Worms and genetic theft: what drives the scientist behind the new RNAi drug

first_img Daily reporting and analysis The most comprehensive industry coverage from a powerhouse team of reporters Subscriber-only newsletters Daily newsletters to brief you on the most important industry news of the day STAT+ Conversations Weekly opportunities to engage with our reporters and leading industry experts in live video conversations Exclusive industry events Premium access to subscriber-only networking events around the country The best reporters in the industry The most trusted and well-connected newsroom in the health care industry And much more Exclusive interviews with industry leaders, profiles, and premium tools, like our CRISPR Trackr. What is it? GET STARTED Worms and genetic theft: what drives the scientist behind the new RNAi drug WORCESTER, Mass. — In his Nobel Prize lecture in 2006, Craig Mello played a clip from a horror movie of sorts, starring a tiny worm. Filmed through a microscope, the worm wiggled toward a mysterious black ring and ominously slid through it.“Watch this,” Mello said, pointing toward the screen. Suddenly, the ring snapped shut around the worm’s tail. The ring, Mello explained, is a lasso thrown by a fungus, readying to catch and devour its prey. Log In | Learn More Unlock this article by subscribing to STAT+ and enjoy your first 30 days free! GET STARTED University of Massachusetts Medical School biologist and Nobel Prize winner Craig Mello Pat Greenhouse/The Boston Globe By Orly Nadell Farber Aug. 28, 2018 Reprints Tags biotechnologydrug developmentgeneticsSTAT+ In the Lab STAT+ is STAT’s premium subscription service for in-depth biotech, pharma, policy, and life science coverage and analysis. Our award-winning team covers news on Wall Street, policy developments in Washington, early science breakthroughs and clinical trial results, and health care disruption in Silicon Valley and beyond. What’s included?last_img read more

CSA to delay OTC derivatives reforms

first_img Facebook LinkedIn Twitter 123RF Share this article and your comments with peers on social media CFTC has collected more than US$1 billion in sanctions via tipsters Keywords Derivatives,  Financial crisisCompanies Canadian Securities Administrators MX delays extended hours launch In a staff notice published Thursday, the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) announced that they have decided to delay the implementation of mandatory margin and collateral requirements for over-the-counter (OTC) derivatives that are not centrally cleared.The rules were developed by global policymakers in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis as part of a broader effort to enhance the oversight and regulation of OTC derivatives markets. However, several global industry trade groups — such as the International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA), the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA) and the Institute of International Bankers (IIB) — have recently flagged implementation concerns with the proposed standards in this area.For instance, in a white paper last year, various industry associations told regulators that implementing the final phases of the uncleared margin rules “present serious logistical challenges,” such as the need to re-document every bilateral relationship to meet the new rules’ requirements.The CSA’s decision to delay the possible implementation of these rules comes in the wake of the industry voicing its concerns.Notwithstanding the delay in adopting the proposed rules in this area, the CSA said that it doesn’t expect its decision to lead to an increase in systemic risk.In the meantime, the CSA said that it will continue to watch both the markets and policy developments in this area to determine the fate of these proposals.“The CSA will implement a harmonized process to monitor Canada’s derivatives markets and the positions of participants,” it said, adding, “We will also monitor international developments. The monitoring will inform our decisions as to the implementation of margin and collateral requirements for non-centrally cleared derivatives.” Montreal Exchange proposes rulebook reforms Related news James Langton last_img read more

Canada to ensure that international travellers cannot access recovery benefits during mandatory quarantine

