FSIN hit with 11 million cut forced to fire staff

first_imgFSIN Chief Perry Bellegarde; photo by Maike Eikelmann/APTNAPTN National News SASKATOON–Facing an $1.1 million cut from Ottawa, one of the country’s oldest First Nation organizations was forced to tell staff this week that layoffs loom.The Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations (FSIN) plans to lay off much of its staff by March 31.Employees were informed of the looming cuts on TuesdayFSIN Chief Perry Bellegarde said the FSIN was hit with a $875,000 cut last fiscal year and the new round of funding cuts forced the organization’s hand.“If there are no alternative sources of revenue, it is going to have a huge impact,” said Bellegarde.Bellegarde said the cuts will diminish the FSIN’s ability to analyze legislation and get legal opinions. It will also mean the organization will have to reduce its number of vice chiefs.The federal government has moved to slash spending for First Nations organizations. In September 2012 Ottawa announced it would be capping core funding for regional organizations, like the FSIN, at $500,000.Last year, Ottawa cut its pot of cash for so-called discretionary funding by 30 per cent.“You basically weaken the voice of First Nation people across Canada,” said Bellegarde.Bellegarde said the cuts could also give First Nation organizations freedom to take a stronger line against Ottawa. He said funding is often used by Ottawa to retaliate against First Nations organizations that criticize federal policy.The FSIN, however, will continue to exist, no matter what Ottawa does, he said.“We have seen the ebb and flow of funding to organizations,” he said. “Our FSIN will always be there. Sometimes its shape and form will change and evolve.”news@aptn.calast_img read more

Russia calls for calm in Sudan

first_imgMoscow: Russia on Thursday called for calm in Sudan and expressed hope that close bilateral ties would not be threatened, irrespective of who was in power. Huge crowds of Sudanese demanding the ouster of President Omar al-Bashir massed in the centre of Khartoum as the army promised an “important announcement” after months of protests. “We are monitoring this situation very carefully,” Russian President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters. “And we are hoping that first and foremost there won’t be an escalation that could claim human lives,” he said, calling the protests an “internal affair”. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US”We expect that whatever the outcome, Russian-Sudanese relations” will be a priority for Khartoum, Peskov said. Russia has been trying to expand its footprint in Africa and said in January that it had sent “instructors” to Sudan, following reports of sightings of Russian-speaking soldiers in Khartoum. Putin met Bashir last July in Moscow where the Sudanese leader said Russia was playing an important role in “preparing Sudanese military personnel”. The protests, which erupted in December over the government’s tripling of the price of bread, have become the biggest challenge to Bashir’s iron-fisted rule spanning three decades.last_img read more

Royal Air Maroc Honored for Serving Liberia During Ebola Epidemic

Rabat – The Liberia Airport Authority honored last Thursday at the Firestone Staff Club in Harbel Royal Air Maroc and Brussels Airlines for continuing service to Liberia during the Ebola outbreak.During the height of the Ebola outbreak in Liberia and other West African countries, nearly all airlines cancelled their flights to those affected countries except for Royal Air Maroc and Brussels Airlines, Belgium’s national carrier.Gbehzohngar Findley, the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Liberia Airport Authority, said, “Because of the outbreak of the Ebola epidemic, Liberia was nearly isolated from the international community for fear that the country could further spread the virus.” “The two airlines remained faithful to continue their services in the midst of the challenges,” he added.The chairman expressed his government’s gratitude and thanked for the airlines’ services during the Ebola period, “when the country needed to bring in specialists, drugs, and the necessary equipment that were needed.”Wil Bako Freeman, the Liberia Airport Authority Managing Director, said, “Royal Air Maroc has been a reliable partner since it started servicing Roberts International Airport and through the Ebola outbreak.”Loudyi Mohammed Amine, the Country Manager for Royal Air Maroc, thanked the government and the people of Liberia for the recognition, promising that the airlines would increase its services to the country in the coming years.In an exclusive interview with the magazine Jeune Afrique last month, Driss Benhima, CEO of Royal Air Morocco, unveiled plans for the national airline’s expansion by first setting up in West Africa. read more

