They had in their possession one kilogram of C-4 explosives. Three people were arrested with C-4 explosives in Wellawatte this evening, the Navy said.The Navy said that the suspects were in a three-wheeler at the time of the arrest.
They had in their possession one kilogram of C-4 explosives. Three people were arrested with C-4 explosives in Wellawatte this evening, the Navy said.The Navy said that the suspects were in a three-wheeler at the time of the arrest.
Voting for the permanent staff representative on the Brock University Board of Trustees is now open.Voting opened May 12 at 8:30 a.m. and will close at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, May 23, 2014.Permanent Brock staff are asked to check their Brock email account for a link that will provide directions on how to vote.PLEASE NOTE: A faulty link was provided in Monday’s initial story, which appeared in the Brock News.Further information about the election is available here.
The Director-General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today spoke out against the recent kidnapping and beheading of Sudanese newspaper editor Mohammed Taha Mohammed Ahmed in Khartoum and urged that the perpetrators be brought to justice. “I condemn the brutal murder of Mohammed Taha Mohammed Ahmed,” UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura said. “Freedom of expression is not only a fundamental human right but also a pre-requisite for effective democracy and rule of law.”Voicing shock at the brutality of the crime, he called on the Sudanese authorities “to do all they can to ensure that Mr. Mohammed Taha’s killers are brought to trial.” Mr Mohammed Taha, the 50-year-old editor-in-chief of the privately-owned daily Al-Wifaq, was kidnapped by masked gunmen outside his home on 5 September. Police found his decapitated body the following day. The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) reports that Mr. Mohammed Taha was detained for several days in May 2005 and that his paper was closed for three months after he published an article considered blasphemous. Six-months ago, also according to the CPJ, unidentified assailants set fire to the offices of Al-Wifaq, badly damaging the building. Mr. Matsuura has been campaigning against the murders of journalists across the world as part of the agency’s campaign to spotlight threats to press freedom. read more
Since Mike Krzyzewski took over and built an empire at Duke, he had just three transfers into his program — until Rodney Hood came along. The left-handed prospect who played at Mississippi State last year makes No. 4 for Krzyzewski and Duke.When Bulldogs coach Rick Stansbury indicated in March that he was retiring, Hood decided he would leave Starksville, too. As one of the top freshmen in the SEC, Stansbury had many suitors. It was hard for him to pass on Duke, which took in Seth Curry in 2009 as a transfer from Liberty.Hood will sit out the upcoming season, but he will have three seasons of eligibility remaining beginning in 2013-14. Said Coach K in a statement: “We are very happy to add Rodney to our program. We recruited him out of high school and followed his progress at Mississippi State, where he had an outstanding year. We believe that with him sitting out a year and getting prepared he will have a huge positive impact on our program.”Hood is a left-handed wing player who, at 6-foot-8, and averaged 10.3 points, 4.8 rebounds and two assists per game in his first college season. For Duke, he will be like an incoming freshman when he is eligible, adding to what promised to be another strong class for the Blue Devils.But if Michael Gbinije had not transferred to Syracuse, a spot for Hood might not have been available at Duke. that’s where it opened the position for a guy like Rodney to come in and have a big impact right away,” assistant coach Chris Collins said.Added Collins: “We recruited him to be an impact player,” Collins said. “He’s got a very smooth game – very skilled, great feel. He can pass, he can finish, he can score. Talking to people in their league, they felt like he was a super-talented guy who had a chance to be a big-time player as he got older and got stronger.” read more
The coastguard were alerted to the boat after some of the migrants started making panicked phone calls as the boat started taking on water in the middle of the night. Since then, there have been several reports of migrants attempting to cross the Channel in boats, while others have stowed away in the back of lorries.The latest incident comes after a total of 5,596 migrants were evacuated from the “Jungle” camp in Calais with many being taken away on buses, according to French ministries. An asylum seeker who tried to cross the Channel in an inflatable kayak was picked up less than eight miles from the British coastline.The man was picked up by the UK Border Force after someone on a ferry spotted him near the Kent coastline in the small inflatable at around 12.30pm on Saturday. HMC Searcher was deployed and picked up the man, who has presented himself as being from Iran. Sky News sources suggested the man had come from the now-demolished “Jungle” camp in Calais. Sky News sources suggested the man had come from the now-demolished “Jungle” camp in Calais (pictured)Credit:Christopher Furlong The man, who is in his 30s, allegedly told officials he was persecuted in Iran after converting to Christianity, according to Sky News. He is believed to have claimed asylum and has been detained at an immigration centre in Croydon, south London, while he awaits a decision.His application is reportedly being dealt with under the Detained Fast Track procedure, which means it will likely take around two weeks before he is told whether or not he can stay.The man is believed to be the first migrant to attempt to cross the Channel in a kayak.In May, two Britons – Mark Stribling, 35, from Farningham, Kent and Robert Stilwell, 33, from Dartford – were jailed over immigration offences after a group of 18 Albanians, which included two children, had to be rescued from a sinking inflatable boat in waters near Folkestone in Kent. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. read more
