Province Supports Opiate Replacement Treatment in Annapolis Valley

first_imgThe province is providing more help for people struggling with opiate addiction in the Annapolis Valley. Health and Wellness Minister Maureen MacDonald announced today, Oct. 12, that funding is being provided for methadone treatment to address the significant wait list in the region. Currently there are 27 people who could qualify for this program. Starting next week, addiction service counsellors and local physicians will work with laboratory technicians and community pharmacists to provide shared care. “This program will provide more access to treatment for people in need,” said Ms. MacDonald. “It focuses on health promotion and prevention, early identification and stabilization for people with opiate addictions. It’s a community-based solution designed to address the challenges this area is facing.” The preliminary cost to deliver the program is $370,000 per year. The province’s electronic information management system will be updated to better track prescription use and the provincial opiate dependency working group will continue to identify and implement services needed in the community. Annapolis Valley Health will deliver the program. “We are booking appointments immediately,” said Janet Knox, president and CEO of Annapolis Valley Health. “Our clinic physicians will begin meeting with those assessed as early as Oct. 18. The program complements our current addictions services and provides a patient-centred approach that keeps clients well-connected to counsellors and our district family physicians for support.” The program addresses another recommendation of the provincial prescription drug and overdose working group and will serve as a model for other areas of the province. Previous recommendations already addressed are 24/7 access to the prescription monitoring program and support for doctors interested in prescribing methadone. More information about the new opiate addiction treatment program is available by calling 902-679-2392 or 902-825-6828.last_img read more

Justice Minister Announces Domestic Violence Court

first_imgA specialized court that will improve the lives of families affected by domestic violence will open in Sydney on Thursday, June 21. The domestic violence court is a first for Nova Scotia and will offer quicker program access for those who commit abuse, so they can change their behaviour and prevent future violence. It will also help keep victims and their children safe. “Domestic violence is a very serious issue affecting thousands of Nova Scotians,” said Justice Minister Ross Landry, today, June 18. “In my former job as a police officer, far too often I saw the devastating consequences of domestic violence. We need to do things differently to stop the cycle of abuse, and that is why we are piloting a domestic violence court program.” The domestic violence court is a two-year pilot program, serving people in Cape Breton Regional Municipality. “The program will not create new cases, but will deal with existing cases differently,” said Dan MacRury, chief Crown attorney with the Public Prosecution Service in Cape Breton. “It is a more collaborative response to domestic violence than we normally see in traditional court rooms, and it requires a commitment to change on the part of the offender.” The court will sit one day at week at the Sydney Justice Centre. The accused must plead guilty to an offence and then attend designated domestic violence programs to be eligible. People will be assessed to determine which program is most appropriate. Program options range from five- and 10-week educational programs to a 25-week therapeutic program. The court will monitor progress and consider it during sentencing. Representatives from the Cape Breton Transition House, Every Woman’s Centre, Second Chance Society Men’s Intervention Program, Elizabeth Fry Society, Family Services of Eastern Nova Scotia, Mi’kmaw Family Services, Mi’kmaw Legal Support Network, Cape Breton Regional Police, RCMP, Public Prosecution Service, Legal Aid Commission, various government departments and local community organizations helped with court planning. “We are very excited to see Nova Scotia’s domestic violence court become a reality,” said Mark Sherlock, executive director of Second Chance Society Men’s Intervention Program. “This court model will give individuals the opportunity to take responsibility for their behaviour, learn from it, and then change it for the better.” A domestic violence court program was a key action of the Domestic Violence Action Plan, released in December 2010. For more information on the plan, visit . For more information on the court, visit read more


first_imgAdvertisement Set in the last decade of the 19th century, PICNIC AT HANGING ROCK sees mysterious widow Hester Appleyard (Dormer) arrive in Australia, where she establishes Appleyard College, a successful school for young ladies that she presides over with an iron fist, lauding order, precision, and perfection. On Valentine’s Day, 1900, the enigmatic headmistress allows her pupils to picnic at Hanging Rock – a former volcano that has eroded into an unusual rock formation. There, in the strange brooding landscape, three of Appleyard’s star students and a governess disappear. With a far-reaching impact on students and staff at the school and the nearby township, suspicions about the disappearance begin to flourish and paranoia sets in. Long-held secrets surface and the mystery deepens.PICNIC AT HANGING ROCK is a FremantleMedia Australia production for Foxtel in Australia, co-produced with Amazon Prime Video for the US. Executive producers are FremantleMedia Australia’s Jo Porter and Anthony Ellis and Foxtel’s Penny Win, script producer and establishing writer is Beatrix Christian, writer Alice Addison, producers are Jo Porter and Brett Popplewell, showrunner Larysa Kondracki, directors are Larysa Kondracki, Michael Rymer and Amanda Brotchie. PICNIC AT HANGING ROCK was made with key production investment from Screen Australia. The series was shot in Victoria, Australia, with the significant assistance of the Victorian Government through Film Victoria. FremantleMedia International is distributing the series worldwide.Social Media links Advertisement Login/Register With:  @PR_Bravo Bravo on Facebook Bravo on TwitterAbout BravoBravo delivers compelling stories through clever and immersive programming to viewers across Canada. From high-profile dramas to blockbuster feature films, Bravo is home to award-winning entertainment. Bravo is a division of Bell Media, which is part of BCE Inc.. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company. More information about Bravo is available at Twittercenter_img TORONTO – The gripping new mystery series PICNIC AT HANGING ROCK makes its Canadian debut, Sunday, June 17 at 10:15 p.m. ET following an all-new episode of THE HANDMAID’S TALE, exclusively on Bravo. A reimagining at the iconic Australian novel of the same name, and starring GAME OF THRONE’s Natalie Dormer, the six-episode limited series delves into the mystifying disappearance of three schoolgirls and their governess on Valentine’s Day, 1900. Canadian writer and director Larysa Kondracki (The Whistleblower) serves as showrunner for the limited series and directs the first three episodes.“PICNIC AT HANGING ROCK, a riveting, female-led mystery series, is at home among Bravo’s slate of premium programming,” said Pat DiVittorio, Vice-President, Programming, CTV and Specialty. “With a lead-in on Sunday nights from Bravo’s top-rated series, THE HANDMAID’S TALE, PICNIC AT HANGING ROCK is sure to quickly establish itself as another must-see series on Bravo.” Advertisement Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

