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Former headteacher with ovarian cancer shares the signs and symptoms

A former headteacher from Greater Manchester who is living with ovarian cancer wants more women to know the signs and symptoms of the cancer. Gill Broom, 62, originally from Bramhall, Stockport, was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in November 2020. Gill, who now lives in Clitheroe, is a volunteer with the Dianne Oxberry Trust – a charity focused on raising awareness of ovarian cancer symptoms across the North West. Dianne, who was from Greater Manchester and one of the BBC’s longest-serving presenters, sadly died from ovarian cancer on 10 January 2019. Gill found out she had ovarian cancer almost a year later. Sharing her story Gill initially suspected something was wrong when she experienced post-menopausal bleeding while out shopping in September 2020. Postmenopausal bleeding is an uncommon symptom of ovarian cancer and is more common with womb cancers. Fortunately, Gill contacted her GP urgently knowing it was a ‘red-flag symptom’. After a series of tests, Gill went on to be diagnosed with clear-cell ovarian cancer and underwent a hysterectomy and chemotherapy. She was then put on routine checks. Unfortunately, around a year later in November 2021 a check-up identified some further evidence of cancer spreading to her lymph nodes which she had keyhole surgery to remove. Surgeons were able to remove the cancer and Gill is now monitored with regular blood tests. Her cancer remains stable, but she may need further treatment in future. Raising awareness Gill, who works part-time for a card and gift business, said: “You don’t see as many leaflets or posters or hear as many stories about ovarian cancer, compared to breast cancer and cervical cancer. I wanted to try and help the Dianne Oxberry Trust help change that. “As a headteacher, I was used to speaking to people so now I do talks to help raise awareness of ovarian cancer and the signs and symptoms. “I want everyone to know that it’s really important to see your GP if you suspect you have any potential symptoms of ovarian cancer and to go back and be persistent if you don’t get answers straight away. “It’s always tempting to make excuses that it could be down to something else, but it’s better to go and get checked out and to be sure either way. “Don’t leave it or put it off, just go! It’s scary, but for me personally, it was scarier when I didn’t know what was wrong. Once you know, you have a plan.” Vague symptoms Dr Nadia Ali-Ross, from Greater Manchester Cancer Alliance, said: “We’d like to thank Gill for sharing her experience of ovarian cancer during Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. “The symptoms of ovarian cancer can be very vague, particularly when the disease is in its early stages. “If you’re experiencing any of the symptoms below, contact your GP practice.” Early action saves lives Eamonn O’Neal, chair of the Dianne Oxberry Trust and good friend and colleague of Dianne, said: “When Dianne died, Ian her husband and a group of her loved ones wanted to turn something unimaginable into something positive. “The charity now works hard to spread the word about the symptoms of ovarian cancer across the North West. “We are really grateful to Gill for sharing her experiences and supporting us – we are a charity run almost completely by volunteers and her work raising awareness is incredibly important. “We know all too well how vital early diagnosis is so if anyone is in doubt about symptoms they are experiencing we’d urge them to get checked by their GP. “It could be nothing but early action really does save lives.” Ovarian cancer – know the signs Symptoms of ovarian cancer include frequently having: • a swollen tummy or feeling bloated • pain or tenderness in your tummy or the area between the hips (pelvis) • no appetite or feeling full quickly after eating • an urgent need to pee or needing to pee more often Other symptoms of ovarian cancer can include: • indigestion • constipation or diarrhoea • back pain • feeling tired all the time • losing weight without trying • bleeding from the vagina after the menopause Find out more If something doesn’t feel right, or it’s been going on for a while, let your GP know. Finding cancer early saves lives. Visit the NHS website for more information.

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Coronation Street’s Julie Goodyear’s heartbreaking love life – losing soulmate girlfriend, 11-year proposal and ‘best of a bad bunch