An angler who reeled in a 5st carp claims he has been “cheated” out of setting a new British record after judges disallowed his catch because the fish was already too big when it was imported into the UK.Vinny Parker, 54, said he was “shaking like jelly” when he hauled the 69lb 10z carp, known among fishermen as Captain Jack, from the water at Holme Fen Fishery in Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire. The painter and decorator believed he had broken the current official record for the largest catch, set in 2016 when Dean Fletcher fished a 68lb 1oz carp from Cranwells Lake in Wasing, Berkshire.But Mr Parker’s claim was rejected by the British Record Fish Committee (BRFC) last month after a judging panel decided Captain Jack was too heavy when it was stocked in UK waters from Israel in November 2013.Adjudicators also disqualified the catch because the carp had been fed too many pellets while at Holme Fen Fishery before it was plucked from the water in September.Mr Parker claimed he had been treated unjustly by the committee, arguing clearer rules were needed so that anglers are aware of what constitutes a legal claim. The 54-year-old is unable to appeal the ruling.He said: “I feel slightly cheated because the rules are very vague and it comes down to the whim of the judging panel.“There are criteria to work to, but they don’t let us know what it is. This case was an exercise on trying to get the rules down, but they completely fudged it.”The BRFC published guidelines last year outlining how it decides whether a catch has broken an official record. But while the organisation said it analysed factors including height, weight, length and origin of any given fish when they are stocked in Britain, no specific criteria is given. Carp are not native to British waters and those found in the UK are either imported or specially reared here.In a statement, the BRFC said: “We cannot consider this a British record, and that word British is important, because it was imported from Israel at such a high weight and stocked into the fishery at a high weight.“The second consideration is that for several months the fishery was artificially fed with 150kg of pellets a week, and that goes against the criteria we set.”In response to claims its rules are “vague” and lacked transparency, the BRFC added: “The BRFC has stated on more than one occasion that it will consider claims on their merits. It would be difficult to impose rigid criteria.”Mr Parker suggested the committee was reluctant to issue clearer rules as it could potentially limit their future role in deciding on whether records had been broken. He added: “They’re scared they’ll cheat themselves out of a job if they set clear rules – they would lose the power they have. It’s a case of jobs for the boys – can’t beat it.”But BRFC secretary Nick Simmonds dismissed the claim. He said: “I think that it’s completely bizarre to me if the carp community think that they’re the only people taking up our time.”Earlier this year, the BRFC announced it was to introduce stricter rules to ensure any fish submitted for a British record attempt was born and raised in the lake where it was hooked. It came after angler Tom Doherty tried to register a 69lb 3oz carp, known as Big Rig, as a new national record after he caught the fish in Shropshire in September 2016.However, it later emerged Big Rig was bought from a farm at a weight of 40lb and hand-reared to near the record weight before being placed in the water. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. read more
Follow all 56 matches from the Women’s 19 EHF EURO 2013 from Denmark on a live internet stream.Danish channel Kanal Sport will supply the stream and will broadcast matches including the Danish team on television.The live stream is available on the official event website.16 teams vie for the title of Europe’s best under-19 team at two venues in Kolding and Sønderborg from 1 to 11 August. The tournament’s first game between France and Austria will throw-off on Thursday, 1 August at 13:30 hrs.The hosts Denmark are also defending champions of the tournament, winning the 2011 title with a 29:27 victory over the Netherlands in the final.TEXT: EHF ← Previous Story Zvonimir Noka Serdarusic ready to get back in TOP handball: “Waiting for serious offer” Next Story → DeafOlympics handball – Croatia VS Turkey, Serbia against Germany for the final! DenmarkWomen’s 19 EHF EURO 2013 read more
ARAN ISLANDS RESIDENT Cormac Coyne caught some waves today while looking at the pier in Inis Oírr.Scary stuff…
AN TAISICE HAS criticised a proposed plan on the management of Ireland’s peatlands, which would allow turf cutting to continue on some bogs previously designated as protected areas.Yesterday, Minister Jimmy Deenihan published three documents, setting out a long-term vision for the protection of Ireland’s bogs. This includes the de-designation of a number of National Heritage Areas (NHAs) which means turf cutting can continue on 45 sites.In a statement, An Taisce said the draft “treats science – and the scientific consensus on the future prospects for humanity without action on climate change – as capable of being bargained away, traded against, or ‘balanced’ against other factors”.“Such a view is the stuff of fantasy.”The organisation pointed out that bogs are a vital source of carbon and that burning turf “releases far more climate-altering gases than coal”. “Of all fuels, turf is the worst in terms of negatively affecting the climate,” it said.It accused the government of ignoring both international and domestic scientific advice – from the Environmental Protection Agency – “in trying to accommodate vested interests”.“The draft is so removed from scientific realities it is a counter-productive document” policy director James Nix said. “And putting electoral considerations ahead of the needs of Ireland’s young generations is similarly counter-productive over the longer term.”Yesterday, TD Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan also suggested the government had shifted its attitude to turf cutting in a bid to win votes in the upcoming local and European elections, telling TheJournal.ie that “if there was an election every year, there’d never be a ban on turf cutting”.Related: Government publishes plan to allow turf cutting on more bogs>Read: Turf cutters dispute latest Deenihan comments on bogs> read more
