The Central Banks are Trapped – the End of Economics as we

first_img « The Fed is Between a Rock & a Hard Place Categories: Central Banks, Economics Tags: Modern Monetary Theory Draghi has come out and said that is inflation will not pick up, he will do even more Quantitative Easing. I warned that the central banks, particularly the ECB, are trapped. They simply cannot return to any normal economic model without blowing up the entire Eurozone. This is becoming extremely serious. The only option for governments will be to adopt the Modern Monetary Theory for it has become impossible for central banks to use interest rates to stimulate the economy when governments themselves are the biggest borrowers.I have put this all out in a book which is off at the printers and I hope will be available soon on Amazon. I have dealt with all the controversial issues and why the economic theories all still taught in universities today are no longer practical or relevant. This is why there is a turn to the Modern Monetary Theory for they have nothing else on the table to consider. Here it is. I have tried to deal with all the issues people have been writing in about in an authoritative manner. I have done this because it is extremely important and I have been told that funding for another documentary to cover this topic has not been granted.We will let everyone know as soon as it goes up for sale.center_img The Forecast of 1997 Calling for the Inverse Relationship between Bonds & Shares Remains on Target »last_img read more

A Thought Experiment on Aging

first_imgby, Jeanette Leardi, ChangingAging ContributorTweet2Share114Share7Email123 Shares“We who are old know that age is more than disability. It is an intense and varied experience, almost beyond our capacity at times, but something to be carried high.”In her journal The Measure of My Days, published in 1968, 85-year-old analytical psychologist Florida Scott-Maxwell wrote eloquently, emotionally, and provocatively about the challenges of reconciling a physically aging body and mind with the equally exhilarating insights of passion and perspective the same body and mind can produce. She realized that she was not the same person she was in midlife, and this realization simultaneously excited and frustrated her.The excitement came from within; the frustration came externally from society’s ageist expectation that older adults maintain the same kind of cultural and economic productivity as people in midlife.I share her frustration. Whether or not meeting this expectation is possible is beside the point, because for many of us, it’s undesirable and insulting. Rather than being an elder square peg forced to fit into the round hole of middle age, I want society to develop new spaces on the lifespan board into which I can and should easily fit. If aging is perceived as a “problem” in today’s society, it’s because of the egocentrism and overblown importance of midlife achievement. People accomplish things at all stages of life. We just need to be aware of what those specific accomplishments are and accept and benefit from them.So here’s a thought experiment I propose to raise our consciousness. You might want to try it on people you know.Suppose I was to tell you that I have sad news for you: As an adult, you are actually a deficient child, a child in decline. Here are some ways in which you are “over the hill”:You have reached your fertility potential.You have stopped growing in cranial volume and body height.You are losing muscle mass annually.You are losing memory capacity annually.Your chromosome telomeres are getting shorter.You are losing the ability to learn foreign languages and mathematical concepts effortlessly.You no longer offer society a refreshing sense of innocence.Now that you’ve heard the bad news –– all but the last of which is supported by science –– how does it make you feel? Are you ticked off? I hope so. I hope that you’re feeling righteous indignation at being compared to a population that, in the natural course of life, you are supposed to separate from and evolve into another identity.Now let’s extend that thought experiment a bit further, into a sci-fi world. What if our society was actually based on childhood traits? What if children, rather than adults, possessed all the economic, political, and social power and made all the decisions? How might you be affected if you were looking for new employment or wanted to remain at your job, had medical needs, experienced a financial downturn or crisis, or wanted to remain actively engaged in society on your own terms? And what if children thought you didn’t measure up?I hope you see where this experiment is going, because the take-away is that our culture treats older adults as deficient or declining middle-agers, and the assumptions we make about aging are as absurdly distorted as the ones in our thought experiment. Elderhood is a time of releasing some midlife abilities while simultaneously acquiring newer ones that are not available in one’s 30s or 40s. Here are a few scientifically-backed ways in which you as a 50+ adult are at an advantage:If you have maintained a healthy brain, it has billions more cells and cell connections than that of a person a decade or two younger (and creating more all the time!).You are better equipped to make judgments based on a multiple of perceptions rather than on simple right-and-wrong terms.When making decisions, you are better able to discriminate between information that is important and relevant and that which is extraneous and to do so much faster.You can regulate your feelings more easily, are more emotionally resilient, and can take a more optimistic, pragmatic approach to problem-solving.This thought experiment should make it clear that we should actively engage older adults in all aspects of society. We need to honor and welcome the abilities and gifts of everyone –– from babies to our oldest old –– if our communities, economy, and culture are going to thrive.I believe Scott-Maxwell was seeking the same thing:“We are people to whom something important is about to happen. But before then, these endless years before the end, can we summon enough merit to warrant a place for ourselves? We go into the future not knowing the answer to our question.”By now all of us should know the answer to that question. The merit is already there. And elders in our society shouldn’t have to plead for a valuable place in it anymore.Related PostsWhat Are We Missing When We Settle For Life Stages?One of the biggest problems with the life “stages” notion is the expectations and “rules” that go along with them: I’m an adult now, I should act grown up; I have a family, I should be responsible; I’m old so I should act my age and move to a retirement…The Manifesto Against Ageism is HereAbout eight years ago, Ashton Applewhite began interviewing people over 80 for a project called “So when are you going to retire?” It didn’t take her long to realize that almost everything she thought she knew about aging was wrong. So she wrote a book to set the record straight.A Guiding StarWhen I was a toddler, I used to sit for hours on the floor under my maternal grandmother’s frame of stretched cloth and look up to watch her sew beads and spangles onto fabrics that became wedding gowns, banners, flags, altar cloths, and other decorative pieces.Tweet2Share114Share7Email123 SharesTags: Ageism healthy aginglast_img read more

Study Psoriasis patients taking Humira show no change in aortic inflammation

first_imgMay 18 2018An antibody used to treat the skin disease psoriasis and other chronic autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis and inflammatory bowel disease has no effect on aortic inflammation – a key marker of future risk of major cardiovascular events – unlike other antibodies that target different aspects of the immune system. Researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, in collaboration with the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), led a multi-center, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study and found patients taking the drug adalimumab – marketed as Humira – saw no change in aortic inflammation, as assessed by nuclear imaging, when compared to the placebo group. However, the drug did improve other key markers of inflammation known to predict future cardiovascular events – which suggests the drug may have a cardiovascular benefit despite the lack of change in aortic vascular inflammation. The study was published today in the journal Circulation: Cardiovascular Imaging, and senior author Joel M. Gelfand, MD MSCE, a professor of Dermatology and Epidemiology at Penn, will present the findings today at the International Investigative Dermatology 2018 Annual Meeting in Orlando, Florida.Psoriasis is a chronic inflammatory disease that causes skin cells to multiply faster than normal resulting in raised, red patches covered by silvery scales. It occurs most commonly on the scalp, knees, and elbows but can appear anywhere on the body including the face, genitals, nails, and other places. In moderate to severe cases, it carries an increased risk of heart attack, stroke, and premature death, a finding established by Gelfand in a 2006 landmark study. The National Psoriasis Foundation estimates psoriasis affects about 7.5 million Americans.Adalimumab is an antibody that blocks tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-a), a protein that promotes inflammation in the body. It’s approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat psoriasis, psoriatic arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, ulcerative colitis, and Crohn’s Disease, among other conditions. TNF inhibitors are the most popular prescribed biologic medications for inflammatory diseases, and Penn researchers have previously found another biologic drug, ustekinumab (Stelara), led to a 19 percent reduction in aortic inflammation in psoriasis patients. The researchers wanted to know whether adalimumab provided a similar benefit.Ninety-seven patients at eight different enrollment sites were randomly divided into three groups. One group received adalimumab, another received a placebo, and a third received Ultraviolet B phototherapy – another common treatment for psoriasis which works by suppressing inflammation locally in the skin as opposed to systemically, as is the case with adalimumab. Patients were evaluated at 12 weeks, and patients in the two active treatment groups saw significant improvement in their psoriasis relative to placebo. At the end of the initial 12 weeks, all patients received adalimumab – with those already on the drug getting 40 weeks and those taking it for the first time getting 52 weeks so all patients ended up with 52 weeks of treatment.Related StoriesComplement system shown to remove dead cells in retinitis pigmentosa, contradicting previous researchAn injection of nanoparticles for spinal cord injuriesUnhealthy gut microbiome may make breast cancers more aggressive finds studyAt both the 12-week and 52-week evaluation periods, patients in the adalimumab group saw no change compared to placebo or baseline, respectively, in aortic vascular inflammation. Patients receiving phototherapy saw a four percent reduction compared to baseline at 12 weeks but the difference was not statistically significant from placebo.”These results are similar to prior clinical trials which showed adalimumab did not reduce aortic inflammation in patients with psoriasis. They are, however, in contrast to a previous study which showed an improvement in aortic vascular inflammation at 12 weeks in patients taking ustekinumab – a biologic that targets a different aspect of the immune system,” Gelfand said.Despite neutral imaging results, adalimumab did improve other key markers of inflammation in the blood including GlycA, CRP, TNF, and IL-6.”Each of these increases future risk of heart attack and diabetes, so observing a reduction of these markers of systemic inflammation provides compelling evidence of beneficial effects of anti-TNF therapy in psoriasis,” said the study’s lead author Nehal N. Mehta, MD MSCE FAHA, chief of the Laboratory of Inflammation and Cardiometabolic Diseases at the NHLBI.Understanding cholesterol effects of adalimumab by new techniques was another goal of Gelfand and Mehta’s study.”We know that HDL, the good cholesterol, is low in psoriasis, but here, we now show that despite reduction in systemic inflammation following adalimumab therapy, HDL particle size got smaller (not a good thing) and the HDL worked less effectively to remove cholesterol from the body,” Mehta said.Gelfand noted the impact on HDL may be balanced by the improvement seen in markers of systemic inflammation that are reduced as psoriasis improves. Gelfand also emphasized that this class of drug is commonly used, so understanding its potential cardiovascular effects is highly important. Future studies in this area are already underway at Penn and the NHLBI.Source: read more

