OTTAWA — Survivors and families of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls are preparing for what’s anticipated to be a highly emotional ceremony in Gatineau, Que., on Monday to mark the release of a report that names the issue as nothing short of a “genocide.”In the final report, chief commissioner Marion Buller says the that national inquiry had a short time to do its work but within that period, survivors provided “important truths.”“These truths force us to reconsider where the roots of violence lie, and in doing so, to reconsider the solutions,” she writes.“I hope that knowing these truths will contribute to a better understanding of the real lives of Indigenous people and the violations of their human and Indigenous rights when they were targeted for violence.”Canadians live in a country whose laws and institutions perpetuate violations of these rights, Buller adds, noting they “amount to nothing less than the deliberate, often covert campaign of genocide.”“This is not what Canada is supposed to be about,” she says. “It is not what it purports to stand for.”The findings of the federally-funded inquiry are contained within a massive document that focuses on legal issues including policing and the need to effectively respond to human trafficking cases, sexual exploitation and violence, including in the sex industry.It also stresses the need to ensure that failures in policing, health services and child welfare are not brushed off as failures of the past.“The reality is that many of the people who testified before the national inquiry have lived through, and continue to heal from, these policies,” the report says.“Many more people are in current conflict with them.”Throughout the course of its mandate, the inquiry has faced numerous challenges.It was plagued by headlines about staff turnover: two executive directors and its director of research left, and so did lawyers, community-relations workers, and numerous communications staff.A Metis commissioner from Saskatchewan, Marilyn Poitras, abruptly announced her resignation in July 2017, citing concerns about the commission’s structure.In response to Poitras’s resignation, a number of families and advocates called for a reboot of the commission, but Buller maintained the body would remain focused on completing its “tremendously important work.”For its part, the federal government sidestepped calls for a re-set. It’s now looking ahead at the report’s release.Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett, who would not speak to the specifics of the report ahead of its public release, said in an interview that the final document is not the end of the journey.The federal government will now have to up its game in terms of “racism and sexism in policing” and all institutions, as well as accelerate progress on child welfare reforms, she said.During the government’s pre-inquiry sessions ahead of the inquiry’s launch, Bennett said the government heard “time and time again” about a legal system that wasn’t working for Indigenous women and girls — from reporting to police, to being taken seriously, to the way searches were conducted, to the charges that resulted or didn’t.Similar issues were raised during the course of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s work.The former chairman of the commission that reported on the legacy of Canada’s residential schools, Sen. Murray Sinclair, said his commission heard from numerous women who had been victimized sexually in residential schools who felt they weren’t believed by police.“They were of the view that the officer not only didn’t believe them but he, and it was almost always a male, was disrespectful towards them,” Sinclair said in a recent interview.Independent MP Jody Wilson-Raybould, who was Canada’s first Indigenous justice minister when the inquiry was launched, said in a recent interview that she anticipates the report will raise the awareness about the ongoing tragedy.She hopes the report and recommendations will be seriously considered, she said, adding there’s no question there are systemic barriers, including racism and bias, in institutions.“There needs to be justice for Indigenous women,” she said.Families of victims, survivors and advocacy organizations, like the Native Women’s Association of Canada, have been calling for years for an inquiry. There has also been a desire for answers on the magnitude of the problem.In 2005, the association created a database tracking cases and produced a 2010 report documenting 582 missing and murdered Indigenous women.In 2014, the RCMP released a national overview and pegged the number at nearly 1,200 between 1980 and 2012.The final report says that despite best efforts to gather information related to missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls, it concludes that “no one knows an exact number.”—Follow @kkirkup on TwitterKristy Kirkup, The Canadian Press
NEW YORK — Apple has signed a multiyear film production deal with A24, the acclaimed New York-based studio behind “Moonlight” and “Lady Bird.”People close to the deal who requested anonymity because they weren’t authorized to comment confirmed the agreement Thursday. Apple is investing in scripted content with the intention of competing with the likes of Netflix and Amazon. The deal connects Apple with one of the most respected makers of prestige and arthouse titles in film.Neither Apple nor A24 commented Thursday. Unclear is how many films the deal includes, or if the movies will be released theatrically.A24 was previously rumoured to potentially be an acquisition target for Apple. This deal leaves the distributor of films like “The Witch,” ”Mid90s,” ”Hereditary” and “Eighth Grade” with its independence.Jake Coyle, The Associated Press
EAU CLAIRE, Mich. — Agricultural tourism pioneer Herb Teichman, who founded a cherry pit-spitting competition in southwestern Michigan that attracted international attention, has died at the age of 88.Bowerman Funeral Home says Teichman, of Eau Claire, died Monday at Hanson Hospice Center in Stevensville.Teichman and his wife, Liz, owned and operated Tree-Mendus Fruit Farm near Eau Claire. He opened the farm for pick-your-own fruit harvests and in 1970s started the International Cherry Pit Spitting Championship . The “Pit Spit” became a popular attraction and the 45th annual event was held last summer.The South Bend Tribune reports Teichman’s death followed a short illness. Lynnell Sage told the newspaper her father “liked seeing other people enjoy the farm” and “wanted to share the beauty that is here.”Funeral services are scheduled for Saturday.The Associated Press
VANCOUER, B.C. — The federal government has renewed a contract with Microsoft Canada that includes more digital communication tools for public servants with disabilities.Minister of Accessibility Carla Qualtrough made the announcement at Microsoft’s offices in Vancouver, saying the modern tools will allow for more information sharing, productivity and collaboration.Qualtrough, who is legally blind, says the seven-year agreement is part of the government’s procurement of software and services for all public servants and that about five per cent of the workforce of 410,000 people has a disability.The inclusive design of the $940-million deal includes features such as artificial intelligence technology that allows an image on a screen to be described to someone who can’t see and provide transcription for dozens of languages.Qualtrough says all public servants will now have access to Office 365 and the agreement will enable software to run in data centres or in the cloud.She says all Canadians will benefit as a result of a strong platform for the delivery of programs and services. The Canadian Press
On Wednesday, Nov. 27, University Road East will be closed in both directions to set up a crane on the south side of the Cairns Family Health and Bioscience Research Complex.The crane will be in place from 8:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. between Meter Road and the entrance at the small traffic circle to A Lot parking.Access to A Lot and A Lot Reserve will be available via the small traffic circle entrance and the main entrance into Campus. The south sidewalk in front of the Cairns Family Health and Bioscience Research Complex will also be closed as the work is completed.View the map for area of work and alternate driving and walking routes.For more info, visit Facilities Management.
