John Downey given leave to appeal extradition

first_imgCreeslough man John Downey has been granted leave to appeal the decision to extradite him to Northern Ireland.Downey, 67, whose trial for the IRA’s Hyde Park bombing collapsed in controversy five years ago, is wanted by prosecutors in Northern Ireland over the murders of two soldiers in 1972.Downey was arrested at his home in Creeslough last October under a European Arrest Warrant after authorities in Northern Ireland determined they had sufficient evidence to charge him with the murders of Lance Corporal Alfred Johnston, 32, and Private James Eames, 33. The soldiers died in a car bomb attack in Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh in August 1972.RTTE reports that Ms Justice Aileen Donnelly said she granted the appeal to test whether it is an abuse of process.Garnet Orange SC, for Downey, told the court: “There is a larger picture that simply cannot be ignored and this is one that must be dealt with in the context of whether public interest is best served in the surrender of Mr Downey.“For instance, the trial in the UK in 2014 was stopped on the grounds it would be contrary to public interest to allow it to proceed. “It’s hard to see how the public interest could really be any different from the public interest that the applicant raises.”John Downey given leave to appeal extradition was last modified: March 6th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:CreesloughdonegalextraditionHIGH COURTJohn Downeylast_img read more

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High-scoring Hoopa off to hot start

first_imgThe Hoopa boys basketball team is off to a hot start in 2018 after claiming the South Fork Classic championship over the weekend thanks to some of the highest-scoring offensive play of any team on the North Coast.The Warriors downed Cornerstone Christian 91-71 in Saturday’s championship game after back-to-back wins by more than 40-points in the tournament’s first two rounds.Hoopa’s run-and-gun style of play has propelled the club to a 6-1 overall record as the Warriors have had no issues …last_img read more

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South Africa’s new plug standard explained

first_img22 August 2016South Africa’s current triangular electrical plug/socket standard is set to be replaced over the next 10 to 50 years with a more effective and safer hexagonal plug, according to the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS).SouthAfrica’s new proposed ZA Plug socket standard explained. (Infographic: MyBroadband https://t.co/W1qL8Jw9HZ) pic.twitter.com/NZvyXpItX7— CDAnderson (@bizarrojerri) August 18,2016Called the SANS 164–2 or ZA Plug, the new standard looks similar to the commonly used two-point Europlug standard, used on most cell phone chargers and small appliances. The ZA Plug incorporates an additional third ‘earth’ pin in the design. The new design’s socket will be able to accommodate the two-point Europlug.While the adoption of the ZA Plug is relatively new, the standard is more than a decade old, having been developed as a global plug and socket standard by the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) since 1986. However, South Africa and Brazil are currently the only countries intent on adopting this new standard.The new design has been adopted by the SABS as “preferred configuration for new installations” since 2013. As more commercial manufacturers begin to embrace the new design into their products, an awareness campaign to highlight the conversion to ZA Plug has now been intensified.In 2014, following the first details of the new standard, South African consumers expressed concern that replacing existing power supply points and appliances plugs would happen immediately and would be costly.However, according to a statement released by SABS recently, the roll-out of the new standard would be gradual and South Africans would be free to still use the old standard, stating that the implementation of a new standard could take “[up to] 50 years”.The statement also reiterated that the ZA Plug will be safer and more cost- effective as it continues towards full integration.The Electrical Contractors’ Association of South Africa (ECASA) say the conversion may eventually lead to the demise of multi-format plug adaptors and therefore make appliances more stable and safer. The organisation has stated that amendments to its Wiring Code will include that “all socket outlets (will) incorporate at least one socket complying to the dimensions of SANS 164–2, effective from March 2018”.Four reasons why the ZA Plug is better than the standard plug system, according to My Broadband website.Compatibility. Cell phone chargers and devices using Europlugs will be able to fit the ZA Plug socket, more directly to the power source, without the need for an adaptor.Expansive. Current triangular three-prong wall sockets can only securely accommodate two plug outlets. The smaller ZA Plug format can safely have up to four outlets per wall mounted socket, doing away with the need for multi-plug adaptor strips.Safer. The ZA Plug socket uses smaller holes, so no fingers or small objects can be inserted.Smaller. The ZA Plug is smaller and less bulky than the standard triangular three-prong plug, taking up less space and weight in transporting appliances.Source: My BroadbandWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SouthAfrica.info materiallast_img read more

