Port Arthur woman in her 60s dies following COVID-19 battle

first_img Next UpThe individual is an African American female between the age range of 60 and 65.It is undetermined at this time whether the individual had underlying health conditions, health department officials said. “We emphasize again that COVID-19 is a very serious disease,” a health department release stated. “While 80 percent of individuals who contract COVID-19 will have mild to moderate symptoms and fully recover, they may spread the disease to people who are at high risk.” A Port Arthur woman has died as a result of the COVID-19 virus, health officials announced Monday afternoon.“It is with great sadness” that the City of Port Arthur Health Department reported the sixth COVID-19-related death of a resident of Port Arthur.center_img Health officials say the elderly and people with underlying health conditions or weakened immune systems are at a much higher risk for developing serious complications from COVID-19.The Port Arthur Health Department strongly advises at-risk individuals to minimize contact with others who are ill, practice social distancing and wear mask when in public.last_img read more

Leahy announces nearly $10 million Navy contract for Goodrich-Vergennes

first_imgCollins Aerospace,Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) announced Monday that Simmonds Precision Products, a subsidiary of the Goodrich Corporation operating in Vergennes, has been awarded a nearly $10 million contract from the US Navy. The contract is for 120 Health and Usage Monitoring Systems, or HUMS, to be used in certain Navy helicopters, and overseas by the Government of Australia, under the Foreign Military Sales Program.  The contract sustains jobs in Vergennes and lasts through March 2014. Earlier this year Leahy announced another contract amounting to nearly $10 million awarded to the Goodrich Corporation facility in Vergennes by the U.S. Army.  That contract was similar in nature and supported the procurement of 80 HUMS units produced at the Vergennes plant. The diagnostic systems produced by Goodrich-Vergennes give military mechanics essential feedback on a helicopterâ s engine performance, structural performance and rotor wear, allowing it to be serviced before major systems fail.  These systems eliminate the need for helicopters to be removed from service for routine maintenance, thus saving money, increasing safety and improving operational readiness. Leahy is a senior member of the Defense Departmentâ s budget committee ‘the Senate Appropriations Committeeâ s Defense Subcommittee — and has long supported Goodrichâ s work in Vermont.  The Goodrich manufacturing facility in Vergennes provides work for approximately 800 full-time employees, making it one of Addison County’s largest private sector employers.   Leahy said, â I am pleased to see this company prospering in Vermont and proud to announce this contract, which builds upon the Vermont plantâ s record of accomplishment and innovation.  Goodrich continues to be on the cutting edge of military technology and provides high-tech jobs to many Vermonters, which in turn strengthens the communityâ s economy and Vermontâ s economy.  These back-to-back contracts, including sales to U.S. allies, show how an earmark can become a crucial program of record that delivers for our national security and the safety of those who serve in uniform.â  Bill Lennox, Senior Vice President of Washington Operations at the Goodrich Corporation said, â This order from the Navy is due to the many benefits our HUMS system has provided the fleet.  This program started years ago with a strong vision from the Navy to reduce their fleet operating cost and improve safety and readiness.  Senator Leahy was instrumental in helping the Navy keep the program funded during those early years, and now the program is supporting high technology production jobs in Vermont.â  Leahy’s office, 7.2.2012last_img read more

