Archive for March, 2019

Mar 16 2019

Anti-austerity party wins Greek election, begins coalition talks – National

WATCH ABOVE: Independent Greeks backs Syriza to form government

ATHENS, Greece – Greece’s left-wing Syriza party prepared to launch coalition talks Monday, hours after a landmark general election victory fought on a pledge to rewrite the country’s massive bailout deal with the eurozone.

Alexis Tsipras’ party just missed a majority in parliament after defeating Prime Minister Antonis Samaras’ conservative coalition by a wider margin than expected.

With 99.8 per cent of the vote counted, Syriza had 149 seats in the 300-member parliament with 36.3 per cent of the vote. The conservatives were on 27.8 per cent, and the extreme right Golden Dawn party in third place with 6.28 per cent.

Tsipras is to meet the leader of the right-wing Independent Greeks party, an anti-bailout ally, on Monday morning, with the party already expressing willingness to join a coalition.

“I believe that by the end of the day, Mr. Tsipras will be in a position to form a government,” senior Syriza official Dimitris Stratoulis told private Mega television.

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WATCH ABOVE: The leader of the anti-bailout Syriza party was greeted with rapturous applause upon arrival at his party’s headquarters on Sunday evening.

Tsipras’ choice to start power-sharing negotiations with Independent Greeks rather than the centrist Potami caused concern that he could take a tough line in negotiations with rescue lenders.

Syriza’s financial planning official, Giorgos Stathakis, confirmed Monday that the new government had no plans to meet with negotiators from the “troika” of the European Central Bank, the European Commission and the International Monetary Fund and would instead seek talks directly with governments.

Stocks on Japan’s Nikkei index were down 0.25 per cent on eurozone concerns.

Greek voters swung to the once-marginal left-wing party after five years of punishing austerity measures demanded under 240 billion euro ($268 billions) bailout deals threw hundreds of thousands of people out of work and left nearly a third of the country without state health insurance.

Thousands of supporters turned out to watch the 40-year-old Tsipras speak in central Athens after his opponents conceded.

“The Greek people have written history,” he said, to cheers. “Greece is leaving behind catastrophic austerity, fear and autocratic government.”

Outside the party’s campaign tent in central Athens, supporters hugged each other and danced in celebration.

“It’s like we’ve been born again and finally feel some hope,” said Litsa Zarkada, a fired government cleaning worker. “We were thrown into the street just before we could take our pension. We have been through so much.

The new government faces an immediate cash shortage, with a dwindling primary surplus, upcoming loan repayments, and limits on the money it can raise using treasury bill auctions.

Megan Greene, chief economist at Manulife Asset Management, said the government will be unable to afford to run its day-to-day operations and pay back debt that falls due in March in the absence of additional cash from international creditors.

“Syriza and its creditors are stuck in a Gordian Knot, and both sides will need to cave on something. Neither Greece nor its creditors want Greece to default or exit the eurozone, so a compromise will probably be found,” Greene told the AP.

“If Syriza forms a coalition with the Independent Greeks, that suggests the new government will engage in dangerous brinkmanship with Greece’s creditors as it tries to negotiate funding to stave off utter bankruptcy over the next few months.”

Mar 16 2019

Prime Minister and officers to mourn Mountie in St. Albert – National

ST. ALBERT, Alta. – Mourners including Prime Minister Stephen Harper will attend a regimental funeral service today in Alberta for RCMP Const. David Wynn.

Wynn died from injuries after he and auxiliary Constable Derek Bond were shot earlier this month in a casino in St. Albert by Shawn Rehn, a man they were trying to apprehend while investigating a stolen truck.

Rehn was later found dead of an apparent suicide.

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RCMP Staff Sgt. Major Doug Pack told a news briefing Saturday that officers from many different police forces were expected to take part in a procession to the church in St. Albert prior to the funeral.

Pack said it would likely include everyone from border guards, wildlife and conservation officers, to municipal and provincial police from other provinces, and even officers from the United States.

Wynn, who was 42, was born in Newcastle, NB, and leaves a wife and three sons.

Pack says the response from other agencies has been “overwhelming.”

“Overwhelming in terms of emotions and how many people have reached out and want to do whatever they can and want to pay those respects by coming,” Pack said.

“To that, we thank every one of those agencies who have reached out to the force at this time.”

Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney will also attend the service along with other members of caucus, the Prime Minister’s Office says.

Alberta Premier Jim Prentice has said he will be at the service.

Spectators for the procession are being encouraged to wear red clothing in support of the RCMP.

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Global News will livestream the funeral at 2 p.m. on this page, and broadcast it on Shaw TV. Gord Steinke, Nancy Carlson and Shaye Ganam will host.

