Peer review could help smoke out the next Theranos

first_img A ‘case,’ or a trend?It’s easy to write off Theranos as a uniquely bad apple. But a closer look at other unicorns shows that secrecy is endemic to the rapidly multiplying herd.advertisement By Eli Cahan, Ioana A. Cristea, and John P.A. Ioannidis Jan. 29, 2019 Reprints linkedin.com/in/eli-cahan-2738ba68/ Some have argued that scientists who publish prolifically, by serving in leadership roles at unicorns, offer indirect reassurance and credibility via “track records.” To address this claim, we analyzed the composition of executive boards. The majority of unicorns had no such scientific superstars at their helms. And while scientific advisory boards might provide another venue for housing such expertise, information on these boards was rarely publicly available.Lastly, we noted that matched, lesser-valued competitors (with a mean valuation of $100 million) exhibited an even more marked dearth of publications.Beyond Theranos: ensuring innovations and preventing illusionsOur analyses showed that the highest-valued health care startups (past and present) contribute minimally to relevant, high-impact published research. Competitors with less funding publish even less. Moreover, company valuations are unrelated to publication records. While unicorns may own many patents, patent appraisal is less rigorous than peer review. Theranos, for example, had more than 100 patents, but these failed to materialize into a real product.Through independent examination, peer review would help evaluate the relative merits of the proposed disruption. For Theranos, it might have highlighted the core conceptual misunderstanding: Too much unnecessary testing can produce overdiagnosis, false positives, and wasted resources. This alone could have obviated the company’s value proposition.Allegations of fraud, as were lobbied against Theranos, make headlines. But the common, more insidious problem with health care unicorns is not one-off scandal ripe for cinema. It is the absence of credible scientific evidence. Health care products based solely on data generated internally may be problematic and untrustworthy. APStock STAT+: Exclusive analysis of biopharma, health policy, and the life sciences. First OpinionPeer review could help smoke out the next Theranos Related: What went wrong with Theranos? In postmortem case studies by business schools, abundant issues with corporate governance, shareholding structure, workplace culture, marketing fraud, and product-centered mirage seemed obvious enough in hindsight. But not before hundreds of thousands of patients had undergone unnecessary needle-sticks and received millions of inaccurate test results. Why was Theranos so believable? Medicine needs to look in the mirror Amid a market slump, biotech makes room for unicorns That is our conclusion after assessing the participation of health-care unicorns in the peer-reviewed literature. Publishing isn’t the primary mission of startups — it is even sometimes perceived as a deviation from the trajectory of disruptive innovation. Yet when technologies influence real-world health outcomes, peer-reviewed validation is essential for accountability and credibility in the biomedical community.Today, there are 309 unicorns with an aggregate valuation above $1 trillion. The median venture capital fundraise is $165 million, the highest on record. The dataset in our analysis, published Monday in the European Journal of Clinical Investigation, backdates to November 2017, when there were 18 current and 29 former (leaving the herd by acquisition or public offering) health care unicorns.We found that most unicorns published very little in the peer-reviewed literature. One-quarter published nothing. Of papers that were published, 1 in 10 were considered high-impact (garnering more than 50 citations by subsequent papers). The majority of current unicorns and 40 percent of exited unicorns had zero high-impact papers. In addition, of eight high-impact current unicorn papers, two were unrelated to the company’s product. Only one of the 34 high-impact papers involved any human subjects, and that was a retrospective observational study.Given the revolutionary claims made by this cohort of unicorns — ranging from curative immunotherapies and vaccines for cancer to machine-learning enabled reinvention of drug discovery to nanotechnology powered genomic sequencing — their impact in the public literature seems empirically unimpressive, close to nil. Unicorns publishing nothing consequential in the peer-reviewed literature still raised billions of dollars. Tags biotechnologyresearch @IoanaA_Cristea [email protected] Over a 25-month period, the startup Theranos plummeted from the heights of biotech, with a valuation of $9 billion and a fawning profile in the New Yorker’s “Annals of Innovation” in December 2014, to thanatos (death) when the company shuttered its final laboratory in January 2017. By early 2018, joint investigations by the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Food and Drug Administration, impending bankruptcy, mass layoffs, and fraud charges against the company’s enigmatic founder, Elizabeth Holmes, finished off the so-called unicorn.Not long after the sentinel New Yorker profile appeared, one of us (J.P.A.I.) raised serious doubts about Theranos’ operation in a JAMA Viewpoint. One major concern was that the company hadn’t presented a shred of peer-reviewed evidence for its technology. Another issue was the company’s core value proposition: to do more tests on more people, even if inexpensive and “easy” to conduct, thanks to proprietary Theranos technology.Although this article received pushback from the company, the author insisted that the opacity begotten by “stealth research” was unlikely to facilitate the transparency required to scrutinize such disruptive innovation. Several months later, Wall Street Journal reporter John Carreyrou began methodically illuminating inconvenient truths behind the façade of Holmes’ black turtlenecks and “trade secrets.”advertisement John P.A. Ioannidis @emcahan Related: Ioana A. Cristea Confidential data sharing cannot replace open scrutiny by the scientific community. Startups are key purveyors of innovation: Holding them to a minimum standard of evaluation is essential. Peer review, while imperfect, is indispensable for validating novel technologies in biomedicine. As Aaron Carroll wrote in the New York Times, peer review is “the worst method to judge research, except for all the others.”In contrast to other sectors, where the virtues of products readily emerge or fail in the marketplace, it takes deliberate, objective study to codify health outcomes. In our article, we suggest a variety of low-resource strategies that unicorns can leverage to fulfill expectations of transparency via publication. These include validation of products without divulgence of technical details; contribution of technologies to the efforts of external research groups; or collaboration with academic institutions.Startups, of course, worry about being scooped. Yet patents protect commercial rights, allowing startups to participate in peer review without fear of idea theft. There is no need for numerous papers. Discrete pivotal, high-impact articles would suffice to document revolutionary technologies.From the policy perspective, our results call for caution adopting health care products from entrepreneurial companies that provide little objective documentation. Investors should reassess their participation in health care ventures that are thin in published scientific evidence.To the extent that health care startups are responsible for pushing the frontiers of medicine, patients’ lives hang in the balance. Hope and hype cannot supplant data.Eli Cahan is a medical student at the New York University School of Medicine between third and fourth year beginning a master’s in health policy at Stanford University in September. Ioana A. Cristea is an associate professor at Babes-Bolyai University in Romania, a research affiliate at the Meta-Research Innovation Center at Stanford (METRICS). John P.A. Ioannidis is the chair in disease prevention, professor of medicine, health research and policy, biomedical data science, and statistics at Stanford University, and co-director of METRICS. About the Authors Reprints [email protected] [email protected] @METRICStanford Eli Cahanlast_img read more

