SEATTLE – Microsoft Corp. launched a Web site Thursday for managing personal health and medical information, jumping into an industry whose digital future is clouded by privacy worries. From the consumer’s point of view, Microsoft’s HealthVault site is part library, part filing cabinet and part fax machine for an individual or family’s medical records and notes. The free site is tied to a health-information search engine the software company launched at the end of last month. It gives users a repository for health-related data such as medical histories, immunizations and records from the doctor’s office and hospitals, as well as measurements from devices like heart-rate monitors. As the need arises, users can dole out access – in the form of e-mailed invitations – to different slices of their private health data to doctors, family members and other people they trust. The HealthVault site itself doesn’t do much more than provide a window into stored information and a mechanism for sharing it. Microsoft hopes hospitals, doctors’ offices, advocacy groups and insurance companies will build Web applications that patients will want to use. So far, Microsoft said applications from the American Heart Association, American Lung Association and other organizations are in the works, and devices including blood-glucose monitoring systems made by Johnson & Johnson will be able to upload data into the system. Microsoft said CapMed, which already markets personal-health record tools, will create an application for HealthVault, and so will Kryptiq Corp., whose program will help doctors send and receive information from HealthVault without having to switch from technology they already use. Microsoft said it plans to support HealthVault with advertising revenue from the search portion of the site. In an interview, Sean Nolan, chief architect of the company’s two-year-old Health Solutions group, characterized this “beta” launch of HealthVault as an early step into a difficult industry. For one thing, 80 percent to 85 percent of doctors in private practice don’t keep electronic records, and hospitals aren’t much better, according to Lynne Dunbrack, program director of market research group Health Industry Insights. And even where e-records exist, there’s no guarantee that any two health care providers will call the same treatment or lab work by the same name.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
“He challenges me all the time, every single play,” Pettis said after Sunday’s 43-13 loss. “I know he expects more out of me. We’ve had a few talks about what … (CLICK HERE, if you are unable to view this photo gallery or video on your mobile device.)SEATTLE — Now that Dante Pettis’ rookie season is finally taking off, he explained why on Sunday, and it’s not just because he’s started the past two games with Marquise Goodwin on personal leave.Coach Kyle Shanahan stoked Pettis’ fire.
The new bottling plant will bringbenefits for the community and theenvironment.(Image: Fir0002/Flagstaffotos) MEDIA CONTACTS • Pat Dambe-HansenCoca-Cola director, communications+27 11 644 0780Janine ErasmusThe South African operation of Coca-Cola is to invest US$54-million (R400-million) into a new bottling plant for its Valpré brand of mineral water. The plant will be built in Heidelberg, 42km south of Johannesburg.Valpré spring water is currently bottled in Polokwane, Limpopo province. The brand’s biggest markets are in the Gauteng and Western Cape provinces.The announcement came in mid-October 2009. Speaking at the event, Coca-Cola South Africa president Bill Egbe said the investment would ensure the continuity of supply and demand for the company’s brands, and help reduce its carbon footprint through shorter transportation distances.Coca-Cola made its debut on the Dow Jones Sustainability Index in 2009 and is committed to sustainable practices in the environments and communities in which it operates.The company spent three years looking for the ideal place to build a second Valpré bottling plant and decided on Heidelberg because the land’s geology and chemical properties of its underground water are similar to those of Polokwane.Furthermore, the site is close enough to the target market to make a substantial difference in transport-related carbon emissions.The plant, a joint venture between Coca-Cola South Africa and Coca-Cola Shanduka, is expected to be ready by September 2010. In 2007 Shanduka, a black-owned investment company, bought a 70% shareholding in Scarlet Ibis Investment 3, one of Coca-Cola’s four local bottlers. The parent company retains a stake, but all operations are now managed by the major shareholder.Building communitiesThe new Valpré plant is expected to create about 300 jobs in Heidelberg. In addition to its environmental commitment, Coca-Cola South Africa strives for the economic development of communities in South Africa.“We believe projects such as the bottling plant will assist government to reach its unemployment alleviation targets and as such we’re proud to be part of that movement for change,” said Egbe.Heidelberg lies in the Lesedi local municipality. Speaking at the ceremony, Lesedi executive mayor Busisiwe Modisakeng said the new plant would not only help to fight poverty, but would put the municipality on the bottled water map.She assured the community that there would be no water shortages as a result of the plant, and that systems would be put into place to ensure that the whole community benefits from the project.