Ocean Yield Aker Energy Extended FPSO Charter Option

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Aker Floating Production Norway-based shipping company Ocean Yield has extended the option for long-term charter for the FPSO Dhirubhai-1 by 30 days.The company entered into the option agreement with Aker Energy in February 2019, for which Aker paid USD 3 million.Under the deal, the initial option period was to expire on May 1, 2019, with an extension period of up to 30 days against an additional compensation.If exercised, Aker Energy would bareboat charter the FPSO for a period of 15 years, to be used ­­­­for an early-production project offshore Ghana.Ocean Yield earlier said that it would finance the modification of the FPSO against a competitive charter rate that reflects the book value of the unit and the cost of the modification if Aker Energy exercises the option. The company added that it would not be exposed to risks related to the modification or be involved in the operation of the vessel.last_img read more

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AI augmentation to power 29 trillion of business value in 2021

first_imgSan Francisco: Artificial intelligence (AI) augmentation will create $2.9 trillion of business value and 6.2 billion hours of worker productivity globally in 2021, according to a forecast by Gartner. Augmented intelligence refers to a human-centred partnership model of people and AI working together to enhance cognitive performance. This includes learning, decision making and new experiences. “Augmented intelligence is all about people taking advantage of AI,” said Svetlana Sicular, Research Vice President at Gartner. Also Read – Swiggy now in 500 Indian cities, targets 100 more this year “As AI technology evolves, the combined human and AI capabilities that augmented intelligence allows will deliver the greatest benefits to enterprises,” she added. Customer experience is the primary source of AI-derived business value, according to the Gartner AI business value forecast. Augmented intelligence reduces mistakes while delivering customer convenience and personalisation at scale, democratizing what was previously available to the select few. “Augmented intelligence is a design approach to winning with AI, and it assists machines and people alike to perform at their best,” Sicular said.last_img read more

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Metis Pavilion back at Folklorama in Winnipeg

first_imgBrittany HobsonAPTN NewsFor the first time in eight years, the Metis Pavilion is back at Folklorama in Winnipeg bringing with it the famous dance troupe – the Asham Stompers.Folklorama Festival celebrates culture and diversity in Winnipeg.And for two young dancers, a nearby disaster almost prevented them from participating.bhobson@aptn.ca@bhobs22last_img

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Court finds Wasim Thajudeen death suspicious

Thajudeen died on May 17, 2012 in Kirulapone when his car crashed into a wall. According to police reports at the time, the rugby player was driving home after attending a party when he lost control of the car and crashed into a wall on Park Road. The car had exploded instantly and burnt the victim. The Colombo Additional Magistrates’ Court today found that there was suspicion over the death of National rugby player Wasim Thajudeen.Colombo Additional Magistrate Nishantha Peiris said that the reports compiled on Thajudeen’s death will be considered before a final ruling is given. However suspicions arose later after it was reported that there could have been a political connection in the death of Thajudeen. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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Efforts to repair ozone layer to ward off cancers exemplifies UN success

“Only through such action can we hope to meet the many challenges the world currently faces,” Secretary-General Kofi Annan said in a message marking International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer, pointing to the effectiveness of two related pacts – the Vienna Convention and Montreal Protocol – in phasing out the use of chemicals that deplete ozone.But more still needs to be done, he warned, noting that although the 189 Parties to the Montreal Protocol have permanently eliminated more than 1.5 million tons of annual production of ozone-destroying chemicals, developing countries are only at the halfway point in many of their obligations, while in the developed countries a number of chemicals still need to be phased out.“Furthermore, because of the historic use of ozone-depleting compounds, the ozone layer has become thinner in most places in the world,” he added. “It is essential that we remain alert to this hazard to avoid an increase in skin cancers, cataracts and other health threats.”Mr. Annan’s caution was echoed by UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Executive Director Klaus Toepfer.“The campaign to protect the ozone layer represents an extraordinary success story – but until emissions of CFCs and other ozone-depleting substances are reduced to zero, saving the ozone layer will remain an unfinished business,” he said, referring to chlorofluorocarbons. Some 66,000 people die each year from melanoma and other skin cancers, much of it due to the sun’s ultraviolet radiation. read more

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Dell board committee considers new buyout offers from Blackstone Group Icahn

Dell board committee considers new buyout offers from Blackstone Group, Icahn by Tom Murphy, The Associated Press Posted Mar 25, 2013 7:26 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Michael Dell may have to hike the price he’s willing to pay if he wants to take the computer company he founded private, thanks to competition from two new acquisition offers.A special committee of independent Dell Inc. directors said Monday that it will negotiate with buyout specialist Blackstone Group and activist investor Carl Icahn over bids that rival an offer of more than $24 billion from CEO and Chairman Michael Dell and Silver Lake Partners.The committee has determined that the bids could be superior to the proposal from Dell and Silver Lake, which amounts to $13.65 per share.Blackstone proposed buying the Round Rock, Texas, company in a deal that would equate to more than $14.25 per share. Icahn wants to buy up to 58 per cent of Dell’s shares for $15 each.Icahn Enterprises said in a statement its offer would allow shareholders “that believe, like us, that the future for Dell is bright,” to continue with the company.The special committee said Michael Dell is willing to work with third parties on alternate acquisition proposals.“We intend to work diligently with all three potential acquirers to ensure the best possible outcome for Dell shareholders, whichever transaction that may be,” said Alex Mandl, special committee chairman, in a statement.That’s good news for shareholders hoping for a higher price, and Dell Inc. shares climbed 3.3 per cent, or 46 cents, to $14.60 in morning trading.Dell and other PC makers are struggling as technology spending shifts to smartphones and tablet computers. Dell and HP, the top PC maker, are trying to adapt by making more tablets and diversifying into more profitable areas of technology, such as business software, data analytics and storage.Michael Dell believes he will be in a better position to overhaul the company if he no longer has to worry about Wall Street’s focus on profit fluctuations from one quarter to the next.The special committee, which is made of four independent directors, spent more than five months evaluating options for Dell before deciding on the offer from Dell and Silver Lake. It considered changes to the company’s business plan, a change in dividend policy and sales of all or parts of the business.Silver Lake raised its bid six times by about $4 billion over the course of negotiations, and the committee said in a statement that it still recommends that bid while it evaluates the other offers.Icahn, who has a $1 billion stock position in Dell, and other investors have criticized that bid as too low. Southeastern Asset Management, Dell’s second-largest shareholder after Michael Dell, has asserted the company is worth closer to $24 per share.The offer from Michael Dell and Silver Lake was announced in early February. Dell’s board then set a 45-day period to allow for offers that might top that bid. That period expired Friday.Many investors expected that a higher bid was in the works for the world’s third-largest PC maker. Several buyout scenarios tying Blackstone to Dell were leaked to the media last week.Shares of Dell had climbed nearly 40 per cent so far in 2013, as of Friday’s market close. That includes a rise of nearly 7 per cent since the shares closed at $13.27 on Feb. 4, the day before the Dell-Silver Lake bid was announced. read more

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Womens Basketball Ohio State guard Kelsey Mitchell named preseason AllAmerican

