Call for Nominations for 2018 Provincial Volunteer Awards

first_imgNova Scotians can recognize outstanding volunteers in their communities by nominating them for a 2018 Provincial Volunteer Award. Each year, the awards ceremony honours volunteers from across the province for their volunteer contributions. Nova Scotians can nominate volunteers in the categories of volunteer representative award, volunteer youth award and volunteer family award. The representative volunteer award recipients are selected by their municipalities. The volunteer youth and volunteer family award winners are selected by a review committee. The premier, lieutenant-governor and minister of the voluntary sector will present the awards at a ceremony in April. Nomination forms are available at The deadline for nominations is midnight, Feb. 16.last_img read more

Foreign service workers union asks for binding arbitration in contract talks

first_imgOTTAWA — The union representing Canada’s diplomatic corps says it has filed a request to go to arbitration with the federal government after the two sides couldn’t agree on a new contract late last month.The Professional Association of Foreign Service Officers declared an impasse in negotiations with Treasury Board officials on Feb. 21 after nine months of talks.The association says its 1,600 members have been without a contract since last July 1.The group filed a request for binding arbitration through the Public Service Labour Relations Board listing a range of issues still on the table, including “proper access” to required medications for those serving abroad, adherence to workplace health-and-safety laws, better harassment protections for foreign-service workers, and having the government pay diplomats quickly despite the government’s buggy Phoenix pay system.The association says in a release that federal negotiators appeared unwilling to make “any reasonable concessions.”In 2013, the foreign-service union went on strike after being without a contract for about two years.A new agreement was finally signed in June 2018, just days before it was set to expire and the latest round of negotiations began.The government says it remains open to continuing good-faith discussions with the association.A spokesman for Carla Qualtrough, the interim Treasury Board president, said the government is committed to the collective-bargaining process and will respect any decision the labour-relations board makes.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Madonna Announces David Blaine As Art For Freedom Guest Curator

first_imgMadonna has confirmed David Blaine as the December guest curator for Art for Freedom.As the platform’s first guest curator, Blaine will collaborate with Madonna to select daily submissions to be showcased on Art for Freedom, launched in September 2013, is a global digital initiative led by Madonna in partnership with VICE Media to bring awareness to human rights violations.“Madonna, who has always been an incredible inspiration, invited me to be a part of Art for Freedom,” said David Blaine. “It’s an amazing platform to bring artists together and I look forward to seeing the brilliance this generates.”“I am excited David is signing on as guest curator. This is only the beginning of Art for Freedom bringing artists together to change the world,” commented Madonna.As part of the Art For Freedom initiative, David Blaine will work with Madonna to select one artist in December whose creative expression demonstrates a unique view of the fight for human rights. Madonna will then award a $10,000 grant to a nonprofit organization of the winning artist’s choice. All projects must be focused on the values of Art For Freedom.The latest freedom fighters chosen to receive an Art for Freedom grant are Amber Fares and the Speed Sisters – a documentary about the Middle East’s first all women motor racing team. Against a backdrop of social and political upheaval, Speed Sisters presents an inspiring look into the drive to be true to oneself. The grant will go towards finishing the film. See more on the Speed Sisters project here.Launched in September 2013, Art For Freedom is a global digital initiative, led by Madonna in partnership with VICE Media, designed to fuel free speech – to respond, address and protest persecution and discrimination around the world. It is an online public art project encouraging people to express their personal meaning of freedom and revolution, in the form of video, music, poetry, and photography. Public submissions become part of the Art For Freedom website: contributors can join the project by uploading original artwork or tagging original posts #artforfreedom. The project was launched with the film secretprojectrevolution, co-directed by Madonna and Steven Klein.last_img read more

