Kylie Minogue To Headline Butterfly Ball

first_imgOrganisers of one of the UK’s most prestigious charity balls have announced that global pop superstar, Kylie Minogue, will be headlining the event in London on May 15th.Kylie Minogue To Headline Butterfly BallThe multi award-winning artist will perform an exclusive set for guests attending the Caudwell Children Butterfly Ball at Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane.The annual event regularly raises in excess of £1.7million to provide life-changing practical and emotional support for disabled children through the charity, Caudwell Children.“I’m delighted to be a part of this fantastic event which does so much to help disabled children in the UK.” said Kylie.With a musical career spanning over three decades and worldwide record sales of over 70million, Kylie’s success includes seven UK Number No.1 singles and four UK No.1 albums, making her one of the UK’s bestselling female artists of all time.Kylie Minogue – Kiss Me OnceOn the back of the release of her critically acclaimed new album, ‘Kiss Me Once’ (released March 17), Kylie promises guests of the star-studded event a glamorous stage show featuring performances of hit songs including new single ‘Into The Blue’ and the worldwide smash, ’Can’t Get You Out of My Head’.The Butterfly Ball is renowned for attracting some of the UK’s most influential business leaders and celebrities as well as Royalty and Government Ministers.Kylie is the latest superstar to perform at the high profile event, which raises funds to provide vital support for disabled children living in the UK. Founded by successful entrepreneur and philanthropist, John Caudwell, the charity has provided services worth over £28million and helped change the lives of thousands of children across the UK.Chief Executive, Trudi Beswick, said: “The Butterfly Ball is such an important event for us, not just because it raises such a lot of money but because it helps to spread awareness of the work we are doing with thousands of families in communities around the UK.We are thrilled to have Kylie performing at the event this year; she has had a glittering career during which she has also done some amazing work for charity. She’s an inspiration to millions and we are really excited to work with her.”The Butterfly Ball takes place in The Great Room at Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, London on Thursday 15th May 2014.The Charity’s ambassadors include Hollywood actress and author, Joan Collins, actress Elizabeth Hurley, Rod Stewart and Penny Lancaster, Peter Andre, Bruce Forsyth and singer, Robbie Williams. The late Boyzone singer, Stephen Gately, was also a Goodwill Ambassador for the Charity.For more information about the Butterfly Ball and Caudwell Children, visit their website at www.caudwellchildren.com or call 01782 600112.last_img read more

Special Report Managing sexually violent predators

first_img Posted: March 29, 2018 Sasha Foo Sasha Foo, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Special Report: Managing sexually violent predatorscenter_img March 29, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) — Next month, a judge in San Diego will consider the release of a convicted sex offender to the East County community of Jacumba Hot Springs.71-year-old Herman Smith was convicted in 1993 of rape and other crimes involving a minor.In the last U.S. census, the community of Jacumba Hot Springs had a population of fewer than 600 people, but County Supervisor Dianne Jacob said that hasn’t changed her opinion that sexually violent predators like Smith are too dangerous to be set free.“These are individuals at high risk of repeating their offense again. They should be put away for good,” Jacob said.Under the law, any offender who has served their time and has successfully completed treatment can be considered for release.Doctor Glenn Lipson, a forensic psychologist who has evaluated inmates who are petitioning for release said the risk of reoffending is tied to how the inmate is managed once they’re back in the community.“We try to tighten up contact with them, the measures that we feel are going to enable them to succeed because individuals do not want to go back to prison. So, very often they’re amenable to putting in the types of structures and requirements we feel are going to assist them in avoiding reoffending,” Lipson said.In a 2009 meta-analysis, that looked at 23 separate studies, the research found that nearly 11 percent of the treated offenders committed another sexual offense.The rate was significantly higher for those who were not treated, at more than 19 percent.Yet, unlike the County supervisor, the psychologist doesn’t believe that all sex offenders are a bad risk.With proper management and continuing treatment, Dr. Lipson thinks society can achieve a balance between justice and the safety of the community. Updated: 10:36 PMlast_img read more

