Mounties say armed standoff in Nunavut ends peacefully suspect in custody

first_imgPOND INLET, Nunavut – An armed standoff with a man barricaded inside a house in Pond Inlet, Nunavut, has ended peacefully.RCMP say that after several hours of negotiations, a 27-year-old man was taken into custody with no injuries reported.Mounties say charges are being considered and the matter remains under investigation.Mounties say the standoff began Wednesday morning when they announced they were seeking a man believed to be armed and dangerous, having made threats against people in the community.Additional police resources were brought in when the man barricaded himself inside a house.RCMP then asked that some residents in the area vacate their homes and move to safety at the Pond Inlet community hall, while others were instructed to remain inside their houses until further notice.The community of about 1,600 is located in northern Baffin Island.last_img read more

Steven Spielberg And USC Shoah Foundation Announce Ambassadors For Humanity Gala

first_imgSteven Spielberg, founder of USC Shoah Foundation Institute – The Institute for Visual History and Education, will present William Clay Ford, Jr., executive chairman of Ford Motor Company, with the Institute’s Ambassador for Humanity Award at the organization’s annual gala, taking place this year in Detroit on Sept. 10.Ford will be recognized for his leadership and corporate citizenry around education and community. Mickey Shapiro, real estate developer and longstanding member of the Institute’s Board of Councilors, is the event’s co-chairman. The gala vice chairs and benefit committee will comprise leaders from the local community and from around the nation.The September gala will provide the opportunity to highlight the Institute’s global work in making the 53,000 audio-visual interviews with survivors and witnesses of the Holocaust and other genocides in its Visual History Archive a compelling voice for education and action.USC Shoah Foundation has a long history in Michigan and with Ford Motor Company, which was the sole sponsor of the 1997 NBC broadcast of the Academy Award winning “Schindler’s List,”’ the film that inspired the establishment of the Institute. The Institute collected 335 testimonies with Holocaust survivors and witnesses in the Detroit area, with local videographers and interviewers specially trained for the job.The Visual History Archive is also available on two campuses in Michigan, University of Michigan – Ann Arbor and University of Michigan – Flint.The event will also shine a light on the emerging partnership between USC Shoah Foundation and Ford Motor Company to expand the Institute’s IWitness educational platform in the Detroit area. IWitness brings the first-person stories of survivors and witnesses of genocide from the Institute’s Visual History Archive to students via multimedia-learning activities that are accessible via Macs, PCs, iPads, and tablet devices connected to the Internet.Currently, 100 educators in Michigan – and over 6,500 globally – use IWitness. In addition, more than 250 educators in Michigan, and over 15,000 nationally, have been trained on Echoes and Reflections, a multimedia Holocaust curriculum developed by the Institute and partners, the Anti-Defamation League and Yad Vashem.A significant portion of the proceeds raised at the gala will remain in the region, where the funds will be utilized for educational programs in secondary schools.Steven Spielberg, founder of USC Shoah Foundation and chairman of the Ambassadors gala said, “Working with Bill Ford and Ford Motor Company to further explore ways to share the work of the Institute with the people of Michigan is a wonderful opportunity. Reaching people when they’re young is the key to changing the world with testimony. IWitness and its ability to deliver tolerance education to the Detroit region gives me great hope that together we can affect significant change. The commitment of Bill Ford and Ford Motor Company to support new approaches to learning, to provide scholarships, and to help deserving students attain higher education, makes him a great ambassador, and I am proud to recognize him for his efforts.”“The USC Shoah Foundation stands as an enormous point of pride for USC, and has seen its efforts advanced greatly through the support of individuals and organizations that recognize its value as a truly transformational tool for education. Mr. Ford is a visionary leader who understands the contribution that USC Shoah Foundation makes to the world, and we are honored to recognize him for his corporate citizenry and leadership,” said University of Southern California President C. L. Max Nikias.“I am so pleased that USC Shoah Foundation will be joining forces with Ford Motor Company and the local Detroit community to explore new ways to utilize IWitness as an educational tool, and endeavor to reach a growing number of educators and students across the Detroit region,” said USC Shoah Foundation Executive Director Stephen D. Smith.For more information about the gala call the Event Office at 248-593-9743, the USC Shoah Foundation Benefit at 818-777-7876 or email ambassadorsgala2015@usc.edu. Donations are tax deductible to the full extent permitted by law.last_img read more

Labrador warming at twice the global rate research finds

first_imgAPTN National NewsA climate researcher from the University of Ottawa has found Labrador is warming at an alarming rate.Robert Way, originally from Happy Valley-Goose Bay, says he has found Labrador is warming at twice the global average.More so, over the past 15 years its warmed at a rate seven times faster than before.APTN’s Ossie Michelin has more.last_img

Education key to ending violence against women in northern communities shelter manager

first_imgCharlotte Morritt-Jacobs APTN NewsMarch 8 may mark International Women’s Day, but for those working to help women escape violence, it’s an everyday reality.Debby Rybchinski has been working at the women’s shelter in Yellowknife for over a decade, serving women and children from all 33 communities.“Growing up in an abusive family. There was a lot of abuse and wanting to help but not having anywhere to go as a child or my mother to go anywhere,” says Rybchinski, who’s now a manager at YWCA, McAlester House. “So when I had the opportunity to work here I thought this was great. Getting to help everyone that walks through the door.”Rybchinski says the north faces unique challenges that put women at risk such as limited transportation, isolation and lack of RCMP in all communities.A report last year showed the Northwest Territories as having a higher rate of violence against women compared to the national average.Still some things are improving, such as emergency protection orders which were introduced to the territories back in 2005.“The emergency protection order is excellent because it is available 24/7,” said Rybchinski. “An emergency protection order is like a mini court over the phone with a woman and she gets to stay in her home. The woman or the man gets to stay in their home and the abuser is removed. ”Those working in the north say education is key to ending violence against women.“I think you need to start young. In order to change a generation you need to teach them when they are young – what is and isn’t a healthy relationship.”last_img read more