Russell Simmons Honors Cyndi Lauper At RUSH HeARTS Education Luncheon

first_imgRussell Simmons, Lena Hall, Bevy Smith and Tamara Tunie were just a few of the many attendees at this week’s 4th Annual RUSH HeARTS Education Luncheon at The Plaza Hotel in New York City.RUSH HeARTS Education Luncheon Honorees and ArtistsCredit/Copyright: Bryan Bedder/Getty ImagesThe luncheon honors individuals for their careers and philanthropic achievements, and their unyielding dedication to our youth, arts and education initiatives. The event began with a reception followed by a luncheon that honored Cyndi Lauper, Craig Newmark, Guy Vickers and Charles Best and included a special performance by Bobbi MacKenzie.Cyndi Lauper and Russell SimmonsCredit/Copyright: Bryan Bedder/Getty ImagesThe event raises funds for Rush’s Education programs for New York City’s inner city youth. Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation programs (Rush Galleries in the Schools, and Rush Little Kids, Rush Kids and Rush Teens) are designed to inspire students, provide positive alternatives to high-risk behaviors, and support increased academic performance, by filling the void of arts education programs in public schools and through afterschool and weekend sessions.last_img read more

Draw for Ontarios pot licence lottery expected today with results within 24h

first_imgThe Canadian Press TORONTO — Ontario could announce the results of a lottery to apply for the first 25 retail cannabis licences as early as today.Those seeking to open a pot shop in the province had from Monday to early afternoon Wednesday to submit an expression of interest.The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario, which will regulate the province’s retail cannabis outlets, has said it will pick the winners randomly today, with the results expected to be announced within 24 hours.Those selected through the lottery will have five business days to turn in their application along with a $6,000 non-refundable fee and a $50,000 letter of credit.The licences are being divided regionally, with five going to the east of the province, seven in the west, two in the north, six in the Greater Toronto Area and five in Toronto itself.Recreational cannabis can currently only be purchased legally in Ontario through a government-run website, with the first private stores set to open April 1.The Progressive Conservative government had initially said it would not put a cap on the number of outlets, but later said it would begin with only 25 licences due to what it called serious cannabis supply issues that had to be addressed by the federal government.last_img read more

UN Security Council endorses cessation of hostilities pact in Syria

Adopting a new resolution, the Council endorsed the joint statement announced on Monday by US Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, as co-chairs of the International Syria Support Group (ISSG) Ceasefire Taskforce, on the terms of a nationwide cessation of hostilities and demanded that the agreement take effect at midnight Damascus time. In a statement issued later in the evening by his spokesperson, Mr. Ban said full implementation of the resolution – including unimpeded and sustainable humanitarian deliveries – is the best chance to reduce the brutal violence in Syria.“What matters now are not the words of the resolution but whether it will make real changes on the ground and reduce the suffering of the Syrian people,” he said, adding that implementation of the Council measure would also create space and the credibility for the UN Special Envoy for Syria to relaunch political negotiations over transition in accordance with the 2012 Geneva Communiqué and Council resolution 2254 (2015).The Security Council also demanded the “full and immediate” implementation of that text in order to facilitate a Syrian-led and Syrian-owned political transition in order to end the conflict in the country, stressing once again that the nation’s people “will decide the future of Syria.”Resolution 2254, unanimously adopted in December, gave the UN an enhanced role in shepherding the opposing sides to talks for a political transition, endorsing a timetable for a ceasefire, a new constitution and elections.Briefing the Council before the vote, the UN Special Envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, said the cessation of hostilities was the result of lengthy and detailed discussions and the outcome of intense negotiations at the highest level. Speaking via videoconference from Geneva, he added that it was a “major achievement.”Much work for the implementation of the agreement lay ahead, he continued, stressing that Saturday would be a critical day and warning that there would be no shortage of attempts to undermine the process under way. The international community must work fast to address any incidents that may arise, while all parties must demonstrate restraint. “We are now at a crossroads – we have the possibility to turn the page [in Syria] – after almost 5 years of one of the bloodiest conflicts in recent years. It is potentially, a historic junction – to bring an end to the killing and destruction and to start a new life and new hope for the Syrians,” he told the Council. Mr. de Mistura announced that, provided the cessation of hostilities held and humanitarian access was kept open, he intended to reconvene the intra-Syrian talks with with representatives of the Syrian Government and opposition, in Geneva on Monday, 7 March.The Special Envoy had been mediating those talks, but just two days after their official launch called for a pause on 3 February following differences between Government and opposition delegations on the priority of humanitarian issues.In today’s text, the Council also demanded that all parties involved in the cessation of hostilities fulfil their commitments, and urged all Member States, especially ISSG members – the Arab League, the European Union, the United Nations, and 17 countries, including the United States and Russia, who have been seeking a path forward for several months – to use their influence with the parties to ensure fulfilment of those commitments and support efforts “to create conditions for a durable and lasting ceasefire.” The Council also reiterated its call to the parties to immediately allow humanitarian agencies “rapid, safe and unhindered access” throughout Syria by most direct routes, and to immediately comply with their obligations under international law. Expressing support for the ISSG initiative to accelerate the urgent delivery of humanitarian aid, with the view towards “full, sustained and unimpeded” access throughout the country, the Council also reaffirmed its support for a Syrian-led political process facilitated by the UN. In the resolution, the Council also welcomed the cessation of hostilities as a “step towards a lasting ceasefire,” reaffirming the close linkage between a ceasefire and a parallel political process, and that both initiatives should move ahead “expeditiously” as expressed in resolution 2254. read more