Wilmington Police To Hold RAD Refresher Course On October 9

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington Police Department announced this week it will be holding a R.A.D. Refresher Course on Wednesday, October 9, 2019, from 5pm to 9pm, at the Public Safety Building.The course has been scheduled for women who have previously successfully completed R.A.D. (Rape Aggression Defense System), which is a women’s self-defense program that is comprised of easy-to-learn, effective physical defense techniques. Online registration for the free one-night course is required and can be found HERE.Contact Sgt. Chris Ahern at 978-658-5071 or cahern[at]wpd.org with any questions.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 wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedFree R.A.D. Class Offered To Wilmington Women Through Middlesex Sheriff’s OfficeIn “Government”Wilmington Police To Offer Free R.A.D. Class In AprilIn “Government”Wilmington Police To Offer FREE R.A.D. ClassesIn “Government”last_img read more

Judge denies nuclear protesters religious freedom defense

first_img Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,(RNS) — A federal judge has denied a request by a group of Catholic peace activists to dismiss charges against them for breaking into a nuclear submarine base in Kings Bay, Georgia, last year to protest nuclear weapons.The seven activists, individually and through their lawyers, used a novel defense, citing the Religion Freedom Restoration Act, a 1993 federal law that says the government may not burden the faith practices of a person with sincerely held religious beliefs.But Judge Lisa Godbey Wood, a federal judge in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Georgia, denied that defense and scheduled a jury trial for Oct. 21.The activists, known as the Kings Bay Plowshares 7, face up to 25 years in prison each for trespassing on the U.S. Navy base, which houses six Trident submarines designed to carry nearly 200 nuclear warheads apiece.The seven, mostly middle-aged or elderly, will each stand trial on three felonies and one misdemeanor: destruction of property on a naval installation, depredation of government property, trespass and conspiracy.In her denial, Wood concluded that the activists were sincere in their religious faith and that the government had burdened that religious faith by prosecuting them. But the judge found that the government has a compelling interest in the safety of the people working at the Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base and in the security of the nuclear weapons housed there. Therefore, she found that the legal charges leveled against the activists were “the least restrictive means of furthering its compelling interests in these circumstances.” Her 19-page opinion denies all the defendants’ motions.On the night of April 4, 2018, the group stole onto the Kings Bay base in St. Marys, Georgia, cut a padlock and later a security fence, spilled blood on Navy wall insignia, spray-painted anti-war slogans on a walkway and banged on a monument to nuclear warfare using hammers made of melted-down guns. Their goal, they said, was to symbolically disarm the weapons.The group is part of a 39-year-old anti-nuclear movement called Plowshares, inspired by the prediction of the biblical prophet Isaiah that the nations of the world shall “beat their swords into plowshares.” Its activists have made a signature of breaking into nuclear weapons bases to hammer on buildings and military hardware and pour human blood on them.The defendants are all residents of Catholic Worker houses, a collection of 200 independent houses across the country that feed and house the poor. They include a Jesuit priest, a former nun and a granddaughter of Dorothy Day, a co-founder of the Catholic Worker movement who is under consideration by the Catholic Church for canonization as a saint.Now it will be up to the group to convince the court that the Plowshares group ought to be able to present experts who can testify about Catholic social teachings on nuclear weapons and why non-violent actions protesting nuclear weapons care consistent with their faith.“The fight is going to be over how much of their faith can they testify to and what other kinds of evidence will the court allow the jury to hear,” said William P. Quigley, a law professor at Loyola University New Orleans College of Law, who is helping the Kings Bay Plowshares 7 argue their case pro bono.Quigley said he expected a flurry of pretrial motions on admissible testimony before the Oct. 21 trial in a federal courtroom in Brunswick, Georgia, about 70 miles north of Jacksonville, Florida.“Traditionally, governments want to restrict the amount of evidence put on. They want to focus on the lock, the fence, the paint,” he said. “The defendants want to put their actions into the context of their faith and in the context of what it says about nuclear weapons.” Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email By: Yonat Shimron YonatShimron News Yonat Shimron YonatShimron Catholicism By: Yonat Shimron YonatShimron Share This! Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email News • Photos of the Week Yonat Shimron Yonat Shimron is an RNS National Reporter and Senior Editor.,Load Comments,US agency: Hospital forced nurse to participate in abortion TagsCatholic social teaching homepage featured Judge Lisa Godbey Wood Kings Bay 7 Naval Submarine Base at Kings Bay nuclear weapons Plowshares Kings Bay 7,You may also like Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts Share This! By: Yonat Shimron YonatShimron As Amazon burns, Vatican prepares for summit on region’s faith and sustainabilit … August 30, 2019 Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Photos of the Week August 30, 2019 Black minister to his mostly white ELCA denomination: ‘We need to rethink church’ Share This! Instagram apostasy stirs controversy over Christian ‘influencers’ August 30, 2019last_img read more

