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CALGARY – Cliff Barr has no illusions about how his life is going to end but he still has hope.The 70-year-old from Okotoks, Alta., is one of 100 patients taking part in new Canada-wide clinical trial to treat ALS — a debilitating and ultimately deadly neural disease that has few treatments and no cure.“It is a difficult and an awkward disease,” Barr said Thursday at the University of Calgary, which is running the trial.“I found the idea of the clinical trial promising. It gives you a little more hope.”Barr was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, in October. It causes paralysis because the brain is no longer able to communicate with the body’s muscles.Over time, as the muscles break down, an ALS patient loses the ability to walk, talk, eat, swallow and, eventually, breathe. Experts say one in 400 Canadians will die of ALS.Even on good days, Barr said, the disease is always there.“The disease kind of reared its head and I’m a little weaker than normal,” said Barr, who retired 10 years ago. “This morning, I couldn’t do my pants up. I couldn’t brush my hair. I needed help doing the zipper up on this sweater.”Dr. Lawrence Korngut from the University of Calgary’s Cumming School of Medicine is running the clinical trial over the next 1 1/2 years at nine different Canadian universities.He said an anti-psychotic drug called pimozide slowed down the disease in zebra fish, worms and mice, as well as in humans with ALS in a limited six-week trial a couple of years ago.Korngut said the drug doesn’t address the primary cause of the disease, which destroys nerves. But he adds that it’s now believed that there’s an electrical failure that accompanies the breakdown.“This treats that electrical failure. We’re hoping by preserving that electrical function, even if the cable keeps breaking down, that will buy people time.“It will prolong life.”Korngut said people shouldn’t jump to any conclusions about how well the trial will turn out and he’s only “cautiously optimistic.”“We’ve been through this before. We know that sometimes animals behave very differently from humans and we just have to do things properly and find out these answers.”Barr said he has been told he is likely to have between three and five years to live. The research is a double-blind study so only half the participants will receive the drug. The rest get a placebo.“I am a fighter. You pay your money. You take your chances,” Barr said.“It can’t make it better. It can’t repair the muscle damage … but it can slow down the progression which would in effect help me maintain the quality of life for longer than I would have.”Korngut said it could be years before all the results are known and he grateful for those willing to volunteer.“ALS is a disease of weakness but these are the strongest people I know. These people fight this disease so courageously.”— Follow @BillGraveland on Twitter
Raebareli (UP): Hitting out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his strident criticism of the Congress, party president Rahul Gandhi Saturday said in the last 70 years, the “foolishness of demonetisation and Gabbar Singh Tax” was not done by anybody.He was addressing an election meeting in Unchahar in Rabeareli from where UPA chairperson and his mother Sonia Gandhi is seeking re-election to the Lok Sabha. “In the past 70 years, the foolishness of demonetisation and Gabbar Singh Tax (Gandhi’s coinage for the Goods and Services Tax or GST) was not done by anyone,” Gandhi said. Also Read – Ajay Lamba takes oath as chief justice of Gauhati HCHis remarks come against the backdrop of repeated attacks by the prime minister on the Congress, holding it responsible for all ills since the country got Independence. “Chowkidar (watchman) has done ‘chori’ (theft) of factories and employment of people of Raebareli and Amethi (the Lok Sabha seat represented by the Congress chief),” he said. Rahul Gandhi also accused Modi of not wanting to fill 22 lakh vacant posts in the government. “Some 22 lakh jobs are vacant in the government. Modi did not want to fill these vacant posts and only wants to help his friends. We will give these 22 lakh jobs in one year and 10 lakh jobs in panchyats,” he said. Also Read – HC directs Centre to place Bihar IAS officer’s inter-cadre transfer plea before authoritiesThe Congress president asked the gathering, “Where are Anil Ambani, Nirav Modi, Vijay Mallya, Lalit Modi – in jail or outside? “If a farmer of Raebareli takes loan of Rs 20,000 and is unable to repay, he is sent to jail. From 2019, when our government will come to power no farmer will got to jail in such cases. We will bring a separate farmers’ budget in which they will get to know MSP, storm losses compensation, insurance details and what they will get when they suffer losses,” he said. Charging the prime minister of taking away money from “our pocket, your pocket”, he promised that the Congress will ensure that the people get back their money. “Modi has taken away money from your house, lied and fooled you and made you stand in queues telling you that it is fight against corruption and blackmoney. He fooled the country and took money from your pocket for a ‘chor’ (thief) like Anil Ambani,” Gandhi said. “Have you seen ‘Hindustan ke chor’ Anil Ambani, Nirav Modi, Vijay Mallya standing in a line,” he asked the gathering. Promising that Congress will “put back money in your pocket”, Gandhi said when people get money, they will start making purchases. “After demonetisation you stopped purchasing and factories stopped manufacturing giving rise to unemployment. Our ‘Nyay’ will give jobs.” Nyuntam Aay Yojana (Nyay) is the party’s ambitious minimum income guarantee scheme, which assures up to Rs 72,000 a year or Rs 6,000 a month income to 20 per cent of India’s poorest families. “Whatever we do is well thought. It’s impossible to give Rs 15 lakh in every bank account as economy will collapse. But giving Rs 3.60 lakh individually is possible in five years with Rs 72,000 per year,” he said. Stating that in the present regime, crop insurance money was not given to farmers, Gandhi said, “Entire work of insurance has been given to people like Anil Ambani. You give money for insurance but when you face loss you are not compensated. Rs 10,000 crore have been taken from farmers and given to people like Anil Ambani…”
8 July 2008The United Nations agencies working to alleviate global hunger have called for decisive action by the Group of Eight (G-8) most industrialized countries, currently meeting in Japan, to boost investment in agriculture to help feed the world. The three Rome-based agencies – the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the World Food Programme (WFP) – pointed out that one of the main causes of the current food crisis was the decline in agricultural investment over the past three decades. “The G-8 Summit in Japan can help strike a decisive blow in the fight against hunger and poverty by reversing that trend and moving to direct a much larger share of development aid to the rural and agricultural sector,” said the joint statement, signed by FAO Director-General Jacques Diouf, IFAD President Lennart Båge and WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran.They stated that boosting public and private investment in agricultural development would contribute to the anti-hunger strategy contained in the Declaration adopted by 180 countries and the European Community when they met in June to tackle the global food crisis at the Rome Food Security Summit.The three leaders acknowledged that the task that lay head was huge, “for it involves nothing less than enabling the world’s poor countries to feed themselves once more – a capacity they lost in the decades of cheap food imports and following a three-fold increase in natural disasters.” What was involved amounted to launching a new “twice-green revolution,” or G2R, with the aim of doubling global food production by the middle of the century to feed a world population expected to reach over nine billion. If there was one “silver lining” to the current surge in food prices it was that, for the next ten years at least, high prices would make agriculture attractive to private investors, the agencies noted.To tackle the food crisis and promote an “agricultural renaissance” the G-8 must take a clear lead in helping promote the new Green Revolution, they stated. “In doing so, the international community would not only take a huge step towards securing food for all today and tomorrow – but also help relegate hunger and poverty to yesterday,” the statement concluded.