According to the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the Indonesian navy stated that it had escorted a boat out to sea on Monday in a move which may signify a change in the Government’s overall policy. Similarly, Malaysia’s Maritime Enforcement Agency yesterday announced that it would prohibit foreign ships from docking unless they are unseaworthy and sinking.“The first priority is to save lives. Instead of competing to avoid responsibility, it is key for States to share the responsibility to disembark these people immediately,” said Volker Türk, UNHCR’s Assistant High Commissioner for Protection, in a press release.“Sea crossings are a symptom of desperation as people are left with no other choice but to risk their lives,” Mr. Türk continued, as he reiterated the UNHCR’s global call for legal alternatives to access protection and safety. “Nobody should have to put their lives into the hands of ruthless smugglers.”The UNHCR press release comes just one week after the agency published its Irregular Maritime Movements in South-East Asia report documenting an alarming rise in the number of Rohingya and Bangladeshis being smuggled across the Bay of Bengal and towards Thailand’s border with Malaysia in the three-month period spanning January to March 2015. Estimates now place the number of those crossing one of the world’s most dangerous sea routes at 25,000.In addition, the UN refugee agency said it believed that several thousand people remain stranded on smugglers’ boats in the Andaman Sea and Straits of Malacca, likely abandoned by their crews amid government crackdowns against traffickers. Based on survivor accounts, UNHCR estimates that 300 people died at sea in the first quarter of 2015 as a result of starvation, dehydration or abuse by boat crews. One survivor, the agency’s report says, compared his 62-day experience at sea to being in a graveyard and said he lost hope of reaching shore alive.UNHCR added that it was urging governments throughout South-east Asia to facilitate disembarkation and keep their borders and ports open in an effort to prevent a humanitarian crisis at sea. The growing problem of irregular migration must be approached as a regional question with “real human consequences” and highlights the “urgent need for regional cooperation to address the challenge of irregular maritime movements,” the agency concluded.
Junior quarterback Braxton Miller walks out with the team during a game against California Sept. 14, at California Memorial Stadium. OSU won, 52-34.Credit: Eric Seger / Sports editorOhio State football coach Urban Meyer said the plan is that if junior quarterback Braxton Miller is healthy enough to play Saturday against Florida A&M, he will.“Braxton — we’ve still got a lot of work to do,” Meyer said. “If he’s ready, he’ll play this week.”Miller is “probable” to play against Florida A&M, Meyer said. He added that backup Kenny Guiton could see the field.“Kenny Guiton’s earned some time,” Meyer said. “He’s done a nice job. If he’s one of the best 11 (players), then the obligation is to get him on the field.”Guiton’s early season success while Miller has been sidelined gives Meyer confidence in his backup quarterback.“If you’re going to buy stock in anybody, buy stock in Kenny Guiton,” Meyer said. “Because what he’s going to do after football some day — it’s going to be really neat.”Guiton said after his playing career, he would like to stay in football.“I am considering the coaching thing,” Guiton said. “I think I could be pretty good at it. I wouldn’t mind it. Its something I love, football.”Meyer also addressed the return of senior running back Carlos Hyde, who is eligible after being suspended for three games because of his involvement in an incident at a Columbus bar this summer.“As of right now, he’s back. He’s done a really good job,” Meyer said. “(He) has had a very good attitude, taken care of business and we are anxious to get him back.”Meyer said he was not sure how Hyde would fit into the offensive game plan.“I don’t know. I’ve been thinking about that,” Meyer said. “It’s a good issue to have. (Redshirt-senior running back) Jordan Hall has certainly earned the right to touch the ball. In a big way.”While it is unclear which Buckeye running back will get the touches in the offense, the tight ends are struggling to even get the ball. Junior Jeff Heuerman and redshirt-sophomore Nick Vannett combined for only one catch against California.Tight ends and fullbacks coach Tim Hinton called both their performances in the victory “excellent,” even though they did not get the ball much, because of the way they blocked.“They were very efficient in their blocking. They were very fundamental,” Hinton said. “They did a great job of attacking (California’s) defense.”The tight ends’ abilities to complete blocks on the edge allowed freshman running back Dontre Wilson to get to the edge a few times against California, and Hinton said that was a big reason he was happy with the way the tight ends performed.“I tell you, that’s where I said, the catches weren’t there, but I don’t know if Jeff Heuerman could have been happier,” Hinton said. “He was unbelievably happy after the game because he blocked the perimeter like a champion.”Although the offense put up a season high 608 yards against the Golden Bears, the defense struggled, missing 16 tackles and giving up 503 yards against the Golden Bears, according to Meyer.Junior linebacker Ryan Shazier said reducing the number of missed tackles is the defense’s goal.“I feel like we did better as a defense, but we have to try to get those missed tackles to a single digit number,” Shazier said. “We ended up having 16 but a lot of those missed tackles were just guys taking shots and knowing they have other guys coming back, other bullets having their back.”Senior safety Christian Bryant called California’s offense “fast-paced,” and said that was one factor that led to the missed tackles and allowed the Golden Bears to give up 34 points.“They were bound to break a couple runs, get a couple big plays but for the most part, we kept leverage like we felt we were going to work towards the week before the game,” Bryant said. “That’s what we did, they put up 34 points on us but it’s not because we weren’t going hard.”According to defensive line coach Mike Vrabel regardless what level of football you compete at, you have to have to be able to tackle.“Everybody is going to force you to tackle in space,” Vrabel said. “That’s what happens in the National Football League. It happens in college. Teams are going to force you to tackle in space.”Vrabel said it’s not the inability to bring guys to the turf that hurt the team, it’s what happens after.“We talk about trying to keep teams under, having less than 10 missed tackles in a game,” Vrabel said. “The yards after those missed tackles is kind of what kills you.”The Buckeyes are set to take on Florida A&M at Ohio Stadium at noon.
