Natalie Cole And Ceelo Green To Join Steven Tyler At Race To

first_imgRace to Erase MS has announced that multi Grammy-award winning artists Natalie Cole, CeeLo Green and Steven Tyler will perform at the 21st Annual Race to Erase MS event, hosted by Nancy Davis, taking place on May 2nd, 2014 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles.The evening will also honor Chairman of the Board and founder of MediaNews Group, Dean Singleton, with the 2014 Medal of Hope Award.Diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 1986, Singleton has never let the disease dictate his life. Dean has used the success of his career to help raise awareness, and fund vital MS research, bringing hope to the millions that suffer from this autoimmune disease. In addition to his work in the media, Singleton is also on the boards of the Rocky Mountain Multiple Sclerosis Center, the National Sports Center for the Disabled, The Helen G. Bonfils Foundation, The Denver Center for the Performing Arts and the Winter Park Recreational Association.The legendary, celebrity-filled gala has raised millions of dollars for Race to Erase MS and its Center Without Walls program. This year marks the 21st Anniversary of the event, where guests will be able to participate in a silent auction before enjoying a dinner gala featuring live musical performances. The evening will also include a one-of-a-kind live auction featuring fabulous St. Regis vacation getaways and experiential packages, and an Aston Martin Vanquish designed by last year’s honoree, the Osbourne family, who continue to show their support for the cause. Guests can also enjoy specialty cocktails all night, provided by SVEDKA Vodka, as well as flowers donated by Mark’s Garden, and water by NEO North America Inc.“This is a historical time in MS research as we know we are truly on the fast track to finding a cure and having great remedies to treat the various symptoms of MS,” stated Race to Erase MS Founder, Nancy Davis. “When we began our Race To Erase MS over 21 years ago, the future for MS was bleak with no known cause, no medicines and no hope. Today, there are 9 drugs with FDA approval and many more coming through the pipeline. Hopelessness has been replaced by hopefulness that we will cross that finish line and find a cure and win this Race To Erase MS in the very near future.”Multiple Grammy-winning recording artist Natalie Cole won the first of her nine career Grammy Awards as Best New Artist of 1975, the year she debuted with the #1 single, “This Will Be,” off her debut album, Inseparable, which also won her Best R&B Vocal Performance, Female. Cole continued her musical success with platinum albums, No. 1 hits, and even more Grammy wins. The singer expanded her success with her own TV special in 1977. It was the first of more than 300 major television appearances in her career, and in 2001, she starred as herself in “Livin’ for Love: the Natalie Cole Story,” based on her autobiography, Angel on My Shoulder. She received the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special. In 2009, Natalie was diagnosed with kidney failure and released a second memoir titled “Love Brought Me Back,” the heart-wrenching chronicle of her quest for a kidney transplant. After her transplant, the accomplished R&B and jazz vocalist broke new grounds in June 2013, with her first Spanish-language album, “Natalie Cole En Español,” following in her father, Nat King Cole’s footsteps. “Natalie Cole En Español” garnered 3 Latin Grammy Nominations as well as winning Cole another NAACP Image Award for “Outstanding World Album”. Natalie Cole now serves as spokesperson for the University Kidney Research Organization, a nonprofit organization supporting medical research related to the prevention, treatment, and eradication of all form of kidney disease.As an entertainer and businessman with many layers, CeeLo Green cannot be summed up in just one title. He is a five-time Grammy Award Winning singer-songwriter-producer, television personality, actor, entrepreneur, pop culture & fashion icon, and professional lady killer. In 2001, CeeLo received five Grammy nominations for his worldwide hit “Forget You” (aka “F—k You”), winning the category for “Best Urban/Alternative Performance”. The single is certified Gold in the United States and Denmark and achieved platinum status in Canada, New Zealand, and the UK; and multi-platinum status in Australia. Currently, CeeLo is finishing his forthcoming, new solo album entitled “Girl Power,” which will be released in winter 2014 and most recently, he also reunited with his original rap group Goodie Mob, after a 15 year hiatus, to release a new album entitled “Age Against the Machine” in August 2013. Additionally, in October 2012, CeeLo released a Christmas album “CeeLo’s Magic Moment”, which featured the single “All I Need is Love” featuring The Muppets, and the album is nominated for a 2014 Grammy.Steven Tyler is the iconic songwriter and prolific voice of the best-selling American rock band, Aerosmith. Tyler is considered one of music’s most recognizable and dynamic frontmen and has been cited by Rolling Stone as “one of the greatest singers of all time.” Tyler and Aerosmith have sold more than 150 million records worldwide, he has won four Grammy Awards, six American Music Awards, four Billboard Music Awards, and an Emmy Award. In addition to having nine number one hits, 25 gold, 18 platinum and 12 multi-platinum album certifications, Tyler, along with the rest of his band members were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2001. In 2013, Tyler was awarded with the Founder’s Award at the ASCAP Pop Awards and was inducted into the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame. In summer 2014, Tyler will be kicking off a European tour with Aerosmith and will be working on his own solo project.The evening is generously sponsored by Hyatt Regency Century Plaza and Associated Television International.In addition to the great fundraising this night provides, Race to Erase MS also supports the “Orange You Happy to Erase MS” awareness month, throughout May. The campaign features a variety of orange products (the vibrant color chosen to represent Multiple Sclerosis and hope) to be sold with all or a portion of proceeds benefiting the cause. Some items include a T-shirt designed by Nancy Davis and modeled by Sharon and Kelly Osbourne, and a bracelet by Alex and Ani, sold annually, which has solely helped raise over $300,000 to date. To purchase any of these items please visit to Erase MS is dedicated to the treatment and ultimate cure for MS. Funding research is the core focus of the foundation and significant strides have been made to find the cause and cure of this debilitating disease. At the event’s inception 21 years ago, the absence of medications and therapies encouraged its involvement; As a result, the Race to Erase MS has contributed to seven of the nine currently FDA approved medications, providing hope and encouragement for those who suffer with MS. Most recently, the FDA approved the BG-12 (dimethyl fumarate) drug which will revolutionize MS treatments. While most MS medicines are daily or weekly shots, BG-12, developed by Biogen Idec, exists as one of the first safe oral drugs to help stop the progression of MS with very few side effects.All funds raised support the Center Without Walls program, a unique collaboration of the world’s leading MS research scientists currently representing Harvard, Yale, Cedars Sinai, University of Southern California, Oregon Health Science University, UC San Francisco and Johns Hopkins. This nationwide collaboration of physicians, scientists and clinicians are on the cutting-edge of innovative research and therapeutic approaches to treat MS. It is the hope of the Race to Erase MS that in addition to combating MS through research in a clinical environment, awareness will be created by educating the public about this mysterious disease.last_img read more

