A BC First Nation fights to save their community from a wildfire

first_imgFORT FRASER, B.C. – As bright orange flames filled the sky and roared like a freight train, Beverly Ketlo thought it was time to say goodbye to the Nadleh Whut’en band’s beloved cultural camp.Ketlo and Chief Larry Nooski sat in a car looking out at the devastating scene. The historic and sacred camp, where the First Nation sent their children to learn about their culture and laid to rest some of their loved ones, looked ready to disappear.“My uncle’s ashes are actually buried on the mount there, because it’s a cremation mount,” said Ketlo. “I said my goodbyes to him, even though he’s already in the ground.“It was an emotional time. Then the next day, it was very emotional for the whole community.”The community in Fort Fraser, B.C., thought they’d lost everything, but in the end, only a smokehouse and two cabins belonging to Ketlo’s relatives burned down. Still, the losses are enough to bring some band members to tears, especially since they say no one told them the fire was so close.“Broken,” Ketlo said of how she feels. “There was no communication with our community.”The tiny First Nation now finds itself on the front lines of two fights: one against the enormous 910-square-kilometre Shovel Lake wildfire, and another against a disjointed federal funding system that left them scrambling to evacuate their people, buy firefighting equipment and set up an emergency operations centre as flames approached.When Justin Trudeau visited nearby Prince George on Thursday, Nooski told the prime minister the First Nation was in dire trouble and needed help, said a band spokeswoman.The source of their struggle, members say, is that First Nations reserves fall under federal jurisdiction, while municipalities are under provincial authority. While British Columbia has provided resources to cities and towns to prepare for wildfires, Indigenous groups argue they don’t get equal support.Trudeau acknowledged the gaps on Thursday and pledged to clear up the flow of resources and ensure people in Indigenous communities get what they need.Jean-Francois Tremblay, deputy minister of Indigenous Services Canada, visited the Nadleh Whut’en later Thursday with Grand Chief Ed John of the First Nations Summit. Both were among those who took helicopter tours to survey the damage from the flames.Tremblay declined comment, but John said he has tabled a proposal, for a second time, asking the federal government to create a $200-million fund to help B.C.’s 203 First Nations develop emergency response plans, buy equipment and train members over the next four years.From the helicopter, plumes of thick grey smoke could be seen billowing from closely nestled treetops north of Fraser Lake. The success of burnoff operations was visible too, as lengthy fire guards wound through the forest next to stretches of scorched earth and disintegrated trees.Mike Pritchard of the BC Wildfire Service said if the burnoff operations hadn’t been conducted, scattered houses not far away would have been lost.Ketlo blamed a burnoff operation for the losses at the cultural camp, but the Wildfire Service said it hadn’t conducted any in the area and Pritchard suspects burning embers flying into the area were responsible.From the moment the Shovel Lake wildfire began to grow out of control about two weeks ago, the Nadleh Whut’en have been through a crash course in emergency management.Band spokeswoman Miranda Louie reached out to a cousin in the Tsilhqot’in Nation, which dealt with immense wildfires last year. She put Louie in touch with Juan Cereno, who managed the Tsilhqot’in’s emergency operations centre in 2017, and he rushed to Nadleh Whut’en territory.With Cereno’s help, the band transformed its main building into an emergency centre, assigned people jobs and began stockpiling food for evacuees and cooking for band fire crews. The centre is now a streamlined operation, with a large gym where a group of Mexican firefighters ate dinner on Thursday night.But in the early days, the First Nation said it struggled with poor communication with the regional district and the province, culminating in the losses at the cultural camp on Aug. 13. That day, the Nadleh Whut’en declared a local state of emergency, two days before B.C. made a provincewide declaration.“After we declared the state of emergency, it really opened up our lines of communication,” said Louie. “It should have happened sooner.”Some 80 people from the 200-member band have been evacuated, including nearly all the children and elders. They are anxious about their homes, but even if no more buildings are destroyed, the band has already experienced deep losses, Louie said.The area that has burned includes berry crops and hunting grounds, she said, and the fire’s proximity to the Nautley River means members cannot fish for salmon as they normally would in the summer.A lot of people in the remote community rely on hunting, fishing and berry picking and are otherwise unemployed, and social assistance for on-reserve people is lower than for those off reserve, she said.“The financial impact to our membership is going to be quite tremendous,” she said. “It’s really going to affect us a lot, especially when we weren’t able to fill our freezers.”Some members have defied evacuation orders and are staying behind to protect their homes. Lester George, 51, worked as a firefighter two decades ago and has armed himself with a hose and sprinklers if the flames come close.The band has given him a permit he shows to RCMP at check points so he can travel in and out of the evacuated area, and band leaders seem to understand that some people have chosen to stay, he said.“Old Man Fire don’t scare me,” he said. “It has to be by gunpoint if they make me leave.”— Follow @ellekane on Twitter.last_img read more

Egypt frees Kadhafi cousin cleared of attempted murder

first_imgCAIRO – A cousin and former aide of slain Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi has been released two days after his acquittal in a trial for attempted murder, a security official said Wednesday.Ahmed Qaddaf al-Dam, whose extradition Tripoli is demanding, was “freed overnight by police in Cairo following the court decision to acquit him” on Monday, the official said.Judicial sources had said Qaddaf al-Dam was detained in Cairo in March following a gunfight with Egyptian policemen in his apartment and was held despite the extradition demand. On Monday, the Cairo court also acquitted him of possessing unlicensed weapons and resisting arrest, sources said.Qaddaf al-Dam had denied the charges against him.On the day of his arrest, Qaddaf al-Dam and his bodyguards allegedly fired a hail of bullets at masked policemen who stormed his apartment in an upscale Cairo neighbourhood, witnesses had said.Qaddaf al-Dam, who had an Egyptian residency permit, oversaw relations between Tripoli and Cairo but resigned from his post in February 2011 after the start of the revolt against Kadhafi.Authorities in Libya said Qaddaf al-Dam is wanted for the “falsification of documents”.last_img read more

