Organization representing Inuit women gains standing in MMIWG inquiry

first_imgAnnette FrancisAPTN National NewsA national Inuit organization has gained the right to participate in The National Inquiry.The news comes at a turbulent time, as families and advocates of missing and murdered Indigenous women question the whole inquiry process.How does this sit with the organization representing Inuit women?last_img

Ban hails upcoming NigeriaCameroon transfer of peninsula as landmark event

7 August 2008Next week’s final transfer of authority from Nigeria to Cameroon of a once disputed peninsula will be “a landmark event” for the United Nations, which shepherded the peaceful negotiation process between the two countries, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today. Mr. Ban is following the preparations for the final transfer of the Bakassi Peninsula, slated to take place on 14 August, “with interest and anticipation,” according to a statement issued by his spokesperson.The transfer of authority will implement both the 2002 ruling on the matter by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) and the 2006 Greentree Agreement between the two countries that emerged after a mediation process led by the Cameroon-Nigeria Mixed Commission, which was set up by the UN.“In his capacity as Facilitator of that Agreement, the Secretary-General intends to send a senior official to lead his delegation at the transfer ceremony,” the statement noted.Under the agreement, Nigeria recognized Cameroonian sovereignty over the Bakassi Peninsula, an oil-rich region on the Gulf of Guinea that had been the subject of intense and sometimes violent disputes between the African neighbours for decades.Today’s statement described the upcoming ceremony as a landmark event for the UN, “culminating in the peaceful resolution of a potentially dangerous boundary dispute through respect for international law and good-neighbourly cooperation. It is an example that should serve as a model for the negotiated settlement of border disputes elsewhere.” read more

Americanstyle Interstate model proposed for busy Manitoba highway

WINNIPEG — The Manitoba government is looking at turning a busy but aging roadway around Winnipeg’s south side into a freeway.The province is hiring an engineering consultant to investigate transforming the south Perimeter Highway into a thoroughfare featuring overpasses, ramps, loops and service roads for highway access.The design will also include plans for a potential bypass around the south-end St. Norbert neighbourhood.The study will take two years to complete, but the province hasn’t said how much it will cost.Infrastructure Minister Blaine Pedersen said last November that the province was studying the highway’s future because it’s nearing the end of its life cycle.The previous NDP government had promised a St. Norbert bypass and the removal of traffic lights from the southern leg of the highway.Pedersen said Tuesday that the plan is to convert the Perimeter it into a modern freeway “similar to American Interstate standards.”“It (the highway) was built 50 years ago. The city has expanded a lot, trade has expanded a lot. We need to know where we need to be for the next 50 years,” he told reporters.Terry Shaw, a spokesman for the Manitoba Trucking Association, said while trade and environmental factors are important considerations, the study should also take accident prevention into account.“Number one is road safety. Any time we create opportunities for vehicles not to interact is a good thing.” (CTV Winnipeg, CJOB) read more

Sixtyyear conflict ends with UNbrokered peace between two Afghan tribes

Adrian Edwards, spokesman for the UN Assistance Mission to Afghanistan (UNAMA), said that the Balkhel tribe of Paktya and the Sabari tribe of Khost last Wednesday agreed to unconditionally accept the decision of the Jirga of Greater Paktya Elders to end the conflict.The settlement came after two months of negotiations involving UNAMA and the three governors of Greater Paktya, who last week held a joint ceremony to announce the pact, along with the Jirga and representatives of coalition forces.An immediate benefit of the agreement will be an increase of construction activities in Greater Paktya, Mr. Edwards said. UNHCR has announced its interest in supporting the rebuilding of the road linking the two communities, which has been closed for the last eight years.Other actors were expected to support further reconstruction projects to cement reconciliation between the tribes and enhance the Government’s credibility and outreach in the area. read more

