first_imgNews Mr. Oleksandr MedvedkoUkraine Prosecutor GeneralProsecutor General’s Office13/15 Riznytska Street01011 Kiev, UkraineDC 20500 Respectfully, UkraineEurope – Central Asia Crimean journalist “confesses” to spying for Ukraine on Russian TV August 10, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Reporters Without Borders’ Letter to Ukraine Prosecutor General Paris, 10 August 2009Dear Prosecutor General Medvedko,Reporters Without Borders, an organisation that defends press freedom worldwide, would like to refer you to the Georgy Gongadze murder investigation. There have been several positive developments of late, especially the arrest and revelations of Gen. Olexy Pukach, the former head of foreign intelligence in the interior ministry. We are closely following your department’s efforts to solve this murder and to finally bring all those responsible to trial after several years of paralysis.Reporters Without Borders has only one desire, that those who instigated this murder are finally exposed and convicted regardless of the high office they may have held or still hold. Their sentences must be exemplary and President Viktor Yushchenko has himself said as much on several occasions.We share the wish of Mr. Gongadze’s widow, Myroslava Gongadze, and her lawyer, Valentyna Telyshenko, that Gen. Pukach’s confessions be made public. And we therefore urge you to release the text of the statements he has made since his arrest. This is the only way to demonstrate that both the judicial and political authorities are determined to get to the bottom of this case regardless of the identity of the figures implicated.Also important is the forensic examination of the skull that has been found as a result of the information provided by Gen. Pukach, as this skull could be Mr. Gongadze’s. Because of the pressure that could be placed on the forensic specialists, Reporters Without Borders supports the request by Myroslava Gongadze and her lawyer for a forensic examination to be carried out abroad by independent experts, in addition, if necessary, to an examination carried out in Ukraine.We hope, Prosecutor General, after so many years without any progress in the investigation into Mr. Gongadze’s brutal murder, that you will not oppose the publication of Gen. Pukach’s statements and or an international forensic examination of the newly discovered skull.We look forward to your reply. Organisation to go further News RSF_en September 7, 2020 Find out more Follow the news on Ukraine Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts News Ukrainian media group harassed by broadcasting authority Ukraine escalates “information war” by banning three pro-Kremlin media Jean-François Julliard,Secretary-General February 26, 2021 Find out more UkraineEurope – Central Asia News Related documents Pismo_Gongadze.pdfPDF – 277.18 KB Read in Ukrainian/читать на украинском March 26, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

first_imgBoard should show support for taxpayersI was surprised to learn Pat Lanotte was seeking to return to the Niskayuna school board after her unexpected and costly resignation two years ago.I will never vote for Pat because as reported in The Daily Gazette on February 23, 2016, she was the sole vote on the school board to prevent the parents of service members killed in combat (these parents are called “Gold Star Parents”) and disabled veterans from obtaining a school property tax exemption. I believe that shows a lack of empathy and compassion to these members of our community.Pat often speaks about her fiscal skills. However, when it comes to Gold Star parents and disabled veterans, she appears to me at least to be penny-wise and pound-foolish. I plan to vote for Brian Backus, a retired military officer, Kim Tully, the wife of a Purple Heart recipient, and Greta Janson, who is willing to listen to the needs of our veterans and senior citizens on fixed incomes like myself. Being on the school board isn’t all about the kids. As elected officials, they should consider people like me when they vote on financial matters and show some empathy and compassion for those who don’t have kids in the school system. Carlene IrelandNiskayuna Nisky school board must listen to staffAt the last meeting of the Niskayuna Board of Education, a number of representatives from the five bargaining units in the district made known their concerns about lack of morale within the district’s workforce. And the superintendent, Dr. Tangorra, has responded to the community in a letter on the school district’s website.I have been a close observer of two school districts in the Capital District. One is Niskayuna by virtue of having sent our three children through its schools. The other employed a family member. Morale issues are occurring in both districts.My son serves in the Navy as a submariner. He and the roughly 100 other sailors on a boat almost never see the light of day. They only know what goes on outside when it flows from the captain, down through the officer ranks, to the enlisted sailors. The sailors are stuck there. They cannot even jump ship.But my son tells me the morale on the boat (a “good” boat versus a “bad” boat) is directly in the captain’s hands. And the reputation of a boat travels with it. So while the sailors may be largely powerless to change the morale, the captain’s superiors are not. They hear the scuttlebutt and they can act.The parallel to a school district is not perfect. So while my son legally cannot decide, “Tomorrow I’m out of here,” school district employees can and do “jump ship” anytime the aggravation becomes too great. But superintendents and their direct staff indeed have superiors. They are the school boards and they need to pay attention to what their “sailors” are reporting.Jim FogartyNiskayuna Slate will keep Nisky schools moving aheadAs former members of the Niskayuna School Board, we implore you to pay attention to this school board election. Between us, we have 18 years of service. Our years of experience give us a great deal of perspective, especially about some of the difficult days of our board service. Days when school board members did not work well together. Days when school board members spent too much time choosing sides of an argument rather than working to build consensus. Too many times votes came down to the same four voting one way, and