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NIH Officials Accused of Improperly Influencing Investigation of Premature Infant Study

first_imgA new controversy has erupted over a federally funded study involving premature infants that drew ethical concerns last year. A public interest group accuses the National Institutes of Health (NIH) of intervening in the drafting of a letter about the study from a research ethics watchdog office within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The group, Public Citizen, and a member of Congress are calling for an investigation by the HHS inspector general.“NIH, despite having obvious substantial conflicts of interest, was allowed to interfere and improperly influence OHRP’s [the Office for Human Research Protections’] investigation of the SUPPORT study. Most troubling, it appears that numerous officials at the very highest levels of HHS were aware of this interference,” writes Representative Rosa DeLauro (D–CT) in a letter today to the HHS inspector general.The $20 million, 23-hospital study known as SUPPORT (Surfactant, Positive Pressure, and Oxygenation Randomized Trial) ran from 2005 to 2009 and examined what oxygen levels premature infants should receive. In March 2013, OHRP sent a letter to the University of Alabama, Birmingham (UAB), the study leader, imposing sanctions because informed consent documents did not adequately inform parents of the 1316 babies in the study of risks. Those risks included that infants receiving the highest oxygen levels might be at elevated risk for blindness, and those treated with the lowest levels could be at risk of death or developmental delays. 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NIH Director Francis Collins and other agency officials wrote a commentary published online on 5 June in The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) defending the study’s design as ethical and arguing that some OHRP opinions should be vetted by outside experts. On the same day, several dozen bioethicists and researchers backed NIH’s position, arguing that because the oxygen levels were within the accepted standard of care there was no requirement to inform parents of risks. In a second letter to UAB dated 4 June, OHRP put on hold its actions against UAB. It then invited public comments and held a hearing in August to discuss the issues.Writing to the HHS inspector general today, Public Citizen and several bioethicists charge that NIH officials were involved in drafting the second letter from OHRP. The letter quotes from about 400 pages of e-mails and documents the group obtained. The e-mails were exchanged from April to June 2013 by NIH and HHS officials, including HHS Assistant Secretary for Health Howard Koh as well as OHRP Director Jerry Menikoff. In the e-mails, Collins and other NIH officials discuss revisions to the letter and plans to coordinate its release with the NEJM commentary. It is difficult to discern from the heavily redacted documents exactly what wording was changed, but NIH officials express approval of the changes.In a statement, an HHS representative did not directly address the charges of interference but stated that “OHRP regularly works with entities such as NIH, IRBs [institutional review boards] and others to ensure the protection of human subjects in research.” OHRP is still reviewing the comments about the SUPPORT study and drafting “guidance,” the representative said.As Public Citizen notes in its letter, OHRP came into being 14 years ago when a similar office was moved out of NIH to avoid conflicts of interest involving NIH. DeLauro’s letter suggests that the HHS inspector general examine “whether OHRP needs to be relocated, and if so where.”last_img read more

U.P. bids to attract foreign airlines to Jewar airport

first_imgThe Uttar Pradesh government has submitted a proposal to the Centre to encourage foreign airlines to operate at the proposed Jewar airport. The State’s suggestion is to allow foreign carriers to fly to the airport, likely to be ready by 2023, without the need for India to revise its bilateral agreements with different countries to increase the total number of flights permitted for different ports of call in the country.The Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority (YEIDA) informed potential bidders about this proposal late Thursday evening in its reply to queries raised about the tender on operation, management and development of Noida International Airport Limited. It has also made public its revised request for proposal-cum-request for quotation and concession agreement.In response to a query by an interested bidder on allowing international carriers to fly to Jewar airport for a period of three years without revising bilateral agreements, the YEIDA said, “Authority is awaiting a response from MoCA (Ministry of Civil Aviation).”Centre to take callAccording to the minutes of the meeting with the MoCA on August 16, the Centre is examining the issue: “MoCA will separately examine the issue of bilaterals and will provide clarity on whether the bilateral rights under Delhi (IGI Airport) will extend to the new airport or it should be considered as a separate port of call.”Though the reply from YEIDA to the bidders comes after a delay of almost one month, officials say that the deadline for submitting bids on October 30 will remain unchanged. The timeline for opening technical and financial bids on November 6 and November 29 will also be unaffected.Shailendra Kumar Bhatia, nodal officer for Jewar, told The Hindu that as many as 20 players have bought the bid document so far, including domestic and international airport developers. Nearly 70% land (1,400 hectares) has been acquired by the YEIDA. The authority has also entered into an MoU with Wildlife Institute of India for environment impact assessment. A team of scientists has already conducted an inspection earlier this month to draw a plan for conservation of flora and fauna in the area. It is expected to submit its report by October 30.On the instructions of the Uttar Pradesh Cabinet, the YEIDA will also explore whether the airport can have 4-6 runways instead of two proposed now.In order to ensure Jewar airport is connected to the National Capital Region, state-owned infrastructure company RITES has been tasked with conducting a study which is expected to be submitted by October 15, Mr. Bhatia said. Delhi Metro Rail Corporation, too, has submitted its report for metro connectivity for the airport, which is being examined by the Uttar Pradesh government and Noida Metro Rail Corporation.last_img read more

