APTN National NewsNunavut RCMP have just released their crime stats for the last year.While some of the numbers are down slightly, the high rate of violent crime has RCMP asking for help from wherever they can get it, including Nunavut’s growing mining sector.APTN National News reporter Kent Driscoll explains from Iqaluit.
APTN National NewsEarl Cook struggled with osteosarcoma, ADHD, Asperger’s, and Tourette’s, before passing away late last week. He was an inspiration to many in the hockey world, including Detroit Red Wings head coach Mike Babcock and TSN insider Darren Dreger.A memorial for Cook was held at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg, where many joined in celebrating the life of the man who had touched so many.APTN National News reporter Tiar Wilson was there.
APTN National NewsThe Royal couple made their last stop on their tour of Canada at the First Nations University of Canada in Saskatchewan.APTN National News reporter Larissa Burnouf was there for the visit and has this report.
APTN National NewsSmoking rates in the Northwest Territories are among the highest in the country.Aboriginal youth make up a large percentage of those smokers.APTN’s Wayne Rivers reports a new program underway in Yellowknife hopes to help these kids butt out by bringing them back to their email@example.com
Shirley McLeanAPTN NewsHand games have been making a resurgence across the North with young and old playing side-by-side.But for one Yukon Elder the sport has never gone out of style.Amos Dick, also known as ‘Famous Amos,’ has been rocking – and winning – the game since 1942.APTN’s Shirley McLean dropped by the 30th annual Yukon hand game tournament to learn why this senior keeps playing to the beat of the firstname.lastname@example.org
(Mi’kmaq artist Alan Syliboy gets ready to go onstage during a recent outdoor festival in Grand Pre, N.S. Credit: Angel Moore/APTN)Angel MooreAPTN NewsAlan Syliboy knows his Mi’kmaq culture needs to be protected. He has been sharing it for the past 40 years, hoping it will be carried on by future generations.He has spent his life producing art and researching culture. He is a musician, a painter and an author. He uses film, music, canvas, and multi-media to share stories.“There are a lot of important things that we need to rediscover, and a lot of positive things that we can gain from our culture and we should be proud of it,” said Syliboy.And he thinks people are starting to listen.His most recent performance was at an outdoor festival at Grand Pre, N.S., where he drummed as his colorful art was projected on the side of a church.(The artwork of Alan Syliboy is projected onto a church during an outdoor festival in Grand Pre, N.S. Credit: Alan Syliboy’s Facebook page)It was a storytelling piece, a collaboration of music and paintings. His band has been using art projections for almost a year.Syliboy has many ways of reaching people.“My children books in Mi’kmaq language, they learn a few words in Mi’kmaq and that is something new,” he said.Syliboy is from Millbrook First Nation. He said the loss of his culture started with first contact with Europeans over 400 years ago and colonization. His personal mission was to study his culture and bring it back through storytelling.Many children are familiar with Syliboy’s character Little Thunder, who teaches Mi’kmaq tradition. Syliboy hopes Little Thunder inspires children to tell their own stories.“I wanted to be an Indigenous writer, but I want to be the continuation of storytelling. We always were that and now this is something I am just continuing, and I hope to see more and more storytelling.”Syliboy said when he started his career in his teens, there was very little information about his culture. But since, there have been many people working a long time to bring back his culture.He is excited about new artists carrying the torch. He believes Indigenous artists are starting to break down barriers to teach culture, values, and how to relate.“I have heard (the Polaris-nominated musician) Jeremy Dutcher, and he is amazing. You have tremendous talent like that, and it is only good for all of us,” said Syliboy.You can catch Syliboy and his band, the Thundermakers, along with his art projections at Nocturne Oct. 13 in Halifax.
