Visa for Music 4th Edition Kicks Off in Rabat

Rabat – Rabat is welcoming the fourth edition of Africa and Middle East music show “Visa For Music” from November 22 to 25. An opening parade took over the streets of the capital yesterday.The international exhibition of music of Africa and the Middle East, initiated in partnership with the Hiba Foundation and the Ministry of Culture and Communication, brings together artists, professional organizations, record companies, and cultural institutions from the regions.As planned for this edition, Morocco will be represented by alternative music names such as rapper Mobydick, also known as Lmoutchou, Khansa Batma to illustrate Moroccan rock, singer Fayçal Azizi, musician and instrumentalist Farid Ghannam, Amazigh group Inouraz, Black Jaguar, the Saharawi fusion collective DaraaTribes, the artist Jihane Bougrine, the International electro pop project MAcAM and the band Gnawa Racines. As for the Middle East, Egyptian musician Hisham Kharma, the Iranian groups Ali Asghar Rahimi & Roohafza Ensemble and Aïda & Babak Quartet, the Jordanian group El Morabba3, and the Lebanese band The Wanton Bishops will perform on stage. Also  Palestinian composer and pianist  Faraj Suleiman and the Palestinian collective TootArd will be present, and finally the troupe Kardes Turkuler from Turkey.The purpose of this event is above all to highlight intercultural exchanger in order to create a music market that offers better visibility to artists. read more

Sierra Leone Ban lauds peaceful conduct of polls and high voter turnout

The voter turnout was reportedly high for the four elections – presidential, parliamentary, local council and mayoral – held on Saturday, the results of which will not be known for about 10 days. “The high voter turnout and the remarkable calm displayed by the country’s citizens as they cast their votes are a clear manifestation of their desire for peace, democracy and development,” said a statement issued by Mr. Ban’s spokesperson.“As the country awaits the announcement of final results, the Secretary-General calls on Sierra Leone’s political leaders, parties and their supporters to accept the will of the people and to put their country above any other interests so as not to jeopardize Sierra Leone’s hard-won peace,” it added.Mr. Ban also urged all sides to work together and uphold their commitment to the people of Sierra Leone to bolster stability and unity.The elections will be the country’s third since the end of its civil war, and the second since the withdrawal of the peacekeeping operation known as the UN Mission in Sierra Leone (UNAMSIL) in December 2005. That mission was replaced by various other UN offices, most recently the UN Integrated Peacebuilding Office (UNIPSIL), which focuses on political and development activities. read more

UN Women launches next phase in HeForShe campaign at Davos Forum

UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson addresses audience at the unveiling HeForShe IMPACT 10X10X10 pilot initiative. UN Photo/Mark Garten ‹ ›To date, more than 200,000 men and boys have signed their commitment to gender equality. HeForShe has reached more than 1.2 billion people on social media. But more can be done.“Decide what your commitment is, make it public, and then please report back to us on your progress so that we can share you story. We want to support, guide and reinforce your efforts. Impact 10x10x10 is about concrete commitments to change, the visibility of these commitments and the measurability of them too,” declared Ms. Watson.Joining Ms. Watson at the press conference, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said: “HeForShe has signed up fathers who want to raise empowered daughters; leaders who know their societies will be stronger when there are as many women in parliament and in business as men; and ordinary people who are fed up with violence and discrimination against women – and want to be part of a global force for change.”Underling the alliances the campaign is building, Mr. Ban said that the partnership involves individuals and corporations, government leaders and activists, celebrities and global citizens.“Ultimately we need everyone to get involved if we are to turn the tide,” said UN Women Executive Director and Under-Secretary-General Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka. “The HeForShe IMPACT Initiative puts responsibility for change right where it matters- and spotlights leaders who can make it happen. The founding Champions from industry and Government will pave the way for others to join in, using the pilot initiatives to streamline decision-making on relevant and successful activities,” the Executive Director said. The World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Report 2014 highlights a large current gap between men and women in terms of political engagement and opportunity and little improvement in equality for women in the workplace since 2006. Universities join the impact trio because youth engagement represents one of the greatest opportunities for accelerating progress toward the achievement of gender equality, and ending violence against women.At the launch, global leaders who will serve as IMPACT 10X10X10 founding Champions were announced. They will steer the initiative and lead in mobilizing their communities and include: Prime Minister of the Netherlands; President of Sierra Leone; Prime Minister of Sweden; CEO and Chairman of Unilever; Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Tupperware Brands Corporation; Chairman of PricewaterhouseCoopers International Ltd. JPMorgan Chase is also a Title Sponsor of the HeForShe campaign. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon with other participants at an event to unveil the HeForShe IMPACT 10X10X10 pilot initiative. UN Photo/Mark Garten UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka speaks at the unveiling HeForShe IMPACT 10X10X10 pilot initiative. UN Photo/Mark Garten At a press conference in the Swiss city, UN Women Global Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson, who launched the HeForShe campaign in September, said this next phase, HeForShe IMPACT 10X10X10, will focus on engaging governments, businesses and universities to make concrete commitments to advance women’s empowerment.“Women share this planet 50/50 and they are underrepresented, their potential astonishingly untapped. We are very excited to be launching IMPACT 10x10x10 to bring the HeForShe into the next phase,” said Ms.Watson alongside UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Executive Director of UN Women Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, as well as several political and business leaders.In the months following the kick-off of the initiative in September, several Heads of State, along with celebrities and thousands of men from around the world have committed to be champions for the HeForShe campaign. Ms. Watson said: “Everyone from Desmond Tutu to Prince Harry to Hillary Clinton and Yoko Ono has issued their support.”Best known for playing the leading role of ‘Hermione Granger’ in Harry Potter saga, Ms. Watson said: “I’ve had my breath taken away when a fan told me that since watching my speech [in September] she has stopped herself being beaten up by her father. I’ve been stunned by the number of men in my life that have contacted me since my speech to tell me to keep going and that they want to make sure their daughter will still be alive in a world where women have parity, economically and politically.” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon speaks during the event to unveil the HeForShe IMPACT 10X10X10 pilot initiative. UN Photo/Mark Garten read more