Minus Marc Loving No 20 Ohio State mens basketball falls to Purdue

Freshman guard D’Angelo Russell reacts after a play against Maryland on Jan. 29 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 80-56. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead / Lantern photographerThe No. 20 Ohio State men’s basketball team started the night one man short, and ended up short on the scoreboard.The Buckeyes (17-6, 6-4) fell to the Purdue Boilermakers (15-8, 7-3), 60-58, on the road Wednesday night without sophomore forward Marc Loving, who did not make the trip to West Lafayette, Ind., because he has been suspended indefinitely.Loving’s absence showed throughout the game as the Buckeyes opened shooting 0-of-4 from long range and finished 4-of-15. Before the game, Loving was the Big Ten leader in three-point shooting percentage with a 53.2 conversion rate from long range.OSU committed eight fouls in the first frame, leading to the Boilermakers shooting a perfect 8-of-8 from the charity stripe. The Buckeyes attempted just one free throw in the first half.Coming out of the locker room, the Boilermakers went on a 9-2 run to extend their lead to eight.The Buckeyes battled back to take the lead, 44-42, with 8:47 to play, but the Boilermakers answered with a 10-0 run to what seemed to seal the game for Purdue.The Buckeyes would get within one point with 6.4 seconds remaining on the clock, but Purdue hit one-of-two free throws as freshman guard D’Angelo Russell missed a 3-point shot at the buzzer to end the game.OSU sent the Boilermakers to the line throughout the game, putting Purdue into the bonus with just more than 10 minutes remaining to play.Purdue converted 19-of-27 free throws while OSU attempted just nine making six.Purdue’s seven-foot center A.J. Hammons made it difficult for the Buckeyes to do much inside as he recorded seven blocks on the night to go along with seven points.Russell kept the Buckeyes’ pace in the first half taking 10 of OSU’s 28 shots, converting on five, leading to 10 points. He also led the Buckeyes in rebounds with four and tied for the lead in team assists at halftime with two.He finished the game with 20 points, seven rebounds and five assists, all team-highs.Purdue was led by junior guard Rapheal Davis, who scored 20 points to go along with six rebounds.The Buckeyes are set to return to action Sunday in Piscataway, N.J., against Rutgers. Tip is set for 5:30 p.m. read more

Ohio State mens basketball looks to bounce back against Rutgers after bad

OSU junior forward Marc Loving (2) during a game against Air Force on Dec. 8. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorWhen the Ohio State men’s basketball team walked into Assembly Hall on Sunday to take on Indiana, it was riding high on a seven-game winning streak, thinking that perhaps its early-season struggles, which included a four-game nonconference losing slide, could be a thing of the past.When the Buckeyes arrived back in Columbus, all they wanted was to be able to have a short memory to erase the events of the afternoon.OSU (11-6, 3-1) was trounced 85-60 by the Hoosiers, including being outscored 48-18 in the first half. Now, with the fear of another extended period of losing in the back of the players’ and coaches’ minds, they know a quick turnaround could be crucial, beginning with a Wednesday meeting at home with Rutgers (6-11, 0-4).“We’ve got to move forward,” OSU coach Thad Matta said. “It’s one of those games — as I’ve told our guys, Sunday’s game has no bearing on Wednesday’s game. When you’ve won seven games in a row leading into that game, no game you won before won you that game. It’s all based on going out and performing and playing.”Matta said that, despite how much success the team had enjoyed over the few weeks leading up to Sunday’s game, he expected games like that to happen because of the learning curve for his young team, which features zero seniors.“I’ve said this all along, I think our margin of error is slim to none,” he said. “Not that we have to play perfect. We’ve shown we can win and not play perfect.”Getting the train back on the tracks at a rapid pace to avoid a wreck can be a difficult thing for a team to accomplish. As sophomore forward Jae’Sean Tate explained, that process begins with a strong week of practice, which he said he believes the team had done on Monday and Tuesday.“The way we practice really has an impact on the way we play,” Tate said. “If we go in and have two great practices, we usually play extremely well, and yesterday’s practice was great.”Tate’s fellow sophomore forward, Keita Bates-Diop, added that a loss like Sunday’s can be an important element to coming out with a new focus and intensity on the practice courts, which then extends to the next contest.“We have to come out with the pain of last game, let it all come out in the game,” Bates-Diop said. “Forget about the game, but at the same time, show everybody that it’s not us. … We’ve got to come out in this next game and do everything we didn’t do last game.”OSU and Rutgers are scheduled to square off at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday at the Schottenstein Center.Looking at RutgersAfter going just 10-22, including a 2-16 mark in conference play in its first season as a member of Big Ten men’s basketball, things haven’t gone much better for Rutgers in its second year.The Scarlet Knights have dropped each of their first four games in Big Ten play, including the last three by 20-plus points.The Buckeyes had their way with Rutgers in the teams’ only meeting in 2015, winning 79-60. Former OSU guard D’Angelo Russell had a buzzworthy performance in that game, registering a triple-double with 23 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists.Still, with an offense featuring three players averaging double-digit scoring — led by freshman point guard Corey Sanders’ 13.3 points per game — Matta said he expects the Scarlet Knights to put a good number of points on the scoreboard on Wednesday.“They’ve got guys that can just flat-out score,” Matta said. “They score within the offense, they break the offense … they’re a little of a different type of team, because they have a couple of different gears that we’ve got to be ready for.”Finding a balancePerhaps the only pleasant element for OSU against Indiana was freshman guard JaQuan Lyle, who exploded for 29 points on 11-of-20 shooting.It has been a mercurial rookie season for the Evansville, Indiana, native, who had been averaging just 6.8 points per game in the four games prior to Sunday’s.Matta said teaching Lyle to play his role on a consistent basis has been a challenging process, but he hopes Sunday’s career-high performance can help launch the freshman to the next level.“I think that, when his time is done here, he’s going to be an incredible basketball player because it’s all going to come together for him,” Matta said. “I think he has a chance to be a complete basketball player, but we’ve just got to find that balance for him.”While Lyle is trending up after an extended period of struggle, Tate is still embroiled right in the middle of a slump of his own.After scoring in double figures in seven of OSU’s first 10 games, Tate has only reached the mark twice in the last seven. That came to a low point on Sunday, as he only made one shot in six attempts.“It’s just been that a couple of teams have been doubling down in the post a little more, but that’s not an excuse,” Tate said. “The shots just aren’t falling. I’ve just got to concentrate more when I’m in the positions I’m in just to get the ball in the hole. And if they don’t fall, I still have to find a better way to impact the game.”Up nextAfter the game against Rutgers on Wednesday, OSU is set to hit the road for an uphill battle against No. 3 Maryland on Saturday. Tipoff is scheduled for noon in College Park, Maryland. read more

