The Chief Minister of the Central Province Sarath Ekanayake was questioned by the Financial Crimes Investigation Division (FCID) today.He was questioned over alleged financial irregularities at the Department of Co-operative Development said to have taken place when Mahinda Rajapaksa was the President. (Colombo Gazette)
A Saskatchewan RCMP officer and a male suspect were both taken to hospital after what RCMP described as a “member involved shooting” near Turtleford.The incident began just after 7:30 a.m. when officers at the RMCP detachment in Loon Lake received reports of a possible impaired driver who was driving at high speeds, Mark Fisher, the commanding officer of the Saskatchewan RCMP, told media at a news conference Tuesday afternoon. Fisher noted that officers who were dispatched to locate the driver failed to do so.The vehicle was spotted again over the following few hours by officers in several different locations, but they were also unable to stop the vehicle.Fisher said officers were successful stopping the vehicle just after 10:30 a.m. outside the town of Mervin, Sask. but as RCMP approached the vehicle, one officer sustained a serious but non-life threatening gunshot wound. Fisher noted that the suspect was the only person in the vehicle at the time of the alleged gunshot.The officers then discharged their firearms, Fisher said.The officer was taken to hospital in Turtleford and the suspect was arrested at the scene and taken to hospital with what Fisher said are believed to be non-life-threatening injuries.Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.The extent of the suspect’s injuries are not yet known, Fisher confirmed. The suspect’s name was not released and no charge has been laid.RCMP were then able to confirm that there was no further threat to public safety.“These are incidents that stick in your mind whenever they happen, wherever they happen,” Fisher said. “These incidents have a significant impact on the law enforcement family as a whole and obviously on all our extended families.”Fisher said RCMP have asked the Regina Police Service to conduct an independent external investigation into the circumstances of the incident, which The RCMP Act states is protocol for any incident that involves death or serious injury.An increased police presence was expected to be in place for several hours west of Mervin on the Highway 794 grid.
The three-year project, funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the Government of Norway, will help eight East African countries devise action plans to curb sewage, chemicals and other pollutants coming from the land into the region’s rivers and coastal waters. The Western Indian Ocean – one of the most wildlife-rich in the world with important mangrove forests, seagrass beds, lagoons and coral reefs – is thought to hold more than 11,000 species of plants and animals including such creatures as the dugong, a marine mammal believed to be the inspiration for sea-farers tales of mermaids; the coelacanth, a fossil fish; and more than a fifth of the world’s tropical inshore fish species. According to UNEP, some 30 million people in the five mainland countries of Kenya, Mozambique, Somalia, South Africa and Tanzania and on the islands of the Comoros, Madagascar, Mauritius, Reunion and Seychelles, depend upon the area’s marine and coastal resources for food, livelihoods and recreation. The project was announced at the Fourth Conference of the Parties to the Nairobi Convention for the protection, management and development of the marine and coastal environment of the eastern African region. The meeting is taking place through Thursday in the Madagascan capital of Antananarivo. The treaty is a regional mechanism established by UNEP through which global treaties and agreements, including the Global Programme of Action for the Protection of the Marine Environment from land-based activities (UNEP/GPA) and those relating to the UN’s International Maritime Organization (IMO), can be implemented. The GEF is a multi-billion-dollar fund that invests in projects in developing countries. UNEP, along with the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the World Bank, play key roles in managing the Fund’s projects on the ground.
