Former Uttar Pradesh Minister and Suheldev Bharatiya Samaj Party chief Om Prakash Rajbhar has been booked for allegedly using provocative language against the ruling BJP during a public meeting here.Kopaganj police station in-charge Vinay Kumar Singh on Tuesday said that based on a complaint by BJP leader Akhilesh Rajbhar, an FIR has been lodged under various sections of the Indian Penal Code against Om Prakash Rajbhar, and investigations are on. Addressing a meeting in Ghosi of Mau district on Sunday, Om Prakash Rajbhar had said, “The BJP has given me immense pain. I get angry on seeing them and feel that I should pick up a sword like Maharaj Suheldev and behead any BJP leader I can lay my eyes on.” Reacting to the FIR, party general secretary Arun Rajbhar said, “It is an attempt to gag Om Prakash Rajbhar. We are not going to be cowed down by such tactics. This is indicative of the BJP’s frustrations.”
Jammu, Mar 1 (PTI) The State Vigilance Commission (SVC) today sought action taken report from Commissioner, SMC over violation of Srinagar Master Plan and construction of multi-storeyed building in the summer capital.The SVC took a strong note of alleged violations of Srinagar Master Plan allegedly by a beneficiary in connivance and conspiracy with officers and officials of different Government Departments particularly with the patronage of the officials of Srinagar Municipal Corporation and sought action taken report from the Commissioner, SMC in the light of allegations levelled, SVC spokesman said.The SVC took cognizance andsought report after enquiring from the Commissioner, SMC Srinagar, over a complaint lodged by the residents of Shah Anwar Colony, Hyderpora Bypass, Srinagar regarding construction of a multi-storeyed building at Hyderpora Bypass Srinagar adjacent to National Highway, opposite Classical Hospital in “gross violation” of Srinagar Master Plan Guidelines, he said.”The report received from the Srinagar Municipal Corporation, prima-facie reveals that a multi-storeyed building had been raised by the violator in contravention of Srinagar Master Plan and the provisions of The J&K Municipal Corporation Act, 2000,” he said. SVC has directed the Commissioner Srinagar Municipal Corporation to submit action taken against all those involved by next date of hearing. PTI AB RG
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MELBOURNE, Australia – Stan Wawrinka added a win over Rafael Nadal to his list of firsts in a stunning run to his maiden Grand Slam title, extending his rival’s injury-cursed run at the Australian Open with a 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 upset in the Jan. 26 final.The 28-year-old Wawrinka had never taken a set off Nadal in 12 previous meetings, but attacked from the start against the 13-time major winner and regained his nerve after dropping the third set against the injured Spaniard.Nadal appeared to be on the verge of retiring in the second set, when he hurt his back and needed a medical time out, but he refused to quit.“It’s really not the way you want to win a tennis match, but in a Grand Slam final I’ll take it,” said Wawrinka, the first man in 21 years to beat the No. 1 and No. 2 ranked players en route to a Grand Slam title.Nadal was a hot favorite to win at Melbourne Park and become the first man to win each of the four Grand Slam tournaments twice in the Open era — instead, his injury curse struck again. It remains the only major he’s hasn’t won at least two times.“Rafa, I’m really sorry for you, I hope your back is going to be fine, you’re a really great guy, good friend and really amazing champion,” Wawrinka said as he accepted his first major trophy.“Last year I had a crazy match, I lost it. I was crying a lot after the match. But in one year a lot happened — I still don’t know if I’m dreaming or not but we’ll see tomorrow morning.”Wawrinka lost in five sets to Novak Djokovic in the fourth round of the 2013 Australian Open, in the longest Grand Slam match of the season. Djokovic went on to win his third consecutive title at Melbourne Park, and then beat Wawrinka again in five sets in the U.S. Open semifinals.But Wawrinka avenged those losses this time, beating Djokovic in five sets in the quarterfinals — ending a run of 14 straight losses to the Serbian player.Now he’ll move from No. 8 to No. 3. In doing so, he’ll surpass Federer, a 17-time Grand Slam winner who lost to Nadal in the semifinals — to become the highest-ranked Swiss player for the first time in his career.A constant supporter of his countryman, Federer was one of the first people to call and congratulate Wawrinka after his win.Wawrinka also broke up a sequence of wins for the Big Four — with 34 of the previous 35 majors going to either Nadal, Djokovic, Roger Federer or Andy Murray.“Stan, you really deserve it,” Nadal said. “Luck was against me today but you really deserve it.“Last thing that I wanted to do was retire. I hate to do that, especially in a final. Same time, is tough to see yourself during the whole year you are working for a moment like this, and arrives the moment and you feel that you are not able to play at your best. ”Nadal has had a terrible stretch with injuries at the Australian Open, and has described it as his unluckiest Grand Slam. He won the title in 2009, and lost an epic five-set final to Djokovic in 2012. But he missed the 2013 edition during a seven-month layoff with knee injuries and illness, and his quarterfinal losses in 2010 and 2011 were affected by injuries.“It has been a very emotional two weeks — I’m sorry to finish this way,” he told the Rod Laver Arena crowd. “I tried very, very hard — this year was one of the more emotional tournaments in my career.”A possible retirement was looming when Nadal was serving at 0-2 in the second set. He bent over at the waist to stretch his back and then grabbed his lower back with his hand and grimaced in pain. His serve immediately dipped to 141 kph (87 mph).When Nadal took a medical timeout after falling behind a set and a break, and returned to a chorus of boos without a shirt after 7 minutes, it seemed that an early finish was on the cards.Wawrinka was aggravated during the time out, demanding that officials tell him why Nadal needed the break. And he came out aggressively to finish off the second set.Nadal’s serve speed dipped even further to 125 kph (77 mph) and then 114 kph (70 mph). The support in the stadium gradually shifted as the crowd saw the Spaniard battling to stay on the court.His service speed improved in the beginning of the third set, prompting a fan to yell advice to Wawrinka: “C’mon Stan, no sympathy!”By the end of the set, Nadal’s serve was back up to 174 kph (108 mph) and Wawrinka’s error count was escalating.Wawrinka composed himself after an exchange of breaks in the fourth set to serve it out in 2 hours, 21 minutes. After a muted celebration, he consoled Nadal in the courtside chairs before getting a chance to hold up and kiss his first big trophy.TweetPinShare0 Shares
Liverpool 7 Spartak Moscow 0: Captain Coutinho leads rampant Reds through as group winners Matt Dorman Last updated 1 year ago 05:42 12/7/17 Getty Images Liverpool will return to the Champions League knockout stages for the first time since 2008-09 after destroying Spartak Moscow at Anfield. Stand-in skipper Philippe Coutinho led Liverpool to the Champions League knockout stages as Group E winners with a 7-0 demolition of Spartak Moscow at Anfield on Wednesday.Selected to help secure the three points that would sew up top spot, Coutinho’s hat-trick headlined a fearsome display of attacking speed and precision as the home side ran riot from the outset.The Brazilian – wearing the armband as Jordan Henderson watched on from the bench – was on target twice in the opening 15 minutes to dispel any doubts over their command of a seeded berth in the last 16. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player He first converted from the spot in the fourth minute and then capped off a classy attacking move for a second, before Roberto Firmino got in on the act by making it 3-0 in just the 18th minute.Liverpool had coughed up a three-goal lead against Sevilla in their previous European outing but there was never any hint of that transpiring again as Sadio Mane bagged a brace either side of Coutinho’s third and Mohamed Salah added a seventh late on to cap a commanding four-goal second half.Jurgen Klopp will rue the first-half loss of Alberto Moreno to injury as the only blot on an otherwise sensational performance, which improved their group-stage haul to 23 goals – three clear of Manchester United’s previous record for English clubs.