first_imgCanada to ensure that international travellers cannot access recovery benefits during mandatory quarantine From: Employment and Social Development Canada Since the beginning of the pandemic, the Government of Canada has strongly urged Canadians to stay home to stop the spread of COVID-19. As Canadians continue to make difficult but important sacrifices for their health and their communities, the Government of Canada has been there to support them every step of the way, including through the creation of three new benefits for workers who do not qualify for EI: the Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB), the Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit (CRCB) and the Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB).Since the beginning of the pandemic, the Government of Canada has strongly urged Canadians to stay home to stop the spread of COVID-19. As Canadians continue to make difficult but important sacrifices for their health and their communities, the Government of Canada has been there to support them every step of the way, including through the creation of three new benefits for workers who do not qualify for EI: the Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB), the Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit (CRCB) and the Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB).The Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit, along with the other recovery benefits, was never intended to incentivize or encourage Canadians to disregard public health advice. Rather, these benefits were put in place to ensure Canadian workers could continue to make ends meet during the pandemic, and that no Canadian would have to make the choice between putting food on the table or going to work sick.To ensure these important benefits provide the targeted support Canadians expect, the Government of Canada is taking immediate action to ensure all three benefits – the CRB, CRCB, and CRSB – do not incent people to disregard the clear public health advice against travelling abroad. The Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion, Carla Qualtrough, will be proposing legislation so that, retroactive to January 3, 2021, all international travellers who need to quarantine upon return to Canada, including people returning from vacation, visiting loved ones, and attending to real estate matters abroad, will not be eligible to receive support from any of the Canada Recovery Benefits for the period of their mandatory quarantine. Individuals who are exempt from the mandatory quarantine requirements under the Quarantine Act, such as health care workers who need to cross the border for work, will be eligible to apply following their return to the country.The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) will update the application process for the three recovery benefits on Monday, January 11. For claims covering a period beginning on or after January 3, 2021, applicants will need to indicate whether they were self-isolating or in quarantine due to international travel. Over the coming weeks, the CRA will delay processing claims for individuals who are self-isolating or in quarantine because of international travel until the legislative process is complete to ensure those who receive the benefit meet the latest eligibility criteria.The Government of Canada continues to strongly urge all Canadians to avoid non-essential travel and to follow all public health and international travel guidelines. Canadians across the country are doing their part to protect their loved ones, communities, health care workers and all of those on the front lines of this pandemic. This important change will ensure the COVID programs we have in place support those efforts, and are there for Canadians who need them most.Quotes“The Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit was created to provide workers with a paid sick leave option. We did this so that workers did not have to choose between going to work while impacted by COVID-19 and putting food on the table. The benefit was not intended to encourage Canadians to disobey public health and international travel guidelines. We have heard Canadians and are tightening the eligibility criteria for our COVID recovery benefits. We will ensure that these measures have no unintended consequences and will target individuals who travel for discretionary and non-essential purposes. This is not the time to travel abroad, and if you make the choice to do so, you will not be eligible for these benefits during your mandatory quarantine period.”– Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion, Carla Qualtrough“The Canada Revenue Agency remains committed to delivering the Government of Canada’s emergency benefits to support Canadians in the fight against COVID-19. Today’s announcement will ensure that the Canada Recovery Benefits support workers who need these benefits the most, not those violating public health advice on international travel.”– Minister of National Revenue, Diane LebouthillierQuick factsThe CRSB provides income support to Canadian workers who are unable to work at least 50 percent of their scheduled work week because they are sick, under quarantine or must self-isolate due to COVID-19. It is also for Canadians who are more susceptible to COVID-19 due to an underlying condition.Over the coming weeks, the CRA will delay processing claims for individuals who are self-isolating or in quarantine because of international travel until the legislative process is complete to ensure those who receive the benefit meet the latest eligibility criteria.As of January 3, 2021, the number of unique applicants that have accessed the recovery benefits are:1,445,530 for the Canada Recovery Benefit;277,570 for the Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit; and299,090 for the Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit.Individuals must meet all eligibility criteria for the Canada Recovery Benefits including the requirement to be residing in Canada and be present in Canada for the period for which the individual is making the claim.With the CRSB, eligible Canadians can receive $500 ($450 after taxes withheld) for a one-week period. If their situation continues past one week, they can apply again for up to a total of two weeks between September 27, 2020 and September 25, 2021.As of January 7, 2021, air travellers five years of age or older are required to present a negative COVID-19 test result to the airline prior to boarding international flights bound for Canada. Once they arrive they must:Isolate for 14 days if they have symptoms of COVID-19 or if they know they have COVID-19;Quarantine for 14 days if they do not have symptoms; andComply with mandatory isolation or quarantine requirements – failure to comply will result in fines, penalties or imprisonment. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. 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All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:airline, Border, Canada, covid-19, disability, Emergency, employment, failure, food, Government, legislation, Minister, public health, real estate, revenue, travellast_img read more

Castro Ardent Believer in JEF

first_img By Kadian Brown, JIS PRO RelatedCastro Ardent Believer in JEF RelatedCastro Ardent Believer in JEF Castro Ardent Believer in JEF CommerceMay 9, 2012 Advertisements RelatedCastro Ardent Believer in JEF FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Silvero Castro can be described as an ardent believer in the Jamaica Employers’ Federation (JEF), having been an active participant at the JEF Convention since its inception 30 years ago. Mr. Castro has never missed a staging of the business convention, which is the largest of its kind in the English-speaking Caribbean. It is held annually at the Sunset Jamaica Grande Resort in Ocho Rios, St. Ann.    The 30th staging took place May 3 to 6 and brought together some 500 participants to hear, meet and share with experts, locally and internationally, to enhance individual, team and organisational performance.  The Industrial Relations Specialist, over the 30 years, has attended the convention in various capacities.   “I have represented the Caribbean Cement Company at the JEF Convention for 28 years; St. Catherine Co-operative Credit Union last year and this year I am proudly representing Guardsman Group of Companies. I have been attending the convention for 30 years and it has been an excellent experience…just out of this world,” Mr. Castro tells JIS News. “I have enjoyed the camaraderie, the sharing of information, the getting to know people…it is a learning experience and an event all human resource managers, industrial relations managers…any manager, if you want to be that well-rounded person, come to the JEF convention,” he urges. He points out that the convention has evolved significantly over the 30 years from a small group of persons to sometimes 700 local and international participants, sponsors and exhibitors.   “It has evolved tremendously over the years…it started out with about 18 of us at the Jamaica Grande and after the session, we got so much out of it that we approached the JEF and told them that they needed to make it an annual affair,” Mr. Castro recalls. He adds that each year the convention gets bigger, as each one tells one about the great experiences that the convention provides. Mr. Castro has given years of service in the areas of business management and industrial relations and credits the JEF convention for enhancing his skills, competence and allowing him to become an expert in his field. “The JEF convention helps you to grow as a manager and as you grow, you meet persons along the way who can advise you and that is what motivate you, that is what attract you, that is what give you the incentive to go back the following year,” he says, adding that “the convention is like magnet…you are glued to it, you always want to come and you always want to tell people about it.” Mr. Castro commends the JEF Secretariat on its role in enhancing employer/employee relations and training employers. He points out that he has benefitted from not just the business conventions, but from numerous courses and training sessions that the Federation has staged over the years.  “I have learnt a lot from the JEF over the 30 years, because of the interaction with other managers and experts in the field. It is about going out in the world of work and managing people…learning about the decision-making process and other issues, then executing it in the workplace and imparting what you have learnt to others,” Mr. Castro points out. The JEF Secretariat acknowledged and recognised the work and contribution of Mr. Castro at its 30th Anniversary Recognition Service on May 6. He is encouraging more persons in the private and public sectors to get involved in the JEF initiatives. “If you have not been sending representatives to the convention, then you are losing out on something big, so you need to get involved,” he urges. The convention is part of efforts by the JEF to entrench Jamaica’s private and public sectors as a powerful engine of national growth and business development. This year’s staging, with the theme: ‘Execute, Grow, Sustain’, enabled organisations and institutions to introspectively and strategically examine and adjust themselves.last_img read more