Farflung nature sites a mere mouse click away on UN ecotourism website

19 October 2010Planning your next ecological holiday has just become that much easier, with both the most famed and the least known of 150,000 world conservation sites now a mere mouse click away, thanks to a new United Nations-backed interactive social media-based website launched today. Using the latest satellite images, users can pinpoint individual protected areas, such as national parks or marine reserves, from the breathtaking fjords of western Norway to Australia’s only active volcanoes, and zoom in for information on endangered species, native plant life or types of terrain on by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the site provides in-depth information on both the leading lights and hidden gems of the conservation world, allowing visitors to upload photographs of their trips to protected areas, write travelogues for Wikipedia and recommend places of interest nearby, data that can be shared through social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Flickr.This in turn might inspire others to make the journey, thus bringing much needed income to communities in often poor and sometimes remote areas of the globe, UNEP said in a news release. The ecotourism industry is growing fast and currently captures $77 billion of the global tourism market.As concern about global warming increases, more tourists than ever are opting for eco-friendly holidays, including visits to protected areas. According to Travel Weekly magazine, sustainable tourism could grow to 25 per cent of the world’s travel market by 2012, taking the value of the sector to approximately $473 billion a year.“National parks and protected areas represent one key and successful response to conserving and managing this planet’s nature-based assets, and in a way that can generate revenues and livelihoods for local communities,” UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner said at the site’s launch on the sidelines of 10th Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in Nagoya, Japan.“But the benefits of well-managed tourism are currently uneven with some parks popular magnets for tourists and others hidden gems that are relatively unknown. Protected Planet has the potential to change this by bringing the world’s protected areas into a living room near you,” he added.Alongside familiar names such as the Serengeti in Tanzania or Yellowstone National Park in the United States, there are thousands of lesser-known sites that attract far fewer visitors. Monte Cristi National Park in the Dominican Republic, for example, is described by travel websites as off the tourist radar.Yet a quick scan on the site reveals diverse habitats of mangroves and beaches with abundance of birdlife, including pink-coloured spoonbills, pelicans and the magnificent frigatebird, a species renowned for its scarlet throat pouch that inflates like a balloon during mating season. read more

UN scales up food assistance for more than 80000 people in South

31 January 2012The United Nations World Food Programme announced today that it will scale up its assistance to reach 80,000 people affected by the recent escalation of ethnic violence in South Sudan’s Jonglei state. “The violence in Jonglei is only one of the many challenges that South Sudan is currently facing, and the world must respond to ensure that the people of this new nation have the support they need to build a peaceful and prosperous country,” said Deputy Executive Director for the World Food Programme (WFP), Ramiro Lopes da Silva, on a visit to the region.“Many of the women I met in Pibor and Akobo had lost their children and had no one to depend on but the humanitarian agencies on the ground.”Deadly clashes between the Lou Nuer and Murle communities in recent weeks have displaced tens of thousands of civilians and prompted UN agencies to launch a major humanitarian operation to assist those in need.Part of WFP’s response includes providing a 15-day emergency food ration to displaced persons who have been affected by the attacks, as well as using its logistics expertise to help other humanitarian agencies overcome challenges to establish a way for people to access their services.According to a news release issued by the agency, WFP has already deployed three helicopters, an airplane and 28 trucks to deliver not just food but also shelter items and medical supplies to remote corners of Jonglei.WFP stated that one of its priorities is distributing food before the rain starts in March as 90 per cent of locations targeted for assistance will become inaccessible by road. It also emphasized the need to help affected households cultivate their own crops in time for the next harvest in August.Ten locations in Jonglei have already been reached by WFP. Five of these are located in Pibor county, including Pibor town and surrounding villages, Lekuangole, Gumruk, Labrab and Boma. Five more are located in recently affected areas in the northern parts of the state. Initial emergency food assistance has been provided in Duk Padiet, while distributions are ongoing in Akobo and Walgak, Yuai in Urur county and Waat in Nyirol county. read more