Stillwater Mining Co (SWC) yesterday commented on the impressive 2009 recovery in PGM prices following the collapse in those prices in the fourth quarter of 2008 during the economic meltdown. PGM (palladium, platinum and rhodium) prices have moved strongly ahead in recent days, continuing a steady recovery that began in early 2009. Palladium, which just over a year ago had fallen 72% from its 2008 high of $582/oz to a 2008 fourth quarter low of $164/oz, yesterday was quoted in London at $422/oz, up 157% from the 2008 low. Platinum, which fell 66% from its record high of $2,273/oz in early 2008 to a low of $763/oz a few months later, had recovered by 104% to $1,556/oz. Rhodium, which fell 90% from its 2008 peak of $10,100/oz to bottom out at $1,000/oz, yesterday was quoted at $2,750/oz, up 170%. Commenting on the recent buoyancy in PGM prices, SWC Chairman and CEO Frank McAllister observed, “Given the severity of the 2008 economic meltdown, the depth of the corresponding downward price movement in PGMs perhaps was understandable, but the magnitude and momentum of the subsequent recovery in PGM prices clearly has caught many observers by surprise. Palladium at the moment is faring best, having fallen the least and recovered the most, currently off just 27% from its 2008 high. Platinum also has done well, at present down 32% from its high. Rhodium remains down 73%.“Within the recovery we also see a modest convergence of the palladium price towards the platinum price. Last March palladium was trading at just 18% of the price of platinum. Today palladium is priced at 27% of platinum, having closed some of the price gap, but still priced very attractively relative to platinum and rhodium. We expect to see this price gap narrow further going forward as research from the past several years comes to market that increases the opportunity to substitute palladium for platinum and even rhodium.“Both the stronger PGM prices and the narrowing of the price gap between palladium and platinum are good for Stillwater with its 3.3 to 1 palladium to platinum mine production ratio. Recently, we have focused on the factors behind the strengthening in PGM prices over the past year, as well as the price gap between palladium and platinum. Some of these factors are outlined below and we expect to offer a more detailed analysis of the price drivers in the Stillwater 2009 Annual Report to Shareholders now in preparation.”Financial factors are having a significant influence on PGM prices in general. Those with the most impact include weakness in the US dollar, a surge in precious metal sentiment and investment (both as a safe haven and as an attractive investment), and the newly approved US ETF securities for both platinum and palladium.South African PGM production has fallen steadily since making record highs in 2006, despite strong PGM pricing and earlier projections of aggressive growth. Still, South African production for 2009 will constitute 78% of the platinum, 35% of the palladium and a whopping 86% of the rhodium produced worldwide last year. The issue: multiple challenges face the PGM miners in South Africa, according to SWC – “work interruptions related to mine safety; shortages of and conflicting priorities for electricity and water supplies; a strong Rand (local currency); aggressive wage demands and labour actions; failure to meet increasing capital expenditure requirements needed just to maintain production in ever deepening mines; worker skill shortages; failure to develop adequate replacement mines; and political involvement in mining. Concerns about South African production have driven the stronger PGM pricing we have seen over the past year. And given the predominant role of South African production in meeting world PGM requirements, PGM pricing in the end will always be influenced by the South African PGM market basket with its 2 to 1 platinum to palladium bias, in particular during times of a market shortage of the metals. The bias also suggests a continuing need for a strong platinum price to entice the production necessary to meet world PGM requirements. Yet even today’s $1,276/oz market basket price still leaves the cost structure and capital sustainability of many key South African mines at risk.”Automotive catalytic converter technology is made possible by the unique properties of PGMs, the enabling element in the devices that have cleansed the atmosphere of major auto emission pollutants since a platinum-fitted catalyst was first introduced in 1974. From that time forward, driven by price and by surging environmental requirements, the technology has steadily evolved. In the 1990s, palladium technology emerged largely replacing platinum as the catalyst of choice for converting gasoline emissions. More recently palladium has drawn even with platinum in applications converting diesel emissions; and now palladium can even replace scarce rhodium, albeit at high prices given a replacement ratio of 8 to 1, in converting NOx emissions. Such applications today account for over 50% of worldwide PGM consumption. Price driven substitution toward palladium in this whole arena is underway and continuing.Surging auto demand and environmental requirements in the developing world are the largest growth factor for PGMs. Going forward auto build is projected to grow an aggressive 2% to 3% a year, as will environmental requirements. At present in the US and Western Europe, the recession-driven slump in new-car output is masking this broader trend. One must but look to China where auto build grew a stunning 40% in 2009, placing China at a build rate currently exceeding that of the mature US market. In India and Brazil, growth rates are surging as well, and with nascent US and European economic recoveries now in progress, demand shortly could once again outstrip PGM mine production. Auto emissions limits in these developing countries are now being tightened, similar to the regulatory climate the developed world faced during the 1990s. Despite efforts to develop alternatives, it appears that for the foreseeable future the internal combustion engine will continue to dominate in this compounding numbers phenomenon — as surging developing world demand for automobiles and ever tighter emissions control limits on them feeds a growing demand for PGMs, led by palladium.Palladium jewelry is not expected to have much effect on the market for platinum jewelry, but is now a widely accepted jewelry metal in its own right and commands a growing market following. This acceptance expanded further this week when on January 5, 2010, the UK officially recognised palladium as a precious metal by making use of its hallmark compulsory. Stillwater says it “has nurtured the palladium jewellery market since its infancy in 2004. Jewellery now represents about 14% of the demand for palladium and over 25% of the demand for platinum.“Russian government palladium stocks remain a state secret and thus a market wild card. At one time sales from these stocks totaled nearly 2 Moz/y. Because such sales have diminished in the last couple of years many consider the stocks near to, or at a point of, exhaustion. Putting the stocks into perspective is critical to an understanding of their market impact. Total worldwide production of platinum and palladium has been in nearly equal quantities for the past 20 years — amounting in aggregate to a little over 100 Moz of each. Some speculate that sales from the Russian palladium stockpile over the same time period exceeded 25 Moz. This market perspective suggests: 1) because of the stockpile sales, over 25% more palladium has been consumed during the past 20 years than platinum; and 2) when the palladium stocks are exhausted the available supply flow of palladium will run short of market requirements.”Price disparity between products that compete for the same market is a curious thing. In the end, in the absence of compelling product differences, such competition is settled by price. For most of the catalytic converter market there is little compelling product difference between palladium and platinum — except price. With over 50% of the demand for all PGM metals now competing for the catalytic converter market, price is now the determining factor, which makes palladium the metal of choice. With this shift progressing, the auto market growing, and the exhaustion of Russian stocks nearing, price convergence between palladium and platinum will shortly become a reality and determining the appropriate price equilibrium between the two will be a new market riddle.Stillwater Mining is the only US producer of palladium and platinum and is the largest primary producer of PGMs outside of South Africa and the Russian Federation.
