Opioid epidemic Pharmacists call for stricter access to lowdose codeine

first_imgREGINA — Pharmacists say it’s time for Canada to restrict access to over-the-counter codeine as the country grapples with an opioid crisis.There have been renewed calls to limit access of low-dose codeine products, including Tylenol 1 and their generic counterparts, since a pharmacy in Saskatchewan was disciplined for failing to understand how the drug can be abused.Codeine is an opiate used as a painkiller and to treat coughs but can be misused. In most of Canada, codeine comes in eight-milligram pills, mixed with two other ingredients, that can be purchased without a prescription.Saskatchewan’s College of Pharmacy Professionals recently released details of 15 charges against Dewdney Drugs, a store in Regina’s North Central neighbourhood. The pharmacy has since closed.An inspection revealed that between April 2017 and January 2018, the pharmacy purchased 1.6 million Tylenol 1 tablets.There was no report of what happened to 1.1 million of them.Matthew Manz manages a nearby pharmacy and complained about Dewdney Drugs after the store sold a patient he was treating for opioid dependency three bottles of tablets containing codeine in less than a month.Saskatchewan’s pharmacy watchdog determined codeine was that patient’s drug of choice.Manz and some other pharmacists choose not to stock Tylenol 1.“We’re in the middle of this opioid epidemic,” said Manz. “We have to be more conscious of what’s going on.”“You’re doing a harm reduction program within the pharmacy … You’re getting people off opioids, but then at the same time you’re offering over the counter opioids.“In my head it didn’t make sense.”The Canadian Pharmacists Association supports the move to prescription status. It’s also calling for Health Canada to review why low-dose codeine products are used in the first place, since evidence suggests there are better alternatives to manage pain.Barry Power, the association’s director of therapeutic content, said Canada is one of the world’s top codeine consumers.Health Canada says in 2015 more than 600 types of low-dose codeine tablets were sold.The agency is reviewing whether low-dose codeine products should be restricted to prescriptions only. Manitoba made the move in 2016.Saskatchewan’s pharmacy college, citing health risks and the drug’s effectiveness compared to non-opioid drugs, said last year that it was considering a ban on the sale of low-dose codeine,The college’s registrar says no decision has been made yet.Jeana Wendel said in an email that it’s considering a model similar to Manitoba’s, as well as better monitoring of pharmacies and harm reduction education.“Council is looking at a different approach versus an all-out ban,” she wrote.David Juurlink, a drug safety researcher in Ontario, said making the drugs available only by prescription is a no-brainer, because it would decrease access to a group of products that “causes more trouble than it solves.”He calls the recent case in Regina “clearly suspicious” and said low-dose codeine products are prone to misuse.People can get a buzz if they take enough of  them, he said.“I remember very vividly in small town Nova Scotia where I used to work, people would go from drugstore to drugstore and they’d buy 100 tablets every couple of days.”Juurlink and other medical experts say people who binge on over-the-counter codeine pills are at risk of liver poisoning from excessive levels of acetaminophen in their bodies.Rand Teed, an addictions counsellor near Regina, said cough syrup containing codeine is mixed into drinks to induce euphoria, but with it comes a high risk of overdosing.Stephanie Taylor, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

OSC gathering info on cryptocurrency trading platforms after complaints

first_imgTORONTO – The Ontario Securities Commission is gathering information on several cryptocurrency trading platforms after it received a number of complaints.The regulator says the platforms, and any businesses that allow cryptocurrencies that are securities to trade on them, may be offside securities laws.It says any platform that offers this type of trading must determine whether it is a marketplace. Marketplaces are required to comply with the rules governing exchanges or alternative trading systems.The regulator says to date, none have been recognized as an exchange, or exempted from recognition.The move by the Ontario regulator comes amid the rise of initial coin offerings, which may be used by companies as an alternative way to raise money.With little regulation, initial coin offerings have raised worries about possible financial scams.last_img read more