Parel extends Champs lead; Chamblee cards 71

first_imgDES MOINES, Iowa – Scott Parel shot a 6-under 66 on Saturday to extend his lead to five strokes in the PGA Tour Champions’ Principal Charity Classic. Parel had a 15-under 129 total at Wakonda Club to break the tournament 36-hole record of 13 under set a year ago by eventual winner Tom Lehman. The 54-year-old Parel won twice last year on the 50-and-older tour, and he’s a strong bet to add a third win Sunday after a second straight bogey-free round. ”I like how I’m playing,” Parel said. ”Somebody’s going to have to play good to beat me.” The list of players who’ll try to do just includes Marco Dawson, who shot a 65 to match Jerry Kelly (67) at 10 under. Gene Sauers (68), David Toms (68) and Billy Andrade (69) were 9 under. Parel tied the course record of 63 on Friday, finishing with five birdies on the back nine. Parel pulled away even more from the field with a second-round performance that was nearly as dominant. Parel stuck his approach to 6 feet on No. 10 to push his lead to four shots, and a birdie putt on No. 12 gave him a five-stroke lead. Parel’s streak of par-5 birdies at Wakonda didn’t end until he missed on No. 13 by about an inch. After Parel put himself into a green-side bunker on the 16th hole, he chipped to a foot. Full-field scores from the Principal Charity Classic Parel will be tough to beat in the final round if he can at least stay under par, but that’s not how he plans to approach it. ”I’ve played with these guys enough to know that somebody back there probably is going to shoot seven to nine under (par),” Parel said. ”There’s no let up.” Dawson, who shot a first-round 69, kicked off his surge with an eagle on the par-5 fifth hole. Dawson bogeyed the next hole, but he rallied with seven more birdies to get within striking distance of Parel heading into Sunday – though he did blow a 3-foot birdie putt on No. 15. Despite shooting Saturday’s low round, Dawson was still well off Parel’s pace. ”You don’t have any control over (Parel’s) game. He doesn’t have any control over your game. So if he plays great, great,” Dawson said. ”You don’t want to change your strategy, so to speak.” Kelly picked up an eagle on the fifth hole to highlight a bogey-free day. Sauers surged up the leaderboard with six straight birdies before closing with a bogey and a short missed birdie putt on No. 18. Money leader Scott McCarron, whose first senior win came in Iowa in 2016, was 7 under after a 67. Chris DiMarco, who started the second round in second place, two strokes back of Parel, fell apart on Saturday. He bogeyed back-to-back holes on the front nine and finished with a 75. After opening with a 76, Golf Channel analyst Brandel Chamblee rebounded with a 1-under 71 in his first PGA Tour Champions start since last year’s The Senior Open. The 56-year-old is 3 over and 15 shots off the pace after two rounds.last_img read more