Chris StewartAPTN NewsDakota House has put his North of 60 leather jacket up for auction.The Edmonton-based actor, who played TeeVee Tenia on the long-running TV series, wants to use the proceeds to fund a self-esteem program for kids across Canada.He expects the garment to raise thousands of dollars for the email@example.com@aptnchris
Tina HouseAPTN NewsA rockslide has trapped millions of salmon in the Fraser River.Officials are trying to find a way to free or move the fish around the bottleneck in B.C.So the salmon can continue onto their spawning grounds.The blockage affects several species of salmon, which First Nations depend on in the province for food, fishing and ceremonial firstname.lastname@example.org@inthehouse7
OTTAWA – The federal Finance Department has shaved several years of projected deficits from Canada’s long-term financial future following better-than-expected economic growth in 2017 — though many more years of deficits remain.Finance officials predicted in a report released Friday that barring any policy changes, the federal government could be on track to run annual shortfalls until 2045-46, compared to projections last year that deficits would run to 2050-51.If such a scenario played out, the deficit would reach an annual high of $24.8 billion around 2030-31 before beginning to fall.By 2040-41, the federal debt would top out at around $1.08 trillion before starting to fall, as compared to last year’s prediction that it would reach $1.55 trillion by 2050-51.The improvement is attributed to an overall boost in the fiscal outlook, particularly in the medium term, which comes after the Canadian economy mounted a surprise resurgence over the past 12 months.While long-term predictions contain considerable uncertainty, Finance Minister Bill Morneau nonetheless said the projections prove the Liberal government’s plan is bearing fruit.“We have an ambitious plan to grow Canada’s economy by investing in people, growing the middle class and helping those working hard to join it,” Morneau said in a statement Friday. “Our plan is working.”The Liberals won the 2015 election on a plan to spur economic growth by running annual deficits of no more than $10 billion over the first couple years to pay for infrastructure investments before balancing the books in 2019-20.But they abandoned those so-called “fiscal anchors” as the economy took a beating from collapsing oil prices in 2016, and have instead focused on lowering the debt-to-GDP ratio, which is a measure of Ottawa’s debt burden.The Liberals have not set a timeline for a return to balance.The Opposition Conservatives wasted no time latching onto Friday’s report to further their argument that the Liberals are leaving a legacy of debt.“Justin Trudeau will be a 74-year-old man relaxing on a private island before the budget is balanced,” Conservative finance critic Pierre Poilievre said in a statement.“He is leaving the next generation with the bill for his reckless spending and the only way he can pay that bill is by raising taxes.”The Finance report emphasized investments in skills and technology as it warned that Canada’s aging population will contribute less to the economy and instead become a drain on public finances in the coming years.That warning largely explained why the GDP was projected to see slower growth between 2023-2055 than in previous decades, going back to 1950.“It is therefore imperative to continue to grow the economy by investing in the middle class and in the skills and technology that will make Canada more productive, competitive and fair,” the report read.“In particular, improving the economic participation of groups traditionally under-represented in the labour market, including women, Indigenous people, older workers, newcomers and persons with disabilities, is key to Canada’s long-term fiscal and economic performance.”— Follow @leeberthiaume on Twitter.
OTTAWA – Canada’s national annual inflation rate was 2.2 per cent in September, Statistics Canada says. The agency also released rates for major cities, but cautioned that figures may have fluctuated widely because they are based on small statistical samples (previous month in brackets):— St. John’s, N.L.: 1.2 per cent (2.4)— Charlottetown-Summerside: 1.8 (3.1)— Halifax: 1.5 (2.7)— Saint John, N.B.: 1.9 (2.6)— Quebec: 1.5 (1.8)— Montreal: 1.8 (2.0)— Ottawa: 2.4 (3.2)— Toronto: 2.2 (3.1)— Thunder Bay, Ont.: 2.0 (2.7)— Winnipeg: 2.2 (2.8)— Regina: 1.8 (2.1)— Saskatoon: 1.8 (2.0)— Edmonton: 3.3 (3.4)— Calgary: 2.8 (3.0)— Vancouver: 2.7 (2.8)— Victoria: 2.4 (2.5)— Whitehorse, Yukon: 2.5 (3.9)— Yellowknife, NWT: 2.9 (3.3)— Iqaluit, Nunavut: 2.9 (4.4)
NEW YORK — President Donald Trump’s charitable foundation has reached a deal to dissolve amid a legal battle with New York’s attorney general.Attorney General Barbara Underwood and the foundation filed a joint stipulation with the court Tuesday laying out a process for shutting down the charity and distributing its remaining assets to other non-profit groups.New York filed a lawsuit last spring accusing the foundation of operating like an extension of Trump’s businesses and political campaign. That suit will continue.Lawyers for the foundation say any infractions were minor. They say they have been trying to shut down the foundation voluntarily for months.A judge must still sign off on the agreement.Underwood is a Democrat and is seeking millions of dollars in penalties. She wants Trump and his eldest children barred from running other charities.
