New Delhi: State-owned miner NMDC Tuesday reported an over 31 per cent rise in standalone net profit at Rs 1,453.77 crore for quarter ended March 2019. The company had posted a standalone profit of Rs 1,105.85 crore in the year-ago quarter, NMDC said in a filing to the BSE. Total income during the March quarter declined to Rs 3,839.40 crore from Rs 4,053.16 crore in January-March 2018, the statement said. Total expenses for the latest quarter also fell to Rs 1,641.65 crore from Rs 2,059.84 crore in the year-ago period. Also Read – SC declines Oil Min request to stay sharing of documentsThe company’s production of iron ore during the fourth quarter is 10.59 million tonne, a decrease of 7 per cent over the corresponding period last year (CPLY) while sales were at 10.17 MT which was about 3 per cent less than that of CPLY, NMDC said. In a press briefing, NMDC chairman N Baijendra Kumar said “there was a decrease in output because of issues at Donimalai where the production is stalled at present”. Last year, NMDC had suspended iron ore-mining at the Donimalai mine in Karnataka following the state government’s decision to impose 80 per cent premium on the iron ore sales from the mine. On Nagarnar steel plant in Chhattisgarh, the chairman said the company has planned Rs 2,200 crore capex for the current fiscal. “Till now Rs 15,300 crore has already been spent on construction of Nagarnar steel plant,” he said. NMDC is country’s single largest iron ore producer, presently producing about 30 million tonnes of iron ore from three fully mechanised mines, according to its website.
Sheetal Raj, the youngest woman mountaineer visited IGI airport unit on Wednesday. She met the women police officers working in this unit and boost their morale by sharing her experiences of scaling the highest peaks. Deputy Commissioner of Police (IGI) Sanjay Bhatia said all the present women officers welcomed her and she was presented a souvenir by the IGI Airport Unit for her outstanding achievement. “She spoke about struggles in her life and advised few tips to overcome the difficulties and problems and achieve greater heights. She encouraged staff to encourage their children to accomplish high goals in life,” added DCP IGI. Sheetal Raj from Uttarakhand has become the youngest girl from the state to climb Mount Everest. The 22 year old, who hails from the Salmoda village in Pithoragarh district has managed to create history. “Sheetal was a part of an expedition called ‘Climbing Beyond the Summit, Everest Expedition 2019.’ Scaling the highest peak in the world was the second grand achievement for her,” added DCP IGI.
New Delhi: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Amit Shah on Saturday took charge as the 30th Union Home Minister at a time when the country is facing terrorism, secessionism and Maoist insurgency challenges. The 55-year-old BJP leader assumed charge a day after he was assigned the crucial Home portfolio, succeeding Rajnath Singh, as Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government returned for a second term. The leadership change in the high-profile ministry is expected to usher in a certain decisiveness and an iron-handed approach to terror, insurgency and secessionism. However, former Home Minister Rajnath Singh had given a free hand to security forces in Jammu and Kashmir, leading to heavy casualties among terrorists, Shah is expected to be more proactive and lead from the front. He was welcomed by Union Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba and IB chief Rajiv Jain soon after he reached his North Block office
Hathras: Contaminated water in Uttar Pradesh’s Hathras is pushing residents to the wall. Unable to get clean drinking water for themselves, a father and his three daughters have written a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking his permission to end their lives. Chandrapal Singh, a farmer from Hasayan block in Hathras, has been making rounds of government officials with complaints about the water in the area tasting like brine (salty). “We cannot drink this water. Whenever my daughters drink it, they throw up. The crops are also drying because of excessive salt in it. I cannot afford bottled water for the family. My pleas for action have fallen on deaf ears and I have now sought permission from the Prime Minister to end my life and also that of my minor daughters,” he told reporters. The other residents of the area are also battling with the problem. “The water is so salty that even the animals do not drink it. We have to walk three to four kilometres to get potable water,” said Rakesh Kumar. However officials, when contacted, feigned ignorance about the problem.
