Rwanda UN tribunal opens two new information centres

They join ten other similar sites set up by the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) in Arusha, Tanzania.The centres, located throughout the country, seek to provide genocide-related information to promote peace and security in the region.Beginning in April 1994 in Rwanda, more than 800,000 ethnic Tutsis and Hutu moderates were massacred, mostly by machete, during a period of less than 100 days.At the launch of the very first site last November, the ICTR Registrar, Adarna Dieng, said that “we have a strong hope that the knowledge base of lawyers in provincial courts will be expanded and strengthened through their easy access to and use of the tools and technologies they are presented with, and for which they have been effectively trained to ensure their efficient use.” 23 February 2009The United Nations tribunal set up to deal with the mass killings that engulfed Rwanda in 1994 inaugurated two new information centres in the south of the small African Great Lakes nation. read more

International law increasingly vital says head of UN World Court

26 October 2011It is vital that international law underpin developments on the global stage, especially in an ever increasingly globalized and interconnected world, the head of the United Nations International Court of Justice (ICJ) said today. “It is no exaggeration to say that all regions of the world have become closely intertwined,” Judge Hisashi Owada, President of the ICJ, the principal judicial organ of the UN, said as he reported to the General Assembly on the court’s activities over the past year. “In this 21st century, international politics are undeniably interconnected; a truly global economy has emerged; and our natural environment and global climate change have created new challenges,” he noted.“In these times of unprecedented interconnection between States and peoples, it is my sincere belief that a firm reliance on international law must underpin any and all future developments on the global stage.”Established in 1945 under the UN Charter, the ICJ – sometimes referred to as the World Court – settles legal disputes between States and gives advisory opinions on legal questions that have been referred to it by authorized UN organs or specialized agencies.Judge Owada noted the trust that the international community continues to place in the Court to handle a wide variety of legal disputes.“States from all corners of world, faithful to their attachment to international law, continue to have recourse to the Court in order to find a judicial settlement to their disputes,” he stated. Since last October, the Court has rendered four judgments and three orders on cases involving countries from all regions of the world and raising a broad range of legal questions, from border and maritime disputes to compensation for injury and racial discrimination. Given a “remarkable” increase in the number of cases on the docket, the President said the Court is now opining on more than a few cases on a parallel basis, thus making its best endeavours to eliminate a backlog on judicial work. “It is my hope that Member States will continue to rely on the International Court of Justice to assist them in the pacific settlement of their disputes and that more States will accept the Court’s jurisdiction.”The Court’s current docket stands at 15 cases, most of which are still at the stage of being in the hands of the parties who are presenting their written proceedings in advance of the oral hearings. The two most recent cases that have been filed concern a border dispute between Costa Rica and Nicaragua as well as the row between Cambodia and Thailand over the Preah Vihear temple. read more

UN official urges top priority for fighting hunger other than highprofile disasters

“During the course of this hearing several hundred people will die from hunger,” World Food Programme (WFP) Executive Director James Morris told the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee in Washington yesterday. “Most of the victims will be malnourished young children too weak to fight off the disease. Their deaths will occur quietly in dusty villages in Malawi, the slums of Mumbai, the highlands of Peru. These deaths will not make the news,” he testified. With more than 40 million people infected with HIV, some two-thirds of them living in conditions of severe poverty in sub-Saharan Africa, Mr. Morris highlighted the critical role food aid plays in helping people living with HIV/AIDS fight the disease. “Ending AIDS is not a battle we will win with medicine alone – we need proper nutrition, education and clean water,” he said. “The AIDS coverage in the media focuses heavily on the demand for anti-retroviral drugs, but if you were to go out and talk to families in southern Africa, the hardest hit region, you would get a very different picture. These people talk about food.” People need good nutrition to fight infection, regain strength and live productively. Malnutrition breaks down people’s immune systems and makes them more prone to disease, including AIDS, he added. He urged Congress to provide more food aid to AIDS orphans, expected to rise to 20 million children by 2010, and increase school feeding programs. WFP provides nutritious school meals to children in 69 countries to attract them to school, increase retention rates and improve learning ability. The US Government has been the top donor to WFP since its inception in 1963 and continues to be the agency’s most generous contributor. Last year it donated nearly $1.5 billion for feeding programmes in countries ranging from Afghanistan to Zambia. Currently, more than 800 million people are chronically hungry, a figure which increased by 18 million in the second half of the 1990s. One in four of the world’s children under five years old is underweight – 168 million all told. At the same time, WFP is facing a shortfall in 2004 of 1.8 million tons of food, or $1 billion, for critical operations in 2004. read more

A look at what minimumwage workers get paid across Canada

A look at what minimum-wage workers get paid across Canada by The Canadian Press Posted Apr 28, 2017 2:57 pm MDT Last Updated Apr 28, 2017 at 3:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email The Manitoba government is set to announce a new minimum wage after a labour-management committee failed to reach a consensus on what should happen to the $11 hourly rate. Here’s a look at what minimum-wage workers are paid across the country:Alberta — $12.20 an hour, rising to $13.60 this year and reaching $15 an hour on Oct. 1, 2018.British Columbia — $10.85. It’s expected to rise to at least $11.25 this year.Manitoba — $11.New Brunswick — $11. Adjusted annually relative to the consumer price index.Newfoundland & Labrador — $10.75 rising to $11 on Oct. 1, 2017Northwest Territories — $12.50Nova Scotia — $10.85. Adjusted annually April 1 based on the consumer price index.Nunavut — $13. Adjusted annually April 1.Ontario — $11.40. Rising to $11.60 Oct. 1.Prince Edward Island — $11.25.Quebec — $10.75, rising to $11.25 per hour May 1.Saskatchewan — $10.72. Adjusted annually Oct. 1 relative to the consumer price index and average hourly wage.Yukon — $11.32. Adjusted annually April 1 based on the consumer price index.Source: The Canadian Press, Retail Council of Canada read more

