Canada can claim at least partial success of progressive agenda in USMCA

first_imgOTTAWA – Was Canada’s pursuit of a “progressive” trade agenda a help or a hindrance during the marathon negotiations with the U.S. and Mexico on a new continental free trade pact?According to Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer, it was little more than “politically correct posturing” that served only to weaken Canada’s negotiating position.But according to Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland, it was a strategy that paid off with “a very progressive trade agreement” aimed at ensuring the benefits of trade-fuelled economic growth are more equitably shared among citizens in the three countries.To determine which of those competing claims is nearest to the truth, it’s useful to recall the progressive objectives the Trudeau government set for the talks and compare them with what it actually got in the renamed United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement.Freeland set out the objectives back in August 2017, just two days before the start of what turned out to be 14 long months of tumultuous negotiations on a new NAFTA.A progressive agreement would encompass five ingredients, she said at that time. It would:— Bring strong labour safeguards into the core of the agreement.— Integrate enhanced environmental provisions to ensure no NAFTA country weakens environmental protection to attract investment and that “fully supports our efforts to address climate change.”— Add a new chapter on gender rights.— Add another new chapter on Indigenous Peoples.— Reform the investor state dispute settlement process to ensure governments “have an unassailable right to regulate in the public interest” without risking lawsuits by investors for alleged discriminatory practices.Based on what’s known thus far about the specifics of the USMCA, Freeland can claim to have successfully achieved two of her five objectives, winning enforceable, stronger labour standards and elimination of the investor state dispute settlement process altogether.She can claim a partial success on environmental standards. And while she did not get separate chapters on gender rights and Indigenous Peoples, provisions on those two issues are woven throughout the agreement.NAFTA includes only side deals on labour and the environment — essentially just aspirational goals to improve working conditions and committing each country to enforce its own labour and environmental standards.Labour leaders have long complained that the lack of enforceable standards allowed Mexico to take advantage of its low wage rate, lack of free collective bargaining and less stringent health, safety and environmental standards to lure manufacturing companies — particularly in the automotive sector — away from the higher-wage U.S. and Canada.The USMCA aims to fix that with a chapter on labour. According to a Canadian government summary of the chapter, it commits all three countries to protect and promote internationally recognized labour principles and rights, including the right to freedom of association and collective bargaining, the elimination of child and forced labour and laws ensuring acceptable work conditions with respect to minimum wages, hours of work and occupational health and safety.It also requires the three countries to implement policies to prevent employment discrimination on the basis of gender, including issues related to pregnancy, sexual harassment, sexual orientation, gender identity and caregiving responsibilities.The chapter requires each country to create a means for the public to raise concerns about labour issues. And it permits parties to seek recourse under the dispute settlement provision of the agreement in cases of non-compliance.Apart from the labour chapter, the USMCA requires that 40 per cent of the content of automobiles must be produced by workers earning at least US$16 per hour to qualify for duty-free movement across the continent.“This is all about protecting high-wage workers in a trade agreement and I can think of nothing that is more central to the progressive agenda than that,” Freeland said Monday.In the environmental chapter, the three countries commit to maintain high levels of environmental protection, including obligations to combat illegal wildlife trade and illegal logging and fishing, conserve species at risk, and take measures to protect the ozone layer and address marine pollution. It includes a binding commitment to ban shark finning and introduces articles on air quality and marine litter.The environmental standards are all subject to binding and enforceable dispute resolution.While the environment chapter is more robust than the side agreement in NAFTA, Freeland did not manage to persuade the U.S. to include any mention of climate change.The chapter does recognize “the important role of Indigenous Peoples” in protecting the environment and “takes into account the constitutional rights of Canada’s Aboriginal peoples” with respect to harvesting of resources, according to a government summary.That’s just one of a number of references to Indigenous Peoples in the USMCA.Government official familiar with parts of the agreement not yet made public say the deal also specifically confirms that a government can adopt whatever measures it deems necessary to fulfil its legal obligations to Indigenous Peoples. For Canada, that includes aboriginal rights recognized in section 35 of Canada’s Constitution.It preserves the right to adopt measures conferring aboriginal rights or privileges with respect to cross-border trade in services and investment and ensures that state-owned enterprises may accord preferential treatment to Indigenous individuals and groups in the purchase of goods and services.The new pact also encourages the three countries to enhance commercial opportunities for small and medium-sized enterprises owned by under-represented groups, including women and Indigenous Peoples, and encourage their participation in international trade.And, in a first for a Canadian trade agreement, it includes a special process by which hand-crafted Indigenous textiles and apparel can be eligible for duty-free treatment.The USMCA also includes a corporate responsibility provision reaffirming the importance of encouraging businesses to respect gender equality and Indigenous rights, among other standards.last_img read more

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McArthur sentenced to life with no chance of parole for 25 years

