Bridgewater, le 4 mai, Club de curling, 90, rue Dominion Yarmouth, le 5 mai, Rodd Grand Hotel, 415, rue Main Digby, le 11 mai, Caserne de pompiers, 163, avenue First Wolfville, le 12 mai, Université Acadia, complexe sportif, rue Main (en face de l’avenue University) Truro, le 18 mai, Collège d’agriculture de la Nouvelle-Écosse, salle Cumming (perpendiculaire à College Road) Antigonish, le 19 mai, Légion royale canadienne, 294, rue Main Sydney, le 20 mai, Days Inn, 480 Kings Road Dartmouth, le 26 mai, campus Waterfront du NSCC, 80 Mawiomi Place (perpendiculaire à la rue Pleasant) Le gouvernement provincial veut connaître l’opinion des Néo-Écossais au sujet de l’avenir de leurs côtes. Des journées portes ouvertes auront lieu dans huit communautés en mai afin de recueillir des renseignements pour l’élaboration d’une stratégie provinciale sur la gestion des côtes. « Nos régions et ressources côtières ont en grande partie façonné la Nouvelle-Écosse actuelle, a dit Sterling Belliveau, ministre des Pêches et de l’Aquaculture. Une stratégie qui vise à aborder les questions prioritaires concernant les côtes aidera à assurer la durabilité de nos côtes et nous permettra de laisser cet héritage aux générations futures. » L’élaboration de la stratégie vient à la suite de la publication du Rapport sur l’état des côtes de la Nouvelle-Écosse. Dans ce rapport, le gouvernement a cerné six questions prioritaires concernant les côtes, notamment l’aménagement des côtes, la montée du niveau de la mer et les tempêtes, l’accès public aux côtes, les installations de travail en bord de mer, les écosystèmes et habitats sensibles et la qualité de l’eau des côtes. La stratégie sera basée sur les renseignements contenus dans le rapport et sur la rétroaction des groupes intéressés et du grand public. « Le Rapport sur l’état des côtes de la Nouvelle-Écosse est un point de départ pour les discussions sur les questions complexes qui concernent la gestion améliorée du littoral. Nous voulons connaître l’opinion des gens au sujet des questions posées dans le rapport, » a dit Justin Huston, conseiller en gestion des côtes, ministère des Pêches et de l’Aquaculture. On encourage les participants aux journées portes ouvertes à consulter le Rapport sur l’état des côtes de la Nouvelle-Écosse à l’adresse www.gov.ns.ca/coast/state-of-the-coast.htm . Les journées portes ouvertes auront lieu de 16 h à 20 h aux endroits suivants : Les journées portes ouvertes se dérouleront en anglais, mais des représentants bilingues seront sur place à Digby, Wolfville et Dartmouth. En plus des journées portes ouvertes, les gens peuvent transmettre leurs commentaires en ligne ou par la poste aux adresses suivantes : Ministère des Pêches et de l’Aquaculture de la Nouvelle-Écossea/s du coordonnateur de la gestion des côtesC.P. 2223Halifax (N.-É.) B3J 3C4ourcoast@gov.ns.ca La date limite pour la soumission des commentaires est le 30 juin.
Kolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said on Monday that people should have freedom of choice and regional languages must be given respect.”I believe that there should be freedom of choice. Each state has its own character and language. Regional language should be given priority. I support the regional languages. We must give respect to regional language. I have support for them (southern states),” Banerjee said, while reacting to the draft of National Education Policy (NEP) of the Ministry of Human Resource Development, which had earlier made Hindi compulsory. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess DurgaHowever, the HRD Ministry on Monday omitted the mandatory teaching of Hindi, amid strong voices of dissent particularly from the southern states. “I love Bengali which is my mother tongue but I do not interfere with those who speak Alchiki. Keralites speak Malayalam, Gujarat people speak Gujarati. They (BJP) should not interfere unnecessarily in every matter,” Banerjee added. When questioned about her reaction on the “Jai Shri Ram” slogan, Banerjee referred to it as a distorted one. She accused the saffron party of deleting the name of Lord Ram’s wife Sita from the original chant of “Jai Siya Ram”, to coin the twisted slogan. “You people write what-ever the BJP says. Listen, the actual slogan ‘Jai Siya Ram’ is used in Uttar Pradesh. It means glory to Ram and Sita,” she asserted.
