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National parks struggle to stay open safe during shutdown

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first_imgNonprofits, businesses and state governments nationwide are putting up money and volunteer hours in a battle to keep national parks safe and clean for visitors as the partial U.S. government shutdown lingers.But such makeshift arrangements haven’t prevented some parks from closing and others from being inundated with trash. Support groups say donations of money and time could run short if the budget impasse between President Donald Trump and congressional Democrats lasts much longer. Some are calling for parks to close for the duration of the standoff, which Trump said Friday could last “months or even years.”“Our national parks deserve better than an improvised patchwork of emergency care,” Diane Regas, CEO of the Trust for Public Lands, said in a letter to Trump that noted reports of theft, poaching and accumulating piles of garbage and human waste. “They need robust funding and full-time protection, or they should be closed.”Ryan Zinke, who recently stepped down under fire as Interior Department secretary, had ordered many national parks to stay open, saying visitors should not be penalized for the political feud over a border wall with Mexico. During an interview with The Associated Press, Zinke said visitors should take action to keep parks clean.“Grab a trash bag and take some trash out with you,” he said. “In order to keep them open, everybody has to pitch in.”The park service has reached deals with more than 60 partner groups, concessionaires and states to handle trash removal, restroom cleanup and other basic tasks at more than 40 parks — and, in a few cases, to keep park staffers on the job, spokesman Jeremy Barnum said Friday.The state of New York was footing the bill to operate the Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island National Monument, while a private company donated portable toilets at several locations on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. The National Park Foundation took charge of repairing and operating the National Christmas Tree.Another non-profit donated more than $50,000 to keep 15 rangers temporarily on the job at Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee and North Carolina.At Joshua Tree National Park in Southern California, volunteers have hauled away garbage, cleaned restrooms and restocked them with toilet paper, said John Lauretig, executive director of Friends of Joshua Tree.“We’ve been dubbed the ‘Toilet Paper Angels,’” he said.Yosemite National Park in California reported Friday that a man died after falling into a river on Christmas Day, and a spokesman said a statement was not issued more promptly and the investigation is taking longer than usual because of the shutdown.People living near Yosemite have organized work crews, while businesses in neighbouring towns are offering incentives for visitors to remove their rubbish.The Rush Creek Lodge in Groveland gave a complimentary coffee, cocktail or dessert to all bringing a full trash bag from the park. Spokeswoman Teri Marshall said the lodge was trying to devise a slogan for the promotion.“‘Turning garbage into goodies’ is where I think I might be hanging our hat,” Marshall said.People visiting Yosemite on Saturday will be receiving garbage bags and tips on how best to use the park during the shutdown, courtesy of the Tuolumne County Visitors’ Bureau. One recommendation: “Go before you go,” a reference to the limited number of open bathrooms, executive director Lisa Mayo said.Grand Canyon National Park is open with help from Arizona, which was paying about $64,000 a week to cover restroom cleaning, trash removal and snow plowing. Anyone with permits to hike in the backcountry or raft on the Colorado River could go, but the park wasn’t issuing new permits, spokeswoman Emily Davis said.Utah chipped in about $7,500 a day from Dec. 22 to 31 to keep Zion, Bryce Canyon and Arches national parks running. Since then, the non-profit Zion Forever Project has committed $16,000 to keep a skeleton crew on hand and the bathrooms and visitor centre open at Zion, which was drawing several thousand people a day, executive director Lyman Hafen said.“It’s extremely demoralizing for the park service folks who want to be doing their job and caring for the park the way they do,” Hafen said.Friends of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park raised $114,000 to keep the park for open for nine days with limited service, executive director Elizabeth Fien said. The money was used to pay law enforcement staff and rangers, including one who monitors endangered nene, or Hawaiian goose.The Death Valley Natural History Association said it would pay to keep the visitor centre at Death Valley National Park open until at least Thursday. Winter is a busy time at the park straddling the California-Nevada line, drawing visitors to its salt flats, dunes and canyons when the usual scorching temperatures are at bay.A support group for Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore in northern Michigan was cleaning toilets and grooming a popular trail for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. But snow-covered parking lots weren’t plowed, and the visitors centre near Lake Michigan was closed, leaving the volunteer group to consider putting up an information tent.“A lot of people who go to the park are looking for advice about where to go — what areas are good for snowshoeing and which might be dangerous, and there’s no one here to tell them,” said Kerry Kelly, the group’s chairman. “It’s extremely frustrating.”Another non-profit was paying a private company to clean portable toilets near two popular trailheads at Shenandoah National Park, which includes a 101-mile (163-kilometre) section of the Appalachian Trail.Some parks have closed, including Arches and Canyonlands in Utah, where a snowstorm made roads impassable. Park officials posted on Twitter that the shutdown left no money for snowplowing. In California, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park has closed and Muir Woods National Monument will shut down Monday because of overflowing trash and human waste.At the Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge in Florida’s Everglades, no rangers were available to empty a metal tube where visitors deposit $5 entry fees on the honour system. After a canoe rental company notified authorities, officers with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service emptied the cash box and were monitoring it as part of their limited operations.Conservation groups warned that volunteers could provide only a minimum level of service. Without full-time, professional staffing, natural resources and cultural artifacts could be damaged and people could be injured, they said.“The political pressure to keep the parks open needs to come off so managers can evaluate what they’re capable of protecting and whether they can keep visitors safe,” said Kristen Brengel, vice-president of government affairs for the National Parks Conservation Association.___McCombs reported from Salt Lake City and Flesher from Traverse City, Michigan. Associated Press writers Matthew Brown in Billings, Montana; Felicia Fonseca in Flagstaff, Arizona; Krysta Fauria in Los Angeles; Jocelyn Gecker in San Francisco; Audrey McAvoy in Honolulu; Jonathan Matisse in Nashville, Tennessee; Denise Lavoie in Richmond, Virginia; and Jennifer Kay in Miami contributed.Brady McCombs And John Flesher, The Associated Presslast_img read more