Jet2 flight delay ruling ‘opens floodgates’ to claims

first_imgThe Court of Appeal today opened the way for potentially millions of claims against airlines that have run late services.A judgment handed down in Huzar v Jet2.com found that the claimant’s flight delay was caused by technical problems that could not be defined as ‘extraordinary circumstances’.Ron Huzar was delayed for 27 hours flying from Manchester to Malaga after a wiring defect was found in the aircraft.Huzar represented himself in a £350 compensation claim at Stockport County Court last June but lost in the first instance. North-west firm Bott & Co successfully appealed on his behalf at Manchester County Court in October before His Honour Judge Platts.The airline appealed, arguing the technical defect that caused the delay constituted an extraordinary circumstance within the meaning of regulations and, as such, no compensation was due.Following a hearing last month, Lord Justice Elias said that for an event to be ‘out of the ordinary’ it must ‘stem from events which, by their nature or origin, are not inherent in the normal exercise of the activity of the air carrier concerned’.If the cause of the technical problem, he added, was one ‘inherent in the normal exercise of the activity of the air carrier concerned’ then it necessarily followed that it is also within the control of the carrier and thus not extraordinary.Experts estimate around 30% of all delays are due to technical problems, so millions of customers potentially have a greater chance of succeeding in a compensation claim.A spokesman for Bott & Co said: ‘The judgment in this case is binding on all county courts in England and Wales and it therefore opens the floodgates for passengers to finally recover compensation if their flight has been cancelled or delayed due to technical problems – at least in the vast majority of cases.’He added that in Huzar’s case the cause of the technical problem was simply wear and tear and the court quite rightly took a ‘commonsense approach’ to say it was not extraordinary.David Bott, senior partner at Bott & Co, said: ‘Rather than fulfilling its mandatory obligations under the regulations, the airline instead chose to instruct four barristers and two sets of solicitors over three court hearings – in order to defend a claim worth approximately £350.‘The airline in this case has long insisted that it wanted clarity on this point of law.‘The Court of Appeal has today delivered that clarity and I sincerely hope that the days of airlines refusing their passengers rights to financial redress with defences such as frayed carpets and broken toilets as extraordinary circumstances are behind us.’last_img read more

Moscow CSKA head coach Itudis falls ill with Covid-19 – Basketball…

first_imgThe CSKA unit, represented by Jānis Strēlnieks, told about the coach’s illness on Friday – he is being treated in Athens. The coach’s wife and daughter tested negative.“Thank you all for the encouraging news. I have a light version of the virus. With the help of my family and doctors, I’ll get through it and come back even stronger. Stay healthy and don’t forget to follow safety rules,” the 49-year-old coach told social media.TodayI was tested positive for the Covid-19 virus.Thank you for all the encouraging messages.I am having a mild version of the virus.With the help of my family and doctors I will go through this,Ill be back stronger.Remain healthy and do not forget to follow the health guidelines– Itoudis Dimitris (@ItoudisD) August 7, 2020CSKA became the ULEB Euroleague champion for the last time in 2019, but last season was not completed due to the virus. Itudis has been training the Moscow unit since 2014.Resources used:https://rsport.ria.ru/20200808/1575…last_img read more

Iker Casillas To Contest Spanish FA Presidency – Reports

first_imgFormer Spain and Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas is considering running for the presidency of the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF), Spanish media reported on Wednesday.Casillas told the national sports council (CSD) of his intention to run in the upcoming RFEF elections, reported the Cadena Ser radio station early Wednesday.According to the radio station, Casillas “has made the decision to run” for the elections and has informed Irene Lozano, who as secretary of state for sport is president of the CSD.The date of the election has not been decided. The AS newspaper, citing CSD sources, said Casillas met Lozano and expressed an interest in running.Casillas, 38, played 167 times for Spain, winning two Euros and one World Cup, and more than 700 games for Real Madrid, with whom he won the Champions League three times. He joined Porto in 2015.Last April he suffered a heart attack during training and has not played since. His name has been linked with the RFEF presidency for some months.The Catalan newspaper Mundo Deportivo said that “it was Casillas who requested the meeting” with Lozano.Current RFEF president Luis Rubiales is in perpetual conflict with Javier Tebas, the president of the Spanish league.According to the rules, the elections should be held in the second half of the year after the Tokyo Olympics. However, Rubiales has asked the CSD to bring the date forward to the first half of the year before Euro 2020, which will run from 12 June to 12 July.RelatedIker Casillas: LaLiga Legend Hangs Up His GlovesAugust 5, 2020In “Featured”Goalkeeper Iker Casillas Beats Ronaldo, Messi To Win Golden Foot AwardNovember 8, 2017In “Features”Mourinho Blasts Casillas For LyingNovember 24, 2018In “Europe”last_img read more

