New senate study says Indigenous history must be taught before moving forward

first_imgAmber BernardAPTN NewsThe Senate committee on Aboriginal Peoples has released a report on the history between Indigenous people and Canada.The vision of the committee in releasing How did We Get Here?, was to implement parts of the study into the classroom.“So we imagined for instance an audience of high school kids, who may not know a whole lot of Indigenous people, who may be able to pick up this kind of report find it interesting,” said Senator Daniel Christmas.The study looks at an unvarnished account of the development of Canada, to treaties and polices that have affected Indigenous communities.Melissa Campbell Schwartz, department head of First Nations, Metis and Inuit studies at Hillcrest High School, picked up the report for her grade 11 Indigenous Literature course.“The senate report is exciting,” Schwartz told APTN News.“It gives us another piece to move the steps forward.”Schwartz believes educators play a big role in shifting the conversation to include Indigenous perspectives.“As a settler within a colonial structure, I play a really interesting role, trying to change the conversation and trying to get kids to understand their role as a settler.”She says Indigenous history needs to be taught in order to create a better future between Indigenous people and Canadians.The grade 11 Indigenous literature class often starts with a discussion circle, exploring various topics affecting Indigenous people in Canada.Schwartz says her students eagerly participate in the conversation and are passionate about creating a better relationship with Indigenous people.She says some of her students after taking the class begin to challenge negative stereotypes they hear at home and in school.“They see the injustice, they see a simple answer and they want that to happen,” she said.“They become agents for change.”Students enrolled in the Indigenous literature class would like for more Canadians to learn about Indigenous history in Canada.“I think if everyone had this knowledge at a young age, there wouldn’t be any adults like there were in first contact,” said Azan Mubasher, a grade 11 student at Hillcrest High School.Students are hopeful with the Indigenous history they’ve been learning about in Schwartz class.“Knowledge is key and right now we’re taught an in depth knowledge of Aboriginal history, that personally I never knew of,”  Bassant Mohamed said. “It’s definitely going to shift dynamics.”Schwartz hopes the Senate report can be used widely by educators in Canada and is confident her students will create positive change.“When I was reading it (the senate report,) I actually wrote a note to myself that Murray Sinclair had said a couple years ago about education getting us into this problem and education is what’s going to get us out,” she said.“Because I see the education getting us out.”abernard@aptn.calast_img read more

Walmart ends involvement in program for people with intellectual disabilities

first_imgMONTREAL – Walmart Canada has confirmed it is ending its involvement with a Quebec program that provides job training to people with intellectual disabilities and those on the autism spectrum.Company spokesperson Anika Malik confirmed in an email Friday that the program, which was in place in several stores, will be phased out in the coming weeks.“We are pleased to have been able to collaborate over the years with these organizations and to allow program participants to gain new knowledge and opportunities to grow,” she said.“However, after analysis, we had to make the difficult decision to terminate Walmart’s partnership in the professional training program.”She said the decision was made after a review that took into account legislative changes and Walmart’s own policies.Walmart has been facing criticism over the decision since a health agency in the Mauricie region alerted the media to the job losses.While some social media users and organizations representing people with disabilities have denounced the company, others have said it should be commended for having participated for so many years.Malik insisted the decision did not amount to firing the employees, even though they are losing their positions.“These people participated in a voluntary program coordinated by local agencies who partnered with our stores to provide an environment in which they could get involved,” she said.The company would not confirm how many people will be affected by the change.last_img read more

Ottawa takes promised steps to prevent transshipments of aluminum steel

Ottawa is taking promised steps to prevent aluminum and steel from entering Canada as a way to circumvent trade measures that led to the U.S. lifting tariffs earlier this year.Starting Sept. 1, certain aluminum products will be added to the Import Control List (ICL) under the Export and Import Permits Act.Importers will be required to report details of the imported products to the Canada Border Services Agency and be subject to penalties for inaccurate or fraudulent filings.Ottawa is also amending anti-dumping regulations to ensure the appropriate duties can be applied to goods dumped into Canada and give the CBSA additional flexibility to compare the price of imports with prices charged by the exporter to a different country.Global Affairs Canada will monitor the steel sector by being able to ask certain importers to submit detailed reports.The changes come ahead of a meeting between Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and U.S. President Donald Trump at the G7 summit in France. Canada and the United States agreed in May on measures to prevent transshipments and monitor aluminum and steel trade between the two countries.“These additions to the ICL will allow the government to track and monitor imports of aluminium and help ensure that Canada does not become an entry point for transshipment or circumvention of Canadian or U.S. trade measures,” said Jean Simard, CEO of the Aluminum Association of Canada, in a statement.The Canadian Press read more

