Notre Dame Football Star Announces NFL Draft Decision

first_imgNotre Dame football players in a huddle.MIAMI GARDENS, FL – NOVEMBER 11: The Notre Dame Fighting Irish warms up during a game against the Miami Hurricanes at Hard Rock Stadium on November 11, 2017 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)Notre Dame wide receiver Miles Boykin, who led the Fighting Irish in all three major receiving categories this season, is forgoing his senior season and entering the 2019 NFL Draft.Boykin made the announcement this afternoon on Twitter. He becomes the third Irish underclassman to declare for the draft this week, along with cornerback Julian Love and tight end Alize Mack.On the contrary, Notre Dame standout defensive linemen Khalid Kareem and Julian Okwara announced they would be returning to school in 2019.“Notre Dame will always hold a special place in my heart because of the memories, both good and bad, that I’ve experienced,” Boykin wrote on Twitter. “I’m forever changed for the better.☘️☘️☘️— Miles Boykin (@MBoykin814) January 6, 2019Notre Dame wished Boykin luck from its official football Twitter account shortly after his announcement.Thank you for a very special four years, @MBoykin814. We’re so excited to watch you show the world what you’ve got on Sundays.Love Thee, forever. #GoIrish ☘️— Notre Dame Football (@NDFootball) January 6, 2019Boykin led the Irish with 59 catches, 872 receiving yards and eight touchdowns, helping Notre Dame go 12-0 in the regular season and reach the College Football Playoff.After redshirting in 2015 and quiet regular seasons in 2016 and 2017, Boykin exploded onto the scene in the Citrus Bowl following the 2017 campaign.That was when he hauled in the game-winning touchdown pass from Ian Book to beat LSU.Even with Boykin going pro, Notre Dame’s receiving corps should be well-stocked next season with the return of Chase Claypool and Chris Finke and tight ends Cole Kmet and Brock Wright.last_img read more

Bill Protects Health Safety Right to Strike

first_imgThe province introduced a bill today, March 31, to guarantee essential care for Nova Scotians during a strike or lockout affecting health care, homes for seniors, youth, or people with special needs. The Essential Health and Community Services Act requires unions and employers to have an essential services agreement in place before job action is taken. If they cannot reach an agreement, an independent third party decides. Nova Scotia is the only province in Canada without this type of essential services legislation. “Like all Canadians, Nova Scotians deserve to know their health and safety won’t be in jeopardy during a labour disruption,” said Labour and Advanced Education Minister Kelly Regan. “Government also values the critical work of employees who care for people who are sick, older, or have special needs. This legislation also protects the right to strike once an essential services agreement is in place.” Essential service is based on the risk of death or serious health consequences if the service is not provided. These include services critical to mental or physical health. Unions and employers affected by the legislation include those for: hospitals homes for seniors, the disabled or youth paramedics nurses ambulance dispatchers The legislation takes effect as soon as it is passed, and does not expire. The parties can request conciliation or mediation to help negotiate an essential services agreement. If they can’t agree on essential services, or fail to negotiate, either party can apply to the labour board. The legislation ensures the process happens quickly. “Most employers and unions reach collective agreements without strikes or lockouts, but even the possibility of a labour disruption can create stress and confusion,” said Ms. Regan. “This bill gives certainty to people who need and provide care, and ensures essential services must be provided in the event of a strike or lockout.” Employers or unions that take job action before an essential services agreement is in place can be fined $100,000 for the first day, and $10,000 for each additional day. People can be fined $1,000 for the first day, and $200 for each additional day. For more information, go to .last_img read more

