Rabat – Police have seized 160 kilograms of cannabis in Tangier from a Moroccan drug trafficker attempting to embark to Europe.On Wednesday evening, police and customs officers stopped a Moroccan national at Tangier Med Port who was trying to smuggle cannabis in the form of cannabis resin (chira) to Europe. The drug, which was concealed in a Belgium-registered car, was discovered during a vehicle scan. Police dogs were also involved in the operation. The 39-year-old culprit was arrested and placed in custody for an investigation by Tangier’s judicial police. The investigation will be carried out under the supervision of the competent public prosecutor’s office.Cannabis resin is one of the most exported drugs in Morocco and has continuously been the subject of seizures in past years. The demand for the drug in Europe is very high due to its powerful and high-yield hybrid varieties.In fact, Morocco is the largest supplier of cannabis resin for Europe, according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). In 2014, 302 tons and 85 percent of all cannabis resin seizures in Spain were linked to Morocco. Spain has played an important role for Morocco’s drug trafficking, as it is the closest European country and therefore used as gateway to all the others. Other popular points of entry are Portugal, France, and Italy. According to the UNODC World Drug Report of 2017, Morocco has the third highest cannabis resin seizures among countries worldwide. The kingdom comes behind Spain and Pakistan. Other drugs that Spain and Europe have increasingly imported are heroin and cocaine. The latter has also been the subject of numerous seizures lately. A UNODC report from 2011 suggested that the traditional trafficking route from Morocco to Spain, used to import cannabis resin to Europe, has also been used for cocaine.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has ordered a joint investigation into predatory practices by taxi medallion brokers.The mayor says the 45-day review by the Taxi and Limousine Commission, Department of Finance and Department of Consumer Affairs “will identify and penalize brokers who have taken advantage of buyers and misled city authorities.”The Democratic presidential hopeful says “it’s unacceptable to prey on hardworking New Yorkers trying to support their families.”Monday’s announcement comes after The New York Times published a report on the financial struggles of medallion owners who were enticed into reckless loans just before the market collapsed.The report found that “a handful of powerful industry leaders artificially drove up the prices of taxi medallions, creating a bubble that eventually burst.”The Associated Press
The United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator arrived today in the strife-torn Darfur region of Sudan but was blocked at a military checkpoint and denied permission to continue to a camp for internally displaced persons (IDPs). But six hours after arriving on the ground in Darfur, his convoy was stopped at a military checkpoint in Kutum town and denied permission to continue to Kassab IDP camp. Mr. Holmes had planned to tour this camp in order to meet with community leaders and speak with women about the consequences of the ongoing Darfur crisis, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), which he heads. The 22,700 inhabitants at Kassab camp depend on humanitarian aid for survival. “The United Nations and its NGO partners are keeping these people alive, and we are not allowed in. We should be allowed to move freely,” said Mr. Holmes from the Kutum airfield this afternoon. “I fear this is typical of what aid workers trying to make a difference in Darfur deal with on a daily basis.” There are half a dozen international NGOs and the UN World Food Programme (WFP) working in Kutum, some of whom have only recently returned after temporarily or partially suspending their programmes due to the deteriorating security situation. Clashes between rebel factions, Sudanese Government forces, and proxy militia have been going on in the area since late 2006, with the civilian population caught in the crossfire. Over the past four years in Darfur as a whole, the fighting has killed at least 200,000 people.Government officials who later contacted the Under-Secretary-General apologized for the incident and offered him their assurances that his visit to Jebel Marra and to Abu Shouk IDP camp tomorrow would go smoothly, OCHA said. “Tomorrow I look forward to conducting scheduled visits to these locales,” Mr. Holmes said, after accepting the apology. Mr. Holmes will spend the night in El Fasher and plans to visit Jebel Marra and the Abu Shouk IDP camp on Sunday, 25 March, before returning to Khartoum. In another development, the UN Special Envoy for Darfur, Jan Eliasson, and his African Union counterpart, Salim Ahmed Salim, are conducting a second joint visit to Sudan this week in a bid to re-energize the peace process in Darfur.They met on Saturday 24 March with Foreign Minister Lam Akol, Presidential Adviser Majzoub Al Khalifa, and Senior Assistant to the President Minni Minnawi, according to the UN Mission in Sudan (UNMIS). Today, the officials met in Nyala, the capital of South Darfur state, with local government officials, tribal leaders, IDPs and civil society representatives as well as UN and NGOs staff.Prior to his arrival in Khartoum, Mr. Eliasson was in Asmara where he met with the Eritrean President and other government officials on the coordination of Eritrean mediation efforts in Darfur with those of the UN and the AU. Meanwhile, the fighting continues, according to UNMIS, which cited reports that on Saturday, armed Arab tribesmen attacked Sirba village, where three people were killed, 15 others injured and 35 houses destroyed. 25 March 2007The United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator arrived today in the strife-torn Darfur region of Sudan but was blocked at a military checkpoint and denied permission to continue to a camp for internally displaced persons (IDPs).
