37 year old B.C. woman among six killed in Alaska floatplane crash Posted by Wednesday, May 15, 2019 Share The Canadian Press << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Alaska, Crash With files from The Associated Press KETCHIKAN, Alaska —A 37-year-old woman from Richmond, B.C., has been identified as the Canadian killed when two sightseeing floatplanes crashed midair in Alaska earlier this week.Elsa Wilk is one of the six deceased victims named by Alaska State Troopers late Tuesday.The floatplanes were carrying cruise ship tourists when they collided Monday near the southeast Alaska town of Ketchikan.The death toll was initially reported as four, with two people missing. The U.S. Coast Guard said the bodies of the two missing people were recovered near the crash site Tuesday night.Global Affairs Canada says Canadian consular officials in Seattle were in contact with local authorities to gather additional information and provide assistance as needed.“Our thoughts and sympathies are with the family and loved ones of the Canadian citizen who died in Alaska,” the department said.The American victims were identified as 46-year-old pilot Randy Sullivan from Ketchikan, 62-year-old Cassandra Webb, 39-year-old Ryan Wilk and 46-year-old Louis Botha.State troopers said the Australian was 56-year-old Simon Bodie.The Royal Princess cruise ship left Vancouver for Anchorage on Saturday and was to return on May 25.More news: Canada raises travel warning amid escalating protests in Hong KongCoast Guard Commander Michael Kahle said earlier Tuesday that crews were searching both the water and the shore of a remote area called George Inlet for the two missing _ the Canadian and Australian.He said the area is en route to the Misty Fjords National Monument, a popular and active spot for sightseeing flights.One of the planes was a single-engine de Havilland Otter operated by Taquan Air and was returning from a wilderness tour sold through Princess Cruises of the Misty Fjords, the company said.It was carrying 10 guests from the Royal Princess and a pilot, who were all Americans, the statement said.The other plane, a de Havilland DHC-2 Beaver, was operating an independent flight tour carrying a pilot and four guests, of which two were American, one was Canadian and the other was Australian, the company added.The pilot and nine passengers on the Otter were able to make their way to shore, where they were rescued and taken to hospital, Kahle said.The survivors were in fair or good condition, said Marty West, a spokeswoman for PeaceHealth Ketchikan Medical Center.Local emergency responders worked with state and federal agencies and private vessels to help rescue and recover victims.More news: GLP Worldwide introduces first-ever Wellness programs“It’s been a long day and the crews have been working really hard to rescue people and recover the deceased,” said Deanna Thomas, a spokeswoman for the local government, the Ketchikan Gateway Borough.Jerry Kiffer of the Ketchikan Volunteer Rescue Squad said several of the passengers had been removed from the beach by the time his crews arrived on Monday.“Obviously, we had some injuries _ broken bones, lacerations, back injuries, but everybody was reasonably calm,” he told the news conference Tuesday.The debris field was about 300 metres wide and 800 metres long, with doors, seats and life-jackets strewn in a way that indicated an aircraft had come apart in the air, Kiffer said.Taquan Air said the company has suspended operations while the crash is investigated.“We are devastated … and our hearts go out to our passengers and their families,” it said in a statement.It’s not known how the planes collided. U.S. National Transportation Safety Board investigators arrived from Washington, D.C., Tuesday afternoon.