Govt unable to protect environment SC judge

first_imgIt is the government’s duty to protect the environment but they are unable to do so and instead they accuse the judiciary of encroaching upon its territory, Supreme Court judge Justice Vikramajit Sen on Tuesday said.“It is government which is supposed to protect the environment but increasingly, we find, for various reasons, that the government is unable to do this task. But that is primarily because politics is the main chase. You need an electorate to give votes. It is expensive exercise and therefore you have to increasingly depend on big businesses which exploit environment,” Justice Sen said. Also Read – Need to understand why law graduate’s natural choice is not legal profession: CJISpeaking at the release of Jindal Global Law Review’s special issue on Environmental Law, the judge said no government is interested in environment and is on the lowest priority list and taken as an obstacle to industrialisation.“Increasingly, we hear from the government and bureaucracy that we are going into areas which is not expected of judiciary. What does the judiciary do A and B have a dispute and we are expected to decide. But what about the constitutional vision. Are we supposed to look the other way when we see degradation at such a large-scale? Or is it our duty, as a member of higher judiciary, to take note of it,” he said.“Governments think that we are encroaching on their territory but the reality is that we are doing very little to protect the environment. Any judge who is mindful will put environment on his priority list,” Justice Sen said.last_img read more

Cyber Incidents Response Team to bolster Navy now

first_imgIndian Navy has followed the Army in creating Cyber Incidents Response Team (CIRT) under a rear admiral to keep in check malicious attacks of the kind the US military agencies are facing from Chinese cyber warriors. A navy source says: “We have a fairly robust system in place. The CIRT keeps a running check on our systems for possible breaches.”Army was the first amongst the Indian armed forces to set up the army cyber group in 2005 for indulging in active defense and limited offensive operations. The system was built by a retired signals office commanding-in-chief Lieutenant General Devinder Kumar, who is extremely reticent about talking about the set-up, which is his creation. Navy’s is of lesser vintage. Also Read – Need to understand why law graduate’s natural choice is not legal profession: CJIThe navy’s staffing of the cyber security arm is through its intake of software engineers trained in premier educational institutions of the country. The CIRT interfaces with the civilian agencies like the Computer Emergency Response Team – India (CERT-IN) in case the situation demands such intervention.Otherwise, the CIRT does regular audit of the navy’s computer systems. In fact, as a navy source says: “The computers on which sensitive matters are handled are not connected to the internet; do not have slots for pen drives, computer discs or any other external device.” Cyber directorate of the navy has stipulated, a computer is placed in a public space for the contingency of any of the staffers having to access the internet.  Also Read – Health remains key challenge in India’s development: KovindThe person/s who need to use that computer have to seek a clearance from the rear admiral, who is also the assistant chief of naval staff for foreign cooperation and intelligence. Considering that the navy also has a larger dimension of communicating with its vessels at sea, a source says: “We have our security overlays when communicating with ships at sea. These days we have satellite communication.” Navy has its own dedicated satellite, Rukmini, that send out communications to the ships in encrypted form.last_img read more

Exercise may cut gestational diabetes risk in obese women

first_imgObese women are at increased risk of complications during pregnancy, the most common of which are gestational diabetes, high blood pressure, a large increase in weight as well as pre-eclampsia.“It’s important to reduce obesity-related pregnancy complications because they can have long-term consequences for both the mother and her child,” said a researcher from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim, Norway.Obese mothers are also at an increased risk of needing a caesarean section and giving birth to large babies. These complications can have a great impact on the health of both mother and child, not just during pregnancy, but also later in life, the researchers said. The findings showed that the amount of exercise needed to reduce the risk of gestational diabetes is not very high. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’“That meant that even a little training during pregnancy can be beneficial,” said Kirsti Krohn Garnæs, doctoral candidate at NTNU. Further, women who followed the exercise regimen also showed lower blood pressure towards the end of their pregnancy.Women in the exercise group were invited to three weekly supervised sessions of 60 minutes throughout the course of their pregnancy. The training consisted of 35 minutes of moderate intensity treadmill walking and 25 minutes of strength training. The control group was given standard prenatal care. Of these, only two in the exercise group versus nine in the control group developed gestational diabetes.last_img read more

