Singh sets sights on opioid crisis pushes PM to decriminalize all drugs

first_imgOTTAWA – NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh is urging Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to consider decriminalizing all illegal drugs in an effort to combat Canada’s escalating opioid crisis.Singh, who campaigned on the promise during his party’s recent leadership race, said he will push the federal New Democrats to make the position part of its own formal policy platform.The NDP is scheduled to hold a policy convention in Ottawa in February.“We have the evidence,” Singh said in an interview this week. “Why do we continue down a path that makes no sense?”Singh, a former criminal defence lawyer, has been vocal about the opioid issue ever since becoming the party’s new leader, including during a trip last week to British Columbia, when he paid a visit to an overdose prevention site in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.In his legal practice, Singh said he witnessed first-hand how the current criminal approach is failing.“We are prosecuting people and incarcerating people that don’t need to be incarcerated,” he said. “These are folks that need to be helped and supported.”The majority of Canadians struggling with opioid addiction are also battling problems like mental health challenges and poverty, Singh said, noting that he would exclude drug trafficking from any decriminalization efforts.On Saturday, Singh told about 2,000 delegates at the B.C. NDP convention that Canada’s drug laws need to change to recognize drug addiction is a social justice issue, not a criminal justice problem.His comments come as Canadian health-care experts, including B.C.’s provincial health officer, urge the federal government to strongly consider borrowing from Portugal’s approach to drug policy, including decriminalizing personal possession of illicit drugs.Earlier this year, B.C.’s chief medical officer Perry Kendall said precious time and resources are being spent chasing people around the court system — exertions that do nothing to curb the drug supply or prevent drug deaths.“I think it is incumbent upon us, if we are really serious about trying to deal with this epidemic which is actually killing people, then we need to look at these alternative, regulatory frameworks to see if they might work for us,” Kendall said.It is up to Ottawa to shift its approach, because the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act is a federal law, he added. Portugal did not decriminalize all drugs in all circumstances, but rather removed the application of criminal law on personal possession for limited amounts while offering education and social supports, he said.Leila Attar, a 20-year-old advocate who suffered an overdose last November after taking Percocet pills laced with fentanyl, said Tuesday she is pleased leaders like Singh are speaking about decriminalization, even if it’s not a “popular opinion.”“There’s so much stigma,” said Attar, who is channelling her own experiences into helping others at a pop-up injection site in Ottawa.If Trudeau fails to consider decriminalization, he is turning away from an approach that could save lives, she added.“It is frustrating,” Attar said. “We know there are so many people that are experts … pushing for the same thing.”Singh, who visited the Ottawa pop-up site in September during his leadership bid, said while social workers and advocates are trying to step up, the government has done nothing so far to stem the tide of tragedy.“The reason it is happening is because people are dying,” Singh said. “It is across this country and what people are doing is they are absolutely filling a void.”—Follow @kkirkup on Twitterlast_img read more

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Commentary Like old times The Masters is Tiger Woods v the field

