Gambhir will be dropped if he is unfit: BCCI

first_imgThe BCCI is in the process of analysing Gautam Gambhir’s medical reports and will drop the stand-in captain from the tour of the West Indies if he is found to be unfit.BCCI Secretary N Srinivasan said the Board had received the report submitted by Kolkata Knight Riders physio Andrew Leipus on Gambhir’s shoulder injury and a decision will be taken very soon. “We have received the report from Leipus and we are analysing it. We will take into account all aspects of the injury”, Srinivasan told PTI.”We are taking stock of the report and we will take a final decision once we are through with it. If we find that he is not fit, he will not go on the tour. We will then decide on a replacement”, he said.Gambhir, named captain of the team for next month’s West Indies tour, sustained the injury to his right shoulder during the World Cup final against Sri Lanka last month while taking a catch.The injury got further aggravated when Gambhir made a sliding stop during their last IPL league match against Mumbai Indians in Kolkata on May 22.Despite the injury, Gambhir played the eliminator match against Mumbai Indians yesterday and the move has now snowballed into a major controversy and sparked a debate on whether players are more keen to play in cash-rich events like IPL rather than the country.In case Gambhir is ruled out, Suresh Raina may be named captain for the ODI series against the West Indies.advertisementGambhir is still not sure how bad his shoulder injury is as he is still awaiting the result of MRI scan, done to measure the extent of damage.KKR’s physio Leipus, in his report to the BCCI, said Gambhir needs four to six weeks’ rest to recover fully, which means that the Indian opener could even miss the subsequent tour of England.- With PTI inputslast_img read more

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Serena Williams wanted next as part of WWE’s Women’s Evolution

first_imgAdvertisementWWE Chief Brand Officer and RAW Commissioner Stephanie McMahon has revealed Serena Williams as her next high profile acquisition from the sporting world following the success of Ronda Rousey.It would be safe to say that the 23 time Grand Slam Champion was at the forefront of the Women’s Revolution in the 2000s. Williams cemented herself as an unstoppable force early on in her career and has proved herself on countless occasions as one of the Greatest Players of all time.Speaking at WWE’s New York office, McMahon said: “Serena! I want Serena. She’s awesome.” The first ever all women’s PPV Evolution is right around the corner and the RAW Commissioner intends on convincing Williams to swap the Tennis court for the squared circle.Being linked with elite athletes from similar sporting backgrounds is nothing new for the company as in the past, Triple H has admitted his interest of possibly attracting UFC Superstar Conor McGregor to WWE.However, Stephanie’s choice seems very odd and strange. Serena’s transformation from Tennis to wrestling will be a very hard thing for the Performance Center to work upon as she hails from a totally different work environment.Meanwhile, the 37 year old Tennis legend also plans on becoming a mother again. This would require Serena to take a break or call off her career while WWE may need to turn their attention to someone else, more likely towards female athletes who are household names in the pro wrestling or MMA industry.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Rangers Bill Dull Ducks, 7-2

first_imgNEW YORK — Cam Talbot finally had a night in which he didn’t have to be nearly perfect to help the New York Rangers win.The Rangers managed only 13 goals in the previous eight games, but went 6-1-1 in that stretch, with Talbot backstopping all but one of the wins.On March 22, Derek Stepan broke out of his long slump with two goals and an assist, and the Rangers rode the offensive outburst and caught the Western Conference-leading Anaheim Ducks atop the NHL standings with a 7-2 rout.Talbot allowed only two goals to Corey Perry in the first period when the Rangers netted three. He held off the Ducks the rest of the way.“They showed in the first how they can score two pretty quickly,” Talbot said. “You can never think that you’ll be safe against that team with the firepower that they have. “You can never lose focus.”Perry had a chance at a third goal in the third period, but Talbot didn’t let that happen.“It was a big save, but at the time the game was maybe a little out of hand,” Talbot said. “It’s nice not to give up an opposing team hat trick in our building.”Stepan, who had no points in his previous 12 games, scored a goal in each of the first two periods as the Rangers coasted in the second of back-to-back games.“It feels like a couple of pianos came off my back,” Stepan said. “When the offense comes, we’ve got to make sure we bear down and continue to play hard. When you play a good team like Anaheim, you raise your level.”New York snapped the Ducks’ four-game winning streak as Anaheim (46-21-7) began a five-game trip.The Rangers (46-18-7), Ducks, and Montreal Canadiens all have 99 points, but New York has played fewer games than both.“I think they were embarrassed on national TV,” Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said of his club. “You’re playing a team that’s right behind you in the race for being No. 1. We looked more like No. 30, but it’s over.”New York jumped on starter Frederik Andersen and chased him in favor of John Gibson 10:16 in. Chris Kreider and Carl Hagelin also scored in the opening frame, and J.T. Miller and Stepan tallied against Gibson in the second as New York built a 5-2 lead.Jesper Fast put the Rangers ahead by four at 6:12 of the third, and Derick Brassard made it a season-high seven goals for New York 2:05 later. Keith Yandle tied a career high with three assists — his first helpers in 10 games with the Rangers.Talbot finished with 36 saves and improved to 15-3-3 since No. 1 goalie Henrik Lundqvist was forced out of the lineup by a neck injury. The Rangers are 17-3-3 in that span, including a 3-2 shootout win at Carolina on March 21.Kreider got New York on the board first with his career-best 18th goal, 1:24 in, when he slammed in a loose puck from the crease after a shot by Ryan McDonagh was tipped by Stepan.The Ducks responded 1:26 later when Perry scored his first to get to the 30-goal plateau for the fifth time in the NHL.Anaheim gave the struggling New York power play an early chance with 15:02 remaining when Patrick Maroon drove defenseman Dan Girardi into the boards.Andersen made back-to-back, in-close saves on Kreider and Rick Nash about 50 seconds into the advantage, but fine passing along the blue line set up New York’s second goal. Yandle moved it to his left to Stepan at the point for a shot that got through Kreider’s screen and beat Andersen at 5:43 for his 12th goal.The Rangers weren’t done yet. Kevin Hayes spun in the right circle and fired a shot that hit Hagelin and got past Andersen for his 16th goal at 10:16.That ended Andersen’s night after he stopped only four of seven shots. Gibson turned aside all four he faced in the first.“Obviously, our goaltender was better than their goaltenders,” Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said. “Cam made some big saves at the right time, and we caught their goalies a little bit off.”Perry got the Ducks back within a goal with 8:48 left in the first, driving by McDonagh and flipping a shot past Talbot for his 31st goal.“We’re going to flush it and move on,” forward Ryan Getzlaf said. “Tonight was embarrassing, terrible. We didn’t have anything.”(IRA PODELL, AP Hockey Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Dash and splash

