Kenneth JacksonAPTN National NewsAn Algonquin grandmother learned Tuesday she won’t be getting custody back of her two granddaughters after the Ontario Court of Appeal ruled the children should stay with their non-Aboriginal foster family where they are “thriving.”The grandmother was supported by the Algonquins of Pikwakanagan to have the children, under 10 years old, returned to her care after the Children’s Aid Society removed them about five years ago on July 24, 2009 in the Ottawa, Ont. area.They’ve been with their foster family for almost all of that time and the court found removing them may cause undue harm.“The children are doing well in school and are happy and comfortable with the (foster family). By all accounts, they are thriving,” the appeal court said its ruling.It’s illegal for APTN National News to name the children under care of CAS, or their grandmother.The CAS removed the kids from their grandmother because she allowed unsupervised visits with their mother, who they say was an alcoholic. They also determined the grandmother wasn’t capable to care for the kids because she was overwhelmed over a failed relationship at the time.When “protection workers” apprehended the children one sister was found alone in a home with her mother.“The residence was in a state of disarray. There were soiled dishes on the counters and dirty clothes throughout. It was cluttered and chaotic,” the court said.The little girl was sitting on bare mattress, alone in the dark, with her knees pulled up to her chest.She was rocking back and forth crying.Her mother, who wasn’t allowed unsupervised visits, was the only person there.A three-month custodial apprehension was put in place to allow for the grandmother to “stabilize her life” that went uncontested.Multiple times CAS approached Algonquins of Pikwakanagan to find a suitable First Nations home, but none could be found.The sisters were placed with their current foster family in March 2010.A first custody trial kept the children with the foster parents.In 2012, the Algonquins of Pikwakanagan found a suitable home for the girls.A second trial was ordered.Between the first and second trial the grandmother was assaulted twice and her house seriously damaged by fire. When first responders arrived she admitted she’d been “heavily drinking.”After the second trial, that also kept the children with the foster parents, the grandmother was allowed visits.She’s been sober since February and promised the court the sister’s mother wouldn’t be allowed unsupervised visits; after all she is in jail according to the ruling.Experts testified at the second trial that the sisters identify their foster family as their parents.Chief Kirby Whiteduck testified then too.Whiteduck said removing Aboriginal children from their “communities leads to alcoholism, violence, suicide, anger and resentment.”The court heard the foster family has made efforts to show the girls their Aboriginal culture.The grandmother and band believed the trial judge was in error by not taking into account the girl’s Aboriginal culture, but the appeal court disagreed.“He was aware of the need to consider the least disruptive placement having regard to these considerations,” the ruling states. “That the children are thriving confirms the wisdom of the trial judge’s decision.”The grandmother is still allowed visits and the foster family is not looking to adopt the children.“The children are doing well with the (foster family) and want to continue a relationship with their grandmother. The CAS is currently facilitating access and should continue to do so. Adoption is not contemplated, so access is always subject to status review,” the ruling email@example.com
Category: gykfyfoqloyifjyi Moroccos National Economic Growth Reached 38 in Q1FY17
Rabat – Far from being exceptional, the growth of the national economy was fairly sustained in the first quarter of 2017. According to the High Commission for Planning (HCP), the recovery of the National Accounts showed an improvement in growth of 3.8 percent, compared to 1.6 percent over the same period in 2016.This growth is due in particular to the significant rebound in agricultural activity, which reached 14.2 percent by the end of March 2017 compared to the 10.9 percent decrease a year ago. After an acute decline of 9.1 percent in the first quarter of 2016, seasonally adjusted primary sector value added in volume increased by 12.1 percent over the same period in 2017, noted the HCP in its latest briefing note on the national economic situation in Q1FY17.At current prices, GDP grew by 4.1 percent. As a result, the increase in the general price level was 0.3 percent instead of 0.1 percent as seen the previous year. Nonetheless, the value added of non-agricultural activities marked a modest increase of 2.4 percent, the same rate as in the first quarter of 2016.The value added of the service sector grew by 3 percent in the first quarter of the current year, instead of 2.4 percent in the same quarter of 2016, noted the HCP. Almost all components of the sector were able to generate positive growth, with the most remarkable increase being observed in hotels and restaurants at 7.7 percent. By contrast, the value added of the secondary sector experienced a slowdown in its growth rate this year, falling from 2 percent in Q1FY16 to 1.7 percent.The HCP explain this slight decrease by the poor growth of the value added in the sector activities, and by a drop in electricity and water activities, as well as construction and public works. Exports of goods and services also fell, to 4.6 percent in the first quarter of 2017 from 6.3 percent in the previous year. Imports did grow, but this was at a considerably slower rate of 7 percent compared to 12.5 percent in 2016.As a consequence of these results, the HCP explained that external trade in goods and services was continuing to make a negative contribution to growth at -1.4 points, but this is less acute when compared to Q1FY16, when it settled at -3 points.Given that the increase in national final consumption by value was 4.2 percent, national savings amounted to 26.7 percent of GDP instead of 27.3 percent in the first quarter of 2016.In addition, and given the sharp increase in gross investment to 32.1 percent of GDP instead of 29.6 percent, the financing requirement of the national economy increased to 5.4 percent of GDP in the first quarter of 2017 instead of 2.3 percent a year ago.
Category: gykfyfoqloyifjyi Sri Lankas first satellite Raavana 1 released into orbit
Officials from the Sri Lankan Embassy in Japan were at JAXA to witness the launch. The BIRDS-3 satellites from Japan, Nepal and Sri Lanka were taken to the International space station (ISS) and boarded onto the Antares rocket and launched in April.The satellite was designed and built at the Kyushu Institute of Technology in Japan by Sri Lankan research engineers Tharindu Dayaratne and Dulani Chamika from the Arthur C.Clarke Institute, Moratuwa. <span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span> The satellite was launched into space in April from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility on Virginia’s East Shore. Its camera mission is to take pictures of Sri Lanka and its neighbouring countries. Its Lora Demonstration Mission is to validate the module to be used to data download next satellites. The Attitude Determination and Control Mission of ‘Ravaana 1’ involves the team trying to reduce the angular velocity of the satellite using magnetic torquers.‘Raavana 1’ weights around 1.05 kg and the lifespan of the satellite is around one and a half years. (Colombo Gazette) Sri Lanka’s first satellite ‘Raavana 1’ was released into orbit today from the International space station (ISS).The release was broadcast live on YouTube by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA).
Category: gykfyfoqloyifjyi Negotiators open monthlong talks on protocol to bioweapons treaty
The meeting of the Ad Hoc Group of States Parties to the Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production and Stockpiling of Bacteriological (Biological) and Toxin Weapons and on their Destruction aims to finalize a verification protocol to the treaty.The Group is mandated to complete negotiations on the protocol “as soon as possible” before the Convention’s next Review Conference, which is scheduled to take place from 19 November to 7 December. The Biological Weapons Convention was the first treaty in history to ban an entire category of weapons of mass destruction. It opened for signature on 10 April 1972 and came into force on 26 March 1975, after 22 governments ratified it. Currently, under the treaty, 143 States have committed themselves not to develop, produce or possess biological and toxic weapons.
Category: gykfyfoqloyifjyi UN envoy urges Palestinian unity to resolve electricity crisis in Gaza
“All in Gaza must share the burden by paying their bills. It is the poorest Palestinians in Gaza who pay the price for exceptions and privileges that others enjoy,” said Nickolay Mladenov, the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process.He urged the “defacto authorities” in Gaza to ensure that collection rates are improved and that revenue collected in Gaza is returned to the “legitimate Palestinian authorities” in order to keep fuel and electricity supply flowing.According to media reports, the two factions have been fighting over unpaid bills and taxes, forcing the local energy authority to shut down power. Mr. Mladenov noted that Palestinians in Gaza have lived in a protracted humanitarian crisis and should not be held hostage by disagreements, divisions and closures.“The social, economic and political consequences of this impending energy crisis should not be underestimated,” he stressed.The UN envoy said the international community can finance and support investment in upgrading the electrical grid “but it cannot do it alone.” He urged the Palestinian Government to facilitate buying fuel for the Gaza Power plant, and voiced support for reforming the Gaza Electricity Distribution Company.He also called on Israeli authorities to facilitate the entry of materials for repairs and maintenance of the power grid and plant, and noted the need to also upgrade Egyptian power lines.
