Crown Royal’s “Your Hero’s Name Here” Program Returns

first_img___________________________________________________________________________________________We apologize. We are having technical issues with our comment sections and fan community and it is temporarily unavailable. We are actively working on these issues and hope to have it up and running soon. We are also working on enhancements to provide a better forum for our fans. We appreciate your patience and apologize for the inconvenience. When Jacksonville, Fla. firefighter Pat Copeman and Tampa, Fla. police officer Paul Scott met country singer Justin Moore before this year’s Daytona 500, it wasn’t just another meet and greet. Heroes in their community, Copeman and Scott were nominated as part of Crown Royal’s annual “Your Hero’s Name Here,” an initiative that awards naming rights to the winner for the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on July 28, 2013.Moore performed a special concert and treated the two to a VIP race weekend experience, courtesy of Crown Royal.Nominees must be 21 or older and can be any kind of hero, from first responders to veterans. The official name of the race is the Crown Royal Presents the “Your Hero’s Name Here” 400 at the Brickyard. To nominate your hero, visit through April 14 to submit nominations. Five finalists will be chosen from the entries, and then fans will decide the winner. During a special ceremony leading up to the race, the winner will be revealed. He or she will receive a trip to Indianapolis and get the “royal” treatment throughout the weekend before handing the trophy bearing his or her name to the race winner. The race is the culminating event of the Crown Royal Heroes ProjectTM, an ongoing commitment to recognize everyday heroes and give back to their communities. This is the seventh time Crown Royal has award naming rights of a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race to an adult fan and the second consecutive year at the Brickyard 400. Country singer Justin Moore teams up with the Crown Royal Heroes ProjectTMlast_img read more

Watch Bernie Sanders Introduce Run The Jewels At Coachella

first_imgSanders’ support from the music community has been a key to spreading his message, and in advance of the crucial April 19th New York Democratic Primary, a stellar assortment of musicians are getting together to back their candidate. On April 18th at The Hall at MP, in Brooklyn, NY, the “Get Out and Vote For Bernie” benefit concert will be led by the group Kung Fu, with special guest support from an all-star cast, including Phish’s Jon Fishman, Dead & Company’s Oteil Burbridge, String Cheese Incident’s Jason Hann, Trey Anastasio Band’s Natalie Cressman, and so many more.As Bernie Sanders’ 2016 campaign is “people-powered,” any and all donations to the campaign can go a long way. Donation stations will be set up at the event, and you can also contribute prior to the event here.SHOW INFO:“Get Out and Vote For Bernie” ft. Fu & Phriends, with Jon Fishman, Oteil Burbridge, Natalie Cressman, Kung Fu, and more guests TBAMonday, April 18thThe Hall At MPBrooklyn, NYDoors @ 7pm, Show @ 8pmAdmission is FREE with RSVP, Suggested Donation: $27 Bernie Sanders and Killer Mike have long been friends, so it came as no surprise that Sanders showed his appreciation for Run The Jewels by introducing them at Coachella last night. Sanders appeared via video, expressing his sincere appreciation for Killer Mike’s efforts.Watch Sanders’ video introduction below:last_img read more