UPDATE: Police confirm a pedestrian was hit crossing at the 86 Street crosswalk early this morning.We will have more information as it becomes available.FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Early reports say a pedestrian was hit crossing at the 86 Street crosswalk early this morning. We will have more information as it becomes available. The northbound lanes on 86 Street are open and police remain on the scene, southbound traffic on 86th St is being diverted east (left) at 85 ave.It is advised to avoid this area if possible.If you have more information on this matter you can email; email@example.com
The following further outlines the details of how the Budget and the government say will make life more affordable, deliver better services to families and invest in a strong economy.Making life more affordableIntroducing the new B.C. Child Opportunity Benefit – starting in October 2020 – that will provide families with one child up to $1,600 per year, two children up to $2,600 and three children up to $3,400. Over the course of a child’s upbringing, families with one child will receive as much as $28,800. For families with two children, that number can exceed $40,000 in support.Eliminating interest on British Columbia student loans. As of Feb. 19, 2019, all B.C. student loans will stop accumulating interest; saving someone with $28,000 in combined provincial and federal student loans $2,300 over the 10-year repayment period.Fully eliminating MSP premiums on Jan. 1, 2020, saving families as much as $1,800 per year.Increasing income and disability assistance rates by an additional $50 per month, meaning a total increase of $150 per month, or $1,800 per year since Budget Update 2017.Investing $26 million in income and disability assistance enhancements to the B.C. Employment Assistance program to help remove barriers to accessing support, such as removing requirements that make it harder for older adults, youth and persons with mental health issues to access the program; helping people get identification so they can access income assistance; and extending the shelter rate for those paying room and board to a family member.Investing $6 million annually to provide respite services for parents who provide care for children with disabilities. This will significantly reduce the waitlist for respite services and increase the respite benefit by 10%.Investing $85 million to support children in care by increasing support payments for foster parents, adoptive parents and extended family members caring for children and by ensuring children in care benefit from provincial tax benefits. This includes a 75% increase to support payments for the Extended Family Program and responds to recommendations from Indigenous communities and Grand Chief Ed John’s report.Providing funding to community organizations to operate rent banks by providing short-term loans with little to no interest to low-income tenants who can’t pay their rent due to a financial crisis.Introducing a homelessness action plan with a $76-million investment that will support land acquisition and services to bring the number of modular homes for people who need them to 2,200.Delivering better services for familiesInvesting $4.4 billion over three years to expand and upgrade hospitals, medical and diagnostic equipment and health information management systems to ensure patients have the quality care they deserve.Providing $105 million over three years to support life-saving cancer care services delivered by the BC Cancer Agency, including increasing the number of cancer-related surgeries, diagnostic imaging, PET and CT scans.Improving mental health care for British Columbians with a $74-million investment that funds new initiatives focused on prevention and early intervention for children, youth and young adults.Increasing support by an additional $30 million, for a total of $608 million since Budget 2017 Update, to help tackle B.C.’s drug overdose crisis. This will help expand access to life-saving naloxone kits and fund pilot programs to help meet increased demand for paramedics in rural and remote areas of B.C.Expanding B.C.’s Fair PharmaCare program with an additional $42 million, providing coverage for more drug options that will improve the health outcomes of British Columbians. That includes people living with diabetes, asthma and hypertension.Providing over $550 million in additional supports for B.C.’s public education system, including $58 million over three years for the Classroom Enhancement Fund to support better classrooms for kids. This is in addition to the over 4,000 new teachers, including 1,000 special education assistants, hired to support students in B.C. classrooms.Moving forward with an annual investment to pilot legal clinics to help people access the legal services they need.Adding $111 million over three years to continue strengthening the Province’s efforts to combat and prevent wildfires.Investing in a strong, sustainable economy that works for peopleMaking more than $20 billion in capital investments primarily in the health, transportation and education sectors-the largest infrastructure investment in B.C.’s history. This will create tens of thousands of jobs in communities around B.C.Providing over $902 million for CleanBC, putting B.C. on the path to a cleaner, brighter, low-carbon future. This will reduce air pollution and save families money through the Clean Energy Vehicle Program, incentives for energy-saving home improvements, a net-zero building code and programs to help communities transition to cleaner energy sources.Diversifying forest tenures and manufacturing, increasing timber processing in B.C. and supporting