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Dhoni makes himself unavailable for Windies tour… but rules out immediate retirement

first_imgNew Delhi: Former India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni Saturday made himself “unavailable” for the coming tour of the West Indies but ruled out immediate retirement a day before the selectors meet in Mumbai to pick the squads for the upcoming away series. Amid mounting speculation around his international retirement after India’s semi-final exit from the recent World Cup, Dhoni has told the BCCI that he will take a two-month sabbatical from the game to serve his paramilitary regiment. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian OpenDhoni is an Honorary Lieutenant Colonel in the Parachute Regiment of the Territorial Army, “We would like to clarify three things. M S Dhoni is not retiring from cricket right now. He is taking a two-month sabbatical to serve his paramilitary regiment which he had committed much earlier. We have now intimated his decision to skipper Virat Kohli and chairman of selectors M S K Prasad,” said a BCCI official on Saturday. The 38-year-old Dhoni’s refusal to take retirement now leaves the ball in the court of the selectors, who were expected to drop him from the squad for the West Indies. India will play three T20 Internationals, as many ODIs and two Tests in the tour starting August 3. Also Read – Fast bowler Behrendorff to undergo spinal surgeryIt is believed that the selection committee chaired by Prasad wants to move forward with an eye on future but they would also like to get a sense of where the Indian captain stands on this issue. “The selection committee has always been clear on one issue. They have no right to tell anyone irrespective of their stature as to when they should call it quits but when it comes to team selection, it remains their domain,” a senior BCCI official said. With Dhoni pulling out of the tour, Rishabh Pant is expected to be first wicketkeeper in all three formats while Wriddhiman Saha will be Pant’s understudy in the Tests. From now, the focus will be more on T20 cricket keeping the World T20 in mind, which is scheduled to be held in Australia next year. India will be playing a lot of bilateral three-match T20 series in run-up to the global meet and with Dhoni expected to play one more season of IPL with Chennai Super Kings, things are a bit tricky at the moment. There are a few questions that the selectors need to answer. Do they see Dhoni playing till the World T20? If the answer is yes, are they willing to give him 15 to 18 T20s during the phase as a keeper-batsman? If that answer is also yes, it would boil down to whether skipper Virat Kohli sees him as a batsman in T20s where keeping isn’t the primary skill required.last_img read more


Whistler Film Festival To Close with MOMENTUM GENERATION

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Login/Register With: Facebook Advertisement Advertisement In addition to the previously announced World Premiere of FUCK YOU ALL, THE UWE BOLL STORY, WFF is proud to announce the following nine titles premiering at Whistler this year. Seven of the films are eligible for the five awards in WFF’s coveted Borsos Competition for Best Canadian Feature *, which includes the second largest festival prize in the country featuring a $15,000 cash prize presented by the Directors Guild of Canada, British Columbia and $15,000 post production prize presented by Encore Vancouver.BELLA CIAO! * (2018, Canada (BC), World Premiere)Carmen Aguirre and Tony Nardi star in a remarkable story directed by Carolyn Combs of friends, lovers, seekers and thieves. Set at the intersection of the Latin American, First Nations and Italian communities in Vancouver, Bella Ciao! captures the struggle towards solidarity within Canada’s immigrant urban mix. A tribute to the mosaic of diversity and the different generations of distinct cultures that help define Vancouver and by extension, all of Canada today.IN GOD I TRUST * (2018, Canada (BC), World Premiere)John Cassini, Marc Senior and Melissa Roxburgh star in this multi-character drama from Vancouver based filmmaker Maja Zdanowski. A distressed young black man, a reckless white nationalist, and a pair of traveling vacationers intertwine in three tales of redemption, violence and faith during a random encounter in Northern Idaho.INTO INVISIBLE LIGHT * (2018, Canada (MB), World Premiere)Director Shalegh Carter delivers a powerful story of grief, longing, and one woman’s path to healing through the realisation of her long-buried desire to write. A widow rekindles a past relationship with a writer/professor. Conceived under the sway of both love and art INTO INVISIBLE LIGHT is a story of forgiveness, second chances and the revitalizing power of self-expression.HONEY BEE * (2018, Canada (ON), World Premiere)2017 WFF Star to Watch Julia Sarah Stone astounds as an underage truck stop hooker under the sway of a manipulative pimp, sent by authorities to a tough love placement location, a working farm run by a no-nonsense character played by Martha Plimpton. Director Rama Rau continues to explore female sexuality, as she did with her previous documentary look at burlesque queens, THE LEAGUE OF EXOTIQUE DANCERS.NEVER BE DONE: THE RICHARD GLEN LETT STORY (2018, Canada (BC), World Premiere)This raw and immersive documentary tells the story of how controversial Vancouver stand-up comedian Richard Lett sabotaged his own promising career, lost everything and lived to tell the tale. Director Roy Tighe’s commitment to presenting Lett’s highest and lowest moments over the past nine years ultimately presents a message of personal redemption, and shines a poignant light on the intensely private struggle of addiction.NOSE TO TAIL * (2018, Canada (ON), World Premiere)Aaron Abrams plays a talented but abrasive chef who is struggling to keep his high end restaurant afloat. Over the course of one event-filled day, he must deal with an angry lover, a would-be investor (Ennis Esmer) and unhappy staff, not to mention the realization that his establishment is no longer as trendy as when it first opened. Directed by Jesse Zigelstein, this a character study that will have foodies salivating.NORTH PRESTON’S FINEST (2018, Canada (ON), World Premiere)Director Jaren Hayman provides us with an intimate glimpse into the country’s largest black community, painted in recent years as one of Canada’s most established human trafficking hubs. With poignant interviews and stories from residents of all kinds, from pimps and their victims to politicians and the citizens they serve, NORTH PRESTON’S FINEST explores one community’s struggle against crime, economic adversity and systemic racism, and their ardent desire to change the narrative.RED ROVER * (2018, Canada (ON), World Premiere)Métis director Shane Belcourt directs a wistful story about a socially awkward geologist who is encouraged to apply for a one-way manned mission to Mars by an extroverted musician he meets in the park. Rising star Cara Gee shines as a muse with her own issues who inspires our unhappy would-be space traveler, who longs for a new beginning.WOODLAND * (2018, Canada (BC), World Premiere)Directed by Vancouver based Jon Silverberg, this is about a man’s personal journey that touches on the land, the mythical and the spiritual. Set in 1989, out-of-work photojournalist Jake (Richard Harmon) who struggles with addiction and a troubled past, takes a job as watchman of a wilderness lodge on the remote Haida Gwaii island in the Pacific Northwest. Under the watchful eye of veteran handyman Sparky, Jake sets up a darkroom to develop the photos he shoots, which reveal strange apparitions that he soon discovers are prophecies of his and Sparky’s disturbing future.Canada’s ‘coolest film fest’ is not just about screening films. From tributes to filmmaking luminaries to live music, parties and industry initiatives, WFF delivers an action packed lineup for film fans and filmmakers alike.Special events confirmed to date include:Opening and Closing Night Screenings (November 28 and December 2 – Opening Night title TBA)WFF’s popular Signature Series including the Tribute, Spotlight, Contender Conversation and Variety 10 Screenwriters to Watch (November 29 – December 1)ShortWork Showcase features an eclectic collection of short films in a relaxed bar setting (December 2)WFF peaks with its annual festival party, this year titled Cabin Fever (December 1)Awards Celebration to honour the talent behind WFF18’s finest films (December 2)WFF’s Music Showcase – film meets music at this unique showcase, with up to 10 export-ready British Columbian artists and songwriters from across the musical spectrum each performing a live 30-minute set for film fans and key international executives. (November 29 and December 1)Structured around bringing films to market and designed to provide filmmakers with tools to succeed both within and beyond our borders, WFF’s curated industry Summit (November 29 to December 2) will feature over 20 interactive business sessions and networking events that address filmmaking and storytelling in the digital age.WFF will also present a slate of 11 talent programs designed to provide creative and business immersion experiences for over 70 Canadian artists. Programs include:Praxis Screenwriters LabProducers LabPower PitchDoc LabIndigenous Filmmaker FellowshipWomen on Top MentorshipStars to WatchMusic ShowcaseWomen in the Director’s Chair Industry ImmersionWomen in Film & Television Film Market Preparation MentorshipMPPIA Short Film Award Pitch (presented by Motion Picture Production Industry Association in partnership with Creative BC and WFF)The Festival’s online box office at is now open for Film, Industry and Patron Passes as well as Ticket Packages. Exclusive rates on air travel, ground transportation and accommodation are available at Individual film tickets go on sale on November 14.The Whistler Film Festival is funded by the Government of Canada through Telefilm Canada, and by the Province of British Columbia and the Resort Municipality of Whistler through the Resort Municipality Initiative, is supported by the Whistler Blackcomb Foundation and the American Friends of Whistler, and is sponsored by Variety, Creative BC, Cineplex, Whistler Blackcomb, Tourism Whistler, RE/MAX Sea to Sky Real Estate, Encore and the Westin Resort & Spa Whistler.FESTIVAL DATESNOV. 28TH TO DEC. 2NDTO PURCHASE TICKETS VISIT THE WHISTLER FILM FESTIVAL WEBSITE Whistler, B.C. (September 20, 2018) – In conjunction with its annual fundraiser Almost WFF, the Whistler Film Festival (WFF) has announced their Closing Night film, MOMENTUM GENERATION which will have its Canadian premiere at the fest, along with nine more World Premiere Canadian films. These titles join the five films previously announced that attendees can expect to see at this year’s festival. Ticket packages and passes are on sale now.MOMENTUM GENERATION is the latest documentary from Academy Award-shortlisted and Emmy and Peabody Award-winning filmmakers Jeff and Michael Zimbalist. The documentary follows the biggest names in surfing, including Kelly Slater, Rob Machado, Shane Dorian, Kalani Robb and the late Todd Chesser. Executive produced by Sundance founder Robert Redford with stunning archival footage from the godfather of surf films Taylor Steele, MOMENTUM GENERATION gives audiences an inside look at the lives of these teenagers as they rose to super stardom as the first competitive surfers.WFF’s Director of Programming Paul Gratton had this to say about the current 2018 lineup: “The increasing importance of the Whistler Film Festival as a launchpad for world-calibre Canadian features is evidenced by the significant number of World Premieres that have already been secured for this year’s festival.” Advertisementlast_img read more


