OTTAWA — The union representing striking Canada Post workers says there are positives in the Crown corporation’s latest contract offers.But the head of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers says the proposals issued yesterday don’t yet constitute finals offers that would put an end to rotating walkouts that are causing delivery delays across the country.Union national president Mike Palecek won’t say whether tentative deals can be reached before the Saturday deadline imposed by Canada Post.Palecek says the union needs concrete proposals for dealing with what he calls an “injury crisis” at Canada Post — and not just committees designed to punt worker health and safety concerns down the road.Rotating walkouts continued Thursday at processing plants in Montreal and Winnipeg, as well as at smaller locations in Ontario, British Columbia, New Brunswick and Newfoundland and Labrador.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has warned his government will take unspecified action to end the rotating strikes if there is no significant progress in the negotiations.Canada Post said recent major shutdowns of parcel processing in Toronto and Vancouver have created a backlog of nearly 500 tractor-trailer loads of parcels and packages that need to be sorted. The backlog has caused substantial delivery delays.Online sales giant eBay has called on Trudeau to legislate an end to the labour dispute before the holiday shopping rush hits its first peak later this month with Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales events.The Canadian Press read more
New York – In a move that the Moroccan and Muslim communities praised, Royal Air Maroc (RAM)has offered Ramadan Iftar meals to its passengers in New York throughout the holy month.Since the beginning of Ramadan, passengers traveling from New York to Casablanca were offered a meal before boarding the plane to allow them to break the fast before takeoff.In the summer, the 8:30pm departure of RAM flights coincides with sunset, the time when Muslims break the Ramadan fast.If the airline carrier did not offer an Iftar before boarding the plane, Muslim customers would have to bring their own food or wait for an extended period of timefollowing the sunset until the airline provided dinner after takeoff.“With this gesture, RAM shows that its cares about its customers,” a traveler speaking on the condition of anonymity told Morocco World News.“The airline takes into consideration that they are fasting and need to have some food before the usual dinner meal the company serves once in the air.” “Over the past years, we have seen some changes in the way the head of RAM office in New York treats customers. The decision to provide iftar is a move in the right direction, and we hope the company will take more measures to meet the expectations of its Moroccans and foreign customers,” another customer told MWN.This is the first time that the Moroccan state-owned company, which is preparing to launch a new Washington D.C.- Casablanca route next September, has offered Iftar meals to its customers. In addition to the meals it offered to its customers, the company also offered Ramadan Iftar meals to the Muslim community in a number of mosques, including ones in Queens and Brooklyn. These steps demonstrate the director of RAM ‘s determination to boost the company’s image. read more
Since the Government offensive picked up pace in the rugged border region with Afghanistan, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has distributed blankets, plastic sheeting, sleeping mats, kitchen sets, jerry cans, mosquito nets, buckets and hygiene items to internally displaced persons (IDPs) who have fled to the nearby districts of Dera Ismail Khan and Tank.UNHCR calculates that more than 280,000 IDPs – or 38,500 families – remain in the two districts that border South Waziristan to the east.“It has been very challenging for UNHCR to provide assistance to displaced people in Dera Ismail Khan and Tank due to limited access to the area,” said UNHCR Representative in Islamabad Mengesha Kebede.“UNHCR tents are a valuable support to the displaced families as they help to resolve over-crowding issues . . . Other relief items like quilts and blankets will help people during winter,” added Mr. Kebede.After seeing his father die in the crossfire of the military push, a 19-year-old boy Musa Khan, his mother and four brothers joined over 300,000 mostly poor people who escaped the violence and walked to safety in desperate need of humanitarian assistance.“It was around 9 p.m. when our home was hit by mortar fire. My 50-year-old father was killed,” Musa told UNHCR staff at the Indus Colony in Dera Ismail Khan district, where he now lives in a tent with his family.“We left behind everything, even the body of my father, as it all happened very suddenly,” he said. “He might still be under the debris.”Musa said he felt uncomfortable in the hustle and bustle of Indus Colony and Dera Ismail Khan town and wants to go back home. “We hope peace returns soon. The first thing I will do after my return will be to search through the rubble of my house for the bones of my father.” 31 December 2009The United Nations refugee agency has rushed assistance to hundreds of thousands of Pakistanis driven from their homes by an intense military assault against militants in South Waziristan since October, including around 35,000 tents and 54,000 aid kits. read more
