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Direct Marketing Vendors Receive Funding

first_img “These businesses are an integral part of Nova Scotia’s agriculture community,” said Mr. MacDonell. “These projects were chosen for their strong business plans and benefits for the agri-food industry in Nova Scotia.” The funds are provided through the Community Development Trust Fund, a $34.9-million program established in 2008 by the federal government to help communities and sectors experiencing economic challenges. The priorities of the Community Development Trust Fund are to enhance sustainable prosperity, diversify economic and trade opportunities, improve productivity, innovation and training, assist communities with transition planning, and help workers facing adjustment challenges. More information on the Community Development Trust of Nova Scotia is available at www.gov.ns.ca/econ/cdtrust . Meadow Brook Meat Market, in Berwick, Kings Co., to increase opportunities to supply unique pork products to local consumers Farmers’ Markets of Nova Scotia Co-operative of Halifax to adopt a program to support business development and training for the farmers’ market sector. Meadowbrook Farm in Tatamagouche, Colchester Co. to upgrade its meat shop to provide opportunities for consumers to experience local products. Wolfville Farmers’ Market, in Wolfville, Kings Co., to develop a long-term, fixed location that will accommodate growing popularity and increase opportunities to access and market local food products. Nova Scotians will be better able to connect with consumers and offer fresh, local products with provincial investment in four food direct-marketing initiatives. Agriculture Minister John MacDonell announced $430,984 in funding today, Dec. 22, to help strengthen local food direct marketers’ infrastructure and sustainability. “We are investing in farm and farmers’ market businesses that promote the variety and quality of food Nova Scotia has to offer,” said Mr. MacDonell. “I am pleased that farmers and other food producers are initiating new, innovative business ventures to bring their foods more directly to consumers.” The funding is provided through the Direct Marketing Community Development Trust Fund, which aims to increase consumer access to local products and help agriculture businesses sell more directly to consumers. Funding will allow: last_img read more

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Intervention coordonnée du gouvernement en matière de violence sexuelle

first_img Aider les gens à obtenir plus rapidement de l’aide en cas d’urgence par les lignes d’aide existantes, les services en ligne et les nouvelles technologies Élargir le programme pour infirmières examinatrices des victimes d’agression sexuelle à Sydney et dans l’ouest de la Nouvelle-Écosse Créer neuf réseaux de soutien communautaires pour coordonner le counseling et le soutien, la visibilité des services et l’aide à la navigation Établir un fonds d’innovation en matière de prévention à l’appui des pratiques exemplaires, de la recherche et de l’évaluation Des mesures de soutien mieux coordonnées à l’intention des victimes, une plus grande éducation et sensibilisation du public ainsi que la mobilisation communautaire continue pour la prévention font partie des approches qui seront adoptées dans le cadre de la première stratégie en matière de violence sexuelle en Nouvelle-Écosse. Le premier ministre Stephen McNeil et la ministre des Services communautaires, Joanne Bernard, ont publié le document intitulé Rompre le silence : Une intervention coordonnée en matière de violence sexuelle en Nouvelle-Écosse, aujourd’hui 16 juin, à Kentville. « La violence sexuelle est un problème traumatisant et envahissant dans toute la société, et notre province ne fait pas exception, souligne le premier ministre McNeil. Cette stratégie exige que les Néo-Écossais travaillent ensemble pour mieux comprendre et prévenir la violence sexuelle dans nos collectivités. » Les mesures prévues au cours des deux prochaines années incluent, notamment : « Nous avons promis aux Néo-Écossais que nous allions les écouter, alors c’est ce que nous avons fait. Au cours de la première année, nous avons communiqué avec plus de 1000 Néo-Écossais, et les commentaires reçus nous aideront à établir notre orientation alors que le travail sur la stratégie se poursuit, indique Mme Bernard. Nous devons maintenir ces discussions et nous assurer de joindre les gens qui doivent être entendus. » « Vivre dans une région rurale peut créer des obstacles, mais grâce à ses partenaires, le centre de soutien et de santé jeunesse Red Door est en mesure d’appuyer les jeunes, les femmes, les hommes, les enfants et la communauté LGBTQ, affirme Tara Newcombe, coprésidente du centre. Nous reconnaissons l’importance de mobiliser les jeunes pour pouvoir vraiment changer la culture actuelle de violence sexuelle. De plus, le fait d’inviter les jeunes à donner leurs points de vue sur la façon d’améliorer les services de soutien contribuera à notre projet de démonstration locale ainsi qu’à la stratégie provinciale en matière de violence sexuelle. » En décembre dernier, le gouvernement a publié un résumé des commentaires des Néo-Écossais soumis lors de rencontres et par un questionnaire en ligne. En avril, un résumé des réponses des jeunes a également été publié. Ce mois-ci, deux comités provinciaux pour la formation et la sensibilisation du public ont été nommés, et une nouvelle spécialiste provinciale a été embauchée pour coordonner le travail sur la stratégie. Pour obtenir plus d’information sur la stratégie et une liste des services offerts aux victimes de violence sexuelle, consultez le http://novascotia.ca/coms/svs (en anglais seulement).last_img read more

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TIFF 2018 WE WENT TO THE PREMIERE PARTY FOR THE FILM FIRST

first_img Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement Where was it held?Patria, a Spanish restaurant at 478 King St W.What brands were present as partners?Nespresso and Audi.Which celebrities were supposed to be in attendance?Ryan Gosling, Claire Foy and Damien Chazelle.Which celebs did you actually spot?Well, the Prime Minister made a surprise appearance. Following his speaking engagement at Tina Brown’s Women in the World Summit earlier in the day, The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau stopped by the festival circuit to support the North American premiere of First Man.HERE ARE SOME PHOTOS FROM INSIDE THE PARTYAll photos by Owen Hoffman/Getty Images for Audi Ryan Gosling and family Ryan Gosling and Donna Gosling Patrick Fugit Nespresso Guest and Mark Armstrong Guest and Eric Armstrong Damien Chazelle and Olivia Hamilton Corey Stoll and Nadia Bowers Claire Foy Trudeau didn’t pose for photos, but graciously shook party attendees hands on the patio. Shortly after, Gosling and Foy were whisked away in separate cars. So we had our head of government, our most cherished hometown hottie, and the Queen (Claire Foy) all in one room. Oh Canada! What a night for the commonwealth.Food? Cocktails? Spanish tapas and coffee cocktails pair better than you probably expected.Describe the general vibe.Grown up sophistication. The kind of party that an astronaut, an Oscar-winning director and a government official all swing by.Please repeat one conversation you overheard.“So are the Prime Minister and Ryan Gosling, like, friends?”If you had to title the party as if it were a film, what would it be called?Canada’s Internet Boyfriends Twitter Ryan Gosling and Donna Goslingcenter_img So I attended a TIFF Party! To help those who couldn’t make it feel like they were there, I completed this comprehensive post-party questionnaire.What was the party for?First Man, a Damien Chazelle film written by Josh Singer, based on the book First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong by James R. Hansen. The movie, which first premiered at the Venice Film Festival last week to rave reviews, stars Ryan Gosling as Neil Armstrong, and follows the young astronaut’s life leading up to the Apollo 11 mission to the Moon in 1969. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebooklast_img read more

