Exposed to dangerous radiation? Telltale signs are in your blood

first_imgIf you’re exposed to radiation from a dirty bomb or a nuclear reactor meltdown, it’s not easy for doctors to quickly determine how badly you’ve been hurt. Even serious radiation damage isn’t immediately apparent. Now, researchers say they’ve hit upon a possible rapid diagnostic test, one that looks for changes in small molecules known as microRNAs that circulate in the blood. The advance could help doctors identify and treat victims before telltale symptoms appear.MicroRNAs, or miRNAs, play a key role in processes that turn genes on and off. Researchers hope the molecules will someday prove useful as biological markers of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and certain cancers. MiRNAs might also help track the effectiveness of treatments.Several groups previously reported that an analysis of miRNAs circulating in blood can indicate radiation exposure. A team led by Dipanjan Chowdhury at Harvard Medical School’s Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston set out to take that finding a step further and see if miRNA analysis could also indicate the extent of radiation damage and predict survival.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)The researchers subjected mice to three levels of whole-body radiation—low and high survivable doses and a deadly blast. They drew blood within 24 hours of irradiation. They also collected blood and bone marrow samples at 7, 15, 30, and 90 days to check white blood cell counts and other indicators of the health of the hematopoietic system—blood and the organs that make it—which is known to fail after heavy irradiation.The team identified 170 miRNAs and zeroed in on five that showed a recognizable pattern. The mice getting the highest dose had a markedly lower concentration of one of those five miRNAs and significantly higher levels of the other four as compared with the animals that got less radiation, the team reports online today in Science Translational Medicine. The miRNA analysis could distinguish between different radiation doses within 24 hours of exposure, even though damage to white blood cells and bone marrow was not seen until 15 days after irradiation.The researchers used the same miRNA analysis to show that a bone marrow transplant rescued mice with what would have been lethal radiation exposure. An early diagnosis could help doctors decide whether to try a bone marrow replacement or other treatments before the damage spreads to other organs.It’s “an interesting paper” and significant that miRNA analysis can predict survival, says David Brenner, a radiation biophysicist at Columbia University Medical Center. In case of an accident or attack, he says, “it would help focus potentially scarce medical resources on those people who needed them most.” MiRNA analysis could be particularly valuable for indicating the degree of damage to the individual’s hematopoietic system, which is more important for assessing treatment options than simply measuring the radiation dose, says Yoshihisa Matsumoto, a radiation biologist at the Tokyo Institute of Technology.Both scientists caution there is still a lot of work needed to turn the finding into a diagnostic test. The first hurdle is confirming that the same or similar miRNAs can be found in humans. Another challenge is that miRNA patterns might change with time and vary with individuals, possibly lessening the accuracy of the analysis. Another limitation is that this test applies only to acute radiation sickness, not to the possibility of developing cancer in the long term.Chowdhury is well aware of these issues and emphasizes that his team’s study is a first step. “Our focus right now is to see if these findings are relevant in humans,” he says. The team is hoping to collaborate with institutions that have collected samples from radiation accident victims.last_img read more

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Real Madrid extend Ramos contract till 2020

first_imgSpanish football giants Real Madrid have reached an agreement to renew the contract of team captain Sergio Ramos until 2020.The deal will be announced next Monday at the Santiago Bernabeu, club officials told EFE on Wednesday.During the team’s Asia tour, Real president Florentino Perez resolved the renewal issue with the Spanish international, while Rene Ramos, the brother and agent of the Real Madrid right back, successfully found common ground with Real general manager Jose Angel Sanchez in Madrid on Wednesday.The officials noted that Ramos’ salary would come in around nine million euros (nearly $10 million) per season, in addition to remunerations for goals scored and titles won.The thorny renewal issue with Ramos started after the 2014 FIFA Club World Cup, and while it quieted down for a time, it recently regained its potency.Reports speculated that Manchester United were pursuing the Spaniard, while some saw such rumours as an attempt by Ramos to pressure Real to pay his desired salary.last_img read more

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Sara Horowitz named to Politico’s 50

first_imgEach year, Politico Magazine profiles 50 “thinkers, doers and visionaries transforming American politics in 2015.”This year, Politico named Sara Horowitz, Freelancers Union founder and Executive Director, among a host of luminaries for her work advocating for the freelance community.As Politico notes, the “gig” or freelance economy has become a hot topic among political candidates and in the media. Sara has been thinking about ways to make this economy work since the mid-90s, when she founded Freelancers Union, and the topic is now becoming a bigger part of the national conversation.Read more about the story behind Freelancers Union as well as Sara’s thoughts on presidential candidate, Donald Trump, in her profile for the Politico 50:Click here for the full storyA new soul and media geek, Laura writes about sustainability, community, poetry and pop culture. Find her @Pennyscientist or on Freelancers Union.last_img read more