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Starlight Childrens Foundation To Host Dream Halloween 2016

first_imgStarlight Children’s Foundation will host LA’s iconic Dream Halloween costume party and fundraiser at the historic Park Plaza in downtown Los Angeles on October 22, 2016.The popular family-friendly event returns this year as a charity benefit for Starlight whose mission is to bring happiness to critically, chronically and terminally ill children. Since 1992, Dream Halloween has raised millions of dollars to support kids and families facing serious health challenges.Starlight invites guests to check into the legendary “Starlight Hotel” for Dream Halloween 2016. This one-of-a-kind costume party will delight children and adults with two floors and three ballrooms full of games, crafts, food, live performances and other phantasmagorical surprises throughout the night. Dream Halloween is produced by Joe Moller Events, a full service boutique event production company based in Los Angeles.Starlight’s all-star Dream Halloween host committee includes Ashley Argota, Butterscotch, Philippe Cousteau, Ashlan Gorse Cousteau, Deborah Cox, Cindy Crawford, Tiffany Espensen, Mckenna Grace, Sammi Hanratty, Stacy Keibler, Joey King, Dave Koz, Elise Luthman, Joey Luthman, Bailee Madison, Mahkenna, Kayla Maisonet, Sierra McCormick, Katherine McNamara, Brendan Meyer, Aubrey K. Miller, Dylan Minnette, Kathleen Robertson, Elisabeth Röhm, John Stamos, Sophie Simmons, James Valentine and Theo Von.All proceeds benefit Starlight Children’s Foundation. Sponsorships, ticket packages and individual tickets are on sale now at For every sponsorship or ticket package purchased, Starlight will donate complimentary event passes to LA-area kids and families supported by Starlight’s network of community partners including children’s hospitals, specialty camps and clinics, respite houses and shelters.Michaels Stores is the Title Sponsor of Dream Halloween. Additional event sponsors include: Colgate-Palmolive; Dave Koz & Friends at Sea; Disney; the Northwestern Mutual offices of Los Angeles, Irvine, Las Vegas and West Los Angeles; Nintendo of America; Insomniac Games; and Audrey’s Cookies.For more information about Dream Halloween, including sponsorships, ticket packages or to purchase individual tickets, please visit or contact Lauren Stephenson, Manager, Impact & Philanthropy, at 424-245-3693 or by email at read more

