APTN National NewsThe architects responsible for crafting modern day treaties are gathering this week in Gatineau.They’re coming together to not only celebrate their accomplishments of the past 40 years but also plan to chart a path forward for full treaty implementation.APTN National News reporter Nancy Pince has the story.
Kolkata: Non-fixation of minimum wages for workers and closed tea gardens are the main factors during the first two phases of Lok Sabha elections in West Bengal to be held in the state’s tea belt. The tea belt is located in Darjeeling, Terai and Dooars region of North Bengal where 3 lakh odd permanent workers are employed in around 300 gardens. The Terai and Dooars regions consist of the districts of Jalpaiguri, Alipurduar, Darjeeling and Coochbehar districts of West Bengal and a part of Assam. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja Polling in Coochbehar and Alipurduar seats would be held on April 11 and while Jalpaiguri, Darjeeling and Raiganj constituencies would go to polls on April 18. Trade union leaders who owe allegiance to various political parties said they have been demanding implementation of minimum wages in tea gardens for long but the issue has not been resolved. Tea industry sources said the issue was deliberated at length in the minimum wage advisory committee formed by the state government, but it has not been finalised. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highway Submissions to the advisory board on minimum wage had been made by both the employers and trade unions, and now the ball is in the court of the government, the sources said. Ziaul Alam, convenor of the joint forum of 29 trade unions in the tea belt spearheaded by the CITU, alleged that the Trinamool Congress government betrayed the sentiments of the tea workers by not giving them minimum wages. Sources said the largest tea growing state, Assam, had also not decided on the implementation of minimum wages. “Taking a cue from this, the government of West Bengal has adopted a wait and watch approach,” the sources said. Alam said, “The overall economic situation in the tea gardens was not healthy and the workers were unable to strike a balance between income and expenditure due to rising prices of essential items of daily use.” Presently, tea garden workers in West Bengal are given a cash benefit of Rs 176 per day besides other non-cash benefits like ration. Mani Kumar Dhamal of the INTUC and Sankar Das of Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh (BMS), the trade union wing of the RSS, also felt that non-fixation of the minimum wages for tea garden workers would be a deciding factor in this elections. The other major factor which could come at play at the polls is the issue of closed gardens. Dhamal claimed that both the BJP and the Trinamool Congress had promised to re-open closed tea gardens but that did not happen. Sources said there were 16-17 closed gardens affecting nearly 24,000 employees. Dhamal said, “In the absence of any policy, it is not known how the closed tea gardens will be reopened.” This, he said, had cast a fear in the minds of the workers of these gardens and they have started migrating to South India and other places. “There is no job security in the tea belt,” he said. Industry sources said, since the land on which the gardens are located was given on lease by the government and not freehold, it was difficult to implement land-based panchayat schemes like the Indira Awas Yojana. TMC’s Darjeeling candidate Amar Singh Rai said minimum wage is definitely an issue which needs to be resolved. “The tea garden workers are in distress and there is a need to fix the minimum wage,” he said adding that he would raise the issue in the appropriate forum, if elected. Das claimed that the mood is in favour of the BJP now as the party had done a good job in Darjeeling. In the last Lok Sabha polls, S S Ahluwalia of the BJP won from Darjeeling Parliamentary constituency with the backing of the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha, the major local force. However, this time the saffron party fielded Raju Singh Bista.
The internet is primarily built on technology and infrastructure made by U.S. companies and controlled by U.S. tech giants. The Made in China 2025 policy, a 10-year plan to update China’s manufacturing base by rapidly developing 10 hi-tech industries, is likely to see an upgrade of the country’s internet infrastructure that will put in place data centres and servers built in China that it can easily control.Iran has already done this on a smaller scale. Dubbed the Halal Net, the country has a “walled-garden intranet” that allows the theocratic country to control what its citizens see and monitors their every online move. India has also introduced data localization laws that require user information be stored on servers in India and India alone.Technology transfer — or stealing — has been a big issue for Donald Trump in his trade war with China. It is obvious the U.S. seeks to derail Made in China 2025 and its Belt and Road Initiative that aims to build infrastructure in its neighbouring countries to boost its influence.Chinese-made technology is no longer being used in key infrastructure in the West, with British Telecom due to remove Huawei technology from its 3G and 4G networks amid fears that the Chinese government could use it for spying. New Zealand and Australia have also stopped telecom operators using Huawei’s equipment for similar reasons. Meng Wanzhou, Huawei’s chief financial officer, was arrested in Vancouver on charges relating to the violation of sanctions against Iran.Beijing has expressed outrage over her detention, increasing tensions. Although the arrest is not tied to technology directly — the charges relate to sanctions-busting actions with Iran — Huawei remains under suspicion.The Balkanization of the internet is already under way. The open, free-speech-dominated Anglosphere model does not work everywhere The age of the global internet may be coming to an end as mistrust between East and West mounts. Rising protectionism, nationalism and security fears could see the internet split into separate parts, so countries can control what they regard as its negative aspects. This potential outcome, which has become known as the splinternet, could put globalization into reverse, damage world trade and cut off western technology companies from growth markets.Eric Schmidt, the former Google chief executive, thinks such an outcome is not only possible but likely within the next 10 to 15 years. What will happen if he is right?The internet was developed by the West and private companies were allowed to develop new businesses without government interference. As well as unleashing a wave of creative destruction in industries from retail to print publishing to broadcasting, there are negative aspects that governments in other parts of the world are keen to control, be they political or religious.Apple, Google CEOs bring star power to China as country pushes for tighter digital controlThe internet giants are losing our trust. That’s not good for anybodyRemember the internet of the ’90s? That’s what Canada’s outdated data protection laws were meant to handleDifferent countries have different priorities and a one-size-fits-all internet is having difficulty meeting this goal. One solution could be to pull the plug on the open, global internet and instead create a series of independent networks. Schmidt talks about a bifurcated internet — one U.S.-led and one China-centric.However, some think that a European-based network is also possible, as the continent appears keener on data protection and regulation that anyone based in Washington. Indeed, earlier this year, Europe introduced the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which supports privacy in a world in which companies can benefit significantly from using and misusing personal information harvested from individuals. This raises the possibility of a breakup of the world wide web into three separate internets.The Balkanization of the internet is already under way. The open, free-speech-dominated Anglosphere model does not work for China, where censorship and surveillance are a key priority. The country has already raised what is known as the Great Firewall of China, which blocks access to a selection of foreign websites and slows cross-border traffic.In 2010, this blocked Google’s search engine in the country. As a result, Google has been developing a censored search engine for China in a project known as Dragonfly.Giving testimony this week to a congressional committee, Google CEO Sundar Pichai denied the company would launch a censored search engine any time soon, despite admitting it was being developed. This raises the question as to why is it being developed if there are no plans to deploy the amended browser.Iran has a ‘walled-garden intranet’ that allows the theocratic country to control what its citizens see Should the splinternet become a reality, serious global consequences are likely. Segmenting the internet will have major implications for ecommerce, as the ability to service a global market will be reduced drastically. There may be a dizzying array of different standards and companies may be cut out of some markets altogether.Businesses such as Amazon and Google could lose their global dominance as the major growth markets in Asia are moved out of their sphere of influence. It could lead to the segregation of supply chains, which is likely to increase business costs. It could result in less competition in segregated markets, which could push up prices for consumers. It is also likely to allow authoritarianism to prosper.It is unclear whether Schmidt’s vision of a digitally divided world will ultimately come to pass, but not insignificant steps in this direction are already being made. We may already be witnessing the end of the world wide web as the era of virtual borders dismantles its global reach.• Garry White is chief investment commentator at wealth manager Charles Stanley & Co.