FDA goal to be first on devices worries former regulators

first_imgWASHINGTON — Dr. Jeffrey Shuren was adamant: The United States would never cut corners to fast-track the approval of medical devices.“We don’t use our people as guinea pigs in the U.S.,” Shuren said, holding firm as the new director of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s medical devices division.Again and again in 2011 — four times in all — Shuren was summoned before Congress. Lawmakers accused the agency of being too slow and too demanding in reviewing new devices like heart valves and spinal implants, driving U.S. manufacturers overseas where products faced less rigorous review. Each time, he pushed back.And yet the next year, Shuren and his team adopted an approach that surprised even some of his closest colleagues: The FDA would strive to be “first in the world” to approve devices it considered important to public health.The agency’s shift mirrored the talking points of the $400 billion medical device industry — a lobbying behemoth on Capitol Hill — and ushered in a series of changes that critics say have allowed manufacturers to seek regulatory approval for high-risk devices using smaller, shorter, less rigorous studies that provide less certainty of safety and effectiveness.Under Shuren, annual new device approvals have more than tripled, while warnings to device manufacturers about product safety and quality issues have fallen roughly 80 per cent, an Associated Press investigation found.The FDA says warning letters have declined because the agency is using a new approach that involves fewer warnings but more inspections to oversee companies that violate its rules.The cheaper and faster medical device approvals began despite multiple high-profile problems involving pelvic mesh, hip replacements and other implants.An AP analysis of FDA data shows that since 2012, tens of thousands of injury and death reports have been filed in connection with devices that were cleared through a streamlined pathway that minimizes clinical trial testing. The FDA’s system for reporting device problems often includes incomplete, unverified information submitted by manufacturers, physicians, lawyers and patients. Because of these limitations, it’s often unclear whether a device played any role in an injury or death.In response to questions from the AP, the FDA said its “first in the world” goal was adopted as part of a broader strategy that also focused on quickly identifying defective products to ensure U.S. devices “remain safe, effective and of high quality,” the agency added.The goal is not about a competition between countries, the FDA said, but rather a response to concerns about delays in new technologies reaching U.S. patients.Last week, the FDA announced a new goal to be “consistently first” among the world’s regulatory agencies to identify and address medical device safety issues. And on Monday, a day after a global investigation into medical device safety began publishing, the FDA proposed changes that would push manufacturers to incorporate more up-to-date technology into their devices — reforms that could take years to implement.The agency also rejected the idea that Shuren’s approach to regulation has changed over time, saying he has worked for years to improve patient safety.Still, some current and former FDA officials are worried about the ambition to be first on approvals. They include Dr. Peter Lurie, who calls the agency’s direction “an invitation to a race to the bottom for scientific standards” seemingly prompted by industry pressure. Lurie held senior posts at FDA from 2009 to 2017 and now heads the non-profit Center for Science in the Public Interest.The FDA’s medical device standards are still considered among the highest in the world. But by trying to outpace countries with less stringent requirements, Lurie said the FDA has opened the door to lowering its own standards to achieve its goal.Earlier this year, Shuren addressed a conference of medical device industry executives, each of whom paid about $1,000 to attend.Armed with dozens of PowerPoint slides, he explained how the FDA was approving more new devices in less time and credited his “north star” — the FDA’s goal to be first to approve new devices.He highlighted the agency’s new focus on “customer service,” including streamlining clinical trials.“We all know that premarket clinical trials can be very costly, very time-consuming and, in some respects, of limited value,” Shuren said.He explained that the FDA was now using easier-to-produce data to approve a variety of devices, including artery-opening stents, spinal implants and diagnostic tests.In September, the FDA began codifying a concept called “acceptable uncertainty” in draft guidelines for manufacturers. The proposal would ease pre-market testing standards for some devices, in exchange for companies conducting larger follow-up studies, even though the FDA’s own data show that many studies are not completed until five or more years after approval.The FDA said in a statement that all devices carry a level of uncertainty, even after extensive testing. It said its guidance focuses on “breakthrough” devices, where “it may be appropriate to accept a little more uncertainty,” while still meeting FDA standards.Lurie and other former regulators worry that the FDA is laying the groundwork for a “sliding scale” of medical evidence that will leave patients even more uncertain about the safety and effectiveness of devices.“This guidance is basically a ‘come hither’ to industry, inviting them to ask FDA for the lower standards of evidence,” he said.___Follow Matthew Perrone at @AP_FDAwriter___Associated Press writers Holbrook Mohr, Reese Dunklin and Meghan Hoyer contributed to this story.Matthew Perrone, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Never give up UN chief urges all who serve marking UN Day

In a video released in advance of UN Day, Mr. Guterres said that, despite the odds and obstacles, and growing inequality “we don’t give up because we know by reducing inequality we increase hope and opportunity and peace around the world.”The UN chief made clear the Organization’s determination to implement climate action, fight for human rights and the life of peace that everyone deserves to enjoy: “On United Nations Day, let us reaffirm our commitment. To repair broken trust. To heal our planet. To leave no one behind. To uphold dignity for one and all, as united nations.”UN day commemorates the anniversary of the entry into force of the UN Charter in 1945. With the ratification of this founding document by the majority of its signatories, including the five permanent members of the Security Council, the United Nations officially came into being.Between October and November, visitors to UN Headquarters can see a photo exhibition called “People on the Move,” which is being displayed in the Visitor’s Lobby of the General Assembly building, in connection with 2018 UN Day.The exhibition captures moments in time from the last seven decades of the millions of those who have, for one reason or another, become people on the move.You can find out more about the UN charter, the history of the Organization and how to visit UN headquarters in Geneva here. read more

Turf field taking shape

With the gravel foundation in place, workers have now started installing Brock’s new artificial turf field.Brock University’s artificial turf field project is in the home stretch.After weeks of moving dirt and laying down a thick foundation of gravel and drainage piping, the green turf field is now being installed.Davan Group of Puslinch, ON won the contract to build the $1.5 million field, which is being funded through the Brock University Students’ Union and a donation from an anonymous Brock alumnus.The field’s 70-foot-tall light standards were installed last week, and the first roll of turf was laid down Friday morning. After a rain storm delayed the work Friday afternoon, work continued through the weekend and now about one-third of the green turf is in place.It will still take about two weeks to finish installing the field as the turf sections have to be carefully glued together and then lines have to be cut into them. Another big step will be the installation of a massive Brock Badgers logo at centre field.The work will be completed in time for Brock’s Homecoming celebrations Sept. 18-20. The first varsity games expected to be played on the new turf will be Saturday, Sept. 19.Click here to read more about the turf field project.Click here to register for Homecoming Weekend.QUICK FACTSBrock University Artificial Turf FieldSize: 69 metres x 106 metresPainted lines: Soccer, rugby, lacrosseCost: $1.5 MillionStudent use: 7,000 playing intramural and varsity sportsBuilder: Davan Group, (Puslinch, ON)Scheduled opening: September read more