250000 Kenyans displaced by postelectoral violence UN estimates

Some 250,000 Kenyans are now estimated to have been displaced by post-electoral violence, United Nations humanitarian officials reported today, as the world body’s independent human rights experts voiced deep concern at the ethnic dimension of the conflict. Overall, between 400,000 and 500,000 people have been affected by the conflict. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon spoke by telephone today with both President Mwai Kibaki and opposition leader Raila Odinga, and called on them to resolve their issues through dialogue. The violence, which has reportedly claimed more than 300 lives, erupted after Mr. Kibaki was declared the winner of last week’s poll. Mr. Ban also spoke with Ghanaian President John Kufuor, current chairman of the African Union. Meanwhile, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) reported that virtually all movement of food for both western Kenya and the entire region, including Uganda, Sudan and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), was frozen for days due to the insecurity. The 14 human rights experts, covering issues ranging from racism to sexual violence to freedom of belief, deplored the growing inter-ethnic conflict, citing the deaths of dozens of civilians, including children and women, after a mob set fire to a church where they had taken sanctuary. “We are profoundly alarmed by the reports of incitement to racial hatred and the growing frictions between the different ethnic groups,” they said in a statement calling on the authorities, political, ethnic and religious leaders to put an end “to what may become the dynamics of inter-ethnic killings… in the light of historical precedents in the region.” Rwanda, to the west of Kenya, was the scene of genocide in 1994, when ethnic Hutu extremists massacred some 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus. Ethnic conflict between Hutus and Tutsis has also killed hundreds of thousands of people over the past four decades in Burundi, Rwanda’s southern neighbour. In a litany of “great concern,” the experts said the massive displacement, especially in the Rift Valley, threatened the right to food, health, housing and education. They also cited reports of gang rapes and the attendant likelihood of HIV infection and reported curbs on free expression, in particular a ban on live coverage of events. “While we recognize the prerogative and duty of the Kenyan authorities to maintain public order, we are, however, alarmed by reported instances of use of excessive force by Kenyan security forces against demonstrators and other civilians,” they added. “We urge the incumbent Kenyan authorities to take all necessary steps and measures to bring an end to the present situation, including by addressing appropriately questions raised with regard to the latest election results. We also call upon the leaders of political parties to show restraint and control over their followers and supporters.” WFP will shortly provide food through the Kenya Red Cross for 100,000 people displaced in the Northern Rift Valley, but it said: “The biggest problem is the difficulty for trucks carrying WFP food to reach areas in western Kenya.” Some 200 trucks were loaded with WFP food in the Kenyan port of Mombasa from a ship that arrived over Christmas carrying 30,000 metric tons – enough to feed 1.5 million people for a month – for Uganda, southern Sudan, Somalia and the eastern DRC. The food for Somalia will be sent by sea, but the rest has to go by land, WFP said. Some trucks left Mombasa but then were stranded due to insecurity on main roads and checkpoints set up by vigilantes in western Kenya. Fifteen trucks are stranded in or near Nairobi, 60 in Mombasa and others in Eldoret, near the site of the church massacre. Each truck carries 34 tons of food. “WFP is holding urgent talks to resolve this issue and get food to those who need it in Kenya and elsewhere,” the agency said. Kenyan security forces recently escorted 20 WFP trucks carrying food for north-western Kenya, southern Sudan, Uganda and the DRC, but the insecurity and roadblocks are still hampering humanitarian access. The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is trying to establish so-called “safe spaces” for displaced mothers and children, provide water and sanitation to over 100,000 people, and distribute family kits to supply up to 100,000 people with blankets, plastic sheeting, cooking sets, soap and jerry cans. 4 January 2008Some 250,000 Kenyans are now estimated to have been displaced by post-electoral violence, United Nations humanitarian officials reported today, as the world body’s independent human rights experts voiced deep concern at the ethnic dimension of the conflict. read more