Aboriginal woman desperate to turn things around after life of crime

first_imgPelletier said she is hoping to get into a live-in treatment center where she can address her inner demons and past trauma.“Trying to change my life is really hard. But for the first time in the past month I’ve been dressing like a lady, wearing dresses and wearing makeup. Before it was straight track suits and hats, tattoos and putting on a disguise,” said Pelletier. “Now when I look in the mirror it doesn’t even look like me anymore because I’ve changed and I’ve grown. When I look in the mirror I see a beautiful person, a survivor.”But she said as each day passes, it’s getting harder and harder to cope. She sleeps on the floor of her room because the beds are too soft compared to the cold, hard slabs of concrete she’s used to sleeping on in jail.“I need help. How to learn how to unlock my mind from being an angry person. From being locked up all the time and fighting. I want to be in control of my mind, feelings, my heart and my body,” she said. “I want to be a mom, I want to give my son something to look at and be proud of.”Marion Lerat is an elder who works with Pelletier. She said she believes a lot of Aboriginal women in the prison system aren’t receiving enough supports and are often misunderstood in the mainstream justice system.Pelletier (left) and Elder Marion Lerat. Photo: Brandi Morin/APTN“They put them in there, lock the door and throw the key away,” said Lerat. “They don’t work with them.”She said the answers to the problem are complex but it comes down to finding out who they are.“They need to believe in the Creator and He’ll move obstacles out of the way. Josie feels trapped and I don’t blame her. There’s no respect in jail, you just have to survive,” said Lerat.However, Pelletier said she is determined to keep holding on to the hope that she can make it and one day lead a near normal life.“I honestly believe that Creator is working in my life in every way. I’m feeling all my emotions that I’ve never, ever felt and I’m getting through it and surviving through it,” she Brandi MorinAPTN National NewsCALGARY — Josie Pelletier sits crossed legged on the front lawn of the Calgary half-way house where she is staying, nervously lights a cigarette, and begins to tell her story.“I did what I had to do to survive,” Pelletier said drawing on her cigarette. “I didn’t have the family support or have anybody who believed in me. I didn’t even believe in myself. So, I gave up on life.”Pelletier, 30, has been in and out of jail or prison since she was 13. In total she has had just over two years, on and off, on the “outside.”Her background includes time in a residential school, poverty, family violence, family and personal drug abuse (she became an intravenous drug user at 13), experience in the foster care system, involvement in gangs and an extensive criminal record.Pelletier was released from prison just a few weeks ago after serving time for armed robbery.Pelletier has been labelled a long-term offender meaning for the next seven years, she must check in with authorities on a regular basis.Even on the inside, Pelletier took the hard road.She spent more than a year in solitary confinement or what she called “the red card” where she was “locked down” 23-hours a day.Pelletier said she was so violent, she would spend her one-hour outside of her cell shackled and chained from top to bottom with a spit mask placed over her head.Pelletier said it was during this time she drew inward and reached out to her higher power.“To not go crazy I turned to the Creator,” Pelletier said. “And that’s when I started praying and asking for forgiveness. I was desperate to see my son again.”One day on the “inside” Pelletier said her 15-year-old son paid her a visit.She said she made him a promise to change and do whatever it took to come home and be a mother to him.It hasn’t happened fast enough. Pelletier said her son is following in her footsteps. He’s been in and out of foster care, is involved with gangs and is currently in jail.“I’m so desperate for help right now. I want to change my life, I don’t want my son to grow up to be like me,” she said.Living in the half-way house provides minimal support.Although Pelletier has an elder she can access, she said she needs more support to make it on the outside world.She said she is “institutionalized” and doesn’t know any other way of living, except running to the streets or surviving behind bars.“I can’t even go out alone without getting lost or getting anxiety. I told a psychiatrist I needed help,” she said. “Sometimes I contemplated suicide because I don’t know if I can make it out here,”last_img read more


Nepal must improve conditions of former indentured labourers UN says

6 September 2011The United Nations and local partners in Nepal today called for immediate steps to better the lives of over 100,000 bonded labourers and family members, who have seen scant improvement in their often deplorable conditions since the Government abolished the system in 2008. “Three years after signing of the agreement, freed Haliyas have yet to receive promised relief and rehabilitation, and have yet to be issued with identity cards,” the UN International Labour Organization (ILO) and the UN Human Rights Office in Nepal said in a joint statement with their partners, using the Nepalese term for the labourers.“Consequently, the freed Haliyas continue to face difficulty in accessing basic needs including food, shelter and health services, thus forcing them to live in often deplorable conditions. This has a particular impact on the families of the Haliyas, including women and children. The lack of access to alternative livelihoods, as promised in the agreement, has also compelled many Haliyas to continue as bonded labourers with their former landlords.”The Haliya system was practiced in the hill districts of Nepal’s mid- and far western regions, affecting more than 100,000 persons, including children. Most of them are Dalits, often considered ‘untouchables’ at the bottom of the Hindu caste system, as well as indigenous peoples who have long been targets of all forms of discrimination. Most Haliyas are landless and worked for landowners to pay off the principal and interest of loans taken by their ancestors. As they did not earn cash, they were unable to pay the debts, which were then passed on to the next generation.The agencies noted that the draft Haliya Prohibition Bill had not been passed, and the Government had yet to form the high-level Haliya Emancipation and Rehabilitation Commission as agreed, stressing that tangible outcomes have yet to be achieved since the liberation of Haliyas was formally declared in the agreement of 7 September 2008.They called for the immediate, effective and timely implementation of the 2008 agreement, including enactment of the Haliya Act in line with international standards and Haliya rehabilitation in a comprehensive and sustainable manner.The Nepalese partners of the two UN agencies are the National Human Rights Commission, the National Dalit Commission and the National Women Commission. read more