One of the most exciting tournaments in golf is finally here. The top players in the world will stroll down Magnolia Lane to tee it up at the legendary Augusta National Golf Course for The Masters, the first of four annual major championships on the Professional Golfers Association Tour. The 93-player field will feature top players, past champions and even the youngest competitor in Masters’ history: 14-year-old Tianlang Guan from China, who won the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship in November to punch his ticket to Augusta, Ga. (I couldn’t imagine doing anything of this magnitude at age 14). This year’s edition features a common theme from past Masters tournaments: Tiger Woods versus the rest of the field. With three wins in five starts on the 2013 PGA Tour, and regaining the No. 1 ranking in the world after a whirlwind three years, I think Woods is a shoe-in to win for the fifth time at Augusta National. Woods is definitely my favorite to win the Masters, but here are my top-10 players who can also win the green jacket: 1. Brandt Snedeker: If there is anyone in the world who is as hot as Woods, it’s the 32-year-old from Nashville. The winner of the season-long race for last year’s FedEx Cup, Snedeker carried that momentum into 2013, posting a win and four top-three finishes in just seven starts so far on the PGA Tour. 2. Matt Kuchar: After finishing T-3 in last year’s Masters, and picking up a win earlier this year at the World Golf Championship Accenture Match Play Championship, Kuchar’s consistency over the last three years with 21 top-10 finishes makes him a key player to look for this year. 3. Justin Rose: The Englishman hasn’t finished worse than T-17 in eight events on the PGA and European tours this season. Expect him to be in the mix late afternoon on Sunday. 4. Rory McIlroy: The 23-year-old Northern Irishman has had an eventful year so far, highlighted by the switch to Nike golf clubs and inconsistent play so far. But last week’s second-place finish at the Valero Texas Open gave him the confidence he needed to try to win his third major championship. 5. Dustin Johnson: The big-hitting American’s power of the tee will be crucial to his success this week. Look for him to score some low numbers on the par-5s, and this could be the year for him to break through for his first major championship. 6. Phil Mickelson: A three-time Masters champion playing in his favorite event? You know Lefty is going to bring his A-game to Augusta this week. 7. Lee Westwood: His success in majors in astonishing, except for one stat: wins. Westwood has yet to win that first major, despite having eight top-10 finishes in the last 16 majors. 8. Bubba Watson: The emotional roller-coaster, and last year’s Masters’ champion, Watson knows what it takes to win at Augusta, especially with his incredible shot-shaping abilities. 9. Ian Poulter: The 37-year-old Englishman knows how to thrive on golf’s biggest stages. A Ryder Cup hero for the Europeans, Poulter will look to improve from his seventh place finish last year. 10. Keegan Bradley: Another big-hitting American, poised to add a second major championship to his impressive resume. When he won the 2011 PGA Championship as a rookie, everyone knew he could handle the pressure of a big-time tournament. read more

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Mens volleyball set to open season in Hawaii

Then-sophomore middle blocker Grayson Overman attempts to block an opposing spike during a match against Lewis March 4, 2011, at St. John Arena. OSU won, 3-0.Credit: Cody Cousino / For The LanternThe Ohio State men’s volleyball team is set to start the 2014 season in a location where the climate is quite the contrary to what Ohio has been facing lately.The Buckeyes are scheduled to travel to Honolulu for the fifth straight year to take part in the Outrigger Hotels and Resorts Invitational.In what marks the 20th anniversary for the tournament, No. 12 OSU is slated to take on top teams in No. 14 Hawaii, No. 7 UCLA and No. 11 Penn State.“The Outrigger Volleyball Invitational is one of the oldest non-conference tournaments in college men’s volleyball. It traditionally includes Hawaii and a team from the (Mountain Pacific Sports Federation), Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association) and (Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association) in its four-team field,” said Nancy Daniels, the director of public relations for Outrigger Hotel and Resorts.The Buckeyes have made five appearances, Penn State has made 19 appearances with two titles, UCLA has made 13 appearances with a record eight titles and Hawaii has played in all 20 tournaments, winning six times, Daniels said.OSU is set to kick off play Thursday facing the host of the tournament, Hawaii. Hawaii leads the overall series with OSU, 3-1. The Buckeyes picked up their first win over the Rainbow Warriors last year, beating Hawaii in five sets during the first round of the 2013 Outrigger Hotels and Resorts Invitational. Friday, OSU is set to take on UCLA at 9 p.m. The Buckeyes are set to finish the invitational Saturday against Penn State at 9 p.m.The Buckeyes are coming off a 2013 season in which they finished 19-8 overall and 9-5 in MIVA conference play, good for third.OSU hosted the first round of the MIVA Tournament, falling in five sets to Grand Canyon. To end the 2013 season, OSU lost seven seniors, including experienced middle blockers John Tholen and Grayson Overman.In coach Pete Hanson’s 28th season at the helm, the Buckeyes are led by a pair of experienced redshirt juniors in setter Peter Heinen, opposite Andrew Lutz, junior outside hitter Michael Henchy and redshirt-junior middle blocker Shawn Herron.Upon returning from Hawaii, the Buckeyes are scheduled to take on Lees-McRae in Columbus, Jan. 17 at 7 p.m. read more

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Beach Enclave Announces Expansion with debut of Beach Enclave Long Bay in