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Ohio State’s Urban Meyer Is (Kind Of) Stranded At Sea

first_imgUrban Meyer was out to sea outside of Tampa Bay.The past couple of months have gone so well for Urban Meyer and his Ohio State football program, there was bound to be a hiccup. One has occurred in the form of some heavy fog. Meyer and many of OSU’s most-iconic figures are currently on the Buckeye Cruise for Cancer, which benefits the Urban and Shelley Meyer Fund for Cancer Research and the Ohio State cancer center. Their cruise ship is currently stuck at sea, though, due to some heavy fog that has closed Port Tampa Bay. The cruise ship is in fine condition and no one is in any danger, but those on board are being forced to spend an extra day at sea. The cruise was due back on Monday. Passengers on @BuckeyeCruise getting extra day of warmth. Fog prevented them from docking today, expected tomorrow pic.twitter.com/BUn67P8GdM— WSYX ABC 6 (@wsyx6) February 24, 2015From The Tampa Tribune‘s report: Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer and other Buckeye faithful on a charity cruise out of Tampa are getting an extra day at sea — albeit shrouded in fog.Heavy sea fog has forced the closure of Port Tampa Bay this morning, stranding several arriving cargo and cruise ships in the Gulf. A dense fog advisory is in effect for Tampa Bay waters until 1 p.m. today.Perhaps one of the many shiny trophies Meyer has won could serve as a sort of signal as the cruise ship attempts to come to land. [Tampa Tribune]last_img read more

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Hit the surf with Howler Brothers

first_img A Quick Overview of the Sustainable Adidas Outdoor and Five Ten Line Essentials Save the Environment in Style: Taylor Stitch Makes New Apparel from Old Garments Ably Apparel Clothing Is Almost Impossible to Get Wet or Dirty Editors’ Recommendations We are seeing a wet, cold spring here in the Rockies, but that hasn’t stopped us from daydreaming about warmer days spent on the beach with a fly rod in our hands. Whether you’re a snowbird who escapes to warmer climates for the surf, or a dedicated fisherman jonesing for some bonefish, having the right gear for coastal adventures is important. Our friends over at Howler Brothers teamed up with Smith Optics this season to put together a limited edition set of sunglasses and apparel. If you’re looking for the perfect island living collection, this is it.Related: Surf Grooming Kit Noir | Recycled Fishnet SunglassesSmith x Howler BrothersSmith and Howler product designers all seem to be obsessed with summer leisure, and you’ll get no complaints from us. The San Gabriel Shirt ($69) was the first piece to jump out at us. The cotton/poly blend is great for days when you’ll be in and out of the water, and the rising sun pattern is a good reminder to get that dawn patrol on your board in. If you’re looking for more casual though, The Smith x Howler Tee ($30) and Snapback ($29) are prefectly at home on your SUP or cruising for cheap beer after a day on the water.SunglassesThe big story of the summer for Smith is their commitment to a new line of fishing specific sunglasses (more on that soon). In keeping with that focus, Howler Brothers put together a pair of limited edition Guide’s Choice Sunglasses ($249). Featuring Smith’s excellent polarizing and Chromapop treatments, this limited edition colorway tackles early morning sessions on the water and late afternoon hikes when you sneak away from the office equally well.Howler Brothers Spring LineOf course, if you’re looking something a little more for the traditional waterman, Howler Brothers’ 2016 spring lineup is built for serious fisherman and surfers and tourists alike. We’ve been rocking the Waterman’s Work Shorts ($69) on post-work SUP workouts for a few weeks now, and they’ve replaced every other pair of boardshorts we own. They are quick drying, and the double layer fabric on the front is especially nice when working on rocky shores and with a paddle and fly rod constantly in hand. Likewise, the Gaucho Snapshirt ($89) is built not just for the working fisherman, but make you look good while you sling flies. A vented back helps keep you dry, and the fabric will stand up to days on your SUP and nights enjoying a few beach beers at sunset.If you need any final inspiration to get out on the water this summer, look no further: The Best Best Big and Tall Men’s Clothing and Brands Tasc Performance Crafts Sustainable Fabrics Without Sacrificing Style last_img read more

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Travel + Leisure Again Names Viking “World’s Best” in 2019 Awards

