Are you ready for a fight? If you have diverticulitis, you already know how difficult it is to live with the disease. If you are at risk for developing diverticulitis, there are steps you can take to help avoid it. So, how do you fight diverticulitis?Diverticulitis is a type of diverticular disease, which appears in two forms that sound similar. Diverticulosis is the presence of small sacs in the colon that form as the result of small herniations (diverticula). Experts believe diverticulosis is associated with a low-fiber diet, obesity, and constipation.Diverticulitis is the more serious form in which the diverticula become inflamed as do the sacs, which can also become infected. Symptoms of diverticulitis include painful abdominal cramps, bloating, constipation, and diarrhea. These symptoms can last from a few hours to weeks, and can result in weakness and weight loss. Diverticulitis occurs most often in people who are older than 50 years old, yet up to 20% of patients are younger. Among people with diverticulosis, 10 to 25% go on to develop diverticulitis. Of these, about 15 to 25% may eventually need surgery because of complications associated with the disease, such as peritonitis (inflammation of the membrane that lines the abdominal cavity), intestinal rupture, and formation of abscesses.Attempts to prevent and fight diverticulitis can be approached on several fronts, including lifestyle and medication. Some studies indicate that a combination of the two can be beneficial. In the lifestyle category, dietary study results show that a high-fiber diet can reduce the risk of developing diverticular disease. In a study conducted by experts at the University of Oxford, for example, researchers found that vegetarians were more than 30% less likely to develop diverticulosis or diverticulitis when compared with nonvegetarians. The investigators evaluated 47,033 adults, including 15,459 who were vegetarians. Among their other findings was that people who ate a fiber-rich diet (about 25 grams daily) had a lower risk of going to the hospital and/or dying form diverticular disease when compared with people who consumed less than 14 grams of fiber daily.In an effort to find ways to prevent acute diverticulitis, experts in Italy reviewed 31 studies. Overall they found that a combination treatment of rifaximin (a type of antibiotic) and fiber provided significant benefit compared with fiber alone, although even this approach did not completely prevent attacks. A recent Mayo Clinic report made two important statements concerning diverticulosis and diverticulitis. One, there is no evidence that foods such as seeds, corn, popcorn, and indigestible nuts irritate diverticuli and result in diverticulitis.Two, the report also focused “on the evidence that fiber intake may be beneficial in the prevention and recurrence of symptomatic and complicated diverticular disease.” In addition to diet and age, other risk factors for diverticulitis include obesity, smoking, and lack of exercise. Another possible risk factor is stress.Stress has been associated with a great number of health problems, including gastrointestinal disorders, because stress disrupts normal digestion, reduces the delivery of oxygen to the body, and also can compromise the immune system. This combination of factors can have a negative impact on the intestinal tract, especially if inflammation and infection are already present.Therefore the fight against diverticulosis and diverticulitis should include lifestyle changes: a high-fiber, low-fat diet, stress management (e.g., deep breathing exercises, progressive relaxation, meditation), maintenance of a healthy weight, exercise, and no smoking. While these steps will not cure diverticulitis, they can improve the quality of life with the disease. And prevention is the best cure for any disease.SOURCES:Crowe FL et al. British Medical Journal 2011; 343:d4131Maconi G et al. Diseases of the Colon and Rectum 2011 Oct; 54(10): 1326-38National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney DiseasesTarleton S, DiBaise JK. Nutrition in Clinical Practice 2011 Apr; 26(2): 137-42Picture credit: Wikimedia Commons