Julie Goodyear, the Coronation Street legend who played Bet Lynch in the ITV soap for more than 25 years, has experienced a heartbreaking loss. She was married four times but never to her ‘soulmate’. Julie, 81, lost her former girlfriend and PA, Janet Ross, to cancer in 2012. Janet was one of Julie’s first female partners and also a close friend. In 2013, Julie shared with Piers Morgan on Life Stories: “She and I became soulmates. I don’t know if you’ve ever found that. I hadn’t, before or since. “When my mother came to the last three months of her life, Janet Ross was like a rock. You don’t often find mates like that. Incredible.” Julie continued: “Two years ago I received a phone call, from Janet and she said, ‘I need to talk to you, Julie.’ I was there within an hour. And we were sitting in her back garden. She said, ‘You know I almost got the all-clear.’ I said, ‘Yes,’ She said, ‘Well, it’s back.'”. READ MORE: Coronation Street’s Claire Sweeney supported as she shares ‘lovely memories’ after sad death READ MORE: Read more of our Coronation Street stories here “My soulmate, and it was her turn now? After everything she’d done for me, with my mum and in my life. We’re not talking sex, we’re talking good people, real people, kind people. And she died.”, reports the Mirror. Julie and Janet lived together until Julie started dating Duncan Ford, a taxi driver who left his wife and son for her. Julie, a few years later, got married to Richard Skrob, an airline executive. However, their long-distance relationship ended after just 21 months. In 2007, she married Scott Brand, who she met when he delivered plaster to her house. She had been hesitant to marry him for over a decade. Scott, who is 26 years younger than Julie and eight years younger than her son Gary, proposed to her every day for 11 years. When asked why she finally said yes, Julie replied: “Emotional blackmail. He said, ‘You do realise, if you don’t marry me, I’ll never be married. Because I’ll never meet anybody who would ever match up to you. I said, ‘Oh, go on then.’ Don’t try to turn it into a love story.” She also added: “He’s been the best of a bad bunch, he really has.” Julie’s first marriage was to Ray Sutcliffe when she was 17 and two months pregnant with Gary. They separated after three years. Her second husband, Tony Rudman, left her for his best man on their wedding day in 1973. Besides four marriages, she also had four gay relationships. It comes as Scott has spoken about the pain of watching his fun-loving wife “slowly fading away” following her dementia diagnosis. He has shared his experience of the condition in conjunction with a new Alzheimer’s Society campaign, featuring a TV advert voiced by British actor Colin Firth. The advert, titled The Long Goodbye, focuses on the harsh reality of the disease’s progression which causes loved ones to “die again, and again, and again”. It is a theme echoed by Scott’s own experiences. “I miss the fun-loving wife that Julie had always been – the larger-than-life personality that brightened up everywhere she went, and the smile that lit up every room,” he said. “All of this is now slowly fading away and it’s extremely painful for me to watch this deterioration. “Julie now struggles recognising people and everyone she meets is called ‘Scott’. Not being able to spontaneously go out as husband and wife, holding hands as we stroll along, going for meals together and going shopping – all these losses for me symbolise the Long Goodbye.”

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Gary Neville agrees with Jurgen Klopp on key issue as Manchester United legend demands change

Gary Neville has agreed with Jurgen Klopp’s view of FA Cup replays needing to be permanently scrapped. It is believed the FA are set to bring to an end to replays which still exist in the third and fourth round of the competition and can be worth thousands to lower-league clubs. Cambridge United earned over £1million in 2015 after taking Manchester United to a replay at Old Trafford, with other sides following suit in earning lucrative sums as a result of their heroics displays. There were previously replays at every round of the FA Cup, though they have not been staged from the fifth round of the competition onwards since 2018/19 in a bid to reduce the number of fixtures clubs are participating in each season. Replays are expected to be axed altogether to coincide with a new TV deal, expected to begin in 2025/26, and could also see two-legged Carabao Cup semi-finals ditched. Such changes are viewed as necessary by many due to adjustments to European football from next season, which will see sides competing in more fixtures than before as the number of clubs involved in the Champions League and Europa League first phases rises from 32 to 36. READ MORE: Manchester United’s Kobbie Mainoo needs to copy an AC Milan icon – he reminds me of him so much READ MORE: I saw what Bruno Fernandes said about Manchester United and INEOS – it puts the Glazers to shame Of the opinion removing FA Cup replays is the right way to go, Neville said on The Overlap’s Stick To Football Podcast: “They have to take replays away in the FA Cup. They have them in the early rounds, but they have to get rid of them. It’s all or nothing. “I get it [the argument about keeping them for the lower clubs] but to save the competition [replays need to go]. I like to think I talk on lower clubs, and they can get a home draw and if you think about a lower club getting a home draw, and it has to finish that day, you’ve got a chance of a shock. Whereas if it goes to a replay at a big ground, you get the money but where’s the shock?” One of those who has been calling for this shift in approach for some time has been Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp, who hasn’t been afraid to make his opinion known on the topic. “The lifelines for small clubs cannot be massive problems for clubs who play every three days,” he said. “We cannot solve all the problems by playing more games… How often did it happen that a smaller club came through because of this extra game? “I know there is money involved and that’s how it is but you have to find solutions. Nobody wants to kill the smaller clubs; they have exactly the same right for existence as all of us.”