SPMA internship takes student to Olympics in Rio

Josh Gordon’s love of sport and courage to make it a career has led him all the way to Rio de Janeiro.Gordon, a Niagara-on-the-Lake native who moved to Montreal a decade ago, decided to go back to school as a mature student.He left his day job after 10 years to pursue his passion for working in the sport industry, something he’d been doing for years running a not-for-profit hockey tournament.It’s been a winding road that included working with the British Columbia Hockey League and Salmon Arm Silverbacks and attending Brock University’s Sport Management program.“It took me about a decade to find my way back to school,” he said. “Now, here I am finishing up my SPMA degree with an internship at the Olympics.”Gordon, who starts his MBA in Business Administration in September, has a summer internship with the Canadian Olympic Committee.He’s in Rio as a mobile solutions officer working to set up phones for Canada’s athletes and support staff.“The relationships that I develop during my time in Rio will be something that I will cherish forever. I feel like it is impossible to measure the bond that you forge working long days for weeks on end with such incredible people in the Games environment,” he said.Gordon said the machine that is the Olympics is breathtaking.“To see the size of the team we have, and the team behind the team working to make sure everything is taken care of, has been amazing,” he said. “It’s pretty incredible.” Brock University student Josh Gordon and SPMA academic co-ordinator Stephanie Brooks at the Rio Olympics opening ceremonies.Gordon said concerns about the state of Rio and its security seem overblown given all he’s experienced in the week he’s been there.He travelled to Brazil without hesitation and has no regrets, he said.“The risk-reward factor is definitely hugely tilted in favour of the reward, I’ve had nothing but positive experiences.”From exploring Rio to hiking the beautiful hillside and mingling with locals, Gordon said everyone has been friendly and welcoming.And, the atmosphere among the athletes is the epitome of what sport is all about.Gordon won an internal draw that took him to the opening ceremonies of the games Friday, Aug. 5. As soon as he found his seat, he ran into a familiar face, SPMA academic co-ordinator Stephanie Brooks.He plans to take in some of the games while he’s still in Brazil this week, going to men’s golf, women’s rugby and hopefully some of the diving qualifiers.While it’s been challenging, Gordon is glad he changed course and became a mature student.“If you are pursuing something that is not your passion, it’s going to make for a long life,” he said.Gordon plans to work in sport for another decade and eventually hopes to teach.“I want to combine my practical and academic knowledge to teach the next generation of sport leaders,” he said. “The experience that I acquire in Rio will play an instrumental role in shaping my future as a sport leader.”Brock University Josh Gordon spends much of his free time exploring Rio de Janeiro while interning as part of his SPMA program. read more

Dominant defense leads Ohio State womens basketball over Wisconsin 8761

OSU senior guard Ameryst Alston (14) dribbles the ball during a game against Northwestern on Jan. 28 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorThe surging Ohio State women’s basketball team (18-4, 10-1) handled a struggling Wisconsin team (6-15, 2-9) with a suffocating defensive performance Thursday night to keep the train running smoothly into the highly anticipated matchup with No. 5 Maryland on Monday.Coming into the matchup against the Badgers, the Buckeyes had won 13 of their last 14 games overall. The 87-61 victory pushed No. 7 OSU’s home winning streak to 11 games, while the Badgers have now dropped nine of their last 10 games overall.OSU coach Kevin McGuff said he was satisfied with the way each member of the team immediately found their individual roles and contributed in the contest.“We had good communication, good concentration, good effort,” McGuff said. “Everybody (that) came off the bench knew exactly what we were in. They were locked in and focused.”The Scarlet and Gray started the game off slow, plagued by poor shooting. But that all changed with a little over two minutes left in the first quarter. The Buckeyes scored 11 of their 19 first-quarter points in that short amount of time, aided by a trio of 3-pointers.The momentum OSU created carried over into the second period. The Buckeyes quickly jumped out to a double-digit lead and started to step it up on defense. The lead blossomed to 20 points midway through the quarter, but a late surge pushed the Badgers back to a 13-point deficit at the break.In the opening half, senior guard Ameryst Alston led the way for OSU with 12 points, while junior forward Shayla Cooper added 10 points along with seven rebounds. The nation’s third-leading scorer, sophomore guard Kelsey Mitchell, was held to only three points in the first half but found other ways to help her team out. For the Badgers, Cayla McMorris and Michala Johnson each put in eight points.While the Buckeyes held a steady lead at the break, they saw the opportunity to put the game away early with a lopsided third quarter, and did just that.“The third quarter was as good a defensive quarter as we’ve had probably all year,” McGuff said.The Buckeyes held Wisconsin to only seven points in the entire third period, pressuring the Badgers into shooting only 18.2 percent from the field. Using the full-court press to their advantage, the Buckeyes put together a lockdown team effort throughout the 10 minutes.When the final buzzer sounded, the Buckeyes headed off the floor with heads held high. Alston was the leading scorer for OSU with 21 points, while Mitchell, who had a strong second half shooting the ball, added 16. Cooper earned her sixth double-double of the season with 16 points and 10 rebounds, as well.Nine different OSU players saw the floor, eight of whom scored in the game, displaying an ability and a willingness to get everyone involved.“I think that’s what’s so special about our team. We have so many different aspects (and) a lot of us can contribute,” Alston said. “It’s always great to see (different) people out there playing.”Continuing Big Ten play, the streaking Buckeyes are scheduled to take on Maryland at home Monday, which is scheduled for a 9 p.m. tipoff. read more

