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News Article | May 22, 2017
Site: www.cnet.com

The Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder is already making tremendous leaps forward. Within four days of being switched on, the radio telescope array detected its first fast radio burst, or FRB. These radio signals are an unsolved space mystery. Not only extremely powerful, they last just milliseconds. It is rare that they repeat, which makes them very hard to predict or locate. Until the Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder (ASKAP) started scouring the skies, only 23 had ever been found and most of those were identified in previously recorded data. The radio telescope array discovered not only one FRB, but three, and it only used eight of its 36 dishes. "With ASKAP we can find an FRB every couple of days, and that number will increase very quickly now that we've got our technology working," said Keith Bannister of Australia's Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), who led the research. The key to the discovery is a new type of radio telescope technology called the "phased array feed." Most telescopes only look at one area of the sky at a time. The phased array feed, with each camera made up of 188 receivers, allows the researchers (from CSIRO, Curtin University and the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research) to look at 240 square degrees of the sky, pointing the dishes in different directions. It's this wide field of view that gives the ASKAP (and eventually the Square Kilometre Array, a telescope slated for 2020 made of thousands of dishes) the edge on FRB detection. The applications are huge for astronomers around the world. Firstly, there's the statistics of the FRB population, such as the ratio of bright signals to faint ones. This will help show whether the FRBs are nearby or if they're affected by the age of the universe. Secondly, the team will add an extra mode to help pinpoint with greater accuracy where the FRBs originate, which could finally explain what causes them. The problem right now, Bannister said, is there's no theory that explains what has been observed. "To make a fast radio burst and to make it visible, because it's coming from such a long way away, it has to be really bright," he said. "So if it's coming from so far away, then the question is how does something make something so bright that can be seen from so far away?" He has a few ideas. "The things that we know of that generate similar sorts of emissions are, for example, pulsars and magnetars." But he said pulsars and magnetars can't be detected in other galaxies. "And yet we detect FRBs that we think are in other galaxies," he said. "So we think it's probably not the pulsars or the magnetars that we see normally. But then if it's not that, then what is it?" The finding of the first FRB, called FRB170107, was published Monday in the journal The Astrophysical Journal Letters. The other two at time of writing are yet to be published. But they, and many others, will be coming soon, Bannister hopes. "This is just the beginning for ASKAP and there's going be a lot more coming out of the telescope in the next 12 months." CNET Magazine: Check out a sample of the stories in CNET's newsstand edition. Logging Out: Welcome to the crossroads of online life and the afterlife.


SportsMed Subiaco Lists the Benefits of Sports Massage Therapy in Perth SportsMed Subiaco, the State's premier health care facility excels in the diagnosis and management of sporting-related injuries. They specialise in sports massage therapy and execute a multidisciplinary approach to patient care. Perth, Australia, May 21, 2017 --( The professionals at SportsMed Subiaco also specialise in sports physiotherapy in Perth and share extensive and unique experience with elite athletes across a wide variety of sporting and artistic disciplines. They are affiliated by Australian Medical Association, Australasian College of Sports Physicians, Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, Curtin University and more. In an interview, "Sports physiotherapists have additional expertise in the assessment and management of sporting injuries among people who participate at a high level of sport, have a large training load or volume, or simply enjoy competing at social levels," stated the spokesperson of SportsMed Subiaco. The sports physiotherapists at SportsMed Subiaco are skilled in superior myofascial treatment techniques, advanced exercise prescription & late-stage rehabilitation, periodisation planning, injury prevention screenings, and more. Further talking on the benefits of sports massage in Perth, "Massage therapy is used for a multitude of conditions such as headaches, stress, muscle tension, lymphatic congestion and improves the overall function of the body systems," he stated. The various massage treatments offered at SportsMed Subiaco are Swedish massage, deep tissue massage, trigger point massage and more. "Our massage therapists are also highly trained in offering pregnancy massage too. Pregnancy massage is a relaxing, nurturing therapy providing a soothing touch to help release the emotional and physical tension commonly experienced during pregnancy," concluded the spokesperson of SportsMed Subiaco. About SportsMed Subiaco: Being accredited by Sports Medicine Australia, SportsMed Subiaco has become the State's premier health care facility by following innovative multi-disciplinary approach to patient care. Visit http://www.sportsmedsubiaco.com.au/ for more information. Contact Name: Michael Devine Contact Address: St John of God Subiaco Clinic Suite 101, 175 Cambridge St Subiaco, Perth, WA Australia - 6008 Phone Number: (08) 9382 9600 Perth, Australia, May 21, 2017 --( PR.com )-- Since 1998, SportsMed Subiaco, the State's premier health care facility excels in the diagnosis and management of sporting-related injuries. They also follow a multi-disciplinary approach to ensure the best possible outcomes for patients of all ages and all levels of fitness.The professionals at SportsMed Subiaco also specialise in sports physiotherapy in Perth and share extensive and unique experience with elite athletes across a wide variety of sporting and artistic disciplines.They are affiliated by Australian Medical Association, Australasian College of Sports Physicians, Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, Curtin University and more.In an interview, "Sports physiotherapists have additional expertise in the assessment and management of sporting injuries among people who participate at a high level of sport, have a large training load or volume, or simply enjoy competing at social levels," stated the spokesperson of SportsMed Subiaco.The sports physiotherapists at SportsMed Subiaco are skilled in superior myofascial treatment techniques, advanced exercise prescription & late-stage rehabilitation, periodisation planning, injury prevention screenings, and more.Further talking on the benefits of sports massage in Perth, "Massage therapy is used for a multitude of conditions such as headaches, stress, muscle tension, lymphatic congestion and improves the overall function of the body systems," he stated.The various massage treatments offered at SportsMed Subiaco are Swedish massage, deep tissue massage, trigger point massage and more."Our massage therapists are also highly trained in offering pregnancy massage too. Pregnancy massage is a relaxing, nurturing therapy providing a soothing touch to help release the emotional and physical tension commonly experienced during pregnancy," concluded the spokesperson of SportsMed Subiaco.About SportsMed Subiaco:Being accredited by Sports Medicine Australia, SportsMed Subiaco has become the State's premier health care facility by following innovative multi-disciplinary approach to patient care. Visit http://www.sportsmedsubiaco.com.au/ for more information.Contact Name: Michael DevineContact Address:St John of God Subiaco Clinic Suite 101, 175 Cambridge StSubiaco, Perth, WAAustralia - 6008Phone Number: (08) 9382 9600 Click here to view the list of recent Press Releases from SportsMed Subiaco