first_imgLos Angeles (July 10, 2019) – For the fourth consecutive year, Travel + Leisure readers have voted Viking® (www.vikingcruises.com) to the top of its categories in the 2019 World’s Best Awards, which were announced today by the publication. Viking was named the #1 Ocean Cruise Line for ships carrying 600-2,199 guests and one of the World’s Best River Cruise Lines. Since the launch of Viking’s ocean cruises in 2015, the company has been named a #1 Ocean Cruise Line every single year. Viking has also been voted a World’s Best River Cruise Line every year since the award’s inception in 2010. Travel + Leisure is the largest travel magazine brand in the U.S., and since 1995 its readers have been asked to cast their votes for the World’s Best in cruising with considerations in the following cruise features: cabins/facilities, food, service itineraries/destinations, excursions/activities and value. Viking will also be featured in the magazine’s World’s Best issue, which will be on newsstands in July; the full results of the awards can be found at www.travelandleisure.com/worlds-best. “It is an unprecedented honor for a four-year-old ocean cruise line to be voted the world’s #1 ocean cruise line four years in a row,” said Torstein Hagen, Chairman of Viking. “When we set out to reinvent ocean cruising, we knew travelers wanted something different and were interested in our destination-focused approach. We are pleased with the positive response from the travel industry and our guests. Thank you once again to the readers of Travel + Leisure for this prestigious award.” Today’s announcement from Travel + Leisure adds to an impressive list of recent accolades for Viking. Earlier this year, the company’s first five 930-guest sister ships, Viking Star®, Viking Sea®, Viking Sky®, Viking Sun® and Viking Orion® dominated the Cruise Critic® 9th Annual Cruisers’ Choice Awards, receiving 11 First Place honors. All six of Viking’s ships have been awarded a top rating of five stars by Cruise Critic – and Viking also received five awards in the luxury ocean and river categories of Cruise Critic’s 2018 Editors’ Picks Awards. Viking was again named the #1 River Cruise Line by Condé Nast Traveler in the publication’s 2018 Readers’ Choice Awards – and has also been honored as “Best Cruise Line for Luxury Ocean Cruises” and “Best Luxury River Cruise Company” in Luxury Travel Advisor magazine’s 2018 “Awards of Excellence” for a second consecutive year. The Viking Difference Designed for discerning travelers with interests in history, art, music and cuisine, Chairman Torstein Hagen often says Viking offers guests “the thinking person’s cruise” as an alternative to mainstream cruises. Ships are small to get guests closer to their destination, with more time in port and more overnights. On board, guests find serene Scandinavian spaces, where every room is both beautiful and functional, quiet and filled with light. With the most al fresco dining opportunities whether on the rivers or at sea, featuring regional cuisine and always-available American classics, Viking’s guests can truly dine in their destination. A focus on cultural enrichment brings immersive experiences on shore, on board, and even at home, through premier partnerships such as National Geographic, PBS’ MASTERPIECE, Downton Abbey: The Exhibition and the upcoming new film Downton Abbeyfrom Focus Features and Carnival Films, only in theaters this September. And only The Viking Way® of exploration provides guests with itineraries that feature Local Life, Working World and Privileged Access experiences. Local Life excursions shine a light on everyday activities and include experiences such as Viking Chef-hosted trips to local farmers markets, tea at home with local residents and visits with local schoolchildren. Working World excursions feature behind-the-scenes “making of” experiences, illuminating destinations through their most famous exports, such as factory and farm visits. Privileged Access excursions include experiences such as a behind-the-scenes tours at Highclere Castle, the “real Downton Abbey;” visiting St. Petersburg’s Hermitage Museum “behind closed doors;” a private cooking class in a Tuscan castle; an intimate organ concert in the Berlin Cathedral; and an exclusive dinner in the Churchill War Rooms in London. In addition, Viking offers a compelling value compared to other cruise lines. Every cruise fare includes an outside stateroom, a complimentary shore excursion in each port of call, all onboard meals, and all port charges and government taxes. Guests also enjoy many complimentary amenities as part of their fare, including: beer and wine with lunch and dinner service; alternative restaurant dining; free Wi-Fi; self-service laundry; access to the Thermal Suite in the LivNordic Spa; and 24-hour room service. Booking Details From now through July 31, 2019, U.S. residents can take advantage of Viking’s special Explorers’ Sale®, featuring up-to-free airfare, a new 2-for-1 deposit, and additional bonus savings on all 2020-2021 ocean cruises and 2020 river cruises. Media Assets              For more information, images and b-roll for Viking Cruises, contact vikingpr@edelman.com. About Viking Cruises Viking was founded in 1997 with the purchase of four ships in Russia. Designed for discerning travelers with interests in science, history, culture and cuisine, Chairman Torstein Hagen often says Viking offers guests “the thinking person’s cruise” as an alternative to mainstream cruises. In its first three years of operation, Viking has been rated the #1 ocean cruise line in Travel + Leisure’s 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 “World’s Best” Awards. Viking currently operates a fleet of 78 vessels, offering scenic cruising on rivers and oceans around the world. In addition to the Travel + Leisure honors, Viking has also been honored multiple times on Condé Nast Traveler’s “Gold List” as well as recognized by Cruise Critic as “Best Overall” Small-Mid size ship in the 2018 Cruisers’ Choice Awards, “Best River Cruise Line” and “Best River Itineraries,” with the entire Viking Longships® fleet being named “Best New River Ships” in the website’s Editors’ Picks Awards. For additional information, contact Viking at 1-855-8-VIKING (1-855-884-5464) or visit www.vikingcruises.com.last_img read more

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COSCO Dalian Linked to VLCC Order at DACKS

first_imgzoom China’s shipping company Dalian Ocean Shipping CO. (COSCO Dalian) is reported to have ordered two Very Large Crude Carriers (VLCCs) at compatriot Dalian COSCO KHI Ship Engineering Co (DACKS).The ships are priced at USD 92 million each, resulting in a total value of the contract of USD 184 million, local media informed citing sources familiar with the matter.The VLCCs are slated for delivery in 2018.COSCO Dalian, a wholly owned subsidiary of China Ocean Shipping Company (Cosco Group), has a substantial orderbook which includes 12 VLCCs, three 50,000 DWT chemical tankers and five 76,000 DWT LR1 product tankers.The company specializes in liquid bulk transportation and owns and operates a total of 40 vessels including tankers, LPG carriers, with total deadweight of more than 9 million, based on the company’s website data.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

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January Tourism Stats Available

first_imgFor just the second time in the last 10 years, more than 100,000 people visited the province during the month of January. Nova Scotia welcomed 106,800 visitors in January 2007, seven per cent fewer than the record-setting January 2006 when there were 115,300 visitors. “Our tourism numbers are fairly consistent over the long term. We’ve had some ups and downs but we’re holding ground in the face of significant challenges,” said Len Goucher, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Heritage. “We look forward to growth with our new tourism plan developed through the Tourism Partnership Council.” Room nights sold for January 2007 were up four per cent compared with January 2006. They varied in the regions, with a 16 per cent increase in Cape Breton and a 16 per cent decrease on the Eastern Shore. The number of people traveling to Nova Scotia by road decreased by six per cent, while air visitation was down nine per cent over January 2006. Nova Scotia’s comprehensive system for reporting tourism statistics includes counting overnight visitors — excluding Nova Scotia residents — at all entry points to the province and gathering the number of room nights sold from licensed accommodation operators. Detailed tourism statistics can be found on the Department of Tourism, Culture and Heritage website at www.gov.ns.ca/dtc/pubs/insights . Statistics for February 2007 are expected to be released in early April.last_img read more