US dominate short distance field events at Grand Prix

first_imgAthletes from the United States (US) emerged winners in most of the short distance track events at the rLG Ghana Grand Prix held at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium in Kumasi on Saturday.The competition, which was Ghana’s first ever international track and field athletics event, saw the US finished in dramatic fashion to win gold in the Men and women’s 100 metres races, as well as the 100 metres hurdles races.In the Men’s 100 metres event, America’s Terrel Wilks maintained the lead right after the gunshot and coasted home to a time of 10.28 seconds to place first, followed by Jamaica’s Oshane Bailey, who placed second with a time of 10.32 seconds and Emmanuel Appiah-Kubi of Ghana placed third with a time of 10.42 seconds.In the 200 metres event, Bailey placed first by recording a time of 20.87 seconds, Wilks placed second with a time of 20.89 seconds and Ghana’s Shepherd Agbeko took the third position with a time of 20.92 seconds.In the Women’s 100 metres race, Tianna Madison of US, clocked a time of 11.74 seconds to place first; Ghana’s duo of Beatrice Gyaman and Flings Owusu-Agyapong took the second and third positions with 11.95 and 12.07 seconds respectively.In the 100 metres hurdles Nichole Denby of US recorded a time of 13.17 seconds to take the first position, Jessica Ohanaja of Nigeria placed second by clocking 13.53 seconds, whilst Ghana’s Margaret Simpson took the third position with a time of 13.59 seconds. In the Men’s 3,000 metres race, Willy Rotish of Kenya placed first with 8.01.67 seconds, Uganda’s Ben Siwa placed second with a time of 8.02.82 seconds and Mohammed Kasim of Ghana took the third position with 8.38.51 seconds.The 1,500 Women’s event was an all Ghana affair as Rita Luonab, Naomi Serwaah and Lydia Afia Atta placed first, second and third with a time of 4.42.88 seconds, 4.43.00 seconds and 4.48.00 seconds, respectively.In the Men’s 4×100 relay, Ghana clocked 38.92 seconds to place first, the International Select Team placed second by recording 39.66 seconds while Burkina Faso took the third position with 40.56 seconds.In the Women’s event, Ghana emerged winners by recording a time of 44.04 seconds, Burkina Faso and Ashanti Region placed second and third with 46.18 seconds and 47:34 seconds, respectively.The Men’s Long Jump event was won by Luvo Manyonga of South Africa with 8.05 metres, Ignatius Gaisah placed second with 8.03 metres while Jarod Tobler of US took the third position by recording 8.01 metres. In the Women’s event, Comfort Onyali of Nigeria and Yetsa Tuakli-Wosornu of US tied at the first position by recording 6.29 metres each, while South Africa’s Janice Josephs took the second position with 6.26 metres.The Shot Putt event was won by Charles Jordaan of South Africa with 18:40 metres, Nigeria’s Kenechukwu Ezeafor placed second with 15:94 metres and Kwabena Keene of Ghana recorded 15:74 metres to take the third position.last_img read more

Final call for journalism award

first_imgThe University of the Witwatersrand’s Investigative Journalism Workshop, in conjunction with the Valley Trust, is launching its last call for entries for South Africa’s biggest journalism award, the Taco Kuiper Award. Taco Kuiper was a highly successful publisher who shortly before his death in 2004 set up the Valley Trust to promote investigative journalism.The award, hosted for the fourth time since its inception, offers a first prize of R200 000 (US$26 000) and a second prize of R100 000 ($13 000) to the most outstanding investigative journalism in South African print and broadcast media during the previous year.Last year’s winners were the reporting team from the Mail & Guardian for their continuing investigation into the arms deal. “It must rate as one of the most important stories of this era,” said the judges.Second prize was shared by television programme Carte Blanche for a documentary about corruption in the Hammanskraal police, and City Press for its investigation into a hospital tender in Soweto.All entries for the award have to be submitted either by an editor or through the Taco Kuiper nominating committee. The deadline for submissions is Friday 19 February 2010.Guidelines and application forms can be downloaded at www.journalism.co.zaContact Margaret Renn on +27 11 717 4043 or email [email protected] for more information or queries.last_img read more