How to avoid scams and shop safe on Cyber Monday

first_imgAdvertisement FORT MYERS, Fla. — The Monday after Black Friday, known as Cyber Monday, has become one of the top shopping days of the year. With an increased number of people shopping online this holiday season could bring an increase in people falling for scams or being targeted by theives.Holiday online sales started in October with Amazon Prime Day, and many Black Friday deals have shifted online to reduce in-store crowds. According to a recent Accenture survey, 75 percent of shoppers will be shopping online this year. That’s up 65 percent from last year.Shoppers need to be on high alert for misleading advertisements, lookalike websites, and untrustworthy sellers, according to the Better Business Bureau. LCSO deputies investigate Words With Friends “romance scam” June 16, 2021 Scammers targeting job seekers with hidden malware April 14, 2021 Instagram scammer profits off 14th Avenue fire tragedy May 27, 2021 Scammers often make fake, look-alike websites that seem to be the real deal at first glance, but keep an eye on the web address.Make sure websites use the correct spelling of a business name and have legitimate contact information and customer service numbers.Shop with trustworthy sellers on secure sites onlyCheck the BBB Business Profile, look at the rating, and read customer reviews. Also, double check that the website is secure. Secure web addresses begin with HTTPS:// and not just HTTP://. Never put personal or credit card information in forms on non-secure web pages.Have a plan for when your packages are deliveredHave your packages delivered when someone can physically receive it, rather than having them left on your doorstep. Track the package online and use cameras to know when it’s dropped off.It’s also a good idea to get insurance for your more valuable packages. Keep your antivirus software up to dateDouble check your antivirus software and make sure it is installed and up to date on your computer or mobile device.Price check before you buyOnline stores will often claim that they have the best price for an item, but those offers can be misleading. Do your homework and price check products you’re looking to buy. Remember that the best deal may not be the real deal.Use your credit cardCredit cards offer more protections for consumers than debit cards.If any shady charges turn up later, you will be able to contest them through your credit card company. Never make purchases with online sellers that ask for prepaid debit cards or wire transfers.Watch out for phishing scamsLook out for unsolicited emails, texts, calls, or letters. These messages may claim you have a free gift waiting for you or that there is a problem with a delivery – all you need to do is click on a link or give up your personal information.Avoid phishing scams by ignoring suspicious correspondence and calls from unfamiliar phone numbers.CLICK HERE for more information on how to avoid falling victim to internet scams. Tampa man sentenced after posing as immigration attorney April 13, 2021 AdvertisementTags: Cyber Mondayholiday shoppingscam AdvertisementDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 comments Advertisement AdvertisementHere are some tips to follow to help avoid online scams and how to keep your packages safe this holiday season:Beware of false advertising and phony websitesIf a company is selling the hottest item of the year at a price that seems too good to be true, it probably is. AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 comments RELATEDTOPICSlast_img read more