Ohio State then-junior guard Kelsey Mitchell (3) facilitates the offense against Purdue during the Boilermakers’ 71-60 win against the Buckeyes at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis on March 4. Credit: Ashley Nelson | Station ManagerFor the third season in a row, Ohio State guard Kelsey Mitchell has been named an Associated Press preseason All-American.The high expectations are warranted for the senior who was a first-team All-American in 2016 and second-team All-American in 2015 and 2014. She has been honored as a first-team All-Big Ten member every season at Ohio State and was named Big Ten Player of the Year in 2015 and 2017.Last season, Mitchell led the Big Ten with 22.6 points per game and paced her team with 137 assists. As a freshman, Mitchell set the program record for most points in a season, then broke her own record the next season with 889 points. Though she has played just three seasons, the guard holds the record for most career 3-pointers (368).In the Buckeyes’ two exhibition games against Ashland and Urbana, Mitchell scored 53 points and 17 assists combined between both matchups. Mitchell’s season starts when the Buckeyes take on Stanford at 6 p.m. Friday at St. John Arena. read more

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CiDRA SONARtrac success in Mexico at Naica mine

first_imgCiDRA Minerals Processing has announced the successful commissioning of the SONARtrac system on a dewatering line 302 m underground. Industrias Penoles, Mexico’s second largest silver and lead producer, selected the system for their Naica mine, a lead, zinc and silver mine located in the municipality of Saucillo. CiDRA and Techflow, CiDRA’s Mexican representatives, successfully installed the system overcoming several challenges beyond the depth of 302 m. This included dealing with scaling in the line, difficult flow rates, water temperatures of 60°C, as well as the large meter size (24 in) needed to accommodate the line.CiDRA states that these challenges would have made it impossible for other conventional flow meters to be installed, and was the major factor in the selection of SONARtrac. Penoles has now purchased three more SONARtrac systems for additional use on their process water lines. The Naica mine is 100% owned by Penoles, and is located in Saucillo, Chihuahua. The mine’s installed capacity is 950,000 t/y milled, and the company has owned extraction rights at the mine since 1964. In 2011, production of contained lead and zinc totaled 15,495 t and 13,048 t due to better ore grades and recoveries.CiDRA’s SONARtrac utilises measurement principles that are distinct from all other flowmeter technologies operating in the mining industry. SONARtrac non-intrusive flow monitoring systems do not make contact with the fluid and can be removed and reinstalled without process interruption when it is necessary to replace the pipe. The systems also demonstrate a very stable output in the presence of a variety of ores and demonstrate superior levels of performance. The passive, sonar-based technology enables measurements of single phase and multiphase fluids, as well as slurries, with the same level of accuracy and performance.last_img read more

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Karol Bielecki to carry Polish flag in Rio

← Previous Story RIO 2016: TOP 10 handball stars which you won’t see in Brazil! Next Story → SOUBAK HAS 14: Brazilian girls have golden dreams! Handball Rio 2016Karol BieleckiPolish Handball The biggest honour for an athlete, to bring the national flag at the Opening Ceremony of the Olympic Games, will have Polish handball star Karol Bielecki! The 34-years old left back, who lost his eye at match of national team against Croatia few years ago, will be the first Polish athlete who will put his feet at Olympic stadium on August 5.Poland ended preparation period with two equal wins over Ukrainian Motor Zaporozhye – 36:26. read more

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Air Swimmers Flying Shark Blimp

first_imgWMC had folks crowded around its booth at Toy Fair yesterday, thanks almost entirely to its new Air Swimmers line. The concept is pretty simple–the blimps are basically remote controlled helicopters built into mylar balloons. One is shaped like a shark, the other is shaped like a clownfish. The tail, meanwhile, serves as a rudder. You can do all of the normal remote control blimp things with the Air Swimmers–in fact, the guy from the company kept dive bombing us as we were attempting to take pictures of the thing. The Flying Shark and Flying Clownfish are available now, for $39.99 a piece.  AdChoices广告last_img read more

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Cristiano Ronaldo makes irreversible decision to leave Real Madrid reports

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo makes ‘irreversible decision’ to leave Real Madrid – reports A Portuguese newspaper claims the superstar is seeking a shock exit from the Spanish club, Short URL Arsenal make bid for prolific Lyon striker>Claudio Ranieri returns to management in France> Jun 16th 2017, 2:54 PM Friday 16 Jun 2017, 2:54 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Follow us: the42.ie 71 Comments Cristiano Ronaldo training with Real Madrid http://the42.ie/3448273 Cristiano Ronaldo training with Real Madrid Share30 Tweet Email2 CRISTIANO RONALDO HAS decided to leave Real Madrid amid scrutiny in Spain over his tax affairs, according to Portuguese newspaper A Bola, while the BBC have since backed up the story.Ronaldo’s representatives have strongly denied an accusation that the forward concealed earnings and defrauded the Spanish tax authorities out of €14.7million.Madrid expressed “full confidence” in the Portugal international in a statement released on Wednesday.The 32-year-old then published an Instagram post accompanied by a caption saying “Sometimes the best answer it’s [sic] to be quiet.”However, a publication in his native Portugal has claimed the Ballon d’Or holder wishes to leave La Liga after his country’s Confederations Cup campaign, stating “the decision is irreversible and he has already told the Real Madrid president.”Spanish newspaper Marca, known for its close links to the Madrid hierarchy, subsequently claimed “stunned” club officials are seeking to reassure Ronaldo and convince the prized asset to remain at the Santiago Bernabeu.Paris Saint-Germain and former club Manchester United have been touted as possible destinations should Ronaldo indeed seek to leave Zinedine Zidane’s Champions League winners.Prosecutors in Madrid filed a complaint to a court in Pozuelo de Alarcon on Tuesday that accused the four-time Ballon d’Or winner of a “voluntary” and “conscious” breach of his tax obligations.The complaint alleged Ronaldo created a “business structure” in 2010 to conceal earnings from image rights between 2011 and 2014.However, Gestifute — the company owned by Ronaldo’s agent Jorge Mendes — released a statement detailing their client’s arrangements for payments related to his image rights and insisted “there has never been concealment, or the slightest intention to conceal”.Gestifute said the company, Tollin, does not amount to an offshore structure for evading taxes and was established in 2004 when Ronaldo signed for United.Madrid have offered him their support and believe he will be proved innocent of any wrongdoing, as Ronaldo and Portugal prepare for their opening match of the Confederations Cup against Mexico in Kazan on Sunday.The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! 51,740 Views By The42 Teamlast_img read more

