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Rugby Nations 15 now available on Android and iOS

first_imgFriday Nov 21, 2014 Rugby Nations 15 now available on Android and iOS Rugby Nations 15, the newest in the line of best-selling rugby games for mobile and tablet devices, was offically released yesterday. The explosive new game features a whole host of options, great gameplay and stunning HD graphics. We’re also proud to say we have a presence in the game.ADVERTISEMENTRugby Nations 15 comes loaded with full-featured career mode, which takes your rookie player through the ranks of the sport from bottom tier clubs right through to international rugby stardom, all the while boosting your skills and stats. Optimized Phoenix™ technology powers the pixel-perfect 3D visuals, upgraded audio and enhanced AI, including the new defensive AI with upgraded Box Kick and Cross Field Kick AI for a more realistic rugby gameplay. New challenges, including Autumn Internationals, 50 teams from around the world and top tournaments with Rugby Nations social integration for plugging into the world of rugby 24/7.CAREER MODE FOR FUTURE RUGBY HEROESChoose your position, customize your player and get working on your craft. Tackle 3 tiers of leagues and 30 clubs all the way to internationals, while boosting your player skills and stats. REAL RUGBY GAMEPLAY New defensive AI with dynamic defensive styles, including Blitz and Drift with redesigned positioning deliver faster and more realistic rugby experience. Improved Box Kick and Field Kick AI add to the new offensive strategy letting you decide on the game plan for optimal results. Rebalanced difficulty levels add fun and challenge for all levels of rugby fandom.FEEL THE EXCITEMENTOver 100 player models, precise HD stadiums, real rugby audio, exclusive motion-captured animations, newly tweaked replays and added challenges from Mother Nature make up for an unbeatable match day experience. Brand new menu design for easy navigation with live real-world team stats.TOURNAMENT FRENZY WITH AUTUMN INTERNATIONALSKey events and new challenges, including Autumn Internationals bring tournament fever straight to your fingertips.GET SOCIAL WITH RUGBY COMMUNITY!Make a name for yourself in the social space with Game Center Achievements, global leaderboards and Twitter integration for sharing rugby highlights. Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error Related Articles 81 WEEKS AGO scottish prop saves fire victim 84 WEEKS AGO New Rugby X tournament insane 112 WEEKS AGO Vunipola stands by his comments supporting… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedUrologists Stunned: Forget the Blue Pill, This “Fixes” Your EDSmart Life ReportsYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueeyDoctors Stunned: She Removes Her Wrinkles With This Inexpensive TipSmart Life ReportsIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier Living30+ Everyday Items With A Secret Hidden PurposeNueeyThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

Mourinho launches bid for £75m Osimhen

first_imgRelatedPosts Napoli Coach: Osimhen young lad with old brain EPL: Son fires four past Southampton Tottenham sign £25m Sergio Reguilon Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho has launched a bid that could beat Chelsea to the signing of Victor Osimhen.The Blues are on the hunt for a new striker to help Tammy Abraham shoulder the goalscoring burden at Stamford Bridge, with Osimhen identified as a potential summer target. The Nigerian is under contract until 2024 but is wanted by a host of European clubs after 18 goals and six assists in 38 appearances across all competitions.Chelsea had supposedly been leading the race for Osimhen, and earlier this month French outlet Telefoot claimed an unknown club had submitted an €85 million (£75 million) bid for the 21-year-old. It has been suggested that this club was Chelsea, while Sky Sports have previously reported that two Premier League clubs and a La Liga side had all tabled bids for Osimhen.It is widely believed that while Frank Lampard is searching for attacking reinforcements, Osimhen is not top of the Blues boss’ transfer wishlist.The frontman has just one year of experience in Ligue 1, having arrived from Charleroi for just £10 million plus a further £2.5 million in add-ons last summer.The 23-year-old is under contract until 2023 and has 22 goals in 42 appearances this season, dramatically inflating his valuation. Chelsea had previously identified Lyon frontman Moussa Dembele as their priority attacking target this summer, although the Frenchman will not come cheap.Tags: Frank LamprdJose MourinhoMoussa DembeleTelefootVictor Osimhenlast_img read more

