Motorists in the Nictaux area will be driving on several newly paved sections of roads after the completion of a paving project tendered by Nova Scotia’s Department of Transportation and Public Works. The province has advertised a tender for the construction of pavement on Chipman Drive in Nictaux from the intersection of Trunk 10 to the intersection of Baxter Avenue and on Baxter Avenue from the intersection of Route 201 to the intersection of Chipman Drive. “The project is being jointly funded by the province and Annapolis County through the subdivision road paving program,” said Michael Baker, acting Minister of Transportation and Public Works. “The work is scheduled for completion before the end of October.” The tender will close on Friday, Aug. 19. The Department of Transportation and Public Works’ highways division manages more than 23,000 kilometres of roads in Nova Scotia. It maintains 4,100 bridges and operates seven provincial ferries. Staff provide services from district offices in Bridgewater, Bedford, Truro and Sydney. -30-
New Delhi: Brett Lee knows a thing or two about being part of great bowling lineups. In his illustrious international career, Lee has shared the dressing room with Glenn McGrath, Shane Warne, Jason Gillespie and then the generation that came after that included a young and fiery Shaun Tait and Mitchell Johnson. So when the 42-year-old former pacer says that the current Indian bowling line up can help the team dominate world cricket, it is high praise. Also Read – We don’t ask for kind of tracks we get: Bowling coach Arun”India have got a good pace line up,” Lee said. “This is the first time we are seeing some real pace throughout India. They have a lot of youngsters coming through and obviously there are the likes of (Mohammed) Shami and (Jasprit) Bumrah; the Indian bowling stocks right now are very healthy. “So as a foreigner coming to your country it is great to see. There is no reason why India can’t dominate world cricket because of their bowling,” he said. Lee’s own former team Australia, who have had a torrid time in ODI over the past two years, seem to have found form at the right time and he feels they can go “as far as they want” in the World Cup beginning on Thursday.
Karachi: Pakistan’s humiliating defeat to India in a World Cup game in England was due to feud among players and their unhappiness with captain Sarfaraz Ahmed, local media reported Monday. A defeat to arch-rivals India is always difficult to digest for the passionate Pakistani cricket community anywhere in the world and particularly when it is in a World Cup. A day after the defeat in Manchester on Sunday, the media here ran stories about groupings in the team and how some players wanted to topple the captain. Also Read – Djokovic heaps praise on ‘very complete’ MedvedevThe ‘Samaa’ news channel reported that soon after he got out, Sarfaraz allegedly lost his cool in the dressing room and accused some players including Imad Wasim and Imam-ul-Haq, of forming a group against him and not supporting him. The ‘Duniya’ news channel did a similar report about how there were different groups in the team — one led by Muhammad Aamir and another led by Imad — which were letting Sarfaraz down. After the defeat to Australia, a well-known actor and cricket fan had released a voice message on the social media where he blamed Shoaib Malik, Imad, Inam and Babar among others of forming a group against Sarfaraz which had led to problems in the team. Some newspapers on Monday also hinted at internal problems within the team. Also Read – Mary Kom enters quarterfinals, Saweety Boora bows out of World C’shipsBut when PTI contacted two players in the Pakistan team, they denied any groupings but confirmed that Sarfaraz returned to the dressing room very angry and let go at some players. “But it was more out of frustration and I don’t recall him blaming anyone or talking about groupings in the team but he did say the players needed to give more,” the player said on condition of anonymity. He insisted that all the players were heartbroken and depressed after the defeat to India but had not given up hope of qualifying for the semi-finals. “Even after we lost to Australia we had meetings to encourage each other and to discuss the areas where we had gone wrong. But when you are not doing well we tend to see these speculative stories in Pakistan media,” he said. Some former players have also hinted at problems in the team but former captain Moin Khan said it was the duty of the Pakistan Cricket Board to back its management. “It is normal in our country that when the team is not doing well in a major event or otherwise there is always talk about problems in the dressing room,” he said. Moin said he fully backed Sarfaraz although key mistakes were made against Australia and India. “The point of concern is that our fielding and catching standards have been very shoddy and that has not helped,” he said.
BURNABY, B.C. – The City of Burnaby wants to appeal a National Energy Board decision that exempts Kinder Morgan from local land and tree clearance bylaws in the expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline.A decision by the board last December overruled two sections of the bylaw, which would have required Trans Mountain to have preliminary plans and clearing permits.Burnaby is seeking leave to appeal in the Federal Court of Appeal.The board released three decisions this week approving a tunnel route for a portion of the pipeline through Burnaby.The city argues in a news release that the company should be required to comply with all municipal bylaws, despite its argument they were unconstitutional because they conflicted with approval from the federal government and the National Energy Board Act.The city also wants to appeal an energy board’s ruling that found Burnaby’s timeline for issuing permits represented an “unreasonable delay.”Burnaby’s legal action comes as tensions increase between British Columbia and Alberta over the pipeline.
