Chandigarh: Normal life was affected at many places in Punjab on Tuesday as demonstrations and dharnas were held by Dalits to protest the demolition of a temple dedicated to Guru Ravidas in New Delhi’s Tughlakabad on directions of the apex court. There were reports that protesters had blocked roads at a few places including the Jalandhar-Delhi national highway causing huge traffic jams, officials said. Protestors under the banner of ‘Guru Ravidas Jayanti Samaroh Samiti’ had given a bandh call on August 13 and announced observing Independence Day as a ‘Black Day’. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ The protests are being held at different places in the state over the past few days. In response to the bandh call, protest marches were taken out by Dalits at several places on Tuesday including Jalandhar, where educational institutions were shut. Besides, protest marches were also taken out at Ludhiana, Phagwara, Nawanshahr, Barnala, Ferozepur, Bathinda, Amritsar, Moga and Fazilka. The shops remained shut at a few places including Nawanshahr, Jalandhar and Barnala. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K The protesters were demanding that the temple be re-built. “We will intensify our protest if our demand is not met. We will be compelled to block rail routes too,”a protester in Jalandhar said. Tight security arrangements have been put in place across the state in view of the protests. Leaders from the Congress, BJP and Shiromani Akali Dal have said they would help resolve the issue amicably. Commenting on the demolition of the temple believed to be on the site visited by Guru Ravidas around 1509 during the reign of Sikander Lodhi, Punjab Congress chief Sunil Jakhar had on monday extended his party’s support to the Ravidas community. He, however, appealed to the protesters to ensure that the common people were not adversely impacted as a result of their protests. Union Minister of State for Commerce and Industry and Hoshiarpur MP Som Parkash too had described the demolition of the temple unfortunate. He had said he would meet the Lt Governor of Delhi and, if required, prime minister, for resolving the matter and getting the land re-allotted for the temple. Shiromani Akali Dal president and Lok Sabha MP Sukhbir Singh Badal too condemned the demolition of the temple, saying their party was ready to help re-build the temple at their expenses. Delhi Social Welfare Minister Rajendra Pal Gautan sought Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s intervention in ensuring that the “land be given back” to the community to rebuild the place of worship. The AAP minister in a press conference in New Delhi earlier had said the Delhi Development Authority (DDA), in the presence of a police force, demolished the structure on Saturday morning. The DDA in a statement issued on Monday, however, did not use the word temple, and said the “structure was removed as per the orders of the Supreme Court”. “The standing semi-permanent structure was dismantled peacefully without any resistance or use of force in the presence of Guru Ravi Das Jayanti Samaroh Samiti members,” the DDA said in the statement. The DDA said the apex court in a case titled ‘Guru Ravi Das Jayanti Samaroh Samiti vs Union of India’, had on August 9 observed that “serious breach” has been committed by the Samiti by not vacating the forest area as earlier ordered by the court. “Therefore, the Hon’ble Supreme Court ordered that the premises be vacated tomorrow and the structure be removed by Delhi Development Authority (DDA) with the help of police,” it said. Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh had on Sunday sought Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s intervention to pacify the situation.
DoSomething.org, the largest organization for young people and social change, and Disney | ABC Television Group have teamed up for National Foster Care Awareness Month through a campaign called “School Insider.”Young people in foster care often have to switch schools — in one study, young adults reported switching an average of eight times. Switching schools can be stressful for students and may lead to feelings of low self-esteem.Through the campaign School Insider, young people across the country will make new students feel welcome and accepted to help make the transition a bit easier. Participants will create school welcome sheets and volunteer to be a resource for students joining their school midway through the year.The campaign kicks off today and runs through May 31. Young people who sign up at dosomething.org/beinspired and upload a photo of their welcome packet will be eligible to win a $1,000 scholarship. Participants are also encouraged to wear blue to show support for kids in foster care in honor of Foster Care Awareness Month.“We’re thrilled to work with Disney | ABC Television Group on a campaign that will make a positive impact for youth in the foster care system,” said Naomi Hirabayashi, chief marketing officer at DoSomething.org. “With their reach and support, we’ll be able to activate even more young people around this important issue.”For more information, visit dosomething.org/beinspired.
New Delhi: The Congress on Monday released the list of candidates on six out of the seven parliamentary constituencies in Delhi for the May 12 Lok Sabha polls, signalling a non pre-poll alliance with the national capital’s ruling Aam Aadmi Party (AAP). The three-time former Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit will contest from the North East Delhi seat, while former Delhi Congress Chief Ajay Maken will contest from New Delhi, said a letter by Mukul Wasnik, General Secretary of the All India Congress Committee (AICC). Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder Dikshit will be facing the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) Delhi chief Manoj Tiwari and the AAP’s Dilip Pandey. Senior Congress leaders and also former presidents of the Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee (DPCC) J.P. Agarwal (Chandni Chowk) and Arvinder Singh Lovely (East Delhi) are also in the list. Rajesh Lilothia, former MLA and the Working President of DPCC will be the party’s face from North West Delhi, while Mahabal Mishra will contest from the West Delhi seat. The party however, is yet to finalise a candidate for the South Delhi seat. For weeks, alliance talks between the AAP and the Congress were on, although the former had listed out its candidates for all the seven seats last month. The two parties wanted to join hands in order to defeat the BJP, who won all the seven seats in Delhi in 2014 elections.
23 September 2008Sixteen refugee families living in Liberia now have a place to call home thanks to the efforts of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) which funded the rehabilitation of 32 houses for Sierra Leoneans who cannot go back to their homeland or are unwilling to repatriate. Sixteen refugee families living in Liberia now have a place to call home thanks to the efforts of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) which funded the rehabilitation of 32 houses for Sierra Leoneans who cannot go back to their homeland or are unwilling to repatriate.During the height of Sierra Leone’s civil conflict as many as two million of the country’s six million citizens were displaced with some 490,000 fleeing to Liberia and Guinea. With UNHCR’s help more than 179,000 Sierra Leonean refugees returned home voluntarily between September 2000 and July 2004, while many others returned by their own means.The renovations are part of a process to locally integrate some 3,500 Sierra Leonean refugees living in camps in Liberia. The first batch of 118 people moved into their new homes in Bensonville in Montserrado County last weekend, after making the 60-kilometre journey from the Banjor and Samukai camps. Welcoming the group to their new community, UNHCR Senior Protection Officer Sharon Cooper told the Sierra Leoneans to no longer consider themselves as refugees. She said they were now on the road to becoming permanent Liberian citizens and should work in harmony with locals to develop their new community.As part of the local integration process, a further 110 houses are under construction, including 50 in Bensonville and 60 in the nearby town of Memeh.Last June, the agency announced that as of 31 December Sierra Leoneans who fled their country in the 1990s will no longer be considered refugees since the root causes of the refugee problem in their homeland no longer exist.