“We have to be involved in the communities we operate in,” added Egbe.He promised those present that no graves would be tampered with during construction. The plant is to stand on a 500ha plot which consists of two idle farms joined together. The company will also make sure that the few remaining residents on the farms are looked after.According to Coca-Cola, the water in the area will last for a few hundred years, as long as there is rain – but the company has conducted a thorough assessment of the valuable resource and has pledged to use only 6% of that annual rainfall.Responsible business practiceThe plant itself, which will require just over $13.4-million (R100-million) to complete, will include a cutting-edge filling and packaging section that will enable the bottles to be manufactured, filled and sealed in a single continuous process. At no stage will they leave the production line or be handled manually, which eliminates any risk of contamination.According to project manager Casper Durandt, this is a first for South Africa, placing the plant on the same level as other world-class facilities. Its initial bottling capacity is 50-million litres per year. This will gradually increase to 150-million litres as the plant comes fully online.But not all the investment will be spent on the plant. The rest of the funds will be used to build infrastructure and equip buildings with the latest environment-efficient systems, as well as to rehabilitate open land to original Highveld grassland. The company will draw water from the ground using solar power, and an on-site recycling centre is also being planned.The Gauteng Department of Agriculture and Rural Development will keep an eye on operations, ensuring that Coca-Cola complies with legal requirements and standards.Global brandsValpré bottled spring water is available in South Africa in still and sparkling varieties. The company also produces Bonaqua, a range of prepared water products. With these two products Coca-Cola is believed to hold about 60% of the bottled water market in South Africa.Other Coca-Cola brands available locally include the Bibo range of fruit punches, Minute Maid juices, the Appletiser and Powerade ranges, Nestea ready-to-drink products, Sparletta carbonated drinks and a number of licensed brands such as Schweppes.Coca-Cola has been active in South Africa since 1928 when the first bottling plant and distribution centre were opened in Johannesburg. South Africa is Coca-Cola’s top market on the continent, and according to the company, consistently ranks among the top 10 performers within the group.The local branch is part of the Eurasia and Africa group, with the Africa group office based in Johannesburg.
A tribal students’ organisation in Arunachal Pradesh has asked Pema Khandu’s BJP-ruled government to stop retired Assam Rifles personnel, settled in the State’s Changlang district after the Chinese attack in 1962, from contesting the panchayat polls.The reasons cited are: The ex-servicemen as non-APST (Arunachal Pradesh Scheduled Tribe) did not deserve to contest the panchayat polls in the first place and have been settled on land whose lease ends in 2020.The rural polls in Arunachal Pradesh was to have been announced after the term of the last panchayat ended on April 13. But it has been delayed due to a change in structure of the Panchayati Raj institution from three-tier to two-tier in the State.“In 1962, some 200 retired Assam Rifles personnel and their families were settled in Vijaynagar circle under Changlang district on land leased out to them. Despite being non-APST, they were unethically made eligible to contest the panchayat polls,” Ngwazosa Yobin, president of All Yobin Students’ Union (AYSU) said.The ex-servicemen, he said, should no longer be allowed to contest the rural polls since the lease on the land expires in a little more than two years from now.The Yobins, the predominant tribe in Vijaynagar area, call the place Daodi. Vijaynagar, a valley bordering Myanmar, was named after the son of Assam Rifles inspector general AS Guraya whose team had first reached the area in 1961.‘Against the rules’According to the AYSU, letting the ex-servicemen contest the rural polls is against the provisions of the 73rd Amendment related to Panchayati Raj as well as the Arunachal Pradesh Panchayati Raj Act of 1997 that are “basically for empowerment of local people.”But the ex-servicemen are deriving the benefits and rights meant for local people. The retired Assam Rifles settlers can contest the 17 Gram chairperson, three Anchal Samity member and one Anchal chairperson posts.The AYSU also fears being outnumbered by the ex-servicemen, whose number has increased to more than 2,000.The ex-uniformed settlers have trashed the AYSU’s contention. The Vijaynagar-based All Settlers’ Welfare Association, Gorkha Development Society and Gorkha Youth Committee have in a joint statement said there are separate panchayat voting systems for two groups — ex-servicemen and Yobins — on the basis of geographical variations and ethnicity.The three organisations claimed there is no competition within the two groups at the grassroots level. “Panchayati Raj was introduced in Vijaynagar in 1975, and ex-Assam Rifles man Lal Bir Gurung was the first Panch Pradhan of Vijaynagar Circle. He held the post till 1980, after which the Panchayati Raj system remained defunct across Arunachal Pradesh,” the statement said.No roadThe AYSU criticised the government for not constructing a road from Vijaynagar to Miao, the nearest well-connected town of Changlang district 157 km away. Miao is close to Arunachal Pradesh’s border with Assam.The road project was sanctioned in 2011 for an estimated ₹145 crore. But officials say it might never materialise, as much of the 157 km stretch is through the 1,985 sq km Namdapha National Park, a tiger reserve.“People of Vijaynagar still lack basic facilities such as electricity and hospital besides a road. As a result, people have to trek for four-five days to reach the nearest equipped town,” Ngwazosa Yobin said.Porters use the stretch through the tiger reserve to carry essential commodities on their heads. The porterage increases the prices of these commodities by 400-750%. For instance, a kilo of sugar costing ₹50 sells at ₹200, while a kilo of salt priced ₹20 is charged ₹150 at Vijaynagar.The only mode of communication for people of Vijaynagar with the world beyond is an infrequent Indian Air Force chopper service, which is dictated by weather conditions.
