Makeover set for Palladium concert venue

first_img“They are the people that can do a good job with it,” Alan Shuman, president of the investment group, said of Live Nation. “I had enough of running it, and wanted to lease it.” Further details of the deal were not released. The Palladium closed its doors Dec. 31 for remodeling and is expected to reopen in 2008. Live Nation said the makeover will preserve its aesthetic integrity. Los Angeles-based Live Nation owns or uses more than 150 worldwide venues. It has produced tours for the Rolling Stones, Madonna, U2 and other acts. The Palladium, located on Sunset Boulevard, opened in 1940 with a concert by the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, featuring Sinatra. It became a television studio in 1961, hosting such shows as the Emmy and Grammy awards. The landmark Hollywood Palladium will get a makeover under a deal announced Wednesday by one of the nation’s largest concert producers. Adding momentum to revitalization of the Hollywood area, Live Nation Inc. said it will lease and renovate the venue that has featured performers such as Frank Sinatra, James Brown and The Who. The Palladium “provides us with the mid-sized capacity venue that we were previously missing, and one with a tremendous rock ‘n’ roll history,” Bruce Eskowitz, Live Nation’s CEO of North American music, said in a prepared statement. The venue, which holds 4,000 people, has been owned by Palladium Investors Limited for 22 years. It was then returned to use as a music and dance site. Among its featured performers were Led Zeppelin, Rod Stewart, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Radiohead. Preservation groups including the Los Angeles Conservancy and Hollywood Heritage have voiced concern over maintaining historic Hollywood buildings such as the Palladium. The venue is just one of a number of properties being renovated or sold in a recent push to redevelop the area, which has seen a growing night-life scene and residential development after years as a hub for crime and prostitutes. Last week, the owners of the Magic Castle and the Japanese mansion that houses the Yamashiro restaurant – both designated historic landmarks near the Hollywood Walk of Fame – said they were looking for someone interested in buying the properties. EMI Music North America announced in September 2006 it sold the celebrated cylindrical Capitol Records building just north of Hollywood and Vine. The building will still house the Capitol Records label and studio, despite one plan calling for it to become condominiums. “Hollywood’s done a great job of preserving its past while it embraces its future. The Palladium is just our latest accomplishment. Redevelopment has gone hand in hand with restoration,” Los Angeles City Council President Eric Garcetti said in a statement. 160Want 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

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Senators block leases at L.A. vets hospital

first_img lisa.friedman@langnews.com (202) 662-8731160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The White House earlier this week said it opposed the protections and predicted it would eliminate more than $4 billion in revenue from the Veterans Administration. Federal budget officials noted the money would be used “to improve facilities around the country for our nation’s veterans.” Sen. Barbara Boxer maintained that the administration should not be setting its sights on the Los Angeles hospital in a time of war. “This is not the time to say to our veterans, `You’re not important.’ That it’s more important to have a rental car agency or a movie studio here,” she said. “Certain things you can’t put a price on because in the long run it’s wrong to do.” WASHINGTON – California’s U.S. senators thwarted a Bush administration attempt Wednesday to allow commercial leasing of a Los Angeles veterans hospital. In a 66-25 vote, lawmakers shot down an amendment that would have stripped protections written by Sen. Dianne Feinstein into a $109.2 military spending bill prohibiting development at the West Los Angeles Medical Center. “The bottom line is, would you sell the national mall for profit? Would you sell Teddy Roosevelt Island for profit?” asked Feinstein, who tacked on the protections after the Veterans Administration leased some of the center’s 388 acres to a film studio and a car-rental agency. “There are a lot of ways to make money, but I think the worst way is to make money off of veterans,” Feinstein said. last_img