Alumni sweethearts

For many, university is one of the most significant times in a person’s life. It’s a time when you first experience living on your own; you quickly learn why you shouldn’t mix beer with hard liquor; and you meet a ton of new friends. And for many Brock alumni, university was also the time when they met the love of their life. Take, for example, Bradley Walchuk (BA ’07; MA ’08) and Laura Harris (BA ’07; MA ’08). Walchuk and Harris met at Brock in an undergraduate history class in second year. As political science majors, they had several classes together and quickly became friends. In their master’s year in 2007-08, they shared the same tight-knit group of friends, and became closer friends as a result.“Our master’s group was particularly close,” said Walchuk. “And Laura and I attended conferences together in Buffalo and Albany, and drove together to New York City for an end-of-the-semester trip with about 15 people from the program.”It wasn’t until January 2009, after striking up a conversation at a party hosted by a mutual friend of theirs, Kevin O’Neil (MA ’10), that Walchuk and Harris started dating.Having known each other for many years at Brock, Walchuk and Harris already knew quite a bit about each other. As they started spending more time with each other, their love for each other grew stronger. A couple of months later, they got engaged while in Ottawa for a political science conference. “After experiencing life with Laura, I couldn’t go back to life without her, so I asked her to be my wife”, said Walchuk. “We had only been dating for a few months, but we knew that we were meant to be. We experienced so much together: snow tubing, dancing, my first encounter with a snake – a nine-foot python, a vacation to Florida, trying new types of food – Moroccan, Thai and Greek, and many dog walks.  All of those things were made so much better because we experienced them together.”Walchuk and Harris were married Oct. 16, 2010 at the Halton Regional Museum in Milton, Ont. Their bridal party and attendees included mutual friends from Brock, including Allison Timberg (BA ’08), Christine Jennings (BA ’09), Samir Husika (BA ’07; MA ’10), Joseph Van Troost (BA ’04; MA ’06), Rudi Antohe (MA ’08), Christopher Janzen (BA ’07; MA ’08), and Jason Sykes (BA ’06; MA ’08). Many faculty members from Brock’s Political Science department also attended the wedding, including Daniel Samson, Livianna Tossutti, Larry Savage (BA ’00; MA ’01), Ingrid Makus and Leah Bradshaw.“The wedding was beautiful. It was so nice to see the strong and lasting sense of friendship and community that Brad and Laura experienced as graduate students at Brock,” said Bradshaw.Walchuk and Harris are completing their PhDs in political science at York University and are working as instructors in Brock’s Political Science department. Walchuk teaches Canadian politics and Harris teaches research methods.Do you have a Brock alumni sweetheart story to share? Post a picture of you and your sweetheart to the Brock People – Brock University Alumni Facebook fan page or share a TwitPic on Twitter with the hashtag #BrockTweethearts. Share your story in the caption. read more

Walters TT Samah Evolving role of a UNV rebuilding Haiti

Mr. Samah speaking with local residents at a roadside market in Leogane, West Region. UN Photo United Nations Volunteer (UNV) Walters Samah, with the local community in Leogane, West Region, Haiti. UN Photo UNV Samah with a bicameral delegation of senior parliamentary staff during an exchange visit in the Dominican Congress. UN Photo United Nations Volunteer (UNV) Walters Samah, with the local community in Leogane, West Region, Haiti. UN Photo “It’s amazing to see how far the city has come,” Mr. Samah said. “Life is returning to relative normalcy for most. Today what one sees is not a city of rubble it was in 2010 but a city in reconstruction. Roads are being repaired, new residential houses are under constructions and businesses are cropping up again.” “These projects are providing jobs for many young people who are beginning to feel positive about the future of their municipality compared to three years ago,” he added. As a Civil Affairs Officer, UNV Samah was part of the Mission’s Parliamentary Support and Liaison Unit interfacing with the Haitian Parliament, civil society and local authorities to strengthen state institutions. Following the quake, Mr. Samah had to adapt to the changing needs of the Mission. His state-building role expanded to include working with aid organizations, assisting local risk and disaster management committees in preparing contingency plans and monitoring population movements. “I was often also called to support other sections within MINUSTAH,” Mr. Samah said, in jobs that ranged from assisting the Chief of Staff to working with the Human Rights Section in security assessment surveys in internally displaced camps in Port-au-Prince. United Nations Volunteer (UNV) Walters Samah, with the local community in Leogane, West Region, Haiti. UN Photo ‹ ›Beyond MINUSTAH, UNV Samah has also taken volunteerism to the community level, working actively with child-centered institutions to empower orphans and street children. “My work has given me the feeling of self-satisfaction derived largely from the fact that I am making a worthy and meaningful contribution,” said Mr. Samah, a Cameroon national who has been working in Haiti since 2008. Mr. Samah is one of around 6,800 UN Volunteers in UN peacekeeping missions and UN Agencies around the world. UN Volunteers comprise one-third of all international civilians working in UN peacekeeping operations, according to their office. The relationship between UN peacekeeping and UNVs is highly regarded. In a 2001 interview with Mr. Sergio Vieira de Mello, then Head of the UN effort in Timor-Leste, he said the following when asked about the role UN Volunteers play in peacekeeping efforts: “The first association is precisely this proximity with the field. UN Volunteers lack fortunately the characteristics of career bureaucrats of which I’m an example in the sense that they are truly focused and committed to assist developing countries not from the headquarters perspective, not from the career advancement point of view, but as volunteers. This by definition commits them to actually translate the ideals of the United Nations, and of this mission in particular which are very ambitious, into reality on the ground.” UNVs continue to have a strong presence in the UN family today, encouraging experienced adults and younger individuals to work in the field and support the UN’s priorities. The Secretary General’s Special Envoy on Youth, Ahmad Alhendawi, has a personal connection with peacekeeping. “My brother served in Haiti with the peacekeepers. He was there during the earthquake, so I know the challenges they face. But I also know how committed they are to bring about peace,” he said. “The peacekeepers are the first bridge, in many cases, from a bloody present to a peaceful future. They reinforce peace, and embody the ideals of the United Nations. read more

