Meet the 12 musical gems of Sa Re Ga Ma Pa

first_imgAfter listening to hundreds of voices over several months across the nation, the Sa Re Ga Ma Pa gurus have finally found their final 12. So, here’s unveiling the 12 musical geniuses:Jagpreet Bajwa:Trained in western and Indian classical music, 21-year-old Jagpreet belongs to Canada. A passionate singer and a motivational speaker, Jagpreet lost his vision when he was barely 6 months old to cancer. However, his impaired vision never posed a hindrance in his path of success. Having performed his first stage show at the age of 6, this extraordinary talent has done over 500 stage shows. He’s learnt various other forms of music and can sing in 11 different languages. An inspiration for many, this versatile musician has stunned the judges with his melodious voice. With an aim to spread love and peace through music, Jagpreet aspires to open a music therapy school.Tanvir Hussain: Born in a Qawwal family, 25-year-old Tanvir Hussain hails from Punjab. His command over Qawwali and flair for the style is commendable. An ardent Salman Khan fan, Tanvir sports his idol’s famous hairstyle from the film Tere Naam. His aim is to establish himself as a Qawwali singer. Through the platform of Sa Re Ga Ma Pa, this budding contestant wants to show his talent to the world. Tanvir has studied till 12th grade and aspires to finish his graduation and go to a finishing school so that he can converse with his international fans whenever he performs.  Zuber Hashmi: A trained singer, Zuber belongs to Mumbai & excels in diverse forms like Classical, Thumri, Bollywood, Folk, Dadra and Ghazal. An ardent fan of singers like Mohd Rafi, Ustad Rashid Khan, Kaushiki Chakraborty and Arijit Singh, Zuber teaches music and does stage shows. With music running in his veins, he refrains from meeting people who don’t support music. A brilliant singer, Zuber aims to achieve a standing ovation for all his performances. Through Sa Re Ga Ma Pa he wants to establish himself as a Thumri singer.advertisementJyotica Tangree: Having learnt singing from a tender age, she sings classical music and peppy numbers with equal finesse. She mesmerized the judges with her rocking performance and amazing confidence. Her mother is the source of inspiration to her. Brought up in Jalandhar, Punjab, she currently lives in Mumbai. Her dream is to become a successful singer and earn a lot of money and fame.Harjot Kaur: Hailing from Delhi, 18-year-old Harjot captivated all the mentors with her powerful voice to the extent that they rechristened her as ‘Sunidhi’ of Sa Re Ga Ma Pa. She has learnt music from her father and is truly a daddy’s little girl. A confident singer, Harjot excels in various dance forms too. A jovial person by nature, she aspires to learn western music.Rupali Jagga:This powerhouse of talent from Chandigarh captures everyone’s attention with her soulful voice the moment she steps on the stage of Sa Re Ga Ma Pa. Adept at performing across genres, she loves singing racy dance numbers. With a thirst to live-life-queen-size, Rupali is a vibrant, striking personality. Nothing in the world can make her happier than singing!  Sanjuti Das:Trained in semi classical music, 18-year-old Sanjuti belongs to Kolkata. She’s  learning music from the past seven years and her melodious voice can take you to another world. Having received great appreciation on her singing ability from the mentors, Sanjuti is determined to go a long way on the show with her passion and perseverance.Ashmita Kar: All of 17 years, Ashmita from Kolkata is the youngest contestant on the show. Her dream is to become an accomplished professional singer.Sachin Kumar Valmiki:A music teacher by profession, 23-year-old Sachin hails from Uttar Pradesh. Overcoming numerous hurdles in life with a smile on his face, this budding talent proves that where there is a will there is a way! A die-hard fan of Salman Khan, Sachin has never been to any movie theater or cinema ever. Sachin loves his family the most and wants to make them proud by winning the show.  Kushal Paul:This rockstar from Kolkata can give tough competition to anyone with his singing talent. A musician by profession, Kushal is a happy-go-lucky person. Having started playback singing at the age of 17, he has been financially supporting his family. Kushal shares a very strong and special bond with his mother who encourages his singing talent.Abhigyan Das: Born and brought up in a family of music lovers, this 19-year-old young talent hails from Assam. Trained in Indian classical, he started learning music from his parents who are equally proficient in it.  With a dream to become a singer and composer, Abhigyan aspires to establish a university of music and promote Indian Classical music.advertisementHashmat & Sultana: Hailing from Punjab, these sisters are unique in their style and only perform duets together.  Adept at various genres of music, it is Sufi that stirs their soul. Trained in music by their father, Hashmat wishes to learn Qawwali from Ustad ‘Shouqat Ali’ and Sultana wants to learn rock music. Both sisters are starkly different from each other, while Hashmat is a traditional Indian girl, Sulatana is a cool, outgoing person.last_img read more

