Dead birds fall from southern US sky experts befuddled

first_imgAPTN National NewsA mysterious case of bird deaths has wildlife officials in the U.S. southern states scratching their heads.About 3,000 red-winged blackbirds were found dead or dying in Beebe, Ark., last week. If that wasn’t bad enough, then another 500 blackbirds were found dead just over the border in Louisiana.The cause of the deaths remains unknown and wildlife officials in both states are sending bodies to the lab for study.Some have speculated that the deaths may have been caused by heart attacks, bad weather or fireworks.Last week, hundreds of thousands of drum fish washed up dead along a 20 kilometre stretch of the Arkansas River.last_img read more

Liberal lawmakers challenge Trump with drug cost legislation

first_imgWASHINGTON — Challenging the Trump administration on a high-profile consumer issue, leading congressional liberals plan to unveil a package of bills Thursday designed to radically reduce what Americans pay for prescription drugs by linking prices to lower costs in other countries.The legislation has little chance of becoming law under a divided government, but it could put Republicans on the defensive by echoing themes and ideas that President Donald Trump has embraced at one time or another. The common denominator: Americans shouldn’t have to pay more for critical medications than consumers pay in other economically advanced countries.The Trump administration has put forward its own plan for reducing drug prices.Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Democratic Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland plan to introduce the three bills on Thursday, according to the senator’s office. Cummings chairs the House Oversight and Government Reform committee, which is planning to take a major role on drug pricing issues.A new idea in the package would open up generic competition to patent-protected U.S. brand-name drugs that are deemed “excessively priced.” A second bill would allow Medicare to directly negotiate with drugmakers. The third bill would allow consumers to import lower-priced medications from Canada.“If the pharmaceutical industry will not end its greed … then we will end it for them,” Sanders said in a statement.The federal Health and Human Services Department would get a major new mission regulating drug prices.As a presidential candidate, Trump initially called for Medicare to negotiate drug prices and favoured allowing Americans to import lower-priced medications from abroad, something that many consumers already do even if it is not legal.But those ideas are political nonstarters for most Republicans, who favour a free-market approach to the U.S. pharmaceutical industry and prize its capacity for innovation.As president, Trump has unveiled a complex plan to lower drug costs, relying on dozens of regulatory actions. A key goal is to eliminate incentives for major actors like drugmakers, pharmacy managers and insurers to stifle competition at the expense of consumers. Independent experts say the administration’s proposals would have an impact but they don’t limit the ability of drug companies to set high prices.Time and again, Trump has complained that other countries where governments set drug prices are taking advantage of Americans. Indeed, one of his ideas would shift Medicare payments for drugs administered in doctors’ offices to a level based on international prices.“We are taking aim at the global freeloading that forces American consumers to subsidize lower prices in foreign countries through higher prices in our country,” the president said in unveiling that proposal shortly before last year’s congressional elections.Sanders and Cummings would go far beyond Trump’s proposals. Their legislation would essentially apply to any U.S. patent-protected brand-name drug, whether or not government programs are bearing its costs. By comparison, Trump’s international pricing proposal would not apply to retail pharmacy drugs purchased by Medicare beneficiaries or to medications for privately insured people.Under the lawmakers’ plan, drugs deemed “excessively priced” by HHS could face generic competition. A medication’s cost would be deemed “excessive” if its price in the U.S. is higher than the median, or midpoint, price in Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany, France and Japan.If the manufacturer is unwilling to cut its U.S. price, then the government could allow generic manufacturers to make a more affordable version of the medication. Generic companies taking on the task would have to pay “reasonable” royalties to the company holding the patent.The pharmaceutical industry is already adamantly opposed to Trump’s international pricing idea and is likely to fight the lawmakers’ proposal even harder.Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Ggn family threatens mass suicide over police inaction

