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SHANGHAI — Patient Number One is a thin man, with a scabby face and bouncy knees. His head, shaved in preparation for surgery, is wrapped in a clean, white cloth.Years of drug use cost him his wife, his money and his self-respect, before landing him in this drab yellow room at a Shanghai hospital, facing the surgeon who in 72 hours will drill two small holes in his skull and feed electrodes deep into his brain.The hope is that technology will extinguish his addiction, quite literally, with the flip of a switch.The treatment — deep brain stimulation — has long been used for movement disorders like Parkinson’s. Now, the first clinical trial of DBS for methamphetamine addiction is being conducted at Shanghai’s Ruijin Hospital, along with parallel trials for opioid addicts. And this troubled man is the very first patient.The surgery involves implanting a device that acts as a kind of pacemaker for the brain, electrically stimulating targeted areas. While Western attempts to push forward with human trials of DBS for addiction have foundered, China is emerging as a hub for this research.Scientists in Europe have struggled to recruit patients for their DBS addiction studies, and complex ethical, social and scientific questions have made it hard to push forward with this kind of work in the United States, where the devices can cost $100,000 to implant.China has a long, if troubled, history of brain surgery on drug addicts. Even today, China’s punitive anti-drug laws can force addicts into years of compulsory treatment, including “rehabilitation” through labour. It has a large patient population, government funding and ambitious medical device companies ready to pay for DBS research.There are eight registered DBS clinical trials for drug addiction being conducted in the world, according to a U.S. National Institutes of Health database. Six are in China.But the suffering wrought by the opioid epidemic may be changing the risk-reward calculus for doctors and regulators in the United States. Now, the experimental surgery Patient Number One is about to undergo is coming to America. In February, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration greenlighted a clinical trial in West Virginia of DBS for opioid addicts.___HUMAN EXPERIMENTSPatient Number One insisted that only his surname, Yan, be published; he fears losing his job if he is identified.He said doctors told him the surgery wasn’t risky. “But I still get nervous,” he said. “It’s my first time to go on the operating table.”Three of Yan’s friends introduced him to meth in a hotel room shortly after the birth of his son in 2011. They told him: Just do it once, you’ve had your kid, you won’t have problems.Smoking made Yan feel faint and slightly unhinged. Later, he found meth brought crystalline focus to his mind, which he directed at one thing: Cards. Every time Yan smoked, he gambled. And every time he gambled, he lost — all told, around $150,000 since he started using drugs, he estimated.His wife divorced him. He rarely saw his son.Yan checked into a hospital for detox, moved to another town to get away from bad influences, took Chinese traditional medicine. But he relapsed every time. “My willpower is weak,” he said.Last year his father, who had a friend who had undergone DBS surgery at Ruijin, gave him an ultimatum: Back to rehab or brain surgery. “Of course, I chose surgery,” Yan said. “With surgery, I definitely have the chance to get my life back.”Before there were brain implants in China there was brain lesioning. Desperate families of heroin addicts paid thousands of dollars for unproven and risky surgeries in which doctors destroyed small clumps of brain tissue. Brain lesioning quickly became a profit centre at some hospitals, but it also left a trail of patients with mood disorders, lost memories and altered sex drives.In 2004, China’s Ministry of Health ordered a halt to brain lesioning for addiction at most hospitals. Nine years later, doctors at a military hospital in Xi’an reported that roughly half of the 1,167 addicts who had their brains lesioned stayed off drugs for at least five years.DBS builds on that history. But unlike lesioning, which irreversibly kills brain cells, the devices allow brain interventions that are — in theory — reversible. The technology has opened a fresh field of human experimentation globally.“As doctors we always need to think about the patients,” said Dr. Sun Bomin, director of Ruijin Hospital’s functional neurosurgery department. “They are human beings. You cannot say, ‘Oh, we do not have any help, any treatment for you guys.’”Sun said he has served as a consultant for two Chinese companies that make deep brain stimulators — SceneRay Corp. and Beijing PINS Medical Co. He has tried to turn Ruijin into a centre of DBS research, not just for addiction, but also Tourette syndrome, depression and anorexia.In China, DBS devices can cost less than $25,000. Many patients pay cash.“You can rest assured for the safety of this operation,” Yan’s surgeon, Dr. Li Dianyou, told him. “It is no problem. When it comes to effectiveness, you are not the first one, nor the last one. You can take it easy because we have done this a lot.”In fact, there are risks. There is a small chance Yan could die of a brain hemorrhage. He could emerge with changes to his personality, seizures, or an infection. And in the end, he may go right back on drugs.____A BUZZING DRILLSome critics believe this surgery should not be allowed.They argue that such human experiments are premature, and will not address the complex biological, social and psychological factors that drive addiction. Scientists don’t fully understand how DBS works and there is still debate about where electrodes should be placed to treat addiction. There is also skepticism in the global scientific community about the general quality and ethical rigour — particularly around issues like informed consent — of clinical trials done in China.“It would be fantastic if there were something where we could flip a switch, but it’s probably fanciful at this stage,” said Adrian Carter, who heads the neuroscience and society group at Monash University in Melbourne. “There’s a lot of risks that go with promoting that idea.”The failure of two large-scale, U.S. clinical trials on DBS for depression around five years ago prompted soul-searching about what threshold of scientific understanding must be met in order to design effective, ethical experiments.“We’ve had a reset in the field,” said Dr. Nader Pouratian, a neurosurgeon at UCLA who is investigating the use of DBS for chronic pain. He said it’s “a perfectly appropriate time” to research DBS for drug addiction, but only “if we can move forward in ethical, well-informed, well-designed studies.”In China, meanwhile, scientists are charging ahead.At 9 a.m. on a grey October Friday in Shanghai, Dr. Li drilled through Yan’s skull and threaded two electrodes down to his nucleus accumbens, a small structure near the base of the forebrain that has been implicated in addiction.Yan was awake during the surgery. The buzzing of the drill made him tremble.At 4 p.m. the same day, Yan went under general anesthesia for a second surgery to implant a battery pack in his chest to power the electrodes in his skull.Three hours later, Yan still hadn’t woken from the anesthesia. His father began weeping. His doctors wondered if drug abuse had somehow altered his sensitivity to anesthesia.Finally, after 10 hours, Yan opened his eyes.