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Mayor’s affair has become a TV drama he can’t ignore

first_img“We actually had a very good conversation about that,” Villaraigosa said. As for the affair with Salinas, Villaraigosa said: “In life we sometimes make mistakes. There’s no question that we have to accept responsibility for those mistakes. I have.” The mayor also said he is not thinking much about the future. “At some point, I’ll have to make decisions … but I think the best way to ensure your future is to do a good job in the job you have now,” Villaraigosa said, adding that he underestimated the impact of the affair on his career. “Because I have created a distraction and because I’ve got to be responsible for the fact that it has, you know, been, I think, more than just a blip, if you will, on the conscience and on the, you know, of the public at this point,” he said. “So I think we’re in a situation where people expect you to do your job. The jury’s out, if you will.” In the meantime, folks in Riverside are taking exception to the idea that Salinas’ assignment to their fair city amounts to punishment. Dan Bernstein, columnist for the Riverside Press-Enterprise, notes the assignment is viewed as being sent to “Riversiberia.” “In this epoch of multimedia saturation, even a multimedia saturator seems to regard Riverside as little more than a penal colony,” Bernstein wrote. “Has Telemundo not heard of the Renaissance? Of SmartPark? Of the new interchange that badly needs a name? Hasn’t Telemundo heard that Riversiberia is an `All-America City’ with reasonably priced electricity that is even more reliable than Baghdad?” Call it the ultimate revenge. The Engineers and Architects Association, which engaged in a three-day walkout last year in a salary dispute with city leaders, is now trying to organize the workers of those city leaders. While the city is trying to create its own bargaining units for the workers – which includes City Council and mayoral staff aides, among others – City Council members are mum on the issue. “It would be wrong for us to even comment on this,” council President Eric Garcetti said. But Councilman Dennis Zine said he is worried about extending union protections to political appointees. “The people we hire don’t have to go through the civil service system and they know they have political jobs,” Zine said. “What happens to these workers when I leave office? The city shouldn’t have to find new jobs for them.” Neighborhood councils, bolstered by plans to streamline procedures for elections and operations, are preparing for their big day. The councils’ leaders will get a chance to meet with Villaraigosa and his top staff on Oct. 13 for “Budget Day.” And it is being billed as one of the most important ever held. The annual sessions were started by former Mayor James Hahn to bring the neighborhood councils into the process. Villaraigosa has continued it, with requests for councils to rank their preferences for city services. Villaraigosa also has used previous sessions to win support for controversial measures such as a trash-fee hike to pay for more police officers. This year is expected to prove as financially difficult as several in the past, with the city facing a projected $215 million shortfall. Councilman Bill Rosendahl, considered one of the staunchest allies of Villaraigosa, is slowly backing away on at least one issue: the city’s Department of Animal Services. Rosendahl this past weekend saluted the work of former Commissioner Marie Atake at a pet adoption event, saying Atake has brought many concerns to him about the operation of the department by General Manager Ed Boks. “I haven’t taken a position on that part yet,” Rosendahl said. “But the animal rights community knows it has a friend in me. And, I was very sorry to see Marie quit the department.” Atake resigned from the post because of concerns over the information Boks was providing the commission. She also said she felt pressure from the Mayor’s Office. rick.orlov@dailynews.com (213) 978-0390 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! For Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, it is the scandal that won’t go away. Speculation about the impact of his affair with Mirthala Salinas on his political future has been revived with the recent announcement that Telemundo had reassigned its former star anchor to an Inland Empire reporting gig. The mayor addressed the issue last week in a CNBC interview hosted by former Disney President Michael Eisner. Villaraigosa said he had discussed the breakup of his marriage with New York Sen. Hillary Clinton, whom he has endorsed for president. last_img