Rio Ferdinand praised as a hero and a warrior by fans as

first_imgThe footballer said the three months his wife spent in hospital were “incredibly difficult”.”I felt almost betrayed by the diagnosis, betrayed by the illness because you think, ‘you got it once, you are not going to get it again, surely’. Actress Tamzin Outhwaite said: “So much respect. What a wonderful man and father you are. Well done for going on that journey You are a warrior… you should be so proud of yourself.” Rio Ferdinand comes to terms with losing his wife Rebecca on a BBC documentaryCredit:BBC The help you will have given so many people last night @rioferdy5 is going to be immeasurable.Of all the trophies you won that’s your best !— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) March 29, 2017 Still not seen it, then let this be the only thing you watch today. Thank you @rioferdy5 for telling your story 🙏 https://t.co/9ZvYCtyyH2— Ore Oduba (@OreOduba) March 29, 2017 Rio Ferdinand comes to terms with losing his wife Rebecca on a BBC documentary Brave and important from @RioFerdy5 to speak so openly about his personal grief last night.Everybody at #MUFC is right behind you, Rio. 👊 pic.twitter.com/FkvHLPEGEv— Manchester United (@ManUtd) March 29, 2017 Lord Sugar described the programme as “very moving”.Mrs Ferdinand was first treated for breast cancer in 2013 and the disease returned in an aggressive form in March 2015. Many praised him for telling his story in a way that will help others going through similar tragedies.Phillip Schofield tweeted: “That was amazing. You’ll have helped so many people.”Comedian John Bishop said he had “total respect” for Ferdinand, adding it was “moving and informative and something that will help others I am sure”.Before the programme’s broadcast, the former Leeds, Manchester United and West Ham star hit out at the Government, saying it is “wrong” to cut back the time widowed parents can receive bereavement benefits.center_img The documentary was broadcast on Tuesday, and public figures, celebrities and other fans spoke up to praise his bravery.Boxer Tony Bellew said Mr Ferdinand was “inspiring”, telling the star: “I have no words for the admiration I have for you or the bravery you are showing everyday… my heart goes out to you.” “You feel like, how can you get that type of luck. You don’t think the worst-case scenario can happen.”She died within 10 weeks of the diagnosis, leaving her family with little time to prepare for her loss.The couple’s children were aged four, six and nine at the time.The documentary followed Mr Ferdinand as he met other families coping with bereavement and looked at the support given to parents and children who lose loved ones. Very brave of @rioferdy5 to make that documentary . Very moving . I wish him and his kids all the best for the future. https://t.co/5pVOto2NvV— Lord Sugar (@Lord_Sugar) March 28, 2017 ‘I never contemplated suicide – but I can understand it now’ – #RioFerdinand opened up about the pain of losing his wife— Good Morning Britain (@GMB) March 29, 2017 Former England cricketer Graeme Swann said he had “enormous respect” for Ferdinand after watching the programme, while broadcaster Aled Jones said the account was “truly incredible”, adding: “You are an amazing person Rio.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Rio Ferdinand has been hailed as a “warrior” after speaking up about his wife in a poignant BBC documentary.Fans on social media praised him for his  powerful account of losing his wife Rebecca to cancer and raising their three children without her.She died aged 34 in 2015, weeks after being diagnosed with the disease for a second time.last_img read more

