A Top 4-Star WR Recruit Has Flipped His Commitment

first_imgA general view of Maryland's football stadium.COLLEGE PARK, MD – SEPTEMBER 17: General view of the Maryland Terrapins and West Virginia Mountaineers game at Byrd Stadium on September 17, 2011 in College Park, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)One of the top four-star wide receiver recruits in the 2019 class has flipped his commitment.Isaiah Hazel, one of the top wideouts in the country, has flipped his commitment from West Virginia to Maryland.The four-star wide receiver is ranked the No. 35 WR in the class by 247Sports’ Composite Rankings.“Take me home where I belong,” the four-star wide receiver tweeted.take me home where i belong. ??— Isaiah Hazel (@Thats__zay) December 12, 2018This is one of the first major commitments of the Mike Locksley era at Maryland.The Terrapins’ new head coach is known to be one of the top recruiters in the DC/Maryland/Virginia area and it’s clearly paying off already.last_img read more

Prime Minister Martin and Premier Hamm Celebrate Recent Offshore Agreement

first_imgPREMIER’S OFFICE–Prime Minister Martin and Premier HammCelebrate Recent Offshore Agreement The Governments of Canada and Nova Scotia today signed thearrangement that ensures the people of Nova Scotia will be theprimary beneficiaries of offshore resource revenues. TheArrangement between the Government of Canada and the Governmentof Nova Scotia reflects the agreement in principle reachedbetween both governments on Jan. 28. Prime Minister Paul Martin, Premier John Hamm, Geoff Regan,Minister of Fisheries and Oceans and Cecil Clarke, Nova Scotia’sMinister of Energy, participated in the signing ceremony fortheir respective governments. “I would like to thank Premier Hamm for the admirable way inwhich he expressed and defended the position of Nova Scotiaduring our discussions,” said Prime Minister Paul Martin. “Thisis a good example of how our governments worked together to findsolutions to address the unique situation of Nova Scotia whilebeing fair to all Canadians.” “This agreement is the culmination of Nova Scotia’s long struggleto secure 100 per cent of our offshore revenues,” said PremierHamm. “The Prime Minister has honoured his commitment and nowNova Scotians are taking a vital step on the way to achievingfinancial self-sufficiency that will benefit all of Canada.” The arrangement uses an offset or rebate payment to allow NovaScotia to have the full benefit of its offshore revenues. Theoffset payments will protect Nova Scotia from reductions inequalization payments that would otherwise have been caused byincreasing offshore revenues. “This is an important day for Nova Scotians,” Mr. Regan said.”Thanks to the commitment of both the Prime Minister and Premier,our province has been put on a much stronger financial footing.” “My department is continuing is efforts to encourage morepetroleum exploration and development for the offshore,” said Mr.Clarke, “and we do so with the confidence that those futurediscoveries will provide lasting benefits for Nova Scotians.” The new agreement does not change any other federal-provincialfinancial arrangements. -30-last_img read more

Groupe de travail chargé de la stratégie du patrimoine

first_img Des bénévoles sont recherchés pour participer à un groupe de travail chargé de la stratégie du patrimoine organisé par le Voluntary Planning Board. Le groupe de travail effectuera des recherches et des consultations publiques, et il fera des recommandations au gouvernement au sujet d’une stratégie du patrimoine qui guidera la prise de décisions futures. “La Nouvelle-Écosse a besoin d’un plan à long terme pour toute sa gamme de biens patrimoniaux,” affirme Ron Smith, président du conseil d’administration du Voluntary Planning Board. “Il s’agit de l’occasion idéale pour les Néo-Écossais de nous indiquer les éléments de leur patrimoine qui sont importants pour eux et qui devraient être protégés. ” La stratégie du patrimoine reflétera ce qui est le plus important pour les Néo-Écossais en matière de patrimoine, y compris les aspects qu’ils veulent célébrer et protéger. Certains aspects que le groupe de travail pourrait considérer incluent, notamment : tous les types d’archives, les lieux et les bâtiments historiques, les musées, le patrimoine humain et naturel, ainsi que les langues et les traditions. Les consultations publiques sont prévues à l’automne. Les personnes intéressées à devenir membre du groupe de travail sur le patrimoine peuvent faire parvenir une manifestation d’intérêt avant le mercredi 8 juin à l’adresse suivante : Voluntary Planning BoardÉdifice Joseph Howe, bureau 6001690, rue HollisHalifax (N.-É.) B3J 3J9 Les manifestations d’intérêt peuvent également être envoyées par télécopieur au (902) 424-0580 ou par courriel à l’adresse volplan@gov.ns.ca. Pour obtenir plus d’information sur le groupe de travail chargé de la stratégie du patrimoine, composez le numéro (902) 424-5682 ou le numéro sans frais 1-866-858-5850, ou consultez le site Web à l’adresse www.gov.ns.ca/vp . VOLUNTARY PLANNING BOARD–Groupe de travail chargé de la stratégie du patrimoinelast_img read more