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, Turks & Caicos – Beach Enclave, a new concept combining luxury home ownership and private villa rentals with the experience of a resort, announces its expansion with the official debut of Beach Enclave Long Bay, a collection of five private villas along one of the most exclusive beaches in Turks & Caicos. The debut of Beach Enclave Long Bay comes on the heels of the successful launch of Beach Enclave North Shore, where all nine beachfront and ocean front villas sold just over a year from launch. .An unprecedented concept in the industry, Beach Enclave’s homes offer the remarkable amenities and flawless services of a luxury resort, with an optional villa rental program for homeowners. With sales having recently launched, homeowners and guests will have the opportunity to enjoy one of the most coveted destinations in the Caribbean beginning in late 2017.“Beach Enclave has set a new benchmark for home ownership in which design and hospitality converge,” said Vasco Borges, Co-Founder and CEO of Beach Enclave. “We are thrilled to offer homeowners a remarkable travel experience while also offering a seamless experience for home rentals in one of the most spectacular settings in the world. We selected Long Bay as home to our second enclave on the island, boasting a secluded beach like no other,stunning sunrises and sunsets over the Caribbean ocean, and incredible wind sport opportunities nearby.”Beach Enclave Long Bay offers two custom contemporary home designs, representing the ultimate in barefoot beach leaving, boasting over 7,500 square feet of indoor and outdoor living space with the four- to seven -bedroom homes. Beach Enclave Long Bay’s villas adhere to the brand’s signature design philosophy of seamless indoor and outdoor living, featuring generous concealable glass sliding doors which open to expansive covered terraces, sun decks and infinity pools. Uniquely situated on a secluded, three mile white sand beach crowned with a gentle sand dune, Beach Enclave Long Bay is positioned to enjoy both sunrise and sunset over the Caribbean Sea. Long Bay also enjoys warm, calm turquoise waters soothed by the trade winds, ideal for families and watersport lovers alike.The organic yet refined design by SWA Architects and Domino Creative Interior Designers presents an effortless, elegant and calm setting to take in the magnificent views and surroundings, which are truly the star of each private home. Each Beach Enclave Long Bay villa features an open floor-plan, providing stunning views of the entire north shore of the island. The contemporary and modern design is equally warm, featuring exposed wood ceilings, sliding glass doors to maximize views, and generous outdoor living areas for gatherings and entertaining. The grounds are equally beautiful, with landscaping that enhances the native flora with trees, palms and flowers. In keeping with the philosophy and celebration of the beautiful landscape of their locale, Beach Enclave Long Bay villas employ environmentally friendly practices and feature high efficiency appliances, water collection and recycling, and optional solar technologies. The villas have been designed with sustainability in mind taking into consideration sun, wind and topography while minimizing the construction footprint and preserving the surrounding landscape.Beach Enclave’s brand offering is unlike any other in the Caribbean as it affords residents the opportunity to enjoy the convenience and comfort of the services and amenities of a resort, along with the luxury of a private home. Beach Enclave Long Bay amenities and services include 24/7 on-site management and security, dedicated butler/maid; private chef services; regular kite surf lessons off the beach and paddle board and kayak tours; among others. Beach Enclave residents and guests also benefit from a concierge, who can manage requests such as arranging spa treatments, grocery stocking, airport transportation, dining reservations and more as well as access to an oceanfront, fully equipped fitness room and yoga terraces looking out to the ocean and the distant reef barrier. Beach amenities are also available to guests and include the set-up of loungers and umbrellas, delivery of towels and water and the use of kayaks and snorkel equipment to explore the nearby coral reef. Residents can also arrange for activities such as private boating excursions, one of the best ways to discover Turks & Caicos.The second of three developments on the coveted Providenciales island, Beach Enclave Long Bay will redefine home ownership, featuring refined service and specialized amenities in the most spectacular beachfront setting. Construction of Beach Enclave Long Bay’s luxury villas will begin in November 2016, with occupancy beginning Christmas 2017. Beach Enclave’s third development, Beach Enclave Grace Bay, will be launching sales this winter, following a Friends and Family release earlier in the year. With just a few villas left for sale – construction is scheduled to start mid 2017.Beach Enclave Long Bay beachfront villas start at $3,950,000. Beach Enclave Grace Bay beachfront villas start at $8,750,000, with ocean view villas starting at $5,950,000.For press inquiries about Beach Enclave or North Shore villas, please reach out to beachenclave@mcc-pr.com. For rental inquiries please reach out to reservations at: 1 649 941 7577 or 1 866 580 1675 or email: experiences@beachenclave.com. For an opportunity to own a villa please reach out to Nina Siegenthaler at (+1) 649 231 0707 – nina@tcsothebysrealty.com or Joe Zahm at (+1) 649 231 6188 (TCI) or (+1) 610 715 0506 (US). For more information, please visit www.beachenclave.com or follow Beach Enclave on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

