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RCMP respond to fatal gravel truck rollover on Thursday morning

first_imgSaunderson says the driver was pronounced dead at the scene and the cause of the collision is still currently under investigation by the Fort St. John RCMP.The name of the driver has not been released. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Fort St. John RCMP and emergency crews were called to the scene of a fatal collision on the morning of Thursday, September 5.At around 9:05 a.m., RCMP received a call of a gravel truck rollover at the 27 km mark on Halfway River Road.According to RCMP Corporal Madonna Saunderson, one witness at the scene said the truck failed to negotiate a turn and drove off the road, causing it to flip.last_img


FinTech hub now boasts of 25 units

first_imgKolkata: The FinTech hub in New Town that was founded by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in 2013, now has 25 units with land being allotted to a leading bank and a noted legal firm recently.”The South Indian Bank was allotted a 0.248 acre land while the noted legal firm has also been allocated the same area. With the Bengal Silicon Valley IT Hub close by and the wave generated by the judicial ecosystem with the first breakthrough ushered in by allotting a plot to the leading advocate and solicitor firm of the state, there has been a unique confluence of Financial-Legal-FinTech-IT Hub in the area,” a senior official of the state Information Technology & Electronics (IT&E) department said. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe legal component was added to the FinTech hub in 2014, with setting up of the National Green Tribunal in the vicinity and later, the Calcutta High Court was given a 10 acre plot at the CBD (Commercial Business District), close to the Financial Hub centre. Anita Nandi Ray, Chief Representative India from the city of London’s India Office at Mumbai, joined a group of bankers, financial institutions, FinTech startups, Webel, Webel Technology Limited, HIDCO and PwC officials and senior officers of the IT department at a conference held in HIDCO Bhavan on Wednesday. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayRay appreciated the focus and synergy likely to be created with this unique confluence. She mentioned that with a full Brexit expected to take place in March 2019 or soon thereafter, UK’s Financial Services are showing interest in India with its large market, complex regulations requiring technological interventions to ensure compliance and advanced FinTech payments framework. Ray handed over three recent studies conducted on India-UK Payments landscape, India-UK InsureTech landscape and India-UK RegTech landscape. The IT officials informed that 100 acres of land in the Silicon Valley Hub has already been applied for and expression of interest has already been floated to allot another 27 plots covering an area of about 56 acres for the third phase of the hub. The plots will be allotted on a 99-year lease-hold basis.last_img read more


Army seeks Defence Ministrys intervention for better ammo

first_imgNew Delhi: The Army has sought immediate intervention of the Defence Ministry to check rising cases of accidents involving battle tanks, artillery and air defence guns due to “poor quality” of ammunition being supplied to it by the state-run Ordnance Factory Board (OFB), official sources said.They said the Army has specifically raised the issue with Secretary (Defence Production) Ajay Kumar, saying poor quality of ammunition has been causing damage to a range of key weapons of the Army in the past few years, they said. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghFollowing the Army’s request, the defence ministry examined the issue and found that OFB has not been pro-active in improving quality of the ammunition to contain accidents caused by faulty ammunition, the sources said. The OFB operates 41 ordnance factories across the country and functions under the department of defence production of the ministry of defence. When contacted, the OFB said it supplies ammunition to Indian Army after through inspection by its Quality Control department Directorate General of Quality Assurance (DGQA). Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadIt said all input material are tested in designated laboratories and a series of specific tests are conducted before ammunition is supplied to the Army. The Army also presented a report to the ministry listing incidents of accidents involving main guns of the T-72 and T-90 and the Arjun main battle tanks besides 105 mm Indian field guns, 105 mm light field guns, 130 mm MA1 medium guns and 40 mm L-70 air defence guns, primarily due to faulty ammunition, they said. The Army also cited a number of incidents in which army personnel were injured due to faulty ammunition. Sources said the Army was very serious about the issue and requested the defence ministry take appropriate initiatives to improve quality of ammunition being supplied to the force. OFB said it is “responsible for manufacturing and up to dispatch of ammunition and is not aware of the storage/ handling/ maintenance conditions at Army’s end which are equally responsible for defects/accidents.” “Unlike other products, ammunition is single-use item. For this reason, 100 per cent inspection including dynamic proof cannot be carried out. A principle of Statistical Quality Control (SQC) is employed for final acceptance of ammunition. SQC is inherently associated with both producer’s risk and customer’s risk,” it said. In September 2017, the Army’s long-range ultra-light (ULH) howitzer M-777 was damaged during a field trial in Pokhran and the US manufacturer as well as the Army had indicated that the gun exploded due to faulty ammunition. In August 2017, the defence ministry sacked 13 senior officers employed with ordnance factories after finding their overall performance “unsatisfactory”.last_img read more


SC seeks replies from Centre CBSE on plea for 10 quota in

first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday sought responses from the Centre and CBSE on a plea seeking 10 per cent reservation for economically weaker sections in the Central Teacher Eligibility Test (CTET), 2019.Besides the Centre and the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), a vacation bench comprising Justices Indira Banerjee and Sanjiv Khanna also issued notice to the National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE) and asked them to respond to the petition by July 1, the next date of hearing. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghThe bench was hearing a plea filed by six petitioners, who are aspiring to participate in CTET 2019 and are seeking a direction that benefits of ‘The Constitution (103rd amendment) Act 2019’ be extended to those belonging to the economically weaker sections (EWS) of the society. The amendment Act took effect on January 16. Under the amended Act, the Centre has provided for a 10 per cent reservation to citizens from general category belonging to EWS, in addition to already existing reservation policy for benefit of other reserved categories such as Scheduled Caste, Scheduled Tribe, Other Backward Class and physically handicapped. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadDuring the hearing on Thursday, the lawyers appearing for the petitioners told the bench that since the amended Act has been passed by Parliament, its benefit must be given to persons from EWS. “If we will get this relaxation, we will qualify in the examination. The amendment is aimed for upliftment of the economically weaker section of the society,” the counsel said. The bench issued notice on the petition and said that it would be heard on July 1. At the fag end of hearing, the petitioner’s counsel said that the Centre may give suggestions on implementing the Act. To this, the bench said, “We are not saying anything on this. It is a policy and such decisions are taken by the government. Policy is not for us to decide. In policy decision we do not interfere unless we see any violation.” The petitioners told the apex court that CBSE published an advertisement on January 23, 2019 for conducting CTET in which benefit of 10 per cent reservation has not been given to EWS candidates. “The CBSE published advertisement dated January 23, 2019 for conducting CTET, 2019 in which this (reservation) benefit has not been given to economically weaker section and therefore the present writ petition is being filed to make sure that people covered under economically weaker section are given similar benefit like other reserved category (SC, ST and OBC) starting with CTET-2019 advertisement,” their plea has said.last_img read more