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Huge quantity of explosive substances seized by police

first_imgKolkata: Huge quantity of explosive substances were seized from a goods vehicle in Chitpur area of the city, a senior Kolkata Police officer said Saturday. Acting on a tip-off, police officers intercepted a goods vehicle near Tala bridge on the BT Road in the early hours of Saturday and seized 27 gunny bags containing about 1,000 kg of potassium nitrate, the IPS officer said. Potassium nitrate is used in making explosives. Two persons – the driver and his helper have been arrested, he said. “The vehicle was coming from Odisha and was heading towards North 24 Parganas district. We have arrested the driver and the helper of the goods vehicle. We are interrogating the duo and trying to find out more details from them,” the officer added.last_img read more

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Hambantota Port deal will boost foreignexchange reserves

The foreign-currency reserves portion of gross reserves was slightly under $6.0 billion (see Exhibit 2), covering about 3.75 months of imports, just above the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) minimum reserves adequacy threshold of three months.The Central Bank of Sri Lanka intends to increase gross official reserve assets to at least $7.4 billion by the end of 2017, in accordance with the targets under Sri Lanka’s current three-year IMF Extended Fund Facility program. “Earnings from the Hambantota Port stake sale will feed into the central bank’s foreign-exchange reserves, which will help bolster investor confidence and encourage future portfolio inflows. Importantly, the sale will allow the government to set aside earnings to repay its upcoming debt maturities and reduce its external debt, a key constraint on Sri Lanka’s credit quality. External debt maturities in 2019-22 total $13.8 billion Sri Lanka’s balance-of-payments position remains vulnerable after foreign-currency reserves materially declined in late 2016 and early 2017. More recently, reserves have risen somewhat because of capital inflows from international sovereign bond issuance and syndicated loans,” Moody’s said. “We expect the central bank to come close to its target, which would help support the sovereign’s credit quality. Moving forward, greater exchange-rate flexibility and more limited foreign-exchange interventions by the central bank would help preserve reserves,” Moody’s said.Although the Hambantota receipts will ease external pressures, Moody’s expects those challenges to remain, given persistent elevated Government debt and large borrowing requirements.“We expect Sri Lanka’s external vulnerability indicator, which measures the ratio of external debt payments that are due over the next year to foreign-exchange reserves, to rise to about 183% in 2017 from around 150% in 2016,” Moody’s said. The buildup of associated infrastructure surrounding the port also can help attract greater private-sector investments. This, together with other ongoing development projects such as the Western Region Megapolis Plan and Colombo Financial City Project, will provide a stable source of financing for Sri Lanka’s external position and support economic growth. Closure of the long-pending deal also will allow the Government to focus on key priorities, including advancing economic and structural reforms under its IMF program. (Colombo Gazette) The Hambantota Port will boost foreign-exchange reserves, which will ease the Government’s external liquidity position ahead of several large international bond payments in 2019-22, the Moody’s Investors Service said today.The Government of Sri Lanka announced last week that it had finalized its deal to sell a majority stake in Hambantota Port to China Merchants Port Holdings Company Limited for $1.12 billion and under a lease term of 99 years. Moody’s also said that development of the broader Hambantota Port area will help bring in foreign direct investment, especially from China. As of June 2017, gross official foreign-exchange reserves (including gold and special drawing rights) were $6.9 billion. read more

