BJPs Pragya Thakur leading in Bhopal in early trends

first_imgBhopal: BJP candidate Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur is leading in early trends received after counting of postal ballots in Madhya Pradesh’s Bhopal constituency. Thakur is contesting against former Chief Minister and Congress candidate Digvijaya Singh.Counting of ballots started at 8 a.m. in 51 district headquarters of the state’s 29 parliamentary constituencies. Some 9,000 security personnel have been deployed for the security of the vote count process in which around 15,000 government employees are involved. Counting of votes in the EVMs begins after postal ballot count.last_img

Since 2018 30 persons booked under MCOCA

first_imgNew Delhi: Since 2018, the Delhi Police have arrested 30 persons under Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA). The law enforcement agency has initiated 17 proposals under MCOCA.Police sources told Millennium Post that the Delhi Police Commissioner in the recent meeting reviewed the action taken by districts and units under MCOCA. The meeting was held in May. Sources further revealed that as many as 26 persons were nabbed in 2018 whereas till May 15, the city police arrested four persons. Also Read – Cylinder blast kills mother and daughter in Karawal Nagar”One of the units nabbed 19 persons last year under the act whereas two districts nabbed seven persons,” added sources. More than a dozen cases were registered by city police last year. Sources further stated that the law enforcement agency has identified four snatchers, 18 robbers and 13 other criminals who may be booked under MCOCA. As many as 17 proposals have been initiated against criminals. In a press statement, Delhi Police said that special cell, in order to curb illegal activities and to contain violence by criminals indulging in criminal activities in Delhi, has booked them under MCOCA in the recent past. “MCOCA was initially enacted by the Maharastra Govt in the year 1999 to contain the criminal activities of the underworld criminals, which was adopted in Delhi in the year 2002,” said Delhi Police.last_img read more

With Gaza pullout ending Israel Palestinians must remain true to Road Map

Video: – Security Council meeting [23 mins]- Statement and press remarks [5 mins] “Under the leadership of President Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinians are soberly welcoming this important stage in their history. His continued leadership will be needed at a time of rising expectations in Gaza and mounting concern in the West Bank,” Ibrahim Gambari, Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, told the Security Council today during its regularly monthly briefing on the situation in the Middle East. For its part, Israel has demonstrated that it has the requisite maturity to do what would be required to achieve lasting peace, and the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) has demonstrated their ability to discharge their mission with carefully calibrated restraint, Mr. Gambari said. “Prime Minister Sharon should be commended for his determination and courage to carry out the disengagement in the fact of forceful and strident internal opposition,” he added. As the disengagement drew to an end, attention must turn to the aftermath – the “day after,” he said. Over the next month, that would be at the forefront of agenda of the diplomatic Quartet – the UN, European Union, Russia and United States. It will be necessary to bring the process back into the mainstream laid down in the Road Map, which calls for a series of parallel steps leading to two states living side-by-side in peace, and to achieve a comprehensive and just peace in the region. But while Israel’s “bold” first withdrawal is welcome, the situation elsewhere in the occupied Palestinian territory continues to fester, Mr. Gambari warned, with many Palestinians fearing that Israel is consolidating its occupation in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem. Of concern in that connection are recent statements by Hamas leaders that they will carry their resistance to the West Bank. ‘Violence as a means to achieve any objective should be rejected,” he said, “but at the same time, it would be unwise to lose sight of the concern of mainstream Palestinians in both Gaza and the West Bank that their legitimate aspirations may be put off indefinitely.” “Neither party should be exempt from its Road Map obligations,” he said. President Abbas must take up the difficult challenge to transform and develop the security sector and ensure that the Palestinian Authority held the monopoly on the use of force. He would need all possible support from his own people, as well as from Israel and the international community. For its part, Israel should freeze all settlement activity in the West Bank. Following the briefing, Ambassador Kenzo Oshima of Japan, which holds the Council’s presidency for August, said in a press statement that the members appreciated the coordination between the Israeli Government and the Palestinian Authority before and during the engagement. He also reiterated their call on both parties, in close cooperation with the Quartet, to ensure continued progress in the full implementation of the Roadmap and relevant Council resolutions. read more

Sound of Music PanthersSaints game draw viewers to NBC giving it a

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email ‘Sound of Music,’ Panthers-Saints game draw viewers to NBC, giving it a strong ratings week NEW YORK, N.Y. – Singing and hard-hitting football is the formula for success for NBC, at least for one week.The network’s success with its live remake of “The Sound of Music” starring Carrie Underwood, which drew more than 18 million viewers last week, stunned even the most optimistic network executives. The showing already has them talking publicly about remaking more musicals in the future.The telecast led NBC to a strong week in the Nielsen company’s weekly ratings race, but the Von Trapp family had some help. Two episodes of “The Voice” landed in Nielsen’s top 10 last week, and the annual show surrounding the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree lighting was the week’s most popular holiday-oriented show.Then there’s the football: NBC’s Sunday night game between Carolina and New Orleans, with more than 19 million viewers, was the most-watched program all week.“The Blacklist” was second only to CBS’ “NCIS” as the week’s most-watched drama and won that distinction among the youthful viewers that NBC courts.NBC averaged 10.6 million viewers in prime time for its triumphant week. CBS had 7.9 million, Fox had 7.2 million, ABC had 5.9 million, Univision had 2.8 million, the CW had 1.8 million; ION Television had 1.4 million and Telemundo had 1.3 million.ESPN was the week’s most popular cable network, averaging 3.3 million viewers in prime time. The Disney Channel had 2.4 million, the Family Channel had 2.3 million, USA had 2.2 million and History had 1.9 million.NBC’s “Nightly News” topped the evening newscasts with an average of 9.6 million viewers. ABC’s “World News” was second with 8 million and the “CBS Evening News” had 7.5 million viewers.For the week of Dec. 2-8, the top 10 shows, their networks and viewerships: NFL Football: Carolina at New Orleans, NBC, 19.07 million; “Sound of Music Live!” NBC, 18.62 million; “The Big Bang Theory,” CBS, 15.63 million; NFL Football: New Orleans at Seattle, ESPN, 15.5 million; “Sunday Night NFL Pre-Kick,” NBC, 15.22 million; “The OT,” Fox, 14.61 million; NCAA Football: Ohio St. vs. Michigan St., Fox, 13.9 million; “NCIS,” CBS, 12.59 million; “The Voice” (Tuesday), NBC, 12.14 million; “The Voice” (Monday), NBC, 12.03 million.___ABC is owned by The Walt Disney Co. CBS is owned by CBS Corp. CW is a joint venture of Warner Bros. Entertainment and CBS Corp. Fox is owned by 21st Century Fox. NBC and Telemundo are owned by Comcast Corp. ION Television is owned by ION Media Networks.___Online: by David Bauder, The Associated Press Posted Dec 10, 2013 4:22 pm MDT read more