EDMONTON – Gender and vocabulary are clashing on the floor of the Alberta legislature.Premier Rachel Notley, one day after accusing a male opponent of mansplaining, is calling out another for “hepeating.”It came Wednesday during question period after United Conservative member Jason Nixon lauded Notley for taking his party’s advice on the fight to get more pipelines built, but also suggested Notley needs to do more.Notley rejected that statement, then added: “Can I just introduce a new word into the legislature, the definition of which is as follows: Hepeat, when a person who might be a man repeats what you say and takes credit for it.”A day earlier in question period, Notley sarcastically thanked Alberta Party Leader Greg Clark for “mansplaining” to her that there are environmental benefits to pipelines.Clark and other opposition members asked Notley be sanctioned by Speaker Bob Wanner. They suggested the term mansplaining is not only inaccurate but also prejudicial and unparliamentary.Justice Minister Kathleen Ganley, speaking for the government caucus in the house, defended Notley’s remarks. She said Clark was acting within the dictionary definition of mansplaining, which is to explain something to a woman in a condescending manner.On Wednesday, Wanner refused to sanction the premier. He said he did not find the comments unparliamentary in the context of the debate, but cautioned all members to watch not only their language but the tone of their questions.“Like our society has changed, so has this house,” said Wanner. “Tone can be as disrespectful as are certain singular words.”The male-female dynamic has been a cornerstone issue for Notley’s government, which has gender parity in caucus and cabinet and is working to get more women involved in politics and public life.The debate also reopened wounds from March when Energy Minister Marg McCuaig-Boyd, answering detailed questions on the power grid, replied to opposition member Don MacIntyre: “I do not need people from the other side mansplaining to me about electricity.”McCuaig-Boyd, echoing Wanner’s comments, said the issue goes beyond vocabulary.“(On) a number of the questions (in the house) it feels like if it’s to one of the women it’s in a condescending manner — and it gets to be annoying, to be honest,” she said.“Usually I try to ignore it, but once in a while you get tired of the tone.”Environment Minister Shannon Phillips, who was forced to withdraw a remark in March when she called an opponent a “snowflake,” said: “It’s politics and it’s politics in Alberta.“I’ll put the things that I’ve heckled in the house up against the things that get said to me and to my colleagues in politics over the last 2 1/2 years any day.”Clark said it’s wrong to attribute motives, such as sexism, to another member of the house that aren’t there and aren’t true.“I think my record speaks for itself,” he said outside the legislature.“I don’t think anyone could really legitimately question my views.”Nixon said language in the house needs to be treated as a tool, not a weapon.“We need to treat each other with respect,” he said.“We also have got to make sure that the opposition is comfortable to be able to ask questions. That is their responsibility in this system.”
Following her Born This Way Ball concert in Lima, five-time Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter and UNICEF supporter Lady Gaga paid a surprise visit to a UNICEF-supported school in Ventanilla District, Peru, on the outskirts of Lima.The school, Francisco Bolognese, is located in Pachacútec, one of the poorest areas of Ventanilla District, where poverty, violence, mistreatment, gang activities and drug use contribute to keeping many children out of school. In response, UNICEF has been working with the government and partners to implement Child Friendly School initiatives that help keep children in school and provide them with a protective environment. The Child Friendly School model, which UNICEF has helped develop, includes working with parents and the community to provide children and youth with a safe and supportive environment for learning.Lady Gaga emphasized the importance of initiatives that help children and youth develop to their fullest potential: “All children have the right to feel valuable, and everybody has a shot – but not everybody has a fair shot. So, I think that what UNICEF does is try to make the shot a little more equal.”To read the full report of Lady Gaga’s visit and watch a video, visit UNICEF.org.Source:UNICEF
Casablanca – A court in Melilla, a Spanish enclave in northern Morocco, sentenced a Moroccan citizen to 7 years in prison on Monday for allegedly assisting in illegal immigration and human trafficking.In exchange of important sums of money, the Moroccan suspect used to hide clandestine immigrants in cars to help them cross the Bni Anssar border and enter Melilla, according to Spanish press.The Moroccan suspect allegedly received MAD 23.000 from a Somali immigrant and MAD 5,400 from a Guinean immigrant in order to help them enter Melilla. According to Spanish website El Faro Digital, the Moroccan suspect was a member of a criminal network specialized in illegal immigration, which was dismantled in 2013.The suspect had allegedly denied affiliation with the network until one of his relatives confessed the opposite.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed
San Francisco 49er legend Joe Montana is looking to hit pay dirt in the legal marijuana industry.San Jose, California-based Caliva announced Thursday that the Hall of Fame quarterback’s venture capital firm was taking part in a $75 million investment in the company. It didn’t disclose Montana’s portion of the investment.Caliva operates a farm and two retail stores in Northern California and distributes its branded products in roughly two dozen other retail outlets in the state.The 62-year-old said in a statement that he was investing in marijuana in part to combat opioid addiction. Some doctors recommend marijuana to treat opioid addiction.Former Yahoo! Inc. chief executive officer Carol Bartz also took part in the investment and will join the company’s board of directors.Paul Elias, The Associated Press
Companies in this story: (TSX:WEED)The Canadian Press SMITH FALLS, Ont. — Canopy Growth Corp. has acquired AgriNextUSA, in a move to boost its hemp business in the United States.Financial terms of the deal were not immediately available.Canopy says AgriNextUSA chief executive Geoff Whaling will join Canopy Growth USA as a strategic adviser. It says Whaling is considered a hemp pioneer and a leading advocate for the sector in the United States.Earlier this year, Canopy was granted a licence by the state of New York to process and produce hemp, a member of the cannabis plant family.The Ontario-based company has announced plans to invest between US$100 million and US$150 million at its proposed New York hemp operations.The U.S. legalized the cultivation of hemp late last year as a source of cannabidiol (CBD), one of the compounds also found in cannabis.
