KINGS COUNTY: Gladys Porter Bridge Gladys Porter Bridge in Port Williams is reduced to one lane for bridge rehabilitation until Monday, Nov. 28. Traffic lights are in place. Local Area Office: 902-542-6344 KINGS COUNTY: Grand Pre Bridge Grand Pre Bridge is reduced to one lane for repairs until Wednesday, Nov. 30. Traffic lights are in place. Local Area Office: 902-542-6344 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Eagle Drive Eagle Drive, from Salmon River Road to its end, will be closed for paving and sidewalk repairs until Wednesday, Nov. 30. A detour is in place. Local Area Office: 902-893-5776 CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Allan Hill and South Branch Roads Allan Hill and South Branch roads in the Advocate area have a weight restriction of five tonnes until further notice. Local Area Office: 902-667-2972 INVERNESS COUNTY: Trunk 30 (Cabot Trail) Trunk 30 (Cabot Trail) from about a half a kilometre south of Brazile Road, for about 6.5 kilometres, is reduced to one lane for upgrading, planing and asphalt concrete patching until Sunday, Dec. 3. Pilot vehicles and traffic control on site. Work will take place from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-625-4771 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Trunk 3 Traffic on sections of Trunk 3 from Boutiliers Point Road to the intersection of Route 333, will be reduced to one lane until Wednesday, Nov. 30, for repaving. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. A pilot vehicle will guide drivers safely through the construction area. Delays are possible. Local Area Office: 902-835-3935 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 125 Part of Exit 7 on Highway 125 will have a one-lane closure for construction of a new bridge until Aug. 31. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-563-2518 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Hillside Road Sections of Hillside Road will be reduced to one lane until Tuesday, Nov. 29, for repaving north from the intersection of Route 327. Drivers should take extra caution in the area. Local Office: 902-769-2192 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Leitches Creek Bridge Leitches Creek Bridge on Route 305 (Keltic Drive) will be closed for repairs until Friday, Dec. 2. Detour on Highway 125. Local Area Office: 902-563-2371 ANTIGONISH COUNTY: William’s Point Road William’s Point Road will be reduced to one lane for repaving until Wednesday, Nov. 30. Traffic control is in place. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-863-7378 GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Route 316 Route 316, between Middle Country Harbour and Stormont, will have alternating lane closures for ditching, draining pipes, patching and paving until Thursday, Dec. 15. Traffic control and a pilot vehicle are on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-533-4350 ANTIGONISH COUNTY: Lower South River Bridge Lower South River Bridge will be reduced to one lane until Oct. 31, to construct a bailey bridge. A detour replaces the Lower South River bridge and approaches until Aug. 31, 2012. Traffic control on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-863-7378 CONTINUING WORK ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Trunk 10 Trunk 10, from Crisp Road intersection, south for 4.5 kilometres, and from West Dalhousie Road intersection, south for 9.3 kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for ditching, culvert replacement and paving until Friday, Dec. 2. Traffic control is on site. Work takes place from dawn until dusk. Local Area Office: 902- 825-4154 INVERNESS COUNTY: Trunk 19 Trunk 19, for 6.5 kilometres from Campbell’s Road, to south of Chishom Road, and River Deny’s Road for about two kilometres from Trunk 19, will be reduced to one lane for cold planing and asphalt repairs until Saturday, Nov. 26. A pilot vehicle and traffic control people will be on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 RICHMOND COUNTY: Trunk 4 Trunk 4, from about 5.5 kilometres east of Lakeshore Drive, west at Campbell’s Brook Bridge, will be reduced to one lane for bridge repairs, upgrading and paving until Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2012. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 YARMOUTH COUNTY: Hurlburt Falls Bridge Hurlburt Falls Bridge on Lake Vaughan Road will be closed for repairs. It is expected to reopen Wednesday, Nov. 30. A marked detour is available. Local Area Office: 902-742-2415 -30- ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Mary Jane Riley Road Mary Jane Riley Road, over Highway 101, will be reduced to one lane for paving, pipe installation and guardrail work until Wednesday, Nov. 30. Traffic control is on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-825-4827 COLCHESTER/CUMBERLAND COUNTIES: Folly Mountain Baseline Road, eight kilometres south of the Cumberland/Colchester county line, will be reduced to one lane for paving, graveling and shouldering until Wednesday, Nov. 30. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-893-5776 VICTORIA COUNTY: MacLeod Angus Bridge Traffic on the MacLeod Angus Bridge in South Harbour, over the South Aspy River on the Cabot Trail, is reduced to one lane until further notice. Traffic signals are in place at the bridge. Local Area Office: 902-383-2232 CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Howard Bridge Howard Bridge on Fountain Road, 700 metres west from Route 307, will be closed for repairs until Friday, Dec. 9. Signed detour in place. Work takes place from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-893-6194 RICHMOND COUNTY: Trunk 4 Sections of Trunk 4, west from Lakeshore Drive, will be reduced to one lane until Thursday, Dec. 15. A pilot vehicle will be onsite. Travel with extra caution. Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 KINGS COUNTY: Bridge Closure Traffic on the Busby McMahon Bridge on Brooklyn Street, near Aylesford, is reduced to one lane until further notice. Traffic lights are in place. Local Area Office: 902-679-4979 INVERNESS COUNTY: Murrays Hill Bridge Murrays Hill Bridge, which crosses the Mabou River near Rankinville Road, is closed until further notice. Local Area Office: 902-625-4388 CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Mountain Bridge Mountain Bridge on the Mountain Road, near River Phillip, will be closed for repairs until further notice. Local Area Office: 902-477-7002 ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Highway 101 Highway 101, from Exit 23A to Mary Jane Riley Road, will be reduced to one lane for reconstruction of ramps until Wednesday, Nov. 30. Traffic control is on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-825-4827 GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Lane Closures, Canso Causeway Traffic on Highway 104 on the Canso Causeway will be reduced to one lane from sunset to sunrise for guardrail installation and shoulder improvements. Traffic control staff and a pilot vehicle will guide drivers safely through the construction zone. Work is scheduled for completion on Thursday, Dec. 15. Please drive with extra care during construction period. Local Area Office: 902-533-2771 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Route 216 Route 216, from Trunk 4, west for about seven kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for repaving until Wednesday, Nov. 30. Work takes place from dawn until dusk. Local Area Office: 902-794-5120 GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Melford Brook Bridge The Melford Brook Bridge on Route 344 at Middle Melford is closed. A two-lane detour bridge is in place until a permanent bridge is built. The speed limit has been reduced to 60 km/h and warning signs are in place. Local Area Office: 902-533-2771
