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Sudan UN referenda panel concerned at low voter registration in northSudan UN referenda panel concerned at low voter registration in north

“In the North, turnout remains extremely low. Many Southern Sudanese appear uninterested or unwilling to register,” said Benjamin Mkapa, the chairperson of Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Panel on the Referenda in the Sudan, told reporters in Khartoum at the end of the panel’s 10-day visit to the country.The people of Southern Sudan are scheduled to vote on 9 January on whether the south should secede from the rest of the country, while the final status of Abyei will be determined in a separate vote on the same day, as set out in the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) which ended two decades of war between the north and the south.Mr. Mkapa, a former president of Tanzania, lamented what he said was a lack of public information about voter registration and urged authorities in both southern and northern Sudan, the Southern Sudan Referendum Commission, the media and civil society to publicize the exercise.He said long distances between homes and registration centres was also discouraging people from registering, adding that the panel had also learned that there was a campaign by some southern leaders to discourage southerners residing in the north from enrolling. Uncertainty over the future status of southerners in the north was another factor for the low turnout, Mr. Mkapa said.“It is important that clarity on the post-referendum status of southerners in the North and northerners in the South is reached as soon as possible. Leaders in both the North and the South will also have to make more efforts to reassure people that their safety, property and rights are protected,” he said.He also urged all parties to tone down rhetoric on the referendum issue so that people can feel secure enough to turn out to register as voters. He said the panel had received, from outside the country, “disturbing reports of intimidation and threats” against the staff of voter registration centres and those attempting to register.On Abyei, Mr. Mkapa voiced concern that with less than two months remaining before the vote, a referendum commission has still not been established and relations between the Dinka and the Misseriya communities who inhabit the area remain tense.“We hope that negotiations beginning today under the auspices of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) and the African Union High-Level Implementation Panel (AUHIP) will resolve some of the issues separating the parties, and we urge all sides in Abyei not to lose faith and to remember that their problems can be only resolved through peaceful dialogue,” Mr. Mkapa said.The three-member panel was set up by the Secretary-General in response to a request by the Sudanese Government for a body to help enhance the credibility of the referenda and ensure the acceptance of their results by their constituencies and the international community.The other members are António Monteiro, a former foreign minister of Portugal, and Bhojraj Pokharel, a former chairman of Nepal’s election commission. 22 November 2010Few people from Southern Sudan who live in the north are turning out to enrol as voters for the referenda on the future of the south, the chairperson of the United Nations-appointed panel monitoring the process said today, citing various reasons for the dismal turnout, including lack of awareness and uncertainty. read more

Bangladesh hands over cash donation for flood reliefBangladesh hands over cash donation for flood relief

The High Commissioner said that recently the bilateral relations between the Sri Lanka and Bangladesh further strengthened and the aim of the Bangladesh is to nourish those existing relations in all sectors. The President appreciated the assistance given by the Bangladesh for their friendly neighbour, even as their own people are facing a flood and said that it signifies the strength of the bilateral relations between the two countries. A cash donation by the Bangladesh Government to assist the victims of recent flood and landslides in Sri Lanka was officially handed over to President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat, today (20). Prime Minister of Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina declared the cash donation.Bangladesh High Commissioner to Sri Lanka, Riaz Hamidullah handed over the cheque to the President. The High Commissioner apprised the President regarding the progress made by Bangladesh in their disaster management and post disaster agriculture rehabilitation programmes and the President said that he will look into the possibility of adapting those programmes to Sri Lankan conditions.President also expressed interest in the new agricultural seeds with drought resistance qualities developed by Bangladesh. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Security Council calls for regional solutions to challenges facing Africas Great LakesSecurity Council calls for regional solutions to challenges facing Africas Great Lakes

Adopting a Presidential Statement, the 15-nation Council spotlighted, among other things, cross-border issues, including the large flows of natural resources, migrants and refugees, as well as the activities of armed groups and criminal networks in and around the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).“Solutions to the prevailing situation in the Great Lakes region should come within a regional perspective, by addressing the root causes of conflicts, many of which are regional in nature,” the Council underscored.The Council expressed grave concern over the continued illicit exploitation of natural resources and their trade in the eastern DRC, urging coordinated efforts by the signatory States of the Peace, Security and Cooperation (PSC) Framework, regional organizations and the international community to undercut the economic lifelines of armed groups benefitting from those activities.Today’s adoption of the text followed the 21 March Council open debate on the prevention and resolution of conflicts in the Great Lakes region, held under Angola’s presidency for the month.On the security front, the Council reiterated the importance of neutralizing all armed groups in country’s eastern part, particularly the Forces Démocratiques de Libération du Rwanda (FDLR), Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) and the various Mai Mai groups, in accordance with resolution 2277 (2016).Noting the announcement of the resumption of joint military operations between the DRC’s Government and the UN Organization Stabilization Mission in DRC (MONUSCO), the Council called for immediate restart of such activities in earnest to completely neutralize those armed groups.Turning to the political front, the Council urged regional support for initiatives aimed at promoting inclusive dialogue amongst national stakeholders and stressed the importance of enabling the full and free participation of peaceful political parties, civil society and the media in the political process.The Great Lakes region includes Burundi and Rwanda as well as Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania.While welcoming the credible and peaceful conduct of elections in some States in the region, the Council noted that the recent and ongoing electoral processes in other States raise deep concerns about the risk of instability, human rights and humanitarian law violations and abuses, and further displacement of people.The Council called on States in the region to take steps to ensure that electoral processes promote peace and security through timely, peaceful, inclusive and credible elections. read more

Raptors Lowry says Warriors game just another regularseason gameRaptors Lowry says Warriors game just another regularseason game

TORONTO — Kyle Lowry refuses to entertain suggestions that playing two-time defending champions Golden State means more than any other game.The Toronto Raptors’ all-star guard, who can sound grumpy on a good day, was particularly ornery when asked about the game after Thursday morning’s shootaround.“Just another regular-season game. Next question,” Lowry said, his black hoodie pulled up over his head.“Why?” a reporter asked, thus prompting a playful exchange.“What is it though? What are we in right now?” Lowry asked.“Regular season.”“There you go,” said Lowry.Playing the best in the league doesn’t happen every day though, the reporter replied.“What are we at, where are we at?” Lowry asked.“Game 23”“Of what?”“Of 82.”“Of what?”“The regular season.”“There you go. Good answer. Next question,” Lowry said.Lowry spoke prior to Thursday night’s much-anticipated tipoff against the Warriors at Scotiabank Arena. The Raptors (18-4) boast the best record in the league and will put their six-game win streak on the line against Golden State. The Warriors (15-7) have won three straight, despite missing sharpshooter Steph Curry.Raptors coach Nick Nurse planned to approach the game much the same as Lowry.“One of the things that I kind of reflect on today is the games just keep on coming so fast. Like, I can’t believe we’re on Game 23, right?” Nurse said. “You don’t really get to enjoy much, and you don’t have time to feel sorry for yourself because it’s just one after another. We’re going to play tonight, we’re going to get on a plane and go to Cleveland tomorrow, it just keeps on coming.“You’ve just got to kind of treat ’em like they’re a win over anyone equals one win over everyone else. That’s really all that matters this time of year.”Lori Ewing, The Canadian Press read more