Cam Newton Never Had A Chance

Photo by AAron Ontiveroz / The Denver Post via Getty Images; Chart by Allison McCann Packers72127137.620528.4 Seahawks65814021.320731.5 Cardinals71231344.022431.5 Broncos79431439.5%27334.4% Photo by AAron Ontiveroz / The Denver Post via Getty Images; chart by Allison McCann Photo by Sean M. Haffey / Getty Images; chart by Allison McCann Texans64320832.318929.4 Falcons60013722.813823.0 Browns55814225.414125.3 Panthers84823627.824829.2 Now here’s a slope chart, with the left column being Newton’s QBR on unmolested attempts, and the right his QBR when pressured: Bengals74714219.021829.2 Chiefs76618524.221728.3 This may be compelling evidence that Carolina simply stumbled in the big one, having just clubbed the second- and third-best pressure defenses in back-to-back playoff games. But Seattle and Arizona are both hugely different defenses from Denver. The Seahawks are a low-blitz team that relies on a killer secondary. The Cardinals also relied more on coverage before free safety Tyrann Mathieu went down for the year, but they also leaned heavily on blitz packages; their one-on-one pass-rushing was so anemic that 35-year-old Dwight Freeney led the team with eight sacks — and no other Cardinal had more than five.As you saw Sunday, that is not at all how the Broncos play defense. Raiders70023934.118125.9 This is a pie chart: Photo by Thearon W. Henderson / Getty Images; chart by Allison McCann Vikings65517226.320431.1 Redskins65914421.915523.5 Giants67817626.017826.3 Buccaneers58516428.015426.3 Photo by John Leyba / The Denver Post via Getty Images; chart by Allison McCann TEAMDROPBACKSBLITZESBLITZ RATEPRESSURESPRESSURE RATE Titans56624443.115226.9 Ravens60717629.015625.7 Bears58212221.015326.3 To illustrate this, I’ve created a series of charts and graphs. Here’s a simple line chart showing various opponents’ pressure against Newton over the course of the game: Colts64024137.718328.6 Eagles68917124.817926.0 Chargers56117831.714425.7 Lions59319933.615526.1 For regular season and playoffsSource: TruMedia On the first fumble of the game, the one that set things spinning, Von Miller wheeled around the edge, sized up right tackle Mike Remmers like he was riding down on a quintain, and crashed past him and into Newton, knocking the ball out and into the end zone, all within something like two-and-a-half-Mississippi. circled back around on Remmers often enough to run up 2.5 sacks, 2 more hits and a half-dozen more near-thumpings. We have stats that can reflect what a player does in a game, but not as much what he does to it. The old Bill James line is that baseball stats can acquire the powers of language, telling a story or calling a game all on their own. Those Broncos numbers are burly enough to carry luggage, but they don’t quite have the powers to tell you how different the game looks when the pocket collapses before the snap finds the center’s ass.This works the other way around as well. Cam’s numbers aren’t getting any prettier no matter how you slice them. But at least twice Sunday he carried a defender on his back as he wound up and got a throw off toward the sticks — incomplete pass, but not a sack. They were hand-to-God some of the most impressive feats of strength I’ve witnessed. There aren’t stats for that, at least not in the ESPN database, as there aren’t any for something like whispering a third-quarter pass 30 yards in the air, over the shoulder of the defender and into Jerricho Cotchery’s breadbasket at the 5-yard line, only for the defender — a linebacker sprinting 25 yards downfield — to close at the last second and knock it out. It was just Cotchery’s third drop of the season; it also happened to be his third drop of the game. The streaking ‘backer was Miller, naturally, who was named the game’s MVP.After the game, receiver Devin Funchess was one of the few Panthers to serve up more than platitudes — if just barely — about preparing for Miller and the rest of Denver’s defense. “You can’t do that in practice,” he said, asked about preparing for the rush versus actually having to play against it. “Our guys can’t mimic that.”It’s true of the stats just as much as it is of the players. Other teams may have pressure numbers that resemble what this Denver defense put together this season, but only because our tools of observation remain imperfect. Near as we can tell, the Broncos are the best defense the Panthers faced in a postseason flush with top units. But for really unusual teams, our best guesses can often be far enough out that we can’t fully appreciate what it is that we’re watching without accepting that greatness affects the game in ways we can’t yet fully capture.Or, as Madden might tell you just as easily, When you have great players playing great, well, that’s great football.4An actual Maddenism. Denver’s defense was a force of nature Steelers77526133.719825.5 Dolphins58612721.715326.1 SAN FRANCISCO — If there’s one thing years of quarterback data have taught us, it’s that QBs do poorly under pressure.1ESPN Stats & Info defines a “pressure” as any instance in which a QB is sacked, hit, forced from the pocket, forced to alter his throwing motion, forced to move within the pocket or otherwise hassled by a defender in his line of sight. In about a quarter of all dropbacks, the QB is under pressure, according to ESPN Stats & Info, and in those cases, their QBR is 7.9.2Since 2010, one of the first years for which “pressure” data is reliable. QBR is ESPN’s measurement of quarterback performance. Some of you will never warm to QBR, which is fine. I’m falling back to it here for two reasons. First, it’s the best we have for big-bucket quarterback stats. Second, the ancillary stuff QBR picks up — rushing, fumbles, bad throws, lousy decisions — are precisely the sort of things we want to see when we’re talking about QBs escaping the rush. This is very bad. It is, to shine a little point of reference, JaMarcus Russell on an off day, and helps reverse engineer a John Madden quote: When a quarterback is being harassed, he doesn’t have much of a chance.3Not a real Maddenism, but it sounds like one. Great.As it happens, Cam Newton did not have much of a chance in Super Bowl 50. Stats & Info has him down for 48 dropbacks, of which 21 were pressured. His QBR on those 21 plays was 2.6; for the game, it was 16.9 — just a hair over his 15.6 mark on pressured plays for the season. He was sacked six times, hit 15 times (five on plays that didn’t generate a “pressure”) and blitzed 25 times. He threw an interception, and a few other balls sailed high, and he gave up two fumbles in his own red zone that would result in 15 points for the Broncos. It was, as our MaddenBot might say, a very bad day for Cam Newton.(Peyton Manning was pressured on 11 of 28 dropbacks, and had a similarly miserable 2.5 QBR on those plays.)Days like Sunday didn’t happen to Newton very often this season. Through the league championship, he was pressured 179 times in 654 dropbacks, or 27.4 percent. (His QBR on those plays was 15.6.) Going by pressures per dropback, the Panthers played only four top-10 pressure defenses this season. During the regular season, the Texans, Seahawks and Colts each played the Panthers tight and held Cam under 50 QBR (and under 80 in the traditional passer rating), but the Panthers defense and general mediocrity of those teams carried Carolina on through. In the divisional round rematch against the Seahawks, defensive end Cliff Avril — one of Seattle’s best pass rushers — left the game in the second quarter and didn’t return. The Seahawks pressured Cam just twice all game. The Cardinals brought pressure six times in the conference championship, a season-low for them. A histogram showing the distribution of pressure plays by scoring margin: Jaguars65418227.815123.1 Saints59816026.814023.4 49ers60016327.216928.2 Rams66825538.219128.6 As the data shows, Newton was well and truly, uh, accounted for. Cowboys55911720.915026.8 Patriots75914318.820026.4 Jets66729243.819929.8 Bills63819831.015223.8 This one is a stacked bar chart, in two segments: read more