“There are thousands of Lebanese who have not been able to return to their homes – in areas around Beirut there are an estimated 12,000 displaced who have not returned after the war,” UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) spokesman Ron Redmond told reporters in Geneva.“In Beirut itself, the charity Caritas estimates there are 35,000. These people have lost their source of income. Older people and those with disabilities have chronic medical needs.”He said UNHCR’s distribution of emergency aid was continuing smoothly but added that children need extra help due to the conflict, both in terms of resuming their education and also with counselling because of their war experiences.“As part of that problem, UNHCR has helped a Lebanese non-governmental organization (NGO) the Development for People and Nature Association to set up a summer camp they’re running for children in the town of Jezzine.” Over 100 children up to the age of 14 from various villages in the area have activities that include peace education, plays and handicrafts.The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said recently that it is working to ensure hundreds of thousands of pupils receive notebooks and other supplies before classes resume next month. The Fund is also continuing its other humanitarian efforts in Lebanon, including helping to deal with the chronic shortage of clean water in the south, a UN spokesman said today.“UNICEF reports that it is working with the Lebanese authorities to try to rehabilitate the water system that used to serve up to 750,000 people in the south. UNICEF is also fixing labels to the bottled water it is distributing, to better inform families and children about the threat of unexploded ordnance,” Stephane Dujarric told reporters in New York.There are now 10 UN teams operating in Lebanon trying to deal with the masses of unexploded ordnance that litter the countryside and more will be arriving soon, the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said today. So far, they have identified 434 cluster bomb strike locations and destroyed 112 unexploded bombs and almost 14,000 cluster sub-munitions.
by Brian McKenna, The Canadian Press Posted May 14, 2015 7:12 am MDT Last Updated May 14, 2015 at 6:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TSX stops weeklong loss; U.S. markets soar on employment, producer price data TORONTO – The Toronto stock market closed moderately higher Wednesday with the energy sector the main drag as oil prices retreated below US$60 a barrel.The S&P/TSX composite index was up 47.40 points at 15,028.12 in its first sign of strength this week after falling almost 190 points the previous three sessions. The loonie was off 0.22 of a U.S. cent at 83.34 cents.In New York, buyers flooded back into the markets after three consecutive down days that saw the widely watched Dow Jones industrial average shed more than 130 points.On Thursday, the Dow reversed that and more, soaring 191.75 points to 18,252.24 on the strength of encouraging news on the U.S. job market and a drop in producer prices that possibly signalled lower inflation and a continuation of historically low interest rates.Meanwhile, the Nasdaq jumped 69.11 points to 5,050.80 and the S&P 500 shot up 22.62 points to a record high 2,121.10.In commodities, the June crude oil contract lost 62 cents to US$59.88 a barrel and the TSX energy sector fell 1.89 per cent. Meanwhile, June gold continued its recent tear, up $7 at US$1,225.20 an ounce.In economic news, the U.S. Labor Department said its producer price index fell 0.4 per cent in April after rising 0.2 per cent in March. The core index, which strips out the volatile food and energy sectors, was down 0.2 per cent.CIBC senior economist Andrew Grantham said in a note that the latest figures take the annual rate down to minus 1.3 per cent.“While the producer price series doesn’t have a great correlation at times with CPI, these soft figures could see forecasters trimming expectations for next week’s CPI release,” Grantham said.Meanwhile, the Labor Department said that fewer Americans applied for unemployment aid last week. Seasonally adjusted applications were down by 1,000 to 264,000, just above a 15-year low reached three weeks ago.Tim Caulfield, directory of equities research at Franklin Bissett Canadian Equity Fund, said that while U.S. employment numbers have seen their ups and downs, “I think the trend generally has been continuing to improve.”“Of course, that’s most important to what is the world’s largest economy and has great bearing on the Canadian economy and North American equities, Canadian equities included,” Caulfield said.“Obviously we’ve seen significant volatility in the price of crude oil … and today its risk-off for energy equities,” he said, but noted that crude oil price is up 25 per cent quarter to date.“So $59.50 crude is quite a bit higher than the mid-$45 level that we saw in crude as recently as March.”Also heartening for the oilpatch is the fact that natural gas now is trading above US$3 per thousand cubic feet, something Caulfield described as “an interesting story that’s been much more positive as of late.”“(And) in general, we’ve seen pretty good earnings from a lot of the constituents of the TSX, in particular outside of energy,” he said. “That provides a pretty solid backdrop for equity markets.”In corporate news, Bombardier (TSX;BBD.B) announced it will cut about 1,750 employees in Montreal, Toronto and Belfast, Ireland, over the coming months because of weak demand for its largest business jets. Its stock was up 13 cents or 5.1 per cent at $2.68.