Solicitor and his wife ripped off retired vicar to fund highspending lifestyle

first_imgProsecutor Philip Standfast said: “Clare Scott must have known about the perilous state of the family’s financial circumstances and she must have known that the large sums of money transferring into and out of their joint account was being used to pay for their high spending lifestyle and did not come from her husband’s legitimate income.“It was obvious that these sums of money were the result of her husband’s criminal conduct.”As a carer for Mrs Waugh, Mrs Scott claims she made accounts of how much time she spent with her and provided receipts for her expenditure which she gave to her husband who had power of attorney over the priest’s account. He then arranged for the money to be paid to his wife.She said she did not check if the amounts tallied and said she was “extremely shocked” to learn Mr Scott had taken out tens of thousands of pounds on credit cards and ran up huge debts.“I had absolutely no idea at all what was going on with that account,” she said. “If I had known, I would have wept, just as I feel like weeping now.”Asked by the prosecutor where she thought more than £5,000 a month on credit cards was going, she said: “The mortgage, his hobbies and wine.”  Mrs Scott also told the court that her husband concealed the fact he had been sacked from his job.And insisted she knew nothing of an arrangement for the vicar to pay £300 a month towards their Volkswagen car.Giles Scott had admitted a series of fraud and theft charges in respect of Mrs Waugh and also three other elderly victims for whom he had power of attorney, as well as transferring criminal property.The case continues against Mrs Scott. All Saints Church in Brandsby, North Yorkshire, where the couple met Jane Waugh All Saints Church in Brandsby, North Yorkshire, where the couple met Jane WaughCredit:Glen Minikin A retired female priest had £230,000 stolen by a couple she met at her local church choir, who spent the money on fine wines and an extravagant lifestyle, a court heard.Jane Waugh, 78, became friends with lawyer Giles Scott and his wife Clare through their village church and she paid Mrs Scott to be her carer after her husband died.But the couple “abused the trust” the vicar had placed in them and financial problems led them to “rip off” Mrs Waugh, stealing hundreds of thousands of pounds from her. Clare denies six charges of transferring criminal propertycenter_img Mr and Mrs Scott were active in the local community of Stearsby, in North Yorkshire, but monthly overspending meant the couple’s overdraft often reached £10,000.At Teeside Crown Court, prosecutor Philip Standfast said that while Mr Scott earned £3,500 a month as a partner in the law firm Langley’s, in York, their mortgage repayments were £1,800 a month and they frequently spent £5,000 a month on credit cards.Giles Scott, 63, spent £827 on a night out in a pub, the court heard, and was withdrawing around £700 in cash on his credit card every two or three days in a month-long period in 2015.He has admitted a number of frauds and thefts against four other elderly people who had trusted him with power of attorney.However his wife, Clare, 62, denies six charges of transferring criminal property, amounting to £50,890.Mrs Scott, who also has a soft-furnishing business as well as being a carer, told the court she thought her husband was “an honourable man” and has denied any knowledge of their debts. Clare denies six charges of transferring criminal propertyCredit:Glen Minikin Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Average driver to spend €243 on petrol this month paying €13850 in

first_imgThe AA ROADWATCH has criticised the amount that road users are having to spend on petrol on diesel, saying that it “burdens business”.Despite the latest price survey having shown a slight drop in both petrol and diesel, the AA Roadwatch have calculated that a typical Irish car (covering 19,200 kilometres per year) doing typical mileage (48.2 kilometres per gallon) will result in drivers spending €243 on petrol this month, of which €138.50 is tax.Petrol now costs an average of 162 cent per litre, down one-tenth of one cent on last month, while the cost of diesel has dropped by 2.7 cent to an average of 153.8 cent.The director of consumer affairs at AA Roadwatch, Conor Faughnan, said that the prices could drop a further two cent this month.“I would not get too excited though,” he said. “Better than a move the other way but prices are still hovering around at a very high level.”Oil pricesDespite a recent sharp drop in the price of oil, the AA Roadwatch said that this does not have as big an impact on fuel prices as drivers would believe, with over 57 per cent of the price of both diesel and petrol being tax.“For a road-dependent island economy with relatively poor public transport this is altogether too much.” said Faughnan. “It burdens ordinary people and it burdens business in an ongoing anti-stimulus effect.”Read: Commuters could save thousands by ditching their cars – Bus Éireann >last_img read more