(Updated) We now know more about the victims of last night’s horrific crash on Hamilton’s Red Hill Valley Parkway. Friends are identifying the two women as Olivia Smosarski and Jordyn Hastings of Ancaster. The two were very close friends. Jordyn is on the left with blond hair and Olivia on the right with brown hair. There has been an outpouring of support on social media with friends saying ‘rest in peace’. Olivia was 19 and went to Bishop Tonnos Secondary School; Jordyn was between 19 and 20 years old and went to St Thomas More; they graduated in 2013.Hamilton Police say the crash happened just before 11:30 last night. The Mazda with the two young women was travelling north on the Red Hill when it veered across the median and into the southbound lanes. The car was struck by a minivan and the two women were pronounced dead on the scene. The driver of the minivan was taken to hospital and treated for minor injuries. Police closed the highway until just before 7 this morning while the reconstruction team investigated. Hamilton Police have not said if there are any external factors which may have contributed to this crash, and that they are still investigating. They are asking any witnesses to call them at 905-546-4755.Inset image source: FacebookEditor’s note: We incorrectly noted that Jordyn went to Bishop Tonnos Secondary School; this has been corrected. read more
Philadelphia’s police commissioner announces retirement; murder rate dropped during his tenure Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey, left, and Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter walk to a news conference Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015, at City Hall in Philadelphia. Ramsey announced his retirement Wednesday at a news conference as the administration that brought him to the city comes to an end. His last day will be Jan. 7. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke) by Michael R. Sisak, The Associated Press Posted Oct 14, 2015 8:03 am MDT Last Updated Oct 14, 2015 at 4:02 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email PHILADELPHIA – Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey, who emerged as a national leader on community policing amid tensions between officers and those they protect, announced Wednesday he will retire after a 47-year law enforcement career that also included stints in his native Chicago and Washington.Ramsey’s exit coincides with the end of term-limited Mayor Michael Nutter’s eight-year tenure. Nutter, then newly elected, lured Ramsey from retirement after an at-times tumultuous nine-year run as the police chief Washington, D.C.“I came out of retirement to come to Philadelphia and work for him, and I’m honoured to be able to leave with him as well,” said Ramsey. “A leader is only as good as the people working for him, and we have an outstanding group of individuals in the department.”President Barack Obama, who appointed Ramsey to lead a policing task force in the wake of a fatal police shooting last year in Ferguson, Missouri, said Wednesday he was “extraordinarily grateful” for the commissioner’s service and wished him “an enjoyable and restful retirement.”Ramsey indicated Wednesday his rest could be short-lived, hinting at a move to the national level.“I’m not tired. I’m not burnt out. I’m actually in my prime,” said Ramsey.Former City Councilman Jim Kenney, the front-runner to replace Nutter, has said he would select his police commissioner from within the department. He declined to comment Wednesday, saying through a spokeswoman that it was a day to celebrate Ramsey.Ramsey, 65, first attracted national attention in Washington as his department investigated the 2001 disappearance and death of intern Chandra Levy.He later drew criticism in the nation’s capital for a series of traffic stops where the city’s officers collected personal information from random motorists and for the mass arrests of protesters at a World Bank meeting in 2002.In Washington and Philadelphia, he presided over major drops in crime.The number of homicides in Philadelphia fell from 391 in 2007, the year before Ramsey became commissioner, to 248 last year. The rate has ticked up this year, however, with 216 as of Tuesday, 17 more than at this point in 2014. From 2008-14, there were an average of 299 killings per year.Crime rates in Washington fell about 40 per cent during his 1998-2006 tenure, with community policing, improved hiring practices and better training and equipment cited as reasons for the improvement.Ramsey also established a 3-1-1 non-emergency reporting system and established a website to make crime information reports available to the public.Ramsey started outfitting Philadelphia’s officers with body cameras in January, has moved more officers onto foot and bicycle patrols in crime-ridden communities and broadly expanded the department’s use of surveillance video and social media.Ramsey’s policing task force recommended dozens of changes in training, transparency and outreach, many of which he said Philadelphia would implement.Nutter called Ramsey the nation’s best commissioner and said he changed the culture of the city’s policing and created a “very strong and sturdy foundation for the future.”