Central Bank Governor sees no pressure to lift rates

The central bank on Sept. 26 kept benchmark interest rates unchanged at a four-year high as bad weather across the South Asian island pushes up prices and dents growth. Coomaraswamy signaled he is willing to look through that supply disruption. Rates were raised in March to quell inflation and bolster the rupee. The International Monetary Fund said on Sept. 29. that Sri Lanka needs to remain vigilant on inflation and tighten policy if needed. The next monetary policy announcement is scheduled for November 7. The Central Bank doesn’t see any pressure to tighten policy even as inflation accelerates on the back of a severe drought and poor weather, Governor Indrajit Coomaraswamy said in an interview to Bloomberg.“We feel our monetary policy stance at the moment is OK,” Coomaraswamy said in an interview in Washington on Friday. “There is no demand side pressure that we see.” “While one can be cautiously optimistic, it’s important to realize it’s a fragile recovery,” Coomaraswamy said.The government plans to sell a foreign currency bond early next year and hasn’t yet decided which currency to borrow in, Coomaraswamy said.“We are agnostic, we will look for the best deal,” he said. The tenor will be 10 years at least and options include yen, renminbi, dollars and others. Sri Lanka in May successfully sold $1.5 billion of debt overseas, after getting more than $11 billion of orders. Inflation accelerated to 7.1 percent in September, above the central bank’s target, as the worst drought in 40 years followed by the most severe flooding in more than a decade disrupted supplies and fueled price gains.The economy will grow between 4 percent and 4.5 percent in 2017, Coomaraswamy said last month, lower than his June projections of 4.5 percent to 5 percent. According to the IMF, growth will likely be below 4.5 percent this year and rebound in 2018 as weather-related woes pass and infrastructure projects pick up, IMF mission chief Jaewoo Lee said in Colombo Sept. 29 after holding discussions on the third review of Sri Lanka’s $1.5 billion program. read more

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Ford adding 450 jobs in Chicago to meet rising SUV demand

CHICAGO — Ford is spending $50 million and creating 450 full-time jobs in Chicago to handle increased demand for new versions of the Ford Explorer and Lincoln Aviator.The auto maker says it will upgrade a 200,000-square-foot (18,580-square-meter) building near its Chicago Assembly Plant where it now modifies Explorers into versions used by law enforcement.Painted bodies will be sent from the assembly plant to the upgraded building, where workers will put together the Explorer hybrid, Aviator plug-in hybrid and police Explorers.About 450 temporary jobs at the assembly and stamping plants will become full-time, and more temporary workers will be hired.Explorer police vehicles will be modified at a different building nearby.The investment is in addition to plans announced in February to spend $1 billion and add 500 jobs in Chicago.The Associated Press read more

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DavidsTea shareholder demands answers on Segals leadership CEO search

MONTREAL — A major DavidsTea shareholder says the founder’s takeover of the board of directors at the beverage company will cause it to continue to lose good employees and fall far behind its potential.TDM Growth Partners, which holds 12 per cent of the company’s shares, sent a letter to three independent directors giving them five days to respond to questions about adverse developments since Herschel Segal replaced the board at the June annual general meeting.DavidsTea to be sold in grocery stores following deal with LoblawDavidsTea director Roland Walton resigns from boardDavidsTea founder wrests control of retailer, pledges path to profitabilityTDM says the shakeup led to the immediate termination of the CEO, resignations from three senior executives and two independent directors, and potential delisting from the NASDAQ as it has too few independent directors on its audit committee — among other things.The group asks multiple questions about the search for a new chief executive, including why it was delayed.It also asks why the company issued a statement rejecting a lawsuit filed by another shareholder, Porchlight Equity, against Segal and his private company Rainy Day Investments, when DavidsTea is not a named defendant.The group says it believes DavidsTea is an outstanding brand, but will founder under Segal’s leadership. read more

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UN senior official welcomes arrival of female police contingent in Cote dIvoire