Ohio States Marshon Lattimore set for surgeryOhio States Marshon Lattimore set for surgery

Ohio State football freshman cornerback Marshon Lattimore is scheduled for surgery on Wednesday morning, according to his personal Twitter account @_ShonL2 Tuesday night.Lattimore has since deleted the tweet.Lattimore, who was a consensus four-star prospect out of Glenville High School in Cleveland, and a U.S. Army All-American, starred on a Tarblooder team that advanced to the Division II Ohio state championship game in 2013.The news of Lattimore’s surgery was first reported by Eleven Warriors.Coach Urban Meyer did not mention Lattimore’s name Monday when he discussed the open corner position opposite senior Doran Grant.The Buckeyes are scheduled to take on Navy Saturday at noon at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore.

Afghan casualties in Taliban Mazare Sharif attack pass 100Afghan casualties in Taliban Mazare Sharif attack pass 100

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedAfghanistan air strike: UN confirms 30 child deaths in April attackMay 7, 2018In “latest news”Kabul blast kills 80July 23, 2016In “Crime”Kabul explosion kills 40 at gathering of clericsNovember 20, 2018In “Crime” Afghan troops keep watch at the base near Mazar-e-Sharif after the attack (Reuters)(BBC) More than 100 Afghan soldiers were killed or wounded in a Taliban attack on an army base on Friday, the defence ministry has confirmed.Fighting lasted for several hours near the city of Mazar-e Sharif in northern Balkh province.Insurgents targeted those leaving Friday prayers at the base’s mosque and others in a canteen, the army said.The Taliban said in a statement they had carried out the attack, using suicide bombers to breach defences.Earlier estimates put the death toll as high as 134, but a statement from the defence ministry on Saturday gave the figure of more than 100 killed or injured.It is one of the deadliest tolls in a Taliban attack on the Afghan army.At least 10 Taliban militants were also killed in the fighting and one attacker was detained.The Afghan government has declared Sunday a day of national mourning.Separately, the US military command in Afghanistan said that Taliban commander Quari Tayib had been killed in a coalition air strike.It said that Tayib was “once known as the shadow Taliban governor of Takhar province” in the north-east, and was killed along with eight other Taliban fighters in the strike on 17 April. The Taliban fighters who attacked the base wore army uniforms and drove through checkpoints to launch the raid, a military spokesman said.One injured soldier, Mohammad Hussain, said: “When I came out of the mosque, three people with army uniforms and an army vehicle started shooting at us. Of course, they had some infiltrators inside the base, otherwise they would never have been able to enter.“One of them sitting inside a vehicle had set up a machine gun at the car’s window and shot everyone in his way.”President Ashraf Ghani flew to the area on Saturday and visited wounded troops.US military spokesman John Thomas described the attack as a “significant” strike, but he praised Afghan commandos for bringing the “atrocity to an end”.Relatives’ anger: Syed Anwar, BBC News, KabulJan Agah from Jowzjan province lost a nephew in the attack (BBC)There are conflicting reports about casualties. The defence ministry confirmed more than 100 soldiers had been “killed or injured” but a security official in Mazar-e Sharif told the BBC that more than 100 had died, including a top military commander.Relatives of some of the soldiers gathered outside the base to take possession of coffins. They all questioned the security measures in place at the main entrance.“If strict inspections had taken place, the attackers would not have passed the first gate,” said Jan Agah, from Jowzjan province. One of his nephews serving at the base died and another was injured in the attack.The raid shows the Taliban can plan and carry out complex attacks. The militants said four of the attackers had served as soldiers for a long time and had knowledge of every corner of the base.The base at Mazar-e-Sharif is home to the Afghan National Army’s 209th Corps, responsible for providing security to most of northern Afghanistan, including Kunduz province – which has seen heavy recent fighting.Several German and other foreign soldiers are reported to be garrisoned there.Last month about 50 people were reported to have died when militants believed to be from the group known as Islamic State targeted patients and staff at a military hospital in Kabul with guns, grenades and knives.Also in March the Taliban said they had captured the crucial south Afghan district of Sangin after a year-long battle. read more

Anna Sen about Russian start Trefilov isnt crazy anymoreAnna Sen about Russian start Trefilov isnt crazy anymore

Russian left back Anna Sen had an epic statement after the second important win at the 22nd IHF Women’s World Championship 2015 in Denmark. Firstly, Evgeny Trefilov girls beat Norway, then Spain, and that was good enough reason for a big smile of Russian girl who was more than honest in front of Norwegian TV 2 camera in mix zone:– We are happy. Two important wins are behind us. It is very important for this team. We play good. Trefilov is not crazy anymore, he helps us, we are playing better and better – said Sen and added on question about the gold:-We will try.Russia won the Preliminary Group D in meantime.Obviously, we have the “handball statement 2015” or you think that someone can beat Anna? Anna SenEvgeny Trefilovrussia ← Previous Story DENMARK 2015: Brazil wins South American clash and waits for France Next Story → DENMARK 2015 | Norway and Spain will definitely fight for the 2nd place of Group D read more

Meet the people who are oncall 247 to make sure organ transplantsMeet the people who are oncall 247 to make sure organ transplants