MOSCOW — Russia’s deputy foreign minister is brushing back suggestions that an American being held in Moscow on suspicion of spying could be exchanged for a Russian.Paul Whelan, who also holds Canadian, British and Irish citizenship, was detained in late December. His arrest has led to speculation that Russia could be using him as a pawn to exchange for Maria Butina, the Russian who pleaded guilty last month to acting as a foreign agent in the United States.But deputy foreign minister Sergei Ryabkov said Saturday that discussing the issue would be premature because Whelan hasn’t been formally charged, according to Russian news agencies.Some Russian news reports earlier had cited unnamed sources as saying Whelan had been indicted on charges that could bring 20 years in prison if convicted.The Associated Press
TORONTO — They were eight care-free teenagers out celebrating a birthday when the bullets flew. The rampage that ensued on July 22, 2018, changed their lives.Days before the first anniversary of the shooting in Greektown, four of the teens who survived the tragedy sit in the living room of an east Toronto home talking about their struggles with anxiety, depression and the feeling of loss. It’s better than therapy, they say.“I feel like the people I am surrounded with is my therapy,” says Skye McLeod, as her friend Noor Samiei, whose 18th birthday they were celebrating the night of the shooting, gently holds her hand.Their best friend, 18-year-old Reese Fallon, was one of two people who were killed when a deeply troubled 29-year-old man went on a shooting spree. Thirteen people were injured, including their other friend, Samantha Price.Price has largely recovered physically, but she says she cannot stop the morbid thoughts that often race through her mind. The 18-year-old will watch cars go by and think the driver will shoot her in the head. She’ll notice a stranger on the street and fear for her life. She thinks large crowds make for a perfect place for a bomb to go off.“It’s horrible,” she says. “But I can’t help it.”All four have tried various forms of therapy. Three say it didn’t help.McLeod stopped after one session with a therapist. Samiei, 19, says she saw a therapist twice.“The therapist would look at me and if she didn’t initiate the conversation, I would just look back at her,” Samiei says. “What I really wanted was feedback.”“Tell me how to heal,” Price says. “It sucks to go outside and be this age and not have fun.”Max Smith, however, says therapy has helped his recurring anxiety.“We just talk about what I’m feeling,” he says. “(My therapist) is super helpful and gives me insight and has given me some breathing techniques.”All four say they think about the shooting a lot.The night of the celebration started with dinner at an Italian restaurant downtown. Then they moved to Greektown for gelato. They were chatting at a nearby parkette when some noticed a man across the street, staring at them.Price remembers Faisal Hussain raising a gun and firing. A bullet shattered her right hip and she collapsed. Next to her, two of her friends were on the ground bleeding.McLeod also went down, but wasn’t shot. “I remember looking at him,” she says. “Do I get up to run? Will that make me a bigger target? Do I play dead?”Smith, who was next to McLeod, says he crouched down when the bullets flew.“It was like tunnel vision,” he says. “I remember saying ‘Skye, we have to go.’”“You saved my life,” she says to Smith. He blushes.In the commotion, Samiei ran straight onto Danforth Avenue, tripped and fell, smashing her chin and knee on the road.“While on the ground, I looked behind me and saw him shooting,” she says.Samiei noticed Smith, McLeod and another friend duck into a nearby cafe so she got up and followed. The four ended up in a basement bathroom with two strangers.Price watched her friends dash into the cafe, but also noticed restaurants were closing their doors.Somehow, despite her shattered hip, Price made her way to Christina’s, a restaurant where a waitress helped her in and called for a doctor. She’d spend the next five days in hospital.Her friends, meanwhile, were trying to track down members of their group. Samiei, while still in the basement bathroom, called Fallon repeatedly but got no answer. McLeod called her father, who rushed over.Patrick McLeod, a retired police officer, found his daughter and her three friends in the cafe bathroom. After speaking with police at the scene, he ended up identifying Fallon’s body.The friends later learned that Fallon had run in one direction while they scrambled in another. Her body was found in the parkette where they had gathered.“That’s when our lives changed forever,” Samiei says.While three of them started university last September, McLeod chose to travel. She headed to Greece, but the horror of what happened soon took hold.“I immediately had a panic attack,” she says. “I had never been so depressed in my life. Crying constantly. Everything just hit me.”Her father flew over to help and McLeod eventually carried on to Italy, but delayed her trip to Australia.“I realized I needed time at home to heal,” she says.Her travels helped, but like Price, McLeod says she grapples with disturbing thoughts. At a recent concert, for instance, she found herself thinking “this is a great place for a shooting.”Smith moved to Guelph, Ont., for university and said being away from Toronto has also helped.“It’s easy to forget about the shooting because you’re just not there,” he said. “It hits you when you get home.”Samiei, now a student at the University of Toronto, says commuting to the school’s downtown campus was a challenge because crowds on the subway distressed her. So her mother commuted with her for months. Now, she’s able to make the journey on her own.“I will change cars if I see someone weird, though,” she says.Price has also struggled with parts of city life — a walk around her neighbourhood on Canada Day triggered a panic attack when she heard fireworks.“It’s become so difficult,” she says. “I’ve loved growing up here and loved living here, but I feel uncomfortable at any public event.”Despite their issues, the friends say they try to be positive as much as they can, especially when it comes to remembering Fallon.“Reese’s last meal was her favourite: raspberry and chocolate gelato,” Samiei says with a smile.Smith shows a video of the group at the restaurant that night where Fallon makes a goofy face. Everyone laughs.“As horrible as that night was, at least until then, we had such a good time,” Smith says.Samiei visits the parkette regularly to keep Fallon’s memory alive. She puts photographs of her friend on a tree. Someone takes them down, but she returns to put them back up.“It’s important,” Samiei said. “So people don’t forget.”Liam Casey, The Canadian Press
