Bazm e –Khas An evening of classical music

first_imgMusic washes away from our soul, the dust of everyday life. There is no denial to the fact that what makes any human society is its culture and to celebrate eternal Indian culture, Bazm- E – Khas an initiative of V P Gupta organised an evening of sublime poetry, traditional music and ghazals titled ‘Sur Adhar Music Festival 2019’.The festival featured well-known artists like Hariharan, Nizam Bhai Premi, Fareed Hasan and Mehboob Hussain accompanied by Akhlat Warsi, Mithilesh Jha, Murad Ali, Peromita Mukherji, Shadab Bhartiya, Atul Raninga, Sushant Sharma, Yusuf Khan Azhar Shakeel, and Zia Khan. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainThese eclectic musicians took us through the journey of Indian heritage steeped in love through their classical music at the mesmerising courtyard of Qutub Minar, New Delhi. Hariharan needs no introduction for those familiar with Ghazal style of singing. His mesmerising voice stirs emotions in the listener’s soul. The extravaganza evening began with Ganesh Vandana staged by Nizam Bhai Premi which was followed by Raag Bageshwari and kedar by Fareed Hasan and Mehboob Hussain symbolising the convergence of cultures and spirituality. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardThe highlight of the evening was Hariharan, who enthralled the audience with his authentic style, performed various ghazals and thumris along with his few Bollywood superhits. Talking about his performance, Legendary singer Hariharan said, “I was really excited to perform at Qutub Minar. I remember the last time I performed here was for Qutub Minar Festival a long time ago. Definitely, it was an overwhelming experience. For me, Bazm-e-Khas is doing a great job towards promoting our Indian classical music which is really very appreciable and I am glad to be a part of this.” Fareed Hassan and Mehboob Hussain said, “Fortunately we shared the stage with legendary singer Hariharan Ji at the prestigious venue of Qutub Minar. It was an honour for us to be a part of this show. We are really thankful to Bazm-e-Khas for giving us this grand opportunity.” In the light of the event VP Gupta, Founder of Bazm-e-Khas said, “Bazm-e-Khas is a very special platform that promotes young and not so young artists to meet and exchange ideas along with entertaining good listeners. Our aim to organise this evening is to make people aware of the richness of Indian culture.”last_img read more

Mbark Boussoufa Joins Qatari Club Al Sailiya on 2YearContract

Rabat – Moroccan international football player Mbark Boussoufa has joined Qatari club Al Sailiya on a two-year contract.The 35-year-old midfielder signed with the club after the end of his loan contract with Saudi club Al Shabab, with whom he scored only 1 goal in 13 appearances.During the 2016-2018 season, Boussoufa played with Emirati club Al Jazira, where he scored 7 goals in 37 appearances. The experienced player began his senior career with Belgian clubs Gent (2004-2006) and Anderlecht (2006-2011). During his time with Gent, Boussoufa won several prizes. In 2006 the Moroccan midfielder won the Belgian Golden Shoe, the Belgian Footballer of the Year, the Belgian Young Footballer of the Year, and the Belgian Ebony Shoe.The Atlas Lion also performed in the Russian league. From 2011-2013, Boussoufa played with Anzhi Makhachkala, scoring 8 goals in 55 appearances. From 2013 to 2016 he played with Lokomotiv Moscow, scoring 3 goals in 39 appearances.While playing for Morocco’s Atlas Lions, the midfielder scored 8 goals in 68 appearances. read more