first_img Jun 11th 2017, 8:30 PM By Órla Ryan ODTI coordinators (left to right): Orla Nolan, Caroline Lynch, Lynn Martin and Fiadhna McMonagle (Emma Corrigan and Jean O’ Reilly are missing from picture) Source: ODTIOther people don’t want to stay in touch, for various reasons.“It’s not easy for the recipient to write that letter. It can be very sad to sit down and say thank you to someone who is grieving. It can take quite some time to write the letter. One person could write it in one go, but it could take 100 attempts for another person to write it,” Nolan tells us.She adds that if a recipient chooses to not get in contact, it doesn’t mean they’ve forgotten about the donor family or what they have done, noting: “Just because they don’t write a letter doesn’t mean they don’t remember the donor family.“You also don’t know how a recipient will react to the transplant, you have to be mindful and respectful of that. There are different things going on in people’s lives.”Opt-out system Overall, 280 organ transplants were carried out in Ireland in 2016. This marks the second highest yearly performance achieved, with an average rate of 23 transplants per month.The organ transplant figures for 2016 were:172 kidney transplants at Beaumont Hospital58 liver transplants at St Vincent’s University Hospital35 lung transplants and 15 heart transplants at the Mater Misericordiae University HospitalAt the opening of the ODTI’s new headquarters on Temple Street in Dublin city last month, Health Minister Simon Harris said he hopes an opt-out organ donation system will be in place in Ireland next year in an attempt to increase the number of donors. Health Minister Simon Harris and Professor Jim Egan, ODTI Director at the office’s opening Source: Tom Honan/RollingNews.ieIn 2013, an Oireachtas Committee found that changing to a ‘soft opt-out’ system could “vastly increase“ Ireland’s rate of organ donation.. This type of system would assume a person wants to be an organ donor in the event of their death unless they state otherwise, but the final say would still remain with their next of kin.At the time, Harris said: “It is important that ultimately the family always has the final say in relation to the next of kin and I think that’s right and proper. But [a soft opt-out system] also makes it easier for a family relative to make what can be a difficult decision at a vulnerable time if they know the wishes of their deceased relative…It really is the gift of life, you can’t take your organs with you … you have the opportunity to give life to so many others.Instead of an opt-out system, the Irish Kidney Association (IKA) has called for an organ donor registry to be set up to “increase the number of deceased organ donors”, in line with the HSE’s National Consent Policy.“I personally believe in the opt-out system, I believe we’ve seen good beneficial impact from it in other countries, most recently in Wales. But I do think the idea of a registry is also well worth doing so I don’t think the two ideas are mutually exclusive,” Harris added.Nolan says, whether or not an opt-out system is introduced here, greater awareness about organ donation is needed and people should tell their loved ones their wishes about organ donation.The gift of life recently spoke to the parents of Nevaeh Gale-Spollen, whose organs were donated after she died from a brain haemorrhage shortly before her 10th birthday.Her mother Crystal had this advice for anyone who may find themselves in the difficult situation of having to decide if their loved one’s organs should be donated: “Don’t look at it as giving away a part of your child, somebody’s helping keep part of your child alive and your child is helping keep somebody else alive. Nevaeh Source: Gale-Spollen family“This person will always carry a piece of your child, your mother, your brother, your sister, your auntie, your uncle with them. Every time you feel down or you worry did you do the right thing, just think about this other person’s family … they will obviously benefit and they’ll spend many happy days together.”Nolan describes organ donor families as “a unique community” who give people the ultimate gift at a very difficult time in their own lives.“One family summed it up for me when they said, ‘Organ donation makes sense of a senseless situation’,” Nolan says.“A death has occurred, but a life is also saved and enhanced.”Nolan works alongside fellow ODTI coordinators Caroline Lynch, Lynn Martin, Fiadhna McMonagle, Emma Corrigan and Jean O’ Reilly. To read more about their work, click here. The ODTI’s 24-hour referral number is 1890 100 016.Organ donor cards can be obtained by phoning the Irish Kidney Association on 1890 543 639 (lo-call) or by texting the word DONOR to 50050 (free). More information can be read here. People can also download the IKA’s digital donor card here.The national organ donation commemorative garden is in Salthill, Co Galway. It was created by the Strange Boat Donor Foundation, which was founded in memory of Éamonn Goggin from Spiddal, whose organs were donated after his death in a car crash in 2006. For more information, click here. Read: ‘You can’t take your organs with you’: Harris to bring in opt-out system next yearRead: ‘A woman has our daughter’s lungs and four boys have the rest of her organs’Read: ‘After the transplant, I looked in the mirror and my eyes weren’t yellow anymore, they were white’ TIME IS OF the essence for patients waiting for an organ transplant.A number of people are working behind the scenes, 24-7, so that if and when an organ becomes available, a person who needs it gets it as soon as possible.Organ Donation and Transplant Ireland (ODTI) works with transplant recipient centres and hospitals throughout Ireland. An organ procurement coordinator is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to coordinate organ donation.The on-call coordinator can be contacted at any time by staff from intensive care units (ICUs) or emergency departments anywhere in the country. Orla Nolan Source: ODTIOrla Nolan, one of six ODTI coordinators, explains: “ICUs will generally ring us or sometimes emergency departments will ring when a potential organ donor becomes available.“When referrals come into the office, we take a very detailed history of the person in order to give the maximum amount of information to recipient centres.”Organ transplantation takes place in three national transplant centres, all located in Dublin.Beaumont Hospital provides kidney transplantation and is the national centre for living kidney organ donation. The Mater Hospital provides heart and lung transplantation. St Vincent’s Hospital provides liver and pancreas transplantation. Some paediatric transplants take place in Temple Street Children’s Hospital, while others are referred to the UK.When an organ becomes available for transplantation, the National Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics Service for Solid Organ Transplantation (NHISSOT) in Beaumont matches the most compatible recipient to the donor, in consultation with the National Virus Reference Laboratory and the recipient centre.While this process is happening, one of the ODTI coordinators will travel to the hospital where the deceased person’s next of kin is deciding if they will donate their organ(s).Nolan tells this can be an incredibly difficult process for the family, particularly if their loved one died in sudden or tragic circumstances.“We meet with the family and go through the criteria [of organ donation] with them.Often we get to know who the donor was and what type of person they were. We develop a bond with the family and with the donor. Dignity and respect is paramount to the process.“It can be quite traumatic for the family, it’s one of the last things they’ll do for a loved one…There are no words to describe what they’re doing, the situation can be so traumatic. They are amazing people really. Every time I meet a family it amazes me how they’re able to make this ultimately life-changing decision for other people.“Very often the family focuses on the recipient and how they’re doing, the joy that’s coming into their life.“It’s bittersweet for them – they’re losing a loved one, but ultimately there’s an element of joy because someone is getting a call tomorrow saying their life is going to be changed and enhanced. It’s a very humbling experience, you have to admire these people.“It’s the emotional aspect of the job, but also the very privileged part of job.”Nolan, who previously worked in the Mater Hospital, says the coordinator is there to support the next of kin and answer any questions they may have about the process.“We’re with the donor and patient through the whole procedure to the very, very end … We’ll support them in any way we can.”Staying in touchMeetings between the recipient and donor family are not facilitated in Ireland, in order to protect people’s privacy and anonymity. However, the donor family receives a letter four to six weeks after the transplant to hear how the recipient is doing.Sometimes the donor family wants to receive correspondence from the recipient and the ODTI office acts as a buffer in this instance.“Some people like to check in further down the line,” Nolan explains, “Sometimes people get in touch 10 or 15 years after the surgery to see how the recipient is doing. People sometimes also exchange Christmas cards or letters around the time of significant milestones in the recipient’s life.” Short URL 8 Comments Share2155 Tweet Email6 center_img Sunday 11 Jun 2017, 8:30 PM Meet the people who are on-call 24-7 to make sure organ transplants happen “A death has occurred, but a life is also saved and enhanced.” 30,150 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Recording Academy Task Force On Diversity And Inclusion Announces Initiative To ExpandRecording Academy Task Force On Diversity And Inclusion Announces Initiative To Expand