#UCL last 16 awaits… pic.twitter.com/RbBkH7FFAl— Liverpool FC (@LFC) December 6, 2017Liverpool’s early onslaught began from the spot, Coutinho coolly sending the goalkeeper the wrong way after Salah had been blatantly dragged down by Giorgi Jikia.The ease with which that penalty was won failed to convey the hosts’ attacking power and they immediately set about putting on a show.Mane, Salah and Firmino combined for a superb one-touch move in the 15th minute, the latter squaring for Brazil team-mate Coutinho to finish back across a helpless Alexander Selikhov.And the game was, incredibly, all but over just three minutes later. Firmino this time turned scorer as Mane’s delivery from the right deflected off Serdar Tasci’s arm and dropped kindly for him to poke home.Loris Karius – continuing his run in Europe – was not without occasional work, first denying Luiz Adriano and later saving comfortably from Quincy Promes.Just as all appeared perfect for the Reds, their excellent opening half ended on a slightly sour note with a visibly upset Moreno limping off after blocking a shot, requiring Klopp to call on James Milner.They lost nothing with the change. Milner delivered an inviting cross for Mane to thump home on the volley less than two minutes into the second half.Spartak’s defence had been scrambled from the outset and they were punished for a fifth time in the 50th minute, Coutinho finding space in the area to wrong-foot Selikhov with a deflected effort off Salvatore Bocchetti.3 – Philippe Coutinho has scored his first ever hat-trick for Liverpool in all competitions. Sublime.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) December 6, 2017Klopp moved to safeguard against further injuries by removing Dejan Lovren on the hour and and Firmino soon followed, replaced by Daniel Sturridge.It was Sturridge who provided an unselfish low pass across the face of goal for Mane to rather awkwardly turn in his second and Liverpool’s sixth in the 76th minute, before Salah appropriately fired in from Milner’s clever header to put the final seal on the Reds’ emphatic return to the knockout stages for the first time since 2008-09.Key Opta stats:- Liverpool became the 4th English side to top their Champions League group this season – it’s the first time since 2006-07 that four English teams have finished first in a single group campaign. – The Reds are now unbeaten in their last eight Champions League games, winning three and drawing five.- Spartak Moscow have lost 23 of their last 29 Champions League away games (W5 D1).- Roberto Firmino has scored six goals in the Champions League this season, the most by a Liverpool player in a single group stage campaign in the competition.- Mohamed Salah has scored more goals in all competitions this season than any other Premier League player (18).- Phillippe Coutinho scored his first ever hat-trick for Liverpool in all competitions.- Liverpool scored 23 goals in the Champions League this season, the most by an English side in a CL group campaign. read more
I know how to play: Serena Williams says she’s ready for Wimbledon 2019Wimbledon 2019: Serena Williams had suffered a knee injury but the 23-time grand slam winner said she has been feeling much better prior to the Wimbledon showdown.advertisement Next Reuters June 30, 2019UPDATED: June 30, 2019 19:09 IST Serena Williams is eyeing her 24th grand slam at Wimbledon 2019. (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSerena Williams will be seen in action after having recovered from her knee injurySerena will be eyeing her 23rd Grand Slam at Wimbledon 2019Serena Williams crashed out of the French Open 2019 in the third roundIt’s hard to know exactly what Serena Williams will be able to do over the next two weeks at the All England Club.On the one hand, due at least in part to an injured left knee, Williams is short on matches and training time this season, factors she cited after her third-round exit June 1 at the French Open, her most recent tournament.She has only 12 tour-level matches so far in 2019. Just four of the other 127 women in the Wimbledon field have fewer; 105 have at least twice as many.Even Saturday when she declared she’s “feeling better” and her coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, said the 37-year-old American “doesn’t have pain anymore” Williams let out a chuckle when she proclaimed, “I’ve had a good week and a half.”Hardly the ideal amount of practice to try to get ready for Grand Slam competition.And yet, on the other hand, as Williams put it with a wry smile, “I know how to play tennis.”Yes. Yes, she does.This is, after all, a seven-time champion and three-time runner-up, including last year, on the grass at Wimbledon, where play begins Monday. She also is the owner of 23 Grand Slam singles trophies in all, more than anyone else in the professional era and one shy of equaling Margaret Court’s record for the most in tennis history.”She didn’t do anything, really, like what she usually does, in terms of results this year. Even in Australia, she lost quite early for her, the quarters. So she hasn’t played her best,” Mouratoglou said, before uttering a single sentence that speaks volumes: “But she’s Serena.”advertisement”And,” he added in an interview, “the weapons she has are probably even more efficient on grass than on any other surface.”After the French Open, and her earliest loss at any major since 2014, Williams stuck around in Paris to see doctors.Then, as usual, she skipped all tuneup events on grass. Williams started practicing in the middle of last week, starting with about a half-hour on court on Day 1 and working her way up to a couple of hours, plus gym time, by Day 4.”The great news is she’s pain-free now. In Roland Garros, she was in a lot of pain. The preparation was difficult because of that reason. So we were more trying to deal with the pain, rather than prepare for a Grand Slam,” Mouratoglou said. “Here, it’s different. We got rid of the pain 15 days after Roland Garros and we finally prepared the way we want to prepare. It was a bit short, but she’s doing better every day. The surface is great for her. She doesn’t have pain anymore. It’s heaven.”Williams could get a chance to ease into things. Her first-round opponent is qualifier Giulia Gatto-Monticone of Italy, who will be making her debut in Wimbledon’s main draw. Next might come another qualifier.Then things should get more interesting. Quickly. In the third round, Williams could face No. 18 seed Julie Goerges, her semifinal opponent a year ago. Get past her, and defending champion Angelique Kerber might be waiting. Get through that test, and No. 1 Ash Barty could be next. And that would only be to make the quarterfinals.Indeed, that entire quarter is the bracket’s most challenging. Past Wimbledon champions Maria Sharapova and Garbine Muguruza are there, along with grass-court talents such as No. 13 Belinda Bencic, No. 22 Donna Vekic and Alison Riske.Also Read | Wimbledon 2019: Tough draw for Nadal as Kyrgios looms in second roundAlso Read | Roger Federer opposes on-court coachingAlso SeeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jat Tags :Follow Wimbledon 2019Follow Roger FedererFollow Serena Williams
Mr. Lawson said the initiative can help put a significant dent in crime and violence in St. James. Story Highlights “What they ask of us is that where we have a camera or cameras facing the public space, we can assist the programme by registering the camera with the JamaicaEye to share the feed,” he said.Mr. Lawson was speaking at the Business Process Industry Association of Jamaica (BPIAJ) pre-conference mingle, held recently at the Montego Bay Free Zone.He appealed to the business community to do more to bolster the work of the security forces in addressing crime through social interventions.“Of course, there is so much more we can do to assist via social programmes, social partnerships and just basic upholding and supporting the right values and attitudes. I say this because, agree or not, lots of the crime challenges we face are about persons who continue to value the wrong things in life…” Mr. Lawson said.Implemented in March 2018, JamaicaEye is designed to network CCTV cameras owned by the Government as well as accommodate feed from privately owned cameras.The devices are used to monitor public spaces, providing useful footage and effective response in relation to criminal activity, accidents, natural disasters and other emergencies.Citizens and businesses with CCTV systems may register their camera feeds with JamaicaEye via the website jamaicaeye.gov.jm.Government-owned CCTV systems have already been installed in several major towns across the island – Kingston, Montego Bay, Mandeville, Ocho Rios, May Pen and Negril. “The JamaicaEye programme… allows us to partner and support, in a significant way, the crime-fighting efforts of our security forces,” he noted. President of the Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce, Winston Lawson, is encouraging more of the city’s business people to sign on to the Government’s national closed-circuit television (CCTV) surveillance programme, JamaicaEye.Mr. Lawson said the initiative can help put a significant dent in crime and violence in St. James.“The JamaicaEye programme… allows us to partner and support, in a significant way, the crime-fighting efforts of our security forces,” he noted.President of the Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce, Winston Lawson, speaking at the Business Process Industry Association of Jamaica (BPIAJ) Outsource2Jamaica Symposium and Expo 2019 pre-conference mingle, held recently at the Montego Bay Free Zone in St. James. President of the Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce, Winston Lawson, is encouraging more of the city’s business people to sign on to the Government’s national closed-circuit television (CCTV) surveillance programme, JamaicaEye.
