Blue Jackets to kick off next season overseas

When the Columbus Blue Jackets conclude the 2009-10 season, they’ll likely want to get as far away from the disappointing campaign as possible.The NHL made that task easier for the Jackets, who will kick off their 2010-11 season in Stockholm, Sweden, the team announced Tuesday in a press release.Columbus will play a pair of games against the San Jose Sharks on Oct. 8 and 9.San Jose (39-11-9), first in the Western Conference with 87 points, has knocked off the Jackets in the first two of the teams’ four meetings this season.Columbus, with 57 points, the second-lowest total in the conference, currently sits at the bottom of the Central Division. However, the team has won both of its games since firing coach Ken Hitchcock last Wednesday.The Jackets and Sharks square off again tonight at Nationwide Arena at 7. read more

110 girls missing after Boko Haram school attack

first_imgMap locating Dapchi where more than 100 girls were missing. AFPThe Nigerian government on Sunday confirmed that 110 girls were missing after a Boko Haram school attack in the northeast, following days of silence on the children’s fate.“The Federal Government has confirmed that 110 students of the Government Science and Technical College in Dapchi, Yobe State, are so far unaccounted for, after insurgents believed to be from a faction of Boko Haram invaded their school on Monday”, the information ministry said in a statement.The statement came after authorities were unable to account for 110 of the school’s 906 students, the ministry said.The kidnapping has raised questions about the military’s repeated claims that the Islamist militants are on the verge of defeat, after nearly nine years of bitter fighting.It has also revived memories of the 2014 mass abduction of more than 200 schoolgirls from Chibok that shook the world.On Monday night, terrified pupils fled the boarding school night when heavily armed fighters in military fatigues and turbans stormed the town; shouting “Allahu Akbar” (“God is greatest”).The authorities initially denied that any student had been kidnapped.On Friday, President Muhammadu Buhari apologised to the girls’ families, saying: “This is a national disaster. We are sorry that this could have happened.”Targeting educationFormer military ruler Buhari was elected in 2015 on a promise to defeat Boko Haram, after the jihadists grew in strength under his predecessor, Goodluck Jonathan.Jonathan was lambasted for his tardy response to the Chibok abduction, which saw 276 girls from the town in Borno state taken in the dead of night.In his first expanded comments on Dapchi, Buhari said: “This is a national disaster. We are sorry that this could have happened.”A teacher at the school, Amsani Alilawan, said there were soldiers in Dapchi until last month but they were then redeployed.“One month back, they carry (take away) all soldiers, they transferred them to another side, they leave us without security,” he said.Enraged relatives of the missing girls this week tried to surround the convoy of the state mayor of Yobe, only to be pushed back by the security forces.The kidnapping is the worst jihadist assault to have hit Nigeria since Buhari came to power.Schools, particularly those with a secular curriculum, have been targeted by Boko Haram, whose name roughly translates from Hausa as “Western education is forbidden”.Boko Haram’s quest to establish a hardline Islamic state in northeast Nigeria has left at least 20,000 dead and made more than 2.6 million others homeless since 2009.The jihadists have increasingly turned to kidnapping for ransom as a way to finance their operations and win back key commanders in prisoner swaps with the Nigerian government.last_img read more

Russia China Iran sought to influence US midterm elections Spy Chief

first_imgDirector of National Intelligence Dan Coats arrives for a closed senators-only Capitol Hill briefing on election security at the US Capitol in Washington, US, on 22 August 2018. Reuters File PhotoForeign powers, including Russia, China and Iran, sought to influence voters in the US 2018 mid-term elections, but there is no evidence of any penetration into US voting systems, the top US intelligence official said on Friday.US Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats added that the intelligence community did not assess the impact of the foreign influence efforts on the election results.The findings were included in a report that Coats submitted to US president Donald Trump and US agencies involved in election security as required by an executive order signed by Trump in September.The order declared election interference a national emergency in the wake of an intelligence assessment that Russia conducted an influence operation to sway the 2016 presidential vote to Trump over his Democratic challenger Hillary Clinton.Russia denies that it interfered in the 2016 contest.“At this time, the intelligence community does not have intelligence reporting that indicates any compromise of our nation’s election infrastructure that would have prevented voting, changed vote counts or disrupted the ability to tally votes,” Coats said in a statement on the 2018 election report.“The activity we did see was consistent with what we shared in the weeks leading up to the election,” he continued. “Russia, and other foreign countries, including China and Iran, conducted influence activities and messaging campaigns targeted at the United States to promote their strategic interests.”Coats did not elaborate on details of the foreign influence operations, and he said that the intelligence community did not assess their impact on voters who last month elected a new US Congress, state legislatures, governors and other officials.“The Russians did not go away after the 2016 election,” Mark Warner, the senior Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, said in a statement on the new report.“Now that the Russian playbook is out in the open, we’re going to see more and more adversaries trying to take advantage of the openness of our society to sow division and attempt to manipulate Americans,” Warner added.Special Counsel Robert Mueller is investigating possible collusion during the 2016 presidential race between Russia and the Trump campaign. Trump denies any cooperation and has repeatedly denounced Mueller’s probe as a “witch hunt.”last_img read more