A gem of a producer

first_imgGem Diamonds and the Government of the Kingdom of Lesotho have named the 493 ct white diamond recovered from the LetSeng mine LetSeng Legacy. The LetSeng Legacy ranks as the world’s 18th largest rough diamond and was recovered from the LetSeng le Terai mine in Lesotho on September 7. Gem Diamonds says “the name reflects growing legacy that the LetSeng le Terai mine is creating as a producer of remarkable diamonds. LetSeng Diamonds, which is 70% owned by Gem Diamonds and 30% owned by the Government of the Kingdom of Lesotho, has now produced three of the world’s top 20 diamonds. Two of these were recovered by Gem Diamonds in the last 13 months – the 603 ct Lesotho Promise recovered in August 2006 and this 493 ct stone. The LetSeng Legacy will be sold on tender in Antwerp by WWW International Diamond Consultants on Wednesday November 14 at a ceremony attended by the Lesotho Minister of Natural Resources, the Honourable Minister Monyane Moleleki, and the Gem Diamonds directors. The Lesotho Promise, which was the 15th largest rough diamond, was sold on tender in October 2006 for $12.4 million to Graff Jewellers. The collection of polished diamonds from the Lesotho Promise is expected to sell for between $25 and 30 million. The Lesotho Brown diamond was recovered in 1961 and ranks as the world’s 16th largest diamond. It yielded 18 polished diamonds, the largest of which was recently re-acquired by the original buyer, jewellers Harry Winston.In January 2007, LetSeng Diamonds also produced a 215 ct D-colour flawless diamond which subsequently sold on tender for $8.3 million.The LetSeng mine hosts two kimberlites, the Main and Satellite Pipes, that have a combined diamond resource value of $4.7 billion. It is renowned for producing some of the world’s largest diamonds which attract the highest average price per carat of any kimberlite mine. As reported in Gem Diamonds’ Interim Results to end June 2007 released in September, the average price per carat achieved from the LetSeng Satellite Pipe was $1,894 and $1,128 from the Main Pipe. This compares with the world average price of approximately $81/ct.last_img read more

Two emergency landings in 12 hours at Shannon Airport

first_img Image: Short URL 20,504 Views Dec 2nd 2016, 2:11 PM Share5 Tweet Email1 Friday 2 Dec 2016, 2:11 PM Two emergency landings in 12 hours at Shannon Airport The two emergency landings involved a technical fault and a medical emergency, according to the airport. Image: 23 Comments By Gráinne Ní Aodha SHANNON AIRPORT HAS confirmed that two planes diverted to the airport in less than 12 hours.The first, an Aer Lingus A320 EI 45D routing from Faro to Dublin, diverted to Shannon with a technical issue and landed safely at 8.30pm yesterday.A second flight, flying from the Dominican Republic to Germany, diverted to Shannon having declared a medical situation.The Air Berlin A330 was on its way to Dusseldorf from Punta Cana.The plane landed safely at 04.45 am this morning and was met by HSE ambulance services.A passenger was transferred by ambulance to University Hospital Limerick.Read: Nothing left to give back: Coveney says water charges money already spentRead: Body found during Welsh-Irish search for missing woman Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

James Rodriguez may return to Real Madrid

first_imgReal Madrid are understood to be reconsidering whether to allow James Rodriguez to leave on a permanent deal to Bayern Munich this summer after he suggested that he may be returningThe Colombia international left the Santiago Bernabeu last summer for the Bundesliga after failing to break into the team at Real.Under former coach Zinedine Zidane, the playmaker found his opportunities restricted due to the fact that he just did not fit into the Frenchman’s tactics.In light of that, Rodriguez moved to Bayern in a two-year loan deal and thrived under Jupp Heynckes after the firing of former Real boss Carlo Ancelotti in September last year.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.And now the Colombian has been rumoured to be on the verge of making his stay at Munich a permanent one.But now, due to the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo and the appointment of Julen Lopetegui as their new manager, Los Blancos are now considering taking back Rodriguez after his impressive season Allianz Arena as Bayern secured a sixth successive league crown.The Spanish news outlet Marca have since reported that both Real and Bayern are currently locked in negotiations on bringing the 27-year-old back to the Spanish capital.last_img read more