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Bahamas Police  Woman stabbed teen stabbed

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, June 8, 2017 – Nassau – Police reports confirmed that around 12:30am Wednesday, a woman was found stabbed to death at her Peter Street home, off Market Street. Neighbours reportedly found the woman’s lifeless body on the floor in her home and phoned the police.  Police are now searching for a male suspect in connection with the stabbing after witnesses said he was last seen leaving her home before they discovered her dead. Police also confirm the stabbing of a student of HO Nash  junior high during a fight with another teenager.   Senior ACP Stephen Dean says they have a boy in custody and labeled the stab wounds of the other boy, as minor and done with a knife with a small blade. #MagneticMediaNews#twostabbingsinNassau Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #twostabbingsinNassaulast_img read more

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100 Things Rockets Fans Should Know and Do Before They Die

first_img Listen Elaine Thompson/APHouston Rockets star Hakeem Olajuwon faces Shaquille O’Neal in the 1995 NBA Finals. The Rockets fell to the Utah Jazz last night at the Toyota Center by a score of 100-89, to fall to 1-3 on the young season.As the team works to get back to the promised land of the NBA Finals for the first time since winning back-to-back titles in the 1990s, a new book looks back at some of the highlights of the team’s history so far.100 Things Rockets Fans Should Know and Do Before They Die is written by the Houston Chronicle’s Rockets beat writer, Jonathan Feigen. It details plenty of the obvious things – like the team bringing the city its first sports championship in 1994 and again in 1995.There’s the Dream – Hakeem Olajuwon. There are other marquee players like Moses Malone, Clyde Drexler, and James Harden. There’s coaches and announcers through the years. And there are pivotal, game-winning shots – and some heart-breaking losses.In the audio above, Feigen walks Michael Hagerty through some of the more notable and lesser-known stories. Share To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:center_img 00:00 /12:36 Xlast_img read more

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Trumps Immigration Policies Stress Baltimore Students

first_imgFor many immigrant students in Baltimore the Trump administration’s focus on deporting illegal immigrants has lead to constant praying that they or their family will not get picked up and deported by police.Franca Mueller Paz (right) outside with activist Yesenia (left) protesting recent deportations with their dance group Naciones Unidos (United Nations). (Photo credit: Casey McKeel)This fear has infiltrated the school system, from students and parents alike, leading to a spike in absences among immigrant students. This fear has also caused more distractions in the classroom, such as more texting in class so students can keep abreast of their family’s whereabouts. A delayed response has caused panic for more than one student this year, according to Franca Muller Paz, the adviser for Latinx Rising, a Latino/an organization at Digital Harbor High School in Baltimore.According to a memo distributed by Baltimore City Public Schools, school police and personnel are not allowed to ask a student’s status. The memo also states that Baltimore City Police are not supposed to ask for anyone’s legal status while patrolling the streets.However, due to an increased focus by the Trump administration on any immigrant in America illegally, almost any trip out of this house is a cause for alarm.Muller Paz said that an immigrant parent confided in her that she was uncertain where to purchase her child’s poster board for a class project. Undocumented immigrants, she said, are afraid that ICE raids may occur at stores such Walmart and Walgreens. In addition, absence rates among children of immigrants are rising.During a recent parent-teacher conference, one of the undocumented parents confided in her, teary-eyed, that she did not know how much longer she could continue to live in such conditions.Muller Paz said in an email to the AFRO, “The fear cannot be alleviated as long as systematic deportations of innocent people continues.”According to CNN, ICE removed 54,564 individuals, including 30,667 convicted criminals and 23,897 non-criminals, during the first three months of the Trump presidency. This is slightly lower than the number removed during the Obama administration during the same time period in 2016.While the number of deportations are currently lower under Trump, the president has vowed to increase them substantially. In an effort to fight back, the Latino students within the Baltimore City Public School system have formed Organized Youth in Education (OYE) to rally for students’ rights and to promote policies that supports immigrant families and students.last_img read more

