Gurugram: Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar has directed the officers concerned to prepare a ‘zero drain out system’ for Gurugram’ for storage of maximum water.Under this plan, the comprehensive Drainage Plan for Gurugram would be taken up in a phased manner. The plan would include the creation of water harvesting structures, pondage areas and channelization of creeks and creation of Leg IV (Vatika Chowk, Sohna road up to Railway culvert-61) and construction of recharge wells from SPR to Railway culvert 61. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoCA sum of Rs 160 crore would be spent in the next two years for this purpose. It was informed that identified water bodies in the district are being rejuvenated. For this, the water bodies are being connected to the stormwater drains. Moreover, it has also been informed that all the residential buildings having rooftop measuring over 100 square meters in Gurugram would have a rainwater harvesting system. Directions have been issued to ensure that water harvesting systems already installed in the buildings are operational. Similarly, those who have not yet installed the rainwater harvesting system have been asked to make arrangement for the same, for which rate has also been fixed by the Municipal Corporation. In the past, the Chief Minister has expressed concern over the falling groundwater reserves in Gurugram and the other district of South Haryana. Around 40 percent of Gurugrammers still, depending on the groundwater for their water supply.
Tehran: Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Thursday ruled out any negotiations with the US over the spiky issues between the two countries as he spoke to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in a meeting here. “Iran has no trust in America. Iran will never repeat the bitter experience of previous negotiations with the US within the framework of the JCPOA (Iranian nuclear deal),” Khamenei told Abe. “A wise and free nation will not accept talks under pressure,” he was quoted as saying by Xinhua news agency. Also Read – ‘Hong Kong won’t rule out Chinese help over protests’ Abe arrived in Iran on Wednesday with a plan to help ease tensions between Tehran and Washington. Washington withdrew from the Iranian international nuclear deal in May 2018 and re-imposed full sanctions on Tehran’s oil exports and banking sector. US President Donald Trump has called for talks with Tehran for a renewed nuclear deal, the halt of Iran’s ballistic missile tests and its regional role, which the country has dismissed.
Lucknow: Reacting to the General Budget, BSP supremo Mayawati Friday said though the Union government tried to make it alluring, it would only help the capitalists. “It has to be seen as to how this Budget of theirs is actually beneficial for the people of the country at the ground level,” she said in a tweet, adding that the entire country was “distraught and harassed” by poverty, unemployment, poor educational and health facilities. The BSP chief further said the Budget would “encourage the private sector and help big capitalists” at every level, further “complicating” the issue of reservation for the Dalits and backwards besides problems of inflation, poverty and unemployment. Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman presented the first Budget of the Narendra Modi government’s second term in the Lok Sabha Friday morning.
“For me, home isn’t like a place; it’s more the people that I’m with,” Collins said in an interview at the opening of the exhibition here last weekend. The New York-based artist still feels at home in Toronto, the place where her mother, father and sister still live. But she also feels deep ties to her mother’s roots in Budapest, Hungary, where many relatives reside. Those two locations are where the images from her latest show were shot. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Login/Register With: Facebook Advertisement In the midst of her whirlwind rise as a coveted photographer and curator in New York, Petra Collins just brought things down to earth back home.Since leaving Toronto with two bags of negatives and a couple hundred bucks four years ago, the 24-year-old has modeled and shot for Gucci, devised intimate photo spreads of Selena Gomez and Kim Kardashian, directed a music video for Carly Rae Jepsen, published two books, and established herself with half a million followers on Instagram.Back now with her first solo show on Canadian soil, Collins gets ultra-personal with Pacifier, a peek at her family life and upbringing, featuring shots of her parents, sister, cousins and friends, as well as a mural of her childhood home in North York. It’s a featured exhibit at the Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival, on until June 24. Twitter
Bhubaneswar: A BJD candidate was arrested for allegedly assaulting an EC magistrate, while OPCC president Niranjan Patnaik and another BJD nominee were among 11 persons injured as a series of violence rocked Odisha on Sunday, officials said.Bombs were also hurled at a BJP assembly candidate’s car though none was injured, police said Monday. The violence started around an hour before the campaign for the third phase of polls ended on Sunday afternoon. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Puri Collector cum District Election Officer J P Das alleged that sitting MLA and BJD’s assembly candidate Pradeep Maharathy attacked the magistrate of an election flying squad at Pipili. After receiving a complaint about the distribution of money and liquor in violation of the Model Code of Conduct, the EC teams reached Maharathy’s farmhouse around 11.30 pm. “As soon as we reached there, Pradeep Maharathy started hurling abuses and later attacked me and my team,” claimed Rabinarayan Patra, the injured magistrate who is now admitted at the Capital Hospital here. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KAssistant sub-inspector of Police Binay Kumar Das and driver of his car Deepak were also injured in the attack. “Fearing danger to our lives, 15 of us who had gone for the investigation, fled the spot in one vehicle. The other car is still in the farmhouse,” Patra said. “I have suffered injuries on the waist and unable to walk,” he said. An FIR was lodged following which Maharathy was questioned and later arrested, Puri SP Umashankar Dash said. In a post on the social media, Maharathy admitted there was altercation with the EC team but denied that he himself was involved in the attack. The BJD leader alleged that the EC team member entered the farmhouse by breaking its lock at midnight. Maharathy had to resign from the ministry in 2012 after being accused of shielding those accused in the Pipili gang rape and murder case. He again became a minister in 2014 but quit in January this year following his comment that the rape victim got justice after acquittal of two of the accused. A 19-year-old Dalit girl was raped in Pipili in November, 2011 and died in June, 2012 after remaining in a semi-comatose state, sparking a state-wide furore. In another incident, BJD candidate from Bhubaneswar (Central) Anant Narayan Jena was injured when a group of men hurled bombs at his car in Jharpada area in the city late on Sunday night. Jena, former Bhubaneswar Mayor, has suffered injuries in his head and hands. He is admitted at the ICU in the Capital Hospital here.
Rabat- With seven Muslim-majority countries to compete in the Russia 2018 World Cup (Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Senegal and Nigeria), the International Federation of Football Association will release a Muslim-friendly travel guide. This guide will help the expected 100,000 Muslim fans locate mosques, halal restaurants, and prayer times, among other commodities. In an interview with Arab News, FIFA Secretary General Fatma Samoura declared that the governing body of the football association strives to make traveling to Russia as comfortable as possible for Muslim fans. “The World Cup this year will feature seven teams that will have a majority of Muslim players and most of the fans will be fasting during Ramadan, which ends just before the opening game,” Samoura added. “We at FIFA would like to make sure all Muslims, be they players, staff or fans, have all the information they need.”Russia will meet Saudi Arabia in the opening match at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on June 14, which coincides with the celebration of Eid Al-Fitr at the end of the fasting month of Ramadan. Around 30 million Muslims live in Russia with 50,000 mosques catering to their religious needs, according to the Central Muslim Spiritual Board of Russia. “I can assure you there will be no discrimination whatsoever and the assistance Muslims will receive will be as they were at home,” affirmed Samoura. After an absence that lasted two decades, the Moroccan team will play its first World Cup match on June 15 against Iran. “The Atlas Lions are back at the World Cup for the first time in two decades, having topped and emerged unbeaten from a group that included Cote d’Ivoire, Gabon and Mali,” reported FIFA.
Secretary-General Kofi Annan urged Islamic nations to play their full role in tackling issues from terrorism and human rights abuse to poverty and United Nations reform, as he addressed a world meeting of foreign ministers of Islamic countries in Sana’a, Yemen which ended today.“The international community has reached a fork in the road. One path leads to a more anarchic, conflict-ridden world of entrenched poverty. The other leads to increased global cooperation and solidarity,” Mr. Annan told the Islamic Conference of Foreign Ministers, meeting from 28-30 June, in a message delivered by Ali Alatas, Envoy of the Secretary-General for the September 2005 Summit. “I invite you to do your utmost, as the Organization of the Islamic Conference and as individual Member States of the United Nations, to make sure that we use September’s World Summit to commit ourselves decisively to the latter path,” he added.The international community, he continued, was now deep in debate over how to adapt its collective responses and shared institutions to the needs of a rapidly changing world. Most immediately, the debate was over how to meet the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) of eliminating or reducing many socio-economic ills by 2015. The debate was also about how to reform the UN to make it more effective in achieving those goals, and for that reason he had put forward comprehensive proposals in his March report: “In Larger Freedom.” “But first let met stress that no reform proposals, however important should distract us from certain urgent tasks, particularly the need to resolve protracted conflicts and ensure that countries in difficult transitions receive all the support and help they need,” he said. In that context, the UN, as a member of the Middle East Quartet, would continue to work for a just and lasting peace in the Middle East, and would continue to be engaged in political, security and humanitarian work in Iraq, in Lebanon, in Afghanistan, in Sudan and in many countries in West Africa. But reform efforts are vital, in particular, for building a culture of peace, fighting terrorism and human rights abuse, and ending poverty. “The reform agenda should be of vital interest to the Organization of the Islamic Conference, and I believe you have a major contribution to make,” he said.