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Job market inspires environmental interest

first_imgGreen-thinking professionals and students from a local college are looking toward the future in environmentally focused jobs. The Rio Hondo College Symposium, “Education Pathways to Green Jobs,” took place at the Pacific Palms Conference Resort in Industry on Friday morning. The symposium, the product of more than a year of planning, aimed to improve the junior college’s program for environmental education. “This is to help us identify what types of skills and training are needed for green-collar jobs,” said Russell Castaneda-Calleros, director of community relations for the college. Assemblyman Ed Hernandez, D-West Covina, and Rio Hondo College President Ted Martinez Jr. each delivered an address to the symposium. But most development for the new environmental science program at Rio Hondo occurred in five break-out sessions, where participants chose between five categories, including waste management and environmental health and safety. These programs were led by students and professors and included experts in each field. Castaneda-Calleros said each session included a note taker who will write a “white paper” describing the discussion from that group, to be included in a pamphlet that will be handed out to participants by February. The sessions focused not only on professional jobs where students would go on to a four-year university, but on vocational training as well. Groups discussed how training for mechanics must change for hybrid cars and how other careers will change because of environmental consciousness. Rich Brito, a first-semester student and an energy company specialist, said he is returning to school to finish a four-year degree in environmental science. Brito, 43, said the symposium could boost programs and awareness around the Los Angeles area. “There’s a lack of environmental programs throughout the junior colleges in Southern California,” Brito said. Ted Martinez said the program was a way to hear from employers about how to better prepare students for the work force. Martinez also said students would be listened to, through papers published on symposium discussions and in other ways as curriculum is reformed to concentrate on preparing students for developing industries. “Right now, they’re here, they’re listening to a discussion,” Martinez said of students. “Their awareness is increasing. We will look for ways to seek input from them as well.” airan.scruby@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3029 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The event brought together about 100 students, teachers, board members and experts in environment-related fields to revamp Rio Hondo’s courses to cater to job openings today, bringing what Castaneda-Calleros called an outdated program up to speed. The college chose to host the event to draw in community members rather than a simple focus group because of the fast pace of change in environmentally based professions. “The number of people retiring in these fields is growing, and the number of people replacing them is diminishing,” Rio Hondo College board President Maria Elena Martinez said. The event was sponsored by the Upper San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District, the Central Basin Municipal Water District and the Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County. “ABC Eyewitness News” weatherman Danny Romero, a Rio Hondo alumnus, was master of ceremonies. last_img read more

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‘A fan who won the chance to play’ – Spurs fans hoping to ‘never see’ this player in the shirt again after draw

first_img1 Erik Lamela was criticised by Tottenham fans Tottenham fans on the whole have been pretty patient with Erik Lamela.Having arrived from Roma in a £30m transfer in 2013, some have grown tired of the Argentina international’s displays.In Spurs’ 2-2 draw with Stoke – only their second game of the 2015/16 Premier League season – Lamela’s name was trending on Twitter for the wrong reasons. Replacing Harry Kane when Tottenham were 2-0, some supporters let their feelings be known, which you can see a selection of below.Do you think it helps when supporters are so openly critical of their own players?last_img

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EIR ANNOUNCE BROADBAND ROLL-OUT FOR DONEGAL – BUT IS YOUR TOWN ON IT?

first_imgMore than 14,000 home across Donegal will benefit from upgraded broadband.Eir has announced the locations of its new rural fibre broadband rollout.And a total of more than 14,000 home across Donegal are set to benefit from the plan which will see super-fast broadband.However many homes in many areas will not receive the upgraded broadband to enable home entertainment heaven! Surprisingly Donegal’s biggest town, Letterkenny, is only getting 760 homes upgraded compared with say Ballybofey which will see 780 homes upgraded.The company says that it will connect 100,000 homes and businesses in rural and regional locations across all 26 counties over the next 12 months.It says that the service will be a fibre broadband product that delivers 1Gbs, equivalent to 1,000Mbs.Here is a list of locations across Donegal, by town, and the number of houses/businesses to be covered as part of the initial fibre rollout: Donegal …total 14,240 homesDonegal 980Ballybofey 780Dungloe 600Ardara 480 Annagry 540Bunbeg 1370Burtonport 360Carrigart 1070 Clonmany 840Carrigans 170Carrick 290Dunfanaghy 600Falcarragh 1240Greencastle 450Kincasslagh 340Killybegs 580Kilcar 380Lifford 550Muff 360Narin 330Quigleys Point 520Fintown 210Rossnowlagh 440Letterkenny 760EIR ANNOUNCE BROADBAND ROLL-OUT FOR DONEGAL – BUT IS YOUR TOWN ON IT? was last modified: March 4th, 2016 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:broadbanddonegallast_img read more

