Danielle Rochette APTN National NewsThey’re calling it leadership training.It’s about working, managing money and building self-esteem.A small group of Inuit women are taking part in the seminars in Montreal.
PORT HAWKESBURY, N.S. – A legal challenge against Cape Breton’s Cabot Links golf resort aimed at blocking the construction of luxury beach front condos has failed.Local activist and filmmaker Neal Livingston sought to have a 2.62-hectare Inverness property declared as dedicated for public use due to its historical use by the community.Lawyers for the golf resort — which has received almost $17 million in government loans — opposed the application, saying it purchased the land in good faith from a private landowner.A Nova Scotia Supreme Court judge agreed with the company, saying there is no evidence of an intent to dedicate the property to public use.In a decision released Tuesday, Justice Patrick Murray says the recreational use of the beach does not support the conclusion that it was dedicated to the public.Instead, he says there was a “tolerance extended” by previous landowners towards visitors of the beach.Murray says the amenities provided to the community, such as picnic tables, fire pits and garbage cans, are “movable structures” and do not convey an intention to dedicate the land for public use.“There is no question that some amenities were provided on the lands to the benefit of those visiting and accessing the beach from time to time,” he stated.“This included some parking and the use of the recreational equipment,” the judge said. “It does not necessarily follow however that the provision of these items demonstrates an intention to dedicate (the land) as oppose to for example, tolerance extended by these owners toward visitors to the beach.”The land was part of a coal mine until 1958, when it was turned over to the town of Inverness. In 1968, the town gave the land to the Royal Canadian Legion, which a year later deeded the property to the Inverness Development Association.The deed specified that the lands were to be “used and developed for the benefit of the citizens of the town of Inverness,” according to court documents.Livingston suggested that the development of nine upscale condos by a private golf resort would run contrary to the intention stated in the deed, and that the land has a long history of being used by the public.For example, public funds were used to install picnic tables and playground equipment in 1969, and there was public parking available.Livingston argued facilitating recreational use is a matter of public necessity.Affidavit evidence by local residents suggested the land was then used by the public, including families who visited the beach to dig for clams, play and swim. Locals would also visit the area for lunch when a canteen was built in the late 1970s.In 1986, the Municipality of the County of Inverness conveyed the property to Cape Bald Packers, a seafood processor, which in 2011 sold the land to Cabot Links.According to court documents, the golf resort mortgaged the land using loans in part from the Nova Scotia government and the federal Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency.Cabot Links told the court it purchased the land in good faith from a private landowner — Cape Bald Packers — and then had the property rezoned through a public development permit process.The golf resort also presented a number of affidavits from local residents, who said public use of the lands was sporadic and there was no organized use.
New Delhi: The Delhi High Court Wednesday stayed till April 8 interim hike in fees by private unaided schools in the national capital on a plea of the AAP government challenging its single judge order allowing the same.A bench of Justices S Muralidhar and I S Mehta also issued notice and sought response of Action Committee Unaided Recognised Private Schools, in which a number of private schools are members. The Delhi government on Tuesday had challenged in the HC its single judge order allowing private unaided schools in the national capital to go ahead with the interim hike in fees to implement the recommendations of the Seventh Central Pay Commission on salaries of teachers and other employees. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe single judge on March 15 had permitted the interim fee hike by quashing a Delhi government circular of April 13 last year, which had prohibited private unaided schools functioning on government land from hiking tuition amounts without approval of the Directorate of Education (DoE). The government order was selectively applied to private schools which were on government land and as per a ‘land clause’ in the lease agreement, they needed to seek prior approval of the DoE before hiking fees. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsThe division bench on Wednesday said that till April 8, the next date of hearing, none of the ‘land clause’ schools will proceed to collect the interim hiked fee. It also asked the Delhi government to produce on the next date, the orders passed by it on the proposals given by different ‘land clause’ schools for hiking fees. The Delhi government, through its standing counsel Ramesh Singh and additional standing counsel Santosh Kumar Tripathi, said the findings of the single judge that the interim fee hike was perfectly in order in view of an earlier order of the high court is “ex-facie unsustainable”. Seeking to set aside the order of the single judge, the government said the court had erred in holding that no prior approval of DoE was required in case of interim fee hike as the same was not an act of fee increase by the school, but a dispensation by the department itself. “The single judge failed to appreciate the interim fee hike as contemplated in the circular of October 17, 2017 could not have obviated the mandatory requirement of prior approval in DDA land clause cases, even though, the same was a dispensation by the DoE as the said dispensation was merely an interim measure subject to detailed scrutiny and prior approval of the DoE once the accounts of the schools have been scrutinised,” the Delhi government said in its appeal. Meanwhile, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal Wednesday hailed the Delhi High Court’s order staying the interim hike in fees by private unaided schools in the city till April 8. Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia also welcomed the court’s order. “Delhi government, in it audit report of schools that were willing to increase their fees, found that they had excess money than they were spending. Delhi has an honest government which understands the pain of parents. Schools have a right to charge fees according to their expenditure but this government will not allow them to increase their arbitrarily,” he posted on Twitter. Kejriwal tweeted there was anger among parents due to the fee hike but the AAP government appealed in the High Court.