zoom The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has furnished the Port Authority its draft permit for the Bayport Channel Improvement project, Executive Director Roger Guenther reported to the Port Commission of the Port of Houston Authority on Tuesday. The draft permit for Barbours Cut channel dredging will follow soon, he said.BAYPORTThe projects at the Port Authority’s two container terminals, which will deepen the channels from 40 feet to 45 feet to match the depth of the Houston Ship Channel, are expected to begin shortly.Reporting on a recent Audit Committee meeting, Port Commission Chairman Janiece Longoria said the financial statement audit of the Port Authority for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2013, received an unqualified or “clean” audit opinion from external auditors, Grant Thornton LLP, regarding the Authority’s financial records. “The Comprehensive Annual Financial Report or ‘CAFR’ continues to meet rigorous governmental accounting and financial reporting standards, and for the year ended December 31, 2013, reveals a 7 percent or $68 million improvement in the net position of the Port Authority,” Longoria reported. “This illustrates sound operating and financial management by the staff with oversight of the Audit Committee on behalf of the Harris County taxpayers and surrounding municipalities.”The Port Commission approved the 2013 Port of Houston Authority CAFR during its regular monthly meeting.In addition, the Port Commission approved sponsorship of a TIGER grant application by the Port Terminal Railroad Association for a rail construction project, including a $11.3 million funding commitment by the Port Authority, contingent on member railroads’ agreement to reimburse PHA and execute a funding commitment letter with the Houston-Galveston Area Council for the project.The Port Commission also approved entering into a Memorandum of Friendship and Trade Cooperation between the Port of Antwerp Authority, Belgium, and the Port Authority.In his monthly report, Guenther said that the Port Authority’s financial statements continue to show strong results, with March 2014 revenues topping $20 million, supported by growth in container loads and bulk cargos.Year-to-date total tonnage was 8.8 million tons, up by 2 percent, he reported.“Operating income of $3.5 million for March is ahead of last year by $1.8 million, given our revenue results and controlled spending,” he said. “In fact, for March, our G&A overhead spending is 11 percent lower than the same month last year as we continue to focus on managing our resources.”For the month, PHA generated roughly $8 million in cash flow, which will support the capital infrastructure needs related to dredging projects and expansion to support customers and partners along the Houston Ship Channel.Guenther also gave recognition to a group whose work is often unseen, the PHA Maintenance staff for Barbours Cut and Bayport container terminals. Staff has again achieved a stellar crane reliability rate (99.35 percent) under the leadership of Paulo Soares. In 2013, the 99-percent crane reliability rate was exceeded.In her remarks, Longoria noted that she and other Port Commissioners, as well as PHA staff, made a recent advocacy trip to Washington, D.C. to meet with decision-makers in Washington on federal policy priorities. Discussions focused on appropriations for dredging, the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund, the Water Resources Development Act and other policy priorities.Houston Port Authority, April 23, 2014
INVERNESS COUNTY: Crowdis Bridge, Valley Mills Crowdis Bridge, in Valley Mills on Marble Mountain Road, is closed until further notice. Detour via Eden Road, Barren Road, Northside River Denys Road and Southside River Denys Road. Signs are in place. CONTINUING WORK INVERNESS COUNTY: West Lake Ainslie Road The Hayes River Bridge on West Lake Ainslie Road has a 15-tonne weight restriction. CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Pugwash The Municipality of Cumberland County is installing water lines in Pugwash. There is single-lane traffic throughout the village as the work progresses. The project is expected to be finished by Friday, Dec. 30. KINGS COUNTY: Deep Hollow Road Deep Hollow Road, New Minas, is closed between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. for road repairs. Work continues until Friday, Dec. 23. After 4:30 p.m. Deep Hollow Road will be reopened to single lane traffic and controlled by temporary traffic signals. Drivers can detour via Davidson Street and Black River Road. RICHMOND COUNTY: Trunk 4 Trunk 4, from the canal bridge in St. Peter’s east for 5.8 kilometres, is reduced to one lane for gravelling and repaving until Saturday, Dec. 31. Traffic is controlled by flag people and work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. -30-
OTTAWA — The Algonquin Nation will be guaranteed a space in a major Indigenous centre in Ottawa after an agreement with the federal government ended a grand chief’s hunger strike.Verna Polson of the Algonquin Anishinabeg Nation Tribal Council had refused both food and water starting early Monday and extending into Tuesday evening.Polson was protesting the limited role the Algonquins were playing in the development of the Indigenous Peoples Space, a project that encompasses a prime area near Parliament Hill centred on the former U.S. Embassy.The project is run by three national Indigenous organizations. Polson said the Algonquin deserve equal standing because the building is on unceded traditional Algonquin land.Under the agreement struck Tuesday between the Algonquin Nation and Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs, the Algonquin Nation will have a space in the Indigenous Peoples Space guaranteed for its use.The Algonquins will have control of space between the former embassy and a building on the next block occupied by a bank.Frankie Cote, a band councillor for an Algonquin community near Ottawa who participated in the meetings with the government, said the Algonquins would likely construct a building in the infill space.He said it’s important to the Algonquins that they have their own area in the project and he is glad the two parties came to an agreement as soon as they did.“We were working hard, 12 hours on Canada Day, because of the utmost concern for Grand Chief Polson’s health,” Cote said.“We were trying to come to a resolution that would get her out of the wigwam and drinking water.”Discussions with the government had been going for several weeks before Polson’s hunger strike increased pressure on the talks, he said.In an emailed statement, the office of Crown-Indigenous Relations MinisterCarolyn Bennett said they “fully support the participation of the Algonquin people.”The statement said it will be up to the Algonquin Nation to determine how to develop the space, and the federal government has committed to work with the Algonquins to “ensure it will fully reflect their vision.”The dedication of the space to the Algonquin Nation sets the stage for further discussions between the Algonquins and the current Indigenous partners leading the project: the Assembly of First Nations, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami and Metis National Council.While the Algonquins secured a dedicated space, the agreement with the government did not guarantee the Algonquin Nation an equal seat at the table in the overall decision-making on the project — one of Polson’s stated goals in her hunger strike.The government’s position prior to Polson’s hunger strike was that the Indigenous groups responsible for the project should determine its governance structure themselves.But Cote said the government has reiterated a commitment not to open the space until the Algonquins’ concerns are dealt with.The Assembly of First Nations strongly supported Polson’s and Cote’s view, but the groups representing Inuit and Metis peoples had opposed the proposal to give equal standing to the Algonquin Nation.Cote said discussions between the Algonquins and the national groups will continue to determine what role the Algonquin Nation will play.The AFN’s national chief Perry Bellegarde said Tuesday a series of memorandums of understanding had been drafted with the help of Assembly of First Nations staff and might form the basis of an agreement between the Algonquin Nation and the national organizations.Christian Paas-Lang, The Canadian Press
A new online auction is giving you the chance to grab a friend and join Stefan Lessard and the Dave Matthews Band as their special guest on Friday and Saturday, July 11 & 12, 2014 for two nights of live music at the Xfinity Center in Hartford, CT.But wait – there’s more! The auction also gives you the chance to join Stefan and Adam Gardner of Guster on Saturday July 12th for a Stand-Up Paddleboard experience hosted by L.L.Bean Outdoor Discovery School.As DMB’s special guests you will enjoy: • 2 Tickets in the Orchestra Pit directly in front of the stage for 2 nights! • Access to a backstage VIP Lounge both nights. • Special parking for both nights. • Exclusive Backstage Tour highlighting the tour’s greening efforts with Reverb. • A guided shopping trip to choose items from the DMB summer tour merchandise line to take home.You will also take home: • 2 Stand-up paddle boards from L.L.Bean. • 2 Bose QuietComfort 15 Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphones • Ben & Jerry’s – 1 year supply of ice creamProceeds from the auction will benefit REVERB as part of DMB’s BamaGreen Project environmental efforts. Co-founded by Adam Gardner of Guster, Reverb provides comprehensive, custom greening programs for music tours while conducting grassroots outreach and education with fans around the globe.The auction closes on July 8, and can be accessed here.