Category: gykfyfoqloyifjyi UN expert urges two Koreas to discuss human rights
The Republic of Korea’s new President has proposed the resumption of dialogue with the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) on military and humanitarian issues.“While I welcome the initiative by the administration of President Moon Jae-in to resume dialogue, it is important that that engagement serves as a platform for North Korea to discuss ways to improve human rights,” said Tomás Ojea Quintana, the Special Rapporteur on human rights in DPRK.During his five-day mission to Seoul, from 17 to 21 July, the Special Rapporteur met senior Government officials as well as representatives of civil society and other groups. His requests for access to the North have not been granted. The Special Rapporteur reiterated his deep concern about human rights violations in the North, including allegations of arbitrary detention, human trafficking and enforced disappearances, as well as sexual and gender-based violence against women detained in holding centres in the border areas. “The information I have been receiving points to different violations that continue to affect the lives of ordinary North Koreans and even foreigners,” he said.Pyongyang has recently rejected a call by Seoul to resume family reunions, which have not been held for two years, after DPRK resumed nuclear tests and long-range missile launches. The Special Rapporteur met with a man who wishes to return to DPRK where his wife and son live, despite the risk of being punished for leaving for ROK three years ago. “If anything, these cases highlight the complexity of the family separation issue that started 70 years ago, and the fact that it continues to take new forms and affect people in the Korean peninsula in profound ways,” he said.The expert highlighted a surge in the number of Koreans from the North caught in China. They are detained or sent back. Usually harsh labour sentences await them upon their return. “North Koreans who leave their country are caught in a horrendous cycle of physical and psychological violence, and I received information that some take their own lives when they find out that they are scheduled for repatriation,” said Mr. Ojea Quintana. The expert noted that China has a responsibility to abide by the principle of non-refoulement in international law. “I appeal to the Government of China to halt the policy, protect those in custody and engage with my mandate and with relevant UN agencies to think of alternatives,” he stressed. The Special Rapporteur will report his findings and recommendations to the UN General Assembly in October 2017. Special Rapporteurs and independent experts are appointed by the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council to examine and report back on a specific human rights theme or a country situation. The positions are honorary and the experts are not UN staff, nor are they paid for their work.
Category: gykfyfoqloyifjyi The consumer watchdog will probe suspected anticompetitive conduct in the ticket industry
Take me to Fora The consumer watchdog will probe ‘suspected anti-competitive conduct’ in the ticket industry The CCPC has launched a full investigation into the sector. Image: PA Archive/PA Images Image: PA Archive/PA Images 10,041 Views Jan 26th 2017, 2:11 PM Thursday 26 Jan 2017, 2:11 PM Share Tweet Email2 Short URL http://jrnl.ie/3206624 22 Comments By Fora Staff Get Fora’s NEW daily digest of the morning’s key business news: IRELAND’S CONSUMER WATCHDOG has launched a full investigation into suspected anti-competitive conduct in the ticketing industry.The Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC) said the investigation will look into suspected breaches of competition law in relation to the provision of tickets and the management of ticketing services for live events.The investigation will primarily focus on possible anti-competitive conduct by operators that include any firms involved in providing tickets and ticketing services, as well as promoters and venues.The CCPC would not confirm which organisations will be subject to investigation.However, Fora understands that the probe will involve a thorough examination of Ireland’s main service providers and main promoters in the industry.As part of the investigation, the CCPC has issued summonses for witnesses and put out formal requirements for information to several parties that are involved in the sector.The competition and consumer watchdog is also looking for parties in the area of ticket services that may have access to information that is relevant to the investigation.The CCPC was set up in 2002 to run the rule over merger and acquisition deals and judge if any such deals could harm the competitiveness of a sector.Written by Killian Woods and posted on Fora.ie Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Category: gykfyfoqloyifjyi He wanted to save the world Mother leads tributes to Irish aid
Michael Ryan. Image: WFP/Facebook Michael Ryan. https://jrnl.ie/4534218 22,698 Views Image: WFP/Facebook Share504 Tweet Email4 ‘He wanted to save the world’: Mother leads tributes to Irish aid worker who died in air crash He was killed in an Ethiopian Airlines crash over the weekend. Mar 11th 2019, 8:35 AM Short URL 11 Comments THE MOTHER OF an Irish aid worker who died in an air crash over the weekend has paid tribute to her son, saying he was an “amazing” person who lived to help others.Christine Ryan paid tribute to her son Michael on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland.Michael Ryan was Deputy Chief Engineer at the United Nations’ World Food Programme. Originally from Clare, he lived in Cork but had recently relocated to the programme’s Rome headquarters.He was killed in an Ethiopian Airlines crash over the weekend.Christine – a retired teacher – said that the family was in shock at Michael’s death. He leaves behind a wife and two young children. “He was an amazing person we just can’t believe… we still can’t come to terms with this,” she said. Monday 11 Mar 2019, 8:35 AM His wife Naoise and his children, everybody’s just devastated, nobody can believe that this has happened it’s very difficult to come to terms with it.Christine described Michael as a man who had a “marvellous vision” for the world and always worked hard to achieve that.“He was a very enthusiastic person, he had a great vision, he had ferocious work, he believed in engineering, putting people first and he was involved in an awful lot of different projects worldwide,” she said. These projects ranged from flood reliefs and landslides to helping combat the spread of Ebola and assisting Rohingya Muslims. Michael’s work took him to Afghanistan, Pakistan and Sudan among many other countries.“He had a marvellous vision and he just got there and did it and he had great enthusiasm with regards to work,” Christine said. It’s just unreal. We’re finding it very difficult to come to grips with it really. She said her son wanted to save the world and an amazing vision. “He wanted to really basically to save the world as far as he was concerned and he had a vision for that and he just seemed to put all his energies in and do that,” she said.FamilyChristine said that Michael’s family appreciated what he was doing and supported him, and whenever he was home it was “all hands on deck”.“[He] brought his children off surfing or golfing in Lahinch or whatever. He just loved west Clare as well and he loved Lahinch and he loved life and living,” she said.He had such enthusiasm for anything he really set his mind to whether it was work or family he was a continually enthusiastic person. Christine said that she had heard of the air crash in the news, but didn’t realise that her son was onboard until she was contacted by his wife, Naoise. “I knew he was going on a flight to Nairobi but I didn’t really realise he was on the flight that crashed until Naoise his wife contacted me and told me that he was definitely on that flight,” she said. “And I had heard that the flight had gone down but I didn’t realise he was on it until Naoise contacted me.I was hoping that he wasn’t on that flight that he might have been on a different one.The family were all due to travel to Rome next week to celebrate Michael’s 40th birthday on 28 March and for the christening of his young son.Crash The Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 crashed yesterday morning en route from Addis Ababa to Nairobi in Kenya with 149 passengers and eight crew believed to be onboard.The plane crashed soon after take off, outside the Ethiopian capital.Johnny Hegarty – of the Save Cork City campaign group – was a friend of Michael’s and spoke on Cork’s 96fm Opinion Line with PJ Coogan this morning.“Mick was doing good around the world which was great. That’s what drove him really, I think in his life – to do good,” he said.“He really thought about people as being the benefactors of everything that was done. And I suppose that’s what makes it very tragic because he was often at risk in his work for the UN.He saved countless lives, hundreds, maybe thousands and thousands of lives in his work.Hegarty said that Michael used engineering to help people all across the world. Taoiseach Leo Varadkar paid tribute to Ryan last night. “Our thoughts tonight are with families of all those lost in the Ethiopian Airlines crash, including Irish engineer Michael Ryan,” Varadkar said in a tweet.Michael was doing life-changing work in Africa with the World Food Programme. Deepest sympathies to family, colleagues & friends.President Michael D Higgins also expressed his sadness and sympathies over the lives lost in the crash.“In particular I wish to extend my deepest sympathies to the family of Michael Ryan, whose work in humanitarian assistance for the World Food Programme brought him onto the flight,” Higgins said. On my own behalf and behalf of the Irish people, I send my deepest sympathies to President Sahle-Work Zewde, to the families of the victims and to the people of Ethiopia, and the Ethiopian community who live here in Ireland. By Cormac Fitzgerald Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Category: gykfyfoqloyifjyi La mer Morte sondée pour éclairer lhistoire de la Terre