NEW YORK, N.Y. – A new feature of NBA League Pass will allow viewers to select a mobile view, with a zoomed-in shot that looks better on smaller screens.The NBA said Monday that the mobile view will be an option, along with the traditional “home” and “away” team’s broadcast viewing choices when selecting a game. The league and Turner Sports added a camera in all 29 arenas for use specifically with the mobile option .About 70 per cent of League Pass subscribers watch games on mobile devices. Last season, League Pass generated a record 26.7 million game views.Fans can again buy individual games or season subscriptions. by The Associated Press Posted Oct 24, 2016 8:31 am MDT Last Updated Oct 24, 2016 at 9:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NBA League Pass adds mobile option for small-screen viewing
General Assembly President Peter Thomson meets with Secretary-General-designate António Guterres, prior to the General Assembly meeting to appoint him by acclamation the next Secretary-General of the United Nations. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe Secretary General Ban Ki-moon (right), is seen here with Secretary-General-designate António Guterres, just before the General Assembly meeting to appoint him by acclamation the next Secretary-General of the United Nations. UN Photo/Evan Schneider ‹ › The Assembly’s resolution also welcomed the historic process Member States set in motion late last year: the selection of a new United Nations Secretary-General, traditionally decided behind closed-doors by a few powerful countries, has for the first time in history, involved public discussions with each candidate campaigning for the world’s top diplomatic post. These so-called ‘informal briefings’ between the candidates, UN Member States and civil society representatives kicked off on 12 April, when the first three candidates presented their ‘vision statements’ and answered questions on how they would promote sustainable development, improve efforts to create peace, protect human rights, and deal with huge humanitarian catastrophes should they be selected to lead the Organization. Mr. Ban also praised UN Member States for the selection process and emphasized that it “opened the [selection] process to the world.” He further noted that the new steps taken this year established a new benchmark of openness and engagement. The selection process included, for the first time in the history of the Organization, public hearings with the General Assembly where candidates presented their vision and responded to the questions fielded by the Member States. These informal hearings were also televised and webcast. The process started off with a joint call from the Presidents of the General Assembly and the Security Council formally soliciting candidates and from the outset, acknowledged the importance of geographic and gender balance in senior posts.For his part, Assembly President Thomson highlighted that the selection process underscored the principles of transparency and inclusivity. General Assembly adopts by acclamation draft resolution A/71/L4 formally appointing António Guterres as the next Secretary-General. Credit: UN News Centre “It was a process that specifically sought out candidates who embody a firm commitment to the purposes and principles of the [UN] Charter; who exemplify the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity; and who have proven leadership and managerial abilities, extensive experience in international relations, and strong diplomatic, communication and multilingual skills,” said Mr. Thomson in his remarks. “I am confident that Mr. Guterres will serve the global community with dedication, as a moral authority, and be the voice of our collective conscience and humanity, throughout his term,” he added. Assuring the Secretary-General-designate of his full support throughout the present session of the General Assembly, the body’s President stressed that he would do everything within his power to facilitate a smooth transition. In this context, Mr. Guterres will be participating in a meeting called by President Thomson, on 19 October, to discuss with the General Assembly the critical, priority and emerging issues for the global Organization. Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson (right) greets Secretary-General-designate António Guterres just before the General Assembly meeting to appoint him the next Secretary-General. UN Photo/Evan Schneider Secretary-General-designate António Guterres addresses the General Assembly meeting which appointed him by acclamation to be the next Secretary-General of the United Nations. UN Photo/Cia Pak Mr. Guterres, aged 67, was Prime Minister of Portugal from 1995 to 2002, and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees from June 2005 to December 2015. He will become the world’s top diplomat on 1 January 2017, and hold that post for the next five years. Adopting a consensus resolution put forward by its President, Peter Thomson, the Assembly acted on the recommendation on the UN Security Council, which on 6 October forwarded Mr. Guterres’ name to the 193-member body as its nominee for UN Secretary-General for a five-year period, ending 31 December 2021. Thanking the General Assembly for appointing him as the next Secretary-General, Mr. Guterres said he was grateful to the Member States for their trust in him as well as for the transparent and open selection process they undertook. “I believe this process means that the true winner today is the credibility of the UN. And it also made very clear to me that, as Secretary-General, having been chosen by all Member States, I must be at the service of them all equally and with no agenda but the one enshrined in the UN Charter,” said Mr. Guterres. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon hailes António Guterres as a wonderful choice to steer the United Nations. Credit: UN News CentreHe also underlined that alleviating the suffering of the vulnerable people, in particular the refugees and those in conflict zones, and gender equality would remain key priorities for him during his tenure. Secretary-General-designate Guterres also reiterated his belief in the values of peace, justice, human dignity, tolerance and solidarity, as well as his belief that diversity is a “tremendous asset” and not a threat. Mr. Guterres also applauded the work of the current Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and said that he would try his “utmost to honour” Mr. Ban’s legacy.Ten years to the day after his own appointment as Secretary-General, Mr. Ban said: “Secretary-General-elect Guterres is well known to all of us in the hall. But he is perhaps best known where it counts most: on the frontlines of armed conflict and humanitarian suffering,” referring to his time as head of the UN refugee agency. Noting that he has long valued his advice, and long admired his spirit of service, Mr. Ban declared: “He is a wonderful choice to steer this Organization as we build on the progress of the past decade, while addressing the insecurity and uncertainties of today’s world.”Frederick Musiiwa Makamure Shava, President of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), also congratulated Mr. Guterres on his election, saying that the Secretary-General-designate “is a strong humanitarian advocate and a successful leader,” and that he looks forward to working with him.
The UN Human Rights Council, comprised of 47 countries, adopted the resolution by consensus during a meeting earlier today in Geneva.“The victims – those who have been killed, maimed, subjected to terrible violence and forced from their homes – deserve justice,” said UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, who has been called on to appoint a team of international experts to carry out the investigation.In a statement, Mr. Zeid, who has repeatedly called for a probe, said the creation of the investigation is “a step forward in identifying the perpetrators of gross violations and bringing them to justice.” His office said it expects and counts on “the full cooperation of the authorities” including “unfettered access to all sites, files, people and places.”He added that the team will conduct investigations “in a fully independent manner, in accordance with international standards.”Addressing the Council on Tuesday, Mr. Zeid recounted chilling details of apparent ethnic violence that included mutilated babies and fetuses.Violence flared up in the DRC’s Kasai regions in August 2016, when a customary chief was killed by Forces armées de la République démocratique du Congo (FARDC), as DRC’s armed forces are known. The Kamuina Nsapu militia (named after the chief) then set about avenging the killing, committing widespread atrocities as well as recruiting children into its ranks.The gravity of the situation was further underscored by the discovery in April of forty-two mass graves by Mr. Zeid’s office (OHCHR) and the UN mission in the country, known by its French acronym, MONUSCO.Since the start of the violence, more than 1.3 million people have since been displaced within the country as well as thousands forced to flee across its borders.