Ghanaian Foreign Minister Muhammad Mumuni warned world leaders that poorer nations may soon experience a “promise fatigue” if developed countries do not carry through pledged funds, including the $30 billion of fast-track funding for developing countries through 2012 committed at December’s Copenhagen climate change meeting.At the gathering in the Danish capital, industrialized countries further pledged to find ways and means to raise $100 billion annually by 2020.“For developing countries, the early delivery and transparent allocation of this money will boost our confidence in the dialogue and also show that industrialized countries are truly committed to progress in the broader negotiations,” Mr. Mumuni said.Not only must developed countries honour their commitments to provide financial and technological to poorer nations in the fight against climate change, they must also “take the lead to cut their respective carbon dioxide emissions so that the conference in Cancun could produce tangible results,” said Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Hor Namhong.The next conference of parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is set to take place in the Mexican city in November.“The fruitful outcomes in Cancun rely on efforts by all to save humankind from much more serious catastrophes,” the Cambodian official said.Foreign Minister Maxine Pamela Ometa McClean of Barbados acknowledged that a comprehensive pact will not be achieved in Cancun, but said the November gathering must conclude with the world committing itself to prioritizing the most vulnerable and providing the fast-track funding.“Critical to success at Cancun is arriving at a common understanding of how, when and where an ambitious and legally-binding international climate agreement will be finalized,” she stressed.Theodore Brent Symonette, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of the Bahamas, called for special attention to be paid to the needs of small island developing States (SIDS) and other vulnerable countries.The Bahamas, he said, is the fifth most vulnerable country to sea level rise. “We are a country of negligible greenhouse gas emissions, still we suffer catastrophic results of emissions are not stabilized and reduced worldwide.”According to science, a temperature rise of 2 degrees Celsius will result in the sea level rising two metres, Mr. Symonette said. “Such an occurrence will submerge 80 per cent of our territory.”Also calling for urgent action for SIDS today was Arvin Boolell, Foreign Minister of Mauritius.With climate change inextricably linked to the realization of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the SIDS should be given simplified access to both fast-track and longer-term resources, he emphasized. “Those adaptation fundings should be in the form of grants and not loans,” Mr. Boolell added.President Desiré Delano Bouterse of Suriname, in his address to the Assembly on Saturday, said that climate change will have a “devastating” effect on developing countries.His country, he said, can serve as an example for the world “as its laws to save [forests] and biodiversity date back from the middle of the past century.”It is called the “greenest country on Earth” for its 90 per cent forest cover, Mr. Bouterse said.“It seems that the standing forest and the wealth of Suriname’s biodiversity are being taken for granted by the global community as there are no structures in place to provide incentives to continue on the path of sustainability,” he said.For his part, Grenada’s Prime Minister Tillman Thomas called for climate change, which is already undermining small economies, to remain at the top of the global diplomatic and negotiating agenda.Fast-track funding has only reach a small percentage of developing countries, and “clearly, this has to be corrected,” especially for SIDS, he said. 28 September 2010Developing nations took to the podium today at the General Assembly’s annual high-level debate to press for greater global support in responding to climate change.