first_imgAs the temperature in the Capital soars, with occasional rains in between, there is only one way to seek relief. It’s time to turn on the waterworks, and look towards all the nearby swimming pools. The pool culture in Delhi is no longer restricted to a few exclusive clubs, such as the ones in the Delhi Gymkhana Club and the five-star hotels. There are now a plethora of options all over the city, which have good facilities, and follow the required health and safety measures.One can also celebrate this culture at the pool party festivals that are taking place in the city, such as the Wetnow Reloaded Pool Party Festival at Connaught Place’s Royal Plaza Hotel on April 21, or the annual Summerino Pool and Rain Dance Festival at Chattarpur Farm on April 28. With so many pools in the city, we look at a handful on what they offer. One of the most frequently-visited pools is near the Siri Fort Auditorium, in August Kranti Marg. As Commander Ramesh Pal, secretary of the Siri Fort Sports Complex informs, The pool is an all-weather pool, and it has been open since February 1, and will remain open till November 30. We have heated water in the pool starting from November. The hours are from six in the morning to nine in the evening. He adds that swimming coaching classes will start from May 1, and that one can swim in the pool even if one has temporary membership of the complex.As Saadhvi Rattan, 38, states, The pool in a way is a blessing. I can take my children here after school, and I know they are taking part in a healthy activity, which is much better than having them being glued to the television or the iPad in an air-conditioned room during the summer months. bunch of people using our pool; families with children, the elderly, and young students. The morning hours are from six in the morning till noon, and in the evening the timings are from three in the afternoon till 10. We also have swimming classes, and it is not necessary to be a full-time member of the club to swim in the pool. We also offer temporary memberships. In Jasola Vihar, the Netaji Subhash Sports Complex offers another attractive option, for both families and individuals. The pool is open from 6 am to 9 pm, all through April to September. Joseph Narayan, a 53- year old businessman says, I come here most mornings after golf. Sometimes I even come here in lieu of golf. He adds quite frankly,advertisementWhat else do you do in this weather? And, it’s only going to get worse. Indeed, when the sun is beating down on the heads of Delhiites, it’s a good idea to seek a respite underwater. In Andrews Ganj, is another pool, the Pacific Sports Complex. The pool here is open from April to December, and the hours are from 5 am to 10 pm. Pragya Mathur, a 27-year-old art student says, I have been coming here for the past four years. The facilities are good, and it’s safe. Swimming is the only sport I feel like going for in the heat. It’s the only way to cool down when even April feels like August. Near Kamla Nehru College, is the Gulmohar Park Club, which has a pool that opened this month, and will remain operational till September 30. Trilok Singh, the club manager says, The pool has been renovated recently. We have a mixed bunch of people using our pool; families with children, the elderly, and young students. The morning hours are from six in the morning till noon, and in the evening the timings are from three in the afternoon till 10. We also have swimming classes, and it is not necessary to be a full-time member of the club to swim in the pool. We also offer temporary memberships. In Jasola Vihar, the Netaji Subhash Sports Complex offers another attractive option, for both families and individuals. The pool is open from 6 am to 9 pm, all through April to September. Joseph Narayan, a 53- year old businessman says, I come here most mornings after golf. Sometimes I even come here in lieu of golf. He adds quite frankly, What else do you do in this weather? And, it’s only going to get worse. Indeed, when the sun is beating down on the heads of Delhiites, it’s a good idea to seek a respite underwater.last_img read more

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This day that year: Sourav Ganguly takes off shirt at Lord’s balcony after India win thrilling NetWest final

first_imgSachin Tendulkar tries to give himself a lot of width and smash one through the covers. Instead, he gets castled by left-arm spinner Ashley Giles. India are reduced to 145 for 6. They have lost their biggest match winner in Tendulkar for 14 in a mammoth chase of a mammoth 326 at the iconic Lord’s against hosts England.Many television sets were switched off back in the country after Tendulkar’s wicket. “That might be the death for India in this Natwest series final,” the on-air commentator quipped.17 years ago on this day, India let England post a mamoth total of 325 in the final of the tri-series against England. India and England had gotten the better of Sri Lanka to reach the final but for the most part of the final, India were under pressure.England opener Marcus Trescothick hit 109 from just 100 balls and captain Nasser Hussain scored a fine 115 as the hosts took the Indian attack to the cleaners. England played out India spinners Harbhajan Singh and Anil Kumble and took the attack to the bowlers.Captain Sourav Ganguly had a horrible day with the ball as the part-timer conceded 28 runs in 3 overs but there was no stopping Ganguly when he walked out to bat with Virender Sehwag.India were off to a flying start as Sourav Ganguly and Virender Sehwag played T20-style cricket in the first 10 overs and took India past the 100-run mark inside the first 15 overs. However, after the 106-run opening stand was broken by Alex Tudor, India were in a spoit of bother.advertisementFrom 106 for 0, India went to 146 for 5, losing Virender Sehwag, Dinesh Mongia, Rahul Dravid and Sachin Tendulkar in the process.India were in trouble when two of their young guns in Yuvraj Singh and Mohammad Kaif joined hands at the middle. The chase looked improbable but not for Yuvraj and Kaif who scripted one of the most memorable wins in the history of Indian cricket.The 2002 rewind: On this day, a moment in history. #TeamIndia clinched the NatWest Series at Lord’s pic.twitter.com/ISfePGAyK5BCCI (@BCCI) July 13, 2019Yuvraj counter-attack, taking the likes of Andrew Flintoff and Ronnie Irani to the cleaners. Mohammad Kaif gave him the perfecet support from the other end. The duo addded 123 runs for the 6th wicket during which television sets were switched on back home. The Indian fans at Lord’s found their voices back. In fact, the decibel levels hit the roof as Yuvraj and Kaif showed for the first time that India was not just about their their powerful top-order.Yuvraj departed for 69 in the 42nd over. India still needed 59 but Kaif batted wonderfully well with the tall and took the team past the finish line. The winning runs came off an overthrow.Ganguly takes off shirt at Lord’s balconyIndian fans erupted in joy. The cameras panned to the Lord’s dressing room where the players celebrated in delight. Sourav Ganguly emerged from behind VVS Laxman, took his shirt off and celebrated the win. He was roaring in delight. It was him who laid the foundation… not just for the chase in the big final but for an Indian team that would go on to become world beaters in the following years.”Everybody says that it’s the most iconic moment. But I wouldn’t do it again. My daughter sees it asks why did you do that and I say, because I was happy. I came from a very conservative and shy Bengali family. It just happened in the heat of the moment,” Ganguly told Barkha Dutt in an interview in 2018.In another episode, former cricket-turned commentator Geoffrey Boycott had called Ganguly a ‘naughty boy’ and demanded an explanation for his act.Here’s the conversation Ganguly had with Boycott in the commentary box.Boycott: “You must mention your experience about taking your jersey off and flying it in the air at the Mecca of Cricket: Lord’s! Ohhh, you naughty boy!”Ganguly: “One of your boys (Andrew Flintoff) also took off his jersey here in Mumbai.”Boycott: “Yeah, but Lord’s is the Mecca of cricket.”Ganguly: “Lord’s is your Mecca, and Wankhede is ours!”Ganguly may regret it but not of the Indian fans would. It was indeed an iconic moment!Also Read | Virender Sehwag recalls Sourav Ganguly’s Salman Khan act after 2002 Natwest Series triumphAlso See:last_img read more

