Caravan on Hwy 401 slows traffic on Canadas busiest road in support

first_imgTom FennarioAPTN NewsTraffic was backed up on different parts of Hwy 401 Friday by a caravan of mainly from the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, who purposely drove slowly in a show of solidarity for members of the Wet’suwet’en Nation.One caravan began near Cornwall, Ont. and headed west, while another close to London, Ont.Reports suggested they were driving between 45 km/h to 60 km/h. The speed limit is 100 km/h.The Ontario Provincial Police basically provided an escort for the rolling blockades.Brandon Doxtator photo.RCMP took 14 people into custody Monday after rushing a homemade checkpoint on Gidimt’en territory set up to block Coast GasLink employees from reaching a healing centre on Unist’ot’en territory.Coast GasLink wants access through the Unist’ot’en camp 20 kilometres up the Morice River road from the Gidimt’en check point to complete preparatory work on the 670-kilometre pipeline.The camp has been standing for nearly a decade to prevent three proposed pipelines from cutting through Wet’suwet’en territory.The company has signed agreements with elected representatives of 20 First Nations along the pipeline route.Anger greeted news Wednesday that hereditary Wet’suwet’en chiefs brokered a peaceful end to a potentially violent pipeline standoff.Leader Freda Huson stormed out of a closed-door meeting at the Unist’ot’en camp south of Houston, B.C., and slammed the door.She just learned chiefs promised the RCMP she and her partner Warner Naziel would abide by rules of an interim court injunction in exchange for calling off a police raid.tfennario@aptn.ca@tfennariolast_img read more

Markets update

On the markets at 9:50 a.m. (ET):In Toronto, the S&P/TSX composite index is up 28.36 points to 15,248.26.The Dow Jones industrial average lost 44.68 points to 21,352.61.The Standard & Poor’s 500 index shed 2.14 points to 2,432.36.The Nasdaq composite index dropped 15.04 points to 6,221.64.The Canadian dollar was trading at 75.27 cents US, down from Thursday’s average price of 75.52 cents US.

Joint UN interagency task force in Sri Lanka

The common risk factors are known and could be avoided: tobacco consumption, insufficient physical activity, use of alcohol and unhealthy diet. The visit of the joint mission will take the form of a series of meetings with the UN country team as well as with high level officials of the Ministry of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine and other Ministries that are stakeholders to NCD prevention and control. Discussions will also be held with Civil Society Organizations, NGOs, private sector and academic institutions who are working on NCD prevention and control. (Colombo Gazette) A joint Mission of the United Nations Interagency Task Force (UNIATF) is in Sri Lanka to assist the country to address preventable non-communicable diseases (NCDs).In 2012, 75% of all deaths in Sri Lanka were due to non-communicable diseases. The four main NCDs are; cardiovascular diseases, cancer, diabetes mellitus and chronic respiratory diseases. read more

Central African Republic UN chief to launch independent inquiry into sexual abuse

In a statement issued this afternoon, the UN Spokesperson’s Office explained that the External Independent Review would examine the treatment of the specific report of abuse in the CAR as well as “a broad range of systemic issues related to how the UN responds to serious information of this kind.”“As has been stated over the past few weeks, the Secretary-General is deeply disturbed by the allegations of sexual abuse by soldiers in the CAR, as well as allegations of how this was handled by the various parts of the UN system involved,” today’s statement continued. “His intention in setting up this review is to ensure that the United Nations does not fail the victims of sexual abuse, especially when committed by those who are meant to protect them.” The statement added that the Secretary-General would announce in the next few days who will lead the review and its terms of reference. Just last weekend, the UN High Commissioner for Human Right, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, reported that his Office had taken “a deeper look” into “the revelations of alleged serious sexual abuse of children” in the CAR despite the fact that the forces involved in the incidents were not operating as peacekeepers under the United Nations flag. Moreover, the High Commissioner said that in addition to requesting concerned States to provide more information about the steps they have taken to investigate the allegations, and prosecute anyone found to have committed crimes, he is sending a team from his Geneva headquarters to the African country to look into possible further measures to address violations.“The punishment must fit the crime, and some other incidents were reported that may not have been fully followed up on by the States concerned, and we need to get to the bottom of what precisely was done by whom and when,” Mr. Zeid emphasized. “There must be accountability for serious crimes, no matter who commits them.” read more