550M cocaine bust Vieira released on his own recognisance

Ace rider Steven Vieira, whom the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU) had wanted for questioning in connection with the $550 million cocaine bust at Zeelugt, East Bank Essequibo, has been released on his own recognisance.Released: Stephen VieiraVieira appeared before the Chief Magistrate on Monday, represented by Attorney-at-law Latchmie Rahamat, who successfully applied for the CANU arrest warrant, issued on May 16th following the discovery of the cocaine, to be discharged.Vieria’s attorney was quoted in other sections of the media explaining that her client had, on Thursday evening, been arrested by the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit; but the 72-hour detention period has elapsed, hence her client has been released without any charges being laid against him.Moreover, she noted that the CANU investigations are continuing, and her client intends to co-operate because he intends to clear his name and establish his innocence of any implication in drug-trafficking.The attorney contends that while her client’s name indeed appears on documents that relate to the shipping of the lumber, none of the lumber was found in his possession.Vieira had been arrested on Thursday evening moments after disembarking a Fly Jamaica flight at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport. He was reportedly in Jamaica for the Caribbean Motor Racing Championship, but when the ongoing narcotics investigation became known, the Guyana Motor Racing and Sports Club suspended his racing licence, making him ineligible to participate in the action.However, following his arrest, he gave a detailed statement to the investigating officers through his attorney.Two Fridays ago, members of the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit swooped down on a lumber yard at Lot 227 Zeelugt, East Bank Essequibo, where they conducted a search on a truck that was laden with several pallets of 1×6 dressed lumber that was being prepared for export to the United States.Some 187 pounds of cocaine, carrying a street value of Gy $550M, was found concealed in lumber being prepared for shipment to the USADuring the search, several boards were reportedly drilled randomly, and a whitish substance suspected to be cocaine was detected. The truck was escorted to CANU Headquarters, where the lumber was further examined, and it was discovered that each of the compromised boards had a dugout cavity with vacuum sealed plastic packets containing cocaine pasted therein.A total of 84.986 kilograms of cocaine, with a street value of $550 million, was unearthed. At the time, four workers at the lumber yard were taken into police custody, but were released on Monday last after it was established that they were only contracted to transport the lumber.Meanwhile, further investigations by the CANU ranks have led to the arrest of popular race car driver Nazim Gafoor and Haleem Mohamed. Gafoor’s father, as well as Stephen Vieira, was listed by CANU as a person of interest.Vieira has been listed on the shipping documents as the representative of Naraine Lall, who is the shipper of the consignment of lumber. With the help of the law enforcement officers, Tazim Gafoor was arrested and handed over to CANU.The Gafoors and Mohamed were subsequently released, but are expected to report to the CANU Headquarters on a daily basis. Narine Lall, the owner of the sawmill, is still out of the jurisdiction. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related$550M cocaine bust: Implicated persons charged- CANUMay 31, 2017In “Crime”$550M drug bust: Stephen Vieira arrestedMay 20, 2017In “Crime”$550M cocaine bust: GRA agent, others refused bail, remanded to prisonMay 31, 2017In “Court” read more