La mer Morte sondée pour éclairer l’histoire de la Terre Une équipe de scientifiques internationale a récemment commencé des opérations de forage sous la mer Morte. Un projet qui vise à extraire des matériaux qui, les chercheurs l’espèrent, permettront d’éclairer 500.000 ans d’histoire de la Terre.Les couches de sédiments qui se sont déposées durant des millions d’années dans le sous-sol de cette région, la plus basse sur Terre, pourraient en effet fournir des données importantes sur l’activité sismique et les changements climatiques des 500.000 dernières années, expliquent les chercheurs. Comme le souligne l’Académie israélienne des Sciences et des Lettres, citée par l’AFP, “les sédiments constituent des archives sur les conditions environnementales qui existaient dans le patrimoine géologique de la région”.À lire aussiCette vidéo retrace l’évolution de nos ancêtres en moins de 2 minutesUn forage de 1.200 mètres doit être réalisé dans le bassin septentrional de la mer Morte afin d’extraire une fine tranche du sol. Cette carotte sera alors analysée par des scientifiques spécialisés dans la recherche sur le climat, et des chimistes, qui étudieront les changements survenus tout au long de l’Histoire.”Nous pensons que les résultats de ces recherches auront d’importantes conséquences dans de nombreux domaines de la science et de l’environnement, et apportera des éclaircissements sur de nouvelles ressources naturelles”, ont souligné dans un communiqué commun Zvi Ben-Avraham, professeur à l’université de Tel-Aviv, et Moti Stein, du Bureau d’études géologiques d’Israël. “En outre, une étude historique des données hydrologiques et environnementales de la mer Morte participera à une meilleure compréhension du mystère de l’évolution culturelle de l’Homme dans cette contrée”, poursuivent-ils.Financièrement soutenu par le Programme international de forage scientifique continental, ce projet qui devrait s’achever à la fin de l’année, réunit les gouvernements d’Israël et de la Jordanie, ainsi que l’Autorité palestinienne.Le 20 novembre 2010 à 16:12 • Emmanuel Perrin
Category: gykfyfoqloyifjyi AI Predicts When You Will Die
If you could look into a crystal ball to learn when you’ll die, would you?Scientists at Australia’s University of Adelaide have developed an artificial intelligence system that can predict a patient’s lifespan.Analyzing medical imaging of 48 subjects’ chests, the computer was able to forecast—with 69 percent accuracy—who would pass away within five years. That’s comparable to “manual” prognosis by clinicians, according to the University.“The accurate assessment of biological age and the prediction of a patient’s longevity has so far been limited by doctors’ inability to look inside the body and measure the health of each organ,” Luke Oakden-Rayner, a radiologist and Ph.D. student, said in a statement.So he teamed up with researchers from the University’s School of Public Health and School of Computer Science to test “deep learning,” an AI technique that teaches computers how to understand and analyze images.“Manhattan plot showing the distribution of covariates in each tissue segment. The dotted line identifies the threshold of significance (the −log10 of the p-value is plotted on the y-axis, covariates above this line have p-values < 0.05).”“Predicting the future of a patient is useful because it may enable doctors to tailor treatments to the individuals,” Oakden-Rayner said.It remains unclear exactly what the computer detected in the images that led to those conclusions. But the most confident guesses were made for patients suffering severe chronic diseases like emphysema and congestive heart failure.This technique, according to Oakden-Rayner, allows the automated system to predict medical outcomes “in a way that doctors are not trained to do”—by incorporating large volumes of data and detecting subtle patterns.“Although for this study only a small sample of patients was used, our research suggests that the computer has learned to recognize the complex imaging appearances of diseases, something that requires extensive training for human experts,” the doctor said.Researchers hope to apply the same techniques to predict other important medical conditions, including the onset of heart attacks. The next stage of their work involves analyzing tens of thousands of patient images.“Our research opens new avenues for the application of artificial intelligence technology in medical image analysis,” Oakden-Rayner boasted. “And could offer new hope for the early detection of serious illness, requiring specific medical interventions.”Check out the full study online, published last month in the Nature journal Scientific Reports. Stay on target McDonald's Plans to Serve AI Voice Technology at Drive ThruCIMON Returns to Earth After 14 Months on ISS
Category: gykfyfoqloyifjyi Ozils agent hits back against Bayern president
The agent of Mesut Ozil has hit back against the “foolish” comments made by the Bayern Munich president Uli HoenessOzil stunned the football world on Sunday by announcing his decision to retire from international football on social media following the criticism that had been aimed at him following Germany’s dreadful World Cup campaign that had seen them being eliminated from the group stages for the first time in 80 years.The 29-year-old claimed that he been a victim of “racism and disrespect” by the country’s supporters with the German football federation (DFB) later coming out to deny such allegations.Ozil, who is of Turkish descent, has been the subject of much criticism in Germany following his meeting with the controversial Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan in London prior to the start of the competition.And Ozil claimed that he has been even used as the scapegoat for the country’s poor defence of their world crown this summer.But Hoeness instead, of supporting the troubled playmaker, lashed out against Ozil and said that he has “been playing dirt for years”.Now, Dr Erkut Sogut, Ozil’s agent has called Hoeness’ assessment of his client as unfair and pointed out everything that the former Real Madrid player has achieved in his career.Match Preview: RB Leipzig vs Bayern Munich Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 RB Leipzig will have the chance to prove their title-winning capabilities when they host Bayern Munich today at 18:30 (CET).In a statement to Goal, he said: “The comments of Mr Hoeness miss the point completely, as they have absolutely nothing to do with football. He is trying to divert attention away from the real issue, the issue of racism and discrimination in Germany, which is resurging once again within everyday German society.“As Mesut said in his statement, he accepts reasonable and fair criticism of his football, and deals with that as part of the job. However, Mr Hoeness cannot even provide any actual evidence to back up his foolish statements that are clearly exaggerated. In this case, the stats are clear. Twenty-three goals, 40 assists – which is a German record – and five-time German player of the year – three of which come after 2014.“He claims that Mesut has been a ‘ghost’ for years, but what ‘ghost’ wins all these awards and has this much success? Mesut created more chances in the 2018 World Cup per 90 minutes than any other player, but, of course, he singles him out for criticism. As the president of Bayern Munich is it not best to focus on the performance of his own players seeing as eight of the Germany team play for the club.“If Mesut is such a bad player, what does this say about his opinion on Joachim Low, Arsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho? These are three elite managers who praise Mesut as one of the best in his position. It is laughable that he thinks he is more qualified to judge footballing abilities than these people, with fabricated statistics.“The facts speak for themselves and anyway who is he to speak about Mesut in this way? These lies are cheap, stereotypical and baseless comments – made without any foundations – that allow hurtful news to spread.“Mr Hoeness, we will not waste any more time or energy talking about a subject clearly you know nothing about. Not only is he a disgrace to himself, but also and more importantly a shame to German football and the people of Germany.”