Beyonce Eva Longoria And Jennifer Garner Contribute To Shriver Report

first_imgThis week, Maria Shriver is launching The Shriver Report: A Woman’s Nation Pushes Back from the Brink, in partnership with the Center for American Progress.This is the third in a series of groundbreaking examinations of cultural transformations impacting American women and families. This Shriver Report is a multiplatform study of the profound change in the makeup and reality of American families and the failure of government, business, and other cultural institutions to adapt to this change and deal with it. The fact is that the average family is not what it used to be. Today, only one-­‐fifth of our families have a male breadwinner and a female homemaker. And it’s not only that women are breadwinning in most families. These days, more than half of babies born to mothers under age 30 are born to single mothers, the majority of whom are white. This is a seismic shift, and it’s time for our institutions to catch up.“For too many American women, the dream of ‘having it all’ has morphed into ‘just hanging on,’” said Maria Shriver. “The Shriver Report is about what working women need now to be successful in today’s economy, where women are powerful, but also powerless. Identifying why that is and what we as a nation can do about it is the mission of this report.”In an era when women have solidified their position as half of the U.S. workforce and a whopping two-­‐thirds of the primary or co-­‐breadwinners in American families, the reality is that one in three American women is living at or near the brink of poverty. That’s 42 million women and the 28 million children who depend on them, living one single incident—a doctor’s bill, a late paycheck, or a broken-­‐down car—away from economic ruin. Women make up nearly two-­‐thirds of minimum-­‐wage workers, and a vast majority of them receive no paid sick days. This is at a time when women earn most of the college and advanced degrees in this country, make most of the consumer spending decisions by far, and are more than half of the nation’s voters.“The Shriver Report makes clear that the challenges facing millions of American women who are living on the brink of poverty are not inevitable, but the result of the choices that government, businesses, and individuals make,” said Neera Tanden, president of the Center for American Progress. “We do not have to accept endemic economic insecurity, perennial work-­‐life conflicts, and inadequate and unaffordable child care as our reality. It is our hope that this unique collaboration between the Center for American Progress and Maria Shriver not only ignites a national conversation but also spurs real movement to lift women up and pull them back from the brink.”The Shriver Report takes stock of the developing crisis and explores what women need now to push back from the brink by proposing concrete solutions — a combination of public, private, and personal approaches — that can help reignite the American Dream for women and their families. The Shriver Report finds that these solutions would also help the economy at large. We report that closing the wage gap between men and women would cut the poverty rate in half, adding nearly half a trillion dollars to the national economy and boosting the gross domestic product by 2 to 3 percent.“At its core, this Shriver Report is a call to the nation to modernize its relationship to women. Without a new approach, we are benching our front line and weakening our economy and families,” said Karen Skelton, editor-­‐in-­‐chief of The Shriver Report. “The Shriver Report explores how we got here, why it matters, and what we can do about it.”The report brings together a star-­‐studded array of experts, thinkers, academics, practitioners, and cultural leaders, who lay out how we got where we are today and suggest new ways forward. The impressive and influential roster of contributors from across the political spectrum includes Hillary Clinton, Beyoncé, Anne-Marie Slaughter, Howard Schultz, LeBron James, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-­‐NY), Ron Haskins, Stephanie Coontz, Muhtar Kent, Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter (R-­‐ID), Carol Gilligan, Angela Glover Blackwell, Sheryl Sandberg, Eduardo J. Padrón, John Bouman, Barbara Ehrenreich, Sister Joan Chittister, Eva Longoria, Tory Burch, Danielle Moodie-Mills, Heather Boushey, Ann O’Leary, Kathryn Edin, Nadine Burke Harris, Tony Porter, Jennifer Garner, Ai-­‐jen Poo, Peter Edelman, Jada Pinkett Smith, Maya Harris, and Rev. Leith Anderson—and real women who are doing what it takes to get and keep their families on firm economic footing.The multiplatform Shriver Report includes: • The book. A Woman’s Nation Pushes Back from the Brink is an eBook from Rosetta Publishing. In an 
initial four-­‐day special offer—available from January 12 to 15—it is a free download on Amazon Kindle. • The huge, nonpartisan nationwide poll, commissioned by The Shriver Report, conducted by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research and TargetPoint Consulting, and supported by AARP, was released Sunday, January 12 on NBC News’s “Meet the Press.” For more information about the poll and a conference call about the findings, contact Katherine Azar at • The Thrive Index for businesses, developed for The Shriver Report by Ann Huff Stevens and researchers at the University of California, Davis. It helps managers identify company policies and best practices that promote the success of low-­‐wage women workers, increasing their productivity and creating a thriving workplace for employees and employers alike. • The Life Ed curriculum — which was developed for the report by Anne Mosle and Ascend at the Aspen Institute — identifies the new set of tools and skills young women need to meet the demands of the modern era: financial literacy, self-­‐esteem development, healthy relationship building, and the ability to find mentors and networks, as well as the critical importance of college and how to get there. It’s a far cry from the old home economics curriculum. • The Shriver Corps — in partnership with the Corporation for National and Community Service’s AmeriCorps VISTA program and LIFT — will develop and train volunteers across America who will put low-­‐income families on firmer economic footing by helping them connect to secure housing and jobs and reducing barriers to access to public benefits programs. • The photojournalism. The Shriver Report commissioned a team of award-­‐winning photographers, led by former White House photographer Barbara Kinney, to document a day in the life of women living on the brink all over this country. • The classroom initiative. The Shriver Report will be used in classes ranging from sociology and gender studies to public policy, business, education, and public health in colleges and universities across the country, including Harvard University, Georgetown University, Wellesley College, the University of Southern California, the University of California, Berkeley, and the University of Michigan. • The Shriver live event. It will be held in partnership with The Atlantic all day, January 15th, at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. The day will feature presentations and discussions with many of the contributors to the written report. For more information, please contact The Atlantic’s Alexi New at • The documentary. HBO’s Sheila Nevins and Maria Shriver have co-­‐executive produced a documentary film, “Paycheck to Paycheck: The Life and Times of Katrina Gilbert,” produced by Emmy Award-­‐ winning filmmakers Shari Cookson and Nick Doob and airing March 17th. • The community. The website is already hosting a growing community of citizen reporters around the country who are chronicling their changing lives. • The media partners. Once again, NBC News will bring this report to life, rolling it out across NBC News and MSNBC platforms beginning Sunday, January 12. featured Maria Shriver’s essay and other reporting on Wednesday, January 8. • The video trailer. The project trailer is available here.The Shriver Report’s editor-­‐in-­‐chief is award-­‐winning political strategist Karen Skelton, president of Skelton Strategies, and the managing editor is writer and strategist Olivia Morgan. The Shriver Report has a National Advisory Committee of 50 leading men, women, organizations, and corporations. The full list is available at 
This report was made possible through the generous support of the Ford Foundation; Wells Fargo; AARP; JPMorgan Chase; The California Endowment; The Coca-­‐Cola Company; Marvell Semiconductor, Inc.; and several other contributors. The Shriver Report is an initiative of A Woman’s NationTM, a 501c3 nonprofit organization founded by Maria Shriver to raise awareness, ignite conversations, and inspire impact around the defining issues and fundamental challenges facing modern women.The first Shriver Report, published in 2009, examined a huge transformation in U.S. history: For the first time, women had become fully half the workforce, and even more momentously, were about two-­‐thirds of the primary and co-­‐breadwinners in American families — truly the engine driving the economy. They called this new state of American affairs A Woman’s Nation Changes Everything, as the explosion of women becoming breadwinners changed not just the economy, but marriage, families, schools, the workplace, government, health care—everything, including men. The following year, A Woman’s Nation Takes on Alzheimer’s was the largest study ever to examine the cultural, social, and economic impact of the Alzheimer’s epidemic, just as the nation’s 78 million Baby Boomers were aging into their mid-­‐60s — Alzheimer’s territory. It reported that women were not only half the people living with the disease but also more than half of the country’s unpaid caregivers. A Woman’s Nation Pushes Back from the Brink is the third in the series.last_img read more

UN refugee agency seeks to resolve migrant problem at MoroccanSpanish border

Although primarily economic migrants are involved, “this extremely complex situation” includes people in need of international protection, and therefore of concern to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), spokesman Ron Redmond told a news briefing in Geneva today, noting that the agency had already sent several missions to the area.“Despite these ongoing efforts, we remain deeply concerned by alarming reports on the plight of these desperate people,” he said. The six deaths were the latest in a series of reported violent incidents at the border fence between Morocco and the Spanish enclaves of Ceuta and Melilla. “UNHCR is fully committed to help find solutions aimed at preventing the kinds of tragedies we’ve seen repeatedly in the Mediterranean, the Gulf of Aden and other parts of the world,” he added, referring to recent cases where at least 150 people died crossing from Somalia to Yemen in rickety boats run by ruthless smugglers.Within large migration flows like the one through Morocco to Spain, there are often people fleeing conflict and persecution who deserve access to proper asylum procedures, Mr. Redmond said.“While UNHCR recognizes the legitimate right of governments to take measures to manage illegal migration, we strongly urge authorities to respect international protection principles, particularly against refoulement – or forcibly returning people to a country where they face persecution; to treat everyone humanely; and to ensure that all asylum seekers are given access to fair and proper procedures,” he added.Secretary-General Kofi Annan last week called for immigration laws and obligations to be implemented humanely, and yesterday his Special Representative for West Africa, Ahmedou Ould-Abdallah, warned that what is happening today with African youths is “insignificant compared to what we may be facing in a few years time” if jobs were not created in their home countries. read more

