A Hospital CIO Perspective on Precision Medicine

first_imgIn the below video interview, I talk with David Chou, Vice President, Chief Information and Digital Officer with Kansas City, Missouri-based Children’s Mercy HospitalOpens in a new window. In addition to his work at Children’s Mercy, he helps healthcare organizations transform themselves into digital enterprises.Chou previously served as a healthcare technology advisor with law firm Balch & Bingham and Chief Information Officer with the University of Mississippi Medical Center. He also worked with the Cleveland Clinic to build a flagship hospital in Abu Dhabi, as well as working in for-profit healthcare organizations in California.Precision Medicine and Genomic Medicine are important topics for every hospital CIO to understand. In my interview with David Chou, he provides the hospital CIO perspective on these topics and offers insights into what a hospital organization should be doing to take part in and be prepared for precision and genomic medicine.Here are the questions I asked him if you’d like to skip to a specific topic in the video or check out the full video interview embedded below:What’s the CIO’s perspective on precision medicine and genomics?Opens in a new windowWhat do you need to do to prepare your organization for the shift to precision medicine?Opens in a new windowWhat are some examples of where precision medicine-based care is already a reality?Opens in a new windowWho should lead precision medicine efforts?Opens in a new windowWhere do you think precision medicine is headed? What should CIOs expect to see happen ten or 20 years down the road?Opens in a new windowAre smaller healthcare players going to be able to participate in precision medicine and automation, or will they be shut out?Opens in a new windowDo you think precision care and genomic medicine are going to become the standard?Opens in a new windowWhat’s the most exciting thing you see happening in precision medicine, and how are you going to take advantage of it?Opens in a new windowWhat’s your approach to balancing on-premise storage and cloud storage?Opens in a new windowWhat would say to someone who thinks that talk of precision medicine is all hype?Opens in a new window What are you doing in your organization when it comes to precision and genomic medicine?last_img read more

Layul Mountaineers’ and Skiers’ Association: Saving lives of trapped trekkers

first_imgIn September 2005, when four bodies were spotted over the Kangla Glacier, the authorities were perplexed over their identities as nobody had been reported to be missing. The real daunting challenge, however, was to retrieve the bodies from 19,000-ft height. THE BRAVEHEARTS: LMSA volunteersAfter a week-long expedition, the Layul Mountaineers’,In September 2005, when four bodies were spotted over the Kangla Glacier, the authorities were perplexed over their identities as nobody had been reported to be missing. The real daunting challenge, however, was to retrieve the bodies from 19,000-ft height.THE BRAVEHEARTS: LMSA volunteersAfter a week-long expedition, the Layul Mountaineers’ and Skiers’ Association (LMSA) was able to retrieve one body. It was identified as that of a Swedish woman, who had disappeared in the area 23 years ago with three others.The feat earned the search party a pat from the local administration and the Swedish Embassy in Delhi. For LMSA volunteers, however, it was just another mission accomplished.Founded by Norbu Panse, LMSA is a voluntary organisation of natives-farmers, shopkeepers, teachers, lawyers and even priests-based in Keylong, the administrative headquarters of Lahaul-Spiti district which specialises in rescue operations.The organisation was born in the wake of a disaster. In 1979 Lahaul was hit by a series of snow avalanches and landslides that caused more than 250 deaths. The locals had no training in rescue.They depended on teams from outside the valley which could operate only during winters via helicopter. Panse, then a havaldar of Dogra Scouts who had trained at the army’s High Altitude Warfare School at Gulmarg, set up a self-help group in his village Yurnath near Keylong. In 1981, LMSA was born.Himachal PradeshIt focused on adventure sports and trained local youth in rescue techniques. The association now has over 100 volunteers and employs ingenious methods in its operations. These include using “Chhang”, a local brew, to revive those trapped under snow and making goggles out of plastic bags to help victims overcome snow blindness. In the Kangla Glacier operation they used a carry-on gas cylinder to make a sledge to bring down the body.”Our volunteers know the terrain like the back of their hand. Their scattered presence helps in a real-time rescue effort,” says Panse. r    “Helping those in distress is like religion to us,” says trainer and a founding member Bishan Dass.LMSA has become the first port of call for the administration when people get trapped in snow. “They are quite an asset in crisis situations,” says Lahaul-Spiti Superintendent of Police Asif Jalal.But, for the “bravehearts”, saving lives is a way of life.advertisementlast_img read more

Liverpool is keeping an eye on the Coutinho – Neymar situation

first_imgAdvertisementPhilippe Coutinho, once the ace player of Liverpool FC who left Liverpool in January 2018 to win the Champions League with Barcelona has found himself in a bit of a fix. Liverpool have won the Champions League in 2019 and Coutinho is not in Barcelona’s plans in the coming season.A poor season for Barca which saw the playmaker/winger score less than 10 goals and under-perform in various important matches like the Champions League semi-final second leg against Liverpool and the Copa Del Rey finals has rendered the Brazilian unwanted by Camp Nou officials and loyals equally.However, in case of having to leave Barça , Coutinho’s priority would be to play again in the Premier League .It is said that he discarded United , because it wont play the Champions League, and Chelsea too, because they can not sign any new players because of the FIFA sanction.Liverpool , his former team is on alert of your situation and might bid to retrieve their former star . Obviously it would be a downgrade given the current squad depth. In fact, it would be a situation almost identical to that of Barça with Neymar . The player wants to return, but Barca does not plan to pay even the 222 million he received for him from PSG in the summer of 2017 .Advertisementlast_img read more