Head coach Ryan Day speaks during the Ohio State offensive availability at the Residence Inn LA Live on Dec. 29. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorOhio State announced former Michigan defensive line coach Greg Mattison and former San Francisco 49ers defensive backs coach Jeff Hafley will join the coaching staff as co-defensive coordinators. Since 2015, Mattison has served as the defensive line coach for the Wolverines, a line that helped allow opponents to average 3.7 yards per carry and opposing quarterbacks to complete 49.5 percent of passes attempted, No. 1 in the Big Ten. Mattison also served as a defensive coordinator for Michigan from 2011-14. Hafley has been a defensive backs coach at the pro level since 2011, coaching for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Cleveland Browns and the 49ers. The press release listed that Hafley and Mattison join defensive line coach Larry Johnson, who has been named as the associate head coach under head coach Ryan Day, as the only members of the Ohio State coaching staff. The release failed to mention defensive coordinator Greg Schiano, cornerbacks coach Taver Johnson and linebackers coach Billy Davis.
A bundle of documents bought in a job lot at a country sale in Devon have been identified as the financial accounts of Richard III from his Duchy of Cornwall estate in 1483, the year he came to the throneCredit:John Williams/SWNS A coffin containing the Plantagenet monarch’s mortal remains was taken to Leicester Cathedral to receive burial after they were discovered beneath a car park in the city in September 2012Credit:Will Johnston/Leicester Cathedral When an antiques dealer bought a box of 1930s royal memorabilia from a country house clearance he must have hoped there would be something of value in it.After all he was an experienced buyer who had made a living from spotting nuggets of gold among people’s discarded possessions.What he cannot have expected is to have unearthed a rare medieval manuscript among the coronation cups, thimbles and royalist magazines throw into the box.It has emerged that the manuscript was in fact a rare set of accounts ordered by Richard III from his lands and properties in the Duchy of Cornwall.The document is now going on sale at auction with an estimated price of between £4,000 and £6,000. Peter Hammond, president of the Richard III society, said: “It is a very important record and we don’t know how many of these 15th century documents still exist.“It gives us a handle on the kind of income that was coming in to keep the country running. The bureaucracy was alive and well in the 15th century – they kept amazing records. Part of the newly discovered Duchy of Cornwall accounts from 1483Credit:John WIlliams/SWNS Historian hope the document will remain in Britain following the sale and be made available for public research.Mr Hammond said: “It would be good if it was bought by the Cornwall Record office or the National Archives and it would be great if people were then able to see it.”Sam Tuke, a valuer at Bonhams in Exeter, said, “It is always exciting to come acrosssomething so special. The accounts include details of properties in Devon as well as in Cornwall itself. They are of course, written in faded mediaeval Latin, but our specialists were able to decipher the text, and reveal their true value.”There are all kinds of reasons why these accounts have survived over the centuries.”They may have been lent or stolen but it is very rare to find anything like them offered for sale. The seller bought the manuscript a part of a job lot at a house clearance sale, along with royal memorabilia from the 1930s.” Richard died at Bosworth Field on August 22, 1485, in the last significant battle of the War of the Roses.Despite the lack of any concrete evidence, he was blamed for the murder of the Princes in the Tower, his nephews Edward V and brother Richard, after being appointed Protector of the Realm to the 12-year-old Edward. The seller only discovered its potential worth after asking experts at Bonhams in Exeter to take a look at the document.Following a painstaking identification the auction firm’s medieval manuscript specialists identified it as a ledger prepared for the hunchback king, covering some of the most turbulent years in English history following the start of his two year rule 1483.The papers show how much income Richard made in one year from the Duchy estate in Devon and Cornwall – and particularly from the area’s famous tin mines. They reveal profits from the Duchy at this time were worth around £500 a year in contrast to the annual wage of a labourer of about £2.Richard III’s accounts are being put up for auction on March 21, almost three years to the day since he was reburied at Leicester Cathedral following the discovery of the remains of his body beneath a Leicester car park, on the site of the former Greyfriars Friary in Leicester which was lost during its dissolution in 1538 on the orders of Henry V111.The accounts show detailed showing totals for rents, sales and court receipts for manors within the Duchy and in Devon.Also detailed are the names of bailiffs who supervised work on the each manor and would act as a link between the serfs and their feudal lord. The amounts raised from each manorial lord amounted to between £12 and £30 per annum. The Duchy of Cornwall was created by Edward 111 in 1337 to provide income for the heir to the throne.It continues to this day as part of the extensive property holdings of Prince Charles, income from which fund both the Prince and his charitable causes.