Taapsee Pannu wore half a saree and half a dress. We’re not kidding

first_imgSarees have undergone a brilliant metamorphosis in the recent years. They are no longer what you borrow from your mother, for an ethnic-wear day at your college or office.Thanks to some of the Bollyood celebrities and their constant experiment with the cloth, sarees now have a newly-found prominence in the world of fashion. One can recall actors like Sonam Kapoor, Shilpa Shetty and Twinkle Khanna, donning interesting modifications of the saree, representing a unique blend of the traditional and modern.But what Taapsee Pannu did at IIFA 2017 was a sheer stroke of mastery and we are still under the spell of the craft she donned.The actress recently walked the ramp at the award programme, for one of the shopping websites, in a one-of-a-kind dress saree.Picture courtesy: Instagram/taapseepannufc To begin with, checked, cotton sarees in themselves, look classy. And the one that she draped around her LBD, blended really well–a risky affair that is surely worthy of brownie points. The pastel colour perfectly contrasts the black dress. Add to that the slit sleeves and lace-choker-like pattern that gave the outfit a very modern look.Picture courtesy: Instagram/filmyglamour In fact, no inch of the ensemble seemed out of place to us. Be it the tassels and the lace on the waist, the low bun hairdo and also the statement gold earring by Gioielli Jewellery–everything seemed on point, making the Pink actress look super-elegant, with the right mix of style.Also Read:After Sonam and Twinkle, Taapsee Pannu tries her hand at an off-beat sareeadvertisementOf late, the Naam Shabana actress has grabbed eyeballs with her sartorial experiments, including the saree. Recently, she was also spotted in a never-seen-before white and gold saree with a dainty, tube-top blouse.Over all, we are quite enjoying these avant garde saree ensembles and eagerly waiting for more.last_img read more

BC man who says he killed to save souls is found not

first_imgNEW WESTMINSTER, B.C. – A man who confessed to killing the house manager at an addiction treatment centre New Westminster, B.C., has been found not criminally responsible for the death because of a mental disorder.Steven Rogers was charged with second-degree murder shortly after 38-year-old Jason Collett was killed with a hammer and knife on Sept. 16, 2014.Three psychiatrists gave evidence at his B.C. Supreme Court trial in New Westminster in February that Rogers was in a state of psychosis when he killed Collett because of underlying mental disorder.The trial heard that Rogers told police days after the murder that he believed he was guided by something and in order to save Collett’s soul and the souls of everyone else, he had until 2:26 a.m. that morning to kill the man.A Crown attorney told the trial Rogers didn’t like Collett, and several residents at the Last Door treatment centre where Rogers was being treated for addiction gave evidence of heated discussions between the two men.But Justice Elliot Myers ruled in a decision published Friday that Rogers was not criminally responsible because he was in a state of psychosis as a result of schizophrenia.“I have accepted, Mr. Rogers recitations of his state of mind — in spite of the inconsistencies — reflected his ‘reality’ and that he was not capable of knowing that what he did was morally wrong,” Myers wrote in his decision.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version said the treatment centre was in Nanaimo, B.C.last_img read more