Brock helps innovative video game get from concept to Dragons Den

Rohan Mahimker and Alex Peters run the start-up gaming company SMARTeacher, a company assisted by Brock University and the federal government’s Applied Research and Commercialization program. In less than a year, Brock University helped the founders of a start-up gaming company get from designing a concept to selling the product. And now their path has led to the gates of TV’s Dragon’s Den.In summer 2011, Alex Peters and Rohan Mahimker received a grant from the federal government’s Applied Research and Commercialization (ARC) program, which helps small and medium enterprises get from research and development to commercialization. Brock University is one of ARC’s administering bodies for south-central Ontario.Peters and Mahimker conceived the idea for an interactive game called Prodigy, with a huge advantage over the competition. It would not only help kids learn math, but adjust its level of difficulty based on the emotions of the child playing it.The $50,000 ARC grant helped the idea come to life. The Brock team involved with this project included Beatrice Ombuki-Berman, an associate professor of computer science, who signed on to the project as the Brock principal investigator. She also oversaw the hiring of four Brock computer science students as research assistants to refine the prototype. The Brock team worked on the project from July 1, 2011 to March 31, 2012.Thanks to their involvement, Peters and Mahimker’s company SMARTeacher is now open for business and selling product, but they agree the ARC grant was a make-or-break moment that let them develop the game’s crucial technology.Billed as “the most fun and effective way to learn math,” Prodigy looks and feels like a video game but is a powerful tool to help children improve their grades, retention and enjoyment of math.“Being able to respond to the child’s emotions is everything,” Peters said. “By sensing when a child is frustrated, this allows Prodigy to automatically offer helpful content and easier questions. Or conversely, to switch to more difficult skills and questions when a child is growing bored.”The past few months have been a whirlwind for Peters and Mahimker:• The ARC funding took them through to March 2012.• By April the pair had been selected to tape their pitch for Dragon’s Den (which could air in the 2012-13 season).• Today their website lets people sample and order the game.• And every month they’re developing new features to keep the game fresh for new and existing customers.“The game creates an individual learning profile for each child, so that it learns what the most effective strategy is for each student over time,” Peters said.SMARTeacher is one of more than a dozen companies that Brock has partnered with through the ARC program since March 2011.“Many of these collaborations will lead to product launches over the next year,” said John Wilson, Brock’s director of Business Development and Commercialization. “This will be to the benefit of Brock, the companies involved and to the economy of southern Ontario.” read more

Health unions in new public pay talks as Croke Park cuts are

first_imgREPRESENTATIVES OF THE public sector health unions are this evening attending talks at the Labour Relations Commission, to discuss the possibility of amending the rejected Croke Park 2 pay deal.The Irish Medical Organisation and the Irish Nurses & Midwives Organisation are attending the talks, which are being led by LRC chairman Kieran Mulvey.A number of other sectoral unions have already attended talks, which are aimed at securing a deal with public workers on how to reduce the government’s pay bill without requiring unilateral pay cuts.Some progress was made yesterday, with the terms of the Croke Park 2 deal – which was rejected by a majority of public workers in union ballots last month – being adjusted somewhat.Plans to delay increments to workers on over €65,000 – which were due to be frozen for three years – have been changed; instead, the second and third increases due after July 1 will each be subject to a six-month delay.While there will also be pay cuts for staff earning over that amount, their cuts will be restored in two phases – in April 2017 and January 2018. Those earning over €100,000 would not have their pay restored, however.The proposals to extend the working week to a minimum of 37 hours have remained, but the extension will not take immediate effect in July as previously planned.Instead the working week would be extended by a maximum of two hours and 15 minutes – the equivalent of 27 minutes a day – from this July. The remaining increases would be deferred for two years.It is also thought that arrangements with Garda representatives have resulted in agreements to reduce leave entitlements, but maintain some of the premium payments which had previously been slated for abolition.Read: Howlin: It’s in personal interests of public workers to accept pay cutslast_img read more

