Parasite turns Alaska king crabs into zombies

first_imgEnvironment | Fisheries | WildlifeParasite turns Alaska king crabs into zombiesApril 25, 2016 by Leila Kheiry, KRBD Share:Inside the body cavity of an infected red king crab. The green strings are the parasitic barnacle. (Photo courtesy Leah Sloan)Zombies are real. They’re walking around on the bottom of Alaska’s ocean, mindlessly incubating the next generation of creatures that will, in turn, create even more zombies.Imagine a king crab, living the good life. He’s minding his own business, happily scavenging the bottom of the ocean for food with his fellow crabs, when all of a sudden he’s attacked and infected. The infection eventually castrates him and takes over his body.Now, he’s dedicated to raising the offspring of his attacker.How does this happen?Leah Sloan is a Ph.D. student at the University of Alaska School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences. Her doctoral research project is zombie king crabs. Well, actually, she’s studying the parasite that creates zombie king crabs. It’s a barnacle, but it’s nothing like the barnacle many of us have seen clinging to the bottom of boats.In its larval stage, Sloan said, this barnacle goes in search of a crab, and when it finds a suitable host, it injects cells into the crab’s bloodstream.“These cells divide and form these branching strings – they look kind of like roots – that spread throughout the body of the crab and absorb nutrients,” she said. “This is the adult body of the parasite.”When it’s ready to reproduce, the parasite creates an egg sac that develops in the same area that a female crab’s eggs normally would go. But, this parasite doesn’t discriminate based on gender – in fact, it quickly makes both genders neutral.“So they’re making parasite larvae instead of crab larvae,” Sloan said. “And the crabs become very good mothers for this parasite egg sac. They will clean it; they will flap their abdomen up in the water column to help the eggs be released better.”And the male crabs even start to develop characteristics of a female crab.“So the parasite is really controlling their behavior,” she said. “Their bodies are being taken over and they’re just being used as factories by the parasite to make parasite larvae.”That leads to another question: How are the crabs controlled by the parasite? Sloan suspects it’s hormonal, but that’s something she hopes will be revealed by the second part of her study.“I’m doing a study with metabolites, which are small molecules, including hormones, and I’m studying these in both infected crabs and non-infected crabs to hopefully better understand what’s going on – how the parasite is controlling its host, how its body is being changed,” she said.Sloan said very few people have studied the Alaska king crab parasite; the last research was done back the 1980s. The lack of attention is partly because the prevalence right now is low.“Less than 1 percent of crabs are infected in Southeast Alaska, and it’s even much, much smaller up in the Bering Sea,” she said.So small, in fact, that it was a new topic for Sloan’s adviser, UAF professor of Marine Biology Sarah Hardy.“She came into the program already with an interest in this topic,” Hardy said. “It was actually something I didn’t even know about until she introduced me to it.”So, if it’s not really a problem, why should we care?Well, first of all, it’s fascinating. But, it also could become a problem in the future. Sloan has learned that the parasite’s larvae develop faster in warmer water, for example – and climate change is leading to warmer oceans.But on the flip side, reduced salinity creates more die-off among the parasite’s larvae, so it’s also possible that melting glaciers, and the resulting freshwater runoff, could, in turn, reduce the population.This is all lab work, though, so it’s hard to say what these findings mean in the wild.“Researching larvae in the wild is a huge problem, not just for these parasite larvae, but all larvae,” Sloan said. “So, nobody has really studied these parasite barnacle larvae in the wild.”Sloan said the second part of her study also will look at the parasite beyond its larval stage, though, so hopefully more will be revealed soon.One thing that is known, though, is that if there is a sudden increase in the infestation, it can have a big impact.“In the early 1980s up around Glacier Bay, the blue king crab population there, which was never that large, but 86 percent of crabs there were infected,” she said. “So, obviously that had a huge effect on the population there, so now the blue king crab population in that area is really low.”Humans might inadvertently be increasing the population of the parasite by throwing back infected crabs. The males crabs that carry the parasite can easily be mistaken for females, and don’t grow as fast, so could be under the legal size to keep.Right now, Sloan said, the only state fishery that allows fishermen to keep infected crabs, even female or undersized, is the commercial golden king crab fishery in Southeast.For all the golden king crab customers out there: don’t worry – the parasite won’t turn people into incubating zombie moms for its larvae. Plus, people generally don’t eat the parts where the barnacle hangs out.“In general, the parasite stays in the body cavity,” Sloan said. “It doesn’t go out in the legs, so the crab’s meat is probably perfectly fine to eat.”Although, Hardy said, if you do open up that body cavity, you might not want to eat it.“It looks a little shocking when you see an infected crab,” she said. “Just the legs look fine, but if you were to open the thing up, it wouldn’t look like something you wanted to eat.”You don’t have to open up the body cavity to see whether a crab is infected, though. Sloan said, just look under the abdominal flap, where the female normally would keep her eggs.“You pull it up and there will be this big crescent-shaped egg sac,” she said. “It’ll be red or peach-colored. And that’s the externa, or egg sac, of the parasite. It looks very different from a crab’s own eggs.”If the crab already has released the parasite’s larvae, then you’ll instead see a scar that looks a little like a cigarette burn.Hardy said she’s not the only one who hadn’t heard of the parasitic barnacle before; many state fishery managers also don’t know much about it; at least not yet.“One thing that I see coming out of Leah’s work is just raising awareness about this issue and trying to get managers to keep an eye out and start to get some quantitative information about how abundant the thing really is,” Hardy said.And knowing more about it is the first step toward protecting Alaska’s king crab population from turning into a bunch of zombies.Share this story:last_img read more

