Human skeleton remains were found strewn near a garbage dump close to the post-mortem section of the Sri Krishna Medical College Hospital (SKMCH) here on Saturday, officials said.The SKMCH is in news for the death of more than 100 brain fever-afflicted children since June 1.“Unclaimed bodies after post-mortem are cremated in due course. These skeletal remains are found at the spot where cremations are said to take place. But I agree this should be done in a more humane fashion,” Sunil Kumar Shahi, Superintendent of the SKMCH hospital said.The embarrassed hospital superintendent was replying to queries from a swarm of journalists who have been camping in the town to cover the epidemic-like situation that has arisen in the wake of the outbreak of Acute Encephalitis Syndrome, which has claimed close to 140 lives across the state, with this north Bihar district alone accounting for 127 deaths.Also Read The Hindu Explains: How litchi toxin is causing the deaths of undernourished children in Muzaffarpur Bearing the brunt, the SKMCH, which is one of the largest government hospitals in the State, has witnessed the death of 107 AES-afflicted children since June 1.“The post-mortem section comes under the administrative control of the principal of the medical college attached to the hospital. I have asked him to set up a committee to look into the matter and take remedial measures,” Dr. Shahi added.Meanwhile, as news channels beamed the horrific images, the district administration swung into action and Sub Divisional Magistrate (East) Kundan Kumar and Superintendent of Police (City) Neeraj Kumar rushed to the spot.“We will not like to comment on this episode until we conduct a thorough inquiry”, the SP (City) said.Locals say with disgust that improper disposal of dead bodies has been a long-standing problem in the area and stray dogs can be often seen pouncing upon half-burnt corpses.
If India’s medals tally at the London Olympics so far wasn’t enough of an indication, the Sports Authority of India (SAI) has admitted, in response to Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC), that it would take another 10 to 12 years of regular training to reach world standards in sports like cycling, squash, shooting (full bore) and swimming (synchronised and diving).This was in response to question No.17 asked by the PAC to SAI as to how they would like to rectify the issue of training setbacks during the Commonwealth Games.The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG), in its vetting response, added that this response has to be seen in view of the inadequate training and medical facilities. It also added that there was substantial shortfall in conduct of training camps in the above-mentioned sports.The sports ministry also had an explanation for not setting any medal targets for sportsmen competing in these sports in the CWG 2010. “The objective of these sports was to get creditable performance before the home crowds and prepare platforms for future progress in these sports, which was achieved.”To this, the vetting response of the CAG read: “The reply of the department is not accepted as 1 to 2 medals in cycling, 2 to 4 medals in squash and 30 to 35 medals in shooting disciplines were targetted as per the scheme.”The lackadaisical approach of the SAI revealed itself when the PAC inquired as to what were the reasons for nonengagement of an experienced nutritionist at its Bangalore centre for badminton, shooting, athletics, boxing, squash and cycling camps. The sports ministry reply won it no plaudits from the CAG. The reply stated that food supplements were provided to sportspersons in various disciplines as per the recommendation of the expert committee and there was no requirement of appointing a nutritionist.advertisementCAG found the reply untenable as one of the main objectives of the scheme was to provide the dietary supplements under the supervision of nutritionists and sports doctors. Moreover, providing food supplements to core probables merely on the basis of recommendations of the expert committee was no substitute for an expert nutritionist’s direct supervision on a day-to-day basis.The CAG added in its vetting comment that the implementation of the scheme was marred with delay in construction of infrastructure, provision of equipment, finalisation of core probables, appointment of coaches and under-utilisation of funds, indicating that the facilities intended to be provided were not fully extended to the core probables. read more