12.VfL Gummersbach13:21-19 10.FRISCH AUF! Göppingen15:19-8 19:00Hannover-Burgdorf29 – 26Gummersbach 20:15HBW Balingen-Weilstetten23 – 19TVB Stuttgart 20:15Bergischer28 – 29Lemgo 4.Füchse Berlin26:8+54 19:00Fuchse Berlin31 – 26Goppingen Rhein Neckar Lowen showed domination in the most demanding place to do it – at Sparkassen Arena in Kiel, where Lion’s coach Andreas Palicka has his own show in front of the fans of former team – 29:26 (16:14).THW Kiel – Rhein-Neckar Löwen 26:29 (14:16)THW Kiel: Landin, Wolff – Bilyk (2), Dahmke (2), Duvnjak (7), Ekberg, Sprenger, Nilsson, Toft Hansen (2), Vujin (6/2), Wiencek (7), Zeitz, FirnhaberRhein-Neckar Löwen: Palicka (1), Appelgren– Schmid (5), Sigurdsson (5), Manaskov (n.e.), Banea Gonzalez, Steinhauser (n.e.), Larsen, Reinkind (n.e.), Gedeon Guardiola (1), Groetzki (2), Ekdahl du Rietz (6), Pekeler (4), Petersson (5), Abt (n.e.)RESULTS: 7.SC DHfK Leipzig19:15+9 16.TVB 1898 Stuttgart8:26-67 STANDINGS: 2.Rhein-Neckar Löwen32:2+84 19:00Erlangen31 – 22Leipzig 18.Bergischer HC5:29-71 20:15SC Magdeburg27 – 26MT Melsungen 20:15Coburg 200024 – 35Flensburg-H. ← Previous Story FC Barcelona Lassa win sixth ASOBAL Cup in a row! Next Story → Rivera leads Qatar to France 2017 without some big names! 1.SG Flensburg-Handewitt32:2+128 14.HBW Balingen-Weilstetten11:23-54 8.HSG Wetzlar18:16+6 20:15Minden25 – 27HSG Wetzlar 17.HSC 2000 Coburg6:28-75 5.TSV Hannover-Burgdorf20:14+24 13.TSV GWD Minden13:21-45 3.THW Kiel30:4+84 15.TBV Lemgo8:26-42 18:30Kiel26 – 29Rhein-Neckar 11.MT Melsungen14:20-2 6.SC Magdeburg20:14+4 9.HC Erlangen16:18-10
Holy bricks! If you are both a fan of Lego and Star Wars, then have I got a news item for you today. It seems a new Star Wars area will be unveiled at the Legoland Theme Park in California in just a few short months.Eight Lego model builders along with two Lego animation specialists from Legoland in Germany have been hard at work over the past few months designing and building animated Lego scenes from all six Star Wars films, as well as one scene from the Clone Wars television series.AdChoices广告These 1:20 scale Star Wars Lego displays are promised to have lots of special effects and will feature memorable Star Wars scenes like; Naboo (Episode I), Geonosis (Ep. II), Kashyyyk and Mustafar (Ep. III), Tatooine (Ep. IV), Hoth (Ep. V), Endor (Ep. VI), and Christophis (Clone Wars).The entirety of the new Star Wars Miniland at Legoland in California will comprise of almost 2,000 individual models built from more than 1.5 million plastic bricks. The new exhibit is set to open later this year on March 31.Read more at the Los Angeles Times, via Neatorama
It was inevitable if you think about it. The world’s number one terrorist was killed by a group of U.S. soldiers entering a compound and taking out the enemy. It sounds just like a map and scenario from your favorite FPS, and now it has become a map for one of the most popular multiplayer shooters out there: Valve’s CounterStrike.The map carries the name fy_abbottabad due to the fact it is based on Osama Bin Laden’s compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. It has been created by a map builder going by the name of Fletch and is usable as both a bomb and hostage map.Although the exterior may look similar to what we’ve seen on the news, Fletch points out it’s only really the location that’s the same. Unless detailed plans have appeared of the compound on the Internet, we think the interior is going to be setup to be a good map rather than true to the layout the U.S. soldiers had to navigate through.If you play Counterstrike and want to try this map out it is available as a free 1MB download from GameBanana.via The Daily WhatMatthew’s OpinionI doubt this will be the last map we see carrying a name and location similar to that of Osama’s compound. If detailed plans do get posted somewhere you can pretty much guarantee someone will create a perfect recreation of the building and surrounding landscape. If nothing else, some gamers will want to see exactly what had to be navigated before Osama Bin Laden was located and shot.Is it in bad taste? I think the majority of gamers will think not. The news of his death is still a big talking point and received a lot of coverage. It’s only natural that people will want to know more and see where Osama has been hiding out for years. The fact there are tools available to recreate the building just make for another way to experience it first hand.