Chinese erotic novelist jailed for 10 years for gay sex scenes

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCanada frees CFO of China’s Huawei on bail; Trump might interveneDecember 12, 2018In “World”The Chinese lawyer who had his clothes ripped off in courtJune 7, 2016In “latest news”German couple jailed for selling son to paedophiles on dark netAugust 7, 2018In “World” A Chinese writer has been given a 10 year sentence for writing and selling a novel which featured gay sex scenes.The writer, identified as Liu, was jailed by a court in Anhui province last month for producing and selling “obscene material”.gettyimagesHer novel, titled “Occupation”, featured “male homosexual behaviour…includes perverted sexual acts like violation and abuse.”But her lengthy jail term has sparked protest across Chinese social media.According to the Beijing News, Liu – better known by her online alias Tian Yi – has now filed an appeal to the court. Pornography is illegal in China.On 31 October, Liu was sentenced to jail by the People’s Court of Wuhu for making and selling “obscene material” for profit, according to local news site Wuhu news.However, details of the hearing only emerged on Chinese media outlets this week.Police officials were first alerted to her novel after it started to gain popularity online.Liu is said to have sold over 7,000 copies of Occupation and other erotic novels and made 150,000 yuan ($21,604, £16,782) in profit, reported state news outlet the Global Times.But many social media users argued that the sentence she received was excessive. “10 years for a novel? That’s too much,” said one social media user on Weibo.Another referenced an incident in 2013, where a former official was sentenced to eight years in prison for raping a four year old girl.“Those found guilty of rape get less than 10 years in jail. This writer gets 10 years,” another Weibo user added. (BBC) read more

Storm damages 350yearold fort on Valentia Island

first_imgA 350-YEAR-OLD CROMWELLIAN fort on Valentia Island has been damaged by recent storms, as well as a much older standing stone.A section of the north west wall of the 17th century enclosed has collapsed, with other walls in the area also being damaged.The Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht says that there is an on-going effort to identity how many other historic sites suffered damage in the severe weather.“The walls surrounding the carpark were knocked”, Billy Horan, an architectural technician from the area, said, “there now as parts of the road are missing and other sections are torn up.”He added that the area it appears as though the area is no longer safe for the public to visit.An archaeologist is due to visit the area to assess the damage to heritage sites. (Image Credit: Billy Horan)(Image Credit: Billy Horan)Read: Just what is the emergency ‘National Coordination Group’ anyway?last_img read more