Space Shuttle Discovery A History

first_imgAugust 30, 1984: The shuttle’s maiden voyage is the twelfth shuttle mission, overall. The launch is originally scheduled for June 25, but is pushed back due to a number of technical concerns. The mission, lead by Henry Hartsfield, Jr. (his second spaceflight) lasts just over six days.April 12, 1985: Utah Senator Jake Garn tags along on Discovery’s fourth flight, becoming the first sitting member of Congress in space.June 17, 1985: STS-51-G payload specialist, Sultan Salman al-Saud, grandson of King Ibn Saud, becomes the first Saudi citizen, first Muslim, and first member of a royal family in space. September 29, 1988: Deemed “Return to Space,” the seventh Discovery mission is the first U.S. spaceflight since 1986’s Challenger explosion. The flight is also the first to include an all-veteran crew since Apollo 11 in 1969.April 24, 1990: The Discovery launches a 24,500 pound telescope called the Hubble, the largest and most advanced space telescope to date.October 29, 1998: Discovery passenger Senator John Glenn becomes the oldest man in space, at age 77. Fellow passenger Pedro Duque, meanwhile, becomes the first Spaniard in space. October 11, 2000: Discovery’s 28th flight is the 100th shuttle launch overall. The mission lasts 12 days and includes four space walks.July 26, 2005: The Discovery marks another disaster. This time deemed “Return to Flight,” the shuttle is the first to lift off since the 2003 Columbia disaster.August 28, 2009: The payload of STS-128 includes, among other things, a treadmill called C.O.L.B.E.R.T., named after television’s truthiest newscaster. April 5, 2010: At 15 days, STS-131 becomes the longest mission for the Discovery to date. For the first time ever, four women are in space simultaneously. This is also the first time that two Japanese astronauts are in space at the same time. November 3, 2010: The 39th flight is scheduled to be the Discovery’s last. The mission will last 11 days. On Wednesday, the Space Shuttle Discovery will lift off for the final time. Named for three separate British ships (Captain James Cook’s HMSDiscovery, Henry Hudson’s Discovery, and Captain George Nares’s HMS Discovery),the shuttle will have seen 39 missions in 26 years.In honor of the ship’s retirement, we’ve pulled togethersome of the Discovery’s most exciting moments in its quarter-century of spacetravel. last_img read more

Health cards to be given to refugees in Greece

first_imgGreece plans to provide refugees and migrants arriving in the country with a health card, a senior public official said on Saturday.Speaking to Praktoreio FM, General Secretary for Public Health Yiannis Baskozos said the cards would be handed out to each new arrival.“We have decided there should be a health card that will include the basic results of health tests that are carried out and which will be useful for them when they move about within the country or across borders and for their reallocation to other countries,” he said, adding that the cards would be available in around a month.He also said that in conjunction with the Immigration Policy Ministry, health authorities would draw up a national healthcare plan for migrants and refugees that would include the provision of mental experts.“Psychological support may even be the most important measure to protect their health that you can take.”Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

NEW TURKS CAICOS ISLANDS GOVERNMENT STRUCTURE

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppOffice of the Premier, Ministry of Health, Agriculture and Human ServicesMinister: Dr. Honourable Rufus EwingPermanent Secretary: Wesley ClerveauxDeputy Secretary: Tamera Robinson• District Administration• Agriculture Department• Dental Department• Primary Health Care Unit• National HIV Prevention Unit• Drug & Mental Health Unit• National Public Health Laboratory• Emergency Medical Service (Ambulance)• Environmental Health DepartmentThe following changes are to take effect on April 1st, 2015.Ministry of Education, Youth, Sports and Library ServicesMinister: Honourable Akierra MissickPermanent Secretary: Cheryl Ann JonesDeputy Secretary: Russell Cox• Education Administration – Zone 1• Education Department – Zone 1• Education Department – Zone 2• Education Administration – Zone 2• Tertiary and Further Education• Helena J Robinson High School• Clement Howell High School• Raymond Gardiner High School• Marjorie Basden High School• Youth Department• Sports Department• Library DepartmentThe following changes are to take effect on April 1st, 2015.Ministry of Tourism, Environment, Heritage and CultureMinister: Honourable Porsha Stubbs-SmithPermanent Secretary: Desiree Lewis• Gaming Department• Culture Department• Protected Areas Department• DECR & Maritime Department• Tourist Board• Turks and Caicos National TrustThe following changes are to take effect on April 1st, 2015.Ministry of Home Affairs, Transportation and CommunicationMinister: Honourable George LightbournePermanent Secretary: Ian AstwoodDeputy Secretary: Porsha Clarke• Road Safety Department• Prison Service• Domestic Fire Department• Social Development & Gender Affairs• Central Purchasing Unit• TCIG Publishing Department• Postal Services• Radio Turks and Caicos• Department of Disaster Management and EmergenciesThe following changes are to take effect on April 1st, 2015.Ministry of Infrastructure, Housing and PlanningMinister: Honourable Amanda MissickPermanent Secretary: Susan MalcolmDeputy Secretary: Desmond Wilson• Planning Department• Public Works Department• Engineering and Maintenance Services• Water Undertaking• Mechanical Services Division• Project Management Division• Maintenance Division• Energy & Utility DepartmentThe following changes are to take effect on April 1st, 2015.Ministry of Finance, Trade and InvestmentMinister: Honourable Washington MisickPermanent Secretary (Actg.): Shonia AstwoodDeputy Secretary: Arthur Been• Budget Office• Strategic Policy & Planning Unit• Customs Department• Revenue Control Unit• Computer Unit• Exchange of Information Unit• Investment Unit• Port Authority• TCI Airport Authority• Financial Services CommissionThe following changes are to take effect on April 1st, 2015.Ministry of Border Control and EmploymentMinister: Honourable R. Donhue GardinerPermanent Secretary: Clara GardinerDeputy Secretary: Sharon Taylor• Immigration Department• Employment Services Department• Registration and Citizenship• Labour TribunalThe following changes are to take effect on April 1st, 2015. Related Items:turks and caicos government structure Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Football Association to discuss sports strategies for a healthy workforce at Employee

