Lazios loss is cruel and undeserved – Garcia

first_imgOlympique de Marseille manager Rudi Garcia has described his team’s defeat to Lazio as ‘cruel and undeserved.’The French club suffered a 2-1 loss to Lazio at the Stadio Olimpico in their fourth game of this season’s UEFA Europa League, a result which leaves them with only one point so far and no chance of making it into the second round.“We played very well this evening and were up to the task,” insisted former Roma boss Garcia on Sky Sport Italia, as quoted by Football Italia.“It’s incredible how Lazio went into the break 1-0 up, totally undeserved. Lately we just aren’t very fortunate, as we concede chaotic goals.”Fonseca hints Smalling could debut tomorrow Manuel R. Medina – August 31, 2019 AS Roma manager Paulo Fonseca has hinted Chris Smalling could debut in tomorrow’s Derby Della Capitale between his team and Lazio.“We were unable to score when we had the chance. I admit in the first game with Lazio, we simply weren’t up to the task, but tonight the lads gave their all.”“It was a cruel and undeserved defeat. The problem is that we conceded right on the stroke of half-time with Lazio’s first chance. We conceded on a ball that floated down from the sky like a snowflake.”“I compliment (Lazio goalkeeper Thomas) Strakosha for preventing us from scoring more goals. The truth is we weren’t eliminated today, as if we’d played like this in the previous games, we would still be in it.”“Now our objective is to qualify for the Champions”last_img read more

Small brush fires in San Ysidro causes road closures

first_img KUSI Newsroom, Small brush fires in San Ysidro causes road closures Posted: April 22, 2018 KUSI Newsroom SAN YSIDRO (KUSI) — Multiple small brush fires in San Ysidro Sunday forced authorities to shut down lanes and connector ramps of two freeways before firefighters could get the situation under control.The brushers were first reported at 2:35 p.m. near Via de la Bandola, according to San Diego Fire-Rescue spokesperson Monica Munoz. The street runs adjacent to the eastbound lanes of State Route 905, just west of its junction with Interstate 805.California Highway Patrol officers began shutting down eastbound SR-905 about 10 minutes later and also closed transition roads from Interstate 805 and Picador Boulevard onto SR-905.The fires were knocked down by 3:25 p.m., Munoz said.No structures were threatened and no one was injured, she said.Munoz said there was no word on what may have caused the fires. A CHP incident log indicated that officers made contact with a possible suspect, but it’s unclear if anyone was arrested.All lanes were reopened by 4:12 p.m., according to the CHP. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter April 22, 2018last_img read more

Gregoire urges tax hike reform in her final annual speech

first_imgThe video of Chris Gregoire’s speech:http://www.tvw.org/index.php?option=com_tvwplayer&eventID=2012010056Joe Zarelli’s comments on the speech:http://src.leg.wa.gov/news/2012/zarelli/011012republicanresponse.htmGov. Chris Gregoire in her State of the State address on Tuesday said she hopes lawmakers in Olympia can fix the $1 billion budget crisis, pass a temporary half-cent sales tax increase, reform education, approve a $3.6 billion transportation package and legalize same-sex marriage during the 60-day legislative session.Republican legislators from Southwest Washington agreed that the budget must be cut but criticized other aspects of the Democratic governor’s agenda.“While we must cut, we must also find real reforms,” Gregoire said. “We must look for new revenue for the state of Washington.”Regarding the half-cent sales tax increase, Gregoire said that the state’s portion of the sales tax has not been increased since 1983, when a Republican governor passed a 1-cent increase to fund education during the worst recession since the current recession. Gregoire said $411 million of the $492 million in annual revenues from her proposed sales tax increase would go to K-12 and higher education.Gregoire’s sales tax proposal has a referendum clause, so if passed by the Legislature, it would have to ultimately be approved by the voters in November.State Rep. Ann Rivers, R-La Center, said she was encouraged by the governor listing education and safety nets for the vulnerable as top priorities. “I think that’s what most people really, really expect of us,” Rivers said. But Rivers said it is a bad idea to leave education funding up to a public vote. If the public does not approve the half-cent sales tax increase, then “we’re in the same boat that we’re in right now.”State Sen. Joe Zarelli, R-Ridgefield, gave the Republican rebuttal to Gregoire’s address and said he disagrees with a sales tax hike. He said reforming taxes and prioritizing spending would be enough to fix the crisis. At the top of the spending list should be “education, and public safety, and services for the most vulnerable,” Zarelli said.last_img read more

WILMINGTON AROUND THE WEB The Best Stories From Wilmingtons Newspapers

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are recent articles about Wilmington — published online between December 16, 2018 to December 23, 2018 — that residents should consider reading:Wilmington Town CrierLights, Christmas, action by Cassia BurnsStill no vote on detox facility on Middlesex Avenue by Lizzie McDermottDawn Martell recognized by the Daughters of the American Revolution by Lizzy HillWilmington Town Crier sports stories can be read HERE.Wilmington AdvocateNoneWilmington PatchNoneLowell SunWilmington man dies scuba diving by Robert MillsWoman gets 5 years in human-trafficking case with ties to Greater Lowell by Aaron CurtisLike 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? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com. Thank You To Our Sponsor:Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWILMINGTON AROUND THE WEB: The Best Stories From Wilmington’s NewspapersIn “Community”WILMINGTON AROUND THE WEB: The Best Stories From Wilmington’s NewspapersIn “Community”WILMINGTON AROUND THE WEB: The Best Stories From Wilmington’s NewspapersIn “Community”last_img read more

Bangladesh women suffer at overseas workplaces

first_imgRahima from Keraniganj in Dhaka (2nd from the right) briefs newsmen at a press conference organised by Occupational Safety, Health and Environment Foundation (OSHE) Bangladesh at Dhaka Reporters Unity on Sunday Photo: Prothom Alo”Whenever I wanted to talk to my relatives, my employers misbehaved with me. They did not pay me. They did not give me enough food. I had to slog hard day and night. At one point I fled and went to the Bangladesh embassy,” said Rahima Khatun, a migrant worker who returned from Saudi Arabia a few months ago, narrating her ordeal abroad while speaking to Prothom Alo.Rahima, from Keraniganj in Dhaka, was talking to this correspondent on the sidelines of a press conference organised by Bangladesh Occupational Safety, Health and Environment Foundation (OSHE) at Dhaka Reporters Unity on Sunday morning.Rahima said a large number of Bangladeshi women migrants are allegedly tortured and abused in Saudi Arabia.The Bangladesh embassy is doing nothing for them, she alleged.”I stayed at the embassy shelter home for 20 days. There were about 5,000 women. I saw two women giving birth and around 250 women pregnant,” said Rahima who managed to return home as one of her relative in Saudi Arabia bought her a ticket. “Those who have no relatives in Saudi Arabia can hardly return,” she said.”When I was at the shelter home, a woman from Sylhet said her employer took her to different hotels at night. One day she fled and came to the shelter home,” Rahima Khatun added.Rahima, who now works as a day labourer in her locality, also alleged she did not get any money in five months although she spent Tk 150,000 to go to Saudi Arabia.Like Rahima, many female migrants face the same fate in the destination countries including Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Qatar, Malaysia and Oman.According to the government statistics, a total of 973,000 migrants have gone abroad between January and November 2017. Of them, a total of 118,000 are women.OSHE executive director AR Chowdhury Repon said the migrant workers bring in a huge amount of foreign currency by dint of their labout abroad. They contribute to the development of the country.While working abroad, the migrants suffer from various health complications and they have to work under stress and in an unhealthy environment, he said.In a written statement, OSHE vice chairman SM Morshed said a total of 3154 dead bodies arrive from different countries between January and November 2017.”We think these are not normal deaths. We think the government should investigate the main cause of deaths of the migrants,” he added.Morshed said the health officers of factories generally put down cardiac arrest as the cause of death.Bangladesh Occupational Safety, Health and Environment Foundation at the press conference made a 9-point demand to ensure safety and security of the migrants.The demands are: Health and safety issues have to be included in the training and briefing of the bureau of manpower, employment and training, aspirant migrants have to be informed about their rights in the destination country, health of out-bound migrants and returnees have to be checked at government hospitals and occupational safety and health helpline has to be launched at the labour wings.last_img read more