At Brussels conference Ban says genocide prevention is global responsibility

“We pay tribute to the memory of victims through remembrance and reflexion. But it is perhaps through our prevention and protection efforts that we honour them even more,” said the UN chief.In his speech, Mr. Ban commended the progress that has been made in holding accountable genocide perpetrators, citing the establishment of special international criminal tribunals for Rwanda, former Yugoslavia, Sierra Leone and Cambodia as “breakthroughs against impunity” and proofs that “the rule of law keeps gaining ground.”He also drew attention to some of the international community’s past failures in preventing genocide, citing the Security Council’s decision to withdraw the UN peacekeeping operation in Rwanda 20 years ago, “thereby taking away the sorely needed international ‘eyes and ears’ on the ground.”“The UN was also deeply tarnished by its actions and inactions at Srebrenica,” he added, stressing that the Organization has been working hard “to draw on the lessons of those failures.” “My Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide, Mr. Adama Dieng, and my Special Adviser on the Responsibility to Protect, Ms. Jennifer Welsh, scan the world for signs of the precursors of genocide and atrocity crimes, sound the alarm when necessary and work with countries and regions to enhance prevention,” Mr. Ban explained. “They continue our efforts to operationalize this principle, a milestone on its adoption almost a decade ago.”The UN chief described how the Organization has put prevention at the forefront of its efforts, notably through the ‘Rights Up Front’ exercise. “Rights Up Front aims to improve prevention through an intense and early focus on human rights violations,” he said, adding that this approach was drawn from the case of Sri Lanka and that “it obliges those within the Organization to be frank in telling Member States what they need to hear, rather than what they might want to hear, about serious violations and emerging crisis situations.”“The Rights up Front approach has been on display in recent months in South Sudan, where the United Nations opened the gates of its peacekeeping installations, offering shelter to people fleeing violence,” Mr. Ban said. Stating that “20 years ago, such steps would have been unthinkable,” the Secretary-General noted that today, they were taken “as a deliberate matter of policy – a lesson of Rwanda made real.”Mr. Ban went on to say that though “the situations remain fragile and tense” and “these acts of protection could prove unsustainable,” the broad thrust remains clear: “More protection, not less; a greater sense of responsibility to act, not less; and ultimately, earlier action, well before situations spin out of control.”Emphasizing that “no part of the world can consider itself immune to the risk of genocide,” the UN chief listed some of the conditions necessary to support the prevention of such crimes against humanity: establishing legitimate and accountable national institutions that are inclusive and credible in the eyes of the population, ensuring that the rule of law is respected and that all human rights are protected without discrimination, eliminating corruption, managing diversity and supporting pluralistic media and strong civil society, including human rights defenders. “I applaud those Member States that have put in place national institutions that focus on the prevention of genocide and other atrocity crimes. I urge others to follow suit and do even more,” said the Secretary-General, commending the efforts States have made to share best practices and strategies. “Slowly but surely, we are seeing the emergence of a community of commitment for the prevention of atrocity crimes,” he noted.Despite these encouraging signs, the UN chief highlighted that the biggest challenge of all remains the mobilization of political will. In a world where atrocity crimes are of the realm of global concern, Mr. Ban deplored that “the international community often proves reluctant to act, at times even when atrocity crimes are happening.The reasons may vary, from competing definitions of national interest, to the complexities and risks of a given situation, to a perceived lack of capacity. There may be little appetite for new financial or military commitments.” “But is that sufficient reason to look away? Is that not merely an echo of what we heard twenty years ago?” he asked. Describing the conflicts in Syria and the Central African Republic as “nightmares for the vulnerable, most directly affected,” Mr. Ban also cited them as “a challenge to everything we have put in place – the pledges, the mechanisms – to exercise our collective responsibilities to prevent such crimes from happening or recurring.”“All of us should be thinking about what more we can do about the atrocity crimes taking place before our eyes – and what more we can do, much earlier, to keep societies from splintering and descending into destruction and violence,” pleaded the UN chief.Later in the day, Mr. Ban met with Belgian Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo and the two exchanged views on a number of pressing crises and global concerns, including Syria and the situation in Ukraine, agreeing on the urgent need for a political solution – and the value of ongoing efforts to de-escalate tensions, support dialogue and monitor developments. The UN chief said they also discussed the humanitarian and political situation in the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and in Burundi. Mr. Ban appreciated Belgium’s support for the Government and other Burundian stakeholders in resolving all differences peacefully and ensuring a level playing field for next year’s election.They two also discussed climate change, which both agreed demands urgent action. Mr. Ban invited the Prime Minister to the climate summit he will convene on 23 September in New York to pave the way for an ambitious, legal climate agreement by 2015. In addition, the Secretary-General said he is confident that Belgium will continue to show leadership at this critical time, and thanked the Prime Minister for his leadership in convening the International Conference on the Prevention of Genocide marking the twentieth anniversary of Rwanda’s genocide. read more

Australian made Australian Grown logo on the rise

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram With demand for Australian made products on the rise, businesses are increasingly branding their wares with the Australian Made, Australian Grown (AMAG) logo. It brands your product as keeping Australians working.Managing Director of Slumbercare Bedding in Melbourne’s Oakleigh, Con Apostolidis, first registered his business with AMAG in 2004. Customers see the AMAG logo as important, Mr Apostolidis said. “It is important to people, just as imports started coming into Australia from Asia the AMAG logo identified us as an Australian made product, which made people feel confident in the product,” he told Neos Kosmos. Mr Apostolidis said he believes people are more confident in the AMAG brand because it shows national support. “It’s keeping Australians employed, it’s keeping the labour industry here in Australia,” he said. “People are probably noticing we’re losing a lot of work to the Asian companies, so to keep everything manufactured here is important,” Mr Apostolidis said. He said the AMAG logo is one of the most recognized logos and carries a positive connotation. “It brands your product as keeping Australians working,” he said. AMAG Chief Executive Ian Harrison says the campaign continues to grow in size and stature for the benefit of all Australians. “For almost 25 years the AMAG logo has been helping businesses, consumers, exports and Australia. “94 percent of consumers recognise it, and perhaps more importantly, 85 percent trust it over any other ‘country of origin identifier’ such as flags, maps and pictures of animals. “And it can now be found on over 10,000 great Aussie products,” Mr Harrison said. Mr Harrison said it is tremendous to see more and more businesses branding their products with the AMAG logo in order to help the majority of shoppers who have a clear preference for buying locally made and grown goods. 378 new businesses registered with the AMAG Campaign to use the famous green and gold symbol between 2009 and 2010. A further 1267 companies renewed their licence to continue branding their products as Australian, taking the total number of registered businesses to 1645.last_img read more