TEMPE, Ariz. — Oklahoma salvaged what it could from an otherwise forgettable season by outlasting Iowa 31-14 on Friday night in the Insight Bowl.Winning the second-best bowl in Greater Phoenix — Big 12 champion and rival Oklahoma State plays Monday in the Fiesta Bowl — provides little long-term consolation for a one-time national title favorite, but the Sooners took out three months of frustration on the Hawkeyes.”These guys persevered, came out here and played an excellent game,” OU coach Bob Stoops said. Oklahoma won its fourth straight non-BCS bowl with aggressive defense, superior special teams and just a smidgen of offense.Kicker Michael Hunnicutt’s 35-yard field goal with 2:28 to play gave the Sooners a 24-14 lead, and Blake Bell’s third touchdown run — a 21-yard burst with 45 seconds to play, put it away.An Insight Bowl record crowd of 54,247, spread out comfortably inside Sun Devil Stadium, sat through three quarters of struggling offense, but shimmied throughout the fourth quarter as the Hawkeyes staged their rally.James Vandenberg’s 5-yard pass to C.J. Fiedorowicz with 14:46 to play wrapped up a 16-play drive that ate up nearly eight minutes and nearly sapped the Sooner defense.Two possessions later, Vandenberg slipped a 9-yard TD to emergency running back Jordan Canzeri, his first career TD, cutting the Sooners’ lead to 21-14 with 6:56 to play.But Iowa’s offense didn’t have enough punch, especially with punter Tress Way averaging 50.3 yards per kick and keeping the Hawkeyes deep on their end of the field.After Hunnicutt’s clincher, Iowa still had just over two minutes to rally. But before the Hawkeyes could run an offensive play, ESPN’s aerial camera plunged to the ground just outside the Iowa huddle and narrowly missed receivers Marvin McNutt and Kevonte Martin-Manley. The broken cable clipped McNutt’s helmet as the players ran out of harm’s way, and the game was delayed five minutes.Iowa’s final chance however, ended after four plays. The Hawkeyes finished with 292 yards total offense against an OU defense driven to rectify its record-setting futility this season.OU’s offense struggled again, gaining just 276 yards and 15 first downs. The Sooners rushed for just 114 yards (3.1 per carry) and Jones was 16-of-25 for 161 yards with a touchdown, an interception and two sacks. Bell led OU with 51 rushing yards and was named the game’s offensive MVP.”It’s awesome,” Bell said. “I can only thank these guys, the seniors, the offensive line, they blocked great tonight.”Bell rushed for two 4-yard touchdowns in the first half to give the Sooners a 14-0 halftime lead, and Jones threw his first touchdown pass in nearly 16 quarters to give OU a 21-0 lead midway through the third quarter.Bell’s first TD came two plays after Jamell Fleming’s 21-yard interception return in the first quarter.Bells’ second score made it 14-0 in the second period. That touchdown capped a 13-play, 66-yard drive on which Jones overcame a sack, a holding penalty and a sledgehammer blow to the head at the end of a scramble.
If “Portlandia” is a TV spoof about life in Portland, what do you call a Web-based spoof about life in Vancouver? “Vancouvria,” apparently. A video by that name debuted Sunday at “Attack of the Flix,” a Portland-based monthly film competition. Now it’s generating buzz on YouTube as well. Posted by Brighton West, a Portland film maker, the short video pokes fun at a number of stereotypes that Oregonians have about Southwest Washington, saying that “Vancouver’s like an alternative universe” – one where people can get groceries bagged in plastic, drive in a bike lane without getting a ticket, and where traffic on the I-5 bridge warrants a bigger bridge that Portland should pay for. “The dream of the suburbs is alive in Vancouver,” a group of singers intones from a Walmart parking lot. You Tube Vancouvria Creators of the video have set up a Facebook page, West said that more episodes will be forthcoming. This is the first installment. “It’s really meant to be fun, kind of like how ‘Portlandia’ pokes fun at some of the stereotypes of Portland, I was poking fun at some of the stereotypes of Vancouver,” West said. Rate this You must be logged in to rate this. Current Rating : Nobody has rated this article yet.