Cavaliers fall to Wizards put on show for Columbus fans

Cavaliers’ Point Guard Kyrie Irving (2) tries to get through Wizards’ guard Trey Burke (33) during their preseason game at the Schottenstein Center on Oct. 18. The Cavs lost 96-91. Credit: Mason Swires | Assistant Photo EditorThe Cleveland Cavaliers received a welcome fit for champions in the Schottenstein Center on Tuesday night. In a preseason matchup against the Washington Wizards, the Cavaliers trotted onto the court in front of a crowd of both Cavalier and Buckeye fans to show off the unit they would be presenting to defend their 2016 NBA championship.Cleveland started the All-Star filled cast of small forward LeBron James, power forward Kevin Love, point guard Kyrie Irving, shooting guard J.R. Smith and center Tristan Thompson. The Wine and Gold could not keep pace, and dropped the contest 96-91 to the Washington Wizards in a game highlighted by big time dunks and contested three-pointers.Ending warmups with a dunk fest by all team members, the Cavaliers were welcomed to Columbus with screams of excitement from fans of all ages. Smith, after knocking down a half court three-point bomb while warming up, quickly ran to the sideline to autograph some young fans’ memorabilia.Led by 15 first-quarter points by Love, Cleveland showed exactly why the team was able to come back from a 3-1 deficit in the NBA Finals last season. The team owned a 10-point lead by the end of the first.After the game, Love said the Schottenstein Center made for a memorable backdrop for the final preseason game of the year for Cleveland.“It was great. It’s always fun playing in a college town,” Love said. “LeBron has told us a lot about this place. Naturally, throughout the years there’s been a lot of winning here. Great atmosphere because of that. It was great to play in front of the fans here in Columbus for sure.”During the second half, Irving left the court and jogged into the team tunnel. According to a Cavaliers spokesperson, he was feeling some tightness in his calf, and would not return to the game.Cleveland coach Tyronn Lue said the small issue with Irving is nothing to worry about, and the team is now ready to move ahead into the regular season.“Everyone came out injury-free,” Lue said about the preseason. “(Irving) got a little, but it’s nothing serious. The whole group that we have, just get them out, injury-free. Now we’re ready to start the regular season.”Although the final score read 96-91 in favor of Washington, the Cavaliers have multiple reasons to be pleased with the team moving past the preseason. The largest reason being the starting core of players for Cleveland looks ready for whatever challenges lay ahead.James poured in 18 points along with four rebounds and four steals. His lone block of the night, on Washington small forward Kelly Oubre Jr., was eerily similar to his chasedown block of Golden State point guard Steph Curry in the NBA finals of last year.“We just want to continue to hone in on our game both offensively and defensively,” James said. “We got a week to get ready for Game One, but we’re going to learn throughout the whole season. It’s not going to come together in six days before opening day, it’s a process for us and we understand that and if we follow that we’ll be fine.”James shared the sentiments of Love, and said coming to a place to play that is so close to his home and Quicken Loans Arena made for a boisterous crowd. Love and Thompson provided a dynamic duo of big men, as Love dropped in a trio of three pointers, while Thompson was perfect from the floor on six attempts. Thompson picked up 14 points total to go along with 10 rebounds, earning a double-double.Guard Jordan McRae led the Cavaliers bench with 7 points. Although the team did not have a star coming off the bench against Washington, Cleveland showed depth at nearly every position.In the offseason, the Cavaliers acquired veteran Mike Dunleavy, who is listed as both a guard and forward, and power forward Chris Andersen. Both have been around the NBA for more than 10 years, and bring experience to the team that was occasionally lacking from the reserves last season.On the other end of the spectrum, rookie guard Kay Felder saw the court for nine minutes on Tuesday. Listed at just 5-foot-9, Felder is expected to contribute a fair portion of playing time after Matthew Dellavedova’s offer sheet from the Milwaukee Bucks was not matched by Cleveland in the offseason. The Cavaliers move into the regular season with a target on their backs after last season’s historic NBA Finals victory. The team has a new look with new players and the arrival of newly resigned Smith, and Lue said the team is still in the feeling out phase.“Like I said before the game, it’s going to be a work in progress,” Lue said. “Just keep mixing different lineups up until we find what works for us. We have a different team with the backup point guard situation. Just keep mixing and matching until we find the right combination.”Cleveland opens the the regular season at home against the New York Knicks on Tuesday at 8 p.m. on TNT. read more