By Safaa KasraouiRabat – April 2, 2017 was certainly an unforgettable moment for Omar Archane, an 11-year-old boy suffering from Muscular Distrophy who brought home the top Moroccan web award: The Person of the Year.For two months Omar campaigned across a wide range of public to vote for him ahead the Morocco Web Awards ceremony which was held at the Studio of Living Arts, in Casablanca. He received the award for his series of culinary videos, broadcast over his social media accounts. In the videos, the young-cook instructs his followers with easy homemade recipes on his YouTube channel and Facebook page. He’s been broadcasting for a couple of years now.First Dish Posted by MumAt the age of 8, Chef Omar’s mother proudly filmed her son while he busily created an easy-to-prepare dish. She posted his first video on Facebook after convincing him to share his culinary expertise with the public. That is when his culinary adventure began. Thousands of online users are now following this young culinary star. Chef Omar has more than 75,000 likes on his Facebook page and 4,953 subscribers on his YouTube Channel.The young amateur chef has succeeded in revisiting some classic international recipes including Spanish Tortillas, French Salad Niçoise, Moroccan Briouates and East-Asian Sushis.“I am different as you”For his part, young optimistic chef Omar has attempted to convey inspiring messages in different languages, delivered in English, French and Arabic via his videos. One of the most touching messages he recorded was posted on August 8, 2016 and has received 4,958-views. “I always have to be positive and keep a smile, even if my disability stops me for certain things, I do not give up anything until I try, and it is my attitude to the issues that I face in my daily life that. That’s the positive attitude,” Omar said.Omar’s mother has told the press that his biggest dream is to go further in the culinary field, adding that he would love to be an internationally recognizedchef. His dreams, however, are not limited to cooking. Omar is also a big football fan, a sport that his physical disability prevents him from practicing as he desires. That does not prevent him from watching football games, especially those of Barcelona. Omar also aspires to become a football manager, or at least work in a field related to football.Omar usually posts a little statement for his Facebook fans and publishes a recipe of his own creation once a week. His videos are receiving the admiration of many followers who leave him comments encouraging him to hold on to his dreams.On his Facebook homepage, Omar is featured in a powerful message; “I am no different from YOU but I am different as you.”