first_imgNews A host of producers, artists, labels and companies rally behind the initiative to expand opportunities to female producers and engineersGRAMMYs Feb 1, 2019 – 5:37 am Today, the Recording Academy’s Task Force on Diversity and Inclusion announced an unprecedented new initiative that aims to expand opportunities for female music producers and engineers. The Producer & Engineer Inclusion Initiative is the inaugural action of a larger strategy to address gender inequity in the music industry. According to a 2018 USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative study, only 2 percent of music producers and 3 percent of engineers/mixers across popular music are women. This initiative is the first step in a broader effort to improve those numbers and increase diversity and inclusion for all in the music industry.The Inclusion Initiative calls on any entity or individual responsible for or involved in selecting and hiring producers and engineers to commit to making hiring decisions only after considering a slate of candidates that includes at least two women. It also asks working producers to take gender diversity challenges in music’s technical fields into account when determining who to mentor and prepare for development and advancement opportunities. To assist in ensuring the success of this initiative, the Recording Academy has committed to creating and hosting a webpage dedicated solely to facilitating the process of identifying working female producers and engineers. The website enables anyone seeking to consider and hire a woman for a position to quickly access relevant resources, including tools provided by She Is The Music and Women’s Audio Mission, leading organizations that help connect decision-makers with female producers and engineers.”The music industry is at a crossroads and progress won’t happen on its own. There is no magic bullet to shift a status quo that has existed for centuries, but we see this initiative as an important step,” said Tina Tchen, Chair of the Recording Academy’s Task Force on Diversity and Inclusion and Partner at Buckley LLP, who previously served as chief of staff to former First Lady, Michelle Obama. “We know that change requires real commitment to intentional hiring and to providing young women with consistent training and mentorship. We aren’t here to tell anyone who to hire, but we have seen repeatedly that the simple act of making sure diverse candidates are always seen and considered makes it more likely that women will get the opportunities they previously have been denied.  It’s one step everyone can take that could go a long way to catalyzing important change that is overdue in this industry.”A diverse and impressive lineup of more than 200 artists, producers, labels, agencies, management companies, and other stakeholders, including Justin Bieber, Cardi B, Common, Andra Day, Ariana Grande, Lady Gaga, John Legend, Shawn Mendes, Nicki Minaj, Katy Perry, P!NK, Post Malone, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, and more have already signed on to the initiative, signifying their commitment to diversity and overcoming long standing barriers to success in the music industry. The full and growing list is below.  The Task Force is thrilled to have received support from this founding class, and looks forward to announcing the names of additional persons and companies who commit to the Inclusion Initiative.“As an artist and member of the Recording Academy, I’m proud to join this pledge and appreciate the work of the Task Force to bring this forward. Women deserve as much opportunity as men, and we know this industry has not always been fair. The only way to change these inequities is for us to face it directly and commit to do more,” said artist and Task Force member, Common.The Inclusion Initiative gives employers and creative decision-makers the continued ability to make the right choice for their music, while simultaneously providing visibility and opportunity for female producers and engineers. Bringing visibility to these issues will not only expand opportunities for women today, but it will also inspire more young women and girls to pursue technical careers in the music industry going forward, which could help shrink the gender gap.“I’ve been very fortunate in my career to surround myself with powerful female figures. I’m proud to have a female engineer run my own Unsub Studios. I pledge to support this great initiative to provide even more opportunity to talented female producers and engineers,” said artist Katy Perry.The Recording Academy Task Force was established in March of 2018 to examine issues of inclusion and diversity within the Academy and the broader music community. Recording Academy Names Diversity And Inclusion Task Force MembersRead more Recording Academy Task Force On Diversity And Inclusion Announces Initiative To Expand Opportunities For Female Producers And Engineers Facebook Twitter Email Female Producers & Engineers Initiative Announced recording-academy-task-force-diversity-and-inclusion-announces-initiative-expandlast_img read more

Elders and Youth Conference Kicks Off In AnchorageElders and Youth Conference Kicks Off In Anchorage

first_imgThe 30th annual Elders and Youth conference began Monday in Anchorage. The conference is held each year at the beginning of the same week as the Alaska Federation of Natives convention. The gathering is an opportunity for youth to discuss an array of issues relevant to Alaska Natives with support from their elders.Download AudioThe conference got off to another impressive start this year. 17-year-old Devlin Anderstrom was chosen to give the youth keynote address. Not only did he introduce himself in his Tlingit language, he gave his entire speech in it. For nine minutes Anderstrom spoke Tlingit to the audience, never once slipping into English until he gave the speech a second time. After the first few minutes, people in the audience turned to each other with wowed faces, they nodded and smiled. Anderstrom’s keynote speech was no small feat. There are only a few hundred Tlingit speakers left and most of them are over the age of 60. Anderstrom, who is a senior at Yakutat High School, learned some of the language when he was young. He moved out of Alaska as a young boy and returned when he was 12.“I’ve lived in downtown Denver, the suburbs in northern California, even a small rural community in Nebraska,” Anderstrom said. “When I left home I knew the entire time that home was where I belonged and it was my place to be.”Growing up, Anderstrom says he spent a lot of time around elders who spoke the language fluently. He began his study of Tlingit in earnest after he moved back home to Yakutat. Just this year – he started taking Lance Twitchell’s Tlingit language class through the University of Alaska Southeast. Anderstrom says one of the reasons he has been so dedicated to learning Tlingit is because some cultural values and ideas can only be truly expressed in their original language. “One of them would be haashagoon,” Anderstrom said. “So, haashagoon, it’s our ancestors and at the same time it’s the future generations, like, everything that we were and everything that we will be. It’s just kind of a hard concept to explain.”And it’s not just the Tlingit language that Anderstrom feels compelled to learn. He’s also Iñupiaq, Ahtna and Tanacross Athabaskan. He’s trying to learn all of those languages.“Right now Tlingit is the language I know best,” Anderstrom said. “It’s the only language I could have made a speech like that in. But I’ve also started to learn other languages as well, Eyak, Ahtna and Inupiaq. My goal is to learn as much as I can. I want to try to help preserve everybody’s language because I think everybody in the state deserves that, everybody that’s Alaska Native.”True to the spirit of his role as a youth at the conference, 17-year-old Anderstrom brings optimism to the conversation. He’s doesn’t think that Alaska Native languages can ever be truly lost. “I think language is a big part of culture, for me, and it’s really a hard hit for any culture to take to lose their language,” Anderstrom said. “But I don’t think it’s necessarily the necessarily the end game, I don’t think it’s game over when a language is lost because like Eyak, a lot of language can be brought back at least partially through all the documented resources that we have. We just have to pull together and I think we can avoid language death all together.”Anderstrom gave the youth keynote address after elder Fred John Jr. this (Monday) morning. The conference room at the Dena’ina center had 1,300 chairs set up and nearly all of them were full within a hour of starting the conference.last_img read more