Unification Committee Slated for April

first_imgNews There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest News A national committee to prepare for unification of the two Koreas could be established as early as mid-April, the Blue House announced today.The government plans to systematically prepare for the unificationof the Korean peninsula by cooperating with the private sector and civil society and turning public opinion in favor of the notion.Around fifty committee members from various fields willshare their expertise and the head of the committee will report directly to PresidentPark, a Blue House spokesperson said. It is expected the policy research arm will beoverseen by officials from a number of government departments, including the Ministryof Strategy and Finance, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry ofUnification and the Ministry of National Defense. SHARE Entire border patrol unit in North Hamgyong Province placed into quarantine following “paratyphoid” outbreak Facebook Twitter Unification Committee Slated for Aprilcenter_img AvatarDaily NKQuestions or comments about this article? Contact us at [email protected] News RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR By Daily NK – 2014.03.14 1:25pm News North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with Chinalast_img read more

Nominations Sent to Senate 23 February

first_imgNominations Sent to Senate 23 February The White HouseJennifer Ann Abruzzo, of New York, to be General Counsel of the National Labor Relations Board for a term of four years, vice Peter B. Robb. Jewel Hairston Bronaugh, of Virginia, to be Deputy Secretary of Agriculture, vice Stephen Censky. Chiquita Brooks-LaSure, of Virginia, to be Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, vice Seema Verma. Deanne Bennett Criswell, of New York, to be Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Department of Homeland Security, vice Peter Gaynor. James Richard Kvaal, of Massachusetts, to be Under Secretary of Education, vice Theodore Reed Mitchell. Cynthia Minette Marten, of California, to be Deputy Secretary of Education, vice Mitchell Zais. Andrea Joan Palm, of Wisconsin, to be Deputy Secretary of Health and Human Services, vice Eric D. Hargan. Richard A. Sauber, of the District of Columbia, to be General Counsel, Department of Veterans Affairs, vice James Byrne, resigned. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Agriculture, california, District of Columbia, Emergency Management, Federal, Government, health, Human Services, Massachusetts, Medicare, Mitchell, New York, Theodore, United States, veterans, Virginia, White House, Wisconsin, Yorklast_img read more