Impunity is still a major concern when it comes to tackling enforced disappearances in Mexico, a group of United Nations human rights experts said today as they outlined recommendations to the Government on the prevention, investigation, punishment and reparation of this crime. Following their two-week visit to the country, which concluded yesterday, members of the UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances noted that victims of enforced disappearances lack confidence in the judicial system, police and armed forces. “Impunity is a chronic and present pattern in cases of enforced disappearances and no sufficient efforts are being carried out neither to determine the fate or whereabouts of persons who disappeared, to punish those responsible nor to provide reparations,” they stated in a news release. They also highlighted a lack of a comprehensive public policy to deal with the different aspects of enforced disappearances, saying it appears that there is no coordination among federal, local and municipal levels or within the same level of government. In addition, they emphasized that while the State has a right and duty to respond to public security concerns, including organized crime, addressing this challenge cannot be done at the expense of respect for human rights, nor can the State condone the practice of enforced disappearances. During their visit, the experts examined the status of the investigations of enforced disappearances, steps taken to prevent and eradicate the problem, what is being done to combat impunity, and other issues, including matters concerning truth, justice and reparations for victims of enforced disappearances. As part of the mission, they met with a number of federal and state officials in several cities, including the capital, México City, Chihuahua, Ciudad Juárez and Acapulco. The Working Group, which was set up in 1980, strives to establish a channel of communication between the families and the governments concerned, to ensure that individual cases are investigated, with the objective of clarifying the whereabouts of persons who, having disappeared, are placed outside the protection of the law. The experts, who work in an independent and unpaid capacity, will present their report to the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council at a session in 2012. 1 April 2011Impunity is still a major concern when it comes to tackling enforced disappearances in Mexico, a group of United Nations human rights experts said today as they outlined recommendations to the Government on the prevention, investigation, punishment and reparation of this crime.
Infibulation – narrowing the vaginal orifice by cutting and re-positioning the labia minora and/or the labia majora as a covering seal. “It denies them their dignity, endangers their health and causes needless pain and suffering, even death”, the UN chief added.FGM – sometimes called female circumcision – involves the partial or total removal of the external female genitalia for no medical reason, and results in severe physical and mental health consequences for girls and women.,According to Mr. Guterres, it “is rooted in gender inequalities and power imbalances – and it sustains them by limiting opportunities for girls and women to realize their rights and full potential”.In cultures that condone FGM, it is usually performed by a traditional practitioner with crude instruments and without anesthetic.“An estimated 200 million women and girls alive today have been subject to this harmful practice” the UN chief said, “and every year, almost four million girls are at risk”.About 80 per cent of women and girls who have undergone the procedure have had their clitoris and labia minora removed. Complications include severe pain, hemorrhaging, sepsis, urethra damage, painful sexual intercourse and other sexual dysfunction.,FGM comes in many forms: Pricking, piercing, incising, scraping or cauterization.,Genital mutilation also has psychological repercussions, with many victims feeling anxious, depressed, incomplete and traumatized.“The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) call for the elimination of female genital mutilation by 2030”, the UN chief noted, adding that the UN “joins hands with global, regional and national actors in supporting holistic and integrated initiatives to achieve this objective”. Tackling FGM is also part of the UN’s Spotlight Initiative, launched in partnership with the European Union to end all forms of violence against women and girls.While strong political commitment is yielding positive change in some countries, if current trends persist, Mr. Guterres underscored that “these advances will continue to be outpaced by rapid population growth where the practice is concentrated”.“On this Day of Zero Tolerance, I call for increased, concerted and global action to end female genital mutilation and fully uphold the human rights of all women and girls,” concluded the Secretary-General. ‘Promote and protect’ women and girls Both girls and boys participate in programs aiming at creating awareness on the negative effects of FGM as well as the need to implement Sustainable Development goal number 5 on Gender Equality. The programs take place at the UNFPA’s supported Masanga Cen, by Warren Bright/UNFPA TanzaniaWhile most of the girls and women who have been subject to FMG live in 28 African countries, and some in Asia, they are also increasingly found in Europe, Australia, Canada and the United States; primarily immigrants from Africa and southwestern Asia, according to a joint statement marking the day from the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), UN Population Fund (UNFPA) and UN Women.All three work to advocate for global awareness to deal with the problem, specifically by educating the public, health workers and FGM practitioners on its health and psychosocial consequences.Their joint statement expressed their support of government and community efforts “to promote and protect the health and development of women and children”.Since FGM concerns both the health and rights of women and children, WHO, UNICEF, and UNFPA each use their targeted strengths advocating against cutting, in a cross-agency collaboration, to complement the others.WHO promotes medically and technically-based policies to eliminate the practice, while working through a research and development programme, shining a light on the issue as it relates to women’s health, reproductive and human rights.UNICEF uses its field office and country programmes to, among other things, support community-based organizations engaged in information, education, communication and training on preventing FGM – particularly youth organizations and women’s groups on the dangers of the practice.For its part, UNFPA continues to advocate against FGM by supporting the revision of national policies, laws, regulations and misinformed traditional practices pertaining to reproductive health. Clitoridectomy – partially or totally removal of the clitoris and/or prepuce. Excision – partially or totally removing the clitoris and the labia minora.
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram A new Regional Advisory Council (RAC) – set up in the Grampians – was officially launched this week by the Minister for Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship Nicholas Kotsiras and Chin Tan, Chairperson of the Victorian Multicultural Commission (VMC).The purpose of the RACs are to provide advice to the VMC on settlement, multicultural affairs, service delivery and citizenship issues; advocate on behalf of culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities; and promote the benefits of cultural and religious diversity at the local level.Mr. Tan, focusing on the importance of the RACs, said: “The inaugural Grampians RAC meeting is an important milestone for the region. The members who have generously volunteered their time can now proceed with the important work of advising the VMC on local multicultural issues.”Around 247,000 people live in the 11 municipalities of the Grampians region, with most residing in Ballarat and Bacchus Marsh. Representing these residents are the volunteer members of the Grampians RAC: Gaynor Atkin, Dimitri Dollard, Mona Hatwal, Sundram Sivamalai, Joshua Morris, Sujatha Umakanthan, Vivian Bradbury, Frank Williams, Maria Calandro and Peter Appleton. Each of these has been chosen for their dedication to multiculturalism in their local communities.The chair is VMC Commissioner Yasser Soliman, who has worked as a conduit between Islamic youth, local councils and Victorian Police to support collaboration between these groups. Mr Soliman said of his new role: “It is a privilege and a pleasure to be a part of the Grampians RAC and I am looking forward to working closely with the other members. The new RAC provides an important opportunity to discuss the issues in our region and strengthen our culturally and linguistically diverse communities.”