“The Police Division welcomes this contingent of highly qualified female officers. The goal of the United Nations, since 2009, is to have at least 20 per cent of our police service female by the end of 2014,” the UN Police Adviser, Ann-Marie Orler, told the UN News Centre.“We are only half-way there globally and in Côte d’Ivoire, but more deployments like this will make it possible,” she added. The contingent of 15 female police officers from Rwanda is the first formed police unit to serve with the UN Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI) since it was established in 2004 by the Security Council to facilitate the peace process in the country, which was split by civil war in 2002 into a rebel-held north and Government-controlled south.In the aftermath of the post-election violence that followed the 2010 presidential polls, the mission is assisting the West African nation with a number of key tasks, including the restoration of law and order, national reconciliation, the holding of legislative elections, and economic recovery.The addition of the formed police unit brings the total number of police officers serving with UNOCI to 484, including 45 women with the arrival of the 15 Rwandan officers.According to the UN Police Division, the world body’s policing activities have expanded rapidly over the last decade. Not only has the United Nations almost tripled the number of police authorized for deployment – from less than 6,000 to more than 17,500 – but UN police mandates have also become more multi-dimensional, including roles such as safeguarding law and order while facilitating the launch of domestic police services, as well as more traditional role of advising and mentoring.“I very much hope that other Members States will continue to increase the number of female officers that they deploy,” Ms. Orler added. read more

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Brock talk to focus on data smart cities

Smart cities are built on data. But who owns that data and what are the rules governing its collection, use and ownership?Natasha Tusikov, Assistant Professor of Criminology at York University and author of Chokepoints: Global Private Regulation on the Internet, will address these and other questions surrounding data governance during a talk at Brock on Friday, Oct. 19.Natasha Tusikov will speak at Brock on Friday, Oct. 19.Held from noon to 1 p.m. in Welch Hall 202, her presentation will look at how data is governed in smart cities and with what implications.For instance, when companies build and operate smart-city systems like traffic control or energy management, how does the collection and use of data within privately run (often proprietary) systems affect public policy and government regulatory activities? Tusikov’s talk titled “Governing Data in Smart Cities” will focus on her research project on data governance in smart cities with a focus on Sidewalk Labs’ proposed smart city in Toronto’s Quayside neighbourhood.The talk is part of Brock’s Department of Political Science Speaker Series, which runs monthly throughout the academic year, with the exception of December and April.For more information on this and other talks in the series, email political.science@brocku.ca read more

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Campaign testing the Yanacocha SART plant with highcopper feed solution

first_imgNewmont Mining operates the Yanacocha mine in Perú and the gold milling section of the property includes a Sulfidisation-Acidification-Recycle-Thickening (SART) plant to remove copper from pregnant leach solution. Since its commissioning in 2008, the plant has been intermittently operated as needed to remove copper upstream of a carbon adsorption circuit. However, starting in 2015 Newmont expects the plant to operate on a more continuous basis in response to higher copper ores that will be processed in the gold mill. In anticipation of this, Newmont conducted a campaign in May 2014 with stockpiled high-copper ore to evaluate performance of the SART plant with elevated levels of copper in feed solution.A paper at this week’s SME Annual Conference in Denver presented results from the campaign that demonstrated the SART plant is capable of efficiently treating high-copper leach solution. During the campaign, leach solution copper levels ranged from about 100 to 700 mg/litre, and copper removals ranging from about 56% to +99% were achieved. The median copper removal efficiency observed during the campaign was about 94%. The primary plant modification determined necessary following the campaign was the need to improve consistency with sulphide dosing.last_img read more

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HANDBALL SUAREZ Marko Kopljar bites Benjamin Gille

HAndball SuarezMarko Kopljar Suarez The handball news of the Day is that PSG Handball right back Marko Kopljar was sent-off on the match with Chambery 32:33, after he bit the player of domestic team, Benjamin Gille during the second half. “Handball Luis Suarez” is the headline of many sports media which suggest that Croatian right back made a big mistake….You can see that moment in video… ← Previous Story Du Rietz with farewell to the national team Next Story → Norwegian legend Borge Lund says “goodbye” to national team! read more

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Every point counts as Leinster take aim at JJ Hanrahan and Saints