first_imgGurugram: Mohammad Sajid and his family that was subjected to physical violence on the day of Holi in Gurugram’s Bhoop Singh area, has now threatened to commit mass suicide over police inaction. The family has accused district police and civil administration of favouring the goons and have claimed that they are being pressured to withdraw the FIR. “The matter is in public domain. Everyone knows how goons have deliberately attacked us in a preplanned manner. Still, the district police are not helping us and allowing alleged attackers and their family members to threaten us to withdraw the FIR,” said Mohamad Akhtar, one of the victims.”They come to our house and abuse our women and girls. If the district administration and police will not help us to bring justice in this case, we will go for mass suicide,” Akhtar said. The victim’s family has submitted a memorandum to Sohna SDM for a speedy trial. “The local police have registered FIR against two youths of our family in a bid to put pressure on us,” Akhtar said. Meanwhile, Gurugram (South) DCP Himanshu Garg said that both the groups were involved in the altercation. The police had arrested 10 persons for attacking the family on March 21. There was a change in events when there was a cross-FIR was filed against the family. This riled the family to an extent that even planned to leave the city till they were stopped in doing so by the top police officials. The Muslim family in Gurugram that was attacked by a mob of 12-20 people on the day of Holi (March 21) with rods and sticks. The family had been living in Gurugram for the past 15 years. According to the FIR registered at Bhondsi police station, the incident took place when Sajid’s relatives had come to visit on Holi. In the complaint, Sajid’s nephew, Dilshad, alleged that they were playing cricket in a vacant plot near the house when some boys confronted them and said, “What are you doing here? Go to Pakistan and play.” When Sajid intervened, one of the two men on the bike slapped him, Dilshad alleged. In the moments that followed, the duo was joined by several others, allegedly armed with sticks, rods and swords, who barged into the family’s home, attacked them and stole their valuables. Videos recorded by the victims show them trying to close the door to the terrace, even as the accused try to break it down. In the video, a group of men can be seen beating up a man with rods and sticks, while another lies in the corner, even as two women plead with the attackers to stop.last_img read more

Advertising regulation changes

Vehicle manufacturers will seek to comply with the latest change in advertising regulations within the timeframe set by the revised DfT and VCA guidelines. Vehicle manufacturers already make detailed CO2 information available in a variety of formats at point of sale and in advertisements. In 2005 vehicle manufacturers introduced the voluntary colour coded labelling scheme, giving more than the statutory minimum information, which is now recognised as best practice by the European Commission. Car buyers are increasingly aware of CO2 emissions from vehicles and manufacturers continue to deliver lower-carbon cars to the market place, helping to reduce emission and alleviate high fuel costs.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