Would Adam Silvers Playoff Proposal Be Good For The NBA

Welcome to The Lab, FiveThirtyEight’s basketball podcast. On this week’s show (Feb. 22, 2018), we’re taking the All-Star Game back into The Lab. In the aftermath of a pretty successful Team Steph vs. Team LeBron showdown, Neil and Kyle dive into our best listener suggestions for how to improve the game even more. Next, we’re joined by our ESPN colleague Brian Windhorst to discuss NBA Commissioner Adam Silver’s latest comments about potentially switching up the playoff structure. Plus, a significant digit on the Toronto Raptors’ amazing bench.Here are links to what was discussed this week:Keep an eye on our 2017-18 NBA predictions, updated after every game.In case you missed it, check out last week’s brainstorm with FiveThirtyEight’s Nate Silver on how to fix the All-Star Game.ESPN’s Kevin Arnovitz writes that this year’s All-Star Game got the shake-up it needed.Guest Brian Windhorst of ESPN reported on Adam Silver’s possible playoffs compromise.According to, Toronto’s second unit is the best lineup in the league. Embed Code More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed By Neil Paine and Kyle Wagner read more


Ohio State hockeys 11game winless skid snapped against Western Michigan

The streak is over. The Ohio State men’s ice hockey team defeated Western Michigan Saturday night, 4-3, and with the win the No. 15-ranked Buckeyes ended their 11-game winless streak. OSU (15-11-5, 11-10-5-1 CCHA) was 0-7-4 in 2012 coming into Saturday night’s contest, after losing to the No. 18-ranked Broncos (15-12-5, 12-9-3-3 CCHA) Friday night, 3-2, in the first game of the two-game set. On Saturday, with the Buckeyes trailing 2-2, OSU junior forward Alex Carlson scored twice in the final 5:24 of the third period to give OSU the win. Buckeye freshman forwards Max McCormick and Ryan Dzingel also tallied in the victory. After falling behind, 1-0, in the second period on Friday, the Buckeyes got out to a fast start Saturday. Midway through the first period, McCormick scored a power-play goal at 9:14 with assists from Dzingel and freshman defenseman Ben Gallacher. Following the tally, the Broncos committed another penalty 25 seconds later, and the Buckeyes converted with a goal from Dzingel at 10:23 in the opening period. OSU’s power play had been struggling coming into this weekend. The Buckeyes were 0-14 with a man advantage in two losses to Michigan State in Columbus last weekend. OSU got back on track this weekend, scoring four power-play goals. WMU responded to OSU’s two power-play goals in the first period Saturday with three straight scores. At 17:58 in the first period, the Broncos cut the Buckeyes’ lead to 2-1 with a score from WMU sophomore forward Chase Balisy. Following a scoreless second period, WMU took the lead with two quick goals. At 7:23, freshman forward Will Kessel backhanded a shot past OSU senior goalie Cal Heeter during a 4-on-4. Just 52 seconds later, WMU junior defenseman Matt Tennyson tallied to give the Broncos a 3-2 lead with a little more than 10 minutes remaining. Carlson regained the lead for the Buckeyes for good with two late goals. The first came on the power play at 14:36 after OSU freshman forward Darik Angeli’s shot was blocked, but Carlson was there for the rebound score to tie the game 3-3. The second came at 16:36 when Carlson buried home a puck that was just outside the crease. Heeter made 21 saves in net for the Buckeyes in the victory. With the win, OSU is now alone in fourth place in the CCHA with 39 points, two points back of third-place Michigan and one point ahead of Michigan State and Lake Superior State, which are tied for fifth place. WMU is in second place with 42 points, five points back of first-place Ferris State. The Buckeyes have this weekend off before playing their final series of the regular season on Feb. 24 and 25 against Miami (Ohio). The two teams will play in Oxford, Ohio, at 6:05 p.m. Friday and in Columbus at 7:05 p.m. Saturday. read more


Ohio State brings Kevin McGuff home

Ohio State has named its next women’s basketball coach. The school announced Tuesday that Washington’s Kevin McGuff will be the next coach of the Buckeye program. “We are excited with the opportunity for Kevin to lead our women’s basketball program,” said OSU athletic director Gene Smith in a released statement. “He is a proven leader and has done a marvelous job everywhere he has been. We welcome him back to his home, Ohio.” The move comes less than a month after splitting ways with former coach Jim Foster on March 19. Foster spent 11 seasons in Columbus and garnered a 279-82 record. McGuff, who spent nine seasons at Xavier (214-73) in Cincinnati before jumping ship to Washington in 2011, led the Huskies to a 21-12 finish that ended in a loss to Pacific in the Women’s National Invitation Tournament second round this year. “I am extremely excited and humbled to be the next women’s basketball coach at Ohio State,” McGuff said in a released statement. “This is an amazing opportunity for my family and me to come back to the state of Ohio. I would like to thank Gene, Miechelle Willis (executive associate athletic director) and President (E. Gordon) Gee for putting their faith in me to be their next head coach. As someone who is from the state of Ohio, I know how special of a place this is and my goal is to have Ohio State competing at the highest level of women’s college basketball.” McGuff, who was 41-26 in two seasons with Washington, signed a contract extension on March 26 through 2020, according to a press release. An OSU spokesman said the terms of McGuff’s contract will be made available at a press conference Wednesday. read more


Ronaldos sister blames the Mafia for his Ballon dOr snub

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo’s sister, Elma, was far from impressed with voters for her brother’s Ballon d’Or snub on Monday nightRonaldo’s hopes of a record sixth Ballon d’Or ended on Monday night after his former Real Madrid team-mate Luka Modric beating him by nearly 300 votes.The Portuguese forward has now finished as runner-up to Modric twice after losing out in the FIFA Player of the Year to the Croatian in September, despite another prolific campaign.This came in light of a stunning year from Modric, which saw him help Real win three straight Champions League titles and lead Croatia to their first ever World Cup final.Romelu Lukaku, Inter MilanLukaku backed to beat Ronaldo in Serie A scoring charts Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Former Inter Milan star Andy van der Meyde is confident Romelu Lukaku will outscore Cristiano Ronaldo in this season’s Serie A.But, as far as Ronaldo’s two sisters are concerned, the Juventus star deserved the Ballon d’Or and pointed the blame towards “the mafia” for his omission.“Unfortunately this is the world we live in, rotten, with the mafia and f******g money,” Elma Aveiro wrote on Instagram.“The power of God is a lot greater than all this rottenness. God takes his time but he doesn’t fail.”Ronaldo’s older sister Katia Aveiro added on Instagram: “Best player in the world….for those who understand football of course.”last_img read more


US political strategist fires back at Fred Mitchell says his comments were

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, May 15, 2017 – Nassau – The man offering commentary on US investment and business interests, where The Bahamas was used an example of where the United States may have gone wrong in decisions to pull back after the recent recession; is firing back at Fred Mitchell, former Foreign Affairs Minister.Evan Siegfried is not a Fox News paid consultant, but is a Republican Party political strategist, commentator and columnist and he defended his statements made a day before the May 10th elections as factual and one voice in a choir of major organizations which have sounded the alarm about The Bahamas and the Chinese.Seigfried at this website and twitter and on Facebook issued the comments that the New York Times, Bloomberg, Forbes and others have raised alarms about Bahamas-China relations and expressed his shock that Mitchell would hold a press conference to aim to discredit his comments on a Fox News interview.    He cited newspaper articles from the Nassau Guardian which put unemployment at 16.2% and unemployment in Grand Bahama at 19.5%.   Seigfried said,  “Yet, Fred Mitchell and Prime Minister Christie are not focused on solving that.    Instead they have made me and my factual comments the most important thing for them…”The commentator pointed to the ‘in writing’ evidence of Jerome Fitzgerald soliciting bribes from a foreign investor and faulted former AG Allyson Maynard-Gibson for looking the other way.    He said the PLP was guilty of failure in leadership.    It seems voters agreed, as hours later, the PLP would suffer a dismal loss at the polls, securing four seats of 39 with Mitchell losing his constituency in Fox Hill and Mr. Christie losing his in Centerville.#MagneticMediaNews#EvanSiegfried#SiegfriedfiresbackatFredMitchell Related Items:#EvanSiegfried, #magneticmedianews, #SiegfriedfiresbackatFredMitchell Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more


