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Help Raise 100K For Firefighters With Only The BraveHelp Raise 100K For Firefighters With Only The Brave

first_imgTo help support brave firefighters like those depicted in the film Only the Brave, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (SPHE) is teaming with the social change platform Pixhug to raise up to $100K for the Granite Mountain Fund, an organization that drives donations to support firefighters.Jeff Bridges’ Facebook PostPixhug and their sponsor, TheBayFestival.org, kicked off the nationwide initiative with a $50K donation. In an effort to double the donation, fans are invited to turn their “likes” into money to support firefighters. Fans can like Jeff Bridges’ Facebook post to help!“With the inspiring and heroic effort to battle recent horrific wildfires and mudslides in California, we are thankful for organizations such as the Granite Mountain Fund that offer support for firefighters, first responders, and their families,” says Hans Koch, Executive Producer of TheBayFestival.org. “Only the Brave is an emotionally captivating film that speaks to the dangers of the brave firefighters the Granite Mountain Fund hopes to support with this important social campaign.”Pixhug is a social change platform that connects social media with social responsibility by uniting people with causes and the companies that support them. The app turns “likes” into donations, giving everyone the power to make a difference simply by sharing and liking photos and videos. With every photo posted to the Pixhug™ social platform users can then choose a charitable campaign to donate all their likes to, such as the Granite Mountain Fund. Every like is worth 10 cents, and the money is donated by TheBayFestival.org.“We have reached an exciting point in time where a powerful story, like the one told in Only the Brave, not only depicts a real-life event but, through Pixhug, allows its audience to engage with and support the cause alongside the stars of the movie,” says Mido DeSanti, Founder, CEO of PixHug.To use the Pixhug app to support the Granite Mountain Fund: 1 Download the Pixhug app from the iTunes store or Google Play 2 Select the “ONLY THE BRAVE” campaign 3 Tap “Support this cause” 4 Take a photo and post it on Pixhug and Facebook and the sponsor will donate 10 cents for every like you get!Granite Mountain Fund, the philanthropic initiative of the film Only the Brave, drives donations to support firefighting as well as the towns and families connected to and impacted by hotshots and their work. Donations for The Granite Mountain Fund will benefit the following organizations: Wildland Firefighter Foundation, Eric Marsh Foundation, Kevin Woyjeck Explorers Foundation, Prescott Firefighter’s Charities, California Fire Foundation and Carry The Load. The Granite Mountain Fund is partnered with the Tides Foundation, a registered 501c3 organization. 98.5% of the donations raised through the Tides Foundation will go directly to the charities the fund supports. Tides will receive a 1.5% administrative fee.Based on the true American story of the Granite Mountain Hotshots that gave their lives to protect their community, ONLY THE BRAVE is an intense tale of brotherhood, sacrifice and inspiration. ONLY THE BRAVE was shot and mastered in 4K and debuts on digital and 4K digital with HDR January 23 and on Blu-ray and DVD February 6 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Certified “Fresh” on Rotten Tomatoes, the acclaimed ensemble cast includes Academy Award nominee Josh Brolin (Best Supporting Actor, Milk, 2008), Miles Teller (Whiplash), Academy Award winner Jeff Bridges (Best Actor, Crazy Heart, 2009), James Badge Dale (The Departed), with Taylor Kitsch (“Friday Night Lights”) and Academy Award winner Jennifer Connelly (Best Supporting Actress, A Beautiful Mind, 2001). The Blu-ray and DVD also include digital versions of the movie, redeemable via the all-new Movies Anywhere App.last_img read more

Much left to fight for beyond legalization pot activists say as theyMuch left to fight for beyond legalization pot activists say as they

first_imgTORONTO – Cannabis activists say although this year’s 4-20 celebrations across the country will likely be the last before recreational pot use becomes legal, there’s still a lot to fight for.The federal government has committed to making marijuana legal by the summer, but the task of regulating the sale and consumption of the drug has been handed down to the provinces and territories.Lisa Campbell with the Ontario Cannabis Consumer and Retail Alliance said she doesn’t think 4-20 events across the country will disappear with the new legalized system — but they will likely evolve.“There is still a lot to fight for, including cannabis lounges, consumption spaces and having special events permits. But there comes a certain point where you can shout from the sidelines or you can put down your protest sign and have a chance to work with government to influence policy,” Campbell said.“For me and my activism, I’ve gone from fully disobeying the law and civil disobedience to now pausing my illicit activity and trying to find a way to work in the legal market.”The provinces have been rolling out their plans on regulating legalized pot. Ontario, for instance, intends to sell marijuana to people 19 and older in up to 150 stores run by the Liquor Control Board of Ontario. Consumption in public spaces or workplaces will be banned.Campbell said she wants to see a mixed retail model in the province, with regulated lounges and bars where marijuana can be purchased and consumed.“The only benefit to government stores is that argument that if you’re going to regulate it like alcohol, that we also need to have all these other licences that we have for alcohol,” Campbell said. “So, for example, at festivals there should be the ability to have a vapour lounge that is like a designated area like a beer garden, where you can purchase and consume cannabis.”She acknowledges that the province’s Ministry of the Attorney General has finished its consultation on cannabis consumption spaces, and it will take some time before changes are made.April 20 has long been a day to celebrate cannabis and the culture that surrounds it. In cities such as Ottawa, Toronto and Vancouver, pot enthusiasts gather by the thousands in public squares, defying the authorities.But Campbell noted that 4-20 isn’t just about having a massive outdoor smokeout anymore; there are events such as cannabis business speeches from CEOs from publicly traded companies, as well as movie nights with cannabis edibles.She did say, however, that she’s concerned police will crack down harder on this year’s 4-20 events.“While legalization is exciting, I also think a lot of people are fearful,” she says.Abi Roach, the owner of Toronto’s Hotbox Cafe, says she has heard similar concerns from customers as police continue to crack down on illegal pot dispensaries in the city ahead of this summer’s legislative change.She says with legalization looming, her activism will also centre on creating safe public spaces for cannabis consumption and fighting against what she called the “white-collarization of cannabis.“It’s the corporate takeover of big alcohol, big pharma, big tobacco, now taking over cannabis and creating a business that never really existed, looking for a customer base that isn’t interested in it,” Roach said.“I think the problem that not only corporations are going to have, but also the government stores, is how do you get my customers — the people we have been serving for the last 18 years — to switch from their current purchasing ways and go to the legal government stores?”She says governments need to include the current industry, which has been flourishing for decades, into the legal framework.“And that’s not happening and that’s what we’re fighting for,” she said.last_img read more