The Eastern Conference Battle Just Escalated Quickly

Not everybody has been bought out yet. But there are a few key ones, Tony. Among them: Robin Lopez, who’s thought to be headed to the Warriors. Wesley Matthews, who sounds set on Indiana.natesilver: What if Houston traded Chris Paul for the Lakers’ young guys this summer?Not that crazy if AD goes elsewhere, right?chris.herring: I don’t think the young Lakers shoot well enough to put them around Harden.But that idea is still kind of fascinating. I don’t trust CP3 health-wise beyond this year — especially not with that money he’s making. So they would be smart to get something for him if someone is willing to give them a king’s ransom.natesilver: The 76ers really need a buyout guy. The drop-off from their starting five to their bench is about as steep as you’ll ever see.tchow: Scouring on NBA Twitter right now, and Wayne Ellington (Tar Heel!!) is another name that is being mentioned a lot.chris.herring: Yeah. Ellington def isn’t playing with Phoenix, so he’s another — maybe to the Rockets, even. He waived a no-trade clause to leave Miami, so he’d probably only join a contender.natesilver: Speaking of Philly, the Fultz move actually opens up some cap space, so they could decide to keep Harris and target another max guy if Jimmy Butler leaves.chris.herring: That Harris deal was such a big, interesting move for them.Being able to keep him as insurance depending on what happens with Butler — who isn’t my favorite long-term max option anyway — is huge. Harris is also a lot younger than people realize because Philadelphia is already his fifth team at age 26.tchow: He’s only 26???natesilver: I like it more for the Sixers than a lot of people do, in part because it gives them several different options going forward.chris.herring: Yep.natesilver: Also, if Ben Simmons is your point guard, you need forwards who can make a 3.chris.herring: I was tough on them last year, but can we circle back to the Pistons right quick? Because they are seemingly punting on this season. They gave up Stanley Johnson for Thon Maker, which I don’t mind on its own. Thon could be good. But they dealt away a very decent/good player in Reggie Bullock to the Lakers.neil: And according to our projections, Detroit has a 56 percent chance of making the playoffs!chris.herring: THAT’S WHAT I’M NOT UNDERSTANDINGneil: Same.chris.herring: Like, there’s a possibility they could be trading themselves out of the playoffs.Now, maybe that risk isn’t terrible — especially now, with what happened with the Wizards.neil: Making the playoffs is a pretty low bar, especially in the East. But Detroit has only done it once since 2009.natesilver: Top to bottom, Detroit has to be in one of the worst situations in the league. They’re stuck in that in-between zone, but without very many young assets to pull them out of it.chris.herring: As it stands, they still wouldn’t be in. And I feel like they hurt their chances, if anythingtchow: Yea, I was about to say. Detroit making the playoffs might be surprising, but if you look at the East, who else would be the 7 or 8 seed that seems more probable? 56 percent seems about right to me.neil: The Wizards basically blew everything up. (Although I was a little surprised Bradley Beal wasn’t on the move.)chris.herring: Miami. I trust Erik Spoelstra and that group more than Blake Griffin and the Blakettes.natesilver: If the Pistons decide they want to blow things up, then I wonder if they’d consider moving Blake this summer.chris.herring: I guess they probably want to build around him going forward. But yeah, Blake probably should be moved. He could make several teams really interesting.tchow: Man, I feel so bad for Wizards fans.chris.herring: Yeah. Speaking of the Wizards, I liked the Bulls jumping in on the Otto Porter situation. Some Bulls’ fans didn’t like it. But Chicago has done literally nothing to make itself more appealing to free agents this summer. So they sacrifice that space by getting Porter, who’s young. But they at least have a young vet who is decent on both ends to put around that young core.natesilver: There are so many teams with max cap slots open that some of these “bad” contracts, e.g. Blake or CP3 or maybe Kevin Love, could start to look like assets.All of those guys can still play obviously, but they get very expensive in the back half of their contracts.tchow: Aren’t all those teams waiting for the summer though, Nate?natesilver: Yeah, I think the summer is going to be totally wild. Dallas also cleared a max slot, or close to it.chris.herring: Yeah! The Dallas situation was big. Last week, when we discussed them, we talked about how they didn’t have space. By moving Barnes now, they do. Accelerates the timeline quite a bit, which you obviously want to do now that you have Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis together.chris.herring: LOL neil: I didn’t realize FuckJerry was referring to Jerry Buss.Loltchow: LOLnatesilver: But maybe the Lakers deserve some blame for that. The chemistry around the team is really weird and there are a lot of mixed messages about what their objectives are.chris.herring: Completely. I don’t think it was ever fair to assume they could get the deal done. But I do understand L.A.’s frustration if, as reported, they weren’t even getting counteroffers back from the Pelicans.natesilver: A lot of the better deals of the past few years, like Paul George or Kawhi Leonard or on a smaller scale Mirotic today, are just about teams being opportunistic.Instead of trying to call their shots.chris.herring: Yeah. It would’ve been something had Milwaukee or Toronto been able to land Davis. Probably too big of a gamble for Toronto, and maybe Milwaukee didn’t have enough outside of Giannis.But the gamble for PG paid off; especially considering OKC generally isn’t in play for the biggest free agents because of location.natesilver: It was sorta funny that AD’s list included the Lakers plus three teams that didn’t really have pieces that fit.neil: Yeah, there was another conspiracy theory floating around that that was to provide cover when eventually talks circled “back” to the Lakers.chris.herring: Yeah. It was Lakers or bust this whole time.natesilver: If the Knicks get the No. 1 pick, what are the odds they flip it for Davis? Gotta be at least 50/50, no? It just feels like a very clean transaction.chris.herring: Nate, I think the Knicks would be very well-positioned if they win the lottery. They would have the No. 1 pick (Zion Williamson), two recent lottery guys — in Frank Ntilikina and Kevin Knox — AND the future first-round picks they just got from Dallas.I don’t think too many teams can touch that. Not a whole lot in the way of players who can make a big, immediate impact. But Zion alone is something you can sell to your fans, as well as a boatload of future picks. And now that the Davis saga is being pushed out to the offseason — and with Boston perhaps being put in a weakened situation, given the lack of clarity around Kyrie — the team that wins the lotto could be best position to make NOLA an offer.tchow: Circling back to things that did happen, outside of the AD saga, the story of these trades seems to be about the moves the top Eastern Conference teams made. FWIW, this is how the top of the East looked a week ago, compared to now: neil: I love the East horse race this season! I think the favorite changed hands, like, three times in the last few days. Everyone is making their move now that LeBron is out of the picture.chris.herring: As they should!tchow: The King is gone — the throne is wide-open. It’s like “Game of Thrones” in the Eastern Conference.chris.herring: I really do like the Mirotic trade for Milwaukee. When I tweeted about it, someone said, “Yeah, but how does he help them against Golden State?” Milwaukee hasn’t gotten out of the first round since 2000. They have a real chance to make the finals now, with an elite player, offense and defense and an explosive scheme that allows them to rain threes.tchow: So. Many. Shooters.neil: Right, Ray Allen and Sam Cassell were Bucks the last time they were in a spot like this.chris.herring: Mirotic isn’t perfect. But he really helped AD and the Pelicans down the stretch last year. Can certainly help Milwaukee.tchow: All right, enough about the trade deadline. Who’s ready for the All-Star draft?Check out our latest NBA predictions. chris.herring (Chris Herring, senior sportswriter): While there wasn’t the blockbuster deal that some thought might come at Thursday’s NBA trade deadline, there were plenty of moves — and non-moves — that affected each of the top teams in the East and will factor heavily in the playoff race from here on out.And on the flipside, there are a handful of teams that aren’t in contention that made trades I liked for their future. (And one that did almost nothing, which confuses me.)This is insane, by the way: The way the Pelicans handled this whole scenario is ridiculous.neil: So petty.tchow: The NBA is the pettiest league. But that’s also what makes it the best league.chris.herring: Although the Lakers’ core wouldn’t have had me excited to make a deal, either.neil: No, and I think part of it was New Orleans feeling like planting a flag for the small-market teams of the league. The Lakers can’t just have anyone they want whenever they want.natesilver: If Lonzo Ball and Brandon Ingram had played, like, 20 percent better this season, everything would be so much easier.neil: That’s definitely true.chris.herring: I think the Pelicans’ social media team just called the Lakers’ offer the equivalent of the Fyre Festival. neil: Hard as it is to believe a LeBron James team misses the playoffs.chris.herring: The Clippers are interesting because even after dealing Harris, they aren’t by any means in a bad spot.natesilver: Yeah, the Clippers have a lot of guys on expiring contracts, so they have incentive to play hard.In the abstract, the Kings are not tanking, but our numbers hate Harrison Barnes, so that trade didn’t help their chances at all.chris.herring: I didn’t like that deal for the Kings.I like that they’re going for it. But I didn’t love trading Justin Jackson.The Bulls’ deal for Otto Porter was better, IMO.neil: But it also felt like the Lakers and AD overplayed their hand a little here. It felt like an orchestrated effort to bully the Pelicans into trading a generational player for less than attractive prospects. And the Pelicans didn’t blink.To hear some tell it, out of spite.chris.herring: There were a handful of things that played out today that I didn’t understand.tchow: Fellow Justin Jackson fan here, checking in.chris.herring: Toronto’s deal for Marc Gasol was interesting. He’s a former defensive player of the year but has slowed down. You deal Jonas Valanciunas, Delon Wright, CJ Miles and a second-rounder for him. I don’t know how much better that makes the Raptors. Maybe Gasol is less of a defensive liability, but Valanciunas could beat up on second-string bigs pretty well. And I like Wright’s versatility at times.What did our projections have on that one? The way the Raps handled deadline was interesting. You kept hearing Lowry’s name floated around, etc.neil: Our projections still like Gasol quite a bit. Mainly for his defense.chris.herring: Also, to Nate and Neil’s question about the Lakers, at this point, I’m more interested in how the youngsters play from now on. Many of them had never been through this, with it being public that they’re all for sale. How they respond, how hard LeBron pushes himself and how much the Lakers push him will say a lot about whether they’re in the playoffs. It may not be totally worth it for LeBron to push himself to the limit, given how old he is and how slim a chance they have of taking out the West’s contenders.natesilver: I think literally every player on the roster other than LeBron was rumored to be going to New Orleans at some point, which can’t have helped with morale.chris.herring: Exactly.neil: Probably no coincidence they lost by 40+ on Tuesday.chris.herring: YUP.natesilver: Plus, the Lakers’ plan B isn’t that bad. Sign Klay Thompson or something this summer, give the young guys more chance to develop, and be opportunistic; there are still several ways you could end up with AD, and if you do, you’re going to have a lot more assets to surround him and LBJ with.chris.herring: Some teams surprised me by not making a deal today. I thought Atlanta — with guys like Kent Bazemore, Jeremy Lin — could have dealt away a vet to get something in return. Utah seemed to want Mike Conley, yet Memphis decided not to trade him just yet.But I love Orlando getting Markelle Fultz. They badly need someone at point guard. So I like the first-round pick as a gamble there.tchow: But our projections HATE Fultz, Chris.chris.herring: Of course. He hasn’t been good yet!neil: I don’t think anybody’s projections know what to do with Fultz.natesilver: Fultz isn’t a guy that projection systems are set up to deal with.neil: Right.chris.herring: One team that continues to confuse me some is Houston. They kind of cheaped out. Moved James Ennis for very little. Picked up Iman Shumpert, but also dealt away Nik Stauskas right after landing him in a trade. All seemingly to stay beneath the luxury tax. Those guys could’ve been useful. Maybe not great, but useful. On a team with a ton of injuries and little depth.It would be interesting to know how James Harden views that sort of thing as he’s doing everything by himself, damn-near.natesilver: Shumpert with good coaching/management could be an interesting fit. But yeah, Daryl Morey is sort of a home run hitter, and this felt like him fouling off a few pitches instead.chris.herring: True. They’ve always been bold, when it comes to certain things, that boldness pays off. They washed their hands of Carmelo Anthony a lot earlier than some would have, but they turned things around shortly after. Now the Lakers are interested in picking Melo up off the waiver wire, apparently.tchow: Speaking of Melo, Chris, in the beginning of the chat, you mentioned something about buyouts, and I keep hearing NBA circles talking about a robust or much coveted buyout market this time around. Who are some of the players that are being circled right now? I have no idea why it’s “robust.”chris.herring: neil (Neil Paine, senior sportswriter): Chris, this has to be up there with the most active deadlines ever.chris.herring: So what stood out to you all as the deadline came and went? The trades themselves are over, but a number of teams seem likely to keep an eye on the waiver wire for big names that could become available via buyout.I have to be honest: I loved Milwaukee’s trade for Nikola Mirotic.neil: Yes, a week ago, the Bucks were third-best in the East in our ratings. Now they are No. 1. (At least, in terms of full-strength rating.)chris.herring: They took four second-rounders and the spare parts they got in deals from the past couple of days to get a stretch big who fits their offense perfectly.Tobias Harris is a more complete player than Mirotic, but the fact that they could get the deal done without giving up much on the personnel side was really impressive.natesilver (Nate Silver, editor in chief): What stood out to me is that the biggest losers of the whole trade deadline period were the Lakers and the Celtics, even though they didn’t make any moves. (Well, the Lakers traded for Mike Muscala, but I’m not sure that counts.)tchow (Tony Chow, video producer): It doesn’t.chris.herring: The Sixers could have benefited from a deal like Milwaukee’s.neil: Yes, the Sixers gave up a ton in that Harris deal.tchow: The thing that stood out to me is it seemed like Toronto, Milwaukee AND Philadelphia all made moves with the assumption that their time is NOW. They all seem to believe they can win, if not the NBA Finals, then at least the East. Now, obviously, all three of them (four if you include Boston) can’t make it out on top, so it’ll be interesting to see who, if any, regrets these moves at the end of the season.natesilver: The Celtics were the biggest losers because all three of the other Eastern contenders made trades that make them much tougher outs. Obviously Philly gave up a lot more to do it than Toronto or Milwaukee did, and I agree that the Mirotic trade is the best of the three.chris.herring: That’s interesting, Nate.natesilver: The opportunity cost of not making a move is pretty high if you’re Boston.Especially if they’re now underdogs to make it out of the second round, which won’t help their case for keeping Kyrie Irving.chris.herring: I actually didn’t feel like Boston was a massive loser here. On the one hand, yeah, they didn’t change the roster. But they also seem to have played a role in Anthony Davis not being moved, which is a win in some ways, no? I guess it depends on whether you’re looking at short-term (which you probably have to, since the Celtics are a contender) vs. long-term/summer.neil: Certainly Davis staying in play for the summer is a win for Boston, although Davis’s agent and his father have said he’s not interested in signing long-term in Boston.natesilver: My thing is like: Kyrie has very openly flirted with the idea of leaving. And both the Knicks and the Clippers, two of the most attractive destinations, have totally cleared their books in way that make them very plausible fits for him.chris.herring: That’s certainly truenatesilver: The Celtics have to fade a lot of risks: AD openly griping about going there, Kyrie not leaving, the Knicks getting the No. 1 (or maybe the No. 2?) pick — in which case their offer for AD could be pretty darn attractive — and maybe none of the Lakers players having a breakout in the playoffs, which would make them more attractive trade assets, too.chris.herring: All completely fair.tchow: Yea, if the Celtics get knocked out in the first round or even the second round of the playoffs this year, I feel like they’re going to really regret not making any moves before this deadline.natesilver: Like, what if the Celtics had traded for Tobias Harris as a rental?chris.herring: Maybe I’m just of the opinion that the Celtics doing nothing AND watching AD get dealt to the Lakers would’ve been worse for them.natesilver: The weird thing about Boston is that they don’t have any obvious weaknesses, so they’re a little hard to improve unless you’re actually getting a star. But still…chris.herring: I don’t know if I would have liked them dealing for Harris, who is kind of a taller Jayson Tatum with less upside, given their difference in age.neil: Are the Lakers even going to MAKE the playoffs?tchow: Maybe? Right now, we project them to be a 9 seed.chris.herring: That’s a good question, Neil.natesilver: We have them as 2-to-1 underdogs, although they’re going to benefit from the Clippers semi-tanking. And maybe our numbers don’t account for motivation, as much.tchow: read more