by The Associated Press Posted Mar 20, 2015 11:44 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email LONDON – The Guardian newspaper has appointed Katharine Viner, currently editor of Guardian U.S., its new editor-in-chiefThe newspaper named Viner on Friday as the 12th editor in its 194-year history. The first woman to hold the post, she replaces Alan Rusbridger, who is stepping down after 20 years.Under Rusbridger, the liberal London-based newspaper expanded its digital presence and international impact, including online editions in the U.S. and Australia.It was instrumental in publishing documents obtained by the anti-secrecy site WikiLeaks and last year shared a Pulitzer Prize with the Washington Post for stories based on files leaked by ex-National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden.The scoop brought the paper into conflict with British intelligence services, but Rusbridger said it had prompted a debate about the extent of poorly regulated snooping. Katharine Viner appointed editor-in-chief of Guardian newspaper; first woman to hold top job
By Murray Kinsella Share11 Tweet Email Friday 28 Oct 2016, 7:45 AM Oct 28th 2016, 7:45 AM Add us: the42.ie 22,699 Views Short URL 46 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article THE DEBATE AROUND the three-year residency rule in rugby well and truly burst back into life this week based on the searingly honest comments from Luke Fitzgerald.Whether or not you agree with what the former Leinster and Ireland back had to say, his genuine answer to a question that has bothered so many in the game must be applauded.There are many, many more people within the sport – particularly players – who share Fitzgerald’s opinions, but their hands are tied and lips sealed in terms of giving an honest opinion on the record. Bundee Aki qualifies for Ireland next year. Source: James Crombie/INPHOThe IRFU’s stance on the matter, underlined by performance director David Nucifora again yesterday, is simple.“They’re the rules, so that’s what is set out for us,” said the Australian at the Aviva Stadium. “So like every other country, we all operate from the same set of rules. Whilst they’re there, we’re happy to abide by them, again, like every other country does.”Nucifora was quick to stress that it is the provinces who identify foreign players to bring to Ireland with contract offers, therefore rejecting the notion that the IRFU is actively scoring the globe for possible project players to qualify for Ireland.“I don’t think every player comes up here with that view [to play for Ireland]; players come up here to play rugby for a living. There are a lot of players who come up here who qualify, who aren’t good enough to play for Ireland.“There are players who come up here and fill the required time frame, and over that three years and beyond they do prove that they’re good enough.”Nucifora also insisted that “it doesn’t really worry me” if the recently-formed working group reviewing the residency rule on World Rugby’s behalf finds that a change is required.While players like Bundee Aki are likely to continue to filter into the Ireland team after three years of living here, Nucifora says the IRFU is spending more time thinking about its development pathway for young players on this island.“Our focus is on producing Irish players, hence that’s why our strong investment has been in the pathways to keep giving those young players the opportunity.“When foreign players come up here, we look very closely – we just don’t let anyone come in. We look at how it effects the pathway, how it effects the succession planning, and a case in point is probably young Joey Carbery. Carbery has thrived with opportunity at Leinster. Source: Inpho/Billy Stickland“Leinster would have loved to have had a foreign replacement when Ian Madigan left but we felt that they had the depth there and needed to give these boys an opportunity. And from that, look at what we’ve got now. We’ve got a player of genuine ability who has been given an opportunity, and now he’s in the national squad.”Balance is the key for Nucifora, who pointed out that provincial fans get excitement from the signing of players from abroad.“The foreign players will always be welcome. They fill a place in Irish rugby, as they do in every other country.”The popularity of some foreign imports was made clear by the anger in Ulster at the IRFU’s decision to prevent them from re-contracting South African scrum-half Ruan Pienaar beyond next summer.The decision continues to cause grievance in the northern province, particularly with many sharing the view that Ulster don’t have the necessary depth to cover his loss at scrum-half.“I think it was a fairly clear-cut situation, to be honest,” said Nucifora. “Ruan has been a great servant for Ulster Rugby over seven years. Did we think it would be wise for him to stay nine years? No. I mean, that doesn’t fit in with any of our plans.“So his role within Ulster Rugby, he’s done a great job, but it’s time to move on and as I’ve just referred to with Joey Carbery coming through, when someone moves on people think, ‘Gosh, we’ll never replace him, we’ll never find someone to fill that spot’.“But there’s always someone who comes through once that opportunity presents itself. It may be uncomfortable for a short period of time, but I’m sure that someone will put their hand up now that an opportunity presents itself.”As for the re-contracting of homegrown players, Nucifora is hopeful that the IRFU and the provinces will be able to make a number of announcements in the coming weeks. Toner is out of contract at the end of the season. Source: Billy Stickland/INPHOThere aren’t too many high-profile Ireland internationals coming towards the end of contracts this season, but the likes of Devin Toner, Donnacha Ryan, Darren Sweetnam, Dave Kilcoyne and others are.“The good thing is we don’t lose too many players,” said Nucifora yesterday. “For the number of players who choose to go, our retention rate is pretty good.“There are a number of players off contract. We are in negotiations with a number of them and things are travelling on pretty well. I’d like to think we’ll start to be able to announce a few players over the next few weeks that have re-signed.“It is a busy period at the moment for the provinces and ourselves in that area. There is some good news coming, not too far off.”Nucifora also underlined his pleasure at Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt ignoring the high levels of interest from elsewhere to finally sign a new contract with the IRFU through to the 2019 World Cup, saying that the Kiwi “actually had a lot longer to make a decision if he wanted to.”With Schmidt and assistant coach Andy Farrell now locked in until the 2019 tournament, Nucifora and the IRFU will look to extend the contracts of their fellow Ireland coaches.The42 is on Snapchat! Tap the button below on your phone to add! Nucifora insists Ireland are simply playing by the three-year residency rule The IRFU performance director says there is more good news to come on the contracting front. https://the42.ie/3050410 ‘As you see with Bundee, Pacific Islanders can all dance and entertain!’Ex-Connacht man McFarland appointed to Townsend’s Scotland coaching team
Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article The price of the humble loaf of bread led to a tribunal. Source: Shutterstock/Gamzova OlgaHowever, he also seemed to hit onto a problem with such investigations:“The resolution provides that the Commission is to make practical suggestions for the reduction of prices. Now, I have no objection in asking them to do so, but I do not wish to be taken as one of those who really believe that the Commission can effectually reduce prices.”In any case – and whether it worked or not – the entire cost of the exercise was an estimated £1,667.Throughout the 1920s, tribunals remained in vogue with probes into various scandals to do with ports and harbours, the marketing of butter, maize and cereals and the shooting of Timothy Coughlan (an IRA volunteer linked with the assassination of Minister for Justice Kevin O’Higgins) all brought forward.They were still popular in the 1930s and 1940s – to look at pig production, the grading of fruit and veg, town tenants, public transport and fires at Pearse Street and St Joseph’s Orphanage in Cavan – before hitting a lull in the 1950s.By then, politicians had been burned by the public’s outrage at the £4,389 cost of a 1946 examination of allegations against a parliamentary secretary in de Valera’s government. As a result, the Oireachtas established just one public inquiry over the following decade (at almost half the cost).Eight years passed but soon public sector pay landed the government of the day in hot water, leading to what would now probably be an inevitable inquiry. And then the death of Liam O’Mahony in custody on 30 May 1967 and subsequent claims that the deceased had received injuries in a garda station prompted Minister for Justice Brian Lenihan Senior to establish a tribunal.In their 65-page report, three judges looked at questions of garda conduct and the use of batons which circulated in media reports.They found no wrongdoing by gardaí, ruling that O’Mahony – who was intoxicated at the time of his detention – died from injuries sustained in a fall from a barstool. Evidence and re-enactments were seen and heard by the three-strong panel.The judges, however, did criticise the intemperate language used by journalists in two newspapers which stirred the public’s disquiet and ultimately forced the £13,000 tribunal.Two years later, an RTÉ programme called Seven Days aired a report by Bill O’Herlihy focusing on the victims of illegal money lenders.O’Herlihy tracked down those who worked in the black market and talked to them about their behaviours. It caused huge controversy at the time because of the use of hidden cameras, microphones and actors which eventually led to a full-blown inquiry entangling the soon-to-be household sports name, the national broadcaster and the government. Senior Counsel, the late Adrian Hardiman, arriving at the Moriarty Tribunal in Dublin Castle. Source: Eamonn FarrellThe first 23 tribunals held in this State between 1925 and 1982 cost either hundreds or thousands of pounds (the lowest coming in at £622 in the 1920s).But by the 1980s, with television, radio and newspapers clamouring, scandals got bigger – and more costly.When the Kerry Babies Tribunal was formed, it was a talking point for the entire nation.There were protests outside the offices and it provided a conversation starting point for such lofty topics as women’s rights, Ireland’s attitude toward reproduction and sex.Also involving the gardaí, it was asked to examine how they investigated the discovery of a newborn baby’s body at the White Strand near Cahircaveen. A young woman living in the village of Abbeydorney 75 kilometres away – who had given birth to a child who had also died – became implicated following a search for its mother and the discovery of a second body.Both the woman at the centre of the horrific case, Joanne Hayes, and the investigating gardaí were criticised by the final report, but no charges were ever brought. Hayes continues to contest the finding that she precipitated the death of her baby. A protester outside the Kerry Babies Tribunal in 1985. Source: Rolling NewsMore than 30 years on and the harrowing images of Hayes being questioned at the Tribunal in Dublin Castle endure. Not only was the public interest heightened in the case, but the bill was also higher (£1.645 million).The 1980s had nothing on 1990 tribunals, however.For starters? The Beef, of course.That will be £27.233 million (in 1991). And a government collapse (four years later).The Tribunal of Inquiry into the Beef Processing Industry was launched following an ITV programme which put the spotlight on Larry Goodman’s food empire.His links to Fianna Fáil’s Charlie Haughey and Albert Reynolds became unsettling – enough so that Progressive Democrat leader Des O’Malley threatened to pull the plug on their coalition if a tribunal wasn’t set up. Albert Reynolds – then Taoiseach and Fianna Fáil leader – after finishing giving evidence at the Beef Tribunal. Source: RollingNews.ieIn the end (August 1994), Reynolds said the judges’ 580-page report left him “fully and totally vindicated, both personally and as a minister”. But his Tánaiste Dick Spring wasn’t feeling in the same spirits and eventually their coalition ruptured.The lukewarm findings of the Beef Tribunal didn’t stop the train. In rolled Finlay (into Hepatitis C infection of pregnant women; £4.7 million), McCracken (into Alleged Payments by Dunnes Stores; £6.56 million) and Lindsay (HIV and Hepatitis C infection of haemophiliacs; £46.649 million).They had nothing on the length and cost of the pleasantly named trio of Morris, Moriarty and Mahon though.The Tribunal of Inquiry into complaints concerning some Gardaí of the Donegal Division was led by Justice Frederick Morris – and, yes, also involved allegations of poor policing.Six years and €70 million after being established, its sixth and final report outlined a shocking web of lies and corruption, as well as a ‘blue wall of silence’, in the investigation of the death of local cattle dealer Richard Barron.In July 2013, the Irish Times published a story with the headline: Morris tribunal recommendations yet to be implemented by An Garda.As Morris dragged into the bowels of 2008, so did Moriarty. Despite starting the job years earlier, Justice Michael Moriarty was still up against it. Former Esat chairman Denis O’Brien outside the Moriarty Tribunal in 2001, where he had been giving evidence. Source: Graham HughesOfficially called the Tribunal of Inquiry into certain Payments to Politicians and Related Matters, it began in the late 1990s to look into the financial affairs of Charlie Haughey and Michael Lowry. It was still chugging along in 2008, and beyond.It cost over €46 million and eventually – after 14 years – found that former Fine Gael minister Michael Lowry had an “insidious and pervasive” influence over the awarding of Ireland’s second mobile phone licence in the 1990s to Denis O’Brien’s Esat Digifone company.Lowry is currently still a sitting TD for Tipperary. He rejects the findings of the Tribunal, as does O’Brien.And we come back to Mahon – the Tribunal to End All Tribunals.It cost an estimated €159 million. It took a staggering 15 years to complete, running from 1997 until the publication of a final report in 2012.It heard from 600 witnesses over 1,200 days. All to figure out why councillors rezoned land which planners had advised against. Why, indeed.Although it stopped short of finding him corrupt, Bertie Ahern rejected the findings of the tribunal. It did conclude that the former taoiseach had lied about the source of over STG£215,000 lodged in bank accounts connected to him.The report made findings of corruption against former Fianna Fáil minister Padraig Flynn, developer Owen O’Callaghan, the late Fianna Fáil TD Liam Lawlor and 11 councillors.It was still heartily criticised for being mostly toothless, with many forced to resign from the Fianna Fáil party (including Bertie) but facing few other sanctions. While the tribunal was ongoing, former Justice Minister Ray Burke was sentenced to six months in jail for tax evasion after being found to have taken corrupt payments.Testimony about him was some of the more memorable and explosive. During one public hearing, whistleblower James Gogarty revealed how he had been with property developer Michael