Greater Houston Job Growth Will Keep Improving in 2017 Greater Houston Partnership

first_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /01:14 Listen X Florian MartinPatrick Jankowski reveals the Greater Houston Partnership’s 2017 employment forecast during a luncheon at the Royal Sonesta hotel in the Galleria area.Greater Houston will create 29,700 net jobs next year, according to the Greater Houston Partnership’s employment forecast.Compare that to 104,700 jobs in 2014 and 15,200 last year.The organization’s regional economist, Patrick Jankowski, who prepared the forecast, said most new jobs will come in the healthcare sector.“As healthcare becomes more important just in society and the economy, we’ll continue to see growth in healthcare,” he said. “We’ll see 9,800 jobs added at least in healthcare next year.”Other sectors that he expects to add many jobs include accommodation and food services, government and retail.Only three sectors are forecast to lose jobs – one of them is energy.Jankowski said the industry needs oil to reach $60 a barrel to do well, and he doesn’t see that coming in 2017.“If the oil and gas industry is still losing money, they’re not going to be hiring,” he said. “They’re going to need to do something to try to continue to cut costs, so still restructuring. They’re not going to hire when they’re losing money. We’ll probably see about a 3,500 job loss next year in energy.”The biggest job loss – 16,000 – will occur in construction, according to the forecast, because activity in that sector is expected to go down significantly next year. Sharelast_img read more

Federal Judge Throws Out Effort By UT Professors To Overturn Campus Carry

first_img Share This article originally appeared in The Texas Tribune at https://www.texastribune.org/2017/07/07/federal-judge-dismisses-ut-professors-attempt-overturn-campus-carry/.The Texas Tribune is a nonprofit, nonpartisan media organization that informs Texans — and engages with them — about public policy, politics, government and statewide issues. Bob DaemmrichStephanie Odam of Austin marches in a campus carry protest in Austin, Jan 8, 2015.A federal judge has dismissed a longshot lawsuit filed by three University of Texas at Austin professors seeking to overturn the state’s 2015 campus carry law, which allows people to carry concealed handguns inside most public university buildings.  District Judge Lee Yeakel wrote in his decision that the professors — Jennifer Lynn Glass, Lisa Moore and Mia Carter — couldn’t present any “concrete evidence to substantiate their fears” that campus carry would have a chilling effect on free speech.  The professors claimed, among other arguments, that the law violated their First Amendment rights, since the possibility of a gun being in their classrooms might make them hesitant to discuss controversial issues. In dismissing the suit, Yeakel said the professors didn’t have standing to sue.  But Renea Hicks, the attorney representing the three UT professors, said the specifics of the ruling leave the case’s future uncertain. While Yeakel threw out the case entirely, he only only addressed one of the legal arguments, the question of a First Amendment violation. “We had other claims in the lawsuit beyond that — a Second Amendment claim, an equal protection claim. The order accompanying his dismissal doesn’t seem to address those issues,” Hicks said in an interview Friday. “So there’s a bit of confusion on our part.” Hicks, who had not yet conferred with his clients when reached Friday, said he is not sure what course of action he and the plaintiffs will take. They have 28 days from July 6 to ask Yeakel for clarification, and 30 days to file an appeal to the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals. The ruling was issued late Thursday, exactly one year after the original lawsuit was filed. On Friday, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, whose office defended the state in the case, praised the decision. “The court’s ruling today is the correct outcome,” Paxton said. “The fact that a small group of professors dislike a law and speculate about a ‘chilling effect’ is hardly a valid basis to set the law aside.” Campus carry became law in 2015, but didn’t go into effect until Aug. 1, 2016. It stirred up widespread opposition among faculty and many students — especially on the UT-Austin campus. But so far, there have been no major incidents and protests on campus have all but disappeared.  Emma Platoff contributed to this report. Disclosure: The University of Texas at Austin has been a financial supporter of The Texas Tribune. A complete list of Tribune donors and sponsors can be viewed here. last_img read more