BNP Media Buys Architectural Record

first_img “This transaction signals Dodge’s focus on our core business: providing information, intelligence and data‐driven insights to empower our customers in the construction industry,” Mike Petrullo, CEO of Dodge Data & Analytics, says in a statement. “ENR and Architectural Record, both published for over 100 years, have a long, storied history of journalistic excellence and leadership in the marketplace, and we wish them continued success under BNP’s stewardship.”  Architectural Record, a monthly magazine, is the centerpiece of the deal, with an audited circulation of more than 93,000 and close to 300,000 unique monthly visitors to its website. BNP Media purchased three magazines from Dodge Data & Analytics Friday—Architectural Record, Engineering News-Record and SNAP. Engineering-News Record has around 62,000 readers of its weekly print publication, and also about 300,000 website visitors. Dodge—formerly, a division of McGraw Hill Financial—was sold to a Palo Alto-based private equity firm for $320 million in September. Terms weren’t released. The titles add to BNP’s already substantial architecture and engineering portfolio that includes 16 brands. The company also says it will add to its Troy, Mich. staff to support the acquisitions. The deal effectively terminates Dodge Data & Analytics’ relationship to traditional media, with the company’s remaining holdings focused squarely on business intelligence for the construction and engineering communities. “The publications, events and continuing education business we have acquired have a magnificent reputation, unparalleled reach, and limitless opportunity. And, they complement perfectly BNP’s strong presence in the construction, engineering and architectural industries,” says BNP Media co-CEOs Harper, Mitchell and Taggart Henderson, in a release.  “By integrating these businesses into BNP Media and executing the same centralized management techniques applied across all of our brands, we ultimately will help strengthen the design, construction and building industries by expanding the publications’ offerings to professionals through additional intellectual capabilities such as continuing education and more.”last_img read more


BUSINESS BRIEF Wilmingtons UniFirst To Sponsor NASCARs William Byron Chevrolet At May

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — UniFirst Corporation, a North American leader in providing customized work uniform programs, corporate attire, and facility service products, in partnership with 12-time NASCAR Cup Series champions Hendrick Motorsports, is gearing up for the 2019 NASCAR season debut of the No. 24 UniFirst Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 driven by 2018 Cup rookie of the year and 2019 DAYTONA 500 pole winner William Byron for this weekend’s race at Kansas Speedway on Saturday, May 11. The event begins at 7:30 p.m. ET and will be televised on FOX Sports 1 (FS1).UniFirst is a primary sponsor of the Hendrick Motorsports No. 24 team with Byron for three races during the 2019 NASCAR Cup Series season. At 21 years old, he became the second-youngest driver in history to earn the pole for the prestigious DAYTONA 500 when he kicked off 2019 by capturing the top qualifying spot for “The Great American Race.” Now a third of the way through the season, fans will get their first chance to see the refreshed No. 24 UniFirst Chevrolet on the racetrack, featuring a dynamic, contemporary paint scheme with the company’s signature green and white colors, along with its corporate logo.In 2016, UniFirst and Hendrick Motorsports announced an eight-year partnership that runs through the 2023 NASCAR season. UniFirst is the official workwear provider of Hendrick Motorsports, supplying work clothing and uniforms to the team and its sister company, Hendrick Automotive Group, which is the largest privately held retail automotive organization in the United States.“We’re as excited as ever to see the debut of our updated UniFirst race car design, as well as our driver, William Byron, who got off to a strong start this season,” says Adam Soreff, director of marketing and communications for UniFirst. “We’re revved up from William winning rookie of the year win last season and his pole award for the 61st running of the DAYTONA 500, and we’re really looking forward to his performance in the UniFirst Chevy this weekend in Kansas.”In 2018, Byron became only the second driver to win rookie of the year honors in each of NASCAR’s three national series in consecutive years — earning titles in the Cup Series in 2018, the Xfinity Series in 2017 and the Gander Outdoor Truck Series in 2016. He was named the driver of the No. 24 Chevrolet in August 2017.The next race for UniFirst after this weekend will be at Charlotte Motor Speedway’s ROVAL on Sunday, Sept. 29 at 2:30 p.m. ET, and will be televised on NBC. UniFirst will then return with the No. 24 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 at Kansas Speedway on Sunday, Oct. 20 at 2:30 p.m. ET, also live on NBC.About Hendrick MotorsportsFounded by Rick Hendrick in 1984, Hendrick Motorsports has earned 253 points-paying race victories and a record 12 car owner championships in the premier NASCAR Cup Series. The organization fields four full-time Chevrolet teams on the Cup circuit with drivers Chase Elliott, William Byron, Jimmie Johnson and Alex Bowman. Headquartered in Concord, North Carolina, Hendrick Motorsports employs more than 600 people. For more information, please visit or interact on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.About UniFirstHeadquartered in Wilmington, Mass., UniFirst Corporation (NYSE: UNF) is a North American leader in the supply and servicing of uniform and workwear programs, as well as the delivery of facility service programs. Together with its subsidiaries, the company also provides first aid and safety products, and manages specialized garment programs for the cleanroom and nuclear industries. UniFirst manufactures its own branded workwear, protective clothing, and floorcare products; and with more than 250 service locations, over 300,000 customer locations, and 14,000-plus employee Team Partners, the company outfits nearly 2 million workers each business day. For more information, contact UniFirst at 888.861.2709 or visit The above press release is from UniFirst.)Like 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… RelatedBUSINESS BRIEF: Wilmington’s UniFirst To Sponsor William Byron’s Race Car For 2019 NASCAR SeasonIn “Business”BUSINESS BRIEF: Wilmington’s UniFirst Teams Up With IndyCar Driver Marco Andretti For Two July RacesIn “Business”Wilmington’s UniFirst Unveils New Race Car Design For Driver William Byron for 2018 NASCAR SeasonIn “Business”last_img read more


VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES Wilmington Farmers Market Seeking Volunteers

first_imgShare this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington Farmers Market To Hold Cornhole Tournament Fundraiser On September 29In “Community”What To Expect At The Wilmington Farmers Market On July 7In “Community”What To Expect At The Wilmington Farmers Market On July 21In “Community” WILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington Farmers Market is looking for volunteers to help with its 2019 season, which kicked off this past Sunday and runs through October 13, 2019 on Sundays, 10am to 1pm.The Market need help with setting up tents and tables, and with staffing its Kids Table.If you have a half hour to spare on a Sunday morning, meet the Market organizaers at the Swain Green around 9/9:30am, and the organizers can show you how easy it is to put up an EZ UP!Or come at 12:30pm, get your shopping in, and help organizersbreakdown the whole shebang and load up the trailer.If you have a few hours, then have some fun helping the Market’s littler customers create some crafts at the Kids Table.Adults and youth (yep, this qualifies for service hours at Wilmington High) welcome.Sign up HERE.(NOTE: The above announcement is from the Wilmington Farmers Market.)Like 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 read more