Just use less

first_imgThe easiest way to reduce U.S. consumption of greenhouse gas-emitting fossil fuels may not involve changing the way it is generated, but rather simply using less of it, an energy expert said.Maxine Savitz, vice president of the National Academy of Engineering, former deputy assistant secretary for conservation in the U.S. Department of Energy, and a member of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, said the energy efficiency gained through new technologies in buildings, cars, and industry could reduce energy use as much as 30 percent by 2030.Savitz, who spoke at the Science Center as part of the Harvard University Center for the Environment’s (HUCE) Future of Energy lecture series on Nov. 17, presented the results of reports by the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering that assessed technology’s potential to transform the nation’s energy production, distribution, and use.The reports conclude, Savitz said, that the United States needs a concerted and sustained energy approach, but that potential efficiencies from technology in buildings, transportation, and industry could cut energy consumption 15 percent by 2020 and 30 percent by 2030. The savings from heating, cooling, lighting, and other building systems alone could counterbalance the projected growth in energy consumption through 2030, meaning that no new power plants would be needed. In addition, Savitz said, those estimates were calculated assuming that people continue their everyday behavior. Savings from conservation-related behavior change — such as walking to work instead of driving, turning the thermostat down, and wearing heavier clothes at home — were not included in those calculations and could potentially add significantly to energy savings.“Deploying existing energy-efficient technology is the nearest term and lowest-cost option,” Savitz said.Savitz, a retired general manager of technology partnerships for Honeywell Inc., also lamented the country’s shift away from energy efficiency during the 1980s. In response to a question by HUCE Director Daniel Schrag, Savitz said that if the nation had maintained the savings momentum gained in the late 1970s, it would be far ahead on conserving energy now.Savitz said the last couple of years have been exciting for those involved in energy conservation and efficiency, with public interest at levels not seen since the 1970s. The question, she said, is how long such interest will continue. Savitz said that any U.S. energy solutions will require a portfolio of changes across many fields, not just energy efficiency.Savitz was part of the team that drafted the report on the potential for energy efficiency through technology, released earlier this year. Other subcommittees looked at power generation from renewable energy sources and at the potential for using coal and biomass to create liquid transportation fuels.There are several promising options for new electricity supplies, Savitz said, including nuclear power plants that utilize novel technology, coal plants with carbon capture and sequestration technology, and increased use of wind power. Renewables provide just 8 or 9 percent of the nation’s energy, with most of that from hydropower. The United States could draw 20 percent of its power from wind, she said, but that would require a major investment, including building 100,000 turbines at a cost of $100 billion for capital improvements.There are few immediate alternatives to using gasoline for liquid transportation, Savitz said. Fuel use is projected to reach about 15 million barrels a day by 2035, and just 2.5 million barrels can reasonably be expected to come from clean biofuels or liquid-coal technology.“We’re going to be using petroleum fuels for a long time in the transportation sector,” Savitz said.The United States has proven in the past that it can increase energy efficiency, Savitz said. Consumption rose continuously until the 1970s, when it leveled off, before beginning to grow again, increasing 40 percent in the decades since. Now, 40 percent of the nation’s energy goes to light, heat, cool, and otherwise run buildings. Transportation uses another 28 percent, while industry uses 33 percent.Though the U.S. economy has become more energy-efficient in recent years, it still uses about twice as much energy per dollar of gross domestic product as European economies, Savitz said. Greater energy efficiency is possible for a host of building systems and appliances, in both residential and industrial settings. Savitz cited possible improvements in everything from television sets to heating and cooling systems to windows to clothes washers to lighting, for which new light-emitting diode bulbs are poised to reduce energy consumption even from that of compact fluorescent light bulbs.Savitz used the example of the refrigerator to illustrate the potential for savings from energy efficiency. Refrigerators in 1947 averaged eight cubic feet and used 400 kilowatt hours of electricity. Refrigerators grew in both size and energy consumption through the 1970s, when their energy use began to decline. That dip continues, and now, although they’re much larger at roughly 22 cubic feet, they use only slightly more energy than they did more than half a century ago.Though there is great promise of savings from energy efficiency, there are barriers to adopting these technologies too, Savitz said, including lack of information, problems with capital availability, regulatory policies, ownership status, and the uncertain psychological factors involved in making people embrace change.That last issue has gotten the least attention, Savitz said, but is a significant variable. You only have to consider why consumers suddenly changed driving and car-buying habits when gas prices topped $4 a gallon to understand how significant and difficult to predict it can be.“How do people make decisions? Why at $4 do people drive less, but at $3 they don’t?” Savitz asked.last_img read more

ContourGlobal pulls the plug on planned 500MW coal plant in Kosovo

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:London-listed power generator ContourGlobal has halted plans to build a 500 megawatt coal-fired power plant in Kosovo, and said it will make no further coal plant investments.The project would have provided around half of the electricity demand of the Balkan country which is struggling with power shortages.“We will not develop or acquire coal power plants in the future,” the company said in its full-year results statement on Tuesday.ContourGlobal, which operates more than 100 power plants across Europe, Latin America and Africa, reported a 15.2% rise in annual adjusted core earnings as it benefited from the sale of a 49% stake in a portfolio of Spanish solar power assets.Adjusted earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) rose to $703 million, for year ended Dec. 31, from $610 million it reported last year. ContourGlobal in December had warned that it expects full-year EBITDA to be below its prior expectation of between $720-770 million.[Susanna Twidale, Samantha Machado, Shanima A]More: ContourGlobal halts plans to build Kosovo coal plant ContourGlobal pulls the plug on planned 500MW coal plant in Kosovolast_img read more