Iconic Photos of Elizabeth Taylor Go on Sale Next Week

first_imgFilmIconic Photos of Elizabeth Taylor Go on Sale Next WeekTo commemorate Taylor’s birthday, Wilding Cran Gallery is selling off classic photos of the screen iconBy Theis Duelund – February 25, 2015937ShareEmailFacebookTwitterPinterestReddItCelebrating Elizabeth Taylor’s 83rd birthday on February 27, Wilding Cran Gallery is selling off rarely available classic photos of the starlet from the Getty Images archive donating 100% of all profits made next week to the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation. Last year, the gallery organized a live auction hosted by Colin Farrell. Wilding Cran was founded by Taylor’s granddaughter Naomi Wilding and her husband Anthony Cran in 2012. The gallery started as a virtual art space but has since opened a physical location in the downtown Arts District showcasing contemporary artists including Vikky Alexander, Christian Eckart, Chris Cran and Jason McLean.All the artwork can be viewed at Wilding Cran’s website starting tomorrow. Take a sneak peek below.Taylor on Giant Set, 1955Liz’s Scissors, 1964Suddenly Last Summer, 1957 TAGSElizabeth TaylorElizabeth Taylor AIDS FoundationGetty ImagesWilding Cran GalleryPrevious articleConfessions of a PaparazzoNext articleOld Pasadena Happy Hour Week Gets Ready for Your Bar-Crawl BendersTheis Duelund RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORA Brief History of Food Delivery in Los AngelesL.A. on Fire: Artists React to a City That’s Forever in FlamesElizabeth Taylor’s Longtime Assistant Takes a Stroll Through 700 Nimes Roadlast_img read more