UN envoy stresses malaria deaths can be eradicated urges world to build

25 April 2011Efforts to combat malaria in Africa are bearing fruit with 11 countries where the disease is endemic reporting a 50 per cent decline in mortality as a result of a global initiative to combat the disease, United Nations envoy Ray Chambers said today, calling for sustained efforts to eradicate deaths from the illness. “Our goal is to reach close to zero deaths from malaria by 2015,” said Mr. Chambers, the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Malaria. “There is much work to be done – many hurdles – but we are optimistic that we can achieve that goal,” he told reporters at UN Headquarters on World Malaria Day.Malaria, which is caused by a parasite transmitted to humans through the bites of infected mosquitoes, kills nearly 800,000 people around the world every year with most of the deaths occurring in Africa.Mr. Chambers said the Tanzanian island of Zanzibar reported no deaths from malaria when he visited there last year.“The Secretary-General’s malaria goals have galvanized funding and implementing partners, together with African leaders and others at the forefront of the effort, and the results of this partnership are translating directly into lives saved in historic proportions,” Mr. Ray said in a separate joint statement issued by his office and the Roll Back Malaria partnership.The partnership, which includes Mr. Chambers’ office, has championed an effort to provide insecticide-treated bed nets to all people who live in malaria-endemic countries, as well as making effective treatments available. He said close to $5 billion has been invested in the anti-malaria initiative in sub-Saharan Africa over the recent past and the returns have been “immense.”According to the joint statement, more than 300 million long-lasting insecticide-treated mosquito nets have been distributed in Africa, and 75 million people are benefiting from indoor residual spraying. Access to diagnostic testing and effective treatments have saved nearly 750,000 lives over the past decade.“On World Malaria Day this year, there is much to celebrate,” said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in a statement. “Since 2008, more than 600 million Africans have been spared terrible suffering,” he said.“Yet an estimated 781,000 people a year, most of them young children, still die from this preventable and treatable disease. To reach our goal of near zero deaths from malaria by 2015, we need an extraordinary intensification of our actions,” Mr. Ban added.His sentiment was echoed by representatives from the World Bank, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, and the United States’ President’s Malaria Initiative – the three largest donors to the effort – and UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Roll Back Malaria partnership.They said that investing in malaria is not only an entry point for strengthening primary health care systems at the facility and community level, but is also on the critical pathway to achieving all of the health-related Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).Speaking at a reception at UN Headquarters to a launch photo exhibition entitled “Champions to End Malaria,” the Secretary-General thanked all partners in the anti-malaria campaign, saying their efforts had proved that success can be achieved with smart policies, targeted interventions, resources, and commitment.“We have our roadmap. I will continue to look to all of you for leadership, funding, and innovation. I look forward to continuing our work together to finally eliminate a disease that has needlessly taken so many lives,” said Mr. Ban.Awa Marie Coll-Seck, the Executive Director of the Roll Back Malaria partnership stressed that the impact of the anti-malaria initiative is visible, giving the example of her own country, Senegal, where she once worked as a doctor and where the disease used to be the first cause of consultation, hospitalisation and death. “When I go back today to the same country, what I see in hospitals is that often you have some beds empty […] It is amazing change.”“But we need to know that all these gains are very fragile and we need to maintain the work we are doing, we need to maintain and push for more leadership and ownership by countries,” she told the news conference.United States singer-actress Mandy Moore spoke of a “gratifying trip” to the Central African Republic where she felt honoured to present a bed net to a mother who had lost two children to malaria and was excited that the net would prevent the rest of her family from the mosquito bites that spread the disease.Deputy UN Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro praised the contributions of the private sector to the anti-malaria effort.“You are engaged and committed to relieving the untenable burden that this disease places on millions of people, particularly on the African continent, because of your sense of global citizenship,” Ms. Migiro told a breakfast meeting organised by the Roll Back Malaria initiative for its corporate partners. “In doing so, you will help avert the tremendous loss of productivity that is among malaria’s terrible tolls,” she added.According to UNICEF, fighting malaria not only saves children’s lives, but also yields many other health and economic benefits, including easing the burden on health centres and improving the lives of pregnant mothers and their babies. Controlling malaria can also reduce deaths due to malnutrition.“We cannot leave some children exposed to malaria and other children safe,” said Anthony Lake, the UNICEF Executive Director. “Whether it is insecticide-treated nets, proper diagnosis, or effective treatment, the challenge is to provide protection and care to every single child who is at risk,” he added. read more

Major Aitik order for Sandvik

first_imgSandvik Mining and Construction has reached agreement with Boliden to supply a complete in-pit crushing system to its Aitik copper-gold-silver mine. The crushing system consists of two complete primary gyratory crushing stations as well as overland conveyors and feeders. The system will have a capacity of 8,000 t/h and will transport the ore 7 km. The new crushing and conveying system is scheduled to be put into operation in early 2010. The value of the equipment order is some €86.5 million. Sandvik’s order includes engineering and erection as well as start-up services. Boliden’s decision to invest in a conveying system reduces the use of truck haulage. The conveyor system will provide higher availability, considerably lower running cost and be more environmentally friendly than trucks, Sandvik reports. With the new system, Aitik will be able to double its annual production of ore from 18 to 36 Mt. “For Sandvik, the order is of strategic importance since it is our largest complete in-pit crushing system and demonstrates Sandvik’s capabilities as a major supplier to support the open-pit mining process”, says Lars Josefsson, President of Sandvik Mining and Construction.last_img read more