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GAA NEWS: NAOMH COLMCILLE U16s IN GOOD WIN OVER LK GAELS

first_imgTickets ordered for Donegal game will be available for collection on Thursday night from 7-8 at clubhouse with Alison Ferry, this will be only evening for collection of tickets. The Naomh Colmcille Sports Day is now due to take place on Sunday 17th August. Details to follow on a fun filled day at Pairc Cholmcille.The seniors and reserves had no fixtures this weekend. U13 game didn’t go ahead against Malin, there is training Tuesday @5.45 pm with game Wednesday night time details to be confirmed. Coaches have asked with everyone can attend Tuesday training session.U16’s had a good won away to Letterkenny Gaels on Monday night next game not until 11th August.Gaelic training for girls aged 12-16 continues Wednesday and Fridays at 7:30 pm. All levels welcome…beginners and girls who have played before. Further details from Gerard McFadden 0872494908The Lucozade Sport Club Crusade promotion has now finished. Please continue to collect bottle tops in anticipation of future promotions. Thanks. Check out the club’s new Facebook page (Naomh Colmcille CLG – Donegal) for latest updates on training, match times etc.Training and Match Schedule.Information here is correct at the time of compilation of the weekly notes. Check the Training Schedule section on the club website for latest updates on training for all age groups. The page will be updated regularly throughout the week. Updates also on the club’s Facebook page.Subscription of €2 per player (up to and including minors) per week for training. Please make sure you bring your full kit (shorts, track bottoms, boots, sports top/hoodie/coat, drink). Remember a mouth guard is needed for training sessions as well as matches.Seniors and reserves. Training on Tuesday and Thursday at 7:00 pm. See website and Facebook page for updates during the week. U18. See Facebook for further updates.U16. No game until 11th August See Facebook and website for updates during the week.U13. Training on Tuesday (5th) at 5:45 pm. See Facebook for updates on Wednesday game and website for updates during the week.U10. Training continues Friday 8th August at 6:30 pm. U8. Training continues Friday 8th August at 6:30 pm.Girls U12-16 Gaelic. Training continues Wednesday and Friday (6th and 8th August) at 7:30 pm. All levels welcome…beginners and girls who have played before. Further details from Gerard McFadden 0872494908Reminder that the use of mouthguards is now compulsory for all players.Naomh Colmcille Weekly Lotto.This week’s numbers are 2, 3, 8, 9, 13 and the most correct winners (matching four numbers) are Charlie & Anne Callaghan, and Sharkey Signs who win €37.5 each. Next week’s jackpot €5,900. The Lotto is the main regular source of fundraising for the club so free 2 hrs every 7 weeks to help out it would be greatly appreciated. Contact Breda Friel if you’re able to help.The Club would like to take the opportunity to thank everyone for their continued support of the Lotto as it gives the club the essential means of continuing to give our local kids and adults the chance to avail of a great and healthy pastime.GAA NEWS: NAOMH COLMCILLE U16s IN GOOD WIN OVER LK GAELS was last modified: August 4th, 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:Naomh Colmcille GAA newslast_img read more