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Modeling the miniscule Highresolution design of nanoscale biomolecules

first_img The research team – Adelene Y. L. Sim in the Department of Applied Physics, and Prof. Michael Levitt and Dr. Peter Minary in the Department of Structural Biology – faced a range of challenges in devising their unique algorithm. Speaking with PhysOrg, Minary and Sim describe those challenges. “Reducing dimensionality may eliminate physically relevant paths connecting conformational basins and therefore introducing artificial energy barriers that do not present obstacles in Cartesian space,” Minary tells PhysOrg. “In the present case, the major challenge was to develop an algorithm that supports degrees of freedom representing arbitrary collective rearrangements at all-atom resolution.”Unfortunately, Minary notes, using these degrees of freedom, or DOFs, could break chain connectivity – and the corresponding conformational space is likely to be associated with extremely rough energy surface topology. “To overcome these limitations,” he adds, “less collective rearrangements need to be utilized only at a necessary extent so that rearrangements along the more collective DOFs are optimally facilitated without significantly increasing the volume of the sampled conformational space.” In short, their major challenge was implementing a universal algorithm capable of exploring conformational space while allowing numerous sets of arbitrary and/or user-defined so-called natural DOFs.The team addressed these issues, Minary says, by building on the preexisting high-level computational environment of the MOSAICS software package that enabled the use of arbitrary even chain breaking DOFs. “To further improve on this concept,” he adds, “a very flexible new interface had to be invented that welcomes users to define their own system specific DOFs. In addition, the interface also had to support the weighted superposition of arbitrary DOFs. Finally a universal algorithm that realizes the interaction of various sets of DOFs needed to be implemented.” By so doing, conformational paths along the most collective molecular rearrangements are augmented by the incorporation of progressively more detailed molecular flexibility without significantly altering the dimensionality problem, which is better quantified by the conformational volume to be sampled rather than the actual number of DOFs. Effects of adding hierarchical degrees of freedom on sampling a large symmetric RNA structure. (A) Hierarchical moves used. A system of this complexity has many possible collective motions. Here seven sets of independent degrees of freedom (L1 to L7) are defined. (B) Convergence is accelerated by higher order rigid body moves. When nested hierarchical moves L1 to L7 were used, rapid convergence to the limiting is reached within 2 × 104 iterations (vertical dashed line labeled *). Image Copyright © PNAS, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1119918109 Other innovations are also in the works. “In the current paper we showed that our algorithm satisfies some necessary conditions of phase space, or detailed balance, preserving sampling not satisfied by any of the available algorithms used to model RNA systems,” Minary notes. “Further efforts are invested to fully satisfy microscopic reversibility.” Moreover, computational efficiency may be improved by using information on the collective nature of DOFs when updating atomic interactions, or by defining energy functional forms in terms of low dimensional analytical coordinates. Minary points out that sampling efficiency could also be improved if the current approach is combined with some advanced sampling algorithms based on multi-canonical sampling available in MOSAICS.In addition, he continues, the movement of explicit water could be incorporated into the hierarchical moves so that effects of solvation can be more accurately evaluated – and testing the method with various implicit solvent representations may also be informative. “Finally,” he says, “we’re planning to introduce a more user friendly – possibly graphical – interface that would bridge the gap between algorithm developers and computational biologists, physicists and chemists who have great insight and intuitions about the natural DOFs of various molecular assemblies and complexes.” Altogether, all the above efforts, which would increase mathematical rigor, computational speed, solvent details and accessibility to users, could further extend the boundaries of applications beyond the current systems being considered.In the meantime, while developing all the necessary algorithms discussed above, the team plans to continue extending the