New Hemispheres Editor We Want to Reinvent the InFlight Magazine Completely

first_img“We’re not approaching it as a service magazine,” Gell added. “We’re approaching it as a general interest magazine—something you would pay for before you get on a flight.”As evidence of this new, quasi-highbrow approach, Gell pointed to one new front-of-the-book section he described as a “global ‘Talk of the Town.’”“No more ‘Top 10 Steakhouses,’” he said.“In-flight magazines have always assumed a captive audience—it has made them very lazy,” Gell said. “We all know there is going to be Wi-Fi on planes soon, it’s already starting right now—so we’re going to have to fight for attention.”Gell said his goal is to “give passengers something as sophisticated as they would find on the newsstand,” and, in turn, an editorial environment the types of high-end advertisers found there are comfortable in.But to attract those advertisers, Simon Leslie, Ink’s group publishing director, said he’s had to do something few magazine publishers have the luxury to do in a recession: turn away advertisers.“We inherited a lot of contracts we’re not renewing,” Leslie said. “Hair replacement, dating adverts—we’re removing them to attract leading advertisers.” The magazine, he said, will feel “very European.”Ad pages for Hemispheres fell 24.1 percent in 2008, according to the Publishers Information Bureau.“Of course it’s very risky,” Leslie said. “Some marketers are offering big amounts of money at us, and I’ve turned them all down. Literally people who’d slot 6- or 8- or 12-page inserts with ‘Best This’ or ‘Best That’—it’s pure cash that goes to the bottom line.”He added: “People are looking at me like I’m on a different planet, (but) we’ve taken a stance to refuse   that advertising and are sticking by our guns.”And, unlike Delta Sky, which announced in April that it would be available for sale on newsstands—an apparent first for a U.S. in-flight magazine—there are no plans to distribute Hemispheres on the newsstand. “The audience we have on planes is good enough,” Leslie. In December, United Airlines selected Ink Publishing, a London-based custom publisher, to publish Hemispheres—effectively ending a deal with Pace Communications to produce its in-flight magazine.Today, Hemispheres will officially relaunch with a new design, new philosophy—and a new and editor and publisher bent on reinventing the magazine as a high-brow consumer title that passengers will actually want to read, rather than, say, a place to deposit their chewing gum.“In-flight magazines have this stigma attached to them,” new Hemispheres editor Aaron Gell, a former editor at Radar, said. “They’re considered ‘sleepy’—the content is not up to par with what you see on the newsstand.last_img read more

Houston Health Department Knocks On 8000 Doors To Help Residents

first_imgListen Florian MartinKalicia Minor and Daniel Perez with the Houston Health Department knock on a door in a northwest Houston neighborhood.More than 200 employees from the city’s Health Department walk through Houston’s neighborhoods twice a year to hand out booklets with city resources.That includes information on the Zika virus, family planning and phone numbers for health and housing assistance or how to report potholes, for example.The Health Department’s Porfirio Villarreal said the program also helps the city.“We make sure that we get information as, like, what type of services they need, what exactly they’re seeing in their community,” he said. “And that helps us make sure we plan correctly for future programs.”And sometimes, the city employees turn out to be first responders.On Thursday, they went to an apartment and found a senior woman who had been lying on her bathroom floor for more than a day.Kalicia Minor said they quickly got help.“Had we not gone, no one would have known that she was there,” she said.The woman was dehydrated but other than that was OK, Minor said.City employees are visiting about 8,000 homes between May 5 and 7.         Florian Martin230 employees with the Houston Health Department are going door to door to pass out information on city resources. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Share X 00:00 /00:00last_img read more

Masters strokes

first_imgCelebrations, an exhibition of limited edition prints and serigraphs by MF Husain, etchings by Laxma Goud and art works by Thota Vaikuntam, Somnath Maity and Murali Nagapuzha have been organised in the Capital at Beanstalk.India’s best known ‘art maestro’ the late Maqbool Fida Husain popular know as MF Hussain is one of India’s most charismatic artists who redefined art to a great extent. He is also called as ‘Picasso of India’ by a leading magazine and celebrated for his wide repertoire of works of art. M F Hussain, the artist, who earned fame and controversy over his work which are a blend of cubism and classical Indian styles, that fetch millions of dollars on international art markets. On display will be his limited edition prints. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Thota Vaikuntam hails from Andhra Pradesh, in South India, and finds his inspiration in the rural areas of the state. Men and women of his village are often the central characters of his work. Telangana women, in particular, are frequent subjects for his works. The obsession can be traced back to his childhood, when he used to be fascinated by the male artists who used to impersonate female characters in the travelling theatre groups that performed in his village. He admits finding the women of his village very sensuous and that he only attempts to capture their vibrancy. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixRecognised today as one of Bengal’s important new emerging painters, Maity has already exhibited his works at many major Indian and European galleries. He has won awards and scholarships from most of the major Indian fine art institutions, including the All India Fine Arts and Crafts Society, the Birla Academy and the IAAI. With several one-man exhibitions in India and abroad to his credit, including shows in Germany Sweden and the United Kingdom, his paintings also enjoy pride of place in prestigious permanent collections like those of the National Gallery of Modern Art and the Lalit Kala Academy in New Delhi, the Fukuoka Museum in Japan and also in several corporate and private collections all over the world.The artistic motifs of Murali Nagapuzha are drawn from a landscape that is now part of every tourist brochure that celebrates God’s own country. And yet, without being banal or kitschy, Nagapuzha’s artistic terrain marvels at the Kerala contours and colours and makes it his own.Where: Beanstalk, Gurgaon When: January 25  – February 28last_img read more