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Bruno Fernandes tells Man United how to hire Ruben Amorim as their next manager ahead of Liverpool

Manchester United midfielder Bruno Fernandes has said a potential departure for Sporting Lisbon manager Ruben Amorim could depend on whether his release clause is triggered. Although United can still win the FA Cup and qualify for the Champions League again this season, the pressure has mounted on Erik ten Hag and he faces an uncertain future. Sir Jim Ratcliffe has become a co-owner of the club and gained control of football operations. There is a feeling Ratcliffe might want his own managerial appointment in charge and that Ten Hag is essentially auditioning to keep his job from now until the end of the season. ALSO READ: United’s exciting youngster Lacey set to sign pro contract ALSO READ: Shaw injury hint as player joins England camp Amorim is one of the dozen names to have been linked with the United job and he’s said to be attracting interest from other top clubs, like Liverpool and Barcelona. The 39-year-old has never managed outside Portugal, but he led Sporting to their first league title in 19 years in his first full season in charge. Sporting are on course to win Liga Portugal again this term and Amorim is believed to have a release clause of around €10m in his contract. Fernandes was asked about the manager of his former club during the international break and he told SportTV: “If he really takes the next step – I hope he stays at Sporting – but if he takes the next step, I think the qualities are all there to be able to succeed in English, French, or Spanish football. “Obviously, we know that the Premier League is probably the most desired. The qualities [to succeed in England] are there. And he has everything to take the next step, in my opinion. “But it will depend on the clubs, the directors, whether they want to pay the Sporting’s release clause or not. There are many components. But I think that the manager Ruben Amorim is prepared for the next leap.” Amorim was asked in November whether his release clause could be triggered, to which he replied: “I’m not going to be commenting on that. I will respect the contract, everything that is there will be fulfilled.” He continued: “Regarding the future, I have an idea for the end of the season but I won’t say it now. But the results and the context take us to something different. I don’t want to be commenting on these things. I have not been contacted by Manchester United.”

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Appeal for information after woman assaulted outside gym in Scarborough

The incident took place at approximately 10.15am on Thursday February 29. The victim, a woman in her 30s, was assaulted by an unknown man near to the Barbelle gym on Northway. Officers are now appealing for information from members of the public who tried to help or anyone who was driving in the area that may have caught any relevant dashcam footage. Email andrew.gambles@northyorkshire.police.uk if you have any information that could help the investigation. Alternatively, call North Yorkshire Police on 101 and ask for Andrew Gambles, or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via their website. Quote reference 12240036937 when passing on information.

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SS Rajamouli, Son Karthikeya Survive ‘Freaking’ Earthquake In Japan

Director SS Rajamouli, his son Karthikeya and producer Shobu Yarlagadda, visited Japan for an exclusive screening of their 2022 film RRR. Amidst engaging with fans and divulging insights about their upcoming project with Mahesh Babu, the trio experienced an earthquake. Rajamouli’s son Karthikeya took to his X account to share a picture of his watch, showing an emergency alert for the earthquake. He wrote, “Felt a freaking earthquake in Japan just now!!! Was on the 28th floor and slowly the ground started to move and took us a while to realise it was an earthquake. I was just about to panic but all the Japanese around did not budge as if it just started to rain!! Experience an earthquake box ticked. (sic)” SS Rajamouli and RRR team are visiting Japan to attend the screening of the film. The incident occurred during the visit. ‘RRR’ Show In Japan: Tickets Sold In Less Than a Minute; SS Rajamouli To Attend(At The Quint, we are answerable only to our audience. Play an active role in shaping our journalism by becoming a member. Because the truth is worth it.)

