengaluru.Mandar Tamhane, Bengaluru FC’s chief executive, said: “It is a matter of pride for us to be partnering with Rangers FC – a club that is laden with history and is one of the top football brands globally.”The partnership is based on an exchange of knowledge and services, one that we are looking to make the most of. Bengaluru FC’s endeavour has been to help grow Indian football and our association with Rangers is a big step in that direction.
The entertainment industry turned out in force on Saturday night in support of MPTF’s (Motion Picture & Television Fund) fourth annual “Reel Stories, Real Lives” event, a unique evening of powerful readings which told the stories of industry members and their families who have benefitted from MPTF’s services in recent years.Kevin Spacey And John StamosThe event, held at Milk Studios, featured readings by renowned Hollywood actors including Lizzy Caplan, Tony Goldwyn, Tobey Maguire, Alessandro Nivola, Mira Sorvino and John Stamos.Each story was written by some of Hollywood’s leading feature and television writers including Bill Dubuque, Jason Fuchs, Jason Hall, John Hoffman and Beau Willimon. This year’s show also included a special tribute to Kevin Spacey in honor of his dedication to MPTF.“My involvement with MPTF began 15 years ago at the Kevin Spacey & Friends event where I witnessed Hollywood’s finest telling amazing stories about nine industry veterans living at MPTF on the Wasserman campus,” said MPTF President and CEO Bob Beitcher. “The pride I felt that night to be a part of the entertainment community that cares so much for those who came before us inspired me to get more involved and I am thankful that I did.”The evening drew approximately 500 industry leaders, and celebrity guests including Yvette Nicole Brown, Dana Brunetti, Robert Herjavec, Kym Johnson, and more.The event was produced by Guymon Casady, Julie Darmody, Bill Gerber, Eric Kranzler, Kevin McCormick, Karen Rosenfelt, Greg Sills, Courtenay Valenti, and Warren Zavala.Jeffrey Katzenberg, Chairman of the MPTF Foundation said “My thanks to Kevin Spacey for bringing such a powerful message to the next generation of Hollywood at this year’s Reel Stories, Real Lives event – his call to action as he first did 15 years ago at a similar evening is certain to bring new energy to the mission of caring for our own. The stories told, crafted by the creative community, inspired us all to do what we can to support the industry’s safety net for those in need.”“For 94 years, each new generation of Hollywood comes to realize the uniqueness of an industry that not only honors the content it makes, but equally important the people who make it through the charity – MPTF,” said CEO of MPTF Foundation Ken Scherer. “Caring for our own is the theme of Reel Stories, Real Lives and my sincere thank you to all the industry volunteers who make this night happen and especially to Kevin Spacey for being the champion for the cause for the past 15 years.”The evening was generously supported by UCLA Health, Cadillac, and Delta Air Lines.
The Canadian Press OTTAWA – The Conservative party is facing questions on why it failed to oust Sen. Lynn Beyak from its caucus sooner, despite repeated calls from Indigenous leaders.Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer issued a statement late Thursday saying Beyak no longer had a role in the caucus after she posted letters from supporters on her website, including one that said every “opportunistic culture, subsistence hunter/gatherers seeks to get what they can for no effort.”Scheer called it “racist” to suggest Indigenous Canadians are lazy.Beyak could not be reached for comment following Scheer’s decision.Emails to Beyak’s office have gone unanswered and the voicemail box at her Senate office is full.Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett says the government finds it disappointing that Conservative leadership allowed Beyak to use her position to espouse her “ill-informed and offensive views” of history.“Although Sen. Beyak has been finally removed from the Conservative caucus, it is more disappointing that her appointment by the Conservatives allows her to continue to use parliamentary resources to validate the views of those who refuse to accept the truth and propagate the misinformation and prejudice that continue to feed racism in our country,” Bennett said in a statement.Beyak was named to the Senate by former prime minister Stephen Harper.Last year, Scheer was urged by a number of Indigenous leaders, including Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde, to remove Beyak from caucus following remarks she made about the legacy of Canada’s residential schools.“In this era of reconciliation there is no place for the kind of outdated and uninformed thinking expressed by Sen. Lynn Beyak,” Bellegarde said in September.“She should resign, and if she won’t resign she should be expelled from caucus by the Conservative leader to demonstrate his party’s commitment to truth and reconciliation.”In March, Beyak told the Senate that government-funded, church-operated schools where Indigenous children endured widespread sexual and physical abuse were not all bad.“I speak partly for the record, but mostly in memory of the kindly and well-intentioned men and women and their descendants – perhaps some of us here in this chamber – whose remarkable works, good deeds and historical tales in the residential schools go unacknowledged for the most part and are overshadowed by negative reports,” Beyak said.