Paula Rasmussen, dressed for her part in ‘Les Troyens’ at the Los Angeles Opera, is one of four women who accused Dutoit of sexual misconduct Credit:Paula Rasmussen/AP Classical orchestras in New York, Chicago and Cleveland have also announced that the Swiss-born 81-year-old has withdrawn his services for forthcoming concerts.The four women, who were all interviewed by the Associated Press, claim the sexual misconduct took place on the sidelines of rehearsals and performances in five US cities – Chicago, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Philadelphia and Saratoga Springs, New York.Paula Rasmussen, a retired mezzo-soprano, said: “He threw me against the wall, shoved my hand down his pants and shoved his tongue down my throat.”Sylvia McNair, 61, a soprano and two-time Grammy winner, said Dutoit pushed himself against her in a hotel lift after a March 1985 rehearsal with the Minnesota Orchestra.The other two alleged victims were not identified but both claimed they were assaulted in 2006, one in a hotel and the other in his dressing room, while they were in a moving car and backstage shortly before a performance.Dutoit, a two-time Grammy winner, is one of the world’s most sought-after conductors, having performed with all of the major orchestras on most stages of the five continents.The Swiss-born, French-speaking conductor has been artistic director of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra since 2009 and was awarded the Gold Medal of the Royal Philharmonic Society, one of classical music’s highest honours, earlier this year. The principal conductor of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra has denied sexually assaulting four female musicians.Charles Dutoit, 81, rejected allegations he had physically restrained three opera singers and a classical musician, forcing himself onto them in separate incidents between 1985 and 2010.He spoke out after the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra gave him time off to fight the accusations.Dutoit said: “The allegations made against me are as shocking to me as they are to my friends and colleagues. I do not recognize the man or the actions being described in the media.”Whilst informal physical contact is commonplace in the arts world as a mutual gesture of friendship, the serious accusations made involving coercion and forced physical contact have absolutely no basis in truth.”I am taking legal advice and plan to meaningfully defend myself and I believe within this current climate, media accusations on serious physical abuse do not help society tackle these issues properly if the claims are in fact not true.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. In a statement the RPO said the orchestra and Dutoit have “jointly agreed” to release the world-renowned conductor to “allow time for a clear picture to be established”.It comes after symphonies in Boston and San Francisco in the US and Sydney in Australia severed ties with Dutoit, following sexual assault accusations made by three opera singers and a classical musician to The Associated Press.
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedHead of NPTAB, Prisons Director among officials red-flagged by Integrity CommissionMay 13, 2019In “latest news”Newly-reconstituted Integrity Commission working to have sections of Act amendedOctober 5, 2018In “latest news”Majority of PPP MPs have submitted declarations to Integrity Commission- Opposition LeaderNovember 3, 2018In “latest news” The Integrity Commission wants more senior police officers and other top officials to declare their assets in an effort to ensure they are held accountable.Chairman Kumar Dorasami told a news conference today that the Integrity Commission Act will have to be expanded to include those other officials who are currently not required to make declarations.These include heads of agencies and senior members within the Guyana Police Force as well as those from the impending oil and gas sector.The Commission wants Deputy Commissioners, Divisional Commissioners and both the Crime and Traffic Chiefs as well as their respective divisional heads to be included on the list of public officers who are required to make declarations.Currently only the Police Commission is required to make declarations.Additionally, Dorasami said they also want to see agencies such as the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU) on the list. They are also looking at the anti-money laundering laws in an attempt to include the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) and the State Assets Recovery Agency (SARA).Further, the Chairman pointed out with the new sector now coming on stream, they will need to get the names of these new public officials as well on the list.
‘TIS THE SEASON for the work Christmas party, and across the country excitement is mounting for the annual exercise in company wide festive spirit.If you’re lucky, you’re looking forward to what will be a great night. For some people however, it’s not something to look forward to.So, to ensure that you can all have a bit of fun at your work Christmas party, we give you work Christmas party BINGO!KeyDrunk bossListen, it happens. We’re not judging, but if you see this, not only should you mark your card, but you should also make a beeline in the opposite direction.Drunken boss conversation rarely ends well.Awkward conversationYou know how it is. Mark from accounts gets stuck beside Jen from IT which would be fine but they have nothing in common.You’ll know them by the repetition. ’The place looks great doesn’t it?’ ’But sure doesn’t the place look fantastic.’ ’Didn’t they do a great job with the decorations?’MistletoeSome gas ticket thought it would be hilarious to throw some mistletoe up and and mortify everyone unfortunate enough to end up underneath it.Boring speech Source: torbakhopperThere’s always a microphone, there’s always a speech, and frequently is a bore.Slurred speechThis doesn’t have to include a microphone. If you’re having a chat with someone and their last phrase was, ‘Shure I’m noshgonna shay anythingshanyway…’, mark your card.Jagerbombs Source: RyAwesomeSomeone will suggest them, it’s inevitable. Whether you partake is up to you.Discarded Kris Kindel presentAlas, not everyone will be happy with their Kris Kindel present, so when you see one cruelly discarded on or under a table, mark your card.If you’re having trouble spotting this one, look for the gift giver’s hurt expression.Someone asleepProbably in the corner, probably surrounded by people taking ‘hilarious photographs’ with them.Karaoke Source: permanently scatterbrainedThis may be official karaoke, or it may simply be someone commandeering the microphone and going hell for leather.Cocktail sausagesNo evening work event is complete without a cocktail sausage!Party pieceYou didn’t know that Martin from Human Resources could rap Ice, Ice, Baby from start to finish, but you do now! When your colleagues start breaking out their unique talents, mark your card.Surprising extrovert Source: ImgurYou know this one. They’re the person who sits quietly at their desk all year around, barely speaking a word aside from a polite hi or goodbye. Come the Christmas party, they’re the one standing on a chair leading the crowd in a rendition of Bohemian Rhapsody.There’s a lot to be said for the surprising extrovert.Discarded heelsYeah, they look good, but can they be worn for more than an hour? No.Eye rollingThis might be prompted by the boss’s speech, or perhaps the party in general. One thing’s for sure, a cynical eye roll can be found at any office party.Office talkIf you spot two people having an in depth talk about a work matter, mark your card.Imitation champagneLet’s be honest, you’re lucky if there’s any free