UK cigarette maker British American Tobacco mulls Souza Cruz bid

first_imgMonday 23 February 2015 9:22 pm British American Tobacco (BAT) is weighing up an offer for the remaining stake in Souza Cruz, Brazil’s largest cigarette company. London-based BAT – the maker of Pall Mall and Dunhill cigarettes – is the current majority shareholder but hopes to acquire the remaining 24.7 per cent of the company. Any offer would be made at $26.75 per share, putting the total value of the deal at around $3.53bn (£2.3bn). The offered price marks a 30 per cent premium on Souza Cruz’s average closing share price over the three months to Friday. Bankers from UBS are advising on the deal, which would propel the firm further up the M&A league table to second spot if successful.Should the deal be approved by the BAT board, the purchase will be made in Brazil’s real – the currency has lost 22 per cent of its value against the dollar since September. Souza Cruz has about 80 per cent of the market in Brazil. Shares in the firm had their biggest intraday gain in almost four years, jumping 9.5 per cent yesterday on Sao Paulo’s stock exchange. BAT shares closed 1.96 per cent higher at £37.27. whatsapp Share whatsapp Show Comments ▼ Video Carousel – cityam_native_carousel – 426 00:00/00:50 LIVERead More Ad Unmute by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailUndoMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekUndoGundry MD Bio Complete 3 SupplementTop Surgeon: This Simple Trick Empties Your Bowels Every Morning (Almost Immediately)Gundry MD Bio Complete 3 SupplementUndoForbesThese 10 Colleges Have Produced The Most Billionaire AlumniForbesUndozenherald.com20 Rules Genghis Khan’s Army Had To Live Byzenherald.comUndoMagellan TimesThis Is Why The Roy Rogers Museum Has Been Closed For GoodMagellan TimesUndoComedyAbandoned Submarines Floating Around the WorldComedyUndoNoteableyKirstie Alley Is So Skinny Now And Looks Like A BarbieNoteableyUndoTheFashionBallPrince Harry Admits Meghan Markle May Not Be The OneTheFashionBallUndocenter_img Express KCS UK cigarette maker British American Tobacco mulls Souza Cruz bid Read This NextRicky Schroder Calls Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl ‘Ignorant Punk’ forThe Wrap’Drake & Josh’ Star Drake Bell Arrested in Ohio on Attempted ChildThe WrapCNN’s Brian Stelter Draws Criticism for Asking Jen Psaki: ‘What Does theThe WrapDid Donald Trump Wear His Pants Backwards? Kriss Kross Memes Have AlreadyThe WrapHarvey Weinstein to Be Extradited to California to Face Sexual AssaultThe Wrap’Black Widow’ First Reactions: ‘This Is Like the MCU’s Bond Movie’The WrapPink Floyd’s Roger Waters Denies Zuckerberg’s Request to Use Song in Ad:The WrapKatt Williams Explains Why He Believes There ‘Is No Cancel Culture’ inThe WrapTig Notaro Never Looks Right in ‘Army of the Dead’The Wrap Tags: British American Tobacco Companylast_img read more

UK takeovers drop to lowest level since 1987

first_imgTuesday 3 March 2015 8:58 pm THE NUMBER of takeovers and mergers involving UK companies dropped in 2014 to its lowest level since records began 28 years ago.There were 376 domestic and cross-border acquisitions completed during 2014 compared with 437 in 2013, according to figures released yesterday by the Office for National Statistics (ONS). The takeover of UK companies by other UK companies dropped to 173 in 2014 from the previous year’s 238. The figures are for deals over £1m.“The downward trend of domestic M&A may be a result of UK political instability as UK businesses exper­ienced uncertainties about the outcome of the Scottish Referendum, held in September 2014, and the impending general election in May 2015,” the ONS said. During 2014, the number of UK firms being acquired by foreign companies (inward M&A) dropped from 141 in 2014 to 98 last year.“The low levels of M&A inward activity during 2014 may be due to various economic factors such as low global economic growth, continued political instability abroad and the fall in the value of the euro and other foreign currencies,” the ONS said. Tags: NULL whatsapp by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity Weekzenherald.com20 Rules Genghis Khan’s Army Had To Live Byzenherald.comForbesThese 10 Colleges Have Produced The Most Billionaire AlumniForbesMagellan TimesThis Is Why The Roy Rogers Museum Has Been Closed For GoodMagellan TimesComedyAbandoned Submarines Floating Around the WorldComedyNoteableyKirstie Alley Is So Skinny Now And Looks Like A BarbieNoteableyGameday NewsNBA Wife Turns Heads Wherever She GoesGameday NewsMoneyWise.com15 States Where Americans Don’t Want To Live AnymoreMoneyWise.com Show Comments ▼ More From Our Partners Astounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comMark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at 64nypost.comFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.com‘The Love Boat’ captain Gavin MacLeod dies at 90nypost.comI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.com‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comKamala Harris keeps list of reporters who don’t ‘understand’ her: reportnypost.comcenter_img UK takeovers drop to lowest level since 1987 whatsapp Share Express KCS last_img read more

