The Pope says Charlie Gards parents should be allowed to stay with

first_imgCharlie Gard with his parents They said they had been denied their final wish to be able to take their son home to die and felt “let down” after losing their legal fight.The hospital later confirmed it was “putting plans in place for his care”. Charlie, who suffers from a rare genetic condition and has brain damage, is being cared for at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH).The little boy has been at the centre of a lengthy legal battle between his parents, who wanted him to undergo a therapy trial in the US, and specialists at the hospital who said the treatment was experimental and would not help.On Friday a picture of the couple sleeping on either side of their son in hospital was posted on their Twitter account alongside the hashtags #jesuisCharlieGard #charliesfight #letcharliegohome. Charlie Gard with his parentsCredit:PA  The couple released an emotional video a day earlier saying they had been told Charlie would die on Friday.center_img Pope Francis has called for the parents of terminally-ill Charlie Gard to be allowed to “accompany and treat their child until the end”.It comes as Chris Gard and Connie Yates are spending the last days of their 10-month-old son’s life with him, after being given more time before his life-support is turned off.In a statement, the Vatican press office said the pope “is following with affection and sadness the case of little Charlie Gard and expresses his closeness to his parents. For this he prays that their wish to accompany and treat their child until the end is not neglected”. Charlie’s plight has touched many people and the family received donations totalling more than £1.3 million to take him to the US for therapy.Monsignor Vincenzo Paglia of the Vatican’s Pontifical Academy for Life issued a statement saying: “Dear Charlie, dear parents Chris Gard and Connie Yates, we are praying for you and with you.”He also drew criticism for saying the parents’ wishes should be respected, but that they must also be helped to understand the “unique difficulty of their situation”.Campaigners have pledged their support to the family on social media using hashtags and blue heart emoticons.Charlie’s parents, both in their 30s and from Bedfont, west London, had asked European court judges in Strasbourg, France, to consider their case after judges in the High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court in London ruled in favour of GOSH doctors.But on Tuesday the European Court of Human Rights refused to intervene Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Jagdeo agrees to meet Granger over 2nd rejected GECOM list

Meanwhile, Jagdeo used the occasion to speculate on what the possible outcome of Monday’s meeting could be.According to the Opposition Leader, the President could request a third list—’a request with which he will have to comply with as per constitutional provisions’ he said. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedJagdeo says willing to explore nominating foreigner as GECOM ChairJune 27, 2019In “latest news”GECOM Chair 3rd list: Opposition Leader shortlists 10, says 1 already declinedJuly 12, 2017In “latest news”President, Opposition Leader to meet todayJuly 4, 2019In “latest news” Jagdeo however, said he disagreed with the “President’s interpretation.”Those on the second rejected list by Head of State Granger are Retired Justice of Appeal B.S Roy,  Retired Justice William Ramlall;  Attorney-at-law and a former Magistrate, Ms. Oneidge Walrond-Allicock; Attorney-at-Law, Kashir Khan;  Attorney-at-law, Nadia Sagar and businessman, Gerald Gouveia. …reiterates extra-parliamentary actions if President acts unilaterally Opposition Leader, Dr Bharrat Jagdeo (L) and President David Granger (R)Leader of the Political Opposition, former President and Peoples Progressive Party Civic (PPP/C) General Secretary Dr Bharrat Jagdeo has committed to meeting with Head of State, David Granger on Monday over the protracted impasse in the selection of a nominee for the Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) with a second list rejected again this past week.   Jagdeo made the pronouncement today (June 8, 2017) as he met with members of the media at his Church Street, Leader of the Opposition Office and said despite his disagreement with the president’s decision, the offer to meet must be taken at face value as an attempt at a collaborative approach in solving the imbroglio.The Opposition Leader was quick to also reject recent speculations published in the public domain purportedly sourced to him as positions adopted in light of the President’s refusal of his nominees.According to Jagdeo, “I do not conduct negotiations or discussion of a critical nature in the media…Nor will I telegraph my position.”The opposition leader sought to make it clear that the Executive of the Peoples Progressive Party Civic (PPP/C) will be meeting tomorrow at which time the matter will be discussed.The former President prefaced his remarks to the media by openly rejecting the interpretation offered by President Granger.Granger in his rejection of the second list of nominees said all of the persons did not meet within the criteria set out in the Constitution, and by him. He suggested too that the President could also decide to appoint a GECOM Chairman unilaterally and reminded that this course of action will be staunchly resisted.The PPP General Secretary indicated that this is a big concern for the party, “particularly given signals from the government that they may move to unilaterally, unconstitutionally, and unlawfully appoint a Chairman of GECOM.”He said should the President go this route he will be faced with “litigation and there are other actions that I will not speak about at this point in time.”According to the former President the party will be exercising extra-parliamentary and parliamentary actions.Jagdeo suggested too that the President could very well suggest a completely different course of action in resolving the imbroglio—a suggestion that would have to be taken under advisement.Meanwhile, on the matter of the pending court case filed by a private citizen with a view to secure an interpretation of the constitutional provision (Article 161 (2)) for the appointment of the GECOM Chair, Jagdeo said he will not be awaiting the determination of that case.  Jagdeo surmised there is no assurance that the matter will be determined in finality at its next hearing and in fact the matter could very well be appealed all the way to the Caribbean Court of Justice.He suggested that the matter is of such a nature that it would be imprudent for him to await its conclusion. read more