LCBO picks Shopify to run online cannabis sales

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TORONTO — The Ontario government has inked a deal to use Shopify Inc.’s e-commerce platform for cannabis sales online and in stores as part of its plan to be the province’s sole distributor of legal recreational marijuana.The Ontario Cannabis Retail Corporation (OCRC), a subsidiary of the Liquor Control Board of Ontario, will use the Ottawa-based company’s online store software for its online and mobile sales portal.“Our top priority is fulfilling the province’s framework for the safe and sensible retailing of recreational cannabis for when it is legalized by the federal government,” said George Soleas, president and CEO of the LCBO.“We look forward to combining our expertise as a socially responsible retailer with Shopify’s world-class commerce solutions to deliver the safe, informed and reliable shopping experience that our new customers will expect.”Shopify’s technology will also be used inside brick-and-mortar stores to process transactions on iPads and for digital screens displaying product and health information.The OCRC said Ontarians will have access to the same product information, use guidelines and social responsibility information — that adhere to federal marketing provisions — both in-store and online.The public consultation for Health Canada’s proposed guidelines for cannabis regulation — which include limits on branding elements on packaging, as well as restrictions on marketing similar to tobacco — finished on Jan. 20, with a finalized version yet to be delivered.The agency selected the tech darling to provide point-of-sale systems for in-store and online sales in late 2017.“Bringing this differentiator to the LCBO on this historic project to consumers of legal age across Ontario, is a great example of a made-in-Canada innovation, which we are proud to be a part of,” said Loren Padelford, vice-president of Shopify Plus, the division that focuses on big clients.The OCRC is in the process of determining the design for the user experience, with the aim of having operations installed in time for the proposed federal marijuana legalization launch in July 2018, the agency said.In addition to online sales, Ontario will roll out an initial wave of 40 stores which are expected to grow in number to 150 by the end of 2020.The government agency will also use Shopify’s platform to manage inventory, accounting and human resources operations.Sales of the drug in Ontario will only be available through government-run online or in standalone stores, while some other provinces such as Alberta and British Columbia are allowing for some private sales of cannabis. read more

Taxpayers face huge burden of maintaining prisoners

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…over $300,000 spent on 1 prisoner each year – MinisterPublic Security Minister, Khemraj Ramjattan recently announced that costs associated with maintaining one prisoner per year exceeds $300,000, which places a burden on the Ministry.The Minister was at the time addressing the state of the local prisons, which he stated are overcrowded.Ramjattan alluded to a report compiled back in 2017, when the Camp Street Prison was burnt to the ground, which concluded that the overpopulation of the prisons creates its own disasters, costing the Government even more money.Minister of Public Security Khemraj RamjattanAccording to him, the cost of maintaining prisoners is a huge burden which can be eased should treatment be available to offenders rather than having them incarcerated.“At the last budget debate I did ask the question because it was asked of me what is the cost of feeding, housing and in a sense, clothing the prisoner for the period that they’re in there and the average cost comes up to something over $380,000,” he stated.He later said that he feels he was being very conservative in the figures he called as the monies may very well exceed this amount.As Government explores its options to reduce the high costs associated with maintaining prisoners, it was revealed that a Drug Treatment Court is one measure that may very well aid in helping the Government achieve its goals.The new system will provide rehabilitative services to offenders rather than have them incarcerated for long periods. Ramjattan recently said that this initiative is likely to come on stream soon, especially since training for stakeholders has begun.Lusignan holding facilityOn Wednesday, a two-day workshop kicked off for Magistrates and even psychologists among others who will be handling these matters.The Public Security Minister had noted, “We do not want necessarily to jail our juveniles and to make this a jailhouse nation, we want to have alternatives, we want to have diversionary measures and I see this Drug Treatment Court as an aspect of that”.In addition, President David Granger had assured that Government will soon present the legislation for non-custodial sentences.“We have taken a decision in principle that custodial sentences for the possession of small amounts of marijuana for personal use would be legally abolished. After the National Assembly comes off of recess, we could look forward to that legislation being passed,” the Head of State told reporters back in September last year. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedRamjattan promises Camp Street prisoners early trialsOctober 7, 2015In “Crime”High profile prisoners to be transferred to newly built block soonSeptember 20, 2016In “Local News”Prison fallout: Govt to request over $500M for temporary structures, cleanup – RamjattanJuly 21, 2017In “Crime” read more