CO Zagreb is eternal champion of Croatia

6Poreč74 5Split74 2Nexe78 C.O ZagrebCroatian handball championSisciazagreb 4Karlovac75 3Siscia77 Since 1992 and Independence of Croatia, there is only one team which celebrate at the end of the season – C.O Zagreb. Team from Croatian capital, twice EHF CL winner, won all seven matches in the Play-Off and three rounds before the end has six points ahead of Nexe Nasice.In the decisive match for the Championship, Zagreb beats Siscia 31:23 (10:10) in front of 75 spectators.Siscia: Kvesić, Palaić, Bilušić; Tojčić 5, Bjeliš 3, Jurjević 4, Žarković, Balić, Raič 2, Baltić 1, Crnić, Nuić 4, Čutura 3, Nikić, Kobetić 1CO Zagreb: Pešić, Ivić; Marić 3, Brozović, Kopljar 4, Matulić 1, Šprem 7, Špiler, Šebetić 4, Gojun 7, Horvat, J. Valčić 2, Vukić, T. Valčić, Balić, Kaleb 3 1Croatia osiguranje714 ← Previous Story Viborg HK is almost a Danish champion! Next Story → Igor Anic goes back to France – Cesson Rennes read more

Local authorities to be quizzed on Traveller housing allocations

first_imgAN OIREACHTAS COMMITTEE wants to know why local authorities do not use the full amount of money available to them for Traveller housing.The Joint Committee on Environment, Culture and Gaeltacht asked the Minister Phil Hogan to request “detailed explanations” from city and county councils on their failure to draw down their allocations.“The Committee has proposed to the Minister that in future years, local authorities who do not spend / draw down the monies allocated to them for the provision of housing for members of the Travelling Community should be required by regulation to give a detailed explanation of why they have not done so,” said Michael McCarthy, following this week’s meeting which heard from a number of representative groups from the Traveller community. These local authorities should be required to outline what steps they have taken in attempting to provide housing to members of the Travelling Community, how and why these steps have failed, what plans they have to correct the situation and to provide the housing required and the timeframe within which they intend to provide this house.The committee says it is concerned about any underspending in this area.Earlier this year it was revealed that councils failed to draw down up to €50 million that was available to them for this purpose. In 2010, just €16 million of €35 million was taken up by local authorities. Currently, about two-thirds of Travellers live in standard housing across Ireland.A Donegal councillor sparked controversy in February when he told a local radio station that he did not support the housing of a Traveller family in an area populated by settled people. He advocated “an isolated community of them some place”. He spoke following an arson attack on a €230,000 home that was allocated to a Traveller family by the Donegal County Council.Council’s €230k social housing property destroyed in firelast_img read more