___BODY COUNTAccording to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 500,000 Americans died of drug overdoses in the decade ending in 2017 — increasingly, from synthetic opioids that come mainly from China, U.S. officials say. That’s more than the number of U.S. soldiers who died in World War II and Vietnam combined.The body count has added urgency to efforts to find new, more effective treatments for addiction. While doctors in the U.S. are interested in using DBS for addiction, work funded by the U.S. National Institutes of Health is still focused on experiments in animals, not people.At least two U.S. laboratories dropped clinical trials of DBS for treating alcoholism over concerns about study design and preliminary results that didn’t seem to justify the risks, investigators who led the studies told The Associated Press.“The lack of scientific clarity, the important but strict regulatory regime, along with the high cost and risk of surgery make clinical trials of DBS for addiction in the U.S. difficult at the present time,” said Dr. Emad Eskandar, the chairman of neurological surgery at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York.China’s studies have offered mixed results. Sun and his colleagues have published one case study, describing a heroin addict who fatally overdosed three months after getting DBS. But a separate pilot study published in January by doctors at a military hospital in Xi’an showed that five of eight heroin addicts stayed off drugs for two years after DBS surgery.Based on those results, SceneRay is seeking Chinese regulatory approval of its DBS device for addiction, and funding a multi-site clinical trial targeting 60 heroin addicts. SceneRay chairman Ning Yihua said his application for a clinical trial in the U.S. was blocked by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.But in February, the FDA greenlighted a separate, pilot trial of DBS for four opioid addicts, said Dr. Ali Rezai, who is leading the study at the West Virginia University Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute. They hope to launch the trial in June, with funding from the National Institute on Drug Abuse.The FDA declined comment.“People are dying,” Rezai said. “Their lives are devastated. It’s a brain issue. We need to explore all options.”___‘YOU CAME TOO LATE’Two unsteady days after Yan’s surgery, doctors switched on his DBS device. As the electrodes activated, he felt a surge of excitement. The current running through his body kept him awake; he said he spent the whole night thinking about drugs.The next day, he sat across from Dr. Li, who used a tablet computer to remotely adjust the machine thrumming inside Yan’s head.“Cheerful?” Li asked as the touched the controls on the tablet.“Yes,” Yan answered.Li changed the settings. “Now?”“Agitated,” Yan said. He felt heat in his chest, then a beating sensation, numbness and fatigue. Yan began to sweat.Li made a few more modifications. “Any feelings now?”“Pretty happy now,” Yan said.He was in high spirits. “This machine is pretty magical. He adjusts it to make you happy and you’re happy, to make you nervous and you’re nervous,” Yan said. “It controls your happiness, anger, grief and joy.”Yan left the hospital the next morning.More than six months later, he said he’s still off drugs. With sobriety, his skin cleared and he put on 20 pounds. When his friends got back in touch, he refused their drugs. He tried to rekindle his relationship with his ex-wife, but she was pregnant with her new husband’s child.“The only shame is that you came too late,” she told him.Sometimes, in his new life, he touches the hard cable in his neck that leads from the battery pack to the electrodes in his brain. And he wonders: What is the machine is doing inside his head?Erika Kinetz, The Associated Press
00:00:00 | 00:00:00::Projekktor V1.3.09 (Update)We now have the latest on the shocking weekend murder, of a young Hamilton teen.18-year old David Pereira was stabbed to death in front of dozens of witnesses early Sunday morning, as he and a group of friends joined the crowds pouring out of the bar scene in Hess Village.Scot Urquhart talked to a witness who was on the scene and who says things are getting worse in an area already known for drunken brawls, and serious violence.This is the only sign of what happened here, early Sunday morning. That’s when 18-year old David Pereira died here. Stabbed by a man that he didn’t even know.Rick Kellogg was standing right beside Pereira when the fatal blow was struck: “I didn’t hear anything that was out of the ordinary.”Police arrested a man at the scene. Later, they charged 49-year old Raleigh Stubbs, with murder. That was a shock to Bruce Clinton, the superintendent in the building where Stubbs lives: “Just kept to himself. Like whenever he went by the office it was; ‘Hi Bruce, Hi Linda. Nice guy. Can’t believe it.”Bruce, and assistant Superintendent Giles Fitzgerald say that Stubbs had been living with his father: His dad died. That affected him I guess.”But just a few days ago, Stubbs attended a gathering for residents at the building: “He seemed normal then.”But there was nothing normal about Sunday night.Rick says he and a group of friends have been gathering here late on Saturday nights for about a decade – to share a coffee, and watch the entertainment. But in the last few years he says, things have been getting far less entertaining, and far more frightening.Rick Kellogg was an eyewitness to the event: Over the years, it’s getting worse and worse. Fights are a weekly occurrence now, and it’s not just a one-on-one.”Rick saw a gang attack about a month ago just down the street — Half a dozen assailants beat a young man to unconsciousness … Sending him to hospital.And while there’s been plenty of talk about the number of half-way house residents, and street people in the area — Rick says it’s another demographic that’s driving the violence:Kellogg: They’re not derelicts or homeless people that are causing all the problems. It’s the kids fighting as they’re coming out of there.”Kellogg says he sees a heavy police presence in the area around 11pm as patrons are going into the bar, but almost no police in the area. As the crowds are coming out, around 2:30 am.But in his view, attitude plays a large part in the violence.He says many of those in the young crowd leaving hess village, seem to be spoiling for a fight, and aren’t content to merely throw a punch or two.It’s become so noticeable in fact that he, and his group of motorcycle riding friends are considering looking for a new place to hang out on Saturday nights.