Category: gykfyfoqloyifjyi President Trump blocks Broadcom takeover of Qualcomm
Updated: 4:10 PM AP, Mike McKinnon III, Hunter recently spoke about this issue on Good Morning San Diego. You can hear what he had to say here. AP, Mike McKinnon III Posted: March 12, 2018 WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is blocking Singapore-based Broadcom’s takeover of U.S. chipmaker Qualcomm on national security grounds.The White House says Trump is taking the action on the recommendation of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, which reviews foreign purchases of U.S. entities. Broadcom made an unsolicited bid last year to take over Qualcomm, which has been met by shareholder skepticism and regulatory scrutiny on security and antitrust grounds.Broadcom is in the process of moving its legal headquarters from Singapore to the U.S., with the company planning on finishing the move by April 3, 2018. Trump hosted Broadcom CEO Hock E. Tan in the White House last year as he announced the move, and the company had hoped that would help it skirt the national security review.On February 23, 2018, Congressman Duncan D. Hunter wrote a letter to President Trump urging he block Broadcom’s takeover of Qualcomm. March 12, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter President Trump blocks Broadcom takeover of Qualcomm Need to watch Broadcom Ltd proposed takeover of Qualcomm. Ifallowed to occur, this would create a significant national security problem andcould mean the loss of thousands of jobs here in SD. Read my letter toPresident Trump urging him to order a national security review: pic.twitter.com/upyYdpQinf— Rep. Duncan Hunter (@Rep_Hunter) February 23, 2018
Category: gykfyfoqloyifjyi Demand Studio Shares Financial Earnings from 2009 and Fourth Quarter
Demand Media shared its fourth quarter and fiscal 2010 financial results today. Demand Media’s revenue totaled $252.9 million in 2010, a 27 percent increase from $198.5 million in 2009. Cash flows also rose 57 percent from 2009’s $39.2 million to $61.6 million in 2010. Net loss was down to $5.3 million in 2010 from a net loss of $22.5 million in 2009. Demand Media President/CFO Charles Hillard said, “Strong continued growth from our evergreen content library published prior to 2010 helped drive two major achievements in the fourth quarter – Content & Media revenue ex-TAV accelerated to 53 percent year-over-year growth and cash flows from operations grew 95 percent year-over-year, surpassing the $20 million milestone for the first time.” 2010’s fourth quarter net income was $1 million, compared to a net loss of $3.9 million in 2009’s final quarter. Cash flow was up 95 percent in 2010’s fourth quarter at $20.9 million, compared to $10.7 million in 2009’s fourth quarter. Demand Media, which went public last month, houses content-driven sites produced by freelancers in its content and media portfolio, including Livestrong and eHow.
Category: gykfyfoqloyifjyi Selectmen Support Proposal To Hire EIGHT New Firefighters First WFD Staffing Increase
WILMINGTON, MA — At this week’s Selectmen Meeting, Wilmington Fire Chief Joe McMahon and Wilmington Deputy Fire Chief Bill Cavanaugh made a presentation to the board, requesting the town fund eight new firefighter positions beginning in Fiscal Year 2020 (July 2019).McMahon and Cavanaugh laid out several justifications for their request.Calls Have Drastically Increased While Staffing Has Stayed FlatBetween 2009 and 2017, Cavanaugh noted that service calls have increased 24%. Staffing levels, on the other hand, have remained flat. No new positions have been added to the position since FY09.The Department currently has 1 chief, 1 deputy chief, 2 daytime lieutenants (one operation and one fire prevention), 4 shift lieutenants, and 32 firefighters. Wilmington operates with four 9-men shifts, each with 1 shift lieutenant and his 8 firefighters. The department’s total number of personnel is 40.“It’s a daily occurrence that station is empty,” said Chief Joe McMahon, noting it happens when there’s two runs happening at the same time. “The station is empty twice, maybe three times a day. No one is available to respond because they’re tied up. We then have to rely on mutual aid, which causes a delay in response.”Under the new proposal, shifts would increase from nine to eleven. Each shift would have a captain, a lieutenant, and 9 firefighters.“We’re looking to hire eight new firefighters,” said McMahon. In addition, some of the current lieutenants would take the captain exams and seek to be promoted.Assistant Town Manager Casey estimated the average cost of a new firefighter in Year #1 to be $102,842. That includes $55,267 in base pay; $20,071 in health insurance; $7,500 in OPEB liabilities; $5,000 in turnout gear; $4,500 in an education incentive (bachelor’s); $4,145 in injury coverage; $2,923 in holiday pay; $1,934 in retirement; $801 in Medicare; and $700 in a clothing alliance.Overtime Costs Exploding“There has been some concerns expressed by the Finance Committee with respect to overtime costs associated with the Fire Department,” noted Town Manager Jeff Hull. “There are a number of reasons for overtime, including vacations, personal time, bereavement time, and military leave. More recently, however, we’ve been struggling with a few issues. One being costs associated with personnel who are out because of work or non-work injuries. The other being costs associated with the changeover of personnel after retirements.”Cavanaugh noted the department’s overtime costs in FY09 totaled $377,000. Last FY, overtime costs were just shy of a $1,000,000.“We’re currently filling overtime on every shift, sometimes up to three spots per shift,” said Deputy Chief Bill Cavanaugh. “A lot of that is having to back fill due to injuries and vacancies.”Assistant Town Manager Dee Casey noted it can take nearly one calendar year — from the start of the process to the end — to get a new firefighter recruited, trained, and counted towards staffing levels.“With the additional firefighters, we won’t be replacing man-to-man when it comes to overtime. You could have a shift be down one man without having to replace anyone,” added Cavanaugh, who also noted that if a substation in North Wilmington is soon built, the department would already have enough staff on hand to man the station.Town Manager Hull has yet to determine how much the proposal would save the town in annual Fire Department overtime.Injuries Taking Their TollWilmington’s Fire Department has recently been hit hard with injuries. Six individuals were out on leave this summer, with four still remain on leave.“I’ve been here since 1982. I’ve never seen a summer like we had before. Some of the guys worked up to 124 hours a week. I can’t say enough about the guys who stepped up and covered shifts,” added McMahon. “It’s been a tough year. We still have four guys out. And we’re not talking about strained backs. We’re talking about long-term, surgically corrected injuries.”Upcoming Key Change In The LawMcMahon noted that beginning in September 2019, OSHA (the Occupational Safety & Health Administration) is enacting a “two in, two out” rule for all fire departments.“If we have a fire, two firefighters would go in and we would need two firefighters standing outside with all their gear on ready to relieve. And we cannot count the pump operator. So we would need five firefighters for each fire run,” McMahon told the board. “This used to be a recommendation from the National Fire Protection Association, but it will soon be the law…. If we decide to fight a fire with 3 or 4 firefighters, OSHA will not only come after me, but they’ll fine the town as well.”NFPA Staffing RecommendationsMcMahon also noted that the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) generally recommends five firefighters be assigned to one officer. Under Wilmington’s current model, the ratio is 8:1. Adding a captain position to each shift would help bring Wilmington in line with best practices.Selectmen Support The Proposal“I would take your recommendation,” said Selectman Mike McCoy. “I’m not going to micromanage. You’re the professionals. I want to hear what we need. I think we need to bite the bullet and figure out how we’re going to fund this. We need to take care of these guys, and most importantly, take care of the residents….Also, it’s long overdue for us to do something [about] a substation in North Wilmington.”“I support hiring additional firefighters to come into compliance and increase the safety of our firefighters, who are also lacking the crucial time they need for training,” said Selectman Greg Bendel. ” I totally support the idea of a substation. I’m disappointed that it wasn’t in the Facilities Master Plan. It should be of the utmost priority… I urge the Town Manager to make this [staffing increase request] a priority in his next budget for the safety of our firefighters and the safety of our residents.”“With the cost of a first year firefighter being about $102,000 and with the FY18 overtime costs being nearly $1 million, I’ve got to think that the [overtime] number goes down significantly and the bottom line number won’t change that much,” said Selectman Jonathan Eaton. “This is a priority for me… And I would like to see the North Wilmington substation happen in the near future [too].”“I also agree with my colleagues and wholeheartedly support this plan,” said Selectman Ed Loud. “It’s needed for many reasons, including for the safety of our firefighters and every resident in town. I urge the Town Manager to get this ball rolling.”“The biggest challenge, unquestionably, is doing all this in a way that won’t shock the budget,” responded Town Manager Jeff Hull. “When you’re talking about eight personnel of any sort, that’s a large cost. Between now and the time the budget is finalized, that’s going to be one of my priorities — figuring out how we can do this in a managed way.”Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? 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Category: gykfyfoqloyifjyi All California shooting victims identied