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Gov’t Committed to Addressing the Needs of Women and the Elderly

first_imgMinister of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Derrick Kellier, has given the Government’s commitment to addressing the needs of women and senior citizens, whom, he said, are among the most vulnerable groups in the society. Addressing an event held on Thursday, March 7, on the grounds of the National Council for Senior Citizens (NCSC) in St. Andrew, Mr. Kellier hailed the country’s women and seniors for their significant contribution to national and economic development. He said that the Government remains steadfast in ensuring the care and independence of senior citizens, in keeping with the United Nations Principles for Older Persons. “We are also committed to preserving the rights of older persons through participation in the Organization of American States Convention on Human Rights of Older Persons, which is currently being negotiated among different countries through a working group,” the Minister stated. He noted that the administration continues to work to develop and implement programmes to facilitate the ageing process and in January this year, increased pension benefits under the National Insurance Scheme (NIS). “Useful support is also provided to seniors through the Programme for Advancement Through Health and Education (PATH), National Health Fund (NHF), and the Jamaica Drugs for the Elderly Programme (JADEP). Currently, there are over 50,000 PATH beneficiaries 60 years and over,” the Minister said. Minister Kellier also commended the leadership and work of the NCSC as it continues to develop programmes and outreach activities for seniors with an emphasis on active ageing. Thursday’s event came ahead of Friday’s (March 8) worldwide observation of International Women’s Day (IWD) under the theme: ‘The Gender Agenda: Gaining Momentum’. Mr. Kellier said senior citizens make up approximately 11 per cent of Jamaica’s population, with the majority of the number being females. In highlighting the significance of the theme for this year’s celebration, he said it is “really appropriate as we consider the progress made by women in Jamaica and worldwide, in their struggle for equality in the economic, political and social arenas, as well as human rights.” “As we celebrate, we are conscious that more needs to be done. In fact, this year’s International Women’s Day theme underscores the continuing challenge that must be undertaken and the momentum that must be gathered and maintained to push the agenda for women’s advancement and national development,” he stated. Wife of the Governor-General, Her Excellency the Most Hon. Lady Allen, said that women and the elderly have made invaluable contributions to nation building. She said that while progress has been made in terms of gender equality, the struggle still continues in a number of countries around the world. The celebration of IWD marks the increasing recognition of the struggles of women against all forms of discrimination and exploitation, and focuses on the need for equality, national liberation, democracy, peace and progress in all countries of the world. The day was first celebrated in Jamaica in March 1978.last_img read more

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How US intelligence created games to improve its forecasts with Canadian help

first_imgWASHINGTON, United States of America – Amir Bagherpour already has a detailed set of charts predicting how everything will play out in the NAFTA negotiations, even though they don’t actually start for another few weeks.He makes predictions for a living.The U.S. intelligence community runs a prediction market where forecasters across government compete for prognosticative supremacy — it looks like a golf tournament leaderboard, only instead of birdies and bogeys, people are ranked by how correctly they call coup d’etats and counter-insurgencies.Bagherpour was one of them. He was a State Department analyst under the Democrats and made predictions about things like Israeli-Palestinian peace, the Syrian conflict, Colombia’s negotiations with the FARC rebels, and the counter-ISIS campaign.His predictions are often bang on. He believed Donald Trump might win the presidency. He wrote a paper five years ago that predicted Bashar Assad would cling to power, with Syria’s conflict spiralling into a stalemate defined by religion. Sometimes they miss the mark: he gave Brexit a one-third chance of success.The administration he served took an active interest in the science of forecasting: “(Barack) Obama would ask, ‘Where’s the prediction market on this (topic)?”” says Bagherpour, who now runs a consultancy, Global Impact Strategies.The U.S. intelligence community has created more than a half-dozen forecasting programs over the last few years through its research unit, the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA), modeled after the older Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) that helped create the Internet.One example is an ongoing tournament between hybrid teams combining humans and machines. It’s based on evidence that the best forecasting comes from a combination of computer algorithm and human guidance.“We love the concept of forecasting tournaments,” said Seth Goldstein, who is running IARPA’s human-machine Hybrid Forecasting Competition. He’s limited in what he can say about the tournment, but offers one example of how it works.“(We might ask), ‘Will Leader A in Country B be removed from power, by Date C?’ That would be the type of question…. We see what techniques work, and what techniques don’t work…“These tournaments (give us) a pretty good indication.”Participants come from all walks of life, in academia and industry, and receive a stipend for taking part. But there are no rewards for accurate predictions. That’s the lingering legacy of an old controversy, which forced a project to be shelved and the Pentagon boss running it to resign.The source of controversy: a terrorism futures market. Created after the 9/11 attacks, participants were allowed to place bets on the occurrence of future terrorist acts — which critics viewed as tasteless, at best, and as a dangerous perverse incentive at worst.The program was swiftly cancelled in 2003.The initiative was reborn with a new generation of projects years later. And Canadians played a major role in the resurrection.The team that dominated the first IARPA tournament was co-created by Philip Tetlock, a researcher, author, and University of Pennsylvania professor who was born in Toronto, and raised in Winnipeg and Vancouver.His team beat a control group by a whopping 60 per cent and 78 per cent in the competition’s first two years starting in 2011. It was so lopsided they ended the competition, and Tetlock’s team continued alone.The U.S. government has just released the data collected from his team to help future researchers.Some secrets to successful forecasting are quite simple, Tetlock says. He includes a so-called Ten Commandments in his book, “Superforecasting: The Art and Science of Prediction,” co-authored with Canadian writer and public servant Dan Gardner.One trick: doubt yourself. Assume your prediction is wrong, ask why, and incorporate that doubt factor into your assessment. Another is to tackle a problem in pieces — break the question into bite-sized chunks.For example, Tetlock’s book cites a love-starved London forecaster who wants to determine his number of potential mates. He takes the local population figure, divides it by two for gender, isolates an age range, the likely singles population, the university-educated percentage, and finally the percentage he will likely attract and be attracted to.His conclusion: he has 26 potential mates in London.Tetlock says great forecasters use this approach. These are the people who score highest on the zero-to-two Brier scale, the standard unit for measuring predictive success.“I’m not talking about people who have Nostradamus clairvoyance properties,” Tetlock said in an interview.“We’re talking about people who are better at assigning realistic odds to everything. Does that mean they’re going to see everything — that whenever history hits a sharp corner they’re going to be able to see around the corner? Absolutely not. There are limits on foresight…“It helps to be smart. It helps to be well-informed.”Another Canadian provided expertise as the U.S. created IARPA’s programs.David Mandel is a behavioral scientist who works for Canada’s Department of National Defence and works to measure the accuracy of forecasts within the Canadian government, notably its elite Privy Council Office Intelligence Assessment Secretariat.He presented research at a workshop for the U.S. government in 2009 and was among a few researchers cited in a report prepared for the U.S. Director of National Intelligence as it set up its forecasting competition.A public example of his work is a paper he co-authored in 2014 that examined 1,514 forecasts from the PCO unit that found an impressive 94 per cent accuracy rate for predictions on whether events were more or less than 50-per-cent likely to occur.He’s trying to get his own country to build a prediction market.“I have been in discussion with managers in (Canada’s) intelligence community about that kind of issue,” Mandel said in an interview. “It’s just at the discussion stage…“But I sense more enthusiasm than I’ve sensed since I began this — which was about a decade ago.”So, what about NAFTA?Bagherpour used a blend of game theory, expert surveys, and data run through the software his company created to produce charts filled with predictions.They concluded: NAFTA will survive; there won’t be a trade war; the deal will be rebalanced slightly to reduce the U.S. trade deficit; the U.S. will open negotiations with hardball demands, then soften them to reach a deal.He predicts Canada won’t demand much. He shrugs when a reporter says Canada insists it has many demands, including softwood lumber and expanding professional visas.He replies: “That’s not what this shows.”last_img read more