The Hobbit Gives Back The Charitable Journey Of Bilbo And Friends

first_imgCopyright ©2012Look to the Stars’s Tim Saunders looks back at some of the work the cast and crew of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey did to help charity while filming the new trilogy, which had its world premiere in Wellington, New Zealand, this week.The stars hit the red carpet this week for the world premiere of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, but it was undoubtedly Wellington’s hometown boy Peter Jackson who the thousands of people lining the 500 meter red carpet in New Zealand’s capital wanted to see. He’s nothing short of a hero around these parts, and some of the Hobbit hungry fans waited overnight to claim their spots to catch a glimpse as he led his gaggle of dwarves, elves and wizards to the first screening of the long awaited film.Among the stars making their way down the red carpet were Elijah Wood, Martin Freeman, Hugo Weaving, Cate Blanchett, Sylvester McCoy, Andy Serkis, Richard Armitage, James Nesbitt, Barry Humphries, Evangeline Lilly, Neil Finn and many more, as Wellington turned on a sunny but blustery day one would expect to see in Middle Earth.The trilogy of films have been several years in the making, and while in New Zealand many of the stars joined director Peter Jackson in giving back to the community where they could. This philanthropy began while the films were still in pre-production, in the aftermath of the devastating earthquake that struck the South Island city of Christchurch in February, 2011. As the death toll following the quake continued to rise, Peter Jackson was one of the first to reach out to victims.“Everyone involved in the production of The Hobbit is shocked and saddened by the earthquake and it’s devastating aftermath,” he said at the time. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Christchurch and all those affected by this terrible tragedy.”He went on to join his special effects company, Weta, in auctioning some very special signed miniatures to raise money for the Red Cross. Among the items that went under the hammer were a Bag End Miniature Environment signed by Peter Jackson, and a Prancing Pony Environment signed by Weta head Richard Taylor.A few weeks later, the stars of the new film organized a game of celebrity charity cricket in Wellington to raise money for quake victims. The match saw two teams – coached by Russell Crowe (who doesn’t appear in the films, but was born in New Zealand) and James Nesbitt – go head-to-head for cricket supremacy. Among those taking part were Martin Freeman and Hobbit star Mark Hadlow, as well as Australian cricket legend Shane Warne, New Zealand Prime Minister John Key, and several All Blacks. The game raised $500,000 for charity.Earlier this year, Hobbit star Sir Ian McKellen donated his time to tour New Zealand with a one man show to raise funds to restore the quake damaged Isaac Theatre Royal in Christchurch. The show featured Sir Ian in intimate theaters around the country, answering questions about his life and work, and performing monologues from the many productions he has been part of.“I went down to the Red Zone [in Christchurch], where even locals aren’t allowed to go,” said Sir Ian, as he left the stage at one of his performances with a collection bucket in hand to personally collect donations from the audience in the foyer as they left. “You go into the centre of Christchurch, and it’s gone. It is like being on a film set waiting for the actors. There’s nobody walking around there, and buildings have tumbled down, they’ve been pulled down, they’ve been replaced. But like a good deed in a naughty world, the Isaac Theatre Royal is pretty well intact. It can’t be used, its not safe, it needs to be renovated. And that’s where our funds are going to, and within a year we hope it will be up-and-running again. And that will be a symbol in their wonderfully redesigned city – there will still be at least one iconic building, and an important one because as all of us know, a theatre can revive spirits.”Peter Jackson, meanwhile, was instrumental in supporting the infamous Memphis Three in 2011, and brought one of them to New Zealand following their release after 18 years in prison.“There are all sorts of emotive headlines about Damien Echols, killer, coming to New Zealand, but the reality is that Damien Echols is an innocent man who has spent 18 years incarcerated in a tiny cell,” Jackson said at a press conference. following their release. “He’s come here to work with us on a couple of things. We’re doing investigative work, we’re doing forensic work with the purpose of getting a complete pardon.”Earlier this year, Peter Jackson auctioned a visit to the set of The Hobbit to benefit Sir Ray Avery’s Medicine Mondiale, which “manages a global network of Scientific, Clinical and business experts who donate their knowledge and time to develop medical solutions which make quality healthcare accessible to everyone.” The auction also included the chance to get your face immortalized by Weat Workshop, and to record your songs with Neil Finn, who wrote the title track for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.And just last week, Hobbit star Evangeline Lilly attended an event at a Wellington beach that saw the world sandcastle building record smashed to raise money for the Neonatal Trust, which “provides support to families of premature or sick full term babies as they make their journey through Neonatal Intensive Care, the transition home, and onwards.” Weta’s Richard Taylor and Tania Roger also attended.Giving back is alive and well here in Middle Earth – and it looks set to continue as the film makes its way around the world in the next few weeks, with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge due to attend the Royal Charity UK Premiere of the film in London on December 12, to raise money for the Cinema and Television Benevolent Fund.last_img read more

HabsBruins rivalry strong in Kahnawake

first_imgAPTN National NewsThese days, it is not the federal election catching the attention of the Mohawk members of Kahnawake.It’s all about hockey.APTN National News reporter Danielle Rochette explains.last_img

Tesla wants to electrify big trucks adding to its ambitions

first_imgDETROIT – After more than a decade of making cars and SUVs — and, more recently, solar panels — Tesla Inc. wants to electrify a new type of vehicle: big trucks.The company unveiled its new electric semitractor-trailer Thursday night near its design centre in Hawthorne, California.CEO Elon Musk said the semi is capable of travelling 500 miles (804 kilometres) on an electric charge — even with a full 80,000-pound (36,287-kilogram) load — and will cost less than a diesel semi considering fuel savings, lower maintenance and other factors. Musk said customers can put down a $5,000 deposit for the semi now and production will begin in 2019.“We’re confident that this is a product that’s better in every way from a feature standpoint,” Musk told a crowd of Tesla fans gathered for the unveiling. Musk didn’t reveal the semi’s price.The truck will have Tesla’s Autopilot system, which can maintain a set speed and slow down automatically in traffic. It also has a system that automatically keeps the vehicle in its lane. Musk said several Tesla semis will be able to travel in a convoy, autonomously following each other.Musk said Tesla plans a worldwide network of solar-powered “megachargers” that could get the trucks back up to 400 miles of range after charging for only 30 minutes.The move fits with Musk’s stated goal for the company of accelerating the shift to sustainable transportation. Trucks account for nearly a quarter of transportation-related greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S., according to government statistics.But the semi also piles on more chaos at the Palo Alto, California-based company. Tesla is way behind on production of the Model 3, a new lower-cost sedan, with some customers facing waits of 18 months or more. It’s also ramping up production of solar panels after buying Solar City Corp. last year. Tesla is working on a pickup truck and a lower-cost SUV and negotiating a new factory in China. Meanwhile, the company posted a record quarterly loss of $619 million in its most recent quarter.On Thursday night, Tesla surprised fans with another product: An updated version of its first sports car, the Roadster. Tesla says the new Roadster will have 620 miles of range and a top speed of 250 mph (402 kph). The car, coming in 2020, will have a base price of $200,000.Musk, too, is being pulled in many directions. He leads rocket maker SpaceX and is dabbling in other projects, including high-speed transit, artificial intelligence research and a new company that’s digging tunnels beneath Los Angeles to alleviate traffic congestion.“He’s got so much on his plate right now. This could present another distraction from really just making sure that the Model 3 is moved along effectively,” said Bruce Clark, a senior vice-president and automotive analyst at Moody’s.Tesla’s semi is venturing into an uncertain market. Demand for electric trucks is expected to grow over the next decade as the U.S., Europe and China all tighten their emissions regulations. Electric truck sales totalled 4,100 in 2016, but are expected to grow to more than 70,000 in 2026, says Navigant Research.But most of that growth is expected to be for smaller, medium-duty haulers like garbage trucks or delivery vans. Those trucks can have a more limited range of 100 miles (160 kilometres) or less, which requires fewer expensive batteries. They can also be fully charged overnight.Long-haul semi trucks, on the other hand, would be expected to go greater distances, and that would be challenging. Right now, there’s little charging infrastructure on global highways. Without Tesla’s promised fast-charging, even a mid-sized truck would likely require a two-hour stop, cutting into companies’ efficiency and profits, says Brian Irwin, managing director of the North American industrial group for the consulting firm Accenture.Irwin says truck companies will have to watch the market carefully, because tougher regulations on diesels or an improvement in charging infrastructure could make electric trucks more viable very quickly. Falling battery costs also will help make electric trucks more appealing compared to diesels.But even lower costs won’t make trucking a sure bet for Tesla. It faces stiff competition from long-trusted brands like Daimler AG, which unveiled its own semi prototype last month.“These are business people, not fans, and they will need convinced that this truck is better for their balance sheet than existing technology. It probably is, based on the specs provided, but this isn’t necessarily a slam dunk,” said Rebecca Lindland, an executive analyst at Kelley Blue Book.Musk said Tesla will guarantee the semi’s powertrain for one million miles to help alleviate customers’ concerns.last_img read more

