Northern Health recruits for internal medicine specialists in Fort St. John


first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — According to Northern Health’s Chief Operating Officer for the northeast region, there are specialists leaving, but also physicians coming to the communities in the region.“At any given time, there are physicians leaving and coming to our community,” said Angela de Smit, with Northern Health. “At this time, we do have a couple of physicians from the private practices that are leaving, but we also have hired on two replacement GPs who will be replacing them in their offices.”Northern Health typically doesn’t disclosed the names of doctors, as it is the responsibility of the physicians to notify their patients three months ahead to their departure.- Advertisement -She details the upcoming departures and arrivals of doctors to this region, which include a general surgeon who is set to be in Fort St. John at the end of April. De Smit added that a third psychiatrist has just arrived and will start their practice in mid-April after their exams are done.She said this is the first time Fort St. John has had three psychiatrists at one time, but that could be short-lived as another psychiatrist will be leaving on June 1.A pediatrician recently started in the North Peace earlier this month, in a permanent position, and an obstetrician has signed on to arrive in next two months.Advertisement De Smit remarked that Tumbler Ridge is ‘doing well,’ as is Fort Nelson, whose fifth physician has just arrived.On the other hand, Hudson’s Hope saw their last physician leave today. Until July, a physician from Fort St. John will be covering for the community until another physician is found.In Dawson Creek, more physicians have joined the team to work in-office. An obstetrician has been successfully recruited, and they will be there once their immigration papers are completed. The City also has their two orthopedic surgeons, and general surgeons. Dawson Creek’s internal medicine specialist will also be leaving June 1, and Northern Health continues to recruit for this. Northern Health is still recruiting for a GP, as well.In Fort St. John, de Smit said there are about 25 physicians, but the number is hard to count because it varies widely what the physicians are doing. De Smit confirmed, however, that both of Fort St. John’s internal medicine specialists have now left, and it is Northern Health’s priority to find replacements.She said their northeast physician recruiter is heading to a internal medicine conference, to hopefully recruit some new specialists. One of the specialists had expertise in cardiac, but she said they will be recruiting based on a comprehensive skill set, to handle a broad range of expertise for patients here in Fort St. John.“When we’re recruiting, we’ll be recruiting for internal medicine, and the next one may come with a sub-specialty in respiratory systems or they may have a sub-specialty in cardiac. It’s not a requirement that they have to have a sub-speciality in cardiac to come to the northeast.”In Chetwynd, a fourth physician has just started this week, and a fifth one is expected to arrive in late summer, after their exams are completed.Advertisementlast_img read more

Nonsense and Nonscience


first_imgFor an enterprise that prizes itself on objectivity and careful thought, science occasionally makes some outlandish claims.  Here are some things that slipped past the scientific method into the popular news media.As good as it gets:  Steve Jones says men have stopped evolving.  Better enjoy what you have, because it’s not going to get any better, reported PhysOrg.  Jones said mutations may come to the rescue.  The short article contained only a small hint of doubt about all this: “That’s good news for those who like the human race just as it is, though perhaps bad news if humans need to evolve to meet some unexpected challenge down the road, the science – as yet not backed up by other research – suggests.”Monster sex:  Some paleontologists seem to think they can deduce sex appeal from bones.  A particularly monstrous looking horny-headed dinosaur reported by National Geographic is a case in point.  Speaking for the male of the species, the reporter said, “Despite their less-than-cuddly appearance, researchers believe other Pachyrhinosaurs would have found the sharp adornments appealing.”Close your eyes and listen to nothing:  Science Daily told about physicists who are trying to listen to dark matter.  No one has seen it, but they think maybe if they listen to the acoustic patterns of WIMPs they can hear it.  “Much of our understanding until now has been hypothetical,” the article stated in a quizzical oxymoron.Buddha for peace:  What is Buddhism doing in the American Medical Association?  PhysOrg advised us on how to ease the stress of bailouts, recession, and depression: “Enter the meditative practice of mindfulness.  Born of Buddhist roots, it’s increasingly recognized as a measure to calm the mind’s chatter and elevate the brain’s thinking and organizational processes.”  Apparently the psychologists didn’t think to give Christians equal time, such as performing a controlled experiment on Philippians 4:4-8.Arrrrrrgh, capitalism:  Not sure how this story got into Science Daily, but economist Peter Hayes at the University of Sunderland is trying to argue that the corporate business economy – indeed modern democracy – is a legacy of Long John Silver and Blackbeard.  No kidding: “the roots of modern democracy were not in Britain or the USA, but were the ‘corporations’ which were created on pirate ships during the golden age of buccaneering.”  Free-market economists must be shivering in their timbers.God in the dock:  Apparently Live Science had no qualms about straying into theological and legal matters.  The ostensibly scientific news outlet reported that a judge in Nebraska threw out a man’s lawsuit against God.  On what grounds?  “the Almighty wasn’t properly served due to his unlisted home address.”  The plaintiff, by the way, is a state senator who “skips morning prayers during the legislative session and often criticizes Christians.”  He has 30 days to decide whether to appeal the ruling.  In a case like this, though, to whom does one appeal?For proof that humans are not the only animals who can ramble on endlessly about things they don’t know, watch this funny clip called “Creature Comforts – What It’s All About” on YouTube by Aardman Animations.Talk is cheap.  That’s because the supply is greater than the demand.    These stories illustrate that modern science has become a cult.  Any wild idea gets a free ride, as long as it is un-creationism and anti-Christian.  Show your Darwin Party badge at the door, recite the Standard Hate against creationism, and you can get free access to the press, who will lap up whatever you say like groupies, ask you no questions, and then pass it along unfiltered to the public.  Atheists and socialists get on the fast track to the microphones.    Except for the last animated goodie, the stories above were all from leading science news outlets.  Remember this when we show you their latest “findings” on evolution.(Visited 9 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Alex Cabagnot makes PBA history in Beermen win over Hotshots