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Governor General calls Southwest Airline pilot a hero for showing nerves of

first_imgMONTREAL – Canada’s governor general says a Southwest Airlines pilot who landed her plane safely after a mid-air engine explosion is rightfully being called a hero and a role model to many.Julie Payette told aviation officials Thursday that Capt. Tammie Jo Shults showed strength as she deployed years of training as a U.S. Navy fighter pilot to avoid greater injury.“Everyone in the last two days, rightly so, said the pilot had nerves of steel, she was extraordinary,” the former astronaut said in a Montreal speech.One person was killed and seven others were injured after the twin-engine Boeing 737 blew an engine at 30,000 feet Tuesday and got hit by shrapnel that smashed a window.Media reports following the incident have drawn attention to the fact that Shults is a female pilot, in an industry still heavily dominated by men.But Payette asked why anyone would be surprised that a woman who is extraordinarily well-trained could excel in the face of danger.Alexandre de Juniac, director general of the International Air Transport Association, told the largely female luncheon audience that more needs to be done to address the severe underrepresentation of women in the industry, particularly at the airline association itself.IATA is taking a small step in a few weeks with the appointment of its first female board member.“I think that for our industry, hiring and promoting diverse talent will make us stronger, better and we’ll enjoy a much better business environment,” he said.IATA says the percentage of female aviation executives lags other industries. Just three per cent of aviation CEOs were women last year, compared with 12 per cent in other sectors.By contrast, about one-third of human resources directors are women, compared with 23 per cent in other industries.Kendra Kincade, founder of Elevate Aviation, which encourages women in the industry, said seeing Shults’ action will be an example for young women to consider aviation.“I think she just made us feel more secure in having women as leaders. I think she just helped propel that,” the Edmonton air traffic controller said in an interview.Val Wilson, president of Women in Aerospace Canada, said the shortage of women is on display every year at the world’s largest air show which takes place alternatively nearly London and Paris.“It’s a sea of black suits,” she said in an interview. “There are very few women that were there representing their companies other than in administrative positions.”Wilson, who is vice-president of Toronto area aerospace supplier Dishon Ltd., said the situation is slowly changing as more younger women enter engineering schools, which is frequently a stepping stone to higher positions.She said the paths are similar for other industries and working conditions are no more a roadblock in aviation. Wilson added that she doesn’t believe sexual harassment is any bigger an issue in aviation than other sectors.Wilson expects it could take another 15 years before change is seen in the C-suites.She said companies need to be aware of any hiring bias and should interview women for open positions.Former astronauts Payette and Roberta Bondar are huge role models for women interested in aviation careers, she added.“Roberta is always very positive when she speaks and Julie is in a position now to really do some good for women. So I think it’s very positive for us.”Payette said that recruitment of women isn’t enough, noting that questions about female representation have been asked for 30 years.She said efforts must be made to retain and promote women so they assume leadership positions.It’s been 40 years since Judy Cameron was hired by Air Canada, becoming the first woman hired as a pilot for a major Canadian airlines. Five years earlier, Rosella Bjornson became Canada’s first commercial pilot.There are currently 210 female pilots at the country’s largest airline and Air Canada Rouge, representing six per cent of total pilots employed.Women account for similar shares of pilots employed by WestJet, Air Transat and Jazz.According to Nav Canada, the private company that manages Canadian civil air navigation, less than 25 per cent of the workforce at the country’s air traffic control centres are women.About 19 per cent of the Royal Canadian Air Force officers were women in late 2017, including five per cent pilots, 15.7 per cent in air operations and almost 18 per cent in aerospace engineers.Aerospace schools are also trying to promote careers in aviation to women.Montreal’s Academy of Aeronautics says 11 per cent of its student pilots are women, an increase from past years.It says there is a surge of inquiries this year from high school graduates.Fang Lui, secretary general of the International Civil Aviation Organization, told an IATA conference this week that work needs to be done to attract women.“Both the public and private sectors need to be more proactive to achieving gender parity in aviation.”Follow @RossMarowits on Twitter.Companies in this story: (TSX:AC, TSX:WJA, TSX:TRZ, TSX:CHR).last_img read more

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Aeroplan loses partnership with Esso as it moves to Loblaws PC Optimum

first_img“The number of miles you earn on any particular transaction is pretty low so it’s really not financially a big deal,” she said in an interview.Drew McReynolds of RBC Dominion Securities said Esso accounts for an undisclosed fraction of the 10 to 12 per cent gross billings from non-financial and non-Air Canada partners. However, the minimal financial impact doesn’t convey the overall effect on Aeroplan as it prepares for the departure of Air Canada.“The optics of any accumulation partner defections between now and 2020 are negative in our view, making new Aeroplan partner announcements between now and 2020 that much more critical to stem changes in member behaviour,” he wrote in a report.Loblaw Imperial Oil announced Tuesday they have signed a deal that will allow PC Optimum members to earn points at more than 1,800 Esso gas stations starting this summer. The company said members will earn 10 points per litre on fuel as well as 10 points per dollar on eligible convenience store purchases and car wash services at Esso stations. Registered members may also receive targeted offers.The PC Optimum program was launched earlier this year when Loblaw brought together the PC Plus and Shoppers Optimum programs. The company faced some issues during the merger, with some members complaining online about troubles with the new app and points conversions. The PC Optimum program is already available at Mobil gas stations.On the Toronto Stock Exchange, Aimia’s shares gained nearly four per cent at $1.60 in morning trading. MONTREAL, Q.C. — Aeroplan loyalty card members will not be able to directly earn miles at Esso gas stations effective June 1 as Imperial Oil Ltd. shifts its relationship to Loblaw Companies Ltd.The loyalty card program notified members of the change to its 14-year partnership in an email. It noted that 1.5 miles for every dollar spent will continue to be earned when using Aeroplan-affiliated credit cards for purchases at any retailer, including Esso. Direct miles will continue to be earned at more than 75 partner brands, including Home Hardware, Toyota, Costco.ca, Avis and Marriott hotels.Aimia, the operator of Aeroplan, said it is working on a promotion to earn more miles with existing partners and developing a strategy for how the program will change once the long-term partnership with Air Canada ends in 2020. Cheryl Kim, Aimia’s vice-president of corporate reputation and public affairs, said Esso is not a material contributor to Aimia’s financial results and won’t affect the company’s financial guidance or strategy.last_img read more