DELRAY BEACH, Fla. — The tents are up, carousels almost ready and traffic detours set for First Night in Delray Beach. Being family friendly and alcohol-free is the whole point of first night according to Sara Martin, Executive Director of the Delray Beach Marketing Cooperative. “This is something we do in Delray just for that reason. If you don’t want to celebrate in the traditional way, you can come out with the family,” said Martin. Arts, crafts, live music and more filling ten city blocks. At least 8,000 people are expected to attend. That’s good news for local businesses like Theos Cafe and Gifts on Atlantic Avenue. Employee Carissa Harding worked during First Night last year. “Lots of shopping, lots of spending, lots of gelato coffee,” said Harding. And it’s always a big day for them. More New Year’s Eve events in South Florida “Very busy. The store was packed. We couldn’t even fit more people in,” said Harding. The event has grown every year since it started and organizers say they only see it getting bigger and better. Atlantic Avenue from Swinton to East 7th Avenue will be closed starting at 2 p.m. Saturday, and expected to re-open 2 a.m. on Sunday.
Associated PressBrock Lesnar reacts to his first round TKO loss by Alistair Overeem, of the Netherlands, right after their UFC 141 heavyweight mixed martial arts match, Friday, Dec. 30, 2011, at The MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Lesnar retired after Overeem stopped him with one vicious kick to the body at 2:26 of the first round. (AP Photo/Eric Jamison)
Flying cameras have been providing unique perspectives on everything from golf to college and professional football for more than a decade, becoming so commonplace that fans rarely notice the whizzing remote-controlled devices. At the Insight Bowl on Friday night, no one could miss the overhead camera when it came crashing down to the field late in the fourth quarter, nearly taking out one of the players. The ESPN camera narrowly missed Iowa receiver Martin McNutt Jr., who became entangled in the guide wire but wasn’t hurt. “First, I looked: What is it that fell from the sky?” McNutt said after Iowa’s 31-14 loss to No. 19 Oklahoma. “The next thing I know, the camera kind of scratched me a little bit. It was just pulling me and I knew I didn’t want to keep going with it.” ESPN has consistently used the cameras for football coverage, making it a staple of “Monday Night Football.” The cameras also have been used occasionally in the NBA, NHL, NASCAR, NCAA basketball, baseball and at the island-green 17th hole at the TPC Sawgrass during The Players Championship. The cameras, despite flying over the playing field, have rarely interfered with the action. In 2007, a cable camera was forced to make a controlled decent during an NFL game between the New Orleans Saints and the Seattle Seahawks from what was called human error. At the 2009 Las Vegas bowl between BYU and Oregon State, the overhead camera reportedly had to be taken down due to wind gusts of around 40 mph. The incident at the Insight Bowl occurred with Iowa trying to rally from a 10-point deficit in the closing minutes. While lining up for a play near the 20-yard line at the south end of Sun Devil Stadium, two Hawkeyes had to jump out of the way when the camera fell when the wire appeared to snap with 2:22 left. McNutt dodged the camera as it fell behind him, but became entangled in the guide wire after it thudded to the ground. McNutt suffered only a minor scratch, but the game was delayed for about five minutes as crews dragged the camera off the field and made sure the wire was out of the way. McNutt was able to joke about the incident. “I fell like somebody was trying to kill me on their (Oklahoma’s) staff,” he said. “If you are looking, I’m looking for you. No. It was lucky it didn’t hit me.” Copyright Associated Press
John raises a couple of valid points here. First and most obviously, self-reporting is always suspect: “I’m absolutely one of the top-ten writers in North America — really, I am, trust me!” While that statement may actually be true, the question is, by whose definition? In this case, mine. Hmmmm. The second issue is broader, one touched on by several folks here. ESPN is monopolizing coverage of major American sporting events, in the process not only squeezing out other journalistic enterprises from access to the raw material they require to do their jobs properly, but also changing the very nature of the events they have, essentially, bought. Inevitably, sport begins to look and feel more and more like spectacle; sporting events begin to take on the trappings of cheesy Italian quiz shows (you know, the ones with garish sets, over-the-top announcers, topless hostesses, etc.), in the process changing the very essence of why every one of us on this forum, regardless of our many individual differences, will watch anyway — because we love the game. I just wish I wouldn’t have to do so gritting my teeth this Monday, wishing all the ESPNish BS would just go away so I could focus on watching the Ducks clobber the Badgers. BTW, judging from some of the non-BCS ESPN-televised bowl games I’ve watched so far, all their money apparently can’t buy a decent sound setup — am I the only one driven crazy by the huge echo from the field? I guess I shouldn’t complain though — it DOES make it harder to hear the drivel coming from the booth!
