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Inuk advocate for women rejected for liver transplant due to alcoholism friends

Inuk advocate for women rejected for liver transplant due to alcoholism friends

first_imgA young Inuk woman from Labrador has become the latest person to battle Ontario’s organ donation agency over its policy of rejecting liver transplants for alcoholics who haven’t abstained from drinking for six months.Friends of Delilah Saunders, a 26-year-old advocate for Indigenous rights, have launched a campaign for her inclusion on a transplant waiting list.“Her liver is kaput and her chances of survival are pretty low without a new liver,” Rebecca Moore said Thursday after visiting her friend the night before at the Ottawa Hospital.The Trillium Gift of Life Network, which allocates organs for transplants in Ontario, says its abstinence policy is used across Canada and the United States.Dr. Atul Humar, director of transplantation at the University Health Network in Toronto, said one of the reasons for the widely applied policy is that there is research suggesting some alcoholics who receive transplants will resume drinking, causing their new organ to fail.“If someone continues to drink after their liver transplant, they risk damaging that organ as well. The rationale is that if people can abstain for some time prior to a transplant, they can abstain for some time afterwards,” he said in an interview.Moore said Saunders’ family is considering a court injunction.She says her friend is anxious to take part in a Trillium pilot project, beginning in August, that will waive the abstinence policy for some alcoholics who agree to receive support for dealing with their addiction.Moore said the abstinence policy is preventing her and others from offering themselves as possible donors, while Saunders remains hooked up to hospital machinery to keep her alive. She was admitted to the hospital on Saturday.“It’s frustrating wanting to be able to go and get tested to see if you’re a match to save your best friend’s life but being told, ‘No, they’re not even going to give it a chance,’” said Moore.Humar said doctors must also consider that if they transplant a living person’s liver to another person, there should be a high likelihood of success.“It’s a major operation and we only want to do that if we’re sure the transplant will be successful.”The doctor said there is significant shortage of donated livers. As a result, about one third of the people in the program die while awaiting a transplant.Saunders is the sister of Loretta Saunders, who was murdered three years ago by two people subletting her Halifax apartment.The Saunders’ family recently gave emotionally charged testimony before the National Inquiry into Murder and Missing Women and Girls at Membertou First Nation in Cape Breton.As for the challenges Saunders faces in getting a transplant, her case is the latest in a series of similar cases in recent years.Cary Gallant, a 45-year-old alcoholic denied access to the Ontario wait list, had launched a case in the fall challenging the constitutionality of Trillium’s rule.Gallant’s goal was to have Trillium agree to assess patients who consume alcohol on a case-by-case basis for possible waivers.Debra Selkirk, whose husband Mark died from liver disease, had planned a constitutional challenge of the six-month policy when he was refused a transplant.She said she dropped her two-year fight due Trillium’s commitment to start the pilot project and to provide transplants to almost 100 patients with alcohol-related liver disease.“I think an exception should be made for everybody,” she said. “I think they should start transplanting now.”A spokeswoman for Trillium did not respond to a request for an interview on the medical reasons for its policy.However, Jennifer Long wrote that the agency is “in the midst of finalizing the pilot program.”Humar said there is variation in existing research on what percentage of alcoholics who are provided with transplanted livers will return to drinking.“In patients transplanted for alcoholic liver disease the (rates of recidivism) is anywhere from 10 to 40 per cent. It varies a lot on the types of patients transplanted, how long they’ve been abstinent and what kind of addictions support you have on hand for those kinds of patients.”Follow (at)mtuttoncporg on Twitter.last_img read more

15 Canadians on cruise ship that was stranded off Norway one injured

15 Canadians on cruise ship that was stranded off Norway one injured

first_imgThe Associated Press STAVANGER, Norway — Global Affairs Canada says 15 Canadians were on board the Viking Sky cruise ship when it ran into engine trouble off Norway’s rough, frigid western coast.In an email statement, department spokesperson Stefano Maron says one of the 15 was injured, and consular officials are in contact with those involved.Marcon says no further information can be disclosed, citing the Privacy Act.The cruise ship was carrying 1,373 passengers and crew when it issued a mayday call on Saturday afternoon.Rescuers worked all night and into Sunday to airlift half of its passengers, 479 people, to shore by helicopter before the ship was able to slowly make its way to shore on Sunday.The Viking Ocean Cruises company says all the passengers and crew are now safe, the ship has docked in the western Norwegian port of Molde and passengers are flying home as soon as possible.-with files from The Associated Presslast_img read more