UN official outlines priorities ahead of sustainable development summit

9 February 2012A senior United Nations official today outlined a set of priorities that Member States should tackle ahead of the Sustainable Development Conference (Rio+20) in June so that there is a clear framework of action during the event. “Rio+20 should lead to better coherence, integration and implementation in our development efforts,” Sha Zukang, Secretary-General of the conference, told participants at a panel discussing the role of development cooperation to enhance sustainable development.The panel was held at UN Headquarters in New York as part of the Development Cooperation Forum of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).ECOSOC President Milos Koterec, who also participated at the forum, said the shift towards sustainable development “will have an impact on the future of development cooperation and the way aid is allocated, delivered and used. We need to gain greater clarity on how these two strands can be brought together.”Mr. Zukang outlined seven priority areas that have been agreed by Member States and stakeholders that will help guide the creation of a framework to advance green economies. They include poverty eradication and green jobs, energy, water, food security, urbanization, disasters, oceans and seas, as well as climate change and biodiversity.Mr. Zukang, who is also the UN’s Under-Secretary General for Economic and Social Affairs, emphasized that during informal discussions on the initial draft of the Rio+20 outcome document, there had been a strong call to strengthen south-south cooperation so countries can share the lessons they’ve learned in the seven key aspects.He also stressed that development cooperation programmes should be driven by recipient countries taking into account their priorities and specific national circumstances.“Rio+20 is an opportunity for reinvigorating development cooperation,” Mr. Zukang said. “Now is the time for an in-depth discussion on how it can better support green growth and sustainable development,” he added. read more


GTF says no talks with the government

The Global Tamil Forum (GTF), a leading Tamil Diaspora organization, says it is not in talks with the Sri Lankan government on the national issue.GTF spokesman Suren Surendiren said that if the Mahinda Rajapaksa government is keen to address the Tamil issue it should first negotiate with the Tamil National Alliance (TNA). He noted that nearly 4 years have passed since the end of the war but no genuine efforts have been made by the government to resolve the Tamil issue. He also said that the Diaspora will not compromise on the demand for justice through an independent international investigation into the allegations of crimes committed at the end of the war.“We will not barter the justice process to any political negotiations. Over 40,000 of our people were killed, we want to know the truth of what happened and how they perished,” he said. “As far as we know there is no credible Diaspora organisation that is currently in any talks with the Government of Sri Lanka. If (President) Rajapaksa wanted to resolve the Tamil National Question he could have easily done so by talking with the elected members of the Tamil people the TNA,” Surendiren said. On reports that former LTTE chief arms procurer Kumaran Pathmanathan (KP) is working with the government to help the Tamils in the north and east, GTF says it has no issue with that.“If someone is doing some good to our people on the ground, what does it matter who does it, we welcome any help. However we certainly are not working with KP. KP is a captured man imprisoned by the Rajapaksa regime,” the GTF spokesman said. read more


First carbon capture project in oilsands passes one million tonne milestone

First carbon capture project in oilsands passes one million tonne milestone Quest carbon capture and storage facility in Fort Saskatchewan Alta, on Friday November 6, 2015. Shell Canada says the first carbon capture project in the oilsands has successfully stored one million tonnes of carbon dioxide deep underground after a year of operation. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson by Ian Bickis, The Canadian Press Posted Sep 14, 2016 6:02 am MDT Last Updated Sep 14, 2016 at 9:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email CALGARY – Shell Canada says the first carbon capture project in the oilsands has successfully stored one million tonnes of carbon dioxide deep underground after a year of operation.The company, which developed the $1.35-billion Quest project with the help of $745 million from the Alberta government and $120 million from Ottawa, says the project is operating ahead of schedule and under budget.“There isn’t a metric that hasn’t finished very strongly in green,” said Zoe Yujnovich, executive vice-president for heavy oil at Shell.“I don’t think we can say that about many projects.”The Quest project is designed to capture about a third of the emissions from Shell’s Scotford Upgrader near Fort Saskatchewan, Alta., turn that into a near-liquid, and then pump it over two kilometres underground into porous rock formations.The development, and carbon capture operations in general, have been significantly criticized as high-cost, stop-gap measures that rely heavily on government funding.But Yujnovich says the technology provides an important bridge as part of a long-term transition towards renewable energy.“The question for all of us is to say in the meantime, with the demand that still exists for oil products, ‘How do we go about being as efficient as possible at extracting the oil from the ground?’” she said.“I think the use of something like carbon sequestration, and the ongoing operational improvements that we’re constantly committed to, are a part of us navigating across that bridge.”As for building carbon capture projects without government support, she says that would be largely reliant on higher carbon prices and more options to sell the carbon captured.Tim Wiwchar, who managed development of the Quest project, says that thanks to operational and cost improvements, carbon capture projects can be self-sustaining with a carbon price of less than $100 a tonne of carbon.He said if the Quest project were to be built again today, he expects it would cost 20 to 30 per cent less to construct and operate.As part of the government funding requirements, Shell and its partners have made the designs and lessons learned from the project publicly available, which it estimates could save $100 million on engineering.Shell is also working to improve the environmental process of the sequestration itself, which Wiwchar said emitted somewhere between 120,000 and 150,000 tonnes of CO2 while capturing the million tonnes.Improving the metrics of carbon capturing is important because government appetite to fund the projects is waning. The Alberta NDP says it will honour funding commitments on Quest and the Alberta Carbon Trunk Line, the other major carbon capture project in the province, but has no plans to fund any future ones.Saskatchewan’s government has also faced criticism for the provincial utility’s $1.5-billion Boundary Dam carbon capture project at a coal-fired power plant. Reliability concerns arose after it had captured far less CO2 than planned in early operations, helping drive increases in power prices.The U.K. also cut funding to a billion pound carbon capture bidding process last year, though a government-appointed advisory group recently recommended that the government revisit carbon capture to save consumers billions in future costs associated with meeting climate change targets.If the economics of the projects can be improved, Wiwchar says there’s no lack of space to sequester the carbon in Western Canada thanks to the size of the porous rock formation beneath the Prairies.He said Shell only expects to fill about five to seven per cent of its allotted 3,600 square kilometres over 25 years of operations.“You could do another 20 Quests for the next 25 years just to fill up that zone, and this Basal Cambrian Sands goes all the way from northwest Alberta into Saskatchewan and even touching Manitoba,” Wiwchar said.Follow @ibickis on Twitter. read more