Alita: Battle Angel Trailer Asks if Anime Eyes Belong on a Human (No)The Geekiest Moments From Lucha Underground’s First Two Seasons Stay on target Can you believe it’s been 20 years since Robert Rodriguez teamed up with Quentin Tarantino and got George Clooney to agree to a (spoiler alert) absurd vampire movie?Yes, From Dusk Till Dawn came out in 1996, but it still holds up despite the passage of time. To celebrate, Fathom Events and Miramax are holding a special two-day screening of the movie in select theaters.“From Dusk Till Dawn is unpredictable, creative and breathtakingly original, a movie that almost defies description,” Fathom Events Vice President of Studio Relations Tom Lucas said in a press release.The screening will also feature a Q&A with Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino, who wrote and starred in the film. Culture critic Elvis Mitchell, who hosts the radio “The Treatment,” will moderate the event.If you haven’t seen the movie, it’s best to go into it blind. If you’ve already seen it, and have friends who haven’t, don’t tell them anything either. It begins as a crime spree movie starring Clooney and Tarantino as the Gecko brothers, who kidnap a father and his two kids and hide out at a Mexican bar. However, halfway through the movie, the audience discovers that the bar is populated by hungry vampires. The second half is a monster action flick that, true to Rodriguez’ style, is full of satisfying gore.There have been two sequels and a television show (which is currently in its third season on the El Rey Network), but none hold a candle to the original, which is full of over-the-top nonsense.The special showings are on Sunday, November 6, at 6:00 and 9:00 p.m.; and Wednesday, November 9, at 2:00 and 7:00 p.m. (all local times). People interested in checking out the screening can buy tickets at FathomEvents.com.
Stay on target Buy This Comic: DEATH ORB #1Buy This Comic: MAN-EATERS #1 Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. They say don’t judge a book by its cover, and honestly that’s a really good policy usually. But when comics have gorgeous covers it’s hard not to imagine the wonderful story that lies within a colorful and well-executed front. Variant covers are a long-standing and killer tradition of the industry. It’s a great way to feature new artists and give collectors something to clamor about, and let’s be real, fork over the dough for.Here are some of Geek’s favorite variant covers coming out on 8/1/18Rocko’s Modern Life #7 (Cover B)Variant Artist: Nick Cross – @ncrossanimationPublisher: Boom!Writer/Artist: Ryan Ferrier/Ian McGintyNightwing #47 (Cover B)Variant Artist: John Romita Jr –@romitaman & Danny Miki –@DannyMiki_Publisher: DCWriter/Artist: Ben Percy/Chris Mooneyham & Klaus JansonRed Sonja #19 (Cover A)Variant Artist: Sean Chen – @seanchenartPublisher: DynamiteWriter/Artist: Amy Chu & Erik Burnham/Carlos E. GomezInfinity Wars #1 (Cover C)Variant Artist: Humberto Ramos – @humberto_ramosPublisher: MarvelWriter/Artist: Gerry Duggan/ Mike DeodatoCaptain America Vol 9 #2 (Cover D)Variant Artist: Ron Garney – @RonGarneyPublisher: MarvelWriter/Artist: Ta-Nehisi Coates /Leinil Francis YuSeven to Eternity #10 (Cover B)Variant Artist: Cary Nord – @carynordPublisher: ImageWriter/Artist: Rick Remender/ Jerome OpeñaTMNT – Bebop Rocksteady Hit the Road #1 (Cover A)Variant Artist: Nick Pitarra – @NickPitarra Publisher: IDWWriter/Artist: Ben Bates & Dustin Weaver / Ben BatesMister Miracle #10 (Cover B)Variant Artist: Mitch Gerads – @MitchGeradsPublisher: DC ComicsWriter/Artist: Tom King /Mitch GeradsGo Go Power Rangers #12 (Cover C)Variant Artist: Audrey Mok – @AudreyMokPublisher: BOOM!Writer/Artist: Ryan Parrott/Dan MoraHarley Quinn #47 (Cover B)Variant Artist: Frank Cho – @FrankChoArtistPublisher: DC ComicsWriter/Artist: Sam Humphries/ John Timms
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 25 Oct 2014 – Jill Beckingham will begin her 100K footsteps for good campaign around the islands of the TCI. The governor’s wife with the support of the Provo Runners will be raising money for charities. The ‘Footsteps4Good’ walk across TCI starts in Grand Turk. Get your t-shirt and select the charity you want your monies to go to… its $20 to get involved. Minister of Works puts government buildings reconstruction post hurricanes at $8.6m Related Items:Footsteps4Good, grand turk, jill beckingham, walk Recommended for you Walking through the Caicos Islands – new developments, beautiful by nature, clean up litter Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Large Schoolchildren participation in Footsteps4Good
The Gifford Pinchot National Forest on Friday will begin selling permits to cut Christmas trees on its land, forest officials announced.The permits are available for $5 per tree at several locations, including all ranger district offices, some commercial vendors and the Gifford Pinchot forest headquarters at 10600 N.E. 51st Circle in Vancouver.Tree cutting is prohibited in designated wilderness areas, developed campgrounds, within 300 feet of streams and other posted areas, according to the forest service. The Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument is also off limits. Residents may cut one tree per permit, and buy no more than five permits per household.Gifford Pinchot officials urge tree-cutters to be mindful of weather and road conditions before heading into the forest. Road status reports and closure information is available at U.S. Forest Service.People may also call the Gifford Pinchot forest headquarters at 360-891-5000 for more information.