‘Horses Of God’ By Nabil Ayouch Wins Best Francophone Film Award‘Horses Of God’ By Nabil Ayouch Wins Best Francophone Film Award

first_imgParis  –  Nabil Ayouch’s feature “The Horse of God” won on Monday the best Francophone film award (outside France) at the Prix Lumières 2014 Film Awards held in Paris.The story of the film, which deals with the phenomenon of terrorism, is based on a novel by Mahi Binebine, “Les Etoiles de Sidi Moumen” on the terrorist attacks in Casablanca. In this movie, the Moroccan film-maker scrutinizes closely the context and the making of this phenomenon, and follows the journey of a group of young slum boys from their childhood up to their ultimate act of destruction, tracing the factors that led to the death of young boys full of life. The film had already won several awards in several international film festivals. Prix Lumières 2014 was awarded to “the life of Adele” by Franco-Tunisian Abdellatif Kechiche, which also won three other awards: Best Director, Best Actress (Lea Seydoux), and Female Newcomer of the Year.The jury of this edition was composed of 200 representatives of the foreign press based in Paris.last_img read more

‘Merzouga Dunes’ Wins First Prize in Spain’s Nature Photography Contest‘Merzouga Dunes’ Wins First Prize in Spain’s Nature Photography Contest

Rabat – A photograph of the dunes of Merzouga won first prize in the landscape category in Spain’s MontPhoto photography contest.  The photo captures Erg Chebbi, a sand sea near Merzouga, a town in southeast Morocco 50 kilometers from the Algerian border.Titled Mar de dunas (Sea of Dunes), the photograph showcases the magical sandwaves of the Moroccan desert. Its author, Javier Herranz Casellas, is a photographer from Madrid. Herranz Casellas is most known as a member of the International Federation of Wildlife Photography and has won several awards since 1988.The MontPhoto Association organizes the MontPhoto International Nature Photography Contest, an annual event open to amateurs and professionals from all over the world.The competition does not allow any manipulation or digital alteration of the images except adjustments like brightness, contrast and moderate shadows and lights. Read Also: Sand from Merzouga at the Heart of Exhibition in Sao Paulo“Following the tracks of a camel caravan is the best way to photograph the desert without getting lost in the large intertwined dunes and their softly coloured sand, adorned with the last rays of light at sunset,” MontPhoto describes the photo on its website.Erg Chebbi, better known as the dunes of Merzouga, is one of the two great ergs of the Sahara in Morocco. The other is Erg Chigaga, near M’Hamid El Ghizlane. Tourists come to Erg Chebbi to be buried in the hot sand for a few minutes at a time. It is widely considered as a treatment for rheumatism. A particular feature of Erg Chebbi is its unique orange-coloured sand and beautiful sunsets. read more

Prevention of contact not killing of wild birds needed to fight birdPrevention of contact not killing of wild birds needed to fight bird

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned today that killing wild birds is not an appropriate measure to control the spread of bird flu, which has already ravaged domestic poultry farming in nine Asian countries and led to 29 human cases, 20 of them fatal. What is needed is a prevention system based on control and surveillance to ensure that any contact between wild birds and poultry is avoided or at least monitored, the Rome-based agency said. “Experience has shown that this has been a good strategy and that the destruction of wild birds is unnecessary,” FAO said. The outbreak of the H5N1 strain of bird flu has already led to the culling some 80 million chickens but the agency reported last week that the spread of the virus was still not under control. Among measures FAO recommended for preventing infection from wild birds are steps by commercial poultry owners to ensure that poultry pens and drinking water cannot be contaminated by migrating species. If this cannot be done, then measures should be taken to ensure that the drinking water is safe. Such steps include erecting pens to keep domesticated poultry away from wild birds and keeping domestic waterfowl separate from poultry where both have access to the same water sources. Commercial poultry producers should also apply good biosecurity measures such as maintaining a high level of security regarding all traffic coming onto poultry farms and a very high standard of hygiene to minimize the disease’s spread.”Good biosecurity is a must,” FAO said. “If we understand when, how and where wild birds migrate, then we are better prepared and know when we should be more vigilant and have better surveillance in place.” The disease has spread to humans in Viet Nam, which has reported 21 confirmed cases, 14 of them fatal, and Thailand with 8 cases, 6 of them fatal. Countries where outbreaks of the H5N1 strain in birds have so far been confirmed are Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Pakistan, Republic of Korea, Thailand and Viet Nam. read more

United Nations climate fund inaugurates first meetingUnited Nations climate fund inaugurates first meeting

Established by the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) during the 2011 UN Climate Change Conference in Durban, South Africa, the Green Climate Fund (GCF) was created to help developing nations protect themselves from climate impacts and build their own sustainable futures. However, the GCF could not meet officially until it had filled all 24 seats on its Board, which effectively governs and supervises all aspects of the Fund. According to a press release confirming the inaugural session, the GCF will now set about satisfying its mandate, which includes providing developing countries with simplified and improved access to climate change funding, as well as providing them support to limit or reduce their greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to the impacts of climate change. The Board inaugurated its first gathering by electing Mr. Zaheer Fakir of South Africa and Mr. Ewen McDonald of Australia as its Co-Chairs for a one-year term. Mr. Fakir is the Head of International Relations and Governance of the Department of Environmental Affairs of South Africa, while Mr. McDonald is the Deputy Director General of the Australian Agency for International Development, and both boast numerous years of experience in development and climate change-related issues. Meanwhile, six countries – Germany, Mexico, Namibia, Poland, Republic of Korea, and Switzerland – are vying to host the Fund. The GCF’s meeting will conclude on Saturday, 25 August. read more