Former Archbishop of Dublin Desmond Connell dies aged 90

first_img Share77 Tweet Email 78 Comments Tuesday 21 Feb 2017, 9:14 AM By Paul Hosford Former Archbishop of Dublin Desmond Connell dies aged 90 He died after a long illness. Image: Graham Hughes/ Image: Graham Hughes/ FORMER ARCHBISHOP OF Dublin Desmond Connell has died after a long illness.He was 90.Connell was Archbishop of Dublin from to 1988 until 2004 and Cardinal since 2001.Archbishop Diarmuid Martin said that Cardinal Connell, who had been ill for some time, passed away peacefully during the night in his sleep.Born in Dublin, he was educated at St Peter’s National School in Phibsboro and Belvedere College before studying for the priesthood at Holy Cross College, Clonliffe. He was ordained in 1951, taking up a teaching role in UCD.He was appointed Archbishop of Dublin by the Holy See in 1988 and made a Cardinal-Priest by Pope John Paul II in 2001.His handling of clerical sexual abuse cases was widely criticised, leading to his replacement by Diarmuid Martin in 2004.Read: Planned talk by Israeli Ambassador at Trinity College is cancelled after protestsRead: Taoiseach spent twice as much on photos last year compared to 2015 17,862 Views Short URL Feb 21st 2017, 9:14 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Weather Eye After showers today Clark County weather will dry out

first_imgPatrick Timm is a local weather specialist. His column appears Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Reach him at In Vancouver, the weather for the first week of October is running much cooler than average, at 3 degrees below normal. Rainfall is spot on. You’ll remember that at the beginning of the month I reported the National Climate Center was forecasting October to be much warmer and drier than average.The past few days I was waiting for a big revision in that outlook, but it still stands. Keeping with that thought, after some light rain or showers today, we begin to dry out and warm up Wednesday clear through the weekend. Highs will push back to 70, maybe a few degrees higher. Offshore easterly winds will help cause the daytime temperatures to finally get out of the 50s.With clearing skies and a much drier air mass, expect overnight lows later this week to plummet into the 30s with widespread frost in outlying areas, especially in wind-sheltered locations. More frost on the pumpkins.Speaking of pumpkins, with a few days of drier weather later this week and expected warm and dry weather over the weekend, that would be an excellent time to journey to the pumpkin patch. An annual tradition in many families.No need to slosh around in the mud, right?The Oregon Chapter of the American Meteorological Society, will host the 26th annual Winter Weather Forecast Conference on Oct. 27 at 10 a.m. at OMSI in Portland.last_img read more

China proposes 3phase plan for resolving Rohingya crisis

first_imgChina`s foreign minister Wang Yi (L) greets Myanmar president Htin Kyaw (R) at the president`s house in Naypydaw on 20 November, 2017. Photo: AFPChina has proposed a three-phase plan for resolving the Rohingya crisis, starting with a ceasefire, that has won the support of Myanmar and Bangladesh, the foreign ministry said.More than 600,000 Muslim Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh since late August driven out by a military clearance operation in Buddhist majority Myanmar’s Rakhine State. The Rohingyas’ suffering has caused an international outcry.Visiting the Myanmar capital Naypyitaw, Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi said China believed that the issue could be addressed by a solution acceptable to neighbours Myanmar and Bangladesh through consultations.A ceasefire should be followed by bilateral dialogue to find a workable solution, the ministry website reported late on Sunday. The third and final phase should be to work toward a long-term solution.Wang said a ceasefire was basically in place already, and the key now was to prevent a flare-up. He hoped the two sides could soon sign and implement an agreement already reached on repatriation.The international community and the United Nations Security Council should give encouragement and support to both countries “to create the necessary conditions and a good environment”, it quoted Wang as saying at a joint press conference with Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar’s de facto leader.Myanmar was supportive of the Chinese plan, as was Bangladesh, where Wang visited earlier in the weekend. In Dhaka Wang said the international community should not complicate the situation.last_img

3 bridges to be opened before Eid Kamal

first_imgFinance minister AHM Mustafa KamalAll the three new bridges – 2nd Kanchpur, Meghna and Gumti will be opened to traffic before the upcoming Eid-ul-Fitr, reports UNB.Finance minister AHM Mustafa Kamal said this while briefing reporters following a meeting of the cabinet committee on public purchase on Wednesday.The meeting, chaired by the finance minister, approved a proposal on raising the cost of the three important bridges by Tk 780 million.He said the construction works on the three bridges have been completed and those are now ready for vehicle movement.”Prime minister Sheikh Hasina is also eagerly waiting for opening these bridges before the Eid-ul-Fitr,” he told the journalists.The committee approved a total of six procurement proposals of different ministries.last_img read more