New Delhi: The government will soon come with a National Medical Commission (NMC) Bill to usher in comprehensive reforms in the medical education sector, Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said in the Lok Sabha on Tuesday.He said this while replying to a on debate on Indian Medical Council (Amendment) Bill, 2019, which was later passed by the House by voice vote. This bill provides for supersession of Medical Council of India for a period of two years with effect from September 26, 2018. It will replace an Ordinance promulgated on February 21. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!The minister said the government is working on the NMC bill and “will soon take it to union cabinet and then in Parliament”. He said the NMC bill, which was introduced in December, 2017, lapsed with the dissolution of the 16th Lok Sabha. On the Medical Council (Amendment) Bill, the Minister said that the Board of Governors (BoG) which had replaced the MCI has worked well and taken a series of steps to improve medical education in the country. The BoG has granted accreditation to more number of medical collges, increased number of seats and reduced procedural hurdles, he said ,adding it is manned by doctors of great repute. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killed”This is just abegining of our work and you will see radical reforms in the medical education of the country,” he said. The Indian Medical Council or the Medical Council of India (MCI) was set up under the Medical Council Act 1956, for setting standards for medical professionals, new medical colleges and revision of curriculum, among others. Participating in the debate on the bill, Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury opposed the Ordinance route taken by the Government to supersede the Indian Medical Council saying it was unhealthy for democracy. Chowdhury said the Ordinance was promulgated twice by the government despite elections being round the corner. “MCI had become a scam tainted authority,” he said. Introducing the Bill, Vardhan said in the last two decades, a perception was built that MCI has been unsuccesful in discharging its duties and that corrupt practices are prevalent in the regulatory body. “Although the National Medical Commission Bill could be introduced in the near future but to have legal continuity every Ordinance has to be converted into a law,” he stressed. The Cabinet on June 12 had approved the Indian Medical Council (Amendment) Bill, 2019, which provides for supersession of the MCI for a period of 2 years with effect from September 26, 2018, during which the board of governors will run it. The move aims to ensure transparency, accountability and quality in the governance of medical education in the country. The Bill also proposes to increase the number of members in the board of Governors to 12 from the existing 7. The Health Ministry had come across certain arbitrary action by the MCI in disregard to the provision of IMC Act and regulations. Further, the oversight committee constituted by the Supreme Court to oversee the functioning of MCI had also cited instances of non-compliance of their instructions and subsequently all its members tendered their resignation. In view of these developments and to put an alternative mechanism in place of MCI so as to bring transparency, accountability and quality in the governance of medical education in the country, it was decided to supersede the MCI through the Indian Medical Council (Amendment) Ordinance, 2018, promulgated on September 26 and entrust its affairs to a board of governors consisting of eminent doctors. Subsequently, the Indian Medical Council (Amendment) Bill, 2018, was introduced in the Lok Sabha on December 14, 2018, and passed by the House on December 31. However, the Bill could not be taken up for consideration in the Rajya Sabha. Accordingly, it was decided to promulgate a fresh Ordinance namely the Indian Medical Council (Amendment) Ordinance, 2019, to allow the board of governors appointed in view of supersession of MCI to continue to exercise powers of MCI. Participating in the debate, Sanjay Jaiswal (BJP) said the government should look for good and whole-time professors for medical colleges. Opposing the Bill, Gautham Sigamani Pon (DMK) said the intention of this government was to undermine the powers of the state.
Alur (Karnataka): The Duleep Trophy contest between India Red and India Blue ended without a result but all-rounder Jalaj Saxena achieved a rare feat. While playing for India Blue, the 32-year-old became the only uncapped player to score over 6,000 runs beside scalping 300 wickets in first-class cricket. With this, Saxena has entered an elite group of legends to achieve the feat but he is the only one who is still to get a call in the national team. So far, the right-arm off-spinner has featured in 113 first-class games, amassing 6,044 runs and 305 wickets. Despite such performances, Saxena, who was pocketed by Delhi Capitals in IPL this year for Rs 20 lakh, has been overlooked by the national selectors.