HTC made a lot of changes to its Sense overlay for the HTC One, but the Ultrapixel camera may have gotten the most attention. It’s a significant risk to buck the trend of aiming for more megapixels and instead go for low-light performance and features. With HTC’s software layer, the custom camera sensor can do some really interesting things.Zoe is the headlining feature, but it’s not immediately apparent what you can do with it. Let’s go over the best uses for Zoe.What is a Zoe?Zoe is short for zoetrope, a cylindrical device that spins to produce the illusion of motion in a rapid succession of static images. That should give you a clue as to what HTC’s Zoe really is. It looks like a short 3-second video when you shoot it, but there’s something more going on.Each Zoe consists of 3 seconds of 1080p video at 30fps, but the HTC One is also taking a series of 2688×1520 still photos at the same time. That is the full 4MP resolution of the Ultrapixel sensor. Each Zoe contains about 20 of these individual images, but they’re not exposed in the stock Gallery app by default.You can think of a Zoe as a fancy burst mode, but with some extra Sense features on top.How to use ZoeIn the main camera interface, there is a small button on the far left to activate Zoe mode. If the button is blue, Zoe is activated. All you have to do is tap the shutter button and the Zoe is captured, but it actually buffers about a second of video before you press the shutter, which helps to make sure you don’t miss the shot.When your Zoe is complete, it will be accessible in the Gallery. The way HTC utilizes the video aspect of Zoes is very neat. They come to life in the Gallery app, even as thumbnails when you’re looking at multiple albums. It’s kind of a show-off feature, but looks great nonetheless.You can use the multiple frames in a Zoe for several things. If you want to make sure you get the right picture, you can take a Zoe instead of a single frame. After the Zoe plays, a progress bar will appear at the bottom where you can move through the video frame by frame. When you see the perfect shot, hit Menu > Save frame. The app will pull out the full resolution image for that spot and drop it in the Gallery.In the Edit menu of the Gallery, there are a few more Zoe-specific features. If you have a Zoe with a lot of movement, the Sequence Shot is neat. The One will process all the frames and overlay several of them to show the subject moving through the frame. This works best when the phone is stationary and stable throughout the Zoe.In the same area you’ll find the Always Smile mode. With this, you can use your Zoe to detect when your subject is smiling, and grab that frame automatically. It can detect multiple faces and join up the smiling frames into one image. My experience with this has been okay, but not great. The final images sometimes look a little odd if you don’t have very good lighting.Object removal is another use for Zoe, but this one is a bit more touchy. It can remove an object (or person) that passes through your Zoe as long as it isn’t there the whole time. So if someone walks through the background of a shot, and that’s the frame you want, you can remove them using the image data from another frame. I’ve never really seen this work satisfactorily in real life. If your hand shakes or the phone wavers a bit, the final result gets messy.Zoe mode hits and missesZoes are cool, but using non-HTC apps and services at the same time can be a headache. If you’re not fond of the HTC Gallery app, you can grab something else from Google Play. However, it won’t understand Zoes. Not only will the neat little video previews not work, but it shows you all the frames from each Zoe. It’s problematic.A similar issue crops up if you have Google+ photo backup turned on. All those frames are considered separate pictures by the app, so all of them end up in your Google account. The only way to avoid this is to stop taking Zoes, or turn off auto-uploads.I find myself taking Zoes with the HTC One frequently, and at least part of the reason is that Zoe is so easy to activate. This is a really useful feature, and it’s exclusive to the One right now.
