City considers limiting spaces for solicitors

first_imgBALDWIN PARK – The City Council is considering a new soliciting law that not only cracks down on day-laborers, but targets groups such as the Girl Scouts as well. On Wednesday, the City Council unanimously voted to introduce the ordinance which prohibits solicitation in areas intended for vehicular use, landscaped parkways and areas developed for pedestrian travel. Baldwin Park Councilwoman Marlen Garcia said the ordinance would help with problems arising from day laborers who congregate in the Home Depot parking lot on Puente Avenue. She brought the issue to the City Council in December after some residents complained about some of the day laborers urinating in the parking lot, sitting on cars, drinking, gambling and making unfavorable remarks to customers. “This has now become a safety issue,” Garcia said. “It’s more of a concern for me because women are calling me, expressing their concerns and saying when they go to the beauty supply \ they hear the men making comments at them and they feel insecure about going there.” Officials from Home Depot could not be reached for comment. City Attorney Stephanie Scher said the ordinance targets all solicitors, not just day laborers. “Nobody can solicit in an area reserved for vehicular use like parking lots or streets or on a public walkway if it’s going to reduce a person’s passageway to less than four feet,” Scher said. “Girl Scouts can’t even put a table up that will block sidewalks any more than the people who are there soliciting for day labor.” It’s up for approval April 4. Violation would be a misdemeanor, but may be reduced to an infraction at the discretion of the enforcing authority, official said. It could also bring a $100 fine. James Park, owner of Hans Cosmetics, which has been located on Puente Avenue for 14 years, said he decided to complain to the city after his business began to suffer. “This has been going on for about three years, all these men standing around for about seven or eight hours, and when I call the police they say they can’t do anything,” Park said. “My business is affected because 95 percent of my customers are female and they tell me they don’t want to come back because they get harassed.” Rudolfo Martin of Valinda is one of the day laborers who stands in the Home Deport parking lot daily hoping to find work and said he is not bothering anyone. “I stand out here every day to get jobs and I don’t do anything,” Martin, 32, said. “I don’t do anything wrong and now they don’t want me to be here to try and get work.” Councilman Ricardo Pacheco said he would like the city to provide a center where the day laborers can seek employment during set times. “It’s not necessarily that they are loitering they are typically there looking for work but some individuals are not behaving,” Pacheco said. “Maybe if there was a little more control, things will get better.” Garcia said the city has approached the Home Depot about working together on a day labor center but said the store said it is the city’s responsibility. City staff was directed Wednesday to set up a meeting between the City Council and Home Depot officials to discuss the issue further. nisha.gutierrez@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2109160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Chelsea line-up v Sporting Lisbon: Blues’ hero left out in favour of more lethal Costa? Right decision?

first_img Diego Costa is likely to start against Sporting 1 Jose Mourinho makes something of a homecoming on Tuesday, as Chelsea head to Portugal to take on Sporting Lisbon, knowing that only victory will do if they are to take control of group G.The Blues’ 1-1 draw against Schalke in the opening round of matches was less than desirable given their relative domination of proceedings, but Mourinho will need his men to b far more clinical as they face a Sporting side unbeaten in 16 European home games – 13 wins, three draws – with their last defeat at the Jose Alvalade stadium coming against Brondby in the 2010/11 Europa League play-offs.Chelsea though have a strong record against Portuguese opposition – winning seven, drawing one and losing one.The Blues therefore come into this a slight favourites, a billing cemented somewhat by Mourinho’s comments that he wants star striker Diego Costa to start, despite on going concerns over his fitness.Whether or not the Spanish striker is nursing any complaint appears secondary, with Costa having scored eight times for Chelsea already this season.The Blues’ only other injury concern regards Ramires, who looks likely to be out of action until the middle of October.Below is how Chelsea could line-up: 1 Mourinho will naturally be keeping one eye on Sunday’s Premier League home match with Arsenal, but he knows that only a victory will do against Sporting, so will likely select a line-up which reflects that.Chelsea’s defence naturally picks itself, although with John Terry’s advancing years, Mourinho could opt to play Branislav Ivanovic at centre-back and drafting in the versatile Cesar Azpilicueta to play right-back.The only other area of contention is in attack, with Mourinho spoilt for choice in terms of his options going forward. We’ve punted on the Portuguese selecting Andre Schurrle, who has been consistent and dependable when called on, meaning that Oscar will likely be given a more central berth.Given Mourinho’s comments regarding Costa, and the lack of potency Didier Drogba showed against Schalke, it therefore seems likely that the Spanish will start.Chelsea fans, how do you think you’ll line-up against Sporting? Comment below…last_img read more