A new year brings new beginnings.But let’s not forget old acquaintances and look back on some of the more memorable dishes of 2011.Last January, we probably should have been trying to detox from holiday cookie overload. But push away dessert forever? Sorry. No can do.Instead of declaring a war on sweets, we went to Berri Yummi Frozen Yogurt, a fro-yo shop owned by Lyman and Caroline Chen in the Shoppes at Naamans at the corner of Naamans and Shipley roads.Yogurt’s healthier than ice cream, right? Anyway, who cares when red velvet tastes this good. A second location has since opened in Pike Creek’s Shops of Limestone Hills.Trying not to be a creature of habit at Redfire Grill and Steakhouse in Hockessin is difficult (chopped salad with hearts of palm and green goddess dressing and a ribeye seared medium-rare? Yes, please!)But chef Eric Huntley’s wonderful seared scallops appetizer served on a bed of chipotle creamed corn and topped with bacon-basil pesto easily got me out of my ordering rut.One of the best things to happen on the Wilmington dining scene in recent months was Xavier Teixido’s Harry’s Hospitality Group, which includes partners David Leo Banks and Kelly O’Hanlon, taking over Kid Shelleen’s near Wilmington’s Trolley Square.It was a homecoming of sorts for Teixido. In 1984, he helped open what has become one of the state’s most popular casual neighborhood restaurants with his former partner Davis Sezna and made it a booming success before departing nine years later.In July, Teixido gave Kid’s, which was looking worn around the edges, a much-needed facelift. The menu was updated, better acoustics were installed and restrooms were switched around and renovated.(Any guess on how many guys have mistakenly walked into the new ladies’ room since the renovations?) Lots to like here. The Kid’s burger now is easily one of the best in the state, and we’ll never turn down a plate of fish tacos.A cold platter of raw oysters, a glass of good wine and the rainbow tiradito (king salmon, white tuna, ahi tuna) is always a good start at Harry’s Seafood Grill on the Wilmington Riverfront.At Touch of Italy Salumeria, Pasticceria & Trattoria in Lewes, the perfume of imported cheeses and cured meats mingling with wood-burning pizza and a hint of powdered sugar from the pastry case can act like a soothing balm.Good bread is the backbone of any sandwich, and the excellent, crusty and chewy Italian semolina used here arrives daily from Arthur Avenue, considered the heart of Little Italy in the Bronx, N.Y.Touch of Italy folks pack slabs of Parma cotta, thinly sliced provolone cheese and sun-dried tomatoes between bread that’s been slathered with extra virgin olive olive.Holy moly, now that’s one hefty, and delish, hero.I was expecting a bare bones takeout counter, but inside the doors of Nooddi-Thai Chef in Glen Mills, Pa., I found a cozy, tangerine-hued dining room featuring soft music, white tablecloths, votives and pink napkins rolled to look like blooming roses.The larb kai salad, a mound of minced chicken, sliced onions and cucumbers, dressed with a very spicy lime vinaigrette, brings nose-running heat. Make sure you bring-your-own-tissues.The new Ubon Thai Cuisine on the Wilmington Riverfront is another Southeast Asian winner and we’ll go back anytime for Ma’s penang meatballs or the Massaman curry with shrimp, a rich and fragrant homemade red curry blend with hints of lemongrass flavoring the coconut milk.Desserts are made by pastry chef Dana Herbert, winner of the TLC series “Next Great Baker.”Dining out usually means letting someone else do all the cooking, but at the Korean BBQ & Japanese restaurant in Newark we chose, perhaps not so wisely, to do the grilling ourselves.The aroma from the sizzling bulgogi, a sliced prime rib marinated in a sweetened soy sauce, was incredible. A very good appetizer here is the kimchi pancake.Our self-proclaimed cabbage hater was surprised how much he liked this dish, and that’s saying a lot.Past experience has taught me to dine early at Henlopen City Oyster House in Rehoboth Beach because I’ve witnessed the crowds that have come to this casual, and very cool eatery.The beach crowded in the dreary winter? You betcha. President’s Day weekend could have