Who killed YS Vivekananda Reddy His daughter Sunitha denies role of familyWho killed YS Vivekananda Reddy His daughter Sunitha denies role of family

first_imgYS Sunitha ReddyTwitterYS Sunitha Reddy has slammed the reports that the differnce in her family led to the murder of father YS Vivekananda Reddy. She said that he wanted to see Jagan Mohan Reddy to become Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh.YS Vivekananda Reddy, a former YSRCP MP from Kadapa constituency of Andhra Pradesh, was found dead at his residence on March 15. His family members alleged that his death was not natural. His personal assistant MV Krishna Reddy has also lodged a complaint with Pulivendula police expressing doubts over the nature of the death as blood clots were found in the bedroom and the bathroom.The AP government has formed a SIT to investigate this murder case. While the investigation process is underway, there are several speculations doing rounds in the media. His family was upset with the rumours and his daughter YS Sunitha Reddy has now held a press meet to clear the air and put all the rumours to rest.Addressing the media, YS Sunitha Reddy said, “My father’s sudden death has saddened me deeply, but the way media covered this issue has saddened me even more. My father was a great man and he was a great soul. You all know that he lived a life of dignity. Unfortunately, he was killed in the most gruesome way. By having all these loose takes after the incident, we are not giving dignity in death.”YS Sunitha Reddy expressed her concern over media not giving due respect to her father. She said, “I am sure you all love and respect him a lot. He is such a good man and I don’t know anyone who disliked him. By talking like this, aren’t we insulting him?”She added, “One thing that is creating a major problem is that we are not able to have fare investigation of this case. Don’t you think that all this talk will have an influence on the investigation that is going on? We need to identify the murderer. Isn’t that the most important task? If we intervene in this process, what will happen? The SIT has been formed and it has been working tirelessly. I can see that.”YS Sunitha Reddy also alleged that media is drawing a conclusion on this case even before the SIT does it. She continued, “Before even the SIT team releases anything, if you people speculated something on the financial issue and also drew a conclusion, won’t it affect the investigation process? If it is so, how will it be a fare investigation? Is there an effort to divert the issue and spread the wrong message?”It was rumoured that differences in the family was a reason behind the murder of YS Vivekananda Reddy. Talking about it, Sunitha denied family feud. She said, “My father’s dream was to see Jagan anna (brother) become the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh. He has been working tirelessly towards this goal.”YS Sunitha Reddy added, “Then so much negative news spreading around that we have differences in the family. When we are in grief, you are spreading negativity about the family. Is this fare? It is absolutely trash and not true. My sinsiere request to you all and other people watching this press meet and politicians, Please show him the respect that you used to do, while he was alive.”last_img read more

Cards Complete Series Sweep of Georgia TechCards Complete Series Sweep of Georgia Tech