the other three voting another. And too much focus on who was “right” and who was “wrong.” Fortunately, the current board is working well together for the benefit of our students and the community. Our community needs to keep the momentum progressing in a positive fashion.Please thoroughly research each candidate before you vote. We did and are supporting Brian Backus, Greta Jansson and Kim Tully. Brian is the current board vice president and has 40 years of military service. He has a proven record of building consensus and making decisions focused on kids. Greta is a local business owner with a diverse academic, professional and cultural background. Her message is positive and collaborative. Kim brings an educator’s perspective and years of service to our schools. Her message likewise is focused on keeping the board moving forward, not backward.Make sure your vote keeps our kids and our community moving in the right direction.Debbie Gordon and Bob WinchesterNiskayuna Get involved to get better governmentOn May 13, it was my privilege to attend the annual meet the candidates for school board night put on by the League of Women Voters.Thank you to them not just for putting on the event, but also giving the first question to my son, who is a second grader at Paige Elementary. His question on bullying received varying answers, some that I found disappointing and others encouraging.However, what distressed me the most is the fact that only about 30 people attended, or less than 1 tenth of 1 percent of our community. Of those 30, only three were minorities. All politics are local. If We the People wish to effect change, then we must be willing to put in the time not just to go to the polls, but to also attend events such as this. To do otherwise results in an ill-informed electorate and frequently results in the status quo being maintained, thereby stalling growth in programs that directly affect We the People. It also results in candidates who are ill-informed in what the electorate desires, making them unable to properly represent their constituents.I implore that the people of Schenectady begin not to just comment, but act, become educated on candidate positions and show up to the polls and vote. For if you don’t, then nothing will ever change.Ed Smith Jr.Schenectady Tully cares about Niskayuna schoolsI support Kimberly Tully in her candidacy for the Niskayuna Board of Education. I worked closely with Kim as a fellow officer of the Rosendale Elementary PTO for three years. That experience taught me that Kim possesses many fine qualities that make her an excellent candidate for the board.If Kim is elected to the board, her collaborative nature will enable her to work well with her fellow board members. Furthermore, she is a careful listener who seeks out varied viewpoints in order to fully understand an issue. All stakeholders can be confident that they will be heard by Kim. Additionally, Kim is conscientious and responsible when making budgetary decisions.Kim’s background as an educator makes her a uniquely qualified candidate in this election. She cares deeply about children and our Niskayuna community, and will ensure that students, teachers and community members all feel valued and supported, while remembering her duty to be fiscally responsible.I hope you’ll join me in giving Kimberly Tully one of your three votes for the Niskayuna Board of Education on May 21.Anne HellerNiskayuna Bring back Lanotte to help district again Niskayuna is fortunate to have five candidates for the Board of Education, and I thank them for their willingness to run. I endorse Patricia Lanotte as my top choice. She has an outstanding and proven record previously serving on the board, including saving the district and taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars with her unmatched fiscal know-how. During her two-year tenure as board president, the levy increased only once, by 0.41 percent. As a Birchwood parent during the “close Birchwood years,” I’m grateful for her support not to close one of the five elementary schools.What’s unfortunate, however, is that there are people bashing Ms. Lanotte’s record and erroneously blaming her for special election costs held in 2017 to fill her seat when she stepped down for personal reasons. Holding a special election, as opposed to appointing a person to finish her term, was entirely up to the remaining board members. Some people are also “demanding” that she tell them what those personal reasons were. That’s none of anyone’s business. But what is our business is that she has indicated those reasons are resolved and she’s ready to commit again. The Niskayuna school district needs Patricia Lanotte. I say that as a parent of two high school students. Her finger is on the pulse of our community, students and teachers. Pat’s vast knowledge of key issues facing our district and, again, her unmatched fiscal experience makes for an ideal board member. We are fortunate to have her running again for the Board of Education.Paulette DoudoukjianNiskayuna Respect the president and let him do his jobPaul Tonko is at it again. He knocks U.S. Attorney General Barr. People who live in glasshouses should not throw stones. Good Americans should respect an elected president. I didn’t like President Bush, but I respected him as the president. All you stupid liberals are hurting this country. We are laughed at by other countries because of the way you liberals treat the president. Don’t be surprised if we have December 1941 again. Support him. Let him do what he said he would do if elected. You liberals will not give him a chance to do well for this country. The Democratic party liberals are not for this country or the people, but for the party. Why did they want Hillary in office when she had our men killed? She also made millions selling our uranium to Russia. Wake up. I am a good Democrat, not a liberal. I voted for Trump. I also went and registered Republican so that I could vote for him in the primary. We needed a strong president in office to protect us and our country. We have been a weak country for the past eight years, before he became president. I pray that our young don’t have to protect this country, like we had to in 1941. God bless America and President Trump.Vincent BelardoAlbany Lanotte not a backer of open meetingsPatricia Lanotte voted to oust the