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Two new cancer research centres to open in Oxford

first_imgGeorge Osborne has announced that two new medical research centres focusing on developing treatments for cancer and other diseases are to open in Oxford. The University of Oxford will be part of a £32m consortium for a new centre which will analyse large medical data sets to improve treatments for sufferers.The university will also be involved in a £138m unit for research targeted at patients who are in the early stages of cancer. Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust will also be involved in the two projects.Part of the funding will be provided by the UK Research Partnership Investment Fund as well as various industry and charity organisations which will also be contributing money for the project. Cancer Research UK is helping to fund the city’s £138m centre.Dr Ian Foulkes, who is the executive director of research funding at Cancer Research UK, was enthusiastic about the project, telling Cherwell, “Cancer Research UK is delighted to support this ambitious research initiative in Oxford, which will bring together world-class scientists to help propel forward research into personalised cancer treatments.”He hopes the centre will help build on recent advances in cancer research, explaining, “our understanding of the faults that drive many cancers has increased exponentially in recent years, opening the doors to powerful new treatments which target the specific faults within individual tumours.”“This new centre will help ensure that patients can start benefitting from these advances as soon as possible.”Professor Gillies McKenna of the Department of Oncology at Oxford University, who will lead the new centre outlined the stumbling blocks the researchers hope to overcome, commented, “Potential new cancer drugs have traditionally been first tried out in patients with end-stage disease and results are often disappointing. “We want instead to look at how new drug candidates might be combined with the latest surgery or radiotherapy techniques, still the mainstays of curative cancer treatment.Nicola Blackwood, MP for Oxford West and Abingdon, indicated other advantages of the project, arguing that the centres will draw the “best and the brightest” researchers to the area.In March 2011, Cancer Research UK opened up a building on Roosevelt Drive which serves as a link between the University of Oxford, Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals NHS Trust and Cancer Research UK. Last year the charity spent nearly £23m on research in Oxford.George Osborne has announced that two new medical research centres focusing on developing treatments for cancer and other diseases are to open in Oxford. The University of Oxford will be part of a £32m consortium for a new centre which will analyse large medical data sets to improve treatments for sufferers. The University will also be involved in a £138m unit for research targeted at patients who are in the early stages of cancer. Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust will also be involved in the two projects.Part of the funding will be provided by the UK Research Partnership Investment Fund as well as various industry and charity organisations which will also be contributing money for the project. Cancer Research UK is helping to fund the city’s £138m centre.Dr Ian Foulkes, who is the executive director of research funding at Cancer Research UK, was enthusiastic about the project, telling Cherwell, “Cancer Research UK is delighted to support this ambitious research initiative in Oxford, which will bring together world-class scientists to help propel forward research into personalised cancer treatments.”He hopes the centre will help build on recent advances in cancer research, explaining, “our understanding of the faults that drive many cancers has increased exponentially in recent years, opening the doors to powerful new treatments which target the specific faults within individual tumours. This new centre will help ensure that patients can start benefitting from these advances as soon as possible.”Professor Gillies McKenna of the Department of Oncology at Oxford University, who will lead the new centre outlined the stumbling blocks the researchers hope to overcome, commenting, “Potential new cancer drugs have traditionally been first tried out in patients with end-stage disease and results are often disappointing. We want instead to look at how new drug candidates might be combined with the latest surgery or radiotherapy techniques, still the mainstays of curative cancer treatment.’Nicola Blackwood, MP for Oxford West and Abingdon, indicated other advantages of the project, arguing that the centres will draw the “best and the brightest” researchers to the area.In March 2011, Cancer Research UK opened up a building on Roosevelt Drive which serves as a link between the University of Oxford, Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals NHS Trust and Cancer Research UK. Last year the charity spent nearly £23m on research in Oxford.last_img read more