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The Blu-ray Disc Association (BDA) has completed the specification for its new Ultra HD Blu-ray format and released the new logo that will delineate Ultra HD Blu-ray products. The move is seen a key step in the fight-back by the physical media industry against what is expected to be a sharp decline in physical media consumption as 4K/UHD gains adoption. In addition to delivering content in up-to 3840×2160 resolution, the Ultra HD Blu-ray format enables delivery of a significantly expanded colour range and allows for the delivery of high dynamic range (HDR) and high frame rate content. Next-generation immersive, object-based sound formats will also be delivered via the specification according to the BDA.An optional digital bridge feature is designed to enable the consumer to view their content across multiple in-home and mobile devices.The specification also mandates all new Ultra HD Blu-ray players be capable of playing back current Blu-ray Discs, ensuring that equipment can be used to view an extensive existing catalogue of content.Licensing of Ultra HD Blu-ray is scheduled to begin this summer. The BDA said it was working closely with industry leaders in the authoring, testing, certification and replication industries to develop the tools and process needed to ensure interoperability between players and software.Ultra HD Blu-ray discs will use the H.265 video format and will come as double- and triple-layer discs with 66GB and 100GB capacity respectively.“For years, Blu-ray Disc has set the standard for high definition picture and audio quality in the home. Ultra HD Blu-ray will do the same for UHD home entertainment,” said Victor Matsuda, chair, BDA Promotions Committee. “The technical capabilities of Blu-ray Disc, in particular its significant storage capacity and high data transfer rates, will enable the delivery of an unparalleled, consistent and repeatable UHD experience.”
Enroll Now for $5 Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. Next Article Not including games, Netflix was the world’s No. 1 grossing app of 2017, a spot held by Spotify in 2016 and communication app Line in 2015, according to new data from mobile app analytics firm Sensor Tower.”The streaming video giant saw gross subscriber revenue of approximately $510 million last year according to our estimates, representing a huge year-over-year increase of 138 percent, or about 2.4 times the $215 million users spent in the app during 2016,” Randy Nelson, Sensor Tower’s Head of Mobile Insights, wrote in a Friday blog post.Dating app Tinder also had a good 2017, ranking as the world’s No. 2 grossing non-game app. Line came in third, while Pandora and China’s Tencent Video rounded out the top five, respectively. Overall, mobile users spent about $60 billion in apps on Apple’s App Store and Google Play last year.Meanwhile, Facebook-owned WhatsApp raked up more downloads, overall, than any other app, excluding games, in 2017, according to Sensor Tower. Facebook’s main app came in second in terms of downloads, followed by Facebook Messenger, then another Facebook-owned app: Instagram. Snapchat ranked No. 5.As for games, the Japanese hit Monster Strike ranked as the world’s top grossing mobile game of 2017. It was also the highest-earning mobile app overall, for a third consecutive year. China’s Honor of Kings came in second, followed by Fate/Grand Order, Clash Royale and Candy Crush Saga.”Last year’s global sensation Pokémon Go didn’t crack the overall or App Store revenue top 10, despite sustained efforts by publisher Niantic to reignite the frenzy of 2016 with new Pokémon and other content,” Nelson wrote. –shares Image credit: via PC Mag Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Apps Reporter Angela Moscaritolo This story originally appeared on PCMag 2 min read Add to Queue January 15, 2018 These Are the Most Popular Apps of 2017 Meanwhile, Facebook-owned WhatsApp raked up more downloads, overall, than any other app, excluding games, in 2017, according to Sensor Tower.