Mirabellas mission

first_imgIt’s 5.00 pm on a rainswept Melbourne evening. The European cafe opposite the Victorian Parliament building is filling with the usual suspects: state politicians and their ubiquitous advisors along with be-suited business types.“You don’t give up your privacy, a private income, and so much time away from your family to just sit there and keep a bit of green leather warm. It has to matter. Politics is tough.”I’ve arranged to meet Sophie Mirabella, federal Shadow Minister for Innovation, Industry and Science at this bespoke watering-hole. Mirabella has spent the day weighing into Kevin Rudd’s changes to the Fringe Benefits Tax she tells me, extolling to the media that its introduction was akin to kicking the Australian automotive industry hard, and somewhere very painful, when it was already down and virtually out.As the interview is about to begin I ask if she’d prefer a glass of red or white; Shiraz, or perhaps a light Pinot? She takes a call on her Blackberry and mouths the word ‘Shiraz’. I had a feeling Ms Mirabella – celebrated for her robust adversarial manner – would prefer something full-bodied with an edge to a more delicate quaff.Sophie Mirabella (nee Panopoulos) is one of Tony Abbott’s closest lieutenants and will be a minister in his front bench team if a Coalition government is returned at the election.We begin at the beginning. What first stirred her political passions early in life?“My political education probably began around the age of 12,” she says. “I had an intense interest in who made the decisions in the world I lived in. “It was about who had the power – or are we all to be just pawns? Do we have a say about what happens in our lives?” One of the inspirations comes from her family background growing up in South Melbourne. Her parents, who arrived from Greece in the mid-1950s, ran a milk bar, and from the moment Sophie Panopoulos could peer over the shop counter, an inquisitiveness about how the world worked and who pulled the strings was evident.“Every few months we’d get robbed for cigarettes. I saw my parents work for months just to recover from that. I watched them work hard for what they had, and then harder to keep it,” she says with pride.Witnessing her parents’ fight to become financially independent and “have the freedom to make decisions about their lives” was a lesson that’s always stayed with her.As a teenager, Mirabella says Margaret Thatcher’s reforms in the UK in the 1980s shone like a beacon, whilst in Australia at the time, “big business, big government and big unions made the decisions – other people were irrelevant”. But despite her attraction to the British Conservative Party’s heroine, there are no political heroes in Mirabella’s world. “There are people to admire,” she says “but I don’t think there are heroes in politics because we’re all human and we’re all flawed.”It’s a sentiment that perhaps comes from her mother.“When I was first elected, my mother pleaded with me not to get sworn in as a member of parliament. I asked ‘why?’ and she said ‘because politicians are liars and sinners and you’re swearing on the Bible’.” In federal politics Mirabella has carved out a reputation for being colourful, controversial and outspoken, with her political adversaries and the media often using less-kind words. I’m interested to know, what’s her take on being the target for such attacks?“You don’t give up your privacy, a private income, and so much time away from your family to just sit there and keep a bit of green leather warm. It has to matter. Politics is tough,” she says.“I’m not going to be intimidated. I’m going to be a robust participant. It’s an extraordinary privilege to be a member of federal parliament. Life would be easy if you just sat there and rode the waves, but that’s not me, and I’d be ashamed if I did.”As for the personal attacks – outgoing federal independent MP Tony Windsor described her recently in the media as the nastiest politician in Canberra – it’s water off a duck’s back.“There are some people – no matter what you did for them; you could cut off your right arm for them and they’ll still bag you out,” says Mirabella.As for the main obstacle to her party’s election success, despite the polls showing a neck and neck race since the resurrection of Kevin Rudd to his party’s helm, Mirabella’s convinced the Labor ship is still full of leaks – and the electorate will return a Coalition government to end years of instability under Labor.“Kevin Rudd will repeat the mistakes he made when he was first prime minister, when his own party said the government was in paralysis,” she says.With the Coalition set to win by a country mile if Julia Gillard was still PM, with the tables turned, are the polls a concern? “It was always going to get closer, but the electorate is looking for certainty. There’s so much that has been unstable about the economy and Australian politics,” says Mirabella.“What’s been reflected in the polls is the great relief people felt at getting rid of Julie Gillard. If the Labor Party are so confident in how popular Kevin Rudd is they should call an election.”Looking back, has she any sympathy for Julia Gillard in the way the former Labor leader was jettisoned? Mirabella deftly avoids a direct answer.“There’s a difference between personally and politically assessing someone,” she says. “Julia Gillard failed to deliver and it has been disastrous. The grave mistake she made was bad political judgment – a litany of poor judgment calls – one of the biggest was thinking she needed to give the Greens the carbon tax in order to retain her job.“She should have known the Greens would never have supported the Liberal Party. Gillard could have thrown the Greens a carrot and that would have been the end of it.”I press the point gently; as a woman, was Gillard treated too harshly by the media?“Media is always very harsh on a prime minister,” says Mirabella, declining to follow any sense of feminist solidarity. That Labor and PM Kevin Rudd are being disingenuous across a whole range of policy issues, and will be found out at the election, has become a mantra for the Coalition.“I think often politicians underestimate the intelligence of the electorate. I don’t think people are going to be conned.” One of the biggest cons, says the shadow minister, is Labor’s position on moving to an emissions trading scheme early. “All he’s doing is bringing forward Gillard’s policy by one year, claiming that it’s going to save families an average of $380.” For Mirabella, the devil in the detail of how an emissions trading scheme will work blows the promise out of the water. “Rudd’s saying there will be a floating price on carbon of $6 a tonne but he can’t guarantee that.“Is an ETS really the best way to reduce emissions? We say no because it’s a tax, it’s punitive, it’s open to fraud and corruption, and this has happened in Europe.”While he may not be a hero, one politician who Mirabella much admires is her boss. Are there traits that the electorate are missing when they compare Tony Abbott to the seemingly ever-popular Mr Rudd? “Tony Abbott is deeply intelligent and incredibly focused. One thing that lifts him above others is his sense of duty. He has taken it upon his shoulders – made it his mission – to fix this country,” says Mirabella. “He understands that great responsibility.”After a 40 minute interview the time is up. After a quick change of clothes, the ever-active Mirabella is due at a business dinner – vigorously espousing once again the Coalition’s philosophy on industry policy. The glass of Shiraz Grenache isn’t quite empty as she picks up her phone, checking her latest text.Do you ever feel frustrated, I ask, that people perhaps see you as a hard-nosed political animal, rather than a mother, wife? “I was a human being before I was a political animal”, she says laughing.“But I don’t spend nearly enough time with those I care about, my close friends and family. Being able to give them time is very important to me,” she says, before heading for the door and another political platform. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Bahamas Advancing Human Dignity and Social Justice are at the Heart of