I wasnt scared says woman who faced down EDL leader as he

first_imgThe account appearing to belong to Ian Crossland wrote on Facebook: “The dirty unwashed left-wing scrubber was grinning because she managed to disrupt a demo…she’s lucky she got any teeth left”.Members of the EDL alleged the woman was disrupting the protest. However, she and others present claimed she was coming to the defence of a woman wearing a hijab. Ex-EDL leader Tommy Robinson confirmed it was true, tweeting: “Ok, just had it confirmed by a friend who was at edl demo, this lady was defending a woman in a navy hijab as she said to the papers. Defiant Saffiyah Khan, who stared down the leader of the English Defence League when they came to demonstrate in her hometown, Birmingham, has said she wasn’t scared in the slightest.An account which appears to be that of Ian Crossland, the leader of the far-right group, posted on Facebook after the march, writing the smiling woman was “lucky she had any teeth left”.Despite this, the young woman said she wasn’t fazed during the tense confrontation. “The police should in future also do better by keeping more space between our right to demonstrate and the anti-democratic and disruptive forces aligned against us.”Jess Phillips MP expressed her pride for the young woman, writing: “Who looks like they have power here, the real Brummy on the left or the EDL who migrated for the day to our city and failed to assimilate?” So much love for this. Second photo of Saffiyah Khan staring down the EDL with a smile is even better. Solidarity, sister 👊👊👊👊✊✊✊✊— David Lammy (@DavidLammy) April 9, 2017 “I couldn’t understand what was being said though to be honest, it was all very mumbled. “But I wasn’t scared in the slightest. I stay pretty calm in these situations.”I knew they were trying to provoke me, but I wasn’t going to be provoked. “I didn’t realise how many people would be so supportive, so it was worth it.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. “& I don’t care how many people don’t like me saying that , the truth is the truth. & the picture is embarrassing.”center_img **PHOTO OF THE WEEK**Enraged EDL racist stared down by amused, contemptuous Asian woman. #Birmingham (via @AlexisTrust)— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) April 8, 2017 A spokesperson for the EDL commented on behalf of the group and Ian Crossland. They said: “Well, she is lucky, considering what she did…Bearing in mind that nothing happened to her and no physical attack occurred indicates a commendable degree of control by the EDL which our enemies will no doubt try to exploit in future demonstrations. Ok, just had In confirmed by a friend who was at edl demo, this lady was defending a woman in a navy hijab as she said to the papers— Tommy Robinson (@TRobinsonNewEra) April 10, 2017 This is how EDL leader Ian Crossland reacted to the photograph of him in Birmingham yesterday. #sadlittleman— HOPE not hate (@hopenothate) April 9, 2017 The picture of Khan appearing to smile at Crossland, taken by Press Association photographer Joe Giddens, went viral after it was shared across social media. It attracted praise from Birmingham Yardley MP Jess Phillips, while Good Morning Britain host Piers Morgan described it as “photo of the week”.She said: “(The EDL supporter) was poking his finger in my face, but I just stood there. I didn’t do anything, I wasn’t interested, that wasn’t my intention. last_img read more


Hospital appointments cancelled 10 times in a row amid NHS chaos

The findings, from Freedom of Information disclosures, come amid growing delays for NHS treatment, with 4.4 million people on waiting lists.Medics say the situation is being fuelled by a dispute over pensions, with senior doctors increasingly refusing to work overtime, or opting for early retirement, to avoid high tax rates. Boris Johnson has pledged to fix the pensions crisis, and bring an end to long waits for healthcare. But experts said the problems are being exacerbated by the NHS’ poor administrative systems, which were wasting much-needed resources. Patients told how they had been left to wait months for appointments because staff were unable to read illegible referrals. Others who were subjected to repeated cancellations said hospital trusts had used taxis to send letters, in order to advise them that the next day’s consultation had been postponed. In total, 79 NHS hospital trusts – around half of those in England – were able to provide data about cancellations. It follows an investigation by this newspaper which found that the total number of cancellations has tripled in a decade, with nine million slots postponed in 2017/18. But just 41 trusts were able to provide detailed information showing how many patients suffered repeated cancellations of the same appointment.  But less than one in three trusts was able to provide such data, meaning the figures could represent “the tip of the iceberg,” experts said.   Hospital patients are having vital appointments cancelled more than 10 times in a row, amid growing chaos across the NHS. A Daily Telegraph investigation reveals soaring numbers of patients – many elderly – are suffering repeated cancellations, with notice only given in some cases the night before via letters dispatched by taxi. In other cases, patients have been left waiting years to see a hospital doctor after their NHS slot was axed again and again. Five patients who experienced more than 10 cancellations in a row had been left waiting for care since at least 2014, the figures show. The disclosures reveal that across the country, the number of people who suffered at least five cancellations in a row has more than tripled in three years. The figures cover patients sent by their GP to see a hospital specialist, as well as those due to have follow-up checks, or those referred on to other hospital departments for further investigations or treatment.  Thinktanks said the dramatic trends were “worrying,” while patients groups said the failings undermined public confidence in the NHS, with those subjected to repeated “bungles” left with nowhere to turn.Last year, 13,540 patients suffered such a plight, compared with 3,961 cases in 2016, the records show.  They included 185 patients who had seen the same appointment cancelled at least 10 times – almost three times more than in 2016, when 67 cases were recorded.   Cancelled four times – despite a suspected stroke Andrew Marsden, 50, a stroke survivor, was due to see his hospital consultant last October – but the appointment was cancelled four times.In one case, he received his cancellation letter at 7.30pm the night before the appointment, after administrators dispatched it by taxi.  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Some trusts included in the national data said their statistics may have included patients who were offered an earlier appointment, or those given a “block booking” of several appointments which were cancelled en masse. Other trusts said they had no way to establish if the same appointment had been repeatedly cancelled. Rachel Power, chief executive of the Patients Association, said the chaos undermined public confidence in the NHS, with most patients unable to choose to go elsewhere.  “For some patients, the most difficult and aggravating aspect of their experience is not the care they receive but the failures and bungles of NHS administration. Cancelled appointments for treatment, or delays in getting appointments at all, can add massively to the distress of being unwell. “Patients are not customers – they cannot take their ‘custom’ elsewhere. But at times the NHS offers a level of service that would prompt customers of banks, internet service providers or many other businesses to switch their provider. These experiences can undermine patients’ confidence in the NHS as an efficient, well-run system.”Lillie Wenzel, Fellow at The King’s Fund, said too many NHS patients were forced to battle with NHS system over cancelled appointments, lost test results and other failings in administrative processes. “The dramatic rise in the number of cancelled appointments is worrying. Waiting for a diagnosis or treatment is stressful enough without the added anxiety caused by repeatedly cancelled appointments,” she said.The think tank is about to launch a research project, to examine the impact of “bad admin” on patient care. “The NHS is under significant pressure and there are numerous reasons why an appointment might be cancelled. Managing this requires effective administrative processes and clear communication with patients, but in reality, and despite the efforts of many NHS staff, patients’ experience of care is often hampered by poor administration.  When she complained to the Patient Advice and Liason Service at Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, which runs the hospital, she was told that the delays were caused by poor handwriting. “My call was referred to the imaging department. Here I was told that the request had been rejected because the submitted form was illegible. It was now clear that the rejection was due illegible handwriting,” said Mrs Chilvers, 63, from Newcastle. “It makes you wonder how widespread this issue is,” she added. “This delay was not due to funding, over-demand or equipment availability – it was due to handwriting.”Mrs Chilvers, who has arthritis in her knees and hips, was finally given a date in July – some four months after her referral.Attempts to persuade the NHS to see her sooner failed, and the only date she was offered was during a holiday she had advised them about. “It appears the NHS is unable to compensate for its own systems’ failings,” she said. A trust spokesman said: “We regret that Ms Chilvers has experienced a delay in receiving an acceptable appointment and continue to work to resolve this as soon as possible.”We are looking to implement an electronic referral pathway which will help to improve the process.” “We hope to establish whether the negative experience some people have, and the anecdotal evidence many of us hear from friends and family, is just the tip of the iceberg,” she said.Trusts said they provided care as quickly as possible and apologised for the inconvenience when patients suffered repeated cancellations.They said they were coping with growing demand and attempted to prioritise the most clinically urgent cases.An NHS spokesperson said: “Patient satisfaction with outpatient services is the highest ever recorded, but while the proportion of appointments which are cancelled by hospitals remains low, we recognise it can be inconvenient if it happens to you or a loved one.“That’s why the NHS Long Term Plan sets out how – through a combination of more services being provided closer to home and better use of technology – we will deliver an increasing amount of routine care in a way that’s more convenient for patients, and reduces pressure on hospital teams.” Even when he went to see his GP, after suffering a suspected repeat attack, the hospital continued to postpone his consultations – causing a delay of four months before he saw a specialist. Mr Marsden, from Oldham, who ran a plumbing and building business until he suffered a stroke in 2017, said: “I didn’t know what to do or where to turn. I was really frustrated.”“I had been recovering from my stroke gradually over the two years, I’d had some problems with my foot dropping, and not being able to remember words, when I suddenly had an incident in the supermarket which was much more severe.”He made an appointment with his GP, who thought it may have been a transient ischemic attack, also known as a mini-stroke. As Mr Marsden was due to have his hospital appointment – which had already been postponed once – the following week, no further action were taken.  But in fact, the new appointment was cancelled three more times. Despite Mr Marsden’s pleas, administrators at Pennine Acute Hospitals trust said there was nothing they could do.It wasn’t until February of this year that he finally saw a junior doctor, who was running late, and apologised for eating a MacDonalds during the consultation, Mr Marsden said.  And it took until April – a full six months after the appointment was due – that he finally saw the consultant.“She was half an hour late, didn’t have my notes, and didn’t know anything about the recent incident – she thought I was there because of the first stroke, back in 2017,” he said. The grandfather of two, who has closed down his building firm since the stroke, but continues run his plumbing services, said that in many of his encounters with the NHS, he was struck by how “disorganised” and “unprofessional” its administration was. “It seemed absolutely bizarre to cancel by taxi – they’ve surely got email or phones like everyone else?” he said. “The costs must really mount up if they are cancelling patients so regularly,” he added. Pennine Acute Hospitals trust did not respond to requests for comment. Poor handwriting caused a four-month wait for a scan Arthritis sufferer Hilary Chilvers was left waiting almost four months for a vital MRI scan – because staff could not read an NHS employee’s “illegible” handwriting.Mrs Chilvers was promised a scan within six weeks of her appointment at Haywood Hospital, in Stoke-on trent, in March. But almost two months later, she received a letter from the NHS saying the request had been rejected, and that the process would start again.  Nottinghamshire Healthcare Foundation trust reported that 62 patients experienced at least their 10th postponement in a row, with no such cases in 2016. St George’s University Hospitals Foundation trust, in London, saw 19 patients suffer at least 10 cancellations, up from 4 cases in 2016. Four of the patients were first due to have their consultation in 2014, with one case dating back to 2013, the disclosures show. Northampton General Hospital trust and Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh Foundation trust each saw 14 patients suffer at least their 10th cancellation in a row last year, the figures show. At Southend University Hospital Foundation Trust, 12 patients had at least 10 consecutive postponements, with 10 such cases at United Lincolnshire Hospitals trust.Overall, the number of appointments cancelled by the 79 trusts has risen by 14 per cent in three years, the figures show.  read more