China’s trade rebounds in September, imports rise 6.9 per cent over a year earlier by The Associated Press Posted Oct 12, 2014 8:44 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email BEIJING, China – China’s trade improved in September, possibly easing fears of a deeper slowdown in the world’s No. 2 economy.The Customs Administration said Monday that exports totalled 1.315 trillion yuan ($214 billion), up 15.2 per cent from the same month last year, while imports of 1.125 trillion ($183 billion) were up 6.9 per cent.Exports grew 9.4 per cent in August while imports shrank for a second month in a row, suggesting China’s economy was continuing to slow.September’s trade also improved on a sequential month basis with exports up 2.6 per cent from August.
This photo from the Niagara Regional Police shows a stolen truck stripped by thieves.Members of the Brock community are urged to protect their vehicles in light of an auto theft ring at work in Niagara.The Niagara Regional Police is warning of an organized crime auto theft ring stealing several vehicles, particularly GMC Silverado Pickup Trucks and GMC SUVs, including Denalis, Yukons and SS Trailblazers.Such vehicles have recently been targeted at Brock, said Mayla Parrent, assistant director, Campus Security Services.A high-end SUV was stolen in December, and as recently as last week, there was another attempted theft of a high-end vehicle from a Brock parking lot. The theft was interrupted by the owner walking out to his vehicle and catching someone in the act. The suspects sped away before they could be caught, Parrent said.“We are not immune to these types of thefts,” she said. “Taking steps to prevent your vehicle from being stolen stops you from becoming the victim of a crime.”Police suggest the following:owners installing “kill switches” in their vehiclessecuring a “club” on steering wheels whenever the vehicle is parked, including in the drivewayGPS devices do not always assist officers in locating stolen vehicles, police said.In a recent theft caught on video in Niagara, police saw a thief enter a locked vehicle and leave the parking lot area in 20 seconds.Quick links:• Niagara Regional Police media release• Campus Security
The Ohio State club tennis team celebrates on the court after winning the national championship on April 14, 2018. Credit: Courtesy of USTA/CAMERAWORK USAThe Ohio State club tennis team took down two-time national champion UNC at the 2018 USTA Tennis On Campus National Championship on April 14 to win the first national championship in program history. The tournament featured the top 64 coed intramural and club tennis teams across the country. Ohio State fell short of qualifying for regionals in 2017, but had its eyes set on making it this year. “We had a tough loss at regionals last year and it was a huge bummer because we saw that we had this awesome team and it was a major let-down,” senior and president Izzi Nejedlik said. “This year coming in we really focused on practice matches and having tryouts within our team to see who we could play at our big tournaments.” One of those players is sophomore Gavin Aten, who said playing in front of hundreds of people in the final match was nerve wracking. “I’ve never played in that environment so it was kind of scary, but we just got on the court and just played our normal game,” Aten said. “Our opponents even said after the match that they let the nerves get to them and I guess we did a little better job at just playing our own game.” Ohio State started believing it had a chance to go far this season when it beat some of the top college teams in its fall invitational and earned a bid to nationals. In the Buckeyes’ regional tournament, it fell to Wisconsin and placed third in the tournament. When Wisconsin fell to University of California, San Diego early in the tournament and Ohio State defeated the Tritons 28-26 in the semifinals, the Buckeyes gained confidence and felt like they could win the whole thing. “I had been to nationals two years ago with the team and knew how big of a deal it was and how exciting it is to play in the finals with so many fans watching so I really wanted it,” Nejedlik said. Ohio State never had their mind set on winning a national title, instead, just making it into the tournament was enough. The team anticipated for every match they played to be their last and gave their all which ultimately helped them win the big title. “We honestly weren’t going into that tournament thinking we would make it to the finals so I just played every match like it would be the last match I would play,” Aten said. “I just gave everything I could in every match because a lot of those matches we did not have a lot of high hopes for and I guess we just put everything in that we could and it turned out that we would win.”Comprised primarily of freshmen and sophomores, the team has the ability to continue the momentum in the years to come. “We were all so happy for each other,” Aten said. “There’s nothing else that could bring us closer than winning the national championship.”