Nirav Modis seaside bungalow demolished using explosives

first_imgMumbai: A few seconds was all it took to bring down the 30,000 sq ft seaside mansion of fugitive diamantaire Nirav Modi, at Kihim beach in Maharashtra on Friday. The bungalow was demolished using controlled blasting, Raigad district collector Vijay Suryawanshi told PTI from the site, around 90 km from here. A large amount of dust was seen coming from the structure as it collapsed during the controlled blasts. The sprawling mansion of Modi, accused in the USD 2 billion PNB fraud case, was worth around Rs 40 crore, another official said. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!Suryawanshi issued the demolition orders after the Enforcement Directorate (ED) handed over the property. On Tuesday, excavators were used to open up the pillars of the ‘Roopanya’ bungalow, to make space for fixing the detonators, the senior IAS official said. Maharashtra government last year wrote to the ED, which had sealed the bungalow, seeking a nod to demolish the property. The fixtures from the bungalow will be up for auction. Three items, a jacuzzi, a chandelier, and a Buddha statue, have been kept aside for handing over to the ED, the official said. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killedThe estimated cost of the jacuzzi is Rs 15 lakh, the chandelier is worth Rs 20 lakh and the Buddha statue cost may be around Rs 10 lakh, a senior district administration official told PTI. On January 25, district officials began the demolition work using bulldozers, but found it time-consuming due to the RCC construction. On January 27, structural engineers from Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Technical University conducted a survey. The experts suggested that the district officers carry out the demolition with the help of controlled blasting. Modi’s bungalow was attached by the ED following his involvement in the Punjab National Bank fraud case. It was handed over to the collector’s office on January 24, after the ED seized two trucks full of valuables from the building. The demolition of Nirav Modi’s bungalow will set the stage for a similar fate of three other bungalows in the coastal regulatory zone areas near Alibaug, an official said.last_img read more

Partnering with private sector crucial to achieving MDGs – Assembly President

6 May 2008Closer partnerships with the private sector are essential to making headway in the race to achieve the eight anti-poverty targets world leaders pledged to achieve by 2015, known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the President of the United Nations General Assembly told a major private sector event in London today. Closer partnerships with the private sector are essential to making headway in the race to achieve the eight anti-poverty targets world leaders pledged to achieve by 2015, known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the President of the United Nations General Assembly told a major private sector event in London today.Addressing the Business Call to Action event, organized jointly by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Kingdom, Srgjan Kerim said business should be encouraged to develop new markets in the developing world by providing goods and services for the poorest ‘bottom billion.’“Today it is time to move beyond words,” the Assembly President told participants, who included the Presidents of Rwanda and Ghana, as well as key business leaders, private sector representatives, UN officials and members of think tanks.He stressed the need to explore new opportunities and to develop new initiatives that could unleash the expertise, investment and technology of the private sector to support growth in developing countries. Additionally, it is also time to go beyond philanthropy by leveraging the core business of those present in support of achieving the MDGs and making a profit, he said.Mr. Kerim also noted that many business leaders would be invited to announce new initiatives and champion specific MDGs during a special meeting with Heads of States at the UN in New York on 25 September, which he will be convening jointly with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.“The purpose of this meeting is to reaffirm the dedication and commitment of Member States and the UN system to unconditionally meet the MDGs,” he stated. “Partnerships with the private sector are part and parcel of this.”The President gave British Prime Minister Gordon Brown a letter of invitation to the 25 September meeting and the chairman’s summary of the MDG debate held by the Assembly in early April.During the MDG event when discussion focused on agricultural production in Africa and the looming food crisis, Mr. Kerim noted that “the UN must show, without delay, prompt and resolute leadership, in my opinion, because of the scope and implications of the problem.” From the UK, the President embarks on an official visit to Turkey, where he will tomorrow meet with President Abdullah Gul, Prime Minister Tayyíp Erdogan and Foreign Minister Ali Babacan. He will also address Bilkent University on the role of the UN in the era of globalization.Mr. Kerim will then travel to Egypt for an official visit, which includes meetings with Egyptian officials and an address to the Egyptian Council for Foreign Affairs. He is expected to be in Israel next Tuesday and Wednesday for an official visit on the invitation of President Shimon Peres. read more