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First university for Mpumalanga

first_imgYoung people in Mpumalanga will soon beable to enrol at a university that’s not farfrom their homes. (Image: Bongani Nkosi)South Africa’s Mpumalanga province is set to get its first university, which will help develop a skills base in the area and retain school-leavers, who currently have to relocate elsewhere in search of quality tertiary education.David Mabuza, the province’s premier, announced government’s undertaking in his State of the Province address in Nelspruit on 19 February.“I am privileged to announce that national government has granted permission for the establishment of a fully fledged university in the province,” Mabuza said.At the moment the Northern Cape and Mpumalanga are the only two provinces in the country without established universities.Plans for the academic institution, likely to be known as the University of Mpumalanga, are beginning to take shape, but provincial government is yet to announce when construction will start, said Mabuza’s spokesperson, Mabutho Sithole.Mabuza told the Sowetan in early February that his office and the national Department of Higher Education and Training have agreed that a university in the province is an urgent priority.While it’s certain the main campus will be in Nelspruit, Mpumalanga’s capital, authorities are still in the process of identifying suitable land, Mabuza told the newspaper.“We will work together with the Minister of Higher Education, Dr Blade Nzimande, to take this process forward,” Mabuza said in his address, which marked the opening of the Mpumalanga legislature.The university will have various campuses across the province and at least one centre in each of the three municipal districts: Nkangala, Gert Sibande and Ehlanzeni. Faculties will be similarly spread, with the former KwaMhlanga College favoured for education, Sithole said“Faculties such as engineering, science and agriculture will be spread throughout various parts [of the province],” Mabuza added.Tertiary hospital for main campusThere are also plans to establish an extensive tertiary hospital alongside the Nelspruit campus to “ensure that our healthcare taps into the wealth of research and skills from the university”, Mabuza said.The hospital will be designed with various units currently lacking in the province’s public hospitals, so fewer patients will have to be transferred to Gauteng for treatment.“We intend to drastically cut down on the number of unnecessary referrals among the different levels of healthcare facilities,” Mabuza added.University to help retain youngstersAt the moment school-leavers in Mpumalanga are often forced to relocate to other provinces to study further.The Tshwane University of Technology (TUT), University of Johannesburg, Pretoria University and Wits University – all in Gauteng – are popular choices.After repeated calls by youth organisations for universities to be built in Mpumalanga and the Northern Cape, Nzimande assured the South African Students Congress in December 2009 that “the process is on track”.The Department of Higher Education and Training aims to double matriculant enrolment in the country’s tertiary institutions over the next five years, so building universities in Mpumalanga and the Northern Cape will help meet this target.At the moment the only options for Mpumalanga-based students are TUT and the Vaal University of Technology – which offer limited courses through satellite campuses there; three Further Education and Training centres; and a handful of private colleges.Mabuza is certain a university in Mpumalanga will, among other things, help develop skills in the province.“In part, the establishment of a university in Mpumalanga will, in the long-term, contribute to knowledge generation, research and development, as well as training and skills development,” he said.last_img read more

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Doctors on the forefront of innovation