Dine in luxury this Valentines day

first_imgThis month is ideal for lavish dates with your partner as it calls for culinary delights curated by The Imperial. It is the time to treat your special someone to an intimate dinner, where you can experience a unique blend of crafted gourmet and unmatched luxury, for everlasting memories.Make your moments special with Chef Veena Arora’s South- East Asian spread at The Spice Route or head for a romantic culinary sojourn with the ‘Unique Dining Experience’ in intricately structured canopies. Designed with precision and creatively crafted with flowers and oyster candles, the canopies at San Gimignano lawns and 1911 lawns offer an exclusive and a private dining affair with your beloved on February 14. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Daniell’s Tavern offers a divine interlude with authentic Pan-Indian flavors while La Baguette – our French patisserie is all set to surprise your loved one with sinful desserts. If you plan to indulge in authentic Italian San Gimignano- Tuscan Italian Restaurant is the place to be. The speciality is Crema di cannellini con mescolare funghi and verdure mozzarella ripiano con salsa pepe e mista lattuga which is best enjoyed with white wine.1911 restaurant, the all day dining restaurant will offer Pistachio crusted River sole fillets cauliflower puree and chive butter sauce, Bacon wrapped tenderloin steak with eggplant confit and Marsala jus Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixIf by chance you crave for sweets La baguette – French Patisserie of the Imperial has Red velvet cake, Strawberry tiramisu layered cake along with many other options.Daniell’s Tavern- Pan India restaurant will serve Memsahib’s Muse  (Narkel posto bora) – Shallow fried coconut and poppy seeds dumplings, a delight from East India and General’s Pride (Baadshahi aloo) –  Potatoes stuffed with dry nuts and aromatic Indian spices, golden baked in a clay oven.The Spice Route, San Gimignano and 1911: 7pm to 11:45pmDaniell’s Tavern: 6:30pm-11:45pmLa Baguette: 10am to 10pmlast_img read more

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first_img 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 09, 2019 360 Degree View of a Mitral Valve Ultrasound Exam on a Vivid E95 System A view of a mitral valve on a GE Healthcare Vivid E95 … read more Related Content Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more News | Ultrasound Women’s Health | July 11, 2019 FDA Clears Koios DS Breast 2.0 AI-based Software Koios Medical announced its second 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Technology | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | July 02, 2019 Philips Extends Advanced Automation on Epiq CVx Cardiovascular Ultrasound Platform Philips recently announced new advanced automation capabilities on its Epiq CVx and Epiq CVxi cardiac ultrasound… read more News | October 14, 2013 Samsung Medison Showcases Ultrasound UGEO WS80A at ISUOG 2013 World Congress Device features diagnostic imaging that enables more accurate diagnoses News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 05, 2019 Digital Health Devices Used at Point of Care May Improve Diagnostic Certainty A West Virginia-based rural medical outreach event showcased the use of point-of-care technology in an ambulatory… read more News | Ultrasound Imaging | July 26, 2019 Intelligent Ultrasound Group Collaborating With the National Imaging Academy Wales Artificial intelligence (AI)-based ultrasound software and simulation company Intelligent Ultrasound Group plc (AIM:… read more read more News | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins read more 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 11, 2019 360 Degree View of a Smartphone Performing a Cardiac Ultrasound Exam This 360 degree photo shows a basic, point-of-care cardiac echocardiogram being performed using a smartphone turned i read more October 14, 2013 — Samsung Medison announced it is showcasing two new ultrasound systems including the UGEO WS80A, the first ultrasound device for obstetrics and gynecology (OB/GYN) at the 23rd International Society of Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology (ISUOG) World Congress.Features include:21.5-inch wide LED screen with 10.1-inch touch panel.FRV + Inversion Mode — faster realization of Feto Realistic View (FRV) that displays lifelike detail of anatomic structures.5D NT — Enables realistic visualization of Nuchal translucency (NT) images that help detect Down syndrome.5D Cine — Provides images that can be viewed on 3-D televisions for healthcare practitioners to acquire clinical value through more accurate diagnoses of lesions and blood vessels. Apart from the clinical benefit, this feature also gives soon-to-be-parents the opportunity to meet their yet-to-be-born baby in 3-D.Breast elastography that simplifies distinguishing benign from malignant masses through acquiring the strain ratio between the target and reference area faster than the previous models. News | Ultrasound Imaging | July 31, 2019 Studies Confirm Clinical Value of ShearWave Elastography for Liver Fibrosis Evaluation SuperSonic Imagine announced the publication of the results of its prospective multicentric clinical study conducted in… read more The ScanTrainer transvaginal simulator is one example of Intelligent Ultrasound’s simulation technologies. 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 08, 2019 360 Degree View of an Echocardiography Exam on the SC2000 System This is a 360 degree view of a live cardiac echo demonstration for the Siemens Healthineers Acuson SC2000… read more 3D Auto RV application image courtesy of Philips Healthcare Samsung also showcased the handheld UGEO HM70A at the exhibition center. The versatile device can be deployed across a number of fields including OB/GYN, radiology and cardiology. Both products will be available this month in South Korea, Australia and other countries in Europe and Southeast Asia, with a launch in the United States and Japan to follow in the beginning of next year.For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享last_img read more

Goway has a new Downunder agent incentive

first_imgGoway has a new Downunder agent incentive TORONTO — Agents who book an air and land inclusive vacation Downunder now qualify for up to $55 per two-person booking on their Goway rewards card.The promotion runs until March 31. Agents who book their clients on a Goway air and land inclusive vacation to Australia or New Zealand will receive a bonus $25 per new booking on their Goway Rewards Card.That’s in addition to the $15 per person incentive already paid out for air and land getaways booked with Goway. Based on two adults per booking, the incentive works out to $55 per booking.Bookings must include roundtrip international airfares from North America to Australia or New Zealand, and a minimum of seven nights land arrangements.Goway is also reminding agents about its Passport to a Free Fam promotion. Agents who book each of Goway’s six regions – Africa, Asia, Australia or New Zealand, South America, Europe, and the Idyllic Islands – qualify to start their Passport to a Free Fam. “Book a group to anywhere in the world and you can apply it to any destination,” and then claim a free fam trip, says Goway. Share << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Goway Travelcenter_img Tuesday, February 27, 2018 Travelweek Group Posted bylast_img read more