Greek elections high government borrowing costs confront traders this week

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by News Staff Posted Jun 17, 2012 5:10 pm MDT TORONTO – The eurozone will be in focus this week as traders hope for more clarity as to whether Greece remains in the 17-nation eurozone and also look to moves by officials in the monetary union that could ease the growing pressure on borrowing rates for Spain and Italy.Investors also looked to the U.S. Federal Reserve to provide an indication that it is willing to provide another round of stimulus to help a slowing economy.In Greece, the conservative party that backs keeping the country in the eurozone won the national election Sunday and immediately proposed forming a pro-euro coalition government — a development that eased, at least briefly, deep fears that the vote would unleash an economic tsunami.The outcome of the election was seen as crucial as it will determine whether the country sticks to its highly unpopular austerity program of tax hikes and spending cuts that a previous government accepted in order to receive billions of euros in bailouts that are keeping the country afloat.There was fear that if political parties were elected that favour reneging on the austerity program, the international bailout and Greece’s membership in the euro currency union would be at risk.It was considered doubtful that traders will wake up Monday morning with a clear idea of whether Greece is, in fact, in or out of the eurozone.“There are still going to be a lot of ifs there, even when you get an answer as to who won the election,” said Sadiq Adatia, chief investment officer at Sun Life Global Investment.He says there could be a boost to markets if parties backing austerity win, but it won’t last.On Friday, traders showed some confidence about the impact of the election on the European economy after the president of the European Central Bank said it would continue its “crucial role” of making sure the financial system has sufficient cash.Toronto’s S&P/TSX composite index ended 58.48 points higher to 11,524.90 last week, rising 0.2 per cent over the week.On Wall Street, the Dow Jones industrial average was ahead 115.26 points at 12,767.17, up 1.7 per cent for the week. The Nasdaq composite index rose 36.47 points to 2,872.80.Equally important to traders is how the eurozone government debt crisis contagion has spread to Spain and Italy and what officials will do about it.Spain’s borrowing costs jumped close to the unsustainable seven per cent mark last week, despite fellow eurozone countries making available up to €100 billion to bail out banks crushed by the weight of bad loans, a legacy of the collapsed real estate market.But Moody’s downgraded Spain’s government debt last Wednesday. It sees the bailout funds adding considerably to the country’s debt burden.And Italy’s 10-year borrowing rate rose to 6.07 per cent from 6.02 per cent, and the interest rate on its one-year bonds also rose sharply. Italy is seen as the next most likely eurozone country to seek a bailout.“(Eurozone officials) know what to do, they probably have the instruments to do it,” said John Johnston, chief strategist at Davis Rea Ltd.“But they need to be creative and forceful and the Germans are the ones who need to do it. They don’t seem to be willing.”He said the eurozone can survive but it must move to greater integration.In particular, Johnston said the banking crisis is the critical focus in the short run.“You have to have a central bank that’s dedicated to financial stability,” he said.“The European Central Bank hasn’t been given that mandate, it must be given that. This means they pump more money into the system, cut interest rates, regardless of their views on inflation.”The U.S. Federal Reserve will also be in focus as it makes its next interest rate announcement Tuesday.There is no mystery insofar as rates are concerned since the Fed is committed to keeping rates near zero for the foreseeable future.But slowing economic conditions around the globe, partly because of worsening economic conditions in Europe, have encouraged traders to believe that the central bank will embark on another round of stimulus.“Certainly, there’s a growing recognition at the Fed that it probably needs to do another round of something,” said Johnston.“I guess the question is whether the case is strong enough just yet. The things we’re all doing our hand wringing about are all offshore. And the Fed can’t do a whole lot on that front.”A couple of problems confront Fed chairman Ben Bernanke.It’s an election year and further stimulus measures could attract huge criticism from the Republicans.But it’s also a question of how much support Bernanke would have for further stimulus.“Bernanke may not have enough support, he may have to say, well, we will keep monitoring it and by the time August rolls around, things should be clear enough where maybe they have to do it.” Greek elections, high government borrowing costs confront traders this week read more