Reuters Image credit: Brian Solis | Wikimedia Commons Enroll Now for $5 March 10, 2016 Twitter to Employees: We’ll Pay You to Stick Around –shares Jack Dorsey, Twitter. Twitter Next Article Add to Queue This story originally appeared on Reuters Twitter Inc. has been sweetening employee compensation packages to retain talent as the company’s user growth stalls and it stock price slides, the Wall Street Journal reported.Four top executives left the company in January, the biggest leadership exodus since co-founder Jack Dorsey returned as chief executive last year.The departures added to concerns about the company’s ability to make its product more engaging and generate more money from advertising.Twitter has been offering cash bonuses to some employees, ranging from $50,000 to $200,000 as an incentive to keep them around for another six months to a year, the Journal reported on Wednesday.The company has also granted varying amounts of restricted stock depending on when the employees started working, intending to make up for the value lost since they joined the company, the newspaper reported, citing people familiar with the matter.Twitter’s shares have lost more than 60 percent of their value over the past 12 months.”Competitive compensation, strong leadership and a confidence in the direction of the company are all key elements to having top talent,” a Twitter spokeswoman said in an email.”We are investing in all three areas to ensure we maintain these employees,” she said, without providing further details.Dorsey said in October he would give a third of his stock in the company, a stake of about 1 percent, to the employee equity pool.Later that month, he spoke about “hiring and investing in talent” and the need for “bold rethinking.”Twitter showed no growth in users in the fourth quarter. That was the first time that had happened since the company went public in 2013.Twitter’s shares were unchanged at $17.66 in light premarket trading.(Reporting by Ismail Shakil in Bengaluru; Editing by Gopakumar Warrier and Anil D’Silva) Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. 2 min read Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand
Source:https://www.mailman.columbia.edu/ Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Jan 30 2019A study conducted by Columbia Mailman School of Public Health and the Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences (MUHAS) in Tanzania sheds light on the factors that influence young people’s access to and use of alcohol, and subsequent engagement in safe or unsafe sexual behaviors. The results showed that alcohol use intersects with a spatial dimension in relation to where youths are consuming alcohol and subsequently engaging in sex which, in turn, influences their likelihood of using condoms and practicing safer sex. The findings are published online in the Archives of Sexual Behavior.”Our study aimed to understand the spaces in which young people are engaging in sex after drinking alcohol, the ways in which space is influenced by social and cultural perspectives and the economic realities of their lives and, that in turn, influence their likelihood of using condoms in such contexts,” said first author Marni Sommer, DrPH, RN, associate professor of Sociomedical Sciences at Columbia Mailman School.The researchers explored the experiences and perspectives of 177 adolescent girls and boys in and out of school in four sites across Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. These included in-depth interviews with the adolescents as well as adults; mapping alcohol density outlets and advertising around schools and youth centers, and participatory activities conducted with adolescent boys and girls in and out of school.Very frequently described spaces for sex after alcohol included guesthouses and rented rooms–both articulated as spaces more likely to be used when there was some advance planning or preparation with regard to the likelihood of a sexual encounter after drinking. Young people said these spaces were preferred for their convenience, comfort, and for the ready availability of condoms. By contrast, youth described a range of situations in which they might have sex after drinking and no condoms would be available, such as cars, toilets in bars, the beach, classrooms after school, and alleys.Young people described gendered norms around adolescent girls’ ability to be away from home, with the expectation that they return to their houses by a certain hour, added an additional pressure of time that pushed for more rushed sex in whatever convenient spaces might exist after drinking. Poorer youth may also be more likely to engage in “rushed sex” due to cost of safer spaces, such as guesthouses.Related StoriesPeople use executive control processes to ignore cues that signal something rewardingQuitting drinking may improve health-related quality of life for womenRomantic relationships can alter the impact of genetic influences on alcohol outcomesThe alcohol context in Tanzania, as in many sub-Saharan African countries, has been under-studied, despite data indicating heavy episodic drinking (21 percent males; 14 percent females) among Tanzanians. Sommer and colleagues felt it was important to conduct research to better understand the ways in which the use of alcohol among young people in urban areas of sub-Saharan Africa, particularly those with a high-density of alcohol outlets, is intersecting with their sexual encounters, and how this dynamic is influencing the practice of safer sex.An earlier study led by Sommer and Dr. Sylvia Kaaya at MUHAS of adolescent boys in rural and urban Tanzania revealed the intense peer pressure boys experience from older adolescent boys and men to consume alcohol to demonstrate their manhood, and how the use of alcohol helped them to overcome their shyness around approaching or “seducing” girls.Unique to the latest study was the inclusion of adolescent girls and boys in a range of participatory activities, such as photovoice, mapping, and story writing, that enabled insights into the alcohol-sex dynamics from the perspectives of young people themselves.Sommer recommends that future research identify new and innovative ways to assure that condoms are more widely accessible for youth engaging in sex. She also sees a critical need for structural and environmental interventions that both reduce youth access to alcohol, and increase the availability and accessibility of condoms in spaces and situations where alcohol is sold or consumed.”It is key to keep youth at the center of public health research focused on improving their sexual and reproductive health,” said Sommer. “They are the knowers of their own lives, and often have the most useful insights for how to best address the vulnerabilities they encounter in daily life.”
Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Feb 18 2019In the current issue of Cardiovascular Innovations and Applications (Special Issue on Stable Ischemic Heart Disease, Volume 3, Number 3, 2019, pp. 291-296(6); DOI: https://doi.org/10.15212/CVIA.2017.0072 Juan R. Vilaro from the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, USA considers stable ischemic heart disease in the older adult.Related StoriesCancer incidence among children and young adults with congenital heart diseaseWeightlifting is better for the heart than cardioImplanted device uses microcurrent to exercise heart muscle in cardiomyopathy patientsDemographic trends worldwide show a progressively aging population and an increase in the overall medical complexity of elderly patients with cardiovascular disease. Elderly patients, especially those aged 75 or older, are relatively under-represented in many of the clinical trials that helped create major society guidelines for evaluation and management of ischemic heart disease. Consequently, risk benefit ratios of a guideline-based approach in these patients are not well defined, especially with regards to pharmacotherapies and percutaneous coronary interventions. In this article we offer a practical approach to defining the elderly population, and provide an evidenced based review of the diagnostic and therapeutic implications of advanced age in the evaluation and management of ischemic heart disease. Source:http://cvia-journal.org/
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COMMENTS Published on state politics Congress’ victory in three States — Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh — has come as a shot-in-the-arm for the Janata Dal Secular (JD-S), which is in a coalition with the Congress in Karnataka.The six-month-old Karnataka government, headed by HD Kumaraswamy, who cobbled up the coalition to form the government at short notice by his father, has managed to keep senior Congress leaders away from the government.With the Congress’ proposal to expand the Cabinet, which has six vacant seats, the party is grappling with ruffled seniors, who are making serious efforts to get on board.Former chief minister Siddaramaiah, who is also the JD(S)-Congress coordination committee chairman, has been the rallying point for disgruntled legislators. Siddaramaiah is in disagreement with his party’s decision to fill the Legislative Council chairman’s post by opting for senior Congress leader from coastal Karnataka, K Prathapchandra Shetty, instead of SR Patil, a prominent leader from north Karnataka.Few Congress leaders feel the party’s central leadership’s choice is being looked at as a setback for Siddaramaiah.At Congress Legislative Party (CLP) meet in Belagavi on Tuesday, a few legislators said the Congress has to face the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) alone in North Karnataka, while the party is going with JD(S) in Old Mysore.CLP also discussed Cabinet expansion, and CLP leader Siddaramaiah and KPCC President Dinesh Gundu Rao reportedly acknowledged the demand for inclusion of legislators from North Karnataka.Meanwhile, many senior leaders and Cabinet aspirants, including former ministers Ramalinga Reddy, Roshan Baig and MB Patil, skipped the meet. Municipal Administration Minister Ramesh Jharkiholi, also kept away from the meeting.“Cabinet expansion has been scheduled for December 22. Legislators demanded that priority be given to North Karnataka in the Cabinet expansion, and appointment of chairpersons to boards and nominations,” Siddaramaiah said.What observers sayInstead of giving the JD(S) — which has 38 seats in the Legislative Assembly — the jitters, the Congress seems to have strengthened its position in the coalition set-up, said observers.HD Kumaraswamy, who had to address the Congress Legislative Party (CLP) on Tuesday, kept away.“All elements who were trying to rock the coalition boat will not succeed for the moment,” a senior JD(S) Minister told BusinessLine. File photo of Congress President Rahul Gandhi with Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy – The Hindu SHARE SHARE EMAIL Karnataka COMMENT December 18, 2018 SHARE
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