ASTI chief Teachers have had enough

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first_imgTHE GENERAL SECRETARY of the ASTI  has said that his unions’ members have students at heart, as they prepare to plan a potential strike.Members of the union voted to reject the Haddington Road Agreement on Friday, but Pat King told RTÉ’s This Week programme that the union had to do something to fight against cuts in schools.“We haven’t backed ourselves into a corner. Teachers looked at the deal and said no.For the past four or five years, the fabric of schools has been disintegrating. The staffing cuts,  loss of language supports, loss of resource supports, larger classes. And now teachers are being asked to do extra hours and extra work and they’re saying no.Asked about the decision of teacher’s union the TUI to approve the deal, calling it a “pragmatic decision to accept the lesser of two evils”, King said that is their“Everyone is entitled to make their own decisions and I respect the TUI decision.”The ASTI is due to meet tomorrow to hash out details of any strike action, but King says that the issue is the quality of education that students receive.“I can guarantee parents that teachers have students needs at heart.“It is more than likely that the target will be those commitments we made in Croke Park. That was to last until 2014 and guaranteed no pay cuts. If the government have torn up that agreement, we will have to withdraw our commitment to do extra hours.“It will mostly disrupt administration hours. It will have some impact, but not directly on students.“Teachers haven’t time to deal with everything and are being asked to do more.I expect the government to seek a solution. We hope it won’t be a strike, but are prepared to go that far.Read:  TUI votes to accept Haddington Road after ASTI members say ‘no’Read: ASTI reject Haddington Road agreement, vote for industrial actionlast_img read more

Commonwealth Bank Director Clifford Culmer Retires after 25 Years Service

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first_img Related Items: Mr. Culmer, a chartered accountant, had served on the board for a total of 25 years. In his second term, 1998-2016, he was chairman of the audit committee.“As Chairman of the Audit Committee, he has served on the Board in a position with one of the greatest demands, which he has done with strength, wisdom and integrity,” said William B. Sands, Jr. Chairman of Commonwealth Bank. “There is no doubt that the Audit Committee, under his leadership, has sharpened Management’s skills over the years and made us a stronger bank.”Co-director and Chairman of the Board’s Nominating Committee Rupert Roberts Jr. described Culmer’s work as “an immeasurable contribution” and co-director Dr. Marcus Bethel said Culmer’s contributions during the 32-year history of the Bahamian bank were unparalleled. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppAmidst moving tributes and a standing ovation at the bank’s annual general meeting earlier this month, long-time Commonwealth Bank Director Clifford Culmer stepped down as a director after more than two decades of helping to steer the successful bank from infancy to a $1.5 billion financial powerhouse.“Cliff has left a legacy for the rest of us to follow,” Dr. Marcus Bethel said. The moving and emotional tributes from co-directors drew a spontaneous standing ovation for Culmer by the packed audience of shareholders at Breezes.last_img read more

Councilor blasts city manager for reinstating police officer

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first_imgUPDATE, Tuesday 3:30 p.m.: Councilor Pat Campbell met with City Manager Eric Holmes and Police Chief Cliff Cook Monday. He sent an email to Holmes and Cliff Cook at 8:21 p.m. Monday (after this story was filed) and said he now agrees with the city manager’s decision to reinstate Officer Brian Billingsley.Vancouver City Manager Eric Holmes’ reinstatement of a fired police officer last week prompted a scathing email from City Councilor Pat Campbell, who called the action a “slap in the face.”Officer Brian Billingsley, who was fired by Police Chief Cliff Cook in March, was reinstated Friday by Holmes with a 28-day suspension and letter of reprimand. Cook fired Billingsley in the fallout of a Washington State Patrol and Vancouver Internal Affairs investigation of former VPD Officer Erik McGarrity, who allegedly had an inappropriate sexual relationship with a confidential informant, Tegan Rushworth.The reinstatement is the first case under a union agreement approved in 2010 that gives the city manager the final say in the termination of police employees, a call that had rested in the hands of the police chief alone. Under the new rules, an officer can appeal his or her termination to a four-person Discipline Review Board, which then gives a recommendation to the city manager.But Campbell said in an email sent at 4:47 a.m. Friday that the city council made a public decision to back Cook “in cleaning up VPD and ridding it of corruption and incompetence.”last_img read more

Rep Heck named to budget seat

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first_imgNewly elected U.S. Rep. Denny Heck doesn’t get sworn in to the U.S. House until Jan. 3, but he’s already been named to an influential committee. The Olympia Democrat announced his appointment to the House Budget Committee in a news release and said he’s the only one of 49 incoming freshman lawmakers to be named to that committee.A Vancouver native, Heck represents Washington’s brand new 10th Congressional District and campaigned on a jobs platform. He also was in favor of balancing federal budgets with a mixture of revenues raised by letting tax breaks lapse on high earners and by making reductions in spending.last_img read more