EHF CL Round 5 Hits Szeged Zagreb Veszprem Leon…

Many interesting matches handball fans around Europe have seen last weekend. Pick Szeged, C.O Zagreb, MKB Veszprem, Ademar Leon and some other teams made “small or bigger surprises” and showed that season will be very, very interesting… Group ASävehof : Kadetten Schafhaussen 31:25 (14:14)Friden 8, Apelgren 7; ; Graubner 6, Tominec 4, Kukučka 4Bosna Sarajevo : Barcelona 16:43 (9:21)Medić 7, Vrazalić 3; Aguirrezabalaga Garcia 6, Garcia Lorenzana 5Chambery : Zagreb 26:28 (14:14)Špiler 7, Balić in Kopljar po 5Standing:1. Barcelona 5-102. Zagreb 5-83. Chambery 5-64. Sävehof 5-45. Kadetten Schafhausen 5-26. Bosna Sarajevo 5-0 Group DPick Szeged : Montpellier 38:35 (18:17)Sulc 9, Lekai 8; Accambray 10, Honrubia 7, Kavtičnik 5, Gajič -, Prošt –Ademar Leon : Kobenhavn 28:26 (14:12)Garcia Robledo 9, Stanovsky 5; Hansen 7, Larsen 6Kiel : Partizan Beograd 36:28 (17:18)Lundström 8, M. Ilić 7, Dimitrijevič 8, Mandić in N. Ilić po 5Standing:1. Ademar Leon 5-72. Kobenhavn 4-63. Montpellier 5-64. Kiel 4-55. Pick Szeged 5-46. Partizan 5-0 EHF Champions Leaguehandball champions league Group CSt. Petersburg : Cimos Koper 26:35 (16:18)Nasirov in Šindin po 6; Skube 9, Rapotec 7Wisla Plock : Hamburg 26:30 (13:14)Kubisztal 5, Kavaš 2, Dobelšek ni igral; Hens 8, Vugrinec 3Metalurg : Constanta 25:18 (12:8)Mojsovski 8, Marković 4, Kozlina 1; Stavrositu 11, Toma 3Standing:1. Hamburg 5  – 102. Metalurg Skopje 5-73. Cimos Koper 5-64. Wisla Plock 5-45. St. Petersburg 5-36. Constanta 5-0 Group BFüchse Berlin : Veszprem 24:29 (13:15)Terzić 7, Vujin 6; Laen 5, Christophersen 4, Koražija –Kielce : Atletico Madrid 29:37 (14:19)Jurecki 11, Buntić 5, Zorman 1; Markussen in Lazarov po 8Bjerringbro Silkeborg : Čehovski medvedi 25:34 (11:22)Lauge in Kirkegaard po 5, Žvižej 3; Šelmenko 7, Dibirov 5Standing:1. Atletico Madrid 5-92. Veszprem 5-83. Füchse Berlin 5-54. Kielce 5-45. Čehovski medvedi 5-46. Bjerringbro-Silkeborg 5-0 ← Previous Story SEHA League: Tatran’s left wing, Radoslav Antl is MVP of Round 8 Next Story → Copenhagen’s owner, Jesper Kasi Nielsen: “AG as the best Danish Sports Product of All Time” read more

Elderly Japanese people to be given cheaper funerals if they give up

first_img Short URL 18 Comments By AFP 12,377 Views THE PROSPECT OF a cheaper funeral is being used to entice elderly Japanese drivers to give up their licences as police step up efforts to prevent accidents caused by ageing motorists.Deadly accidents involving elderly drivers are a growing problem in a country where the population is rapidly growing older and some 4.8 million people aged 75 or older hold a licence.In November, a six-year-old boy died and 11 others were injured after an 87-year-old driver’s pickup truck hit children walking to school in Yokohama, south of Tokyo.Japan this month introduced a new rule under which drivers aged 75 or older must pass cognitive tests when renewing their licences.Now, a funeral service company in central Japan has from this month started offering a 15% discount to elderly drivers who give up their permits.Shigenori Ariga of the funeral company Heiankaku in told AFP: Sunday 26 Mar 2017, 10:00 AM Image: Koji Sasahara http://jrnl.ie/3301358 center_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: Koji Sasahara Mar 26th 2017, 10:00 AM We’ve been offering funeral services to those who lost family members in car accidents. We want to help prevent deaths caused by such accidents.Ariga said the discount was offered after a request by the local police department in the city of Ichinomiya in Aichi prefecture where the funeral business is located.It is applied to altars used during funerals, Ariga said, adding that the elderly drivers can end up save a minimum of 56,000 yen (€470).The discount applies not just when the drivers who give up their licences die but even their  close family members as well, he said.Police in Aichi in November started offering a ramen noodle discount to elderly drivers who give up their licences via a tie-up with a local restaurant chain.© – AFP 2017Read: For the first time ever, a dinosaur tail has been found encased in amber >Read: A 25-year-old PhD student at Trinity has just discovered that sharks used to eat their own young > Elderly Japanese people to be given cheaper funerals if they give up driving Nearly 5 million people aged 75 or older hold a licence in Japan. Share18 Tweet Email3 last_img read more