They are images Anthony Kinik finds fascinating: Stark skyscrapers jutting towards the clouds, clock hands spinning furiously, stilettoes quick-stepping along crowded sidewalks, neon signs flashing and reflections distorting in polished steel and glass.Each is a fixture in the city symphony genre, which is at the centre of the Brock assistant professor’s latest book.City symphonies were created as a direct reaction to the rapidly developing urban environments of the early 20th century. Some avant-garde artists turned to the most modern medium of the day, and the one thought most suitable for capturing the dynamics of the metropolis: film.The genre takes its name from its most famous example, Berlin: Symphony of a City. The 1927 film was a box-office success — unusual for an experimental film — and inspired an international movement.Previously, only a handful of these experimental documentaries were known to have been produced between the First and Second World Wars.“People have tended to talk about the same six to eight films,” says Kinik, who works in Brock’s Department of Communication, Popular Culture and Film.Convinced there was more to the story than had been reported, Kinik and his colleague Steven Jacobs from the University of Ghent began teaching workshops on the topic in 2008. The team scoured libraries, databases, cinémathèques (small motion-picture libraries specializing in historical films) and museums around the world in search of lost and forgotten films.Eventually, Kinik and Jacobs teamed up with the organizers of Le Giornate del cinema muto (known in English as the Pordenone Silent Film Festival) to track down archival prints of many of the films they’d discovered and to curate screenings at the festival.In five years of international sleuthing, Kinik and his European collaborators tracked down more than 80 films, most of which had been forgotten until now. The result is the new book, The City Symphony Phenomenon: Cinema, Art, and Urban Modernity Between the Wars.In addition to invited chapters from international scholars, The City Symphony Phenomenon includes a detailed catalogue of the complete list of rare films unearthed by the project team. Kinik calls their survey of city symphonies from 1920 to 1940 a “significant contribution to historical film research.”The team’s research confirmed that city symphonies were not just a Western phenomenon as many had assumed. Among the hidden treasures, the team found symphonies from Sao Paulo and Tokyo.“Our research shows the depth of material available,” Kinik says.Although each film tells the story of a place, city symphonies are decidedly not travelogues. Creators eschewed the landmarks and clichés of tourist brochures. Instead of representing the city in a straight-forward and didactic manner, filmmakers chose a poetic approach that shunned explanatory intertitles and other forms of narration “to create a universal language of film that didn’t rely on the spoken word.”Employing exaggerated perspectives and angles, slow motion and time lapse, these “expressionistic documentaries” presented a “kaleidoscopic sense” of the spectacle and sensation of city life, says Kinik.Early filmmakers experimented with new lenses, film stock and technologies to depict the frenetic pace and spectacle of modernity, including its bold new forms of architecture, its rapid transportation, and its electrified streets.Decades later, the genre still resounds across screens today. The opening montage of Woody Allen’s Manhattan is an obvious homage to the art form, says Kinik. But the techniques and sensibilities of the city symphony continue to be used everywhere — from music videos to advertising — often as a kind of motion picture shorthand to represent the complexities of city life.Kinik and his colleagues return to the Pordenone Silent Film Festival from Oct. 6 to 13 to officially launch The City Symphony Phenomenon: Cinema, Art, and Urban Modernity Between the Wars.
2015116117115109— The Seattle Seahawks came into 2015 as championship favorites, having put up one of the best two-year runs in NFL history, with a bid for back-to-back titles undone by one of the most shocking twist endings in Super Bowl history. But things went downhill in a hurry. Seattle lost four of its first six games; then won two in a row, against the foundering 49ers and Cowboys; and in Week 10 dropped a crucial home game against the Cardinals that effectively killed any chance of a third consecutive NFC West crown. It was mid-November and the Seahawks were unlikely to make the playoffs, let alone win the Super Bowl.You can’t keep a good fish-eating bird of prey down, though. After three straight wins, including an impressive 38-7 dismantling of Minnesota on the road on Sunday, the Seahawks look like they’re rounding back into form — and are nearly back in their familiar perch atop our NFL Elo ratings. Elo even gives Seattle a healthy 83 percent shot at making the playoffs now. But making the playoffs and regaining the preseason championship favorite designation are two very different things, and reasons why the latter will be much more difficult for Seattle can be found both on the field and in the NFL’s playoff format.Russell Wilson is back!First, some good news: Seattle’s offense is showing signs of life. Since Week 11, QB Russell Wilson’s aerial attack has led the NFL by a mile in passing expected points added (EPA) per dropback — the difference between the No. 1 Seahawks and No. 2 Bengals is bigger than the gap between Cincinnati and the No. 19 Titans — after ranking 21st through Week 10. It helps that the three defenses Seattle has played — the 49ers, Steelers and Vikings — have mediocre EPA ratings against the pass, but the ways in which the passing game has improved are also encouraging.One puzzling thing about Seattle’s early-season passing woes is that they came despite the addition of Jimmy Graham — a tight end so productive with New Orleans that he wanted to be called a wide receiver. Graham had led all NFL TEs in receiving yards over the preceding three seasons and was expected to add a new dimension to the Seahawks’ offense.Thing is, Graham wasn’t associated with especially efficient short passing for New Orleans, doing most of his damage on seam routes and other deeper patterns. He was 17th among the league’s 32 qualifying1Minimum 80 targets. tight ends in yards per target on passes of 10 yards or fewer from 2012 to 2014; Saints QB Drew Brees ranked only 16th in Total Quarterback Rating (QBR) when tossing short to TEs.2Compared to his third-place ranking in passes of all yards, to all positions, over the same span. In Seattle this season, the same trends have manifested. The Seahawks have been great when Wilson throws the ball more than 10 yards downfield, but they ranked only 15th in per-dropback EPA on shorter routes during the season’s first 