The Canadian Film Fest Announces Call for Submissions

first_imgEnter your film for possible inclusion in our 2017 CFF!Canadian Film Fest runs March 21-25, 2017 in Toronto, Canada.We want Canadian films! Best of luck to all! February 6, 2017Notification Date WHAT WE’RE LOOKING FOR– 99% of the films we show are at least a Toronto premiere (so no problem if you’ve screened elsewhere in Canada or internationally)– Please keep in mind that it’s rare we show something that has already shown in Toronto– We screen and are looking for ALL GENRES as long as there is a narrative, a story to follow. We’re looking for great stories!SELECTIONA selection committee is appointed by the Festival to view all submissions, for both pre-selection and final selection. Decisions of the programmers and selection committee are final.NOTIFICATION/SHIPPINGParticipants will be notified via email of the selection results in February 2017, around 6 weeks before the Festival. Shipping instructions for films selected for the Festival will be included.Exhibition formats must arrive at the Festival by March 1, 2017The Festival does not accept responsibility for technical damage to films, loss or theft for the period of time that the prints are in the Festival’s possession.ELIGIBILITYGuidelines:– Films must be Canadian productions– Canadians must be in creative control of the production– Premieres and films completed within the last two years are preferred– Accepting feature films (50 mins in length or longer) and shorts (under 50 mins) of any genre– Must not be available online in any form (this includes BluRay/DVDs for purchase in any region)ENTRY FEES– $20 for shorts and $35 for features for regular deadline– $30 for shorts and $50 for features for extended deadline– Entry fees are non refundable.RULES AND REGULATIONS1. Films completed within the last two years and Toronto premieres are preferred.2. Short films must not exceed 50 minutes in length— including credits.3. Feature films must be at least 50 minutes in length.4. All non-English language films must have English subtitles.5. Films must be available for Festival screening on 35mm, ProRes (for all shorts) or SDCam or similar. Should you be chosen you’ll receive this info in detail.6. Submissions may not be withdrawn from the Festival once they have been accepted and you have confirmed, except at the sole discretion of the Festival.7. All selected films may be excerpted for publicity purposes.8. A separate entry form and additional entry fee must be submitted for each film.9. All filmmakers who submit will be contacted electronically so please provide an email address. CLICK HERE TO CONTACT US VIA EMAILTEL:  416.846.3378WEBSITE: Rules & Terms Advertisement Twitter Advertisement Facebook Advertisement March 21 – 25, 2017Event Date January 4, 2017Extended Deadline Awards & PrizesThe Canadian Film Fest offers awards for:Best FeatureBest ShortPeople’s Pick for Best FlickReel Canadian Indie Award sponsored by William F. White InternationalAnd other jury prizes LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: WHAT WE’RE ABOUTThe CFF is dedicated to supporting Canadian independent films and cultivating emerging and established filmmaking talent. Film-loving audiences come to enjoy a diverse selection of 100% Canadian film screenings (feature & shorts), and filmmakers flock to the CFF’s various industry events to take advantage of essential networking and learning opportunities.Held annually in downtown Toronto the CFF showcases short and feature films and also includes opening and closing galas, an amazing Industry Series, parties and other networking opportunities. November 30, 2016Regular Deadlinelast_img read more

Nunavut leads country in suicides and its getting worse

first_imgAPTN National NewsNunavut leads the country in suicide and in recent years the problem has been getting worse.Iqaluit residents took to the streets Tuesday to show their pain for who are gone and support to finding a solution.APTN’s Kent Driscoll has the story.last_img

4th Annual Pride Walk – Remembering Stonewall 1969 – 2019

first_imgThe Fort St. John Pride Parade and Festival take place June 1st, 2019 starting at 2 pm at the WI Centennial Park near CM Finch School, travelling down 100th and reaching the destination at the bowl in Centennial Park next to the Museum.This is a family-friendly event, with Road Worn headlining the Pride Festival, as well as entertainment by local performers, a dance troop, speeches by City Council and more.There will be pizza and cupcakes as well as a bubble station.Trans Care BC will have an information booth set up as they aim to enhance the coordination of trans health services and supports across the province, bringing gender-affirming care closer to home wherever possible.As well as a booth by Peace Area Trans*Two Spirited Support (PATTS)The North Peace Pride Society is still welcoming vendors to come and participate at the festival, by reaching out to their FB Page, CLICK HERE There is also an upcoming information session for volunteers for the Pride Parade on Wednesday, May 15th, for more information; CLICK HEREStronger Together Pride Walk FB Event Page; CLICK HEREThe North Peace Pride Society would like to share they now have an official web space; CLICK HEREPeace Area Trans * Two-Spirited Support; CLICK HERE FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fourth Annual Pride Walk planning is underway and the Pride Society is welcoming vendors and volunteers.This years theme, Stronger Together remembers Stonewall, a series of spontaneous, violent demonstrations in 1969 by members of the gay community against a police raid named after Stonewall Inn, a popular gay club in Greenwich Village. Stonewall signifies a turning point for the Gay Liberation Movement in the United States. As its participants shaped a new cultural awareness of a population that was largely ostracized.“It’s considered the birthplace of the gay rights movement,” said Dustin Carnell, one of the Directors of the North Peace Pride Society.last_img read more

Hutchings extended as Acting President at Brock

Brock University’s Board of Trustees has extended to Sept. 30 the appointment of Brian Hutchings as Acting President and Vice-Chancellor.Trustees voted today to leave a longer-term decision on the Acting President until Sept. 30, to allow time for more consultation with University Senate, students and other groups on campus.“We have a consultation process going on and we’re continuing with it,” said Board Chair John Suk. “This is the right place for us to be as we keep moving forward.”Suk also announced that, in accordance with University policy, he will be calling for an Advisory Committee to be established to begin the search for the next President and Vice-Chancellor. The makeup of the committee will be established in the near future.The Board also committed to an independent third-party review of Brock’s presidential search process, to ensure the University has the best process in place for the next presidential search.Hutchings, who is Brock’s Vice-President Administration, has served as Acting President and Vice-Chancellor since July 1. Last month he agreed to have that appointment extended beyond Aug. 31 after the University announced that Wendy Cukier would not become Brock’s next president as had been earlier planned. Before joining Brock in 2012, Hutchings was the Niagara Region’s Commissioner of Corporate Services and Treasurer. He is a professional accountant and holds Master’s in law and Bachelor of Commerce degrees. read more

Bucks lose starting center to broken hand

Ohio State junior center Dallas Lauderdale will be sidelined for four-to-six weeks with a broken bone in his right hand, the team announced in a press release.Lauderdale suffered the injury Monday during a workout. He will have surgery today at the OSU Medical Center.The 6-foot-8-inch big man from Solon, Ohio, averaged 4.7 points and 3.6 rebounds and was second in the Big Ten with 2.0 blocks per game. He was expected to be the team’s starting center.The Buckeyes have their first official practice Friday at 6 p.m. and play an exhibition game Nov. 4 against Walsh University before the regular season begins with a contest against Alcorn State on Nov. 9 at Value City Arena.