http://jrnl.ie/3461622 15,035 Views 2 Comments Jun 24th 2017, 8:10 AM By Michelle Hennessy A MAN IN his 80s has been killed in a road collision in Co Mayo overnight.The incident occurred at 1am this morning on the N60 at Lugatemple, Claremorris. The man was fatally injured when he was struck by a car. He is the 15th pedestrian to be killed on Irish roads this year.The driver and two passengers in the car were not injured. The man’s body has been taken to Mayo University Hospital in Castlebar where a post mortem examination will be carried out.The road at the scene is closed this morning to facilitate an examination of the crash site by garda forensic collision investigators. Diversions are in place.Witnesses or anyone with information are asked to contact Claremorris garda station on 094 9372080. Elderly pedestrian dies after being struck by car in Mayo The driver and two passengers were not injured in the collision. Share64 Tweet Email Image: Google Street View The N60 near Lugatemple, Claremorris. Saturday 24 Jun 2017, 8:10 AM The N60 near Lugatemple, Claremorris. Image: Google Street View Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Popeye et les épinards : une légende qui pourrait devenir réalité grâce à l’action des tubes fluorescentsÉtats-Unis – Des scientifiques ont récemment découvert les effets bénéfiques des tubes fluorescents dans le rayon frais des supermarchés : ceux-ci augmenteraient la qualité nutritionnelle des épinards. Inversement, laisser ces plantes dans un rayon obscur accélèrerait la perte de leurs bienfaits nutritionnels.Les épinards, longtemps considérés comme une denrée exceptionnellement riche en fer, ne comptent finalement que 2,7 mg de fer pour 100 grammes de feuilles fraîches en moyenne. Loin derrière le boudin noir avec ses 20 mg pour 100 grammes ou les lentilles (9 mg/100 g), ils pourraient pourtant regagner du terrain.À lire aussiPourquoi nos veines sont-elles bleues alors que notre sang est rouge ?En effet, les scientifiques Gene Lester, Donald J. Makus, et D. Mark Hodges se sont demandés si la légende de Popeye ne pouvait pas devenir réalité lorsqu’il ont découvert que l’exposition des épinards à la lumière des tubes fluorescents augmentait leur capital nutritionnel. A l’inverse, les laisser dans l’obscurité diminuait, ou au mieux, ne changeait pas leurs qualités nutritionnelles.Selon l’étude, dont les résultats sont publiés dansl’American Chemical Society’s journal, les épinards exposés à ce type de lumière pendant trois jours avaient des taux de vitamines C, K, E et B9 bien plus élevés que ceux non exposés à la lumière. Au bout de neuf jours, le taux de vitamine B9 avait augmenté de 84% et le taux de vitamine K, de 100%. On ne parle pas de fer malheureusement, mais il s’agit là d’une découverte intéressante, qui pourrait changer le mode de conservation des produits frais dans les hypermarchés, et ainsi augmenter leurs apports nutritifs.Le 13 mars 2010 à 17:25 • Emmanuel Perrin
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, November 14, 2017 – Nassau – Demonstrations will not stop say about 100 employees of the Post Office, they are demanding a healthier work environment as they continue to share the old site on East Hill Street with rodents under a leaking roof. Kingsley Ferguson, Bahamas Public Services Union president promised that demonstrations will happen every day and will even make their way to Parliament if that becomes necessary; Ferguson said someone needs to pay attention to the workers’ plight.Not only are the workers sharing the Post Office with rats and the ceilings are leaky, but there is reportedly mold and as a result, some staff have been attending doctor for respiratory problems. Government, said Ferguson to media, has shortened shifts and made promises to relocate the employees to the former Phil’s Food Services on Gladstone Road, but the conditions are just too deplorable and the staff cannot work any longer in what he labeled, a toxic environment.While there is work ongoing explained the BPSU president to get the workers to a better, more safe site… the question looms about what is supposed to happen in the interim. From the union’s side, they will continue to be on the sidewalk, they will continue their industrial action and will take it down town until the relevant authorities do something to fix the situation.Meanwhile this industrial stance is hurting business. One man reported to the Tribune, “We’re having a bit of a challenge with our receivables, and I can’t believe not one word is being said about the Post Office. I think it’s a huge detriment to the economic mechanisms of this country.#MangneticMediaNews#postofficeemployeesdemonstrate Related Items:#MangneticMediaNews, #postofficeemployeesdemonstrate Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp
Media organisation Guardian News and Media has reported an 11.3% mean gender pay gap for fixed hourly pay as at 5 April 2017.The organisation has reported its gender pay gap data across 1,557 UK employees in line with the government’s gender pay gap reporting regulations and ahead of the private sector submission deadline of 4 April 2018.The gender pay gap reporting regulations require organisations with 250 or more employees to publish the difference between both the mean and median hourly rate of pay for male and female full-time employees; the difference between both the mean bonus pay and median bonus pay for male and female employees; the proportions of male and female employees who were awarded bonus pay; and the proportions of male and female full-time employees in the lower, lower middle, upper middle and upper quartile pay bands.Guardian News and Media’s median gender pay gap for fixed hourly pay as at 5 April 2017 is 12.1%.Its mean gender pay gap for bonuses paid in the year to 5 April 2017 is 1.1% in favour of women, and the median gender pay gap for bonus payments is 74.8% in favour of female staff. Over the reporting period, 14% of both female and male employees received a total of 218 bonus payments.More than a third (35%) of employees in the highest pay quartile at Guardian News and Media are female, compared to 38% in the second quartile, 45% in the third quartile and 57% in the lowest pay quartile. In total, Guardian News and Media’s workforce comprises of 44% women and 56% men.Guardian News and Media believes there are two main factors causing its gender pay gap. Firstly that there are more male employees working in the upper pay quartiles and not enough female employees fulfilling the most senior and highest-paid jobs, and secondly that women tend to occupy more of the lower paid administration, sales and marketing positions across the business. The organisation’s analysis shows that 64% of employees working in the top half of Guardian News and Media’s pay bands are men; 495 male employees versus 284 female employees.To address its gender pay gap, Guardian News and Media aims to reduce its gender pay gap every year and increase the number of women in the highest-paid half of the organisation every year. Within five years, the organisation hopes to achieve a 50:50 gender balance in the top half of the business.To accomplish these goals, Guardian News and Media will launch a new Women in Leadership programme for middle management and senior women, as well as implement a new mentoring scheme, monitor pay and progression processes, review minimum pay and ensure that mixed gender candidate shortlists and mixed gender interview panels are used for all roles as part of the recruitment process. The organisation will also seek female candidates across all job disciplines.In addition, Guardian News and Media will offer enhanced training and development opportunities in people management, dignity at work and unconscious bias, with all managers due to complete these training modules by the end of 2018. The organisation will also set personal objectives for executive committee members and departmental plans which relate to diversity and gender pay, and it will continue to consult with employee forums and stakeholders as well as monitor ongoing progress.Katharine Viner, editor in chief at Guardian News and Media, and David Pemsel, chief executive officer at Guardian News and Media, said in the report: “Guardian News and Media (GNM) is committed to creating a workforce that is diverse and inclusive, valuing everyone and taking action to ensure all employees feel respected. GNM’s gender pay gap is lower than the current [Office for National Statistics] national average, but that is not good enough and we aim to reduce it further.“The gap is driven by two main factors: there are more men in the highest paid and most senior roles; and there are more women in lower paid administration, sales and marketing roles. While this is the case at many organisations and reflects society more broadly, it does not make it acceptable. More must be done to improve women’s representation and ensure there are opportunities for everyone at GNM to progress.“GNM strongly supports the legislation requiring organisations with 250 or more employees to publish data on the gender pay gap, which is a step forward toward making the UK a fairer society. We will do everything possible to close GNM’s gender pay gap.”