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Dust Advisory remains in effect for Fort St John

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A Dust Advisory that was issued for Fort St. John on Monday remains in effect today.Environment Canada issued the advisory due to high levels of road dust in the air. Dust levels have increased due to higher traffic volumes and winter traction material on dry road surfaces. Levels of dust tend to be highest around busy roads and industrial operations.Persons with chronic underlying medical conditions should postpone strenuous exercise near busy roads until the advisory is lifted. Exposure is particularly a concern for infants, the elderly and those who have diabetes, and lung or heart disease. Although the current dust concentration in Fort St. John below the Provincial objective, the forecast suggests the dust concentration will increase until there is precipitation or more dust suppression. The advisory will be in effect until further notice.Real-time air quality observations and information regarding the health effects of air pollution can be found at www.bcairquality.ca.last_img read more

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BBS warns against unethical conversions

However he said the pastor was freed on the advice of the National Child Protection Authority after they refused to take the children of the home into their care.Meanwhile the Bodu Bala Sena also dismissed reports that it was against Muslims in Sri Lanka. “Like an army there are several people operating in this country with NGO assistance trying to convert innocent Buddhists,” he said. He recalled a recent incident in Tissamaharama where a Christian Pastor, who also operates a children’s home, was arrested and then produced in court. The Bodu Bala Sena has now warned it will take action against Christian pastors who work with Non Governmental Organizations (NGO) to unethically convert Buddhists into Christianity.Speaking at a press briefing today, the Venerable Kirama Wimalajothi urged the public and Buddhist monks to provide information they have on such activities to the Bodu Bala Sena. CLICK HERE FOR AUDIO CUT ONECLICK HERE FOR AUDIO CUT TWO The monk also urged Sinhalese families to have at least 5-6 children so that the Sinhalese Buddhist population grows in order to protect the Sinhala race and Buddhism in Sri Lanka.Meanwhile Secretary of the Bodu Bala Sena, the venerable Galaboda Aththe Gnanasara thera said that the country should be ready to rally against Christian and Muslim extremist groups operating in the country.He insisted that the Bodu Bala Sena does not have issues with Muslims and Tamils as a whole. However he said that Muslim women should not be allowed to wear the Niqab in Sri Lanka. (Colombo Gazette) Speaking at the Bodu Bala Sena convention in Panadura last weekend, the venerable Medagoda Abayathissa thero urged the Sinhalese to protect the nation and not let other races or religions to take over. Program coordinator of the Bodu Bala Sena Dilantha Withanage said that sms messages had been circulated urging Muslims to leave the country or not go out at night.He said that such reports send the wrong message and tarnish the image of the country and of the government.Recently the Bodu Bala Sena said that Sri Lanka is not a multiracial or multi-religious country but a Sinhala Budhist country. read more

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Countries should avoid using criminal law to deal with HIVAIDS UN agency

“There have been numerous cases in which people living with HIV have been criminally charged for conduct risking the transmission of the virus,” Marika Fahlen, UNAIDS Director of Social Mobilization and Information, said at the launch of a new report, Criminal Law, Public Health and HIV Transmission, which calls for reasoned approaches by lawmakers in using criminal law to prevent the spread of the deadly virus.“But we must be careful to avoid overreacting based on misinformation and prejudice, and must not resort too quickly to criminal prosecutions,” she told a press conference at the XIV International AIDS Conference in Barcelona. “Such situations can lead to a miscarriage of justice and promote stigma and discrimination.”According to the report, criminalization could be counterproductive and undermine public health messages to reduce or avoid activities and behaviour that increase the risk of infection.Instead, properly crafted public health laws used as an alternative to criminal law can often better achieve public health goals, the report says. Such statutes may also allow for a better balance between individual liberty and protecting the health of the general population through ensuring that individuals who are HIV-positive receive adequate counselling and access to health care services. read more

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Canadian designers lose style showcase with demise of Toronto Fashion Week

Models walk the runway for the Rudsak collection during Toronto Fashion Week in Toronto on Thursday, March 17, 2016. Toronto Fashion Week is no more. Organizers are pulling the plug on the semi-annual event, citing a lack of local support. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette by Lauren La Rose, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 7, 2016 10:00 am MDT Last Updated Jul 7, 2016 at 4:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Canadian designers lose style showcase with demise of Toronto Fashion Week TORONTO – One of the biggest showcases for emerging and established Canadian designers was wiped from the calendar Thursday after organizers said they were pulling the plug on Toronto Fashion Week due to a lack of financial support.With collections unveiled twice a year in March and October, Toronto had played host to buyers, media, and consumers — and countless others on social media — highlighting designers’ latest creations.Now it appears Canadian designers will have to find new avenues to feature their work.“We really felt that our Canadian fashion footprint was not generating the local commercial funding that we really required in order for us to continue producing the event to the highest standard that, really, the industry deserves and the designers in Toronto deserve,” said Catherine Bennett, senior vice-president and managing director of IMG Fashion Events & Properties, in an interview with The Canadian Press.“We’re sad to be moving on, but think it’s the right decision and the right time to make it.”IMG Canada had operated Toronto Fashion Week in collaboration with IMG Fashion since 2012, after taking over from the Fashion Design Council of Canada, a non-profit organization that had owned and produced the event for 13 years.Losing Toronto Fashion Week will impact up-and-coming and newly established designers still trying to carve out their brands, said Susan Langdon, executive of the Toronto Fashion Incubator.“Showing at Toronto Fashion Week gave them a stamp of credibility and it thrusted them into the media spotlight,” said Langdon, whose non-profit business centre has fostered numerous designers and style entrepreneurs.“You have …. media from across the country and internationally attend this world-class event, and you have major retail buyers attend.“If you’re just starting out, would you get that same kind of calibre of audience coming out to your show? Probably not. But because they’re there watching shows back-to-back will they put a little time aside to catch your show? Chances would have been pretty good.”Canadian womenswear designer David Dixon made his Toronto Fashion Week debut in 1995 and lamented the loss of the showcase for other homegrown talents.“(Designers) have a voice and we have passion about what we do, and I don’t think people are going to stop that voice. We’re just going to have to be more creative in how we express it,” Dixon said.“Fashion people are fickle, and the marketing budgets and sponsorship dollars are being cut left, right and centre. And so I think there’s a lot of rebuilding of the industry.”Toronto Fashion Week was part of a sizable roster of international fashion weeks owned or commercially represented by IMG, including those staged in New York, London, Berlin, Sydney and Tokyo. Fashion week events are also held in Vancouver, Edmonton and Halifax, but on a smaller scale than Toronto’s marquee showcase.The end comes three years after Montreal had its semi-annual event retooled. In 2013, organizers announced plans to merge the winter edition of Montreal Fashion Week with the city’s summer Fashion and Design Festival.The Toronto event had undergone a mini-makeover earlier this year following the end of a six-season deal with World MasterCard as the title sponsor. It was rebranded with a new website and social media handles prior to the unveiling of fall-winter collections in March.At the time, organizers said that while they hoped to find additional sponsor support, they didn’t foresee any impact on staging the Toronto event.Ultimately, the shortfall proved too much to overcome.“I think in the market in Toronto we just weren’t seeing the local support for the industry that we do see in some other markets,” said Bennett.She expressed hope that another group will stage a fashion showcase in Toronto — a sentiment echoed by Canadian fashion editors.Bernadette Morra, editor-in-chief of Fashion Magazine, said there have already been several incarnations of fashion events in Toronto, including the Festival of Canadian Fashion, and showcases of ready-to-wear collections in hotel ballrooms.“The fact that IMG — this multinational which was putting a lot of muscle into this — wound up in this situation I think it’s too bad, but I don’t think it means we can’t have a fashion week. We just can’t have a fashion week that IMG envisioned. There’s definitely an appetite from consumers and the industry to have some kind of event.”Noreen Flanagan, editor-in-chief of Elle Canada, said she’s surprised by the end of Toronto Fashion Week, but added the move isn’t entirely unexpected given the changes being seen in how fashion is promoted and sold.“Certainly, the Internet and social media have completely disrupted how we approach the business of fashion,” she said.“Women and men still love fashion and they want to support designers…. But the thing is now they see the clothes and they want to buy it now. So I think the challenge will be — especially for smaller designers — to be able to produce that instant gratification that I think consumers are looking for.”Follow @lauren_larose on Twitter. read more