How many Nama debtors have gone bankrupt so far

first_imgA TOTAL OF 77 former property players in debt to the National Asset Management Agency have been declared bankrupt since the toxic loans agency was set up.Finance Minister Michael Noonan said that the vast majority of the debtors that have gone down the bankruptcy route have done so in Britain and Northern Ireland, where 63 cases have been processed.Two have been made bankrupt in the United States, with the remaining 12 going through the process in Ireland.Just 44 debtors have managed to exit the process, all in Britain and Northern Ireland.In a reply to Wicklow-East Carlow Independent TD Stephen Donnelly, Minister Noonan said that he is not currently aware of any debtors that have exited bankruptcy in Ireland or the US.In a review of Nama’s operations by the Department of Finance published earlier this week, the Government flagged ‘debtor fatigue’ as a risk to Nama achieving its objectives.“After a number of years working with Nama, debtors are seeking certainty regarding recourse and their ultimate exit from Nama.” Nama said that it is looking at ways to combat ‘debtor fatigue’, which it says could limit the amount it is ultimately able to recover from tranches of loans it has taken command of.In response to a separate parliamentary question from Fianna Fail finance spokesman Michael McGrath, Noonan said that the bad bank has granted rate reductions to debtors and receivers with an annual value of €19 million.Read: Pathway to ‘Dublin’s Canary Wharf’: Nama’s €3 billion property play>Read: Nama is selling a €100 million portfolio of business parks> The longer the debtor resolution process extends, the more a debtor may feel that insolvency or bankruptcy may be a viable alternative to end their relationship with Nama more quickly.last_img read more

Bayern Munichs Kingsley Coman to undergo surgery

first_imgBayern Munich have confirmed that Kingsley Coman will undergo surgery after sustaining a syndesmosis ligament tear in their opening day 3-1 win over HoffenheimThe French winger got caught up in a late challenge by Hoffenheim’s Nico Schulz towards the end of the first half at the Allianz Arena.While laying on the pitch, Coman was in tears and had to be consoled by his team-mates before being helped off the pitch by Bayern’s medical staff.And now the club have confirmed that he will be out for “several weeks”.“Kingsley Coman sustained a syndesmosis ligament tear above his left ankle in the 3-1 victory over TSG Hoffenheim,” read a statement.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“That was the diagnosis of an examination by the medical unit after the match. Coman has to undergo surgery and will be sidelined for a number of weeks.”Just last season in February, the 22-year-old had to undergo surgery on the very same left ankle which left him sidelined for the final three months of the campaign.It also cost him a spot in France’s World Cup-winning squad this summer.Bayern won the game itself 3-1 after goals from Thomas Muller, Robert Lewandowski and substitute Arjen Robben (who replaced Coman) to begin the defence of their Bundesliga crown on a winning note.last_img read more

Hughton reserves special praise for Solanke

first_imgBrighton boss Chris Hughton praised the capture of England’s young forward Dominic Solanke as a decent signing for BournemouthThe Seagulls boss while also clarified his team were never interested in signing the ex-Liverpool man.“He was a player that was linked with us, but that was all,”  Hughton told Sky.“I can’t say I don’t know the player, because this is our game, he’s an exceptional young good talent.“Any player of that age and quality we’re aware of. But it was just speculation, nothing more.“Having said that, Bournemouth have got a real exceptional talent, and I’m sure he’ll be great for them.BRIGHTON, ENGLAND - MAY 12: Chris Hughton, Manager of Brighton and Hove Albion looks on prior to the Premier League match between Brighton & Hove Albion and Manchester City at American Express Community Stadium on May 12, 2019 in Brighton, United Kingdom. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)Hughton’s first words after being sacked Manuel R. Medina – May 22, 2019 The former Brighton and Hove Albion manager says he was “hugely disappointed and surprised” when he was fired from the club.“I’m really delighted to go through; we’ve got a tough period coming up but I would rather be in the next round than not.“We didn’t start the game too well, we had some problems early on and we probably were 2-0 up against the run of play.“But we managed the game well in the second half and it’s a great result for us.”Delighted to put pen to paper with @afcbournemouth . Really looking forward to start working with some great players and a great manager. Exciting times ahead!😆🍒 pic.twitter.com/PKWqwBMtlx— Dom Solanke (@DomSolanke) January 4, 2019last_img read more

Jessore man commits suicide over conjugal dispute

first_imgA young man allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself at his house over conjugal dispute at Itta village in Manirampur upazila on Saturday afternoon.Family sources said Sanjit Das Babu, 30, son of Dhiren Das, a resident of Itta village, had been at a conjugal feud with his wife. Sanjit used to work at Manirampur upazila post office.Following the dispute, his wife has recently left the house and gone to her father’s house.On Saturday, as Sanjit didn’t wake up after 12:00pm despite making repeated calls by the family members, the house inmates entered his room breaking the door only to find Sanjib hanging with the ceiling.The body was sent to hospital morgue for autopsy, said sub-inspector Ruksana of Manirampur police station, adding that an unnatural death case was filed in this connection.last_img read more