The Last Time The Chiefs Were This Good They Won A Super

3D. Culpepper2004MIN4-172.21766183127.0 9T. Brady2015NWE5-070.61699141118.4✓ NE61NE66NE+0.1– DAL53GB57GB+6.7– OAK68%OAK58BAL+9.4– The Kansas City Chiefs’ Week 5 win over the the Houston Texans was significant for several reasons. It squashed any lingering doubts about who the NFL’s best team is, as the league’s only 4-0 team moved to 5-0. It also solidified KC’s place atop our NFL projections, as we now give them a 97 percent chance of making the playoffs and an 81 percent chance of earning a coveted first-round bye. But perhaps the team’s most impressive achievement so far is this: These are the best Chiefs since KC’s last (and only) championship team, 48 years ago.Using Elo, our pet metric for judging a team’s strength at any given moment, we can trace the various incarnations of the Chiefs week by week in NFL history. Their current Elo rating of 1701 is the highest it has been since the team hit its all-time peak rating of 1775 after defeating the Vikings in Super Bowl IV. Of the 899 weeks for which we have Elo data on this team, there are only eight in which Kansas City’s rating was higher than it is right now — and all of them came in that 1969 campaign, in the last year of the AFL. Move over, Len Dawson, make room for Alex Smith.But we have certainly seen hot starts from Andy Reid’s team before. They started the 2013-14 season 9-0 and then lost five of their next seven regular-season games before bowing out to the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC Wild Card game. So will this year be any different?The defense has regressed since the 2013 season, surrendering 22.2 points per game through five games, compared with 19.1 for the whole of the 2013 season. But they’ve maintained respectability despite losing star safety Eric Berry, who went down for the season with a torn Achilles tendon in the team’s opening-night road win over the New England Patriots. And any step back here has been more than compensated for by improvements on offense. Led by Smith and rookie running back Kareem Hunt, the offense is off to a blistering pace, averaging an NFL-best 32.8 points per game, 5.9 points better than the 2013 team managed to produce.This may be hard to digest, but Smith is having one of the best starts to a season of any quarterback in NFL history. In almost every major offensive category — passing completion rate, passer rating, adjusted yards per attempt and interceptions — Smith ranks among the best. Here are the best season-opening five-game stretches ever, according to passer rating, among QBs who made more than 150 passing attempts in that span in any season since 1950. 4A. Smith2017KAN5-076.61391110125.8 BUF51BUF57CIN-9.3– MIN58MIN64MIN+2.0– 7M. Ryan2016ATL4-169.11740122121.6✓✓ In addition to having the fourth-best passer rating in this time frame, Smith has yet to throw an interception. And among these quarterbacks, Smith’s completion rate of 76.6 percent is the highest. The table above puts Smith in some nice company: Every QB joining him is either a Hall of Famer already or will likely be one soon — with the exception of Daunte Culpepper. (And unlike Culpepper, Smith doesn’t have the luxury of being able to heave jump balls to Randy Moss.) In this group, Culpepper and Smith also stand out as the only ones to not start at least one Super Bowl in their career to date. Culpepper may be alone in that regard after this season.In the PittsKansas City’s Week 6 opponent had a slightly less glorious Week 5. In fact, the Pittsburgh Steelers suffered one of the worst losses in their 85-year history. Ben Roethlisberger threw five interceptions in a brutal 30-9 loss at home to the Jacksonville Jaguars (yes, them). The Steelers’ loss was so bad that they dropped 55 Elo points, the 49th-worst single-game drop in more than 30,000 NFL games, and the franchise’s third-worst loss ever. Steelers fans may not want to remember the two worse losses, but we’ll remind them anyway: a 24-6 defeat at home to the newly formed Houston Texans in 2002 and a 34-10 thumping on the road against the previously winless Cincinnati Bengals in 1979 (ouch!).The latest loss means Roethlisberger is under intense pressure to retire, with even the two-time Super Bowl winner admitting that he might not have it anymore. That, along with the quarterback’s public spat with wide receiver Antonio Brown in Week 4, means the Steelers could be in a minor crisis. Pittsburgh finds itself 3-2 and atop the AFC North standings, with the Baltimore Ravens and Cincinnati Bengals lurking just behind. Looking at the underwhelming slate of opponents the Steelers have played so far — the Cleveland Browns, Minnesota Vikings, Chicago Bears, Baltimore Ravens and Jacksonville Jaguars — gives even more cause for concern. The Steelers travel to the Chiefs next week before a home game against their bitter rivals the Bengals and a visit to the surprisingly good Detroit Lions. The rest of October could alter Big Ben’s plans in 2018.FiveThirtyEight vs. the crowdWeek 5 in our NFL prediction game — in which we invite you to pick football games and try to outsmart our Elo algorithm — was much better for you readers than the previous two weeks had been — readers were just 21 points behind the Elo predictions in Week 5 compared with 146.2 points behind in Weeks 3 and 4 combined. The readers made gains mostly by being less wrong than our algorithm. Both Elo and the readers picked the Oakland Raiders to beat the Ravens and the New York Giants to beat the Los Angeles Chargers, and neither of those picks worked out. However, the average reader was less confident in either the Raiders or the Giants of winning than Elo was, so readers lost fewer points on those misplaced bets.The biggest net gain for Elo came in the Miami Dolphins’ win over the Tennessee Titans. Even without factoring in that the Titans’ Marcus Mariota was inactive for the game, Elo put its faith in Jay Cutler and the Dolphins and was rewarded. (Never doubt Jay Cutler! Haha, no, we’re kidding. Definitely doubt him.) That’s it for this week — be sure you make your picks for Week 6. NYG68NYG59LAC+9.0– 8D. Marino1984MIA5-065.21527153121.6✓✓ Source: Pro-football-reference.com QBYEARTEAMW-LCOMP %YDSTDINTPASSER RATINGWON DIV.?MADE SB? OUR PREDICTION (ELO)READERS’ PREDICTION 10D. Brees2009NOR5-069.21400132118.4✓✓ PICKWIN PROB.PICKWIN PROB.WINNERREADERS’ NET PTS NYJ65NYJ59NYJ-7.3– 6K. Warner2000RAM5-072.11947147122.0 1P. Manning2013DEN5-075.8%1884201136.4✓✓ 5A. Rodgers2011GNB5-071.71721142122.9✓ PIT80PIT79JAX+0.0 Alex Smith is in royal company … plus Daunte CulpepperTop passer ratings among quarterbacks who have thrown at least 150 attempts in a team’s first five games of a season, since 1950 DET63DET59CAR+2.6– SEA55SEA51SEA-6.3– KC67KC65KC-4.1– 2T. Brady2007NWE5-074.11383162128.7✓✓ PHI65PHI67PHI-0.6– Elo’s dumbest (and smartest) picks of Week 5Average difference between points won by readers and by Elo in Week 5 matchups in FiveThirtyEight’s NFL prediction game IND75IND62IND-11.3– MIA59TEN51MIA-11.9– read more