4 Big Stories To Watch This Week From Taxes To The Russia

first_img Share Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., left, President Trump, center, and House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., will have their relationships tested by the a legislative push on a tax overhaul this week.There is lots to watch this week, from a potentially make-or-break stretch on the tax overhaul President Trump so badly wants to social media network officials testifying about what they knew and when they knew it about Russian-linked ads that may have helped influence the 2016 presidential election.There might also be more that’s learned about the Niger ambush — the substance of which has been overshadowed by President Trump’s feud with a Gold Star widow, whose husband, Sgt. La David Johnson, was one of four soldiers who died in that ambush earlier this month.Defense Secretary James Mattis and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson testify before a Senate committee Monday and are expected to be asked about what happened, why American troops are there and the extent of the operations. Some powerful and important members of Congress have accused the administration of not being very forthcoming about it all.And worth watching: we could get a preview of the next judges Trump might hope to nominate to the Supreme Court.— Domenico Montanaro, lead political editorHere’s what to watch for in these four storylines:1. Big week for the tax overhaulThis week will be one of the most consequential moments to date for President Trump and congressional Republicans, who are set to unveil the most sweeping tax overhaul since the Reagan era.The goal is to cut taxes for individuals and U.S. businesses, while simultaneously overhauling the complicated American system of tax breaks and deductions, and to do it without adding more than $1.5 trillion to the deficit over the next 10 years.Republicans maintain that ballooning the deficit in the short-term with revenue cuts will be mitigated by faster economic growth delivered by those same cuts — but many economists (and Democrats) dispute that theory.The broad outlines of the plan have been circulated for months. On the business front, Republicans want to cut the corporate tax rate from 35 to 20 percent, with a 25-percent rate for smaller businesses in which owners pay taxes through the individual tax return system.It will also include a repeal of the estate tax, which only affects a small number of the wealthiest Americans. On the individual side, Republicans want to collapse the seven tax brackets down to three or four, lower rates and double the standard deduction.Those are the popular selling points, but what Republicans have kept closely guarded is which tax breaks they’re willing to sacrifice — and which Americans and corporations might have to pay more. Republicans have not ruled out keeping tax rates at the same or slightly higher levels on the wealthiest of Americans.On the corporate side, K Street is girding for a fight between multi-national companies, who shelter money overseas to avoid paying taxes, and domestic companies, who can’t enjoy those same tax shelters.Politically, this could be more consequential than health care, especially following the high-profile repeal-and-replace failures over the last several efforts. Most Republicans see tax legislation as their redemption for those failed efforts.Imagine if, after pushing health care and a tax overhaul, that Republicans can’t get something through — even needing just a majority of votes. (For both, Senate Republicans are operating under special budget rules that allow them to bypass the traditional 60 votes needed to end a filibuster and advance legislation.)Tax cuts are also a bedrock issue for Republicans and failing on this bill could threaten not just their congressional majorities next year, but any semblance of a working relationship between President Trump and congressional Republicans led by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis.— Susan Davis, congressional reporter2. The social networks come to Washington — and hope to go quietlyThere are now a total of three hearings scheduled for this week on the role that social media and Big Tech played in the Russian attack on the 2016 presidential election.The Senate Judiciary Committee’s panel on Crime and Terrorism has confirmed that it plans to convene a hearing at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday with Google, Facebook and Twitter officials as witnesses, ahead of two more sessions that were already scheduled the following day.On Wednesday, the Senate Intelligence Committee is scheduled to convene its hearing at 9:30 a.m. and the House Intelligence Committee has said it would convene its hearing at 2 p.m.As we wrote over the weekend, previewing the hearings:“Don’t expect the hearings to match the spectacle offered in June by former FBI Director James Comey. Instead, the representatives of Google, Facebook and Twitter — men whose faces you don’t recognize, with names you don’t know — are expected to try as hard as they can to be boring.“They don’t want histrionics. They don’t want to be ensnared into soundbites. They want to comply with their invitations to appear, restate their earnest commitment to playing ball and then get safely back over the battlements into Silicon Valley.”And:“Each company has acknowledged selling ads to Russian-linked buyers or, in the case of Facebook and Twitter, the presence of fake or automated accounts that wrought all kinds of interference within the U.S. What is in dispute is what action to take now.“[Sen. Mark] Warner, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., and Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., have a bill that would mandate disclosure about online political ads. But Facebook and Twitter say they’re already planning to take industry-leading new steps on transparency.”– Philip Ewing, national security editor3. More scrutiny on Niger ambushThe Senate Foreign Relations Committee originally scheduled a hearing on Monday to discuss a topic that nobody in Congress wants to talk about: passing a new bill that authorizes use of military force overseas.But the conflicting stories and unanswered questions about the deadly ambush in Niger that killed four American troops has suddenly turned the hearing into a hot ticket.Defense Secretary James Mattis and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson can look forward to tough questions about exactly what American troops were doing there, whether they were set up and why deployments in remote Africa are worth the danger to American lives.Also: The committee’s chairman, Tennessee’s Bob Corker, is one of a number of old-line Republicans who have broken hard with Trump in recent weeks.Although Corker’s gavel won’t fall until 5 p.m., there could nonetheless be quite a bit of attention focused on this hearing.— Philip Ewing4. Passing judgmentNot to be overlooked this week, while everyone’s focused on taxes, McConnell has filed cloture on four federal appeals court nominations. This will take up the entire week — on purpose. First, here are the judicial nominees:Amy Barrett, of Indiana, to be U.S. circuit judge for the 7th CircuitJoan Larsen, of Michigan, to be U. S. circuit judge for the 6th CircuitAllison Eid, of Colorado, to be U.S. circuit judge for the 10th CircuitStephanos Bibas, of Pennsylvania, to be U.S. circuit judge for the 3rd Circuit.Republicans are going to focus the week on these judicial nominations — and Democrats’ slow-walking of confirmations. Republicans say they will work through next weekend to confirm them if Democrats don’t yield time.They’re girding for a fight, but expect Democrats will probably yield time because, well, senators don’t do weekend work if they can avoid it.On the nominees themselves, it’s an interesting crop that includes three prominent conservative women. That’s something Republicans are trying to tout loudly.Two of the nominees — Larsen and Eid — were also on Trump’s Supreme Court nominee list during the campaign. Eid is filling Neil Gorsuch’s vacancy on the 10th Circuit. Gorsuch was elevated to the Supreme Court earlier this year.Barrett was the subject of a controversial hearing that got a fair amount of attention last month in which her Catholic faith became an issue. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., accused her of adhering too strongly to “dogma” when it comes to abortion rather than precedent and law. That raised the ire of Notre Dame’s and Princeton’s presidents, who saw bias in Feinstein’s pointed questioning.Expect a religious liberty press event timed to these nominations.Any of these four could one day well be Supreme Court nominees, making them notable to watch this week.All of it has the makings of a red-meat-kind-of-base-victory week in the Senate for the GOP.— Susan DavisCopyright 2017 NPR. 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UPDATE Bus Drivers Autopsy Report Could Help Explain Deadly Bus Crash Involving

first_img– / 9Autopsy results on a bus driver who died while taking a high school band from Florida to Texas may help show why the vehicle careened wildly across a highway before plunging down a steep embankment, police said Wednesday.The driver, 65-year-old Harry Caligone, was the only person killed in the crash, and a medical examiner’s report could reveal whether he had a health problem that could be a factor in the crash, said Capt. John Malone of the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency.About three dozen people went to hospitals after the accident, and nine remained hospitalized Wednesday.The bus, carrying 46 students and adults from Disney World to Channelview High School in suburban Houston, unexpectedly left the westbound lane of Interstate 10 before dawn Tuesday.Malone said the bus veered across the median into the eastbound lane before shooting back into the grass median and driving off the ravine.“It actually hit the guard rail on the eastbound side and was directed back into the median,” he said.There were no signs of skid marks, Malone said, indicating the driver didn’t apply the brakes in a hurry.“It just rolled,” Malone said.The National Transportation Safety Board said the bus was new and making only its second trip.Pete Kotowski, an investigator with the agency, told a news conference that Caligone was on his way to meet a relief driver less than an hour away in Mobile, Alabama, at the time of the crash. Switching drivers is a normal procedure, he said, and the driver had not exceeded the total number of hours he was allowed to drive.The crash occurred on a rural stretch between Pensacola, Florida, and Mobile, Alabama.A student told the media that the band director called the driver called out “Harry” several times before the crash, but Malone said investigators haven’t determined what happened aboard the bus.Caligone’s sister-in-law, Angela Caligone, 58, of Houston, said Caligone had been a bus driver for more than 20 years, the last 15 years with First Class Tours Inc. of Houston.Caligone said her brother-in-law had just passed a physical with “flying colors.” A company spokesman said Caligone had a checkup earlier this month but didn’t provide details of the results.___At least nine people remained hospitalized early Wednesday after the bus carrying the Channelview ISD high school band plunged into a ravine so steep rescuers had to rappel down to them.The crash tossed students around the vehicle and killed the driver.Relatives identified the driver, Harry Caligone from Houston, as a caring man who was “dedicated to his job.” About three dozen others on the bus were hurt, six seriously, authorities and the bus company said. Interstate 10 was blocked for hours where the accident occurred between Mobile, Alabama, and Pensacola, Florida.Hospitals said two of the most severely injured were listed in serious condition, while the other seven were in good or stable condition.The cause of the crash wasn’t immediately known, but survivors from Channelview High School in metro Houston described being asleep one moment and tumbling through the air the next.Student DeWayne Benson, 15, told KTRK-TV by telephone he awoke to hear the band director repeatedly say “Harry” before the bus hit a series of bumps followed by one “huge bump.”“Some students were stuck under seats, some were on top of other students and there’s a lot of panic to get people out,” said Benson, who was taken to a hospital but wasn’t injured.Students used cellphones as lights to get out and grabbed blankets to help people outside, he said. Temperatures were in the 40s at the time of the wreck, which happened around 5:30 a.m.First responders used ropes to rappel down the more than 50-foot (15-meter) ravine in the middle of I-10 and then had to cut some of the victims from the wreckage, said Baldwin County Sheriff Huey Hoss Mack. The bus could be seen on its side at the bottom of the ravine, part of its undercarriage and wheels mangled.The Channelview Independent School District said 40 students and six adults from the school were on board. Medical officials said at least 37 people, most of them teenagers, were treated at hospitals or other facilities in Pensacola and southwest Alabama for injuries that ranged from minor to very serious.The sheriff said it wasn’t immediately clear what caused the bus to enter the grassy median, which abruptly ends at a steep embankment where the interstate passes over Cowpen Creek. First Class Tours Inc., the bus operator, said Caligone was a longtime driver with the company.His sister-in-law, Angela Caligone, 58, said Caligone had been a bus driver for 20-plus years, the last 15 years with this same company. She said he had just passed his physical with “flying colors” and recalled him as “dedicated to his job, dedicated to his kids.”Bus wreck on I-10 near Florida carrying Channelview high school students. 1 dead. Several injured. Video: Jesus Tejada #KHOU11 pic.twitter.com/hW9SsS6PXd— Shern-Min Chow 🙋🏻 (@ShernMinKHOU) March 13, 2018Channelview High’s graduates include University of Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts, who tweeted: “Wow, praying for everyone involved! #PrayforChannelview.”Josh Torres said his 17-year-old sister, Bianca Torres, was sitting at the rear of the bus when the impact of the wreck tossed her forward several rows. She had pain in her legs and bruising but was otherwise unscathed and taken to a hospital for evaluation, he said.“All that she remembers is that she felt a bump, then a crash and then the bus flipping onto its side,” Torres said.Chris Elliott, a county commissioner where the crash happened, said everyone was taken to the hospital to be checked out.Torres said his brother, also a member of the Channelview band, was on another bus not involved in the accident. That bus stopped after the crash, but did not allow the students to get off, and eventually continued on to Channelview, a Houston suburb of about 38,000. It arrived at the high school there Tuesday afternoon with a police escort. The bus drove past a throng of reporters and into a part of the campus out of public view.Only hours before the crash, the band’s Facebook page had been updated to show a large group posing outside Disney World, where the band performed at a music festival Saturday.DeWayne Benson’s mother, Frances Dodson-Benson, said they left last Thursday and had been expected to arrive home Tuesday afternoon. She said her son had been excited about the upcoming trip and right up until he called her in the minutes after the crash, everything had been going well.“The first words out of his mouth were ‘Mom, I’m OK,’” she said. “I just think they are all going to be somewhat traumatized.”The bus charter company pledged to help local authorities investigating the crash in a statement that offered prayers for the injured and their families. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration gives First Class Tours a satisfactory rating, meaning records show no evidence of substantial non-compliance with safety requirements.Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration records show that in the last two years, the carrier has been involved in four crashes prior to Tuesday’s crash, with one of those one involving one fatality. Sharelast_img read more