first_img Sidney Melton has a career-high 24 stolen bases this season and stands third on UofL ‘s single-season list, needing three more to tie Audrey Rendon (2005) Melton moves her career stolen base tally to 57 and stands third on Louisville’s all-time list. She needs three more to tie Jennifer Esteban (2010-13). Celene Funke stands fourth on Louisville’s single-season list with 23 stolen bases. Funke pushes her career stolen base total to 43, good for seven on Louisville’s all-time list. She needs three more to move into a three-way tie for fifth with Candi Hicks (2004-07), and Kristin Austin (2009-12). Melton improved her career run tally to 145 and stands fifth on Louisville’s all-time list. She needs 13 more to tie Audrey Rendon (2004-07) for fourth. Hensley stands fourth on Louisville all-time list with 34 home runs. She needs two more to tie Melissa Roth (2007-10) for third. Hensley extends her career RBI total to 165, moving into a tie for fourth with Alicja Wolny (2010-13) on the Cards’ all-time list. She needs one more to ti Katie Keller (2011-14) for third.  Print Friendly Version Prior to the doubleheader, the Cardinals picked up an 11-7 win in the completion of the series opener which was suspended in the fifth inning on Friday. Louisville 7 – Georgia Tech 2Redshirt senior Sidney Melton went 2-for-4 with an RBI, a run and a stolen base and freshman Charley Butler drove in a pair of runs to back sophomore RHP Danielle Watson who tied a career high with 11 strikeouts as the Cardinals clinched the series. “I think that top to bottom, we really did a good job of matching them offensively,” said UofL Holly Aprile. “They’re a really, really strong offensive team. We do different things, but we did a good job of matching them and answering back when they scored. I think that was huge. We put a lot of nice offensive innings together, both with our running and with our hitting the gaps and to score the runs with two outs in that inning. Playing with a time limit like that because of their flight is a weird situation, it’s not something either one of us wanted to do, but it’s the circumstances. I think overall, we pitched well. We struggled in some areas at some times, but the idea was could we battle through it, could we figure out what we’re doing, and we found a way to survive it.”  Next Game: at Marshall 4/23/2019 | 3:00 p.m. In a game which featured three lead changes, a tie and 21 combined runs, the Cards collected 15 hits with nine of them falling in for extra bases including three home runs and six doubles.Louisville used a late-inning rally to take the lead for good, entering the bottom of the fifth trailing 10-8 with 15 minutes remaining before the game was called, Hensley delivered a two-out single and scored on Roby’s double to pull the Cards within a run. A wild pitch second Roby to third and Ferguson walked to put runners on the corners for Chung’s two-run double which made the score 11-10. Freshman Cassady Greenwood’s pinch-hit sacrifice fly in the third put Louisville on top 6-5. Freshman Rebecca Chung connected on a leadoff double and took third on sophomore Kyra Snyder’s sacrifice bunt to set up the score.   The Yellow Jackets tacked on another run in the sixth when Zeitler walked and scored on Drew Puckett’s double. Photo Gallery Story Links The Cardinals used five hits, two walks and an error to put up a four-spot in the home half of the first. Back-to-back doubled by Funke and Melton started the Louisville scoring. Senior Megan Hensley walked to set the table for Roby’s two-run single which pulled the Cardinals within a run. Georgia Tech got on the scoreboard in the top of the second on Bailee Zeitler’s RBI double to make it a 5-1 game. Matchup History Sidney Melton Interview This marks the first ACC sweep of the season for the Cardinals (31-15, 11-7 ACC). The Yellow Jackets drop to 27-23, (8-10). In the game, Roby went 3-for-4 with two doubles and a home run, four RBIs, freshman Rebecca Chung went 3-for-4 with two doubles, a home run, three RBIs and two runs. Senior Megan Hensley went 2-for-3 with a home run and scored three runs. Louisville now leads the series 9-1 The Cardinals have now won five straight and seven of their last eight. Louisville has produced at least seven runs in the last five games and seven of its last eight. UofL won its third straight ACC series With the win in the opening game, head coach Holly Aprile collected her 300th career victory. The Cardinals’ 7-2 win in game two marked their 30th victory of the season, extending the program’s streak to 16 straight seasons with 30 or more wins. Louisville has a 15-3 record at Ulmer Stadium in 2019. As a team, Louisville has registered a program-record 87 stolen bases with 101 attempts on the season. The previous record was 68 (95 attempts), set in the 2010 season Full Schedule Roster Louisville 11 – Georgia Tech 10In the second half of Sunday’s doubleheader, the Cardinals overcame deficits of 5-0 and 10-6 to prevail 11-10 in a game that was called at 4:25 p.m. due to Georgia Tech’s travel arrangements.center_img Georgia Tech countered with five runs in the fourth inning, highlighted by Crosby Huckabay’s grand slam which gave the Jackets a 10-6 lead. The Cardinals jumped to a 5-0 lead using two hits, three walks and an error in the first. Junior Celene Funke earned a leadoff walk, stole second and moved to third when redshirt senior Sidney Melton reached on an error. Redshirt freshman Taylor Roby’s RBI groundout. Walks to junior Caitlin Ferguson and sophomore Kyra Snyder loaded the bases for senior Madison Cousineau’s RBI hit. Freshman Charley Butler followed with a two-run single and came home on sophomore Maddy Newman’s double to cap the first inning scoring. Roby (12-1) picked up the win, allowing six earned runs on five hits and striking out two in 3.1 innings. Hensley gave up four earned runs on one hit and struck out four in 1.2 innings. Freshman Charley Butler has reached safely in the last 12 games. Redshirt senior Sidney Melton has reached safely in the last 10 games. Melton leads the team with a .349 batting average and stands third with a career-high 31 RBIs. Junior Celene Funke is on a six-game hitting streak. Funke leads the team with 43 runs and stands second with 23 stolen bases. Senior Megan Hensley leads the team with 36 RBIs and nine home runs. Redshirt freshman Taylor Roby tallied career highs in hits and RBIs in the 11-10 series finale. Preview Morgan Bruce (10-11) took the loss, giving up five unearned runs on two hits. Brooke Barfield (6-3) took the loss after giving up three earned runs on four hits in 1.1 innings. Crosby Huckabay went 2-for-3 with a home run and six RBIs in the game to pace the Jackets at the plate. Coach Holly Aprile Interview Georgia Tech struck early with five runs in the first. Walks to Bailee Zeitler, Cameron Stanford and Tricia Awald loaded the bases for Skye Webb’s two-run double. Crosby Huckabay’s two-run single and an RBI hit by Drew Puckett brought the score to 5-0. Georgia Tech Series Notes: In the third inning, Roby’s third home run of the season tied the game at 5-5. The Cardinals began to chip away at the lead in the bottom of the fourth when Hensley led off with her team-best ninth homer of the season and, two outs later, Chung delivered a solo shot over centerfield for her fourth home run of the season to make the score 10-8. Record Watch Player Notes The University of Louisville softball team completed an ACC series sweep of Georgia Tech with a 7-2 win in game one of a doubleheader and an an 11-10 victory in game two Sunday on Don Dobina Field at Ulmer Stadium. The final game of the day on Sunday was called in the sixth inning due to Georgia Tech’s travel arrangements. Watson (10-11) picked up the complete game win after surrendering two earned runs on three hits and striking out 11. Highlights from 7-2 Win Louisville extended its lead in the fourth. Newman walked and Funke beat the throw for a bunt single to put two on for Melton’s RBI hit. Funke would eventually come home on an error, making the score 7-1.last_img read more

Here Are the Top US Gaming Platforms in Every StateHere Are the Top US Gaming Platforms in Every State

first_img Trade In Your Nintendo Switch For a Better Battery (With a Catch)Get Used to ‘Fortnite’s’ Powerful Mech Suits There are many debates in the gaming industry, including which game console is the best or if PC gaming is better than all other options. A recent survey revealed interesting gaming platform preferences across the U.S., and Xbox was gamers’ favorite choice out of Nintendo, PlayStation, and PC gaming in many states.In February, surveyed 2,033 U.S. consumers on a variety of topics, including gaming preferences, and collected additional demographic data on respondents’ home states. asked respondents who identified as gamers to share their favorite gaming method between the top three console-makers (Nintendo, PlayStation, and Xbox), or if they preferred PC games. Thirty-one percent chose Xbox, 28 percent favored PlayStation, 21 percent preferred Nintendo, and 20 percent said they were mainly PC gamers.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>A state-by-state breakdown of these gaming platform preferences generated interesting results: Twenty-seven states had more respondents who selected Microsoft&#8217;s Xbox One and Xbox One X as their favorite console. Following Xbox, Sony&#8217;s PlayStation 4 and <a href=”” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”>Nintendo</a> consoles, including the Nintendo Switch, each earned the top ranking in 10 states. Even though the top three console-makers were more popular across the nation, PC gaming was the most preferred gaming method in three states: Montana, Rhode Island, and West Virginia.Some states had close results: Nintendo topped PlayStation by less than one percent in Utah, beat Xbox by less than one percent in Indiana, and bested PC gaming by less than one percent in Iowa. Additionally, <a href=”” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”>PlayStation</a> beat Nintendo by one percentage point in Arizona, while Xbox topped PlayStation by two percent in California.Even though PC gaming didn&#8217;t make it to the top in some states, a deeper dive on PC gaming revealed that 75 percent of respondents who favored PC gaming had Windows-running computers, including computers that run on Windows OSes. PC gamers also preferred desktops over laptops: Thirty-two percent of PC gamers said they use a desktop as their main computing device.Gaming method preferences also varied across key demographics: Women favored Nintendo and <a href=”” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”>Xbox</a>, even though they were more likely to not identify as gamers or not have a preferred console, while men favored PC gaming and PlayStation. The highest percentage of respondents who favored Nintendo, Xbox, and PlayStation all fell between the ages of 25 and 34.<em><strong>More on</strong></em></p><ul><li><a href=”” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”>Report: Not One But Two Nintendo Switch Models Coming Soon</a></li><li><a href=”” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”>Here&#8217;s What You Missed From PlayStation&#8217;s State of Play</a></li><li><a href=”” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”>Microsoft (Maybe) Goes Minimal With All-Digital Disc-Less Xbox One S</a></li></ul><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><div class=”row collapse”><div id=”lazy-1″ class=”column hide-for-xlarge-up in-content-lazy”></div></div><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><div class=”row collapse”><div id=”lazy-2″ class=”column hide-for-xlarge-up in-content-lazy”></div></div><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><div class=”row collapse”><div id=”lazy-3″ class=”column hide-for-xlarge-up in-content-lazy”></div></div><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><div class=”row collapse”><div id=”lazy-4″ class=”column hide-for-xlarge-up in-content-lazy”></div></div><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><div class=”row collapse”><div id=”lazy-5″ class=”column hide-for-xlarge-up in-content-lazy”></div></div><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Some states had close results: Nintendo topped PlayStation by less than one percent in Utah, beat Xbox by less than one percent in Indiana, and bested PC gaming by less than one percent in Iowa. Additionally, PlayStation beat Nintendo by one percentage point in Arizona, while Xbox topped PlayStation by two percent in surveyed U.S. gamers on their favorite gaming methods, including Xbox, PlayStation, Nintendo, and PC gaming.Even though PC gaming didn’t make it to the top in some states, a deeper dive on PC gaming revealed that 75 percent of respondents who favored PC gaming had Windows-running computers, including computers that run on Windows OSes. PC gamers also preferred desktops over laptops: Thirty-two percent of PC gamers said they use a desktop as their main computing device.Gaming method preferences also varied across key demographics: Women favored Nintendo and Xbox, even though they were more likely to not identify as gamers or not have a preferred console, while men favored PC gaming and PlayStation. The highest percentage of respondents who favored Nintendo, Xbox, and PlayStation all fell between the ages of 25 and 34.More on Not One But Two Nintendo Switch Models Coming SoonHere’s What You Missed From PlayStation’s State of PlayMicrosoft (Maybe) Goes Minimal With All-Digital Disc-Less Xbox One S Stay on targetlast_img read more