Returning Burundians win university scholarships from UN refugee agency

21 October 2008A group of 40 Burundian students started university classes this week in the capital, Bujumbura, after becoming the first returnees to be granted scholarships by the United Nations refugee agency. The new students at Université Lumière in Bujumbura were selected to receive scholarships by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), which helps to administer the German-funded DAFI scholarship programme.The programme – which has been running for 16 years and now supports 1,800 students across 33 States – had previously only been available to refugees living in countries of asylum, UNHCR reported today.But a funding increase has allowed the programme to expand to include returning refugees and to fund the pursuit of masters degrees and not just diplomas or bachelor degrees.UNHCR said research indicates that more than 95 per cent of DAFI-funded graduates go on to obtain meaningful employment, especially on return to their home countries, and often in the fields of reconstruction, development and humanitarian relief.Apollinaire, one of the new batch of students in Bujumbura, was selected on the basis of his performance while previously studying in a refugee camp in neighbouring Tanzania, where he fled in 1993 to escape fighting in his homeland. Thanks to the scholarship, he is now studying business administration.“I was just as good as all the others in class, but I had to flee Burundi when I was still a secondary student,” he said. “At some point I lost all hope of continuing my education. Some of my schoolmates had by then become doctors and civil servants.” read more

Bosma Day 14

Today a Hamilton courtroom saw a photo police took while they were trailing Mark Smich in May of 2013, shortly before he was arrested for the murder of Tim Bosma. Smich was arrested almost two weeks after his co-accused, Dellen Millard.Mark Smich lived at his mothers house in Oakville, just north of the QEW off Dorval drive. His girlfriend Marlena Meneses also lived in Oakville, in an apartment building on Speers road and those are the two addresses the couple were at most days as they were trailed by a Hamilton police surveillance unit. Marlena Meneses is expected to testify during this trial. Police snapped the picture of the two after they started following Smich on May 14, four days after arresting Dellen Millard.On May 22nd on orders, the surveillance team grabbed Smich as he was walking his bike up Dorval drive on the median near the QEW. He was thrown to the ground and arrested for murder. The officer testified Smich then yelled several times to Meneses, who was also under arrest, “don’t tell them anything, babe.”Court also heard more about operations at Dellen Millard’s hangar at the Waterloo airport. Millard took over the aviation business when his father died and got rid of all fourteen employees but one who was known as a mechanic at the local autoparts store. He spoke to an employee there daily and in the days after Tim Bosma’s disappearance, ordered a tool for removing windshields and a tool for sanding metal.Court heard from its bookkeeper, that in its final years Millard air only had expenses, no income. The bookkeeper for Millard air is still on the stand, she worked for Dellen Millard’s father until he died and then for his son. Her husband was the Millard air IT and security technician he is also expected to testify. read more

UN efforts to broaden availability of antiAIDS drugs gain momentum

Thanks to a UN initiative known as “Accelerating Access,” the number of patients who have access to the drugs – known as antiretrovirals – in countries that have negotiated agreements with pharmaceutical companies has increased over the past year and a half, UNAIDS said today. Prices of some antiretroviral drugs have been cut on average by 85 per cent in sub-Saharan African countries where agreements have been negotiated through the initiative.Fourteen States – including 10 in Africa – are part of the “Accelerating Access” process, while a total of 72 countries worldwide have indicated their interest in the effort.”This is just the beginning, but the results so far show that significant progress can be made in accelerating access to antiretrovirals in the countries that need it the most,” said Dr. Tomris Türmen, Executive Director in charge of HIV/AIDS at WHO. “The biggest challenge remains bringing broad based care and support, including antiretrovirals, to as many people as possible living with HIV/AIDS.””Accelerating Access” involves “fast track” support for developing countries that have formally indicated that they want UN assistance to expand access to HIV care, support and treatment. The initiative emerged out of a partnership between the United Nations and five pharmaceutical companies – Boehringer-Ingelheim, Bristol-Myers Squibb, F. Hoffmann – La Roche, GlaxoSmithKline, and Merck & Co., Inc. Other members of the industry have since signed on to the initiative.Dr. Türmen warned that the task ahead remains daunting. “With 95 per cent of the world’s 40 million HIV-infected people living in developing countries, better and faster access to care is essential,” he said. “The challenge now is to improve access to care, including treatments for opportunistic infections and antiretroviral therapy, in the hardest-hit regions of the world.” read more