collaboration with stakeholders, including Indigenous governments with a $10-million investment.Investing $18 million to continue making Adult Basic Education and English Language Learning free and accessible for people looking to upgrade their skills and get ahead.Adding $21 million to expand BC Transit and handyDART services to help people safely commute in over 30 urban and rural communities in the province.Providing over $39 million in new funds over three years to ensure B.C.’s bridges and roads keep people and goods moving, and an additional $4 million to improve commercial-vehicle safety by increasing inspection station hours and targeted enforcement.Investing $9 million over three years to implement government’s commitment to modernize the taxi industry and enable ride-hailing in B.C. This includes funding for enhanced vehicle compliance and enforcement activities, and supports the new provincial regulator, the Passenger Transportation Board.Providing an additional $15 million for the BC Arts Council to open doors for B.C. artists, writers and creators.Making a historic $20-million investment to fund a fair, independent oversight body in the mining sector.Providing nearly $14 million over three years to transform B.C.’s employment standards for protections and enforcement, keeping people safe at work.To help connect communities and businesses, the government is committing $50 million to expand high-speed internet in rural and remote communities throughout B.C.To read more on the 2019 Budget; CLICK HERE To support British Columbia’s long-term economic growth, the government is investing $20 billion over three years to build the infrastructure B.C. needs to thrive, creating and supporting tens of thousands of good-paying jobs.The Province is moving forward with more than $800 million in business tax reductions over the course of the fiscal plan to support investment in new plants, machinery and equipment, joining with the Government of Canada to boost B.C.’s competitiveness.Budget 2019 continues to invest in better services for people, including improved health care, quality education and affordable, accessible child care. As priorities, the government is delivering more hospitals and shorter wait times, funding schools and thousands of new teachers, and continuing the path towards a universal, made-in-B.C. child care program. Budget 2019 introduces the B.C. Child Opportunity Benefit, returning nearly $400 million to British Columbian families raising children, starting October 2020. For a family’s first child, the benefit is as high as $1,600 a year, increasing to $2,600 for two children and $3,400 for three children. Families will receive the B.C. Child Opportunity Benefit from the day their child is born until reaching 18 years of age.The Government shares, with the benefit, and the full elimination of Medical Service Plan (MSP) premiums, will give middle-class families the largest reduction in their taxes in a generation:A family of four earning $60,000 will have its provincial taxes reduced by up to 60%, compared to 2016, putting more than $2,500 back into this family’s pocket.A family of four earning $80,000 will have its provincial taxes reduced by up to 43%, compared to 2016, putting almost $2,400 back into this family’s pocket.A family of four earning $100,000 will have its provincial taxes reduced by up to 22%, compared to 2016, putting almost $1,600 back into this family’s pocket.To help make sure young people are able to start their careers without being held down with debt, Budget 2019 eliminates interest from all new and existing British Columbia student loans. The government shared as of February 19th, 2019, all B.C. student loans will stop accumulating interest. Meaning an average graduate would save $2,300 in interest, based on a $28,000 combined federal and provincial loan with a 10-year repayment period.According to the Province, they are committed to achieving true and lasting reconciliation with Indigenous peoples, committing an estimated $3 billion over the next 25 years for the largest revenue-sharing agreement with First Nations in B.C.’s history.The government goes on to share this year’s budget moves forward with CleanBC by investing $902 million to make sure B.C. can meet its climate commitments and to protect the province’s clean air, land and water. This initiative was developed in consultation with the B.C. Green Party caucus as committed to in the Confidence and Supply Agreement.“British Columbia’s economy is thriving with the strongest GDP and wage growth in Canada. It’s clear that sharing the benefits of growth with all British Columbians results in a stronger economy,” said James. “Together we are doing our part to fight climate change and build a British Columbia where everyone can enjoy a good life and secure future in the community they call home.” VICTORIA, B.C. – The 2019 Budget has been created to work for all British Columbians by creating opportunities while maintaining a Budget surplus shares the BC government.The government shared the 2019 Budget will make life easier on people and they will balance the budget in all three years of the fiscal plan with surpluses of $274 million in 2019-20, $287 million in 2020-21, and $585 million in 2021-22.“People in B.C. struggled for too long because the old government made choices that helped the few at the top while everyone else fell further and further behind,” said Carole James, Minister of Finance. “Budget 2019 opens doors for you and your family by putting thousands of dollars back into your pocket. We’re helping hard-working British Columbians get ahead at every stage of their life, no matter where they’re starting from.”
