first_imgBREAKING NEWS: Gardai are primed to launch an investigation after the body of a man was found in Falcarragh last night.The body of the man, believed to be in his 60s, was discovered outside a house.His remains were taken to Letterkenny General Hospital for an examination. It is understood the death is believed to be suspicious.Donegal Daily understands that the body was not fully-clothed.The state pathologist’s office was contacted and assistant pathologist Dr Khalid Jabber on her way to Co Donegal.No further Garda comment is being made on the matter at present. A full post mortem is expected to be carried out later this afternoon. STATE PATHOLOGIST CALLED AFTER MAN’S BODY FOUND IN SUSPICIOUS CIRCUMSTANCES was last modified: November 2nd, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:bodyFalcarraghGardaipathologistlast_img read more

Rural women inspire HIV researchers

first_imgThe department further noted that the research opened new avenues in the fight against HIV/Aids in South Africa. However, the Treatment Action Campaign had some reservations about the findings of the study. Sixteen- and 17-year-old girls were not involved in the study because of safety reasons, but according to Abdool-Karim there was adequate safety data available, and there was no reason why young women should not be involved, as they were more at risk for the disease. Confirmatory studies needed Caprisa 004 gel trial “In 2004, we looked at the added value that we could contribute to the microbicides trial that were taking place at that time,” Quarraisha said. “We recognised the urgent need for methods for women. We went back to the drawing board and found that there was a gap in terms of the candidate microbicides that were available and being tested. The placebo was a gel with no active ingredient. Their journey towards finding effective and safe treatment for women began 20 years ago. Today, the husband-and-wife duo have made a ground-breaking discovery that could alter the course of HIV/Aids treatment for many years to come. “There’s concern that it’s creating false expectations. It’s still early days, and we would advise caution when interpreting the findings,” he said. Abdool-Karim said South African scientists were keen in doing the confirmatory studies in terms of the dosing regiments and also looking at bridging populations. The scientists recently announced the results of a ground-breaking safety and effectiveness study of an antiretroviral microbicide gel. The tenofovir gel trial, known as the Caprisa 004, involved 889 women at high risk in the Aids-ravaged Vulindlela district near Howick. Should other studies of tenofovir gel confirm these results, widespread use of the gel, at this level of protection, could prevent over half-a-million new HIV infections in South Africa alone over the next decade. Tenofovir works by preventing the HIV from growing inside human cells. Speaking to BuaNews, Quarraisha Abdool-Karim said that the use of antiretroviral (ARV) drugs for prevention was novel, adding that tenofovir gel could fill an important HIV-prevention gap by empowering women who are unable to successfully negotiate mutual faithfulness or condom use with their male partners. “We can’t afford to wait 10 years to do this, or assume that it will happen. If we set a milestone date, it will happen.” “We know that ARVs work for treatment of HIV and are effective in infants not getting infected, and we saw a gap in terms of trials of gel formulation,” Quarraisha said. “The pharmaceutical industry is not investing in preventive methods including methods for women, so we hope that the type of result we’ve shown may increase industry interest for developing further preventive methods for women.” “We need to sit down with the Medicines Control Council with all the data we have to date and figure out what more is needed and plan and implement those studies needed to get a safe and efficacious microbicide to women,” she said. In rural Vulindlela, a town 90 kilometres outside Durban, one in 10 girls is HIV-positive by the age of 16; by 24, more than half are infected. For two KwaZulu-Natal scientists, Dr Quarraisha Abdool-Karim and Professor Salim Abdool-Karim, finding effective treatment for a disease that affects mostly women was an urgent priority. Source: BuaNews National Association of People Living with HIV and Aids’ KwaZulu-Natal coordinator, Slungile Mntambo, said that while they supported the attempts of the researchers to find a method of protection that would benefit women, they would encourage further trials that would increase the effectiveness of the gel. Speaking at the 18th International Aids Conference held in Vienna recently, Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi said he was encouraged by the promising results, adding that this might be the beginning of the answer to the questions that the country had been asking for ages. Preparations for the study began in 2004 due to not only the very high prevalence of HIV infection in the Vulindlela district, but the rate of new infections in women continuing to rise. In Sub-Saharan Africa, women account for 59% of all infected adults. Young women are especially vulnerable. Researcher Marcus Low said that while the research was encouraging, he advised caution when interpreting the results. “It’s good research and it’s encouraging that this kind of research was done in South Africa and by African researchers. Empowering women 11 August 2010 Promising results, further trials needed Overall, 98 women out of the 889 became HIV-positive during the 30 month long trial – with 38 in the tenofovir gel group and 60 in the placebo gel group. Out of the 434 women who tested negative for herpes at the start of the trial, 29 became infected in the tenofovir group and 58 became infected in the placebo group. The study revealed that when the gel was used as clinically specified within 12 hours before and 12 hours after sex, the success rate improved. The microbicide, containing one percent tenofovir – an antiretroviral drug widely used in the treatment of HIV – was found to be 39% effective in reducing a woman’s risk of becoming infected with HIV during sex, and 51% effective in preventing genital herpes infections.last_img read more