first_img 14,890 Views By Sean Farrell Share Tweet Email ‘I’m giving thought to everywhere’: Move abroad still among options for Jamie HeaslipWe’ve revamped the Score Centre on the The42 app Updated at 08.00THERE IS NO Champions Cup pool more delicately poised going into this weekend’s pivotal third round of games than Pool 4.Top meets bottom when Leinster visit Northampton at Franklin’s Gardens tonight (19.45, BT Sport), yet only two points separate the sides.“So literally every little thing matters, every point does count and we have to make sure we realise that,” said Leinster head coach Leo Cullen after naming his team early before flying to England.“We’re going out to win the game, clearly, but when you’re in the situation you need to make sure you can get what you can out of it.” Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHOA win would be more than welcome. Leinster haven’t experienced victory on the road in Europe since Ian Madigan kicked seven penalties in Castres in 2014. Six defeats and a draw have followed since.However, there’s no better example of a good salvage job well done than Leinster’s last outing in Europe, when they fought back late on to claim a losing bonus point despite being overpowered for an hour in Montpellier. Cullen had a wry smile as he cast his mind back to a case study of what can go wrong when the foot eases off the pedal. It was his last season as a player and he’s pondered the different paths his final lap might have gone.“This fixture, three years ago when we put 40 points on Northampton over there and then to lose the following week, and just the knock-on effect that had.“We had a bonus point (position) towards the end and Jamie Elliott got that breakaway try to deny us a bonus point which meant all of a sudden we had to play away in a quarter-final against Toulon — which happened to be my last game of European rugby I’m afraid.” Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHOLeinster will have to claim these valuable points without Jonathan Sexton of course, but Robbie Henshaw and Sean O’Brien have returned from the injuries that kept them from facing the Wallabies for Ireland.In Sexton’s place, Joey Carbery will get another big chance to shine in the number 10 jersey, but it’s the solid choices of a game manager that Cullen has demanded first and foremost from the Athy man. He’s no Johnny Sexton, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing for the eardrums of those closest to him:“He’s not as grumpy as Johnny, that’s for sure,” joked O’Brien.They’re different types of players, they’re different people. For a young guy he’s extremely calm and composed.“He’s directed us around well this week and in previous weeks too. He’s an excellent player, he has a bit of everything.“He’s a long way to go still, I think, to being the finished article, but he has a lot of very good attributes and he’s a great lad as well.” Source: James Crombie/INPHOCaptain Isa Nacewa will have the kicking tee to ease some pressure from Carbery’s shoulders and outside him will be – with Jared Payne on the long-term injured list – the duo likely to form Ireland’s midfield in the Six Nations: Robbie Henshaw and Garry Ringrose.Northampton will have a familiar face tasked with unlocking the partnership, Kerry’s JJ Hanrahan giving the midfield a playmaking presence alongside the power of Luther Burrell. That’s as much young Irish midfield talent you would dare hope for in an inter-provincial clash, never mind a seismic Friday night Champions Cup match. Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHOWhile Saints coach Jim Mallinder has had to hold heavy hitters like Dylan Hartley and Teimana Harrison in reserve – not to mention George North after his worrying concussion last weekend – Cullen has selected a team full of pace and energy in a bid to start fast and further dent the hosts’ confidence.The head coach insists internationals Zane Kirchner and Mike McCarthy were fit and available, but he has instead gone without a recognised second row among the replacements (though Rhys Ruddock and Jack Conan have operated there) and given the excellent and very in-form Adam Byrne his European debut.“It’s great to see Adam and his development this year. He came through a number of years ago and just got an unlucky run of injuries. He broke his leg, came back and broke his other leg. So he  was a bit stunted in development, but he works really hard and I’m delighted with the way he’s progressed this season. He’s fully deserving of his opportunity.”Having suffered in last year’s tournament, Leinster have an excitement opportunity as a collective tonight: to grab control of Pool 4. Northampton Saints:15. Ben Foden14. Ken Pisi13. Luther Burrell12. JJ Hanrahan11. Jamie Elliott10. Stephen Myler9. Nic Groom1. Alex Waller2. Mikey Haywood3. Paul Hill4. Michael Paterson5. Courtney Lawes6. Jamie Gibson7. Tom Wood (captain)8. Louis PicamolesReplacements:16. Dylan Hartley17. Ethan Waller18. Gareth Denman19. Api Ratuniyarawa20. Teimana Harrison21. Tom Kessell22. George Pisi23. Ahsee TualaLeinster:15. Rob Kearney14. Adam Byrne13. Garry Ringrose12. Robbie Henshaw11. Isa Nacewa (captain)10. Joey Carbery9. Luke McGrath1. Jack McGrath2. Sean Cronin3. Tadhg Furlong4. Devin Toner5. Hayden Triggs6. Sean O’Brien7. Josh van der Flier8. Jamie HeaslipReplacements:16. James Tracy17. Cian Healy18. Michael Bent19. Rhys Ruddock20. Jack Conan21. Jamison Gibson-Park22. Ross Byrne23. Rory O’LoughlinThe42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! Short URL https://the42.ie/3128463 Friday 9 Dec 2016, 8:00 AM 21 Comments Follow us: the42.ie ‘Every point counts’ as Leinster take aim at JJ Hanrahan and Saints Pool 4 is extremely tight as it kicks off the pivotal Champions Cup back-to-backs. Dec 9th 2016, 8:00 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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NAB cuts loan rates by 032 per cent