Analysts dubious of railway merger deal between Canadian Pacific CSX

by Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press Posted Oct 14, 2014 9:29 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email CALGARY – Analysts say they’d be glad to see Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. (TSX:CP) join forces with U.S. rival CSX Corp., but a number of hurdles stand in the way of a deal getting done.A Wall Street Journal article over the weekend, citing anonymous sources, said Calgary-based CP made an overture to CSX last week, but had been rebuffed. A combination of the two railways could create a US$62-billion railway capable of moving crude from North Dakota’s prolific oilfields to refineries on the U.S. Eastern Seaboard.Spokeswomen for both railways said they don’t comment on rumours.Analysts said there would be plenty of benefits from this potential railway link-up, but they’re skeptical a deal will be done any time soon.Desjardins analyst Benoit Poirier said he’d view such a deal “positively,” but “we remain concerned about the likelihood of completion given the reluctance of CSX’s management and the need for regulatory approvals in the short term.”If authorities were to approve a CP-CSX merger, it would likely lead to other railways following suit in order to compete, he added.Poirier said CP CEO Hunter Harrison could help improve efficiency at CSX, which lagged its peer group last year.Harrison took the top job at CP in mid-2012 after Bill Ackman’s Pershing Square Capital Management successfully campaigned for a shakeup in CP’s management ranks.Under Harrison, CP drove its operating ratio — the proportion of revenues used to operate the railway — down to 65 per cent this year, two years ahead of its 2016 target. Florida-based CSX’s operating ratio was 69.7 per cent in the third quarter.“We note that a merger between CP and CSX would be beneficial for the crude-by-rail sector as it would create a single network that joins the Bakken region with the refineries on the U.S. east coast, and believe it would create a strong player in the intermodal business given the network would provide a unique route from British Columbia to Florida,” Poirier wrote in a research note.Canaccord Genuity analyst David Tyerman said a note that a merger looks “quite speculative” right now, but would add “significant value” if it were to occur.He also agreed CSX’s network could benefit from CP’s management team.RBC Dominion Securities analyst Walter Spracklin said in a report Tuesday that it’s unlikely the U.S. Surface Transportation Board will give full support to mergers among the major North American railways. But to the extent such deals are allowed, he sees western and eastern railways pairing up.While the most recent speculation is focused on a CP-CSX merger, Spracklin wrote in March that a different U.S. railway, Kansas City Southern, would be a good acquisition candidate for the Canadian company. It would be a “perfect fit” from a geographic perspective, he said at the time.Canadian Pacific shares closed up 83 cents at $213.03 on the Toronto Stock Exchange on Tuesday. Canadian markets were closed on Monday for Thanksgiving.In New York, CSX shares gained nearly six per cent on Monday. On Tuesday, the stock added another 2.9 per cent to close at US$32.61.After markets closed on Tuesday, CSX posted third-quarter profit of $509 million, or 51 cents per share, up from $455 million, or 45 cents per share, in the same period a year earlier. Revenue grew by eight per cent to $3.2 billion. Analysts dubious of railway merger deal between Canadian Pacific, CSX read more

DR Congo UN chief notes launch of national dialogue towards elections urges

“He remains convinced that only an inclusive political dialogue will help pave the way towards peaceful and credible elections, in accordance with Security Council Resolution 2277 (2016),” Mr. Ban’s spokesman added in a statement.The Secretary-General urged the political groups that have not yet joined the dialogue process to “play a constructive role which contributes to the holding of timely and credible elections,” the spokesman said.Furthermore, the Secretary-General encouraged the Government to continue confidence-building measures and to uphold the fundamental rights and freedoms enshrined in the Constitution, the spokesman said.Mr. Ban also urged all actors to refrain from any action that could increase tensions or lead to violence, the spokesman added. read more