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (WSVN) — A man was allegedly caught stealing 107 turtle eggs on a Jupiter Island beach, Friday night.Five days before the arrest, Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission biologists reported possible egg poaching of a Loggerhead Sea Turtle nest on a beach behind a Jupiter Island home, between West Palm Beach and Port St. Lucie.FWC patrols said they then caught 49-year-old Glenn Shaw in the act, Friday night, taking 107 eggs. Officials said he was taking the eggs from a female Loggerhead turtle as she was laying them.Shaw was booked into the Palm Beach County Jail with a third-degree felony. He could face up to five years in prison and fines up to $5,000.Officials said 15 of the eggs were kept as evidence and for DNA testing, while the remaining 92 eggs were re-buried so that they may hatch later this year. Officials are still investigating the motive behind the egg thefts.FWC Captain Jeff Ardelean said in a statement, “We’d like to thank FWC biologists for keeping a close eye out and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for their assistance with this case. Protecting Florida’s natural resources is something we take seriously, and we’re thankful that this individual was prevented from doing further harm to this imperiled species.”Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
The Senate Appropriations Committee is mandating that the $59 billion it allocated for DOD’s overseas contingency operations (OCO) account only be spent on purposes directly or indirectly related to operations overseas, a stance that places the panel at odds with the other defense committees.The House-passed defense authorization bill and the House Appropriations defense spending bill both divert at least $15 billion to base budget needs not requested by the Obama administration. The fiscal 2017 defense authorization bill the Senate began debating on Monday does not rely on the OCO account to restore base budget shortfalls in readiness and modernization. Senate Armed Services Chairman John McCain (R-Ariz.), however, plans to offer an amendment adding $18 billion to the war fund to pay for increased end strength and training, and new weapons left out of the Pentagon’s budget request.In contrast, the $575 billion defense spending bill the Senate Appropriations Committee passed on May 26 doesn’t include any OCO funds for base budget programs. The panel even declined to allocate $5 billion for such needs from the war fund requested by DOD, reported CQ Roll Call.“We provide OCO money in the OCO portion of the bill,” said committee spokesman Stephen Worley. “It can only be spent on combat-related expenses. In past years, we have transferred some base funds to the OCO portion to help balance the bill, but this year we did not do that,” Worley said.The committee did not ignore the unfunded wish lists of the service chiefs. It redirected $15 billion in savings it identified from 450 different accounts for unrequested programs. But the spending measure does not restore troop cuts in the active-duty Army and Marine Corps or fund a higher military pay raise, two items that are in the House defense bills.Senate appropriators’ decision to put their foot down over the use of war funds for base budget needs ultimately could provide the best hope for advancing a defense spending bill with bipartisan support through Congress. Senate Democrats already have said they would oppose McCain’s attempt to increase the defense budget as it breaks faith with last October’s budget deal that raised the cap for both defense and non-defense spending. Dan Cohen AUTHOR
Stories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprnDownload AudioProfile: Rep. Young, Still Punching, Seeks Another Term Liz Ruskin, APRN – Washington DCIt’s an even numbered year, so that means Alaska Congressman Don Young is running for re-election, as he has every two years since taking the oath of office in 1973. APRN’s Liz Ruskin has this profile of the most senior Republican in the House and the only Congressman most Alaskans have ever known.Fire Briefly Flares Up At Offshore Gas Platform The Associated PressThe Coast Guard says a contained fire flared up this morning at an offshore natural gas platform in Alaska’s Cook Inlet, but it was quickly tamped down by responders.Unalaska Residents Weigh In on Aleutian Climate Trends Annie Ropeik, KUCB – UnalaskaScientists know that the climate in the Aleutian Islands is changing. But they’re making observations from a distance – while on the ground, the story is sometimes very different. That’s what a team of researchers found last month in Unalaska, when they talked to locals about the climate change they’re seeing in their own back yards.Book Chronicles Young Man’s Commercial Fishing ExperiencesLori Townsend, APRN – AnchorageBeing a deckhand can be tough, especially if you work for a boat owner who acts like a tyrant. In his new book Dead Reckoning, blank based author Dave Atcheson has written about his experience as a young man with no commercial fishing knowledge, trying to learn the business. His first job was really tough.AK: Wild SoundLisa Phu, KTOO – JuneauAlaska writers and naturalists Richard Nelson and Hank Lentfer are nearing the end of a two-year project recording the Voices of Glacier Bay.The project is a collaboration between Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, the University of Alaska Southeast and Cornell University, which houses the world’s largest collection of natural sounds.Nelson and Lentfer hope to change how we experience the world through a dimension beyond what we can see.Lentfer and Nelson want us to listen. And Listen closely.300 Villages: Pilot PointThis week we’re heading to Pilot Point on the Alaska Peninsula.