Ebolaaffected countries need to intensify routine immunization services – UN

“We are calling for the intensification of routine immunization services in all areas, and for mass measles vaccination campaigns in areas that are free of Ebola transmission,” Dr. Jean-Marie Okwo-Bele, Director of Immunization, Vaccines and Biologicals at WHO, was quoted as saying in a news release. The Ebola outbreak in West Africa has reduced routine vaccination coverage in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, as health facilities and staff focus on halting the epidemic, which has infected more than 24,000 people with over 10,000 deaths. In addition, “People infected with malaria have been unable to get treatment, either because they have been too afraid to seek help at health centres or because such facilities have been closed,” according to WHO.In a guidance note sent out this week, WHO warned: “Any disruption of immunization services, even for short periods, will result in an increase in the number of susceptible individuals, and will increase the likelihood of vaccine-preventable disease outbreaks.”“The new guidance for immunization programmes in the African Region in the context of Ebola to help countries maintain or restart immunization services includes infection control precautions for health workers,” according to WHO. “The document notes that for countries not affected by Ebola, routine immunization and surveillance should continue using the normal safe injection and waste disposal practices.”Mass vaccination campaigns for measles in areas that are free of Ebola transmission should be implemented to reduce the risk of significant outbreak of one of the leading causes of death among young children globally, the guidance note says.And to rapidly reduce the malaria burden and the number of people with malaria presenting at Ebola evaluation facilities, WHO also recommended mass drug administration of anti-malarial medicines to all eligible people in areas heavily affected by Ebola. Liberia has carried out two rounds of immunization against several diseases, and Guinea carried out similar activities in Ebola-free provinces in October and November 2014. Sierra Leone has put in place infection prevention precautions, and supported health facilities to scale up their routine service delivery. Liberia and Guinea have carried out outbreak response vaccination activities for measles, targeting under-five children in outbreak districts, and Guinea is putting together an outbreak response plan targeting 10 additional districts.Before widespread vaccination, measles caused an estimated 2.6 million deaths each year. More than 145,000 people died from measles in 2013 – mostly children under the age of 5, which translates into about 400 deaths every day or 16 deaths every hour. “This focus on vaccinations and malaria is part of WHO’s efforts to support countries in early recovery, including infection prevention and control in non-Ebola health care settings, strengthening of the health workforce, disease surveillance, and safe essential health services,” said Dr. Edward Kelley, WHO’s Director of Service Delivery and Safety. read more

Tyree Jackson grounded as Buffalo set to play for MAC title

AMHERST, N.Y. — Tyree Jackson credits his older sister for never allowing the University at Buffalo quarterback to ever get too far ahead of himself.For all the numbers he’s put up in helping the Bulls win a school-record 10 games and reach only their second Mid-American Conference championship game, and amid talk of whether the junior should declare for the NFL draft this spring, Jackson need only to refer to 23-year-old McKenzie Jackson for keeping him grounded.“There’s no room for any of that,” Jackson said, when asked if he ever gets overconfident.“I mean, my sister won six national championships for competitive cheerleading at Davenport University,” he added. “So any time she’ll just send a picture of all her rings in our family group chat to kind of bring me down.”Tyree Jackson is still searching for his first ring. The closest he came was during his senior year at high school in Muskegon, Michigan, when Mona Shores lost the 2014 Division II state championship to Warren DeLaSalle, 44-8 at Ford Field in Detroit.Ford Field, just so happens to be where Jackson and the East Division champion Bulls (10-2, 7-1 MAC) will face West champion Northern Illinois (7-5, 6-2) on Friday night.“I try not to remember the score. But I remember that it was a good experience,” Jackson said of the outcome four years ago. “And I always wanted to get back there and kind of get another shot at it.”Jackson has done his part in helping the Bulls get there, while also assuring the school of just its fourth bowl invitation.The 6-foot-7, 245-pound Jackson is enjoying a breakout year overseeing a dual-threat offence that’s scored 423 points already, 1 short of matching the single-season record set over 14 games in 2008. Jackson’s 25 touchdowns passing are tied for second on the single-season school list, and he’s also scored seven touchdowns rushing.His performance has already generated buzz among NFL draft followers, some of whom already rank him as the No. 5 quarterback prospect should he skip his senior season.Jackson dismisses the talk by saying he’s focused solely on whoever’s next on Buffalo’s schedule.“Got to keep going. We need more,” he said, when reminded no one had ever quarterbacked a Buffalo team that had won 10 games in one year.And to think, Jackson only wound up committing to Buffalo because the Bulls were the first and only school to offer him a scholarship before his senior high school season.Though he’d attract more interest later, Jackson chose Buffalo out of loyalty, and stuck with his decision after Jeff Quinn was fired after the 2014 season and replaced by current coach Lance Leipold.“My first impression of him was he was a winner,” Jackson said about Leipold, who went 109-6 over his eight previous seasons at Division III Wisconsin-Whitewater. “I could tell he had that winning demeanour and that he was going to change the culture at Buffalo.”Leipold, a former college quarterback, immediately saw the potential in Jackson. Aside from Jackson’s physical attributes, Leipold noted what he called the quarterback’s “infectious personality” as being something players would rally around.After redshirting in 2015, Jackson took his lumps in going 2-7 as a starter the following year. He made tremendous strides last year in going 5-3, but missed four games with a knee injury.This season, he’s topped 300 yards passing three times, and completed 187 of 337 attempts for 2,605 yards with 25 touchdowns and 11 interceptions.“He hasn’t hit his ceiling yet,” Leipold said.Buffalo’s offence features two top receiving threats in senior Anthony Johnson (45 catches for 820 yards and nine TDs) and junior K.J. Osborn (46 catches for 769 yards and six TDs), and freshman running back tandem of Jaret Patterson and Kevin Marks, who have combined for 1,669 yards rushing and 23 touchdowns.The Bulls face a Northern Illinois opponent which features a defence leading the MAC in fewest points and yards allowed, and a unit led by Sutton Smith, who ranks fourth in the nation with 13 sacks.“Just do what we’ve been doing,” Jackson said of the Bulls’ approach. “We can’t really change anything just because it’s the championship game.”Much of Jackson’s motivation comes from the sting of Buffalo’s 2-10 season two years ago.“It’s tough. Those were some long nights that year,” Jackson said. “It’s awesome to see where we’re at now.”___More AP college football: and Wawrow, The Associated Press read more