Censky Reiterates Call for Senate Solution on GMO Labeling

first_imgAmerican Soybean Association (ASA) CEO Steve Censky again called on Senate Agriculture Chairman Pat Roberts and Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow to come to an agreement on legislation to set a national standard on the labeling of food products containing biotechnology. Censky indicated that as a steering committee member of the Coalition for Safe, Affordable Food, ASA will support a compromise struck by Roberts and Stabenow to move a solution forward.On a press call alongside Grocery Manufacturers Association President and CEO Pam Bailey, Food Marketing Institute President and CEO Leslie Sarasin and National Council of Farmer Cooperatives President and CEO Chuck Conner, Censky pointed to the looming threat of reformulation away from biotechnology-enhanced food ingredients, specifically including products including GMO soybean oil and meal, and the impacts of such reformulation on an already-teetering farm economy.“Markets for the crops that our farmers are growing today will be lost, and value of farmers’ crops will be diminished,” said Censky. “Farmers will lose, and ultimately consumers will lose as a safe and valuable tool for sustainable food production is driven from the marketplace by activists who got a state to pass ill-conceived legislation that devastates farmer livelihoods and raises food costs for all Americans.”“The lack of Senate action really threatens the livelihoods of the farmers we represent,” continued Censky. “Their crops are in the ground and growing, and they have leveraged their farms to take out operating loans in a depressed agricultural economy.”Censky also highlighted the benefits to conservation and sustainability lost as a result of the potential reformulation away from biotech.“Agricultural biotechnology has helped to make both insect pest control and weed management safer while safeguarding crops against disease,” Censky said. “It has allowed for a significant reduction in the use of pesticides, and promoted no-till or reduced tillage agriculture systems that help preserve topsoil from erosion and enhance water quality. Today over 90 percent of the soybeans, corn, cotton, and sugarbeets grown by U.S. farmers are biotech enhanced because of these very benefits.”“Farmers are used to responding to the market. The U.S. and world markets have told farmers that they want farmers to produce safe and healthy crops to feed growing U.S. and world populations,” concluded Censky.“Health agencies from around the world repeatedly have affirmed the safety of biotech crops. Yet because of the lack of Senate action we are on the verge of having one state with a bit over 600,000 people dictate nationwide food policy and stigmatization of biotechnology through on-pack labeling.”Roberts and Stabenow have indicated that they continue to make progress toward a solution, however only a handful of legislative work days remain for the Senate prior to the Vermont law’s July 1 implementation deadline.last_img read more

Atlanta to Launch Planning Process for Remaining Acreage at Ft McPherson

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR With the sale of about two-thirds of the former Fort McPherson to filmmaker Tyler Perry complete, the city of Atlanta soon will begin crafting a redevelopment plan for the remaining 145 acres at the southwest Atlanta site.The master planning process will come under the Atlanta Regional Commission’s Livable Cities Initiative and encompass property outside the post, including the Oakland City MARTA station just north of it and the western extension of the Atlanta BeltLine, reported the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.The BeltLine is a far-reaching transportation and economic redevelopment project that will provide a network of public parks, multi-use trails and transit along a 22-mile railroad corridor circling downtown Atlanta. Construction of the BeltLine trail and Perry’s movie and television production complex are expected to bring more than $140 million in investment to the immediate area that could spur additional growth.The McPherson Implementing Local Redevelopment Authority would like to attract retailers to serve the studio and local neighborhoods, according to Executive Director Brian Hooker. Hooker said he plans on marketing the office buildings at Fort McPherson for a variety of end uses, according to the story.Last month, an Urban Land Institute panel recommended the remaining land at McPherson be used for a mix of retail, restaurants, office space and apartments. The panel also suggested luring federal agencies, government contractors and media companies to the installation.“It’s of critical importance to get under way now,” Hooker said, so that retail and other amenities at the Army post can be ready to support the community and Perry’s studio.last_img read more

Shawsheen Tech Superintendent Tim Broadrick To Step Down MidYear

first_imgBILLERICA, MA — The Shawsheen Tech School Committee released the following press release on Monday morning:The Shawsheen Valley Regional Vocational Technical School Committee is deeply regretful to announce that it has received a letter of resignation of Mr. Timothy Broadrick, who has served admirably as its Superintendent-Diector for more than three years.Mr. Broadrick, who started his career as a teacher in the District in 2004, has notified the committee that he is currently negotiating a contract with a comprehensive school district in New Hampshire. He acted swiftly to give notice of his intention to leave Shawsheen Tech, in his words, “in order to provide as much notice as possible for an orderly transition.”In his letter of resignation, Mr. Broadrick wrote, “Many in our community know that I have previously expressed interest in making a transition from the world of vocational schools into the K-12 comprehensive school arena. I am pursuing a path that will afford me that opportunity while also allowing me the time and opportunity to complete a doctoral degree during the next few years.”Mr. Broadrick and the Committee are working together to create a plan that will allow the District to appoint an interim to guide the District during its transition to a new superintendent. Although Mr. Broadrick is available to remain in the District for the school year, both parties agree that an interim solution is likely to benefit the District, as Mr. Broadrick anticipates starting in his next role by July 1st, and it is unlikely that a complete search for a new Superintendent could be started and completed by that date.Since his appointment, the District has completed substantial facilities expansion and renovation projects, including the construction of a new outdoor athletic campus, renovation of the high school’s swimming pool, security upgrades to the high school building, installation of a new fire alarm system, and nearly $1 million in grant-funded equipment purchases. In the areas of curriculum and instruction, the school has added electives to its academic schedule, and this year students began enrolling in dual-enrollment courses with Middlesex Community College.—The School Committee is expected to discuss the Interim Superintendent position at its meeting on Tuesday, March 17, 2019 at 7:30pm.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedShawsheen Tech School Committee Wants Broadrick As Next SuperintendentIn “Education”BREAKING: Shawsheen Tech Superintendent Charlie Lyons Announces Retirement Effective December 2015In “Education”Interested Wilmington 8th Graders & Parents Invited To Shawsheen Tech’s Family Forum On February 8In “Education”last_img read more