The opposition, backing ex- president Mahinda Rajapaksa, today vowed “non-cooperation” with the government as their attempt to bring no-confidence motions against the Prime Minister and the Finance Minister in the parliament was disallowed.“We will practice the policy of non-cooperation,” Dinesh Gunawardena, a Rajapaksa supporter and leader of Mahajana Eksath Peramuna told reporters. The bond scandal involved the firm of Central Bank chief’s son-in-law. It was alleged that the company had benefited from inside information on the bank’s decision to sell 10 billion rupees (USD 76 million) worth of bonds. “Party leaders met today to discuss business for the third week. We asked the two motions be debated. The government refused,” he said. Gunawardena said Leader of the House Lakshman Kiriella did not consent to two no-confidence motions against Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake to be taken up during the third week of this month, the Press Trust of India reported. “They said a date can be given only in July,” he said.The Rajapaksa supporters charge that Wickremesinghe and Karunanayake mismanaged the economy, causing massive losses, over the Central Bank’s sovereign bond issue in late February.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email CRTC denies request by Wind Mobile to review Telus’s foreign ownership by LuAnn LaSalle, The Canadian Press Posted Dec 5, 2012 1:26 pm MDT The CRTC has decided not to review the level of foreign ownership in Vancouver telecom company Telus Corp. (TSX:T), saying Telus is following the compliance rules.The telecom regulator said Tuesday that it has denied a request by new wireless competitor Wind Mobile to review foreign ownership of Telus (TSX:T).The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission said it’s satisfied with Telus’s mechanisms to comply with foreign ownership requirements, which must not exceed 33.3 per cent.Wind Mobile failed to demonstrate that Telus’s board of directors had any reason to question information received about the level of foreign ownership, the CRTC said in its written decision.“Further, the commission is satisfied that Telus’s mechanisms for ensuring its compliance are consistent with the provisions and requirements established in the regulations,” the CRTC said.The CRTC also said the onus is on carriers at all times to ensure they are complying with foreign ownership limits.“The commission notes that the regulations establish the type of documentation required to demonstrate a shareholder’s Canadian status. They also establish that, before taking any additional action, the carrier’s board of directors must have information that causes it to believe that the declarations it has received are incorrect.”When Globalive made the complaint last summer, Telus had reported that its foreign ownership was 32.6 per cent.More recently, Telus said its foreign ownership had dropped to about 15 per cent, largely due to a U.S.-based hedge fund selling a chunk of its stake in the company.Telus spokesman Shawn Hall said Wednesday the decision verifies that Telus’s foreign ownership controls are effective.“The issue that Globalive put forward simply didn’t exist,” Hall said.Toronto-based Globalive is the parent company of wireless carrier Wind Mobile.Wind Mobile said it’s disappointed with the decision not to hold a public review of Telus’s compliance with foreign ownership restrictions.“We consider this a missed opportunity for the commission to provide all industry players with much-needed guidance and clarity on these important matters,” Simon Lockie, Wind’s chief regulatory officer, said in a statement.Telus has said its foreign ownership levels are measured daily and it’s a manual count of all shareholders.Telus had argued that Globalive had used reports from Broadridge Financial Solutions, which uses postal or zip codes from where account statements are mailed, rather than the actual citizenship of the owner to determine foreign ownership levels.The CRTC said that Wind Mobile noted that Broadridge reports didn’t provide conclusive evidence of non-compliance with foreign ownership, but the smaller telecom company had argued the reports raised questions about how Telus met foreign ownership requirements.The CRTC said that Broadridge reports do not use residential addresses of shareholders and that both parties had acknowledged that.
The suicide attack in the district of Urgun in Paktika, in which a vehicle packed with explosives detonated at a busy market, is said to have killed at least 43 civilians, including eight children, and injured at least 95 others. The death toll makes it the worst single attack this year, the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) said in a statement.Mr. Ban strongly condemned the “despicable criminal act” and said such attacks, directed against civilians, are serious violations of international humanitarian law, according to his spokesperson.His Special Representative for Afghanistan and head of UNAMA, Ján Kubiš, also decried the attack, highlighting its timing: “Today’s appalling attack during Ramadan – an occasion that should observed in a spirit of peace and compassion – should be condemned in the strongest possible terms and the perpetrators must be held accountable.” The Mission noted that the Taliban denied their involvement in the attack and have stated they intend to investigate it. Meanwhile, the Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack on a shuttle bus carrying civilian government workers in the capital, Kabul. The insurgent group detonated a remote-controlled improvised explosive device (IED) against the bus, killing two people and injuring another five. “This unlawful attack deliberately targeted civilians on their way to work,” said Mr. Kubiš. “Civilians should be able to go about their daily lives, including going to their place of work, without the risk of such horrific violence.”The Mission and Mr. Ban expressed heartfelt condolences to those who have lost their loved ones in these attacks and wished a speedy recovery to those who have been injured.UNAMA also reiterated that international humanitarian law, to which all parties to the armed conflict are bound, prohibits the use of indiscriminate and disproportionate tactics, in particular, improvised explosive devices. Further, UNAMA renewed its call on the Taliban to immediately cease directing attacks on civilians, to stop the use of indiscriminate weapons and to halt attacks in civilian populated areas. It also highlighted that the use of illegal, indiscriminate IEDs may amount to a war crime.In a late night statement, the Security Council underlined the need to bring to justice the perpetrators, organizers, financiers and sponsors of terrorism, and “urged all States, in accordance with their obligations under international law and relevant Security Council resolutions, to cooperate actively with the Afghan authorities.” The 15-member Council reaffirmed that “terrorism in all its forms and manifestations is criminal and unjustifiable, regardless of its motivation, wherever, whenever and by whomsoever committed.”The members also said they had reiterated their serious concern about the threats posed by Taliban, Al-Qaida and other terrorist and extremist groups, as well as illegal armed groups, to the local population, national security forces and international military and international assistance efforts.