Tsipras resigns calls for snap elections

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras quit last night, calling for early elections just after completing seven months in office.Tsipras submitted his resignation to President of Democracy Prokopis Pavlopoulos and asked for the soonest election date.“I will go the president of the republic shortly to submit my resignation, as well as the resignation of my government,” Tsipras said in a televised address before meeting Mr Pavlopoulos.“I want to be honest with you. We did not achieve the agreement we expected before the January elections.”“I feel the deep ethical and political responsibility to put to your judgment all I have done, successes and failures,” he concluded.After nearly a third of SYRIZA lawmakers refused to back the program in parliament last week, Tsipras lost majority.He now hopes to return to power in a stronger position without anti-bailout rebels in his party.The election date is yet to be set but earlier reports suggested 20 September.Meanwhile, Greece will be run by a caretaker government ahead of the polls.last_img read more

Des oreilles artificielles construites grâce à limpression 3D

first_imgDes oreilles artificielles construites grâce à l’impression 3DDes médecins et bio-ingénieurs américains ont expliqué avoir fabriqué des oreilles artificielles fonctionnelles grâce à la technologie d’impression en trois dimensions (3D). Testée sur le rat, la technique utilisant des cellules souches pourrait être applicable à l’humain.Mettre au point des oreilles artificielles n’est pas nouveau. Alors que des personnes perdent chaque année une partie de leur organe suite à des accidents et que des bébés naissent parfois avec des oreilles malformées, cela fait longtemps que les médecins ont développé des techniques pour remplacer cette extrémité manquante. Néanmoins, jusqu’à présent, les oreilles artificielles étaient fabriquées avec des matériaux comme le styrofoam ou bien avec une partie des côtes du patient que les chirurgiens prélevaient. Aujourd’hui, des scientifiques ont toutefois dévoilé une toute autre méthode pour le moins inattendue qui fait appel à l’impression 3D. Celle-ci permettrait la construction d’oreilles qui ressemblent à s’y méprendre à des vraies et, surtout, qui seraient parfaitement fonctionnelles. “Ces nouvelles oreilles pourraient être la solution que la chirurgie de reconstruction cherche pour les enfants nés avec une déformation appelée microtie, qui se caractérise par une petitesse anormale des oreilles, explique le Dr Jason Spector, directeur du Laboratoire de médecine biorégénératrice et professeur adjoint de chirurgie esthétique à l’Université Cornell, à New York. Un moule créé en 3D et recouvert de cellules Pour mettre au point cette technique, Lawrence Bonassar, professeur adjoint d’ingénierie biomédicale à l’Université Cornell, co-auteur des travaux, et son équipe ont commencé par mettre au point une image numérique en trois dimensions de l’oreille d’une personne. Puis ils l’ont convertie en une véritable oreille à l’aide d’un copieur en 3D qui a permis de créer un moule à base de collagène d’origine animale. Une opération qui a pris une journée, d’après l’étude publiée dans la revue PLoS ONE. Après cela, un gel de grande densité contenant plus de 250 millions de cellules vivantes de cartilage cultivées en laboratoire, a été coulé dans le moule. Une fois, ses “oreilles” fabriquées, le moule a été retiré quelque 15 minutes plus tard, et celles-ci ont été implantées chez des animaux. Au total, les différentes opérations n’ont pas duré plus de deux jours et près de trois mois après l’implantation, les scientifiques ont constaté que les oreilles avaient généré leur propre cartilage, assez “robuste” pour remplacer le moule créé avec du collagène. Les oreilles ont alors montré un aspect très proche de celui d’une véritable oreille. C’est la première fois qu’une telle prouesse est réalisée. Une technique moins lourde que la chirurgie plastique À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?”Nous sommes excités parce que cela aidera des patients et créera potentiellement des solutions rapidement disponibles aux problèmes épineux de la chirurgie plastique”, a commenté le Dr Spector cité par le Telegraph. De plus, le recours à l’impression 3D présente plusieurs avantages parmi lesquels celui de pouvoir concevoir des oreilles de n’importe quelle taille, adaptées au patient qui en a besoin. Comme les chercheurs l’ont souligné, le meilleur moment pour implanter une telle oreille à un enfant qui présente une malformation est vers 5-6 ans. Or, à cet âge là, les oreilles ont déjà atteint 80% de la taille qu’elles auront une fois l’enfant adulte. Désormais, les chercheurs travaillent donc sur la possibilité d’utiliser des cellules de cartilage humain d’oreille, ce qui permettrait de réduire les risques de rejet. (crédits photo : Lindsay France/University Photography) Le 21 février 2013 à 17:24 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Un fossile marin aux formidables pinces en forme de ciseaux