The final major piece of equipment for Emirates Global Aluminium’s in-development bauxite mining project in the Republic of Guinea has arrived in the West African country, the company reports.The Barge Loader was shipped to Guinea from thyssenkrupp’s fabrication facility in India. It will be installed at the end of the project’s 1.5 km pier, where it will load bauxite ore into self-propelled barges for transport to waiting bulk cargo ships offshore, EGA said.The Barge Loader is the last in a series of massive pieces of equipment for the project to arrive in Guinea, which includes some of the largest ever installed in a mining project in Africa, according to EGA.Abdulla Kalban, EGA’s Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, said: “All the major pieces of equipment for our Guinea project have now safely arrived, completing a series of challenging engineering and logistical feats. Construction overall is very well advanced and we look forward to its safe completion and the start of bauxite exports later this year.”The project is being developed by EGA’s subsidiary, Guinea Alumina Corp, and has a total budgeted project cost of around $1.4 billion. First bauxite exports are expected during the second half of 2019.Just last month, the company loaded the first batch of bauxite from the project.
Back in elementary school, I had a friend whose parents would buy him an advent calendar every year. And every year, invariably, all of the door would be pried open and all of the chocolates eaten by, oh, December 3rd or so. But now we’re all grownups here, right? We can finally have a proper advent calendar without cheating chronology.Gameloft thinks so. The publisher is offering up a Twitter advent calendar, counting down the days until Christmas by offering up a “surprise gift” every day between now and the holiday.The company will be offering up something each day on its Twitter feed, including free games for the iPhone, Android, iPad, and Facebook; previews of upcoming games; and “crazy” discounts on Gameloft products. All deals can be found over on @gameloft.
Just recently, the Netflix app for Android finally arrived… sort of. Netflix wants to ensure the “best possible experience,” so it’s only approved for use on certain handsets at the moment. If you happen to own a device which isn’t among the chosen few right now, you’re out of luck. At least you were out of luck until one member of the Android community had a few extra minutes to do some hacking.It turns out all that’s required is a quick tweak to your Android’s build.prop file, which is located in /system/. Your device must be rooted in able to proceed, so assuming you’ve already accomplished that feat here’s what to do next:Using ES File Explorer (or your favorite root-friendly file manager), browse to /system/Copy build.prop and paste it to your SDcard or another safe location just in case something should go wrongOpen build.prop using a text editor (ESFE has one built in, and it works just fine)look for ro.product.model= and change the text after the = to HTC Visionlook for ro.product.manufacturer= and change the text after the = to HTCalternatively, you can substitute Nexus S and Samsung for the model and manufacturer, respectively.reboot your phoneinstall the Netflix appVarying degrees of success have been reported, and you may find that the Samsung edits work better than HTC on your device. But hey, half the fun of having a rooted phone is that you get to experiment with cool little hacks like this. Some work, some don’t, but the payoff is certainly worth it in this case if you’re jonesing for a Netflix fix on your unsupported Android device.Those who aren’t as keen to root or hack will have to be patient, though Netflix has promised to continue adding new models as they’re “certified.”More at Reddit
WASHINGTON — Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is missing arguments for the first time in more than 25 years as she recuperates from cancer surgery last month, the Supreme Court said.Ginsburg was not on the bench as the court met Monday to hear arguments. It was not clear when she would return to the court, which will hear more cases on Tuesday and Wednesday, and again next week.Court spokeswoman Kathy Arberg said the 85-year-old justice is continuing to recuperate and work from home after doctors removed two cancerous growths from her left lung on Dec. 21.Ginsburg was discharged from a New York hospital on Dec. 25.Chief Justice John Roberts said in the courtroom Monday that Ginsburg would participate in deciding the argued cases “on the basis of the briefs and transcripts of oral arguments.”Ginsburg had two earlier cancer surgeries in 1999 and 2009 that did not cause her to miss court sessions. She also has broken ribs on at least two occasions.