The Power of Speech

first_img Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox. Email Earlier this winter, as she prepared for her final season of speech and debate on Columbia Falls’ 10-time defending state championship team, Emily Getts sat down to write the speech that could determine her team’s fate.It would be a daunting task for anyone, writing a 10-minute oration that must be memorized and presented with enthusiasm, compassion and intellect. It requires confidence and passion and, not to be overlooked, a good idea to pass 10 minutes in front of several judges.Only two years earlier, Getts was an anxious sophomore searching for her voice as a public speaker. In the beginning, she struggled.“I was scared,” she says. “I did really bad.”There are 12 events in speech and debate, each one requiring equal amounts brainpower and force of personality combined with hours of preparation, as challenging and sweat-provoking as many team sports, but with different uniforms. Public speaking, acting and interpretation are the foundations of speech and debate, or forensics, which, you could debate, is one of the oldest sports on earth, dating back to the ancient Greeks.The weight of that world was not on Getts’ shoulders when she sat down this winter; instead the Columbia Falls senior simply wanted to write a speech that would mean something to her and those listening.Her coach recommended ideas, but none could overpower the one that stuck in her mind. Since she was a young girl, Getts loved photography.“My speech stemmed from my passion,” she says. “If you’re not passionate then no one else will be involved in your speech.”Within a few days, she had it written and memorized.The speech tapped into the history of photographs and how they were first developed. It explained what they meant to her and how they can broaden others’ understanding and expand empathy.“The ability to hold a moment of time is incredible,” she says in her speech. “To me photography is magic.”Last weekend Getts performed her speech one last time. She won the state championship and Columbia Falls captured its 11th team title in a row.Flathead High School senior Sarah Ward. Greg Lindstrom | Flathead BeaconThere is a magical and amazing quality to the Flathead Valley’s speech and debate tradition, both individually among the local schools and as a collective.The regular season wrapped up last weekend and once again our local teams were near the top, or at the top, of the state standings. Columbia Falls continued its remarkable Class A streak, winning its 18th overall championship. Whitefish placed second, its sixth runner-up trophy to go alongside a state title in 2004.Flathead narrowly placed second in Class AA and Glacier was a close third at the two-day tournament in Billings. Despite missing out on the team trophy last weekend, the two local teams won six of the 12 individual titles. Bozeman rallied on the second day in debate events to unseat the defending state champ Flathead. The victory ended Kalispell’s most recent dominating run; either Glacier or Flathead has won the title every year since 2010.In Class B/C, Bigfork took the most kids to the state tournament in years and came home with a third-place trophy in speech. Over the last five years, Bigfork has earned second place twice and third place twice.“I was incredibly surprised when I moved here from Texas (five years ago),” says Whitefish head coach Sara Mueller. “The value that speech has here is really second to none. I have never seen such value. And that’s coming from the Dallas area. I would say it is incredibly unique.”Dating back to the original team at Flathead County High School in the early 1910s, the local tradition has risen to unprecedented levels.Flathead has achieved more success than any other Class AA school since state competitions were first organized in 1936. The school has won 22 state championships and finished in the top three at the state meet every year since 1973. Flathead’s program has also consistently been the largest in the state, averaging between 100 and 125 boys and girls who compete among 12 events.Flathead is ranked 68th in the nation out of 3,200 teams this season, while the final standings will settle after other states hold their final tournaments. Last year Flathead was ranked 92nd and sent several students, including Wyatt Dykhuizen, Parker Kouns and Sarah Ward, to compete nationally.“We’re always looking for that state title,” head coach Shannon O’Donnell says. “You go to the state tournament hoping to bring home the hardware every year. To be in a program where you go and know you’ll bring home first, second or third every year is pretty amazing.”Across town, Glacier is a powerhouse in its own right with 125 or more students participating annually, including several who qualify for national competitions. Head coach Greg Adkins, who formerly coached at Flathead, has continued his winning legacy at Glacier, where the Wolfpack have won four championships and placed in the top three every year but once, in 2007, when the school was established. In 2013, Glacier senior Tanner Maroney became the first Montana student to go undefeated in back-to-back seasons and qualify for nationals in four consecutive years.Adkins, a Flathead graduate who participated in speech and debate as a student from 1985-86, has won more Class AA state titles – 14 – than anyone else as head coach. He will be inducted into the Montana Forensic Educators Association Coaches Hall of Fame this year. He is the eighth local coach to earn the honor.Glacier High School senior Aaron Robinson. Greg Lindstrom | Flathead BeaconTheir secret is simple, they say. Battling against top competition day after day forces you to learn to survive. And the community’s support is noticeable from the outside looking in.