Matthew Wade on ball-tampering scandal in Cape Town Test: “Lucky I wasn’t there”

first_imgAustralian cricket was hit hard by the ball-tampering scandal and as Cricket Australia look around to pick up the pieces, wicket-keeper batsman Mathew Wade is looking on the bright side.Steve Smith, David Warner and Darren Lehmann were the most affected from the happenings at Cape Town, as the fallout from the incident has spread considerably a month on.One year bans and dethroning followed for Smith and Warner, and Cameron Bancroft (the third wheel in the derailment) was handed a nine-month suspension. Teary-eyed apologies followed but failed to tug at the heart strings of many a staunch fundamentalists of the game.Wade though, is just happy he wasn’t anywhere near the scene of the crime.”You want to be playing for Australia, but there was certainly a part of me that was feeling a touch lucky I wasn’t there (in Cape Town),” he was quoted as saying by News Corp.Also read – Ball-tampering scandal: Timeline”When I came in, the game was a lot different, there’s no doubt about that. But now the game is moving in a different direction and certainly with the stuff that’s happened in South Africa I will look at the way I go about it.”As voices in favour for a overhaul in the Australian system grow louder and calls for softening of the ‘Australian’ way of playing the gentlemen’s game found support, Wade weighed in on the matter saying that he hopes the national team doesn’t ” don’t go too far the other way “.advertisement”When I got back into the team (after five straight losses in 2016), there was a lot of media and public stir about how they wanted the team to have a crack through that period. They felt like we were rolling over a little bit,” Wade told News Corp.Watch: A ball-tampering demo”I hope now we don’t go too far the other way and lose all our drive and try and play like New Zealand.”Every team needs a bit of competitiveness on the field.”What happened in South Africa wasn’t a good look. But I just think we need to be careful about what direction we go in from here.” Lehmann in the immediate aftermath of the incident, had accepted that the New Zealand model needed to be taken into cognizance and the Australian ‘way’ to be rebuilt in their image.”The thing for me would be if we take a leaf out of someone like, say, New Zealand’s book, the way they play and respect the opposition,” said Lehmann, who was cleared of any involvement in the Cape Town plot.”We do respect the opposition but we push the boundaries on the ground. So we’ve got to make sure we’re respecting the game, its traditions, and understanding [how] the game holds itself around the world.”Wade’s last appearance for Australia though came in the 5th ODI against India in Nagpur back in October of last year, and with Tim Paine being named captain (albeit temporarily), his international career appears to be over.Wade is slowly moving on and is glad to be away from the “pressure” and the “hard lifestyle”.”Certainly there’s a lot of pressure (playing for Australia), and finding a way to deal with that when you have a young family is hard,” Wade said.”It probably hurts them as much as it hurts you at times.”My wife used to tell me I was in the bubble sometimes. You just get carried away. It’s great money and it’s rewarding and you want to be doing it, don’t get me wrong… but it’s a hard lifestyle.”I’m certainly more comfortable in life where I’m at now. I wake up every day and I have a great family. I’m doing something different starting a part-time apprenticeship and, having been involved as a professional cricketer for 12 years, learning something new every day doesn’t happen all that much.”last_img read more

Carlos Carvalhal: ‘I was surrounded by classical music, art and ballet’

first_imgFootball ‘Hey, you are using a lot of 4G!’ – Carlos Carvalhal’s Swansea phone bill shock Share on Twitter Play Video The former Swansea and Sheffield Wednesday manager had been told this interview might touch on what he likes to do when not at work, and he has come prepared. He has written down all his favourite gigs on a pad, as well as all his favourite bands and the influences that led him to them. He has thoughts on the similarities between gigs and football matches too. “Usually a band plays like a team; they want to entertain the people,” he says. “For the people, they need catharsis and concerts give that to them, like football does. I think it’s not too much different.”Carvalhal is in the UK to put himself about a bit. The 52-year-old has been without a job since he left the Liberty Stadium in the summer. After a few months helping care for his father (now on the mend), Carvalhal is back in London. “When you are out, it’s a good opportunity for people to know you better,” he says. “When you are working, I must tell you, if someone wants to talk to me, to 99.9% I say no.” 2:28 “The problem nowadays is that we are doing everything to isolate the players,” he says. “With the PT [personal training] and the data, to the GPS, we do everything to make them like individual machines. It’s a scientific approach, from Descartes, that if we study the particulars of the phenomenon, then we know it better. But complexity proves it is completely wrong. By isolating the individual you do not understand the whole. Football is a collective game. A collective game is made by connections. Connections, you don’t have any machine that can evaluate those.” Carlos Carvalhal best Swansea quotes: ‘Sardines can become sea bass’– video The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. Share via Email Facebook Topics Pinterest Share on Pinterest “I started at age five, when the usual age was six,” Carvalhal says. “I would walk five kilometres each day to get there. I was not very musical but I would ask my friends in class and they would explain. I grew up in this environment for six years. I was surrounded by classical music, art and ballet all these things. But they also had a football field and it was at the conservatoire I decided to be a footballer.”By the age of 15 Carvalhal was going to gigs but he had begun to play for Portugal at youth level. The influence of the conservatoire lingered. He would travel to Lisbon for training and take his books, studying as he played. His friend Paolo Futre called him “the doctor”. By the time Carvalhal left school he had not only turned professional with his home-town club but had begun a degree studying sports science at university. It was there he was taught by Vítor Frade.center_img interviews Share on Messenger Twitter “I saw U2 in Vilar de Mouros in 1982 and I saw the Cure there too. Lloyd Cole and the Commotions also did a very good concert. But there is more.” Carlos Carvalhal draws breath. “I remember Simple Minds, Echo and the Bunnymen, Nina Hagen, Elvis Costello and Duran Duran. And the best concert I ever saw was the Rolling Stones, in the stadium of Sporting Lisbon.” So as a way of getting to know the person, we start with music. Carvalhal is a keen gig goer and a fan of new wave music. “I like music more balanced between the voice and the guitar and the percussion,” he says. “I don’t like heavy metal.” During his time in Sheffield, he made the acquaintance of much of the city’s rock royalty, including the Arctic Monkeys’ Alex Turner (he also knows Tim Booth from the band James who, it turns out, are massive in Portugal).It’s not just a hobby. Music is a thread woven through Carvalhal’s life. Raised in Braga, he did not have a wealthy upbringing but earned a scholarship to the Gulbenkian conservatoire, a school that specialised in the intensive study of music and the fine arts. Reuse this content Read more Share on Facebook Share on LinkedIn Carlos Carvalhal, pictured here during his time as Swansea manager, is weighing up an offer to do a PhD on genetics in football. Photograph: Dan Mullan/Getty Images When I presented my thesis to the jury, they gave me 19 out of 20. They said I should publish it as a book Share on WhatsApp Tactical periodisation is a methodology for coaching football which breaks down the barriers between physical, technical and tactical conditioning. Used, among others, by José Mourinho, it was invented by Frade. “He put us to study a lot of things,” says Carvalhal of his time under Frade. “For example to do my thesis I had to study chaos theory, complexity and systems theory. When I presented my thesis to the jury, they gave me 19 out of 20. They didn’t give me 20 because I had some problems with my Portuguese. They said I should publish it as a book and they would keep it in the university library. So I finished university with a football specialism. Then, at 32 years old, I started as a manager.”Carvalhal has gone on to hold 17 managerial posts in 20 years, from the Portuguese third division to the Turkish Super Lig and then England. He wants another job in this country, preferably in the Premier League. “When you achieve in England, you are at the top,” he says. But he retains the values he learned from the conservatoire and from Frade. They have fostered a lifelong passion for learning (he is, he says, weighing up an offer to do a PhD on genetics in football). As a manager, it was the idea of complexity and inter-connectedness that stuck.last_img read more