Pictures of Noel Sparks are seen during a candlelight vigil in Thousand Oaks , Calif., Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018. A gunman opened fire Wednesday evening inside a country music bar, killing multiple people. Photo: APOne was a veteran police officer who didn’t hesitate to run toward danger. Another had survived the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history. Others include two friends who loved off-roading, a Marine veteran who dedicated his life to service and a recent college graduate who worked with children with special needs.They were among a dozen people killed in a shooting at a country music bar in suburban Los Angeles on Wednesday night. Authorities believe the gunman, Ian David Long, ultimately killed himself.RON HELUS: ‘COP’S COP’Ventura County sheriff’s Sgt. Ron Helus was talking to his wife when calls started coming in about a shooting at the Borderline Bar and Grill.”Hey, I got to go handle a call. I love you. I’ll talk to you later,” he told her, according to Sheriff Geoff Dean.It was the last time she would talk to her husband.Helus rushed toward the shooting and immediately exchanged fire with the gunman, Dean said. Helus was hit multiple times.Sgt. Eric Buschow, who said Helus was a friend, described him as a “cop’s cop.””The fact that he was the first in the door doesn’t surprise me at all,” he said. “He’s just one of those guys that wouldn’t hesitate in a situation.”Helus took up fly fishing a few years ago and loved pursuing the hobby in the Sierra Nevada mountains with his grown son, Buschow said.”He was just a great guy, a gentle soul,” Buschow said. “Patient. Calm no matter what. When you call 911, he’s one of the guys you want showing up.”Helus was on the SWAT team for much of his career and worked in narcotics and investigations, he said.”If you were a victim of a crime, you want him investigating the case,” Buschow said. “He would go to the ends of the Earth to find a suspect.”Dean choked back tears talking about Helus and called him a hero.”He went in there to save people and paid the ultimate price,” he said.CODY COFFMAN: ‘THE BIG BROTHER THAT MY KIDS NEED’Cody Coffman, who had just turned 22, was talking with Army recruiters and preparing to fulfill his dream of serving his country, father Jason Coffman said, weeping.Cody adored his siblings — three brothers between ages 6 and 9 — and he couldn’t wait for the birth of a sister, due on Nov. 29, his father said.”Cody was the big brother that my kids need,” he said. “He was so excited to have his first sister and now she’ll never know …”He trailed off, sobbing, then said, “Oh, Cody, I love you, son.”Jason Coffman said his son was passionate about baseball, serving as an umpire for a little league, and they fished together.”That poor boy would come with me whether he liked it or not,” he said. “That’s the kind of stuff I am truly going to miss.”Jason Coffman said he last spoke to his son Wednesday night before Cody headed to the bar.”The first thing I said was, ‘Please don’t drink and drive,'” he said. “The last thing I said was, ‘Son, I love you.'”JUSTIN MEEK: ‘FULL OF LIGHT AND HAPPINESS’Newly graduated from California Lutheran University, Justin Meek performed as a singer and worked at the Borderline.Meek, 23, also worked for Channel Island Social Services as a respite caregiver, supporting families with children with special needs, mostly developmental disabilities, chief executive Sharon Francis said.”Parents just adored him. He was able to bond with their kids,” she said. “He was just an all-around guy.”Danielle Gallo, who also works at the family-run organization, said he was dedicated to the kids he worked with.”You could tell he really had a heart for what he did,” she said, sobbing.Meek also toured professionally as an a cappella singer, said family friend Patrick Ellis, who called Meek a talented musician, singer and athlete and a “fantastic human being.””He was a hero every day of his life,” Ellis said. “It was just always positive energy. … Anything he could do for you, he was just there.”Meek worked at the bar with his sister and fellow Cal Lutheran student, Victoria Rose Meek, who survived, Ellis said.Meek played water polo for Cal Lutheran. He also lent his full, velvety voice to the school choir, where “every time he sang, you could just feel it in your soul,” recalled choir member Rachel Counihan, 20.”He cared so much about his craft and just cared so much about other people,” she said. “He was just full of light and happiness.”Scott Roberts, 20, a junior at the school and friend of Victoria Rose Meek’s, recalled Meek being “just the nicest dude.”ALAINA HOUSLEY: ‘AN INCREDIBLE YOUNG WOMAN’Alaina Housley was just 18, a promising student at Pepperdine University with plans to study law, her family said.Adam Housley, a former Fox News correspondent, and Tamera Mowry-Housley, an actress known for the 1990s TV series “Sister Sister,” said their niece was killed at the bar where she had gone line dancing with friends.”Alaina was an incredible young woman with so much life ahead of her, and we are devastated that her life was cut short in this manner,” the couple said in a statement.Alaina was bright, popular and well-loved, a student who had a 4.5 grade-point average since junior high school and earned college scholarships, said her grandfather, Art Housley.She played soccer and tennis all through high school, studied piano and violin, and sang, he said.”She’s a really good kid,” he said, fighting tears. “Everybody loves her.”NOEL SPARKS: ‘ALL-AROUND GOOD GIRL’Noel Sparks, a 21-year-old college student, loved going to the Borderline Bar and Grill, so friends and family were not surprised when she posted a photo of herself dancing there Wednesday night.Her aunt Patricia Sparks of Morristown, Tennessee, told The Associated Press that the family was “in shock.”She described her niece as an “all-around good girl. She was the kind of girl that if you had friends, you’d want them to marry her.”Sparks, who was majoring in art at nearby Moorpark College, often went to Borderline with friends and her mom, going there for Halloween and her 21st birthday in August.When friend Jackie Jones heard about the shooting, she jumped into her car and headed to the bar, determined to find Sparks.”She would do that for me,” Jones said.The two met through church two years ago and became fast friends. Sparks worked part time at Calvary Community Church in Westlake Village, helping with children’s programs, the Rev. Shawn Thornton said.”She loved kids. We had a lot of parents show up today to say, ‘She made my child feel important and that they mattered,” Thornton said.SEAN ADLER: ‘A VERY, VERY BIG PERSONALITY’Sean Adler, 48, was a security guard at Borderline who would stay late to ensure people could get home safely, said Debbie Allen, a longtime friend.The married father of two boys died doing what he was passionate about — protecting people, Allen said.”He was a very, very big personality and had a very, very gorgeous smile,” she said, adding that he had once considered becoming a police officer.His other passion, she said, was coffee. Adler recently opened his own coffee shop, Rivalry Roasters, in Simi Valley, said Phil Englander, another longtime friend.”He was just the most passionate person about coffee you would ever want to meet,” Englander said.Adler joked about being a “coffee dealer” and spoke energetically, using his hands.”He always had that energetic personality,” he said. “He’s just such a warm and friendly and passionate person about everything in his life.”Englander said he stopped by the coffee shop Wednesday to visit Adler.”We talked about family, and we reminisced about an old friend of ours we haven’t seen in years,” he said.TELEMACHUS ORFANOS: VEGAS SURVIVOR KILLEDTelemachus Orfanos, 27, lived through the mass shooting in Las Vegas last year only to die inside Borderline, less than 10 minutes from his home, according to his mother.”Here are my words: I want gun control,” Susan Schmidt-Orfanos said, her voice shaking with grief and rage. “I don’t want prayers. I don’t want thoughts.”She said she wants Congress to “pass gun control so no one else has a child that doesn’t come home.”Orfanos was a US Navy veteran and Eagle Scout with a thick beard, an easy smile and a gladiator helmet tattoo. His friends called him “Tel.”One of them, Aliza Thomas, said she knew Orfanos since high school and called him one of the nicest men she’s ever known.”He was the most likely person to throw himself in front of that gun,” Thomas said. “He would have thrown himself on top of someone else, 100 percent.”She said it’s especially tragic that Orfanos survived Vegas only to die in another mass shooting.”He survived Vegas, where a lot more people died than this. It’s just unreal,” Thomas said. “It’s not fair.”DANIEL MANRIQUE: ‘A SAINT’Daniel Manrique, 33, dedicated his life to service — as a hospital volunteer, US Marine and manager of an organization that helps veterans adjust after leaving the military.He was a radio operator with the 2nd Combat Engineer Battalion, 2nd Marine Division based at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, and he deployed to Afghanistan in 2007 with the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, the Orange County Register reported.After the military, Manrique began volunteering with Team Red White