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OpEd Senator Peter Micciche Veto Votes

first_imgFirst, I respectfully call on both sides to compromise on a meeting location for special session. Everything is more important than this issue. Although the good folks in the Valley have been wonderful and accommodating, there is an adequate compromise facility in Anchorage and it is on the road system. Leadership in the legislature has been resisting many of the Governor’s objectives and the Governor has been a bit “pokey” with certain legislators. All sides should claim responsibility. However, now is the time to put it all behind us for the good of Alaska. The people of Alaska expect and deserve better. They are justifiably frustrated by our ineffectiveness and petty politics. Since his election, battle lines have been drawn within many in the legislature on the governor’s platform issues. Things certainly could have gone smoother this session. We should have worked together more effectively to avoid running out of time on these critical issues. The lack of a plan to move forward seemed to be caused by most of the energy being directed at stopping the governor’s agenda. However, the repeal of SB91 through HB49 proved that we can pull together as a legislature in partnership with the administration to do what is right for Alaskans. On Wednesday’s veto override, folks have asked where I stand. The vote Wednesday is an “up or down” vote on the entire package. On that limited choice, I would be a “no” vote. There are reductions in that budget (such as the governor’s departmental travel budget reduction of $3.5 Million, and the reduction in the transfer from the Earnings Reserve of $5.6 Billion) that I support as well as many others. However, there are also individual vetos I do not support (such as senior benefits, impacts on the disabled and seniors, a significant portion of the university reduction and others). When we bring folks together, we can iron out these differences, come to a reasonable compromise and meet both objectives to significantly reduce spending while preserving efficiently-delivered, necessary services for the most vulnerable Alaskans. Governor Dunleavy was elected by the people of Alaska back in November. In our District O on the Kenai, he won by more than a 2-1 margin. Like him or not, he is our governor and one of the most powerful in the country due to authority provided under Alaska’s Constitution. He won handily on a platform of significant budget reductions, full PFDs and tough laws designed to reduced crime…a platform similar to mine. Respectfully, in your service – Senator Peter Micciche We have so much more to do to build a sustainable, balanced and promising future. We must move beyond this self-imposed recession. We can no longer afford to be high-centered on the simplest tasks due to polarized ideology. Historically, Alaskans have always come together at difficult times when it has been needed most. This is clearly one of those times to move past this together and back to a state that once again makes us all proud. This should not be happening in July when the solutions are very limited and we are already within the next fiscal year. Without pointing fingers, a late start, deep philosophical divides and the lack of respect for each other’s views within the legislature and between the legislature and the Dunleavy Administration has resulted in this political paralysis. This should have been resolved in April, perhaps May at the latest. For those concerned about Wednesday, this is far from over and in my opinion more productive options remain. I encourage Alaskans to correspond respectfully (yes, even on Facebook), to encourage legislators like me and Governor Dunleavy to work toward getting this session completed and to continue letting us all know what is important to you. I have seen some of the comments from folks I have known for years directed at me and other legislators. Some of them are not flattering for the target or the writer and are often downright disrespectful. I am not a different Peter. I am representing the wishes of my constituents the best that I can, and working toward a balance that keeps Alaska moving forward. What does that mean for the thousands statewide and many District O constituents that have contacted me concerned about specific cuts and Wednesday’s veto overrides? The objective seems to be to further divide Alaskans, since the votes are clearly not there for a successful up-or-down override. It means that the only way out of this quagmire, is for Alaskans to demand that legislators put aside the swords of the past 6 months and sit down to work out a compromise regarding what is most important to Alaskans. Thanks so much for taking the time to read this and as always, call me at 283-7996 or email senator.peter.micciche@akleg.gov to discuss. Folks ask why I am not in Juneau or Wasilla? I asked the Senate to be excused for the commercial fishing season months back and received unanimous approval. Who dreamed that these issues would not have been settled by now? I have explained that I will be available for meaningful key PFD and capital budget votes. Commercial fishing is important to our family’s Alaskan lifestyle and livelihood and it only happens in July. However, I will be there when my vote will make a difference toward a final solution this year. I also believe that the governor possesses the legal authority to call a session in Wasilla and that a compromise could have been negotiated prior to the split-location outcome. Below are photos of the Micciche Family with the governors I have worked with since 2013. I philosophically aligned with some more than others, but it is always my responsibility to work with every Governor for the best outcome for Alaska. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享SUBJECT: Veto Overrides Wednesday in Juneau, there will be a veto override attempt of the governor’s line item vetos to the FY20 operating budget. It will not be successful, partially due to the fact that there will not be 45 members in Juneau on Wednesday (the minimum required to override). At least 21 do not favor an “up or down” override and 19 will likely be in Wasilla where the governor lawfully called this special session. The courts will likely decide the legitimacy of the legislative move to Juneau unless a compromise is reached. One possible outcome could void the work done there this special session. Second, and for God’s sake, key legislators and the governor must sit down and negotiate on the issues keeping Alaskans apart. Both sides must be willing to listen and give an inch or two. A veto override is not the only remaining, nor most effective option. Since the operating budget overrides are not likely to occur on Wednesday, we must work to agree on a solution that represents a livable compromise in the capital budget…the perfect compromise where both sides are somewhat equally unhappy. It is past time to get our work done this year; work that includes a funded PFD and a compromised capital budget with solutions to the reverse sweep debacle and operating budget issues. Due to the large volume of correspondence I have recently received, I thought it may be helpful to share this perspective with my constituents about the current state of legislative and administrative deadlock.last_img read more

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Why Do We Have Fingerprints

first_img Explore further Clickfree USB Cable Transformer Availabe Now Citation: Why Do We Have Fingerprints? (2009, April 4) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2009-04-fingerprints.html (PhysOrg.com) — Unlike most wrinkles on our bodies, which appear due to bending and stretching of the skin, fingerprints aren’t the result of repeated motion. Each of us is born with a unique set of them, although scientists aren’t exactly sure what purpose fingerprints serve. One possible purpose of fingerprints is that they improve our sense of touch. In a recent study, scientists have investigated this idea by performing a series of experiments with artificial fingertips made of rubber-like sensors. The scientists compared the sensitivity between these grooved artificial fingertips and a smooth skin-like material, and found that the grooved fingertips produced vibrations up to 100 times stronger than the smooth material when sliding against a slightly rough surface. The researchers, from the Ecole Normale Superieure in Paris, explained that increased vibrations give us an enhanced sense of touch, especially for detecting textures. As you rub your fingers across a textured surface, your fingerprints specifically amplify vibrations in an optimized frequency range to stimulate the Pacinian corpuscles, which are nerve endings in the skin that detect textures. In turn, texture information allows us to identify objects by touch.As the finding demonstrates, not only does our nervous system (the “software”) play a role in tactile computation, but the physical characteristics of the body (the “hardware”) also enhance the computation when sensing.However, the research doesn’t explain why everyone’s fingerprints are unique, or why our fingerprints are typically arranged in elliptical swirls. The scientists suggest that the loop design may ensure that some ridges are always brushing perpendicular to a surface, no matter the orientation of the fingertips. In addition, the researchers predict that this work could lead to enhanced tactile feedback for prosthetic hands.More information: “The Role of Fingerprints in the Coding of Tactile Information Probed with a Biomimetic Sensor.” J. Scheibert, S. Leurent, A. Prevost, and G. Debregeas (13 March 2009) Science 323 (5920), 1503. DOI: 10.1126/science.1166467via: CERN Courier and Science© 2009 PhysOrg.com The grooves in fingerprints enhance our ability to sense textures, according to a recent study. Image credit: Wikimedia. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