“I remember we would go to the Kalispell tournament and we would arrive at Flathead High School and there would be a big banner that said, ‘Speech Country.’ That sticks in my mind. How many schools put that in their marquees?,” says Matt Stergios, the former head coach and current assistant of the Missoula Loyola program, which won its 33rd Class B title in a row last weekend.“They really make it a priority in Kalispell. I’m blown away by how much the Kalispell school system really supports speech and debate. The other thing I’ve noticed and it’s mind blowing — there are 100 or more kids on those teams.”Stergios credits Adkins, O’Donnell and other longtime coaches, such as Tara Norick at Columbia Falls, for building dynasties through hard work and dedication — the key ingredients to a winning recipe.“The kids who come in are dedicated and are willing to put in the work,” Norick says. “There is not a different breed of student here than at any other high school. It’s all based on hard work. If they’re willing to put the work in, they’re going to continue to improve.”The success stories are countless — Glacier senior Aaron Robinson, Whitefish senior Abbie Belcher, Flathead’s Sarah Ward — students finding their voices and identities through the art of oratory, continuing a legacy unlike any other.Stories like Getts’.“It’s people from all areas that come together for this one goal, and you become such a family,” the Columbia Falls senior says.“You really grow in your assurance of yourself. You learn you’re capable and can do this. You walk into that room with confidence and the judges see that.”Almost like seeing magic.Columbia Falls High School senior Emily Getts. Greg Lindstrom | Flathead Beacon2016 State Speech and Debate ResultsJan. 29-30Class AA1. Bozeman, 147; 2. Flathead, 126; 3. Glacier, 116Individual ResultsLegislative Debate: 1. Kyersten Siebenaler, Glacier; 4. Makenna Marvin, Flathead; 5. Will Thompson, Flathead; 6. Tristen Lang, Glacier; 8. Nick Brester, Glacier; Policy Debate: 5. Liz Stone and Eli Brown, Flathead; 7. Jenna McCrorie and Emma Trunkle, GlacierLincoln-Douglas Debate: 3. Noah Love, FlatheadPublic Forum Debate: 5. Erin McHugh and Maya Buckingham, GlacierImpromptu Speaking: 1. Dylan Crandell, Glacier; 2. Sarah Ward, Flathead; 4. Grace Cady, Flathead; 8. Carolina Sierra, FlatheadExtemporaneous Speaking: 4. Sarah Ward, Flathead; 6. Carolina Sierra, FlatheadDuo Interpretation: 1. Ethan Hall and Edgar Hall, Flathead; 2. Wyatt Dykhuizen and Parker Kouns, Flathead; 5. Abby Van Allen and Brock Adkins, GlacierHumorous Interpretation: 7. Wyatt Dykhuizen, Flathead; 8. Ethan Hall, FlatheadSerious Interpretation: 2. Mason Devries, Flathead; 4. Hannah Tullett, Glacier; 5. Anika Fritz, Glacier; 7. Renee Barker, Glacier; 8. Maija Hadwin, FlatheadMemorized Public Address: 1. Adam Habel, Glacier; 2. Hannah Tullett, Glacier; 3. Abby Van Allen, Glacier; 4. Payton Keltner, FlatheadOriginal Oratory: 1. Aaron Robinson, Glacier; 2. Brock Adkins, Glacier; 4. Daniel Sierra, Flathead; 6. Maija Hadwin, Flathead; 7. Kate Giffin, Glacier; 8 Rebecca Vance, FlatheadExpository Speaking: 1. Anika Fritz, Glacier; 2. Tristan Phillips, Flathead; 4. Kodee Wagner, FlatheadWhitefish High School senior Abbie Belcher. Greg Lindstrom | Flathead BeaconClass A1. Columbia Falls, 229; 2. Whitefish, 204; 3. Polson, 83Individual ResultsPublic Forum Debate: 1. Katelyn Toland and Mollie Lemm, Polson; 2. Anna Nicosia and Mary Ward, Columbia Falls; 5. Bergen Carloss and Kate Ehrenberg, Whitefish; 7. Cassidy Norick and Kelsey Wright, Columbia Falls; 8. Mike Dittrich and Sarah Posey, Columbia FallsPolicy Debate: 1. Annabelle Smith and Sophia Speckert, Polson; 3. Annabel Conger and Colin Norick, Columbia Falls; 4. Ian Caltabiano and Zach Kasselder, Whitefish; 5. Ruth Nelson and Shayne Williams, Columbia Falls; 7. Danielle Schwalk and Ian McKenzie, Columbia FallsLincoln-Douglas Debate: 1. Dakota Henson, Whitefish; 3. Kenyon Cairns, PolsonImpromptu Speaking: 2. Abbie Belcher, Whitefish; 3. Ava Chisholm, Columbia Falls; 4. Teigen Tremper, Whitefish; 5. Geneva des Lions, Polson; 6. Saige Percy, Whitefish; 7. Tim Ingham, Columbia Falls; 8. Willie Baltz, Columbia FallsExtemporaneous Speaking: 2. Abbie Belcher, Whitefish; 4. Zach Ade, Whitefish; 6. Danny Morgan, Columbia Falls; 7. Tim Ingham, Columbia Falls; 8. Makkie Haller, WhitefishOriginal Oratory: 1. Sam Benkelman, Whitefish; 2. Chloe Foster, Columbia Falls; 4. Emily Getts, Columbia Falls; 8. Lindsey Matulionis, WhitefishExpository Speaking: 1. Emily Getts, Columbia Falls; 2. Teigan Tremper, Whitefish; 8. Regan Tinzman, WhitefishMemorized Public Address: 1. Sam Benkelman, Whitefish; 2. Chloe Foster, Columbia Falls; 3. Zach Ade, Whitefish; 5. Austin Reese, Whitefish; 6. Joey Chester, Columbia Falls; 7. Emma Erikson, Columbia FallsHumorous Interpretation: 1. Ava Chisholm, Columbia Falls; 2. Saige Perchy, Whitefish; 3. Jerelyn Jones, Columbia Falls; 4. Brandon Karberg, Columbia FallsDramatic Interpretation: 1. Jerelyn Jones, Columbia Falls; 2. Hunter Cripe, Whitefish; 5. Jacob Hohman, Columbia FallsClass B/C1. Missoula Loyola; 2. Ronan; 3. BigforkIndividual ResultsOriginal Oratory: 1. Grace Olechowski, Bigfork; 7. Melody McHaley, Bigfork; Memorized Public Address: 3. Riley Hoveland, BigforkExpository Speaking: 3. Shannon Frizzell, Bigfork 7. Braeden Tovey, BigforkDramatic Interpretation: 6. Stacey Poulson, BigforkExtemporaneous: 8. Reuben Hubbard, BigforkHumorous Duo: 2. Damon Maitland and K.C. Isaman, BigforkSerious Duo: 8. Ben Johnson and Madigan Kinslow, Bigforklast_img read more

