Attawapiskat First Nation chief launches personal war on illegal drugs

first_imgThe chief of Attawapiskat First Nation has launched a personal war on illegal drugs because he says he is tired of waiting for others to deal with a problem that is destroying his small community in northern Ontario.Chief Ignace Gull, who was elected in 2016 following a state of emergency triggered by a spate of youth suicides, says he’s using the authority under the Indian Act to search suspected drug dealers.Gull and four other local officials search everyone who lands at the fly-in community’s airport, including local police officers.“It’s a success so far,” the chief said Wednesday in a phone interview.“These (drugs) are destroying the community.”Police say the drugs come in through the airport or by mail.Gull said he’s sick of waiting for police whose hands are tied by the weeks it often takes to get search warrants signed by a justice of the peace in Sudbury, Ont.“Police can’t come to the homes without a search warrant, so I have to do it,” he said.The chief began the searches on May 27, working with a small team that includes two councillors and two volunteers.He brought in a drug-sniffing dog along with a handler and guard from a security company in Timmins, Ont., to help out on a recent three-day blitz.They’ve seized fentanyl, speed, marijuana, other opioids and large shipments of alcohol, Gull said.The community has been demanding action since the 2015 suicide crisis, Gull said, and drugs were part of the problem.“The drug dealers aren’t hiding anymore, people just line up to get them, like getting coffee at Tim Hortons,” Gull said.Since it’s a small community with about 1,500 people, Gull said they know the alleged dealers. So he just goes to their house, grabs the drugs and gives it to police.“We need help, we want the government to step in and do something to help us instead of watching us from the sideline,” he said.A few weeks ago, Gull met with Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale, who told him to apply for funding that is available to help.A spokesman for Goodale said they are aware of the challenges Attawapiskat faces and noted the federal government is investing $291.2 million over five years in a First Nations policing program.“These investments include increased and ongoing funding for (program) recipients to support priorities such as additional officer positions, officer safety, policing equipment and salaries,” said Scott Bardsley.He said the force for the region, Nishnawbe Aski police, recently finished a three-year deal through the program, which “will strengthen policing in Attawapiskat and bolster its response to these challenges.”He said there is money available for crime prevention projects and for initiatives to reduce gang and gun violence.“This funding would include a portion provided to Indigenous organizations to help build capacity through education, outreach and research, addressing the unique needs of Indigenous communities and urban populations,” Bardsley said.Nishnawbe Aski police Sgt. Jackie George said the chief’s approach is common in northern First Nation communities.Airport screenings are particularly effective at keeping drugs out of fly-in communities, she said.“It keeps people from trafficking contraband into the communities because they know they’re going to be searched,” she said.Last November, the Mushkegowuk Council, a regional organization that represents northern First Nations that includes Attawapiskat, declared a state of emergency on illegal drugs and alcohol.“This pandemic has reached serious levels where it’s clearly destroying our people and communities,” said Grand Chief Jonathon Solomon at the time.Chief Gull said he is considering buying a drug-sniffing dog to help.“We can’t just sit around and wait for somebody to do it for us, we have to do it ourselves,” he said.last_img read more

Bill Maher Urges Texas AM To End Cruel Experiments On Dogs

first_imgIn a new video for PETA, the host of HBO’s Real Time, Bill Maher, unleashes some real talk to Texas A&M University, denouncing its muscular dystrophy (MD) experiments on golden retrievers and other dogs.In the video, he calls on viewers to put pressure on the college until it stops funding the experiments by Joe Kornegay — a man Maher calls “dogs’ worst enemy.”“For 35 years, experimenter Joe Kornegay has been using public money — yours and mine — to … [make] dogs sick with a debilitating, incurable disease that ravages their bones and bodies,” Maher explains in the video, which goes on to reveal how dogs used in Kornegay’s experiments were fed a watery gruel because it was difficult for them to eat without choking. “It’s as if Oliver Twist wandered into the Island of Doctor Moreau.”The eyewitness footage of the labs shows thin dogs with disease-ravaged bodies struggling to walk, swallow, and even breathe because of their swollen tongues and weakened jaw muscles, with strings of saliva hanging from their mouths. Dogs without symptoms but who carried the gene for the disease were kept caged and used for breeding, and they restlessly paced and gnawed at the cage bars.“This shouldn’t be happening to dogs, but it is,” Maher concludes. “This cruel, irresponsible, and fruitless waste of money must be stopped and the resources put to better use — supporting studies that don’t abuse helpless, trusting dogs.”PETA notes that no applicable cure for humans with MD has been discovered in over 35 years of experimentation on dogs. Maher joins Miami Dolphins quarterback and TAMU alumnus Ryan Tannehill in urging the university to put a stop to these tests and adopt the dogs out to loving families.last_img read more