With more heavy rains forecast for Malawi UN highlights need for donorsWith more heavy rains forecast for Malawi UN highlights need for donors

The situation in flood-hit areas is expected to get worse said Elisabeth Byrs, adding that the agency has continued scaling-up assistance as it tries to reach 370,000 people affected by floods.A total of 1,530 metric tonnes of food is in position to reach approximately 230,000 people in seven districts but more would be positioned to reach other flood-affected areas.“The flood-affected areas are still cut off from markets and other food supplies,” Ms. Byrs said, adding that crops are suffering greatly. “Damage to crops is expected to have long-term consequences on food security.”Ms. Byrs described the challenges associated with reaching the worst-hit areas, particularly damage and destruction of roads and bridges, and she added that a WFP helicopter had been deployed in the country on 23 January to support delivery of food and other humanitarian relief cargo to areas that remain inaccessible. She said she hopes the agency would take delivery of another helicopter, some four-wheel drive vehicles and boats, but that depends upon contributions received in support of logistics efforts. Ms. Byrs underlined the need for States to honour their pledged donations, stressing that without money, WFP will be unable to purchase food assistance or anything else.So far, $10.2 million worth of pledges has been received but an urgent requirement remains for $17.5 million to purchase approximately 26,000 metric tonnes of various commodities and to augment its logistics operation.“There are concerns about sanitation and hygiene risks in the camps,” Ms. Byrs noted. “There have been reported cases of scabies among flood-affected populations, along with increased cases of malaria and diarrhoea. Cases of malnutrition have also been seen in camps and are expected to rise steadily.” read more

CTran buys Gifford Pinchots former headquartersCTran buys Gifford Pinchots former headquarters

first_imgC-Tran directors approved the purchase of the former Gifford Pinchot National Forest headquarters for $6.85 million, plus $950,000 for closing costs and tenant improvements to the 40,000-square-foot building.C-Tran will move its administrative staff out of its current location at 2425 N.E. 65th Ave and into the building early next year. As part of the site upgrades, C-Tran plans to add a new board room to host future meetings.The building is at 10600 N.E. 51st Circle in Orchards, near the Interstate 205-state Highway 500 interchange and adjacent to the regional Washington State Department of Transportation and Washington State Patrol offices.C-Tran’s administrative building was built in 1983. The agency then added modular buildings in 2006 and expanded its maintenance facilities that same year. In 2016, as part of The Vine project, C-Tran also expanded its maintenance facilities to accommodate the service’s 60-foot buses.But the agency maintains that its facilities aren’t enough to meet its growing fleet and subsequent needs.While administrative staff are moving, maintenance and operations staff will stay at on Northeast 65th. In the not too distant future, the facility will be renovated and expanded as part of C-Tran’s Administration/Operations/Maintenance Facility Master Plan.last_img read more

Iniesta move to Chongqing Lifan a rumour – coachIniesta move to Chongqing Lifan a rumour – coach

first_imgAndres Iniesta’s reported transfer to Chinese Super League side Chongqing Lifan is nothing more than a “rumour”, says the club’s coachBoth the Spanish and the Chinese media have been strongly linking the veteran midfielder to the club with Iniesta expected to confirm his plans for the future by the end of the month.However, Chongqing coach Paulo Bento, who was the manager of Portugal in the last World Cup, has now denied this and stated that it is nothing more than a “rumour”.Barcelona legend Andres Iniesta credits father for his career Andrew Smyth – August 30, 2019 Andres Iniesta revealed the influence his father has been on his incredible career, which has seen him everything in football for Barcelona and Spain.“This is a rumor and it is very difficult to comment on rumors.” said the Portuguese coach, according to HurriyetDailyNews.“But I don’t think there is any fan or coach in the world that doesn’t like a player like Iniesta.”Iniesta has kept silent on his future since announcing last month that he had until the end of April to decide whether to go to China or not.last_img read more

15000 awarded to military families to help with holiday shopping15000 awarded to military families to help with holiday shopping

first_img KUSI Newsroom Posted: December 13, 2018 December 13, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI)- The Armed Services, YMCA and the East County Posse, a non-profit organization, teamed up to give away $15,000 to military families to help with holiday shopping needs.Thirty local families were awarded gift cards of $500 each.They have partnered together for over five years and have given away about $60,ooo over that time period. $15,000 awarded to military families to help with holiday shopping KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Cox Enterprises donates 200000 to cancer charities as part of staff wellbeingCox Enterprises donates 200000 to cancer charities as part of staff wellbeing

first_imgUS communications, media and automotive services firm Cox Enterprises has donated a total of $200,000 to two charities as part of its employee health and wellbeing programme.The donation was made to two charities focusing on cancer awareness and support, The Susan G. Komen Greater Atlanta Affiliate and the Movember Foundation, in order to mark World Cancer Day (4 February).Cox Enterprises donated $5 to the charities on behalf of each of the 20,000 employees that participated in its ‘Know your numbers’ (KYN) health screening campaign, which provides actionable employee data through free annual screenings.The organisation’s health and wellness programme also includes personal coaching, weight loss and smoking cessation initiatives for staff.Cox Enterprises, which employs 55,000 staff, hosted more than 200 events to raise awareness about the power of early detection in the fight against cancer, as well as providing self-awareness guides and tips for staff about how to take advantage of the preventative care benefits available to them.As part of the campaign, employees shared their experiences with cancer, adopting healthy lifestyles and losing weight. Cox Enterprises’ chairman, Jim Kennedy, also shared his personal story about overcoming an aggressive form of prostate cancer.The KYN programme also aims to help employees understand their financial health. A personal readiness statement is available to eligible employees, which shows if they are on track to meet their retirement savings goals.Marybeth Leamer, executive vice president of human resources and administration at Cox Enterprises, said: “Our employees have always been our number one resource. I’m particularly excited that we were able raise awareness about early [cancer] detection, while also helping fund Susan G. Komen and the Movember Foundation’s life-saving cancer research.“The ‘Know your numbers’ programme is designed to help our employees understand and improve their physical and financial health.”last_img read more