Bdeshi actor Abdun Gaji Noor takes part in poll drive complaint lodged

first_imgKolkata: A complaint was lodged with the Election Commission against Bangladeshi actor Abdun Gaji Noor who courted controversy by taking part in an election rally on Wednesday.The state BJP leaders have registered a complaint with the office of the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) against the participation of the Bangladeshi actor in the election campaign. The Election Commission has taken an exception to the participation of a foreign national in the election campaign. It was learnt that the office of the Deputy High Commissioner of Bangladesh took up the matter with the actor. He will be asked to return to his homeland. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataIt may be mentioned here that Bangladeshi actor Noor triggered controversy after he took part in an election rally in Dum Dum in favour of Sougata Roy, who is contesting the ongoing election from Dum Dum. Noor was found standing in a hood-less jeep along with Trinamool Congress leader Madan Mitra on Wednesday. The incident sparked a political slugfest between the Trinamool Congress and BJP. The state BJP leaders termed the incident a gross violation of the model code of conduct (MCC) and demanded action against the TMC candidate Roy. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateIt was learnt from the sources in the CEO office that there is no specific laws laid down by the Election Commission of India (ECI) in this regard. Hence the officials cannot take any action against a foreign national. They are however looking into the matter and may seek suggestion from the ECI. The Bangladeshi actor however claimed that he took part in the road show after being requested by TMC leader Madan Mitra. The actor also defended himself by saying that he took part in the road show without uttering a word. Meanwhile, it may be said that in a similar incident Bangladeshi film actor Ferdous Ahmed also triggered controversy after he attended an election rallies in Raiganj constituency areas on April 14. The actor was seen seeking votes for Trinamool Congress candidate Kanhaiyalal Agarwal at campaign rallies across Hemtabad and Karandighi near the Indo-Bangladesh border for ensuing Lok Sabha polls. As the matter came to light, Ahmed was asked by the office of the Deputy High Commission of Bangladesh to leave the country and go to Bangladesh immediately.last_img read more