TMC calls assistance to Bengal a bluff

first_imgWest Bengal’s ruling Trinamool Congress Saturday slammed the union budget, saying it was “not for the people”. The party also termed as “bluff” the special financial assistance to the state announced in the budget.“This budget is not for the people, not for the poor and not for the middle class. Lots of talk on giving more to the states, but this is untrue. Last year, gross output to states was 61.88 percent, this year it is 62,” Trinamool’s Rajya Sabha chief whip Derek O’Brien said.“There is a saying in Bengali: ‘Machher tele Machh Bhaja’ (Frying fish in fish oil). Only hollow talk on federalism. There is a lot of big talk on infrastructure and social development. Big promises… where are the action plan?” asked O’Brien.The party said the increase in service tax will hurt the middle class and lead to price rise of essential commodities.Dubbing the budget as “anti-people”, state Finance Minister Amit Mitra called the financial assistance to the state as announced by his union counterpart as “a bluff”.“There is a talk of a package in the lines of Andhra Pradesh, but we do not know the amount of package or any details.“The package to Andhra was Rs.850 crore. But the centre deducted Rs.28,000 crore from us towards servicing of debts. So this is a bluff,” said Mitra.Mitra also said if Prime Minister Narendra Modi agreed to meet, the Trinamool Congress would raise the issue of debt-structuring.Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has sought an appointment with Modi to discuss the issue of moratorium of the debt which her government has been seeking since coming to power in 2011.“The total grant to the state in 2014 was Rs.4,05,582 crore and in this year, it is Rs.3,28,277 crore which is a reduction of 20 percent. The allocations for ICDS has been deducted by 50 percent, National Livelihood Mission decreased by 12 percent. Allocation for Sarva Siksha Abhiyan has been slashed by 22.14 percent,” said Mitra.last_img read more

Mobiles in exam halls may put HS examinees in trouble

first_imgKolkata: Ahead of higher secondary examination, the West Bengal Board on Saturday warned the students of stern punitive action if they are found carrying smartphones during the examination.The West Bengal Council of Higher Secondary Education president Mahua Das, while addressing a media conference, said that stringent action, including cancellation of registration, would be taken against students if any cell phone is found in their possession in the examination hall. The new move has been initiated after question papers of the Madhyamik exam were leaked, most of all the seven papers. The HS examination will begin on February 26 and continue until March 13. Around 8,16,243 candidates will take the examination. Interestingly, the number of female candidates taking the examination is higher than their male counterparts by 63,413. The class XI examination on the basis of the new syllabus will also be conducted simultaneously during the same period. Das added that there will be computer-generated numbers on each packet containing the question papers which will help the Council to track them. In addition to that, there will be a more effective manual tracking system in place. There will be around 713 HS examination centres across the state while the number of venue stands at 2,117. According to the press statement issued by the president, there will be a deployment of two Council nominees at each main venue. Apart from the venue supervisor, centre-in-charge and centre secretary, none will be allowed to enter the venue with mobile phones. The security arrangement has also been enhanced. The process of capturing video inside all the venues which was started from last year will also be done this year. A District Magistrate-nominated representative will be the venue-in-charge and supervise the examination procedure. For the first time, the WBCHSE has decided to deploy special Council nominee at 250 sensitive venues.last_img read more

10 quota for EWS in govt jobs education Mamata

first_imgKolkata: The state Cabinet on Tuesday approved 10 percent reservation for ‘economically weaker general caste’ in state government civil service and in educational institutions across the state.”This is a historic decision on the part of our government. The SC/ST and OBC, who are already entitled to reservation, will not get the benefit,” said state Parliamentary Affairs minister Partha Chatterjee at the state Assembly. The state government will soon bring out a notification in this regard after tabling and passing a Bill in this regard, preferably in the ongoing Assembly session. The criteria and other formalities for getting the benefit have already been discussed and will be clearly mentioned in the notification. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataIt may be mentioned that a few months ago, the Centre had also introduced 10 percent quota for Economically Weaker Sections (EWS), saying it was brought in to promote “social equality” by providing “equal opportunities in higher education and employment to those who have been excluded by virtue of their economic status”. During the day, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee held a meeting with the MLAs of SC/ST and tribal community at the state Assembly and took stock of development activities and other works for the communities. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateShe gave a patient hearing to their suggestions to ensure that work for the Backward Classes Welfare (BCW) department can be carried out in a more efficient manner. “The Chief Minister has instructed the concerned officials to expedite the process of disbursement of SC/ST certificates and not to dilly-dally regarding handing over the same, as these backward classes need the certificates for admission from school to university and also for jobs of state and Central government,” Chatterjee said. All Opposition MLAs attended the meeting and 37 of them belonging to different political parties offered their suggestions to expedite services rendered for the welfare of the backward classes. At present, 84 MLAs in the state among 294 belong to the SC and ST community. Banerjee also gave the nod for holding camps in the block level to fast-track the process of handing over the certificates. “The Chief Minister has given clear instructions that apart from hearing their grievances and attempting to solve them, steps should be taken for socio-economic development of them as well,” Chatterjee said. The meeting was attended by state BCW minister Rajib Banerjee and senior officials of the department. Banerjee also called for an awareness campaign regarding the various benefits for the welfare of the backward classes being provided by her government, to bridge any sort of information gap in this regard. It may be mentioned that since assuming power in 2011, the state government has issued 67.22 lakh SC and OBC caste certificates, while the number of ST certificates distributed stands at 6.9 lakh.last_img read more