Study finds elevated risk of congenital defects in lithiumexposed infants

first_imgJun 19 2018Researchers from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai found an elevated risk of major congenital malformations in fetuses after first-trimester exposure to lithium, in the largest study ever to examine the risk of birth defects in lithium-exposed babies.Nearly one and one-half times as many babies exposed to lithium during the first trimester experienced major malformations compared to the unexposed group (7.4 percent compared with 4.3 percent). In addition, risk for neonatal hospital readmission was nearly doubled in lithium-exposed babies compared to the unexposed group (27.5 percent versus 14.3 percent). However, lithium exposure was not associated with pregnancy complications or other delivery outcomes, such as pre-eclampsia, preterm birth, gestational diabetes, or low birth weight. In addition, the researchers found that the risk of birth defects in lithium-exposed infants was lower than previously thought, because previous studies did not look at large enough populations.Related StoriesIt is okay for women with lupus to get pregnant with proper care, says new studyNew research links “broken heart syndrome” to cancerCutting around 300 calories a day protects the heart even in svelte adultsThe study examined the risk of congenital malformations such as heart defects and pregnancy complications in a meta-analysis of primary data from 727 lithium-exposed pregnancies compared to a control group of 21,397 pregnancies in mothers with a mood disorder who were not taking lithium. The data was taken from six study sites in Denmark, Canada, the Netherlands, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the United States. The researchers also measured delivery outcomes and neonatal hospital readmissions within 28 days of birth.Lithium therapy is widely recommended as a first-line treatment for bipolar disorder, which affects approximately 2 percent of the world’s population. Lithium helps to prevent severe depression and mania. In the United States, bipolar disorder is more commonly treated with anti-psychotic drugs instead of lithium.”Women should be informed on malformation risk in first-trimester exposed infants, but also about very high relapse risks for mental illness both during pregnancy and during the postpartum period,” said the study’s senior author, Veerle Bergink, MD, PhD, Professor of Psychiatry and of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Science, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. “Given the well-documented effectiveness of lithium in reducing relapse in the perinatal period, some important clinical considerations are either to continue lithium in a lower dose during the first trimester or to restart lithium after the first trimester or immediately postpartum.”Source: read more

Research finds decrease in rate of C difficile infections in hospitals across

first_img Source: Jun 25 2018Rates of C. difficile infections have decreased 36% in hospitals across Canada, although the virulent NAP1 strain associated with severe illness and deaths is the most common strain, according to research published in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal)Clostridium difficile is the most common infectious cause of diarrhea in hospitalized patients in developed countries, causing severe illness and occasionally death. Seniors and people on antibiotic treatment are most vulnerable to infection. However, the NAP1 strain of C. difficile, which is most virulent and can be resistant to treatment with fluoroquinolone antibiotics, has emerged in healthy people and in the community, spreading after several epidemics in the early 2000s.Related StoriesFinger-prick blood test could help prevent unnecessary antibiotic prescribing for patients with COPDAdolescents using multiple sources for prescription drugs at high risk for substance use disordersStudy: Surveillance for antibiotic-resistant bacteria continues to be core focus for healthcare facilitiesA pan-Canadian team of researchers from the Canadian Nosocomial Infection Surveillance Program looked at data from 42-53 acute care hospitals over 7 years (2009-2015) to understand patterns of NAP1 strain and effect of infection on patient outcomes. A total 20 623 cases of hospital-acquired C. difficile occurred, mostly in hospitals with more than 200 beds. Infection rates decreased 35.8% across Canada by 2015, although the number of younger patients with the disease increased.Improvements in infection-control measures (such as improved testing, more judicious use of antibiotics, frequent handwashing, and better and more frequent cleaning of facilities) begun after outbreaks 10-15 years ago may have contributed to the decrease in infection rates.The large study found an association between the NAP1 strain and death in patients aged 18 and older, not detected by earlier single-center or provincial-level studies.”Our findings suggest that, as the proportion of NAP1 strain isolates decreases in relation to all circulating strains, both the rate of health care-associated C. difficile infection and the number of severe cases can be expected to decrease relative to a peer hospital with a higher proportion of NAP1 circulating isolates,” says Dr. Kevin Katz, North York General Hospital, Toronto, Ontario.The authors recommend continued vigilance to better contain infection.”Infection prevention and control practices, antimicrobial stewardship and environmental cleaning should continue to be strengthened at the local level, as these areas positively affect institutional rates of health care-associated C. difficile infection, regardless of circulating strain types.”last_img read more

Glaucoma Research Foundationfunded research makes breakthrough in treatment of glaucoma

first_img Source: Jul 31 2018Glaucoma Research Foundation, a national non-profit organization dedicated to finding a cure for glaucoma, today announced a team of neuroscience researchers, led by Adriana Di Polo, PhD, at University of Montreal, have made a major breakthrough in the treatment of glaucoma. The research, which was made possible by a Glaucoma Research Foundation Shaffer Grant, could also be applicable to other neurodegenerative diseases, including Alzheimer’s disease.Glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness in the world, and vision loss from glaucoma is irreversible. Currently there is no cure, and everyone is at risk for developing this blinding disease. It is estimated that by 2020, 80 million people worldwide will have glaucoma. Loss of vision in glaucoma results from the death of retinal ganglion cells (RGCs), which are composed of axons and dendrites. A crucial step towards vision repair in glaucoma is to promote damaged RGCs to regenerate not only axons, but also dendrites to successfully reconnect with their synaptic partners in the retina.Much of glaucoma research focuses on neuroprotection, but Dr. Di Polo’s team wanted to study whether the retinal neurons would regenerate with treatment after optic nerve damage. The research team first waited for dendritic retraction and loss of vision in a mouse model of glaucoma, then administered insulin before testing for regeneration of retinal neurons. They administered insulin via two methods, eye drops and systemic injections, and observed that the dendrites and synapses regenerated. Remarkably, the treatment was able to not only preserve, but also to restore retinal function.The research, published in the July 2018 issue of the prestigious Oxford University Press journal Brain, was authored by Jessica Agostinone, Luis Alarcon-Martinez, Clare Gamlin, Wan-Qing Yu, Rachel O. L. Wong, and Adriana Di Polo. The article was also selected for Editorial commentary in Brain. It built on 10 years of prior research by Dr. Di Polo’s team, including a study that demonstrated that molecules activated by insulin play a major role in the regrowth and stability of the dendrites. The data support the rationale for using insulin and its analogs as pro-regenerative therapeutic targets to counter progressive RGC neurodegeneration and vision loss in glaucoma.Related StoriesAXT enhances cellular research product portfolio with solutions from StemBioSysResearch sheds light on sun-induced DNA damage and repairLong-term statin use linked to lower risk of glaucoma”An exciting aspect of our findings is that insulin is already in clinical use. It’s a commonly used drug with a long history of safety and efficacy in humans. Previous work demonstrated that insulin eye drops, applied at doses much higher than in our study, were innocuous and produced no detectable clinical toxicity when applied topically in healthy humans,” said Dr. Di Polo. “We are so grateful that the Glaucoma Research Foundation supports teams like ours that want to explore new ideas. We thank the Glaucoma Research Foundation for its support that helped us accomplish our research goals and bring hope to glaucoma patients everywhere.”Dr. Di Polo and her team are now in discussion with clinical collaborators to design a first-in-kind trial to test this regenerative approach in glaucoma patients.”The research from Dr. Di Polo’s team at University of Montreal is significant in that it demonstrated regeneration of the dendrites in the retinal ganglion cells, and also because it uses insulin, which has been shown to be safe for clinical use,” said Thomas M. Brunner, president and CEO, Glaucoma Research Foundation. “Glaucoma Research Foundation is thrilled to have funded this team of innovative researchers, and we are optimistic that it has brought us one step closer to a cure for glaucoma.”​last_img read more

Young blood restores vitality in the elderly

first_img Source: Related StoriesStudy provides new insight into longitudinal decline in brain network integrity associated with agingHealthy blood vessels could help stave off cognitive declineNew findings may help kick-start aging immune systemThis new study by Professor Partridge injected older mice with blood from younger mice in the laboratory. The elderly mice showed maintained cognitive abilities and also did not develop age related diseases.She and her colleagues Joris Deelen and P. Eline Slagboom, then injected the younger mice with blood from older mice and saw an opposite effect. According to Professor Partridge there could be certain elements in the blood that could help conserve the physical health of individuals. She explained that blood is one of the commonest investigated human tissues because of its availability. However animal studies have not been conducted with blood before.There have been numerous studies that have tried this premise before. Peter Thiel for example began a company called Ambrosia in San Francisco that started human clinical trials. Older individuals were injected with blood from younger persons.The costs were slated at around $8,000 for 2.5 litres of blood if it proved to be a success. In these Ambrosia trials 70 participants were injected with plasma from young persons aged between 16 and 25 years.After the injections the participants showed improvements in the biomarkers of various major diseases such as a significant reduction in blood cholesterol (by 10 percent) and reduction in proteins such as carcinoembryonic antigens (CEA by 20 percent). CEA levels are raised among certain cancer patients.According to a statement from Partridge it is of importance to search for clues within blood that can conserve physical health calling aging as the “emperor of all diseases”. “The practical accessibility of both the human microbiome and blood system makes therapeutic manipulation a particularly attractive approach, but research in animals is needed to establish the long-term consequences and possible side effects,” she said.As of now experts are sceptical if this could actually become a mainstay treatment. There have been some studies showing worsening of elderly who received blood from younger volunteers. Image Credit: Kiselev Andrey Valerevich / Shutterstockcenter_img By Dr. Ananya Mandal, MDSep 11 2018Bram Stoker’s Dracula survived on blood of young maidens. Now researchers have found that there may have been some truth in this bizarre theory!According to a geneticist at University College London Dame Linda Partridge, blood from a young person can actually aid in alleviating symptoms of certain age related ailments such as heart disease, dementia and even cancer. Her work has been published in the latest issue of the journal Nature.last_img read more