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UN agency sends team to Gaza camp to examine damage caused by

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) today sent an assessment team to Rafah to examine the damage caused by yesterday’s Israeli military actions at the refugee camp there. Initial reports suggest that 20 refugee shelters, which are home to 39 families, were so badly damaged that they are now uninhabitable. Briefing the press in Geneva, UNRWA’s Rene Aquarone said that according to the latest information, the attack by Israel on the Rafah refugee camp had only killed six Palestinians, not seven as earlier reported. He added that 44 people had been wounded, many seriously, so the death toll could still rise. Mr. Aquarone said that UNRWA was “terribly concerned” at finding itself on the receiving end of military actions. In this last attack, one of UNRWA’s school labs was entirely destroyed, while a shell landed on another school but did not explode. The violence, he observed, was very traumatic for children. read more

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Jeremy the loveless snail still wont mate with his suitor because he

first_img“So we are going to switch them to a summer light cycle which I would hope would encourage them to get it together.”Despite the chances of Jeremy finding a snail he was compatible with thought to be one-in-a-million, Dr Davison hasn’t given up hope.”It’s the long game because they live for several years, so it is not a problem, it is only a problem in the sense that everybody wants to know what’s happening next,” he said.  We got them together but unfortunately they haven’t mated yetDr Angus Davison Following the appeal, three appropriate suitors were found with one even being flown in from Mallorca. But now Dr Angus Davison, a biologist at the University of Nottingham, has revealed that despite the efforts Jeremy still hasn’t mated. “We got them together but unfortunately they haven’t mated yet. They are just not interested at the moment,” he told Radio 4’s Today programme. Dr Davison said he thought part of the problem may be that it is winter. “I am going to try some light therapy with them because the problem is they think it is winter at the moment and they are right, it is winter,” he said. Jeremy, with a darker shell, next to Lefty, eating a leaf Jeremy our “lefty” snail isn’t quite feeling the love tonight… He’s not mating with his fellow molluscs #r4today— BBC Radio 4 Today (@BBCr4today) January 17, 2017 Jeremy, with a darker shell, next to Lefty, eating a leaf Last year, in research published in the journal Current Biology, Dr Davison and colleagues from other universities in Europe and America revealed they had discovered a gene that determines whether a snail’s shell twists in a clockwise or anti-clockwise direction.The same gene also affects body asymmetry in other animals – including humans.Research using these snails could offer the chance to develop our understanding of how organs are placed in the body and why this process can sometimes go wrong when some or all of the major internal organs are reversed from their normal placement. Jeremy the loveless snail still hasn’t mated with a suitor as he is “just not interested at the moment”, scientists have revealed. A global appeal for a mate was made after it emerged “left-handed” Jeremy was born with a rare genetic mutation that means his shell spirals anti-clockwise and his sex organ is on the wrong side.  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

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British pharmacist suspected of fighting for Islamic State detained by Kurdish forces in