In a message to the second Afro-Arab summit that brought together members of the League of Arab States (LAS) and the African Union (AU) in the Libyan city of Sirte yesterday, Mr. Ban commended the efforts by African and Arab countries to promote peace and development in countries emerging from conflict in Africa, particularly Guinea-Bissau, Mauritania and Sierra Leone.“Your Summit is an opportunity to explore ways to strengthen ties with each other in support of United Nations goals and ideals,” the Secretary-General said in the message, delivered on his behalf by the head of the UN Office to the AU, Zachary Muburi-Muita.He welcomed the recent rapprochement between Chad and the Sudan, which he said had reduced tensions along their common border.Mr. Ban also expressed the UN’s gratitude to the Arab League and the AU for their continued support to the people of Somalia.He said while Somalia’s Transitional Federal Government (TFG) faces considerable challenges, it has made progress in its outreach to a broad range of Somali groups with respect to joining the reconciliation process.“I am counting on you to provide more political and financial support for the TFG in this final year of the transition. The United Nations will continue to provide the logistical support package to AMISOM [AU Mission in Somalia] and technical expertise to the AU for the planning, deployment and management of AMISOM,” Mr. Ban said.On Sudan, the Secretary-General urged both parties there to resolve all outstanding issues before the referenda on the self-determination of southern Sudan and the Abyei area, scheduled for January, and to ensure that the process is credible.“The African Union High-Level Implementation Panel led by former [South African] President [Thabo] Mbeki and the United Nations Mission in Sudan [UNMIS] are working closely together to facilitate negotiations on post-referendum arrangements.“I have also established a Sudan referenda panel, headed by former President [Benjamin] Mkapa of Tanzania, to encourage the holding of credible referenda,” the Secretary-General said.On Darfur, Mr. Ban voiced concern over the deterioration of the security there, but noted that the joint AU-UN peacekeeping mission (UNAMID) is working hard to protect civilians, while the joint AU-UN meditation is working to secure a peace agreement in Doha, Qatar.“The international community, including the AU and the LAS, must deliver a unified message to the parties [in Darfur] to immediately cease all hostilities and commit to the political process,” Mr. Ban said.On the Comoros, he said it is important that the LAS and the UN continue to actively support the AU’s mediation efforts and the electoral process in order to ensure the implementation of the recently signed political agreement.Turning to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the internationally agreed targets to eradicate extreme poverty by 2015, Mr. Ban said much more remains to be done, especially for the poorest and most vulnerable populations, despite considerable progress in both African and Arab States.“I reiterate the abiding commitment of the United Nations to strengthening our partnership with the AU, LAS and the people of both regions to realize the widely held aspirations for peace, stability, dignity, democracy and well-being for all,” the Secretary-General added. 11 October 2010Cooperation between African and Arab States can boost United Nations efforts to prevent and resolve conflicts in the two regions, promote tolerance, combat drug trafficking, terrorism and corruption, and strengthen the campaign against unemployment and climate change, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has said.
Sweden’s Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom has pledged to provide the Government of Sweden’s every possible assistance to Sri Lanka to regain the GSP+ facility.She made these remarks when she met with the President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat. The President requested the Swedish Foreign Minister to assist establish vocational training centers to enhance the opportunities for vocational training for the youth in the North and the East. He also called for help to develop training in the fields of education, fisheries and environment.The President also invited the Swedish investors to utilize the investing opportunities available in Sri Lanka. He emphasized he would provide required facilities on this regard as a government. During the meeting, Sweden’s Foreign Minister and the President discussed in detail regarding the ways to strengthen bilateral relations between the two countries. President Sirisena took this opportunity to thank the Government of Sweden for the assistance given so far for the development projects in Sri Lanka. The Swedish Foreign Minister commended the government’s program to fulfill its responsibilities during the post conflict period by ensuring the democracy and freedom of the people in Sri Lanka. (Colombo Gazette) The President requested Sweden’s Foreign Minister to provide support for research activities in preventing kidney disease, which is spreading in Sri Lanka and Ms. Wallstrom pledged to provide Sweden’s assistance in this regard. She further said that already a special project has been implemented by the Uppsala University in Sweden and the Karolinska Medical Institute of Sweden with the collaboration of Rajarata University of Sri Lanka.
Two former executives of Hamilton’s Settlement and Integration Services Organization have been sentenced after being found guilty of fraud last month.Morteza Jafarpour and Robert Salama were tried together after Citizenship and Immigration uncovered an almost $3 million fraud at the organization. SISO helped many immigrants settle in Hamilton.The judge gave Jafarpour, who was free during the trial, a two year sentence. Salama, who was behind bars during the trial, was given one more day.
“And I think it is frankly appalling that the Scottish government did not want to see the Union Flag and the word British on produce.”It’s not only appalling, it fails to reflect the vote that took place in Scotland, which showed that people in Scotland want to stay part of the United Kingdom.”It emerged last week that in a briefing to Fergus Ewing, the Scottish Rural Affairs Minister, a civil servant said that M&S had promised to “urgently investigate” the categorisation of Scotch and reported back that there had been an error. Although the company confirmed that the website had been changed, officials then suggested that it issue a public message to “clarify” that the mistake had been rectified. They also promised that Mr Ewing “would respond positively” if M&S did so. A whisky ‘nosing’Credit:Getty Theresa May has condemned the Scottish Government’s “appalling” behaviour after MPs were told it did not want the Union flag and the word British on food and drink labelling.SNP ministers were accused of leaning on Marks and Spencer after documents showed that officials telephoned the high street giant “to seek clarity on the situation” after Scotch whisky was listed on its website as being from the UK. Murdo Fraser, the Scottish Tory MSP, said at the time there was “not a person in the world who doesn’t know whisky is Scottish”.A separate briefing on Tesco strawberries recommended that “no formal action is taken at Cabinet Secretary level at present”, but asked whether Mr Ewing wanted a meeting “in the near future” with the supermarket.Both cases prompted a series of SNP supporters to write to Scottish ministers, with one questioning whether it was “an attempt by Westminster at a spot of brainwashing or is there something more sinister going on.”The Scottish Government said the documents showed it had raised public concerns “in a constructive manner”. M&S was contacted about its signage for ScotchCredit:Getty 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. A separate briefing marked “urgent” was sent to Nicola Sturgeon over Tesco’s decision to change the branding on Scottish strawberries from the Saltire to a Union Flag.Luke Graham, the Scottish Tory MP, and a former M&S employee, asked Mrs May at Prime Minister’s Questions if she would stand with him “against this petty bullying and support companies that are proud of Scottish and British produce”.The Prime Minister said she “absolutely agreed”, adding: “We should all be proud of Scottish and British produce, of produce from any part of our United Kingdom.
By taking advantage of the natural variations within orebodies, Anglo American says it can identify and reject gangue (waste rock) close to the mine face. This means that it can reduce its energy intensity by more than 10%, as less reject gangue is being processed in its plants. This is the rationale behind its Bulk Sorting project that in turn forms part of its FutureSmart Mining™ approach to innovation and sustainability.Today, the company says it has a full-scale demonstration facility installed and running at the El Soldado copper mine in Chile, with two more units scheduled for delivery by mid-2019. The system is thought to include a grizzly, feeder, sizer, conveyors & associated equipment from MMD, used in conjunction with an ore scanning system. One option being trialled is pulsed fast thermal neutron activation (PFTNA) technology from Malvern Panalytical, deployed on one of its CNA online cross belt analysers.