‘Fe en Colombia,’ A Program by Everyone For Everyone

first_imgBy Dialogo June 10, 2016 The beginning of the program Lorena Álvarez lived from one neighborhood to the next; she was one more of the victims of internal displacement in Puerto Tejada, located in the department of Cauca, in southern Colombia. Many of these victims were women who lost their husbands and children to the gangs, and it was not uncommon that they were threatened or sexually abused by these criminals. “That was when Idali appeared in our lives and literally saved us,” said Lorena. Major Peñaranda was actually the officer in charge of production projects developed to help people progress through funds and subsidies that would help them build their own micro businesses. “The important aspect was to get close to the population, especially, those we saw as potential community leaders. We had to bring governance to these areas, especially those plagued by crime, and empower local authorities and community leaders,” explained Major Peñaranda. Example for other countries As a result of the comprehensive action activities related to consolidation projects, thousands of people have benefitted in over 29 towns in the departments of Cauca, Valle, and Nariño, substantially improving their living conditions through large projects, such as building sports centers and reclaiming, improving, and paving projects that exceeds $300 million. “These are projects that have undoubtedly brought progress and development to these regions in greater need and to parts of the southwest of Colombia with the goal of gaining and reestablishing confidence among rural workers, indigenous populations, and Afro-Colombian people,” said Major Peñaranda. The goal now is to create new opportunities for progress and improve the living conditions of all vulnerable communities in the entire national territory by implementing Fe en Colombia program throughout the country. The disturbances led to the National Army’s intervention followed by a proposal to substitute the community’s illegal crops. This way, channels of communication and trust were created between the populace and the government, the government’s presence was established, and crop substitution programs were set up. Specifically, two pilot projects were launched in a peasant community and an indigenous community, which replaced illicit coca cultivation to coffee, and had very good results. At that time, there were communities dedicated to growing coca, in addition to a percentage of their population being involved with the guerrillas and militiamen in charge of blocking off the Pan-American Highway uniting Cali and Popayán. These blockades were very violent and caused much damage to the country. “There were casualties on both sides, among the police and the civilian population; there was much damage to infrastructure. The Pan-American Highway in that sector is the only thoroughfare in the Colombian southwest, especially between Cali, Popayán, and Pasto, in Nariño,” explains Colombian Army Brigadier General Luis Fernando Rojas Espinoza, commander of the Army’s Third Division. “Colombia is a country that has been immersed in a conflict for over 50 years that is not only armed, but also political and social in nature, and which has caused hundreds of victims throughout its history. Colombia’s internal struggle has given rise to unique and exceptional strategies and capabilities that can now serve as an example to other countries with similar conflicts. Such is the case of the Fe en Colombia program; one of its goals is to bring a solid government presence to rural sectors that have been inundated by violence due to the presence of criminal groups and promote social development and rural entrepreneurship there,” said General Rojas. “Five years ago, a group of over 20 women came together. We were doing a project with local materials; I am from Caloto Cauca, but the women come from various areas: Terrero, Guasanó, we have women from Morales, from different places. And some of us are Afro-Colombian, others are indigenous, some are rural workers, and others mestizo. We have this strength”, she says proudly. “All of this is possible only because they are projects that were articulated under the program Fe en Colombia and the Ministry of Agriculture. For us, and for me, in particular, it is gratifying to sit here and say that the Fe en Colombia program really works.” Fe en Colombia currently links 40 national and regional institutions, and frames its work under 18 lines of action related to production, infrastructure, environmental, social