Podcast A recipe for an Earthlike planet bearded female lizards and more

first_imgWhat does it take to make an Earth-like planet? What advantages do “bearded” female lizards have over their nonbearded counterparts? And what do bears, ants, and plants have in common? Science’s Online News Editor David Grimm chats about these stories and more with Science’s Sarah Crespi. Plus, Vanessa Ezenwa discusses the complex relationship between parasitic infections and tuberculosis in African buffalo and what it can tell us about human health.last_img

Missing link between dinosaur nests and bird nests

first_img Kohei Tanaka Click to view the privacy policy. Required fields are indicated by an asterisk (*) A nest of fossilized eggs from an oviraptorid dinosaur of the Late Cretaceous period. Sign up for our daily newsletter Get more great content like this delivered right to you! 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Whereas some dinosaurs buried their eggs crocodile-style, a new analysis suggests that other dinosaurs built open nests on the ground, foreshadowing the nests of birds.Interpreting the fossil record is always tough, but analyzing trace fossils such as nests is especially daunting. Those structures, and the materials used to make them, usually aren’t preserved, says Darla Zelenitsky, a paleobiologist at the University of Calgary in Canada. When paleontologists do find a nestlike structure that includes material such as sticks or other vegetation, the question arises: Was this stuff part of the original nest, or just carried there with the sediment that buried the nest and helped preserve it?To gain insight into dinosaur nesting habits, Zelenitsky and her colleagues studied the most durable parts of nests—the eggs themselves. (Being largely made of the mineral calcium carbonate, they’ve got a head start on fossilization and are sometimes incredibly well preserved.) In particular, the team looked at the size and arrangement of small pores in the ancient shells, because those details are telling in modern creatures. In crocodiles’ buried nests, the heat needed to incubate the eggs comes from decomposition of overlying organic matter or the sunlight absorbed by the soil. Plus, in buried nests airflow is somewhat limited, thus requiring eggs to be relatively porous to help increase the flow of oxygen into and carbon dioxide out of the eggs. But birds that brood in open nests can get by laying eggs with fewer or smaller pores.So the team compared the porosity of eggshells from 29 species of dinosaurs (including large, long-necked herbivores called sauropods; bipedal meat-eaters called theropods; and duck-billed dinosaurs) with that of shells from 127 living species of birds and crocodiles.Most of the dinosaur eggs were highly porous, suggesting that they buried their eggs to incubate them, the researchers report online today in PLOS ONE. But some of the dinosaur species in one group—a subset of well-evolved theropods considered to be the closest relatives of modern-day birds—laid low-porosity eggs, which suggests they incubated their eggs in open nests.“This is a well done paper; the results make a lot of sense,” says Luis Chiappe, a vertebrate paleontologist at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County in California. The findings, he says, line up other studies suggesting that some birdlike dinosaurs were warm-blooded, which would have enabled them to incubate eggs in an open nest rather than depend on rotting vegetation or sunlight. Chiappe adds that the trend toward open nests could have allowed some dinosaurs to take another step toward birdlike nesting by moving their nests into the trees.But considering only two types of nests—open versus buried—may be too simplistic, suggests Anthony Martin, a paleontologist at Emory University in Atlanta. Some dinosaurs—like a few of today’s birds—may have nested in burrows, which could have offered the stable temperature and protection from predators of a buried nest but resulted in low-porosity shells. Also, covered nests come in different types: Loose vegetation piled atop a buried nest can have a lot of airflow through it, allowing eggs to have relatively small pores, whereas eggs buried in soil or similar materials might not breathe as well and thus require larger pores, he notes. Nevertheless, Martin adds, the team’s study “is a good first start toward answering the question about what early dinosaur nests looked like.”last_img read more

5 Things Suggesting OJ Got Away With Murder

first_img 2 of 28 22. Robert Kardashian sits through trial. Preliminary Hearing Following the Murders of O.J. Simpson's Ex-Wife and Her Friend Source:Getty 19. O.J. Simpson with Nicole and the kids during happier times. 1994 Premiere 'Naked Gun 33 1/3' Source:Getty 23. Robert Shapiro x O.J. Simpson. Preliminary Hearing Following the Murders of O.J. Simpson's Ex-Wife and Her Friend Source:Getty A quarter of a century later, Simpson said that he prefers to “focus on the positives” instead of reflecting on that fateful day that changed the trajectory of his life forever.OJ Simpson Criminal Trial - Simpson Tries on Blood Stained Gloves - June 15, 1995Source: Lee Celano / GettyIn an interview with the Washington Post, Simpson spoke candidly about everything except that 1995 day in Brentwood, California. He remains living in Nevada, where he was in prison for nine years for kidnapping and armed robbery convictions in a 2007 sting operation.“The town has been good to me,” Simpson told the Post. “Everybody I meet seems to be apologizing for what happened to me here.”Chances are that he hasn’t been on the receiving end of too many apologies over those killings 25 years ago.OJ Simpson Criminal Trial - Arrest of O.J. SimpsonSource: Ron Galella / Getty Some people have pointed to the Nevada robbery as proof that Simpson was capable of committing murder, but no one — not even a jury of his peers — has been able to provide any proof beyond a reasonable doubt that he is guilty. With that said, Simpson has remained dogged by a handful of noteworthy indications that the former football star, actor and TV pitchman may have indeed gotten away with murder.1. DNA — The prosecution of Simpson’s case presented compelling DNA evidence, including matching bloody footprints, hair follicles, and a glove found near Simpson’s home containing blood that tested positive as belonging to Goldman. Blood was also found in Simpson’s Ford Bronco near the driver’s outside door handle. Other blood samples were smeared inside on the console, door, steering wheel, and carpeting. DNA tests showed some of the blood consisted of a mixture of Simpson’s genetic markers and the victims’. 22 of 28 Motorists Wave At O.J. Simpson During Police Freeway PursuitSource: Jean-Marc Giboux / Getty3. CHANGE OF ALIBI — O.J.’s initial alibi was that he was asleep at the time of the murder. His defense later changed that alibi with a series of stories, one of which claimed he was hitting golf balls outside his home. Simpson’s defense also claimed that a neighbor’s housekeeper, Rosa Lopez, saw his car parked outside the home. However, Lopez later confessed during cross-examination that she could not be precisely sure whether or not his Bronco was there. 5 of 28 1994 Premiere 'Naked Gun 33 1/3' 9 of 28 20. Johnnie Cochran lays down the law, circa 1995. Defense lawyer Johnnie Cochran Jr. points to the d Source:Getty 10 of 28 40 Photos Of O.J. Simpson & The Key Players In His Murder Trial 17 of 28 9. The scene around O.J.’s October 3rd trial date. O.J. Simpson Trial Source:Getty 10. O.J.’s sister spotted near the crime scene. Murder Scene Source:Getty SHOCKING DEVELOPMENT: The LAPD is now testing a knife found buried on OJ Simpson’s former estate for DNA.— FOX&friends Weekend (@ffweekend) March 5, 20162. THE INFAMOUS CAR CHASE — On the day of his arrest, the LAPD chased Simpson in his white Bronco for hours. To top it off, the spectacle was all caught on tape. 19 of 28 Nicole Brown Simpson , O. J. Simpson , O.J. Murder Trial 14. O.J. tries on a glove that was used in the murder of his ex-wife. OJ Simpson Criminal Trial - Simpson Tries on Blood Stained Gloves - June 15, 1995 Source:Getty 12 of 28 8. Did O.J. do it? O.J. Simpson Source:Getty UPDATED: 6:51 a.m., June 12, 2019 —The downfall of O.J. Simpson began on this date 25 years ago, although the public didn’t realize it at the time. The former football star-turned actor-turned commercial pitchman’s ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend Ron Goldman were both found dead in her southern California home on June 12, 1994. Five days later, Simpson caught the country’s attention by leading police on a slow, lengthy car chase that many found incriminating before he was arrested and taken into custody as the prime suspect for the killings. 1 of 28 28. O.J. at an evidentiary hearing in 2013. O.J. Simpson Seeks Retrial In Las Vegas Court - Day 5 Source:Getty 3. O.J. Simpson and his ex-wife Nicole Brown in seemingly happier times. 1994 Premiere 'Naked Gun 33 1/3' Source:Getty 20 of 28 Oj Simpson killed two people then got off not guilty…. Years later does a Tv confession about his book called “If I did it”. He then explains in the interview/book how he would have killed them both “HYPOTHETICALLY” of course, because it’s all just a made up story….— Andrew Long (@_AndrewLong) May 17, 20185. THE “IF I DID IT” BOOK — There’s no greater way to say “I’m guilty” than to publish a book detailing how you would hypothetically do it, all in the name of profit. An excerpt from the book reads:“If I had actually done it… I would have brought my good gloves that day. I would have thought it was shame they shrunk when I left them out on the patio, but I would have brought them just the same. They were my lucky gloves, and I would have needed them cause I was going to stab my slut of a wife… hypothetically.”SEE ALSO:“Concussion” Doctor Bennet Omalu Suspects O.J. Simpson Has CTE Brain DiseaseO.J. Simpson Almost Killed Himself In Kim Kardashian’s Childhood Bedroom Before Infamous Bronco ChaseCuba Gooding Jr. Set To Star In Televised O.J. Simpson Trial Miniseries 24 of 28 21. The Juice at his 1994-1995 murder trial. A photograph dated 29 September 1994 of O.J. Simps Source:Getty 13 of 28 8 of 28 26. O.J. heads to the place he knows best, court. ME. simpson.4.KL.5/15––SANTA MONICA––O.J. Simpson a heads for Santa Monica courtroom Thursday, 5/15, Source:Getty 40 Photos Of O.J. Simpson & The Key Players In His Murder Trial 5. Judge Lance Ito listens to defense motions to exclude Mark Fuhrman’s testimony and the prosecutions’ response to retain the information 11 September during a court hearing in the O.J. Simpson murder trail. Judge Lance Ito listens to defense motions to excl Source:Getty 7. Deputy District Attorney Chris Darden asks Judge Lance Ito in the O.J.Simpson case 13 January to bar the defense from asking Los Angeles Police detective Mark Fuhrman if he ever uttered a racial epithet. Deputy District Attorney Chris Darden asks Judge L Source:Getty 25. O.J. Simpson leaving the courthouse after the civil trial that followed his murder trial. ME.OJ.for mika.1122.RG –– O.J. Simpson leaves the Santa Monica Courthouse after a day of testifying Source:Getty 12. The crowd cheers after hearing the verdict on October 3rd, 1995. O.J. Simpson Trial Source:Getty 26 of 28 center_img Entertainment, News and Lifestyle for Black America. News told by us for us. Black America’s #1 News Source: Our News. Our Voice. 28 of 28 The Duality Of The Role Fear Plays In ‘The Talk’ 15 of 28 16. Deputy district attorney Marcia Clark is shown during testimony at the preliminary hearings. Preliminary Hearing Following the Murders of O.J. Simpson's Ex-Wife and Her Friend Source:Getty 16 of 28 Skip ad 15. O.J. Simpson and his ex-wife Nicole Brown in seemingly happier times. The Simpsons At Harley Davidson Café Source:Getty 6. O.J. x Johnnie Cochran. Murder defendant O.J. Simpson (L) points towards p Source:Getty Continue reading 40 Photos Of O.J. Simpson & The Key Players In His Murder Trial 14 of 28 4. AI Cowlings, the friend who drove O.J. during his infamous Bronco chase. Press Conference with Al Cowlings (Pro Football Player and Friends with O.J. Simpson and Nicole Brown) Source:Getty 7 of 28 18. Robert Shapiro reads O.J.’s damning letter to the press. O.J. Simpson Letter Source:Getty 6 of 28 21 of 28 #OJSimpson’s new alibi:— TrivWorks (@TrivWorks) March 4, 20164. MOTIVE — According to the prosecution, Simpson had plenty of motive to kill his ex-wife. Simpson was reportedly prone to jealous rages (evidenced by taped 911 calls from Nicole herself), including allegedly hitting, stalking, and degrading her — all signs that he was quite capable of murder. 27 of 28 1. O.J. seen talking to his lawyers Robert Shapiro, Johnnie Cochran, and Robert Kardashian during a trial date. O.J. Simpson (C) confers with attorneys Johnnie Co Source:Getty O.J. seen talking to his lawyers Robert Shapiro, Johnnie Cochran, and Robert Kardashian during a trial date. ‘The Talk’ 101 13. A much earlier photo of O.J. and his good friend AI Cowlings, circa 1979. O.J. Simpson Source:Getty Launch gallery 25 of 28 Thanks for signing up! Get ready for Exclusive content, Interviews,and Breaking news delivered direct to your inbox. Get ready for Exclusive content, Interviews,and Breaking news delivered direct to your inbox. 11 of 28 27. O.J. at an evidentiary hearing in 2013. O.J. Simpson Seeks Retrial In Las Vegas Court - Day 2 Source:Getty 23 of 28 How The News Cycle Dictates ‘The Talk’ Parents Have With Their Kids 11. The infamous Bronco chase. O.J. Simpson White Bronco Chase Source:Getty 4 of 28 2. The late Robert Kardashian defends his friend O.J. Simpson in court. Murder defendant O.J. Simpson (R) listens to testi Source:Getty 17. O.J. Simpson and his kids at Nicole Simpson’s funeral. O. J. Simpson And Children Source:Getty 3 of 28 More By NewsOne Staff 24. Robert Shapiro in 2015. 22nd Annual Race To Erase MS - Arrivals Source:Getty 18 of 28 SUBSCRIBE last_img read more

