Clients fall off Calgary program helps recently released prisoners with hep C

first_imgCALGARY — Imagine adjusting to life after serving prison time, then add mental- health struggles, addiction or homelessness.Now, throw in hepatitis C, a blood-borne virus that can cause serious liver problems and is several times more prevalent in federal prisons than the general population.A specialist in addictions and internal medicine who focuses on vulnerable populations has launched a pilot program in Calgary to ensure recently released inmates with a history of injection drug use are screened and treated for the virus.“It takes a lot of willpower and effort on their end to come out of this. And if we don’t provide them with enough support, they’re not going to be able to,” says Monty Ghosh, a University of Alberta professor who splits his time between Edmonton and Calgary.The program connects newly released prisoners with so-called peer navigators who have lived through similar experiences. The navigators accompany the former inmates to medical, legal and social services appointments — interactions that many avoid for fear of judgment or because more pressing issues are at hand.“Clients often tell me that they’re confused about resources in the community. They don’t know where to go or how to get there sometimes. They have very little money to take a bus to get to where they need to be,” says Ghosh.“Sometimes they have to decide between food and lining up to get into the shelter versus actually making their medical appointment.”In a best-case scenario, Gosh says, it can take five months to clear the body of the hepatitis C virus. Usually, it’s more like nine or 10 months. There are numerous blood tests and followups a patient must go through over that time.“We find that every time we add another step, clients fall off. But if you add a peer navigator, they make it to each and every one of those steps at a high, high rate.”The program, which began in April, aims to reach 120 clients in its first year and have 80 per cent of them follow through with their treatment to the end. Ghosh says about 40 per cent of incarcerated people usually complete the treatment.The initiative is funded with $46,000 through what pharmaceutical company Gilead Sciences Canada calls a “micro-elimination” grant. The grants are meant to help organizations combat hepatitis C in the most affected groups.“We recognize that it will take more than just science to eliminate the burden of (hepatitis C) on patients, our health system and Canadian society as a whole,” says Gilead general manager Kennet Brysting.The Correctional Service of Canada says hepatitis C rates in federal prisons dropped to just under eight per cent in 2017 from 32 per cent in 2007. In the general population, the decrease is less than one per cent.Spokeswoman Stephanie Stevenson says 80 per cent of federal inmates with the virus are diagnosed before incarceration or at intake. The rates are higher than the general population because there is often a history of high-risk behaviour, such as injection drug use or unprotected sex, she says. The virus can also be spread through snorting drugs or getting a tattoo.In addition to medical treatment, Corrections also offers educational, counselling, peer support and harm reduction programs, including needle exchanges.“Prior to release, (Corrections) health-care professionals liaise with community health-care providers, including infectious disease specialists, to facilitate effective transition and followup in the community,” Stevenson says. “Once in the community, provinces and territories are responsible for offenders health-care needs.”The head of the John Howard Society of Canada, a group that advocates for an “effective, just and humane” criminal justice system, says inmates are sometimes released without a provincial health-care card and only a few weeks worth of medication.“If they’re going into a halfway house or going into a parole situation, those with whom they’re staying will go to great lengths to try and make sure that their health-care needs are being met,” Catherine Latimer says.“But it’s often challenging.”Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Rental agencies struggle with screenings as security concerns rise