How Collaboration And A Little Magic Made Blood Oranges Negro SwanHow Collaboration And A Little Magic Made Blood Oranges Negro Swan

first_img Email Dev Hynes reveals how he was able to creatively weave his personal stories with so many distinct voices on his new projectAna YglesiasGRAMMYs Sep 6, 2018 – 11:11 am The musician and producer Dev Hynes, best-known for his indie electro R&B project, Blood Orange, released Negro Swan on Aug. 24, his fourth LP under that moniker. Not unlike his music career, the album brings together an unexpected group of collaborators which together showcase Hynes’ creative vision and unique voice in an organic way.The third single from the album, “Saint” highlights Hynes’ masterful collaboration skills. The song features the voices of four other artists, including the indie-rock band Porches, all of which were recorded in different studios at different times. The music video, like many of his, including for “Jewelry,” was directed by the multi-talented (yet impossible to label) artist himself.Thanks to circumstances even Hynes himself may never know, with perhaps an almost magic text message, Hynes was able to get a dream collaboration on “Hope.” The track fits its title, with the one and only Puff Daddy offering hopeful spoken-word messages throughout the song.”What is it going to take for me not to be afraid to be loved the way, like, I really wanna be loved?…You give me that hope that maybe one day I’ll get over my fears and I’ll receive,” Puff says on the track.In an interview with Pitchfork, Hynes shares how the collab came together rather serendipitously. “While working on that song, I started doing fake Puff vocals, because I thought it sounded like that to me. And then I was like, ‘It’d be kind of cool if it actually was Puff.’ So I sent him a text, like, ‘I did this track, do you want to do this vocal part?’ And he replied, ‘Send it.’ He sent back his vocals, like, 20 hours later,” he shared, almost in awe himself of how it came together.The second single from the album, “Jewelry,” feels like an organic stream of consciousness with distinct parts, a distillation of the album’s themes and perhaps the artist’s life experiences as a whole. Hynes’ said that his label had been on him to get album art, but he had a gut feeling that the right image to represent the album would come from the shoot, and indeed it did. He wanted to work with Kai the Black Angel in the video, and a stunning image of him from the video shoot, wearing angel wings through the streets of New York, became the Negro Swan cover art.Clearly the artist knows when to trust his intuition and let the art flow naturally. If more evidence of this was needed, one could point to him featuring writer/director/activist Janet Mock as the narrator on the album, offering her insights on the albums themes across many of the tracks. Her voice and perspective offers a deeper cohesion to album, yet Hynes shares that her words were taken from a conversation they had one day in his studio when their paths crossed in New York; he shared his Negro Swan inspiration notebook with her and recorded her thoughts on it.While Negro Swan has recently created a lot of buzz around Hynes, and for good reason, he is no stranger to the music industry, having spent a lot of time behind-the-scenes writing and producing for a wide range of artists across genres, including GRAMMY winners Kylie Minogue, Solange, Basement Jaxx, and Chemical Brothers on “All Rights Reserved” from their GRAMMY-winning We Are The Night. There must be more than a little magic and a whole lot of creative vision behind what he makes feel almost effortlessly natural.Read more How Collaboration Made Blood Orange’s ‘Negro Swan’ how-collaboration-and-little-magic-made-blood-oranges-negro-swan Facebook Twitter How Collaboration And A Little Magic Made Blood Orange’s ‘Negro Swan’ News last_img read more

Philadelphia Episcopalians explore what happens when church is separated from SundayPhiladelphia Episcopalians explore what happens when church is separated from Sunday