Bahamas Advancing Human Dignity and Social Justice are at the Heart of

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, November 2, 2017 – Nassau  – The Minnis Administration intends to enhance the effective freedoms, liberties and rights of all citizens through a system of good governance.  Delivering his contribution in the House of Assembly Thursday (November 2, 2017), Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert A. Minnis said advancing human dignity and social justice are at the heart of his Administration’s agenda for transformation and reform.Prime Minister Minnis said these principles have guided the government’s vision and commitment to job and wealth creation, combating crime and other threats to citizen-safety and national security and deepening democracy and transforming government.“Good governance requires a balance of values and the instruments used to protect the rights of citizens and the demands of national security and safeguarding citizens from various threats,” Prime Minister Minnis said.“These threats include criminal gangs, drug traffickers, cyber and other threats. Even as the Government seeks to target the nefarious acts of criminals using various technologies, we are committed to removing the unnecessary interference of elected officials in criminal prosecutions.“Both of these measures are intended to protect citizens. Such protection is a central function of government. Citizens must be protected from those who would use communications technologies to harm fellow citizens and residents even as we vigorously protect the privacy of citizens and residents.   A mature and effective democracy requires such balance,” Prime Minister Minnis added.By: Matt Maura (BIS) Related Items:last_img read more

ASA Expresses Strong Opposition to Administrations Plan to Restructure Food Aid

first_imgThe American Soybean Association (ASA) expressed its strong opposition today to a plan it understands will be proposed as part of the White House’s 2014 budget that would restructure the nation’s foreign aid programs by eliminating the Food for Peace and Food for Progress programs and replace them with a much smaller cash account managed by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).”The Food for Peace and Food for Progress programs provide nutritious foods to developing markets and have been a key priority for ASA for multiple years. We are expressly opposed to the replacement of in-kind food aid with cash aid, which takes a key market away from American producers, placing aid recipients at a potential risk by allowing them to purchase commodities from foreign suppliers whose safety and quality are unknown,” said ASA President Danny Murphy, a soybean farmer from Canton, Miss.ASA’s World Initiative for Soy in Human Health (WISHH), the long-term market development arm of the soybean industry, works within both the Food for Peace and Food for Progress programs to help meet food and feed needs while developing long-term markets for U.S. soy. “The good work done by WISHH is a direct result of their productive partnership with these programs,” added Murphy. “A restructuring like the one proposed in the president’s budget would have a disastrous effect on that productivity and on the ability of WISHH to help the world’s hungry with American soy.”ASA is among the leading drivers of a broad-based coalition to oppose the restructuring that includes representative groups in the agriculture, supply chain and logistics, labor, non-governmental organization (NGO), and development industries.”The diversity of our coalition shows just how important these programs are to our development work overseas,” said Murphy. “It’s not just commodity agriculture that wants these programs protected; it’s everyone that has a hand in what has been throughout its history a very successful and impactful foreign aid program.”The groups collaborated on a series of letters to President Obama and to Senate leaders expressing opposition to the plan and citing the positive impacts of both programs both at home and abroad. “Growing, manufacturing, bagging, shipping, and transporting nutritious U.S. food creates jobs and economic activity here at home, provides support for our U.S. Merchant Marine, essential to our national defense sealift capability, and sustains a robust domestic constituency for these programs not easily replicated in alternative foreign aid programs,” wrote the groups. “Overseas, Food for Peace has a strong track record of reducing child malnutrition and increasing incomes and food supplies for very poor and vulnerable populations. Food for Progress expands business and income opportunities along the agriculture value chain and improves the quality and quantity of food supplies. Both of those programs are proven models for addressing global food insecurity.”Transcripts of the letters can be viewed here.ASA represents all U.S. soybean farmers on domestic and international issues of importance to the soybean industry. ASA’s advocacy efforts are made possible through voluntary farmer membership by farmers in 30 states where soybeans are grown.###For more information contact:Danny Murphy, ASA President, 601-906-3809, dpmurphy@bellsouth.netPatrick Delaney, ASA Communications Director, 202-969-7040, pdelaney@soy.orglast_img read more

Uncovered documents reveal Tokyo IR ambitions

first_imgThe Japan Communist Party Tokyo Council has presented materials showing Rinkai Fukutoshin in the Aomi area of Koto ward is under consideration as a candidate area for IR.According to local media reports, the Council had requested that the Tokyo Metropolitan Government disclose information, subsequently obtaining and analyzing 74 internal documents.Although large portions of the documents were blacked out, the Council’s read is that they clearly state that the Northern side of Aomi is a promising candidate and point to Singapore’s Marina Bay Sands as an example of the type of facility that might be suitable. They also indicated a preferred schedule from the potential bid decision to opening.The Council, which has a strong anti-casino stance, reacted angrily to the information, saying it is clear the government is researching and considering an IR bid for Tokyo.Japan’s largest city has long been considered an obvious choice for one of three integrated resorts to be developed nationwide in the coming years although local officials have not yet offered any firm commitment to an IR bid.A number of possible Tokyo locations have been suggested, including the famous Tsukiji fish market which is set to undergo a major redevelopment.last_img read more

Budget Cuts Would Eliminate Health Care Commission

first_imgThe Alaska Health Care Commission would be eliminated in proposed funding cuts from the House Finance Committee. The commission makes policy recommendations to the legislature and the governor to improve the health of Alaskans and control health care costs.Download AudioRepresentative Dan Saddler, a Republican from Eagle River chairs the subcommittee that is recommending the cut. He says the commission has done good work, but health department staff can provide the same expertise:“I think every department would love to have it’s own policy think tank, but in our fiscal challenge these days we simply can’t afford it in this department and probably couldn’t afford it in other departments either.”The Health Care Commission costs the state $350,000 a year. The committee decided to keep funding for the Commission on Aging, which is also under the Health Department and costs $400,000.The legislature established the Health Care Commission in 2010 and voted unanimously to fund it for another three years during the last legislative session.Representative Les Gara, an Anchorage Democrat, thinks cutting the Health Care Commission is short sighted:“We have the highest medical costs in the country in this state. We have the highest annual increase in medical costs in the country in this state. Their job is to help come up with policies to stem that increase. That will save money for the budget. It will save money for individuals in their insurance premiums. Cutting them is just not a smart thing to do.”The state is responsible for over $2.5 billion in health care spending each year. That includes employee and retiree health plans, health care for prisoners, Medicaid and workers compensation. Overall, health care spending in Alaska amounts to an estimated $10 billion annually.This story is part of a reporting partnership between APRN, NPR and Kaiser Health News.last_img read more