been mistaken for a busy July.Since this is an oyster house, that’s what you need to – no, I insist you that must – order. The lavish, meaty lobster roll, along with the juicy, perfectly cooked pickled shrimp, and the top notch beer menu also make this one of my favorite Rehoboth haunts.Barbuzzo Mediterranean Kitchen & Bar in Philadelphia, featured in the September issue of Bon Appetit, earns all the kudos it receives. Its uovo pizza is the kind of pie where you start thinking about your next slice, while you’re eating your first one.It’s topped with Brussels sprout leaves, guanciale, a white sauce, truffles and a fried, slightly oozy farm egg. But the eatery’s salted caramel budino – the Italian pudding to end all puddings – is freaking amazing.Small animals and children, look out. I will run you over to get to this dessert that has a dark chocolate cookie crumb bottom and is topped with sweet and creamy vanilla bean caramel and sea salt.Talula’s Garden in Philadelphia, a sibling of the popular Kennett Square, Pa., gourmet store/one-table restaurant, has seen a merry-go-round of chefs since its April opening, but the restaurant, jointly owned by Aimee Olexy and Stephen Starr, has been humming along in recent months.The setting is serene and the tables were all handmade by participants involved in Wilmington’s own Challenge Program.The Columbus Inn in Wilmington has also seen chefs come and go since it reopened in the summer of 2010, but the kitchen seems much more settled now.The bar is one of the most comfortable spots in Wilmington to watch a ballgame or a TV event.(Delaware’s own Jennifer Behm came here to celebrate her win, along with 300-plus others, on the Fox culinary competition series “MasterChef”.)We like to pair a cold beer with the Inn’s chorizo empanadas that are served with salsa verde and sour cream.Le Shio Asian Fusion Cuisine on Concord Pike understands that diners first eat with their eyes and it’s hard not to love their sushi plating.One of our favorites? Raw fish served on what looked like a snow drift/mini mountain complete with a blinking LED light. But the fish, oh, the fish. Super fresh tasting. Very nice. No rice needed. Eat it up. Yum.Two Stones Pub off Del. 4 in the Chesmar Plaza had only been open two weeks when we came in to sample its awesome craft beer menu and the food that pairs very nicely with it. While it seemed a little unfair to write about the Newark eatery, the former home of A Piece of Ireland, so soon, what may have been even more unfair was not sharing it with readers as soon as possible.Hog wings, a porkapalooza trio of braised, meaty pork shanks that are fried and then slathered with homemade barbecue sauce, left regular chicken wings looking like wimpy morsels.An addictive sausage and beer cheese dip had a spicy kick. Soft, warm, salty pretzels arrived with a very bracing beer mustard – could this be the sinus-clearing cure for winter colds? – and a beer cheese dipping sauce.Annie’s Banannies in Rehoboth is a great little storefront that serves pureed frozen bananas that taste like soft serve ice cream. This is a terrific sweet treat for anyone who is looking for vegan or gluten-free options.Memorial Day weekend, we had brunch at Cake Bar in Lewes and I’d recommend the quiche Lorraine and any of its baked goods.Pala’s Cafe, an old-school, adults-only neighborhood bar in the heart of Wilmington’s Little Italy, closed in 2007. When the doors reopened in June, a new family moved in and renamed it Rocco Italian Grill & Sports Bar.The chopped antipasto is a good starter. We like the long hots, 9-inch whole roasted peppers dusted with Parmesan cheese and garlic, on their own – be prepared for a heated kick – or adding them to the porketta sandwich or stromboli.Susan Alexander and her crack staff of Betty Crockers are turning out homespun, very nicely prepared meals at Lettie’s Kitchen on Old Lancaster Pike in Hockessin using well-tested recipes from Susan’s mother Elizabeth Gormley Swift.Susan and her son Tom Alexander, a Lettie’s co-owner, also offer “Broaster” chicken, which is cooked to order in a special pressure fryer. The outside is crunchy and inside is moist and tender.Lettie’s nearby neighbor is The House of William & Merry, an