superintendent at an early Friday morning school board meeting in 2014. The meeting was supposed to be an open meeting, but nobody showed up, including a reporter from The Gazette. Open meetings are supposed to be open, except when the notification process is not followed. That’s what happened here. The school board president did not apologize, but said it “was an oversight and it will not happen in the future.” She was voted out at the next election, as were other school board members who chose to run. It’s time to send Ms. Lanotte the same message. Open school board meetings are supposed to be open to all, and notifications should be made in a timely manner. Don’t vote for Patricia Lanotte. Joseph J. HehirSchenectady Be fair and positive in Niskayuna schoolsHaving been a resident in Niskayuna since 2006 and heavily involved in our schools and community on a volunteer basis, some of you know me and know that I don’t shy back from voicing my opinion. Unfortunately, I’m again dismayed by the politically charged atmosphere that I see rising up in our Niskayuna community in regards to the upcoming board election. It shouldn’t be who you know, but who the better candidate is. It should be a positive, not negative experience.We should be supportive of the candidates, not bashing them or actively working to undermine them.Those of you that remember 2013 like I do, it wasn’t a pretty picture. The community was divided and it took the patient and steady leadership of John Yagielski to bring us back together. I urge everyone to play fair and be positive, even in a politically divided county, let’s be a supportive and united district. Sonya WardNiskayuna Farm Act will speed up demise of farmsFarmworker Fair Labor Practices (FFLP) Act (S2837/A2750) will add significant labor costs to small family farms.The increase in minimum wage has already started to impact profitability of small family farms. Twenty percent of New York dairy farms have already gone out of business in the last five years. This decline will continue, especially if the FFLP is adopted.Labor-intensive farms and greenhouses are also continuing to go out of business due to minimum wage increases, the cost of doing business in New York and the impact of regulatory oversight. If FFLP goes into effect, this will cause closures to increase significantly.Farmers face the same costs as other businesses. However, weather, short growing seasons and shelf life of produce have severe negative effects.The loss of a number of farms and the lack of profitability have been substantiated in exhaustive studies by Farm Credit East. This information is available to the public. The small family farm as we know it today could be facing extinction. FFLP will speed up the loss of farms. If FFLP is implemented, knowing our political system, it would be impossible to change or eliminate.I don’t want to sound like an extremist, but I feel small family farms are in dire trouble and will be forced to close the barn and greenhouse doors and walk away. Please contact Albany and advise them of your concerns and the need to keep the backbone of rural upstate intact.Bill GinieckiScotiaThe writer is retired from a four-generation farm established in 1885. Lanotte has ability, experience to serve One estimated to number in the billions, the passenger pigeon ended up extinct. As far as I know, this is the worst tragedy wildlife have ever suffered at the hands of humanity, and it happened in the United States.We use words like “empathy” and “character” a lot. Those who care about animals are more likely to care about humans. If our leaders past, present and future want me to think these positive terms apply to them, they should focus on the suffering we’ve caused, and they can start with the passenger pigeon.Colin YunickCharltoncenter_img I write in support of Pat Lanotte for Niskayuna Board of Education. I have known Pat for three decades. She is a person of unwavering integrity and principle. Our district faces challenges that have not been provided adequate resources. Anxiety and stress level are at an all-time high, with not enough social workers and school psychologists in our buildings. Morale among district staff is at a record low. Financially, the district seems to be doing well, but there are surplus funds that have not been allocated for student services/curriculum nor to offset the future tax levy. The funds are being allocated for future, unidentified uses. Why?Pat’s goal has been to provide every student with the best environment in which to succeed. With her financial background and her proven ability to build a budget from bottom up, she will ensure that the district’s budget reflects that goal, and that funds are appropriated according to needs of our students. All of them.Pat explained that the personal matters that caused her to resign her prior tenure on the board have resolved. Unanticipated matters can result in unexpected decisions. I understand and take her at her word.As a 27-year Niskayuna resident, taxpayer and parent of two Niskayuna graduates, the only question for me is this: Who has the best experience and ability to address issues affecting all of our students, faculty and district? Pat Lanotte. That’s why I will be casting a vote for Pat Lanotte for Niskayuna School Board on May 21.Sunny LeeNiskayuna Writer was wrong in criticism of LanotteI found Stephen Benton’s May 10 the letter about not bringing Pat Lanotte back to the school board offensive. Mr. Benton thinks all is well in the school district. Really? He’s living in a fool’s paradise. Employees at the last school board meeting stated morale is very low. Morale is low in a district that has the highest school taxes in the county and one of the highest in the state. Well, this news doesn’t do much for my morale as a taxpayer. Lanotte’s resignation has nothing to do with her running for the board. Lanotte is an independent person and stands up for values. If asking financial questions, if being concerned about the fund balance, if wanting a budget without a lot waste is being divisive, then I applaud divisiveness. Her voting for the current superintendent doesn’t mean whatever he does, she has to support. Anyone involved in hiring knows that how a person interviews and how the person performs isn’t always the same.Her background is extensive. She served in the military