UNHCR prepares for possible exodus of Colombians to neighbouring countries

Responding to the breakdown of peace talks in Colombia, the United Nations refugee agency is planning for a possible exodus of civilians across international borders, a spokesman for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said today. “UNHCR is stepping up its preparedness in the border areas of the countries neighbouring Colombia in readiness for any possible increase in the numbers of civilians seeking refuge as a result of the escalation in the nearly 40-year conflict,” spokesman Kris Janowski told reporters in Geneva. While so far there have been no reports of large-scale population movements into Ecuador, Panama or Venezuela, the agency is working with the authorities, partner organizations and other UN agencies in those countries. The aim, said Mr. Janowski, is “to ensure a timely humanitarian response in case of large cross-border movements.” UNCHR currently maintains three offices inside Colombia, where it is working with the UN World Food Programme (WFP), the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the International Committee for the Red Cross (ICRC) to respond to the needs of some 1 million displaced persons. Proportionally, this is one of the largest displaced populations in the world. read more

We will not surrender Outrage as editor of Turkish newspaper arrested

first_img Share Tweet Email 7,205 Views Monday 31 Oct 2016, 3:18 PM TURKISH POLICE HAVE arrested the editor-in-chief of the newspaper Cumhuriyet, which has openly voiced its opposition to President Recep Erdogan.The newspaper, which had published revelations embarrassing for the government, said at least a dozen journalists and executives were detained in early morning raids.The detentions come after authorities fired more than 10,000 civil servants at the weekend and closed 15 pro-Kurdish and other media outlets, the latest purge since July’s failed military coup aimed at ousting Erdogan.Cumhuriyet’s editor Murat Sabuncu was detained and police were hunting for executive board chairman Akin Atalay, the official news agency Anadolu said.CrackdownThe Istanbul prosecutor said an investigation had been launched into allegations the secular daily’s output was “legitimising” the attempted putsch.The newspaper said it would “fight until the end for democracy and freedom” in a statement on its website headlined: Short URL 11 Comments We will not surrender.“Cumhuriyet is a newspaper and being a journalist is not a crime,” it added. “Believing in its journalism, it continues and will continue its publication.”Cumhuriyet said an arrest warrant was also issued for former editor-in-chief Can Dundar, who was sentenced to jail in May for allegedly revealing state secrets in a high-profile case that triggered alarm about the state of press freedom in Turkey.The newspaper had accused the government of seeking to illicitly deliver arms bound for Islamist rebels in Syria. Erdogan had warned Dundar he would “pay a heavy price”. Turkish journalists protested in April of this year. Source: AP/Press Association ImagesDundar is now believed to be in Germany after he was freed earlier this year pending appeal.He described Monday’s actions as the “storming of the last fortress” on Twitter as Turkish media said his house in Istanbul was also raided.The International Press Institute said an arrest warrant was issued for one of the rights group’s board members, Kadri Gursel, who also wrote for Cumhuriyet.Read: Man appears in court charged with possession of gun, silencer and ammunition >Read: Garda sergeants and inspectors accuse Government of spreading misinformation >center_img Oct 31st 2016, 3:18 PM By AFP ‘We will not surrender’: Outrage as editor of Turkish newspaper arrested Murat Sabuncu has been accused of “legitimising” the attempted putsch earlier this year. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Heres What Happened Today Sunday

first_img Get our daily news round up: By Garreth MacNamee Here’s What Happened Today: Sunday A Louth helicopter crash, Enda’s referendum pledge and spooky Brazilian ghosts – it’s the Fix. Mar 12th 2017, 8:00 PM 4 Comments Share Tweet Email INTERNATIONAL Joni Sledge passed away today. Source: ©Suzan/ The music industry lost an icon after Joni Sledge passed away at the age of 60.#GUATEMALA The death toll following a fire at children’s shelter reached 40.#BRAZIL: The country’s president has moved out of his mansion because he believes it is haunted by ghosts.PARTING SHOTEver wondered what your elected representatives think of Beyonce? Well, wonder no more. Thanks to the Daily Edge, you can find out which TD thinks Single Ladies is a belter and who thinks she was better in her Destiny’s Child days. You can read the piece in all its magnificence here. Source: SIPA USA/PA Images Sunday 12 Mar 2017, 8:00 PM IRELAND Taoiseach Enda Kenny (centre) is given a guided tour of the Irish Memorial in Philadelphia by local resident Joe Donovan. Source: PA Wire/PA ImagesTwo men were injured after a helicopter crashed in Louth.Enda Kenny revealed that there is to be a referendum which would allow Irish emigrants vote in presidential elections.A man in his 30s was stabbed to death in a house in Galway.New figures showed how over 100 animals died at Dublin Zoo over a two year period.A wanted criminal who was disqualified from driving was found drunk behind the wheel in Waterford.A cyclist died near the Phoenix Park after being knocked off his bike.It emerged how the Kinahan cartel has lost €42 million since the feud began.A new opinion poll showed how Sinn Féin has leapfrogged Fine Gael in popularity. 16,532 Views Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Oxi Day remembered around the country