upscale eatery in another renovated Hockessin house on Old Lancaster Pike that husband-and-wife team Merry Catanuto and William Hoffman opened in June.Executive chef Hoffman’s summer corn soup, with cornbread crouton, popcorn, summer truffle and corn oil, showed off his cooking chops. He coaxed every bit of essence from the kernels and the cobs through a long process of roasting, caramelizing and simmering.Yet, the taste was still wonderfully sunny and bright.In August, Domaine Hudson wine bar & eatery, considered one of Wilmington’s best restaurants, got new owners.Tom Hudson, who left a 20-year career as a certified public accountant to open the 76-seat wine bar and eatery on North Washington Street in 2005, sold the business to Chadds Ford, Pa., husband-and-wife veterinarians Michael and Beth Ross.The Rosses have made some changes to the decor and menu, but regulars can relax, judging from a recent visit for drinks and nibbles. Hudson left the business in very capable hands.Executive chef J.D. Morton’s braised duck leg pappardelle with wild mushrooms was both silky and lusty – this guy knows pasta – and we adored his honey-roasted Brussels sprouts and roasted grapes in verjus.The bar also is having some fun with interesting flavor combos. A gin and tonic flavored with Worcestershire sauce and lime is a better-than-we-thought-it-would-be cocktail and the wine offerings now include more Italian vinos.We can’t wait to sample more here in 2012.
TUSTIN, Calif., Dec. 8, 2011 /PRNewswire/ – Radient Pharmaceuticals Corporation (OTCQX:RXPC) (OTCPK:RXPC), developer and marketer of the Onko-Sure® In Vitro Diagnostic (IVD) cancer test, announced today that it has submitted one abstract for the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons’ (ASCRS) Annual Meeting to be held in June 2012. ASCRS is the premier society for colon and rectal surgeons and other surgeons dedicated to advancing and promoting the science and practice of the treatment of patients with disease and disorders affecting the colon, rectum and anus. The title of the abstract submitted is “Combined DR-70 and CEA testing is advantageous over CEA alone in the detection of colorectal cancer and specially the right-sided type.” More than 1,000 of the Society’s members are certified by the American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery. The meeting will be held from June 2nd to 6th, 2012 in San Antonio, TX. Over 1,200 surgeons are expected to attend. If accepted, Robert Beart Jr., M.D., who was appointed to the Company’s Board of Directors in June 2010, will make the Company presentation. Dr. Beart currently is the medical director of the Glendale Hospital CRC Institute. Previously he was with the University of Southern California since 1992, establishing the Division of Colorectal Surgery in the USC Department of Surgery as well as launching the USC Center for Colorectal Diseases at USC University Hospital and USC/Norris Cancer Center and Hospital. Dr. Beart is a recognized specialist and expert in colorectal diseases and cancer, pioneer of the ileal pouch-anal anastomosis, and thought leader in the medical, scientific and research communities. Dr. Beart’s primary experience and research includes the identification and management of recurrent colorectal cancer. He has broad and deep clinical involvement in colorectal diseases, covering key areas that include colorectal cancer, chronic constipation and diarrhea, anorectal health care issues and diverticulitis, fecal incontinence, recurrent rectal cancer, inflammatory bowel disease and polyps. From 1976 through 1992 Dr. Beart worked at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota where he was Chairman of Department of Colorectal Surgery and pioneered the ileal pouch-anal anastomosis. He is a past president of the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons, the Society of Surgery of the Alimentary Tract and the International Society of University Colorectal Surgeons. “Onko-Sure® has been cleared by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the monitoring of the treatment and recurrence in colorectal cancer and when used adjunctively with other available diagnostic markers, the number of annual deaths due to CRC