How to Position Your SaaS Business For a Platform Sell

first_img 7 min read I’ve always said that the companies that scale to become large, sustainable and independent franchises are the ones that offer a platform to the market. The constant evolution aspiration for a startup is to go from feature to product to platform — to create a company where other companies are born and scaled on your technology offerings. A larger vision and the ability to execute on it is truly what separate the good from the great.Things have changed a lot for Dyn over the 15 years since its inception — and many of the biggest shifts have come since I joined the company almost eight years ago. Since 2008 we’ve seen a dramatic shift in the way SaaS tools and services are sold, and how growing SaaS companies are positioning themselves in the market. Like many SaaS companies, Dyn started as a small niche player in an important corner of the Internet — Managed DNS — and slowly carved out a space honing our product and beating competitors on service, pricing, relationships, and added-value until we grew to be the market leader. Along the way we selectively added complementary products — traffic management, Internet intelligence and email delivery — and continued to grow, ensuring our products worked so well in tandem and delivered such value that the only clear path forward was to deliver a platform sale to our customers.Related: 11 Ways to Make Money While You SleepWe’re in the midst of a go-to-market and product transformation to reflect this evolution of our business and this move upstream we’re making with the platform is the natural one for businesses that want to drive growth and continue innovating as an independent entity. For Dyn, it’s no longer about selling feeds and speeds, but all about selling business value to enterprises.We’re certainly not alone in our platform-first approach. A recent Accenture Trend Report noted that 81 percent of executives say platform-based business models will be core to their growth strategy within three years. Creating integrated approaches to solving business challenges is not only good for customers, it’s a differentiator for your business that can position you far ahead of the competition. Here are some keys to enabling — and nailing — the move to the platform.Enable a Vision and the Rest will FollowShifting your business to a platform approach requires patience and isn’t for everyone. But if your company has several complementary products that combine to create huge value for your customers and prospects, integrating the products and developing additional tools that continue to differentiate your business could propel your growth story. In 2015 we started a cross-company pivot away from product selling and towards a platform sell – delivering the value of all of our core DNS, data, analytics and traffic steering products into addressing the Internet Performance Management space, where we see huge potential for the company through the next 5 years and beyond. But before we saw a platform approach, we had to see the vision for how our existing products could deliver on a larger promise for our customers.Related: 5 Habits of the Wealthy That Helped Them Get RichHaving the vision for a platform sale is also necessary for any business to continue to be an independent player, especially in an ecosystem where companies with unique tools or services are targets for companies that already have a platform play. Building out a platform and successfully rolling it out to customers — and ensuring they embrace it — is a big challenge, but with big challenges come big opportunities.Build What Customers Want – and ValidateIt may seem obvious to build products well-tailored to customers’ wants and needs but too many SaaS product development teams fall into the trap of iterating based on their own visions for the product rather that keeping to the goal of solving very specific customer problems and solving them well. At Dyn, we’ve kept our focus on this and it has helped us grow over the long-run, with 29 consecutive quarters of growth and counting.Keeping a keen eye on the customer has meant each of our products and each of our acquisitions has been based on fulfilling a need. As customer needs have been filled we’ve constantly challenged ourselves and this has led to a natural progression in thinking from feature to product to suite to platform. The platform has always been the goal, but it has become the emphasis based on clear customer need. This “market-in” rather than “product out” mindset is imperative to understanding what customers truly want and enabling your business to deliver through the out years. It was critical for us to match our own maturation with the macro trends happening across the Internet infrastructure landscape and affecting CIO and CTOs of companies big and small. Timing is everything.Empower Leadership for a Full Throttle ChangeBuilding the vision and strategy and green-lighting the move to a platform approach was one of the most significant decisions our leadership has made over the history of the business. Not only did it signal a serious shift in our marketing and sales approach, it required a mammoth undertaking by our product and engineering teams to build the software that would enable our massive business shift. Many times products are utilized by customers with siloed interaction points. This user experience needs to be elegant with clean workflows and interfaces or via robust APIs.Related: Habits of the World’s Wealthiest People (Infographic)While it was a true team effort to develop the strategy and action plan for the platform play, it was crucial for the plan to be communicated to leaders across our near 500-person business, to our regional offices in the UK, Australia and Singapore, and understood and internalized by all of our staff. Enabling this change was a huge decision and we’ve had to turn the company and ensure the message is resonating and being communicated across all departments and through all disciplines. We also based one of our biggest hires to date, our global head of sales, on his ability to grow our sales apparatus to meet this platform approach. If you want to have a big vision for your company’s future, you truly have to go all in.Reorg and ResizeYou can’t make a platform play without shaking up your organization significantly. We have shifted focus in many areas of our business and have had to reorganize teams and assets to meet the challenges we’ve placed on ourselves. This is never an easy proposition for a business, but if leadership articulates the vision, charts the course and firmly plants the flag, showing how your business can meet the opportunity before it, your business will be set to optimize for the exciting opportunities ahead.At Dyn, our platform play has meant that we’re now prepared to hunt down opportunities in business categories that are emerging as the big prospects of the future: automation, predictive analytics, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT), full cloud adoption, mobile and ever more globalization and global growth. Our internal reorganization has meant shifting focus for many of our best thinkers and the creation of new strategic groups that are helping the whole organization to shift to meet opportunity. We’ve developed a specific research group, integration group, partnerships and alliances group and a solution architecture team to set us on a footing for success.Change is never easy, especially in already successful organizations, but if you want to be sustainable and impactful you need to see the future and set a foundation to get you there. Employees, long-time customers and other stakeholders might question a shift in focus after so many successful years of business. But moving to a platform play requires opportunism, guts, and vision with a commitment to taking on the challenges of tomorrow. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. May 13, 2017 Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Register Now »last_img read more