LMTC clamps down on illegal dumpsites in Linden

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedBlock 42 Amelia’s Ward residents fear threat of erosionSeptember 24, 2017In “Local News”Outgoing Linden Mayor gives back, honours municipal staffMarch 23, 2018Similar post80 street lamps given to constituencies across LindenNovember 19, 2017In “Local News” The Linden Mayor and Town Council (LM&TC) has partnered with Bosai Minerals Group Guyana Incorporated  (BMGGI) to clear several illegal dumpsites across the Linden, Region 10 (Upper Demerara- Berbice) community. The clearing of the dumpsites commenced at Wismar on Saturday and on Monday dumpsites at MacKenzie are expected to be cleared. Areas on Wismar which were cleared include Wisroc, Block 22 and the One Mile back road.Linden Mayor Waneka Arindell also encouraged business owners at the Five Corner area at MacKenzie to improve sanitation of the area and to beautify the environs. The activities were spearheaded by Arindell and Deputy Mayor Wainewright Bethune who had since being elected into the Council vow to deal with the issue of solid waste mamanagement in the community.The issue of illegal dumpsites has been a major issue for the municipality over the years which struggled with the issue of solid waste management. The municipality has also urged residents to report instances of illegal dumping in their area. read more

State fixes glitch on site showing voter registration status

first_imgThe Washington Secretary of State’s Office said it’s fixed a glitch on its website that erroneously indicated to some voters that they’re not registered to vote just as ballots for the August primary have been mailed out.One affected voter was Paulina Oberg, a resident of Vancouver, who took to a local Facebook group late last week to write that the website MyVote, which is administered by the Secretary of State, told her she wasn’t registered.Erich Ebel, communications director for the Secretary of State, said that the cause of the problem was a brief interruption between the public interface of the website and the state voter database.“That caused people to receive an inaccurate message that they were unregistered,” he said.He said the Secretary of State’s Office is still investigating the interruption and, if voters still have concerns, they can call its Elections Division. He said an even better option for concerned voters is to call their local county auditor’s office.Clark County Auditor Greg Kimsey said that he heard that the MyVote system wasn’t working and confirmed it himself.“It showed my wife and myself not being registered to vote,” he said.He stressed that the county auditor, who oversees elections, uses its own voter registration database to determine who is a valid voter and where to send ballots. He said that concerned voters are welcome to call or email with questions.He said that ballots were mailed out last week to Clark County voters. If voters haven’t received a ballot by Friday, they should contact Clark County Elections Office he said.last_img read more

BAHAMAS Deputy Prime Minister states employment is up during Chamber Luncheon

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Release: BISPhoto captionHeader: Deputy Prime Minister.Insert: GB Chamber Executives.BIS Photos/Lisa Davis Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, January 29, 2018 – Nassau – There has been an increase in the Labour Force of 1.8 percent in the country, giving hope that “we’re turning the corner” the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, the Hon. K. Peter Turnquest, said on Friday.  The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance made this announcement during the Grand Bahama Chamber of Commerce Annual Installation of Officers and Directors at the Grand Lucayan resort.Mr. Turnquest performed the task of installing the Chamber’s officers, but just before doing so, he shared the information that had been released at 12:30 p.m.  Giving a bit of good news, the Deputy Prime Minister said the Labour Force increased to 203,730, or 1.8 percent.“Now for the bad news. Unfortunately, the conditions of school leavers drove up the unemployment rate by a modest .2 percent.”  This figure, he said, is something to be proud of because it could be a lot worse.“What is particularly pleasing news,” he continued.  “Despite what is said about Grand Bahama, and its unemployment rate, the unemployment rate in Grand Bahama declined slightly from 12.4 percent in May, to 12.1 percent.“So, while it’s not big news we’re all very appreciative for all of you who would responsible for that .3 percent decline in unemployment here in Grand Bahama, and it’s no surprise where that decline happened.   It’s primarily in the transportation sector looking at the Container Port, the Harbour, Shipyard and related companies.”Congratulating the business owners on the work they are doing in the Grand Bahama community, Deputy Prime Minister Turnquest said their efforts are not lost on the Government or the Ministry of Finance knowing the challenges that exist both in Grand Bahama as well as throughout the country.“But the good news is that we believe, we are starting to turn the corner and that 2018 is going to be another year of recovery for us here in Grand Bahama and throughout the country.  I want to encourage you to continue to persevere.  I know it’s not easy but the corner is coming.”In closing, he said, it is expected that good things will happen in Grand Bahama in the coming months.center_img Related Items:last_img read more