drink at the party, however, if there’s champagne, you can be pretty sure it’s not the real thing.Toilet chatWhere is the best place to have in depth conversation? The toilet of course!If you spot two people having the chats in the porcelain palace, you’re one step closer to shouting HOUSE!CryingHopefully it’s just drunken silliness, and not actual heartbreak.Fairytale of New YorkAn essential ingredient for any Christmas soiréeSomeone falls overDrinks + high shoes = falling over.Tie around the head Source: petermeThere is something within the psyche of the Irish male which means they simply can not resist this practice when suited and booted and partaking in a few beverages.Future regretYou’ve just spotted the intern burning the ear off the CEO. That’s future regret, friends.VomitThe less said the better. Ill-advised flirtationHopefully the parties involved are single and work in departments far enough away from each other that they won’t be forced to feel awkward about this for an excessive period of time.Taxi! Source: Kris Van de SandeSomeone is sent home in a taxi before the night properly starts. Mark your card.Good luck worker bees, may the odds be ever in your favour!How terrifying is your office fridge?>The 7 most annoying people in your office this December>
https://jrnl.ie/4579559 Short URL Friday 5 Apr 2019, 8:03 PM By Adam Daly 13 Comments Share26 Tweet Email 10,964 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article GARDAÍ IN LIMERICK have arrested two men following the seizure of cannabis with the estimated street value of €50,000.As part of ongoing investigations targeting organised crime groups in Limerick, a search was carried out on two houses by the Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau, Revenue and the Limerick garda drug unit. During the course of today’s search, two packages which contained 2.5kgs of herbal cannabis were seized by customs officers. The cannabis is believed to have an estimated street value of €50,000, subject to analysis. The two men, aged 47 and 58, were arrested at the scene are currently detained at Henry Street Garda Station under Section 2 of the Criminal Justice (Drugs Trafficking) Act, 1996.Investigations are ongoing. Two men arrested following €50k cannabis seizure in Limerick Searches were carried out as part of ongoing investigations targeting organised crime. Image: RollingNews Apr 5th 2019, 8:03 PM Image: RollingNews
Pour économiser de l’eau… cessez de vous raserUne marque de bière encourage les Américains à ne plus se raser pour économiser de l’eau. Cette campagne Budweiser intervient deux semaines avant la Journée mondiale de l’Environnement (JME).La marque de bière américaine Budweiser lance une campagne au slogan original : “Grow one. Save a million” (Laissez-en pousser une. Economisez des millions). Elle vise à sensibiliser la population américaine aux problèmes d’eau à travers le monde. Deux semaines avant la Journée mondiale de l’environnement qui se tiendra le 5 juin, Budweiser explique que chaque homme utilise en moyenne plus de 18 litres d’eau par rasage et le but de cette campagne est d’encourager un maximum d’hommes à faire des économies d’eau.À lire aussiJournée mondiale de l’environnement : Quelques astuces pour un mode de vie plus écolo au bureauAinsi, sur la page Facebook de la marque, les personnes âgées de plus de 21 ans (l’âge de la majorité aux Etats-Unis), peuvent s’engager à se laisser pousser la barbe. La page fait ainsi le calcul des quantités d’eau ainsi économisées. L’entreprise Budweiser prévoit également de verser 150.000 dollars au River Network, réseau qui soutient la préservation des bassins hydrographiques, indique RTL.be.D’autres marques se sont engagées en faveur de l’environnement. La marque australienne de cosmétique bio Sanctum vient d’annoncer le lancement d’emballages 100% biodégradables, le groupe pharmaceutique Bayer est partenaire officiel de la JME aux Etats-Unis et la compagnie aérienne Emirates prévoit de faire atterrir un Airbus A380 (l’avion censé être le moins polluant du monde) à Rome le 5 juin.Cette journée qui a été instaurée en 1972 vise à sensibiliser le public sur les questions environnementales. Lancée avec le soutien des Nations Unies elle permet d’informer sur les enjeux environnementaux de la planète et il ne faudrait pas qu’elle devienne une journée promotionnelle pour différentes entreprises de par le monde. Elle a également pour vocation de célébrer les initiatives écologiques. Cette année, elle a pour thème “Forêts, la nature au service de l’homme”.Le 20 mai 2011 à 16:36 • Emmanuel Perrin
EJ Dickson is now features editor at Romper, the parenting off-shoot of Bustle. She joins from her role as connections editor at Mic, where she covered sex and relationships. Before that, she served as lifestyle editor at The Daily Dot. Joe Weisenthal has been promoted to executive editor of news for Bloomberg Digital. He takes on the new title from his role as managing editor of Bloomberg Markets, and co-host on Bloomberg TV. He joined Bloomberg in 2014 from his role as executive editor of Business Insider. De Gersdorff will answer to editor-in-chief Michele Promaulayko, who was EIC at Women’s Health from 2009 to 2014. Promaulayjo rejoined Cosmo in September after then-EIC Joanna Coles was promoted to the new role of chief content officer of Hearst Magazines. The great publishing house shuffle continues as Hearst snags Sascha de Gersdorff for the role of executive editor at Cosmopolitan. De Gersdorff joins the brand from her position as deputy editor at Rodale’s Women’s Health, where she’s served as an editor since 2009. She starts at Hearst December 1. Kelliher and Schneider both report to Mark Ellis, president and COO of sales and marketing. Michael Schneider has been promoted to SVP of financial services, effective today. Schneider, who’s been with Time Inc. for five years, previously served as East Coast regional lead for financial services, and the technology and telecommunications category teams. He was associate publisher of Fortune and Money before restructuring eliminated that role. On Monday, GQ appointed Rob DeChiaro to the newly created role of digital general manager. The digital general manager will manage digital growth at GQ, with an emphasis on products, partnerships, acquisitions, and content strategies. DeChiaro is tasked with expanding branded content, video, and branded social. He joins from StyleHaul, where he served as EVP and general manager. Here are the rest of this week’s people on the move… TheStreet has named Tara Murphy editor-in-chief. Murphy joined TheStreet in March as managing editor. Previously, she’s worked as director of business development for Hearst Digital Media, and managing editor of Cosmopolitan.com. She’s also worked for the New York Daily News. Time Inc. has hired Scott Kelliher as president of technology and telecommunications. He joins the company from Yahoo, Inc. where he was VP and industry lead of technology and telecommunications business. He starts December 5. The Local Media Association has hired Jed Williams to the new role of chief innovation officer. Williams previously served as VP of business development and strategy for Vendasta. De Gersdorff takes the place of Leslie Yazel, who left the executive editor role in October for the title of editor-in-chief at Time Inc.’s Real Simple. The last few months have seen major shifts in upper management at Cosmo and its underling Seventeen, where Promaulayjo serves as editorial director. In August, Seventeen EIC Michelle Tan was dismissed while away on maternity leave. Then in September, the magazine cut its frequency from 10 issues a year to six. Editor’s note: This story has been updated to include Time Inc. news announced after press time.