Houstons Innovation Corridor Closer To Reality

first_img 00:00 /00:48 – / 2 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen center_img Share The iconic former Sears building in the south of Midtown will soon be known as The Ion.Rice University on Wednesday announced the renovation of the 270,000 square-foot building will start in May.It’s meant to be the heart of Houston’s new innovation district and bring together startups, investors and academia.Mayor Sylvester Turner said this is just the start.“We’re trying to put together an ecosystem that is uniquely Houston,” he said, “that will create and bring about innovation, hold on to our young talent, be able to service our major companies that are here.”Rice University will fund the renovation. Houston-based Hines is managing the development on behalf of Rice Management Company.It is expected to be completed in late 2020.Rice University President David Leebron said in a press release that they chose the name “Ion” because it’s from the Greek “ienai,” which means “go.”“We see it as embodying the ever-forward motion of discovery, the spark at the center of a truly original idea,” he said. “It also represents the last three letters in many of the words that define the building’s mission, like inspiration, creation, acceleration and innovation.”Tech incubator Station Houston will oversee the programming at The Ion. The plan is to have entrepreneurial workshops, thought-leadership conferences, industry lectures, job training, educational classes and networking opportunities.Florian Martin/Houston Public MediaHouston Mayor Sylvester Turner speaks at the announcement for the MassChallenge startup program at Greenstreet in downtown Houston.Also Wednesday, Boston-based accelerator MassChallenge announced the launch of a startup program at Greenstreet in downtown Houston.It will be part of the approximately four-mile “innovation corridor” that will run along Main Street from downtown to the Medical Center.MassChallenge CEO John Harthorne said, starting in April, start-ups in all industries and from all over the world can apply.“The criteria for judging is, we’re looking for startups with the highest potential for significant impact on humanity,” he said. “So it’s not about investability or profitability. It’s about, do you have the possibility to create a powerful impact on the world. Typically if that’s the case, also it would be investable and profitable and all of the rest of it.”Generally, about 10 percent of start-ups that apply are accepted into the program, he said.Those selected will then get free office space, training and mentorship for several months.At the end, a panel will award some winners, which will receive grants.Houston started focusing on its innovation and startup culture in 2016, when both the city of Houston and the Greater Houston Partnership created taskforces to look into how to become a major innovation hub. Xlast_img read more

Mail backup software MailStore Home 102 released

first_imgMail backup software MailStore Home 10.2 released by Martin Brinkmann on October 20, 2017 in Software – 10 commentsMailStore Home 10.2 is a new version of the popular mail backup software for the Microsoft Windows operating system.MailStore Home can back up local email accounts as well as POP3 and IMAP mailbox backups so that most online email services are covered by the application.As far as local programs are concerned, it supports Microsoft Outlook, Mozilla Thunderbird, Windows Mail and Windows Live Mail, and any email that is in a supported format such as PST or EML.It furthermore supports Microsoft Exchange Server and Microsoft Office 365.Check out these MailStore articles as well:Email Backup Software MailStore Home 10 releasedHow to free up space on Gmail if you are running lowHow to free up space in Windows if you are running lowUse MailStore To Backup Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo EmailsMailStore Home 10.2The major new feature of MailStore Home 10.2 is a new email signing function. It is supported in all editions of MailStore, and may be used to add digital signatures to exported emails. The information is useful as it may be used to verify that archived email was not modified.The digital signature is a cryptographic means to ensure that an email from a protected archive remains unchanged after being exported.You use the feature in the following way:Select a folder or individual emails.Right-click the selection and select Export To > Directory (File System).Select the format you want the email backups to be in.Check the “sign export” option on the next page that opens. Sign export signs the exported emails so that you can verify.You select the target folder there as well. Note that the directory needs to be empty for the process to complete successfully.Three features of the email backup software have been improved in the new version. The Help function is context sensitive now. The program itself comes without help file, but a click on the help button opens the documentation on the official MailStore website. The page of the documentation that opens is directly related to your activity in the program in MailStore Home 10.2.If you are in search email for instance, the search email help page is opened on the MailStore website when you click on the help icon in the program interface.The developers of the program hardened the encryption key management furthermore, and added additional details to skipped messages in the profile summary.MailStore Home 10.2 fixes two issues on top of that. The first fixes the Exchange profile’s test button behavior when selecting “ignore SSL warnings”, the second updates third-party libraries.You can check out the blog post on the MailStore website for additional details. Existing MailStore Home users may download and install the update from within the application. Just hit the “check for updates” link on the startpage to do so.Downloads are also available on the MailStore website.SummaryArticle NameMail backup software MailStore Home 10.2 releasedDescriptionMailStore Home 10.2 is a new version of the popular mail backup software for the Microsoft Windows operating system.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