first_imgMonday’s deadly rental van rampage in Toronto shows how quickly a vehicle can be turned into a weapon, but rental agencies are finding few clear options to prevent their property from involvement in such violent acts.The urgency to find solutions is increasing, however.The attack in Toronto that left at least 10 people dead and several injured is only the latest of a spate of vehicle attacks — including one in Edmonton last September — that have security experts grappling with solutions.Efforts are further along in Europe, which has seen a rash of vehicle attacks across the continent. In the U.K., vehicle rental companies were asked to conduct tougher background checks following two separate van attacks in London last June.But rental agencies are still limited in how well they can screen customers, said Toby Poston, director of communications at the British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association.“Members aren’t experts at profiling customers,” said Poston.“People don’t come into rental branches wearing camo gear and stab vests and with that sort of glint in their eye. Quite often, these people just present themselves like any normal person.”The British association is, however, looking to better co-ordinate with law and security officials to make it easier to share data. Poston said rental agencies wouldn’t have access to terror watchlists or the like, but could potentially feed information to authorities for better monitoring.Member companies are also looking to potentially institute other record searches like credit and criminal background checks, but even then there is no clear way to determine that a vehicle shouldn’t be rented, said Poston.“You have to remember that a criminal record is not always reason enough to not rent someone a vehicle. And you have to be careful from a discrimination point of view.”The accused in the Toronto van attack, Alek Minassian, did not even raise any red flags during a brief stint in the Canadian Armed Forces last year, a military source told The Canadian Press.Toronto police said he rented the van from a Ryder rental location north of the city. The company said Tuesday it was fully co-operating with authorities, but declined to comment on its current security policies.The Associated Canadian Car Rental Operators said government officials have yet to reach out to try to co-ordinate data sharing.But any such efforts would be complicated, said vice president of government relations Craig Hirota.“It’s challenging, how do you use that information so that it doesn’t infringe on existing rights of the individual and rights to privacy?”The RCMP’s National Critical Infrastructure Team has been in contact with industry and sends out relevant information, Hirota added.“We are in the loop with local and federal law enforcement when there are bulletins.”He said the rental industry has long been concerned with fraudulent and criminal activity with rentals, but there are limited options for screenings.“Vehicle rental agencies have been concerned with people doing bad things with rental cars since the inception of the industry. Obviously if there was a way to tell a renter was going to do something prohibited with your vehicle, we’d love to have that.”The U.K. rental association is looking to security models elsewhere, including the New York Police Department’s Operation Nexus program that facilitates reporting of suspicious business encounters.It is also considering the establishment of a national accreditation scheme that could include training and formalizing policies such as no cash rentals. Companies also generally require business accounts for customers wanting to rent larger trucks, said Poston.Elsewhere in Europe, Italy has implemented a real-time notification scheme with rental operators and a similar one is being developed in Belgium. Sweden is looking to introduce geofence technology that could connect with a vehicle’s on-board computer and limit its speed to a safe level.The ease of carrying out such attacks, and the difficulties in detecting them are part of the reason for their rise, said Jeremy Littlewood, an assistant professor at Carleton University’s Norman Paterson School of International Affairs.“It’s easy to replicate if someone gets that into their head,” said Littlewood.Littlewood also questioned the effectiveness of background checks. He pointed out that Alek Minassian, now charged with 10 counts of first-degree murder for Monday’s attack, was not known to police.“So far, police authorities are saying this person was not known to us. And so even if we had a database, our individual in this case is not going to show up from the police side.”Even when perpetrators are known it is still difficult to stop an attack, said Littlewood, noting that Martin Couture-Rouleau was reported to be under RCMP surveillance when in 2014 he used a vehicle in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que., to hit two members of the Canadian Armed Forces, leaving one dead.Prevention has instead focused on more cement barriers, and heavy trucks at intersections for major events, but there’s no way to fully prevent this sort of attack entirely, said Littlewood.“We have to recognize the limits of what can be done here, and the reality is we have to accept there are going to be some risks, and we can never entirely make ourselves into a zero-risk world.”last_img read more

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Pilot makes incredible crashlanding near Liard Hot Springs

first_imgSean Holmstead, the owner and chief pilot of Mackenzie Mountain Aviation said that the airplane was damaged during the crash-landing, though the 37-year-old pilot was not injured. Holmstead said that the extent of the damage to the airplane is currently not known, but that a salvage attempt will be made in the near future. FORT NELSON, B.C. — A pilot that became incapacitated while flying from Fort Nelson to Watson Lake was able to make a miraculous crash-landing north of Liard Hot Springs last Friday.A spokesman with the Transportation Safety Board of Canada said that the pilot and lone occupant of a six-seater Cessna U206 Super Skywagon owned by Mackenzie Mountain Aviation Corp. was flying via visual flight rules when he became incapacitated at around 7:45 on Friday evening. The spokesman said that after the aircraft descended, the pilot was able to regain control of his plane and perform an emergency landing after striking several trees. The pilot, who was not injured in the emergency landing, was able to activate the plane’s emergency locator beacon and make a call to his company via satellite phone before spending the night inside the plane. Transport Canada spokesman Pierre Manoni said that search and rescue aircraft were dispatched by the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre in Victoria at first light on Saturday morning and were able to rescue the pilot, who was transported to the Fort Nelson Hospital to be checked out.last_img read more