Kindle owners can now download Audible audio books directly over WiFi

first_imgAmazon’s Kindle is a great gadget for reading, but it’s ability to play MP3s is one that often goes overlooked, perhaps because the ability to play digital tunes is one of the most ubiquitous gadget functionalities out there. You’ve probably got a dozen devices in your gadget drawer and at least a couple in your pockets that do a fine job of playing MP3s. Why pay attention to the Kindle for it, then? That’s understandable, but that doesn’t change the fact that the Kindle’s actually got some remarkably good speakers all things considered. Today, Amazon wants to remind everyone about their Kindle’s speakers… they’ve just announced that Kindle users can now browse, buy and download Audible audio books, directly through their Kindle device.Want to try it out? It’s as easy as heading over to the Kindle Store on your Kindle. There, you’ll see a new link that allows you to browse or search through over 40,000 audio books by genre or title. There, you can download them or just listen to a sample; when downloaded, audio books pop up in your main book list, just as if they were real ebooks.If you’re already an Audible subscriber, you don’t even have to pay through Amazon: you can spend your Kindle credits.The one hiccup here is it only works over WiFi, not the Kindle’s built-in 3G. That makes a degree of sense: Amazon’s giving away 3G access without a subscription, which means they’re subsidizing the costs all themselves. Audio files are quite a bit deal bigger than ebook files, even if they are still pretty small in the grand scheme of things. Amazon’s trying to save themselves some money here.Pretty cool. The Kindle’s no iPad, but Amazon’s dedicated to it, and it’s always great to see them add new cool functionality to a device some often criticize as underpowered.Read more at Kindle Post [via Gadget Lab]last_img read more

Russia to introduce restrictions on Greek food imports

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Temporary restrictions on dairy, meat and seafood imports from Greece will be introduced in Russia, The Moscow Times reported.The Russian Federal Veterinary and Phytosanitary Inspection Service said earlier this week the restrictions are expected to be introduced from July 15. In June, food safety inspectors discovered violations of the Customs Union’s hygiene standards.They said that the Greek Veterinary Service had overlooked improper certification of animal products intended for export.Currently, 125 Greek companies import food products into Russia – 16 companies import meat products, 27 import milk and dairy products, and 82 import seafood.“Restrictions will be imposed on all Greek enterprises producing food products, considering that practically all of them are included under the guarantee of the Greek veterinary services,” a spokesman for the inspection service said.The decision comes after it was announced in late June that a ban on the import of animal products from Greece was being considered.Source: The Moscow Timeslast_img read more

Government database aims to slow opioid crisis in Alaska

first_imgMary Alissia Parr takes prescribed opioids for chronic pain management. She believes new legislation has made it harder to find a doctor to prescribe her medication. (Photo by Julia Caulfield/KTOO)Lifelong Juneau resident Mary Alissia Parr is unable to walk because of spine damage.Listen nowParr has been in physical therapy, she said sitting in a wheelchair in her Mendenhall Valley living room, but also takes prescribed OxyContin and Percocet for chronic pain management. She’s worried about new regulations restricting opioid prescriptions.“It’s a very tough situation. Yes, the drug abuse on the streets needs to stop, it’s awful,” Parr said. “But what happens to the other people. I don’t have any answers for that yet. And I’m looking.”The Prescription Drug Monitoring Program, or PDMP, has been in Alaska since 2008.While the monitoring program was originally voluntary, it became mandatory in July.It’s an online database, set up by the state.Physicians, pharmacists or even veterinarians log the controlled substances, including opioids, they prescribe.The program allows prescribers to check whether a patient is already receiving a prescription from another doctor, and discourages over-prescribing.Sara Chambers, the deputy director of the Division of Corporations, Business and Professional Licensing, said the monitoring program informs doctors when patients ask for duplicate opioid prescriptions.“The primary goal of the PDMP is to be a meaningful force to curb opioid misuse and addiction in the state,” Chambers said.“And that can be done through, at the front end, through providing medical personal with information to make decisions before prescribing,” Chambers continued. “The PDMP data can be used after the fact as information to help feed our health care experts in the state and make sure that they’re aware of prescribing trends and practices. From the front end of prevention to the back end of analysis and treatment, the PDMP provides an excellent glimpse into how Alaska is utilizing opioid prescriptions.”The main purpose of the program is to be an educational resource, but Chambers said over-prescribers could face disciplinary action.Juneau surgeon Dr. David Miller registered for the monitoring program once it became mandatory. He said trying to reduce over prescribing is worth the extra effort, but he worries it won’t have the desired effect.“I would like to see some numbers that this has an effect. If all you’re doing is increasing work load for physicians, and you don’t get the desired effect, that’s always a possibility,” Miller said. “I have a feeling that physicians that over prescribe narcotics are still going to continue to do that. But it’s at least a step in the right direction to try to rein some of this practice in.”But the new regulations may be hurting patients who use prescribed opioids as a form of pain management, including Parr.“They’ve helped me a great deal,” Parr said. “They’ve made it so I can get up during the day and be mobile, whereas before I couldn’t hardly move.”Parr understands the restrictions, but she’s nervous about the effects.“Yes, it has been abused greatly, by a lot of people,” Parr said. “Unfortunately the people with chronic pain are getting caught in the middle of this.”Parr said she used to go to a pain management clinic in Juneau, but since it closed earlier this year, she’s had trouble finding a doctor who will prescribe what she needs. She believes it has to do with the changes in legislation.“They’re frightened to do this, and I understand, but what about the few of us that aren’t abusing the medications and are following the programs, what happens to us?” Parr asked.Chambers, who oversees the program, said there are provisions that allow for doctors to prescribe larger amounts, as long as it’s appropriate treatment, and documented properly.Chambers said the program hasn’t collected enough data to see if the changes are helping, but she hopes more data — due out this winter — will show the program is working.For more information about opioid addiction and treatment visit the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services website.last_img read more