Costa Ricas snakebite research pioneers save lives worldwide

first_imgWhile the film shows families in Kenya and India suffering through the death of a family member or the mutilation caused by snake poison, Reid also introduces six “pioneering snakebite changemakers” who are leading the fight to save lives worldwide. These include Dr. Jose Maria Gutiérrez, speaking for the ICP.In the film, Dr. Gutierrez speaks about the possibility of world recognition and support for producing antivenom so that “not one person has to suffer death or disfigurement from snakebite.” The ICP produces and sends approximately 100,000 bottles of antivenom per year, accessibly priced, and works with educational and health agencies in 115 countries. Dr. Guitérrez. Mitzi Stark / The Tico TimesHere in Costa Rica the ICP provides education to clinics and hospitals, and instruction on how to administer the antivenom. Programs to teach rescuers and firefighters how to capture snakes are also part of the institute’s programming.There are about 300 snakebites a year in Costa Rica, but very few deaths – some years, none. According to the institute, Costa Rican antivenom saves the lives of 10,000 to 20,000 people worldwide each year. Meanwhile, the institute continues research into venoms and their antidotes.What is now a complex for researchers and personnel – and 500 snakes, of course – began as a laboratory in the basement of San Juan de Dios Hospital, where Dr. Clodomiro Picado began his research to create antidotes to snakebite. “Clorita,” who died in 1944, was recognized around the world for his work in biology.The documentary “Minutes To Die” was shown here at the University of Costa Rica and is a tool to educate viewers about the seriousness of snakebites. For more information, visit the film’s website. Related posts:Tico Times readers share their goals for Costa Rica Costa Rican entrepreneur launches swimwear line to empower women This week in the Peace Corps: Moving Out in Costa Rica This week in the Peace Corps: Jumpstarting English with Peace Corps Volunteers The Clodomiro Picado Institute is spread along the main road of Dulce Nombre de Coronado, northeast of San José. Its green-blue buildings appear to be another office complex, giving no hint that within its walls live 500 venomous snakes.Nor is it commonly known that the work done here is saving thousands of lives in Africa, Asia and Central and South America. The ICP produces antivenom for snakebites. About 120,000 ten-milliliter bottles of the serum produced here are shipped to Nigeria, Mali, Burkina Faso, the Central African Republic, India, Sri Lanka, Brazil, Nicaragua and other countries.Inside the complex, bushmasters, terciopelos, rattlesnakes (cascabelas) and coral snakes are ‘milked’ for their venom, their fangs pushed into a glass cup so that the liquid venom is collected. But that is just step one in producing the life-saving serum. The extracted liquid is then injected into horses who develop the antibodies. Blood samples are then extracted and filtered for the antibodies, which are then processed and bottled for shipping.But the plot thickens in another part of the ICP complex: there, research is conducted into the types of snakes in infested areas, and how their venom acts on humans. An antivenom must be developed to counteract each type of venom. Research is continuous, because snakes of the same genre living in different climates produce differences in their venom. For example, coral snakes in Panama produce a slightly different venom than coral snakes here, says University of Costa Rica biologist Arón Gómez, who works in the snake laboratory. Mitzi Stark / The Tico TimesThe ICP is part of the University of Costa Rica and borrows biologists, immunologists, veterinarians, chemists, researchers other personnel. Veterinary studies now include wildlife that covers snakes and reptiles, says Gómez.“Minutes To Die,” a recent documentary film directed by James Reid, shines a light on what it calls “the world’s most ignored health crisis.” Snakebites kill 125,000 people per year, the film points out, but because the victims are mostly rural poor, there is little concern among health organizations. Most victims live far from a clinic or hospital. Adding to this, the cost of a commercial treatment is way beyond the means of most victims, around $140-150.The film, which debuted in March of this year, brings attention to he need for education and a cure. Disclaimer: The Costa Rica USA Foundation for Cooperation (CRUSA) and Amigos of Costa Rica sponsor the Tico Times Changemakers Section to provide a space for stories and information about philanthropic work in Costa Rica. CRUSA and Amigos do not endorse any of the organizations, individuals, fundraising solicitations or opinions shared in this space unless otherwise stated.Mitzi Stark graduated from the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee with studies in social work and journalism. A longtime Tico Times contributor, she came to Costa Rica years ago for a change of pace and still live on a coffee farm near Alajuela. She’s also a volunteer helping transporting cats and dogs to spay-neuter campaigns in the Alajuela area and once had 8 cats, 2 dogs and 5 people in her old Land Cruiser. Facebook Comments Why do snakebites harm humans? Costa Rican scientists investigatelast_img read more