In Africa UN chief spotlights progress in improving womens and childrens health

“We have seen so many women and children dying needlessly from preventable diseases,” Mr. Ban told reporters at the Ambo Mesk health post in Bahir Dar, in Ethiopia’s northern state of Amhara. “Training good health workers [and] training good midwives can save a lot of women’s and also children’s lives.” The Horn of Africa nation knows all too well the challenges associated with ensuring maternal and child health. Every 25 minutes, another Ethiopian woman dies from complications related to child birth. Most are in rural areas, far from any clinic. At the health post, Mr. Ban met with the staff providing essential services to communities previously living without ready access to such care. He also visited a larger health centre, a few kilometres away, which supports the health post by providing it with supplies and on-the-job training. There he spoke with doctors and nurses about their work, as well as with some patients.“I hope that the Government will try to expend these posts, clinics and centres and also hospitals,” said the Secretary-General, who also spotlighted maternal health when he visited Nigeria earlier this week. At a major UN development summit in New York last September, participants adopted the Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health, committing $40 billion in resources to a global effort to save the lives of 16 million women and children by 2015. The strategy identifies the finance and policy changes needed, along with vital interventions to help improve health and save lives. It is expected to prevent, between 2011 and 2015, the deaths of more than 15 million children under five, as well as 33 million unwanted pregnancies and the deaths of 740,000 women from complications related to pregnancy and childbirth. Mr. Ban commended Ethiopia on its commitment to improve maternal and child health, including its goal of quadrupling the number of midwives. The country is a good example of how a little investment can go a long way in saving many lives, he added.The UN chief is now in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, where he is attending an African Union meeting on peace and security. On the sidelines of that meeting, he met with the Vice President of South Africa, the President of Equatorial Guinea, the President of Senegal and the Prime Minister of Ethiopia.Yesterday, while in Nigeria, he told a national forum of governors that the country deserved credit for its efforts to improve health care, especially for women and children.“But much more can be done,” he said. “In particular, I urge you to remedy the gap between the provision of health infrastructure and the quality of service. Address inequities in accessing care, and ensure that funding for women’s and children’s health is available and smoothly disbursed throughout the country. Make commodities, drugs and supplies more readily available.“I urge you, too, to work towards equal participation of women and men in public life. This will go a long way to improving women’s and children’s health. I also encourage you to expand the successful Midwives Service Scheme and deploy community health extension workers to rural areas.” 25 May 2011Visiting health workers in Ethiopia today, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon spotlighted the progress made in improving the health of women and children, while also stressing the need to do more to avoid needless deaths. read more

Bangladesh agrees on action plan to improve working conditions ILO says

The package “would improve protection, in law and practice, for the fundamental rights to freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining, as well as occupational safety and health,” the UN International Labour Organization (ILO) said in a joint statement issued also on behalf of the tripartite partners, who include representatives of the Government, employers and workers.ILO and its tripartite partners also urged an assessment by the end of the year of the “structural building safety and fire safety of all active export-oriented ready-made garment factories in Bangladesh, and initiate remedial actions, including relocation of unsafe factories,” according to the statement. “The tripartite partners call on the ILO to assist in the mobilisation of the technical and financial resources required to undertake the assessment.”Among other suggestions for short and medium-term improvements agreed upon during the 1-4 May ILO visit, the group called for the hiring of 200 additional inspectors within six months and a budget increase for 800 inspectors, as well as skills and retraining programmes for injured workers. At least 345 people were killed and thousands injured when the eight-storey Rana Plaza building collapsed on 24 April on the outskirts of the capital, Dhaka. Another 100 people were killed in recent fire accidents at Tazreen Fashions Limited and Smart Export Garments. The incidents spurred an outcry of support, including from UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the ILO.Addressing senior Government officials in Dhaka on 1 May or May Day – a historic day for workers’ solidarity – Gilbert Fossoun Houngbo, ILO Deputy Director General of Field Operations and Partnerships and head of the ILO high-level visit, reiterated the UN’s commitment to support Bangladesh on steps taken to advance the rights of workers but cautioned about the need to address the challenges that remain. “There is a high road to export competitiveness that leads to inclusive growth and poverty reduction. There is a low road to competiveness too. However it leads to the tragedies you are living with today,”stressed Mr. Houngbo.“It is not a road out of poverty. It is a trap where low productivity, poor working conditions, low value-added production block social and economic progress.” read more