65 migrants drown off Tunisia coast after leaving Libya

first_imgMigrants on a boat. File Photo At least 65 migrants drowned on Friday when their boat capsized in the Mediterranean Sea off the Tunisian coast after they had left Libya hoping to reach Europe, the UN refugee agency UNHCR said.The state-run Tunis Afrique Presse agency gave a death toll of at least 70 people. It was one the deadliest shipwrecks involving migrants trying to reach Europe this year.”This is a tragic and terrible reminder of the risks still faced by those who attempt to cross the Mediterranean,” UNHCR Special Envoy for the Mediterranean Vincent Cochetel said in a statement.In the first four months of 2019, 164 people are known to have died on the route, a smaller number but higher death rate than in previous years, with one dying for every three who reach European shores, UNHCR said.UNHCR said the sunken boat had taken to the sea on Thursday from neighbouring Libya, where renewed warfare between rival factions has gripped the capital Tripoli in the past five weeks.The Tunisian navy brought 16 survivors to the coast at Zarzis, where one was immediately taken to hospital and the others awaited permission to disembark, UNHCR said.The Tunisian agency said the boat had sunk 40 miles off the coast of Sfax, south of the capital Tunis and that fishing boats had rescued the survivors.Tunisia’s defence ministry said the boat had left from the Libyan port of Zouara aiming to reach Italy. Navy units have recovered only three bodies so far, it said in a statement.Libya’s west coast is a main departure point for African migrants hoping to reach Europe by paying human traffickers, though numbers have dropped due to an Italian-led effort to disrupt smuggling networks and support the Libyan coast guard.Earlier on Friday, UNHCR spokesman Babar Baloch said the United Nations had repeatedly voiced its concerns about the lack of boats to pick up migrants and refugees fleeing from “the horrendous and horrible situation” in Libya. It called on governments to step in.Although the fighting in Libya has made the situation more difficult for people-trafficking rackets, international aid officials have warned that it could also prompt more Libyans to flee their country.It was not immediately known from which countries the migrants involved in Friday’s tragedy were from.According to UN agency the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), 2,297 migrants died or went missing in the Mediterranean last year out of a total of 116,959 people who reached Europe by sea.Some 117 migrants who left Libya in a rubber dinghy in January went missing and most remain unaccounted for, according to the IOM.last_img read more

Polish pay TV provider Cyfrowy Polsat has launched

first_imgPolish pay TV provider Cyfrowy Polsat has launched a music subscription service, Muzo.pl, offering unlimited access for PLN9.90 (€2.40) a month.The operator says the service currently has close to a million tracks available from labels including Sony Music and Universal Music as well as independent labels distributed by Propolis Media. Cyfrowy Polsat said that it was in talks with other suppliers including EMI Music, Warner Music and The Orchard.Muzo.pl director Jarosław Rawicka said the company had the ambition to be one of the leading music providers in the country. Muzo.pl is offering three levels of subscription – Muzo, offering up to 20 hours of music per month for free, Muzo Plus for PLN9.90, currently available via the Windows platform to PC users, and Muzo Go for PLN19.90, available to Android mobile devices, with iOS and other platforms to follow.last_img read more