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Jayalalithaa back as Tamil Nadu Chief Minister

Later in the day, Jayalalithaa is expected to appear in public for the first time after her acquittal and garland the statues of AIADMK leaders, including mentor and party founder MG Ramachandran, DMK founder CN Annadurai and DK leader Periyar EV Ramasamy.She will visit Raj Bhavan to call on governor Rosaiah and stake claim to form a government. Party sources indicate that she could be sworn in as the chief minister on Friday or on Saturday.Clearing the decks for Jayalalithaa to contest from an assembly constituency once she assumes office as chief minister for the fifth time, P Vetrivel, AIADMK MLA from north Chennai’s Radhakrishnan Nagar, had resigned on May 17 . AIADMK supremo J Jayalalithaa was on Friday unanimously elected its legislature party leader, paving the way for her return as a chief minister of Tamil Nadu following her acquittal in a disproportionate assets case, the Hindustan Times reported.Party MLAs, including party treasurer and chief minister O Panneerselvam, assembled at the party headquarters in Chennai in the morning and re-elected Jayalalithaa as AIADMK legislative chief. A beaming cooperative minister, Sellur K Raju, when asked if Jayalalithaa had been elected as LPP leader, said: “This is the happiest day of our life.” Party cadres had assembled in large numbers at the AIADMK headquarters since early morning.Panneerselvam, who headed straight to Jayalalithaa’s Poes Garden residence, resigned soon after the meeting. Accepting the resignation of Panneerselvam and his council of ministers Tamil Nadu governor K Rosaiah invited AIADMK general secretary Jayalalithaa to form the new government at the earliest, a Raj Bhavan statement said.“The governor of Tamil Nadu accepted the resignation of Panneerselvam and his council of ministers from the ‘forenoon of’ May 22, 2015,” said the statement.“The governor has requested the chief minister (Panneerselvam) and his present council of ministers to function until alternative arrangements are made,” it added. With Vetrivel’s resignation, the AIADMK’s strength in the 234-member assembly came down by one to 150, excluding the speaker.The 67-year-old leader had to resign from the assembly and her post as the chief minister following her conviction in the Rs 66.66 crore disproportionate assets case by a Bengaluru trial court in the disproportionate assets case on September 27 last year.On May 11, the Karnataka high court upturned the trial court conviction and cleared Jayalalithaa of all charges in the graft case. However, the Karnataka government had announced that it would challenge Jayalalithaa’s acquittal in the Supreme Court.Jayalalithaa used to represent the temple town of Srirangam in the assembly. After her resignation, the party managed to retain the seat through a by-election by a huge margin. Panneeerselvam forwarded the motion to elect her as legislature party leader which was seconded by electricity minister Natham R Vishwanathan. “The governor of Tamil Nadu has invited Selvi (Ms) J Jayalalithaa to form the ministry at the earliest and requested her to send the list of persons to be appointed as ministers with portfolios.” read more

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Police find 77000 worth of drugs in Niagara Falls home couple

A couple is facing drug trafficking charges after police seized $77,000 worth of drugs from a home in Niagara Falls. Police executed a search warrant on Tuesday just before 9 p.m. and found $37,000 worth of cocaine, $34,000 worth of heroin and $6,400 of marijuana. Officers also located a large amount of cash inside the home.Geol Spencer, 28, and Krystle Regis, 30, are each facing three counts of possession for the purpose of trafficking and possession of proceeds of crime over $10,000.