range of target applications. “Besides modeling the structure of chromatin,” Minary illustrates, “we’d like to revisit questions in DNA nanotechnology.” Furthermore, the use of a refinement method other than Cryo-EM (Cryo-Electron Microscopy, a form of transmission electron microscopy where samples are studied at cryogenic temperatures, and which the team is already pursuing) is also planned. “We intend to extend our work to extensively explore RNA junction flexibility,” adds Sim, “and are also currently looking into using our technique in RNA structure prediction of large RNA systems.” In terms of applications, Sim continues, “in medicine it’s vital to understand the flexibility, stability, shape and possible distortions of nanostructures to better evaluate the nanostructure quality. These properties could play crucial roles in dictating cellular internalization and/or toxicity of nanostructures.”Sim points out that with their efficient modeling tool, although still dependent on the quality of the force field used, the team is now more capable of studying these properties in silico. “Additionally,” Sim notes, “we’re looking into optimization in sequence- and structure-space simultaneously by having sequence as an additional degree of freedom.” A possible application is the sequence design of silencing RNA, or siRNA.Looking further afield, Minary tells PhysOrg, there are other technologies and applications that might benefit from their findings. “Since proper sampling and exploration of the conformational space is a basic tool used in various technologies and applications, the method could be used in design, homology modeling and various new applications such as modeling collective rearrangements in trans-membrane proteins, designing new nucleic acid nanostructures, modeling large protein-nucleic acid assemblies, such a the ribosome, and the in silico study of chromatin remodeling. In addition,” he adds, “we’d like to aid the refinement and interpretation of experimental techniques.” Specifically, building on former efforts to refine Cryo-EM data, they’d like to develop tools to analyze NMR, FRET, SAXS, X-Ray, and footprinting experiments in order to generate conformational ensembles that satisfy experimental constraints. Finally, Minary points out that the algorithm they developed is very general in nature and could be also utilized in other disciplines that involve state spaces with a large number of variables that are changing in a correlated manner. “In particular,” he concludes, “the basic idea could be used but not limited to sampling the space of possible networks, as in systems biology applications, or stock market variables.” More information: Modeling and design by hierarchical natural moves, PNAS February 21, 2012 vol. 109 no. 8 2890-2895, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1119918109Related:The effects of polymeric nanostructure shape on drug delivery, Advanced Drug Delivery Reviews, Volume 63, Issues 14–15, November 2011, Pages 1228–1246, doi: 10.1016/j.addr.2011.06.016 Square-Shaped RNA Particles from Different RNA Folds, Nano Letters, February 24, 2009 (Web), 9 (3), 1270–1277, doi: 10.1021/nl900261h Citation: Modeling the miniscule: High-resolution design of nanoscale biomolecules (2012, March 12) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-03-miniscule-high-resolution-nanoscale-biomolecules.html Explore furthercenter_img Swimming upstream: Flux flow reverses for lattice bosons in a magnetic field 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. (PhysOrg.com) — A key element of both biotechnology and nanotechnology is – perhaps unsurprisingly – computational modeling. Frequently, in silico nanostructure design and simulation precedes actual experimentation. Moreover, the ability to use modeling to predict biomolecular structure lays the foundation for the subsequent design of biomolecules. Historically, the problem has been that most modeling software presents a tradeoff between being general purpose (in being able to model systems at high/atomic resolution) but limited in scope (i.e., only explores a small fraction conformational space around the initial structure). Recently, however, Stanford University scientists have developed an algorithm – implemented in a modeling program known as MOSAICS (Methodologies for Optimization and SAmpling In Computational Studies) – that achieves nanoscale modeling at the resolution required without being limited by the scope/size dilemma. In addition, the researchers successfully modeled – and benchmarked the new computation modeling technique with – RNA-based nanostructures. Copyright 2012 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com.last_img read more