This is not your parents’ clinic.There are wooden shelves holding books and board games such as Mancala, Trivial Pursuit and Jumanji at the Vancouver Clinic at Vancouver Plaza.It’s all part of a modern approach to health care by Vancouver Clinic, which is partnering with Humana at this location. The idea is that you can come to receive treatment but won’t want to leave immediately after.The clinic, at 7809 N.E. Vancouver Plaza Drive, saw its first patient Tuesday, and is currently providing care on Tuesdays and Thursdays. It will expand care to all weekdays in early February once a second doctor joins the staff.Health education classes, individual and group counseling, exercise classes, group activities and wellness presentations will be available through the clinic. Mark Mantei, Vancouver Clinic CEO, said patients will be encouraged to take the games and books off the shelf for fun.“The facility itself is built for people being able to address other needs beyond medical,” Mantei explained. “The exercise classes, the nutrition classes, the ability to just hang out and make a friend, it’s huge.”It’s something that Humana Market President for the Intermountain Region Catherine Field calls “‘Cheers’ for health care,” referring to the TV sitcom.“People know your name, and they want you to come and you’re not a bother,” Field said. “I think as we age, we end up feeling like we’re kind of a bother to a lot of people.”
Lisa Freeman was cradling her 6-day-old grandson in her left arm and watching the news on her iPad while her daughter and son-in-law caught some much-needed sleep. She was taking notes with her free hand when she heard the news: The nation had suffered its 2,000th military casualty in the Afghan war.On Sept. 29, Army Sgt. 1st Class Daniel Metcalfe was on patrol in the country’s rugged Wardak Province when his unit came under small-arms fire.As the announcer droned on, all Freeman could do was shake her head and stare at little Matthew — named for an uncle he would never know. Marine Capt. Matthew C. Freeman fell to a sniper’s bullet on Aug. 7, 2009, northeast of Kabul, not far from where Metcalfe perished.It is almost certain that Metcalfe and Freeman — both 29 when they died — never met. Freeman grew up in the Savannah suburb of Richmond Hill, Ga.; Metcalfe was from the village of Liverpool, N.Y., population about 2,400, a few miles north of Syracuse.Nonetheless, they were brothers, casualties in what has become America’s longest war.“I just sat here,” said Lisa Freeman, “reliving the pain and wondering: Where is America’s outrage? Where is America’s concern that we’re still at war?” This 2009 photo provided by Lisa Freeman shows her son, Marine Capt. Matthew C. Freeman, left, in Afghanistan. Barely two weeks into his deployment, Freeman and a fire support team set out to do reconnaissance in the Shpee Valley when they came under almost immediate enemy attack and became pinned down. According to an official account, Freeman fought his way into a nearby building and up to the roof to get a better angle on the enemy position. Once atop, he spotted an insurgent with a rocket-propelled grenade and was firing at the man when he was shot in the back of the head. A comrade told Lisa Freeman her son was found with his finger on the trigger of his rifle; its magazine was nearly empty.
Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. #ICYMI: Yesterday, we announced #NewAstronauts; 12 chosen from 18,300+ applicants. Get to know them: https://t.co/w2q9sC9Whz pic.twitter.com/JtuxtlW0MA— NASA (@NASA) June 8, 2017Rubio, a U.S. Army major and board certified family physician, said he’s thrilled to be going to the Johnson Space Center in Houston. “The people that you’re surrounded by, through the assessment process, it’s very humbling to be selected from that group, so it’s an honor,” he said during a news conference, Wednesday. “We cried a little bit, my wife and I did, but we’re ecstatic to be here.”Rubio and the rest of the 2017 class will report for duty in August to start a two-year training program. After that, NASA could assign them to missions in outer space. MIAMI (WSVN) – A South Florida man is shooting for the stars, as he prepares to join NASA.The space agency just announced the 12 members selected for their 2017 Astronaut Candidate Class, out of 18,000 applicants.Among them is Dr. Frank Rubio, a Miami native.