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UN political chief chairs meeting on bringing peace to Colombia

TChaired by Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Lynn B. Pascoe, the meeting on Monday “allowed an open and constructive exchange on the United Nations’ work in Colombia, as well as on the status of peace efforts in Colombia,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s spokesperson Michele Montas told reporters today in New York.At the discussions, UN officials told the Colombian delegation, led by Vice President Francisco Santos and Foreign Minister Fernando Araújo, that Mr. Ban is willing to utilize his good offices in support of a negotiated solution.Colombian representatives stated that “should appropriate conditions exist, the Colombian Government would value the UN’s contribution in its peace efforts,” Ms. Montas said.The country has the largest population of concern to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, with some 3 million people uprooted by decades of conflict and internally displaced persons (IDPs) represent some 8 per cent of the total population of over 40 million.On a visit to UN Headquarters in New York in February, President Alvaro Uribe said that despite the decline in the number of people fleeing their homes yearly, “we still have displacement and we ought to undertake every possible effort so that Colombia will finally be able to say to the world that we have put an end to displacement.” 24 April 2007he top United Nations political officer has presided over a meeting bringing together the world body’s senior officials and high-level representatives from the Government of Colombia to discuss efforts to bring peace to the South American country which has seen more than 40 years of fighting between the Government, leftist rebels, right-wing paramilitaries and criminal gangs. read more

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Deadly Algerian bombing sparks outrage from Security Council

Offering their condolences to the victims “of this heinous act of terrorism,” Council members issued a presidential statement stressing the need to bring the perpetrators, organizers and sponsors of the bombing to justice.“The Security Council reaffirms that terrorism in all its forms and manifestations constitutes one of the most serious threats to international peace and security, and that any acts of terrorism are criminal and unjustifiable, regardless of their motivation, wherever, whenever and by whomsoever committed,” said Ambassador Jan Grauls of Belgium, which holds the rotating Council presidency this month.The statement urged all States to cooperate with Algerian authorities to try to bring the perpetrators and sponsors of the bombing to justice.Mr. Grauls added that Council members emphasized to States that any measures they take to combat terrorism must comply with their obligations under international law, especially concerning international human rights, refugee and humanitarian law.Media reports say today’s suicide bombing occurred near the entrance to the academy at Issers, some 60 kilometres east of the Algerian capital. 19 August 2008The Security Council has strongly condemned today’s suicide bombing at a gendarmerie training academy in Algeria that has left dozens of people dead and injured many more. read more

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Hamilton launches free WiFi in Gage Park

Free public Wi-Fi is now available in Hamilton’s Gage Park.The city’s Wi-Fi signal will appear as “Hamilton_Guest” and will allow visitors using a Wi-Fi enabled device such as a laptop, tablet PC or smart phone to access the internet free of charge.“Offering public Wi-Fi is a tremendous opportunity to close the digital divide and provide free wireless internet access for all residents. This is the first step in building a city that keeps up with the digital demands of the 21st century. Who knows, maybe the world’s next great computer programmer could be sitting beside you in Gage Park,” said Councillor Matthew Green in a press release.The Wi-Fi will be available daily between 6 a.m. and 11 p.m. in the following areas:George R. Robinson Bandshell and surrounding areaHorticulture building and surrounding areaWater fountain and surrounding areaPump track and surrounding areaChildren’s museum indoors and surrounding areaSplash pad and surrounding areaResidents will be required to accept the “Terms of Use of the Wireless Network and Disclaimer” when accessing the signal.There is currently free Wi-Fi access in more than 40 City of Hamilton facilities including all 22 branches of the Hamilton Public Library. read more

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Wildrose says ailing Alberta economy shouldnt be punished further by carbon tax

EDMONTON – Alberta’s Opposition leader is accusing Premier Rachel Notley’s New Democrats of letting Ottawa push the province around on its climate- change strategy.Wildrose Leader Brian Jean noted in question period that federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna is promising that a new national target for greenhouse-gas reductions will soon be set in consultation with the provinces.“Why should Ottawa be allowed to interfere with how we run our industries?” Jean asked Notley.“A Trudeau government interfering in Alberta’s oilpatch. Now where have I heard that story before?” added Jean, who was referring to former prime minister Pierre Trudeau’s national energy program in the 1980s.Other provinces seem to have more clout with Ottawa, suggested Jean, who noted that Montreal was allowed to dump raw sewage into the St. Lawrence River, but Alberta is pilloried for its environmental record.“Why does the premier continue to stand by and let Alberta be pushed around by Ottawa?”Notley hotly disagreed. She said that while the federal government has a say on environmental rules, “if we do our homework, they’ll stay out of it.”“We’re doing our homework (by preparing a new climate-change strategy) after those folks over there stuck their head in the sand and tried to pretend there was no problem,” said Notley of the Progressive Conservatives who were defeated in last spring’s election.“Alberta’s energy products won’t see new markets if we continue to follow (the Wildrose) denial-dinosaur approach on climate change.”Alberta is just days away from introducing changes to its rules for reducing greenhouse-gas emissions. Notley has said the plan will be released before she heads to Paris for a climate-change summit. That meeting begins at the end of the month.One option is a carbon tax that could push up the price for consumers on everything from heating bills to gasoline.Notley hasn’t said which way Alberta is leaning, but earlier Thursday, in a speech to mayors and reeves, she reiterated that the province will put “a fair price on carbon.”Jean said now is not the time to punish an Alberta economy ailing from low oil prices by imposing a carbon tax.“When thousands of Albertans are being laid off and we have 100,000 unemployed Albertans right now, now is not the time to kick them when they’re down.”British Columbia has a $30-per-tonne revenue-neutral carbon tax that brings in about $1 billion a year, which the province has used to lower other taxes.Alberta Party Leader Greg Clark has said a carbon tax could work, but only if it is tied to reductions in personal and corporate income taxes.Notley’s government has also promised changes to phase out coal-fired electricity plants. Wildrose says ailing Alberta economy shouldn’t be punished further by carbon tax by Dean Bennett, The Canadian Press Posted Nov 19, 2015 4:09 pm MDT Last Updated Nov 19, 2015 at 4:49 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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Half of all doctors appointments start late but how can the problem