Kolkata: Former Chief Minister Budhhadeb Bhattacharjee has shown signs of fast improvement, with his blood pressure remaining normal on Tuesday.On Tuesday morning, Bhattacharjee had biscuit and tea without sugar. Later in the day, he also listened to Rabindra Sangeet. He has already overcome the respiratory distress with which he had been admitted to a private hospital in the city on September 6. It may be mentioned that the ailing Bhattacharjee was released from the hospital on Monday, after he insisted on going back home. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaIt was also learnt that he had stopped talking to the doctors as they were unwilling to discharge him from the hospital so early. Bhattacharjee has since been under medication at home and intravenous antibiotics and supportive care like BIPAP, nebulisation and chest physiotherapy are being applied on him. BIPAP was conducted on the patient on Tuesday so that the oxygen level in his body gets increased. He had low oxygen saturation and high carbon-dioxide level in his blood initially when taken to the hospital, but the situation has improved gradually. He also had an acute respiratory problem and low blood pressure. Bhattacharjee has been a patient of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and often complained of multiple cardiac ailments. The doctors are visiting him at his residence and his health condition is being monitored from time to time.
LLOYDMINSTER, Alta. – Police have charged a man who they allege confronted another man with a video camera and accused him of trying to meet up with a young boy in what is being called a case of mistaken identity.RCMP allege the suspect approached a man last weekend outside a restaurant in Lloydminster, on the Alberta-Saskatchewan boundary.When the suspect with the camera accused the other man of being there to meet a child, police say the second man got into his car and drove away.Police say a vehicle followed him, blocked him in, and the man with the camera demanded he get out.Police say the man being videotaped feared for his safety and hit a parked car while trying to flee.Sgt. Jack Poitras said the man who was confronted wasn’t even the person the man with the camera was looking for.Poitras said that while police understand the public wants to help stop child-luring, it’s always better to get the law involved.He noted the evidence that people collect on their own is useless in court.It’s not the first time that citizens who try to gather such evidence have had a run in with the law recently.Two men in B-C were charged with assault earlier this year in an alleged altercation involving a man accused to having been involved in child luring.The person charged in the Lloydminster case, Chase Brian Karnes, 22, from Marsden, Saskatchewan faces counts of common nuisance, criminal harassment and mischief.He will appear in provincial court in Lloydminster on Aug. 28.
OTTAWA – The federal government appears ready to take a hands-off approach as provinces begin rolling out how they plan to police the sale and use of marijuana once it becomes legal.Ontario last week became the first province to unveil its plans for handling legalized pot by announcing that it would closely mimic the province’s current system for liquor.Marijuana will be sold at 150 dedicated stores run by the Liquor Control Board of Ontario, it will only be sold by those aged 19 or over, and consumption will only be allowed in private residences.The proposal has sparked anger and concern from some pot activists and aspiring retailers, who have warned that Ontario’s proposed model will limit supplies and do little to eliminate the black market.Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale refused to weigh in Sunday on Ontario’s proposed plan, and indicated that the federal government would stay out of how provinces address marijuana legalization.“Each province has the flexibility to design it the way they think most appropriate. Ontario has laid out their proposal. That’s within their jurisdiction to do,” he said.“Other provinces, I would imagine now, will come forward with their recommendations. They may follow the Ontario model. They may choose a different approach.”Goodale, who spoke to reporters following a ceremony to honour fallen firefighters in Ottawa, reaffirmed that the purpose of legalization is to keep pot away from minors and organized crime.And he expressed confidence that whatever model individual provinces decide to adopt, those aims will be met.“Each province will adopt different tools as they see fit for their jurisdiction,” Goodale said.“But there is no diluting of the goal: protect our kids and stop the flow to crime. And Ontario, I’m sure, will be designing that they believe will accomplish that objective effectively.”The Trudeau government is moving to legalize recreational marijuana by next July, and earmarked $247 million over five years on Friday to support policing and border efforts associated with that plan.Goodale said the money is part of the Liberals’ promise to ensure provinces, municipalities and law-enforcement agencies have the tools and resources to enforce the new laws governing legalized pot.“Law enforcement will need the tools to do that job, so we put money on the table as promised to assist with training and to assist with the acquisition of the right kind of technical equipment,” he said.The promised new funding includes $161 million to train frontline officers in how to recognize the signs and symptoms of drug-impaired driving, provide access to drug-screening devices and educate the public.Some of that money will also be used to develop policy, bolster research and raise awareness about the dangers of drug-impaired driving.The remaining $113 million will go to Public Safety, the RCMP and the Canada Border Services Agency to ensure organized crime does not infiltrate the legalized system and to keep pot from crossing borders.– Follow @leeberthiaume on Twitter.