UN Photo/MBFormer UN Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjöld in March 1954.“If it’s true that globalization has provided enormous benefits to humankind in wealth; in trade in the increase of a huge middle-class; in the increase of the time of life; in the reduction in absolute poverty; the truth is that globalization has increased inequalities in a dramatic way,” said the UN chief.“Many are the losers of globalization in the rust-belts of this world” he said, adding that an environment had been created now where faith in multilateral bodies like the UN “has been dramatically reduced.”One of today’s great conundrums is how to build trust in the idea that there are solutions to the world’s current problems and challenges he said.“The problems of our times are global problems that can only be solved with global solutions, but there is a certain trend for isolationism that was mentioned by Dag Hammarskjöld with all the consequences were are witnessing today.”The lecture is given each year by an “outstanding international personality” in memory of the former Secretary-General, and co-organized by Uppsala University and the Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation. Delivering the annual Dag Hammarskjöld Lecture in Uppsala, Sweden, the childhood home of the second UN Secretary-General, Mr. Guterres said Mr. Hammarskjöld made the “supreme sacrifice” in September 1961, when he died in a plane crash in what is now Zambia, while trying to negotiate a complex ceasefire agreement.“The values that he fought for[…] make him a fundamental inspiration for us all, that want to pursue the same goals, the same objectives, with reference to the same values,” Mr. Guterres said.He said that even more inspiring than Mr. Hammarskjöld’s personality was that he had been “not only a man of action, not only an extremely sophisticated diplomat” but also “a man of culture.”“And that is probably what is today more lacking in statespersons, and in high-ranking officers of international organizations like the UN, is that strong link to culture,” added the UN chief.He recounted that his predecessor had called poetry an “indispensable complement to diplomacy” quoting the Swede as saying that “the diplomat, like the poet, works with words – transposes words – using them as a key although not necessarily a master key.”Turning to today’s world and his own diagnosis of some of the fundamental problems facing society, Mr. Guterres said that his predecessor had noted the same dangers of nations turning inwards, as opposed to looking outwards, and placing their faith in multilateralism.
The LRA for the former Fort Monmouth last month approved the sale of 117 units of officer housing within the Fort Monmouth National Register Historic District in Oceanport, N.J., for $8.3 million, paving the way for the reuse effort’s first residential project.The officer housing is located on two parcels of land totaling 36.5 acres, and includes residential units in single, duplex and four-plex configurations surrounding and adjacent to the post’s parade ground. The developer’s proposal calls for 68 market-rate, for sale units north of the parade ground and 48 rental units south of the parade ground, according to a press release from the Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Authority (FMERA). The South Post units would be a mix of market-rate and affordable housing rentals. RPM Development LLC plans to convert one of the single-family homes on the South Post into a community room for tenants.“The range of sizes and types of units RPM is offering will fulfill the housing needs of many families and individuals, including renters and those looking to purchase. The renovation of these historic buildings, while preserving their historic status, adds to the development’s unique appeal,” said FMERA Executive Director Bruce Steadman.The Army has not yet transferred the property to the authority and, as a result, the purchase agreement includes a clause shaving the sale price if the title isn’t transferred by December 1.FMERA is converting the 1,127-acre property into a mixed-use development that will include three separate town centers connected by bike paths and walking trails, interspersed with retail, entertainment and recreation sites. Separately, the authority is soliciting developers to purchase four other parcels containing barracks, lodging, a hospital and the commissary, reported the Asbury Park Press. Dan Cohen AUTHOR
Clive Davis Reflects On Pre-GRAMMY Gala Watch GRAMMY Jazz Performances On Apple Music Who Are The Record Of The Year Nominees? | 60th GRAMMY Awards Facebook Clive Davis Reflects On Pre-GRAMMY Gala Rihanna Among Performers Added To 60th GRAMMYs Spanning Childish Gambino, Luis Fonsi/Daddy Yankee/Justin Bieber, Jay-Z, Kendrick Lamar, and Kendrick Lamar, preview all five tracks that are up for Record Of The YearTim McPhateGRAMMYs Nov 28, 2017 – 5:35 am Hip-hop cuts comprise two-fifths of the Record Of The Year nominations for the 60th GRAMMY Awards: Jay-Z’s bold “The Story Of O.J.” and Kendrick Lamar’s edgy “HUMBLE.” If one of these win, it would mark the first time a hip-hop track took the award in GRAMMY history. Rounding out the eclectic mix in this year’s field are Childish Gambino’s soul-inflected “Redbone”; Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber’s crossover smash, “Despacito”; and Bruno Mars’ golden hit, “24K Magic.”Here’s a closer look at this year’s Record Of The Year nominees: “Redbone,” Childish GambinoWith its sturdy groove, funky bass and synth-laden production, “Redbone” bleeds with vintage R&B touches and modern flourishes. On top, Childish Gambino (Donald Glover) turns in a sexy falsetto-based vocal that recalls ’80s Prince and screams — literally — with timeless soul.”I think people hear “Redbone” and are like, ‘Oh, he pitched up his vocals,’ but there was no vocal pitching on the album — I just sang differently,” Glover told Triple J’s “Breakfast” radio program. “Redbone” was produced by Childish Gambino and collaborator Ludwig Göransson, who plays various instruments on the track, including bass, guitar and synthesizer.Childish Gambino has five current nominations. His other four are for Album Of The Year and Best Urban Contemporary Album for “Awaken, My Love!” and Best Traditional R&B Performance and Best R&B Song for “Redbone.” Childish Gambino has two prior GRAMMY nominations to his credit. This marks his first career nod for Record Of The Year.”Despacito,” Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee Featuring Justin BieberIt’s the jam you could not escape this past summer: “Despacito.” Fonsi, Daddy Yankee and Bieber’s collab spent a record-tying 16 weeks at No. 1. And the song is fresh from winning four Latin GRAMMY Awards, including the remix taking Best Urban Fusion/Performance. “‘Despacito’ started with a melody hook that I had with my guitar only,” Fonsi told Billboard. “The beat for this track came after I wrote the lyrics, which I wrote as if I was writing a ballad. I sat with my guitar and started this cumbia pattern with my guitar.” Co-produced by Josh Gudwin, Mauricio Rengifo & Andrés Torres, “Despacito” — which translates to “Slowly” — flowered into a lush track propelled by an infectious rhythm and augmented by steel drums, classical and acoustic guitars, and multilingual vocal hooks galore.Fonsi, Yankee and Bieber have three total nominations each for “Despacito”: Record Of The Year, Song Of The Year and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance.Fonsi and Yankee have one prior GRAMMY nomination each. Bieber has seven prior GRAMMY nominations and one prior win. “Despacito” marks the first Record Of The Year nomination for each artist. 