Uncorked Eric and Ernies drinkdrive ad

It is previously-unknown, according to Morecambe’s son Gary, who said: “I thought I’d seen every possible recording of Morecambe and Wise, so was both surprised and delighted.” A public information drink-drive Christmas advert made by the legendary comedy duo more than half a century ago has been discovered, and is being described by the British Film Institute (BFI) as “90 seconds of pure comedy genius”. Drink-driving is no laughing matter, but Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise used their irreverent, infectious humour to warn against it. In the footage, which is just like one of their beloved comedy sketches, Morecambe tells Wise to “be wise” and not drive home after a Christmas party. Trying to… read more

Bundesliga begins Kiel thrashes Flensburg

← Previous Story Kielce, Metalurg, Savehof and Partizan qualify to Champions League! Next Story → Atletico Madrid wins Super Cup and set a new record – 12.000 fans TSV Hannover-BurgdorfFüchse Berlin2831 SC MagdeburgFrisch Auf Göppingen2522 MT MelsungenTV 05/07 Hüttenberg2821 TV GroßwallstadtRhein-Neckar Löwen07.09.20:15 Hrs HSV HamburgTuS N-Lübbecke2822 THW KielSG Flensburg-Handewitt3521 HSG WetzlarEintracht Hildesheim3028 The Toyota Bundesliga had begun this weekend, and if the day is known by the morning, then we’re likely to see another title-chase between THW Kiel, HSV Hamburg, and perhaps Fuchse Berlin and Rhein-Neckar Lowen. THW Kiel “trashed” Flensburg at home, with huge 35:21 victory, while HSV Hamburg beat Lubbecke at home with 28:22. Fuchse got their first away this weekend by beating Hannover-Burgdorf with 31:28, and on the 7th Rhein-Neckar Lowen are to play after playing the Wild Card tournament.Complete Results: TBV LemgoBergischer HC07.09.20:15 Hrs HBW Balingen-WeilstettenVfL Gummersbach3628 read more

Papandreou attacks EU and New Democracy for debt crisis

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram A day after the European Union (EU) provided Greece with political support in its bid to rescue its public finances, George Papandreou accused Brussels of being “timid,” lacking coordination and of using Greece as a scapegoat to hide the 27-nation bloc’s own failings.Speaking to his Cabinet on Friday after returning from an EU leaders’ summit with plenty of encouraging words but no specific financial commitment from the other members, Papandreou suggested that Brussels should also share some responsibility for Greece’s perilous predicament.“Greece has no political or economic superpower to fight this battle alone,” he said. “In the last few months of this crisis, the EU gave its political support but in the battle against the impressions and the psychology of the market, it was at the very least timid.”He said that speculation about the country had “created a psychology of imminent collapse”.The prime minister then turned on the previous New Democracy government, accusing it of covering up the true state of the Greek economy. The conservatives had projected a 3.7 percent deficit for 2009 last spring, several months before PASOK came to power.But Papandreou said it had been remiss of Brussels not to double-check the figures and now put all the blame on Greece.“There was quite a big effort in the European Union to hide their responsibilities behind Greece,” he said. “The Union, the Commission, even Eurostat had the responsibility to be vigilant and to point out to the previous government the slippery slope it was on.”The premier said that the lack of a coordinated response by the EU to Greece’s problem had led to Greek bond spreads reaching a 10-year high and the euro coming under pressure from speculators.“There was a lack of coordination between the various bodies of the Union, the Commission, the member states and the European Central Bank. There were even differing opinions within those bodies.”Mr Papandreous comments followed the European Union offer to back Greece through its debt crisis after the European Leaders summit in Brussels.Despite the EU offer to back Greece it gave no details of any plans to help. European Council president Herman Van Rompuy told reporters after a summit of European Union leaders that assisting Greece was “not necessary today”.The leaders’ broad political commitment came as Greece struggled to tame a towering budget deficit seen endangering other markets in the 16-country eurozone. Among these are other highly-leveraged members such as Portugal and Spain.“Euro-area member states will take determined and co-ordinated action if needed to safeguard financial stability in the euro area as a whole,” Mr Van Rompuy said.“Greece did not ask for any financial support,” he added.Mr Papandreou also reinforced this message after the Leaders summit, insisting that EU leaders didn’t discuss specific plans because Greece didn’t need financial help.He described the leaders’ political agreement as a sign that they would support Greece as it corrects past mistakes and returns its economy to stable footing, dismissing recent market moves as pure speculation.“It’s a crystal clear message for the Greek economy and also for the eurozone,” Mr Papandreou said.European stock markets and the euro fell sharply as it became clear the EU leaders made only a political commitment to help the country.last_img read more