College Football Star Was Injured In “Accident” After Game

first_imgTexas vs. Oklahoma Red River Rivalry at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas.DALLAS – OCTOBER 11: A general view of the Oklahoma Sooners and the Texas Longhorns during the Red River Rivalry at the Cotton Bowl on October 11, 2008 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)A college football star was reportedly injured in an “accident” after his team’s game this weekend.Texas football star Breckyn Hager suffered a hand injury following the Longhorns’ loss to Oklahoma in the Big 12 Championship Game.The Longhorns confirmed to reporters this afternoon that Hager suffered the injury “in an accident Saturday after the game.”A photo of the injury was posted on Instagram.WARNING: The image is graphic. Also, Texas confirms that DE Breckyn Hager cut his hand “in an accident Saturday after the game.” He’s expected to play in NOLA. He posted this on Instagram and deleted it. pic.twitter.com/6mrmr6SooF— Brian Davis (@BDavisAAS) December 4, 2018Hager is believed to be good to go in time for Texas’ bowl game.The Longhorns are set to play Georgia in the Sugar Bowl.last_img read more

Our Neighbors to the North: Beard Care Products from Les Industries Groom

first_img How to Grow a Beard: It’s Not Just a Look, It’s a Philosophy How to Grow and Maintain Stubble There comes a point in every bewhiskered man’s life when the stubble goes scraggly, the itch sets in, and a lack of grooming and trimming morphs into a full-on facial hair fracas. When confronted with this dilemma, most men are content to throw in the towel and reach for the razor, but with the right beard care products, you can take your scraggly face from shaggy to stylish.Related: A Beginner’s Guide to Beard GroomingStarted in 2013 by three friends in Montreal, Les Industries Groom, is a Quebecois company focused on producing high-quality, all-natural, hand-made grooming and beard care products for today’s whiskered gentlemen. With so many unpronounceable ingredients in the mostly unregulated big-name grooming market, the guys at Groom decided to buck that trend and instead went with what they know—and what they know is natural.Groom is dedicated to using no artificial scents, coloring-agents, parabens, or petroleum-derived products. The company makes all of their offerings “in small batches to guarantee freshness and quality,” says co-founder Julien Blanchard. “We approach our products with a clear mind, free of the dogmas of the cosmetic world. We take the time to find effective alternatives to parabens, petroleum and silicon, with no compromise on the performance or quality of the products. Some of our essential oils are also harvested from local species of evergreen and our beeswax also comes from a local producer.”We reviewed Les Industries Groom’s full line of natural beard care products, including their beard wash, beard oils, and beard balm. Here are our thoughts.Beard WashYou wouldn’t use bar soap on your hair, so why are you using shampoo on your beard? Shampoos are often harsh, with chemical agents used to strip oil from the hair and the skin, leaving both dry and dull. Lathering up with a squirt of Suave is also not the best method for taming your beard tangles. Instead, look to a wash specifically geared toward your facial hair.Groom’s beard wash combines the conditioning properties of natural essential oils such as pine needle oil, juniper berry oil, and cedar-wood oil, with the cooling effect of menthol for a refreshing, nourishing, and invigorating wash. We loved this wash for its minty-morning wake-up factor and its post-wash, absolutely clean feeling. Slip this beard wash into your morning shower routine and you’ll be smelling woodsy, feeling spry, and looking sly, all before seven o’clock.$25 CAD for 250 mlBeard OilIt is a law of nature that, at a certain point, your beard will begin to itch, and not just a little. So, to save yourself all that scratching, opt instead for a few drops of beard oil. Used to moisturize and condition not only your beard, but also the skin underneath, beard oils are an essential tool in any man’s grooming vanguard. After cleansing, simply rub a few drops between your hands and massage thoroughly into your beard. The oils will tame any unruly flyaway whiskers and the scented essential oils will leave you feeling energized.Original ScentGroom’s original-scented beard oil is a fragrant bouquet of pine, bergamot, and lavender, and contains a nourishing base of argan, jojoba, coconut, macadamia, and hempseed oils. Sourced locally from a small producer that makes hemp products of exceptional quality for both cosmetics and culinary purposes, Groom’s hempseed oil is used for its outstanding properties when applied to both skin and hair. Blanchard notes, “It’s a dry oil (leaving no greasiness) that helps to nourish and moisturize, while also being quickly absorbed by the hair and skin. Although it does have a pleasant nutty aroma, it doesn’t impact much on the fragrance.”Tobacco ScentWe were a little skeptical to take this beard oil for a spin due to it’s tobacco inspired scent, but boy were we wrong. As Blanchard puts it, “The tobacco beard oil does regularly raise eyebrows just with the name of the fragrance; but to be fair, the scent is composed of 12 essential oils, among which you will find sandalwood, spikenard, pepper, vanilla and aniseed, to name but a few.” With a husky aroma and non-greasy formula, Groom’s tobacco scented beard oil is perfect for an occasion where you want to make a well-groomed and aromatic impression.Les Industries Groom’s Beard Oils come in a 30 or 60ml classy amber-glass bottle with an integrated glass dropper.$28 CAD for 30 mlBeard BalmMuch like a beard oil, a beard balm is meant to moisturize, nourish, and tame your facial hair, but with one extra feature: protection from the elements. Made with shea butter, hempseed oil, coconut oil and locally sourced beesewax, Groom’s beard balm is an excellent addition to your winter hair care routine. Not only does it provide a protective coating for your facial hair, but shea butter and coconut oil also soften while they condition. The balm, however, is extremely thick and sticky, so a little goes a long way. And be sure to do as the directions instruct and warm a tiny amount with the heat of your hands before applying liberally to your beard–otherwise you’ll just look waxy. With a woody, citrusy scent, highlighted by notes of natural beeswax, this beard balm smells as luxurious as our beard will feel.$25 CAD for 60mlThe TakeawayWe have to give props to Groom for their devotion to all-natural beard care products. They are an excellent example of what we can expect from cosmetic lines in the future. Lacking harsh chemicals, solvents, and scents, this beard care line can be used daily without the worry of drying or dermatological reactions. With locally sourced, natural, good-for-you ingredients, be sure to make space in your shave kit for our friendly neighbors from the north, Les Industries Groom.Les Industries Groom products are prepared, tested, and produced in Montreal, Canada. All pricing is in Canadian Dollars.  How to Shave With a Straight Razor How Fast Does Facial Hair Grow? Tips for Growing a Beard Faster Editors’ Recommendations 10 Best Beard Balms: The Secret to a Tamed and Tangle-Free Beard last_img read more