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Eagles duo Oscar Allen, Elijah Hewett to have surgery

Camera IconWest Coast’s Oscar Allen has suffered bone bruising and cartilage damage. (Richard Wainwright/AAP PHOTOS) Credit: AAP Eagles duo Oscar Allen, Elijah Hewett to have surgery Justin ChadwickAAPMarch 21, 2024 5:04PM Topics Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail UsCopy the Link

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Economic hardship: Posterity will be kind to Tinubu – Shettima

Vice President Kashim Shettima has said posterity will remember President Bola Tinubu for being a decisive leader. He said Tinubu has played an important role in guiding the country towards economic prosperity and stability. The Vice President’s remark was disclosed on the X handle of the Presidency. According to Shettima, Tinubu does not apportion blame over the current economic situation in the country. He said: “We have crossed the Rubicon, and the nation is on the path to sustained growth. Some nations have gone through worse cases in the annals of their history than us. “The President means well for the nation. He has a good heart for the nation and we have the moral imperative to support him in whatever way we can to salvage the ship of the state. “The President doesn’t subscribe to the idea of apportioning of blame, the buck stops on his desk and he has not shied away from taking those decisive actions. “Be rest assured that in the fullness of time, posterity will be very kind to him.”

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Company manager demands physical favour from woman to clear her dead father’s provident fund; booked by police

The Kherwadi police in Mumbai on Wednesday night registered an FIR against the manager of a South Mumbai-based private company for allegedly sending obscene messages to a woman and demanding physical favours from her in lieu of clearing the Employee Provident Fund (EPF) of her dead father, who worked in his company. The 24-year-old woman, who hails from a low-income family, works as a housekeeper and looks after her younger brother, 19, and grandmother, 75. Her mother has separated from the family long back after securing a divorce. The complainant woman’s father worked for a Mazgaon-based company from 2009 to 2015. He died in 2015 when the complainant woman was 15 years old. His father’s employee was deducting EPF from her father’s salary. After his demise, she was to get the balance of the EPF after attaining the age of 18, as her father named her as the nominee, the police said. On turning 18, the woman approached the EPF office in Bandra and filled out a form to claim her father’s EPF money. She followed up with the EPF office for nearly five years but had not gotten her dues. The FIR states that in February 2023, the EPF officials informed her that her father’s EPF file had been sent to his employer’s manager, called ‘Sushant sir’, and that she would get the EPF in 45 days. But, as she did not get the dues, she contacted the person named Sushant about releasing the EPF. “Sushant sir told me that he would help me get my father’s EPF and demanded physical favours from me via text messages. I ignored it. But this year, in February, when she followed up the matter again, he again sent such obscene messages demanding physical relationships,” the woman stated in the FIR. A source said the woman then approached the Kherwadi police station and filed a complaint with screenshots of “Sushant sir’s” vulgar conversation. The police registered a case against the accused under Section 509B (sexual harassment by electronic mode) of the Indian Penal Code and Section 67A (transmitting of material containing sexually explicit acts, etc., in electronic form) of the Information Technology Act. They are looking for him.

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GTU VP admits ‘financial issues’ were discussed with MoE – Guyana Chronicle