and Blue, an organization that works to help veterans avoid isolation by connecting them to their community. He was named a regional program manager last month.”The best way I can describe him is as a saint. He truly believed in service,” friend and business partner Tim O’Brien told the newspaper. “Dan was the guy you could rely on if you ran out of gas in the middle of the night. He would help you out if something bad happened. He was there, dedicated, loyal.”The two high school friends were preparing to open a veteran-oriented brewery called “O’brique” — a combination of their last names.Manrique also volunteered at a hospital helping the homeless and at a local church.”Dan’s life was dedicated to serving others, during his military career and beyond,” Team Red White and Blue executive director John Pinter said on the organization’s website. “We offer our deepest condolences to the Manrique family.”BLAKE DINGMAN: ‘HIS LAUGHTER AND SMILE WERE SO SPECIAL’Blake Dingman was passionate about working on cars and motorcycles, challenging himself to make repairs on anything mechanical even if he wasn’t exactly sure how to do it, mother Lorrie Dingman said. The 21-year-old always had a smile on his face and grease under his fingernails, she said.Blake was working in the electrical field and was excited about getting a new job, his mother said.His large group of friends went off-roading in the desert and mountains, with Blake and his friend Jake Dunham, who also was killed at the Borderline, “always in the center of the fun.””Blake had a zest and joy for living life to the fullest,” Lorrie Dingman said in an email. “No gathering was complete without Blake. His laughter and smile were so special and whenever you talked to him, he was genuinely interested in you.”She said he was confident, talented, caring and had a huge heart.On Instagram, brother Aidan Dingman wrote that “my amazing brother was taken down by the shooter” and that his life has been forever changed.”Words cannot describe the pain I am feeling,” he wrote, adding: “Blake I love you so much and I miss you more than you can imagine.”JAKE DUNHAM: GUTSY OFF-ROADERJake Dunham, 21, was known for driving his truck hard. He was a regular at rides in the desert and at group bonfires made from igniting vehicles and old dirt bikes, according to a friend.”He always tried to convince people to (let him) drive their car. Everyone knew it was a bad idea, but sometimes they’d do it,” Michael Moses told the Los Angeles Times, laughing.Dunham was at the bar with his friend and fellow off-roader, Dingman, who also was killed.Aliza Thomas told The Associated Press that Dunham and Dingman were her friends and grew up in a tight-knit group of young men with her younger brother Emmet.”They were the nicest, most respectful, selfless men I’ve ever met,” she said.Thomas, a single mom, cried as she recalled how Dingham and Dunham would go out of their way to make her son feel like one of the boys, “make him feel special.”Dunham’s sister, Alexis Dunham, asked on her Facebook page for privacy to let the family grieve, saying “these last days have completely shattered us.”KRISTINA MORISETTE: ENERGETIC AND THOUGHTFULKristina Morisette worked at the front desk of Borderline and had just bought her first car — a 2017 Jeep Renegade — with the money she had saved, her father said.Michael Morisette told the Los Angeles Times that his energetic and talkative 20-year-old daughter had just returned from a trip to Austin, Texas, and he hugged her, relieved she was back home safe in Simi Valley.Kristina gave her mother a coin purse she bought for her on the trip before heading to work Wednesday.”We’d rather just curl up in a ball and turn off the lights, but there are other people out there that are hurting, too,” Michael Morisette told the newspaper as he held his wife’s hand. “We could either retreat and draw our curtains, or we could talk about the beauty of the things that were.”He said Kristina, the youngest of three children, was a thoughtful friend who always helped others. She enjoyed hiking and drawing and was considering applying for an animal training program in Austin.”We didn’t want her life to end, but we don’t want her memories now to end, either,” mother Martha Morisette told the newspaper. “We’ll probably always have a hard time dealing with it.”MARKY MEZA JR.: ‘LOVING AND WONDERFUL YOUNG MAN’Marky Meza Jr., who was less than two weeks from his 21st birthday, was working as a busboy and food runner at the bar when he was killed.”Marky was a loving and wonderful young man who was full of life and ambition,” the Meza family said in a statement provided to Santa Barbara TV station KEYT. “His family is devastated by his loss.”Meza grew up in the Santa Barbara area and had worked in the service industry since he was a teen.He was one of the few teenagers who got hired at Sandpiper Lodge in Santa Barbara, manager Shawn Boteju said. Meza worked full time at the Sandpiper in housekeeping and would come to work on a hoverboard.”He was extremely nice,” Boteju told The Associated Press. “He obviously worked well with the rest of the staff.”Tang reported from Phoenix and Boone from Boise, Idaho. Associated Press writers Amanda Lee Myers in Los Angeles, Amy Taxin in Santa Ana, Alina Hartounian in Phoenix, Christopher Weber in Thousand Oaks, Julie Watson in San Diego and Jennifer Peltz in New York contributed.
Category: gykfyfoqloyifjyi Across Texas Dangerous Animals Arent Widely Tracked
Conroe Police Department/FacebookFriday, April 22nd, the Conroe Police Department received a report of a tiger wandering the area of Coral Cove Pass near Longmire and League Line. Animal control officers were able to locate and capture the animal.The baby tiger, who weighs just over a hundred pounds, doesn’t belong to Cody Tibbitts.It also doesn’t belong roaming the streets of Conroe — which is precisely what it did after Tibbitts left it, unsecured, at a friend’s house amid last week’s floods.“It’s not mine, legally — it’s someone else’s, legally,” Tibbitts told KHOU-TV on Saturday. “We just don’t know who has the paperwork.”When Tibbitts, worried about rising waters, decided to leave the Houston area on Thursday, he claims he arranged for a “transporter” to take the tiger back to her original owner, “to see if he could house her, for, you know, X amount of days, until I could get her back.” But no one showed up, and the tiger named Nahla quickly took to the streets, still wearing her collar and leash.“I think a gate was opened, or — I don’t really know,” said Tibbitts, who could not be reached for comment for this story.The Humane Society of the United States has offered to take Nahla to an animal sanctuary, but Katie Jarl, the Texas state director, says she hasn’t heard back from Conroe police. It’s unclear who currently has custody of the tiger — that same police department did not return multiple calls from The Texas Tribune on Monday. Eventually, a judge will decide where the tiger belongs.In the meantime, it’s not even clear whether a crime was committed. Keeping a tiger as a pet is illegal in Conroe, according to city ordinances, but perfectly fine in Montgomery County, which surrounds the city. If the tiger’s true owner lives outside the city limits, the Conroe regulations may not have teeth.The whole debacle has unearthed a unique complication: There are few statewide regulations regarding “dangerous wild animals.” That category, according to the Texas Health and Safety Code, includes lions, tigers and bears, as well as cheetahs, hyenas and gorillas. For the most part, it’s up to individual counties and municipalities to decide whether to ban such animals. State law simply requires that owners alert their local animal control offices so that they can be prepared if the animals escape.Skip Trimble, who sits on the board of directors for the Texas Humane Legislation Network, which advocates for the humane treatment of animals, said most of his organization’s efforts are focused on making sure even that basic requirement isn’t overturned.“We’ve been more or less fighting bad bills rather than creating anything new,” Trimble said, adding that the one existing regulation about notifying local animal control “has not been very well enforced.”In the last few legislative sessions, some lawmakers have sought to tighten regulations — something Trimble’s group would welcome. State Rep. Ryan Guillen, D-Rio Grande City, authored one bill in 2015 requiring dangerous animals be registered with the state, and another in 2013 banning individuals from owning or selling dangerous animals in counties or municipalities with populations greater than 75,000 people. Neither bill made it out of committee.Jarl, the state director of the Humane Society of the United States, said the patchwork nature of laws regulating ownership leaves the door open for accidents — especially in heavily populated areas where an animal who is properly registered with one animal control office might get loose and catch another area’s officers unaware.“We have no database. We do not know where these animals are kept,” Jarl said. “… The truth is, we have absolutely no way to prove the scope of this problem because we do not know where these tigers are.” This article originally appeared in The Texas Tribune at http://www.texastribune.org/2016/04/26/across-texas-dangerous-animal-arent-widely-tracked/. Share
Category: gykfyfoqloyifjyi Meet the African American Candidates in Washington DC