Huawei announces Kirin 990 5G chip at IFA 2019

first_imgBerlin: Chinese smartphone manufacturer Huawei on Friday launched its latest Kirin 990 (5G) flagship chipset with an integrated 5G modem at the IFA 2019 here. “Kirin 990 (5G) is the world’s first 5G SoC, and it will enable end-users to access superb 5G connectivity experience one step ahead in the first year of 5G commercialization. “To meet users’ requirements for enhanced 5G experiences in the 5G era, Kirin 990 (5G) has been fully upgraded in terms of performance and power efficiency, AI computing, and ISP, extending mobile phone experiences to a new level,” Richard Yu, Huawei’s consumer business CEO said in a statement. Also Read – Swiggy now in 500 Indian cities, targets 100 more this year Kirin 990 (5G) is the first full-frequency 5G SoC to support both non-standalone (NSA) and standalone (SA) architectures as well as TDD/FDD full frequency bands, enabling it to accommodate hardware requirements under diverse networks and networking modes. It is the first flagship SoC that packs a dual-core NPU built on the Da Vinci architecture, which comprise large and tiny NPU cores. The large cores achieve high performance and power efficiency in heavy computing scenarios, while the tiny core structure, first in the industry, empowers ultra-low power consumption applications, fully tapping into the intelligent computing power brought by the innovative NPU architecture. Also Read – New HP Pavilion x360 notebook with in-built Alexa in India For gaming experiences, Kirin 990 (5G) supports an upgraded Kirin Gaming+ 2.0 that enables efficient collaboration between hardware infrastructure and solutions, offering industry-leading smooth and fast gaming experience. The Kirin 990 5G features better dual-image signal processor (DISP) for better photo-taking capabilities than on the Kirin 980. Compared to the Snapdragon 855, Huawei claims that the Kirin 990 5G offers a 10 per cent and 9 per cent single-core and multi-core performance advantage, The company has launched its new processor just a few days after South Korean tech giant Samsung launched a 5G chipset of its own, the Exynos 980.last_img read more

GMDA releases draft mobility plan for public feedback on its official website

first_imgGurugram: After a month’s delay, the Gurugram Metropolitan Development Authority (GMDA) has shared a draft version of its Mobility Management Plan (MMP) for public feedback on its official website. It comprises a 352-page document prepared by the Delhi’s School of Planning and Architecture, provides a detailed look into the existing status quo and future of mobility in Gurugram.The study found very limited facilities available for pedestrians despite the fact that nearly 48 per cent of all daily trips are undertaken on foot. Public transport, meanwhile, accounts for only seven per cent which comprises of buses and shared autos. This handle eight and one per cent of transport volume, respectively. The survey used a sample size of 6,700 homes about two percent of all households in the Gurugram-Manesar Urban Complex area), in accordance with the guidelines of the Ministry of Urban Development. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderIn terms of per household vehicle ownership, the MMP found that “about 65 percent of households have two-wheelers followed by 23 percent household that own cars.” The household survey also found that 48 percent of households have an income of Rs 20,000 or more per month while 45 percent lies in the income range of Rs10,000- 20,000 per month.” However, it found that traveling within the city is also an expensive task with 40 percent households spending more than Rs 2,000 per month” on transportation, which includes commute to and from offices, schools, and markets, among others. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsThe CMP is seen to one of the most comprehensive projects to be undertaken as the vital data shared under this survey is also to be used for designing the Gurugram-Manesar masterplan of 2031. So far, efforts to improve mobility in Gurugram have focused mainly on conditions of vehicular traffic and the CMP is expected to rectify this approach. According to an official at present in Gurugram, only 25 percent of the primary road network in Gurugram has usable pavements, which adversely affects the common man who does not rely on cars. According to sources at the moment, Gurugram’s population is serviced by about a 1,000-kilometre network of primary road networks. The city witnesses about 17 lakh people, the current population that makes about 20 lakh trips each day, two-thirds of which are within city limits. These estimates amount to a high passenger volume count.last_img read more