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At ease in Iowa City Coach Kirk Ferentz remains intent on keeping

Few coaches in college football have done more with less than Iowa’s Kirk Ferentz. Since becoming coach in 1999, Ferentz has won 88 games, five bowl games and two Big Ten championships with the Hawkeyes. A three-time winner of the Big Ten Coach of the Year award, Ferentz has made Iowa a perennial conference title contender despite lagging behind other major programs in recruiting and other resources. But with Iowa at 7-3, 2010 has been a disappointing season for the defending Orange Bowl champions, who many expected to contend for the National Championship. Coming off a 21-17 defeat against Northwestern, Ferentz isn’t concerned about others’ expectations as he prepares his team for Ohio State on Saturday. “We’ve never worried too much about people’s expectations,” Ferentz said. “We just try to maximize every opportunity that we have and then we go from there.” After his tenure at Iowa began with a 4-19 record, Ferentz rebounded by guiding the Hawkeyes to six consecutive bowl games and winning two conference championships during that period. That success, along with prior experience as an assistant coach for the Cleveland Browns and Baltimore Ravens, made him a hot commodity in coaching circles, and many assumed he would leave Iowa for a job in the NFL. “Early they were linking me to the unemployment line, and then some NFL stuff later,” Ferentz said during a telephone conference this week. “That’s part of college football.” Although Ferentz often hears his name linked to possible coaching jobs in the NFL, he said he is bewildered by the speculation about his future. “I think the only logical reason for that is: I’ve got experience coaching in the NFL, and some of the people that I’ve worked with have done very well,” Ferentz said. “I’ve never given any indication that I had any intentions of leaving Iowa.” Iowa has made it difficult for Ferentz to consider leaving by giving him an annual salary of more than $3.6 million. His contract doesn’t expire until 2020. At Iowa, Ferentz has built much of his reputation on developing his players for the NFL. Dallas Clark, Aaron Kampman and Bob Sanders are among the many NFL standouts to have played for Ferentz at Iowa. “We’ve got a great group of guys that work with our players,” Ferentz said. “We do all we can to try and support them from the day they walk in until the day they leave and give them a chance to maximize all their capabilities.” What makes the success of his players even more remarkable is that Ferentz has rarely been able to bring blue chip prospects to Iowa. According to Rivals.com, Ferentz has never had a recruiting class ranked better than 11th in the nation. His second-highest ranked class was No. 28. “Our biggest challenge is our state population,” Ferentz said. “The high school football here is tremendous, but we only have 3 million people in our entire state.” “Between 80 and 90 percent of the time we’re recruiting in someone else’s state, which makes it a challenge,” he said. A win against the Buckeyes and coach Jim Tressel, who has a 4-1 record against Ferentz, would atone for many of Iowa’s shortcomings in the 2010 season. Tressel expects a stiff challenge from Ferentz’s team, which lost by a field goal in overtime last November in Columbus. “All summer long and all fall long, people have circled this game,” Tressel said. “We know what this game is all about.” read more

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Kero lamp explosion leaves 1 dead 1 injured

The explosion of a kerosene lamp at an East Coast Berbice home has left a father dead and one of his two sons in the hospital with third degree burns.Inews was informed that the father Deodat, 58, was refueling the lamp which was alight when it exploded and spewed the ignited flammable liquid unto himself and his 16-year-old son, Mark Deodat.The incident which happened on Tuesday evening saw Deodat, a cane harvester, being admitted to the New Amsterdam Hospital. However he succumbed to his injuries on Thursday evening. The man’s son is now a patient at the Georgetown Public Hospital.According to media reports, the neighbours heard screams and saw fire in the house at about 20:00hrs on Tuesday.The cane harvester’s wife quickly summoned her 21-year-old son and he reportedly gathered clothes and used it to extinguish the flames from his father and then his brother.The 16-year-old lad reportedly received burns to his upper body while his elder brother received minor burns in his attempt to save both of them.The family’s house was also damaged from the explosion. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedUPDATE: Taxi driver stabbed to death by 15-year-oldJuly 5, 2017In “Crime”ECD man chopped to death, father injured in confrontationOctober 15, 2017In “Crime”10-yr-old killed after struck down by cop’s carMay 17, 2016In “Crime” read more