and has a strong financial background. She knows more about finances than the whole board together. She’s not a political pawn. By the way, we have a current board member running for town council. In my opinion, this speaks volumes. It’s about time that this school district has a Board of Education that is not from the political arena and shows concern for the overtaxed and overburdened taxpayer. Maybe I’m the one living in a fool’s paradise.Linda RizzoNiskayuna Tully will bring best to the school districtAs a mom of three children currently attending Niskayuna schools, it’s of the utmost importance to me that they receive the very best the district can offer. In line with that, I believe we must have strong leadership and school board members that are focused on preserving the things that have already made Niskayuna schools great and are also passionate about ensuring the future for our students and the district is even brighter.I can say without a doubt that Kimberly Tully would make an excellent school board member. I’ve known Kim for about 10 years, and during that time I have gotten to know her personally as friends and neighbors, and professionally through several PTO initiatives we worked on together. Kim is a tremendous asset to our district. She is smart and dedicated, organized and hard-working, and most importantly she is truly passionate about making our schools and the projects she works on the very best they can be. She is also one of the most genuine and nicest people you will ever meet. I have full confidence in Kim’s ability to take her background, experience and passion for our schools and put it to work to benefit our children as a member of the Niskayuna school board. She has my vote, 100 percent.Lori BirminghamNiskayuna Lanotte has the right experience for boardNiskayuna is blessed to have four wonderful candidates running for its school board. I’m sure each would have a positive effect on our schools. One candidate sets herself apart from the others. Pat Lanotte was elected to the school board during Niskayuna’s darkest hour. When she was elected, Niskayuna was facing a tax revolt, dealing with a superintendent crisis and a great deal of community distrust. She spearheaded the Niskayuna school district’s revival. She was instrumental in bringing John Yagielski to Niskayuna. She analyzed their financial records and helped restore fiscal soundness to their budgeting practices and an overall confidence in the district. No one is more dedicated, determined and open-minded than Pat. She isn’t interested in winning popularity contests. She’s interested in establishing and interpreting the facts through her mind and her heart. She isn’t interested in being right. She wants to do the right thing. She’s demonstrated that she’s willing to make difficult decisions to benefit children. I’ve spent most of my 62 years in education and I’ve never met someone so detail-oriented and driven, and yet has such a big heart. She’s level-headed and will listen to your concerns. Pat Lanotte has proven that she can lead and navigate difficult times. When I think of Pat Lanotte I think of integrity and compassion. She represents the core values and beliefs that make up the very fabric of our community. That’s why I’m urging you to support Pat Lanotte for the Niskayuna school board. Joseph SkumurskiNiskayuna Support sale of old Elmer Avenue School Voters in the Schenectady City School District should vote yes on Proposition 2 to authorize the school board to sell the vacant Elmer Avenue School to a developer, who will convert the building into market-rate apartments for middle-income residents.The school district will receive a $450,000 payment from the developer, the full appraised value of the building. The sale will put the unused school building back on the city tax rolls and relieve the district of the cost of maintaining a building it can no longer use.  The conversion to apartments will be overseen by Sunrise Management and Consulting, the same group that recently completed the successful conversion to apartments of the former Draper School in Rotterdam.  The project will maintain the historic character of the building and be a complement to the other revitalization efforts underway in the Eastern Avenue corridor.Gary HughesSchenectadyThe writer is majority leader of the Schenectady County Legislature and chairman of the Economic Development Committee. Check AAA coverage before leaving areaI am 87 years old, live in the Tri-City area and winter in Florida. I am a Plus Member of AAA; good service when needed in your immediate area. I had a nightmare experience in Florida with AAA. I had a flat tire and called the 800 number on my membership card. The reply was “You have a one-hour wait to speak to an agent of AAA.” I was on a main road, so I called local police in Greenacres, Fla. When they arrived, they also tried calling AAA using my membership card. They got the same response. The police officer was great. He called the local AAA in Greenacres and they said they would offer service for cash only. They would not honor AAA. The officer called a second garage and they were there in 15 minutes and towed me to a local tire repair garage. My total time as an AAA Plus Member was three hours to get service.The summary of this story is if you intend to travel out of your area, I would test the AAA 800 number first to be sure they respond.I use AAA garage repair in my area; the service is good, prompt, and like most garages, not cheap.James P. StevensMechanicville Tully has experience, dedication for NiskyI’ve known Kim Tully for years and I’ve observed what a valued member of the Niskayuna community she is. Kim is a concerned, conscientious and dedicated person. My children go to school with her children, and I’ve seen her significant input and involvement at all school activities. She has served as secretary and co-president of Rosendale Elementary School and is currently serving as secretary for Iroquois Middle School and co-president of PTO Council. Kim also holds three teaching certificates from the state Department of Education in Childhood Education, Students with Disabilities and Literacy. This background enhances her deep commitment to education in our school district and her ability to serve our community well. Kim has the perfect qualities for being a board member. She is