International Partnership Advances Nova Scotias Tidal Industry

first_imgNova Scotia is advancing its leadership position in the tidal industry with two new international research grants. The two projects, worth $1.43 million, will help governments, industry and researchers better understand the effect tidal technology has on the marine environment, and the impact of the marine environment on that technology. This is the first announcement under the memorandum of understanding signed between the government, Offshore Energy Research Association and the United Kingdom. “Canada and the United Kingdom are recognized leaders in marine renewable energy, and ongoing investments in tidal research spur innovation and development in both countries,” said Energy Minister Michel Samson. “These projects are an example of how partners from around the world are coming together to better understand the opportunity in our oceans and how to harness their power — safely, effectively and in an environmentally responsible way.” The projects have been selected for funding through a partnership between the Offshore Energy Research Association, a Nova Scotia based not-for-profit research group, and Innovate UK, a government-funded business and innovation organization. “Collaboration is a critical element in fostering the growth and development of a global tidal energy industry,” said Stephen Dempsey, executive director, Offshore Energy Research Association. “The efforts of Innovate UK and the association in supporting these two important research projects will not only have lasting commercial benefits, but will also make important contributions in technical know-how, helping build this industry on both sides of the Atlantic.” The first project is led by British Columbia-based Rockland Scientific, in partnership with Dalhousie University and Black Rock Tidal Power, along with United Kingdom-based FloWave TT, European Marine Energy Centre and Ocean Array Systems. Research partners will develop new sensor systems to measure turbulence, which allows developers to design and deploy technology that performs better in strong tides and currents. The research will be carried out in both Canadian and United Kingdom waters, including at the Fundy Ocean Research Center for Energy in the Bay of Fundy. Testing will also be conducted at the University of Edinburgh’s FloWave Ocean Energy Research Facility and at the European Marine Energy Centre in Scotland’s Orkney Islands. This is the first EUREKA-designated research project carried out in Nova Scotia. “Innovate UK is pleased to be working alongside Offshore Energy Research Association on this effort, as it sees Nova Scotia as a growing and large potential market for tidal energy, making this a good opportunity for United Kingdom companies to gain exposure to that market,” said Rob Saunders, head of energy, Innovate UK. “We believe that faster progress will be made by combining the expertise, knowledge and experience to tackle common problems.” The second project is led by Nova Scotia-based Emera in partnership with OpenHydro Canada, Ocean Sonics, SMRU Consulting Canada and Acadia University, along with United Kingdom-based Tritech and Sea Mammal Research Unit. This project will improve the tracking of fish and marine mammals in the Bay of Fundy. The system will be used at the Cape Sharp Tidal berth at the Fundy Ocean Research Center for Energy, gathering information to assess the impact of its turbine on marine life. Offshore Energy Research Association’s investment of $500,000 represents Nova Scotia’s contribution to these projects. Innovate UK is contributing $331,000, with remaining funding being provided by federal government agencies and private industry in both Canada and the United Kingdom. More information is available at www.oera.ca .last_img read more

Nunavut MP Tootoo felt despair over Ottawa police officers comments on Pootoogooks

first_imgJorge Barrera APTN National NewsNunavut MP Hunter Tootoo said he felt despair when he heard of the racist comments posted by an Ottawa police officer in response to a newspaper story about the death of Inuit artist Annie Pootoogook.Tootoo, who is an independent MP, said he was happy to see Ottawa Police Chief Charles Bordeleau announcing he was investigating Sgt. Chris Hrnchiar’s online comments which claimed “most Aboriginals have very short lifespans” and dismissed Pootoogook’s death.“I was extremely disappointed to see a law enforcement officer making comments like that. It is despairing,” he said. “It also goes to show the level of ignorance that is out there and the challenge Inuit people face in this country. For a lot of people, this is our daily lives.”The Ottawa police said Hrnchiar’s comments were under investigation on orders from the police chief.Pootoogook’s body was found in the Rideau River on Sept. 19. Ottawa police initially stated investigators did not believe foul play caused her death. A week later, the police’s Major Crime Unit said it was reconsidering the case as “suspicious.”Tootoo said the actions of the Ottawa police follow a pattern by police forces across the country.“It’s all too common when an Indigenous woman, and Inuit woman is found lifeless or goes missing, it’s something that law enforcement doesn’t always take seriously,” said Tootoo. “I am very glad the Ottawa police force is investigating further….A lot of times, situations like this are not taken seriously right off the bat.”Annie Pootoogook in 2012. APTN/FilePootoogook is originally from Cape Dorset, Nunavut, which is in Tootoo’s riding. Tootoo heard about the death from a friend. He knew about Pootoogook, but didn’t know her personally.Tootoo said the claims from Pootoogook’s friends and family that the Inuit artist was fleeing domestic violence at the time of her death was something that hit close to home.He said one of his own friends was killed by an abusive partner.“I remember talking to her and she would be looking at me, ‘Don’t say anything,’ terrified,” said Tootoo. “It’s okay to talk about these things, it’s important to talk about these things because it avoids tragic situations.”Pootoogook’s partner is not a suspect in her death.The commissioners with the recently launched national inquiry into murdered and missing Indigenous women said through a spokesperson they could not comment on Pootoogook’s case. The spokesperson said the inquiry could deal with the case if someone submitted it for review by the five commissioners.The Liberal government was initially criticized for not naming an Inuk as a commissioner for the inquiry.Tootoo was once federal minister of fisheries, but he resigned following a messy personal affair that led him to seek treatment for addictions.jbarrera@aptn.ca@JorgeBarreralast_img read more

Man deported from Oman arrested at BIA by CID

The youth was detained in Oman while attempting to travel to Italy on a forged visa.He is to be produced before the Negombo Magistrate today. The CID is conducting further investigations. (Colombo Gazette) A Tamil youth has been arrested at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) by the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) after being deported from Oman, the police media unit said today.The police said that the 25 year old youth is a resident of Kilinochchi and was arrested yesterday after he arrived at the Katunayake airport on being deported from Oman.