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Thousands of Greek Australians marked Oxi Day last week with commemorative services around the nation. In Melbourne, hundreds gathered at Axion Esti monastery to start proceedings last Sunday to show their respects to the Greek soldiers who fought the Italian assault after October 28, 1940 during WWII.The church service was led by Bishop Ezekiel of Dervis, before the crowd moved out to watch a wreath-laying ceremony at the monastery’s cenotaph. Greek Consul General of Melbourne Christina Simantiraki was joined by president of the Greek community of Melbourne and Victoria, Bill Papastergiadis, Pan Cretan Association president George Nikolakakis and the president of the Union of Communities, Quarters Kostas Kontis in laying wreaths at the site. On Tuesday, the day of the anniversary of Greece’s entry into WWII, Melbourne’s RSL Hellenic Sub-Branch led the wreath laying service at the Australian Hellenic Memorial in the Domain Gardens, after a service was held at Agios Eustasios church in South Melbourne. Greek Consul General Ms Simantirakis, and Brigadier Keith Rossi, WW2 veteran and representing the RSL, addressed the assembled crowd, which included dignitaries, politicians from both sides of politics and students from Alphington Grammar.In Sydney, Greek Australians gathered at the ANZAC Memorial in Hyde Park to host a memorial service, something that has never happened on that site before. The Greek Ambassador to Australia Haris Dafaranos joined the Consul General of Greece in Sydney, Dr Stavros Kyrminis, in laying wreaths at memorial. During the service, 646 stars were scattered with the names of Australian and New Zealand soldiers who died on Greek land during the war. A reception hosted by the Greek Community of NSW followed, with the young Greek Australian community students reciting poems and performing traditional dances.The events were preceded by the Being Greek Festival presented by the Greek Orthodox Parish and Community of Kogarah, which was used to commemorate Oxi Day celebrations.The Greek Orthodox Parish and Community of St Ioannis in Parramatta hosted their own liturgy on Sunday, while the parish’s Greek school held a national day concert.In the Gold Coast, Father Romanos led a liturgy at St Anna’s Greek Orthodox church on Sunday to commemorate the anniversary. The Queensland Greek Consul General, Jim Raptis, took part in the service alongside the Greek community and representatives of AHEPA. Many younger members of the community felt compelled to dress up in national costume, and led the crowd in singing the Greek national anthem.last_img read more

Golden passports to the afterlife

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram It is one of the least known and most mystifying aspects of the Ancient Greeks attitude towards mortality; small pieces of golden foil, engraved with ritual words aimed to safeguard the deceased during their passage to the world of Hades. Found in tombs, these golden tablets, called ‘lamellae orphicae’ (Orphean tablets) were buried with the deceased, serving as passports by confirming their identity and purity and allowing them to move easily between the mortal and divine realms, protecting them from any evils that might haunt them along the way.And there were a lot of evils. For the ancient Greeks, the afterlife was a long journey and the Underworld was a complicated place, divided in various areas designed to ‘accomodate’ the deceased, according to their behaviour during mortal life. The worst resided in Tartarus, a cosmic pit where the gods’ enemies, not least among them the Titans, were sent, while the best were expected to spend eternity in the Elysian Fields. Among the heroes of Ancient Greek mythology, none was more associated with the world of Hades than Orpheus, who went to the Underworld and came back alive, hence the name ‘lamellae orphicae’ given to these tablets by the 19th and early 20th century archaeologists. Yet, none of the 30 to 40 golden tablets found across the Greek-speaking Mediterranean, mention Orpheus himself. Rather, the texts provided instructions for how to properly behave in paradise and acted as amulets protecting the people with whom they were buried. What’s even more remarkable is the fact that these engraved foils vary in length, which led archaeologists to believe that initiates from different classes were followers of Orpheus, as scribes charged by the letter. last_img read more