Fuchse BerlinTorsten Laen ← Previous Story EHF EURO 2010 semifinal: Denmark vs Norway – Romania vs Sweden Next Story → EHF EURO 2010: For the fifth place Montenegro vs France Captain of Fuchse Berlin, Torsten Laen (31) prolonged his contract with a club from German Capital until 2013. Famous line player, specialist for defense play came to Berlin at the summer 2009. Before that, he had a lot of success with BM Ciudad Real, where he spent two seasons, from 2007 to 2009. Before Spain, Laen was a key player of GOG Svendborg for a many years (from 1999).
← Previous Story Slovenia without Marguc and SKube in Rio! Next Story → Women’s Youth WCh 2016: Norway VS Denmark – Russia on Brazil Macedonian left back Filip Lazarov will join the third team of Romanian Championship in the last season – Politehnica Timisoara. The 34-years old shooter was a RK Vardar Skopje captain for a long period. He spent his whole career in domestic teams including also RK Metalurg Skopje.With ambitious team from Romania contracts signed also a few Balkan guys, Serbian left wing Filip Marjanovic, Montenegrian right back Marko Simovic, Vuk Milosevic, but also Bosnian goalie Adam Savic and domestic Alexandru Guranescu. filip lazarovRK Vardar Skopje
Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Sunday 31 Mar 2019, 9:00 PM Share59 Tweet Email2 https://jrnl.ie/4564608 38 Comments It’s about getting someone accountable to the people so I do think it’s a position that would be of value but there’s not enough information out there about it right now.In terms of accountability, there will be a recall and impeachment procedure to deal with any misconduct by a major – who’d have the same salary as a Minister of State of €129,854.Taoiseach Leo Varadkar was pressed in the Dáil last week about the lack of information out there for the people of Cork, Waterford and Limerick to inform them of what’s on the table.“I accept that we need to make sure there will be adequate information available before public go to the polls,” he said. “We have eight weeks in which to do so.”It’s understood that the vote will not be taken under the auspices of the referendum commission, which is obliged to distribute information to the public on any referendum taking place.Varadkar added a public information campaign would be launched to try explain to people how the office of the directly-elected mayor would work.Former Waterford city and county Lord Mayor Adam Wyse told TheJournal.ie it’s essential to ensure people know exactly what they’re being asked to vote on.“It might already be too last-minute,” he said. “Turnout is usually lower for local elections anyway. We saw last year young people get very engaged with the eighth amendment referendum, which was well flagged with information provided well in advance. That’s not happening now.”Cahill added that, from canvassing to retain his own spot on the council in the upcoming local elections, there’s a lack of understanding of the issues at play.“I know from canvassing or knocking on doors,” he said. “I do fear there’s not enough public awareness of what it’s all about.”TheoryMost political parties are supportive of the idea of a directly-elected mayor in principle. The practice is common in major world cities such as New York and London.The likes of Labour, Sinn Féin, Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil have all called for a mayor to be given powers to effect necessary change for the people in their cities.Fine Gael Senator Jerry Buttimer remarked last year that “strategic thinking is needed to implement change” in Cork city with a mandate provided by the people.“A mayor would have responsibility for making sure that the expanded city has the amenities and services needed, to help bring jobs and investment and to raise the standard of living,” he said.Sinn Féin’s Eoin Ó Broin, similarly, says the party is supportive of the proposals for directly-elected mayors if the “powers, functions and costs are right”. Wyse cited the work being done by the current CEO of Waterford city and county council Michael Walsh, and said it would need a “seriously high calibre of person” to take the reins over and handle the running of a city.“The type of person who does this job will need to be similar to the other CEOs running the councils around the country,” the Waterford councillor said. “You’d wonder if those kinds of people would put themselves forward on the ballot.”Former Cork Lord Mayor Cahill said that, effectively, what the person’s actual job will be is an elected chief executive to handle various aspects of the council, while the actual chief executive handles the rest.“And we’ll call that the mayor,” he said.Wyse agreed, and said that it would in effect be “double-jobbing” by having two similar roles, where one was directly elected and accountable to the people.Why not in Dublin?Dublin is not going to be given the option for a directly-elected mayor anytime soon, despite a large volume of calls from the parties to do so.Green Party councillor Ciarán Cuffe said that cutting the “red tape and bureaucracy of the Customs House” will help to alleviate progress being stifled in the capital.“Currently all significant proposals for tackling Dublin’s difficulties require sign-off from Ministers who don’t understand the reality of life in the capital,” he said.This won’t be happening anytime soon, though, with the Taoiseach remarking: “Dublin is going to take a little bit more work given the fact there are four local authorities involved.”Within Dublin, there are Fingal County Council, Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council, South Dublin County Council and Dublin City Council.Getting the councillors from across the four districts to agree to have a directly-elected mayor came very, very close on one occasion before. In 2014, every council but one voted by a large majority in favour of a directly-elected mayor.Only Fingal County Council held out, effectively ruling out a plebiscite for Dubliners on if they wanted a mayor.The move was met with consternation from councillors, with former Dublin City Lord Mayor Christy Burke calling it “unfair, regrettable and undemocratic”.He said: “The majority speaks in every other rule of law for government decisions, so why does the majority not speak here? I just think it’s a missed opportunity. The only democratic way to elect a mayor is by the people, let the people speak.”Next stepsIf there is to be a directly-elected mayor, it’s likely that the current duties of the lord mayors of these cities will have to be scaled back significantly.Wyse added: “It’s a full-time job. It’s not just cutting ribbons and the like. You meet ambassadors from all over the world, travel to meet people with the IDA abroad, business men and women from all the over city.You need to know your stuff, and you need to be passionate about being the mayor of your city and county.Cahill said: “There’s a lot of confusion over the position of the Lord Mayor already. It’s an ambassadorial role that’s a great honour, but it’s manic and full-time as well. There are always places to go and people to see to represent your city – in my case Cork – every single day. If you were to then have the duties that this directly-elected mayor would have, you’d have to scale down the current aspects by about 90%.But, given the opportunity, it’s something that most elected representatives would love the chance to do according to Cahill.