BBCs highestpaid Sri Lankan born presenter fights cancer again

Alagiah joined the BBC in 1989 and spent many years as one of the corporation’s leading foreign correspondents before moving to presenting the News at Six in 2007. Sri-Lanka-born newsreader George Alagiah, the BBC’s highest-paid star from a minority ethnic background, is to undergo further treatment for cancer after the disease returned, The Guardian reported.The 62-year-old presenter of the BBC News at Six was previously diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2014, which later spread to his liver and lymph nodes. Alagiah spoke of his determination to fight the disease for a second time. “My brilliant doctors are determined to get me back to a disease-free state and I know they have the skill to do just that,” he said. He returned to work in November 2015 after being cleared of the disease following extensive treatment. But in a statement Alagiah’s agent, Mary Greenham, said the disease had recurred. She said Alagiah, a father of two, was in discussions with doctors about options for treatment. MRI scans later detected eight tumours in his liver. He had several rounds of chemotherapy and three major operations, one of which included the removal of most of his liver.He has spoken frankly about the chances of the disease recurring. In 2016 he told the Telegraph: “I get anxious and then there is a huge relief when the doctor tells me it is clear again. But I am under no illusions.“The doctor warned me last year: ‘Your cancer knows the road, the pathway out of the gut.’ It can happen again.” “I learned last time around how important the support of family and friends is and I am blessed in that department. I genuinely feel positive as I prepare for this new challenge.”The Sri-Lanka-born presenter first informed his doctors of a problem in 2014. After a colonoscopy, a tumour was discovered on his bowel. Last year the publication of a list of the best-paid on-screen staff at the corporation revealed he was paid between £250,000 and £299,999, putting him 25th in the table and making him the highest earner from a black or minority ethnic background.A BBC spokesman said: “Everyone at the BBC sends George and his family their best wishes as he undergoes treatment and we will be thinking of them.” read more

UN Assembly paves way for 1 million Nobel memorial fund for fallen

The $1 million 2001 Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to both Secretary-General Kofi Annan and the UN for their work for a more peaceful world. By today’s unanimous decision, the 191-member Assembly decided to donate the Organization’s $500,000 share to the UN Nobel Peace Prize Memorial Fund, matching Mr. Annan’s donation of his share in October 2002, which kicked off the project.The Assembly’s action endorsed the Secretary-General’s proposal to use the full amount of the prize money as a start-up for the establishment of a memorial fund, which would provide financial assistance for the education of children of UN civilian personnel who have lost their lives in the service of peace. The fund would be a way of ensuring both a living memorial to staff who have made the ultimate sacrifice, and a practical way of helping families left behind.Assembly President Jan Kavan of the Czech Republic echoed Mr. Annan’s sentiments today, saying the establishment of the Fund “will provide much needed financial assistance for the education of children of United Nations civilian personnel who have been killed in the line of duty. Their parents gave their lives in the service of peace. This Fund will help the children of those who made the supreme sacrifice.” read more