Husband charged with murdering pregnant wife 20years after she disappeared

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. A CPS spokesman said the decision to charge Mr Griggs had followed a review of the evidence in the case.Detective Superintendent Paul Fotheringham from Kent Police, said: “Officers from the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate executed a warrant on the morning of Tuesday March 12 to bring Mr Griggs before Medway Magistrates’ Court where he is appearing the same day.”Debbie Griggs was 34 years old when she went missing from her home in Walmer, Deal, late on the evening of Wednesday May 5 1999.”Despite extensive searches and appeals for information detectives were unable to locate Debbie, who was a devoted mother of three young children and expecting her fourth child.”Senior Crown Prosecutor Nigel Pilkington said: “In December 2018, the Crown Prosecution Service received a file of evidence from Kent Police relating to an allegation of murder against Andrew Griggs.“Following a review of the evidence, we have authorised Kent Police to charge Mr Griggs with the murder of his wife, Debbie Griggs, in 1999.” A man whose pregnant wife disappeared 20-years ago has been charged with her murder, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has said.Mother of three, Debbie Griggs, 34, was reported missing by her husband Andrew on  5 May 1999.He told police she had left their home in the village of Walmer in Kent at around 10am that morning but had failed to return.Her white Peugeot 309 car was found a week later abandoned in nearby Deal.Despite widespread appeals and searches, no sign of Mrs Griggs was ever found and police said her bank account and credit cards had never been touched.In March 2007 the Griggs’ marriage was dissolved by a decree of presumption of death and a memorial service was held.Speaking at the time, the police officer in charge of the investigation, Det Ch Insp Dean Barnes said: “Kent police do not close investigations such as this and will continue to examine any new information that is provided.”Mr Griggs later moved to Dorset with his three sons in order to start a new life. In 2005, six years after his wife’s disappearance, he issued a statement through his solicitor, which said: “The police, to whom I reported her disappearance on the following day, have not found any trace of her either. It is very sad and I am always thinking of what might have happened to her.” read more

Geek deals Alienware M11x Core i3 ULV gaming laptop for 699

first_imgMost gaming laptops are a bit of a misnomer, as you would not want to place such a computer in your lap and portability was a technical attribute, if not a practical one. Indeed, the more common 17-inch laptop had a chassis so large and heavy that it might well have just been a highly compact all-in-one desktop computer. In more recent years, with the proliferation of switchable graphics and transistor size shrinks, a small, portable gaming laptop has become a reality.One such machine comes from no stranger to gaming machines: Alienware, now a subsidiary of Dell. Their M11x is a relatively tiny 11.6-inch that weighs just 4.39 lbs with a slightly chunky 1.29 inch thickness. On the inside of this small chassis you get a beefy Nvidia GeForce GT 335M 1GB graphics card, backed up by a Core i3 processor, capable of meeting most gaming desires on its 11.6-inch 720p display.Connecting your external monitor is no problem thanks to both HDMI and DisplayPort outputs, and of course you get the trademark over-the-top Alienware design with accent lights and keyboard backlighting. The M11x also retains its portability with good battery life thanks to switchable graphics and a relatively large 64Whr 8-cell battery.But what makes this beast the deal of the day is that this model starts at just $699, including those beastly Nvidia graphics and 4GB DDR3 RAM. If you’re itching for a more powerful processor, you can step up to the “r3” model with Core i5 or Core i7 processors starting at $924. All of these deals are limited, so don’t wait too long on this one!Visit LogicBuy for the Dell Alienware M11x Core i3 ULV deallast_img read more

Météorite un double cratère dimpact découvert au Maroc

first_imgMétéorite : un double cratère d’impact découvert au Maroc Un groupe de géologues marocains a annoncé la découverte d’un double cratère d’impact, fruit d’une chute météoritique survenue il y a 40.000 ans, selon eux. Situés dans le Haut Atlas marocain, les deux cratères étaient jusqu’à présents “cachés” sous deux lacs, Isli et Tislit à Imilchil.C’est une remarquable découverte qu’a dévoilée l’équipe du professeur Abderrahmane Ibhi de l’université Ibn Zohr d’Agadir au Maroc. Dans la région de Imilchil, ces chercheurs ont révélé l’existence d’un double cratère d’impact qui proviendrait d’une chute météoritique. Une trouvaille qui a été faite un peu par hasard… En effet, tout a commencé lorsque Lahcen, un Marocain a apporté un fragment qu’il croyait être un morceau de fer, au Laboratoire de Géopatrimoine et de Géomatériaux d’Agadir. Mais les chercheurs n’ont pas mis longtemps à se rendre compte de la vraie nature de l’objet trouvé près des lacs Tislit et Isli : il s’agissait d’une sidérite, une variété de météorite métallique, plus précisément, une ataxite, un type rare. Une expédition fructueuseC’est ainsi que les recherches ont commencé pour le professeur Ibhi, spécialiste des météorites qui a rapidement recueilli des photos satellitaires de la région où le morceau a été trouvé et a monté une expédition. C’est là que les chercheurs ont découvert l’existence du double cratère d’impact jusqu’ici cachés sous la forme de deux lacs, les deux étant séparés d’environ 9 kilomètres. Une trouvaille d’importance alors qu’ils représentent l’un des premiers cratères à être découvert au Maroc, souligne Abderrahmane Ibhi dans un communiqué.A l’aide d’équipements récents et d’instruments de détection métallique, les scientifiques ont pu récolter de nombreux fragments dans les couches sédimentaires. A l’issue de quoi une datation a pu être proposée : les cratères n’auraient pas plus de 40.000 ans et auraient bel et bien été causés par une météorite. “En se basant sur les résultats obtenus, nous pouvons affirmer que les structures circulaires (Isli et Tislit) du Haut Atlas central ont été formées par la chute d’une météorite d’un diamètre de l’ordre de 120 mètres”, précise le professeur.Une météorite qui s’est “cassée” en deux La formation de ce double cratère aurait été causée par la désintégration d’une météorite à son entrée dans notre atmosphère et de sa fragmentation en deux morceaux, qui auraient alors percuté le sol. C’est cet évènement qui aurait formé les cratères que les Marocains connaissent mieux sous forme de lac aujourd’hui et qui ont été rebaptisés Isli Imilchil (d’un diamètre de 1.500 mètres) et Tislit Imilchil (1.000 mètres). À lire aussiBoisson, météorite et Facebook, les actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 5 septembreLes habitants de Agoudal et Tasraft ont dit aux scientifiques avoir vu des fragments de ces cratères se vendre depuis juillet dernier dans la région. Les échantillons recueillis pèsent de 1,5 à 30 kg. Au total, 180 kg auraient été vendus à des commerçants de Arfoud ou Ouarzazate. Mais la quête des chercheurs ne fait que commencer : une nouvelle mission sera montée en décembre et des scientifiques italiens se grefferont à l’équipe en place afin d’étudier les cratères.D’autres cratères à découvrir au Maroc ?Ce genre de découverte est exceptionnelle au Maroc en en Afrique du Nord. A ce jour, on compterait 160 cratères découverts de par le monde dont la majorité se trouvent en Europe et au Canada. Mais les chercheurs estiment qu’il “doit y en avoir une proportion similaire sur toute la surface terrestre” et que le Maroc doit en cacher bien d’autres. D’autant plus que “c’est l’une des régions les plus favorables à la préservation des cratères d’impact”, explique le communiqué des chercheurs.Parmi les double cratères connus à ce jour, on peut citer ceux du Québec, le Clearwater East (32 kilomètres de diamètre) et le Clearwater West (22km) près de la baie d’Hudson; l’Arkenu I et II en Libye qui datent d’il y a 140 millions d’années ou encore le Wabar d’Arabie Saoudite (64 et 110 mètres de diamètre).Le 18 juillet 2013 à 10:52 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

