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October 18, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgNew Delhi: Ratul Puri, the nephew of Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath, on Saturday told a Delhi court that he was willing to join the probe into the AgustaWestland chopper scam case, while seeking cancellation of a non-bailable warrant issued against him. Puri told special judge Arvind Kumar that he wrote some e-mails to the Enforcement Directorate expressing his desire to join the investigation but the agency did not respond. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM'”You issued NBW against him (Puri) because he was not joining the investigation. But now ED is not calling him to join the investigation. We need court’s directions to stay the NBW,” Puri’s advocate Vijay Aggarwal told the court. The court was also informed by Puri that he has got interim protection from arrested in the case by the Delhi High Court. However, the ED opposed the application saying its sole purpose was to create confusion. “We are opposing the stay on NBW. This is just to create confusion by filing multiple applications. Ratul Puri e-mailed on August 15 to join the probe. Now we will take our call… We called him regularly to join the investigation but he did not come,” the agency said. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K The court has fixed August 19 as the next date for hearing further arguments on the application. The ED said that it will file a detailed reply to the application on the next date of hearing. The court had earlier issued NBW against Puri while noting the ED’s submissions that the businessman might try to tamper with evidence and influence the witnesses “as he already did earlier”. The case pertains to alleged irregularities in the purchase of 12 VVIP choppers from Italy-based Finmeccanica’s British subsidiary, AgustaWestland. The deal was scrapped by the NDA government in 2014 over alleged breach of contractual obligations and charges of payment of kickbacks for securing the deal. According to the ED, the proceeds of the crime have been deposited in the accounts of different companies owned by Puri and he is a key link to unearth the modus operandi adopted by the other accused and to determine last-mile connectivity of the proceeds.last_img read more

October 15, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Advertisement Facebook TORONTO — A Canadian filmmaker who released a 2011 documentary on Harvey Weinstein is now working on a new big-screen project that would tackle the allegations of sexual harassment and assault levelled against the fallen movie mogul and others.Montreal-born Barry Avrich says he wants to look at the accusations that he didn’t know about when he wrote, directed and produced “Unauthorized: The Harvey Weinstein Project.”He also wants to examine Hollywood culture and look at sexual misconduct outside of the entertainment industry. Advertisement “At the end of the day, I feel that I made a film about a man that I found incredibly passionate, fascinating and intriguing — and I didn’t get the whole story and I feel cheated,” Avrich said in an interview.“I knew there was a dark side. I didn’t know there was that dark side, and I feel that it’s important to tell the whole story. It’s an incomplete story for me, an incomplete narrative.”Avrich said he wants to make the new documentary quickly, “long before” the next Toronto International Film Festival in September.He’s already started filming and is set to travel to New York, Los Angeles and London.Avrich said he worries that the plethora of headlines surrounding sexual misconduct allegations “desensitizes the situation.” A film would help preserve such stories and “perpetuate the momentum so that this doesn’t become a movement du jour.”“I just think we live in the decade of distraction now where stories that are posted in social media — and there are so many headlines — the accusers, the victims become, at some point, wallpaper, and I don’t want that to happen,” said Avrich, whose other films include “The Last Mogul,” about legendary agent Lew Wasserman, and “Filthy Gorgeous,” about Penthouse founder Bob Guccione.Avrich said he’s already spoken with some victims and has taken out an ad in Hollywood trade magazines asking more to come forward to be interviewed for his new doc.“What I’m saying to them is that a social media posting on your experience is not enough. Why? Because it fades and evaporates instantly after somebody has read it,” he said.“Film lasts forever, and I think the only way we’re going to get change is if these stories are immortalized.”Avrich said he also wants such stories to serve as a possible deterrent and “a warning for the next generation of artists going into this industry, of what they need to know.”“I’m not looking for victims to come on camera and tell me bathrobe stories. We’ve all heard them,” Avrich said.“I’m interested in what they’ve learned, what their advice is in protecting artists going forward, what else they think they can do in terms of changing the culture, do they believe the cultural change?”Avrich said he’ll probably ask Weinstein to be interviewed for this film, but doubts it would happen.“Unauthorized: The Harvey Weinstein Project” addresses the producer’s notorious reputation as a hot-headed micro-manager, but it doesn’t mention any sexual misconduct allegations, which came to light in October.Avrich said he had no relationship with Weinstein prior to making the doc, and the producer went at him “very aggressively” with “all kinds of promises, payoffs in terms of other film deals” to try to put an end to the film.Avrich assured Weinstein he would make a “balanced film” about his life, he said, but nobody within the mogul’s stable of artists would speak with him.“Had I known those things, I absolutely would have been there,” said Avrich of the torrent of allegations that have been made.“But at the same time, I can honestly tell you that I know I would have had doors slammed in my face.”Two weeks before the Weinstein story broke, the film studio he founded bought the rights to Avrich’s upcoming documentary on Nuremberg prosecutor Ben Ferencz. Avrich said they’ve since given the film back to him.IFC, meanwhile, owns the rights to “Unauthorized: The Harvey Weinstein Project.” Avrich said IFC insisted on edits to the doc, including softening the characterization of Weinstein as a bully.Avrich said he felt he had a moral obligation to make changes to the documentary when the Weinstein allegations emerged and asked IFC if he could buy back the rights and re-do the ending.He said he wrote to Jonathan Sehring, co-president of IFC Films and Sundance Selects, who told him that they don’t sell films back to filmmakers and that they were “going to take the high road.”IFC did not immediately respond to an email request for comment Wednesday.“At the end of the day, there are certain things I could do, but I said to myself, as the whole story started to expand beyond Harvey, headline after headline after headline … I said, ‘This is a bigger story and I need to look at Hollywood as the entire culture and see whether or not things will ever change,”‘ Avrich said.“Where did it start, where is it going to end? I need to get different perspectives on it and I think it’s important to make that kind of film.”VICTORIA AHEARN / THE CANADIAN PRESS Login/Register With: Advertisementlast_img read more