Membership drive lauded for drawing good response

first_imgSecunderabad: Deputy Speaker of the State Legislative Assembly T Padma Rao Goud on Thursday claimed that there was a good response to the TRS membership drive in the Secunderabad parliamentary constituency, with people coming forward enthusiastically to enroll themselves. He was speaking after attending the membership enrollment programme in Warasiguda of Boudhanagar division. Among the participants in the event were TRS secretary Bukka Venkatayya, leaders Dayanand Goud, Ashok Mudiraj, Kandi Narayana, besides, large number local activists.last_img read more

Makeshift Volunteer Clinics Struggle To Meet Medical Needs At The Border

first_imgAnna Maria Barry-Jester/Kaiser Health NewsDr. Carlos Gutierrez examines a young girl at a shelter in El Paso that was set up for recent migrants. The girl’s mother said her daughter’s deep cough arose while the family was in immigration custody.It wasn’t the rash covering Meliza’s feet and legs that worried Dr. José Manuel de la Rosa. What concerned him were the deep bruises beneath. They were a sign she could be experiencing something far more serious than an allergic reaction.Meliza’s mom, Magdalena, told the doctor it started with one little bump. Then two. In no time, the 5-year-old’s legs were swollen and red from the knees down.Anna Maria Barry-Jester/Kaiser Health NewsU.S. immigration officials are releasing up to 700 people a day into El Paso, Texas. Ciudad Juárez, in Mexico, can be seen in the distance.De la Rosa noticed a bandage-covered cotton ball in the crook of Meliza’s elbow, a remnant of having blood drawn. During their time at the Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention facility in El Paso, Meliza had been sent to a hospital, Magdalena explained, cradling the child. They had run tests, but Magdalena had no way to get the results. Through tears, she begged for help. “My daughter is my life,” she told him in Spanish.The doctor would see nearly a dozen patients that March evening at his makeshift clinic inside a warehouse near the El Paso airport. That week, similar ad hoc community clinics would treat hundreds of people, some with routine colds and viruses, others with upper-respiratory infections or gaping wounds. Like Meliza, all were migrants, mostly from Central America, a river of families arriving each day, many frightened and exhausted after days spent in government detention.De la Rosa, an El Paso pediatrician, is one of dozens of doctors volunteering on the U.S.-Mexico border as the flow of migrants crossing without papers and asking for asylum climbs to a six-year high. Unlike previous waves of immigration, these are not single men from Mexico looking to blend in and find work.Most are families, fleeing gang violence, political instability or dire poverty. (Meliza and other patients are referred to by their first or middle names in this story because of their concerns that speaking to the news media could affect their asylum cases.)President Trump has declared a national emergency on the southwestern border to free up billions of dollars in funding to construct a wall as a means of stemming the tide of asylum seekers. He is expected to make an appearance in Calexico, Calif., Friday to tour a 30-foot section of fence that was rebuilt last year.But the federal government isn’t covering the cost of the humanitarian crisis unfolding in border communities like El Paso.In the absence of a coordinated federal response, nonprofit organizations across the 1,900-mile stretch have stepped in to provide food, shelter and medical care.Border cities like El Paso, McAllen, Texas, and San Diego are used to relying on local charities for some level of migrant care. But not in the massive numbers and sustained duration they’re seeing now. As the months drag on, the work is taking a financial and emotional toll. Nonprofit operators are drawing on donations, financial reserves and the generosity of medical volunteers to meet demand. Some worry this “new normal” is simply not sustainable.