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No winning ticket for Saturday nights 7 million Lotto 649 jackpot

first_imgTORONTO — No winning ticket was sold for the $7 million jackpot in Saturday night’s Lotto 649 draw.However, the guaranteed $1 million prize was claimed by a ticket holder in Ontario.The jackpot for the next Lotto 649 draw on April 17 will be approximately $9 million.The Canadian Presslast_img

Dragonflies with tiny fanny packs show migration patterns in new study

first_imgGUELPH, Ont. — A study in which insects were equipped with tiny radio-tracking fanny packs could help conservation efforts as populations around the world decline.The research by University of Guelph biologists published in a scientific journal Wednesday tracked butterflies and green darner dragonflies on their migration through southern Ontario and into the northern United States using radio transmitters.“We were able to document some pretty basic things that no one had ever done before,” said lead author Samantha Knight, who is also a program manager at the Nature Conservancy of Canada.Researchers captured the insects on Ontario’s Bruce Peninsula in the falls of 2015 and 2016. The radio transmitters, which weighed about as much as a raindrop, were carefully glued on the bugs’ undersides kind of like fanny packs, Knight said.The little packs emitted radio signals which could be picked up by towers along the insects’ migration route. The signals sent information about speed and distance back to researchers.Knight explained the bugs’ breeding habits and the areas they stay in winter have been studied, but there’s almost no information about migration patterns.Recent studies have shown that habitat loss, land-use changes and global warming mean up to 40 per cent of insect species are at risk of extinction. There’s also been a decline in bird populations that rely on insects for food.When data started to flow in from the fanny packs, Knight said it was really astounding.On average, the monarchs flew about 12 km/h and darners flew about 16 km/h. One darner surprised researchers by flying 77 km/h and travelling 122 kilometres in just one day.“If a darner was flying through a town, a cop would pull it over,” said study co-author Ryan Norris.The insects are likely to be even faster, added Norris. They were slowed down by the fanny packs, which weigh about half of the bugs’ body weight.Norris explained the research showed insects are likely to fly high in the atmosphere to take advantage of the wind.“There are insects flying over our heads all the time and we don’t know it.”It also showed monarchs and darners fly faster in warmer temperatures, but they slow down if it gets too hot, so global warming could affect migration. Rain didn’t really have an effect on the bugs at all, Norris added.The research, while preliminary, has opened doors to more knowledge about insects, Norris said. He expects technology to improve so that bug migration can be better understood.It’s extremely important, he said, because researchers looking to develop effective conservation strategies need to know where insects go.“It’s hard to predict what species are going to do if you don’t know what they are doing now.”— By Kelly Geraldine Malone in WinnipegThe Canadian Presslast_img read more

Mikmaq Maliseet leaders in tax battle with NB government

first_imgAPTN National NewsA key source of money for First Nations in New Brunswick is up in the air.The province is deciding whether tax dollars collected on reserve should be shared with the bands.Mi’kmaq and Maliseet leaders say that losing that revenue is a step in the wrong direction.APTN’s Trina Roache has this story.last_img

Trump trade tariffs sink stocks

first_imgNEW YORK (NEWS 1130) – US President Donald Trump’s approval of tens of billions of dollars in duties on Chinese imports sparked a selloff in stocks.At the closing bell, the Dow Jones Industrial average was down 724 points or 2.9 per cent to 23,958. The S&P/TSX Composite Index fell 1.8 per cent of 275 points to 15,400.The Trump administration announced trade sanctions against China Thursday, and Beijing has said it will defend itself.Dow drops 700 points late in the session, 2.8%, on investor fear about Trump’s trade tariffs on China.— Richard Dettman (@rwdettman) March 22, 2018Industrial and technology companies, which depend heavily on foreign trade, took some of the worst losses.Boeing, Caterpillar and Microsoft all fell sharply.Bond prices surged as investors sought cover, sending yields lower. That helped push bank stocks sharply lower too.High-dividend stocks like utilities, another safe-play investment, rose.last_img read more