October 14, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgAPTN National NewsFor years the Orlova did cruise tours in the Northwest Passage.After a dispute the Orlova was impounded in St. John’s, Nfld. for two years.It became an eyesore filled with rats.Last month a tow line broke and the ship was sent adrift.Now it’s somewhere in the Atlantic.last_img

October 14, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgTom Fennario APTN National NewsPeople in the battle against the Dakota Access pipeline have been on high alert since Sunday.That’s when hundreds of people were injured when police opened up on them with rubber bullets, a modified water cannon and according to the water protectors, concussion grenades.On Thanksgiving, the biggest holiday in the United States, #NoDAPL supporters were ready for anything.tfennario@aptn.caFollow @tfennariolast_img

October 13, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgSAN DIEGO – A jury on Friday sided with San Diego Comic-Con in a court battle with a rival pop-culture convention in Utah over rights to use the phrase “comic con.”The panel decided that Salt Lake Comic Con used the trademarked phrase without permission, though they didn’t do so willfully. The panel awarded the California event $20,000, far less than the $12 million they’d sought.“From the beginning all that we asked of the defendants was to stop using our Comic-Con trademarks,” the San Diego Comic Convention said in a statement. “Today we obtained a verdict that will allow us to achieve this.”Utah co-founder Dan Farr told Salt Lake City TV station KUTV they plan to appeal.Lawyers for the well-known San Diego convention argued during the trial that the upstart event in Salt Lake stole their name to benefit from their reputation built over years of hard work, Salt Lake City-based newspaper The Deseret News reported .“This case is about stealing, taking something that is not yours, something you have no right to. It’s about right, and it’s about wrong,” Callie Bjurstrom, an attorney for San Diego Comic-Con International, said during closing arguments.The event that’s considered the flagship of the popular convention circuit filed a trademark violation lawsuit against the rapidly growing Salt Lake convention in 2014. Their request for $12 million in damages included a $9 million advertising campaign to clear up any confusion.Salt Lake, though, maintains the phrase is a generic shortened form of “comic book convention” and used by 140 events around the country.Salt Lake organizers saw dozens of unaffiliated events using the term and genuinely thought it was usable when they named their event in 2013, co-founder Bryan Brandenburg testified.The Utah convention hasn’t hurt the thriving San Diego brand, and less than 1 per cent of San Diego Comic-Con attendees have been confused about whether the two events are affiliated, Salt Lake Comic Con attorney Michael Katz argued.“From the standpoint of people out there, comic con is generic,” he said.Salt Lake Comic Con has made nearly $3 million since it started in 2013.Deliberations began Thursday afternoon, the eighth day of the trial. The panel was reduced to six people when one woman was excused because a wildfire was burning near her home.Since its start in 1970, San Diego has grown into the Holy Grail of pop culture conventions with attendance of more than 135,000, drawing self-described geeks as well as Hollywood studios and actors looking to create buzz for upcoming projects.Salt Lake Comic Con, meanwhile, has quickly grown to attract more than 120,000 people as well as celebrity appearance from the likes of John Cusack and “Captain America” actor Chris Evans.last_img read more