Katharine McPhee To Perform at Saint Johns Health Center Annual Gala Celebration

Katharine McPhee To Perform at Saint Johns Health Center Annual Gala Celebration

first_imgThe Saint John’s Health Center Foundation and Irene Dunne Guild announced today that chart-topping recording artist and actress Katharine McPhee will perform at their annual gala celebration, which will take place on Saturday, October 20 at the Beverly Hilton.The Gala, themed “The Power of Partnership” this year, honors the people of Saint John’s who make the difference – physicians, researchers, staff, trustees, volunteers and grateful patients – all working together to save lives. Net proceeds will benefit vital programs, services and greatest needs within distinguished areas of excellence at Saint John’s Health Center including cancer, cardiac care, maternal and child health, men’s health, neuroscience, nursing, orthopedics, thoracic surgery and urology.“We are looking forward to another remarkable evening celebrating the work of our incredible physicians and nurses, the innovative research we continue to pursue on our campus and our devoted supporters who help make it all possible,” and supporters who make what they do possible,” said Robert Klein, President and CEO, Saint John’s Health Center Foundation. “We are thrilled to have Katharine McPhee joining us to share her beautiful voice and headline what is sure to be an unforgettable night!”Renowned for her powerhouse presence and show-stopping performances, Katharine McPhee possesses a voice for the ages. Audiences first fell under the chanteuse’s spell during a storied run on American Idol Season 5 in 2006. Propelled by the smash “Over It,” her 2007 self-titled debut bowed at #2 on the Billboard Top 200 and achieved an RIAA gold certification. 2010 saw her return with not one, but two records—Unbroken and Christmas is the Time To Say I Love You. Simultaneously, she became a force on the big and small screens. McPhee co-starred alongside Debra Messing on Smash from executive producer Steven Spielberg as well as guest appearances on CSI: NY, Community, Family Guy, and more. Meanwhile, she starred in various films. A sought-after performer, she has taken stage for PBS specials, including Foster and Friends and Chris Botti In Boston. In addition, she’s an active spokesperson for buildOn. Between starring in the CBS drama Scorpion (now in its fourth season with McPhee in a high-profile lead role), she released 2015’s Hysteria to much fan praise.Now, McPhee reimagines, recharges, and reinvigorates a host of timeless jazz standards on her fifth full-length, I Fall In Love Too Easily [BMG] produced by Don Was [The Rolling Stones, Bonnie Raitt].Leadership support for this year’s event includes Irene Dunne Guild gala chair Christina Arechaederra. Christina is supported by the gala committee including Maria Arechaederra, Sylvia Balbona, Jane Loh, Cheryl Robertson Thode and Kathy Yawitz.This year’s Dinner Chairs include Kathy and John Danhakl, Lynda Oschin and Jerry B. Epstein, Mary and Jay Flaherty, Martha and David Ho Family, Robert and Elizabeth Lowe, Teresita and Shelby Notkin, Dominic Ornato, and Donna Schweers and Tom Geiser.Individual tickets to the October 20th Gala Celebration are $750 and sponsorship packages are available. For more information, please contact Tess Csiszar at Saint John’s Health Center Foundation at 310-829-8168 or email Tess.Csiszar@stjohns.org.For more information, visit www.SaintJohnsFoundation.org.last_img read more

Appointment confirmed of UN special adviser on responsibility to protect

Appointment confirmed of UN special adviser on responsibility to protect

11 December 2007Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the agreement of the Security Council to his intention to appoint Edward Luck as his new Special Adviser with a focus on the responsibility to protect. Mr. Luck will serve in the post at the Assistant Secretary-General level on a part-time basis, UN spokesperson Marie Okabe told reporters today.In a letter to the Council announcing his plan to appoint Mr. Luck, Mr. Ban called him “a distinguished international scholar with extensive knowledge of the United Nations system and a superb reputation for academic and practical excellence.”Mr. Luck will be tasked with working closely with Francis Deng, Mr. Ban’s Special Adviser for Prevention of Genocide, given the complementarity of their work.His primary roles will be conceptual development and consensus-building, in recognition of the fledgling nature of the international agreement on the responsibility to protect populations from genocide, ethnic cleansing, war crimes and crimes against humanity, Mr. Ban stated. read more

Fake Facebook account of slain Hamilton soldier used to lure women

Fake Facebook account of slain Hamilton soldier used to lure women

A fake Facebook account portraying a Hamilton soldier killed in a terror attack has been shut down after it was being used to lure women into romantic relationships online.Four women from the U.S told CBC News, “they corresponded with an account bearing the name and likeness of the slain corporal,” and that they had no idea who the man in the photos was or that the account was fake.The Facebook page used the name and photos of Corporal Nathan Cirillo. Cirillo, 24, was shot and killed standing guard at the National War Memorial in Ottawa three years ago. The Facebook profile was closed after an online group of veterans spotted it and complained.

Progress shares rise on reports Petronas has resubmitted takeover bid to Ottawa

Progress shares rise on reports Petronas has resubmitted takeover bid to Ottawa

by The Canadian Press Posted Nov 16, 2012 4:46 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Progress shares rise on reports Petronas has resubmitted takeover bid to Ottawa CALGARY – Shares in Progress Energy Resources rose Friday amid reports that Malaysia’s state-owned oil company has submitted a revised takeover bid to Ottawa in order to demonstrate the $6-billion deal would be of net benefit to Canada.The stock (TSX:PRQ) closed up about 2.3 per cent to $20.43 following various media reports out of Kuala Lumpur, which cited unidentified sources.Industry Minister Christian Paradis rejected Petronas’ offer on Oct. 19, but gave it 30 days to take another crack at winning approval.A spokesman for Progress in Calgary declined to confirm whether its would-be acquirer had submitted a new application.Both companies have met with Industry Canada to try to find out why the government rejected their deal — a move that dismayed many observers.Petronas CEO Shamsul Azhar Abbas was quoted in the London-based Financial Times earlier this week as saying that his company would be prepared to add more independent directors to the Progress board.He also told the Times that Petronas behaves like a publicly traded company and has worked to improve its governance and transparency in recent years.Industry Canada, meanwhile, is weighing the larger and more controversial takeover of Calgary-based Nexen Inc. (TSX:NXY) by China National Offshore Oil Co. for $15.1 billion.Nexen shares also rose Friday, about 1.7 per cent to $25.69.That Investment Canada review, which has been extended twice so far, is set to end on Dec. 10. It can be extended in 30-day increments with the buyer’s consent.Prime Minister Stephen Harper said clarifications are coming soon to Ottawa’s rules for takeovers by state-owned enterprises. read more