Dragan Markovic new Bosnia and Herzegovina coach

Despite many rumors saying that Maglajlija’s appointment as Bosnia and Herzegovina’s new coach was a done thing, after Vojislav Radja’s dismissal, the decision of the Bosnia and Herzegovina federation have surprised many. The new coach is Dragan Markovic, and he will try to put the national team back on track for the Qualifications for the World Championship in Spain 2013, after terrible performance in the qualifications for the European Championship in Serbia. ← Previous Story Heuberger tips Germany for bronze Next Story → Tominec new Gorenje coach

Les poissons retrouvés sans vie seraient morts de froid

first_imgLes poissons retrouvés sans vie seraient morts de froidLa mort des poissons retrouvés à la surface de l’eau dans la baie de Chesapeake, dans le Maryland aux Etats Unis, n’aurait aucun lien avec celle des milliers d’oiseaux tombés du ciel en Arkansas et en Louisiane, en ce début d’année 2011. Mardi, sur les côtes de Nouvelle-Zélande, du Brésil et dans le plus grand estuaire des Etats-Unis, la baie de Chesapeake, des millions de poissons sans vie ont été découverts. Le mystère, largement médiatisé cette semaine, est enfin élucidé. En tout cas pour la partie américaine.Selon les services de l’environnement du Maryland, les poissons retrouvés à la surface de l’eau sont simplement morts de froid. Cité par Reuters, Jay Apperson, porte-parole de ce service explique : “Il semble que la cause soit une chute rapide des températures qui a touché une population importante de jeunes poissons”.Le phénomène n’est pas rare. En remontant à janvier 1976, on se rend compte qu’un événement similaire, mais d’une bien plus grande ampleur, s’était produit au même endroit : 15 millions de poissons s’étaient échoués dans la baie de Chesapeake.Pour les biologistes, les phénomènes observés cette semaine ne doivent pas inquiéter. Ces morts en masse se produisent régulièrement (voir notre article). Le 7 janvier 2011 à 11:43 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Les poules sensibles aux souffrances de leurs semblables