In recent years the demand for dozer operators working on coal stockpiles has grown dramatically, increasing the need for specialised training in what is considered one of the most hazardous environments for dozer operators. Immersive Technologies says it has developed technology to specifically address operator safety in coal stockpiling. This technology is embedded in an upgrade to Immersive Technologies’ range of Advanced Equipment Simulators.The group states: “Coal stockpiling operations pose a high risk to operator safety and can lead to injuries or death if correct procedures are not followed; incidents can also halt operations and significantly impact repair and maintenance costs.” The simulation training based technology developed by Immersive Technologies focuses on reducing the operational risk of dozer stockpile operations by creating enhanced operator awareness of surroundings; training operators to minimise the risk of falling into a void; and assessing the competency of dozer operators to comply with and follow safe operating procedures. “We are continually developing new technologies that give our customers the highest return on their investment. These new features are developed for the latest version of SimControl, the software at the heart of the PRO3 Advanced Equipment Simulator and ensure our customers receive the maximum benefits from their simulation training,” said Peter Salfinger, CEO of Immersive Technologies.Immersive said that Rio Tinto’s Hail Creek mine and Glencore Xstrata were instrumental in the development of the technology: “Glencore Xstrata has recognised value in being able to take operators out of a potentially dangerous training environment with little ability for trainer interaction; into a realistic hands-on approach where operator errors can occur without sacrificing safety. This site, along with many others, only has one stockpile so any type of training halts production; simulator technology has proved to be advantageous in keeping operations running at full capacity while training operators to be safer and more productive.”Bluestone Global, an Australian based company specialising in labour hire, mining services, professional placement and international recruitment, utilises Immersive Technologies’ Advanced Equipment Simulators for their training efforts. Bluestone was a major contributor to the development ensuring the technology delivers the most accurate and effective training. “The dozer stockpile program will easily quantify itself in monetary returns as it is able to advance operators into a high proficiency level through a method that does not interfere with production. Stringent conditions and protocols make other methods to train complex due to the inability to be close while the operator is under instruction in relation to entering and operating on a coal stockpile. The only alternative is to deliver training from a distance or utilise another dozer which is both time consuming and costly,” said Darren Culley, Bluestone Global Executive Group Manager WHSQ.
Archéologie : découverte de la dépouille de la “demoiselle de cristal”, en imagesBelize – Les restes d’une jeune fille âgée d’environ 18 ans, deux de ses vertèbres brisées, ont été retrouvés reposant sur le sol d’une grotte. Connue également sous le nom de “Demoiselle de Cristal”, la défunte fait à nouveau parler d’elle après un millier d’années.Elle a été découverte dans des grottes situées dans la réserve naturelle de Tapir Mountain. Celles-ci sont accessibles après un trajet de quelques heures en Jeep depuis San Ignacio jusqu’à Belize et une heure de marche à travers la jungle. Là se trouve Actun Tunichil Muknal, l’accès aux grottes. Après y avoir pénétré, il faut encore nager à travers l’espace souterrain rempli d’eau puis descendre la rivière souterraine située là pendant un kilomètre. Au fond de ce dédale souterrain, on a découvert des squelettes humains, traces des anciens sacrifices rituels des Mayas à leurs dieux, il y a un millier d’années. Les squelettes, une fois étudiés, forment un groupe composé aussi bien de jeunes enfants que d’adultes. Quatre d’entre eux ont entre 1 et 3 ans, et ont été entreposés dans des creux des parois avec un enfant de 7 ans. Un adolescent de 15 ans a été retrouvé dans une plus petite partie de la grotte, adjacente à la salle principale. Il apparaît que celui-ci avait été entravé avant d’être tué. Le reste du groupe est constitué d’adultes dont l’âge se situe entre 30 et 40 ans. Les crânes des plus jeunes individus présentent des déformations, la forme de leur crâne étant plutôt allongée, leur donnant probablement une allure singulière. La plupart des squelettes portent les marques d’un traumatisme violent à la tête bien que certains restes semblent avoir été complètement brisés. Il a été difficile de dater leur mort avec précision, car ils se sont progressivement intégrés au sol de la grotte à cause du calcaire et de l’humidité. Néanmoins, les scientifiques ont pu estimer grâce à des poteries que ces sacrifices dataient de 800 ans environ. À lire aussiUne momie égyptienne vieille de 5500 ans renverse nos croyances sur l’embaumementUn peu plus loin dans la grotte, le plus fameux des squelettes pour les scientifiques serait la dépouille d’une jeune fille de 18 ans, connue aussi sous le nom de “demoiselle de cristal”. Elle est unique de par la position dans laquelle elle a été disposé ainsi que par ses deux vertèbres brisées. Les scientifiques pensent en effet que la jeune fille serait morte d’une façon particulièrement violente puis jetée au sol et qu’elle serait restée ainsi pendant 1.100 ans. Le squelette repose sur le sol de la grotte depuis si longtemps qu’il s’est calcifié, donnant la sensation que ses os étincellent comme du cristal dans la lumière des lampes torches, d’où le surnom de la dépouille. Découvrez-la en images : https://www.maxisciences.com/arch%e9ologie/les-scientifiques-decouvrent-le-squelette-de-la-jeune-fille-de-cristal_art9439.html Le 30 septembre 2010 à 13:36 • Emmanuel Perrin