Game of Thrones season 8 Surprising details you probably missed in episode

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first_imgThis closes the Hound and Arya circle that opened in season 3. But it was also a callback to season 2, where The Hound’s “I’m actually not such a bad guy” arc began.Sandor, you’ll recall, bailed on King Joffrey as it seemed Stannis Baratheon’s forces were overcoming King’s Landing’s defenses during the Battle of Blackwater Bay. Before he left the city, he made a brief stop in Sansa’s room, where he offers to take Sansa to Winterfell. She passes it up, saying she’ll be safe and that Stannis won’t hurt her.”Look at me,” exhorts The Hound, in exactly the way he did in Sunday’s episode, “Stannis is a killer. The Lannisters are killers. Your father was a killer. Your brother is a killer. Your sons will be killers some day. The world is built by killers.”He was trying to shield her from the tragedies he knew would befall her in the years to come. Unlike his successful prevention of Arya’s suicide mission, this time it didn’t work. But as we saw in The Last of the Starks, Sansa says it was all worth it.Littlefinger and The DwarfLast episode Varys made it clear to Tyrion: Daenerys had to go. He wants to remove her from the equation and open the Iron Throne to Jon Snow, rightful heir. Tyrion, allegedly the smartest man in Westeros, decided it was best to stick with Daenerys. The Bells opens with Tyrion telling Daenerys of Varys’ treachery. Before long, Varys is extremely dead. Dragonfire will do that to a eunuch.But before he’s arrested by Grey Worm and the Unsullied, we see Varys writing letters revealing Jon’s true identity. Who he was writing to, and whether those letters were ever sent, we do not know. What we know, though, is that Varys’ proverbial circling of the drain was almost identical to Ned Stark’s.ned-starkEnlarge ImageOh, Ned. Sweet Ned. HBO Ned discovered the true identity of King Joffrey, that he was in fact a Lannister and not a Baratheon, and wrote a letter to Stannis, who as King Robert Baratheon’s brother was the true heir, telling him as much.Petyr “Littlefinger” Baelish catches wind of this, and tries to council Ned against it. “[Stannis] cannot take the throne without your help, you would be wise to deny it to him and to make sure Joffrey succeeds,” Littlefinger says. Of course, Ned is disgusted. Littlefinger, just two episodes later, ends up betraying Ned, leading to Game of Thrones’ first shocking death. Seven seasons later, it’s Tyrion who warns Varys not to move against the queen, and it’s Tyrion who betrays Varys.And the wheel spins round and round.More you may have missedA eunuch’s weapon: One more note on Varys. At the very beginning of the episode, we see Varys talk to one of his little birds. She tells him the queen isn’t eating. Varys says to try again at supper, and also that “the greater the risk, the greater the reward.” At the time it may have sounded like he was concerned about an increasingly delirious Daenerys, but the theory now goes that he was attempting to poison the queen before she could turn mad.This would also be a Ned Stark-related throwback to season 1. Ned’s first order of business once getting to King’s Landing is to hunt down whoever murdered Jon Arryn. He asks then-Grandmaester Pycell about Arryn’s death, and the possibility of poisoning.”I’ve heard it said that poison is a woman’s weapon,” Ned says.”Yes, women, cravens, and eunuchs,” Pycelle responds. “Did you know that Lord Varys is a eunuch?” TV and Movies More Thrones Tags 187 Photos 15 ICYMI, Varys totally tried to poison Dany at the beginning of the episode. The callbacks to season 1 are amazing:Ned: Poison is a woman’s weapon.Pycelle: Yes. Women, cravens… and eunuchs.Grand Maester Pycelle then mentioned Lord Varys just seconds later! 🤯#GameofThrones pic.twitter.com/TVbL2uVmdJ— iTREVOR (@iLEADFARMER) May 13, 2019 Second, and more poignantly, was his relationship with Arya Stark (and Sansa Stark). Before Cleganebowl, The Hound talked Arya out of ascending the Red Keep and killing Cersei. The structure was crumbling and the Mad Queen circling, making it a suicide mission. Arya says she wants revenge, but The Hound forcibly holds her back.”Look at me,” he grunts. He says he’s been after revenge all of his life, and Arya shouldn’t be like him. “You come with me, you die here.” The Hound is successful, Arya retreats. “Sandor,” she calls out as he approaches the stairway, “thank you.” (This was itself reminiscent of Bran thanking Theon Greyjoy during the Battle of Winterfell moments before the latter’s death.) Now playing: Watch this: See all the Game of Thrones season 8 photos Game of Thrones season 8 episode 5: Everybody hurts The Hound en route to Cleganebowl. HBO Warning: Spoilers aplenty below. Game of Thrones’ penultimate episode (ever!), The Bells, was controversial for sure. From a story perspective, it was arguably the series’ most important episode. It included the deaths of many key characters, most notably Cersei and Jaime Lannister, and Daenerys Targaryen completing her transition into Mad Queen. Some fans hated the episode, others loved it.It was undeniably epic, though, spanning around 90 minutes and featuring some incredible cinematography. The visuals of King’s Landing being razed by Drogon and Daenerys were haunting but fantastic. Amid the madness, you may have missed some of these details and callbacks to previous seasons.Bad omensEven more than Cersei and Jaime’s twin deaths, the key takeaway from The Bells was Daenerys’ official turn from hero to villain. King’s Landing had surrendered, but she couldn’t help herself. She burned it down, along with thousands of innocent men, women and children, just because.As far as Targaryens go, she’s more Aerys than Rhaegar.This all kind of came out of nowhere. She was disgruntled after learning, in episode 2, that Jon Snow’s true identity is Aegon Targaryen, heir to the Iron Throne. But things escalated quickly from “hey, we need to talk about this” to “brb, going to murder every person in King’s Landing.” This, however, has been foreshadowed in the show at least twice.The first time came in season 2. Daenerys was in Qarth, a city in Essos, where her dragons were snatched by Pyat Pree, a local warlock. Pree chains the dragons up in a tower, which Daenerys enters alone. Before she reunites with her scaled children and incinerates the strange man, she sees a vision of herself in the Red Keep. The ol’ sword through the eye: Before Arya and The Hound were best buds, Arya had The Hound on her illustrious “to kill” list. “I’m going to put a sword through your eye and out the back of your skull,” she warns him in season 3. The Hound, on the verge of having his eyes popped out Oberyn Martell-style, saves himself by putting a dagger through Gregor’s eye and out the back of his skull.Opening easter egg: The Bells got a slightly tweaked intro. During the title sequence, the King’s Landing gates were adorned with scorpions, Qyburn’s anti-dragon artillery. As we saw in the episode, they made no difference whatsoever. Old stomping grounds: Jaime had a brief falling out with Cersei at the end of season 7 after she revealed to him that she lied about sending her forces to Winterfell, and that the good guys will have to fight the Night King themselves. She calls him “the stupidest Lannister” for believing she would actually help.Jaime says he made a promise and he’s going to keep it. After Cersei briefly threatens Jaime’s life via The Mountain, he exits and rides for King’s Landing.Their dialogue was referenced in The Bells, when Jaime says Cersei once called him the stupidest Lannister. And when Jaime reunites with Cersei, moments before their deaths, he does so in the Red Keep’s map room. That’s the room where their season 7 confrontation, the last time they saw each other, took place.game-of-thrones-season-8-episode-5-varys-alone-endEnlarge ImageBeing right never looked so wrong. HBO Pentos paradise: When Tyrion busts into Jaime’s makeshift prisoner’s cell, he tries to convince him to flee with Cersei and sail to Pentos. In season 4, Tyrion tries to send his endangered and ultimately treacherous lover Shae there, but she stays and dies. Jaime attempts to get Cersei out of King’s Landing through a dungeon, presumably so they can get to a boat and escape to Pentos. They find their escape route blocked, so that dungeon becomes their grave.Go long: Aaron Rogers, quarterback of the Green Bay Packers, made a brief cameo as an unnamed man in King’s Landing. Location, location, location: One of Game of Thrones’ most iconic scenes was in the beginning of season 6 episode 10, when Cersei watched from the Red Keep as her plan to blow up the Sept of Baelor went off without a hitch. Green wildfire engulfed the structure, and she sat back with a glass of red and looked on.In The Bells, she stands in the exact same spot, first confident and then despondent as she realizes the war is lost.”A day will come when you think you are safe and happy and your joy will turn to ashes in your mouth and you will know the debt is paid,” Tyrion told her in season 2. Well, there sure was ash.Also, note that there were green conflagrations among Drogon’s fire. This could mean two things: Either Cersei had planted wildfire underneath King’s Landing and was going to use it to destroy soldiers approaching the Red Keep or it’s leftover wildfire from the Mad King, who ordered wildfire to be hidden throughout the city.Originally posted May 13.Update, May 15: Adds more details. center_img Look at him!The Bells’ greatest triumph has to be Cleganebowl. It may have been fan service, and Sandor “The Hound” Clegane conspicuously reignited his desire to kill his brother just a season ago, but it was still a satisfying showdown.Not only did it end the life of The Hound, one of the show’s best side characters, it also ended three of his story arcs. Most obviously, he killed his brother. There was some nice symbolism to this, as the fratricide was accomplished by Sandor plunging his brother and himself into a pit of Drogon flames. Of course, Gregor deformed Sandor’s face by holding his face to fire, leading to a life-long fear of flames.As my mother once told me: if you’re gonna go out, it may as well be in a pit of fire. Hound Preview • Hound vs. Siri vs. Google Now: Who is really the best personal assistant? 38 Photos Daenerys fan fury, explained by a clinical psychologist George R.R. Martin goes full mad Targaryen over rumors Episode 5 recap: Daenerys Targaryen sets everything on fire Cleganebowl finally happened and it was the best Share your voice Comments Game of Thrones 6:20 The Keep’s ceiling is ripped off, and snow covers the ground. At the time it seemed to signify winter and The Long Night, but the White Walker threat would ultimately be dealt with before Daenerys takes King’s Landing. Now fans speculate that it’s ash, not snow, in the vision. (It absolutely was snow, as if you look closely you can see icicles, but hey, visions can’t be perfect.)Two years later, in season 4, Bran Stark, still Bran and not yet the Three-Eyed Raven, touches a Weirwood tree and sees one of his first visions. It features the same shot of a war-torn Red Keep as Daenerys saw in Qarth and, more ominously, the shadow of a dragon flying over King’s Landing.Jaime’s death was also hinted at in a previous episode. In season 5 he and Bronn, while in Dorne, discuss the way they’d like to die. Jaime’s? “In the arms of the woman I love.” Happy Mother’s DayThis is just a tidbit, but it’s a fun one. Cersei Lannister dies in this episode, which aired in the US on Mother’s Day.Meanwhile, her dad, Tywin Lannister, was killed by Tyrion Lannister in episode 10 of season 4, which aired on June 15, 2014, aka Father’s Day. 36 of the best Game of Thrones fan theorieslast_img read more