Brock Bazaar to raise funds for student volunteer experience

It’s a chance to score a good deal while supporting students who want to help others.The second annual Brock Bazaar will be held Saturday, Sept. 9 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Academic South hallway. The event raises money for the University’s Alternative Reading Week program, which allows students to participate in volunteer work both in the local community and abroad.The community wide yard sale, hosted by the Brock Leaders Citizenship Society, allows Brock students, faculty and staff, as well as the broader public, to register and sell their items. The $20 registration fee for sellers is donated to the ARW program, while vendors get to keep whatever they make from selling their items.Parking for the event is free in D Lot. Registration can be done online or by visiting Mackenzie Chown A-Block 204. Anyone who would like to donate items to the cause but is unable to attend can connect with organizers via the above link. read more

Nouvelle éruption du volcan Merapi élargissement de la zone de sécurité

first_imgNouvelle éruption du volcan Merapi : élargissement de la zone de sécuritéUne nouvelle éruption du volcan Merapi, sur l’île indonésienne de Java, a été observée hier. Plus puissante que celles de ces derniers jours, elle a incité les autorités à procéder à de nouvelles évacuations.Dégageant trois fois plus d’énergie que la première éruption survenue fin octobre, un nouveau sursaut du volcan Merapi a projeté hier des cendres et des gaz à 5.000 mètres d’altitude, sans faire de victimes. “C’est la première fois que l’éruption dure plus d’une heure et j’ai donc décidé de reculer les abris”, a indiqué M. Surono, responsable de l’institut indonésien de vulcanologie,  qui a donné l’ordre d’élargir le périmètre de sécurité à 15 kilomètres, contre 10 auparavant.Environ 70.000 personnes ont donc été évacuées, notamment celles du camp de réfugiés d’Umbulhardjo, déplacées vers celui de Wukirsari, plus éloigné du cratère. Ces camps avaient été créés après l’éruption du 26 octobre, qui avait fait 38 morts. Le volcan Merapi se trouve près de la ville de Yogyakarta, sur l’île de Java, dans le sud de l’Indonésie.  Le 4 novembre 2010 à 10:46 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

OKI Europe hires Chapman

first_imgPrinting technology organisation OKI Europe has hired Keren Chapman as vice president, human resources.In this role, Chapman will develop and implement HR strategy, as well oversee compensation and benefits, employee communication, talent management, and performance management.Her prior experience includes roles as senior director, human resources at INC Research, and head of human resources at Champion Timber.last_img

Two Places To Buy Christmas Trees In Wilmington

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Looking to purchase your Christmas tree in Wilmington? Residents have TWO local options this holiday season.Beginning Friday, November 23:Where: Wilmington United Methodist Church, 87 Church StreetWhen: Thursdays & Fridays: 4pm to 8pm, Saturdays: 9am to 8pm, Sundays: 10am to 6pmWho Benefits: Proceeds go towards various causes supported by the church’s Outreach CommitteeBeginning Saturday, December 1:Where: Colonial Plaza (As Good As It Gets parking lot), 35 Lowell StreetWhen: Weekends: 10am-8pm; Weekdays: 4pm-9pmWho Benefits: Boy Scout Troop 56 of WilmingtonNote: Selling BOTH trees & wreathsLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related2 Places To Buy Christmas Trees In WilmingtonIn “Community”Two Places To Buy Christmas Trees In WilmingtonIn “Community”Two Places To Buy Christmas Trees In WilmingtonIn “Community”last_img read more