The Technorati flood into Austin Texas for annual South by Southwest Interactive

The Technorati flood into Austin Texas for annual South by Southwest Interactive

by Mae Anderson, The Associated Press Posted Mar 11, 2015 1:04 am MDT FILE – In this Aug. 19, 2014 file photo, Jessica Alba arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of “Sin City: A Dame To Kill For” at the TCL Chinese Theatre. Alba on Monday, March 16, 2015 will discuss how she has grown her e-commerce company The Honest Co., which lets members order environmentally friendly household and baby products online, into a $1 billion company. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File) The Technorati flood into Austin, Texas for annual South by Southwest Interactive festival AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – Flying cars and a robot petting zoo. Mobile wallets and net neutrality. The most outlandish ideas of the future and tech trends shaping the world today will be in focus as the freewheeling South by Southwest Interactive Festival kicks off Thursday.The annual Austin, Texas gathering has a looser reputation than bigger tech conferences like the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas and the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, even as it has become more corporate in recent years. It’s a place where a Grumpy Cat appearance can generate as much excitement as the latest tech gizmo. It brought Twitter prominence in 2007 and location-sharing app Foursquare in 2009, but has since moved beyond the latest “killer app.” Last year, cybersecurity took centre stage as NSA leaker Edward Snowden and WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange headlined the lineup of panels and speakers.This year top speakers will tackle how to bring ideas that might seem like science fiction to the real world. Google’s Astro Teller, who heads the tech giant’s X division, will discuss making some of Google’s most ambitious projects, like self-driving cars or balloon-powered Internet, a reality. United Therapeutics CEO Martine Rothblatt will talk about tech innovations intersecting with artificial intelligence, immorality and the future of self. The Winklevoss twins, Tyler and Cameron, will be on hand to discuss what Bitcoin needs to do to succeed as a mainstream currency. And former vice-president Al Gore will make his third appearance at the annual festival to plug for new global climate legislation that is up for a vote in December.But aside from the big-name keynotes, festival director Hugh Forrest says the heart of the conference is the smaller panels and competitions.“We’re excited about the very strong speakers we have, but the heart of the event is really the up-and -coming people we haven’t heard of yet, people we’ll hear of in the next few years,” Forrest says. “South by Southwest is always about up-and-coming talent, be it a band or filmmaker or technology developer, and that holds true in 2015.”About 33,000-plus attendees from 82 countries are expected to flood into Austin to attend panels, network and party. Jack Krawczyk, director of product management for music streaming site Pandora, said the festival is an ideal place to connect with Pandora clients and others in the tech sphere, particularly because of its focus on both music and technology. The company has had a presence at SXSW since it launched in 2005 and hosts a “Discovery Den” with performances by 35 artists during the festival.“It’s a great place to get a lot of like-minded folks in the industry together to think about how interactive media is evolving and shifting,” Krawczyk says.Here are a few trends to watch.WIRED CELEBRITIESActress Jessica Alba on Monday will discuss how she has grown The Honest Co., which makes and sells environmentally friendly household and baby products online, into a $1 billion company. Actor Russell Brand, whose documentary “Brand: A Second Coming” opens the film section of SXSW, will talk Tuesday about his new daily YouTube show Trews and the power of online media. Also Tuesday, retired news anchor Dan Rather address breaking news in the era of Snapchat.TECH MEETS THE REAL WORLDThe non-profit Field Innovation Team is hosting a “Robot Petting Zoo” Sunday through Tuesday to showcase new robots that have helped or are being developed to aid in disaster and humanitarian crisis spots, such as a drone that can 3D print in midair. Attendees will be able to interact with the robots and learn about what they do. Meanwhile, government agency USAID is debuting a prototype of a new Ebola-fighting suit for healthcare workers that is faster and more efficient than the current suit.The Internet of things will be a hot topic as well. The Connected Car Council is hosting a pavilion on Saturday where automakers including Ford, Chrysler and Hyundai will showcase new technology. And Slovakian company Aeromobil, will detail its mission to create a flying car.ON SCREENThe film festival at SXSW has several tech-related movies debuting, including Alex Gibney’s documentary “Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine” which examines the Apple co-founder’s legacy, and the documentary “Deep Web,” which chronicles the arrest of Ross William Ulbricht, the founder of online black market Silk Road.CARPOOL WARSWith limited public transportation and spread out hotels and venues, pedicabs have often been the easiest way to get around in prior years. Ride-hailing companies hope to change that. The festival’s official ride-hailing company is Lyft, which will have designated pickup and dropoff zones around Austin’s convention centre. Lyft will also be offering Lyft Line, its carpooling service, in Austin. But it will have competition. Uber will be offering its uberPool car-sharing service in the city as well, plus a promotion where some drivers may have VIP tickets to some SXSW events. read more

A message from the Chair of the Department of Political Science

A message from the Chair of the Department of Political Science

The Department of Political Science is shocked and appalled by the racist social media comments posted by retired professor Garth Stevenson. The comments do not in any way conform to the values of the department, and we condemn them.Our department strives to create an atmosphere of respect and inclusion for students and faculty. We understand that President Gervan Fearon and the Senate will soon be discussing the withdrawal of Garth Stevenson’s emeritus status. The department supports this plan.In addition, we plan to host a public forum in the fall that will address reconciliation with Indigenous peoples.Paul Hamilton, ChairDepartment of Political ScienceBrock University

Brock students place third at national supply chain competition

Brock students place third at national supply chain competition

Four students from Brock University’s Goodman School of Business placed third out of 24 teams at the Supply Chain Management Association Student Case Competition, held on Feb. 19-20 at McMaster University and the University of Calgary’s Haskayne School of Business concurrently.Business students Chris Pace, Josh Ratz, Melissa Trapani and Sameer Verma placed first at the regional (Eastern Canada) level and advanced to the national level to claim third place overall.The competition focuses on logistics, network design, procurement, relationship management, supply chain risks and sustainability in the field of supply chain management through a series of business case analysis and presentations in front of judging panels made up of business professionals, academics and corporate sponsors.Business students Sean Harder, Shayyaan Jafri and Dexter Lautenbach also competed in the regional level and received very positive feedback from judges on their presentation.Professor Danny Cho, who teaches supply chain management courses in Goodman’s Finance, Operations Management and Information Systems department, accompanied the team to the competition and provided faculty support by training and coaching the students.“I am very proud of these young people for what they have achieved over the past few weeks – their commitment, their work ethic and their willingness to put Goodman on the map in a very positive way,” he says.This was the first year the Goodman School of Business participated in the competition.“These types of competitions help round out students’ experiences and allow them to build employable skills such as analytical, communication and teamwork skills,” says Najlaa Rauf, Goodman’s student engagement co-ordinator. read more