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In report on Africa Annan sees progress on peace development amid persistent

Since November 2001, the peace process in Eritrea and Ethiopia is being consolidated and the Great Lakes region is showing signs of stability, the Secretary-General notes in his latest progress report to the UN General Assembly on the causes of conflict and the promotion of durable peace and sustainable development in Africa.Meanwhile, the signing of a peace treaty between the rebels and the Government of Angola earlier this year raises hopes for a possible end to the longest civil war in Africa, Mr. Annan adds. In May, Sierra Leone held successful elections, restoring democracy to the country. However, the nearby conflict in Liberia, which is spreading to Guinea, is cause for concern for the fragile peace being forged in Sierra Leone.Despite this difficult environment, Mr. Annan observes that economic growth in Africa averaged about 3.1 percent last year. Nevertheless, although some 15 African countries achieved a more than 5 per cent growth rate, it still falls short of a 7 per cent annual growth rate needed to achieve the Millennium Development Goal of halving poverty by 2015.In addition to poverty, HIV/AIDS also remains a critical challenge, the Secretary-General says. The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria has now mobilized about $700 million, far below the goal of $7 billion to $10 billion needed annually.”The demand for global AIDS grants far exceeds the available resources,” Mr. Annan writes. “Thus one of the challenges that the Fund is facing is to raise the resources needed from donors, the private sector and corporations, including non-governmental organizations.”The Secretary-General praised the continent’s leaders for adopting the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) initiative, which underlines peace and stability, good governance, democracy and respect for human rights as preconditions for development.”By adopting NEPAD, African leaders have acknowledged this link and committed themselves to strengthening the continent’s capacity for conflict prevention, management and resolution,” Mr. Annan says. read more

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New LC Engineering payload monitoring system at AIMEX

first_imgLC Engineering will be displaying its latest high-tech payload measuring and production monitoring system, designed to enhance hydraulic excavator and shovel loading productivity, at the AIMEX –show in Sydney from August 20-23, 2013. The LC Titan Production Monitor calculates the payload in each bucket accurately before it is dumped in the truck, using highly sophisticated instruments and algorithms to compensate for the high-vibration digging environment that these loading tools work in. While dumping into the truck body, the excavator or shovel operator simply glances at the Titan screen to get a summary of the truck load after each loading pass, and how many more passes are required, said LC Engineering’s R&D Manager Bruce Leslie.“They can then select where to take their remaining bucket loads from, depending on whether they need full or part-full buckets, or heavier or lighter loads,” he said. According to Leslie, trials have demonstrated that while the statistical spread of truckloads for most operations have a standard deviation of 8-10% of the average, operators using the Titan monitor achieve a standard deviation of 4-5%. “This increases average payload by up to 6%, while decreasing loads over 110% and eliminating loads over 120%,” he states.The Titan system logs every loading cycle, providing complete information about the trajectory, energy, cycle breakdown and truck-filling loads, passes and times. It also keeps all the raw data generated by the system, allowing full forensic analysis of the excavator’s or shovel’s operations at any time. “In matched loading operations, where the diggers can consistently fill the trucks to capacity with a specific number of passes, the Titan system provides excellent feedback for tightening the spread, and more consistently delivering an average payload within 5% deviation,” said Leslie. “In unmatched operations, the system provides both the feedback needed to train operators to increase their average loads, and the loading information required for a mine operation to select better optimised buckets.”LC Engineering also provides a customised data support service, which includes options for remote analysis, on-site presentations, regular training of operators, and other services. “Reports are routinely generated from our fully backed-up database in Brisbane,” said Leslie. Further options available with the Titan Production Monitor include strain gauges to monitor fatigue stresses in the excavators’ and shovels’ structures; camera monitoring of the bucket lip to check for tooth loss; and synchronised database on site, with SQL-based Intranet reports. “We completely integrate our products with other providers wherever possible,” said Leslie. For example, integration with truck management and scheduling systems, such as iVolve, provides automated recognition of trucks and cross-checking between the truck weighing systems and the Titan Production Monitor. “The Titan system has been engineered using a combination of standard industrial components and our own custom-developed enclosures and electronics, is rated to 70°C operating conditions, and can be installed without requiring any welding to the machine,” concluded Leslie.last_img read more