The Dudley Boutique Hotel in Victorias Daylesford

first_imgThe Dudley Boutique Hotel in Victoria’s Daylesford is among one of five new properties added to the Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH) portfolio in November 2018.The Dudley Boutique Hotel, Daylesford, Australia 7 rooms from $443 per night including breakfast Located in the heart of the pretty spa village of Hepburn Springs, The Dudley Boutique Hotel is a beautifully restored country-style retreat nestled in lush, shaded gardens with flowering trees. Every room comes equipped with comfortable and luxurious beds including indulgent quilts, electric blankets and a pillow menu. For the ultimate luxury, the Dudley Suite features a king bed, a spa bath, two decks with outdoor seating, modern kitchen with Nespresso coffee machine and stainless steel appliances, dining room, and lounge with log fire. The hotel serves daily gourmet breakfasts championing local-grown produce including fresh eggs, fig-dotted charcuterie and just-squeezed juices. Although the hotel doesn’t have a restaurant, The Library offers a selection of pre-dinner canapés and drinks for guests to enjoy before heading out to one of the trendy eateries in the area. The property is a haven for hikers and mountain bikers, with a fabulous range of bush walks and trails close at hand. Guests should also explore the nearby town of Daylesford, situated less than four kilometres away, with its famous natural spring mineral spas, restaurants, galleries and immaculate gardens. Bank Hotel, Stockholm, Sweden 115 rooms $1047 per night including breakfastOpened in August 2018 Set in an early 20th-century building that was once a bank, this luxury hotel reimagines its stately setting as somewhere to mark moments rather than count coins. Designed as a bold, modern interpretation of a renaissance palace, architect Thor Thorén blended elements of art-deco extravagance with the traditional solidity expected of a bank’s headquarters including oversize bronze doors and a glass ceiling. All rooms combine a soft, natural colour palette with sumptuous design flourishes that evoke the building’s blend of history and modernity. Bathrooms focus on elegance and quality, with judicious use of marble and bronze adding just a splash of decadence. With its black and white marble floors, stuccoed columns and sparkling chandeliers, the Bank Hall restaurant conjures up the glamour of days gone by. Menus focus on contemporary food from around the world, from classic French dishes such as steak tartare to handmade pasta dishes that seem straight from Tuscany. The hotel also houses Sophie’s, a modern all-day lounge, and Papillon, an opulent, mahogany-panelled cocktail bar as well as a top-floor bar and terrace offering 360-degree views of the city and waterfront. The Bank Hotel is within short distance of some of the city’s most vibrant nightlife, dining and shopping as well as some of the thousands of islands surrounding the Swedish capital. Villa Maria Cristina, Guanajuato, Mexico 37 rooms from $346 per night including breakfast Villa Maria Cristina is an elegant boutique hotel set in the neo-classical townhouse of Guanajuato, Mexico, a well preserved colonial UNESCO city surrounded by the picturesque mountains and valleys of the Sierra de Guanajuato. The classic façade and entrance lobby hide a welcoming retreat inspired by Guanajuato’s architecture with Catalan mosaics, French cast iron columns, warm wood floors and high ceilings. Art lovers will particularly appreciate the eclectic mix of classic and contemporary original pieces of art from local and foreign renowned artists. From a stylish central pool and outdoor hot tub to secluded tables made for leisurely coffees, there are plenty of spots to stretch out and relax. Inside, the 300 sq. metres spa features a sunken Roman-style pool, steams and sauna baths as well as a heated plunge pool for little ones. In the restaurants and bars, authentic Mexican fare is the order of the day – from fine dining at Teresita to pizzas, steaks and seafood on the grill at La Colombaia restaurant. El Caballo Bar transport guests to a sophisticated Mexican ranch-style bar serving the finest tequila cocktails surrounded by stone walls, a wood counter and an impressive collection of horses’ artwork from all around the world. Guests should not miss the chance to explore Guanajuato with its fascinating buildings dating back to the sixteenth century, Diego Rivera’s home and vibrant food markets. Enso Ango Fuya II, Kyoto, Japan86 rooms from $315 per nightOpened on 15 October 2018 Set across five Zen-inspired buildings, Enso Ango is Japan’s first dispersed hotel with rooms and amenities scattered a few roads apart. This artful boutique retreat blends seamlessly with the cityscape, inviting guests to walk Kyoto’s historical paths and immerse in local culture as they explore the hotel. Each of the five buildings has a different contemporary feel, yet their traditional Machiya structure brings a sense of unity and calmness. Designed with tranquillity in mind, the calm palette and crisp lines in each suite invite guests to relax – right away. Guests can uncover clarity of mind through Zen meditation sessions with Buddhist priests of Ryōsokuin temple, take lessons in traditional cooking and crafts, practice yoga in the Tatami Salon or take part in a traditional tea ceremony in the collapsible tea room made from bamboo and Japanese paper. TOMI II restaurant offers a memorable dining experience with flavours from Spain and Japan, dishes combining hot and cold Pintxos-style plates with locally-sourced Japanese fare. There are guest lounges in each building too, offering cold-brewed coffee, cool drinks and delicious snacks.center_img Art Paradiso Hotel, Incheon, South Korea 58 rooms from $417 per nightOpened in September 2018 Located next to Incheon Airport, the nation’s main gateway to the world, Art Paradiso Hotel sits within the stylish Paradise City resort, an integrated resort complex featuring art and entertainment facilities, a spa, a club, a shopping arcade and a casino. The hotel is filled with modern and contemporary artworks, marble floors, mirrored ceilings and statement lightning, much like an art gallery. The first floor lobby features a piece of art created by artist Paik Nam-June and inspired by Alfred Hitchcock’s 1963 film “The Birds” whereas the wall at the Clock Lounge is adorned with 12 photos from the “Lady Justice” series by Australian artist Alexia Sinclair. The elevators have been decorated by Xeva, a Korean graffiti artist, with artwork depicting the day and night of a city. The hotel’s sleek Serasé restaurant serves up a refined and modern take on traditional Korean dining as well as a great selection of classic cocktails. There are also plenty of facilities for guests to relax at the hotel including an indoor and outdoor pool, a private spa, a fitness center and a sauna. Guests should not miss the chance to discover wider Incheon, with its vibrant Chinatown district and traditional markets set among futuristic skyscrapers. 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TORONTO — Margaret Atwood is calling on Iranian au

first_img TORONTO — Margaret Atwood is calling on Iranian authorities to release imprisoned human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh.The literary giant is making the plea in advance of PEN Canada’s annual gala this week, when she will award Sotoudeh with the One Humanity award for defending women’s and children’s rights.The prize acknowledges writers whose work “transcends the boundaries of national divides and inspires connections across cultures.”PEN Canada also awarded the prize to Sotoudeh in 2011. She is the only person to receive the award more than once. Iranian-Canadian human rights activist Nazanin Afshin-Jam MacKay will accept the honour on her behalf at a gala Thursday in Toronto. Sotoudeh was arrested in June 2018 for spreading propaganda and “encouraging corruption and prostitution.” She had represented women prosecuted for removing their mandatory headscarf. Last month, she was sentenced to 38 years in prison and 148 lashes for national security offences.Afshin-Jam MacKay describes Sotoudeh as “an Iranian Mandela” and Atwood is urging international support for the renowned activist.“Nasrin Sotoudeh has tirelessly defended women and children from exactly the sort of arbitrary judicial rulings that have now been used to silence her,” Atwood said Monday in a release.“Let us call on the Iranian authorities to respect fundamental justice and grant Nasrin Sotoudeh an immediate and unconditional release.”Sotoudeh was also arrested and jailed for six years in 2010, after defending activists detained during political protests.She has also been awarded the European Parliament’s 2012 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought and the 2018 Ludovic Trarieux Human Rights Prize.PEN Canada is the Canadian centre of PEN International, an international community of writers that speaks for colleagues silenced in their own countries.The Canadian Press AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Canadian author Margaret Atwood speaks to moderator Nam Kiwanuka during a fireside chat alongside Twitter chief executive officer Jack Dorsey, as the pair speak to an audience in Toronto, April 2, 2019. Atwood is calling on Iranian authorities to release imprisoned human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Cole Burston by The Canadian Press Posted Apr 8, 2019 10:30 am PDT Margaret Atwood calls for release of imprisoned human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudehlast_img read more

