Tourism Minister Announces Initiatives to Increase Airlift Out of Europe

first_imgRelatedTourism Minister Announces Initiatives to Increase Airlift Out of Europe FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Minister of Tourism, Edmund Bartlett, has said that initiatives are being pursued to increase airlift to Jamaica, particularly out of Europe.The Tourism Minister, who held discussions with airline partners at a travel trade show in Berlin recently, pointed out that an increase in airlift out of Europe will significantly impact visitor arrivals.“Much of the deficiencies we have had out of Europe and elsewhere have been as a result of the inadequacy of airlifts from those areas,” he told journalists at his office in Kingston recently, where he provided an update on the visit.The plan, he said, is to “get more air service agreements so that we can have the impact of open skies arrangements having its effects here in Jamaica in a very strong way.”He informed that critical connections have been made with Air Berlin and Lufthansa to feed from most of the gateways across Europe and condor into Jamaica. “We are looking at three flights weekly from Madrid in Spain and two weekly from Portugal,” the Minister added.He said also that negotiations have taken place for airlift services from Lisbon in Portugal via Florida to Montego Bay.The Minister noted that Portugal and Spain are the strong growth areas in Europe that have impacted significantly on the overall visitor arrivals for 2007 with 248 and 140 per cent increases, respectively. Minister Bartlett highlighted that discussions have also started with tour operators in Italy to increase airlift to correct the decline in arrivals from that area to Jamaica.As it relates to other airline routes, the Minister noted that American Airlines has announced an additional flight out of Fort Lauderdale and will soon introduce flights out of Dallas. “We continue to work with Continental Air, Delta, and all the major airlines coming out of the North American gateway, so as to strengthen our airlift capacity and to ensure that we are able to bring the traffic here,” the Minister informed.Meanwhile, the Tourism Minister announced the restructuring of Jamaica Vacations Limited (JAMVAC) and noted that the entity “will be charged with the responsibility of maintaining the air link support that we have and negotiate new airlift supports with other carriers.” Tourism Minister Announces Initiatives to Increase Airlift Out of Europe UncategorizedMarch 27, 2008 Advertisementscenter_img RelatedTourism Minister Announces Initiatives to Increase Airlift Out of Europe RelatedTourism Minister Announces Initiatives to Increase Airlift Out of Europelast_img read more

Research demonstrates Parsortix workflow for culturing circulating tumour cells for in-vitro drug testing