first_imgPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Alex Cabagnot. PBA IMAGESAlex Cabagnot had no clue he was one assist away from passing the great Philip Cezar on the PBA’s All-Time Assists list.The San Miguel guard only knew about it after the Beermen had demolished the Magnolia Hotshots on Sunday night.ADVERTISEMENT Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Kyrie Irving listed day-to-day by NBA Celtics with knee strain Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Still, it was another memorable night for Cabagnot, who moved into a tie with Cezar in eighth place with 3,130 assists.And it wasn’t the only milestone Cabagnot reached.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesThe 36-year-old Cabagnot also cracked the top 10 in all-time steals early in the third quarter, passing NLEX guard Cyrus Baguio.“I never imagined when I started that I’ll get to this,” said Cabagnot, who was the second overall pick by defunct Sta. Lucia in the 2005 PBA Draft. US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusationscenter_img ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes MOST READ SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte LATEST STORIES View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “I’m just trying to make my mom and dad proud every game,” he added.Cabagnot, a seven-time PBA champion, also became the first player in PBA history with at least 3,000 assists, 600 steals and 800 made threes as per the league’s chief statistician Fidel Mangonon.He finished with 11 points, three rebounds, four assists and three steals to help San Miguel dump Magnolia, 113-92, for its first back-to-back wins in the 2019 Philippine Cup.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Respiratory disease rates in Nunavut known for years why has so little


first_imgKent Driscoll APTN National NewsA study recently confirmed what most living in the North already knew.Infants in Nunavut and Nunavik suffer from the worst rates of respiratory disease in the world.The reason? Well, the same information has been published for years.APTN went to ask Nunavut’s health department if they’ve known what the problem is for so long, why has so little changed.last_img