Last week (Thursday 24 October), a cross-party group of parliamentarians visited the McLaren Technology Centre in Woking where engineering skills were high on the agenda.Commenting on the visit, Richard Burden MP, Shadow Transport Minister and Chair of the Motor APPG, said, “Our cross-party parliamentary group meet to address issues of strategic importance to UK automotive industry and our visit to McLaren this week was the perfect example of that. We have not only seen why the McLaren Group is such a successful motorsport team, but why the Group is leading innovation in automotive production, engineering and manufacturing too.“The partnerships developing in Woking to apply automotive technologies to other industries is incredibly exciting. As we look to scale up low-carbon innovation and build skills for a new generation of employees to strengthen UK automotive for the future, we can certainly learn a lot from McLaren’s innovation and growth.”Alan Foster, Operations Director, McLaren Automotive said, “McLaren is at the forefront of British engineering and recognises the importance that this sector is playing in rebalancing the UK’s economy.“It has been brilliant to see a diverse group of parliamentarians taking such a keen interest in McLaren and the wider technology sector, and we have enjoyed taking this opportunity to discuss ideas for future growth, including the issue of promoting engineering to the next generation.”Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)
People using the south entrance of the Cairns Family Health and Bioscience Research Complex will be walking through a temporary pedestrian tunnel this fall while crews perform exterior maintenance work on overhead infrastructure.The work is expected to last several weeks but should not have any impact on pedestrian traffic through the south entranceway of Cairns.
A huge fire that has been causing significant travel disruption across Nottingham broke out in a station toilet block.Fire crews were called to the blaze at the concourse and walkways of Nottingham train station at 6:30am.The fire later spread to the roof void and around 60 firefighters are tackling “arduous” conditions using specialist equipment.The scene was evacuated and no injuries were reported, emergency services said.The blaze, which started just before the morning rush hour, caused disruption across the local transport networks. Smoke billows from Nottingham railway station early on FridayCredit:Matthew Vincent /PA Firefighters tackle the blaze inside Nottingham stationCredit:Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service East Midlands Trains advised people not to travel “unless it is absolutely necessary” and said trains “cannot run to/from Nottingham”.Travel disruption information on the company website said: “There is a fire at Nottingham station. This is disrupting our trains on the Nottingham/London St Pancras Matlock/Nottingham/Newark, Nottingham/Mansfield/Worksop, Leicester/Lincoln/Grimbsy, Nottingham/Grantham/Skegness and Liverpool/Nottingham/Norwich routes.”It is anticipated that Nottingham station will not re-open today and we expect trains to be disrupted on all routes through Nottingham for the whole of Friday 12th January.” Several cordons and road closures are in place at Queen’s Road, Station Street and Carrington Street, police said. Commuters watch outside Nottingham railway stationCredit:Matthew Vincent /PA Bryn Coleman, Instant Commander at the scene for Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service, said: “We have a serious fire at the concourse and the walkways of Nottingham Station.”We got a call at approximately 6.30am to a fire involving a toilet block – that has now spread to the roof void.”It is quite a complex construction, we have 12 fire appliance units here, plus specialist firefighting equipment.”The conditions inside the station at this time are quite arduous for our firefighters who are committed and working really hard inside.”The early indications are that it will remain closed for the rest of the day.”Mr Coleman said they were working with colleagues from Network Rail and East Midlands Trains in a bid to reopen the station, but added that at the moment “there is still a significant firefighting operation taking place”. Nottinghamshire Police said all trains are cancelled and advised people to avoid the area where possible.The fire also disrupted the journeys of many airline passengers booked on flights to or from East Midlands Airport.Trains to the airport from Nottingham, Lincoln and Leicester were cancelled on Friday morning. Fire engines line up outside the city’s stationCredit:Matthew Vincent /PA A firefighter close to Nottingham railway station which was evacuated amid the blazeCredit:Matthew Vincent /PA 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. Disruption is expected on all East Midlands Trains, the train operator said. Buses and trams are also affected, police said.