Like old photos memories fade over time

first_imgLike old photographs, the visual quality of our memories declines over time, according to a study. When people remember the past, they remember it with varying degrees of clarity. Sometimes people remember lots of details about an event, as if they are reliving the moment as it happened, said Maureen Ritchey, an assistant professor at Boston College in the US. Other times, it seems like the memory has faded, and the details are fuzzy, according to the study published in the journal Psychological Science. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfPrevious research has shown that emotionally significant events – like a car accident – are remembered more vividly than everyday events. “We wanted to know whether this feeling of memory vividness is related to not just what is remembered, but how it is remembered – the visual quality of the memory,” Ritchey said in a statement. She said people reported changes to their memories akin to using a filter to edit a picture. “A simple analogy is what happens when you post a photo on Instagram. You are cued to apply a filter that changes the brightness or colour saturation of the image,” Ritchey said. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveIn three experiments, participants studied emotionally negative and neutral images that varied in visual quality – luminance and colour saturation. They then reconstructed the visual qualities of each image in a subsequent test. The findings revealed that memories were recollected as less visually vibrant than they were encoded, demonstrating a novel memory-fading effect, the researchers said. Negative emotions subjects experienced when viewing the images increased the likelihood that images would be accurately remembered but did not influence memory fading. In addition, subjective ratings of memory vividness were lower for less accurate memories and for memories that had visually faded, the team found. These findings provide evidence that the vibrancy of low-level details – such as colours and shapes associated with an event – fade in memory while the gist of the experience is retained. People may remember going to a music festival and watching their favourite band, but the intensity of that sensory experience, including the bright stage lights and strength of the bass, will slowly fade. “We found that memories seem to literally fade: people consistently remembered visual scenes as being less vibrant than they were originally experienced,” said post-doctoral researcher Rose Cooper. “We had expected that memories would get less accurate after a delay, but we did not expect that there would be this qualitative shift in the way that they were remembered,” Cooper said. The fading effect happened less for memories that were rated as subjectively stronger. “We were also surprised to find that emotional memories did not influence the amount of fading, only the likelihood with which people remembered the images at all,” she added.last_img read more


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The dollar index closed late Thursday afternoon in