Synthetic human genome project releases its draft timeline

first_img Forget the sci-fi horror stories. Here’s what we could learn from a synthetic genome The project was also rebranded from the “Human Genome Project-Write,” which implied an emphasis on creating human genomes from scratch, to the “Genome Project-Write,” which clarifies that participants will look at synthesizing all sorts of large genomes, not just human ones. This was the intention of the project from the beginning, said attorney and white paper coauthor Nancy Kelley, but it got lost in the media conversation. Mario Tama/Getty By Ike Swetlitz Oct. 28, 2016 Reprints Please enter a valid email address. Privacy Policy The research group behind an effort to synthesize a human genome this week released more information about its plans, including a draft white paper with a timeline of how the research might go.It’s the latest step in the ambitious project, originally named “Human Genome Project-Write,” which came to light after a May meeting to discuss the building of large genomes from off-the-shelf parts.Within a year, the international group will select one small-scale research project to kick off the effort, and start a “major effort to engage with representative members of the public,” according to the draft road map. By year five, it will “shift into high gear” and start tackling the creation of entire genomes — maybe human or maybe not, depending on feedback.advertisement Kelley said that the white paper is very much a work in progress — “a living document.” She said that in the coming weeks, everyone who attended the May meeting will be invited to provide feedback and potentially sign on as coauthors.advertisementcenter_img Related: But one of those attendees said the project could be doing more to be transparent. Alina Chan, a Harvard postdoc who presented research at the meeting, said she was initially asked if she wanted to contribute to the white paper, and she said yes — but she never was invited to. Chan didn’t know the draft had been posted online until contacted by STAT Friday morning.“The whole thing, in terms of organization, could be better,” Chan said, pointing out that the online paper isn’t labeled as a draft.Regardless, scientists around the world have expressed interest in the project — Kelley has heard from more than 60 researchers in over 13 countries. Their names are not listed on the website but will be in the future, Kelley said.The group has also been posting more information online that sheds light on synthetic biology research that may be a part of this new genome project. Over the summer, videos from the May meeting were added on YouTube, and this week, a summary of the May meeting was posted, including information on possible next steps for research. NewslettersSign up for The Readout Your daily guide to what’s happening in biotech. In the LabSynthetic human genome project releases its draft timeline Leave this field empty if you’re human: Exactly which genomes are going to be built is still to be determined. For now, the group will focus on a pilot project — a smaller-scale undertaking that could provide scientific insight useful to whole-genome synthesis and also advance technology to the point that building an entire genome from scratch is feasible.Some possible pilot projects, detailed in the white paper and also discussed at the May meeting, include building “ultrasafe” human cell lines that are resistant to threats like radiation, cancer, and viruses, and building a human genome that can produce all 20 essential amino acids (currently, humans produce only 11, and need to eat to obtain the other 9). Kelley said that she will also be seeking proposals for pilot projects that relate to non-human genomes.These pilot projects, along with other aspects of GP-Write, will be discussed at meeting that will probably happen in May 2017, Kelley said. Tags geneticssynthetic biologylast_img read more