Grippe A : un espoir de vaccin universelUne étude publiée cette semaine indique qu’un anticorps capable de neutraliser les sous-types du virus de la grippe A a été découvert. Les scientifiques espèrent, grâce à cette avancée, pouvoir mettre rapidement un vaccin universel au point.La propagation de la grippe A (H1N1) avait provoqué la mort de 18.449 personnes dans le monde et touché 214 pays après sa découverte au Mexique puis aux Etats-Unis en avril 2009, rappelle TV5monde. L’Organisation mondiale de la santé avait alors décrété une alerte à la pandémie le 11 juin 2009, alerte qui avait officiellement pris fin le 10 août 2010 sans qu’aucun traitement n’ait été mis au point. Une étude publiée cette semaine dans la revue Science révèle cependant qu’un premier anticorps capable de neutraliser tous les sous-types du virus de la grippe A a été découvert. Cet anticorps, issu du plasma humain, a été baptisé “F16” et il pourrait être utilisé comme vaccin et même comme traitement des infections par les virus de la grippe A, saisonniers ou pandémiques.C’est en cultivant des leucocytes (globules blancs) que les chercheurs sont parvenus à isoler ceux en mesure de produire le fameux “F16”, capable de reconnaître la grippe A et ses 16 sous-types. En effet, cet anticorps repère l’hémagglutinine, cette protéine en constante évolution qui se situe à la surface du virus et qui constitue sa cible. “Le F16, premier anticorps capable de reconnaître tous les sous-types de la grippe A, ouvre d’importantes nouvelles possibilités de traitement et nous sommes impatients de passer à la prochaine étape de son développement”, a indiqué Antonio Lanzavecchia, directeur de l’IRB, qui a participé à l’étude.À lire aussiAmygdalite : chronique, caséeuse, cryptique, de quoi s’agit-il ?M. Lanzavecchia explique que “non seulement cet anticorps a neutralisé le virus mais il a également recruté des cellules tueuses du système immunitaire pour éliminer les cellules infectées”, rapporte l’AFP. Ainsi, le “F16” permettrait d’éviter l’élaboration systématique d’un nouveau traitement à chaque saison pour faire face aux nouvelles souches de la grippe A qui auraient muté.Quoi qu’il en soit, cinq ans au moins seront encore nécessaires avant qu’un vaccin antigrippal ne soit mis au point, précise le professeur John Skehel, membre du National Institute for Medical Research à Londres. En effet, il faut dans un premier temps fabriquer un traitement à partir de cet anticorps avant de pouvoir élaborer un vaccin. La tâche est alors plus ardue car ce n’est pas seulement l’anticorps qui est nécessaire mais la partie du virus à laquelle il se lie. “L’utilisation de cet anticorps pour en faire un médicament est à portée de main mais la fabrication du vaccin est un projet à long terme”, a précisé M. Lanzavecchia.Le 1 août 2011 à 13:04 • Maxime Lambert
A man reportedly brandished a handgun Sunday night when staff at the Wal-Mart on Northeast 104th Avenue confronted him when he allegedly tried to steal merchandise, according to police.Vancouver Police Department spokeswoman Kim Kapp said a loss prevention officer at the store attempted to apprehend the man when he tried shoplifting something, but the suspect fled.The security staffer followed the man into the store parking lot where at one point the suspect turned around a pointed a black handgun at him, according to police.The loss prevention officer called 911 around 7:50 p.m. as the man left.Kapp said officers brought out a police dog but were unable to find the suspect.
UPDATE (Sunday, Nov. 17) — Vancouver police reported early Sunday morning that Courtnie Roll has been located and is safe.Vancouver police are seeking help in finding a young woman who went missing Thursday night.Courtnie Roll, 19, was reported missing at about 10 p.m., according to a statement from the Vancouver Police Department.Police say that Roll has some mental health issues and is described as a white female with black hair, about 5 feet 1 inch tall, weighing about 110 pounds.She has hazel eyes and was last seen wearing dark skinny jeans, knee-high gray boots and a maroon-colored hoody over a pink and white tank top.Call 911 if you have seen her and either refer to Officer Ghezzi or detectives at the police department with the missing persons unit.You can also call 360-487-7500.
SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Construction upgrades to a 14-mile stretch of fencing along the U.S.-Mexico Border began today, Customs and Border Protection confirmed. The project area begins roughly one half-mile from the Pacific Ocean and extends eastward to the base of Otay Mountain.“One of Border Patrol’s top priority projects,” according to CBP, it is the third to begin this year as part of the Trump administration’s proposed “border wall.” Other projects are underway in Calexico and New Mexico, where two-mile and 20-mile stretches of border, respectively, are being upgraded.“Under this president’s leadership, we have a renewed commitment to secure our border,” said Ronald Vitiello, CBP acting deputy commissioner.“The new primary wall-project represents an important milestone in our work to secure the international border.” In San Diego, construction crews will install 18- to 30-foot bollards topped with a steel anti-climbing plate. Bollards are sturdy poles too closely set for people to pass through.The poles will replace eight- to 10-foot tall scraps of corrugated Vietnam War-era metal installed at the border during the 1990s to prevent pedestrian and vehicles crossings. The scraps needed to be replaced with a “higher performing design,” according to CBP.Texas-based consturction firm SLSCO was awarded a $147 million contract for the project. “The construction of this new substantial wall will improve overall border security, the safety and effectiveness of Border Patrol agents, the safety of the public and will enhance the atmosphere for business and commerce in the area,” San Diego Sector Chief Patrol Agent Rodney Scott said. Posted: June 1, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, Updated: 3:35 PM KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter June 1, 2018 Construction begins on 14-mile stretch of border upgrades
Kevin Reilly, president of TBS and TNT, gave us an idea of the content that’ll be on AT&T streaming service. Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Turner AT&T’s streaming service may be available in 2019, but you’ll have to wait until 2020 to see originals.TBS and TNT boss Kevin Reilly said the WarnerMedia service, which was announced in October, will offer brands ranging from The Lego Movie to The Lord of the Rings, according to Deadline.Reilly — who’s also Turner Entertainment’s chief creative officer — noted during a Television Critics Association event Monday that the 2019 beta version of the service won’t include originals, “but you’ll see that in 2020 and then ramping up.” The company will start commissioning original content this spring, and we’ll see more original DC shows. 1:40 Now playing: Watch this: Tags He also said we should expect “the crown jewels of Warner” — like Friends — to end up exclusively on the service, Deadline reported. This comes weeks after Netflix confirmed that Friends will remain there through 2019. But AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson reportedly said at the time that Netflix doesn’t have exclusive rights to the beloved sitcom, and Reilly suggested that pulling it away “is certainly something we’re willing to do.”In December, AT&T said you’ll be able to choose between three levels of service. The basic one will focus on movies, the second tier will include originals and the third will add content from WarnerMedia’s broader catalog, like HBO, Turner and Warner Bros.WarnerMedia told us via email that it isn’t confirming pricing or content yet, but said the service could include brands like Looney Tunes, Harry Potter’s Wizarding World, The CW, DC Entertainment, New Line, Hanna Barbara, CNN Films, Adult Swim and Turner Classic Movies “And, as we move out of our beta stage, original programming will also be a key component of this service,” a company spokesperson said.What Netflix costs: The price is going up because you all are signing up like crazy.Meet Epix Now: The cable channel launches its own streaming service. Time Warner HBO AT&T 2 AT&T will come out with yet another streaming service Share your voice Internet Services TV and Movies Comments