first_img The dollar index closed late Thursday afternoon in New York at 82.16.  It trade pretty flat in the early going in Far East trading before rolling over and hitting its 82.07 low about 2:40 p.m. Hong Kong time.  It rallied from there, hitting its 82.45 high minutes before 11 a.m. EDT, which just happened to coincide with the low ticks for both gold and silver.  From that point it sold off a bit and closed the Friday session at 82.31—up 15 basis points on the day. As I said in Friday’s wrap, it’s still my opinion that gold and silver prices haven’t seen their lows for this move down as of yet.  That was confirmed in my conversation with Ted Butler yesterday.  I asked him how far along we were in the silver liquidation process—and his answer was not encouraging. He said that as of yesterday’s Commitment of Traders Report, the technical funds were still 23,000 Comex contracts higher than we were at the absolute low at the end of May.  To get back to the contract low at the end of May, these long contracts would have to disappear—and that could happen in two ways, which is a combination of long liquidation and new shorting that add up to that number of contracts.  What the silver price would be at that point is anyone’s guess, but it would be considerably lower than it is right now.  The same situation exists in gold, although I’m not sure of the number of contracts, because I didn’t ask.  Maybe Ted will mention it in his weekly review which will be posted for his paying subscribers later today. Of course, there’s always the chance that JPMorgan et al aren’t going to target those lows again during this particular engineered price decline, but the possibility exists, so I thought you should know about it. Nothing has changed in the economic, financial or political world since last Saturday.  The American and European militaries—and their associated governments—are still attempting to provoke Russia into armed intervention in the Ukraine.  Of course Putin is way too smart for that. Since the lies they—and the whores in the Western press—are telling, are no longer working, we’ll just have to wait and see what happens, because the West will continue to hammer away at the Russians, as they are still itching for war.  All we can do is wait for the next shoe to drop.  I’m thinking a ‘false flag’ operation of some kind. Of course the powers-that-be could also drop another 9/11-type event on us sometime in the future—and as I said in the comments in one of the Critical Reads—there will probably be several simultaneously in various parts of the world, as the forces of Mordor, along with the bought and paid for press, are now becoming more brazen with each passing day, as the Nazgûl have been given free rein on Planet Earth. There are four trading days left in August—and I’m not sure what to expect.  One would think that JPMorgan et al will push their advantage through options and futures expiry early next week, as that’s what I would be doing if I were them.  But they were nowhere to be seen yesterday.  However, I don’t have a criminal mind—and who knows what they’ve been instructed to do.  Because even though they’re doing the dirty work, it’s my opinion that they aren’t calling the shots. So we’ll have to see what next week’s trading action brings—and I’ll be watching the 6 p.m. EDT Globex open on Sunday evening with great interest. Enjoy what’s left of your weekend—and I’ll see you on Tuesday. JPMorgan et al decided to take the day off Friday was a real yawner as far as price action in gold was concerned and, once again there was little volume associated with it, either—and it followed the dollar index around for the most part.  Once again, the high and low ticks aren’t worth looking up. Gold finished the Friday trading session at $1,280.80 spot, up $4.50 from Thursday’s close, saved by a five dollar rally that started just before 11 a.m. EDT in New York.  Net volume was only 87,000 contracts. Sponsor Advertisement I have a lot of stories today, including several that I’ve been saving for my Saturday column because of content or length issues. I’ve been mentioning COMEX copper more frequently this year because it has become quite clear that copper prices have been involved in the same manipulative scam as is true in COMEX silver and gold. It’s the same story in copper that exists in silver and gold, namely a rigging of prices by the commercials to induce technical fund buying and selling. Copper price movement has had nothing to do with real world copper supply and demand fundamentals and everything to do with the collusive commercials tricking the technical funds in COMEX dealings. Clearly, all blame for this outrageous and illegal copper manipulation must be placed on the CME and the CFTC (and probably JPMorgan). What makes the copper manipulation particularly egregious is that the market is so large, with annual mine production worth upwards of $130 billion, and because it wouldn’t seem probable that the manipulation exists for some of the reasons given for the silver and gold manipulations, namely to protect the dollar or some such effect. Thus, it would appear likely that it’s just a game of the collusive commercials stealing from the technical funds for pure avarice, promoted by the CME and protected by the CFTC. The scam is as simple and straight forward in copper as it is in silver and gold, namely, the commercials rig prices higher and lower through important moving averages to sucker the technical funds in and out of massive positions. – Silver analyst Ted Butler: 20 August 2014 Today’s pop ‘blast from the past’ dates back to 1968.  Both the tune—and the artist—need no inroduction at all.  The link is here.  If I’ve posted this before, it’s been a while. Today’s classical ‘blast from the past’ is the waltz form Act 1 of Tchaikovsy’s 1875/6 ballet, Swan Lake, Op. 20.  The Philadelphia Orchestra does the honours—and Riccardo Muti conducts.  The tempo is a little faster than I’m used to, or like, but I’m running late this morning—and I just don’t have the time to look for another version.  The link is here. There’s not much to talk about regarding yesterday’s price action in either gold or silver.  It was almost like JPMorgan et al decided to take the day off.  Except for roll-over action, volume wasn’t particularly high once again. Here are the 6-month charts for both gold and silver—and there’s not much change from Thursday. The silver equities followed a very similar path—and Nick Laird’s Intraday Silver Sentiment Index closed down 0.27%. The platinum price did even less—and finished Friday up two bucks. Palladium was in positive territory all day long yesterday—and then caught a bid at the Comex open, with all of the gains in by 10 a.m. EDT.  After that it traded flat, before getting sold off a couple of bucks just before the close of electronic trading.  Palladium finished up seven dollars. The gold stocks headed lower right from the open—and hit their nadir minutes before 11 a.m. EDT when gold hit its low—and the dollar index hit its high.  From there they rallied sharply back into positive territory, but couldn’t hold even those tiny gains, despite the fact that gold closed in positive territory.  The HUI finished down 0.30%. The CME Daily Delivery Report showed that 100 gold and zero silver contracts were posted for delivery within the Comex-approved depositories on Tuesday.  The only short/issuer was Morgan Stanley out of its in-house [proprietary] trading account.  The two largest stoppers were Canada’s Scotiabank with 71 contracts—and JPMorgan with 22 contracts for its client account once again.  The link to yesterday’s Issuers and Stoppers Report is here. The CME’s Preliminary Report for the Friday trading session showed that there are still 226 gold contracts open in August, from which you can subtract the 100 contracts shown above that are to be delivered on Tuesday. There were no reported changes in GLD yesterday—and as of  9:36 p.m. yesterday evening, there were no reported changes in SLV, either. And, for the first time this week, there was no sales report from the U.S. Mint. Over at the Comex-approved depositories on Thursday, there was a deposit of 46,279 troy ounces of gold into Brink’s Inc.  Ted Butler pointed out that this was the same gold, to the ounce, that had been transferred out of the Manfra, Tordella & Brookes warehouse on Wednesday.  So there was no net change in gold stocks over those two days, just inter-depository movement. The link to that activity is here. It was a huge day in silver once again, as 1,899,945 troy ounces were reported received—and 785,557 troy ounces were shipped out.  The bulk of the movements were at Brink’s, Inc. and Canada’s Scotiabank.  The link to that action is here. The Commitment of Traders Report, for positions held at the close of Comex trading on Tuesday, was more or less what I was expecting to see, as there was very decent improvement in the Commercial net short positions in both silver and gold—and I’m just going to hit the highlights. In silver, the Commercial net short position declined by a chunky 6,343 contracts, or 31.7 million ounces.  The Commercial net short position is now down to 186.9 million troy ounces. The Big 4 traders reduced their net short position by 1,800 contracts, but the ‘5 through 8’ traders increased their net short position by 1,500 contracts.  Ted pegs JPMorgan’s short-side corner in the Comex silver market at 17,500 contracts. The big surprise for me was that the brain-dead/black-box technical fund traders in the ‘Managed Money’ category only reduced their long position by 575 contracts, although they jumped on the short side to the tune of 5,411 contracts.  I was expecting much more long liquidation that that.  Ted had the answer—and it amazed me—but that info is for his paying subscribers only. As an aside to all of the above in silver, at the low at the end of May, the Commercial net short position in silver was only around 14,000 contracts, or 70 million ounces of silver.  So you can see that we have miles to go to the downside in both contract [and price] terms if ‘da boyz’ really want to hammer the silver market like their quite capable of doing. In gold, the Commercial net short position also declined by a bunch, to the tune of 13,025 Comex contracts, or 1.30 million troy ounces of paper gold. The ‘Managed Money’ technical funds did pretty much as I expected they might, as they sold 9,959 long contracts—and piled onto the short side to the tune of 3,263 contracts. Ted says that JPMorgan actually increased its long potion by 2,500 contracts during the reporting week—and their long-side corner in the Comex gold market is back up to 17,500 contracts, which is exactly the same number of contracts they hold short in the Comex silver market. Here’s Nick Laird’s “Days of World Production to Cover Comex Short Positions” for the Big 4 and Big 8 traders in the Comex futures market as of yesterday’s COT Report. Can you retire on an annuity? Annuities are sold as a “set and forget” way to collect guaranteed income in retirement. But what your insurance broker may not tell you is, they also carry hidden risks. Before you commit a dime to an annuity, find out about these 3 dangers in a new independent report from Casey Research. It’s a must-read for anyone considering an annuity—and it’s free! (Plus: We do not sell annuities. This is completely unbiased research!) Click here to read this free report, The TRUTH About Annuities. Silver spent most of Friday in positive territory but, like gold, got sold down to its low of the day a few minutes before London closed for the weekend, which was a few minutes before 11 a.m. EDT.  The subsequent rally back into positive territory got met by the usual not-for-profit sellers—and silver was closed down on the day. The low and high ticks were reported as $19.285 and $19.55 in the September contract. Silver closed yesterday at $19.395 spot, down 2 cents from Thursday.  Gross volume was heavy because of roll-overs out of the September contract, but it netted out at only 22,000 contracts. Today’s first photo is of our neighbour’s 5-month old cat, Luna.  Because it’s too young to be boarded at a kennel, we volunteered to look after it while they were on vacation for two weeks.  What a hellion she turned out to be!  Climbing drapes and speakers became her spécialité de la maison—and to get her to sit still long enough for a photo was challenge in itself. Pure black cats do not photograph well, because there’s just no contrast, but the sidelight from the kitchen window helped in this circumstance.  We were oh, so happy to return her to her owners.last_img read more