2018 GRAMMYs: 60 Nominee Facts More 60th GRAMMY Awards News Prev Next 60th GRAMMYs: Who Are The First Performers? 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Its potent commentary on African-Americans in America is definitely a case of an artist intent on making a profound statement.”We tend as black people — because we never had anything, which is understandable — we get to a place and we just think we separate ourselves from the culture,” Jay-Z said about the song via Tidal. “Like where O.J. will get to a space where he’s like, ‘I’m not black, I’m O.J.'””‘The Story of O.J.’ is really a song about we as a culture, having a plan, how we’re gonna push this forward,” Jay-Z told iHeartRadio. “We all make money, and then we all lose money, as artists especially. But how, when you have some type of success, to transform that into something bigger,” a sentiment underlined by the lyric “Financial freedom our only hope/F*** living rich and dying broke.”Produced by Jay-Z and No I.D., “The Story Of O.J.” masterfully incorporates a sparse driving beat and piano embellishments with samples of Nina Simone’s “Four Women” and Kool & The Gang’s “Kool’s Back Again.”Jay-Z has eight nominations to lead the 60th GRAMMY Awards field: Record Of The Year, Best Rap Song and Best Music Video for “The Story Of O.J.”; Album Of The Year and Best Rap Album for 4:44; Song Of The Year and Best Rap Performance for “4:44”; and Best Rap/Sung Performance for “Family Feud” featuring Beyoncé. One of the top GRAMMY winners of all time, Jay Z has 21 prior GRAMMY wins and 66 prior nominations. He has three prior nods for Record Of The Year: “Crazy In Love” with Beyoncé (46th GRAMMY Awards), “Umbrella” with Rihanna (50th GRAMMY Awards) and “Empire State Of Mind” with Alicia Keys (53rd GRAMMY Awards). “HUMBLE.,” Kendrick LamarOn “HUMBLE.,” Kendrick Lamar lays his cards on the table in the form of a dare to his peers: “B***, sit down/Be humble.”But it’s also a cautionary reminder to Lamar himself. “It’s [about] the ego,” Lamar told Rolling Stone. “That’s why I did a song like that, where I just don’t give a f***, or I’m telling the listener, ‘You can’t f*** with me.’ But ultimately, I’m looking in the mirror. …”That beat feels like my generation, right now. The first thing that came to my head was, ‘Be humble.'”Produced by Mike Will Made It, Lamar spits his verses on “HUMBLE.” over an 808-constructed drum groove, throbbing bass and a menacing piano riff. Mike Will has described the urgent track as having “an N.W.A./Dr. Dre feel [and] an Eminem kind of feel.”Including Record Of The Year, the rapper has seven nominations this year: Album Of The Year and Best Rap Album for DAMN.; Best Rap Performance, Best Rap Song and Best Music Video for “HUMBLE.”; and Best Rap/Sung Performance for “LOYALTY.” featuring Rihanna.The Compton, Calif., rapper has seven prior GRAMMY wins and 21 prior nominations. “HUMBLE.” marks his first Record Of The Year nomination.”24K Magic,” Bruno Mars”Guess who’s back again?” It’s party-meister Mars and this time he’s “a dangerous man with some money in my pocket.” “24K Magic”‘s infectious foundation is built upon funky disco-meets-R&B elements as well as a prominent synth riff reminiscent of “The Message” by Grandmaster Flash. It’s exactly the upbeat brand of pop that has become synonymous with the Hawaiian-born singer/songwriter. “We wrote ’24K Magic’ when ‘Uptown Funk’ was No. 1,” Mars told NME. “So if you hear the same spirit in that song, that’s why.”Produced by Shampoo Press & Curl, “24K Magic” has a smooth lead vocal and glittery hooks at every turn, including layers of synths, jangly guitars, bouncy rhythmic hooks, and a juicy talk-box-laced intro.Including Record Of The Year, Mars has six current nominations: Album Of The Year and Best R&B Album for 24K Magic; Song Of The Year, Best R&B Performance and Best R&B Song for “That’s What I Like.”Mars has five prior GRAMMY wins and 21 prior nominations. With five prior Record Of The Year nominations, he is the lone artist in the field with a previous win in the category: “Uptown Funk” with Mark Ronson at the 58th GRAMMY Awards.The 60th GRAMMY Awards will take place at Madison Square Garden in New York on Jan. 28, 2018, airing live on CBS from 7:30–11 p.m. ET/4:30–8 p.m. PT. 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Mahlagha Jaberi and Aishwarya Rai BachchanInstagramMahlagha Jaberi, the doppelganger of Bollywood star Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, has attained her own fame on social media. Mahlagha is a Persian model and Instagram star and first came to notice as a lookalike of Aishwarya Rai Bachchan in 2017. The model now has a fan-following of 2.7 million Instagram followers! Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, who is relatively new to Instagram, has 6.8 million followers.Lookalikes are not new to Bollywood. Right from Amitabh Bachchan, Dev Anand, Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan, Saif Ali Khan to Johnny Lever, all have had one. Recently, Bollywood actress and producer Anushka Sharma was in the news for her interaction with her doppelganger, American singer Julia Michaels. The two look quite similar.Former Miss Sri Lanka and Bollywood actress Jacqueline Fernandez, too, has a lookalike who visited her in Mumbai and even met with superstar Salman Khan! There are not one but two doppelgangers of Student of the Year 2 star Tiger Shroff as well.We are liking this newfound love between celebrities and their lookalikes. Mahlagha Jaberi, the so-called doppelganger of Aishwarya Rai Bachchan was born in Isfahan, Iran. She is very beautiful, indeed. Will Aishwarya and Mahlagha ever meet? Or have they? Mahlagha Jaberi, the doppelganger of Bollywood star Aishwarya Rai Bachchan.InstagramTake a look at some more hot pictures of Mahlagha Jaberi, and tell us if you find her similar to Aishwarya Rai Bachchan in terms of looks! We found only the eyes similar, frankly. Otherwise, she looks more like SOTY 2 actress Ananya Panday. Mahlagha Jaberi, doppelganger of Aishwarya Rai Bachchan.InstagramWe wonder if Salman Khan will meet Mahlagha, too! Not because he met Jacqueline’s doppelganger, but because the actor had cast Aishwarya’s lookalike actress Sneha Ullal in a movie with him. Not to mention the romantic history between Aishwarya and Salman when she was not married. Will Salman take a fancy to Mahlagha and launch her in Bollywood?