“Thank you for coming to Philadelphia and thank you for making my city a safer city,” Nutter said.Ramsey has been criticized for the department’s use of stop and frisk— a tactic Kenney wants ended.Ramsey said he only supports lawful stops called Terry stops, named after a 1968 Supreme Court ruling upholding an officer’s right to pat down a person suspected of criminal activity. There is no department policy encouraging stop and frisk, he said.Ramsey joined the Chicago Police Department as an 18-year-old recruit in 1968. He rose through the ranks to become Chicago’s deputy superintendent of police.In Philadelphia, his policy of requiring recruits have at least 60 college credit hours — an attempt at finding better educated, more well-rounded candidates — drew criticism for stifling the hiring of black officers.Blacks account for 44 per cent of the city’s population but just 35 per cent of its police officers. Nearly two-thirds of the more than 1,200 officers hired under Ramsey have been white and about 20 per cent were black, according to the Philadelphia Daily News.Recent events that have exacerbated the mistrust of police, like the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, haven’t helped, Ramsey said. read more
Deaton says the purchase is less about the ham and more about giving back to the community. The annual breakfast and auction by the Kentucky Farm Bureau has raised about $13 million for charity since it started in 1964.Blake Penn, of Penn’s Country Hams, produced the grand ham, which was presented at the auction by this year’s Miss Kentucky, Alex Francke.___Related Article: Kentucky State Fair changes teen policy after disturbanceInformation from: Courier Journal, http://www.courier-journal.com(Copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Kentucky State Ham via Kentucky State Fair Twitter LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) – The CEO, president and chairman of Central Bank has purchased the Kentucky State Fair’s Grand Champion Ham for $1 million.The Courier Journal reports Luther Deaton’s winning bid is enough to buy several luxury cars, but doesn’t break the record of the most paid for a champion ham. Last year’s ham sold for $2.8 million and was paid for by Central Bank and Dr. Mark Lynn.- Advertisement – read more
Roger Federer was at his graceful, willful, impeccable best today in a straight-set demolition of Russian Mikhail Youzhny on Centre Court at Wimbledon today.The 6-1, 6-2, 6-2 win by Federer vaults him into the semifinals, the first time he has been there at Wimbledon in three years. The win sets up a much-anticipated semifinal showdown between Federer and defending champion Novak Djokovic, who has been the best tennis player in the world over the past year, ranked number one since last August.Djokovic won his first Wimbledon tital last year by beating Rafael Nadal in the finals last year. When Nadal was ousted in the second round this year by losing to 100th-ranked Lukas Rosol, it opened a door extremely wide for Federer. But he still has to get through Djokovic to have a chance to win his seventh Wimbledon title.Amazingly, Federer and Djokovic have never played each other at Wimbledon. read more
argentinaBrasilchilehandball Defending South American Games title holders, Argentina, faced World champion Brazil last Thursday in Viña del Mar, Chile, in an anticipated final of the event. The ‘meninas’ grasped a tie against all-time rivals after having been down on the score during most of the 60 minutes of the game. It was 23-23 when the final whistle blew and the Argentinians celebrated it as a victory, while the Brazilians felt it like a defeat.Last December Brazil stunned the entire world of handballwhen they obtained their first World Championship after beating Serbia in a boiling Kombank Arena. And while the ‘meninas’ were enjoying a historic moment for their country and the entire South American handball, their neighbors from Argentina were celebrating their own accomplishment as they reached the 19th place in Serbia, equating their best result from China 2009.So when both teams were due to meet in the South American Games in Chile, no one expected Brazil to be stunned by the less experienced Argentinians. In fact, Morten Soubak called 11 of the players that had hung a gold medal in their necks only three months ago to re-gain a title that had belonged to them on the first edition of the Games, in 2002.It was an intense match where the conducted by Eduardo Peruchenatook the lead from the very first minute and were never down on the scoreboard.Morten Soubak’s girls were clueless against the tough and active defense and whenever they were able to surpass them, they had some trouble trying to score past goalie Marysol Carratú, who had a superb performance.The ‘verdeamarelas’ felt uncomfortable for most parts of the game and the Danish coach used its two timeouts after only nine minutes of the first half, when Argentina lead 7-2.The first half was favorable for the Argies,who went to the dressing rooms high in confidence and with a 15-11 lead on the score. On the second half, the World champions saw their pride hurt and reacted, but they had a really hard time trying to even the match. Peruchena’s girls played brilliantly, with very few mistakes, and even broadened the gap up to six goals. Alexandra Nascimento and Ana Paula Rodriguez took the initiative and lifted the spirit of their team scoring most of Brazil’s goals, together with goalkeeper Jéssica Oliveira, who had a stunning second half and secluded Barbara Arenhart(best goalkeeper in Serbia 2013) to the bench.It was only one minute and 30 seconds before the end of the game that Brazil tied the match for the first time through a blazing 9-meter shot from Deonise Cavaleiro. Argentina managed to keep the ball until the passive signal was marked by the referees. Rising star Elke Karsten (18), who had had an outstanding performance, missed the shot and Brazil hurried through a fast break, but Soubak used his last time out to organize the last attack. With only ten seconds left the world champions played a fast ball and left Cavaleiro rage into the six meter line with the last shot, but a last epic save by Carratú saved the day and prevented what would have been a painful defeat for the Argentinians.“It is evident that we played below are level, but we must admit that our rival had a great game and they were good in all phases. It was Argentina’s best game I’ve seen in all my years in the national team”, confessed captain Fabiana ‘Dara’ Diniz with complete understanding of what had happened to radio program Handball de Primera.Argie hero Marysol Carratú said she has “no clue about what happened on that last ball”, while youngster Karsten, admitted: “I’ll feel like a champion with the silver medal”; considering that Brazil will most likely take the gold with the goal difference (+41 against +19 for Argentina, with one game remaining for each). Argentinian captain Magdalena Decilio stressed the great progress made by her team, which had already been highlighted in Serbia by Thorir Hergeirsson, Kim Rasmussen and Jorge Dueñas during phase group.Today, the last two matches will be played and Brazil will face Uruguay while Argentina will fight against home team Chile.Want to watch the game? Here are the links (Spanish comments, credits to Argentinian Handball Confederation and Handball de Primera):First half: http://vimeo.com/89114278Second half: http://vimeo.com/89156841TEXT: LAURA AGENA ← Previous Story Prague calling at European Masters Championship! Next Story → South American Games: Argentina and Brazil in the battle for the gold! read more
Tigres de Sumatra : plus nombreux qu’on ne le pensait ?Réalisée par des scientifiques et publiée prochainement dans un numéro spécial d’Integrative Zoology sur la protection du tigre, une carte à haute résolution de la distribution du grand félin à Sumatra suggère que cette île abriterait encore une importante population de ces animaux, nécessitant des mesures de protection accrues. C’est notamment à partir d’un questionnaire distribué sur toute l’île de Sumatra que Hariyo T. Wibisono et Wulan Pusparini ont pu créer, pour l’ONG Wildlife Conservation Society, une carte détaillée évaluant la distribution du tigre de Sumatra (Panthera tigris sumatrae) dans cette partie de l’Indonésie. Elle révèle que sur les 144.160 kilomètres carrés d’habitat potentiel restant, les tigres sont effectivement présents sur 140.226 kilomètres carrés, soit plus de 97% de cette superficie, dont seuls 29% sont protégés.À lire aussiVoilà ce qui se passe quand on réveille un tigre en plein sommeil”Ces résultats impliquent que la population de tigres de Sumatra serait bien plus importante que ce que l’on pensait, et pourrait potentiellement être la seconde population de tigres du monde, après celle de l’Inde”, a déclaré Hariyo T. Wibisono. Répartis des forêts côtières aux montagnes de 3.200 mètres d’altitude, les grands félins exploitent tous les types d’écosystèmes de l’île.Bien que faisant remarquer que d’autres évaluations scientifiques devront préciser cette première étude, les auteurs préconisent d’ores et déjà la création à Sumatra d’au moins 5 “TCL” (Tiger Conservation Landscapes), des surfaces d’habitat définies comme ayant suffisamment de ressources pour abriter au moins cinq tigres, et dans lesquelles ces félins ont été effectivement signalés ces dix dernières années.Un espoir de sauver cette espèce emblématique, qui ne compte plus que 3.200 à 3.600 individus sauvages dans le monde et dont les effectifs ont chuté de 50% depuis 1998.Le 11 décembre 2010 à 14:59 • Emmanuel Perrin read more