He appeared to have been struck off in early 2014 for falsifying records at his practice, shortly before he is said to have travelled from the UK to Syria.The General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) found Miah and a business partner had also invented staff members in a bid to hide a lack of workers at pharmacies they ran in Birmingham and Walsall. Around 1 month ago a #YPG #SDF patrol arrested this ISIS terrorist from the city of #Birmingham #UK in #DeirEzzor near #Hajin. He claim he’s only a doctor (Yeah right lol) and that he worked in #ISIS territory for the last 4 years.#TwitterKurds— International Volunteers Report (@VolunteerReport) September 22, 2018 Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Since his capture last month, Miah has been held in a prison in northern Syrian guarded by US special forces.His arrest brings to four the number of British citizens held by the SDF in northern Syria.Alexanda Kotey and El Shafee Elsheikh, suspected of being members of a notoriously brutal four-man cell of British fighters dubbed The Beatles, were arrested trying to escape over the Syrian border with Turkey earlier this year.Their fate has yet to be decided as the SDF refuses to try foreign suspects in Syria and the UK has stripped both men of their citizenship.“This underscores, once again, how Islamic State fighters, and many foreigners with them, remain operational despite the group’s loss of territory,” said Shiraz Maher, director at the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation and Political Violence (ICSR) at King’s College London.“One of the big questions and dilemmas for security agencies, after Islamic State lost Raqqa and Mosul, is: who died? Who survived? How many got away and where are they now?” he tweeted.As the SDF closes in on the last-remaining remnants of Isil territory, a number of foreign fighters have been captured, including an Italian, in recent weeks. Experts believe most of those still left in Isil’s shrinking territory are among the most hardened of the jihadists, having decided to fight to end rather than flee.As many as a dozen Britons are thought to still be inside Syria, most of whom fighting for jihadist groups in Idlib, the rebels’ final stronghold. A British suspected Islamic State fighter has been caught by the UK’s partner forces in Syria.Mohammed Anwar Miah, 40, from Sparkhill, Birmingham, was filmed by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) being detained near the town of Hajin in Deir Ezzor province, eastern Syria.Appearing blindfolded and handcuffed in the footage, which was released on Saturday, he tells his captors that he left the UK for Syria in 2014 and had been living in the so-called caliphate for the last four years.He claims to be a trained pharmacist who has been working in a hospital.“I’m a doctor,” he said when asked when he joined the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil). “The area was controlled by Daesh – I can’t do anything about that. But I came to work with the people,” he said, using the derogatory Arabic acronym for the group. read more

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Theophanous request turned down by Victorian Upper House

first_imgThe request by Theo Theophanous to the Victorian Upper House to give precedence to his motion against prosecutor Michelle Williams, SC for breaching parliamentary privilege was rejected on Tuesday. Mr Theophanous alleged that the prosecutor in the rape case against him that was dismissed last month, used an excerpt from a speech he made in Parliament in 2006. The Legislative Council President Bob Smith was asked to consider Mr Theophanous motion before any other parliamentary business. According to media reports Mr Smith, turned down the request. “Having examined the matter I am not convinced that it warrants precedence,” Mr Smith told the parliament. “This does not prevent Mr Theophanous from pursuing the matter by giving notice of a motion when he returns to the chamber,” he added. Mr Theophanous is on a sick leave for a month. He has also indicated that he does not wish to pursue the matter any further. During the committal hearing in the rape case against him, Ms Williams read out a passage from one of Mr Theophanous’ parliamentary speeches in which he said that rape victims should be protected from questioning in court about their sexual history. In his speech he said that the court could be “re-traumatising through the very process.” Ms Williams accused Mr Theophanous’ lawyer, Robert Richter QC, through his questioning of a witness of, “flouting the intention of this legislation that was moved by his client.” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Unprovoked stabbing in Adelaide Greek caf

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram A Greek man has been hospitalised after he was stabbed yesterday in Adelaide’s inner West. Police were called to the assault at 2:20pm yesterday afternoon, after the 60 year-old man was stabbed and punched by two men at a Greek café on Sir Donald Bradman Drive in Hilton. Sources close to the victim say the stabbing may be due to an interaction that took place in the café on Tuesday night. The victim was admitted to Flinders hospital yesterday with non life threatening injuries. Police believe the attack was not random and that the victim was known to the men responsible. Police inquiries are continuing.last_img read more

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Likiwi une application pour téléphoner depuis Facebook