October 13, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgHONOLULU — A new Hawaii law making it a crime to falsely present an animal as a service animal is about to go into effect.Starting Jan. 1, misrepresenting a service animal will carry fines ranging from $100 to $500.Some service animal supporters say the measure is needed to protect those who actually have disabilities, but critics say it will be too hard to enforce.Hawaii Tribune-Herald reports the state senator who introduced the bill says it will largely serve as a deterrent. Sen. Russell Ruderman of Puna likens it to a littering law.Hawaii News Now reports at least 21 states have passed laws governing service animals in an attempt to keep unruly pets out of places such as grocery stores, movie theatres and restaurants.The Associated Presslast_img read more

October 8, 2019 | | Post a Comment

TORONTO — The Bank of Montreal says the entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well among young Canadians.According to the bank, almost half of Canadian post-secondary students surveyed — 46% — said they see themselves starting a business after graduation.BMO said that some see their planned new business as a primary source of income while others see it as a secondary source.The findings came out of a survey conducted by Pollara, which asked Canadian post-secondary students about career prospects and their aspirations to own their own business.The results found less than a third of those surveyed — just 29% — were very confident they could find a job in their own field after graduation.Among other findings of the survey: Males, by a margin of 53% to 40%, were more likely to start a business. Meanwhile, more males than females — 38% versus 22% — were also very confident of being able to find a job in their fields.“Our research tells us that a number of students are unsure if they will end up working in their field of study,” said Steve Murphy, senior vice-president, commercial banking.“The good news is, this means they will look to other post-graduate opportunities as a form of income, which could include starting a business.”Murphy described it as “encouraging to see Canadian post-secondary students and recent graduates who are ambitious, innovative and eager to contribute to Canada’s economy.”By region, the greatest percentage of respondents who say they planned to start their own business was in British Columbia, at 50%.That was followed by Manitoba and Saskatchewan at 49%, Ontario at 47%, Quebec at 46%, Atlantic Canada at 42% and Alberta at 41%.According to Statistics Canada, approximately 130,000 new small businesses are created in Canada annually. These businesses are the key to driving employment, with more than 40% of Canadians working for an organization with fewer than 100 employees.Pollara conducted the online survey of 602 post-secondary students between July 22 and July 25. The polling industry’s professional body, the Marketing Research and Intelligence Association, says online surveys cannot be assigned a margin of error because they do not randomly sample the population. read more

October 8, 2019 | | Post a Comment

Liang said China is willing to make joint efforts with Sri Lanka to boost bilateral relations. The development of Sino-Sri Lankan military ties has made continuous progress in recent years, which complies with not only the fundamental interests of both countries, but also with the maintenance of regional peace and stability, Liang said. Jagath Jayasuriya, commander of the Sri Lankan army and China’s Minister of Defense Liang Guanglie on Thursday pledged to boost military cooperation between their respective countries.Liang hailed the healthy development of bilateral relations since the establishment of diplomatic ties in 1957, adding that both countries share common views on a variety of important international and regional issues. Jayasuriya expressed appreciation for the support China has extended to Sri Lanka, stating that his country will maintain policies that are friendly toward China.Sri Lanka is willing to work with China to boost bilateral military ties to a higher level, he added. (Xinhua) read more

October 2, 2019 | | Post a Comment

SMMT released figures for June pre-registrations in the UK new car market. The data shows the number of cars disposed of by vehicle manufacturers in August 2018 that were defined as pre-registrations.The Supply of New Cars Order 2000 requires motor manufacturers to publish the number of pre-registered cars supplied and the gross income received by suppliers from selling those pre-registered cars. This information is published on a monthly basis.Download the June 2018 releaseClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