Kolkata: Bengal government-empanelled lawyers at Calcutta High Court on Tuesday lifted a boycott of Justice Samapti Chattopadhyay’s court, within a day of taking such a decision. Additional government pleader Bhaskar Baishya said they have decided to attend the court of Justice Samapti Chattopadhyay from Wednesday. “The issues over which the decision of not attending Justice Chattopadhyay’s court has been amicably resolved and we will attend her court and plead cases as usual,” Baishya said. State-empanelled lawyers at the high court Monday Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamatatold Justice Chattopadhyay that henceforth they will not attend her court. An indignant Justice Chattopadhyay had later asked whether the West Bengal government-empanelled lawyers mean to say that she is doing injustice to her chair. “Determination (assignment of cases) is given to me by the Chief Justice and not by the government lawyers. Give respect to the chair,” she said while hearing a case challenging a confidence vote at Bongaon Municipality. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateState-empanelled lawyers did not appear before the court of Justice Chattopadhyay during the hearing of the Bongaon municipality case or any other matter on Monday. “The way the judge is heckling government lawyers during hearing of various cases, it is not possible for us to attend her court,” Baishya, also the chairman of Trinamool Congress Lawyers’ Cell, had said outside the courtroom. Justice Chattopadhyay, who holds the determination of Municipal Affairs, had made some caustic comments against the state government last week over conducting of confidence votes in some civic bodies. During the hearing of a petition on July 15, Justice Chattopadhyay had observed that it is unfortunate that water bodies are being filled up randomly, with the government doing nothing about it. Everybody seems to know what is happening around, except the government, she had said. Justice Chattopadhyay was also involved in a verbal exchange with senior counsel and TMC MP Kalyan Bandopadhyay on Thursday when the Bongaon Municipality matter was mentioned before her court. During a hearing on Friday, Justice Chattopadhyay had questioned the Trinamool Congress chairman of Bongaon Municipality as to why he was trying to hold on to his chair when the majority of the councillors do not want him to continue in the post. Justice Chattopadhyay had on July 19 stayed a meeting for holding a vote of confidence in the chairman of Halisahar Municipality on a plea by a councillor that the provision is being misused by the Trinamool Congress’ head of the civic body to get protection.
News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more Technology | Mammography Reporting Software | July 25, 2019 Hologic Partners With MagView to Develop Unifi EQUIP Solution Hologic announced a partnership with mammography information solutions provider MagView to develop Unifi EQUIP, an… read more Related Content News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more News | Ultrasound Women’s Health | July 11, 2019 FDA Clears Koios DS Breast 2.0 AI-based Software Koios Medical announced its second 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more read more IBM collected a dataset of 52,936 images from 13,234 women who underwent at least one mammogram between 2013 and 2017, and who had health records for at least one year prior to the mammogram. The algorithm was trained on 9,611 mammograms. Image courtesy of Radiology. Qlarity Imaging’s software is used to assist radiologists in the assessment and characterization of breast lesions. Imaging features are synthesized by an artificial intelligence algorithm into a single value, the QI score, which is analyzed relative to a database of reference abnormalities with known ground truth. Image courtesy of Business Wire. News | Mammography Reporting Software | July 26, 2019 Ikonopedia Releases Automated Combined Reporting Package at AHRA Ikonopedia showcased its recently released Automated Combined Reporting package and its entire suite of structured… read more Technology | Breast Biopsy Systems | July 24, 2019 Fujifilm Releases Tomosynthesis Biopsy Option for Aspire Cristalle Mammography System Fujifilm Medical Systems U.S.A. Inc. recently expanded its breast imaging solutions with the launch of its… read more Image courtesy of Imago Systems Image courtesy of Carestream.Annual breast cancer screening is a chapter many women are hesitant to add to their personal medical history books. Undergoing frequent mammograms and other imaging exams means growing that mid-life medical history, often in a complicated way. In breast health, access to prior exams is critical in determining if and how the images have changed. Radiologists and other specialists — typically at separate locations — require access to a detailed patient history in providing optimal, safe care. Patients, too, must be proactive about their own screening and care decisions, especially considering risks of radiation dose and other clinical treatments.Accountability in today’s healthcare climate means guaranteeing the best patient outcomes from the available information we have about that patient. Unfortunately, current health care systems struggle to communicate and integrate their processes for targeted care coordination. Disjointed systems and workflows mean that primary care providers, radiologists and other specialists are often not on the same page of this very detailed book, “Your Patient’s Medical History.” Specialists may not be fully aware of why certain exams are being ordered; referring physicians may not receive results in a timely manner (or at all). Patients are overwhelmed with the barrage of doctors’ recommendations, office policies, insurance protocols and decisions to make. Despite all of our knowledge and expertise, inefficient care is plaguing the healthcare system. Targeted care coordination via well-designed workflow, proactive communication and the most modern information-sharing technologies must take center stage to track and support medical history.Accountable CareValue-based care is more important than ever. Providers are striving to provide better outcomes and improved patient experiences. Breast cancer screening and treatment are