BASSINTHEGRASS to feature top Territory talent

first_imgBASSINTHEGRASS to feature top Territory talent NT GovernmentCasii Williams and DRAFTDAY have been announced as the winners of the BASSINTHEGRASS Northern Territory artist competition, after judges received an outstanding number of entries this year.The Territory-based artists will take to the stage alongside some of the biggest names in Australian music at Mindil Beach on 15 May.Casii Williams is a Western Arrernte woman from the remote community of Ntaria/Hermannsburg in Central Australia.She released her first single ‘Desert Pop Lock and Drop’ at just 14.Darwin-based band DRAFTDAY are making their mark on the Australian music scene, currently touring across the country.Made up of lead singer Arran Barker, guitarists Tom Ford and Lucas Sharp, bass guitarist Manolis Kamitsis and drummer Rowan Dally, DRAFTDAY channels the sounds of Trophy Eyes, City Calm Down and Gang of Youths.The BASSINTHEGRASS local artists judging panel includes MusicNT Executive Director Mark Smith, DJ Delicious/Hot 100 Breakfast Presenter Danielle McMurrich and NT APRA Representative – Writers Services Phillip Eaton.This year’s BASSINTHEGRASS will include a new Welcome to Country performance featuring Larrakia Traditional Owner Shaun Lee, as well as acclaimed Aboriginal footballers and musicians Marlon Motlop and Rulla Kelly-Mansell.The performance will involve a smoking and kenbi (didgeridoo) ceremony, as well as a combination of audio, visual and live elements on stage as part of an overall theme and narrative. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Aboriginal, APRA, AusPol, Australia, Australian, beach, Central, community, director, Ford, Government, Lock, Music, Northern Territory, smoking, Williams, womanlast_img read more

Why we should focus on human milk based fortifiers for improving health outcomes for premature babies