Bailey in 1989 when an envelope filled with cash was handed over to Burke.Afterwards Gogarty said he asked Bailey if he would get a receipt for the money. Bailey’s response was succinct:Will we fuck.And, so here we are. The tribunal has risen like a phoenix from the country’s collective shallow memory pool.We still have to learn the who, the how, the when and the where but for now, Mick, welcome back the sublime and the ridiculous.Oh, and in case you missed it, Fianna Fáil has an 11-point lead in the latest opinion polls. Source: StatistaExplainer: What exactly is a Tribunal of Inquiry?LIVE: There will be a Tribunal into alleged smear campaign against Maurice McCabeMore: Another garda whistleblower says Tusla investigation also opened in his case By Sinead O’Carroll http://jrnl.ie/3240068 Justice Fergus Flood, the first Chairman of the Planning Tribunal, outside his office In Dublin Castle. Source: Eamonn Farrell/RollingNews.ieThe publication of the Mahon report in March ended the era of tribunals.That was a line penned by Irish Examiner journalist Michael Clifford for his newspaper on 1 January 2013.Citing Mahon and Moriarty, he finished that same (excellent) column with a farewell to an era of public inquiries that “cost an arm and a leg”.“You provided endless realms of news for those of us in the news business. And you weren’t beyond the odd light moment, when sublime and ridiculous collided as tales of madness for days of yore poured out. We’ll not see your likes again. Thankfully.”The irony that Clifford would be at the heart of a scandal that would wrench those very same, antiquated, unwelcome throwbacks from the brink of extinction.For the past three years, while the word tribunal was packed away in a closet with Bertie’s yellow pants, Clifford has been writing about the plight of garda whistleblowers, specifically Maurice McCabe.Yesterday, Enda Kenny dusted off the 1921 Tribunals of Inquiry (Evidence) Act to confirm he would establish a public inquiry into allegations that a smear campaign was waged against the sergeant by senior gardaí.A senior judge will be asked to investigate this central question and report findings to the Oireachtas. He will have the powers of the High Court to compel witnesses and to ensure their cooperation because, after all, these are probes only set up to inquire “into matters of urgent public importance”. Former Fine Gael Minister for Communications Michael Lowry arriving at the Moriarty Tribunal. Source: Leon FarrellTo anyone who does not remember Mahon or Moriarty, that might sound a quite straightforward prospect. But, most will know that Ireland’s history with such probes has been nothing of the sort.‘Tribunal’ became a dirty word because of their duration, their cost and, in many cases, their ineffectiveness.They are essentially fact-finding missions. They cannot dole out justice but they can point fingers. They, in theory, can satiate an Irish desire to know everything about everything (and everyone). The truth is important to us as a society but tribunals often let us down. The truth – or the journey to it, to be more correct – is often too messy for our appetites.In 1925, the State’s first ever tribunal investigated the ‘retail prices of articles in general consumption’ (or the Tribunal on Food Prices for short).It was established at the time to figure out what was inflating the price of consumer goods. Moving a motion on the matter in the Seanad on 27 January 1926, Senator John Douglas explained why it was being called, in layman’s terms.“There was evidence that the loaf in London, which is decidedly cheaper than the loaf in Dublin, is not the same loaf,” he said.We can discover whether it is not, or whether there is an explanation of that, and then whether it is desirable, contrariwise, that we should have a somewhat reduced loaf. I give this illustration of a matter that the Tribunal might be instrumental in setting right. Feb 15th 2017, 6:32 AM Short URL The tribunal is dead, long live the tribunal: Ireland’s messy love affair with ‘the truth’ “The tribunal has risen from the shallow pool of our collective memory.” 28 Comments 11,966 Views Wednesday 15 Feb 2017, 6:32 AM Share102 Tweet Email3
By Michelle Hennessy Image: Shutterstock Before people start getting antsy about it, they need to have that information. I personally haven’t come across anything like this in Ireland and haven’t heard anything coming out of England either. “If it turns out that it’s just e-cigarettes delivering purely nicotine that would be a cause for concern,” he said. In 2017 the Health Information and Quality Authority (Hiqa) published an assessment of smoking cessation interventions. It advised that while available results for e-cigarettes were promising there was insufficient evidence to reliably demonstrate their effectiveness as an aid to smoking cessation. Hiqa said a decision to advocate their use should take into consideration any information on the long-term safety of e-cigarette use.Professor Lane said it is left to individual physicians to decide on the advice they give patients who are heavy smokers. “It’s a controversial topic. In the US they are very anti-vaping, in the UK they strongly advocate their use as the lesser of two evils. No one is advocating for people who don’t smoke to use them, but if you have someone who is smoking 100 cigarettes a day and you can get them down to ten with vaping, that has to be a positive thing. It can be very effective, but it’s not ideal. In a way it’s like methadone and heroin, it’s not ideal but what can you do? That’s why it’s so important to advocate against smoking – nobody is off the hook if they’re addicted to cigarettes or e-cigarettes. According to the 2018 Health Ireland survey, 4% of the population uses e-cigarettes and a further 12% have tried them at some point. Dr Dermot O’Callaghan, a consultant respiratory and general physician at the Mater Private hospital in Dublin, told TheJournal.ie that he finds the US reports “highly concerning”. “The exact cause of why patients develop breathing problems with these devices is still not entirely clear but there is strong likelihood similar issues will start to be reported in Irish e-cigarette users.Certainly, more information is needed to be able to better understand if any particular device or product poses a risk to the health of e-cigarette users. What is known however is that e-cigarette fluid contains a number of compounds that have been linked both to the development of irreversible lung damage and potentially lung cancer.Dr O’Callaghan also referenced what he described as “often aggressive marketing campaigns” by some companies and the use of vapes by teens. US President Donald Trump’s administration announced this week that it will soon ban flavoured vaping products to stem a rising tide of young users. The move could later be extended to an outright prohibition of vaping if adolescents migrate to tobacco flavours.O’Callaghan said nicotine replacement and other therapies that have been robustly tested in clinician studies would be his first recommendation for smokers who want to quit. “If a person is motivated to trying to give up cigarettes, they should talk to their GP, practise nurse or local pharmacist about how they can accomplish this, or alternatively get help from, for example, the HSE or Irish Cancer Society quit support services,” he said.