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World Archery suspends AAI

first_imgKolkata: The World Archery on Thursday suspended the Archery Association of India for defying its guidelines by electing two parallel bodies, asking the federation to put its house in order by the end of this month. The decision is effective from Monday and the last event in which the archers can participate under the Indian flag is the World Archery Youth Championships in Madrid from August 19-25. “World Archery is implementing the decision taken in June by suspending the Archery Association of India,” World Archery secretary general Tom Dielen said in a statement. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhThe AAI had to find a solution by the end of July as per the deadline given WA’s executive board and since no progress has been made, the world governing body implemented the suspension order. “If no solution is found by the end of this month, the executive board will decide what can be done to preserve the chances of Indian athletes participating in the Asian Championships and Asian Para Championships,” Dielen said in the statement. Since a court judgement is expected on the dispute, the AAI had requested the WA to give it a few more days but it was turned down. Interestingly, suspension order has come a day before court hearing on the issue. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterOlympic quota places will be up for grabs at the Asian Championships and Asian Para Championships, to be held in Bangkok in November. India so far have three men’s places secured for the next Olympics but has yet to win a women’s spot. “At the same time, World Archery will also decide whether individual athletes can participate in the Indoor Archery World Series.” Tournaments on the Indoor Archery World Series, held from November-February, are open to all athletes rather than just the national teams. But archers must be a member of a national federation in good standing to register. In two separate elections, held simultaneously on June 9 in New Delhi and Chandigarh, AAI elected two presidents Arjun Munda and BVP Rao. Munda had support of 20 state associations while 10 state bodies backed Rao. World Archery had sent a representative, Kazi Rajib Uddin Ahmed Chapol, as a mediator and observer for the elections but could not get both the factions to agree to a common election. The Sports Authority (SAI) of India is now conducting trials for the upcoming Asian Championships in Sonepat and will announce the squad on Friday. “Nothing is happening for us for last eight years. There has been no planning whatsoever. First, we were told that this will be for the Asian Championships and now after reaching here we were told that they are picking the squad for the Olympics as well,” he said from Sonepat. “Many senior archers have failed to come for the trials so does it mean that they would miss out on the Olympics selection? There has been no planning whatsoever.” The WA had earlier suspended the Polish Archery Federation, its member association in Poland, under similar circumstances in October last year but only to lift it in February this year.last_img read more

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Demi Lovato Honored On National Childrens Mental Health Awareness Day

first_imgYesterday, chart-dominating singer, songwriter, and actress Demi Lovato was recognized by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) for her work as a mentor to young adults with mental health and substance use challenges.Lovato received the award from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius at the National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day press briefing, held at the University of the District of Columbia Community College in Washington, D.C.“Every young person faces challenges as they work toward becoming an independent adult, and for those with mental health challenges, it can be even more of a struggle,” said Lovato. “I want those young adults to know that your life has meaning and you can reach out to someone you trust for support and overcome any challenges in your life.”At the press briefing, Secretary Kathleen Sebelius discussed new data reports being released during Mental Health Awareness Month, including the first-ever Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report supplement on children’s mental health from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She also announced a State Informational Bulletin from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services describing effective services for children and youth with serious mental health conditions and encouraging the use of services such as respite care, parent support providers, and intensive wraparound care coordination.In celebration of Awareness Day, SAMHSA Administrator Pamela S. Hyde announced the release of a new SAMHSA publication, Promoting Recovery and Independence for Older Adolescents and Young Adults Who Experience Serious Mental Health Challenges, which provides information about how community-based programs are improving the lives of youth and young adults with mental health and substance use challenges.“We applaud Ms. Lovato for her willingness to speak out about her experiences in support of youth and young adults with behavioral health challenges,” said Hyde. “This type of support, coupled with effective community-based programs for these youth and young adults can help them overcome any challenges and go on to live healthy, fulfilled lives.”The briefing served as a launch for SAMHSA’s Awareness Day that includes events and activities in more than 1,100 communities and more than 135 public and private organizations. As part of the launch activities, SAMHSA premiered the Awareness Day virtual event here as part of its Awareness Day celebrations. The virtual event features a message from Lovato to young adults, in addition to stories from young adults from across the country who have overcome challenges and demonstrated resilience after achieving social connectedness in housing, education, employment, or in accessing health care services.For more information about Awareness Day, new publications, and to view the Webcast of the press briefing and the virtual event, click here.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

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US stocks move higher after solid earnings from Yahoo Encouraging news on

US stocks move higher after solid earnings from Yahoo; Encouraging news on China economy Stocks are higher for a third day in a row after more U.S. companies report solid earnings and on encouraging news about China’s economy.The Standard & Poor’s 500 index rose 19 points, or 1 per cent, to close at 1,862 Wednesday.The Dow Jones industrial average rose 162 points, or 1 per cent, to 16,424. The Nasdaq rose 52 points, or 1.3 per cent, to 4,086.Yahoo rose 6 per cent. The Internet pioneer said it was benefiting from its lucrative investments in Asia.Airline stocks also rose sharply. Delta gained 5 per cent, jetBlue rose 6 per cent and American Airlines rose 5 per cent.Bank of America fell 2 per cent after booking $6 billion in legal costs over its home loan practices.The yield on the 10-year Treasury note rose to 2.64 per cent. by The Associated Press Posted Apr 16, 2014 2:18 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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South Sudan UN Mission transfers internally displaced persons to protection sites