highly sensitive specialties where patient needs and wants must be considered and vocalized. The patient plays a very important role in her own outcomes through the seeking of proactive and preventive care, and navigating this care. It requires detailed coordination among the primary care practices, imaging centers and specialists through the sharing of results and patient history. A woman who first has a mammogram then receives a breast cancer diagnosis may ultimately work with some combination of radiologists, medical and surgical oncologists, breast and plastic surgeons, radiation oncologists and other healthcare providers — all of whom must share patient images, results and progress.Following the initial screening process, the patient must also take an active role in considering and outlining preferences about treatment, including psychological treatment to assist with well-being. Every woman must weigh the medical facts with personal preferences regarding nipple preservation, mastectomy, double mastectomy, possibly surgical reconstruction, chemotherapy and other emerging treatment options. Her wants and needs should be communicated to the right people at the right times, and healthcare providers must be listening with the totality of the patient case at their fingertips.Achieving care coordination requires a forum for free patient-centered communication, teamwork and health information technologies to facilitate information sharing. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality suggests care coordination activities that include:1 • Establishing accountability and agreeing on responsibility;• Communicating and sharing knowledge;• Helping with care transitions;• Assessing patient needs and goals;• Creating a proactive care plan;• Monitoring and follow-up as needs change;• Supporting patients’ self-management goals;• Linking to available community resources; and• Working to align resources with patient and population needs.Image AvailabilityAs radiation dose concerns have grown in recent years, so have concerns about mammography. Current mammography units give off small amounts of radiation, but women may still feel compelled to discuss the test with their physician in regard to risk versus outcome, family history and personal breast composition. Physicians, of course, may recommend that women with dense breast tissue have an ultrasound or breast magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Patients should ask their doctors if they need the exam, and how it will improve their health. They should discuss alternatives (if available) and which exams will bring maximum benefits.In an ideal scenario, the radiologist will find nothing suspicious on the patient’s mammogram and the patient will return in one to two years, depending on age. It’s also ideal that the radiologist reading the mammogram has compared it to the patient’s previous results. The films do not stand independently; the appearance of tissue or masses may change from one year to the next in size or shape. So the more priors the interpreting radiologist has access to, the better the detection rates for abnormalities.In seeking the highest possible detection rates, the prior and current exams need to get in the hands of radiologists specially trained in mammography interpretation. For small centers, this may mean outsourcing reads to outside groups that specialize in the modality. Working with off-site readers adds some complex considerations to the process. The images need to be transmitted, where they often sit in a queue waiting to be read. The patient may be waiting for results to find out if she needs an additional exam or further work-up. Even the interpreting radiologist’s transcription and report process may be incongruent with the center’s workflow, placing expeditious results rendering in jeopardy.Thankfully, radiology and health IT have developed solutions to workflow “hiccups” in the transmission and interpretation of medical images. Current zero-footprint technology only requires a Web browser, no downloads, plug-ins or installations for full-functionality performance and image review. Various practices can use their own separate radiology information system (RIS)/PACS, software and hardware, and incongruences are a non-issue. Communication with outside groups and subsequent reading and review are made simple and seamless.Similarly, server-side rendering enables “anywhere, anytime” reading for maximum efficiency and timeliness. Large files with prior images can be accessed quickly without prefetching, meaning bandwidth speed issues do not create unfortunate bottlenecks, which benefits radiologists, imaging centers, referring physicians and the patients themselves. DICOM datasets will never have to be pushed down to the workstation, yet the complete diagnostic package is available for interpretation that brings flexibility and value. Tools to accommodate various systems, complex data demands and reports include custom dashboards and workflow engines that allow radiologists to view the information, create reports and optimize workflow based on what is most critical to them.Also considering the need to drive value in care provision, current tools also offer business intelligence and analytics dashboards for optimizing operations. For centers that outsource mammography reads to specialist radiologists, administrators can track turnaround speeds for reports, zeroing in on the most efficient interpretations. For a center with significant volume, this translates to intelligent allocation of resources on top of offering patients the most clinically experienced interpretations of their mammograms.Seeking value and care coordination clearly requires integration at various stages of the screening and diagnostic process, starting with image interpretation. From a multidisciplinary perspective, it further strengthens radiology’s critical role in the team management of patient care. Consider also the significance of downstream integration: returning to initial findings and interpretation to track progress and make educated treatment decisions. The future of RIS/PACS may certainly lie in improving overall outcomes for all patients, especially breast cancer patients.Patient EmpowermentIf and when various disciplines are added to the treatment plan, patients need to take personal responsibility for ascertaining and sharing their medical histories with physicians. Patient portals have brought patient engagement into the mainstream. Over the last decade, electronic medical records (EMRs) have provided a means to digitally store, and often share, patient data. Now, personal health records (PHRs) allow patients to build secure online medical history files they can supply to providers of their choice, including medical images.RSNA Image Share has made it easy for radiologists to share medical images with patients using the PHR accounts. Funded by the National Institute for Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) and administered by RSNA, patients are using the pilot project at medical centers nationwide.It seems we have finally entered the era where technology can provide the coordinated care tools that are required for improved, targeted outcomes. And physicians, providers, payers and patients are on board. Reference1. www.ahrq.gov/professionals/prevention-chronic-care/improve/coordination/…, accessed March 22, 2016.Steve Deaton is the vice president of Viztek, a Konica Minolta company. 