first_img Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,PHILADELPHIA (RNS) — St. Stephen’s, an Episcopal church in Center City Philadelphia, isn’t open on Easter. There are no sermons on Sundays. It doesn’t have any members. And yet this castlelike Gothic Revival building on 10th Street is still a functioning, active church — just not in the ways you might expect.Rather than opening on Sundays, the church operates on a four-day schedule, with midday services Monday through Thursday. And rather than focusing on growing the congregation, St. Stephen’s is fully invested in being present for the community, practicing a true open-door policy that makes it a place of support for anyone in need.The church — an architectural landmark designed by William Strickland in 1823 — has long flourished in the active downtown neighborhood near Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. But the church hit a slump in the 1980s — not long after the Rev. Alfred W. Price, a particularly charismatic pastor, ended his nearly 30-year career in the pulpit. By 2016, fewer than a dozen worshippers might be found in the pews on a Sunday morning, and the Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania made the difficult decision to shutter St Stephen’s.St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Philadelphia. Photo courtesy of Creative CommonsRELATED: Redesigning sacred spaces to serve their communities — and save their congregationsBut after Daniel G.P. Gutierrez was elected bishop of Pennsylvania in 2016, he visited St. Stephen’s and soon called for the church to be reopened.“It’s at the center of the (sixth) largest city in the United States. It’s next to a major hospital. It’s a beautiful space in itself, a sacred space,” Gutierrez told Religion News Service. “How many thousands of people walk through those doors?“If it’s offering different things and reopening it and re-envisioning what it could be to meet the needs of those people,” the bishop added, “that’s what we have to do.”The Rev. Peter Kountz was brought on to oversee this new version of St. Stephen’s, which included being present, physically, in the building for more of the week than before. With the help of the church’s digital content manager, Rebecca Harris, Kountz led an online outreach campaign that included launching a new website and advertising St. Stephen’s new accessibility on Facebook, sharing tidbits about the church’s history and info about arts programs. When the church reopened for an Ash Wednesday service in March 2017, 117 people filled the sanctuary, a number of whom had never stepped foot in the church before.“What we do is we practice a ministry of engagement and welcoming,” said Kountz. “Because what we learned early on is that people walking by this place had no idea what it was for, in some cases, that it was a church. So it’s primitive, but we opened the church.”The Rev. Peter Kountz. Courtesy photoSt. Stephen’s started a neighborhood outreach program, opening the sanctuary to all comers, from those experiencing homelessness to patients from the nearby hospital and curious tourists. The church made sure to welcome visitors of any faith who use the sanctuary to pray and meditate.“We decided this is our home, we’re going to make it available to you, we’ve got a set of basic rules, but that’s all it is,” said Kountz. “We can give you safety, we can give you heat. We can give you coffee and fruit and cookies. We can give you conversation. We can give you quiet if that’s what you want. We can give you a place to plug in your phone. That’s it.”Now, on a given weekday, 70 or so local residents will come by, taking advantage of St. Stephen’s hospitality services — coffee and snacks and conversation — while others meditate or nap in the sanctuary. While most are not there for the services, Kountz leads the daily worship for anyone who cares to participate.St. Stephen’s doesn’t have a grand vision for growth. It’s not working to bring in new members or fill every service. “Some of the people say, ‘You mean you don’t try to evangelize?’ No, we don’t try to evangelize,” said Kountz, who normally assists or attends at other local churches on Sundays. “And we can invite them to the service, but the most some people will do is sit in the back and listen to the remarks I make about the gospel, but that’s it.”The church planted itself more firmly in the community after Suzanne Glover Lindsay, an art historian who had visited the church to study its tombs, examined the gravestones laid into the floor of the church’s single transept. Lindsay learned that the stones marked vaults that had been covered over when the parish extended the sanctuary in the 1870s. Over time, the family vaults of those church members — and in one elaborate tomb, the property’s longtime caretaker — were forgotten, as well as the parishioners buried within them.“To me, there’s a big difference between intentionally having the burials in the church itself and covering a cemetery,” said Lindsay, who has stayed on at the church as its historian. “Because the intent had been that this would be an outdoor space, that you could walk around, you could come up and touch your family’s vault.”Illuminated gravestones within St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Philadelphia. RNS photo by Caroline CunninghamSt. Stephen’s brought in a professional team that included a structural engineer and a lighting designer to build what became the Furness Burial Cloister, named for Frank Furness, the architect behind the addition. Today, visitors to the church can view the illuminated gravestones — some of which are set flush with the floor, others of which are laid a couple of feet below — through large glass overlays. The effect is that of a moving, museumlike monument to those who have passed.“I think what we kept coming back to is, first of all, it’s an ethical issue about honoring the dead, as well as amending for dishonoring,” said Lindsay. “But more than anything, it was demonstrating in a very unusual way our commitment to inclusion.”Kountz said the graves also represent the church’s focus on the ministry of hospitality, calling the burial cloister “an illumination of this effort.”Gutierrez said he sees churches as more than mortar and bricks — and he’s not worried about the numbers.“We can look at goals, or we can look at the impact in the community,” said Gutierrez. “I’m of the belief that when you form a community based in Jesus and the love of Christ, then you will get resources, and then things will multiply. It’s called faith — that it will grow, that people will come in, that they will become members.“But that’s not the end goal; it’s to be a presence in the community.” Photos of the Week August 30, 2019 Share This! Caroline Cunningham News • Photos of the Week Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email By: Caroline Cunningham Instagram apostasy stirs controversy over Christian ‘influencers’ August 30, 2019 Share This! Share This! Caroline Cunningham,Load Comments,Archbishop revokes school’s Catholic designation over refusal to fire gay teache … Supreme Court determines cross on Maryland highway can stay As Amazon burns, Vatican prepares for summit on region’s faith and sustainabilit … August 30, 2019 By: Caroline Cunningham News Share This! Catholicism Tagsdecline of mainline churches Episcopal Church homepage featured Philadelphia renewing houses of worship Sunday attendance,You may also like By: Caroline Cunningham Share This!last_img read more

Texas House Elects Dennis Bonnen As New SpeakerTexas House Elects Dennis Bonnen As New Speaker

first_imgJorge Sanhueza-Lyon/KUTDennis Bonnen (R-Angleton), the CEO of Heritage Bank in Pearland, has been elected speaker of the Texas House.Dennis Bonnen (R-Angleton) is the new speaker of the Texas House. The 150-member body selected him 147-0 shortly after being sworn in for the 2019 legislative session Tuesday.Bonnen told lawmakers the agenda of the House is up to the House.“My job is simple,” he said. “I’ll bring passionate people to the table, then keep you in the room until we find a solution.”During the nomination process, a bipartisan list of House members spoke of their hopes and expectations from a Bonnen speakership. Most focused on how they believe he will work to bring together a body that has become bitterly partisan in recent years.Bonnen will announce his top bills for the session in the coming days, but he’s already made it clear public school finance and property taxes are his top priorities for the legislative session.“These are complicated issues that can no longer wait,” he said Tuesday, “pressing issues that deserve meaningful results.”He also listed several issues related to Texas children – early childhood education, improving the Child Protective Services system, addressing mental health and school safety – as priorities.“This House is the possession of all Texans and it is our privilege to serve all of them with a passion, pride and a willingness to put that common good above all else,” he said.Bonnen replaces retired state Rep. Joe Straus (R-San Antonio). Straus, who served as speaker for the last decade, announced his retirement in October 2017.Several lawmakers announced plans to run for speaker soon after Straus announced he would leave the Legislature; Bonnen was not one of them. He publicly announced his intention to run at the end of October 2018. Less than two weeks later, he held a press conference to reveal he had the votes needed to win the race.Bonnen was first elected to the Legislature in 1996; this will be his 12th term in office. Away from Austin, Bonnen is the chief executive officer of Heritage Bank in Pearland.This article was originally published on http://www.kut.org Sharelast_img read more