Explore further A microscopic image of GFAJ-1 grown on arsenic. The findings reported last week, were that some bacteria (GFAJ-1) thrived when access to phosphate was removed and the bacteria were grown in a highly toxic culture rich is arsenate. The scientists suggested the bacteria thrived because they were able to replace phosphorus, which has always been thought vital to life, with arsenic, which is directly under it on the periodic table and has similar chemical properties. The researchers also suggested the bacteria were replacing phosphorus with arsenic within the bases that make up DNA. These findings, if correct, would mean the scientists had found a new form of life on Earth, and it would also re-write the guide book on the essential requirements for life to exist elsewhere.After the findings were published in Science, other scientists began immediately to express their doubts at the conclusions of the paper, with some even expressing the opinion the paper should not have been published at all. One of the critics was Dr. Alex Bradley, from Harvard University, who blogged that there were a number of problems with the research. Firstly, if arsenic had replaced phosphorus in the DNA the molecule would have broken into fragments when the DNA was placed in water, since the arsenic would have hydrolyzed, and yet it did not. Secondly, the paper showed there was a small amount of phosphorus in the medium and Bradley argued that even though small, this could have been enough, since bacteria metabolism is extremely efficient. Dr. Bradley also pointed out the bacteria live in Mono Lake, which is rich in arsenic but which also contains a higher concentration of phosphate than almost anywhere else on Earth, and this means there would be no selective pressure for a life based on arsenic to evolve. Dr. Bradley also suggested a mass spectrum of the DNA sequences would have shown whether or not the nucleotides contained arsenic in place of phosphorus, but this was not done.Another critic was University of British Columbia biologist Rosie Redfield, who reviewed the paper on her blog, and has more recently submitted a letter to the journal. Among her conclusions are that the paper “doesn’t present ANY convincing evidence that arsenic has been incorporated into DNA (or any other biological molecule).” She also writes: “If this data was presented by a PhD student at their committee meeting, I’d send them back to the bench to do more cleanup and controls.”Dr. Redfield also points out there was phosphate in the culture and that the authors did not calculate whether the amount of growth they saw in the arsenate-only medium could be supported by the phosphate present. She calculates on the blog that the growth of the bacteria is actually limited by the amount of phosphorus.Another point made by Redfield is that the arsenic bacteria were “like plump little corn kernels” and contain granules, which are usually produced by bacteria when they have ample supplies of carbon and energy sources but there are shortages of other nutrients needed for growth.The authors of the arsenic bacteria paper initially refused to be drawn into the arguments, saying the discussion should be confined to peer-reviewed journals, but one of the authors, Ronald Ormeland, did answer questions on the controversy after giving a lecture on the findings at NASA headquarters yesterday. He said the amount of phosphorus in the sample was too small to sustain growth, and a mass spectrum was not done because they did not have enough money, and wanted to get the result published quickly. He also pointed out that the bacteria are still there and other scientists could duplicate the work and carry out further experiments if they wished. (PhysOrg.com) — NASA’s announcement last week that bacteria had been discovered that appeared to replace phosphorus with arsenic and thrive even in the most poisonous environments, has now come under fire from a number of scientists. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. © 2010 PhysOrg.com 3 Questions: Sara Seager on the discovery of a ‘new’ form of life Citation: Critics raise doubts on NASA’s arsenic bacteria (2010, December 9) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-12-critics-nasa-arsenic-bacteria.html
We consumers live in a connected world, so the companies we deal with have good reason to live in that world with us. Recent research from Aruba found that 79 percent of retail companies surveyed said they will have internet of things (IoT) technology in their businesses by next year. This is good news for consumers, considering that Aruba also found that IoT improves the customer experience in 81 percent of cases examined.The IoT’s impact is also more immediate than that of other consumer tech. While virtual reality (VR) and artificial intelligence (AI) may provide in-depth knowledge and perspective, their technologies are at least one step removed from what someone is actually experiencing in the real world.IoT connectivity, in contrast, allows customers to enhance their experiences in real time, making it the most direct way for businesses to improve their customer experience.Related: Let’s Get Familiar With: Internet of Things (IoT)RetailIoT’s impact on retail companies is especially significant, so these organizations’ challenge is to understand and balance the cost of implementation and the power of the resulting disruption. Smart shelves and smart carts are great, but big price tags have a way of impeding progress.If an innovation costs too much to implement, the increased cost will offset the improvements a company has made in the customer experience. Still, people will never stop shopping or looking for the most convenient ways to fulfill their everyday needs, so retailers must either pay for the new tech required themselves or watch consumers shop somewhere else.Amazon Go stores are limited in number at this point. But their concept is the poster child for IoT-powered shopping. When Amazon members enter one of these stores, they scan their phones to log in. Then, cameras and sensors track their purchases, and when the customers leave, the system charges their account for the total — no cashier required.Other big retailers are paying attention: Some are even already opting for incremental improvements in the customer experience using the IoT. Target, for instance, is beginning to use customer-sensing overhead lights, coupled with a mobile app, to guide app users around the store and help them find specific products they’re looking for. Picture a miniature GPS system for Target shoppers. That’s what the app is like.Related: 3 Ways Entrepreneurs Are Making IoT More User-FriendlyRetailers that deploy IoT solutions have an immediate competitive advantage, but retail is just the beginning. A number of other industries are ripe for disruption through IoT technology, too.How IoT connectivity will shape three industriesMost companies appreciate the power of IoT technology, but few understand the opportunities it represents right now. Take a look at these three major industries and how IoT connectivity will usher in new improvements for consumers.FinanceMuleSoft reports that 53 percent of banking customers surveyed called their consumer experience disconnected. But IoT technology can change that.While finance has taken some big steps to embrace the IoT in the customer experience, the industry still has major gaps in security and privacy. As an InfoSys white paper on the subject put it, “As a part of IoT, all transaction data, including the information sent through smart devices and smart watches, will be available to banks and financial institutions. Along with data, banks also have access to customer location, which may lead to a breach of privacy.”Still, if banks can put in safeguards to protect consumer privacy, the potential benefits are enormous. ATMs, for instance, present an easy opportunity for improvement. A simple IoT trigger in a smart device could tell an ATM to dispense money without forcing the customer to go through the cumbersome withdrawal process. This would make use of existing tech while elevating the customer experience.A change like this might seem small but could have an outsized impact. A survey from Business Insider Intelligence found that 40 percent of millennials surveyed would quit using cash entirely if their bank cards could replace the functions. Entrepreneurs in finance should therefore look at what they have to work with and make incremental IoT improvements to provide the next level of services that customers expect and will embrace.Health careWith so many customer touchpoints, health care is ripe for IoT disruption. Unfortunately, the complexity of the thousands of partner relationships in health care — equipment providers, insurance companies, etc. — often stifles the progress of innovation. But even if that status quo is difficult to change, that doesn’t mean disruption is impossible.When I think about the ways entrepreneurs can innovate in health care, I think about