Rehabilitation unit will not be relocating to LUH

first_img WhatsApp Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Facebook Letterkenny University Hospital has confirmed that the Medical Rehabilitation Unit at St. Conals Campus will not be relocating.As part of the plans to resume services that had been temporarily stopped because of COVID-19, the hospital had been considering the best use of all beds in the hospital.One of several options which had been considered was to temporarily move the Rehabilitation Service from the St Conal’s Campus to the main hospital.There had been concerns over the possibility of the unit moving to Letterkenny University Hospital, resulting in potential delays in rehab care.However, following a COVID-19 management meeting this afternoon, the hospital have given reassurances that the unit will not be moving as part of plans. Pinterest Pinterest Previous articleStrategic growth plans announced for LetterkennyNext articleMortgage holders on payment breaks facing interest charges News Highland Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Twitter Google+center_img Google+ Community Enhancement Programme open for applications Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Facebook Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Homepage BannerNews By News Highland – June 18, 2020 WhatsApp Rehabilitation unit will not be relocating to LUHlast_img read more

Watson eclipses 1,000; Leadership outlasts McQuaid

first_img Follow on Facebook Connect on Linked in Print This Post Watson eclipses 1,000; Leadership outlasts McQuaid Share on Facebook This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published. Add to Google+ Rondell Watson gets ahead of the defense for an way deuce, but @McQuaidBball has closed the gap to 3 with 3-balls from Kobe Long and Jermaine Taggart. 5:24 remaining Leadership up 66-63 pic.twitter.com/ZIDx1HkfK8— Paul Gotham (@PickinSplinters) January 5, 2019But the Lions let a second half double-digit lead slip away in the fourth quarter.Jermaine Taggart scored 14 of his team-high 26 points in the final stanza to pace McQuaid. Coming out of a timeout, the junior guard got loose on a backdoor cut and took a pass from Connor Zamiara for an easy deuce.center_img :22 Jermaine Taggart. Leadership 77 @McQuaidBball 76 pic.twitter.com/QetSBFpwc0— Paul Gotham (@PickinSplinters) January 5, 2019He followed with a 3-pointer. After teammate Kobe Long also connected from long range, Taggart scooped up a loose ball along the sideline and went the length of the floor for a dunk. His rebound and putback with 3:45 remaining gave the Jesuit Knights their first lead of the second half at 69-68.“I’m saying ‘Here we go, again,’” Simmons commented. “Every time we get to the fourth quarter, we have a young team so we begin to turn it over and throw it just anywhere. But we dedicated ourselves to defense and, the guys really came through.”Playing man-to-man for the majority of the contest, Leadership stepped up the pressure in the closing moments and allowed just two field goals over the final three minutes.“We think that we’re quicker than any team in the county,” Simmons said of his squad. “Once we play great defense and we’re fast-breaking, we can compete with anyone.”McQuaid’s lead was short-lived. On the next possession, Kennyh Hardeman finished underneath for two of his 20 points on the night to give Leadership a 70-69 edge. Kennyh Hardeman underneath. Leadership back in front pic.twitter.com/4IKrehYe0R— Paul Gotham (@PickinSplinters) January 5, 2019The Lions did not trail again.“The guys were very hard on themselves,” Simmons said of the recent skid. “Here at Leadership, basketball is the sport, so when we lose everyone hurts. This is going to get our guys out of the funk.”After Watson’s steal and layup, Shamir McCullough drilled a corner three. Maurice McKinney converted a pair of free throws, and Hardeman sealed the win with a steal and dunk. Subscribe by Email Kennyh Hardeman steal and dunk for the win. Leadership 81 @McQuaidBball 76 pic.twitter.com/M0AG7dpOY8— Paul Gotham (@PickinSplinters) January 5, 2019“I was just trying to make a big play for the team,” Hardeman said.  “Hoping to just get this W. That was good to come back and get a win.”Fittingly, Watson scored his 1,000th career point on a catch-and-shoot 3-ball from the top of the key. A year ago, Watson connected 10 times behind the arc and amassed 52 points in a win over Wilson Magnet. Friday night, time was called to honor the senior.“I love that kid,” Simmons said. “He’s a hard worker. He’s been dedicated to the program since he was in seventh grade.”Watson also collected three steals on the night.Hardeman hauled in 16 rebounds and blocked two shots.McCullough finished with 14 points for Leadership (5-4). Nate Doyle, Jr. (5), McKinney (5) and Onajae Anderson (4) rounded out the scoring for the Lions.Long finished with 14 for McQuaid (6-2). Connor Zamiara added a season-high 15. Rueben Daniel scored eight points, and Harry Bruu had seven.The same two teams meet again on January 19th at McQuaid. By PAUL GOTHAMROCHESTER, N.Y. — On a night when they celebrated an individual milestone, the Leadership Academy Lions also snapped a three-game skid.Rondell Watson scored 11 of his game-high 31 points during the fourth quarter, and Leadership downed the McQuaid Jesuit Knights (No. 8 NYSSWA Class AA), 81-76 in RCAC action Friday.The senior guard, who earlier in the night scored his 1000th career point, converted a steal and layup then hit a floater in the lane as part of a 9-4 Leadership run over the final three minutes of the game.“He’s our guiding force,” Leadership Academy head coach Reggie Simmons said of his senior guard. “He leads the team. We lost a lot (because of graduation) after last year, and Rondell has taken on so much pressure and responsibility because other teams are going box-and-one, man-to-man and denying him the ball.” By Paul Gotham on January 4, 2019No Comment Watson eclipses 1,000; Leadership outlasts McQuaid added by Paul Gotham on January 4, 2019View all posts by Paul Gotham →FacebookTwitter分享by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksSponsor ContentBig Data Courses | Search AdOnline Big Data Courses Might Be Better than You ThinkBig Data Courses | Search AdUndoCosmoWomensTop 30 Most Beautiful Women in the WorldCosmoWomensUndoLovely&HealthyTop 10 Most Dangerous Cruises In The World Lovely&HealthyUndoby Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksMore from Pickin’ SplintersBaron keeps Bonaventure close to his heart – Pickin’ SplintersUndoTah-Jae Hill, Zion Morrison and the Starting Five – Pickin’ SplintersUndo”If you had a Mount Rushmore of MCC baseball, he’s on there.” Longtime assistant Jack Christensen passes away – Pickin’ SplintersUndo last_img read more