At impasse Bill Cosby jury tests patience of judge defence

first_imgNORRISTOWN, Pa. – The jury in Bill Cosby’s sexual assault case tested the patience of defence lawyers and even the judge on the fifth day of deliberations Friday as it repeatedly asked to run through testimony from the TV star, his accuser and others, struggling to break a deadlock that threatens to end the trial without a verdict.With deliberations running about as long as the testimony of all the witnesses combined, the 79-year-old TV star’s lawyer complained that jurors were seeking a replay of the entire trial.Judge Steven O’Neill twice refused defence requests for a mistrial, declaring that jurors could talk as long as they wanted over allegations that Cosby drugged and molested a woman at his suburban Philadelphia mansion in 2004.But even the solicitous judge had his limits, putting his foot down late Friday afternoon when the jurors asked to hear a sliver of testimony they’d just had read back to them. The judge told them they had to rely on their collective memory.As the panel deliberated charges that could send Cosby to prison for the rest of his life, Cosby tweeted thanks to his fans and supporters.The case has already helped demolish Cosby’s image as America’s Dad, cultivated during his eight-year run as Dr. Cliff Huxtable on the top-rated “The Cosby Show” in the 1980s and ’90s.Dozens of women have come forward to say Cosby drugged and assaulted them, but this was the only case to result in criminal charges.On Friday, the jury asked to review multiple pieces of evidence, including Cosby’s 2006 deposition testimony about quaaludes, a now-banned party drug.Cosby, who gave the deposition as part of Constand’s lawsuit against him, said he got seven prescriptions for the powerful sedative in the 1970s for the purpose of giving them to women with whom he wanted to have sex.The testimony is relevant because Cosby is charged with giving pills to Constand, a former Temple University employee, to incapacitate her before their sexual encounter. He has said it was Benadryl, a cold and allergy medicine. Prosecutors have suggested he gave her something stronger, perhaps even quaaludes.The jurors also listened to the definition of reasonable doubt, the threshold that prosecutors must cross to win a conviction, and reviewed testimony from Constand and her mother about phone conversations they had with Cosby after the encounter. According to the testimony, Cosby called himself a “sick man” but refused to identify the pills he gave to Constand.Cosby’s lawyer, Brian McMonagle, has said Cosby and Constand were lovers sharing a consensual moment of intimacy.McMonagle objected in court to the panel’s repeated requests to review testimony, saying it suggested some jurors were trying to coerce other jurors in an attempt to bring an end to the deadlock.“They were here!” said McMonagle, exasperated.The judge said he saw no evidence of coercion or trouble in the deliberating room after the jurors reported their impasse on Thursday and he instructed them to keep trying for a verdict.“There’s a misperception that there’s a time limit,” the judge said.The panel got the case on Monday. It must come to a unanimous decision to convict or acquit.If the panel can’t break the deadlock, the judge could declare a hung jury and a mistrial. In that case, prosecutors would get four months to decide whether they want to retry Cosby or drop the charges.The Associated Press does not typically identify people who say they are victims of sexual assault unless they grant permission, which Constand has done.___For more on Cosby, including trial updates, historical photos, videos and an audio series exploring the case, visit http://www.apnews.com/tag/CosbyonTrial.last_img read more

Transport ministers to talk distracted driving laws after road trip season

first_imgOTTAWA – Transport Minister Marc Garneau says the issue of distracted driving and just what to do about it will be top of the agenda when he meets with his provincial counterparts at the end of the summer.With the summer driving season in full swing, Garneau said he remains concerned about the increasing number of incidents on Canadian roads caused by drivers fiddling with cellphones or other devices, rather than staying focused on the road ahead.And he’s willing to have a conversation with provincial transport ministers about making distracted driving a federal offence, he said Friday in an interview from Mexico City.“I’m concerned with the growing number of incidents and accidents involved with distracted driving,” Garneau said.“It’s largely provincial jurisdiction — unless it’s identified under the Criminal Code, in which case its federal. (But) we should have a conversation about that.”Garneau was in Mexico to sign a number of bilateral agreements, including one to mitigate the threat posed by drones that fly near passenger aircraft, as well as on increasing the number of flights between Canada and Mexico — with WestJet landing a long-sought flight spot.Garneau said he also had what he called more general discussions about trade, including on the upcoming talks to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement.Provincial transport ministers have long been pressing the Liberal government to crack down on distracted driving by making it a federal offence.A September 2016 briefing note to Garneau suggests officials are leery of the idea.The Criminal Code already has dangerous driving provisions that include fines and prison time that police could use in distracted driving cases, Garneau was told. A federal law would require police to meet a “more stringent burden of proof than administrative infractions,” making prosecutions more difficult — and expensive.Officials also rejected the idea of mandating radio-jamming devices in moving vehicles, noting their use is prohibited in Canada for public safety reasons.The Canadian Press obtained a copy of the briefing note under the Access to Information Act.last_img read more

Hells Angels charged with drug trafficking in Nova Scotia Ontario police

first_imgDARTMOUTH, N.S. – Police say two Hells Angels members from Nova Scotia and Ontario face drug trafficking and other charges after a nine-month investigation.RCMP say Mark David Heickert — a full-patch gang member of the Oshawa Hells Angels — was arrested at a home in Orillia, Ont., without incident.The 48-year-old man is charged with conspiracy to traffic in cocaine and conspiracy to possess proceeds of crime.Paul Francis Monahan of Halifax, 61, is charged with several counts including trafficking in marijuana and conspiracy to traffic cocaine.Police say they found two kilograms of cocaine and a sawed-off shotgun as they searched homes in Orillia and Ostrea Lake, N.S.The Mounties also said they seized cash and small quantities of marijuana and unidentified pills at the Hells Angels clubhouse in Musquodoboit Harbour, N.S.“Because of our strong partnerships with law enforcement throughout Nova Scotia and Ontario, we were able to disrupt the criminal actions of the Hells Angels and prevent drugs from reaching our streets,” RCMP Supt. Alfredo Bangloy said in a news release.“We want outlaw motorcycle gangs to know that they have been a priority for law enforcement in Nova Scotia, and they will continue to be. They are not welcome in our communities.”Police shut down the former Hells Angels chapter in Halifax in 2001 with a raid that imprisoned four of its seven members. Justice officials seized its clubhouse.But the gang has resurfaced in recent years mainly through affiliates or “puppet clubs” in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and P.E.I.One of those associate clubs made headlines with a “welcome home” event in June 2016 at Musquodoboit Harbour which drew more than 100 bikers.Last December, members linked to the Hells Angels in Woodbridge, Ont., held a party in Charlottetown to celebrate a new “hangaround club” for recruits who typically go through a lengthy initiation process to reach full-patch status.Police link gang presence with higher addiction rates and crimes that feed drug habits such as home break-ins.Monahan was to appear in provincial court in Dartmouth, N.S., Thursday.Heickert was to appear Thursday in Ontario provincial court.Police say more charges are expected as the investigation led by the Nova Scotia RCMP combined forces special enforcement unit continues. It started in February and has included several other RCMP teams along with Halifax Regional Police and the Ontario Provincial Police biker enforcement unit.last_img read more