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Images of Fitbit next smartwatch reveal heart-rate improvements

first_imgFitbit is on schedule, as its boss James Park keeps reminding us, to launch its next smartwatch by the end of the year. We don’t know what the smartwatch will be called, though Blaze 2 seems likely, but thanks to leaks we know its design and some of the hardware improvements.Images obtained by Wareable show a similar large display design to the Blaze – which we have already seen in a Yahoo Finance report – alongside a new heart-rate arrangement that uses two red lights and one blue light.The company’s previous devices have used a green light to track heart-rate because blood absorbs the light. However, it reflects red light, which allows it to penetrate deeper into the skin, providing a more accurate heart-rate and new biometrics like blood oxygen levels.This should help close the gap between Fitbit and the Apple Watch when it comes to heart-rate accuracy. Fitbit is also reportedly improving the accuracy of GPS for the new smartwatch.It won’t be just hardware this year, Fitbit is planning to launch an app gallery that will come with a selection of launch apps, before opening to the wider developer community. The company has reportedly tapped Pandora to be the launch partner for music, after unsuccessfully trying to partner with Spotify.See Also: Morgan Stanley: Fitbit needs better software to surviveThe firm is in a precarious position, once the dominant player in the wearable market, it has lost significant marketshare to Apple and Xiaomi. Other brands, like Garmin and Samsung, are providing customers with alternatives to the standard smartwatch and fitness tracker options.This new smartwatch has most of the improvements people have asked of Fitbit, but delays and rumors of poor performance could ruin the new device before it even hits the store shelves. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces How Myia Health’s Partnership with Mercy Virtua… Tags:#Blaze#Fitbit#fitness tracker#heart rate#leaks#Rumors#smartwatch#wearable Follow the Puckcenter_img Related Posts David Curry Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You…last_img read more

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Epidermolysis bullosa

first_imgDefinitionEpidermolysis bullosa is a group of disorders in which skin blistersform after aminor injury. It is passed in families.Alternative NamesJunctional epidermolysis bullosa; Dystrophic epidermolysis bullosa; Hemidesmosomal epidermolysis bullosa; Weber-Cockayne syndromeCauses, incidence, and risk factorsThere are four main types of epidermolysis bullosa:Dystrophic epidermolysis bullosaEpidermolysis bullosa simplexHemidesmosomal epidermolysis bullosaJunctional epidermolysis bullosaAnother rare type of epidermolysis bullosa called epidermolysis bullosa acquisita, is an autoimmune disorder.Epidermolysis bullosa can vary from minor blistering of the skin to a life-threatening form that affectsother organs. Most types of conditionstart at birth or soon after. It can be hard to identifythe exact type of epidermolysis bullosa a person has.Having a family history of the disease, and especially having a parent with it, is a risk factor.SymptomsDepending on the form of the condition, symptomscan include:Alopecia (hair loss)Blisters aound the eyes and noseBlisters in or around the mouth and throat, causing feeding problems or swallowing difficultyBlisters on the skin as a result of minor injury or temperature changeBlistering that is present at birthDental problems such as tooth decayHoarse cry, cough, or other breathing problemsMilia (tiny white bumps or pimples)Nail loss or deformed nailsSigns and testsYour doctor will look at your skin to diagnoseepidermolysis bullosa.Tests that are used to confirm the diagnosis include:Genetic testingSkin biopsySpecialtests of skin samples under a microscopeSkin tests are used to tell epidermolysis bullosa acquisita in a child from other forms of epidermolysis bullosa.Other tests that may be done include:advertisementBlood test for anemiaCulture to check for bacterial infection if wounds are healing poorlyUpper endoscopy or an upper GI series if symptoms includeswallowing problemsGrowth rate will be checked often for a baby who has or may haveepidermolysis bullosa.TreatmentThe goal of treatment is to prevent blisters from forming and avoiding complications. Other treatment will depend on how bad the condition is.HOME CARETake good care of your skin to prevent infections.Follow your health care providers advice if blistered areas become crusted or raw. You might need regular whirlpool therapy and to apply antibiotic ointments to wound-like areas. Your health care provider will let you know if you need a bandage or dressing, and if so, what type to use.You may need to use oral steroid medicines for short periods of time if you have swallowing problems. You may also need to take medicine if you get acandida (yeast) infectionin the mouth or throat.Take good care of your oral health and get regular dental check ups.It is best to see a dentist who has experience treating people with epidermolysis bullosa.Eat a healthy diet.When you have a lot of skin injury, you may need extra calories and protein to help your skin heal. Choose soft foods and avoid nuts, chips, and other crunchy foods if you have sores in your mouth. A nutritionist can help you with your diet.Do exercises you get from a physical therapist to help keep your joints and muscles mobile. SURGERYSkin grafting inplaces where sores are deepDilation of the esophagus if there is a narrowing (stricture)Repair of hand deformitiesRemoval of any squamous cell carcinoma that developsOTHER TREATMENTSMedicinesthat suppresses the immune system may be usedfor the autoimmune form of the condition.Protein and gene therapy and the use of the drug interferon are being studied.Expectations (prognosis)The outlook depends on the severity of the illness.Infection of the blistered areas (secondary infection) is common.Mild forms of epidermolysis bullosa improve with age.Very serious forms of epidermolysis bullosa have a very high mortality rate.In the severe forms, scarring after blisters form may cause:Contracture deformities (for example, at the fingers, elbows, and knees) and other deformitiesSwallowing problemsif mouth and esophagus are affectedFused fingers and toesLimited mobility from scarringComplicationsAnemiaReduced life span for severe forms of the conditionEsophageal strictureEye problems, including blindnessInfection, including sepsisLoss of function in the hands and feetMuscular dystrophyPeriodontal diseaseSevere malnutrition caused by feeding difficulty, leading to failure to thriveSquamous cell skin cancerCalling your health care providerIf your infant has any blistering shortly after birth, call your health care provider. If you have a family history of epidermolysis bullosa and plan to have children, you may want to have genetic counseling.PreventionGenetic counseling is recommended for prospective parents who have a family history of any form of epidermolysis bullosa.During pregnanc, chorionic villus sampling to test the fetus is available. For couples at high risk of having a child with epidermolysis bullosa, the test can be done as early as week 8 – 10 of pregnancy. Talk to your obstetrician and genetic counselor.advertisementTo prevent skin damage and blistering, it may help to wear padding around injury-prone areas such as the elbows, knees, ankles, and buttocks. Contact sports should be avoided.Patients with epidermolysis bullosa acquisita who are on steroids for longer than 1 month may need calcium and vitamin D supplements to prevent osteoporosis.ReferencesVesicular and bullous diseases. In: Habif TP, ed. Clinical Dermatology. 5th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Mosby Elsevier;2009;chap 16.Fine JD, Mellerio JE. Epidermolysis Bullosa. In: Bolognia JL, Jorizzo JL, Schaffer JV, et al, eds.Dermatology. 3rd ed. Philadelphia, Pa:Mosby Elsevier; 2012:chap 32.Review Date:11/20/2012Reviewed By:Kevin Berman, MD, PhD, Atlanta Center for Dermatologic Disease, Atlanta, GA. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc., Editorial Team: David Zieve, MD, MHA, David R. Eltz, Stephanie Slon, and Nissi Wang.last_img read more