first_imgThe Football Association (FA) is to discuss how football and other team sports can create a healthier and more active workforce at Employee Benefits Connect 2016.Pete Ackerley, head of participation at the FA, will lead an interactive roundtable discussion at the one-day event, alongside Nigel Hargreaves, commercial director at Goals Soccer Centres.The session will outline the proactive role that employers can play within the government’s Strategy for Sport, how staff sporting events can encourage more regular participation in sports both in and outside of the workplace, as well as the wider benefits that team sports can bring, such as enhanced communication, participation and leadership skills.Delegates attending the roundtable session can also gain insight into how to engage a wide employee demographic with sport, from the use of inclusive imagery and messaging in promotional campaigns to access to walking football for those who may be put off by the physicality of the game.Andy Dyke, national participation manager at the FA, said: “The session will highlight how an events programme can serve as the catalyst for creating a more active and healthy workforce.“We’re also trying to build a buzz around the Euro 2016 and encourage businesses to use that buzz to better engage their workforces.”Employee Benefits Connect will take place on Wednesday 9 March at the Lancaster London.For more information and to register to attend.last_img read more

Baltimore Responds to Princes Rally 4 Peace Concert

first_imgFans line up outside Royal Farms Arena before Prince’s Baltimore concert Sunday, May 10, 2015. (Jerry Jackson/The Baltimore Sun via AP)Just a few weeks after unrest put the city of Baltimore into lockdown mode, Prince came to town to play a concert on May 10. Billed as a Rally 4 Peace, the event looked to bring a bit of joy back to the city, as well as raise funds for local charities.Concert-goers were asked to wear gray in support of Freddie Gray, who died while in police custody, and whose death set off a wave of protests across the city.During the concert, Prince and his band played several encores, and the legendary musician even hosted State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby and her husband on stage.So did the Purple One do what he came to Baltimore to do?At Mondawmin Mall, the place where the violent protests first began, Wendell Pender said he thought so.“It definitely gave them something entertaining, something more lively,” he said. “We needed a change. The city has been in a drought. A downward spiral. You still see people kinda leery, some stores were leery about opening back up.”Longtime fan Nikki Harris of Baltimore shows off her embroidered Prince jacket. (Jerry Jackson/The Baltimore Sun via AP)Pender said that the looting went far beyond any reasonable protest. He said the looters, many of them young people, didn’t realize that they weren’t hurting anyone but themselves.“It wasn’t about Freddie Gray anymore,” he said.Donte Rogers said that Prince was one of the few people who was not looking to benefit off of the chaos that followed Gray’s death.“I think he was showing love,” Donte Rogers said about the Prince concert . “He could have a concert and sell out anywhere.”Longtime fan Luther Washington, stationed at Ft Meade, shows off his Prince tattoo. (Jerry Jackson/The Baltimore Sun via AP)At Flair Studio of Dance and Modeling in Catonsville, Md., mothers who were waiting for their children to finish up dance class were a bit more skeptical.“As long as the money went to where it was supposed to,” said Brittany Van Dyke, adding that many of the kids who looted probably didn’t feel the same significance. “It was a stress reliever for the parents,” she said.“Around the concert, and maybe three days after, people were excited,” said Terra Parker. “Things were good, and then they went back to what they were. I know he made a song for Baltimore. I haven’t heard it on 92Q or any of the radio stations.”Andrea Travis, who runs the studio, said she didn’t think Mosby should have been so visible at the concert, as she is the focus of much public scrutiny.“It’s ok to be there, but to come up onstage – I don’t think that was appropriate,” Travis said. “I think she should have laid low.”last_img read more