Carol of the Birds

first_imgCan birds make you happy?  Some scientists think so, but why?There seems to be a connection between seeing birds in their natural habitat and a person’s sense of well-being, reported Science Daily. Whether that is true may be a function of the setting and species of bird (buzzards, ostriches probably not rating as high as cardinals in the snow), but Natalie Clark of the University of Reading is convinced:Most of us say we enjoy seeing wild birds in our local environments every day, be that the friendly robin visiting our garden each Christmas or ducks swimming in the local pond. But we have little idea of how much we value their presence and how they’re contributing to our overall well-being.The idea is reinforced by the number of people who place bird baths or hummingbird feeders in their gardens, beyond the avid bird watchers themselves.  Without the sweet songs of birds, their visible beauty and their amazing powers of flight, the world would be an impoverished place.There have been several Christmas songs titled “Carol of the Birds.”  The oldest and best known is probably this traditional Catalonian carol whose lyrics are reproduced at HymnsAndCarolsOfChristmas.com.  Its hauntingly beautiful melody can be heard on YouTube sung by Victoria de Los Angeles, accompanied by cellist Luis Claret, as performed at the closing ceremony of the 1992 Barcelona Olympics.A little bird tweeted a tip that Illustra Media is working on a full-length documentary on birds, to be released in Spring 2013.  If it’s anything like their latest film Metamorphosis about butterflies, you know it will be a keeper. (Visited 22 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Putting the stamp on the World Cup

first_imgThe green-haired leopard Zakumi. The round set of stamps depicting the trophy, the match ball and the 2010 Fifa World Cup logo. A colourful commemorative cover..(Images: South African Post Office) MEDIA CONTACTS • Johan van WykSenior manager, Philatelic Services, Sapo+27 12 845 2901 or +27 82 557 4242RELATED ARTICLES • Coining it for Madiba’s 90th • SA items in World Digital Library • Exciting start to World Cup • Meet Zakumi: the 2010 mascotJanine ErasmusThe South African Post Office (Sapo) has released a series of colourful commemorative stamps and covers to mark the 2010 Fifa World Cup. The stamps were issued on 11 June, the opening day of the football extravaganza.Football lovers and philatelists will be able to buy the two sheets and two envelopes until 31 December – or as long as stocks last.Sapo’s senior manager of Philatelic Services Johan van Wyk said that the new releases are not related to the World Cup stamp set issued jointly by nine of the 14 member countries of the South African Development Community in April.“As far as we know, we are the only country in the region to issue its own World Cup stamps,” he said.The release comes after negotiations with Fifa, and subsequent approval by the world football governing body.Both stamp sheets were designed by Philatelic Services’ inhouse graphic designer Thea Clemons, who is responsible for the blind-friendly taxi signal stamps launched in March, among other notable releases,The smallest ambassadorsAn initial quantity of 500 000 of each stamp sheet has been printed. The first sheet carries six self-adhesive stamps, while the second features 10.The first set is round in shape, with a football as background. The stamps depict the 18-carat gold Fifa World Cup trophy, the official logo, and the Jabulani, the official match ball.The second series depicts Zakumi, the green-haired official mascot of the World Cup, in five activities such as flying the flag, playing football, and cheering – for the home team Bafana Bafana, naturally.The colourful envelopes contain an information card which gives the background to the stamp series and World Cup logo, and more. The envelopes are franked with a special football stamp bearing the date of issue.Orders from post offices around the country are flying in, according to Van Wyk. “We are only just managing to keep up. Even on [the public holiday] 16 June the guys worked overtime to handle the demand.”Although South Africans have anticipated the World Cup for six years, the volume of national sales has surprised even the Post Office staff, said Van Wyk.“We’re also focusing on tourism offices and post offices in major tourist drawcards such as the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town, and Skukuza in the Kruger National Park, to ensure they always have stock available.”The new releases are an inexpensive souvenir of the long-awaited sporting event. “We think of stamps as the smallest ambassadors of our country,” said Van Wyk.Stamping its presenceSouth Africa’s profile amongst the global philatelic community is to receive a boost later in 2010 when Johannesburg hosts the Joburg 2010 International Stamp Show.The event takes place at the Sandton Convention Centre between 27 and 31 October, under the auspices of the Federation of Inter-Asian Philately, to which South Africa is affiliated.  It is sponsored by Sapo and the Philatelic Foundation of South Africa.The date coincides with the printing of the first stamp by the Union of South Africa in 1910. The death of King Edward VII prevented the release of the original stamp, but his successor, King George V, was portrayed on a stamp later in the year, released to commemorate the opening of the new Parliament.With recognition from world philately governing body Fédération Internationale de Philatélie, the Joburg event is the first internationally-recognised stamp show to take place in South Africa since Ilsapex 98, held 12 years ago at Gallagher Estate in Midrand.To date 39 countries have confirmed their attendance, said Van Wyk, and more are expected. Local and international philatelists and dealers are said to be looking forward to the event, which will cover around 5 800 square metres of space.Besides the competitive exhibition and many contemporary designs on show, a selection from Queen Elizabeth II’s own collection will also be on view. Her Majesty has personally approved the appearance of the stamps, which will be brought to South Africa by the Keeper of the Royal Collection. Stamps from the royal collection were also exhibited at Ilsapex 98.Sapo will issue its eighth definitive stamp series at the event.last_img read more