Rajya Sabha proceedings adjourned till 2 pm as mark of respect

first_imgNEW DELHI: In a departure from practise, Rajya Sabha proceedings were Tuesday adjourned only for a part of the day as mark of respect to departed sitting member of the House. Sitting Rajya Sabha MP Madan Lal Saini died on Monday. In the past, proceedings of the House were adjourned for the day whenever a sitting member of the Rajya Sabha passed away. Also Read – Chandrayaan-2 reaches nearer to moon with orbit change Advertise With Us But as the debate on the Motion of the Thanks to the President’s Address has to be concluded by the end of the day so that Prime Minister Narendra Modi could reply to it on Wednesday before embarking on his foreign visit, the proceedings were adjourned till 2 PM. When the House met for the day, Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu mentioned the passing away of Rajasthan BJP state president and sitting Rajya Sabha MP Saini on Monday. Also Read – Shia Waqf Board claims right over disputed Ayodhya land Advertise With Us Reading out an obituary reference, he said an advocate by profession, Saini fought for labour rights. He began his Rajya Sabha stint in April 2018 and was its member till his passing away on Monday. “He suddenly developed some health problem and was admitted to AIIMS on Monday,” he said, adding Saini was suffering from leukaemia. “In passing away of Shri Madan Lal Saini, the country has lost an able parliamentarian, a veteran trade unionist and a dedicated social worker,” he said. Members thereafter stood up in silence as a mark of respect to the departed. Naidu said the discussion on the Motion of Thanks has to be concluded by Tuesday evening even if the House needs to sit late. As a mark of respect to the sitting member, proceedings stand adjourned till 2 PM, he said.last_img read more

Houston Jewish Community Responds to Pittsburgh Synagogue Attack

first_img Listen – / 3 Nearly 1,500 Houstonians gathered Sunday night for an interfaith candlelight vigil to honor the victims of the Pittsburgh Synagogue attack.The Houston Rabbinical Association and other representatives of the city’s Jewish community led the vigil, which was held at the Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center near Meyerland. Jewish leaders and other faith-based community officials called for unity during the ceremony, urging Houstonians and Texans across the state to fight hatred in all its forms.“It brought people together,” Joel Dinkin, CEO of the Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center told Houston Matters. “People needed an opportunity, wanted an opportunity, to express themselves and feel a part of a community. People from all faiths were here.”The accused gunman faces multiple state and federal charges after the 46-year-old opened fire, killing eight men and three women inside the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh during Saturday morning worship services.Across the country, condolences and remembrances of the 11 victims of the deadly attack were held over the weekend. There is also a national movement to organize Solidarity Shabbat services next weekend.“We are encouraging people to go to synagogues next Friday night and Saturday morning for the Sabbath to make a statement that we are a people of faith; that we believe; and that we can feel safe,” Avital Ingber, president and CEO of the Jewish Federation of Greater Houston, told Houston Matters.Security ConcernsIn the aftermath of the shooting, synagogues have been boosting security and ramping up visibility of officers in areas near worship centers.“It forced us to talk and to say, ok, what conversations do we need to have about our own security? How do we make sure that our security measures are in order?” Ingber said. “There’s no way to absolutely prevent anything like this, unfortunately in the polarized world in which we’re living, but we need to make sure we’re doing everything we possibly can to be safe and secure.”Dinkin echoed this sentiment, saying the center has security concerns on a regular basis. “We are always focusing on security here,” he said.According to the Anti-Defamation League’s (ADL) 2017 Audit of Anti-Semitic Incidents, anti-Semitic incidents in the U.S. increased nearly 60% in 2017 compared to the previous year. The Southwest region, which encompasses Houston, saw a similar increase, with the number of reported instances doubling.“Antisemitism is definitely on the rise, but it’s not just antisemitism it’s also hatred in all its forms,” Dena Marks, Senior Associate Director of the Southwest Regional Office of the ADL, told Houston Matters.  This latest attack also nears the one-year anniversary of the Sutherland Springs church shooting, where 26 people were shot and killed while attending Sunday service about 30 miles east of San Antonio. 00:00 /16:10center_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X Sharelast_img read more