Barack Obama To Take Part In Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting

first_imgPresident Bill Clinton, Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, and Clinton Foundation Vice Chair Chelsea Clinton announced the program and participants for the 10th Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Annual Meeting.The meeting is to be held September 21-24 in New York City, and more than 1,000 of the most influential leaders from business, government, civil society and philanthropy will convene around the theme of “Reimagining Impact.”President Clinton established the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), an initiative of the Clinton Foundation, to bring leaders together from all sectors of society to create and implement solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges by turning their ideas into action. Participants turn their ideas into action through the creation of “Commitments to Action” – new, specific, measurable plans to address these challenges. Since the first CGI Annual Meeting in September 2005, more than 180 heads of state, 20 Nobel Prize laureates, and hundreds of leading CEOs, heads of foundations and NGOs and major philanthropists have participated in CGI’s Annual Meetings, and members of the CGI community have made more than 2,900 commitments which are already improving the lives of more than 430 million people in over 180 countries.For the first time, CGI has evaluated and will share comprehensive data collected from the commitments made over the past 10 years to highlight the most effective approaches and analyze trends in an effort to help CGI members maximize the impact of their work and identify critical gaps to be addressed.Featured participants in the meeting include President Barack Obama; His Majesty King Abdullah II ibn Al Hussein, King of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan; Peter Agnefjäll, President and CEO, IKEA Group; Mohammad Parham Al Awadhi, Co-founder, Peeta Planet; Peyman Parham Al Awadhi, Co-founder, Peeta Planet; Reem Al-Hashimy, Minister of State, United Arab Emirates; Mary Barra, Chief Executive Officer, General Motors Company; Amy Bell, Head of Principle Investments, JP Morgan Social Finance; Matt Damon, Co-founder, Water.org; Adam Davidson, Co-founder, NPR’s Planet Money; Denis O’Brien, Chairman, Digicel; Paul Farmer, Co-founder, Partners in Health, Chief Strategist, Harvard Medical School; Melinda French Gates, Co-chair and Trustee, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; Fadi Ghandour, Founder and Vice Chairman, Aramex; Jay Gould, President and CEO, American Standard Brands; María José González, Executive Director, Mesoamerican Reef Fund; Alexander Grashow, Founder, The Adaptist; António Guterres, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Former Prime Minister of Portugal; David Hertz, Founder & CEO, Gastromotiva; Jane Karuku, President, Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA); Muhtar Kent, Chairman and CEO, the Coca-Cola Company; Jim Yong Kim, President, World Bank Group; Nicholas Kristof, columnist, The New York Times; Dymphna van der Lans, Chief Executive Officer, Clinton Climate Initiative; Elizabeth Littlefield, President and CEO, Overseas Private Investment Corporation; Jack Ma, Executive Chairman, Alibaba Group; Christopher Mikkelsen, Founder and Co-CEO, Refugees United; Jay Naidoo, Chair of Board of Directors and Partnership Council, Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN); Tammy Newmark, President and CEO, EcoEnterprises Fund; Nick O’Donohoe, Chief Executive Officer, Big Society Capital; Henry M. Paulson, Jr., Chairman, The Paulson Institute, Former Secretary of the Treasury of the United States; Norma Powell, Director General, Haiti Center for Facilitation of Investments; Becky Quick, Co-anchor, Squawk Box, CNBC; Mary Robinson, President, Mary Robinson Foundation – Climate Justice, Former President of Ireland; Judith Rodin, President, The Rockefeller Foundation; Ginni Rometty, Chairman, President and CEO, IBM; Charlie Rose, Host, “Charlie Rose Show”; Nilofar Sakhi, Executive Director, American University of Afghanistan; Howard-Yana Shapiro, Chief Agricultural Officer, Mars, Incorporated, Senior Fellow, Plant Sciences, University of California, Davis, Distinguished Fellow, World Agroforestry Centre, Nairobi; Lucy Martinez Sullivan, Executive Director, 1,000 Days; Mark Tercek, President and CEO, The Nature Conservancy; Ashish J. Thakkar, Founder, Mara Group and Mara Foundation; Helle Thorning-Schmidt, Prime Minister of Denmark; Rosemarie Truglio, Senior Vice President, Global Education Content, Sesame Workshop; Hans Vestberg, President and CEO, Ericsson; Darren Walker, President, Ford Foundation; Gary White, Chief Executive Officer and Co-founder, Water.org; and Muhammad Yunus, Chairman, Yunus Social Business – Global Initiatives.CGI recently announced its first global challenge to engage individuals around the world in tackling the issue of youth unemployment. The challenge launched in partnership with and is hosted on OpenIDEO.com, an open innovation platform created by global design firm IDEO, which couples design thinking methodology with the scale of online social networks to solve the world’s most pressing social issues. One featured idea will be recognized at CGI’s 10th Annual Meeting in September. Individuals can participate in the challenge by contributing ideas, research and solutions at www.openideo.com/cgi.Please visit www.clintonglobalinitiative.org/2014 regularly for the latest program details and confirmed participants.last_img read more

FDA alerts more doctors of rare cancer with breast implants

WASHINGTON — U.S. health officials say doctors should be on the lookout for a rare cancer linked to breast implants after receiving more reports of the disease.The Food and Drug Administration sent a letter late Wednesday to family doctors, nurses and other health professionals warning about the form of lymphoma in breast implant patients. In suspected cases, the FDA recommends laboratory testing to confirm or rule out of the disease. It’s the first time regulators have issued such a warning to doctors other than plastic surgeons.The disease is not breast cancer, but usually forms in the scar tissue that forms around implants.Regulators said they have identified 450 likely cases of the cancer since 2010. That’s a tiny number considering 400,000 U.S. women receive implants annually.Matthew Perrone, The Associated Press read more