Govt looks to introduce pension for retired sportspersons in needGovt looks to introduce pension for retired sportspersons in need

first_imgKolkata: The Mamata Banerjee government is planning to introduce a pension for retired persons who have excelled in sports but are now suffering from financial constraints.”I will urge the Sports & Youth Affairs department to give a serious thought for introduction of some sort of pension facilities for the retired sportspersons who are badly in need of such financial assistance. We have similar facilities from the state Information & Cultural Affairs department for artistes. I feel that the Sports department should also come up with such benefits,” Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said at a felicitation programme for successful sportspersons from the state at Netaji Indoor Stadium on Monday. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killed”There are some people who say Khelo India and tweet congratulating a sportsperson or a team after a win and then simply turn a blind eye to whether he/she is facing any sort of difficulty. But we are not like that. We do not do publicity. Whatever we do we do it from the core of our hearts,” Banerjee reiterated. It may be mentioned that the state government has been extending help even in terms of medical treatment to a number of sportspersons who have been felicitated by the state government from time to time. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseBanerjee announced that 221 coaching centres across the state will be given Rs 1 lakh each to boost their infrastructural facilities and churn out more and more sportspersons who will be making the state as well as the country proud. “This year we will be providing Rs 2 lakh each to 4,300 clubs in the state to provide encouragement to sports activities,” Banerjee maintained. The Sports department has already provided financial assistance to 24,000 clubs across the state. A total package of Rs 5 lakh has been given to these clubs, with the first instalment being Rs 2 crore. “Before we came to power in 2011, the budget of the Sports & Youth Affairs department was only Rs 73 crore. We have raised this allocation seven times to Rs 515 crore,” Banerjee added. The Chief Minister also raised her concern over inhibitions of corporate in sponsoring clubs or holding sports events in fear of probe agencies. “There was a time when corporates sponsored sporting activities. But at present they hardly do so in fear of probe agencies. They (Centre) are setting agencies in pursuit of the clubs,” she said.last_img read more

Haiti Senate votes to ban gay marriageHaiti Senate votes to ban gay marriage

first_imgeTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) GAYSTARNEWS- A vote by the Haiti Senate has banned gay marriage. Latortue also stressed the commonly held belief in Haiti that homosexuality is a Western practice only.Haitian law already defines marriage as a partnership between a man and a woman.‘This text divides our society’ The Senate is now also calling for a ban on any ‘public demonstration of support for homosexuality.’Charlot Jeudy is the president of the Kouraj group, which defends the right of gay and trans people in Haiti.They said: ‘We see this as an attack on the LGBT community in this country. This text divides our society. It reinforces prejudices and discrimination.’The countries two gay rights groups already receive daily threats and abuse.This bill is now in the Chamber of Deputies for debate.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading…center_img The approved bill says any ‘parties, co-parties and accomplices’ of a gay marriage can be jailed for three years and fined $8,000 (€6,746). The state approved the text on Tuesday.Senate President Youri Latortue told AFP: ‘All senators are opposed to same-sex marriage, so this simply reflects the commitments they made during their campaigns.’ Gay Bermuda tourism CEO: LGBTI boycott ‘counter-intuitive’ after marriage equality reversalDisappointment for LGBT rights in Taiwan after gay tourism is boomingAnti-LGBT Republican Michele Bachmann preparing comeback Senate bidRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/haiti-senate-votes-ban-gay-marriage/last_img read more

Bakkie veers off the road and crashes near LadysmithBakkie veers off the road and crashes near Ladysmith

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite The driver of a bakkie lost control and veered off the road on the R103 between Estcourt and Frere today (February 21).One person sustained slight injuries as a result of the crash.It is unclear whether the weather conditions contributed to the accident.Also read: Bad road conditions surrounding LadysmithRead more: Warning: Road closure after truck crashes along Van Reenen’s PassEmergency personnel were on scene. Motorists are urged to reduce their speed and also increase their following distance to be safe on the roads.Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there!last_img