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Upcoming doctoral thesis defence

On Monday, April 11 at 10 a.m. in South Block 361, PhD student David Allison, in Applied Health Sciences, will present his thesis defence. The title of his thesis is “Neural and behavioural consequences of chronic inflammation following spinal cord injury.” Examining committee members are: Cheryl McCormick, Chair; Jennifer Heisz, McMaster University, external examiner; David Ditor, supervisor; Jeffre Mercier, internal examiner; David Gabriel and Andra Josse and Panagiota Klentrou, committee members. All are welcome to attend. read more

Its Not Chris Pauls Fault

2016Brice Johnson25th0 2013Reggie Bullock25th2.5 DRAFT YEARPLAYERPICK NUMBERCAREER WIN SHARES 2016David Michineau39thDNP 2016Diamond Stone40th-0.1 2014C.J. Wilcox28th0.1 2015Branden Dawson56th0 The Los Angeles Clippers are accustomed to things not going their way, but that doesn’t make this most-recent era of futility any easier to explain. Sunday’s Game 7 loss to the Utah Jazz meant the Clippers had done what seemed impossible but felt all-too-familiar: coughed up a playoff series lead. It marked an unprecedented fifth straight postseason in which the Clippers had blown a series lead before bowing out. The club has been one of the NBA’s best for more than a half decade, winning 60 percent of its games each of the past six seasons. Yet, during that span, it has somehow failed to reach the Western finals even once.There will surely be a lot of soul-searching in L.A. about whether something is rotten at the Clippers’ core. There’s a chance the early exit this time could bring about a seismic personnel shift for a team that has enjoyed more top-end continuity than any club since 2013.1According to ESPN Stats & Information Group, Chris Paul, JJ Redick, Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan have logged 3,877 regular-season minutes together over the past four seasons, about 1,100 more minutes than the next-closest NBA foursome over that span.Whatever is to blame, though, has nothing to do with point guard Chris Paul.Paul’s lackluster 13-point, nine-assist performance in Game 7 — one in which he shot a dismal 6-of-19 and went scoreless in the fourth quarter — was horrible timing, yes. Yet even after Sunday’s dud, Paul averaged 25 points, 10 assists and five rebounds a game for the series while shooting 50 percent overall and 37 percent from 3-point range. Those numbers are more or less in line with the career postseason averages for Paul, who owns the fifth-best Player Efficiency Rating in NBA postseason history.Those gaudy postseason numbers are also in line with his career postseason averages and his regular-season averages. He’s this good all the time. If his greatness flies under the radar a bit, it’s likely because he excels in areas that aren’t as sexy or noticeable in today’s game. In a league that has fully embraced the 3-point shot, he was by far the NBA’s best midrange shooter this season. At a time when players are piling up assists while collecting a ton of turnovers, Paul has maintained a 4-to-1 assist to turnover ratio. And even though he plays a position where not much is expected defensively these days, his career steal percentage2According to, steal percentage estimates the percentage of the opponent’s possessions that end with a steal by a particular player. rivals that of John Stockton’s. Add all that together, and Paul is, somewhat shockingly, neck and neck statistically with Michael Jordan by some advanced metrics.Yet, with Sunday’s loss, Paul has now gone an NBA-record 76 postseason games without making the conference finals. The Clippers, too, have made history: No other team has won at least 60 percent of its games in six straight seasons and failed to make the conference finals, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.Paul’s critics will more than likely hold these past six postseasons against him, saying that even if he’s the key reason the Clippers have been successful for this long, he should get more blame than anyone for the team’s failure to get past the second round. And it’s certainly fair to wonder whether point-guard led clubs — especially ones led by more traditional floor generals — are generally at a disadvantage and whether that has hindered the Clippers to some extent. But this club has had plenty of other weak spots.The Clippers have leaned heavily on a pair of players who, in some ways, have been highly unreliable during the team’s stretch as a contender. Center DeAndre Jordan is a solid rim protector and ever-present lob threat, but for years, teams forced coach Doc Rivers to pull him off the court because of his lousy foul shooting.3Jordan holds the third-lowest free-throw percentage in NBA history among players with at least 1,000 career attempts. His free-throw totals dropped sharply this season, after the NBA put a rule in place that penalizes teams for intentionally fouling poor free-throw shooters away from the ball. Meanwhile, Jamal Crawford, who has won three Sixth Man of the Year awards and for years has served as a secondary ballhandler behind Paul, has one of the least efficient track records4According to effective field-goal percentage, among players who’ve taken at least 500 career postseason shot attempts. of any shooter in playoff history, a distinction that becomes even more problematic considering that he doesn’t defend or rebound very well.5This season, he logged one of the lowest total-rebounding rates in NBA history among guards 6-foot-5 or taller.The Clippers’ personnel problems rest with Rivers, who doubles as the team’s president and coach. The Clippers have been far too top-heavy for years, and Rivers arguably made the problem even worse by committing so much long-term money to Crawford, who was 36 years old when the team agreed to a three-year, $42 million deal with him. Far worse: The club has routinely gotten virtually nothing from its cheapest talent; contenders usually rely on those less-expensive players because they’re often over the salary cap and therefore unable to bring in star players via free agency.Consider the fact that since Rivers took over in 2013, the Clippers have garnered just 0.42 win shares per rookie acquired through the draft,6To cut through the confusion of picks being sent elsewhere on draft night, our draft-acquisition analysis looked at all drafted rookies since 2013 and where the players ended up before the season began, as opposed to looking solely at which team initially held their draft rights. For instance, it makes more sense to count Andrew Wiggins towards Minnesota’s player development as opposed to labeling him as a Cleveland draft pick, since Wiggins was dealt for Kevin Love before ever suiting up for the Cavs. the third-fewest in the NBA over that span, according to data pulled by Mackenzie Kraemer, a researcher with ESPN Stats & Information Group. In fact, the only draft pick that the Clippers have made since then who has produced more than 0.1 career win shares over that time is Reggie Bullock, a player they traded7For Rivers’s son Austin no less. a year and a half into his career.8In fairness, the Clippers have posted great records, so they haven’t drafted any higher than 25th. But of the 71 draftees who have produced at least 3 career win shares over this span, 24 were drafted in the No. 25 slot or later. Analysis looked at all rookies drafted since 2013 and which teams they ended up on before the start of their first season, as opposed to looking solely at which team initially held their draft rights.Doc Rivers became responsible for the team’s picks in 2014.Source: ESPN Stats & Information Group The Clippers’ draft acquisitions haven’t been great under Doc Rivers Then there are the picks that were given away like candy as the Clippers sought a starting-caliber wing player (one it still doesn’t really have). Rivers unloaded a first to get rid of Jared Dudley and then parted ways with another first-rounder when he sent Lance Stephenson packing9The team had previously given up Matt Barnes and Spencer Hawes to get Stephenson. for Jeff Green. All in all, the cycle of trades, particularly the mismanagement of them, left the Clippers without the assets necessary to trade for someone like Carmelo Anthony, who could’ve given them a spark as they began to prepare for the postseason.But still, even with all the managerial misfires and mistakes, it’s hard to believe the Clippers never managed to make the conference finals. Some of that seemingly came down to bad luck, mostly in the form of injuries. Blake Griffin got hurt this series, and last season, both Griffin and Paul suffered injuries in the same playoff game10The timing here was particularly bad. Just one day earlier, Stephen Curry’s knee injury seemed to provide an opening for the Clippers to survive a potential second-round matchup with Golden State. that would sideline them the rest of the postseason. In other instances, the Clippers simply couldn’t slam the door shut. In 2014, they blew a 13-point lead with four minutes to play that would’ve given them a 3-2 series lead over Oklahoma City. And even more notably, the Clippers blew a 3-1 series lead against Houston in 2015.Whatever the reasons, consider this: The probability that the Clippers would reach the conference finals at least once in the past six seasons, with as much regular-season success as they had, was 85 percent,11They entered the 2011-12 postseason with a 13 percent chance of reaching the conference finals and had an 18 percent chance in 2012-13, a 39 percent chance in 2013-14, a 55 percent chance in 2014-15, a 13 percent chance in 2015-16 and an 11 percent chance this season. according to FiveThirtyEight’s NBA win projection model.The question now is whether it makes sense to bring back the majority of the team’s core — including Paul, Griffin and JJ Redick — given its failures. Some organizations might have the courage to say “no” and blow things up. But when you’re the Clippers, who’ve never won anything meaningful and have the talent to potentially contend if healthy, that’s a far tougher pill to swallow than holding onto the status quo and merely hoping for the best. read more