Amount of compensation for injured workers depends on type of impairment rating

Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Dec 14 2018If you experience an injury at work, the amount of compensation you receive depends on which impairment rating system is used, according to research from McMaster University and the Netherlands.The American Medical Association (AMA) Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment is used in workers’ compensation systems, federal systems, automobile accidents and personal injury cases to rate impairment.However, a comparison of a group of injured workers assessed using the two most recent editions of the AMA guides revealed that usage of the sixth edition resulted in significantly lower impairment ratings than the fifth edition.The findings were published today in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.”Our study shows your impairment rating will depend on the version of the AMA guides that you are assessed with,” said Jason Busse, first author and an associate professor of anesthesia at McMaster.”The difference in impairment rating is likely due to the fact that when these guides first came out, they were focused on pain and range of motion, and they have increasingly moved to more direct measures of function.Related StoriesAre Chronic Pain Relief Drugs for Children Effective?AMSBIO offers new, best-in-class CAR-T cell range for research and immunotherapyResearch sheds light on sun-induced DNA damage and repair”For example, in an earlier guide they may have measured whether a person could lift their arm above their head without discomfort, but now they look at whether the person could put a box on a shelf.”Researchers used data from a consecutive sample of 249 injured workers referred for an independent evaluation at the Orthopedisch Expertise Centrum Amsterdam between 2011 and 2012.The results showed the median whole person impairment rating was seven per cent for 131 claimants assessed with the fifth edition of the AMA guides, and four per cent for 118 claimants assessed with the sixth edition.”Because all assessors in the Netherlands switched from the fifth to the sixth edition at the same time, we were able to study two large cohorts of patients with similar injuries and explore the impact on impairment ratings,” said Busse, who is also a researcher with the Michael G. DeGroote Institute for Pain Research and Care.The other major finding of the study was considerable inconsistency of AMA Guides editions used by workers’ compensation boards across North America.”There was a tremendous variability in the edition that North American compensation boards are using,” Busse said. “The most recent version, which was the sixth, was published in 2007. Yet, for example, we have the largest compensation board in Canada, which is in Ontario, using the third revised version which came out in 1991.”Busse said he recommends consistency across compensation boards.”Workers’ compensation boards should standardize impairment rating systems so that everyone is gauged on the same scale,” he said. “If we believe that more recent editions of the AMA guides do a better job of quantifying impairment, why is it that so many Boards are using earlier versions?”Source: https://www.mcmaster.ca/ read more

Trojan horse drug shows promise for untreatable cancers

first_imgThe researchers saw tumors shrink or stop growing in 27.0% of bladder cancer cases, 26.5% of cervical, 14% ovarian, 13% esophageal, 13% non-small cell lung and 7% endometrial.The treatment responses lasted for an average of 5.7 months and, in some cases, for up to 9.5 months.“Our early study shows that it has the potential to treat a large number of different types of cancer, and particularly some of those with very poor survival rates,” says de Bono.The results have been so successful that the drug is now being tested in trials of other cancers including pancreatic, bowel and head and neck. It is also being tested as a second-line treatment for cervical cancer in a phase II trial.“We have already begun additional trials of this new drug in different tumor types and as a second-line treatment for cervical cancer, where response rates were particularly high. We are also developing a test to pick out the patients most likely to respond,” says de Bono.Chief Executive of The Institute of Cancer Research, Paul Workman says it is exciting to see the potential this drug has shown across a range of difficult-to-treat cancers: I look forward to seeing it progress in the clinic and hope it can benefit patients who currently have run out of treatment options.”Paul Workman, Chief Executive, ICR What is so exciting about this treatment is that its mechanism of action is completely novel – it acts like a Trojan horse to sneak into cancer cells and kill them from the inside.”Johann de Bono, Lead Author Sources:https://www.icr.ac.uk/news-archive/new-trojan-horse-cancer-treatment-shows-early-promise-in-multiple-tumour-typeshttps://www.thelancet.com/journals/lanonc/article/PIIS1470-2045(18)30859-3/fulltext By Sally Robertson, B.Sc.Feb 8 2019Reviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)A new cancer drug that uses a ‘Trojan horse’ approach to enter cancer cells and destroy them from within has shown promising results across six different forms of cancer.Dmitriy Rybin | ShutterstockThe new treatment succeeded in significantly improving survival among a minority of patients with cancers that other drugs had failed to treat.A team of researchers from The Institute of Cancer Research, London and The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust led a phase I/II clinical trial that included nearly 150 patients with different types of cancers that had stopped responding to standard treatments.As reported in The Lancet Oncology, the new treatment either shrank or stopped tumors growing in one-quarter of patients with cervical or bladder cancer and almost 15% of patients with lung or ovary cancer.The new drug is made up on an antibody with a cancer-killing agent attached to its tail end. The antibody binds to receptors present on the surface of cancer cells and then draws the chemotherapy agent inside.last_img read more