first_imgLikiwi, une application pour téléphoner depuis FacebookDeux jeunes entrepreneurs ont développé une application Facebook qui permet de téléphoner gratuitement sans avoir besoin d’installer de programme.On aurait tort de sous-estimer le potentiel offert par certaines applications Facebook. Grâce à elles, en dehors des jeux et des tests, il est possible d’effectuer un grand nombre de tâches telles qu’intégrer Paypal, Dailymotion, WordPress ou encore écouter ou Deezer.  Autre action possible, encore peu plébiscitée pour le moment : téléphoner, et gratuitement, qui plus est. À lire aussiNomophobie : traitement, symptômes, qu’est-ce que c’est ?Une action rendue possible sur Facebook grâce à l’application Likiwi qui est dédiée à la téléphonie. L’application fonctionne de la manière suivante : il faut visionner une publicité avant l’appel, d’environ quinze secondes, et alors, vous obtenez les crédits nécessaires pour contacter gratuitement les personnes qui font partie de votre liste d’amis. Il est aussi possible de composer le numéro de vos contacts vous-mêmes. Le système est toujours le même peu importe la destination de l’appel : vous vous servez des crédits que vous avez acquis lors du visionnage de la publicité. Il est aussi possible d’envoyer des SMS.Cependant, pour pouvoir utiliser Likiwi depuis votre profil Facebook, il vous faudra accepter de partager vos données personnelles. En cliquant sur “installer l’application”, vous acceptez ainsi de partager avec Likiwi tout ce qui vous concerne sur Facebook, de votre situation personnelle aux messages que vous avez publiés sur le “mur” de vos amis.A l’initiative de ce projet exploitant le réseau social, Yvan Morales et Aurélie Perruche, deux jeunes entrepreneurs. Leur idée de départ était de simplifier au maximum les appels sans avoir à installer des logiciels ou des plug-ins. Les deux inventeurs de ce projet envisagent de développer Likiwi pour qu’il soit supporté par Android et l’iOS.Découvrez Likiwi et son utilisation en vidéo : Le 30 novembre 2010 à 11:48 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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BAHAMAS Training begins for new Defence Force recruits

first_imgPhoto Captions:Header: Petty Officer Shamica Duncombe is pictured giving instructions to the selected recruits of New Entry 55/24 as their family, friends and loved ones look on.1st Insert: Petty Officer Shamica Duncombe levels out a recruit for smiling while on parade.2nd Insert: New Entry 55/24 is pictured heading into Coral Harbour Base for the first time as Recruits.(For further information please contact the RBDF Public Relations Department or visit our website:, follow us on Facebook, Twitter and view our Youtube channel)Press Release: RBDF#GuardOurHeritage #operationtransformation Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, January 12, 2018 – Nassau – One-hundred twenty (120) new recruits underwent a less than gentle awakening yesterday as they began their transition from civilian to military life in the Royal Bahamas Defence Force.   As members of New Entry 55/24, these recruits are on their way to making history as part of a newly modernized recruit training program offered by the Defence Force’s Training Department.The three-part program consists of a militarization, marinization, and a naval-infantry phase all designed to develop leadership, character and professional military skills within the lives of successful recruits.Best wishes to them during their 17-week program. Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

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Garden Gun Draws Wrath of NRA for Turning Down Ad

first_imgThis time however, the shooting community is much more muted in its reaction, and even supportive of Garden & Gun. “I can understand why no NRA,” wrote one poster on shooting enthusiast board “When the NRA was more about hunting, okay. But now, I think there is too much stuff about guns in general, and people’s perception of the NRA. I’d love to hear their side of it.””Garden & Gun is hands down one of the best magazines I have ever come across,” wrote another poster. “Great articles, flat out amazing photography, the issue itself is pretty much a work of art. All my other magazines go straight to the recycling bin if they don’t have something specific I want to keep. G&G on the other hand I have every issue and keep them nice.”That’s high praise from a community known both for trashing the quality of magazines dedicated to its sport and for turning instantly on any individual or product that doesn’t share its political leanings. The last year has been a whirlwind for Garden & Gun, from rumors of being on the verge of running out of money to the magazine’s acquisition by Indigo Acquisitions LLC, a company co-created by Darwin, to skipping the October/November issue to things starting to turn around with an Ellie nomination this year for general excellence and a bump in advertising revenue. “We do feel a rebound in our business and in the advertising community overall so that is exciting for all of us in this game,” says Darwin. “And, of course, our Garden & Gun Club is celebrating its first anniversary and has been a very successful addition to our business and our brand.” Recently, the National Rifle Association’s member magazine America’s First Freedom took Garden & Gun to task for not accepting an ad from the organization. The NRA claimed it was a politically-motivated decision that doesn’t stand up for a demographic Garden & Gun claims to serve. According to Garden & Gun, the magazine has a policy of not accepting political ads of any stripe. “We regret that they chose to write about us without checking their sources with us and were disappointed by their decision to criticize us for refusing their ad without having their facts correct,” president and CEO Rebecca Darwin tells me. “From the beginning, we’ve had a policy of not accepting any political or advocacy advertisement, and in our view this ad fell into that category. The idea that this was controversial is taken out of context as we are, in fact, members of the NRA and clearly run favorable ads of guns and hunting in every issue.”Politicians-in-running aren’t the only ones who have learned to step lightly around the NRA. Three years ago, Outdoor Life hunting editor Jim Zumbo took a swipe at ownership of so-called “assault rifles” in a blog. The post generated more than 2,000 comments, most of them negative. Hunting and shooting chat rooms buzzed all over the Internet. The post was made on a Friday evening, and by Sunday afternoon, Zumbo had posted an apology. Unfortunately for Zumbo, the damage was done. His TV show, “Jim Zumbo Outdoors” on the Outdoor Channel, was put on permanent hiatus. His longtime corporate sponsor, Remington Arms Co., dropped their relationship with him. And Outdoor Life, pressured by advertisers and readers alike, accepted Zumbo’s resignation. last_img read more