first_imgRead the McMahon’s complete reasons for sentence below:Justice John McMahon’s … by on Scribd Bruce McArthur will be 91 years old when he is eligible for parole after a judge sentenced him Friday to eight counts of first-degree murder, to be served concurrently.The serial killer sat emotionless in court as Judge John McMahon read out his reasons for the sentence.Last year McArthur waved his right to a preliminary hearing and last week he pleaded guilty to all eight counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of Selim Esen, Andrew Kinsman, Majeed Kayhan, Dean Lisowick, Soroush Mahmudi, Skandaraj Navaratnam, Abdulbasir Faizi, and Kirushna Kanagaratnam.Reporters Adrian Ghobrial and Momin Qureshi were at the sentencing. Read their updates below.McMahon said McArthur’s actions caused devastation to not only the friends and family of his victims, but also to the LGBTQ community and the people of Toronto.“One of the most aggravating factors is the impact on the victims’ family, friends and loved ones. The family friends and the community have been victimized twice – once when they went missing … then again when they learn the horrific truth,” McMahon said.“Today hopefully brings a final end to the criminal justice process without a lengthy and graphic public trial. I recognize for the family, friends and the community, the end of the criminal process doesn’t bring closure to their loss. They will live with this nightmare for the rest of their lives. This court cannot give them what they want the most – which is their loved one back.”However, when it came to deciding if he was going to deliver a consecutive sentence – where McArhur would be eligible for parole in 50 years – or concurrent, McMahon said the sentenced needed to be realistic, not symbolic.“Even if the accused is eligible for parole at 91 – it’s highly unlikely that, due to the savage nature of the crime, he would be granted parole.” McMahon explained.“Sentencing Mr. McArthur to parole ineligibility until he is 116 years of age is symbolic. There’s a fine line between retribution, which is an appropriate sentencing principle, and vengeance.”McMahon said that in coming to his decision he took into account the safety of the public, McArthur’s advanced age, as well as deterring others from committing similar crimes.“If the accused had either had a trial or would have been a younger man, I would have had no hesitation of imposing a consecutive parole.”He also considered McArthur’s decision to plead guilty – saving friends and family of the victims, as well as the community and a jury, the gruesome details of a four-month trial.Toronto police Chief Mark Saunders addressed the sentence during a conference at police headquarters.“If it was one of my loved ones (who was a victim) there wouldn’t be any sentence that would make me happy,” Saunders said. “Let’s be honest here, I do not see Bruce McArthur seeing daylight. I do not see him in a public setting again.“If he were to be paroled we would have to start questioning our sentencing in the country. I’ll take it for face value that in this case that life will mean life at the end of the day. He’s eligible for parole in 25 years, that doesn’t mean he’s going to be free.” Statement from Crown Prosecutor Michael Cantlon and his team. pic.twitter.com/wvE6qDAlqM— Adrian Ghobrial (@CityAdrian) February 8, 2019During the two hours it took for the judge to read his reasons for sentencing, McMahon recounted other cases he had looked into involving multiple murders, in which the accused had pleaded guilty.He noted that in Ontario, the closest case to McArthur’s was that of Elizabeth Wettlaufer, the former registered nurse from Woodstock who murdered 14 patients with insulin injections.McMahon noted that an important difference between the two cases was that Wettlaufer expressed remorse for her actions – “unlike Mr. McArthur.”McMahon called McArthur a “sexual predator” and a “serial killer” who “lured his victims on the pretext of consensual sex and ended up killing them for his own warped and sick gratification.”He sited the USB found with the sub file titled with the names of McArthur’s victims and containing photos of them, both alive and dead, as something done “no doubt for his own perverted sexual gratification.”McMahon said McArthur not only took advantage of vulnerable people in the community but also innocent people like the homeowners on Mallory Crescent, where he had stored the cut up body parts of his victims, unbeknownst to them.“All of the victims were vulnerable individuals lured to their deaths,” he said.“(McArthur) also exploited others in the belief that he was their friend … they placed their trust in him which he manipulated and used to his advantage. I find this exploitation of their vulnerability to be extremely aggravating.”During his decision McMahon spoke about the good work by Toronto police in capturing McArthur and said that there was no doubt in his mind that had they not intervened when they did, McArthur would have killed the man found tied to his bed at the time of arrest.A ninth sub file on McArthur’s found USB storage device had been titled “John” – the name of the man found handcuffed to the bed, naked, with duct tape over his mouth.center_img “This is a crime of stark horror,” prosecutor Michael Cantlon said in a statement after the sentencing. “Although there can be no closure from a crime of this magnitude, we hope that these eight convictions for first degree murder will assist our community in beginning a new chapter of healing.” Toronto Mayor John Tory said McArthur’s victims should “never be forgotten.”“It is my hope that he will never again know freedom and that this sentence begins the difficult journey of delivering justice to the victims of these crimes, their friends and families, our LGBTQ community, and our entire city,” Tory said.Police are still reviewing a series of cold cases to see if they can find any links to McArthur but have said that so far, they believe he didn’t kill anyone else. Related stories:In quotes: Reaction to Bruce McArthur’s sentencingTimeline of Bruce McArthur case in Toronto‘I have waking nightmares:’ Loved ones of McArthur’s victims shatteredCourt hears gruesome details of ‘planned and deliberate’ murders at Bruce McArthur sentencingSerial killer Bruce McArthur plucked his victims from margins of societylast_img read more

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UK demand fuels 46 rise in exports of Canadian wood pellets NEB

first_imgCALGARY – The National Energy Board says exports of Canadian wood pellets to be burned as biomass fuel jumped by 46 per cent in 2016 as demand soared in the United Kingdom.The federal agency says Canada exported 2.4 billion kilograms in 2016, making it the second-largest exporter by weight after the United States. About 70 per cent was shipped to the U.K. and 11 per cent to Japan.The Canadian industry has grown by 73 per cent over the past four years, the NEB says. About 65 per cent of Canada’s pellets are produced in British Columbia.In July, Tokyo-based Sumitomo Corp. paid an undisclosed amount to buy a 48-per-cent stake in B.C. pellet maker Pacific BioEnergy Corp. to ensure a supply for its power plants in Japan.Wood pellets are made from forest industry waste such as bark and sawdust and are considered a renewable energy resource that’s easier to burn than solid wood.The NEB says the rise in demand is linked to decisions around the world to phase out coal.last_img read more

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Kellogg latest US brand to ditch crisiswracked Venezuela

first_imgMARACAY, Venezuela – Kellogg Co. closed operations in Venezuela and laid off 300 workers Tuesday at a time of widespread hunger in the crisis-wracked South American nation.The Battle Creek, Michigan-based company said in a statement that it ceased operations as a result of the “current economic and social deterioration” in Venezuela.The move drew an angry rebuke from socialist President Nicolas Maduro, who accused the company of trying to sabotage his chances of getting re-elected in Sunday’s presidential vote. He said he had ordered the company’s plant in the central city of Maracay to be turned over to Kellogg’s workers so they can continue to produce cereals.“Why are they doing it today? Because we are four days away from elections and they think it will spook the people,” Maduro said at a campaign rally, adding that he would seek the international arrest of the owners of Kellogg’s Venezuelan subsidiary. “Imperialists! Oligarchs! Nobody can scare our people.”Workers arriving Tuesday for the early shift at Kellogg’s factory in Maracay were surprised to find a notice taped to an iron gate informing them the company had been forced to shutter the plant. As news of the layoffs spread, Venezuela’s labour minister showed up to speak with the workers.The factory, with a giant figure of Tony the Tiger lording over the entrance, produces 75 per cent of the breakfast cereals consumed by Venezuelans, according to the company’s website. A spokeswoman for Kellogg’s said its market share was lower than 75 per cent but declined to say by how much.Omar Rodriguez, who had spent 26 years working at Kellogg’s, said he didn’t know how he would feed his three children without his job.“It’s going to be a tough blow,” Rodriguez said, expressing anger that the company had decided to let go of its workforce in such an impersonal manner. “What am I going to bring home? Nothing.”The company said it looks forward to resuming operations once conditions improve. The company has been producing cereal in Venezuela since 1961 and the market had at one point been its biggest in Latin America after Mexico, although in 2016 it deconsolidated its Venezuela business from the company’s overall earnings results.Kellogg’s joins multinationals including Bridgestone, Kimberly-Clark and General Mills that have closed or reduced operations in Venezuela amid hyperinflation, shortages and a recession deeper than the Great Depression of the 1930s.last_img read more