first_imgLes poules sensibles aux souffrances de leurs semblablesUne étude britannique révèle que les poules sont aussi sensibles que les hommes aux souffrances de leurs semblables. De quoi faire réfléchir sur les conditions d’élevage des poulets en batterie.  Le magazine anglais Proceedings of Royal Society vient de publier une étude mettant en évidence que les poules éprouvent elles aussi de l’empathie. Les chercheurs de l’Université britannique de Bristol ont noté la réaction des poules dont les poussins avaient les plumes ébouriffées par des souffles d’air. Les résultats ont montré que leur rythme cardiaque et leurs gloussements augmentaient.  À lire aussiPourquoi les humains ressentent-ils parfois de l’empathie pour les robots ?Un des membres de l’équipe, explique Sciences et Avenir, indique que “savoir dans quelles mesures les animaux sont affectés par la détresse de leurs semblables est d’une grande importance pour le bien-être des animaux de ferme et de laboratoire”. Or il semble évident que les poules ont la capacité d’être affectées et de partager l’état émotionnel de leurs semblables.  Les élevages en batterie qui torturent les animaux feraient donc souffrir les animaux blessés mais également les animaux qui assistent à cette douleur. Les souris elles aussi font preuve d’empathie et de compassion, elles ont davantage mal si elles voient d’autres rongeurs souffrir.Le 12 mars 2011 à 12:44 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Airports Authority Staff Attend Security Training Course in Providenciales

first_img Recommended for you Related Items:john pears, lindamae malcolm, Tciaa Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppPROVIDENCIALES, Turks & Caicos Islands, Monday, September 22nd, 2014 – Security officers and division managers from the Turks and Caicos Islands Airports Authority (TCIAA) on Monday begin an Aviation Security Managers training course in Providenciales. The five day course is a UK Department for Transportation recognized training course being run by Atlantic Group Associates (AGA), a Florida-based security training and consultancy firm.The training course is required by any person who has a managerial responsibility for aviation security, either with an airport, airline or aviation service provider. It mirrors those required in the UK, and brings together aviation security personnel from across the Caribbean.John Pears, the lead instructor for the course said, “AGA has a long history with the UK Overseas Territories, having been contracted to provide aviation and maritime security advice to Governor’s, Directors of Civil Aviation and air and sea port personnel from 1998 – 2012.”He further stated that “during this time both this course and the training for trainers course which will be conducted next week, were delivered annually although this is the first time that they are being delivered in the Turks and Caicos Islands.”In a statement, Lindamae Malcolm, TCIAA Security Manager said “the Airports Authority prides itself as an organization that offers its employees the opportunity for progressive training in their respective fields to ensure they are equipped with the key skills necessary to operate in a challenging environment.”She added, “we recognize the importance of continuous staff training, especially for those individuals engaged in exercising security controls.” The Airports Authority has an obligation to meet international standards, and training plays an important role in the process. Not only is the organization promoting security, but the traveling public can take comfort that their safety is not being taken for granted.On the part of the Security Officers being trained, it presents them with a unique opportunity to both acquire new skill and enhance the current one in the rapidly expanding aviation industry. Lindamae concluded that “the aviation security field is now a highly sought after career option.”John Pears, a veteran security expert, will be assisted by Omar Bolivar, both of whom bring several years of experience to the classroom. The training is being conducted at the FORTIS conference facility on Leeward Highway. Airports Authority commanded to protect South Caicos airport by airline Former Premier says PNP left plan for Salt Cay airport, but there is no evidence of the claim Airports Authority reveals sabotage at South Caicos Airport Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

New York to phase in 15 an hour statewide minimum wage

first_imgThe US state of New York is to increase the minimum wage to $15 an hour.The higher minimum wage, which was announced as part of the 2016-17 state budget, will be implemented in phases.For organisations in New York City with 11 employees or more, the minimum wage will increase to $11 an hour at the end of 2016. It will then rise by a further $2 an hour each year until it reaches $15 an hour at the close of 2018.Employers with fewer than 11 members of staff will be required to pay a minimum wage of $10.50 by the end of this year, which will then increase by $1.50 an hour on an annual basis before reaching $15 an hour by the end of 2019.For employees in the counties of Nassau, Suffolk and Westchester, the minimum wage will rise to $10 at the end of 2016 and increase by $1 an hour each year before reaching $15 at the end of 2021.Elsewhere in the state, the minimum wage will increase to $9.70 an hour by the end of this year and by a subsequent $0.70 each year to reach $12.50 by the end of 2020. The phased rise to $15 an hour will be determined following consultation between the director of the Division of Budget and the Department of Labor.The increases are expected to impact approximately 2.3 million employees.As part of the budget, it was also announced that a paid family leave programme will be implemented statewide.Employees will be entitled to take up to 12 weeks of paid leave to care for a child, a family member with a serious health condition or to relieve family pressures if someone is called to active military service.The family leave programme will be funded through employee payroll deduction, at no cost to employers.Employees that have worked for an organisation for at least six months will be eligible for the programme, which will be gradually phased in from 2018.It will begin by paying 50% of an employee’s average weekly wage and capped at 50% of the statewide average weekly wage, rising to 67% of an employee’s weekly average wage in 2021 and capped at 67% of the statewide average.Andrew Cuomo, governor of New York, said: “We believe that people who work hard should be able to earn a decent living and support a family with dignity. With a statewide $15 minimum wage and the nation’s only 12-week paid family leave programme, we are going to prove that the economy can and should work for all.”last_img read more

Bloomberg Businessweek Taking Print Delivery Into Own Hands

first_imgAfter Bloomberg bought the magazine in late 2009, incoming president Paul Bascobert initiated discussions on enhancing the its delivery options. By December 2010, subscribers in Philadelphia were getting the magazine through a partnership with the Philadelphia Inquirer on Friday mornings. By August this year similar partnerships will be rolled out in Portland, Oregon, Chicago and in southern California from Los Angeles to San Diego. “We’re in the process of getting signed contracts as we speak,” says Bernie Schraml, director of manufacturing and distribution for Bloomberg Businessweek. “It will be a mix of newspaper companies and private delivery companies in those markets.”Partnerships in the New York metro area, New Jersey and Connecticut are expected to launch by October. In all, Schraml is expecting to have about 250,000 subscriber copies delivered by this method by the end of the year, maybe more. “We don’t have any limit at all as far as the total number of copies,” he says. “The more the better.” How It WorksSchraml identifies regions of the country where there’s a combination of problematic delivery, sufficient entry points and appropriate and available delivery partners. After an NDA is in place with the partner company, Bloomberg Businessweek provides a copy of its subscriber file for that region to the partner. The highest density areas are selected for delivery. Schraml declined to reveal pricing arrangements, citing confidential agreements, but costs vary according to subscriber density and are determined by the number of copies delivered into the area. Overall, costs are comparable to traditional delivery of subscriber copies. “I don’t have a budget to increase my costs, I can tell you that,” clarifies Schraml. In markets where the alternative delivery system will launch, customers are notified either by a letter polybagged or cover-wrapped with the issue two weeks prior. Subscribers can choose to stay with postal delivery or take the alternate Friday morning delivery. So far, Schraml says there’s been a ratio of under 1 per 1,000 customers who’ve asked to go back to the traditional delivery method. The magazine is delivered in its own polybag, soft-folded and handled separately from the newspaper. Bloomberg Businessweek has been rapidly expanding an “alternative distribution” plan to print subscribers. Since last December the magazine has been partnering with newspaper publishers and other delivery services to have the magazine hand-delivered with the Friday morning paper. Currently, 9 percent of the magazine’s 860,000 domestic print subscribers already receive the magazine this way. The publisher wants to expand into other metro regions and raise that to 30 percent by the end of the year.And that figure is just a 4Q 2011 goal. The magazine likely won’t stop there. Instead, to counteract delays caused by the Postal Service’s FSS equipment and a potential five-day delivery schedule, it will continue to explore ways to transition more print subscriber copies away from USPS delivery and into co-delivery with newspaper publishers and other private delivery services. Right now, the weekly magazine achieves about a 60 percent cumulative delivery rate between Friday and Saturday with the Postal Service. The remainder of subscriber copies arrive sometime between Monday and Wednesday-the latest arriving almost a week after the issue ships. By partnering with a major newspaper and/or a private carrier, the magazine has a guaranteed Friday delivery by 6 am. last_img read more