extremely bright and friendly, open-minded, creative and devoted to furthering the education of our children in the best possible manner. I believe Kim Tully will be an asset to our education system and support her for election to the Niskayuna Board of Education.Alyssa Kahn EhrlichNiskayuna Pigeon’s extinction shows lack of caring Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionCheck Alzheimer’s patients for LymeLyme disease is increasing in the area.I have had two friends ho were diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. But after four years of treatment, they were found to have Lyme disease. They were then treated for Lyme and recovered and lived a normal life.Actor Kris Kristofferson was told he had Alzheimer’s and was treated. He later was found to have Lyme disease. He recovered in three months.If you have a loved one diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, have them tested for Lyme disease. It can’t hurt, but you could save them.A study in Toronto, Canada, involving 1,000 diagnosed Alzheimer’s patients using PET, found only 50 percent had Alzheimer’s the rest had vascular problems.Bob WilsonBurnt Hills More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homeslast_img read more

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But somewhere between her games of soccer and softball, she started to feel unusually tired.Her mother Debbie Overfelt started to get worried and for good reason. It was soon discovered that Rachel had what is known as a bilateral reflux disorder and it was destroying her kidneys.Rachel OverfeltToday, Rachel is 25. She has suffered a stroke and is now pretty much bed ridden. She lives with her grandparents in Tulsa, who are near a clinic. Her kidneys are shutting down. And she is need of a transplant.Without a full functioning transplanted kidney, Rachel could either live a life of dialysis hooked to a machine, or to die.On Sunday, Oct. 23, Sumner County residents can help with Rachel’s medical expenses. Linda Metzen and Debbie Sisson are holding a Knights of Columbus fundraiser from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be a two taco, beans, rice and salsa dinner for $8. There will also be a silent and live auction and a bake sale. Currently, Metzen and Sisson need items for the fundraiser to auction. They also need baked items.  It could mean anything, such as providing services. The money raised will go toward medicine taken for Rachel’s post surgery treatment, provided she gets a kidney, and provided the surgery is a success.Donation items can be dropped off at Theurer’s or for more information call Sisson at 620-440-1282 or Debbie Overfelt at 620-326-1803.A medical fund has also been established at Panhandle Federal Bank to help with Rachel’s medical conditions.———The (un)luck of the draw We all live a life filled with lucky breaks and misfortunate circumstances that we have little to do with. But for Rachel, if there was a lottery of misfortune, she would be the unlucky winner.Rachel, a 2010 Wellington High School graduate, was born with reflux disorder – a hereditary disease.Ms. Overfelt had four children, a boy and three girls. All three girls were diagnosed with reflux disorder. All three would have Reflux, but because the two younger girls were younger, the disorder was treated, before their kidneys had yet to be damaged.But for Rachel it was too late. She was diagnosed with a urinary tract infection at 8 years old. It was soon discovered that the urine was backing up into the kidney, causing an infection. Those were the functions of Reflux. Unfortunately, for Rachel, the disorder in her was bilateral meaning it was affecting both of her kidneys – not just one. A person can live a normal life with one damaged kidney.“We went to see a Nephrologist specialist, and it was discovered the infections had damaged and scarred her kidneys, which, in turn caused her to have high blood pressure,” Debbie said. “He also cautioned me that her kidneys would not grow along with the rest of her body and that as she grew into a woman’s body her kidneys would not be able to handle a mature person’s body. She would need a kidney transplant someday”The condition was at least under control during her high school years, and she was doing fine, until a few months ago when Rachel suffered a stroke. It was determined the time was now to get a new kidney.Here is the wrinkle to the story. Kidneys are in short supply. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services there are over 100,000 people in the U.S. waiting for a kidney.“Twenty-two people die everyday waiting for a donor,” Debbie said.The Overfelts have met with a kidney transplant board and she has been put on a waiting list. It is going to be a hard sell for Rachel because in order to find a kidney she is going to need to find one from someone who is under 35 years old. People that age don’t usually want to give up one of their kidneys. It can either be a male or a female who is no longer bearing children.The review board then must determine if the recipient of a kidney is the best match. Rachel can get a kidney with Type A or Type O blood. Also, the donor has to have a body mass index that is similar to Rachel’s.Then there is the post-surgery if Rachel is lucky enough to get the kidney. Debbie said getting a kidney from a live donor will result in her taking at minimum of six or seven anti-rejection medicines for the rest of her life. This is if she is lucky enough to get a kidney from a live donor. The number of medicines will skyrocket if the kidney comes from a cadaver donor.“The cost in medicine alone would be $5,000 a month,” Debbie said. “And that is with a live donor.”In the meantime, the Overfelts wait. No matter how you slice it, life will not be easy for Rachel.“Rachel continues to keep her sweet spirit in spite of not feeling well,” Debbie said. “Her appetite has been affected and she has lost weight.  She doesn’t have the energy to even drive anymore.”But she wants a second chance at life, to feel healthy again, and to be able to do all the things a 25 year old should be able to do, Debbie said.“So, as scary as all this is, she’s ready, and is waiting for a donor,” Debbie said.Anyone interested in donating a kidney, should call St. Francis Transplant Specialists at 918-502-3900.For more information on being a living donor visit or us on Facebook.Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more