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first_img News | Molecular Imaging | October 26, 2017 Netherlands Cancer Institute Exploring Molecular Imaging Technology for Prostate Cancer Surgery The Netherlands Cancer Institute (NKI) announced it has received funding from the Dutch Cancer Society (KWF… read more Nicholas Theodore, M.D., (center) and the Excelsius robot he designed for image-guided spine surgery. Image courtesy of Johns Hopkins Medicine. Technology | Virtual and Augmented Reality | June 10, 2019 Medivis SurgicalAR Gets FDA Clearance Medivis announced that its augmented reality (AR) technology platform for surgical applications, SurgicalAR, has… read more News | September 26, 2014 Olympus Partners With Brainlab as Exclusive Distributor for ENT Products in U.S. Market Brainlab Kick Navigation ENT aids in complex surgeries and integrates seamlessly with Olympus Diego Elite Multidebriderfor tissue dissection with hemostasis News | Ultrasound Imaging | October 09, 2017 Stanford Trial Demonstrates Accuracy of Accuro Image-Guided Epidural System October 9, 2017 — A clinical trial conducted at Stanford University Medical Center… read more Technology | Orthopedic Imaging | June 13, 2018 EOS Imaging Announces FDA Clearance for hipEOS 3.0 Software EOS imaging announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its hipEOS… read more News | Procedure Navigation Systems | February 05, 2019 Medtronic Recalls Synergy Cranial Software and Stealth Station S7 Cranial Software Medtronic is recalling the Synergy Cranial Software and StealthStation S7 Cranial Software used with the StealthStation… read more News | Procedure Navigation Systems | November 20, 2018 Stryker’s Advanced Guidance Technologies Partners With Synaptive Medical and Ziehm Imaging Stryker’s Advanced Guidance Technologies business (formerly known as Stryker’s Navigation business) has entered into… read more center_img September 26, 2014 — Olympus announced it has reached a deal with Munich-based Brainlab to be the exclusive U.S. distributor of Kick Navigation. This agreement applies to the U.S. ENT market; Brainlab will maintain distribution for cross-disciplinary U.S. sales and all distribution outside the United States. The system, offering both optical and electromagnetic guidance options, offers surgeons advanced image enrichment and visualization for complex ENT surgeries. Surgical navigation — also called image-guided surgery, computer-assisted surgery, or software-guided surgery — is similar in concept to a GPS system used in today’s electronic devices. It is designed to continuously track surgical instrumentation relative to the patient’s anatomy and display the relationship in real time on a monitor during surgery. Navigational assistance becomes critical during complex ENT surgeries where instruments are used in close proximity to the optical nerve, the brain and other sensitive tissues.ENT NavigationNavigation software is used to perform intricate surgeries such as sinus and intranasal surgeries, maxillary antrostomies, ethmoidectomy surgery, spheno-idotomies/sphenoid explorations, transphenoidal surgery, tumor resection, turbinate reduction, frontal and lateral skull base as well as pursue interdisciplinary approaches with neurosurgery or CMF departments.According to Truven Health Analytics Inc., there were more than 4,900,000 sinus procedures performed in the United States in 2012, and more than 75,000 of those surgeries were performed using navigation software. [1] Brainlab Kick Navigation TechnologyBrainlab Kick features intuitive user interfaces, optimized workflows, advanced imaging and tailored software integration, which helps clinicians leverage available information. Brainlab ENT platforms are available with both optical (Kick) and electromagnetic (Kick EM) surgical instrument tracking technology. Both versions deliver advanced 3-D displays, user-friendly touch-based and touchless patient registration options and real-time virtual anatomy updates.The Brainlab software offers universal tool integration and an open platform for surgeons to use the implant and tool manufacturers of their choice, but integrates seamlessly with the Olympus Diego Elite Multidebrider.Olympus Diego Elite MultidebriderThe Olympus Olympus Diego Elite Multidebrideris the world’s only ENT system to offer both monopolar and bipolar energy blades as an option to control bleeding — as well as traditional standard shaver blades — providing specialists with a full array of surgery options using just one device.”The Olympus Diego Elite Multidebrider is ideal for all types of sinus and endoscopic skull base surgery. Its versatility reduces the need for instrument exchanges and allows me to get to the source of bleeding instantly,” said Alexander Chiu, M.D., professor and chair, otolaryngology-head and neck surgery at the University of Arizona and member of the Diego Elite evaluation team. “Now the ability to add Brainlab navigation to this system will enable surgeons to perform complex ENT surgeries while increasing procedural efficiency.”For more information: medical.olympusamerica.com/products/diego-elite-multidebrider FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Procedure Navigation Systems | January 22, 2018 California Outpatient Surgery Center Purchases First Globus ExcelsiusGPS Robotic Navigation Platform On Jan. 8, 2018, Robotics Outpatient Center, Los Angeles (ROC-LA), became the first outpatient surgery center in the… read more News | Advanced Visualization | April 26, 2019 California Hospital Adds Machine-Vision Image Guided Surgery Platform to New Operating Suites Pickup Family Neurosciences Institute at Hoag in Newport Beach, Calif., announced the addition of the 7D Surgical… read more Related Content News | Procedure Navigation Systems | October 20, 2017 Johns Hopkins Surgeons Perform First Real-Time Image Guided Spine Surgery October 20, 2017 — Surgeons at The Johns Hopkins Hospital have for the first time used a real-time, image-guided robo read more Technology | Virtual and Augmented Reality | February 14, 2019 Medivis Launches SurgicalAR Augmented Reality Platform Medical imaging and visualization company Medivis officially unveiled SurgicalAR, its augmented reality (AR) technology… read more last_img read more

Toshiba Medicals MR Theater Helps Clinicians Enhance Patient ComfortToshiba Medicals MR Theater Helps Clinicians Enhance Patient Comfort

first_img 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 Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al. Two brain metastases from primary lung cancer are contrast enhanced in the brain of a 61-year-old male. Speakers at AHRA 2019 will state that ProHance and other macrocyclic MR agents present a very low risk to patients. Images courtesy of Bracco News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 01, 2019 | Jeff Zagoudis, Associate Editor FDA Issues Draft Guidance on Medical Device Safety in MRI Environment The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a new draft guidance titled Testing and Labeling Medical Devices for… read more December 14, 2016 — Patients undergoing magnetic resonance (MR) exams will find a relaxing environment with Toshiba Medical’s new MR Theater. Creating an immersive virtual experience for patients, the MR Theater gives patients a visual focal point to distract them from the exam, encouraging them to relax and stay still, enabling clinicians to produce efficient, high-quality imaging.Available on Toshiba Medical’s Vantage Galan 3T and Vantage Titan 1.5T/cS Edition, the MR Theater projects peaceful, virtual reality images onto a dome-shaped screen inside the bore. The images move with the patient table for continuous display and the visual experience helps clinicians put their patients at ease.Combined with Toshiba Medical’s Pianissimo quiet scan technology, which helps reduce acoustic noise during the MR exam, patients are able to listen to in-ear audio as the MR Theater provides continuous projections for a truly engaging experience.For more information: www.medical.toshiba.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT) | July 16, 2019 AAPM 2019 Features More Than 40 Presentations on ViewRay’s MRIdian MRI-guided Radiotherapy ViewRay Inc. announced that the company’s MRIdian System is the focus of more than 40 abstracts selected by the… read more Related Content Feature | Contrast Media | July 18, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr How To Manage Risk in the MR Suite Macrocyclic contrast agents have the best safety profile of all the magnetic resonance (MR) contrast media that are n read more News | Neuro Imaging | July 05, 2019 Delta T1 Maps Provide Quantitative, Automated Solution to Assess Brain Tumor Burden Imaging Biometrics LLC (IB) a subsidiary of IQ-AI Ltd., is highlighting a recently published study in the American… read more Technology | Contrast Media | July 15, 2019 FDA Approves Bayer’s Gadavist Contrast for Cardiac MRI in Adult Coronary Artery Disease Patients The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Gadavist injection for use in cardiac magnetic resonance… read more News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | December 14, 2016 Toshiba Medical’s MR Theater Helps Clinicians Enhance Patient Comfort Immersive virtual experience inside the bore helps clinicians put patients at ease Technology | Neuro Imaging | August 07, 2019 Synaptive Medical Launches Modus Plan With Automated Tractography Segmentation Synaptive Medical announced the U.S. launch and availability of Modus Plan featuring BrightMatter AutoSeg. This release… read more News | Neuro Imaging | August 16, 2019 ADHD Medication May Affect Brain Development in Children A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to affect development of the brain’s… read more News | Focused Ultrasound Therapy | July 10, 2019 Insightec’s Exablate Neuro Approved With GE Signa Premier MRI in U.S. and Europe GE Healthcare and Insightec announced U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval and CE mark for Insightec’s… read more News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 06, 2019 Canon Medical Introduces Encore Orian MR Upgrade Program Canon Medical Systems USA Inc. is helping to provide low-cost patient care solutions for its customers with the launch… read more last_img read more