The Wilmington Insider For April 21 2018

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is a round-up of what’s going on in Wilmington on Saturday, April 21, 2018:Happening Today:Weather: Sunny, with a high near 54. Northwest wind around 8 mph.In The Community: The Wilmington Little League’s Parade of Players and Opening Day ceremonies takes place at Rotary Park. The parade will leave the 4th of July Building at 9:30am. On-field ceremonies will begin at roughly 9:45am.In The Community: The Aleppo Shriners Circus returns to the Shriners Auditorium (99 Fordham Road) during April school vacation week. The circus will run from Wednesday, April 18 to Sunday, April 22:Wednesday, April 18: 2pm & 7pmThursday, April 19: 2pm & 7pmFriday, April 20: 10am, 2pm, & 7pmSaturday, April 21: 10am, 2pm, & 7pmSunday, April 22: 1pm & 5pmTickets cost $10.  The Box Office opens on April 9. Call 1-800-700-0013 to purchase tickets.  Parking is free. Proceeds from the carnival will benefit the Auditorium. Join the Facebook event HERE.In The Community: The Friends of the Wilmington Memorial Library’s Book Store Next Door (183 Middlesex Avenue) is open from 10am to 4pm. All books are $2 or less!  Every penny of every sale benefits the Wilmington Memorial Library.In The Community: The Wilmington Food Pantry (142 Chestnut Street) is open from 10am to noon for food donation drop-offs. Learn which food items the Pantry is most in need of HERE.At The Library: Poetry Circle at 9:15am. [Learn more and register HERE.]Leaves/Brush Drop Off: The Wilmington Yardwaste Center on Old Main Street will be open today from 9am to 4pm for the drop-off of leaves and brush. Residents will need to purchase a punch-card for $15 in order to enter the yardwaste center. Punch-cards will be available for purchase through the Collector’s Office at Town Hall and will allow up to 5 vehicle trips to the yardwaste center per card. NO GRASS CLIPPINGS OR STUMPS WILL BE ACCEPTED. Commercial vehicles will not be allowed. Make sure to bring photo identification to show you are a Wilmington resident.(NOTE: What did I miss? Let me know by commenting below, commenting on the Facebook page, or emailing I may be able to update this post.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedThe Wilmington Insider For April 18, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”The Wilmington Insider For April 20, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”What’s Happening In Wilmington This Week (April 15-21)In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

Collector warns fake seed merchants

first_imgDarsi: District Collector Dr Pola Bhaskara warned the manufacturers and merchants of spurious seeds that they would take strict action against them if they try to sell them. Speaking at the review meeting with the Agriculture and other related department officials at Darsi on Friday, the Collector said that the agriculture was in a deep crisis day as there was no supporting system to it. Also Read – DGP Gautam Sawang warns over objectional posts on social media Advertise With Us He ordered the officials to prepare an action plan to strengthen agriculture in the district. He said that the farmers’ suicides are high in the district though the government is implementing many programs for the farmers. He advised them to form farmers groups and see them all cultivate a single crop. He asked the officials to see the farmers receive loans and seeds in time as the season started. He asked the farmers not to fall prey to the fake seeds and spurious fertilizers and assured that the officials will conduct raids on the merchants soon. He announced that the State government would encourage cold storages to store the produce, food processing units in the region. Jalashakthi nodal officer for the district BN Reddy, agriculture JD Srirama Murthy, animal husbandry JD Ravindranath Tagore, Horticulture Additional Director Hariprasad, ATMA PD Subbarao, DWMA PD Venkateswarlu, micro irrigation PD Ravindra and other related officials also participated in the meeting.last_img read more

Civil Rights Group Honors Dole Holder and Murphy

first_imgLaura Murphy, Eric Holder and Bob Dole (right) were honored at the 39th Annual Hubert H. Humphrey Civil and Human Rights Awards Dinner. (Photo by Rob Roberts).Former ACLU Washington Director Laura Murphy, the recently retired U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, and former Sen. Robert Dole were the 2015 honorees at the 39th Annual Hubert H. Humphrey Civil and Human Rights Awards Dinner on May 13. The event was held at the Washington Hilton Hotel. Wade Henderson, the president and CEO of the dinner’s sponsor, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, said that the work of the honorees is needed now more than ever.“We have major national problems to solve,” Henderson said. “On nearly every indicator that we use to measure progress, people of color, low-income people, and other marginalized groups are falling further behind and, in many ways, doing worse than they were in 1960. Our schools are more segregated, our levels of unemployment are at an all-time high, we faced continued discrimination in voting and employment, and our incarceration rates have increased exponentially.”The dinner is named after Humphrey, U.S. vice president from 1965-1969 and senator representing Minnesota from 1949-1964 and 1971-1978. Humphrey was a strong advocate for civil and human rights and played key roles in the enactment of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965.Murphy was lauded by many speakers as one “who looks like Bambi but bites like Jaws.” Former Minnesota State Sen. Mee Moua, the president and executive director of Asian Americans Advancing Justice, introduced Murphy to the audience as “my role model, confidant and friend.”“When I grow up I want to be just like you,” Moua said.Murphy, a descendant of AFRO founder John H. Murphy Sr., is a native of Baltimore. She has worked for U.S. Rep. Shirley Chisholm, California Assembly Speaker Willie Brown, and in the administration of D.C. Mayor Sharon Pratt Kelly.As the chief lobbyist for the ACLU, Murphy spearheaded efforts in the enactment of the Fair Sentencing Act, the 1982 and 2007 extension of the Voting Rights Act, and the Family Medical Leave Act. She has also been outspoken on issues such as the rights of citizens’ post-9/11 attacks and immigration reform.Murphy, joined at the event by members of her family including prominent Baltimore attorney Billy Murphy, said that as a child, her family discussed the issues of the day at the dinner table.“We [my siblings] were expected to know the news and especially what was in the family newspaper, the AFRO,” Murphy said.Murphy thanked her former ACLU staff members and encouraged them to be zealous in the fight for civil and human rights. “Let’s carry on,” she said.Pulitzer-prize winning author Taylor Branch introduced Holder calling him “an attorney general in the tradition of Robert Kennedy.”Holder, replaced by the first Black female U.S. attorney general Loretta Lynch, said, “[The] Justice Department is in good hands.”Noting his achievements in fair sentencing, defending voting rights laws, fighting state discrimination laws and standing for marriage equality, Holder said “that if you got a better Justice Department, show me.”“This has been a Justice Department that has been unafraid to act,” he said.Dole was presented by Sheila Bair, former chairman of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and a former staffer for the senator. Dole said that he supported every major piece of civil and voting rights legislation, as well as the Martin Luther King Jr. Federal Holiday bill, while serving on Capitol Hill.“I believe if you are a citizen of this country, you should vote in this country,” he said.Ivan Thornton, Ballou Senior High School junior member of its nationally-renowned band, attended the dinner with director, Darrell Watson, and some of his colleagues. Ivan said that he was glad he came to the event.“This is magnificent,” Ivan said. “All of us are in awe of the people who are here and what is going on. This is opening my eyes to a lot more stuff than what we see going on in Southeast.last_img read more