first_imgUn fossile marin aux formidables pinces en forme de ciseauxUn scientifique britannique a découvert un lointain ancêtre des langoustes et des scorpions. Ce fossile marin vieux de 500 millions d’années a été baptisé Johnny Depp en raisons de ces pinces. En forme de ciseaux, elles rappellent le personnage interprété par l’acteur dans le film Edward aux mains d’argent.Le Kooteninchela deppi appartient à un groupe d’arthropodes appelé Mégacheira, “grandes mains” en grec ancien. Il a notamment donné naissance aux scorpions, mille-pattes, insectes et autres crabes que nous pouvons observer aujourd’hui.David Legg, de l’Imperial College de Londres, a découvert le spécimen fossile de quatre centimètres. Le chercheur suppose qu’il s’agissait d’un chasseur ou d’un charognard. Ceci expliquerait la présence de grandes pinces pourvues d’épines allongées. Ces dernières lui auraient permis de capturer ses proies ou de fouiller les fonds marins à la recherche des petites créatures.L’Edward aux mains d’argent des fossiles”Lorsque j’ai vu la paire de pinces dans les fossiles de cette espèce, je n’ai pas pu m’empêcher de penser à Edward aux mains d’argent. Même le nom de Kooteninchela est une référence à ce film car chela est le terme latin pour pinces ou ciseaux”, explique David Legg dans un communiqué. Le chercheur qui confie, par ailleurs, être fan de Johnny Depp.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Alors, “quelle meilleure façon de rendre hommage à cet homme que de l’immortaliser en tant que créature ancienne qui sillonnait les mers jadis ?”, ajoute le chercheur, qui ne manque pas d’humour. Il évoque ainsi la longue descendance du  Kooteninchela deppi en ces termes : “Imaginez un peu : les crevettes recouvertes de mayonnaise dans votre sandwich, l’araignée qui grimpe sur votre mur, et même la mouche qui se cogne à la vitre sont toutes des descendantes de Kooteninchela deppi” ! (Crédits photo : Journal of Paleontology) Le 18 mai 2013 à 12:03 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

The Best Buddies In Science Fiction

first_img Netflix Axes ‘The OA’ Sci-Fi Series After 2 Seasons‘Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’ Becomes Mostly Harm… Stay on target With Solo in theaters now, we decided to focus on one of the freebooting smuggler’s less famous qualities: his deep friendship with his Wookie co-pilot Chewbacca. The duo formed what was arguably one of science fiction’s first bromances, traveling across the galaxy having adventures together. It’s pretty much impossible to think of one without the other – or at least it was before The Force Awakens.Close friendships are at the core of some of our favorite sci-fi movies, TV shows, and comics. It’s that essential humanity that keeps stories of spaceships and alternate dimensions relatable and interesting to us, and just about all of us can relate to having a bestie that will always stick by us no matter what. In honor of Han, Chewie and the rest, here’s our trip through some of science fiction’s best buddies.Sam Beckett and Al CalavicciWhen you’re unmoored from your timeline and find yourself unstoppably hopping into other people’s bodies, it pays to have a friend along for the ride. While Al only appeared in holographic form to Sam during the run of Quantum Leap, he helped anchor him not only to his real life in the present day but also gave him essential historical context for where he wound up. Al’s womanizing nature and sardonic humor offset Sam’s confusion and desire to make things right, and it’s hard to imagine one without the other. One episode did, though, with Sam causing Al’s death and suddenly having a new holographic companion, but the status quo was quickly restored.Cable & DeadpoolSuperhero comics aren’t strictly sci-fi but Cable is a time-traveling cyborg so we’ll allow it. A classic “odd couple” friendship, Cable is one of Marvel’s most self-serious characters, a grim and tortured soul who always seems to be making hard choices to save mutant-kind. Deadpool, on the other hand, is a fourth wall breaking smartass with an overtaxed healing factor. The only thing they have in common is that they were both created by Rob Liefeld. Somehow, their unlikely friendship has become a key pillar of X-Men canon, with Wade tagging along on some of Cable’s most merciless missions to keep him grounded.William Adama and Saul TighSometimes it just takes one moment to forge a bond. William Adama and Saul Tigh were first introduced during a bar fight, and the pair became fast friends and shipmates in the Colonial Fleet. Adama was integral in keeping Tigh’s temper under control, and their philosophies clash but complement each other, with Adama’s humanism balancing Tigh’s logical calculus. Of course, everything changes after it’s revealed that Tigh is actually one of the original nine humanoid Cylons, acting as a sleeper agent in human form. But the friendship is so strong that even as Tigh has visions of himself shooting Adam through the head, he stays loyal and even volunteers to be vented out an airlock rather than betray the fleet.Marcus Fenix and Dom SantiagoGears Of War is, of course, a game about shooting and chainsawing hordes of aliens in visceral glee, but it’s also a game about true friendship between two bros. Marcus Fenix and Dom Santiago have been friends since elementary school, and the pair stayed close even after Marcus was convicted of dereliction of duty after the Battle of Ephyra. In fact, Dom was the one who broke him out and recruited his pal into Delta Squad, where they fought the Locust together over multiple games until his sacrifice during the Mission to Mercy. The pair’s easy repartee belies the intense situations they find themselves in, adding the human touch that the games desperately need.Willis E. Davidge and Jeriba ShiganThe line between enemies and friends can be a thin one, as evidenced by 1985 film Enemy Mine, one of our favorite underrated classics. When Earth pilot Davidge and alien Shigan dogfight over an uninhabited world, they both crash-land and have to depend on each other for survival. A sci-fi story that’s all about the power of friendship is a pretty unusual take, but the twists don’t stop there as the hermaphroditic Shigan turns out to be pregnant and gives birth, leaving his new son to Davidge’s care. Some of the strongest bonds are forged in the fires of adversity, and this buddy story is a potent illustration of that maxim.Julian Bashir and Elim GarakYou know we had to touch on Trek at least once in this thing, and that franchise is just full of deep, abiding friendships. We could spend a whole article just on Kirk / Spock, but instead, I decided to go to the well with DS9, and the perplexing pairing of Dr. Julian Bashir and spy turned tailor Elim Garak. The pair both came from circumstances, with Bashir’s parents subjecting him to genetic engineering to improve his intelligence, and when they met on DS9, they bonded in a relationship that was sometimes adversarial and remarkably tender. Behind the scenes, both actors made the choice to portray the characters as subtly LGBTQ, but that attraction was never publicly acknowledged by the show.Klaatu and GortWhen you’re making first contact with a potentially dangerous alien race, it’s important to bring a buddy along. Klaatu in the 1951 sci-fi classic The Day The Earth Stood Still is lucky to have his good buddy Gort, the massive featureless robot, at his back when superstitious humans put a bullet in him upon his arrival to our dumb planet. In fact, it turns out that Gort was created to keep the peace among all of the known universe’s species, and the pair is on Earth to warn us that our continued atomic aggression might result in a quick wipe-out if we don’t get our act together.Garrus and ShepardThe Mass Effect games are as famous for their intense interpersonal (and sometimes romantic) relationships as they are for their space-spanning adventures. It’s hard to pick just one partnership over the others, but there’s something very pure about the bond between Captain Shepard and the Turian Garrus Vakarian. Garrus is a gifted warrior who cares deeply about the honor of his people. One of his best moments comes in the second game, when Shep goes to recruit the vigilante Archangel and he turns out to be Garrus in disguise, fighting crime because he wanted to follow Shepard’s example. The scene in Mass Effect 3 where they bond over popping beverage cans with sniper rifles is also pretty sweet.Yuri and KeiClose friendships aren’t a male-only thing. Look no further than the two bounty hunter stars of manga The Dirty Pair. Yuri and Kei are Trouble Consultant team 234, tasked with all manner of missions that usually end up in extreme property damage. The duo are perfect compliments to each other, with hot-headed Kei favoring big guns and dumb lunks and Yuri specializing in hand-to-hand combat and classy gentlemen. Their adventures have extended to light novels, anime, and American comics and there just isn’t having one of the Pair without the other.Rocket and GrootFriendships can take many forms, and the ever-shifting bond between Rocket (he’s not technically a raccoon, so stop calling him that) and his tree-beast companion Groot is a great example. When we first meet them in Guardians of the Galaxy, they’re basically equals, but after Groot sacrifices himself to stop Ronan the Accuser and protect his friends, he reverts to a baby-like form and Rocket becomes more of a parent figure. That happens all the time in real-world friendships as well – things shift and change as one side or the other gains prominence, but the closeness at the core always remains.Ratchet & ClankMost human/robot partnerships are pretty lopsided, but the titular duo of the Ratchet & Clank franchise manage to keep things even. Catlike mechanic Ratchet meets defective robot Clank after he flees the factory and learns about a plot to destroy inhabited planets to build a new one for the corrupt Blarg. Over 15 years, the pair has teamed up for numerous adventures and also anchored their own solo games. The mark of a truly great friendship is covering each other’s weak points, and that’s what these two do best with Ratchet handling the running and gunning and Clank using his computer brain to control other robots and solve puzzles.center_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