reintegration projects, among others, with the goal of contributing to poverty reduction in the farms, strengthening income generation capacity, improving the civilian population’s living conditions, and increasing regional production competitiveness. This way, they make progress by formulating and introducing production projects geared towards building entrepreneurship and rural skills, and creating opportunities. Then, the military began to approach indigenous, Afro-Colombian and rural populations of the region through confidence building activities. The National Army chose the southwest of Colombia because it was geostrategically important to the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), who used its corridors to the sea to ship their drug production. “Those communities began to see a change, accompanied by the Army and all government institutions, because in addition to bringing them lawful crops, they carried out some infrastructure projects, built bridges, built schools…,” said General Mario Augusto Valencia Valencia, head of the Colombian Army’s 5th Department, who, after learning of the positive results of the civil-military campaigns, especially in the region of Cauca at the end of 2014, decided to support the creation of Fe en Colombia. Idali Mejía Caicedo is a community leader with a wide smile. She is a member of the Afro-Colombian community and was one of the first people to have contact with the members of the National Army who were interested in building community development among the local population. They did not want to accomplish it with arms but with community development campaigns. Then Colombian Army Captain Andrés Peñaranda Benavides –today Major Peñaranda– approached Idali and told her he was an engineer specialized in production projects. “At that time, we did not trust our Army. It was a smart way he found to approach us and gain our trust,” said Idali. Currently, there are five U.S. Army Civil Affairs teams in Colombia from the 98th Battalion of the 95th Civil Affairs Brigade in Fort Bragg, North Carolina. According to Gilberto Perez, head of the Civil Affairs section at U.S. Southern Command, explained to Diálogo, their mission is to work with their Colombian counterparts to establish relationships between the civilian community and the Armed Forces and Police of Colombia so that these authorities can focus their work on successfully obtaining the support of the population and ceasing any local support for the FARC or other insurgent or criminal groups that may operate in Colombia. In 2008, the first rapprochement program by the Army towards the population was started by General Barrero Gordillo, who commanded the 29th Territorial Brigade in Cauca at the time. The general believed that there should be an office for ethnic matters that would serve as a liaison between the community and the public forces and the community and the various territorial entities that bring development to these communities. “Finally, the country is building a policy of ideas and social development that is born from the communal social base and has vulnerable populations as its main axis. This is different than regular policies that are top down,” stated Major Peñaranda. Training of Colombian Soldiers center_img “What this program has achieved by organizing the communities is give them strategic guidance directed at offering them a series of life projects that have, undoubtedly, allowed them to meet their most basic needs. [It has helped to] create jobs, improve well-being and prosperity for the people of the areas, since they are already working on some very specific projects that bring them better living conditions. Support from the United States has been essential,” added Colombian Army General Juan Pablo Rodríguez Barragán, commander of the Colombian Military Forces. U.S. Support “ Fe en Colombia is an initiative seeking to guarantee peaceful territories through tools that bring together the government and the community through rapprochement activities that bring social well-being, focusing state and private contributions on the most vulnerable communities,” explained Gen. Valencia. One of the main focus groups of the campaign is women, especially those who, in some way, were displaced or threatened by criminals. Most are single mothers and heads of their households, and many are also artisans. For example, Marileide Mejía, is finishing a project that distributes beverages from the Pacific area to the rest of the country. These activities make the Colombian Military participants proud, because, they