Father Of Child Attacked By Man Slams Police

first_img Meghan McCain Whines That She Can’t Attack llhan Omar Because Trump Is Too Racist Pittsburgh Public Safety’s statement on the playground altercation that took place on the 300 block of Saline Street on Tuesday, June 25. @PghPolice and @CityPGH are investigating.— Pgh Public Safety (@PghPublicSafety) July 2, 2019 More By NewsOne Staff Thomas D’Andrea, 46, attacked 13-year-old child at Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania playground and is just getting a slam on the wrist. As of now, he’s only had two charges against him and the firefighter has been placed on administrative leave from Pittsburgh Public Safety. The child’s father is now speaking out and demanding the Pittsburgh police take more action.See Also: ‘Troubling’ Video Shows Cops Assaulting Innocent Mother And Yanking Her Baby AwayThe child’s father Dave McGovern told Pittsburgh’s Action News, “I’m still wondering why there haven’t been more than two charges filed… He kneed him in the ribs and punched him in the face. That’s where the bloody mouth came from.” A$AP Rocky Being In A Swedish Prison Will Not Stop Her From Going To The Country That Showed Her ‘So Much Love’ Dave McGovern , Pittsburgh , Shalaya Hasbrouck , Thomas D’Andrea 95 Photos Of Black People Marching For Our Lives She continued, “He also threatened to hit my daughter who was recording and stole my son’s phone which he then slammed into the ground. His father and i did not get there until after the police arrived. Which was nearly 30 minutes later. This p.o.s. need to be in jail. I cannot believe the Pittsburgh police refused to arrest him. Why was this sicko in the park anyway he is a grown adult? He NEEDS TO BE ARRESTED!!!!”D’Andrea also is on the Greenfield Community Association, and he has been asked to step down.His wife told WPXI that he was the “real victim” but did not explain how he was victimized by a child — it’s not clear who an adult caused a child to bleed but attacking him is the “victim.”Pittsburgh Public Safety released a statement on their social media, which read in part, “Thomas D’Andrea is charged with simple assault and criminal mischief. Police are continuing to investigate. D’Andrea is a City of Pittsburgh firefighter. He has been placed on administrative leave. The office of municipal investigations is investigating. We hope the child gets justice.SEE ALSO:Meet Jogger Joe, The Man Who Took Racist Cue From BBQ Becky In Tossing Homeless Man’s ClothesTrump-Supporting DA Calls ‘Ghetto’ Maxine Waters A ‘Bitch,’ Can’t Believe She Hasn’t Been ShotThis Colin Kaepernick Retweet Says Everything You Need To Know About The NFL Players’ Anthem Grievance Greenfield, Pa -Pittsburgh Thomas Dandrea brutalizing a child..on a playground. Look at how bold these racist bigots are in Trump’s America. It’s disgusting and dangerous for people of color.— TheAverageBlackMan™ (@TheAvgBlackMan) June 30, 2019His mother Shalaya Hasbrouck, who goes by Shalayla McGovern on Facebook, posted the video with the following caption, “My children we’re sitting in the playground in Greenfield where we live, minding their own business when this person ran over to them telling them to leave calling them racial slurs. He lied to the police and said they were vandalizing the playground. He then ran up and began to attack my son. He hit my son FIRST. Punching him and calling him racial slurs.” McGovern’s attorney Blaine Jones, who is representing the family, also said, “This behavior is unacceptable. [The kid] didn’t deserve this, the [45]-year-old man is not the king of Greenfield, he can’t determine who comes and goes from Greenfield.”Thomas D’Andrea is facing misdemeanor counts of simple assault and criminal mischief but he has not served one day in jail.In case you missed it, according to WPXI, D’Andrea jumped on top of the 13-year-old because he claimed he was vandalizing property. D’Andrea decided to take the law into his own hands and brutalized a child who has severe asthma. The child denied he was vandalizing property. You can hear his sister begging for the adult to let go of her brother.See the horrific video below: Gov. Cuomo Slams Mayor Bill De Blasio For The Eric Garner Case But He Also Failed The Family US-SCHOOL-SHOOTING-PROTEST-POLITICS last_img read more

Halloween reboots with a brand new sequel starring Jamie Lee Curtis

first_imgAs Donald Pleasence put it so well, “Death has come to your little town, Sheriff.” There is a dividing line in the genre of horror films. What the genre was like before the release of John Carpenter’s Halloween in 1978 … and what it was like afterward.That movie, starring newcomer Jamie Lee Curtis as Laurie Strode, a babysitter being terrorized in her ordinarily peaceful small town by Michael Myers, an escaped mental patient wearing a mask, changed everything.Jamie Lee Curtis. Photo by Gage Skidmore CC BY-SA 2.0It was made in 20 days on a very small budget with one established actor, Donald Pleasence as the bizarre Dr. Loomis, and the rest unknowns.The small town seems creepily deserted during the film because Carpenter couldn’t even afford extras. For the mask worn by deranged Michael Myers, the prop department used a $2 mask they found in the costume store: a 1966 Star Trek mask of William Shatner as James Kirk. Since they shot Halloween in the spring, “we created fall with three trashbags full of painted leaves,” said one crew member in a documentary. Pumpkins? Almost impossible to find.Michael Myers’ mask at Stockholm International Fairs. Photo by Egon Eagle CC BY-SA 3.0The original movie got such bad initial reviews that Carpenter was sure it was going to be a “complete bomb.” But instead it became a tremendous hit, earning a gross of $70 million worldwide, and spawning a long line of imitations.“Halloween” Promotional posterOn October 19, 2018, a reboot of Halloween will open in theaters across America. Set 40 years after the original film, Laurie Strode will come face to face with Michael Myers yet again. Jamie Lee Curtis returns in the iconic role; John Carpenter is executive producer and composer on the new film.Carpenter at a signing in Chicago, 2014. Photo by GabboT CC BY-SA 2.0The reboot provided an opportunity for new director David Gordon Green to grapple with an old nightmare. “The first movie actually haunted me. I was forbidden from seeing it,” Green, 43, says of the original in an interview with USA Today.He sneaked out to see it anyway, and ended up a terrified youngster.David Gordon Green. Photo by isabelle VERONESE CC BY-SA 2.0All these years later, Green was thrilled with the chance to direct the new Halloween. Seeing the 40-year-old version of Michael’s mask, “we all got goosebumps,” the director says. “We put it on our stuntman and everybody just got quiet. It was an unimaginable thrill to take his hand and walk him through this journey.”Paving the way, the original film will be re-released theatrically on September 27. It is a restored and remastered digital print, created under the supervision of the original cinematographer, Dean Cundey.Cosplay of Michael Myers. Photo by Mooshuu CC By 2.0“I’m thrilled to have the original make its way back into theaters as we prepare for the release of the sequel,” said Carpenter in an interview with Hollywood Reporter. “Having both back in theaters this fall is remarkable.”Carpenter was 30 years old when he directed Halloween. He has said he was inspired by a disturbing experience he had in college while touring a psychiatric hospital and locking eyes with a child.He approached Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing to play Dr. Loomis, but the pay was too low for them to consider. Donald Pleasence took a chance and completed all of his scenes in just five days of shooting.Jamie Lee Curtis in 2011.Carpenter’s casting of Jamie Lee Curtis was a conscious homage to her mother, Janet Leigh, and her part in Psycho.Carpenter composed the unforgettable score of Halloween himself in three days, using his piano skills, inspired by the themes of The Exorcist and Suspiria.Although the film is considered the first “slasher” and leaves many audiences in terror, very little blood is shown onscreen. It is a psychological ordeal, as Michael Myers gets closer to and closer to Jamie Lee Curtis, killing off her friends first. Some have criticized it as showing more sexually active teenagers as somehow “deserving to die” while the virginal Laurie Strode survives.Read another story from us: Same actor to play Charles Manson in two different productionsFriday the 13th, Nightmare of Elm Street, and Scream are all considered the successors of the 1978 low budget monster hit, Halloween.Nancy Bilyeau, a former staff editor at Entertainment Weekly, Rolling Stone, and InStyle, has written a trilogy of historical thrillers for Touchstone Books. For more information, go to read more