Amazon Employees Join Sept. 20 Global Climate WalkoutResearchers Transform CO2 Into Liquid Fuel Christmas is just around the corner, but global climate change might be putting one the holiday’s most famous mascots in jeopardy. Reindeer, the giant, husky beasts that are fabled pull St. Nicholas’ flying sled, are losing weight.Near Svalbard, an archipelago nestled between the North Pole and Norway, reindeer have been dropping some serious poundage. As the temperatures in the Arctic hike upwards, Arctic wildlife is losing access to some of its most important food sources.This winter, the Arctic hit an all-time high, increasing by more than one degree over last year, and leaving some areas up to 36 degrees warmer than usual. That is cataclysmic. It’s helped melt a chunk of ice the size of India (yes, THAT India). It also means that much of the precipitation that used to fall as snow has come down as rain. While that might sound nice for people who have to drive, that rain seeps into the soil and eventually freezes, sometimes even forming a thick sheet of solid ice above ground. That locks away many of the grasses and mosses, keystones of a healthy reindeer diet. On average, reindeer have shed 15 lbs since the 1990s — dropping from 121 to a meager 106 lbs.Steve Albon, an ecologist at the James Hutton Institute in Scotland, conducted a study to measure how climate has been affecting wildlife in the Arctic.“Warmer summers are great for reindeer, but winters are getting increasingly tough,” Albon told the Guardian. His study showed that scarce food has been causing premature and underweight reindeer calves, and in extreme cases, miscarriages.At the same time, warmer summers have helped boost the reindeer population, which sounds wonderful. But Albon said that this makes for a more unstable population. More reindeer that are smaller essentially means that the area is overpopulated with weaker animals, making them much more susceptible to sudden, environmental shocks.It’s much better, Albon says, to have a smaller number of heartier creatures. Their added constitution will help them weather a wider variety of conditions. But of course, reindeer aren’t the only species affected. Polar bears are famously hurting as the melting ice puts a dent in their seal-hunting in autumn and winter.It’s yet one more piece of evidence that shows that we are headed for some seriously tough times if we can’t severely curtail greenhouse gas emissions now. Stay on target read more
Something for the weekend: Betty the robot has started work as a trainee office manager at The Transport Systems Catapult (TSC), carrying out tasks such as greeting guests at reception.Betty runs using artificial intelligence-driven software. This will enable her to patrol offices, assess how many staff members are in the office outside of working hours and monitor the environment, which includes desk clutter, office temperature, humidity and noise, as well as check fire doors.Using cameras and scanners, Betty can even learn to navigate around her new office space, recognising chairs and desks, as well as moving employees. She will have a two-month trial at her new job.Betty is part of the £7.2 million, EU-funded STRANDS project, led by the University of Birmingham, which focuses on robots learning how to act intelligently and independently in real world environments. This includes changes in 3D spaces over time.Mark Ruddy, chief operating officer at TSC, said: “At the TSC, innovation and new technologies are at the core of our business so we are excited to be hosting the STRANDS project. Thanks to our ongoing work on autonomous technology, Betty should feel right at home in the TSC’s facilities. We hope that we can learn from her as much as she can learn from us during her stay.”The team at Employee Benefits is wondering whether Betty rustles up tea too? An integral part of any office environment in our opinion… read more
WILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights from the Wilmington Police Log for Friday, July 27, 2018:Police received report of an erratic operator near St. Dorothy’s. Police responded. Operator was not familiar with the rental vehicle and was trying to adjust headlights. Situation checked OK. (1:15am)A Bond Street resident called to report a loud bang in the area. He believes it may have been a gunshot. Police unable to locate origin of the noise. (1:58am)Shawn W. Vereker (26, Billerica) was issued a summons for Operating A Motor Vehicle With Suspended Or Revoked License. Vereker was pulled over on Chestnut Street. (7:08am)Police issued a citation to a driver of a moped who was not wearing a helmet at Eames Street and Jewel Drive. (10:02am)A Ballardvale Street caller reported an injured goose just flew into a window. Animal Control Office responded. Goose was deceased. (10:02am)Animal Conrol Officer retrieved a loose ferret on Cherokee Lane and brought it to the Lowell Humane Society. (11:13am)Christina M. Landry (29, Tewksbury) was issued a summons for Possession Of A Class A Drug. Matthew Pariseau (34, Tewksbury) was issued a summons for Possession Of A Class A Drug and Operating A Motor Vehicle With A Revoked Or Suspended License. A caller reported a male and female in a vehicle behind a building on Waltham Street engaged in possible drug activity. (11:40am)A bumper was located in the roadway of the 93 Overpass. Police disposed of bumper at Highway Department. (5:57pm)Daniel James Hannan (28, North Reading) was arrested for OUI Liquor (3rd Offense); Failure To Stop For Police; Negligent Operation Of A Motor Vehicle; Operating A Motor Vehicle With A Suspended License (Subsequent Offense); Speeding; Marked Lanes Violation; and Possession Of Open Container Of Alcohol In Motor Vehicle. A detail officer reported a vehicle bypassed a detail roadblock on Salem Street. Vehicle then stopped, but took off again. A car chase ensued. Billerica, Tewksbury, Chelmsford and Mass State Police notified. Hannan got out of his vehicle in Billerica and a foot pursuit ensued. He was eventually captured.