(WSVN) – Have you been getting incoming calls from your own phone number, or one very similar to it? If so, don’t answer!Another scam has popped up, where people use your number or one that is close to your own to call you. The FTC says it’s a trick used to get around call blocking, with the hope you’ll be curious enough to pick up the phone.Once the scammers have you on the line, they claim your wireless account has been “flagged for security”, then ask for the last four digits of your social security number. Many carriers use social security numbers to verify users, so even giving out just the last four digits is enough for scammers who want to gain access to your wireless account.KCBD-TV reports that the scam appearts to be affecting AT&T and Verizon customers so far. The news outlet says people on social media have also reported phishing attempts.Authentic wireless providers will never call and ask for your social security number, according to the report. In order to minimize the risk of someone gaining access to your account, carriers will allow you to set a passcode to use in lieu of your social security number.“Bottom line? These calls from your own number are illegal,” the FTC warns. “Don’t pick up — or press buttons to be taken off the call list or to talk to a live person. That just leads to more calls. It’s best to ignore them, and move on with your day.”To file a complaint with the FCC, click here. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
By ERIC TUCKER and CHAD DAY, Associated PressWASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge abruptly postponed the sentencing of President Donald Trump’s first national security adviser, Michael Flynn, on Tuesday, saying he could not hide his disgust for Flynn’s crime of lying to the FBI and accusing him of selling out his country.Lawyers for Flynn, a retired Army lieutenant general who pleaded guilty last year to lying to the agency about his Russia contacts, requested the delay during a stunning hearing in which U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan gave Flynn a blistering rebuke.U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan (Photo:wikimedia commons, public domain/dcd.uscourts.gov)“Arguably you sold your country out,” Sullivan told Flynn, who was flanked by his attorneys.The judge added: “I can’t hide my disgust, my disdain.”Sullivan’s harsh words raised the prospect that he could send Flynn to prison — an unexpected development since prosecutors have recommended against prison time, citing his cooperation in special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe.The delay allows Flynn to continue cooperating with the Russia probe and get credit for it in his punishment.The hearing came amid escalating legal peril for Trump, who was implicated by federal prosecutors in New York this month in hush-money payments to cover up extramarital affairs. Nearly a half-dozen former aides and advisers — including Flynn — have pleaded guilty or agreed to cooperate with prosecutors.Flynn became known during the Trump presidential campaign for leading chants of “Lock her up” during rallies, referring to Trump’s rival Hillary Clinton.Trump signaled his continued close interest in the case by tweeting “good luck” to Flynn hours before the sentencing hearing. He added: “Will be interesting to see what he has to say, despite tremendous pressure being put on him, about Russian Collusion in our great and, obviously, highly successful political campaign. There was no Collusion!”At the White House afterward, press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was asked if the administration had changed its stance on Flynn or the FBI in light of his admissions and guilty plea.“Maybe he did do those things, but it doesn’t have anything to do with the president,” she said. “It’s perfectly acceptable for the president to make a positive comment about somebody while we wait to see what the court’s determination is.”Sanders repeated her allegation that the FBI “ambushed” Flynn in an interview in which he denied contacts with Russian officials, and she said of Trump’s earlier criticism, “We don’t have any reason to want to walk that back.”The new delay in sentencing will allow Flynn to continue cooperating with the Russia investigation and get credit for it in his punishment. The change upset what had been a carefully crafted agreement, with Mueller’s office saying Flynn had already provided “the vast majority” of information he could.Flynn, who served as national security adviser for only a few weeks, was to be the first White House official sentenced in Mueller’s investigation. Prosecutors had praised his cooperation and recommended against prison, and Tuesday’s sentencing was expected to be relatively straightforward. Flynn had expected to walk out the courthouse a free man.But the hearing turned on a dime. Sullivan lambasted Flynn for lying to the FBI in the West Wing of the White House and said he wouldn’t allow Flynn to minimize the seriousness of his crime.After a prosecutor raised the prospect of Flynn’s continued cooperation with other investigations in the future, Sullivan warned Flynn that he might not get the full credit for his assistance to the government if he were sentenced as scheduled.Prosecutors noted that Flynn had provided the “vast majority of his cooperation” already. But Sullivan gave a visibly shaken Flynn a chance to discuss a delay of the hearing with his lawyers, and the court went into a brief recess.When they returned, Flynn lawyer Robert Kelner defended Flynn’s cooperation but requested a postponement to allow for him to keep cooperating. Kelner said he expected Flynn would have to testify in a related trial in Virginia involving Flynn’s former business associates, and the defense wanted to “eke out the last modicum of cooperation” so he could get credit in any sentence.Kelner asked Sullivan not to penalize Flynn for arguments his lawyers made in sentencing memos that appeared to suggest the FBI had tricked Flynn into lying. He said they only included those to differentiate Flynn from other defendants in the case who had received short prison sentences for lying.But Sullivan fired back.