RuPauls Drag Races Katya went to rehab after quitting drag

first_img‘I thought I just had a drug problem. It wasn’t just a drug problem.’It is unknown when McCook will return to the stage as Katya.He tweeted yesterday: ‘My stage show “Help Me I’m Dying” will likely be re-titled, mostly due to the fact that I am no longer dying.‘I can’t wait for you to see it. It is going to be incredible and I am quite sure you will all love it. Peace.’Support from other queensMany of his Drag Race queens supported him, including Trixie Mattel and Pearl from season 7.Winner Violet Chacki told Gay Star News last week: ‘I talk to Katya at least once a week, sometimes more. She’s doing very well. She’s taking a break, resting.’She continues: ’I’ve been saying no to a lot of stuff this year. I think a lot of girls are at the point where we’re like: “OK. We need to start saying no to things and taking breaks and taking care of ourselves.” I think Katya is a good example of that.’Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . The performer behind Katya, from RuPaul’s Drag Race, went to rehab after quitting drag. eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Drag Race queen reveals eight Republicans paid him for sex when he was 17RuPaul’s Drag Race’s Katya ends hiatus: ‘The bitch is back’Violet Chachki just gave an update on how Katya’s doingRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  : Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading…center_img Katya returns to the public eye Brian McCook, the beloved star of All Stars 2, season 7 and The Trixie and Katya Show, relapsed in Australia after All Stars 2 last year.He continued to do meth and suffered a ‘complete total psychotic break from reality’.McCook confirmed he was detained by police this year.Landlords asked to leave him to leave his home in Los Angeles for being a disturbance to others on drugs.He also had a heart attack at home brought on by exhaustion.‘I couldn’t tell what was real or not real,’ he said, saying he suffered from hallucinations.McCook said he hit ‘rock bottom’ after a loved one almost put a restraining order against him.Katya: ‘I thought I just had a drug problem.’‘I wasn’t being paid enough,’ he said, explaining why he quit drag.‘I didn’t have enough time to sleep.’He first returned to his mother’s home in Massachusetts for a week. But then he still got high. He then went to Serenity Care Center in Surprise, Arizona.‘It rocked my world,’ he said, on new podcast Whimsically Volatile. GAYSTARNEWS-last_img read more