10 weeks, with Wilson also suffering the league’s worst sack rate.3Hence, their 21st overall ranking — they were good at deep passing but mediocre on short targets and allowed sacks at a frequency that would impress even David Carr. Graham ranks 17th once again in yards per target on short passes, and Wilson ranks 23rd in QBR on short passes to TEs.So perhaps it’s not a coincidence that the Seahawks’ short passing attack saw the opposite of adverse effects when Graham was injured for the season against the Steelers in Week 12. Or perhaps football is an incredibly complicated sport with a small sample of games each season, and it’s difficult to filter signal from noise in any individual player’s statistical footprint. Either way, Wilson and the Seahawks have finally found their passing rhythm of late and since Week 11 have had the league’s most efficient passing offense on both short and long routes, with Wilson being sacked 40 percent less often.It’s a good thing that the passing game is picking up. Seattle’s rushing EPA per play is down quite a bit from last year’s ridiculously efficient output, and the team’s defense has been on the downturn from its typical dominant form.Not the same SeahawksWe can trace Seattle’s evolution over the course of the Russell Wilson Era using the team grades I developed here, which place per-play EPA in a given category on a scale where the league average is 100 and one standard deviation in performance is +/- 15 points: OFFENSE RATINGDEFENSE RATING 2013116101139108Won Super Bowl YEARPASSINGRUSHINGPASSINGRUSHINGPLAYOFFS 2014104138122128Lost Super Bowl 201211811411993Lost divisional round Because passing is more important than rushing in today’s NFL, it won’t take much of an aerial improvement for the Seahawks to compensate for their decline in the ground game this season. However, the team’s defensive drop-off is more concerning. In 2013, Seattle defended the pass about as well as any team ever has, but it’s steadily become more mortal over time. The Seahawks now rank 14th — decent but not great — at defending short4Again, defined as pass attempts of 10 or fewer air yards. passes (they ranked second in 2013 and 2014) and a below-average 18th against deep ones (first in 2013 and 2014). Add in a commensurate drop in rush defense (to 10th this year) and the Seahawks — while still better than average on D — are no longer the fearsome defensive leviathan they built a reputation as over the past few seasons.As I mentioned earlier, even given all that, the Seahawks have still mustered nearly the best Elo rating in the league. But Elo also pegs Seattle’s chance of winning the Super Bowl at a mere 6 percent, far below the chances of their peers atop the Elo food chain. Even Denver and Cincinnati, inferior clubs according to Elo, have double-digit Super Bowl probabilities. The reason is simple: The teams ahead of Seattle have either already clinched their division (Carolina) or are overwhelmingly likely to do so.Seattle, meanwhile, almost certainly has a wild card date in its future. That means the Seahawks will need to win one more playoff game than most of their fellow title contenders. (Carolina and New England are practically guaranteed first-round byes; Arizona is highly likely to earn the same; and Denver and Cincinnati are nearly a toss-up to grab the remaining slot.) And as a likely No. 5 or 6 seed, Seattle will have to do it on the road. The reality of an extra single-elimination test slices into Seattle’s Super Bowl probability considerably.Assuming that the Seahawks do make the playoffs, though, they’ll be on everyone’s list of dark-horse Super Bowl candidates — and nobody’s list of preferred postseason opponents. They may not be in their typical role as title favorites, but all it might take to change that are sustained improvements in the passing game and a first-round playoff victory.
Then freshman Kyle Snyder during a match against Minnesota on Feb. 6 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 22-13. Credit: Lantern File PhotoThe No. 4 Ohio State wrestling team used bonus points from three pins to defeat the No. 12 Illinois Fighting Illini 29-18 on Sunday.The Buckeyes got off to a slow start, as Illinois’ Travis Piotrowski cruised to a 10-0 upset over twelfth ranked Jose Rodriguez in the 125-pound weight class. The team followed the loss in the first matchup with a 12-4 major decision victory by redshirt junior and No. 2 nationally ranked Nathan Tomasello over No. 4 Zane Richards.OSU true freshman Luke Pletcher continued his impressive first year, picking up a 10-4 decision over Mousa Jodehat at 141 pounds.In the 149-pound matchup, fifth-ranked Micah Jordan and Eric Barone got off to a slow 0-0 start after one period, but Jordan eventually defeated Barone with an emphatic pin in the third period, putting the Buckeyes up 13-4 for the day.Ohio State then dropped three matchups in a row, starting with an 18-4 technical fall loss by 157-pounder Anthony DeCarlo to Kyle Langenferder, which allowed Illinois to make up some ground. The teams went into halftime with an overall score of 13-9.Redshirt sophomore Cody Burcher was defeated by top-ranked Isaiah Martinez 22-7. Martinez, a two-time national champion, easily handled Burcher at 165 pounds before redshirt senior Justin Kresevic dropped a 18-9 major decision to No. 12 Zac Brunson at 174 pounds.However, the Buckeyes dominated the higher weight classes, starting with an 18-7 major decision by No. 10 Myles Martin over No. 13 Emery Parker. No. 5 Redshirt freshman Kollin Moore followed that performance up with a pin victory over Illinois’ Andre Lee.“When you get a guy taken down, you just gotta smell the blood,” Moore said about his victory over Lee. “You want the pin.”World champion and heavyweight Kyle Snyder returned for the Buckeyes after not competing in their Jan. 6 tilt against Wisconsin in dominant fashion, finishing with nine takedowns in less than two rounds en route to pinning Deuce Rachal of Illinois to put an exclamation point on the Buckeyes’ performance.“It’s huge (winning a match with a pin), you want to finish the match with a pin,” Tomasello said after the dual. “That’s six points for the team, and looking at the Big Ten and Nationals (championships) it’s going to come down to some big wins and to get bonus points, that’s huge.”The fourth-ranked Buckeyes are not lacking confidence, as shown by their head coach, Tom Ryan.“We know that we’re in the hunt for a championship this year. We also know that these bonus points are critical, not in a dual, but in the national tournament,” Ryan said. “We have got to be a team that scores bonus points come March.”Ohio State will travel to Olney, Maryland to take on the University of Maryland on Jan. 22 at Good Counsel High School. Good Counsel is the high school of Snyder, who amassed a 179-0 record while wrestling there.