The Matrix WAMS-S1000 Permissible Wireless Carbon Monoxide (CO) Monitoring Sensor has been listed by Intertek, a US Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory (NRTL). With this listing, the WAMS-S1000 fully complies with 30 CFR 75.351 set forth by the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) and is the only post-accident, performance-tested, and NRTL-Listed CO sensor on the market today, the company states. “We are proud to deliver the first and only CO sensor compliant with the performance-testing standards set forth by MSHA,” said Aric Pryor, President of Matrix. “This accomplishment demonstrates our leadership in cutting edge development of safety technology for the mining industry.” Matrix Design Group is a subsidiary of Alliance Resource Partners (ARPL).As part of the performance testing required by MSHA for new CO sensors, the sensor must pass rigorous tests to prove accurate performance and resistance to Radio Frequency Interference (RFI). CO sensors often experience problems with RFI when used in close proximity to two-way radios. Unlike other sensors, the S1000 was specifically designed for resistance to RFI even in close proximity to two-way radios. The S1000’s resistance to RFI was confirmed by performance testing, which established that the sensor is fully compliant with 30 CFR 75.351 and APOL 2207, with no MSHA blasting clearance requirement.The WAMS S1000 Sensor previously received MSHA Intrinsic Safety (IS) approval (no. 18-A090002-0), allowing the sensor to remain in continuous operation post-accident or during fan outages.“At Warrior, safety has always been a top priority. We currently have approximately 110 Matrix S1000 wireless sensors underground,” said Eric Anderson, General Manager of Warrior Coal, a subsidiary of ARLP. “Installing, calibrating, and relocating these new wireless CO sensors has saved our men significant time. We are excited to have a compliant CO sensor that can accurately monitor air conditions underground after the fan is shut off or during other mine emergencies that require the power to be turned off.”The S1000 CO sensor is part of Matrix’s Wireless Atmospheric Monitoring System (WAMS), which integrates with Matrix’s Miner and Equipment Tracking System (METS) to provide a single underground infrastructure for atmospheric monitoring, communication, and tracking. Currently, there are over 1,000 S1000 units being used in US coal mines.
WASHINGTON — Top Capitol Hill negotiators reached a hard-won agreement on a huge $1 trillion-plus spending bill that would fund the day-to-day operations of virtually every federal agency through September, aides said Sunday night. Details of the agreement were expected to be made public Sunday night, said aides to lawmakers involved in weeks of negotiations. The House and Senate had until midnight Friday to pass a measure to avert a government shutdown.The catchall spending bill would be the first major piece of bipartisan legislation to advance during President Donald Trump’s short tenure in the White House. It denies Trump a win on his oft-promised wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, but gives him a $15 billion down payment on his request to strengthen the military.It also rejects White House budget director Mick Mulvaney’s proposals to cut popular programs such as funding medical research and community development grants and adds $1.5 billion for border security measures such as additional detention beds.Most of the core decisions about agency budgets had been worked out, but unrelated policy issues — such as a Democratic request to help the cash-strapped government of Puerto Rico with its Medicaid burden — were among the final holdups.
Cagliari midfielder Nicolò Barella has reportedly rejected an offer from from Napoli, leaving Inter as the favourites.Reports earlier came in over fellow Italian side Inter leading the race to sign the versatile midfielder who has also been linked with Chelsea, Arsenal and Paris Saint-Germain. Now Sportitalia transfer pundit Alfredo Pedullà maintains Barella himself made it clear he has no intention of joining Napoli, whether it is in January or next season.Serie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….Football Italia reports that Napoli tried everything to convince the 21-year-old to the Stadio San Paolo but he made it clear that he would prefer to line up with Inter at San Siro.Inter are competing in the Europa League having crashed out in the group stages of the UEFA champions league. Inter have not released an official statement about an offer for the player yet but Cagliari’s asking price is at least €45m and Inter seems ready to afford the fee.
It’s been a cold, damp spring for all of us, and that apparently includes marijuana growers.After federal officials sent out an advisory last week about marijuana growing on public land, Undersheriff Dave Cox discussed how the issue might affect outdoor recreation in the Columbia Gorge.His jurisdiction in Skamania County includes a huge piece of the Gifford Pinchot National Forest, where multiagency teams have destroyed illegal grows over the past few summers in remote, isolated areas.Those illegal grows might not be quite as remote this year.“We had a really cold spring, and with the snow level as low as it’s been, it will shorten up the growing season a bit,” Cox said. “It will force growers into areas lower than they usually would like. They may not have access to areas they have had in the past, where they can get deeper into the forest.”That doesn’t mean day-hikers and people walking their dogs on Columbia Gorge trails will be stumbling across these operations, Cox said.“If folks travel off the trails, if they do cross-country kinds of things, they may run into” marijuana grows, Cox said. “If people recreate in the forest, we suggest they stay on trails used by the public.”Outdoor enthusiasts who do stray from the beaten path include hunters.“The stuff usually is found by hunters,” Cox said, and it’s not always during hunting season. “Hunters start scouting in mid-June or so, looking for animals and where to hunt. We’ve taken marijuana grows up through mid-October.”