Tension peaks in the Aegean

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Greek diplomats on Friday complained to Ankara after two Turkish fighter jets threatened a Greek coast guard helicopter participating in a patrol organised by Frontex, the European Union’s border monitoring agency, in the latest of a string of acts of harassment by Turkey in the Aegean.According to Greek defence officials, the two Turkish F16s “locked onto” the Greek helicopter and threatened to shoot it down as it flew over Farmakonisi. The Greek Air Force reacted by dispatching two of its own F16s which issued a similar threat to the Turkish fighter jets, prompting them to withdraw. Before the incident with the Turkish F16s, the helicopter had received 11 radar warnings from Turkish authorities. Friday’s incident was the latest in a spate of Turkish transgressions last week, including radar warnings to Greek and international aircraft participating in patrols of the eastern Aegean aimed at curbing an influx of illegal immigrants heading for Western Europe via Greece.When a foreign ministry spokesman was asked on Thursday about Turkish “activity” in the Aegean Sea, he responded that the issue has been raised with the Turkish foreign ministry. Speaking at a press briefing, spokesperson Grigoris Delavekouras noted, “(The) activity observed, mainly at sea, is definitely a cause of concern. Relevant statements have been made by the minister of defence and the alternate defence minister.” “We should look at the essence and overcome appearances … at a time of efforts for the improvement of relations,” he said in relation to Turkey’s actions. He also emphasised the fact that the Turkish military activity takes place during a period when talks held within the framework of a steering committee were completed in a good atmosphere, focusing on sectors such as transports, tourism, the economy, energy, environment, agriculture and natural disasters management. Delavekouras said that “the alternate minister will visit Ankara in this spirit, most likely before the end of March.”last_img read more

Ministry targets illegal traders

first_imgThe Ministry of Development decided to step up efforts to battle illegal street trading with a seven-point action plan, according to officials.The plan includes the creation of an operations room that will coordinate the responsible services on a daily basis. “It was not just another meeting about the illegal street trade. We wish to move from theory to practice and apply permanent and thorough sweeps,” said Development Minister Costis Hatzidakis after a broad meeting that included representatives of the coast guard, the municipal police and traders.The other six points include setting up a special telephone line, the installation of X-ray scanners at large ports and border posts, the intensification of sample inspections based on risk analysis by using criteria of origin and receiver, and transfers of customs officials who will be posted for maximum periods in order to limit corruption.Separately, the Papastratos tobacco company said it will offer special seminars to financial investigators on how to identify contraband tobacco cargoes, as well as providing special scanners. Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Drug deaths outnumber traffic fatalities in US

first_imgLOS ANGELES — Propelled by an increase in prescription narcotic overdoses, drug deaths now outnumber traffic fatalities in the United States, a Los Angeles Times analysis of government data has found.Drugs exceeded motor vehicle accidents as a cause of death in 2009, killing at least 37,485 people nationwide, according to preliminary data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.While most major causes of preventable death are declining, drugs are an exception. The death toll has doubled in the last decade, now claiming a life every 14 minutes. By contrast, traffic accidents have been dropping for decades because of huge investments in auto safety.Public health experts have used the comparison to draw attention to the nation’s growing prescription drug problem, which they characterize as an epidemic. This is the first time that drugs have accounted for more fatalities than traffic accidents since the government started tracking drug-induced deaths in 1979.Fueling the surge in deaths are prescription pain and anxiety drugs that are potent, highly addictive and especially dangerous when combined with one another or with other drugs or alcohol. Among the most commonly abused are OxyContin, Vicodin, Xanax and Soma. One relative newcomer to the scene is Fentanyl, a painkiller that comes in the form of patches and lollipops and is 100 times more powerful than morphine.last_img read more

JCB gives shop floor employees 39 pay increase

first_imgConstruction equipment manufacturing organisation JCB has awarded 3,200 shop floor employees a 3.9% pay increase.The pay rise, which is effective from 1 January 2018, is part of a three-year pay deal that was agreed with trade union GMB in 2016. The pay award is linked to November 2017’s retail prices index (RPI).The pay increase will apply to shop floor employees based at JCB’s Staffordshire-based plants in Rocester, Uttoxeter, Cheadle and Rugeley, as well as for staff working in the organisation’s factories at Wrexham and Foston in Derbyshire.The rise follows a £500 Christmas bonus paid to JCB’s 5,500 UK employees.Graeme Macdonald, chief executive officer at JCB, said: “The long-term pay deal agreed [in 2016] gave us the stability we needed to plan and has delivered a robust pay rise for JCB’s shop floor employees. The outlook for 2018 is positive with markets all over the world in exceptionally good shape.”Gordon Richardson, works convenor at GMB, added: “2017 was a good year for the [organisation] which has generated more job security for GMB members and we welcome the pay rise which was agreed as part of the three-year deal.”last_img read more