This picture taken on 24 April, 2018 shows patients waiting to see a doctor at the Everest ER tent clinic at Everest Base Camp, some 140km northeast of Kathmandu. Photo : AFPAs word came over the radio that a Sherpa had been struck on the head by a falling rock high on Everest, the three doctors at base camp jumped into action, fully aware that saving him would be a life-or-death race against the unpredictable mountain.Wary of the fading light that would ground the medevac helicopter overnight, they administered emergency treatment on the helipad where the chopper brought him in — enough, they hoped to give him a fighting chance of surviving the 20 to 30 minute onward flight to a hospital in Lukla, down the valley.”He was bleeding, so we had to stop that and then get him down,” said Suvash Dawadi, one of three doctors who has spent the last two months at the Everest ER.The doctors staffing the sole emergency room on the roof of the world battle high altitude, freezing conditions and violent weather every climbing season to save the lives of sick and injured mountaineers.Medics running the tent clinic at 5,364 metres (17,600 feet) must compete with medicines freezing overnight, winds that threaten to blow the clinic’s tent away and a cardiac monitor that gives up due to the cold.Countless foreign climbers who have run into trouble on Everest’s unforgiving slopes have been saved from the brink by the rudimentary clinic since it was set up 15 years ago.But the ER has served a higher purpose: providing affordable medical care for Nepali Sherpas, the guides who are the backbone of the lucrative Everest industry.”Before Everest ER was set up the Sherpas didn’t have any proper coverage,” explained Subarna Adhikari, an orthopaedic surgeon.Risky businessEstablished by an American doctor and now run by the Nepal-based Himalayan Rescue Association, the ER charges foreign climbers for treatment and in return provides subsidised care to the Sherpas.The ER has helped chip away at the stark imbalance between the foreigners who pay a small fortune to summit Everest and Sherpas who take on much of the risk to get them there.A Sherpa can earn up to $10,000 — more than 14 times the average annual salary in Nepal — during the brief two-month climbing season that runs from early April to late May.But that means many ignore medical issues for fear of being forced out of a season’s work.”For them to lose that job, for them not to complete the season, is disastrous,” said Dawadi.A routine morning at the ER was shattered as an injured sherpa was rushed into the clinic — he had fallen 60 metres into a crevasse in the treacherous Khumbu icefall.Doctors quickly assessed him for internal bleeding — a life-threatening injury so far from a fully equipped hospital.But the Sherpa’s sobs of pain gradually gave way to relief as doctors confirmed no bleeding or broken bones.A few days’ rest, and he would be back at work.Changing attitudesDoctors say attitudes are changing among Sherpas and other Nepalis working on the mountain.More are seeking early intervention for health conditions, ensuring their problems don’t worsen and cost them a season’s work.More than 60 percent of the nearly 400 patients treated at the clinic this season were Sherpas or other locals working on Everest.Despite its life-saving work the clinic scrambles to stay afloat, reliant on the $100 fee it charges foreign patients and donations, mostly in the form of medical equipment.Attempts to persuade the Nepal government to fund the clinic through the hefty $11,000 permit paid by every climber heading for Everest’s summit has fallen on deaf ears.Beyond helpSometimes, emergencies are beyond the doctors’ reach. News came over the clinic’s radio that a Russian climber was stranded at 7,250 metres, alone and disorientated.Teams heading for the summit had passed Rustem Amirov and radioed for help, but none would turn back and aid the stricken man.The doctors tried to persuade climbers on the mountain to help Amirov.Someone gave him water, another a steroid that alleviates altitude sickness.”You feel quite frustrated and useless. You’re standing by. Help is potentially available if these teams get their act together,” said Australian doctor Brenton Systermans.Eventually two climbers dragged Amirov to the nearest tent, just 100 metres away. They radioed down to the doctors and then left him.”If he was evacuated within an hour he would have survived,” said Adhikari. But no help came for the lone mountaineer. He died on 17 May.
Ever wondered what it was like being gay and part of a college fraternity? eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) WATCH: Frat boys gone wild in the red band trailer for ‘Goat’ (NSFW) What it’s really like to run a clothing-optional gay resort in Palm SpringsThe most crazy things straight guys have done to not ‘seem gay’The lessons gay men can learn from ‘handsy’ Kevin SpaceyRead the full article on Gaystarnews: :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/guys-reveal-what-its-like-to-be-gay-and-in-a-college-fraternity/ Guys reveal what gay fraternity life is like. | Photo: Jason Pier in DC / Flickr Another guy also wrote: ‘Not gay but my general advice: If you cannot handle having a gay brother, you shouldn’t have brothers.’And one guy said: ‘Echoing a lot of other comments, I have openly gay brothers and they are just brothers. No one cares, it’s just a part of who they are. If anyone makes comments about their sexuality (which I’ve only seen once) they’re called out.’And even a gay fraternity president: ‘President of my chapter is gay. He’s a great president and brother and that’s what we care about.’A video released in 2016 highlights what it’s like for gay fraternity members.In it, gay guys reveal why they joined, what they experienced and how it shaped them during their time at college.[embedded content]See also:Watch how internalised homophobia wrecks the mind of this ultra ‘masc’ frat bro Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… GAYSTARNEWS- One Reddit user took to the social media platform to ask: ‘Any gay frat guys?‘I’m curious what your experiences have been as a gay Greek? Were you out when you rushed? How has your chapter responded? How has being out shaped your Greek experience?’A college fraternity is a group of men who attend university and are part of the same house. A rush is a series of social events and gatherings that allow prospective and current fraternity or sorority members to get to know each other. It sometimes involves embarrassing tasks for initiation into the house.In response to the thread, one guy wrote: ‘I’m a gay trans guy and my house has been nothing but accepting of me.’Another gay guy replied: ‘Luckily my chapter is super chill and it hasn’t been an issue. But gay guys often think constantly about their sexuality and how they are perceived. But, when I’m with my brothers, I think about it less.’‘If you cannot handle having a gay brother, you shouldn’t have brothers’Then straight guys showed their support for their gay and bi frat brothers.One straight guy wrote: ‘We had a very handsome, jacked gay guy in our chapter – he was straight (no pun intended) up with us from the get-go. In fact, he was my pledge brother too. Everyone treated him the same; he was a good brother, period. That’s all we cared about. That’s the way it should be. In fact, he brought so many girls to our party. Total chick magnet and a great guy,’ he said. Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us .