This week we’re hearing from Josh Lynch in Fairbanks. Originally from Texas and Arkansas, Lynch will be experiencing his first snowy winter this year.Listen Now Josh Lynch of Fairbanks (Photo courtesy of Josh Lynch)LYNCH: I feel like I have what any person from the south would consider a moderate exposure to snow. I can remember maybe a day every two or three years where school would be cancelled on account of snow. But of course in Arkansas, school gets cancelled on account of an inch maybe an inch and a half of snow and often that’s gone by lunch time.The last 5 or 6 years, I’ve spent three or four months traveling around in Alaska every year, but only in the summer when I can sleep in my tent and it’s not so scary outside. I’m pretty nervous about being in a place that’s cold and dark and snowy for the first time ever.I’ve tried to all the things that you can sort of do to be prepared I suppose: firewood, extra jackets, blankets. I’ve got all my friends coaching me with advice on how best to survive and stay active.A light north face flannel, a light north face half zip is a winter jacket in Texas. You’re lucky if you get to wear it three days a year. So moving into cold weather gear is totally foreign to me. I don’t have the first idea of how to begin to shop for this kind of stuff. So anytime that I’m looking at any kind of item at all, I have four or five different people I turn to opinions for. People I trust don’t want to see me turn into a Popsicle.Now you make a good point in that, if there was anything worse than it being incredibly cold and incredibly dark and snowy it might just be incredibly cold and incredibly dark. That’s something I’m not quite prepared for mentally yet either as I sort of imagine Alaskan winters it’s that snowy white on top of spruce trees, up on top of your cabin the whole 9 yards, but if there’s not any snow, I’m not sure I’ll be able to handle it too well emotionally anyway.
Forget everything you think you know about dinosaurs.Researchers at the University of Hong Kong and Linyi University in China have reconstructed the first highly detailed body outline of a feathered dinosaur.Paleontologists mainly rely on fossilized remains—typically bones—to form a not-always-accurate idea of the shape of prehistoric creatures. A new laser-stimulated fluorescence (LSF) technique, however, provides better insight.Developed by Tom Kaye of the Foundation for Scientific Advancement, the approach uses high-power lasers to illuminate preserved soft tissues, making skin atoms literally glow in the dark.The University of Hong Kong“For the last 20 years we have been amazed by the wondrous feathered dinosaurs of Northeastern China. However, we never thought they would preserve soft tissues so extensively,” HKU paleontologist Dr. Michael Pittman said in a statement.In partnership with Linyi professors Wang Xiaoli and Zheng Xiaoting, Pittman & Co. were able to build a model of the feathered Anchiornis dinosaur—complete with contoured wings and legs, as well as foot scales.“The detail was so well lit that we could see the texture of the skin,” Pittman said.The University of Hong KongAnchiornis lived in the late Jurassic period (about 160 million years ago), close to the time paleontologists think birds first appeared, according to the University of Hong Kong.That’s a good hypothesis, it seems: Researchers discovered the shape of the four-winged dinosaurs’ arm is similar to modern birds, but with uniquely primitive characteristics, like feathers arranged evenly rather than in distinct rows.Recently published in the Nature Communications journal, Pittman and Wang’s work highlights details like the creatures’ “patagia-bearing arms, drumstick-shaped legs, and … slender tail”—features probably common among theropod dinos of that time.Now in high demand since their paper’s release on March 1, the team of scientists is busy traveling the globe, scanning specimens using its LSF technology. Watch: Hilarious T-Rex Race on Horse Track Goes ViralLego Captures Classic Jurassic Park Moments In Huge New Set Stay on target
Hiri – Office365 and Exchange for GNU/Linux by Mike Turcotte-McCusker on July 27, 2018 in Linux – 5 commentsIf you’re like me and use Microsoft Exchange or Office 365 for work or school, you’ll quickly find out how much of a pain it can be, trying to find a solution outside of your web browser in a GNU/Linux system. Hiri, ((https://www.hiri.com/)) is an application specifically designed for this purpose.While Hiri is available for Windows and Mac, it’s nice to see it available for penguin users as well, and if you’re using a distribution that makes use of Snaps, Hiri is incredibly easy to install as well. The thing that may turn many people off? The cost.InstallationIf you’re using debian or derivitives, including Ubuntu/Mint, or using OpenSUSE, Fedora, Arch, Manjaro or Solus, just to name the major systems that use Snaps, installation of Hiri is as easy as can be:sudo snap install hiriDone!If you’re not able to use Snaps, you can follow the official guide to install Hiri, https://support.hiri.com/hc/en-us/articles/115003791229-Linux-installation-instructions.Using HiriThe first thing I’d like to point out, is that for anyone who is new to Snaps, be aware that launching them for the first time can take a little longer than normal, as a cache is built. That said, Hiri took probably 2-3 minutes to launch, but only the first time. Hiri is reletively straightforward, and easily synced up with my exchange account in just a few clicks, without any advanced configuration needed.Once I was in Hiri, I noted that the interface was very minimal, and thats something I seriously enjoyed. The mail composition page is simple, effective, and has everything