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ESPS Galicia Hosts IMO Meeting in Tanzania

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first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today ESPS Galicia Hosts IMO Meeting in Tanzania View post tag: IMO View post tag: africa View post tag: meeting View post tag: Navy May 26, 2015 During a recent port visit to Dar es Salaam in Tanzania, EU Naval Force Flag ship, ESPS Galicia, hosted a meeting organized by the International Maritime Organization (IMO).The EU Naval Force Maritime Industry Liaison Officer, Mr Simon Church, together with other representatives from the Sudan, Djibouti, Somalia, Kenya, Tanzania, Seychelles, Comorros, South Africa and Galmaduug attended the meeting.After welcoming the group on board, the EU Naval Force Chief of Staff, Captain Jens Nykvist, gave a briefing on the European Union’s counter-piracy mission off the coast of Somalia and the capabilities of the Spanish EU flagship.Captain Nykvist reiterated the importance of the close cooperation, coordination and information sharing between Maritime Administrations of the Regional Countries and counter-piracy naval forces in their efforts to protect merchant shipping and seafarers in the strategically important maritime trading routes of the Gulf of Aden and Indian Ocean.[mappress mapid=”16075″]Image: EUNAVFOR View post tag: Navalcenter_img View post tag: Tanzania View post tag: ESPS Galicia Authorities View post tag: News by topic ESPS Galicia Hosts IMO Meeting in Tanzania Share this articlelast_img read more

New hope for children with brain tumors

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first_imgThe two-pronged testing approach revealed clinically relevant abnormalities in 89 percent of medulloblastomas, which account for nearly a fifth of all brain tumors in children. Combining the two tests was found to be particularly useful for these patients.“The importance of genomic profiling in the diagnosis and treatment of pediatric brain cancers is reflected in the World Health Organization’s recent decision to classify such tumors by the genetic alterations within them, rather than by broad tumor type” says study co-senior author Susan Chi of Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s, an assistant professor of pediatrics at HMS. “Targeted therapies are likely to be most effective when they’re matched to specific abnormalities within tumor cells. Our findings show that precision medicine for pediatric brain tumors can now be a reality.”The co-lead authors, with Bandopadhayay, of the study are: Shakti Ramkissoon of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Jaeho Hwang of Harvard Medical School, and Lori Ramkissoon of Dana-Farber. Co-senior authors, with Chi, are Rameen Beroukhim of Dana-Farber, Brigham and Women’s, and the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT, and Keith Ligon of Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s, Brigham and Women’s, and the Broad Institute. Precision medicine — in which diagnosis and treatments are keyed to the genetic susceptibilities of individual cancers — can play a major role in treating children with brain tumors, suggests a study by investigators at Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center.“Although there has been a great deal of progress over the past 30 years in improving survival rates for children with cancer, advances in pediatric brain cancer haven’t been as dramatic,” says co-lead author Pratiti Bandopadhayay of Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s, who is also an instructor in pediatrics at Harvard Medical School (HMS).“In a recent study, brain tumors accounted for 25 percent of all pediatric deaths attributed to cancer. In addition, many of the current therapies can result in long-term difficulties in cognitive or physical functioning,” adds Bandopadhayay.In the largest clinical study to date of genetic abnormalities in pediatric brain tumors, researchers performed clinical testing on more than 200 tumor samples and found that a majority had genetic irregularities that could influence how the disease was diagnosed and/or treated with approved drugs or agents being evaluated in clinical trials. The findings, reported online today by the journal Neuro-Oncology, demonstrate that testing pediatric brain tumor tissue for genetic abnormalities is clinically feasible and that in many cases the results can guide patients’ treatment.Since emerging from research labs more than a decade ago, targeted therapies for cancer have significantly improved the treatment of certain types of leukemia, digestive system tumors, and breast cancer, among other malignancies. (Pathologists and cytogeneticists performed the testing in a federally approved clinical laboratory — certified under Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments as the only type of labs in the United States whose findings can guide patient treatment. Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s, the researchers noted, is one of the few centers in the country to regularly analyze the genetics of patients’ pediatric brain tumors.)The researchers plumbed the genomes of 203 pediatric brain tumor samples, representing all major subtypes of the disease. They analyzed 117 of the samples with OncoPanel testing, a technology that sequences the exomes — the sections of DNA that hold the blueprints for making specific cell proteins — for irregularities in 300 cancer-related genes. They also studied 146 samples tested with OncoCopy, which examines how many copies of genes are missing or overabundant within the tumor cells. Sixty samples underwent both forms of testing, which allowed researchers to explore whether combining the two tests was more powerful than each alone.Of the samples tested by OncoPanel, 56 percent harbored genetic abnormalities that were clinically relevant —i.e., that could impact a patient’s diagnosis or be targeted by drugs already in clinical use or under study in clinical trials. (Many of these drugs cross the blood-brain barrier, the dense web of cells that can prevent medicines from exiting the bloodstream to reach the brain.)Among the findings:Alterations were found in the gene BRAF, one of the most commonly mutated genes in pediatric brain tumors, and one for which several targeted drugs are being tested.last_img read more