Speaking to the press today Derk Segaar, head of UN Resident’s Coordinators Office Relief, Reintegration and Protection (RRP), said the new sites have been constructed in Juba, Malakal and Bor. Overall, UNMISS is protecting more than 100,000 civilians on its bases throughout the country. “When we first opened our gates, we expected it to be a temporary solution,” said Mr. Segaar. “The situation has become prolonged and we are looking for solutions to make it more bearable.”“Still, in our view, it is a temporary solution that we hope to reverse when stability returns so that people can go home. It was also very much a measure of last resort that I don’t think it is a good situation for anybody to be confined in these small spaces for a prolonged period of time,” he added. The living conditions are better, though the sites are still “improvised, temporary and not a great place to live.” he said, noting that 11,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) had been moved from the mission’s base in Tomping, Juba, to a new protection site near the mission’s headquarters. The process to move the remaining 3,000 people in Tomping would start tomorrow, he added.Another site had been completed at the mission’s base in the Jonglei State capital Bor, where only 3,000 people remained. In the Upper Nile State capital Malakal, 14,000 IDPs had moved to a new site the mission was expanding to accommodate the remaining 4,000 people.But the situation is especially bad in the Unity State capital of Bentiu, where the area for the IDP camps was completely submerged following heavy rainfall earlier this week. “In Bentiu, the situation is dire,” said Mr. Segaar. “The site is continuously flooded. We have worked with partners to provide drainage so that people can live in a more dignified way than they are doing.”He added that partners were also working on a dry season plan to improve conditions for 50,000 IDPs seeking shelter at the UNMISS base in Bentiu. UN agencies will continue to drain water using pumps and excavators to alleviate the unacceptable living conditions facing most of the site’s population.“Outside the base, it is dry. Inside, it’s flooded, but people choose to remain here,” he said. “Clearly it’s a security issue.”But the mission would not force out anyone seeking shelter on its bases, he assured. But at the same time, it is vital to encourage people in stable areas to return home or move to other places where they could feel safe. Asked about foreign nationals seeking shelter at the mission’s bases, Mr. Segaar stressed that the mission’s role was “to protect civilians, not only protect South Sudanese citizens.”“I meet with people at the protection sites daily and I don’t know a single person who is keen to stay in these conditions,” he said. “If individuals decide that they feel unsafe for any reason, the mission is committed to providing protection.”South Sudan’s Government has been at war with rebel groups since 15 December, when a clash between troops loyal to President Salva Kiir and those loyal to former Vice-President Riek Machar snowballed into full-scale fighting. read more

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Mens Hockey No 6 Ohio State prepares to take on topranked Notre

Ohio State sophomore forward Tanner Laczynski controlls the puck during a 4-0 loss to Penn State on Dec. 2. Credit: Nick Hudak | For the LanternThe No. 6 Ohio State men’s hockey team (18-6-4, 11-6-1-0 Big Ten) travels to South Bend, Indiana, Friday and Saturday to take on top-ranked Notre Dame (21-5-2, 15-2-1-1 Big Ten) for a colossal Big Ten weekend series.Ohio State has won eight of its last 10 games, but is coming off a loss to Michigan State to split a weekend series.Notre Dame enters having lost just two of its last 20 games with the only blemishes coming against No. 17 Wisconsin and No. 12 Minnesota. It started that stretch with back-to-back wins versus the Buckeyes at the Schottenstein Center in early November.“I think we’re different because we’ve got more experience. We’ve played quite a few games and we’ve played some close games. I hope to think we’ve grown as a team. Our special teams, maybe our power play, is in a better spot,” Ohio State head coach Steve Rohlik said. “Against a team like this, it all comes down to the little things. We didn’t do enough of the little things against them last time here. Hopefully, we’ve corrected some of that stuff.”Notre Dame is one of the best defensive teams in the country, allowing just two goals per game, third-fewest in the NCAA. The Irish defensemen almost act as extra goaltenders, blocking shots while clearing traffic in front of the net. They also can contribute offensively. Senior defenseman Jordan Gross leads the group with 21 point, while junior defenseman Bobby Nardella has 18 points and sophomore defenseman Andrew Peeke adds 11.If a player manages to get past those defensemen, he would still have to deal with sophomore goaltender Cale Morris. Morris has posted some of the best numbers in collegiate hockey, allowing the second-fewest goals-against average at 1.68 and registering the highest save percentage at .952.“You’ve got to get a guy in front of their goaltender. You’ve got to work to get into the dirty areas. It comes down to competing and it’s the one-on-one battles,” Rohlik said. “It’s either our will to get the goaltender or their will defensively to not let us there.”The Buckeyes’ special teams play has been a key for the team when its 5-of-5 play has faltered. The Ohio State power play has found its way into the top 10 in the country at 23.5 percent, joining the top-ranked penalty kill at 90.4 percent.Continuing that power-play success against Notre Dame won’t be easy, though, since the Irish’s penalty kill is fifth in the country at 88 percent.“We are going up against one of the best teams, No. 1 in the country and they are great at special teams, especially on the penalty kill,” Rohlik said. “Our best penalty kill is being disciplined and not taking penalties, and they do that as well. They don’t take a lot of penalties. When we get an opportunity, we’ve got to take advantage of it.”The Buckeyes sit in second place in the Big Ten standings with 34 points, 13 points behind the Irish, who are first with 47 points. With a win, Notre Dame can clinch the Big Ten regular-season title, which includes the top seed and a bye in the Big Ten tournament.The Irish need a victory at home where they have gone 10-3-1 this season. Ohio State redshirt defenseman Wyatt Ege would like to have them wait another week.“I don’t think you want anyone to have that success against you. I think that’s a big part of it,” Ege said. “We know that we are going to have to face them in the Big Ten Tournament too, potentially. I think this is a big weekend for us to send a message.”Puck drop for the weekend series will be at 7:35 p.m. Friday and at 7 p.m. Saturday. Both games will be played at the Compton Family Ice Arena. read more