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CES 2017 Tech That Will Save andor Ruin the World

first_imgStay on target CES Reinstates Innovation Award for High-Tech Sex Toy2019 Tech Trends Worth Getting Hyped About A new year means new technology, and for a concentrated dose of new technology look no further than the Consumer Electronics Show. Held annually in Las Vegas, CES is E3 for the tech journalism world. Instead of seeing new games every January we see new phones and computers and whatever new appliance we can make “smart.”Technology has always played a crucial role in the world. It’s one of the best ways to mark our progress (or lack thereof) as a culture. But these days, with the world seemingly on the brink, we’re more sensitive to the effects of tech than ever before. Tech can help or hurt, or maybe do both at the same time. To manufacturers, it doesn’t really matter of tech saves the world or ruins it. It just needs to have an influence. It needs to be important. When you’re the Next Big Thing, like a smart hairbrush or a VR Hypersuit or a laptop with three screens, the absolute worst thing to be meaningless.We’ve seen a lot of intriguing new tech in our ongoing CES coverage both here and on PCMag. Here’s just a sample of the products we think could redeem our planet or destroy it forever.Augmented Reality GlassesWhat Is It?From Snapchat Spectacles to Microsoft Hololens to new products in the works from Lenovo, ODG, and Vuzix, augmented reality glasses are the new virtual reality headsets.How It Will Save the WorldInstead of helping you escape to some virtual world, augmented reality enhances your perception of the real world around you, hopefully giving you the knowledge and motivation to save it.How It Will Ruin the WorldThe world shown by AR glasses may be more accurate than virtual reality, but it’s not accurate. By only showing you what you want to see, tech companies could leave you blind to problems they’d rather you not notice. It’s like They Live in reverse.A Smart Garbage CanWhat Is It?The GeniCan is a smart accessory for your dumb trash can. Plop it on and keep track of the groceries you throw out by holding barcodes up to the scanner. Now you can know all about your trash heap.How It Will Save the WorldThe GeniCan also lets you know when you need to restock certain food and helps you buy it, which is convenient. But more importantly, being aware of our waste could theoretically help us reduce it.How It Will Ruin the WorldDoes anything sound more like a parody nightmare of techno-capitalist hyper-consumption than a WiFi-enabled garbage can that tells you when it’s time to buy new things while you throw away old things?A Fridge What TalksWhat Is It?When it’s not making phones that explode, Samsung’s secret passion during these last few Consumer Electronic Shows has been intelligent refrigerators. The latest model is the Family Hub 2.0.How It Will Save the WorldThe Family Hub 2.0 takes the innovations of its predecessor and spreads them out across a wide range of refrigerators. Internal cameras keep track of food before it spoils while the touchscreen and app integration lets families learn and share all sorts of data.How It Will Ruin the WorldThe Family Hub 2.0 listens and responds to voice commands. I get why. It is a modern product after all. But something about talking to a refrigerator as if it were a person just doesn’t sit right with me. It’s like a bad prank call joke.Radiation-Proof UnderwearWhat Is It?Whether you’re a doomsday prepper or are just concerned about cell phone signals in your pants, men’s underwear lined with material like silver can shield sperm from (arguably) harmful radiation.How It Will Save the WorldAt this time it’s not a question of if the bombs will drop but when the bombs will drop. By preventing mass sterility from nuclear fallout, radiation-proof underwear from companies like Spartan could very well guarantee the survival of the human race.How It Will Ruin the WorldWithout the threat of mass sterility as a deterrent, radiation-proof underwear may, in fact, make us more willing to engage in nuclear war, which is pretty good way to ruin the world.Paraplegic ExoskeletonsWhat Is It?The Hyundai Medical Exoskeleton, or H-MEX, is a robotic leg brace that can help elderly or paraplegic people walk again and reduce the stress on workers’ legs while performing strenuous activity.How It Will Save the WorldFor people unable to walk, this tech could profoundly change their lives for the better. Technologically empowered human workers could also be a more ethical alternative to a fully mechanized manufacturing economy.How It Will Ruin the WorldRemember that scene from RoboCop 2 where the failed exoskeletons kill all those people?The 3-in-1 GraalphoneWhat Is It?No, it’s not some Steve Brule invention. The Graalphone is a peculiar new smartphone concept. The small Android phone can slot into a larger 3D screen, which can then connect to a hardware keyboard.How It Will Save the WorldTheoretically, this could be the phone for everyone since it functions in two sizes and can turn into a Windows 10 machine.How It Will Ruin the WorldAs cool as the Graalphone is in theory, watching it in action is pretty ridiculous. Seeing someone in the real world constantly fiddle with their phone like it’s a Transformer might be too much to handle.Carnival’s Ocean MedallionWhat Is It?The Carnival Ocean Medallion is wearable tech that gives you a “smart vacation” when taking a cruise on Carnival’s ships.How It Will Save the WorldCarnival uses data from the Ocean Medallion to make your vacation as comforting as possible. Letting housekeeping know when you’re gone, showing you the best routes to activities, and keeping restaurants open if you’re nearby are all really clever conveniences.How It Will Ruin the WorldBeing continuously monitored on a boat sounds like the perfect combination of Logan’s Run and Titanic.A Smart PanWhat Is It?SmartyPans is a smart skillet for your dumb stomach.How It Will Save the WorldUsing ingredient sensors and online data, SmartyPans can walk you through a recipe, track nutritional information, and connect you with other chefs. Better eating equals a better world.How It Will Ruin the WorldOf all devices to make “smart,” a pan isn’t the worst pick. Still, do you really want to turn something like your diet into another mass of data to farm?Gotta hear both sides.For more CES coverage, check out our pals at PCMag.last_img read more

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Genetic counsellor ranks as best job of 2018

first_imgBeing a genetic counsellor has ranked as the best job of 2018, with a median salary of $74,120 (£55,340.96), very low levels of stress and a very good work environment, according to research by careers website Careercast.com.Its analysis of 220 careers in the US, which evaluates income, growth outlook, work environment and stress, found that jobs in science, technology, engineering and maths (Stem) fields rank highly. For example, mathematician is the second best job of 2018, with a median salary of $81,950 (£61,187.15) and very low stress levels, while statistician ranks fifth in the list, having a median salary of $84,060 (£62,762.56), low stress levels and a very good work environment.The research also found that being a taxi driver is ranked the worst job of 2018, having a median salary of $24,880 (£18,576.40).The top 10 best jobs of 2018 are:Genetic counsellor: median salary – $74,120 (£55,340.96)Mathematician: median salary – $81,950 (£61,187.15)University professor: median salary – $75,430 (£56,319.06)Occupational therapist: median salary – $81,910 (£61,157.28)Statistician: median salary – $84,060 (£62,762.56)Medical services manager: median salary – $96,540 (£72,080.63)Data scientist: median salary – $111,840 (£83,504.22)Information security analyst: median salary – $92,600 (£69,138.86)Operations research analyst: median salary $79,200 (£59,133.89)Actuary: median salary – $100,610 (£75,119.45)last_img read more