Spurs fan arrested after banana skin thrown onto Arsenal pitch

first_img0Shares0000A banana skin was thrown onto the pitch at the Emirates after Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored against Tottenham © IKIMAGES/AFP / Ian KINGTONLONDON, United Kingdom, Dec 3 – A football fan has been arrested after a banana skin was thrown onto the pitch at the Emirates Stadium as Arsenal forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang celebrated scoring a penalty in front of Tottenham fans.The Gunners won a memorable match 4-2 on Sunday and London’s Metropolitan Police afterwards confirmed that seven arrests had been made. Britain’s Press Association said it understands that one of those arrests came after a banana skin was hurled from the away end as Aubameyang celebrated scoring in front of the Tottenham fans.“Behaviour such as this is completely unacceptable and the supporter in question will be issued with a ban,” a Tottenham spokesman said.There were also six arrests for public order offences — at least two of which are believed to be Arsenal supporters who lit smoke canisters during the match.Former Arsenal and England forward Ian Wright, speaking as a pundit on BBC television, said: “I’ve played against Spurs and I’ve taken a lot of abuse from Spurs but never ever has it been racial.“Now Spurs have to deal with this because some idiot has done that. It’s not only embarrassed Spurs but it has embarrassed the Premier League because it has gone around the world.”Gabon forward Aubameyang opened the scoring on Sunday with his 10th-minute spot-kick and, after Tottenham had replied through Eric Dier and a Harry Kane penalty, then equalised early in the second half.Alexandre Lacazette put the hosts 3-2 up before Lucas Torreira added Arsenal’s fourth.The unrest was not restricted to the stands as the two sets of players had to be separated following Dier’s equaliser on a feisty afternoon in north London.The England midfielder celebrated by putting his finger to his lips, with Arsenal substitute Stephan Lichtsteiner reacting angrily to the gesture and referee Mike Dean showing Dier a yellow card.Both clubs were charged by the Football Association on Monday with failing to ensure their players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion over the melee that followed Dier’s goal.The clubs have until 1800 GMT on Thursday to respond to the charge0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

MEDICAL CARDS ARE BEING SLASHED ACROSS DONEGAL CLAIMS DEPUTY

first_imgDeputy Charlie McConalogue has accused local government representatives of denying evidence of substantial cuts to discretionary medical cards across the county.Medical cards are being slashed across Donegal.The Fianna Fáil Deputy said the cuts are affecting numerous people with serious illnesses and disabilities.He said his constituency office has been inundated with cases where people with cancer, severe disabilities or debilitating illnesses have been refused a medical card or had their card revoked over the past few months. This week in the Dáil, the government rejected a Fianna Fáil motion deploring what the party describes as ‘deliberate targeting of sick people in need of clinical support’.The motion called on the government to stop these ‘underhand cuts’ to discretionary medical cards and to ensure that no-one in clinical need is denied a medical card.Deputy McConalogue said, “It is disgraceful that the government rejected this motion. The government is denying what is clearly happening on the ground. Figures show that nationally, more than 1,000 discretionary medical cards are being withdrawn every single month.“I have been dealing with many cases in Donegal of cancer patients, children with severe disabilities and people with serious illnesses being denied medical cards or suddenly having their cards revoked. How can the government deny that cuts are taking place under the radar? “There is no doubt that there is a cynical campaign to reduce the number of medical cards in use in Donegal and across the country. This is the worst kind of cost-cutting tactic. The Health Minister James Reilly has once again failed to manage his own health budget this year, and it’s becoming increasingly clear that he is expecting to cover some of that budget overrun by removing supports from sick people who otherwise would be entitled to a medical card.“The government representatives in Donegal can deny this all they like, but the bottom line is that it is happening in communities right across this county. People with serious conditions here in Donegal are being denied medical cards and we need to know why.”Deputy McConalogue called on the local government representatives to stand up for Donegal patients and demand a stop to these cuts.“This attack on sick people must stop. I am calling on the local Fine Gael and Labour representatives here in Donegal, who must be receiving as many of these cases as I am, to tell their colleague the Minister for Health James Reilly the reality of what is happening and to put a stop to the sneaky cull of discretionary medical cards,” he said.  MEDICAL CARDS ARE BEING SLASHED ACROSS DONEGAL CLAIMS DEPUTY was last modified: October 10th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:deputy charlie mcconaloguemedical cardsslashedlast_img read more