Novak Djokovic enjoys Olympic atmosphere with handball stars

Dalibor CuturaDjokovic handballJulen AguinagaldeNovak Djokovic LondonNovak Djokovic with handball playersZarko Sesum ← Previous Story Handball-Planet presents Women’s TOP 10 Handball Stars at the Olympic Games! Next Story → Last friendly matches in London: Easy wins for Sweden and Serbia – Croatia beats Iceland! One of the best athletes on the planet in the last few years, Serbian tennis star Novak Djokovic enjoying his time in Olympic village with the other member of Serbian Olympic Team, but also other athletes who want to meet him. As we can see on Twitter, Joker is very popular among handball stars in London. Many of them shared their impression about him:– Together we are stronger! Serbia! – wrote Serbian playmaker Dalibor Cutura.– It was really pleasure to meet and talk with this guy. As Dalibor said, we are stronger together – add Zarko Sesum.Also Spanish line-player, Julen Aguinagalde published photo with Djokovic calling him as the “first victim”. read more

City Council to vote on putting Imperial Beach marijuana measure on ballot

first_img KUSI Newsroom, August 21, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – City Council will vote tonight to approve putting a measure for the marijuana industry on the ballot.The measure calls for almost a dozen dispensaries and smoking lounges to open in Imperial Beach.Though most local leaders are against the measure, the marijuana industry has already collected enough signatures to put it on the ballot. Therefore, City Council has no choice but to approve it. KUSI Newsroom Updated: 4:55 PMcenter_img Posted: August 21, 2019 City Council to vote on putting Imperial Beach marijuana measure on ballot Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Few changes made in final Tongass forest plan decision

first_imgPart of the Tongass National Forest in April 2008. (Creative Commons photo by Xa’at)The Tongass Land Management Plan amendment, a 16-year transition toward young-growth logging, was finalized Friday. Tongass Forest Supervisor Earl Stewart signed the record of decision after considering objections from environmental and industry groups. Some have applauded the decision and others are unsatisfied. But regardless of sides, not much has changed in the Forest Service’s move away from old-growth timber.Listen NowThe U.S. Forest Service released the final record of decision for the Tongass amendment without many changes from its earlier draft.The plan offers an average of 46 million board feet each year, the same volume the earlier draft called for, but far below the glory days of the timber industry. More old growth will be offered during the first 10 years, almost three times the projected 12 million feet of young growth.The Tongass National Forest includes most of Southeast Alaska. (Image courtesy U.S. Forest Service.)During the last five, young-growth volumes will more than double and old growth will be almost cut in half. At the end of the 16-year transition, only 5 million feet of old growth will be provided for small sales and specialty products.Some of those objecting to the draft plan called for a full inventory of young, or second growth, trees. Environmental groups argue a completed inventory will show a faster transition is possible. But industry groups argue the exact opposite. Tongass Supervisor Stewart addressed the concern in a press conference, saying 50,000 acres will be inventoried by 2018.“The data collection and everything is being housed will continue to be assessed as we work through this project, and so it certainly could change,” Stewart said. “At this point it’s only partially finished because 2016 was the first year of actual on-the-ground inventory.”Forest Service tree expert Sheila Spores said a large portion of young-growth stands slated for logging were first cut in the 1950s and 1960s. She noted that the agency is aware of how many stands are on the Tongass. She said today’s regulatory standards will be applied to inventory available stands.Stewart explained that any young-growth acreage made unavailable may be swapped for additional lands elsewhere.“There’s an adaptive management strategy that seeks to recognize the ongoing young-growth inventory and seeks to monitor the projected verses the actual harvest over time,” Stewart said. “The result of the adaptive management strategy is reviewing the effectiveness of that adaptive management process in about five or 10 years.”The decision explains that if amounts of timber harvested vary enough from estimations, those issues could be addressed in another amendment.The decision was met with mixed results from environmental groups. Some applauded the decision, saying the plan protected several salmon-producing watersheds referred to as the “Tongass 77.”“The thing the plan did do that was very good for conserving resources on the Tongass is identify the key areas that need to be taken off the table for timber harvest,” said Andrew Thoms, a Tongass Advisory Committee and Sitka Conservation Society member. “Everybody agreed that the top salmon-producing watersheds on the Tongass shouldn’t have any more old-growth harvest.”The committee was made of 15 members from conservation, logging and Native interests.  Thoms noted that he would like to see old-growth logging end immediately, but said the amendment is the best compromise.Other environmental groups argued in press releases that the decision’s language didn’t set the old-growth harvest volumes in stone during the transition. Others say they feel comfortable with the plan being finalized prior to President-elect Donald Trump taking office.Shelly Wright of Southeast Conference, an economic development group, argues the decision was made without enough information.“So what we’re asking for is a comprehensive inventory and a financial analysis before the transition accelerates,” Wright said. She disagrees with the accelerated plan and said there’s nothing wrong the 2008 forest plan’s transition. “They are transitioning at a pace that’s economically feasible for the industry in Southeast Alaska.”The Tongass plan decision does say the Forest Service will monitor market demands and make changes through its adaptive management plan. Tongass Supervisor Stewart also mentioned that a study is being developed to examine ways to make young-growth products profitable.The plan will go into effect on January 8.last_img read more