CIN0.00.0PIT15.85.411.01491 ATL0.00.0TB0.00.00.91470 NO74NO67NO 31, PIT 28-6.6– PICKWIN PROB.PICKWIN PROB.ResultREADERS’ NET PTS DAL100.00.0NYG0.00.00.91488 TEN62.147.1IND37.847.094.71552 IND74IND75IND 28, NYG 27-1.4– CHI68CHI73CHI 14, SF 9+0.9– Elo’s dumbest (and smartest) picks of Week 16Average difference between points won by readers and by Elo in Week 16 matchups in FiveThirtyEight’s NFL prediction game MIA61MIA61JAX 17, MIA 7-2.2– KC100.00.0OAK0.00.00.51492 DEN61DEN62OAK 27, DEN 14-3.1– PHI66PHI51PHI 32, HOU 30-14.7– CLE60CLE66CLE 26, CIN 18+2.6– The best matchups of Week 17Week 17 games by the highest average Elo rating (using the harmonic mean) plus the total potential swing for all NFL teams’ playoff chances based on the result, according to FiveThirtyEight’s NFL predictions KC54KC56SEA 38, KC 31-5.0– CAR62%CAR51%ATL 24, CAR 10+9.5– NE100.00.0NYJ0.00.00.81467 Team ACurrentAvg. Chg*Team BCurrentAvg. Chg*Total ChangeGame Quality DEN0.00.0LAC100.00.01.01518 LAR77LAR83LAR 31, ARI 9+0.7– MIN72.0%+/-31.6CHI100.0%+/-0.063.41597 BUF0.00.0MIA0.00.00.81395 HOU100.00.0JAX0.00.01.21489 LAC66LAC67BAL 22, LAC 10-3.5– MIN55MIN63MIN 27, DET 9+4.4– There are a few other games with playoff probability on the line. As mentioned earlier, the outcome of the Eagles’ game with Washington is very much of importance to the Vikings, who would clinch with a Philadelphia loss. The Cleveland Browns’ matchup with the Baltimore Ravens has done the unthinkable — made Pittsburgh Steeler fans root for the Browns — since a Baltimore win would eliminate the Steelers from the postseason picture. Baltimore could still make the playoffs with a loss, but the Ravens would need Pittsburgh to lose its game against Cincinnati, which is also happening simultaneously at 4:25 p.m. ET. (In related news: Are you ready for a completely insane Sunday afternoon of football?)Although other games could determine seeding, and there are a few stray percentage points of playoff odds’ difference at stake around the league, those are basically the games that will carry the most weight in Week 17, and we can’t wait to see how they all play out.FiveThirtyEight vs. the readersWhile you’re prepping for the playoffs, be sure to check out FiveThirtyEight’s Elo ratings using our NFL prediction interactive, which simulates the rest of the season 100,000 times and tracks how often each team should make the playoffs and win the Super Bowl. Did you know you can also pick against the Elo algorithm in our prediction game? Maybe you can also climb up our giant leaderboard.Here are the games in which Elo made its best — and worst — predictions against the reader picks last week: ARI0.00.0SEA100.00.00.61451 Home teams are in bold.The scoring system is nonlinear, so readers’ average points don’t necessarily match the number of points that would be given to the average reader prediction. PHI28.020.0WSH0.00.040.81512 GB57GB59GB 44, NYJ 38-0.3– OUR PREDICTION (ELO)READERS’ PREDICTION CAR0.00.0NO100.00.00.51587 NE84NE83NE 24, BUF 12-2.0– Game quality is the harmonic mean of the Elo ratings for the two teams in a given matchup. Total Change adds up the potential swing in playoff odds for every team in the league (not just the two teams listed).*Average change is weighted by the likelihood of a win or loss. (Ties are excluded.)Source: ESPN TEN73TEN74TEN 25, WSH 16-1.4– LAR100.00.0SF0.00.01.21499 It’s the last week of the NFL’s regular season, and that means it’s time to game out all of the fun playoff scenarios facing each team.Here at FiveThirtyEight, we like to measure the most important games of the week based on how much they swing every team’s odds of making the postseason (across every team in the entire league). And by that standard, you can’t top Sunday night’s game between the Indianapolis Colts and Tennessee Titans, which will shift around nearly 95 total points of playoff probability. (Really, that’s for the two teams involved — the winner will make the playoffs and the loser won’t, which effectively makes it a play-in playoff game.) Oddly, it’s only the third time ever that the Titans will play in NBC’s flagship Sunday night game (the last was in 2009), while for the Colts, it will have been exactly 60 years and two days since they beat the New York Giants for the NFL title in the Greatest Game Ever Played, which helped make TV-spectacle games like this one possible.That may not be the best game of Week 17, however. We also like to include an element for team quality, and Titans-Colts is still just the No. 13 team in our Elo ratings against No. 14. When the Minnesota Vikings face the Chicago Bears, it will be No. 6 vs. No. 11 in Elo, and it’s a game that has plenty of playoff significance in its own right. The Vikings wouldn’t automatically miss the playoffs if they lose, but they would not be in great shape (35 percent), while they would clinch with a victory. And the Bears have plenty to play for as well; a win and a Rams loss would help them get a first-round playoff bye. Of course, fans of the Philadelphia Eagles will be watching this game closely: A Vikings win would end Philly’s season, while a Bears win would give the Eagles a chance to play their way in. (Both games kick off at 4:25 p.m. ET.) DET0.00.0GB0.00.01.41456 Playoff %Playoff % DAL75DAL72DAL 27, TB 20-3.2– BAL84.325.4CLE0.00.051.11524 After a shellacking at the hands of our algorithm in Week 15, readers rebounded slightly this week, losing by an average of 25.3 points. Philadelphia’s last-second win over Houston may have kept the Eagles in the playoff hunt, but it cost readers 14.7 points on average in our game. Readers did pick up 9.5 points on average in the Atlanta-Carolina game; though they incorrectly picked the Panthers to beat the Falcons, they did so by a smaller win probability than Elo.Congrats to Scott S, who led all users in Week 16 with an even 300 points, and to Greg Chili Van Hollebeke, who maintained his No. 1 ranking on the season with 1,075.4 points. Thanks to everyone who has been playing — and if you haven’t, be sure to get in on the action! You can make picks now and still try your luck against Elo, even if you haven’t played yet.Check out our latest NFL predictions.
Ohio State’s Micah Jordan wrestles Michael Kemerer in the dual-meet against Iowa on Jan. 21 in the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Managing Editor for DesignNo. 2 Ohio State was able to knock off No. 10 Arizona State on Sunday to advance to 3-0 on the season.Despite being without two captains and All-Americans, senior Myles Martin and redshirt junior Kollin Moore, on Sunday, the Buckeyes were able to travel to Tempe, Arizona and escape with a win against a Sun Devils team that tried and knock the Buckeyes from the ranks of the unbeaten. Both Martin and Moore spent the weekend in Romania competing for Team USA in the U23 World Championships, and were not available for this Top-10 matchup on Sunday, but the Buckeyes held their own with a 22-17 victory. The match started out in the 125-pound division that saw redshirt freshman Brady Koontz make his debut. In a lopsided match that was quite the challenge, Koontz was able to get a lone point with an escape in a 18-1 loss to the sixth-best wrestler in the country in the 125-pound class, redshirt junior Ryan Millhof.Luke Pletcher gave Ohio State its first win in the 133-pound matchup. He was able to take a 16-6 major decision to make it just a 5-4 lead for the Sun Devils.Next up, it was another captain for the Buckeyes in Joey McKenna (141 lbs) taking Arizona State’s Corey Crooks down for a half-dozen points and ultimately winning in a shutout, 13-0.In the only matchup between two nationally ranked wrestlers the No. 2 redshirt senior Micah Jordan, was able to knock off No. 11, redshirt junior Josh Maruca of the Sun Devils. After three first-period takedowns, he added five more in the second period and won in a back-and-forth affair, 18-8 by decision.At 157 pounds, Ohio State redshirt junior Ke-Shawn Hayes went toe-to-toe with Arizona State redshirt senior Christian Pagdilao. After some back-and-forth action in the first two periods, things really heated up in the third when Hayes decided to hit the deck to begin the period, breaking free for a go-ahead takedown in the closing seconds for a 4-3 win.In the 165-pound division, Arizona State redshirt junior Josh Shields, the eighth-best wrestler in the country in his class, was able to handle Ohio State redshirt freshman Kaleb Romero to a decision victory, while in the 174-pound division, defending champion redshirt junior Zahid Valencia was able to knock off Buckeyes senior Te’Shan Campbell. The Sun Devils’ momentum would continue in the 184-pound division. Arizona State sophomore Kordell Norfleet pinned Ohio State redshirt freshman Ethan Smith, giving the Sun Devils the 17-15 lead with just two bouts left to go in the meet.Ohio State needed a momentum shifter, and redshirt sophomore Kevin Snyder came through. He jumped out to an early 6-2 lead before forcing a pair of stalling warnings after getting three takedowns, guiding him to a 12-3 decision victory against redshirt junior Austyn Harris. With the pressure mounting for the No. 2 team in the country, redshirt freshman Chase Singletary secured the victory. He and Arizona State redshirt freshman Brady Daniel battled to a 1-1 tie after six minutes. When it mattered the most, Singletary was able to get a match-winning takedown and Ohio State snuck out of Tempe with a 22-17 win and an undefeated record still intact.The Buckeyes have now won six meetings in a row against the Sun Devils, and lead the all-time series 6-2.Next up, Ohio State travels to Las Vegas, Nevada for the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational on November 30th.