Confirmed The Socialist Party takes a second Dáil seat in Dublin West

first_img What’s this?! Champagne socialists! #dubw pic.twitter.com/WmienhbWsU— Hugh O’Connell (@oconnellhugh) May 24, 2014 Source: Hugh O’Connell/Twitter Source: Hugh O’Connell/YouTubeEarlier, upon arriving in Citywest, Coppinger said that voters’ switch to left-leaning parties in the constituency was “somewhat inevitable if you consider the level of anger, the level of disillusionment with the establishment parties”.She said: “So, parties such as the Socialist Party, who are anti-austerity and parties who are critiques of austerity, like Sinn Féin, who have a much bigger apparatus in the Dáil in terms of 14 TDs, would be seen as a vehicle to express a protest.”Speaking earlier in the day, Sinn Féin’s Donnelly said it was “a fantastic result” for the party and “the manifestation” of the work his party has put in across the constituency over the last four years. Sinn Féin’s Paul Donnelly: “Austerity is literally killing people.” #dubw— Hugh O’Connell (@oconnellhugh) May 24, 2014 Source: Hugh O’Connell/Twitter https://vine.co/v/Mw6dQ1tMdjuVINE: David Hall was eliminated after the fourth count in Citywest this evening. Speaking after her election just after 9pm tonight, Coppinger said: “We’re just delighted that we kept this seat for the left and for socialism.” It’s been a terrible day for Labour whose candidate Loraine Mulligan has polled just over 1,500 first preferences votes and was eliminated on the second count along with Green Party candidate Roderic O’Gorman. Updated 9.35pm https://vine.co/v/MwgXu7hQnrUTHE SOCIALIST PARTY has won its second Dáil seat in Dublin West after councillor Ruth Coppinger beat Fianna Fáil’s David McGuinness on the sixth count in Citywest tonight.Coppinger joins party colleague Joe Higgins and replaces resigned independent TD Patrick Nulty who quit the Dáil earlier this year after sending inappropriate messages on social media.Coppinger was elected on the sixth count with 12,334 votes. She failed to reach the quota of 14,478, but held off competition from Fianna Fáil’s McGuinness who got 9,237 votes.McGuinness had pulled into second place, ahead of Sinn Féin’s Paul Donnelly after benefitting from the transfers of the eliminated Fine Gael candidate Eamonn Coghlan on the fourth count.But the elimination of independent David Hall saw his transfers fall favourably for Coppinger who pulled over 600 votes ahead of McGuinness after the fifth count before benefitting from a sizeable transfer from the eliminated Sinn Féin candidate Donnelly on the sixth and final count.McGuinness, who had been trailing in third place for much of the day, had gone into second place just 553 votes behind Socialist Party councillor Ruth Coppinger after the fourth count. Source: Hugh O’Connell/Twitter Fianna Fail’s David McGuinness chats with Labour’s Loraine Mulligan #dubw pic.twitter.com/drYrbrpngk— Hugh O’Connell (@oconnellhugh) May 24, 2014 Speaking at the count centre in Citywest earlier this afternoon, McGuinness said he was neither optimistic nor pessimistic but “in the middle”.“From our point of view, we’re out in front of Fine Gael, the independents and the Green Party and that’s the place we needed to be in this to be in the shake up in the end,” he said.His defeat in this by-election is his second after he ran unsuccessfully in the October 2011 by-election in Dublin West caused by the death of former minister Brian Lenihan.Socialist Party TD, a sitting deputy in Dublin West, said earlier in the day that the party hoped for transfers to take the second seat in the constituency. https://vine.co/v/MwveOUDO0AnSpeaking before lunchtime, mortgage arrears campaigner Hall admitted he faced an “uphill battle” to win the seat. However, he confirmed his intention to run in the next general election and will be pleased with his fourth-placed finish. Source: Hugh O’Connell/YouTubeBut People Before Profit TD Richard Boyd-Barrett, who is supporting Coppinger, said earlier in the day that it was “looking good” for the Socialist after early tallies showed her in the lead: Source: Hugh O’Connell/YouTubeLIVEBLOG: Local election results 2014last_img read more

Mystery solved How mosquitoes keep flying in the rain

first_imgAnyone that has battled hordes of mosquitoes while camping or out on a hike, has wished horrible deaths on the annoying insects. Hence the whole industry around disposing of them: bug zappers, mosquito magnets, and the good old fly swatter are all best sellers as humans wage war against the blood sucking, disease carrying nuisances.How can a creature so small create such an uncomfortable situation for us? Probably the most frustrating aspect is that rain isn’t a natural deterrent or barrier, and a person can get bit by one of these flying leeches in the wet. Even during a torrential downpour, mosquitoes seem to be able to buzz around a person’s ears making themselves known to their victims. How in the world do these insects avoid all that falling water?The answer is, they don’t. Mosquitoes do not have some sort of radar that allows them to slalom in and out of a minefield of droplets falling from the sky. No, the mosquito just keeps on trucking on its merry way, right through the rain. The secret? Their body mass and hydrophobic design is not enough to cause the droplets of rain to break open, they simply just bounce right off their bodies, causing them to either drop or rotate, but not to be trapped and fall out of the sky.Researchers using high speed cameras caught this action on film as they slowed down the footage of a mosquito caught in a shower. As the mosquito got hit, it simply allowed itself to be forced down in the air, then continued on. Mosquitoes are not fast fliers like other insects, so their slow movement coupled with the lower body mass just lets them plod along regardless.So there you have it, the answer as to why your misery is compounded in the rain and you can still get bit. Check out the video below of the high speed cameras catching the little buggers in action.via io9last_img read more

Perfectly synced gears rotate at 4500 RPM and mesh without slowing

first_imgIn the video below we see three gears from Mitsubishi Electric spinning at extremely high speeds, in the range of 4500 RPM to be exact. Those gears are placed on a rail system which allows them to slide into and out of sync while moving. So, just to be entirely clear, Mitsubishi’s gears are so precise that, while rotating, they can go into and out of mesh with interrupting their perfect flow… or exploding into a mess of metal shards. This sort of precision requires engineering down to the micron level.The explanation notes that the system uses three separate motors, has a maximum speed of 6000 RPM, and has a clever regenerative system that allows the braking of one gear to harness energy for the others. The video display how the gears can perfectly move side-to-side, spin, and rotate all with micron-level precision.What’s not clear in the video is if one gear is doing what gears are designed to do: power the other gears down the line. At all times the gears are rotating in unison, but at no point in the demo does a moving gear come in contact with a stopped gear. Given the speeds that would probably have been catastrophic, but the point of using a gear system would not be to have them spin in sync independently of one another, it’s to have a dependent movement system. This would require gear-on-gear contact which isn’t as precise as what we’re seeing here and possibly won’t work well at such high speeds. If necessary it could work by the motors getting two unsynced gears up to a known speed, syncing them, and then powering one down, allowing the other gear to maintain the movement.Update: Some commenters rightly pointed out that the video is meant to display the accuracy of the servo motors, which is hugely apparent in this video. The gears were, in this case, just used to display that accuracy as they have a relatively tight tolerance between the teeth. Thus my speculation about dependent drive between the gears (in the paragraph above) was off topic as these are each servo-driven so a such a system would be necessary. That being noted, the use of gears in certainly lends itself to such a thought and this could come in handy if some sort of force amplification was necessary (or of motion, but that’s unlikely at 6000 RPM).The presented noted that a gear system like this has uses in a number of industries including automotives, printing, and food production, though it’s not entirely clear what the practical application of a high-speed non-dependent gear system would be. (Please leave a comment if you have any ideas.)last_img read more