Minister angered by doctors ban on talking to ministry director

first_imgHealth Minister Constantinos Ioannou said on Wednesday he was unhappy over the leak to the media of a letter state doctors’ union Pasyki sent him the previous day stating they no longer wish to negotiate with the ministry’s permanent secretary over any issue.The content of the letter was made public by a local daily as their main headline on Wednesday.In the letter, Pasyki, reportedly asked Ioannou to ensure his ministry’s permanent secretary, Christina Yiannaki, no longer consulted with them on any matter.The reason for the ban, the union said, is the way she handled the probe into the death of a 10-year-old boy earlier in the month which led to the arrest of two doctors at the Larnaca general hospital.The union reportedly discussed Yiannaki’s actions during the two-hour work stoppage of its members last week.An initial investigation into the circumstances of the May 11 death, when the boy died after a skull fracture had apparently gone undetected, said it appeared to be a case of medical negligence or that the health services were unable to properly diagnose the patient.Ioannou had ordered the administrative probe as soon as he was informed of the tragedy and Yiannaki had gone to the Larnaca general hospital, where the boy had been first admitted, to ensure no evidence could be tampered with.She filed her report with the police, and it was based on her findings the two men were arrested, Ioannou had said at the time.Ioannou said in a written statement on Wednesday that the permanent secretary is the highest technocrat at his ministry and that the incumbent is appointed by and answers to the state and the civil service and not to any trade union group.“I am opposed to the insult to institutions and the unilateral decision not to attend any meeting with the highest technocratic officer of the ministry,” Ioannou said.Ioannou said that he was displeased that the letter he had received was leaked to the media, especially at a time when his and his ministry’s top priority but also of healthcare professionals is the implementation of plans for hospital autonomy and the introduction of the national health scheme.“The events of the last few days prove that public controversy and/or leakages, torpedo any desire for dialogue and cooperation,” he said, as the goal of everyone ought to be the patients.The minister also said, ahead of his meeting on Thursday with Pasyki, that he is ready to enter into consultations with state doctors.Pasyki’s members went into a two-hour work stoppage on May 16 following the arrest of two of their colleagues, over the death of the 10-year-old boy. They claim that state doctors are overworked as state facilities were understaffed.The boy, Stavros Giorgallis, fell over while playing basketball in school suffering a fractured skull, that went unnoticed when he was taken to the emergency department of Larnaca hospital.Instead, on-duty doctors ordered an X-ray but no CT scan. The X-ray was not viewed by a radiologist and the boy was discharged after doctors saw no signs of trauma.The boy’s condition deteriorated and he was brought back to the hospital a couple of hours later and rushed to Nicosia general hospital. He died on the operating table from internal bleeding.The two doctors, 37, and 65, face two charges of causing death through a reckless or dangerous act and reckless and negligent actions.According to the charges the doctors had failed to spot a skull fracture on an x-ray and did not ask the opinion of a radiologist. Instead of keeping the boy under observation they discharged him, prosecutors said.Their trial is set to start on September 28.  The two medics were released after signing a €10,000 bond and surrendering their travel documents.You May LikeFreedom Debt ReliefPeople In Heavy Debt Are In For A SurpriseFreedom Debt ReliefUndoSecurity SaversWindows Users Advised To Do This TodaySecurity SaversUndoPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 minute and see why everyone is addictedPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GameUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoThe Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoIsraeli rape suspects freed, woman who alleged assault arrested (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Glenn invited to join Hispanic caucus in Lansing