Speedrunners Cant Make Mario Maker Levels But Wendys Can

first_imgStay on target ‘Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball Form‘Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’ Was Final Mission From Late Nintendo President Thanks to Super Mario Maker 2, millions of Nintendo Switch owners are now experiencing the joys of making their own 2D Mario levels and becoming a part of a shared player community. That includes me, my girlfriend, my Mashable co-workers, and my friends and fellow journalists behind some of the coolest levels you should check out. However, it appears that also includes #brands.While not on the level of Arby’s or Sonic the Hedgehog, the Wendy’s Twitter account is pretty spicy when it comes to online personalities. And the fast food chain has apparently just decided that making Mario levels is the next way to get hip when it comes to promoting square burgers. They tweeted out a Wendy’s-themed version of a Super Mario world map, and each level tile includes a code for a real level the Wendy’s account made for Super Mario Maker 2.More than just one level, we made a whole world #SMM2— Wendy’s (@Wendys) July 16, 2019As you would expect, these seven Mario levels reference the menu items Wendy’s is best known for. There’s a Frosty ice level, blocks arranged into chicken nuggets and soda cups and french fries, rising lava to represent hot grease, and a pretty clever use of colored bouncy mushroom platforms to recall hamburgers. They’re not bad. You can tell their social media teen designer really cares. It makes us wish you could creatively package levels into contained worlds within the game itself.Normally, something like this Wendy’s stunt wouldn’t bother me that much. Yeah #brands in general need to learn when to log off, but the lack of overt branding in the levels themselves makes this pretty harmless and the whole thing is actually cool proof of how Super Mario Maker 2 lets anyone make and share levels so easily. The problem is, this news dropped around the same time we learned that Super Mario Maker 2 isn’t quite as open as we would hope.Nintendo just deleted my Kai-Zero G course, one of the most played Super Expert courses in Mario Maker 2. It contained no inappropriate words, pictures ect. It contained no glitches.I am at a loss for words and extremely sad about this. I feel Nintendo just doesn’t want me 1/?— GrandPOObear (@GrandPOOBear) July 16, 2019Streamer GrandPOObear is an accomplished speedrunner and maybe the closest thing the Mario Maker community has to a celebrity. But while’s known for skillfully playing brutally difficult “Kaizo” levels he’s also been a force for good, making levels that elegantly teach you how to get better at advanced Mario mechanics and raising over a million dollars for charity through Mario play.That’s what makes it so disappointing then that Nintendo keeps punishing GrandPOObear seemingly for no reason. His entire library of original Mario Maker levels was deleted, an incident Nintendo claimed was an automation mistake. And now one of his most popular expert Super Mario Maker 2 levels, “Pile of Poo: Kai-Zero G,” has been deleted because of “harmful content” with no chance for appeal.GrandPOObear is understandably upset but also confused. There are no curse words in the course. His name isn’t the problem for Nintendo, there’s an EarthBound character named Poo. I thought Nintendo might be foolishly trying to crack down on Super Mario Maker’s culture of difficulty (like ignoring the hardcore Super Smash Bros. community’s love of exploits) but this level had no glitches.Right now he thinks a bunch of trolls mass-reported the widely played level just to screw with him, but if that’s the case Nintendo should look at these situations more closely before making such harsh decisions. Other users, while not as prominent, have also experienced apparently arbitrary bans.Super Mario Maker 2 has all the tools it needs to be incredible. Again, I just played some Mario levels made by Wendy’s. But if Nintendo wants to grow this community of fan creators the game relies on, it can’t keep punishing one of its most productive members.Buy Super Mario Maker 2More on Are the Game You Should Check Out in July 2019Play These Nintendo Switch Games Before ‘Pokemon Sword and Shield’Review: ‘Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night’ Is Bloody Awesomelast_img read more