“The care we are providing we could never have foreseen — or imagined spending what we are spending,” said Ana Melgoza, vice president of external affairs for San Ysidro Health, a community health system providing care for migrants crossing into San Diego. She said her clinic has spent nearly $250,000 on such care since November.Anna Maria Barry-Jester/Kaiser Health NewsAt an ad hoc clinic in an old warehouse in El Paso, Dr. José Manuel de la Rosa discusses an insulin prescription with a woman who has diabetes.An emotional and financial tollIn October, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency drastically changed how it handles migrant releases from its detention facilities. Families seeking asylum no longer would get help coordinating travel to live with relatives or sponsors while claims were processed. Since the policy shift, thousands of migrants have found themselves in border cities without money, food or a way to communicate with family. From Dec. 21 to March 21, 107,000 people were released from ICE detention to await immigration hearings.In El Paso, which has seen a 1,689 percent increase in border apprehensions of migrants traveling with family members compared with last year, volunteer doctors are staffing a network of clinics. Kids with coughs and colds, diarrhea and vomiting are common. Some migrants have severe blisters on their feet that need cleaning, or diabetes that’s out of control because, they say, their insulin was thrown away by border patrol agents.For de la Rosa, this is just the latest work in a career tied to border health. Born and raised in El Paso, he has served on the U.S.-Mexico Border Health Commission since President George Bush appointed him in 2003. He was founding dean of the city’s Paul L. Foster School of Medicine when it opened a decade ago as one of the few programs in the country that requires all students to take courses in “medical Spanish,” designed to bolster communication with Spanish-speaking patients.As he entered the warehouse-turned-shelter that evening in late March, he pulled off his signature bow tie and draped a stethoscope around his neck. He thinks it’s a gift to be able to help people who would otherwise have no way to get care. “Sometimes I don’t know if I’m doing it for me or for them,” he said. “It is so fulfilling.”But cases like Meliza’s are frustrating for the doctors, because they can’t see them through.After passing an initial screening to claim asylum, Meliza and her mother had been taken to the warehouse, where volunteers gave them food and a bed, and helped arrange travel to South Carolina, where they could live with a family member as their asylum claim proceeds.Meliza’s rash began while they were in detention, Magdalena told de la Rosa. And four days in, she was sent to a hospital. But they were released from custody before getting the test results. De la Rosa called the hospital, hoping the labs would offer clues as to whether the girl might have leukemia; Henoch-Schonlein purpura (a disorder that can cause kidney damage); or just an allergic reaction. The hospital asked de la Rosa for a privacy waiver from the mother, but by the time he could return to the shelter for her signature, she had boarded a bus for South Carolina. That would be the last he saw of her.‘The best we can do’Anna Maria Barry-Jester/Kaiser Health NewsBorn and raised in El Paso, De la Rosa has served on the U.S.-Mexico Border Health Commission since President George Bush appointed him in 2003. Helping migrants get the health care they need is fulfilling he says. But many days he’s frustrated and overwhelmed by the lack of government support.Dr. Carlos Gutierrez, another El Paso pediatrician, is also desperate for communication with the doctors who work inside the detention facilities. When people are released with complicated health issues — like a man who recently showed up with a flesh-eating bacterial infection and a wound so big they could see his bone — the volunteer doctors often have to start from scratch, trying to determine what a patient has and what treatment they’ve been given.For much of the past five months, Gutierrez has used the lunch break from his private pediatric clinic to see migrants. He works in one of several hotels being rented out by Annunciation House, a nonprofit that runs the area’s main shelter network.The organization, which is funded through donations from religious organizations and individuals, has dug deep, spending more than $1 million on hotels in the past four or five months, its executive director said at a city council meeting. It struggles to accommodate everyone — Annunciation House recently scrambled to open a temporary shelter so that 150 people wouldn’t have to sleep in a city park.On his way to the hotel, Gutierrez reviewed the day’s text message from the organization’s director outlining how many refugees would be arriving that day: 510.The first patients treated that day in his improvised clinic — set up in a hotel room bathroom — were 9-year-old twins from Guatemala. They were traveling with their mother, Mirian, who said she fled her hometown after local men threatened to kidnap one daughter if she didn’t pay protection money to operate her tortilla stand.Mirian and her daughters had crossed a small river to reach what she believed was New Mexico, she said, imagining that the authorities they surrendered to would be