first_img13Feb Glenn invited to join Hispanic caucus in Lansing Rep. Gary Glenn, R-Midland, left, and Michigan Legislative Hispanic Caucus chairman Rep. Harvey Santana, D-Detroit. Both men share the bond of being veterans. Glenn served in the U.S. Army Reserves and National Guard, and Santana was a U.S. Navy rescue swimmer.Lansing, Mich. — Rep. Gary Glenn, R-Midland, on Thursday joined the bipartisan Michigan Legislative Hispanic Caucus at the invitation of newly-elected caucus chairman Rep. Harvey Santana, D-Detroit and vice-chairman Rep. Bruce Rendon, R-Lake City.Glenn is not Hispanic, but the caucus by-laws state that “MLHC is committed to diversity and actively seeks to elect and recruit individuals from all segments of the population as officers, committee chairs, and members.”Santana said Friday he is “very excited and encouraged to have Rep. Glenn as a member. His experience will add tremendous value to the overall discussion of Hispanic economic prosperity. I look forward to listening to his views on the economy and how we can all participate in the American dream.”Glenn commended Santana for his leadership in convening the caucus and said “Harvey and I will focus on the common values that unite us regardless of ethnicity or party. President Kennedy correctly observed that ‘a rising tide lifts all boats,’ and all legislators should be committed to policies that raise the tide of economic opportunity in Rep. Santana’s district as much as in our own.”For example, Glenn said he will work to win caucus support for legislation to allow implementation of the Mackinac Center for Public Policy’s proposed Universal Tuition Tax Credit, which would “empower parents of all income levels, of all races or ethnic backgrounds, in all communities, to choose the best and safest schools for their children.”Santana said the caucus will focus on issues of common concern to Hispanics and all citizens including taxes, small business development, infrastructure investment, public education (K-12, college, and vocational), criminal justice, agriculture, housing, employment, and health care. Glenn and Santana have already agreed, once the weather improves, to host each other for a tour of their respective legislative districts.“Rep. Santana and I have the same title, but for him, the job description includes, for example, being called to personally intervene to stop violence between rival gangs,” Glenn said. “Obviously, we’re blessed that that’s not been part of the job description in Midland and rural Bay counties, so visiting each other’s district and witnessing the many differences will be educational and enlightening for both of us.“It’s about understanding, literally and figuratively, where the other guy’s coming from, and hopefully crafting bipartisan solutions based on understanding our differences that can then unite us in the task — without government dictating or guaranteeing equal outcomes – of ensuring everyone has equal opportunity to make a better life for themselves and their families.”Santana’s 9th House District is comprised of northwest Detroit and part of the city of Dearborn.The 98th House District represented by Glenn is comprised of the city of Midland and six suburban and rural townships in Midland County, plus the cities of Auburn, Linwood, and Pinconning and seven rural townships in Bay County.The caucus is also tentatively planning to hold a town hall meeting in May in Saginaw hosted by Rep. Vanessa Guerra, D-Saginaw.According to the U.S. Census, Hispanics comprise 8 percent of the population in Saginaw County and 4.9 percent in Bay County, both higher than the 4.7 percent statewide, while only 2.4 percent of Midland County residents are of Hispanic origin. Categories: Glenn News,Glenn Photoslast_img read more

Rep Tedder hosts February office hours

first_img Categories: Tedder News 30Jan Rep. Tedder hosts February office hours State Rep. Jim Tedder of Clarkston invites residents to join him for local office hours during the month of February.“I always look forward to meeting residents and discussing important issues,” Rep. Tedder said. “Listening to community members is one of my top priorities as a state representative.”Office hours take place at the following times and locations:• Monday, Feb. 12 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Jerry’s Coney Island, 5744 Highland Road in Waterford; and• Friday, Feb. 23 from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at Leo’s Coney Island, 6325 Sashabaw Road in Clarkston. No appointment is necessary. Those unable to attend may contact Rep. Tedder at 517-373-0615 or via email at read more

Rep Hernandez Honored During Hispanic Heritage Month

first_img Categories: Hernandez News,News 02Oct Rep. Hernandez Honored During Hispanic Heritage Month PHOTO INFORMATION: (from left to right) MI-ALMA Board of Directors member Larry Arreguin, MI ALMA-Board of Directors member Saturnino “Nino” Rodriguez, state Rep. Shane Hernandez and former state Rep. Lee Gonzales.LANSING – State Representative Shane Hernandez (R-Port Huron) was honored last week by the Michigan Alliance of Latinos Moving Towards Advancement as part of their Hispanic Heritage Month celebrations.Hernandez, a freshman legislator who was named the “most conservative” member of the house for 2017 by MIRS news, stressed that he considers himself an American first:“My father taught us to consider ourselves Americans first,” said Hernandez. “However, I am very proud of my family heritage.”Representative Hernandez father, Salvador Hernandez Jr., worked his way up from general laborer to boiler operator at the Croswell pickle factory.  He instilled in his children a ferocious worth ethic and deep love of the United States Constitution.  Values he still holds sacred.last_img read more

Glenns concealed carry bill for Guard personnel goes to governor

first_img A bill to codify the right of uniformed Michigan National Guard personnel to carry a concealed weapon on state military posts and in recruiting offices accessible to the public passed the state Senate on Thursday by a vote of 34-to-4 and is on its way to Gov. Rick Snyder, who is expected to sign the legislation.House Bill 4474, the bipartisan legislation introduced by former Guardsman and Associate Speaker Pro Tem Gary Glenn, R-Midland, had passed the state House of Representatives 103-to-5 in June 2017 after a representative for Adjutant General Gregory Vadnais, director of the state Military and Veterans Affairs Division appointed by Snyder, testified in favor of it. Mark Sutton of the Michigan Division of the American Legion and other veterans organizations also supported the bill.Glenn introduced the legislation — with most fellow members of the House Military and Veterans Affairs Committee of both parties as cosponsors — in response to the Islamic terrorism attack in 2015 on two military facilities in Chattanooga, Tennessee, in which Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez shot and killed four unarmed U.S. Marines and one U.S. Navy sailor.“Our military service men and women place themselves at higher risk of being targeted for terrorist attack just by putting on that uniform, sadly here at home as well as abroad, as we tragically learned in Chattanooga and before that, at Fort Hood,” Glenn said. “Our soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines have a God-given right to defend themselves while training to defend us, and past, present, or future policies that would deny them that right are unconscionable and without honor.”Glenn pointed to the Pentagon’s policy under former President Barack Obama, which prohibited military personnel from carrying personal weapons to defend themselves and their families at military installations, a policy spotlighted by another Islamic terror-motivated mass shooting at Ft. Hood, Texas, in 2009, when former Army Major Nidal Hasan killed 13 people and wounded more than 30 others.President Trump has moved to change that policy for military personnel on military installations under federal jurisdiction.But Glenn said the welcome change in Pentagon policy would not apply to the approximately 400 full-time National Guard personnel at forty-some training and recruiting facilities under the jurisdiction of the state and of the Michigan National Guard.His legislation gives the force of law to existing Guard policy under Adj. Gen. Vadnais allowing uniformed personnel and civilians with a state Concealed Pistol License to carry a concealed personal weapon while at those facilities, which if signed by Gov. Snyder would prevent a future governor or adjutant general from arbitrarily revoking that right without legislative approval. Under the legislation, military commanders will remain free under emergency circumstances to block civilians from carrying concealed weapons at military facilities by simply blocking civilian access to such facilities altogether.Glenn, who served eight years in the U.S. Army Reserves and the Army National Guard, including with the 1460th Transportation Co. headquartered in Midland, credited Michigan National Guard Legion of Merit recipient SSG Ronnie Cyrus, formerly of Midland, with helping craft the legislation. Cyrus served 23 years with the Michigan Army National Guard and is now the Veterans Transition Assistance Advisor for the State of Michigan and executive board member for the Michigan Heroes Museum in Frankenmuth. Categories: Glenn News,News 22Dec Glenn’s ‘concealed carry’ bill for Guard personnel goes to governorlast_img read more