first_imgA day after the NCP core committee resolved to form an alternative government in Maharashtra, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray has put off his November 24 visit to Ayodhya, a Sena leader said on Monday. NCP president Sharad Pawar is expected to meet his Congress counterpart Sonia Gandhi in New Delhi on Monday to discuss government formation. In the wake of the Supreme Court judgment on the Ramjanmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land title dispute on November 9, Mr. Thackeray had announced he would visit the temple town in Uttar Pradesh on November 24.“The government formation process is taking time. Leaders of the three parties (Sena, NCP and Congress) are holding meetings. They are inching towards government formation. In view of these developments, Uddhavji has decided to postpone his visit to Ayodhya,” the Sena leader said. He also pointed out at the “security concerns” in Ayodhya.“Security agencies already denied permission to political parties planning to visit Ayodhya and the (Ram Janmabhoomi) site,” the leader said. Delivering a historic verdict, the SC had cleared the way for the construction of a Ram Temple at the disputed site at Ayodhya, and directed the Centre to allot a 5-acre plot to the Sunni Waqf Board for building a mosque. On Sunday, NCP chief spokesperson Nawab Malik said in Pune that Mr. Pawar and Ms. Gandhi will meet on Monday and discuss the possibility of formation of an alternative government in Maharashtra, which is under President’s Rule since November 12. Mr. Malik also said leaders from the NCP and Congress will meet and discuss future course of action on Tuesday. Maharashtra was placed under Central Rule as no party or alliance could form a government for want of requisite numbers even 19 days after the results of the assembly polls were declared. After felling out with its ally BJP over the demand for the post of the chief minister for an equal term, the Sena reached out to the Congress-NCP combine for support. The saffron alliance had secured a comfortable majority by winning 105 and 56 seats, respectively, in the 288-member Assembly. The Congress and the NCP, pre-poll allies, won 44 and 54 seats, respectively.The Sena later withdrew its lone minister Arvind Sawant from the Narendra Modi government. On Saturday, Sena MP Sanjay Raut had announced that the Uddhav Thackeray-led party’s exit from the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) was a “formality”.The Congress and the NCP have already finalised a draft Common Minimum Programme (CMP) to run a possible coalition government with the Sena, and talks on sharing of power are expected to continue. The Sena has been firm on its demand for the post of chief minister.last_img read more

first_imgLATEST STORIES Harden had 50 points 11 rebounds and 10 assists, scoring 10 straight Houston points down the stretch to help the Rockets beat the Kings 119-108.“They made a run, which we knew they were going to have in them,” Harden said. “But I just tried to be aggressive, whether it was making an assist or getting to the basket or shooting my shot. That was it.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsHarden had his 42nd career triple-double and third 50-point game in the last six. He made seven 3-pointers to become the ninth player in NBA history to reach 2,000 career 3s. It was his NBA-record fifth 50-point triple-double, which is two more than second-place Russell Westbrook, and the second this season.Coach Mike D’Antoni, who is in his third season with the Rockets, continues to be impressed by Harden’s performances. Google Philippines names new country director Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag MORE HARDENSaturday was Harden’s ninth 50-point game this season. That’s the most since Kobe Bryant had 10 in 2006-07. Harden needed just 37 minutes to score 50 points on Saturday for his fourth 50-point game where he’s played fewer than 40 minutes and the seventh of his career, which is the most in NBA history.UP NEXTKings: At San Antonio on Sunday night.Rockets: At Sacramento on Tuesday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Sacramento led by two to start the fourth before the Rockets used a 7-2 run, capped by a 3 from Paul, to take a 98-95 lead with about nine minutes left. The Kings made three free throws to tie it, but P.J. Tucker made a 3-pointer to put Houston up 101-98 with about seven minutes remaining.The Rockets had a 3-point lead at halftime and opened the third quarter with an 8-2 run, with 3s from Eric Gordon and Paul, to make it 71-62.An 11-2 spurt by the Kings tied it at 83-83 with about 3 1/2 minutes left in the quarter. De’Aaron Fox and Harrison Barnes had 3-pointers in that stretch and Buddy Hield added a 3-point play.Houston missed 3-point attempts in a row to allow the Kings to close the gap.Harden, who made 17 of 18 free throws, finally ended the drought when he hit one from the corner right after that to put the Rockets back on top and he made a layup a few seconds later to make it 88-83.But the Kings scored the next 10 points, with eight from Bagley, to take a 93-88 lead.Paul made a 3-pointer for Houston’s first points in 2 1/2 to cap the third quarter and cut the lead to 93-91 entering the fourth quarter.TIP-INSKings: Harry Giles missed his fifth game with a bruised thigh. … Fox and Joerger both received technical fouls in the second quarter. … Hield had 21 points, and Bagley added 20.Rockets: Capela has at least 10 rebounds in a career-high 12 straight games. … Kenneth Faried sat out for the third straight game with a sore left knee. … Gerald Green missed his fourth game with a strained groin. 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Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) shoots a three-point basket as Sacramento Kings guard De’Aaron Fox defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, March 30, 2019, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)HOUSTON — James Harden and the Houston Rockets knew they’d have to be aggressive Saturday night to counteract the young and fast-paced Sacramento Kings.It was that mindset that led to another huge game for the Beard and a victory for the Rockets.ADVERTISEMENT Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving “It’s remarkable what he does, and he does it every night,” D’Antoni said. “I keep thinking: ‘gosh, can he do this every game.’ And then he does it for three years.”Houston had a three-point lead when Harden re-entered with less than seven minutes left. Willie Cauley-Stein made an alley-oop dunk to cut it to one before Harden scored all of Houston’s points in a 10-2 run that made it 111-102 with three minutes to go. Harden grabbed the rebound after a miss by Marvin Bagley and found Clint Capela for a dunk that pushed the lead to 113-104.Capela added 24 points and 15 rebounds, and Chis Paul had 22 points. Houston has won four of five.Bogdan Bogdanovic had 24 points for the Kings. They have lost two straight and fell to 0-3 against Houston this season.“I liked the way our guys fought,” Sacramento coach Dave Joerger said. “Came down to the fourth quarter and we didn’t get enough shots to go down … they made a lot of big shots and that’s what they do.”ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

first_imgPosted on January 1, 2011June 20, 2017By: Seth Cochran, Young Champion of Maternal HealthClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)This blog post was contributed by Seth Cochran, one of the fifteen Young Champions of Maternal Health chosen by Ashoka and the Maternal Health Task Force at EngenderHealth. He will be blogging about his experience every month, and you can learn more about him, the other Young Champions, and the program here.December promised to be an eventful month with the activities planned at EHAS, the International Obstetric Fistula Working Group (IOFWG) meeting in Senegal and the holidays. But fate intervened when the Spanish air traffic controllers decided to strike on the day of my flight, effectively cancelling my trip to Africa. While extremely disappointed to miss the IOFWG meeting, I realized how valuable a surprise week of focus could be in terms of moving things forward.At EHAS, we are working on an exhibit of the system here in the lab. What is an exhibit? Think science fair on steroids. If a picture is worth a thousands words, then setting up a little working model of the EHAS product set in the lab is worth a thousand pictures. We know this because every week or so, a small group of people crowd around one of the engineers in our lab and vocally marvel at how cool this stuff is. Setting up an area of the lab with dedicated and functional examples and a program of how to show them off will pique the imagination of anyone in the viewing audience. We also plan to increase the size of that audience by making videos of the EHAS team presenting the technology and put those videos online. Construction will likely start in January or February and the university’s film students have agreed to help us in video production.On my way back across the pond for the holidays, I had the opportunity to stop into Washington, DC and meet with John Townsend and Joanne Gleason of the Population Council. I studied Operations Research at Cornell and have applied that education in the private sector, but I hoped the Population Council might help me understand how I could more effectively focus this training on maternal health research. I have tons of ideas, but really need some coaching on structure and approach in terms of most effectively studying how to improve performance in the space. John and Joanne were beyond helpful, advising me on high-level research strategy and providing me a several tactical resources, including a handbook that directly addressed my needs. Their openness and desire to help and inspire really impressed me.Joanne had to leave the meeting early and John spent the better part of an hour explaining everything from the Population Council’s evolution to emerging technologies in contraception. To say I learned a great deal is an understatement – my brain was stretched. I know that because I left the meeting feeling dizzy and enthusiastic. Having access to inspirational and mind stretching leaders like this is probably one of the best parts of being a Young Champion of Maternal Health.On December 24th, the government of Madrid gave the world an amazing gift by fully funding an EHAS program in Peru. They approved the project some time ago, but with the dreadful state of the economy, getting the money out has proved challenging. It is a huge win for EHAS and the mothers of Peru and could not have come at a more opportune time.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Tottenham chairman Levy on Bosman exits: We can’t force players to sign contractsby Paul Vegas10 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham chairman Daniel Levy has hinted they face losing several players next summer.The likes of Toby Alderweireld and Christian Eriksen are among those coming off contract in June.The Mirror reports, speaking at a meeting with the Tottenham Hotspur Supporters’ Trust, Levy appeared to suggest there is a strong chance some players could leave for free at the end of the season.The minutes stated: “DL said it wasn’t possible to make anyone sign a contract if they didn’t want to.“Some players have been at Spurs for a long time and want to pursue opportunities elsewhere.”Tottenham will look to get back to winning ways when they face bottom club Watford on Saturday. last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi/Kochi: The Supreme Court on Monday pulled up the Kerala government for not complying with its order to demolish four apartment complexes at Maradu in Kochi built in violation of norms in coastal areas, telling its chief secretary his conduct is of defiance and warning he will now be in “great difficulty”.Expressing shock over a spate of unauthorised structures at Marad in violation of Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) norms, the court also asked Chief Secretary Tom Jose, who was present in the courtroom following its direction, to conduct a survey to gauge the extent of devastation caused to nature. Illegal construction in coastal areas of Kerala have caused a “colossal loss” to the environment, it said. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghA bench of Justices Arun Mishra, Vineet Sharan and S Ravindra Bhatt said it will pass a detailed order on September 27 on the matter. Kerala minister A C Moideen said the state was bound by the apex court order and will follow the law while Jose said there was a constitutional duty to follow it. Moideen and Jose were talking to reporters in Kochi and Delhi respectively after the apex court came down heavily on the state government. The top court said the chief secretary has not specified in his affidavit as to how much time is needed to comply with the apex court order to demolish the four apartment complexes. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroad”How much time you will need for compliance? You have not stated this in your affidavit. Now we are telling you are acting in defiance. You will be in great difficulty. You should conduct a survey to gauge the extent of devastation caused to nature. Do you know the extent of colossal loss caused to the nature. We are shocked to see this. No permissions were taken from the coastal zone authority. This cannot happen,” the bench said. “What is happening there we know. We will fix responsibility on those responsible. This is a colossal loss to the coastal zone area. It’s a high tide area and hundreds of illegal structures have come up in the coastal zone.” In an affidavit, the chief secretary had assured the top court that its order would be complied with and the process for selecting a specialised agency for “controlled implosion” to demolish the buildings is underway. The court earlier asked the state government to file a compliance report before it by September 20 failing which the chief secretary will have to be present before it on September 23. “Have you any idea how many people have died due to floods because of the devastation caused to the environment? You are playing with nature. Thousands of people have died in devastations. How many houses have you built for victims? Yet illegal structures continue to come up in coastal areas,” the bench told the chief secretary.last_img read more

first_imgMumbai: The now-suspended managing director of the crisis-hit Punjab and Maharashtra Cooperative Bank (PMC), Joy Thomas, has reportedly admitted to the RBI that the bank’s actual exposure to the bankrupt HDIL is over Rs 6,500 crore — four times the regulatory cap or a whopping 73 per cent of its entire assets of Rs 8,880 crore. The admission came in after a board member leaked the actual balancesheet details to the Reserve Bank, a source in know of the details said. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: IcraThe slum redevelopment focused Housing Development and Infrastructure or HDIL is in the bankruptcy court now after being hit by a severe cash crunch following the failure of some of its key projects in the city. While HDIL did not reply to a detailed e-mail sent by PTI on the issue, the bank, its chairman Waryam Singh and Joy Thomas could not be reached for comments immediately. The source said that non-disclosure of the actual HDIL status (NPA since the past two-three years) and the quantum of the exposure to the group was leaked by one of the PMC board members himself to the Reserve Bank, forcing Joy Thomas to confess the misreporting. Also Read – Ashok Leyland stock tanks over 5 pc as co plans to suspend production for up to 15 daysAccording to the source, Thomas wrote a four-and-a-half page detailed letter to the regulator giving details of how he, along with six key people who include a few board members, including chairman Waryam Singh and one or two senior bank officials, were sanctioning loans to the HDIL Group. The source further said Thomas has also confessed that most of the board members were in the dark about these loans. Waryam Singh was on the board of HDIL for nine years between 2006 and 2015 and had held 1.91 per cent stake in the company during this period. He ceased to be a non-executive director of the company in March 2015. Before he exited the HDIL board, Singh had sold his entire stake in the company. “The whistleblower board member approached the regulator and provided information about financial irregularities and the real estate company’s loans not being classified as non-performing loans from last two-three years, despite defaults on repayments,” the source said. “This forced Thomas to go the RBI. In a four-and-a-half page letter, he confessed the wrongdoings and evergreening of some other key accounts,” he added. The loans were sanctioned to the realty developer since 2008, the source said. “Thomas in the letter admitted that the exposure to HDIL Group was over Rs 6,500 crore, which is nearly 73 per cent of its total loan book of Rs 8,880 crore as of September 19, 2019,” the source said. As per regulations, single entity exposure limit for banks is 15 per cent of their capital fund. For group companies, the exposure limit is 20 per cent. Thus, PMC’s exposure to HDIL is almost four-times of what RBI mandates. Thomas, in a press conference last week, had said the bank’s exposure to HDIL and its related entities was to the tune of Rs 2,500 crore and that there was delay in repayments by the group since the last two-three years. In the confession letter, Thomas also put the actual NPA number at 60-70 per cent as against a reported net NPA of 2.19 per cent as of March 31, 2019, the source said. Though the RBI is still inspecting the bank’s balancesheet, if the NPA numbers turn out to be as per Thomas’ confession, it will be the highest in the banking industry so far. On September 19, Thomas met RBI Executive Director Rabi Mishra and sought time to resolve the issue, citing HDIL was in advanced stages of selling some of its real estate assets. The money from the asset sale could have helped HDIL repay at least the interest part and make its account with PMC standard, Thomas had informed the RBI. The regulator sent the inspection team to the bank’s headquarters in suburban Mumbai on the evening of September 19 itself. During the inspection, RBI found major financial irregularities, under-reporting of exposure and failure of internal controls and systems. On September 23 evening, the RBI had put a slew of restrictions on the bank for six months. The restrictions included curbs on fresh lending, accepting fresh deposits and investments, among others. The withdrawal limit for account holders was also kept at Rs 1,000 for six months, which was later raised to Rs 10,000. The regulator also dismissed the board and suspended Thomas. It appointed J B Bhoria as the administrator at the bank.last_img read more