Nintendo returning to CES after 16 years to show off the 3DS

first_imgNintendo hasn’t made an appearance at the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in well over a decade,but after a sixteen years hiatus, that’s going to change in 2011. Of course, it’s not for nothing that Nintendo’s shaking up its habits. Nintendo will be launching their upcoming 3DS console in March, a couple of months before the gaming industry’s biggest show, E3. By going to CES this year, Nintendo’s going to be able to show off the many advances its made in handheld consoles directly to the American press while still leaving an ample two month window for 3DS buzz to be generated before the official launch.Nintendo’s not the only game makers coming to CES this year, which is fronting an entire Gaming Showcase in 2011, complete with exhibits from at least two of Nintendo’s biggest competitors: Sony and Microsoft.This year, more than any other year in recent memory, CES ought to be a hell of a show for gamers everywhere.last_img read more


We are failing these children spectacularly Row over drug with exorbitant cost

first_img Share75 Tweet Email 9,094 Views Fiona Bailey, whose son Sam has SMA, calling for access to ‘miracle drug’Spinraza. She says Sam and other children with the rare muscle-wasting condition need access to Spinraza urgently.— Órla Ryan (@orlaryan) February 28, 2019 Fiona said she’d “move over [to Scotland] in the morning if Sam could get the drug” but that it isn’t available to people from other countries.We’re part of the EU, how can we be any different? To me it’s nonsensical, our kids are not getting same treatment as kids in other countries … Our country is failing these children spectacularly.Parents in Ireland are keeping a close eye on Spinraza negotiations in the UK. Two babies and a teenager have died since the start of the campaign there. “Is that what’s going to happen in Ireland? It’s just terrifying for parents,” Fiona said.Sam and the other 25 kids are the most vulnerable kids in the country – they can’t do anything for themselves, they need 24-hour care.She said families “will be back outside the gates of the Dáil” if they need to be but she hopes the situation will be resolved soon.“It’s terrible to have to put our children through that – children in wheelchairs outside Leinster House, literally begging for their lives.”‘It’s a miracle he’s still alive’Sam celebrated his ninth birthday last Wednesday. Fiona said her son is “the same as any other kid” and “was delighted with himself” on the day. However, he is aware of what is going on.Sam will not see his teenage years if he doesn’t get Spinraza, the fact he’s here today is actually a miracle.“He was borderline Type 1 at diagnosis, those children don’t normally see their second birthday.“One chest infection could put Sam in hospital, could put him in ICU. If he gets sick, his life hangs in the balance – he’s one of the most severe sufferers of Type 2 in the country.” The Bailey family at Sam’s ninth birthday party during the week. Source: Fiona BaileyFiona said she is obviously aware that Spinraza is an expensive drug but pointed out that so is a spell in ICU or full-time care, which would need to be provided if “God forbid, anything happened me or Paul (Sam’s father)”.She said getting access to Spinraza would not only be life-changing for Sam but for the whole family. “Sarah and Kayla (his sisters, who are about to turn three and seven) are watching him get weaker, they’re seeking reassurances too,” she said.“He is losing strength every single month, every single week.”‘Very vulnerable group’ When asked about the ongoing negotiations, a spokesperson for the HSE said “it would be inappropriate to comment” beyond its recent statement until the process is complete.In its statement last month the HSE said it “regrets” that it has to date been unable to come to an agreement with Biogen.  Sarah, Sam and Kayla Bailey at Dublin Zoo Source: Fiona BaileyThe HSE said when assessing Spinraza, the organisation’s Drugs Group focused on two areas: reviewing the evidence of the clinical effectiveness of drug (the benefits for patients undergoing clinical trials) and the cost-effectiveness of the drug. “While the HSE is anxious to provide all possible support to this very vulnerable group of patients and those who care for them, the decision reached by the Leadership Team concurs with the recommendation of the Drugs Group, which is that reimbursement could not be approved at the price currently being charged by the pharmaceutical company,” the statement said. Under the requirements of the Health (Pricing and Supply of Medical Goods) Act 2013, Biogen has 28 days from the date of notification to respond or make representations to the HSE’s proposed decision.More information about SMA and Spinraza can be read on SMA Ireland’s website. Children with Spinraza and their families marching towards Leinster House.— Órla Ryan (@orlaryan) February 28, 2019 Short URL Mar 10th 2019, 8:01 AM Source: Órla Ryan/Twitter 13 Comments Sunday 10 Mar 2019, 8:00 AMcenter_img In December 2017, the NCPE did not recommend the reimbursement of Spinraza as it was not deemed “cost-effective”. Its estimated the cost at that time was €37.88 million over five years.As well as the cost, the HSE also cited the “limitations of the current evidence on clinical effectiveness” of Spinraza when announcing its decision not to reimburse the drug last month.‘Urgent reform needed’  Biogen has criticised the process used by the NCPE in assessing medication. A spokesperson said: “In SMA there are challenges associated with producing the type of data that the NCPE need to see when reviewing Nusinersen in a general health technology assessment process to determine cost-effectiveness.“For example, measuring quality of life in a young paediatric population is very difficult, and yet it is a major determining factor of cost-effectiveness in the NCPE process.”The spokesperson said other challenges “include the uncertainty around long-term health outcomes that inevitably come with a significant therapeutic advancement”. While the data we have so far is extremely compelling, there are only so many years of data available and limited comparators, which makes determining cost-effectiveness very difficult.“In more specialised reimbursement methodologies, such as what is now available in Scotland, these kinds of factors are considered.”Biogen has repeatedly called on the HSE to “urgently reform the appraisal process for orphan medicines like Nusinersen – to allow a greater degree of flexibility for the assessment of such treatment options”.‘An easy target’ When asked about Biogen’s comments, Professor Barry defended the process used by the NCPE, saying the company’s statement is “typical of what we have come to expect from the pharmaceutical industry here in Ireland”.He told the assessment process is “an easy target for the industry” and “an excuse for not dealing with the fundamental problem of exorbitant pricing of medicines that frequently add little in terms of health outcomes”.“The failure to reimburse these extremely high-cost drugs is not due to the assessment process, it is due to a funding issue. One of the main purposes of the assessment process is to support the HSE in its discussions and negotiations with the pharmaceutical companies.I would argue that it is not the assessment process that should be “urgently reformed” but the unrealistic pricing strategies being practiced by the pharmaceutical industry. There is a very clear way to get drugs reimbursed in Ireland and that is to price them fairly.Barry said we often hear the industry talk about pricing but “rarely about value”.The reality is that many of the new expensive medicines offer little in terms of health outcomes. In many cases we would be far better off placing our scarce healthcare resources into other areas of the health service like looking after our elderly patients, investing in mental health and disabilities not to mention investing in general practice.The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) in the UK met again last week to discuss reimbursing Spinraza. A decision is expected next month.  