first_img Menopause to become the next game-changer in global femtech solutions industry by 2025 WHO tri-regional policy dialogue seeks solutions to challenges facing international mobility of health professionals By EH News Bureau on April 25, 2018 The research was undertaken by the Robert H Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Centre and the Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, Chicago (Northwestern)Unique capabilities of ANGLE’s Parsortix system address a key aim of precision medicine to test drugs outside the patient to determine which drugs will benefit the patient Work highlights another major opportunity for the use of ANGLE’s Parsortix system in breast cancer post FDA clearanceANGLE plc, a liquid biopsy company, announced that results presented by one of the leading US cancer centres at the American Association for Cancer Research conference (AACR) 2018, in Chicago have demonstrated a workflow for culturing circulating tumor cells (CTCs) using ANGLE’s ParsortixTM system. The research undertaken by the Robert H Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Centre and the Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, Chicago (Northwestern) has developed an optimised workflow for the recovery and culturing of CTCs from a simple blood test to produce an effective ex-vivo culture (cells growing outside the patient) of the individual patient’s cancer cells.The team of investigators led by Dr Massimo Cristofanilli focussed on demonstrating the capability to interrogate and test cancer cells collected from patients with advanced breast cancer. This was only possible because the epitope-independent (does not use antibodies) patented microfluidic process used by the Parsortix system for CTC enrichment harvests undamaged living CTCs, which can then be cultured. Reportedly, this is the first time that an optimised workflow has been presented to culture CTCs ex-vivo. This has been a goal of many research groups for some time but has not been achievable because the methods of CTC isolation used yield low numbers of only partially purified CTCs that are fixed before isolation (hence killed), damaged during the cell purification process, or irreversibly immobilised on an adherent matrix.The Parsortix system neatly avoids all these problems providing a simple reproducible way to harvest CTCs that can be cultured. This is another example of the use of CTCs harvested using the Parsortix system, which cannot be addressed using ctDNA. Previous culturing of CTCs harvested from leukapheresis (transfusion of blood out and back into the body taking up to an hour) product using Parsortix has been reported but this is the first time it has been achieved from a simple blood test. Northwestern tested their ex-vivo culture workflow on 16 metastatic breast cancer patients. A single 7.5ml EDTA blood tube was drawn from a simple blood test for each patient. In every patient (100 per cent), the Parsortix system yielded viable CTCs that could be developed into an ex-vivo culture. The number of CTCs harvested using the Parsortix system was significantly higher than has been reported with other systems and ranged from 300 to 17,250 CTCs per patient. The CTCs were then successfully cultured over a three week period at which time the DNA was isolated and purified. The CTCs in culture retained their morphology and expanded 3.5 – 5.5 fold in week one, and then 9.5 – 22.5 fold in week two yielding as many as 100,000 cancer cells within 14 days thus providing sufficient DNA for a wide range of multiple analyses to be undertaken.Northwestern’s poster presentation to AACR 2018 is entitled “A novel ex vivo culture workflow to enrich and expand circulating tumor cells (CTCs) from patients with Stage III/IV Breast Cancer (BCa) (LB-370)”. Consequently a non-invasive method to provide a series of ex-vivo cultures of the patient’s cancer cells for organoids development and in-vitro drug testing enables the changing patterns of drug susceptibility in individual patients to be monitored as their tumours acquire new mutations. This would enable the patient to receive the right drug at the right time, improving outcomes for patients and avoiding wasted resources on drugs, which are ineffective. Professor Massimo Cristofanilli, MD Associate Director, Translational Research – Robert H Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Centre, Northwestern University, commented, “The ability to recover, culture and interrogate cancer cells expands our possibility to advance precision medicine in breast cancer patients. We believe that the optimisation of the workflow utilising the Parsortix system to produce ex-vivo cultures of CTCs is already opening up a new frontier in the management of breast cancer, by allowing the testing of treatments in a ‘predictive in vitro system’ truly representative of the patient’s disease and improving our ability to select agents and predict efficacy. Widely adopted, this approach has the potential to transform the way we treat cancer patients.”Andrew Newland, ANGLE Founder and Chief Executive, commented, “This is the first time that CTCs have been successfully cultured direct from a Parsortix processed whole blood sample. This work is highly encouraging for ANGLE. Firstly every metastatic breast sample analysed yielded a large number of CTCs, which is a positive sign for our FDA study. Secondly, Northwestern has achieved something that many other Centres before them have failed to do, which is to produce an optimised workflow for reproducibly growing the CTCs. This approach is potentially applicable for every metastatic breast cancer patient and provides another clear high value application for ANGLE’s Parsortix system.” Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals releases first “Comprehensive Textbook of COVID-19” Phoenix Business Consulting invests in telehealth platform Healpha Related Posts Sharecenter_img MaxiVision Eye Hospitals launches “Mucormycosis Early Detection Centre” The missing informal workers in India’s vaccine story Read Article Heartfulness group of organisations launches ‘Healthcare by Heartfulness’ COVID care app Research demonstrates Parsortix workflow for culturing circulating tumour cells for in-vitro drug testing News last_img read more

Man Runs from Police on 4-Wheeler

first_img WhatsApp Man Runs from Police on 4-Wheeler Facebook By Carl Stutsman – October 16, 2019 0 273 Twitter Pinterest WhatsApp Facebook Google+ Twitter Google+ (Source: License: A Lagrange County Deputy started chasing after Jacob Arnold of Avilla, after he nearly hit them head on while driving his ATV.The chase itself went off-road going through a bean field on CR 700 S and eventually a swampy area when the suspect got stuck and tried to run on foot. Sheriffs then deployed a drone and found him not far away.His charges include resisting law enforcement, possession of meth, possession of paraphernalia, driving while suspended, and OWI. He also was wanted on a warrant out of Noble County.You can read more here with ABC 57 News Pinterest IndianaLocalNews Previous articleMishawaka’s annual leaf pick-up program starts Monday, Oct. 28Next articleBHAS Board Votes in New Member Carl Stutsmanlast_img read more