Shell and Beijings Tsinghua University join forces to undertake new lubricant research

first_imgShell Lubricants Technology has announced a two-year research and development partnership with State Key Laboratory of Tribology in Tsinghua University, one of China’s most prestigious institutions. The partnership will focus on work to deepen the understanding of lubrication on textured surfaces. The partnership will generate data which can be used to create innovative solutions for Shell Lubricants’ original equipment manufacturer (OEM) customers and develop research in key areas fundamental to the advancement of lubrication science. The partnership will give Tsinghua University access to Shell’s global lubrication technology expertise based in Shell technology centres in the UK, Germany, the USA and China, and will give Shell the opportunity to work closely with world class lubricant scientists and tribologists to create innovative solutions that could be beneficial to Shell customers.Cheng Chen, Shell Global Solutions (US) Inc. scientist for industrial products, said: “We are very pleased to be partnering with Tsinghua University, which is renowned for its excellent research heritage and top-of-the-range facilities. Creating technical edges and competitive solutions for our customers is at the heart of our business, and as such, we hope that working with the team at Tsinghua will deliver some key insights that will enhance our understanding of textured surface lubrication and help us to continue providing and developing innovative solutions for our customers.”Professor Meng Yonggang of Tsinghua University said: “As a top university in China, we are pleased to partner with Shell, a global company with vast industry experience and years of working in the lubrication industry. We look forward to leveraging the technological expertise from both sides to create innovative solutions for the industry.”The State Key Laboratory of Tribology boasts some of the world’s most advanced resources and research specialisations, such as laser etching techniques. The laboratory’s research will focus specifically on the ‘deliberate texturing’ of surfaces in applications with moving parts. The aim will be to reduce friction and enhance surface protection, by using advanced, specialised laser-focused ion beams and photolithography techniques to create various shaped “dimples” on surfaces with diameters in the range of 50-200 microns, and depths of 2-10 microns. This is a highly specialised scientific process which not all research facilities have the capabilities to perform, thus making this partnership very valuable.Earlier this year, Shell opened its first Lubricants Technical Service Centre (TSC) in Zhuhai, China. The TSC is the latest addition to Shell’s global technology centre network, which brings together teams of world-class scientists and engineers, many of whom are leaders in their respective fields. Key Shell customers and automotive OEMs already benefit extensively from the technical research, training and marketing services that are developed in these centres.last_img read more

Man arrested after fire starts in Dublin home

first_imgA MAN IN his 30s was arrested this morning after an attempted overnight burglary led to a fire in a house in Coolock.At around 12.30am a house on Ballyshannon Road was broken into.Shortly afterwards, neighbours noticed a fire had broken out in the home and alerted gardaí and Dublin Fire Brigade.Dublin Fire Brigade attended the scene and it was found that the house was empty and no injuries had been sustained.Gardaí arrested a man nearby and brought him to Ballymun Garda Station. The 33-year-old is currently detained under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act.Read: “Large amount” of cash stolen in Monaghan robberyRead: Man charged over fatal shooting in Finglaslast_img read more