News Article | May 22, 2017
Site: phys.org

The discovery came so quickly that the telescope, the Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder (ASKAP) near Geraldton in Western Australia, looks set to become a world champion in this fiercely competitive area of astronomy. The new fast radio burst finding was published today in the Astrophysical Journal Letters. 'Fast radio bursts' or FRBs are short, sharp spikes of radio waves lasting a few milliseconds. They appear to come from powerful events billions of light-years away but their cause is still a mystery. The first was discovered in 2007 and only two dozen have been found since. The discovery of the new burst, FRB170107, was made by CSIRO's Dr Keith Bannister and his colleagues from CSIRO, Curtin University and the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR) while using just eight of the telescope's 36 dishes. The discovery is the culmination of a decade of science and engineering development by CSIRO and Curtin University. "We can expect to find one every two days when we use 12 dishes, our standard number at present," Dr Bannister said. To make the most recent detection, the researchers used an unusual strategy. "We turned the telescope into the Sauron of space - the all-seeing eye," Dr Bannister said, referring to the dark overlord in Tolkien's "Lord of the Rings". Usually ASKAP's dishes all point at the one part of sky. But they can be made to point in slightly different directions, like the segments of a fly's eye. This multiplies the amount of sky the telescope can see. Eight ASKAP dishes can see 240 square degrees at once - about a thousand times the area of the full Moon. The new burst was found as part of a research project called CRAFT (Commensal Real-time ASKAP Fast Transients survey), which is led jointly by Dr Bannister and Dr Jean-Pierre Macquart from the Curtin University node of ICRAR. Dr Macquart said the new burst was extremely bright and that finding it was "as easy as shooting fish in a barrel". FRB170107 came from the edge of the constellation Leo. It appears to have travelled through space for six billion years before slamming into the WA telescope at the speed of light. The burst's brightness and its apparent distance mean that the energy involved is enormous, making it extremely challenging to explain. "We've made a hard problem even harder," said Dr Ryan Shannon (CSIRO, Curtin University and ICRAR), who analysed the burst's strength and position. CSIRO Chief Executive Dr Larry Marshall said the FRB detection was a sign of the full potential of ASKAP. "Radio astronomy has a long history of innovation in high-speed communications, and this unique capability is embedded into ASKAP - from the receiver to the signal processing - making it a uniquely powerful instrument for astronomy," Dr Marshall said. In addition to the discovery of the new burst, Dr Bannister has a big reward - a happy family. He'd been telling his three kids for months about his plans. "Every day as I left for work they'd ask, 'Are you going to find a radio burst today, Daddy?'" he said. And when it finally happened, "they were too excited for words". "They just looked at me, smiled, and gave me a great big hug!" Explore further: Latest fast radio burst adds to mystery of their source