Northeast Johnson County morning roundup

first_imgShawnee Mission Health photo via Facebook.Shawnee Mission Health earns five-star rating from Centers for Medicare & Medicaid. Merriam-based Shawnee Mission Health was the only hospital in the Kansas City area to earn a five-star rating from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. CMS uses data from seven categories, including mortality, patient experience and timeliness, to develop the star rankings. Just 2.2 percent of the 4,600 hospitals included in the survey earned a five-star designation.Ousely calls for resignation of Department of Children and Families secretary. Merriam Rep. Jarrod Ousely and Wichita Rep. Jim Ward on Wednesday called for the resignation of Kansas Department of Children and Families Secretary Phyllis Gilmore after the results of a legislative audit of the department found serious deficiencies. “The findings of the report are chilling,” Ousely said in a release. “Kansas children deserve better. I will continue to fight to fix DCF for the benefit of every child placed in their care.” [State audit: DCF fails to ensure safety of children in foster care — Kansas City Star]Mission police hosting car seat safety check Saturday. Mission police will be on hand at the Mission Farm and Flower Market this Saturday, July 30, to offer free car seat installation inspections between 8 a.m. and noon. To have your seat inspected, make an appointment by calling 913-676-8300 ext. 8857 or emailing the department here.Northeast Johnson County morning roundup is brought to you by Twisted Sisters Coffee Shop on Johnson Drive. For updates on the latest blends and specialty drinks available, follow them on Facebook.last_img read more

Ranieri wants Mitrovic to keep taking Fulham penalties

first_imgClaudio Ranieri has backed Aleksandar Mitrovic to take Fulham’s next penalty despite the Serbia striker missing from the spot in Sunday’s 2-1 FA Cup loss to Oldham.AdChoices广告Mitrovic failed to convert a penalty before League Two side Oldham stole a late winner to stun their Premier League hosts at Craven Cottage.The former Newcastle player proved Fulham’s hero when netting a last-gasp winner in the 1-0 home victory over Huddersfield on December 29.Aboubakar Kamara defied team orders to take – and miss – a penalty only for Mitrovic to save the day against the Terriers.Ranieri conceded Mitrovic missing on his very next penalty opportunity proved rotten bad luck – but nothing more.“I wanted Aleksandar to take the penalty,” said Ranieri.“He’s our penalty taker and it was just unfortunate that he missed, especially after what happened previously.“But I will definitely back him to take the next one. I have no problems with that, or Aleksandar.”Denis Odoi put Fulham ahead after a goalless first half, only for the hosts to fail to wrap up what should have proved a routine victory.Instead Sam Surridge equalised from a penalty of his own, before Mitrovic failed with his spot-kick.And then at the death Callum Lang powered home a header to stun Fulham and spark jubilant on-field and touchline celebrations from a delirious Oldham contingent.A frustrated Ranieri must now pick up his Fulham side for Saturday’s crucial Premier League relegation scrap at Burnley.The Italian handed starting berths to a string of fringe players and will no doubt restore his regular XI at Turf Moor.“I gave chances to players but they missed the chance,” said Ranieri. “I didn’t see the passion, or the desire. I only saw passion and desire from Oldham.” Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook See also:Mitrovic misses penalty as Fulham crash outRanieri accuses players of lacking desireFulham star Sessegnon told to be ‘more nasty’last_img read more