Geek deals 350 discount on Alienwares M14x gaming laptop

first_imgThere are laptops that can play games, and then there are gaming laptops. Dell’s Alienware brand is well known for both looking good and providing extreme power, even in laptops that are truly portable. One of the best examples of a portable gaming laptop just might be the Alienware M14x.Today’s deal on the Dell Alienware M14x comes with specs that ensure you’ll be able to run the latest games on (or at least close to) max settings without missing a frame. Powered by a Core i7-3630 quad-core CPU and a 2GB Nvidia GeForce GT 650M graphics card, you won’t lack for power. It also includes 16GB DDR3 RAM and a 750GB Hard Drive + 32GB mSATA SSD, so you’ll be able to fly through multiple data heavy tasks at the same time.There’s also lots to love on the connectivity side. You’ll be getting three USB ports (two USB 3.0), HDMI, miniDP, VGA, a card reader, two audio-out ports, Bluetooth 4.0, Killer Wireless-N 1202 a/g/n 2×2 MIMO WiFi, and more. The 14-inch display has a large 1600×900 resolution, and the whole package weighs just 6.45 lbs and is under 1.5-inches thin.This well configured model ordinarily runs $1614, but thanks to instant savings and a $100 coupon, you can grab it now for only $1264.Alienware m14x r2 14-inch Core i7 gaming laptop for $1264 + free shipping (reg. $1,614 | Use coupon NLZ5145HLZF?FL)Our other top deals:Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4 (PC/Mac DL) for $79.99 + free shipping (reg $149.99)Inew I200 5.7-inch Android 4.1 Quad-Core Unlocked Smartphone for $214.11 + free shipping (reg. $225.38 | Use coupon EDMPHONE)McAfee Total Protection 2013 3PCs for $44.99 + free delivery (reg. $89.99)last_img read more

Drogues la consommation des Européens inquiète

first_imgDrogues : la consommation des Européens inquièteSelon le rapport annuel de l’Observatoire européen des drogues et des toxicomanies, pas moins de 75 millions d’Européens auraient déjà consommé du cannabis, c’est-à-dire 22,5% de la population.Plus d’un Européen sur cinq aurait déjà consommé de la drogue, et cela près de son lieu d’habitation, dans sa ville, son quartier ou son village. Ces chiffres émanent du rapport annuel sur l’état du phénomène de la drogue en France et montre également que sur les 75 millions d’Européens ayant déjà consommé du cannabis, 23 millions y ont eu recours dans l’année précédant le sondage. De plus, 1.000 tonnes de cannabis ont été saisies l’année dernière, tandis que 3 millions de jeunes européens expliquent consommer cette drogue quotidiennement.À lire aussiEn donnant de l’ecstasy à des pieuvres, des scientifiques découvrent un lien évolutif avec l’HommeDes chiffres en hausse, constate le responsable des statistiques à l’Observatoire national de la délinquance et des réponses pénales, puisqu’entre 2007 et 2010, le nombre de personnes ayant expliqué avoir été témoin de consommation ou trafic de drogue a augmenté de 1,2 points, passant de 17,6 à 18,8%. Ces observations sont pour le plus souvent faites dans les zones urbaines sensibles, explique La Croix. Le rapport conclut : “La consommation de drogues en Europe, tout en étant globalement stable, présente des variations régionales. Les mutations au niveau de la fourniture et de la consommation des drogues établies et l’émergence d’un nombre record de nouvelles substances mettent cependant à l’épreuve les modèles européens de contrôle en matière de drogue”.Le 10 novembre 2010 à 15:43 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Brock Lesnar advertised to make his first WWE appearance since WrestleMania 32

first_img Now Playing Up Next July 26, 2016 at 3:53 pm Braun Strowman Videos Articles Is Jon Jones Set To Return To The UFC? Will Bobby Lashley Finally Face Brock Lesnar? Is The Rocks Return To WWE In Jeopardy? Brock Lesnar Pinterest Comments are closed. WWE RAW Preview: King of the Ring Final Match, Fallout from WWE Clash of Champions Now Playing Up Next Well duh given they issued a statement that pretty much went “He wasn’t with us at the time… DON’T MISS SUMMERSLAM” Jim Cornette will be color commentator for brand new NWA studio wrestling series Facebook 2 COMMENTS Now Playing Up Nextcenter_img Braun Strowman Still Not Cleared For Match So I take it wwe is just going to sweep his violations under the rug? WWE has announced that Brock Lesnar would be making his return to the company next Monday night on RAW live from Atlanta, Georgia.NEXT WEEK #TheBeast @BrockLesnar returns LIVE on #RAW in Atlanta!— WWE (@WWE) July 26, 2016This will be Lesnar’s first WWE appearance since WrestleMania 32 back in April and his first appearance since his successful return to the UFC at UFC 200 back on July 9.Lesnar has made headlines in recent weeks for potential USADA drug test violations for tests stemming from both out-of-competition testing (July 15) and in-competition testing (July 19) in the days leading up and during the day of UFC 200 in Las Vegas.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipBraun Strowman Still Not Cleared For MatchVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:33/Current Time 0:02Loaded: 100.00%0:02Remaining Time -0:31 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Google+ Now Playing Up Next Chad Gable advances to the finals of the King of the Ring to be held on this Monday’s RAW July 26, 2016 at 3:12 pm Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Steven Herrera WhatsApp Videos Articles Nick Noel Twitter Now Playing Up Next Brock Lesnar Takes WWE Universal Championshiplast_img read more