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram National Australia Bank will pass on only 32 basis points of the 50-point cut this week to the official cash rate. NAB group executive personal banking Lisa Gray said her bank moved quickly to give its 800,000 home loan customers certainty. “We will continue to offer a fair exchange of value, balancing rising funding costs, the needs of our existing customers and our ability to continue lending to home owners and business,” Ms Gray said. She said NAB would lower its rates further to beat its major rivals if they passed on the full 50-point rate cut.Source: Herald Sunlast_img read more

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Housing Commission to host resource fair for homeless residents

first_img KUSI Newsroom, Housing Commission to host resource fair for homeless residents Posted: January 30, 2019 January 30, 2019 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The San Diego Housing Commission will host the 13th Project Homeless Connect resource fair Wednesday for local homeless residents.The housing commission is overseeing the resource fair for the ninth consecutive year, with assistance from the city of San Diego, Father Joe’s Villages, the Interfaith Shelter Network and Family Health Centers of San Diego. Homeless residents will have access to roughly 100 service provider booths during the event.Homeless residents attending the resource fair will have access to a warm meal, medical screenings, flu shots, pet care, legal aid, social security benefits assistance and ID cards from the state Department of Motor Vehicles. According to the housing commission, this year’s resource fair will include officials from the Victim Service Division of the district attorney’s office to provide counseling on issues of domestic violence and sex trafficking.San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer, San Diego City Council member Georgette Gomez and Chris Ward and housing commission President and CEO Richard Gentry are expected to attend the event. The resource fair runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Golden Hall, located at 202 C St. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom last_img read more

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Vancouver Southwest Washington school delays and closures CTran bus route changes

first_imgThe latest news about weather-related school delays:Clark County schools:o Battle Ground School District – Closed: BGHS, Summit View H.S., Tukes Valley Primary, Tukes Valley Middle, Capt. Strong Primary, Chief Umtuch Middle, Yacolt Primary, Amboy Middle. Others start 2 and one half hours late with PM k-garten and pre-school. Bus 82 cancelled; bus 16 operating only south of 244th Street. UPDATEo Camas School District – Closedo Green Mountain School District – No school- No connecting high school runso Hockinson School District – Closed o La Center School District – Closedo Three Rivers Christian School – Open at 10 am. VanZanten Pre-school is canceled. Half day kindergarten may stay the whole day. o Vancouver School District – 2 hrs late o Washougal School District – Closed o Woodland School District . – Closedo Clark College is open, but students are encouraged to check the school’s website for specific cancellations.o City University: Evening classes at Vancouver campus cancelled. Skamania County schools:o Klickitat School District – Buses on snow routes o Lyle School Dist. – Buses on snow routes o Mt. Pleasant School District – Closed o Skamania School District – Closedo Stevenson-Carson School District – ClosedPrivate & Charter Schools:o St Joseph Parish/School: 2 hrs lateo Columbia Adventist Acad.: Closed UPDATEo King’s Way Christian Schools: 2 hrs. Late; No AM Kindergarten; Learning Center 2 hrs. Late, No 1/2 Day Preschoolo Vancouver Christian High: 2 hrs lateC-TRAN Update #1 Tuesday, November 23, 2010, noonWith temperatures remaining below freezing this afternoon and evening, C-TRAN announces there will be no service between Battle Ground and Yacolt on route 47 Battle Ground Limited. All other C-TRAN routes will end the day with regular service. People are reminded with winter-like conditions on some roads today and possibly tomorrow morning, that C-TRAN buses may run behind schedule. Everyone is encouraged to dress appropriately and use patience.If additional changes to service become necessary, C-TRAN will provide immediate updates. People are encouraged to check C-TRAN’s web site, www.c-tran.com or call Passenger Services at (360) 695-0123 for the latest information. UPDATElast_img read more

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SUV crashes into street sweeper 1 hospitalized