September 24, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgOsisko Mining, currently evaluating the Canadian Malartic gold deposit and adjacent areas for a large-scale open pit, bulk-tonnage mining operation’ has recently been granted two awards recognising the positive impacts of the project. The Association de l’exploration minière du Québec (AEMQ) presented Osisko with the e3 Award (environmental excellence in exploration) which recognises the corporation’s high level of environmental and social responsibilities as well as its conformity to the e3 best practices developed for exploration activities by the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC).AEMQ recognised Osisko for its efforts in mitigating the impact of the Canadian Malartic project on the surrounding population, its implication in community development as an important partner to the citizens of Malartic, and the creation of the Fonds Essor Malartic Osisko to financially support local initiatives that will improve the quality of life of the residents of Malartic. In accepting this award, Osisko acknowledged the efforts and commitment of Cygnus Consulting, which has been managing and executing the Canadian Malartic exploration program on behalf of Osisko since 2005.At its recent Annual Awards Banquet, the Chamber of Commerce of Rouyn-Noranda presented Osisko with its 2008 Extra Award for the economic impact of the project in the Abitibi-Témiscamingue region.Sean Roosen, President and CEO, commented: “We are extremely proud of these awards which recognise our positive approach to sustainability, and in particular to the residents of Malartic and surrounding communities. Osisko continues to ensure that Malartic and the Abitibi-Témiscamingue region gain significant benefits from the development of the world class Canadian Malartic project. We share these awards with the residents and Town Council of Malartic”.Osisko Mining is well-funded with approximately C$120 million on hand and is carrying out an aggressive definition drilling and exploration campaign on the Canadian Malartic deposit and surrounding properties.last_img read more

September 22, 2019 | | Post a Comment

The handball world was in shock when it was announced that Martin Schwalb suffered heart attack and that his condition was critical. He underwent a four-hour long surgey, and was in grave situation even after the operation, but the condition luckily got better. Now that the condition is improved to the better, he has been allowed to leave the intensive care. Martin Schwalb himself said that he feels tired now, but is very happy to be alive. He remains HSV Hamburg coach still, but will be unavailable for interview requests in the coming weeks.source: hsvhandball BundesligahandballHSV HandballMartin Schwalb ← Previous Story Women’s Junior WCh 2014: Norway, Sweden and Croatia are out! Next Story → Women’s Junior WCh 2014 1/4 finals: Denmark VS France, Germany against Hungary read more

September 22, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgIT’S FRIDAY NIGHT, and you’re out for a quiet pint to wave goodbye to a long week. Perfect.But wait, your pint is crap. The horror, the disappointment, the rage. So many feelings, such bad pint craftsmanship.We’ve rounded up ten of the worst things that can happen to your beloved lager or stout, just so you can be prepared for the worst.1. It’s flatWrong. Sick and wrong. Last thing you want to feel like when sipping a pint is that you’re gulping away on an entirely different golden liquid altogether.2. It’s oldImagine how mank this was once it reached its destination? Nothing more devastating than that first slurp of stale beer. Source: Omgif3. It’s served in the wrong glassA sin, an unforgivable sabotage of the pint imbibing experience. You wouldn’t serve steak in a bowl, so why would you serve Carlsberg in a Stella Artois chalice? Source: wjarrettc4. Someone draws on the top of itCute, and all, but no. How would they feel if you stuck your finger in their wine? Source: Imgur5. There’s a MASSIVE headGrand, of course we wanted mouthfuls of foam before we get any actual liquid. Source: Imgur6. It’s luke-warmJust like the reception you’ll be giving the barman when you bring it back and from here on out. Source: Tumblr7. Guinness isn’t let sitOh God, the air bubbles. Air bubbles everywhere. Source: ImgurOffensive. Look away now. Source: mdid8. It’s overpricedIs there anything that will spoil a pint more than knowing you’re supping away on around a week’s worth of wages? Source: Imgur9. The barman pours it too fastAlmost as unforgivable as that fact that millilitres of the precious nectar WILL be spilled in the process. Source: TinyPic10. Getting stout from a can or bottleAn appalling turn of events, shame on all involved. Source: PhotoBucketSTOP. Source: Pbh-networkSanta’s head elf sends letter to Irish kids>This may be the greatest Irish Mammy Text of all time>last_img read more

September 19, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgMona Bean got tired of going to other towns’ free concerts in parks. She wanted to enjoy the same summery experience at home in La Center.Sternwheeler Park is no slouch, after all — it’s got a beautiful terraced amphitheater and gazebo, an ideal setting for musicians sending out sweet tunes on warm Saturday nights.So Bean, a longtime La Center booster (and the No. 1 fan of La Center musician Richie Bean, her spouse), approached the city and got it to agree to put that amphitheater to good use. The first Saturdays in the Park concert series at Sternwheeler was in summer 2014; every year has seen more turnout and more fun, Bean said.Concerts are 6-8 p.m. Saturdays nights. Sternwheeler Park is at 100 E. Fourth St., La Center. Don’t forget to bring blankets or lawn chairs and food.Here’s the 2017 schedule:• Saturday: Calico the Band. Three women front this country-folk-rock band from Los Angeles, which was specially requested for a return appearance by former La Center Mayor Jim Irish.last_img read more