South African team develops new rabies antidote

first_img(from left) CSIR researcher Nomali Zungu; research and development outcomes manager Fanie Marais; CSIR chief researcher Dr Rachel Chikwamba and project manager Dr Ereck Chakauya are fine-tuning their rabies antidote, produced from genetically engineered tobacco plants.(Image: CSIR)MEDIA CONTACTS • Tendani TseduMedia enquiries, CSIR+27 12 841 3417RELATED ARTICLES• Tobacco smuggling up in smoke• Meningitis vaccine for Burkina Faso• Green light for titanium powder pilot• One step closer to HIV vaccine• SA’s stem cell milestone Wilma den HartighResearchers from South Africa’s Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) have developed the world’s first injectable medicine from a tobacco plant – an antidote for rabies which could change the way the deadly viral disease is treated worldwide.The new liquid antidote, RabiVir, is made from the leaves of the Nicotiana benthamiana plant, a cousin of the commercial cigarette tobacco plant Nicotiana tabacum. Through genetic engineering, antibodies known to work against rabies were introduced to the N. benthamiana tobacco variety.The product is a collaborative effort of CSIR scientists, the World Health Organisation (WHO), Kentucky Bioprocessing and MAPP Biopharmaceuticals.Dr Ereck Chakauya, senior scientist and research group leader of the CSIR Biosciences plant expression group, says the liquid antidote is a breakthrough in the treatment of rabies.The product is not only much cheaper to manufacture, but potentially far more effective than current treatments.“This product is a liquid cocktail that attacks the virus more effectively by targeting two different regions on the virus,” he explains, adding that RabiVir reduces the risk of resistance to treatment. “When you expose a virus to drugs, after a while it can become tolerant to it, and the new vaccine reduces this.”Finding better solutions for a dangerous disease Chakauya says the liquid antidote is ideal for treating victims of dog bites, particularly in developing countries. Rabies is a viral disease that is transmitted through the bite of rabid animals, most often dogs.According to WHO statistics about 95% of human rabies deaths occur in Asia and Africa.“Deaths caused by rabies are vastly underestimated, especially since developing countries often have stray dog overpopulation,” he says. “By my approximation there are about nine-million dogs in South Africa, and some researchers say there may be up to 2 000 bites per day.”Many of the victims are children.If victims aren’t treated soon after a bite, before flu-like symptoms such as fever, headache and tiredness start showing, the disease is fatal. Many deaths also go unnoticed because rabies is often mistaken for cerebral malaria.Recently high profile rabies cases have helped to bring the disease into the public eye, but more awareness and better treatment solutions are needed to save lives.Ideal for developing countries RabiVir is an alternative to the antibody component of existing post-exposure treatment.When someone is bitten by a rabid dog, what follows is a lengthy treatment process which first involves taking a cocktail of antibodies, followed by a vaccine.However, the problem lies with the antibody treatment as it is produced from human blood.In developing countries not enough human blood is donated to make the antibodies, and the blood that is available is prioritised for life-saving transfusions.Some countries in Africa and Asia use horse blood to manufacture antibodies, but this can cause allergic reactions.The practice of using human blood-based products is also prohibited by certain religious groups.Chakauya explains that the manufacturing process is very cumbersome, which adds to the cost of the product.“All blood donated first needs a complete viral clearance for HIV and hepatitis B,” he says.Cost effectiveThe tobacco alternative can significantly reduce the cost of the antibody component to just R200 (US$23), and still be profitable to make.Chakauya explains the antibody dosage is determined by a person’s weight, and an average adult male would need about five doses of 2ml each, which would cost about R3 000 ($339).Then, a patient has to receive four injections of the vaccine, and each jab costs about R300 ($34).“Instead of an expensive blood-based antibody, RabiVir could replace this, and treat rabies at the same level or even better,” he explains.Testing All their tests so far have confirmed how well the liquid vaccine works. Locally, the product was tested on animals and found to be successful, and two international tests also confirmed these results.Chakauya says the next phase of the project involves testing the vaccine on humans. “This part of the project will be complex, but it is more risky,” he says.As this is also the first product of its kind worldwide, regulatory procedures are also more complicated.“There are examples of oral medication from plants, but not the injectable kind which makes it an entire new area to regulate,” he explains.If the vaccine is approved by the US Food and Drug Administration and the WHO, it can be used in other countries too. “Many countries still use very old technologies and this is a major new approach.”Other applications for human and animal healthChakauya says the uses for tobacco in medicine doesn’t end with rabies, the technology can also be applied to other areas of human and animal health.He is already working on using tobacco to develop vaccines for important animal diseases such as African horse sickness; pulpy kidney, a bacterial disease affecting young sheep and goats; and blue tongue, a viral disease in cattle.There are also applications for tobacco in the treatment of HIV and diabetes.“This is good technology. It will make a huge difference to healthcare.”last_img read more