my mother. She suffers from diabetes, and every day, she has to prick her finger, read the levels and log everything in by hand. But she also keeps a powerful computer in her pocket every day, in the form of a smartphone. Why can’t it handle more of these daily medical functions?One consideration is data security. Any innovation in medical care will have to fall within the bounds of regulations protecting patient privacy. To move forward, digital partners should work with organizations like Fortified Health Security, to take their solutions from idea to reality. If new products stay within privacy guidelines, patients and medical companies alike could enjoy rapid progress in IoT technology.AutomotiveRight now, most original equipment manufacturers are missing out. The old auto industry model creates vehicles heavy on driver actions but light on experience-boosting help. Even Tesla, for all its futuristic claims, falls into that camp.Why shouldn’t a driver’s house recognize a vehicle when it arrives? Why shouldn’t a car interpret traffic congestion and road conditions to adjust its operation? This isn’t about autonomous cars; it’s about cars that understand themselves and their roles.For example, vehicles should be able to recognize what components are under stress and notify their drivers to schedule maintenance. Automotive companies should look beyond gimmicky connectivity (such as using gesture control to replace actually touching things) to create cars that are truly connected. These could be lucrative projects for entrepreneurs to work on.Related: 6 Trends Impacting the Future of PaymentsThe foundation for making driving smarter is already there. By 2020, Gartner predicts, there will be 250 million connected vehicles on the road. Already, Android Auto is working with Tesla and Volvo to make smarter vehicles, and Mojio is working to improve proactive detection of vehicle issues.Soon, IoT connectivity will become the standard in nearly every industry. Consumers will expect devices to communicate with one another and create experiences that are intuitive, helpful and exciting. It’s up to the innovators and disruptors to develop that technology and get it to market as soon as possible. Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Register Now » August 10, 2018 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 6 min read
GAYSTARNEWS- eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Drag queen Myra Dubois has withdrawn from a performance at the club too, writing on her Facebook page: ‘So for the record, phrases such as “Butch up in XXL or get out!” or “XXL is for men who want men” appal me.[sic.]’Ultimately, Mary Poppers wants people to think about who they’re supporting: ‘I’m not telling anyone to not go XXL, I’m telling people that you’re supporting this person. Are you going to carry on supporting this person or not? I’m all about raising questions.‘I think we should all raise questions about what we are doing with our daily lives and our time and our money, and what we represent for the community.‘So, [that’s why] we’re going 200% against what this person has said: we are the community, we are united, we hear you – and it’s not okay.’Gay Star News reached out to XXL and Mark Ames for comment.More from Gay Star News: We’re obsessed with this gay YouTuber’s clapback at femme-shamingGay dating apps’ no fats, no femmes culture means I get no f**ksStop assuming I’m straight just because I’m femme and like lipstickGot a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . The rant comes after the nightclub – which caters to bears – refused entry to a man wearing heels. Yet the online outrage didn’t sit well with the owner. In a now-deleted post, Mark Ames wrote:‘Bollox to all this PC and not letting off steam for fear of upsetting someone‘Fact is it dont make the world a better place it just allows others to fuck your life up and get away with it I’m going to full on cunt mode you wanna ware heels!?‘Try shoving one up your arse the other in your mouth, that two less offensive things in my world and get this butch up in XXL or get out and any other sub groups or individuals eep the fuc out XXL IS FOR MEN WHO WANT MEN!‘I couldn’t give a toss about the rest of the scene or todays so called community or society[sic.]’.Queer backlashNow, many in the LGBTI community are speaking out against the femme-phobia – including past performers at the venue.Perhaps the biggest reaction is from queen Mary Poppers. Real name Joao Caldas, she’s the one behind this fabulous protest.They’ll be partying on Blackfriars Bridge on 22 September, near the entrance to XXL, as revelers begin to enter at midnight. The event page states the gather around is ‘open to any individuals of the LGBTQA+ community that feel like venues that exclude women, trans people, non-binary individuals or any expression of femininity are a threat to us and should be revised.’Mary Poppers spoke to Gay Star News about the protest.Photo: Mary Poppers‘Hearing people like this club [owner] literally spreading hate touched a nerve in me. Drag for me is very inherently political and my work is inherently political.‘This is very much close to my heart and is very much what I try to fight with my drag day-to-day. So I just found these words so blasphemous that I ended up thinking that if there was enough people, we could fight this hate with dialogue and information.’Everyone will be bringing clothes belonging to XXL’s banned list, from wigs to high heels. Mary noted the hypocrisy of employing drag queens but banning customers who stray from the masculine.‘As an entertainer I can get paid to go there and flip my ass around, but I can’t as a customer and that’s putting me in a position where I’m a freak.‘I’m just a thing that entertains people but I’m not worthy of their service. That’s extremely problematic.’Other performers speak outOther performers spoke out too. Gerrard Woodward, a go-go dancer and model who has worked for the club several times, wrote on Instagram that he’s grateful to the club for giving him work, but ‘every single person out there DESERVES the right to be treated equally.’ View this post on Instagram To all my amazing followers and all those gay men out there, I just want to say, XXL @xxllondon have been so good to me over the years. They gave me jobs when I had no money and feared how I would pay my rent, they supported great causes, community events, shows and have been a great part of the community supporting our local magazines and supporting former well known clubs not doing so well. While I can understand this men’s club is about being a place for bears, a place for bigger hairy gays who didn’t fit anywhere and could find each other, it has allowed me to perform alongside amazing Drag Queens and glorious men with glitter in their veins. In saying this, I DO NOT CONDONE these comments made above and I’m all for being inclusive. I guess I’m considered masculine (mostly) but I’m comfortable with my sexuality to have a laugh and enjoy exploring my feminine side too. Every single person out there DESERVES the right to be treated equally. There is no exception. Perhaps we caught Mark on a bad day, we all have them. I love all you unicorns! Be who you want to be and I hope someday there’s a place in London inclusive of everyone without this segregation of young or old, masc, fem, female, trans, muscle, beefy, thick or thin, or whatever you identity as… Long live our freedom to be who we are. Socialising shouldn’t just be about going out to find someone you want to bone but also to mix with all different types of people. That’s how we learn about ourselves. Be kind to each other. Big hugs, G A post shared by ＧＷ’ｓＧｉｎｇｅ̤̈ｒｆａｃë̤ヽ(•‿•)ノ (@gwsgingerface) on Sep 10, 2018 at 12:44am PDT Photo: XXL/Mark Ames/Facebook London gay club XXL is at war with its customers again after screenshots of the owner’s femme-phobic rant spread through the internet. This time, it’s even provoked a ‘queer’ counter-party protest organized by a drag queen. 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The new Intravoxel Incoherent Motion (IVIM) MR application in Synapse 3D Technology | Lung Cancer | May 09, 2018 Body Vision Medical Receives FDA Clearance for LungVision Tool Body Vision Medical received clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to market their LungVision Tool… read more News | Oncology Diagnostics | April 25, 2018 El Camino Hospital Performs First U.S. Robotic Lung Cancer Bronchoscopy The interventional pulmonology team at the Taft Center for Clinical Research at El Camino Hospital in Mountain View,… read more Technology | April 10, 2013 Olympus Introduces First Articulating HD 3D Laparoscopic Surgical Video System Technology improves speed, accuracy and precision of surgical procedures when compared with 2-D surgical systems News | Endoscopes | March 14, 2019 Hologic Receives CE Mark for Three-in-One Omni Hysteroscope Hologic Inc. announced it has received a CE mark in Europe for its Omni hysteroscope, a three-in-one modular scope with… read more News | Endoscopes | June 11, 2018 American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy and Touch Surgery Pilot Video-Based Endoscopic Simulations During the 2018 Digestive Disease Week (DDW) conference June 2-5 in Washington, D.C., the American Society for… read more Related Content April 10, 2013 — Olympus received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its Articulating HD 3-D Laparoscopic Surgical Video System. It delivers value to surgeons and patients by reducing surgical errors and improving the speed, accuracy and precision of surgical tasks such as dissection, grasping and suturing when compared with traditional 2-D surgical systems, based on internal Olympus testing conducted using a simulated surgical model. This is accomplished by restoring natural 3D vision and depth perception when performing laparoscopic procedures and is independent of a surgeon’s skill level.