Researchers compared data from two studies, each with more than 7,500 participants aged 65 and older from Cambridgeshire, Newcastle and Nottingham, which were conducted in 1991 and 2011. Professor Carol Jagger, lead author from Newcastle University, said: “Our study suggests that older people today are spending more of their remaining life with care needs.”This finding, along with the increasing number of older adults with higher rates of illness and disability, is contributing to the current social care crisis.” The researchers found that those in most need were far less likely to be living in care home than used to be the case.The percentage of adults aged 85 who required help round the clock who were living in a care home fell from 73.5 per cent to 51.8 per cent over the period.In a linked editorial, Sir Andrew, from the University of Oxford, said the projections “demand attention and action”.”Expenditure on the care of older people will need to increase substantially and quickly.” A Department of Health spokesman said: “High quality care isn’t just about care home beds – 61 per cent of people are cared for in their own home and since 2010 there has been a growth in home care agencies of more than 2,900. Delayed discharges are adding to problems in hospitals Credit:Peter Byrne/PA Sir Andrew Dilnot, who led a report on reform of elderly care, last night said the research showed an urgent need for a substantial investment in services, with too many pensioners were left living in fear that the costs would overwhelm them.The research led by Newcastle University said almost 190,000 new care home places will be needed by 2035 to accommodate soaring demand.The study found that gains in life expectancy mean people are spending longer living with higher levels of frailty. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. High staff turnover mean many don’t get to know the residentsCredit:John Stillwell/PA “We’ve given local authorities in England an extra £2 billion boost over the next three years to maintain access for our growing ageing population and to put the social caresector on a sustainable footing for the future.” More than 70,000 extra care home places will be needed by 2025, with pensioners now spending twice as long living without independence, a Lancet study suggests.Women over the age of 65 can now expect to spend the last three years of their lives in a care home, or receiving help several times daily, the research shows. Two decades ago, they could expect to spend the last 18 months of their lives in need of such help.And the average man will receive such care for the last two and a half years of his life – when 20 years earlier, they could expect to spend just over a year in need of such assistance.
THE MINISTER FOR Justice has formally ordered the establishment of a Commission of Investigation into the shooting dead of a dissident republican during a botched raid in 16 years ago.28-year-old Ronan McLoughlin, from Dublin, was part of a gang that attempted to rob a Securicor van in Ashford, Co Wicklow in May 1998.The Government decided to set up a Commission to investigate his killing after McLoughlin’s partner brought a case to the European Court of Human Rights in relation to the original investigation.An inquest held in 2009 recorded a verdict of death by misadventure.The raid took place on a day when the majority of the garda force were engaged in a “blue flu” strike action.Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald brought the order to set up the new probe to Cabinet today, as ministers met for the final time before the start of the summer recess.Read: Ministers sign off on over-70s free GP care planRead: Gardaí injured after patrol car ‘rammed’ in Portlaoise, four men arrested
Monday 6 Feb 2017, 5:20 PM By Diarmaid Mac Dermott Updated at 5.20pm to include imagesA DUBLIN MAN who was arrested trying to transport 1.6 kilos of high-grade explosives and three detonators on the Bus Eireann bus to Derry has been jailed for seven years by the Special Criminal Court.The court heard that Busaras had to be evacuated after Special Branch detectives intercepted Patrick Brennan on board the bus.Brennan (53) was arrested last June by officers from the Special Detective Unit (SDU) at Busaras, in Store Street, in central Dublin, following a tip-off.Brennan, of Lindisfarne Avenue, Clondalkin, Dublin 22, pleaded guilty to possessing four 400-gramme blocks of TNT and three electric explosive detonators on June 16, 2016.Under surveillanceDetective Sergeant Padraig Boyce, SDU, told the court that Brennan had been under surveillance “as part of an ongoing investigation” into the activities of IRA members in the Dublin area. Boyce said that on the day of the arrest, the married father of six was observed leaving his house at around 4.50am before immediately getting into a taxi. Source: Garda Press OfficeThe taxi took the accused to the bus station in Dublin’s city centre, where he waited for around 50 minutes before boarding the Bus Eireann 5.55am service to Derry, the three-judge court was told.At all times, Brennan had a blue canvas bag in his possession and this bag was placed in the seat next to him when he was arrested aboard the bus by three SDU officers.Detective Sergeant Boyce told prosecution counsel Ronan Kennedy that gardaí had made a “significant discovery” after Brennan was detained.He said: “In the base of the bag there was four blocks of Trinitrotoluene, commonly known as TNT and three electronic detonators in good condition strapped to the TNT.” Source: Garda Press OfficeOn discovery of the explosives, “the surrounding area was evacuated and the army was called”, Detective Sergeant Boyce said.Sole passengerBrennan, who had been jailed for four years in 2005 for IRA membership, was the sole passenger on the bus at the time of his arrest, Detective Sergeant Boyce added. He said that he believed the quantity of explosives could have been used in the construction of “six to eight” separate car bombs. Source: Garda Press OfficeHe said: “From devices that have been recovered intact, 200 grammes (of explosives) have been used.”And although the explosives weren’t armed, Boyce said the TNT had been “lethally packaged” and could have been detonated by a “static charge” whilst being moved.Sentencing him to seven years imprisonment backdated to last June, Mr Justice