New Delhi: The Supreme Court Thursday appointed senior advocate P S Narasimha, who is assisting the apex court as an amicus curiae in the BCCI matter, as mediator for resolving various disputes related to cricket administration in the country. A bench of Justices S A Bobde and A M Spare was informed by Narasimha that former apex court judge Justice (retd) D K Jain has assumed charge as the ombudsman of Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). Also Read – Squadrons which participated in Balakot air strike awarded citations on IAF Day “The game must go on,” the bench said, asking Narasimha to act as mediator in the cricket administration disputes. It also asked Narasimha to look into the dispute relating to release of funds by the court appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) to various cricket associations. Besides, it restrained all other courts in India from entertaining or proceeding with any matter pertaining to BCCI and state cricket associations. The apex court had on February 21 appointed its former judge Justice Jain, as the first court-appointed ombudsman for BCCI. Also Read – SC declines Oil Min request to stay sharing of documents on Reliance penalty Justice Jain emerged as the first choice among the six former apex court judges whose names were placed before a bench in an envelope. In the previous hearing, the counsel appearing for some of the state cricket associations had told the court that CoA has not released funds to them. Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for Maharashtra Cricket Association, had said the condition was “precarious” as their stadium has been attached in a court proceeding and they have not been given funds by the CoA. Senior advocate Kapil Sibal, appearing for a state cricket association, had argued that for the last three years, “not a single penny has been given to the state cricket associations”. Senior advocate Parag Tripathi, appearing for the CoA, had told the bench that funds were released directly to the respective vendors for the works done by them. “As long as people are playing the game and cricket is going on, we are not concerned,” the bench had observed. It had asked Narasimha to advise the CoA to release funds to the state cricket associations for cricketing purpose. “At the moment, let CoA be re-constituted and they can seek advise of P S Narasimha and then release funds. We are not going to loon into the accounts,” the bench had said, adding, “We think that CoA is not utilising the services of amicus. Let them do it”. The apex court, had on February 21 appointed Lieutenant General Ravi Thodge as the third member of the CoA for BCCI. In 2017, the apex court had appointed a four-member CoA, headed by former Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) Vinod Rai, to run the affairs of BCCI and implement the court-approved recommendations of the Justice R M Lodha panel on reforms in the cash-rich cricket body. The other three members of the CoA were — former Indian women cricket captain Diana Edulji, historian Ramachandra Guha and banker Vikram Limaye. Following the resignations of Guha and Limaye, the CoA presently has only two members — Rai and Edulji. The two-member CoA has been divided on several matters including the recent controversy involving cricketers Hardik Pandya and K L Rahul. Pandya and Rahul had attracted widespread criticism for their alleged misogynistic comments on TV Show ‘Koffee with Karan’. Rai had reportedly recommended a two-match ban on Pandya and Rahul, but Edulji had taken the matter to the BCCI legal cell which refused to call the players’ actions a violation of the code of conduct and recommended the appointment of an ombudsman. The CoA chief and Edulji had also reportedly differed on the controversy relating to exclusion of Indian women cricketer Mithali Raj from the playing 11 in the crucial semi-final match of the recently concluded women’s world cup.