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Downward Trend Continues for Mortgage Rates

first_img April 25, 2013 432 Views in Data, Origination Mortgage rates dipped this week–some of them hitting record lows–as unstable economic news left investors with visions of another potential economic slowdown.[IMAGE]””Freddie Mac’s””:http://www.freddiemac.com/ weekly Primary Mortgage Market Survey showed the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) averaging 3.40 percent (0.8 point) for the week ending April 25, down slightly from 3.41 percent last week. Last year at this time, the 30-year fixed averaged 3.88 percent.Meanwhile, the 15-year FRM averaged 2.61 percent (0.7 point), a new all-time record low. Last week’s average was 2.64 percent. The previous record low for the 15-year fixed was 2.63 percent, first set the week of November 21, 2012.In adjustable rates, the 5-year hybrid adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) averaged 2.58 percent (0.5 point) this week, down from 2.60 percent last week, while the 1-year ARM averaged 2.62 percent (0.3 point), down from 2.63 percent previously. This week’s 5-year ARM average was also a new low in that category, Freddie Mac reported.””Bankrate.com””:http://www.bankrate.com/ also reported its sixth straight week of declines. According to the site’s weekly national survey, the benchmark 30-year fixed rate retreated to a four-month low of 3.57 percent, while the 15-year fixed fell to a new record low of 2.80 percent.The 5/1 ARM slipped slightly to 2.65 percent, meanwhile.””Mortgage rates continue to trend lower as uneven economic data has raised concerns about another economic slowdown,”” Bankrate said in a release. “”The accompanying stock market volatility has also been good for mortgage rates by increasing demand for both government- and mortgage-backed bonds, to which mortgage rates are closely related.”” Sharecenter_img Downward Trend Continues for Mortgage Rates Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Bankrate Freddie Mac Investors Lenders & Servicers Mortgage Rates Service Providers 2013-04-25 Tory Barringerlast_img read more