FDA Approves Updated Design for Recalled Pentax DuodenoscopeFDA Approves Updated Design for Recalled Pentax Duodenoscope

first_img News | Colonoscopy Systems | September 04, 2018 Check-Cap Announces Interim Results of European Study of C-Scan System Version 3 Check-Cap Ltd. announced the interim results for its post-CE approval study of the C-Scan system Version 3, an… read more News | Colonoscopy Systems | April 15, 2019 Check-Cap Initiates U.S. Pilot Study of C-Scan for Colorectal Cancer Screening Check-Cap Ltd. has initiated its U.S. pilot study of the C-Scan system for prevention of colorectal cancer through… read more Feature | Computed Tomography (CT) | July 05, 2017 | By Jeff Zagoudis The Future of CT Colonography Screening Computed tomography colonography (CTC), also known as virtual colonoscopy, offers a noninvasive alternative to… read more News | Colonoscopy Systems | August 06, 2019 Rise in Early Onset Colorectal Cancer Not Aligned With Screening Trends A new study finds that trends in colonoscopy rates did not fully align with the increase in colorectal cancer (CRC) in… read more News | Colonoscopy Systems | February 08, 2018 FDA Approves Updated Design for Recalled Pentax Duodenoscope Pentax Medical issued an Urgent Medical Device Correction and Removal notification on February 7, 2018.  Technology | Colonoscopy Systems | March 27, 2017 Bracco Diagnostics Inc. Launches PROTOCO2L TOUCH Colon Insufflator for CT Colonography March 27, 2017 — Bracco Diagnostics Inc. announced the launch of its PROTOCO2L TOUCH Colon Insufflator. read more Related Content News | Colonoscopy Systems | May 30, 2018 American Cancer Society Updates Colorectal Cancer Screening Guideline An updated American Cancer Society guideline says colorectal cancer screening should begin at age 45 for people at… read more center_img CT colonography (CTC) allows visualization of the entire colon in one image. Photo courtesy of Judy Yee, M.D. February 8, 2018 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced on February 7, 2018, that Pentax Medical’s updated design and labeling for its ED-3490TK Duodenoscope after the company issued an Urgent Medical Device Correction and Removal notification that same day.The voluntary recall was put in place after Pentax informed customers in January 2017 about a potential issue associated with the distal cap of the ED-3490TK and began a program to inspect all customers’ ED-3490TK duodenoscopes.The recall is to replace the forceps elevator mechanism, O-ring seal and distal end cap, and to update the operation manual to recommend annual maintenance. The design changes are intended to reduce the potential for leakage of patient fluids into the closed elevator channel and under the distal cap.As noted in the FDA’s February 2015 Safety Communication, the complex design of duodenoscopes may impede effective reprocessing. Reprocessing is a detailed, multistep process to clean and disinfect or sterilize reusable devices. The FDA has been working with duodenoscope manufacturers as they modify and validate their reprocessing instructions to further enhance the safety margin of their devices and show with a high degree of assurance that their reprocessing instructions, when followed correctly, effectively clean and disinfect the duodenoscopes.In February 2016, Pentax issued updated, validated manual reprocessing instructions for the ED-3490TK Duodenoscope to replace those provided in the original device labeling. The FDA reviewed these updated reprocessing instructions and the validation data and continues to recommend that facilities using Pentax ED-3490TK duodenoscopes train staff on the updated instructions and implement them, if they have not already done so.The reprocessing instructions for the recently cleared ED-3490TK have not changed since the February 2016 update.For more information: Updated Status of Pentax Medical Duodenoscope Model ED-3490TK: FDA Safety Communication FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Colonoscopy Systems | August 31, 2017 Infrared Colitis Screening Blood Test Could Reduce Dependence on Colonoscopy August 31, 2017 — A fast, simple blood test for ulcerative colitis using infrared spectroscopy could provide a cheape read more News | Colonoscopy Systems | July 12, 2017 Insurance Coverage for CT Colonography Increases Likelihood of Screening People with insurance policies that cover computed tomography (CT) colonography for colorectal cancer screening are… read more News | Colonoscopy Systems | September 27, 2018 Patient Groups and Doctors Tell Congress to Pass Medicare Virtual Colonoscopy Coverage … read more News | Colonoscopy Systems | March 10, 2017 Patient Education Improves Colonoscopy Preparation and May Reduce Need for Repeat Screenings March 10, 2017 — New research … read morelast_img read more