File photo Source: Shutterstock/AngleStudioBarry added that highlighting what is going on in other countries is “also of limited value”.“I have not heard anyone discuss the Orkambi situation in England, where reimbursement is still not approved almost two years after the drug was reimbursed in Ireland.In addition, the concept that drugs should be reimbursed in Ireland just because they are reimbursed elsewhere is a flawed argument as it does not consider value of the drug or the differences in healthcare systems across Europe, the differing abilities to pay and, crucially, the complete absence of transparency of the various ‘deals’ being done in the different countries.Barry said the problem is “a direct result of pharma pricing strategies”, adding: “The answer is in their own hands.”Last month Barry told the Sunday Business Post the HSE had already “almost exhausted” the available funding for new drugs for the whole of 2019.‘The weakest children in Ireland’ About one in 11,000 babies are affected by SMA – a debilitating disease that causes progressive muscle weakness and loss of movement due to muscle wasting. SMA is the number one genetic cause of death of infants and is in the same family as motor neurone disease.The most common form of the disease is 5q SMA, which has four different types: 1, 2, 3 and 4– based on age of onset and the highest physical milestone achieved. Type 1 is the most severe form of SMA and accounts for between 50–70% of cases of childhood onset SMA. About 95% of children with Type 1 who are untreated die before the age of two.  Source: SMA IrelandChildren who have been granted access to Spinraza,  have generally responded well, with some gaining strength and motors skills and reaching milestones previously thought impossible. The medication is delivered through the lower back via a lumbar puncture. Sam Bailey is one of the 26 children who could benefit from the drug; he has SMA Type 2. His mother Fiona is among the parents who have been campaigning for access to Spinraza. She gave an impassioned speech at the recent rally outside Leinster House.Speaking to, Fiona said waiting for a decision while negotiations go on behind the scenes is “heartbreaking”.“Twenty-five other countries [in the EU] granted access to Spinraza, some as long as a year ago.“The details are up to Biogen and the NCPE to hammer out. Our lives are full with trying to contain this disease and keep out children pain-free.” Kayla, Sam and Sarah Bailey Source: Fiona BaileyPARENTS OF CHILDREN with a rare genetic condition have called for negotiations between the HSE and a pharmaceutical company over access to a drug to be sped up.Last month, the HSE confirmed that it would not reimburse Spinraza (also known as Nusinersen) at its current price. The organisation said the medication would cost more than €20 million over a five-year period – €600,000 per patient for the first year and €380,000 per patient per year thereafter. Biogen, the company which makes Spinraza, said these figures are out of date but, when asked by to elaborate, said it “cannot comment on pricing”. Twenty-six children in Ireland who have Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA), a rare and life-limiting muscle-wasting condition, could benefit from Spinraza. Fiona Bailey, whose son Sam has SMA, said it is “heartbreaking” and “frustrating” for parents to watch protracted negotiations while their children become weaker.Twenty-five of the 28 countries in the European Union have granted access to the medication, except Ireland, the UK (bar Scotland) and Estonia.SMA Ireland has called on the HSE to reverse its decision; and held a protest outside Leinster House on 28 February.Negotiations, and clashes, over pricing are ongoing behind the scenes. Biogen has hit out at the process used by the National Centre for Pharmacoeconomics (NCPE) to assess the cost-effectiveness of medication.In turn, the NCPE’s Director, Professor Michael Barry, sharply criticised the “exorbitant” prices charged by pharmaceutical companies for certain medication, such as Spinraza. By Órla Ryan Source: Órla Ryan/Twitter Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article ‘We are failing these children spectacularly’: Row over drug with ‘exorbitant’ cost rumbles on Negotiations, and clashes, over the price of Spinraza are ongoing behind the scenes. last_img read more


Warrant issued for arrest of sex offender 67 who sexually assaulted juveniles

first_img Image: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland By Declan Brennan No Comments Share8 Tweet Email Wednesday 27 Jun 2018, 5:58 PM Warrant issued for arrest of sex offender (67) who sexually assaulted juveniles The man failed to show for a court appearance today. A COURT HAS issued a warrant for the arrest of a sex offender who gardaí have previously said is a risk to the public because of his “predilection for juveniles”.In 2015 Judge Martin Nolan ordered that the 67-year-old Dublin man cannot be identified despite evidence that he is a risk to the public because of his risk of re-offending and his alcohol abuse issues.Judge Nolan then imposed a five-year order under the 2001 Sex Offenders Act which set strict conditions on the man, including that he have no interaction with children and not loiter where children gather.Evidence of breachLast year Judge Patricia Ryan heard evidence that the man had breached this court order by attempting to communicate with children.Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard the man, who has two previous convictions for sexual assault, had attempted to talk to children out playing. He was intoxicated at the time and a garda observed him with his hand on his crotch and his zip undone.At the time Judge Ryan noted the Probation Service’s proposals for a multi-agency plan to address the man’s risk of re-offending and his accommodation needs.She imposed an 18-month sentence which she backdated to the date of the offence and suspended the balance on condition he comply by all directions of the Probation Service and remain abstinent from non-prescription intoxicants.On Monday the man appeared before Judge Ryan again on foot of an application by the Probation Service. A Probation Service officer told the court that the man didn’t attend a counselling appointment.Risk assessment testShe said “the bottom line is he continues to drink” and said his drinking has caused management problems at his hostel. The man previously scored high on a risk assessment test, which would have considered his alcohol abuse problems as a contributory risk factor.John Byrne BL, defending, said his client is an alcoholic but is attending AA meetings and that there is no other evidence of further breaches.This morning the man failed to show up for a court appearance and Judge Ryan issued a bench warrant for this arrest.In 2007 the man was sentenced to two years’ imprisonment for the sexual assault of a juvenile. He was convicted again in 2008 of another sexual assault and sentenced to two years with one suspended.In 2010 he was released from Dublin’s Arbour Hill prison, subject to a condition that he comply with the directions of the Probation Services for five years.The sex offender order, which lasts for five years, had originally been made by Judge Nolan in February 2015 under Section 16 of the 2001 Sex Offenders Act.At the time Chief Superintendent Patrick Leahy told Dublin Circuit Criminal Court that the man was a risk to the public.In an affidavit to the court Chief Superintendent Leahy said in November 2013 the man was alleged to have been drunk near a mosque where a lot of children were gathering at night for prayers.He is alleged to have exposed his genitals and to have groped a child and masturbated in a laneway. A file on this incident has been sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions.In another incident in Dublin city he was seen sitting on a wall across from a playground staring at children aged nine and 10. He was drinking at the time and when asked why he was there he appeared to be in “an excited state”. Image: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland Short URL 13,505 Views Jun 27th 2018, 5:58 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more