Nintendo Switch nears 5m sales in Japan

first_imgNintendo Switch nears 5m sales in JapanOnly 2m behind lifetime sales of PlayStation 4James BatchelorEditor-in-ChiefTuesday 4th September 2018Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareCompanies in this articleNintendoBy the end of this week, Nintendo Switch is expected to have reach five million sales in its home market since it launched last year.Nintendo Life reports that the latest sales figure for the Japanese games market, as published by Famitsu, show the console-handheld hybrid has now shifted 4.966 million units to date and with its current pace of sales, that five million milestone should only take a few days to achieve.It brings Switch’s lifetime sales closer to that of PlayStation 4, which currently stands at 6.979 million units – just two million units ahead. It’s a fine achievement for the Nintendo device given that Sony’s console has been on the market three years longer, although it has a long way to go if it wants to beat PS4’s global sales of more than 82.2 million units.The updated lifetime sales followed Famistu’s report for August, which was the sixth month in a row that Nintendo Switch has been Japan’s biggest-selling console. The device sold 199,000 over the course of the month, compared to PlayStation 4’s 86,000.Related JobsSenior Game Designer – UE4 – AAA United Kingdom Amiqus GamesProgrammer – REMOTE – work with industry veterans! North West Amiqus GamesJunior Video Editor – GLOBAL publisher United Kingdom Amiqus GamesDiscover more jobs in games Nintendo also dominated the software charts, with Splatoon 2 as the biggest-selling game of August at 96,639 units. WarioWare Gold came in second with 90,121 units, followed by Mario Kart 8 Deluxe with 86,897.Even the rest of the top five had links to Nintendo; fourth best-selling game Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum ‘n’ Fun! is a Switch exclusive from Bandai Namco, while Atlus’ Etrian Odyssey X is only available on 3DS. The two games sold 77,761 and 75,834 respectively.Nintendo was also the biggest selling publisher for the month, followed by Bandai Namco and Square Enix.Celebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The Publishing & Retail newsletter and get the best of GamesIndustry.biz in your inbox. Enter your email addressMore storiesNintendo appointing Despicable Me studio head to board of directorsAnimation studio behind Mario movie gains influence as Illumination Entertainment CEO Chris Meledandri expected to join board next monthBy Brendan Sinclair 5 days agoNintendo reports record full-year profits as Switch nears 85m units soldAnd, despite forecasting decline, the platform holder expects console to beat Wii’s 101 million lifetime sales this yearBy James Batchelor 6 days agoLatest comments Sign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.last_img read more