CMS Cepcor major expansion progressing

first_imgCMS Cepcor has recently been granted planning permission to substantially expand their facilities at their Coalville headquarters in the UK. This new expansion includes the construction of a new purpose built head office that will incorporate its research and development, inspection, sales, administration and crusher training facilities alongside the substantial expansion of its existing crusher parts storage and distribution warehousing.The new development of the facilities in Coalville is planned to commence shortly and to be completed in Q1 2015. This latest development follows the recent substantial investment in the CMS Cepcor™ technical centre in Coalville which was commissioned in 2013. This subsequently included the integration of Baguley Precision Engineers, the wholly owned UK manufacturing subsidiary business of CMS Cepcor into its Precision Services Division.The new technical centre represented a substantial investment in new premises, and CNC manufacturing capability, which has further enhanced the manufacturing, inspection and repair facilities in Coalville and provided greatly improved manufacturing efficiency for the company. These approved facilities include CNC, milling, turning, boring, slotting, grinding, drilling, pressing, welding, co-ordinate measuring, material testing and assembly. Alongside the UK manufacture of crusher, screen, feeder and coating plant spare parts, the company is also experienced as a machining contractor for other industries.Lee Hodges, Commercial Director, commented: “In recent years CMS Cepcor has increasingly consolidated manufacture of our precision machined crusher spare parts in-house and the expansion facilities in Coalville will help to ensure we remain the genuine alternative to the original equipment manufacturer.”last_img read more

Police in Derry investigating serious and malicious paramilitarystyle attack on teenager

first_imgPolice in Derry investigating ‘serious and malicious’ paramilitary-style attack on teenager The assailants all wore masks. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 9,874 Views Sunday 11 Jun 2017, 11:43 AM POLICE IN DERRY are investigating a report of a serious and malicious assault on a teenager.The in the Gartan Square area of Derry, just after midnight yesterday.Chief Inspector Alan Hutton said:“The assault has all the hallmarks of a paramilitary-style attack, with the assailants all wearing masks.“These attackers set upon a vulnerable 15-year-old boy with iron bars – and the victim sustained a number of broken bones as a result.“Anyone who has information that could help with our investigation should contact detectives at Strand Road, using the non-emergency number 101 and quoting reference number 28 of 10/6/17.”Alternatively, if someone would prefer to provide information without giving their details they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111.Read: London-bound flight diverted over ‘suspicious conversation’ 18 Comments Jun 11th 2017, 11:43 AM Gartan Square Image: Google Mapscenter_img http://jrnl.ie/3438142 Share Tweet Email Image: Google Maps Gartan Square By Paul Hosford Short URLlast_img read more