Tony Hunt, presiding, said that while Brennan’s role was confined to transportation, acting as a willing courier was the same as taking part in terrorist activities.The judge said that the court was prepared to suspend the final two years of the sentence if Brennan gave an undertaking not to associate with members of unlawful organisations.However, after a brief consultation, Brennan’s counsel Diarmaid Mac Guinness SC said that his client was not in a position to give such an undertaking and the court imposed the full seven-year prison sentence.Dissident republican caught at Busaras with “four blocks of TNT” and detonators> 23,309 Views Feb 6th 2017, 5:20 PM Man found with explosives on bus in Dublin is jailed for 7 years Patrick Brennan pleaded guilty to possessing four blocks of TNT and explosive detonators. http://jrnl.ie/3225141 Share7 Tweet Email Short URL 41 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Image: Isobel IN THE ERA of fake news and the ongoing descent of politics into farce, it can be harder and harder to distinguish real stories from April Fool’s jokes.This morning, readers of TheJournal.ie woke up to a headline suggesting Theresa May was set to appear on Eastenders to address the nation about Brexit – which would hardly seem outlandish in light of some stories that have come out of the UK recently.In fact, one might be led to think that April Fool’s jokes could be on the way out, but if anything, this year has shown the possibilities are as strong as ever.Here are ten of this year’s best efforts from Ireland and abroad.Three more Luke Kelly statues – Irish Daily MailIn January, Dubliners got to celebrate one of their most iconic sons, when not one, but two Luke Kelly statues were unveiled in the capital.For its gag, The Irish Daily Mail claimed that a further €10m had been allocated for three more bronze statues of the singer.The newspaper quoted Fine Gael TD Noel Rock, who said he wanted one of the statues to be located in Santry, on the north of the city, and also claimed other cities were seeking Luke Kelly statues of their own, including Newcastle, Auckland, New York and Cork.Bend in The Spire – Dublin ChamberBusiness group Dublin Chamber issued a press release expressing concern over an increasingly prominent bend in The Spire on Dublin’s O’Connell Street.The group claimed it had received numerous from concerned local businesses about the issue, which it believed was the result of very strong winds.The story was (knowingly) picked up by a number of news outlets, including The Irish Mirror.Alien skulls found on Irish coast – Dun Laoghaire Coast GuardDun Laoghaire Coast Guard also got in on the act, claiming that gardaí were tasked to Dun Laoghaire’s inner harbour after the discovery two alien skulls in low water.The group claimed that one of the skulls had washed out to sea by the time they arrived, but that the second was recovered by the Coast Guard Unit, as the RNLI searched for the missing one. Apr 1st 2019, 11:02 PM Source: Facebook/Dun Laoghaire Coast GuardClocks go forward again – The SunMeanwhile, The Irish Sun capitalised on the move to summer time in Ireland over the weekend.The aptly named paper said a landmark European Parliament meant thta clocks would go forward again this week, despite recent EU studies claiming that changing the clocks twice a year was damaging to health and energy.Bob Geldof as a “healing tsar” – The GuardianThere was no shortage of Brexit-related material for April Fool’s this year, either here or across the water.The Guardian claimed that singer Bob Geldof was being considered as a “healing tsar” for country amid its ongoing political woes.One insider was quotes as promoting Geldof’s credentials saying that because the Dubliner had brought the country together with Live Aid, he could do it again.Commemorative Brexit stamps – IsobelNews companies weren’t the only ones to capitalise on the ongoing madness surrounding Brexit.Branding company Isobel said it had commissioned a book of Brexit stamps, including images of Theresa May, Nigel Farage, Jacob Rees-Mogg and Boris Johnson, which it claimed had to be pulled. Source: Twitter/@IsobelCreativeApril Fool’s banned – The Daily TelegraphThe Daily Telegraph went for a wider news approach for its joke.The paper claimed that all British April Fools’ gags would be banned from next year because the public could no longer differentiate between “reality and farce”.It claimed a statute from 1653, reportedly banning the issuing of false reports, would be used enforce the law.Martin Brennan for Sligo County Council – The Irish Daily StarThe Irish Daily Star capitalised on recent satire by Steve Coogan, using a character who appeared on Alan Partridge’s fictitious BBC programme This Time singing rebel songs.The paper claimed that up to 50 people had signed a petition calling for Martin Brennan, who sang Come Out Ye Black and Tans and the Men Behind the Wire at the close of the show, to run for local elections in Sligo.Foot-long shortbread – Walker’s ShortbreadBiscuit company Walker’s were also among those to get in on the act.The company claimed it had produced an “innovative new edition” to its shortbread fingers range: pure butter tallbread, 30cm in length.The biscuit – three times longer than the original – claimed to ensure that “even the loftiest of biscuit lovers are left satisfied”.James Comey 2020 – James ComeyThe former FBI director hinted in a cryptic Twitter post that he was set to run for the US presidency in 2020.To be honest, we’re not even sure this one is fake. Commemorative Brexit stamps Image: Isobel Monday 1 Apr 2019, 11:02 PM https://jrnl.ie/4572074 20 Comments From a Boris Johnson postage stamp to 30cm biscuits: the best gags from this year’s April Fool’s Day In the era of fake news, this year has shown that the possibilities for a gag are as strong as ever. As the clock ticks down, get all the best Brexit news and analysis in your inbox: Commemorative Brexit stamps 51,154 Views Share14 Tweet Email5 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL By Stephen McDermott