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Bruce Prichard talks The Rocks rise to stardom WWE reporting Q2 2018

first_img Twitter Facebook Google+ WhatsApp Pinterest Charlotte Flair to reportedly take on WWE Hall of Famer Trish Stratus at SummerSlam center_img Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR In the video seen above, a preview clip for this week’s “Something Else to Wrestle With” with Bruce Prichard and Conrad Thompson on WWE Network has been released as they look at The Rock’s rise to stardom in 1997 and 1998. WWE reporting Q2 2018 earnings on July 26WWE issued the following:WWE® to Report Second Quarter 2018 ResultsSTAMFORD, Conn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– WWE (NYSE: WWE) announced that it will report its second quarter 2018 results on Thursday, July 26, 2018, before the opening of the market. The Company’s Chairman & CEO, Vincent K. McMahon, and Co-Presidents, George A. Barrios and Michelle D. Wilson, will host a conference call beginning at 11:00 a.m. ET to discuss the results.All interested parties are welcome to listen to a live web cast that will be hosted through the Company’s web site at corporate.wwe.com/investors. Participants can access the conference call by dialing 855-200-4993 (toll free) or 323-794-2092 from outside the U.S. (conference ID for both lines: 3327842). Please reserve a line approximately 10 minutes prior to the start time of the conference call.The earnings presentation referenced during the call will be made available on July 26, 2018 at corporate.wwe.com/investors. A replay of the call will be available approximately two hours after the conference call concludes, and can be accessed on the Company’s web site. Jim Cornette on Bruce Prichard returning to WWE and working with Vince McMahon Bruce Prichard was already working in consultant role with WWE back in Januarylast_img read more

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Three new Performance Center recruits including former Impact star

first_img Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Facebook EVOLVE Champion Austin Theory part of new Performance Center class, new PC coach Twitter Ronda Rousey On WWE: I Love This Job, But I Dont Need It WWE has announced three new Performance Center recruits.This includes former Impact Wrestling star Robert Strauss (aka Robbie E), Cal Bloom (the son of former WWE star Beau Beverly) and independent star Stokely Hathaway.Strauss has been a fixture of the independent scene since making his debut in 2001, while still a teenager. Competing under aliases like “Robbie E” and “Rob Eckos,” he has won more than two dozen championships throughout his career, as well as wrestled in 46 states and more than 20 countries. In addition to his exploits in sports-entertainment, the New Jersey native has appeared on reality shows, making it to the finals on the 25th season of CBS’ “Amazing Race” and participating in the trials on “The Titan Games,” the competition series created by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. Strauss also starred in Muscle & Fitness’ “Dad Bod Destroyer” video series.Hathaway comes to the Performance Center after a successful tenure as a manager and a wrestler on the indies. Although trained for the ring, Hathaway gained a reputation in recent years for wheeling and dealing on behalf of other wrestlers. The notoriously outspoken Hathaway has represented clients in several promotions throughout the U.S., from EVOLVE Wrestling to the New England-based Beyond Wrestling. He hails from New York City.Bloom, meanwhile, brings a sports-entertainment pedigree to the Performance Center. The 6-foot-5, 255-pounder is the son of former WWE Superstar Wayne Bloom, who wrestled as “Beau Beverly” in the early 1990s. The younger Bloom played tight end at the University of Central Florida, making four Bowl Game appearances (including UCF’s Fiesta Bowl win against Baylor University). He also received the team’s Iron Knight Award for strongest player after bench-pressing 500 pounds, a record for UCF tight ends. Although he hasn’t yet had a match, the 25-year-old Bloom has received training from his father Wayne, WWE alumnus Ken Kennedy and famed wrestling coach Brad Rheingans.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipSeth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate OccasionsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:26 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list WWE announces new Performance Center signings, Including a former Impact star Sean Waltman teaching again at Performance Center, Three NXT stars receive new names Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Seth Rollins Roman Reigns is in Remission Now Playing Up Next Videos Articlescenter_img Ronda Rousey Highlighting WWEs Problems Google+ Now Playing Up Next WhatsApp Pinterest Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Joan Jett Set To Perform Ronda Rouseys Entrance At WrestleMania 35 Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Now Playing Up Next Kurt Angle Cesarolast_img read more