Manafort Indictment Judge was US Magistrate Deborah Robinson

first_imgU.S. Magistrate Judge Deborah Robinson, a Black woman based in Washington, D.C. and the presiding judge over Paul Manafort’s 12-count indictment, placed President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman on house arrest with a $10 million bail for money laundering and other financial crimes.Manafort, and his former business associate Rick Gates, have been brought up on charges through Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia Probe. On Oct. 30, Robinson set the terms of Manafort and Gates’ release. Both men pleaded not guilty to charges of conspiracy. Bail for Gates was set at $5 million.A court artist drawing shows President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, center standing and Manafort’s business associate, Rick Gates, in federal court in Washington, Monday, Oct. 30, 2017, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Deborah A. Robinson. Seated at front left is Manafort’s attorney Kevin Downing. Manafort and Gates have pleaded not guilty following their arrest on charges related to conspiracy against the United States and other felonies. The charges are the first from the special counsel investigating possible coordination between the Trump campaign and Russia. (Dana Verkouteren via AP)Robinson has been a presiding judge in D.C. since 1988. Prior to that she was the Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Columbia, where she prosecuted criminal actions in both the Superior Court and the United States District Court, argued appeals in both the District of Columbia Court of Appeals and the District of Columbia Circuit, and served in the Civil Division.  This is her forth term as a D.C. Magistrate Judge. The term is expected to end in July of 2020. She is one of two Black women who are currently sworn in as magistrate judges for the district. The other is Magistrate Judge Robin M. Meriweather. U.S. Magistrate judges are appointed by U.S. District Court judges, and assist District Court judge in various aspects of U.S. District court matters.  They cannot try or sentence persons in felony cases., but can handle misdemeanor and other minor cases including civil cases. According to news reports, Robinson is no stranger to high profile cases, presiding over cases involving Sandy Berger, President Bill Clinton’s former national security advisor; Lewis “Scooter” Libby, a former White House aide in the George W. Bush administration who was convicted of interfering with a CIA investigation and the preliminary hearing for Rayful Edmond III, a drug dealer in D.C. and a probation hearing for former D.C. Mayor Marion S. Barry.Robinson is a graduate of Morgan State University in Baltimore and Emory University Law School in Atlanta. U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson will preside over the rest of the Manafort and Gates’ cases.last_img read more

Remembering Hamiet Bluiett

first_imgBy Nyame-Kye Kond, Special to the AFRODating back to the days of Black Broadway, When the U street corridor was an important destination for Black musicians, and later on when it became a poetry, and Go-Go hotspot in the 1990’s to the early 2000’s, Washington D.C. has always been an artistic mecca for progressive Black musicians. One such musician that cultivated important jazz relations in D.C. was the trendsetting saxophonist and bandleader, Hamiet Bluiett.Transitioning earlier this month at the age of 78, Bluiett was a fierce contributor to the Washington, D.C. jazz world, and leaves behind a legacy worth commemorating.A photo of the album, Live at the Knitting Factory featuring Bluiett Baritone Saxophone Group, led by legendary jazz musician Hamiet Bluiett who died earlier this month.Known for being a well-versed bandleader and accompanist, Bluiett played a slew of different instruments but his specialty was the baritone sax. Turning the latter into a soloist instrument, which is not very common because of its strong belching sound, Blueitt is credited for being a pioneer in jazz because of this, and also helped to revolutionize the “Downtown Loft Jazz” scene that swept the nation.Perhaps his biggest achievement was establishing the World Saxophone Quartet.  The first of its kind, the World Saxophone quartet, was originally formed during the era of “free jazz” and had little structure until Blueitt decided to take matters into his own hands – providing structure and order where there was none. When interviewed for NPR in 2010, Bluiett recollected the moment he decided to add more structure and said “’Wait, this ain’t making sense. I don’t like this. Because we play a tune, let me stick to what’s on the paper.’ I would see what’s on the paper, and make a bass line out of it — makeup some kind of line using the tunes.”Steadily changing the ways in which saxophones worked together, as well as the way in which people listened to them, Blueitt quickly became influential in pushing the jazz boundaries into further avant-garde territories.Referencing his admiration for the D.C. jazz style early on in his career, Bluiett cites his earliest inspirer to play baritone saxophone as Duke Ellington’s longtime player, Harry Carney. Seeing Carney play while he was still a young guy, Bluiett committed himself to being a baritone sax player as well as an eternal advocate for young musicians.Understanding that influence and representation is everything, Bluiett got some of his earliest work being an accompanist for other great musicians.  Playing with such legends as Charles Mingus, Babatunde Olatunji, Marvin Gaye and Stevie Wonder to name a few, Bluiett dug out his own niche in the arts community, even going so far as to establish his own art organization entitled Black Artist Group (B.A.G) of St. Louis early on in his career. Combining free form jazz with theater, B.A.G, helped to support and usher in a new generation of progressive musicians under Bluiett’s leadership, and innovative ways.A revolutionary artist because of his stance and politics, Bluiett understood the power of art, and that it is the artist themselves who have the actual power. When asked about corporate power in the world of jazz interviewed, Bluiett said, “They have got a lot of corporate action going on in our music and the arts where the corporate people are making up our minds about what should be done and making the decisions and the decisions aren’t really made by people who love art. That is not happening. It is not going to keep happening because it won’t sustain itself.”These are sage words of advice when the current state of jazz and progressive Black art in D.C. is taken into consideration. With most of the jazz spots being shut down over the years, and the demographic of the city changing, it is obvious that the lines between art, corporations and consumerism have become more and more blurred, and that Black artists are attempting to chart new territory in the midst of the chaos.last_img read more