Espagne : un foetus de 26 semaines opéré dans le ventre de sa mèreDes chirurgiens espagnols ont annoncé mardi avoir opéré in utero un foetus âgé de 26 semaines qui souffrait d’une obstruction bronchique. La petite fille est née 11 semaines plus tard et est aujourd’hui en parfaite santé.C’est une première mondiale que viennent d’annoncer des médecins de l’hôpital Clinic de Barcelone en Espagne. Il y a plus de deux ans maintenant, ceux-ci ont pratiqué une opération chirurgicale sur un foetus âgé de 26 semaines dans le ventre de sa mère. En effet, grâce aux progrès des techniques d’échographie, il est désormais possible de diagnostiquer in utero de nombreuses maladies ou déformations dont peut souffrir le foetus. Ceci permet alors aux médecins d’envisager un traitement éventuel, médicamenteux voire chirurgical dans certains cas. Ainsi, ce sont une centaine d’interventions invasives qui sont réalisées chaque année sur des foetus in utero mais très complexes, celles-ci ne sont pratiquées que dans certains centres par des chirurgiens spécialisés.Ici, la nouveauté réside en fait dans la technique utilisée. Le foetus souffrait d’une “atrésie bronchique”, une obstruction de poumon peu fréquente qui ne touche qu’un foetus sur 10.000. Cette “obstruction totale des bronches du poumon droit mettait en péril sa vie parce que le poumon se développait anormalement et se comportait comme une tumeur”, menaçant de comprimer le coeur et de provoquer un arrêt cardiaque, a expliqué le docteur Eduard Gratacos, chef du service de médecine foetale de l’hôpital cité par Le Figaro.fr. Dans 90% des cas, la malformation conduit à la mort du foetus ou du nouveau-né.Au cours de l’intervention, les médecins ont procédé à une endoscopie pour accéder au point d’obstruction dans les bronches et les perforer au laser avant de les “reconnecter” dans l’arbre bronchique, a détaillé le chef de service. Ils ont utilisé pour cela un cathéter de 3 millimètres de large introduit par la bouche. “C’est une opération très délicate car les tissus étaient aussi fins que du papier de cigarette”, a t-il encore ajouté. Grâce à cette technique, le poumon malade du foetus qui ne pesait que 800 grammes a pu se vider et se réduire jusqu’à reprendre une taille normale. Au total, l’opération n’a pas duré plus de 30 minutes. “Parce que dans ces cas là, il faut opérer très vite, comme une attaque de banque. Mais c’est la première fois au monde qu’une telle opération est tentée et réussie”, a commenté le Dr Gratacos.Une discipline prometteuse À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?La petite fille est née 11 semaines plus tard avec un poids de 2,54 kilogrammes. Elle a alors dû être traitée pour une légère insuffisance respiratoire qui n’a pas posé de problème par la suite. Aujourd’hui âgée de 16 moins, Alaitz est “totalement normale. Elle se réveille contente et heureuse, rit quand elle est contente, pleure quand elle a faim”, s’est réjouit sa mère, Monica Corominas accompagnée de son mari Marco.Il y a une dizaine d’années, peu de médecins pratiquaient ce genre d’interventions. Mais aujourd’hui, celles-ci se multiplient faisant de la chirurgie foetale, une discipline prometteuse. Plusieurs indications possibles telles que la réparation de certaines malformations font de plus l’objet de recherches, motivées par le fait que le foetus cicatrise bien et que les techniques chirurgicales se perfectionnent. Néanmoins, les avancées se font pas à pas, ces opérations restant très délicates, complexes et risquées.Le 14 mars 2012 à 11:47 • Maxime Lambert
For all its prevalence in Alaskan communities, drug addiction can be a difficult health care problem to manage. Proper treatment depends on timing and access to services, which aren’t always available in small-town Alaska. Limited options mean it can be hard to beat addiction at home — forcing some people to leave all they know to find the help they need.Download AudioLael Grant (Image from “Help Find Lael Grant” Facebook page)33-year-old Lael Grant was last seen in a Sitka grocery store in the early morning of October 15, 2012. Despite an intensive search she has never been found. Last summer, a Sitka jury declared her dead.Her family believes Grant’s death was due in part to her drug addiction. She was using meth at the time of her disappearance.Erika Burkhouse is Grant’s sister. When her mom called her in October of 2011 she knew there was a serious problem. Burkhouse flew from her home in Juneau to Sitka for a family intervention.“And I hadn’t seen her for a while and I realized she was so thin, she was incredibly, incredibly thin,” Burkhouse said. “She looked absolutely awful. I took one look at her and burst into tears …That’s when I talked to her about her addiction and her use. It was at that point in time I just knew–we need to get you help or you’re going to end up dead.”The two sisters sat together in her trailer and talked for two hours. Grant was at first angry, then she admitted she needed help. But they couldn’t coordinate a medical detox in Sitka. Burkhouse considers this moment a crossroads.“The window of opportunity leaves quickly,” she said. “You have somebody who is addicted and they admit that they have a problem and right then at that point in time you have to give them the help that they need. So we missed that. Within a couple hours she was back to being defensive and not admitting anymore that she has a problem. We lost the opportunity, which is unfortunate, it was about a year later that she went missing.”The right kind of treatment can be effective. But more often than not people need to leave home to get it.Jennifer Blankenship-Douglas and Leanora Barton at the Bettye Davis Adult Re-entry Center in Anchorage. (Brielle Schaeffer, KCAW – Sitka)“Hi, this is Leanora, Leanora this is Brielle, Nice to meet you.”I met up with Jennifer Blankenship-Douglas and Leanora Barton at the Bettye Davis Adult Re-entry Center in Anchorage.“We grew up together in Sitka years ago.”Both women got hooked on drugs in Sitka. They started at a young age huffing paint or smoking weed, drinking alcohol, partying in the woods. Their drug addiction caused them to lose custody of their children. And they both had to leave Southeast to get the treatment they needed.