WILMINGTON, MA — Join us for an afternoon of songs – Broadway Style!Wilmington High School (WHS) students will once again delight their audience with selections from hit Broadway shows in this year’s Broadway Revue!Join us on Sunday, October 14 at 3pm in the Wilmington United Methodist Church’s hall (87 Church Street, Wilmington).Admission is $10 for students in advance and $12 at the door. Your admission includes refreshments.Advance ticket price is $10 for all. For advance purchase, mail a check payable to WHS CATS (postmarked no later than 10/5) at PO Box 115, Wilmington, MA 01887. You will receive confirmation and your name will be added to a will call list.100% of the show’s proceeds will benefit the WHS Choral and Theatre Support (CATS) parent group. The WHS CATS mission is to provide scholarships to eligible graduating WHS seniors as well as providing supplementary funds to the groups they support as needed and as they are able.Please come out and support these talented students!(NOTE: The above information is from WHS CATS.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email email@example.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedBROADWAY COMES TO WILMINGTON: WHS CATS Broadway Revue Set For September 23In “Education”BROADWAY COMES TO WILMINGTON: WHS CATS Broadway Revue Set For December 3In “Community”The Wilmington Insider For October 14, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”
Fiel photo of gold barsCustoms intelligence at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport recovered gold bars and ornaments weighing around 406 grams from a passenger of Biman Bangladesh Airlines from Abu Dhabi on Saturday, reports UNB.The passenger is Md Saidur Rahman, hailing from Koshba of Brahmanbaria.Officials at the Customs Intelligence and Investigation Directorate (CIID) said tipped off, its officials started monitoring movement of Saidur Rahman just after he was landed by the flight of Biman at around 11:00 am.When he was about to cross the green channel of the airport’s customs, the CIID officials challenged him, said CIID director general Moinul Khan. Searching his body, they recovered three gold bars, which were kept hidden inside his underwear in a unique way, and several ornaments from his luggage. Total weight of the three gold bars and gold ornaments is 406 grams worth Tk 2 million Moinul said.