Moroccan Cleric Haifae Wahbes Visit to Casablanca Will Sully Moroccos Soil

Rabat – Mohammed Fizazi, a reformed Moroccan Salafi-jihadist sheikh, posted on his Facebook page a statement, calling on the Lebanese singer Haifa Wehbe not to visit Morocco.The controversial imam wrote: “Haifa Wehbe, you are not welcome in Morocco, the land of noble people from Tangier to Laguira.”In an earlier post on his Facebook, the imam criticized Haifae Wahbe for accepting to host a party in “Casablanca for the sum of MAD 600,000,” after “refusing to host a show in Dakhla last month.” El Fizazi said he was happy she didn’t accept the Dakhla offer so as not to “stain the national soil,” calling on all Moroccans to say “No for Wahbe’s visit to sully Morocco’s soil.”Social media users criticized the imam for interfering in such event, asking the sheikh why he kept silent during the visit of the Colombian singer Shakira and did not react to Jennifer Lopez’s  At the opening ceremony of the 14th edition of the Mawazine Festival last May in Rabat.The Moroccan cleric had a row of finger-pointing between himself and Lubna Abidar, after he said in a video that the actress called him crying and expressing regret for her role in Nabil Ayouch’s controversial film”Much Loved”.Abidar denied in an interview with a French magazine that any such conversation took place, considering the imam a “liar.”Haifa Wehbe has already performed several times in Morocco, including in a concert for tolerance in Agadir in 2009 when she sang an Arabic version of the song “I Will Survive” by Gloria Gaynor. read more

Save NAFTAs Chapter 19 says Mulroney We had quite a fight in

TORONTO — Former Prime Minister Brian Mulroney says it’s worth saving a key NAFTA dispute-settlement mechanism that he fought hard to include in the original bilateral free-trade deal, as the U.S. now calls for its elimination.Mulroney says this system of private-arbitration panels in the North American Free Trade Agreement known as Chapter 19 has served “all three parties brilliantly for many years.”“Some people disagree with that assessment, but they can make their case at the bargaining table and we see where it comes out,” he said.“But I think it’s a valuable instrument in achieving objectives, legitimate objectives, for both sides.”Mulroney made the comments as members of the original NAFTA negotiation team met with Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland for two hours in Toronto on Friday.The meeting of the old guard and the new guard comes as Canada, the U.S. and Mexico head into the third round of NAFTA negotiations in Ottawa on Saturday. It’s the first set of talks to be held north of the border.One issue likely on the bargaining table is Chapter 19, a third-party arbitration system to decide whether punitive duties are being applied unfairly.It regulates disputes between companies over dumping, used successfully by Canada in cases such as the battle over softwood lumber. However, Washington critics have long detested Chapter 19, and have called for the arbitration system to be overhauled.Chapter 19 was seen as Canada’s ultimate prize in the original bilateral free trade deal negotiated 30 years ago, the result of a tense call on the final night of negotiations involving Mulroney himself.“We had quite a fight in 1987 to get it for Canada,” Mulroney said. “And it was incorporated into the NAFTA and subsequently into the World Trade Organization. And now into the (Trans-Pacific Partnership) .… It’s got to be pretty valuable for all those people to want to have it.”Former ambassador to the U.S. Derek Burney, who also participated in the meeting with the foreign minister, said Chapter 19 was a way of “rectifying the power imbalance” between Canada and the U.S. economy.“We wouldn’t have done the original agreement if we didn’t have it,” he said in Toronto on Friday.“It gives us an opportunity to keep the Americans true to their own trade laws, just as they keep us adhering to our trade laws — that’s the beauty of it.”When asked about his perspective on NAFTA now, Mulroney said it has generated “a lot of prosperity.”“I was saying in there that I think that the three countries involved in NAFTA, I think they have seven per cent of the world’s population, and they generate 29 per cent of the entire wealth of the world,” he said.“So that’s got to tell you how successful NAFTA has been for the three countries involved.”However, U.S. officials have been vocal critics, with the latest salvo coming from President Donald Trump’s commerce secretary Wilbur Ross, who on Friday pointed to a new study that he says proves the need for tougher rules on auto-parts, a contentious issue on all sides.Mulroney questioned how U.S. critics of NAFTA can declare that international trade is “harmful” given its low unemployment rate.“There are nine-million jobs in the United States that are created by NAFTA,” he said.“We’re all entitled to our opinions and I’m not surprised with different views because they’re leading up to a negotiation. So Mr. Ross takes his position, and we take ours, and the Mexicans take theirs. … I think it will all come out in the wash.” read more

Following election impasse Annan urges all sides in Ukraine to exercise restraint

“While the United Nations is not in a position to comment on the conduct of the election, the Secretary-General believes a credible electoral process is critical to overcoming the current impasse,” his spokesman, Fred Eckhard, told reporters at the daily news briefing in New York.The spokesman said Mr. Annan called on all sides to exercise “maximum restraint and to adhere to democratic principles, vital for the consolidation of democracy in Ukraine and the unity of the nation.” read more