“Similarly, patients should contact their doctor if they have concerns about their lung health.”The Department of Health said the Minister has asked the Health Research Board to undertake a review and assessment of more recent studies on e-cigarettes which will examine the health harms as well as their effectiveness as an aid to smoking cessation. The review is expected to be completed in March next year. The department said EU regulations mean health warnings that advise consumers that e-cigarettes contain nicotine and should not be used by non-smokers are mandatory.“In addition the regulations provide for maximum nicotine concentrations for e-cigarettes containing nicotine and maximum volumes for cartridges, tanks and nicotine liquid containers. The Regulations also require that e-cigarette manufacturers must notify the HSE of all products they place on the market.In relation to advertising the regulations prohibit advertisements for e-cigarettes online and in printed publications except for those directed at persons in the e-cigarette industry or publications printed and published outside the EU and intended for markets outside the EU. Sat 7:31 AM Irish doctors monitoring US warnings about e-cigs after lung disease outbreak Several teenagers have been placed in medically induced comas. Short URL https://jrnl.ie/4808789 IRISH CLINICIANS SAY they are closely watching developments in the US as health authorities there warn of an outbreak of severe lung disease among vapers.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has said more than 450 people across 25 States who reported recent use of e-cigarettes have fallen ill. Initial symptoms included breathing difficulty and chest pain before some were hospitalised and placed on ventilators. Several teenagers have been placed in medically induced comas. Yesterday New York’s health department said laboratory test results showed very high levels of vitamin E oil in cannabis cartridges used by all 34 people in the state who had fallen ill after using e-cigarettes.“As a result, vitamin E acetate is now a key focus of the Department’s investigation of potential causes of vaping-associated pulmonary illnesses,” the department said in a statement.Vitamin E acetate is a commonly available nutritional supplement taken orally or applied to the skin. However it is not supposed to be heated and inhaled into the lungs.Although authorities in New York are focusing on a potential link to cannabis cartridges, federal authorities have yet to identify a single substance common to all cases. Some affected patients said they had only inhaled nicotine products. Irish clinicians have told TheJournal.ie that they have not seen any cases of similar illnesses linked to vaping but they are paying close attention to see what the cause of the outbreak is. “It’s all very early yet. The numbers are very small if you take the number of people in America who are vaping. They still don’t know if it’s related to nicotine or cannabis or other drugs, or if it’s a particular company or batch,” said Professor Stephen Lane, a consultant respiratory physician at Tallaght University Hospital in Dublin. 18,613 Views Share15 Tweet Email6 In addition, advertisements for e-cigarettes are prohibited on television and on radio. Finally, any form of contribution to an event, activity or person with the aim of promoting e-cigarettes and with a cross-border effect is also prohibited.Health Minister Simon Harris is currently developing a draft scheme for a Public Health (Tobacco Products and Nicotine Inhaling Products) Bill which will include provisions to introduce a new licensing system for the retail sale of tobacco products and nicotine-inhaling products such as e-cigarettes.It will also contain provisions to ban the sale of nicotine inhaling products to people under the age of 18. 52 Comments Image: Shutterstock Saturday 14 Sep 2019, 7:30 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Moyne mayor Jim Doukas is unhappy the state government has decided to dump enforcing permit conditions on some wind farms on local councils instead of dealing with it themselves. Cr Doukas is arguing new state legislation requiring local government to be responsible for enforcing wind farm permit conditions could impose high costs on councils. Councils will now be responsible for enforcing conditions such as noise levels on eight wind farm projects unless the permit conditions say the state planning minister is responsible. The Moyne Shire – south-west Victoria – lobbied the state government last week, saying the planning minister should be responsible for the enforcement of all the permits. Speaking in support of the bill last week, Member for Western Victoria Simon Ramsay said he was aware that some councils were “not overjoyed at the prospect of taking on the responsibility of the enforcement and compliance of wind farm permits that were issued under the previous government”. Cr Doukas says the legislation unfairly makes for ‘messy’ and confusing new rules that will hurt the council. Having the state responsible for the enforcement of the wind farm permits would allow wider community concerns to be heard rather than only those who protested loudly. Mr Ramsay said he will work towards helping the councils adjust. “I believe support should be provided to those councils that must now take on this responsibility, given their previous lack of involvement with the issue,” Mr Ramsay said. He said it followed through on the government’s pre-election commitment to give local councils a greater say in the issuing of wind farm permits and for enforcing compliance with their permit conditions. The eight wind farm projects covered by the legislation include the planned Woolsthorpe and Mortlake south wind farms. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Republic of Ireland head coach Martin O’Neill insists he is proud of his team’s display, despite a disappointing draw against Denmark.The Irish hosted Denmark in only their second game of the group in the UEFA Nations League after losing their first game to Wales and were greeted by jeers after the draw with the Danes.O’Neill said, according to IrishMirror: “We had pockets of possession and I thought we had a feeling we could do something with it but we wanted to create more than we did.”“I thought we started the game well but we allowed Denmark dictate things possession wise.”“And while they didn’t cause us that many problems, they had more of the ball and we were chasing it. But when we kept the ball much better in the second half.”Meanwhile, the former Aston Villa manager praised Cyrus Christie who played in an unfamiliar role, tucked into midfield with Matt Doherty making his competitive bow at right wing-back.Report: Former Liverpool striker Heskey reveals all George Patchias – September 10, 2019 Former Liverpool striker Emile Heskey reveals all in his new book.In Heskey’s new book “Even Heskey Scored,” serialised in the Guardian, the player talks,…“I thought Cyrus was terrific and I’ve a lot of faith in him. He is athletic and strong and he keeps himself in great condition.”“I thought Sisto might cause us problems and Cyrus was usually the first one out to deal with him and he also had a great shot on goal.”Doherty who plays his club football with Wolverhampton Wanderers in the Premier League, winning the PFA Player of the Month award.And O’Neill said: “There was a lot of expectation on him as he’s doing well with Wolves and is getting used to the Premier League. He didn’t do too badly.”But O’Neill was not crying foul about Shane Duffy’s late penalty appeal, stating: “I think it would have been harsh on them. He has touched him, but I don’t think it’s a penalty.”
