Archive for June, 2019

‘We can basically consider ourselves a world leader’: Researcher excited by Lethbridge’s new neuroscience lab

Monday, June 24th, 2019

A state-of-the-art optical imaging lab in the Canadian Centre for Behavioural Neuroscience is providing the University of Lethbridge with new insight into neurological disorders, such as stroke and Alzheimer’s disease.

The University of Lethbridge unveiled its new neuroscience facility on Thursday.

The lab includes modern developments in technology, along with a group of genetically-modified mice – known as transgenic mice – that allow scientists to study the brain in action.

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    Dr. Majid Mohajerani, one of the doctors leading the project, said the new lab will give the university an edge in science.

    “I invested a lot of effort in order to bring our infrastructure to acceptable levels,” Mohajerani said. “We can basically consider ourselves a world leader.”

    Since human subjects cannot be used, researchers isolate the genes of a particular disease, transfer them into mice, then simulate potential situations. A mouse brain carries many of the same genes as a human, and therefore are extremely beneficial in the study of human illnesses, like neurological diseases.

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    “When the mouse grows up, it looks like the gene that affects humans also does something similar in a mouse brain,” Mohajerani said.

    “Now we can use the mouse as a model to study that type of disease.”

    With the new developments, researchers will now be able to solve many unanswered questions about the complex nature of a brain suffering from neurological diseases, including stroke and dementia.

    “One of the questions we are currently addressing in the lab, is how a very small stroke that we don’t notice can work towards the progression of Alzheimer’s and dementia,” Mohajerani said.

    “The problem happens when we get many of them accumulating and they prevent network activity in our brains.”

    The lab equipment gives scientists an opportunity to shine light on specific areas of the brain in a transgenic mouse and activate neurons in brain activity, such as recalling a memory.

    Mohajerani’s research enables the university to attain new information about how the brain functions, and could also lead to identifying the best treatment for human patients suffering from disorders.

    “We don’t know whether the findings we make with mice are necessarily translatable to humans, but we don’t have any other choice,” he said. “We have to try different things and hope to see one of them get translated into actual use in humans.”

    Mohajerani said after two and a half years of hard work, he’s excited to finally begin.

    “This would not be possible without the talented people who work with me in this department,” he said. “This is a collective effort of many people. I’m very glad that the senior members of this department had this vision.”

Winnipeg Blue Bombers running back Andrew Harris feeling ‘100%’

Monday, June 24th, 2019

WINNIPEG – Breathe easy Winnipeg. Your hometown hero has healed.

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    Winnipeg Blue Bombers running back Andrew Harris will play in Friday’s season opener against the Montreal Alouettes at Investors Group Field. The Winnipegger was questionable up until this morning after he suffered a suspected hamstring injury during Tuesday’s practice.

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    “He’s good to go,” said Bombers head coach Mike O’Shea.

    “We worked him out this morning, put him through the paces and he looked good.”

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    Harris went to make a catch near the end of Tuesday’s training session and seemed to favour his right leg as he came off the field. The injury forced the 29-year-old to watch Wednesday’s practice.

    “I think, like everyone, I was a little tight,” said Harris. “It was a little tweak on my leg.”

    I’ve been working hard on it to loosen it up. I worked out this morning and it felt great.”

    Harris signed with the Bombers as a free agent back in February. The former member of the Oak Park Raiders played his first six seasons in the CFL with the B.C. Lions. Last year, Harris logged 1039 yards rushing, 484 yards receiving and 10 touchdowns.

    Timothy Flanders is being taken off the practice roster to backup Harris in tomorrow’s game. The Bombers decided to dress the American as a precautionary measure and to use him on special teams.

    “I feel quite comfortable putting him out there,” said O’Shea. “He’s an eager guy, a good athlete and we’re going to give him a shot.”

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Your Saskatchewan – Saskatoon: June 2016

Monday, June 24th, 2019

Every day on Global News at 6 and Global News at 10, we feature a viewer submitted photo for Your Saskatchewan.

To submit a picture for Your Saskatchewan, email to [email protected]长沙夜网.

Pictures should be at least 920 pixels wide and in jpeg format.

GALLERY: Your Saskatchewan – Saskatoon: May 2016

June 1: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Suzy Pilat after Friday’s hail storm at Turtle Lake.

Suzy Pilat / Viewer Supplied

June 2: Stephanie Styles took this Your Saskatchewan photo near Govan.

Stephanie Styles / Viewer Submitted

June 3: Aicha Bitam took this Your Saskatchewan photo of their newly filled dogout at Moreland.

Aicha Bitam / Viewer Submitted

June 4: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Anton Lariviere at Patuanak.

Anton Lariviere / Viewer Submitted

June 5: This Your Saskatchewan photo was snapped in Lillestrom by Juan Cardama.

Juan Cardama / Your Saskatchewan

June 6: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken taken by Kirsten Morin at Île-à-la-Crosse.

Kirsten Morin / Viewer Submitted

June 7: Brent Bell took this Your Saskatchewan photo at Maidstone.