Suncor posts lower operating earnings on refinery pipeline outages

Suncor posts lower operating earnings on refinery, pipeline outages AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press Posted Aug 1, 2013 8:35 am MDT CALGARY – Suncor Energy Inc. said maintenance downtime and pipeline outages had an impact on its second-quarter profits, which came in just shy of market expectations.Canada’s largest energy company on Wednesday posted operating earnings of $934 million or 62 cents per share, missing the average analyst estimate by a penny, according to Thomson Reuters.A year earlier, Suncor (TSX:SU) posted operating earnings of $1.25 billion, or 80 cents per share.Oilsands operations and refineries were taken down for planned maintenance work during the quarter. Production was further constrained when June flooding in Alberta caused pipeline outages.“Following these events, production at our oilsands operations has been restored, and we are currently seeing strong performance,” said CEO Steve Williams.Net earnings, which include unusual or one-time items, were $680 million, or 45 cents per share, compared to net earnings of $324 million, or 21 cents per share.A year earlier, Suncor took a $694-million writedown on a Syrian natural gas project. The company pulled its employees out of the Middle Eastern country when civil war broke out.Total production was 500,100 barrels per day during the second quarter, down from 542,400 a year earlier.In the oilsands, output averaged 276,600 barrels per day, compared to 309,200 barrels per day.Third-party outages reduced production by about 36,000 barrels per day.Earlier this year, Suncor said it was scrapping its Voyageur oilsands upgrader because of shifting market conditions.Burgeoning production of light oil from regions such as North Dakota means it no longer makes economic sense to invest billions into a facility to convert heavy oilsands crude into a lighter product refineries can handle.Suncor took a $1.49-billion writedown on Voyageur in the fourth quarter of 2012 and another $127 million in the first quarter of 2013.The Voyageur upgrader was part of a $1.75-billion partnership inked between Suncor and French energy giant Total S.A. in late 2010.A decision on whether to go ahead with the companies’ jointly-owned Fort Hills mine is expected during the fourth quarter, while it’s not known when the fate of their Joslyn oilsands mine will be decided.Suncor’s board also approved a quarterly dividend Wednesday of 20 cents per common share, payable Sept. 25.Suncor is Canada’s biggest energy company with a dominant position in Alberta’s oilsands. In addition to huge mining operations north of Fort McMurray, Alta., it has steam-driven projects at Firebag and MacKay River.In addition, Suncor has refineries in Edmonton, Montreal, Sarnia, Ont., and Commerce City, Colo. Those assets help shield Suncor from swings in commodity prices, as they translate into lower costs in that part of the business. read more

Throne speech led to uncertainty confusion in telecom says industry head

by David Friend, The Canadian Press Posted Oct 28, 2013 1:17 pm MDT Throne speech led to uncertainty, confusion in telecom, says industry head TORONTO – Ottawa’s recent promise to provide Canadians and telecom companies with more clarity about their wireless bills has resulted in the opposite, says the head of a lobbyist group.Bernard Lord, president and CEO of the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association, outlined several areas Monday where he believes the Conservative government has fallen short of explaining itself.“If anything, I think the speech from the throne led to more confusion and less answers,” he said during a speech at the Toronto Board of Trade.The throne speech on Oct. 16 included a plan by the government to “reduce roaming costs and networks within Canada,” an objective that didn’t outline a proposed solution, he said.“When the government talks about domestic roaming in the speech from the throne, I’m not sure what exactly that is,” Lord said. “I’m not sure they know what that is.”Lord, a former premier of New Brunswick and once head of Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s Bilingualism Committee, also cautioned that leaders shouldn’t overstep their boundaries, adding that he sees “a very limited role for government” when it comes to regulation of competition in the telecom industry.He said the government should reduce the fees it charges wireless carriers and ensure there is more spectrum — the radio waves needed to operate cellphones — be available to telecom companies. That, he said, would make it possible for wireless networks to support future demand from consumers’ smartphones, which use an increasing amount of data.According to the industry group, data consumption will be gobbled up at nine times the rate of last year by 2017, as more Canadians purchase smartphone devices. A typical smartphone consumes the same amount of wireless spectrum as about 50 “feature phones,” or the older models that were once common with most users.Last year, Ottawa decided to ease the rules on foreign investment for wireless companies with less than 10 per cent of the marketplace, paving the way for the entry of foreign companies.Lord took issue with some of the special advantages granted to foreign companies who operate in Canada, including an exception that allows foreign telecom companies to bid on more spectrum “blocks” than a domestic company.“We must close the loopholes before we open the borders,” he said.Recently, U.S. company Verizon had explored plans to open in Canada, but later decided against the prospects.While the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association represents the country’s biggest wireless carriers, Bell (TSX:BCE), Telus (TSX:T) and Rogers (TSX:RCI.B), several of the smaller telecom companies severed most ties with the association earlier this year over concerns their interests weren’t being met.Wind Mobile, Mobilicity and Public Mobile all yanked their support for the organization in April claiming that the group had a “consistent bias” that favoured the larger competitors. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