Those released on Sunday also included former B.C. Teachers’ Federation president Susan Lambert. In May, the federal government announced its intent to acquire Trans Mountain from Kinder Morgan Canada.According to recent documents filed with the U.S. Security and Exchange Commission, the sale could cost as much as $1.9 billion more than the initial quote of $4.5 billion.The documents also suggest the project could take another 12 months to finish.More than 200 activists have been arrested for demonstrations against the Trans Mountain project since March. In the statement, the five women – who include anti-poverty activist and Order of Canada recipient Jean Swanson – said they are not criminals, but “political prisoners.”Swanson said in a phone interview that her four days spent at the Alouette Correctional Centre for Women in Maple Ridge had not deterred her in what she said is a fight against climate change.“I don’t know how anyone can look at the sky in Vancouver today and say global warming is not an issue,” said Swanson, in reference to the smoke and particulate matter from wildfires hazing the skies in southwestern B.C.“We need to do something, we need to stop the insanity.”From her perspective as an anti-poverty advocate, Swanson said the Trans Mountain pipeline ties the issues of homelessness, poverty and climate change together.“For all those billions and billions of dollars, governments could actually create jobs building renewable energy … Governments could end homelessness, they could put clean and safe water on Indigenous reserves.” MAPLE RIDGE, B.C. – Several pipeline protesters were released from a B.C. jail on Sunday, a few days before their weeklong sentences were set to end.Seven protesters in all were sentenced to a week in jail on Aug. 15, after pleading guilty to contempt charges in B.C. Supreme Court.Five who were released on Sunday issued a joint statement, saying they were imprisoned because of their opposition to the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.
New Delhi: The Enforcement Directorate told a Delhi court on Thursday that it has no objection if Rajeev Saxena, an alleged middleman, is allowed to turn approver in the AgustaWestland money laundering case. The probe agency told Special Judge Arvind Kumar that if Saxena turns approver it would be very useful for the ED. Saxena, who has sought to become an approver in the case had on March 6 recorded his statement during in-chamber proceedings after which the court sent the copies of his statement to the special judge hearing the case. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity! He was earlier granted bail by the court on medical grounds after the perusal of reports submitted by AIIMS. The court posted the matter for consideration on March 25. Saxena, director at two Dubai-based firms — UHY Saxena and Matrix Holdings — is one of the accused named in the charge sheet filed by ED in the Rs 3,600 crore AgustaWestland deal scam. Christian Michel, former AgustaWestland and Finmeccanica directors Giuseppe Orsi and Bruno Spagnolini, former Air Force chief SP Tyagi and Saxena’s wife Shivani have also been named by the agency in the charge sheet.
Darjeeling: Police recovered two more live cartridges on Sunday working on the information provided by one Chandan Tamang.Tamang had been arrested and is in police remand at present. Late at night on Friday, the Jorebungalow police station in Darjeeling received information about a man moving around suspiciously in the Batasia Loop area. “We received information that he was armed,” said Mingma Lepcha, OC, Jorebunglow Police Station. When he was questioned about what he was doing on the streets he could not answer. An improvised loaded single shot gun was recovered from Chandan Tamang. There was a single round of live ammunition also. He was produced at the Chief Judicial Magistrate court here on Saturday. The CJM granted 3 days of police remand. On interrogation on Sunday based on his statements two more live cartridges were recovered by the police.
New Delhi: Sterlite Power Friday said it has signed an agreement for Pampa transmission project in Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, entailing an investment of Rs 1,394.79 crore. “The agreement is for batch 13, won at energy transmission auction held by ANEEL ( Brazilian Electricity Regulatory Agency),” Sterlite Power said in a statement. Completion of the project is expected in March 2023, and signing of the pact represents an important milestone in the company’s evolution, it added. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalThe company however said it will ensure ahead of schedule delivery just like other projects in India. The project includes construction of three energy transmission lines totalling 316 km, two substations and 1,544 MVA transformation capacity, with annual allowed revenue of 74.72 million Brazilian real ( about Rs 133.98 crore) and an investment of 777.8 million Brazilian real (about Rs 1,394.79 crore). “Given the strong contractual framework, including long concession tenures (30 years) and inflation-protected revenues (which help lower the forex risk), the Brazil market presents us with a clear vision to implement projects in a time bound manner. We hope to replicate our successes in India in Brazil too,” said Ved Mani Tiwari, CEO – Global Infrastructure Business, Sterlite Power. Sterlite Power develops power transmission infrastructure and has projects exceeding 12,500 km in circuits and 20,500 MVA in India and Brazil.