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Leavitt Stuart urge Herrera Beutler to back bridge

first_imgTwo days after the federal government gave its final approval to plans for the Columbia River Crossing, Vancouver Mayor Tim Leavitt and Clark County Commissioner Steve Stuart issued a statement Friday calling on Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler to do the same.The federal Record of Decision, announced Wednesday by the U.S. Department of Transportation, gives the controversial Interstate 5 megaproject the green light to chase federal funding and start construction, which is slated for late 2013.“We need our congresswoman to work positively and productively for this investment in job growth and economic prosperity,” Stuart said in the statement. “No more vague statements like, ‘We need this bridge — just not this bridge.’ This is the project. … It’s time that her rhetoric stop and thoughtful representation begin.”Leavitt and Herrera Beutler exchanged terse letters earlier this year over her support for the CRC. She has said she has hopes for an I-5 bridge project, yet remains unsold on the plans as they stand now.Herrera Beutler has been pressing C-Tran to hold a districtwide vote on a sales tax for light rail as soon as possible. Otherwise, she said, she may not be able to lobby for the $1.2 billion in federal funding needed for the $3.1 billion to $3.6 billion project.last_img read more

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Save every sapling planted Collector Rajiv Gandhi Hanumanthu

first_imgAsifabad: Informing that the district’s target of saplings’ plantation is 1.23 crore as per the government and mandal-wise targets are allotted, District Collector Rajiv Gandhi Hanumanthu directed the officials to work hard to complete the target without fail. He told them to take up the plantation drive once the rains comes.Addressing an awareness meeting on the government’s prestigious programme ‘Haritha Haram’ attended by ZPTCs, MPTCs and district officials at the Collector’s conference hall in Asifabad on Wednesday. Hanumanthu said forest officers will be appointed as convenors for this programme. Also Read – TSBB, NGC promotes eco-friendly Ganeshas Advertise With Us According to the State government’s Panchayat Raj Act 2018, every gram panchayat needs to grow a nursery and 40,000 plants should be planted under each gram panchayat every year. Neem, teak, fruits and flower-bearing plants is to be planted, he said. MPDOs, Panchayat Secretaries, MROs and ZPTCs should conduct meetings and work with coordination. Nodal officers were appointed for every village and Vana Seva Assistants will also appointed to take care of every sapling that is planted. Also Read – CM KCR praises PRO for his books on Telangana Advertise With Us The Collector informed that the government has decided to give Rs 5 to each and every plant to Vana Seva Assistants for plantation and the government is also planning to provide a uniform for them. Asifabad Zilla Parishad chairperson Kova Laxmi said the plantation drive is being conducted every year and its every ones responsibility to plant and protect the trees after plantation. Saplings are to be planted beside camp office roads and every school has to plant saplings.last_img read more

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These indications include:- Serial assessment of biventricular structure, size, and function (anatomy, LV/RV volumes, global and regional systolic function, mass) – Evaluation of native and prosthetic cardiac valves (planimetry of stenotic disease, estimation of peak stenotic velocities and gradients, quantification of regurgitant disease) – Evaluation of cardiac masses, differentiation between tumor and thrombus – Evaluation of great vessels and pulmonary veins – Determination of the location and extent of acute (including no-reflow regions) and chronic myocardial necrosis Viability assessment before revascularization (LGE or low-dose dobutamine) – Determination of the area at risk in patients with acute myocardial infarction and the salvageable area post-revascularization with percutaneous coronary intervention – Identification of the presence and quantification of the extent of inducible ischemia (vasodilator perfusion or high-dose dobutamine stress CMR) – Evaluation of suspected anomalous coronary origins (MR coronary angiography) – Differentiation of ischemic versus nonischemic cardiomyopathy – Evaluation of myocarditis – Evaluation of specific cardiomyopathies (in vivo tissue characterization) – Assessment of mechanical dyssynchrony before resynchronization therapy – Patients with technically limited images from echocardiogram – Discordant information that is clinically significant from prior tests Plus, in their conclusion, the researchers anticipate that “improvement in software and hardware will further shorten scan times and allow the use of real-time imaging with better spatial and temporal resolution. New CMR techniques aiming at the identification and quantification of diffuse fibrosis will further improve the in vivo assessment of myocardial pathology.” They pointed to other growth for CMR that include: novel CMR contrast agents, stem cell therapy monitored by CMR, interventional CMR to guide therapeutic procedures, and finally MR spectroscopy to assess metabolic changes in the failing heart and monitoring of the response to novel forms of metabolic therapy. Reference: Theodoros D. Karamitsos, M.D., Ph.D.,* Jane M. Francis, DCC(R), DNM,* Saul Myerson, M.D.,* Joseph B. Selvanayagam, MBBS, DPHIL,† Stefan Neubauer, M.D.,* Oxford, United Kingdom; and Adelaide, Australia. The Role of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance Imaging in Heart Failure. J Am Coll Cardiol, 2009; 54:1407-1424, doi:10.1016/j.jacc.2009.04.094For more information: www.ocmr.ox.ac.uk FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. 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New York City carriage horse breaks free and runs through rush hour