Costa Rican President Laura Chinchilla named Shark Guardian of the Year

first_imgRelated posts:Costa Rica President Luis Guillermo Solís nominated for ‘Shark Enemy of the Year’ award Judge’s ruling opens the door to legalized shark finning in Costa Rica, conservation groups say Could judicial decisions unravel Chinchilla’s conservation legacy? Could tide finally be turning for shark fin demand in China? In 2006, the private docks in the Pacific fishing hub of Puntarenas served as the clandestine headquarters for some of the world’s largest shark-finning operations. That year, German environmental group Sharkproject named Costa Rica’s then-president Abel Pacheco the “Shark Enemy of the Year.”Today the docks are closed, and on Wednesday, Sharkproject gave out an award to another Costa Rican president, Laura Chinchilla. The organization called her “Shark Guardian of the Year.”“We are at the starting point for worldwide change against the finning industry,” said Gerhart Wegner, Sharkproject’s president. “This all began here, in Costa Rica.”For Costa Rica, it began with the rise in popularity of the Chinese delicacy shark fin soup at the end of the last century. Unable to meet the demand for fins in Asian waters, foreign fishing fleets turned to Costa Rica’s substantial shark population. Fishermen decimated the nation’s sharks, killing off more than 90 percent of some species and leaving coastal communities that relied on shark meat as a food source with nothing to fish.While the prices of fins soared up to $700 a kilogram, shark meat remained inexpensive. To maximize the space in their holds, fishermen began hacking off the shark’s fins, tossing the still-breathing creature back into the sea, unable to swim.“What we have here is an environmental crime, a social crime and an economic crime, performed in one of the most perverse ways ever before seen,” Environment Minister René Castro said at the ceremony.Though Costa Rica first banned shark finning in 2001, the practice continued through loopholes and illegal operations at private docks. Despite court orders to close private docks to foreign ships in 2006, Chinchilla’s two immediate predecessors (Abel Pacheco and Óscar Arias) left them open.In 2010, her first year as president, Chinchilla ordered all foreign fishing vessels to unload their cargo on public docks. Two years later, Chinchilla signed a blanket ban on shark finning and shark fin imports, further strengthening the country’s anti-finning law.“We went through two presidents, two court resolutions, and Chinchilla was the one who got it done,” Randall Arauz, president of the Marine Sea Turtle Conservation Project (Pretoma), told The Tico Times. “She deserves this award.”The Shark Guardian Award is Chinchilla’s second ocean policy award. In 2011 she also received a Peter Benchley Ocean Award for Excellence in National Ocean Administration.This year’s Shark Enemy Award went to Colin Barnett, the premier of Western Australia, for the government’s new plans to hunt and kill sharks that swim close to popular beaches.While environmental groups have been pleased with Chinchilla’s marine protection efforts, many believe that she could do more.On Nov. 19 Chinchilla signed an executive decree establishing size and weight limits for sharks and manta rays caught for sale to go into effect in 2015. In his speech before presenting the award, Arauz applauded the decree, but because of the two-year grace period, accused Chinchilla of passing the buck to the next government.“This new shark decree irresponsibly delegates the enforcement of shark management to the next government,” Arauz said. “We want this government to take responsibility and pass these reforms.”In addition to moving up the decree’s deadline, Arauz encouraged the president to make changes the Costa Rican Fisheries Institute (Incopesca) before the end of her term in May.With Costa Rica’s 2014 presidential race looming, the elimination or restructuring of Incopesca’s board of directors has become a common demand from environmental groups.In her acceptance speech, Chinchilla addressed Arauz’s remarks saying that it “is not [her] style to kick the ball forward to the next government,” and later said that an Incopesca reform bill was currently in progress and should be presented in the next two months.“We haven’t stopped working,” Chinchilla said. “We will keep working until the very last day.” Facebook Commentslast_img read more

In an excellent interview for Cliff Küles Notes

first_imgIn an excellent interview for Cliff Küle’s Notes, legendary speculator Doug Casey reveals the process he used in creating his latest book, Totally Incorrect, why he speaks out with his contrarian, libertarian perspective that often goes against mainstream American currents, and goes into detail on why he’s bearish short term but a long-term optimist for humanity. Learn more about Totally Correct and order your copy today.last_img

Pus from a cowpox sore Gross Yes But it also pl

first_imgPus from a cowpox sore. Gross? Yes. But it also played the starring role in a brilliant science experiment more than 200 years ago, the results of which would ultimately save millions of lives. Scholars believe the disease called smallpox first appeared around 10,000 BCE, in the early agricultural settlements of northeastern Africa. It then spread throughout the developing world via merchants and trade routes and military conquests, devastating our species for many centuries thereafter. In 18th century Europe, smallpox killed approximately 400,000 people annually. That’s equivalent to wiping out the entire population of Atlanta every year. Those who did survive the scourge were left with disfiguring scars and often without sight. It was common knowledge for hundreds of years that survivors of smallpox were subsequently immune to the disease. And the process of inoculation (also known as “variolation”)—which involved the risky subcutaneous delivery of the smallpox virus into an arm or leg of a nonimmune individual—was well known in Europe by the 1720s. But it was not until a man named Edward Jenner came along in 1796 that the fight against smallpox would take a giant leap forward. Jenner hypothesized that cowpox—a much less dangerous disease than smallpox—could induce immunity to smallpox. To test his idea, Jenner scraped pus from a milkmaid’s cowpox blisters and used it to inoculate an eight-year-old boy named James Phipps (after obtaining his parents’ permission, of course). A far cry from the elaborate clinical trials of today, isn’t it? But it worked. Phipps developed a mild fever and some discomfort from the injection but recovered quickly and was subsequently shown to be immune to smallpox. Jenner’s work marked the beginning of the modern practice of vaccination. And vaccines have saved millions of lives since. Normally, when we refer to these types of traditional vaccines, we’re talking about killed or weakened microbes (or parts of microbes), i.e., pathogens that stimulate an immune response without causing the disease (hopefully). According to the National Cancer Institute: When the immune system encounters these substances through vaccination, it responds to them, eliminates them from the body, and develops a memory of them. This vaccine-induced memory enables the immune system to act quickly to protect the body if it becomes infected by the same microbes in the future. In other words, the vaccines that we know today are preventative. They are meant to keep you from getting a disease. But scientists are developing new types of vaccines called therapeutic vaccines; and as the name implies, these vaccines are intended to actually cure diseases. One of the diseases scientists hope to treat with these new types of vaccines is cancer. Cancer drug development today is focused on targeted therapies that go beyond the traditional crude mix of “slash, burn, and poison” (surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy) to deliver therapeutic effects with reduced toxicity. On paper, cancer vaccines are the perfect addition to the more targeted, less toxic drug arsenal. Simply “train” a patient’s immune system to recognize and destroy tumor cells, and let nature do the rest. The notion of using the immune system to launch an attack on cancer has actually been around for some time. The basic idea is to rouse the immune system by presenting it with antigens associated with tumor cells. Ideally, the immune system would not only seek out and destroy the tumor cells, but it would remember the abnormal antigens and be ready to mount a new attack if the tumor were to recur. It’d be great if it were just that simple. In practice, however, it’s been far more complicated. The most difficult challenge is the fact that a tumor is not really a pathogen; at its core, it’s a collection of aggressively growing cells that can’t stop dividing. It’s not a foreign invader, nor does it “infect” healthy cells, as do bacteria and viruses. So launching the immune system against cancer cells essentially involves turning the body’s defense mechanisms against a part of itself. And that’s not the only practical problem with cancer vaccines. For instance, there’s also the relatively recent discovery that tumors can somehow actively induce local immunosuppression. Thus, the annals of biotech R&D are littered with more than a decade’s worth of promising therapeutic cancer vaccines that failed to show clinical efficacy. To date, in fact, only one such vaccine has come to market to help treat cancer in humans, Dendreon’s Provenge. Provenge became the first FDA-approved therapeutic cancer vaccine in April of 2010. While the drug represents a breakthrough technology (and remains the only such drug in use today), it’s a completely uneconomic solution to the problem. Here’s why: The vaccine is created by isolating white blood cells from a patient’s blood through a procedure called “leukapheresis.” These cells are shipped off to the company’s lab, where they are exposed to chemicals that turn them into special cells called dendritic cells, then cultured with certain proteins designed to trigger an immune response against prostate cancer. Finally, the dendritic cells are shipped back to the physician and intravenously administered to the patient. In other words, the drug is customized to each patient. Not only that, Dendreon can only produce a single patient-specific dose at a time. Needless to say, manufacturing costs of Provenge—and thus the cost to the end user—are extremely high. Improvements are on the horizon, however. A company called ImmunoCellular Therapeutics (IMUC) is also developing a patient-specific therapeutic cancer vaccine that has shown great promise in clinical trials. The difference is that it can manufacture approximately 20 doses at once for the patient, compared to Dendreon’s one. It doesn’t stop there. Most of the therapeutic cancer vaccines now in development are designed to be off the shelf rather than produced for each patient, and are tailored to groups with perhaps multiple tumor types rather than individuals. Canada-based Immunovaccine, for example, has a drug in development that combines seven antigens found in breast, ovarian, and prostate cancers in a sustained-release formulation. Meanwhile, over at Harvard, researchers are attempting to overcome the logistical challenges of therapeutic cancer vaccines in a whole different way—by creating an implantable device designed to recruit and reprogram immune cells to attack tumors. If this is successful, there would be no need to extract cells from the patient and ship them off to a lab to be primed for tumor targeting, as is the case with Provenge. Phase I safety data for this approach are not due for a couple of years, but it’s another exciting avenue being explored. Of course, we can still expect to see big failures on the road to a robust pipeline of safe and effective therapeutic cancer vaccines (the widely hyped GlaxoSmithKline melanoma vaccine candidate MAGE-A3 just went bust in late-stage trials), but the future is still bright. Citigroup analyst Andrew Baum reckons that oncology immunotherapies, which include vaccines and therapeutic antibodies, will generate sales of up to $35 billion a year within the next decade and in the process will create the biggest drug class in history, according to Reuters. If you are wondering which company in this space we at Casey Extraordinary Technology have hitched our wagon to, sign up for a risk-free test drive of CET, and you’ll have access to our entire current portfolio and archives.last_img read more