UN envoy welcomes move to allow independent checking of alleged violations of

“This will allow for better monitoring and reporting of grave violations committed against children so we can take action directly with perpetrators to stop these violations,” said the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, Leila Zerrougui.“The situation I witnessed in Syria is dire for children,” she added. “The immediate end to the violence and an inclusive peace is the only viable option, if we are to preserve the future generation of Syria’s children.”The UN official’s comments followed a four-day visit to Syria, which ended on Monday, and during which she engaged State authorities and the armed opposition on the issue of better protection of children.At least 20,000 people, mostly civilians, have been killed there since the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad began some 21 months ago. In addition, more than 2.5 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance, according to UN estimates.During her discussions with the Government, according to a news release from her office, Ms. Zerrougui raised strong concerns regarding the on-going fighting and its impact on children, especially the use of heavy weapons and the bombardment of populated areas. She also advocated for the proactive protection of schools and the prevention of their military use by Syrian Government forces and the opposition. “The events in the Al-Yarmouk camp in Damascus on Sunday, which resulted in the killing and injuring of Palestinian children, is just one example of the horrors that children continue to face each and every day in Syria,” the Special Representative said.According to the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) – which is the main provider of education, health, social and other basic services to five million registered Palestinian refugees across the region – Syrians and the over 150,000 Palestine refugees resident in Yarmouk, a suburb of Damascus where the camp is located, have experienced particularly intense armed engagements involving the use of heavy weapons and aircraft.“Credible reports point to civilian deaths, injuries and destruction of property in Yarmouk,” the UN agency said on Monday. “There are also waves of significant displacement as Yarmouk residents, including UNRWA staff and their families, scramble to seek safety as the armed conflict persists.”The Special Representative’s office noted that earlier this year, the Syrian Government’s forces were, for the first time, added to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s ‘list of shame’ of those who recruit and use children, kill and maim, commit sexual violence or attack schools and hospitals.The so-called ‘list of shame’ is contained in the UN chief’s yearly report to the Security Council on children and armed conflict, and gives an overview of the grave violations committed against girls and boys in conflict zones, and the main perpetrators of such acts, as well as measures taken for the protection of children.The Special Representative’s office noted that the United Nations has also received reports of the Syrian armed opposition using children as spies, porters and for other purposes in their operations. Although the current security situation did not allow Ms. Zerrougui to personally meet the armed opposition, she contacted two armed opposition commanders to raise allegations of association of children with the opposition, and to deplore terror tactics by certain units which have taken the lives of innocent civilians, including children, over the past months. “Our eyes will stay on the opposition to see whether they are serious in the commitment made to protect girls and boys,” she added. During her visit, the Special Representative also met in Damascus and Homs, as well as the Al-Yarmouk camp, with internally displaced and refugee children who were in need of protection as well as food, medicine and shelter in the winter months to come. read more

Enmore father of 2 trailed from bank shot robbed by armed

Injured: Terry ChandA 38-year-old father of two is in a private city hospital after he was shot and robbed on Wednesday while returning to work in the vicinity of Foulis, East Coast Demerara.The injured man has been identified as Terry Chand, an electrical contractor of Enmore, East Coast Demerara (ECD).Based on information received, the incident occurred at around 13:30hrs.INews was told that Chand reportedly visited a commercial bank located in Triumph, ECD to cash a cheque to the tune of $800,000.After completing his transaction, police say that it appeared as though the man was trailed by two bandits, on a motorcycle with no registration plates, to his place of work.Just before Chand could enter the compound, he was reportedly ambushed by one of the two perpetrators, and apprehended.The men allegedly ordered the 38-year-old to hand over his bag containing the cash and when he [Chand] refused, one of the bandits reportedly shot once at him before fleeing the scene, with money in hand.The bullet reportedly grazed the back of the man’s head, barely missing his skull.Chand was immediately rushed to the medical facility. His condition is listed as stable.Investigators have retrieved a spent shell at the scene. No arrests have been made at this time. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedUPDATE: Fisherman shot, robbed of $7M at Cove and JohnFebruary 9, 2018In “Crime”Doctor, auto body technician shot and robbed by trailing banditDecember 20, 2018In “Crime”Bandits snatch $6M after trailing businesswoman from bankFebruary 1, 2017In “Crime” read more