Séisme les habitants des HautesPyrénées secoués en pleine nuit

first_imgSéisme : les habitants des Hautes-Pyrénées secoués en pleine nuitTarbes, Hautes-Pyrénées, France – Les habitants de 120 communes des Hautes-Pyrénées, situées au sud-est de Tarbes, ont été secoués en pleine nuit par un léger séisme hier, jeudi 1er avril. La zone, étendue sur 117 km à partir de l’épicentre, a été touchée par un tremblement de terre de magnitude 4,3 jeudi dernier, à 3h36. Heureusement, ce dernier n’a fait ni victime, ni dégât.  À lire aussiInternet pourrait être le meilleur système au monde pour détecter les séismesSelon les 185 habitants interrogés par le Bureau central de Strasbourg, la secousse a duré de 3 à 5 secondes, les réveillant dans leur sommeil en ce jour de poisson d’avril. Certains habitants éloignés de l’épicentre l’ont également ressentie, notamment dans le Gers et la Haute-Garonne.Selon Matthieu Sylvander, sismologue à l’observatoire Midi-Pyrénées, si le tremblement de terre a été ressenti aussi loin, c’est qu’il a eu lieu dans une zone de la croûte terrestre plus profonde que les séismes habituels. Il explique, sur le site de La Dépêche : “Généralement, les séismes se produisent aux alentours de cinq à six kilomètres. La plus grande profondeur de celui-ci explique qu’il n’y ait pas eu de dégâts, mais aussi que les gens aient pu le ressentir aussi loin”. L’épicentre du séisme a été situé entre Aspin et Arreau, dans une zone montagneuse. Il s’agit du plus important séisme depuis deux ans dans le secteur. Le dernier, recensé le 15 octobre 2009, avait atteint une magnitude de 3,9. Le 2 avril 2010 à 12:47 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Vancouver man dies at Weyerhaeuser mill in Longview

first_imgLONGVIEW — A 50-year-old Vancouver man died Saturday afternoon while working on an electrical project at Weyerhaeuser, Longview police said Sunday.Scott Trapp, a JH Kelly contractor, was installing electrical wiring at the facility when a co-worker noticed “he was down” about 5 p.m., Longview Sgt. Troy Brightbill said.On-site employees performed CPR and tried to revive Trapp with an automated external defibrillator but were unsuccessful, Brightbill said. Longview firefighters also were unable to revive Trapp, who was declared dead at the scene, Brightbill said.The Cowlitz County Coroner’s Office is investigating the cause of death and should have more information today.last_img read more

Coconut Creek woman safely located after going missing

first_imgCOCONUT CREEK, FLA. (WSVN) – Police have safely located a previously missing woman from Coconut Creek.Coconut Creek Police said 21-year-old Yanique Mauge left her house to walk to Broward College on Wednesday. She was safely found just after noon, Thursday, and has returned home.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Walker may call gas line special session in October

first_imgGov. Bill Walker (File photo by Skip Gray/360 North)Gov. Bill Walker may call a special session of the Legislature next month to consider the Alaska LNG Project. Walker spokeswoman Katie Marquette says his decision isn’t final yet, but he’s been talking to legislators about dates, and he’s considering the third week in October.Download Audio:“The state has until the end of the December to decide whether to buy out TransCanada’s position in  a gas line, so that matter needs to be handled before the regular session,” she said.Walker wants the state to buy TransCanada’s share of the project, which he says would give the state a real seat at the table. He estimates it would cost about $100 million.Senate Majority Leader John Coghill of North Pole says Walker has a good case to make for the buyout.“My guess is there’s a good chance of him being successful,” Coghill said. “But a lot of it depends upon what other pieces are laid out with it. The previous briefings that we’ve had, there was a lot of unanswered questions yet that we’re hoping that they will bring with them to the special session.”The governor has to give legislators 30-days notice. The Legislature held two special sessions this spring to resolve the state budget.last_img read more