SEC Announces New Cybersecurity Unit Following Breach

first_img Your Apps Are Out to Get YouEquifax Screwed Up. Bad. Again. Hackers breached the Securities and Exchange Commission, a US department charged with regulating stock and bonds trading and helping prevent corruption, last year. The agency’s head, Jay Clayton, revealed the news during a Senate hearing Tuesday, according to the Washington Post. The attack may have even allowed hackers to profit off of stock trading — the very thing the department is supposed to prevent.Clayton’s testimony took place with the backdrop of the recent Equifax hack, and senators grilled him on the state of the industry.“I think the resignation of the CEO is by no means enough,” Senator Mark Warner (D-Va.) said, referencing the departure of Equifax executive Richard Smith following the fallout from the breach. “I question whether Equifax has the right to even continue providing these services with the level of sloppiness and lack of attention to cybersecurity.”Clayton responded by saying that the agency would founding a new cybersecurity unity and would be dramatically stepping up its efforts to secure the data it keeps on American businesses and investors.Senator John Kennedy (R-La.) reportedly noticed that several Equifax executives had sold millions’ worth of stock between the time that the company had discovered its breach and when it disclosed that information to the public. “Is that insider trading?” Kennedy pressed.Clayton deflected, adding that the agency was facing an exorbitant number of threats.“We are under constant attack by nefarious actors,” he said. “We must remain on top of evolving threats when it comes to securing our own networks and systems against intrusion.”While the hearing was intended to be about the SEC’s own breach, it became something of a reflection on things that are to come. The SEC’s hack involved a system dubbed “EDGAR,” which stores regulatory filings. If hackers gained access to it, they could have used it to make trades with insider knowledge. Many of the breaches against corporations are, indeed, to gain corporate secrets that could be used for insider trading. Two years ago, federal regulators unearthed a massive hacking ring that was able to make more than $100 million on illicit trades thanks to stolen corporate secrets.The SEC’s response has been to collect more detailed information on top companies, their executives and about stock trades. This would make it easier to detect possible manipulation or insider trading. But, given the SEC’s track record, questions have been raised as to whether or not the agency could properly protect the data it would need, especially in light of the EDGAR breach in 2016. But, if nothing is done, the coming years may be a gold mine for cybercrime and corruption the world over.“It is critical that the SEC safeguards the data it collects and maintains — especially as the consolidated audit trail, or CAT, becomes operational,” Chairman of the Banking Committee, Senator Mike Crap (R-Idaho), said. “The recent Equifax breach has highlighted the need to protect this sensitive and valuable information.”I have a feeling that hacks will be one of the main headline-grabbers we see again and again over the next few years. It’s not looking good for those of us who wanted to avoid a real-world cyberpunk dystopia. Stay on targetlast_img read more

Middlekauff on early Josh Rosen hype and the circus surrounding Reuben Fosters

first_imgMiddlekauff discusses OTA reports that Josh Rosen is already turning heads in Arizona, and makes the case for the Cardinals as an NFC West sleeper team.John also explains why media questioning if Derek Carr can handle Jon Gruden’s cursing is as dumb as it gets, and the circus surrounding Reuben Foster’s return to the Niners.Every week he answers all your listener questions in Middlekauff’s Mailbag. Advertisement Follow John on Twitter at @JohnMiddlekauff and download and subscribe to the 3 and Out on Apple, iHeart or wherever you download your podcasts now! Rate 5 Stars and leave your questions in the iTunes comments and John will answer them every week.last_img