Houston School Board Reinstates Interim Superintendent Sets Timeline for Final Search

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first_img Share Laura Isensee/Houston Public MediaThe Houston school board voted unanimously to officially reinstate the interim superintendent, Grenita Lathan, at a special meeting Thursday.If all goes as planned, the Houston Independent School District could have a new, permanent superintendent by the end of April.The board OK’d that timeline and other measures meant to move past a bitter week. They include:Reinstating interim superintendent, Grenita Lathan;Passing a resolution for “reconciliation” to repair a breakdown of trust and communication;Hiring an executive coach for the nine members of the board;Hiring an executive coach for the interim superintendent; andAsking the Texas Education Agency to replace the state conservator over struggling schools.Board members engaged in little discussion in the Thursday morning special meeting, a marked contrast to the tumultuous meeting a week ago that saw comments about racism and an abrupt dismissal of Lathan as interim leader.HISDTrustee Elizabeth Santos said that personal drama has gotten in the way of important work. “And what work is that? It is the work of finding a permanent superintendent. It is a process that’s been unexpectedly delayed for over 200 days,” she said.Houston schools have been without a permanent superintendent since Richard Carranza left in March to lead New York City Public Schools.For the executive coaching, the board didn’t give details on who would provide that training or how much it would cost. Trustee Sergio Lira issued another apology to the community.“We lost sight, we lost sight of why we’re here,” he said. “We lost sight that student achievement, our students is our focus and our priority.”last_img read more