Jon Cruddas, chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for allergy, said the case “highlighted fundamental flaws in our food labelling laws”.Speaking after the west London inquest, Clive Schlee, the chief executive of Pret A Manger, said he was “deeply sorry” for Natasha’s death, adding: “We cannot begin to comprehend the pain her family have gone through and the grief they continue to feel. We will learn from this. All of us at Pret want meaningful change to come from this tragedy. We will ensure it does.” Mr Gove said on Friday: “This is a deeply upsetting situation and my heart goes out to the family of Natasha Ednan-Laperouse. We are currently reviewing our approach to food labelling to give consumers more information.” “Our beloved daughter died in a tragedy that should never have happened and we believe that this inquest has shown that she died because of inadequate food labelling laws.”We are also shocked to learn that there have been a number of previous serious allergic incidents, involving sesame seeds at Pret a Manger before our daughter died.”It feels to us that if Pret a Manger were following the law, then the law was playing Russian roulette with our daughter’s life.”It’s clear that the food labelling laws as they stand today are not fit for purpose and it is now time to change the law.”Natasha’s inquest should serve as a watershed moment to make meaningful change and to save lives.” The coroner of an inquest into the death of a teenage girl killed by an allergy has called on the Government to examine labelling rules, after he found Pret a Manger signs were inadequate.Natasha Ednan-Laperouse was 15 when she collapsed on a British Airways flight from London to Nice on July 17, 2016 after eating a baguette, which contained sesame seeds, bought from the Heathrow airport branch of Pret a Manger.Its packaging bore no allergen advice, which was not required by law because the food was made on-site at the branch and there were general notices posted around the shop.The coroner’s calls to strengthen the legislation were backed by Ms Ednan-Laperouse’s family, who described current regulation as like “Russian roulette”. The charity Allergy UK also declared that existing rules “do not go far enough”.Coroner Dr Sean Cummings said he would be writing to Michael Gove, the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, to urge him to consider whether large businesses should have to set out clearer labelling. The inquest heard how Natasha and her father, Nadim, checked the packaging of the artichoke, olive and tapenade baguette for warning signs of allergens, and the teenager was “reassured” that there were none.However, Natasha “suffered a catastrophic anaphylactic reaction from which she could not be saved”, said Dr Cummings.The court heard how Natasha, flying with her father and her best friend, were dropped off at the airport by mother Tanya. They were embarking on what Natasha hoped would be “the best summer ever”.A video of her smiling, putting her thumbs up to the camera and holding hands with her friend moments before she fell ill was released by her family after the conclusion at West London Coroner’s Court on Friday. After stopping in Pret for breakfast, Natasha felt an itchy throat and took Piriton to try to calm the effects of the reaction. The group made their way to the gate and on to the plane, but as the reaction became more serious her father administered an EpiPen adrenalin injection to her right thigh. During the flight, the situation got worse and after a second shot of adrenalin, a doctor was requested by staff on the flight.The flight, which was very close to landing as the emergency got worse, touched down in Nice, where doctors were unable to save Natasha’s life. Outside the court, Natasha’s father said: “We believe this inquest has shown that she died because of inadequate food labelling laws. It feels to us that if Pret a Manger was following the law, then the law was playing Russian roulette with our daughter’s life.”Reaction to Natasha’s deathPret a MangerPret CEO Clive Schlee said he was “deeply sorry” for Natasha’s death, adding: “We cannot begin to comprehend the pain her family have gone through and the grief they continue to feel.”Having heard everything from the inquest this week, Mr Schlee insisted the company would learn its lesson, and said: “All of us at Pret want to see meaningful change come from this tragedy. We will make sure that it does.”Michael Gove Environment Secretary Michael Gove said: “This is a deeply upsetting situation and my heart goes out to the family of Natasha Ednan-Laperouse.”We are currently reviewing our approach to food labelling to give consumers more information. A critical part of that is looking very closely at how we can improve and strengthen domestic regulations to make sure all UK consumers have complete trust in the food they are eating.”We await the findings of the inquest and stand ready to take appropriate action.” The parents of Natasha Ednan-Laperouse, Nadim Ednan-Laperouse (left) and his wife Tanya (right), leaving the courtCredit: Brais G. Rouco Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Natasha Ednan-Laperouse, who died after suffering a severe allergic reaction on a British Airways flight from London to Nice in July 2016Credit:PA “As politicians it is now incumbent on us to ensure that food retailers and producers serve their customers’ interests by offering full disclosure of information on the 14 allergens.”I would hope that the industry is capable of putting its own house in order. But reality tells me otherwise.”That is why we need to address the law on food labelling; review the cosy relationship between big corporations and their licensing authorities; and challenge the Food Standards Agency to police rather than simply administer the industry.”The family say the law has effectively played Russian roulette with their daughter’s life. Natasha’s legacy should be that no other family suffers the torment they have endured.”Natasha’s familyThe family statement, read outside court by Nadim Ednan-Laperouse, in full:”We would like to thank the Coroner, Dr Sean Cummings, for how he has handled Natasha’s inquest, and our legal team for their support throughout.”We would also like to thank the public for their great kindness that they have shown, the media for their sensitive reporting and we would like to express our sincere gratitude to Dr Pearson-Jones, the young doctor, for his efforts to save Natasha’s life.”This has been an incredibly difficult week for us as a family, but the process has, however, shed light on very, very important issues that led to Natasha’s death, not just for us as Natasha’s family, but for all allergy sufferers. Andy SlaughterAndy Slaughter, the family’s MP, said: “This appalling tragedy could happen to any severe allergy sufferer unless regulations are tightened.”No other family should be put through the grief and pain my constituents will have to deal with for the rest of their lives.”Jon CruddasJon Cruddas, chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Allergy, who has supported the family following their daughter’s death, said the inquest should mark a watershed in food labelling laws in the UK.”The heartbreaking case of Natasha has highlighted fundamental flaws in our food labelling laws.”It is now vital that food retailers and manufacturers take action to ensure information about the 14 allergens is carried on all packaging.”It is clear that the law must also be redressed so that no family has to endure what Natasha’s family has endured because of lax regulation.”There are many lessons to be learned from Natasha’s death about our approach to allergens, including licensing, labelling, policing and awareness.”I look forward to hearing the views and proposals from ministers and the Food Standards Agency as a matter of urgency,” he said.Tom WatsonTom Watson, deputy Labour Party leader, said: “Today’s words from Natasha’s family serve as a terrible indictment of our food safety laws and of the approach of large food conglomerates like Pret a Manger, who have demonstrably failed to show responsibility for the welfare of their customers. The court heard how Pret a Manger partly operates under Section 5 of the Food Information Regulations, where food can have incomplete labelling that has a general description of the product but does not require the identification of allergens in bold lettering on the packet.The sandwiches were assembled at an adjacent kitchen, so were therefore “pre-packed for direct sale”.Instead of the ingredients being listed, Pret was required only to put stickers on display units. But the coroner said the 13 square centimetre notices, transparent with white lettering, were “inadequate” and “difficult to see”.However, Pret had passed all the existing legal obligations when inspectors visited the site just months before the incident.