BEIJING — China’s government has accused Washington of trying to block its industrial development after Vice-President Mike Pence said Chinese tech giant Huawei and other telecom equipment suppliers are a security threat.A foreign ministry spokesman said Monday that Beijing would not use its companies to gather information about foreign companies.The spokesman, Geng Shuang, said Washington was trying to “fabricate an excuse for suppressing the legitimate development” of Chinese companies.Pence, speaking Saturday in Germany, urged European governments to take seriously “the threat” posed by Huawei as they look for partners to build next-generation wireless infrastructure.Huawei has denied accusations that it facilitates Chinese spying.The Associated Press
Samaraweera, speaking at the Sri Lanka-India Society, said that the last year has been an excellent year for further cementing the friendship between India and Sri Lanka. The Foreign Minister said that as India marches on to become a super-power of the 21st Century, Sri Lanka too has embarked on a Tryst with Opportunity that will undoubtedly be a catalyst for Sri Lanka’s resurgence and development.He also noted that misguided Sinhalese Buddhists in Sri Lanka who wear their ethnicity and religion on their sleeve and who claim blood relationship to a lion as related in the mythical history of the Sinhala people, the Mahavamsa, are the one’s who fear India the most. “We had the opportunity of welcoming the Prime Minister of India to Sri Lanka, while the President and Prime Minister were accorded a warm welcome in New Delhi. My friend and counterpart, the Hon. Sushma Swaraj, will be making her third visit in a year and we welcomed the Indian Foreign Secretary a fortnight ago,” he said. Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera says misguided Sinhalese Buddhists in Sri Lanka who wear their ethnicity and religion on their sleeve and who claim blood relationship to a lion as related in the mythical history of the Sinhala people, the Mahavamsa, are the one’s who fear India the most.He also urged India to be vigilant to the needs, hopes and aspirations of ordinary Sri Lankans, so that recurring issues, like the bottom trawling crisis in the North of Sri Lanka, which not only affects the livelihoods of thousands of poor families and results in dangerous environmental damage to the rich seafloor of the Palk Straits, are resolved and do not give cause to anti-Indian feeling. “It is true that most races have founding myths recounting the origins of their races, but these myths are designed to inspire and are not meant to be taken literally. Yet the neo-fascists of today’s political climate are claiming blood relationship to an Indian lion (there are and were no lions in Sri Lanka). But the danger of taking the Mahavamsa literally is then we must believe that the Sinhala race is a race created through bestiality, patricide and incest. These neo-fascists seem to see an Indian under every busy and live in eternal fear of Indians swarming into Sri Lanka. Whenever a bridge over the Palk Straits to connect our two nations is proposed, they get into a paranoid frenzy that all of India is waiting drive over that bridge and make Sri Lanka their home, when trade agreements are discussed they see swarms of Indian doctors and barbers coming across to flood the Sri Lankan market. Now they claim that their IT specialists are all waiting to come and take the jobs of Sri Lankan engineers. This is when Indian IT engineers are some of the most sought after in the developing world,” he said.The Minister said that with the proposed Economic and Technological Cooperation Agreement Sri Lanka will build on the Free Trade Agreement to put in place a rules based framework for services trade, enabling the services sector, which accounts for 60 percent of our economy, to benefit from the same market access and dynamism other sectors enjoy under the Indo-Lanka Free Trade Agreement. (Colombo Gazette)
Two building owners in Hamilton have been fined after pleading guilty to violating the Ontario Fire Code and the Fire Protection and Prevention Act.The owner of a three-storey, six unit residential building at 254 Dundurn St. South was ordered to pay $5,000 on Monday for failing to check, inspect and test the building’s interconnected smoke alarm system and make any corrections of deficiencies as required.On Tuesday, the owner of a two-storey, two unit house at 124 Second Rd. East. was convicted of failing to provide a number of life safety measures including fire separations within a structure. The owner was fined $800 for the offences. The house was sold back in May as a single family home. “Building owners must take responsibility to ensure their buildings are in compliance with the Ontario Fire Code and the Fire Protection & Prevention Act. Failure to do so will result in prosecution,” said Chief Fire Prevention Officer Robert Simpson.Anyone who may have concerns regarding fire safety is encouraged to contact the Fire Prevention Division of the Hamilton Fire Department at 905 546-2424, ext. 1380.