Ohio State field hockey loses 2nd straight game

Ohio State field hockey loses 2nd straight game

Sophomore forward Brooke Hiltz (6) marks an opposing player during a game against Penn State on Sept. 28 at Buckeye Varsity Field. OSU lost, 4-3.Credit: Grant Miller / Copy chiefBehind two goals from senior forward Jenna Chrismer, Penn State field hockey outlasted Ohio State, 4-3, Sunday afternoon at Buckeye Varsity Field.OSU senior co-captain and midfielder Kaitlyn Wagner made the game interesting late when she converted on a penalty stroke with 7:50 left to play in regulation to cut Penn State’s lead to one.The Buckeyes (3-6, 0-2) couldn’t climb the ladder, however, and were unable to break through in the game’s final minutes.Freshman midfielder Maddy Humphrey created the penalty stroke after she dribbled down the field and was tackled inside the scoring circle. She subsequently had to leave the game due to a right leg injury, but returned with less than four minutes to play.OSU had one final gasp when junior back and co-captain Emma Royce fired on goal off a penalty corner with a little more than five minutes left, but redshirt-senior goalie Kylie Licata made a diving stop to preserve the game for Penn State (8-2, 2-1).Despite the valiant effort toward the finish, OSU coach Anne Wilkinson said Sunday the game was lost in the opening minutes against the two-time defending Big Ten champions.“We could have (done) a lot better job in the first 15-20 minutes of setting the tone and playing strong defense,” Wilkinson said. “We need to be able to take charge in the (defending) circle.”Royce said the team’s mindset must change in order to dictate the pace from the start of each game.“I think the best way we can stay focused for the first 15 (minutes) is instead of ball watching, focusing on our tempo and keeping possession of the ball,” she said. “The reason why we get turned over in our back third in the early 15 is because we give away the ball too easily. So it’s more attention to detail, which I think is the key.”It took Penn State just 2:41 to get on the board when Chrismer scored off an assist from senior forward Taylor Herold from three yards out.Less than eight minutes later, with the score 2-1, Chrismer connected again off a pass from sophomore midfielder Carly Celkos.“I think we need to mentally prepare beforehand, have good warm-ups,” OSU junior forward Peanut Johnson said. “It starts there because I think it’s taking us a little bit of time to be on our game, which can’t happen.”In the second half, OSU struggled with Penn State’s size and the pressure they put on the ball. The Buckeyes found it hard to get into scoring position, recording five shots in the second period.Penn State had a 4-2 advantage in penalty corners in the second half. Penn State sophomore back Emilee Ehret converted off one a little more than 10 minutes into the frame with assists from Herold and senior forward Laura Gebhart. And Ehret’s goal proved to be the difference maker in the end.Herold’s three assists Sunday put her one point away from 100 in her Penn State career.The Buckeyes are set to go on the road for three consecutive games to start October against Maryland, Virginia and Rutgers. OSU is set to face Maryland on Friday in College Park, Md., at 3:30 p.m. read more

Mens basketball Ohio State optimistic Andre Wesson could be back shortly

Mens basketball Ohio State optimistic Andre Wesson could be back shortly

Ohio State then-freshman forward Andre Wesson attempts a 3-pointer against Northwestern on Jan. 22 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Jacob Myers | Managing Editor for ContentOhio State men’s basketball forward Andre Wesson’s availability for the 2017-18 season was called into question last week when the Buckeyes announced the sophomore was undergoing medical tests on an undisclosed medical issue. One week later, Wesson appears to be on his way back to the court well before games start in November.“We are completing the medical evaluating process and anticipate having Andre (Wesson) back on the court shortly,” team spokesman Dan Wallenberg said in an email.  Wesson played 29 games, averaging 11.6 minutes and 2.3 points per game as a freshman.Having Wesson healthy would give new coach Chris Holtmann more breathing room with a thin roster of nine 11 scholarship players that includes two former walk-ons. Wesson, a Westerville native, is one of three small forwards on the team with Keita Bates-Diop and freshman Kyle Young. read more