11 Games to Play When Youre Finished With Red Dead Redemption 2

first_imgStay on target ‘Red Dead Online’ Finally Fully LaunchesThe Actual Pinkertons Are Suing the Makers of ‘Red Dead Redemption 2’ Let’s be frank: unless you’re some kind of machine, Red Dead Redemption 2 is going to keep you busy for a really long time. Once you finish the storyline — which is epic in its own right — Rockstar cuts you loose to wander the Old West (and East, technically) and do whatever you want for as long as you want. But all good things must come to an end, and eventually you’re going to be well and truly done with the game. But if your thirst for Western adventure isn’t slaked, we’ve got you covered. Here are 11 excellent games that scratch some of the same saddle itches as Red Dead Redemption 2.Lead And GoldJudging from Rockstar’s tremendous success with Grand Theft Auto Online, it’s only a matter of time before we get a multiplayer version of RDR 2 to waste time in. Until that day, though, why not pick up 2010’s Lead and Gold: Gangs of the Wild West, an underrated co-op shooter that featured six game modes and four classes, each of which had different weapons. One interesting twist was the “synergy” effect, which provided class-based bonuses for staying in proximity to your teammates. It’s not a terribly imaginative game but it’s polished and still fun if you can find people to play with.Get it HereCall of Juarez: GunslingerUbisoft’s Call of Juarez series had a pretty dire third installment, so the developers corrected course and went back to the Old West for the fourth game, Gunslinger. The player takes the role of bounty hunter Silas Greaves, who regales patrons at a dingy tavern with stories of his most incredible adventures. You play through them in flashback form, and as Silas’s audience challenges the historical accuracy of his retellings, the environment changes around him — a pretty cool way to use the “unreliable narrator” trope in gameplay. The shooting is fast and smooth, with the extra Duel mode letting you test your speed and accuracy in a series of one-on-one showdowns.Get it HereMad MaxWhile not set in a traditional Old West environment, the 2015 Mad Max game has a lot of similarities. You’re on your own in a vast, open space with lots of stunning vistas and a whole bunch of really dirty people who don’t care whether you live or die. Instead of a horse, you have Max’s trademark heavily modified Ford Falcon XB GT car, which you can soup up with parts and labor as you freely explore the wasteland. It’s not as opaque and narrative-heavy as Red Dead but has a similar feeling of being overwhelmed by the scale of the world around you, plus very satisfyingly gory car combat.Get it HereFreddy Pharkas: Frontier PharmacistLet’s dip into the retro bins for this comedic adventure developed by Leisure Suit Larry‘s Al Lowe for Sierra On-Line in 1993. The titular character retired from gunslinging after getting his ear shot off, but when a mysterious developer starts buying up the town of Coarsegold he must get to the bottom of the mystery. The 90s saw Sierra get into richer multimedia, with the characters in the game fully voiced and original opening and closing songs written by Josh Mandel. One interesting tidbit is that Sierra released two distinct versions — the floppy disc release, which omits the voice and songs, has way more jokes crammed into the text and dialogue.Get it HereWild Guns ReloadedThe original Wild Guns came out in 1994 for the Super Nintendo as a third-person shooter in the vein of CABAL, where the player controlled an avatar who could move left and right and shot into the screen aimed at a reticle. The aesthetic was something unique and bizarre, combining over-the-top anime and sci-fi influences with an Old West setting, and it was a whole pile of fun. Natsume brought back the game in 2016 as an enhanced remaster featuring additional stages, enemies, player characters and even four-player co-op. It’s a weird Western but a solid one.Get it HereHunt: ShowdownWe’re always a little nervous about recommending Early Access games to you, dear reader, but Hunt: Showdown is stable and fun enough that the risk is worth it. This competitive PVP game with heavy PVE elements casts you as a bounty hunter in the swamps of 1890s Louisiana, paid to take down hideous monsters while you deal with other hunters looking to take the job. It’s a wildly atmospheric first-person shooter that requires you to pay close attention to the environment to survive, from hunting down your quarry to setting up the kill. And once you prevail, the real fun begins: you need to escape the swamp with proof and all the other players are working to stop you. It’s a little more fantastic than RDR but equally atmospheric and cool.Get it HereWesterado: Double BarrelledOne of the more interesting things about Red Dead Redemption II is how deliberately primitive the control system is. Life in the Old West was difficult and time-consuming, and if you enjoyed the feeling of having to do everything your damn self, Westerado will bring you that in spades. The retro-looking title manages to do a solid job of simulating a real-feeling world, where the decisions you make and the people you kill on your quest to avenge your family have real consequences. Because the culprit is different each time, you’ll want to replay this one and see just what kind of chaos you can elicit.Get it HereHard WestFor a more strategic experience, plug in oddball turn-based tactics game Hard West, developed by CreativeForge Games. Drawing inspiration from the XCom series, the game puts you in control of a squad of gunmen over short campaigns that pit you against both other desperadoes and Satanic entities from the pit of Hell. The game goes heavy on atmosphere, with eerie ghost towns, lonely prairies and abandoned mines hosting your combats. Throw in a clever character-building system that lets you customize your cowboys in a wide variety of ways and you’ve got a solid time sink.Get it HereFallout: New VegasYou’re probably hype for Fallout 76, but if you want a more Western post-apocalyptic experience, why not take a trip back to New Vegas? Set in the American Southwest after nuclear war, the environment is probably pretty close to the way it was before the Gold Rush, only with more mutants. As the Courier, you need to transport a package across the Mojave to New Vegas, but on the way you get caught up in all sorts of nonsense. It’s got a similar feel to RDR with a massive world full of things to do like gambling and crafting, as well as a reputation system that determines how people interact with you.Get it Here12 Is Better Than 6Most Western games take their visual inspiration from the classic movies of the genre – lots of sun-dappled vistas and mud-brown frontier towns. The developers of recent indie success 12 Is Better Than 6 went in a… different direction. The top-down action will remind you of Hotline Miami, but all the artwork is hand-drawn in black and white for an experience like playing through a kid’s notebook doodles. You play an escaped Mexican slave on the warpath for revenge across a number of innovative, violent missions with satisfying gunplay and an array of weapons.Get it HereA Fistful Of GunIf you’re on the market for something a little shallower, 2015 indie title A Fistful Of Gun might be more your speed. The creation of New Zealand developer Paul Hart, it’s a top-down shooter that features eleven different characters, each with their own individualized control scheme and weaponry. One makes you flick the joystick to shoot, another wields two pistols, each of which is fired with a different button – you get the idea. This might feel gimmicky at first, but it’s a clever way to extend replayability and polish different skillsets. The game is also wickedly hard, with limited lives and no continue feature pushing the old-school arcade comparisons.Get it HereMore on‘Red Dead Redemption 2’ Isn’t Boring108 More Characters We Want Confirmed for ‘Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’The Complete History of Platform Gameslast_img read more

Clark County employment chills in October with 100 jobs lost

first_imgClark County shed 100 jobs in October, a slight blemish on an otherwise healthy regional economy.According to Scott Bailey, regional economist for the Employment Security Department, it’s not unusual for the county to rise and fall month to month. For example, Clark County lost jobs in August and then gained some again in September.“We have these months every now and then, and then we kick in with a big gain,” he said of the Tuesday jobs report.The unemployment rate, which is not seasonally adjusted, still fell by one-tenth of a percent to 4.4 percent. It’s the sixth consecutive month Clark County has posted an unemployment rate below 5 percent.Bailey added that the unemployment rate fell despite the loss of 100 jobs because they are measured somewhat differently. As far as gauges of economic health go, Bailey said, unemployment rates aren’t as useful as job growth, but they are similar.“Over a longer period of time, they tend to coincide pretty closely,” Bailey said.Without adjusting for seasonal trends, Clark County lost 1,200 jobs in October. That drop was led mainly by leisure and hospitality, which Bailey said is tied to the hiring trend of a specific company that he couldn’t disclose for privacy reasons.last_img read more