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THAILAND’S PREMIER CALLED a snap election this morning to try to defuse the kingdom’s political crisis but protesters kept up their fight to topple her government with an estimated 100,000 demonstrators flooding the streets of Bangkok.Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has faced more than a month of sometimes-violent street protests by demonstrators who want to suspend the country’s democracy in favour of an unelected “People’s Council”.Thai opposition lawmakers resigned en masse from parliament Sunday, deepening the political deadlock.Yingluck, the sister of ousted leader Thaksin Shinawatra, announced in a televised national address Monday that she would dissolve parliament and hold a general election “as soon as possible”.“The government does not want any loss of life,” she said, amid fears that the mass rallies could bring fresh violence.Image: Sakchai Lalit/AP/Press Association ImagesThe election move could increase pressure on protesters to agree to some kind of compromise with the government.But the leaders of the anti-government movement said that they were not satisfied with new elections, pledging to rid Thailand of the influence of Thaksin, a tycoon-turned-premier who was ousted by royalist generals in a coup seven years ago and now lives abroad.“The movement will keep on fighting. Our goal is to uproot the Thaksin regime. Although the House is dissolved and there will be new elections, the Thaksin regime is still in place,” protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban told AFP.“My people want more than dissolution. They are determined to regain their sovereignty,” he said.Thaksin – who once described Yingluck as his “clone” – is widely considered the de facto leader of the ruling party.Thailand’s Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra speaks on Thai TV. (AP Photo)Pro-Thaksin parties have won every election in more than a decade and despite the mass protests, many experts believe Yingluck’s party is likely to triumph in new elections.The opposition Democrat Party – which said Sunday its 153 MPs were resigning from the 500-seat lower house because they could not achieve anything in parliament – has not won an elected majority in about two decades.100,000 protesters take to the streetsAround 100,000 people were estimated to have joined the protests by mid-morning, according to the government’s Centre for the Administration of Peace and Order, which was set up to deal with the unrest.Demonstrators marched along several routes through the capital towards the government headquarters – the main target of the rally – paralysing traffic in parts of the city.Thaksin’s overthrow ushered in years of political turmoil and sometimes bloody street protests by the royalist “Yellow Shirts” and the rival pro-Thaksin “Red Shirts”.Tensions remain high in the kingdom after several days of street clashes last week when police used tear gas, water cannon and rubber bullets against rock-throwing demonstrators.The unrest has left five people dead and more than 200 injured. The authorities have said they would try to avoid fresh confrontation.“Police are unarmed, with only shields and batons. We will not use tear gas, or if we have no choice, its use will be limited,” Interior Minister Jarupong Ruangsuwan said in a televised news conference late Sunday.“The government believes we can control the situation. We will focus on negotiation,” he added.Demonstrators and police have observed a temporary truce since Wednesday for the 86th birthday of King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who is treated as a near-deity by many Thais.With turnout dwindling, Suthep had called for a final push to bring down the government.“We want you to come out and march in every road. We will not go home empty-handed,” the protest leader said in a speech to supporters late Sunday.The former deputy premier, who now faces an arrest warrant for insurrection, has vowed to surrender to the authorities unless enough people join the march to the government headquarters.Thailand’s political conflict broadly pits a Bangkok-based middle class and royalist elite backed by the military against rural and working-class voters loyal to Thaksin.Image: Sakchai Lalit/AP/Press Association ImagesThe former premier went into exile in 2008 to avoid jail for a corruption conviction which he says was politically motivated.The demonstrations were triggered by an amnesty bill, since dropped by Yingluck’s ruling party, which opponents feared would have cleared the way for Thaksin’s return.They are the biggest and deadliest street demonstrations since 2010, when dozens of people were killed in a military crackdown on mass pro-Thaksin Red Shirt rallies in Bangkok.© AFP 2013Thai anti-government protesters sweep streets ahead of king’s birthdayFour killed, dozens injured as anti-government protests continue in Bangkok
No Comments Short URL Image: Shutterstock/Fausta Lavagna Thursday 28 Jun 2018, 8:53 AM The 9 at 9: Thursday Here’s all the news you need to know this morning. 10,963 Views https://jrnl.ie/4096246 By Adam Daly Image: Shutterstock/Fausta Lavagna EVERY MORNING, TheJournal.ie brings you all the news you need to know as you start the day.1. #BLOWING THE WHISTLE A Garda whistleblower who made a protected disclosure about the behaviour of a senior officer has claimed that he spread rumours that she was having an affair around the station in a bid to discredit her case, TheJournal.ie has learned.2. #BREXIT Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and European Affairs Minister Helen McEntee will attend two days of an EU leader summit in Brussels where Brexit and migration will dominate the agenda.3. #GETTING TO KNOW YOU Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed to a summit with Donald Trump in a third country – likely Finland – at talks last night with the US leader’s national security advisor.4. #NOPE TO THE POPE The Taoiseach said in the Dáil yesterday that people who apply for tickets to see the Pope with the intention of not using them are “wrong, petty and mean-spirited”.5. #RESCUE A team of US military personnel and British divers have joined rescue efforts at a flooded cave in northern Thailand where 12 children and their football coach have been trapped for five days, The Guardian reports.6. #ROYALTIES The amount of money given by the British taxpayer to the Queen for official duties and other costs rose by 13% to £45.7m in the financial year to spring 2018, Sky News reports.7. #EXECUTION Texas has executed a serial murderer dubbed ‘the ice pick killer’, who had filed an unusual last-minute appeal asking for a firing squad or death by lethal gas.8. #COOLOCK Residents at a council flat complex in Dublin have said they do not feel safe in their homes as large cracks have appeared in the stairwell of their block and the concrete floor has started to sag in some places.9. #HOT DOG Gardaí and the DSPCA have issued advice to dog owners on how to keep their pets cool in during the warm weather – after a dog left in a hot car was found in distress. Share1 Tweet Email Jun 28th 2018, 7:53 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
WILMINGTON, MA — The Massachusetts Office on Disability, in partnership with the Wilmington Commission on Disabilities, is hosting a meeting to bring together people with disabilities and local emergency preparedness professionals.This meeting will be held on Wednesday, September 12, 2018, from 10:30am to noon, in the Wilmington Town Hall (121 Glen Road).The purpose of the meeting is to explore how to ensure that people with disabilities have the assistance they need in the times of emergency, including scenarios like:An ice storm leaves the region without electricity.Fire in an industrial plant forces evacuation.A train jumps the tracks, releasing a cloud of toxic chemicals.Members of the disability community will learn about the emergency response resources and procedures within their local communities and the steps that can be taken personally to prepare for emergency situations. Persons with disabilities will also receive an “Emergency Go Pack” with essential items that might be needed during an emergency. First Responders will receive “Tips for First Responders, 5th Edition.”Registration is required by August 28. Register online HERE or by calling Robert at 508-414-7620 or emailing Carol at email@example.com.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 firstname.lastname@example.org.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington Residents With Disabilities Invited To Emergency Preparedness Meeting on July 12 At Town HallIn “Community”Wilmington Residents With Disabilities Invited To Learn About Emergency Preparedness On Sept. 12 At Town HallIn “Government”VIDEO: Wilmington Residents With Disabilities Learn About Emergency PreparednessIn “Videos”