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Negrito nation!” He also gave a shout out to the town he grew up in, “I would like to thank the city of Oakland, the Bay Area,” he said. Here In Babylon by Teresa James And The Rhythm Tramps, Cry No More by Danielle Nicole, Out Of The Blues by Boz Scaggs and Victor Wainwright And The Train by Victor Wainwright And The Train were other nominees in the category. 2019 GRAMMYs: Full Nominees And Winners List Album Of The Year Nominees | 61st GRAMMY Awards Meet The GRAMMY Man: How GRAMMYs Are Made Album Of The Year vs. Record Of The Year Explained Poll: Who Do You Want To See On The Red Carpet? Photo: Michael Loccisano/Getty Images Photo: Michael Loccisano/Getty Images
Professor Gwo-Bin Vincent Lee, from National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan, and his colleagues have manufactured three-dimensional, micromachined magnetic tweezers to manipulate DNA molecules. Their method was published in the February 7, 2006 issue of Nanotechnology. Citation: New 3D Magnetic Tweezers (2006, March 27) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2006-03-3d-magnetic-tweezers.html Lee’s team immobilized the modified magnetic bead on a gold pattern using a current of 500mA and a ring trapper. “The ring trapper collects a tethered-magnetic bead DNA molecule to a specific area.” The scientists bound the other end of DNA to a streptavidin, unmodified magnetic bead. “This extremity is manipulated under a magnetic field generated by micro-electromagnets,” Lee said.Lee and his team put the bead on the center of the magnetic tweezers so that the DNA had equal magnetic force throughout its contour length. The team conducted experiments with current from the microelectromagnets. They found that, at 453 pN, DNA is highly elastic.”DNA is a negatively-charged polyelectrolyte– at high ionic strength, the majority of negative charges neutralize along the DNA backbone, causing DNA to be more susceptible to elastic elongation,” Lee said. When the scientists applied a current of 400mA to the single DNA molecule, it stretched to a length of 14.74um. In contrast, the team attached two magnetic beads to two DNA molecules, at the same time, and applied 400mA of current. The two DNA molecules stretched to 6.5um.Why there a difference in stretching between the single and double DNA molecules? “The extension of two parallel DNA molecules is much lower than that of a single DNA molecule, which causes a higher spring constant,” Lee explained. The scientists theorized that the extension may be lower because of curling, different attachment points, or nicking.The scientists also experimented using a 2.8um magnetic bead and a 1.0um magnetic bead, with the same magnetic field gradient. “Because the bigger magnetic bead has a higher magnetic moment, it can induce a larger magnetic force,” Lee said. The scientists have proven the efficiency of the magnetic tweezers. “This method doesn’t lose sensitivity and functionality, unlike the use of large-scale and optical tweezers. Moreover, the small size of the magnetic tweezers allows them to be mass-produced at low cost,” Lee said.By Syeda Hamdani, Copyright 2006 PhysOrg.com New system would use rotating magnetic field to detect pathogens “This study could provide a provide a powerful tool for exploring the bio-physical properties of biomolecules, bio-polymers and cells,” Lee said.Lee’s team made magnetic tweezers from six, hexagonal micro-electromagnets. The scientists wrapped three-dimensional coils, with a width of 80 um, spacing of 100 um, and thickness of 25 um, 30 times around a permalloy core. They chose permalloy because it magnetizes and demagnetizes with low-magnetic field strength.The type of DNA was likewise important to the study’s success. The team used λ-phage DNA, which had two complementary 12-base, single-stranded 5′ overhangs. “These overhangs allow phage DNA to easily be derivatized with various functional groups by base-pairing with a complementary sequence,” Lee explained. Each base pair of DNA was 0.34nm, without any external force.The scientists colored the DNA with a green dye, keeping the base pair to dye molecule ratio at 5 to 1, in order to have a high signal-to-noise ratio. “Since a DNA molecule only has a 2nm thickness, we can’t observe it with a normal optical microscope,” Lee said. The dye allowed the team to view DNA under a fluorescent microscope.An important element to Lee’s study was a microfluidic channel integrated with the magnetic tweezers. This channel had a width of 5mm, height of 60um, and length of 2cm. “We sealed the microfluidic channel with a glass cover slip (100um thick), using double-sided sticky tape (60um thick).””The microfluidic channel allowed us to observe a single DNA molecule in real-time,” Lee stressed. “We introduced the DNA by pressuring it with a syringe pump into the channel.”Another element to the study was what to use on DNA extremities. “A DNA specific-end anchoring must meet several rigorous requirements, including specific binding, binding strength, localized binding, and complexity level of the procedure,” Lee said. Both thiol group-gold and streptavidin-biotin met all these requirements. “They provide a highly efficient, strong, and specific anchoring,” Lee said.The scientists first bound both ends of DNA to biotin molecules. Next, the team bound one end of DNA to a streptavidin-coated, thiol-modified magnetic bead. “If we label one DNA-end with a thiol group, it must be bound to a gold, magnetic particle. But the gold, magnetic particle was not commercially available,” Lee explained. 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. Explore further
At this point in his career, 35-year old Cowboys tight end Jason Witten runs a little bit faster than an offensive lineman, but he’s an artist when it comes to his craft.Yesterday at Cowboys camp, Witten showed that even though you could time his 40-yard dash with a sundial, he can still juke defenders with his technical skill.In this drill, Witten got of the line with a veteran get off move, and finished the linebacker off with an eye fake that left the him on the ground while Witten hauled in the TD.Jason Witten could catch 65 balls if he was 70 years old, in a wheelchair in an assisted living facility.Jason Witten out here still breaking ankles ?? pic.twitter.com/AqDi238bpy— TotalProSports (@TotalProSports) August 9, 2017