News Article | May 22, 2017
Site: www.eurekalert.org

A CSIRO telescope in Western Australia has found its first 'fast radio burst' from space after less than four days of searching. The discovery came so quickly that the telescope, the Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder (ASKAP) near Geraldton in Western Australia, looks set to become a world champion in this fiercely competitive area of astronomy. The new fast radio burst finding was published today in the Astrophysical Journal Letters. 'Fast radio bursts' or FRBs are short, sharp spikes of radio waves lasting a few milliseconds. They appear to come from powerful events billions of light-years away but their cause is still a mystery. The first was discovered in 2007 and only two dozen have been found since. The discovery of the new burst, FRB170107, was made by CSIRO's Dr Keith Bannister and his colleagues from CSIRO, Curtin University and the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR) while using just eight of the telescope's 36 dishes. The discovery is the culmination of a decade of science and engineering development by CSIRO and Curtin University. "We can expect to find one every two days when we use 12 dishes, our standard number at present," Dr Bannister said. To make the most recent detection, the researchers used an unusual strategy. "We turned the telescope into the Sauron of space - the all-seeing eye," Dr Bannister said, referring to the dark overlord in Tolkien's "Lord of the Rings". Usually ASKAP's dishes all point at the one part of sky. But they can be made to point in slightly different directions, like the segments of a fly's eye. This multiplies the amount of sky the telescope can see. Eight ASKAP dishes can see 240 square degrees at once - about a thousand times the area of the full Moon. The new burst was found as part of a research project called CRAFT (Commensal Real-time ASKAP Fast Transients survey), which is led jointly by Dr Bannister and Dr Jean-Pierre Macquart from the Curtin University node of ICRAR. Dr Macquart said the new burst was extremely bright and that finding it was "as easy as shooting fish in a barrel". FRB170107 came from the edge of the constellation Leo. It appears to have travelled through space for six billion years before slamming into the WA telescope at the speed of light. The burst's brightness and its apparent distance mean that the energy involved is enormous, making it extremely challenging to explain. "We've made a hard problem even harder," said Dr Ryan Shannon (CSIRO, Curtin University and ICRAR), who analysed the burst's strength and position. CSIRO Chief Executive Dr Larry Marshall said the FRB detection was a sign of the full potential of ASKAP. "Radio astronomy has a long history of innovation in high-speed communications, and this unique capability is embedded into ASKAP - from the receiver to the signal processing - making it a uniquely powerful instrument for astronomy," Dr Marshall said. In addition to the discovery of the new burst, Dr Bannister has a big reward - a happy family. He'd been telling his three kids for months about his plans. "Every day as I left for work they'd ask, 'Are you going to find a radio burst today, Daddy?'" he said. And when it finally happened, "they were too excited for words". "They just looked at me, smiled, and gave me a great big hug!"


News Article | May 23, 2017
Site: www.prnewswire.com

Best Non Profit Act: Bead for Life Best University Act: Curtin University Best Community Act: Ruta Pacifica Best Entrepreneurial Act: Riot Games Best Youth Act: CO-WINNERS: Plant for the Planet, Aerobotics 7 Best Up and Coming Peace Maker: Wheels of Hope Rising The One Billion Acts of Peace has been nominated for the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize by Nobel Peace Laureate Shirin Ebadi. This campaign invites every day citizens, schools, businesses, peacemakers and community builders of all ages, backgrounds, causes and countries to identify problems in their own community, and work to create solutions big and small. The Billion Acts campaign is led by 14 Nobel Peace Prize Winners including The Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu, in partnership with Lead Donor and Tech Developer Google. The campaign has logged over 25 million Acts of Peace since May 2014 in more than 110 countries --  motivating every day people around the world to actively work to create a more sustainable and peaceful world. Visit https://billionacts.org/hero-awards-winners to learn more about all seven Hero Award winners, and support their work. For further information please contact: Brandi Brown Brandi@peacejam.org   303-455-2099 To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/peacejam-announces-the-2017-billion-acts-hero-award-winners-300461971.html