Ocean City Heroes Honored by City Council

first_imgBy Donald WittkowskiTwo Eagle Scouts who embody the personal qualities emphasized in the Boy Scouts of America code were honored by City Council on Thursday night for projects that benefited the local community.Council joined with the American Legion to also honor members of the Ocean City police and fire departments for helping two military veterans in separate incidents, including one man who needed life-saving CPR.Nicholas Theis and Andrew Leonetti, members of Ocean City’s Boy Scout Troop 32, were showered with applause from the standing-room-only audience when they were called up to receive their honors in the Council chambers.Theis, a freshman at the University of Missouri, recently earned the rank of Eagle Scout for creating a program that provides life jackets free of charge to boaters who need to borrow them. The idea is to loan the life jackets to boaters who have forgotten their own, ensuring that they won’t venture out on the water without one.Eagle Scout Nicholas Theis receives congratulations from Councilman Bob Barr as other Council members applaud.Leonetti, a junior at Ocean City High School, built a custom-made coat rack that he donated to the Ocean City Free Public Library to become an Eagle Scout. He spent eight months planning and building the portable coat rack, which stands 61 inches tall and 60 inches wide.Eagle Scout is the highest rank a Boy Scout can achieve. Only 4 percent of the Scouts are granted the rank after a lengthy review process for their community-oriented projects.City Council President Peter Madden read proclamations honoring Leonetti and Theis for having the personal qualities associated with the Boy Scouts of America code, including “integrity, courage, perseverance, sacrifice and service to others.”This wasn’t the first time Leonetti appeared before Council. Last year, he and another Ocean City High School student lobbied the governing body on behalf of young street performers who entertain the summer crowds on the Boardwalk.At the time, Council and the mayor were debating the finer points of a new ordinance to regulate the Boardwalk performers. Leonetti has a band that plays on the Boardwalk to earn tip money. He was one of the performers that city officials consulted with as they crafted the ordinance.Eagle Scout Andrew Leonetti, a junior at Ocean City High School, is recognized by members of Council.Meanwhile, members of the city’s police and fire departments were also honored by Council on Thursday night in collaboration with the American Legion of Cape May County.Citing their high level of professionalism, Mayor Jay Gillian said the city’s first responders allow him to “sleep better at night.”“No matter what kind of crisis you go through, these men and women step up every day,” Gillian said.During the honors ceremony, Ocean City police officers Brendan Gheen and Thomas Strunk were recognized for coming to the aid of military veterans in separate incidents.Gheen helped save the life of veteran Jim Sweitzer, an Ocean City resident, by administering CPR and setting up a defibrillator after he found Sweitzer unconscious in his car on Nov. 4, 2017.Ocean City Fire Capt. William Martin and firefighters George Karpinski, Ryan Lenegan, Matthew Slaughter and Jason Boyle arrived on the scene later and took over the life-saving efforts.AtlantiCare paramedics Sandy Monaghan and Lauren Lasassa provided further assistance while Sweitzer was transported by ambulance to Atlantic City Medical Center’s Mainland Division.In an incident on Oct. 16, 2017, involving another veteran, Strunk was among the first responders to help a man who was struggling with mental health and substance abuse problems.At first, it appeared the man was disorderly and would have to be arrested. However, Strunk recognized the man was in need of medical attention and, along with Sgt. Tyrone Rolls, transported him to Cape Regional Hospital for treatment.After learning the man was a Navy veteran, Strunk called the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Philadelphia to arrange for the man to receive counseling and treatment. Strunk received permission to drive the man to Philadelphia to the VA center.In addition to being honored in proclamations from City Council, Strunk and members of the police and fire departments received certificates of appreciation from the American Legion for helping the two veterans. Members of the police and fire departments are honored by representatives of the American Legion of Cape May County for coming to the aid of two military veterans. last_img read more

ADA Compliance: What’s the deal with websites?

first_img 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Hello, compliance friends! The NAFCU Compliance Team has recently noticed an increase in questions related to potential Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) website requirements. Credit unions are always eager to help their members, and we’ve had many credit unions asking about the status of ADA regulations, especially for websites. Today’s blog post is meant to provide a very high-level overview of the statutory framework, rulemaking and enforcement activity, and potential for litigation with regard to ADA website compliance.How the ADA Applies to Credit UnionsGenerally, the ADA is intended “to provide a clear and comprehensive national mandate for the elimination of discrimination against individuals with disabilities” and “to provide clear, strong, consistent enforceable standards” addressing such discrimination. See, 42 U.S.C. § 12101(b). The ADA is a complex, fact-specific area of law, and some states have their own statutes addressing similar issues, so consulting with counsel may be necessary to fully assess ADA legal issues and risks. One way the ADA applies to credit unions is through Title III of the Act, which sets standards for certain “public accommodations.” Public accommodations include banks and other “service establishments,” so these provisions have been interpreted to apply to credit unions. As a result, the ADA requires credit unions to meet standards for “newly constructed or altered places” and has wide-ranging implications that impact how to communicate with persons with disabilities, which ultimately impacts the issue of website accessibility. continue reading »last_img read more