Newspaper Publisher Acquires Worcester Magazine

first_img“It’s actually an appropriate title for a traditional newspaper to buy, because it reaches an audience that the traditional papers are losing, namely younger readers, as well as giving them some traction with advertisers they may not otherwise get,” said Kim Mac Leod, president of Regional Media Advisors, an M&A advisory company for the regional market. Looking forward, Charter said the possibility of converting Worcester to a glossy is “undetermined,” indicating that “many ideas are on the table.” One idea is to launch an annual glossy edition, he says. Alternative news weekly Worcester magazine has been acquired by newspaper publisher Holden Landmark Corp. The agreement is set to close before the end of the month.Terms of the deal were not disclosed.“From a market standpoint, connecting with a publication with 30-plus-year track record is a beautiful fit geographically for us,” Holden Landmark publisher Gareth Chater told FOLIO:. The company publishes five weekly newspapers in the greater Worcester, Massachusetts area—including its flagship Holden Landmark—as well as State Parent magazine.A newsprint tabloid distributed free at 500 locations around the city, Worcester magazine has a circulation of 34,000. “We couldn’t offer our advertisers penetration into the city [Worcester], and now we can,” Charter said. “We like the alternative city space. Given the decline of the metro dailies and the emergence of the Web, we think it has great potential.”last_img read more

Kuskokwim Ice Classic Tripod heralds spring on the Kuskokwim

first_imgThe Kuskokwim Ice Classic tripod is up. The clock is counting down to breakup and to that coveted $10,000 prize. The money goes to whoever guesses closest to when the tripod drifts away, unplugging a clock, and marking the official start of spring. It’s also, of course, a time to invest in youth programs from dance to archery to the lifesaving skill of swimming.Download AudioKuskokwim Ice Classic tripod standing on the Kuskokwim River in front of Bethel. The top represents a story knife and the bottom legs represents kayaks. (Photo courtesy of Michell DeWitt.)“Do you think people think, this is about helping kids?” asked reporter Anna Rose MacArthur. “Or I could win $10,000! Spring is coming!”“Yeah, I think people tend to forget about that part of it— that it’s actually benefiting really valuable causes, which is fine,” said Paul Basile, the Kuskokwim Ice Classic Manager. “It’s a fun game, too.”Last year 6,000 guesses competed for the $10,000 jackpot and raised over that amount for youth programs. This year six programs are selling tickets at $5 a pop and will keep half the proceeds. Basile says some people consult tide tables to make their guess. Last year, a winner wrote down her daughter’s birthday.The tripod tradition started in the early 1980’s. Basile says, in the past, the classic threw together some lumber to make the structure.But last year, the group upped their game. They asked the Lower Kuskokwim School District’s STEM, or Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math, program to submit tripod designs.From a nine-inch model, the classic constructed a 28-foot tall sculpture. It’s a story knife reaching into the sky with two kayaks streaming out beneath.If it sounds familiar, Basile says, that’s because you’ve already seen it.“Never before in the history of the Kuskokwim Ice Classic has a tripod been recovered after breakup,” Basile said. “But somebody noticed it washed up on the shore a little bit below town.”“The first time I went out in a kayak just to get across the slough and get something on it, so it wouldn’t end up in Oscarville or something,” said Eric Whitney, Kuskokwim Ice Classic board member and tripod rescuer.Whitney attached anchors to the wooded frame until he could retrieve it with a larger boat.Kuskokwim Ice Classic tripod construction crew. (Photo courtesy of Michell DeWitt.)“And that worked” said Whitney. “I really wasn’t sure if that was going to work at all. You never know if the water is going to come up and a big ice floe is going to come and just sweep it down and crush it to bits. But we got lucky.”Something else good happened this year.Whitney: “Hey, our forklift man is here.”Last year the group put up the 28-foot tripod by hand, which, Basile says, involved people standing on ladders on the ice pushing up the structure with a broomstick.Michelle DeWitt is the Executive Director of the Bethel Community Services Foundation, which operates the Kuskowkim Ice Classic.“Last year I was glad I double-checked our insurance,” Dewitt said.Dewitt said the tripod tradition marries a community event with fundraising, using the excitement of breakup.Which could be soon. Overflow is spilling over the river’s edge. The top layer of ice is crumbling. And temperature forecasts predict highs in the upper 30’s through next week.“As soon as that water starts flowing on the Kuskokwim,” said Dewitt. “Boats are going out nearly immediately and people start engaging in the summer activities. So it’s a really exciting time for the community.”Kuskokwim Ice Classic tickets are on sale at Bethel Community Services Foundation and Swanson’s until April 18.last_img read more

Man approaches RDO over delay of issuing caste certificate

first_imgTandur: A person who has been making rounds around the officials for eight months for caste certificate, approached RDO for justice. K Lakshman Rao from the town applied for his caste certificate eight moths ago. But he did not receive instead he was made to visit the office again and again. He lamented that he underwent tremendous pressure and complained the RDO about the delay. He requested him to sanction the document for purpose of his studies.last_img