MONTREAL – A committee of the Canadian Judicial Council recommended in a report released Monday that Michel Girouard be removed from his position as a Quebec Superior Court justice for misconduct and failing to perform his duties in office.The report from the council’s inquiry committee was the second investigation stemming from allegations from a police informant in 2012 who said Girouard bought drugs from him in 2010, when the judge was still a lawyer.In April 2016, the judicial council ruled Girouard could return to sit as a judge despite the council’s own inquiry committee recommending he be removed from office months earlier.The federal and provincial justice ministers jointly requested the council conduct a second inquiry into the allegations, primarily into the truthfulness of the judge’s testimony under oath and his integrity.“The committee found that the misconduct particularized in each of those allegations … is extremely serious, and mandates a recommendation for removal from office,” read the report.The council said it would consider its committee’s report and give Girouard the chance to make written submissions.After that, the council said it would make a final recommendation on Girouard’s fate to the federal justice minister.Girouard was named to Superior Court in September 2010 after practising law for a quarter-century in the Abitibi region in northwestern Quebec.
COQUITLAM, B.C. – The mother of three children who were killed by their father says she lives in constant worry for her safety following a board’s decision over escorted outings for Allan Schoenborn.Darcie Clarke said in a statement she is disappointed with last week’s ruling from the B.C. Review Board to leave it up to a psychiatric hospital to decide if Schoenborn should be granted outings into the community.“He could be in our community at any time without the public’s knowledge because the review board does not have the public’s safety as their paramount concern,” she said.A B.C. Supreme Court heard during Schoenborn’s trial that he stabbed his 10-year-old daughter Kaitlynne and smothered his sons Max and Cordon, eight and five, at the family’s home in Merritt, B.C., in April 2008 because he believed he was saving them from a life of sexual and physical abuse. He was found not criminally responsible because of a mental disorder.The review board first gave the Forensic Psychiatric Hospital in Coquitlam, B.C., the discretion to grant Schoenborn escorted outings in 2015 and last week’s decision made no changes to his custodial conditions.Schoenborn has never been granted an escorted outing. Defence lawyer Dante Abbey told the board the possibility of trips outside the hospital is a useful tool for Schoenborn’s treatment team to motivate him in his recovery.Crown counsel Wendy Dawson told the board the false hope of escorted outings might interfere with Schoenborn’s recovery by pushing him to view his treatment team as a gatekeeper or obstacle to being granted accompanied access outside the hospital.Dawson also asked the three-person panel to require that the hospital notify family members and police of any planned outings, but the ruling did not contain those provisions.Review board chairman Bernd Walter said an explanation for the decision would be released within 40 days.“The panel issued the same order that has been in place for about three years now with no changes and under which the accused has not had any community access,” Walter said in an email Monday.“We will have to await the panel’s written reasons for its decision regarding the inclusion or not of any other terms.”A document provided by an agency of the provincial government responsible for mental health services says escorted outings begin with a minimum of three assessment trips within a 15-minute drive of the hospital and last up to an hour. A patient is not allowed further than an arm’s length from staff except when using the washroom during those trips.Depending on the assessment, a patient may then be considered for escorted outings with up to eight fellow patients. Two staff members for every patient are present on those outings.Privacy legislation prevents officials from notifying the public about the hundreds of community outings that take place every year, it says.— By Geordon Omand in Vancouver