Mandate roundup: North Yorkshire appoints insurance bonds manager

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first_imgNorth Yorkshire County Council has chosen Leadenhall Capital Partners to manage an allocation to insurance-linked securities (ILS) for its pension fund.The £3bn (€3.5bn) North Yorkshire Pension Fund launched the tender in January, explaining that it was prompted by an “urgent review” of its investment portfolio in light of risks associated with the UK’s departure from the European Union.According to the search notice, the public sector pension fund was planning to allocate 3.3-5% of total assets to the ILS mandate. This would be equivalent to around £110m-£165m.The pension fund previously said it wanted to be in a position to invest in ILS by June, as the asset class could only be accessed twice a year and June was the next intake. North Yorkshire Pension Fund is part of the £43.7bn Border to Coast asset pool together with 11 other local government pension schemes (LGPS). London CIV launches first fixed income fundLondon CIV has confirmed the appointment of CQS as the manager of a multi-asset credit fund, the first of a set of fixed income strategies the pooling vehicle is developing for its member LGPS funds.CQS was one of several fixed income managers that London CIV had lined up a few months ago, as previously reported, but its appointment was only officially confirmed yesterday with the announcement of the new fund.Four London local authority pension funds will invest £308m in the new fund at launch, bringing the London CIV’s total assets under management and oversight above £15bn.Separately, the London CIV announced it had selected Opus Nebula to provide fund factsheet and client reporting services, replacing a legacy reporting system. Brian Lee, chief operating officer at London CIV, said the investor had demanding reporting requirements and implementation timeframes, and that Opus Nebula had enabled the pooling vehicle to automate its client reporting, reduce reporting times and mitigate process risk.“This is an important first step in the build-out of our operating model,” he said.North East Scotland Pension Fund names new custodianNorth East Scotland Pension Fund has appointed HSBC Securities Services as its global custodian.The mandate from the £4.2bn LGPS includes investment accounting, investment reporting, performance services, securities lending and compliance monitoring.BNP Paribas was the pension fund’s most recent previous global custodian, having replaced Bank of New York Mellon in December 2016. Credit: Graham HobsterAberdeen, in north-east ScotlandMember data service providers wantedSeveral UK local authority pension funds are looking to set up a framework agreement for the provision of member data services.They are seeking providers of address tracing and correction, and mortality screening services for the UK and overseas.The participating LGPS are: Norfolk Pension Fund, Bedfordshire Pension Fund, London Borough of Hackney, Lothian Pension Fund, Merseyside Pension Fund, and West Midlands Pension Fund.Any LGPS fund or asset pool is free to choose a provider directly from those that will be appointed to the framework agreement, or run a further competition between them before awarding a mandate.last_img read more