A look at how Oculus compares to Vive and PlayStation VR FILE – This June 11, 2015, file photo, shows the new Oculus Rift virtual reality headset on display following a news conference in San Francisco. The consumer version of the Oculus Rift will arrive for early adopters on Monday, March 28, 2016, kicking off a new wave of high fidelity virtual reality available for people’s homes. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File) by Derrik J. Lang, The Associated Press Posted Mar 24, 2016 12:42 pm MDT Last Updated Mar 24, 2016 at 1:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email SAN FRANCISCO – After four years of hype, high-end virtual reality is coming to consumers’ living rooms next week with the release of the consumer edition of the Oculus Rift. The debut will be followed by the introduction of similar high-fidelity head-mounted displays, the HTC Vive and PlayStation VR.Despite comparably offering immersive windows into 360-degreee virtual worlds, each headset has a unique approach to VR, whether it’s the room-detecting capabilities of the Vive or the plug-and-play simplicity of PlayStation VR. Here’s a look at how the three systems are different:___OCULUS RIFTFor early adopters, Oculus will be first to market with a $599 headset that must be connected to a high-powered PC. It’s worth noting that although the Rift officially launches March 28, Oculus has announced that pre-orders have already sold out and new orders won’t be shipped until this summer.The headset will come with an Xbox One controller to play included games like space dogfighter “EVE: Valkyrie” and cartoony platformer “Lucky’s Tale.” However, Oculus’ intuitive Touch controllers, which can recreate the sensation of hands in VR, won’t be available separately until later this year.Out: March 28___HTC VIVEFor a higher price than both the Rift and PS VR, the Vive will offer seated and standing gameplay experiences utilizing a pair of sensors capable of monitoring movement in a room. Unlike the other headsets, the Vive features a front-facing camera and sensors to detect what’s in the real world.As with the Rift, the Vive needs to be connected to a super-charged PC costing at least $1,000 in order to operate, but the Vive will come with a pair of wand-shaped controllers and games such as “Job Simulator,” ”Fantastic Contraption” and “Tilt Brush” to validate its heftier $799 price tag.Out: April 5___PLAYSTATION VRSony is offering the least expensive entry into VR at $399. While the Rift and Vive only operate when connected to souped-up PCs, Sony’s version of VR works in tandem with the PlayStation 4 console, which costs around $350 depending on the model, and PlayStation camera, about $60.PS VR features one OLED screen inside the headset, while both the Rift and Vive have a screen for each eye, offering a slightly larger field of view. The headset works with the PlayStation DualShock and Move controllers. Physically, it fits more like a visor than Oculus and Vive’s goggle-like approach.Out: October___Online:http://www.oculus.comhttp://www.htcvive.comhttp://www.playstation.com___This story has been corrected to show the name of a game included with the HTC Vive is “Fantastic Contraption.”___Follow AP Entertainment Writer Derrik J. Lang on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/derrikjlang . His work can be found at http://bigstory.ap.org/content/derrik-j-lang .
Premier Brad Wall says people have spoken and they don’t want SaskTel sold REGINA – Premier Brad Wall is hanging up talk of a potential sale for Saskatchewan’s provincially owned telecommunications company.Wall says selling SaskTel is off the table and there won’t be a referendum on the idea either.“I just have the clearest sense from voters, similar to in the middle of election campaigns in the past, that they’re not interested,” Wall said as the legislature returned for the spring sitting Monday.“They’re not interested in a referendum. They’re not interested in the potential sale of SaskTel.”Wall mused last year about selling SaskTel, but said it wouldn’t happen without holding a referendum on any offer.Some critics have said the government was looking at a potential sale because it’s cash-strapped and needs to cover a $1.2 billion deficit.The takeover of Manitoba Telecom Services by Bell Media also leaves SaskTel as the last regional carrier in Western Canada and makes it vulnerable.An assessment released last June said the MTS takeover poses serious regulatory, competitive and financial risks for SaskTel. For one, establishing Winnipeg as a western headquarters for Bell could erode SaskTel’s share of the Saskatchewan business market.Wall says taking a sale off the table doesn’t rule out selling shares in the Crown corporation to a potential partner.The government introduced legislation last fall that would allow it to sell up to 49 per cent of a Crown without the move being considered privatization.“I think to the extent there’s the chance to build a partnership with others, that we would be open to it,” he said.“I think people were worried about losing control. If you lose total control of a company to another company, even if you have golden share legislation, do we lose the chance to have the head office? What about the jobs that are in rural Saskatchewan? What about the coverage issue?”Wall notes that the issue came up at the Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association convention last month and those who expressed opposition to selling SaskTel got a round of applause.But Wall says his comments at the convention that SaskTel and other Crowns could benefit from partners were also welcomed too.Interim NDP Leader Trent Wotherspoon says the idea of a sale was ludicrous.But Wotherspoon says the government should also pull the proposed legislation that would allow up to 49 per cent of a sale.“It’s nothing short of deceitful to continue to advance the sell-off of potentially up to 49 per cent of SaskTel or any other Crown corporation,” said Wotherspoon. “It’s about doing the right thing right now, scrapping that bill.” by Jennifer Graham, The Canadian Press Posted Mar 6, 2017 3:03 pm MDT Last Updated Mar 6, 2017 at 5:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