7 ways to watch movies online for free Share your voice The MoviePass saga MoviePass is confusing loyal and lapsed customers with new plan Here’s how MoviePass works The one thing nobody understands about MoviePass 10 best free movie streaming services: Netflix alternatives for 2019 Comments Now playing: Watch this: MoviePass is going to create an app that its users “deserve.” MoviePass MoviePass will be suspending its service at 2 a.m. PT on July 4 while it works on improving the app. The company has spent months working on updating its subscriptions to “provide the level of service you deserve,” it said. MoviePass came under fire last year by reactivating accounts and asking former customers to opt out of being subscribed again. And that came after the MoviePass mayhem that included surge pricing at peak times, a temporary service outage attributed to insufficient funding and a Mission: Impossible blackout.”We have listened and we understand the frustrations of our subscribers,” Mitch Lowe, MoviePass CEO, told subscribers in an email Wednesday. “We plan to make this improvement by utilizing an enhanced technology platform, which is in the final stages of completion.” MoviePass doesn’t know how long the outage will be, and wasn’t specific on what will be added to the app besides “more useful information,” more features and a better user interface.MoviePass in March 2018 dropped its $9.95 per month plan to $6.95, but then the price went back up. A month later, it then altered its terms of service so you could see any given movie only once. In May 2018, its unlimited plan vanished, but returned a few days later. After that, the service made an effort to combat fraud by requiring ticket-stub photos.MoviePass brought back the $9.95 unlimited plan in March this year. Mobile Media Streamers Applications Mobile Apps TV and Movies Monthly subscribers will be automatically credited for the number of affected days, and annual subscribers will have those days added to their one-year terms. The company will cease signing up new customers during the service interruption. 1:45 3 Tags
TwitterThe fire which almost destroyed the Notre Dame church in Paris shocked millions of Catholics around the world. A hard-hitting fact for many Christians about the fire in the 850-year-old church was that it happened during the Holy Week and many saw this as a sign.Eyes across the world were trained on their screens as firefighters in Paris battled the fire for almost an hour before containing it.One woman from Scotland claimed that she saw the silhouette of Jesus Christ in the Notre Dame fire. After this declaration, many also claimed that Christ was there in the church during the fire. Interestingly, while the fire engulfed the spire and most of the roof, the altar and the cross remained intact.The woman, Leslie Rowan, took to Facebook to write, “I may be letting my mind play tricks on me here, folks take a close look at this picture and what do you see.” However, the post has since been deleted. Talking to Daily Record, a news agency in Scotland, Rowan said, “When I looked at this photo last night, I was really astounded by what I saw. When I look at it I see a silhouette of Jesus. I really see a vivid image.”This proclamation led many netizens to claim that they too saw Christ. However, many also called out the woman and said that it wasn’t Christ but just the camera angle. It seems “Jesus made an appearance in the flames of #NotreDame But if there was a Jesus, he wouldn’t be burning in a hell fire would he?Surely the flames above are more likely to be that Lucifer geezer having a good old laugh? pic.twitter.com/etGrISgMno— Steve ?? (@SteveHaylesALAW) April 18, 2019
There is a chasm that exists between the created notion of Whiteness and the reality of Black and Brownness in America. It is neatly stitched into the social fabric that defines who we are as a country. At our core, we are a divided nation. It is as true today as it was in 1967, when in the midst of national civil unrest and rioting, Lyndon B. Johnson organized the National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorder (the “Kerner Commission”) to study what happened and what can be done to prevent it from happening again.The Kerner Report, released in March 1968 (one month before Dr. King was assassinated) noted that our nation was moving toward becoming two societies, one Black, one White—separate and unequal. They blamed failed government housing, education, and social-service policies; along with the mainstream media for reporting the news while looking out from a White world with a “White man’s eyes and a White perspective.”Karsonya Wise WhiteheadIt is now 2017, and even with all of the strides that we have made to become more diverse, open, accountable, and inclusive, at this moment, it feels like nothing has changed. We are less than seven months into the America that Donald Trump is creating—the one where he has emboldened White nationalists, empowered White supremacists, and legitimized the rise of the alt-right neo-Nazi movement—and it is more divided, more White, more racist, more misogynistic, and more frightening than ever.This past weekend as I watched the horrible events unfold in Charlottesville built on a foundation of horrible events that have been happening since the rise of the Black Lives Matter Movement, I realized that though it has taken almost 50 years, the Kerner Report has finally been realized. We have truly become two nations: one diverse and inclusive, one White and exclusive.We are at the moment when the level of tolerance for racial discourse has been reached. The worship of Whiteness is dangerous for everyone, including White people. It ignores the realities of history, namely that the policies that have dominated this country for years were put in place to support and encourage White advancement, and it looks for a common enemy (an other) to terrorize, to blame, to oppress, and ultimately to destroy. This new America, or Donald Trump’s bastardized version of it, is not the America that good and decent people should want to live in.The Kerner Report noted that the only way for America to change is for everyone to adopt “new attitudes, new understanding, and, above all, new will.” I would add that it will also take every White American to bend their privilege and speak up against this new reign of terror. The time for contemplative silence and social media activism has ended. We are now in a place where we must look into the mirror and decide what type of country we want to live in and how do we want to be remembered by future generations. We can not be the generation that allowed the voices of the few who cried out for exclusion, racism, hatred, bigotry and Whiteness to drown out the voices of many who are shouting out, with every fabric of their being, for liberty and justice for all.I believe in the idea of democracy and in wresting with our foundational documents as we seek to become a more just and verdant nation. I just do not believe that a demagogue, someone who has built their career and reputation on exclusion and who supports racist ideologies and policies, can continue to represent the interests of a diverse nation.There is so much about this Trump’s America that is unclear—from whose voices and lives will matter in the end to who will speak for those who will be unable to speak for themselves—but there are some things that are crystal: this man cannot continue to be our President; the worship of Whiteness and the silent support of White supremacy must be stopped; and, what happened in Charlottesville supposedly over the removal of a Confederate statute cannot be forgotten.The battle lines are being drawn and history will record the side you choose, either deliberately or through your silent complicity, to stand with—choose wisely this day the America that you want to live in.Dr. Karsonya Wise Whitehead is an associate professor of communication and African and African American studies at Loyola University Maryland. She is the author of “Letters to My Black Sons: Raising Boys in a Post-Racial America” and “Notes from a Colored Girl.”
WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite The adorable little kitten that wandered into a business on Monday has found a loving and caring home.The kitten, that found its way into a Ladysmith business in Lyell Street, was picked up yesterday afternoon (March 8) by Pauli Habermann and her daughters Joa and Aden. Little MissyWorkers at the business took care of the kitten from Monday up until Wednesday, giving her food and water and keeping her well sheltered.Intial story: Adorable little kitten abandoned at busy business in Ladysmith looking for loving homeAlso read: Cute, cuddly kittens dumped in box outside Ladysmith kennels without their mom… Also read: Kitten corners Puff AdderEmployees at the business named the kitten Missy, as they said she was just as beautiful as Miss SA.According to her new owner, Pauli, little Missy is loving her new home and just loves her children to bits.A few hours and Missy was fitting right in with her new family.Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there!
Technology | Artificial Intelligence | May 13, 2019 FDA Approves Zebra Medical Vision’s HealthPNX AI Chest X-ray Triage Product Zebra Medical Vision has received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) clearance for HealthPNX, an artificial… read more News | PACS | May 22, 2019 Brazil’s Santa Casa Hospital System Chooses Carestream for Unified Diagnostic Workflow Santa Casa de Misericordia has selected Carestream to replace its legacy diagnostic workflow technology across all… read more Related Content News | PACS Accessories | June 13, 2019 M*Modal and Community Health Network Partner on AI-powered Clinical Documentation M*Modal announced that the company and Community Health Network (CHNw) are collaborating to transform the patient-… read more News | PACS Accessories | May 28, 2019 Intelerad Showcases Clario SmartWorklist at SIIM 2019 The Clario SmartWorklist intelligently manages picture archiving and communication system (PACS) reading workflow by… read more News | August 10, 2008 Anthro Touts Category Win in Best of NeoCon Competition 2008 News | Enterprise Imaging | April 05, 2019 Visage 7 Enterprise Imaging Platform Highlighted at 2019 SBI/ACR Breast Imaging Symposium Visage Imaging will be exhibiting the latest version of the Visage 7 Enterprise Imaging Platform at the 2019 Society of… read more News | Enterprise Imaging | April 15, 2019 Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Implements Change Healthcare Enterprise Imaging Change Healthcare successfully implemented its Radiology PACS (picture archiving and communication system), Image… read more News | PACS | August 08, 2019 NetDirector Launches Cloud-based PDF to DICOM Conversion Service NetDirector, a cloud-based data exchange and integration platform, has diversified their radiology automation options… read more News | Breast Imaging | April 03, 2019 Konica Minolta Highlights New Exa Mammo Features at SBI/ACR Breast Imaging Symposium Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas Inc. will highlight new features of Exa Mammo, a picture archiving and communication… read more News | Teleradiology | April 10, 2019 vRad Receives 19th Patent vRad (Virtual Radiologic), a Mednax Radiology Solutions practice, announced that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office… read more News | PACS | June 07, 2019 PaxeraHealth Wins Four New PACS Projects in Chile Picture archiving and communication system/radiology information system (PACS/RIS) developer PaxeraHealth has won four… read more August 11, 2008 – Anthro announced its new Carl’s Table Model CT08 has received the Gold Award in the Worksurfaces: Height-Adjustable category in the Best of NeoCon Competition 2008.Best of NeoCon annually recognizes the most innovative and functional products as judged by leaders in interior design, architecture and facilities management. The CT08 is an advanced radiology station for reading soft copy and teleradiology applications. It’s an ergonomic desk with motorized height movement and quick leg speed adjustment from 28.5 to 48.5 inches. The electric tilt adjusts from 0–15 degrees to facilitate all individual work positions, sitting or standing. The tilting surface supports the forearm and shoulders, dramatically decreasing the risk of musculoskeletal disorders. CT08 also has 99 programmable height and tilt presets for individual users. The CT08’s Monitor Control System electronically moves the four monitors in tandem forward/backward and up/down with the touch of a button. Monitors are mounted to a rail and actuators control the up/down and in/out action. The tilt for each monitor can be adjusted manually.The station’s adaptive lighting system provides improved glare-free ambient back lighting. An automatic sensor can be pointed to one of the two middle diagnostic monitors and will respond to the light density of that monitor. The flexible task lights can be ideally positioned and manually dimmed independently from the back lighting.Other features include: air circulation, a powered three-port USB hub (for laptops and memory devices), a large “Coffee Surface”, ideal for personal items can be mounted either to the left or to the right of the work surface and remains level when the tilt mechanism is engaged. Shelves are made out of MDF board and with a durable Dark Grey membrane-pressed finish; the metal is steel and aluminum with a powder-coated silver metallic color. It comes standard with a footrest, one back light, two LED task lights, ten power outlets attached to the back of the table and four in the front for easy access for equipment, and up to four monitor mounts. A fifth monitor, typically a system monitor in radiology applications, installs on an optional Anthro LCD Arm. One CPU Holder is standard with the table, but a second CPU Holder can be purchased as an accessory, and will fit on the opposite side of the table. An Anthro field service engineer travels to the site to ensure that the Carl’s Table 08 is installed and working properly. A complete training for all the users is also included in the delivery. For more information: www.anthro.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享
read more Qlarity Imaging’s software is used to assist radiologists in the assessment and characterization of breast lesions. Imaging features are synthesized by an artificial intelligence algorithm into a single value, the QI score, which is analyzed relative to a database of reference abnormalities with known ground truth. Image courtesy of Business Wire. News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more News | Ultrasound Women’s Health | September 29, 2015 Seno Medical Instruments Completes PIONEER Study of Imagio Breast Imaging System Optoacoustics technology shown to reduce false positives requiring follow-up breast biopsy procedures Related Content News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more Technology | Mammography Reporting Software | July 25, 2019 Hologic Partners With MagView to Develop Unifi EQUIP Solution Hologic announced a partnership with mammography information solutions provider MagView to develop Unifi EQUIP, an… read more 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 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 News | Breast Imaging | August 02, 2019 Volpara to Distribute Screenpoint Medical’s Transpara AI Solution Volpara Solutions and ScreenPoint Medical BV signed an agreement under which Volpara will sell ScreenPoint’s Transpara… read more News | Mammography 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 Image courtesy of Seno Medical InstrumentsSeptember 29, 2015 — Seno Medical Instruments Inc. (Seno) announced it has completed the final phase of the company’s U.S.