Four in court on murder charges over Leicester house fire

first_imgUpdated at 9.10pmFOUR PEOPLE – INCLUDING a boy aged 16 have appeared in court in Leicester today, each charged with four counts of murder in relation to the house fire that  killed the family of Dublin-based neurosurgeon Muhammad Taufiq al Sattar.The doctor’s wife Shehnila, their 19-year-old daughter Zainab, and teenage sons Jamal (15) and Bilal (17), died in the early hours of 13 September after a blaze broke out at their home.According to Sky News, the four accused appeared at Leicester Magistrates Court this morning, confirming their names, ages and addresses in a hearing lasting under three minutes.Jackson Powell (19), Nathaniel Mullings (19), Shaun Carter (24) and the 16-year-old youth – who cannot be named for legal reasons – were remanded in custody to appear again this coming Tuesday.Another man, 18-year-old Kemo Anthony Porter, has also been charged with murder in connection with the case, and is due to appear in court again next Friday.This article was originally posted at 2.28pmRead: Muhammad Taufiq Al Sattar: ‘The words of the Quran have given me strength’ >Read: Teenager charged over fire that killed family of Dublin-based doctor >last_img read more

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Semaphore comes alive

first_imgThe 2013 Greek Cultural Festival will be held in Semaphore this weekend at the foreshore adjacent to the jetty. For the whole weekend you can enjoy Greek food, dancing and music as South Australia puts on a celebration of all things Greek. There will be guest performers including comedian Effie Stephanides. With rides for the kids, this is a free event all the family can enjoy.Where: Semaphore Foreshore, SA When: Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 January Cost: Free Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Small Greek tech firm bought out by Samsung

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram A small Greek tech firm specialising in text-to-speech messaging was acquired by Samsung last week, in a move which was hailed as proof of Greece’s status as fertile ground for investment in technology and innovation. The South Korean giant bought all shares of the small company for an undisclosed sum.Founded in 2006 by four Greek scientists and managed by Emilios Halamandaris, Innoetics developed text-to-speech technologies, which are in high demand at the moment. Hence the interest from the South Korean tech giant which is believed to be going to use the Greek company’s software in future ventures, which will help its positioning against competitors such as Apple and Google. As for Halamandaris and the Innoetics staff of seven, they are now part of the Samsung staff and will continue developing the Innoetics technology.last_img read more

Les chercheurs découvrent des cellules productrices dovules

first_imgLes chercheurs découvrent des cellules productrices d’ovulesDes scientifiques américains ont démontré l’existence de cellules ovariennes capables de produire des ovules ou ovocytes chez la femme. Depuis des dizaines d’années, on pensait que la femme n’avait qu’une réserve d’ovules fixe et non renouvelée.C’est un dogme généralement admis depuis de nombreuses années qui s’effondre, huit ans après avoir déjà été ébranlé. En effet, des chercheurs américains du Massachusetts General Hospital viennent de démontrer l’existence de cellules souches ovariennes capables de produire des ovules chez la femme. Or, depuis des décennies, les scientifiques considéraient que les petites filles naissaient avec une réserve fixe d’ovules et qu’aucun renouvellement, ni production n’intervenait au cours de leur vie. Ainsi, avec l’âge, cette fameuse réserve s’amenuisait pour finir totalement épuisée au moment de la ménopause.Une théorie que la découverte publiée dans la revue Nature medicine remet donc sérieusement en question. Mais ce n’est pas la première fois que des doutes sont émis. En 2004, les chercheurs du Massachusetts General Hospital avaient déjà avancé que les souris femelles conservaient la capacité de produire des ovocytes au cours de leur vie adulte. Mais les travaux avaient suscité un grand scepticisme de la part des scientifiques qui arguaient que ceux-ci avaient été conduits chez la souris et que les recherches pouvaient comporter certaines failles. C’était sans compter la détermination de Jonathan Tilly et son équipe qui viennent de confirmer leur thèse controversée et sont même allés au delà. Pour cela, ils ont mis au point un nouveau protocole très précis qui a consisté à isoler des cellules souches germinales humaines dans des ovaires humains. Une fois isolées, celles-ci ont été marquées avec une protéine fluorescente verte puis injectées dans du tissu ovarien humain biopsié. Ensuite, ce tissu a été greffé sous la peau de souris. Un espoir dans le traitement de l’infertilité À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?En deux semaines, les chercheurs ont alors constaté un bourgeonnement d’ovocytes dont certains étaient marqués par la fluorescence verte. Un signe qui indique que les cellules découlaient bien des cellules souches injectées dans le tissu ovarien. Les autres qui ne portaient pas cette marque, suggèrent qu’il étaient déjà présents dans le tissu avant la greffe. “Le premier objectif de cette étude était de prouver que des cellules souches productrices d’ovocytes existent bien dans les ovaires des femmes durant leur vie reproductrice, ce que nous pensons avoir démontré très clairement”, a commenté Jonathan Tilly cité par l’AFP. Pour l’heure, des travaux restent nécessaires pour évaluer la viabilité de ces ovocytes comparés à ceux produits avant la naissance et pour comprendre les mécanismes de ce développement. Toutefois, la découverte ouvre d’ores et déjà de nouvelles perspectives capitales. Alors que de très nombreuses femmes voient leurs capacités de reproduction réduites, notamment à cause de maladie, ces résultats représentent un véritable espoir. “Cette découverte ouvre la voie au développement de technologies totalement nouvelles pour combattre l’infertilité chez les femmes et peut-être même retarder la survenue de l’insuffisance ovarienne”, a estimé Jonathan Tilly.Le 27 février 2012 à 10:22 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Cyclist Obliterates Iditarod Trail Invitational Record