GO-AHEAD FOR NEW KILLYBEGS COAST GUARD STATION

first_imgDinny McGinley T.D. Minister of State at the Department of Arts, Heritage & the Gaeltacht has been informed by Leo Varadkar, T.D. Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport   that building works on the proposed new Coast Guard Station for Killybegs will commence within the next few weeks.Minister McGinley has also been informed, that the Office of Public Works have completed their tender process and awarded the tender to the successful bidder.Minister McGinley further added, that the provision of a new modern up to date  Coast Guard  Station will be of tremendous benefit to the fishing community and all others who are engaged in maritime activity off the North West coast.  GO-AHEAD FOR NEW KILLYBEGS COAST GUARD STATION was last modified: August 9th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:GO-AHEAD FOR NEW KILLYBEGS COAST GUARD STATIONlast_img read more

DDTV: COLEMAN MISSES THAILAND TRIP BECAUSE OF INJURY

first_imgSeamus Coleman will miss Everton’s trip to Thailand as a precaution after feeling his hamstring in a friendly against Tranmere. The full-back was withdrawn during the second period having only come on at half-time at Prenton Park on Tuesday. Everton are boosted by Ross Barkley’s return as they travel to Bangkok on Thursday – with a game against Leicester on Sunday.But Coleman will remain on Merseyside and will be joined by Arouna Kone and Bryan Oviedo.Martinez explained that the latter pair’s time would be best spent continuing to work towards their respective returns to action.The Everton manager told evertontv: “We assessed Seamus’ injury this morning. “He will miss the Thailand trip to give proper consideration to his injury, for proper treatment and to remove any chance of aggravating that feeling that he had.“We don’t really know the extent of the injury yet but it is sometimes a little bit of a setback that comes with pre-season preparation and getting a lot of volume into the bodies. Hopefully it is going to be just a minor setback.” DDTV: COLEMAN MISSES THAILAND TRIP BECAUSE OF INJURY was last modified: July 24th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:evertoninjuredseamus colemanThailandlast_img read more

Picture Special: Royal and Prior Comprehensive School stage spectacular Variety Show