These new posters offer a glimpse of Shraddha Kapoors actionpacked avatar in

first_imgShraddha Kapoor and Prabhas in SaahoBollywood actress Shraddha Kapoor, who has done stunts in Tiger Shroff’s Baaghi, is gearing up to return in yet another action-packed avatar in Prabhas’ Saaho and the new posters offer a glimpse of her look.Shraddha Kapoor, who made her acting debut with Teen Patti in 2010, has starred in over 15 movies in the last 10 years. She has essayed a variety of roles in these movies and proved herself to be a versatile actress. She currently has three big-ticket projects like Saaho, Chhichhore and Street Dancer in her kitty.With Saaho inching closer to its release date, the makers have been teasing the viewers with a new poster every day. After tweeting a romantic poster, they have now shared a few action posters. “Breathtaking action like you’ve never seen before! Witness India’s biggest action thriller this August. #Saaho releasing worldwide on 30.08.2019,” UV Creations tweeted. Shraddha Kapoor’s action packed avatar in SaahoTwitterIn the latest posters, Shraddha Kapoor looks absolutely wondrous as she personifies the term ‘iron-willed’. Holding a gun in her hand which is firmly directed at the goons, she stuns in a simple black formal shirt, pants and boots. In another poster, she is seen shooting along with Prabhas at the baddies. The poster also has glass flying all over her in a deep blue-green background.This poster shows that Saaho is synonymous with high-end action and nerve-wracking plot. Shraddha, who is playing a cop in the film, looks as diverse as she is with her roles and seems to be nailing it. The poster already has fans going berserk over her new badass avatar.Saaho is a big-budget action film and sure is a movie to look out for! While Prabhas looks every bit of a fierce heartthrob, Shraddha is killing it with her oomph factor.last_img read more

Joe Biden Launches PoliticalIssues Video Series With ATTN Ahead of 2018 Midterms

first_imgFormer Vice President Joe Biden is looking to spur young Americans to vote in the 2018 U.S. midterm elections with an issues-oriented series produced by digital-media startup ATTN:Biden is hosting the 10-episode short-form series “Here’s the Deal,” which will present his take on a range of issues including health care, jobs, education, and gun violence.ATTN: and Biden will launch the first episode this Wednesday (Sept. 12) on Instagram’s IGTV, with subsequent installments to be released weekly. After an exclusive 24-hour window on IGTV, episodes will be distributed on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube across ATTN: and Biden’s accounts.Biden last week launched his own personal Instagram account (@joebiden) and has amassed 1 million followers.“These days there’s a lot of fluff and misinformation to distract us from the real issues,” Biden says in a trailer for the new series. “That’s why I am partnering with ATTN: on IGTV to break down the issues we all should be voting on this fall. Not complicated policy wonk language or confusing acronyms — just facts.” Popular on Variety Biden’s “Here’s the Deal” is the first IGTV series hosted by a national U.S. politician. ATTN:, which is financing the production, does not plan to run any ads or sponsor hips with the series.Matthew Segal, ATTN:’s co-founder, has previously interviewed the 47th Vice President of the United States — who served for eight years under President Obama — and had a relationship with Biden’s team that led to the new project. Segal said in a statement, “We are honored that Vice President Joe Biden has partnered with ATTN: on this series and are excited to take it to IGTV where we can make a real impact with voters that Washington politicians often overlook.”L.A.-based ATTN:, founded in 2014, has raised about $24 million from investors including Evolution Media Capital, Main Street Advisors, Marc Rowan and Paul Wachter.center_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