10 steps the Trump administration can take to make America healthy again

first_img Related: Improving early and pre-kindergarten education across the nation with efforts like this Head Start program in Sullivan County, N.Y., can make a tremendous, potentially intergenerational difference in the health of Americans. John Moore/Getty Images Privacy Policy Tags Donald Trumpopioidspublic health Improve early educationEducation is a fundamental determinant of health. The more education we receive, the healthier we are likely to be, with early education playing a key role. Take, for example, the Brookline Early Education Project. Between 1972 and 1983 it provided health and developmental services to Boston-area children from birth until kindergarten. A 25-year follow-up study showed the program to be associated with a range of positive health outcomes, including lower rates of depression, compared to individuals who did not receive the intervention. Given how profoundly early-life experiences can shape health later on, improving early and pre-kindergarten education nationwide stands to make a tremendous, potentially intergenerational difference in the health of Americans. The players who are set to influence Trump on health care One-fourth of US cancer deaths linked with one thing: smoking @sandrogalea Please enter a valid email address. By Sandro Galea Nov. 16, 2016 Reprints Can Trump kill Obamacare? He’ll have to answer these questions first Control the opioid epidemicDriven in part by greater access to prescription opioids and to heroin, opioid overdose deaths more than doubled between 2000 and 2014. Many attempts have been made to solve the problem of opioid addiction, with little success. That may be changing. Last March, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed into law an innovative new program designed to tackle the opioid crisis on multiple fronts. Components of the law include limits on opiate prescriptions, a database to monitor these prescriptions, and a variety of strategies to identify those at risk of abuse and to provide them with the necessary support services. A similarly comprehensive approach at the national level could make real headway against the misuse of these deadly drugs.advertisement Leave this field empty if you’re human: Increase support for episodes of special needThere are certain times in everyone’s life — childbearing, unemployment, caregiving for sick family members, and the like — when health is particularly vulnerable. They happen to almost everyone, which is why structures of support should be in place to provide assistance during them. Sadly, the US often lacks this structure. For example, ours is one of the few countries in the world, and the only high-income country, that does not guarantee paid parental leave for its citizens, despite the fact that paid leave benefits the health of both parents and children. Guaranteeing financial help during these episodes is good for all Americans.Prevent violenceThe effects of violence — be it physical, sexual, psychological, or deprivation-based — can touch anyone, regardless of gender or age, often with lifelong repercussions. The Adverse Childhood Experiences Study and others have demonstrated an association between childhood abuse and poor health later in life. Intimate partner violence is another dimension of this problem. An estimated 8.8 percent of women and 0.5 percent of men have experienced intimate partner rape over their lifetimes, while lifetime experiences of other sexual violence perpetrated by an intimate partner has been estimated at 15.8 percent among women and 9.5 percent among men. It is possible to mitigate this cycle of violence with strategies such as those developed for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s DELTA FOCUS Program, which promotes “healthy, respectful, nonviolent relationships” and works to mobilize communities against intimate partner violence. A nationwide rollout of similar programs could extend the reach of these critical interventions. Create health impact assessmentsThe World Health Organization defines health impact assessments (HIA) as “a combination of procedures, methods, and tools used to evaluate the potential health effects of a policy, programme or project.” HIAs reflect data gathered through various methods to provide recommendations to stakeholders across economic and political sectors. These stakeholders can then apply this information toward better health interventions. For example, city officials looking to promote urban fitness through a bicycle sharing program could conduct their own HIA using an assessment of Barcelona’s program as a template. Data-driven policy planning that is informed by a broader adoption of HIAs stands to be more efficient and, ultimately, more effective. Related: Do more to control tobacco useSuccess in the fight against tobacco is one of the preeminent public health achievements of the 20th century. However, not all populations have benefitted from overall reductions in cigarette use. People who are uninsured are more likely to smoke, as are those living below the poverty line, those on Medicaid, and those without a college degree. We must use proven strategies — like better access to smoking cessation materials, and an expansion of tobacco taxation — to level the health playing field for those groups in danger of being left behind.Put earned income tax credits to workPoverty is unquestionably bad for health. The earned income tax credit is a cash-transfer benefit for the working poor, ranging from $500 a year to $6,200, a sum large enough to make a measurable difference in the lives of those who need it. This tax credit has been shown to mitigate the effects of poverty through reductions in maternal smoking during pregnancy, low birthweight, childhood behavior problems, and improvements in term birth, breastfeeding, and maternal health. Given the positive difference it has already made, extending the coverage of the earned income tax credit would do much to improve the health of families in poverty.Reform the criminal justice systemThe US has the highest incarceration rate in the world, a rate that has risen dramatically since the mid-1970s. The health effects of mass incarceration are varied and destructive. Compared to the general population, prisoners tend to have poorer mental and physical health, and are at risk of infectious diseases like HIV and tuberculosis. Mass incarceration also damages communities, with ripple effects extending to families that suffer from the lack of a caregiver or spouse. Worst of all, perhaps, are the racial disparities reflected by incarceration rates. Black Americans are about five times likelier to be incarcerated than whites. Eliminating mandatory minimum sentencing and reducing drug-related prison terms would go far toward addressing the problem of mass incarceration, as would greater attention to race-based unfairness in our justice system. First Opinion10 steps the Trump administration can take to make America healthy again America’s poor health helped elect Donald Trump.The United States has the worst health indicators among its peer nations, even though it spends far more money on health than any of those countries. Much of this health burden is borne by the same marginalized groups that found hope in the message of the president-elect.The new administration should seize the opportunity to be bold and inventive and to take steps that can actually make a difference in the lives and the health of the people who elevated Trump to power. My own work, and that of others, suggests 10 key ways to accomplish such change.advertisement Limit alcohol misuse through taxationThe misuse of alcohol has been linked to a range of health hazards, including liver disease, cancer, and poisoning, as well as mental health challenges like depression and suicidality. Taxing alcoholic beverages, though underutilized in the US, is a well-established tool to improve public health. A 2010 analysis estimated that doubling the alcohol tax would reduce alcohol-related deaths in the US by 35 percent, traffic deaths by 11 percent, sexually transmitted disease by 6 percent, and violence by 2 percent.Hands off the Affordable Care ActI leave this for last because I realize that the new administration is determined to change Obamacare. But the ACA clearly represents an enormous triumph of social legislation, improving health care access for millions. The most recent numbers show that 17.6 million previously uninsured Americans gained coverage since October 2013, when the ACA took effect, and about 10.5 million more Americans are currently eligible for marketplace coverage in the upcoming enrollment. Meddling with the ACA will once again leave millions of Americans underinsured or without health insurance altogether. That would be a disaster.We as a nation are about to turn the page on a challenging and, in many ways, unprecedented election year. Many difficulties, political and otherwise, stand in the way of progress on health and health care issues. With the historical winds at its back, will the Trump administration have the courage to think big, seize the moment, and implement commonsense solutions that will improve the health of all? We can only hope so.Sandro Galea, MD, is the dean of the Boston University School of Public Health. About the Author Reprints Sandro Galea Related: Newsletters Sign up for First Opinion A weekly digest of our opinion column, with insight from industry experts.last_img read more