UST’s depleted state fuels Eya Laure ahead of UAAP Final Four

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—University of Santo Tomas finished the elimination round of the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament with a 10-4 record which is currently the third best team in the ladder.The Golden Tigresses also returned the Final Four after missing the Season 80 semifinals despite having a depleted team.ADVERTISEMENT Star rookie Eya Laure, though, treats her team’s limited lineup as a source of motivation for UST’s semifinals matchup against defending champion De La Salle.“I’ll use their absences as a motivation because it’s also a factor and I wish that they’re here with us, but here we are,” said Laure in Filipino after UST’s win over National University, 27-25, 25-17, 20-25, 25-16, Saturday at Filoil Flying V Center.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsSeason 80 Rookie of the Year Milena Alessandrini played just four games for the Golden Tigresses after suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament in her left knee while middle blocker Tin Francisco is also out with the same injury.There’s also Laure’s older sister and Season 77 Rookie of the Year EJ Laure, who sat out Seasons 80 and 81 due to injuries. MOST READ DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:30PNP officials inspect Cubao bus terminals ahead of Undas02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Duterte wants probe of SEA Games messcenter_img Warriors prepare for rested James Harden, Rockets in West rematch Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES “This season is for Ate Sisi (Rondina), the coaching staff who’s always supported us, and for those who always believed in us,” said Laure. “This is also for Ate Milena, Ate Tin.”Laure added she wants to help UST rise from a dismal Season 80 campaign wherein the Golden Tigresses finished seventh with a 4-10 card.“Last season everyone was really downtrodden and it pains me to see it because I see all the hard work and sacrifices,” said Laure, who didn’t play for two UAAP seasons due to the implementation of the K-12 education system.Laure, despite not playing in the UAAP for Seasons 79 and 80, still trained with the high school team in 2017 and 2018.“Before they took the floor, we were the ones who trained and I can see their hardships and how hard they get hurt,” said Laure.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassleslast_img read more

O’Keefe sends India tumbling, Australia take control of 1st Test,O’Keefe sends India tumbling, Australia take control of 1st Test

first_img SHARE SHARE EMAIL COMMENTS × cricket An inexplicable batting collapse left India staring down the barrel as left-arm spinner Steeve O’Keefe’s career-best six-wicket haul gave Australia a firm grip on the first cricket Test, here today.The home team lost 7 wickets in the space of 11 runs to be bowled out for a pathetic 105, handing the momentum to the Australians, who had themselves folded for an underwhelming 260 here.With a 155-run cushion on a square turner, Australia pressed home the advantage by finishing the day at 143/4 in their second innings, grabbing a lead of 298 runs on just the second day of the match.India’s dramatic batting meltdown has left Steve Smith’s men well-placed to end the hosts’ fairytale 19-match winning streak.If the shambolic batting was not enough, India ended up dropping several catches, three of Smith alone after R Ashwin had provided early breakthroughs in the Australian second innings.At stumps, Smith was leading from front with an unbeaten 59-run knock and giving him company was Mitchell Marsh (21).The day, however, belonged solely to O’Keefe, who single-handedly decimated the famed Indian line-up to snare 6 wickets for 35 runs in 13.1 overs.Opener K L Rahul was the lone Indian batsman to pull off an innings of substance as he struck 64 off 97 balls, laced with 10 fours and a six.It was a sensational post-lunch spell by Malaysia-born O’Keefe, who was playing only his fifth Test. His 6 wickets came off just 24 balls.Ravichandran Ashwin took out openers David Warner (10) and Shaun Marsh (0) cheaply during Australia’s second essay but Smith steered the visitors to a position of strength.For India Ashwin had figures of 3 for 68 while Jayant Yadav finished the day with 1 for 27.With six wickets in hand Australia will now fancy their chances of putting the target beyond India tomorrow and clinching the match on a pitch that appears to be crumbling.The story of the day was the abject capitulation of the Indian batting order as they lost seven wickets for 35 runs in 15.1 overs in the post lunch session to be all out 65 minutes into the second period of play.The surrender is their worst after losing 7 for 18 at Christchurch against New Zealand in 1989-90.Apart from Rahul, only Murali Vijay (10) and Ajinkya Rahane (13) reached double figures in the Indian first innings, that commenced early in the morning following the fall of Australia’s last wicket in the first over. However, it lasted a little under three hours and 40.1 overs.Resuming at the lunchtime score of 70 for three, India had added 24 runs when they lost wickets in a heap. RELATED Spinners turn the game on for India; Australia 153/4 at tea K L Rahul plays a shot on the second day of the the first India-Australia Test match, being played at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune on Friday. — K Murali Kumar SHARE Published on February 24, 2017 K L Rahul plays a shot on the second day of the the first India-Australia Test match, being played at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune on Friday. — K Murali Kumar COMMENTlast_img read more