State contemplates how it will pay for the budget

first_imgAs the state legislature begins the final month of the session- one big question is looming: How are lawmakers going to pay for the budget?Even with several hundred million dollars in cuts, the state has a more than 3 billion dollar deficit to fill.Download AudioSen. Pete Kelly speaking on Senate floor (Stock Photo by Skip Gray/Gavel Alaska)Members of the Republican-led Senate majority differ with Governor Bill Walker on whether the state must permanently address all of its budget problems this year – and whether the state needs new taxes.Much of the debate is focused on how far Permanent Fund earnings should be restructured to pay for government on an ongoing basis, like Walker has proposed. Or, whether to just draw from the earnings reserve like the state has in previous years, as some legislators favor.Senator Peter Micciche says  the government only has to close part of the budget gap this year. In part, that’s because it can expect higher returns from oil prices in the future.He sees similarities between Alaska’s situation – having saved money in Permanent Fund earnings – and that of a family saving for college.“And our child just graduated from high school and we’re saying, actually we’re not going to use that money that we’ve saved for the last 18 years for you,” said Micciche. “We’re going to find some other way to pay for your college, but we’re not sure what it is right now. When you look at where we are financially, our child just graduated from high school, and it’s time to start thinking about how we’re going to use our sovereign wealth most effectively.”Governor Walker wants a long-term solution, so that the revenue the state brings in this year will be stable in the future.State Attorney General Craig Richards worked on the centerpiece of Walker’s plan – to change Permanent Fund earnings into a stable source of revenue. He says the state’s situation is more like a family facing retirement without its longtime source of revenue than a family paying for four years of college.Gov. Bill Walker (File photo by Jeremy Hsieh/KTOO)“Alaska lived– for 30 years lived off very generous petroleum revenues,” Richards said. “Due to prices and production declines, we no longer can, so we’ve built up a huge savings account to essentially live off in the later years. And we’re at those later years, so to me, that’s why it’s all about you need to draw from your retirement assets in a sustainable manner, because we need to live off of that money for a very long time.”Walker also supports introducing an income tax, and increasing other taxes, to build a sustainable budget. But Republican leaders are skeptical of the need for more taxes. They do want to draw from the Permanent Fund earnings reserve and other savings accounts – but with less extensive changes than those proposed by Walker.And Senate Budget Committee Co-Chairman Pete Kelly, a Fairbanks Republican, also wants to cut spending more.He says nothing happened to government services after the state sustained nearly 400 million dollars in cuts in the current budget year.“That tells me, it was that fat,” said Kelly. “It was at least fat by 400 million dollars in the day-to-day operations. We’re going to do it again. And you know what, it’s possible, I don’t think it’s likely but it’s possible that we’ll go too far. In which case, guess what, we can come back here next year and fix it.”Anchorage Democratic Senator Berta Gardner says she’s concerned that more cuts could destroy programs that would take time to rebuild. And she questioned Kelly’s statement that nothing happened after this year’s cuts.“I would propose if he thinks that,” Gardner said. “He should talk to fishermen, he should talk with seniors, our lowest-income seniors, he should talk with students, and with teachers, who all are experiencing great changes in their world because of the cuts that we’ve made.”Gardner says an advantage of Walker’s approach is that it would affect all state residents – and nonresidents who make money in the state, in the case of the income tax.She notes that the state is facing credit downgrades if it doesn’t address the budget shortfall, which will raise the cost for the state to borrow money.Walker says he’s willing to work with legislators, but he wants that work to lead to a sustainable budget.“Alaska deserves a conclusion this year,” Walker said. “They deserve a product that’s finished this year. So, we can do it. All the tools are there. All of the motivations are there. If we don’t, we know what the price is if we don’t. The price for kicking the can down the road is way too expensive for Alaska.”Legislators expect to resolve how to pay for the budget toward the end of the legislative session.last_img read more

Switch Games That Arent Zelda Human Resource Machine

first_img Controller Patent Teases SNES Games on SwitchPlay These Nintendo Switch Games Before ‘Pokemon Sword and Shield&… Stay on target If you have a Nintendo Switch, chances are you also have The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. The new Zelda is a massive, phenomenal game that you can and should play for dozens of hours. But eventually, you’re going to want to play something new on your Nintendo console/handheld hybrid. Switch Games That Aren’t Zelda is a new column highlighting cool, smaller Switch games to check out once you’ve saved Hyrule.I really could have picked any of Tomorrow Corporation’s games, previously available on other platforms and now on Nintendo Switch for $10 each, as a suitable Zelda supplement. They’re all great in their own special ways. World of Goo could have settled for being an incredibly clever physics-based indie Wii puzzle game. But then it paired that gameplay with cute, strange, lovely, ever-so-morbid cartoon visuals and a subtle, bizarre, dark, uplifting storyline to match. Little Inferno followed this same path with a cheeky satire of free-to-play games (you waste time burning stuff to earn more money to buy more stuff to burn) that’s a flat-out artistic statement.I’m choosing to highlight Human Resource Machine, though, for a few reasons. It’s the developer’s most recent game. I had never played it before now, and it’s perhaps the most valuable Tomorrow Corporation game on an educational level. Zelda makes you think, but Human Resource Machine is a semester in college.AdChoices广告In Human Resource Machine you play as an office employee moving up the ranks of the company by repeating various menial tasks. Tomorrow Corporation’s house art style and muzak lend themselves perfectly to the corporate satire. Each level represents a year of your life and is punctuated by coffee breaks. But the real purpose of the corporation metaphor is to help players better understand what is, in reality, a fairly complex coding game.Solving puzzles in Human Resource Machine requires you to wrap your head around assembly language. As far as actual coding languages go, assembly language isn’t the most complicated. But for a video game, it’s definitely more challenging than matching blocks of the same color. Players must write a script to move numbers from the inbox to the outbox according to the level’s parameters. That can be as simple as adding numbers together or as elaborate as arranging numbers according to the Fibonacci Sequence. Players build these programs using a list of commands like “increase N by 1” or “jump to the beginning of the code.” They gain more options as they progress to write more powerful programs.Unless you’re a mathematical savant, Human Resource Machine gets very difficult very quickly while providing little help. In just the first half of the game you’re solving problems that make you feel smarter than Bill Gates and Katherine Johnson’s hidden love-child after you crack them. Even after looking up the solutions to some problems and watching them successfully play out, I had a tough time truly figuring out the logic that made it all go. But if you’re smarter than me you can tackle optional challenges or try to solve earlier puzzles even more efficiently. After that, you may want to look into actually learning how to code. You’ll already have a head start.Playing Human Resource Machine with the Switch’s touchscreen works fine, but this is also one of the first Switch games that replicates pointer functionality with the Joy-Cons motion sensors. Once calibrated, you can point the Joy-Con at the Switch’s screen or the TV screen to move a cursor around, and it feels pretty smooth and natural. Hopefully, future Switch games don’t forget that they can access this feature.If you haven’t yet played any Tomorrow Corporation games, I would still probably recommend you check out World of Goo first and then Little Inferno if you have a loose interpretation of what “fun” means. However, Human Resource Machine is a demanding mental workout that made me push myself in a way few games do. Together these represent an excellent trifecta of Switch Games That Aren’t Zelda.Check back next week for another Switch Game That Isn’t Zelda.Want to learn more? Here’s everything you need to know about the Nintendo Switch.Buy it now!The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the WildNintendo SwitchEssential Nintendo Switch Accessorieslast_img read more