11 Hysterical Google Street Views

first_imgStay on target Easily Assign Tasks With Google AssistantLGBTQ+ Video Creators Sue YouTube, Google We live in a magical realm where thousands of cars are trolling the streets shooting footage of everything around them, and documenting them for all eternity. Yes, there is something majorly Big Brother about this, but it’s also the way that we’re able to sit in our underwear at home and check out the street view of nearly anywhere in the world.Oh, Google Street View. You’re incredibly useful, a little terrifying, and sometimes, incredibly funny. Because these observation mobiles are cruising the streets and recording everything, they pick up some pretty hilarious things. What follows is 11 of the most hysterical ones:Someone is Being naughtyAdChoices广告I don’t know if this is some kind of role-playing or if it’s just their regular kink, but it sure looks like granny is gonna put an ass whooping on gramps. I have a feeling he likes it. (image from here)Robots Living Robot LivesEveryone is so busy these days, including robots. So it’s not surprising to see them walking through town. Whether out on a shopping trip or just commuting to work at least these robots are stylish. (image from here)AquamenSometimes shit just gets weird, and you catch a couple of guys in full snorkel gear getting ready to fight the other snorkel gang down the street.  (image from here)Everybody PoopsNone of can throw stones at this fella. Sometimes a poop has to happen, and you’ve gotta let it. Too bad this hiding spot isn’t as secret as he thought. (image from here)Ironman’s WeaknessIronman may be indestructible, but an open secret among superheroes is that he can’t hold his liquor for shit. Here he is sleeping one off. (image from here)This Guy is a BadassI don’t know about you, but I’m a total weenie compared to this guy. He is singlehandedly chasing a bear off his property. Wow! (image from here)Epic Historical BattleShout out to all my LARPers who have no respect for historical accuracy. I’m pretty sure this is a samurai fighting a Celtic warrior. A boy can dream can’t he? (image from here)A Man and his Monkey“Why yes officer I decided to go for a jaunt on my penny-farthing and set up a wonderful little trailer for my monkey to ride in.” (image from here)Escaped Convict“Run! If you sell drugs in the school zoneRun! If you gettin’ chased with no shoes onRun! Fuck that! Run! Cops got, guns!”-from the song “Run” by Ghostface Killah feat. Jadakiss (image from here)WipeoutOuch! This looks like it hurt. You just gotta get back on there and try again. (image from here)WTFI have no idea what’s going on here. And you know what? I’m perfectly ok with that. (image from here)center_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Sex racket busted 4 held

first_imgKolkata: South 24-Parganas police busted a sex racket from Sonarpur and arrested four persons including three women for their alleged involvement in the incident.This comes barely a month after a similar sex racket had been busted in the same district. Acting on a tip off, the police from Sonarpur conducted a raid at a house situated in Bose Pukur area on late Tuesday night.Police came to know that a sex racket was operating from a house situated in the area and decided to carry out an operation. The locals told police that people from outside used to visit the house till late night. On holidays, more number people used to visit the house and this had aroused the suspicion of the locals.The owner of the house Samir Mondal has also been arrested in this connection. The investigating officers recovered some liquor bottles and some hard cash from the possession of the accused. According to the preliminary investigation, police suspect illegal activities was going on from the house for quite sometime.Police are conducting raids at various places and bars in the district following the incident. Police came to know that the house owner used to hire these women from various parts of the state and outside for running the business. Police are conducting a detailed probe in this regard. They will crack down on these sex rackets gradually if there is any in the district. The accused admitted their involvement in the racket.last_img read more

Looking at the African Tourism Board with members in 26 countries

first_imgAs one of the first sponsors and founding member, The iFREE Group in HongKong  is a global company pioneering new ways to stay connected in the world of travel and mobile communications.From international calls and data roaming solutions to Wi-Fi connectivity and unique travel products, the iFREE Group has set a goal to break down barriers and bring the world closer together, and Africa is definitely on their agenda.African Tourism BoardThe newly formed African Tourism Board  is based on the latest initiative put in place by the International Coalition of Tourism Partners (ICTP) Travel media loves Africa and it shows. In one month journalist and publications from all corners of the world became friends of the media supporting the African Tourism Board. eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Share this: The African Tourism Board is just a short month old and had put a call in for founding members. An active discussion is unfolding. Only today African Tourism Board already welcomed 100 new members and many more are eager to become pioneers in this movement for Africa, by Africans with the support of the world.The Association provides aligned advocacy, insightful research, and innovative events to its members. In partnership with private and public sector members, African Tourism Board (ATB) enhances the sustainable growth, value, and quality of travel and tourism to-from-and-within Africa. The African Tourism Board is a public-private partnership with one strong message. This message is to tell the world that Africa Tourism is becoming one destination and is wide open for business. Africa is a safe continent and welcomes tourists, investments, and partnership with open arms. Africa Tourism Board is also welcoming tourism leaders from around Africa and the rest of the world with open arms to bring leadership, innovation and investment opportunities.Tourism leaders are sensing this drive for Africa to grow together. Leaving politics behind and by attracting tourism leaders to join this new platform to cut through the chase. African Tourism Board is all about increasing business, investments and positive awareness for the often forgotten continent. The Association provides leadership and counsel on an individual and collective basis to its member organizations.The Association is expanding on opportunities for marketing, public relations, investments, branding, promoting and establishing niche markets.Current activities:Members are currently registered in the following countries:ATB is in the process to announce an initial board of African Tourism Leaders and is in the process to integrate ongoing activities by other African Tourism partners under one roof.The search for a CEO already started and name brand tourism celebrities are responding.The organization already came a long way from the first announcement  published by eTurboNews on April 6, 2018.The search for African Tourism Board founding members is still on.Joining ATB is easy. Just visit and click on join us as a member.  Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Like this:Like Loading… Reshaping African Tourism at World Travel Market in LondonNew era launched by African Tourism Board: Why it not boring but uniting for Brand AfricaAfrican Tourism Board Launch was a success: A new era just started for African Travel & TourismMore articles on eTurboNews click herelast_img read more