The Mercedes-Benz Vision AVTR is an ‘Avatar’-inspired autonomous car

first_imgLAS VEGAS, Nevada—Mercedes-Benz’s reveal at this year’s CES in Las Vegas was, no surprise, a concept car, but one that was inspired by the movie—Avatar. To add pomp and circumstance to the reveal, James Cameron, the director of one of the highest-grossing movies of all time, was on stage to explain the how concept car and the movie jived. As with the movie (there are sequels coming!) the Vision AVTR is all about the harmony between human, machine and nature.In somewhat of a twist, while the name does suggest “Avatar,” it actually stands for Advanced Vehicle Transformation. It is not a here-and-now idea; it looks at transportation as it may be in 10 to 15 years. Yes, it’s very much pie-in-the-sky, but some of the design facets could see production long before the concept makes it to a dealership.Exterior looks aside, it’s the underpinnings and cabin that are radically different. To begin with, the AVTR gets it power from a battery that will be powering electric cars 15 to 20 years from now — it is called an “organic battery.” The graphene-based organic cell chemistry means it is devoid of all rare earths and metals so it will be compostable at the end of its useful life. The other area of exterior design that differs from the norm is the rear spoiler. Gone is the usual wing. Replaced by 33 small flaps that lift and swivel according to need, they not only improve the aerodynamics, they also form a communication conduit — when the car pulls away, they glow blue, and when the brakes are applied they turn red to warn the driver behind the AVTR is slowing. 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COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS See More Videos In the same manner, the wheels/tires go away in favour of a large ball-like setup inspired by the Avatar team — they wanted something softer and more organic than a traditional wheel/tire assembly, and so the balls idea was based on the Wood Sprite characters.The tire design is also controlled by a steering system that allows the front and rear wheels to act independently. The action is such it allows the car to crab sideways at a 30-degree angle. This, says M-B, gives AVTR maximum maneuverability.Where the Vision AVTR takes a radical right – not that the looks are conventional – is in the cabin. Gone are the usual controls in favour of a central command controller. It replaces the steering wheel, pedals and the entire infotainment system. This will be the ultimate in button-less rides! RELATED Audi’s AI:Trail quattro concept is a moon rover for planet Earth New Lagonda Vision concept highlights Aston Martin’s Geneva stand Entering the cabin sees the central controller light up a turquoise blue. The controller coming to life welcomes the driver, as it begins to pulse in tune with their heartbeat, which forms the so-called “biometric connection.” The controller has two positions — in its normal lowered position, the car is in its autonomous driving mode; when raised it allows the driver to control the vehicle by rocking the controller back, forth, left and right to control the accelerator, brakes and steering.At the same time, what would be the entire centre console and dash panel become one massive screen that is fed all of its information from a roof-mounted projector.Now this is where things get very different. When the driver holds their right hand up (or the passenger their left hand) with the palm facing the screen ahead, and then rotates it to face them, all the various functions, including infotainment, appear as an illuminated icon in the palm of their hand. Moving the hand left or right opens different menus and when the right menu is reached simply closing the hand executes the command. Sitting in the driver’s seat it work remarkably well with the icons being legible and surprisingly easy to control — the system tracks the hand so the projection is always in proper alignment.The next bit of way-off-whacky is the ability, when in autonomous mode, to turn the cabin into a kind of 3D scratch-and-sniff ride. The system can show movies of various parts of our world or take the riders through an Avatar trip complete with the characters. It can also display natural phenomena like magnetic fields and wind currents, events usually invisible to the naked eye. The 3D part is when the winds are selected, the heater’s air vents then come into play and blow “wind” at the occupants. Pick something like a thunderstorm and the wind blows as the seats vibrate in tune to the light show. This bit is just a little too farfetched, given full autonomy is still many years away. advertisement The Mercedes-Benz Vision AVTR concept is very much a designer’s dream — little actually touches the real world, but gives them the licence to explore the what-if side of the discipline. Some of the technology may see the light of day, but as a package, it is not unlikely. 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Tips for succeeding in online classes