Former nurse gets 90 days for voyeurism

first_imgA former nurse has been sentenced to three months in jail for videotaping women in a restroom at Kaiser Permanente’s Salmon Creek Medical Office.Clark County Superior Court Judge Barbara Johnson imposed the sentence Friday, the maximum under the state’s sentencing guidelines.Matthew A. Long’s punishment also includes the requirement that he register as a sex offender and be under community supervision for a year once he’s released from jail.Long, 27, also must not go within 1,000 feet of the Kaiser facility and cannot own electronic taping devices, according to court documents.The judge also ordered that Long undergo a mental health evaluation.Long pleaded guilty to one count of voyeurism, a class C felony, on Oct. 12.Long taped his cell phone under a sink in a bathroom on June 24 and pointed its camera at a toilet. Another employee who came in to use the toilet saw the cell phone.The arresting officer noted in his report that the phone was recording when Long placed it under the sink, capturing an image of his face, according to court documents.Additional videos shot in the restroom were found on Long’s phone. Two women were listed as victims in the court documents. The restroom was of the single-occupancy type with a locking door.last_img read more

ODea stops Camas 2113 in state semifinals

first_imgTACOMA — The first trip to the state semifinals will have to be good enough for the Camas football team this season.O’Dea of Seattle got the best of Camas in the Class 3A state semifinals Friday night, topping the Papermakers 21-13 at the Tacoma Dome.Camas’ season comes to an end, but only after reaching Week 13 for the first time in the program’s history.“They have paved a road for the future Papermakers,” Camas coach Jon Eagle said. “They took us one game farther than we’ve ever been before. Now, the goal will be to surpass this.”Eagle said more than 40 freshmen started in 2008. Of those, 14 played all four seasons.“I’m proud of what they did for our program,” Eagle said. “We rode those 14 here.”Unfortunately for the Papermakers, the ride is over.Jomari Brooks broke free for a 30-yard touchdown run midway through the fourth quarter to give the Irish an eight-point lead. “I knew my teammates were depending on me,” Brooks said. “No one was going to take me down. I just had to get us to the next round.”The Papermakers went three-and-out on their next possession and never saw the ball again.O’Dea chewed up the final 5 minutes, 47 seconds by converting on two fourth-down plays.“We’ve been talking about this since Day 1,” Brooks said. “We were supposed to make it to the finals last year. This is for everybody in the past history.” The Papermakers, who trailed 14-3 at the half, got a 55-yard touchdown pass from Tony Gennaro to Jonathan Warner on the third play of the second half. The Camas defense stuffed O’Dea on its next two possessions, setting up another Camas scoring chance.last_img read more

Cops Boy 10 beat woman 90 to death

first_imgTYLER HILL, Pa. (AP) — A 10-year-old boy apparently angry that a 90-year-old woman had yelled at him held a cane against her throat and repeatedly punched her, killing her in her bed, prosecutors said.The boy was being held without bail Tuesday, charged as an adult with criminal homicide in the death of Helen Novak, a woman who was being cared for by his grandfather.His attorney, Bernard Brown, said he would seek to have the boy released into his father’s care at a bail hearing Wednesday.Brown said he would also follow up with a request for a competency hearing, saying evidence gathered by prosecutors suggests the boy may have mental health issues. He said those issues could indicate he is not competent to stand trial and also may support the transfer of the case to juvenile court.State police said the beating occurred Saturday when the boy was visiting his grandfather’s home in northeastern Pennsylvania.The boy denied hurting the woman when he told his grandfather that the woman was “bleeding from her mouth,” the prosecutor said. The grandfather checked on her, and the woman said she was OK, investigators said.When the grandfather checked a second time, she was unresponsive, and he called 911, police said. The grandfather asked the boy again “if he had done something” to the woman and the boy said he had punched her and put a cane around her neck, said Wayne County District Attorney Janine Edwards.last_img read more

Gas leak at Fort Lauderdale apartment complex triggers evacuation

first_imgFORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – Residents of an apartment complex in Fort Lauderdale were evacuated after a hazmat crew found a gas leak, Saturday morning.Broward Sheriff’s Fire Rescue responded to the scene at the Madison Apartments near West Sunrise Boulevard and Northwest 27th Avenue, just after 11 a.m., after residents said they smelled gas in the neighborhood.The hazmat crew found a 1,000-gallon propane tank leaking. They quickly replaced a faulty valve.No one was hurt.Residents were later allowed to return to their homes.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img