Supercomputers Artificial intelligence (AI) Intel Summit is the world’s smartest computer Comment 1 The DOE wants the US to lead in scientific research. Aurora will be used for projects like modeling the universe, predicting the effects of new drugs and designing new materials for solar panels. “The innovative advancements that will be made with exascale will have an incredibly significant impact on our society,” Energy Secretary Rick Perry said in a statement.The exascale race is hot. Hyperion Research predicts $10 billion will be spent on exascale systems worldwide from 2018 to 2022. That’s a big chunk of the $130 billion it forecasts will be spent on supercomputers and other technology in the high-performance computing market.To reach a performance level of a quintillion calculations per second, each person on the planet would have to be able to crunch about 140 million math problems each second.Aurora will use a variety of Intel chip technologies, including its Xeon processors and Optane memory. Cray, a decades-old company in the world of supercomputing whose brand has survived multiple corporate takeovers, will build it all into Aurora’s 200 server cabinets interconnected with Cray’s Slingshot high-speed links.The Aurora system earlier was planned to begin operations in 2018, but the DOE pushed back its schedule and quintupled its performance in 2017.Some of the biggest spending for US supercomputers is funded by nuclear weapons simulation work. But Argonne isn’t a weapons lab.”Argonne’s Aurora system is built for next-generation artificial intelligence and will accelerate scientific discovery … to address real-world problems, such as improving extreme weather forecasting, accelerating medical treatments, mapping the human brain, developing new materials, and further understanding the universe,” Argonne National Laboratory Director Paul Kearns said in a statement. A mockup of the Intel-Cray Aurora supercomputer Intel There’s a race to build the first supercomputer to cross the “exascale” performance threshold, and the United States on Monday detailed its contender, a $500 million Intel-powered system called Aurora.The sprawling system, to be built at the Energy Department’s Argonne National Laboratory near Chicago, and when it’s ready in 2021 will perform a quintillion calculations per second, a level called 1 exaflops. That’s five times faster than the current record holder, the IBM-built Summit supercomputer at the DOE’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and eight times faster than the No. 2 machine, a close cousin called Sierra at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.Those two systems have reclaimed the top spots on the Top500 list of the world’s fastest supercomputers from China. But China remains a surging force in supercomputing. A total of 227 of the Top500 machines are in China, compared with an all-time low of 109 for the US on the most recent list, which was released in November. And there’s no guarantee Aurora will win the exascale race: China, Japan, and France each could have exascale machines in 2020. Share your voice Tags 3:00 Now playing: Watch this: Sci-Tech
The researchers, Dominique Brosteaux, Fabrice Axisa, Eva De Leersnyder, Frederick Bossuyt, Mario Gonzalez, and Jan Vanfleteren, of the Interuniversity Microelectronics Centre and Ghent University in Belgium, have recently designed and fabricated elastic interconnections that can stretch to more than twice their original lengths (a 100% stretchability). Their results are published in a recent issue of IEEE Electron Device Letters. Researchers ‘stretch’ the ability of 2-D materials to change technology “For biomedical and textile applications, the comfort of the user will be enhanced if the electronic circuits are not only flexible, but also elastic,” the researchers explained in their study. “Biomedical applications include implantable devices and electronics on skin.”In the paper, the scientists describe how they constructed 3-cm-long elastic connectors by embedding 4-micrometer-thick gold wires in a highly elastic silicone film. The wires were coated with a 2-micrometer-thick nickel layer for soldering wires to the ends. “Besides this construction, our team has also been developing alternative versions of this technology based on the same molded interconnect device (MID) technology,” Vanfleteren told PhysOrg.com. MID can combine electrical and mechanical functions on a single unit, replacing the conventional circuit board.The group patterned the gold wires onto a substrate in a “horseshoe”-shaped form, which significantly reduced the stress compared with an elliptical shape, while maintaining the initial electric resistance. The horseshoe shapes were then connected to create a wave-like pattern. To further increase the elasticity, the researchers found that splitting the wire conductor track into four thinner (15-micrometer-wide) tracks greatly minimized the induced stress.The researchers then tested a variety of different shaped connectors by stretching them to the point of electrical failure, which is caused by a rupture in the metallic track. The best connector stretched from 3 to 6 centimeters without losing conductance. However, all interconnections—even those that experienced electrical failure—recovered their conductance when they returned to their normal length. A goal of the SWEET project is to design electronics that are not only elastic, but also washable, as demonstrated by this water-resistant, stretchable LED circuit. Credit: Jan Vanfleteren, et al. (TFCG Microsystems Lab-Ghent University). Explore further This stretchable thermometer can wrap around a patient’s forehead like a headband thanks to the horseshoe-shaped metal wires, which can stretch up to twice their normal lengths. Credit: Jan Vanfleteren, et al. (TFCG Microsystems Lab-Ghent University). Currently the group is developing technology toward the incorporation of the elastic interconnections into full electronic circuits. This goal is being pursued by three projects: BioFlex (Biocompatible Flexible Electronic Circuits) with funding by the Institute for the Promotion of Innovation by Science and Technology in Flanders; STELLA (Stretchable Electronics for Large Area Applications) with funding by the European Commission; and SWEET (Stretchable and Washable Electronics for Embedding in Textiles) with funding by the Belgian Science Policy. “At the moment we’re focusing on the following applications: implantable electronics, smart textiles (with integrated stretchable circuits), and smart band aids (e.g. measuring physiological parameters that should follow skin deformations),” Vanfleteren said, adding that further details remain confidential at this time.The latest developments of the group on stretchable circuits can be found on their Web page:tfcg.elis.ugent.be/projects/stretchable.htmlCitation: Brosteaux, Dominique, Axisa, Fabrice, Gonzalez, Mario, Vanfleteren, Jan. “Design and Fabrication of Elastic Interconnections for Stretchable Electronic Circuits.” IEEE Electron Device Letters, Vol. 28, No. 7, July 2007.Copyright 2007 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. Citation: Elastic circuit connectors designed for rubber-band-like circuits (2007, July 10) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2007-07-elastic-circuit-connectors-rubber-band-like-circuits.html 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. Researchers from Belgium have devised a plan for making headway into the area of flexible, washable electronics. These integrated electronics, which could be incorporated into clothing and biomedical applications, require all connections between components to stretch like rubber bands while maintaining their conductivity.