Marino bill to allow spouses of deceased military heroes property tax exemptions

first_img Categories: Marino News State Rep. Steve Marino today introduced a plan extending a disabled veterans property tax exemption to include un-remarried, surviving spouses of Michigan veterans who died from service-connected causes while on active duty.In 2013, the Disabled Veterans Exemption was created to give property tax exemptions for 100-percent disabled veterans who were honorably discharged from the Armed Forces or their surviving spouse if they have not remarried. Consequently, service members killed while on active duty or from service-connected injuries were unintentionally barred from this benefit due to an oversight in law.“There’s an unfortunate loophole in state law excluding the ability for spouses of those who were killed while on active duty to claim the property tax exemption because their spouse was not technically a veteran at the time of death,” said Marino, of Harrison Township. “My plan is a solution to this inadvertent barrier, and it will ultimately remove a burden facing many Michigan military families.”Marino’s measure, House Bill 4053, now moves to the House Local Government and Municipal Finance Committee for further consideration. 16Jan Marino bill to allow spouses of deceased military heroes property tax exemptionslast_img read more

Rep Filler House budget plan repairs roads improves schools without massive tax

first_img13Jun Rep. Filler: House budget plan repairs roads, improves schools without massive tax hike State Rep. Graham Filler this week voted to support a House budget plan that includes record funding for road repairs and schools without a tax hike.“We dug through the budget to find savings and efficiencies so we could deliver better value to seniors, families and workers all throughout Michigan,” said Filler, of DeWitt. “Instead of asking taxpayers for more money, we’re using the tax dollars they already provide more effectively to increase our investments in priorities like roads and schools.”The House approved several budget measures this week, advancing the plan to the Senate for further consideration.Key elements of the budget plan:Roads. The plan ensures money spent on taxes at the gas pump goes to improve our roads – including the 6 percent sales tax motorists already pay. Once fully phased in over two years, this change could add more than $800 million more per year to road repairs – without raising taxes. This change would be accomplished without sacrificing money for schools, local government revenue sharing or other essential public services.Schools. The plan raises the state’s minimum per-pupil foundation allowance by $180 per student, which covers the majority of Michigan’s school districts. All districts would get at least $90 more per student under the House plan. This comes on top of the largest annual per-student increase of the past 15 years – which schools are receiving in the current budget year – while continuing to close the gap between the state’s lowest- and highest-funded districts. Early literacy and career training are special focuses as the overall school aid fund would surpass $15 billion.Criminal justice reform. Our efforts to reduce crime are working. Data continues to show that problem-solving courts produce substantial savings for taxpayers by significantly decreasing the number of people who reoffend. We will continue this trend by fully funding drug treatment courts, mental health courts and veterans’ treatment courts.Agriculture. This spending plan prioritizes our farmers and farming communities by maximizing existing state resources. We continue to support local programs that get food from farm to table across the state and supplements county fairs that help our farmers get their products to market. We worked hard to ensure that every dollar put toward agriculture in Michigan is well spent and critical services are funded without raising fees or increasing general fund dollars.Filler said the House budget plan costs Michigan taxpayers about $1.3 billion less than the plan recommended by the governor.### Categories: Filler Newslast_img read more

Will Detroit Foundations Save the Nations Largest Black Museum Too

first_imgShareTweetShareEmail0 SharesFebruary 2, 2014; Detroit Free PressTen foundations intervened in Detroit’s fiscal maelstrom, ostensibly to save the Detroit Institute of Art. Most were from Michigan, but among them were the Ford Foundation, based in New York (though rooted in Michigan’s auto industry), and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation in Miami (because the Detroit Free Press was part of the Knight, later the Knight-Ridder chain from 1940 to 2005).Assume that the intervention to save the DIA isn’t just a financial artifice for the foundations to contribute to the Detroit pension fund debacle. Why, then, aren’t these foundations talking about saving the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, the nation’s largest museum devoted to the African-American experience? The City of Detroit owns the Wright museum’s building, but ownership doesn’t mean that the city is delivering enough to keep the Wright museum as alive as the DIA. According to journalist Rochelle Riley in the Free Press, the City’s contribution to the museum dropped from 48 percent of operating expenses in 2010 to 21 percent this year. Riley reports that the Wright museum’s board says it cannot survive without city dollars. She says that the current operating budget is about $3 million less than it should have, which is reflected in the museum’s staffing, which is 24, but was once as high as 80, and should be near 60.Has the plight of the Wright museum made headlines comparable to the national concern about preserving the DIA collection? Not to our recollection.Detroit’s Wright Museum is distinctive, and not just because its African-American collection is reportedly the largest. The DIA’s roots go back to the Scripps brothers, the Fords, the Firestones, and the Dodges, but the Wright museum was the creation of Dr. Charles H. Wright, a local obstetrician who grew up in the segregated South before he moved to Detroit and graduated from Meharry Medical College in 1943. Concerned that African-Americans should have an appreciation of their history, Wright initially created the museum in the basement of his home in 1965.However, like many museums dedicated to the black experience in the U.S., the Wright has had financial difficulties, nearly closing in 2004 but for an emergency cash infusion of a half-million dollars from the city. From 2006 through 2012, the years for which the Wright museum’s Form 990s are available on GuideStar, the museum has run an annual operating deficit even though its expenditures have declined annually, from $10.1 million in fiscal 2006 to a paltry $4.8 million in fiscal year 2012. Private contributions to the museum have dropped from $7.8 million in 2005 to $2.3 million in 2008, and down to $853,000 in 2012.The Wright museum has been in financial trouble largely throughout its modern history. Unlike the DIA, it is a nonprofit, but one housed in a facility owned by the city of Detroit, which pledged to fund half of its annual operating costs but rarely if ever met that target. Reportedly, the museum has had strong success in raising money for its exhibitions, but not for its operating costs. The Wright’s revenues from admissions, programs, exhibits, and sales come nowhere near making up the gap, despite the drastic reductions in the museum’s annual operating costs.According to the Freep’s Riley, it isn’t known whether the financial deal being negotiated by district court judge Gerald Rosen and emergency manager Kevin Orr will affect—or, rather, how it will affect—the future of the Wright. Will the city sell the museum’s home? Will it be compelled to cut its annual subsidy down to next to nothing, despite the negotiated agreement for city subsidy that doesn’t expire until 2019? Will the major foundations that have supported the Wright over the years be able to keep up their funding support after they make their DIA-related investments?Foundations have rallied to the cause of the Detroit Institute of Arts. Will they come together with equal fervor to save the largest African-American historical museum in the U.S.?—Rick CohenShareTweetShareEmail0 Shareslast_img read more