first_imgIf you’re feeling overwhelmed by remote learning, you’re not alone. Here are some tips to help you succeed in your online classes.Treat your online courses the same as in-person classesTaking classes from home may feel like a bit of a vacation. However, it’s important to treat your online classes like any other course. One of the easiest ways to succeed in online courses is to show up. When class is in session, stay engaged, participate in activities, ask questions and provide feedback when necessary. Familiarize yourself with the technologyExplore the features that are available through Zoom, Canvas and other software your instructors may be using. Sign in to your classes early to testsettings and ask questions if you have issues. If you experience difficulties, reach out to the Office of Information and Technology (OIT) for support.Hold yourself accountableSet goals and check in with yourself regularly. In a traditional classroom setting, you may receive l reminders about assignments and due dates. However, your instructors may not actively remind you in an online setting. It’s up to you to make sure you’re keeping track of classwork and allowing yourself enough time to complete assignments and homework.Find an accountability partner you can check in with, whether it’s a friend or classmate. Being proactive and self-aware can help you make the most of online classes, especially as things continue to change. Establish a dedicated workspaceSet up a dedicated space for studying and classwork. Consistently working in the same physical space can help you establish a routine. Whether it’s your kitchen table, desk or living room, choose an environment that works best for you. Try different areas to determine which spot allows you to be the most productive.Setting up a workspace can also help you stay organized. Keep all of your class materials nearby for easy access. This includes syllabi, books, assignments, a planner or other resources. Make sure you have access to reliable high-speed internet. And keep a pair of headphones at your workstation. They will come in handy for online lectures and discussions, especially if you’re working in a shared space. Reduce distractionsTechnology can be a great resource for learning and organization. But it can also become a distraction and hinder your academic success. Boost your productivity by limiting apps and tools while working on assignments or attending online lectures. Close out of your email, messages and social media accounts before each class. Try putting your phone in ‘Do Not Disturb’ mode, so you’re not tempted when you get a notification.Living with roommates? Discuss your class schedules and study spaces together. Work together to determine things like where each person will be studying, what times you each have lectures and if there are any important assignments coming up, like tests or exams. Talking through logistics and expectations can help you avoid stress or tension.Stay organizedIt’s important to stay organized in any course, especially those that are online. Organize your files in a way that makes sense to you, so they’re easy to find. Keep a copy of anything you submit online in case a technology issue requires you to resubmit your work. This includes discussion forum posts. As with any other class, take good notes while doing your readings and watching online lectures.Manage your timeJust as you might attend in-person lectures at regular times throughout the week, you’ll need to schedule time to attend online lectures, study and complete assignments. Treat these blocks of time seriously by sticking to them. Let your family and friends know you’ll be unavailable.Look at your syllabi for assignment due dates. Check in with your professor about syllabus changes.Create a weekly schedule for reading, watching lectures, completing assignments, studying and participating in discussion forums.Set reminders in your planner, calendar or phone about assignment due dates, tests and other important dates.Try out time-blocking.  Give yourself a certain amount of time for each task before moving on to the next one. Use your phone or a timer to keep yourself accountable.Check in with yourself regularly about how you’re spending your time. How much time are you dedicating to reading and assignments? Are you underestimating the time it takes to get things done? Are you cramming the night before for exams and other assignments? Use this self-reflection to make adjustments to your routine.ResourcesThe Office of Information and Technology (OIT) is available to support students with technology challenges. They also offer a free guide for online learning to help students navigate different features and challenges of online courses.  The Writing Center provides free support for students, staff and faculty. They will be offering free online consultations. If you have any questions, please contact the Writing Center at [email protected] or 303-735-6906. Students who will be living in the residence halls can access ASAP tutoring services online through Zoom. Tutoring sessions can be requested through the Penji app. For questions or additional information, please email [email protected]center_img CU Boulder Libraries will be available via chat, email and phone. Librarians will also be available to meet with students, staff and faculty through Zoom. Find more resources and tips on remote learning.More Health & Wellness Articleslast_img read more

Samohi celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

first_imgHomeSportsCollegeSamohi celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month Oct. 15, 2019 at 1:00 pmCollegeEventsFeaturedNewsStudentsSamohi celebrates Hispanic Heritage MonthBrennon Dixson2 years agoNo tags Surrounded by the sights and sounds of Latin America, the students of Santa Monica High School celebrated Hispanic Heritage Month with an assembly Monday featuring music, dance and speeches from local community leaders.Organized by senior Lizbeth Lopez and various student groups on campus with the assistance of teacher Dr. Mireles Toumayan, Monday’s Hispanic Heritage presentation offered students an opportunity to listen to words of encouragement and thank those who’ve had an impact on their future.Following a folklorico dance routine performed by senior student Alexa Medrano, retired teacher Daniel Escalera was the first guest speaker to grace the stage.According to Escalera, Hispanic Heritage month is a time to recognize the beauty of all cultures and realize the importance of diversity.“Latino Heritage Month is about honoring all of us,” Escalera said, adding, “whether you’re black or white or you’re from Spain, Europe or Africa — it doesn’t really matter.”As he continued the presentation, Escalera touched on the history of the continent and eventually shared the story of his grandpa, who came to the United States as an immigrant and had a story that was similar to Sergeant Roberto Villegas’ family.“My story is probably just like (Escalera’s) or most of you in this room,” Villegas said. “My parents came to this country with nothing but the clothes on their back. They came across the border illegally and they were able to work hard. They gave up and they sacrificed, and my father never showed me an obstacle in this life he couldn’t overcome. ““You all have that uncle, that dad, that brother that can fix anything. That is Latinos. That is Latino heritage. That is what it means to me… So when the question came up about what barriers there are,” Villegas said, “there truly are none.”“So I dare you to do what you want to do but I also dare you to give back,” Villegas said. “You need to give back and share your stories of where our families came from so others can see their story is no different,” and that they can make it too.Prior to the sergeant’s time on stage, SAMOHI student Susana Nunez shared why Villegas’ stagemate — Dr. Toumayan — was a prime example of somebody who has given back.“She’s done so many amazing things in her life,” including teaching seminars at Harvard in the summer, Nunez said, breaking into tears before she could finish her time on stage. “I’ve had her for two years and she is the most amazing woman I have ever met. She inspires me everyday and if you ever Ms. Toumayan, you’ll honestly be the luckiest person ever.”After hearing these stories, it’s obvious that you can make a difference in the community, said SMMUSD board member Oscar De La Torre, “but the number one thing you have to do is believe in yourself.”[email protected] on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentCrime Watch – Real trouble with false IDAs NBA-China tweet rift continues, James enters spotlightYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall7 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press18 hours agoNewsWedding boom is on in the US as vendors scramble to keep upAssociated Press18 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson18 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter18 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor18 hours agolast_img read more