Can’t get over PeeCee twirling? These Bollywood actresses also twirled their way into our hearts!

first_imgThough Priyanka Chopra looked gorgeous in a custom Jason Wu gown at the red carpet of the Emmy Awards, it was her multiple twirls during the night that got people talking. Like any regular girl, the actress made the most out of her dress and did what we all would do while wearing a pretty twirl-worthy garment, i.e. twirl the night away.Also read:Emmy Awards: Priyanka Chopra is red carpet perfection in this red gownHere’s here hi-def twirl on the red carpet. Watch video herePriyanka Chopra is absolutely breathtaking in custom Jason Wu. #Emmys pic.twitter.com/oltaana5vh E! Style (@EOnlineStyle) September 18, 2016And here’s the one on the arms of Tom Hiddleston ONSTAGE, while the two were fulfilling their presenter duties. We’d be worried about falling headfirst in front of every-freaking-one but Priyanka is a pro, so such petty things aren’t a concern for her. Watch video here #Emmys are over but we still can’t get over #PriyankaChopra twirling on #TomHiddleston’s armhttps://t.co/UoZgO3GGXX pic.twitter.com/2MZXJ5mW3p India Today Showbiz (@Showbiz_IT) September 19, 2016Anyway, if you are suddenly taken by an urge to post your twirlworthy moments on Instagram, then do so after taking your cues from these Bollywood beauties.Also read:Here’s what Priyanka Chopra has to say about going braless outside her bedroomAlia BhattSporting an outfit carrying messages from her fans, Alia Bhatt’s twirl makes the moment extra-special! Watch video here Kareena Kapoor KhanBebo might not be on Instagram, but the actress’ stylists gave us a glimpse of Kareena twirling with Arjun Kapoor being goofy in the background. How elegant is she! Watch video here Sonakshi SinhaGiving us princess-y vibes in that dress, the actress, who often shares videos of herself twirling even hashtagged her post as #twirlmaster. Watch video here Jacqueline FernandezThis takes the cake for being the funniest twirl on Instagram, as Jacqueline’s rather graceful attempt ends up in her falling. So relatable! Watch video here  Malaika Arora KhanThe petite actress does complete justice to the Payal Khandwala outfit she’s sporting. Watch video hereSonam KapoorHer excitement while the shot is being taken is infectious!  Watch video here Bipasha BasuLike Bipasha, we are all guilty of doing the same with any lehenga we can get our hands on. Watch video here  And we couldn’t agree more with Bips’ caption, after all, all pretty outfits do need to be twirled!last_img read more

Adelaide Test: Australia include Jackson Bird, three debutants vs South Africa

first_imgJackson Bird has edged out uncapped fast bowler Chadd Sayers for a place in Australia’s pace attack for the third and final Test against South Africa in Adelaide, captain Steve Smith confirmed on Wednesday.Bird, capped five times but overlooked in favour of debutant Joe Mennie for the second Test defeat in Hobart, joins fellow seamers Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood in a raw team featuring three new batsmen for the day-night match. (Raw Australia seek to reboot under Adelaide lights)Opener Matt Renshaw, Peter Handscomb and Nic Maddinson will all play their first Tests at Adelaide Oval after selectors wielded the axe following the Hobart humiliation, which gave South Africa an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series. (Trevor Hohns urges patience with new-look Australian team)”We’ve obviously made a lot of changes,” Smith told a media conference in Adelaide. “I’m happy with the team that I’ve got.”This series has been disappointing the way it has gone for us but I’m actually really excited about the young guys coming into the group.”I’ve almost felt a little shift over the last few days in attitude and energy from what the new guys have brought in.”Australia team: David Warner, Matt Renshaw, Usman Khawaja, Steve Smith (captain), Peter Handscomb, Nic Maddinson, Matthew Wade, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Nathan Lyon, Jackson Bird.last_img read more