GJM demands upgradation of PulBijanbari Block into SubDivision

GJM demands upgradation of PulBijanbari Block into SubDivision

first_imgDarjeeling: The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) has demanded the upgradation of Pul-Bijanbari Block in Darjeeling into a Sub-Division along with the bifurcation of other large Blocks in Darjeeling. “Pul-Bijanbari Block is the largest in West Bengal. It consists of 23 Gram Panchayats. Such a large Block is difficult to administer and also for people to reach out to the BDO office for various administrative requirements. As the Block is in the Hills and travel is difficult and time taking due to the terrain,” stated Sandip Chettri, Spokesperson, GJM Darjeeling Sub-Division committee. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifePosters with this demand were pasted on the walls of the town and in different parts of the Bijanbari Block on Wednesday. “Mirik Block with 6 Gram Panchayats was upgraded into a Sub-Division. Hence, we are positive that Bijanbari Block with 23 Gram Panchayats can be upgraded into a Sub-Division as well. It is a justified demand. We will soon meet the concerned authorities and present memorandums to this effect,” added Chettri. Bijanbari Block has an area of 416 sq km and a population of 1.26 lakh.last_img read more

Live News traffic and weather updates for North Staffordshire South Cheshire on

first_img StokeonTrentLive – we’re #localandproud Share this video Watch again Video Loading Video Unavailable Video will play in  Click to playTap to playcenter_img We pay for stories! Send your videos to video@trinitymirror.comHello and welcome to Stoke-on-TrentLive’s breaking news service bringing you all the latest updates from Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire on Wednesday, December 19. Our team of reporters will be updating this live service with all the latest on the traffic and travel and weather updates – as well as news and entertainment through the day. We’ll be bringing you the very latest updates in our live news feed below. For the latest news and breaking news visit www.stokeontrentlive.co.uk Get all the big headlines, pictures, analysis, opinion and video on the stories that matter to you. Follow us on Twitter @SOTLive – the official Sentinel account – real news in real time. We’re also on Facebook – your must-see news, features, videos and pictures throughout Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire. Want to tell us about something going on where you live? Let us know – Tweet us @SOTLive or message us on our Facebook page . And if you have pictures to share, tag us on Instagram at StokeonTrentLive . 15:48Delays on A500Slow traffic on A500 D Road at A53 Etruria Road (Basford Roundabout). In the roadworks area.Lane closures are in place to assist with replacement of traffic lights. 15:34Fire at zoo was accident – Cheshire Fire confirmMore than 80 firefighters were called to the blaze at the weekend.14:54Panel recommends Gail Lockett be removed from all council committees after breaching code of conduct A hearing panel said this was the maximum sanction available after ruling the councillor had breached the code of conduct. More here. 10:45Services at a stand on Virgin Trains West Coast between Tamworth and Rugby due to emergency services dealing with an incident at Nuneaton. 10:13A5272 Chell Street busy but moving at A5272 Merrick Street / B5047 Hulton Street (Providence Square). Travel time is eight minutes. 10:07#Staffordservices northbound between J14 and J15 #M6, there’s a car broken down in Lane 1 of the slip into the services— Highways England (@HighwaysWMIDS) December 19, 201810:07One lane closed and slow traffic due to broken down vehicle on M6 Southbound from J15 A500 Queensway (Stoke-On-Trent) to J14 A34 (Stafford North).Lane one (of three) is closed. 09:48Heavy traffic on A50 Westbound from Meir Tunnel towards the A500 D Road (Sideway Roundabout). 09:45#M6 southbound between J20A and J19, we have traffic stopped due to a collision involving a van. Delays building on the approach, so please allow extra journey time. #TrafficOfficers have just arrived. Will keep you updated #Warrington #Northwich— Highways England (@HighwaysNWEST) December 19, 201809:25 A34 Newcastle Road busy but moving between Springfield Retail Park and A500 D Road (Hanford Interchange). 08:58Slow traffic on A34 Newcastle Road between Springfield Retail Park and A500 D Road (Hanford Interchange). 08:55Bucknall Road inbound busy but moving from A52 Leek Road (Lime Kiln Traffic Lights) to Hanley Town centre. 08:35Heavy traffic due to earlier broken down lorry on M6 Southbound at J16 A500 (Stoke-On-Trent / Crewe). In the roadworks area. All lanes have been re-opened.A lorry had broken down on the exit slip at the traffic lights as you head down towards the roundabout. 08:35Heavy traffic on A500 D Road Southbound around A527 Porthill Road (Porthill Bank). Travel time is seven minutes. 08:06Moorland Road busy but moving at A5272 High Lane / A5272 Hanley Road / Bank Hall Road (Smallthorne Roundabout). Travel time is six minutes. 08:00A527 Porthill Road busy but moving at A500 D Road / Longbridge Hayes Road / Longbridge Hayes Road (Porthill Bank). 07:47M6 Southbound exit slip road partially blocked, slow traffic due to broken down lorry at J16 A500 (Stoke-On-Trent / Crewe). In the roadworks area.A lorry has broken down at the traffic lights as you head down towards the roundabout. 07:37A50 Westbound busy but moving from Meir Tunnel towards the A500 D Road (Sideway Roundabout). 07:30Queuing traffic on A500 D Road Southbound before M6 J15. Travel time is four minutes. 07:06A5272 Chell Street busy but moving at A5272 Merrick Street / B5047 Hulton Street (Providence Square). Travel time is four minutes. 07:06A50 Through The Roadworks busy but moving at B5030 Ashbourne Road (Little Chef roundabout). Travel time is four minutes. 