have been part of implementing change and seeing the effects on the region. “For me, Fe en Colombia has allowed me to get to know the community better, interact with them, learn from working together, and understand that the needs of the rural population take priority and that, if, as soldiers, we can help solve their social problems, the Army will have won their hearts. One experience that struck me was that of a man named José Raúl, from the town of Linares, in Nariño. We helped him start a coffee project, and today he is exporting it to the United States,” said Soldier Kenny Cortez Betancourt, social manager of the Fe en Colombia program in that area of the country. The soldiers then began to grow closer to the indigenous, Afro-Colombian, and rural populations of the region through trust-building activities. For example, on January 25th, with the support of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), eleven playgrounds were delivered to the districts of Calote, Guachené, and Florida in the Cauca and Valle Departments. A national program “These communities currently have planted over 77 million coffee trees, in addition to agricultural, cattle, artisanal, fish, and industrial products, among others, and leaders who otherwise aided the guerillas, or helped as militias to the FARC, today are completely on the side of the law. There is no precedence in the world of an initiative designed by a national army that has served the requirements of the State and has created jobs, well-being, and prosperity among the population,” added Major Peñaranda. Policy of ideas and social development The Colombian Military had to be trained for their new role of instituting governance, empowering community leaders and, at the same time, helping create production projects, infrastructure, health, recreation, and education campaigns. This was achieved with interagency support and supervision by Major Peñaranda, one of the creators of Fe en Colombia, who is in charge of training the soldiers implementing the program. “Our Civil Affairs units work with different programs that the Government of Colombia has established; Fe en Colombia is one of them. Our Soldiers support these programs by making recommendations and conducting interviews with commanders and non-governmental entities to analyze, for example, which programs would be most effective, be it building schools or clinics, or any other type of basic services the population might need to be able to develop their programs, activities, and resources efficiently and effectively,” Perez explained. On the academic side, for example, students from several specialty areas, such as social workers, physical therapists, psychologists, environmental and civil engineers, do their internships by helping communities through academic agreements. “We have 41 academic agreements with the main universities of southwest Colombia. We have a legal aid program on the radio, and we do a lot of activities with the communities to help with economic, cultural, and community issues,” said one of the interns from the University of Cauca who participates in Fe en Colombia. The presence of the National Army “ Fe en Colombia has allowed me to gain the support and trust of the most vulnerable populations in the area where I work. I have a clear memory of a community in the town of Argelia that used to plant coca and operate laboratories. Today, they are egg producers. We helped them with a project of egg laying hens, and now they are much better off, because they changed from illegal drugs to the sale of eggs. Currently, we are organizing championships, outdoor movies and health events with the community, and it is there that I learn what the population’s basic needs are in order to begin working on them. I myself, also of a rural population, can say that Fe en Colombia really works, and I have seen the change,” stated Soldier Javier Goméz, social manager of the Fe en Colombia program in Cauca, to Diálogo. With the success of the Fe en Colombia program, the ColombianArmy, together with the government, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and a private initiative, will expand the program to other parts of Colombia in the first weeks of July. “Thanks to the contact we had with the task forces of Generals [Juan Vicente] Trujillo and [Luis Fernando] Rojas, there are currently over 6,690 families that have benefitted from the program. We were able to reclaim many youngsters from criminal activity, prevent recruitment of young people, and prevent teen-age pregnancy,” said Idali. last_img read more