Dominican songwriter features on Chris Browns new Album

first_imgShareTweetSharePinLyriqueEllaina ‘LYRIQUE’ Joseph who recently signed with platinum  record, Los Angeles producer Floyd ‘A1′ Bentley of Love and Hip Hop: Hollywood, has now placed on Chris Brown’s 9th studio album ‘Indigo’.Lyrique is a singer/songwriter who has performed at many local events like, the World Creole Music Festival in 2013, Jazz and Creole events in 2013 – 2015, TS Erica Benefit Concert in 2015 and President’s Charities Dinner in 2016. She began her professional writing career in 2015, following her participation in the first ever Music, model and talent showcase (Island MMTS), which took place in the Bahamas  and was soon after scouted to write for American production company iStandard Producers. There she found her first slice of success in releasing several tracks with Los Angeles producer Dave ‘Bedrockk’ Marquees and Artist Intelligence Agency, which now stand at over 393,000 streams combined. Following that in November of 2018, she wrote two tracks (Real love and Makeup) on Lyrica Anderson’s studio album Strength. Chris Brown’s new album ‘Indigo’ which features 37 tracks total, is scheduled to be released on the 28th of June 2019.Lyrique is credited for writing track # 19 (Cheetah), # 29 (You Like That) and # 35 (Part of the Plan). She also demoed and did background vocals on these tracks with the help of her partner, engineer and fellow co-writer Jordan George who is also Dominican.Lyrique relives how different and challenging but ultimately rewarding, the experience was.“It was a little tricky demoing for someone like Chris because you have to do your homework well, know what his style is and try to capture that perfectly in the songs, but we also wanted to add a bit of island flavor to what we were doing. It took Jordan and I long endless hours in the studio and quite a bit of trial and error before we caught the perfect vibe.”You can follow these young Dominicans below on their socials for more updates as they continue on this journey.Instagram : @onlyjordn ; @thereallyriquejlast_img read more

New city manager named in Winslow

first_imgNovember 5, 2018 New city manager named in Winslow John Barkleycenter_img By L. Parsons John Barkley of Ruckersville, Va., has been named the new city manager of Winslow. Barkley said, “I like small towns and the city gives me a good feel. Winslow seems like aSubscribe or log in to read the rest of this content. Bottom Adlast_img

NPCs honors top 2019 graduates

first_img Amanda Hatch McKenna Sargent Tanisha Yazzie         Northland Pioneer College honored three of the area’s outstanding students at the May 11 commencement. Tanisha Yazzie of Holbrook represented the Associate of Business recipients. McKenna Rae SargentSubscribe or log in to read the rest of this content. Bottom Ad May 14, 2019 NPC’s honors top 2019 graduateslast_img