that I think is needed for email, personally.Contacts synced nicely, as well as did my calendar, with the ability to make new calendar reminders, and actively sync them.The catchSo, the program works great, but sadly this does not come free, beyond a 7 day trial.Hiri has an interesting system built-in to its trial, where each day you use the trial, your cost gets closer and closer to the full price, whereas the earlier you buy it during the trial, the cheaper the price / steeper the discount.The Hiri website lists the price as $119 (assumedly USD) for a lifetime plan, or $39 annually, but these costs go down during your trial.Last thoughtsGood chance I will buy Hiri myself in the near future, as I would much prefer to use it, rather than my web browser, and I have no issues supporting developers for their hard work. However, I can see the cost turning some GNU/Linux users off. Nonetheless, Hiri stands as a great piece of software for its purpose, and at the least, is well worth checking out for the 7 day free trial.SummaryArticle NameHiri – Office365 and Exchange for GNU/LinuxDescriptionA closer look at Hiri, an Office 365 application suite and Exchange for GNU/Linux operating systems.Author Mike Turcotte-McCuskerPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisement
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 News | Colonoscopy Systems | August 06, 2019 Rise in Early Onset Colorectal Cancer Not Aligned With Screening Trends A new study finds that trends in colonoscopy rates did not fully align with the increase in colorectal cancer (CRC) in… read more Call-backs have always been a problem in mammography. They are a source of worry, added discomfort, well-founded patient complaints about the inefficiency of breast exams, and unnecessary cost. More than that, they call into question the credibility of an exam whose use depends on women’s belief in its value. News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 07, 2019 Contrast Use in First Transthoracic Echocardiogram for Heart Failure Reduces Repeat Testing Heart failure is the fourth most common cause for all admission to U.S. hospitals, and it is the most common reason for… read more News | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 06, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Improves Heart Attack Risk Assessment When used with a common heart scan, machine learning, a type of artificial intelligence (AI), does better than… read more Related Content Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al. Blog | Greg Freiherr, Industry Consultant | June 26, 2015 JAMA Study Boosts Credibility of Screening Mammo It’s hard to overestimate the importance of these findings. Screening mammography exposes women with no known sign of disease to ionizing radiation, which itself can cause cancer. As such, they deserve the greatest possible assurance that the exam they undergo is done with the least chance of being wrong. The JAMA study documents that the routine use of tomosynthesis in breast cancer screening does exactly this, providing women the reason to believe that modern mammography truly is a potentially life-saving tool. News | Neuro Imaging | August 16, 2019 ADHD Medication May Affect Brain Development in Children A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to affect development of the brain’s… read more Data acquired at 13 U.S. centers performing 454,850 screening exams (61 percent of which involved only 2-D digital mammography for comparison) found that the addition of tomo dropped the recall rate from 107 to 91 per 1,000 screening exams — a 15 percent decrease. This translates to 16 fewer recalls per 1,000 screening exams. The study is good news for women in general and Hologic in particular. The company’s Selenia Dimensions is the only breast tomography system currently approved by the FDA for sale in the United States. More than 1,000 of these systems are operating across all 50 states, according to the company, including those at the five academic hospitals and eight community-based sites participating in the study. 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 Greg Freiherr, Industry Consultant Greg Freiherr has reported on developments in radiology since 1983. He runs the consulting service, The Freiherr Group. Now a study, published June 25 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), has found that the addition of 3-D imaging, widely known as breast tomosynthesis, substantially decreases the proportion of patients who are called back, just as its use finds more cancers than the use of 2-D digital mammography alone — a 41 percent increase in the detection of invasive breast cancers and a 29 percent increase in the detection of all breast cancers. 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 News | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins read more News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Image courtesy of Imago Systems While the data indicating improved performance due to the use of breast tomo is welcome, they come as no surprise. The FDA approved the sale of 3-D imaging systems for breast cancer screening in 2011 because studies showed its addition to standard digital mammography uncovers more cancers, just as it reduces false positives. Its effect on recall rates, however, has been largely anecdotal. The just published JAMA study changes that. Hologic framed the study as addressing the two most frequently cited concerns about breast cancer screening — unnecessary recalls and finding cancers that do not need to be treated. The latter was demonstrated by the 41 percent increase in the detection of invasive breast cancers; the former by a double digit reduction in the recall rate.