Couch Potatoes May Have Smaller Brains Later in Life

first_img News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more News | Neuro Imaging | August 16, 2019 ADHD Medication May Affect Brain Development in Children A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to affect development of the brain’s… read more News | Neuro Imaging | February 11, 2016 Couch Potatoes May Have Smaller Brains Later in Life MRI study reveals decreased brain volume in subjects with decreased exercise capacity 20 years after initial exam News | Stroke | August 16, 2019 Mobile Stroke Unit Gets Patients Quicker Treatment Than Traditional Ambulance Every second counts for stroke patients, as studies show they can lose up to 27 million brain cells per minute…. read more Technology | Neuro Imaging | August 07, 2019 Synaptive Medical Launches Modus Plan With Automated Tractography Segmentation Synaptive Medical announced the U.S. launch and availability of Modus Plan featuring BrightMatter AutoSeg. This release… read more Image courtesy of Imago Systems Related Contentcenter_img News | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins read more Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al. Image courtesy of Philips HealthcareFebruary 11, 2016 — Poor physical fitness in middle age may be linked to a smaller brain size 20 years later, according to a study published in the Feb. 10, 2016, online issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.“We found a direct correlation in our study between poor fitness and brain volume decades later, which indicates accelerated brain aging,” said study author Nicole Spartano, Ph.D., with Boston University School of Medicine in Boston.For the study, 1,583 people enrolled in the Framingham Heart Study, with an average age of 40 and without dementia or heart disease, took a treadmill test. They took another one two decades later, along with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) brain scans. The researchers also analyzed the results when they excluded participants who developed heart disease or started taking beta blockers to control blood pressure or heart problems; this group had 1,094 people.The participants had an average estimated exercise capacity of 39 mL/kg/min, which is also known as peak VO2, or the maximum amount of oxygen the body is capable of using in one minute. Exercise capacity was estimated using the length of time participants were able to exercise on the treadmill before their heart rate reached a certain level. For every eight units lower a person performed on the treadmill test, their brain volume two decades later was smaller, equivalent to two years of accelerated brain aging. When the people with heart disease or those taking beta blockers were excluded, every eight units of lower physical performance was associated with reductions of brain volume equal to one year of accelerated brain aging.The study also showed that people whose blood pressure and heart rate went up at a higher rate during exercise also were more likely to have smaller brain volumes two decades later. Spartano said that people with poor physical fitness often have higher blood pressure and heart rate responses to low levels of exercise compared to people with better fitness.Spartano noted that the study is observational. It does not prove that poor physical fitness causes a loss of brain volume; it shows the association.“While not yet studied on a large scale, these results suggest that fitness in middle age may be particularly important for the many millions of people around the world who already have evidence of heart disease,” she said.The study was supported by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, the National Institutes of Health and the American Heart Association.For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Image courtesy of UTHealth McGovern Medical School News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more 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 morelast_img read more