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first_imgGAYSTARNEWS- The young man hurled insults at the women in Portland, Oregon (Photo: Facebook) ‘Dykerooni and Femmykins jumped on the curb and yelled “what the fuck, dude?!?”‘Their language was awful but they were fearful and shocked. Floppy haired blonde boy, who was no prince at all, yelled “get out of the road you fucking dykes!” Out of nowhere, the truck u-turned and came to a halt.‘Next, would be surfer boy jumped out of the vehicle.’It was at this point that the altercation began and Wendy thought it wise to start filming.What happened to the lost dog?Asked by a Facebook friend what happened to the dog, Wendy replies: ‘OH! That’s the best part! While femmeroo was yelling at the incompetent police officer for refusing to do his job, the family drove by and yelled “is that our dog??” And they were tearfully reunited!’Wendy also said that the couple had received lots of messages of support, but wished no harm upon the young man in the video.‘He’s clearly troubled and angry’‘I know a lot of it is just blowing off steam but I want to say that I’m not finding joy from the threats of violence against the kid in my video. He’s clearly troubled and angry. I’m angry too but I want my community responding with love where possible.‘My heart is so full from the kind words I’ve received and the beautiful acts being planned in “retaliation”. We don’t have to respond to him with love, but we should absolutely be responding to the world with grand acts of love and beauty.’Local Portland Police Sergeant Chris Burley told KATU News the office involved in the incident is now writing a report on it. However, it doesn’t automatically mean it will be treated as a hate crime.‘As a police officer, as a member of the gay community, I – it’s extremely offensive language. Just because of hateful speech, an officer cannot necessarily take somebody into custody.’Wendy told GSN that it’s not the first time Judy has experienced homophobic abuse.‘Tru hears stuff like that all the time but never as aggressively. I am straight passing so I have never experienced anything of the sort in Portland.’She said Facebook told them it had removed the video for violating its terms of service based on hate speech.‘The police originally refused to even take our names or write a report but because the video went viral they are now investigating and we have filed a complaint against the officer.’See alsoGay guy shares smiling, but bloody selfie after homophobic assault eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) The women, Trudy and Wendy Dragoon, found a lost dog Sunday afternoon and knocked on local doors to try and locate the owner. This escalated into a confrontation with a young man.‘You look like a fucking man, let’s go,’ the man says while raising his fists at Trudy. ‘Act like a fucking man, get hit like one, cunt. Gay pride ass bitch!‘Come on, come on, you’re a fucking woman. I’d fucking knock you on your fat ass, you fat cow.’He later calls the women ‘dumb’: ‘Get the fuck going, cow. Go fucking scissor each other,’ he says, making hand gestures to suggest a sexual encounter.Trudy, unintimidated by his language and threatening behavior, challenges him.‘You think that you scare me?’ she ask the unidentified man.‘Oh, I’m so scared of a fucking lesbian!’ he scoffs.The video was shared to Trudy’s Facebook page earlier this week and quickly racked up tens of thousands of views. However, it was then removed from Facebook – prompting Trudy to repost it earlier today.She says the video ended when a local policeman turned up in his vehicle.No immediate help from the lawIn her original video posting, she commented: ‘A “good guy cop” rolled up and CLEARLY did not want to help us. Before he even got out of the car he was telling us to ignore him and just walk away. Then told us he couldn’t do anything.‘These little fuckers live around the corner,’ she says. ‘It will take them no time to figure out which house is ours so I guess we wait until we are physically assaulted before we can get help.’She later told her local TV station that the policeman appeared reluctant to get involved, telling her and her wife, ‘Not until he actually physically assaults you, there’s nothing that can be done.’Trying to track down owner of lost dogToday, Wendy posted an explanation to Facebook of what had happened in the run up to the confrontation.She says they found a dog and hit upon the idea of taking the dog out on a leash to see if it might lead them to its home.We’re reprinting the rest of Wendy’s story in her own words.‘So sweety pants dykey poo and their incredibly brilliant, and startlingly beautiful, femme wife put pupperooni on a leash and went for a walk. Suddely, they arrived at an intersection. The doggo wanted to proceed forward. Dykester and Femmebot looked left. Then looked right.‘A truck was approaching but it was far away and not menacing so they stepped once. Then twice. They kept stepping forward until they were in the middle of the intersection. Suddenly, the truck got very loud and very fast and sped towards them! Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . A man in Portland, Oregon has been caught on camera hurling homophobic abuse at a gay couple. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Shocking footage shows gay man verbally abused and then punched in surprise attackThe most crazy things straight guys have done to not ‘seem gay’Bisexual porn star reveals the differences between gay and straight pornRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  : read more

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first_img How are shingles vaccines administered? Check out the for the answer. AllMedX AllMedX What are the guidelines for shingles vaccination? Visit to review. I consent to the use of Google Analytics and related cookies across the TrendMD network (widget, website, blog). Learn more We recommend Does everyone need the second dose of the shingles vaccine? Find out on AllMedX Garmin has introduced a new wristwatch for the military-minded, adding to its Instinct series of timepieces with a rugged iteration that might be of interest to folks operating after dark. The Instinct Tactical Edition features all the hallmarks of a modern-day smartwatch, but with a stealth mode for concealing a user’s location and a special mode for wearers of night vision goggles. Garmin’s line of Instinct smartwatches are rated to military standards for thermal, shock and water resistance, enabling them to operate at depths of up to 100 m (330 ft). They’ll display notifications from a smartphone and track heart rate, steps taken, calories burned, come with GPS, GLONASS and Galileo location tracking built in and are pre-loaded with activities to monitor cycling, swimming, running and other forms of movement.The Tactical Edition builds on this with extra adventure-oriented modes of operation, including Jumpmaster for different types of skydiving, while dual-positioning mode allows for two sets of coordinates to be shown on the scratch-resistant display at the same time. AllMedX Who is most likely to get shingles? Visit and learn the answer. Yes No AllMedX The new Garmin Instinct Tactical Edition smartwatch comes in a couple of colorsGarmin AllMedX Google Analytics settings Privacy policy Powered by Does the shingles vaccine prevent chicken pox? Get the facts on Do you administer the shingles vaccine in your practice? Details on Entering stealth mode disables all wireless communications and means that the device won’t store and share the user’s GPS position, though it will still be visible to the user on the display. Activating night vision mode, meanwhile, changes the backlighting so the display can be read while the user is wearing night vision goggles. The display is encased in a fiber-polymer case and wraps around the wrist with a vented silicone band. Battery is rated for up to 14 days of use in smartwatch mode and 40 days in Garmin’s UltraTrac battery-saving mode. The Instinct Tactical Edition is available now for a price of US$350. Source: Garminlast_img read more

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first_imgNews | September 25, 2008 Is Radiology on the Path to Extinction? September 26, 2008 — The October issue of the Journal of the American College of Radiology (JACR) examines the growing threats to the survival and professionalism of radiology and the ways radiologists can combat them — by distinguishing themselves to referring physicians as experts, engaging in subspecialty training and become increasingly involved in patient care.In the article “Presidential Address: Distinction or Extinction?” author Barry D. Pressman, M.D., FACR, said that imaging use is growing at five times the rate of the radiologist population, and radiologists score highest among other specialties for acceptable image quality. Pressman urges radiologist colleagues to take the lead in combating commoditization by continuing to deliver value to the health care system through frequent patient and referring physician interactions, initiating research opportunities and delivering quality interpretive consultations, rather than just a list of findings, through their reports.Compensation for radiologists will likely slow as they are pushed into practicing in larger organizations, according to Frank Levy, Ph.D., author of “Computers and the Supply of Radiology Services: Anatomy of a Disruptive Technology.” The explosion of computers and their benefit to productivity will lead to some market growth; however, this growth will be paired with the need for increased specialization as competition for reads among nonradiologist physicians increases. The author emphasizes that the economic position of radiology is no different that that of any other occupation, and is prone to changes in supply and demand.For more information:, FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享last_img read more