“Neither of those individuals were a high-ranking official who committed a crime while in the West Wing and on the premises of the White House,” the judge said.At the hearing, Sullivan told Flynn that he would take into account his extensive cooperation with the government, which includes 19 meetings with investigators as well as a 33-year military career that included service in Iraq and Afghanistan. But he also said he was forced to weigh other factors, including Flynn’s decision as national security adviser to lie to the FBI about contacts he had with the Russian ambassador to the United States.The judge set a new hearing date for March. Flynn left the courthouse hand-in-hand with his wife, climbing into a large, black SUV as protesters heckled and supporters chanted “USA!”___Read the Flynn FBI interview notes: http://apne.ws/xfm8IsO
Kolkata: Poet-lyricist Gulzar said on Thursday that Rabindranath Tagore’s Ekla Chalo Re remains his most favourite song, though he loves to listen all other songs of the Bard with whom he feels connected at every moment. Gulzar, who penned the script of the Hindi light and sound show Yeh Baat Yaad Rakhna on Tagore’s life and work, said after the inauguration of the show at Tagore’s birth place Jorasanko in north Kolkata, “I love to hear all the songs of Gurudev. But Ekla Chalo Re remains my most favourite.” Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedHe said the light and sound show was aimed at motivating and inspiring the younger generation about Tagore’s life and works, his ideals and how he had stood for the unity of the country. “You saw the whole show, that shows my connect with Tagore. And when I was penning the script there was nothing but only Tagore in my mind,” Gulzar, who had also directed films such as Aandhi and Mausam, said. Sabyasachi Basu Ray Chaudhury, Vice-Chancellor of Rabindra Bharati University, which was organising the show for the public, said: “Once Gulzar saab showed interest in penning the Hindi script we sent the Bengali script of the current light and sound show to him in last June and he took just two weeks to write a wonderful script in Hindi which bore his hall mark as a poet.” He said while the Bengali light and sound show was now being held every day at Jorasanko campus excepting Monday, the timing of the Hindi show will be finalised by this week. The show spanned the phase beginning from the birth of Tagore till his death and highlighting different phases of his life and his philosophy.
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 3-D breast tomosynthesis images in combination with conventional and synthesized 2-D images aid in the viewing of dense breast tissue. Gerald KolbBreast density notification is becoming a reality in many states across the nation by virtue of legislation. A detailed review of breast density is beyond the scope of this article, but there are a few points that bear emphasis.The first is that breast density means radiographic density, or the way the breast appears in a mammogram. Breast density cannot be felt or found in any way other than by imaging. With dense breast tissue presenting both the problem of lowering the sensitivity of the screening mammogram by masking cancers and actually increasing the risk of an individual with dense breasts developing a cancer, it has become evident that we must look beyond the mammogram if we are to improve screening. Mammography still remains an excellent technology for women with predominantly fatty breast tissue. However, in women with dense breasts, supplementary imaging with a modality in which dense tissue is transparent is important.For the vast majority of women, and even for their primary care physicians, breast density is a new concept. The biggest problem with the legislatively mandated density notification in Connecticut turned out to be confusion on the part of these two constituencies over the importance of density. The lesson breast imaging practices can take away from that experience is that education is of primary importance. Patients need information on the proactive efforts to improve early detection through supplementary imaging. Referring physicians need a more comprehensive understanding of the nature of breast density, its measurement and the implications dense breast tissue may have on the care their patients will receive.Standardizing Breast Density Measurement An integral part of the education process is the assurance of an automatic and objective density assessment. The need for accurate, reproducible density measurement has been used as rationale for opposition to breast density inform legislation and was referenced in the American College of Radiology’s (ACR) recent statement on breast density. Traditionally measured by radiologists comparing light and dark parts of a mammogram, breast density is the volume of dense tissue divided by the volume of the breast and then multiplied by 100 to get a percentage. Reported using the Breast Imaging-Reporting and Data System (BI-RADS) density categories, this provides a relative picture of density. However, this subjective assessment is operator-dependent and entirely qualitative. According to a 2006 study in Academic Radiology, agreement between interpreting physicians in estimating density is only about 60 percent in the middle-two BI-RADS density categories, in which the differentiating line between low and high tissue density is found.Another challenge of the BI-RADS reporting system for tissue density is that it is two-dimensional and the breast is three-dimensional and varies dramatically in shape, size and composition between individuals. An area that appears almost white on a mammogram could be a single highly dense area or it could be several densities overlying each other. It is impossible to tell from simply viewing the 2-D images.Using the “for processing” digital images from a mammogram and a state-of-the-art algorithm developed by some of the world’s leading imaging scientists, Matakina International Ltd.’s Volpara software presents interpreting physicians with an assessment of the percentage of dense tissue contained within the breast and a mapping of that percentage to a Volpara Density Grade (VDG). The VDG is a number from 1 to 4, and the mapping has been set so as to optimize the relationship between VDG and BI-RADS breast density category.To support an increased dependence on supplemental imaging, we must remove the subjectivity of physician assessment of density and give referring physicians and patients alike a sense of confidence in the density determination process. Volpara, one of two commercially available density software solutions, meets these criteria by providing an objective volumetric assessment of breast tissue density, and is cleared for use with all digital mammography units. Hologic’s Quantra is the other breast density assessment software currently available.If a woman is determined to have dense breast tissue, her physician may recommend some type of supplemental screening, such as ultrasound, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) or positron emission mammography (PEM). As a convenience to the patient, this is often done on the same day. itnGerald R. Kolb’s career in breast health spans over 20 years, and he currently is the vice president of business development for Matakina International Ltd. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 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 Qlarity Imaging’s software is used to assist radiologists in the assessment and characterization of breast lesions. Imaging features are synthesized by an artificial intelligence algorithm into a single value, the QI score, which is analyzed relative to a database of reference abnormalities with known ground truth. Image courtesy of Business Wire. Technology | 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 Image courtesy of Imago Systems Related Content 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 Feature | February 08, 2013 | By Gerald R. Kolb Breast Density Assessment Patient education about breast density and its implications is critical PreviousNext Gerald Kolb News | Mammography Reporting Software | July 26, 2019 Ikonopedia Releases Automated Combined Reporting Package at AHRA Ikonopedia showcased its recently released Automated Combined Reporting package and its entire suite of structured… read more News | 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). 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. 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Comments Share ACCRA, Ghana (AP) — Roberto Valussi’s bungalow quickly filled up with water from all directions as heavy rains pelted Ghana’s capital. Now his drying laundry now bears a 3 foot high (1 meter) mark showing the floodwaters’ high point.His neighbors were bringing out suitcases, fans and anything else they could save from their homes and laid the soggy items out to dry in the sun — hopefully before the next rains come. A man walk past Ghanaian flags flying at half mast at the independence square in Accra, Ghana, Monday, June 8, 2015. Ghana’s president, John Dramani Mahama, has declared three days of mourning to begin Monday after a gas station explosion and flooding in Ghana’s capital that killed more than 150 people. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba) Flooding was so bad this past week that people were abandoning their cars as streets turned into canals and were wading home. Though even that wasn’t safe because in some neighborhoods the flood waters poured into ground floor windows forcing out.Buildings are also routinely built on marshy land that should never have been used but bribery and vested interests ensure that building codes are often overlooked, says Yao Graham, head of the Third World Network — Africa, an advocacy group based in Accra.“There is a question about how much is allocated from public resources — it has never been adequate,” he said. “Then there is the corruption when it comes to the planning regime, because that ensures that even (if) a good plan exists on paper, it is never set out.”In the area where the fire started the night of June 3, shops and stalls are surrounded by electrical goods. Wires are exposed in places where homeless people sleep and seek shelter overnight.Ghanaian President John Dramani Mahama, who took over after his predecessor died in office in 2012, has pledged to modernize the capital’s drainage system in the wake of the tragedy and to crack down on substandard housing in areas prone to flooding. Sponsored Stories The vital role family plays in society But he has made such promises before and even two years ago announced with great fanfare a project to fix the drainage system that went absolutely nowhere.