September 18, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgThe Egypt Football Association (EFA) have confirmed that head coach Hector Cuper has vacated his role following their group stage exit at the World CupIn their first appearance in the tournament in nearly three decades, the Pharaohs were handed an early exit after losing all three of their Group A games.Cuper was openly criticised for his choice of tactics in Egypt’s final game against Saudi Arabia – which ended in a 2-1 defeat.The 62-year-old refused to acknowledge his strategy as a “failure” and instead stated that his side were just unfortunate not to have had better results.Egypt coach not taking duel against Uganda lightlyEgypt sack Javier Aguirre after shock AFCON exit Andrew Smyth – July 7, 2019 Egypt fired manager Javier Aguirre following a shock 1-0 defeat to South Africa in the last-16 of the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON).Cuper was out of contract with Egypt at the end of the World Cup and previously revealed that he will be holding talks with the EFA first before making an announcement on his future.“We held a meeting after returning from Russia and the entire board decided to say thank you to Cuper and his technical staff,” said the EFA, via BBC.“We appreciate the work from the coach, from reaching the Africa Cup of Nations after three years of absence and taking Egypt to the World Cup after 28 years of absence.”Cuper leaves Egypt after three years in charge which saw him lead the national side to the final of the Africa Cup of Nations in 2017, before losing to Cameroon.last_img read more

September 5, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgBusiness leaders look for better opportunities as India-US CEO forum meet begins14K views00:00 / 00:00- 00:00:0000:00Business leaders look for better opportunities as India-US CEO forum meet begins14K viewsBusinessNew Delhi, Jan 26 (ANI): Business leaders looked forward to better opportunities as the India-US CEO forum meet began at the Taj Palace Hotel in New Delhi on Monday. Godrej Group Chairman Adi Godrej said that the level of mutual investment & trade will rise tremendously between the two countries. Xpro India Chairman Siddharth Birla said that the communication between the two countries is a clearing logjam. HSBC Chief Naina Lal Kidwai said that the chemistry created by the top leaders between the two countries should be followed at the business level. India-US CEO forum meet is being attended by US President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Barack Obama and Narendra Modi will be interacting with dozens of executives from American and Indian companies.Ventuno Web Player 4.50New Delhi, Jan 26 (ANI): Business leaders looked forward to better opportunities as the India-US CEO forum meet began at the Taj Palace Hotel in New Delhi on Monday. Godrej Group Chairman Adi Godrej said that the level of mutual investment & trade will rise tremendously between the two countries. Xpro India Chairman Siddharth Birla said that the communication between the two countries is a clearing logjam. HSBC Chief Naina Lal Kidwai said that the chemistry created by the top leaders between the two countries should be followed at the business level. India-US CEO forum meet is being attended by US President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Barack Obama and Narendra Modi will be interacting with dozens of executives from American and Indian companies.last_img read more

September 2, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgA Houston scientist will receive the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine Monday morning. James Allison, Ph.D., chair of Immunology at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center won the award along with Tasuku Honjo M.D., Ph.D., a professor at Kyoto University. Their work led to treatments that use the body’s immune system to fight cancer.Watch the awards ceremony here:Allison is the first MD Anderson scientist to receive the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, according to MD Anderson.Allison studied a known protein and developed the concept into a new treatment approach, whereas Honjo discovered a new protein that also operated as a brake on immune cells. Sharelast_img read more