like the U.S. tourists she’d met in her hometown. “There, when the tourists arrive, they are so nice. Even doctors come to help us,” she said in Spanish.But the welcome in the U.S. was not warm. During the six days the family spent in federal custody, one of her daughters contracted bronchitis, Mirian told Gutierrez. They were healthy when they entered, she said, but sleeping on cold concrete floors and eating skimpy ham and cheese sandwiches broke them down. “They treat you as if you’re trash,” she said.Mirian showed Gutierrez an inhaler she was given in the detention facility and asked what it was for. Her other daughter had developed a deep cough and needed attention, she said. After examining both girls, Gutierrez explained about the inhaler, and showed Mirian how to help her daughter use it. The girls would be fine, he told her, but with their lungs as congested as they were, it might be weeks before they recovered.“I mean, this is the best we can do,” Gutierrez said, after prescribing an antibiotic to a little girl with an ear infection. “We could be doing it better. But when they are in our care nobody is dying.”Anna Maria Barry-Jester/Kaiser Health NewsDe la Rosa examines a rash on the foot of a 5-year-old girl named Meliza. Though he believed it was likely a sign of an allergic reaction, the underlying bruising could also signal serious infection or leukemia, he worried. Before he could get the test results he needed, the family was gone.Necessary workMore than two dozen people have died while in immigration custody under the Trump administration, according to a calculation based on a recent NBC News analysis. The government says it added nurses and doctors to its facilities after two children died in December. Immigration authorities are now taking 60 children a day to the hospital and doing medical screens for every child under 18, U.S. Customs and Border Patrol Commissioner Kevin McAleenan said during a March news conference.But many people still have serious needs upon release. When Gutierrez and his colleagues started these clinics, they were meant to temporarily fill a gap caused by the change in government policy. Asked if he thinks the volunteer work is sustainable, he shook his head and sighed. “I’m so tired.”The financial model — relying on donations and volunteers — also has its limits. Asylum seekers generally don’t qualify for social services, including Medicaid, before they have been granted asylum. In California, negotiations are underway to make some of the $5 million in emergency funds the state is spending at the border available to reimburse clinics for care, according to the office of state Sen. Toni Atkins. Physicians in Texas and Arizona were not aware of similar conversations in their states.Dr. Blanca Garcia, another El Paso pediatrician, has been volunteering a few days a week since October. Like many of the doctors, she cites a moral and financial argument for providing care to the migrants, who are in the country legally once they apply for asylum. These are vulnerable people who might not otherwise seek care, and for every diagnosis of strep throat, she is likely preventing an expensive emergency room visit, she said.Still, there are limitations to what they can provide.Cristian, 21, and his 5-month-old baby, Gretel, arrived at an El Paso shelter in a former assisted living facility early one afternoon. He’d never been alone this long with his daughter, he said. His wife — a minor — had been separated from them at the border, put in the custody of the Department of Health and Human Services. Cristian didn’t know when she might be released.While in detention, he had spent several nights with Gretel on a concrete floor in a room with more than a hundred other men, he said. He asked a guard for a better sleeping situation. Instead of receiving help, he said, he was punished by being forced to sit and stare at a wall for over an hour as Gretel cried in his arms.Still breastfeeding before she was separated from her mother, she would suck on his nose and at his shirt. He was worried that she wasn’t getting enough to eat, and that the formula he was giving her wasn’t as good for her as breastmilk. Dr. Garcia told him the baby looked healthy.Still, Cristian was anxious, and grew increasingly distressed as he recounted their history.“Will the baby be OK?” he asked in Spanish.She assured the young father he was doing everything he could.This story was produced by Kaiser Health News, which publishes California Healthline, an editorially independent service of the California Health Care Foundation. KHN is not affiliated with Kaiser Permanente.Copyright 2019 Kaiser Health News. To see more, visit Kaiser Health News. Sharelast_img read more