Warburg Pincus rounds up 12 billion in latest phase of fundraising

first_imgWarburg Pincus LLC said it amassed $12 billion for its latest private equity fund, its biggest since the 2008 financial crisis and its first generalist fund since ex-US Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner became its president last year, on Monday.Dubbed Warburg Pincus Private Equity XII, the new fund completed fundraising in just six months, a relatively short period by industry standards. It was also significantly oversubscribed, the firm said.A number of investors are from outside the United States, it said.Warburg, which manages more than $40 billion in private equity assets, differs from many of its rivals in that, apart from piling debt onto acquired firms in leveraged buyouts, it also makes venture capital and growth equity investments.Such investments require little or no debt and allow it to deploy capital when leveraged buyouts are too expensive, which some private equity executives argue is the case currently, partly due to a run-up in the stock market in the past two years.Investors in Warburg’s latest fund include public and private pension funds, sovereign wealth funds, insurance companies, endowment funds, foundations and wealthy individuals, the private equity firm said in a statement.The fund will invest in the energy, financial services, healthcare and consumer, industrial and business services and technology, media and telecommunications sectors, Warburg said.People familiar with the matter said that New York-based Warburg Pincus was seeking to raise a new $12 billion global fund, just two years after amassing a $11.2 billion fund.Warburg’s successful fundraising defied a challenging environment for private equity firms as investors grow increasingly concerned about these funds’ ability to generate lucrative returns ahead of expected interest rate hikes by the Federal Reserve.Private equity funds that completed fundraising in the third quarter of 2015 raised $116.9 billion, down from $129.3 billion in the previous quarter, the third consecutive quarterly decline in fundraising, according to market research firm Preqin.Warburg’s previous global private equity fund, Warburg Pincus Private Equity XI, which launched in 2011 and raised $11.2 billion, generated a net internal rate of return 20.8 % as of the end of June, according to New Mexico Educational Retirement Board, a public pension fund investor.By comparison, New Mexico Educational Retirement Board’s entire private equity portfolio averaged a net internal rate of return of 13.4 % over the same period.last_img read more

Bengal IAS cadre sees minor reshuffle

first_imgKolkata: In a minor reshuffle in the IAS cadre in Bengal, V Lalithalakshmi has been made joint secretary of the Industries, Commerce and Enterprises department.An IAS officer of the 2008 batch, Lalithalakshmi was the joint secretary of the Land and Land Reforms department. She has now been transferred to the post of joint secretary of the Industries, Commerce and Enterprises department.Meanwhile, Rajeev Kumar, an IAS officer of 1997 batch, has been sent on compulsory waiting. He was the secretary of the Industries, Commerce and Enterprises department.last_img