Poll Results: By Sean Murray Wait until Sunday, obviouslyGood Friday is grandSure today’s the dayI started eating them in MarchNo interest/No opinionVote Wait until Sunday, obviously (7052) Image: Shutterstock/Jorge MoYol No interest/No opinion (1342) Apr 15th 2017, 8:45 AM Share Tweet Email4 Poll: When is it acceptable to start eating Easter eggs? They’ve been on sale since March but when is the right time to tuck in? 29,137 Views Saturday 15 Apr 2017, 8:45 AM Short URL Sure today’s the day (1455) 38 Comments Good Friday is grand (1459) TOMORROW IS EASTER Sunday but, as you may have seen, Easter eggs have been on sale for quite a while now.However, the Easter Bunny may only bring eggs on Sunday so it’s likely that many of us will be eating Easter eggs at different times this weekend.Egg hunts began up and down the country earlier this week, but many are also set to take place tomorrow.So, today we’re asking you: When is it acceptable to start eating Easter eggs? Image: Shutterstock/Jorge MoYol I started eating them in March (2863) http://jrnl.ie/3321595 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article read more
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram In a tragic end to the harrowing 16 hour siege at a cafe in Sydney’s CBD, two hostages have been killed. Loud explosions and yelling could be heard from outside the Lindt Chocolate Cafe in Martin Place at 2:00am, after which police stormed the building. Two hostages, identified as Katrina Dawson, 38, and the manager of the Lindt cafe Tori Johnson aged 34 were taken to hospital but died soon after. The man responsible was named as Man Haron Monis, an Iranian cleric on bail for a string of violent offences, including being an accessory to the murder of his ex-wife. Monis held 17 hostages in the cafe for more than 16 hours, before being shot down by police after things appeared to escalate.The hostages contacted a number of media outlets, during the siege but police asked the media not to reveal the contents of the calls.Around 4pm yesterday, five terrified hostages fled the cafe. One of the first hostages to be released was Stefan Balafoutis, a Greek Australian lawyer who became a huge help to police in the remaining hours of the siege.Prime Minister Tony Abbott has described the violent siege in Sydney’s CBD as a “brush with terrorism” and praised the work of police.“Australians should be reassured by the way our law enforcement and security agencies responded to this brush with terrorism,” he said.“There is nothing more Australian than dropping in at the local cafe for a morning coffee and it’s tragic beyond words that people going about their everyday business should have been caught up in such a horrific incident.“Our hearts go out to all of those caught up in this appalling incident and their loved ones.”In the wake of news this morning, people have started leaving flowers at Martin Place, while many have taken to twitter to offer to ride on buses and trains with Muslims, or give them a lift to work in order to keep them safe from any potential backlash.NSW Premier Mike Baird has announced flags on all NSW Government buildings will fly at half-mast today. The flags on the Sydney Harbour Bridge are also at half-mast. read more
Asda, DS Smith, Samsung, and The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust are among the organisations shortlisted in the best benefits communications, large employer category at the Employee Benefits Awards 2017.This award recognises the most effective benefits communication strategies implemented by large employers with more than 5,000 staff.The full category shortlist is:Asda, Asda Sharesave Plan – Launch And Maturity Communication – 2016Aviva, Aviva SAYE Scheme 2016 (Entered by Computershare)DS Smith, Employee Share Scheme (Entered by Equiniti)RBS, RBSelectSamsung, Highlights (Entered by Thomsons Online Benefits)The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, Benefit ChampionsThe winning employer will be announced during a lunch-time awards ceremony at the Employee Benefits Awards and Summer Party 2017 at the Artillery Garden at the HAC, London, on 9 June 2017.See the full shortlist.For more information or to book your table. read more
A strong wind blows trees and an electric pole during Cyclone Fani in Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India 3 May, 2019 in this still image taken from a video obtained from social media. Photo: ReutersNormally bustling Kolkata was eerily quiet late Friday as one of the biggest cyclones to hit India in years bore down on the major city after leaving a trail of deadly destruction in its wake.Cyclone Fani (“Snake” in Bangla) slammed into the eastern state of Odisha earlier in the day, reportedly killing at least eight people and one in Bangladesh, where it was headed after Kolkata, officials said.With effects felt as far away as Mount Everest, winds gusting up to 200 kilometres (125 miles) per hour sent coconut trees flying and cut off power, water and telecommunications.Authorities in Odisha, where 10,000 people perished in a 1999 cyclone, had evacuated more than a million people as they worried about a possible 1.5-metre (five-foot) storm surge sweeping far inland.Stranded passengers rest inside a railways station after trains between Kolkata and Odisha were cancelled ahead of Cyclone Fani, in Kolkata, India, on 3 May 2019. ReutersEight people were killed, the Press Trust of India (PTI) reported, including a teenage boy, a woman hit by concrete debris and an elderly woman who suffered a heart attack in one of several thousand shelters packed with families.Odisha disaster management official Prabhat Mahapatra said there were not yet any confirmed casualty figures.”Around 160 people were injured in Puri alone. Our relief work is ongoing,” he told AFP.Authorities in Bangladesh, next in Fani’s trajectory, said a woman was killed by a tree, and that 14 villages were inundated as a tidal surge breached flood dams. Some 400,000 people have been taken to shelters, officials told AFP.Hundreds of thousands more people in India’s West Bengal state have also been given orders to flee. Local airports have been shut, with train lines and roads closed.- ‘The wind is deafening’ -“It just went dark and then suddenly we could barely see five metres in front of us,” said one resident in the holy city of Puri, where Fani made landfall.”There were roadside food carts, store signs all flying by in the air,” the man told AFP. “The wind is deafening.”A glass door shatters during Cyclone Fani in Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India on 3 May 2019 in this still image taken from a video obtained from social media. ReutersAnother witness said he saw a small car being blown along a street by the winds and then turned over.PTI reported that a big crane collapsed and that a police booth was dragged 60 metres (yards) by the wind.As Fani headed northeastwards, losing strength but still packing a punch, Odisha authorities battled to remove fallen trees and other debris strewn over roads and to restore phone and internet services.Electricity pylons were down, tin roofs were ripped off, piles of bricks could be seen and windows of hotels and homes were smashed.Puri’s famous 12th-century Jagannath Temple escaped damage however.Gouranga Malick, 48, was solemnly picking up bricks after the small two-room house he shared with his six-strong family collapsed, its roof blown away.”I have never witnessed this type of devastation in my lifetime,” he told AFP.”Energy infrastructure has been completely destroyed,” Odisha’s chief minister Naveen Patnaik said.A baby was born near Odisha’s capital Bhubaneswar just as the cyclone tore through.”We are calling her Lady Fani,” a spokesperson for the hospital told PTI.