Ashleigh Barty guides Australia into Fed Cup final

first_imgWorld number nine Ashleigh Barty continued her recent strong run of form and guided Australia to their first Fed Cup final since 1993 with a 3-2 victory over Belarus in Brisbane on Sunday.Barty, who won both her singles matches in the semi-final tie, and veteran Samantha Stosur beat Victoria Azarenka and Aryna Sabalenka 7-5 3-6 6-2 in the deciding doubles to set up a final against either France or Romania in November.What a star @ashbar96 is The Aussie has become the first player in #FedCup history to win all 3 rubbers in both the opening round and semi-finals #AUSBLR pic.twitter.com/FVYiRPY7U1 Fed Cup (@FedCup) April 21, 2019Australia, who have not won the title since 1974, will host the final against the winner of the second semi-final, which was locked at 1-1 in Rouen.”It’s super exciting to be in a Fed Cup final,” Stosur said. “We all work so hard all year and we’re such a tight team. We’re going to be giving it our best shot here in November.”Barty had earlier given Australia a 2-1 lead after a superb mixture of tactics, scrambling defence and a powerful service game to beat Sabalenka 6-2 6-2.It was her second singles win of the tie after she beat Azarenka on Saturday and her success came on the back of winning her first WTA Premier level tournament in Miami last month.”This crowd is unreal”Hear from Australia’s #FedCup heroes, @ashbar96 & @bambamsam30…Oh, we see you @Daria_gav pic.twitter.com/mS6h7HfWFHadvertisement Fed Cup (@FedCup) April 21, 2019Azarenka was originally not listed to play the doubles but after she dismantled Stosur 6-1 6-1 in 59 minutes to send the tie to the decider, she quickly had her racquets restrung and joined the 20-year-old in the doubles.SINGLES EVENThe tie had been locked at 1-1 after the opening day’s singles before Barty produced a high level of intensity to beat Sabalenka in Sunday’s first match.Despite the lop-sided scoreline, Barty was made to work hard by her fellow top-10 player Sabalenka, who lost control of the match in the fifth game of the first set when she served four double faults.Barty, who was forced to produce big serves to neutralise breakpoint opportunities in both the second and fourth games of the second set, broke Sabalenka and ended the Belarusian’s resistance when she served her eighth double fault.Azarenka sent the tie into the decider when she produced some of the high quality tennis that had propelled her to two Australian Open titles.The 29-year-old is making her way back up the rankings after she had a child and then faced a custody battle that restricted her travel.Even during the rallies the 35-year-old Stosur controlled, Azarenka chased the ball down and forced her opponent to keep making shots that resulted in the Australian making 35 errors.Also Read | Played one of my worst matches on clay in 14 years: Nadal after Monte Carlo exitAlso Read | Charleston Open: Madison Keys bags title with first win over WozniackiAlso Watch | Love the energy of the Indian players in the IPL before World Cup: Virat Kohlilast_img read more