NHRC issues notices to Centre Delhi govt on newborns death

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first_imgThe National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has issued notice to the Centre and the Delhi government over the death of a newborn girl due to denial of treatment at three government hospitals, calling for a report on the matter within four weeks.Taking suo motu cognizance of media reports, the NHRC has sought a report from Union health secretary BP Sharma and Delhi health secretary Amar Nath, a NHRC statement issued on Tuesday said. According to media reports, a premature newborn girl at a private hospital, with under-developed lungs and weak organs, died after being denied treatment by three hospitals in Delhi on  Also Read – Company director arrested for swindling Rs 345 croreJuly 6.“She needed special care, including a ventilator for further treatment. Unable to bear the high cost of  further treatment at the private nursing home, her family members were constrained to take her from one government hospital to another by a CATS ambulance but could not get her admitted for treatment,” the NHRC said. Saying that the right to health was a “basic human right” and the state had a responsibility to fulfil this right, the commission said: “Any denial of this right and that too in the case of a newly born in a serious condition is abominable. Accordingly, it has issued notices to the Secretary, Union ministry of health and secretary, department of health and the government of Delhi calling for a report within four weeks in the matter.”  Also Read – Man who cheated 20 women on matrimonial websites arrestedThe commission said that reportedly, on being refused admission first at Kalawati Saran Children hospital on the grounds of non-availability of bed and ventilator, the family members of the child took her to Ram Manohar Lohia hospital where she was denied admission on the same grounds. “Hence, she was taken to Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan hospital. The situation was no different there either. In the process, they had travelled for more than three-and-a-half hours covering about 58 km. The delay in the treatment resulted in the death of the child in the ambulance itself,” the NHRC said.last_img read more