Mar 16 2019

Medical pot only OK for sick kids failed by other drugs: MDs – National

CHICAGO – With virtually no hard proof that medical marijuana benefits sick children, and evidence that it may harm developing brains, the drug should only be used for severely ill kids who have no other treatment option, the nation’s most influential pediatricians group says in a new policy.

Some parents insist that medical marijuana has cured their kids’ troublesome seizures or led to other improvements, but the American Academy of Pediatrics’ new policy says rigorous research is needed to verify those claims.

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To make it easier to study and develop marijuana-based treatments, the group recommends removing marijuana from the government’s most restrictive drug category, which includes heroin, LSD and other narcotics with no accepted medical use, and switching it to the category which includes methadone and oxycodone.

The recommended switch “could help make a big difference in promoting more research,” said Dr. Seth Ammerman, the policy’s lead author and a professor of pediatrics and adolescent medicine at Stanford University.

The academy’s qualified support may lead more pediatricians to prescribe medical marijuana, but the group says pediatric use should only be considered “for children with life-limiting or severely debilitating conditions and for whom current therapies are inadequate.”

The academy also repeated its previous advice against legalizing marijuana for recreational use by adults, suggesting that may enable easier access for kids. It does not address medical marijuana use in adults.

Studies have linked recreational marijuana use in kids with ill effects on health and brain development, including problems with memory, concentration, attention, judgment and reaction time, the group’s policy emphasizes.

The policy was published online Monday in Pediatrics. It updates and expands the group’s 2004 policy.

Since then, the marijuana movement has grown substantially. Recreational and medical marijuana use is legal for adults in four states — Alaska, Colorado, Oregon and Washington. Nineteen other states and Washington D.C., have laws allowing medical marijuana use only and most allow children to qualify, according to Morgan Fox of the Marijuana Policy Project, a national group that advocates marijuana policy reform and tracks state laws.

“The cart is so far ahead of the horse related to this drug,” said Dr. Angus Wilfong, of Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston. Marijuana has dozens of chemical components that need to be studied just like any drug to determine safety, proper doses and potential side effects, he said.

Wilfong was involved in a recently completed international study involving 30 children with severe epilepsy. About half got an experimental drug made with a marijuana compound that doesn’t make users high; the others received dummy medicine. Study results are being analyzed. Wilfong said five children from his hospital were involved and while he doesn’t know if any of them got the marijuana drug, none suffered any serious side effects.

Wilfong said he has a young seizure patient in a different, less rigorous study who has shown dramatic improvement after several months on the marijuana-based treatment, “but that doesn’t prove it was due to the” experimental drug,” he said.

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Mar 16 2019

Avoid morphine after tonsillectomies in kids – National

TORONTO – Children who have had their tonsils removed because they have obstructive sleep apnea should be given ibuprofen not morphine for pain after the surgery, a new study suggests.

The research suggests pain can be controlled effectively with a combination of acetaminophen and ibuprofen — sold under the brand names Advil and Motrin among others — in most cases. When that combination is sufficient it is the approach that should be used, the authors say.

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Currently many doctors use acetaminophen and morphine in these children, fearing that use of ibuprofen might trigger bleeding where the tonsils were removed.

But the study found that morphine actually lowers oxygen saturation — oxygen levels in the blood — among many of these children in the first couple of nights after having the operation. The authors said it would be safer not to use the drug if it can be avoided.

“We’re not quite saying: Hey, let’s sound the alarm bells completely, take this off the market for kids. That’s not what we’re saying,” explained Dr. Doron Sommer, one of the authors.

“But we are saying: Be really careful…. It’s not as safe as we thought it was.”

The study was conducted by researchers at the Motherisk Program at Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children and McMaster University Medical Centre. It was published Monday in the journal Pediatrics.

Dr. David Juurlink, an expert in pharmacology and toxicology, said that while the study was a small one, the findings were persuasive.

“This study seems to lend credence to the notion that in appropriately selected patients, non-steroidals and acetaminophen are … a suitable and probably preferable alternative,” said Juurlink, who was not involved in the research. He practices at Toronto’s Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre.

Ibuprofen is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug.

“I think the enthusiasm for morphine probably stems from the perception that many physicians hold that opioids are stronger or better pain relievers than anti-inflammatories. And I think for many patients that’s actually not true,” Juurlink said.

Until a few years ago, children who had a tonsillectomy for obstructive sleep disorder were given acetaminophen and codeine for their pain.

But when three children in the United States died after receiving codeine for pain triggered by a tonsillectomy, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration — and later Health Canada — advised against its use. In 2013, Health Canada said codeine should not be given to children under the age of 12.

That led to a switch to morphine. Although it too is an opioid, it was thought to be safer. But this group of scientists decided to see if that assumption was true.

They randomly assigned 91 children aged one to 10 years who were having a tonsillectomy for obstructive sleep apnea to be treated with acetaminophen and morphine or acetaminophen and ibuprofen for pain.