“I don’t know any local politician who wouldn’t want to lead their city,” he said. “Many of us already have 10-15 years’ experience on the council. We’re all part of the development plan for Cork. Personally, I know myself I’d like to lead that.”But, before any of that happens, the people of Limerick, Cork and Waterford will have to decide whether or not they want to elect someone with these powers. The earliest we’d see a mayor in situ would be 2021. With the perception that there’s been little information given to date on what this new position would actually mean for the people in these cities, there’s plenty of work to be done in the next eight weeks for the government to win people over to the plans.As Fianna Fáil’s Shane Cassells put it in the Dáil this week: “If there is not at the very least a very basic understanding of the proposals, they are destined to fail, which would be disastrous for local democracy.Let us not give the people a Mayor Quimby solution but the first step to real reform.With reporting from Christina Finn Cork City Hall Cork City Hall Image: Shutterstock/crazy82 15,433 Views Power, accountability and €130k a year: Three Irish cities to vote on having a mayor The people of Cork, Waterford and Limerick will vote on whether they want a directly-elected mayor in May. IN MAY, RESIDENTS of the cities of Cork, Limerick and Waterford will be given the chance to have their say on whether there should be a directly-elected mayor with significant powers to set policies and implement changes.On the same day as the local and European elections, and the divorce referendum, locals in these areas will also vote on a plebiscite on the mayor issue. But the government has been accused of “incompetence” in its preparations to hold the votes with councillors in these areas hearing on the doorsteps that people are unsure about what powers a directly-elected mayor would have, or even unaware the vote is taking place at all.‘Good value’With just under eight weeks to go until the elections, there are concerns that while there may be “good value” in the idea of having a directly-elected mayor in these cities, there is a lack of clarity over what’s been outlined so far by government.The powers of the directly elected mayors involves a “significant transfer of powers” to the elected mayor from the council. The newly-elected mayors, if the public decide to vote for such a change, will be able to bring forward the council budget and development plan. However, individual decisions on planning will remain with the chief executive. According to the government, the relationship between the mayor and the council CEO would be similar to that which exists between a Secretary General of a government department and their line minister. But, as former Cork City Lord Mayor Des Cahill told TheJournal.ie, that doesn’t exactly make things clearer for people.Cahill said: “That would only really make sense to senior politicians. The problem at the minute is that it all sounds a little bit vague. Mar 31st 2019, 9:01 PM Image: Shutterstock/crazy82 By Sean Murray
Most of us women find comfort in a man that has a respectful and caring relationship with his mother. At least then we know his close ties have taught him how to treat a woman. But have the years of her matronly ways in picking up after his mess and cooking his favourite meals jeopardised his chances of settling down and finding the right one. Does every man measure his potential dream women up against his mother? If so, then perhaps this theory accounts for the abundance of single Greek women in our city or an ever-increasing number of marriages between Greek and non-Greek background couples in Australia.One of the most delicate times in the relationship between mother and son is when another woman enters the picture, whether it be a wife or girlfriend. The truth is, no woman wants to feel second best, and in most cases whether it stems from a false, sense of obligation or sheer force of habit, a man will feel compelled to side with his mother. This is where the conflict begins. Now, while ‘family first’ is an invaluable piece of advice and a certain degree of respect and concern for one’s mother is expected and earned, no woman wants to play second fiddle. And competing with the woman who gave birth to him will seem like a losing battle for any partner. According to psychologist Dr. Rachna Kothari, a practising marital and relationship counsellor, the happy medium depends on the man’s action:, “Try not to let either feel you’re according higher priority to the other. “Don’t put your mother before your wife or girlfriend. No matter what you choose, both will resent it. Your best defence: Don’t make comparisons.” But it can’t be all the man’s fault, right? Mamma’s-boy relationships are fostered by the mother herself, perhaps in an effort to secure codependency between a mother and her son (we all know the guilt of a Greek mother can be a killer). There is no doubt the mother-son relationship is one of the most intricate and fundamental aspects of a male’s life. However, just like any relationship it can become unhealthy when bad habits manifest over the years. Let’s not forget that in raising their children mothers have more often than not had to play the role of both parents when fathers are either physically or emotionally absent. In doing so mothers can become easily prone to feelings of over responsibility for their son’s wellbeing to the point where their help becomes a hindrance and sadly misunderstood. This also creates a spiral effect in the dependency behaviour occurring, as sons are so used to the “yes” mother that comes to the rescue whenever needed that she becomes the bridge of communication between a father and son or a husband and wife, subsequently depreciating their relationships. In conclusion, the mother-knows-best mentality emerges, making a son feel compelled to obtain his mother’s approval in decision making processes. The most significant being the girl he chooses. It is here in these formative years, where the line between love and dominance is blurred, that men develop their perception of females including their belief and expectations regarding gender roles. Men in general are defensive of their mothers – the first woman who loved them, nurtured them and never broke their heart. Most boys and men consider their mothers the pinnacle of proper lady-hood and as a result men have a tendency to choose women (consciously or subconsciously) that resemble their mother’s personality or even appearance in order to choose a lady for themselves.So where does that leave us women? Will a man only love a women that mothers him? If men continue to be wired this way they may very well still be living with their parents for some time. The truth is, Greek daughters today are so different from their mothers. Their least concern is knowing how to make baklava and they won’t expect to do all the chores around the house. Most notably, they don’t seem to take too well to mamma’s boys. So mothers, next time you find yourself itching to clean his room, do yourself and son a favour and close the door! Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
UPDATE: Spanfeller Denies Being Pushed OutForbes.com president and CEO Jim Spanfeller is stepping down to focus on setting up his own media management company. According to a company statement, Spanfeller [pictured] will stay on through a transition period through Labor Day. Spanfeller was not immediately available for comment.Forbes claims Forbes.com is the largest business Web site in the world and that it drives 40 million unique visitors per month across Forbes.com, ForbesTraveler.com, Investopoedia.com, RealClearPolitics.com, RealClearMarkets.com, Real Clear Sports, Forbes Business and Finance Blog Network. However, a report from AOL’s Daily Finance says Forbes traffic has fallen recently, with WSJ.com closing the gap, and that some insiders believe Spanfeller’s departure was spurred by pressure from Elevation Partners, the private equity group that purchased a minority stake in Forbes three years ago. Check back to FOLIOmag.com for updates to this story.