COVID-19: Indonesia logs record single-day infection spike of 4,176

first_imgThe archipelago also saw 124 new deaths from the disease, bringing the total number of fatalities to 9,677.The capital city reported the most new fatalities with 29 deaths, followed by East Java with 25 and Central Java with 20.The total number of recovered patients increased to 180,797, with Jakarta seeing the most recoveries at 49,546 followed by East Java with 33,575.Indonesia has reported one of the highest numbers of confirmed COVID-19 cases among Southeast Asian countries, second only to the Philippines which had seen 290,190 cases as of Monday, according to currently has the 23rd-most cases of any country in the world.Topics : Indonesia recorded 4,176 new coronavirus cases on Monday, a new daily record spike that brought the total number of infections nationwide to 248,852 so far.The spike, which continues the trend of increasing numbers of confirmed cases over the past month, came just two days after the Health Ministry reported the country’s previous record high of 4,168 cases on Saturday.Jakarta, West Java and East Java have consistently been the nation’s hotbeds of contagion, recording 1,352, 680 and 368 new cases on Monday, respectively.last_img read more

Emiliano Martinez’s agent explains why the goalkeeper wants to leave Arsenal

first_imgThe Argentine shot-stopper is on the verge of leaving the Gunners (Picture: Getty Images)Emiliano Martinez’s agent has confirmed the Arsenal goalkeeper is set to leave the north London club as he targets a number one role elsewhere to secure his place in the Argentina team.The 28-year-old came into the Arsenal side after the restart, replacing the injured Bernd Leno, and performed brilliantly as the side lifted the FA Cup.However, with the German now back from injury, Mikel Arteta intends to reinstate Leno as his number one and has been unable to give Martinez any assurances over game time. Advertisement Emiliano Martinez’s agent explains why the Arsenal star is looking to leave Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 12 Sep 2020 9:25 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link700Shares Martinez wants to play every week to secure his place in the Argentina team (Picture: Getty)‘We have some really good players in many different positions. Some of them are complicated and obviously, clubs come to us and they are interested in our players,’ said the Spaniard.‘It is very difficult to promise players game time or to be the first choice. It is part of this period in the market. We try to manage the situation as well as we can, all the time counting on what the players’ expectations are, what we can achieve with them as a club and we are making decisions towards that.’Arsenal are believed to be interested in signing Brentford goalkeeper David Raya as Martinez’s replacement, though the Championship club insist he is not for sale.MORE: Emiliano Martinez to be left out of Arsenal squad as Brighton better Aston Villa’s bid for goalkeeperMORE: Arsenal make improved verbal offer for Odsonne Edouard as Alexandre Lacazette seeks moveFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page.center_img Comment Martinez played brilliantly as Arsenal won their 14th FA Cup last season (Picture: Getty)Aston Villa have already lodged a £15million offer for the Argentine – which is short of Arsenal’s asking price – while Brighton have recently emerged as contenders for his signature.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMartinez will not be in the starting XI when Arsenal take on Fulham on Saturday in the first game of the new Premier League season, and his agent says the keeper’s desire to move is being driven by his hopes of being Argentina’s number one.‘The most likely scenario is that Emi Martinez leaves Arsenal because he wants to play,’ the shot-stopper’s agent, Lucas Martinez Quarta, told TyC Sports.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘He dreams of being the starting goalkeeper for the national team and he is willing to leave his home [at Arsenal] for the worthy cause of being Argentina’s number one.’Arteta was asked about the possibility of Martinez leaving at his pre-match press conference and hinted that the goalkeeper’s push for regular first-team football could prompt his exit. Advertisementlast_img read more

ABS approves OOS International’s LNG-fueled SSCV design

first_imgAmerican Bureau of Shipping (ABS) has issued an approval in principle (AiP) for the largest semisubmersible crane vessel, OOS International’s LNG-fueled OOS Zeelandia.China Merchants Offshore Technology Research Center (CM-OTRC), the R&D center for China Merchants Industry Holdings (CMI) of Shenzhen, China, have completed the basic design of the SSCV that, when built, will have the largest lifting capacity in the world, OOS International said in its statement.Powered by twelve (12) dual fuel engines (MDO and LNG) of 85 MW total capacity and installed in 6 engine rooms for maximum redundancy, the vessel will be fitted with a closed bus DP3 system, aided by high redundancy azimuth and tunnel thrusters.With a total lifting capacity of up to 25,000 metric tons using two fully-revolving cranes of 12,500 mt each, and with a large clear deck space of over 11,000 square meters, the SSCV is designed to lift and transport a large offshore structure on its own main deck, either for installation offshore in one lift, or for decommissioning in one piece and transporting back to shore for re-use/upgrade or dismantling and disposal.It is designed to travel at normal economical speed of 12 knots and at a maximum speed of up to 15 knots.The vessel will have a winterized main deck and will carry ABS ice class A0 notation, making it possible to operate in a first-year arctic ice environment.CMHI is currently building in its Haimen, Jiangsu yard two smaller vessels of similar design, named OOS Serooskerke and OOS Walcheren, albeit with smaller cranes of 2 x 2,200 mt each. All use OOS’s unique asymmetric pontoon concept, with the main lifting cranes placed on the starboard side, thus making the starboard pontoon larger in order to support the heavier crane load.OOS has already been operating OOS Gretha, which was the first vessel built to this concept, on a long-term charter for Petrobras in the Brazilian waters.last_img read more

Is euthanasia for psychological suffering changing Belgian medicine?