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Football Ohio States championship hopes fade away in loss to Iowa

Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer paces along the sideline during Ohio State’s 55-24 loss to Iowa on Nov. 4. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorIOWA CITY, Iowa — As Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer sunk into his chair in the postgame press conference room, a mixture of disbelief and despair washed over his face.No. 6 Ohio State (7-2, 5-1 Big Ten) entered its matchup against Iowa (6-3, 3-3) with all the momentum in the world behind it. The Buckeyes left sullen and defeated, having lost 55-24 to Iowa, a team they were was favored to beat by 20-plus points.As Meyer sat, pondering over all that could have gone wrong to lead his team to a crushing defeat, his mind racing over everything he watched happen on the field, all he could muster for an explanation was, “I don’t know.”His team entered Kinnick Stadium having just resuscitated its playoff hopes with a 39-38 comeback win against Penn State to plant it right in the middle of the playoff conversation. The focus immediately turned to whether enough chaos in college football would reign for the Buckeyes to earn one of the four spots.Chaos did not shake the rest of the field of playoff contenders, rather it shook the field in Kinnick Stadium as tens of thousands of fans clad in black and gold stormed the field 16 seconds before the clock ticked down to zero to celebrate the Iowa Hawkeyes’ upset victory of Ohio State.No one on the team will admit it, but any reflection on this season will be in a negative light. This will go down as a lost season for Ohio State and the final year of Barrett’s storied Ohio State career will go down as one of missed opportunities.Meyer’s answers to every question after the game were simple, and almost all the exact same. Nearly every question was answered with something about having to look back at the tape before he can make assumptions.A review of the tape will show the cause was something those in the media and outside the locker room feared: Ohio State was not prepared.The Hawkeyes’ win gave the Buckeyes their second loss of the season, effectively ending any hope Ohio State had at finishing quarterback J.T. Barrett’s final season in Scarlet and Gray with a national championship trophy. No team has ever made the College Football Playoff with two losses.Redshirt senior center Billy Price was asked about the team’s playoff hopes, but deflected the question, instead looking at what is still possible for his team.“Well the good thing, the Big Ten East, we’re still in the driver’s seat for this right now,” Price said. “That is first and foremost our goal is to win the Big Ten East itself. Win every week, take care of every opponent that we can, win the Big Ten East. … The success that follows that is not necessarily our primary goal itself. So everything that we still want to play for is still in front of us.”Though he might not have been ready to admit it, the goal for the team was not to come away as champions of the Big Ten East. The Buckeyes would still claim the division title if they win out, but that is not what they entered the season hoping to achieve. At Ohio State, the end goal is and always will be to come away with a national championship. The 2016 season was viewed as a failure because Ohio State was blown out in the semifinals. The season prior was viewed as a failure because the team’s one loss to Michigan State kept it out of the playoff, despite the fact Ohio State annihilated Notre Dame in the Fiesta Bowl. All but four teams each season fail to reach the playoffs. But to Ohio State, not being one of those four teams is a failure.Questions had surrounded Ohio State this week about how it would rebound after such a dramatic victory against Penn State. Could the team bounce back and remain focused traveling to a notoriously tough road environment?The answer all week had always been an emphatic, “Yes.” Every player, every coach came out with the same response: They were ready for this game. The hangover left from the celebration after the big win would not affect the performance Saturday.Yet they looked unprepared. Meyer was outcoached. The coaching staff was outcoached. The players were outplayed. Every punch Kirk Ferentz and the Hawkeyes threw Ohio State’s way landed, and Ohio State was never able to land a counter-punch. The end result was a beating the likes of which a Meyer-led Ohio State offense had never seen, as the 55 points scored by Iowa was the most he has ever allowed as a head coach.Reflecting back on the week, Meyer said he had more reservations about his team’s preparedness for the game. “Sure I was concerned,” Meyer said. “I didn’t see it. I will try to watch very closely, like I normally do. I didn’t see the signs. I usually I do see signs if I do, I address them and move forward, but I didn’t see it.”Meyer will spend Sunday sorting through tape to determine what went wrong for his Buckeyes. He then might have better answers to the questions posed to him Monday, or he might continue to be as befuddled as he was Saturday night.But as he combs through the tape and reviews his team’s performance, the only thing that will matter is that his team’s season, concerning preseason championship aspirations, is over. read more

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South Carolina Has A Shot At Beating UConn