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – One person was hospitalized, Tuesday night, after a driver smashed their SUV into a street sweeper in Miami.The SUV crashed into the street sweeper late Tuesday night, near Northwest Seventh Avenue and 20th Street.The crash left the front end of the SUV heavily damaged.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

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Le Pen Macron clash in final French debate

first_imgFrench centrist Emmanuel Macron and his far-right presidential rival Marine Le Pen. Photo: AFPFrench centrist Emmanuel Macron and his far-right presidential rival Marine Le Pen clashed over terrorism, the economy and Europe Wednesday in a bad-tempered TV debate that laid bare their profoundly different visions for the country.The duel ahead of Sunday’s election was billed as a confrontation between Macron’s call for openness and pro-market reforms and Le Pen’s France-first nationalism.The tone was set in the opening minutes, with Le Pen branding the former economy minister and investment banker “the candidate of the elite” and the “darling of the system”.Macron replied that Le Pen, the 48-year-old scion of the National Front (FN) party, was “the heir of a system which has prospered from the fury of the French people for decades”, adding: “You play with fear.”The 39-year-old frequently branded Le Pen a liar and even a “parasite of the system”, who he said lived off the frustrations of France’s blocked political system.On Europe, Le Pen accused Macron of being “submissive” towards German Chancellor Angela Merkel, saying: “France will be led by a woman, either me or Mrs Merkel.”She also accused Macron of an “indulgent attitude” towards Islamic fundamentalism and constantly sought to remind viewers of his role as a minister in unpopular President Francois Hollande’s Socialist government.But Macron was in combative form throughout, repeatedly portraying Le Pen’s proposals as simplistic, defeatist or dangerous and targeting her proposals to withdraw France from the euro in particular.The euro policy “was the big nonsense of Marine Le Pen’s programme,” he said midway through the 140-minute debate.Le Pen called the euro, shared by 19 countries in the European Union and blamed by some in France for a rise in prices, as “the currency of bankers, it’s not the people’s currency.”Trailing in the polls, the debate was probably her last chance to change the dynamics of the race ahead of the final weekend of a long and unpredictable campaign.A poll by the Elabe group for the BFM channel immediately afterwards showed that 63 percent of people interviewed found Macron the most convincing versus 34 percent for Le Pen.This broadly mirrors forecasts for Sunday’s vote.Macron would win around 59 percent to 41 percent if the vote were held now, surveys suggest, but previous debates during the rollercoaster French campaign have shifted public opinion.Normalisation of far-rightThe duel marked a new step into the mainstream for Le Pen, whose party was once considered by France’s political establishment to be an extremist fringe that should be boycotted.When her father Jean-Marie Le Pen made it into the final round of the presidential election in 2002, his conservative opponent Jacques Chirac refused to debate with him out of fear of “normalising hate and intolerance”.In the first round of the election on April 23, Marine Le Pen finished second scoring 21.3 percent after softening the FN’s image over the past six years — but without fully removing doubt about the party’s core beliefs.She sees her rise as the consequence of growing right-wing nationalism and a backlash against globalisation seen in the election of Donald Trump in the United States and Britain’s decision to leave the European Union.”I am the candidate of the people of France such as we love it, of the nation that protects jobs, security, our borders,” she said in her opening comments.Abstention factorThe debate was unlikely to have swayed any committed supporters of either candidate, but it could influence the roughly 18 percent of undecided voters and others who were planning to abstain.Like much of the French press, daily Le Monde deplored a “brutal debate” that was “violent from start to finish”.Many supporters of Communist-backed candidate Jean-Luc Melenchon, who came fourth in the first round, have said they will not vote on Sunday, comparing the final round as a choice between “the plague and cholera”.President Hollande and members of the government have led warnings about the risk of a Le Pen presidency.”We are in a zone of absolute danger,” warned Education Minister Najat Vallaud-Belkacem before the debate. “Do not play Russian roulette with our democracy.”Hollande told reporters that “we shouldn’t think the result is a foregone conclusion” and urged Macron, his former adviser and economy minister, to make clear his different vision of France in Europe and the world.Macron quit the government last August to concentrate on his new centrist political movement En Marche, which has drawn 250,000 members in 12 months.On Thursday, Macron will hold his final campaign meeting in the southwest town of Albi while Le Pen will have hers in Ennemain in the north.last_img read more

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Providing medical care for the underprivileged in Ladysmith