Brent Bell / Viewer Submitted

June 8: This Your Saskatchewan photo of a robin’s nest full of eggs was taken in Saskatoon by Lucas Winiewski.

Lucas Winiewski / Viewer Submitted

June 9: Helen Waller took this Your Saskatchewan photo in Montmartre of the “Paris of the Prairies.”

Helen Waller / Viewer Submitted

June 10: Doug Sarnes took this Your Saskatchewan photo from a hot air balloon over the Delta Bessborough.

Doug Sarnes / Viewer Submitted

June 11: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Jeanette Thoms at Wakaw Lake.

Jeanette Thoms / Viewer Submitted

June 12: This Your Saskatchewan photo of an eagle nest was snapped near Aberdeen by Diane Kacher.

Diane Kacher/ Viewer Submitted

June 13: Steve and Tina Leeks took this Your Saskatchewan photo in Regina of cedar waxwings.

Steve and Tina Leeks / Viewer Submitted

June 14: Jenny Hagan took this Your Saskatchewan photo 2500 feet above Eatonia where a group of hang gliders were trying to break a Canadian distance record.

Jenny Hagan / Viewer Submitted

June 15: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Harvey Carberry at Jackfish Lake.

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June 16: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Dawn Williams of her pea fields starting to flower southwest of Kyle.

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June 17: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Charlie Lemaigre at Clearwater River Provincial Park north of La Loche.

Charlie Lemaigre / Viewer Supplied

June 18: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Linda Phillips at Long Lake.

Linda Phillips / Viewer Supplied

June 19: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Tracey Cholin near Kerrobert.

Tracey Cholin / Viewer Supplied

June 20: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken in Saskatoon by Mat Williams.

Mat Williams / Viewer Submitted

June 21: Brent Bell took this Your Saskatchewan photo in Maidstone.

Brent Bell / Viewer Submitted

June 22: This Your Saskatchewan photo of the strawberry moon was taken just north of Regina by Darcy Conn.

Darcy Conn / Viewer Submitted

June 23: Kirsten Morin took this Your Saskatchewan photo near Meadow Lake of a moose having a soak.

Kirsten Morin / Viewer Submitted

June 24: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Dianne Mursell near Regina Beach.

Dianne Mursell / Viewer Submitted

June 25: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Cary Fischer at Wascana Lake in Regina.

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June 26: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Pablo Benitez near Outlook.

Pablo Benitez / Viewer Supplied

June 27: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken in Saskatoon by April Moosomin.

April Moosomin / Viewer Submitted

June 28: Duran Bruno snapped this Your Saskatchewan photo at Fond-du-Lac.

Duran Bruno / Viewer Submitted

June 29: This Your Saskatchewan photo of a Saskatoon sunrise was taken by Lisa Dutton.

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June 30: Logan Bereti took this Your Saskatchewan photo of a loon having a snack at Fishing Lake.

Logan Bereti / Viewer Submitted


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Shortage of lifeguards hits seasonal beaches hard around US

Monday, June 24th, 2019

GEORGETOWN, Maine – Cities, states and private beach owners around America are scrambling to fill lifeguard positions as summer kicks off, especially in states where lifeguarding is a seasonal enterprise.

There are likely between 30,000 and 50,000 lifeguards at beaches in the U.S., and more are needed, said Tom Gill, a spokesman for the United States Lifesaving Association.

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    The need is most acute in states where beaches, ponds and lakes are only open in the summer. Officials in states such as Maine, where thousands of people flock to the beach in the summer, said they face a shortage as July 4 nears.

    At Reid State Park in Georgetown, Maine, 19-year-old lifeguard Kyle Hummel said the lack of lifeguards makes the job more stressful.

    “More eyes mean more safety,” he said. “You’re totally responsible for everything that happens.”

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    Maine parks officials put out a call in April for lifeguards to staff several of its state beaches and still haven’t filled all the positions, said Gary Best, a spokesman for Maine State Parks. He said the department is currently rotating some of its lifeguards between multiple beaches to keep them covered.

    Lifeguard shortages have been reported in other states from Pennsylvania to Colorado.

    Filling seasonal lifeguard positions can be difficult because the job requires prior training and earned certification, Best said. Turnover is also heavy.

    “Like many positions that are that length of time, people move on,” Best said. “It’s understandable why every year we have openings.”

    Another issue is that many seasonal lifeguards aren’t well compensated. The average pay for a lifeguard in the U.S. is about $9 an hour; Maine pays $10.64 to lifeguards and $11.12 to lifeguard supervisors.

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    Full-time lifeguards in some West Coast cities can earn more than $100,000 per year, but seasonal lifeguards make much less. Gill, the United States Lifesaving Association spokesman and a Virginia Beach lifeguard himself, said offering a competitive wage helps alleviate lifeguard shortages.

    “It’s been our finding that if lifeguards are paid properly, trained well and in good working conditions, you have no problem finding lifeguards,” he said.