This Startup Has Figured Out How to Grow Metal Like a TreeThis Startup Has Figured Out How to Grow Metal Like a Tree

first_img Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now A Seattle startup has found a way to grow high performance metals in a cheap and energy efficient way, marking an important breakthrough for industries like construction, automotive, and oil and gas.You can already find some of the metals from seven-year-old company Modumetal on oil rigs off of the Australian and African coasts, as well as the U.S., off of Texas. Those metals can withstand the ocean’s corrosive power for up to eight times longer than conventional materials, according to the company.On Tuesday, Modumetal took a big step towards its goal of gaining a bigger market for its innovative recipe. The company said that it had raised $33.5 million in funding that will go to increasing production and sales along with developing new uses for its metals.The funding was led by the Founders Fund, the firm co-created by Silicon Valley investor Peter Thiel that has previously invested in space cargo company SpaceX, room rental service Airbnb and data giant Palantir. Other investors include the venture arms of three oil big companies, Chevron Technology Ventures, BP Ventures and ConocoPhillips.Modumetal’s CEO and co-founder Christina Lomasney, a physicist who’s spent years working on electrochemistry and advanced materials, told Fortune that the company’s metal growing process is “the ideal way of making materials.” It is similar to the way that “Mother Nature has evolved [growing things] over eons,” she said.Some of the more conventional ways to extract and use various types of metals often include large amounts of heat. Many metals are mined and then extracted from the ores through smelting at a high temperature. Companies can also reuse metal scraps, but they must be melted and cast into usable shapes.In contrast, Modumetal’s process only uses electricity, and therefore uses far less energy. The company’s metal process is similar to the more conventional method of electroplating, which is when electricity is used to create a metal coating on a surface.However, Modumetal uses nanotechnology — manipulation of matter at the molecular level — to micromanage at a very small scale to better control the conditions and substances through which electroplating occurs. Basically, the company grows metal on a surface in a way that makes it easier to shape and tinker with the material’s characteristics. Lomasney says it’s similar to how nature controls the environment related to a tree’s growth— sunlight, soil, location, temperature—and then creates a tree that is a product those conditions.A conventional metal part is made by standard processes on the left, and a metal part grown by startup Modumetal on the right.Photo courtesy of Will Foster, willfosterphoto.comThe process creates a metal that is grown layer-by-layer. The different ways to grow the layers creates variety in the metal’s properties and shape. Lomasney says to think about the resulting material like plywood, but the plies, or pieces, are created at the nanotech level.The industry calls these layered metals “metal laminates,” and they’ve been around in the industry for a while. Lomasney’s breakthrough is using a chemical and electrical production process combined with nanotechnology to create the metal plywoods at a low cost, with low energy and with the ability to make the metal pieces in large volumes and with large pieces (think oil rig big).The company is making a laminated zinc alloy for its customers that want a metal that won’t corrode as fast as standard zinc. But laminated steel could be the big market for Modumental. The company considers its strong and long-lasting steel product as the next-generation of the steel industry.Modumetal’s original technology was created by Lomasney and her co-founder, chemical engineer John Whitaker. The partners previously worked on using electricity and chemistry to clean up toxic environments. After noticing their work, the Defense Department approached them to work on making advanced materials that could produce armor for soldiers that would be both very strong (stop bullets) but also last a long time (stop bullets over many years).Lomasney and Whitaker spun out the core armor-making tech to start Modumetal. The company now has a research and development lab in Seattle, a factory in Maltby, Wash., and a field services office in Houston, Tex. The funds will help the company grow production at its factory in Maltby.Despite the company’s ambition and promise, the startup world can be extraordinarily difficult. Expanding factory production can be particularly hard for a small company. Large scale manufacturing requires production to be precisely repeated over and over again, with little variation, which can be challenging with new technologies.In addition the company is selling into long established and sometimes slow moving industries. While the company seems to have won over oil companies early on, big metal makers, car companies, aviation firms and construction companies can be notoriously risk averse and tend to shy away from partnering with young venture-capital backed startups.Some of the biggest materials and metals companies around the world, which have some of the deepest pockets, and also are likely working on competitive technologies. The company will need to aggressively protect its patents —the core of its business—through both acquisition and legal action.Modumetal sees the corrosion-protected metals as its first big market. But there are many other possibilities that the company and its customers are interested in. For example, Modumetal has a joint venture with one of the largest U.S. sheet metal makers, Steel Dynamics, to come up with applications for an upgraded version of sheet metal in the future.Metal production isn’t often talked about. It’s not a particularly sexy topic. But if Modumetal can get its metals into everything from skyscrapers to airplanes, the company could make a big mark. It’s like how 3D printing is introducing an entirely new and easier way to print plastics and other materials into shapes that either couldn’t previously be made or would otherwise take a lot of effort to create.In the 1800’s, aluminum was so expensive to make that it was confined to trinkets like Napoleon’s buttons and flatwear, Lomasney says. But in the late 1800’s, inventor Charles Martin Hall created a way to inexpensively make aluminum. He created a massive new industry and co-founded aluminum giant Alcoa. If Modumetal could gain a fraction of the traction that Alcoa has had it would be a major success. This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. 6 min read Enroll Now for Free This story originally appeared on Fortune Magazine August 26, 2015last_img read more