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Rep Whiteford announces seminar to help fight identity theft

first_img State Rep. Mary Whiteford has scheduled a consumer education seminar in partnership with the Michigan Attorney General’s office to educate residents on identity theft.The forum will provide an opportunity to learn about the signs of identity theft, how to protect personal information such as Social Security and credit card numbers, and what to do if you become a victim of identity theft. Additionally, attendees will have the ability to safely dispose of old prescriptions courtesy of the Allegan County Sheriff’s office. Free document shredding will also be provided.“I’m hosting this event because I want to help those I represent avoid the emotional and financial distress potential scams can impose,” Rep. Whiteford said. “I hope you’ll join me in learning more about the resources out there to protect yourself and your personal information.”The event will take place from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on Friday, June 28 at the Allegan District Library, 331 Hubbard St. in Allegan. There is no charge to attend.  Please RSVP to Rep. Whiteford’s office by Friday, June 21. For more information, contact Rep. Whiteford’s office at 517-373-0836 or by email at MaryWhiteford@house.mi.gov.### 28May Rep. Whiteford announces seminar to help fight identity theft Categories: Whiteford Newslast_img read more

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Nicolas de Tavernost president of French commerci

first_imgNicolas de Tavernost, president of French commercial broadcaster M6, has said he will remain vigilant on Canal Plus’s implementation of its acquisition of free-to-air channels Direct 8 and Direct Star following the French competition authority’s green light for the deal.Speaking to analysts, De Tavernost said that M6 would analyse the competition authority’s decision in detail when it was published and had not ruled anything out at this stage. He said the conditions imposed by the regulator appeared to be “relatively light”.M6 was hit by a weak advertising market in the second quarter, with the main channel’s ad revenues declining by 6.6%.last_img

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Discovery Communications US146 billion €124 b

first_imgDiscovery Communications’ US$14.6 billion (€12.4 billion) acquisition of fellow US-based cable group, Scripps Networks Interactive, has been cleared by the US Department of Justice (DoJ).David ZaslavCommenting on the DoJ’s decision to close its investigation, Discovery president and CEO David Zaslav said it was a “significant regulatory milestone” and an “integral step toward closing our transaction”.“We look forward to combining these two great companies to the benefit of our enthusiast audiences around the world,” he said.The news comes just weeks after the European Commission cleared the deal, with the completion of a review in Ireland and other customary closing conditions now only needed before the deal can be completed.Discovery said it expects the Scripps takeover to close by the end of this quarter. The cash-and-stock transaction was agreed last July and won shareholder approval in November.The DoJ’s decision came as Discovery reported its fourth quarter and full year 2017 results.Q4 revenues increased 11% year-on-year to US$1.86 billion due to 13% growth at International Networks, 10% growth at US Networks and “slight growth” at Discovery’s education and other divisions.Adjusted Q4 operating income before depreciation and amortisation (OIBDA) increased 10% to US$636 million due to 9% growth at International Networks, 7% growth at US Networks, and a profit at education and other compared to a loss in the prior year, partially offset by higher corporate costs.However, Discovery reported a Q4 loss of US$1.14 billion as improved operating results were more than offset by a US$1.32 billion goodwill impairment charge, US$59 million of after-tax Scripps Networks transaction-related costs and currency-related transactional losses compared to gains in the prior year.Commenting on the results, Zaslav said: “2017 was an historic year for Discovery. We took significant steps to position ourselves for success in a changing industry, while driving growth from our traditional linear business and accelerating our investments in new growth areas like digital and mobile in an effort to reach superfans on every screen.”“Solid global advertising and distribution revenue growth helped us achieve our 2017 strategic and financial objectives. Additionally, we remain excited by the prospects for a combined Discovery and Scripps Networks.”last_img read more