Microsoft puts OneNote 2016 on backburner, pushes OneNote for Windows 10 by Martin Brinkmann on April 18, 2018 in Windows – Last Update: April 19, 2018 – 16 commentsMicrosoft plans to end the confusion surrounding the company’s two OneNote applications by focusing development on OneNote for Windows 10 and putting OneNote 2016 on extended life support.OneNote is available in two versions currently for Microsoft Windows 10. Windows users and administrators may download and install the OneNote for Windows 10 application from Windows Store, or use the OneNote desktop program that is included in Office 2016 and installed by default.Microsoft plans to make OneNote for Windows 10 the default “OneNote experience” when it launches Office 2019 later this year.Beginning with the launch of Office 2019 later this year, OneNote for Windows 10 will replace OneNote 2016 as the default OneNote experience for both Office 365 and Office 2019.It is clear from Microsoft’s description that this will be the case only on Windows 10. The upcoming Microsoft Office 2019 will be Windows 10 exclusive and it appears that it will still include OneNote but that the program won’t be installed by default. OneNote 2016 will also remain available for Office 365 subscribers for the entire support period, and of course for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users who don’t have access to Office 2019 or the OneNote for Windows 10 app.It looks as if Microsoft plans to distribute OneNote 2016 with Office 2019 and not an updated version of the application which is another indicator that development focus shifted to the app some time ago.OneNote 2016 users on supported versions of Windows may use the program just like before. The software will be supported until October 2025 but users should not expect any new features or big changes going forward.We’ll continue to offer support, bug fixes, and security updates for OneNote 2016 for the duration of the Office 2016 support lifecycle, which runs through October 2020 for mainstream support and October 2025 for extended support.Microsoft, of course, wants OneNote users to switch to the the new Windows 10 application, and the company states that OneNote for Windows 10 has “improved performance and reliability”, that it uses a new sync engine that is quicker than the old, and that app users don’t have to worry about updating the application as that happens automatically via Microsoft Store.The company revealed that it has added more than 100 features based on user feedback to the Windows 10 application in the last 18 months, and that it plans to add even more features and other improvements in the coming months.OneNote for Windows 10 supports features already that OneNote 2016 does not support (and vice versa), and Microsoft promises that features that OneNote 2016 supports but OneNote for Windows 10 lacks will come to the application as well.It mentions three in particular:Tagging capabilities. Users will soon be able to create, search and insert custom tags.View and edit other Office files directly in OneNote.Additional class notebook features that are built-in and don’t need to be installed using add-ins.OneNote for Windows 10 offers a better inking experience already. Microsoft published a comparison of available features in OneNote 2016 and OneNote for Windows 10 on this website.OneNote 2016:Record video.Create Outlook Tasks in notes.Apply templates to pages.Link notes to webpages.Store notebooks on the local drive and not in the cloud.Support for third-party add-ins.OneNote for Windows 10:Cross-platform support.New sync engine.Live Previews of Office files.Share notes with the Share button.Improved Accessibility Checker.Immersive Reader.Researcher to find quotes and other sources.Customize pens.Now you: Do you use OneNote?SummaryArticle NameMicrosoft puts OneNote 2016 on backburner, pushes OneNote for Windows 10DescriptionMicrosoft plans to end the confusion surrounding the company’s two OneNote applications by focusing development on OneNote for Windows 10 and putting OneNote 2016 on extended life support.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisement
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 The Transition to MRIImmediately, I began working with breast MRI and became an instructor for Merge CADStream 3-D post-processing systems. As a result, my practice, Regional Medical Imaging (RMI) has become one of the leading breast MRI centers in the United States, having read more than 35,000 cases while also reading for nine other institutions.Our research started in the United States at the same time as Christiane Kuhl, M.D., chair of the Department of Radiology at RWTH Aachen University in Aachen, Germany (without either of us knowing of the other’s efforts) with a different approach to the problem. It spanned several years, addressing the entire subject of screening women with MRI including the financial aspects of a national program.The purpose of our research was to identify any lesions, not just cancers, missed by screening mammography under the premise that non-visualization of benign processes due to dense breast tissue would make it difficult to see a malignant process as well; evaluate the role dense fibroglandular tissue (FGT) played in hiding breast lesions; determine if a limited number of MRI sequences could be developed for a national screening program; and discuss the impact a national MRI screening program might have on reducing costs.After years of evaluating the data, which included recording 14 parameters on each missed lesion, we identified several “firsts” not presented by any other authors:• Recording of all mammographically missed lesions, benign as well as malignant, and the shocking discovery of 452 missed lesions in 234 of 671 women.