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Bhekabathembu Secondary School was the venue of the Islamic Medical Association (IMA) Ladysmith branch outreach programme on Sunday. The school is perched on a hilltop in the Umhlumayo district, 60km outside Ladysmith. This is a truly rural area, with the nearest state clinic 20km away.The outreach programme was held in conjunction with the Al-Imdaad Foundation (Ahmad Karrim and his team), Operation Sukuma Sakhe (Simon Gumede and local councillor Soojat Khan), together with the Department of Health and the Islamic Educational Centre (Principal KT Ziyambi and his learners).Despite the vast distance, 50 patients were seen. BP and glucose screening, general medical assessment and dental care was provided. One patient walked 20km to have her painful tooth extracted!Water, as well as apples and biscuits were distributed, while the Al-Imdaad Foundation provided health packs and walking aids to those in need.A special thanks to the local ward liaison officer for facilitating the programme and to all who provided their services for those in desperate need. May you be rewarded abundantly.Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there!last_img read more

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first_img Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications Related Content 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 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 | May 09, 2012 ASBD Disputes Breast Brachytherapy Study Published in JAMA Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. 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Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al. 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 Image courtesy of Imago Systems News | Radiation Therapy | August 16, 2019 Drug Accelerates Blood System’s Recovery After Radiation, Chemotherapy A drug developed by UCLA physician-scientists and chemists speeds up the regeneration of mouse and human blood stem… read more Background on Technology AdvancesThe information contained in the JAMA article compares WBI only to the initial, single-catheter “balloon” style brachytherapy device.More recently, new medical technologies have been introduced to improve patient outcomes. As technology and surgical techniques improve, it is common to see improvements in complication rates.Since 2006, more sophisticated brachytherapy devices with multiple catheters have become available. These include a “strut-based” applicator and “multi-lumen” applicators. These devices have been proven clinically and studied in standard scientific fashion with peer-reviewed publications supporting their safety and efficacy.As a result, many doctors have moved away from relying on the older single-channel device, in favor of more advanced brachytherapy devices. These newer devices more precisely deliver radiotherapy and help overcome the limitations of the single-channel balloon method.The timing of brachytherapy has been found to influence complication rates such as infection and wound healing. For example, the study included data from several years when the brachytherapy applicator was inserted at the time of lumpectomy surgery. That approach likely contributed to the slightly higher brachytherapy complication rates seen in the study. Today, recommendations call for brachytherapy to begin two to four weeks after lumpectomy. When recommended steps for treatment are followed, complication rates are significantly reduced.Additional Issues with the JAMA StudyIt is worth noting that the JAMA data on five-year survival rates were in fact slightly better for brachytherapy patients than for those who received traditional whole breast irradiation.The JAMA article reported slightly higher rates of mastectomy (1.77% more) and more complications for brachytherapy using the single-channel balloon, compared to WBI. One significant issue here is that the JAMA study did not state — nor do the authors know — the cause of those mastectomies, or even which breast was removed. The study suggested this is due to tumor recurrence with brachytherapy, when in fact the data did not reveal the reason for those mastectomies.The JAMA study also misleadingly emphasized minor complications of radiation therapy (for example, inferior cosmetic outcomes). Yet it failed to highlight the importance of a potentially life-threatening complication of WBI — post-radiation pneumonitis. The study reports that the pneumonitis complication rate for whole breast irradiation was actually higher than for brachytherapy.When patients are given a choice between whole breast irradiation and brachytherapy, many will place more weight on avoiding a potentially life-threatening complication such as post-radiation pneumonitis.Overall, the JAMA study sheds no light on the remaining issues that are important to clinicians. It includes no guidance on patient selection for different kinds of radiation, an important consideration in the treatment of early-stage breast cancer. There is no information gained from this study that will help a woman decide whether or not she is a candidate for breast brachytherapy.ASBD supports further investigation and the completion of the essential NSABP-39 clinical trial. Many of the remaining questions will be addressed with the data being gathered in randomized, head-to-head clinical trials comparing breast brachytherapy to whole breast irradiation. It is noteworthy that there are 9 randomized clinical trials across the world that will shed light on these critical issues.Brachytherapy/ partial breast irradiation is one of the most carefully studied technologies in modern medicine, with peer-reviewed published reports demonstrating outcomes that match WBI, and with distinct potential quality-of-life advantages. It would be unfortunate if the deficiencies in the JAMA study limit women’s access to breast-cancer therapy choices or prevent completion of the important North American clinical trial. For more information: http://bit.ly/JIC9NO and http://bit.ly/J1T8Jg FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. Cianna Medical’s SAVI is used for breast brachytherapy.May 9, 2012 – The American Society of Breast Disease (ASBD) is concerned about misleading information in a recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), comparing breast brachytherapy to whole breast irradiation (WBI).ASBD cautions that the study has several deficiencies that may unnecessarily deter women from choosing brachytherapy as a treatment option. The society believes that brachytherapy remains a valuable method of treatment for appropriately selected patients, and that it should continue to be offered to appropriate women as a treatment choice. Potential benefits include less dose to healthy tissue, convenience (five days instead of six weeks for WBI), safety and effectiveness.The study’s senior author is Benjamin Smith, M.D., assistant professor at MD Anderson’s Department of Radiation Oncology. The publication is based on Medicare billing claims data. The study reports a small increased rate of complications among patients treated with brachytherapy, compared to those treated with WBI. However, concern arises regarding the study due to multiple design flaws.Patients in this study were treated at institutions from across the entire United States, with varying degrees of brachytherapy experience and expertise in medical physics, potentially resulting in the small differences reported. Because of the large number of patients in this study, small differences, such as the 1.77% increase in mastectomy rates, may have achieved statistical significance that are not clinically significant.Among shortcomings of the study are:It was not a clinical trial with strict entry criteria.Patients in the analysis were treated in the first few years afterballoon brachytherapy was FDA-approved in 2002, when surgeons/ radiation oncologists/medical physicists were just beginning the learning curve.The study was based on older single-channel technology and techniques that were unable to control the skin and rib dose, as clinicians now can do.Key risk factors for breast cancer recurrence were not known or presented.Important treatment details such as chemotherapy and the quality of brachytherapy were absent.There was no mention of actual cancer recurrence rates.The publication lacks helpful information about how current patients should be managed, in view of subsequent advances in brachytherapy technology that are available today. 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 morelast_img read more