Georgia Resort Town Plans to Fund Local Nonprofits with HotelMotel Occupancy Tax

first_imgShare1TweetShareEmail1 SharesFebruary 1, 2015; Savannah Morning NewsYesterday, Nonprofit Quarterly reported on how Portland, Oregon’s support for local arts organizations resulted in funding from a special tax and the city’s budget surplus. Advocacy by those nonprofits helped assure that support.According to the Savannah Morning News, Georgia’s Tybee Island (located just off Savannah) is poised to do something similar for all of the nonprofits in town. Because its annual hotel/motel tax collections have been increasing, local officials may pass some of the extra revenue to local nonprofit organizations that benefit visitors and residents alike.Tybee Island’s mayor suggested the city consider adding a quarter cent to the six percent hotel/motel tax for the city’s contribution to nonprofits each year, which would raise its annual contributions from almost $58,000 budgeted this year to more than $100,000 next year.His rationale is that groups such as the Tybee Island Historical Society, which oversees the Tybee Island Lighthouse and Museum, the Tybee Post Theater, and the Tybee Island Marine Science Center, provide activities that might attract visitors in addition to enhancing the quality of life for people who live on the island year-round.Local civic and nonprofit leaders enthusiastically support the idea, saying that city sponsorship can make or break a nonprofit’s ability to collect donations by signaling to private donors that a strong partnership exists. The public funding would go to social service providers and animal welfare groups, as well as cultural organizations.The paper reports that the city recently stepped up its collection of hotel/motel taxes, and with an increase in the number of visitors coming to Tybee, collected about 20 percent more in the two years since 2012. City officials seem to like the idea of using money from tourists to benefit residents as well. The move would guarantee a certain amount to the nonprofits each year, with the contributions increasing as the city’s hotel/motel collections do.Talks over how to further fund the island’s nonprofits will begin this month, when the city begins budget deliberations for the upcoming fiscal year. The key, according to a councilmember, is for the organizations to demonstrate need, and whether the city should use a portion of hotel/motel tax or other funding sources. In any case, the contribution to nonprofits would be a small portion of the money.—Larry Kaplan Share1TweetShareEmail1 Shareslast_img read more

Is a Statewide Requirement for Condoms Constitutional

first_imgShare10TweetShareEmail10 SharesYeko Photo Studio / Shutterstock.comJanuary 28, 2016; Los Angeles TimesAn agreement has been reached between adult film conglomerate Vivid Entertainment and sexual health advocacy group AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) wherein Vivid would not contest the constitutionality of a measure being put forward in Los Angeles County that would require porn actors engaging in anal or vaginal sex on-set to wear condoms. The settlement, of which few public details are known, has not yet been finalized by the courts.The battle between Vivid and AHF began after a 2012 initiative known as Measure B, or the Safer Sex In the Adult Film Industry Act, was approved by Los Angeles voters. Vivid Entertainment began contesting the constitutionality of the ban soon after.While the two sides have reached a tentative agreement, California voters may have the ultimate say in condom use when they take to the polls in November. The California Condoms in Pornographic Films Initiative (2016) would require adult entertainment companies to mandate condom use during filming, provide routine testing and access to healthcare related to STIs for actors, and obtain necessary healthcare licenses. The initiative would impose strict fines on violators of the law. (A similar bill failed to make its way through the California state legislature in 2013.)Supporters of the bill include adult film employees who contracted HIV while on set. Presenting the bill as a worker health and safety issue, former performers say the adult film industry encourages risky behavior and does little to provide support after exposure. Between August and December 2013, four performers in CA alone were diagnosed with HIV. The reaction prompted increased testing for performers from monthly to biweekly testing.The Free Speech Coalition, a trade organization representing the pornography industry, insists that performer safety is of the upmost concern. While the Coalition understands voter concern for larger public health impacts, they contest the law violates the First Amendment right to free speech. The Free Speech Coalition also argues the law would impose undue stigma on the performers themselves. For their part, some performers contend that commercially available condoms simply do not stand up to the rigors of what is effectively industrial use, and may lead to greater incidences of STI transmission through failure due to friction and chafing.While the agreement included many concessions from both sides, a statewide requirement could prove more costly. Companies wishing to avoid sexual and reproductive health laws that could negatively impact their bottom line might choose to film in states with less stringent laws. Performer safety should be paramount in the larger public health battle, and should be achieved in a manner that does not stigmatize either actors or persons living with HIV/AIDS. Public health measures must also take into account constitutional concerns and should not violate citizens’ inherent rights, as granted by the Bill of Rights. Achieving a successful partnership in L.A. County now should provide a better foundation for potential conflicts come November.—Stacey Burton AlcocerShare10TweetShareEmail10 Shareslast_img read more