5 SEO Metrics You Dont Need to Obsess Over

first_imgJuly 25, 2012 Search engine optimization (SEO) can sometimes focus too much on metrics, resulting in a complex series of measurements and calculations that provide little meaningful data about a website’s success.Measuring your conversion rate or number of top 10 rankings can tell you a lot about how well your website is performing. Obsessing over your social influence, on the other hand, isn’t as productive.The following five commonly-tracked SEO metrics, for instance, don’t tell you that much about how your website is performing. So if you’re feeling overwhelmed by the number of metrics you’re tracking, consider cutting them out of your data collection process entirely.1. Toolbar PageRankMany website owners who live and die by toolbar PageRank — the score that appears in toolbar plugins and extensions designed to provide SEO data — even though Google spokesman Matt Cutts has all but deemed this metric irrelevant.Although Google’s servers run PageRank update algorithms that determine how much authority sites should receive in relation to one another, they only push these scores out to the general public a few times a year. As a result, the number displayed by toolbar SEO tools may be woefully out of date, rendering the metric meaningless.By all means, check your toolbar PageRank from time to time. A significant decrease could be an indication that Google has detected and penalized unsavory activity on your website. But when it comes to regular management of common SEO metrics, you can leave this one off the list.Related: 5 Common SEO Mistakes and How to Avoid Them2. Top 30 rankingsSome webmasters measure their SEO success by how many times their websites appear in the first 30 Google results for their target search phrases. But the percentage of natural search users who ever navigate past the first page of results is so small that this metric is nearly meaningless.Instead, focus on top 10 rankings. Getting on the first search engine results page is really the only way to build exposure for your company.3. Social media sharesSocial media signals play a role in your site’s SEO because both Google’s and Bing’s ranking algorithms currently factor in link shares and the relative authority of the sharers. But there’s a big difference between publishing content that will attract these social signals and obsessing day after day over exactly how many Facebook “likes” or Twitter “re-tweets” you’ve attracted.Realistically, whether your website has 50 “likes” or 500 isn’t as important to your natural search performance as focusing on other aspects of your marketing strategy — such as how well your social media referral traffic is converting into buyers or email newsletter subscribers. Check your site’s social shares every so often to ensure that they’re trending in the right direction, but don’t waste time worrying about minute changes in your numbers.Related: How Google Measures ‘High Quality’ Content (Video)4. Daily visitorsOf course website traffic is important, but knowing the number of daily visitors arriving on your site at any given point doesn’t make much of a difference.Think about it: It doesn’t matter if your website receives 100 or 100 million visitors a day unless you have a method for determining how many are converting into subscribers or buyers. If you haven’t put a conversion rate optimization strategy in place, there’s no reason to worry about attracting more subscribers because you can’t guarantee that your efforts will pay off in increased revenue.Instead of determining whether you attracted a few more visitors to your website today than you did yesterday, focus on how and when conversions are occurring. Then, feel free to track traffic flow — and conversions — to your heart’s content.5. Social influence Sites such as Klout and PeerIndex have been popping up recently in an attempt to quantify the relative authority of individuals and brands in any given industry. Some people get wrapped up in tracking this metric and trying to increase their scores, but I can’t think of a worse way to waste your time.While services like these might have potential in the future, they currently are nothing more than online popularity contests. Rather than spending time trying to win these superficial contests, focus on the areas of your business that will actually enhance your bottom line.Related: Google’s 10-Minute Guide to SEO Basics Register Now » Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals 4 min read Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.last_img read more

Activated charcoal shown to make herpes medication more effective

first_img Yes No Powered by Privacy policy We recommend Google Analytics settings I consent to the use of Google Analytics and related cookies across the TrendMD network (widget, website, blog). Learn more Applied topically or taken orally, acyclovir is one of the most commonly-used herpes-treatment drugs. It can also damage the kidneys over time, however, so the less of it that’s used, the better. According to a new study, combining the drug with activated carbon helps make it more effective, so a smaller amount of it is required.Even on its own, activated carbon is known for its ability to absorb toxins within its porous structure – that’s why it’s used in water filters. The carbon itself is non-toxic, and safe to ingest.With that in mind, a University of Illinois at Chicago-led team started by applying dilutions of the material to cells in the lab, and then exposing those cells to both types of the herpes virus – simplex 1 and simplex 2. As compared to cells that received no carbon, the treated cells were 40 to 60 percent less likely to become infected.Next, the researchers mixed acyclovir with activated carbon, then applied the solution to the afflicted eyes or genitals of mice infected with either type of the virus. It was found that the drug/carbon combo reduced inflammation and viral load much quicker and more effectively than acyclovir alone, meaning that the same beneficial effect could be achieved using fewer doses.”We think that the charcoal releases particles of acyclovir slowly over time because the herpes virus, as well as other organic molecules and particles, are more attracted to the charcoal than the drug, and as these particles interact with the charcoal they displace and release the drug,” says post-doctoral fellow Tejabhiram Yadavalli, who led the research along with Prof. Deepak Shukla. “The activated carbon acts like a slow-release drug capsule. Because it likes to bind with the virus, this gives it additional anti-viral properties.”The low-cost technology has been named DECON, for Drug Encapsulated Carbon. It is described in a paper that was published this week in the journal Science Advances.Source: University of Illinois at Chicagolast_img read more

Enhancing Precision Growing Patient Volume Fighting a Growing Public Health Threat