Solskjaer named Premier League Manager of the Month

first_imgManchester United interim boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been named the Premier League Manager of the Month for January.Solskjaer equally became the first United manager to receive the award since Sir Alex Ferguson in October 2012 – when they last won the Premier League.Another W for Ole Gunnar SolskjaerYour @BarclaysFooty Manager of the Month for January#PLAwards— Premier League (@premierleague) February 8, 2019United made a clean sweep of victories in January against Newcastle, Tottenham, and Brighton apart from the Burnley draw, the only stalemate since the Norwegian took over as caretaker boss.Solskjaer, who masterminded the three successive wins in December, has taken United to within two points of fourth-placed Chelsea, ahead of Saturday’s trip to Fulham.Asked at his Friday news conference about his impressive start at United, Solskjaer disclosed to Sky Sports: “It’s been a great achievement.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“The team deserves every single bit of credit – they’ve done it.“But I don’t look back at being proud of this and proud of that, I’ve never been that way, I’ve always looked forward and not sat down before a chapter is finished.“I reflect, but I’ve never [pat myself on the back] and said, ‘Well done’, maybe I should do more often. But that’s just me.”The former United striker is heavily tipped to take over as the manager on a permanent basis and that could be sealed earlier if guides United to the Champions League.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been named the Premier League manager of the month for January.He becomes the first United manager since Sir Alex Ferguson retired to win it.Ole’s at the wheel! 🇾🇪👏🏼 #mufc— United Xtra (@utdxtra) February 8, 2019last_img read more

50th giraffe born at Zoo Miami showcased in new exhibit

first_imgSOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – A new exhibit at Zoo Miami is featuring a baby giraffe that was delivered at the zoo.The baby giraffe was born last week and is now bringing crowds to the new exhibit, starting this weekend.The calf, who hasn’t been named yet, weighed in at 138 pounds at birth and stood nearly 6 feet tall.It is the 50th giraffe to be born at Zoo Miami.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

POLICE LOG for January 6 Methuen Man Arrested Vehicle Fire Christmas Trees

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights from the Wilmington Police Log for Sunday, January 6, 2019:A 2-vehicle crash took place on 93 North, near Exit 41. At least 2 additional vehicles were damaged due to debris from the crash. (2:00am)Police assisted the Fire Department with a vehicle fire on Middlesex Avenue. (12:36pm)A caller reported a person jogging on Middlesex Avenue placed something in his mailbox and his neighbor’s. Police responded. Item was just a flyer. (12:52pm)Zachary Brennan (23, Methuen) was arrested on a warrant. Police responded after a caller reported two suspicious white males with dark clothing and a duffle bag in the Heavnly Donuts parking lot. Both men were warned about trespassing on the tracks. (4:26pm)A caller reported a black SUV struck a fence on Salem Street. SUV drove away. Police unable to locate and did not note any fence damage. (6:56pm)A caller reported a Christmas tree was in the middle of the road on Church Street. Police moved it to the side. (7:28pm)Another caller reported a Christmas tree was in the middle of the road on Salem Street, near the Winchester Family Medical Center. Police moved tree. (8:01pm)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information.  An arrest does not constitute a conviction.  Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPOLICE LOG for August 18: 2 Vehicles With Same License Plate; Statue Missing From Wildwood CemeteryIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for July 27: OUI Arrest; Woman Brings Caged Bird To Town BeachIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 31: Woburn Man Arrested For OUI; Bad Highway Crash Required MedflightIn “Police Log”last_img read more