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Guptas quartet at Art Basel Hong Kong

first_imgNature Morte brings to Art Basel Hong Kong, four vessels by artist and sculptor Subodh Gupta. The sight of a large brass handi with a little lota within presents a picturesque sight, people will go and preen into the darkness of the handi and see that the individual components of the lota is worn and tarnished within. However, the shiny brass outside creates a visual phenomenon, so when looking at it from a slight distance viewers may mistake the site as one of vibrant, metallic abundance perhaps looking like a golden orb. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf Through the 2018 installation — Gupta gives us a nod to both Duchamp’s iconic ready made and the poet Kabir reference to the vessel of life — Gupta urges viewers to consider the societal paradoxes that exist in India as a result of hastened economic development despite prevailing poverty and injustice.The use of everyday, domestic objects as a vehicle to discuss the sociopolitical situation of globalization in India continues in the next area of the gallery. On another wall is a triptych of three views of a pan. The first zooms into the surface texture – we are looking at material translation, where the form and structure of socio-cultural traditions remain, but as a mere semblance because, from a distance, we can also feel we are looking at a cosmic study and not a frying pan’s inner facets. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThese three works that act as one painting take us back to the Gupta’s beginnings as a painter as well as his childhood when he watched his mother cooking in a small kitchen. Gupta looks at domestic objects with an uncommon devotion and reverence rarely seen in the capitalistic materialistic world of today.In this brilliant work he is drawing our attention to our consumerist culture – where objects are bought, used, discarded, and forgotten –Gupta paints hyper-enlarged versions of the pans on canvas and invites audience responses. The three-part painting depicts the pan blown up to scale and adds meaning and intensity to the scratch marks seen on the original kitchen vessel, inspiring viewers to get closer and observe its unspoken history. Perhaps poetic is the corollary of conversations we are given, the vessel and its cosmic inverse, the unfathomable distance between our mortal lives – (humble vessel) and the mysterious cosmos. Gupta says, “When I created these paintings I was asking questions – what would it mean to address the world’s people not as an anonymous mob/crowd but as individuals who can each possess a piece of infinity.”This triptych at Art Basel Hong Kong continues his investigation into the sustaining and even transformational power of the everyday idiom. The anthropologist and writer Bhrigupati Singh once described Gupta’s paintings as “the patterns we create through our diurnal scrapings, the marks we leave night and day, through rise and fall, joy and sorrow, on the surfaces of our ordinary domestic vessels that journey with us, sometimes for years. What we discover in the process are intricately crafted pieces of the cosmos. By bringing us ever closer to the intricate texture of our everyday lives.” Singh wrote, “Subodh Gupta reminds us that what is near, is no less cosmic or mysterious.”last_img read more

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The French Mime Performer who Saved Hundreds of Jewish Children During WWII

first_imgThe French mime artist Marcel Marceau made a name for himself as the silent Bip the Clown, whose performance was comedic and tragic at the same time, echoing life itself in its mixture of happiness and sadness. What is far less known about Marcel Mangel, who changed his name to Marceau during the German occupation of France during the second world war, was that he was an active participant within the French resistance, who managed to evacuate an entire orphanage full of Jewish children just before they were to be deported to a concentration camp.Coming from a Jewish family living in Strasbourg, in the border area between France and Germany, Marcel, who was 16 at the time, was among the first to witness the horror of German invasion. Together with his family, the teenage Marcel was evacuated from Strasbourg, just before it was overrun. They headed south to Limoges, a municipality in central France.From that point on, Marcel Mangel knew he had to fight for his survival. As the French Army capitulated after a month of fighting, Mangel changed his name to Marceau after a general from the French Revolution, François Séverin Marceau-Desgraviers.Marceau in 1974Together with his cousin, George Loinger, he joined the Resistance, staying undercover by using his nom du guerre, even though his father, Charles, was caught and sent to Auschwitz, where he died. His knowledge of both English and German, in addition to his native French, and the acting talent which young Marcel expressed at an early age, all came in handy during numerous diversions and intelligence missions conducted by the resistance.He managed to avoid detection from the Gestapo throughout the war years with the help of forged papers and fake identities. In 1944, the Nazis were in a hurry to dispose of the remaining Jewish population in France, as the war was approaching its bitter end.Marceau in 1962. Photo by:Harry Pot CC BY-SA 3.0 nlThere were several hundred Jewish children living in an orphanage just west of Paris, whose evacuation became a top priority for the Resistance. Marcel was given the task to somehow get the children out of the orphanage without alerting the Nazi authorities and to transport them to Switzerland.He disguised himself as a boy scout and managed to convince the orphanage staff that he was taking the kids on a field trip organized by the French scouts. Did they believe him, or did they comply because it was well-known what kind of grim future awaited the children if they weren’t evacuated? This remains a mystery, but the anecdote of how exactly Marcel managed to make three runs from the orphanage to the Swiss border, evacuating hundreds of children, is both remarkable and inspiring.Publicity photo of Marcel Marceau.Since childhood, Marcel was fascinated with Charlie Chaplin. In fact, his later career as a mime performer was largely influenced by the charm of Chaplin’s Little Tramp character. Once the Jewish orphans were ready for transport, Marcel needed to keep them quiet in order to avoid detection.But how does one keep so many children quiet? By captivating their imagination with a miraculous mime performance―one that Marcel Marceau personally devised. It worked every time.Phillipe Mora, whose father fought alongside Marcel, said in an interview for the Sunday Morning Herald in 2009:“Marceau started miming to keep children quiet as they were escaping. It had nothing to do with show business. He was miming for his life.”With President Jimmy Carter, Rosalynn Carter, and Amy Carter, June 1977George Loigner also remembered how his cousin calmed the children and persuaded them to stay quiet in an interview for the Jewish Telegraph Agency in 2007, just after Marcel’s death:“The kids loved Marcel and felt safe with him. He had already begun doing performances in the orphanage, where he had met a mime instructor earlier on. The kids had to appear like they were simply going on vacation to a home near the Swiss border, and Marcel really put them at ease.”Soon after, the Allies embarked upon the shores of Normandy, liberating France in the following months. Marcel and his cousin George joined the Free French Army and continued their push towards Berlin. What the mime performer later called his greatest exploit as a soldier was when he captured an entire German unit, together with several other French soldiers, as he acted like they were the advance guard of a much larger French force. In fact, Marceau and a few men were all alone, but the Germans assumed that it was better to surrender than face a whole French division in battle.Marcel Marceau in 2004This story, in particular, grew into a myth which widely circulated for years. The myth stated that Marceau used his mime to demonstrate to the Germans from a distance that a large French force was approaching, making them retreat, but this was denied by Marceau and Loigner, who gave the exact account during his interview, following Marceau’s death.Related story from us: Eva Mozes Kor, a Holocaust survivor, and a Mengele twin, chose to forgive the NazisHis military service actually got young Marceau into acting and performing, as he was invited to appear in front of 3,000 US troops in Frankfurt, Germany, just after the war ended. Marceau himself recalled the moment when the army shaped his future, at a Wallenberg Medal acceptance speech in 2001:“I played for the G.I.s and two days later I had my first review in the Stars and Stripes.”His contribution to the French Resistance was never forgotten and the pain of his father’s death in Auschwitz determined the sadness that remained forever present in his mime skits. Marcel Marceau died in 2007, leaving a legacy that defined the art he pioneered.last_img read more