OSU womens soccer gearing up for 2ndround tournament matchup with Virginia Tech

OSU womens soccer gearing up for 2ndround tournament matchup with Virginia Tech

OSU junior forward Nichelle Prince (7) during a game against Butler on Nov. 14 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. OSU won 2-1. Credit: Courtesy of OSUThe Ohio State women’s soccer team is preparing to leave for State College, Pennsylvania, where it’s scheduled to take on the fourth-seeded Virginia Tech Hokies in the second round of the NCAA tournament on Friday.The Hokies were ranked 14th in the final regular-season National Soccer Coaches Association of America poll and enter Friday’s match 15-3-2 on the year. A huge challenge lies ahead for the Buckeyes, but senior co-captain and midfielder Michela Paradiso is confident in her team’s preparation for this game.“We have been watching a lot of video, and we’ve gotten a lot of information from the coaches,” Paradiso said. “We’ve been doing different walkthroughs to talk about how they play, which I think really prepared us. We need that when we’re going up against such a dynamic opponent.”The game is set to take place on a neutral site, which is designed to level the playing field, but OSU coach Lori Walker said she thinks Jeffrey Field presents an advantage for the Buckeyes.“State College is not a neutral site,” Walker said. “We’ve been there the past six years, at least once a year, so it’s sort of our home away from home. We know the facility, we know what to expect. For Virginia Tech, it’s going to be a newer facility for them and a newer environment.”Walker said she reminds the team about what they have done throughout the season. She said every game leading up to this point has prepared them for this moment.“When you reach this point in the season, the objective is to have seen a little bit of everything,” Walker said. “We’re just reminding them of different players that are like the Virginia Tech players and different teams we’ve played this year that are like the way Virginia Tech plays. And if we can do that, we will kind of hit a place inside of them where they feel familiar with what they’re about to see.”Although 2015 marks the sixth time in the last seven years the Buckeyes have reached postseason play, Paradiso said this year is different, and the excitement around the team is building.“This is all our first time playing in the second round. A lot of people are just super excited about the opportunity to get to the Sweet 16 like teams have done in the past and to carry on that tradition of Ohio State,” Paradiso said.For Walker, her focus is not just what happens on the pitch during the game, but also making sure her players maintain a certain mental toughness to keep working throughout the month of November, a time when most teams’ seasons have already come to an end.“It’s a double-edged sword,” Walker said. “Because you’ve got a team that’s been here since June. Our players were willing to sacrifice some of their summer to be here and to position themselves. At the same time, there are some of them that would love to go out and meet some new people and have a little bit of fun. They’ve really had their discipline challenged as far as to stay the course.”To counteract that desire, Walker said she reminds her team of how much soccer will be missed when it’s over.“Let’s fight that tendency to want to sleep in and fight that tendency to want to be out late and eat bad food and make new friends,” she said. “And let’s stay together and be a family and keep playing as long as we can.”When the game kicks off, Paradiso said the team is focused on playing one way, and if the Buckeyes do that, they will be OK with the result. “We want to play fearless,” Paradiso said. “If we play our best we’ll be able to walk off the field with our head high, so I just want us to bring our mentality and our soccer and then I’ll be proud of whatever happens.”Walker said with the level of talent the Hokies have, the Scarlet and Gray are going to have to do whatever they can to advance to the Sweet 16. “Virginia Tech is an excellent team from top to bottom, and for us we just want to execute,” Walker said. “Having a complete game so we can advance. At the same time, it is a survive and advance situation, so this time of year I always say, ‘Ugly is beautiful,’ and you just find a way to win. Competitors find a way to win.”The Buckeyes and Hokies are set to kick off in State College at 3 p.m.The winner of Friday’s match will advance to play the winner of the Penn State vs. Boston University game on Sunday. That game is slated to start at 1 p.m. read more