Costa Rica’s National Police rescued five more green sea turtles (Chelonia mydas) weighing up to 150 kilograms last week in Moín, Limón, on the northern Caribbean coast. The rescue was a success story for a more aggressive patrolling strategy on the coast that has seen some success in saving the endangered turtles and protecting their eggs.The five female sea turtles were found tied and on their backs near the mouth of the Moín River along the beach with the same name, according to a July 22 statement from the Public Security Ministry. Allan Obando, National Police chief for Limón, said that there were no arrests in connection with the poaching.Green sea turtles can weigh up to 320 kilograms (700 pounds). The creatures nest on Costa Rica’s Caribbean beaches from July to October and are often poached for their meat and eggs. The International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources Green listed green sea turtles as endangered.The turtles, which weighed between 120 and 150 kilograms, were sent to the Jaguar Rescue Center in Puerto Viejo for care, where two others also recently have been taken. Police have rescued at least seven of the ancient reptiles so far this year from poachers who capture them for their meat as they come ashore to lay their eggs.One of the five was released on July 22, according to social media posts from the Jaguar Rescue Center and Public Security Minister Gustavo Mata. Encar García, the center’s biologist, told The Tico Times that two more were released in good condition Monday morning. The remaining two and a third, which arrived at the rescue center on July 3, remain in serious condition, she said. These three turtles suffered harpoon wounds that punctured their lungs, an injury that keeps the animals from regulating their buoyancy. Without the ability to dive and rise, the sea turtles cannot feed themselves in the wild. Obando told The Tico Times that the rescue of the turtles last week is a direct result of a two-pronged approach from the National Police, Coast Guard and volunteer groups that patrol the beaches. The first half of the strategy is improving prevention. Better coordination with volunteers, other law enforcement agencies, like the Coast Guard, and the community have given police the information they need to take action. Judicial Investigation Police rescued a 120-kilogram green sea turtle tied up in a private home in Limón thanks to a tip from a neighbor this month, for example.“If they see boats or cars in the area they let us know. They’re our eyes on the beach,” Obando said.The police chief said that the second half of the strategy was to increase their physical resources at the beach. Four full-time police officers now patrol the beaches in Moín, where conservationist Jairo Mora was killed in an altercation with poachers on May 31, 2013. With officers on the ground, law enforcement can act more quickly to save the turtles before they are sold for meat.Obando said that the strategy is responsible for the protection of an estimated 1,000 sea turtles this season, and a hatchery program in coordination with law enforcement has released 400 baby green sea turtles. Another group of hatchlings is expected to be released next week, he said. Five female green sea turtles weighing between 120 and 150 kilograms rescued by police on July 21, 2015 near Moín beach in Limón. (Courtesy Public Security Ministry) Facebook Comments Related posts:Following threats, poachers allegedly attack sea turtle conservationists in Costa Rica, Sea Shepherd says Police find 9,400 sea turtle eggs in car trunk outside Nicoya Costa Rican police rescue yet another sea turtle from poachers Police catch poachers with more than 300 sea turtle eggs Informo con beneplácito la liberación de 2 de las 5 tortugas rescatadas anoche en Moín. Las otras bajo cuidados. pic.twitter.com/02qdad7Zv4— Gustavo Mata Vega (@gustavomatacr) July 22, 2015
A crying child or a loud child is still the number one most annoying inflight sound, according to a new study.Research conducted by Australia Travel Safe found that 67 percent of Australians think the sound of a crying or loud child is one is the most frustrating sounds to occur during a flight.Following close behind the young ones is surprisingly the sound of ears popping during take-off and touch down, with 49 percent of the votes.According to Australia Travel Safe representative Deborah Mills, ear popping sound occurs during changes in external air pressure by creating pressure in the middle ear space.“The eustacian tubes carry air from the back of your nose into your middle ear,” Ms Mills explained.Meanwhile, 45 percent of Australian travellers said people talking while they are trying to get some rest was annoying and 20 percent say it’s the noise of the engine that causes them most grief during a flight. Also making the list of annoying inflight sounds is the opening and closing of overhead lockers, as well as the sound of people shuffling up and down the aisle.Source = ETB News: N.J.