(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information. An arrest does not constitute a conviction. Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip?Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPOLICE LOG for July 24: Tractor Trailer Involved In Hit & Run; Billerica Man Issued Summons; Driver Hurt In CrashIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for July 1: Man Arrested For OUI (Drugs); Resident Taps Into & Damages Fire HydrantIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for June 27: Stranger Enters Resident’s House; Man Denies Asking Young Girls To Follow HimIn “Police Log” read more
Little Diomede sits on the border of Russia and the United States. Photo: U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer Richard Brahm, August 25 2008.The helicopter to Diomede is flying today. The first flight to the island took off around 11 o’clock Friday morning after a new contract was formally signed by Erickson Aviation, Kawerak and Federal Department of Transportation officials Thursday.Download AudioThe helicopter to Diomede flew Friday morning at 11 a.m., the first flight to the remote Bering Sea island since a contract for service that uses state and federal funding lapsed at the end of June.A new contract was formally signed Thursday by Erickson Aviation, regional nonprofit Kawerak, and federal Department of Transportation officials. Despite the contract ending June 30, mail deliveries by Erickson have continued.“All the signatures, all the final ones came through yesterday, and as soon as I got back, there was a phone message for me and a couple emails saying go ahead, get going,” said Mike Kutbya, the Nome-based pilot and manager for Erickson Aviation. “Soon as I got the aircraft tied down, I called people that had missed flights over the last couple of weeks and got a flight ready to go today.”The flight will continue its customary route, leaving from Nome and heading roughly 140 miles northwest toward Little Diomede. As in the past, weather and the number of passengers may necessitate an additional stopover at the community of Wales, where passengers can also board the helicopter and fly to Diomede. Tickets between Nome and Diomede remain $200 one-way; one-way tickets between Wales and Diomede are $100.The federal Department of Transportation and Kawerak worked since May to hammer out a new contract, which leverages nearly $340,000 to keep the service running under the Essential Air Service program set up in 1978. Evergreen was the company that ran flights to Diomede in 2012 and 2013. Erickson eventually bought Evergreen, but a proposal from Erickson for the 2014 contract wasn’t delivered until June 7. That delayed input and approval from Diomede residents, federal DOT officials, and Kawerak until the end of June.The new contract is now signed by all parties. As of Friday July 18, Kutyba said Erickson is resuming flights twice a week to the island—passenger service on Monday, weather permitting, with mail service on Wednesdays. Kutyba said Friday’s flight was to make up for those who have been waiting for weeks to return to the island. read more
Corruption in the police department ultimately facilitates the country’s illicit drug trade.Some police officers themselves made the observation in a quarterly meeting at the police headquarters on Sunday.One has to pay huge bribes for a post in the police department or to be transferred to a particular police station, one of them said. After paying a massive amount, the officer later uses the drug trade to recover the money, the police officer told the meeting.Senior police officials all over the country attend the meeting every three month to discuss the country’s overall crime situation and preventive measures.This was the first meeting held after Jabed Patwary took over as the inspector general of police (IGP).The issue of spread of narcotics featured prominently in the meeting this time, the officers told Prothom Alo.One of the officers told the meeting that superintendents of police, metropolitan police commissioners and even many deputy inspectors general (DIG) take bribes to recruit new officers and constables.