My daughter hates studying. She’s in class 5 and we are getting very worried. Please help!Renuka Singh, New DelhiRenuka, I think most kids dislike the association with books. With age, some realize the importance of education and naturally start getting attentive. I strongly recommend that you politely discuss the power of studies. You should also try to help her understand her hobbies, her creative elements. May be she will make a successful alternative career someday. Whatever happens, don’t get stressed. Support her and help her understand her strength. Good luck! Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’I’m 46. I fear that my sex life will be completely disrupted after menopause! What to do?Name withheld, GujaratIt’s very common for women going through menopause to experience a decrease in libido and sex drive. Because a woman stops ovulating once she’s experienced menopause, she loses that extra hormone boost that results in arousal. But, at the same time, some women enjoy their sex life post menopause. No fear of unwanted pregnancy act as a peace factor and they get much closer to their partner than ever before. A lot is in the mind and for ages women have enjoyed their sexual life irrespective of their pauses! Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixI’m in love with a Muslim girl. We are Brahmins and they are not accepting this relation. We can’t live without each other. What should be done?Gourav S, HaryanaJust do what you want to do! Assuming you both are adults, I suggest, have a very open conversation with both families. Give them some time to absorb the facts and see how it turns out to be. If the attitude doesn’t change, work out the logistics and head for the ultimate decision of togetherness. Just be sure that you both weigh the situation before any final plunge. I’ve just returned from Bangalore where I did my Engineering. After I returned, I feel very alone here. I feel completely out of place.Dinesh, New DelhiProbably the place you left has left a permanent impression on your mind. Or may be the independence of staying alone, the freedom of being your own guardian gave you peace. Try to engage yourself in some work that will occupy your mind. Check out for a couple of months and if you still feel uneasy, you can relocate back to Bangalore or any other place of your choice! One life, don’t compromise on small things. Cheer up!Have a love or life query you cannot find an answer to? Send your questions to – firstname.lastname@example.org
Elizabeth Wende Breast Center website: http://www.ewbc.com/BreastHealth/BreastDensity.aspxWomen’s Digital Imaging website: //www.womensdigital.comPrinceton Community Television [note the 25 minute mark]: http://vimeo.com/97260034 Additional Resources on ITN for Breast Imaging and Dense Breast technology InformationVIDEO: Advances and Trends in Breast ImagingMammographic Breast Density — What It MeansTrends in Breast ImagingMaking Sense of Dense BreastsDense Breast Tissue: Supplemental ImagingBreast Density: Are You Informed? 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 Related Content Figure 1. Mediolateral oblique (MLO) mammograms from four different patients show the spectrum of breast density: fatty (far left), scattered fibroglandular density, heterogeneously dense, extremely dense (far right). If cancer is present, it is more likely to be masked and go undetected in denser breast tissue.(Updated April 17, 2015) Breast density reporting is here to stay. Nineteen states have already enacted mandatory density inform laws, and additional states will continue to draft and pass bills. At the federal level, a national standard for breast density notification in the form of a Mammography Quality Standards Act (MQSA) reporting amendment is likely either through legislation or regulation. For clinicians practicing in states with breast density inform laws in effect, or imminent, the next practical concern is clinical staff preparedness to address patient questions. Once notified of her breast density, what questions is the patient likely to ask? What information is most useful and in what detail? As a clinician, the challenge is to be informative in lay terms without causing undue alarm. Drawn from both the patient and clinician perspective, experience indicates that patient questions will likely fall into two general categories: “What is breast density?” and “What should I do about it?” Following are some of the most frequently asked questions with suggested points for discussion with patients.Q. What does density mean? Does it havesomething to do with the size/feel of my breasts?A. Breast density refers to the tissue composition of a breast — dense breasts have relatively little fat and more connective and fibroglandular glandular tissue (where milk can be produced). Breast density is not determined by how a breast looks or feels, it is determined by examining the images of your breasts from your mammogram.Q. Are there different densities?A. Yes, there are four categories of breast density: fatty, scattered fibroglandular tissue, heterogeneously dense and extremely dense. Women whose breasts are considered either heterogeneously or extremely dense are considered to have “dense breasts.” Information about your breast density is typically included in the mammography result report sent from your radiologist to your referring doctor. Even if you do not live in a state with a breast density inform law, you can ask your doctor for this information. Q. Why does my breast density matter?A. Dense tissue can hide cancers on a mammogram. This is because dense breast tissue displays as white on a mammogram, and so does cancer. This white-on-white image makes cancer more difficult to detect. Finding cancer in a dense breast can be compared to trying to find a snowball in a blizzard. In contrast, cancer in a fatty breast shows up white against a gray background. As a result of this masking, as density increases, the sensitivity of mammography decreases (see Figure 1).Q. Do dense breasts increase my risk for getting breast cancer? If so, how big a risk?A. As the American Cancer Society notes in its publication Breast Cancer Facts & Figures 2013-2014, “The risk of breast cancer increases with increasing breast density; women with very high breast density have a four- to six-fold increased risk of breast cancer compared to women with the least dense breasts.” Most women have breast density somewhere in the middle range, with risk in between those with extremely dense breasts and those with fatty breasts. We do not yet have good ways to determine the interplay of breast density, family history, prior biopsy results and other factors in determining overall risk. About half of all women who develop breast cancer have no known risk factors.Q. If I have dense breasts, what should I do? A. Mammography is still the first step in screening. Depending on your age, risk level and breast density, one of three additional screening tools may be recommended in addition to mammography: tomosynthesis, ultrasound or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).It is important to understand that it is normal for any screening to show findings that may need additional imaging or biopsy. While some of these additional findings may be cancerous, the majority will not be (known as a “false positive”) — but the only way to determine that is through additional testing or biopsy. As an example, for every 1,000 women screened by mammography, about 100 are recalled for additional imaging, with such recalls tending to be more frequent in women with dense breasts than in women with fatty breasts. Of those 100 women, 15 are further recommended to receive a biopsy. Among the 15 women receiving biopsies, two to seven will be found to have cancer (see Table 1).Tomosynthesis. In some centers, mammography may be performed as a 3-D mammogram (tomosynthesis) alone or in addition to the standard 2-D mammogram. Tomosynthesis creates thin “slices,” or images of the breast, so that overlapping normal tissues are less likely to hide cancers. About 1-2**A more women per 1,000 will have cancer seen on tomosynthesis that was not seen on a standard mammogram. Tomosynthesis also makes it easier to recognize normal findings and therefore reduces the chance of being recalled for additional views or ultrasound. Of every 1,000 women screened with tomosynthesis, about 70-84 women (instead of 100 by regular mammography) will be recommended for