Le Brassus, Switzerland – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle Magazine – On July 8, 2010, the eve of the traditional Swiss watch industry vacation, legendary artist, trumpeter, composer and producer Quincy Jones made a special visit to the Manufacture Audemars Piguet in Le Brassus, Switzerland to explore the watch-making workshop, talk about “Project Q,” and work on developing ideas for charity.While taking a workshop tour, Jones admired the work of the Audemars Piguet watch-making artisans, praising their ability to “impress [him] by their precision and expertise they display in shaping these timeless gems.” He declared that they are “great creative talents and passionately dedicated artists.”Jones’ admiration and respect for the Swiss manufacture, however, did not grow over night. The producer and the manufacture have had close ties for several years, even joining forces to develop “Project Q,” an organization aimed at raising political and public awareness of young people’s need for self-expression and the means that must be provided to ensure they fulfill their potential. In fact, Audemars Piguet honors prominent public figures or social organizations that have played a central role on behalf of children with an international award called the “Q Prize.”Further indicative of the strong ties between Jones and AP is the Millenary Quincy Jones watch. The striking tribute timepiece was released in January and features contemporary lines matched with a sophisticated design meant to echo the notes on the keyboard of a piano, an instrument dear to the artist’s heart. Jones will donate proceeds from this watch to raising funds for his Quincy Jones Foundation, an organization committed to helping children by improving their well-being, health and dignity.The respect Jones has for Audemars Piguet is mutual, as evidenced by CEO Philippe Merk’s reflection on the highly emotional visit by the artist, describing Quincy Jones as an “amazing artist and daring entrepreneur, but above all a man with a big heart.” Merk went on to say “one cannot help but admir[e] his career, especially considering the difficulties he encountered during his childhood. He gives us an important life lesson and naturally inspires profound respect.”A relationship based on know-how, artistic passion and empathy, Jones’ visit to Audemars Piguet helped resurface these vales and further strengthen ties between the music legend and famous Swiss watch manufacturer.Visit www.audemarspiguet.com.
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – This festive season, Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara is spreading seaside holiday cheer with a variety of great values, lavish traditions and unforgettable experiences.Stay. There’s never been a better time to spend the holidays basking in the warm sunshine of the American Riviera. With unprecedented room rates starting as low as $375 per night and a variety of enticing value package offerings such as a free third night, Resort credits and more, ‘tis the season to enjoy Santa Barbara’s gorgeous beaches, magnificent wine country and world-class golf. Call 1 (805) 565-8099 or visit www.fourseasons.com/santabarbara for rate details and reservations.Play. A historic wonderland at this special time of year, Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara has been creating cherished memories for generations. This festive season, the Resort is offering an array of holiday experiences to make the season merry and bright. In December, guests can sip on a hot toddy or spiced apple cider while “dashing” along scenic Butterfly Beach and through the quaint village of Montecito on a romantic and exhilarating “sleigh” ride in a horse-drawn carriage. At Saks Fifth Avenue in downtown Santa Barbara, exclusive VIP gift shopping offers an opportunity to check your list twice.Children can take part in engaging experiences like complimentary cookie baking and decorating workshops led by Mrs. Claus, or creating their own ornaments in the Kids For All Seasons Program. On select evenings, they can gather around the cozy fireplace for storytime with Santa, complete with milk and cookies. On Christmas Eve, all children will receive a personalized stocking amenity – delivered to their doorstep by Santa’s elves – to ensure an extra joyful holiday experience.Relax. Treat yourself to everything nice this holiday season in The Spa, with their “Sugar & Spice” menu of holiday treatments. Relieve holiday stress with a relaxing full-body organic Sugar Scrub featuring extracts of chamomile, myrrh and passionflower. The deeply moisturizing organic sunflower oil based scrub will leave your skin with a delightfully spicy scent (50 minutes, $160). Pamper yourself with a Spice Massage, which combines any full-body massage with a deliciously aromatic massage oil made exclusively for The Biltmore. An enticing blend of orange, patchouli, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, pine and rosemary essential oils, it’s sure to spice up the season (50 minutes, $160 / 80 minutes, $225)! For a true holiday treat, enjoy Sugar & Spice – featuring both services together in an indulgent scrub and massage combination treatment (80 minutes, $225).Family-style Thanksgiving – You’ll feel right at home with a home cooked Thanksgiving feast served in your very own guest room or private terrace.Thanksgiving Day Dinner – Bella Vista offers its annual Thanksgiving dinner, featuring all the traditional favorites. Choose from a four-course plated dinner or expansive buffet.Christmas Eve Dinner – Enjoy a four-course dinner menu at Bella Vista, where guests can savor an extensive selection of seasonal items and holiday dishes.Christmas Day in Bella Vista – Each Christmas, Bella Vista presents an elaborate buffet spread featuring traditional favorites and seasonal specialties – including fresh seafood, hot entrées, a carving station, and an array of salads and desserts. Or, choose a four-course menu boasting many lovingly prepared seasonal and holiday specialties.New Year’s Eve Gala – Ring in the New Year in Four Seasons style, where the midnight moment is spectacularly anticipated. The perfect place to celebrate with friends and family, Bella Vista will host an all-evening affair, including a set five-course gourmet dinner, live entertainment, dancing, late night dessert and champagne toast. In Ty Lounge, guests can toast to the New Year with festivities until 2:00 am, including DJ sounds and champagne.www.fourseasons.com