Death toll grows in national protests

first_imgHomeFeaturedDeath toll grows in national protests Jun. 02, 2020 at 8:22 amFeaturedNewsDeath toll grows in national protestsAssociated Press1 year agodeathsprotest LISA MARIE PANE, Associated PressOne man was the beloved owner of a Louisville barbecue restaurant who made sure to provide free meals to officers. Another was a man known as “Mr. Indianapolis,” a former star football player. Yet another was a federal officer working security during a protest.They are among the people who have been killed as protests roiled American cities in the week since 46-year-old George Floyd died when a white officer jammed his knee into the back of the black man’s neck.The deaths have at times been overshadowed by the shocking images of chaos engulfing cities across America, from heavy-handed riot police tactics to violence, vandalism and arson. Tens of thousands have marched peacefully in demonstrations against police brutality and racism.Many of the people killed were African Americans, compounding the tragedy for black families to lose more members of their community amid the unrest.Dozens more have been hurt in various altercations — vehicles plowing into crowds, police officers suffering head injuries and broken bones and protesters ending up in emergency rooms with a variety of injuries from the melees.The death toll and circumstances surrounding the killings are still being sorted out in many cities, but here is what we know about the cases so far:LOUISVILLEAs local police and the National Guard sought to disperse a crowd early Monday, they heard gunshots and returned fire, killing the owner of a barbecue restaurant, David McAtee. The mayor has since terminated the city’s police chief after finding out that officers on the scene did not activate their body cameras. The state police and the U.S. attorney also are investigating.The 53-year-old McAtee was an African American man known for offering free meals to officers who stopped by.“We lost a wonderful citizen named David McAtee,” Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer said. “David was a friend to many, a well-known Barbecue man.”The protests in Louisville have centered not just on Floyd’s killing but also the death of Breonna Taylor, a black woman killed in her home in Louisville in March. The 26-year-old EMT was shot eight times by narcotics detectives who knocked down her front door as they attempted to enforce a search warrant. No drugs were found in the home.___OAKLANDA federal law enforcement officer was providing security at the federal courthouse in Oakland during a protest when someone fired shots from a vehicle.Dave Patrick Underwood, 53, died and another officer was critically injured in the shooting.It was not immediately clear if the drive-by shooting was related to the protests, though the federal building’s glass doors were smashed and the front entrance was sprayed with anti-police graffiti.Underwood, who was black, and the other officer were contracted security officers and employed by the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Protective Service; they were monitoring a nearby protest.No one has been arrested and a motive for the shooting has not yet been determined.Underwood was the brother of Angela Underwood Jacobs, recently a Republican candidate to fill a vacant U.S. congressional district north of Los Angeles.___INDIANAPOLISTwo people were killed over the weekend amid unrest in Indianapolis, including 38-year-old Chris Beaty, a former offensive lineman for Indiana University.Beaty was known as “Mr. Indianapolis” and remained involved with the Hoosiers long after his graduation. He also was a prominent businessman in the city and ran multiple nightclubs.“I am at a loss for words. The news of the passing of Chris Beaty is just devastating,” coach Tom Allen said in a statement. “Since I returned home to coach at Indiana, Chris embraced me, encouraged me and supported me! His passion for life and Indiana Football energized me every time we were together.”The circumstances of his shooting weren’t immediately clear but some media reports said it happened near an apartment where he lived. It also occurred the same night that an 18-year-old man also was fatally shot as protests broke out in the city.___MINNEAPOLISIn what is believed to be the first killing since the protests broke out, a 43-year-old black man was fatally shot outside a pawn shop as rioting broke out last week in Minneapolis and then spread nationally.The owner of the pawn shop, who is white, was arrested in the death of Calvin L. Horton Jr. Police say they are investigating the circumstances surrounding the killing, including whether it was related to protests in the neighborhood.The shop was described as having been significantly damaged during unrest.___OMAHA, NEBRASKAA 22-year-old black man was killed after authorities said he tussled with the owner of two bars in downtown Omaha. Surveillance video of the strip of bars shows a group of people, including James Scurlock, approach bar owner Jake Gardner.Two people are seen on the video tackling Gardner, who ended up on his back and fired shots in the air. Seconds later, Scurlock is seen tackling Gardner, who then fires the gun over his shoulder, striking Scurlock.Authorities have declined to press charges, calling the shooting self-defense.___DETROITA 21-year-old man was killed in downtown Detroit after someone fired shots into a vehicle during a protest. According to a police report, the man was sitting in the driver’s seat of a car in a parking lot with two others when someone fired shots into the vehicle and then fled on foot.___CHICAGO SUBURBTwo people were killed during unrest Monday in the Chicago suburb of Cicero, according to a town official. Spokesman Ray Hanania did not provide details about those who were killed but said it happened amid protests there.___Associated Press journalist Herbert McCann contributed from Chicago.Tags :deathsprotestshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentLos Angeles County Announces 22 New COVID DeathsNewsom welcomes protest rage; decries violence and theftYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall6 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson17 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter17 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor17 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press17 hours agoNewsWedding boom is on in the US as vendors scramble to keep upAssociated Press17 hours agolast_img read more