Miner busted with marijuana in Fruta cans remanded to prison

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedClothes vendor remanded on cannabis possession chargeSeptember 18, 2018In “Court”Taxi Driver charged with Tucville murderAugust 3, 2015In “Crime”Miner, Canadian Fiancé remanded on drug chargesAugust 24, 2015In “Crime” A 24-year-old miner was remanded to prison on a narcotics possession charge when he appeared at the Bartica Magistrates Court.Kester Skeete of Buxton, East Coast Demerara, was remanded to prison until August 2 2018.Based on information received, earlier this week, ranks attached to the Bartica Police Station, acting on information, conducted a search on an inbound passenger’s boat from Parika.In the back seat, a case of Fruta Juice was found. However, further checks revealed that the cans contained marijuana amounting to 788.5grams.The boat sailor who was identified as Bartica resident identified Skeete as the owner of the items. However, during a confrontation, the accused denied this.As such, the duo was taken into custody and legal advice was sought.To this end, it was advised that Skeete alone be charged, and the boat sailor released pending further investigations.The accused was remanded to prison until August 2, 2018. read more

Optalert wins awards for fatigue management technology

first_imgThe importance of fatigue management measures on haul roads and in the workforce is critical. A world leader in alertness monitoring technology Optalert, has been nominated as a finalist in not one, but three prestigious road and mining safety awards this year. The company is proud to have been nominated in the finalist position in the “Innovation” categories for the 2012 Australian Road Safety Awards and the 2012 Australian Mining Prospect Awards and the overall category for the 2012 Australian Latin-American Business Excellence Awards in the coming months.The celebration of excellence across the innovation and business practice categories may come as no surprise within the safety industry as Optalert says it “is the world’s only scientifically validated fatigue management system. The proprietary algorithms have been published by over a dozen leading research institutions from around the world, including Harvard Medical School.”Optalert’s Acting CEO, James Walker, says he is excited to be part of a company who is publicly recognised “not only for mitigating the global risks of fatigue related accidents, but for existing as a leader within both the fatigue management space and the technological space,” he said.“Being shortlisted for an award amongst the nations leaders in these categories is a true testament to the effort the team has put into creating defining factors amongst the fatigue management space. Optalert’s information-based approach provides objective information to both operators and management in two areas: Fatigue Risk Management Plans and the current state of alertness of an entire fleet in real time. There is really nothing else like it out there in fatigue management,” said Walker.The finalist announcement comes off the back of an appearance at MINExpo in Las Vegas Nevada. Optalert displayed its innovative IRIS software, which allows workforce managers a real-time glance at the awareness levels of their entire fleet of operators in an attempt to mitigate the risks of fatigue related accidents. Visitors also had the opportunity to try on the Optalert Glasses. These glasses objectively measures the movements of the eye and eyelid 500 times a second to predict drowsiness over 30 minutes prior to the operator feeling the effects.last_img read more