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Syrias alQaida chief says no plans to attack the West

first_img Sponsored Stories Top Stories Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home The Nusra Front, one of Syria’s strongest insurgent groups, is leading the so-called Fatah Army that consists of seven Syria-based factions. The Fatah Army has rolled back Assad’s forces over the past two months, capturing wide areas of the northwestern province of Idlib, including the provincial capital that carries the same name.On Thursday, the Fatah Army coalition — which is supported by Turkey and Saudi Arabia — captured the town of Ariha in northern Syria, one of the last remaining government holdouts in Idlib province. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and Idlib-based activists said fighters seized the entire town after government forces withdrew.In the span of a month, Syrian insurgents have routed government forces across the province, flushing them out of strongholds in a string of embarrassing defeats for Assad. The first to go was the city of Idlib, which fell to opposition fighters at the end of March, followed by the strategic town of Jisr al-Shughur and the Qarmid military base in April.Government forces still control two Shiite-dominated villages and an air base in the province.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. BEIRUT (AP) — Al-Qaida’s branch in Syria has no plans to attack the West but warns of retaliation if U.S.-led airstrikes continue to target its fighters, the leader of the group said in an interview with an Arab TV station.The Syrian known as Abu Muhammed al-Golani, who heads the Nusra Front, said the aim of his group is to march to the Syrian capital Damascus and bring down President Bashar Assad’s government. Al-Golani denied that the so-called Khorasan group even exists. Since September, when the U.S.-led coalition launched an air campaign against the Islamic State group in Syria, U.S. airstrikes have struck targets associated with the so-called Khorasan group — which Washington says is a special cell within the Nusra Front that is plotting attacks against Western interests.Al-Golani said in an interview with the Al-Jazeera TV network aired Wednesday night that “there is nothing called Khorasan group. We heard this from the Americans only.”He added that if the coalition’s airstrikes continue, “then the alternatives are open and it is the right of any human being to defend himself.”Al-Golani said the directions his group has received from al-Qaida chief Ayman al-Zawahri are “not to use Syria for attacks against the West and Europe.”“The directions that we have received from Dr. Ayman, may God protect him, are that the Nusra Front’s aim is to bring down the regime and its allies, I mean Hezbollah,” al-Golani, whose face was not shown during the interview, said.He added that the “directions we have received until now are not to target the West and America.” He said al-Qaida might be doing so, but not the Nusra Front. Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Check your body, save your life Comments   Share   5 treatments for adult scoliosislast_img read more