RoboScorpions Help Harvest Venom

first_imgStay on target Get Used to ‘Fortnite’s’ Powerful Mech SuitsRobots to Compete in Underground Challenge in Mining Tunnels While some people fret over losing their job to advanced artificial intelligence, scientists are employing robots to do their dirty work.A new scorpion-milking machine can replace the traditional manual method of collecting venom.Often used in medical applications like immunosuppressants, anti-malarial drugs, and cancer research, the toxin has life-saving qualities. But the extraction process can be potentially life-threatening.AdChoices广告“This robot makes venom recovery fast and safe,” according to Mouad Mkamel, who designed the android with a team of researchers from Ben M’sik Hassan II University in Morocco.The process, as detailed by Dan Massey—a 2010 graduate of the University of Arizona’s College of Pharmacy—in the video below, requires hours of manual labor and pretty precarious conditions.By administering low electrical stimulation, which Massey promises does not hurt the scorpion, the researcher is able to force an elixir out of the tail.“The extraction of scorpion venom is a very difficult task and usually takes at least two experimenters,” Mkamel explained. “There are numerous risks including potentially deadly scorpion stings and electric shocks from the stimulators used to extract the venom.”So, Mkamel and his team created the VES-4 device—a lightweight, portable robot that remotely culls toxins without harming the animal or the human.All known scorpion species possess venom, primarily used to kill or paralyze prey before meals. The fast-acting toxicant is a mixture of compounds, made and stored in a pair of glandular sacs.Luckily for researchers, of the 1,000-plus known species of scorpion, only 25 have venom deadly to humans.Still, why take a chance when you can utilize a robot instead?The VES-4 has so far been tested on multiple scorpion breeds. Smart enough to remember specific settings for different varieties of arachnids, the machine even comes with a LED screen to display the name of the species currently being milked.No further details, however, are available about the cyborg or its availability.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

iPhone Owners Can Share Netflix Binges to Instagram Stories

first_imgStay on target What to Stream on Netflix This Weekend11 Other Old-School Nick Shows That Should Get Netflix Movies Netflix and spill: The popular streaming platform now lets users share the movies and TV shows they’re watching directly to Instagram Stories.This week’s iOS app update allows iPhone owners to shout from the digital mountaintops about new obsessions and bingeable favorites.Simply open Netflix, open any TV show or movie, tap the “share” button (an arrow pointing up from an open box), and choose “Instagram Stories” from the list of compatible apps.Share you latest binge with Instagram followers (via Instagram)You’ll be prompted to open Instagram, where official artwork will appear as the background—rife for personalization with text, art, music, GIFs, stickers, and more.It’s up to you whether to post the image publicly to your Stories or send as a private message, where it will remain visible for 24 hours.Viewers with the Netflix app installed on their iPhone will see a “watch on Netflix” link in the upper left corner of the post; tap to visit the official show or movie page and start watching.Sharing is caring (via Instagram)“We’re always on the lookout for ways to make it easier for members to share the Netflix titles they’re obsessing about and help them discover something new to watch,” the company said in a statement to The Next Web. “We hope our members enjoy this new feature.”There is no word yet on when this function will arrive on Android devices; Netflix told TNW it is “working on it.”“We don’t have details to share at this time, but stay tuned,” they said.Personalize posters with emojis and stickers (via InstagramNetflix did not immediately respond to Geek’s request for comment.Last year, Facebook-owned Instagram added the ability to post Spotify album art (though, annoyingly, not actual tunes) directly to IG Stories. Other third-party apps have also joined the party, making it easier to share songs, videos, playlists, etc. to the ephemeral function.More on Geek.com:Post to Multiple Instagram Accounts SimultaneouslyInstagram Rolls Out Walkie-Talkie Voice MessagingThis Photo of an Egg Dethroned Kylie Jenner as Most-Liked Instagram Postlast_img read more