The Navalny Poisoning and Russia’s Nerve Agent Politics

first_imgProminent Russian opposition leader Aleksei Navalny (44) suddenly became critically ill on August 20, onboard a passenger jet destined for Moscow soon after takeoff from the western Siberian city of Tomsk. The pilot made an emergency landing in the nearby city of Omsk. An ambulance was waiting on the tarmac and took Navalny to a local hospital. Russian medical authorities announced the anti-corruption blogger and one-time mayoral candidate had not been poisoned but was suffering from some natural disorder, possibly a fluctuation in his sugar levels. Purportedly, no toxins were found in samples of Navalny’s body fluids, either by the local Omsk laboratory or a lab in Moscow. But two medics who had contact with Navalny in Omsk, who requested to remain anonymous, told liberal news site Meduza that Navalny displayed several typical symptoms of nerve agent poisoning and was treated with atropine—a classic nerve agent antidote—with the first shot of the therapy administered in the ambulance at the Omsk airport, which may have saved his life. Later, at the Omsk hospital, Navalny lapsed into a coma. The atropine treatment was discontinued after the official diagnosis refuted a poisoning. Navalny, nonetheless, survived, hooked up to a ventilator (Meduza, September 9).Navalny’s family—his wife Yulia and brother Oleg—flew to Omsk and insisted Aleksei be transferred for treatment abroad. Germany agreed to take the ailing Russian oppositionist. Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov indicated Moscow’s consent and, by August 21, a specially chartered medical jet arrived in Omsk with a German team of doctors aboard. The medical transfer was financed by Boris Zimin and the Zimin Foundation—a charity established by his father, Dmitry, a retired businessman who supports the Russian opposition and lives in self-imposed exile (Kommersant, August 22). The administration of the Omsk hospital initially refused to allow the transfer of Navalny to Germany but eventually agreed, apparently after a phone call from Moscow, according to Oleg Navalny (Newsru.com, August 24).By August 22, Navalny was safely lying at the Charite hospital, in Berlin. Immediately upon admission, he started being treated as a nerve agent attack victim. Charite doctors insist they found evidence of acetylcholinesterase (AChE) enzyme inhibitor poisoning, thus undermining the narrative maintained by Russian officials. Moscow continues to deny any foul play and has adamantly refused to open a criminal investigation, citing the absence of probable cause. Organophosphate nerve agents, like sarin, VX and the notorious Soviet-developed Novichok, deactivate the AChE enzyme that breaks down acetylcholine and some other choline esters, which function as neurotransmitters in the body. The victim is, in effect, poisoned by an excess of his or her own acetylcholine, resulting in muscle paralysis and the inability to breathe. Novichok was infamously used to poison former Russian military intelligence colonel Sergei Skripal together with his daughter Yulia in Salisbury, England, in 2018. When used as weapons of mass destruction, nerve agents are extremely lethal; but if a victim receives qualified medical attention and treatment, as Navalny or the Skripals did, body cells can eventually synthesize enough of the AChE enzyme for neurotransmission to begin working well enough for the victim to recommence breathing and start to recover (Interfax, August 25). Reportedly, Navalny is now out of a coma and has regained consciousness (RIA Novosti, September 10).Russian medical experts are adamant it would be “scientifically impossible” to find cholinesterase inhibitors in Navalny “five days after the alleged poisoning,” insisting the German doctors and specialists are ether mistaken or are falsifying their findings (Lenta.ru, August 24). It is possible this expert opinion was the basis of the Kremlin’s decision to allow the transfer of Navalny to Berlin: in other words, the Russian side falsely assumed it would be impossible to find any solid evidence of foul play. Medical authorities announced that “some 60 Navalny samples” were analyzed and “no toxins were found” (Interfax, September 8). If those claims were accurate, it may be that Russian technological and scientific backwardness was to blame. On September 2, it was officially announced in Berlin that irrefutable evidence had been discovered: traces of a Novichok-type nerve agent on Navalny’s skin and on a plastic water battle he used before becoming critically ill (Interfax, September 2).Berlin and other Western capitals have demanded that Moscow perform a vigorous investigation and provide an explanation of what happened with Navalny. The use of a nerve agent on Russian territory is a gross violation of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) and constitutes an international crime. But Moscow went into Soviet-style rejection mode, refuting the Germen findings as part of an anti-Russian conspiracy and continuing to adamantly deny the Navalny poisoning ever happened (Interfax, September 4). Moscow has demanded Berlin disclose and hand over all evidence and samples that were used to discover the presence of Novichok for Russian experts to asses, threatening a downturn in relations if refused. Yulia Navalny categorically refused to allow the handover of any medical evidence to Moscow, and the German government announced it will instead send evidence to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), which oversees the implementation of the CWC. The chair of the Russian Federation Council Foreign Relations Committee, Konstantin Kosachev, announced the Novichok could have been produced in the United States and then shipped to Germany, where the Germans used it to contaminate the samples they then handed over to OPCW experts. According to Kosachev, if Berlin insists the Navalny samples contain Novichok, the Germans must first prove the nerve agent indeed came from Russia (Interfax, September 10).Novichok-type nerve agents may be in the form of a gas, a liquid or even a powder. The compound is chemically stable, deadly in tiny doses and can effectively penetrate the skin (unlike, say, polonium-210), which permits great operational flexibility when preparing a clandestine attack. Apparently, the Russian authorities believed taking out the potential leader of the Russian opposition was worth the risk of possible exposure. Maybe scenes of the Belarusian civil rebellion against the long-serving authoritarian President Alyaksandr Lukashenka had unnerved the Kremlin. The Navalny case has already engulfed and tarnished all branches of power in Russia, probably ensuring they all stay loyal to President Vladimir Putin in times of possible crises. If the Kremlin is seriously planning to make any kind of assertive move against Belarus, the potential fallout with the West will be so immense that the Navalny case will quickly fade from memory.last_img read more