A’ja Wilson against ranked teams for the last 2 seasons PTS PER 40 MINS.FIELD GOAL PERCENTAGEDOUBLE-DOUBLES 2014-1523.147.42 2015-1626.6 points53.1%7 Coates, the 2013-14 SEC Freshman of the Year, leads the nation in field goal percentage and has an SEC-best 12 double-doubles this season. Coates and Wilson are averaging a combined 29.6 points per game, the most by any frontcourt duo in the SEC. Overall, South Carolina is averaging 40.3 points per game in the paint and has outscored its opponents down low in every game this season.Based on their performance, the Wilson-Coates tandem could prove difficult for UConn to defend. Maryland’s Brionna Jones — one of the premier post players in the nation, with skills and stature similar to Wilson and Coates — put up 24 points against the Huskies earlier this season. UConn allowed a season-high 38 points in the paint to the Terrapins and trailed in the third quarter for the only time this season.South Carolina is also aggressive on the offensive glass, averaging 8.6 points per game on put-backs2All tracking data courtesy of Synergy Sports Technology. and grabbing 13.7 offensive rebounds per game. Connecticut is allowing 10.7 offensive rebounds per game but the Huskies’ opposition has failed to capitalize, managing just 3.5 points per game on put-backs.And don’t discount South Carolina’s home-court advantage. The Gamecocks have won 45 consecutive home games, the longest active streak in Division I, and are on track to lead the nation in attendance for the second consecutive season. Notably, South Carolina averages 80.2 points at home, compared to 68.4 points on the road.But will a strong post presence and a favorable crowd be enough to hand Connecticut its first loss in over a year? Probably not. UConn is on pace to lead the nation in both offensive and defensive efficiency for the fourth consecutive season; to have a chance against Connecticut you need to score at least 70 points. Over the last five seasons, UConn is 5-7 when opponents score 70 or more points, compared to 163-3 when holding its opponent to 69 points or fewer.And here’s the bad news for Gamecocks fans: South Carolina is tied for eighth in the nation in offensive efficiency but has been held below 70 points on seven occasions this season, four times against ranked teams.The Gamecocks also struggle on 3-pointers and free throws, which isn’t ideal when you’re trying to run up a big number on the Huskies. South Carolina is shooting 31.4 percent from deep this season, which ranks 150th in Division I. In one of Connecticut’s most tightly contested games this season, Notre Dame shot 65 percent from beyond the arc, making 13 3-pointers. DePaul and South Florida also had early success against Connecticut, making 12 or more 3-pointers and shooting 45 percent or better from beyond the arc.The view is even worse from the foul line, where South Carolina ranks 272nd in the nation with a 65.3 percent free throw percentage. Facing a Connecticut squad that holds opponents to a Division I-low 6.2 free throw attempts per game, the Gamecocks need to convert on any opportunity to put points on the board.Is South Carolina capable of upsetting Connecticut on Monday night? It’s possible, sure. But SC will need either something truly absurd out of Wilson and Coates or a momentary reprieve from its season-long trend of their range extending no farther than the length of their arms. While the rest of the country recovers from its post-Super Bowl hangover, the South Carolina women’s basketball team will attempt to do what only one team has accomplished in the last 35 months: beat Connecticut.The UConn Huskies are in one of the most dominant stretches in college basketball history, winners of 59 straight and 106 of their last 107 games. The South Carolina Gamecocks are having an impressive season of their own, off to a 22-0 start for the second consecutive season. And Monday night’s game between the only undefeated teams in Division I basketball will be the 56th meeting between the AP’s No. 1 and No. 2 women’s college basketball teams. The last such meeting did not turn out so well for the Gamecocks, with No. 2 UConn beating No. 1 South Carolina, 87-62 in Storrs, last season to snap a 22-game win streak.For any hope at a better result this season, the Gamecocks will need something special out of their dynamic duo on the interior, A’ja Wilson and Alaina Coates.Wilson is the reigning SEC Freshman of the Year and top-ranked recruit for the Class of 2014,1According to ESPNW and HoopGurlz rankings. and she has elevated her game in her sophomore season, becoming South Carolina’s go-to player against ranked teams. The 6-foot-5-inch forward has accounted for 25.6 percent of South Carolina’s points and 26.3 percent of its rebounds against Top 25 opponents this season. Wilson had a tendency to disappear in big games last season, but she’s now averaging 26.6 points per 40 minutes against ranked teams and has a double-double in seven of her nine games against Top 25 opponents this season, more than she had all of last season. read more

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UK firms targeted by Chinabased systematic global hacking operation

first_img“It’s a very large-scale espionage operation.” Spear phishing emails with bespoke malware were first sent to staff in targeted companies, and once the attackers had successfully infiltrated their systems they were free to seek out a raft of sensitive data within.Dr Adrian Nish, head of threat intelligence at BAE, told the BBC such MSPs were crucial to the nature of the campaign’s success.He said: “Organisations large and small rely on these providers for management of core systems and as such they can have deep access to sensitive data”.”It is impossible to say how many organisations might be impacted altogether at this point.”The organisations behind operation Cloud Hopper are expected to release a further report this week into the detailed methods that ATP10 has used in its campaign in a bid to encourage firms to take a proactive approach into checking if their systems have been targeted. The report’s authors included the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) and cyber units at defence group BAE systems and accountancy firm PwC.The gang were found to have used the companies as a way into their customers’ systems from 2016 onwards, although there is evidence to suggest they had first employed the tactics from as early 2014.PwC cyber security Partner Richard Horne told the Press Association the extent of the malicious campaign was still unclear. Mr Horne said the data collected in individual attacks spanned a plethora of sensitive categorisations.He said: “We’ve seen a number of different companies targeted for different reasons, but essentially it’s all around sensitive information they hold, whether that’s intellectual property, or personal information on people or a whole realm of other areas. The report’s authors state APT10 is “highly likely” to be based in China, demonstrating a pattern of work in line with China Standard Time (UTC+8) and the targeting of specific commercial enterprises “closely aligned with strategic Chinese interests”. PWC  The group behind the attacks, named APT10, was found to have used custom malware Credit:Dominic Lipinski/PA PWC 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. The group behind the attacks, named APT10, was found to have used custom malware  The report's authors state APT10 is "highly likely" to be based in China A China-based cyber gang has compromised UK firms as part of a “systematic” global hacking operation, a new report has revealed.The attacks were found to have breached a wide variety of secret data ranging from personal data to intellectual property, in what the report described as “one of the largest ever sustained global cyber espionage campaigns”.The group behind the attacks, named APT10, was found to have used custom malware and “spear phishing” techniques to target managed outsourced IT service companies as stepping stones into the systems of an “unprecedented web” of victims according to the report’s authors. The report’s authors state APT10 is “highly likely” to be based in ChinaCredit:Damian Dovarganes He said: “The reason we’ve gone public with this is because we can see so much and we have seen so much in several managed IT service providers (MSPs) and other companies compromised through it, but we don’t know how far this has gone.”Us, together with the NCSC and BAE Systems are very keen to get this information out there so we can promote a mass response to this.”The report behind the unmasking operation, codenamed Cloud Hopper, highlights targeted attacks against Japanese commercial firms and public bodies, but indicates further widespread operations against companies in 14 other countries including the UK, France and the United States.last_img read more

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Ruling on Presidents GECOM eligibility criteria deferred until July 17