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Meet the gay Spaniard who dated 7 men in 7 cities and

first_img‘My name is Borja Matheu. I’m 26, from Barcelona, Spain. Last year, I decided to take a sabbatical to travel. I left my marketing job and started planning a trip around the world.‘But I wanted to give it the trip a bit more of a purpose. So, I developed my documentary series The Gay Explorer, to raise awareness of the issues faced by the LGBTI community around the world, and to empower viewers to feel proud of who they are. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… ‘In San Francisco, California with William, we discuss online dating apps. In Lima, Peru with Pedro we discuss the oxymoron of being gay and Latino, because if you’re Latino [some people expect you to be] very macho, dominant and the power of the family. Nobody has to be those things.‘In Santiago, Chile, with Victor, we discuss how it is being gay there, and how you can still get killed in some of the rural areas. In Sydney Australia with Cameron – this was amazing – we filmed during the referendum, so there were a lot of flags in the street. Lastly, I filmed in Singapore with Hirzi, where homosexual acts are still illegal.‘What was the most romantic moment of the trip? I think it would be with the guy in Lima. I was next going to Buenos Aires, and the day I was leaving, he asked me if I wanted him to join me. I said “Yes, definitely.” He jumped on the same plane I did and we went together. It was literally like a scene from a movie.‘People in India started reaching out’‘I did have a strange experience in Mexico. We were in a restaurant, and 10 armed men came in to grab a woman and we couldn’t move. The Mexican girl at the next table was like “Just look at your plate, don’t look up.” I was like: “Oh my god, the last thing I’m going to see is spaghetti! It’s not even healthy!”‘I went to India for three weeks but didn’t film there. After releasing the episodes and stuff, some people in India started reaching out. I’d like to film there. Then I would love to do a kinky one – Berlin for instance. Berlin or London. And I’m hoping to do a small trip in August again, to the West Coast of the US.‘Did I meet any guys in Dubai? Yes, I met a Lebanese guy, who said his family didn’t know about his personal life and that so far he’s not planning to open up. But in Dubai, even for a straight couple to kiss on the road, they would go to jail.‘The Dubais of the world are very closed-minded, but I feel it in smaller towns in Spain too’‘I feel that traveling helps unite both sides of the story. When you go to a country, respecting the local regulations, you create an awareness and a normalization of your lifestyle. Hopefully, with time, people will start respecting that. Obviously, the Dubais of the world are very closed-minded, but I feel it in smaller towns in Spain too. Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, of course, it’s super open. Smaller town, it’s not because they haven’t been exposed to it as much.’I’ve been to 40 countries in total. The US is one of my favorites. It’s so varied. it’s comparable to Europe. Australia, South Africa, Spain, Chile and Peru are all also amazing.‘What’s next? I’m trying to get the project out there, have it reach as many people as possible. After, I’ll be focusing on trying to get another corporate job, in order to travel and fund a second season.‘Do I have a boyfriend at the moment? No… But I kind of have seven boyfriends around the world!’For more information about Borja, visit www.youtube.com/c/TheGayExplorer or www.instagram.com/Borja_TheGayExplorer.1 Toronto, Canada with Kevin[embedded content]2 Seattle, Washington with Jay[embedded content]3 San Francisco, California with William[embedded content]4 Lima, Peru with Pedro[embedded content]5 Santiago, Chile with Victor[embedded content]6 Sydney, Australia with Cameron[embedded content]7 Singapore with Hirzi[embedded content]Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . ‘I always wanted to do something for the LGBT community but didn’t know exactly what. I actually come from an LGBT family – I have two moms.‘I thought: “What can I do? I’ll elaborate on my skills in digital marketing.” Plus, creating a brand from scratch, being more of an entrepreneur, with a side of filming. So that’s how the documentary came along.‘I planned it for two months. I moved, in May 2017 to Barcelona, Spain and freelanced a bit and planned the logistics in my spare time, contacted people, tested equipment, networked. I’d never scripted either.‘So then, in August. I headed out on the road. I traveled to maybe 30 cities in the end, but only filmed in seven because I didn’t know people in all of them, and some I only stayed three days.‘I was traveling alone to the 30 cities’‘But when looking for someone – a little bit of a casting, because it was for YouTube – I needed to find someone who was interesting, felt comfortable on camera, and who was young, because that was the YouTube demographic I was going for.‘So I prepared the script, the itinerary, where I was going to go, and then I started filming. I did that until December. Then in December I came here to Barcelona. For six months I was working on creating the visual identity, the typography, editing the videos. I also developed a marketing campaign behind it. Then also the website, and here we are!‘I was traveling alone to the 30 cities. It was a trip around the world. Literally North America down to South America, to Patagonia and Chile. Then to Sydney, Australia, up all the way to Tokyo, then India, the Middle East, and ended up in Cape Town, South Africa, which was perfect, because I got a proper tan as it was summer there!‘It was through friends, or friends of friends, or Grindr’‘Was I nervous traveling to all those countries on my own? Yes. Some more than others. I also had a few friends in several cities so that was good. But I remember the week before I left Barcelona, I was so scared. I was like “What am I doing?!” I met local and expat guys in each city who’d been living there for a certain while. It was through friends, or friends of friends, or Grindr. I created a profile stating what I was doing. Then I was also approaching people at bars.‘I met some amazing people – and some not so amazing people as well. When you tell people you’re traveling alone, they feel you’re a bit more vulnerable. So, in some circumstances, they try and take more profit from you, or advantage. But then, I realized when people were trying to do that and was able to get away. I didn’t have any negative experiences – I got myself out of them before they happened.‘Pedro just spent the last three days with me and my family here in Spain’‘I did meet many nice guys, and I’m in touch with some of them still. From the seven guys I filmed videos with, two of them have already came to visit me. The video I launched recently, which takes place in Lima, Peru, the guy I filmed with, Pedro, just spent the last three days with me and my family here in Spain, because we got along so well. I like relationships and communication. Every Sunday I dedicate two hours to emailing friends and answering messages.‘I met Kevin from Toronto, Canada, and we discussed coming out in the 80s, during the height of HIV. In Seattle, Washington with Jay, we angled it on going on a Grindr date with someone you’ve just met online. GAYSTARNEWS- eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) This Spanish gay guy worries his LGBTI-friendly country is going backwardsGay Bermuda tourism CEO: LGBTI boycott ‘counter-intuitive’ after marriage equality reversalIcons in LGBTI history and today share their pivotal stories in 29 portraitsRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/meet-the-gay-spaniard-who-dated-7-men-in-7-cities-and-made-it-into-a-vid-series/last_img read more