African Ambassadors Praise Rapid Transformations of Moroccos Laayoune

Rabat – “Every time we visit the region we witness considerable improvements,” said Ismaila Nimaga, ambassador of the Central African Republic to Rabat. Nimaga said he is impressed by the “rapid transformations” in the region.The aim of the visit, the Central African diplomat explained, is to “bear witness to Morocco’s diverse developments efforts.” The diplomat called Morocco a rising African power, suggesting that Rabat is growing in prominence in North Africa and in the entire African continent.Laayoune is part of the southern provinces that were historically associated with fewer opportunities and fewer government investments. Since 2015, however, the bulk of Morocco’s investment budget has been spent in realizing King Mohammed VI’s insistent calls for an “inclusive and harmonizing development model” to bolster the development of historically left-behind regions.“Moroccan government, private businesses, and NGOs have all recently shouldered their responsibility in investing in equal development of all regions,” Nimaga said. He argued that “these rapid socio-economic transformations” are mostly “due to King Mohammed VI’s personal commitment and political will.”In awe with a region that keeps changing for the better, the Central African said that other African countries, “especially in sub-Saharan Africa,” can learn a lot from Morocco’s recent efforts in its southern provinces. The region, he said, can play a great role in bringing Morocco even closer to its “African brothers.”The visiting ambassadors included Nigeria’s Baba Garba, Ghana’s Stephen Yakubu, and diplomats from DR Congo, the Gambia, Benin, Niger, Sudan, Chad, and Ukraine.Also speaking of the socio-economic transformations in Laayoune, Baba Garba said, “Morocco is on track and is making the right choices.”“These kinds of projects should be emulated across the entire continent to improve the living standards of vulnerable and low-income classes,” the Nigerian diplomat said.Echoing the sentiments of his Central African counterpart, Baba Garba said that the efforts Morocco has been deploying in the south can serve as a springboard for enhancing the South-South cooperation agenda on the African continent.Ghana’s Stephen Yakubu said that he was “very pleased” that the lion’s share of Morocco’s investments is “actually benefiting local populations.”Remembering that Rabat and Accra signed technical cooperation agreements in February 2017, the Ghanaian official said that his country is hoping to take advantage of Morocco’s expertise in terms of project planning and realization.Initiated under the auspices of King Mohammed VI as part of Morocco’s 2007 Autonomy Plan for Western Sahara, increasing investments in the southern provinces have borne considerable fruit for Moroccan diplomacy and Morocco’s position on the Western Sahara question.In the past months, multiple foreign delegations have hailed Morocco’s “genuine and sincere” commitment to its southern provinces.Most recently, participants in the Morocco-France Business Forum called Laayoune an “ideal hub” for investments.Speaking at the opening ceremony of the forum on November 2, Philippe-Edern Klein, chairman of the French Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Morocco (CFCIM), said, “The region of the South benefits from ambitious investment programs, both public and private, and major infrastructure projects that make it the ideal hub to the African continent.” read more

WFP sees potential to achieve zero hunger in Sri Lanka

The World Food Programme’s (WFP) says it sees real potential to achieve zero hunger in Sri Lanka.The new WFP Representative and Country Director for Sri Lanka, Brenda Barton, officially presented her credentials to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mangala Samaraweera. “Food and nutrition security for all Sri Lankans by 2030 is truly attainable, and I look forward to working with government and other key partners to achieve this important goal,” said Barton. (Colombo Gazette) “I am very pleased to have assumed my position in Sri Lanka at a time when the country is taking positive steps to tackle the adverse effects of civil war and climate change, as seen by this year’s floods and drought,” said Barton. “The government is showing strong leadership and together with other partners, there is real potential to achieve Zero Hunger in Sri Lanka.” Barton has worked for WFP for 25 years. Before assuming her post in Sri Lanka, she was Deputy Regional Director for WFP in Southern Africa for 5 years, most recently overseeing WFP’s emergency preparedness and response to the current El Nino humanitarian crisis, with almost 15 million people in 7 countries requiring emergency food assistance. She also actively supported programmes related to nutrition, resilience building and linking smallholder farmers to markets in 11 countries in the region, many of them middle income countries facing similar developmental challenges to those of Sri Lanka.In Sri Lanka, WFP supports the Government to implement programmes to improve food and nutrition security, emergency preparedness and response and empowerment of vulnerable communities to be resistant to climate shocks for resilient livelihoods. In 2016-2017, WFP aims to support more than 270,000 Sri Lankans in chronic food and nutrition insecure areas. She added that a National Hunger Strategic Review is underway in the country, conducted by South Asia Policy and Research Institute (SAPRI) under the leadership of Madam Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumartunga. This will be pivotal in defining the landscape for new, innovative food and nutrition approaches, aligned with the Government’s national plans, the roll out of the Sustainable Development Goals, and the next cycle of the UN Sustainable Development Agreement Framework. read more

Kangol manufacturer brings hatmaking machines back to US

by The Associated Press Posted Sep 9, 2016 1:37 pm MDT Last Updated Sep 9, 2016 at 2:27 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email ADAMSTOWN, Pa. – A Pennsylvania company that produces a style of hats made famous by actor Samuel L. Jackson and rappers has moved its hat-making machines from China to Lancaster County.The Reading Eagle (http://bit.ly/2cd0MEB ) reports that Bollman Hat Co. recently began production of Kangol hats after moving its specialized knitting machines to Adamstown.The company raised more than $100,000 during a Kickstarter fundraising campaign last year that featured a video in which Jackson appeared, wearing a T-shirt that said: “Motherfunder.”It also received about $160,000 in state grants and tax credits in August. Chief executive Don Rongione says the cost of buying, shipping and setting up the machines was more than $1 million.The company now has 85 knitting machines, with 10 that are operating.___Information from: Reading Eagle, http://www.readingeagle.com/ Kangol manufacturer brings hat-making machines back to US read more