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGECOM Chair Ruling: Plaintiff to appeal, says Chief Justice ‘extended herself beyond case requirement’July 18, 2017In “Court”H2H Registration challenge: Unauthorized application filed for CJ to recuse herselfJuly 30, 2019In “Court”Court of Appeal defers decision on constitutionality of GECOM Chairman’s appointmentOctober 12, 2018In “latest news” The High Court ruling on the validity of President David Granger’s criteria for selecting a Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) Chairman has been deferred until July 17, with the legal teams expected to make further submissions over the next few days.Chief Justice (ag) Roxane GeorgeThe case was called before Chief Justice (ag) Roxane George on Tuesday, with submissions from a representative of the State; the plaintiff, businessman Marcel Gaskin’s attorney, Glenn Hanoman, and Guyana Bar Association representative, Attorney-at-Law Teni Housty.The adjournment did not come, however, without spirited arguments from the State counsel and Gaskin’s legal representative. At one point, the State’s counsel was forced to withdraw a section of its written submission after the acting Chief Justice noted its contradictory arguments.Hanoman expressed worry that the President’s continued disregard of lists of nominees, which were arrived at from a consultative process with stakeholders, was eroding the Constitution. He argued that if indeed the President found the list unacceptable, he should give objective and reasonable explanations for why each person was rejected.The Attorney referenced a prior case to make the point that it was also not up to the President to determine fit and proper and that the Opposition Leader, having conducted consultations with stakeholders, had arrived at the best possible ‘fit and proper’ list.However, the State’s counsel argued that the President did have the prerogative to use his discretion in the matter, as laid out in the Constitution. Citing an example of a list with five ‘fit and proper’ persons out of six nominees, the acting Chief Justice queried the merits of simply choosing one from the five in the interest of a timely and straightforward selection process.It was noted that by the President’s own criteria, the majority of those nominated in the second list were qualified to be Judges, thus rendering the list acceptable. However, the State’s counsel reiterated that determining the acceptability of the list remained the President’s prerogative.In addition, she argued that the list must be deemed acceptable in its entirety. And in rebutting a previous case cited to dispute the broad discretionary clout of the President, the State counsel argued that the powers of the President of Trinidad differed from those of the President of Guyana.But when State Counsel also complained about the President being subject to litigation due to his decision, the acting Chief Justice intervened, reminding her that he was in fact not before the court.During the arguments, the idea of a substitute list was raised as a possible solution to the impasse. Hanoman floated the idea of names being gleaned from each of the two lists and combined to form a final list. However, arguments about the subjectivity of such an exercise came up.Marcel GaskinGaskin, a businessman and engineer, had moved to the High Court in March of this year to challenge the constitutionality of President Granger’s reasoning behind his rejection of Opposition Leader Dr Bharrat Jagdeo’s list of six nominees.Gaskin, also the brother of Business Minister Dominic Gaskin, had wanted the court to determine whether Jagdeo’s list of nominees was indeed not “fit and proper” as declared by President Granger.Granger has maintained that the list of nominees must include a judge, a retired judge or a person qualified to be a judge. On the other hand, Jagdeo has argued that the nominees do not have to be a judge-type as the Constitution makes provision for another group of persons under the category of “fit and proper”.The former GECOM Chairman, Dr Steve Surujbally was not a judge or qualified to be a judge and neither were most of the past chairpersons. Granger had also accepted the nomination to serve as GECOM Chairman several years ago. (Jarryl Bryan) read more

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Facebook reaches 750 million users worldwide

first_imgFacebook’s numbers are just growing and growing–to the point that everyone these days is a member of the social network. In fact, Facebook’s worldwide growth just hit 750 million monthly active users.Though Facebook hasn’t confirmed it, TechCrunch reported the information from a “source close to the company.” Facebook hasn’t actually shared much about its traffic numbers since it hit the 500 million mark about a year ago. Goldman Sachs reported in January that the site had reached the 600 million mark, but still, that wasn’t confirmed. And in May, Facebook was said to be hitting the 700 million user mark. The non-confirmed numbers can sometimes be a little iffy as they’re based off of third-party companies which may not be 100-percent accurate.AdChoices广告The important thing to note here is that when we say 750 million monthly active users, we don’t mean 750 million members. You can be a member of a site and not log on for months at a time. This number is defined as a person who logs in at least once every 30 days.The number isn’t surprising with a large amount of Facebook users now accessing the site on their smartphones and other mobile devices. Additionally, we learned yesterday that one in seven grandparents use social networks, so we’re getting a larger amount of people over the age of 60 spending time on social networks. Facebook holds about 71 percent of the number of social-networking grandparents–Twitter holds 34 percent, and LinkedIn holds 9 percent.Facebook may not announce the exact number of users until it reaches the 1 billion mark. With countries like Brazil, which has a population of over 200 million, starting to use Facebook more the worldwide number could still hit the 1 billion mark before 2012.via TechCrunchlast_img read more

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Poitiers une centaine de collégiens et lycéens intoxiqués par des steaks

first_imgPoitiers : une centaine de collégiens et lycéens intoxiqués par des steaksEntre les 19 et 22 octobre derniers, une centaine d’élèves qui fréquentent trois collèges et un lycée de Poitiers ont été intoxiqués par des steaks. La viande contenaient des salmonelles. Au départ, la préfecture pensait qu’il s’agissait de cas isolés. Mais ceux-ci sont rapidement passés de 52 à une centaine. Stéphane Jarlégand, directeur de cabinet du préfet de la Vienne parle de “simples fièvres et diarrhées” dans les premiers temps. Il fait part à présent de symptômes plus sévères, “avec des fortes fièvres et des vomissements, qui ont nécessité une phase d’hospitalisation”, a-t-il déclaré à l’AFP.Plus d’un millier de ces steaks ont été distribués et consommés avant les vacances scolaires. “Le lot incriminé a été bloqué pour destruction et pour analyses complémentaires”, ajoute Stéphane Jarlégand.Une “enquête témoin” vient d’être lancée par l’Agence régionale de santé pour savoir comment l’épidémie s’est déclarée, puis propagée.Le fabricant est une entreprise étrangère. Le directeur de cabinet du préfet de la Vienne précise que personne ne sait pour l’instant “si c’est un problème de fabrication ou de distribution avec rupture de la chaîne du froid”. Le 4 novembre 2010 à 17:24 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Capello announces retirement

