Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s cavalcade was pelted with bricks and stones on Friday when he was on his way to Nandan village in Buxar district as part of his ‘Vikas Samiksha Yatra’. Mr. Kumar was not harmed but some security personnel sustained injuries.Kicking off the fourth leg of his month-long tour of the State’s 38 districts, Mr. Kumar reached Buxar and was on his way to Nandan. When his convoy did not stop at a Dalit hamlet, some villagers pelted bricks and stones at it. The windows of some vehicles were damaged and two security personnel sustained injuries. The villagers also raised anti-government slogans. Policemen chased the protesters and resorted to a lathi charge, injuring some of them.“We wanted the CM to see that none of his development work under the Saat Nischay (seven resolutions) programme had reached that part of the village — all development work has been done just to one side of the village, but policemen started chasing us away,” a villager told mediapersons. Later, Mr. Kumar said at a public meeting, “People should not get perturbed over such minor happenings. Some people get disturbed over my commitment to progress of the State. My purpose is not to run the government from the State capital but to assess ground realities and the progress of development schemes.” Earlier in the yatra, when some protesters waved black flags at Sulindabad village in Saharsa, Mr. Kumar had said wryly, “What is wrong with black colour? It is a fine shade. Dissent lends beauty to democracy.”
South Africa were relying on Jacques Kallis to bail them out of tough situations and he didn’t disappoint them either.It was his exploits with the bat in the second innings that helped them put 341 all out on board against India on Day 4 of the third and final Test in Cape Town on Wednesday.Jacques Kallis raises his bat after his century. APHe stood up when the chips were down, braved the pain but batted on. Batted on for his teammates and in the process scored his second century in the match remaining unbeaten on 109.He was hit on the chest by S Sreesanth in the first innings. The blow left a contusion on his right rib and a muscle strain, but it didn’t stop his charge. He scored an impressive 161 on Day 2.The pain forced him to sit out during fielding, but it couldn’t stop him from wielding the willow on again today.A Harbhajan Singh delivery climbed on to him forcing him to arch back aggravating his injury. He fell to the ground in pain, but stood up again and continued.Taking cue, Mark Boucher, who has been out of form throughout the series, got his confidence back and helped Kallis in his endeavour. The two put on 103 for the seventh wicket before Sachin Tendulkar decided to break their stand. Boucher fell for 55, but the Kallis remained.Often he would sit leaning against his bat, wincing in pain, but his focus didn’t wane.In came Dale Steyn, more famous for his exploits with the ball. But on Wednesday, he showed how gutsy he can be a batsman. He stayed for an hour at the crease putting on 54 runs for the eighth wicket with Kallis.advertisementHarbhajan Singh celebrates the wicket of Hashim Amla. AP PhotoFinally, Harbhajan Singh, who was getting good bounce from the wicket accounted for Steyn’s wicket on 32 to complete a five-wicket haul in the innings. But by then the game had drifted away from India’s grip with a sizable 285 runs lead in the Protea bag.Kallis stayed on to complete his ton and score an unbeaten 109 even as Harbhajan Singh wiped off the tail finishing with figures of 38-1-120-7. Hopefully India’s batting superpower Sachin Tendulkar has an answer to Kallis’s exploits on the final day of the Test on Thursday. India need 340 runs to win – a mammoth task.
17Jul Michigan House announces bipartisan mental health task force Categories: Vaupel News Panel to examine issues affecting state’s most vulnerable residents State Reps. Hank Vaupel and Klint Kesto will lead a Michigan House task force to explore ways to enable Michigan residents facing mental health challenges to live happier, healthier and more independent lives, Speaker Tom Leonard announced today.Leonard appointed Vaupel and Kesto to co-chair the House C.A.R.E.S. task force, named for the key elements the panel hopes to address in order to support vulnerable citizens: Community, Access, Resources, Education and Safety.“We’re taking a comprehensive approach to address challenges vulnerable people face each and every day,” said Vaupel, R-Fowlerville, chair of the House Health Policy Committee. “This could include veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder, victims whose lives are forever altered by traumatic crimes or prisoners who struggle with underlying mental disorders. We want to hear from anyone who struggles to succeed due to inadequate access to mental health care or confusing regulations.”The task force will hold public meetings during July and August to receive input from individuals and professionals around the state. Additionally, the task force will tour facilities to gain a better understanding of programs already available. Current plans include visits to Meridian Health in Detroit, which offers government health plans, and a state mental health care facility.“Holding meetings and visiting facilities all across Michigan will allow us to gather feedback on a wide variety of topics related to mental health care, rehabilitation programs and vocational training,” said Kesto, R-Commerce Township, chair of the House Law and Justice Committee. “I’m looking forward to learning about programs that are successful and, perhaps more importantly, the programs that aren’t so successful so we can work on fixing the problems.”The information gathered will help develop reforms that result in more consistency in mental health services across the state, better support for our veterans, additional attention to substance abuse, improvements to mental health courts, enhanced training for law enforcement, and any other ideas brought forward.Other members of the task force include Reps. Dr. Edward Canfield (R-Sebewaing), Fred Durhal III (D-Detroit), Vanessa Guerra (D-Bridgeport), Abdullah Hammoud (D-Dearborn), Robert Kosowski (D-Westland), David LaGrand (D-Grand Rapids), Dave Pagel (R-Berrien Springs), Daire Rendon (R-Lake City), Sylvia Santana (D-Detroit), Jason Wentworth (R-Clare), Mary Whiteford (R-Casco Township) and Robert Wittenberg (D-Oak Park).Dates and locations of task force meetings will be announced shortly.###
Nick CohenFormer BBC multiplatform commissioner Nick Cohen has returned to the TV industry after three years at advertising firm Mediacom by joining Little Dot Studios.Cohen will be VP, content, strategy and brand partnerships at All3Media-backed Litte Dot, which Andy Talor and Selma Turajlic founded 18 months ago.He joins in February from WPP-owned Mediacom, where he is managing partner and head of content.Little Dot now creates content and manages YouTube channels for the likes of ITV, Channel 4, Pepsi Max, Cadburys, Benefit Cosmetics and Unilever; and also operates original YouTube channel Daily Mix.Cohen, meanwhile, is best known as multiplatform factual commissioner at UK pubcaster the BBC, and as director of broadband and interactive television development, EMEA, at Turner Broadcasting System.“Digital video is the single most exciting area of the media industry right now, and it’s start-ups like Little Dot who are shaping this new world and creating the content formats of tomorrow, so I’m incredibly excited to be joining Selma, Andy and the team,” said Cohen.“This is a vital period of growth for our business and Nick brings a wealth of experience, both from leading content for the UK’s largest agency, and from his many years as an award-winning producer and commissioner,” said Taylor. “Selma and I are delighted to have him join the team.”