Ramsey Orta was indicted in the choking death of E

first_imgRamsey Orta was indicted in the choking death of Eric Garner. Mr. Orta was not the one who did the choking… that was Officer Daniel Pantaleo. No, Mr. Orta was not one of the handful of cops who subdued the untaxed-cigarette-selling Garner. Ramsey Orta shot the video that we have all been watching… the video that a Staten Island grand jury evidently didn’t watch very closely or simply ignored. A different grand jury in Staten Island indicted Orta in August, a month after he shot the Garner video, on a weapons charge. Orta, police allege, slipped a .25-caliber handgun into a teenage accomplice’s waistband outside a New York hotel. Mr. Orta testified before the grand jury that the police falsely brought the charges in retaliation for documenting Garner’s death. The grand jury rejected his testimony and charged him with single felony counts of third-degree criminal weapon possession and criminal firearm possession. “They got the shooter … of the video,” Jon Stewart quipped on The Daily Show. “Let that be a lesson to you kids out there. Photographing crime does not pay.” The protection of government agents and buildings of the criminal justice industrial state is nothing new. Among the crimes perpetrated by the British Crown listed by Thomas Jefferson and the other founders in the Declaration of Independence was: For Quartering large bodies of armed troops among us: For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States What’s old is new again. Create something grand-sounding like “grand jury” to allow government to protect its own from punishment. For citizens the state doesn’t like, there’s always some opaque law to ensnare the poor rubes government wants punished. Meanwhile government can always pin something on anyone. Everyone’s breaking the law, as Harvey Silverglate writes in Three Felonies a Day: How the Feds Target the Innocent. Silverglate tells of Justice Robert Jackson who, in 1940, told a gathering, “If the prosecutor is obliged to choose his cases, it follows that he can choose his defendants.” This is the dark heart of government: “[T]he most dangerous power of the prosecutor: that he will pick people that he thinks he should get, rather than pick cases that need to be prosecuted.” Prosecutors can succumb to “picking the man and then searching the law books, or putting investigators to work, to pin some offense on him.” Silverglate explains that the average busy professional goes to sleep “unaware that he or she likely committed several federal crimes that day.” Prosecutors pursue with impunity, as Radley Balko writes in the Huffington Post: Prosecutors and their advocates say complete and absolute immunity from civil liability is critical to the performance of their jobs. They argue that self-regulation and professional sanctions from state bar associations are sufficient to deter misconduct. Yet there’s little evidence that state bar associations are doing anything to police prosecutors, and numerous studies have shown that those who misbehave are rarely if ever professionally disciplined. … In the end, one of the most powerful positions in public service—a position that carries with it the authority not only to ruin lives, but in many cases the power to end them—is one of the positions most shielded from liability and accountability. And the freedom to push ahead free of consequences has created a zealous conviction culture. While prosecutors prosecute arbitrarily, at least 1,034 people have been killed by US police since January 1, 2014, according to the Killed By Police Facebook page. Meanwhile, 108 officers have lost their lives in the line of duty during that same period, according to the Officer Down Memorial Page. So the odds against the public are 10 to 1. How many of the police shootings were justified? It’s hard to know. Because as obsessed as the government is with statistics, the state doesn’t see the need to keep track of justified vs. unjustified shootings. “We don’t have a mandate to do that,” William Carr, a spokesman for the Federal Bureau of Investigation, which collects crime data from every corner of the country, told the Las Vegas Review Journal. The paper did a five-part exposé on police shootings in Las Vegas and found that all were deemed justified, even in cases where cops were clearly in the wrong. Clarence Darrow anticipated America’s prison nation of today in his 1902 book, Resist Not Evil. He explained that all areas of life become part of the penal code, with armies of people operating as police, legislators, and the court system, to enforce these laws through force and violence. The state is set up not to administer justice, but to punish. No victims are compensated, while the state gets its pound of flesh and spends billions of dollars doing it. America has the highest incarceration rate in the world. One in 100 of its citizens is behind bars, judged by a monstrosity created only to mete out vengeance. Unfortunately, the citizenry is all too happy to cheer while people they don’t know are sent away for years and decades for what may have been one mistake or violation of a government made-up crime. The fact is, violent crime is decreasing rapidly. The FBI recorded 1.16 million violent crimes in the US in 2013, a 4.4% decline from 2012 and a 37.4% decline from 1994. Adjusting for population growth, the numbers look even better; per-capita violent crime was down 5.1% from 2012, and 48.4% from 1994. Despite the decrease in violent crime, there are 4,575 prisons in operation in the US, more than four times the number of second-place Russia at 1,029. And states must keep their prisons full. “The profit driven prisons put pressure on law enforcement and prosecutors to try to charge and convict individuals of more serious crimes, just to fill prison beds,” reports StoryLeak. A report by In The Public Interest found that two-thirds of states guarantee prison operators high occupancy rates. Three Arizona contracts require 100% occupancy, and three contracts in Oklahoma guarantee 98% occupancy. Two Louisiana contracts guarantee 96% of prison beds will be filled. Meanwhile, the state of Colorado paid $2 million more to prison operators than it would have cost the state to house them in state-run facilities, despite the fact that the rate of crime and the number of convicts in the state fell by a third over the last decade (likely due to medical marijuana being legalized in 2000). What Eric Garner was doing to attract the force of six policemen was selling loose, untaxed cigarettes. It’s hard to imagine making any money that way, but as A. Barton Hinkle writes in Reason, Thanks to New York’s laughably high cigarette taxes ($4.35 state plus another $1.60 in the city) and higher prices generally, a pack of smokes in New York City costs $14 or more. That creates a powerful incentive to smuggle smokes in from states such as Virginia, where you can buy a pack for a third of that price. Fill a Ford Econoline van with a few hundred cartons and you can make a nice five-figure profit in a weekend. Some people do. The prison state is fully supported by a self-righteous public who want to feel safe and believe it’s always somebody else doing something wrong. We don’t get to know the perpetrators, and once locked away, these men and women (many of whom are moms and dads) become less like people we might like or identify with. This makes it easy for the public to allow the state to judge, convict, and punish for the most trifling offense. “Garner died because he dared interfere with government reach and government muscle that didn’t want to lose tax revenue to independent operators,” Chicago Tribune columnist John Kass writes. “It’s unlikely that the New York legislature, in creating the crime of selling untaxed cigarettes, imagined that anyone would die for violating it,” Stephen Carter, a Yale University law professor, wrote in the Chicago Tribune. It’s even less likely the legislature would rescind its law. Taxing, convicting, and punishing is the state’s business, and this time it was caught on video.last_img read more