Botswanan chosen as new UN envoy to tackle HIVAIDS in Africa

21 May 2007Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today appointed a Botswanan policymaker and activist as his new Special Envoy for AIDS in Africa and renewed the terms of three other regional envoys. Elizabeth Mataka, a Botswanan who is currently Executive Director of the Zambian National AIDS Network and Vice-Chair of the Board of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, was chosen to replace Stephen Lewis of Canada, whose contract expired at the end of last year.A social worker by training, Ms. Mataka has 16 years’ experience in the HIV/AIDS field, working in Government, the private sector and with non-governmental organizations (NGOs) on HIV prevention programmes, clinical treatment for opportunistic infections and community and national schemes for the care and support of sufferers.Announcing the appointments today, the same day the General Assembly is holding a session reviewing implementation of the Declaration of Commitment on HIV/AIDS, Mr. Ban thanked the Special Envoys for their work to advance the UN agenda on the issue in the regions they cover.“Working with a wide range of partners, including governments and civil society, they have helped mobilize and strengthen responses in many countries,” he said in a press statement accompanying the announcement.“In particular, they have been instrumental in advocacy on issues related to women and AIDS, championing the greater involvement of people living with AIDS in national responses, and promoting support from the private sector,” added Mr. Ban.The Secretary-General also met today with representatives of UN+, a group of staff living with HIV from across regions and UN agencies. He reiterated his firm commitment to the fight against AIDS and emphasized his deep admiration for the courage of each of the UN+ members to speak up publicly about their HIV status.Mr. Ban also stressed his full commitment to continue working with UN+, including addressing stigma and discrimination both in the workplace and in the world at large.Mr. Ban’s Special Envoy for AIDS in Asia and the Pacific, Nafis Sadik, served as Executive Director of the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) from 1987 to 2000, while the Special Envoy for Latin America and the Caribbean, Sir George Alleyne, was Director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) from 1995 to 2003. Lars Kallings, who is the Special Envoy for Eastern Europe and Central Asia, was Secretary-General of the International AIDS Society from 1994 to 2002. The appointments of the three envoys have been renewed until the end of 2008. read more

United States UN chief deeply saddened by deadly California wildfires

In a statement issued by his office, on Monday, the Secretary-General extended his heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims.“He stands in solidarity with the Government of the US,” added the statement.According to news reports, 42 people have been killed in the Camp Fire, named after the Camp Creek Road, near where the blaze began, in northern California, north of the state capital, Sacramento. Thousands of homes continue to be at risk.There are fears that the death toll could rise as firefighters and emergency responders are still searching for missing people, many of whom are residents of the town Paradise, which has been almost entirely incinerated. High winds are expected throughout the day in the area, according to reports.Meanwhile, two new fires are said to have started in southern part of the state, about 64 kilometres (40 miles) from Los Angeles. At least two lives have been lost in these fires, according to reports. The coastal suburb of Malibu, home to many celebrities and Hollywood stars, has also suffered extensive fire damage. read more

Football Sam Hubbard practicing at linebacker step toward five Dlinemen on field

Ohio State redshirt sophomore defensive end Sam Hubbard (6) looks off during warm-ups of the Buckeyes game against the Wisconsin Badgers on Oct. 15. The Buckeyes won 30-23 in overtime. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorOhio State football coach Urban Meyer said Tuesday that the strength of the team is the defensive line.It’s not hard to see why.Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year redshirt senior Tyquan Lewis, redshirt junior Sam Hubbard, senior Jalyn Holmes and sophomore Nick Bosa all return to the Buckeyes as the defensive ends that made up the dominant third-down Rushmen package that became a staple of the defense.Personnel wise there’s not much changing to the unit, but there could be a change coming with Hubbard practicing at times standing up at linebacker rather than on the defensive line.“Stand up, dropping a little bit, (I’m) getting back to playing in space like I did in high school,” Hubbard said. “Also coming off the edge and coming from depth on guards and stuff, it’s really fun. It’s a whole new aspect of my game I get to show.”Meyer said that he and defensive coordinator and associate head coach Greg Schiano have been experimenting with having the five “premier” defensive lineman on the field at the same time. A healthy rotation of seven to eight players was expected on the defensive line, given every player was returning, but having five guys on the field is new territory for the defense.Last season, Lewis, Hubbard, Holmes and Bosa combined for 18.5 sacks and 34 tackles for loss in 13 games. The four were a substantial factor in OSU’s 11th-best opponent’s third-down conversion percentage of 32 percent. Hubbard said that the Rushmen package is utilized to get the best players on the field at the same time. To Meyer, that list can now be extended to redshirt sophomore Dre’Mont Jones, which is perhaps why Hubbard has been practicing at linebacker.“We have five premier — in my mind, five, four defensive ends and Dre’Mont Jones,” Meyer said. “You know, I would like to see all five on the field at one time.” After Jones led the defensive line with 52 tackles last season — including four tackles for loss — it seems the staff believes Jones can’t be left off the field in critical situations either. Bosa said that the five haven’t been put on the field at the same time together yet, but believes that package will be implemented some time in the future.“We have so many good players that it’s criminal not to have them on the field,” he said. “Dre’Mont, he’s got to be one of the best three-(technique) rushers.”Hubbard playing linebacker is most interesting given his background at OSU. He was recruited as a safety from Cincinnati Archbishop Moeller High School, then when he arrived in Columbus, he began a transition to convert to a defensive end. Now at 6-foot-5, 265 pounds, Hubbard has the awareness in coverage that most college defensive lineman have to learn through their careers.“Telling me to drop, they didn’t have to coach me up much. I already know what I’m doing,” Hubbard said. “Telling me to rush from like a linebackers stance, it’s like a d-lineman coming from depth, so it’s really a good blend and I think they’re really having me show my skill set to benefit the team.”If OSU moves to five defensive lineman on the field at one time, a linebacker would likely have to come off the field. That would leave just two backers plus Hubbard or another defensive end like Holmes — who defensive line coach Larry Johnson said can also drop back from the line — in the second line of defense.“We’ve got some versatility,” he said. “Sam and Jalyn give us some versatility to do some little things, so you bring another guy in and you take Sam and Jalyn and drop them. So there’s a lot of things we’re going to do with it because there is guys athletic enough to do it.”Johnson added that he and Schiano haven’t thrown out a package of five defensive lineman yet, but if they do, it will only be put into action if it fits into the defensive scheme.“I think coach Johnson and coach Schiano want to get the best guys out on the field and if that means me standing up a little bit to get another Dre’Mont or four (defensive) ends on the field, or me out in space, it’s just what they decide,” Hubbard said. “So we’re just playing around with a bunch of different combinations right now.” read more