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first_imgHate to bring up a negative, but again, you did allude to it here. Phil Dawson again another missed field goal under 40 yards. How many of those missed field goals under 40 yards do you lay at the feet of Phil Dawson?Well, I mean, he’s got to be held accountable for it. It was a low snap. I don’t know the technicalities of the field goal position as well as the specialists themselves, but in my opinion, when you’re getting paid, you got to make those kicks. I don’t think that’s any secret.Again, a low snap: I thought (holder) Andy Lee got it up. I know there is some timing and some rhythm issues, but that’s something we have to look at and get fixed here very quickly.Is it one of those things where, are you bringing in a kicker this week or does the Thursday game kind of mess with that and you’ll worry about it next week?That certainly messes with it, the short period of time. Turnover is going to be an issue. The hard part is, the preseason and everything we saw out of Phil moving forward felt like he was going to be a huge addition to this team and bring consistency to that spot. For whatever reason, things aren’t clicking right now. How do you feel about Thursday Night Football?I mean, it’s certainly a challenge. But listen, anytime we’re able to play on national television in front of our home crowd, that’s exciting to me. But it is: It’s a challenge to get them ready. It’s a little more mental preparation than it is physical preparation throughout the week. Then on the other hand, you get a little mini-bye on the backend. It gives you time to rest and recover for the next game, where we’ll travel to Houston.You have a chance to get a guy healthy, or two, if there are any injuries that you incur. It’s exciting, again. Any time you can play on national television on primetime … and our guys usually play well at home under a very energetic crowd at University of Phoenix Stadium. I’m excited.I know you know a lot of people inside the San Francisco 49ers organization, high up so-to-speak. Do you sense a culture shift with that football team going forward?I think so. I think the one thing: even though they are, what? Now 0-9. I think that, number one, they play extremely hard. And number two, I have a lot of respect for Coach (Kyle) Shanahan. I think he does a lot of phenomenal things from a pre-snap standpoint, whether it’s his motions and adjustments that try to create mismatches. Nobody I respect more than John Lynch, their general manager who’s a friend of mine and a guy who just gets it. He’s a good football guy. He’s played the game and he just has a great temperament about him. I think moving forward they’ll have some success and they have the right guys in position to take them there. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling It’s Keim Time.Steve, good morning. Congratulations on the win. How are you?Good morning. Always good to get a taste of a loss out of your mouth, especially when you have to go into a bye week. It takes time to marinate. Hopefully a lot of our players had taken that time to rest and relax and recover. It seemed like we played with some energy yesterday and did some good things.As a guy that played 10 years in the National Football League, I have seen many backup quarterbacks step into a huddle, and you could see the terror on their face. Talk a little bit about Drew Stanton being 7-3 as a starter in this organization.I think it just starts with the fact that he’s a pro. So many things, necessary skills, to play that position are really under-looked. Not only just the ability to regurgitate the play in the huddle, to be able to make the checks and the line calls, to be able to identify the defense, to be able to put you in the right play. All that pre-snap stuff is one thing.Once the ball is snapped and the bullets are flying, to be able to make the right reads and to confidently place the ball in the right area. And Drew’s done a nice job. Not many backups in the league I think can put you in that position. There’s no doubt that we knew that we had to run the football effectively, and I don’t think that’s a secret moving forward this season. We were able to create some balance yesterday, just like we did in Tampa. When we play with balance, good things happen. I think that as a group they’re starting to gel, they’re playing better. They have an awfully tough task this Thursday. We know Seattle’s defensive front is one of the better (ones) in the league. Again, if we can stay committed to the run, we can get some positive yards on the ground. There’s not doubt in my mind we can create balance and have some success.It seems to me just watching him over the last year and a half, D.J. Humphries might be the most improved guy on the football team right now. Have you found your cornerstone tackle?I think so. I think the one thing about him is, when we drafted him, we knew he was a very good talent that possessed all the left tackle traits with the feet, the length, the athleticism. Unfortunately, when we drafted him he was 20, 21 years old and a third-year junior, and he was naive and immature. So once we got him in our system, worked with him for a year — we redshirted him so-to-speak — (he) grew up a lot and has really matured. The one thing about him that you like is he’s ultra-competitive and he likes playing the game.The one thing that he brings to the table is a physicality in the run game that we had not had. His natural ability to bend his knees and his hips, and to roll in the run game and create movement at the point, he is very, very explosive through his hips — which again is very hard to find in left tackles. Usually those guys are finesse guys who are better on their feet in pass protection. He’s got the ability to be both. He’s just got to continue to keep working his technique, his footwork, his sets, his hand placement, and I think he’s going to be a fine player for many years to come. What impressed you the most when you looked at the film?Probably the ability to create a run game and do it consistently. I thought that Alex Boone and D.J. Humphries did an excellent job with the double teams and creating movement in the line, giving Adrian a chance to use his eyes and physicality between the tackles. The guy continues to impress me at his age with his footspeed, acceleration, his abilty to finish runs. Thirty-seven carries is unheard of. I think that’s the most in his career.Like (offensive coordinator) Harold Goodwin said earlier in the week, the more you feed him, the better he gets.What’d you see that’s gotta get cleaned up?There’s a lot of things. (It) starts with, you got to score in the red zone when we’re down there, so there continues to be red-zone issues. Field goal unit to me is a major disappointment, not only from a kicking standpoint, but for blocking and technical standpoint. There’s some things that really need to be cleaned up. The pass protection I thought was solid — we didn’t give up a sack, there were a few hits.Defensively, you know, I just think we need to play with more consistency. Consistently become better tacklers, and then whenever it’s third down conversions, get off the field where we’re not giving up seam routes and some of those easy throws. Continue to challenge receivers and get off the field. LISTEN: Steve Keim, Cardinals GM – / 28center_img A 20-10 road win over the 0-9 San Francisco 49ers didn’t have the Arizona Cardinals screaming for attention as NFC West contenders, but the Week 9 performance was at least stabilizing for a team that has lost two of its key offensive players for the foreseeable future.So what’d general manager Steve Keim think about it?Keim joins Doug & Wolf on 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station every Monday morning during the season. After a record-setting day for running back Adrian Peterson and a win in backup quarterback Drew Stanton’s first full game replacing the injured Carson Palmer, Keim reviewed the improvements he saw as the Cardinals look ahead to a Thursday meeting with the Seattle Seahawks. 5 Comments   Share   Your browser does not support the audio element. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories We just have to go back to the basics and really dig in and see what’s going wrong and see if we can fix it. Again, it cannot happen again.You brought back Karlos Dansby of course — Karlos’ third stint with the organization — and he got number 20. He’s part of the 40-20 club. Forty sacks, 20 picks. There are five guys in the history of the National Football League that have done that. Talk about Karlos Dansby and the impact he’s made on this defense.Just being with Karlos several times here over the years, you knew his leadership was infectious. He’s a great locker room guy. He’s extremely intelligent, great getting our defense lined up. Forty sacks and 20 interceptions, what a tremendous accomplishment, there’s no doubt about it. Really does, to me, cap off a great career he’s already had.Now, I will say this: After the game, B.A. gave him an opportunity to give a speech, and he may be one of the worst speech-givers I’ve ever heard.Do you feel like after watching the film of the last couple weeks … how do you feel about the O-line coming together with a little more stability in the actual personnel?Slowly but surely, it’s starting to improve. Again, we have to help them. I don’t think there’s any offensive lineman in the NFL that’s equipped to pass-protect every snap. Defenses tee off and there are talented rushers on most teams. You just can’t win like that. We have to stay committed to the run, create that balance and give those guys a chance. Once we’re able to establish a little bit of the run game, it really diminishes our pass protection problems. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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years Dudley has volunteered for three separate clinical trials of three different male contraceptive methods Hes taken a daily pill for a month rubbed a hormonal gel on his chest and had an injection of hormones into his left butt cheek If all the methods were available today hed choose the injection for its long-lasting convenience "I would totally use it" he says Dudley who is currently in a long-distance relationship wants to do his part to increase contraception options for men and take the burden of pregnancy prevention off women "which is an injustice" the medical student at the University of Washington says "Theres been much less money and effort put into safely and effectively lowering mens fertility" Isabella Connelley and Bethan Mooney for TIME Women currently bear the greatest responsibility for preventing pregnancy with nearly a dozen options for birth control including longer-term solutions like the IUD and the implant and short-term strategies like the diaphragm and the vaginal ring For several decades men have had only two: the condom (with a failure rate of close to 20%) and the vasectomy which is considered largely irreversible and involves minor surgery There has not been a new commercial contraceptive for men in several decades That may change thanks to new clinical trials and shifting perceptions of gender responsibilities Today theres a renewed reckoning over the negotiations surrounding the bedroom including overdue conversations about consent Scientists are hoping that the time is right to change the current contraception imbalance and are launching clinical trials of different methods including pills and gels this year with the hopes that they will attract drug companies with promising results Industry analysts believe theres money to made If a new male contraceptive method is approved in the next five years the market is projected to be around $1 billion by 2024 and could grow at rate of 6% over the next ten years according to Global Market Insights Finally theres a pressing need: In the United States alone 45% of pregnancies are unplanned and yet public health strategy to prevent them largely ignores 50% of the population The arrival of the female birth control pill in 1960 started a sexual revolution helping women level the playing field Its debut in the US market changed society in unanticipated ways too College enrollment was 20% higher among American women who could access the pill legally by age 18 in 1970 compared with women who could not and one-third of the wage gains women have made since the 1960s are considered a result of oral contraceptives access according to a Planned Parenthood report But female methods have not solved the worlds unplanned pregnancy problem: in the US studies suggest its common for women to cycle through multiple types of birth control before settling on one that works While women often struggle with birth control satisfaction the burden of pregnancy prevention almost always falls on them with 62% of all women of reproductive age currently using a contraceptive method Even when it comes to permanent measures female sterilization remains a much more common procedure than vasectomy in the US Not only do women endure all the physical risks when a birth control method fails they assume the social ones too: A 2018 Denmark study found that a womans income sharply declines after having her first childa drop not experienced by menthat ultimately causes women to earn 20% less than men throughout the rest of their career Adrienne Ton 25 who is studying to become a family nurse practitioner at Columbia University and is currently dating Dudley says women may initially find it difficult to relinquish some control over pregnancy prevention but that it can create more balance in a relationship “Women are so used to carrying that burden and are socialized to think it’s our responsibility” she says “But I think women would be willing to have more protection” Ton says at first she was nervous about Dudley’s trials but that she thinks it’s “amazing” he’s willing to volunteer Past surveys suggest that at least 50% of men would use new male contraceptives with men in stable relationships being the most open to taking a daily pill While some scientists are exploring hormonal options for men that suppress testosterone and sperm production other researchers are exploring non-hormonal options In India an injection procedure that stops sperm from escaping the testes is awaiting government approval and in the US a start-up and a non-profit organization are working on similar approaches Recently the pill method Dudley tested showed promise: Researchers gave Dudley and 82 other men a drug called dimethandrolone undecanoate or DMAU which lowers certain hormones like testosterone that are required for sperm production The small study found that the once-daily pill appeared safe and among men who took the highest dose it was able to suppress hormones needed for sperm development to extremely low levels with no serious side effects The scientists behind the DMAU pill trialfrom the University of Washington Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute and elsewherehave worked in the field for years and say theres welcome and unprecedented energy around their research today "We have a lot of positive momentum right now" says study author Dr Stephanie Page the division head for metabolism and endocrinology at the University of Washington School of Medicine "I think the field may be in a different place because the public is expressing quite a bit of interest There are changes happening socially It seems different from 15 years ago" Kristoffer Thordarson 22 has participated in early studies of male contraceptive methods at the University of Washington School of Medicine Ian Allen for TIME Like Dudley Kristoffer Thordarsona California native and self-described "beach bum"is currently studying microbiology at the University of Washington and has volunteered in multiple clinical trials for male birth control methods At the end of January Thordarson 22 got a DMAU-containing injection into his right abdomen to lower his sperm count to nearly negligibleunless he got the placebo that is He was told not to use the method as contraception just in case "It felt like I was being stung by a bee" he says Thordarson and Dudley agree that the pain from the needle is a worthy burden to bear if it means theyre doing their part to progress the science behind male contraceptives and in their opinion right a wrong "I think having both men and women be responsible for preventing unwanted pregnancies will alleviate a lot of the misogyny and crap that women face" says Thordarson In the pill study Dudley participated in men experienced drops in testosterone to levels that classified their bodies as medically castrated The men didnt experience serious side effects however because DMAU mimics testosterone throughout the body Eight of the men taking the drug reported decreased libido and five men taking the drug reported acne The researchers plan to test the effects of the pill on another 100 men before moving on to a longer trial with couples In the meantime the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Population Council with the help of several universities around the world are planning to kick off one of the largest male contraceptive trials to date in June for a gel contraceptive Research behind the gel method is moving faster than the pill largely because when taken orally lab-made testosterone (which is used in male contraceptives) clears the body quickly and researchers say gels get absorbed into the skin and stay in the bloodstream longer than pill versions so far The gel trial will enroll over 400 couples in six countries and require men to rub the gel onto their upper arms and shoulders once a day The gel contains a synthetic progestin called nestoronewhich blocks the testes from making enough testosterone to produce spermand a synthetic testosterone which will counteract subsequent hormonal imbalances Once the mens sperm count has reached a low enough level the men and women will agree to rely solely on the gel as their birth control The study sitesincluding Pages labare starting recruitment and the plan is for the trial to launch this summer The much-maligned condom in some form has been around since Imperial Rome though the first recorded descriptions appeared in the 16th century The condom evolved from animal intestine to latex and gained mass appeal during times of war The German military began supplying members with condoms during World War I to prevent sexually transmitted diseases and by 1918 condoms were legalized in the US for disease prevention Mens other birth control option the vasectomy was first described in the 19th century as a procedure for dogs before becoming a method to treat enlarged prostates or as an alternative to castration During the first half of the 20th century vasectomies were used as part of state-backed eugenics programs whereby criminals in prisons were forced to have vasectomies By the second half of the century men started to get the procedure electively and today it is estimated that between 175000 to 550000 vasectomies are performed every year in the US Isabella Connelley and Bethan Mooney for TIME The modern search for a third male contraceptive kicked off clinical trials in the early 1970s when both the US and Chinese government launched studies on potential sperm-suppressing compounds that could be taken by pill Chinese researchers ran trials of gossypol a chemical thats derived from seeds of cotton plants in over 8000 men Daily gossypol pills lowered mens sperm count but some of the men did not return to their usual fertility levels after ending the pills and several experienced severe drops in their potassium Ultimately the work was discontinued over concerns about the side