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppUnited States, October 26, 2017 – On the personal invitation of Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart, Chairman of Sandals Resorts International, over 6,000 travel agents across the United States and Canada are currently being invited to attend a series of ‘Overdrive Unveiling’ events. The events are designed to showcase not only the Sandals and Beaches brands and their various and upcoming innovations, but also the wider Caribbean destination which is up and running and awaiting visitors.The 21 city high-energy trade-show-styled presentations and dinners will run from September 25 through to December 6. Stops along the route include Baltimore, Boston, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Houston, Long Island, Toronto and Montreal. The Unveilings provide an avenue for travel agents to view and gain first-hand information on product updates through direct interactions with senior Sandals and Beaches Resorts executives.The Unveilings also present the opportunity for the agents to engage with Tourist Board representatives from several Caribbean islands.The Sandals Chairman shared that, “One of the main reasons for Sandals’ success these past 36 years, and why we continue to be named the Caribbean’s Leading Hotel Brand year after year, is our commitment to our travel partners. We have the biggest sales team globally and we are constantly on the road, engaging the trade. We take the time to actively educate them on our Caribbean destinations, our resorts and our products, thus providing them with the necessary tools to effectively sell to our mutual clients.”The expos are a long standing tradition for Sandals Resorts and feature personalized presentations each year. Things are ramped into ‘overdrive’ this year however as the company is steadfast in showcasing the Caribbean’s continued readiness to welcome vacationers. Along with highlighting the much-anticipated opening of its latest resort, Sandals Royal Barbados, the unveilings provide a sneak peak of Sandals’ new wedding inspirations scheduled for roll-out later this year. Exciting upgrades to its flagship Sandals Montego Bay and the jewel of Jamaica’s southern coast, Sandals South Coast, as well as plans for Saint Lucia were also on display.Gary Sadler, senior vice president of global sales states ‘We recognize that our clients are not sitting and waiting for us, nor are they under our desks. It is therefore necessary for us to go where they are and the best way for us to get them to help the Caribbean particularly at this time, is for us to promote the Caribbean. We are aggressive about marketing the Caribbean and our Unveilings are doing just that.”Working alongside the company’s North American sales force at each leg of the tour are more than 30 team members from various departments at Sandals and Beaches resorts across the Caribbean, all dedicated to the Unveilings’ success.Press Release: DPA news Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:
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The series triumph in Florida has given Indian team the cushion to try new faces for the third T20I in Guyana, said captain Virat Kohli. The selectors have included a number of young players in the squad, forcing Kohli to make a couple of decisions. On the face of it, Rohit Sharma could be rested because he has been on the move for almost six months. A break is also not expected to hinder with his imperious form. The decision will also allow KL Rahul to be slotted back as the opener in the format which he has dominated.Dhawan needs to find form Twitter/Cricket World CupShikhar Dhawan could be given another game as the left-hander is trying to hit his stride and find form ahead of the ODI series. Kohli could rest Manish Pandey and give Shreyas Iyer a go as both the players will form an important cog in India’s middle-order. Iyer has been in good form and this is when he should be tested out.Rishabh Pant has only underperformed in two matches so far. But since he is the only primary wicket-keeper in the squad, he could get in another game and perhaps, could be bumped up the other to find some form. Rishabh PantAlbert Perez/Getty ImagesAs far as the bowling attack is concerned, Bhuvneshwar Kumar could be rested because he is a proven performer. This opens the door for Deepak Chahar. The fast bowler was a bank for MS Dhoni in the IPL and after a horrendous debut, this could be his chance to stake a claim for more opportunities.The management could also rest Ravindra Jadeja and hand a debut to young Rahul Chahar as his wrist spin needs to be tested. The series is sealed and Jadeja has been consistent all the while. Thus, there is an opportunity to give Rahul Chahar a go.Krunal Pandya has shown great promise in the two matches so far and hence, the management should be confident of him shouldering the responsibility of the primary all-rounder in the side. This will also allow Krunal to be more expressive when he comes out to bat.
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Bungie’s next big thing gets edges ever closer to actually launching, and to keep us drooling for that fateful day the company has launched another epic gameplay video for Destiny.The geniuses behind the Halo franchise have been loudly proclaiming the arrival of an amazing new game for quite a while now. There’s not a single part of Destiny we’ve seen so far that doesn’t look absolutely spectacular, but most of what we’ve seen has been fairly standard gameplay modes.While there’s nothing wrong with simple gameplay, plot-focused objective combat is also appreciated. The latest video, dubbed The Devil’s Lair, shows off a multi-part mission that feels an awful lot like something we’ve all seen before from Bungie, but it looks like so much fun anyway.If you replace the little drone flying around in this Destiny clip with a Halo Guilty Spark, you’d be hard pressed to convince someone that the first part of this gameplay video wasn’t from the viewpoint of the Master Chief. While there’s clearly dozens of actual differences here, it’s hard not to see a bit of recycling in the way you get ambushed by Fallen while waiting for the little robot to complete its job.Once you’ve cleared everyone out, using no small list of impressive armaments and enhancements, it’s time to move on through the passage that has just opened to the next part of the objective. Just as you see it in the clearing, a dropship plants a bunch of enemies and spins up the battle cycle once more – another classic Halo mission layout.It’s not that we’re complaining, Bungie. The game looks nothing short of impressive so far, but surely your level designers have more than these tricks up their sleeve for this upcoming epic. In the mean time, we did learn something else about the game. If you pre-order from GameStop there will be an exclusive Upgraded Sparrow Jetbike waiting for you when you first log in.
Kolkata: A fish trader was shot dead by a few miscreants in Howrah on the wee hours of Friday.According to sources, the deceased fish trader identified as Tarak Bhuniya, used to sell fish at Parbati Bazar near Bose Para in Byantra. He used to buy fish from the Howrah wholesale fish market. Like other days, Bhuniya was going to the Howrah fish market to buy fish on his bicycle, on Friday at around 4 am. When he was crossing the Bankim Setu over Howrah railway station, a few miscreants surrounded him and tried to snatch away the bag containing money. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataWhen Bhuniya tried to resist, the miscreants fired multiple bullets at him. Two bullets penetrated his abdomen and chest and he fell on the road, bleeding profusely. Hearing his screams, some local residents ran to his rescue. Seeing them, the miscreants fled from the spot. Bhuniya was rushed to Howrah District Hospital, where he revealed his identity. However, a few minutes later, he succumbed to his injuries at the hospital. The hospital authorities immediately informed Golabari police station. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateSources informed that there is a CCTV camera installed near the murder spot. In the footage collected from it, the miscreants were seen firing at Bhuniya. Police claimed that the killers have been identified and will be behind bars soon. However, till Friday night no one has been arrested. Though police are claiming that the miscreants have been identified, the motive behind the murder is still not clear. Sleuths suspect that Bhuniya might have had some business rivalry with someone, or it could have been a case of snatching money, where the miscreants shot Bhuniya because they were resisted. Sleuths are also checking to know if he has any family problem as police came to know that he had got married twice and both of Bhuniya’s wives are alive.