We Came Up With A New Way To Determine Baseballs Top PowerSpeed


9Y. Moncada869087.6T. Story789886.9 Baseball has always prized players who can hit the ball a country mile or run like the wind. And when the same player can do both of those things, he becomes the stuff of legends — like when Willie Mays hit 36 home runs and swiped 40 bases in 1956, or when Jose Canseco inaugurated the 40-40 club in 1988.So, who is today’s version of Mays or Canseco — the best mix of both power and speed? There is the traditional way of measuring it, but we can do a better job using MLB’s new Statcast metrics, which track the exact velocity of a ball off a player’s bat and the speed of his body around the basepaths.Bill James originally captured a player’s combination of slugging and running by inventing a statistic called the Power/Speed Number, introduced in his 1980 “Baseball Abstract.” The formula is simply the harmonic mean of home runs and stolen bases: two times home runs times stolen bases, divided by the sum of home runs and stolen bases. “It is so crafted that a player who does well in both home runs and stolen bases will rate high,” James wrote, “and his rating is determined by the balance of the two as well as by the total.”According to this basic accounting system, the best combo of power and speed in any single season belonged to Alex Rodriguez in 1998, when he hit 42 home runs and stole 46 bases — just the third of four 40/40 seasons in MLB history.1The most recent was Alfonso Soriano’s in 2006. The best Power/Speed Number last season belonged to Jose Ramirez of the Cleveland Indians, who hit 39 home runs and stole 34 bases; that season is tied for 31st all-time in James’s metric.For this season, White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson led baseball on April 18 with a 4.8 Power/Speed Number (four homers and six steals) — though that’s not really comparable to full-season numbers because the metric is a mean of two cumulative stats, meaning that it grows as the season goes on.2The career leader in Power/Speed is Barry Bonds with a mark of 613.9 — gargantuan relative to the single-season record of 43.9. A better way to get numbers that resemble full-season stats is to combine actual results from the first few weeks of the season with rest-of-season projected homers and steals from FanGraphs’ depth charts. After we did that, the top projected Power/Speed player of 2019 was Adalberto Mondesi of the blazing-fast Kansas City Royals — he’s on pace for 48 stolen bases and 22 home runs. Starling Marte24.9Tim Anderson24.0Eric Davis198640.4 1M. Trout919592.9C. Bellinger999596.6 3T. Story889892.5R. Acuña889892.3 * Harmonic mean of the percentile ranks for exit velocity and sprint speed2019 numbers through April 18Source: Baseball Savant Mookie Betts31.0Ronald Acuna27.4Eric Davis198742.5 Javier Baez26.0Jonathan Villar24.0Barry Bonds199040.4 7S. Ohtani978188.1H. Pence918587.8 Mondesi certainly is fast — he ranks second in all of baseball (behind Minnesota’s Byron Buxton) in Statcast’s sprint speed metric, which tracks a player’s velocity on running plays in which he is theoretically hustling. His pop is also impressive for a speedster. If Mondesi were to hit his projections, he would be in great company: The 40/40 club’s lesser cousin, in which a player has 20 homers and 40 steals, has been done only 50 times in history and not at all since 2013. But according to Statcast, the average exit velocity of Mondesi’s batted balls is 88.9 miles per hour, which puts him in the bottom half of all qualified hitters.3Minimum 25 batted-ball events.Homers and steals are proxies for power and speed, but they’re imperfect ones. If we use Statcast’s rankings as the basis for a new conception of James’s old Power/Speed Number — measuring power with exit velocity and speed with sprint velocity — it turns out that there are hitters who do an even better job than Mondesi of combining these two facets of the game.I took every player who had at least one batted-ball event and one running event in every 1.8 games through April 184Which worked out to about 10 so far this season and about 90 over a full season. and calculated his percentile rank in each category. Then, like with James’s original metric, I took the harmonic mean of those two values for a combined score that rewards high rankings in both power and speed.Last season’s top power-speed player was — who else? — Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels, who ranked 31st in exit velocity and 17th in sprint speed.Of course, Trout also ranked fifth on our original Power/Speed leaderboard … but where is Ramirez in this updated version? Surprisingly, the Indians’ MVP candidate was only 85th in the new ranking, despite leading MLB in James’s metric. He had a lot more steals and homers than we would have expected from his raw physical tools. As my colleague Travis Sawchik documented last season, Ramirez made up for a lack of pure power with a concerted focus on lifting the ball in the air to his pull side, particularly to right field as a lefty hitter. (Ramirez hits from both sides of the plate.) He was also smart about picking his spots as a base-stealer, ranking seventh in stolen-base percentage with an 85 percent success rate.But this version of the Power/Speed Number is more about measuring the skills that help lead to home runs and steals — rather than the homers and steals themselves — so players like Ramirez are out in favor of those like the Braves’ great young left fielder Ronald Acuña Jr., who consistently hits rockets off the bat and is one of the fastest runners in the sport. Trea Turner26.4C. Yelich24.0Bobby Bonds197340.9 8A. Altherr849287.9J. Báez928487.4 Acuña was second last year and is third so far in 2019, coming up on the heels of Buxton (who might be the anti-Ramirez — he has one of the league’s highest average exit velocities despite zero home runs this season or last). But neither player ranks No. 1. That honor belongs to Cody Bellinger of the Los Angeles Dodgers.The power part isn’t shocking. Bellinger already has 11 home runs this season, second in the majors behind Christian Yelich. He’s leading the majors in an absurd array of stats, including wins above replacement, batting average, slugging percentage, hits, runs, total bases and on-base plus slugging (OPS). Through April 18, Bellinger ranked sixth in average exit velocity at 95.9 miles per hour.But speed? According to FanGraphs, the 6-foot-4, 210-pound Bellinger was rated by scouts as a “45” in the category back in 2017, with average at 50. And yet, Bellinger was up to 16th in Statcast sprint speed at 29.0 feet per second, tied with Kansas City speed-merchant Billy Hamilton (!). In just the first three weeks of the season, Bellinger already had 27 of what Statcast classifies as “competitive runs,” which contribute to his average, so it’s unlikely that the radar-trackers merely picked up a few aberrant readings. That’s particularly the case since Bellinger also ranked 35th overall in sprint speed last season, with a 28.8 feet-per-second average over 224 competitive runs.Interestingly, the power component might be the more likely area of regression for Bellinger. Although he exploded for 39 home runs in his first 132 major league games in 2017, his power dipped last season, with an average exit velocity that didn’t rank among the top quarter of MLB hitters. He appears to have made adjustments after a classic sophomore-slump campaign, blistering the ball early this season, but Bellinger has the longer track record of having an elite sprint speed than having elite batted-ball metrics.Bellinger is simply surprisingly fast in terms of in-game speed. And that works in concert with his crazy mashing to make him MLB’s best power-speed player in the early part of this season.Check out our latest MLB predictions. C. Yelich27.3Mookie Betts24.8Jose Canseco198841.0 Mike Trout29.7Jose Ramirez26.9Barry Bonds199641.0 6T. Hernández948588.9N. Goodrum909089.9 Who combines the best Statcast power and speed metrics?2018 and 2019 MLB leaders in percentile ranks for both power (by average exit velocity) and speed (by average sprint speed) 2018 Leaders2019 Leaders 5T. Pham978590.5M. Trout919090.4 10M. Chapman987987.2J. Martin898486.2 2R. Acuna889892.5B. Buxton9110095.5 Tim Anderson22.6Javier Baez23.8A. Soriano200240.0 * Projected full-season Power/Speed Numbers (as of April 18, 2019) according to FanGraphs’ depth chartsSources:, FanGraphs Jose Ramirez36.3A. Mondesi30.2Alex Rodriguez199843.9 Trevor Story31.2Mike Trout27.8A. Soriano200643.4 2018 Leaders2019 Leaders*All-Time Leaders F. Lindor30.2Trevor Story27.4R. Henderson198642.4 PlayerpowerspeedMean*PlayerpowerspeedMean* Baseball’s best at combining homers and stealsThe top players in 2018, 2019* and all-time according to Bill James’s Power/Speed Number (PSN) 4C. Yelich958891.4J. Alfaro939091.4 PlayerPSNPlayerPSNPlayerYearPSN read more