Einztein Launches PhD-Curated Online Education Search Guide

first_imgRelated Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting audrey watters Tags:#news#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketcenter_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Einztein, a non-profit online education search guide, launches the public beta of its service today, with a curated collection of more than 2,000 complete online courses across 35 subject areas. Einztein’s catalogue includes both paid and free courses from over 100 providers and is not restricted to university course offerings. However, all of the courses searchable via Einztein’s site have been reviewed by its team of scholars, who have assessed the quality and relevancy of courses in terms of subject area, language, materials, completeness, and accessibility. “Search engines have inherent limitations when it comes to filtering content and discovering useful academic courses, and these shortcomings aren’t being adequately addressed elsewhere,” says Marco Masoni, CEO of Einztein. “This is why we’ve taken up the task of applying our team’s academic expertise to exclusively selecting courses that meet a quality threshold based on what learners are looking for when they initiate an online search.”??Online education has become increasingly popular in recently years, in part because the economic downturn has driven people back to school, but also in part because technological innovations have made online courses more palatable for teachers and students alike. As we’ve written before, enrollment in distance education courses increased by over 20% for the 2008-2009 academic year, while overall community college enrollment increased by less than 2%. Many traditional higher ed institutions are scrambling to meet the needs of students who are interested in taking classes online. To that end, Einztein plans to partner with schools to help them promote their online course catalogues.Einztein also plans to launch its own social knowledge network, BrainWave, later this year. This will include a premium subscription service that will include a suite of online social tools to allow students and teachers to communicate and share their online publications, research and discussions.According to Masoni, “We see the trend toward offering free online courses as an opportunity to create an online knowledge network where online learners and providers (including academics) can connect their favorite courses to relevant knowledge and information, exchange resources with other members sharing their academic interests, and join like-minded learners to explore their academic concentration.”The move to online education has given rise to several related services lately, including OCWSearch.com, a search engine for open courseware offerings and Udemy, a site where anyone can conduct their own online classes. There are still many questions that these and other sites – along with the academic institutions themselves – must resolve – at the very least how to handle the question of accreditation. But it does seem as though there is a lot of potential for innovation and growth in online education technologies.last_img read more