WILMINGTON, MA — Below are Wilmington Youth Soccer in-town game summaries from Saturday, May 4, 2019.Boys Grade 2 Games:Columbus Crew vs. Seattle Sounders:The crowd was kept on the edge of their seats this week as the Seattle Sounders, led by the offensive skills of Nate Ricciarelli, Noah Drane, Jacob Andrade-Silva, Tito Acevedo and Evan Acevedo resulted in scoring opportunities by Nate, Jacob and Tito. The defense was not to be left out of this one either as Michael Belanger and Evan Jageler kept the ball out of their zone for much of the game.The air was full of excitement, as the much-anticipated match between Columbus Crew and Seattle Sounders commenced. Fantastic ball skills were displayed by Nate Lawrence and Max Barnett resulting in goals by Cooper Hunt and Michael Duffy. The midfield and defensive play kept the Columbus Crew in excellent shape. The crowd roared to their feet when Austin O’Connell made some spectacular saves.Girls Grade 2 Games:Seattle Reign v. Utah Royals:Top-Notch play kept people watching this one. Excellent offensive plays by Katherine McGrath, Mia Costantino, Jalyn Redmond and Keli Tkachuk applied heavy pressure causing the Utah Royals to back pedal. Defensive positioning by Lucy McDonald, Olivia Howie, Adrianna Corso and Naomi Cowles fended off any threat that came thru making it tough for the Utah Royals. Emma Mahnken, Riley Lopes, Bridget Bloom and Emily Falk also played a great game in net, keeping the game in hand.Sky Blue FC vs. Washington Spirit:The crowd was kept on the edge of their seats this week as the Washington Spirit, led by the offensive skills of Isabella DeOliveira, Pauline Douzepis, and Reighan Glover resulted in scoring opportunities by Melina Meimaris, Bella McCarthy, Julia Marra, and Eliana Goldstein. The defense was not to be left out of this one either as Kate Haggerty, Suki Harper, and Kelsie Morrow kept the ball out of their zone for much of the game.(NOTE: The above game summaries were submitted by Wilmington Youth Soccer.)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? Email email@example.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington Youth Soccer’s Latest In-Town Game SummariesIn “Sports”Wilmington Youth Soccer’s Latest In-Town Game Summaries (May 1)In “Sports”Wilmington Youth Soccer’s Latest In-Town Game Summaries (May 14)In “Sports”
Bajaj Finance shares rose more than 11 percent on the stock exchanges on Tuesday after the company announced 1:1 bonus issue, stock split and upbeat results for first quarter ended June 2016. The current face value of the share is Rs.10 eachThe shares gained 11.27 percent to hit an intraday high of Rs. 9,990 apiece and were trading at Rs. 9,810 apiece at around 2.10 p.m. on the BSE. Shares of Bajaj Finance will be split into shares with face value of Rs. 2 each. Both the bonus issue and the split will be subject to shareholders’ approval.On Tuesday, the company also announced its June quarter results. Net profit rose 54 percent to Rs. 424 crore from Rs. 276 crore in the corresponding quarter last year.Canara Bank shares rose 5 percent in intraday trading on the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) on Tuesday despite declaring downbeat results for the first quarter ended June 2016.The state-run lender’s shares were trading at Rs. 262.65 apiece on the BSE at around 11.45 a.m., up 3.53 percent from their previous close after rising to the day’s high of Rs. 266.40.The Bengaluru-based bank’s net profit plunged 52 percent to Rs. 229 crore as against Rs. 478 crore in the corresponding quarter last year.Net interest income saw a fall of 8 percent to Rs. 2,307 crore on a year-on-year (YoY) basis from Rs. 2,516 crore.Net non-performing assets (NPAs) as a percentage of total loans stood at 6.69 percent as of June 30, 2016, up sharply from 2.74 percent, YoY.Other bank shares that were trading with gains included Bank of India, Yes Bank and Punjab National Bank.The Sensex was trading about 20 points higher at 28,115, with Axis Bank, Tata Steel and Wipro leading the modest rally. The markets are in a cautious mood after having gained 292 points on Monday on hopes of the Modi government seen as making forward movement with the Goods and Services (GST) Bill, which is pending for clearance in the Rajya Sabha. An empowered committee of state finance ministers is expected to discuss some of the contentious aspects of the legislation on Tuesday in the presence of Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and Chief Economic Advisor Arvind Subramanian.Story updated with additional details at 2.20 p.m.
Actor Priyadarshi, who is popular for his humour and spontaneity, for a long time, has been wanting to do something beyond comedy and prove himself as an actor who can do any kind of roles. He made his onscreen debut with Pellichoopulu and after trying his hand at comedy, the actor chose to do some serious roles like in The Ghazi Attack, Kanam, Arjun Reddy and a few more. But he never knew that he is going to play the lead role in in a biopic on Padma Shri Awardee Chintakindi Mallesham.The film released on Friday and praises are pouring in for Darshi and his team. In an exclusive interview, post the release of the film, we spoke to the actor to share the efforts he put in to bring Mallesham alive, he said, “I think I am very lucky and that’s the reason I have bagged the chance to be part of the film. Director Raj told me that he watched all my films, short films and videos of the auditions I gave and decided that only I can do the role of Mallesham. It took me a lot of time to step into the shoes of Mallesham. I did not want to imitate him, but just wanted to become Mallesham till the film was wrapped.”The film is receiving praises from all over and Priyadarshi is going to enjoy the fruits of his hard work. After a long journey which has been a roller coaster ride. “I am really happy with the praises the film is receiving. Not just I, but Ananya, Jhansi and Chakrapani sir and the whole team is part of this success. We are all happy with the output and I thank all the audience who have watched the film and supported us,” added the actor.Also, Darshi says he will never stop being part of films and do roles which let him make some comedy and make his audience laugh.