first_imgStudents from The Royal and Prior Comprehensive School Raphoe wowed audiences with their Variety Show at An Grianán Theatre in Letterkenny this week.A huge range of talents were showcased by the students, including foot-tapping musical numbers, a colourful fashion extravaganza, and a show-stopping dance performance.Students also stage their award-winning ‘Blood Brothers’ production. The Willie Russell classic starred Darragh Keaveney and Mark Browne in the leading roles. Their remarkable production won overall Best Play for the Butt Drama Festival 2018, with Darragh Keaveney scooping an additional award for his excellent acting skills. Teacher Mrs. Linda O’Boyle also won the award for Best Director for her fabulous work in putting the production together.Ulanda Anthony and Holly Johnston part of the award winng Blood Brothers cast at the Royal and Prior Variety Show in An Grianan Theatre on Thursday last. Photo Clive WassonCain McGinley Guitar and vocals on stage at the Royal and Prior Variety Show in An Grianan Theatre on Thursday last. Photo Clive WassonMC’s Leeanne Patterson andZara Gillespie at the Royal and Prior Variety Show in An Grianan Theatre on Thursday last. Photo Clive WassonChione Fitih singing Blinded at the Royal and Prior Variety Show in An Grianan Theatre on Thursday last. Photo Clive WassonThriller dancers at the Royal and Prior Variety Show in An Grianan Theatre on Thursday last. Photo Clive WassonTori Stewart singing at the Royal and Prior Variety Show in An Grianan Theatre on Thursday last. Photo Clive WassonRebecca Peoples at the Royal and Prior Variety Show in An Grianan Theatre on Thursday last. Photo Clive WassonKatie Turner, Bethay Turner and Cailan Russell at the Royal and Prior Variety Show in An Grianan Theatre on Thursday last. Photo Clive WassonThe cast of Blood Brothers which won the inaugural Ben Duffy Perpetual Cup for 1st place in the Balor Theatre annual Secondry Schools Drama Festival with Principal Dr Hoard Welch, Ms. Kelly and Ms. Linda O’Boyle from Inishowen who also picked up the Best Director awaard at the Royal and Prior Variety Show in An Grianan Theatre on Thursday last. Photo Clive WassonSamantha Rose Bradley and Katie McKinley at the Royal and Prior Variety Show in An Grianan Theatre on Thursday last. Photo Clive WassonThe High School Musical finale at the Royal and Prior Variety Show in An Grianan Theatre on Thursday last. Photo Clive WassonSophie Lowery on stage at the Royal and Prior Variety Show in An Grianan Theatre on Thursday last. Photo Clive WassonMegan Lucas at the Royal and Prior Variety Show in An Grianan Theatre on Thursday last. Photo Clive WassonLucy Parke perfomes Lightouse completing 6 Years in the Variety show by performing the song she first preformed at the Royal and Prior Variety Show in An Grianan Theatre on Thursday last. Photo Clive WassonMrs Johnston, Ulanda Anthony with her sons Mickey, Darragh Keaveney and Edward, Mark Brown in the final scene of the Blood Brothers which won the inaugural Ben Duffy Perpetual Cup in the Balor Theatre annual Secondry Schools Drama Festival at the Royal and Prior Variety Show in An Grianan Theatre on Thursday last. Photo Clive WassonThe cast of Blood Brothers which won the inaugural Ben Duffy Perpetual Cup in the Balor Theatre annual Secondry Schools Drama Festival at the Royal and Prior Variety Show in An Grianan Theatre on Thursday last. Photo Clive WassonThe cast of Blood Brothers which won the inaugural Ben Duffy Perpetual Cup in the Balor Theatre annual Secondry Schools Drama Festival at the Royal and Prior Variety Show in An Grianan Theatre on Thursday last. Photo Clive WassonPiper, Mark Buchanan at the Royal and Prior Variety Show in An Grianan Theatre on Thursday last. Photo Clive WassonIsabella Robinson perfoming guitar and voacls at the Royal and Prior Variety Show in An Grianan Theatre on Thursday last. Photo Clive WassonZara Tiney part of the Transition Year Fashion Show at the Royal and Prior Variety Show in An Grianan Theatre on Thursday last. Photo Clive WassonCharles Rodrigues and Andrew Mason at the Royal and Prior Variety Show in An Grianan Theatre on Thursday last. Photo Clive WassonEmma Boyle singing at the Royal and Prior Variety Show in An Grianan Theatre on Thursday last. Photo Clive WassonJohn Clay on piano at the Royal and Prior Variety Show in An Grianan Theatre on Thursday last. Photo Clive WassonPicture Special: Royal and Prior Comprehensive School stage spectacular Variety Show was last modified: February 11th, 2018 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:An Grianan Theatreblood brothersRaphoeroyal and prior comprehensive schoollast_img read more

Who Knew the Stack Effect Could Be So Controversial?