Kolkata: Trinamool Congress secretary general Partha Chatterjee on Saturday informed the Election Commission of India (ECI) delegation that the BJP’s demand of declaring all booths in Bengal ‘super sensitive’ is an insult to the people of the state where previous elections have been held peacefully.A delegation of the ECI led by Deputy Election Commissioner Sudip Jain held a meeting with all the political parties on Saturday. “Bengal has seen all-round development and the law and order situation in the state is peaceful. The BJP lacks organisation in the state and so are resorting to tricks and constantly pressing with the Election Commission that the law and order situation is a problem here,” Chatterjee told reporters after a TMC delegation led by party’s All India general secretary Subrata Bakshi met Jain at Bengal Chamber. Reiterating that the TMC wants free and fair election in the state, Chatterjee said the Opposition, particularly BJP, is trying to present a false and fabricated picture of the law and order situation in the state. He challenged the BJP to furnish documentary evidence of the Panchayat polls in which the latter had claimed there were incidents of violence. It may be mentioned that the Trinamool Mahila Congress has organised a two-day dharna on Rani Rashmoni Avenue that started from Friday on the same issue, stating that BJP has insulted Bengal by demanding declaration of all 77,000 odd booths in the state as ‘super sensitive’. “The Left Front has fielded candidates in only 25 seats while the Congress is still struggling. The BJP is luring those leaders who have become insignificant for the TMC,” Chatterjee said. The BJP delegation again pressed to declare all booths in the state ‘super sensitive’ while Congress leader Pradip Bhattacharjee urged to assign media observers ahead of the elections. Left Front leader Rabin Deb said the Election Commission has already implemented their demand and have made it clear that no civic volunteers in the state will be deployed on poll duties.
Gurugram: Five days after a mob attack in Bhoop Singh area near Bhondsi in Gurugram, the district police have begun to take stringent action against the culprits. As of now, five arrests have been made in the case. Interestingly, the profile of the accused who have been arrested in the case highlighted how the accused did not dither in indulging in the brazen act. Two people who have been arrested as of now have criminal past and have got various cases registered against them. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderAmong them, Sunil who belongs to Bhondsi village has even been to jail two times prior to the recent case in which he has been arrested. Sections under Indian Penal Code for which he has been tried are 188 (preventing civil servant from discharging the duty), 120-B (criminal conspiracy), 174-A, 420 (theft) and fraud under 61-1-14 of the excise. He was arrested along with Dharmender who has been involved in the cases of violence like this before as cases under sections of 323 (causing voluntary hurt) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of the IPC are already registered against him. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsOn March 24, the district police arrested two people namely and Amit. Dhirender runs his own dairy around the area where Mohammad Sajid and his family were beaten. The first arrest made in the case two days after the incident was that of Mahesh who has been claimed to be the mastermind behind the vicious assault on the day of Holi. Even though he does not have any criminal background, it has come to the fore that Mahesh (20) dropped out of school in the eighth standard and was unemployed. A brother of four sisters, Mahesh had lost his father recently due to cardiac arrest and is living with his 55-year-old mother. Majority of the arrests have been made from the Naya Gaon. Being a Gujjar dominated area, the progress of the region can be gauged from the fact that for senior secondary the residents of the area have to rely on schools in Badshapur that is eight kilometres from the village. Meanwhile, after making sharp attacks on the government on the handling of the situation, various leaders of the political parties have now started visiting the victims.
Jaipur: Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday termed his party’s promise of minimum guaranteed income to the poorest 20 per cent households a “surgical strike on poverty” and said nobody should be poor in 21st century India.Addressing a rally in Suratgarh town of Ganganagar district, a day after declaring his party would roll out the scheme if voted to power, Gandhi alleged that Prime Minster Narendra Modi gave money to the rich and top industrialists of the country, but the Congress would serve the poor. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsHe said the promised minimum income scheme was a “big bang”. “Dhamaka hai ye…bomb fatega (It’s a big bang…a bomb will set off). This is a Congress’s surgical strike on poverty. They (the BJP) worked to eliminate the poor we will eliminate poverty,” Gandhi said. He went on to say that his party consulted former RBI governor Rahuram Rajan and “all big economists, without telling anyone, without giving any speeches”. “We were engaged in this work for six months. Take the list of all big economists of the world, we consulted them…Raghuram Rajan…one by one.” Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from ThursdayOn helping the poor, he said, “We thought how it should be done. After discussion and brainstorming, we thought that there should be a minimum income line of Rs 12,000 per month. Soon after formation of the Congress government in 2019, the minimum income line in India will be Rs 12,000 per month.” The name of the proposed scheme is ‘Nyuntam Aay Yojana’ or Nyay. The word ‘Nyay’ stands for justice in Hindi. He alleged that poverty and unemployment increased under the Modi government.