Renovation to Rice track and field crosscountry and soccer facility completed


first_imgShare1NEWS RELEASEDavid [email protected] to Rice track and field, cross-country and soccer facility completedHOUSTON – (Feb. 24, 2016) – Renovation of Rice University’s Wendel D. Ley Track has been completed. The $2.2 million project replaced the grandstand and added a new enclosed press box. The project also included a newly built 3,250-square-foot building for the soccer and men’s and women’s track and field and cross-country teams.“This upgrade has been something our track and soccer programs have needed for some time, and we are grateful for the support the university has provided to bring the project to fruition,” said Joe Karlgaard, Rice’s director of athletics. “It is a terrific step forward in the quest to address the facilities needs for these programs.”Each of the teams will have its own meeting space in the new air-conditioned facility, along with space for student-athletes to store their belongings, a weight room and restrooms.“I’m really thankful for this progress being made,” said soccer head coach Nicky Adams. “A place to call their own is important for any team sport. The day that they (soccer student-athletes) were able to move into that facility, we saw a lot of wide eyes and big smiles. It did mean a lot for the university to back us up with this project.”For soccer events, the facility will be referred to as Holloway Field at Wendel D. Ley Track.The grandstand will now have assigned seating for more than 1,100 spectators, including 112-premium chair-back seats and new public restrooms. It includes a new press box, consisting of four booths and three filming platforms and a new sound system. The previous grandstand was built in 1966 on the site of Rice’s original football stadium. The new grandstand was designed by Jackson & Ryan Architects, the firm that also oversaw the renovation of Rice baseball’s Reckling Park.Entering his 30th season at Rice as cross-country and women’s track and field coach, Jim Bevan said the renovation is a big improvement.“This new facility does volumes better for us,” Bevan said. “It does volumes for us in the way it looks and it helps us in recruiting; it shows we’re changing with the times and moving forward.”Men’s track and field head coach Jon Warren has been on campus since 1983, first as a student, then a volunteer coach and now head coach. He said entering the new facility is akin to walking into a new house.“Since I’ve been here, the only change in the facility is when they added soccer in 2001, and that’s when we moved the field events outside of track,” Warren said. “In my opinion, this is the biggest change to the facility since football moved out in 1950.“Before the renovation, it was like an old house that had some issues,” he said. “Now, it’s just wonderful; it’s going to have a big impact on our kids and on our fans. It’s almost like a rebuilt house. It’s not a bigger house, but it’s a much better house.”Robert H. Allen, the late son-in-law of Wendel D. Ley, made a $200,000 contribution toward the renovation through his estate in memory of Ley. The university funded the rest of the project.Over the recent years, Rice has made significant investments in improving the infrastructure for students and student-athletes alike. Rice has renovated its multipurpose arena, Tudor Fieldhouse; constructed the award-winning Barbara and David Gibbs Recreation and Wellness Center, which replaced Rice’s 1950-era rec center; and opened the new George R. Brown Tennis Center. Construction of the Brian Patterson Sports Performance Center in the north end zone of Rice Stadium is slated to be completed in time for this year’s football events.For more information, contact David Ruth, director of national and broadcast media at Rice, at [email protected] or 713-348-6327.-30-This media advisory can be found online at” alt=”last_img” /> read more