Deaths in Laois – Friday, May 31, 2019

first_img Twitter Facebook Twitter GAA By Siun Lennon – 31st May 2019 Pinterest Home Deaths Deaths in Laois – Friday, May 31, 2019 Deaths 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshin GAA GAA WhatsApp Below are the recent deaths in Laois.Ar Dheis De go raibh a anam.Vincent and Sully RossiMill Court , Green Road, Portlaoise, LaoisRossi, Vincent and Sully, Mill Court, Portlaoise, May 28th 2019. Tragically, following a traffic accident. Survived by his loving partner Libby and Sully’s mam Tina, children Hayley, Dan and Charli-Mae, their heartbroken families Mary Heavin, Catherine Morrisey, Amy, Laura, uncles, aunts, cousins, nephews, many friends in Portlaoise and Ballinacourty, Killfinane.Reposing at Keegan’s Funeral Home, Portlaoise, from 5pm on Monday evening with rosary at 7pm. Funeral arriving at Ss Peter and Paul’s Church, on Tuesday for 12 noon requiem Mass. Interment will follow in Ss Peter and Paul’s Cemetery, Portlaoise.Alice Rebecca Osman (née Stanley)Monkstown, Dublin / Errill, LaoisPeacefully, at Foxrock Nursing Home. Beloved wife of the late Harry and much loved mother of Alan and Peter. Greatly missed by her sister Phoebie and brothers George and James. Sadly missed by her sons, daughters-in-law Hazel and Hilary, grandchildren Philip, Sandra, Stephen, Russell and Craig, great-grandchildren Ben, Ryan, Bobby, Claire and Olivia, together with extended family and friends.Funeral Service on Saturday (1st June) at 10.30 o’c in Monkstown Parish Church, Monkstown, Co. Dublin followed by private cremation. Family flowers only please. Donations, if desired, to the Blackrock Hospice. House private. All enquiries to Carnegies Funeral Directors, Monkstown. Ph: 01 2808882.Bernadette (Bernie) ReddinGaroon & Wolf Tone Court, Mountmellick, LaoisBernadette (Bernie) Reddin, Garoon, Mountmellick, Co. Laois and latterly Wolfe Tone Court, Mountmellick. Died May 29th 2019 at the Midlands Regional Hospital Portlaoise surrounded by her loving nieces and nephews. Beloved daughter of the late Edward and Mary. Deeply regretted by her nieces and nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews, relatives and friends.Reposing Moloney’s Funeral Home, Mountmellick from 5pm on Friday Removal at 6.50pm to St. Joseph’s Church, Mountmellick arriving for 7pm. Requiem Mass on Saturday at 11am with Burial after in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Mountmellick.Celia DownesMelport Close, Mountmellick Rd., Portlaoise, LaoisDownes (nee Cassidy) Melport Close, Mountmellick Rd., Portlaoise. May 30th 2019. Peacefully surrounded by her loving family, Celia Mary, beloved wife of David and dearly loved mum to Teresa and Suzanne. Cherished grand mother to Stephanie, Kathleen, Charlotte, and Ian, great-grandmother to Nala-Rose and Poppy. Deeply regretted by her loving family. sisters Christine, and Pat, brother-in-law Brian, son-in -aw Andrew, nephews, nieces, relatives and friends.Reposing at Keegans Funeral Home from 7 pm on Tuesday evening with rosary at 8 pm. Removal on Wednesday morning to SS Peter and Paul’s Church for 10 am Requiem Mass. Cremation will follow in Newlands Cross.Sheila Crawford (née Wall)Graigue, Mountmellick, LaoisSheila Crawford (née Wall) formerly of Graigue, Mountmellick, Co Laois. Died May 27th 2019 Peacefully in the wonderful care of the nurses and staff in Oak Dale Nursing Home, Portarlington. Beloved wife of the late Arnold. Very sadly missed by daughter Linda, son-in-law Barry, brother Patrick, sister-in-law Jean, niece, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephew, relatives and friends.Funeral Private. Family garden Flowers only.Donations, if desired, to I.S.P.C.A.Roy (George) HackettShankill, Dublin / Borris-in-Ossory, LaoisRoy (George) Hackett of Shankill, Dublin 18, Bushfield, Borris-In-Ossory, Co. Laois and London, England, passed away peacefully, on Sunday 26th May 2019, at St. Vincent’s University Hospital, Dublin, with his family by his side. Much loved husband and best friend for over 54 years of Peg, devoted and loved father of Deborah and Derek, father-in-law of Kieran, adored grandfather of Stephen, Rebecca, Matthew and Ben, brother of Brian and brother-in-law of Joan; he will be sadly missed by all his family, relatives and friends.A gathering for family and friends will take place on Thursday, 30th May, at Colliers Funeral Home, Old Connaught Avenue, Bray, Co. Wicklow from 5.00pm to 7.00pm. Funeral Service on Friday, 31st May, at 12 noon in the funeral home followed by private cremation.SEE ALSO – Deaths in Laois – Thursday, May 30, 2019 WhatsApp Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Previous articleIn Pictures: Joe Wicks The Body Coach puts pupils through their paces at Laois schoolNext articleAll of the reports, results and pictures from the 2019 Cumann na mBunscol hurling and camogie finals Siun Lennonhttp://heresosiun.blogspot.ie/2016/09/the-lekkie-piccie-experience.htmlSiún Lennon joined LaoisToday in a full-time capacity after studying Journalism and New Media in the University of Limerick. She hails from Rosenallis and her interests vary from news, sports and politics. Kelly and Farrell lead the way as St Joseph’s claim 2020 U-15 glory Deaths in Laois – Friday, May 31, 2019 Here are all of Wednesday’s Laois GAA results TAGSDeaths in Laois last_img read more

Range of products for sale in Frankie’s Hairdressing in Mountmellick this Christmas

first_img Frankie’s Hairdressing in Mountmellick have a selection of great Christmas ideas in store and online this Christmas.They are open until 8 every day until Christmas Eve and from 7am to 12noon on Christmas Eve.Extensions offerBuy a voucher for a full head of platinum hair extensions on or before Christmas Eve for your girlfriend, wife or friend just in time for Christmas and save €59. A free soft bristle Chatome brush is also included in this price. All for €320. Voucher can only be redeemed from January. Full head of platinum hair extensions usually cost €379.You can check out a selection of his gift ideas below.Extension loyalty offerIf you get your platinum hair extensions at Frankies Hairdressing and rebook for a new application of them within six months from your original application you get an ADDITIONAL 15% off!!Also weekly blowdrys for hair extension clients at €15. Range of products for sale in Frankie’s Hairdressing in Mountmellick this Christmas Previous article‘Devastated, heartbroken and fearing homelessness’ – Laois property owners won’t have their house for ChristmasNext articleLaois man fondly remembered as a teacher, performer and footballer LaoisToday Reporter Facebook Facebook Kelly and Farrell lead the way as St Joseph’s claim 2020 U-15 glory 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshin GAA Check out Frankie’s Hairdressing on social media and online at the following: Frankie’s Hair Salon Website Online Booking AppInstagram – Frankie’s HairdressingSnapchat – frankiesangelsChristmas Opening HoursSEE ALSO – 15 years and growing – Frankie’s Hairdressing goes from strength to strength Pinterest TAGSFrankie’s Hairdressing Twittercenter_img Twitter By LaoisToday Reporter – 13th December 2019 GAA RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Home Sponsored Range of products for sale in Frankie’s Hairdressing in Mountmellick this Christmas Sponsored Here are all of Wednesday’s Laois GAA results WhatsApp GAA WhatsApp Pinterestlast_img read more