Chennai Tamil Nadu News July 16 Highlights Lunar eclipse on July 17

first_img Chennai weather for the day After the city received heavy rain on Monday, weather forecasters have predicted the minimum and maximum temperatures in Chennai today to be 28C and 34C respectively. The sky will remain partly cloudy, with rainfall expected in parts of the city either in the evening or at night . Core areas of the city received 1 cm of rain after an intense spell of rain on Monday. Weather forecasters have predicted rain for two more days in the city, while other districts in Tamil Nadu are expected to receive rain over the next five days.  facebook twitter whatsapp 16:47 (IST) 16 Jul 2019 LiveChennai, Tamil Nadu News Live Updates: TN gets two new districts; Saravana Bhavan founder passes away 17:12 (IST) 16 Jul 2019 Partial lunar eclipse tomorrow The Tamil Nadu Science and Technology Centre (TNSTC) announced on Sunday that there will be a partial lunar eclipse from 01:30 am to 04:30 am on July 17. The eclipse will be visible across India and most of Europe, Africa, Central Asia and the Indian ocean.B M Birla Planetarium in Chennai will be making arrangements for the public to view the eclipse at the Periyar Science and Technology Centre along Gandhi Mandapam Road in the city. Advertising Welcome to today’s live blog Good morning!Welcome to the live blog from Chennai where we bring to you the latest updates on water crisis, rains, traffic, weather, politics, movies, culture and civic issues in the city. Follow the blog to stay up to date with the city in real time. facebook twitter whatsapp facebook twitter whatsapp Partial lunar eclipse on July 17 The Tamil Nadu Science and Technology Centre (TNSTC) announced on Sunday that there will be a partial lunar eclipse from 01:30 am to 04:30 am on July 17. The eclipse will be visible across India and most of Europe, Africa, Central Asia and the Indian ocean.B M Birla planetarium in Chennai will be making arrangements for the public to view the eclipse at the Periyar Science and Technology Centre along Gandhi Mandapam Road in the city. Postal exam to be conducted in regional languages Union Minister for Law and Justice, Ravi Shankar Prasad announced in the Lok Sabha today that examinations for the Postal Department will be conducted in all regional languages, including Tamil. He added that the examination which was held on July 14 has been cancelled.The announcement comes in the wake of political uproar in Tamil Nadu after the Postal Department had declared on July 12 that examinations will be conducted only in English and Hindi. The declaration was made two days before the examination, leading the DMK to satge a walk-out in the Tamil Nadu Assembly on Monday. lunar eclipse, partial lunar eclipse 2019, lunar eclipse live, lunar eclipse live stream, lunar eclipse live steam online, chandra grahan 2019 live stream, lunar eclipse july 2019 live stream, partial lunar eclipse 2019 date, lunar eclipse 2019 in india, lunar eclipse 2019 time in india, chandra grahan, chandra grahan 2019, lunar eclipse 2019 india, lunar eclipse 2019 india date, lunar eclipse 2019 date in india, chandra grahan 2019 india, chandra grahan 2019 date Chennai, Tamil Nadu News July 16 Highlights: The lunar eclipse tomorrow can be viewed across India and parts of Europe and Africa. (Image source: Pixabay)Chennai, Tamil Nadu News July 16 Highlights: Thunderstorms lashed Chennai on Monday night, with areas in the city receiving moderate to heavy rainfall for well over two hours. The Tamil Nadu Weatherman tweeted that the southern suburbs Old Mahabalipuram Road (OMR) and East Coast Road (ECR) and Ambattur-Mogappair belt received intense spells of rain on Monday. facebook twitter whatsapp Post Comment(s) 18:26 (IST) 16 Jul 2019 facebook twitter whatsapp 08:51 (IST) 16 Jul 2019 facebook twitter whatsapp City college professor sacked for sexually assaulting students A professor from the Zoology department of the Madras Christian College in Chennai was given the sack on Monday after the Internal Complaints Committee (ICC) confirmed the allegations of sexual assault that were levelled against him. Students had written to the principal in February alleging that professor R Raveen had misbehaved with the students while on a college trip in January, while the accompanying professor, Samuel Tennyson had encouraged Raveen’s actions. After action against the duo was delayed, students had staged a protest on campus in April. following which the ICC was formed. The ICC found the allegations against the two professors to be true and while Raveen was sacked on Monday, Samuel is yet to be dismissed since a case field against him is pending in court.  facebook twitter whatsapp Toddler who was kidnapped from Chennai Central station rescued Somnath, the three-year-old toddler who had been kidnapped by an unknown person from Puratchi Thalaivar Dr. M G Ramachandran Central Station, Chennai on Monday morning was traced by police to Thiruporur in Chennai and rescued today afternoon. A special team, which had been formed to trace the child after his parents had lodged a complaint with the railway police are currently interrogating the man to get details of his identity.Somnath had beem sleeping with his parents, both construction workers from Odisha at Chennai Central railway station and was discovered missing after his parents woke up at 2 am. Railway police sifted through CCTV footage and found the child being carried by a child lifter and leaving the Tambaram railway station at 12:45 am on Monday. Terror detentions: A locked office, and a neighbourhood left in the dark in Chennai Chennai, Tamil Nadu News July 17 Highlights: Suriya thanks Kamal Hassan for his support; Man falls to death at Chennai airport 18:03 (IST) 16 Jul 2019 2 women dead, 1 man injured after bike comes under wheels of MTC bus Two women were killed and one man was severely injured after the two-wheeler that they were riding triples on came under the wheels of a Metropolitan Transport Corporation (MTC) bus near YMCA grounds in Nandanam, Chennai today after 9 am. The trio, from Andhra Pradesh, were on their way to Egmore at the time of the accident. Bhavani and Nagalakshmi, both in their twenties and riding pillion without helmets were killed on the spot, while the rider Shiva (22) was rushed to Rajiv Gandhi Hospital for treatment after losing consciousness.A CCTV grab of the accident shows Shiva trying to overtake the bus from the left and hit another bike to his left, before losing balance and falling down. Police have registered a case and are tracing the kin of the deceased. The driver of the bus has been remanded to police custody. சென்னை, நந்தனத்தில் ஒரே பைக்கில் வந்த 3 பெண்கள் மீது மாநகர பேருந்து மோதியதால், 2 பெண்கள் சம்பவ இடத்திலேயே உயிரிழந்தனர்! #ACCIDENT #TrafficViolation #Chennai— IE Tamil (@IeTamil) July 16, 2019 facebook twitter whatsapp 10:09 (IST) 16 Jul 2019 Chennai rains: Tamil Nadu Weatherman predicts rainfall in city, TN districts today The Tamil Nadu Weatherman took to Facebook today to intrepret the thunderstorms and rain that had lashed the KTC (Kancheepuram Tiruvallur Chennai) region on Monday night. Commenting on the rain, he said, “Yesterday was just a start, I always that NW winds is most favorable for formation of thunderstorms with sea breeze moving in from SE and creating that perfect clash. For KTC, one day of another the clouds is going to move over Chennai.”The weather blogger predicted that KTC, Vellore, Tiruvannamalai and Villupuram could expect rains tonight. Southern Railway introduces special trains from Chennai The Southern Railway announced today that it had introduced special trains from Egmore railway station and Puratchi Thalaivar Dr. M G Ramachandran Central station in Chennai for August and September to clear the extra rush of passengers.Special Trains For details click below link— @GMSouthernrailway (@GMSRailway) July 16, 2019 facebook twitter whatsapp Jayalalithaa’s memorial to be ready by December Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami announced on Monday during the State Assembly session that the memorial of former Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa will be constructed completely by the end of December this year. The memorial is being built in the shape of a phoenix.  Startups come up with various innovations to beat water crisis in Chennai With Chennai grappling with an acute drinking water crisis since April, startups in the state have come up with several innovations to help conserve water. However, many of them are for use at the consumer end of the spectrum, helping consumers conserve water and reduce their water costs. CM announces three barrages across Cauvery Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami announced during the Tamil Nadu Assembly session on Monday that three barrages will be built across the river Cauvery to boost the groundwater level in the area. Barrages will also be constructed along the Kollidam river. The barrges will be constructed at a cost of Rs. 495 crore. facebook twitter whatsapp 15:51 (IST) 16 Jul 2019 13th stage enquiry ongoing at Government Guest House The 13th stage of enquiry against the firing in Tuticorin that left 13 people dead was held at the Government Guest House today. Summons were issued to 24 people for a four-day enquiry regarding the incident.  Rajathi Ammal visits Athi Varadar Rajathi Ammal, the wife of DMK scion and former Chief Minister M Karunanidhi visited the Varadaraja Perumal temple in Kacheepuram today to offer prayers to Athi Varadar. 19:01 (IST) 16 Jul 2019 Road caves in at Royapuram A portion of the road at Suryanarayanan Chetty Street in Royapuram, Chennai caved in on Monday evening, thus causing a traffic congestion for hours. The road caved in 10 feet deep around 5 pm due to some damage in a Metrowater pipeline, said Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC) officials, who had visited the site along with officials from Metrowater. Last month, a portion of the road had caved in near Madhya Kailash Temple on Rajiv Gandhi IT Expressway in Chennai.  08:28 (IST) 16 Jul 2019 08:19 (IST) 16 Jul 2019 12:04 (IST) 16 Jul 2019 19:42 (IST) 16 Jul 2019 15:33 (IST) 16 Jul 2019center_img 09:15 (IST) 16 Jul 2019 Puducherry CM participates Human Chain protest against Hydrocarbon Chief Minister V Narayanasamy today participated in Human Chain Protest in Puducherry to oppose the move of the Central government to launch hydrocarbon projects in his state. “This Project will destroy agriculture and the fishermen also will suffer. I have written a letter to PM Narendra Modi and Petroleum Minister that I will not allow this project to take place anywhere in Puducherry,” he said.மக்கள் தான் முக்கியம் என்பதனால் புதுச்சேரியில் ஹைட்ரோகார்பன் திட்டத்தை அனுமதிக்க மாட்டோம் – மனித சங்கிலி போராட்டத்தில் முதல்வர் நாராயணசாமி #Puducherry #VNarayanasamy #Humanchain #hydrocarbonproject— Sun News (@sunnewstamil) 16 July 2019 facebook twitter whatsapp 16:16 (IST) 16 Jul 2019 facebook twitter whatsapp 15:04 (IST) 16 Jul 2019 facebook twitter whatsapp 10:32 (IST) 16 Jul 2019 facebook twitter whatsapp 13:03 (IST) 16 Jul 2019 09:41 (IST) 16 Jul 2019 Related News facebook twitter whatsapp facebook twitter whatsapp Chromepet residents fall ill after drinking contaminated water Around 10 residents of New Colony in Chromepet, Chennai were diagnosed with diarrhoea after water from the Plar river, which is supplied by the Pallavaram municipality was found to be contaminated with sewage. The residents, most of them senior citizens were forced to seek medical help after continuous bouts of vomiting, stomach aches and head aches. Municipal officials confirmed that sewage had seeped into the water due to a leak in the pipe and said that the fault has been fixed now.  11:33 (IST) 16 Jul 2019 facebook twitter whatsapp facebook twitter whatsapp 10:59 (IST) 16 Jul 2019 IIT Alumni celebrate Diamond Jubilee across the World The Indian Institute of Technology established in 1959 in Madras has crossed 60 years. The alumni of IIT-Madras grandly celebrated the historic milestone. The alumni organized the Diamond Jubilee celebration across the world ranging from Seattle to Syndey, Berlin to Bangalore, Delhi, Chennai, Pune, etc on July 13th. Apart from celebrating, the alumni are also planning to give back to the institution which shaped their career. They are planning to contribute in numerous ways including mentoring students, providing them industry connect, helping their institution engage with corporates for CSR funding, etc. 13:30 (IST) 16 Jul 2019 facebook twitter whatsapp 14:00 (IST) 16 Jul 2019 3-year-old child kidnapped from Chennai Central Station A three-year-old child was kidnapped from Puratchi Thalaivar Dr. M G Ramachandran Central Station, Chennai early Monday morning. The child, Somnath, was sleeping with his parents, both construction workers from Odisha at the railway station and was discovered missing after his parents woke up at 2 am. After the parents lodged a complaint at the Chennai Central railway police station, police sifted through CCTV footage and found the child being carried by a child lifter and leaving the Tambaram railway station at 12:45 am on Monday.According to two clips released by the railway police, the toddler, dressed in red, can be seen being carried by the kidnapper who was dressed in a light blue shirt, dark jeans and a cap in the first clip. The second clip depicted the kidnapper entering Park Town railway station using the metro rail subway and boarding a train to Tambaram along with the child. The police have formed a special team to nab the kidnapper and rescue the child. ‘Sterlite cannot be held responsible for all pollution in Tuticorin’, argues lawyer During the hearing in court today regarding the reopening of the Sterlite plant in Tuticorin, the lawyer for the defence argued in court and said, “Vedanta cannot be made responsible for all environmental pollution in Tuticorin.” The hearing for the case will be held on Wednesday.#Breaking | தூத்துக்குடியில் ஏற்பட்டுள்ள எல்லா மாசுவிற்கும் ஸ்டெர்லைட் ஆலையை பொறுப்பாக்க முடியாது* ஸ்டெர்லைட் ஆலையை திறக்க கோரிய வழக்கில் வேதாந்தா குழுமம் சார்பில் வாதம்* வழக்கில் நாளையும் வாதம் தொடர்கிறது#Thoothukudi | #Sterlite | #Vedanta— Thanthi TV (@ThanthiTV) July 16, 2019 Fourteen persons, deported from the United Arab Emirates and apprehended by the National Investigation Agency for suspected association with men linked to an alleged terror outfit, were flown from New Delhi to Chennai on a special flight Monday.READ | Deported from UAE in terror case, 14 men flown to Chennai by NIASources claimed that the men — they were said to be from Chennai, Tirunelveli, Theni, Nagapattinam and Ramanathapuram — were members of Wahdat-e-Islami Hind, a religious organisation in Tamil Nadu.Follow Chennai, Tamil Nadu News July 17 Live UpdatesLive BlogGet Chennai, Tamil Nadu news today with live updates on weather, traffic, train services, airlines, politics, movies, civic issues and much more through the day. Also read our Bangalore News Live Updates | For updates in Tamil, follow our IETamil Live Blog | 18:46 (IST) 16 Jul 2019 14:30 (IST) 16 Jul 2019 Remembering Kumbakonam fire victims Today marks the 15th anniversary of the 2004 fire accident in Kumbakonam near Thanjavur district of Tamil Nadu. 94 students of Krishna English Medium School were charred to death inside classrooms as they had no proper exit to escape. facebook twitter whatsapp PMK will form a separate committee to address education policy : Dr. Anbumani Ramadoss PMK youth-wing leader Dr.Anbumani Ramadoss today said his party will form a separate committee to explore and resolve the new education policy. Actor Suriya criticized the new education policy stating the policy focuses much on entrance exams but not on quality and equal education to all the students. .புதிய கல்வி கொள்கை குறித்து ஆராய்ந்து தீர்வு காண பாமக சார்பில் தனி குழு அமைக்கப்பட்டுள்ளது – அன்புமணி ராமதாஸ்..#AnbumaniRamadoss— Thanthi TV (@ThanthiTV) 16 July 2019 facebook twitter whatsapp facebook twitter whatsapp facebook twitter whatsapp Chennai rains: Thunderstorms, heavy rain lash parts of city Parts of Chennai received heavy rainfall on Monday night, with core areas in the city receiving 1 cm of rain. Nungambakkam, T Nagar, Guindy, Ambattur, Anna Nagar, Thiruvanmiyur, Adyar, Old Mahabalipuram Road (OMR), East Coast Road (ECR), Mogappair and parts of North Chennai received heavy rainfall, accompanied by thunderstorms on Monday night. KTC Rain Update – 3rd spell on the way. Lets hope Northern suburbs gets rains this time. Its that sort of night with 3rd spell building up, though the storms are mature near Arakonnam, steering winds looks good and might sustain till Chennai.— TamilNadu Weatherman (@praddy06) July 15, 20193rd spell of the day… This is getting deadly.could be the last spell of the night. Good night all, enjoy the rains safely.. #ChennaiRains #ChennaiWeather— Chennai Rains (@Chennai_nem) July 15, 2019Tamil Nadu: Heavy rain lashed Chennai, today.— ANI (@ANI) July 15, 2019 NEET exemption bill was rejected and sent back to TN government : Ministry of Home Affairs The Ministry of Home Affairs today said the NEET exemption bill raised by the Tamil Nadu government in February 2017 was rejected and sent back on September 22, 2017.#BREAKING நீட் விலக்கு மசோதா 2017 செப்டம்பர் 22ம் தேதி தமிழக அரசுக்கு திருப்பி அனுப்பப்பட்டுவிட்டது – மத்திய உள்துறை அமைச்சகம் உயர்நீதிமன்றத்தில் தகவல் #NEETExemptionBill— PuthiyathalaimuraiTV (@PTTVOnlineNews) 16 July 2019 facebook twitter whatsapp facebook twitter whatsapp 19:22 (IST) 16 Jul 2019 MLA requests warning signs on confectionery boxes for diabetes patients DMK MLA Poongothai Aladi Aruna requested the government to consider putting warning signs on confectionery boxes at the Tamil Nadu Assembly session today. “Our state has many diabetes patients, sweet boxes should have a warning sign on them such as the number of calories present and the sugar added”, said the MLA.In response, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami said that the government would consider the inputs given by Poongothai and will take necessary action towards the same.Poongothai Aladi Aruna, DMK MLA in Tamil Nadu assembly: Our state has many diabetes patients,sweet boxes should have a warning sign on them for e.g. how much calories and sugar added in it. Tamil Nadu CM: Govt is considering inputs from you and will take appropriate steps.— ANI (@ANI) July 16, 2019 facebook twitter whatsapp Suriya slammed the Union government’s Draft National Education Policy.Popular Tamil actor Suriya has criticised the Centre’s Draft National Education Policy (NEP), saying some of its provisions would leave students from villages in a disadvantaged state.READ | Actor Suriya criticises Centre’s draft education policy, gets flak from politicians“The new education policy decides the future of 30 crore students across the country, I’m anguished that no one has come forward to talk about this. The focus is much on entrance exams but not on quality and equal education to all the students. Without giving an equal education, how do you expect quality from students?“ he asked while speaking at the Sri Sivakumar Foundation’s 40th-anniversary function.While the city has been reeling under an acute water crisis which peaked this summer, residents of Kasimedu have been hit hard, due to erratic Metrowater supply and no means to pay for expensive private tankers who have doubled their prices since the crisis began in Chennai.READ | Chennai water crisis brings Kasimedu residents to their kneesResidents of Kasimedu, most of whom work at the Kasimedu Fish Market next to the harbour blamed the scanty rainfall for the ongoing water crisis.Chennai, Tamil Nadu News July 15 Highlights By Express Web Desk |Chennai | Updated: July 17, 2019 8:22:49 am last_img read more

