Friday, July 9, 2010

H-II - CMA Artist Stephen Michael Apatow Kicks Off The Millennium Medicine Project


When I started the development of this project, the mission seemed clear, expand the ability of the physicians to care for the people in need. Then the issue of profit vs the mission to care for the sick came into focus, and the task was deemed "impossible." Unfortunately, I didn't know what that word meant.... Sometimes you just have to move ahead and do what's right -- H-II - Stephen Michael Apatow, United Nations Arts Initiative.

3.5 billion people live in severe poverty, 2.4 billion people lack access to basic sanitation and over 1 billion people lack access to safe drinking water.... Each day in the developing world, 30,000 children die from mostly preventable and treatable causes such as diarrhea, acute respiratory infections or malaria. [1]

In the context of the worlds most wealthy countries, according to the "World Vision responds to G20 Communiqué" [2]:

-- While G20 leaders have been focused on finding concrete solutions to economic challenges, almost 14,000 children in their own countries will have died, mostly from preventable causes.

-- These countries are now the 21st century's economic powerhouses, with 87 per cent of the world's GDP, yet many are still failing to address dire living conditions and lack of access to health services in their communities.

The World Health Organization Global Initiative for Emergency and Essential Surgical Care (GIEESC) was established in December 2005 as an international collaboration of Ministries of Health, WHO country offices, local and international organizations and academia. GIEESC is involved in reducing death and disability from road traffic accidents, trauma, burns, falls, pregnancy related complications, domestic violence, disasters and other surgical conditions. The specific objectives are:

-- strengthen capacity to deliver effective emergency surgical care at the first referral level facility, working towards achieving the WHO Millennium Development Goals

-- improve the quality of care through safe and appropriate use of emergency and essential surgical procedures and linked equipment in resource limited healthcare facilities

-- strengthen existing training and education programs in safety of essential procedures in low and middle income countries

Today, despite the formation of GIEESC in 2005, 5 Billion people across the globe lack access to basic surgical services and advanced medical technologies.

Even after half a century of independence, "not more than 20 percent of the population has any access to..... basic surgical services like life saving caesarian section, or a life saving repair of typhoid perforation..." (National Human Development Report 2001). This situation can be improved only if there is adequate number of rural surgeons in India whose surgery is affordable and available near the homes of the patients. -- Realising the vital role of rural surgeons in the nation's health care, Dr. Gazeiry, MD., FRCS., the past Regional Director of W.H.O. East Mediterranean Region remarked that rural surgery be made into a specialty.

The concept of rural surgery has been developed in India in the last thirteen years to make modern surgical care accessible to the five billion havenots of the developing world. Only one billion out the total of six billion population of the world has any access to the type of surgical care seen in the hospital of Western Europe and America. In India, out of the population of one billion as of today, not more than 10% has any access to this type of surgical care. -- Association of Rural Surgeons in India. [3]

Strategic Planning and Development

The focus of the HRI:UNArts - Millennium Medicine Project is G-192 unmet needs analysis that includes (1) review of countries and emergencies [4], (2) demographic and public health infrastructure, and operational needs on the rural healthcare level. This information will serve as our basis for strategic planning, NGO integrational support, education initiatives and international appeals.

Access points for low cost medical equipment and supplies for humanitarian operations at the rural clinic level is a priority focus [5] Current discussions include access to:

-- Low cost diagnostics technologies (including PCR) to assist with surveillance, containment and control of high consequence pathogens. [7]

-- Ultrasound Technologies that include Low-Cost USB-based Ultrasound Probes and Ultrasound imaging and training for FAST (Focused Assessment with Sonography for Trauma), and early diagnosis of developmental dysplasia of the hip (DDH). [6]

-- Low cost access to pharmaceuticals, to address public health challenges classified under the umbrella of an international public health emergency. [8]

-- Low cost JESS/FIX CLIP Technologies: Orthopedic supplies for rural surgeons. [6]

For corporations, physicians, veterinarians, scientists that would like to serve in an advisory or product development role (included in the Millennium Medicine Project medical equipment and supplies portal), contact