EU leaders failed early Friday to narrow the east-west gap over how to deal with migrants coming to Europe and face a big task ahead to reform asylum rules by a deadline of June next year, summit participants said.During more than two hours of what one called “fierce” debate, eastern European leaders stood firm against refugee quotas which the majority adopted in 2015 as a form of solidarity with frontline states Greece and Italy.The stubborn divide contrasts with broad agreement among the leaders to continue shoring up Europe’s external borders through cooperation deals with third countries like Turkey and Libya.“Solidarity cannot exist only in the external dimension, but must also exist in the internal one,” German Chancellor Angela Merkel told reporters following the summit.“Here we still have a lot of work to do. The points of view did not change. But there is a clear task to continue working until June next year,” Merkel said.European Council President Donald Tusk irked some nations when he said in a pre-summit letter that a mandatory quota scheme for relocating refugees from frontline states was “ineffective” and “highly divisive”.Eastern European states Poland, Hungary, Slovakia and the Czech Republic have backed his approach, but Germany and others say the quotas are a necessary way of showing solidarity in the EU.Merkel’s 2015 decision to open the doors to one million asylum seekers was blamed by a number of European leaders, particularly Hungary’s Viktor Orban, for worsening the migration crisis.The quotas triggered sharp east-west division when they were adopted at the height of the migrant crisis in 2015 as a way to ease the burden on Italy and Greece, which have had more than 1.5 million people land on their shores in the last three years.The EU has since stalled on plans for a permanent mechanism for future crises, and the leaders of Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic and Slovakia made clear their continuing opposition.“The discussion was fierce because the differences of opinion are still wide,” Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said after the long dinner talks.“There’s no solution on how to find a consensus on the quotas,” Rutte said.Luxembourg Prime Minister Xavier Bettel told reporters afterwards “it is dangerous to think we can do without a permanent mechanism”.Before the summit started, the four eastern leaders offered a financial contribution of 35 million euros ($30 million) to bolster external borders.But Bettel, Rutte and others said the money cannot buy off countries that do their share to admit migrants and refugees.“What Orban is doing is shameful!” Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said at the end of the summit.“If you allow that to happen, the EU becomes a place where each one does his shopping to buy what he likes,” Rutte added.‘Decide by majority’Orban has led eastern opposition to admitting refugees and migrants, saying the region will not be able to integrate them and it will face a security threat, particularly from Muslims.EU sources said there is a “window” to try to bridge the gap over sharing the migrant burden as the bloc has been under less migrant pressure for the last year or so.The June deadline for asylum reform comes as the summer weather makes Mediterranean boat crossings more likely.Italy and Greece have seen sharp declines in migrant arrivals in the last months and year as a result of EU cooperation with Libya and Turkey, but fear future crises.Tusk’s comments caused a pre-summit row with the European Commission, the executive arm of the EU, which first pushed the quota system.EU officials said over 32,000 people had been relocated under the plan, or 90 percent of those eligible. The scheme was originally meant to relocate 160,000 refugees.EU Migration Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos called Tusk’s remarks “unacceptable” and “anti-European”.After the summit, Rutte said: “We are worried about (Tusk’s) consensual approach.“It is important that as a last resort the council (member states) can decide by majority.”
Stay on target MovieBob Reviews: ‘Shadow’MovieBob Reviews: ‘The Curse of La Llorona’ At this point, the Fast & Furious franchise represents something like the longest ironic joke ever told to global movie audiences. At some point in the white noise between sequels, a series initially dedicated to showing off expensively-outfitted cars, the almost determinedly anti-charismatic presence of Vin Diesel (who we at one point thought was going to be a much bigger star) and pretty much nothing else morphed into an over-the-top parody of itself that endures by impressively resisting all opportunities to acknowledge that is a parody – one that is now increasingly centered on a super-charismatic actor who’s turning out to be a much bigger star than anyone could’ve anticipated in Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.Yet the franchise continues, powered by an innate sense of audience connectivity that understands better than any modern action film outside of maybe the first Avengers movie that audiences will forgive almost any lapse in narrative logic so long as the leap of faith lands somewhere entertaining. When exactly did a crew of street-racing reprobates and (literal) highway-robbers transform fully into a team of justice-seeking mercenaries for hire? What year did Tokyo Drift take place in, again? Why does Hobbs continue to use Toretto’s team even for missions that are not explicitly car-related until they’ve shown up? Does anyone remember that the first movie just wasn’t very good? Don’t ask those questions – you’ll spoil everyone’s good time.And it is still a good time – just maybe not a great time. Don’t get me wrong, the car stunts and the action beats are as good as they’ve ever been (new director F. Gary Gray being an old pro at this sort of thing) and by now the returning cast has all settled nicely into what passes for characterization in this series for their individual roles. I.e. “keep a straight face, work your specific routine, occasionally indicate to the audience that you also have no idea what purpose Tyrese’s character is actually meant to serve.” And the new setup that finds Toretto seemingly betraying his comrades at the behest of Charlize Theron’s mysterious new supervillain Cipher is, at least initially, a nice break from the routine.The letdown is that for the first time in a while the sense of the franchise genuinely going above and beyond expectations isn’t quite there. It’s still getting bigger and more preposterous, but almost mechanically so – the cool new gag of the team fighting against a whole city’s worth of remote-controlled “zombie” cars is awesome but only really gets busted out for one scene, the implications of Cipher having some kind of “deep lore” connection to the series turns out to just be a standard retcon making her the vague mastermind behind the last two movies’ bad guys and Toretto’s much-hyped bad guy turn lacks the expected intrigue and gravity: Iron Man turning against Captain America this is not.Some of the problems are structural. It’s made explicit from the start that Dom is being manipulated against his will (longtime fans of the franchise will guess what Cipher “has on him” almost immediately, though it’s treated like a shocking reveal). And Dom has a scheme of his own for turning the tables is teed-up for the audience far too early. It’s not uninteresting, and in the best moments, it even serves as a reminder that Diesel’s extremely limited range has always been suited to taciturn moral ambiguity than hero roles. But it ends up feeling like what it increasingly seems to have been all along: A way to keep Vin Diesel at the nominal forefront of the storyline without having to spend as much time working with the rest of the ensemble.And that’s probably the most unfortunate aspect keeping The Fate of The Furious from rising to the occasion: As many had feared, you can really feel the absence of the late Paul Walker in the group dynamic, and it doesn’t feel like the franchise has worked out a new “glue” to hold all the other personalities together as a unit. That becomes something that matters when you’ve got to sell increasingly absurd status-quo evolutions like Jason Statham’s credulity-straining elevation to the “good guy” side, a face-turn that only remotely makes a lick of sense if you assume that the franchise is now running on Dragon Ball Z logic i.e. the arrival of a “worse” villain automatically gets the last nemesis invited to the cookout. Fortunately, Statham is good enough at this kind of role to easily get himself over with the audience by knocking a solo action sequence out of the park in Act 3 (you’ll know it when you see it.)Fate of The Furious not a “bad” movie by any stretch. But the whole hook of this franchise for a long time now has been to wind up being so much better than you’d imagine a bunch of pyrotechnic nonsense about B-list actors fighting terrorism with street-racing would be, and this one is… well, “only” about as good as you could reasonably expect. It’s fine, but it doesn’t really achieve the signature Fast & Furious transcendence even as it ramps up the ridiculous stunts, admirably diverse camaraderie and Diesel’s extraterrestrial pronunciation of the word “fambly.” And it signals a worrying sense that the series may have peaked with two more installments left to go.