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first_imgRecommended Link Chilling Footage of Protest (More unrest to come?) After protesters attacked his daughter’s street, this rancher decided to expose them… and uncovered a disturbing truth… • The price of wheat is up 7% over the past month… But it’s not the only grain that’s rallying. Oat prices are up 13% over the same period. Soybeans are up 10%. Corn is up 6%.These are big moves. You see, the entire grain market has been in a bear market since 2012. Grains have been falling for so long, most investors have given up on them completely. But those people are making a huge mistake. You see, bear markets are the authors of bull markets. And after a five-year bear market, the stage is now set for a massive grain bull market. Big money is going to be made. But most people won’t cash in. That’s because grains trade on the futures market. And most investors haven’t traded a futures contract in their life. The good news is that there’s an easier way to profit. I’ll tell you how to do that at the end of today’s issue.• But first, you should understand something… I’m not your typical investor. I don’t chase trends. I don’t follow crowds into high-flying stocks. I’m a crisis investor. Like Doug Casey, I like to buy stocks that other investors have left for dead. That’s how you get the best deals…and make truly life-changing returns. That’s the opportunity we’re seeing in grains right now. You can see what I mean in the chart below. It shows the performance of the Bloomberg Grains Subindex, which tracks the price of grains like wheat, corn, and soybeans, since 2006. You can see that grain prices have been in free fall since 2012.Again, this happened because farmers flooded the market with grain…which caused prices to crash. — Recommended Link — By Justin Spittler, editor, Casey Daily Dispatch “We’re definitely at an inflection point.” That’s what Matt Connelly told Bloomberg less than a month ago. Connelly, who’s a grains analyst at The Hightower Report in Chicago, was talking about wheat. You see, wheat prices have been falling since 2012. Prices crashed because wheat is highly cyclical. It booms and busts, just like other commodities. During the last boom, prices rose so much that farmers made a killing. But they grew too much wheat and flooded the market. This eventually caused prices to plunge. All this extra supply has kept prices low. But Connelly says the market is starting to work off that surplus:  I’m thinking these world production numbers are going to creep lower and kind of wake up the world. And it looks like he nailed this call… Doug Casey: I see a “marvelous bubble” forming Legendary speculator Doug Casey has never been interested in cryptocurrencies. But after a private meeting in Miami with a former hedge fund manager, he’s convinced that this market could make early investors an absolute fortune. Click here to get all the details from Doug’s go-to cryptocurrency expert. • Grain prices are now at the lowest level since 2006… The last time grains were this cheap, they went on to soar 135% over the next two years. And world-class agricultural stocks soared many times higher. You can see what I mean below. This chart compares the performance of the Bloomberg Grains Subindex with PotashCorp (POT). If the name PotashCorp rings a bell, it’s because it’s the world’s largest fertilizer company. Its products put nutrients back into depleted soil. This helps farmers boost their grain crop yields. Because of this, fertilizer stocks closely track grain prices. You can clearly see this above. A 135% spike in grain prices between 2006 and 2008 caused shares of Potash to surge 815%. In other words, you could have turned $10,000 into $91,500 in just over two years.• The same kind of opportunity is staring us in the face right now…For the first time in years, the grain market is showing signs of life. And there’s good reason to think it’ll keep rallying.After all, demand for grains is soaring.U.S. exports of corn, soybeans, and wheat are up 26% since last year. They’re up 73% since 2013. They’re now at the highest level in nearly two decades, as you can see in the chart below. This isn’t the only reason to be bullish on grains, either.• The “smart money” is betting on agricultural commodities… According to the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, hedge funds raised their net long positions (aka bullish bets) on futures and options for agricultural commodities by 330,023 contracts in just the past week. That’s the second-biggest surge in buying this sector has seen since 2006. It’s also another sign that the worst is likely over for the grain market.• So, consider speculating on this trend if you haven’t already… There are a few ways to do this… You could buy the iPath Bloomberg Grains Subindex Total Return ETN (JJG). This is a way to invest in the Bloomberg Grains Subindex I mentioned earlier. And it’s a way to profit from higher grain prices without trading futures contracts. You could also consider investing in fertilizer stocks like PotashCorp (POT). The thesis is pretty straightforward: If crop prices keep rising, farmers will make money. They’ll have more money to spend on things like fertilizer. That’s good news for companies like PotashCorp—it means they’ll sell more. Just understand that JJG and fertilizer stocks are highly volatile. Their prices can swing wildly due to government policies, global economics, and the weather. So, treat these like speculations. Only bet on them with money you can afford to lose. Don’t chase them higher. And always use a stop loss to lock in gains and keep your losses small.Regards,Justin Spittler Vancouver, B.C. July 21, 2017last_img read more


Editors Note The video of leeches used in surger

first_imgEditor’s Note: The video of leeches used in surgery is a bit bloody — especially after the 2-minute mark.Leeches get a bad rap — but they might not deserve it.Yes, they’re creepy crawly blood-suckers. And they can instill an almost primal sense of disgust and revulsion. Humphrey Bogart’s character in the 1951 film The African Queen even went so far as to call them “filthy little devils.”But the humble leech is making a comeback. This critter is increasingly playing a key role as a sidekick for scientists and doctors, simply by being its bloodthirsty self.Distant cousins of the earthworm, most leech species are parasites that feed on the blood of animals and humans alike. They are often found in freshwater and navigate either by swimming or inching themselves along, using two suckers — one at each end of their body — to anchor themselves. Most species range from about a quarter inch to three inches in length.Upon reaching an unsuspecting host, a leech will surreptitiously attach itself and begin to feed. It uses a triangular set of three teeth to cut in, and secretes a suite of chemicals to thin the blood and numb the skin so its presence goes undetected.Some leech species can also live on land, thriving in humid environments like the forests of southern Asia. Biologists recently reported that leeches in that region can provide a valuable snapshot of which animals are present in a particular area: The parasites carry their host’s blood, and DNA, within their gut after each meal.”They find things you don’t find,” said Michael Tessler, a postdoctoral scholar at the American Museum of Natural History in New York. As an added bonus (depending on your perspective), leeches are also attracted to humans as potential blood meals, he said. Thus, the creatures do not shy away from researchers, making sample collection quick and easy.Tessler and several colleagues gathered 750 terrestrial leeches in the genus Haemadipsa from Cambodia, Bangladesh and southern China. Then, they analyzed the DNA from each inch-long leech’s meal to identify the unwitting blood donors. With this analysis, the scientists were able to identify wild and domestic animals common in those areas, including some species of concern for conservation.The study also revealed a few surprises. Some leech meals had come from a few bird species, and one came from a bat. “Clearly these things get around,” Tessler said.Beyond their utility in field biology, leeches have an important role to play in a surgeon’s medical kit.The association between doctors and leeches dates back to the ancient Egyptians and ancient Greeks. According to Greek philosophers, illness was the result of an imbalance in bodily fluids, or humors. They believed that applying leeches to patients would help restore a proper balance. Leeches were widely used as a cure-all for an array of ailments, especially in medieval Europe.These practices were relegated to the status of quackery by the advent of modern medicine in the 20th century as doctors developed new, more effective treatments. Nowadays, however, medical leeches are experiencing a renaissance as their bloodsucking ability is tuned to a more scientific purpose.Leeches come in handy during reconstructive surgeries, such as those to reattach fingers, according to Dr. Rudolf Buntic, a hand surgeon and director of microsurgery for California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco. During such a procedure, surgeons repair small arteries that carry blood into the severed digit. However, the tiny veins that carry blood back out may be too damaged or too small to repair, leaving blood to stagnate in the finger.That’s when Hirudo medicinalis comes in.”The leech acts as a vein,” said Buntic.It draws stale blood out of the reattached finger as it feeds, allowing fresh, oxygenated blood to come in. Chemicals in the leech’s saliva also help prevent blood clots from forming in the damaged tissue. Doctors apply fresh leeches over the course of about ten days. This provides enough time for new, tiny veins to regrow and create channels for blood to leave the patient’s finger on its own, Buntic said.Throughout the treatment, surgeons order leeches from the pharmacy, just as they would any other medicine.If these little guys still give you the heebie-jeebies, don’t worry: They probably won’t be showing up at your local drugstore anytime soon, as they’re primarily used in hospitals.You might run into them in some research labs, however. David Weisblat, a biologist at the University of California, Berkeley, has been studying leech development and evolution for more than 40 years. He’s recently started a project to learn more about leech behavior and neurobiology.This involves placing the leeches onto a checkerboard of sorts, made of sandpaper. The squares alternate between rough and smooth grains. Many of the leeches, small snail-hunters in the genus Helobdella, have a strong preference for the smoother squares, moving in strictly diagonal patterns.”It’s like a little pawn on the chessboard that’s gone crazy,” Weisblat said.Though leeches may have an unimpressive nervous system by vertebrate standards, they are still capable of using information from their environment to make decisions, said Weisblat. And figuring out how this process works is easier in a leech than in the nervous system of mice or rats. In understanding how leeches find their way around with so few neurons, we can begin to understand how the nervous system processes and encodes information, Weisblat said.Capturing the way leeches sense and move through their environment could also one day translate to bioengineering applications, like designing small, exploratory robotics, said Weisblat. “Leeches can go on glass surfaces, crawling with their suckers, and exploring all sorts of different ways,” he said.”It’s pretty amazing, when you think about how simple they are.”Emma Hiolski is a freelance science journalist and intern with KQED’s Deep Look video series. Her work has appeared in Science, Chemical & Engineering News and The San Jose Mercury News. You can find her on Twitter @EHiolski.Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit read more