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first_img 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. 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 News | November 28, 2011 Fujifilm To Begin Clinical Trials Of 3-D Mammography In The U.S. 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. Related Content 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 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 Feature | Artificial Intelligence | July 19, 2019 | Michal Chorev AI Models Predict Breast Cancer With Radiologist-level Accuracy Breast cancer is the global leading cause of cancer-related deaths in women, and the most commonly diagnosed cancer… read more FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Image courtesy of Imago Systemscenter_img 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 News | Breast Imaging | August 02, 2019 Volpara to Distribute Screenpoint Medical’s Transpara AI Solution Volpara Solutions and ScreenPoint Medical BV signed an agreement under which Volpara will sell ScreenPoint’s Transpara… read more 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 | 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 November 28, 2011 – A year after clinical trials began in Japan, Fujifilm Medical Systems U.S.A. today announced at the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) 2011 Annual Meeting that clinical trials for their 3-D digital mammography technology are about to commence in the United States. The medical imaging and informatics company is currently installing 3-D mammography systems at renowned medical centers across the country with plans to begin trials as early as December 2011.“When it comes to the early detection of breast cancer, radiologists will benefit from powerful 3-D technology to elevate their diagnostic confidence, using an average glandular dose that is equivalent to 2-D full field digital mammography (FFDM), increase their workflow, and give their patients improved outcomes,” said David Hotchkiss, director of Modality Solutions Marketing at Fujifilm.  “After thorough evaluation of needs of the patients and clinicians, we believe that, when approved by the FDA, Fujifilm’s 3-D digital mammography has the potential to become the standard of care. We remain committed to improving our breast screening technologies, and we are confident that this will be the screening technology of choice.”Currently commercially available for sale and in use in Europe, Fujifilm’s 3-D digital mammography is an innovative breast screening technology that presents the images to radiologists in an in-depth, three-dimensional view.  Pairs of stereo images of the breast are acquired and then viewed by combining a 3-D review workstation and dedicated glasses specifically designed to present 3-D breast images.  Because 3-D digital mammography uses the similar clinical workflow as traditional FFDM, and because it presents the stereo images in a standard mammographic view of the breast (e.g., LCC, RCC, LMLO or RMLO) that is familiar for radiologists, it has the potential to increase throughput and diagnostic confidence. The new 3-D system will be especially powerful when viewing overlapping tissue, especially in dense breasts, and will enable radiologists to better visualize abnormalities. This assertion is supported by a previous study of 3-D stereo digital mammography at Emory University that demonstrated a 23 percent increase in sensitivity, and a 46 percent reduction in patient call backs.According to Satoshi Arakawa, vice president of the Medical Systems Division at Fujifilm Europe, “European clinicians are expressing increased enthusiastic interest in the 3-D system. Initial reports of ongoing studies in Germany indicate that the low-dose 3-D FFDM system has yielded statistically significant reduction in recall rates.”Images will be acquired with the AspireHD Plus FFDM system upgraded with 3-D capability that will combine the use of innovative Direct Optical Switching (DOS) detector technology and Fujifilm’s legacy 50-micron resolution to produce the image quality and detailed visualization that is particularly critical for interpreting mammography studies.For more information: www.fujimed.com 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). Technology | Artificial Intelligence | July 18, 2019 Paragon Biosciences Launches Qlarity Imaging to Advance FDA-cleared AI Breast Cancer Diagnosis System Paragon Biosciences LLC announced the launch of its seventh portfolio company, Qlarity Imaging LLC, which was founded… read more last_img read more

Agents give from their hearts on recent Cuba fam with Transat

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> Agents give from their hearts on recent Cuba fam with Transat Wednesday, December 21, 2016 Posted by Tags: Cuba, Transatcenter_img Travelweek Group MONTREAL — Transat is extending a big thank you to all the travel agents who participated in its recent fam trip to Cayo Santa Maria. Agents donated plenty of school supplies for young children, helping two schools in this region.Transat along with its destination partners, MINTUR and Gaviota asked participating agents to lend the Cuban community a helping hand. The collected supplies were distributed to the following two schools in Remedios, a small city that is home to many Cubans working at Cayo Santa Maria hotels: Circulo Infantil Luca del Valle (a daycare) and Escuela Primera Mártires de Barbados (primary school).“Transat would like to thank the travel agents, who, as always, showed tremendous generosity,” says Annick Guérard, President and General Manager of Transat Tours Canada. “With their enthusiasm and commitment to such initiatives, they help contribute to our efforts in responsible tourism.”The Transat fam drew more than 150 travel agents from Quebec and Ontario to Cayo Santa Maria, to show them an idyllic Sun destination and visit several of the must-see resorts in the region. Participants got a taste of Cuban hospitality at Valentin Perla Blanca, Warwick Cayo Santa Maria, Ocean Casa del Mar and Meliá Buenavista. Sharelast_img read more