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Shaqiri asks for respect

first_imgThe Liverpool winger won six titles while he was with the German Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich but he got demoted with Stoke, something that marked his careerXherdan Shaqiri has won it all, from a national league to the UEFA Champions League, and the FIFA Club World Cup.But the Liverpool winger still remembers his worst defeat ever: getting demoted with Stoke from the English Premier League to the Championship.“Being relegated with Stoke was a very bad experience for the club and for me and I hope they can come back quickly. But despite what happened there, I am a Champions League winner. I think that deserves respect,” he was quoted by Sky Sports.“People should remember where I played before, the qualities I have, and what I have achieved in the game.”rb leipzig, bayern munichReport: Bayern are held by Leipzig George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Bayern Munich was held to another draw, this time by RB Leipzig.Bayern Munich finds themselves in the unfamiliar position of sitting third in the…“I played for one of the biggest teams in the world in Munich and again I am playing for one of the big clubs,” he commented.“So I don’t feel any pressure from the Liverpool shirt.”“When I go back to Munich, the fans show me that I am loved. I want it to be the same here. Why not a second time?” he added.“I think I am settled now and showing my best form.”last_img read more

Decades of pollution from Mexico is causing environmental issues

first_img Updated: 5:28 PM May 20, 2019 Decades of pollution from Mexico is causing environmental issues Posted: May 20, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, center_img KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – After decades of pollution coming from Mexico, the environmental issue continues.KUSI’s Dan Plante looks into the tons of plastic coming from “Goat Canyon” that is contaminating our state parkslast_img read more