Kenai Peninsula doctor calls for needle exchange program

first_img(Image courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control)One of the dangers tied to drug abuse is the risk of transmitting disease through needle sharing. Dirty needles are a common vehicle for HIV, Hepatitis C, Hepatitis B and other serious infections. A proven solution is providing access to clean needles and a safe place to dispose of dirty ones.  A local doctor wants to start Homer’s first syringe exchange program.Alaska has a bad track record when it comes to IV drug use. Heroin abuse alonedoubled in the state between 2007 and 2013.The World Health Organization blames five to ten percent of the world’s new HIV cases on IV drug abuse. And the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the same for 60% of new Hepatitis C cases in the United States.“The one we see most commonly in Alaska is Hepatitis C,” said Sarah Spencer.Dr. Sarah Spencer works in addiction medicine at Homer Medical Center in Homer and Ninilchik Tribal Clinic. She wants to start a syringe exchange program. A place people can drop off their used needles in exchange for clean ones.“And also things like sterile cotton that they would use in the process of injecting IV drugs,” said Spencer.She says exchanges reduce cases of HIV and Hepatitis by between 30% and 50%.“About a thousand people in Alaska are diagnosed with Hepatitis C every year. It’s actually significantly more contagious than HIV. HIV is still certainly around but it’s not nearly as prevalent as Hepatitis C,” said Spencer.On top of viruses – which include Hepatitis B – Spencer says dirty needles can also cause bacterial infections that are even more common and can be more dangerous.“Those can occur even if somebody is not sharing a needle,” said Spencer.Say someone is using an old needle over and over again. The needle gets dirty and they may not take simple precautions like using alcohol wipes to clean the injection site.“And that bacteria will get underneath the skin with the needle and can cause skin infections, abscesses and boils under the skin caused by staph bacteria,” said Spencer.Spencer says those infections often lead to emergency room visits, occasionally blood poisoning, infection of the heart valves…“…which we call endocarditis and from there it can actually spread through the whole body and cause abscesses in your brain, your lungs [and] really horrible life threatening diseases that are very difficult to treat, even with antibiotics,” explained Spencer.Spencer says a syringe exchange program could stop that from happening. There are only three in Alaska. They’re in Juneau, Fairbanks and Anchorage.“The AMA (American Medical Association), the National Institute of Health [and] the Surgeon General have all reviewed the evidence and every single one of them has come to the same conclusion. These programs save money and they reduce the spread of disease,” said Spencer.But, could an exchange program unintentionally encourage drug use?Spencer says no. Exchanges actually help decrease drug use because drug addicts can be steered into treatment.The cost savings Spencer mentioned comes from a drop in hospital bills.“Many of the people who are using IV drugs are not in a position where they’re able to work. Many of them don’t have health insurance. When they have a life threatening illness and they seek emergency care for that the taxpayer is going to pay the bill,” explained Spencer.She says each case of hepatitis C can cost $100,000 to treat but an entire year’s supply of syringes for one person is around $500.Starting an exchange is relatively easy. There are grant opportunities for funding. Manpower can come from volunteers and supplies can be bought cheaply in bulk. Spencer says the hard parts will be finding a way to get rid of dirty needles safely and finding a building to work out of.“The city government, the hospital, [or] a private organization; someone has to be willing to allow a space to be used several times a month,” said Spencer.It’s impossible to say how many people would use a syringe exchange in Homer. Spencer says the average number of IV drug users in the country is between one and two percent of the population.last_img read more

Bureaucrats appointment as election officers challenged

first_imgHigh CourtEngaging deputy commissioners — mid-ranking public servants of the administration cadre — in conducting elections in each administrative district has been legally challenged.A Supreme Court lawyer filed a writ petition with the High Court Thursday, challenging the appointment of deputy commissioners (DCs) and also divisional commissioners as returning officers (ROs).The hearing of the petition may be held on Sunday.A copy of the writ petition has already been sent to the election commission secretariat.An HC division bench of justice Syed Refaat Ahmed and justice Md Iqbal Kabir gave the approval for filing the writ.”We’ve filed the writ after getting approval from the court. The writ may be heard on Sunday,” petitioner Abdur Rahman told Prothom Alo.”We didn’t seek postponement of the polls. We’ve demanded replacement of divisional commissioners and deputy commissioners by district election officers as returning officers. The neutral and independent manpower is needed to hold free and fair elections.”The petitioner argues, as per the constitution, the deputy commissioners cannot conduct elections.”It shall be the duty of all executive authorities to assist the Election Commission in the discharge of its functions,” reads article 126 of the constitution.Since the deputy commissioners work under the executive, they themselves cannot conduct the elections directly, the petitioner said adding that the deputy commissioners may assist the commission as supportive force.The writ also argues that the article 118 (4) of the constitution will be violated if the DCs conduct elections.Section 4 of the article 118 says, “The Election Commission shall be independent in the exercise of its functions and subject only to this Constitution and any other law.”If and when DCs are returning officers, they actually work under the public administration ministry, according to the petitioner.The writ petition reads the returning officers will conduct elections as per section seven (4) of the Representation of People Order (RPO) 1973. “But the constitution does not support it,” it added.The election commission has its own officers to discharge duties as returning officers. But, it pointed out, none of them were appointed as returning officers. Only an upazila election officer was appointed as an assistant returning officer.The writ seeks replacement of UNOs (upazila nirbahi officers) by upazila election officers as assistant returning officers.US election observation organisation NDI, in a recent report, recommended appointment of the least number of government officers to hold a fair election.When contacted, public relation director of the election commission, MM Asaduzzaman said he is not aware of the writ petition.*This report, originally published in Prothom Alo online edition, has been rewritten in English by Rabiul Islamlast_img read more