Venezuela military group arrested after call to disavow Maduro

first_imgA group of soldiers rose up against Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro at a command post near Caracas on Monday, but were quickly arrested after posting an appeal for public support in a video, the government said.“We are the professional troop of the National Guard against the regime, which we completely repudiate. I need your help, take to the streets,” a man who identified himself as the group’s sergeant said in video images circulated on social media.Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino issued a statement shortly afterwards saying the soldiers had been arrested.“During the arrest, stolen weapons were recovered and (the mutineers) are providing useful information to intelligence services and the military justice system,” added Padrino, who said the rebels would “face the full force of the law.”No information on the number of mutineers has been given.The soldiers rose up during the early hours of Monday morning at a National Guard command post in Cotiza, north of Caracas, which was later surrounded by police and troops.The armed forces said a “small group of attackers” stole a batch of weapons from a command post in Petare, to the east of Caracas, and kidnapped four soldiers before heading to Cotiza.“They were neutralized, surrendered and captured in record time,” said Maduro’s right-hand man, Diosdado Cabello on Twitter.“They are already confessing details and the first thing they said is that they were offered villas and castles but were left alone, they were tricked. We will win,” he added, without specifying who allegedly made the offer.The armed forces fired tear gas at a group of neighbors that turned up outside the command post to offer support to the rebel soldiers, according to local press reports.Parliament president Juan Guaido, who has embarked on a power struggle with Maduro since being elected to lead the National Assembly earlier this month, spoke out in support of the mutinous soldiers.“What is happening in the National Guard in Cotiza is a demonstration of the general feeling that reigns within” the armed forces, Guaido said on Twitter.“Our military knows that the chain of command has been broken by the usurpation of the presidential office.“The National Assembly is committed to offering all the necessary guarantees to members of the armed forces that actively contribute to the restoration of the constitution.”Guaido previously accused Maduro of being a usurper after the socialist leader was sworn in for a second term of office on January 10, and called for the armed forces to support the legislature in restoring democracy in the country.Maduro won controversial snap elections in May that were boycotted by the opposition and branded fraudulent by the United States, European Union and a dozen Latin American countries.The National Assembly has been rendered impotent by the Supreme Court, dominated by Maduro loyalists, which stripped it of all its powers after the opposition gained control of the legislature in 2016 elections.Guaido previously called on the population and armed forces to help him overthrow Maduro so he can set up a transitional government ahead of new elections.He has also called for a mass people’s protest on Wednesday to support his demands.This story was made possible thanks to The Tico Times 5 % Club. If only 5 percent our readers donated at least $2 a month, we’d have our operating costs covered and could focus on bringing you more original reporting from around Costa Rica. We work hard to keep our reporting independent and groundbreaking, but we can only do it with your help. Join The Tico Times 5% Club and help make stories like this one possible.Support the Tico Times Facebook Comments Related posts:Weary Venezuelans in low-turnout win for ruling party Who is Juan Guaidó Costa Rica, EU and Latam contact group on Venezuela will meet Thursday Europeans, Latin Americans to meet on Venezuela crisislast_img read more