Vincent Orange (D-AtLarge) D.C. Council member (Courtesy Photo)A veteran D.C. Council member seeks to launch a petition drive to get one million people to support making the District of Columbia the 51st state in the union.D.C. Council member Vincent Orange (D-At Large) submitted a “sense of the council” resolution on July 7 called the “‘Statehood or Else’ Signature Campaign of 2015.” Partially using the slogan of the 20th anniversary of the Million Man March – “Justice or Else” – the event will take place on Oct. 10.“The time is now for the District to push for statehood and collecting one million signatures demonstrates that sense of urgency,” Orange said. “It is important to have the signatures by next summer so that the future leadership in the White House makes statehood in the District a priority of their administration.”Orange said he wants to collect one million signatures for a petition supporting D.C. statehood and submit them to the White House, the 535 members of the U.S. Congress, and to the leaders at the 2016 Democratic and Republican conventions.The resolution is legislation that expresses the determination, decision, and direction of the D.C. Council, according to the latest edition of the D.C. Council Handbook. The resolution only has to go through one full reading by the Council and doesn’t have to be approved by the mayor or the U.S. Congress. Orange’s bill will likely be taken up after the D.C. Council’s summer recess, which ends on Sept. 15.D.C. Council members Charles Allen (D-Ward 6), LaRuby May (D-Ward 8), Brandon Todd (D-Ward 8), Brianna Nadeau (D-Ward 1), and Jack Evans (D-Ward 2) are co-sponsoring the legislation. However, while Orange has enough support to pass his bill through the council, he said that more political and governmental leaders need to be on board.“For the campaign’s success, we need Mayor Bowser, all 13 council members, [D.C.] Attorney General Karl Racine, the Chief Financial Officer Jeffrey S. DeWitt, [D.C.]Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, [D.C.] Senators Paul Strauss and Michael D. Brown, [D.C.] Representative Franklin Garcia, D.C. Vote, D.C. Appleseed and all District residents and citizens of the United States to aggressively support this campaign for D.C. statehood,” Orange said.“The ‘Statehood or Else’ campaign is an opportunity to present a unifying front with the goal of achieving statehood for the District.”Garcia said he supports Orange’s initiative enthusiastically. Garcia, Strauss, and Brown are non-paid elected officials charged with lobbying Congress to grant the District statehood. “It is a good initiative,” Garcia told the AFRO on July 25. “We need to have a national campaign to get statehood and we need to take our message beyond D.C. and its borders.”Garcia said that any effort to highlight the political plight of D.C. residents is worth it. “I was in Rhode Island recently and I explained to an audience that D.C. residents don’t have a vote in Congress and people were shocked to hear that,” he said. “A lot of people don’t know what is going on in D.C. We need to do whatever we can do see that people across the nation are informed about our lack of democracy.”Orange also has the support of Stand Up! for Democracy – Free D.C., a grassroots organization that is pro-D.C. statehood. The organization posted that it “has already planned to work to mobilize and educate visitors for D.C. statehood [on Oct. 10] and will work in coalition with council member Orange and ‘Justice or Else.’However, Orange’s approach does have its critics. Josh Burch, the founder of Neighbors United for Statehood, said on his website, the51st.org, that he supports the spirit of what the council member wants to do, however, some aspects should be changed. “There are many good components in Council member Vincent Orange’s resolution to promote the statehood cause through a multi-media campaign and a petition drive,” Burch said. “The name D.C. Statehood or Else, should be tabled but the basic premise should be preserved, nurtured and developed into something meaningful, impactful and inspiring.”Burch proposes that a march, rally, and a peaceable and non-violent storming of the U.S. Capitol by District residents takes place on April 16 instead of a petition drive.
Kolkata: In an attempt to create panic among people, BJP supporters allegedly set fire to a West Bengal Transport Corporation (WBTC) bus on the southbound approach road of Brabourne Road flyover.While resisting the BJP supporters, two police personnel, including the Officer-in-Charge (OC) of Howrah Bridge traffic guard, received multiple injuries. A BJP supporter was injured as he got trapped inside the burning bus. School students and patients were also forced to get down from different vehicles to make the bandh a success in two different cases throughout the city. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeAccording to the police, some miscreants boarded the bus from route C-7 (Howrah to Harimohan Ghosh College) acting as passengers, on Wednesday at around 1.40 pm. When the bus arrived near Pagaya Patty, the alleged hooligans started creating a ruckus, threatening the passengers and the bus driver.The panic stricken passengers deboarded the bus in a hurry. As the driver of the bus had also got panicked, he was not able to stop the bus in time and rammed it into a divider, before coming to a halt. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedAs the bus stopped, BJP supporters threw some inflammable material inside the bus and set it on fire. In the meantime, one of the BJP supporters somehow got trapped inside the bus, who was later identified as Sanjib Singh. Police and locals immediately joined hands to rescue Singh. Two fire tenders were pressed into action to douse the fire.At the same time, the OC of Howrah Bridge traffic guard Raj Kumar Singh and home guard of Sealdah traffic guard Bidesh Samanta got injured, while confronting the BJP supporters. Police later identified the two persons responsible for the incident and detained one of them. Sanjib has been admitted to the Medical College Hospital with multiple injuries.In another incident, a school bus packed with children was obstructed by BJP supporters near Ganganagar under Airport police station area on Wednesday morning.Sources informed that the children and teachers were forced toget down from the bus. The bandh supporters allegedly tried to ran-sack the bus but later stepped back after repeated requests from the teachers.Meanwhile, a patient and his family members were forced to get down from a taxi near Howrah Station. The taxi was then ransacked. Later, police intervened and arranged another taxi for the patient and his family. Police also dispersed the mob and secured the taxi driver as well.