News | PACS | June 26, 2019 Mini-PACS Solution for Image Management and Workflow Optimization ImageGrid Mini is a feature-rich, reliable and cost-effective image management and workflow optimization solution, pr read more Feature | Information Technology | June 27, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr Smart Algorithm Extracts Data from Radiology Reports Radiology reports may contain information essential to figuring out a patient’s condition. read more News | PACS | July 02, 2019 Laurel Bridge and 3M M*Modal Partner to Improve DICOM Structured Reporting July 2, 2019 — Laurel Bridge Software announced an expanded relationship with 3M M*Modal, a provider of clinical docu read more Technology | December 06, 2009 Cardiology Function Adds Value to RIS-PACS System Technology | Enterprise Imaging | July 05, 2019 Hyland Healthcare Adds ImageNext Imaging Workflow Optimizer to Enterprise Imaging Suite Hyland Healthcare is launching ImageNext, a vendor-neutral imaging workflow optimizer that combines intelligent imaging… read more News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | July 02, 2019 Konica Minolta Healthcare Partners With DiA Imaging Analysis for AI-based Cardiac Ultrasound Analysis DiA Imaging Analysis has partnered with Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas Inc. to expand analysis capabilities of… read more News | Enterprise Imaging | June 27, 2019 Ambra Health Announces Integration With Box Ambra Health announced an integration with Box to enable the sharing of medical imaging directly from within Box’s… read more Technology | Cybersecurity | August 07, 2019 ScImage Introduces PICOM ModalityGuard for Cybersecurity ScImage Inc. is bridging the gap between security and functionality with the introduction of the PICOM ModalityGuard…. read more News | PACS | August 08, 2019 NetDirector Launches Cloud-based PDF to DICOM Conversion Service NetDirector, a cloud-based data exchange and integration platform, has diversified their radiology automation options… read more Related Content News | Enterprise Imaging | July 29, 2019 Philips Announces 10-year Enterprise Informatics Agreement With Centre Hospitalier Régional Universitaire de Nancy Philips and Centre Hospitalier Régional Universitaire (CHRU) de Nancy, a leading academic hospital in the Grand Est… read more December 7, 2009 – Introduced this past year and highlighted last week at RSNA 2009 was Infinitt’s Cardiology PACS, a Web-based suite of clinical and reporting tools for cardiac, cardiovascular and vascular Imaging. The cardiology system integrates with Infinitt’s RIS-PACS.The system currently offers templates for 14 procedures, and more are planned. The system allows cardiac catheterization quantitative coronary analysis, stenosis identification, calculation of stenosis diameter, percentage, obstruction/reference diameter, and segment length. It can help calculate global and regional ejection fractions. Echo Measurements include velocity, stress wall motion scoring, stress echo measurements, calculations and advanced post-processing. Noninvasive vascular functions collect and manage data electronically, helping improve workflow and simplifying data submission for ICAVL accreditation/reaccreditation. Infinitt said its cardiology system also helps in creation of statistical reports for comparison of noninvasive vascular findings with invasive cath studies. Other statistics can be used for monthly management or accreditation reports.Invasive echocardiography report templates are included for transthoracic echo (TTE), transesophageal echo (TEE), dobutamine stress (DSE), and stress echo (SE). Cardiac catheterization lab templates include coronary arterial bypass graft (CABG), percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty (PTCA), electrophysiology, hemodynamics, and statistics. Noninvasive vascular templates include carotid/cerebrovascular, lower extremity venous, lower extremity arterial, lower extremity duplex, lower extremity physiologic, upper extremity venous, upper extremity arterial, upper extremity vein mapping, renal, mesenteric, transcranial Doppler, aortic, abdominal venous, TCPO2, and dialysis. All report templates auto-populate data and the company said electronic signatures help streamline report management and speed time to billing and reimbursement. Standardized reporting is compliant with accreditation standards. For more information: www.infinittna.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more
Last week, surfer Adán Rivera was attacked by a crocodile on Tamarindo Beach, and he lived to tell the story. But that story has a different protagonist than you might expect – the reptile.“The crocodile had as much a right to be there as I did, if not more,” Rivera said in an interview with The Tico Times a few days after the incident. He seemed miffed that there had been a question of whether authorities would remove the animal, and recounted the incident as if it were merely a temporary setback.The attack took place on the morning of Oct. 13, when the experienced Spanish surfer was teaching his girlfriend, Natali Latite, how to ride a wave at the popular beach town in northwestern Guanacaste Province. In chest-deep water, Rivera propelled Latite into an oncoming swell and waited for her to swim back. That was when Latite noticed the crocodile and panicked.“She yelled to me, and I turned and saw the animal,” Rivera said. “I began trying to sneak away without drawing attention, but the croc saw me, grabbed my finger and scratched my shoulder a bit. Then it swam off.”That’s a very low-key version of the story The Tico Times heard from surf instructor Luis Sequeira, an apparent witness to the attack, who also claimed to have saved Rivera by scaring the crocodile away. But Rivera says he never saw or spoke with Sequeira. Two Swiss surfers whom Sequeira also claims to have saved have not responded to requests for an interview.Regardless, an injured Rivera checked in to Clínica San Gabriel in Villa Real, where Dr. Gabriel Muñoz patched him up and told to stay out of the water to avoid infection. Rivera and Latite then switched hotels and stuck to land tours, waiting for Muñoz’s permission to surf again. That’s when Rivera became outspoken on the crocodile’s right to inhabit its own territory. The apparent crocodile aficionado also speculated as to why the animal might have attacked, downplaying the danger.