Enlarged tonsils can actually impede night-time breathing; these days it is the most common reason children undergo tonsillectomies. And the operation is pretty common. About 500,000 tonsillectomies were performed in the U.S. in 2014 and in Ontario alone, close to 14,000 took place, said Sommer, a head and neck surgeon at McMaster University Medical Centre.

Once the tonsils were removed, you would have expected to see oxygen saturation levels go up in children who had obstructive sleep apnea. But only 14 per cent of the kids who got morphine improved in the first night after their surgery, compared to 68 per cent of the kids who got ibuprofen.

In fact, one of the children who got morphine had to be rushed back to hospital because her lips were blue, her heart rate was slow and she was unresponsive. She was given an antidote to the morphine and spent four days in hospital, but made a full recovery.

Sommer said the findings don’t apply to children who are having their tonsils removed because they are chronically infected, or children who stay overnight in hospital after a tonsillectomy because they will be monitored.

The research was funded by the Canadian Institutes for Health Research Drug Safety and Effectiveness Network.

Mar 16 2019

Channeling Leto, Redmayne and McConaughey: Red carpet style tips

TORONTO – Oscar winners Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto and best actor nominee Eddie Redmayne have been mainstays on the red carpet during awards season, each with their own distinct approaches to formal fashion.

Gotstyle founder Melissa Austria offers tips on how men can translate the trio’s high-end looks into their own wardrobes.

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Jared Leto poses in the press room at the 20th annual Critics\’ Choice Movie Awards at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles on Jan. 15, 2015.

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The actor and musician has made statement-making jackets a staple, from the white Hedi Slimane design he wore to the 2014 Oscars, to the bright blue blazer he sported to the recent Critics’ Choice Awards. Bold accents are also part of his repertoire with colourful bowties, boutonnieres and even sparkly shoes to round out red carpet looks.

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“I think with Jared Leto he’s willing to push the fashion envelope,” said Austria. “He never looks silly because he’s always incorporating great tailoring, but he always adds in another fashion directional element that makes his outfit stand out from anybody else.”

For men seeking to channel Leto’s edgy but sophisticated style, Austria suggested teaming a shorter-hemmed, coloured double-breasted jacket with what she described as the hottest trend for the season: the jogger, pointing to a style which incorporates leather.

“Although everything always has to be slim and modern, it doesn’t have to be as tight. So the joggers are really representing comfort and fashion together.”

EDDIE REDMAYNE

Eddie Redmayne poses in the press room with the award for outstanding performance by a male actor in a leading role for “The Theory of Everything” at the 21st annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at the Shrine Auditorium on Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015, in Los Angeles.

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The Londoner recently celebrated best actor victories at the Screen Actors Guild Awards and British Academy Film and Television Awards for his role as Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything. Redmayne has also been winning raves for his striking black-tie ensembles which incorporate lush fabrics and rich hues.

“I think the signature to Eddie Redmayne’s style is the cut of his suit,” said Austria. “I think he really understands British tailoring.

“When you’re wearing a suit that fits you properly, on a guy, nothing looks better. For him, it’s all about cut and proportion.”

For her take on Redmayne’s classic tailoring with a twist, Austria suggested a glen plaid suit featuring a mix of dark and light blue hues.

“It just gives a bit more depth and dimension to the suit, so from a distance it looks like a solid, but from up close you can notice the pattern — and that’s something that’s quintessentially British.”

Austria said a misconception about slim or modern dressing is that only men with slender builds can pull them off.

“When you wear a boxier suit, you actually look bigger. Something slightly more modern in cut, it actually makes you look trimmer. It’s a fear factor guys have to get over.”

MATTHEW MCCONAUGHEY

Matthew McConaughey accepts the award for best actor in a leading role for \”Dallas Buyers Club\” during the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre on Sunday, March 2, 2014, in Los Angeles.

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Since taking home the Oscar for Dallas Buyers Club in a white Dolce & Gabbana tuxedo jacket, the reigning best actor hasn’t shied away from cranking up the colour.

McConaughey wore a dark purple tuxedo to the Golden Globes and a brassy blue blazer to the Screen Actors Guild Awards.

“Every time he’s on the red carpet he’s always wearing a tuxedo, but he’s never just wearing a typical black tuxedo,” said Austria.

The menswear expert said a key part of McConaughey’s formal wear is his love of the peaked lapel. The style is distinct from the rounded shawl collar and more common notched lapels.

“A peaked lapel is great because it really draws your attention up and makes your shoulders and your chest look bigger,” said Austria.

“I find that he’s always doing a really wide peaked lapel to make a statement. And again, it’s all about great tailoring, so suits that are immaculately cut for him, but with that touch of pizzazz by adding colour to it.”

Austria said the tux jacket’s versatility extends beyond formal occasions, suggesting men can team the blazer with a V-neck T-shirt and a pair of jeans for a night on the town.

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