As more resign Rahul Gandhi calls meeting of all Congress CMs today

first_imgSources said the meeting was called by Gandhi though the Chief Ministers had sought time with him. But with Gandhi firm on his decision to step down, the Congress is facing a crisis unparalleled in its recent history, with several leaders now calling for mass resignations.Rajya Sabha MP and former Punjab Congress president Pratap Singh Bajwa has written a letter to AICC general secretary (organisation) K C Venugopal saying Gandhi’s decision to take responsibility for the poll defeat is an example of accountability but “has not had the intended effect”.Also Read | After poor poll show, more resignations: 35 UP Congress office bearers quit 34 Comment(s) “It is my firm belief that senior party office-bearers must follow Rahul Gandhi’s lead and resign from their posts. This includes all CWC, all Chief Ministers and state chiefs. Instead, I am asking for fresh leadership, one that brings a renewed sense of purpose and drive to our demoralised cadres,” he said in the letter.“These resignations will help strengthen Rahul Gandhi’s hand and give him free rein to make the systemic changes he has envisioned. I believe that any leader who does not resign has put their personal gain over the party’s collective growth,” wrote Bajwa, who also resigned from the post of vice chairman of the Congress’s foreign affairs department.Telangana Congress working president Revanth Reddy, too, announced his decision to resign.Read | Flurry of resignations as leadership crisis deepens young-vs-old faultlines in Congress Rahul Gandhi appeals to Cong workers to help in relief ops in flood-affected areas Related News Best Of Express Rahul Gandhi exempted from personal appearance in defamation case in Surat As more resign, Rahul Gandhi calls meeting of all Congress CMs today The Chief Ministers are expected to urge Rahul Gandhi to reconsider his decision to step down as Congress chief. (PTI/File)Congress president Rahul Gandhi will meet chief ministers of all five Congress-ruled states Monday, his first with them after the party’s disastrous performance in the Lok Sabha elections. The Chief Ministers are expected to urge him to reconsider his decision to step down as Congress chief, a move which has plunged the party into crisis and has lately triggered a wave of resignations by middle-rung leaders. Advertisingcenter_img Advertising In undecided Congress, first open call for Priyanka: She should be party chief While the Congress had performed much better in Punjab, the same cannot be said in other Congress-ruled states like Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh. Gandhi has already appointed a new state chief for Chhattisgarh and in Madhya Pradesh, Chief Minister Kamal Nath is also the state Congress chief.Opinion : Rahul Gandhi’s decision to quit has left Congress in limboNath is expected to convey to Rahul his willingness to step down as MPCC chief Monday but finding his successor is not an easy task.While those close to former Congress MP Jyotiraditya Scindia want him to be appointed MPCC chief, Nath and senior leader Digvijaya Singh may prefer other choices. Sources said they could pitch for a young leader, who is acceptable to both of them.In Rajasthan, Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot is also the PCC chief. The party will have to find his successor too. Ayodhya dispute: Mediation to continue till July 31, SC hearing likely from August 2 P Rajagopal, Saravana Bhavan founder sentenced to life for murder, dies Chandrayaan-2 gets new launch date days after being called off Written by Manoj C G | New Delhi | Updated: July 1, 2019 12:47:12 pmlast_img read more