As comedian Jerry Seinfeld says about doctor’s office waiting rooms: “There’s no chance of not waiting because they call it the waiting room. They’re going to use it.”In two separate studies that included data from more than 650 patients, researchers from Brock University’s Goodman School of Business discovered that around 50 per cent of doctor’s appointments start late. Most often, it was because the physician was running late, rather than the patients.Writing about their research recently in The Conversation, Brock Professor of Operations Management Kenneth Klassen and Associate Professor of Operations Management Reena Yoogalingam said the key to fixing the problem of late appointments could be better scheduling.“Scheduling would be easy if no one ever ran late,” the pair wrote about their research, which was originally completed in 2013 and 2014. “You could simply spread out the appointments evenly across the day. If treatments always take 10 minutes, then schedule one patient every 10 minutes.”The problem is, health care is unpredictable. Appointments sometimes take longer than expected, physicians get interrupted by emergencies, or a doctor or patient arrives late.Using simulation modelling from real-world data, Klassen and Yoogalingam’s research discovered creative scheduling could be the answer.The first method was to put appointments closer together at the beginning and the end of the day or work session, which keeps physicians busy, but spreads appointments farther apart in between. In this method, if a physician is working a session from 8 a.m. until a noon lunch break, appointments at the start of the day and just before noon might be scheduled eight or nine minutes apart while mid-morning appointments would be 11 or 12 minutes apart.The second approach is to book appointments closer together, but in clusters of two or three, with a bit of time in between each cluster. As the day unfolds, the time between appointments shrinks, but the time between clusters increases.“The clusters keep physicians busy. The spaces between clusters reduce patient waiting,” the researchers wrote in their Conversation piece which they co-authored with Brock colleague Michael Armstrong, Associate Professor of Operations Research.“By keeping physicians busy, effective appointment scheduling helps them see more patients per day. That increased capacity reduces the number of days patients must wait for their appointments,” they wrote. read more

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Kristaps Porzingis Is A Freak — And Potentially A Superstar