News Article | May 26, 2017
Site: news.yahoo.com

A quartet of adorable baby squirrels recently got into quite a sticky predicament. The four squirrels were found in Bangor, Maine, with their tails stuck together in a matted collection of plastic, twigs and straw. Andrew Day saw the ensemble of squirrels hobbling across the grass with their tails fused "like a giant dreadlock, Day told The Bangor Daily News. After capturing a video of the odd scene, Day took the squirrels to a veterinarian, who liberated them. But how, exactly, did these little squirrels get so tangled? [Photos: World's Cutest Baby Wild Animals] One possibility is that they were tied together by a malicious person, though that scenario seems unlikely in this case, said Lucia Jacobs, a professor of psychology and neuroscience at the University of California, Berkeley, and the head of the Cal Squirrels project, which is aimed at studying the behavior of squirrels on campus. "Some mean humans could have done it; but I don't think so, because you wouldn't be able to catch all [of the] squirrels together," Jacobs said. The squirrels look to be about 10 to 11 weeks old, which makes such a malicious act more unlikely, Jacobs said. "Their tails are really slippery when they're that young," Jacobs told Live Science. "If you did tie them together, they'd untie themselves because they're so slick." Instead, the likeliest explanation is that the babies got their tails entangled in something sticky while in their nest, Jacobs said. Though it sounds bizarre, such a phenomenon is not unheard of. To stay cozy while they sleep, baby squirrels sit all bunched up, with their tails wrapped around one another. So one possibility is that they were entangled by some kind of human food, like a sticky candy, Jacobs said. But whatever the sticky material was, it probably wasn't edible, because they would have eaten it, she added. More likely, tree sap kept these squirrels together, said Bill Bateman, a wildlife biologist at Curtin University in Perth, Australia. There have been a few reported examples of this phenomenon in the past, he said. "One of the things that might happen is that when they use holes or they use dreys [squirrel nests] in pine trees, there's a lot of sticky sap. And they sit curled up with their tails together, and their tails then got stuck together," Bateman told Live Science. Squirrels that find themselves in this knotty predicament may be facing their own version of an urban housing crisis, Bateman said. In cities, the plethora of human food options fuels an explosion in the squirrel population, but there's not a lot of real estate for building nests — tall trees with cozy holes or branching limbs for making their twig-based dreys, Bateman said. So just as humans in the big city do, city slicker squirrels get roommates — and lots of them. "There are lots of extended families using the same holes or dreys in trees," Bateman said. As a result, they may be a bit overcrowded in these holes, making it likelier for them to get entangled. In the case of this baby squirrel quartet, they likely got entangled and were just coming out of their nest for the first time, Bateman said. They probably managed to make it a fair way down the tree before they started falling. "The way they were all sort of moving along together, it wouldn't have surprised me if they'd been able to get quite a long way without falling," Bateman said. Such squirrel entanglements may be more common than people realize. But it's likely that most of the squirrels that get stuck in sticky sap either die in the nest, or after falling out of it or being eaten. "I imagine they'd make a nice supersize meal for any hawk that goes by," Bateman said. In this instance, the squirrels likely would have faced such a fate if Day had not intervened, Jacobs said. "It's very lucky he found them," Jacobs told Live Science. "There was an interested cat nearby." A slightly different phenomenon also occurs in rats, known ominously as a "rat king." In a rat king, dozens of rats may get their tails tied together in knots. There is some debate about whether these more elaborate rat kings are the result of human malice or a natural phenomenon, Bateman said. [Rats and Lizards and Monkeys, Oh My! 9 Islands Ruled by Animals]


News Article | May 25, 2017
Site: www.sciencedaily.com

A CSIRO telescope in Western Australia has found its first 'fast radio burst' from space after less than four days of searching. The discovery came so quickly that the telescope, the Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder (ASKAP) near Geraldton in Western Australia, looks set to become a world champion in this fiercely competitive area of astronomy. The new fast radio burst finding was published in the Astrophysical Journal Letters. 'Fast radio bursts' or FRBs are short, sharp spikes of radio waves lasting a few milliseconds. They appear to come from powerful events billions of light-years away but their cause is still a mystery. The first was discovered in 2007 and only two dozen have been found since. The discovery of the new burst, FRB170107, was made by CSIRO's Dr Keith Bannister and his colleagues from CSIRO, Curtin University and the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR) while using just eight of the telescope's 36 dishes. The discovery is the culmination of a decade of science and engineering development by CSIRO and Curtin University. "We can expect to find one every two days when we use 12 dishes, our standard number at present," Dr Bannister said. To make the most recent detection, the researchers used an unusual strategy. "We turned the telescope into the Sauron of space -- the all-seeing eye," Dr Bannister said, referring to the dark overlord in Tolkien's "Lord of the Rings." Usually ASKAP's dishes all point at the one part of sky. But they can be made to point in slightly different directions, like the segments of a fly's eye. This multiplies the amount of sky the telescope can see. Eight ASKAP dishes can see 240 square degrees at once -- about a thousand times the area of the full Moon. The new burst was found as part of a research project called CRAFT (Commensal Real-time ASKAP Fast Transients survey), which is led jointly by Dr Bannister and Dr Jean-Pierre Macquart from the Curtin University node of ICRAR. Dr Macquart said the new burst was extremely bright and that finding it was "as easy as shooting fish in a barrel." FRB170107 came from the edge of the constellation Leo. It appears to have travelled through space for six billion years before slamming into the WA telescope at the speed of light. The burst's brightness and its apparent distance mean that the energy involved is enormous, making it extremely challenging to explain. "We've made a hard problem even harder," said Dr Ryan Shannon (CSIRO, Curtin University and ICRAR), who analysed the burst's strength and position. CSIRO Chief Executive Dr Larry Marshall said the FRB detection was a sign of the full potential of ASKAP. "Radio astronomy has a long history of innovation in high-speed communications, and this unique capability is embedded into ASKAP -- from the receiver to the signal processing -- making it a uniquely powerful instrument for astronomy," Dr Marshall said. In addition to the discovery of the new burst, Dr Bannister has a big reward -- a happy family. He'd been telling his three kids for months about his plans. "Every day as I left for work they'd ask, 'Are you going to find a radio burst today, Daddy?'" he said. And when it finally happened, "they were too excited for words." "They just looked at me, smiled, and gave me a great big hug!"