first_img 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 The Radiation Oncology Team of FUCAM. 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 Case study supplied by Accuray. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Sponsored Content | Case Study | Women’s Health | July 06, 2016 Enhancing Precision, Growing Patient Volume, Fighting a Growing Public Health Threat How the Fundacion de Cancer de Mama (FUCAM) is using the TomoTherapy System to provide critical breast cancer treatment to underserved populations Related Content FUCAM, the first non-profit institution established in Mexico and in Latin America with services, equipment and highly specialized personnel fully trained on the treatment of diseases of the breast. 12PreviousNext 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 Image courtesy of Imago Systems 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 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 FUCAM, the first non-profit institution established in Mexico and in Latin America with services, equipment and highly specialized personnel fully trained on the treatment of diseases of the breast.Following the global trend, cancer rates in Mexico continue to rise — and breast cancer is now the number-one killer of Mexican women. Unfortunately, only around half of Mexican women have access to mammography screening, and one in four women are diagnosed at advanced stages of breast cancer. Extending screening is a critical first step to reducing breast cancer deaths. But with fewer than 250 radiation oncologists for its 100 million-plus population, high patient volume is a challenge for all Mexico cancer treatment facilities. First-of-its-Kind Breast Cancer Treatment CenterTo address the growing public health threat posed by breast cancer, in 2008 the Mexican government helped launch a new non-profit institution dedicated exclusively to breast cancer treatment. The Fundacion de Cancer de Mama (FUCAM), in Mexico City, is the first of its kind in both Mexico and throughout Latin America. FUCAM gives particular focus to reaching those most vulnerable and marginalized populations of women in Mexico, providing screening, diagnosis and a wide range of treatments for breast cancer, as well as promoting public education about the importance of early detection. FUCAM’s six mobile units connect with women around the country, providing screening and referring women to its central operations for treatment. This drives a huge daily patient volume at FUCAM. The center provides around 100 medical consultations, 70 mammograms, 75 breast ultrasounds, 40 surgeries and nearly 50 radiation therapy treatments every day.Complex Cases Create Need for New Precision Treatment SolutionBecause of the high percentage of late-stage diagnoses, one in five treatment cases at FUCAM are highly complex, including bilateral breast cancer and palliative cases where patients have lesions in the central nervous system, spine, pelvis and other complicated areas. “Because of this complexity, we obviously have the need for a precise system that allows us to do very detailed planning,” said Judith Huerta Bahena, M.D., head of radiotherapy, Institute of Diseases of the Breast, FUCAM.In 2014, FUCAM began looking to invest in new radiation therapy to deliver this precise treatment capability. “We needed high-quality technology that could deliver conventional radiation therapy in addition to extreme hypo-fractionation to address a variety of patient needs,” said Huerta.Top Priority: High-volume EfficiencyThe ability to handle FUCAM’s high patient volume was a top priority. “We are a reference center for breast cancer patients, receiving about 1,000 new cases per year, so it was critical that we select a versatile and efficient radiation therapy system that yielded lower treatment planning and treatment delivery times,” said Huerta.Patient Volume Ramps Up QuicklyFUCAM deployed the TomoTherapy System at the end of 2014. The institution immediately began leveraging the technology for treatment planning. “We were able to start treatment planning even before we had permits to begin treatment,” said Huerta. This enabled quick ramp-up of treatment volume, as FUCAM went from treating 15 patients in its first week with the TomoTherapy System up to a full schedule of 40+ patients/day by just the third week.FUCAM uses both the TomoHelical and TomoDirect delivery modes. Parameters established by FUCAM dosimetrists define maximum doses and help define which delivery mode is optimal per patient case. “If [we] can do it with TomoDirect, that will be our first option; if not, we will use TomoHelical,” Huerta said.As of March 2016, FUCAM was averaging treatment of 54 patients every day, and had already treated nearly 900 patients through the public system, in addition to private patients.Efficient Planning Increases Patient VolumeThe TomoTherapy System is improving clinical outcomes at FUCAM, driving patient volume. “The advantage that I see with the TomoTherapy System is that planning is very friendly, simple and fast compared to other systems,” said Huerta. This faster planning complements the TomoTherapy System’s highly efficient treatment delivery, enabling FUCAM to treat more patients in less time. Patient treatment slots at FUCAM are now just eight minutes long, with the simplest cases treated in half that time. The efficient planning and treatment delivery of the TomoTherapy System will enable FUCAM to treat nearly twice as many patients as it did before deploying the solution.Comfortable Equipment Improves Patient ExperienceThe TomoTherapy System is also enhancing patient experiences at FUCAM. Huerta notes that patient positioning is easier and more comfortable with the new technology. Patients immediately recognize the comfort, and experience fewer issues with claustrophobia or other treatment anxieties. “Many patients still arrive with treatment anxieties, but once they see the equipment and how other patients come out of the treatment, they become excited, they get treated, and they are very satisfied,” said Huerta. In fact, since deploying the TomoTherapy System, FUCAM has not had a single patient refuse treatment based on such anxieties. Patients from other facilities are now requesting treatment at FUCAM, as word of the TomoTherapy System has spread quickly within the patient community.A Clear Business Impact — A Satisfied CustomerThe clinical and business impact of the TomoTherapy System is unmistakable for FUCAM. Huerta was confident in the potential of the TomoTherapy System to increase patient volume, but said “we are actually doing better than what we planned for.” Before installation, FUCAM was treating around 500 patients annually. The institution estimates that treatment volume will surpass 1,000 patients for 2015 — nearly doubling their previous volume and exceeding their initial goal by 50 percent. read more 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 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 | 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). 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. The team of professionals at FUCAM pictured with their TomoTherapy system. 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. The team of professionals at FUCAM pictured with their TomoTherapy system. 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 | 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 last_img read more