• Development of a unique method to correctly identify the proper abbreviated protocol … by letting each acquisition, in and of itself, define which will work and which will not work in the breast screening environment. This required evaluating benign as well as malignant lesions (452 lesions total) not performed in this manner by anyone else.• First time initial baseline reading criteria was developed that is usable by all radiologists, not just “expert radiologists,” for screening women with MRI who have dense breasts. (See Table 1 in the published article online.) This allows radiologists to cut biopsy rates nearly in half compared to any other screening modality.• The realization of the importance of kinetic activity over morphology in evaluating small lesions — those lesions that would be expected in a MRI breast screening environment. This has never been identified or discussed by any other author. The word on the street (and in other papers) is that morphology is much more important than kinetic activity and, therefore, kinetic activity can be dropped from MRI studies. This would be a major mistake. Here is why:There are three basic steps used to evaluate a suspicious lesion: morphology, signal response from each of the individual acquisitions and kinetic activity. As our research proved, all three steps are necessary to minimize errors, reduce patient recalls and decrease, rather than increase, false positive rates.In addition, liability is a very important issue in our country and to skip one of the three basic steps will generate much concern amongst the legal establishment — especially when elimination of the third step (evaluation of kinetic activity) saves no time in overall operational throughput. Skipping kinetic evaluation, as some have proposed, is especially concerning when 1 out of 8 women (12 percent according to other key authors) will need to return for a repeat study requiring additional exposure to gadolinium. To ignore the last phase of an injection of gadolinium (the kinetic flow of gadolinium through a tumor) clearly opens the door for criticism from both the legal and medical establishment, especially when we have established the necessity of kinetic activity through our research. Without kinetic evaluation, the false positive rates will be too high.• The reduction of recall rates to zero — unlike any other reported protocol. Virtually all of the recent research papers and advertising from vendors for 3-D mammographic imaging stress the importance of reducing recall rates. By establishing baseline reading criteria and using a shortened protocol that retains kinetic evaluation, our research resulted in zero recall rates.• Discovering mammograms are viable forwomen with fatty breasts (half the female population) and, therefore, MRI is not necessarily needed in this subgroup.• How to handle the unique problem of background parenchymal enhancement (BPE).• The unique creation of benign vs. malignant ratios and plotting of those ratios (see Chart 2 in the online article) to visually identify the required protocols and processes.• The important role benign lesions play in defining the proper acquisitions for breast screening. MRI is of no help in identifying potentially malignant lesions if it cannot clearly rule out which are benign. Therefore, we found it mandatory that benign lesions be included in the evaluative process when developing correct breast MRI screening sequences.• The realization that the difference in time between a 3-minute scan protocol and a 7-minute protocol has no impact on overall patient throughput when considering the entire process of check-in, prep and procedure. One cannot put more than 3.5 women per hour though a scanning process whether using a 3-minute scan or a 7-minute scan. • The first time a four- to six-year earlier pick up was realized, based on 16.3 new cancers per 1,000 women. At the 2.7 per 1,000 women mammogram cancer detection rate per year, it would eventually take six years to identify all 16.3 cancers currently seen on MRI in that same group of women. In other words, breast MRI essentially shifts time of detection up to six years earlier than screening the same group of women with mammograms. It took a lot of discussions with several researchers to come to this very important realization. • Part of our research, but not part of the published paper, identified dramatic dollars saved by the insurance companies (and the patient as well) in 10 categories: reduced mastectomies due to earlier discovery; reduced requirements for chemotherapy; reduced requirements for radiation treatment; reduction of extra dollars spent attempting to treat patients who eventually succumb to the disease; reduction in loss of personal income; reduction in expenses incurred by families of breast cancer patients; reduction in lawsuit expenses; reduction in reconstructive surgeries; reduction in office visits due to more advanced disease; and continuation of insurance premiums by women who survive the disease that would otherwise have succumbed. The estimated total dollar savings are high enough to absorb the cost of both mammograms and MRI and still yield a significant net savings of nearly 2,000 percent ROI. The research has been well-received and up and running at 14 medical centers. In most cases, they are recommending the study every other year for women with dense tissue for around $495, $40 less expensive than the costs generated by yearly 3-D/tomosynthesis, and at a much higher detection rate.In our mid-sized county, a total of 88,000 screening mammograms were performed last year. At the detection rate of 2.7 cancers per 1,000 mammograms, our medical community should have, and nearly did, detect 238 cancers.At a MRI detection rate of 16.3 additional cancers per 1,000 women with dense breasts, there are 715 women who have had a mammogram within the last year walking around our county with cancer and we do not know who they are.Of course, there are many who believe early detection will not make any difference whatsoever in survival, and they may be right. But if we have the capability to detect breast cancer up to six years earlier with potential to save many lives, we must try and try now. 