The 2014 World Series begins Tuesday night, featuring a pair of unlikely combatants in the 89-win Kansas City Royals and the 88-win San Francisco Giants.How unlikely? The Royals rank as the third-most unexpected pennant winner since 1969 — trailing only the 2008 Tampa Bay Rays and 2006 Detroit Tigers — according to our Weighted Average Loss Total metric. And while the Giants have won a pair of championships in the last five seasons, their cumulative record over the past two seasons has barely cracked .500.The fact that San Francisco and Kansas City combined for just 177 regular-season wins this year, the fourth-fewest by any pair of World Series opponents ever, has not been lost on the blogosphere. Amid the usual TV-ratings-fueled hand-wringing over whether baseball is or is not dying (it’s not), the Internet also spent the past several days worrying about whether this is the worst World Series ever (or, alternatively, angrily defending the matchup, or just wondering why we care about the teams’ regular-season records in the first place).For the statistically inclined, it’s an interesting series, if not simply from a philosophical point of view. It’s true that these teams probably aren’t the best two in baseball, and that has led to what Daniel Meyer of Beyond the Box Score called an “existential crisis” for some fans:“What is the point of it all?” and “Why even play 162 games?” are questions being thrown around as we all lament the reality of a World Series without Mike Trout or Clayton Kershaw.But in the same article, Meyer notes that Major League Baseball’s regular season (not even the playoffs, which are almost universally regarded as a crapshoot, but the 162-game regular season) is too short to definitively allow the best team to stand out from the pack. Even if MLB expanded to a schedule of 1,000 games per team (!!), the true best team in baseball would have less than a 54 percent chance of producing the regular season’s best record.Along the same lines, there’s the classic Bill James simulation from the 1980s estimating that the best team in baseball only wins the World Series a little more than 29 percent of the time. And more recent research by Dr. Jesse Frey of Villanova University found that in a typical MLB season we can’t be more than about 40 percent confident in the identity of baseball’s best team anyway.In other words, there’s a lot of ambiguity, from start to finish. While it seems unlikely that a team like the Royals or the Giants could secretly be baseball’s best despite unimpressive regular-season records, we don’t really know for sure — and besides, the playoffs aren’t a scientific experiment designed to conclusively identify baseball’s best team (otherwise, they’d look like this).Embrace the uncertainty, and just enjoy this World Series as a showdown of two good, evenly matched teams. After all, there’s a 100 percent chance this matchup will contain the 2014 MLB champion.
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedUpdate: Police seeking identity of man in Carifesta Avenue fatal accidentJuly 17, 2018In “Crime”7 die in accidents this past week – but Granger rates ‘Operation Safeway’ as successfulDecember 13, 2016In “latest news”One critical, five injured in Vlissengen road accidentDecember 18, 2017In “Crime” The scene of the accidentPolice are investigating the circumstances surrounding a fatal accident during the wee hours of Tuesday morning on Carifesta Avenue, Georgetown which has resulted in a man’s skull, among other body parts, being crushed and strewn along the road surface.The man was reportedly ran over by a minibus.INews has not yet been able to confirm the identity of the dead man and while details remain sketchy, police have confirmed that the driver of the minibus involved, alleged that the now deceased man was already lying motionless on the road when his vehicle, ran over him.The incident reportedly occurred at about 03:00h.This online publication will provide more details in a subsequent report. (Ramona Luthi)
Kazakhmys’s copper output has been on a declining trend since it listed in London in 2005 and, in terms of its core business, Investec sees this trend continuing. Investec says “gross cash cost guidance for FY13E is significantly higher than the current copper price. The group’s two major growth projects should, in the long term, bring production up and average costs down, but in our view this development has come at the wrong time in the cycle. “In our opinion, Kazakhmys is one of the most consistent mining companies in London, in terms of meeting its production and cost guidance. However, in the last couple of years, this has been nothing to be proud of. Copper production is now around 25% lower than 2005, when the group listed. Kazakhmys has faced cost pressures like all miners, however, average grades are falling for the group, which has historically mined above its reserve grade, and this is adding pressure to unit costs. FY13E gross cash cost guidance is higher than the spot copper price.“In order to restore cash generation, we believe Kazakhmys has no choice but to make big changes to its core mining business. In a recent analyst meeting, Kazakhmys alluded to this. Another part of the solution is for Kazakhmys to build two new large copper mines, Bozshakol and Aktogay. Ore from these operations should result in increased production and lower costs in the longer term. However, this comes at a high cost (circa $3.9 billion capex) and, in light of recent commodity prices, we believe is at the wrong time in the cycle, potentially leaving the group’s balance sheet looking weak.”