07:06One lane closed and slow traffic due to broken down vehicle on M6 Southbound from J13 A449 (Stafford South) to J12 A5 (Gailey).Lane one (of four) is closed. 07:05Good morning!Welcome to our daily live blog! StokeonTrent Live – we’re #localandproudStokeonTrent Live – we’re #localandproudVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmute0:01/1:20Loaded: 0%0:02Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-1:19 SharePlayback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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first_imgNews | July 30, 2009 New Data on Contrast Media, Kidney Damage May Impact Guidelines Sponsored Content | Videos | Contrast Media | January 22, 2019 itnTV “Conversations”: Guerbet Unveils Portfolio of Advanced Digital Solutions ITN Contributing Editor Greg Freiherr speaks with Guerb read more Conversations with Greg Freiherr: Guerbet Unveils Portfolio of Advanced Digital SolutionsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 5:46Loaded: 2.87%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -5:46 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Sponsored Content | Case Study | Contrast Media | January 30, 2019 Captisol-enabled Contrast Media with Reduced Renal Toxicity in Development The medical imaging market relies heavily on contrast media, injected into patients to increase the contrast of bodil read more Feature | Contrast Media | July 18, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr How To Manage Risk in the MR Suite Macrocyclic contrast agents have the best safety profile of all the magnetic resonance (MR) contrast media that are n read more Two brain metastases from primary lung cancer are contrast enhanced in the brain of a 61-year-old male. Speakers at AHRA 2019 will state that ProHance and other macrocyclic MR agents present a very low risk to patients. Images courtesy of Bracco News | Neuro Imaging | March 18, 2019 Non-Contrast MRI Effective in Monitoring MS Patients Brain magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) without contrast agent is just as effective as the contrast-enhanced approach… read more July 30, 2009 – The iso-omolar contrast medium iodixanol does not yield lower rates of contrast-induced acute kidney injury (CI-AKI) than low-osmolar contrast media (LOCM), according to a meta-analysis published in the July 2009 issue of JACC: Cardiovascular Interventions.Could these findings change current ACC/AHA guidelines, which give a class IA recommendation for iso-osmolar contrast media in patients with chronic kidney disease undergoing coronary angiography?In the study, a team of researchers at the University of Michigan Medical School led by Hitinder Gurm, M.D., analyzed pooled data from 16 trials conducted between 1980 and 2008 that included 2,763 subjects. The studies consistently ascertained renal function data from patients randomized to either LOCM or iodixanol. The primary endpoint for the meta-analysis was the incidence of CI-AKI as defined by each individual study protocol.Kidney injury occurred in 128 of 1,379 (9.3%) patients who received iodixanol vs. 158 of 1,375 (11.5%) patients who received LOCM. There was a trend toward a reduced relative risk of CI-AKI with iodixanol compared to LOCM as a whole, although the difference was not significant. After looking at individual types of contrast media, iodixanol did offer a significant advantage in some cases (table 1). Because only 1 study used iomeprol, an analysis was not conducted for this agent. Further, the risk of mortality and need for hemodialysis were similar between the iodixanol and LOCM groups.This is contrary to earlier research suggesting iodixanol caused less kidney damage than LOCM. This conclusion led to the current ACC/AHA guidelines recommending iso-osmolar contrast media in NSTE ACS patients with chronic kidney disease undergoing angiography. In light of the new data, the ACC/AHA guidelines may change, and subsequently drive the adoption of less expensive imaging alternatives that are just as effective as the more costly iodixanol, such as Bracco’s iopamidol or Isovue.For more information: www.bracco.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Example of full-dose, 10 percent low-dose and algorithm-enhanced low-dose. Image courtesy of Enhao Gong, Ph.D.center_img News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 07, 2019 Contrast Use in First Transthoracic Echocardiogram for Heart Failure Reduces Repeat Testing Heart failure is the fourth most common cause for all admission to U.S. hospitals, and it is the most common reason for… read more Feature | Contrast Media Injectors | April 11, 2019 | By Jeff Zagoudis Using Artificial Intelligence to Reduce Gadolinium Contrast One of the most controversial issues in radiology in recent years has been the use of… read more News | Radiology Business | April 24, 2019 ITN Wins Jesse H. Neal Award for Best Technical Content April 24, 2019 — Imaging Technology News (ITN) was recently named the 2019 Jesse H. read more Technology | Contrast Media | August 05, 2019 Bracco Receives FDA Approval for Varibar Thin Liquid for Oral Suspension Bracco Diagnostics Inc. announced U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for Varibar Thin Liquid (barium… read more News | Ultrasound Imaging | March 07, 2019 Ultrasound Societies Urge FDA to Remove Black Box Warning on Contrast Agents National and international ultrasound societies are urging the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to remove the “black… read more Related Content Technology | Contrast Media | July 15, 2019 FDA Approves Bayer’s Gadavist Contrast for Cardiac MRI in Adult Coronary Artery Disease Patients The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Gadavist injection for use in cardiac magnetic resonance… read more last_img read more