Party Like Its 1990 With Mini LEGO Macintosh Classic

first_img As a child, I molded a Play-Doh wedding cake for my uncle (who was not, at the time, engaged to be married). But that’s nothing compared to the Wi-Fi-enabled mini Macintosh Classic Jannis Hermanns built out of LEGO.Inspired by Apple’s early-’90s PC, Berlin-based Hermanns admits he may have taken things “too far” while building bricks with his son.“After building a 1987 GMC Vandura and an off-road Segway I suddenly had the urge to build one of the first computers I remember using,” he wrote in a blog post. “I went ahead and ordered a 2.7-inch e-paper display … and I immediately started building a little fitting prototype in LEGO.”Early prototype (Jannis Hermanns)Using the free LEGO Digital Designer (LDD)—a basic 3D editor—Hermanns took “the catastrophe that is the colored prototype” and rebuilt it on the computer.Intended as a birthday gift for a friend, the mini Mac project came together quickly, though not without a few glitches.“Being a programmer, of course, I created a model that was off by one: exactly one brick too wide,” the blog said. “No problem, though. LEGO is all about freestyling, and so I did.”The making of (Jannis Hermanns)Hermanns reached another hurdle when connecting the e-paper display to the Raspberry Pi Zero power source. The process was “a little tricky,” he said, lamenting the lack of space—and the launch of a new Wi-Fi-based Raspberry Pi Zero W “right after I purchased the Zero.”With a lot of patience and a little help from the Internet, the engineer managed to build a working (to an extent) fits-in-your-hand LEGO Macintosh Classic computer.In total, Hermanns spent about $160 on LEGO bricks, an e-paper display, a Raspberry Pi, a power supply, cables, tiny retro Mac stickers, and a set of rotary tools.Check out the online photo album with behind-the-scenes images of the original prototype, the building process, and the finished product. Because pictures or it didn’t happen. Stay on target Mac App Store having launch problems? last_img read more

25th Kiteoberfest held at Haulover Beach Park

first_imgHAULOVER BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – The 25th annual “Kiteoberfest” took to the skies above Haulover Beach Park, Saturday.Children of all ages participated in the high-flying spectacle, which saw kites of all shapes and sizes fill the skies. Some of the entries included eye-popping monster kites, some of which were over 100 feet long.Due to the success of last year’s festival, the event has expanded to two days. It ends on Sunday.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Harry McCrackens Advice to Aspiring EditorsTurnedEntrepreneurs

first_imgFor FOLIO:’s September issue, the edit team here did a feature story called Go Your Own Way: Editors Turn Entrepreneurs. We spoke to three traditional print editors who went out on their own to launch their own online startup. They all had some great insight and advice to others who might, someday, do the same.One we didn’t profile, Harry McCracken—who stepped down as PC World editor in May to launch technology news site Technologizer.com—wrote a post recently on the American Society of Business Publication Editors Web site. In it, McCracken notes that in the six weeks after launching, monthly traffic is “in the hundreds of thousands of page views.” The site’s most popular stories, he wrote, receive “tens of thousands of views.” So far, so good, it seems.McCracken, who was named to the FOLIO: 40 this year, also offered nine points of advice for aspiring online entrepreneurs. The best, I thought, was to use as many free services as possible. For Technologizer, McCracken uses Google Docs and other “solid no-cost alternatives,” when available. Unless you’re independently wealthy, or are able to secure loads in angel financing, saving money where you can will help you save your resources for other necessities—and there’s never a shortage of other expenses.To read McCracken’s entire post, click here.last_img read more

Sheikh Hasina Natl Burn Institute starts operation

first_imgHealth minister Zahid Maleque speaks at the opening ceremony of Sheikh Hasina Nat’l Burn Institute. Photo: UNBThe Sheikh Hasina National Institute of Burn and Plastic Surgery has begun operating.Health minister Zahid Maleque opened the outdoor services as the chief guest.”The institution has opened up a new horizon in burn treatment in the country. It’ll provide best treatment facilities to patients,” the minister said while speaking at the opening ceremony at the institute auditorium.”The institute has been launched to serve people with burn injuries. Every year, about 600,000 people suffer burn injuries in the country. All the burn injured will get proper services from the institute and so there’s no need to go abroad for treatment,” the minister added.He said the 500-bed institute is the largest burn hospital in the world. There are many new facilities in the 18-storey building. An agreement has already been signed with Singapore for training of the students of the institute.Maleque said fire safety system has been incorporated in the building and helicopter can land there.The institute was constructed at a cost of Tk 5.22 billion. The project was implemented in time.last_img read more