Stephen M. Apatow
Millennium Medicine Project
Corporate, NGO, Field Operations Liaison


1. The Ultimate Objective: Humanitarian Resource Institute. Url:
2. World Vision responds to G20 Communiqué: 27 June 2010. Url:
3. Association of Rural Surgeons in India. Url:
4. Reliefweb: Countries and Emergencies. Url:
5. 42 Extremely Affordable Global Health Innovations: Global Health Ideas.
6. Orthopedics: Millennium Medicine Project, 6 July 2010. Url:
7. Public Health Infrastructure and Emerging Infectious Diseases: Millennium Medicine Project, 6 July 2010. Url:
8. Declaration/Scope - International Public Health Emergency: Pathobiologics International, Nov. 2006. Url:

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Iraqi Suicide Bombers Are Not The Only Thing 'Blowing Up' In Baghdad: Could This U.S. Army Soldier Be The Next Hip Hop Phenom?


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Kendall 'KPee' Peltier

July 7, 2010 (Baghdad, Iraq)

Everyone around the world knows that the United States Military is supporting the Iraqi Government as they rebuild their country. What everyone doesn't know is... What do the soldiers do in their free time (if they ever have any)? Some soldiers may do the occasional online class courses in order to get one step closer to their degree. Then, there's one soldier in particular that the only course he is on, is the course to 'Take Ova' the HipHop/Rap game. He is known in the United States Army as SPC Peltier (age 22), but when it comes to his music he likes to be called KPee. While in Iraq, KPee has put together his '6th Man' Mixtape (you can download it here ) and the newly released 'The Take Ova' album. (you can purchase it here ) Although his tour in Iraq is almost coming to an end, we can only imagine what his plans are when he returns to the United States. "Aside from going on my trip to Las Vegas, I plan on really trying to get my music heard.. and not just in Iraq..." KPee states as he smiles. Take it from KPee, this just shows that anywhere in the world people can work towards making their dreams come true... even on the battlefield!

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

The Rhion-Antirrion Bridge Is The Latest Michalis Terzis Masterpiece Full Length CD Being Released At Sunset Classics On August 3rd


Michalis Terzis is someone that composes classical music in the most accessible, sublime and sophisticated way, and his latest full length CD, The Rhion-Antirrion Bridge is another (Michalis) Terzis album filled with what can be best described as classical pop music. Many pieces on this brand new CD are bound to be standards and traditional in the classical music world. "Considering it's a classical music album," says Don Lichterman, the head of the Sunset Classics & Jazz (SC&J) division at Sunset, "there are accessible mainstream pop elements to his arrangements." Many songs on this album do have that mainstream accessibility of a Mike Oldfield and Vangelis have done with their classical music. Lichterman goes on to say that "is exactly the sense of direction we headed with the Michalis (Terzis) CD."

Michalis Terzis is an artiste, composer and performer of classical and international world music. (Michalis) Terzis is very much able to entice classical music lovers with its vast range of melodies. His songs compellingly segue from the "The Bridge" to the atmospheric foreshadowing of "The Sea" and throughout to the "magic carpet ride" in "Antirrion". Every song on the Rhion-Antirrion Bridge album is filled with lush, soaring and romantic pieces, which are some of the most accessible and pop mainstream classical styled music to hit stores in a long time. The eleven (11) song CD is set to hit stores worldwide on August 3rd at SC&J.

For classical aficionados or if you are someone who thinks of Michalis Terzis in terms of ambient and new age music, listeners, are guaranteed to be satisfied with the entire The Rhion-Antirrion Bridge CD. The Ionian Sea is another melodic and dramatic song that makes the full length CD feels almost like a concept album that tells a story. "Time And Light, "Hesperia" show that melodic and accessible characteristic of Michalis Terzis, and suggests the cross over potential to mainstream consumers as a classical musical artist. While the label emphasizes his melodies, virtuosity and stylistic wide range on the new album, "Rion" nonetheless draws that same excellent line with its melody and Nocturno Sonata" also demonstrates a considerable amount of classical techniques with these perfectly composed orchestrations. By "Symmetria" and "Horizon-Eptanniss," along with the song, "Diapolis" round off the beautifully produced album.