HALIFAX – Charges have been dropped against one of three British sailors accused of sexually assaulting a woman at a Nova Scotia military base in 2015.The Crown told Nova Supreme Court on Thursday that it would not proceed with the charges against Joshua Finbow.The decision comes after Judge Patrick Duncan ruled in September that Finbow’s statement to police was inadmissable.Public Prosecution Service spokeswoman Chris Hansen says the Crown reviewed the decision and concluded there was no prospect of conviction.Duncan says Finbow’s Charter rights to consult counsel immediately and in private were violated after he had to wait almost an hour and a half to see a lawyer.Finbow, Darren Smalley and Simon Radford were charged with sexual assault causing bodily harm and participating in a group sexual assault in barracks at 12 Wing Shearwater on April 10, 2015.Their trial was supposed to take place this fall in Nova Scotia Supreme Court in Halifax, but was adjourned and is set to start in September 2018.
HALIFAX – The family of a 29-year-old Nova Scotia man who was found unresponsive in a jail cell say his death could have been prevented if he was given proper treatment.Christine Barnes said Thursday that her nephew, Josh Evans, tried to kill himself at Central Nova Scotia Correctional Facility on Monday and was pronounced dead at Dartmouth General Hospital.She said Evans had the mental capacity of a second grader and was missing half of his 22nd chromosome.“Basically he’s like a seven-year-old boy in a man’s body,” Barnes said.In a statement, the man’s father, Don Evans, said he plans on hiring a lawyer and taking legal action.“Someone should have known and cared enough to help him along and keep him safe. When someone goes into custody you expect them to be safe and not end up in the morgue four weeks later,” Don Evans wrote to Global News.Barnes said Josh Evans was charged with making child pornography available, unlawfully accessing child pornography and three counts of possession of child pornography following a search of a home in Niagara Falls, Ont., in 2015.While at a detention centre there, Barnes said Evans was diagnosed with velo-cardio-facial syndrome, a genetic condition that can cause different medical problems including heart defects, cleft palate, kidney problems and learning or behavioural issues.“The signals going into Josh’s brain tend to twist and spin, then his thoughts are altered,” Barnes stated. “I know he had done something wrong, but I don’t think he was aware (that) what he was doing was wrong.”She said he received counselling and medication, and was also placed on suicide watch. Barnes said he was released four months into his sentence on strict conditions.Barnes said Evans was again charged with child pornography-related offences after the family moved to Nova Scotia about a year ago. He was also charged with failing to comply with a probation order and failing to comply with a prohibition order.Nova Scotia Justice Minister Mark Furey said Thursday that Evans was on remand and in a transition day room — a space for people with mental health issues or other challenges who do not meet the criteria to be housed in the forensic part of the jail.“It’s a hybrid space. … We have a group of inmates who have mental-health issues, brain dysfunction, other challenging issues or don’t meet the criteria for the forensic hospital,” he said.“He was in his cell at the time. He had received medical attention within the facility, but at the time of his death was in his cell in the transition day room space.”Furey declined to say what the prisoner’s condition was at the time of his death, but said he has confidence in how the Burnside jail operates.Barnes hopes changes are made to how inmates are processed to ensure this doesn’t happen again.“He should have been in a halfway house or somewhere where he could have one-on-one counselling or be monitored 24-7,” Barnes said.“I want to know why he fell through the cracks.”(Global News)
MONTREAL — Authorities are asking for the public’s help in finding a 41-year-old Quebec woman who left on vacation to Mexico last month and never returned home.Quebec provincial police say Christine St-Onge of the Montreal suburb of Laval travelled to Los Cabos, Mexico on Nov. 29 with a male friend. They were supposed to return to Canada Dec. 6.The friend arrived home a day early and the following day he died by suicide, police spokesman Sgt. Stephane Tremblay says.St-Onge’s family have not heard from her since Dec. 4, and she never flew back to Canada.Mexican authorities and the RCMP are working with provincial police on the investigation.The missing woman has blue eyes and blond hair. She is five-foot-four and weighs 122 pounds.The Canadian Press