15Kwame Brown40Marvin Williams 2Joe Smith27Cliff Robinson 16Michael Beasley41Jared Sullinger 19Anthony Davis44Thaddeus Young If those assumptions hold, the Knicks have a hell of a prospect on their hands. The NBA is a tough league for rookies, so merely staying in a team’s rotation at age 20 is often a sign of a bright future. So far, however, Porzingis has not just been a rotation player but an above-average one4According to the blend of Box Plus/Minus and Real Plus-Minus that we use as part of CARMELO — usually a sign of superstar potential. In fact, Porzingis’s long-term upside score, based on his wins above replacement projection from 2016-17 through 2021-22, is 36.3. That’s very good; at the start of this season, it would have made Porzingis the 17th-most-valuable franchise player in the league, in the same vicinity as Giannis Antetokounmpo, John Wall and Jimmy Butler.But Porzingis’s projection also involves tremendous uncertainty. In 2018-19, for example, his 90th percentile projection5According to CARMELO, Porzingis has a 10 percent chance of achieving a WAR at or above his 90th percentile projection. is 13.3 WAR, good enough to put him on the fringes of the MVP discussion. Meanwhile, his 10th percentile projection is just 0.0 WAR (exactly replacement level), or roughly the same range as Quincy Acy. The error bars around CARMELO’s forecasts for young players are often wide, but these are especially so.OK, but is he Dirk?What gives? Part of it is the problem we alluded to before. CARMELO works by identifying comparable players, and Porzingis is a hard guy for which to find historical precedents. Only one player, Brook Lopez, achieves a similarity score of 50 or higher with Porzingis6A score of 50 is the point at which we consider a player to be “extremely similar.” — and if we’re being frank, the Lopez-Porzingis connection doesn’t have the “eye test” appeal that CARMELO comparisons often do.But faced with unusual players like Porzingis, CARMELO has to make some sacrifices. In the case of Lopez, it ignores the fact that Lopez almost never shoots from behind the arc (although he does have a decent midrange game). In the case of Kevin Love, Porzingis’s No. 4 comparable, it finds another big man with a good outside shot and strong rebounding numbers — but ignores that Love is shaped much differently than Porzingis, 5 inches shorter but quite a bit bulkier, especially in his youth. And since CARMELO relies on metrics that utilize box score stats, it can be difficult to translate calling-card traits like “quick feet in defensive transition” to on-the-stat-sheet comps, which in turn means the model may promote the formal similarity of Porzingis’s defensive numbers to those of Shawn Kemp, when he’s closer to Andrei Kirilenko stylistically.You can get a fuller sense for the range of possibilities when sorting through Porzingis’s top 50 CARMELO comparables, a list that includes everyone from Shaquille O’Neal to Darko Milicic. There’s also a cameo appearance from Porzingis’s idol, Dirk Nowitzki, who checks in at No. 17. Why doesn’t he rank higher? Because, as Nowitzki correctly points out, Porzingis has been considerably better so far at age 20 than Nowitzki was at the same age. CARMELO “thinks” the Porzingis-Nowitzki comparison is unflattering — to Porzingis.The 50 NBA players most comparable to Porzingis 22Tyson Chandler47Shaquille O’Neal 4Kevin Love29Derrick Williams 9Yi Jianlian34Serge Ibaka 18Shareef Abdur-Rahim43Chris Webber RANKPLAYERRANKPLAYER The New York Knicks’ future once looked very dismal indeed. It looked that way for a very long time, for a great many reasons — but that was before the arrival of the Great Latvian Hope. Kristaps Porzingis, the 7-foot-3 rookie whose selection was resoundingly booed at this summer’s draft, has instead very quickly become the most popular athlete at Madison Square Garden1Sorry, Carmelo Anthony and Henrik Lundqvist. after barely more than a month on the job.Porzingis detonated onto the NBA landscape with a series of putback dunks in his first handful of games; more importantly for Knicks fans, he’s since maintained a level of play that’s ranged between solid and spectacular. On the season, Porzingis is averaging 17.9 points, 11.0 rebounds and 2.4 blocks per 36 minutes and draining threes at a rate that would make fellow Giant Baltic Person Arvydas Sabonis proud.2Porzingis has made the typically painful adjustment to NBA 3-point range rapidly, raising his percentage to 35.4 after early season struggles. No player in NBA history, in fact, has possessed quite this combination of youth, height, quickness and outside shooting skills. Porzingis’s play has been so strong and so dazzling that he’s that rare rookie on whom airy basketball aesthetes and turgid statistical fundamentalists can agree: This kid is the real deal.The Porzingis projectionSo what does his future hold? We have a (probabilistic) basketball-shaped crystal ball called CARMELO,3No relation to Carmelo Anthony, although we took some inspiration from him. our NBA projection system. Before the season began, we ran CARMELO projections for more than 500 players; this included rookie projections for players such as Karl-Anthony Towns, the No. 1 overall pick and Porzingis’s opponent Wednesday night, based on their college statistics. But we didn’t run one for Porzingis or other international draft picks who didn’t play NCAA ball. Let’s fix that!Below, you’ll see a CARMELO projection for Porzingis based on his first 25 NBA games. It makes one heroic assumption: extrapolating out that 25-game performance to a full 82-game season. In other words, it assumes not only that what Knicks fans have seen from Porzingis so far is about what they’ll get from the rest of the year, but also that he’ll stay healthy. But Porzingis’s offensive approach does bear some resemblance to today’s Dirk Nowitzki. Porzingis is frequently compared to Jahlil Okafor and Towns, and that’s unsurprising considering that they play the same position and were all drafted so high. However, Porzingis is the only one in that trio who, like Nowitzki, has 21st-century range. In fact, his basic spatial shooting distribution closely mirrors that of the NBA itself as about a quarter of his shots come from downtown, a third come in the midrange and the rest come near the basket. 10Shawn Kemp35Zaza Pachulia 11Rudy Gay36Darius Miles 14Lamar Odom39Antoine Walker 3Derrick Favors28Al Jefferson 1Brook Lopez26Ryan Anderson 23Chris Bosh48Darko Milicic 6Amar’e Stoudemire31Jonas Valanciunas 17Dirk Nowitzki42Harrison Barnes 8Tobias Harris33Tracy McGrady 5Anthony Randolph30Tim Thomas 12Elton Brand37Greg Monroe 24Luol Deng49Nene 20Josh Smith45Paul George 7Spencer Hawes32Rashard Lewis 13DeMarcus Cousins38Andrei Kirilenko 21Kevin Garnett46Eddy Curry 25Enes Kanter50Al-Farouq Aminu The diversity of Porzingis’s scoring portfolio is also an encouraging sign for his development. Although he converts his shots at just average rates from virtually every spot he shoots from, the fact that he can do that as a 20-year-old 7-foot-plusser is remarkable. While the league is full of bigs who can shoot the ball, it’s rare for a rookie to enter the league as such a competent shooter. Shooting was the Achilles heel of young bigs like Anthony Davis and Blake Griffin, who have since developed range out to the 3-point line.The good news extends to the defensive side of the ball as well; Porzingis is already an effective rim protector. Considering that many were worried that he was “soft” entering the league, these numbers, perhaps more than his offensive ones, should put the doubters to bed. He blocks multiple shots per game, opponents shoot just 47 percent near the basket when he is present, and he is a big part of why the Knicks are among the most efficient rim-protecting teams in the NBA right now. The Knicks!Then again: The Knicks! A franchise whose glory days are more than 40 years behind it, and which has squandered more than a few good opportunities in the past. What could go wrong this time around?A strictly limited run?The one looming issue could be Porzingis’s durability. Among his top 50 comparables, about 20 percent7Excluding very recent comparables who haven’t had time to complete six full seasons. played fewer than 1,000 minutes (or were out of the league entirely) by their sixth NBA season. Usually, this is a sign of a serious injury. Furthermore, among his comparables, there was an inverse correlation between height and durability: The tallest players on Porzingis’s list were more injury-prone.That’s a potential problem because Porzingis isn’t just tall but gigantic: one of only 25 players ever to play in the NBA at 7-foot-3 or taller. That produces some cool factoids — among players 7-foot-3 or taller, Porzingis has already drained the fourth-most 3-pointers in league history (behind Sabonis, Manute Bol and Zydrunas Ilgauskas) — along with some worrying trends. For instance: no player 7-foot-3 or taller has ever made it to his 1,000th NBA game. (Mark Eaton, with 875 career games, came closest.)Is there really such a thing as being too tall for the NBA, as Phil Jackson asserted when he drafted Porzingis? Well … maybe. The chart below tracks the height distribution of NBA players since the NBA-ABA merger in 1976, weighted by minutes played, and compares it against a normal distribution. There are some interesting discrepancies: the most conspicuous is that there are far fewer players listed at exactly 6-foot-4 or 6-foot-5 than you’d expect from a normal distribution. That could reflect the fact that such players are “tweeners” — too small to play forward, but not necessarily fleet or agile enough to play guard — or that their heights are exaggerated upward to avoid the tweener label. Charles Barkley, officially listed at 6-foot-6, was probably more like 6-foot-4 or 6-foot-5 instead, for example.There is also a comparative absence of players listed at 7-foot-1 or taller. Based on the normal distribution, you’d expect about 6 percent of NBA minutes to be played by these supergiant players; instead, about 3 percent of them have been. There are lots of plausible explanations for this — for instance, there may be diminishing returns to height beyond about 7 feet, and some very tall players may actually round their heights down instead of up. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, one of the most durable players in league history, was listed at 7-foot-2, and opponents swore up and down that even that number was missing an inch or two. Still, looking at the broader trends, perhaps there is some reason to be concerned about players carrying such large frames.But having “some reason to be concerned” is unavoidable in neurotic New York — and a heck of a lot better than the state of absolute despair that preceded it. And the upside is having a player who, like Anthony Davis, has a chance to redefine his position. Porzingis! is the most exciting show to hit the Knicks since Linsanity.Read more:CARMELO NBA Player Projections2015-16 NBA Predictions read more