Time travel theory avoids grandfather paradox

first_img Explore further More information: Seth Lloyd, et al. “The quantum mechanics of time travel through post-selected teleportation.” arXiv:1007.2615v2via: The Physics ArXiv Blog and Science News (PhysOrg.com) — The possibility of going back in time only to kill your ancestors and prevent your own birth has posed a serious problem for potential time travelers, not even considering the technical details of building a time machine. But a new theory proposed by physicists at MIT suggests that this grandfather paradox could be avoided by using quantum teleportation and “post-selecting” what a time traveler could and could not do. So while murdering one’s relatives is unfortunately possible in the present time, such actions would be strictly forbidden if you were to try them during a trip to the past. The model of time travel proposed by Seth Lloyd, et al., in a recent paper at arXiv.org arises from their investigation of the quantum mechanics of closed timelike curves (CTCs) and search for a theory of gravity. In simple terms, a CTC is a path of spacetime that returns to its starting point. The existence of CTCs is allowed by Einstein’s general relativity, although it was Gödel who first discovered them. As with other implications of his theories, Einstein was a bit disturbed by CTCs. In the new paper, the scientists explore a particular version of CTCs based on combining quantum teleportation with post-selection, resulting in a theory of post-selected CTCs (P-CTCs). In quantum teleportation, quantum states are entangled so that one state can be transmitted to the other in a different location. The scientists then applied the concept of post-selection, which is the ability to make a computation automatically accept only certain results and disregard others. In this way, post-selection could ensure that only a certain type of state can be teleported. The states that “qualify” to be teleported are those that have been post-selected to be self-consistent prior to being teleported. Only after it has been identified and approved can the state be teleported, so that, in effect, the state is traveling back in time. Under these conditions, time travel could only occur in a self-consistent, non-paradoxical way. “The formalism of P-CTCs shows that such quantum time travel can be thought of as a kind of quantum tunneling backwards in time, which can take place even in the absence of a classical path from future to past,” the researchers write in their paper. “Because the theory of P-CTCs relies on post-selection, it provides self-consistent resolutions to such paradoxes: anything that happens in a P-CTC can also happen in conventional quantum mechanics with some probability.” This figure shows CTCs through (a) conventional and (b) post-selected teleportation. Image credit: Seth Lloyd, et al. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.center_img However, the scientists note that prohibiting paradoxical events would cause unlikely events to happen more often. These “strange and counterintuitive effects” arise due to the nonlinear nature of P-CTCs. Like a movie hero who always manages to escape seemingly imminent death, the grandfather would always somehow manage to survive his grandchild’s murderous plots. “Some little quantum fluctuation would whisk the bullet away at the last moment,” Lloyd explained. In addition to prohibiting the grandfather paradox, the P-CTC theory also has the advantage that it doesn’t require the distortions of spacetime that traditional time travel theories rely on. These spacetime distortions probably only exist in extreme environments such as inside black holes, making these theories nearly impossible to realize. Although post-selected computations are nonlinear and have not yet been shown to be possible, some studies have shown that quantum mechanics may be nonlinear and allow post-selected computations, which would potentially make quantum computing a very powerful technique. Such a computer could more efficiently solve a complex problem containing lots of variables by running all possible combinations of values and post-selecting only the combinations that solve the problem. This strategy would work much better than the classical strategy of trying different combinations until you get one that works. On the other hand, other studies suggest that quantum mechanics must be linear, in part due to the seemingly impossible things that post-selection allows. Still, the scientists hope that future investigations will reveal whether or not their theory is correct. They explain that the effect of P-CTCs can be tested by performing quantum teleportation experiments, and by post-selecting only the results that correspond to the desired entangled-state output.“P-CTCs might also allow time travel in spacetimes without general-relativistic closed timelike curves,” they conclude. “If nature somehow provides the nonlinear dynamics afforded by final-state projection, then it is possible for particles (and, in principle, people) to tunnel from the future to the past.” © 2010 PhysOrg.com Study Shows Time Traveling May Not Increase Computational Power Citation: Time travel theory avoids grandfather paradox (2010, July 21) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-07-theory-grandfather-paradox.htmllast_img read more