THIS IS WHERE things get serious.Regular readers will know the drill at this stage. Every week we comb (pun very much intended) through all those sport stars taking part in Movember, pick out our favourites, and rank them from 10 to 1.Mathieu Bastareaud was the early front-runner but following a stewards’ enquiry from readers, the French rugby star dropped a couple of places and now he’s out of the running entirely.Newstalk’s Diarmuid ‘Gizzy’ Lyng then took up the charge at the half-way point but he has work to do as well.So who is the man to catch as Movember 2013 enters the home stretch? Here’s the latest — and may the best mo’ win.
Pieta House 01 601 0000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org – (suicide, self-harm, bereavement) ‘Little appreciation’ from State that Luke was at risk of harm while in care> MORE THAN ONE quarter of the 91 children known to HSE social work services who died in the last four and a half years died by suicide.This figure was revealed by Helen Buckley, Chairperson of the National Review Panel for Tusla, the child and family agency, today after four reports were published into the deaths of children either in State care or known to services.She said that since the panel was established in 2010, 12 children under the direct care of the State died, including a number of people who were assigned aftercare following their 18th birthday.LukeMore than a quarter of the total number of children who were involved with social work services in some way died by suicide and three were in the care of the State at the time. Seven died of drug overdoses and three were killed by other people. Buckley said the majority of the children who died were living with their families.In the case of one child, referred to in the reports as ‘Luke’, serious failings by HSE services were identified. In particular, it was noted that a court directed that he should have a psychiatric evaluation. However “no appropriate mental health services was available to conduct it”. The young man died of a drug overdose while in HSE aftercare.Paul Harrison, Director of Policy and Strategy at Tusla, said today that the agency has entered into a joint protocol working arrangement with HSE mental health services for children and teens.He said children are given priority based on their clinical need and not necessarily the fact that they are known to the agency. However he said child and adolescent psychiatry and psychological services “have to overlap because these affect the children we’re dealing with”.‘Never say never’Helen Buckley said some children are “hostile to formal services” and there is a need for them to be “immediately available and in a form that is acceptable to children”.She said the fact that child and adolescent mental health services are under the remit of the HSE and not the child and family agency should not be a barrier “if proper bridges are built”.Complicated pathways won’t work.When asked if she believed the case of Luke, in which serious failings by HSE services were identified, could happen again, she replied: “I would never say never”.“Because of the pressure on social work services, children who have low visibility who are neglected and are under he radar, may not be getting services they need, even though the structure has improved considerably,” she added.Harrison said the key learning from the reports published today is that “good individual supports are not enough, without a coordinated, multi-agency approach”.He said the agency is committed to reviewing previous failings and ensuring that “the legacy of those failings is a renewed determination not to fail future generations, future individuals”.Helplines:Samaritans 116 123 or email email@example.comConsole 1800 247 247 – (suicide prevention, self-harm, bereavement) Teen-Line Ireland 1800 833 634 (for ages 13 to 19) Aware 1890 303 302 (depression, anxiety) Teen who died ‘allowed remain too long’ in home where drug use was the norm> Childline 1800 66 66 66 (for under 18s) More from the reports on children in care:
A second person appears to be in remission from human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) after receiving a stem-cell transplant first used a decade ago.Experts from the Universities of Cambridge and Oxford replaced the patient’s white blood cells with HIV-resistant versions from a rare donor.Following a successful transplant, a male patient in the UK—whose identity has not been disclosed—was able to stop taking antiretroviral drugs (ARV, the standard treatment for HIV). Eighteen months later, there was still no sign of the virus.The same stem-cell technique was used 10 years ago on Timothy Ray Brown, known as the “Berlin patient.” The latest patient, diagnosed with HIV in 2003, suffered from advanced Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, a form of blood cancer that wasn’t responding to chemotherapy.Like Brown, he required a bone-marrow transplant, in which blood cells are destroyed and replenished with those from a healthy donor.The medical team, led by Ravindra Gupta, an infectious disease physician at Cambridge, described the results in a paper published this week by the journal Nature.