recurrence could be reduced. An increase in early detection has the potential to lead to an increased survival rate of patients,” says Radient Pharmaceuticals Chairman and CEO Douglas MacLellan. For additional information on Radient Pharmaceuticals Corporation and its products visit: radient-pharma.com or e-mail . For Investor Relations contact Paul Knopick at: or 949-707-5365. About Radient Pharmaceuticals: Headquartered in Tustin, California, Radient Pharmaceuticals Corporation is dedicated to saving lives and money for patients and global healthcare systems through the deployment of its FDA-cleared In Vitro Diagnostic Onko-Sure® cancer test kit for colorectal cancer treatment and recurrence monitoring. The Company’s focus is on the discovery, development and commercialization of unique high-value diagnostic tests that will help physicians answer important clinical questions related to early disease state detection, treatment strategy, and the monitoring of disease progression or recurrence. To learn more about our company, products, and potentially life-saving cancer test, visit radient-pharma.com. Forward-Looking Statements: Safe Harbor Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: The statements contained in this document include certain predictions and projections that may be considered forward-looking statements under securities law. These statements involve a number of important risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially including, but not limited to, the performance of joint venture partners, as well as other economic, competitive and technological factors involving the Company’s operations, markets, services, products, and prices. With respect to Radient Pharmaceuticals Corporation, except for the historical information contained herein, the matters discussed in this document are forward-looking statements involving risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in such forward-looking statements. Radient Contact:Paul KnopickE & E (Tel:) 949.707.5365 SOURCE Radient Pharmaceuticals Corporation Back to top RELATED LINKS radient-pharma.com
Mumbai: To say that trouble has become Shiney Ahuja’s middle name may not really be an overstatement. Ever since the actor has been out on bail, he has been courting controversy, one after another, especially with regards to his latest film Ghost.Now we hear that the promotional tour of the film, between Delhi and Jaipur, went so haywire, that the organisers of the tour have sent the producers a legal notice claiming compensation worth Rs 30 lakh.Says Mohit Garg, one of the organisers belonging to a Rajasthan based company, “We were arranging some events for the film’s crew that included Shiney, Sayali Bhagat and singers Sharib and Toshi. The itinerary had been sent to them. They not only reached the press conference at Delhi many hours late, but they also demanded a hefty sum to make an appearance at a pub at a luxury hotel in Gurgaon. This was a prior commitment and they had no business asking for extra money. So we have sent them a legal notice. I want to make sure the film is stalled.”However, the producers of the film have a completely different side to this claim. Apparently the organisers not only disappeared from the scene, but did not even bother arranging for decent accommodation for the celebrities.Says producer Pooja Jitendar Bedi who rubbishes the allegations, “Mohit is a liar and a thief. When we reached the Delhi airport nobody bothered to pick us up on time. Plus Shiney was made to attend many small ribbon/cake-cutting ceremonies just so they could milk his presence.However, we complied, but the organisers left us in the lurch mid-way, forcing us to contact another agency at the last minute to complete the tour.”Pooja also denies that Shiney and gang asked for money to appear at the Gurgaon pub. “All we asked for was Rs 50,000 to buy return tickets to Mumbai. Imagine how badly we were treated.”Adds a source, “Every actor commands a certain amount of respect and it’s sad that with Shiney, things have been bad ever since his arrest. But he cannot be blamed for trying to get back on his feet.”Ghosts from his past or plain unlucky? For NDTV Updates, follow us on Twitter or join us on Facebook