10 months agoEverton boss Silva insists Davies in his plans

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Everton boss Silva insists Davies in his plansby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton boss Marco Silva insists Tom Davies is in his plans.Davies made a bright start to the season and was made captain by Silva for Everton’s game with Arsenal in September but he has not played a minute in the Premier League since coming off in the 2-1 win at Leicester on October 6. When asked if he would allow Davies to move in the New Year, Silva replied: “No way. Impossible. No way. Tom is part of our squad. He is an important player for me and an important player for us as a club. He is the present and the future of our club.”I know Tom is not playing the last few games but that is not his fault. It is because the players in that position are playing very well. When I changed to start with Andre (Gomes) for the first time against Crystal Palace, Tom’s performances were improving.”He did very well in the game before at Leicester but I took the decision to change – not because of Tom’s performance but because of how I expected Crystal Palace to play, and they did play that way. Tom is working hard and is ready to play, if that is what I decide.” last_img read more

10 months agoFiorentina coach Pioli pleased to see off Empoli

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Fiorentina coach Pioli pleased to see off Empoliby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFiorentina coach Stefano Pioli was pleased with their 3-1 win over Empoli.Both Kevin Mirallas and Giovanni Simeone were on the scoresheet for the Viola.”This was a very challenging game, but we were driven and we gave it everything we had,” said Pioli after the match.”After Juventus, Empoli are the team that picked up the most points over the last four games. Considering the context, we did really well.”What I liked the most was our never-say-die spirit. We did not give in after the opponents took advantage of our mistake and scored a goal. We wanted a victory, and we earned it.” last_img

Michigan Officially Announces Move Back To Nike For August 2016

first_imgMichigan tweets it has reunited its relationship with Nike starting in August 2016.Twitter/@UMichEarlier today, Chris Balas of Rivals’ Michigan site broke the news that Michigan would not renew its partnership with adidas, and would instead be signing with Nike as its apparel and shoe partner. Now, Michigan has confirmed the move, via Twitter.Reunited and it feels sooo good. #URecord— UniversityofMichigan (@UMich) July 6, 2015Michigan’s press release about the move has more:The University of Michigan has reached an agreement in principle with NIKE to become the Wolverines’ official athletic footwear, apparel and equipment provider to 2027, with an option to extend the deal to 2031. The partnership will commence August 1, 2016 and will see NIKE supply all 31 of U-M’s athletics programs with uniforms, footwear, apparel and equipment. U-M and NIKE also will collaborate throughout the agreement on innovation initiatives in sports technology, design and best practices. “After careful consideration, the right partner for the University of Michigan was NIKE,” said interim director of athletics Jim Hackett. “This decision, this partnership is about more than Michigan athletics; at the core, it is about our University community and it is about two great names reuniting for an opportunity that speaks to more than uniforms and apparel. “NIKE is a recognized leader in its field when it comes to product innovation and we look forward to future collaboration.” Michigan aspires to unlock new possibilities for the entire U-M community with the partnership including student internships at NIKE headquarters and community events. The agreement includes use of the Jordan Brand “Jumpman” apparel and footwear for men’s and women’s basketball.At the time it was signed, Michigan’s adidas deal was the most lucrative in college athletics. We’ll be interested to see what this new Nike partnership looks like for the Wolverines.last_img read more