Nuclear Imaging Moves Toward Digital Detector Technology

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first_imgRecent Nuclear Imaging System IntroductionsThe most recent system to gain U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clearance was the Siemens Biograph Vision PET/CT in June, which features the company’s new Optiso Ultra Dynamic Range (UDR) detector technology. It is based on silicon photomultipliers (SiPMs) rather than PMTs. The detector uses lutetium orthosilicate (LSO) crystal elements, which enable faster imaging and higher light output than commonly used bismuth germanate oxide (BGO) crystals. The LSO technology also offers higher image resolution, better image quality and enabling time-of-flight (TOF) acquisition. The size of LSO crystal elements, from 4 x 4 mm to 3.2 x 3.2 mm, results in higher spatial resolution and enables a smaller footprint for the system. With the smaller crystals and covering 100 percent of the area of the scintillator array with SiPMs, Siemens said the system can deliver the industry’s fastest TOF, with a temporal resolution of 249 picoseconds. The Biograph Vision also has a large 78 cm bore to help reduce patient anxiety in tight spaces and fit larger bariatric patients.The Siemens Biograph Horizon PET-CT system was cleared by the FDA in June 2017. It uses 4 mm LSO crystals that can visualize smaller details than previous-generation systems using the new detector design. Siemens also debuted the Symbia Intevo Bold SPECT-CT system at the 2017 annual meeting of the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI). The system addresses the growing trend of healthcare facilities using SPECT-CT in a dual-use setting, mirroring the rise of dual-use PET-CT. More facilities are also utilizing SPECT-CT systems as standalone or backup diagnostic CT systems. The system offers the SAFIRE (Sinogram Affirmed Iterative Reconstruction) algorithm to deliver excellent CT image quality while reducing patient radiation dose by as much as 60 percent. It also offers the iMAR (Iterative Metal Artifact Reduction) algorithm that reduces metal-related artifacts caused by metallic materials, such as orthopedic and dental implants. In October 2016, GE Healthcare gained FDA clearance for its Discovery MI digital PET-CT system. It uses new detector technology that allows significantly better resolution. The LightBurst Digital Detector delivers up to two times improvement in volumetric resolution. GE also said it has the highest National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) sensitivity of any time-of-flight PET system. These expanded capabilities enable up to a 50 percent reduction in tracer usage without impacting image quality.“One of the most striking features of Discovery MI is the improved sensitivity,” said Ronny Ralf Buechel, M.D., a cardiologist and nuclear medicine physician from Zurich. “We didn’t know how low we could go with the injected activity and radiation dose, so we began to cautiously lower the dose. Now, we are around 50 percent of the injected dose for PET scans compared to the prior system — around 1 mSv for a complete rest/stress study, and what remains important for cardiac imagers is the reduced activity of ammonia without any deterioration in image quality.”The CT portion of the Discovery MI delivers 100 percent better spatial resolution than previous GE systems with no increase in image noise. This is partly enabled by the systems ASiR-V iterative reconstruction and Smart Metal Artifact Reduction (MAR) software. GE’s Discovery NM/CT 670 CZT SPECT-CT system, introduced in 2016, debuted cadmium zinc telluride (CZT) digital detector technology, which greatly improves image quality over the old industry standard PMTs. CZT technology allows for direct conversion of photons into a digital signal, which makes the image transfer more efficient. This allows for half-time imaging or the ability to significantly reduce radiotracer dose. Research collaborations with Rambam Health Center, Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Jean Clinic and Hospices Civils de Lyon have demonstrated the Discovery NM/CT 670 CZT technology helped lead to a 75 percent dose reduction, or time reduction in exams. GE Healthcare recently introduced the Discovery 670 DR, a digital-ready conventional SPECT/CT system requiring a simple two-day in-field upgrade to CZT technology. The system’s modular design offers easy upgradability to digital. Both Discovery NM/CT 670 CZT and Discovery 670 DR are now powered by GE’s latest 16-slice CT system, offering additional improvements in CT image quality with an overlap reconstruction which enables 32 slices per rotation.At the 2017 Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI) meeting, GE Healthcare also introduced the Discovery MI DR PET-CT system. It uses PMT technology, but is built with a modular design to allow customers to cost-effectively upgrade later to digital detectors.Philips Healthcare’s Vereos Digital PET/CT is a fully digital system featuring digital photon counting (DPC) technology. It offers improved detectability and characterization of small lesions in oncology. The company said the system provides uncompromised detectability and quantification at half the PET dose. Vereos also provides lesion detectability in one-tenth of the time. The Philips Ingenuity TF PET/CT uses the vendor’s Astonish TOF technology for enhanced image contrast, resolution and quality. The company said it improves contrast by up to 30 percent compared to non-TOF systems. It also improves signal-to-noise ratio, resulting in exceptional image quality, higher speed and enhanced accuracy. The CT system uses iPatient, iDose⁴ and metal artifact reduction for implants (O-MAR) software to improve the CT image quality and lower the X-ray radiation exposure. The Canon Medical Systems Celesteion PureVision Edition PET/CT system delivers the largest PET/CT bores and field of view to help enhance patient comfort, the company said. The system has a 70 cm PET and CT field of view (FOV), compared to the smaller 50 cm FOV on some systems. The CT system offers a 90 cm wide bore. The PET system has an 88 cm bore. The PET system also provides 394 ps TOF, a 19.6 cm axial FOV and uses 4 x 4 mm detector crystals.   Video Player is loading.ITN Assessing Cardiovascular Risk in Ultra-endurance AthletesPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 11:59Loaded: 1.36%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -11:59 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 07, 2019 Contrast Use in First Transthoracic Echocardiogram for Heart Failure Reduces Repeat Testing Heart failure is the fourth most common cause for all admission to U.S. hospitals, and it is the most common reason for… read more He explained one of the biggest advances in the last few years is the introduction of SPECT cameras using digital cadmium zinc telluride (CZT) detectors. These replace the old photomultiplier tubes (PMTs) that have been the industry standard for decades. CZT detectors are smaller to decrease the size of SPECT systems. The biggest asset of CZT detectors is the improved image quality with direct digital transfer of photons into electrical signals to create images. The detectors are more sensitive that PMT-based cameras, so it enables exams with half the amount of radiotracers used in exams by conventional cameras. Alternatively, Soman said the usual dose can be used and the imaging time can be reduced by 50 percent, known as half-time imaging.  The use of less radiotracer is also attractive from a supply standpoint, lowering operational costs and because there have been shortages of some SPECT radioisotopes over the past few years.Soman also said hybrid systems that integrate a computed tomography (CT) scanner for PET-CT and SPECT-CT systems have become more popular in the market. These combined systems use CT for attenuation correct on the nuclear images, while adding CT anatomical image overlays improves the accuracy of diagnosis by visualizing the coronary anatomy to better pinpoint where blockages are causing perfusion defects. News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | August 02, 2019 ASRT Supports Radiopharmaceutical Reimbursement Bill The American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) announced its support for House Resolution (HR) 3772, a measure… read more News | PET-CT | August 15, 2019 United Imaging Announces First U.S. Clinical Installation of uExplorer Total-body PET/CT United Imaging announced that its uExplorer total-body positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) system… read more Videos | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a Siemens Go.Top Dedicated Cardiac Scanner This is a quick walk around of the new Siemens Somatom Go.top cardiovascular edition compact computed tomography (CT) read more Video Player is loading.Pierre Qian explains radiotherapy to ablate VTPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 7:34Loaded: 2.19%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -7:34 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Videos | Radiation Therapy | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: Use of Radiotherapy to Noninvasively Ablate Ventricular Tachycardia Pierre Qian, MBBS, read more PreviousNext Videos | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a GE Cardiographe Dedicated Cardiac CT Scanner This is a quick walk around of the GE Healthcare Cardiographe dedicated cardiac CT system on display at the… read more A myocardial perfusion exam performed on the Siemens Biograph Vision PET-CT system.Nuclear imaging technology for both single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) and  positron emission tomography (PET) have made advancements in the past couple years. The main drivers for this have been a movement to digital imaging detectors to improve image quality and address radiation dose concerns, reimbursement and radiotracer supply issues. Other advancements have come in the areas of software to improve image reconstruction quality, offer better clinical qualification and analytics data.  “We have been practicing nuclear cardiology since the late 1970s, so people think of it as a stable and well-established modality, but if you look at the past five years, there has been a tremendous amount of advance in nuclear cardiological techniques,” said Prem Soman, M.D., Ph.D., director of nuclear cardiology at the Heart and Vascular Institute, University of Pittsburgh, and president of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology (ASNC). “We have a whole new generation of SPECT cameras, we are expanding our imaging applications, we have made great strides in reducing our radiation dose, and PET is becoming more widely used, so I am very excited about the future of cardiac nuclear imaging.” Related Nuclear Cardiology Content:New ASNC SPECT Imaging Guideline Addresses Advances in Myocardial Perfusion Imaging Dose-Lowering Practices for Nuclear CardiologyThe Past, Present and Future of PET/MRI ScannersRecent Advances in Cardiac Nuclear Imaging TechnologyVIDEO: PET vs. SPECT in Nuclear Cardiology and Recent Advances in Technology — An interview with Prem Soman, M.D.VIDEO: Trends in Nuclear Cardiology Imaging — A discussion with David Wolinsky, M.D., director of nuclear cardiology at Cleveland Clinic Florida and past-president of the ASNC FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Interventional Radiology | July 31, 2019 International Multidisciplinary Group Publishes Recommendations for Personalized HCC Treatment With Y90 TheraSphere New consensus recommendations for personalized treatment for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) with BTG’s TheraSphere have… read more Video Player is loading.Mark Ibrahim explains what EPs need from CT imagingPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 5:23Loaded: 3.08%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -5:23 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Feature | Nuclear Imaging | September 07, 2018 | By Dave Fornell Nuclear Imaging Moves Toward Digital Detector Technology Vendors are offering options for direct digital imaging and advances in software News | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 06, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Improves Heart Attack Risk Assessment When used with a common heart scan, machine learning, a type of artificial intelligence (AI), does better than… read more Videos | Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEOS | EP LAB | JULY 26, 2019 VIDEO: What Electrophysiologists Need From CT Imaging Prior to AF and VT Ablations Mark Ibrahim, M.D., F read more Information Technology Now Plays a Key Role in Nuclear ImagingNuclear medicine technology has significantly evolved in recent years, but in more recent times this has branched out to not only include scanner advancements, but also advanced informatics, quantification software and analytics. As value-based care changes the way healthcare organizations approach care delivery, there is a greater need for easy-to-use, fast and precise imaging. With increased access to better data, clinicians are looking for ways to make that data actionable.This includes customizing patient treatments and better management of imaging departments. Buyers for these newer systems should be looking at the software to help enhance image quality, aid or automate quantification and measurements, help monitor and reduce tracer usage or dose, and offer analytics on procedures, operator statistics and information on scanner performance. This level of analytical information can help better manage the department, help identify workflow bottlenecks and performance issues, and help lower dose.For example, the Symbia Intevo Bold SPECT-CT system uses the xSPECT Quant quantification technology. This enables automated, accurate and reproducible quantification of not only technetium-99m, but also iodine-123, lutetium-177 and indium-111. This capability extends the use of advanced SPECT quantification from general nuclear medicine and bone studies to indications including neurological disorders, neuroendocrine tumors and prostate cancer. Videos | Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: Assessing Cardiovascular Risk in Ultra-endurance Athletes Nate Bachman, graduate read more The Siemens Biograph Vision PET-CT system was released in mid-2018. Related Contentlast_img read more