Greeks support Pakistani flood relief

first_imgGreek Australian individuals are reaching out to support victims of the recent floods in Pakistan according to a senior World Vision Australia official. The Director of Media and Communications at World Vision Australia Yianni Rigogiannis said Greek Australians have been among the Australians who have contributed $3.24 million to the World Vision Australia appeal.The funds raised from the appeal will allow World Vision to coordinate a relief program for the more than 17.2 million people affected.“World Vision and the Greek community aren’t necessarily intertwined, although there are a lot of Greek supporters of World Vision,” he said.“Greeks are a very cosmopolitan people and quite aware of what’s going on around the world and are very generous,” he said.Rigogiannis said World Vision has so far distributed food and emergency items to more than 33 000 people, as well as establishing four medical clinics and one mobile clinic to treat the diseases borne out of flood conditions. He urged individuals to get involved with the appeal, as the disaster continues to unfold. “The reality is, this is just the beginning for Pakistan,” he said.Increasingly, support from individuals seems to be a trend with international aid donation. This week a survey found Australians ranked equal first with New Zealand in a survey across 153 countries about individuals giving to charity. There’s also popular websites such as Peter Singer’s The Life You Can Save, urging individuals to donate, rather than rely on community fundraisers. Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia spokesperson, Dimitri Kepreotes, said the church has responded to previous international crises with appeals for financial support, and while they haven’t planned an appeal for Pakistan, it’s something he’s thought about.“We’re always with our ear to the ground, and we’re not ruling anything out as a church,” he said.But he said members of the Greek Diaspora care about international events as individuals. “Greek Australians are always compassionate where we can be,” he said.He said the tragedy in Pakistan was that the story was slow to unfold, as diseases spread and the lack of food and clean drinking water leads to dehydration and malnutrition.“Pakistan may well need a lot more help down the track, not just the next two weeks,” he said. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more


Troubles de la mémoire ils sont plus fréquents chez les hommes

first_imgTroubles de la mémoire : ils sont plus fréquents chez les hommesMonde – Selon une récente étude, les hommes seraient plus sujets, avec l’âge, aux troubles de la mémoire. Des chercheurs de l’université de Mayo aux États-Unis se sont penchés sur les troubles cognitifs légers chez les personnes âgées, c’est-à-dire les déficiences moins graves que celles entraînées par la maladie d’Alzheimer ou d’autres démences séniles. Leurs résultats ont été publiés le mardi 7 septembre dans la revue Neurology. À lire aussiPourquoi les hommes ont-ils une érection le matin ?Ils ont étudié 2.050 personnes de 70 à 89 ans vivant à Olmeast County, dans le Minnesota.  Ces sujets ont été soumis à des bilans de santé et des tests de mémoire. Il s’est avéré que sur le groupe, 14% des femmes présentaient de légers troubles, contre 19% des hommes.  On a ainsi pu estimer que les risques étaient 1,5 fois plus élevés chez la gent masculine.On notera qu’un niveau scolaire bas et que le célibat augmentent également les risques de souffrir de troubles cognitifs légers. Le 8 septembre 2010 à 11:28 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more


Squid proteins help create selfhealing fabrics

first_imgImagine you just tore your favorite pair of pants. You’d have to spend some time with a needle and thread to have any hope of salvaging them, and you need to actually be adept at sewing. In the future, however, your pants might be able to heal themselves with a little splash of water. Researchers from Pennsylvania State University and the US Naval Research Laboratory have used a protein from squid tentacles to create self-healing fabric.Different teams of researchers have recently identified interesting self-assembly proteins in the ring teeth of squid. The Pennsylvania State University researchers took samples from the ring teeth of a European Common Squid (Loligo vulgaris) in the hope of identifying the mechanism. There’s only a very small amount of protein in the ring teeth — about one gram for a 5kg squid. So, they had to cut up a lot of squid. Their sacrifice will not be forgotten. The team was able to identify LvSRT as the main component of the self-healing properties of squid ring teeth.Underwater, this protein has flexible regions that stick together with hydrogen bonds when pressed together. There are also hard segments that reinforce the strength of the connection. Since we don’t live underwater, the protein is inert until you get it wet. The researchers devised a system for coating fabric with thin layers of protein. First, they dipped the fabric in a negatively charged polystyrene sulfonate solution. Then, the positively charged LvSRT solution was applied. The two oppositely charged materials form the base layer of the material. Additional layers can be added on top with other proteins that could be used to break down toxins or pesticides.The result is a fabric that sticks together when you get it web. The team cut pieces of the treated fabric and applied water to repair them. The repaired textiles were just as strong and flexible as before. The squid protein treatment was tested on several different types of fabric including cotton, wool, and linen. The researchers believe this technology could have viable commercial applications if the coating process can be sped up. We would also need a source of synthetic LvSRT protein rather than sacrificing a bunch of squid.last_img read more


Start Saving Amazon Prime Day 2018 Dates Leaked

first_imgStay on target Amazon Employees Join Sept. 20 Global Climate WalkoutGeek Pick: Amazon Smart Plug Puts Alexa in Your Walls Amazon Prime Day 2018 is scheduled for Tuesday, July 17, with deals starting midday on the 16th.But shh, you’re not supposed to know yet!It appears the e-retail giant’s UK website accidentally let the cat out of the bag by publishing a banner last week, spotted by TechRadar.The hidden ad, which has since been removed, hints at a 36-hour sale—the longest in Prime Day history (all three years of it). Last year’s event began at 9 p.m. the evening before; this year, deals will start rolling in at noon.Exact dates and times for U.S. shoppers are likely to change, considering the country’s multiple time zones. So keep an eye on Amazon’s website for local information.No further details have been revealed; Amazon did not immediately respond to Geek’s request for comment.But that hasn’t stopped TechRadar from giving it the old college try and making predictions two and a half weeks early:An extra push for Amazon Prime subscriptions (perhaps a $20 discount for new members) in the days leading to the annual eventHeavy discounts on Amazon devices like the Echo, Echo Dot, Echo Spot, Fire TV Stick, Fire tablets, and Kindle e-readers, as well as its other services, like AudibleAmazon Marketplace sellers offering everything from 4K TVs, game consoles, and laptops to beer and wine, sports and camping goods, baby products, and fashionAs part of the company’s 20th anniversary, Amazon launched Prime Day in 2015, hoping to entice buyers with discount prices on a scale you’d expect to see only on Black Friday.The inaugural event—a mix of “Deals of the Day” and “Lightning Deals”—lasted 24 hours. Prime Day 2017 promised 30 hours of deals for techies, beauty fans, gamers, kids, home chefs, bookworms, fitness buffs, DIYers, sports enthusiasts, and other stereotypes.Last year, Prime voice shoppers got exclusive early access to select reductions; there is no word on whether the same goes for Echo, Tap, and Fire users next month.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more


Steigerwald refuges north loop opens May 1

first_imgThe northern loop of a popular trail at the Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge will reopen on May 1, the refuge announced Wednesday.Most of the Gibbons Creek Wildlife Art Trail opened on March 29, nearly six months after a wildfire damaged it and closed the refuge’s main refuge entrance off state Highway 14. The northern loop of the trail is typically closed from Oct. 1 to April 30 to protect wintering waterfowl, according to the refuge. As the waterfowl head north to their nesting grounds, officials reopen the loop.The main entrance to the refuge is located on the south side of Highway 14, just east of Washougal in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area.last_img