MayorMuriel Bowser is the mayor of the District of Columbia. Bowser wants to end homelessness in the city by closing D.C. General Hospital and instituting shelters in each ward and is passionate about economic growth in all wards of the city.James Butler is an advisory neighborhood commissioner for district 5D03 and self proclaimed entrepreneur. Butler intends to rework how funds are allocated in the District, focusing more on help for the homeless and access to grocery stores in Wards 7 and 8.Delegate to the House of RepresentativesEleanor Holmes Norton has served as the District of Columbia’s member of the U.S. Congress since 1991 and is seeking a 15th term. Norton wants to continue the fight for D.C. statehood and make sure that the city operates without the interference of Congress. She also wants to use her congressional platform to bring federal projects to the city.Kim Ford is a former Obama administration official who wants to be a fresh voice on Capitol Hill for the District. She wants to focus on small business as the engine of economic growth and forgive student loan debt and advocate for educational and workforce opportunities.At Large Members of the CouncilAnita Bonds is one of two Democratic at-large members of the D.C. Council and the chairman of the D.C. Democratic State Committee. Bonds chairs the committee that deals with housing and is interested in expanding affordable housing options for seniors and young people.Marcus Goodwin is a political newcomer who has a strong development background. Goodwin wants property tax relief for longtime homeowners, fund after school programs and shift school personnel from the administrative office to the classroom.Aaron Holmes is a Ward 8 political activist. Holmes wants to strengthen the relationship between the police and the community, focus on small and minority businesses for positive economic development and strengthen the District’s health-care system east of the Anacostia River.Jeremiah Lowery is a progressive who wants the city to embrace the clean energy concept, universal childcare that is of high quality and set up a community land trust that would acquire and hold land for the benefit of the community.Ward 1 Member of the CouncilSheika Reid wants to make sure that affordable housing is available in her ward and improve its transportation system. Reid is interested in supporting small businesses and working with constituents when they have a conflict with the District government.Ward 5 Member of the CouncilKenyan McDuffie was first elected to the D.C. Council in a special election in May 2012 to replace disgraced Council member Harry Thomas Jr. He won his first full term in 2014 and is seeking re-election to his seat. McDuffie believes in fighting crime through dealing with the mental health concerns of residents involved in crime instead of locking people up and is passion about economic development in his ward.Gayle Hall Carley is an advisory neighborhood commissioner and is a U.S. Army veteran. Carley wants to improve public safety in the ward and increase services and activities for young people.Nestor Djomkam has worked as an engineer for Holy Cross Hospital and Adventist Healthcare Washington Adventist Hospital and ran for mayor in 2010 and 2014. By James Wright, Special to the AFRO, email@example.comThe District of Columbia will hold its primary election on June 19 and its general election on Nov. 6. The positions that are seeking election are the delegate to the U.S. House of Representatives, D.C. Mayor, D.C. Council Chairman, D.C. Attorney General and D.C. Council members in Wards 1, 3, 5 and 6 plus two at-large seats that are for the Democrats and non-Democrats.Mayor: Muriel Bowser, James Butler; Delegate to the House of Representatives: Eleanor Holmes Norton, Kim Ford; At Large Members of the Council: Anita Bonds, Marcus Goodwin, Aaron Holmes, Jeremiah Lowery; Ward 1 Member of the Council: Sheika Reid; Ward 5 Member of the Council: Kenyan McDuffie, Gayle Hall Carley, Nestor Djomkam. (Courtesy Photos)
Category: gykfyfoqloyifjyi Smart wound dressings could identify and destroy infectioncausing bacteria
(PhysOrg.com) — Although bacterial infection as a clinical problem was reportedly defeated with the widespread use of antibiotics in the 1950s, its re-emergence over the last few decades has persuaded researchers to develop new methods for killing and preventing the growth of pathogenic bacteria. In a new study, a team of chemists from the University of Bath, UK, have taken steps to engineer a “smart” wound dressing system that releases an encapsulated antimicrobial agent only in the presence of pathogenic bacteria, allowing the body’s normal microflora to continue providing a natural defense against infection. Explore further The prototype wound dressing is made of a nonwoven polypropylene fabric. Attached to the fabric are vesicles containing an antibacterial agent. One of the virulence factors of many pathogenic bacteria (but not nonpathogenic bacteria) is that they secrete toxins or enzymes that damage vesicle membranes by lysing (bursting) them. When the pathogenic bacteria lyse the membranes of the vesicles attached to the smart fabric, the vesicles rupture, releasing the antibacterial agent and destroying the bacteria. In this way, the vesicle system can be thought of as a “Trojan horse,” inciting pathogenic bacteria to act as agents of their own destruction.In their experiments, the researchers took samples of a viable bacterial population of two species (Staphylococcus aureus and Pseudomonas aeruginosa) every 20 minutes for four hours following exposure to the smart fabric. They observed significant decreases in the concentrations of both species, and eventually nearly complete inhibition. The researchers also found that concentrations of P. aeruginosa declined at a faster rate than S. aureus due to P. aeruginosa’s greater sensitivity to the encapsulated antimicrobial agentFurther, the researchers observed that, in uninfected samples that contained only non-pathogenic Escherichia coli, concentrations of the E. coli were only slightly reduced, which likely resulted from minor leakage of the vesicles. By ensuring that the antibacterial agent is released only in the presence of pathogenic bacteria, the strategy minimizes evolutionary pressure for the selection of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, prolonging the effectiveness of the antibacterial agent.“The potential significance of this work is that we have a proof-of-principle of a ‘smart’ system which is able to discriminate between pathogenic and non-pathogenic bacteria,” coauthor Toby Jenkins of the University of Bath told PhysOrg.com. “The advantage of this in a wound dressing is that it will only release an antimicrobial if the wound becomes infected with dangerous bacteria, but won’t respond to harmless commensal bacteria which may be present. This reduces the evolutionary selection pressure on bacteria of all types to evolve resistance and should slow the emergence of new antibiotic resistant species of bacteria such as MRSA.” Citation: ‘Smart’ wound dressings could identify and destroy infection-causing bacteria (2010, May 6) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-05-smart-wound-infection-causing-bacteria.html More information: Jin Zhou, Andrew L. Loftus, Geraldine Mulley, and A. Toby A. Jenkins. “A Thin Film Detection/Response System for Pathogenic Bacteria.” J. Am. Chem. Soc. Doi:10.1021/ja101554a “From a clinical perspective, especially in the treatment of pediatric burns, there is an enormous advantage in being able to leave a dressing in situ for as long as possible following a burn, as this promotes healing, reduces trauma and ultimately saves money,” Jenkins said.Overall, the researchers have shown that one of the very features that makes some bacteria pathogenic – the ability to damage cell membranes – can be used against them. However, before the smart fabric can be commercially produced, the researchers still must find solutions to several problems, including vesicle stability, tuning of response, and manufacturability, among others. “We hope to have a full working prototype, with a clear pathway to manufacturability by 2014,” Jenkins said. “We envisage a further three to four years of safety and compliance testing, so 2017 is probably the earliest realistic target for coming to market.”Still, as Jenkins explained, no matter how advanced such technology becomes, it will not be possible to fully eliminate the threat of clinical bacterial infection, as thought in the ‘50s. Instead, the battle will be an ongoing one.“The process of evolution by natural selection – the process by which we evolved and bacteria evolve antibiotic resistance – is too powerful a force [to allow antibacterial agents to eliminate pathogenic bacterial infection],” he said. “But we can try to be clever, understand better how this process works, and try to stay one step ahead of Nature.” Researchers to develop coatings that kill superbugs This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. When toxins secreted from pathogenic bacteria lyse a vesicle containing an antibacterial agent, the agent destroys the bacteria. Image credit: Zhou, et al. ©2010 American Chemical Society. In addition to controlling bacterial growth and infection, the researchers intend to enable the smart fabric to change color on infected wounds. They explain that a simple colorimetric or fluorometric response could be built into the fabric, giving patients and clinicians early warning of wound infection. These fluorescence images show vesicles containing an antibacterial agent in the presence of three bacteria species. The two pathogenic bacteria species (top two rows) lyse the vesicle membrane, causing it to lose its encapsulated dye, while nonpathological E. coli does not damage the vesicle membrane. Image credit: Zhou, et al. ©2010 American Chemical Society. Copyright 2010 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com.