“Obviously, such a corrupt official will not be able to prevent his subordinate officers from getting involved in the drug trade,” the officer said.In response to such allegations in a public meeting, the additional inspector general Mokhlesur Rahman said, the accused officials should be ashamed of their acts.However, media reports published from time to time suggest, the unholy alliance between the police and the drug dealers is nothing new.Only recently action was taken against 67 officers for their involvement in drug trade. However, the situation remains unchanged.So far, the government has not taken any significant steps to control drugs, other than carrying out raids by the law enforcement agencies.Another officer, seeking the IGP’s attention regarding corruption in recruiting officers, said the DIGs take bribes to transfer and recruit sub-inspectors and police constables.“Many politicians are also involved in this process,” the officer added.IGP Jabed Patwary warned such officers saying, if any police officer is found guilty of any such offence, he will not be spared.Iftekharuzzaman, the executive director of Transparency International Bangladesh, said it is all about mindset and moral decline.“It is just alarming that one police officer is encouraging another to take bribe,” he added. read more
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The multi-year… read more News | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins read more Feature | November 03, 2014 Medicare Costs Analysis Indicates Need for Decreasing Use of Biopsies as Diagnosis Tool for Lung Cancer More than 43 percent of $38.3 million in diagnostic costs attributed to biopsies for patients with ultimately negative lung cancer diagnosis News | Colonoscopy Systems | August 06, 2019 Rise in Early Onset Colorectal Cancer Not Aligned With Screening Trends A new study finds that trends in colonoscopy rates did not fully align with the increase in colorectal cancer (CRC) in… read more November 3, 2014 — Biopsies were found to be the most costly tool prescribed in lung cancer diagnosis, according to research presented today at the 2014 Chicago Multidisciplinary Symposium in Thoracic Oncology. The symposium is sponsored by the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO), the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer (IASLC) and The University of Chicago Medicine.The study examined the utilization rates and estimated the Medicare costs of the lung cancer diagnostic workup in patients who had an abnormal chest computed tomography (CT) scan. The results of this study show that the total diagnostic workup cost for the study sample of patients was $38.3 million. Of the total diagnostic workup cost, 43.1 percent ($16.5 million) is attributed to the biopsy costs for the 761 patients in the study sample who had negative biopsies and who were not diagnosed with lung cancer during the following year.The retrospective study used a random 5 percent sample of Medicare beneficiaries from Jan. 1, 2009 through Dec. 31, 2011. From that sample, 8,979 eligible patients were identified who were 65 to 74 years old with an abnormal chest CT scan between July 1, 2009 and Dec. 31, 2010. The date of a patient’s abnormal chest CT scan was defined as the index date, and an abnormal scan was described as a scan showing swelling, a mass or lump on the lung, or other respiratory symptoms or diseases within seven days of the CT scan. Patients were excluded from the study if during the six month pre-index period they had a diagnosis of any cancer, pneumonia, atelectasis (a complete or partial collapse of a lung or lung lobe), and/or tuberculosis or if they were not continually eligible during the pre-index period and the 12-month follow-up period.Of the patients included in the analysis, the mean age was 69.3 (standard deviation [SD] 2.9) and 56.4 percent (5,064) of patients were female. During a 12-month period, 13.9 percent (1,249) of patients were diagnosed with lung cancer, and the median time from abnormal chest CT scan to lung cancer diagnosis was 11 days.Diagnostic tests used until a patient was diagnosed with lung cancer included chest CT scans, chest X-rays, lung biopsies and positron emission tomography (PET) scans. Chest X-rays were used for 54.4 percent (4,885) of patients, chest CT scans were ordered for 32.9 percent (2,954) of patients, and lung biopsies were utilized for 19.4 percent of patients (1,742). PET scans were used for 0.4 percent (36) of patients. Of the patients who had lung biopsies, 43.7 percent (761) had negative findings and were not diagnosed with lung cancer during follow-up.The study calculated the associated Medicare procedure costs for each of the diagnostic tests used in this cohort of patients. For lung biopsies, the cost analysis combined the procedure costs and all incidental costs including physician costs, anesthesia services and adverse event costs. For patients diagnosed with lung cancer, the average total cost of the diagnostic workup was $7,567 (SD = $11,062). In patients not diagnosed with lung cancer, the average total cost of the diagnostic workup was $3,558 (SD = $23,089).The median cost of each biopsy procedure was $3,784, with a mean cost of $14,634 (SD = $32,271). The average cost of a lung biopsy with complications (adverse events) was approximately four times higher than a complication-free biopsy ($37,745 vs. $8,869). Adverse events were reported in 19.3 percent (336) of patients who underwent a lung biopsy.From this analysis, it was found that the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) lung cancer screening guidelines were not followed, which resulted in many patients who ultimately had a negative lung cancer diagnosis undergoing unnecessary biopsies. The NCCN guidelines call for low-dose CT of the chest followed by a PET scan to identify patients for biopsy.