On August 1 and 2 Duffy’s Hope Inc. hosted their 12th Annual Duffy’s Hope Celebrity Basketball game.This year’s game was held at the University of Delaware, Bob Carpenter Center located at 631 South College Avenue, Newark, Delaware 19716. Also, the Foundation presented a Meet & Greet for their VIP and Floor Seat ticket holders before the Celebrity game.The annual Duffy’s H.O.P.E, Inc. Celebrity Basketball Game featured well known television, movie and music stars! Those who put on their sponsored Moneyball Sportswear uniforms and Reebok sneakers to raise funds for the Duffy’s Hope Organization, as well as lend their time for personal appearances, included: Keshia Chanté (Host of BET’s 106 & Park), Romeo (Jumping The Broom and Madea’s Witness Protection), Jay Ellis (Blue from BET’s, The Game), Allie DeBerry (Paisley Disney’s Hit Show, A.N.T. Farm), McKinley Freeman (Derek VH1’s Hit the Floor), Lamman Rucker (Tyler Perry’s hit TV series Meet the Browns AND Tyler Perry’s film, Why Did I Get Married?), Tammy “T-Time” Brawner (Original Harlem Globetrotters), Christian Keyes (BET’s Let’s Stay Together), Raven Goodwin (Disney’s Good Luck Charlie), Hot Sauce the Streetballer, Manilove and Delaware’s own D.J. Mifflin (Sleepy Hollow).The weekend began with Duffy’s Hope, Inc. hosting their 2nd Annual Evening of H.O.P.E. Reception on Friday, August 1. This special occasion honored contributors and community members for their philanthropic endeavors while recognizing the youth participants who have made significant strides towards a promising future. The “Evening of H.O.P.E.” has become a tradition for kicking off the fun-filled weekend experience of quality prevention programming.Day Two of the weekend continued as Duffy’s Hope was excited to partner with Delaware Prevention Coalition as the sponsor for the Teen Summit Panel held at Delaware State University in Dover, Delaware. Keynote speaker, Keshia Chanté, host of BET’s 106 & Park opened up the forum by giving personal insight on what her motivation was to succeed; how important education was to her and how not to let anyone stop the goal(s) you have set for yourself. The panel continued with a Question and Answer forum to the five hundred enthusiastic young teens who could not wait to speak with Keshia Chante as well as the other guests who joined the discussion, Allie DeBerry, McKinley Freeman, Jay Ellis, Raven Goodwin Tammy “T-Time” Brawner and Delaware’s own D.J. Mifflin.Additional sponsors included United Way of Delaware, City of Wilmington, New Castle County Government, Herr’s Foods, Delmarva Power, Hilton—Wilmington/Christiana, Erotique, Unico Vino, From Mother’s Garden, Strength of Nature House of Brands, Philadelphia 87ers; The Source and Movement magazines.The weekend grand finale was the much anticipated Celebrity Basketball Game. Fans of all ages from beginning to end experienced a special half-time performance, games and giveaways; in addition to, the opportunities to meet celebrities, get their autographs and take pictures, along with watching a thrilling game, which the Celebrities prevailed over the Local team 57- 46.Duffy’s Hope, Inc. founder and basketball enthusiast, Duffy Samuels has taken his passion and love towards the game of basketball and his community, and channeled it into an organization comprised of dedicated, hardworking volunteers who are committed to providing a helping hand to Delaware youth.The Duffy’s Hope Celebrity Events serve an average of 3,500 spectators; and in its 12th year, the annual Celebrity Basketball Game has become the major resource of promoting the importance of adult involvement and financial support of youth based prevention programs. The event also encourages youth to overcome obstacles and always strive for excellence in all areas of their lives. read more
LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Advertisement lan Thicke’s memory lives on.One year after his untimely death, friends and family are paying tribute to the beloved late actor, who died on Dec. 13, 2016, at age 69, after suffering a ruptured aorta while playing hockey with his youngest son, Carter.The 20-year-old actor-writer tweeted a sweet throwback photo of him and his dad on Wednesday, along with the heartbreaking caption, “It’s hard to believe it’s been a year. Some days it feels like it was only yesterday and other days it feels like its been years. Nothing can really describe the loss, but I feel you here everyday in my life.” READ MORE Advertisement Twitter Facebook Advertisement read more
Dennis Ward APTN National NewsNearly two dozen people have been arrested at a Dakota Access pipeline worksite.Another protest is currently underway as things are heating up near Standing Rock.