LETTER TO THE EDITOR Family Thanks Wilmington Police Fire As Kevin Burke

first_imgLeft to Right: Dave Bradbury, Bob Woods, Kevin Burke & Tom CeresLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedGoFundMe Page Set Up For Wilmington 21-Year-Old Severely Injured In AccidentIn “Community”POLICE LOG for August 2: Vehicle Damages Roadway; Police Called Over Suspicious BehaviorIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for June 19: Fire Dept. Delayed By Train When Responding To Crash; Duck Flew Into House; Turtle Stuck In PoolIn “Police Log” Dear Editor,On Wednesday, May 30, after 74 days at both Mass General Hospital and Spaulding Rehab, our gentle giant, Kevin Burke, has returned home.On Saturday, March 17, Kevin suffered a traumatic brain injury due to an ATV accident. With the immediate response from the Wilmington Fire Department and Wilmington Police Department and their incredible level of care, they were able to stabilize Kevin and transport him quickly to Mass General where he was in ICU and endured many surgeries to stabilize his brain injury.Upon leaving ICU at MGH, he was transported to Spaulding and received Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy and Speech Therapy and continually amazed everyone that worked with him daily.Thanks to the level of care he received by the WFD/WPD, MGH Neuro Team and Spaulding, Kevin returned home to this incredible community Wednesday seated in the front of Engine 3 with some firefighters that saved his life that March afternoon.We will forever be thankful for their services and the tremendous job they did for Kevin back in March and the Welcome Home they gave him. A special THANK YOU to Bob Woods and Tom Ceres from the WFD and Dave Bradbury from WPD, you certainly made Kevin’s day!Sincerely,Nancy SullivanPhoto & Video of Kevin returning home with some of the first responders who saved his life:last_img read more

Fairbanks marijuana club treads carefully forward

first_img(Creative Commons photo by Brett Levin)Fairbanks first marijuana business has been open for just over a month. “The Higher Calling” – or THC – is one of several so called “clubs” in the state that have arisen since voter’s passage of a marijuana legalization initiative in 2014.Download AudioClubs like Fairbanks’ “The Higher Calling” do not sell marijuana. The Higher Calling’s co-owner Megan Mooers describes her downtown area business as a private club for cannabis enthusiasts.“Membership allows you use of the building to bring your own cannabis products to use or smoke,” Mooers said.Mooers says the club, which offers coffee, snacks and a game room, signed up 130 paying members in its first month of operation.Mooers’ husband and business partner Marcus Mooers says the club does not allow synthetic marijuana or alcohol on premises, and is being very careful about how the operation is run.“We recognize that we are the flagship cannabis business for all of the North Star Boroughs,” he said. “While we’re doing a lot to try to make our members happy and to help the community realize that it’s OK for them, it’s legal now, it’s OK to come out and consume and even say that you smoke marijuana or consume marijuana, we also want to make sure that we’re really respectful to the community and the neighborhood.”Mooers says that includes measures taken in light of the club’s proximity to a day care facility.“We’ve kept our signage to a minimum; we tailored our hours to sort of be alternate to the daycare there,” he said. “We are, out of respect for the community, trying to look around and see what other options we have to possibly move the club to a different location.”Marijuana clubs are not currently covered by local or state regulations, which are focused on commercial marijuana cultivation, processing, testing and retail sale. Megan Mooers says they are ready to comply if things change.“There’s debate on whether there will be licensing for private clubs,” she said. “If so, then we’ll be applying for a license for that.”Alaska Marijuana Control Board executive Director Cindy Franklin says the panel recognizes the need for public places to consume marijuana, but considers clubs operating in their current unlicensed, unregulated form, illegal, adding that the state board has yet to address the issue.last_img read more

Both sides want to score from talks even minimally

first_imgPrime minister Sheikh Hasina, Kamal HossainDespite records of failure in political dialogue, the Awami League and the new opposition coalition of Jatiya Oikya Front are holding talks at the prime minister’s official residence on Thursday evening.However, sources in the two sides say, they really want to score politically, be it minimum, by joining the dialogue at a critical juncture before the national elections.The dialogue has now been focus of all political calculations though the ruling party remains apparently rigid about key demands and the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), a key component of the Front, cautious rather than enthusiastic.The letter given by Jatiya Oikya Front (National Unity Front) leader Kamal Hossain to AL president, prime minister Sheikh Hasina, created the platform, followed by the response from the head of the government.The BNP side said they would join talks to see acceptance of the seven-point demand for holding the election, while the AL camp has indicated no concession to key demands such as resignation of the government, formation of poll-time administration and dissolution of parliament before polls.However, Kamal Hossain said, “We believe in dialogue and we are doing it in national interests.”Prime minister Sheikh Hasina will lead a 22-member delegation of the 14-party alliance in the talks while Kamal Hossain will lead a 16-member team inclusive of BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir.last_img read more