86 Percent of Screening Mammography Patients Want to Know Estimated Risk of

first_imgNews | Breast Imaging | June 06, 2017 86 Percent of Screening Mammography Patients Want to Know Estimated Risk of Developing Breast Cancer Study identifies unmet clinical need to better identify women who may benefit from supplemental screening  Image courtesy of Imago Systems Technology | Breast Biopsy Systems | July 24, 2019 Fujifilm Releases Tomosynthesis Biopsy Option for Aspire Cristalle Mammography System Fujifilm Medical Systems U.S.A. Inc. recently expanded its breast imaging solutions with the launch of its… read more IBM collected a dataset of 52,936 images from 13,234 women who underwent at least one mammogram between 2013 and 2017, and who had health records for at least one year prior to the mammogram. The algorithm was trained on 9,611 mammograms. Image courtesy of Radiology. News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more News | Ultrasound Women’s Health | July 11, 2019 FDA Clears Koios DS Breast 2.0 AI-based Software Koios Medical announced its second 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). 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 Related Content Researchers at two leading U.S. breast centers recently completed a study which explored whether women attending screening or surveillance mammography wanted to know their breast cancer risk and how much detail they want. Results of the study, “Screening Mammography: Patient Perceptions and Preferences Regarding Communication of Estimated Breast Cancer Risk,” recently published in the American Journal of Roentgenology (AJR) (DOI:10.2014/AJR.16.16779), suggest that most (86 percent) of women want to be informed.Women attending screening or surveillance at two breast imaging centers were asked to complete a questionnaire about their perceptions and preferences regarding communication of estimated breast cancer risk.  They were asked whether they were interested in knowing their estimated risk, and how they would like this information communicated depending on their hypothetical lifetime risk: “high” (20 percent or higher lifetime risk) or “average” (<20 percent lifetime risk).  With a response rate of nearly 50 percent, 503 women completed the survey.  While 86 percent of women expressed some level of interest in being informed, only 8% had ever received any formal risk assessment in the past.  Women identified as being at high risk, preferred to be informed through a face-to-face conversation; women identified as being average risk, indicated that they would be satisfied being informed through a letter.Of the 503 respondents, 50 women (10 percent) indicated they were not interested in their risk, and another four percent did not answer that survey question. When women provided a specific answer for their lack of interest, most of that group (35 percent) cited a previous breast cancer diagnosis; 12 percent felt they were already aware of their risk, based on their family history; 12 percent referred to their advanced age; and 9% were concerned about anxiety or fear of bad news. Of the women who have previously had breast cancer, a significantly lower portion (60 percent) was interested in knowing their risk, compared to women with no history of the disease (91 percent).  Similarly, women who have previously received a breast biopsy, received a formal risk assessment, were older, had lower income or attended mammography less frequently were less likely to be interested in their risk.Many models exist to estimate a woman’s risk of development of breast cancer, such as Gail, BRCAPRO, and Tyrer-Cuzick. At screening mammography, imaging centers can collect data required for these models to identify women who may benefit from referral to a high-risk clinic and consequently, supplemental screening. According to the researchers, the results suggest that the potential exists for women to undergo a preliminary "screening" risk assessment at the time of screening mammography, which would identify women who should undergo a more detailed, formal risk stratification. Women found to be at high risk, could then be referred for genetic counseling and supplementary imaging, as needed.“When more than 90 percent of women indicate an interest in knowing their estimated risk of developing breast cancer and less than 10 percent have actually received a formal risk assessment, there is clearly a huge gap in meeting women’s information needs,” said Ralph Highnam, Ph.D., Volpara Solutions CEO and Chief Scientist.  “This is another example of the growing interest in implementing personalized screening strategies based on a woman’s individual risk factors.  The integration of volumetric density percentage into the Tyrer-Cuzick risk model is a critical step in improving risk prediction, which helps women make decisions about screening and their breast health.”For more information: www.ajronline.org/ FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Feature | Artificial Intelligence | July 19, 2019 | Michal Chorev AI Models Predict Breast Cancer With Radiologist-level Accuracy Breast cancer is the global leading cause of cancer-related deaths in women, and the most commonly diagnosed cancer... read more News | Breast Imaging | August 02, 2019 Volpara to Distribute Screenpoint Medical's Transpara AI Solution Volpara Solutions and ScreenPoint Medical BV signed an agreement under which Volpara will sell ScreenPoint's Transpara... read more Qlarity Imaging’s software is used to assist radiologists in the assessment and characterization of breast lesions. Imaging features are synthesized by an artificial intelligence algorithm into a single value, the QI score, which is analyzed relative to a database of reference abnormalities with known ground truth. Image courtesy of Business Wire. News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that... read more News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year... read more Technology | Artificial Intelligence | July 18, 2019 Paragon Biosciences Launches Qlarity Imaging to Advance FDA-cleared AI Breast Cancer Diagnosis System Paragon Biosciences LLC announced the launch of its seventh portfolio company, Qlarity Imaging LLC, which was founded... read more Technology | Mammography Reporting Software | July 25, 2019 Hologic Partners With MagView to Develop Unifi EQUIP Solution Hologic announced a partnership with mammography information solutions provider MagView to develop Unifi EQUIP, an... read more read morelast_img read more