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first_imgFeature | November 20, 2012 | Lalitha Ramanna, M.D., FACNM Hybrid Imaging: The Best of Both Worlds Hybrid imaging modalities such as SPECT/CT are proving to be invaluable, as they provide information about both anatomy and function News | Interventional Radiology | July 31, 2019 International Multidisciplinary Group Publishes Recommendations for Personalized HCC Treatment With Y90 TheraSphere New consensus recommendations for personalized treatment for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) with BTG’s TheraSphere have… read more Figure 1. A high-fidelity 3-D tractography of the left ventricle heart muscle fibers of a mouse from Amsterdam Ph.D. researcher Gustav Strijkers. News | Computed Tomography (CT) | June 17, 2019 International Working Group Releases New Multiple Myeloma Imaging Guidelines An International Myeloma Working Group (IMWG) has developed the first set of new recommendations in 10 years for… read more This SPECT/CT study clearly shows ischemia in the heart.The introduction of hybrid technology — positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) and single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT)/CT -— has revolutionized the imaging world. This technology allows the combination of the exquisite anatomic details provided, for example, by CT, with the important and much needed functional, physiologic or metabolic information provided by molecular imaging. Hybrid imaging technology has the potential of providing “one-stop” imaging with increased specificity, attenuation correction and localization, thus providing more accurate diagnosis. The utility of PET/CT is established in clinical practice and has added significant value in the areas of neurology, cardiology and oncology. Since the role of PET/CT has been established in clinical practice, the following comments refer to the emerging modality of SPECT/CT.SPECT/CT is on the RiseSPECT/CT imaging is gaining more widespread use with increasing clinical applications and availability of equipment. Single-photon emitters are routinely available in nuclear medicine facilities, so imaging is easier to implement, since the equipment is available.  Unfortunately, reimbursement for SPECT/CT is lacking at the present time, thus limiting the purchase of equipment and use of the modality. Guidelines for SPECT/CT performance and interpretation have been established by the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging.1 The potential applications for SPECT/magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) are exciting and also should enter the clinical practice in near future. The incremental diagnostic value of SPECT/CT technology, as compared to planar and SPECT imaging alone in a number of clinical situations, including endocrinology, oncology, musculoskeletal, infection imaging and other areas, are impressive and gaining more widespread use.The following is a look at some specific areas where this technology is being implemented:CardiologyIn the area of cardiology, SPECT /CT technology offers attenuation correction at minimum with lower-end systems, thus decreasing breast and diaphragm attenuation artifacts and increasing specificity. The higher-end SPECT/CT systems exemplify the value of “one-stop” imaging technology by combining perfusion, function and coronary anatomy as well as coronary calcium measurement.Liver/Spleen ImagingAlthough most of  technetium-99m (Tc-99m) sulfur colloid liver/spleen imaging has been replaced by ultrasound and CT imaging, SPECT/CT offers a significant advantage in evaluation of splenosis, thus excluding more serious diagnosis, such as pancreatic carcinoma, when the accessory splenic tissue cannot be separated by pancreatic tail mass.  An article from The European Journal of Nuclear Medicine describes seven of 20 equivocal lesions on ultrasound and MRI correctly identified by SPECT/CT as accessory splenic tissue and confirmed by biopsy.2Parathyroid ImagingA number of articles in the literature have demonstrated the incremental diagnostic value of SPECT/CT by accurate localization of parathyroid adenomas in the usual and ectopic location. The study is helpful in decreasing surgery and anesthesia time, thus decreasing overall morbidity. Parathyroid SPECT/CT also offers valuable information for surgical planning (i.e., neck approach versus sternotomy for low and mediastinal adenomas).3Thyroid CarcinomaWhile iodine-131 planar imaging for thyroid cancer imaging is excellent in its ability to diagnose recurrent/metastatic disease, it lacks in accurate localization of disease. Investigators in Europe have shown incremental value of SPECT/CT in 57 percent (41 of 71) cases. Seventeen percent of cases resulted in precise localization of skeletal metastasis, and in six percent pulmonary/mediastinal disease was additionally helpful in equivocal neck uptake.4Skeletal Imaging: Not Just ‘Hot Spot’ ImagingThe role of SPECT/CT in skeletal evaluation is invaluable. The technology not only offers accurate localization, but also improves specificity with information provided by CT. Benign etiologies such as arthritis trauma can be more accurately interpreted as the etiology of increased activity on bone imaging. A study reported in the American Journal of Roentenology evaluated a total of 104 osseous lesions. SPECT/CT showed increase in specificity from 19 percent to 81 percent. This would also eliminate the necessity for additional radiographs to further clarify bone scan abnormalities.5-8Infection EvaluationIn an article published in The Journal of Nuclear Medicine in 2006, the authors studied 82 patients for suspected infection. The incremental value of SPECT/CT was demonstrated in 48 percent of patients. SPECT/CT offered improved diagnostic information, better localization and extent evaluation of infection.9,10Neuroendocrine TumorsIndium-111 Octreotide SPECT/CT evaluation in a study consisting of 44 patients showed improved localization in 23, defined extent in 17, detected unsuspected bone lesions in three and was helpful in distinguishing physiologic uptake from pathologic lesion in three patients. In 14 percent of patients, there was an overall change in patient management.11The incremental diagnostic value has also been shown in other areas, including lymphoscintigraphy and prostascint imaging.ConclusionSPECT/CT is rapidly emerging as an important and valuable diagnostic modality offering distinct advantages when compared to planar and SPECT imaging alone. The advantages include better localization, the ability to separate physiologic from pathologic processes and detect unsuspected disease, and the potential for a change in management in some patients. It also offers guidance for surgical approach and decreases surgical and anesthesia time, resulting in both decreased morbidity and costs. The strength of CT attenuation offered by SPECT/CT, especially in cardiac studies, improves specificity and accuracy. This emerging modality offers increased diagnostic accuracy by combining anatomy and function in one sitting, thus offering state-of–the-art and accurate diagnosis.  itnLalitha Ramanna, M.D., FACNM, serves as director of nuclear medicine at Providence Little Company of Mary Hospital in Torrance, Calif., and is clinical associate professor at the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles. Ramanna is the president of the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging’s (SNMMI) Correlative Imaging Council and sits on the board of directors for SNMMI’s PET Center of Excellence.References1. Delbeke D, Coleman RE, Guiberteau MJ, et al. “Procedure guideline for SPECT/CT imaging1.0.” J Nucl Med. 2006; 47:1227-1234.2. Horger M, Eschmann SM, Lengerke C, Claussen CD, Pfannenberg C, Bares R. “Improved detection of splenosis in patients with haematological disorders: the role of combined transmission-emission tomography.” Eur J Nucl Med Mol Imaging. 2003; 30(2):316-9. Epub 2002 Dec 14.3. Lavely WC, Goetze S, Friedman KP, et al. “Comparison of SPECT/CT, SPECT, and planar imaging with single- and dual-phase 99mTc-sestamibi parathyroid scintigraphy.” J Nucl Med. 2007; 48:1084–1089.4. Tharp K, Israel O, Hausmann J, et al. “Impact of 131I-SPECT/CT images obtained with an integrated system in the follow-up of patients with thyroid carcinoma.” Eur J Nucl Med Mol Imaging. 2004; 31:1435–1442.5. Even-Sapir E, Flusser G, Lerman H, Lievshitz G, Metser U. “SPECT/multislice low-dose CT: a clinically relevant constituent in the imaging algorithm of nononcologic patients referred for bone scintigraphy.” J Nucl Med. 2007; 48:319–324.6. Roemer W, Noemayr A, Uder M, Bautz W, Kuwert T. “SPECT-Guided CT for evaluating foci of increased bone metabolism classified as indeterminate on SPECT in cancer patients.” J Nucl Med. 2006; 47:1102-1106.7. Utsunomiya D, Shiraishi S, Imuta M, et al. “Added value of SPECT/CT fusion in assessing suspected bone metastasis: comparison with scintigraphy alone and nonfused scintigraphy and CT.”  Radiology. 2006; 238:264–271.8. Horger M, Eschmann SM, Pfannenberg C, et al. “Evaluation of combined transmission and emission tomography for classification of skeletal lesions.” AJR. 2004; 183:655–661.9. Filippi L, Schillaci O. “SPECT/CT with a hybrid camera: a new imaging modality for the functional anatomical mapping of infections.” Expert Rev Med Devices. 2006; 3:699-703.10. Bar-Shalom R, Yefremov N, Guralnik L, et al. “SPECT/CT using 67Ga and 111In-labeled leukocyte scintigraphy for diagnosis of infection.” J Nucl Med. 2006; 47:587–594.11. Krausz Y, Keidar Z, Kogan I, et al. “SPECT/CT hybrid imaging with 111In-pentetreotide in assessment of neuroendocrine tumours.” Clin Endocrinol (Oxf). 2003; 59:565-73. 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first_img 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 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 | 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 | 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 Several states have developed their own versions of dense breast tissue inform laws, requiring mammograms to explain to their patient that they have dense breast tissue, which can reduce the ability of mammograms to detect cancer. Other options for breast imaging are available, which can help detect breast cancer, even in women with dense breast tissue. However, each varies in what it requires. There have been calls from women’s health advocates for a federal law so all states are on the same page. The legislation was introduced in the Senate by Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.). Reps. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) and Steve Israel (N.Y.) introduced similar legislation in the House of Representatives. 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 “Early detection of breast cancer is key to survival, and women must be given every available resource to make informed health care decisions,” said Senator Feinstein. “By requiring that patients be informed if they have dense tissue, this bill allows women to make potentially lifesaving choices about their care.”“Preventative screenings are critically important to early detection of breast cancer, and they help save lives,” Ayotte said. “It’s also important that women have the information they need to be able to make informed decisions about their health care, and our bipartisan bill would ensure that women are informed about their relative breast density after a mammogram – giving them the option to discuss additional screenings and tests with their doctor.” Technology | Breast Biopsy Systems | July 24, 2019 Fujifilm Releases Tomosynthesis Biopsy Option for Aspire Cristalle Mammography System Fujifilm Medical Systems U.S.A. Inc. recently expanded its breast imaging solutions with the launch of its… read more News | 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 Technology | Mammography Reporting Software | July 25, 2019 Hologic Partners With MagView to Develop Unifi EQUIP Solution Hologic announced a partnership with mammography information solutions provider MagView to develop Unifi EQUIP, an… read more Feature | Artificial Intelligence | July 19, 2019 | Michal Chorev AI Models Predict Breast Cancer With Radiologist-level Accuracy Breast cancer is the global leading cause of cancer-related deaths in women, and the most commonly diagnosed cancer… read more Technology | Artificial Intelligence | July 18, 2019 Paragon Biosciences Launches Qlarity Imaging to Advance FDA-cleared AI Breast Cancer Diagnosis System Paragon Biosciences LLC announced the launch of its seventh portfolio company, Qlarity Imaging LLC, which was founded… read more Feature | July 18, 2014 Federal Dense Breast Tissue Inform Bill Introduced in Congress Legislation empowers women to make informed healthcare decisions The Breast Density Mammography and Reporting Act is supported by the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, Breast Cancer Fund, Susan G. Komen and Are You Dense Advocacy. 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 There are now 19 states with their own versions of breast inform laws, including Massachusetts, Connecticut, Texas, Virginia, New York, California, Hawaii, Maryland, Tennessee, Alabama,  Nevada, Oregon, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Arizona, Minnesota, Rhode Island and Missouri. Breast density is also a topic of increasing awareness outside of the United States. Canada has introduced bill C-314, an act respecting the awareness of screening among women with dense breast tissue, and the U.K. has seen the emergence of a patient advocacy campaign. Approximately 40 percent of women have breast tissue categorized as dense, meaning relatively little fat and more connective and glandular tissue. Dense tissue can compromise the effectiveness of a mammogram and has also been cited as an independent risk factor for the development of breast cancer. As the American Cancer Society notes in Breast Cancer Facts and Figures, 2013-2014, “The risk of breast cancer increases with increasing breast density; women with very high density have a four to six fold increased risk of breast cancer compared to women with the least dense breasts.” Dense breast tissue, as seen in this mammogram, can mask cancer lesions.July 18, 2014 — A bill introduced in the U.S. House and Senate July 17, the Breast Density and Mammography Reporting Act, would improve breast cancer detection by requiring mammogram reports to include whether a woman has dense tissue. This information could be used so patients can discuss options with their doctors if they choose to seek additional breast cancer screening. Women with dense breast tissue may receive normal mammogram reports even if cancer is present because dense tissue can obscure cancer. Currently, there is no federal standard requiring women to be informed if they have dense tissue.The bill would set a minimum federal standard, as designated by the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS), for notification and recommend women discuss with their doctors whether additional screening is necessary. The bill also directs HHS to study improved screening options for women with dense tissue. read more Image courtesy of Imago Systems FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths for Hispanic women and the second-leading cause of cancer deaths for white, black, Asian/pacific islander and American indian/Alaska native women. Related Content For more information: www.feinstein.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/files/serve/?File_id=bd8f5041-cb30-4295-8d08-8e7592beac58 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.last_img read more