union’s credibility under scrutiny as meeting minutes dispute deepens in court THE credibility of the Guyana Teachers’ Union (GTU) is facing intense scrutiny as more doubts emerge regarding the existence of crucial minutes of meetings purportedly held between the union and the Ministry of Education (MoE). The latest developments unfolded after it was revealed that the ministry stands as the sole possessor of documentation pertaining to these meetings. On Tuesday, GTU President, Mark Lyte, asserted to Justice Sandil Kissoon that the union possessed minutes of meetings held with the ministry from 2019 to 2023. However, when questioned by the judge on Wednesday, it was revealed that no such documents could be located, casting serious doubts about the reliability of the GTU’s claims. The Ministry of Education handed over all documents related to meetings with the GTU from 2020 to February 2024, in compliance with court orders. Justice Kissoon pressed on with the hearing on Wednesday, 24 hours after he had proposed that minutes from both parties be examined to form a “statement of agreed facts.” “The burden of proof is with the applicant. The applicant has indicated they are in possession of minutes. “The applicant is saying, however, that those minutes do not reflect what the representative of the respondent is contending,” Justice Kissoon said during the hearing. He further explained that the court even ordered Chief Education Officer (CEO) Saddam Hussain to assist the judicial review with copies of all of those documents that support the performance contained in his affidavit for the case. “The court is proposing that all of the minutes that are in possession of the applicant and the respondent be part of the bundle of documents before this court, to be examined by all parties within a stipulated time… And a statement of agreed facts be prepared by the parties flowing from the contents of those documents. And any facts that are disputed, we set out separately,” Justice Kissoon posited to the parties. GTU’s attorney, Darren Wade, agreed with this new approach and told the judge that his proposal was a “sensible” one which could advance the case faster. However, when Justice Kissoon asked him if he had copies of the GTU’s minutes which he claim tells a “different narrative” from the MoE’s, he said: “It is not available. There may have records that they took personally, but there have never been actual minutes.” Senior Counsel Roysdale Forde who is also on record for the union, however, said that the minutes of the meeting submitted by the state tell the false narrative that financial matters were discussed, which was contradictory to what the GTU is contending. In response, Justice Kissoon reminded Forde that the respondent is contending that discussions took place and are still ongoing and pointed out that the latter is of no concern to him. “The continuing aspect is no concern to the court. But, the legitimacy of the industrial action, or the circumstances leading up to that are relevant to the issues that have to be determined,” the judge said. BEWILDERED While all of this was unfolding, Nandlall was clearly taken aback. “I want to begin by professing my bewilderment in the way this case has been unfolding,” he said before dissecting what was being proposed by the court. He added, “If the facts are not established then they are not established. That’s part of my bewilderment.” Nandlall seized upon the absence of GTU’ minutes, stating that this was a critical blow to the union’s credibility as he emphasised the fundamental importance of factual evidence in substantiating claims brought before the court, particularly in a case of such significance. Justice Kissoon, however, told him that if he believed that the court was failing to get to the root of what constituted the substance of the discussions or whether financial matters were under consideration or negotiation, he was free to seek redress. “I regret that you are bewildered. But that is what the court will attempt to do to get as much assistance and to get all of the documents that are available to assist me in rendering a decision that is just and fair and being fully informed with the assistance of all of the parties,” Justice Kissoon told Nandlall. Nevertheless, with the absence of any other document, both parties agreed for the case to proceed and GTU’s Vice President (VP) Julian Cambridge was called to the stand to be cross-examined. Under cross-examination, from MoE’s attorney, Darshan Ramdhani KC, Cambridge acknowledged that the government implemented some salary increases without engaging in collective bargaining. He conceded that various financial considerations, including duty-free concessions, housing funds, and scholarships, were discussed between the GTU and the Ministry of Education. Benefits such as travel allowances and increased salaries for certain teachers were addressed during the meeting, with some exclusive benefits to union members. Discussions also revolved around scholarships, contingent on programme accreditation from the Guyana Online Academy of Learning (GOAL). While 3,800 GOAL scholarships were made available during talks in 2024, Cambridge couldn’t recall the exact number of meetings held between the union and the ministry since 2020. Ramdhani put to Cambridge that financial matters were discussed during a meeting held between MoE and GTU on January 31, to which he replied “no”. “It is my understanding that this process was that the Ministry of Education was trying to improve financial awards that were being given to teachers in the system. Isn’t that what this was aiming to do,” Ramdhani asked Cambridge, which replied with “yes.” Cambridge later acknowledged that financial matters as proposed by the union were discussed in the statutory meetings with the Education Ministry. Wade maintained that collective bargaining between the two parties was not done. “While you may say collective bargaining was not done, if the parties engage in discussions about specific matters, that may fall under the head of the welfare and improvement of the members of the union, then the argument may be raised that it forms part of collective bargaining in the ordinary context,” the judge put to Wade, which he conceded to. STRONGLY REJECTED Hussain was later called to the stand where he was questioned about something Cambridge had said. Cambridge had earlier told the court that allowances for educators engaged in teaching practice at the Cyril Potter College of Education (CPCE) were unpaid. “I would have to refute that, that position. In preparing this affidavit, I got the figure of $15,511, 149; I got those from the payment vouchers,” Hussain said as he strongly rejected Cambridge’s claim. The matter stands adjourned until Thursday at 13:00 hours, with Hussain returning for cross-examination. On March 4, following a court-appointed mediation, the GTU called off the illegal protest and agreed for the striking teachers to return to their classrooms. However, on March 12, talks between the GTU and the MoE broke down again, after the ministry upheld the government’s position that discussions surrounding salary increases should be from 2024 onwards. The GTU had asked for a 20 per cent increase and indicated that they are interested in discussing only salaries, particularly between the period 2019 and 2023, and nothing else. The union maintained its determination to discuss only salary matters concerning the prior years and refused to address the other 25 matters which were identified for discussion by both the Ministry of Education and the union. This resulted in the representatives of the union abandoning the process and walking out of the meeting. On Tuesday, GTU withdrew its application seeking to force the MoE into discussions regarding teachers’ salary increases for the period 2019 to 2023.

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