The Healing Power of the Living Well

first_imgBy Sean Yoes, AFRO Baltimore Editor, syoes@afro.comThroughout history, people of color have gathered at the water for healing, cleansing and revitalization. Chapter four of the Book of John speaks specifically of Jesus traveling to a town in Samaria, where he sought relief from his journey at Jacob’s well. There he encountered a Samaritan woman and spoke to her of a `spring of water within, gushing up to eternal life.’   For 10 years The Living Well (TLW), has provided sustenance for leaders and healers in Baltimore’s Black community, other communities of color and progressive communities during one of the most critical times in the city’s history.Maurissa Stone-Bass of The Living Well. (Photo: Rachard Wolf)TLW (located at 235 Holliday St., downtown) is “a community development entity that uses art as a vehicle for individual and community change and empowerment,” according to the website.“Seeing a vision come to life is amazing,” said Maurissa D. Stone-Bass, TLW’s Social “Artrepreneur.”“Our mission is to create social and economic vibrancy. TLW’s value as a “safe space” came about by way of engaging community assets such as artists, healers and thought leaders and providing them a platform to build and serve the community. For me, it was important to hold space for truth telling.”Kenyatta Macon-Moon, a holistic educator and yoga and mindfulness practitioner is one of the vital members of the healing community that has used TLW as a platform to facilitate wellness.“TLW is so important to the community because it consistently serves as a container for diverse elements of what the city needs,” said Macon-Moon, who is the founder of Holistic Living by Keny Moon. “Run by Black Women, it is a loving and dynamic space where in any given day one can practice yoga, learn something new at a workshop, strategize social policy at a changemakers’ meeting, then close out the night celebrating life at a party.”Legendary dancer and cultural icon Maria Broom (center) leads a dance class at The Living Well. (Photo: Domnic Nell)Some of those parties at TLW have featured some of the most dynamic artists in the world, including Baltimore-based singer and community leader Navasha Daya, filmmaker Julie Dash, musician Vinx and “photovangelist” Saddi Khali.Stone-Bass, who worked in academia and community development prior to bringing forward TLW, purchased the business (the original location was on St. Paul St., in Charles Village) from Nilajah Brown, another leader in Baltimore’s healing community. “I just wanted to support access to social capital and space to build, celebrate and grow,” Stone-Bass said. “I took a leap of faith and built out a space in the middle of the recession in 2009. I wish I had invested in a space that I owned. We really need to own our own bricks.”Stone-Bass, a native of Washington D.C., with family roots in Baltimore, utilizes what she calls a shared leadership model, which provides opportunities for growth in multiple arenas. “Having access to competent space has been a huge benefit to our local healers, change makers and artists such as Nneka Nnamdi, Munir Bahar, Changa Onyango, Menes Yahuda, Jonathan Gilmore, Ama Chandra, Petula Ceaser, Michelle Stafford, Reuben Green and Dominic Nell, to name a few,” said Stone Bass.“The Living Well is one of the obnoxiously few spaces in Baltimore City where people of color don’t need to buy alcohol, or foodstuffs to feel at home,” said Changa Onyango, Associate Director of the Alliance for Community Teachers and Schools. “It may well be the only non-church facility specifically dedicated to people of color to gather. It has lately been recognized that space to congregate, a.k.a., a refuge from White supremacy, is a social determinant of health. The facility’s owner is deploying a “patient capital” business model.”After a decade of service, inspiration and healing, TLW looks to grow its territory and imprint physically and metaphysically.“As cultural curators we will always serve as a sacred space in community,” Stone-Bass said. “We are looking to expand our footprint in the city and the region.last_img

Googles Internet Balloons Are Landing in Sri Lanka

first_imgFebruary 16, 2016 Google’s Project Loon is entering the testing phase in Sri Lanka, the government of which announced a partnership with Google last July for bringing connectivity to all the island’s people.The Sri Lankan government said Tuesday that the first of the three Loon balloons to be used in the trial arrived at the start of the week. According to AFP, the balloon was launched from South America.Google’s balloons are essentially a network of solar-powered, airborne cell towers floating at a height of around 20 kilometers (12 miles), or roughly twice as high as planes fly. The network draws its own connectivity from ground stations and passes it on balloon-to-balloon — people then connect to the balloon using a phone or other 4G/LTE-capable device.Sri Lanka is a rugged island and a lot of its citizens lack any connection to the Internet. It only has 38 percent mobile broadband penetration, although 3G networks theoretically provide coverage to 90 percent of the population.Through a world-first joint venture between Google and the government, there will be 15 Loon balloons providing coverage to Sri Lanka.The Sri Lankan government said at the start of this month that it would take a 25 percent stake in the joint venture, in exchange for dedicating radio spectrum to its work. Local telecoms operators will also have the option of buying a 10 percent stake in the joint venture.Project Loon will also be tested in countries including Indonesia this year.Like Facebook, Google is trying to expand its potential markets by extending connectivity to those who currently lack it. So far, though, it seems Loon is purely an infrastructural play. Facebook has gone further by setting up portals of special content that first-time Internet users can get for free, and the way in which it has done so has opened it up to charges of neo-colonialism. This story originally appeared on Fortune Magazine 2 min read Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Register Now »last_img read more