HSE report shows Ireland on the way to eliminating German measles

first_imgIRELAND HAS EFFECTIVELY succeeded in eliminating endemic rubella according to the HSE.A report seen by James Fogarty of The Medical Independent shows that there were no confirmed cases of the disease between 2010 and 2012. The document did however say that there was “one probable case in 2012 which was imported”.The World Health Organisation has a stated target of eliminating measles in Europe by 2015. For this to be confirmed each state is required to provide reports to the WHO every year from 2012 for progress to be evaluated.A spokesperson for the HSE confirmed to The Medical Independent that their latest report confirms that the executive is on its way to that goal by eliminating cases of German measles over the last number of years. “Ireland has met the WHO definition for the elimination of rubella as there have been no confirmed domestic cases reported between 2010-2012”.Details on MMR uptake data for at high risk groups such as refugees and migrants were not included in a report to the WHO however . According to the report, no data was available for these groups, which included Roma, refugees and migrants.“Collecting information on minority groups is not currently a function of the local immunisation databases,” said a spokesperson for the HSE. “This may be included in the national immunisation system. However, the HSE and HPSC (Health Protection and Surveillance Centre) collects data on the county of origin.”Poll: Should vaccinations be compulsory for children? >Read: Vaccine reminder issued as HSE says 1,000 could die in severe flu season >last_img read more

Frontrunners emerge in last day of preconclave talks

first_imgCATHOLIC CARDINALS HAVE a final day of jockeying for position today before shutting themselves into the Sistine Chapel to elect a new pope after Benedict XVI’s shock resignation, with an Italian and a Brazilian who both head powerful archdioceses among the top contenders.The cardinals are holding their last pre-conclave talks where they have been debating the challenges that the next pope will face and vetting possible candidates for the post.Vatican insiders put Milan Archbishop Angelo Scola in the lead, but without the support of two-thirds of the 115 “cardinal electors” needed to become the new leader of the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics.Brazilian Odilo Scherer, the charismatic archbishop of Sao Paolo and Latin America’s best hope, is also seen as in with a chance after the red-frocked cardinals begin the storied process, cloaked in secrecy, of choosing one of their peers to lead the Church.Solemn oathThe electors must take a solemn oath of secrecy or face excommunication – though no examples of such a fate appear in the record, and Vatican journalists have shown a wily knack for extracting insider information.Vatican staff members who will work around the conclave from tomorrow were also due to take the same oath later today.In churches across Rome yesterday, many of the hopefuls celebrated mass during which they prayed for the divine guidance that is traditionally sought in making their choice.Workers use a crane to place a burgundy curtain around the doorframe of the balcony on the front of St. Peter’s Basilica where the newly elected Pope will make his first appearance to salute the cheering crowd. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)US Cardinal Sean O’Malley said in his homily that the Catholic world was “united in prayer” as the clock ticked down to the conclave, which starts tomorrow.“Let us pray that the Holy Spirit enables the Church to choose a new pope who will confirm us in our faith and make more visible the love of the Good Shepherd,” O’Malley told parishioners in Santa Maria della Vittoria church.Swept for listening devicesThe cardinals – all 115 of whom were appointed by Benedict or his predecessor John Paul II – will again invoke God’s guidance as they process solemnly into the Sistine Chapel, which will be swept for listening devices to keep would-be spies at bay.Their task is to find a pope – the 266th – strong enough to grapple with the challenges assailing the Catholic Church that proved too much for 85-year-old Benedict.His resignation – the first for 700 years – has focused attention on the need to find a leader with the energy to shape the Church’s approach to growing secularism in the West and the Islamic radicalism spreading to many parts of the globe.Cardinals have expressed a desire for a more vigorous, pastoral figure to deal with the relentless scandals over sexual abuse by paedophile priests and cover-ups by superiors that have rocked the Catholic Church.“Critics would say the most important piece of unfinished business” is cracking down on bishops who protect paedophile priests, said Vatican expert John Allen of the National Catholic Reporter.“The Vatican now has tough policies against priests who abuse, but it does not have equally tough policies for bishops,” Allen told AFP.Reform of the Roman CuriaThe cardinals also want a man who can reform the Roman Curia, the central government of the Catholic Church, which has been beset by the intrigue laid bare in documents leaked by Benedict’s butler last year.While Canadian Marc Ouellet has attracted attention as the powerful prefect of the Congregation of Bishops, Scola was greeted by a mass of photographers and cameramen when he celebrated mass in the Church of the Twelve Holy Apostles yesterday.Scola, 71, a hardliner cut from the same cloth as Benedict, the German-born arch-conservative Joseph Ratzinger, has the advantage of not being associated with the tarnished Vatican bureaucracy.The conclave, named after the Latin phrase meaning “with key”, comes eight centuries after the first lock-in, when cardinals who had dithered over their choice for nearly three years were given just bread and water until they finally made up their minds.Another leading contender, according to Italian media, is American prelate Timothy Dolan – even though the cardinal told one interviewer that anyone mentioning him as a candidate must be “smoking marijuana”.- © AFP, 2013Read: Two popes, two resignations: Benedict XVI and Celestine V‎ >More: Opinion: So much has come out to show the Vatican is dysfunctional >last_img read more

Amazon testerait déjà son Kindle Phone

first_imgAmazon testerait déjà son Kindle Phone Cette fois, c’est le Wall Street Journal qui vient étayer les rumeurs sur une prochaine sortie d’un Kindle Phone d’Amazon.Il semblerait bien qu’Amazon prépare un smartphone, comme nous l’avons indiqué il y a quelques jours. L’information a été confirmée par le Wall Street Journal qui avance même que ce téléphone serait en phase de test. D’après des fournisseurs asiatiques, le numéro un du e-commerce essayerait donc différentes configurations matérielles sur un premier prototype.Ceux-ci ont aussi révélé que le Kindle Phone entrerait en phase de production soit d’ici la fin de l’année, soit début 2013. Par ailleurs, l’appareil serait construit par Foxconn qui assemble déjà les appareils d’Apple. Il disposerait d’un écran compris entre 4 et 5 pouces. Une taille qui se rapproche du Galaxy S3 ou encore du prochain iPhone 5. Amazon entrerait donc bien sur le terrain des smartphones haut de gamme, déjà bien occupé par Samsung et Apple.Présente sur le marché des liseuses, avec la Kindle, et celui des tablettes, avec sa Kindle Fire, Amazon espère en fait élargir ses offres pour la vente de livres, de musiques et de films, via son application Store Amazon.La guerre des smartphones À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ? D’après les rumeurs évoquées par Bloomberg la semaine dernière, le constructeur américain chercherait à obtenir les droits sur certains brevets concernant les technologies employées dans les smartphones. Cela lui permettrait alors de se prémunir des procès pour violation de brevets qui ont tendance à se multiplier ces temps-ci. Le site américain relève également que le smartphone sera animé par Android, le système d’exploitation de google. Il se pourrait donc bien que le leader du e-commerce veuille contrattaquer la prochaine sortie de l’iPhone 5 et de l’iPad Mini. Ces deux appareils d’Apple seront vraisemblablement annoncés durant la prochaine keynote en octobre. En attendant, Amazon espère renouveler le succès de sa tablette 7 pouces avec la Kindle Fire 2 prévue d’ici la rentrée. Le site de ventes en ligne devra miser sur les petits prix de ses produits s’il veut se faire une place au soleil. Un peu comme il l’avait fait pour sa liseuse et sa Kindle Fire première génération.Le 12 juillet 2012 à 17:50 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Mourinho is slowly recovering Manchester United