Identifying Biomarkers Key to Early Intervention in Alzheimers Disease

first_img Image courtesy of Imago Systems 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. 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 UTHealth McGovern Medical School News | PET-CT | August 15, 2019 United Imaging Announces First U.S. Clinical Installation of uExplorer Total-body PET/CT United Imaging announced that its uExplorer total-body positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) system… 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 July 31, 2015 — Researchers at the University of Kentucky’s Sanders-Brown Center on Aging are on the hunt for biomarkers that might serve as an early warning system for Alzheimer’s disease (AD).Although the term didn’t surface until the 1980s, the concept of biomarkers has been around for almost a century. Today, doctors routinely test blood for signs of anemia or the antigen associated with prostate cancer.  Urine samples can hint at the presence of infection or diabetes, and EEGs diagnose electrical abnormalities in the brain.But scientists are now advancing the concept, looking for ways to identify a host of diseases early in the process to provide opportunity for early intervention and improve the chances that treatment will be effective.This is particularly true for AD, where evidence points to the fact that the disease process begins long before someone has clinical symptoms, and the ramifications of the disease – both financial and emotional – are disastrous.According to Mark Lovell, Ph.D., Jack and Linda Gill Professor of Chemistry, the only definitive way to diagnose AD is through autopsy; other options, such as positron emission tomography (PET) imaging, are becoming more widely used to identify the presence of AD pathology. The challenge, he explained, is finding a biomarker that is an accepted predictor of the disease and  can easily be identified by a physician at the clinic level.“Multiple studies show alterations in levels of the proteins associated with AD – tau and beta amyloid– in cerebrospinal fluid, but a spinal tap to obtain that fluid is often a hard sell for patients”, Lovell said. “Furthermore, there appears to be variability in the data connecting the levels of these proteins in CSF and the diagnosis of AD, which has limited the use of beta amyloid and tau clinically.” Working with Bert Lynn, Ph.D., director of UK’s Mass Spectrometry Center, Lovell began to sort proteins in CSF samples by weight. As the results came in, two particular proteins (transthyretin and prostaglandin-d-synthase) caught his attention.“We were able to tease out that these two proteins, when subjected to oxidative damage, tended to stick together and fractionate at a higher molecular weight than expected,” said Lovell. Further study suggested these proteins may signal dysfunction in the choroid plexus, a brain region responsible for the production and filtration of cerebrospinal fluid.Since, in AD, current data suggest there are changes in the transfer capacity of the choroid plexus it made sense to Lovell and Lynn that these two proteins might make a good biomarker for AD.The next step, said Lovell, was to go “downstream”—to blood or urine, for example– to determine whether this same protein combination appears there as well.“I’ve historically been skeptical that blood can be as strong a predictor of Alzheimer’s disease  as CSF, but I was pleasantly surprised to see that there was a reasonable correlation in samples of CSF and blood taken from the same patients,” Lovell said.Lovell cautions that further evaluation in larger sample populations is necessary before this can be called a definitive success, but if the hypothesis is borne out, “we will have a blood-based biomarker that might be more predictive than amyloid beta peptide.”Ultimately, Lovell thinks AD will be diagnosed by a panel of three or four biomarkers, rather than a single “up or down” test.  And that’s where Brian Gold comes in.Gold, a cognitive neuroscientist, is fascinated by CSF protein biomarker findings of Lovell and others and is conducting his own research in the hopes of using brain imaging to find non-invasive AD biomarkers. However, up until now, Gold explains, most magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) studies of preclinical AD have been restricted to structural volumetric characteristics of the brain.“We’ve instead been focusing on microstructural brain changes detectable with a form of MRI called diffusion tensor imaging (DTI), which assesses the diffusion of water molecules in the brain,” said Gold. “As cellular structures begin to degenerate, tissue barriers degenerate as well, allowing for increased water diffusion. DTI-based changes in the brain are thus somewhat analogous to hairline cracks in a house’s foundation that precede visible structural damage.”Gold and his colleagues are one of just a handful of U.S. groups exploring how CSF protein biomarkers correlate with microstructural brain changes using DTI and dynamic physiological changes using functional MRI.His work, published last year in the Neurobiology of Aging, found tantalizing correlations between reduced white matter microstructure in the brain and the presence of CSF markers of AD.“In other words, if our findings using DTI and functional MRI are highly correlated with Lovell’s CSF  biomarkers, we have potentially uncovered a minimally invasive way to diagnose pre-clinical AD.”For more information: www.centeronaging.uky.edu FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Related Content 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 center_img News | Neuro Imaging | July 31, 2015 Identifying Biomarkers Key to Early Intervention in Alzheimer’s Disease Multidisciplinary team at University of Kentucky using MRI imaging technique to assess potential breakdown in cellular structure News | Stroke | August 16, 2019 Mobile Stroke Unit Gets Patients Quicker Treatment Than Traditional Ambulance Every second counts for stroke patients, as studies show they can lose up to 27 million brain cells per minute…. read more News | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins read more Technology | Neuro Imaging | August 07, 2019 Synaptive Medical Launches Modus Plan With Automated Tractography Segmentation Synaptive Medical announced the U.S. launch and availability of Modus Plan featuring BrightMatter AutoSeg. 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Count me in the natural hair revolution among AfroTicas