“You have to leave everything and everyone you know and go someplace faraway like I did,” she said. “I was living in Ketchikan and had to come all the way to Anchorage to get treatment. Any person who knows and truly wants recovery knows 30 days is not enough at all. It took me 20 something years to create my problem and sit in it it’s going to take me more than 30 days to get over it.”After an arrest last year on felony charges for possession with intent to sell meth, she could opt for treatment instead of jail. But after one month waiting for a treatment bed to open up, she went to talk to a counselor at the Ketchikan Indian Community, which has an outpatient substance abuse program.“It finally got to the point and she was like, ‘What are your plans?’” she said. “And I said, ‘My plans are I’m going to use.’ And she’s like what I thought you wanted to go to treatment and I said, ‘I do. I don’t want to use but that’s what my plans are looking like real quick. The only people who want to have anything to do with me are drug addicts.’”Blankenship-Douglas got a lucky break. She was able to get a one of the 42-beds at The Salvation Army Clitheroe Center, finished the treatment program, and then transferred to the Bettye Davis Re-entry Center, a halfway house. And that’s where her story and Barton’s intersect again.Jennifer Blankenship-Douglas and Leanora Barton at the Bettye Davis Adult Re-entry Center in Anchorage. (Brielle Schaeffe, KCAW – Sitka)“Having a friend like Jennifer is just amazing. I couldn’t have done it without her,” Barton said.Barton had been posting on Facebook about her struggles with a meth addiction and subsequent homelessness, crashing on park benches and friend’s couches. She’d been in-and-out of rehab nine times already but this time Barton was ready to get clean. Blankenship-Douglas reached out and got her to come to the halfway house. But before Barton moved in she wanted to sober up. She says a family friend in Metlakatla gave her money to rent a hotel for a week to detox. When she started living at the center she was nine days clean.“Two or three days after I moved in here they found a lady frozen to a bench here in Anchorage,” she said. “That could have been me because that’s how I was living.”The two go to Narcotics and Alcoholics Anonymous meetings almost daily.“Some meetings you hear what you need and some meetings you don’t that’s the beauty and we keep coming back,” Blankenship-Douglas said. “Because if you don’t hear what you need today you might tomorrow. And if you don’t tomorrow you might the next day. That’s where we get our hope is hearing the stories of other addicts and hearing their successes their trials their tribulations all that stuff helps us to move forward.”In Alcoholics Anonymous, members celebrate their birthdays as the day of their last drink. Barton’s sobriety birthday is Nov. 6, 2015. Blankenship-Douglas has been sober now for 14 months, the longest ever in her adult life. Her birthday is April 1, 2015.“Everyday that I’m given clean and sober is another blessing,” Blankenship-Douglas said. “I really believe if I would’ve stayed in Sitka it wouldn’t have happened.”Barton has to wait on assessments from the state before she can be placed in a treatment program in Anchorage. This process can leave Alaskans waiting for weeks, even months, which is a long window when you’re struggling with addiction. Barton applied in November and hasn’t heard back.Addiction is a small community in rural Alaska. Blankenship-Douglas and Barton knew Grant. They did drugs with her. And their stories could have had similar endings. But they didn’t because they were able to get help.“There’s not a day that goes by that I don’t think about Lael and if I can honor her memory in any way it’s by staying clean,” Blankenship-Douglas said.They both feel like they owe that to her in their recovery.If you or anyone you know is struggling with drug addiction or abuse, get help. The number to call is 888-906-4538.
Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA) has launched a 24-hour hotline to stop passengers’ harassment at river ports and also to record complaints on pollution and illegal grabbing of rivers, reports UNB.Anyone can dial to the hotline on 01304004003 and 01304004006 from anywhere to record their grievances and complaints regarding the illegal occupation and pollution of Buriganga, Turag and Balu rivers.The service, launched on Monday night, is now available to citizens 24/7 a day, said a press release issued Tuesday.Earlier on 2 February, the High Court ordered that river encroachers cannot run in any elections or get bank loans in efforts to save rivers from greedy grabbers.The HC also ordered the government to make a list of every grabber in the country and publish the list in the media to expose them to the public.
When both Sony and Microsoft decided to embrace an x86 architecture for their new consoles, they automatically cut costs because x86 is such a common architecture. While that allowed the price of this generation of hardware to be cheaper for the consumer, it didn’t guarantee a profit on each sale of the console from launch day.Typically a console manufacturer will take a hit on the cost of the hardware knowing they will get the money back eventually on game sales and through falling manufacturing costs. The quicker they can do this, the better. And it seems Sony has already achieved hardware profitability with the PS4 $449.95 at Amazon just 7 months after launch.Confirmation that the PS4 hardware is turning a profit comes from CEO Kazuo Hirai during a corporate strategy meeting held this week, although specific numbers weren’t shared. When you consider there’s already over 7 million PS4 in homes, and it continues to outpace sales of the Xbox One, that’s great news for Sony as a company considering it posted a net loss of $1.26 billion last year.Now that Microsoft has chosen to unbundle the Kinect sensor and match the PS4 on price, it seems likely the Xbox One hardware will also be profitable. The architectures of the two consoles is slightly different, with the Xbox One having less overall performance, but ultimately they will cost similar amounts to manufacture.The fact the PS4 is profitable for Sony does in fact offer an opportunity if the company wants to take advantage of it. With Xbox One matching PS4 on price, Sony could drop the price of its console to maintain the cost advantage. That would wipe out the profit margin it currently enjoys, but could be worth it in the long term. Even a PS4 price drop to $379 would be seen as a positive move.For now, the PS4 is selling very well and earning Sony some much-needed cash. A price drop seems unlikely unless Microsoft’s $399 Xbox One starts to rapidly close the sales gap once it launches next month.