Japanese business mood improves despite gloomy data

first_img Comments   Share   Four benefits of having a wireless security system The survey reflects the number of those responding with a favorable assessment of business conditions minus those with a negative assessment. So it is considered a gauge of confidence about the economy.Weaker-than-expected exports and corporate investment have stunted growth after the economy expanded at a relatively robust annual pace of 3.9 percent in January-March. So many experts say the economy may have contracted or stayed flat in the April-June quarter.Companies routinely overestimate their plans for spending in April-June, which is the beginning of Japan’s fiscal year, says Marcel Thieliant of Capital Economics.“Firms reliably turn more optimistic in the second quarter, so we wouldn’t read much too into this improvement. What’s more, these ‘projections’ do in fact lag actual capital expenditure,” he said in a commentary.He foresees a “sharp slowdown” in the economy in April-June, based on weakness in consumer demand, the biggest driver of growth in Japan.Industrial output fell 2.2 percent in May from the month before and is still 16 percent below its peak in 2008, noted Richard Katz of the Oriental Economist.Demand for light vehicles, chemicals, electric components and pharmaceuticals was sluggish, prompting JP Morgan economist Masamichi Adachi to revise his growth estimate for the current quarter to zero from an earlier forecast of 1.5 percent. TOKYO (AP) — The mood among big Japanese corporations is unexpectedly upbeat despite recent data showing the recovery appears to be stalling.The Bank of Japan’s quarterly “tankan” business survey released Wednesday showed a reading of 15 in June, up from 12 in March, for large manufacturers. Among large non-manufacturers it was 23, versus 19 previously.Large companies plan to boost their capital investment by 9.3 percent from a year earlier, revised up from minus 1.2 percent in March. Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Top Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Patients with chronic pain give advice Sponsored Stories Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of Mesa family survives lightning strike to homelast_img read more

Airbnb gaining ground ahead of busy tourist season

first_imgAirbnb is to accommodation platforms what Facebook is to social media, but was relatively slow to take off in Cyprus.That has changed, not only in tourist areas at the beach but even in Nicosia, which in 2010 had no listed properties.In May 2017, more than 200 properties were on offer, up from 171 in 2016. In other cities popularity has also soared. In Limassol the number of rentals was up from around 300 in 2016 to 400 this year.With the summer tourist season fast approaching, and Cyprus predicting another bumper year, more homeowners than ever are using the internet accommodation platform to rent their houses, flats or rooms.About half of the properties are apartments or houses and half private rooms, with prices starting from €9.“Airbnb seems to be a new phenomenon,” Elena Adamou from the Cyprus Tourism Organisation commented, “the numbers are going up.”“I have used it with my family several times,” Anna Georgiou said. “It is more convenient, there is more space and one can cook. It is better than staying in a hotel room for three people and the price is the same.“It depends on the destination. If you don’t care about the breakfast and the hotel facilities and want to have a city experience it makes sense. If you want a swimming pool maybe you would go to a hotel.”“I chose Airbnb because it is so popular and I have a big choice. It is much cheaper and an easy way to get in touch with locals,” 23-year-old Alexia Lambrou said. “It varies. If you are renting a room in a place where a local is staying you can learn about a city from a local. On the other hand you might feel a bit uncomfortable coming back late. There is always a risk but in general the travelling community is very respectful, at least in my experience.”Kyriakos Hadjiyiannis, 25, rents out one of the rooms of his apartment in Nicosia. “I chose Airbnb because it is the most well-known and has a straight forward policy,” he commented.“I used this particular platform because I didn’t have to pay upfront,” house owner Sue Russell who has rented out rooms in her house in a Cypriot village said. “It is easy. You don’t need any experience, you load the pictures and text on the site and the money is guaranteed, you don’t have to worry about cash or credit cards. They always pay on time.”Her reasons for renting the rooms was not just to make money. She also wanted to meet new people with a different outlook and to talk to them, a wish she shares with many of the travelers who choose to stay in a room in someone’s house.Airbnb charges hosts a service fee every time a booking is completed. The amount of the host service fee is generally three per cent.They also charge guests a fee after a booking is confirmed. Guest service fees typically range between 6 and 12 per cent of the total accommodation fee and vary depending on the specifics of the booking.They are helping both hosts and travelers by providing a resolution centre for disputes, putting up reviews and maintaining a messaging service for each request.The platform was founded in the USA in 2008 and now has more than two million listings worldwide.Hoteliers have long been unhappy with the private rental system. Long before Airbnb, British expats with second homes in Paphos villages, for example, were renting out their villas to tourists. Whilst hoteliers’ concerns are about the unfair competition, they are also about legalities and money matters.“Strictly speaking it is not allowed to rent individual property for commercial purposes for less than 30 days,” head of the Cyprus Hotel Association Zacharias Ioannides said. “It is not fair competition.”“There is no benefit to the local community or the state,” he added. “They don’t pay taxes, this is black money.“I believe this is not the way to promote renting individual property. They should be procedures in place to ensure health and safety and hiring accommodation procedures.”Although Airbnb advises that home owners who rent their property to be insured “who can ensure that this happens”. There have also been incidents where people found their accommodation was not up to their expectations, and there was little they could do about it.With the numbers rising the hoteliers’ association hopes more than ever that regulations will be put in place.“We have made suggestions to the CTO and the tourism ministry and studies are in the pipeline,” he told the Sunday Mail.“The ministry of commerce is looking at what other European countries are doing,” CTO official Adamou said. “In most of them there are no regulations. But at the same time Cyprus is different. Countries like France are not so dependent on tourism while in Cyprus it is a major industry.”You May LikeClassmates.comLook For Any High School Yearbook, It’s FreeClassmates.comUndoFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? 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Millionaire investor describes beating in Ayia Napa nightclub