first_imgMost speed records are broken by seconds or minutes. Wednesday, a Fairbanks cyclist demolished the Iditarod Trail Invitational record by almost a full week.Download AudioAfter pedaling almost 1,000 miles from Knik Lake to Nome, Jeff Oatly rolled across the finish at 4:53pm Wednesday, totaling 10 days, 2 hours, and 53 minutes. The previous record was 17 days and 2 hours.“It’s fun. I had a great time the whole time,” Oatly said. “There was not a lot of times out there when I was thinking I wish I was at my desk doing work. I was having a blast.”This was Oatly’s first race all the way to Nome. But Oatly is no rookie. He’s completed the 350-mile route to McGrath 10 times. Only this year he rode with a different goal in mind.“The mentality going in it is, I’m going to get to Nome. No matter what. I’ll get to Nome,” he said.Oatly is not the only one who broke a record this year. So did Heather Best, Oatly’s wife. Best completed the 350-miles to McGrath in 2 days, 13 hours, and 14 minutes, undercutting the shortest time in the women’s division by over 27 hours. This year’s shattering speeds are attributed to the lack of fresh snow. Dirt and ice—a lot of it glare ice— covered most of the trail, and the snow that did appear was mostly hard-packed. Oatly says, the trail offered little reason to slow down or dismount, an option he welcomed when it came along.“I was not unhappy when I had to get off a few times to walk up hills and things like that. I didn’t want any snow to slow me down, because I was enjoying going fast,” he said. “But when you never get off the bike, when you’re just riding fast all the time, you get to the point where everything hurts from that, too. So it’s nice to change things up and get off the bike and walk.”But this toll, Oatly says, is only temporary. “Well, you do it for fun. It’s a recreation, you know. And stress isn’t necessarily a bad thing. On the body or mental stress,” he said. “It’s just sort of a state that you’re in, and then you have to recover from.”Though racers who complete the Invitational to Nome travel almost 1,000 miles of Alaska’s wilderness, winners receive no prizes, no money, no compensation. But Oatly says the race itself is its own purse.“Like life is very simple when you’re doing that kind of racing. You’re just riding and eating and sleeping. And that’s it. And it has a very nice rhythm, and it’s fun. And you’re out in just awesome, incredible scenery,” Oatly said. “And you get out here to the coast…but it’s so stunningly beautiful, and it’s just so hostile. I mean the wind just seems like it’s just eating at you from every direction all the time. It’s an experience. It’s fun.”And as far as shattering records goes, well, Oatly remains unfazed.“I mean, people can say whatever they want. It’s just a record. It’ll get broken eventually,” he said.Sixteen competitors remain on the trail to Nome. Eleven are on bikes and four on foot. They come from seven different countries.last_img read more

SC disavows Khaleda orphanage trust case plea

first_imgKhaleda ZiaThe Appellate Division of the Supreme Court on Sunday upheld the High Court order rejecting BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia’s appeal seeking reinvestigation into a part of Zia Orphanage Graft case against her, reports news agency UNB.A four-member bench, led by chief justice Surendra Kumar Sinha, passed the order after hearing a leave to appeal filed by Khaleda’s lawyer, AJ Mohammad Ali, a former attorney general, challenging the High Court order.Khurshid Alam Khan, an Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) lawyer, said the Appellate Division with some observations rejected the leave to appeal, which will be disclosed later after receiving the full copy of the order.With the latest order, there remains no bar to the continuation of trial proceedings of the case against Khaleda by the lower court.Earlier on 9 March this year, the HC rejected Khaleda’s prayer seeking a fresh probe into a part of Zia Orphanage corruption case against her that she filed on 1 March.The ACC filed the graft case on 3 July, 2008 accusing Khaleda, her elder son Tarique Rahman and four others for misappropriating over Tk 21 million that was received as grants for orphans via a foreign bank.last_img read more