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first_img Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al. News | Colonoscopy Systems | August 06, 2019 Rise in Early Onset Colorectal Cancer Not Aligned With Screening Trends A new study finds that trends in colonoscopy rates did not fully align with the increase in colorectal cancer (CRC) in… read more News | May 31, 2011 New MRI Research May Lead to Improved Diagnosis of Autism News | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins read more News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 07, 2019 Contrast Use in First Transthoracic Echocardiogram for Heart Failure Reduces Repeat Testing Heart failure is the fourth most common cause for all admission to U.S. hospitals, and it is the most common reason for… read more News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. 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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it is estimated that as many as one in every 110 children is affected by autism.“With the extraordinarily high prevalence of autism, you would think there would be an objective diagnosis for the disorder,” said Joy Hirsch, Ph.D., a professor at Columbia University Medical School and director of the Functional MRI Laboratory. “However, the diagnosis of autism currently remains limited to parent and clinician observation of missed developmental milestones.”In the study, researchers performed fMRI exams on 15 control children (mean age: 12.1) and 12 language-impaired and age-matched autistic children (mean age: 12.4). Using fMRI, the researchers were able to measure neural activity in working brain tissues while the children listened to recordings of their parents talking to them. Activation levels during passive stimulation were measured within two regions of the brain: the primary auditory cortex (A1) and superior temporal gyrus (STG), a region associated with sentence comprehension. Brain activation maps for each patient were then computed using statistical linear modeling.Activity in the A1 region of the brain did not differ between autistic and control patients. However, activation within the STG was greater for control children relative to autistic patients.“These findings first tell us that the autistic children in our study appeared normal with respect to the primary auditory system,” Hirsch said. “But it appears that the STG in the autistic brains was not as sensitive to the language narratives as was the STG in the brains of the typical children.”An additional 27 autistic children undergoing routine MRI exams with sedation were also included in the study. Using a similar analysis of sedation-adjusted values from the control group, the researchers identified 26 of 27 (96 percent) sedated autistic patients with autism.“This study suggests that fMRI acquired during listening to a language narrative can be used to distinguish children with autism from those without,” Hirsch said. “Based on these initial findings, future studies using these or similar fMRI methods may result in an early and objective imaging indicator for autism.”Some children with autism spectrum disorders can benefit from intensive behavior therapy, but early intervention is key. “The need for an early, objective diagnosis is enormous,” Hirsch said.The title of the study is “Speech Stimulation during Functional MR Imaging as a Potential Indicator of Autism.” Collaborating with Hirsch were Grace Lai, Ph.D., Harry D. Schneider, M.D., and Johanna C. Schwarzenberger, M.D.For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Neuro Imaging | August 16, 2019 ADHD Medication May Affect Brain Development in Children A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to affect development of the brain’s… read more last_img read more

Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires

first_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Comments   Share   The overhaul Sando alludes to could also involve looking to improve the interior of the offensive line and drafting a young quarterback to groom behind Palmer.With Mathis retiring and a potential litany of changes to come, the Cardinals will likely look significantly different from the team that took the field last season when they get back on the field again. Top Stories center_img Following a disappointing 7-8-1 season, the Arizona Cardinals are looking to bounce back in 2017, which could mean a new look for a team that went 13-3 in the 2015 campaign.A team that opened the 2016 season as one of the favorites to make the Super Bowl sputtered last year and is now looking at a questionable future on both sides of the ball.This is why’s Mike Sando ranked the Cardinals No. 5 in his list of the teams most in need of an offseason overhaul in an ESPN Insider piece. Arizona has a league-high 134 starts associated with potential unrestricted free agents, and the team could part ways with defensive mainstay Calais Campbell, among others. Aging players such as Evan Mathis, Frostee Rucker and Chris Johnson also could be out.The Cardinals have churned their roster aggressively since Steve Keim became general manager, doggedly looking for the right mix of veteran bargains. The urgency could be especially high following a disappointing 2016 season. Quarterback Carson Palmer turned 37 last month. Receiver Larry Fitzgerald turns 34 in August and is considering retirement. Coach Bruce Arians’ health problems raise questions about how long he’ll remain in his role.Retaining or adequately replacing key defensive free agents, such as Campbell, outside linebacker Chandler Jones and strong safety Tony Jefferson, will go a long way toward determining whether or not the Arizona defense will continue to be one of the best in the league. The Cardinals ranked second in the NFL this season by holding opponents to 305.2 yards per game and led the league in sacks.Jefferson had a great season for the Cardinals, finishing with 92 tackles, two sacks and five passes defensed, while Jones and Campbell recorded 11 and eight sacks, respectively, with the latter being named an Associated Press second-team All-Pro. Arizona Cardinals quarterback Drew Stanton pauses on his cellphone as he cleans out his locker after the Cardinals completed their NFL football season at the team practice facility Monday, Jan. 2, 2017, in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