HIGH LEVEL, Alta. — Despite heavy smoke, officials say a lighter wind out of the northeast has allowed for great progress on reining in a wildfire that’s forced thousands of people from their homes in northern Alberta.Authorities say the Chuckegg Creek fire remains out of control as it churns about three kilometres south of High Level, but favourable weather on Tuesday allowed crews to protect power poles west and south of the community.The blaze has eaten its way through about 800 square kilometres of timber, with the main area of spread on the northwest side away from town.Officials say crews using heavy equipment are making progress on a fire guard around High Level and parts of the fire perimeter.Nearly 5,000 people were cleared out of High Level and nearby First Nations on the long weekend when flames were licking at the southern edge of the town, about 750 kilometres northwest of Edmonton.The fire has been rated at a Level 6 — the most intense rating on the scale — which means flames are jumping from treetop to treetop in the tinder dry region.The Canadian Press
LETHBRIDGE, Alta. — The medical examiner who did an autopsy on a 19-month-old boy says there was no suggestion a lack of oxygen had anything to do with the child’s death.David and Collet Stephan are on trial in Lethbridge, Alta., on a charge of failing to provide the necessaries of life for their son Ezekiel.Dr. Bamidele Adeagbo told court on Monday that Ezekiel clearly died of bacterial meningitis and a lung infection in March 2012.David Stephan, who’s representing himself, pointed out today that the first ambulance that tended to his son was missing key equipment, so his son was without oxygen for almost nine minutes.Adeagbo said he tested the child’s brain tissue and there was no indication that he had been without oxygen.The defence is challenging the pathologist’s qualifications to testify as an expert witness.It is the second trial for the Stephans. A jury found them guilty in 2016, but the Supreme Court overturned the convictions last year and ordered a new trial. This one is before a judge alone.The Canadian Press
CLINTON, B.C. — Experts say a rock slide that created a five-metre waterfall on the Fraser River is a significant problem that could spell disaster for British Columbia’s threatened salmon populations.The Department of Fisheries and Oceans says the waterfall is blocking most chinook salmon in the river from migrating upstream to spawn, and a number of other populations are expected later in the summer.Aaron Hill, executive director of Watershed Watch Salmon Society, says several of the populations that use the river are already in peril and their numbers would severely decline if they are unable to spawn.He notes the obstruction near Big Bar, northwest of Kamloops near Clinton in the Interior, is fairly low down on the long and winding river so it’s affecting a large part of the Fraser watershed and major tributaries.Vincent Bryan, an innovator behind a possible solution known as the ‘salmon cannon,’ says the problem is urgent because fish will start arriving en masse in August and by the middle of that month there will be a million or more sockeye backed up.Bryan’s company, Whooshh Innovations, has created a flexible, pressurized tube that moves fish over obstructions and he’s been at the rock slide site assessing how the system could work there.The Canadian Press
The GLSEN Respect Awards – Los Angeles will take place at the Beverly Hills Hotel this week.The GLSEN Respect Awards – Los Angeles is an annual gala to recognize the exceptional efforts of individual and corporate leaders who have made a significant difference to ensure schools are safe for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) students and their allies.Five awards will be presented onstage in order of presentation to: Bob and Harvey Weinstein (Chairman’s Award); Adam Fitzgerald and Blake Drummond (Special Recognition); Simon Halls and Matt Bomer (Inspiration Award); Luis Veloz (Student Advocate of the Year); and Marilyn and Jeffrey Katzenberg (Lifetime Achievement Award). A complete list of bios can be found at: www.glsen.org.Guests include: Emmy and Golden Globe Award winning actor Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory); Oscar Award winning actress Octavia Spencer (The Help); Oscar nominated actress Amy Adams (The Master); Tony Award winning actress