Grains are the bedrock of civilization They led h

first_imgGrains are the bedrock of civilization. They led humans from hunting and gathering to city-building. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization, the fruits of three grasses provide the world with 60 percent of its total food: corn, wheat and rice. Aside from energy-rich carbohydrates, grains feed us protein, zinc, iron and essential B vitamins.But rice as we know it is at risk.As humans expel billions of metric tons of carbon into the atmosphere and raze vast swaths of forests, the concentration of carbon dioxide in our air hurries ever higher. That has the potential to severely diminish the nutritional value of rice, according to a new study published on Wednesday in Science Advances. For people who depend heavily on rice as a staple in their diets, such a nutritional loss would be devastating, says Kristie Ebi, a professor at the University of Washington and an author on the study. “When you look at a country like Bangladesh, three out of every four calories comes from rice. Obviously, that means any decline in nutritional value is very significant.”To study how rice responds to different concentrations of carbon dioxide, the researchers grew several varieties of rice in experimental fields in Japan and China. For each variety, they set aside one rice paddy as a control, and one neighboring enclosed rice paddy with tubing running through the field. They blew carbon dioxide out of the tubing, raising the ambient carbon dioxide inside the enclosure to some 580 parts per million, the expected carbon dioxide concentration in the next half century if there are no further attempt to curb emissions or deforestation. “The fields have the same sunshine, same water, same characteristics,” Ebi says. “So the experiment sees what happens to the same rice under different carbon dioxide concentrations.”Ebi says that the rice grown under the elevated carbon scenario lost substantial amounts of protein, zinc, iron and B vitamins per grain. Iron, zinc and protein losses ranged from 5 percent to 20 percent. Vitamins B1 and B5 dropped up to 30 percent, depending on the variety. “Folate [vitamin B9] declines across the nine rice varieties ranged from 10 percent to 45 percent. So, it’s a lot,” she says.Of course, many foods can be a rich source of these essential nutrients, but Ebi says food other than rice is not always available to people. Among the poorest in the world, the grain can make up an overwhelming portion of their diet, Ebi says. “In the paper, we looked at the most rice-dependent countries in Asia. Using a weighting scheme focusing on those with the fewest resources, we estimate this decline in nutrient quality will affect about 600 million people.”A mass deficiency in vitamin B9, also known as folate or folic acid, would have particularly severe public health consequences. The nutrient is critical to fetus development, and a lack of vitamin B9 can result in defects of the brain, spine or spinal cord at birth. “It can be a catastrophic birth anomaly,” Ebi says.The study’s finding is disheartening, if not surprising, to researchers in the field. Scientists already knew that higher carbon dioxide concentrations can decrease protein, zinc and iron levels in important crops, and this study shows a similar effect for B vitamins, says Camilo Mora, a climate change scientist at the University of Hawaii Manoa who was not involved with the new work. “It’s just another piece of evidence to show how bad climate change is,” he says.For non-experts, the phenomenon may seem a little odd, considering carbon dioxide is food for plants. Plants that share the same photosynthesis pathway as rice and wheat do indeed grow larger and produce greater yields in higher carbon dioxide concentrations by creating more carbohydrates, says Lisa Ainsworth, a biologist at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the U.S. Department of. Agriculture who did not work on the study. But they don’t increase the amount of other nutrients in their grains relative to that yield gain. “They’re basically getting a dilution effect of the nutrients in the grains,” she says.Some varieties of rice may not experience as severe of a nutrient loss as carbon dioxide levels go up. For instance, the rice variety Liang You 84 (a hybrid style grown in China) lost around 45 percent of its vitamin B9 content whereas the Koshihikari rice (a short-grained sushi rice from Japan) lost roughly 30 percent of its B9 content in the elevated carbon scenarios. That knowledge gives researchers an opportunity, given enough funding, to breed climate change-resistant strains of rice.But getting people to switch to new grains is not always easy, Ainsworth says. “I think culturally it is difficult. People eat different rice for different meals and events.”Other strategies are available, too. Investing in ways to increase access to different kinds of food beyond rice would help, for instance, she points out.Or, Mora says, humanity could always work together to mitigate climate change and carbon emissions so the problem doesn’t arise in the first place.Angus Chen is a journalist in New York. He’s on Twitter @angrchen. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