August 29, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgHe was the gay guy that wowed the Fab 5 with coming out to his stepmom and his incredibly hot transformation.You might be thrilled to know that AJ has now married his partner, Andre.Queer Eye fans celebrate the newsQueer Eye fans have been celebrating the news online.Piya on Twitter said: ‘I broke down so many times watching this episode, SO happy for these two! #queereye #loveisreal’Lauren said: ‘I WANNA CRY OMG. I cried so much watching that episode of AJ coming out and now he’s married I can’t deal with that show.’Hailey said: ‘First Tom & Abby and now AJ & Andre!! Next up, me(?) #fab5plsfindmelove.’Sonyay said: ‘Good news about people who were on QE is my favorite kind of news.’Another Twitter user said: ‘YES! So happy for these 2! Their episode sold me on the show. #LoveWins #PrideMonth’And Ruth said: ‘I CAN NOT TAKE HOW LIFE CHANGING THIS SHOW IS. #QUEERSFORTHEWIN’ Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Queer Eye’s Karamo wants to see show help women and trans people6 super cute snaps of the Queer Eye guys Down Under in AustraliaHere is the trailer for Netflix’s Queer Eye season 2Read the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/queer-eyes-aj-married-his-boyfriend-and-our-hearts-cant-take-it/ Remember AJ, the star of the fourth episode of Netflix’s Queer Eye? They give the best advice they can. | Photo: IMDB/Netflixcenter_img Another success for the Fab 5Tom and Abby from Queer Eye. | Photo: TwitterAJ and Andre are not the show’s only success story.Tom Jackson was the first cab off the rank for the Netflix series and stole everyone’s hearts with his kind manner and enthusiasm to be made over.His objective in the episode was to win back his ‘third ex-wife’ Abby Parr. Things seemed to go well after the episode shot in the 2017 summer.Then Tom announced on Twitter that the pair had split up in September last year and proceeded to post multiple, heartbreaking photos of the pair.But then in a twist no one was expecting, Tom revealed the couple were engaged and planned to get married again.‘She will always be the love of my life. I will always love her more than anything!!!!!!!’ Tom wrote about Abby on Twitter.Season 2 hits Netflix on 15 June.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . GAYSTARNEWS- eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us)last_img read more

August 27, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_img News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more News | Neuro Imaging | August 16, 2019 ADHD Medication May Affect Brain Development in Children A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to affect development of the brain’s… read more Related Content Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al. December 28, 2018 — Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) provides a safe, noninvasive way to monitor liver fat levels in people who undergo weight loss treatments for obesity, according to a study published in the journal Radiology.1Obesity is a major U.S. public health issue, with more than two-thirds of American adults considered overweight or obese. Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease is common in obese patients. The condition can progress to cirrhosis and is associated with a higher risk of liver cancer.Bariatric surgical procedures such as gastric bypass or sleeve gastrectomy have proven to be effective weight loss interventions in patients with obesity. However, not much is known about the relationship between overall weight loss achieved by these treatments and decreases in liver fat content. Liver fat is difficult to measure noninvasively, and a biopsy’s invasiveness makes it unfeasible for monitoring changes in the liver over time.The new study assessed liver fat before and after bariatric surgery through a promising noninvasive imaging option known as quantitative chemical shift-encoded MRI (CSE-MRI). The technique produces a measure of liver fat called a proton density fat fraction (PDFF).“CSE-MRI allows us to represent the measurement of liver fat as a percentage,” said study coauthor B. Dustin Pooler, M.D., adjunct assistant professor at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and radiologist at Madison Radiologists S.C., in Madison, Wis. “Each patient can get an assessment of fat throughout the liver that is easy for them to understand. The numbers also allowed us to perform comparisons with liver fat measurements from surgical and biopsy specimens.”Pooler and colleagues studied CSE-MRI in 50 obese patients who underwent bariatric surgery for weight loss. The patients went on a low-calorie diet before the surgery, an approach that has been shown to increase the safety and efficacy of the surgery.The researchers performed CSE-MRI twice before surgery and then multiple times in the year following the procedure. They also compared liver fat changes as determined by PDFF with changes in body mass index (BMI), weight and waist circumference.By six to 10 months following surgery, mean PDFF in the study group decreased from 18 percent to about 5 percent — normal range is 5 percent or less — and mean BMI decreased from 45 to 34.5. The mean estimated time to PDFF normalization was approximately five months. The initial PDFF was the only strong predictor of both liver fat loss and time to normalization.“The results showed a rapid early phase of improvements in liver fat, followed by a phase of continued improvements at a slower pace,” Pooler said. “The changes began with the initiation of the low-calorie diet and occurred in advance of the overall improvements in BMI among the patients.”The results suggest several potential roles for CSE-MRI in the management of obese patients with fatty livers. PDFF measurements could help in the selection of patients for bariatric surgery because of the strong correlation between liver fat reductions and pre-treatment liver fat content. In addition, since decreases in liver fat content were only weakly correlated with starting weight and overall weight loss, monitoring liver fat with MRI following bariatric surgery, independent of monitoring weight loss, would be useful. The greatest potential benefit could be for patients with fatty livers regardless of their starting weight or weight loss.“There is this assumption that when you lose weight you also reduce liver fat, but the relationship was very hard to measure prior to having a good tool like MRI,” Pooler said. “This study shows that the MRI technique is very clinically feasible for monitoring liver fat over time.”Pooler said the CSE-MRI technique could have applications beyond monitoring the effects of bariatric surgery.“We looked at bariatric surgery patients in our study, but there’s no reason this clinical tool can’t be used to monitor all sorts of weight loss patients,” he said. “We want patients and physicians to know that this is an option for them. We’ve done the validation and the next step is to make people more aware of this option.”For more information: www.pubs.rsna.org/journal/radiologyReference1. Pooler B.D., Wiens C.N., McMillan A., et al. Monitoring Fatty Liver Disease with MRI Following Bariatric Surgery: A Prospective, Dual-Center Study. 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August 19, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgACV’s cross-country tour rolls on, BOGO promo ends Oct. 21 Tags: Air Canada Vacations, Regional Sun Friday, October 12, 2018 << Previous PostNext Post >> Posted bycenter_img Share MONTREAL — Air Canada Vacations continues to make dreams come true while on its #ACVDreamMakers cross-country tour, which ends its run on Oct. 24.These Regional Sun product launch events, which first began on Sept. 18, took place in Kingston, Stoney Creek, London, Sudbury, Moncton, St. John’s, Newfoundland, Ottawa, Kelowna, Quebec City and Edmonton. A total of 700 travel agents are expected to take part nationally.“The voice of the trade was key in our decision to bring more regional events this year. You asked and we heard you!” said Dana Gain, Senior Director of Sales, Groups & Partnerships.ACV is reminding agents of its exclusive Buy One, Get One at 50% offer, which continues until Oct. 21. The BOGO promotion is valid on February to April 2019 departures to Mexico, Caribbean and Central America. The offer is applicable to new bookings with nonstop flights in Economy on select Flight and Hotel packages and departure dates, and is valid on minimum seven-night stays.More news:  Windstar celebrates record-breaking bookings in JulyThe promotion is combinable with ACV’s early booking bonuses. Until Oct. 31, agents book and pay their clients’ reservation and get $300 savings per couple on all Caribbean and Mexico packages departing Nov. 1, 2018 through April 30, 2019. Travelweek Group last_img read more