Controversial plastic trash collector begins maiden ocean voyage

first_img Sign up for our daily newsletter Get more great content like this delivered right to you! Country *Update, 11 September, 9:55 a.m.: A high-profile and controversial effort to collect and haul away plastic trash in the ocean is finally going to sea. A massive tugboat left San Francisco Bay this weekend, pulling a long sinuous boom constructed by The Ocean Cleanup, a nonprofit based in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. The device, which is intended to catch plastic trash floating at the surface, will be tested for 2 weeks about 400 kilometers offshore. If it does well, the boom will be towed to a concentration of floating trash about 2200 kilometers from California. Although the original design called for a few trash collectors each with a 200-kilometer span, revised plans called for many smaller collectors with 1-kilometer-long booms. The current system has been scaled down further, to 600 meters in length. The Ocean Cleanup hopes to make its first pickup run in 6 months, shipping the trash back to shore and converting it into promotional objects to help cover costs. As Science reported below on 11 May 2017, critics are skeptical of the project, which some see as well-intentioned but misguided.Critics say plan for drifting ocean trash collectors is unmooredIt is undeniably an ambitious vision. Boyan Slat, a charismatic 22-year-old drop-out inventor, plans to clean up plastic trash circulating in the North Pacific Gyre by launching a fleet of floating trash collectors. Ocean currents would propel floating plastic trash into curved floating booms, which would funnel trash toward a central tank, to be collected monthly by ships. “We let the plastic come to us,” he says. The group hopes to eventually finance the operation by recycling the plastic and selling it as a branded product or raw material. Slat already has a pair of sunglasses made from recycled Pacific plastic.Skeptics say the idea doesn’t make much sense and that collecting trash closer to shore would be more cost effective. “Focusing clean-up at those gyres, in the opinion of most of the scientific community, is a waste of effort,” says marine biologist Jan van Franeker of Wageningen Marine Research in the Netherlands. “It’s a lot of money to reduce something that disappears in 10 to 20 years, if you stop the input.” His research on seabirds showed a 75% decline of ingested plastic over 2 decades after reductions in industrial plastic entering the North Sea. 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Slat’s 4-year-old organization, The Ocean Cleanup, based in Delft, the Netherlands, is well on its way to launching its first unit. At an event tonight in the Werkspoorkathedraal—an industrial meeting hall in Utrecht, the Netherlands—Slat unveiled a new design that he says will allow The Ocean Cleanup to deploy its first collector in 2018, 2 years earlier than planned. It will also collect trash at twice the rate of earlier designs, he predicts. Click to view the privacy policy. Required fields are indicated by an asterisk (*) The Ocean Cleanup Early encounter with plastic trashSlat says he first experienced ocean plastic when he was 16. While diving in Greece, he recalls, he saw more plastic bags than fish. He designed a high school science project for cleaning up marine trash, and says he’s always been passionate about technology. “The act of creation, making something a reality, is one of the most fulfilling things you can do.” After a half-year of studying aerospace engineering (model rocketry was another early passion), Slat left university to found The Ocean Cleanup in 2013. Since then, and with the help of a TEDx Talk that has received 2.5 million views, The Ocean Cleanup has raised $31.5 million in donations—two-thirds of it since November 2016, with large amounts coming from silicon valley investor Peter Thiel, the chemical company Royal DSM, and other donors.The Ocean Cleanup has about 65 engineers and other staff. While designing the collector, Slat’s team has also been studying plastic in the North Pacific. Most research vessels use 1-meter-wide trawls to sample plastic debris. In 2015, The Ocean Cleanup organized an expedition of some 30 ships, including a decommissioned National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration research vessel, to measure larger pieces of debris. Last year, they also flew over the area to measure amounts of even bigger trash, including lost or discarded fishing gear called ghost nets. They plan to publish their findings this year.In June 2016, the group tested a 100-meter prototype collector for structural integrity, placing it 16 kilometers into the North Sea. After 2 months the shackles connecting the booms to the mooring had begun to fail. Although the prototype experienced weather rougher than that typical of the Pacific, the test highlighted the long-standing challenge of how to secure the collectors to the seabed in water some 5 kilometers deep.In a shift, engineers have come up with a new design. The approach is to use weights suspended a few hundred meters below the surface, where, according to the organization’s ocean circulation models, the currents are about one-fifth the surface speed. The weights consist of 12-meter-tall metal towers, shaped like a plus sign in cross section, that will drag in these slower currents. Because the surface water moves faster, plastic debris will collect on the drifting booms.The organization also announced today it was downscaling the overall design. Instead of a few units each with two 100-kilometer-long arms, they will build multiple smaller collectors that are 1 kilometer long. This smaller scale should cut the per-unit cost to a few million dollars, Slat says, and also advance the production schedule by about 2 years, allowing deployment of the first unit in early 2018. Initial calculations suggested a moored design would collect about 40% of the plastic in the North Pacific Gyre within 10 years. The new design should be able to collect trash faster—by drifting into the denser accumulations of plastic—and remove half of the plastic within 5 years, once 50 units are at work.Erik van Sebille, a physical oceanographer at Utrecht University, Netherlands, attended the event and liked what he saw. Two years ago, he says, Ocean Cleanup seemed like a group of single-minded engineers out to save the world. “A lot of scientists thought they were stubborn,” he says. “Yesterday they showed that there are not afraid to change their approach. The radical rethink, ditching the mooring–I think that’s great. And they’ve become more scientifically aware.” From an oceanographic perspective he says the new design “makes sense in the first order,” but he would need to see more details before being convinced that it will work as intended.  Solution, or ineffective distraction?So far, critics haven’t been impressed, listing technical limitations and concerns such as harm to marine life. “It’s not the best solution,” says Marcus Eriksen of the ocean nonprofit The 5 Gyres Institute, based in Los Angeles, California. “In fact, it’s a distraction from the work going on upstream.” Most environmental groups working on ocean pollution focus on reducing the amount of plastic that enters the ocean, and, ultimately, what Eriksen calls “the heavy lift of ending the one-time, throwaway culture.” Another issue is that researchers suspect much of the plastic that enters the ocean sinks to the sea floor, where it is inaccessible to floating trash-catching devices.The open ocean may not be the best place to locate trash collectors. Computer simulations, published last year in Environmental Research Letters, suggested that collectors located near China and Indonesia would be more than twice as efficient at capturing microplastic—and collect fewer plankton—than ones located in the North Pacific. In streams and rivers, floating collectors can significantly reduce the amount of trash entering the ocean.Slat replies that there is not an either-or solution. “We need to do both,” he says. “We need to intercept plastic before it becomes ocean plastic. And we need to clean up what is out there.” Eriksen says that plastic on the high seas is mostly lost or discarded fishing gear. Fishermen could be paid or encouraged to collect it, which he says has worked reasonably well in the North Sea. The rest will eventually break down. Updated, 5/12/2017, 1:00 p.m.: This story has been updated to include a quote from Erik van Sebille,last_img read more

Drug lord El Chapo should get life in prison US prosecutors

first_imgBy AP |New York | Published: July 11, 2019 11:39:38 am Post Comment(s) The federal government said in papers filed Wednesday the court should sentence Joaquin Guzman to the statutory mandatory minimum of life imprisonment plus an additional 30 years.Prosecutors also asked the judge to order restitution for the victims in an amount to be later determined.Guzman’s lawyer, Jeffrey Lichtman, called the sentencing request “superfluous.” He also said the restitution was “money in theory and not reality” and that the “government has yet to locate a penny” of Guzman’s purported $12.6 billion in drug proceeds prosecutors want to be forfeited.Guzman was convicted in February of murder conspiracy and drug trafficking.He’s scheduled to be sentenced on July 17. mexican drug lord, el chapo, el chapo trial, el chapo arrest, el chapo case, el chapo news, world news, indian express Recaptured drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman is scheduled to be sentenced on July 17. REUTERS/File PhotoUS prosecutors want the convicted Mexican drug lord known as “El Chapo” to spend his life in prison. Related News US demands $12.7 billion in judgment against ‘El Chapo’ Advertising Star witness against ‘El Chapo’ to be sentenced in Chicago El Chapo earned USD 12,666,181,704, prosecutors say. They want him to pay it back. last_img read more

Radiation therapy can lower risk of breast cancer recurrence in patients with

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Oct 30 2018A subset of patients with low-risk breast cancer is highly unlikely to see cancer return following breast conservation surgery but can lower that risk even further with radiation therapy, finds a new long-term clinical trial report. These 12-year follow-up data from the only prospective, randomized trial to compare recurrence outcomes after treatment for low-risk ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) were presented last week at the 60th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO).In this long-term update, patients with “good risk” DCIS — defined by the research team as cancer found only on mammogram or incidentally during a breast biopsy for another reason — continued to experience extremely low recurrence 12 years after breast conservation surgery. Those who underwent whole breast radiation therapy (WBRT) and those who also opted to take tamoxifen experienced the lowest recurrence rates, but even those who received no further treatment following surgery did not experience any life-threatening consequences.”I think the most surprising thing was that the recurrence rate in patients randomized to receive radiation therapy was so low. Radiation reduced recurrence by more than 70 percent, and this was a much more profound impact than we expected,” said Beryl McCormick, MD, FASTRO, lead investigator of the NRG Oncology/RTOG multi-center trial, Chief of the External Beam Radiotherapy Service at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and a professor of radiation oncology at Cornell University in New York.Since none of the tumors that recurred in either group appeared to pose a life-threatening risk, however, Dr. McCormick said it was reasonable for patients to determine, in consultation with their physician, whether continued treatment following surgery was something they wanted to do.”Not all DCIS is the same,” said Dr. McCormick. “This type of cancer will not impact life expectancy. We found that radiation does significantly reduce the risk for recurrence, but you are starting with an extremely low recurrence rate even without radiation. Therefore, there should be a meaningful discussion between patient and doctor about whether additional treatment is something the patient wishes to pursue.”DCIS is a cancer of the cells that line the milk ducts of the breast. It accounts for roughly one-fourth of all new breast cancers for an estimated 60,000 cases diagnosed in the United States each year. The currentEligible tumors were 2.5 centimeters (cm) or smaller, with margins of three millimeters or less, and of low or intermediate nuclear grade. From 1999 to 2006, 636 patients were randomly assigned to receive WBRT with standard doses or to an observation arm. The use of tamoxifen for five years was optional. Initial results, including seven years of follow-up, were reported in 2013 andRelated StoriesUsing artificial intelligence to personalize the dose of radiation therapy for cancer patientsImmune system could be blamed for ineffectiveness of high-dose radiation against lung cancerRadiation associated with increased risk of adverse cardiac events in lung cancer patientsThe new analyses include long-term follow-up data for 629 patients whose median age was 58 years, including 76 percent post-menopausal women. Mean pathological tumor size was 0.60 centimeters (61 percent 0.5 cm or smaller, 65 percent with a margin width of 1.0 cm or larger or a completely negative re-excision specimen). The highest nuclear tumor grade was 1, found in 44 percent of patients; grade-2 tumors were diagnosed in the remaining 56 percent. Tamoxifen was used by 58 percent of patients on the WBRT arm and 65 percent of those on the observation arm (p=0.05).Median follow-up time was 12.4 years. After 12 years, the cumulative incidence of local recurrence was 2.8 percent (95% CI 1.1, 5.6) for those in the WBRT arm and 11.4 percent (7.7, 15.8) for those in the observation arm (hazard ratio (HR) 0.26, 95% CI 0.13, 0.54; p=0.0001). The 12-year cumulative incidence of invasive local recurrence was 1.5 percent (95% CI 0.4, 4.0) for those in the WBRT arm and 5.8 percent (3.2, 9.5) for those who did not receive radiation (HR 0.34, 95% CI 0.14, 0.85; p=0.016).In multivariate analysis, only those who received both WBRT (HR 0.25, 95% CI 0.12, 0.53; p=0.0003) and tamoxifen (HR 0.50, 95% CI 0.27, 0.91; p=0.024) experienced reduced local recurrence. Neither age nor pathological tumor size were significant for predicting local recurrence or invasive local recurrence. There were no significant differences between treatment arms for overall survival, disease-free survival or mastectomy use.During the additional five years following surgery, noted Dr. McCormick, “there was a slight creeping up of local recurrence rate.” For those who received WBRT, the rate increased by just under 1 percent, bringing it to nearly 3 percent post-surgery. For those who did not receive radiation, the recurrence rate increased by one percentage point each additional year of follow-up, climbing from just under 7 percent to just under 12 percent after 12 years.These results “should inform a meaningful patient-physician discussion that includes risks, benefits and the patient’s own degree of comfort,” Dr. McCormick concluded.”All of us have a different definition of what is an acceptable risk,” she said. “Some patients with DCIS will still want radiation therapy. But for others, the risk is so low they may opt not to treat, and that should be considered a viable option.”Source: read more