News Article | April 17, 2017
Site: www.materialstoday.com

An international consortium are using the world’s most popular soft drink to produce a host of carbon-based storage materials With 1.9 billion servings sold per day worldwide, Coca Cola® is the most popular soft drink on the planet. But a consortium, led by scientists at Curtin University in Australia, haven’t been using their stockpile to quench their thirst. They see this fizzy drink a potential source of high-quality carbon materials that could help us battle climate change and the energy crisis. Writing in a recent issue of Carbon [DOI: 10.1016/ j.carbon.2017.02.030], they report on the synthesis of heteroatoms-doped, high surface area, microporous activated carbon (AC) materials from waste Coca Cola®. ACs have been in widespread industrial use since World War II, and today, can be found in everything from air filtering and water treatment, to the processing of metals. As part of a wider question on energy and the environment, ACs extracted from waste biomass have also been proposed for use in CO capture, and as supercapacitor electrodes. The Curtin team chose Coca Cola® as their waste product because, with 11 g of sugar in every 100 ml, it is a rich source of carbon. Thanks to the addition of flavours and colours, it also contains plenty of nitrogen, sulphur and phosphorous; and unlike other biomass, its composition doesn’t vary. The researchers processed their expired Coca Cola® in two stages: (1) it was hydrothermally carbonised to produce porous, non-active carbon spheres – referred to as NACS, and (2) the spheres were either collected, or went on to be activated (via calcination) by either potassium hydroxide (KOH) or zinc chloride (ZnCl ), at various mass ratios. One sample (AC activated with KOH/HC 4:1) showed a CO adsorption capacity of 5.22 mmol g-1 at ambient conditions, which compares favourably to conventional carbon capture processes (~ 3 mmol g-1). The same sample also displayed an impressive adsorption capacity at the pressures displayed by flue gases in coal-fired power plants. Further results suggest that the AC could be reused multiple times, without impacting its capacity. The electrical storage properties of another sample (AC activated with ZnCl /HC 3:1) were very impressive – its capacitance of 352.7 F g-1 was attributed to its high surface area. The same material was shown to be a robust capacitor too – after 2000 cycles, it retained 91% of this initial capacitance. So, this paper suggests that while Coca Cola® might be bad for your teeth, it might be really, really good for anyone interested in storing CO or electrical energy! Y. Boyjoo, Y. Cheng, H. Zhong, H. Tian, J. Pan, V.K. Pareek, S. P. Jiang, J.F. Lamonier, M. Jaroniec, J. Liu, “From waste Coca Cola® to activated carbons with impressive capabilities for CO2 adsorption and supercapacitors.” Carbon 116 (2017) 490-499. DOI: 10.1016/j.carbon.2017.02.030