first_imgRelated posts:Claiming my Afro-Latinidad A graceful life: Jeannette Boyd Rodríguez and San José’s Afro-Costa Rican history A look back at 1930s Limón and the real legacy of Afro-Caribbean immigrants Count me in, part II: Natural Hair Sistahs 506 It was difficult to find any self-beauty, as she did not look like her mother, who was her primary caretaker. She knew she was different. By the time she was 7 and in third grade, she began to use an aliset, a chemical crème that straightened curly hair. Though there were burns on her scalp because of the chemicals, it was a “relief” to finally “feel beautiful,” and it was affirmed when her classmates stopped making fun of her hair and she became part of the group. (Courtesy of Natasha Gordon-Chipembere)Shanil was born in San José to Afro-Tico parents and as a child, her mother took excellent care of her hair, using Vaseline to promote natural, long healthy hair.  For special occasions, her grandmother would put braids in her hair, adorned with colorful barrettes.She started wearing braids with extensions at 10. She went to a private school in Tibás, just north of San José, and though she was the only black girl in her year, the kids all knew each other and never made her feel different. She did not grow up with many other black kids, outside of her mother’s best friend and their family. Shanil did not begin using an aliset for straightened hair until she was 15.Ichael was born to Afro-Tico parents who were both from Limón.  Her dad decided to move to San José because of his work playing soccer. As a child, her mother took care of her hair with weekly rituals of Saturday washing, oiling and braiding. On special occasions, barrettes were put in with braids, though from young she knew that she wanted “long and flowing hair” like the mestizo kids around her. (Courtesy of Natasha Gordon-Chipembere)After wearing braids with extensions for some years, at the age of 12, Ichi had her first aliset. She remembers that in school she always felt bad amongst her peers and by the age of seven she was being teased badly, being called “monkey” and “shit.”One day, she went to her teacher and told her how the kids made her feel bad. The teacher’s response was to ask all of the students to draw a picture for Ichi, and there was one little boy who drew Ichi as a beautiful brown princess.It was at that moment, she says, that she changed her own perspective and started feeling beautiful with her brown skin.  For the first time among her classmates, she felt appreciated.Xio was born in Guanacaste to a black, non-Tico father and a mother whose history included the first wave of African peoples in colonial Cartago, though unrecognized. She knew as a child that she was visually different with her curly hair and brown skin. Her mother had no idea how to handle her hair, so she would use oil to make finger curls, two long braids or ponytails as a way to make Xio’s hair presentable. Xio. (Courtesy of Natasha Gordon-Chipembere)Xio always had a clear message from her mestizo mother that she should not leave the house without having her hair done, “controlled” so that she was presentable in public. By the time she was 10, she became miserable in school as her peers pointed out her afro hair and her African features. Other kids always would constantly touch her hair, making her feel like a petted dog, and it would make her really angry. Frustrated by wanting to fit in and have the long, straight hair of her peers, Xio had her first aliset at the age of 12 because, she says, she could not take it anymore.  Her hair also reminded her of her father’s heritage, which she did not know much about.Shannon, who was raised in Limón to an Afro-Tica mother and a mestizo father, grew up knowing that her curly hair made her stand out from the other kids around her who had straight hair. It was her black aunt who would come over and take special care of her hair as a child, mostly braiding her hair to look presentable.Shannon did not notice her hair was really different until fourth grade, when her mother decided to put in an aliset so that she could have straight hair and fit in amongst her Tico peers. Shannnon. (Courtesy of Natasha Gordon-Chipembere) Ilinka. (Courtesy of Natasha Gordon-Chipembere)Ilinka was born in San José but raised in Limón, where her parents worked as educators. As a child, her hair was very thick and curly, and her busy parents hired a woman to come to the house to take care of her hair as a child which included braids and cornrow hair styles, using “Dax” and “Blue Magic” as staple hair products for shine and growth. With three sisters, all with varying grades of thick afro-hair, Ilinka used to dread the detangling process of her hair. It hurt to get her hair done.Ilinka had her first aliset in the sixth grade to celebrate her graduation. As a student amongst many Afro-Ticos in Limón, she was following the trend of other black girls who had chemically straightened hair. The message was loud and clear: in order to look beautiful and fit in among blacks, you needed to have straight hair or braids with extensions.***Not only find did I find global commonalities around societal expectations, hair care rituals and the politics of being “presentable” in these interviews, but I found a sisterhood of women in Costa Rica who are conscientiously re-figuring how they want to present their hair and identity to the society at large.All these women attended Costa Rican private schools – with the exception of Aimee – in a familial culture that prioritized education and the need to speak English. Each journey was unique, yet so familiar. I could have been talking to a black woman in Brooklyn, Jamaica or South Africa.Next month, we’ll explore how the experiences of these women came full circle as they each made the transition back to natural hair as a form of self-love and Afro-pride.Read more from Natasha Gordon-Chipembere here.Natasha Gordon-Chipembere holds a PhD in English. She is a writer, professor and founder of the Tengo Sed Writers Retreats. In June 2014, she moved to Heredia, Costa Rica with her family from New York. She may be reached at indisunflower@gmail.com. Her column “Musings from an Afro-Costa Rican” is published monthly. Facebook Comments Count Me In is a multi-part series that focuses on making visible the thriving natural hair movement among Afro-descended Costa Ricans within the context of the larger natural hair revolution occurring throughout the Americas and the Caribbean.It’s more than hair for many Afro-Latinas. The decision to wear their hair natural is a reclaiming of culture and fighting back against centuries of erasure of Black identity. That erasure has led to the creation of terms like “pajon” and “pelo malo” (bad hair) in reference to tightly coiled/Afro-textured hair versus “pelo bueno,” silky, straight hair. –Janela Martinez, Vivala Magazine, 2016Several weeks ago, my young Afro-Tica cousin came to my house to borrow a book from my personal library. My mouth hung open when she exited her car and embraced me.For the first time ever, Trisha – pictured above – was wearing the most beautiful, vibrant afro, and I have never seen her so self-confident. I was curious about what prompted such a radical transition after years of using braids with extensions and aliset (chemicals for straightening hair).  