Term of office of 6th Pay Commission extended by another 6 months

first_imgKolkata: The term of office of the sixth Pay Commission has been extended by another six months for submitting its report containing recommendations on restructuring of salary of the state government employees.A resolution has been issued stating that “the term of office of the chairman and the members of the sixth Pay Commission, West Bengal,” has been extended “for a further period of six months with effect from November 27”. It may be mentioned that the Commission, headed by economist Prof Abhirup Sarkar, was constituted in November 2015 and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had announced the setting up of the same for its recommendation for restructuring salary of the state government employees. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeIt may be recalled that the term of office of the sixth Pay Commission was extended twice and each time the term of office was extended for a period of one year. It was in 2016 and 2017 when the terms of office were extended. This time it has been extended for six months. The state government officials are expecting that the recommendations of the sixth Pay Commission will come after the next six months. It may be mentioned that this comes at a time when in June the Mamata Banerjee government had announced 25 percent additional Dearness Allowance (DA) for the state government employees with the merger of 10 percent interim relief despite financial constrains. The same will come to effect from January 1, 2019 and the total DA of the employees will be 125 percent. It is 90 percent more than what it was till the end of the Left Front period as CPI(M) had managed to give only 35 percent DA. It may be mentioned that the increase in the DA will cost Rs 5000 crore more to the state exchequer every year.last_img read more

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first_imgJune 16, 2009 – MDS Nordion, a leading global provider of medical isotopes and radiopharmaceuticals used in molecular medicine, and the Karpov Institute of Physical Chemistry in Moscow, Russia, have agreed to study the feasibility of the Karpov Institute providing the company with a flexible, reliable and responsive medical-isotope supplier of molybdenum-99 (Mo-99) for the global nuclear medicine market.MDS Nordion and the Karpov Institute have agreed to combine their respective expertise and resources to explore the development of a commercialization plan to address a portion of the need for a long-term supply of moly-99.Together, MDS Nordion and the Karpov Institute have strong technical and operational expertise. MDS Nordion has substantial technical and marketing knowledge; the Karpov Institute brings substantial nuclear infrastructure and expertise in physics and reactor operations.The Karpov Institute of Physical Chemistry is classified as a State Scientific Centre, which has been involved in basic and applied research in the area of physical chemistry for more than 90 years. Production of medical isotopes and radiopharmaceuticals using the capabilities of the WWR-c research reactor is one of the most important multidirectional activities currently developed at the institute. The Karpov Institute is the main supplier (90 percent) of Mo-99 and Tc-99m generators to the domestic Russian market. Our products are delivered weekly to more than 200 clinics throughout Russia.For more information: www.mdsnordion.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 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 News | PET-CT | June 19, 2019 United Imaging Announces First U.S. Clinical Install of uMI 550 Digital PET/CT United Imaging announced the first U.S. clinical installation of the uMI 550 Digital positron emission tomography/… read more News | Interventional Radiology | July 31, 2019 International Multidisciplinary Group Publishes Recommendations for Personalized HCC Treatment With Y90 TheraSphere New consensus recommendations for personalized treatment for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) with BTG’s TheraSphere have… read more News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | June 07, 2019 Amsterdam University Medical Center Wins MR Solutions’ Image of the Year Award The Amsterdam University Medical Center has won MR Solutions’ Image of the Year 2019 award for the best molecular… read more X-ray images such as the one on the left fail to indicate many cases of advanced bone destruction caused by multiple myeloma, says the author of new guidelines on imaging for patients with myeloma and related disorders. Image courtesy of Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center. News | Computed Tomography (CT) | June 17, 2019 International Working Group Releases New Multiple Myeloma Imaging Guidelines An International Myeloma Working Group (IMWG) has developed the first set of new recommendations in 10 years for… read more News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | July 26, 2019 NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes Awarded $30 Million by U.S. Department of Energy NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes LLC has been awarded $15 million in a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of… read more News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | July 01, 2019 Bracco Imaging Acquires Blue Earth Diagnostics Bracco Imaging S.p.A. has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Blue Earth Diagnostics, a molecular imaging company… read more Technology | Information Technology | June 20, 2019 DOSIsoft Receives FDA 510(k) Clearance for Planet Onco Dose Software DOSIsoft announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to market Planet… read more Figure 1. A high-fidelity 3-D tractography of the left ventricle heart muscle fibers of a mouse from Amsterdam Ph.D. researcher Gustav Strijkers. News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | July 16, 2019 NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes Completes Construction on Beloit, Wis. Molybdenum-99 Processing Facility NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes LLC  announced completion of construction on its 20,000-square-foot molybdenum-99 (Mo-… read more News | June 16, 2009 MDS Nordion to Partner With Russian Medical Isotope Supplier Related Content News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | August 02, 2019 ASRT Supports Radiopharmaceutical Reimbursement Bill The American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) announced its support for House Resolution (HR) 3772, a measure… read more last_img read more