News | PET-CT | August 15, 2019 United Imaging Announces First U.S. Clinical Installation of uExplorer Total-body PET/CT United Imaging announced that its uExplorer total-body positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) system… read more The Axxent brachytherapy system from Xoft. The multi-lumen MammoSite ML balloon catheter. 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 | 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 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 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 News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 07, 2019 Qfix kVue One Proton Couch Top Validated by Mevion Medical Systems Qfix and Mevion Medical Systems announced that a special version of the kVue One Proton couch top is now both validated… read more News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a… read more The Axxent brachytherapy system from Xoft. A recent development in breast radiation oncology targets specific tumor regions and delivers the necessary radiation in a shorter time period. Accelerated partial breast irradiation (APBI), an alternative radiation treatment to traditional whole breast radiation therapy, reduces the treated area to tissue immediately around the lumpectomy. It can shorten the treatment period from six to seven weeks down to one to five days. Martin Keisch, a board-certified radiation oncologist, M.D., president of Cancer HealthCare Associates and medical director of radiation oncology at University of Miami Hospital and Aventura Hospital, practices APBI exclusively and is a fervent supporter of the new technology. “I almost never do whole breast irradiation,” said Keisch. “I believe there will be a dichotomy between those who ought to be considered for partial breast irradiation and those who ought to be considered for mastectomy.”Methods of BrachytherapyThere are two methods of APBI brachytherapy. The first is the interstitial brachytherapy, which consists of placing multiple catheters in the areas surrounding the tumor. The second method is intracavity brachytherapy, or balloon catheter radiation, which places a single thick catheter into the breast cavity. The catheter has a balloon with radioactive pellets that goes into the tumor cavity. Current products available are the Mammosite single- and multi-lumen balloon catheter, Contura multi-lumen balloon catheter and Axxent electronic brachytherapy. Another intracavity device is the strut-adjusted volume implant (SAVI) breast brachytherapy, which uses multiple radiation sources mounted on one catheter that is expanded. A new method in development uses external radiation beams. This allows treatment with radiation without physical contact. Like internal beam radiation, external beams are targeted to the specific region to avoid damaging healthy tissue. Radiation oncologists use linear accelerators or cobalt machines to target the beam after patient positioning. The painless procedure takes 10 to 30 minutes, with patient positioning taking the most time. Daily treatments last two to nine weeks.Improving Comfort, Treatment EfficacyKeisch said the predominant advantage in APBI is the reduction of radiation, which means fewer side effects and a shorter treatment period. A patient suffers more side effects when radiation is given quickly and more healthy tissue is exposed to it. To avoid this, traditional radiation therapy is spread over weeks. Because the radiation dose now can be targeted to a very specific region with APBI, the same dose needed for whole breast irradiation can be given to a smaller volume of tissues over a short amount of time. “When you are treating a smaller volume of tissue, the same dose of radiation can be given over a shorter amount of time without increasing the side effects,” Keisch said. Localized therapy rates of toxicity from radiation have proven to be equivalent with APBI, said Greg Amante, a marketing manager for a popular radiation applicator. APBI allows for greater convenience for the patient, with its limited exposure to the targeted area and drastically reduced treatment time, he added. By targeting the radiation therapy, the treatment minimizes skin damage, such as telangiectasia, hyperpigmentation, fibrosis and fat necrosis. Not only do studies point to its comparable effectiveness to whole breast irradiation, they also point to the lower occurrence rates of skin discoloration and scarring, burning, fatigue and damage to surrounding organs.The Multi-Lumen SystemOne major development in the intracavity method is the multi-lumen balloon catheter, which provides physicians with more flexibility than the single-lumen balloon catheter and provides patients with more options. The MammoSite ML multi-lumen radiation therapy system, first cleared by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2002, was recently improved with the flexibility to shape the radiation dose to treat more patients. Amante, who markets MammoSite, said the new multi-lumen design, launched in March 2010, opens partial breast irradiation to women who were previously ineligible for single-lumen treatment. With the single-lumen device, the balloon must be 5 to 7 mm away from the skin surface to avoid scarring and causing cosmetic damage. However, the multi-lumen device allows distribution of the radiation among many catheters and can get closer to the skin’s surface, or while maintaining a clinically acceptable level of radiation without damage. “The multi-lumen balloon catheter allows for the radiation oncologist to pull and shift radiation doses from the skin surface,” Amante said. “This allows the oncologist greater flexibility to get closer to the skin’s surface.”APBI, It’s Not For EveryoneAPBI is not for every patient, however. Patients with multiple lesions, nodal involvement or in later stages of cancer cannot be effectively treated with APBI. On the other hand, it is ideal for older women with small tumors, especially if they already had exposure to radiation and want to limit further exposure or are affected by immuno-suppression. APBI is still in the early stages of adoption. Keisch estimated out of 100,000 candidates for APBI, only about 15 to 20 percent receive it. He attributes this to surgeons and radiologists who are waiting for more trial data to confirm its efficacy and reliability. “Oncologists in general are resistant to change. Some of them will only change when mature randomized data comes in,” Keisch said. “However, some of us are ready to accept the available data.” Four months after the newest version of the MammoSite ML launched, its manufacturer, Hologic Inc., is looking forward to making this technology more streamlined, time-efficient and patient-friendly for physicians, Amante said. “Shorter treatment time is something that is wanted by patients,” he said. “A period from five days to two days, for example, and the ability to increase patient comfort are certainly desirable. The five-year American Society of Breast Surgeons study highlighting 1,440 patients who used the MammoSite shows promising results.”A Hand-Held Device for One-Day TreatmentSince 2008, a product that delivers the full radiation therapy in just one day also has been available. Xoft intraoperative radiation therapy (IORT) uses a hand-held device to deliver extremely targeted X-ray radiation to leftover cancerous tissue. The Xoft Axxent places a balloon into the breast tumor cavity and precisely conforms to the tissues to deliver X-ray