With what I knew of the “respectability politics” within the Afro-Tico community and in the larger mestizo (white-presenting) Costa Rican society, a tall black girl wearing her natural hair was a radical statement about self-representation.I was intrigued: I have lived a fairly insulated life here where I do not engage with many Afro-Ticos beyond my own family on a daily basis.Our discussion that evening about beauty, acceptance, the global natural hair movement, family pressure, religion and notions of “professionalism” is the impetus for this multi-part AfroCosta Rican Natural Hair Series, Count Me In.  The political and historical context of Black hair within the West is too long and complex for this column, but what is clear is that there is a long standing legacy, dating back from the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade, that stigmatizes the ways in which black men and women wear their natural hair.Taken from the examples of white womanhood on slave plantations in the Caribbean and the Americas, the ideals around “good hair” (“pelo bueno”) were conflated with “straight hair,” as many enslaved black women were fully responsible for the grooming of their white mistresses and owners, while they did not have the resources – combs, oils – to sustain their own hair. (Many enslaved Africans used elaborate cornrows as hairstyles to demarcate the path for the Underground Railroad in the southern parts of the U.S. during slavery.)Afro, tightly curled hair, symbolic of all things African, became the signifier of all things dirty, uncontrollable, unpresentable, savage. Essentially, your hair became a constant reminder of your status as slave or having a slave past.In order to combat centuries of negative stereotypes about afro hair, many people of African decent have waged personal wars with trying to “control the kink.” This means using Madame C. J. Walker´s hot combs, using wigs, chemical perms, blow dryers, braid extensions, sewn-in weaves and a myriad of other forms of false hair that served a singular purpose: to control the curl!This was done as a response to the message that in order to be presentable and “non-threatening” in the larger non-Black society, one had to diminish the presence of “Africa” as much as possible in order to assimilate.The non-subtle public standards of beauty which bombard TV and social and print media do not use an Afro-centric phenotype as the epitome of beauty ideals. Rather, the tall, thin, straight-haired European woman – and man – maintains the center of desire, and the drive to attain these ideals has created incredible havoc within Afro-descended communities, especially for women.If one’s job access relies on presentability and your afro is not considered suitable, then the messages are clear about what one has to do to attain access to resources, have the ability to feed your family, and generally progress within society.However, as the growing consciousness around self-identity and representation continues within Afro-descended populations, radical methods of claiming one’s natural hair have appeared throughout social media, from YouTube tutorials to Facebook group pages. All of these resources promote emotional solidarity, hair care tips and political support for resisting age-old stereotypes of what natural African hair should look like. From the Dominican Republic´s Miss Rizos to the natural hair festivals in Brooklyn, New York, to the Natural hair pageants in Cuba and Brazil, Afro-descended populations are making a loud cultural, political and economic statement about how their personhood will be situated on the global stage.After talking to Trisha, I was very interested in finding out how Afro-Ticas in particular were managing their hair in the daily society among a majority mestizo Tico population with straight hair. Trisha recommended that I join a closed Facebook group called Natural Hair Sistahs 506, founded by Ichael, an Afro-Tica.Upon acceptance into the group, I amazingly lifted a lid to reveal a vibrant natural hair movement in Costa Rica of over 500 Afro-Tica women (and women in the Diaspora who had Afro-Tico parentage. Who would have known? I posted a request to interview women on their natural hair practices for this series. Within 10 days, I spoke to 10 women around three specifically framed questions. The first two questions will be the focus of this piece.I have included pictures of the women who granted me permission to show them as they happily wear their natural, afro hair.  All of them went through an extensive hair journey that involved natural hair styles as a child to the pressure to fit in amongst peers by turning to chemically straightened hair. Finally, each of them returning to natural hair styles as a form of liberation and self-love.This series intends to make visible the hair movement in Costa Rica in order to join the current conversations about the Afro-Latina natural hair movement which spans the Americans and Caribbean.Chapter 1: Growing up with Afro hair as a child in Costa Rica and impressions from peersAimee, an Afro-Tica living in California, was raised by her Afro-Tica mom who was born in Limón. As a child in Los Angeles, Aimee wore a small afro, braids with beads and cornrows all decorated with colorful hair clips.  Her hair was blow dried straight for special occasions though she always wanted to fit in with her classmates who had straight hair.By the fourth grade, her grandmother was straightening her hair with a hot comb and finally a relaxer. Aimee continues to straighten her hair today but is interested in learning how to take care of natural hair if she one days decides to make the big “chop.” Pamela. (Courtesy of Natasha Gordon-Chipembere)Pamela and her sister Stephannie were born and raised in San José and are mixed, with an Afro-Tico father and a mestiza (white-presenting) mother from San José. The girls had different textures of curly hair, and most of their hair care as children was taken over by their father´s black side of the family.The message was clear: curly hair had to be maintained and presentable at all times. As children, the girls had their natural hair braided, twisted and maintained a weekly washing/oiling/braiding ritual every Saturday.Pamela said that by fifth grade, she was wearing box braids and though she enjoyed the freedom of its easy styling, sometimes she was called “dirty” by her peers. By high school, she began with an aliset to get straight hair. Stephannie said she never had an issue with her natural hair as a child though all her hair decisions were made by the adults around her. She began using an aliset when she was 15 which included blowing drying and rollers once a week. (Courtesy of Natasha Gordon-Chipembere) Scarlett. (Courtesy of Natasha Gordon-Chipembere)Scarlett grew up in San Isidro with her mestiza mom and without her Jamaican father. As a child, there were no other Afro-Tico children in her environment.  Her curly hair and brown skin color made her stand out.Every two months she would go to San José as a child to get her hair braided by a black woman there. Scarlett was teased terribly as a child, being called “ugly,” “nappy-headed,” “La Negrita” and “dishwasher sponge head” by her classmates. She hated the braids that her mother did for her, and by the age of six, she would cry nightly, begging to wake up white like the children around her.last_img read more

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first_imgACCFlight Centre The ACCC has won its High Court battle with Flight Centre and today the case was ordered to return to the Federal Court to determine the penalties.Flight Centre was accused of breaching competition laws over international airfares between 2005 and 2009.The company was fined $11 million after an initial finding in the Federal Court, but that was overturned on appeal.last_img

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