Howden outlines host of enhancements in VentSim™ DESIGN Version 5

Howden outlines host of enhancements in VentSim™ DESIGN Version 5

first_imgIn February 2018, Howden released Version 5 of its VentSim™ DESIGN simulation software which comes with many improvements and enhancements. For example, VentSim DESIGN models in mines are typically getting larger and more detailed. To ensure models can be quickly and reliably solved, the VentSim DESIGN software team has developed a new type of solver to rapidly simulate even huge ventilation networks.The VentSim DESIGN Matrix Solver will be available alongside the existing Sequential solver. The Matrix Solver is based on a hybrid node-loop approach to the flow continuity and pressure equations, often referred to as the “Gradient Method”. It has several advantages over the Sequential method, the most important of which are greater numerical robustness and faster-solving times, in particular for very large models and when solving the model without initialization from a previous solution.Modern computers have CPUs with multiple cores to allow simultaneous processing of different tasks. VentSim DESIGN 5.0 has harnessed this power with the implementation of parallel process for many of the simulation and interface tasks in VentSim.This results in a significant increase in speed of simulation. In fire simulations there is a sizeable increase in speed between Ventsim 4 and VentSim DESIGN V5 (users who have large models and are using the dynamic simulation options should experience these types of gains). Improvement results may vary on different models.Thin ventilation duct travelling through hot or cold areas can transfer significant heat and temperature to and from the surrounding air. VentSim DESIGN heat simulations now feature heat exchange between airways and ventilation ducts. Ventilation ducting is often lightweight and thin. In particular mine conditions where a large temperature difference exists between the temperatures of the air inside and outside of the duct, significant heat loss or gain can occur through the ducting material. A setting will be available to toggle the effect and VentSim DESIGN presets will allow the addition of different ducting materials.Water flows into mines can add significant heat and humidity. VentSim DESIGN users will be able to add running waterways to airways, setting parameters such as water speed, volume flow and temperature. The user will have the option to set a constant temperature to the water, have it vary over a temperature range along the length of the waterway, or have the solver calculate the water temperature drop as it transfers to the air.Distribution of heat producing machines and equipment in large mine ventilation models can be time consuming and confusing. The new Activity Track tool allows wide selections of equipment such as trucks, loaders or conveyor belts to be automatically included along typically travelled pathways. Instead of placing a fixed heat source, selecting a track will spread the heat through the whole pathway, simplifying inputs for heat studies.Finding the fastest and safest escape route through larger mines can be complicated, particularly if there is smoke or gas present. A new measure tool called “Escape Routes” can be used to calculate the fastest routes from any location in the ventilation network to the closest refuge bays or to the closest surface exits. To place a refuge bay in an airway users simply use the draw tool select “construct refuge bay” and click on the airway and a refuge bay will be displayed in that airway, to mark an airway as impassable go the airway and edit its properties, by clicking on the “no thoroughfare” option, the airway will then be excluded from escape routes calculation.“Using the measure tool “Escape Routes” you can select any airway and VentSim DESIGN will calculate multiple routes to both the surface exits and the closest refuge bays. Clicking on the bar chart will display each route in the model, and by using the model transparency setting you can easily make the path more visible.”The escape path includes some statistics about time required to walk and climb, it also includes time spent in travelling in smoke or contaminant areas, STEL limits and other settings can be changed in the model settings.Modelling simulation results depend on the accuracy of user input. In some areas of the mine ventilation model, even very small inaccuracies of user input such as airway resistance can cause large changes in predicted mine airflow. “The Resistance Sensitivity Analysis allows the user to analyse the sensitivity of the simulated airflows to potential errors in airway resistance. The airflow quantity and direction in some airways will be stable to changes elsewhere in the network, while some airways (such as cross-cuts between high-flow rate airways) may be very sensitive. The airflow confidence tool runs 100 (or more) simulations of the mine airflow, with each simulation adding a random perturbation to each airway resistance. A statistical analysis is then run, which gives the user a derived confidence level on the simulated airflow and airflow direction in each airway, as well as providing the statistical quantities, such as mean and standard deviation.”Users of Microsoft Excel have long enjoyed a tool to help find a solution in one cell, by changing numbers in another cell. In ventilation, downstream ventilation goals or targets are often influenced by the design parameters of upstream airways. The Goal Seeking tool is useful for quickly adjusting a new parameter (say, a fan speed) to achieve a given output (such as airflow) in another part of the model. Where a user could use trial and error, the Goal Seeking tool will run the simulation multiple times, calculating the required parameter setting using an efficient root-finding numerical algorithm. Adjustable parameters include Resistance, Fan Speed, Sensible Point Heat Source and Refrigeration load, while targets options are Pressure, Airflow, Dry Bulb Temperatures and Wet Bulb Temperatures.VentSim users have long wished to be able to control ventilation devices such as fans and regulators as easily as they can in ventilation simulations. An option is now offered to interface with ventilation devices directly, allowing users to dynamically control real devices underground. “If your mine has implemented communication and control of ventilation devices (such as fan speed or regulator openings), VentSim DESIGN now has the ability to connect to these devices through a number of industry standard communication protocols. The rich graphical 3D design interface provides a unique way to view, interact and change ventilation settings in a natural and intuitive way.”Devices are simply configured in normal VentSim DESIGN model airways and assigned properties to allow connection and manipulation of the required settings. Users can then dynamically change actual settings (such as fan speed) and watch in VentSim DESIGN as the system responds to changes.The EDIT form is the hub of all design input and changes in a ventilation model. In the new docking window the edit form can now be docked to the left or right of the screen, making it easier to view the airway properties. “By default, the edit window will work exactly as previous versions of Ventsim™, but you can now dock the form to the left or right of the screen, try it out and see if you like it. To dock the window, select the top of the edit form and drag the window to the left or right and a small icon will appear – drop the window on the icon and you’ve docked the window.”Advanced Find & Select have been improved and it is now much easier to find and select different devices and airways. Creating lists of levels in mine ventilation models is very useful to assist in viewing specific parts of the mine but can be a time consuming process. “VentSim DESIGN can now automatically setup a series of default levels; this should save time and make it a lot easier to adjust the levels to suit each site.”Charts and Graphs provide a visual feedback to many of the VentSim DESIGN simulation functions. All charting tools in VentSim DESIGN have been refreshed and any customisations you make to the way they look are now saved and apply across all charts in VentSim DESIGN.VentLOG is a popular tool to help externally manage data measured and collected by underground engineers and ventilation officers. The new VentLOG integration option in VentSim DESIGN provides a much improved way to correlate actual data versus VentSim DESIGN simulated data. Mapped VentLOG data can now be selected as a display option for both colour and text in VentSim DESIGN. The new VentLOG Data Comparison tool allows you to compare recorded VentLOG™ records with simulated VentSim DESIGN data:All historical records for every VentLOG station can now be viewed in either a chart or in datatable view where all historical records can now be edited directly from within VentSim™ DESIGN. The new “Hide Station” feature allows you to remove the station from future imports to VentSim™ DESIGN, allowing you to only import to your model the VentLOG data that you want to see.When adding a new station to VentLOG from VentSim DESIGN, the Group and Level info can now be recorded. You can also use the Link Existing Station feature to map a station that already exists but could not be matched to any airways due to missing or incorrect co-ordinates.“You can also use the Link Existing Station to move an already mapped station to a new location. When moving an existing station you can either leave the previous records assigned to the old airway (this would be handy if you are using a temporary recording station and you don’t want the historical data to be mapped to the new location) or you can move all existing records to the new location (if you are fixing a mistake).”last_img read more

French NT coach Claude Onesta Spain doesnt need Sterbik

French NT coach Claude Onesta Spain doesnt need Sterbik

← Previous Story Group C and D: Spain wins the Derby – Croatia beats Iceland Next Story → EHF EURO 2012 “Star of the Day 1” – Stevce Alusovski Spain won the first derby match at the EHF EURO 2012 in Serbia against France 29:26. Spanish hero was Xavier Hombrados, who was lately praised by French coach, Claude Onesta:– I want to congratulate to Spain.They played fantastic. We didn’t prepare well. Against some weaker opponent, maybe you can win, when you have a bad day, but against Spain, no way. Hombrados proved that Spain doesn’t need Sterbik, what all the people saying last 20 days.Hero was Spanish goalkeeper, Xavier Hombrados:– I am happy because of win. We were very good in attack or defense, both. Guardiola and Morros were fantastic in the defence. Team was on the high level. It was really tough task to win over France, but this guys knew that they can… read more