- ‘Trying to survive’ -Commuters shelter from the rains as they cross a road in Kolkata, India, on 3 May 2019. ReutersNext in Fani’s sights was West Bengal’s capital Kolkata, home to 4.5 million people, with the eye of the storm due around midnight (1830 GMT) and rain already falling hard several hours before.The city normally teeming with people was all but deserted, with shopping malls shut and hawkers absent from the pavements after packing up their stalls. Only a few vehicles packed with people heading home plied the roads.Subrata Das, manager of the AXIS Mall, said: “We have seen how the cyclone ravaged some buildings in Bhubaneswar. We don’t want to take any risk. We are trying to survive the cyclone.””If we don’t take our things, we fear the cyclone will raze everything,” said Murad Hussain, 45, who runs a stall.”We are monitoring the situation 24/7 and doing all it takes… Be alert, take care and stay safe for the next two days,” West Bengal’s chief minister Mamata Banerjee tweeted.A window glass shatters during Cyclone Fani in Bhubaneswar, Odisha. Photo: ReutersThe winds were felt as far away as Mount Everest, with tents blown away at Camp 2 at 6,400 metres (21,000 feet) and Nepali authorities cautioning helicopters against flying.Ports have been closed but the Indian Navy has sent six warships to the region. Hundreds of workers were taken off offshore oil rigs.”We are mooring our boat because it’s the only means of income for us. Only Allah knows when we can go back to fishing again,” Akbar Ali, a fisherman near the town of Dacope in Bangladesh, told AFP while battling surging waves to tie his boat to a tree. read more
Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. 11 Great TV Shows With Terrible EndingsBuy This Comic: The X-Files: Case Files – Flordia Man #1 In a shortened event season, it can feel like there’s a pressure to make every episode matter. Especially when it could easily end up being the final season altogether. You want every episode to feel like part of a fitting farewell. Like the show is pulling out all the stops because it may never get the chance again. But even in Season 10, The X-Files made it clear that that wasn’t what it was doing. These new seasons are just as much about monsters of the week as the series has always been. Some are great; some are just kind of there. But as last night’s episode proved, even the mediocre monsters of the week have a craft to them after all these years. When the story falters, a good monster and chilling atmosphere can make up for a lot.Right off the bat, this episode of The X-Files isn’t messing around. The first thing we see is a kid in a Connecticut playground singing to the creepiest doll ever made. Seriously, this thing is going to give me legitimate nightmares. And his mom is fine with it, casually pushing him on the merry-go-round and letting it happen. People from Connecticut are weird, man. If the doll wasn’t terrifying enough, the kid soon sees a life-size version peering at him through the woods. No, that’s an ok show. I didn’t need any sleep tonight. The mom gets distracted by a phone call and the kid disappears into the woods, just like you knew he would. God that clown doll is creepy. And what’s his name? Mr. Chucklety? Why would anyone let their kid play with that?Gillian Anderson (Cr: Shane Harvey/FOX)The kid ends up dead in the woods, and Mulder and Scully are called in to investigate. Scully flips through the gruesome photos of the boy’s body because the show decided we weren’t disturbed enough already. The local authorities blame it on some hybrid breed of wolf. Scully thinks it’s a young male, developing a sexual appetite for child murder. Mulder, of course, isn’t ready to rule out the supernatural. Especially since the town has a history of witch hunts and occult happenings. After all these years, they still fall on the same lines. During the autopsy, Scully determines that the boy was likely shaken to death. She thinks it was the father, a detective, and that the rest of the cops are covering up for their buddy. You already know the FBI presence isn’t going to be well-received in this small town.Complicating matters is a strange, white substance on the boy’s feet. The same shade as the torn-apart doll. Mulder wants to question a little girl who was also at the playground, and it turns out she has a creepy kids’ character obsession as well. It’s like Teletubbies, except with even creepier faces. The girl says she didn’t see anything, until that creepy Chucklety character shows up on TV. That’s when she exclaims that he was in the forest. Mulder has a lead, and I have night terrors.Scully keeps pursuing the human murderer angle, and word of her profile gets back to the father. The father does a little searching and finds a man in town who matches Scully’s profile. A male with a prior charge of sexual assault of a minor. Scully and the chief chase the father to the pedophile’s house, but the suspect is nowhere to be found. Mulder is pulled away from watching creepy wolves in the woods to help investigate, and they find a number of unsettling horrors inside the suspect’s house. Including a Mr. Chucklety costume.Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny (Cr: Shane Harvey/FOX)It would seem they have their man, but Mulder still isn’t convinced. This is The X-Files. Things are never as simple as they appear. Especially giving this town’s history of witch hunts that becomes a recurring theme. No matter how despicable, no matter how creepy someone is, everyone deserves due process. The revelations inside the house have whipped the town and cops into an angry mob, much like the witch hunters of old. Whatever ends up being the case, something’s going on in this town. And it’s happening again. The little girl Mulder talked to is lured outside her home, this time by one of those creepy Teletubby things. Next time we see her, she’s dead. Why are all these children’s characters so scary? This episode’s costume design is really top notch.Mulder finds a salt circle at the crime scene and figures out that someone in town has been practicing witchcraft. The chief admits to it, though it wasn’t to kill anyone. He got into it because he’s horny, and really there’s nothing sexier than witchcraft. Mulder thinks he unleashed something. A creature, an evil familiar taking the form of children’s TV characters, something. In any case, he figures out that the man with a prior sexual assault conviction probably isn’t who they’re looking for. Not that it matters. The murders have got the town into a hysteria. Despite Mulder and Scully’s best efforts, the father of the first victim shoots the suspect. It’s a modern-day witch burning.Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny (Cr: Shane Harvey/FOX)Once the mass hysteria dies down, Mulder and Scully continue the search for the real culprit. Evidence came to light exonerating the suspect, but it wouldn’t have mattered. The mob had spoken. That’s what it takes for the detective to figure out who’s actually behind the strange happenings in town. His wife has been cheating on him, and performing witchcraft with the chief. He calls her a witch, and she storms out, driving away as fast as she can. This is where the episode starts to get really scary. It never gave you a firm grasp of what’s going on and in this scene, it takes what little foothold you have away from you. As the wife is speeding away, she sees her dead son standing in the middle of the road and flips her car trying to avoid him. Then, we see a hellhound closing in on her. Whatever demon familiar’s been summoned, it’s getting more aggressive now.Meanwhile, her husband storms the chief’s house, and is briefly terrorized by Mr. Chucklety and his creepy-ass song. He runs through the house and into the chief, who shoots him dead. Mulder and Scully arrive just in time to examine the body, and be briefly scarred by the image of that dancing clown thing. The house is empty, though. The chief has fled, but Mulder has a decent idea where he’s gone. The show pulls off a decent twist in the end. It used multiple red herrings to instill a sense of hysteria in the audience, to make us jump to conclusions much like the witch-hunting Puritans did. In the end, it turns out the chief’s wife who was practicing witchcraft. She wanted revenge on her cheating husband, and ended up killing two kids, getting her husband mauled, and lighting herself on fire. By the end of everything, even Mulder and Scully aren’t quite sure what they just saw. You really never do know with witchcraft, do you?There was no way this episode wasn’t going to be at least a little bit of a letdown from last week. That still sticks in my mind as one of the best episodes The X-Files has ever had. This one is fine. It is a standard monster-of-the-week episode that follows the X-Files formula to the letter. We have a small town, a strange murder, a rational explanation from Scully, a supernatural one from Mulder and beef with local law enforcement. Though it doesn’t deviate from this well-worn recipe, it does prepare it particularly well. A scary monster can go a long way. The only downside is, I know we only have two episodes left. As someone who’s loved this show for years, it’s hard to know we probably have only a few hours left of it and we’re spending one on an episode that’s, you know, fine. Still, even if the episode itself wasn’t all that memorable, Mr. Chucklety is going to stick with me for a while. Stay on target read more
Citation: Genetic study reveals ancestry of Madagascar people (2017, July 18) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-07-genetic-reveals-ancestry-madagascar-people.html No one is an island: The history of human genetic ancestry in Madagascar Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (Phys.org)—A large team of researchers from France, Madagascar, Indonesia, Germany and Australia has conducted a genetic study of the native people that live on Madagascar. In their paper published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the group outlines their study, which involved obtaining genetic material from people across the island and what their analysis efforts revealed. Explore further More information: Denis Pierron et al. Genomic landscape of human diversity across Madagascar, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (2017). DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1704906114AbstractAlthough situated ∼400 km from the east coast of Africa, Madagascar exhibits cultural, linguistic, and genetic traits from both Southeast Asia and Eastern Africa. The settlement history remains contentious; we therefore used a grid-based approach to sample at high resolution the genomic diversity (including maternal lineages, paternal lineages, and genome-wide data) across 257 villages and 2,704 Malagasy individuals. We find a common Bantu and Austronesian descent for all Malagasy individuals with a limited paternal contribution from Europe and the Middle East. Admixture and demographic growth happened recently, suggesting a rapid settlement of Madagascar during the last millennium. However, the distribution of African and Asian ancestry across the island reveals that the admixture was sex biased and happened heterogeneously across Madagascar, suggesting independent colonization of Madagascar from Africa and Asia rather than settlement by an already admixed population. In addition, there are geographic influences on the present genomic diversity, independent of the admixture, showing that a few centuries is sufficient to produce detectable genetic structure in human populations. Madagascar is, of course, a large island situated off the coast of Mozambique—it has become widely known for its unique plants and animals. Less well known is that native people also populate the island. They are known as Malagasy and are believed to have both African and Asian ancestry. What has not been clear is when people first settled on Madagascar and when the two groups combined. Prior studies involving the Malagasy have sought common or different cultural practices and linguistics—the people on the island share a language family known as Austronesian, which is also spoken by people living on other Pacific islands. In this new effort, the researchers sought more precise information by conducting a