Colorectal cancer diagnosed at early age is distinct from that in older

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Mar 12 2019New research indicates that colorectal cancer diagnosed at an early age has clinical and genetic features that are different from those seen in traditional colorectal cancer diagnosed later in life. Published early online in CANCER, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society, the study also revealed certain unique features in especially young patients and those with predisposing conditions.Although incidence and mortality rates of colorectal cancer have fallen in patients aged 50 years and older, early-onset colorectal cancer rates have been increasing over the past two decades. To look for differences between early-onset and late-onset colorectal cancer, investigators at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston analyzed information on more than 36,000 colorectal cancer patients.Related StoriesNew protein target for deadly ovarian cancerResearchers use AI to develop early gastric cancer endoscopic diagnosis systemHow cell-free DNA can be targeted to prevent spread of tumorsThe researchers found that younger patients were more likely to have certain genetic mutations and certain subtypes of colorectal cancer than older patients. Also, among patients with early-onset colorectal cancer, very young patients (aged 18-29 years) were unique from older patients (aged 30-49 years) in terms of the clinical and genetic features of their cancer. Likewise, patients with early-onset colorectal cancer who had predisposing conditions, such as inflammatory bowel disease, had different clinical and genetic characteristics compared with patients without predisposing conditions.”We need to appreciate that there are unique biologic subtypes within young patients that may affect how their cancers behave and may require a personalized approach to treatment,” said senior author Jonathan Loree, MD. “Going forward, special clinical consideration should be given to, and further scientific investigations should be performed for, both very young patients with colorectal cancer and those with predisposing medical conditions.”March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.Source: https://newsroom.wiley.com/press-release/cancer/colorectal-cancer-patients-early-onset-distinct-older-patientslast_img read more

Study reveals older womens perceptions of wearable and smart home activity sensors

first_img Source:https://www.cuanschutz.edu/ Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Apr 30 2019A study conducted by Assistant Professor Blaine Reeder, PhD, and co-authored by Catherine Jankowski, PhD, at the University of Colorado College of Nursing on older women’s perception of technology found that more active older adult women prefer wearable sensors for themselves and smart home sensors for their older parents.Published in Informatics for Health and Social Care, the study titled “Older Women’s Perceptions of Wearable and Smart Home Activity Sensors” included ten women with an average age of 65 years. The study aimed to characterize perceptions of wearable and smart home technologies for older women. Consumer-grade wearable activity monitors include fitness trackers such as Fitbit and Yamax CW700 as well as smart watches with accelerator sensors; smart home technologies include sensors installed in the residential environment that allow for passive monitoring of health. Home sensors include bed and chair pressure sensors, activity sensors, video sensors, door and window sensors, and leak detection sensors.Related StoriesTAU’s new Translational Medical Research Center acquires MILabs’ VECTor PET/SPECT/CTNursing home care prices rise faster than other medical care and consumer pricesComplement system shown to remove dead cells in retinitis pigmentosa, contradicting previous research”Our findings that younger, more active older adult women prefer wearable sensors for themselves and smart home sensors for their parents is important to tailoring technology research for independent aging,” said Reeder. Dr. Reeder conducts informatics research to connect the contexts of personal health and public health with a focus on three areas: aging in place, organizational information systems, and research tools.”Given the greater number of women who will live into old age and their specific age-related risks, such as high-risk for fracture due to low bone mass, there is a need to identify approaches that help women to age independently. Sensor-based technologies show promise, but their acceptability with older adult women must be understood to promote adoption into daily life,” said Reeder.This study showed that in general, wearable sensors were perceived as more useful than smart home sensors because most participants had high levels of activities outside their homes. In addition, both technologies were acceptable for personal activity data collection, and participants had few concerns about data sharing.Technology perceptions were assessed during a larger pilot study led by Dr. Jankowski to evaluate technology measurements of jumping activity, which led to the funding of her current R01 on DHEA and Musculoskeletal Adaptations to Exercise in Older Women.last_img read more

Tariffs prompt GoPro to pull manufacturing from China

first_imgGoPro, which makes cameras like this one displayed at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show, said it would end production in China for its US-bound devices to avoid tariffs imposed by Washington GoPro on Monday announced plans to pull production of US-bound cameras out of China to avoid tariffs that could push up its prices in a fiercely competitive market. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore further GoPro surges on camera-friendly outlookcenter_img Citation: Tariffs prompt GoPro to pull manufacturing from China (2018, December 10) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-12-gopro-production-china-tariff.html © 2018 AFP Manufacturing of GoPro cameras for countries other than the US will remain in China, according to the Silicon Valley-based electronics firm.”Today’s geopolitical business environment requires agility, and we’re proactively addressing tariff concerns by moving most of our US-bound camera production out of China,” said GoPro chief financial officer Brian McGee.”We believe this diversified approach to production can benefit our business regardless of tariff implications.”GoPro expected to make the move at relatively low cost since it owns production equipment it uses in China while a partner there provides facilities.Production of US-bound GoPro cameras should be moved out of China by the middle of next year, according to McGee. The company offered no details on where it would relocate.The camera and technology company early this year cut its workforce and shut down its Karma drone unit as it grapple with disappointing financial performance.GoPro soared to popularity with cameras used for social media and extreme sports photography but has struggled in the face of low-cost competition.last_img read more