ECs bias towards AL exposed BNP

first_imgBNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi. Prothom Alo File PhotoBNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi on Wednesday alleged that the election commission’s biased role is getting exposed gradually with its activities to ‘ensure the ruling party’s victory’.”The election commission is resorting to various tricks and strategies as it probably wants to ensure the ruling party’s victory, even before the election. They staged a dress rehearsal of it through revoking huge nomination papers during the scrutiny,” he said.Speaking at a press conference at the party’s Naya Paltan central office, the BNP leader also said the EC only scrutinised the nomination papers of the BNP and Awami League’s rebel and independent runners, not the ruling party’s.Rizvi also alleged returning officers declared valid the nomination papers of Awami League candidates as per a list provided by prime minister’s adviser HT Imam without scrutinising those.He alleged that the EC, led by KM Nurul Huda, is working as per the plan of the ruling party to hold a one-sided general election.Rizvi said the EC is going to issue a notice asking the candidates to submit the lists of their polling agents before them. “It’s part of a blueprint so that a new drive can be launched against our activists seeing the lists as we saw such a situation during the city polls.”The BNP leader said the commission is taking all the steps in support of the ruling party while it has no move to ensure a level-playing field.Speaking at the press conference, BNP vice chairman Hafizuddin Ahmed said the country is heading towards a ‘farcical and dangerous’ election under a partisan government and the election commission.He said though the electioneering will start on 10 December, their leaders and activists cannot go to their areas due to arrest and harassment by the law enforcers.The BNP leader said they repeatedly urged the chief election commissioner to create a congenial atmosphere, but he did not take any step in this regard.He said the EC neither transferred the officials of the police and administration nor recovered illegal and legal arms after the announcement of the election schedule as per the tradition.”These arms will be used against the leaders and activists of BNP and other opposition parties. So, time has come to rethink whether we should participate in such an election. We may lose our many activists in the days to come while many others may get maimed,” Hafiz added.last_img read more

Another Subarnachar gang rape accused surrenders

first_imgAnother accused in a case filed over the ‘gang rape’ of a woman in Subarnachar upazila surrendered before the court on Thursday, reports UNB.Judge Nobanita Guha of the Cognisance Court-2 denied bail to the accused, Helal alias Ripon, 23, son of Jasim Uddin of Uttar Bayga village, and sent him to jail when he turned up, said inspector (investigation) of Char Jabbar police station Ibrahim Khalil, also investigation officer of the case.The IO also said he sought a seven-day remand for four other accused — Bechu Majhi, Raihan, Arman and Rubel — in the case while the court will pass its order on Sunday.On Wednesday, the key accused in the case Bechu Majhi surrendered before the same court.Police have so far arrested five of the eight FIR-named accused while two others surrendered before the court.Meanwhile, Bangladesher Samajtantrik Dal (Marxist) formed a human chain in the district town of Maizdee demanding exemplary punishment of the culprits.According to the case statement, the victim, a mother of six, was ‘gang-raped’ while her husband was tied to a banana tree at the Uttar Bagya village on 31 March reportedly following a dispute over voting for the post of upazila vice chairman during upazila parishad polls.Later, the victim’s husband filed a case with Char Jabbar police station, accusing 12 people, including four unnamed ones.last_img read more

Rumor First Doctor To Return for Christmas Special

first_img Another day, another Doctor Who rumor: British tabloid The Mirror tipped the wibbly-wobbly, timey-wimey return of the First Doctor this Christmas.David Bradley will reportedly reprise his role as William Hartnell’s Time Lord during the annual holiday special.Hartnell joined the show, originally pitched as a children’s series, in 1963; he played the titular character for three years until his deteriorating health and poor relations with the production team ultimately led to his departure in 1966.The London-born actor was twice fictionalized: first as a character in Doctor Who audio drama Pier Pressure, starring Sixth Doctor Colin Baker; and again in 2013 TV movie An Adventure in Space and Time about the creation of Doctor Who, in which he was portrayed by Bradley.Perhaps best known as Hogwarts’ cantankerous caretaker in the Harry Potter films, Bradley also appeared in 2012 episode “Dinosaurs on a Spaceship,” alongside the Eleventh Doctor, Amy, Rory, and Rory’s dad.And he may return to the Whoniverse later this year, as the First and Twelfth Doctors must “work together to save home planet Gallifrey by moving it to another dimension,” according to The Mirror.David Bradley as First Doctor William Hartnell in “Adventures in Space and Time” (via BBC America)“David was convincing as Hartnell [in An Adventure in Space and Time], it’s exciting he’s back,” the paper said, citing an “insider.”The BBC has remained mostly mum about season 10—the last for star Peter Capaldi and producer Steven Moffat, who already teased the return of a previous incarnation of the Master.If John Simm can wreak havoc alongside Michelle Gomez’s Missy, why shouldn’t a dead Doctor have another go at the TARDIS?“Four years ago [in the 50th anniversary special “The Day of The Doctor”] it took all the previous Doctors to save Gallifrey, so maybe some of the others will also pop up in Capaldi’s swansong,” The Mirror‘s anonymous source said.“It’s great that the First Doctor will be there to help out during those all-important regeneration moments,” they continued, hinting that the now-infamous close-up shot of Capaldi’s eyes in “The Day of the Doctor” was actually “the start of his own regeneration.”Like I said: wibbly-wobbly, timey-wimey.While fans should probably take these rumors with a pretty big grain of salt, they’re not entirely farfetched. After all, it does sound like a great way for Moffat to tie up loose ends before handing Doctor Who off to showrunner-in-wait Chris Chibnall.Stream all of Doctor Who now for free with your Amazon Prime membership. Stay on target HBO Max Scores Exclusive ‘Doctor Who’ Streaming RightsJo Tro Do Plo Plo No: ‘Doctor Who’ Welcomes Back Familiar Monster last_img read more