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Nurses hone skills to help increase normal deliveries in

first_imgHyderabad: The Telangana government is focussing on increasing normal deliveries in State-run hospitals and PHCs in districts. As part of this, gynaecologists and doctors working in hospitals have been given instructions to prefer normal delivery for primi cases (women giving birth for the first time) by sensitising the pregnant woman and concerned family members which they feel will help the cause. Also Read – Hyderabad: Cloth bags, anyone? Advertise With Us At the same time, the health department has realised the important role of nurses in achieving this objective. Accordingly, nurses working in Area and District Hospitals, CHCs (Community Health Centres) and PHCs (Primary Health Centres) that come under Vaidya Vidhana Parishad and Directorate of Health respectively are being given special training on midwifery skills and services that focus on ante-natal, labour room and post-delivery duties. Also Read – Patancheru: Locals irked over overflowing nalas Advertise With Us The first batch of 22 nurses working in hospitals and health centres in Nizamabad, Kamareddy, Khammam, Bhongir, Jangaon etc. were given a 15-day training with the help of experts from Fernandez Hospital. Authorities are planning to hold these special training sessions for five to six different batches by roping in nurses from different districts in the coming days. Advertise With Us Although the idea to impart skill training is being welcomed, nurses point out the lacunae in the system. If this issue is not resolved, these sort of special skill programmes will not yield desired results, they said. “During the nursing study, we are taught on OBG (Obstetrics and Gynaecology) for six months. Also, this special training on midwifery adds to that knowledge. However, the problem is the job role of nurses,” a senior nurse said. A separate cadre for midwifery services is there, but they are being made to work as multipurpose health workers by engaging them in community health programmes in case of PHCs and in general wards and regular duties in case of hospitals. “Each PHC and VVP hospital should have dedicated nurses who are training in midwifery services and are confined to those responsibilities. This would considerably help in ensuring smooth operations and also increase the number of normal deliveries. Also, the doctors’ role is equally important as both should strive to work in coordination in case of any complications and emergencies that may arise during the process,” stated a senior member of nurses association. Also, the nursing association is disappointed that the services of seniors have not been utilised by the department, which roped in a private hospital for conducting the skill training programme.last_img read more

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Uproar as exdeputy Australia PM to sell lovechild story