first_imgFabio Capello has ruled himself out of the running for the Italy vacancy by announcing his retirement from football managementThe Italian was recently dismissed by Chinese Super League side Jiangsu Suning in March and had been touted as one of the leading candidates for the vacancy as the new manager of the Italian national team.But Capello, who has managed the likes of AC Milan, Roma and Real Madrid in his 36 year managerial career, has now ruled himself out and announced his retirement.“I’ve already had the experiences of managing England and Russia national teams,” said the 71 year-old, according to Sky Sports.“I wanted to train a club team again and being in charge of Jiangsu was my last football experience.“I did everything I wanted, I’m very happy with what I did and now I’m delighted to be a commentator – you always win in this role.”Following the dissmissal of Gian Piero Ventura, Italy have been actively pursuing their options with former Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini being Capello’s preferred option.Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“Roberto is a coach of experience who has traveled the world.” said the former England coach.“His experience will help him build relations with the players, but the national team lack talent.“We are good coaches when we have good players.“It is difficult to do well with mediocre players. At the moment Italian football is missing great players that can make the difference, there are no leaders.“In Serie A there is little quality. You learn from the best but if the best are bought by the strongest foreign clubs, Italian football doesn’t have good teachers, good players from whom to learn.”last_img read more

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Loris Karius move to Besiktas delayed by an unusual reason

first_imgLoris Karius’ proposed transfer from Liverpool to Besiktas has reportedly been delayed by an unusual reasonThe two clubs are understood to have settled on a £9.5m fee for the under-fire goalkeeper on Monday, which saw Karius being withdrawn from the Liverpool team that defeated Crystal Palace 2-0 that same evening.But confirmation of the deal has not yet arrived.The Liverpool Echo reports that the delay is down to a four-day national public holiday in Turkey.The holiday is called the “Feast of Sacrifice” and is supposed to be the most important Islamic religious festival of the year.Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.But Karius could still complete his move to Besiktas later today with the German set to undergo a medical in Istanbul.The Turkish giants will initially sign him for a two-year loan deal, which will cost them £2.25m.By 2020, Besiktas will then have to pay Liverpool a further £7.25m to buy Karius – if he meets the performance criteria and makes the required number of appearances, as well as the club qualifying for Europe.Liverpool will also have a 20% sell-on clause included as part of the deal.last_img read more

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Newcastle told to increase offer for Sergio Almiron

first_imgNewcastle United have been told to increase their offer if they wish to sign Sergio Almiron from Atlanta United.The player’s representative Daniel Campos has revealed he already agreed wages with the Magpies but they remain around £8million short of Atlanta’s £25m asking price.Campos confirmed two other Premier League sides are in interested in Almiron before saying, according to Daily Mail:“With Newcastle, I spoke about the player’s salary, but the club needs to raise their offers with Atlanta if they want to get the player.”The Paraguayan is at the very top of Newcastle manager’s Rafa Benitez transfer list for the January transfer window and he sees him playing in an attacking midfielder role, a position which has been a problem for the Magpies in recent seasons.Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.During the 2018 Major League Soccer (MLS) campaign, the 24-year-old scored 12 goals and provided 13 assists in 32 games.Having started his senior career at Cerro Porteno, Almiron also played for Lanus before signing for Atlanta United in 2016.last_img read more

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Community SeymourJohnson AFB in Talks over Lease for Sports Facility

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR Officials from the city of Goldsboro and the Air Force are negotiating a lease for a 62-acre parcel at Seymour-Johnson Air Force Base in eastern North Carolina to develop a multi-sports facility.The project — a collaborative effort between the installation, the Air Force Community Partnership Program and the Air Force Civil Engineer Center (AFCEC) — optimizes property value and is compatible with the base’s mission, according to Robert Moriarty, director of AFCEC’s Installations Directorate.“This project is an example of how collaboration and a business-minded approach yield opportunity,” Moriarty said.The city would lease the property through an enhanced use lease. The final lease documents will be signed once lease term negotiations and environmental requirements are complete, reported AFCEC Public Affairs.EULs allow the military services to lease non-excess property in exchange for cash or in-kind consideration, and can cover a broad range of projects, including renewable and conventional energy development and commercial real estate.last_img read more

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Netflix looking into study showing spike in suicides after 13 Reasons Why

first_img Tags Netflix has addressed a study looking at teen suicide and its show 13 Reasons Why. Justin Sullivan / Getty Images On the heels of a study exploring a rise in teen suicide among boys following the Netflix show 13 Reasons Why in 2017, the streaming service says it’s looking into the research.”This is a critically important topic and we have worked hard to ensure that we handle this sensitive issue responsibly,” Netflix said.The study, out Monday from the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, found that the suicide rate among boys 10-17 increased in the month after the show came out. The study didn’t confirm whether any of those boys had watched the show.”The release of 13 Reasons Why was associated with a significant increase in monthly suicide rates among US youth aged 10 to 17 years,” the study concludes. “Caution regarding the exposure of children and adolescents to the series is warranted.” Netflix said the research is at odds with another recent study, this one conducted by the University of Pennsylvania. “We’ve just seen this study and are looking into the research, which conflicts with last week’s study from the University of Pennsylvania,” a spokesperson said by email. That study found that “viewers who stopped watching the second season exhibited greater suicide risk and less optimism about the future than those who continued to the end.” The study went on to say that those who watched to the end reported a decline in “suicide ideation and self-harm.” They also might be more likely to help a suicidal person. The premise of 13 Reasons Why related to the suicide of a teenage girl. In May 2017, Netflix said it would include an additional warning at the beginning of the first episode, as well as “strengthen the messaging and resource language in the existing cards for episodes that contain graphic subject matter, including the URL 13ReasonsWhy.info.”If you’re struggling with negative thoughts or suicidal feelings, here are 13 suicide and crisis intervention hotlines you can use to get help.You can also call these numbers:US: The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline can be reached at 1-800-273-8255. UK: The Samaritans can be reached at 116 123. AU: Lifeline can be reached at 13 11 14.  0 Post a comment Digital Media Wellness Share your voice Netflixlast_img read more