through the tube of the balloon. “With APBI, what we’re really discussing here is hypofractionation,” said Michael Klein, president and CEO of Xoft Inc. “We’ve moved from six-to-seven weeks to five days and now to a couple of hours.” According to Klein, patients can come to the hospital at 7:30 a.m. and be done before noon. The radiation can be delivered in 15 to 20 minutes because it has one-third the dosage of the six- to seven-week traditional treatment. The dosage is also applied directly to the cancerous tissue in a very conformal way. While IORT has data to support its effectiveness, it does have its skeptics. This includes Keisch, who said he does not believe the field of oncology has developed a one-day treatment that’s as reliable and efficient as the five-day treatment. “I do think we’ll get to a one-day intraoperative treatment,” Keisch said. “Maybe in the next five years I would be talking about it, but not tomorrow.” Klein concurs that for surgeons and patients to fully embrace IORT’s one-day treatment, definitive data proving its effectiveness is needed. “More data is needed to begin the shift of the focus of breast surgeons and radiation oncologists to one-day IORT treatment,” he said. Klein added surgeons and patients must trust in the effectiveness of the new product, and the trust will be built by successful studies and trials. APBI has been in successful trials, performed on selected patients, for 10 years. Most recently, in June 2010, the TARGIT-A trial of 2,200 patients was completed. Half the patients were treated with whole breast radiation therapy and the other half received intraoperative radiation therapy. At the follow-up point, data showed the results of recurrence rates were equivalent and the rates of side effects were lower for IORT. With studies such as the five-year American Society of Breast Surgeons MammoSite Breast Brachytherapy Registry showing similar recurrence rates between whole breast radiation therapy and APBI, many patients are opting for APBI treatment.Minutes, Not MonthsAPBI is a landmark in the progression of medical technology towards faster, less-invasive and more-efficient treatment. “I truly believe this in my heart of hearts. I don’t see why women would choose whole breast irradiation, given a partial breast irradiation option,” Keisch said. “Of those who were treated with whole breast irradiation decades ago, everyone, if given a do-over, would choose partial breast irradiation.” Klein sums up the scope of this achievement by quoting a surgeon he worked with, “What used to be done in months can now be done in minutes.” FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. PreviousNext Image courtesy of Imago Systems 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 Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD Related Content News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more Feature | October 05, 2010 | Cindy Huang APBI: A Rapidly Evolving Technology Breast brachytherapy can be done in minutes to days with lower-dose and highly targeted radiation
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 | 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 FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 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 Technology | Breast Density | November 28, 2017 Hologic Receives FDA 510(k) Clearance of Quantra 2.2 Breast Density Assessment Software Software provides patient-specific breast density according to BI-RADS 5th Edition categories November 28, 2017 — Hologic Inc. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its Quantra 2.2 Breast Density Assessment Software. The software enables clinicians to provide women with consistent breast density assessments during routine breast cancer screenings.Quantra 2.2 is one of several products that will be available for demonstration in Hologic’s booth at the 103rd Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA), Nov. 26-Dec. 1 in Chicago.Through a proprietary algorithm powered by machine learning, Quantra software analyzes mammography images for distribution and texture of breast tissue, delivering clinicians patient-specific breast density assessment. The software categorizes breasts into four categories of density, in alignment with the ACR BI-RADS (Breast Imaging-Reporting and Data System) Atlas 5th Edition.Nearly half of women between the ages of 40 and 74 have dense breasts, which can make it difficult to detect breast cancer during annual screenings and lead to additional imaging, resulting in increased patient anxiety and unnecessary facility costs. Perhaps most importantly, women with very dense breasts are four to five times more likely to develop breast cancer than women with less dense breasts. Breast density is only identifiable on a mammogram or other screening modality, and has historically been determined by the radiologist who reads the image. With Quantra software, clinicians can feel confident they are providing their patients with an unbiased breast density assessment that removes the potential for visual subjectivity.Quantra software is available for use with Hologic 3-D Mammography systems, including the new 3Dimensions mammography system, with the Intelligent 2-D imaging technology (which is still pending FDA approval). On display at RSNA for the first time, the 3Dimensions system offers a variety of features designed to provide higher quality 3-D images for radiologists, enhanced workflow for technologists, and a more comfortable mammography experience, with low-dose options, for patients.In addition to the 3Dimensions system, RSNA attendees can experience Hologic’s comprehensive portfolio of breast and skeletal health products designed to deliver improved patient satisfaction, better clinician workflow and facility cost savings. They can also visit Hologic’s “New Product Theater,” where representatives from the company’s screening, interventional and skeletal teams will present every hour during exhibition times. Presentations will feature new products including the 3Dimensions system, Brevera breast biopsy system with CorLumina imaging technology, and Fluoroscan InSight FD Mini C-Arm extremities imaging system, all of which will be showcased on the exhibit floor.Throughout the show, Hologic will host a number of interactive workshops and educational symposia, two of which will address the impact that breast tomosynthesis and breast density assessment software can have on clinicians and women with dense breasts. Additional workshops will focus on topics including contrast-enhanced 2-D mammography, advancements in 3-D Mammography, and 3-D image-guided biopsy solutions.For more information: www.hologic.com Related Content News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more News | Mammography 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 Image courtesy of Imago Systems 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 IBM collected a dataset of 52,936 images from 13,234 women who underwent at least one mammogram between 2013 and 2017, and who had health records for at least one year prior to the mammogram. The algorithm was trained on 9,611 mammograms. Image courtesy of Radiology. News | Ultrasound Women’s Health | July 11, 2019 FDA Clears Koios DS Breast 2.0 AI-based Software Koios Medical announced its second 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). 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. 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