Legacy Recordings To Distribute Princes 1978–2015 Releases

first_img Email Additional albums expected sooner rather than later from Legacy include Prince’s GRAMMY-nominated 3121 from 2006 and The Gold Experience from 1995. From 1996-2001, fans are about to re-receive Emancipation, Rave Un2 The Joy Fantastic and The Rainbow Children.Like modern appreciation of David Bowie, the imagination and reinterpretations surrounding Prince’s body of work are joining burgeoning academic disciplines such as studies of Beyoncé and Solange. This is the year after all that Kendrick Lamar received rap’s first Pulitzer Prize. The bulk of Prince’s massive catalog is set to be re-released under the new deal Philip MerrillGRAMMYs Jun 28, 2018 – 7:10 am On June 27 Sony Music Entertainment’s Legacy Recordings and the Prince Estate announced a comprehensive distribution deal to re-release Prince’s 1978–2015 album, in stages, beginning with the great artist’s 1995–2010 work. The immense range and quality of Prince’s creative output will take years to appreciate and SME Legacy was selected to steward memories that will become renewed listening experiences for millions. NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO May 15, 2017 – 1:50 am Prince: “Albums still matter” Facebook News Sony had already distributed Prince’s 2004 Musicology and 2007 Planet Earth albums. The “Musicology” title track won Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance at the 47th GRAMMY Awards while the album’s “Call My Name” won Best Male R&B Vocal Performance. At the 50th GRAMMY Awards, “Future Baby Mama” from Planet Earth won Best Male R&B Vocal Performance. NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO May 15, 2017 – 1:50 am Prince’s GRAMMY memories “We’re looking forward to working with the heirs and Sony on giving fans what they’ve been waiting for,” said Prince Estate adviser Troy Carter, “more great music from Prince.” Rolling Stone summarizes some of the material Legacy will begin distributing over the years ahead.We’re also awaiting the Warner Bros. Records release, Piano & A Microphone: 1983, coming in Sept. The material from Prince’s vault is a whole different flow many hope will form a river of its own, streaming online.With this new distribution deal, Prince’s legacy continues to grow as he is a major part of our music and cultural history, and his creative works will long be shared and re-remembered.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read more Twitter Legacy Recordings To Release Prince’s Back Catalog legacy-recordings-distribute-princes-1978%E2%80%932015-releases Legacy Recordings To Distribute Prince’s 1978–2015 Releases last_img read more

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT Wilmingtons Katherine Rogomentich Named To Deans List At University Of Vermont

first_imgBURLINGTON, VT — Katherine Rogomentich, Class of 2021, has been named to the Dean’s List for the Spring 2018 semester at the University of Vermont. Rogomentich from Wilmington, MA, is majoring in Undeclared in the College of Arts and Sciences.To be named to the dean’s list, students must have a grade-point average of 3.0 or better and rank in the top 20 percent of their class in their respective college or school.About UVMSince 1791, the University of Vermont has worked to move humankind forward. Committed to both research and teaching, UVM professors — world-class researchers, scholars, and artists — bring their discoveries into the classroom and their students into the field. Located in Burlington, Vermont, one of the nation’s most vibrant small cities and top college towns, UVM is a Public Ivy and top 100 national research university educating 10,513 undergraduate students, 1,542 graduate students, 826 certificate and non-degree students, and 459 M.D. students in the Larner College of Medicine.(NOTE: The above announcement is from the University of Vermont via Merit.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSTUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Wilmington’s Katherine Rogomentich Named To Dean’s List At University Of VermontIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Wilmington’s Katherine Rogomentich Named To Dean’s List At University Of VermontIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Wilmington’s Rogomentich Named To Dean’s List At University Of VermontIn “Education”last_img read more