first_img Cyrus Contractorfortification for preterm babiesHuman milk bankingpremature deliveries The missing informal workers in India’s vaccine story Guest Blogs News Public Health Heartfulness group of organisations launches ‘Healthcare by Heartfulness’ COVID care app Menopause to become the next game-changer in global femtech solutions industry by 2025 WHO tri-regional policy dialogue seeks solutions to challenges facing international mobility of health professionals Share MaxiVision Eye Hospitals launches “Mucormycosis Early Detection Centre” Read Article India tops the list of 10 countries that account for 60 per cent of premature deliveries worldwide. Without additional nutrients, preterm babies may suffer from growth deficits, which are difficult to compensate at later stages of life. Cyrus Contractor, practicing paediatrician and neonatologist, Breach Candy Hospital, Mumbai explains how human milk is a true savior as it is rich in antibodies that help preterm babies fight fatal infections as well as offer protection against various allergies. With the pandemic putting the spotlight on healthcare, he feels it is the right time to focus on garnering greater public participation when it comes to milk donation and healthy fortification for preterm babiesThe COVID-19 outbreak has caused much distress across the globe. In the case of premature/preterm babies – those born before 37 weeks of gestation – the amplified anxiety in the current scenario is understandable.A significant public health concern, preterm birth is counted among the leading causes of death worldwide in children under the age of five years. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), prematurity affects more than one in ten infants globally and an estimated 15 million babies are born premature, of which almost a million succumb to the complications of preterm birth. The ones who survive often have to live with various health complications later in life.Indian scenario Studies show that poorer countries are at higher risk of premature deliveries, with 12 percent of infants born before 37 weeks of gestation as compared to nine percent in the higher-income countries.India tops the list of 10 countries that account for 60 per cent of premature deliveries worldwide. According to a report published by the WHO, in partnership with other global healthcare organisations, titled Born Too Soon: The Global Action Report on Preterm Birth, India reports the maximum number of preterm births – 3,519,100, nearly 24 percent of the total global number.Principal solutionPremature babies have special nutritional needs. They need to consume breast milk beyond their stomach’s limited capacity to get adequate nutrition. This is because premature babies grow faster as compared to term babies and this rapid pace of growth requires more proteins, minerals, and other nutrients. Without these additional nutrients, preterm babies may suffer from growth deficits, which are difficult to compensate at later stages of life.Human milk – recognised as ‘liquid gold’ – contains all the essential nutrients that a baby needs for its healthy growth and development. Unfortunately, some mothers may be unable to breastfeed due to a variety of reasons, such as low milk production, previous or recent breast-related surgeries, use of certain medications, or if the mother is suffering from an infectious disease. Currently, there is no evidence that COVID-19 can be passed from mother to baby via breast milk.Doctors often recommend donor milk or fortified products to help meet the infant’s nutritional requirements. Unlike formula milk – which is made of cow’s milk – human milk is easily digested, making it the perfect food for babies. Studies find that the sodium content in cow’s milk makes it difficult to digest and increases the risk of certain complications such as severe bowel problems in infants and young children.Milk donation Milk banks collect, screen, and store breast milk from healthy lactating mothers, who volunteer to be donors. Currently, there are 57 milk banks in India.Who can donate milk? Any healthy lactating mother who tests negative for HIV and venereal diseases, is not under any drugs and is free from any evidence of hepatitis, can donate breast milk after due examination and approval by a doctor.The donor milk is used to meet the nutritional requirements of babies who are not biologically related to the donor. Human milk is a true savior as it is rich in antibodies that help preterm babies fight fatal infections as well as offer protection against various allergies.Human milk provides all the essential components for the growth and development of the baby. This includes:Macronutrients (fats, carbohydrates, and proteins)Micronutrients (vitamins and minerals)Developmental factors (long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids, growth factors, and cytokines)Human milk banking in India Even with a tremendous need for Human Milk Banks in India, the industry is at an extremely nascent stage. The lack of availability of lactation consultants, poor coordination between obstetricians and paediatricians, and limited awareness among service providers have hindered the development of this sector.However, the awareness of Human Milk banking is slowly growing in India. The government has acknowledged the importance and the role that Human Milk Banks play in reducing neonatal mortality, particularly when integrated into new-born care. As a result, stakeholders are actively prioritising and supporting Human milk banks in India.Human milk banks – hubs for newborn care The following activities will help to increase access and intake of human milk:Encouraging health care staff and communities to support and amplify breastfeeding, providing necessary lactation counselling to mothers. According to national data, the rate of early initiation of breastfeeding is 24.3 percent in India and that exclusive breastfeeding is 46 percent. Immense effort is required to support and encourage more women to breastfeed.Providing safe, pasteurised Donor Human Milk (DHM) banks when mother’s milk is not available. In India, it is estimated that 30 to 50 percent of babies in neonatal intensive care units and 10 to 15 percent of term healthy babies require DHM. Increasing access to human milk through Human Milk Banks has the potential to reach 5 million babies in India annually. This impact increases tenfold if we strengthen breastfeeding practices.Plan of actionThe pandemic has put the spotlight on healthcare. And this is the perfect time to address the predicament of babies born too soon. According to the WHO, over 820,000 children’s lives can be saved every year, if all children between 0-23 months are optimally breastfed. Undernutrition, studies show, is associated with 2.7 million or 45 percent of all child deaths annually.The need of the hour is to spread awareness about the importance of infant feeding to improve child survival and promote healthy growth and development. We need greater public participation when it comes to milk donation and healthy fortification for preterm babies.Today, thanks to advancements in medical science and research, there are innovations that can effectively address the unique needs of neonatal nutrition. We need to facilitate healthy discussions about their adoption so that they can play a critical role in supporting ‘intact survival’ – that is, the ability of premature babies to survive without disabilities. Comments (0) By EH News Bureau on September 19, 2020 Why we should focus on human milk based fortifiers for improving health outcomes for premature babies Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals releases first “Comprehensive Textbook of COVID-19” Phoenix Business Consulting invests in telehealth platform Healpha Related Posts Add Commentlast_img read more

Innocence of mind

first_imgHappiness and suffering are feelings – parts of our mind – and so their main causes are not to be found outside the mind. If we really want to be truly happy and free from suffering we must improve our understanding of the mind.When I talk about mind, I’m not just talking about my mind, my trip.I’m talking about the mind of each and every universal living being. The way we live, the way we think — everything is dedicated to material pleasure. We consider sense objects to be of utmost importance and materialistically devote ourselves to whatever makes us happy, famous or popular. Even though all this comes from our mind, we are so totally preoccupied with external objects that we never look within, we never question why we find them so interesting. As long as we exist, our mind is an inseparable part of us. As a result, we are always up and down. It is not our body that goes up and down, it’s our mind — this mind whose way of functioning we do not understand. Therefore, sometimes we have to examine ourselves — not just our body, but our mind. After all, it is our mind that is always telling us what to do. We have to know our own psychology, or, in religious terminology, perhaps, our inner nature. One day the world looks so beautiful; the next day it looks terrible. How can you say that? Scientifically, it’s impossible that the world can change so radically. It’s your mind that causes these appearances. Similarly, one person thinks that the world is beautiful and people are wonderful and kind, while another thinks that everything and everyone is horrible. Who is right? How do you explain that scientifically? It’s just their individual mind’s projection of the sense world. How do you check your mind? Just watch how it perceives or interprets any object that it encounters. Observe what feelings — comfortable or uncomfortable — arise. When you check your own mind properly, you stop blaming others for your problems. Your mind is like a mirror, reflecting everything without discrimination. If you check into how your mind expresses itself, your various views and feelings, your imagination, you will realize that all your emotions, the way you live your life, the way you relate to others, all come from your own mind. If you don’t understand how your mind works, you’re going to continue having negative experiences like anger and depression. Why do I call a depressed mind negative? Because a depressed mind doesn’t understand how it works. A mind without understanding is negative. A negative mind brings you down because all its reactions are polluted. A mind with understanding functions clearly. A clear mind is a positive mind. So think positive, and protect your mind from negative thoughts.We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves. ― Buddha#Change your mind: Change your lifelast_img read more

Toyota partners with Energy Observer

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Hazard wants new signings at Chelsea

first_imgEden Hazard has challenged Chelsea to match his ambitions with new signings to bolster the squad.The 27-year-old Belgium playmaker is under contract until 2020 and is reportedly mulling over an extension.Chelsea pulled off a coup in signing Hazard in the summer of 2012, but the club’s transfer business has been more circumspect since.AdChoices广告Asked what would persuade him to sign, Hazard said: “I’m waiting for new players next season. I want good players because I want to win next season the Premier League.”Hazard acknowledges this is likely his last lucrative, long-term deal. But he made it clear he was in no rush to leave amid persistent rumours linking him with Real Madrid.He added: “That’s why I’m taking my time. It’s something big. I need to think about a lot of things.“One thing I’m sure is that I’m happy here.”Embed from Getty Images Embed from Getty Images See also:Hazard wants answers before deciding Chelsea futureCahill admits CV might not be enough to secure World Cup placeCahill to be left out of World Cup squad – reports Any supporters seeking reassurance that Saturday’s FA Cup final with Manchester United would not be Hazard’s last match for Chelsea could take some encouragement from his words on Tuesday.“I think it’s not my last game. It’s the last game of the season, that’s it,” he added.“For me in my mind I’m here. I have one week to play now. Saturday is a massive game. I just want to win.”Hazard announced his arrival at Chelsea after their memorable Champions League win six years ago.And if Chelsea can lift the FA Cup on Saturday then the European Cup will be the one major honour to elude him during his time at Stamford Bridge.“I need two more trophies, Champions League and FA Cup. That’s it,” Hazard said.Chelsea won the Premier League in Conte’s first season as head coach for Hazard’s second championship winners’ medal in England.But the Blues finished fifth this term and have failed to qualify for next season’s Champions League.“We’re Chelsea. We need trophies at the end of the season,” Hazard added. “At the moment we have nothing. We have not qualified for the Champions League. So the season has been bad.“If we can’t be in the Champions League we need the trophy.“It’s up to us to save the season with the FA Cup. I’ve never won the FA Cup. I hope this year is for me and for Chelsea. We will give everything.” Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more