Alex White denies presiding over medical card review says it was a

Alex White denies presiding over medical card review says it was a

first_img Source: Hugh O’Connell/Twitter White said that “there was no such thing as a shafting of Eamon Gilmore” and denied threatening to resign if he stayed on as leader of the party.In terms of the next budget, he said he was “very much in favour of tax relief” but was “at least as concerned if not more concerned about the impact of cuts in public expenditure, particularly in health”.Background: Discretionary medical card review process to stop immediatelyRelated: It’s on: Alex White joins Joan Burton in contest for Labour leadership Alex White says he didn’t threaten to resign nor did it arise even though he was going to support the Gilmore no confidence motion.— Hugh O’Connell (@oconnellhugh) May 30, 2014 Earlier this week, TheJournal.ie obtained figures from the HSE that show from January 2013 to April 2014 there was a fall-off of 16,000 discretionary medical cards.Of those eligible in January 2013, only 78 per cent were eligible 14 months later.Labour leadershipWhite made the comments in Dublin today, after announcing that he would contest the Labour party leadership.Yesterday Social Protection Minister Joan Burton was the first to throw her name into the ring for the role.White said that the contest for the leadership would provide “a good opportunity to have a real conversation, a dynamic conversation about where we are in the Labour party at the moment and where we need to be in the future”.I’ve a great deal of respect for Joan Burton, I regard her as a good friend of mine.He added that, if elected, he has no preference for his deputy. JUNIOR HEALTH MINISTER Alex White said he did not preside over the removal of discretionary medical cards from sick people “in any way”.White, the Minister with Responsibility for Primary Care, said that the move to review the status of the cards was a “Cabinet decision made at the time of the budget”.He admitted that “impact” of this decision was not “carefully enough assessed by the government at the time”.Yesterday, he announced that the review process was stop with immediate effect.The coalition came in for much criticism after it emerged that chronically ill people were losing their cards. White said that such incidents exposed “weaknesses in the system”.A panel of experts will be established by the HSE to assess conditions that would qualify on medical need. They will be charged with drawing up conditions that would qualify for a card.Slow to reactToday White admitted that ”the government was too slow to move on the issue”.The government has to take responsibility for not reacting as quickly as it ought to have done … We’ll resolve this problem, we’ll fix this problem, we’ll do it properly.He denied that his involvement in the review process meant he had no interest in social justice, saying he was “determined to pursue” the issue. White said he also remained committed to universal access to GP care.Our responsibility in the first place must always be to care and treat people who are ill and need the services.last_img read more

Inondations elles tuent au moins 20 personnes dans le sud des EtatsUnis

Inondations elles tuent au moins 20 personnes dans le sud des EtatsUnis

first_imgInondations : elles tuent au moins 20 personnes dans le sud des Etats-UnisÉtats-Unis – Vingt-huit personnes ont péri dans les inondations qui ont touché le sud du pays ce week-end, et plus particulièrement les États du Tennessee, du Mississippi et du Kentucky. Dix-sept morts ont été recensés dans le Tennessee, dont dix à Nashville, la capitale de l’État qui a été complètement inondée. En cause : la crue de la rivière Cumberland, qui traverse la ville. Les habitants restés sur place sont d’ailleurs invités par Karl Dean, le maire de Nashville, à réduire leur consommation d’eau, l’une des usines de traitement ayant été fermée.Des milliers d’habitants ont dû quitter leur logement. A Millington, une ville du Tennessee particulièrement touchée par les inondations, 500 personnes ont dû être évacuées. Dans ce même État, il “y a beaucoup de rues et d’autoroutes inondées, des routes endommagées” et de nombreuses écoles et entreprises sont fermées. Le 4 mai 2010 à 16:26 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Link puts down his sword and pics up a mic in Legend

Link puts down his sword and pics up a mic in Legend

first_imgWe all know Link as the sword wielding hero from The Legend of Zelda series, but what if he put away his blade and slayed foes with the power of rhyme? This is something that you can see for yourself in a hilarious browser game called The Legend of Zelda: The Hero of Rhyme. The idea of a rapping Link is unusual, but the results are pure magic.The Hero of Rhyme is graphically based on A Link to the Past. It plays very much like that classic game, only instead of engaging enemies in melee combat you instead have to battle them by rapping. You’ll navigate Link through dungeons, forests, castles, and everything else you’d see in a Zelda game. The main goal is to acquire 500 “rap points” so that you can face off against Ganon and his super fresh rhymes. The game actually lets you challenge Ganon very early on, but if you do, he will destroy you with his lyrical skills. There is no auto-save feature, so you’ll have to start all over from the beginning.You can see a bit of the game down below. Just be aware that the audio is very much NSFW, so make sure to have your headphones on. We don’t want you to be fired.The game was posted on Newgrounds by a user called Deklaration. It has met with a very warm response, and some users have already demanded a sequel. As fun as this game is, one has to wonder how long it will be before Nintendo has it taken down.Just this year, the big N has shut down several fan-made projects including the Metroid II remake, Pokemon: Uranium, No Mario’s Sky, and even had an archive of Nintendo Power magazines pulled. The company is ruthless when it comes to its intellectual properties so don’t expect The Hero of Rhyme to be around for much longer.If you want to check out the game before the inevitable Nintendo ban-hammer comes down, you can find it here.last_img read more

Photographer Captures Best Bear Fight Ever in Wild Video

Photographer Captures Best Bear Fight Ever in Wild Video

first_imgStay on target One photographer captured how truly “wild” wildlife could be when he witnessed — and recorded — a violent fight between two brown bears in a Finnish forest.According to PetaPixel, nature photographer Tero Pylkkänen was camping out in a hide in Kuhmo, Finland, when two large brown bears decided to start brawling just feet away from him,Pylkkänen filmed the vicious bear fight and shared the three-minute video of the “best bear fight ever” on his YouTube channel.“I was in the bear hide with my family and these two [bears] were following each other maybe a couple of hours, and then luckily they took action in front of our hide,” Pylkkanen told PetaPixel.Brown bears, which live in the forests and mountains of northern North America, Europe, and Asia, are the most widely distributed bear in the world.They can measure up to 8 feet tall, and can weigh up to 700 pounds, according to National Geographic.Despite their enormous size, brown bears are extremely fast, having been clocked at speeds of 30 miles per hour. These giants tend to be solitary animals, except for females and their cubs, but at times they do congregate.More on Geek.com:Sleepy Black Bear Sneaks Into Montana Home to Take a NapWatch: Polar Bear Captures and Eats Live Duck, Shocks Zoo VisitorsWatch: Giant Bears Fight Each Other in NJ Man’s Backyard Watch: Dolphin Leaps Feet Away From Unsuspecting SurferWatch: Deep-Sea Octopus ‘Billows Like a Circus Tent’ last_img read more