Spreading christmas cheer

first_imgJingle Bells, Jingle Bells, jingle all the way…” The very sound of this carol is enough to assume what is around. Christmas is finally here and with that comes the time to celebrate and to bid a hearty goodbye to the bygone year, leaving us just a week to dwell on the happenings of the past year and look forward to New Year.The atmosphere, which is dipped in the festive spirit with the sound of carols, smell of freshly-baked cakes, the brightness of the lights and greenery of the Christmas (fir) tree decorated, is very enchanting for those who visit the Bethlehem, created here. It won’t be wrong to say that Delhiites definitely know how to celebrate, not only Indian festivals but international festivals as well in the “desi” style, with much ardour by adding an extra oomph to them. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’In order to do something special during Christmas and New Year, various restaurants, hotels and food joints have devised strategies to rope in customers, who are looking forward to celebrate their Christmas and New Year in style and grandeur.MAFIA, Lounge & Bar, Punjabi Bagh, has organised a musical night to celebrate Christmas with DJ Nakul Shourie on Thursday. It is also offering a variety of delicacies to pamper your taste buds. The place boasts of taking one to the world of romance with its ambiance and with the tunes of soulful music. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixUmang Garg, owner, Mafia, lounge & bar said: “Christmas is the festival of love, peace and harmony celebrated with great merriment. Mafia follows the same motto but with a different style. We have special arrangements for the festive jubilation wherein we have Christmas special musical night and a variety of food delicacies. Come at Mafia and enjoy the Christmas spirit with us.” With online shopping portals offering discounts on an array of Christmas and New Year items to their customers, wholesale and retail markets around Delhi aren’t left behind either. LED-lit Christmas trees to decorative items for homes, exquisite gift hampers, cakes and bakery products as well as other party items are at the disposal of the shoppers. “Christmas here is celebrated just like Holi or Diwali. The demand, for cakes and other bakery products for Christmas and New Year parties, rises as people start booking their orders for cakes, pastries etc beforehand for their homes as well as office parties,” said a salesman of a bakery in Hauz Khas Village.Christmas ‘bazaars’ and Christmas ‘melas’ are also popular in Delhi where one gets all the necessary items for celebrating Christmas and organising New Year bashes at home. This year, Delhi Tourism has organised ‘X-Mas Carnival’ at Dilli Haat, Janakpuri and ‘Winter Carnival’ at Dilli Haat, INA.Sudhir Sobti, Chief Manager (PR and Pub.) said: “This year we have organised two carnivals at both the Dilli Haats. At Janakpuri Dilli Haat, the ‘X-Mas Carnival’ has been organised, where for kids we have got special arrangements done such as a Santa Claus, Christmas tree and rides for the kids, carol singing, camel rides as well as various cultural programmes, so that the general populace at large can also have the feel of Christmas celebrations. Also, Christmas “bazaars” have been set up which would sell all decorative items to cater to the needs of the kids as well as adults.”last_img read more

Bullied gay writer uses tortured past in new novel to inspire young

first_imgIn my debut novel, He’s Done Ever so Well for Himself, which spans the political period between Section 28 and marriage equality, my main character, Jamie, lives through similar experiences.But it’s not all doom and gloom. His close-knit family, to some extent, live vicariously through him. Jamie, like me, finds solace in the big city, where he eventually comes into his own. Rather than being beaten by his differences, he finds refuge.Given the toxic social climate into which he was born, would he, like many gay men, succumb to addiction or depression or other unsafe and dangerous behaviors? Or could he, through the strength of character, flourish and become the fully rounded human being that was always his potential?Like so many others who succeeded in spite of Section 28, to become part of a galvanized community, perhaps it would be possible to become not only human but loveable.Justin at a Protest the Pope event | Photo: Justin DavidAt one time, we’d have done anything to not be gayHaving to be ourselves might have been a curse when Jamie and I were children, but ultimately it is what saved us. Despite the Tory legislation, despite the poisonous portrayals of homosexuals in the gutter press, we have changed the views of many, one person at a time, simply by refusing to be anyone else but ourselves.It would be years before we’d bring home our first boyfriends: eight years for me, six for Jamie. And a long time before we’d experience the exhilaration and connectedness of our first Pride march. However, for people like Jamie and me, allowing others to know us on a human level meant we could no longer be constructed as deviants and second-class citizens.The old ladies at the bingo hall accepted us. Employers accepted us. Our families accepted us. And while Section 28 still billed us as monsters, our reaction against it would prove to be stronger yet.When in the year 2000, MPs of all persuasions voted massively in favor of overturning that cruel and vile act, it really did feel that on the subject of gay rights, Thatcher had been defeated.It was, I suppose, some small comfort that she saw it overturned in her lifetime.She had effectively laid the foundations of the gay rights movement itself.As for Jamie and me, we came to realize that it wasn’t simply a question of our families accepting us. Now that we had grown into our own selves, it was us who needed also to accept our families.Justin David is the author of new novel He’s Done Ever so Well for Himself.[embedded content]Read more from Gay Star News:It’s time the Conservatives apologized to all of us for Section 28 eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Going to pride at university inspired me to come out as bisexualBritish model Zander Hodgson comes out as gayGay man recalls how he used duct tape to get his own back on school bullyRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  : Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… GAYSTARNEWS- Bullied gay teacher returns to hometown to teach kids, it’s OK to be gay Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . I’ve always maintained that other people knew about me being gay before I did myself.‘Look at the way he holds his hands,’ my grandfather would say. ‘Stop acting like a little fairy.’ But I could not butch-up any more than I could change the color of my eyes.What gave me away? The way I walked? My feminine voice? Was it liking needlework, weaving, and knitting? Or hating football?I had an uncle whom I adored but who delighted in calling me ‘Nancy Boy’. This was Walsall, 1988. Men were expected to behave a certain way.I was bullied relentlessly, both verbally and physicallyOther children at school told me I was a freak, and that I would die of AIDS. I was spat at. One small group wanted me dead. They wouldn’t relent.I feared the school bell, which signaled the terrifying walk home alone, outside of the safety of school.One day, chased by my tormentors along a disused railway line, I shat myself. My bowels opened uncontrollably and liquid started to trickle down the inside of my trouser legs and into my socks.When I got home, I scrambled up the stairs trying not to ruin my mother’s carpets. Then, I just lay in the bath covered in my own shit and sobbed.I wasn’t eating. I was painfully thin and I was suicidal. And no one ever talked about mental illness. Depression was not yet understood.My mother finally went to school to find out what the hell was going on but no one ever told her why I was being plagued, not the teachers, nor me. It was shameful enough being called a poof, without having to admit what I was going through to my parents.While I had a loving family who never went out of their way to make me feel unwanted or isolated, the message I was hearing from every other corner was that I was wrong.I was a high achiever with potential but instead of flourishing physically and mentally I had become shy, reclusive and self-hating.What had fostered this hostile environment? How had teenagers learned to hate me for just being me?Justin at Primary School | Photo: Justin DavidGay deviants on TVThe narrative everyone was receiving, thirty years ago, was that ‘gay’ was unacceptable.On television, gay people were portrayed as deviants. There were few role models, save Boy George. But. famous celebrities were dropping like flies.Margaret Thatcher, at her most pernicious, had denounced local education authorities for teaching children that ‘they have an inalienable right to be gay’. Oddly enough her hateful speech on the subject didn’t make the Streep biopic.In 1988, Section 28, a piece of Tory legislation prevented or at least discourage people from talking about homosexuality in schools. I was the only gay person I knew.I was totally alone and I felt like a piece of shit.Not even lesbians storming the news gave me hopeEven when lesbian campaigners stormed the BBC studio while Sue Lawley read the Six O’clock News live, I didn’t realize that there were others on my side.Heroes like Peter Tatchell campaigned for equality, visibility, and changes to the law.Princess Diana broke taboos and held hands with AIDS patients in the hospital.But in my small West Midlands town, I didn’t know things were changing.And in fact, rather than pushing us further into the closet, the movement kick-started by Clause 28, gave hundreds of thousands of gay men and women the confidence to come out to their friends and family, and ultimately led to the passing of law after law giving my people the same rights as everyone else.last_img read more