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James Gate Brewery,C. before the news of meeting came to light, Mr Faruk Akanbi and his Trade Union Congress counterpart Mr Israel Adebisi; as well as the Chairman Nigerian Bar Association Ilorin chapter Mr Rafiu Balogun have unanimously reacted to the ongoing rumour that the FG may soon increase fuel price Their reaction was a total rejection of a complete removal of fuel subsidy when Nigerians are already facing difficulties as a result of the initial increment In an interview with journalist today Akanbi gave reasons why fuel price cannot be increased at the moment he said “Whatever is the decision of the NLC at the headquarters that decision is binding on NLC in Kwara State We also do not subscribe to removal of total subsidy because it will create more problems for Nigerians We want to enjoin Nigerians to do everything lawful that will make the Federal Government see reasons why it must not add to the pains of Nigerians” “You know we said we suspended the strike if they do it again we will go back on strike We will support whatever measure or decision our national body takes” Adebisi said Balogun who warned the Federal against any further increment stated that no increment woukd be possible until the rot in the oil industry is tackled in the most professional way According to him “If the rumour of another increase in pump price of fuel is anything to go by then our government is ill advised What should be of paramount importance to government is the consideration and implementation of Faruq Lawan Committee’s report on fuel subsidy” But nothing else had worked for the US Air Force retiree in his battle with the pain that had been accumulating since a 1972 injury in the service that left one leg 3 inches shorter than the other When he was told during a visit to the VA Clinic in Minneapolis that he should try acupuncture he was willing to give it a try Brown said But he wasn’t enthused about making the necessary twice-weekly trips to the clinic during the first phase of treatmentHe looked for an option closer to home"I searched all over and I just happened to stumble on St Luke’s" Brown saidSpecifically he found Dr Like He the health system’s first acupuncturistHe 43 came to St Luke’s a little more than a year ago as a family practice specialist working out of the St Luke’s Medical Arts Clinic downtown But He who has a master’s degree in Oriental medicine earned in Los Angeles as well as a medical degree earned in his native China soon offered his skill in acupuncture to St Luke’s Although qualified he still had to go through the hospital’s in-house accreditation process"It took some time; maybe a couple of months to get it started" He said "But I think that’s still pretty quick for an organization"He claims St Luke’s hired him because the hospital really sought his wife Dr Leslie Cavazos who was finishing a fellowship in cancer rehabilitation Cavazos can practice acupuncture too — the pair met in Oriental medicine school — but doesn’t have time to do so He saidNatural treatmentAlthough his life’s travels have taken him from China to Iowa to California He has used his hobby to quickly become familiar with Duluth In the clinic where he works it’s hard to look at a wall without seeing a framed photograph of a Northland scene taken by He a passionate landscape photographerOnce He’s availability to perform acupuncture was established it took little time for patients like Brown to discover him Now 80 percent of his work is in that area He saidAs a family practice doctor He focuses on preventive medicine and favors natural treatment — such as nutrition supplements and herbs — to medications He said Nonetheless he wants patients to have tried more traditional Western solutions to issues such as intractable pain migraine headaches gastrointestinal illness and morning sickness before turning to acupuncture "I think to see patients I should have them maximize their medical treatment" He said "And if none of the medication is working then I should start acupuncture"Brown already had tried other things He had experienced increasing pain over time as his hips compensated for the different lengths of his legs and as arthritis set in he said He hadn’t tried quite everything — he rejected what would have been extensive surgery He didn’t like the way pain medication made him feel Brown said Steroid shots helped but their effectiveness quickly diminishedHe was reassured when the VA authorized acupuncture from He "They don’t authorize you to go to any quack out there" Brown saidGaining acceptanceUnlike with steroids the effectiveness of acupuncture increases over time He told Brown But even after his first four sessions Brown said the amount of pain he experienced had been cut in half"I was amazed that acupuncture actually would do that for me" Brown saidLike Brown Brian Rinker had tried various approaches to the chronic pain he has experienced since an accident suffered while he was transporting log cabins from Superior to Bayfield in 2009"I stopped counting at 23 doctors" Rinker saidRinker had even tried acupuncture with three different practitioners before he turned to He"He’s the only person who actually made me feel better" said Rinker who recently moved from Duluth to Knoxville Tenn "I had been on every narcotic every medicine and I’m actually clean off everything"Acupuncture seems to be gaining acceptance in Western medicine as alternatives are sought to opioid pain pills and the addictions they can lead to He saidIn fact acupuncture was included as one of the options in new standards of care for patients with chronic pain adapted early in 2016 by Essentia Health St Luke’s and other area health providers in response to concern about abuse of prescription painkillersInsurers generally cover acupuncture for treatment of pain He said Ninety percent of his patients are covered he said and many plans don’t put limits on itThe deqi effectIn the East acupuncture dates back for millennia He said Markings on an Iceman found in Italy that was more than 5000 years old suggest a primitive form of acupuncture he notedBut although it’s ancient how acupuncture works still isn’t clearly understood He said although there are some theoriesHe subscribes to the idea that it may have something to do with the fascia the white fibrous membrane covering the surface of our muscles The acupuncture points appear in the spaces between the fascia layers When properly placed they seem to generate electrical impulses known as deqi They in turn appear to trigger chemical reactions that stimulate healingSome theorists believe acupuncture is simply an elaborate placebo working on the mind rather than on the body But He rejects that ideaHe points out that if he doesn’t initially find the right point to place a needle his patient won’t experience any sense of healing When he does find the right point the same patient might experience instantaneous healing If it were merely a placebo he said it wouldn’t matter whether he found the right pointBesides He said it’s hard to argue with something that works"People think ‘Hey it’s a placebo’" He related "But hey the placebo has no side effect If it helps you I don’t see the down side"For their part patients need to beware of unrealistic expectations Rinker said"Everybody thinks there’s a magic pill and there’s really no magic pill out there" Rinker said "But (acupuncture) relieves everything If it makes me feel even a quarter better than I did before that’s help to me But He made me feel like it was worth getting up again" The days are March 26 and 27; 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