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Related posts:Costa Rica concerned by Nicaragua’s interest in boosting its military, says minister Nicaragua claims ‘cleaning’ of the Río San Juan follows world court order Nicaragua’s Pastora calls Costa Rica’s latest accusations ‘a bunch of lies’ aimed at boosting President Solís’ image Costa Rica’s Solís flies in former drug plane to El Salvador Costa Rica’s Foreign Minister Enrique Castillo, who leaves office this week, expressed concern that Nicaragua is building up its military with the help of Russia. However, he said he is optimistic about pending cases before the International Court of Justice at The Hague concerning border conflicts with Costa Rica’s northern neighbor.“Russia is facilitating armaments for Nicaragua, [including] ships, and they have discussed the purchase of aircraft and other types of armaments. I fear trouble,” Castillo said in an interview with the daily La Nación, published Sunday.According to Castillo, San José’s problems with Managua aren’t limited to border disputes, and “Nicaragua is arming itself and entering a relationship with Russia of military dependence.”Russia “announced the desire to have bases in Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua, with the euphemistic name of ‘bases for refueling and resupplying’ for its ships. But we know it’s not just about that,” Castillo said.Castillo will be replaced in four days by attorney Manuel González, who was named as incoming foreign minister by President-elect Luis Guillermo Solís, whose administration takes office on May 8.Nicaraguan officials have denied that Russian military bases will be built in the Central American country, and they say that cooperation is underway to allow Russian aircraft and ships in transit to refuel and resupply in ports or airports before continuing scheduled travel.Russian Foreign Minister Serguei Lavrov led a delegation that visited Nicaragua last week and met with Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega. The delegation also visited Cuba, Peru and Chile. Russian Foreign Minister Serguei Lavrov. Elmer Martínez/AFP“The Nicaragua situation is under control. It will be resolved when the world court at The Hague rules [on pending cases], but it will remain to be seen if Nicaragua complies [with the rulings]. Nevertheless, we’re in the final stages, and there are no Nicaraguans in [the disputed border area], and everything is calm,” Castillo said.The tension between the governments of Ortega and outgoing Costa Rican President Laura Chinchilla sparked off in October 2010, when San José accused Managua at the world court of invading a wetlands area that belong to Costa Rica, as well as dredging the San Juan River and opening canals in the disputed area. Costa Rica says Nicaraguan soldiers also “invaded” Costa Rican territory.One year later, Nicaragua retaliated by accusing Costa Rica of building a border road parallel to the San Juan that caused environmental damage to the river basin. The world court rolled both accusations into a single case.Later, Chinchilla’s government filed a second case before the court over maritime boundaries in the Caribbean Sea and Pacific Ocean. That case likely will begin in 2015.After being elected president on April 6, Solís traveled to Central American countries and the Dominican Republic to meet with leaders and personally invited them to his May 8 inauguration. He skipped Nicaragua on the trip, instead sending the invitation through diplomatic channels. Facebook Comments
In this Tuesday, July 14, 2015 photo, Iraqi volunteers with Popular Mobilization Forces train at a volunteers center in Baghdad, Iraq. The Associated Press has found that militia forces battling the Islamic State group are actively training children under 18 years old. (AP Photo/Vivian Salama) New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona The Child Soldiers Prevention Act of 2008 says the U.S. cannot provide certain forms of military support, including foreign military financing and direct commercial sales to governments that recruit and use child soldiers or support paramilitaries or militias that do.When informed of the AP findings, the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad issued a statement saying the U.S. was “very concerned by the allegations on the use of child soldiers in Iraq among some Popular Mobilization Forces in the fight against ISIL,” using an acronym for the militant group. “We have strongly condemned this practice around the world and will continue to do so.”Last year, when IS took over the northern city of Mosul, stormed to the doorstep of Baghdad and threatened to destroy Shiite holy sites, Iraq’s top Shiite cleric, Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, called on the public to volunteer to fight. His influence was so great that hundreds of thousands of men came forward to join the hastily-established Popular Mobilization Forces along with some of the long-established Shiite militias, most of which receive support from Iran.Then, on June 9, as schools let out, al-Sistani issued a new fatwa urging young people in college, high school and even middle school to use their summer vacations to “contribute to (the country’s) preservation by training to take up arms and prepare to fend off risk, if this is required.” Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall In cities from Baghdad to Basra, summer camps set up by the Popular Mobilization Forces, Iraq’s largest militia umbrella group, are training teens and boys as young as middle school age after the country’s top Shiite cleric issued an edict calling on students to use their school vacations to prepare for battle if they are needed.With dozens of such camps around the country, hundreds of students have gone through the training though it is impossible to say how many went on to fight the Sunni extremists since those who do so go independently. Of around 200 cadets in a training class visited by The Associated Press, about half were under the age of 18, with some as young as 15. Several said they intended to join their fathers and older brothers on the front lines.It’s yet another way minors are being dragged into Iraq’s brutal war as the military, Shiite militias and Kurdish fighters battle to take back territory from Islamic State militants, who seized much of the country’s north and west over the past year. The Sunni extremists have aggressively enlisted children as young as 10 for combat, as suicide bombers and as executioners in their horrifying videos. A spokesman for the Popular Mobilization Forces, Kareem al-Nouri, said the camps give “lessons in self-defense” and underage volunteers are expected to return to school by September, not go to the front.A spokesman for the Iraqi prime minister’s office echoed that. There may be “some isolated incidents” of underage fighters joining combat on their own, Saad al-Harithi told the AP. “But there has been no instruction by the Marjaiyah (the top Shiite religious authority) or the Popular Mobilization Forces for children to join the battle.”