FidgetlyCTRL is a Smart Fidget Spinner For Your Dumb Hands

first_img Design a Fidget Spinner in Just 5 Minutes Using Fusion 360Factories Demand ‘Bags of Cash’ For Fidget Spinner Supplies Stay on target Fidget spinners. In 2017, we just can’t seem to get enough of them. We want them making music; we made them out of Game Boy cartridges, we want them in our porn, we demand ransoms for their supplies. We don’t even care about their intended therapeutic purposes, we just want the hot toy for all ages.In 2017, we also want all of our devices to be smart and connected. So it was only a matter of time before some enterprising company decided fidget spinners should join the Internet of Things. At the Play NYC gaming conference I got to compulsively put my hands on the FidgetlyCTRL, the “first-ever Bluetooth connected, gaming fidget spinner.”Fun fact, before this I had never personally touched a fidget spinner. I prefer to absent-mindedly tear my fingers apart as a relaxation tactic instead. So even before seeing the smart functionality of FidgetlyCTRL in action, I just enjoyed the novelty of spinning the thing.However, along with the simple joys of spinning, the FidgetlyCTRL gives you features other fidget spinners cannot. By connecting the spinner to the mobile app, users can track various spinner data and compare stats against friends. They can also learn new tricks. Look forward to competitive fidget spinning coming soon to ESPN 8: The Ocho.More interesting are the FidgetlyCTRL’s 360 degree motion-sensing capabilities. The accelerometer and gyroscope allow for all sorts of wacky spinning control schemes. I used it play “Billie Jean” by Michael Jackson, slowing the spinning down to slow down the song and reversing it to reverse the track while LED lights pulsed. This along with Google’s recent hip hop doodle have me so bummed out that DJ Hero is dead.Speaking of video games, my other FidgetlyCTRL demo had me carefully spinning to guide a helicopter in a Flappy Bird-esque mobile game. The fine and precise movements required reminded me of using an arcade trackball. Video games are already great distractions for needy hands, so combining them with fidget spinners also makes sense.Developers can use the FidgetlyCTRL SDK to easily create apps and games for the device with engines like Unity. The game I played was actually quickly put together by another indie developer at the show to demonstrate the versatility of the tools.I have no idea what a fidget spinner should cost, especially now during the height of the fad, but the $40 price point of the FidgetlyCTRL didn’t strike me as too ridiculous. It ships this September, so until then you’ll just have to keep distracting yourself with a regular old dumb fidget spinner.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

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first_img April 25, 2013 — Leading research institutions are making breakthroughs in advanced magnetic resonance (MR) imaging with Toshiba America Medical Systems Inc.’s Vantage Titan 3.0T MR system. Toshiba has partnered with Shands at the University of Florida and the Keck Medical Center of the University of Southern California (USC) for MR clinical research in functional MRI (fMRI), as well as body and cardiac imaging. “We’re utilizing the Titan 3.0T MR to enhance visualization of cerebral spinal fluid (CSF) flow non-invasively and in the research of traumatic brain injuries from combat and athletics,” said Anthony Mancuso, professor and chairman of the department of radiology, UF College of Medicine. “The Titan 3.0T fulfills all the promises of a high-end 3.0T system, with high image quality, gradient homogeneity and patient-focused features.”As part of Toshiba’s commitment to supporting institutions in advanced MR research, Toshiba is demonstrating the new sequence development environment (NSDE), a research-only tool that allows the research community to develop its own pulse sequences to explore new applications of MR imaging.“Partnering with prestigious universities such as USC and Shands at the University of Florida illustrates our commitment to developing advanced technology that can expand the potential clinical applications of MR imaging,” said Suresh Narayan, senior manager, market development, MR business unit, Toshiba.Toshiba showcased the Titan 3.0T with NSDE at this year’s International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM) annual meeting in Salt Lake City, April 20-26, 2013.For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | April 25, 2013 Toshiba Partners With Leading Universities for Advanced MR Research Introduces new sequence development environment at ISMRM 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 Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more 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 Related Content 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 Technology | Neuro Imaging | August 07, 2019 Synaptive Medical Launches Modus Plan With Automated Tractography Segmentation Synaptive Medical announced the U.S. launch and availability of Modus Plan featuring BrightMatter AutoSeg. This release… read more 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. 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 Image courtesy of Imago Systems 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 | 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 morelast_img read more