first_imgAustralia`s former deputy prime minister Barnaby Joyce. Photo: CollectedA decision by Australia’s former deputy prime minister to sell his story about having a love child with a former aide sparked derision Tuesday and calls for politicians to be banned from paid interviews.Scandal-hit Barnaby Joyce, who was forced to quit in February and move to the backbench over his affair with his 33-year-old former media adviser, will reportedly be paid Aus$150,000 (US$113,000) for a tell-all television appearance by the pair on Sunday.Malcolm Turnbull said he planned to raise the matter privately with the married Joyce, whose smaller National Party rules alongside the prime minister’s Liberals.”It’s certainly not… a course of action that I would’ve encouraged him to take, I’ll put it that way,” he told broadcaster ABC.”I think you can understand how I feel about it but I’ll just be circumspect, uncharacteristically circumspect, on this and leave it for a private discussion.”News that Joyce, 50, had left his wife of 24 years for Vikki Campion gripped Australia earlier this year, sparking debate about workplace culture amid the global #MeToo movement against sexual harassment.The saga took another twist when Joyce questioned the paternity of the baby boy, who has since been born.Best known outside Australia for threatening to euthanise Hollywood star Johnny Depp’s two dogs when they were brought into the country illegally, Joyce claimed Tuesday that it was Campion’s decision to accept payment for the interview.He said the couple had tried to ride out the attention, but the paparazzi would not leave them alone.”Remember there are other people in this interview being Vikki and (baby son) Seb, so if it was just an interview with me as a politician, sure, I am not going to charge for that,” he told The Australian newspaper.”But that is not what they wanted, they wanted an interview obviously to get Vikki’s side of the story.”Like most mothers, she said: ‘Seeing as I am being screwed over and there are drones and everything over my house in the last fortnight, paparazzi waiting for me, if everybody else is making money then (I am) going to make money out of it.'”But the decision to accept payment has prompted accusations of hypocrisy — Joyce had previously made a formal complaint to the Australian Press Council over the media’s coverage of the affair.Nationals minister Darren Chester said serving politicians should be banned from giving paid interviews.”I think the public is asking the question, is it appropriate for sitting members of parliament to receive money to do media interviews. I think we should have the conversation in the parliament. I’m hoping for that conversation to occur,” he said.Liberals minister Kelly O’Dwyer warned it could backfire for Joyce.”Ultimately, it’s a matter for him and his judgement. I personally wouldn’t do it, I don’t think it’s right, and I think most Australians are pretty disgusted by it,” she said.last_img
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60 hours of weather warnings issued for North Staffordshire as heavy rain

first_imgGet the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailStaffordshire is set to see heavy rain over the course of the coming week – with the Met Office issuing 60 hours worth of weather warnings for parts of the county. Areas of North Staffordshire, including parts of the Staffordshire Moorlands, Stafford Borough and East Staffordshire, are currently covered by Met Office Yellow Weather Warnings for rain in the middle of the week. The first warning is in force from midnight on Tuesday (June 11) until 11.59pm that evening, while the second one comes into force one minute later at midnight on Wednesday (June 12) and remains in place until 12pm (noon) on Thursday (June 13). The Met Office warning for Tuesday states: “Further spells of rain, heavy at times, will continue to affect parts of eastern England during Tuesday. Whilst some places will miss the worst of the rain, a further 10-25 mm may fall quite widely, with some areas potentially seeing up to 60 mm. “Much of this may fall in 6-12 hours, mainly during the first half of Tuesday. Read MoreBig night out at The Rocky Horror Show at the Regent Theatre   “There is also a chance that thunder may develop later in the day in the south of the warning area once the morning’s rain clears.” The warning for Wednesday and Thursday states: “There is a chance that continued periods of heavy rain may lead to localised flooding. Whilst some places may miss the worst of the rain, a further 20 to 40 mm could widely fall. 60 to 80 mm is possible locally across the high ground of northeast England, accompanied by strong to gale force northeasterly winds. “There is also a chance that thunder may develop later on Thursday in the south of the warning area as the rain moves northward.” As well as parts of Staffordshire, the warnings also cover the East Midlands, parts of East Anglia, Yorkshire and most of the North East before cutting off near the Scottish border. At present the Environment Agency has issued no Flood Alerts or warnings for anywhere in England – with an earlier flood alert issued for the River Trent in Stoke-on-Trent on Friday expiring by late on Saturday afternoon. Read MoreTop stories on StokeonTrentLive Punter found hiding in bushes Dad slams ‘disgusting’ hospital window Driver named following fatal collisioncenter_img Police search for missing woman Follow StokeonTrentLive Download our app  – You can download our free app for iPhone and iPad from Apple’s App Store , or get the Android version from Google Play .  Follow StokeonTrentLive on Facebook –   Like our Facebook page to get the latest news in your feed and join in the lively discussions in the comments. Click here to give it a like! Follow us on Twitter –   For breaking news and the latest stories,  click here to follow SOTLive on Twitter . Follow us on Instagram – Featuring pictures past and present from across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire – and if you tag us in your posts, we could repostlast_img read more

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