NEW YORK NY – Feminist leader Gloria Steinem tr

first_img NEW YORK, N.Y. – Feminist leader Gloria Steinem tried her hand at a little stand-up comedy, taking the mic at a Manhattan club in the spirit of “laughing our way to the revolution.”Steinem joined a group of female comics performing at a high-spirited fundraiser Wednesday evening at Carolines on Broadway for the non-profit Ms. Foundation for Women, which works toward social, economic and reproductive justice. The gathering was dubbed “Laughter is the Best Resistance.”Not surprisingly, the stunning wave of sexual misconduct allegations against powerful men — which earlier Wednesday brought about the sudden downfall of NBC’s “Today” host Matt Lauer — was a frequent subject of discussion. Caroline Hirsch, the club’s owner, noted in her remarks that Steinem had often spoken of laughing on the way to the revolution. “We’re laughing today,” Hirsch said pointedly, as the audience cheered.Onstage, Steinem riffed on the French Revolution and its potential parallels to the current political and social climate, equating President Donald Trump with the French king. But she earned her biggest laugh with a joke about Melania Trump: “A reporter asked me what I would say to Melania. I said, ‘I have a guest room.’”Offstage, the feminist author — a frequent Trump critic — attributed the sudden cultural spotlight on sexual misconduct in part to the president himself.“We should not neglect the fact that with this election, people are so fed up and outraged that there’s an admitted, obvious sexual harasser in the White House,” she charged in an interview, “that this is part of what has lit a fire under the straw that was piling up for a long time.”Asked whether she could have imagined that such a fast-moving cultural shift — what many have called a reckoning — would happen, Steinem said: “I can’t say I was smart enough to see it coming. But I do understand that change is cumulative, and that you reach a tipping point. And we are now at a tipping point. Until the mid-70s we didn’t even have a phrase for sexual harassment.”She added that it was impossible to predict how lasting the changes would be, but “what I can be sure of is that this is the first time I’ve seen women being believed. It is profoundly different.”This was the 22nd annual comedy event held by the Ms. Foundation; the comics performing included Judy Gold, Ashley Nicole Black, Dulce Sloan, Jen Kirkman, Jena Friedman, and Liza Treyger.The group’s president and CEO, Teresa Younger, noted in an interview that laughter was a crucial means of survival in difficult times.“These are really tough times, and if we can’t find humour in the challenges that we’re facing then we’re not going to get through it,” she said. “And we have to get through these times. We have to give ourselves permission to laugh as well as to cry.” by Jocelyn Noveck, The Associated Press Posted Nov 29, 2017 10:38 pm PDT Last Updated Nov 30, 2017 at 6:20 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Steinem tries her hand at stand-up at Ms. foundation benefitcenter_img In this photo provided by Ms. Foundation, Ashley Nicole Black performs at the Ms. Foundation’s “Laughter is the Best Resistance” at Carolines on Broadway, Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017, in New York. Gloria Steinem joined a group of female comics performing at a high-spirited fundraiser Wednesday evening at Carolines on Broadway for the nonprofit Ms. Foundation for Women, which works toward social, economic and reproductive justice. (Mark Clennon/Ms. Foundation via AP) last_img read more

Trump says he might attend White House Corresponde

first_imgTrump says he might attend White House Correspondents Dinner WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is suggesting he might attend next year’s White House Correspondents Dinner now that the event is no longer featuring a comedian.Trump tweeted Tuesday night: “So-called comedian Michelle Wolf bombed so badly last year at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner that this year, for the first time in decades, they will have an author instead of a comedian. Good first step in comeback of a dying evening and tradition! Maybe I will go?”The White House Correspondents’ Association announced Monday that Pulitzer Prize-winning author Ron Chernow would address its annual dinner next year following the pushback over Wolf’s sharply anti-Trump performance last time.Presidents traditionally attend the dinner, but Trump has skipped it for two straight years.The Associated Press AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – In this Sept. 17, 2018 file photo Michelle Wolf arrives at the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. President Donald Trump is suggesting, Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018, he might attend next year’s White House Correspondents Dinner now that the event is no longer featuring a comedian. Wolf was criticized last year for her jokes about Trump’s administration. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File) by The Associated Press Posted Nov 21, 2018 5:01 am PDTlast_img read more