Mental Health Trust seeks to change laws that limit how they spend

first_imgThe Trust Authority Building in Anchorage houses the main offices of the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority. (Hillman/Alaska Public Media)The Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority is trying to change the laws that govern how it uses its principal funds. Some board members hope the legislation will pass soon enough that the organization does not have to undergo a special legislative audit.Listen nowThe Trust was created to fund mental health programming around the state. It came under scrutiny last year because the Board of Trustees was investing the Trust’s principal on their own instead of having it managed by the Permanent Fund. Some of the people who helped create the current Trust in the mid-90s said that violates the state statutes put in place to safeguard the Trust into perpetuity. A special legislative audit was ordered in December.Trust Interim CEO Greg Jones said Sen. Anna MacKinnon requested the Board submit legislation for consideration. He said the proposed laws would give the Board and the Trust Land Office the legal authority to do what they’re already doing with the principal.“For years we’ve used it for a variety of things – stewardship of our land, increasing the value of our resources, diversifying our income,” he said. “We believe those are all appropriate things for the Trust to do, but they aren’t addressed in current statue and current laws.”The current statue was crafted over 20 years ago and said the principal shall be invested by the Permanent Fund, not by the Board of Trustees. Jones said it’s time for an update. He is working with lawyers and the Attorney General’s office to draft the new legislation, which will include limits on what the Trust can invest in and will tie the expenditures to the mission of the Trust.During a special board meeting on Tuesday, some members of the board, including Vice-Chair Mary Jane Michael, expressed frustration that the legislation was not ready to present yet. She said until new legislation is passed, the Board can no longer invest in income-generating commercial real estate.“It’s costing us ultimately millions of dollars. We’re losing our connections to the Outside investing world. You know, it’s impacting us,” she said.She and Board Chair Russ Webb said passing new legislation could make the legislative audit unnecessary.“There’s nothing more important we could do right now than to get legislation going,” Michael told the board. “Cause it will save us a lot of work in the long run if we don’t have to have the audit, and we don’t have to a lot of these other things because we’ve dealt with what we need to deal with.”Jones reported to the board that the audit is scheduled to start in May and could take about a year to complete.Some of the Trust’s advisory boards wrote letters last year supporting the completion of the audit because of concerns about the Trust’s “lack of transparency and meaningful public process related to land management and property acquisition.”Jones said the Trust will also be undergoing an organizational review that might overhaul its structure and bylaws.last_img read more

Galveston County Takes Another Step For Pelican Island Spans

first_img Share flickr/Patrick FellerBascule bridge over Pelican Island Channel on Seawolf Parkway in Galveston.GALVESTON, Texas (AP) — Galveston County commissioners have taken another step to encourage the Port of Houston Authority to support plans for a new road and rail bridges to Pelican Island.The Galveston County Daily News reports commissioners on Tuesday approved a memo of understanding calling for the Houston port, which owns about 1,100 acres on the island, to provide land. The property could be used for new spans connecting to Seawolf Parkway.Galveston County in November approved a deal with Galveston for construction of two new bridges to Pelican Island, using city property. The existing two-lane drawbridge for Pelican Island, which is home to Texas A&M University-Galveston, was built in 1957.Commissioner Ryan Dennard says the current vehicle bridge is deteriorating. County officials also say a rail bridge could spur development.Copyright 2016 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Suspect At West University Shooting Had No History of Mental Health Issues

first_img Share Al OrtizHouston police investigate a mass shooting in West University, Houston, on September 26th, 2016.Nathan Desai, the suspect at the active shooter incident in the West University area last month, had no known mental health issues or criminal history, Houston Police Department said on Wednesday on a press release.The HPD also confirmed that Desai, who was pronounced dead at the scene after being felled by police, was wearing a replica of a World War II German SS General’s uniform and that he had a license to carry a handgun. The Department also released the names of the police officers who discharged their weapons during the incident. The list includes five HPD oficers, three Bellaire officers and one West University officer.None of the officers were hurt that morning but nine people were shot or injured by the suspect as he shot at cars driving through the area.last_img read more