Former FBI Director Comey Compares Trump To Mob Boss Trump Cries Slime

first_img Share Firing back at a sharply critical book by former FBI director James Comey, President Donald Trump blasted him Friday as an “untruthful slime ball,” saying, “It was my great honor to fire James Comey!”Trump reacted on Twitter early Friday, the day after the emergence of details from Comey’s memoir, which says Trump is “untethered to truth,” and describes him as fixated in the early days of his presidency on having the FBI debunk salacious rumors he said were untrue but that could distress his wife.The book, “A Higher Loyalty,” is to be released next week. The Associated Press purchased a copy this week.In the book, Comey compares Trump to a mafia don and calls his leadership of the country “ego driven and about personal loyalty.”Comey also reveals new details about his interactions with Trump and his own decision-making in handling the Hillary Clinton email investigation before the 2016 election. He casts Trump as a mobster-like figure who sought to blur the line between law enforcement and politics and tried to pressure him personally regarding his investigation into Russian election interference.The book adheres closely to Comey’s public testimony and written statements about his contacts with Trump and his growing concern about Trump’s integrity. It also includes strikingly personal jabs at Trump that appear sure to irritate the president.The 6-foot-8 Comey describes Trump as shorter than he expected with a “too long” tie and “bright white half-moons” under his eyes that he suggests came from tanning goggles. He also says he made a conscious effort to check the president’s hand size, saying it was “smaller than mine but did not seem unusually so.”“Donald Trump’s presidency threatens much of what is good in this nation,” Comey writes, calling the administration a “forest fire” that can’t be contained by ethical leaders within the government.On a more-personal level, Comey describes Trump repeatedly asking him to consider investigating an allegation involving Trump and Russian prostitutes urinating on a bed in a Moscow hotel, in order to prove it was a lie. Trump has strongly denied the allegation, and Comey says that it appeared the president wanted it investigated to reassure his wife, Melania Trump.Trump fired Comey in May 2017, setting off a scramble at the Justice Department that led to the appointment of Robert Mueller as special counsel overseeing the Russia investigation. Mueller’s probe has expanded to include whether Trump obstructed justice by firing Comey, which the president denies.Trump has assailed Comey as a “showboat” and a “liar.” Top White House aides also criticized the fired FBI director on Friday. White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders questioned Comey’s credibility in a tweet and White House counselor Kellyanne Conway said Comey took “unnecessary, immature pot shots.”Comey’s account lands at a particularly sensitive moment for Trump and the White House. Officials there describe the president as enraged over a recent FBI raid of his personal lawyer’s home and office, raising the prospect that he could fire Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who appointed Mueller, or try to shut down the probe on his own. The Republican National Committee is poised to lead the pushback effort against Comey by launching a website and supplying surrogates with talking points that question his credibility. Trump has said he fired Comey because of his handling of the FBI’s investigation into Clinton’s email practices. Trump used the investigation as a cudgel in the campaign and repeatedly said Clinton should be jailed for using a personal email system while serving as secretary of state. Democrats, on the other hand, have accused Comey of politicizing the investigation, and Clinton herself has said it hurt her election prospects.Comey writes that he regrets his approach and some of the wording he used in his July 2016 press conference in which he announced the decision not to prosecute Clinton. But he says he believes he did the right thing by going before the cameras and making his statement, noting that the Justice Department had done so in other high profile cases.Every person on the investigative team, Comey writes, found that there was no prosecutable case against Clinton and that the FBI didn’t find that she lied under its questioning.He also reveals new details about how the government had unverified classified information that he believes could have been used to cast doubt on Attorney General Loretta Lynch’s independence in the Clinton probe. While Comey does not outline the details of the information — and says he didn’t see indications of Lynch inappropriately influencing the investigation — he says it worried him that the material could be used to attack the integrity of the probe and the FBI’s independence.Comey’s book will be heavily scrutinized by the president’s legal team looking for any inconsistencies between it and his public testimony, under oath, before Congress. They will be looking to impeach Comey’s credibility as a key witness in Mueller’s obstruction investigation, which the president has cast as a political motivated witch hunt.The former FBI director provides new details of his firing. He writes that then-Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly — now Trump’s chief of staff — offered to quit out of disgust at how Comey was dismissed. Kelly has been increasingly marginalized in the White House and the president has mused to confidants about firing him.Comey also writes extensively about his first meeting with Trump after the election, a briefing in January 2017 at Trump Tower in New York City. Others in the meeting included Vice President Mike Pence, Trump’s first chief of staff, Reince Priebus, Michael Flynn, who would become national security adviser, and incoming press secretary, Sean Spicer. Comey was also joined by NSA Director Mike Rogers, CIA Director John Brennan and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper.After Clapper briefed the team on the intelligence community’s findings of Russian election interference, Comey writes, he was taken aback by what the Trump team didn’t ask.“They were about to lead a country that had been attacked by a foreign adversary, yet they had no questions about what the future Russian threat might be,” Comey writes. Instead, he writes, they launched into a strategy session about how to “spin what we’d just told them” for the public.Comey says he had flashbacks to his time investigating the Italian Mafia as a federal prosecutor in Manhattan, thinking that Trump “was trying to make us all part of the same family.”“For my entire career, intelligence was a thing of mine and political spin a thing of yours. Team Trump wanted to change that,” he writes. Alex Brandon/APFormer FBI Director James Comey, who re-emerged on the public stage Monday through Twitter, appears at a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in June.last_img read more