“At the moment the only way to treat HIV is with medications that suppress the virus, which people need to take for their entire lives, posing a particular challenge in developing countries,” Gupta said in a statement.“Finding a way to eliminate the virus entirely is an urgent global priority,” he continued. “But is particularly difficult because the virus integrates into the white blood cells of its host.”Nearly 37 million people worldwide live with HIV, yet only 59 percent receive ARV.It’s too early to say whether the patient has been “cured.” That, according to Gupta, can only be demonstrated if his blood remains HIV-free for longer. Eighteen months after ending ARV therapy, though, there were no signs of the virus returning.Which is great news for the unnamed man, who, one can only hope, has a new lease on life. Heck, maybe he’ll team up with Brown for a buddy cop show.“By achieving remission in a second patient using a similar approach, we have shown that the Berlin patient was not an anomaly, and that it really was the treatment approaches that eliminated HIV in these two people,” Gupta said.Not everyone can be so lucky, though. (If you consider it lucky to have cancer that requires a sometimes-fatal bone-marrow transplant.)Researchers caution that this specific approach is not sustainable as a standard HIV treatment.“If you’re well, the risk of having a bone-marrow transplant is far greater than the risk of staying on tablets every day,” Graham Cooke, a clinical researcher at Imperial College London, said.Folks in need of a transplant to nurse leukemia or other diseases, however, may want to look into a donor with the CCR5 mutation, which Cooke said won’t add any risk to the procedure.More on Geek.com:Genome Editor CRISPR Targets AIDS Virus HIVAn HIV Vaccine Inches CloserFDA Warns Against Young Blood Transfusions As Medical TreatmentHow the AIDS Crisis Influenced Science Fiction CRISPR-Modified Babies Cursed With Short LifespanRogue Scientist Defends Gene-Edited Babies Stay on target
Sen. Ann Rivers, R-La Center, and Sen. Annette Cleveland, D-Vancouver, were honored for their work to increase access to early learning. The two legislators were awarded Crayon Awards from the Early Learning Action Alliance for their commitment to helping children in their first five years of life. Debbie Ham of Support for Early Learning & Families, convener of Southwest Washington’s early learning regional coalition, presented the lawmakers with their award. “Support for Early Learning & Families is delighted to partner with the Early Learning Action Alliance in honoring two deserving legislators,” said Ham. “Having two legislators in Southwest Washington earn this distinction provides immense hope for the children of Clark County.”
NINTENDO 64Submitted by: Nick MangioneThe console that began my lifelong love of video games. I was always a Nintendo kid growing up. One of my earliest memories is struggling with Super Mario Bros., and asking my mom to help me get across a really hard jump. She knew how to make Mario run. I, at three years old, was afraid to. I never owned a Super Nintendo, though I played it at friends’ and cousins’ houses. That NES lasted me until I was nearly 10. It finally died after years of constant Mario, Zelda, Kirby and The Little Mermaid. (What? That game was awesome.)We needed something to replace our beloved NES and were naturally considering a Super Nintendo. With one of those, we could rent games at Blockbuster. Our priorities changed when we heard that Nintendo was releasing something new that year. It was a video game system capable of 3D. I may not have been quite sure what that meant at ten years old, but I knew I wanted it.For a year, my sister and I did extra chores around the house, saving up everything we earned for a Nintendo 64. Finally, the day came. My sister and I had saved up enough money between the two of us to buy the system and one of its two launch titles. Pilotwings 64… I’m kidding. Let’s not be crazy here. Pilotwings was cool and all, but it was up against the greatest game ever made.The N64 only launched with two games, but it only needed one great one. Super Mario 64 was more than enough to tide me over until Shadows of the Empire and Zelda: Ocarina of Time came out. The system’s not much to look at now, and it had some severe technical limitations even for the time, but it was the first system that was mine (and my sister’s). I still remember being amazed by making Mario run around 3D environments. I was in awe that a video game system could produce such clear voices. Mario could talk. Link could shiver. The Nintendo 64 was magic.SEGA DREAMCASTSubmitted by: Tony PolancoMy love for Sega and Dreamcast is without measure. I could easily write an entire editorial about why the Dreamcast was one of the greatest systems of all time. For this piece, however, I’ll give you a quick summary of my experience with Sega’s magnificent final console.The Dreamcast was the very first system I purchased with my own money. I remember waiting for nearly a year for it to come out and had even paid it off completely at my local game store (which is now a GameStop). It came out on September 9, 1999. I was 19 and had just started college. I purposely skipped classes that day to spend it with the Dreamcast, though. Higher