genetic study of the people. In all, the researchers collected samples from 2,700 people from 257 villages across the island—the average age for the people tested was 61.The team conducted mtDNA analysis of the samples and found roughly equal contributions from both Asian and African lineages—African lineages were found to be more frequent in Asian in Y chromosomes, however, which suggested a male bias for African ancestry. The team also found that the ratio of Asian to African ancestry varied by geographic location. Those living in the central highlands had more Asian ancestry, while those living on the coasts showed more African ancestry. These results, the team suggests, indicate that admixture happened heterogeneously on the island, which suggests people from Asia and Africa colonized the island independently of one another.The analysis also suggested that the mixing between the two groups occurred approximately 500 to 900 years ago—though they note that further subsequent clustering of Asian/African ancestry also occurred. This, the researchers suggest, indicates that geographic separation can result in genetic differences between people over the course of just a few centuries. © 2017 Phys.org Traditional fishing pirogue from southeast Madagascar. Credit: Thierry Letellier (INSERM). This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. read more
Art Bull, the art gallery and auction house, presents R.A.P.E. – Rare Acts of Political Engagement, a group show of twenty four woman artists from all over India. The show curated by noted curator and art critic JohnyML will open on 10 April at Art Bull. The idea of R.A.P.E. – Rare Acts of Political Engagement was formulated at the wake of the national outcry that followed the gang rape of a paramedic in Delhi. However, the show is not intended to deal directly with rape of a particular girl and her death. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’‘As a curator I do not expect the artists to literally translate this issue into visual metaphors. Instead I would like them to look at the whole idea of reawakening of the conscience at the face of a crisis like this. This is not a war but at the personal front it is a war of our own ideas about life in general. What are the kind of acts that we do on a day to day basis ,’ says Johny ML.DETAILWhere: Art Bull, SIS House, Lado SaraiWhen: 10 to 30 April read more
Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications Feature | Lung Cancer | June 23, 2017 ASTRO Issues Guideline for Stereotactic Radiation Use in Early-Stage Lung Cancer Guideline addresses recommended use of stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) for selected high-risk clinical presentations in medically inoperable patients News | Proton Therapy | August 06, 2019 IBA Signs Contract to Install Proton Therapy Center in Kansas IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.) recently signed a contract and received the first payment for a Proteus One solution… read more News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a… read more News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 07, 2019 Qfix kVue One Proton Couch Top Validated by Mevion Medical Systems Qfix and Mevion Medical Systems announced that a special version of the kVue One Proton couch top is now both validated… read more 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 News | Radiation Therapy | August 16, 2019 Drug Accelerates Blood System’s Recovery After Radiation, Chemotherapy A drug developed by UCLA physician-scientists and chemists speeds up the regeneration of mouse and human blood stem… read more Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more June 23, 2017 — The American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) recently issued a new clinical guideline for the use of stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) in early-stage lung cancer. While SBRT is the current standard of care for peripherally located tumors in patients who cannot undergo surgery, the new guideline addresses the appropriateness of SBRT for medically inoperable patients with high-risk clinical scenarios requiring curative focused therapy. The guideline also reviews the role of SBRT for centrally located tumors because of their unique risks compared to peripheral tumors.The guideline is available as a free access article in Practical Radiation Oncology, ASTRO’s clinical practice journal.SBRT is an advanced type of external beam radiation therapy that uses sophisticated planning techniques to deliver an extremely high dose of radiation very precisely to a tumor. This high degree of precision makes SBRT notably effective at sparing healthy tissues surrounding the tumor, which is particularly important with lung tumors. For patients who are not fit enough for early-stage lung cancer surgery, SBRT presents a viable option for curative-intent treatment since it provides excellent outcomes with low toxicity. Compared to conventional external beam radiation therapy, which is delivered over several weeks, SBRT is typically administered in five or fewer treatment sessions, or fractions.Drawing on data from retrospective and prospective studies and the available randomized clinical trials, the guideline provides evidence-based recommendations regarding the appropriate use of SBRT for early-stage non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). The principal goal of the guideline was to address SBRT for patients unable to tolerate surgery who require customization of SBRT in high-risk clinical scenarios, such as for salvage therapy after previous surgery or radiation therapy, for tumors invading the chest wall or for very large tumors.The guideline also details principles of SBRT directed toward centrally located lung tumors, since treating these tumors carries unique and significant risks when compared to treatment directed at peripherally located tumors. Additionally, although the focus of the guideline was the inoperable patient, the appropriateness of SBRT in the operable patient also was addressed, since it is an area of debate and controversy.The guideline first addresses the appropriateness of SBRT as an alternative to surgery for different subsets of medically operable patients with early-stage NSCLC (e.g., T1-2, N0). Recommendations differ for patients at “high” versus “standard” risk for surgery-related mortality and are as follows:Standard risk: For stage I NSCLC patients with anticipated risk of operative mortality of less than 1.5 percent, SBRT is