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 In its exam rooms, RMI’s MRI unit has an open feel for greater patient comfort. Editor’s note: In this article, David A. Strahle, M.D., candidly shares how and why he and his team became involved with the systematic development of an abbreviated protocol for screening breast magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and what they learned after carefully evaluating the data. This original research was conducted by Strahle, Dorothy R. Pathak, Ph.D., Arlene Sierra, M.P.A., Sukamal Saha, M.D., and Catherine Strahle, D.O., and Kiran Devisetty, M.D. Image by rawpixel from Pixabay Related Content 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 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. Feature | Women’s Health | June 06, 2017 | By David A. Strahle, M.D. From Aviation to Breast Imaging – Development of an Abbreviated Breast MRI Protocol How one physician approached the development of an abbreviated protocol for screening breast magnetic resonance imaging from an aviation technology standpoint 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 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 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. Image courtesy of Imago Systems 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 | 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 His Own WordsAs an aerospace student in my undergraduate years I ran a flight school. After graduation, I continued as a flight instructor during several years of employment with IBM — including managing IBM’s local flight training program. One of my flight students, a urologist, piqued my interest in medicine and after further undergraduate pre-medical course work, I was accepted to the College of Human Medicine program at Michigan State University.During medical school I continued to teach flying. One of my students, General Vernon J. Andrews, adjutant general of the Michigan National Guard and director of the Michigan Department of Military Affairs from 1983 to 1991, reached out to me years later after I began my private radiology practice in Flint, Mich. General Andrews called one day with a dilemma. One of his two daughters was dying of breast cancer. Due to her dense breast tissue, mammograms were unable to locate her tumor early enough to save her life. He wanted to know if I had heard about breast MRI, which was in its infancy at the time.After researching the issue, General Andrews discovered the approach being used to develop the breast MRI process was very similar to the aviation research I performed in 1969 on identifying thunderstorms with a new radar technique. The aviation issue was, and still is, the inability to identify many thunderstorms hidden by very dense clouds. Clouds can become so dense that aircraft radar cannot penetrate the thick layers early enough for pilots to avoid the danger of flying into thunderstorms. Approximately 70 percent of all air traffic delays are due to thunderstorms. Based on my research, about 40 percent of general aviation aircraft are now equipped with this new weather avoidance equipment. The airlines are just now installing the equipment for the first time this year. (Incidentally, I never made a dime off the success of this project other than as a nationally recognized aviation weather lecturer.) You can see why the problem of breast cancer hidden by dense tissue was a problem I was willing to tackle. (See www.youtube.com/watch?v=bkXGXDM4mnQ for more information regarding this aviation weather research.) SIDEBAR:The StudyIn Strahle’s study, “Systematic development of an abbreviated protocol for screening breast magnetic resonance imaging,” the authors sought to develop an abbreviated protocol (AP) for breast MRI that maximizes lesion detection by assessing each lesion not seen on mammography by each acquisition from a full diagnostic protocol (FDP).Materials and MethodsA total of 671 asymptomatic women (mean 55.7 years, range 40–80) with a negative mammogram were prospectively enrolled in this Institutional Review Board (IRB) approved study. All lesions on MRI not visualized on mammography were analyzed, reported, and suspicious lesions biopsied. In parallel, all FDP MRI acquisitions were scored by lesion to eventually create a high-yield AP.ResultsFDP breast MRI detected 452 findings not visible on mammography, including 17 suspicious lesions recommended for biopsy of which seven (PPV 41.2 percent) were malignant in six women. Mean size of the four invasive malignancies was 1.9 cm (range 0.7–4.1), all node negative; three lesions in two women were ductal carcinoma in situ. Nine biopsied lesions were benign, mean size 1.2 cm (range 0.6–2.0). All biopsied lesions were in women with dense breasts (heterogeneously or extremely dense on mammography, n = 367), for a cancer detection rate of 16.3/1,000 examinations in this subpopulation. These data were used to identify four high-yield acquisitions: T2, T1-pre-contrast, T11.5, and T16 to create the AP with a scan time of 7.5 min compared to 24 min for the FDP.ConclusionsThe team’s analysis of a FDP MRI in a mammographically negative group identified four high-yield acquisitions that could be used for rapid screening of women for breast cancer that retains critical information on morphology, histopathology and kinetic activity to facilitate detection of suspicious lesions.To read this article in its entirety, please visit https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10549-017-4112-0. The online version of this article (doi:10.1007/s10549-017-4112-0) contains supplementary material, which is available to authorized users.David A. Strahle, M.D., is a radiologist at Regional Medical Imaging (RMI) in Flint, Mich. 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