Outraged with new parking meters in town

first_imgPeople are fuming about the new parking meter systems that have been installed in various areas in Ladysmith.The tariff for one hour of parking is R6, and users can pay in increments of R2. Payment will be accepted in coins only, but Tap n Go smartcards and credit / debit cards will also be accepted. The meters are now operational.However, many people are complaining about streets that are “disgustingly dirty” and that roads in town are full of potholes.  “How can they charge for parking meters when our town looks like a township. Not only that, but it is ridiculously expensive,” fumed one motorist. “What is going to happen to the car guards? Are they going to be left with no job just for the sake of these systems?” added the motorist. A Ladysmith Gazette journalist went out and interviewed a few car guards and was surprised to find that most of them did not even know about the parking meters. “Haibo, I don’t know what that’s for, nobody told me anything,” said a bewildered guard.Questions are flying regarding these parking meters. No notification was given to the community that the meter systems were going to be implemented and people were shocked when they went to park and were confronted with meters.Is there a fine to pay if someone doesn’t pay for their parking? What are the municipal bylaws regarding this issue? All these questions remain unanswered.We are awaiting comment from the municipality. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite last_img read more

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first_img Feature | Artificial Intelligence | July 19, 2019 | Michal Chorev AI Models Predict Breast Cancer With Radiologist-level Accuracy Breast cancer is the global leading cause of cancer-related deaths in women, and the most commonly diagnosed cancer… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | July 03, 2019 Therapixel Appoints Matthieu Leclerc-Chalvet as CEO Artificial intelligence (AI) breast cancer screening specialist Therapixel announced the appointment of Matthieu… read more Related Content News | Mammography Reporting Software | July 26, 2019 Ikonopedia Releases Automated Combined Reporting Package at AHRA Ikonopedia showcased its recently released Automated Combined Reporting package and its entire suite of structured… read more Image courtesy of Imago Systems Technology | Mammography Reporting Software | July 25, 2019 Hologic Partners With MagView to Develop Unifi EQUIP Solution Hologic announced a partnership with mammography information solutions provider MagView to develop Unifi EQUIP, an… read more News | Breast Imaging | August 02, 2019 Volpara to Distribute Screenpoint Medical’s Transpara AI Solution Volpara Solutions and ScreenPoint Medical BV signed an agreement under which Volpara will sell ScreenPoint’s Transpara… read more Sebasticook Valley Hospital in Pittsfield, Maine, is a small community hospital with a big mission: to be the best small hospital in Maine. The site is achieving its mission by offering state-of-the-art technology, the highest quality patient care, and exceptional marketing to physicians and patients in the local community. Patients FirstSebasticook places a high priority on putting the needs of its patients first. So when women in the community began requesting the latest technology in mammography, the hospital listened by replacing its screen-film equipment with a Hologic Selenia digital mammography system in July 2009.“Digital mammography improved the patient experience in many ways,” said Director of Women’s Health Sandi Delano. “In addition to the technology’s superior image quality, the images are reviewed instantaneously, which enables our mammographers to devote more time to patients to answer questions and educate women on the importance of breast health. With digital we are able to give our patients the education they need and the time they deserve.”The hospital’s decision to use Hologic’s digital mammography technology was not a difficult one. Sebasticook is part of the Eastern Maine Healthcare System, which had previously conducted an evaluation of the various digital vendors. The whole system was in agreement that Hologic far surpassed the others in terms of quality. “Hologic’s seamless integration with our existing PACS system and its ImageChecker computer-aided detection have made the transition to digital very easy,” said Henk Jordaan, M.D., the hospital’s medical director of women’s health. “High image quality and the improved imaging of dense breasts have increased our confidence in the interpretations and the quality of our screening program.” Expanding its ServicesAt the same time that it was upgrading its mammography equipment, Sebasticook installed a Hologic Discovery C bone densitometer, a complete platform for bone health assessment. This technology provides the fastest scan time and highest precision in the industry. Now, many of the hospital’s patients are able to come in during their lunch hour and receive both a breast cancer screening and osteoporosis assessment in less than an hour.“There’s always a challenge when you’re learning a new technology, but Hologic was wonderful. They trained us on the Discovery and the Selenia and also sent an educator to train the technologists on positioning,” said Delano. “Their service and support are phenomenal. Everyone from the service engineers to the staff educators really have gone above and beyond.”Though digital mammography and the upgraded bone densitometry “Discovery C” are new technologies in the hospital, women at Sebasticook have enjoyed the comfort of the Hologic MammoPad breast cushion for more than eight years. The soft foam cushion covers the surface of the mammography detector, allowing patients to enjoy a more comfortable exam and technologists to achieve better compression and increased tissue acquisition.