Where To Watch The 2017 Philadelphia Marathon This Weekend, November 17-19

first_imgWhether you were born to run or born to watch, this weekend ushers in one of the most exciting and historic races in the nation.Philadelphia Marathon weekend is back with four races (and the Heath and Fitness Expo) from November 17 to 19. The main event (the Philadelphia Marathon) route winds 26.2 miles through the heart of Philadelphia and speeds by some of the city’s most iconic landmarks — Independence Hall, Mother Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church and the Benjamin Franklin Bridge — on Sunday, November 19.FAST FACTSPhiladelphia Marathon weekend takes place November 17 to 19 with four different races.The Health and Fitness Expo runs on November 17 and 18 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.The main 26.2-mile marathon event unfolds on Sunday, November 19 at 7 a.m.The marathon route crosses neighborhoods including Old City, Queen Village, Center City and Manayunk.The city is going to be electric all weekend long, and especially on Sunday, when more than 60,000 spectators are expected to cheer on more than 30,000 participants. Check out all of the top spectator spots below along with the details about other fun events surrounding the race. (Photo courtesy the Philadelphia Marathon) Here’s when to watch the races…Philadelphia Marathon: Sunday, November 19, 7 a.m. kickoffPhiladelphia Half-Marathon: Saturday, November 18, 7:30 a.m. kickoffRothman Institute 8k: Saturday, November 18, 10:45 a.m. kickoffWheelchair/Handcycle race times for above three races: 3-5 minutes prior to official start timesKids Fun Run: Saturday, November 18, noon kickoff Philadelphia MarathonWhen:November 17-19 Where:Runs begin near the Philadelphia Museum of Art steps and end near 22nd and Benjamin Franklin Parkway Cost:Free to watch www.philadelphiamarathon.com Where To WatchWhile the routes for each of the four races are a little bit different, spectators can get a good view of all of them from the Benjamin Franklin Parkway between the Philadelphia Museum of Art area to LOVE Park and along parts of Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive on the west side of the Schuylkill River.Check out the course maps for the complete routes of each race. Read on for our picks for the prime spectating spots, below. (Photo by M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia) One of the most historic races in the nation, the Philadelphia Marathon covers fast and mostly flat terrain, crossing the heart of Philadelphia and some of the city’s most iconic landmarks, including Independence Hall (shown).22nd Street and the Benjamin Franklin ParkwayAll of the races start at 22nd Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and finish nearby at the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. If you’re trying to simplify your spectating planning, show up early and find a spot in that area.Philadelphia’s Historic DistrictFor those primarily interested in seeing the marathon and half-marathon, we recommend taking in some historic scenery at the same time. Since these two races circle the area and cross sections of Race Street before continuing south, Philadelphia’s Historic District serves as a great place to watch the action.The half-marathon runs by attractions including Independence Mall, the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall and then continues on, weaving its way by the National Museum of American Jewish History, Benjamin Franklin’s grave, the National Constitution Center and the United States Mint — all in the first few miles.Meanwhile, the full marathon runs by spots including Mother Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church and Independence Hall before turning onto Chestnut Street and heading into the heart of Center City. (Photo courtesy the Philadelphia Marathon) Cheer on 30,000 runners taking on the Philadelphia Marathon, which winds its way throughout the city.Along the Schuylkill RiverBoth the half-marathon and the full marathon routes run along parts of the east and west sides of the Schuylkill River, making that area another great lookout spot. In fact, the full marathon runs on Kelly Drive all the way up into Manayunk, meaning any part of the Schuylkill River Trail on the east side of the river is fair game for taking in the action.Cheer ZonesWant to make sure you don’t miss the runner(s) you came out to watch?  The marathon organizers have called out official fan-friendly cheer zones in the neighborhoods surrounding the race, denoting the approximate time ranges when the majority of runners will pass through each area. Designated cheer zones include spots like Rittenhouse Square, the Smith Memorial Playground, Reading Terminal Market at 12th and Arch streets and other areas all across the city.Check out all of Cheer Zone recommendations here. (M. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia) The 26.2-mile marathon goes all the way out to Northwest Philadelphia, including through parts of Manayunk (shown).Health and Fitness ExpoEvery year, the Philadelphia Marathon kicks off with a massive Health & Fitness Expo at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. This year’s two-day vendor showcase takes place on November 17 from noon to 9 p.m. and November 18 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.The expo is a must-stop spot for all race participants, as this is where race packets are to be retrieved. However, the free event has plenty to offer to the public, too, showcasing some of the newest running apparel, shoes, accessories and more. A plethora of product samples are also available as are health and fitness demos and onsite experts dishing out advice.Wishing a cheerful and cheer-filled weekend to all of the runners and fans out there. We’ll see you at the race!last_img read more