additional evaluation (see Table 1).Tomosynthesis uses X-rays and causes the same relatively small radiation exposure to the breasts as a standard mammogram; if you have both, your breasts will receive twice the amount of radiation. In some centers, tomosynthesis can be processed by computers to create an image similar to a standard mammogram, known as a “synthetic 2-D mammogram;” in this situation, you usually do not need a standard mammogram.Ultrasound. Ultrasound is the only screening test suggested specifically for women with dense breasts. In dense tissue, ultrasound has been shown to find another three to four cancers per 1,000 women screened that were not seen on mammography. Like all screening tools, ultrasound also detects findings that are not cancer, but which may require additional testing or biopsy (see Table 1). Of 1,000 women screened with the combination of ultrasound and mammography, anywhere from 170 to 230 will be recommended to have further testing prior to the next screening examination, including 70 who will be recommended to have a biopsy. There is no X-ray radiation from ultrasound. MRI. MRI can find the most breast cancers of any imaging test currently in widespread use. MRI is not usually covered by insurance for women whose only risk factor is dense breasts, but MRI is usually covered by insurance for women who are at especially high risk for developing breast cancer due to known or suspected genetic mutation (usually in BRCA1 or BRCA2) or strong family history of breast and/or ovarian cancer — often where a family member was diagnosed with breast cancer at a young age. If you are at high risk, you may be recommended to begin screening at age 25 or at least by age 30. Women who have had radiation treatment to the chest (usually for Hodgkin’s disease) before age 30 and at least 8 years earlier are also at especially high risk for developing breast cancer. In high-risk women, MRI is recommended annually in addition to mammography regardless of breast density. Your doctor can help review your risk factors to determine if MRI might be appropriate for you. MRI of the breasts requires intravenous injection of contrast and lying in a tunnel. Some women cannot tolerate MRI due to kidney failure or claustrophobia, and women with pacemakers or some other metallic implants cannot have an MRI. There is no X-ray radiation from MRI.Usually only one of these additional tests would be recommended in addition to mammography in any one woman. MRI and tomosynthesis are used for women of all breast densities. Ultrasound is usually only used for screening in women with dense breasts. Q. Do I still need an annual mammogram if I have dense breasts?A. Yes. Mammography is the best first step in screening for all women. For women with dense breasts and/or high risk for developing breast cancer, additional screening may be recommended. There are some cancers and precancerous changes that will show on a mammogram better than on ultrasound or MRI. Q. Is it unusual to have dense breasts?A. Breast density is neither unusual nor abnormal. More than 50 percent of women under the age of 50 have dense breasts, as do about 40 percent of women in their 50s, and 25 percent of women 60 and older.Q. Will my breasts always be dense? A. Breasts tend to become more fatty/less dense as you get older, especially after menopause, though it is hard to predict for a given woman. For breasts that have a moderate amount of fat and also a moderate amount of glandular (dense) tissue, radiologists might describe the breasts as dense one year and not dense the next, even if there has not been any true change. If you lose a lot of weight, your breasts may appear denser due to the relative loss of fat.Q. Is the fat in my diet related to my breast density? Should I alter my fat intake, up or down? A. Dietary fat intake has little to do with breast density. While fat intake has little to do with breast density, fat intake is related to body mass index (BMI). BMI is a measure of body fat based on height and weight. BMI and breast density are both separate and independent risk factors for breast cancer. Before menopause, low BMI increases the risk of breast cancer. After menopause, weight gain and increasing BMI increase the risk of breast cancer. Please speak to your doctor about the optimal BMI for your body type. Q. If I am recommended to have additional screening with ultrasound or MRI, will I need to have that every year?A. As you age, your personal risks and the benefits and types of additional screening recommended will change. For instance, while your risk for developing breast cancer increases as you get older, the potential benefit of screening with MRI decreases — while another screening tool may be more appropriate. Together with your doctor, it is important to reassess your risks every year or two and determine what screening is best for you.Q. Will my insurance cover any additional screening?A. The answer depends on the type of screening, risk factors, the state you live in and whether or not a law is in effect requiring insurance coverage for additional screening. Q. If I don’t have dense breasts, what should I do?A. Annual mammography is recommended if you are over the age of 40 and in good health. As above, tomosynthesis can be used in addition to mammography (or, in some centers, instead of mammography). If you are at high risk of developing breast cancer, you may be recommended to have MRI every year in addition to mammography.An Informed PublicBreast density notification may result in new patient discussions about the implications of dense tissue. Your patient will rely on you for clinical input on the significance of the information she has been given as well as on next steps forward. Two clinical resource starting points are www.DenseBreast-info.org which features separate data streams for both patients and health care providers and a robust FAQ section, and www.breastdensity.info that features a section specifically for health care providers. Detailed information and literature on breast density is referenced in a webinar by Wendie Berg, M.D., Ph.D., FACR, supported by the Avon Foundation. Additionally, as a complement to patient discussions, the American College of Radiology and Society of Breast Imaging have produced a patient brochure that is customizable and available for download. It gives the patient the opportunity to review material on her own time and can serve as a launch point for conversation or reinforce topics that may have or will be discussed.Thoughtful navigation of this new patient/clinician conversation should both provide information and reduce confusion or fear the patient may have. If patient confidence in — and understanding of — a screening protocol is desired, accurate information in easily understood language is the cornerstone. Wendie A. Berg, M.D., Ph.D., FACR, is a specialist in breast imaging, professor of radiology at University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC, and has led multiple clinical trials evaluating breast imaging modalities.JoAnn Pushkin, Executive Director, DenseBreast-info, Inc., is a patient/advocate, author and speaker. She is also co-founder of DENSE (Density Education National Survivors’ Effort) and founder of DENSE NY. 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 | 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 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 PreviousNext FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 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 Image courtesy of Imago Systems Feature | Breast Density | April 30, 2014 | Wendie A. Berg, M.D., Ph.D., FACR and JoAnn Pushkin Breast Density: Are You Informed? Questions patients may ask regarding dense breasts Additional Resources Online: 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 | 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 | 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. 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 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 | 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 References:1. www.cancer.org/acs/groups/content/@research/documents/document/acspc-040951.pdf, accessed April 8, 2014.2. vimeo.com/user12778355/review/89146734/b69eaedc6d, accessed April 8, 2014.3. www.acr.org/~/media/ACR/Documents/PDF/QualitySafety/Resources/Breast%20Imaging/Breast%20Density%20bro_ACR_SBI_F.pdf, accessed April 8, 2014. read more