Liverpool 2-1 Southampton: Sturridge strike sees off plucky Saints

first_imgLiverpool got their 2014/15 Premier League season off to a winning start with a 2-1 win against Southampton at Anfield, but it was a close run thing.Goals from Raheem Sterling and a winner from Daniel Sturridge sandwiched a Saints equaliser from Nathaniel Clyne, as the visitors put in an impressive performance, if not one good enough to claim a share of the points.Over 90 minutes Liverpool’s Simon Mignolet was the busier of the two goalkeepers, but the first real opportunity of note fell to the home side.It came after 20 minutes, when Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho found himself in space on the left-hand side of the box, but sent a tame effort straight into the hands of Saints shot stopper Fraser Forster.The Reds scored 100 Premier League goals last season and they soon found their shooting boots.A delightful left-foot pass from Jordan Henderson released Raheem Sterling, who side-footed past Forster on 23 minutes. Henderson enjoyed a much improved campaign last time out, and he showed both sides of his game in the build up to the goal, battling to win possession, then unleashing a through-ball that dissected the Saints’ defence, allowing the pacey Sterling to bear down on goal. The 19-year-old displayed maturity beyond his years, with a composed finish to make it 1-0.Southampton may have lost three players to Liverpool over the summer, but they were in no mood to lie down and lose without a fight at Anfield. The visitors took three points on Liverpool’s turf last season, and served warning that they were up for the challenge when a cross-cum-shot free-kick from James Ward-Prowse, which was heading for the top right corner, was just kept out by Liverpool’s Simon Mignolet.One minute into added time at the end of the first half, Mignolet was called into action again, when he tipped over a dangerous long range effort from Morgan Schneiderlin.Liverpool probably deserved to be ahead at the break, and nearly doubled their lead in the last attack of the first half when Forster parried a Sterling shot, but at 1-0 it was still very much game on.Whatever Saints boss Ronald Koeman said at half-time, his team came out for the second half in positive fashion and soon had Liverpool under pressure.On 55 minutes the visitors got the reward their efforts deserved, when Nathaniel Clyne rifled the ball into the top right hand corner of Mignolet’s goal. Clyne played a one-two with Serbian Dusan Tadic, who was closely marked by former Saints defender Dejan Lovren. Tadic took Lovren out of the equation with a clever backheel and the Saints’ marauding defender burst on to the return pass to level matters in front of a silenced Kop.It should have been 2-1 to the away team seven minutes later, when a lovely passing move from Southampton culminated in a ball across the box to Steven Davis, who found himself with plenty of space.The Saints midfielder opted for precision, but only side-footed a weak shot that Mignolet was able to save with ease.It was a moment everyone connected with Southampton will go to bed thinking about tonight, because that near miss seemed to wake up a slumbering Liverpool.A lovely combination between Sturridge and Coutinho soon after, saw the Brazilian staring into the whites of Forster’s eyes, but the Saints ‘keeper stood tall and made a save that was no less impressive for the fact that the assistant referee’s flag was raised.With 75 minutes on the clock, Reds boss Brendan Rodgers rolled the dice and sent on Saints old boy Rickie Lambert for Coutinho, who immediately made his presence felt in the box.A scramble in the penalty area led to a blocked Lambert effort, as Liverpool ramped up the pressure, and the home team duly took the lead on 78 minutes.Daniel Sturridge, who scored 24 goals for the Reds last season, was the poacher supreme in the six-yard box, converting from a Sterling header after Southampton had failed to clear a right wing cross.With that, the Reds may have expected to go marching on, but it was the Saints who stormed back down the field for the game’s next glorious chance.With time running out, Schneiderlin should have made it 2-2 when he lashed the ball with Mignolet’s goal gaping, but it hit the crossbar via the Belgian’s fingertips rather than the back of the net on 87 minutes, and the rebound was awfully nodded wide by Shane Long.Liverpool breathed a collective sigh of relief and will hope the result also breathes confidence into their season, because they will need to perform better than this if they are to challenge for the title again.Southampton, by contrast, will try to take positives rather than points. Aside from a promising performance, Saints fans can also console themselves with the fact that, though they lost to Liverpool on this occasion, they hopefully won’t lose any more players to the red half of Merseyside this season. 1 Daniel Sturridge scores Liverpool’s winner against Southampton last_img read more

Neymar news: Manchester United target set to sign deal according to Spanish press

first_imgAs Manchester United continue their attempts to land a marquee signing this summer, they’re being heavily linked with a shock move for Neymar.It would take one hell of a swoop to snap up the Brazilian forward with the Red Devils needing to stump up the full £130million, which would trigger his release clause.The player would command a wage of around £300,000 a week, which over five years works out at about £75million.But what are the media in Spain saying about this reported deal, which would break the world record? talkSPORT takes a look…Marca:A report on Monday night, in response to The Sun’s backpage splash that Man United will spend £240million on signing Neymar, suggested Barcelona actually know nothing of the transfer.In fact, Marca believe Barcelona want to renew the Brazilian’s contract sooner rather than later.Meanwhile, Luis Enrique has dismissed talk of Neymar leaving.In a press conference he was asked by a British journalist about the reports and insisted: “They are just rumours, things that come out.”The Barcelona boss was clearly uninterested by the gossip and wants to focus on the Catalan giants’ upcoming fixtures.AS:The paper carries quotes from Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu, who insisted the player will not leave in an interview on Catalunya Radio.He also suggests the club will attempt to renew the player’s contract at the Nou Camp. 1 Barcelona star Neymar last_img read more