first_imgWith another steady performance at Bournemouth, Jose Mourinho is slowly taking back Manchester United’s real level of performance.It appears that the start of the season for Manchester United is slowly turning into a thing of the past to Jose Mourinho and his players, the Red Devils proved today that they are back in a positive dynamic with their performance at Bournemouth.Pretty much all the players who had been struggling this season, were the ones who delivered on the promise that they would massively improve their game.Even Alexis Sanchez was great today and he was the most criticized player until now, we are going to have to dissect the individual performances of several players because they have completely changed the switch and they should arrive at the Manchester Derby with great confidence.The best player for United was French winger Anthony Martial, he has taken over the leading role in the team’s offensive moments and he shared it with Alexis Sanchez today.Both players had been extremely criticized this season because they didn’t start on a very good note, today’s performance was a vindication of their talent and proof that Jose Mourinho has recovered both in the team’s benefit for the rest of the season.The squad was even capable of coming back from an initial negative result, as the Cherries scored first through Wilson..@PaulPogba, @AnthonyMartial, @MarcusRashford and @LukeShaw23 are today’s #MUFC Man of the Match nominees!🗳️ Vote now in our official app:— Manchester United (@ManUtd) November 3, 2018But that goal was one of the few good moments that Bournemouth had, Manchester United dominated throughout the rest of the game and were brilliant up front with all the players who came to Vitality Stadium quite inspired.Martial was the one who scored the equalizer before halftime, he did it after Alexis Sanchez sent a cross from the right wing and struck the ball low for his goal.Getting that result wasn’t going to be an easy task for the Mancunians, they were always dangerous up front through Paul Pogba’s inspired night but the Cherries defense proved that they wouldn’t give away the result so easily.Alexis kept the role as the player who pulled back all the defenders with his movements, something that gave the rest of the strikers a little more freedom, especially during the second half as the Red Devils improved vastly thanks to Jose Mourinho’s modifications as the clock kept ticking.Jose Mourinho, Lionel MessiMourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.Pogba understood that he was going to have to keep the ball through more prolonged moments of the game, he was able to read the game and was able to lead his teammates to complete dominance during the second half.The sensation after Marcus Rashford and Ander Herrera got in the game during the final 35 minutes of the game, was that Manchester United would win the game.We’re #MUFC – we fight until the end 👊— Manchester United (@ManUtd) November 3, 2018The crucial moment of the night came until the very last minute, Manchester United never surrendered and was able to take the pressure in without letting Bournemouth breathe after every single ball they lost.The final play came from a beautiful cross that Paul Pogba got on the box with a soft elevated ball, both Martial and Rashford were waiting inside the box with many Cherries’ defenders covering them.The English forward was the lucky one who got to score the winning goal, he could strike a loose ball inside the box and buried the ball that gave Manchester United those three points that leaves them with 20 on the table and still with a great opportunity to fight for the title.With this victory, the Red Devils remain only six points behind leaders Manchester City only one week before the Manchester Derby at Etihad Stadium.However, Pep Guardiola’s side could still move 9 points past United if they beat Southampton this Sunday.It’s exciting to know that Jose Mourinho’s squad is slightly recovered from the poor form they were showing a few weeks ago, they will at least try to compete against the Citizens and maybe even get a positive result if they are lucky next week.Man. Like. Rashford. #MUFC #BOUMUN— Manchester United (@ManUtd) November 3, 2018How would you qualify Manchester Unite’s performance at Bournemouth this Saturday? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

Fire Crews Scramble to Protect Village on the Koyukuk

first_imgFire crews are defending the Koyukuk River village of Hughes from a wildfire approaching from the east.Download Audio:The Rock Fire is about 34,000 acres in size, and showed moderate fire behavior yesterday. At last report, the fire was about 2 miles away from Hughes, and on the same side of the Koyukuk River as the village.Crews conducted a burnout just to the east of Hughes to create a fire break.Public Information Officer Kale Casey at Alaska Fire Service Headquarters on Fort Wainwright says that managers and crews have had plenty of time to prepare for this situation.Casey says that the burnout operation was successful at eliminating most of the unburned fuels between Hughes and the edge of the Rock Fire, and the threat of the fire entering the village has been significantly reduced.The Hughes Fire is barely inside the western border of the Tanana Fire Management Zone, though the use of aircraft based at Tanana or Fairbanks has been limited recently by smoky skies.Casey says that at this point in the fire season, the use of aircraft to assist with firefighting operations is dependent on smoke conditions.A helicopter based at Bettles has been doing water drops on the fire and transporting crews. Any large aircraft needed to fight the fire would likely come from Fort Wainwright near Fairbanks.Over 100 people are assigned to the Hughes fires.Hughes is located about 200 miles northwest of Fairbanks. According to 2010 census data, the population is 78 people.last_img read more

Tonight AFROs First Edition with Sean Yoes Tuesday February 23

first_imgListen at WEAA Live Stream:’ll get a report on the legislative effort in Annapolis for law enforcement reform, from Dayvon Love, co-founder of Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle. Also, analysis of the impact of illegal hand guns in Baltimore and the efforts at stemming shooting violence with criminologists Natasha Pratt Harris of Morgan State University and Daniel Webster of Johns Hopkins University. Plus, Baltimore City Police Commissioner Kevin Davis and mayoral candidate, Sen. Catherine Pugh, discuss their effort to pass legislation against carrying loaded handguns. These stories and more coming up this evening on AFRO’s First Edition with Sean Yoes.last_img read more