Samsung Hates Bezels

first_imgSamsung wants you to know that it has no love for the bezel–you know, that big thick piece of plastic that surrounds the display on most of your electronic devices. In a bit of showmanship during yesterday’s press conference, the company stripped away a false bezel to reveal a far thinner border on the new D8000 HDTV.The bezel measures about 0.2-inches thick (or thin, rather)–the width of the No. 2 pencil pictured above. The 3D-capable system also boasts a 3,000,000:1 contrast ratio, has Wi-Fi built-in, and is, naturally, compatible with all of those Samsung TV apps. The system also ships with a remote that features a full QWERTY keyboard and a built-in screen. No word on the bezel size on that thing.last_img

Omar Archer caught by Police

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, March 31, 2017 – Grand Bahama – Police are said to have taken in Omar Archer, who was wanted for questioning without incident around 3am this morning.  Archer is an extremely vocal and highly accusatory political activist who is often sharing messages where he claims to be exposing underhanded dealings, allegedly by the PLP Government.A person of interest notice was posted for Archer last weekend after he appeared on social media, holding an illegal gun and threatening the government.  Archer said he was hiding out in Freeport, and reports are he was caught at his home, peacefully, by Police.  Omar Archer also claims that the photo was doctored and posted by the PLP.#MagneticMediaNews#OmarArchercaught Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #OmarArchercaught Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Vancouver man gets 20 years in vehicular homicide

first_imgA Vancouver man was sentenced Monday to 20 years in prison for a fatal crash in November in south-central Lewis County.Jonathon K. Reno, 42, pleaded guilty in Lewis County Superior Court on Jan. 6 to one count of vehicular homicide.Police say he was intoxicated at the time of the crash that killed his passenger, Adam W. Newstrom, 28.Reno’s 20-year sentence was a result of changes in vehicular homicide sentencing guidelines that went into effect in 2012 and his extensive criminal history, said Brad Meagher, Lewis County’s chief criminal deputy prosecutor.The new guidelines nearly doubled the potential sentence for those convicted of vehicular homicide, Meagher said.Reno also has six previous felony convictions, three prior driving-while-intoxicated convictions and a reckless driving conviction, Meagher said. He was convicted of attempted vehicular assault in 2006, possession of a controlled substance in 1990 and 2003, bail jumping in 2000, burglary in 1993 and delivery of a controlled substance in 1992, Meagher said.Reno was driving a 1991 Honda Accord south on Jackson Highway at a high rate of speed at about 7 p.m. Nov. 10 when the car struck a guardrail and crossed the centerline near Ray Road, two miles south of the small city of Toledo, according to Washington State Patrol.The Honda’s front passenger side then struck a power pole before coming to rest in a ditch.Neither Reno nor Newstrom wore a seat belt, said State Patrol Trooper Will Finn.last_img read more

Seventeen Cuts Frequency to Bimonthly

first_img Yesterday, it was announced that Joanna Coles, editorial director of Seventeen and EIC of Cosmopolitan, was promoted to chief content officer of Hearst Magazines. She is replaced by Michele Promaulayko.  Seventeen has a circulation of 2,000,585, according to AAM reports, and 9 million unique monthly views at seventeen.com, according to a spokesperson. Hearst Magazines is cutting Seventeen’s frequency from 10 issues to six. “We’re introducing a new six time per year frequency pegged to key life moments in our readers’ lives, like prom and back-to-school, while increasingly investing in a social-first approach to digital,” said a spokesperson for Seventeen.center_img This is the most recent change at the teen brand, whose editor-in-chief, Michelle Tan, was fired last month while apparently on pregnancy leave. Tan was replaced in the interim by executive editor Joey Bartolomeo. These changes come amidst reports of reduced readership. The MPA 360 report for July 2016 found a 15.9 percent decrease in consumption across Seventeen’s print, digital and video channels since 2015.last_img read more