Zissis sues McDonalds

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Anastassia Zissis is set to sue fast food giant McDonald’s for injuries sustained when she slipped outside of their restaurant in Adelaide.The 60-year-old cleaner slipped on liquid that had been spilled in an access passage at the back of the company’s Myer Centre outlet in Rundle Mall in October 2008 and is now suing McDonald’s and the building’s manager, Colonial First State Property Management, in South Australia’s District Court.Ms Zissis claims that she injured her neck, lower back and buttocks and has suffered from headaches and psychological injuries which have impaired her ability to lead a normal life and return to full employment, as appeared in documents presented to the court. She claims that the dropped liquid was a result of negligence by McDonald’s staff so to was the lack of warning of the hazard by both the defendants. Her husband, Mr Angelo Zissis is also joining the fight against McDonalds claiming that since the incident he has suffered a loss of companionship, services and assistance as a result of his wife’s injuries.Both McDonald’s and Colonial First State Property Management have denied the claim with McDonald’s stating the spill was obvious and that Ms Zissis was not wearing proper footwear, adding the injuries were caused by Ms Zissis’ own negligence. Colonial First State also denies it had a duty of care to Ms Zissis and argues she was obliged to inspect and clean the area. The company also argued that her injuries were temporary and that she has now fully recovered. The matter will return to court in March.last_img read more

ArsenalSpurs issue warning to fans ahead of crunch tie

first_imgArsenal and Tottenham have appealed to fans to be on their best behaviour in Wednesday night’s Carabao Cup tie. after a racist abuse marred the last encounter.Arsenal ran away 4-2 winners in the last encounter earlier this month but it made headlines for the wrong reasons when a Spurs fan threw a banana onto the pitch as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang celebrated scoring a goal.A Tottenham supporter has been fined and handed a four-year football banning order after pleading guilty to throwing a missile and both sides are keen to avoid a repeat of any such unsavoury incidents for the Carabao Cup quarter-final clash.“Local derby matches are always passionate affairs and it is important that supporters play their part on these occasions by getting behind the team in a positive way and making them memorable for the right reasons,” Tottenham said on their official website.A message to all supporters attending tonight’s Carabao Cup quarter-final against Arsenal.— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) December 19, 2018Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“We have enjoyed some unforgettable north London derby encounters over the years and the vast majority of fans have generated incredible atmospheres on these occasions.“However, there were incidents in our most recent Premier League fixture against Arsenal earlier this month where a small number of supporters of both sides behaved unacceptably.“Ahead of Wednesday’s Carabao Cup quarter-final tie, we wish to remind supporters travelling to Emirates Stadium that any kind of racist, discriminatory or anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated by the club.“As a club that has suffered from abuse in the past from opposition supporters, we wish to make clear that there is absolutely no place for this kind of behaviour in or outside of football.”last_img read more

POLICE LOG for August 1 Wilmington Man Arrested Injured Baby Skunk Rescued Vandalism

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights from the Wilmington Police Log for Wednesday, August 1, 2018:Police came across a vehicle running in the parking lot at Michael’s Place on Lowell Street. Two parties stated they had too much to drink and are awaiting a ride from a friend. The vehicle will be staying at this location overnight. (1:01am)Police were out in the Woburn Street area after reports of picketers in the roadway. (7:07am)A passerby reported two turkeys were “stuck together” at West Street and Kilmarnock Street. Animal Control Officer unable to locate. (7:42am)A River Street caller reported her dog caught a baby skunk. Animal Control Officer brought skunk, which was still alive, to Best Pets and then Andover Animal Hospital. (7:46am)A 16-year-old was arrested on a warrant of apprehension (a child requiring assistance warrant) and brought to Lowell Juvenile Court. (8:27am)A Dorchester Street caller reported a squirrel inside their house. (9:04am)A walk-in party reported their debit card was stolen on or about July 30. (2:34pm)Nicholas Evan Belanger (21, Wilmington) was arrested on a warrant. Belanger was arrested at Speedway on Main Street. (4:32pm)A walk-in party reported that on the 129/62 sign by Rotary Park, someone wrote a derogatory term on it. Police notified Mass Highway. (7:06pm)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information.  An arrest does not constitute a conviction.  Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)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?Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPOLICE LOG for August 29: Burlington Man Arrested For OUI; Injured HummingbirdIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 1: Lowell Woman Arrested For OUI; Billerica Teen Arrested On Warrant; 2 Drivers Issued SummonsesIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for June 27: Stranger Enters Resident’s House; Man Denies Asking Young Girls To Follow HimIn “Police Log”last_img read more