Category: gykfyfoqloyifjyi Clawlike nanowires filter bacteria from blood
This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Journal information: Nature Communications While most people are familiar with bacterial infections that appear on or near the skin, there are other types that occur inside of the body. One of the most dangerous situations is when bacteria multiply in the bloodstream—a circumstance that can lead to sepsis. Currently, such infections are treated with antibiotics; if they do not work, the next step is to connect a patient to a dialyser —a machine that filters the blood, removing bacteria. Unfortunately, as the researchers note, current dialysers are not very good at filtering bacteria and patients suffer as a result. In this new effort, the researchers have developed a new type of dialyser that they claim does a far better job.The idea for the new dialyser, the team notes, came from the Venus flytrap—it has tiny hairs that curl and trap prey. To create a dialyser with a similar dynamic, the researchers built a substrate of 3-D carbon foam and implanted a host of flexible polycrystalline nanowires inside of it. Prior research by the team suggested that the nanowires would bend and trap bacteria in a way similar to the hairs on the flytrap. The researchers tested the dialyser by pushing blood through the filter and then noting reductions in blood bacteria levels. They examined the filter to note how many were captured by the nanowires.The researchers report that their filter was 97 percent effective in capturing bacteria in blood samples moving at rates similar to those inside the body. They note that their work is still at the proof-of-concept stage and thus more work is required to make sure that the filter does not cause other problems while filtering bacteria. But they describe their device as a major step forward, and plan further tests to see if it might also be used to filter out other microorganisms, such as cancer cells or viruses. Explore further Genetic study of soil organisms reveals new family of antibiotics A team of researchers from institutions across China has developed a new type of dialyser —one capable of capturing up to 97 percent of bacteria present in a blood sample. In their paper published in the journal Nature Communications, the group explains the origins of their device, how the filter was made and how well it worked during testing. More information: Lizhi Liu et al. Bacterial capture efficiency in fluid bloodstream improved by bendable nanowires, Nature Communications (2018). DOI: 10.1038/s41467-018-02879-9AbstractBacterial infectious diseases, such as sepsis, can lead to impaired function in the lungs, kidneys, and other vital organs. Although established technologies have been designed for the extracorporeal removal of bacteria, a high flow velocity of the true bloodstream might result in low capture efficiency and prevent the realization of their full clinical potential. Here, we develop a dialyzer made by three-dimensional carbon foam pre-grafted with nanowires to isolate bacteria from unprocessed blood. The tip region of polycrystalline nanowires is bent readily to form three-dimensional nanoclaws when dragged by the molecular force of ligand-receptor, because of a decreasing Young’s moduli from the bottom to the tip. The bacterial capture efficiency was improved from ~10% on carbon foam and ~40% on unbendable single-crystalline nanowires/carbon foam to 97% on bendable polycrystalline nanowires/carbon foam in a fluid bloodstream of 10 cm s−1 velocity. © 2018 Medical Xpress Citation: Claw-like nanowires filter bacteria from blood (2018, February 13) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-02-claw-like-nanowires-filter-bacteria-blood.html Fabrication and characterization of a dialyzer. a Schematic illustration of the complex blood environment in a blood vessel demonstrating the challenge of bacterial capture. b Blood cleansing by flowing the bacteria-contaminated blood through a dialyzer. c SEM image showing the internal structure of a dialyzer composed of NWs pre-grown on CF, and a photo of whole NWs/CF shown in the inset. Scale bars in c and inset are 250 μm and 1 cm, respectively. d–g Structural characterization of single-crystalline NWs. d Low- and high-magnification (inset) SEM images. e TEM image showing the NW has only one crystal domain. f HRTEM image and g responding SAED pattern demonstrate single crystal feature. h–k Structural characterization of polycrystalline NWs. h Low- and high-magnification (inset) SEM images. i TEM image of an individual NiCo2O4 NW showing multi-grain boundaries. j HRTEM image and k responding SAED pattern confirm the multi-crystal zones. Scale bars in d and h are 10 μm. Scale bars in the insets of d and h are 500 nm. Scale bars in e and i are 200 nm. Scale bars in f and j are 5 nm. Credit: Nature Communications (2018). DOI: 10.1038/s41467-018-02879-9
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Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day 4 must play golf courses in Arizona The afternoon incident occurred in the southwestern city of Turku, where Katainen was campaigning ahead of Sunday’s municipal elections.Turku police said the man, in his 30s, was in a crowd of people in the city center when he “suddenly wielded a knife.”“The man did not behave aggressively or directly threaten the prime minister or others nearby,” a police statement said. “He was quickly apprehended by police and is being held in custody.”Mokko and other officials could not give any details on the suspect.Robert Seger, a Finnish newspaper photographer who witnessed the incident, said the man dropped to his knees in front of Katainen, holding a knife, but didn’t attack him.“He was trying to get Katainen’s attention,” Seger told AP.Shortly before the incident, the man had shaken hands with Katainen and introduced himself to the prime minister, Seger said.“I didn’t hear his name. But the man said he was in lots of trouble,” Seger said. “Then he just dropped down on his knees and suddenly I saw a knife in his hand … but he lowered it on the ground.”He said security guards quickly grabbed the man and pulled him away from Katainen, who leads a coalition government after winning national elections last year. Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix 0 Comments Share Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement 5 ways to recognize low testosterone Top Stories Sponsored Stories Associated PressHELSINKI (AP) – Security guards stopped a knife-wielding man on Monday from approaching Finnish Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen while he was campaigning for municipal elections, government officials said. Police said he did not attempt to attack the Conservative leader, who was unhurt.“The man was stopped before he reached the prime minister. He didn’t have time to stab him,” Kari Mokko, a government spokesman told The Associated Press. “Katainen will continue his duties as normal.” The government’s security chief Timo Harkonen told Finnish broadcaster YLE that the prime minister’s security contingent had closely monitored the incident and “prevented it from becoming a dangerous situation.”Politicians in the Nordic countries often mingle with voters without stringent security measures, despite a couple of high-profile attacks against government officials and political parties in recent decades.In Sweden, Prime Minister Olof Palme was gunned down on a Stockholm street in 1986 and Foreign Minister Anna Lindh was fatally stabbed in a shopping center nine years ago. Both were without security guards.Last year, a right-wing extremist set off a car bomb just outside the Norwegian government’s headquarters in Oslo, killing eight and injuring hundreds. He then massacred 69 people _ most of them teenagers _ in a shooting rampage at the summer camp of a left-wing youth group.____Associated Press writer Jari Tanner contributed to this report from Tallinn, Estonia.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation