‘Planet Earth’-Themed Raves Are A Big Hit In The UK

first_imgIf you’ve ever admired the beauty of Planet Earth or Blue Planet, then there’s a good chance you’ve dreamed about having your life narrated by Sir David Attenborough, the 91-year-old British naturalist who lends his exquisite voice to these acclaimed documentaries. And since you’re not a humpback whale or a bird of paradise, it’s safe to assume that this will never happen.Fortunately, some enterprising music fans in the UK have created the next best thing by combining stately narration and high-production value nature documentaries with another British pastime: the rave. Known as David Attenborough’s Jungle Boogie, the traveling event puts on “a tribute to our national treasure through the medium of Disco.”The all-night dance party recently sold out its first two editions in Leeds and Liverpool, and high demand has inspired the organizers to book at least ten follow-ups in places like Bristol, Cambridge, Oxford, and Manchester. At the events, attendees have an opportunity to take photos with a life-size cutout of Sir David Attenborough, dance to music that has been remixed with samples of Attenborough’s glorious narrations, and watch some of the BBC’s most cherished nature footage. Additionally, a portion of the proceeds from the parties goes to World Land Trust, a rainforest conservation organization that has worked with Attenborough.“The concept of ‘Jungle Boogie’ is that we transform a venue into a rainforest, play Blue Planet visuals on a projector, and get local DJs to play House, Disco, Funk, and Soul,” organizer Louis Jadwat told The Independent.While Sir David Attenborough’s voice may be a distinctly British treat, his work is enjoyed by plenty of Americans as well. Much like the migrating sea creatures of Blue Planet and Blue Planet II, we hope this event eventually makes its way across the ocean.[H/T – MixMag]last_img read more

Credit Union Match ready to launch

first_img 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr A search engine to help prospective members find credit unions they can join to get the services they want is scheduled for public launch this month.Credit Union Match is going through beta testing to evaluate how well the application sorts through the myriad membership guidelines of all U.S. credit unions. The aim of this online service is to “solve credit unions’ eligibility problem for consumers,” says Sam Brownell, founder of CUCollaborate, which is developing the application.Based on the information users enter, such as where they live, work, worship, and volunteer, Credit Union Match returns a list of all the credit unions they can join. Then potential members can review the products and services those credit unions offer and select their favorite.During testing and fine-tuning, credit unions were invited to confirm their field of membership set out in their bylaws. All credit unions will be included in the search tool for free but will need to login and confirm their field of membership rules to show up in search results, Brownell explains. continue reading »last_img read more

FIGO, PHM to bolster cervical cancer prevention

first_imgThe International Federation of Gynaecology and Obstetrics has partnered with the Public Health Ministry toFrom left: Dr Kavita Singh Coordinator of Chronic Disease; Dr Karen Boyle Deputy Chief Medical Officer; Dr Carl Niamatali; Professor Chittaranjan Narahari Purandare; Public Minister Health Dr, George Norton; Sarah Daniels, senior Medex; and Dr Ertenisa Hamilton, Director (ag) of Maternal Child Health Programmestrengthen the cervical cancer prevention programme locally.Public Health Minister, Dr George Norton on Thursday met with FIGO President Professor Chittaranjan Narahari Purandare to discuss details of the collaboration.FIGO is an organisation that brings together professional societies of obstetricians and gynaecologists on a global basis.For over 60 years, this organisation has been collaborating with the world’s top health and donor bodies in developing countries and strengthening capacity through education and specialised training on various women’s health issues.The FIGO actively collaborates with global, national and regional organisations to promote the wellbeing of women and to raise the standards of practice in obstetrics and gynaecology, such as oncology, perinatal health, and safe motherhood.During the meeting, Professor Purandare assured the Minister that he will avail his organisations’ resources to enhance Guyana’s public healthcare system.In return, Minister Norton expressed gratitude to Professor Purandare for his interest in wanting to collaborate with Guyana. He noted that he is looking forward to future collaborations with FIGO to advance the health of Guyanese women, particularly in reducing maternal mortality and cervical cancer.The Public Health Ministry has sought assistance in improving existing protocols to screen women for cervical cancer and family planning policies particularly anti-contraceptives such as IUDs and injectables.The Ministry and FIGO are also hoping to collaborate with the Pan American Health Organisation and the World Health Organisation in developing a National Plan to reduce cervical cancer in Guyana.The Ministry currently offers free Visual Inspection using Acetic Acid screening for cervical cancer and cryogenic treatment for persons who are detected with cancerous legions. The Ministry also has a Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccination programme for all girls between the ages of 11 and13.last_img read more