India Today lists the profile of top powerful people of 2004

first_imgShort takes on the people who make up the 2004 Power List. The fine print that makes big headlines. 1 Mukesh Ambani 46 and Anil Ambani 44Industrialists Mukesh is chairman and brother Anil vice-chairman of the Rs 80,000 crore Reliance Group, a petrochem and telecom giant. 2 Ratan Tata 67,Short takes on the people who make up the 2004 Power List. The fine print that makes big headlines.1 Mukesh Ambani 46 and Anil Ambani 44Industrialists Mukesh is chairman and brother Anil vice-chairman of the Rs 80,000 crore Reliance Group, a petrochem and telecom giant.2 Ratan Tata 67 IndustrialistChairman of Tata Sons, he is patriarch of the Rs 60,000 crore Tata Group, one of India’s most diversified business conglomerates.3 N.R. Narayana Murthy 57 IT tycoonCo-founder and chairman of the Bangalore-based Infosys Technologies, a Rs 3,600 crore firm, which is now largely synonymous with IT.4 Bal Thackeray 77 PoliticianFounder and chief of the Shiv Sena, one of Maharashtra’s biggest parties, he is the doyen of Hindu nationalist politics, can make Mumbai stop.5 Subrata Roy Sahara 56 BusinessmanManaging worker-chairman of Sahara India-assets at around Rs 20,000 crore-a group with interests in para-banking, housing, aviation, media.6 Amitabh Bachchan 62 ActorIndia’s top actor spanning three decades, he made a TV career as Kaun Banega Crorepati host. Still has 10 films and as many endorsements on hand.7 Nusli Wadia 59 IndustrialistHeads a Rs 3,000 crore group that includes Bombay Dyeing and Britannia. He is also the grandson of Mohammad Ali Jinnah.8 Subhash Chandra Goel 53 Media baronChairman of the Rs 1,300 crore Zee Telefilms Ltd, which launched Zee TV in 1992. Businesses range from packaging to lotteries to entertainment.9 Azim Premji 58 IndustrialistChairman of the Rs 4,300 crore Wipro Group, which began as a soap and oil maker and is now a major infotech player. Has interest in education.10 Rahul Bajaj 65 IndustrialistChairman and managing director of Bajaj Auto. His Rs 5,070 crore company was till recently India’s biggest two-wheeler maker.11 Sunil Mittal 48 Telecom tycoonHe is the chairman of the Rs 3,100 crore Bharati Tele-Ventures. It runs India’s widest cellular network, serving 6.5 million users.12 Amar Singh 48 PoliticianOf middle-class origins, he is now an MP from Uttar Pradesh and general secretary of the Samajwadi Party, which came to power in UP last year.13 Peter Mukerjea 48 BroadcasterCEO of Star TV, where he has worked for 10 years. Studied at Doon School, Dehradun. Turned Star TV from write-off to right-on.14 Samir Jain 49 and Vineet Jain 37 Media baronsSamir is vice-chairman of the Rs 1,200 crore Bennett Coleman, while Vineet is MD. They own The Times of India and several other publications.15 Deepak Parekh 59 Business executiveChairman of the Rs 5,300 crore Housing Development Finance Corporation Group. HDFC is India’s largest housing finance company.16 Sourav Ganguly 30 CricketerCurrent captain who has won more overseas Tests than his predecessors. Led India to the World Cup final and a 1-1 Test series draw in Australia.17 S. Gurumurthy 54 Swadeshi campaignerConvener of the Swadeshi Jagran Manch and founder of the Centre for Policy Studies, Chennai. Often acts as one-man veto on policy matters.18 Anand Mahindra 47 IndustrialistAlumnus of Harvard Business School, vicechairman and MD of the Rs 4,600 crore Mahindra & Mahindra Gr. One of the youngest CII presidents.19 Kumar Mangalam Birla 36 IndustrialistChairman of the Rs 27,000 crore Aditya Birla Group of companies which focuses on textiles, fertilisers, chemicals and cement.20 Naresh Goyal 55 Airline tycoonChairman of Jet Airways, India’s largest private airline. One of every two Indians who flies is a Jet passenger. But Jet can still not fly international.21 Ramoji Rao 67 Media baronOwner-editor of Eenadu, the largest-selling Telugu newspaper, he also runs regional TV channels and the Ramoji Film City, Hyderabad.22 Kalanidhi Maran 38 Media baronChairman of the Chennai-based Sun TV, he owns nine satellite channels in four states, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala and Karnataka.23 Manmohan Shetty 56 Businessman-film producerChairman of Adlabs, he is involved in every sphere of filmmaking, from exhibition to production. This year alone, he is producing 10 films.24 Jagmohan Dalmiya 63 Sports administratorPresident of the Board of Control for Cricket in India and construction magnate from Kolkata. Former chief of the International Cricket Council.25 Ramesh Aggarwal 61 Media BaronProprietor-chief editor of the Rs 800 crore Dainik Bhaskar, a Hindi newspaper based in Bhopal, which now has 25 editions.26 Naresh Trehan 57 DoctorA noted cardiac surgeon, he is executive director of the Escorts Heart Institute and Research Centre, Delhi. Is leading the changes in