first_imgAllison Bailes of Decatur, Georgia, is a RESNET-accredited energy consultant, trainer, and the author of the Energy Vanguard blog. Recently, I wrote a little article about the stack effect to explain that the flow of air and heat is upward in winter but downward in summer. Turns out, the stack effect is a hot topic. That article has gotten 25 comments so far. When I posted it to the RESNET BPI group on LinkedIn, it got another 22 comments. And John Brooks started a stack effect discussion here at Green Building Advisor that has 61 comments as I write. Based on all this discussion, I’d say that heat does rise!Heat risesMy response is: Relax and repeat after me: Heat rises. Let’s say it again, just to help you get over your phobia: Heat rises. What is it about that statement that’s wrong? Nothing! It doesn’t ascribe a cause. It doesn’t say the only thing heat can do is rise. It’s just stating an observation. Heat can move upward. It also can move downward, sideways, diagonally, or any direction at all.In the winter stack effect, heat rises because it’s moving with the warm air that’s less dense than the colder surrounding air. In summer, it moves downward as it follows the cool, dense air. I described all this in the previous article. I also stated clearly at the top of the article that it’s the Second Law of Thermodynamics that drives heat flow, and that law says that the natural flow of heat is from hot to cold.Yes, it’s true that a lot of people are confused about the nature of heat flow. It’s also true that many in the home performance community are quick to point out that, No, heat doesn’t rise – warm air does. Well, if the warm air is rising, isn’t the dang heat rising, too?Warm air also risesThe other argument against my explanation was that not only does heat not rise but warm air doesn’t rise either. Nope. It gets pushed up by the cold air below, some say. Bud Poll and I exchanged several comments, and he commented in the Green Building Advisor thread as well. His main beef is with the use of certain words to describe the process:Avoid the words “pull” and “replacement” in conjunction with warm air moving up.Here’s old and new for stack effect (up north).Old: Warm air rises inside our home and moves up and out those leaks in the upper portions of the building while pulling in its replacement air through leaks in the lower areas.New: Cold air pushes into the lower portions of our homes forcing the lighter warm air up and out through leaks at the top.As it turns out, a couple of other physics principles shed some light on what’s going on here. First, there’s Newton’s Third Law of Motion, which states: For every action, there’s an equal and opposite reaction. Then, another aspect of the Second Law of Thermodynamics says that air moves from high pressure to low pressure. The cold air and the warm air, in other words, work in concert with each other. Each does its thing because of the assistance of the other.In the end, I agree with Martin Holladay, who said of Poll’s mission to change the way we talk about stack effect, “I’m skeptical that your new method of explanation gets us any closer to clarity and understanding.”Rather than arguing about how many angels can dance on the head of a pin, let’s focus on what’s important and try to help folks like the Hartfords in Maine, who had to resort to asking the fuel oil company to take their car in exchange for another tank of fuel oil.If you agree, repeat after me, Heat rises. (Just don’t forget that it can fall and go sideways, too.) If you don’t agree, I’ll see you at Building Science Fight Club.last_img read more

NIH expands program to crack medical mysteries

first_imgAn effort at the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) to diagnose mysterious diseases is undergoing a major expansion. Representatives of the Undiagnosed Diseases Program (UDP), administered by NIH’s National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), announced today that six medical centers will join the program, forming a network of clinical sites to investigate intractable cases from patients around the country. The program aims to offer patients a long-awaited diagnosis—and sometimes treatment—while building up data for scientists studying the genetic basis of rare diseases.The new sites—Baylor College of Medicine; the Harvard teaching hospitals (Boston Children’s, Brigham and Women’s, and Massachusetts General); Duke University; Stanford University; the University of California, Los Angeles; and Vanderbilt University Medical Center—will each receive a 4-year grant of roughly $7.2 million to participate. Like the NIH Clinical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, that served as a pilot site, the centers will host patients for about a week at a time, performing extensive clinical tests and genetic sequencing in search of an explanation for their symptoms.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)Harvard Medical School in Boston, which received a $9 million award in January to act as “coordinating center,” will facilitate collaboration between researchers and will make patient data widely available through public repositories such as NIH’s database of Genotypes and Phenotypes, explained Anastasia Wise, director of NHGRI’s Division of Genomic Medicine, at a press conference today.Since the program launched in May 2008, it has received applications from about 3200 patients, 750 of which were selected for study. “There has never been a shortage of referrals to the program,” UDP Director William Gahl said today. (Indeed, in 2011, the program temporarily stopped accepting applications to catch up on the flood of inquiries.) The program’s track record for medical sleuthing depends on how you define a diagnosis, Gahl said. Between 25% and 50% of cases are considered “resolved” based on a clinical, molecular, or biochemical diagnosis, while about a quarter are closed without an answer. “You can see that this is a difficult work, in which we sometimes fail,” he added.The program now admits about 150 patients per year at the NIH Clinical Center, but plans to accommodate 50 per year at each of the seven sites by the summer of 2017.last_img read more