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snake scientists have studied snakes around the world but were late to join the revolution in molecular biology says Nicholas Casewell a snake scientist at Bangor University in the United Kingdom and a co-author on the king cobra paper The team that sequenced the python genome led by Todd Castoe of the University of Texas Arlington zoomed in on the changes that happen in the Burmese python—which lives in Southeast Asia and recently invaded the Florida Everglades—after it eats The researchers checked the activity of genes in the heart kidney small intestine and liver before a meal and again 1 and 4 days after eating “The magnitude of the gene expression response really floored us” Castoe says Half the python’s genes changed their activity significantly within 48 hours the team reports in its paper With the study in hand “people are going to have a ton of new targets for looking at the genomics” of how snakes adapt physiologically predicts Harvard University evolutionary biologist Scott Edwards The team also compared the 7442 genes found as single copies in both the cobra and the python with the same genes in all other land vertebrates sequenced so far The bottom line: Snake genomes have changed a lot—and they have changed very fast to meet the demands of their unusual lifestyles The scientists who sequenced the king cobra—which occurs in India China and Southeast Asia—focused on its venom a very toxic mix of 73 peptides and proteins They measured gene activity in the venom gland and in the so-called accessory gland a poorly understood structure through which the venom passes before it leaves the cobra’s mouth In the paper the researchers report that the two glands have very different gene activity patterns The accessory gland doesn’t produce toxins but makes many different lectins a group of proteins that bind carbohydrates In some other snake venoms toxic lectins are part of the mix but in the cobra lectins are never released into the venom The accessory gland’s role may be to activate the venom somehow but “we really don’t know” what lectins do exactly Casewell says The venom gland itself relies on 20 gene families for its toxins The scientists found that the genes for each toxin family were also used in other parts of the body in the snake’s evolutionary past and even today “These dangerous proteins are co-opted from elsewhere in the body and [are] turned into weapons and diversified” says Frank Burbrink an evolutionary biologist at the City University of New York Often a gene was copied more than once allowing each copy to mutate in different ways yielding an ever more sophisticated mix That gives the snake an advantage in an evolutionary arms race The cobra’s prey evolve constantly as well developing ways to resist being immobilized or killed by the toxins For snakes this genetic competition can be deadly because ineffective venom can enable potential prey to turn on the snake and kill it The paper is "a stunning piece of work just amazing" says Jimmy McGuire an evolutionary biologist at the University of California Berkeley Vonk Castoe and their colleagues stress that they have only just begun to milk their data And another 10 snake genomes or so are likely to come out within the next couple of years Casewell says Check out the 6 December print issue of Science for a news package on snakes including more on the genomes a story about efforts to develop drugs from venom and a report about the fight against the invasive brown tree snake in Guam The ANO won elections last October but fell short of a parliamentary majority and since then most parties have refused to cooperate with it because Babis faces fraud charges. 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