cardiac care.27 Shah Rukh Khan 38 ActorOne of India’s hottest filmstars, he is now beginning to take his role as liberal Muslim seriously. Is an enormous draw in the rest of the world as well.28 Sachin Tendulkar 30 CricketerIs the best batsman in the world with 22,186 international runs and 68 centuries. His annual income is estimated at Rs 25 crore.29 Allah Rakha Rahman 37 MusicianA child prodigy, he went to Trinity College of Music at Oxford and has worked with big names in the industry, doing Bombay Dreams for Broadway.30 Nand Kishore Singh 63 BureaucratBihar cadre IAS officer. Nandu to his friends, the member, Planning Commission, was secretary to the prime minister between 1998-2001.31 Sunita Narain 42 ActivistBrought giant cola companies to their knees without having a lab to bank upon. Is director of Centre for Science and Environment, Delhi.32 K.V. Kamath 56 Business executiveRuns the Rs 12,526 crore ICICI which has changed the face of banking in India. Has used technology to spur the retail credit boom.33 Naresh Chandra 69 BureaucratFormer cabinet secretary, he became Indian ambassador to the US, and is now part of every committee related to better governance.34 N. Ram 59 JournalistThe Columbia University-educated journalist returned to The Hindu for the first time in 13 years as editor-in-chief. Is known for Bofors reportage.35 E. Sreedharan 72 EngineerHeads the Delhi Metro Rail, one of the largest rail projects in the nation. Is renowned for keeping costs under control. Built the Konkan Railway.36 Radhika Roy 54 and Prannoy Roy 54Media entrepreneurs Both run the English news channel NDTV 24×7 and NDTV India in Hindi. He is president, she is MD.37 R. Chidambaram 67 ScientistIs principal scientific adviser to the Government, Former chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission, he is a key voice on nuclear research.38 Suresh Kalmadi 59 Sports administratorPresident of the Indian Olympic Association and Asian Athletics Association. Has business interests in petrol pumps and hotels, is also an MP.39 Arundhati Roy 42 Writer-activistShot to fame after her Booker Prize-winning novel The God of Small Things, she is now known more for her crusade against globalisation.40 Parmeshwar Godrej 58 Social arbiterThe wife of Adi Godrej, chairman of the Godrej Group, she is well-known in Mumbai party circles and associated with a variety of causes.41 Vijay Mallya 48 Liquor tycoonChairman of the Rs 4,800 crore United Breweries Group, he is also a Rajya Sabha member and national working president of the Janata Party.42 Aishwarya Rai 30 ActorHas not had a big hit since Devdas but has made her presence felt because of the international work on the anvil. Is a highly paid endorser.43 Hafeez Contractor 52 ArchitectThis Mumbai-based architect’s influence on the Indian landscape has been likened to that of Le Corbusier and Charles Correa.44 Lalit Suri 58 BusinessmanAs chairman of Bharat Hotels, he runs seven hotels across the country. Was elected to the Rajya Sabha. Also has interests in telecom and media.45 Kapil Sibal 56 Politician-lawyerIs one of the nation’s highest paid and busiest legal brains. His powers of persuasion are best used by Congress in Parliament and as party spokesman.46 Shekhar Gupta 46 JournalistAs group CEO and editor of The Indian Express, he leads from the front. Also research associate, International Institute of Strategic Studies, London.47 Javed Akhtar 59 Lyricist-activistHighly regarded poet, is founder president of Muslims for Social Democracy, an organisation that speaks for a cross-section of Muslims.48 Aveek Sarkar 58 Media baronProprietor-editor of Anand Bazaar Patrika Group, the largest media house in West Bengal. Has made a successful foray into TV with Star News.49 Chiranjeevi 49 ActorThe most expensive star in the Telugu film industry, he also runs a charitable trust. Faces constant speculation about entry into politics.50 Raian Karanjawala 48 LawyerHas clients ranging from Star TV to the Tatas to Nusli Wadia. Is the first port of call for several powerful people in legal trouble.advertisementadvertisementadvertisementThe Displaced The list of people who didn’t make it this time.2* Satya Sai Baba 77 Spiritual preceptor6 Shankaracharya of Kanchi 69 Spiritual preceptor13 Nanaji Deshmukh 87 Social worker18 Chandra Shekhar 76 Politician22 Murli Deora 67 Politician23 P. R. S. ‘Bikki’ Oberoi 74 Hotelier26 Sri Sri Ravi Shankar 47 Spiritual preceptor28 Pratap Reddy 72 Hospital tycoon29 R.P. Goenka 73 Industrialist30 Shekhar Kapur 58 Film director32 Medha Patkar 49 Activist34 Rajnikant 54 Actor35 Fali Nariman 75 Lawyer37 Subramanian Swamy 64 Politician40 M.F. Husain 89 Artist42 Shobhaa De 55 Socialite-writer44 Ram Jethmalani 80 Lawyer45 Gaj Singh 56 Hotelier46 David Davidar 45 Publisher48 R.K. Pachauri 63 Scientist49 Vandana Shiva 51 Activistlast_img read more