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first_img Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more Image courtesy of Imago Systems News | Colonoscopy Systems | August 06, 2019 Rise in Early Onset Colorectal Cancer Not Aligned With Screening Trends A new study finds that trends in colonoscopy rates did not fully align with the increase in colorectal cancer (CRC) in… read more News | Neuro Imaging | August 16, 2019 ADHD Medication May Affect Brain Development in Children A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to affect development of the brain’s… read more Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al. News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more News | December 08, 2011 EUROECHO Studies Show Echocardiography Helps Evaluate Cardiotoxicity in Cancer Patients December 8, 2011 — Two new studies report that echocardiography has a central role to play in identifying patients at risk of suffering heart damage from cancer therapies. They also report the procedure can be used in evaluating potential cardio protective treatments. Both studies were presented at EUROECHO 2011, held Dec. 7-10 in Budapest, Hungary.One study reports on an initiative using echocardiography to document early warning signs of adverse effects from trastuzumab (Herceptin). The other uses echocardiography to evaluate the protective role of ACE inhibitors and statins on the hearts of cancer patients. “These studies open the way for the early identification of myocardial damage at the subclinical level, thereby allowing clinicians to identify patients who might benefit from either changes in cancer therapy or the delivery of protective treatments,” says European Association of Echocardiography (EAE) president Luigi Badano, M.D., from the University of Padua, Italy. Already echocardiography is widely used to evaluating cardiotoxicity. The most commonly used parameter of left ventricular ejection fractions (LVEF), however, only identifies myocardial damage that has already occurred; it fails to identify the early subtle alterations in left ventricular function that predict future functional decline. Newer cancer therapies have improved the survival of patients with cancer and, in some cases, turned cancer into a chronic disease. The result is that patients are now surviving long enough for the adverse cardiovascular effects of some cancer therapies to become apparent. The anthracyclines and related compounds are the most frequently implicated agents; but other treatments such as 5–Fluoroouracil, its prodrug capecitabine, and trastuzumab, a tumor-specific antibody, have also been associated with cardio toxicity. Currently it is estimated that 17 percent of patients have to stop cancer therapy due to adverse effects on their hearts.The cardio toxic effects of cancer treatments encompass a heterogeneous group of disorders, says Helder Dores, M.D., from Santa Cruz Hospital/São Francisco Xavier Hospital, Lisbon, Portugal. “They range from relatively benign arrhythmias, and hypertension, to potentially lethal conditions such as thromboembolism, myocardial infarction and cardiomyopathy with symptomatic heart failure,” Dores said. Cardiotoxicity can be acute, appearing in the first 10 days of treatment; late; or experienced 15 to 20 years later, as sometimes found with the survivors of childhood cancers. While the damage is well-documented, the mechanisms are incompletely understood. “They appear to be multifactorial, with the production of oxygen free radicals considered the main cause of morphological alterations,” explains Liliana Radulescu, from Municipal Hospital, Cluj-Napoca, Romania. In October 2011, EAE announced it is working with the American Society of Echocardiography (ASE) and American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO); the three groups will issue joint recommendations on the usefulness of echocardiographic evaluations in cancer patients, with publication expected in 2012.“The document should lay down guidance for the frequency of assessment with different chemotherapy agents, and also identify when patients should stop treatment or be prescribed protective treatments,” says Badano.Study 1: Early signs of myocardial damage revealed In the first study, Helder Dores and colleagues set out to identify early warning signs of adverse cardiac effects in women treated with trastuzumab for breast cancer. Fifty-one consecutive women, enrolled for treatment between May and September 2010, were assessed at baseline with echocardiography, and then again at three months. The investigators found that within the first three months, no patients presented with overt signs of heart failure or significant left ventricular systolic function deterioration; almost one-fifth, however, developed impaired ventricular relaxation. This occurs when pressure reduction in the left ventricle does not happen as fast as normal, leading to abnormalities in the heart’s ability to fill properly. “Patients with impaired ventricular relaxation are known to be at higher risk for progression to advanced stages of cardiac dysfunction (both systolic and diastolic), making it important for these patients to be subject to more frequent evaluations both during and after therapy,” says Dores.Further studies are now needed, he says, to assess whether impaired ventricular relaxation occurs in larger populations of patients prescribed trastuzumab. “We need studies identifying the women who go on to develop overt cardiac dysfunction to see whether we can more accurately determine predictors of these adverse events at an earlier stage of treatment,” says Dores. Study 2: ACE inhibitors and statins deliver cardioprotection In the second study, Radulescu and colleagues used echo-Doppler echocardiography to investigate whether the ACE inhibitor lisinopril and the statin rosuvastatin might confer a cardio protective effect on patients treated with anthracyclines for a range of malignancies. “While the exact mechanism of anthracycline related cardiotoxicity is not fully understood, animal studies have pointed to oxidative stress and inflammation. Both ACE inhibitors and statins are known to play an important role in reducing oxidative stress and inflammation at the level of the heart muscle cells,”says Andreea Parv, M.D. In the prospective study, LVEF and LV diastolic function were compared for the study group of 26 patients treated with the anthracycline epirubicin. The patients were also given the cardio protective treatments Lisinopril 10 mg and Rosuvastatin 10 mg. The control group consisted of 31 gender and age-matched patients who received epirubicin but had no accompanying cardioprotective treatments.Results show that in comparison with patients receiving cardioprotection, the patients who receive no protection showed further deterioration of LV diastolic function. LV diastolic function is calculated as the ratio of early diastolic filling velocity(E) to filling velocity after atria contraction E/A (p<0.02).“This is the first human prospective study documenting the cardioprotective effect of lisinopril and rosuvastatin in anthracycline induced cardio toxicity,” says Radulescu. Further studies, she adds, are now needed in larger numbers of patients, exploring a range of different types of malignancies.For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. 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first_img October 3, 2013 — Fabry disease can be detected using a new magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technique that was developed at the University of Alberta. The discovery of this new diagnostic tool has resulted in updated clinical guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment of Fabry disease in Canada.Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry researchers Gavin Oudit, M.D. and Richard Thompson, Ph.D., worked with faculty colleagues Kelvin Chow and Alicia Chan on the discovery, as well as Aneal Khan from the University of Calgary. The findings were recently published in the peer-reviewed journal Circulation: Cardiovascular Imaging and involved 31 Alberta patients who have the disease.Thompson and trainee Chow developed the MRI technique known as T1 mapping which can detect heart damage and changes in earlier stages than regular MRI scans or ultrasound. When this type of MRI is used on patients with Fabry disease, the scans can detect both the disease and the severity of damage to the heart. The T1 mapping method can be easily programmed onto MRIs around the world.”This test can uniquely identify Fabry disease by detecting microscopic changes in the heart muscle structure that are not visible on regular images,” says Thompson, who works in the Department of Biomedical Engineering. “Fabry disease can look like other diseases if you only look at the whole heart structure or function, but this T1 mapping test, that can detect the tiniest changes in the heart, could identify all the patients with Fabry disease.””It is very likely that this technique will become a key part in clinical examination of patients with Fabry disease. This finding will advance the clinical care of these patients around the world. The implications will be widespread,” said Oudit. “Heart disease is the number one cause of death for patients with Fabry disease. The earlier the disease can be pinpointed, the sooner treatment can start. The treatment for the disease halts the condition and prevents serious damage to the heart.”Fabry disease affects 1 in 1,500 to 3,000 people but was originally thought to be a rare disease. Some countries now screen newborns for the condition that costs $200,000 a year to treat through monthly infusions called enzyme replacement therapy.It is estimated that about 1,000 Albertans are living with the disease but not everyone who has the condition has been diagnosed. Sometimes people will see scores of kidney and heart specialists for years before anyone diagnoses the condition. Men can have a blood test to identify the condition while women, who may also carry the disease without showing symptoms, need to undergo genetic testing. 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Summer flights from Toronto to Saint Lucia with Sunwing