Disabled people and their organisations have brand

first_imgDisabled people and their organisations have branded this week’s budget misguided and cruel, and say it will drag many more disabled people into poverty.Their chief target was the chancellor’s decision to remove – from April 2017 – the extra financial support given to new claimants in the work-related activity group (WRAG) of employment and support allowance (ESA), the out-of-work disability benefit.But there were also warnings of the impact on disabled people of freezing until 2020 most working-age benefits, although not disability living allowance (DLA) or personal independence payment (PIP).Another concern was over cutting the benefit cap from £26,000 to £20,000 a year for those outside London, and to £23,000 for those in the capital, although this again will not apply to those claiming PIP or DLA.Liz Sayce, chief executive of Disability Rights UK, said: “Today’s announcements offered disappointment, not practical support, and will leave swathes of disabled people worse off.”Sayce pointed to the decision to scrap the extra support given to disabled people in the WRAG – which at current rates would see weekly payments fall from about £102 a week to £73 – which she said was “a bitter blow”.She said: “Many disabled people want to work. Becoming disabled through an accident, or getting cancer, or some other condition, can happen to anyone.“Managing that kind of life changing event is hard enough; a 30 per cent drop in income makes it much, much, harder.”Sayce also pointed out that many disabled people would be hit by the decision to lower the benefit cap.She said: “Some disabled people are exempt from the benefit cap, but many are not – and that number is going to increase by around 20 per cent as disability living allowance is replaced by the new personal independence payment, which has much stricter criteria.”Robert Punton (pictured), a member of Disabled People Against Cuts, who took part in a protest against the budget in Westminster yesterday, said Osborne had launched an attack on the social model of disability.He said: “It is a return to the medical model: ‘We will look after you, we will put you back into institutions. We will stop you from contributing to your communities because we do not see you as having a value to our communities.’”Peter Beresford, co-chair of the national service-user network Shaping Our Lives and professor of social policy at Brunel University, said: “The budget offers nothing positive and more problems for disabled people if they are in employment or seeking it or need the support of benefits.“The budget cuts benefits but doesn’t address improving employment access or opportunities for disabled people; the traffic is in the opposite direction.” But he suggested that the budget “may have the opposite effect to that intended”, as “more and more groups, individuals and families, young and older, are brought into the orbit of welfare reform”.He said: “Instead of divide and rule, it may result in new understandings between groups, new alliances and new mobilising.”Laura Stringhetti, of the WOWcampaign, said: “Lowering the weekly amount people receive when in the WRAG, which would be the same as claimants receive when on JSA, will have a profound, negative impact on many people.“The amount of money JSA pays is enough to survive on a short-term basis; it is not enough to allow an adequate standard of living to people who might be unable, through no fault of their own, to find employment in a labour market often not prepared to employ chronically-ill and disabled people.“This is another cruel blow, after several cuts to benefits and services that have already made it more difficult for disabled people to be included and contribute to society.”John McArdle, co-founder of Black Triangle, said the WRAG cut was “a barbaric act”.He said: “Arbitrarily cutting £30 per week from sick and/or disabled people who, in a vast number of cases, have wrongly been found to have limited capability for work under the bogus work capability assessment regime – and so placed in the WRAG group with statistically no real hope of finding work and every chance of ending up destitute at food banks for failure to comply with conditionality – is an utterly despicable act of cruelty.“Many will end up on the streets, or worse.“On a wider scale, millions of families are about to experience immiseration on a scale not seen in Britain since the 1930s.”Pat Onions, founder of Pat’s Petition, said Osborne had demonstrated the “total confusion” within the government about the nature of the WRAG.She said: “People are put in the WRAG because they are tested by the work capability assessment (WCA) and judged currently not to be able to work.“But once they are in the WRAG this result is ignored and they are treated as if their condition has miraculously improved and they can now get a job.“For most people in the WRAG, their condition is permanent or deteriorating, so why having been judged not to be able to get a job at the WCA are they suddenly expected to be able to get a job?”She added: “The logic of the test says that most people in the WRAG cannot get jobs. All the evidence shows that most people in the WRAG are not getting jobs.“So why is the government inflicting sanctions, time limits and now an income reduction to pressurise them into getting jobs?”Meanwhile, the Institute for Fiscal Studies – whose work is often quoted by ministers – said that Osborne’s WRAG move would strengthen a disabled person’s incentive to be placed in the ESA support group, where claimants are not required to carry out any work-related activity at all.The reaction to the budget on social media among disabled campaigners was equally critical.Dr Sarah Campbell, who tweets at @spoonydoc, said: “Fairly surprised no one talking about reduction in disability benefit by A THIRD! #budget2015 Will just make people poor, not help get jobs.”Disability consultant and campaigner Jane Young tweeted: “Reducing ESA for those in the WRAG confirms that Govt fails to understand extra barriers to work faced by disabled jobseekers.”The disabled activist and blogger Steve Sumpter, who tweets at @latentexistence, said: “I’m currently in the ESA support group, and get DLA high-rate mobility. In theory I’m one of the vulnerable people Tories claim to protect.“In practice, I’m f*****g terrified. I’m one assessment away from the work related activity group, one assessment from losing DLA.”Fellow disabled blogger David Gillon said: “When it resorts to claiming disabled ppl are lazy and don’t want to work #Budget2015 engages in worst kind of scrounger rhetoric.”Paul Farmer, chief executive of the mental health charity Mind, said: “Reducing the amount provided to those in the work related activity group of ESA from about £5,000 to £3,500 a year will make people’s lives even more difficult and will do nothing to help them return to work.”He said that almost three-fifths of people on jobseeker’s allowance move off the benefit within six months, whereas nearly three-fifths of people in the WRAG need that support for at least two years.He said: “It is unrealistic to expect people to survive on £73 a week for this length of time.“We’re concerned that the impact of these changes will be felt by our overstretched NHS services, as these cuts hit individuals’ mental health as well as their pockets.”He added: “It is insulting and misguided to imply that ill and disabled people on ESA will be more likely to move into work if their benefits are cut.“The vast majority of people with mental health problems want to work but face significant barriers as a result of the impact of their condition and the stigma they often face from employers.”last_img read more