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Whitehousegov showing enhanced State of the Union tonight

first_imgTonight at 9pm (Eastern, 6pm Pacific) millions of people will sit down in front of their television and watch the President deliver the 2011 State of the Union. That’s a time-honored and perfectly acceptable way to follow the address, but you might want to check out the White House’s official State of the Union page as well. Here you’ll be able to follow the speech with added depth thanks to charts, graphs, and other information that won’t make it to most TV broadcasts.So if you plan on watching the speech but you want some context to all the data points that are being mentioned this looks like it will be the place to do. And after the SoTU wraps up that page will have a Q&A sessions with White House staffers. Then on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday there will be follow-up events with questions answered by President Obama, Vice President Biden, Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, and others.AdChoices广告The 2011 State of the Union airs tonight, Tueday January 25th, at 9PM. It should last a little over an hour, based on previous speeches.last_img read more

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Geek deals 10 percent off Lenovo ThinkPad T420 T520

first_imgHere’s a nice deal to mull over during the weekend. But don’t think too long on it, as this deal expires on Monday or sooner. The new Lenovo ThinkPad T420 and T520 laptops are being offered for 10 percent off. They both feature second-generation Sandybridge Intel Core i3, i5, and i7 processors.The starting weight on the T420 is 4.84 pounds. It has a 14-inch HD+ (1600×900) display. The T420 can have up to 8GB DDR3 RAM, and up to 500 GB of 5400/7200 rpm HDD storage. It also features dual HD mics and 720p HD webcam.To get the best deal on the new ThinkPad T420 with Core i3, go to the Lenovo Direct Store, and select the left-most column ThinkPad 420i laptop, and click Customize & buy. Then, select Fingerprint Reader to get the configuration up to $799 (the coupon doesn’t work with anything less). Click Review and Add to Cart. There, apply coupon code LOGICBUY10, and watch as the price drops from $1,205 — minus $386 instant savings, minus the 10-percent coupon code — to $737.10 plus free shipping.The T520 is similar to the T420, but has a 15.6-inch display, and weighs 5.57 pounds.Read more at LogicBUYlast_img read more

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Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil neck and neck in latest poll

first_img By Cormac Fitzgerald 15,465 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil neck and neck in latest poll The latest Sunday Times Behaviour & Attitudes poll puts support for the parties at 29% apiece. Share Tweet Email 89 Comments http://jrnl.ie/3438197 Short URL IRELAND’S TWO LARGEST parties are neck and neck in terms of public support, according to the latest opinion poll.The latest Sunday Times Behaviour & Attitudes poll puts support for the parties at 29% apiece.In terms of leadership support, Fianna Fáil’s Micheál Martin is by far the most popular, with 52% of the public support.In his last poll as Fine Gael leader, support for Enda Kenny was at 37% – his highest ranking in the B&A poll since April, 2014.The survey of 938 people took place between Thursday 25 May to Tuesday, June 6. Most of the interviews were conducted before Leo Varadkar became Fine Gael leader.In terms of support for the other parties, Sinn Féin remained unchanged on 18%, while the Independent Alliance and Labour were up one point each to 6%.The full breakdown of the parties is:Fine Gael 29% (+2)Fianna Fáil 29% (+1)Sinn Féin 18% (no change)Independent Alliance 5 (+1)Labour 5 (+1)Green Party 3 (+1)Social Democrats 1 (no change)Solidarity-People Before Profit 1 (no change)Other Independents (including Independents4Change) 9 (-3)Renua scored a zero in support. There is a margin of error on three percentage points in the poll.Read: Macron takes on Trump – this time with a ‘Make Our Planet Great Again’ websiteRead: Government spending €1.5 million to store paper records each year Jun 11th 2017, 12:25 PM Sunday 11 Jun 2017, 12:25 PMlast_img read more

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Racist Talk in Greek Public Discourse

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram As part of Term 2 of the 2014 Greek History and Culture Seminars hosted by the Greek Orthodox Community of Melbourne and Victoria, the lecture ‘Racist Talk in Greek Public Discourse: The Perpetuation of a Racist Ideology’ will be given by Dr Efosini Deligianni.Dr Efrosini Deligianni’s research interests bifurcate into two major pathways, one under Theoretical and one under Applied Linguistics. Within Theoretical Linguistics, she is mostly driven towards research on language change and discourse pragmatics. She is also particularly interested in cognitive-linguistic processing. Within Applied Linguistics, she plans to pursue research in the development of interactive foreign language teaching material for Greek (Classical & Modern). When: Thursday 19 June at 7.00 pm Where: Ithacan Philanthropic Society building, Level 2, 329 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne For more information, visit www.greekcommunity.com.au or contact (03) 9662 2722last_img read more

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A Greek take on Carols by Candlelight