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first_imgNo related posts. From the print editionByblos Resort and Kids Saving the Rainforest are hosting a fundraiser to save the only government-sanctioned, wild animal rescue center in the Manuel Antonio National Park area.Kids Saving the Rainforest was founded 13 years ago by two preteen girls in response to an influx of tourists who threatened the wildlife of Manuel Antonio. Until now, the program has been funded entirely through sales at the organization’s artisan gift shop, but the downturn in the economy has left the center unable to cover it’s own monthly expenses.“A full-time resident vet, an animal caretaker, volunteers and a guard all live on the property helping to rehab the many injured or confiscated animals,” said rescue center coordinator Jennifer Rice. “Unfortunately, this comes with a certain fixed cost, not to mention the food, maintenance, vet supplies and numerous other items required to care for a variety of exotic animals.” The organization’s first-ever fundraiser will be held Sept. 9 from 1-5 p.m. at the Byblos Resort and will include live music, food, activities for children and a raffle. Tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for children, and are on sale at local businesses.At present, the rescue center is home to 55 different animals including exotic birds, four species of monkeys, two species of sloths, armadillos, agoutis, coati mundis, marmosets, timirins and others.  While most are eventually released into the wild, some animals are beyond rehabilitation and will remain in the facility permanently.Despite the animals’ needs, the rescue center will be forced to close its doors unless Kids Saving the Rainforest can find a way to pay monthly expenses. “This is not just a feel-good fundraiser,” said Kimberly Barron, director of marketing at Byblos Resort. “These beautiful animals are one of the main attractions for tourism in our area. Manuel Antonio hotels and tourism operations that depend on national and international visitors cannot afford to ignore the need for a full-service animal rescue center.”For more information about obtaining tickets, contact Anita Myketuk at 2777-1002. To contribute to the cause, visit the Kids Saving the Rainforest souvenir shop at Hotel Mono Azul in Quepos. Facebook Commentslast_img read more