not recommended as an alternative to surgery outside of clinical trial settings. The recommended treatment for these patients remains lobectomy with systematic mediastinal lymph node evaluation.High risk: For stage I NSCLC patients at greater risk of surgical morbidity or mortality or those who cannot tolerate a lobectomy but are candidates for sublobar resection, discussions about SBRT as an alternative to surgery are endorsed. Providers should inform patients that while short-term, treatment-related risks may be lower with SBRT, long-term outcomes (meaning longer than three years) are not yet well-established in the literature; andA thoracic surgeon should evaluate any potentially medically operable early-stage NSCLC patient considering SBRT, preferably in a multidisciplinary setting, to reduce potential specialty bias.For medically inoperable patients, recommendations vary based on tumor location, size and type, as treatment history. Guidelines are as follows:Centrally located tumors: SBRT for central lung tumors is appropriate, but the associated risks of toxicity are dependent on the total dose and fractionation schedule; SBRT therefore should be delivered usually in four or five fractions as a function of the total dose. In addition to the fractionation chosen, appropriate consideration should be given to the use of stereotactic treatment for centrally located lung tumors close to or involving specific critical structures, such as the airways, heart and esophagus, given the risk for rare but potentially severe adverse events following high-dose treatment in their vicinity. Patients should be informed about alternative regimens using a higher number of lower-dose fractions, as deemed appropriate by the clinical presentation;Large tumors: SBRT is conditionally recommended for tumors larger than 5 cm that are not suitable for surgical resection, although patients should be counseled about the subsequent risk of locoregional and distant failure;Non-biopsied patients: While biopsy should be used whenever possible to confirm malignancy of the tumor, SBRT can be considered for patients who are unable or unwilling to undergo biopsy but have appropriate imaging studies supporting a cancer diagnosis. These cases should be discussed at a multidisciplinary tumor board prior to treatment; andMultiple primary lung cancers (MPLCs)/pneumonectomy patients: Patients with a history of previously resected lung cancers, either singly or multiply, and/or who received a pneumonectomy (which is the surgical removal of a whole lung) for prior lung cancer, and now have a new primary tumor in their remaining lung (or lungs) may be considered for SBRT as a curative-intent treatment option, although lung toxicity rates from SBRT may be higher as a function of the amount of remaining lung tissue.For the medically inoperable patient, the guideline also outlines how SBRT techniques should be tailored for high-risk scenarios where the tumor abuts critical structures, so that appropriate tumor control can be achieved while minimizing risk to these same structures. Guidelines are as follows:Tumors located near mediastinal structures: For tumors that touch the trachea or proximal bronchial tree, or for tumors near the heart and pericardium, SBRT should be delivered in treatment schedules using four or five fractions. For tumors near the esophagus, similar treatment schedules are suggested although data are more limited, and physicians are encouraged to minimize radiation dose to the esophagus with highly conformal techniques. Patients should be counseled on potentially life- threatening toxicities that have been reported in these scenarios; andTumors touching or invading the chest wall: For early-stage tumors that touch the chest wall, SBRT is an appropriate treatment option, though patients should be counseled on the risk of grade 1-2 chest wall toxicity. For tumors invading the chest wall (cT3), SBRT is endorsed, since it appears effective without undue increased rates of chest wall toxicity.Finally, the guideline considers the role of SBRT as salvage therapy for medically inoperable patients with recurrent early-stage disease. Recommendations vary based on treatment history and are as follows:Previous conventional radiation therapy: SBRT is conditionally recommended for carefully selected patients, based on limited evidence demonstrating good local control with an acceptable toxicity profile. Patients, however, should be counseled on potentially significant, including fatal, side effects, and the risk of regional and distant failure;Previous SBRT: Repeat SBRT may be feasible in a highly selected patient population and is a highly individualized decision. Very limited data exist for this subset of patients. Radiation oncologists should carefully assess evidence-based patient, tumor and treatment factors before initiating treatment, as toxicity implications of repeat SBRT are important; andPrevious sublobar/limited resection: As with repeat SBRT in other disease scenarios, limited data exist on the use of SBRT following limited surgical resections; SBRT may be feasible, but treating physicians should carefully weigh patient and disease characteristics on an individual basis.“With longer life expectancies and more sophisticated diagnostic tools, we have seen a rise in the incidence of early-stage lung cancer, including among patients who are not able to undergo surgery or choose not to do so. SBRT provides an option for these patients, who otherwise may not have received curative, definitive treatment,” said Gregory M. M. Videtic, M.D., co-chair of the task force that authored the guideline and a radiation oncologist at the Cleveland Clinic. “Increasing access to this potentially life-saving treatment is essential to improve outcomes for the growing population of early-stage NSCLC patients.”