“We are a government that frowns upon children going to war,” he said.But the line between combat training and actually joining combat is weakly enforced by the Popular Mobilization Forces. Multiple militias operate under its umbrella, with fighters loyal to different leaders who often act independently.Donatella Rovera, Amnesty International’s senior crisis response adviser, said that if the Shiite militias are using children as fighters, “then the countries that are supporting them are in violation of the U.N. Convention” on the Rights of the Child.“If you are supporting the Iraqi army, then by extension, you are supporting” the Popular Mobilization Forces, she said. Top holiday drink recipes BAGHDAD (AP) — A quiet middle-class Shiite neighborhood in western Baghdad was transformed recently into a mini-boot camp, training teenagers for battle against the Islamic State group.The Shiite boys and young men ran through its normally placid streets carrying out mock exercises for urban warfare since the toughest battles against the Sunni extremists are likely to involve street fighting. They were taught how to hold, control and aim light weapons, though they didn’t fire them. Among those training this month in the streets of Baghdad, 15-year-old Jaafar Osama said he used to want to be an engineer when he grew up, but now he wants to be a fighter. His father is a volunteer fighting with the Shiite militias in Anbar and his older brother is fighting in Beiji, north of Baghdad.“God willing, when I complete my training I will join them, even if it means sacrificing my life to keep Iraq safe,” he said.Earlier this summer, the AP saw over a dozen armed young boys, some as young as 10, deployed on the front line with the Shiite militias in western Anbar province.Baghdad natives Hussein Ali, 12, and his cousin Ali Ahsan, 14, said they joined their fathers on the battlefield after they finished their final exams. Carrying AK-47’s, they paced around the Anbar desert, boasting of their resolve to liberate the predominantly Sunni province from IS militants.“It’s our honor to serve our country,” Hussein Ali said, adding that some of his schoolmates were also fighting. When asked if he was afraid, he smiled and said no.The training program could have serious implications for the U.S.-led coalition, which supports the Iraqi government but has distanced itself from the Iranian-backed militias. The U.S. does not work directly with the Popular Mobilization Forces, but they receive weapons and funding from the Iraqi government and are trained by the Iraqi military, which receives its training from the U.S. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Sponsored Stories Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Parents, stop beating yourself up Top Stories The U.N. convention does not ban giving military training to minors. But Jo Becker, the advocacy director of the children’s rights division at Human Rights Watch, said that it puts children at risk.“Governments like to say, ‘Of course, we can recruit without putting children in harm’s way,’ but in a place of conflict, those landscapes blur very quickly,” she said.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Comments Share
Source = e-Travel Blackboard: C.C Expedia has released its latest Foreign Exchange Index, revealing Eastern Europe as the top international area where Aussies can get the best value for their Aussie Dollar. Eastern Europe emerged as the top value holiday destination, with Hungary topping the list, followed by Latvia, the online travel company announced. The biannual research, which indexes percentage gains in the AUD over foreign currencies, had Eastern Europe boasting six of the top ten value-for-money destinations. “We’re definitely seeing Eastern Europe trending this year,” Expedia marketing manager, Louise Crompton, told e-Travel Blackboard. “Eastern Europe is getting a lot more searches [on Expedia], with a grown interest for the area.”Ms Crompton said the allure of the region comes as “Aussies are looking to get off the beaten track and see places that are more interesting, emerging”. “[With] Paris, London, Spain – we’ve experienced growth there; but we’re increasingly seeing people with additional days use London as a hub and head to Budapest for its culture, or Dubrovnik for a quick sailing trip,” she said. Hungary’s Forint, which fell almost 28 per cent against the AUD in the last year, emerged as best value, followed by Latvia’s Lat which fell by a similar percentage. The Australian Dollar has also appreciated by almost 23 per cent against the Euro, making Europe an excellent value-for-money destination. Despite the gains of the Aussie Dollar against the greenback, the US didn’t feature in the index’s top ten best value destinations. The results present a startling contrast to the Expedia Foreign Exchange Index issued in October last year: the Euro and the Danish Krone are the only two currencies which remain in the top ten year-on-year. For Aussies looking to travel within the Asia Pacific region, Vietnam is the pick of the bunch, scraping in at tenth position, after seeing its currency fall by almost 19 per cent against the Australian Dollar over the last year. Popular Aussie holiday destinations such as Thailand, Bali and Malaysia still represent great value for money as their currencies have remained relatively stable against the Aussie Dollar. When asked by e-Travel Blackboard whether Eastern Europe presented better value for the Aussie Dollar than the tourism hotbed of Southeast Asia, Ms Compton replied: “Asia is still terrific value for money, and has remained wildly popular. I don’t think we’ll see Eastern Europe replace Asia for popularity, no.”The top ten currencies, in descending order, against which the Australian Dollar has performed best in the past twelve months are: Hungary (Forint), Latvia (Lat), Denmark (Krone), Bulgaria (Lev), Eurozone (Euro), Romania (Leu), Croatia (Kuna), Morocco (Dirham), Czech Republic (Koruna), and Vietnam (Dong). Expedia marketing manager, Louise Crompton, says Eastern Europe presents great value for Aussies to get off the beaten track.
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