“Our first priority now is to save lives and prevent any further suffering of our people but beyond that we’ll take the tough measures that are necessary to prevent such disasters from occurring in the future,” he said.The president also pledged that DNA tests would be conducted on unidentified bodies that are still lying in morgues in the capital in order for relatives to collect loved ones for burial.Still, the promises have been of little consolation to those who lost everything.“It is painful to lose a son who is only 27 and starting to build his life,” said Alfred Appiah. “Pascal was my oldest son and l have wanted to see him grow but, this tragedy has taken him away.”___Associated Press writer Francis Kokutse contributed to this reportCopyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility 4 sleep positions for men and what they mean Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Top Stories Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober “We tried to use buckets to get the water out, but quickly realized that it was useless,” Valussi lamented.The flooding in Accra last week not only devastated many homes but caused fuel from a gas station to ignite, killing at least 160 people. As the country mourned the victims at a national service Wednesday, the Ghanaian government is facing allegations that poorly managed city planning contributed to the tragedy.Critics have called on Accra’s mayor to resign including the opposition the Progressive People’s Party.“It is his responsibility to maintain sanitation and order. He may have his reasons for not being able to perform. However, we need to get our officials to be responsible,” said William Dowokpor, policy analyst with the party.Residents and experts agree that the capital, with its rapid population growth, lacks a proper system to deal with annual rains. This city has grown by more than half a million people in just the last 15 years to an estimated 2.3 million. Many areas lack sufficient gutters and where they do exist, they quickly fill with garbage that accumulates in the absence of public trash cans.The drainage and sewage system is antiquated and dates back to a time when the city held just fraction of its current population. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Top holiday drink recipes
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FILE – In this March 2, 2016 file photo, John Waters attends the opening night of the Metrograph movie theater in New York. Waters and members of the “Hairspray” cast gathered Monday at The Academy for a special 30th anniversary screening of the film at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Los Angeles. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP, File) by Michael Cidoni Lennox, The Associated Press Posted Jul 24, 2018 9:27 am PDT Last Updated Jul 24, 2018 at 10:00 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email John Waters, others celebrate the anniversary of ‘Hairspray’ LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Ricki Lake never in her wildest dreams thought she’d be celebrating the 30th anniversary of the film “Hairspray” at the lofty Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.“I never thought the movie was going to come out, let alone have this life span. And for me to be alive 30 years later, for me to be turning 50 in two months … you know, it’s all kind of surreal,” she said.Most of the film’s surviving stars, as well as its writer-director John Waters, gathered Monday at the Academy for a special screening of the film, hosted by Oscar-winning Barry Jenkins, the writer-director of “Moonlight.”Jenkins was just age 8 when the film was released, but he said his parents were big fans of the period comedy, set in 1962 Baltimore. It’s about a teen-dance TV show that is rocked when a short, plump dynamo — the adorable Tracy Turnblad — unseats Amber Von Tussle, the nasty blond beauty who long has been the reigning queen. Turmoil ensues when Tracy suggests producers stop limiting black dancers’ appearances and pushes for the show to be fully integrated.Jenkins noted that Waters’ script is loosely based on real events.“In real life, that show never integrated. It just went off the air rather than integrate,” Jenkins said. “I think John gives us this very happy, hopeful ending, by having the show integrate at the end of his version of the film. So I think, even in that, you see that he was trying to say that it is possible for us to come together.”As for the film’s pro-integration message, Waters noted: “It was a sneak attack. It was a Trojan horse. It was the only radical movie I ever made, because it snuck in middle America. And they didn’t notice. I mean, they didn’t notice the message. Well, they did notice the message. But I’ve said that even racists like ‘Hairspray.’”Before “Hairspray,” Waters had directed just a handful of features that earned him a cult following. But “Hairspray” was his breakthrough, marking his introduction to mainstream audiences. It also marked a breakthrough for American actor, singer and drag queen Divine, who portrayed Tracy’s mother Edna.Divine died of complications from an enlarged heart just a little more than a week after the film’s wide release.Blondie lead singer and “Hairspray” actress Debbie Harry remembered her co-star.“Divine was very generous and relaxed and sort of soulful and there’s that soft voice,” Harry recalled. “And then we had to struggle during the scene of the exploding hair. And I had bruises on my arms. Mother was very strong!”“Hairspray” featured a cameo appearance by recording artist and actress Pia Zadora, who said she wasn’t surprised by the film’s long life. It eventually was adapted into a Broadway musical, a musical feature, and also a musical television production.“I mean, John — you can’t deny this guy knows what the hell he’s doing,” Zadora said. “It was right. It was just right.”
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