“The Olympus HD 3-D system is ideal for suturing, accurately identifying tissue planes and other precision surgical tasks that are required in my laparoscopic surgical cases,” said Marcos Michellotti, assistant professor of Surgery at Loma Linda University Health System in Loma Linda, Calif. “In addition, the articulating design enables me to obtain the critical view of anatomical structures in HD 3-D without losing the important visual horizon. This is not possible with traditional fixed angle laparoscopes.”Another significant advantage of the new Olympus HD 3D video platform is its availability as a module that can be easily added to an existing Olympus Evis Exera III Universal Imaging System. The modular design reduces the investment necessary to add 3-D capability, and allows the surgeon to choose either 2-D or 3-D visualization from the surgical field. This helps to reduce capital investments and simplify asset management and training.“The Olympus HD 3D System brings value to those surgeons that need the precision, resolution and depth perception of 3-D without the substantial capital investment and annual maintenance expenses associated with alternatives such as robotic technology,” said Luke Calcraft, president of the Medical Systems Group at Olympus Corporation of the Americas. “We are leading the way with innovations to help our customers realize the clinical efficacy and cost effectiveness required under Accountable Care.”Olympus is a pioneer of minimally invasive surgery (laparoscopy), a modern technique in which an operation in the abdomen is performed through small incisions as compared to larger incisions needed in traditional surgical procedures. This surgical approach addresses the key requirements of Healthcare Reform:Increased Quality of Care — Minimally invasive surgery provides better clinical outcomes than traditional “open” surgery.Decreased Costs — Numerous industry and clinical studies have demonstrated that minimally invasive surgery provides significant cost savings when compared to a robotic surgical approach.Enhanced Patient Satisfaction — Minimally invasive surgery provides less scarring, shorter hospital stays and faster recovery than traditional “open” surgery. Videos | Advanced Visualization | March 05, 2019 VIDEO: Virtual Endoscopic Peritoneal Inflation on Imaging for Procedure Preplanning This is an example of a new endoscopic virtual peritoneal inflation tool on the patient’s computed tomography (CT) im read more The Olympus Articulating HD 3D Laparoscopic Surgical Video System will be showcased at the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES) 2013 Annual Meeting to be held April 17 to 20 in Baltimore, Md. Surgeons are invited to visit booth #111 and experience the benefits of the HD 3-D technology.For more information: www.olympusamerica.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Ultrasound Imaging | June 04, 2018 Olympus and Hitachi Healthcare Americas Introduce Arietta 850 Olympus, a global technology leader in designing and delivering innovative solutions for medical and surgical procedu read more Technology | Lung Cancer | October 05, 2018 Body Vision Medical Announces Release of LungVision Body Vision Medical, a medical device company specializing in lung cancer diagnostics, announced the launch of its… read more Virtual peritoneal space inflation for endoscopy on imaging Fujifilm HIMSS19Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:35Loaded: 27.79%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:35 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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Technology | Advanced Visualization | February 08, 2019 Fujifilm Launches Latest Synapse 3D Version at HIMSS 2019 Fujifilm Medical Systems U.S.A. will debut the latest version of its Synapse 3D solution at the Healthcare Information… read more News | Endoscopes | April 02, 2018 WATS3D Endoscopy Device Improves Esophageal Cancer Detection by 80 Percent Results from a recent prospective trial found the Wide Area Transepithelial Sampling with 3D Tissue Analysis (WATS3D)… read more
Technology | Artificial Intelligence | May 13, 2019 FDA Approves Zebra Medical Vision’s HealthPNX AI Chest X-ray Triage Product Zebra Medical Vision has received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) clearance for HealthPNX, an artificial… read more News | PACS | May 22, 2019 Brazil’s Santa Casa Hospital System Chooses Carestream for Unified Diagnostic Workflow Santa Casa de Misericordia has selected Carestream to replace its legacy diagnostic workflow technology across all… read more SST Group, Inc., a leading provider of DICOM distribution solutions in the United States, and Intuitive Imaging Informatics, LLC, a pioneer of the picture archive and communication system (PACS) industry, announce their new partnership enabling Intuitive to sell SST Group’s best-of-class dose monitoring software, Radiation Dose Monitor (RDM).RDM collects, controls, analyzes and optimizes radiation doses delivered to patients during medical imaging and interventional procedures by storing and managing radiation dose data both for current and historical procedures. “What sets RDM apart from other dose monitoring products is that it acquires, stores and analyzes data directly from the modality, presenting a more accurate dose estimate,” says Richard Murphy, SST Group President. “This allows medical professionals complete control of the dose with instant access to history as well as real-time monitoring and alerts.”RDM has achieved success in Central Europe by going beyond the industry requirements and providing a complete history of an institution’s population for all diagnostic, interventional and image-guided surgical ionizing events. This additional information allows a facility to see the entire picture on a patient’s dosage history, based on anatomical region, in addition to what is sent to PACS.”This partnership gives us the ability to help control radiation exposure to patients at our client’s facilities,” says Intuitive Imaging President, J. Martin Pfaff, PhD. “RDM is a great fit to our ImageQube portfolio.”For more information: www.sstgroup-inc.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Related Content News | Teleradiology | April 10, 2019 vRad Receives 19th Patent vRad (Virtual Radiologic), a Mednax Radiology Solutions practice, announced that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office… read more News | Enterprise Imaging | April 15, 2019 Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Implements Change Healthcare Enterprise Imaging Change Healthcare successfully implemented its Radiology PACS (picture archiving and communication system), Image… read more 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 News | Breast Imaging | April 03, 2019 Konica Minolta Highlights New Exa Mammo Features at SBI/ACR Breast Imaging Symposium Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas Inc. will highlight new features of Exa Mammo, a picture archiving and communication… read more News | PACS | June 07, 2019 PaxeraHealth Wins Four New PACS Projects in Chile Picture archiving and communication system/radiology information system (PACS/RIS) developer PaxeraHealth has won four… read more News | PACS Accessories | May 28, 2019 Intelerad Showcases Clario SmartWorklist at SIIM 2019 The Clario SmartWorklist intelligently manages picture archiving and communication system (PACS) reading workflow by… read more News | PACS Accessories | June 13, 2019 M*Modal and Community Health Network Partner on AI-powered Clinical Documentation M*Modal announced that the company and Community Health Network (CHNw) are collaborating to transform the patient-… read more News | Radiation Dose Management | November 24, 2015 SST Group, Intuitive Imaging Informatics Partner on Dose Tracking News | Enterprise Imaging | April 05, 2019 Visage 7 Enterprise Imaging Platform Highlighted at 2019 SBI/ACR Breast Imaging Symposium Visage Imaging will be exhibiting the latest version of the Visage 7 Enterprise Imaging Platform at the 2019 Society of… read more