News Article | April 26, 2017
Site: marketersmedia.com

VANCOUVER, BC / ACCESSWIRE / April 26, 2017 / VANGOLD RESOURCES LTD. (TSX-V: VAN) (OTC PINK: VNGRF) (the "Company" or "Vangold") is pleased to announce the appointments of Mr. Mark Ashley, Mr. Hernan Dorado Smith and Mr. Cameron Scott King to the Board of Directors of Vangold. Mr. Ashley, who is joining the board as a non-executive director, is a successful resource executive with over 30-years' experience in asset selection, mine development and corporate and strategic optimizations. Vangold will be relying on Mr. Ashley to bring his in-depth knowledge of the technical, commercial, and financial aspects to the development of the El Pinguico Mine. As CEO of LionOre Mining International based in Australia, Mr. Ashley led the successful growth of the company culminating in its takeover by Norilsk Nickel in 2007 for US$7 Billion. He has held senior executive roles with several internationally listed entities including Normandy Mining, Cluff Resources, Kagara Zinc and Apex Minerals. Mr. Ashley was also a director of the Australian Gold Council, the Royal Flying Doctor Service (Western Australia) and a Council Member for Curtin University (in West Australian). He has significant international corporate finance experience in the mining and resource sector and has worked for extensive periods in China, Turkey, UK and Australia. Mr. Ashley is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants. Mr. Hernan Dorado Smith is a 5th generation mining engineer and possesses 15 years of underground and open pit mining experience. He has in-depth and local knowledge of the El Pinguico mine and the surrounding geological formation. Hernan has worked with several world class producers on major projects, such as, New Gold at Peak Mine, Australia and Rainy River, Canada; Panamerican Silver at Navidad, Argentina and La Preciosa, Mexico. His experience at the various stages of mining, pre-feasibility, feasibility, construction and operations bring considerable value to Vangold. Hernan graduated as a Mining Engineer from Universidad de Guanajuato in 2003, received an Executive MBA from Escuela Europea de Negocios, Salamanca in 2013, and is a member of the Mining of the Mineral and Metallurgical Society of America (MMSA). In addition, Vangold is also pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Cameron King as a Director and Vangold's new President and CEO. Mr. King brings over 25 years' experience in investment banking strategy, mergers and acquisitions and building corporate development relationships. Mr. King was a member of the Corporate Banking team with the Bank of Nova Scotia specializing in M&A and Senior VP Mid-Market Finance with Jendens Financial, London UK. Throughout Mr. King`s career, he has held director positions with Petro Novus AG, Endeavor Energy, Quest Oil and Holloman Energy Corporation. Mr. King founded the mining engineering firm Camline Mining Wear Technologies Ltd. in 1994, specializing in mineral processing, operations and efficiencies. Mr. King obtained his MBA in 1991 from Lake Superior State University, Michigan and holds a degree in Chemical Engineering and Bachelor of Commerce from McMaster University. Mr. Dal Brynelsen has stepped down as President and CEO, but will remain as a director and Chairman of the Board. Vangold is extremely grateful for his almost 30 years of dedication to Vangold, and we will continue to rely on Dal`s guidance, experience and success. He is a founding director of Griffin Mining Limited (LSE:GFM), which is one of the few western mining companies operating in China. Mr. Keith Anderson has also resigned as director of the Company. Vangold would like to thank Mr. Keith Anderson for his continued support and wishes him the very best in his future endeavours. The company is pleased to announce that it has closed the final tranche of its $500,000 non-brokered private placement of $0.05 units (the "$0.05 Placement" - see news release dated December 13, 2016) and its $500,000 non-brokered private placement of $0.09 units (the "$0.09 Placement" - refer news release dated February 23, 2017). The final tranche of the $0.05 Placement consisted of 3,500,000 units at a price of $0.05 per unit for gross proceeds of $175,000 (for unit terms, see news release dated December 13, 2016). The securities issued in the final tranche have a hold period expiring August 25, 2017. The $0.09 Placement consisted of 5,555,556 units at a price of $0.09 per unit for gross proceeds of $500,000 (for unit terms, see news release dated February 23, 2017). Finder's fees were paid in the amount of $10,500 and 116,667 finder's warrants. All securities issued in the $0.09 Placement have a hold period expiring August 25, 2017. Vangold is a development stage silver company, focused on silver and gold production in Mexico and is aggressively pursuing its business plan of becoming a senior producer through the development of its existing mineral property assets and the pursuit through acquisition of additional mineral assets which contribute to Vangold achieving its aggressive corporate growth objectives. Neither the TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulations Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release. This news release includes certain "Forward-Looking Statements" within the meaning of the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and applicable Canadian securities laws. When used in this news release, the words "anticipate", "believe", "estimate", "expect", "target", "plan", "forecast", "may", "schedule" and similar words or expressions, identify forward-looking statements or information. These forward-looking statements or information relate to, among other things: the price of silver and other metals; the accuracy of mineral reserve and resource estimates and estimates of future production and costs of production at our properties; estimated production rates for silver and other payable metals produced by us, the estimated cost of development of our development projects; the effects of laws, regulations and government policies on our operations, including, without limitation, the laws in Mexico which currently have significant restrictions related to mining; obtaining or maintaining necessary permits, licences and approvals from government authorities; and continued access to necessary infrastructure, including, without limitation, access to power, land, water and roads to carry on activities as planned. These statements reflect the Company's current views with respect to future events and are necessarily based upon a number of assumptions and estimates that, while considered reasonable by the Company, are inherently subject to significant business, economic, competitive, political and social uncertainties and contingencies. Many factors, both known and unknown, could cause actual results, performance or achievements to be materially different from the results, performance or achievements that are or may be expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements or information and the Company has made assumptions and estimates based on or related to many of these factors. Such factors include, without limitation: fluctuations in the spot and forward price of silver, gold, base metals or certain other commodities (such as natural gas, fuel oil and electricity); fluctuations in the currency markets (such as the Canadian dollar and Mexican peso versus the U.S. dollar); changes in national and local government, legislation, taxation, controls, regulations and political or economic developments in Canada, Mexico; operating or technical difficulties in connection with mining or development activities; risks and hazards associated with the business of mineral exploration, development and mining (including environmental hazards, industrial accidents, unusual or unexpected formations, pressures, cave-ins and flooding); risks relating to the credit worthiness or financial condition of suppliers, refiners and other parties with whom the Company does business; inability to obtain adequate insurance to cover risks and hazards; and the presence of laws and regulations that may impose restrictions on mining, including those currently enacted in Mexico; employee relations; relationships with and claims by local communities and indigenous populations; availability and increasing costs associated with mining inputs and labour; the speculative nature of mineral exploration and development, including the risks of obtaining necessary licenses, permits and approvals from government authorities; diminishing quantities or grades of mineral reserves as properties are mined; the Company's title to properties; and the factors identified under the caption "Risk Factors" in the Company's Annual Information Form, under the caption "Risks Relating to Vangold Resource's Business". Investors are cautioned against attributing undue certainty to forward-looking statements or information. Although the Company has attempted to identify important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially, there may be other factors that cause results not to be anticipated, estimated or intended. The Company does not intend, and does not assume any obligation, to update these forward-looking statements or information to reflect changes in assumptions or changes in circumstances or any other events affecting such statements or information, other than as