Cuenteros Storytelling Festival kicks off in Alajuela

first_imgRelated posts:What not to miss at Costa Rica’s National Arts Festival PHOTOS: The annual Oxcart Parade in Atenas, Alajuela Boruca masks bring indigenous awareness to San José This story was made possible thanks to The Tico Times 5 % Club. If only 5 percent our readers donated at least $2 a month, we’d have our operating costs covered and could focus on bringing you more original reporting from around Costa Rica. We work hard to keep our reporting independent and groundbreaking, but we can only do it with your help. Join The Tico Times 5% Club and help make stories like this one possible.Support the Tico Times Facebook Comments You don’t have to be fluent in Spanish to enjoy the 14th annual Storytelling Festival in Alajuela. It started Jan. 24 and is going on until Feb. 2. The festival will include music, art, and activities in the central park and more than 60 storytellers from Costa Rica and 14 other countries.The festival started with stories in the park but there is more to see and hear. Each day, except for Sunday, will start with a Cimarrona band, the tinny traditional music played to call people together. There will be art and drawings in the park and at the Casa de Cultura, which was built in 1914.Most stories are interactive, meaning that the audience joins in with gestures and motions. They can also dance to a rhythm or be part of the action on stage.Occasionally a storyteller scolds the audience for a lackluster response, but it’s all fun, even if you’re just watching. Check the schedule for story times and place, either the museum across from the park or the municipal theater, one block south of the central park. There will be art, music and other activities during the storytelling festival. (Mitzi Stark / The Tico Times)Several storytelling groups practice their craft at weekly sessions – some open to the public. This year’s festival is dedicated to oral traditions in the electronic era.Storytelling goes back as far as human language and is a part of all countries. It was a form of mass communications before the written word. It was how legends and traditions passed from one generation to the next. Some tales, like Little Red Riding Hood, are known around the world.Storytelling became an integral part of Alajuela 35 years ago when Juan Madrigal took his talent to the stage as Juan Cuentacuentos (Juan Storyteller). He now performs around the country and has participated in storytelling events in other countries.His career actually began as a catechism teacher, but he discovered that hamming up Bible stories kept the kids’ attention. Then more kids started coming to his class. He still heads up the festival each year and tells his own stories.Here is the schedule for the festival:last_img read more

125 former slaves return home to Myanmar from Indonesia

first_img New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Comments   Share   In addition, the AP recently found more foreign migrants desperate to go home during a visit to the provincial capital of Ambon. The International Organization for Migration suspects thousands of others are stranded on boats or surrounding islands.At least two more chartered flights are planned from Indonesia to Myanmar to bring the stranded men home.____Associated Press Writer Aye Aye Win contributed to this report from Yangon, Myanmar.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — More than 100 Burmese men who worked as slave fishermen in Indonesia have arrived home and were waiting Friday to return to their villages to be reunited with families many have been separated from for years.A chartered plane from Ambon, in eastern Indonesia, carried 125 men to Yangon on Thursday evening. It was the biggest group repatriated following an Associated Press investigation that exposed labor abuses in the fishing industry involving hundreds of men being tricked or sold onto Thai boats and brought to Indonesian waters where they were forced to work nearly nonstop under brutal conditions. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility The men wore new matching white shirts and hats as they streamed out of the airport where they were greeted by flashing cameras from local reporters. Some smiled and waved at AP journalists they recognized, while others had a look of uncertainty on their faces as they boarded buses to spend the night at a social services compound. A few family members and friends also were there to meet loved ones they thought they might never see again.“We are so happy that we are finally seeing our son for the first time in nearly four years,” said mother Tin Tin Mya, who met her son, Nan Lu, at the airport. “We can’t express how happy we are to see him alive. As a mother, my only wish was to have my son back home safe and sound.”Last month, the Indonesian Fisheries Ministry evacuated more than 300 men from the remote island village of Benjina. The number of foreign fishermen rescued or identified by authorities has risen steadily in the past month to nearly 600, reflecting how widespread and deep-rooted the problem of forced labor is on the boats that bring them from Thailand.On Monday, 59 Cambodians became the first rescued slaves from that country to fly home. Before their departure, more than 360 former slaves were gathered on the island of Tual, including some who got word of the rescue by cell phone messages and traveled hundreds of kilometers (miles) by boat to join the others. Another 230 Burmese and Cambodians have been identified and are waiting to leave Benjina, while hundreds of Thai nationals still have not been processed there. Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober The difference between men and women when it comes to paincenter_img Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Check your body, save your life Sponsored Stories 5 ways to recognize low testosterone Myanmar fishermen arrive at Yangon International Airport, Thursday, May 14, 2015, in Yangon, Myanmar. Altogether 125 fishermen who returned home to Myanmar were from among the 535 fishermen rescued in the course of an Associated Press investigation into slavery in the seafood industry. All the rescued fishermen will be brought back to Myanmar in separate batches in a chartered flight. (AP Photo/Khin Maung Win) Top Stories last_img read more

JQ jumps up and down over Toyota trademark

first_imgImage Source: buzz law Source = e-Travel Blackboard: P.T Low cost carrier Jetstar (JQ) has filed a notice of opposition against Toyota’s request to trademark its signature ‘Oh, What a Feeling!’ “jump”.Toyota has used actors jumping in the air at the end of its advertisements since the mid-1980s while Jetstar has used actors doing a star jump since it was launched in 2004, according to SmartCompany.Toyota spokesperson Glenn Campbell said the car manufacturer filed the trademark application earlier in the year with government intellectual property authority IP Australia.“The jump and ‘Oh, What a Feeling!’ is synonymous with Toyota and we have been using it for almost 30 years,” Mr Campbell said.The trademark was accepted for registration by IP Australia on February 28, 2012.Jetstar claims the star jump has been an iconic symbol of the airline’s brand since its formation in 2004.“It has been used in campaigns across Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Japan, China and Vietnam and will be used as Jetstar further expands through Asia,” a Jetstar spokesperson said.last_img read more