“This study provides a baseline of current costs for the lung cancer diagnostic workup prior to the introduction of major lung cancer screening programs. Biopsy costs comprise a significant proportion of the overall cost of diagnosing lung cancer,” said lead author Tasneem Lokhandwala, MS, Ph.D., a data analyst at Xcenda, an AmerisourceBergen company, in Palm Harbor, Fla. “These results suggest that since NCCN guidelines are not being followed and there is a need to develop more precise risk stratification tools to better identify patients who require lung biopsies. Reducing the number of patients who are referred for lung biopsies has the potential to decrease Medicare costs and ultimately improve patient outcomes.”For more information: www.astro.org FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more Related Content News | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 06, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Improves Heart Attack Risk Assessment When used with a common heart scan, machine learning, a type of artificial intelligence (AI), does better than… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 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 Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. 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May 23, 2017 — Asterias Biotherapeutics Inc. recently announced new positive serial magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) data from its ongoing AST-OPC1 SCiStar Phase 1/2a clinical trial in patients with severe spinal cord injury.Study data indicated that:For the five AIS-A patients in the SCiStar study treated with 10 million AST-OPC1 cells (Cohort 2) who also received a serial MRI scan at six months of follow-up, the serial MRI scans indicated no sign of lesion cavities in any patient. These fluid-filled cavities typically form by about three months following severe spinal cord injury and prevent significant recovery of motor and sensory function;For the three patients in Cohort 2 that have also completed 12 months of follow-up, serial MRI scans at 12 months continued to indicate no signs of lesion cavities; andAll three AIS-A patients who received a low dose of 2 million cells (Cohort 1) in the SCiStar study also showed no sign of lesion cavities in any patient through 1 year of follow-up. All three patients are continuing long-term follow-up and will receive additional MRI scans annually.The MRI results are supportive of the extensive pre-clinical data on AST-OPC1 showing that the cells durably engraft and help prevent cavitation at the injury site. Cavitation is a destructive process that occurs within the spinal cord following spinal cord injuries, and typically results in permanent loss of motor and sensory function. Additionally, a patient with cavitation can develop a condition known as syringomyelia, which results in additional neurological and functional damage to the patient.Under the study protocol, patients are monitored by MRI scans at regular intervals over 12 months in order to assess status of the injection site and surrounding tissues.For more information: www.asteriasbiotherapeutics.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Orthopedic Imaging | May 23, 2017 Asterias MRI Data Shows AST-OPC1 Cells Prevent Cavitation in Severe Spinal Cord Injury Patients Data indicate disease-modifying aspects of AST-OPC1 may carry long-term benefits related to both recovery and maintenance of motor and sensory function News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 07, 2019 Contrast Use in First Transthoracic Echocardiogram for Heart Failure Reduces Repeat Testing Heart failure is the fourth most common cause for all admission to U.S. hospitals, and it is the most common reason for… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more News | Neuro Imaging | August 16, 2019 ADHD Medication May Affect Brain Development in Children A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to affect development of the brain’s… read more Technology | Neuro Imaging | August 07, 2019 Synaptive Medical Launches Modus Plan With Automated Tractography Segmentation Synaptive Medical announced the U.S. launch and availability of Modus Plan featuring BrightMatter AutoSeg. This release… read more Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al. Related Content News | Colonoscopy Systems | August 06, 2019 Rise in Early Onset Colorectal Cancer Not Aligned With Screening Trends A new study finds that trends in colonoscopy rates did not fully align with the increase in colorectal cancer (CRC) in… read more Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more News | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins read more Image courtesy of Imago Systems read more
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