Pratha Parv – a festival of folk, tribal and traditional cultural expressions of India is being presented by Sangeet Natak Akademi, a national academy of music, dance and drama and an autonomous body under the Ministry of Culture, Government of India.In a country as vast and layered with history, antiquity and diversity, it is the realm of performing arts in which a deep connection of various genres of art or skill can be seen weaving a continuity of expressions. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfTraditional cultural expressions also called ‘expressions of folklore’ may include music, dance, art, designs, names, signs and symbols, performances, ceremonies, architectural forms, handicrafts and narratives, or many other artistic or cultural expressions including the folk and tribal art. These, which essentially form parts of the identity and heritage of a traditional or indigenous community, are passed down from generation to generation, and are integral to the cultural and social identities of indigenous and local communities. They transmit core values and beliefs. And primarily, these notions are constantly developing and being recreated within the community ie the practitioners and connoisseurs and passed on to new generations as future protectors of the shared legacy. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe festival comprises presentations of diverse forms of performing arts, film screenings sourced from the meticulously cultivated archives of the Akademi exhibition and dissemination of various musical instruments, folk and traditional, from different states of the country (primarily North-East, Odisha, Kerala and Uttarakhand). The programme also includes interactive session with artists who will share their traditional methodologies and other related aspects that may bring forth the tangible and intangible aspects to incorporate verbal expressions or symbols (stories, epics, legends, tales, riddles), musical expressions (songs, instrumental music), expressions by action (dance form, play, ritual), tangible expressions (drawings, designs, paintings, body art, carvings, woodwork, metal work, jewellery, glassware, textiles, costumes) and intangible expressions reflecting traditional forms of thought and architectural forms. The festival is an opportunity to bringing into limelight and assimilating a variety of cultural aspects of the country, as defined as North, South, East, and West and the resplendent North-East. Each day of the festival is based on this cultural classification, which aims to enhance and safeguard the inherent plurality of the cultural identity that this country so strongly identifies with.
With sedentary lifestyle being one of the biggest reasons causing infertility, doctors say consumption of artificially sweetened sodas and aerated drinks may also lead to infertility in humans.Aerated drinks contain an artificial sweetener, aspartame, which can disrupt the endocrine system leading to hormonal imbalance and infertility issues in women.”Almost all of the soft drinks and sodas contain aspartame which is linked to many health problems including infertility, malformations and miscarriages,” said Arvind Vaid, an IVF expert at city-based Indira IVF. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”Excess consumption leads to hormonal imbalance and fluctuation that causes ovulatory disorders and even worsens PMS (Premenstrual symptoms),” he added.Stating that phenylalanine and aspartic acids are the two amino acids present in aspartame considered natural and harmless when eaten in combination with other amino acids, the experts said when they are taken unaccompanied, it stimulates the generation of free radicals which leads to cell death.”Sperm and ovum, being cells, have 90 per cent chances of dying when this is consumed in excess. It is advised by many doctors and experts to avoid anything that helps in the formation of free radicals in the body for the significance of reproductive health,” said Vaid. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveRachna Jaiswar, associated with Gynaecology Department of Safdarjung Hospital, said consumption of sugary aerated drinks restrains the immune system causing weight gain and hormonal imbalance, which strongly contributes to fertility issues. “Soda is a highly acidic beverage, which alters the pH level of the body with excess consumption,” said Jaiswar.Talking about the high consumption of aerated drinks and sodas by men, Jaishwar said due to lack of nutrients in a high pH atmosphere, sperm cells either get harmed leading to its abnormal shape and poor quality or eventually die. “Moreover Bisphenol-A (BPA), a chemical that reduces the male semen quality, is found in the lining of plastic bottles and most canned goods. Men who consume soft drinks more often are at 4 times the risk of lowering their sperm count, motility and concentration,” said Jaiswar.Doctors also said most of the soft drinks are caffeinated and contain fructose, which are associated with a higher risk of ovulatory disorders and infertility among women. “Caffeine is known to be a vasoconstrictor that reduces uterine blood flow thereby reducing menstrual bleeding and shortening the duration of menses. Combination of caffeine, aspartame and fructose affects the sex hormones and the hormone receptors, even leading to infertility,” said Radhika Vajpayee, IVF expert based in Lucknow.