effects Also in the early 1970s researchers backed by the NIH started experimenting with injectable male hormonal birth control options Early studies showed that with the right combination of testosterone and the synthetic hormone progestin a mans sperm count could be substantially lowered Pharmaceutical companies Organon and Schering teamed up on a clinical trial in the early 2000s: Around 300 men were given progestogen implants and injections of testosterone and though the men experienced side effects like acne weight gain and mood issues they also experienced dramatic drops in sperm counts But after the pharmaceutical giant Bayer bought Schering in 2006 (Bayer is one of the top sellers of female birth control with brands like Mirena and Yaz) both companies closed their research programs "Once the acquisition was finalized [Bayer] conducted a thorough review of the product portfolio to ensure that the business was investing resources in therapeutic areas that would bring the greatest benefits to patients while ensuring the company was operating in a financially responsible manner" says Courtney Mallon deputy director of US Pharmaceuticals Product Communications for Bayer in an email to TIME "Ultimately the decision was made to halt male contraceptive research and we currently do not have plans to pursue in the future" Another former company called Sterling Drug tested a fertility-suppressing compound called WIN 18446 As Bloomberg Businessweek reported the researchers discovered their method didnt mix well with alcohol An inmate at Oregon State Penitentiary who was partaking in the trial drank contraband scotch and became "violently ill" A few scientists are keeping that research going on a small scale but they lack funding from pharmaceutical companies or government grants For regulators the future of male contraceptives may come down to one question: How much physical risk should a man carry From a regulation perspective scientists say its harder to justifyeven if its a harsh or a dated viewthat a healthy person should take a medication and deal with its side effects to prevent an outcome from happening to someone else The results from a trial published in 2016 illustrate the problem The study which began ten years ago was one of the largest male contraceptive trials and launched in 10 study sites around the globe with support from groups like the World Health Organization (WHO) and United Nations Development Programme On paper the trial results showed the contraceptivewhich used a combination of a long-acting testosterone and a derivative of the female hormonal progesteronewas an early success The 320 men with the consent of their female partners agreed to undergo injections every two months of the hormones which were designed to substantially lower their sperm count and then use that method as their primary form of birth control The findings were stunning: hormonal injections given to the men were 96% effective at suppressing their sperm and preventing pregnancy and the vast majority of men said they would use it if it came to market (likely in pill form) Dr Stephanie Page of the University of Washington School of Medicine is co-leading clinical trials of male contraceptive options including a pill and a gel method Ian Allen for TIME And yet despite the methods popularity and how well it worked an independent panel appointed by the WHO argued that the side effects experienced by some of the menincluding mood swings and depressionwere unsafe "I did not agree" says study co-author Gabriela Noé a male contraceptive researcher at the Instituto Chileno de Medicina Reproductiva in Santiago Chile "Its true there were side effects but they were mild and well-tolerated" Researchers say the closure of the study may say less about mens willingness to "put up" with the same side effects women do and more about whether regulators think they should In fact over 80% of the men in the shuttered trial said they would use the method if it were available "Theres this idea that men wont tolerate any side effects" says Page "But we certainly dont know that" The decision to end the trialwhich was published in 2016 in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolismsparked criticism among the reproductive health community with some arguing that women regularly deal with significant side effects from their hormonal birth control including mood swings depression acne strokes low libido blood clots and more "The side effects were no different from female hormonal contraception" says study co-author David J Handelsman a professor of reproductive endocrinology and andrology at the University of Sydney adding that he was "definitely not" in agreement that the trial should end Interviews with nine of the reports authors revealed that many of the study authors did not agree with the panels decision or were disappointed by it There are other reasons why pharmaceutical companies have not been quick to invest in bringing male contraceptives to market Creating a male method is an onerous process Female birth control largely works by preventing the ovulation of one egg once a month But men produce millions of sperm every day and bringing that number down to zero involves the careful experimentation of various hormones dosing and intervals and it takes awhile to get it right "Hopefully we will have results that are exciting and effective enough that a company will come and partner" says Diana Blithe the chief of the Contraceptive Development Program at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development who is supporting the upcoming gel trial "I think [companies] are looking for assurance that its going to work and men are going to use it" Devin Patterson 33 a data architect in Grand Rapids Michigan describes himself as "someone with a strong leaning towards the child-free lifestyle" and says he would consider using a male contraceptive beyond condomshormonal or non-hormonalif it was available side effects included "It comes down to choice" he says "Id like to have a choice and options I dont know why it has to be [womens] problem and I would like control of my own destiny" Researchers and investors are betting that non-hormonal contraceptives could become popular among men allowing men to go a decade between procedures In India researchers have tested a sperm-blocking product called RISUG (Reversible Inhibition of Sperm Under Guidance) in human clinical trials with success The procedure is at least 98% effective at suppressing sperm and so far has been tested in around 500 men where it has prevented pregnancies in their partners for up to 10 years Isabella Connelley and Bethan Mooney for TIME Its inspired similar versions in the US The nonprofit Parsemus Foundation acquired the rights to produce RISUG in 2010 and have since created Vasalgel which may begin a clinical trial in humans in 2019 Vasalgel consists of a polymer gel injected into the vas deferens the tube through which sperm swims that blocks sperm from escaping It’s long-acting but reversible and could safely be used for several years the group says In a study published in February 2017 researchers tested Vasalgel in 16 adult male monkeys and found that it was effective at preventing pregnancy during the monkeys’ mating seasons "I care about my wife and if we were on birth control thats the method we would choose" says Kaplan Akincilar 37 an audio and video engineer in New York and father of one who has been following Vasalgel research "I cant believe its taken this long for an alternative to condoms to even be an option" Contraline a startup in Charlottesville Virginia is developing a method that’s somewhat similar to RISUG and Vasalgel Contraline uses a non-surgical procedure to inject a solution that hardens into a hydrogel in the van deferens in seconds blocking sperm The company has yet to launch human clinical trials but has been popular among investors raising $225 million in a funding round led by Peter Thiels Founders Fund in 2017 Though Contraline CEO Kevin Eisenfrats would not release the number of men who have contacted the company he says over 70% of people who have reached out have expressed interest in participating in the companys future clinical trials "We thought it would be women signing their boyfriends or husbands up but its been primarily men signing themselves up" says Eisenfrats adding that the company largely hears from men ages in their 20s and 30s "I think theres a huge interest from millennials" For men like Akincilar a non-hormonal option thats reversible is appealing though he says hes unsure other men will be onboard "Ive asked people I work with if they would do it and theyre like absolutely not I would not take a shot to the balls" he says Researchers remain optimistic the field is on track to bring a male birth control method to market within ten years but argue they need more support to make it a reality ideally from pharmaceutical companies Large costly studies in thousands of couples are likely needed Unknown regulatory hurdles also remain If a male pill makes it to federal consideration will regulators agree that the payoffeven if there are side effectsis worth it "I think as research continues more men will be open to itparticularly men broadly interested in social justice or personally interested in helping a female partner" says Dudley "Our society is moving towards more gender equality in many areas" he adds "This is an obvious next step" Contact us at editors@timecomThe 2016 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominations are out Shiite-dominated Iran and Sunni heavyweight Saudi Arabia,娱乐地图Elaine, “My colleagues asked me how come you are the person here and not the Minister of Power, said, Bezos, college, Schultz whose potential political future has been the subject of such speculation for years.

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