Fatigue chronique : est-elle due à un virus ?Monde – Les origines de la fatigue chronique sont recherchées par de nombreux scientifiques. Aujourd’hui, de plus en plus de chercheurs attribue cet état à un rétrovirus.La semaine dernière, nos confrères du journal Le Monde se sont penchés sur la fatigue chronique. C’est une maladie invalidante qui touche des millions de personnes à travers le monde. Elle se manifeste évidemment par une grande fatigue mais aussi par des douleurs musculaires et des troubles cognitifs.Elle fut longtemps considérée comme psychosomatique. Cependant, de nombreux chercheurs ont tout de même considéré d’autres origines possibles. On a notamment penché vers une origine virale. Le responsable pourrait être un rétrovirus de la famille des MLV. Des études européennes menées en ce sens n’avaient pas été concluantes. Cependant, des études américaines du National Institute of Health auraient réussi à établir un lien entre le rétrovirus et la fatigue chronique. Un rapport qui, s’il fait encore débat, est aujourd’hui de plus en plus envisagé pour expliquer les états de fatigue chronique.Le 7 septembre 2010 à 15:51 • Emmanuel Perrin
Plus de 17 millions de Français adeptes à l’Internet mobileSelon une récente enquête de Médiamétrie, de plus en plus de Français utiliseraient leur téléphone mobile pour se rendre sur Internet. Le pourcentage d’internautes aurait ainsi augmenté de 40% depuis l’an dernier. L’Internet mobile a le vent en poupe. Selon la dernière enquête réalisée par Médiamétrie, les Français sont aujourd’hui près de 17,7 millions à utiliser leur téléphone portable pour se rendre sur Internet. C’est 10% de plus qu’au premier trimestre et 40% de plus que l’an dernier. Mieux encore : les Français sont maintenant près de 70% à se connecter tous les jours ou presque et 94% des utilisateurs ont avoué avoir consulté au moins un site depuis leur terminal mobile. À lire aussiiPhone 5 : quel est l’opérateur le moins cher ?Un succès qui découle sans aucun doute de celui des smartphones qui continuent de très bien se vendre dans l’Hexagone, explique Generation-nt. Plus précisément, Médiamétrie a réussi à établir la liste des sites les plus visités. Dans l’ordre, on y trouve Google avec 11,3 millions de visiteurs, Facebook avec 11,2M, puis Orange (8,4M), SFR (7M) et enfin Youtube (6,6M). Au total, plus de 7.000 sites ont néanmoins été consultés par les internautes mobiles. De même, les applications sont de plus en plus nombreuses. Médiamétrie en suit aujourd’hui près d’un millier contre 400 en octobre 2010. En revanche, les Français ne sont que 48,8% à passer par des applications mobiles en complément à la navigation directe des sites, explique le Parisien. Le 31 juillet 2011 à 12:48 • Maxime Lambert
Comprendre le mécanisme des supraconducteurs pour l’électronique de demainEn prouvant que les électrons ont un grand rôle dans la supraconductivité, une nouvelle étude rapproche cet état et ses propriétés vers une utilisation dans l’électronique industrielle. La nouvelle étude fait avancer les recherches sur un point très important, qui est de savoir quelles sont les causes de la supraconductivité, entre les mécanismes “électroniques” et “phononiques”. Petite explication : les supraconducteurs sont des matériaux qui conduisent l’électricité sans aucune perte. Ils sont donc extrêmement intéressants pour le développement technologique. Typiquement, une des principales barrières à la miniaturisation de l’électronique est la dissipation de l’électricité en chaleur… Les supercalculateurs ou les fermes à serveurs de Google sont de vrais chauffages industriels, plus énergivores que les avions de ligne ! Et ce problème serait résolu si l’on utilisait des supraconducteurs…Seul problème : la théorie ne fait état que de supraconducteurs à très basse température, soit des centaines de degrés sous le zéro. Qu’à cela ne tienne : outrepassant la théorie, des supraconducteurs à haute température ont été découverts expérimentalement en 1986. Ici, haute température signifie tout de même près de moins 200 degrés, mais c’est une température parfaitement atteignable industriellement.Encore de nombreuses zones d’ombresPourtant, personne ne sait comment fonctionnent ces supraconducteurs à haute température. Aucune théorie n’a encore été adoptée pour expliquer leurs caractéristiques si particulières. Du coup, difficile de les utiliser pour des applications précises comme l’électronique.Le chercheur S. Dal Conte et son équipe viennent de publier dans la fameuse revue scientifique Science une avancée intéressante. Le mécanisme qui crée les paires de Cooper, alliance entre particules chargées aboutissant à la supraconductivité, n’est pas le même dans les supraconducteurs haute température. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Cette nouvelle étude semble indiquer que ce n’est pas, contrairement à d’habitude, des vibrations appelées phonons qui crée les paires. Bien que les deux mécanismes (via les phonons et via les électrons) aient leur part de responsabilité, les électrons seraient dominants. C’est ce qu’à montré cette nouvelle étude en étudiant la vitesse de réaction des paires lorsque les scientifiques les ont travaillé avec de la lumière, via de la spectroscopie optique.Un pas en avant, mais qui montre aussi le long chemin qui reste à faire. Ceci dit, entre un PC portable qui chauffe à 35 degrés et un autre qu’il faudra tenir dans une couverture pour ne pas se geler les mains, il reste quelques soucis à régler !Le 11 avril 2012 à 13:30 • Maxime Lambert
Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum has revealed manager Jurgen Klopp is stopping the players from being distracted by Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City.The Reds are currently top of the Premier League, six points above second place Spurs with City having slipped to third after back-to-back defeats.Klopp has spoken of his players focusing on their on game and Wijnaldum says the team will not be distracted by what other teams are doing.“When we played Wolves away (the Friday before Christmas) a lot of the players didn’t even know who City or Tottenham were playing,” he said, according to Sky Sports.“We were just focused on our own game and trying to get the most out of that one. That is why it goes so well.”“We are only focused on the things we can control. We can control our own performance. We are only busy with that.”Virgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“If you are maybe less focused than normal, then you have a manager in Jurgen who will tell you directly that there is no space for doing less or enjoying things too much. He says keep both feet on the ground.”