first_imgAn Egyptian millionaire investor on Friday described in court how he was beaten and dragged out of a nightclub in Ayia Napa in 2016 just hours before laying the foundation stone of the popular holiday resort’s marina, a project he is funding.Naguib Sawiris described to the court in detail how he and his entourage were assaulted in the early hours of September 30 by the owner and the bouncers of the nightclub.Prosecutors charged seven people in connection with the incident. They all denied charges relating to assault and causing actual bodily harm.The incident kicked off when one of Sawiris’ associates got up on the couch to dance. A waiter told him off in an aggressive manner and when the millionaire asked the owner for explanations, he hit him.A bouncer then grabbed him from behind and wrestled him to the ground. Holding both his arms, the bouncer dragged Sawiris towards the exit, kicking and beating him along the way.The Egyptian investor said he suffered injuries to the ear and bruises to the chest and head. When an associate tried to intervene, he was also beaten by the bouncers.Sawiris said he had lost his phone and shoes during the fracas while an associate lost a watch worth €25,000.The bouncers only returned the shoes and mobile phone. The watch was never recovered.Sawiris also told the court that the police officer who was taking his statement did not know good English and he made many mistakes. The witness said he was saying one thing while the officer was recording something else, providing the court with examples.He added that he had given police his ripped and bloody shirt but when prosecutors asked for it, they were told it was lost. The female officer who got it did not sign it in as evidence and never gave a statement.Sawiris recognised and pointed out the waiter, the owner, and the bouncer involved in the incident.The case continues on October 16.You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndoYahoo SearchThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Research Best Compact SUV CarYahoo SearchUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Humanists slam education ministrys antiatheist teaching materials

first_imgThe Cyprus Humanists expressed their discontent over proposed education ministry teaching materials that target and discriminate against atheists.The group said in a statement that on the education ministry’s website, on the proposed teaching materials section, there is a PowerPoint presentation on ‘the phenomenon of atheism’.“In short, this presentation states that the causes of atheism are the arrogance of modern scientists, superficial knowledge, and that it is the highest form of ingratitude, that God can use pain for pedagogical purposes, that the atheist makes the wrong choices, is self-absorbed and behaves without any moral constraints,” the group said.The presentation concludes: “Let us avoid atheism then, to avoid experiencing its bad and sinful consequences.”This, the group said, raises an issue of negative discrimination against atheists and a violation of the religious neutrality a public-school ought to adopt.“We also raise the possibility of violating the law on hate rhetoric towards a particular group of people, namely atheists,” it said.What’s worrying, they said, is that the presentation may have already been used in many schools. This also raises another issue, that of misinformation or dangerous information for the pupils.Despite the Cyprus Humanists reported the material to the ombudswoman and to the anti-discrimination body last April, the presentation is still on the education ministry’s official website. The group said they had also filed a complaint with the ministry itself.“Due to the severity of the issue, the Cyprus Humanists call all competent parties to take a stand and take the necessary actions to restore legitimacy and remove all discrimination against atheists,” it said.The Cyprus Humanist Association promotes the full separation of church and state. The group says it is not against religion, but argues that religious activities should not be promoted at schools.The same group filed another complaint with the education ministry last month over a Nicosia primary school that invited a priest to hear pupils’ confessions.Actions such as taking pupils to church, participation in religious mysteries and confessions within schools, the group said, suggest a religious state that adopts a specific doctrinal direction and consequently does not treat equally citizens of different religions.You May LikeLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Search For 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsUndoDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoYahoo SearchThe Early Signs Of Type 2 Diabetes. Search Type 2 Diabetes TreatmentsYahoo SearchUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more