HALTED: Syracuse rides stifling defensive effort past No. 25 Notre Dame snapping 2-game losing streak

first_imgJerami Grant wore a wide smile in front of his locker. Grant registered a career-high scoring effort and bested his older brother in Syracuse’s win over Notre Dame on Monday night.But it was the Orange’s dominant defensive effort fueled by a message from head coach Jim Boeheim that prompted the forward to flash a satisfied grin.“Coach definitely got on us on the defensive end,” Grant said, smiling. “He made sure that we didn’t let them get a lot of backdoors or easy layups so I felt like we listened to that and that’s why we won.”Syracuse’s brilliant defensive performance resulted in a decisive 63-47 victory over the Irish on Monday night. The task was twofold – contain arguably the best big man in the Big East in Jack Cooley and stay out on No. 25 Notre Dame’s (18-5, 6-4 Big East) 3-point shooters. Syracuse’s zone took care of both and carried the No. 9 Orange (19-3, 7-2) to a much-needed victory after two straight conference losses.Cooley finished with 10 points and 11 rebounds, but had to earn every point inside. And Notre Dame shot just 6-for-20 beyond the arc, including 2-for-11 in the second half when Syracuse blew the game open.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I thought we did a pretty good job with Cooley and then we got to their 3-point shooters,” Boeheim said, “so I thought defensively we played just as good a game as we can want to play.”The challenge started with limiting the 6-foot-9, 246-pound Cooley. The burly forward manhandled the Orange inside in a 17-point, 10-rebound effort to lead Notre Dame to an upset of then-No. 1 SU a season ago.Boeheim and his players knew the challenge he presented. They couldn’t let him go off again.They rose to the challenge. Cooley was invisible in the first half offensively. He rarely caught the ball in the paint, and Notre Dame never looked to isolate him on the block. The Syracuse zone – with Rakeem Christmas manning the middle – blanketed the Irish’s leading scorer.The second half was more of the same. Cooley converted two layups in the first four minutes to cut Syracuse’s lead to six, but another eight minutes passed before he rushed a jumper late in the shot clock and missed.His next attempt came with 1:55 to play. Syracuse led by 12. The game was over and Cooley’s effect was minimal.“He still had a good game,” Triche said, “but he didn’t have the monster game that he needed to help them to win the game.”The Irish’s 3-point shooting – a staple of their offense – also wilted against the active SU zone. Notre Dame shot 50 percent from beyond the arc against the Orange last season, but the team locked the perimeter down Monday night.Open looks were few and far between for the Irish, whose offense relied heavily on the long-range shots with Cooley taken out of the game down low.Notre Dame guards Eric Atkins and Jerian Grant hit back-to-back 3s to get their team on the board six minutes into the game. Atkins added another to give the Irish an 11-10 lead in the first half, and Grant knocked one down late in the half to keep his team within reach.But Syracuse closed out their opportunities after the break and forced responsibility onto the shoulders of freshman Cameron Biedscheid. He shot 1-for-8 from beyond the arc, missing four out of five times in the second half.And while SU didn’t score with ease at all times, its lead continued to grow thanks to its stifling defense.“I think scoring in the 50-60 range is a little bit uncomfortable for us,” Triche said, “but the way our defense is playing, we’re going to be in every game.”The way Syracuse played defense Monday night won the game.It frustrated Cooley into a forgettable performance. It frustrated the guards into a 30-percent night from behind the arc. And it left head coach Mike Brey frustrated on the sidelines throughout, animated and subdued as he watched Syracuse score 16 points off turnovers.On the Syracuse sideline, the emotions registered on the other end of the spectrum by the closing minutes.Grant’s emphatic rejection of Cooley’s final shot attempt brought his teammates and coaches to their feet, each of them wearing a smile similar to the one Grant did in the locker room after the game. It amazed the home crowd, and it served as a stamp on the blowout victory, sending the Irish home with a loss.“We played very well on defense,” said forward C.J. Fair. “We didn’t let any easy looks inside to Jack Cooley and we located all their shooters and defended the 3-point line well.“When you do those two things, plus rebound, it’s hard for a team to score against us.” Comments Published on February 4, 2013 at 9:00 pm Contact Ryne: [email protected] Related Stories Christmas rebounds from poor performances in win over No. 25 Notre Damecenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more