VIDEO Giant female MMA fighter unleashes total destruction on severely undersized opponent

first_img6’0” 200 pound Brazilian Jujitsu champion Gabi Garcia was in Japan to fight in the Shoot Boxing Girl’s S-Cup. Clearly, the giant Garcia has the size mismatch in most every situation, but in today’s contest she fought a petite 50 year-old Megumi Yabushita.The result was a reign of hell fury that makes you question the sanctioning standards for this prestigious tournament. The fight is best summed up as Debo versus Red from Friday.The fight actually ended in a no decision because Garcia kicked Yabushita with a Ronaldo full volley while she was on the ground.It doesn’t take anything away from watching the highlights. Who wants some of Debo?last_img read more

Road closed and man taken to hospital following accident

first_imgGet the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailAt least one person has been taken to hospital following an accident on a road in Newcastle Borough this morning. Emergency services were called to Knutton Lane near the junction with Moran Road in Knutton at around 7am. Inrix, the traffic data company, reports slow traffic in the area – with the road reopening by 9.25am. At least two vehicles are involved – with one report suggesting three. One eyewitness said police, paramedics and firefighters were at the scene – and that one of the vehicles involved was a taxi. A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said they had been called just after 7am. Read MoreHave you seen disabled child’s stolen toy bike? He said: “Two ambulances and a paramedic officer have attended “A male in his 50s is complaining of neck and shoulder pain. He has been immobilised and taken to Royal Stoke University Hospital. “One car has rear damage and one car has front damage.” Want to keep up to date with the latest traffic and travel news?Each day Stoke-on-Trent Live journalists bring you the latest news on the roads and railways across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire, South Cheshire and further afield to help keep you on the move. For the very latest updates on roads including the M6, A500, A50 and more, visit our dedicated traffic and travel news channel here. We also run a live news feed each weekday, which you can access on our website’s homepage from 7am to 9pm from Monday to Friday. And for more as-we-get-it updates on the roads across the region and beyond, join The Sentinel’s traffic and travel Facebook group here.last_img read more

Ikonopedia Highlights Structured Breast Reporting Software Remote Installs at RSNA 2016

first_img Related Content Technology | Mammography Reporting Software | November 22, 2016 Ikonopedia Highlights Structured Breast Reporting Software Remote Installs at RSNA 2016 Company will be demonstrating reporting system with integration partner Konica Minolta 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 Technology | Breast Biopsy Systems | July 24, 2019 Fujifilm Releases Tomosynthesis Biopsy Option for Aspire Cristalle Mammography System Fujifilm Medical Systems U.S.A. Inc. recently expanded its breast imaging solutions with the launch of its… read more News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more Technology | Artificial Intelligence | July 18, 2019 Paragon Biosciences Launches Qlarity Imaging to Advance FDA-cleared AI Breast Cancer Diagnosis System Paragon Biosciences LLC announced the launch of its seventh portfolio company, Qlarity Imaging LLC, which was founded… read more November 22, 2016 — With the completion of several new installations, Ikonopedia will highlight its strong growth in 2016 at the 102nd Annual Meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA), Nov. 27-Dec. 1 in Chicago. The company will also showcase its suite of breast imaging reporting tools for screening and diagnostic modalities including mammography, ultrasound, and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in the booth of Konica Minolta, who is an integration partner.Recent installations include such sites as CareFirst Imaging in Ocala, Fla.; The Outpatient Diagnostic Center, Beaumont, Texas; Suffolk Medical Imaging, Lake Grove, N.Y.; and Medical Arts Radiology, Long Island, N.Y.Building on the successful completion of its first completely remote installation of its structured breast reporting software earlier this year, many of Ikonopedia’s recent installations have been completed remotely. Also this year, Ikonopedia successfully completed its installation at Charlotte Radiology, one of the largest mammography providers in the country.  Implementing its comprehensive suite of breast imaging software tools, the installation is designed to help streamline processes, improve reporting efficiency and optimize facility operations across the Charlotte Radiology enterprise.Installation is also underway at Medical Arts Radiology, one of the largest medical imaging practices in Long Island. Seven of Medical Arts’ nine sites have dedicated women’s imaging centers. With an active and expanding women’s imaging service, the partners recognized the need to upgrade their existing reporting system, which was outdated, labor-intensive and had potential for human error.  Barry Morgenstern, M.D., director of breast imaging at Medical Arts Radiology, said, “Ikonopedia represents the best software solution to address all of our clinical needs with a cloud-based system capable of overcoming geographical restrictions.”According to Morgenstern, the Ikonopedia features that sold the practice included enhanced patient care workflow, a user-friendly reporting interface designed by radiologists for radiologists, tablet entry of patient data by staff, integration of risk assessment tools such as Tyrer-Cuzick, and customization of reporting.Ikonopedia is a structured breast reporting and Mammography Quality Standards Act (MQSA) management system designed to dramatically improve reporting efficiency, and optimize facility operations. All findings are saved as discrete data, which allows Ikonopedia to prevent errors, maintain Breast Imaging Reporting and Data System (BI-RADS)-compliant language and automate many time-consuming processes.Ikonopedia makes it possible to eliminate laterality errors, automatically choose exam-appropriate patient letters and pull forward findings from past exams, along with many other time-saving features. Built on modern technology, Ikonopedia employs a closed-loop follow-up system to make sure that no patient can ever get lost in the shuffle of a busy clinic.For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Image courtesy of Imago Systemscenter_img News | Mammography Reporting Software | July 26, 2019 Ikonopedia Releases Automated Combined Reporting Package at AHRA Ikonopedia showcased its recently released Automated Combined Reporting package and its entire suite of structured… read more IBM collected a dataset of 52,936 images from 13,234 women who underwent at least one mammogram between 2013 and 2017, and who had health records for at least one year prior to the mammogram. The algorithm was trained on 9,611 mammograms. Image courtesy of Radiology. Feature | Artificial Intelligence | July 19, 2019 | Michal Chorev AI Models Predict Breast Cancer With Radiologist-level Accuracy Breast cancer is the global leading cause of cancer-related deaths in women, and the most commonly diagnosed cancer… read more Qlarity Imaging’s software is used to assist radiologists in the assessment and characterization of breast lesions. Imaging features are synthesized by an artificial intelligence algorithm into a single value, the QI score, which is analyzed relative to a database of reference abnormalities with known ground truth. Image courtesy of Business Wire. News | PACS | August 08, 2019 NetDirector Launches Cloud-based PDF to DICOM Conversion Service NetDirector, a cloud-based data exchange and integration platform, has diversified their radiology automation options… read more News | Breast Imaging | August 02, 2019 Volpara to Distribute Screenpoint Medical’s Transpara AI Solution Volpara Solutions and ScreenPoint Medical BV signed an agreement under which Volpara will sell ScreenPoint’s Transpara… read more Technology | Mammography Reporting Software | July 25, 2019 Hologic Partners With MagView to Develop Unifi EQUIP Solution Hologic announced a partnership with mammography information solutions provider MagView to develop Unifi EQUIP, an… read more last_img read more