Madiga Reservation Porata Samithi demands tabling of SC

Madiga Reservation Porata Samithi demands tabling of SC

first_imgHanamkonda: Madiga Reservation Porata Samithi (MRPS)’s national official spokesperson Manda Kumar Madiga has demanded the BJP-led Central government to introduce the Scheduled Castes (SC) categorisation bill in the ongoing session of the Parliament. Speaking to media persons at the Press Club here on Wednesday, he said that it’s been 25 years since the movement started for the categorisation of SCs, however, the successive governments at the Centre ignored the demand. Also Read – Warrant issued against Renuka Chowdhury in cheating case Advertise With Us “The then UPA coalition government headed by Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh gave green signal to the categorisation. Senior BJP leaders like LK Advani, M Venkaiah Naidu and party’s national president Amit Shah had long back spoke about the need for the categorisation,” he said. He said that recently during the silver jubilee celebration of MRPS at its founding place at Edumudi village under Naguluppalapadu mandal in Prakasam district, Union Minister of State for Home G Kishan Reddy also said that he would try to convince the BJP leadership to ensure the categorisation bill passed. Also Read – Parts of Hyderabad witness heavy rainfall Advertise With Us Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao also promised to send an all-party delegation to Delhi four years ago, but to no avail, Manda Kumar said. Recalling that former Chief Minister YS Rajasekhar Reddy had passed a resolution in the united Andhra Pradesh, Kumar urged present CM YS Jagan Mohan Reddy to exert pressure on the Centre to pass the bill. He said that the MRPS has decided to stage a protest at Medaram, the abode of Sammakka Saralamma jatara, on July 27 and 28. The national level meeting of the Madiga Students federation (MSF) would be held at Andhra University in Visakhapatnam on August 1, he added. Advertise With Us Likewise, meetings of Madiga Mahila Samakhya (MMS), Madiga Yuvasena and Madiga Employees Samakhya would be held at Hyderabad, Khammam and Vijayawada on August 2, 3 and 4 respectively, he said. Senior MRPS leaders N Yakaiah, V Veeranna, Putta Ravi, Manda Raju, Bandari Surender, Birru Mahender, Y Somasekhar, D Kanakaiah, G Kishore, G Ravi and S Chiranjeevi were among others present.last_img read more

US Democratic presidential hopefuls call for humane immigration

US Democratic presidential hopefuls call for humane immigration

first_imgWASHINGTON: Attacking the Trump administration for its policy on illegal immigrants wherein children are separated from their parents and kept in detention facilities, Democratic presidential hopefuls, including Indian-origin Kamala Harris, said that children should not be treated as criminals and called for a humane immigration programme. The views were expressed during a CNN Democratic presidential debate on Wednesday. As many as 10 Democratic presidential hopefuls participated in the programme. Also Read – Leading 22-year-old Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong arrested Advertise With Us “These children have not committed crimes. and should not be treated like criminals,” Harris said. She was responding to a question on her earlier statement in which she indicated that she does not think it should be a criminal offence punishable by jail to cross the US border illegally. Harris said that she went to a private detention centre in Florida that currently houses 2,700 children. Also Read – US states declare emergency over hurricane Dorian Advertise With Us “I walked down the road, I climbed a ladder, and I looked over the fence, and I’m going to tell you what I saw. I saw children lined up single file based on gender being walked into barracks. “The policies of this administration have been facilitated by laws on the books that allow them to be incarcerated as though they have committed crimes,” Harris said. Advertise With Us Speaking on the issue, Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard said, “our hearts break when we see those children at these detention facilities who have been separated from their parents, when we see human beings crowded into cages in abhorrent, inhumane conditions. “This is about leadership and understanding that US can and should have both secure borders as well as humane immigration policies,” she said. “We will have to stop separating children from their parents, make it so that it’s easier for people to seek asylum in this country, make sure that we are securing our borders, and making it so that people are able to use our legal immigration system by reforming those laws,” Gabbard said. She said that it is important to fix the legal immigration system and look at the millions of undocumented immigrants in this country who have been suffering as they have been living in the shadows. “Instead of putting a band-aid on this problem–fix our legal immigration system to provide them with that pathway to legal residency or citizenship so that they are no longer treated as second class citizens in this country,” she said. Biden, who was also on the panel, denied the allegations that deportations would increase under his presidency. “Absolutely not,” he said when referred that in the first two years of the Obama administration, nearly 800,000 immigrants were deported, far more than during Donald Trump’s first two years of presidency. “Would the higher deportation rates resume if you are president?” he was asked. Biden stressed that he proposed and passed USD 750 million for Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras to be able to change the circumstance why people fled in the first place. “In addition to that, we’re in a circumstance where if in fact you say you can just cross the border, what do you say to all those people around the world who, in fact, want the same thing, to come to the United States and make their case, but they don’t have to wait in line?” he said. “The fact of the matter is you should be able to–if you cross the border illegally, you should be able to be sent back. It’s a crime. It’s a crime,” Biden added. The fact of the matter is that in fact, when people cross the border illegally, it is illegal to do it unless they’re seeking asylum, said the former vice president. “People should have to get in line. That’s the problem. The only reason this particular part of the law is being abused is because of Donald Trump. We should defeat Donald Trump and end this practice,” he said.last_img read more