Robot uses supersonic air jets to climb on walls and ceilings w

first_img Citation: Robot uses supersonic air jets to climb on walls and ceilings (w/ video) (2011, May 24) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-05-robot-supersonic-air-jets-climb.html (PhysOrg.com) — Instead of using sticky footpads to climb on walls and ceilings, a new robot takes advantage of fast-moving air that can generate an adhesion force on just about any kind of surface. The robot’s grippers, which don’t ever actually touch the surface as the robot climbs, operate on Bernoulli’s principle of fluid dynamics. Da Vinci surgical robot makes a tiny paper airplane More information: IEEE Spectrum The robot was developed by researchers at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand, with the results published in a recent ICRA paper by Matthew Journee, et al. According to Bernoulli’s principle, when a fluid (such as air) moves faster, its pressure decreases. To generate extremely fast-moving air, the researchers designed round grippers with tiny 25-μm gaps around the rim, out of which high-speed air can be forced. This design can compress the airflow so much that the air reaches supersonic speeds of Mach 3. The fast-moving air creates a low-pressure vortex inside the grippers that’s strong enough to pull the robot toward nearby surfaces, such as walls and ceilings, without actually touching them. The robot can roll on its two wheels, but the grippers are separated from the surface by a small gap. Explore furthercenter_img The robot demonstrates adhesion with supersonic air jets on a variety of surfaces. Video credit: University of Canterbury. Non-contact Bernoulli grippers have previously been used to pick up lightweight objects, especially those that are sterile or fragile. But in order to use the principle to enable a robot to climb, the researchers had to make the grippers five times stronger than the conventional version. They achieved this increase in strength by the carefully designed gaps, without the need for additional air pressure.The non-contact grippers could have applications in industrial inspections, and should be available in the coming months. 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. In this clip from the video below, the robot crawls up a wall using a non-contact vacuum grip, due to Bernoulli’s principle. Image credit: University of Canterbury. © 2010 PhysOrg.comlast_img read more

Drinking coffee may lead to longer life

first_imgYour daily cup of joe may help you live longer, say scientists who have found that drinking coffee may lower the risk of death due to heart disease, cancer, stroke and diabetes. People who consumed a cup of coffee a day were 12 per cent less likely to die compared to those who did not drink coffee. This association was even stronger for those who drank two to three cups a day – 18 per cent reduced chance of death. Lower mortality was present regardless of whether people drank regular or decaffeinated coffee, suggesting the association is not tied to caffeine, said Veronica W Setiawan, associate professor at University of Southern California (USC) in the US. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe study, published in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine, used data from the Multiethnic Cohort Study, a collaborative effort between the University of Hawaii Cancer Center and USC’s Keck School of Medicine. The ongoing Multiethnic Cohort Study has more than 215,000 participants and bills itself as the most ethnically diverse study examining lifestyle risk factors that may lead to cancer. “Until now, few data have been available on the association between coffee consumption and mortality in nonwhites in the US and elsewhere,” researchers said. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive”Such investigations are important because lifestyle patterns and disease risks can vary substantially across racial and ethnic backgrounds, and findings in one group may not necessarily apply to others,” they said. Since the association was seen in four different ethnicities, Setiawan said it is safe to say the results apply to other groups. “This study is the largest of its kind and includes minorities who have very different lifestyles,” Setiawan said. “Seeing a similar pattern across different populations gives stronger biological backing to the argument that coffee is good for you whether you are white, African-American, Latino or Asian,” he said. Previous research by USC and others have indicated that drinking coffee is associated with reduced risk of several types of cancer, diabetes, liver disease, Parkinson’s disease, Type 2 diabetes and other chronic diseases. Setiawan said any positive effects from drinking coffee are far-reaching because of the number of people who enjoy or rely on the beverage every day. “Coffee contains a lot of antioxidants and phenolic compounds that play an important role in cancer prevention,” Setiawan said. “Although this study does not show causation or point to what chemicals in coffee may have this ‘elixir effect,’ it is clear that coffee can be incorporated into a healthy diet and lifestyle,” he said.last_img read more