Enter to win a streaming music speaker with fantastic sound quality

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MovieBob Reviews LOGAN

first_imgWell… this is certainly different.I feel like we haven’t adequately processed just how strange the situation of Hugh Jackman and Wolverine in the popular culture actually is when you look at the entire scope of it. This is an actor who probably wouldn’t exist as a known Hollywood quantity without having played this role (and, if we’re honest, however good an actor, Jackman is only really a “movie star” as Wolverine.) But as much as the role itself has become associated with Jackman, he’s also very likely to have left as indelible a stamp on the character as Christopher Reeve did for Superman. Let’s face it: When the X-Men franchise inevitably makes its way back to Marvel Studios and get’s its reboot, it’s going to be very difficult to recast this part (unless perhaps someone wants to let Andrew Garfield do a pair of terrible Wolverine movies in between so the next guy can only be seen as a step up.)Suffice it to say; Jackman has been defined as a screen presence by almost two decades of playing this character across the various X-Men movies… and yet, the X-MEN movies themselves have ultimately been a succession of average-to-forgettable films (the first two, The Wolverine, Days of Future Past) spaced-out by genuinely awful films (The Last Stand, Origins: Wolverine, Apocalypse) – while the two installments that actually were legitimately great films, First Class and Deadpool, also happen to be the two that Wolverine basically sat out. In other words: An actor with the dictionary definition of a “signature role” has somehow never been allowed to play said role in a truly good movie.And it’s really only in that context that the existence of Logan makes any sense.Don’t get me wrong: Logan is pretty terrific little movie – but a lot of what makes it terrific also makes it hard to imagine anyone actually deciding to make and release it outside of these very specific circumstances, i.e. a studio taking a deep breath and deciding: “Jackman wants to leave, everyone will hate us if he doesn’t get a big sendoff for carrying the franchise for almost two decades, Deadpool just proved it works to make cheap R-rated movies in this franchise, we’ve never really managed to get the ‘superhero’ part of this character to work anyway so let’s just junk basically everything X-Men or even remotely comic-book related and let them turn whatever working parts are left into a ‘dystopian Western’ – or whatever the hell will make Hugh happy.”And yet… it works. It feels like it shouldn’t, but somehow letting Jackman play an old, cranky version of his superhero character in a film that without that connection no one would even think to call a superhero movie turns out to be the basis for a good idea. A freakish, “glitch-in-the-system” kind of good idea – likely impossible to replicate as it relies 100% on Jackman’s version of the character making sense in this context and our collective cultural attachment to the “idea” of his Wolverine and Patrick Stewart’s Professor X – but on it’s own merits, Logan is really special, one of a kind movie.Plotwise, the setup (inspired, in the broadest possible strokes, by Mark Millar’s Old Man Logan comic) strands us several decades into a possible future where everything about the X-Men universe has come to the worst conceivable end: New mutants have stopped being born with the species now all but extinct and nobody knows why, The X-Men are all gone and nobody is saying why, Professor Xavier is slowly wasting away from a degenerative neurological disease that’s making his formidable psychic powers a danger to himself and others and Logan (who no longer acknowledges the “Wolverine” persona and is mysteriously aging due to an unknown illness of his own) is eking out a living trying to keep them alive long enough to escape to the ocean.But that changes when Logan finds himself drafted as the reluctant protector of a young girl named Laura who not only appears to somehow be a Mutant but one imbued with Wolverine’s specific powerset (who also happens to be an immigrant from Mexico fleeing for the safety of Canada from a heavily-armed militarized death squad because hey that’s depressingly topical!) and whose desperate situation affords Logan one more chance to prove himself a hero for maybe the last time.What’s most interesting about all of this is, for all that’s familiar about Logan (we know Jackman can play Wolverine, we know Patrick Stewart simply “is” Charles Xavier, we can assume that an R-rated version of the claw fights are going look awesome, etc) what makes it feel truly special is that it’s a movie fundamentally about disappointment that’s willing to make it’s point by disappointing the audience – that’s something you almost never see. Plenty of movies are “sad” or “angry” because those are negative emotions that can still provide a certain rush of catharsis. But very few films are ever willing to aim for sending the audience home let down, even when “dealing with being let down” is the whole theme of the story.To wit: Logan is all disappointment all the time. The whole point is Logan, Xavier and to an extent even Laura dealing with the dream of the X-Men having come to a bad end and soldiering on anyway, and it communicates this by consistently setting the audience up for disappointments of their own: Were you hoping for flashbacks to the other movies or surprise cameos? You’re going to be disappointed. Were you thinking there might be a lot of cool continuity nods? You’re going to be disappointed. Oh, you’ll find out what happened to the Mutants and why the other X-Men aren’t around… but you’ll wish you hadn’t – because the answers aren’t “tragically heroic” or “darkly noble” or even particularly interesting: They’re banal and pathetic and meaningless. Even the action scenes doggedly refuse to be “fun” in the conventional sense: Yes, you get to see R-rated claw fights, but almost all of them are fast and dirty and happen in a context where you just want the good guys to get the hell out of wherever they are.The one (deliberate) exception to all this: Everything involving Dafne Keen as Laura, aka “X23” aka The Female Wolverine. To the degree that hope and uplift exist in Logan at all, it centers on her – and appropriately the moment she snaps into “action”, it becomes an instant star making turn for the character and almost certainly the actress. She’s very good in the quiet scenes (almost wordless or speaking unsubtitled Spanish for much of the first two acts), but what she does and what the film does with her once it’s her turn to do the fighting is quite simply awe-inspiring.We’ve seen young girls as action heroes before, but this time there’s no element of parody (think Hit-Girl) or exploitation at play; she’s just straightforward bad-ass in the way kids and especially girls almost never get to see themselves onscreen – in some ways a closer approximation to the comic-book version of Wolverine’s persona than Jackman ever was. There are people who’ve likely waited their whole lives for this particular type of kid action hero; and while Logan is very much an R-rated movie, I have a feeling that (for those who do get to see it) meeting this character could end up being a significant cultural touchstone for a whole generation of girls. Some of that it, obviously, up to parents; but… well, everyone has a first R-rated movie, right?I have absolutely no idea where you go with the X-Men movies after this (or why you’d really even need to); but taken as its own thing Logan is the real deal – as solid and necessary a work as the franchise (to say nothing of the genre) has managed to produce.Read more on Wolverine’s lore in Marvel’s Old Man Logan series currently on sale at Comixology.last_img read more