The Society for Heart Failure and Transplantation (SfHFT) hosted the midterm meeting to focus on experiencing an unparalleled fest of knowledge and skill enhancement. The theme of the meeting was Primary Graft Dysfunction after Heart Transplantation. The event witnessed an exhilarating scientific program to provide the most imperative information and was customised especially through didactic lectures by the most renowned cardiothoracic surgeons, cardiologists and cardiac anesthesiologists from all over the country. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainStar highlight of the program was the cases discussed by most experienced faculty in the management of primary graft dysfunction (PGD). Dr Yugal K Mishra, Head – Cardiac Sciences and Chief of Cardiovascular Surgery, Manipal Hospital, Dwarka, New Delhi, addressed the audience. The event was also marked by the presence of the eminent Nobel Laureate Dr Kailash Satyarthiji, Indian children’s rights activist and Founder – Bachpan Bachao Andolan and the Guest of Honour gracing the occasion was Dr Vasanti Ramesh, Director, National Organ and Tissue Transplant Organisation (NOTTO). Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardCreating increasing awareness of the growing national burden of heart diseases and the urgent requirement of heart transplants in these patients, the Key Opinion Leaders drew attention on the demand of the current patients registered and the supply of the organ. The speakers also addressed the urgent need for donors and endeavored to bust a few myths, create more awareness on why donors should step forward, think beyond religion, customs, and social bindings to contribute and be a part of this noble cause which can help save innumerable lives. The event witnessed discussions on the entire spectrum of Primary Graft Dysfunction from Epidemiology of PGD, Risk factors, BioMarkers of PGD, clinical findings of PGD to Novel techniques of Graft preservation, Role of donor management after the heart transplant. The cases represented the highlights of the conference and doctors demonstrated several factors that cause PGD and the management of the outcome. Dr Yugal K Mishra, Head – Cardiac Sciences and Chief of Cardiovascular Surgery, Manipal Hospital said, “This is a devastating complication that occurs in the immediate postoperative period following heart transplantation. It manifests as severe ventricular dysfunction of the donor graft and carries significant mortality and morbidity. Over the past decade or so, developments and upgrades in pharmacological treatment and mechanical circulatory support that are devices that support the heart when not working at its best, have improved the outcomes for patients undergoing heart transplants and develop this complication.” Research, however, reveals that PGD still remains a challenge as it is still a leading cause of death in the post-operative stages of a month or so. Eminent Noble Laureate, Kailash Satyarthi said, “Medical Professionals represent hope and therefore, humanity, divinity for the patient. 2, 50, 000 children in India are born with heart diseases and a mere 5% are able to afford treatment for their condition. I request and urge the doctors, cardiologists, and surgeons to see solutions of giving these poor children a reason to live.”
London: Wikileaks co-founder Julian Assange was on Thursday arrested after staying in Ecuador’s embassy in London for seven years as the South American country withdrew the asylum granted to him. Scotland Yard confirmed the arrest and said its officers had executed a warrant against Assange dating back to June 2012 for breach of bail conditions in the UK. The 47-year-old Australian-born has been holed up in a back room of the Ecuador embassy in central London for nearly seven years since his arrest on sexual assault charges in Sweden. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsHe claimed asylum on the grounds that he feared ultimate extradition to the US, where he faces a possible death sentence or torture for Wikileaks’ alleged leak of American secrets. “He (Assange) has been taken into custody at a central London police station where he will remain, before being presented before Westminster Magistrates’ Court as soon as is possible,” a Metropolitan Police statement said, adding that Assange had been arrested on a warrant issued by the same court on 29 June 2012, for “failing to surrender to the court”. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday”The MPS (Met Police Service) had a duty to execute the warrant, on behalf of Westminster Magistrates’ Court, and was invited into the embassy by the Ambassador, following the Ecuadorian government’s withdrawal of asylum,” the statement said. Assange sought refuge at the Ecuador Embassy in Knightsbridge in June 2012, having lost an appeal against extradition to Sweden for questioning on allegations of rape and sexual assault that went up to the UK Supreme Court. While the Swedish case has since been dropped, Assange was wanted by Scotland Yard for breach of bail and faced arrest the moment he stepped out of the diplomatically immune territory. But once that immunity was lifted, he was taken into custody. The UK government welcomed the arrest, which it said was the result of “extensive dialogue” between the UK and Ecuador.