Why Pinball disappeared as a default Windows app

first_imgIf you were a Windows user before the days of Windows Vista, 7, and 8, you may remember that Microsoft shipped its operating system with an included pinball game. That game was called 3D Pinball for Windows – Space Cadet to give it its full title, but more commonly got referred to as 3D Pinball or just Pinball.The last time Pinball was included with the OS was when Microsoft shipped Windows XP. When Vista arrived, it disappeared, and has never been included again. But why?Raymond Chen, software engineer and well-known Microsoft blogger, has cleared up the mystery. It all comes down to source code that was difficult read and devoid of any comments.Chen was tasked with porting millions of lines of code over from Windows XP 32-bit so Microsoft could ship Windows XP 64-bit. That code included Pinball, but it had a collision bug that saw the ball drop through the launcher and off the table, rendering the game unplayable. The game was developed by Maxis several years earlier (it also shipped with Windows 95), not Microsoft, but Chen had to try and fix the bug.In the end, Chen and another Microsoft programmer couldn’t figure out how the game worked just from looking through the source code. And with no help being offered from comments or documentation, they had to give up and carry on porting other things due to time constraints.Ultimately that’s why Pinball got dropped after Windows XP, but it doesn’t mean you can’t still play it! Wondering how to play 3D Pinball now? Apparently if you have Pinball on an old machine you can copy the Pinball folder from the C:\Program Files\Windows NT directory and get it to run on all versions of Windows since Windows XP. It even runs through Wine if you prefer to use Linux.via The Old New Thinglast_img read more

Electronic nose prototype may be worn for safetysniffing

first_img Explore further © 2012 Phys.Org This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. More information: Technology Review, CNET Citation: Electronic nose prototype may be worn for safety-sniffing (2012, May 12) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Quantum Tunnelling Composite Materials to Aid Next Generation Tactile Robotic Skin Development The key differentiator in the Peratech nose comes from its materials. The sensor was developed using the company’s Quantum Tunnelling Composite (QTC) material, which has attracted much interest among researchers in and outside the company. Peratech says its Quantun Tunnelling Composite is a class of electrically conductive material, and its technology was developed in conjunction with the University of Durham based on discoveries by the company founders. Peratech won this year’s Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the Innovation category for its QTC technology.A University of Durham paper further defines QTC as a new type of metal-polymer; the materials change their resistance when a force is applied. In this case, the polymer content of the composite swells when exposed to VOCs. The material shows changes in electrical conductivity when mechanically deformed in any way (compressed, stretched, etc). “The reason for this unusual electrical behavior is thought to be due to a quantum-mechanical tunnelling process, whereby conduction electrons tunnel from one metallic grain to another.“The possibilities of the company’s device as a wearable sniffer may take the form of protective clothing for first responders who must carry out their work in areas that may be chemically contaminated. The prototype is also suggested as making its way into general clothing for people who need to monitor their health. Quantum Tunnelling Composites actually form an entire area of material science with a range of possible applications. The apps range from robotics to touch screens to consumer electrical products. David Lussey, Peratech’s chief technology officer, considers its QTC technology as “a small tiger by the tail.” He said that there are many ways in which QTC could be put to use but the company is focusing on one thing at a time. The electronic nose application was developed with the QTC research group at the University of Durham. Professor David Bloor, who has been part of the collaboration with Peratech, also considers Quantum Tunnelling Composite as unique in materials science. Referring to investigations of its properties by a team of researchers and students, he said “these never cease to amaze and open up different ways in which it can be used.”Peratech says it is looking for companies interested in licensing the technology from them to develop products. ( — A UK company has developed an electronic nose that the company says can make a real difference, as a fast-acting device for detecting harmful substances in the environment. Peratech claims its electronic nose can pick up the presence of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) quickly and that its fast-acting sniffer has a large response signal (change in electric charge). The company also says its sensors have low power requirements that could be supplied by a small dedicated power source integrated into clothing.last_img read more

On an Arctic trip

first_imgThis spectacular photo is a part of an exhibit called ‘Accessible Arctic’. The show was assembled and curated by the Canadian Museum of Nature.and Canadian Geographic.  Together, they have formed a dynamic partnership to showcase Canada’s amazing natural history. The Accessible Arctic brings the beauty of the North closer to us as it speaks of its past, present and future. These quintessential images of nature and life in the arctic also remind us of the vast treasure that we hold in trust for future generations. The exhibition is being showcased in India, the timing of this exhibit marks Canada taking over the chair of the Arctic Council and India’s newly granted observer status at the Arctic Council.last_img