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first_imgFeature | April 01, 2015 | Melinda Taschetta-Millane Breast Density Remains an Issue Feature | Artificial Intelligence | July 19, 2019 | Michal Chorev AI Models Predict Breast Cancer With Radiologist-level Accuracy Breast cancer is the global leading cause of cancer-related deaths in women, and the most commonly diagnosed cancer… read more 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 | 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). Related Content 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 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 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 It’s been a busy year in women’s health, and the topic of breast density remains on the forefront. To date, 21 states have enacted the breast density inform law, which requires healthcare providers to inform women if they have dense breast tissue. Several other states have also either endorsed the bill, or are currently working on it.  During the recent 25th Annual Interdisciplinary Breast Center Conference (NCoBC 2015) in Las Vegas, sponsored by the National Consortium of Breast Centers (NCBC), I sat down with NCBC President Gary Levine, M.D., to discuss some of the trends and advancements that have taken place this past year. “A lot of the efforts have been generated by the breast density legislation that is happening throughout the United States,” said Levine. “States are enacting legislation that dictates that the radiologist must inform a woman regarding her breast density. We see this as very valuable in that women should be informed. However, we need to develop protocols and put them in place for how to address this.” Levine stated that much of this advancement has to do with the new technologies being developed. “Traditional screening mammography, 2-D mammography, has shown that it can decrease the mortality from breast cancer up to 40 percent, but there is a subset of women with dense breast tissue in whom 2-D mammography has limitations. It has trouble seeing through that dense breast tissue in order to see the cancer, so these women need to be aware of that, and we need to offer them supplemental screening technologies,” he explained.Currently, several methods are available, and several are under development. The most common is 3-D mammography, or digital tomosynthesis, which allows the radiologist to slice through the breast tissue and find the cancer that might otherwise be hidden behind dense breast tissue. Screening the breast with ultrasound is another technology, and is unaffected by breast density which makes it a good supplement to screening with mammography.“There also are other technologies being introduced and developed, including breast-specific gamma imaging, which is a type of nuclear imaging, CT of the breast, and CAT scans specific for breast imaging,” said Levine. “It is a very exciting time and we hope to be able to improve the screening that we are offering this subset of women.”However, the ongoing issue remains insurance coverage. “We as physicians are primarily concerned with diagnosing breast cancer early, because we know that translates into survival, but the reality is that if the finances don’t make sense it’s impossible to offer that technology, and hospitals throughout the country are struggling with this,” Levine stressed. “With tomosynthesis, the technology is available and we know that it can find up to 40 percent more invasive cancers in these women with dense breasts, but it has to be paid for. One positive development is that this year Medicare has started a new CPT code, and it has agreed to start paying for digital tomosynthesis. Many of the other third-party payers are dragging their feet, so we are hoping that they follow Medicare’s lead and will start paying for this new valuable technology.” A new code also is in place for whole breast ultrasound screening, and for the first time, providers can get paid for that technology. Most certainly, ITN will keep you abreast of new developments in this area as they develop.You can watch my interview with Levine, as well as other leading physicians speaking on the topic of women’s health, on ITN’s video channel.  FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Image courtesy of Imago Systems 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. 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 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 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. 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 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 read morelast_img read more

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