SCC staff member overcomes obstacles, gets early Christmas present from students

first_imgWhen you are around Casey Deakins, SCC’s institutional development assistant, you can’t help but be inspired and smile as she talks about overcoming the obstacles she’s faced in life.Deakins was born with Apert Syndrome.“I could be oh woe is me, Scarlett O’Hara over here, but I choose to be positive,” said Deakins. “I love what I do, and I take things as they come.”Apert Syndrome is a condition that involves abnormal growth of the skull and face that is caused by premature fusion of certain sutures of the skull.Other anomalies of the syndrome include webbed fingers and toes, as well as wide-set, bulging eyes that are tilted down at the side. Underdevelopment of the jaw usually causes problems with teeth alignment, and some are born with a cleft palate.Apert Syndrome occurs in one out of every 160,000 to 200,000 births.When Deakins realized she needed a modified staple remover, she asked Anna Walls, SCC’s occupational therapy assistant (OTA) program coordinator, for assistance.Walls agreed and asked what else Deakins had difficulty doing.The OTA students worked together to adapt a staple remover to maximize Deakins’ strength, putting her in the best ergonomic position.The class then addressed other activities of daily living that Casey identified as difficult, including: answering the phone, cutting with scissors, drinking from a cup with one hand, and using a knife to cut vegetables.Students worked with Casey on a trial run of various techniques and adaptive devices to increase her independence with the activities she had identified as difficult.Once appropriate equipment was determined, Walls not only told her where to find the items – but that the OTA student club had paid for the order – telling Deakins Santa had come a little early this year.“We were so happy to be able to work with Casey. She is such an inspiration to all of us,” said Walls. “Occupational therapy is about engaging people in the activities of life that are meaningful to them.  Sometimes we focus on adapting the task by analyzing the skills a person has to use so that they can be independent.”“We all have really enjoyed working with Casey. She has such a positive outlook and is so sweet,” said OTA student Krystan Inman.Deakins had one more request of the OTA students and faculty, and that was to eat as much pizza as they could at the surprise party she gave them as a thank you for all they had done.“It has been fantastic working with the students,” said Deakins. “A simple question I had turned into so much more.”last_img read more

Galaxy’s Edge Store Preview: Droid Depot, Part 2

first_imgShare This!We’re counting down the days until the official opening of Walt Disney World’s Galaxy’s Edge with a look at some of the sights that you’ll see in this new land. Shopping is a major part of this new land. Next up, we’re showing you some of the merchandise you can find at the Droid Depot.Droid depot is one of the more unusual shops at Galaxy’s Edge. It is divided into two sections–one has the Droid Depot experience where you can build your own R2 or BB unit. On that side you can find things like personality chips, accessories, and other random droids that you might want but that aren’t available for build-your-own options. On the other side of the shop, you’ll find housewares and costume jewelry. Yes, really. Thing is, a lot of those items are really, really neat (I’m looking at you R2 serving dish!), but you wouldn’t know to look there for these items. Guess it goes to show the importance of exploring all nooks and crannies of Galaxy’s Edge! Today, we’ll take a look at those unique housewares, jewelry, and other interesting trinkets you can find in the side room of Droid Depot.Here’s what you can expect in this part of the shop.last_img read more

Stop vPro from Making Memories of Pop PC Fixes

first_imgMany at Intel have been taking smug pride at at the success that Intel vPro technology has been making in easing IT techs’ jobs.  Now, from their consoles IT pros are handling problems that used to require a trek down the hall if not a journey across town.  Even if the the OS goes south or the user has clicked the off switch and gone on vacation, they don’t even have to lean forward in their chairs to update an application or download a patch.  They just whack a few keys and the problem is no more.  But in the wake of all this efficiency, vPro has sucked all the creativity out of repairing PCs.  Before vPro, I’ll bet each of us, pros and end-users alike, had a sure-fire trick that we’d wield like a magic screwdriver every time the cursor froze or the “g” key would only produce a smiley face.  In my home office, when “No Network Found” appeared instead of, I’d unplug the power cords from the cable modem and wireless router, count to 10 and plug them back in, and I was back to hammering out press releases.  (I have to be honest though, I didn’t invent this procedure.  It’s the cable company’s official fix.  True, you can call them.) In the end, I plugged both into the outlet controlled by the wall switch.  So now, they sync every time I come in to work.  As I became more enraged at the clever fixes that are being lost because of vPro, I polled some of my friends just to see what tricks they had, but likely would never use again.  Cameron Tabucchi had been told to put her computer in the freezer to help keep the battery charged. (She declined to confirm whether she actually does this, but the ice cream smears are a giveaway.) When Ellen Topp’s computer freezes, she religiously restarts, defrags and restarts it, again.  As if by a miracle it springs back to life. CTRL…ALT…DELETE! – repeated several times as if it were an incantation (once has been proven insufficient and correct rhythm is crucial) – always works for Amy Cook.  We need your help in collecting and archiving this wealth of creative prescriptions for patching up our computers to prevent their loss.  So, if you have a favorite fix – the wackier the more worthy of preserving – share it in this quick survey to ensure that despite vPro it follow eight-track tapes into obscurity.last_img read more