required by applicable law. VANCOUVER, BC / ACCESSWIRE / April 26, 2017 / VANGOLD RESOURCES LTD. (TSX-V: VAN) (OTC PINK: VNGRF) (the "Company" or "Vangold") is pleased to announce the appointments of Mr. Mark Ashley, Mr. Hernan Dorado Smith and Mr. Cameron Scott King to the Board of Directors of Vangold. Mr. Ashley, who is joining the board as a non-executive director, is a successful resource executive with over 30-years' experience in asset selection, mine development and corporate and strategic optimizations. Vangold will be relying on Mr. Ashley to bring his in-depth knowledge of the technical, commercial, and financial aspects to the development of the El Pinguico Mine. As CEO of LionOre Mining International based in Australia, Mr. Ashley led the successful growth of the company culminating in its takeover by Norilsk Nickel in 2007 for US$7 Billion. He has held senior executive roles with several internationally listed entities including Normandy Mining, Cluff Resources, Kagara Zinc and Apex Minerals. Mr. Ashley was also a director of the Australian Gold Council, the Royal Flying Doctor Service (Western Australia) and a Council Member for Curtin University (in West Australian). He has significant international corporate finance experience in the mining and resource sector and has worked for extensive periods in China, Turkey, UK and Australia. Mr. Ashley is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants. Mr. Hernan Dorado Smith is a 5th generation mining engineer and possesses 15 years of underground and open pit mining experience. He has in-depth and local knowledge of the El Pinguico mine and the surrounding geological formation. Hernan has worked with several world class producers on major projects, such as, New Gold at Peak Mine, Australia and Rainy River, Canada; Panamerican Silver at Navidad, Argentina and La Preciosa, Mexico. His experience at the various stages of mining, pre-feasibility, feasibility, construction and operations bring considerable value to Vangold. Hernan graduated as a Mining Engineer from Universidad de Guanajuato in 2003, received an Executive MBA from Escuela Europea de Negocios, Salamanca in 2013, and is a member of the Mining of the Mineral and Metallurgical Society of America (MMSA). In addition, Vangold is also pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Cameron King as a Director and Vangold's new President and CEO. Mr. King brings over 25 years' experience in investment banking strategy, mergers and acquisitions and building corporate development relationships. Mr. King was a member of the Corporate Banking team with the Bank of Nova Scotia specializing in M&A and Senior VP Mid-Market Finance with Jendens Financial, London UK. Throughout Mr. King`s career, he has held director positions with Petro Novus AG, Endeavor Energy, Quest Oil and Holloman Energy Corporation. Mr. King founded the mining engineering firm Camline Mining Wear Technologies Ltd. in 1994, specializing in mineral processing, operations and efficiencies. Mr. King obtained his MBA in 1991 from Lake Superior State University, Michigan and holds a degree in Chemical Engineering and Bachelor of Commerce from McMaster University. Mr. Dal Brynelsen has stepped down as President and CEO, but will remain as a director and Chairman of the Board. Vangold is extremely grateful for his almost 30 years of dedication to Vangold, and we will continue to rely on Dal`s guidance, experience and success. He is a founding director of Griffin Mining Limited (LSE:GFM), which is one of the few western mining companies operating in China. Mr. Keith Anderson has also resigned as director of the Company. Vangold would like to thank Mr. Keith Anderson for his continued support and wishes him the very best in his future endeavours. The company is pleased to announce that it has closed the final tranche of its $500,000 non-brokered private placement of $0.05 units (the "$0.05 Placement" - see news release dated December 13, 2016) and its $500,000 non-brokered private placement of $0.09 units (the "$0.09 Placement" - refer news release dated February 23, 2017). The final tranche of the $0.05 Placement consisted of 3,500,000 units at a price of $0.05 per unit for gross proceeds of $175,000 (for unit terms, see news release dated December 13, 2016). The securities issued in the final tranche have a hold period expiring August 25, 2017. The $0.09 Placement consisted of 5,555,556 units at a price of $0.09 per unit for gross proceeds of $500,000 (for unit terms, see news release dated February 23, 2017). Finder's fees were paid in the amount of $10,500 and 116,667 finder's warrants. All securities issued in the $0.09 Placement have a hold period expiring August 25, 2017. Vangold is a development stage silver company, focused on silver and gold production in Mexico and is aggressively pursuing its business plan of becoming a senior producer through the development of its existing mineral property assets and the pursuit through acquisition of additional mineral assets which contribute to Vangold achieving its aggressive corporate growth objectives. Neither the TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulations Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release. This news release includes certain "Forward-Looking Statements" within the meaning of the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and applicable Canadian securities laws. When used in this news release, the words "anticipate", "believe", "estimate", "expect", "target", "plan", "forecast", "may", "schedule" and similar words or expressions, identify forward-looking statements or information. These forward-looking statements or information relate to, among other things: the price of silver and other metals; the accuracy of mineral reserve and resource estimates and estimates of future production and costs of production at our properties; estimated production rates for silver and other payable metals produced by us, the estimated cost of development of our development projects; the effects of laws, regulations and government policies on our operations, including, without limitation, the laws in Mexico which currently have significant restrictions related to mining; obtaining or maintaining necessary permits, licences and approvals from government authorities; and continued access to necessary infrastructure, including, without limitation, access to power, land, water and roads to carry on activities as planned. These statements reflect the Company's current views with respect to future events and are necessarily based upon a number of assumptions and estimates that, while considered reasonable by the Company, are inherently subject to significant business, economic, competitive, political and social uncertainties and contingencies. Many factors, both known and unknown, could cause actual results, performance or achievements to be materially different from the results, performance or achievements that are or may be expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements or information and the Company has made assumptions and estimates based on or related to many of these factors. Such factors include, without limitation: fluctuations in the spot and forward price of silver, gold, base metals or certain other commodities (such as natural gas, fuel oil and electricity); fluctuations in the currency markets (such as the Canadian dollar and Mexican peso versus the U.S. dollar); changes in national and local government, legislation, taxation, controls, regulations and political or economic developments in Canada, Mexico; operating or technical difficulties in connection with mining or development activities; risks and hazards associated with the business of mineral exploration, development and mining (including environmental hazards, industrial accidents, unusual or unexpected formations, pressures, cave-ins and flooding); risks relating to the credit worthiness or financial condition of suppliers, refiners and other parties with whom the Company does business; inability to obtain adequate insurance to cover risks and hazards; and the presence of laws and regulations that may impose restrictions on mining, including those currently enacted in Mexico; employee relations; relationships with and claims by local communities and indigenous populations; availability and increasing costs associated with mining inputs and labour; the speculative nature of mineral exploration and development, including the risks of obtaining necessary licenses, permits and approvals from government authorities; diminishing quantities or grades of mineral reserves as properties are mined; the Company's title to properties; and the factors identified under the caption "Risk Factors" in the Company's Annual Information Form, under the caption "Risks Relating to Vangold Resource's Business". Investors are cautioned against attributing undue certainty to forward-looking statements or information. Although the Company has attempted to identify important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially, there may be other factors that cause results not to be anticipated, estimated or intended. The Company does not intend, and does not assume any obligation, to update these forward-looking statements or information to reflect changes in assumptions or changes in circumstances or any other events affecting such statements or information, other than as required by applicable law.