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Draconian abortion proposals are completely unworkable psychiatrists

first_imgPROPOSALS TO INVOLVE three stages and as many as 12 doctors in the assessment of a suicide risk in a woman seeking an abortion have been described as “draconian and completely unworkable” by psychiatrists.In a statement the College of Psychiatry in Ireland said that said it was “appalled” by the proposals reported in some newspapers today that the Maternal Protection of Life Bill, that would legislate for the X Case, could involve psychiatric assessments involving up to 12 consultants.The comments come as the two parties in government appear to be in disagreement as to how many consultants should assess the risk of suicide in a woman who is seeking an abortion on the grounds of a risk to her life.In a strongly-worded statement, the College said it was “extremely concerned” at the measures being considered.“[The College] strongly states that psychiatrists will not be prepared to collude with or participate in a process that undermines woman in such a disrespectful and abusive way,” a statement said.“Psychiatrists want to be able to assess and treat woman in a compassionate and professional way and not to act as ‘social policemen’.”Meanwhile, Fine Gael’s Frances Fitzgerald, a senior minister involved in impromptu discussions over the legislation yesterday, has told TheJournal.ie that six consultants assessing the suicidal risk is “clearly too many”.Exclusive: ‘Six doctors is clearly too many’ for abortion panel, says MinisterRead: Ministers’ row means abortion law may miss summer deadlineMore: Proposals for six-person abortion panel ‘ridiculous’ and ‘a sick joke’, says expertlast_img read more

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Bits n Pieces Panic 911 episode details odd crime case

first_imgThe apparently random East Minnehaha home invasion that led to the death of an inebriated intruder last summer was “the strangest case I’ve ever worked,” said Clark County Sheriff’s Office Detective Lindsay Schultz.The makers of “Panic 911” found it strange, too. Last month, a crew from the A&E Network thriller show, which analyzes and dramatizes actual 911 calls, turned a sheriff’s office conference room into a television studio while interviewing Schultz and K-9 deputy Brian Ellithorpe about the case.“It was a unique experience. I’m not used to doing stuff like this,” said Schultz, who worked as a patrol officer for five years before moving up to detective with the Major Crimes Unit. Her own crime investigation interviews have been known to grow “long and stressful and tiresome,” she said — but nothing like her own interrogation by a TV crew. That lasted for four long hours and was minutely detailed, she said. “It was a little bit fun and incredibly stressful,” she said.It was also quarterbacked from afar. The interviewer who sat opposite Schultz was in constant electronic contact with a producer back at the home studio; that producer monitored the interview and prompted the interviewer, in real time, about what details to pursue.“They really knew the case. I was impressed with their accuracy and research. They were very, very well prepared,” Schultz said. Also, she added, the A&E crew was “very sensitive to the family.”last_img read more

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Death toll in Washington mudslide rises to 30

first_imgEVERETT — The number of people listed as missing after the deadly March 22 Washington state mudslide has risen from 15 to 17 on the latest list provided by the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office.The sheriff’s office said Thursday that 44-year-old Victor Ford of Arlington and an unidentified 50-to-60-year-old man have been added to the list. A sheriff’s spokeswoman didn’t immediately return a call seeking additional information about the change.The county medical examiner’s office said the number of confirmed deaths stands at 30 as of Thursday afternoon. Twenty-seven of those people have been publicly identified.Recovery crews continue to search for more bodies in the tangled mud and debris from the landslide that crashed down on the community of Oso, about 55 miles northeast of Seattle.last_img read more

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Galaxy S10 Galaxy Fold launch 5 phones smartwatches new headphones and more

first_img Now playing: Watch this: Sep 1 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors The Galaxy S10 and foldable phone leakfest  is finally over; now that Samsung’s Unpacked event has started, we’ve got all the official details about Samsung’s much-hyped new Galaxy Fold, its raft of Galaxy S10 models, and all the new accessories that go with them.Of course, there’s always something we didn’t get. In this case, no news on the Galaxy Home. Oh, wait — we found out when it will be available!  Livestream 5G Samsung Apple Share your voice Galaxy FoldWith its new 7.3-inch Infinity Flex display, a 7nm processor, Samsung’s new fast solid-state storage and seamless flow between folded and expanded views, the Galaxy Fold breaks new ground. At $1,980, that applies to its pricing, too. All the official Galaxy Fold detailsHow, when and where to buy the Galaxy FoldGalaxy Fold stole the spotlight at Unpacked Mentioned Above Samsung Galaxy S10 (128GB, prism black) See It News • Samsung Galaxy S10, S10E and S10 Plus updates are already waiting for you 64 Photos Galaxy S10, S10 Plus, S10E: Every camera lens and curve 4:04 Everything Samsung showed at Unpacked $899 60 Photos Now playing: Watch this: Review • Galaxy S10 review: As good as the S10 Plus, in a smaller package Abt Electronics $899 $899 $899 How To • How to take badass car photos with your Galaxy S10 Plus Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it 5 See All See Itcenter_img New Galaxy S10 phones pile on sweet specs Samsung Galaxy Buds charge right off the back of the… Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 See It Tags Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? • reading • Galaxy S10, Galaxy Fold launch: 5 phones, smartwatches, new headphones and more Galaxy S10 models and accessories There weren’t a lot of details left unleaked about the phones or accessories, but now we get to see them in action. The Galaxy S10 — hands-on with all the modelsThe Galaxy S10 5G is coming in Q2Which S10 is which? All the models comparedThe Galaxy Watch Active and Galaxy Fit make health a priorityGalaxy Buds, the Gear Icon X evolvedThe Galaxy S10’s Instagram ModeApps get full access to the Galaxy S10’s camera tech 1:27 CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Close up with the Galaxy Fold screen, notch and hinge Sprint Apple Samsung Galaxy S10 41 Photos Best Buy Samsung flaunts Galaxy Fold at Unpacked See it Comments Now playing: Watch this: Samsung Event Mobile World Congress 2019 Phones Headphones Wearable Tech 6:04last_img read more