Researchers discover law of urination for animal pee times

first_img More information: Law of Urination: all mammals empty their bladders over the same duration, arXiv:1310.3737 [physics.flu-dyn] urinary system evolved to eject fluids from the body quickly and efficiently. Despite a long history of successful urology treatments in humans and animals, the physics of urination has received comparatively little attention. In this combined experimental and theoretical investigation, we elucidate the hydrodynamics of urination across five orders of magnitude in animal mass, from mice to elephants. Using high-speed fluid dynamics videos and flow-rate measurement at Zoo Atlanta, we discover the “Law of Urination”, which states animals empty their bladders over nearly constant duration of average 21 seconds (standard deviation 13 seconds), despite a difference in bladder volume from 100 mL to 100 L. This feat is made possible by the increasing urethra length of large animals which amplifies gravitational force and flow rate. We also demonstrate the challenges faced by the urinary system for rodents and other small mammals for which urine flow is limited to single drops. Our findings reveal the urethra evolved as a flow-enhancing device, enabling the urinary system to be scaled up without compromising its function. This study may help in the diagnosis of urinary problems in animals and in inspiring the design of scalable hydrodynamic systems based on those in nature. Explore further When it comes to mammals, how big is too big? Credit: puppy-training-solutions Journal information: arXiv ( —Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have discovered that mammals above a certain size appear to conform to what they have dubbed, the “law of urination”—that is, mammals of all sizes, they report, take approximately 21 seconds to void their bladder. Not content to use existing data, the research team undertook field work—visiting zoos and other places where animals reside—where they filmed the animals urinating (or medically speaking—engaging in micturition). They have written a paper describing their adventures and results and have posted it on the preprint server, arXiv, for those that wish to review their work.center_img © 2013 The study, led by Professor David Hu, began as a fluid mechanics puzzle: how long should it take animals of various sizes to pee?—an apparently valid question considering the differences in size of not just the animals, but the body parts they use when relieving their bladder. The team notes that there are two main parts involved: the bladder and the urethra—the straw-like tube that carries urine from the bladder to the outside world. They note that gravity is an issue with urination mechanics—large animals, such as elephants (which can drain up to 42 gallons in one release) tend to allow gravity to do all the work. Smaller animals, such as dogs or goats use muscles to help the process along.Hu left it to his team (of undergrads) to collect field data, recording animals at various sites as they relieved themselves, hopefully, without attracting the notice of others worried they might have less than scientific notions in mind, to learn more. In studying the videos, along with others found on YouTube, the team discovered that regardless of size, all of their subjects appeared to take approximately the same amount of time to finish the job. What’s more, they discovered that the body parts used by the animals to urinate tended to have the same proportions, size-wise.Hu and his team don’t speculate as to why animals larger than bats and rats (they take just a second to urinate) take roughly the same amount of time to pee, but do note that nature seems to have made sure it wouldn’t take too long. With elephants for example, the urethra is so long that the urine speeds up as it falls, bursting out of the animal like a fire-hose. They also note that they didn’t test human beings, though they do suggest it’s likely people conform to the law of urination as well, so long as they go when their bladders are full, rather than when it’s simply convenient. Citation: Researchers discover ‘law of urination’ for animal pee times (2013, October 24) retrieved 18 August 2019 from 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.last_img read more

Kolo Medical Introduces New SiliconWave UltraHigh Performance Ultrasound Transducers

first_img Technology | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | July 02, 2019 Philips Extends Advanced Automation on Epiq CVx Cardiovascular Ultrasound Platform Philips recently announced new advanced automation capabilities on its Epiq CVx and Epiq CVxi cardiac ultrasound… read more 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 08, 2019 360 Degree View of an Echocardiography Exam on the SC2000 System This is a 360 degree view of a live cardiac echo demonstration for the Siemens Healthineers Acuson SC2000… read more October 27, 2016 — Kolo Medical introduced three new SiliconWave ultrasound transducers at the 2016 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) International Ultrasonics Symposium (IUS) in Tours, France, Sept. 18-21. SiliconWave transducers, designed to deliver high performance in the areas of ultra-high resolution imaging, offer the first-ever practical alternative to traditional PZT ultrasound transducers, according to Kolo Medical. Compatible with existing and next-generation ultrasound systems, the proprietary SiliconWave transducer technology delivers high performance in the area of ultra-high resolution and ultra-wide bandwidth imaging for such applications as thyroid, breast, small parts, musculoskeletal (MSK), vascular and dermal imaging.Kolo Medical is working with several OEM partners to test SiliconWave transducers with commercial ultrasound systems. Lauren Pflugrath, CEO of Verasonics, said “We have evaluated Kolo’s new 30 MHz CMUT transducer on the Verasonics Vantage high frequency system. The images we have been able to produce of laboratory animals and superficial structures are very impressive. We think this technology will be very interesting to researchers involved with high frequency ultrasound.”The new L38-22 linear array transducer with a center frequency of 30MHz enables high-performance superficial imaging in the emerging application of dermatology and can also be used to image superficial tendons and nerves as well as joints of the wrist, hands and feet.The M17-4 1.5D array transducer with a 120 percent bandwidth and frequencies from 4-17 MHz is the ultrasound industry’s first single-probe solution, according to Kolo Medical. With this frequency range, the M17-4 is able to replace multiple linear array transducers for imaging small parts to deep vascular applications.  The new transducer is based on the Kolo SiliconMatrix technology.The new L30-14 linear array transducer can be used for neonatal, pediatric and MSK applications. The L30-14 transducer has a center frequency of 22 MHz. In addition, Kolo showcased two improved SiliconWave transducers:The L22-8 linear array transducer is designed for MSK and small parts imaging. Centered at 15MHz, this transducer has improved spatial resolution with excellent penetration when compared with PZT transducers. The L15-5 linear array transducer, with a center frequency of 10MHz, is designed for vascular, small parts and deep MSK imaging.These transducer arrays resemble tiny silicon drums, each smaller than the width of a human hair, that are fabricated on a silicon wafer and incorporated into the transducer, giving superior acoustic response that forms the basis for better ultrasound images. The technology used in SiliconWave transducers overcomes the fabrication limitations of bulk piezoelectric transducers. High-frequency, high-resolution transducers are potentially easier to fabricate with SiliconWave technology, making ultrasound available for a wider range of applications.The development of CMUT technology was initiated many years ago by a team at Stanford University that included the Kolo Medical founders.  SiliconWave transducers offer designs that overcome many initial CMUT limitations such as sensitivity. The transducers are fabricated in a commercial MEMS foundry, leveraging advanced semiconductor fabrication technology such as photolithography and thin-film deposition and etching. With the ability to control the vertical geometries of the transducer, such as thin-film thickness with nanometer accuracy, Kolo attains sub-micrometer lateral resolution with ease. For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 09, 2019 360 Degree View of a Mitral Valve Ultrasound Exam on a Vivid E95 System A view of a mitral valve on a GE Healthcare Vivid E95 … read more News | Ultrasound Imaging | October 28, 2016 Kolo Medical Introduces New SiliconWave Ultra-High Performance Ultrasound Transducers Expands suite of next-generation semiconductor transducers designed to provide ultra-high resolution imaging capabilities Related Content News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 05, 2019 Digital Health Devices Used at Point of Care May Improve Diagnostic Certainty A West Virginia-based rural medical outreach event showcased the use of point-of-care technology in an ambulatory… read more Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more News | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins read more center_img read more News | Ultrasound Imaging | July 31, 2019 Studies Confirm Clinical Value of ShearWave Elastography for Liver Fibrosis Evaluation SuperSonic Imagine announced the publication of the results of its prospective multicentric clinical study conducted in… read more 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 11, 2019 360 Degree View of a Smartphone Performing a Cardiac Ultrasound Exam This 360 degree photo shows a basic, point-of-care cardiac echocardiogram being performed using a smartphone turned i read more 3D Auto RV application image courtesy of Philips Healthcare News | Ultrasound Women’s Health | July 11, 2019 FDA Clears Koios DS Breast 2.0 AI-based Software Koios Medical announced its second 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The ScanTrainer transvaginal simulator is one example of Intelligent Ultrasound’s simulation technologies. News | Ultrasound Imaging | July 26, 2019 Intelligent Ultrasound Group Collaborating With the National Imaging Academy Wales Artificial intelligence (AI)-based ultrasound software and simulation company Intelligent Ultrasound Group plc (AIM:… read more last_img read more