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Elon Musk Introduces His Pet Snail Gary at an LA Event to

first_img Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Register Now » “We want to beat Gary,” Elon Musk declared last year. “Victory will be beating the snail.”The eccentric entrepreneur was making similarly playful statements last week at a kind of town hall meeting in Los Angeles, where he was accompanied by a real-life version of Spongebob SquarePants’ house pet.Related: Someone Trademarked Elon Musk’s Name, and 25 Other Weird Things We’ve Learned About HimThe May 24 event was a chance for Musk to win community support for his Boring Company plan to build an underground tunnel beneath L.A. to relieve that city’s infamous traffic congestion. Here’s how it would work: Cars or multi-passenger vehicles would be lowered deep into the ground via an elevator accessed at multiple entry and exit points across the city. The vehicles would then be fed into a network of tunnels, 12 feet across and who-knows-how-many feet deep (Musk described the depth factor as limitless), and then whisked across town at 150 m.p.h. Cost: $1. A trip from downtown L.A. to LAX, the city’s airport, would take eight minutes, Musk said last week.The reason for Musk’s snail sidekick at the town hall event was to illustrate the famous entrepreneur’s desire to bore these tunnels faster. “Currently, he’s capable of going 14 times faster than a tunnel boring machine,” Musk said of his mollusk in May 2017 at a TED talk. “We want to beat Gary. He’s not a patient little fellow. That will be victory. Victory is beating the snail.”Last week’s hourlong appearance, part of which was live-streamed, took place in the spacious sanctuary of the Leo Baeck Temple in Los Angeles, prompting a turnout of 750 Musk fans (some in wacky headgear, like that at a ComicCon event). The religious venue led a CNET reporter to write, “Holy crap, we’re literally sitting at the altar of Musk.” Less spiritually, the event took place there because the synagogue sits next to the Interstate 405 freeway beneath which The Boring Company is starting to dig.Musk was late and blamed the 405 — presumably to make his point. But his point also included a bid for community support, since two neighborhood groups are fighting the L.A. city council’s approval for Musk to move forward with his tunnel plan without a lengthy environmental review.”This is the only way that we can think of to address chronic traffic issues in major cities,” said Musk, who was accompanied by Steve Davis, director of The Boring Company. Musk’s remarks were warmly received by the crowd, which gave him a standing ovation at the end and yelled things like, “You’re hired!”Related: I Ran My Day Like Elon Musk Runs His — and This Is What HappenedGary, who the tech site Gizmodo suspected might be the fourth incarnation of himself, slimed his way across his tank but had no other obvious reaction. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Globalcenter_img May 22, 2018 3 min readlast_img read more

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Download updates from Microsofts Update Catalog without IE

first_imgDownload updates from Microsoft’s Update Catalog without IE by Martin Brinkmann on August 29, 2016 in Companies, Microsoft – Last Update: January 04, 2018 – 11 commentsThe following guide provides you with information on how to download updates from Microsoft’s Update Catalog service without using Internet Explorer.Microsoft made several changes to updates and how updates are delivered when it released windows 10.The company started to publish cumulative updates for Windows 10 for instance, and announced recently that it would do so for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 as well.This did not sit well with many of our readers, and so did not the change from releasing all important patches via Windows Update or Microsoft Download Center, to making some available exclusively on the Microsoft Update Catalog.Apart from making it more confusing and time consuming for users of Windows to get all updates, it meant that users have to use Internet Explorer to access the site as it uses ActiveX technology that only IE supports.Microsoft promised to update the Update Catalog website technology to remove the limitation and make it accessible to all browsers. As it stands however, it is IE or access denied.Woody over at Infoworld reports that there is a way to grab the downloads using any browser right now. This method works, and means that you won’t have to wait until Microsoft updates the site itself to use if it you don’t want to, can’t or prefer not to use Internet Explorer.It all comes down to using the site’s RSS feed to grab the download links of the updates. The basic RSS feed URL is http://catalog.update.microsoft.com/v7/site/Rss.aspx?q=KB, and all you need to do is add the KB number at the end.If you wanted to grab KB3187022, a patch that is coincidentally only available on Microsoft’s Update Catalog and not Windows Update, you’d use the following URL:http://catalog.update.microsoft.com/v7/site/Rss.aspx?q=KB3187022This loads an RSS feed for that KB article. All that is left to do is pick the right result from  the list of options.Look at the title tag first, as it lists the supported operating system. You may search the feed with a tap on F3; enter the operating system, e.g. Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 to jump to the first result.Locate the link tag afterwards and copy & paste it to open the download page. There you may click on the “download now” button to start the download right away, or access information about the update before you do so.Download now displays one or multiple download links. This depends whether the patch is an “all languages” patch, or available individually for supported languages.Another interesting option in regards to the RSS feed is that you may use it to search for specific releases.Use the pattern http://catalog.update.microsoft.com/v7/site/Rss.aspx?q= and append any search term afterwards, e.g. http://catalog.update.microsoft.com/v7/site/Rss.aspx?q=windows+10Separate new strings with +, e.g windows+7.This displays all matches , again with titles that you may go through and download links.SummaryArticle NameDownload updates from Microsoft’s Update Catalog without IEDescriptionThe following guide provides you with information on how to download updates from Microsoft’s Update Catalog service without using Internet Explorer.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