Sam Kinison became one of the most controversial yet highly-regarded comedians of the 1980s. He wasn’t a global star but made a name for himself in the U.S. thanks to his volcanic performances, topped off by a trademark piercing scream. A Rolling Stone profile summed up his act in 1989, saying “It’s hard to tell if Kinison’s audience is being entertained or simply getting led down his highway to hell.”Fire and brimstone were familiar concepts to the young Kinison, who was born at the end of 1953 in Yakima, Washington. Perhaps surprisingly for this unpredictable figure, he was raised in a deeply religious household.Kinison in the 1980s. Photo by The World Famous Comedy Store CC BY-SA 2.0His father Samuel Earl Kinison addressed audiences in a different fashion, as a Pentecostal preacher. His son had a rebellious streak from an early age, but it took a while to truly emerge and become his defining characteristic.Tragic events were waiting in the wings beforehand to shape this future rock star of comedy. Sam experienced two major impacts — first, he suffered brain damage after being hit by a truck as a three-year-old. His personality changed and he developed epilepsy.Second, the family was split following a divorce between his parents, Samuel Earl and Marie Florence Kinison. One of four brothers, Sam (now aged 12) and his brother Kevin decided to move in with their mother. Meanwhile Richard and future manager Bill went with Dad.Saturday Night Live – Episode 4 – Pictured: (l-r) Jan Hooks as Mrs. Geebler, Kevin Nealon as Mr. Geebler, Sam Kinison as Teacher during the ‘Parent-Teacher Conference’ skit on November 15, 1986. Photo by Al Levine/NBC/NBCU Photo BankAs a teenager Sam studied at a Bible-oriented boarding school. His father passed away in the early ’70s, whereupon it looked as if Sam might follow in his footsteps.In tribute to Samuel Earl he attempted to preach God’s word like his brothers did, and married first wife Patricia Adkins.However as the decade drew to a close he’d embraced his interest in stand up comedy and was starting to get attention from notable names such as Rodney Dangerfield.Intriguingly Sam was dynamite in the comedy clubs but no great shakes as a preacher man, according to brother Bill. Quoted in a 2012 GQ tribute, he remarked that “Ironically he had no stage presence. He never had one year that he made more than $5,000 being a minister.”Sam Kinison during taping for 1988 MTV New Year’s Eve Party in Los Angeles, California. Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic, IncKinison’s marriage was ending and he turned that heartache into a signature theme of his act. Combined with religion, he crafted a double-barrelled comedic onslaught which both delighted and shocked audiences.GQ referred to a classic example of this, writing that “He was a preacher who made comedy-club audiences his congregation, treating his sets as protracted sermons…. One of his favourite tricks was recounting the argument Jesus has with his wife following his return home after the Resurrection.”Abandoning the church also meant his interest in sex and drugs came to the fore, particularly after relocating to LA. The man himself explained, “I have lived a carnal life. My view of life is, ‘If you’re going to miss heaven, why miss it by two inches? Miss it!’”Stand up was a far better outlet for Sam’s extreme outlook. He got hitched again, to Terry Jean Marze, and while that lasted throughout the ’80s, it was a turbulent union. He remained the eptiome of a henpecked husband, though one styled like a rock star.Williams at the Happy Feet Two premiere in Sydney, December 2011. Photo by Eva Rinaldi CC BY-SA 2.0This ultimately manifested itself as the high-pitched, primal scream he’d produce during his sets. Rolling Stone called it a “a supersonic boom born of bile” and friend Robin Williams said, “Most people go to the edge and then stop. Not Sam…. I think that scream he was famous for was just the sound he made on the way down.”Making full use of his lungs, he also went on to record albums. He had a long-standing interest in music from his school days. Versions of Are You Lonesome Tonight and Wild Thing were interspersed with his trademark ranting about broken relationships.Despite some highly objectionable material, some of which earned him death threats, Sam was beloved of his audience. This could be because, behind the furious demeanor, there appeared to be an almost cuddly aspect to Kinison.Sam Kinison at the Comedy Store c. 1980s. Photo by The World Famous Comedy Store CC BY-SA 2.0Rolling Stone commented that “Up close, the former preacher’s daunting charisma and imposing bulk are undercut by a Muppet-like cuteness.”Movie stardom eluded Sam. He wanted to take the lead in Atuk, a notoriously disaster-laden adaptation of Inuit hunter comedy novel The Incomparable Atuk. This hit a dead end, but he appeared in Dangerfield’s Back To School (1986) and starred in the sitcom Charlie Hoover (1991).It was another automobile accident that would claim Sam’s life in 1992, just days after he got married to Malika Marie Souiri. En route to a show in Nevada, his sports car was struck by a pickup in California. He died from injuries, aged 38.The New York Times reported, “The California Highway Patrol… did not dispute the account by Mr. Kinison’s spokeswoman, Florence Troutman, who said that Mr. Kinison’s brother and manager, Bill, had been following in a van. She quoted him as saying that the accident occurred when the oncoming pickup tried to pass another vehicle and that the accident littered the road with beer cans that did not come from Mr. Kinison’s car.”He influenced a generation of controversial comedians, most famously Bill Hicks. Yet he never lost sight of his spiritual roots.Read another story from us: Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis – The Comedy of an Era and Enduring Brotherly BondRolling Stone’s profile followed him to his home, where they describe Sam walking “up the wooden gangplank to his own massive front door. ‘I love this place,’ he says. ‘The door’s very cathedral, and my folks lived in a church till I was fifteen. It reminds me of that.’”From rebellious teen to Hollywood hellraiser, Sam Kinison’s life was forever steered by faith, either in God or himself.
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