Konica Minolta Hosting Lunch and Learn at 23rd Annual Mammography Meeting in

Konica Minolta Hosting Lunch and Learn at 23rd Annual Mammography Meeting in

first_imgNews | Breast Imaging | July 31, 2018 Konica Minolta Hosting Lunch and Learn at 23rd Annual Mammography Meeting in Santa Fe Debra Schneider of Foundation Radiology Group will describe experience with Exa Mammo breast imaging viewing platform Sponsored Content | Case Study | Radiation Dose Management | August 13, 2019 The Challenge of Pediatric Radiation Dose Management Radiation dose management is central to child patient safety. Medical imaging plays an increasing role in the accurate… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more July 31, 2018 — Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas Inc. will sponsor a lunch and learn featuring its Exa Mammo platform during the 23rd Annual Mammography meeting, Aug. 6-10 in Santa Fe. This non-CME lecture will be held on Thursday, Aug. 9 from 12:30-1:30 pm as part of the day’s theme of “Focus on Breast MR.”The session will be led by Debra Schneider, M.D., associate chief medical officer and chief of women’s imaging at Foundation Radiology Group in Pittsburgh, one of the largest full-service radiology groups in the United States. Schneider first experienced the Exa Mammo system during the 2017 Mammography meeting in Santa Fe, a highly focused event that gives breast imagers and radiologists a better opportunity to discover new mammography technologies than during larger conferences with a broader focus. She said she was impressed by Exa’s functionality, and her radiology group purchased Exa Mammo and is in the process of implementation.“We needed something as soon as possible, and we needed something better to be more efficient. I found Exa Mammo and realized it was the answer to our problems. The real-time rendering and the fact that we don’t need to cache studies was the big draw,” said Schneider.Exa Mammo features a Zero Footprint viewer that allows fast and easy access to all mammography studies, including 3-D tomosynthesis studies, from any modality and any vendor. Images are accessible anywhere, from any Web-enabled computer, without installing a viewer*. Server-side rendering enables ultra-fast image delivery regardless of computer hardware.“Exa Mammo is first and foremost a solution that meets the needs of our radiologists. They believe that it provides the best combination of functionality and performance to view and interpret mammography cases,” said Chris Radi, senior vice president of operations and information technology at Foundation Radiology Group. “With Exa’s ability to render the images server-side, Foundation’s radiologists can enjoy ‘local-like’ performance regardless of their location, which removes radiologist frustration and allows them to focus their time on taking care of patients.”Schneider’s presentation during the lunch and learn will detail how Exa Mammo will help the organization manage costs while consolidating viewing capabilities across its 30 partner hospitals in eight states and multiple off-site radiologists. The group intends to gradually roll out Exa Mammo to all hospital locations, with the expectation of increasing reads from 60 per day to 200 per day.“Exa will allow us to fulfill our mission of delivering sub-specialized breast imaging to our hospitals, many of which have a general radiologist on staff but don’t have a fellowship-trained breast imager. Now we can have a fellowship-trained imager read screens. From a financial standpoint, it will also help us as well in terms of increased productivity,” said Schneider.More information on this event can be found here.For more information: www.konicaminolta.com/medicalusa* Mammography images should only be viewed with a monitor approved by the FDA for viewing mammographic images. For primary diagnosis, post process DICOM “for presentation” images must be used. Requires 5MP. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 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 Image courtesy of Imago Systems Technology | Cybersecurity | August 07, 2019 ScImage Introduces PICOM ModalityGuard for Cybersecurity ScImage Inc. is bridging the gap between security and functionality with the introduction of the PICOM ModalityGuard…. read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 05, 2019 Montefiore Nyack Hospital Uses Aidoc AI to Spot Urgent Conditions Faster Montefiore Nyack Hospital, an acute care hospital in Rockland County, N.Y., announced it is utilizing artificial… read more News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more center_img Related Content News | PACS | August 08, 2019 NetDirector Launches Cloud-based PDF to DICOM Conversion Service NetDirector, a cloud-based data exchange and integration platform, has diversified their radiology automation options… read more Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 7:33Loaded: 2.15%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -7:33 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s. News | Artificial Intelligence | August 08, 2019 Half of Hospital Decision Makers Plan to Invest in AI by 2021 August 8, 2019 — A recent study conducted by Olive AI explores how hospital leaders are responding to the imperative 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 Videos | Radiology Business | August 02, 2019 VIDEO: Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019 Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) President … read morelast_img read more

Microsoft Build 2019 Introducing WSL 2 the newest architecture for the Windows

first_imgYesterday, on the first day of Microsoft Build 2019, the team at Microsoft introduced WSL 2, the newest architecture for the Windows Subsystem for Linux. With WSL 2, file system performance will increase and users will be able to run more Linux apps. The initial builds of WSL 2 will be available by the end of June, this year. What’s new in WSL 2? Run Linux libraries WSL 2 powers Windows Subsystem for Linux to run ELF64 Linux binaries on Windows. This new architecture brings changes to how these Linux binaries interact with Windows and computer’s hardware, but it will still manage to provide the same user experience as in WSL Linux distros With this release, the individual Linux distros can be run either as a WSL 1 distro, or as a WSL 2 distro, and can be upgraded or downgraded at any time. Also, users can run WSL 1 and WSL 2 distros side by side. This new architecture uses an entirely new architecture that uses a real Linux kernel. Increases speed With this release, file-intensive operations like git clone, npm install, apt update, apt upgrade, and more will get faster. The initial tests that the team has run have WSL 2 running up to 20x faster as compared to WSL 1, when unpacking a zipped tarball. And it is around 2-5x faster while using git clone, npm install and cmake on various projects. Linux kernel with Windows The team will be shipping an open source real Linux kernel with Windows which will make full system call compatibility possible. This will also be the first time a Linux kernel is shipped with Windows. The team is building the kernel in house and in the initial builds they will ship version 4.19 of the kernel. This kernel is been designed in tune with WSL 2 and it has been optimized for size and performance. The team will service this Linux kernel through Windows updates, users will get the latest security fixes and kernel improvements without needing to manage it themselves. The configuration for this kernel will be available on GitHub once WSL 2 will release. The WSL kernel source will consist of links to a set of patches in addition to the long-term stable source. Full system call compatibility The Linux binaries use system calls for performing functions such as accessing files, requesting memory, creating processes, and more. In WSL 1 the team has created a translation layer that interprets most of these system calls and allow them to work on the Windows NT kernel. It is challenging to implement all of these system calls, where some of the apps don’t run properly in WSL 1. WSL 2 includes its own Linux kernel which has full system call compatibility. To know more about this news, check out Microsoft’s blog post. Read Next Microsoft introduces Remote Development extensions to make remote development easier on VS Code Docker announces collaboration with Microsoft’s .NET at DockerCon 2019 Microsoft and GitHub employees come together to stand with the 996.ICU repositorylast_img read more