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first_imgGoogle announced the beta version of Android P at the I/O 2018 conference last week. This is one of the major updates to the mobile operating system since the release of Android 5.0 Lollipop, with a myriad of features like design changes, new animations, better notification system, and plenty of helpful shortcuts that improve the overall user experience. A decade has gone by since Google showcased the first version of Android in 2008. So it was obvious that this 10th version of the OS called for an update that would grab the attention of users, and developers alike. The previous version, Android Oreo, failed to delight users by going beyond their expectations. It holds the least amount of market share when compared to its previous three predecessors. So the stakes are higher than usual this time around for the world’s favorite mobile OS by Google. In his opening keynote, Sundar Pichai, CEO at Google, came all guns blazing with the focus, as usual, on the new developments in AI, a somewhat controversial demo from the Google’s voice assistant, and Google’s very own AI-specific processing units (TPUs). But amidst all these cool AI related stuff, he gave the world a peek into the new features of the much awaited Android P. He spoke of how Google have introduced some key capabilities in Android to help people find the right balance between digital and real life. After some more keynotes and sessions, it became clear that these new Android features have a theme which can be classified into three broad areas: Intelligence, Digital Wellbeing, and Simplicity. Machine intelligence on mobile Machine learning has been a key area of development for Google since the last few years. With each Android release, more and more features have started using these machine learning capabilities. And Android P is a step in this direction to bring AI at the core of the operating system, making smartphones smarter. Here’s a quick rundown of enhancements in this category: Adaptive battery Pretty much found in every user survey, battery life has been a top priority. With Android P, Google has partnered with its AI subsidiary DeepMind, to provide a more consistent battery experience to the users. It uses a ‘deep convolutional neural network’ or in simple words ‘on-device machine learning’, to figure out which apps the users are likely to use in the next few hours and which apps are not going to be used at all throughout the day. This usage pattern is taken into consideration by the Android P operating system to spend battery power on the apps which you are actually going to use. This results in a considerable improvement in the battery performance by the OS, which is mostly required to update the apps in the background. Image source: Google Blogs Adaptive Brightness Another AI-powered feature learns how users set their brightness according to the surrounding ambient lightning. Based on these user preferences Android P automatically sets the brightness, in a power efficient way. Although most smartphones already have ‘auto-brightness’ as an inbuilt feature, the main difference here is, they do not take the user preference and the environmental conditions into a picture. Google claims that more than 50% of the users testing on Android P have stopped adjusting the brightness manually. App Actions Last year in Android Oreo, Google launched a new feature called ‘predicted apps’, which predicts the next app that the user is most likely to launch. If this wasn’t spooky enough, Google released App Actions this year, which predicts the next action or the task that the user is going to perform and pins it on top of the Google Launcher. Image source: Google Blogs Slices This is one interesting feature where Google tries to bring a slice of the app UI to the users while they are searching for the app on the phone. Suppose you were searching for the ride-sharing app Lyft on Google, it would provide a slice of the UI from Lyft in the search drop down with your preferred options. In this case, it might show your predetermined rides to home or work which you can select right then and there from the search menu in Google. This feature totally depends on the developers, if they decide to provide a snapshot of the UI from the app on Google as it risks the users from not visiting the actual app. While all these AI features sound cool and claim to provide a rich user experience, it also factors in the ‘big question’ about the user data. From the looks of it, these features leverage a lot of user data and utilize app usage patterns, which to some or most of the users is quite alarming. Take the case of the recent breach of user data on Facebook. Google claims that these features are a result of ‘on-device machine learning’ where the data is kept private or restricted to just the users’ phone. Image source: Google Blogs Digital wellbeing takes center stage The next set of features and tools is what Google is calling ‘Digital Wellbeing’. The goal here is to enable users to understand their habits, control the demands technology places on their attention, and focus on what actually matters. Digital wellbeing was started by Tristan Harris, a former Product Manager at Google and co-founder of the Center for Humane Technology. While working on the Inbox app, Tristan found himself becoming increasingly disillusioned by the overwhelming demands of the tech industry and wrote a memo on Digital wellbeing that went viral in the company. Sameer Samat, vice president of Product Management at Google, gave an interesting talk at I/O this year, which extended Tristan’s philosophy and talked about the digital wellbeing of the users and how Android P claims to help users achieve it with its brand new set of tools. Image source: Google Blogs Dashboard Just as a Fitbit tracker gauges for activity and informs to motivate you, Google’s Android P update includes a dashboard to monitor how long you’ve been using your phone and specific apps. It’s supposed to aid you in understanding what you’re spending too much time on so that you can adjust your behavior. App timer While Dashboard gives a summary of the time spent on the phone, it also allows users to tap into the apps they are using and set a time limit on it for daily usage. Once the app crosses the time limit the app icon will soon fade to gray on the home screen and it won’t launch, suggesting that the user has crossed the time limit. Do Not Disturb Do Not Disturb is already available as a feature on Android devices to prevent users from hearing any kind of notification from text or emails. This feature comes in handy particularly when you are in a meeting or away or not paying attention to your phone. The new Do Not Disturb in Android P one step further and takes out all the visual indicators or notifications even if you have the device in your hand allowing you to do better things with your phone, like reading. Google is also adding a feature where you can turn the phone on its face to activate do not disturb automatically. No more dinner interruptions. Wind down Generally, people tend to spend a lot of time on their phones while they are in bed just before sleeping. Previously smartphones used to block the notification light at bedtime but Google is going one step further with the ‘Wind Down’ feature. As your bedtime approaches this feature would turn your screen to grayscale making the apps less tempting. Google hopes this will let users “remember to get to sleep at the time [they] want”. Overall, these features sound like a real step forward taken by Google in making the phones less addictive, but there is no proven research. Much of what we know about these features is based not on peer-reviewed research but on anecdotal data. And if users don’t enable any of these Digital Wellbeing features then the new version of Android isn’t going to do anything better. UI Simplicity once again in vogue One of the key takeaways from the previous versions of Android releases has been the simplicity in the UI. Google has been trying to make the UI more accessible and approachable to the current as well as the new users. Android P is not only banking on the suggestions and patterns from the machine learning capabilities but also making the user experience more simplistic. Gesture-based navigation controls Navigation gestures aren’t new. Mobile operating systems such as webOS, MeeGo, and Blackberry 10 all had previously supported navigation gestures. But iPhone X popularized it with the removal of the home button. this meant that gestures are the only way to navigate the device. This change has been generally appreciated by users as it is simple and easy to learn. Google has introduced Gestures in the Android P to substitute the buttons for various actions such as swipe up to open the recent apps menu called Overview while double tapping it opens the app drawer. Swipe down to return to the home screen, and swipe left and right to switch between the recently-opened apps. Image source: Google Blogs Other features in this segment include manual rotation, smart text selection, quick setting, among others. You can read about these features on the official web page of Android. Beyond Intelligence, simplicity and digital wellbeing, there are hundreds of additional improvements coming in Android P, including security and privacy improvements such as DNS over TLS, encrypted backups, Protected Confirmations and more. The initial reaction to all these features was decidedly mixed; while some praised the evolution of Google’s operating system, others slammed it for looking or adopting similar features from Apple’s iOS. Overall the features look great, but we would like to see some rigorous investigation that suggests that people actually feel empowered while using the latest version of Android. Google still haven’t told us what dessert-themed name the Android update will take, saving the naming announcement for later in the summer, closer to the actual release date. Pancake, Peanut butter, Pumpkin Pie, and Popsicle are some of our top predictions. The Android P Beta is available now on Google Pixel, Essential Phone, OnePlus, Mi, Sony, Essential and Oppo handsets. 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Public school teachers to strike on Monday over salary delays