“We choose to offer MammoPad to every woman because we feel that our patients’ comfort outweighs the cost, even in these economic times,” Delano said. “Everyone is trying to keep costs down, butMammoPad makes such a difference to our patients — and patient satisfaction is our priority.”While many neighboring facilities also offer the cushion, Sebasticook is one of the few that provides the comfort of MammoPad as a standard-of-care. Even after a major capital investment like digital mammography, the hospital saw no reason to sacrifice patient comfort to save money.Pink Ribbon Program Drives Business GrowthDelano says that in addition to offering the latest in imaging technologies, an important tool for achieving its mission is the Hologic “Pink Ribbon Facility” marketing program. Sebasticook used the program press releases to get coverage in the local newspaper, and a televised news segment with ideas from the program reached many people in the community and surrounding areas, even as far as several hours away. “We survey all new patients to find out how they heard about us and our technology, and a lot of people say they saw us on the local news,” said Delano.“One of our goals is to increase volume in our Women’s Health Center for screening mammography and bone densitometry,” said Delano. “Being a Pink Ribbon Facility has helped us toward that goal, and we’ve used the program almost exclusively for our marketing.”“For some of the materials, we only had to add our logo and phone number to make it ours, and it’s ready to go,” said Delano. “Our marketing team has appreciated the support and quality of the educational materials and media packages.”The program’s diverse materials support Sebasticook’s efforts to reach the community through a variety of outlets, including open houses, health fairs, presentations to community organizations, and even the hospital’s own golf tournament, which raised $55,000 for the new digital mammography unit.Evidence of the strength of the Sebasticook marketing campaign is more than just anecdotal. Delano says that in just one month the hospital saw its mammography business grow by 25 percent.Sebasticook Valley is Only the Beginning“We want to increase our volume, but also to educate our patients,” Delano said. “We all know that early detection can decrease mortality from breast cancer.”Delano says there are no plans to slow down after this initial success. The entire staff made the decision to make the marketing campaign an ongoing process – not only to grow the center’s business but also to provide an excellent service tothe community. This case study was supplied by Hologic. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Qlarity Imaging’s software is used to assist radiologists in the assessment and characterization of breast lesions. Imaging features are synthesized by an artificial intelligence algorithm into a single value, the QI score, which is analyzed relative to a database of reference abnormalities with known ground truth. Image courtesy of Business Wire. Case Study | March 29, 2010 Building Business, Improving Care With Hologic’s Pink Ribbon Facility Marketing Program IBM collected a dataset of 52,936 images from 13,234 women who underwent at least one mammogram between 2013 and 2017, and who had health records for at least one year prior to the mammogram. The algorithm was trained on 9,611 mammograms. Image courtesy of Radiology. News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more News | Mammography | July 10, 2019 SimonMed Imaging Implements ProFound AI for 3-D Tomosynthesis Arizona-based SimonMed Imaging announced their implementation of the first U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-… read more Technology | Breast Biopsy Systems | July 24, 2019 Fujifilm Releases Tomosynthesis Biopsy Option for Aspire Cristalle Mammography System Fujifilm Medical Systems U.S.A. Inc. recently expanded its breast imaging solutions with the launch of its… read more Technology | Artificial Intelligence | July 18, 2019 Paragon Biosciences Launches Qlarity Imaging to Advance FDA-cleared AI Breast Cancer Diagnosis System Paragon Biosciences LLC announced the launch of its seventh portfolio company, Qlarity Imaging LLC, which was founded… read more Sebasticook was one of the first hospitals in Maine to provide MammoPad and has provided it as a standard-of-care for more than eight years. 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Nicaragua patrols its new Caribbean maritime territory

first_imgNo related posts. MANAGUA – Nicaraguan Army Gen. Julio César Avilés said Tuesday that Nicaraguan Coast Guard ships are now patrolling the maritime area recently turned over to the country following a ruling by the International Court of Justice.“We are at the [maritime border] limits that the world court has assigned us. We sailed east of longitude 82 and the cays of Quitasueño, Serrana and the southern part of San Andrés, and there is no presence of Colombian Navy ships,” he added.The military official said he was confident that Nicaragua and Colombia – which rejects the court ruling – “will soon make the necessary arrangements to keep peace and security in the Caribbean.”On radio and television Monday night, Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega announced his country would “exercise sovereignty” over the maritime territory. But he added that fishermen from San Andrés, Honduras, Costa Rica and Jamaica could “fish where the usually have, … but now, Nicaragua must grant permission.”On Nov. 19, the world court issued a binding ruling in a dispute between Bogotá and Managua that stated all islands, islets and cays in the disputed area belong to Colombia, while some 90,000 km2 of maritime territory in the Caribbean was placed under Nicaraguan control.Colombia rejected the decision and on Monday formed a committee of experts to consider legal action, including a possible withdrawal from the Bogotá Pact of 1948, by which that country accepted the world court’s jurisdiction. Facebook Commentslast_img read more