S 24Pgs administration on war footing to ensure stellar turnout on May

first_imgKolkata: The South 24-Parganas district administration is leaving no stones unturned to ensure a good turnout in the last phase of the Lok Sabha polls scheduled on May 19.The district, with the four parliamentary constituencies of Diamond Harbour, Jadavpur, Mathurapur, Joynagar and almost half of South Kolkata, has the highest number of booths in the entire country at 8,550. The district is followed by Nagpur, North 24-Parganas and Thane in terms of total booth count, nationwide. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata”Apart from mobilising more than 6,000 vehicles including water transport and other arrangements for smooth ferrying of polling personnel, we have given utmost importance to risk aversion and disaster prevention. We are installing two temporary automatic weather stations at Gosaba and Patharpratima, for very specific and localised weather forecasts,” said South 24-Parganas DM Y Ratnakara Rao, who is also the District Election Officer (DEO). The district administration has taken lessons from cyclone Fani, for which it had elaborate arrangements for disaster management. “This district has perhaps the highest diversity in the country, with a blend of metropolitan, international maritime border sharing, as well as an archipelago of islands,” the DM added. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateThe entire Gosaba Assembly constituency under Joynagar PC which has 257 booths and nearly half of the Patharpratima Assembly constituency with 136 out of 293 booths, are located in remote riverine locations. “Arrangements are in place to make voting personnel reach these locations 48 hours in advance. The rule book says that voting personnel should reach their place of duty a day before polling,” a senior official in the district administration said. The official added that there will be speedboats at all important ghats, ‘Apatmitras’ who are specially trained in disaster management operation and other necessary standard operating procedure (SOP) in place. Sufficient number of CCTVs will also be installed at important locations. The Coast Guard, which has its base at Frasergunj, is sanitising the waterways on a regular basis as a part of preventive intervention. “We have made all DCRCs weather proof, taking lessons from the 2009 Lok Sabha elections when 200 EVMs were damaged due to inclement weather and machines were procured from Hyderabad on a war footing to address the crisis situation. With a large part of the district being located on the coastal belt, chances of natural calamity are always on the cards. So we need to be prepared fully in advance,” the official said.last_img read more