Ellen Barkin (The New Normal); Emmy and Golden Globe Award winning actress Kyra Sedgwick (The Possession); filmmaker Brett Ratner (Tower Heist); Tim DeKay (White Collar); Tiffani Thiessen (White Collar); Willie Garson (White Collar); Jonathan Del Arco (Major Crimes); Jeri Ryan (Body of Proof); Brittany Ishibashi (Political Animals); Greg Rikaart (The Young and the Restless); Clementine Ford (The Young and the Restless); Rami Malek (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2); and GLSEN Executive Director Dr. Eliza Byard. More names to be announced.WHEN: Friday, October 5, 2012 5:15pm Media Check-in6:00pm Arrivals & Cocktail Reception7:30pm Awards CeremonyWHERE: Beverly Hills Hotel: 9641 Sunset Boulevard, Beverly Hills, CA 90210The Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN), is the leading national education organization focused on ensuring safe schools for all students. Established in 1990, GLSEN envisions a world in which every child learns to respect and accept all people, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression. GLSEN seeks to develop school climates where difference is valued for the positive contribution it makes to creating a more vibrant and diverse community. For information on GLSEN’s research, educational resources, public policy advocacy, student organizing programs and educator training initiatives, visit www.glsen.org.
Actor Dominic West, best known for his role as Detective Jimmy McNulty in the HBO drama series ‘The Wire’ and playing Fred West in ‘Appropriate Adult’, is supporting the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children’s Don’t wait until you’re certain campaign.Video: Actor Dominic West supports NSPCC Don’t Wait campaignDominic features in a video message that encourages people to get in touch with the NSPCC if they have concerns about a child.He says in the video: “The longer you deliberate over child abuse, the greater the risk to the child in question. It could be nothing. But it could be something. If you’re worried about a child, don’t wait until you’re certain. Contact the NSPCC on 0808 800 5000.”
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge met families supported by Child Bereavement UK this week, which supports families and educates professionals when a baby or child of any age dies or is dying, or when a child is facing bereavement.The Duke has been patron of the charity since 2009.The royal couple was greeted by crowds of well-wishers as they visited the charity’s offices near High Wycombe in Buckinghamshire.Meeting staff, volunteers and supporters at Child Bereavement UK, The Duke said: “It’s fantastic what you are doing. I’m so proud to be a patron of the charity. Please keep up the good work.”The Duke and Duchess met bereaved families and saw first-hand some of Child Bereavement UK’s support groups for bereaved children, young people and parents. They experienced the activities of the charity’s Young People’s Advisory Group, a forum for bereaved young people to share their experiences and help develop resources. Daniel, age 14, said: “They had a chat with everyone and they seemed like very nice people. It was pretty exciting.”The couple also met bereaved young children and their parents, where children took part in creative activities designed to help them express their feelings. They also met a Parents’ Support Group for parents following the death of a child.Juliette, whose two children Aidan, 13, and Elysia, 7, attend children’s groups at the charity said: “Child Bereavement UK has been so helpful because they understand – they’ve dealt with children who have been through similar things to us.”Her son Aidan said of the Young People’s group he attends: “It’s just really helpful, it just cheers me up. The stuff that we do is really fun, and if I’ve had a bad day at school or something like that, I can go to that club and I just feel much better.” On meeting the Duke and Duchess, Juliette added: “They made the families feel very much at ease. William was very funny actually, and really interactive, both of them, with the children, which was lovely to see.”Chief Executive Ann Chalmers said: “It was wonderful to have both the Duke and Duchess here to visit us and to experience Child Bereavement UK’s work first-hand. They both showed great compassion, warmth and understanding, and I don’t doubt they will have been moved by what they heard from the bereaved families and children they met.”Source:ChildBereavementUK.org