We were hit by a flying milkshake Drivers share horror stories after

first_imgChildren were seen ‘throwing objects’ off a bridge above the A500 in Porthill (Image: Facebook) And Jon Moss had a similar experience. He said: “I had kids throw a metal bar off at me, it just missed my truck window.” Stoke-on-Trent resident Tm Smith revealed he was targeted on the M25 near Gatwick. He said: “A hire car I was driving one Boxing Day was targeted in this same way by teenagers with massive rocks. It was lashing it down with rain. The youths could have killed me. Read MorePolice pose as 14-year-old Dylan to snare this paedophile who sent a photo of his erect penis   “The car was sent off on two wheels, two wheels punctured and I had to wait two hours for the AA. “The car hire rep said it happened regularly on the M25. They also charged me £200 for tyre and wheel damage.” Other StokeonTrentLive readers condemned the yobs – and laid the blame with their ‘irresponsible’ parents. Amiee Jo said: “This makes me so angry, they could of killed or seriously injured other people. It’s disgusting.” Read More’There was no negligence…’ – NHS cleared of any wrongdoing over death of dad-of-seven, 43, in this Stoke-on-Trent pub   And Des Cooper added:   “There’s no discipline in homes nowadays and this is why children are getting away with murder. “Back in my days we had a right smack but would never do anything like this because we were so scared of what would happen .” Staffordshire Police condemned the action of anyone putting lives in danger by throwing items at moving vehicles. A spokesman said: “This kind of behaviour is completely irresponsible and can result in serious consequences. “Drivers are urged to report any similar incidents as soon as possible, with the location and as much detail as possible. “Anyone with any information or relevant dash-cam footage is asked to contact police via 101.” Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailMotorists have shared their terrifying stories of being targeted by yobs while on the roads of Stoke-on-Trent. StokeonTrentLive readers have revealed they have been victims of ‘moron’ youths hurling objects at vehicles on the A50 and A500. They have spoken out after two children were spotted ‘dropping objects’ from the Porthill roundabout above the A500 as  cars hurtled past at 50mph last weekend. Rachael Williams revealed her car was targeted by a flying milkshake on Basford roundabout. She said: “We had a milkshake chucked at us from the MFI roundabout.  The windscreen wouldn’t clear with the wipers. The little buggers had gone by the time we got off the D-road.” Meanwhile, Neil Bartlett’s vehicle was struck by a piece of house brick while his mum was at the wheel. He said: “It struck the metal frame of the windscreen – a few more inches to the left and I would not be here.” Wendy Statham also had a near miss. She said: “We were very lucky as the stone bounced of the window. We were left very shocked.” last_img read more

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New task force recommendations, the Choosing Wisely campaign and Affordable Care Act policies are all attempting to curtail overtesting — with computed tomography (CT) scans, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and any other screening often ordered unnecessarily — that can drive up medical costs, lead to waste and unnecessary radiation, and prompt undue anxiety about false positive results.These are all worthy efforts, but to really make an impact, a paradigm shift in clinical care will have to happen, Saurabh Jha, MB, BS, of the department of radiology in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, suggests in a New England Journal of Medicine article.Radiologists must become the gatekeepers of medical imaging, as opposed to serving as just service providers for patients, he writes. In the face of tighter guidelines and ultimately less leeway for physicians to order potentially superfluous tests, he calls on radiologists to be the ones who step forward and manage imaging utilization. But first, they need the power to do so.“The emphasis on service provision, operations and efficiency has pushed radiologists to the periphery of clinical decision making,” Jha writes. “To be effective gatekeepers, they will have to move to the center.”In the piece, titled “From Imaging Gatekeeper to Service Provider — A Transatlantic Journey,” Jha opens with an anecdote, a trip down memory lane that introduces us to “Dr. No,” a radiologist in Great Britain (where he did his surgery residency) known for turning down requests for scans. Dr. No needed a justified reason, as the country’s system faced limited imaging resources. In other words, you had to have a pretty good reason to order that CT, because often the diagnosis could be found another way.“[In Britain], radiologists acted as gatekeepers,” he writes. “To get through the gate, clinicians had to be at the top of their game. To triage effectively, radiologists had to think like the referring physicians. Both sides pushed each other, and the net clinical acumen improved.”Here in the United States, Jha came upon a different approach to treating patients. Fear of displeasing referring physicians or even being perceived as “rationing” care, he noticed, had many radiologists acting more like “Dr. Yes” more often than not.The healthcare system in the United Kingdom is set up differently from the United States, but there are perhaps some lessons to be learned here, Jha suggests, if we want to get out of the “imaging boom.” Mainly, it shows us that a radiologist, acting as the gatekeeper, can exercise restraint in imaging utilization, he says.Remember, “gatekeepers don’t simply advise on the best imaging method,” he writes. “They question whether a given diagnosis should be suspected in the first place.”But such a shift will require two key changes to our health system. The incentive system needs to be changed, as are there no rewards for denying an imaging study — one loses a reimbursable exam and expends time in which other reimbursable studies can be read. But there is a bigger obstacle, he writes: the service-provision mindset. Radiologists do not wish to displease referring physicians, lest they take their business to someone who won’t question their test-ordering ability.So how do they move to the center and away from the fringe? “They’ll have to develop clinical imaging conferences, act as imaging consultants and conduct imaging rounds. Radiology leadership must provide incentives for these activities without compromising efficiency, by developing granular metrics for quality,” he writes.Benchmarks will also have to be established for the acceptable proportion of negative studies, and bundled payments for accountable care organizations could offer a sentinel opportunity to face these challenges.Either way, change is coming and radiologists must decide whether to “greet the ebb of imaging passively or by stepping forward to captain and manage a rational decline,” he concludes.For more information: www.newswise.com/institutions/newsroom/134/ FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Artificial Intelligence | August 05, 2019 Montefiore Nyack Hospital Uses Aidoc AI to Spot Urgent Conditions Faster Montefiore Nyack Hospital, an acute care hospital in Rockland County, N.Y., announced it is utilizing artificial… read more Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al. Feature | July 09, 2013 Should Radiologists be the Gatekeepers of Medical Imaging? Lessons from across the pond The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s. Video Player is loading.GE Cardiographe cardiac CT scanner at SCCT19Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:38Loaded: 26.15%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:38 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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first_img News | February 27, 2014 Imaging Technique Can Diagnose Aortic Disease A new imaging technique for measuring blood flow in the heart and vessels can diagnose bicuspid aortic valve, and may… read more News | January 19, 2015 Direct Flow Medical Receives $32 Million in New Financing Chris Richardson appointed as chief commercial officer Technology | August 27, 2014 Philips Receives FDA 510(k) Clearance for TAVI Precision Treatment Planning Application August 27, 2014 — Philips Healthcare announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug… read more News | September 19, 2012 ASE Supports CMS Reimbursement Requirements for Cardiac Teams Performing TAVR September 19, 2012 — In response to criticism by physicians about the restrictiveness of conditions put forth by the… read more Related Content An angiographic image showing a transesophogeal Echo (TEE) probe in use during deployment of a transcatheter Sapien aortic valve. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 The GE Healthcare Discovery IGS 730 angiography imaging system. Image courtesy of Direct Flow MedicalJanuary 19, 2015 — Direct Flow Medical Inc. announced the closing of a new round of financing for the company totaling $32 million. The company also announced the appointment of Chris Richardson as its first chief commercial officer to support global growth of the Direct Flow Medical Transcatheter Aortic Valve System. With the addition of Richardson, Dan Rose has been appointed vice president and general manager of Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA).  The $32 million financing includes $17 million in private equity led by investor SV Life Sciences and the second tranche of a $50 million debt facility from PDL BioPharma worth $15 million. Proceeds will be used to complete the U.S. SALUS pivotal trial and fuel growth of the Direct Flow Medical system outside of the United States.The benefits of the Direct Flow Medical Transcatheter Aortic Valve System are enabled by its design, which features a metal?free frame. Rather than a metal stent, the Direct Flow Medical System incorporates a polymer frame, which is expanded using pressurized saline and contrast for placement, assessment and repositioning. The saline/contrast solution is easily exchanged for a quick?curing polymer that solidifies and secures the valve in place once optimal positioning is reached.The double?ring design of the valve creates a tight seal around the annulus. The system is fully repositionable and retrievable up until polymer exchange. The system avoids rapid pacing of the heart during deployment, and does not require post?dilatation following placement. The Direct Flow Medical Transcatheter Aortic Valve System is indicated for the treatment of patients with severe aortic stenosis who are at extreme risk for surgical aortic valve replacement (SAVR).The metal?free design enables a low?profile, fully sheathed delivery system for all valve sizes that minimizes vascular complications and improves hemodynamic outcomes.The Direct Flow Medical Transcatheter Aortic Valve System is commercially available in Europe. In the United States, the company is working towards regulatory approval and is currently enrolling patients in its SALUS pivotal trial.For more information: www.directflowmedical.com News | April 17, 2013 MDCT Better Determines Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implant Size Multi-detector computed tomography (MDCT) is a better way to measure annular size in patients with aortic stenosis who… read more Feature | June 20, 2012 Role of Echocardiography in TAVR to be Demonstrated Live at ASE 2012 June 20, 2012 — Echocardiography is playing a key role in both the assessment and guidance of transcatheter aortic… read more News | June 24, 2014 Study Shows Promise for Speckle-tracking Echo After Transcatheter Pulmonary Valve Implantation Researchers have announced the results of a study that used speckle-tracking echocardiography (STE) to analyze early… read more Technology | February 23, 2015 FDA Clears X-ray-based Aortic Regurgitation Measurement Tool Pie Medical Imaging BV announced that it received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for its… read more News | January 03, 2013 SCCT Publishes Expert Consensus on CT Imaging Before TAVR The Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) announced the publication of the SCCT Expert Consensus… read more Image courtesy of Pie Medical Imaging Technology | March 27, 2012 FDA Clears GE Healthcare’s New Class of Angiography Systems GE Healthcare unveiled two recently U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-cleared angiography systems offering… read more Technology | February 16, 2012 FDA Clears Siemens TAVR 3-D Angiography Imaging Software February 16, 2012 — Siemens Healthcare received clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for syngo… read morelast_img read more