Augmenix Announces Publication of SpaceOAR Hydrogel Pivotal Clinical Study Results

first_img 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 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. Related Content Image courtesy of Imago Systems News | Radiation Therapy | August 16, 2019 Drug Accelerates Blood System’s Recovery After Radiation, Chemotherapy A drug developed by UCLA physician-scientists and chemists speeds up the regeneration of mouse and human blood stem… read more Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more 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 The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RADcenter_img News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more 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 | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins read more News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a… 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 News | Prostate Cancer | April 01, 2016 Augmenix Announces Publication of SpaceOAR Hydrogel Pivotal Clinical Study Results Study demonstrates safety, excellent patient tolerance and improved patient outcomes in men undergoing prostate cancer radiotherapy 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. The multi-year… read more April 1, 2016 — Augmenix Inc. announced the publication of the SpaceOAR System U.S. Clinical Trial results of the application technique and impact on prostate intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT).Designed to act as a temporary spacer, the absorbable hydrogel pushes the rectum away from the prostate and reduces rectal radiation injury in men undergoing prostate cancer radiotherapy.Published in the March issue of Urology Practice, an official journal of the American Urological Association (AUA), the paper describes outcomes in a randomized, controlled Level 1 clinical trial evaluating IMRT in prostate cancer patients with (SpaceOAR) and without (control) the prostate-rectum spacing hydrogel.“The simple concept of an absorbable spacer improving prostate radiotherapy outcomes makes so much sense,” said Lawrence I. Karsh, M.D., director of research and attending urologist, The Urology Center of Colorado and a study investigator. “I insist on the best care for my patients, and knowing this tool is now available increases my confidence in achieving excellent radiotherapy outcomes.”Between 2010 and 2013, 222 patients with stage T1 or T2 prostate cancer were enrolled in 20 centers across the United States. Either local, monitored or general anesthesia was used in an outpatient procedure to implant the hydrogel spacer. Patient tolerance of the spacer implantation procedure was deemed excellent, with only 10 percent of the SpaceOAR patients experiencing mild transient effects (e.g. transient perineal discomfort). The hydrogel spacer increased the prostate-rectum space by an average of 11mm (1.6 to 12.6mm), resulting in a significantly reduced radiation dose to the rectum with no signs of altering the prostate dose or increasing dose elsewhere. Median rectal (v70) radiation dose was decreased by 78 percent in SpaceOAR patients relative to control (p<0.0001).As anticipated, the reduced rectal radiation improved outcomes. Patients in the SpaceOAR group experienced 76 percent less acute rectal pain events, a 71 percent reduction in the incidence of late rectal toxicity, and significant reductions in late rectal toxicity severity. In addition, patients in the SpaceOAR group experienced lower rates of decline in bowel quality of life.The hydrogel spacer was absorbed when evaluated 12 months after implantation and there were no implant infections, rectal wall complications or other issues related to the implant.The device received clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in April 2015. Augmenix will showcase the SpaceOAR System at the 111th AUA Annual Meeting, taking place May 6 - 10 in San Diego.For more information: www.augmenix.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享last_img read more