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Intels Project Athena aims for laptops with both power and battery life

first_img Processors Artificial intelligence (AI) Intel Computex 2019 May 29 • The laptops of tomorrow will make us even more productive — and it’s terrifying May 30 • Computex 2019: Every announcement you need to know Computex 2019 16 Photos PCs are dogged by tradeoffs. It’s hard to use your laptop all day on battery, get real work done during a two-minute break waiting for your train, or work hard when you’re not plugged into an electrical outlet.Intel noticed.The giant chipmaker is leading a multi-company, multiyear effort called Project Athena to address those tradeoffs. Athena’s goal: Make us love our laptops the way we love our phones. Laptops meeting Project Athena standards will be fast to process data and play games, snappy to wake up, useful all day on one battery charge and endowed with higher-end features. The first are due to arrive this holiday shopping season. Thus far the only model we know of is the Lenovo Yoga S940, which was briefly shown off onstage at Intel’s Computex keynote. No longer would you need to be afraid that answering email over afternoon coffee will mean your laptop’s battery is flat when you’re trying to edit some photos on the train ride home. • Last year, Intel began meeting with component makers and other PC industry players, says Chris Walker, head of Intel’s PC group. Athena laptops will be premium models costing $1,200 and up, but some of their benefits should trickle down to the whole market, he said.The chip giant has mapped out annual improvements for specific measurements, with steady improvements coming year after year. One example for 2019: Project Athena laptops will need to complete a biometric login process in a second or less after a laptop lid is opened, says Sudha Ganesh, Intel’s senior director of systems and solutions assessments. An Athena gets an additional second to connect connect to Wi-Fi.Other 2019 goals call for a “worry-free day of battery life,” a screen that’s bright for outdoor use, a high-precision trackpad, fast Thunderbolt data ports, mechanisms to let AI software intelligently manage the PC hardware, and network access even when the laptop is in standby so you won’t have to wait to check for new email.Intel is detailing Project Athena at the Computex show in Taiwan along with its coming Ice Lake chips, Intel’s first processor overhaul since 2015.Project Athena and modern PC usageThe project is rooted in Intel’s observations about how many of us are using our laptops these days. Many of us use the same machine for personal and work use, perhaps, or open our laptop briefly after dropping the kids at school. Intel calls these customers “mobile go-getters,” but really, it’s just about anybody.”It’s not just a program about certain specs,” said Forrester analyst Christopher Voce. “It’s a partnership to create devices people love and get value out of.”Intel’s Project Athena aims to improve a wide range of PC abilities at the same time. Intel Intel knows full well that we use our phones for a lot of what once required a PC. Smartphones “set the bar for what it means to compute when you’re mobile — connectivity, worry-free battery life,” Walker said. Athena is designed to make PCs a better choice when on the go.Project Athena begins with Ice Lake chipsProject Athena will begin with Intel’s “Ice Lake” chips formally known as 10th-generation Core processors, Intel said. Ice Lake chips are now shipping to PC makers and are significantly faster than their predecessors, but they’re years late, delayed by Intel difficulties moving to new manufacturing technology. They also are only slated to be used in some PCs as earlier chip models persist.Intel will spend marketing money to promote Project Athena, much as it did with its “ultrabook” effort to get PC makers and consumers excited about slim, fast notebooks.”Ultrabooks started premium, and it took seven years before 40% of the market hit thin and light,” said Josh Newman, Intel’s general manager of mobile innovation. “We want to accelerate that.”If Athena succeeds, you’ll pull out your laptop more often instead of your phone — or nothing at all — so you can benefit from its larger screen, physical keyboard and software. Phone use is important, Walker said, but “PCs continue to be where people go for focus and purpose.” reading • Intel’s Project Athena aims for laptops with both power and battery life 0 May 30 • Alienware redesigns its thin gaming laptops and offers OLED See All See all the best laptops of CES 2019 Meet Intel’s Ice Lake processor, due to speed up PCs in 2019 May 29 • The outrageous computer cases of Computex 2019 Share your voice 17:56 Post a comment Tags Now playing: Watch this: Laptops Computers First published May 27, 11 p.m. PT.Correction, May 29 at 12:41 a.m. PT: The chip model that the first Project Athena PCs will use is Ice Lake. Adds further detail from Intel.last_img read more

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Japanese navy ports in Anchorage for goodwill visit

first_imgJapanese naval destroyer anchored in Kachemak Bay near Homer. (Aaron Bolton, KBBI)Two Japanese naval destroyers are in Anchorage for a “good-will” port call.Listen nowThe Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force has been traveling the world since May, making port calls in South America, Canada, along the East Coast and even Pearl Harbor. About 500 sailors are on board both ships, but the six-month tour is primarily part of an effort to train 200 new cadets.The ships were docked in Homer earlier in the week before heading toward Anchorage. Sailors toured the VA hospital and observed military exercises at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson. The new cadets also plan to volunteer at a local food bank and members of the naval band will perform a short concert at the Anchorage School District’s Japanese immersion program on Thursday.Such visits from the Japanese Navy are not new, they happen every four to five years. The ships will be docked at the Port of Anchorage for three days.last_img read more

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Analysis Adding A Citizenship Question To The Census Could Screw Over Texas

first_img Share By Andrew WhalleyCounting is one thing. Culling is something else entirely.As the federal government prepares for its once-every-decade count of the U.S. population, it has decided to ask residents whether they are U.S. citizens or not. At a time when immigration and sanctuary cities top Republican lists of political concerns, that question has less to do with counting and more to do with culling.Including that question could be a strong disincentive for some respondents to even talk to a census worker, if they feel that answering in the negative — “Not a U.S. citizen” — might expose them to legal consequences. Being counted is one thing. Volunteering for immigration scrutiny is another.It’s not an academic exercise, either — or someone else’s problem.In a terrific preview of the 2020 census by the Tribune’s Alexa Ura and Chris Essig, the ties between the citizenship question and the Texas count were made explicit: “Almost 5 million immigrants live in the state, and it’s estimated that about two-thirds are noncitizens — legal permanent residents, immigrants with another form of legal status or undocumented immigrants. Additionally, more than 1 million Texans who are U.S. citizens live with at least one family member who is undocumented.”Hispanics and poor people are already harder to count — whether there’s a citizenship question in place or not. Census tracts with lower-than-average response rates tend to have higher Hispanic and/or poor populations. Opponents to including a question on citizenship contend it will further increase chances of an undercount — particularly in areas with higher numbers of poor and Hispanic Texas residents.The federal government could save itself billions of dollars in population-related programs and services by undercounting the state’s population, and critics of the decision to include a citizenship question in the 2020 census say a Texas undercount will be one of the results. Whether that’s a conflict of interest or a clever economic strategy is up to each voter.An undercount could cost the fast-growing state some representation in Congress. It would also short-sheet Texas in funding for various federal programs, from transportation to health care, that are ladled out according to population.Within the state, the effects could be even more pronounced.When a state prepares for political redistricting following a census, the first thing that happens is called reapportionment, which is when the feds decide how many congressional seats each state should have. Texas now has 36; early estimates are that 39 might be in order after the next census.The second piece is the redistricting itself, which is when state lawmakers carve Texas into congressional, legislative and State Board of Education districts. Counties do it with their commissioner seats, and so on.If the 2020 census were to undercount Texas, and if the undercounted populations were evenly distributed across the state, the internal effects of an undercount would be relatively minor. But that’s not how the population is distributed. Remember: The census tracts with the lowest response rates tend to be more Hispanic and more impoverished than average. Take a look at the distributions of those tracts in Texas; more of them are in places like El Paso and Laredo than in Texarkana or Midland. That means, in turn, that certain parts of the state are more likely to be undercounted than others, and that the same kinds of inequities that start at the federal level will ripple through state programs and services.It could have the effect of keeping people down. And if while you’re designing a program like the 2020 census you find that something you’re doing has a pretty good chance of keeping people down, you’re on the hook for what you ultimately decide to do.In this case, that’s a choice between asking people to say whether they’re U.S. citizens or not, and — according to some demographers — dropping that question in the interest of getting a more accurate count of the number of people living in the U.S. and in each of its more than 73,000 census tracts.It’s not like the people who aren’t counted will get out of the lines for state benefits, from education to roads to health and human services to prisons. They’ll still be in those head counts. It’s just that the feds won’t have to help pay for the services those uncounted Texans will receive.Other places less affected by the counting rules will win out when it comes to politics, too. Seats in Congress are doled out — apportioned — according to population. An undercounted state will get fewer seats in Congress — less representation — than a properly counted one.And Texas, with its large Hispanic and poor populations, could be one of the big losers if the census counts are incorrect.This article originally appeared in The Texas Tribune. last_img read more

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Nintendo needs to sell one game with every Wii U to make

first_imgThe Wii U launch hasn’t been great – there were a variety of complaints and problems including long set up times, missing apps, and the basic console only has 3GB of usable memory. We also reported last month that Nintendo was going to make a loss on every Wii U they sell–a first for a company known for its focus on low hardware costs.Finally though, there is some good news. The loss Nintendo is making on each Wii U can’t be that substantial, as Reggie Fils-Aime, president of Nintendo of America, says they only need to sell one game with every console to make a profit. He says Nintendo’s business model is to drive people to buy the initial hardware and then to create a “strong tie-in ratio” with the games and other available software. Reggie has made it clear if this plan is successful, Nintendo will make a good profit from the Wii U.If what Reggie says is indeed true, it won’t be hard for Nintendo to start making money on sales of the new machine, that is, if they sell plenty of them this Christmas. Not many people are going to buy a Wii U without a game. Even if the initial Wii U purchase doesn’t include a game and therefore isn’t profitable, it won’t be long before a game or two is bought and digital purchases are made, pushing Nintendo into the black in the process.If anything, this is just Nintendo catching up with its competitors and relying on software sales to cover the cost of the hardware. Eventually, the Wii U will be profitable hardware, but Nintendo will need to cut component manufacturing costs and do a few internal redesigns before that happens.More at Mercury Newslast_img read more

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Paramount and CBS are still suing the Star Trek fan film

first_imgBad news for Star Trek fan fiction again this week, and developments that contradict what J.J. Abrams told us about how Paramount and CBS were planning to relent to Star Trek fans who want to make Star Trek films.The battle is over Axanar, formerly Star Trek: Axanar a feature length fan film that takes place in the Star Trek universe. The Axanar Productions team, headed up by Executive Producer Alec Peters, raised over $100,000 to make the fan short called Prelude to Axanar, then raised over an additional million dollars for the feature length follow-up.The story would be set before the events of the original Star Trek series, but it was suggested by director Robert Meyer Burnett that the only two characters from Star Trek lore that would appear were Garth of Izar, a Federation captain who appeared in one third-season episode of the Original Series, and Ambassador Soval, a Vulcan from Star Trek: Enterprise.Maybe because this was going to be a full independent film production with a substantial budget, maybe because Axanar’s production would crowd official celebrations of Star Trek’s 50th Anniversary, Paramount and CBS (who control the Star Trek property) sued Axanar for copyright infringement at the end of 2015. The movie did not start production as planned in early 2016.A still from Star Trek: Axanar’s pre-production.Things got interesting to watch for Star Trek fans when the Axanar side filed a motion to dismiss that asked the Paramount and CBS side for a full accounting of what copyrights they were infringing upon and who owned those copyrights from what parts of the Star Trek universe. It was all very geeky, but the motion was answered by the plaintiffs point-by-point. The end result was Axanar was still being blocked from starting production by legal woes.A single point from CBS and Paramounts lengthy retortThere was a glimmer of hope this May when J.J. Abrams suggested that Star Trek Beyond director Justin Lin was unhappy enough with the news that Paramount and CBS were cracking down on a fan film that he had triggered a change for Axanar.Here’s what the Star Trek Into Darkness director said: “A few months back there was a fan film, Axanar, that was getting made and there was this lawsuit that happened between the studio and these fans and Justin [Lin], I’ll tell the story because he probably wouldn’t, was sort of outraged by this as a long time fan. We started talking about it and realized this was not an appropriate way to deal with the fans. The fans should be celebrating this thing. Fans of Star Trek are part of this world. So he went to the studio and pushed them to stop this lawsuit and now, within the next few weeks, it will be announced this is going away, and that fans would be able to continue working on their project.”It was a weird way to find out news about the Axanar lawsuit, but it looked like the pre-production could continue by the summer! The Axanar team drafted a statement when people started asking them what the new timeline for production was, which read in part: “While we’re grateful to receive the public support of JJ Abrams and Justin Lin, as the lawsuit remains pending, we want to make sure we go through all the proper steps to make sure all matters are settled with CBS and Paramount.“ Paramount and CBS issued a statement saying that the studios were in settlement talks and were also working on a set of “fan film guidelines.”Which brings us to the latest development: CBS and Paramount don’t look like they’re dropping the lawsuit anytime soon. Axanar Productions did what it was supposed to do and filed for “declaratory relief” that the Axanar work isn’t an infringement on any of the copyrights in the updated complaint. In that filing they included the comments from Abrams and the statement about fan film guidelines. When it came time to answer that filing to the court, it would have been easy for CBS and Paramount to simply file for an extension until things can be worked out.However, according to The Hollywood Reporter, they did something unexpected instead: “Paramount and CBS have filed their own answer to the counterclaim admitting public statements, saying such statements speak for themselves, but otherwise acting as though the lawsuit is moving forward. The plaintiffs, for example, deny that the works in controversy represent a fair use of their copyrights.”It’s unclear if this is all going to go away or if Paramount and CBS are still determined to crack down on Star Trek fan products now that Star Trek Beyond and 2017’s Bryan Fuller run streaming series are bringing Trek back into focus for the show’s anniversary. What is clear is that nothing has been resolved at this point, no matter what J.J. Abrams told us.last_img read more

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Limited edition Star Wars PS4 bundles available November 17

first_imgSony is set to take full advantage of the Star Wars hype later this year by releasing two limited edition PS4 consoles complete with Darth Vader styling. Better yet, they both include the revised CUH-1200 model PS4, which uses a fifth less power.Star Wars Battlefront is set for release on November 17 in the US, and Sony has decided to offer a bundle including a Deluxe Edition of the game. However, it’s the PS4 that’s arguably as much of a draw as the game itself. The 500GB console has an image of Darth Vader on the side and the Star Wars logo printed across the top. The included DualShock 4 is styled like Vader’s chest panel as well as having the Star Wars logo printed across the touchpad.To sweeten the deal yet further, the bundle includes download versions of Super Star Wars, Star Wars: Racer Revenge, Star Wars: Jedi Starfighter, and Star Wars Bounty Hunter complete with enhanced graphics and trophy support.If Battlefront isn’t a game you are interested in, Sony has an alternative. The same Vader PS4 will be available exclusively at Wal-mart with Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition, Disney Infinity Base, Rise Against the Empire Play Set Pack (Luke Skywalker and Leia Organa figures included), Boba Fett figure, and the same set of downloadable Star Wars classic games mentioned above.If you don’t want the limited edition Star Wars PS4, Sony will also be offering a standard black PS4 bundle including Star Wars Battlefront and the four Star Wars classic game downloads on November 17. Basically all bases are covered and November is likely going to be a very good consoles sales month for Sony. VIEW PHOTO GALLERY Darth Vader PS4Darth Vader PS4Darth Vader PS4Darth Vader PS4Darth Vader PS4Darth Vader PS4Darth Vader PS4Darth Vader PS4Darth Vader PS4last_img read more

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Living in Space Makes Our Bodies More Susceptible to Infections

first_imgMice have long been used for biomedical research here on Earth, but in the last few decades, they’ve been increasingly ferried to space to help scientists better understand how living in microgravity can affect biological organisms. (Credit: National Cancer Institute/Wikimedia Commons)Even just 30 days in space can significantly reduce our immune system’s ability to fight infection, suggests a new analysis of mice that spent a month aboard an orbiting spacecraft.The research, which was published December 6 in the journal Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology, is a recent analysis of data from the Bion-M1 mission, which was a collaborative project carried out by NASA and the Russian Institute of Biomedical Problems in 2013.Space MiceAs part of the study, an international team of researchers compared three distinct groups of mice. The first two groups spent 30 days orbiting the Earth at an altitude of 360 miles (575 kilometers), while the third group, which served as the control, remained on the planet under similar feeding and housing conditions. Of the two space-bound groups of mice, one was examined immediately following its return to Earth, whereas the other was evaluated a week later.According to the study, which analyzed proteins found within the rodent’s femur bones, the researchers revealed that living in a microgravity environment for even 30 days is enough to dramatically impair the mice’s ability to produce vital immune system cells, and this effect persisted even after a week safely back on Earth.Although a series of equipment failures, including a malfunctioning feeding system, killed over half of the mice aboard the Bion-M1 biosatellite, enough specimens survived that researchers were still able to glean valuable insights related to how spaceflight affects the body. The opening of the Bion-M1 hatch after the flight landed is seen here. (Credit: IMBP)Specifically, the space-bound mice experienced more than a 40 percent reduction in their number of B lymphocytes (or B cells). Since these lymphocytes are necessary for the production of antibodies, the researchers say the dearth of B cells may help explain why many organisms — including astronauts — tend to be more susceptibility to infection during stints in space.“We hope these finding will encourage exploration of countermeasures to improve astronauts’ health and increase the safety of spaceflight,” said co-author Fabrice Bertile, a researcher at the Hubert Curien Multidisciplinary Institute’s Analytical Sciences Department in France, in a press release. “Such concerns are of major importance at a time when space agencies are envisioning manned missions to the moon, asteroids, and even Mars in the near future.”Beyond AstronautsBut these new insights into how spaceflight affects the immune system are not only applicable to astronauts. A significant number of people on Earth are immobilized or lead sedentary lives, situations that also affect the immune system in ways similar to microgravity. Future research on how microgravity impacts the immune system may have serious implications for millions of Earth-bound residents.Moving forward, the researchers suggest future studies should explore whether longer missions are more detrimental to the immune system than shorter ones, as well as investigate how the antibodies produced in a microgravity environment are qualitatively different from those produced on Earth.[This article originally appeared on Astronomy.com]last_img read more

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