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first_imgNews | February 24, 2010 320-Slice CT Reduces Radiation Exposure by 90 Percent Video Player is loading.Cynthia McCollough explains new advances in CT technologyPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 13:56Loaded: 1.17%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -13:56 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Videos | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a GE Cardiographe Dedicated Cardiac CT Scanner This is a quick walk around of the GE Healthcare Cardiographe dedicated cardiac CT system on display at the… read more The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s. Sponsored Content | Case Study | Radiation Dose Management | August 13, 2019 The Challenge of Pediatric Radiation Dose Management Radiation dose management is central to child patient safety. Medical imaging plays an increasing role in the accurate… read more Video Player is loading.Pierre Qian explains radiotherapy to ablate VTPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 7:34Loaded: 2.19%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -7:34 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button. February 24, 2010 – Researchers found that when using standard 64-detector row helical scanning as a benchmark, the effective radiation dose was reduced by 91 percent from 35.4 millisieverts (mSv) to 4.4 mSv using optimized 320-detector row volume scanning. Researchers from Columbia University and the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute conducted the study, published in the March issue of Radiology, in which they performed a coronary CT angiography exam, and determined that an imaging exam of the heart using the latest generation of CT technology exposes patients to as much as 91 percent less radiation than standard helical CT scanning. Many coronary CT angiography exams are conducted on 64-detector row CT scanners, which can image four centimeters at a time. The latest generation of CT technology, a 320-detector row volume CT scanner, can image 16 centimeters – or the entire length of the heart – in a single rotation and within a single heartbeat.In his study, Dr. Einstein and a team of researchers compared the radiation exposure incurred during a coronary CT angiography procedure using a 64-detector row helical scanning and volume scanning, using a 320-detector row volume CT scanner. Phantoms simulating the male and female body were imaged using six different scan modes.Using standard 64-detector row helical scanning as the benchmark, the effective radiation dose was reduced by 91 percent from 35.4 millisieverts (mSv) to 4.4 mSv using optimized 320-detector row volume scanning.”By imaging the entire heart in one piece, volume scanning eliminates artifacts due to seams or gaps between image sections,” said Dr. Einstein. “Moreover, the x-ray tube is left on for only a brief duration, as little as .35 seconds.”According to Dr. Einstein, state-of-the-art CT technology emphasizes optimal image resolution with the ability to lower radiation dose through a variety of features and scan modes that adjust and modulate the dose based on the specific needs of the individual patient.”As CT technology advanced from 16- to 64-slice capabilities, the radiation dose went up significantly,” he said. “Today, technology development is going in the opposite direction, reducing radiation exposure.”Dr. Einstein emphasized that practitioners must pay careful attention to using the appropriate scan mode to obtain diagnostic information with the least amount of radiation exposure to the patient. “Radiation Dose from Single-Heartbeat Coronary CT Angiography Performed with a 320-Detector Row Volume Scanner.” Collaborating with Dr. Einstein were Carl D. Elliston, M.A., Andrew E. Arai, M.D., Marcus Y. Chen, M.D., Richard Mather, Ph.D., Gregory D. N. Pearson, M.D., Ph.D., Robert L. DeLaPaz, M.D., Edward Nickoloff, D.Sc, Ajoy Dutta, M.S., and David J. Brenner, Ph.D., D.Sc.Disclosure: Dr. Mather is an employee of Toshiba America Medical Systems. Dr. Mather provided recommendations but had no control over the data included in the manuscript.For more information: www.rsna.org FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Videos | Computed Tomography (CT) | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: New Advances in CT Imaging Technology Cynthia McColl… read more News | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 06, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Improves Heart Attack Risk Assessment When used with a common heart scan, machine learning, a type of artificial intelligence (AI), does better than… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 05, 2019 Montefiore Nyack Hospital Uses Aidoc AI to Spot Urgent Conditions Faster Montefiore Nyack Hospital, an acute care hospital in Rockland County, N.Y., announced it is utilizing artificial… read more Siemens Go.Top CT scanner at SCCT19Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:05Loaded: 15.14%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:05 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Videos | Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: The History of CT Calcium Scoring Arthur Agatston, M.D., clinical pro read more Related Content Video Player is loading.Arthur Agatston explains the history of CT calcium scoring Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 9:54Loaded: 1.67%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -9:54 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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first_img There is no doubt about it that breast cancer is making great strides, but until it has been eradicated, we still need to fight for its awareness. The American Cancer Society (ACS) estimates that about 232,670 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in women in 2014, and more than 62,000 new cases of carcinoma in situ (CIS) will be diagnosed. About 40,000 women will die from this disease. Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in women, with lung cancer at the top of the list. Today, a woman has a three percent chance of dying from the disease. However, the number is declining. After increasing for more than two decades, incidence rates began to fall in 2000. According to the ACS, the larger decreases are in women under 50. Earlier detection through screening and increased awareness, and also an improved quality in treatment, is definitely serving its purpose.The addition of tomosynthesis, a 3-D breast imaging technique, to digital mammography in more than 170,000 examinations was associated with a decrease in the proportion of patients called back for additional imaging and an increase in the cancer detection rate, according to a study in the June 25, 2014, issue of JAMA. In 2011, tomosynthesis was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to be used in combination with standard digital mammography for breast cancer screening. Single-institution studies have shown that adding tomosynthesis to mammography increases cancer detection and reduces false-positive results, according to background information in the article.In community-based radiology practice, mammography screening with tomosynthesis yielded lower recall rates, an increased overall cancer detection rate and an increased detection rate for invasive cancer compared with 2-D digital mammography (DM). In the largest report to date, researchers at Washington Radiology Associates PC, with offices in Washington, D.C.; Virginia; and Maryland conducted a study of more than 59,000 patients. The results were striking: an increase in the detection rate for cancer overall of 28.6 percent and a 43.8 percent increase in detecting invasive cancers in patients screened with 3-D tomosynthesis versus 2-D DM.Technology continues to advance. Hologic 3-D mammography was the first FDA-approved 3-D mammography system in the United States. This technology was approved for breast cancer screening and diagnosis in the United States in February 2011, and has been available in countries recognizing the CE mark since 2008. Hologic 3-D mammography technology is in use in all 50 states and more than 50 countries. Just recently, GE Healthcare announced FDA approval of SenoClaire, its new breast tomosynthesis solution designed with 3-D imaging technology. In collaboration with Massachusetts General Hospital, GE developed SenoClaire technology, which uses a low-dose short X-ray sweep around the positioned breast with nine exposures acquired with a “step-and-shoot” method, removing the potential motion from the tube and helping to reduce blur and increase image sharpness. Siemens Healthcare recently submitted its premarket approval application (PMA) for the Mammomat Inspiration with Breast Tomosynthesis option to FDA.And the research and technology to help treat this disease continues. In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, ITN is proud to go pink in an effort to continue to spread attention and awareness of this disease. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Feature | October 03, 2014 | Melinda Taschetta-Millane Technology for the Cure last_img read more

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Vatican adding Arabic at papal audience

first_img Top holiday drink recipes Top Stories 0 Comments   Share   Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix VATICAN CITY (AP) – The Vatican is adding Arabic to the languages spoken at Pope Benedict XVI’s weekly Wednesday public audience, saying it is a means to express support for Christians in the Middle East.Speakers now provide a summary of the pope’s speech in Italian in six languages _English, French, Spanish. German, Polish and Portuguese.Arabic will be introduced Oct. 10. The Vatican said Tuesday that in this way, Catholics will be reminded of the need to pray for peace in the Middle East. Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Sponsored Stories last_img read more

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