Wonderful Indonesia successfully conducts 3days mall promotion in New Delhi

first_img‘Wonderful Indonesia’ just concluded a 3-days mall promotion campaign at the Select Citywalk, Saket, New Delhi from October 30 to November 1, 2015. The objective of the promotion was to directly connect with the consumers and know their wants, their needs. The intention of the campaign was to promote Indonesia as a destination, its culture, its culinary delights, the scenic beauty and visa free entry for Indians and to target the consumers visiting the mall and capitalise on their wanderlust during the festive season into enhanced foot traffic from India to Indonesia.During the promotion, there were dance performances from the land of Indonesia like Tari Lenso from Manado, Tarinjot–Njotan from Betawi, Tari Cendrawasih from Bali and Amore Dance Carnivals from Malang. All the four dance performances were appreciated by the visitors. Amore Dance Carnivals, a dance form describing the beauty of the city of Malang with beautiful and colourful flowers. The beauty of the city of Malang known as MAKOBU (Malang city flower) was reflected in the beauty of the carnival costume design and in collaboration with the beautiful dance movements had attracted the visitors most. The quiz contest was also enjoyed by the visitors and the winners won branded caps, t-shirts, paper holders, umbrellas etc. At the end of each of the three days, there was a lucky draw and the winner won a 2 nights/3 days package to Bali.Rita Sophia, Deputy Director, Marketing Development for Asia Pacific from the Ministry of Tourism, was overwhelmed at the response of the consumers all throughout. Shelly Chandhok, Country Manager, Visit Indonesia Tourist Office (India) was very happy with the initiative during the festive season; she said that the right effort was made at the right time. She opined that this was the perfect platform to promote the destination as the holidays and wedding seasons are almost about to start and also that Visa Free Travel to Indonesia for Indians has just been announced.last_img read more

Wells Fargo Settles Over Maternity Discrimination Claims

first_img Discrimination HUD Settlements Wells Fargo 2014-10-09 Seth Welborn Wells Fargo Settles Over Maternity Discrimination Claims October 9, 2014 498 Views HUD has reached a $5 million settlement with Wells Fargo Home Mortgage, the largest provider of residential mortgage loans in the nation, to resolve allegations that Wells Fargo discriminated against women who were either pregnant or on maternity leave, the agency announced Thursday.HUD reported that 190 discrimination complaints related to maternity leave have been filed since 2010, which had resulted in 40 settlements for a combined total of about $1.5 million prior to Thursday’s settlement. The complainants say their respective lenders are in violation of the Fair Housing Act, which makes it illegal to discriminate based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability, or familial status for any real estate transaction.The complaints covered in Thursday’s settlement were filed by six families from five states (Nevada, Nebraska, Texas, Arizona, and California). As part of the settlement, Wells Fargo agreed to distribute $165,000 to the six families and create a fund with at least $3.5 million to compensate other Wells Fargo applicants who claim to have experienced maternity leave-related discrimination at the time they applied for a loan. Wells Fargo also agreed to pay up to 175 claimants $20,000 each; if there are more than 175 claimants, Wells Fargo will replenish the fund with $1.5 million and pay the next 75 claimants $20,000 each. If there are more than 250 claimants, claimants after 250 will receive a pro-rated share of the $5 million.”The settlement is significant for the six families who had the courage to file complaints, and for countless other families who will no longer fear losing out on a home simply because they are expecting a baby,” said HUD Secretary Julian Castro said. “I’m committed to leveling the playing field for all families when it comes to mortgage lending.  These types of settlements get us closer to ensuring that no qualified family will be singled out for discrimination.”Wells Fargo will also change its underwriting policies to ensure they are not discriminatory as part of the settlement. The lender agreed to implement new Temporary Leave Guidelines and issue instructions to their staff on how to implement them. Also as part of the settlement, Wells Fargo did not admit to any violation of the Fair Housing Act.The six complaints allege that Wells Fargo made loans unavailable to families based on familial status, forced women to give up their maternity leave and return to work before their loans closed, and made discriminatory statements toward women applicants who were either pregnant or had recently given birth.”We resolved these claims to avoid a lengthy legal dispute so we can continue to serve the needs of our customers,” said Wells Fargo spokesman Tom Goyda. “Our underwriting is consistent with longstanding fair and responsible lending practices and our policies do not require that applicants on temporary leave return to work before being approved.  HUD found no violation of the Fair Housing Act or any other law by Wells Fargo. The agreement resolves claims related to only five loan applications from a period when Wells Fargo processed a total of approximately 3 million applications from female customers.”Several lenders have settled with HUD over maternity leave-based discrimination complaints since 2010. In November 2013, Bank of America settled with HUD for $45,000 to resolve such complaints, and Cornerstone Bank settled for $750,000 in 2011, according to HUD.center_img in Daily Dose, Government, Headlines, News Sharelast_img read more