first_imgMercatorNet 7 November 2017Family First Comment: Disturbing to see what’s happening in Belgium. “Death by euthanasia in Belgium is, generally, no longer regarded as an exception requiring special justification. Instead, it is often regarded as a normal death and a benefit not to be restricted to without special justification.” Belgium’s debate over euthanasia for psychological suffering is heating up. Last week 42 psychiatrists, psychologists and academics published an open letter calling for a national debate on euthanasia and mental illness.Euthanasia because of unbearable and futile psychological suffering is very problematic. It is about people who are not terminal and, in principle, could live for many years. Therefore, extreme caution is appropriate both clinically and legally. The essence of the case seems to us that in estimating the hopelessness of one’s suffering, the subjective factor cannot be eliminated …The current law, the signatories say, is far too vague and flexible:“The law does not indicate the exact criteria for unbearable and psychological suffering. Any complaint about any carelessness in this area will only end in a legal ‘no man’s land’.“More and more, no matter how many criteria there are, it depends simply on how an individual psychiatrist interprets or tests them, aided by the doctor’s own assumptions and the patient’s account of his symptoms.”Some people are dying unnecessarily, the signatories claim. To stand silently on the sidelines is a crime of neglect.The danger inherent in euthanasia for psychological suffering is a topic which seems to bore the Belgian media. But it was jolted out of its slumber by an exclusive article (in English) from Associated Press which also appeared in the Washington Post. This prompted a number of articles in the local press.READ MORE: up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

Videographers encouraged to showcase Dominica’s natural and eco attractions

first_img Share Sharing is caring! Share Tweet 15 Views   no discussionscenter_img Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Tourism & Legal Affairs, Mrs. Claudia Bellot. Photo credit: GIS NewsPermanent Secretary in the Ministry of Tourism and Legal Affairs Mrs Claudia Bellot has challenged participants of the 2nd Film Editing Workshop to showcase Dominica’s natural and eco attractions on both a community and national level.Over twenty five videographers were yesterday awarded participating certificates at a closing ceremony of the 2nd Audio and Film Editing Workshop organized by the Dominica Film Office in association with the Discover Dominica Authority. “We really look forward to the results of this workshop from the point of view of the Ministry of Tourism…. I want to challenge the participants who were exposed to the various skills that were portrayed at this workshop to begin utilizing their skills to showcase our unique offering of natural and eco attractions in tourism both at the community level and at national level,” Mrs Bellot said.She further impressed upon the participants the need to record and promote the spectacular scenery, landscapes and natural beauty unique to our island, now that they have sharpened their skills.“You can now record all of the spectacular scenery and landscapes of Dominica as you hike along the Waitukubuli National Trail and you can certainly show Dominicans and our visitors alike the natural beauty which abounds in Dominica.”Mrs Bellot also noted that developing Dominica as a location for filming will stimulate the growth of that industry as well as lead to the diversification of our economy.“There is no doubt in our minds at the Ministry of Tourism that developing Dominica as a location for film, for fashion shoots, for advertisement shoots, etcetera has very great potential and it is the skills of persons such as yourselves which will stimulate the growth of this industry. We therefore encourage you to pursue your vision and our vision of furthering the development of the audio visual sector for the benefit of all of us and eventually for the diversification of our economy,” she said.The two week workshop geared at upgrading the skills of videographers in Dominica was facilitated by Cuban Film Editor and Film-maker Mr Oriel Rodriguez, a teacher at the International Film and Television School in Havana, Cuba.Film Commissioner Mrs. Anita Bully. Photo credit: GIS NewsFilm Commissioner Mrs Anita Bully while addressing the closing ceremony last night described the Dominica Film Offices’ mandate as promoting Dominica as a prime location for films, documentaries, fashion shoots and television programs as well as to develop a local film industry hence the purpose of the workshop.“The Dominica Film Office which was founded in 2005 has two major mandates; the first is to promote Dominica as a prime location for feature films, for eco and cultural related documentaries, for television programs and various other photography related projects such as fashion photo shoots and lifestyle magazine spreads….The second and equally important mandate of the Film Office is to encourage and develop a local film industry. As you know Dominicans air waves are being bombarded by foreign material that promotes foreign values and attitudes,” she said.Mrs Bully also highlighted taken steps to ensure that our air waves are not only bombarded with foreign content but also local film productions.“The Film Office thinks it is extremely important to change this and as a result has begun doing the following; liaising with local producers and film makers and encourage them to come together and form an association, to produce local films and television programs, and at the same time keeping them informed of training opportunities available, funding opportunities that are available, upcoming festivals and call for entries and other industry related information or activities,” Mrs Bully said.Dominica Vibes News LocalNews Videographers encouraged to showcase Dominica’s natural and eco attractions by: – September 17, 2011 Sharelast_img read more