Portable 3D Scanner Assesses Patients with ElephantiasisPortable 3D Scanner Assesses Patients with Elephantiasis

first_img Feature | Advanced Visualization | July 02, 2019 | By Jeff Zagoudis Augmented Reality Versus 3-D Printing for Radiology Three-dimensional (3-D) printing and… read more A portable scanning device produces a 3-D reconstruction of swollen legs caused by lymphatic filariasis, a disease that infects millions globally. Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and colleagues in Sri Lanka will use the device to collect limb measurements for a clinical research trial examining whether the antibiotic doxycycline can reduce the severity of swelling. Image courtesy of Michael J. Weiler/LymphaTechOctober 26, 2017 — Scientists at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, working with collaborators in Sri Lanka, have shown that a portable scanning device can measure limb enlargement and disfigurement faster and more easily in patients with elephantiasis. The research tool makes it easy to obtain accurate measurements and determine whether treatments to reduce swelling are effective.An estimated 120 million people worldwide are infected with lymphatic filariasis, a parasitic, mosquito-borne disease that can cause major swelling and deformity of the legs, known as elephantiasis. Healthcare workers rely on leg measurements to assess the severity of the condition. However, measuring legs that are severely swollen often proves cumbersome and impractical.“This is important because it will allow doctors and researchers to take very accurate limb measurements in developing nations, where there are often limited tools to monitor swollen limbs,” said senior author Philip J. Budge, M.D., Ph.D., an assistant professor of medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases at Washington University.In patients with elephantiasis, the parasitic worms that cause the disease make their way into the lymphatic system and prevent the lymph vessels from working properly, which leads to swollen legs. This condition also is referred to as lymphedema.“Unfortunately, the medication does not usually reverse lymphedema in those already affected,” Budge said. “The ability to get these measurements rapidly will make it much easier to treat patients, including those in clinical trials exploring better treatment therapies.”The device is essentially an infrared sensor, mounted on an iPad, that produces a highly accurate, virtual 3-D reconstruction of the legs using scanning technology similar to that found in Microsoft’s Xbox Kinect video game system. It was created by Atlanta-based startup LymphaTech to measure lymphedema that sometimes develops in cancer patients after lymph nodes are removed during surgery.After learning about the technology, Washington University researchers Budge and Ramakrishna Rao, Ph.D., an associate professor of medicine, teamed up with international partners to test the device on 52 patients with varying stages of lymphedema at a clinic in Galle, Sri Lanka. Working with physicians at the clinic, the team compared scanner results with results from two other techniques frequently used to ascertain the severity of elephantiasis: use of a tape measure, and water displacement.Tape measures allow researchers to measure limb circumference near the knees, feet and ankles. However, Budge said, the method can be difficult to standardize and unreliable in assessing leg volume because of bumpy, uneven skin surfaces caused by the swelling.The water displacement procedure entails patients submerging a leg in a water tank and then measuring how much water is displaced. Each leg is done separately. “This is the gold standard for measuring limb volume, but it is cumbersome and impractical to use in field studies,” Budge said. “Some patients have lymphedema so severe, they have difficulty getting a leg into the water tank or standing still long enough for all the water to drain out. Or they may have open wounds that complicate the process.”The study showed that the infrared scanner provided measurements of leg volume and of limb circumference at multiple points that were just as accurate and precise as those obtained by tape measure and water displacement.“But the most encouraging news is that the scanner produced highly accurate results in only a fraction of the time of the other tests,” Budge said.Researchers found that the average time required for scanner measurements of both legs was 2.2 minutes. In comparison, the tape measure and water displacement methods took an average of 7.5 minutes and 17.4 minutes, respectively.“The scanning tool also offers convenience,” Budge said. “Many patients with swollen limbs often have great difficulty traveling from their homes to the clinic to have their measurements taken. The scanner should make it possible to take extremely accurate limb measurements in the patients’ homes or villages, without cumbersome equipment or inconveniencing patients.“To our knowledge, this is the first time that infrared 3-D scanning technology has been used in patients with filarial lymphedema,” he added. “It worked so well that it has been added as a measurement tool in a future clinical trial in which we are collaborating.”That study is a two-year, multisite, international clinical trial to determine whether the antibiotic doxycycline can reduce the severity of swelling and disfigurement in patients with lymphatic filariasis. Enrollment for Washington University’s partner site in Sri Lanka is scheduled to start this fall.The study is published online Oct. 16 in The American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Technology | Neuro Imaging | August 07, 2019 Synaptive Medical Launches Modus Plan With Automated Tractography Segmentation Synaptive Medical announced the U.S. launch and availability of Modus Plan featuring BrightMatter AutoSeg. 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In both models, the kidney is clear; the tumor is visible in purple on the AR model and in white on the 3-D printed model. Photo courtesy of Nicole Wake, Ph.D. News | Advanced Visualization | July 03, 2019 TeraRecon Unveils iNtuition AI Data Extractor Artificial Intelligence (AI) and advanced visualization company TeraRecon announced its new iNtuition AI Data Extractor… read more Technology | Artificial Intelligence | June 11, 2019 Aidoc Earns FDA Approval for AI for C-spine Fractures Radiology artificial intelligence (AI) provider Aidoc announced the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has cleared… read more Image courtesy of Philips Healthcare Related Content News | Ultrasound Imaging | June 12, 2019 Konica Minolta Healthcare Announces Autologous Biologics Workshop in Partnership With EmCyte Corp. Konica Minolta Healthcare announced a new autologous biologics workshop in partnership with EmCyte Corp. 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ESPNcomESPNcom Here’s a look at where the Cardinals stand with five regular season games remaining. 0 Comments   Share   Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Week 13 Average Rank: 4.05 (1.72 last week) Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and sellingcenter_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories Well, you didn’t expect them to go 15-1, did you?The Arizona Cardinals saw their six-game winning streak snapped by the defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks last Sunday. Steven Hauschka kicked four field goals, Russell Wilson threw a touchdown pass to Cooper Helfet and the Seattle defense made things miserable for a Cardinals offense playing without Larry Fitzgerald.Not surprisingly, the Cardinals fell in almost every NFL power ranking from around the net — but not all. Yahoo! Sports’ Shutdown Corner blog, which has been a little less apt to believe in Big Red this season, kept Arizona at No. 3 in their weekly rankings. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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