Conservative Senator Lynn Beyak unrepentant toward school survivors

first_imgAPTN National NewsIn a letter published on her website earlier this month, Ontario Conservative Senator Lynn Beyak refused to back down from controversial comments she made in April.Back then she said “some good” had come out of residential schools.As a result, interim Conservative leader Rona Ambrose dropped Beyak from the Senate’s committee on Aboriginal Peoples.The letter dated September 1 is in response to the federal government’s decision to split the Department of Indigenous Affairs into two separate ministries.But Beyak used the occasion to defend her previous comments on residential schools, saying many people had shown support for her position.“A small number of aboriginals found the schools bad and a slightly smaller number found them good,” she wrote in the letter. “Only one in three Indigenous children ever attended them.“Very few were torn from their parent’s arms, but rather were enrolled by loving parents who were away trapping and trading for months on end, and who wanted to prepare their children for the future.”Beyak went on to say that the Indian Act was holding back Indigenous people.And that the 1969 white paper, which advocated assimilation into non-Indigenous society, “got it right.”“Trade your status card for a Canadian citizenship, with a fair and negotiated payout to each Indigenous man, woman, and child in Canada, to settle all the outstanding land claims and treaties, and move forward together just like the leaders already do in Ottawa,” she said.“All Canadians are then free to preserve their cultures in their own communities, on their own time, with their own dime.”Beyak also commented that the recent talk about removing John A. Macdonald’s name from schools and monuments is misguided.“Sir John A. Macdonald’s role in the founding of Canada is significant. There is no need for a divisive debate on monuments and statues, or buildings and bridges when valuable tax dollars could be used to provide clean water and decent housing instead.”Several people condemned her comments.“Senator Lynn Beyak is a paid right wing troll,” NDP leadership candidate Charlie Angus posted on social media. “She was appointed to the Senate by Harper where she lives off the salary and benefits of Canadian taxpayers despite having no credibility, competence or fitness for public office. Canadians deserve better.”Mohawk musician Murray Porter posted:“(Beyak) suggested that we trade in our status cards for Canadian citizenship cards and accept a payout and rescind our Native status!!’ I suggest that she rescind her ‘lifetime’ status as a senator and become a regular citizen without getting a huge salary for doing nothing!!”And in a statement to APTN National News, Indigenous-Crown Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett said she was disappointed. “I am deeply disappointed that Senator Lynn Beyak continues to provide these uninformed and simply offensive comments for issues which she clearly doesn’t understand,” she said in the statement. “What is also worrying is that she still won’t admit she has a lot to learn. Once again we suggest she sit down and listen to some of the survivors of residential schools. They have a great deal to teach her.”Multiple attempts by APTN to contact Senator Beyak went unanswered.Contact APTN National News here: [email protected]last_img read more

Standing committee waiting for UNDRIP bill as groups accuse Conservatives of stalling