Github now allows repository owners to delete an issue curse or a

first_imgOn Saturday Github released the public beta version for a new feature to delete issues. This feature lets repository admins, delete an issue from any repository, permanently. This might give more power to the repository owners now. Since the time Github tweeted about this news, the controversy around this feature seems to be on fire. According to many, this new feature might lead to the removal of issues that disclose severe security issues. Also, many users can take help of the closed issue and resolve their problems as the conversation history of repository sometimes has a lot of information. In case, someone posts a security vulnerability publicly as an issue, it might turn out to be a big problem to the project owner, as there’s a high possibility of people avoiding the future updates coming on the same project. This feature could be helpful to many organizations, as this feature might work as a damage control for them. Few of the issues posted by users on Github aren’t really issues, so this feature might be helpful in that direction. Also, there are a lot of duplicate issues which get posted on purpose or mistakenly by the users, so this feature could work a rescue tool! In contrast to this, a lot of users are opposing this feature. This feature might not be so helpful because no matter how fast one erases a vulnerability report, the info gets leaked via the mail inbox. The poll posted by one of the users on Twitter which has 71 votes as of the time of writing, shows that 69% of the participants disliked this feature. While only 14% of users have given a thumbs up to this feature. And the rest 17% have no views on it. The poll is still on, it would be interesting to see the final report of the same. The users are requesting for a better option which might just highlight a way to report security issues in a non-public way. While few others prefer an archive option instead of deleting the issue permanently. And some others just strongly favor removing the feature. With many users now blaming Microsoft for this feature on Github, it would be interesting to see the next update on the same feature, could it possibly just be an UNDO option? Read more about this news on Github’s official Twitter page. Read Next GitHub now supports the GNU General Public License (GPL) Cooperation Commitment as a way of promoting effective software regulation GitHub now allows issue transfer between repositories; a public beta version GitHub October 21st outage RCA: How prioritizing ‘data integrity’ launched a series of unfortunate events that led to a day-long outagelast_img read more

Agents can win dream vacation with Sunquests Deal of the Week

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International buyers invited to St Maartens SMART show May 21 – 23

first_imgInternational buyers invited to St. Maarten’s SMART show May 21 – 23 Tags: St. Maarten Share Travelweek Group Posted bycenter_img Tuesday, February 26, 2019 NEW YORK — Saint Martin/Sint Maarten is back in action and ready to show off its product with the Saint Martin/Sint Maarten Annual Regional Trade Show (SMART), taking place May 21 – 23.The event offers international and regional buyers the opportunity to meet and network with suppliers and other key tourism industry partners and includes master classes, workshops, activities and festivities.SMART is a collaborative initiative between the St. Martin Tourism Office, the St. Maarten Tourist Bureau, the Saint Martin Hotel Association (L’Association des Hôteliers de Saint Martin) and the St. Maarten Hospitality & Trade Association (SHTA).“SMART is one of the largest marketplace events where buyers and suppliers can meet one-on-one in the Eastern Caribbean Islands and is the most highly anticipated tourism industry event on-island,” says Stuart Johnson, St. Maarten’s Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Traffic & Telecommunication.“It is our goal to further connect the Caribbean’s tourism entities, ultimately strengthening its tourism-based business as a whole. We look forward to welcoming our tourism partners back to our shores in 2019.”More news:  Visit Orlando unveils new travel trade tools & agent perksEarly bird registration runs until April. Those looking to express their interest in attending can contact SHTA at events@shta.com. Further event information will be provided on SHTA’s website: SHTA.com/SMART.“We look forward to welcoming everyone back to our beautiful island to participate in this year’s SMART conference,” says May-Ling Chun, Director of Tourism of St. Maarten. “In the 16th edition of the event, we hope to continue fostering new and long-lasting relationships between industry leaders from across the world.”This year’s marketplace will allow for a day and a half of one-on-one meetings with buyers and suppliers from across the globe, she adds.SMART annually incorporates the nearby allied destinations of Anguilla, Saba, St. Eustatius, St. Barthelemy, St. Kitts and Nevis, Dominica and Tortola.This year’s event will also feature suppliers from other destinations throughout the region, including Antigua, Aruba, Barbados, Barbuda, the British Virgin Islands, Curaçao, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Montserrat, Saint Lucia and Trinidad and Tobago.More news:  Beep, beep! Transat hits the streets with Cubamania truckThe event is attended each year by tour operators, travel agents, travel writers and event planners from the U.S., Canada, Europe and Latin America. << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

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