Solar Raises Its Voice in the Job Market

first_imgLate last month the Department of Energy noted that the Weatherization Assistance Program, which was greatly expanded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, had since 2009 increased the energy efficiency of more than 500,000 low-income homes and employed more than 14,000 weatherizers and workers in the energy efficiency supply chain.One of the most high-profile support industries in the energy efficiency realm is, of course, the solar industry. Like the WAP, whose bureaucratic complexities caused it to stumble out of the gate in many states and land in the crosshairs of conservative critics, the solar industry has gained notoriety with the half-billion-dollar failure of Solyndra. At the same time, however, it also is gaining credibility as an employer of some significance and a deployer of technology that can greatly reduce reliance on the grid for electric power.On September 19, the nonprofit Solar Foundation summarized preliminary data from an analysis titled “National Solar Jobs Census 2011: A Review of the U.S. Solar Workforce,” which shows that solar businesses added 6,735 new workers in all 50 states since August 2010, representing a 6.8% annual growth rate. That growth rate, the Solar Foundation points out, contrasts sharply with the nearly flat jobs growth in the overall economy. During the same period, the report adds, the fossil-fuel electric generation workforce shrunk by about 2%.Still an emerging playerOverall, the solar industry workforce is still relatively tiny, having grown from 46,000 in 2009 to about 100,000 today. But as commercial building owners and homeowners look to cut energy costs – and hedge against rising fuel costs – solar power, coupled with design and construction techniques that increase buildings’ energy efficiency, likely will become a bigger player in the economy, even if the U.S. isn’t leading the charge in innovation and manufacturing. Since 2010, the Solar Energy Industries Association notes in a recent report, demand for photovoltaic systems has grown about 70%.Conducted by the Solar Foundation and Green LMI (a division of BW Research Partnership) with technical assistance from Cornell University, the census examines employment throughout the industry, including installation, wholesale trade, manufacturing, utilities and all other fields, and includes growth rates and job numbers for 31 separate occupations. It also examines solar employment at the state level.The full report will be available at Solar Power International ’11, a trade show and conference scheduled for October 17-20 in Dallas.last_img read more

Mark Dantonio Addresses Missing Handshake With Jim Harbaugh

first_imgJim Harbaugh looks on from the sidelines.TAMPA, FL – JANUARY 1: Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines looks on from the sidelines during the second quarter of the Outback Bowl NCAA college football game against the South Carolina Gamecocks on January 1, 2018 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images) dantonio harbaugh adidasTwitter/@Mark__SnyderIn all of the craziness following Michigan State’s dramatic last second win over Michigan, people noticed that head coaches Mark Dantonio and Jim Harbaugh failed toshake hands after the game. While it was easy to assume animosity between the rival coaches, according to Mark Dantonio, it was just a case of the two not being able to link up on the field. From MLive:“It’s one of those things, you’re just not there at the time, but there’s no problems between myself and coach Harbaugh,” Dantonio said Monday morning on WDFN. “I have the utmost respect for him. I think he’s doing a tremendous job, and I think they have a good football team, a well-coached football team.”He is certainly right about that last part. Despite the brutal loss, few would have expected Michigan to be in position to beat Michigan State at all back in August.[MLive]last_img read more