Activist ProPalestinian boat en route to Gaza

first_img Top Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Israel imposed the blockade after the militant Islamic Hamas seized control of Gaza in 2007 from their rival, the more secular Palestinian Fatah.Palestinians and their backers consider the blockade illegal collective punishment against the people of Gaza. A September 2011 U.N. report upheld the legality of the naval blockade, calling it a “legitimate security measure,” although it criticized land restrictions. Other legal experts at the U.N., along with the Red Cross, have said the blockade is illegal.Under heavy international pressure, Israel eased the closure in 2010 after a naval raid killed nine Turkish activists on board another Gaza-bound flotilla.While many consumer goods now flow into Gaza through an Israeli-controlled crossing, some restrictions, including limits on exports, imports of key construction goods and the naval blockade, remain in place.Israel says the closure is needed to keep Hamas from obtaining weapons. Gaza militants smuggle weapons into the area through tunnels under the border with Egypt.Gaza militants launched dozens of mortar rounds at southern Israel on Monday.The Israeli military would not say whether it plans to stop the boat, saying in a statement only that it will “continue to ensure that the maritime restrictions near the Gaza Strip, instituted to prevent weapons transfers, are maintained.” Four benefits of having a wireless security system Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Comments   Share   center_img JERUSALEM (AP) – A boat carrying pro-Palestinian advocates from eight countries is en route to Gaza in the latest attempt to break Israel’s naval blockade on the coastal territory, an activist on board said Tuesday.Dror Feiler, an Israeli on the boat, said it left Naples on Sunday and aims to reach Gaza in mid-October. He said the boat is carrying items such as cement, basketballs, musical instruments and theater lighting equipment. Sponsored Stories Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home It said the aid on the boat should be delivered to Gaza through authorized Israeli-controlled crossings.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) 3 international destinations to visit in 2019last_img read more

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