State Must Ensure Law Enforcement Agencies Create a Balance in the Use of Force

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first_imgStory Highlights Prime Minister Holness also assured that the Jamaica Constabulary Force is taking the necessary steps to address the issue by instituting human rights training as a core component for new recruits. “The use of force policy must underscore the importance of the preservation of innocent lives and it must go further. It must also underscore the professional obligation to train members of the security forces to the highest standards so that they are able to ensure personal and public safety and be able to operate in varied circumstances.” Prime Minister Andrew Holness says the state must guarantee a process to ensure law enforcement agencies use force in a way that creates trust, builds confidence, bridges the gap and makes the public feel there is no need to fear the police. Prime Minister Andrew Holness says the state must guarantee a process to ensure law enforcement agencies use force in a way that creates trust, builds confidence, bridges the gap and makes the public feel there is no need to fear the police.According to Prime Minister Holness, policies must therefore be rooted in the requirement to find a balance between public safety and officer safety.“The use of force policy must underscore the importance of the preservation of innocent lives and it must go further. It must also underscore the professional obligation to train members of the security forces to the highest standards so that they are able to ensure personal and public safety and be able to operate in varied circumstances.”He was speaking on May 31 at the Caribbean Use of Force Conference at the Jamaica Conference Centre.The Conference was organized by INDECOM in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the British High Commission and the United States Embassy.The prime minister noted that the right balance is necessary to ensure that law enforcement officers will never hesitate to execute their duties for the safety of those they have sworn to protect. He added that a system must be in place that guarantees that where improper use of force is used, it will be investigated and addressed accordingly.“When issues occur which result in the abuse of rights or the loss of life there must be a well-respected, well-resourced institution that investigates, that looks into the details of how human rights were abused or the ultimate abuse, how life was lost,” he said.Prime Minister Holness also assured that the Jamaica Constabulary Force is taking the necessary steps to address the issue by instituting human rights training as a core component for new recruits.Additionally, the polygraphing of new recruits is being implemented.Prime Minister Holness concluded that critical to the transformation of the police force is the entrenchment of community policing which is key to building trust among the police, the communities and citizens with whom they come into contact on a daily basis.“Citizens have a duty and a responsibility to observe the law, so in the search for balance it is important that there is a positive statement from this conference reaffirming the need for the citizen to play their part in ensuring the rule of law and public order,” he urged.last_img read more

Roughriders Stampeders voice support for NFL players after recent Trump comments

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first_imgREGINA – Backlash from U.S. President Donald Trump’s comments about NFL players kneeling during the national anthem reached the Canadian Football League on Sunday.Though players from both the Calgary Stampeders and Saskatchewan Roughriders stood for the Canadian anthem prior to their game in Regina, the Riders locked arms in a show of solidarity.Many players voiced their support for their football brethren south of the border after Calgary’s 15-9 victory.“It’s sad and it’s disheartening to me as an American to see our president getting in bickering matches with people on Twitter, calling out athletes saying they should be fired,” said Calgary quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell. “I’m glad we’re all uniting against that and I hope we take a stand against something that is unacceptable.”Trump inflamed an already emotional and controversial issue on Friday at a rally in Alabama.“Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now, out, he’s fired. He’s fired.’” Trump said during his speech.Trump also rescinded his invite to the NBA champion Golden State Warriors after all-star guard Steph Curry said he was not interested in visiting the White House.Roughriders quarterback Kevin Glenn took to Twitter Saturday morning and voiced his opinion on the issue.Glenn tweeted: “#trump is the disrecptful (sic) one, he should be fired #trumpisabean.”Riders offensive lineman Derek Dennis was one of the players that locked arms.“We wanted to show solidarity and show that we understand what’s going on back home,” he said. “We didn’t do this to disrespect the Canadian flag or its Armed Forces because this country has given us an opportunity to play football, the game we love. We just wanted to show our support for what is going on back home.“Being a kid from New York City. … I was attacked by a bunch of undercover detectives who just messed with me just because they could. I’ve been through it and I understand what’s going on.”According to The Associated Press, approximately 130 NFL players either took to a knee or sat during the Star-Spangled Banner during the league’s first nine games on Sunday.The Pittsburgh Steelers elected to remain in the tunnel while the anthem was sung.“It’s more about unity than anything else,” said Calgary’s Charleston Hughes. “This is about being united as brothers to stand up for one another. It’s not just about the NFL or just about the CFL. It’s about standing up for what is right and showing support.”The movement started last year with former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who took to one knee in protest of racial injustice and police brutality in America.On Saturday, the anthem protest reached Major League Baseball shores. Oakland A’s catcher Bruce Maxwell was the first player in that sport to take a knee during the Star-Spangled Banner.Several teams in the WNBA have protested the anthem since 2016.“It shows that people understand the social issues that are going on right now,” Dennis said. “With Trump’s comments the other day, it showed us that we’re really alone as an ethnicity in America. It hurts.”last_img read more

Why FNs see pipeline expansion as a threat to their cultures

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first_imgInFocus on APTN National News:An update to last season’s coverage of Indigenous resistance to pipeline expansion.Guests from the Unist’ot’en Camp explain why this is a threat to their cultures.The Grand Chief of the Grand Council of Treaty #3 talks about whether or not TransCanada will ever get their consent for the Energy East project.And then John Carruthers, the President of Northern Gateway Pipelines, tells us why he’s hopeful that all can come to a reasonable solution to outstanding disagreements.last_img