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first_img Related Content Feature | October 01, 2013 | Williette Nyanue Controversy in Women’s Imaging Controversy surrounding the imaging options available for second looks leads providers to use personal opinion and budget as deciding factors 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. News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more read more Image courtesy of Imago Systems 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. 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 | 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 center_img 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 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 PreviousNext 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). Two-dimensional (2-D) digital mammography has been the gold standard for the first line of defense in breast cancer. Yearly mammograms are suggested for women beginning at age 40 and continuing as long as women are in good health. And while 2-D mammograms appear to be sufficient for many women who report no findings on their mammograms, there is much controversy surrounding what the second line of defense should be for those women who require a second look. Second looks are not specific to mammography, and occur in all aspects of imaging. If physicians spot abnormalities, they will order a second test, oftentimes using a different imaging modality, to confirm or negate prior results. The complication with women’s imaging arises because there is no best standard for second looks. According to Monique Rasband, author of the KLAS report, “Women’s Imaging 2013: Measuring the Options,” there is not a perfect solution that is going to find cancer 100 percent of the time. “It just simply does not exist, and the breast is very complicated,” she stated. Due to complicated breast tissue, the imaging modality of choice for second looks largely depends on provider opinion, the case-by-case situation and what is seen in the first mammogram.Tomosynthesis as an OptionOne way that physicians are addressing the issue of second looks is by providing what many consider a better first look. According to the KLAS report, 62 percent of physicians, directors, nurses and managers stated that if they could start over with the purchasing for their department, they would choose tomosynthesis — a 3-D mammogram.[1] (See If You Could Start Over figure.) Rasband said the popularity of tomosynthesis is due to its ability to reduce the number of false positive callbacks when compared to standard 2-D mammography alone. She said that according to the people interviewed for the KLAS report, tomosynthesis roughly reduced false positive callbacks by about 30 percent on average. This presents a great benefit for those women who have had an abnormality spotted on their standard mammogram, because getting back in to see a physician for a second look can be challenging. With long waiting lists and conflicting schedules, it is possible for women to go weeks before getting an appointment. This leads to days and weeks of anxiety for some women as they wait without knowing their status. Many of these women suffer from this anxiety only to find out that after a second look, the initial reading was a false positive. For this reason, false positives are a big issue, and for many providers tomosynthesis poses an effective solution. The Flip Side of Tomosynthesis However, like most aspects of women’s imaging, tomosynthesis does not come without its fair share of critics. One note of criticism is that the benefits of tomosynthesis have not been fully substantiated by clinical trials. There are still many clinical trials being performed to provide further clinical evidence to the test’s true benefits. This, coupled with the fact that tomosynthesis exposes patients to additional radiation dose and that the exam is not covered by insurance, has lead many providers to decide that at the moment, it is not worth it. “There are those who don’t use tomosynthesis because they say it’s not really proven and they don’t want to expose the patient to more radiation dose,” said Rasband. Ultrasound for Women’s ImagingAnother popular option among physicians and patients is ultrasound. Ultrasound is popular because it is a more cost-effective solution for providers and a no-dose option for patients. “A lot of people like ultrasound because it is no-dose and it will be very safe for the patient, plus the technician can really zero in,” said Rasband. Unlike standard mammography, which just gets a picture, ultrasound allows providers to go in and maneuver the image. Whole breast ultrasound is also beginning to compete with general ultrasound because it is dedicated to breasts. “We have seen a lot of uptake in the adoption of whole breast ultrasound,” said Rasband. “There’s not nearly as many units out there, but it will be interesting to see in the future if that is something that we will see go up over time.” To date, both Siemens and GE have developed whole breast ultrasound systems.While whole breast ultrasound is a promising technology, it has not taken off quite yet. “Even GE, with the largest number of installs, only has about 20 or 25 in the U.S.,” Rasband said. It is also important to note that ultrasound in general can miss cancer and is generally not used alone, but rather as a complement to a standard mammogram.Factoring in Healthcare CostsOne major factor that goes into deciding what imaging modality a provider chooses to use is the cost. According to Rasband, money is tight for many providers. And because healthcare is not in the best condition right now in terms of reimbursements, going out and investing major dollars in technology or software upgrades for which providers are not going to get reimbursed may not be a priority. “You have providers who say we have an ultrasound that’s broken down, our CT is old and all these other issues. So, how do you choose to do a tomosynthesis upgrade when you have other needs and tomosynthesis is something that is still not reimbursed?” she said. “It definitely becomes political and sort of a pecking order so to speak.”However, there are providers who have said that investing in these technologies and software upgrades is worth it because they get many more referrals in other areas and a lot more mammograms. For some providers who choose to spend money on additional imaging modalities, it is paying for itself and bringing more business because patients prefer to go to a facility that may have a 30 percent higher chance of finding something or identifying false positives.Dense Breast DiscussionAnother issue that is playing a big role in second looks in women’s imaging is the discussion of dense breasts, which has recently been brought into the national spotlight. It is estimated that between 30 and 40 percent of women in the United States have dense breasts.[2] Dense breast tissue makes it difficult to identify breast tumors on standard mammography exams until very advanced stages, and because of this dense breasts are a strong independent factor for breast cancer. Many states have begun passing legislation requiring radiologists to tell women if they have dense breasts, and to inform them of the benefits additional screening may offer them.While the education that patients are beginning to receive will have positive effect on patients, dense breast legislation has also become a controversial topic within women’s imaging. One area of controversy is the lack of standardization in the education and care of women with dense breasts across the nation. Rasband said that among states that are letting their patients know their density status, some are only requiring that providers tell patients if they have dense breasts. Other states are requiring insurance to pick up the cost of supplemental screening if a patient has them. And still other states are saying that even if a patient has dense breasts, if additional screening is desired, the patient has to pay out-of-pocket because insurance will not cover it. “The entire country is very divided,” said Rasband. According to the KLAS report, however, “there is some momentum toward a standard reimbursement for ultrasound.”Because the dense breasts discussion and the state-by-state legislation are relatively new, there have also been workflow issues in implementation. In the KLAS report, one director stated, “We aren’t sure what processes to put in place to get this important information to our patients without bogging down what we already have to do.”[1]One of those processes includes who should actually be responsible for disseminating such vital information. Rasband said that patients do not usually talk to radiologists even though the radiologist is the expert in reading breast exams. “Your OB or primary physician is the one who is telling you that you have dense breasts, but the radiologist is really the one who knows yea or nay,” she said. “At this point in some cases it’s a positive effect to the patient, but in terms of workflow and processes, because it’s new, the education around it and the resources in some cases is also a negative because it’s a piece that’s adding into the workflow.”  References:1. M. Rasband, “Women’s Imaging 2013: Measuring the Options,” KLAS Research2. W. 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Solís administration proposes bill to cancel tax debts for some tourism businesses

first_imgPresident Luis Guillermo Solís on Tuesday evening sent the Legislative Assembly a bill proposing the cancellation of a backlog of sales taxes, interest and fines for tourism businesses as stipulated by a new provision of the country’s Sales Tax Law that took effect Aug. 1.In August, the Finance Ministry ordered tourism businesses to collect sales tax on tourism activities that were previously exempt based on an interpretation of the Sales Tax Law from 1982. The new regulation resulted in a decree requiring all recreational activities including rafting, diving, surfing, ziplining, hiking and others to be taxed retroactively up to four years.Tourism businesses have since been urging Solís to block the decree, arguing that collecting retroactive taxes would lead to business closures, layoffs, a loss of competitiveness and a decrease in investment.“We fully understand the importance of tourism for our economy. This initiative we are sending today to lawmakers demonstrates the government’s understanding of the needs of the tourism industry and their will to keep providing benefits and profits to Costa Rica,” Solís stated in a press release.Vice President Ana Helena Chacón said one of the reasons the decision to cancel the debts was made was because “there was never a warning issued to the tourism sector that they would be charged [sales] tax on recreational activities that were previously exempt.”Chacón added that Costa Rica “would be charging taxes and interest to business owners who were hurt by a drop in tourism visits in 2008-2009 caused by the international financial crisis.”The bill states that companies that paid taxes after the decree’s approval would be unable to receive refunds because those taxes were paid by customers.On Wednesday, the National Liberation Party’s top lawmaker, Rolando González, said he agreed with the decision to support the tourism sector, “one of the country’s hardest-hit sectors by the financial crisis,” but his party would not accept a bill that fails to calculate how much the move would cost the government in lost tax revenue.González’s comment referred to a statement by Vice President Chacón on Tuesday that the government is unaware of the actual revenue the Tax Administration would lose, or the number of businesses that would benefit if the bill is approved.Chacón said the administration likely would conduct that study in coming weeks. Facebook Comments Related posts:Tourism entrepreneurs urge President Solís to block retroactive sales tax Solís blocks added sales tax on national park entrance fees, a decree passed days before he took office Tourism chambers outraged over latest Tax Administration order for businesses to collect sales tax on tourism activities Tourism chamber leaders vow to escalate fight against added sales taxlast_img read more

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