Docs Govt had intel on earlier escape plots by drug lord

first_img 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 Top Stories Comments   Share   Sponsored Stories Mesa family survives lightning strike to home The vital role family plays in society The documents show that in March 2014 agents in Los Angeles reported a possible escape operation funded by another drug organization that operates under the auspices of Guzman’s Sinaloa Cartel and involved threatening or bribing prison officials. That July, the same investigation revealed Guzman’s son had sent a team of lawyers and military counter-intelligence personnel to design a break-out plan.Guzman escaped through a tunnel below the prison late Saturday.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. WASHINGTON (AP) — Government documents show the Drug Enforcement Administration had intelligence about at least two plots to help Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman escape from a maximum security prison.Internal DEA documents obtained by The Associated Press reveal that drug agents first got information on escape plans in March 2014. That was about a month after Guzman was captured in Mazatlan, Mexico. 5 ways to recognize low testosteronelast_img read more

Nebraska WR coach Keith Williams suspended four games for DUI

Nebraska WR coach Keith Williams suspended four games for DUI

first_imgHe was arrested just before 2 a.m. Sunday morning after being involved in a car accident in downtown Lincoln. His blood alcohol content measured .150, nearly twice the legal limit. This was Williams’ third DUI arrest, but Huskers head coach Mike Riley said this week they were aware of Williams’ past arrests during the hiring process.“Keith has initiated counseling and he has pledged to assist the department, University and greater community in educational and outreach efforts to prevent drunk driving,” Riley said in a statement. “This has been a very difficult week for Keith, for his family, for our football program and for our Husker community. Keith has admitted his error in judgment and completely recognizes the harm that he could have caused with his reckless actions. Since his arrival in Lincoln, he has been an outstanding coach, mentor and leader, and I know that Keith will work hard to move beyond this incident and to regain the trust of those he has disappointed. We continue to educate our student-athletes throughout the year not only on the dangers of alcohol but also on the consequences of bad decision-making and I know that the events from this weekend will serve as powerful reminder of that lesson.”As always, stay tuned to The Scoop for the latest. Nebraska wide receivers coach Keith Williams has been suspended four games for a DUI arrest last week, the Huskers announced Friday.In addition to missing the Huskers’ first four games — Fresno State, Wyoming, Oregon, at Northwestern — Williams will be suspended from team activities without pay through Aug. 31.Williams will earn $400,000 this year, according to the Omaha World-Herald. This two-week suspension will cost him in the neighborhood of $15,000.“Words cannot fully express my deep regret and profound remorse for my actions this past weekend,” Williams said in a statement. “I want to apologize to my family, the Nebraska family, the young men in our football program, Coach Riley, Shawn Eichorst, Chancellor Green and President Bounds for any harm that I may have caused this phenomenal institution. Over the coming weeks, I plan to begin to make amends and to engage in personal counseling to assist in my journey. I understand there is no room for error for me at Nebraska and I am going to work hard every day to prove that I am worthy to represent the Huskers.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Sponsored By Connatixlast_img read more

Thursdays One Minute Warm Up

Thursdays One Minute Warm Up

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Sponsored By Connatix To get your blood moving…Today’s motivational quote isn’t really a quote but a passage.The fire is necessary pic.twitter.com/wxDP1XUAja— Terrance Orr II (@COACHORR) September 21, 2016 Here are the throwbacks Texas A&M will wear this week against Arkansas. Classic or boring?Winners aren’t born, they’re molded. Texas A&M will be drenched in tradition on 10.1.16. #12thMan #teamadidas #TAMUvsSC pic.twitter.com/qmwfTKPqTC— Texas A&M Football (@AggieFootball) September 21, 2016The Citadel will take the field in Yeezys this week.Yeezy @adidasFballUS cleats for @CitadelSports #uniswag pic.twitter.com/jiPnpNlsjg— UNISWAG (@Uniformswag) September 22, 2016Here we go again.Longtime sports media execs plan to launch a spring football league by 2018. https://t.co/LxsmyN80t9— John Ourand (@Ourand_SBJ) September 22, 2016Today’s Warm Up is dedicated to the Samuels family and its newest member, Griffen. Congratulations to all.Yesterday at 4:20pm @CKSamuels and I welcomed our first child, Griffen Clark Samuels, into to the world #Blessed pic.twitter.com/1tbUhs1vKv— Doug Samuels (@CoachSamz) September 22, 2016The best from yesterday…College football’s top 10 most impressive teams. So far.The worst thing a coach can do to a player is….“75% of the issues we have were because the athlete was wearing the wrong shoe.”last_img read more

Christmas Special at Natadola Bay Book Your Getaway With Local Rates from

Christmas Special at Natadola Bay Book Your Getaway With Local Rates from

first_imgChristmas Holiday at Natadola Bay! Enjoy your luxury Beach Getaway from FJ$499.Your home away from home for the Christmas holiday start with the ultimate luxury get away to your favourite beach, Natadola Bay.We now have rooms available over the 24th to the 29th of December with your special residents’ rate from $499* for 2 adults and 2 children under that ages of 12 years.Rates include daily buffet at Sanasana Restaurant and 1 hour of non-motorized watersports per person per dayCall us on 673 3455 or email – enquiries.fiji@ihg.com;-   for more information or to reserve your getaway today.[Source, TRAVELink MEMO 11th December 2018, issue 1162]The post Christmas Special at Natadola Bay! Book Your Getaway With Local Rates from FJ$499*! appeared first on Discover the South Pacific.Source: Bloglast_img read more