first_img Posted by Travelweek Group New York City carriage horse breaks free and runs through rush hour traffic Wednesday, May 31, 2017 Share NEW YORK — A New York City carriage horse is safely back in its stable after breaking free and running wild through rush hour traffic.The horse, a 12-year-old mare named Goldie, broke free on Tuesday while being taken back to her stable in the Hell’s Kitchen neighbourhood of Manhattan. Witnesses say Goldie soon went into a full gallop, cutting off cars and running across streets.After running eleven blocks, Goldie returned to her stable on her own. She was not injured.A carriage driver says it wasn’t that big of a deal and tells WNBC-TV that Goldie probably wanted some exercise after a slow day at work. << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

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Carls Jr to open five new restaurants in Costa Rica in 2013

first_imgAfter opening its sixth restaurant in Costa Rica earlier this month in the province Heredia, California-based hamburger chain Carl’s Jr. now plans to open five more locations here next year.The fast food franchise arrived in the country in 2011, and by 2013 plans to open new restaurants in Curridabat (east of San José), San Francisco (Heredia), Alajuela, Escazú (southwest of San José) and Tibás (northwest of San José).General Manager Andrés Fachler told the weekly El Financiero that the expansion of the franchise means an investment of some $4.5 million, as it includes four free-standing locales and one located in a food court.According to Fachler, “the chain’s sales have exceeded company expectations, and combined with commercial sector growth, [the company] will boost its expansion in Costa Rica.”The burger chain, which operates 3,182 restaurants worldwide, plans to open 25 locations in Costa Rica during the next five years, Fachler said during the opening of their first location near Central Park in San José, in November 2011. Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

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Virgin Australia International Wins Best Airline to Australia and New

first_imgSource = Virgin Australia Virgin Australia International has been voted best airline to Australia and New Zealand by the readers of the US-based Global Traveler magazine; www.globaltravelerusa.com.Virgin Australia Group Executive Commercial Liz Savage said the win was an endorsement from the readers of Global Traveler that Virgin Australia provides a unique and truly award-winning inflight service.“This award reflects the opinions of our Guests and readers of Global Traveler magazine on one of the world’s longest, non-stop flights.“From extensive criteria, Virgin Australia International has emerged as the airline that provides the best service from the United States to Australia and New Zealand,” she said.Ms Savage said that the airline also won the coveted award for Best Champagne International Business Class with Lanson Gold Label Brut 1999 as selected by Global Traveler’s Wines on the Wing Wine Survey; www.globaltravelerusa.com“Virgin Australia’s wine panel is meticulous in their research for the best onboard wines and champagnes that complement our extensive inflight menu.“We are delighted to know that our International Business Guests enjoy this quality champagne,” Ms Savage said.Virgin Australia International operates 14 services each week from Los Angeles to the Australian cities of Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. Virgin Australia International also operates three flights each week from Sydney to Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates.last_img read more

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first_imgNew York, NY, USA – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineIn the world of art, originals are superlatively precious, but the reproductions in Jason Oliva’s [Works on Paper] show challenges the definition of the cherished authentic.For the exhibit, Oliva trades in the typical printers for the same paints used in the canvas masterpieces—and repaints each paper artwork by hand. This means that not only are the reproductions as vibrant as the original, they’re also a real-life manifestation of the same creative energy that engendered the paintings. And just like the real thing, the paper editions are dressed with the ever-valuable artist’s signature.The artist likens his reproductions to traditional limited edition prints, but with more individuality and personal character. They then become as precious as the originals, in the sense that they are also one-of-a-kind. “Because each of these works are hand-painted, not one work is the same,” Oliva said.These prints will be showcased at Downtown John Allans in New York City, alongside a selection of the Jason Oliva [Jewelry] and Jason Oliva [Sculpture] collections. To celebrate the show, the artist will be hosting a party at the club on March 28 at 7:30pm.Click Here for more info.last_img read more