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Melbourne’s Festival Hall was brought to life last week in a night of Greek Christmas carols. Organised for the 33rd consecutive year by the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia, hundreds of people gathered to enjoy a night of performances by a varied line-up of priests, cantors, choirs, singers, musicians, and dance groups.Official guests on the night included Bishop Ezekiel of Dervis and Bishop of Militoupoleos Iakovos, Consul General of Greece in Melbourne Christina Simantirakis, and President of the Greek Community of Melbourne Bill Papastergiadis, amongst others.The program presented by Maria Anamourli and Ioannis Catrinel was impressive, and showcased carols from all over Greece, including Christmas songs and hymns.Also taking part in the line-up were Priest Claudius Morutan from the Romanian Greek Orthodox Church, deacons Nicholas George and John Frank, the Byzantine Choir of the Antiochian Orthodox Church, St John’s College, the Oakleigh Grammar college chorus, Greek club ‘O Pericles’, the Panepirotic Union Choir, and Pontiaki Estia.last_img read more

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Wikipédia vise 16 millions de dollars pour 2011

first_imgWikipédia vise 16 millions de dollars pour 2011Comme chaque année, l’encyclopédie en ligne lance sa campagne aux dons. En 2009, celle-ci lui avait permis de recueillir 8 millions de dollars (environ 5,8 millions d’euros).Wikipédia lance sa nouvelle levée de fonds aujourd’hui. L’objectif est de lever 16 millions de dollars (soit environ 11,6 millions d’euros) pour 2011, sa dixième année d’existence. Ces dons constituent la principale source de revenus de la Wikimedia Foundation, qui soutient le projet. Grâce à eux, l’encyclopédie en ligne parvient à couvrir les coûts d’infrastructure informatique, mais surtout elle reste totalement indépendante. Ce qui apporte de la crédibilité au contenu, parfois remis en cause. À lire aussiLe World Wide Web a 30 ans : devons-nous nous inquiéter de son évolution ?Selon l’Expansion, cette campagne permettra aussi de financer d’autres sites éducatifs ou culturels participatifs et gratuits : la médiathèque Wikimedia Commons, le dictionnaire Wiktionary et la bibliothèque Wikisource, par exemple.Wikipédia fait partie du top 5 des sites les plus visités au monde avec 398 millions de visiteurs uniques au mois de septembre. Selon la fondation, elle compterait plus d’un million d’articles en français et 16 millions en plus de 260 langues. En France, un internaute sur deux consulte l’encyclopédie au moins une fois par mois.Le 15 novembre 2010 à 09:18 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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James Urbaniak and Myles Langlois Talk Adult Swims Apollo Gauntlet