NK Circulates Its Draft Resolution on Human Rights at UN

first_imgNews There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest SHARE North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with China Facebook Twitter By Kang Mi Jin – 2014.10.16 5:10pm News NK Circulates Its Draft Resolution on Human Rights at UNcenter_img Kang Mi JinKang Mi JinKang Mi Jin is a North Korean defector turned journalist who fled North Korea in 2009. She has a degree in economics and writes largely on marketization and economy-related issues for Daily NK. Questions about her articles can be directed to [email protected] Entire border patrol unit in North Hamgyong Province placed into quarantine following “paratyphoid” outbreak North Korea’s delegation to the UN is said to havecirculated on Wednesday a self-issued draft resolution on the human rightsconditions in its country.Sources from the UN said the North invited some 60 diplomatsto a closed-door session in the afternoon at the UN headquarters and circulatedthe draft resolution.Earlier on the 8th, Pyongyang’s representatives held abriefing on the issue of human rights during which it expressed opposition tothe UN adopting a resolution condemning the country on how it treats it people.The following day, it sent a letter to each delegation informing them Pyongyangwould submit its own resolution.In its draft resolution, North Korea argued it has workedwith the international community to improve the rights of its people, accordingto the sources. During the briefing, Pyongyang is said to have emphasized thatit ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child in August, which aimsto root out child trafficking and prostitution. It also reportedly stressed there are no problems with itshuman rights conditions in the country and stated, “Human rights should not bepoliticized and no double standards should be allowed.”In this preliminary version, the North is said to have notedthat all countries must be equally evaluated on the issue and “selectivereview” of targeted countries should not be allowed.North Korea is believed to have circulated this draft inorder to collect opinions from other member states before finalizing its resolution.Some countries reportedly voiced their thoughts on the draft, but not muchdetail is known.This proactive movement from Pyongyang comes as the EUpushes for a resolution that aims to prosecute North Korea’s leadership for theinhumane treatment of its people.Meanwhile, China said during the briefing that it “stronglyopposes any resolution that interferes in other countries’ internal affairs andhurts mutual trust,” according to The Associated Press. News News RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

ISS announces strategic partnership with RepRisk

first_img Managers with $2.3 trillion in AUM sign anti-racism pledge Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Proxy advisory firm Institutional Shareholder Services Inc. (ISS) is undertaking a strategic partnership with RepRisk, a provider of environmental, social and governance (ESG) research. Rockville, Md.-based ISS announced a deal with Zurich-based RepRisk on Tuesday that will allow ISS to offer RepRisk’s ESG products to ISS’s clients, which includes investment managers, hedge funds, broker-dealers, and custodians. The proxy advisory firm says that this will allow clients to better manage reputational, compliance, and investment risks related to ESG issues. Richardson Wealth, Bloom Burton form healthcare sector–focused alliance James Langton Keywords Institutional investors center_img Related news Facebook LinkedIn Twitter RepRisk generates risk information on over 55,000 public and private companies around the world, to help inform investors’ due diligence, and to flag possible ESG risks. “As a growing number of institutions, globally, sharpen their focus on non-financial risks, our clients will benefit greatly from access to RepRisk’s research, data, and analytics,” said Stephen Harvey, chief revenue officer at ISS. “Critically, RepRisk offerings will assist ISS clients in selecting the best performing portfolio constituents for their beneficiaries, and facilitate compliance with U.N. PRI and other ESG investing stewardship guidance now gaining traction with investors,” he added. Pension managers call for strengthened ESG disclosure by companieslast_img read more