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New Qantas research commissioned late last year i

first_imgNew Qantas research, commissioned late last year in conjunction with Sydney University’s Charles Perkins Centre, is using focus groups and customer surveys (as they step off the direct London to Perth services) to capture their experience, suggestions and feedback on the perfect wishlist for comfy future long haul travel.Health and wellness are the top trends coming through all research, with a strong focus on mindfulness and “separation of experience” at different stages of a long-haul flight.The top five most frequent suggestions from customers for Project Sunrise:Provide “sense of separation” experiences where passengers can be social but then “zone out” with either virtual reality relaxation zones, audio mindfulness experiences, or through the broader inflight entertainment.Spaces to do gentle exercise/stretches, promoting circulation and comfort.Wireless, noise cancelling headsets.Innovative cabin designs across the entire aircraft, considering both seat and non-seat spaces to focus on a broad range of traveller needs including comfort, sleep, dining, entertainment and state of mind.An inflight cafe offering both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages including wine, fresh juices, herbal teas and tisanes and mocktails along with snacks including dips with vegetable sticks as well as “treat foods”.CEO Qantas International Alison Webster said the new research is showing increased interest towards physical wellbeing, state of mind and personal time and space.“Customer feedback from the Perth to London flight has exceeded expectations, especially in relation to the time saved by skipping the traditional stopover and going direct to their destination,” said Ms Webster.“The engagement and enthusiasm we’re seeing from this research highlights how passionate our customers are to be a part of the evolution of ultra-long-haul travel.”“Our job now is to determine where the most demand is and create this cabin in a way that makes it both affordable for customers and commercially viable for the airline. Everything is on the table and we are excited about what innovations may come from this research.”David Caon said Project Sunrise is pushing not just the boundaries of distance, but also product innovation.“Customers are sharing some incredibly imaginative ideas, which is an exciting challenge and helps us to think outside of the box to redefine the ultra-long-haul experience,” he said.“Bringing some of these concepts to life will involve an entire rethink around how to be clever about use of all cabin space and what is practically possible but it may well involve incorporating design elements never before seen on commercial aircraft.”The same research will also be used by Qantas Director of Food, Beverage and Service, Neil Perry, to create the future onboard dining experience.Qantas is expected to make an announcement around Project Sunrise later in 2019, including which aircraft type it would operate, with both the Boeing 777X and the Airbus A350 under consideration.The airline launched a partnership with Charles Perkins Centre 12 months ago to use scientific research to help shape the customer experience of these long-haul services. Many initiatives have been introduced on the current direct Perth – London flights, which currently has the highest customer service rating of any flight on the global Qantas network. airlineslong haulqantasresearchlast_img read more

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New York NY Reported by Emily Misencik for Elite

first_imgNew York, NY- Reported by Emily Misencik for Elite Traveler MagazineFashion icon Isaac Mizrahi, known for his exquisite designs and ability to dress a woman’s silhouette, is entering the fragrance field with the launch of his first perfume, FABULOUS. The New York based designer’s first fragrance will contain a sensual and timeless scent that celebrates women.Mizrahi’s FABULOUS aims to make every woman feel like she’s just put on a glamorous evening gown and entered her fairytale fantasy, capturing the beauty and confidence often seen on the city streets. The feminine scent contains top notes of mandarin, nectarine and bergamot with hints of jasmine, tuberose, freesia, peony, sandalwood, vanilla and cedar, which blend together to invigorates the sense. Mizrahi also extends the feminine feel to the outer packaging of the fragrance, using old Hollywood, art-deco inspired bottles. Each vintage bottle is topped with a bright pink bulb atomizer and a gold cap with pink polka dots to create a simply chic yet bold feel, mirroring the fragrance.“Creating a fragrance feels like the last piece of the puzzle,” said Mizrahi. “I’ve been designing clothes, accessories, housewares- everything for a woman’s lifestyle- for nearly thirty years. FABULOUS is my opportunity to offer women something to identify with on a whole other emotional level.”FABULOUS by Isaac Mizrahi will debut exclusively on QVC during their Fashion’s Night Out event on September 6, 2012 and will also be available at Bloomingdales stores nationwide. The fragrance will retail $78.00 for 3.4 OZ and $65.00 for 1.7 OZ.www.isaacmizrahiny.comlast_img read more

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