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first_imgNews | April 21, 2014 International Society for Therapeutic Ultrasound Highlights Latest Advances in Focused Ultrasound Studies demonstrate impressive potential of focused ultrasound to treat a range of cancers, neurological disorders and gynecological conditions Images of patient with an osteoid osteoma of the finger before and after treatment with focused ultrasound.April 21, 2014 — Presentations at the symposium of The International Society for Therapeutic Ultrasound (ISTU) demonstrate an increasing body of data supporting the potential of focused ultrasound to transform the treatment of a wide range of diseases. This early-stage, non-invasive technology could be a cost-effective alternative or adjunct to traditional surgery, radiation therapy and drug delivery to treat conditions such as brain tumors, movement disorders, prostate cancer and soft tissue tumors. Currently approved in the United States for the treatment of uterine fibroids and painful bone metastases, many healthcare experts consider focused ultrasound a disruptive technology to watch.“Focused ultrasound is increasingly being considered a game-changing technology,” said Kim Butts Pauly, Ph.D., ISTU 2014 committee chair and professor of radiology, Stanford University School of Medicine. “We are excited to host researchers from many disciplines around the world — including medical physics, engineering, biomedical science, radiology, oncology and neurosurgery — to share significant pre-clinical and clinical progress being made with focused ultrasound.”The range and depth of scientific presentations at the 2014 ISTU meeting demonstrate the broad applicability of this platform technology to produce multiple biological mechanisms. Focused ultrasound can have therapeutic effect both directly by ablating unhealthy tissue or dissolving blood clots and indirectly, such as by opening up the blood-brain barrier to allow the delivery of therapeutic agents.“It is critical that the next phase of innovation in focused ultrasound optimizes the potential to treat the most urgent medical needs that will benefit the greatest number of patients,” said Neal F. Kassell, chairman of The Focused Ultrasound Foundation, a major sponsor of the conference. “One revolutionary approach involves using the technology to non-invasively treat problem areas deep in the brain, while bypassing healthy brain tissue and preserving normal functions. The successes in movement disorders point to a very promising future for this powerful tool.”Several new clinical studies were presented at the symposium, including the following highlights:Uterine FibroidsIn-Office Rapid Volumetric Ablation of Uterine Fibroids Under Ultrasound Imaging Guidance: Preclinical And Early Clinical Experience With The Mirabilis Trans-Abdominal HIFU Treatment SystemJessica Parsons, Ph.D., clinical science manager at Mirabilis Medica Inc. presented results of a single-arm pilot study of 37 women treated with their experimental focused ultrasound system prior to hysterectomy. The treatment was delivered using ultrasound imaging guidance with no skin burns or collateral tissue injury. No anesthesia or sedation was required in a large majority of patients. The average total treatment time was 4.9 minutes. This dramatically shorter treatment time was achieved using a shell ablation technique, which involves focusing the ultrasound energy on the outer surface of the target volume to allow thermal and ischemic effects to work in concert. The average non-perfused volume created in the study ranged between 0.6 and 51.3 cc, depending on the treatment parameters used.Clinical Application of High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound Ablation in Gynecology: Safety AnalysisLian Zhang, M.D., of Chongqing Medical University in China presented a seven-year study evaluating the safety of focused ultrasound treatment of more than 10,000 patients with uterine fibroids or adenomyosis at 10 centers in China. The treatments were very effective, with an average of 80% non-perfused fibroid volume achieved. The treatments were safe, with 13.15% of patients experiencing anticipated minor side effects immediately after the procedure (abnormal vaginal secretion, lower abdominal pain, transient leg or buttock pain, dysuria, vomiting, uterine bleeding, urinary retention or fever). Longer-term side effects (skin blisters, leg or buttock pain, and uterine bleeding) occurred in 0.12%. Major complications, which have previously led to substantial morbidity and disability, did not occur in this study.Soft Tissue TumorsTreatment of Extra-Abdominal Desmoid Tumors Using MR-Guided High Intensity Focused Ultrasound: Preliminary Results after Five PatientsPejman Ghanouni, M.D., Ph.D., Stanford University, shared his experience treating five patients with desmoid tumors, rare aggressive benign growths that affect young adults. Five patients with a median age of 17 years were treated. The average treatment time was 4 hours 39 minutes, and no serious adverse events occurred. 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first_img Banks Community Banks Credit Unions Dodd-Frank Act Law mortgage President 2018-05-25 Radhika Ojha in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News May 25, 2018 621 Views President Trump: “This is an Important Piece of Legislation”center_img Share Community banks and credit unions across the country will soon receive relief from certain regulations that govern banks under the Dodd-Frank Act, thanks to The Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief and Consumer Protection Act (S. 2155), which was signed into law on Thursday by President Trump. “I’ll be signing now a very important bill from the standpoint of people and jobs and loans,” President Trump said in his remarks before signing the bill into law.”As Chairman of the Banking Committee, my priority has been to find agreement on commonsense reforms, particularly those targeted at improving economic growth,” said Sen. Mike Crapo. “This bill’s passage marks one of our greatest achievements in the 115th Congress, but should not be unexpected. It is a bipartisan compromise, the changes are common sense, and it will allow financial institutions to better serve their customers and communities while maintaining safety and soundness and important consumer protections.”The bipartisan bill was passed by the House on Tuesday and right-sizes the regulatory system for smaller financial institutions, allowing community banks and credit unions to succeed and invest further in their local areas. Rather than spending time on compliance, these institutions can redirect resources toward what they do best–approving mortgages, providing credit, and lending to small businesses and families in their communities.last_img read more

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