The aim of this study was to examine the association between maternal alcohol use disorder and intellectual disability in children. All mothers with an International Classification of Diseases (ICD) 9 and/or 10 alcohol-related diagnosis, a proxy for alcohol use disorder, recorded on the Western Australian health, mental health, and drug and alcohol data sets were identified through the Western Australian Data Linkage Unit (n=5614 non-Aboriginal; n=2912 Aboriginal). A comparison cohort of mothers without an alcohol-related diagnosis was frequency matched on maternal age within maternal Aboriginal status and year of birth of their children. Linkage with the Western Australian Midwives Notification System (1983-2001) identified all births to these mothers (n=10 664 and 7907 respectively). Linkage to the Western Australian Intellectual Disability Database and Register of Developmental Anomalies identified cases of intellectual disability with no identified genetic origin (intellectual disability) (n=1487) and fetal alcohol syndrome (n=66). Odds ratios (ORs) and 95% confidence intervals (CIs) for intellectual disability were calculated using logistic regression incorporating generalized estimating equations and used to estimate population-attributable fractions. At least 3.8% (95% CI 2.84-4.89%) of cases of intellectual disability could be avoided by preventing maternal alcohol use disorder: 1.3% (95% CI 0.81-1.86%) in non-Aboriginal and 15.6% (95% CI 10.85-20.94%) in Aboriginal children. We observed a three-fold increase in the adjusted odds of intellectual disability in children of mothers with an alcohol-related diagnosis recorded during pregnancy (non-Aboriginal OR 2.89, 95% CI 1.62-5.18; Aboriginal OR 3.12, 95% CI 2.13-4.56), with a net excess proportion of 3.7% and 5.5% respectively. One-third (32%) of children diagnosed with fetal alcohol syndrome had intellectual disability. Maternal alcohol use disorder is the leading known risk factor for intellectual disability with no identified genetic origin. © The Authors. Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology © 2012 Mac Keith Press.

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