first_img You Can Now Pre-Order ‘Dungeons & Dragons Vs. Rick and Morty’ Set‘Rick and Morty’ Season 4 Returns This November There’s a new show coming to Adult Swim this weekend. Apollo Gauntlet promises to make your Sunday nights just a little weirder. And if you’ve found they’re plenty weird enough, a little more Canadian. The series stars creator Myles Langlois as Canadian cop Paul Cassidy, who finds mad scientist Dr. Benign (played by Venture Bros.’ James Urbaniak) creating a portal between Earth and somewhere else. They’re both transported to an absurd fantasy world called Kingdom Bellanus. (Think He-Man’s Eternia, but weirder and not as clean.) Cassidy takes on the Mantle of Apollo Gauntlet, a hero with powerful talking gauntlets. Benign, meanwhile, immediately allies himself with Bellanus’s evil elements in a bid to rule the kingdom.Langlois and Urbaniak took some time to talk to Geek about the new series, where it came from and the characters they play. Apollo Gauntlet began its life as a web series on YouTube. Langlois made the series by himself, including doing almost all of the voices, while working other jobs. He says that through a lucky series of events, people who saw the web cartoon kept passing it along until it eventually reached Adult Swim.Urbaniak describes both characters are vulnerable people trying to fend for themselves in this harsh fantasy world. They’re still enemies, and their conflict will be a focus of the show, but now they have to deal with forces outside their own relationship. The first episode will see Officer Cassidy go undercover as a homeless person to find out why they’re all disappearing. He inadvertently gets captured himself and only reveals that he’s an undercover cop when it’s too late. That sounds like an Adult Swim-style premise if I’ve ever heard one.Dr. BenignJust watching the original YouTube series, I wondered where an idea like this comes from. It’s got such a unique style of humor, and such specific reference points, that I needed to know how it all started. Langlois answer: depression. “I was jumping from job to job, doing things like working on a farm and washing dishes and moving furniture,” Langlois said. He described a day off spent in bed staring at the ceiling trying to think of something to do. He’d always liked making little movies, so he spent the day racking his brain trying to think of an idea. That’s when a story of a man traveling to another world popped into his head.“Part of it was, I think I was reading a lot of depressing novels at the time. You realize you can really get into a novel and the mind space of a character, and that can contribute to the depression. So I think I was trying to get out of that,” Langlois said. J.D. Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye, played a fairly significant role in the creation of Apollo Gauntlet.“I don’t really talk about being depressed a lot, but I guess that was a big part of it. I think reading Catcher in the Rye when you’re 12 years old isn’t really good for people, and I probably wouldn’t recommend it. That probably instilled some cynicism in me.” Langlois describes it as the first novel he ever read that “broke [his] brain.” Langlois did love the color scheme of the paperback’s cover art though. So much that he used its shade of red to design Apollo’s costume.Urbaniak found the Salinger inspiration in Apollo Gauntlet fascinating, particularly given that he has a small part in the upcoming Salinger biopic, Rebel in the Rye. “It makes sense to me,” he said. “I gotta say that I really like Miles’s writing of the show. There is a depth of character, and a sort of novelistic detail to all the crazy goings on. It seems to have a kind of narrative depth and logic to it, which I like a lot. As opposed to the sort of modern trend of absurd non-sequiturs.” Urbaniak did clarify that there are plenty of absurd moments in Apollo Gauntlet, but they’re all more character-driven.Prince Orenthal BellanusUrbaniak is, of course, no stranger to Adult Swim. He’s played Dr. Venture on Venture Bros. off and on for 13 years now. He says Apollo Gauntlet certainly feels like an Adult Swim show in that it’s a wacky cartoon aimed at adults, but it’s not quite like anything else on the network. “The best Adult Swim shows are personal. I think it has a personal quality; it has a point of view. It’s not really trying to be something else. It just comes out of Miles’s brain. So that’s what I like about it, it feels very personal. But you know, it’s got mad scientists and wacky situations and comical fighting… pop culture references.”The way Apollo Gauntlet uses pop culture references is sure to set it apart from most other animated comedies on TV. Apollo references pop culture frequently, but the show makes it clear that he’s the only person who gets them. He’s in an alternate fantasy world, and a lot of the humor comes from the fact that nobody around him has any clue what he’s talking about.“One of the tools that Apollo uses in this other world is his sort of goofy love and knowledge of popular Western Earth culture. He’ll rap occasionally; he’ll do impressions, he’ll quote movies. And theses references don’t usually go over because he’s in a different place,” Urbaniak said. “He’s sort of a traditional action hero in a sense. Apollo Gauntlet is the guy who’s seen a lot of Bruce Willis movies and things and knows that that’s how an action hero is supposed to act. That’s what makes it sort of awkward and funny.” Langlois added that that part of Apollo’s personality reflects how he often feels in life. When he makes references, nobody seems to know what he’s talking about.Corporal VileLanglois describes himself as a shy person, and describes his first days working on the show in Los Angeles as a little difficult. Suddenly not having to do all the animating and most of the voice acting himself took some getting used to. He’s especially grateful to be working with actors like Urbaniak, who can take something he wrote and read it in an amazing way he never thought of. Recording the voice of the main character in a studio with other people, however, did take some getting used to.“I was used to recording by myself and goofing around for hours on end. Now it’s set up in a way where there’s not a lot of people around,” he said. “I’m always scared of embarrassing myself. Should I try this joke, or do this? Or you want to do something off the top of your head… we worked out a system where I can edit my own stuff and send it to the editor. I’ll usually have a few options, [the editor] goes through it, and he usually picks the funniest one. His judgment is impeccable, so I trust his choice of which joke I did. It’s fun ad-libbing a lot. It took a little getting used to, but I think it worked out really well.”For as nervous as Langlois was at first, Urbaniak says Apollo Gauntlet’s recording sessions have a really relaxed atmosphere. “Myles is always present,” he said. “Greg Franklin from Six Point Harness (the company producing the show) directs the sessions, and Myles will chime in in his gentle way with little suggestions or colors for a performance. I always really like Myles’s suggestions, I get what he’s trying to do.” For his part, Urbaniak says there’s very little ad-libbing unless there’s call for general crowd hubbub.SuperknifeUrbaniak says he was concerned about the fact that he also plays a nutty scientist character on Venture Bros., and had to make sure he played them differently. “Dr. Benign has a different energy than Dr. Venture, but ultimately they both basically have my voice. I’m not doing anything radically different with my voice; it’s just about the attitude.” He says that sometimes he worries that Dr. Venture will creep into his portrayal of Dr. Benign, and he wants to make sure they’re two different mad scientists. “But you know, when showbiz puts you in your corner, you have to deal with that. That’s your wheelhouse.” Urbaniak just has a knack for playing, as Langlois put it, obnoxious mad scientists.As far as Urbaniak’s approach towards playing a more overtly evil scientist, Urbaniak said, “I don’t think Dr. Venture is innately evil, but he is oblivious to his mean-spiritedness at times, and he’s a mediocre person. Whereas Benign has a plan and is more actively nefarious. I think the key thing with Benign is he’s trying to be somewhat casual about the whole thing. That affects the energy of the performance… Sort of like what Myles does with Apollo, there’s sort of an off-hand performance style that seems to be an energy that you pick up on during the show. The characters are all slightly standing outside themselves. Apollo and Benign are aware that they’re in a different world, so they’re sort of self-conscious.”While most of the episodes will be standalone, Langlois did say that an arc will become apparent. He and Urbaniak said we can expect a Game of Thrones-style politics drama to unfold behind all the wackiness. There will also be plenty of action scenes, many of which are made by the animators rotoscoping themselves. They even worked with an amateur stuntman to make sure the fight choreography looked right. Though none of them had any training, Langlois said that thankfully, nobody got hurt.PuffApollo Gauntlet is a strange, indescribable and oddly personal show. I don’t think it’s possible to truly understand what it is until you watch it. Langlois says he’s looking forward to people seeing the whole season’s arc play out in its entirety, but he’s especially excited for people to see the differences between the individual episodes. “There’ll be an episode that’s like a Marx Brothers movie, and one that’s like a horror movie.” For his part, Urbaniak just thinks the show is really funny. He’d get the scripts, and he’d be laughing out loud with his wife over some of the jokes in each episode.Fortunately for us, we won’t have to wait too long to find out what Urbaniak thinks is so funny. The entire first season of Apollo Gauntlet is available now on AdultSwim.com and airs on TV Sunday nights.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on targetlast_img read more

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