Elderly mans return to home in north sparks outrage

first_imgAn elderly Greek Cypriot man’s quest to move to the occupied village of Larnaca tis Lapithou where he was born and grew up to build a house has prompted a strong reaction in the north, local media reported on Thursday.Turkish Cypriot daily Yeni Duzen reported that the Immovable Property Commission (IPC) set up by Turkey in the north, returned a 349-square-metre plot in occupied Larnaca tis Lapithou village to its Greek Cypriot owner Nikolas Skourides, 78. The property was returned to him last September and Skourides has started building a house there, which has caused concern for residents who are seeking the annulment of the decision.The IPC is a body set up in the north to compensate Greek Cypriot refugees for their lost property.Skourides, speaking to Active radio, said he started the process of claiming his property from the IPC seven years ago. He said he was born in the house and lived there until August 14, 1974.When the crossings opened, he said, he began going to the occupied areas two to three times per week, where he met almost all the Turkish Cypriots living in Larnaka tis Lapithou, with whom he maintains excellent friendly relations.Skourides is now 78 and has several health problems, including asthma, which he believes could be improved by living in the area.Skourides started the process of reclaiming his property by finding out from the village’s ‘community leader’ that it had not been given to anyone else.Skourides reportedly went to the area and started building a house last week, alarming residents.  Lapithos ‘municipality’ halted the work, saying the construction had no ‘permit’. Residents of the village reportedly started collecting signatures to overturn the decision of the IPC.Police had to go to the area due to the tension, the daily said, adding that poles marking Skourides’ land had been removed following complaints that they were blocking the entrance to a neighbouring house.On the reactions and scuffles that broke out in the north over his return to his land, Skourides said he has heard that there have been media reports but that he does not know Turkish.He also said he had been able to claim his property in the occupied area with much difficulty, expense and many obligations to his Turkish Cypriot friends.IPC Chairman Ayfer Said Erkmen told Yeni Duzen that after going through Skourides’ application, had contacted the security forces command and implemented the decision after they were informed that the return could take place.Erkmen said Skourides had secured the necessary ‘permits’ from the ‘interior ministry’, the ‘town planning department’ and the ‘municipality’.Erkman added that he believes the procedure concerns the ‘local administration’ and the Greek Cypriot property owner and that, just as a Turkish Cypriot can apply to building a house, a Greek Cypriot also has this right and can secure a ‘permit’ from the ‘competent authority’.According to Erkmen, 97.7per cent of the decisions taken to-date by the IPC concern payment of compensation, 1 per cent return of property, while the rest of the applications have been withdrawn.You May LikeTapWithUs.comDiscover how you can type just by tapping on your bodyTapWithUs.comUndoCar Novels15+ Ugliest Cars Ever MadeCar NovelsUndoHealthZapFamily Saved A Fawn & A Bobcat; Ends Up With CopsHealthZapUndo Four dead in California garlic festival shootingUndoData is the new oil so watch out for mass mining – Netflix filmUndoHouse rejects presidential veto over repossession lawUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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