Costa Rica has unfair advantage in maritime delimitation claim says Nicaragua

first_imgRelated posts:Costa Rica sues Nicaragua over military camp near border Costa Rica, Nicaragua to face off again at The Hague in new border dispute Costa Rica extends deadline to settle payment with Nicaragua for environmental damage Costa Rica submits arguments against Nicaragua in $6.7 million environmental damage complaint Facebook Comments Costa Rica opened the oral proceedings of its case against Nicaragua before The Hague-based International Court of Justice (ICJ) on Monday by describing Nicaragua’s border claims as ridiculous.Nicaragua and Costa Rica are facing off before the ICJ in order to define maritime boundaries both in the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, something they have failed to achieve after negotiations that started in 1976.Costa Rica’s legal team complained that Nicaragua’s written arguments included a map of Costa Rica without the Nicoya Peninsula; Nicaragua argued that the maritime limits disputed before the ICJ should not take that territory into account.Nicaragua’s lawyers argued that the peninsula, which includes lands from the provinces of Guanacaste and Puntarenas, “due to its shape, should not be taken as a reference point to draw the maritime border in the Pacific Ocean.”They consider that the peninsula grants Costa Rica an “unfair advantage” in its proposed maritime delimitation claim.The pronounced protrusion of the Nicoya Peninsula is the type of irregularity to which the ICJ has referred in similar cases, Nicaragua’s lawyers said, referring to ICJ jurisprudence in cases of maritime delimitation.The argument states that the “equidistance that Costa Rica presented is entirely derived from the pronounced protrusion of the Nicoya Peninsula, which produces unnatural and unreasonable results.”If ICJ Justices accept Managua’s arguments, the maritime delimitation would be drawn thousands of square miles south of Costa Rica’s proposed border. Nicaragua’s legal team presented the Court with a Costa Rica map without the Nicoya Peninsula, claiming it should not be taken as a reference point to draw the maritime border. (Via Foreign Ministry)Inconsistent and exaggeratedCosta Rica’s Ambassador to the Netherlands, Sergio Ugalde Álvarez, a member of the international team of experts representing the country, said Monday that Nicaragua is trying to ignore the existing geographical reality.“They eliminated the Nicoya Peninsula as if it doesn’t exist. Then, on the basis of eliminating a significant part of our territory, they are asking the Court to draw a substantially smaller limit than what International Law should set,” he said.He added that Nicaragua relies heavily on unrealistic or exaggerated claims, resulting in an “extreme reshaping of the actual geography of the disputed areas.”Ugalde said the Costa Rican legal team has extensively reviewed ICJ jurisprudence and did not find any precedent for one country being allowed to eliminate part of the territory of another country in order to gain an advantage in setting maritime boundaries.The ambassador added that the elimination of the Nicoya Peninsula “is laughable” and that “it only can exists in Nicaragua’s imagination.”“For forty years, Costa Rica has succeeded in negotiating its maritime borders with all its neighbors except for Nicaragua,” Ugalde said.Costa Rica’s Foreign Minister Manuel González Sánz attended the hearing and said that they are completely certain that the Court will reject Nicaragua’s legal arguments, which seek to reduce important Costa Rican maritime areas without a legal basis.“We know Nicaragua always asks for exaggerations to see if they can actually make something out of it. We reject that form of litigation. That’s not what Costa Rica does,” González said.Legal preceedingCosta Rica will continue presenting its arguments until Wednesday. Nicaragua then will present its oral arguments on Thursday, and both countries will have another chance to respond to each others’ claims. All legal proceedings from both countries will end on July 13.The ICJ will also issue a ruling on a border dispute filed by Costa Rica over land borders in the northern part of Isla Calero or Portillos, a small wetland, according to previous ICJ ruling, belongs to Costa Rica.Nicaragua, however, following the ruling, sent military personnel to the area who have set up camps within the territory, “clearly to claim it as its own,” Ugalde said.In 2015, the ICJ granted Costa Rica financial compensation for environmental damage in that territory caused by “Nicaragua’s illegal activities inside Costa Rican territory.”However, the two countries have failed to reach an agreement on the amount, and now expect the CIJ to calculate a compensation figure.The countries’s legal teams expect a final ruling on these claims by the end of this year or in early 2018.Below is a timeline of events in the Costa Rica–Nicaragua border disputes:last_img read more

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The NSW ski resort of Thredbo is celebrating its 6

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