first_imgRelated posts:As teacher strike continues, government announces plan to distribute back pay Unions members vote against deal to end teachers’ strike Costa Rica’s month-long teachers’ strike comes to an end Lawmakers debate bill to extend the right to strike to most sectors, including private companies Some 7,000 elementary and high school teachers have not been paid since April 1 due to an administrative problem at the Education Ministry. That prompted leaders of teachers’ unions from  public schools on Friday to call for a general strike starting on Monday. Union leaders said on their websites and social media that “we’ve had enough of the lack of action” by Education Ministry (MEP) officials. They said some educators have not been paid since February.Also on Friday, unions denounced that MEP’s human resources officials told hundreds of teachers they would have to wait until May 15 to receive their salaries.The call for a strike was sent Friday evening by leaders of the National Association of Educators (ANDE), the Costa Rican Education Union (SEC) and the High School Teachers’ Association (APSE), following a meeting with Education Minister Leonardo Garnier that ended in a stalemate.According to MEP, the problem was caused by a change in the electronic payment system, which caused a delay in the entry of data for each educator. Those whose personal data have not yet been entered into the system did not get paid.Teachers mostly from schools in the capital demonstrated twice this week and marched along Paseo Colón, west of San José, demanding MEP resolve their situation. They also joined a May Day march on the capital’s Second Avenue on Thursday.In a public statement APSE leaders said the strike would continue indefinitely until educators received their salaries. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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