ARREST LOG Wilmington Police Make 1 Arrest Issue 1 Summons

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — According to Wilmington Police Logs, Wilmington Police issued the following arrests and summonses between December 6, 2018 and December 12, 2018:Thursday, December 6NoneFriday, December 7NoneSaturday, December 8NoneSunday, December 9NoneMonday, December 10NoneTuesday, December 11Robert Jude Coppola (55, Billerica) was arrested for OUI Liquor (3rd Offense), Negligent Operation Of Motor Vehicle, Leaving Scene Of Property Damage (x2), Unregistered Motor Vehicle, Number Plate Violation, and Resisting Arrest. (11:21am)Michael Joseph Domenici (28, Malden) was issued a summons for Operating A Motor Vehicle With Registration Revoked and Uninsured Motor Vehicle. (1:02pm)Wednesday, December 12None(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information.  An arrest does not constitute a conviction.  Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)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 wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Thank You To Our Sponsor:Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedARREST LOG: Wilmington Police Make 3 Arrests & Issue 4 SummonsesIn “Police Log”ARREST LOG: Wilmington Police Make 1 Arrest & Issue 2 SummonsesIn “Police Log”ARREST LOG: Wilmington Police Make 4 Arrests & Issues 3 SummonsesIn “Police Log”last_img read more

Stream restoration on Kuiu Island nears completion

first_imgThe Forest Service anticipated that salmon spawning might be a problem. In 1970, along with the Alaska Department of Fish & Game, they tested out a theory. They removed log jams from streams to increase water flow. “You get more stream power and with more stream power you get larger cobble size.” After that, sediment the size of a grapefruit was tumbling down the waterway–further eroding the channel. Whitacre says, almost 45 years later, we’re starting to see the effects. There are less deep, cool pools for salmon to spawn, declining populations of Coho and Chum. “I think that we’ve learned that when you manipulate the channel like that, there’s a lot more that needs to go into it when you’re thinking about how we’re going to fix something. Fix something that’s not broken. That’s a messy business sometimes.”A puncheon road to access the streamA study estimated that in streams logged in Southeast Alaska, it could take up to 250 years for habitat to recover. That is–if nothing is done about it. Norm Cohen, the Southeast Alaska Program Director for the Nature Conservancy, says, if we can take actions now “these streams will be as productive as possible for the years to come.” On a remote corner of the Tongass National Forest, a six-year-long stream restoration project is wrapping up. The cost: an estimated $1.2 million, funded largely from grants obtained by the Nature Conservancy. The project is intended to restore salmon streams damaged over 40 years ago on Kuiu Island.Download Audio:From the float plane, you can see turquoise water and patches of coastal islands. Then, Kuiu appears, swallowing up the landscape with dense forest. It’s nearly five times the size of Seattle with only a handful of residents. This is the site of the stream restoration project.Heath Whittacre, from the U.S. Forest Service, drives us to the location in his mud splattered SUV. “I’m a water guy. A hydrologist study of water.” His job is basically quality control for nearby streams, rivers, and aquatic habitat. He’s been out here, sometimes for months at a time, overseeing the project. “We call it the Kuiu island resort and spa. It’s great. We have excellent accommodations, an infinity, pool, massage parlor,” Whitacre jokes.Heath Whitacre, the U.S. Forest Service Hydrologist, leads a team to see the restoration. Photos by Elizabeth Jenkins.The location is remote, but there’s electricity from a generator and basic housing. There’s also miles of unpaved logging roads to get around the island. To understand the necessity of the stream restoration, you first need to know the history of Kuiu. In the 60s and 70s, there were no regulated logging buffers along salmon streams. “So they able to cut all the streams immediately adjacent to stream banks as well it use the streams themselves as yarding corridors.” From the float plane, it’s a long drive to Saginaw Creek–one of the four streams on Kuiu Island that’s being restored. After changing into waders, we slather on bug spray and walk down the channel to see the work. The restoration itself looks like a really hard game of giant pick up sticks: a tangled mass of young and old growth trees, some of the roots are still intact. “You know, you kind of look at what nature provides and try to emulate that, kinda like a big puzzle,” Whitacre says.The structure is perpendicular to the stream. In this case, to trap a pool of water. Nature is copied for its functionality, but also its aesthetic. Whitacre points to the end of log that looks like it’s been chewed on. “We call it beaverizing where instead of a cut face on a log, we round out the tips with a chainsaw where it gives a beaverized effect.”“Beaverized” logs along the Saginaw CreekThe project used about 1,100 trees, harvested from around the island. To move the heavy pieces, contractors used a helicopter and an excavator. Pathways were created out of old spur roads leftover from timber harvest. Whitacre says, initially, the scale seemed alarming. “It’s not something we’re used to seeing, heavy equipment in streams this size. It’s kinda one of those ‘whoa moments,’ but when you see the final product and see it coming together, this is the only way that could happen.”Johnny Zutz, from Fish and Game, agrees. “It doesn’t look pretty and especially in the short term you’re wondering why they’re doing it.” He helped write the permit, authorizing heavy equipment in the stream. It’s his first time out at Kuiu to see the restoration. “They look like once you get a couple of flushing flows they’re going to look pretty nice.”We walk down the middle of the Saginaw creek. Whitacre points to a shallow pool of water about a foot deep. “We’re looking at whole bunch of Coho fry. They look like they’re just hanging out but they’re in feeding lanes right now. They’re all pointed up stream. They get themselves in a pocket where they pop out and eat like that one did just now.” Whitacre says, as the stream restoration project nears its completion, he’s hoping for what every hydrologist wants: a flood.The next stream to be restored is Luck Creek on Prince of Wales Island.last_img read more