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first_img by The Associated Press Posted Nov 28, 2018 6:32 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Atwood writing ‘Handmaid’s Tale’ sequel, out in 2019center_img NEW YORK — Thanks to public demand, and a certain American president, Margaret Atwood is writing a sequel to her million-selling “The Handmaid’s Tale.”“The Testaments” will be published next September by Nan A. Talese/Doubleday, the publisher announced Wednesday. The book is set 15 years after the final scene of Offred, narrator of “The Handmaid’s Tale.” Atwood’s novel about a dystopian society in the imagined land of Gilead was a bestseller when first published in 1985 and was back on the charts after Donald Trump’s election in 2016. The novel is also the basis for an acclaimed miniseries on Hulu.Atwood, a Canadian author, said in a statement that the sequel was inspired by readers’ questions about Gilead and by the “world we’ve been living in.”The Associated Presslast_img read more

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UNHCR Cyprus launches online help platform for refugees

first_imgIn an attempt to help the increasing number of immigrants on the island, UNHCR Cyprus on Thursday launched a new online information platform for refugees and asylum-seekers living on the island.“A mobile-friendly website that is accessible at http://help.unhcr.org/, the “HELP” platform seeks to offer comprehensive, accurate, objective and up-to- date information that is essential for refugees and asylum-seekers in Cyprus,” UNHCR announced.Topics covered include the national asylum system, the rights and duties of asylum-seekers and refugees, and information about government programmes and non-governmental organisations that offer various types of assistance and integration support. The information is currently available in English, but there are plans to also include other languages in the near future.The aim is to help refugees and asylum seekers make decisions on such issues as applying for asylum, learning the local language, looking for a job or bringing the family members they have left behind. It also tries to provide access to reliable, timely information from authoritative sources that is central to their ability to make good, informed decisions.“We recognise, however, that the realities of urban refugee situations where people are widely dispersed throughout the country necessarily require extensive use of modern communication technology that ensures a greater and quicker flow of essential information,” Damtew Dessalegne, the UNHCR representative in Cyprus, said.According to the refugee agency, the use of online information is not a substitute but a supplement to UNHCR’s regular contacts with refugees and asylum-seekers through outreach activities, one-on- one counselling, monitoring visits and group information sessions.Those who would like to make suggestions and feedback to improve the new platform are asked to contact UNHCR at cypni@unhcr.org.There has been a 137 per cent increase in the number of illegal immigrants and refugees arriving in Cyprus in the first nine months of the year compared with the same period last year.From the beginning of 2017 to October 8, 818 people reached Cyprus, up from 345 last year, according to data published by the International Organisation for Migration on Thursday.The organisation said the number of illegal immigrants and refugees arriving in Italy, Greece, Cyprus and Spain exceeded 140,000 during the first nine months of this year.While more people arrived in Cyprus, fewer arrived in other countries. By October 8 2017, some 140,538 migrants and refugees had entered Europe by sea, more than 75 per cent of whom arrived in Italy. Last year’s figure was 318,207.In Italy, the amount of arrivals dropped from 144,445 last year to 107,028 and in Greece from 167,972 to 20,364. More immigrants reached Spain this year. Last year there were 5,445 arrivals compared with 12,328 in the same time span in 2016.Many did not reach the countries they wanted to land in. It is estimated that 2,754 people have died at sea so far in 2017, while last year’s number was 3,686. Most deaths occur in the sea between Libya and Italy.According to figures from Italian authorities, more and more Tunisians are arriving illegally.“This is a new trend, but it is not linked to the ‘closure’ of the route from Libya because the nationalities are different,” Flavio Di Giacomo, head of the organisation in Italy said.He added that apart from the 1,400 Tunisians recorded in September, there are many cases where people who arrive cover their tracks. “So, their number is higher, but we cannot say for sure.”You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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