Nico Vinz Perform At UNAIDS Gala In Switzerland

first_imgUNAIDS, in partnership with the hotel InterContinental Genève, Cartier and Etihad Airways, held its first fundraising gala, in Geneva, Switzerland, last week.Nico & Vinz Perform for UNAIDSThe event was part of UNAIDS’ efforts to ensure that children everywhere are free from HIV and that mothers have access to antiretroviral medicines to ensure that they stay alive and well.The gala was held under the patronage of Caroline Rupert, Kweku Mandela and Ndaba Mandela, and was attended by personalities from both Switzerland and abroad.The Executive Director of UNAIDS, Michel Sidibé opened the event, emphasizing the importance of stopping new HIV infections among children. “The science and medicines exist to ensure that no child becomes infected with HIV. Mobilizing innovative partnerships and increased resources will be vital to reaching all women and children in need of life-saving HIV prevention and treatment services.”Florence Ngobeni-Allen, Global Ambassador for the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, from South Africa, and Ashley Rose Murphy, from Canada, spoke about their experiences of living with HIV. “I was born in 1998, when Canada had the medications and the ability to ensure that almost zero babies were born with HIV. I should not have HIV. But I do,” said Ms Murphy. “Now these life-saving medications can be available everywhere. If we work hard, we can make sure that no one, no matter where they live, is born with HIV.”The musical highlight of the evening was the Norwegian duo Nico & Vinz performing their hit songs Am I Wrong and My Melody, a song dedicated to people living with HIV.Michel Sidibé with Nico & VinzA live auction was curated by David Bennett from Sotheby’s, for which Cartier provided a set of haute jewellery earrings and a lady’s watch. Further items included pieces from Victoria Beckham’s collection, Christian Louboutin custom-made shoes, a watch from Piaget and a Nelson Mandela limited edition print donated by Annie Leibovitz.The theme of the gala was “Cities around the world”. Cities’ responses to HIV have been at the forefront since the start of the epidemic. Fast-Tracking the response to HIV in cities will be essential to ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030.The partnership between UNAIDS and the hotel InterContinental Genève began in December 2013 with the launch of the Where History is Made campaign, a joint initiative to raise funds to support the Global Plan towards the elimination of new HIV infections among children by 2015 and keeping their mothers alive (Global Plan).In 2013, some 240 000 children became newly infected with HIV and 190 000 children died of AIDS-related illnesses. Without HIV treatment, half of all children born with HIV die by the age of two and most die before their fifth birthday.The Global Plan aims to reduce the number of new HIV infections among children by 90% and AIDS-related deaths among pregnant women and children by 50%. It focuses on all countries, but particularly on the 22 countries where 90% of new HIV infections among children occur.last_img read more