Minimise Your Foodprint

first_imgThink. Eat. Save- Reduce our Foodprint. Follow the theme of the year as the world gets together to celebrate the World Environment Day. Capital joined in the global celebrations with a function organised by the Ministry of Environment and Forests. 5 June was declared as the ‘World Environment Day’ on the recommendations made by  UN Conference on Human Environment in 1972.Raising awareness about the environmental consequences of our food choices, this year’s campaign calls for minimizing waste of food at all stages of the food chain. This is to ensure that everyone gets enough to eat and no one is left malnourished or undernourished. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Jayanthi Natarajan, Minister for Environment & Forests presided over the function to celebrate  World Environment Day. Addressing the gathering, she said that there cannot be sustainable development without environment given due importance. Emphasizing the importance of sustainable development in everyday life, Natarajan said that the debate of progress versus environment or development versus environment is completely irrelevant and unnecessary.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix On the occasion, Natarajan  presented this year’s ‘Young Environmentalist of the Year Award – 2013’ to   Arundhati Srivastava, for winning a national poster making competition on the theme: Face of Climate Change.As the part of the celebrations, five publications namely, Animal Discoveries- 2012, Plant Discoveries 2012, Coastal Zones of India, National Wetland Atlas: High Altitude Lakes of India and National Wetland Atlas : Wetlands of International Importance under Ramsar Convention were released for sensitizing the citizens. Highlighting the importance of this year’s theme, Natarajan said, that there is an urgent need to become more aware of environmental impact on the food choices we make. If food is wasted, it means all resources and inputs used in the production of all those foods are also lost, she added.last_img read more

Panetta Obama weighing US presence in Afghanistan

first_img Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix ALI AL-SALEM AIR BASE, Kuwait (AP) – U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Wednesday that President Barack Obama will decide in the next few weeks how many U.S. troops will stay in Afghanistan after the combat mission ends in December 2014.Panetta did not reveal what options Obama is considering, but officials have said he may settle on a figure between 6,000 and 10,000. There currently are about 66,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan. (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Four benefits of having a wireless security system Top Stories Comments   Share   The post-2014 mission is expected to focus on counterterrorism and advising Afghan security forces.Panetta spoke Wednesday to about 100 U.S. service members inside an aircraft hangar at this desert base west of Kuwait City. He thanked them for their service and emphasized that the U.S. is winding down its involvement in lengthy wars.On Tuesday, Panetta met with top Kuwaiti government officials.This is likely to be Panetta’s last visit to the Middle East before he retires. He has not said publicly when he is quitting to return to his native California, but it is widely forecast for early next year, possibly in January.In recent months, following the administration’s announced strategic policy “pivot” to Asia, Panetta has been at pains to assert that doing more in Asia and the Pacific does not have to mean doing less in the Middle East.He said the U.S. military has about 50,000 troops in the Middle East. That includes about 5,000 on each of two aircraft carrier battle groups.Kuwait has been regarded as an important U.S. defense partner in the years since Iraq invaded Kuwait in August 1990, prompting US military intervention and the start of a two-decade confrontation with Iraq’s Saddam Hussein. The Iraqi leader was toppled in 2003, but insurgents kept U.S. forces tied down there until December 2011. The difference between men and women when it comes to pain Sponsored Stories Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technologylast_img read more