first_imgEpicel, a cloned skin was used for the first time in South Africa on 2 year old Pippie Kruger. (Image: Oz Healthcare Communications)• Dr. Ridwan MiaSurgeonSandton Medi-Clinic+27 11-463-6591info.drmiaplasticsurgeon@yahoo.co.zaMelissa Jane CookDedicated, pioneering professionals are forging forward with – in some cases bizarre – measures and saving lives, taking innovative approaches to medical care. A neonatologist, a prosthetic and a plastic and reconstructive surgeon have totted up some extraordinary achievements.These three doctors swore the Hippocratic Oath, one of the oldest binding documents in history. Its principles are held sacred by doctors to this day: treat the sick to the best of one’s ability, preserve patient privacy and teach the secrets of medicine to the next generation. It is evident the oath taken by these doctors has earned them great gratitude from those they have saved.Baby Allegra in a bagAllegra Lategan spent the first few weeks of her life in 2011 in a ziplock bag to protect her paper-thin skin from tearing against the sheets and to prevent heat loss from her fragile body. She was born at 22 weeks and weighed only 515 grams.“We were lucky with Allegra in that we knew she would arrive early, so we had time to get an excellent team in place,” Dr Ricky Dippenaar, a neonatologist who works at Netcare’s Blaauwberg and N1 City Neonatal ICU in Cape Town told the Bulletin health journal. “The fact that she decided to arrive naturally and not by Caesarean section took us by surprise, but didn’t catch us off guard as everybody was ready and waiting. At one point there was such a large team of nurses, obstetricians and other specialists gathered around this minute baby that it was almost impossible to see her.“The use of the humble ziplock bag is already taught in advanced neonatal life support classes as a makeshift mechanism to support premature babies from heat loss,” said Dippenaar, “but Allegra also needed a humid environment. Babies born so young have very immature skin and they lose a lot of fluids, and this can upset their electrolyte balance. You need an environment in which they can mature and grow gradually. While we were waiting for the Giraffe incubator to be flown down from Johannesburg, the plastic bag worked perfectly.”For neonatologists, the Giraffe incubator was the Mercedes-Benz of incubators. “Not only does it provide 100% humidity, but it also has a built-in X-ray access tray and scale, which means vulnerable babies don’t have to be moved unnecessarily,” he explained. “It also has a specialised mattress that supports the premature babies while helping to minimise pressure sores.”Medhold flew one down from Joburg for Allegra, but as a result of the publicity, Netcare had procured its own Giraffe and, despite the enormous costs, was in the process of getting more so other babies would also get the best start, he added.True to the Hippocratic Oath and passing on knowledge, Dippenaar is able to pass on these incredible skills via a satellite neonatal training facility that has been set up at N1 City in conjunction with the University of Cape Town’s medical school.Annette’s Symbionic LegIn 2012, Annette Fox received the world’s first commercially available, fully integrated bionic prosthetic leg. The Symbionic Leg is a self-learning prosthetic that uses advanced sensor technology to predict her gait. Jayson Chin said that the Symbionic Leg was manufactured by Össur, an innovative Icelandic company that created the famous blades of Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius.Fox had a cancerous leg removed and Cape Town prosthetist duo Chin and Dave Herman of the Cape Amputee Clinic enabled her to walk again. Chin told the Bulletin: “It’s very exciting to see this level of technology in South Africa. The leg was unveiled only in 2011 at the American Orthotic Prosthetic Association’s conference in Las Vegas. Until recently, prototypes have been fitted only in a trial environment. For us it’s a great challenge and privilege to take this forward. Working with Annette has been incredible because she is so positive.”He explained that the combination of motion and speed sensors and advanced computing meant that the Symbionic Leg could detect small changes in movement and direction. This made it better than other models at changing the rigidity of the knee and the positioning of the foot, providing better balance and stability. “The system’s electronic ‘brain’ uses advanced load sensor cells and angulometers [sensors that measure the angles of the joints] to analyse how the user walks,” Chin added.“These ultra-sensitive sensors measure changes in the terrain to ensure motion that is as natural as possible. At the heart of the system is an advanced actuator: this uses magnetorheological [MR] fluid that varies the knee’s resistance throughout every step. The MR fluid contains miniscule iron particles and operates by having a magnetic field applied. This causes the iron particles to form chains, and resistance consequently increases – technology also used for shock absorbers by car manufacturers like Ferrari.”Annette Fox’s self-learning symbionic leg is made by Össur, the company that designed Oscar Pistorius’ prosthetics. (Image: Össur)Pippie’s skin graftIt was like a scene from a horror film when firelighter gel exploded and little Pippie Kruger was engulfed in flames. Her father was lighting a fire to make a braai and the gel exploded. When she was admitted to hospital she had sustained 80% deep burns and her body was three to four times her usual body size from the swelling caused by the injury.Six months after Pippie’s accident, she was the first person in South Africa to have radical cloned skin grafts, which were a success. Speaking to the media, Dr Ridwan Mia, her plastic and reconstructive surgeon, said: “From a professional perspective, for a two-and-a-half-year-old child to sustain such severe burns and survive, takes a massive team effort.”Ria explained that cloned skin had been available in the United States since the 1970s but Pippie’s case was the first time Epicel, as it was called, was used in South Africa. “The technology that produces the cloned skin is incredible. The Genzyme laboratory is in Boston, and every aspect of the laboratory is so tightly controlled that it smacks of a science-fiction movie… A tiny portion of Pippie’s skin was sent over and they were able to grow sheets of it on a scaffolding of mouse cells that had been irradiated to remove every trace of mouse DNA. The radiation used is so powerful that the FBI audits the laboratory on a regular basis.”Once enough sheets of skin were cultured, they were flown back to South Africa – another feat that highlighted just how capable South Africans were at getting the job done. “The cloned skin is viable for only 24 hours after leaving the lab,” Mia explained. “It was flown in, and when the flight landed at OR Tambo [International Airport, in Johannesburg], the cloned skin was escorted to the hospital during rush hour traffic. The usual hour’s journey took less than 16 minutes.” While details of the grafts made international news and tissue engineering entered a new era, Mia was quick to point out that he was not the man of the moment, but rather part of a team that contributed to the success of Pippie’s skin graft.“We have the skills in South Africa to practise high-tech medicine. Tragically, our country also has a high incidence of burn patients, and a facility that could clone skin would be ideal. But the set-up costs are prohibitive. To date, only about 100 American patients have benefited from cloned skin.“The face of medicine is changing rapidly and in a few years’ time, harvesting skin for grafts as we do now is probably going to be regarded as barbaric. Tissue engineering is the way of the future,” Mia concluded.last_img read more

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Letterbox-Peru: Salkantay Pass — Geocache of the Week

first_imgFind this D4 / T4.5 Geocache of the Week and you might think a terrain rating of 10 is more appropriate.En route to Abra Salkantay (Salkantay Pass).The cache has been hidden under the shadow of Salkantay Mountain in the Cusco region of Peru since 2012. It’s placed at the highest point of the popular Salkantay Trek, a route to Machu Picchu that winds 74 kilometers through stunning landscapes, from the alpine lakes of the Peruvian Andes to the tropical cloud forests below.Just after ascending Salkantay Pass, climbers encounter this crystal blue alpine lake. Only the brave dare to dip their toes in its frigid waters.Salkantay Pass, where the cache is hidden, is reached on the second day of the trek. The climb to the top of the pass usually starts before 4am, and only after 4-6 hours of strenuous high-altitude climbing is the pass reached.Unceasing gusts of wind chase snow off the tip of Salkantay Mountain.The reward is a spectacular view of Salkantay Mountain, a victory photo under the only man-made structure at the top, and this carefully hidden and well-preserved Letterbox-Hybrid cache.The truly challenging hike through Salkantay pass would not be complete without a photo under the sign, and a name in the logbook.The cache was placed by geocaching team enaus during their hike through the pass. It’s maintained by a local Salkantay trek guide named Manuel.Cairns are scattered all along the Salkantay route. Some of them are tributes to Pachamama, the Quechua term for mother earth.Having done the hike themselves, the cache owners know exactly how tough it is to make it to the top. “But what you don’t know at this point,” they add, “is that the amazing journey is just begun. The hike down through 1.5km in altitude in just a few hours leads through several different landscape and climate zones. In the morning hours at the top there is gravel and ice and later the day you can see coffee, papaya, avocado growing at the edge of the road. Amazing!”Farther along the Salkantay route the climate becomes more tropical.Continue to explore some of the most amazing geocaches around the world.Check out all of the Geocaches of the Week on the Geocaching blog. If you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, fill out this form.Share with your Friends:More Location:Salkantay Mountain, PeruS 13° 20.816 W 072° 33.756 Difficulty:4Terrain:4.5 SharePrint RelatedNew country souvenir, Peru, with Geocache of the Week: Letterbox-Peru: Salkantay Pass!January 16, 2019In “Community””Para Emmy-n-Sapphie” GC19941 GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK December 5, 2011December 5, 2011In “Community”Piz Palü 3901 m.ü.M. — Geocache of the WeekFebruary 1, 2017In “Community” Multi-CacheGC3QM6Qby enauslast_img read more

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