BRAVE Saints produced a fine performance at Hudder

first_imgBRAVE Saints produced a fine performance at Huddersfield under difficult circumstances but ultimately succumbed to a late Leroy Cudjoe drop goal.Alex Walmsley was sent off in the first half and despite defending like their lives depended on it went down 17-16.Nathan Brown’s side asked a lot of questions when down to 12 men and had two drop goal attempts of their own.The latter was charged down and was the difference between the two sides – coming after Saints had denied one of the Giants two efforts.Saints weathered the best of what the Giants threw at them in the first half to lead 10-0.James Roby was the architect setting up one and scoring another.But once Walmsley was sent off for a tackle deemed late and high it was backs to the wall.In the second half Shaun Lunt and Cudjoe gave the Giants the lead, but Lance Hohaia dummied his way over.Mark Percival then showed maturity beyond his years with the conversion.Saints were on top at that point but couldn’t quite set up for the winning drop goal meaning all eyes are on Catalan v Castleford to decide the final league placings.Brown made two changes from the side that lost to Warrington – Gary Wheeler and Mark Percival returning to allow Paul Wellens to slot back in at fullback.Matty Dawson selected ahead of Adam Swift.Huddersfield were missing Danny Brough, Eorl Crabtree and Scott Grix but that didn’t stop them making a solid start.A high ball into the corner caused problems and then the ball was lost right in Saints 20.Saints forced their way back into it with a couple of good clearing kicks and then Mose Masoe  and Willie Manu went close.But a penalty and an error handed the advantage back to the Giants only for Saints to come up with superb goal line defence.After soaking up all the pressure Saints hit back with a classic counterpunch.Roby got away at half back, offloaded to Turner who found Manu in space.He simply fed Mark Percival who weighed up his options before putting Makinson over in the corner.Less then a minute later Saints increased their lead – and it was another free flowing move down the centre of the field that saw Roby crash under the posts.On 27 minutes the game turned as Alex Walmsley was sent off for an apparent late tackle on Luke Robinson.The Giants were held up over the line as they pushed home their man advantage but Saints held out.Galvanised, Saints shut up shop for the next ten minutes before they were harshly penalised for offside.And they then succumbed to Jake Connor’s chip through.Saints needed to be strong, solid and brave in the second half – and certainly didn’t need to concede on their first set.But that’s what happened.Ukuma Ta’ai ripped the middle of the park to shreds and then Shaun Lunt stretched over to level matters.Connor putting his side ahead with the boot.On Huddersfield’s next attack Matty Dawson took the ball high but was clattered by Jermaine McGillvary and stretchered off.It was another blow but Saints kept on pressing and probing and almost broke through thanks to the excellent James Roby.Chances were few and far between though and ultimately they had to make one count – as when the Giants had one they did.Flanagan forcing a pass which allowed Cudjoe to collect and increase the lead.Saints hit back almost immediately when Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook broke the line after a wonderful Roby pass and Hohaia dummied his way to the line.Percival ice cool with the conversion.Saints charged down a drop goal attempt but couldn’t get near Cudjoe’s 71st minute effort.Hohaia missed with an effort of his own minutes later and then in the final stages Jordan Turner had one charged down.Saints reclaimed the ball but the referee pulled them up for offside – when it should have been play on – and the Giants celebrated.Saints now have to rely on Catalan beating Castleford on Saturday to win the League Leaders Shield.Match Summary:Giants: Tries: Connor, Lunt, CudjoeGoals: Connor (2 from 2)Drop: CudjoeSaints:Tries: Makinson, Roby, HohaiaGoals: Percival (2 from 3)Penalties: Giants: 7Saints: 3HT: 10-6FT: 16-17REF: Richard SilverwoodATT: 7244Teams:Giants: 5. Aaron Murphy; 2. Jermaine McGillvary, 3. Leroy Cudjoe, 4. Joe Wardle, 19. Jodie Broughton; 27. Jake Connor, 7. Luke Robinson; 20. Antonio Kaufusi, 9. Shaun Lunt, 23. Josh Johnson, 11. Brett Ferres, 15. Larne Patrick, 14. Michael Lawrence.Subs: 10. Craig Kopczak, 13. Chris Bailey, 16. David Faiumu, 17. Ukuma Ta’ai.Saints:17. Paul Wellens; 2. Tommy Makinson, 22. Mark Percival, 4. Josh Jones, 26. Matty Dawson; 6. Lance Hohaia, 24. Gary Wheeler; 16. Kyle Amor, 8. Mose Masoe, 9. James Roby, 13. Willie Manu, 14. Anthony Laffranchi, 3. Jordan Turner.Subs: 10. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 11. Sia Soliola, 15. Mark Flanagan, 18. Alex Walmsley.last_img read more

Stroke should be treated 15 minutes earlier to save lives study suggests

first_imgStroke treatmentThe treatment of stroke begins the moment emergency medical services (EMS) arrives at the scene to take the patient to the hospital. In the clinical setting, the patient will receive emergency care, treatment to prevent another stroke, and rehabilitation to reduce the effects of a stroke to the brain.Endovascular-reperfusion therapy for large vessel occlusion in acute ischemic stroke (AIS) comprises several pharmacological and mechanical procedures. Randomized clinical trials have suggested the benefit of the procedure on patients with AIS. It’s time-dependent as it influences the outcome of the condition. It’s time-dependent but the extent to which it impacts prognosis and outcome to clinical practice remains uncertain.Early and immediate treatment is crucialIn the study, which was published in JAMA Network, the researchers wanted to characterize the link between the speed of treatment and outcome among patients with acute ischemic stroke who are undergoing endovascular-reperfusion therapy.The researchers analyzed data from 6,756 people who had ischemic strokes. The median age of the patients was 70 and more than half were women. To land to their findings, they noted at the patient’s treatment results taking into consideration the “door-to-puncture” time, which is described as the interval from the time they arrived at the hospital and the time the treatment started.Related StoriesCutting around 300 calories a day protects the heart even in svelte adultsRepurposing a heart drug could increase survival rate of children with ependymomaSmoking triples the risk of death from cardiovascular diseaseThey found that for every 1,000 patients who had a door-to-puncture time of 15 minutes sooner or earlier, there were 15 fewer deaths or were admitted to hospice care. Also, 17 patients were able to walk out of the hospital without any assistance, and 22 patients were able to care for themselves after being discharged.Moreover, the median or average time from arriving at a healthcare setting to the start of treatment was 1 hour, 27 minutes and the median time from the start of symptoms to treatment was about three hours, 50 minutes.Further data shows that hospitals performing endovascular reperfusion therapy on more than 50 patients each year initiate treatment faster than those who perform less than 30 patients. Also, they found that treatment is delayed in hospitals without certifications, unlike stroke centers.Patients who experience a stroked during the hospital off-hours, such as holidays, weekends, and before 7 a.m. and after 6 p.m. on weekdays, tend to receive delayed initial treatment. People who live alone or weren’t able to recognize the symptoms immediately tend to receive delayed treatment, too. “We’re trying to improve treatment with better staffing on off-hours and getting doctors to the hospital quicker when they’re on call. Patients who arrive at the hospital at 2 a.m. should be treated no differently than people who arrive at 2 p.m.,” Dr. Reza Jahan, co-lead author and a professor of interventional neuroradiology at the Geffen School of Medicine, explained. Nurse assessing stroke victim by raising arms. Image Credit: SpeedKingz / Shutterstock They concluded that treating the patient 15 minutes earlier could potentially improve results for patients and could save thousands of lives.“Among patients with large vessel occlusion AIS treated in routine clinical practice, shorter time to endovascular-reperfusion therapy was significantly associated with better outcomes. These findings support efforts to reduce time to hospital and endovascular treatment in patients with stroke,” the authors added. UCLA Health UCLA Health’s Mobile Stroke Unit brings the hospital to the patient so doctors can make a diagnosis quickly and start treatment as soon as possible. By Angela Betsaida B. Laguipo, BSNJul 17 2019Treating stroke 15 minutes faster significantly improves outcomes, a new study suggests.A team of researchers at the David Geffen School of Medicine in the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) wanted to determine the association between time to treatment with Endovascular Reperfusion Therapy and outcomes in patients with acute ischemic stroke. They found that initiating treatment earlier and faster can save lives and prevent long-term disability.Stroke or cerebrovascular accident (CVA) occurs when the blood supply to a part of the brain is blocked suddenly. In some cases, it happens when a brain blood vessel ruptures, spilling blood into the spaces surrounding the brain cells. Cardiovascular diseases, including stroke, is the number 1 cause of death worldwide.In the United States, stroke is the third leading cause of death, with more than 140,000 people dying every year. It’s also the leading cause of severe and long-term disability. Hence, preventing the serious effects of a stroke is crucial. What are the early signs and symptoms of a stroke?During a stroke, every minute counts. It’s vital to spot the early signs and symptoms of stroke early on. The signs and symptoms of stroke include sudden weakness or numbness in the arm, face, or legs, which is one-sided, sudden vision loss in one or both eyes, sudden difficulty of speaking, problem with understanding speech, and sudden confusion, sudden severe headache with no known cause, and sudden motor problems like loss of balance and coordination and dizziness. Journal reference:Jahan R, Saver JL, Schwamm LH, et al. Association Between Time to Treatment With Endovascular Reperfusion Therapy and Outcomes in Patients With Acute Ischemic Stroke Treated in Clinical Practice. JAMA. 2019;322(3):252–263. doi:10.1001/jama.2019.8286, https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/fullarticle/2738288last_img read more