-based PIONEER pivotal study of the Imagio breast imaging system. The system utilizes optoacoustic technology as a new tool to improve the process of diagnosing breast cancer.The PIONEER Study was designed to demonstrate that the Imagio breast imaging system can provide physicians with vital information they need to determine whether a suspicious breast mass is cancerous or not, helping women avoid negative biopsy procedures. Results from this study will serve as the basis for the company’s Premarket Approval Application (PMA) with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).The system fuses optoacoustics, a technology based on “light-in and sound-out,” with diagnostic ultrasound. The optoacoustic images provide a unique blood map in and around suspicious breast masses. Cancerous tumors grow relatively quickly and require significant amounts of blood and oxygen, so a network of blood vessels grows around cancerous masses. Imagio provides real-time images of these networks and a map of relative oxygen-rich or oxygen-deprived blood. Unlike other functional fusion technologies, Imagio uses no X-rays (ionizing radiation) or injectable contrast agents or radioisotopes to obtain its information, thereby reducing the patient’s exposure to any potentially harmful aspects of imaging.”In light of the fact that a large majority of biopsies reveal benign pathology, we believe that Imagio could potentially help reduce the number of procedures generated by false positives by providing physicians with more information and thus be more confident in their imaging assessments,” said Erin Neuschler, M.D., Northwestern Medicine radiologist, assistant professor of radiology at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and the co-principal investigator of the PIONEER Study. “Data from prior Seno studies demonstrated Imagio’s potential to achieve clinically meaningful diagnostic sensitivity and specificity for breast cancer beyond those delivered by traditional, diagnostic ultrasound. It is our hope and belief that the results of this study will confirm these earlier findings.””We started doing basic research with optoacoustics back in 2005 and it is noteworthy to see this rigorously conducted trial of this technology completed. We await the final analysis now that all of the patients have enrolled in the trial,” said Stephen Grobmyer, M.D., director of breast services and principal investigator of the trial at Cleveland Clinic. “Based on our clinical experience to date, it appears this breast cancer imaging technology could enhance both the physician and the patient experience by reducing the number of false positive cases, which we currently face assessing patients with abnormal breast imaging.”The study was conducted in 16 leading institutions throughout the United States, with more than 2,100 subjects enrolled. The study was designed to measure the sensitivity and specificity of Imagio compared to grayscale ultrasound imaging in breast lesions using the probability of malignancy (POM). Subjects underwent a traditional ultrasound and an Imagio scan. The radiologist used clinical mammography and traditional ultrasound findings to determine if the subject should advance to the biopsy phase. The Imagio results were later interpreted by an independent reader panel. Subjects who were put into follow-up were re-evaluated 12 months after their initial examination to confirm the results as a true negative.After the interim analysis of the PIONEER Study, Seno initiated a separate European post-marketing and clinical follow-up study, the MAESTRO Study. The company currently has five sites participating in this study in the Netherlands.Results from the MAESTRO Study will be presented at the upcoming 2015 European Society of Breast Imaging Annual Scientific Meeting (EUSOBI), Oct. 2–3 in London. The results of the PIONEER Pilot Study will be presented at the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) annual meeting, Nov. 29 – Dec. 4 in Chicago.Seno Medical Instruments, Inc. has provided support for the research done at Cleveland Clinic and Northwestern University and paid for travel related to the participation in the trial for Grobmyer and Neuschler, respectively.For more information: www.senomedical.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Image courtesy of Imago Systems 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 | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more News | 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.
Crown Towers Perth, Artist’s Impression Source = e-Travel Blackboard: P.T Crown Limited’s new project; the six-star, 500-room luxury hotel, Crown Towers Perth is set to significantly impact tourism in Western Australia, according to the local industry. Crown has invested $568 million into the hotel’s construction, which will begin in 2013 and take three years to complete, opening for business in 2016. The new hotel will become part of the Burswood Entertainment Complex, which Crown Limited purchased in 2004 for $900 million, making the company’s total investment in Perth $2.2 billion. Western Australia premier Colin Barnett said Crown Towers Perth was expected to produce $60 million in annual tourism expenditure and draw an additional 79,000 extra visitors to Western Australia each year.“This will go a long way to alleviating the chronic room shortage that has been negatively affecting Perth’s tourism industry and the overall WA economy.” Tourism Minister Kim Hames noted the advantages the new hotel would possess for WA tourism, employment, room numbers and entertainment.“Crown Towers is a welcome asset for tourism in this State and will particularly assist in catering to the emerging Chinese and other Asian markets,” Ms Hames said.“This new development will be of great benefit not just for visitors, but also residents with new jobs for workers, and fresh entertainment options for West Australians.”“Perth currently leads all Australian capitals on occupancy, average room rates and revenue per available room, however only 223 net new rooms have been opened in the city since 2006, none of which involved a new hotel opening.” Upon completion, Crown Towers will be the largest hotel in Perth and will take hotel room capacity at Burswood to nearly 1,200 rooms, according to a statement released by Burswood Entertainment Complex. Burswood Entertainment Complex agreed to purchase the land for the development of Crown Towers Perth from the State Government at $60 million. In keeping with the principle agreement with the Government and to meet the expected increase in demand from the growing population and increased visitor numbers to Perth, the Government has not opposed an application for 500 additional gaming machines and 130 additional gaming tables, including new private gaming salons, subject to approval from the Gaming and Wagering Commission of Western Australia.