Suspect in Dania Beach shootings charged with murder

first_imgFORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – A man accused of several deadly shootings in Dania Beach has been charged with first-degree murder.Nineteen-year-old Arvis Brown appeared in court, Thursday.He faces multiple charges, including two counts of first-degree murder.Prosecutors said Brown was involved in three of four shootings that took place within blocks of each other, from Christmas Day to Dec. 28. Authorities said he shot and killed 25-year-old Christopher Jordan as he walked home, near Northwest Sixth Avenue and Second Street.Brown was arrested in Tallahassee, Dec. 30.He is being held without bond.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img


How This Old House Leverages Its Video Content

first_imgFor a magazine brand like Time Inc.’s This Old House, video is clearly a valuable asset, especially since it started out as a television show. But as the brand has grown, the ways in which that video has been presented have changed over the years and more recently have expanded beyond the TV content and into more custom, shorter content. The magazine has ported a bunch of its video content to YouTube, which had about 93,000 views from mid-January through mid-February. Video on the site itself—which attracts about 2.9 million monthly uniques—notched close to 450,000 views last December. About 54,000 videos were watched on a mobile device during that same month.  Here, FOLIO: checks in with This Old House magazine editor Scott Omelianuk to trace the brand’s video content evolution. FOLIO: Has video taken on a new prominence for This Old House?Scott Omelianuk: The broader answer is yes, it has. But it has always been prominent. That comes from the fact that This Old House started as a television show. And so there’s always been an understanding of the power of video for the brand. Up until recently it’s existed in half-hour long programming blocks. FOLIO: Describe the progression to shorter segments. Omelianuk: The first thing we did when I got here [in 2004] was to shorten the video assets considerably. We cut up a lot of our TV programming into simpler segments. Just as we got finished with that, everyone became comfortable watching longer-form video. Nevertheless, we had hundreds of videos that we had from the show and from the magazine’s efforts. More recently, as people’s experiences with video became easier, we made sure we were gearing up for that. One of the first things we did, and this is a couple years ago now, we created a mobile site for the brand and made sure video was optimized for mobile.  One if the biggest changes was last fall when we redesigned the web site. We made sure video was surfaced much more. We had research that showed people didn’t want to consume it just to consume it. It needed to be attached to something they needed, they wanted a bunch of content around that and a video to be a piece of that. But now even that’s changed a little bit. People are much more comfortable to consume video for video’s sake. We never used to have a video channel, but now we do for people who just want to consume video. FOLIO: How have you retained or repurposed the longer show programming?Omelianuk: We did a big project where, like Hulu, you could watch the current season and past seasons of the TV shows. At the same time, we extended a handful  of seasons to YouTube. It was essentially an experiment. You can’t argue with the scale of YouTube. As long as it doesn’t cannibalize the brand, it makes sense to me.FOLIO: Who watches what? Omelianuk: The longer form is for the brand loyalists—it’s a significant investment of time to watch a half-hour show. The broader how-to stuff is meant for an audience that comes through search. Well over 60 percent of page views come from search. Those are people looking for a solution to a problem. We have video for the top five or six hundred home improvement problems. We hope to convert people based on that experience as well—we’ll surround those segments with text and photos. FOLIO: What new formats and programming are you getting into?Omelianuk: Tool School is new to the site. We didn’t have the resources for it until an advertiser wanted to sponsor it. It’s a series of short, one- to two-minute-long videos—25 videos on a tool. These are the things you would know if you took the time to read the owner’s manual. One of the editors was the producer, one of the contributors was the ‘talent,’ the art department built the set and the graphics package. It’s really a staff-wide effort when we do these things. I don’t want to have to go out and hire producers, they don’t know the brand that well. If I can train people here, so much the better. Those are the kinds of video we think of as real consumable, you might come to Tool School and watch every one. FOLIO: How is mobile influencing video usage? Omelianuk: We see mobile video watching growing. There are a lot of people who, once they realize that they can have a good mobile experience, come back more and more. Broadly speaking, a lot of people are still skittish about mobile, but that’s rapidly changing. Overall we have far fewer views of long-form on a mobile device, they will continue to watch that on a desktop. But if they can watch [the shorter content] while at the Home Depot or at Lowes, that’s a huge win for us.FOLIO: How are you determining how much video to produce for the site?Omelianuk: We are less focused on volume per month than quality evergreen content that we know people really want. We don’t want to waste a consumer or an advertiser’s time. We want videos that have real value in our vertical. Some months we produce a handful of videos and others we develop a couple dozen, like the 25 Tool School 1-minute videos created for Ram.last_img read more


Alaska corrections officer faces federal drug charges

first_imgA Goose Creek prison guard has been arrested in connection with an alleged conspiracy to distribute drugs in the correctional facility. The corrections officer faces federal charges.Download AudioDean Williams, commissioner of the state Department of Corrections and Karen Loeffler, a US District Attorney for Alaska (Photo by Ellen Lockyer, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage)The criminal complaint charges corrections officer Adam Jason Spindler with conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to distribute heroin and marijuana. The case has been brought against Spindler with the help of the FBI, based on an affidavit provided to the Department of Justice by FBI special agent Richard Fuller.Karen Loeffler is the US Attorney for Alaska. She said it is not unusual for the FBI to be involved in a state case, and stressed the level of cooperation that it took to bring the case to light.“It’s very important to federal law enforcement and working with our state partner, that we won’t countenance public servants violating their duties by trafficking in narcotics,” Loeffler said.Information provided by the Justice Department indicates that during this month, the Alaska Department of Corrections contacted the FBI on suspicions that Spindler was smuggling drugs into Goose Creek for distribution to inmates. This week, FBI surveillance observed Spindler’s meeting with a suspected female drug courier in Wasilla, then followed him to Goose Creek, where he has worked the night shift for the past three years.According to the documents, on arrival at the prison Spindler gave what he said was his bag of “personal use” marijuana to a fellow corrections officer who was leaving the prison to take away from prison grounds. Spindler was detained at the prison, but a search of his person did not turn up any drugs.A state DOC K-9 unit detected drugs in Spindler’s truck, although agents did not find any in the vehicle at the time. However, the other corrections officer, who was literally holding the bag, called Goose Creek personnel, saying he suspected the presence of heroin in the bag. Tests showed the presence of 1.6 grams of heroin and half a gram of marijuana. Spindler then admitted to FBI agents that he intended to distribute the drugs to an inmate.Spindler now faces federal drug charges. He was scheduled for an initial appearance in federal court Wednesday afternoon. An indictment will be filed in the future, according to Loeffler.Dean Williams, Alaska Corrections Commissioner, said the incident has mixed significance for his department“This is a difficult day for us on one hand, and it is a fantastic day for us on the other hand,” Williams said. “And here’s why it is so difficult. One of our corrections officers went to the dark side.”Williams also credited the cooperation of the FBI in making the case. Williams used the occasion to announce the formation of a new Professional Conduct unit within the corrections department“This really, I think, represents a new era of public trust, I hope, as well as staff trust, that when problems are brought to us, we’re going to do something about it, at least we are going to try our best to do something about it,” Williams said. “That’s the reason, quite frankly, that I set up the Professional Conduct Unit, the first unit of it’s kind in this department, to really make sure that we are objectively, professionally, doing internal investigations. And that unit, by the way,in conjunction with the FBI, is why this case played out.”Federal attorneys are not commenting on the case against Spindler at this time, according to Loeffler. Brad Wilson, with the Alaska Correctional Officers Association, said he’s withholding comment until he learns more about the case.last_img read more