New license plates will be mandatory for first group starting July 15

first_imgRelated posts:Judicial police arrest 70 suspects in alleged driver’s license fraud scheme Foreigners can pay for driver’s license directly at Roadway Safety Council offices Mandatory change of license plates begins Monday How can foreigners obtain a Costa Rican driver’s license? After several delays and confusion, a mandatory change of license plates for vehicles in Costa Rica will begin on July 15, National Registry Director Dagoberto Sibaja said on Thursday.Starting that day, all vehicles with license plates ending in 1 will be required to have new plates. Vehicle owners in that group will have until October to make the change.Plates ending with other numbers will be exchanged following a schedule (see schedule below, based on a license plate’s last digit).The National Registry began implementing a voluntary program to switch out old license plates in January 2012, but starting next month, those changes are mandatory. Drivers who obtained new plates after January 2012 are not required to change them again.The new license plates have a total of six security features including the seal, a map and the national flag of Costa Rica, as well as a unique hologram, a laser engraving and a special backlit symbol.The security features are intended to decrease counterfeiting, Sibaja said.To obtain new plates, vehicle owners must present the old ones, fill out a form and pay ₡15,000 ($30), which includes two metal plates and a sticker for the windshield.New plates for motorcycles cost ₡8,000 ($16) for one metal plate and one sticker.New vehicles registering for the first time may apply for alphanumeric license plates at a cost of ₡20,000 ($40).Exchanges can be made at the National Registry’s main facilities in the southeastern district of Zapote, at local branches in Limón, Puntarenas, Guanacaste, Alajuela, San Carlos, Pérez Zeledón and Paseo Colón, and at Bank of Costa Rica and Correos de Costa Rica branches throughout the country.Starting July 15, applications will be available online at the National Registry website, Vehicle owners may authorize third parties to exchange plates, as long as they present documents certified by a lawyer.Schedule according to the last digit of license plates:1: July-October 20132: November 2013-January 20143: February-April 20144: May-July 20145: August-October 20146: November 2014-January 20157: February-April 20158: May-July 20159: August-October 2015O: November 2015-January 2016 Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Australian seeks to overturn Guantanamo conviction

first_imgAfter his release from the U.S. base in Cuba, he spent nine months in an Australian prison and was released in December 2007. Now 38, he is married and works in the plant nursery business in Sydney.___Associated Press writer Rod McGuirk in Canberra, Australia, contributed to this report.(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Sponsored Stories In addition to vacating Hamdan’s conviction, the ruling has cast doubt on at least three other military commission convictions and has limited the overall number of Guantanamo prisoners who can be prosecuted.Hicks filed his appeal Tuesday with the U.S. Court of Military Commission Review, the first stage in appealing a Guantanamo conviction. The next step would be the same court that vacated the Hamdan conviction.A Pentagon spokesman, Lt. Col. Todd Breasseale, said a crucial difference between the Hamdan and Hicks cases is that the Australian pleaded guilty.“As part of that agreement he waived any appellate review of his conviction in exchange for a reduced sentence that he could serve in Australia and today he is free,” Breasseale said.Stephen Kenny, an Australian lawyer for Hicks, concedes the plea deal poses a challenge. “But it’s a minor factor simply because the issue is his offense did not exist in law; therefore no pretrial agreement is ever going to be valid,” he added.Hicks, a former horse trainer, admitted attending a paramilitary camp in Afghanistan that the U.S. said was run by al-Qaida and joining the Taliban in its fight against the Northern Alliance, though he says he never fired a weapon or fought against the U.S. or its allies. He says he was abused in custody in Afghanistan, on board a Navy ship, and at Guantanamo. 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center Comments   Share   Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facilitycenter_img Men’s health affects baby’s health too MIAMI (AP) – An Australian who trained with al-Qaida in Afghanistan and ended up a prisoner in Guantanamo Bay sought to walk back the plea deal that got him home, filing an appeal to overturn his terrorism conviction by a military court.David Hicks was the first Guantanamo prisoner to be convicted of war crimes, pleading guilty in March 2007 to providing material support for terrorism. The deal got him out of the U.S. base in Cuba, with most of his seven-year sentence suspended, and he was freed by the end of that year. 4 must play golf courses in Arizona New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Top Stories His lawyers have now filed an appeal on his behalf, arguing that a ruling in another Guantanamo case that struck down the charge of providing material support for terrorism should now be applied to Hicks. They say his plea deal was an involuntary act of desperation after more than five years in custody.“He literally had no choice under those circumstances,” said Wells Dixon, a lawyer with the Center for Constitutional Rights, a New York-based human rights group that has battled the government over Guantanamo since shortly after the prison opened in January 2002. “It was either plead guilty or follow through with his plan to commit suicide.”Hicks told reporters in Australia on Wednesday that the appeal is intended to help him get on with his life. “It is important, for myself and for my family and those who have supported me and had faith in me over the years,” he said. “It will help with closure and moving forward.”The appeal by Hicks is the latest fallout from an October 2012 ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia in the case of Salim Hamdan, a former driver for Osama bin Laden. The court ruled that material support for terrorism did not meet the criteria of a war crime that could be prosecuted by the military commission under the 2006 legislation that set up the special tribunal at Guantanamo.last_img read more