‘Planned’ dig underway in Cashelard linked to Mary Boyle case

first_img Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Homepage BannerNews Google+ Pinterest Facebook A search of land is being carried out by gardaí investigating the disappearance of Mary Boyle.Officers from the garda investigation team in the Northern Region this morning began a dig in an area near where the six-year-old disappeared in Cashelard in 1977.A Garda spokesperson says the search had been planned for some time and that it is being carried out at the request of the family.The area was previously searched but no evidence that would progress the case was found.The dig comes in the same week that gardaí confirmed that a second review of the case is to be carried out by the Serious Crime Review Team. Facebook Pregnant women can receive Covid vaccine at LYIT’s vaccination centre ‘Planned’ dig underway in Cashelard linked to Mary Boyle casecenter_img Pinterest By News Highland – July 15, 2016 Twitter 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Previous articleDonegal woman caught in Nice in wake of terror attackNext articleNeil McGee returns to Donegal starting side for Ulster Final News Highland Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Lárionad Acmhainní Nádúrtha CTR to take part in new research project WhatsApp WhatsApp LUH still not ready to restore IT systemslast_img read more

Money allocated for sports facilities at Coláiste na Carraige in Carrick

first_img By News Highland – March 31, 2017 Community Enhancement Programme open for applications Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Twitter Twitter Google+ News Money allocated for sports facilities at Coláiste na Carraige in Carrick Pinterest Facebook Pinterest Renewed calls for full-time Garda in Kilmacrennancenter_img Publicans in Republic watching closely as North reopens further Facebook Previous articleMc Conalogue says Bruton must address problems with the Summer Works SchemeNext articleRuaille Buaille le Colm Feiritéar 28/3/17 News Highland RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic WhatsApp Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Just over €36,000 has been allocated to Tirconnaill Athletic Club for the enhancement of sports facilities beside adjacent to Coláiste na Carraige in Carrick.Minister Joe Mc Hugh says the grant will assist with the engagement between the club and the school to rebuild and redevelop the basketball court, in addition to developing other sports facilities.Deputy Pat the Cope Gallagher says the grant announced marks the first phase of this project, and further assistance will be needed to bring it to completion. Google+ WhatsApplast_img read more