The Rhion Antirrion Bridge classical music CD will no doubt prove to be a personal favorite with not only classical music fans, (Michalis) Terzis has also truly covered a lot of accessible territory with these songs. Though, there are no repetitive themes with the album, the overall vision remains to be very coherent for the average listener of popular music. And, this Sunset Classics recorded CD, is no doubt in that upper stratum in the extensive Michalis Terzis' discography of recorded music.

Michalis Terzis's first album on Sunset Classics will feature a brand new recording by the acclaimed composer from his hometown country of Greece. The upcoming CD set to hit stores worldwide on August 3rd and will be available in stores where CD's are sold at retail, and the CD will also be made available to classical music fans as downloads, ringtones and streams in every format wherever they are sold.

Michalis Terzis bio
Mikis Theodorakis first introduced the classical music world to the works of Michalis Terzis whom is has now evolved to be one of the most important and prolific composers in the world. Michalis Terzis composes all songs from all albums in his extensive discography. His music blends accessibility with wonderful blends of traditional bouzoukis and bag lamas with great violin work to accompany the traditional instruments on every CD. Michalis Terzis was born in Axioupolis-Greece and studied piano and music theory at the Macedonikon Odeion of as well as in Athens with the Teachers A. Ainian and K.Chronopoylos. He started his musical career at 1973 by playing piano at the "Boites" (small music theatres) in Plaka: Apanemia, Hesperides, etc. below the Acropolis of Athens in the historical part of the City. He is an international award winning composer with an extensive discography before the latest CD entitled, the Ôhe Rion-Antirron Bridge.
For more information on Michalis Terzis visit

About Sunset Classics & Jazz (SC&J) / Sunset Recordings, Inc.
Sunset is a privately owned Don Lichterman Company. Sunset is one of the leading independent record labels and entertainment companies in the world. The Sunset Group of Entertainment Companies, and its global operation, acquire, develop, and distribute major music recording artists, home visual entertainment products, online-digital entertainment technologies and music and filmed entertainment worldwide. Sunset's four major divisions are the Sunset Distributed Label Group, the Sunset Strategic Marketing and Licensing Division, the Radio Sunset Network and the Sunset Filmed Entertainment Division.

Robert Lauri - People

Watch "Robert Lauri - People" on Youtube

Sit back, relax and enjoy this video by Robert Lauri, which is full of passion, mystery and well paced. Lauri's playing produces a warm blend of Mediterranean heart-beat and middle-eastern gems. 'People' is a blend of visionary and artistic expression of the French songwriter & producer, who incorporates several different cultures within a single performance.

Catch more with the lounge-traditional sound of 'United Souls', the new album of Robert Lauri on iTunes at


Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Prins Nitram Live In Hong Kong


Through MusicDish*China's partnership with The Underground HK, we're a sponsor of Danish visual rock/jazz/electro artist Prins Nitram's only show in Hong Kong on July 17 during his China tour. Equal parts Elvis and Beck, His Royal Oddness employs a tropical mix of barbershop, rock 'n' roll, jazz, reggae, quirky folk and good-old-fashioned-singalong pop, a combination he has dubbed 'Doo-wop crunk', an evocative name that tells only part of the story.

Prins Nitram comes to China as part of the Danish Pavilion at the Shanghai Expo and will perform in upwards of ten cities around the country. Prins will be joined by Thomas Baz also performing at the World Expo's Danish Pavilion, as well as Hong Kong based Logo (psychedelic pop) and Sushi Robot (live D&B electronica act).

Prins Nitram Live in Hong Kong
also featuring Thomas Baz, Logo, Sushi Robot
Saturday 17 July 2010
@ Rockschool, 2/F., Corner of Luard Rd & Jaffe Rd, Wanchai
9:00pm doors open, 9:30pm first band starts
HK$130 on the door, HK$100 in advance
Advance tickets available at Rockschool or email us at
Hotline: 9486 4648