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Campaigners are deeply concerned that the launch

first_imgCampaigners are “deeply concerned” that the launch of a new parliamentary inquiry into the educational support provided for disabled children and young people failed to mention inclusive education.The inquiry by the Commons education select committee will investigate the impact of major reforms to the special educational needs and disability (SEND) system that were introduced four years ago through the Children and Families Act.But The Alliance for Inclusive Education (ALLFIE) says the announcement of the committee’s inquiry – headed by disabled Tory MP and former education minister Robert Halfon (pictured, left) – made no mention of inclusive education.ALLFIE linked this with the Conservative party’s long-standing commitment to “end the bias towards the inclusion of children with special needs in mainstream schools”.In 2015, a year after the act was passed, the party boasted in its 2015 general election manifesto of how it had “created 2,200 more special schools places through our free schools programme”.Tara Flood, ALLFIE’s director, said she was “deeply concerned, frustrated and angry” at the failure to mention inclusive education in the inquiry launch, which she said was not an accident or “ignorance” but a deliberate attempt to “avoid the issue”.She said: “It is disingenuous of Halfon to have side-stepped the issue.”She said the government was called out on its lack of progress on inclusive education last August by the UN committee on the rights of persons with disabilities (CRPD), so the failure to mention inclusion was “not about ignorance, it is about actively avoiding the issue”.Flood said the Children and Families Act was part of a “perfect storm” of measures that were harming inclusive education, which included “hugely damaging cuts to local authority SEND support services”, and an increase in the powers of schools to exclude pupils.She said: “This is a perfect storm of policy and law dealing with the government’s ideological position of reversing the bias towards inclusive education.”She said it was “absolutely extraordinary” that the education committee had made no reference to the concluding observations made by the CRPD last year after it had examined the UK government’s implementation of the UN disability convention.CRPD was highly critical of the UK government’s approach to inclusive education, and the “persistence of a dual education system” that segregates increasing numbers of disabled children in special schools.CRPD called instead for a “coherent strategy” on “increasing and improving inclusive education”, which would include raising awareness of – and support for – inclusive education among parents of disabled children.The government has a commitment to build the capacity of mainstream schools to educate disabled children through the UN convention, said Flood.She said ALLFIE will be making these points to the committee “in the strongest terms”.One of the areas the education committee’s inquiry will examine is the act’s replacement of statements of special educational needs with new education, health and care plans (EHCPs), which last from birth to the age of 25 and set out all the support a family should receive.Local authorities in England had until this month to move all disabled children eligible for support from special educational needs (SEN) statements to new EHCPs.But Labour warned in last year’s general election manifesto for disabled people that the EHCP assessments were “being used to restrict access to support” for disabled children and young people.And in December, the education watchdog Ofsted warned that some parents were being asked to educate their disabled children at home because their schools were claiming they could not meet their needs.That report said that the proportion of pupils with an SEN statement or an EHCP attending a state-funded special school, rather than mainstream provision, had risen from 40 per cent in 2010 to 45 per cent of pupils.After the act’s introduction, ALLFIE warned that it had “thrown open a whole new door to segregation” because it weakened disabled children’s right to inclusion in a mainstream school.The education select committee will also investigate the level of funding for SEND.After the act was passed in 2014, the National Union of Teachers warned that the new SEND measures were “simply a cover for cost-cutting”.The inquiry will also look at how well the education, health and social care sectors have been co-operating.The education committee said the intention of the Children and Families Act had been to offer simpler, improved and consistent help for children and young people with SEND, while the government claimed the changes would give families greater choice in decisions.But the committee now wants to review the success of those reforms, how they have been implemented, and the impact they are having on disabled children and young people.Halfon said: “It has been four years since major SEND reforms were introduced and it’s important we examine whether the government’s stated ambitions for simpler, improved and consistent help for children and young people with SEND have been met.“There are rising concerns about the quality and access to SEN provision which the committee… will want to explore in this inquiry.“The committee’s current inquiry into alternative provision has heard considerable evidence that children with special educational needs are disproportionately excluded from school and over-represented in alternative provision.“During the course of our quality of apprenticeships and skills training inquiry we’ve also heard that with young people with SEN have faced significant barriers in accessing apprenticeships.”He added: “The 2014 act extended provision to young people up to the age of 25 and the committee is particularly keen to hear evidence about whether there is the right support available to enable young people to access appropriate post-18 opportunities such as studying at further education colleges and undertaking apprenticeships.”The deadline for submitting evidence to the inquiry is 14 June.last_img read more

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