€3 million in funding announced to help combat illegal dumping

first_img File photo of illegally dumped waste in the Wicklow Mountains in January. Apr 1st 2019, 6:11 AM Image: Pure Project Innovation, surveillance using drones, special collections for awkward items like mattresses, spreading awareness among young people and recognizing the work of volunteers can all pay a role 49 Comments Share31 Tweet Email1 By Cormac Fitzgerald ENVIRONMENT MINISTER RICHARD Bruton has announced additional funding to help combat illegal dumping across the country. In a statement released this morning, Bruton announced €3 million in funding to the Anti-Dumping Initiative.The initiative aims to reduce incidents of illegal dumping nationally by providing funding for projects tackling the problem.Last year, €2 million was provided in funding. This year’s funding represents a 50% increase. Illegal dumping is a major problem for communities across the country. In January of this year, volunteers removed 13 tonnes of illegal waste that were dumped in the Wicklow /Dublin uplands in the first three weeks of this year.   “Illegal dumpers are poking their finger in the eye of communities all over the country. We can only stamp it out if we work together,” Minister Bruton said in a statement. “This money will step up the chances of catching the offenders and will provide help to those who want to do the right thing. Short URL €3 million in funding announced to help combat illegal dumping This year’s funding represents a 50% increase. File photo of illegally dumped waste in the Wicklow Mountains in January. Image: Pure Project https://jrnl.ie/4570023 Monday 1 Apr 2019, 6:10 AM 11,983 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

American Horror Story Ends it Weirdest Season with an Even Weirder Finale

first_imgStay on target The sixth season of American Horror Story changed up its format one last time. The show starts out with this season’s most meta intro yet. We see a convention panel screening that took place shortly after the end of “My Roanoke Nightmare.” The fans are fawning all over the cast, cheering at everything they say and the actors are trying to take as much of the spotlight as possible. A fan from London says she identified the most with Lee, who she says doesn’t deserve the nasty things that have been said about her online. She gives Lee a hug, and we cut to a YouTube video the fan recorded after the second season (which apparently did air… episode six lied to us). She says Lee is on trial for murder. We then cut to another YouTube video made by Lot Polk, who says if the law doesn’t punish Lee, he will.The next segment is a documentary about the trial of Lee Harris. The defense was able to get the most of the murder charges thrown out because the marijuana grown by the Polks had hallucinogenic properties. They also played on the jury’s sympathy by making them watch the video of the Polks carving up Lee’s leg. Her daughter, Flora testifies that when she was lost in the woods, she saw her mother kill her father. The defense says that Lee’s confession to the murder in the Polk barn was made under duress and that Flora, having seen the tape, simply imagined her father’s murder. The jury finds Lee not guilty.Afterward, she apparently wrote a bestselling book and we see her interviewed on a talk show. Lana Winters’s talk show. That’s a name from all the way back in season two. Her last interview didn’t end all that well. Her experience is partially why Lee agreed to do her show. The other reason? She’s about to enter into a custody battle for her daughter with her ex-husband’s family. Since Flora won’t talk to her, she’s hoping to use the show to tell Flora that she loves her. Lana reveals that Flora had gone missing from her grandparents’ house an hour before they started filming. Lee gets up to search for her daughter, but gunshots are heard outside. Lot Polk runs into the studio with an assault rifle, trying to kill Lee. Lana tries to talk him out of it, but he knocks her out with his gun and turns it on Lee before being shot by police.Lana Winters (Sarah Paulson in her third role of the season) returns to interview Lee (Adina Porter). (Photo: Screenshot via FX)We cut to yet another TV show, “Spirit Chasers,” because why not bring a little Ghost Hunters into this season. The makers of the show have broken into the house to hunt for ghosts during the blood moon, and they’ve brought along the actor who played Cricket. The group runs into Lee, who thinks Flora may have come back to the house to stay with Priscilla. The instruments pick up a noise from the upstairs bedroom, and everyone follows to investigate.Finally, we get to the scary part of the episode. Things go bad for the crew almost immediately. Cricket gets sliced open by the pig man, and the Chen daughter grabs one of the spirit chasers from the ceiling. They run out of the house, avoiding the nurses, only to run into Butcher and her torch-carrying followers. The Butcher slices open another spirit chaser with her cleaver. The final living spirit chaser sees that the police have arrived and ran towards their car to warn them. The cops, the spirit chaser, and the cameraman all get hit with arrows. Back in the house, Lee finds her daughter.Fast-forward to the next day and Lee is holed up inside the Roanoke mansion with her daughter. The police have surrounded the house. We see news reports covering the standoff, including an interview with Lana. At the house, Lee is standing at the window with a gun while Flora is drawing a picture of a house in the dust. Lee apologizes to Flora and tries to get her to walk out of the house with her. It turns out Flora is the one keeping them in the house. She wants to stay with Priscilla. More than that, she wants to become a ghost like Priscilla so she can protect her forever. She says she’s going to get one of the other ghosts to kill her.In a Horror Movie, it’s never truly over. (Photo: Screenshot via FX)Lee offers to stay and protect Priscilla instead. She’s fought off the Butcher twice, she says, she can do a better job of protecting Priscilla. Flora asks “what do you think?” and a ghostly little girl appears behind Lee. We see the house go up in flames as Flora walks out, safe. Lee assure’s Flora that it’s going to be OK. The house explodes and Flora has driven away in the back of a car. Lee, now dead, waves goodbye and takes Priscilla’s hand. Of course, we know American Horror Story can’t end on a sweet note like that. Night has fallen, and it’s still the blood moon, and there are an awful lot of firefighters at the mansion. We see The Butcher and her followers begin to descend upon the home.So ends American Horror Story‘s mystery season. Overall, I’d say it was one of their better ones. The constant shifting of format and framing device kept us guessing the whole way through and led to some great surprises. The finale definitely felt like the end of nearly every horror movie. We think it’s all over, but the monsters come back for one final scare before being defeated for real. We’re given some indication that the horrors will continue and then roll credits.While the deaths weren’t as horrific as they’ve been in past episodes, it was fun seeing all of this season’s monsters again. Plus, hearing Flora talk about dying to protect Priscilla was genuinely unsettling. Mostly, it’s been great to have a show that was willing to get this weird and meta with its format. It kept us disoriented, allowing the scares to hit that much harder. Ryan Murphy will almost certainly try to change things up on us again next year. The only question is how? Top Movie and TV Trailers You Might Have Missed This WeekAmerican Horror Story Takes Us Back to the Days of Witches and Warlocks last_img read more