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> TORONTO — Sunwing has extended flights between Toronto and Saint Lucia this coming summer. Flights will depart weekly on Sundays starting May 7 until Oct. 29.Andrew Dawson, President of Tour Operations for Sunwing Vacations, said Saint Lucia has become an increasingly popular destination because it has an all-year-round appeal, from its jazz festivals in May to fishing tournaments in October. “Plus, the fact that this service extension coincides with the opening of two new Royalton Luxury Resorts in Saint Lucia is very exciting. Royalton Luxury Resorts is one of our top hotel partners and we’re sure these latest additions to their ever-expanding lineup of luxury properties will be well received.”Royalton Saint Lucia Resort & Spa is family-friendly and features a supervised Clubhouse Kids Club and Hangout Teen Club, splash pads, non-motorized water sports, and for the parents, The Royal Spa.Hideaway at Royalton Saint Lucia, an adults-only resort, features an infinity pool, exclusive beach area with waiter service and exclusive restaurant while still having access to Royalton Saint Lucia Resort & Spa amenities and features. For more information visit Posted by Wednesday, January 25, 2017 Travelweek Group center_img Summer flights from Toronto to Saint Lucia with Sunwing Tags: Sunwing Sharelast_img read more

Air NZ adds more seats to Hawaii

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: S.P Air New Zealand add 50 percent more seats to hawaii In a move to meet high customer demand Air New Zealand will increase its seat capacity on its Auckland to Honolulu route.Beginning in late October this year through to March 2013, Air New Zealand will add a third weekly Boeing 767-300 service increasing the number of seats available by 50 percent.Between 9 June and 1 September 2012 the carrier will also upgrade its regular twice weekly service to a larger Boeing 777-200 aircraft.Air New Zealand group general manager Bruce Parton said the additional capacity coupled with more flexible fares will make this popular holiday destination even more desirable.“Hawaii has long been a popular destination for Kiwis seeking a winning holiday combination of sun, sand and shopping,” Mr Parton said.  “The additional capacity and more flexible fare structure will make Hawaii an even more affordable and accessible leisure option.”Additionally, Air New Zealand from mid June 2012 will be moving to 14 return services per week between Auckland and Los Angeles.Plus the airline will be operating Boeing 747-400 aircraft on the Auckland San Francisco route five times per week, increasing to daily services in peak periods.The Auckland – Vancouver route will also increase from four to five services per week between December 2012 and February 2013.last_img read more