Gov’t Stands Firm in Its Resolve to Protect Citizens from Human Trafficking

first_img The Senate also approved the companion Bill, the Child Care and Protection (Amendment) Act, 2018, which will allow for an increase in the penalty from 10 years to 20 years for the sale or trafficking of children. He added that the country maintaining tier two, in the 2017 Trafficking in Persons Report by the US Department of State, makes a clear statement that the Government demonstrated increased efforts in addressing the issue compared to previous reporting periods. Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, says the Government stands firmly in its resolve to protect persons, especially children from human trafficking. Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, says the Government stands firmly in its resolve to protect persons, especially children from human trafficking.“We collectively stand together to eliminate and protect them (children) from the threat of human trafficking; to protect and provide remedies for those who have been victims; and to ensure we have legislation in place to prevent future cases,” he said.Mr. Reid was making his contribution to the debate on the Trafficking in Persons (Prevention, Suppression and Punishment) (Amendment) Act, 2018, in the Senate on Friday (Feb. 23).The Minister noted that the passage of the amended TIP Act, will send a clear message to traffickers that the Government is unwavering in its commitment to protecting the nation’s children against such ills.“We stand together to ensure that this legislation is implemented and we will let the perpetrators of these crimes know that we are unapologetically and fervently serious about our fight against trafficking in persons, especially our children,” he asserted.Senator Reid further noted that “collectively, with one voice, we should encourage (a) change in our culture,” where speaking out is not frowned upon, but encouraged.“We need more persons willing to give honest testimonies to help rid the streets of perpetuators of these vicious crimes and provide a safe environment for our women, children, as well as men who are also victims of trafficking,” he said.In his contribution to the debate, State Minister for National Security, Hon. Pearnel Charles Jr, also concurred that persons need to speak out on these matters, noting that it is important for every Jamaican to play a role in supporting and protecting victims of human trafficking.“When we see or hear things taking place, it is time for us to start speaking out… No National Task Force Against Trafficking in Persons, no Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) unit alone can solve this problem. The country must stand together in making this a priority,” he stressed.Meanwhile, Senator Charles Jr said significant strides have been made in strengthening the Government’s capacity to detect and combat trafficking in persons.These include adopting the Trafficking in Persons Prevention, Suppression and Punishment Act; establishing the Anti-trafficking in Persons Task Force; establishing the Anti-trafficking in Persons Unit in the JCF; appointing a National Trafficking in Persons Rapporteur; developing a National Action Plan to Combat Trafficking in Persons; developing manuals to support training on trafficking in persons within the justice system; and implementing public education campaigns.He added that the country maintaining tier two, in the 2017 Trafficking in Persons Report by the US Department of State, makes a clear statement that the Government demonstrated increased efforts in addressing the issue compared to previous reporting periods.Tier two refers to those countries whose Government do not fully meet the US Trafficking Victims Protection Act minimum standards, but are making significant efforts to comply.For her part, Opposition Senator Sophia Fraser Binns, said she was pleased to see that efforts are being made to combat trafficking in persons, noting that she gives her support to any legislation that not only protects children, “but sends a message to perpetrators that as a country we are serious about protecting our children”.Amendments to the TIP Act were drafted based on the multiple issues faced in prosecuting cases which may involve criminal networks and gangs which expose jurors and witnesses in these matters to a high risk of intimidation.The Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP) therefore recommended that trafficking offences under section four of the TIP Act, should be tried before a judge alone in the circuit court.Additionally, a section of the Bill was amended to empower a judge to order that restitution awarded may be enforced by the victim or by the prosecution on the victim’s behalf, similar to a judgment in a civil matter.The amended Act further makes provision to empower the Minister to make regulations to better carry out the restitution orders.The Senate also approved the companion Bill, the Child Care and Protection (Amendment) Act, 2018, which will allow for an increase in the penalty from 10 years to 20 years for the sale or trafficking of children.This will bring the Child Care and Protection Act in line with the penalty under the TIP Act, which was increased when the Act was amended in 2013.Both Bills were passed in the Senate without amendments. 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Pancreatic Cancer Action Network Advocate Champion Charlotte Rae Dies

first_imgCharlotte Rae, an American TV actress, comedian, singer and Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PanCAN) champion, has died. She was 92. No cause of death has been announced, but Rae publicly fought pancreatic cancer since 2009 and more recently, was diagnosed with bone cancer.Rae with fellow survivors at the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network PurpleStride Orange County 2016Rae was known most notably for her portrayal of Edna Garrett (Mrs. Garrett) in the sitcoms “Diff’rent Strokes” and its spin-off, “The Facts of Life.”“In the pancreatic cancer community, Charlotte was a cherished champion for the cause,” said Pamela Acosta Marquardt, PanCAN Founder. “She served as an Influencer of Hope, an elite group of notables who lend their voice and unite with everyday heroes in the fight against pancreatic cancer, and Charlotte was always willing to use her voice to raise awareness and visibility.”Pancreatic cancer was personal to Rae even before her own diagnosis. She lost three relatives to the disease, including her mother, uncle and older sister. Her extensive family history with pancreatic cancer led her to be more vigilant about the symptoms and risk factors associated with pancreatic cancer.“Keep searching for a solution, explore clinical trials,” Rae told PanCAN in 2016 when asked what advice she gives other patients fighting the disease. “I’m extremely grateful to be here today and I’m sending out powerful prayers to all of you.”Not only did Rae use her voice on behalf of the world’s toughest cancer, she attended local PurpleStride walks, championed for increased federal funding through PanCAN’s annual National Pancreatic Cancer Advocacy Day in Washington, D.C., and referenced the organization in numerous media interviews.“We must speak out loud and clear: Federal funds must be invested to develop more effective treatments and to find a simple, affordable detection test,” Rae told fellow PanCAN Advocacy Day participants in a letter she penned in 2013. “This disease is so frightening because it cannot be detected early enough. Effective treatments and early detection tools could save thousands and thousands of lives.”On behalf of Rae and all patients like her, PanCAN will continue to work diligently to double survival and improve patient outcomes.last_img read more

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