Happy New Year! Hard to believe another year has come and gone. This past year was one of the driest years we have had for nearly 25 years. Good news is we get a little rain later today and tonight, and the Cascade passes will get a little snow. I mean a little as in an inch or two, not much. Freezing levels remain way too high for this time of the year. When they do drop after whatever weather front moves inland, the precipitation is lacking. Same old pattern continues.At least we lost our stagnant air advisory yesterday, although things may worsen in the next few days. Vancouver ended 2013 with only 26.60 inches of rain (68 percent of normal), which makes it the fourth driest year on record. The driest was 23.88 inches in 1929. These records go back to 1890. If we hadn’t had that record rainfall in September of 5.24 inches, we certainly may have set a new record for the driest year ever.Washington had two reported tornadoes last year; do you remember where? One was in Pierce County on Sept. 30. It was one mile in length with wind speeds to 110 mph, on the ground for about five minutes, causing roof damage and blowing over several empty railcars. It was an EFI tornado. The second one was a brief EF0 tornado on March 21 here in Clark County, two miles northeast of Hockinson. There was also a funnel cloud that appeared over Clark County for about five minutes on June 19.NASA released this short YouTube video showing the coldest spots in Antarctica. Link: http://tinyurl.com/q2elkan.Bottom line: Rain today and tonight, then mostly cloudy and foggy through the weekend. Highs in the 40s lows in the 30s, except upper 20s in outlying areas under any clearing skies.
OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK — A helicopter and tracking dogs have been added to the search efforts for a hiker overdue in Olympic National Park.Authorities say 64-year-old Kelly Hall is three days overdue from his planned six-day, 39 mile hike in the northeast corner of the park. Park spokeswoman Barb Maynes says a helicopter will join the search Sunday afternoon, providing aerial search and transporting crew to remote areas.Hall was scheduled to meet family members Thursday. When he didn’t show up, they reported him missing that night.The search for Hall began late Friday and continued Saturday. Park employees are walking trails and following Hall’s route.Hall set out from Obstruction Point Trailhead near Hurricane Ridge on Aug. 30.
RelatedPosts Cairns targeting up to 500,000 tourists a year with Global Tourism Hub Silver Heritage Group Limited has announced the resignation of non-executive Director Robert Benussi, effective immediately, to be replaced by leading market consultant Michael Bassett.Benussi, who is departing to focus on other business interests, played a key role in the company’s recent capital raising and bond restructure exercise. Donaco shareholders vote Joey and Ben Lim off Board of Directors Load More Ainsworth launches review of product development after Asia-Pacific struggles see FY19 decline Silver Heritage revealed in September that it had renegotiated terms with its corporate bondholder OCP Asia in a deal that will see it pay back around US$6 million of its outstanding bonds in order to focus on the ongoing ramp of its Nepal IR, Tiger Palace Resort Bhairahawa. It also raised AU$7.5 million via an institutional share offering and AU$5.2 million through a fully underwritten entitlement offer.His replacement has over 25 years direct experience in investment markets, having held a variety of senior management roles in Australia and the United Kingdom. According to Silver Heritage, Bassett possesses an in-depth understanding of the small cap market, having concentrated on ASX-listed companies outside the Top 100 for much of his career.He previously worked as a Portfolio Manager for the Regal Australian Small Companies Fund, as Head of Equities for Credit Suisse Emerging Companies and Head of Institutional Equity Sales at Credit Suisse Australia as well as holding senior positions at Deutsche Asset Management and Merrill Lynch.Bassett is currently Managing Director of a market consultancy business that works with Boards and Senior Management in developing market strategies. Over his career he has been involved with countless small companies, analyzing, advising and raising capital for them, Silver Heritage said.
DORAL, FLA. (WSVN) – Florida Power and Light crews were able to repair a power line in Doral following a possible underground blast in the area, Tuesday night.Miami-Dade Fire Rescue and FPL crews responded to the scene on Northwest 33rd Street and 79th Avenue, at around 7:15 p.m.The street was blocked off while repairs were made. Power has since been restored.No injuries were reported.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
WILTON MANORS, FLA. (WSVN) – – Police are on the lookout for two subjects who attempted to, but failed, to steal from a Wilton Manors 7-Eleven.Police said surveillance cameras captured the pair in action on Aug. 3, at the 7-Eleven near North 31st Street and Andrews Avenue.One man is seen entering an “Employees Only” section of the store, where he tried cracking open a safe while the other kept a look out.The safe never opened, but owners said the men caused thousands of dollars worth of damage.If you have any information on this attempted-theft, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
X Share To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Courtesy University of HoustonEd Hirs, energy economist at the University of Houston, says the success of the OPEC agreement depends on whether the member countries stay true to it.This week, the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries agreed to cut oil production for the first time in eight years. That’s good news for the Houston economy: the price of oil immediately rose above $50.For this week’s Bauer Business Focus, University of Houston energy economist Ed Hirs talks about the OPEC agreement and its potential long-term impact.You can listen to the interview by clicking on the play button below. Listen 00:00 /03:47