Vivid Sydneys glow takes over the city

first_imgSource = Destination NSW Vivid Sydney 2016 Opera House Songlines Artist Donny Woolagoodja Destination NSWVivid Sydney’s glow takes over the citySydney, Australia was awash with colour over the weekend as more than 90 light installations lit up the city for the annual Vivid Sydney festival, projecting colourful art on the world-famous Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney Opera House and throughout the city. Vivid Sydney officially opened on 27 May and runs for 23 nights until 18 June 2016.Vivid Sydney is the world’s largest festival of light, music and ideas. More than 150 artists from 23 countries have created the light installations and projections that appear in more than eight Vivid Sydney precincts spread across Sydney. Vivid Sydney also features 195 Vivid Music events and more than 500 speakers appearing at Vivid Idea talks and forums.On Friday night, the New South Wales Government’s Premier Mike Baird said, “Tonight thousands of people have visited Sydney to witness the amazing Vivid ‘lights-on’ moment. For the next 23 nights, Sydney’s most iconic landmarks will be lit up in a symphony of colour and movement, attracting visitors from across the world. Vivid is a creative festival for a global audience and its popularity is evident in the 1.7 million visitors who attended last year’s festival.”This year Vivid Sydney will celebrate Australian Indigenous culture with the Songlines projection appearing on the Sails of the iconic Sydney Opera House. The spectacular animation showcases the work of six renowned Indigenous artists: Karla Dickens, Djon Mundine OAM, Reko Rennie, Gabriella Possum Nungurrayi, Donny Woolagoodja and the late Gulumbu Yunipingu.Co-curated by Destination NSW and the Sydney Opera House, Songlines speaks directly to the spirituality and culture of Australia’s First Peoples, depicting the interconnected sharing systems and the trade routes that weave through time and distance, earth and sky.With other major 3D projections appearing on the façade of the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, and Customs House, Vivid Sydney showcases Sydney as a hub for the creative industries, with world-first technologies and design used to create the stunning spectacle of light.Darling Harbour’s Laser-Dragon Water-Theatre features a world-first water-screen mounted on a 13m robotic arm floating high above fifty-six fountains. Laser-Dragon Water-Theatre show includes four video projected water-screens on which dancers will be projected moving to a music score created by The Presets.Visitors will be astonished by forty 20m-high vertical fountains, sixteen 25m-high moving fountains, twenty 15m-high flame jets and ten powerful lasers. In another world first at Darling Harbour, visitors will be able to scan and project their own face onto the water screen, through the use of Intel RealSense™ technology.World-famous Sydney Harbour will be showcased to the world with the Sydney Harbour Bridge illuminated by 1,640 lighting fixtures tubes, containing 72,000 individual LEDs, and 6,700 individuals LEDS in 140 Cans as part of the Dress Circle installation which allows visitors to literally control the colour of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Sydney Harbour Ferries will also be illuminated with up to 1,480m of LED tape to light up their journey across the Harbour.Destination NSW CEO and Executive Producer of Vivid Sydney Sandra Chipchase said “Vivid Sydney has again delivered remarkable technical and artistic world-firsts as part of Vivid Light. Our biggest ever Vivid Sydney program will deliver an impressive line-up of music acts from punk rockers to global superstars, up-and-coming homegrown talent, cabaret legends and more.“This matched by a diverse program of social trend disrupters, including Jenji Kohan, Spike Jonze, Beau Willimon and Margaret Zhang, who appear as part of Vivid Ideas talks and forum series. Vivid Sydney 2016 is truly a celebration of innovation and creativity.”To help visitors make the most of the biggest Vivid Sydney yet, Destination NSW offers some suggestions of the many festival highlights.Light1. Stomp your way around a pre-historic, Bio-kinetic city at Chatswood where you will find an amazing collection of installations and activities inspired by the animals of Gondwana.2. Profess your love for your significant other, or hot date at I LOVE YOU, a giant illuminated heart-shaped ‘love-o-meter’ that glows brighter the louder people say ‘I love you’ into the microphone.3. Stroll through the Garden of Light at the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney and visit SentimentCocoon an interactive installation that visitors can touch that will expresses human emotion through light.4. Be The Light For The Wild at Vivid Sydney’s wildest precinct, Taronga Zoo where visitors can make the interactive chameleon lantern change colour and watch the giant platypus lantern swim.5. Take some time out along the Vivid Light Walk and lie down under the multi-sensory artwork Osmose where shards of light will wash over you.Music1. Catch a gig at Vivid LIVE with powerful, boundary pushing artists including New Order, Bon Iver, and Anohni all performing exclusive Sydney shows at Sydney Opera House from 27 May.2. Find your 80’s groove at The Enmore Theatre on 29 May as The Models, Machinations and DaveMason from The Reels take to the stage.3. Enjoy a festival-like afternoon of acoustic, electronic, improvised and composed music on 29 May from 3pm at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.4. Jump around to Drapht, ALLDAY and Sydney’s own Spit Syndicate at Come Together festival atSydney’s Luna Park on Saturday June 11.5. Be amazed at Avant-Cabaret where Sydney’s finest, most flamboyant cabaret artists including Jeff Duff, Mikelangelo, and Zsa Zsa La Fine will perform at The Kings Cross Hotel.Ideas1. Get some inspiration and fashion advice from digital game-changer Margaret Zhang at VividIdeas on 28 May.2. Meet the Persuaders at the Museum of Contemporary Art on 31 May. Hear from panelists PhillipAdams, Dee Madigan, Michelle Law, Tim Levinson and Yassmin Abdel-Magied who have used their good ideas to successfully influence others.3. Celebrate all things handmade and meet local crafters, collectors, artisans and designers from etsy.com at the Etsy Sydney Made Market on 4 June.4. Don’t miss the hugely popular Robowars showdown on 5 June. Robots big and small, built by hand from metal, power tools and remote-controlled toy parts will fight against each other in the ultimate test of man and machine.5. Catch a film at the 63rd Sydney Film Festival from 8 June. Each year the festival brings the best new films from around the world to audiences with over 300 screenings.Vivid Sydney is owned, managed and produced by Destination NSW, the State Government’s tourism and major events agency. In 2015 it attracted 1.7 million visitors and delivered more than $63 million in visitor expenditure to the local economy. Vivid Sydneydiscover more herelast_img read more

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