This story originally appeared on Reuters Hear from business owners and CEOs who went through a crippling business problem and came out the other side bigger and stronger. Problem Solvers with Jason Feifer Listen Now April 30, 2015 Early adopters of the Apple Watch, Apple Inc’s first new product in five years, are complaining that a number of its key functions are disrupted by their tattoos.Owners of Apple Watch – including this reporter, who bought a 42mm version with stainless steel case and black classic buckle for A$1,029 ($822) – have found that their inked skin confuses the sensors on the underside of the device.Users of the watch, which went on sale last week, took to social media on Thursday under the hashtag #tattoogate to air their frustration with the flaw from Apple’s renowned design house.One anonymous user on Reddit, an entertainment, social networking, and user-generated news website, said the device’s locking mechanism, which should disengage when the watch detects it is being worn, failed to work on decorated skin.”My hand isn’t tattooed and the Watch stayed unlocked. Once I put it back on the area that is tattooed with black ink, the watch would automatically lock again,” the user wrote.This Reuters reporter, who has a black tattoo on his left arm, also found that the watch locks on tattooed skin and does not deliver the soft pings that alert a user to incoming messages. The heart rate readings were also significantly different on the tattooed and untattooed wrists.An Apple support article says the watch uses green LED lights paired with light-sensitive photodiodes to detect the amount of blood flowing through the wrist and calculate the frequency of heart beats.A website support page from the company says tattoos can interfere with readings from the heart rate monitor, but does not mention interference with other functions.”Permanent or temporary changes to your skin, such as some tattoos, can also impact heart rate sensor performance. The ink, pattern, and saturation of some tattoos can block light from the sensor, making it difficult to get reliable readings,” it said.A spokesman for Apple in Sydney declined to comment on Thursday, but three Apple employees at its flagship Sydney store, including a senior advisor from its tech support line, said they were unaware of any issue.”To be honest, you’re my first caller about the Apple Watch at all,” the senior advisor told Reuters.The tattoo issue follows a report in the Wall Street Journal on Wednesday that some taptic engines, which produce the sensation of being tapped on the wrist, started to break down over time, a flaw that was slowing the rollout of the item.The report said the problem had been detected in some of the parts supplied by AAC Technologies Holdings Inc (2018.HK), based in Shenzhen, China. Shares in AAC Technologies dropped 8 percent on Thursday morning after the report. The company did not respond to requests for comment.A Taipei-based technology analyst, who is in regular contact with AAC, said he was not aware of the tattoo problem, but did not expect it would have a significant impact on production.”We have been hearing suppliers encountering some bottleneck issues for Apple Watch’s production such as problems with its displays, haptics or assembly,” he told Reuters, adding that those issues were quite common for new products.($1 = 1.2517 Australian dollars)(Additional reporting by Yimou Lee in Teipei; Editing by Will Waterman) 3 min read
News | November 13, 2008 Specific Histologic Features May Guide Prognosis of Childhood Brain Tumors November 13, 2008 – Researchers identified six specific histologic features of childhood medulloblastomas that may provide insight into prognosis, according to an article in the latest issue of Pediatric and Developmental Pathology.Medulloblastomas are common, malignant, embryonal childhood tumors in the cerebellum. Individual histologic features such as nodules, balls or high cell density are used to divide the tumors into variants thought to modify survival estimates. The WHO classification of these tumors includes desmoplastic/nodular (DM), medulloblastoma with extensive nodularity (N), large cell medulloblastoma (LC) and anaplastic medulloblastoma (A).During their research, the article’s authors found a difference in survival distribution for six features of medulloblastomas: high cell density, fine fibrillary stroma, necrosis, nodules, balls and prominent nucleoli. The presence of nodules, balls, fine fibrillary stroma and high cell density improved the survival outlook, whereas necrosis and prominent nucleoli worsened it. “The presence of nodularity in medulloblastoma is important to improved survival likelihood, particularly when combined with balls and fine fibrillary stroma,” according to the article “Histologic Features and Prognosis in Pediatric Medulloblastoma,” by Shalini Verma, C. Jane Tavare, and Floyd H. Gilles. “Given the WHO-acknowledged ‘overlap’ of desmoplastic/nodular medulloblastoma and nodular medulloblastoma, we suggest these diagnoses be combined into a diagnosis of nodular medulloblastoma, with nodules, balls, and fine fibrillary stroma as defining criteria.” The article also contends that three histologic features vital for LC and A diagnoses — large and intermediate size nuclei and prominent nucleoli — have poor read-reread reliability and suggests these be combined into a diagnosis of anaplastic/large cell medulloblastoma.To read the entire study, http://www3.allenpress.com/pdf/pdpa_11.5_i1615-5742-11-5-337.pdfFor more information: www.pedpath.org FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享
This year’s Sydney Travel Industry Exhibition has a new home – Dockside, Darling Harbour – and registrations are now open for travel businesses to take part in the new-format, product-focused 2018 event, running from 21-22 August.The event now targets three key areas: the mobile travel agent, MICE (meetings, incentives, conventions and exhibitions) and luxury travel, as a reflection of the strong, recent growth each of these sectors has shown.“This free event has been designed for mobile and luxury agents and key MICE buyers, looking to discover exciting new suppliers and destinations, reconnect with existing suppliers, uncover the latest traveller trends and gain invaluable market insight from industry-leading speakers,” said Event Director David Paterson.“Already, several high quality exhibitors have signed up; among them are Conferences & Incentives New Zealand [CINZ], Ayana Resort & Spa Bali, Spicers Retreats, Dubrovnik and Zagreb Tourism Offices and Travel Counsellors.“One of the new features is the ‘Experience Hub’, this is a live interactive forum for products and destinations to showcase their unique offering – from live cooking demonstrations, to historical teachings or musical representation or by using virtual reality. The Experience Hub is a creative way exhibitors can ‘transport’ visitors for a truly memorable experience.“We’ve also added a VIP Buyer Program. This new program offers a range of benefits to qualified buyers, including guaranteed attendance to the high-demand seminars and networking events.”
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