“NSCLC is a complex disease, with a great deal of heterogeneity among patients. This guideline reinforces SBRT as the standard of care for medically inoperable patients, but it also examines the safety and efficacy of SBRT in less traditional clinical scenarios, such as patients with larger tumors or recurrent patients with early-stage disease,” said Megan E. Daly, M.D., also co-chair of the task force and a radiation oncologist at the University of California, Davis in Sacramento, Calif.The guideline was based on a systematic literature review of studies published from January 1995 through August 2016. A total of 402 abstracts were retrieved from PubMed, and the 172 articles that met inclusion criteria were evaluated by an 18-member task force of experts in lung cancer, including radiation oncologists, surgeons and a patient representative. The Clinical Practice Statement was approved by ASTRO’s Board of Directors following a period of public comment. The guideline has been endorsed by the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer (IASLC), the European Society for Radiotherapy & Oncology (ESTRO) and the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists (RANZCR).For more information: www.astro.org FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Radiation Oncology | July 31, 2019 Laura Dawson, M.D., FASTRO, Chosen as ASTRO President-elect The members of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) elected four new officers to ASTRO’s Board of… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 02, 2019 Varian Showcases Cancer Care Systems and Software at AAPM 2019 Varian showcased systems and software from its cancer care portfolio, including the Identify Guidance System, at the… read more Related Content The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. 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A best seller published more than 20 years ago in Japan has played a major role in boosting tourism from the market into New Caledonia, according to the country’s president of the southern province and chairwoman of the tourism board, Cynthia Ligeard.Speaking to e-Travel Blackboard at the destination’s Soiree Seminar in Sydney this week, Ms Ligeard described the Japanese market as a “historical” group for the country, with the romantic novel, ‘The Closest Island to Paradise [translated]’ playing a key role in tourism from Japan.The book was published more than 20 years ago, according to Ms Ligeard, after a girl travelled to one of the islands to visit her dad, who was working in the country at the time.Returning to Japan after her trip, she retold parts of her experience in the romantic novel.A best seller since its release, Ms Ligeard said the book has built a special relationship betweek Japan and New Caledonia, and has driven more Japanese tourists into the country.“I went to Japan and when I told them I was from New Caledonia, they were like oh the closest island to paradise,” she said.This year, Japan is expected to be New Caledonia’s third top tourism market.Source = eTB Cruise Expert Best seller keeps tourism coming. read more
Park Plaza Noida recently announced its rebranding to Radisson Noida. It will be the first Radisson hotel to be inaugurated in Delhi NCR.Commenting over the development, Raj Rana, CEO, South Asia, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, said, “I am delighted to welcome this hotel to the Radisson brand family. Delhi NCR is a key market for us and Noida remains a promising destination due to its thriving corporate suburb. We appreciate the investment that our strategic partner, Bestech Group has made in upgrading this hotel and the trust they have demonstrated in the Radisson brand.”Spread over 42,000 square feet, Radisson Noida features 88 contemporary rooms with modern amenities.Dharmendra Bhandari, Managing Director, Bestech Hospitalities, stated, “We have enjoyed working with Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group for 15 years, where a high level of dedication and expertise is demonstrated in managing brands and hotels successfully. We are confident that the rebranding of Park Plaza Noida to Radisson Noida with new facilities and services would be greatly appreciated by our guests.”Adding further, Sunil Satija, Managing Director, Bestech Hospitalities, said, “We are proud to partner Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group in India and delighted to grow the relationship further, to develop Radisson RED and Park Inn by Radisson across Central and North India. We are committed to offer a differentiated experience at Radisson Noida and add value to experiential hospitality in NCR.” read more
Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Top Stories The harsh reality for the Cardinals is they reside in a division that is undoubtedly the strongest in football. The Seattle Seahawks will host the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship Game Sunday, and those two teams show no signs of letting up any time in the near future. Bidwill is very aware of the neighborhood.“We’ve got to continue to get better in all areas, all positions, build the back of the roster, build depth,” he said. “The NFC West is going to continue to be a very tough place. We’ve got to continue to build the team that wins the West and becomes the dominant team in the NFL and maintains itself.” LISTEN: Michael Bidwill, AZ Cardinals President Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Your browser does not support the audio element. 2013 was a year of change for the Arizona Cardinals.Following a disappointing 5-11 season in 2012, the Cardinals essentially cleaned house, firing general manager Rod Graves and head coach Ken Whisenhunt and replacing them with Steve Keim and Bruce Arians.The change didn’t stop there. Keim almost completely re-tooled the roster, making over 190 roster moves during the course of the year.Those changes led to a 10-6 season under Arians, and some really positive momentum heading into 2014 and beyond. Now, the task becomes maintaining the forward progress instead of creating it. Cardinals president Michael Bidwill joined Doug and Wolf Wednesday on Arizona Sports, now on 98.7 FM, and talked about that very challenge.“It’s about keeping up the intensity we started last year,” Bidwill said. “It started with Steve and Bruce, it was all about leadership, accountability and performance and they really delivered — the players delivered it on the field.“What we need to do is build upon that. We’ll have free agency starting here in a few weeks. After that, we start getting ready for the draft — we’re actually in the process of getting ready for the draft now — but in early May, we’ll have the draft.”The Cardinals own the 20th pick in the first round of this year’s draft, and the team’s needs are easily recognizable — left tackle and quarterback being among them. But Bidwill knows that another key to continuing the franchise’s momentum are guys that are already wearing the colors.“It’s also re-signing a lot of the key players and making sure we’re making the right moves in terms of building out that roster and spending the money in the right places relative to our roster additions.” Comments Share read more