education, be damned! This was a new Sega console!To this day, the Dreamcast has the greatest launch lineup in history. Sonic Adventure, Soul Calibur, Power Stone, Ready 2 Rumble, were just some of the games for the system on day one. The system would eventually get other classics like Shenmue, Jet Set Radio, Skies of Arcadia, Resident Evil: Code Veronica, and so many more. If you had a Dreamcast in your home, you were one happy gamer.Unfortunately, the dream died shortly after two years. Though Sega is merely a shadow of its former self, many still have fond memories of the company and its brilliant Dreamcast.SEGA GAME GEARSubmitted by: Sheilah VillariI loved my Game Gear. I think it was the first real portable console I had…not having to share with anyone in my family was pretty key. Looking back on it now it was a total brick of a system, weight, size, design, the whole thing was not aesthetically pleasing. I mean seriously, why was the battery pack as big as the actual system?! No wonder the bag was essentially a briefcase. But young Sheilah didn’t care, and my mom was happy to keep me occupied on vacations and long trips. I was so excited to have a colorful (yes I had the ‘sport’ blue) and colorful way to play games while traveling. The hours I put into Echo the Dolphin was everything to me at that time. And I felt personal satisfaction for dominating Legend of Illusion in mere days. I could still tell you exactly how to defeat the caterpillar monster at the end of the crystal level. I eventually moved onto PlayStation, then Xbox, and now PlayStation 4. But I began to miss that tangibleness of playing video games. Last year I bought a DS3 for my commutes and fell in love all over again. I will never forget the not super convenient but wonderful handheld console Game Gear of my youth. We here at Geek are enjoying all the hype around Nintendo’s Switch at the moment and rightfully so. Caught up in all the excitement we start discussing our favorite consoles over the years. Here’s what gave us goosebumps and hours of entertainment. Leave your favorites in the comments section below!NINTENDO WiiAdChoices广告Submitted by: Jordan MinorThis is an easy one for me. I don’t think I’ll ever be as excited for a video game system as I was for the Wii.I already wrote a whole story about my Wii love affair.The Wii hit at the perfect time in my life, days away from my 15th birthday, when I was old enough to be seriously following gaming news but young enough to be hyped and not cynical. I didn’t even care about many launch titles, Zelda included, but the E3 promises of Mario and Metroid were irresistible. And while motion controls didn’t end up being quite as magical as the initial pitch, Wii Sports at the time really was a game changer. The only thing that gave me more sleepless nights than waiting for the Wii itself was waiting for its entry of Smash Bros.SEGA DREAMCASTSubmitted by: Keenan McClelland9.9.1999. I remember it like it was yesterday. Toonami finally started airing new DBZ episodes into the Namek saga, and the Sega Dreamcast was finally released! Being an anime fan already, the Dreamcast was like a love letter written specifically to us fans. In the states, we were aware that the Playstation had fantastic Japanese titles. The only problem was the games did not score well with the Sony marketing departments here in America, so they would never see the light of day (unless imported). The Sega Dreamcast embraced these games and knew there was a viable market for them here in the U.S. Titles like Jet Grind Radio, Shenmue and Project Justice were largely influenced by Japanese culture and sold extremely well here. The VMU (Visual Memory Unit) was the future when it came to sharing save files and Chaos. Sonic had a home again, and it felt good. While it lasted anyways. Rest in peace you beautiful bastard.SONY PLAYSTATION 2Submitted by: K. Thor JensenI’m not an “early adopter” kind of guy. I grew up in a single-parent household, and while my mom certainly did right by me, we weren’t one of those families who got the latest and greatest thing the day it hit store shelves. I never had an NES. I bought a SNES second-hand from a thrift shop. I bought a PlayStation two years after it came out. So when Sony announced their second entry into the home console market, I figured I’d wait a while to try it.Here’s the thing, though. At the time, I was working at UGO, which old-school heads will recognize as the precursor to today’s Geek. It was a scrappy, independent nerd culture site that was for people like us. We had no time for marketing or bullshit and that just made companies want to work with us more.Sony sent us a PS2 on release day. I remember the whole editorial department coming over and plugging it in. The only game we had was NHL Hockey 2001, but it didn’t matter. The controller felt great. The graphics were sharp. The next generation was officially here.We all knew that this would be big, and it was – the PS2 became the single best-selling console ever released, and has a software library that you could spend the rest of your life in. That magical feeling of being able to dive in on the first day was unforgettable.
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