first_imgSenator Lillian Dyck says the Senate Standing Committee on Aboriginal Peoples is waiting for Bill C-262 so that it can move the bill along with the hope it will be passed into law before the senate rises in June.Justin BrakeAPTN NewsThe chair of the Senate Aboriginal Affairs committee says the sooner Bill C-262 gets through its second reading in the upper chamber, the better.On Wednesday Senator Lillian Dyck told APTN News that the committee she leads is working ahead of schedule on other matters in order to free up time to deal with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act.But a coalition of Indigenous and human rights groups are calling out Conservative senators for using “partisan stalling tactics” to prevent the bill from getting to committee in time for it to reach royal ascent before the Senate rises in June.If that happened, years of work by Cree NDP MP Romeo Saganash, Indigenous leaders and politicians would be lost in their efforts to align Canada’s laws with the globally recognized minimum human rights standards for Indigenous Peoples.On Tuesday evening Conservative Senator Larry Smith introduced a motion to adjourn debate just as senators were set to begin their eleventh sitting related to the bill.That motion was voted down by Liberal and Independent Senators Group (ISG) senators.Conservative Senator Donald Plett then used senate rules to delay any further debate in the chamber until they sit again.Grand Chief Stewart Phillip of the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs, which is a member of the Coalition for the Human Rights of Indigenous Peoples, says the move is “a shameful moment for Canada,” and that it’s “profoundly troubling that a crucial opportunity to now move ahead with the urgent work of reconciliation could be jeopardized by Conservative Senators resorting to procedural dirty tricks.”Plett says there’s no point in referring the bill to the Senate Standing Committee on Aboriginal Peoples at present because that committee already has its hands full with two government bills, C-91 and C-92 — the child welfare and Indigenous languages legislation — which take precedent over private members’ bills.“Until the committee has time to study it, then let’s keep it in the chamber so that if there are senators that want to speak to it, then they can speak to it,” Plett says.But Dyck, who was among the senators that opposed Smith’s motion Tuesday, says her committee wants C-262 as soon as possible so that it can begin to plan and schedule witnesses.“It would be very helpful to actually have it referred to us so that the steering committee could discuss it and see how we can fit it in,” she says.Dyck says that with C-91 and C-92 still in the House of Commons, “there may be a possibility that there’s a period of time when we’re finished with [those bills’] pre-studies and we still don’t have the bills in the Senate yet — so that would free up committee time” to study C-262.“But until we actually get Bill 262 we will not actually discuss how we’re going to handle that, we won’t set up a witness list and plan when we will have people come, because we don’t have it yet,” she explains.Wendy Moss, an Indigenous rights advocate, policy advisor and member of the coalition, says Tuesday’s efforts by Smith and Plett to adjourn the debate on C-262 isn’t the first time Conservatives have hampered progress on UNDRIP.She said Conservative opposition to the declaration in Parliament goes back to the Harper Government’s vote against C-262’s predecessor, also a private members’ bill from Saganash, to implement UNDRIP in Canada.This time, with C-262, the Liberals, NDP, Bloc Quebecois and Green Party have all supported the bill in the House of Commons.“The only party that voted against it was the Conservatives, two of whose members gave each other a high five for voting against it,” Moss recalls, describing the June 2018 vote when Alberta MP Dane Lloyd and Saskatchewan MP Rosemarie Falk high-fived as they stood to oppose the bill.Lloyd and Falk later denied their high-five had anything to do with their opposition to the bill.But with widespread support outside the Conservative caucuses, advocates of the bill say there’s a lot of progress on Indigenous and human rights to be lost if the bill doesn’t get to committee and back to senate for a third reading so that it can receive royal ascent by June.“After more than two decades of deliberation in the United Nations, and more than a decade of political debate in Canada, the opportunity to finally move ahead with concrete, meaningful implementation of the U.N. Declaration must not be squandered by unprincipled stalling tactics,” Grand Chief Wilton Littlechild, a former Commissioner with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and former Progressive Conservative MP, says in the coalition letter published Wednesday.If passed, the legislation would require Canada, in consultation with Indigenous Peoples, to “take all measures necessary to ensure that the laws of Canada are consistent with” the U.N. declaration.Much of the debate on C-262 has centred around the principle of free, prior and informed consent, with some elected officials expressing concern Indigenous peoples might have stronger legal footing to oppose resource development, which some have argued could hurt Canada’s economy.But Senator Murray Sinclair, former chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and C-262’s sponsor in the senate, says those fears are misguided.“The U.N. Declaration really only says to the government of Canada: do an analysis of your legislation so that you can determine what you need to do when you start to implement the bill in terms of changing laws that are now in place,” he explains.“What we said, and what the bill said when MP Romeo Saganash introduced it, was it’s time to do that analysis.”The TRC calls to action also compel the federal, provincial and municipal governments to implement UNDRIP as the framework for reconciliation.Over the past year many Indigenous leaders and groups have called for the passing of C-262 ahead of the Liberals’ touted child welfare and Indigenous languages legislation, and ahead of its now halted Recognition and Implementation of Indigenous Rights Framework legislation.They believe once Canadian law is aligned with UNDRIP, future policy and legislative changes would have to meet the minimum standards of Indigenous rights laid out in the declaration.Dyck won’t say whether she believes the Conservatives are deliberately stalling the bill.“I don’t know what people’s motives are,” she says. “All I will say is that it would be helpful to have the bill referred to us sooner rather than later.”Sinclair also stops short of pointing his finger, but says “there’s been a lack of willingness to move.”Plett says there are a number of senators who still want to speak to the bill.“It is unwise to suggest that the legislation should be pushed through parliament without allowing parliamentarians the opportunity to carefully consider and speak about the legislation and its impacts,” he says.But Sinclair says of the estimated 17 senators who have spoken on C-262 since its first senate reading in May 2018, “to the best of my recollection only two of them have been Conservatives.”Addressing questions around C-262’s constitutionality, Sinclair also says there is a difference between the bill’s wording, on one hand, and “passing UNDRIP into law” on the other.He says the bill doesn’t force provinces, territories or municipalities to do anything, though he believes they should start analyzing their own policies and laws.“It’s only with regard to federal legislation this bill is going to have that impact,” he says.“You can’t pass a bill that declared the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples is the law of the land, because it crosses over too many levels of jurisdiction,” Sinclair continues. “And you cannot in a federal law unilaterally take away rights under a provincial law. That’s why there needs to be a lot of work done with a lot of jurisdictions.”To those who believe C-262 would give Indigenous peoples a “veto” over resource development on their lands, Sinclair offers an analogy.“If you were to go to somebody and say, ‘I want you to get into a fight with me,’ and I decline to get into a fight with you — that doesn’t mean that I’m stopping your right to go and fight somebody else. If you can find somebody else who’s prepared to enter into a boxing match with you, then go ahead and do it. But I’m not the one who’s going to do it,” he says.“In the same way, if you have somebody who owns a piece of land and you come to them and say, ‘I want to buy your land,’ or, ‘I want to take your land,’ I can say, ‘No you can’t.’ But that doesn’t mean that you’re stopped from taking somebody else’s land or going and buying somebody else’s land.“If you want to cross Indigenous territory, and you come to them and say, ‘We want to cross your territory with this pipeline,’ and they say, ‘We don’t want you to’ — that doesn’t mean they’re stopping your pipeline. It means you have to figure out a different way to build that pipeline, skirting that land.“And so it’s not a veto at all, and people who are saying that are quite frankly lying to the public.”In their letter Wednesday the coalition called on Conservative leader Andrew Scheer to “to ensure that Conservative Senators abandon these unprincipled stalling tactics so that consideration of Bill C-262 can proceed.”Scheer did not respond to APTN’s request for comment by the time of publication.On Wednesday the House of Commons backed a motion from NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh calling on the Senate to pass C-262 “into law at the earliest opportunity”[email protected]@aptnnewslast_img read more

Football Greg Mattison Jeff Hafley to join Ohio State defensive coaching staff

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. read more