“It wasn’t that big, maybe [6.5 feet] long and not very heavy,” Rivera said. I think it was young and didn’t have much experience hunting. … It was just confused.”Rivera had the croc’s back on another issue as well: He was outraged that the reptile had been demonized in the press. Local conservationists echoed this concern, stressing that the beach off Tamarindo is actually part of the Las Baulas National Marine Park, a protected zone that falls within the Tempisque Conservation Area.“The important thing for people to recognize is that this is the crocodile’s home,” said Cristian Díaz, an outreach coordinator with the Leatherback Trust, a nonprofit organization that helps maintain the marine park.On top of the groundswell of support for the crocodile, the fact that it has not returned to the area suggests that a removal will not be possible or necessary, said Mauricio Méndez, assistant director of the Tempisque Conservation Area. Still, Méndez advises people to steer clear of the scaly, floating reptiles – of which there are about 60 in Tamarindo’s estuary. Crocodile sightings should be reported to the National System of Conservation Areas for monitoring purposes, whether or not the reptile is behaving aggressively. If crocs show up in public areas often, they may need to be captured and removed as preventative measure, he said.Sorry, Rivera. Adán Rivera, left, and Natali Latite, middle, survived a crocodile attack last week in Tamarindo. Dr. Gabriel Muñoz, right, treated Rivera’s wounds. Courtesy of Gabriel Muñoz Related posts:Crocodiles Run but Can’t Hide from Lagarteros Unidentified man devoured by crocodiles after jumping from a bridge over the Tárcoles River, Red Cross says Human head found in Costa Rica river likely belongs to Nicaraguan man attacked by crocodiles Costa Rica’s crocodile conundrum Tico Times reporter Corey Kane contributed to this story. Facebook Comments
Freddie Mac Keeps Making Taxpayers’ Load Lighter in Daily Dose, Government, Headlines, News, Secondary Market Credit Risk Transfer Freddie Mac Structured Agency Credit Risk 2016-05-16 Seth Welborn Freddie Mac’s Structured Agency Credit Risk (STACR) series shows no signs of slowing as it approaches its third anniversary. On Friday, Freddie Mac announced its intention to sell the 21st STACR debt notes offering overall in order to transfer more credit risk on single-family loans to private capital market investors.Last year, Freddie Mac exceeded by $90 billion the goal of laying off $120 billion in credit risk for the full year of 2015 as set forth by the FHFA’s conservatorship scorecard—eventually laying off $210 billion in credit risk for the full year through STACR.“Single-family risk transfer was zero a few years ago by comparison. Now it’s a fast-moving field,” Freddie Mac CEO Donald Layton said. “The instruments we use are growing and evolving. We’re also doing this with sound economics. It’s very exciting.”While the conservatorships continue, so do the Enterprise’s initiatives to ease the risk for taxpayers by further involving investors in the private capital market. The STACR offering announced by Freddie Mac on Friday (STACR 2016-HQA2) is the fourth of 2016. JPMorgan and Citigroup will serve as co-lead managers and joint bookrunners on the transaction.The LTVs of the loans in STACR 2016-HQA2 range from 80 to 95 percent, and the single-family mortgages contained in the reference pool have an aggregate unpaid principal balance (UPB) of $18.4 billion. All of the mortgages in the reference pool are 30-year fixed-rate mortgages recently acquired by Freddie Mac, according to the announcement.Freddie Mac was the first agency to use STACR and Agency Credit Insurance Structure (ACIS) to market credit risk transfer transactions; in just two years, the investor base has grown to include more than 170 unique investors, according to Freddie Mac. In order to help investors plan their allocations, Freddie Mac has published a STACR issuance calendar on the Credit Risk Offerings page of its website. Share May 16, 2016 496 Views
The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo I would’ve much rather you taken the blame for your ridiculous fumble that gave Chicago seven points on Sunday, took the blame for another lousy year and that awful 2.7 yards per carry average. Maybe you should have said how you are looking forward to ending the season on a good note with a win against your division rival. Maybe you should have just taken the high road. But what we get out of your comments is that you really don’t care about winning the football game or helping the offense get out of this season-long slump. Nothing about taking some of the load off of Brian Hoyer making his first start as a Cardinal. Nothing about having some pride. No, your comments display just how selfish you really are. I wish the Cardinals could have been more selfish and asked for some of the money back that you stole from them since you were their first-round pick in 2009. So what did the Cardinals get out of the four years of Beanie Wells — a lousy 2,471 yards rushing, 24 touchdowns, 10 fumbles and one season in which you were able to play 16 games. You were so good, Beanie, that the Cardinals had to use a second round pick just two years after drafting you on another running back because you weren’t panning out. If you were any good they could have used that pick on other needs — and trust me, they have plenty of them. So Beanie “the Bust” Wells wants to woo the other 31 teams in the NFL? Sure Beanie, go ahead. But not from the football field on Sunday. How about you do it at their facilities during some private workouts? You see, after your comments regarding your future — or lack of future — in Arizona, I think it is best to cut ties with you now and I can only hope that Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt agrees and sits your ass as an inactive for Sunday’s game against the 49ers. You see if all you really want to do is showcase yourself, then you are a selfish player who has no business putting on that Cardinals uniform this weekend. 0 Comments Share Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling So go take your ball and go home, but be careful not to drop it like you did Sunday. Oh, and one more thing…don’t let the door hit you in the ass on the way out. Good riddance. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact