first_imgEquinox Ranch announces that volunteers from Team Rubicon, a national veterans’ service organization that uses the skills of veterans for disaster relief and community service projects, will be at Equinox Ranch on Saturday, July 1, and Sunday, July 2, to begin the demolition phase of a major remodeling project.  Once the renovation is completed, Equinox Ranch will offer treatment to help combat veterans suffering from PTSD rebuild their lives.“We’re so excited to be welcoming Team Rubicon this weekend and begin the demolition phase of our remodeling,” said Margo Capparelli, Ph.D., the founder of Equinox Ranch.  “We’re lucky to have such a dedicated group helping us fix up this amazing property along the river.  Before we can help rebuild the lives of combat veterans, we need to rebuild and adapt the main building at Equinox Ranch. That’s where Team Rubicon comes in.”“This weekend is about heroes helping heroes,” she said.  The main building which sits on 23 acres on the Tuckasegee River was built by Cotton Robinson, a former chancellor of Western Carolina University. While structurally sound, it has fallen into disrepair.  The demolition phase will be followed by renovations and repairs, making the facility accessible to veterans with disabilities.People in the local community who want to volunteer with Team Rubicon on its Equinox Ranch service project should contact Katherine Burton at for more information.  “We are lucky to have the support of so many people in the community and at Western Carolina University,” Capparelli added.Equinox Ranch is a nonprofit program created by professionals who have served in the armed forces, business, and the Dept. of Veterans Affairs.  It will offer a longer and more comprehensive program than anything already in existence, according to Capparelli.“Our mission is to awaken the mind, body and spirit of warriors whose traumatic memories and attempts at repressing them have left them emotionally numb,” she said.  “We will help veterans build the skills they need to re-adjust to the civilian world.  They will have time to study, rest, talk, think and heal and the support of other veterans.”Treatment will include verbal therapies (one on one and group support) and activities such as music, gardening, exercise and sports, all blended with the natural beauty and calming influence of the natural landscape and the comradery of fellow veterans.  Veterans will begin and end their yearlong program with a two-week stay at Equinox Ranch, with support during the year from the Veterans Administration and civilian care.Team Rubicon is a national organization that uses the skills of veterans for disaster relief and community service projects.  Founded in 2010 by two Marines to provide disaster relief after the Haiti earthquake, Team Rubicon has grown to include thousands of volunteers and has deployed on over 100 operations around the world and here at home.  The group performs community service projects between disaster relief operations.For more information about Equinox Ranch or to make a tax-deductible donation, visit read more

Comment of the Day: Medical Diagnosis via Internet Coming Soon

first_imgOur 9th daily Comments Competition winner is Falafulu Fisi, for his comment on our post Web 2.0 Meets Medicine. Falafulu told us that the “current state of the art in medicine 2.0 of today is the automated online CDSS (Clinical Decision Support Systems)”, which he says is starting to do diagnosis via the Web. Congratulations Falafulu, you’ve won a $30 Amazon voucher, courtesy of our competition sponsors AdaptiveBlue and their Amazon WishList Widget. Here is Falafulu’s full comment: “Medicine 2.0 ? The current state of the art in medicine 2.0 of today is the automated online CDSS (Clinical Decision Support Systems ). A doctor in a physician in rural clinic could upload medical data , such as lab tests, patients personal infos (age, ethnicity, alcohol consumption, smoker, etc,…) and so forth. These medical data are queried the CDSS from a central server somewhere to give diagnosis (specific cases only and not general) of the situation based on the patient’s data which has just been sent thru.Another type of unstructured medical data is if a suburban clinic with a facility for MRI medical imaging, EEG & ECG readers, etc,… could just take scan the patient and upload those images or EEG/ECG to query the CDSS to give a diagnosis of the current image/EEG/ECG that has just been sent thru based on similar images/EEG/ECG signals that have been stored & index by the CDSS.CDSS is not new, it has been adopted in clinics and major hospitals over the last 30 years or so, but this time, it is moving into the internet, ie, automated diagnosis anywhere at anytime. CDSS is frequently covered in certain issues of the Journal of Artificial Intelligence in Medicine.I am currently developing a small CDSS for automated EEG/ECG diagnosis, using DSP (digital signal processing) & machine learning algorithms (this is my hobby). This app is to be deployed at Auckland Hospital’s Liver Clinic Unit, for internal use only and not web-enabled. If the staffs at the clinic find it useful, then perhaps I will look to further develop it for commercial use, where I will include MRI image diagnosis (image retrieval classification) system and other specific diseases. There are tons of publications in these areas.I agree that medicine-2.0 is on the horizon where it will be widely adopted.” richard macmanus Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#Contests#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

Serie A line-ups

first_img Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: Juventus v Genoa Juventus: Buffon; Cuadrado, Bonucci, Rugani, Alex Sandro; Khedira, Bentancur, Matuidi; Bernardeschi; Dybala, Ronaldo Genoa: Radu; Ghiglione, Romero, C Zapata, Ankersen; Schone, Cassata; Agudelo; Pandev, Pinamonti, Kouame Lazio v Torino Lazio: Strakosha; Patric, Acerbi, Radu; Marusic, Milinkovic-Savic, Cataldi, Luis Alberto, Lulic; Caicedo, Immobile Torino: Sirigu; Izzo, Nkoulou, Lyanco; De Silvestri, Baselli, Meitè, Lukic, Laxalt; Zaza, Belotti Udinese v Roma Udinese: Musso; Becao, Troost-Ekong, Samir; Ter Avest, Mandragora, Jajalo, De Paul, Sema; Okaka, Lasagna Roma: Pau Lopez; Santon, Smalling, Fazio, Kolarov; Mancini, Veretout; Zaniolo, Pastore, Kluivert; Dzeko Sassuolo v Fiorentina Sassuolo: Consigli; Toljan, Marlon, Romagna, Peluso; Duncan, Magnanelli, Djuricic; Berardi, Caputo, Boga Fiorentina: Dragowski; Venuti, Milenkovic, Pezzella, Dalbert; Benassi, Pulgar, Castrovilli; Sottil, Boateng, Chiesa Check all the official line-ups from this evening’s six Serie A games, including Lazio-Torino, Sampdoria-Lecce and Sassuolo-Fiorentina. They kick off at 20.00 GMT, you can follow the build-up and action as it happens on the LIVEBLOG. Cagliari v Bologna Cagliari: Olsen; Faragò, Pisacane, Klavan, Pellegrini; Nandez, Cigarini, Rog; Nainggolan; Joao Pedro, Simeone Bologna: Skorupski; Mbaye, Bani, Denswil, Krejci; Dzemaili, Schouten, Soriano; Orsolini, Santander, Sansone Sampdoria v Lecce Sampdoria: Audero; Depaoli, Ferrari, Colley, Murru; Ekdal, Vieira, Barreto, Bertolacci; Bonazzoli, Quagliarella Lecce: Gabriel; Meccariello, Lucioni, Rossettini, Dell’Orco; Petriccione, Tachtsidis, Tabanelli; Shakhov, Lapadula, Falcolast_img read more

Greek football hero helps refugees win battle against boredom

first_imgFootball fans of a certain age may still remember Antonis Nikopolidis for his resemblance to American actor George Clooney and as the goalkeeper who helped Greece become surprise European Champions in 2004.Now the country’s national youth team coach, Nikopolidis is helping refugees stranded in Greece regain a sense of purpose. The football team he helped build, named Hope (Elpida in Greek), is made up of players who fled warzones in Syria, Yemen, Iraq and Afghanistan.Most of Hope’s players live in Skaramangas, an industrial zone west of Athens where metal containers have been turned into shoebox-shaped homes. They compete in an amateur league on Sundays, facing teams made up of lawyers, telecom workers and accountants.Nikopolidis, a soft-spoken 46-year-old whose hair has turned silver in retirement, says team practices and matches provide a welcome distraction for young men facing uncertain futures in the European Union’s slow-moving relocation program.”We’re helping people who are at a difficult moment in their lives,” he said. “They are guests in our country, and we are trying with this team to give them a few hours of happiness.”Football is the main source of entertainment for many of the 60,000 refugees and economic migrants living in camps around Greece while they wait for asylum applications to be processed and a possible move elsewhere in Europe.”You have to spend your time (doing something) because it’s very boring,” Hozaifa Hajdepo, 23, a Hope player from Syria, said. “If you stay in your home and you don’t have work, you will be like – you will die.”advertisementThe Union of European Football Associations, the governing body for soccer in Europe, has awarded grants to assist refugees in 15 countries. Some of the money that went to Greece is being used to sponsor Nikopolidis’ team.Nearly 9,000 refugees have been moved from Greece to other European Union countries, and the coach already has lost several players. But with the pace of relocations still at just over half the target rate, most of the team expects to be in Greece for a while.”It’s a joy for me to do this,” Nikopolidis said. “The main thing is that they enjoy it, that they have fun … We have created a group of friends, with bonds of friendship, a family.”last_img read more

10 months agoChelsea striker Morata lacks confidence – Zola

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Chelsea striker Morata lacks confidence – Zolaby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea assistant Gianfranco Zola believes Alvaro Morata is lacking confidence.The Spaniard has scored just five goals this season and has been linked with an exit this month.But Zola has assured fans that the goals “will come” from Morata.”Mainly it’s confidence. I’ve been a striker myself and when you get into these loops where you’re looking for the goal all the time and it doesn’t come, you lose confidence. “The less confidence you get the less you’re going to score. It’s one of those things that happens frequently with all players.”Alvaro has to understand for us it’s important when he scores, but also when he comes and plays and does all the things important for the club. The goal has to be only a consequence of what you do for the team. The way we play always helps the front players to score. But, you have to keep working for the team to participate to the process. The goal will come.” last_img read more

9 days agoLjungberg primed to takeover at Arsenal if Emery departs

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say Ljungberg primed to takeover at Arsenal if Emery departsby Ansser Sadiq9 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal legend Freddie Ljungberg could be the man to take on the managerial job at the club next season.The Gunners are not thinking about sacking coach Unai Emery imminently.But the Spaniard is on thin ice, as fans are unhappy with the team’s performances so far this season.If Arsenal do not finish in the top four or win the Europa League, Emery would likely depart.And notoriously reliable journalist David Ornstein, who works for The Athletic, claims the club see Ljungberg as the natural successor to Emery.He said: “Freddie is highly-rated by the players and staff, and the logical feeling is he would take temporary charge if anything happened with Emery.”He has ‘number one’ ambitions of his own and won’t hang around somewhere for too long if he doesn’t think the opportunity will come.” last_img read more

KMC acts tough to curb illegal constructions in city

first_imgKolkata: Taking a strong stand against illegal building constructions in the city, Mayor Firhad Hakim said on Wednesday that he had fixed responsibility of officials and now sub-assistant and assistant engineers will have to lodge FIRs against illegal construction in their respective jurisdiction.”The Municipal Commissioner has already brought out a notification in which sub-assistant and assistant engineers will have to lodge FIRs against illegal construction in their respective jurisdiction. Then he will inform his concerned Director General (DG) through Executive Engineer about the action taken. Following this the Commissioner with police assistance will go to the spot and pull down the illegal construction,” Hakim said in reply to a query from Left Front councillor Ratna Roy Majumder regarding illegal construction at the monthly meeting on Wednesday. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaMayor claimed that a group of building department engineers had also agitated against the move of fixing responsibility but the civic body will not buckle under any sort of pressure tactics. “We have already demolished some illegal construction following this procedure and have also acted tough against somebody resorting to such illegal act in connivance with any political party,” Hakim said adding that illegal construction has become a ‘chronic disease’ in the city. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayAccording to Hakim steps have already been taken towards public awareness about such illegal construction. “As we identify any building that is constructed illegally we are putting up a board in front of it stating that this is illegal and hence under scanner,” he added. The KMC in the recent past has regularized some buildings that have slightly deviated from the original plan against payment of charges after conducting special hearing. “I personally believe that allowing such illegal things against payment of fine should not be encouraged. So I have instructed for re hearing of some cases,” the Mayor said. Hakim reiterated that the KMC is forming a team with officials of licence department, solid waste management and Kolkata Police to take action against construction materials dumped here and there on footpaths and roads. “The team will seize the material and may even to the extent of issuing stop work notice of the building infront of which construction materials will remain dumped blocking road or footpath,” he said.last_img read more

Scientists call on US to allow research on pot meds for pets

first_imgBEND, Ore. – Dr. Byron Maas surveys a supply of marijuana products for dogs that lines a shelf in his veterinary clinic. They’re selling well.“The ‘Up and Moving’ is for joints and for pain,” he explains. “The ‘Calm and Quiet’ is for real anxious dogs, to take away that anxiety.”People anxious to relieve suffering in their pets are increasingly turning to oils and powders that contain CBDs, a non-psychoactive component of marijuana. But there’s little data on whether they work, or if they have harmful side effects.That’s because Washington has been standing in the way of clinical trials, veterinarians and researchers say. Now, a push is underway to have barriers removed, so both pets and people can benefit.Those barriers have had more than just a chilling effect.When the federal Drug Enforcement Administration announced last year that even marijuana extracts with CBD and little or no THC – marijuana’s intoxicating component – are an illegal Schedule 1 drug, the University of Pennsylvania halted its clinical trials. Colorado State University is pushing ahead.The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has warned companies that sell marijuana products online and via pet shops and animal hospitals that they’re violating laws by offering “unapproved new animal drugs.” The FDA threatened legal action.But, seeing potential benefits of CBDs, the American Veterinary Medical Association’s policy-making body said last summer it wants the DEA to declassify marijuana as a Schedule 1 drug “to facilitate research opportunities for veterinary and human medical uses.” It asked the board of the national veterinarians’ organization to investigate working with other stakeholders toward that goal. The board is awaiting a recommendation from two group councils.“The concern our membership has is worry about people extrapolating their own dosages, looking to medicate their pets outside the realm of the medical professional,” Board Chairman Michael Whitehair said in a telephone interview. “This is an important reason for us to continue the research.”Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch, a conservative Republican, became an unlikely champion of this push when he introduced a bill in September that would open the path for more clinical research. While Hatch said he opposes recreational marijuana use, he wants marijuana-based drugs, regulated by the FDA, produced for people with disorders.“We lack the science to support use of medical marijuana products like CBD oils, not because researchers are unwilling to do the work, but because of bureaucratic red tape and over-regulation,” Hatch said.Dawn Boothe, of Auburn University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, is waiting for federal approval to begin a study of marijuana’s effects on dogs with epilepsy. The classification of marijuana products containing CBD as a Schedule 1 drug, the same category as heroin and LSD, creates a “major, major, major, terrible roadblock” for researchers, Boothe said in a phone interview.Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine were studying CBDs’ effects on dogs with osteoarthritis and pruritis, or itchiness, until the DEA released its policy statement.“The ambiguity in this process has really brought us to a screeching halt,” said Michael DiGregorio, director of the university’s clinical trials centre. “It is research that needs to be done, because there are a lot of CBD products out there.”When it clarified that marijuana CBD extracts are Schedule 1 drugs, the DEA said it was assigning a code number to those substances to better track them and to comply with international drug control treaties.DiGregorio complained that researchers seeking federal approval to study CBD products are told to provide certain data, but that data isn’t normally available until the study is done.“If you don’t have the data, you can’t get the registration to do the work,” he said.On a recent morning, Maas took a break from seeing four-legged patients in the Bend Veterinary Clinic. A stethoscope dangling from his neck over green scrubs, Maas said his clients have reported CBDs help relieve pain, arthritis, anxiety, loss of appetite, epilepsy and inflammation in their pets.“Unfortunately there’s not a lot of research out there, especially on animals, on CBD compounds,” Maas said. “The research is really necessary to help us understand how to actually use these compounds on our pets.”Veterinarian Janet Ladyga of the Blue Sky Veterinary Clinic, also in Bend, said she doesn’t recommend marijuana products because of the unknowns.“We don’t have a lot of evidence right now, so we don’t know the toxicity or the safety profile … and we don’t have any good evidence to show either if it’s safe or efficacious,” she said.The study at Colorado State University aims to provide some data. The roughly two dozen dogs in the arthritis study and the 30 in the epilepsy tests are given either CBD oil or a placebo. For the arthritis study, activity monitors are attached to the animals’ collars, to determine if they’re more mobile when they’re taking CBD.Principal investigator Stephanie McGrath said she hopes the results will be a stepping stone for longer and more diverse studies, and that they provide useful information for human medicine.“Every medication we’re taking has been given to a dog first,” the University of Pennsylvania’s DiGregorio noted.Meanwhile, Boothe said she had everything ready to start her study in January, and was waiting for a green light from federal officials.“I don’t know what’s taking so long,” she said.___Follow Andrew Selsky on Twitter at read more

MTY Food Group Inc buying Timothys and Mmmuffins for 1675 million

first_imgMONTREAL – MTY Food Group Inc. has signed a deal to buy Timothy’s World Coffee and Mmmuffins from a subsidiary of Le Duff America for $1.675 million.Under the terms of the agreement, MTY will acquire the current 28 franchised and seven corporately owned Timothy’s locations in Canada, two licensed Timothy’s locations in United States, three Mmmuffins and two co-branded franchised locations in Canada.It will also acquire the license to operate and franchise coffee shops under the trade name Timothy’s which is owned by Keurig Canada.Timothy’s and Mmmuffins will join MTY’s other banners which include Thai Express, Vanellis and Manchu Wok.The deal is expected to close in April, subject to regulatory approvals and other conditions.The acquisition follows MTY’s announcement late last year to buy Imvescor Restaurant Group Inc. and its Baton Rouge, Pizza Delight and Scores restaurants.Companies in this story: (TSX:MTY)last_img read more

Bayern chairman rules out Messi bid

first_imgBERLIN – Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has ruled out bidding for superstar Lionel Messi, who has a buyout clause worth 250 million euros ($338.5 million) in his Barcelona contract.“We are talking about simply absurd figures, a transfer fee that is even higher than what we spent on Javi Martinez. We won’t go there,” Rummenigge told German Sky Sports.“Barcelona’s president Sandro Rosell is an old friend and I know they would never sell Messi. He is a saint at Barcelona. “And I think it would be in Messi’s best interest to stay at Barcelona. He fits in perfectly there.”Rumours of a Bayern bid for Messi, which would see the Argentinian link up with his former Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola, have been circulating in Germany.The Bavarians could probably afford the enormous sum. A fortnight ago Bayern revealed they had posted a record 432.8 million euros in sales during last season’s campaign.They became the first German club to claim the treble when they won the Champions League, a 23rd German championship and the DFB Cup.But even Bayern coach Guardiola has said his former protege is at the right club.“Would I sign Messi? No, no! Barcelona is the best place for him,” Guardiola is reported to have said.Bayern won 3-0 at German rivals Borussia Dortmund on Saturday, in a repeat of May’s Champions League final, and are four points clear in the Bundesliga having already reached the knock-out phase in Europe.last_img read more