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Motorheads 1979 Singles Bomber And Overkill Rev Up For Record Store Day

first_img Facebook News https://twitter.com/myMotorhead/status/1101180400255275008 Motorhead’s 1979 Singles “Bomber” And “Overkill” Rev Up For Record Store Day The collectible singles show the band on its ascent to top hard rock statusPhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Mar 1, 2019 – 3:41 pm Looking back 40 years at 1979, Motörhead’s singles “Bomber” and “Overkill,” as well as the albums named after them, helped to establish the band’s hard rock greatness. For Record Store Day 2019, coming on April 13, the GRAMMY-winning rock group has announced it is issuing them both on 7″ double picture-disc vinyl. Motörhead 1979 Singles Rev Up For Record Store Day motorheads-1979-singles-bomber-and-overkill-rev-record-store-day Email Twitter The original “Overkill” edit has been remastered and will be released digitally for the first time by BMG on March 8. Learn more at the band’s website.Motörhead has been nominated four times in the Best Metal Performance category and won for “Whiplash” at the 47th GRAMMY Awards.After Lemmy Kilmister’s death in 2015, a tribute performance at the 59th GRAMMY Awards featured  Alice Cooper, Johnny Depp and Aerosmith’s Joe Perry.Motörhead Guitarist “Fast” Eddie Clarke DiesRead morelast_img read more

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first_img 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 Related Content Siemens’ Somatom Definition Flash CT systemApril 25, 2012 – Varian Medical Systems and Siemens Healthcare today announced the signing of a strategic global partnership to provide advanced diagnostic and therapeutic solutions and services for treating cancer with image-guided radiotherapy and radiosurgery. The collaboration covers the mutual marketing and representation of products for imaging and treatment in the global radiation oncology business. This collaboration further comprises the development of software interfaces between Siemens and Varian treatment systems. The two companies will also investigate opportunities for joint development of new products for image-guided radiotherapy and radiosurgery.Under the agreement that was signed this week, Varian will represent Siemens diagnostic imaging products such as computed tomography (CT), positron emission tomography (PET)/CT or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to radiation oncology clinics around the world beginning immediately in most international markets and expanding to North America later this year.  Siemens Healthcare will similarly represent Varian equipment and software for radiotherapy and radiosurgery within its offerings to its healthcare customers. This will enable the companies to offer comprehensive solutions to support the entire clinical workflow from imaging to treatment. Siemens will continue to service and support its global installed base of approximately 2,000 medical linear accelerators. The agreement will give Siemens customers more choices for therapy equipment, including smooth transition and interface to Varian equipment, as aging accelerators are due for replacement.Furthermore, Varian and Siemens will develop interfaces that will enable connecting Varian’s Aria oncology information system software with Siemens accelerators and imaging systems to give clinics more options for improving workflow and streamlining their operations. The collaboration enables Varian and Siemens to co-develop and offer cancer treatment centers new imaging and treatment solutions utilizing the strengths and technology of both companies.“This is an exciting development that will enable Varian to enhance and expand its clinical offerings for the benefit of cancer patients around the globe,” said Tim Guertin, president and CEO of Varian Medical Systems. “By developing strong software connectivity and new architecture linking Siemens and Varian systems, together we can give clinics important new options for imaging and treating patients. Another key objective of this partnership is to accelerate innovation and provide more efficient and effective solutions, particularly in emerging markets.”“With this step under Siemens’ Healthcare Agenda 2013, we aim to strengthen our position as imaging partner of choice in radiation oncology,” said Walter Märzendorfer, CEO of Siemens Radiation Oncology and Computed Tomography. “Through this collaboration, Siemens will continue to serve the global radiation oncology business and help improve the treatment of cancer patients around the globe with high-quality imaging and treatment solutions that utilize our core competency and engineering excellence in imaging.”For more information: www.varian.com, www.siemens.com/healthcare FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 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 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 | April 26, 2012 Varian, Siemens Announce Global Collaboration Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more Sponsored Content | Case Study | Radiation Dose Management | August 13, 2019 The Challenge of Pediatric Radiation Dose Management Radiation dose management is central to child patient safety. Medical imaging plays an increasing role in the accurate… read more News | Neuro Imaging | August 16, 2019 ADHD Medication May Affect Brain Development in Children A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to affect development of the brain’s… read more The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec.center_img News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more News | 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 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 CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s. Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al. Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD 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 morelast_img read more

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NCCN Hosts Discussion Panel on Breast Cancer Screening Controversies

first_img 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 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 | 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 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 | 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 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 Image courtesy of Michele Eve SandbergApril 20, 2016 — To shed light on recent controversies surrounding breast cancer screening guidelines, the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) brought together experts from three leading organizations during its 21st Annual Conference on April 2 to discuss the topic.In 2015, the American Cancer Society (ACS) caused a stir in the oncology community with the updated recommendation that women of average risk for breast cancer should commence annual mammography at age 45. Previously, ACS recommended that mammography begin at 40 years, which is the same age recommended within the NCCN Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology (NCCN Guidelines) for Breast Cancer Screening and Diagnosis. Moreover, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommended age 50.Because breast cancer is the most prevalent cancer as well as the second leading cause of cancer death in U.S. women, the community wants answers.Facilitated by Mary Lou Smith, JD, MBA — co-founder, Research Advocacy Network, and 21-year member of the NCCN Guidelines Panel for Breast Cancer — the panel included Therese Bevers, M.D., The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, representing NCCN; Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo, M.D., Ph.D., MAS, University of California, San Francisco, representing USPSTF; and Kevin Oeffinger, M.D., Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, representing ACS.Following are citations for the three organizations’ recommendations:ACS: Oeffinger KC, Fontham ET, Etzioni R, et al. Breast Cancer Screening for Women at Average Risk: 2015 Guideline Update from the American Cancer Society. JAMA 2015;314:1599-1614;NCCN: NCCN Clinical Practice Guidelines for Breast Cancer Screening and Diagnosis (Version 1.2015) © 2015 National Comprehensive Cancer Network, Inc. Available at NCCN.org. Accessed [March 28, 2016]; andUSPSTF: Screening for Breast Cancer: U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Recommendation Statement. Ann Intern Med 2016; 164:279-296.The panel agreed that indeed there are benefits to breast cancer screening. However, there is debate over whether those benefits outweigh potential negative effects and as to where the value lies in cancer screening. And the conclusions vary by one’s point of view.In establishing treatment guidelines, experts consider not only reduction in breast cancer mortality but in treatment-related morbidity as well, said Bibbins-Domingo, who is the Lee Goldman, MD Endowed Chair in Medicine and professor of medicine and of epidemiology and biostatistics at UCSF School of Medicine.According to Bibbins-Domingo, USPSTF has relied on randomized controlled trials and more than 200 observational studies to develop models for their evidence-based guidelines. She noted that observational studies are necessary to capture data on the newest screening techniques.With old film screens from the 1970s and 80s, the randomized clinical trials for breast cancer screening showed about a 20 percent reduction in mortality, explained Oeffinger, primary care physician and director of the Cancer Survivorship Program at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Today’s observational studies, in contrast, show that mammography is reducing mortality by closer to 30-35 percent in certain populations. The ACS recommendations are influenced by the burden of disease and the potential benefits and harms associated with screening, focusing on 5-year increments in age, he said.The NCCN Guidelines Panel for Breast Cancer Screening and Diagnosis considers both the randomized clinical data and the data from modern screening used in the observational studies, noting that women who are screened are less likely to be diagnosed with an advanced stage cancer, said Bevers, professor of clinical cancer prevention, and medical director, Cancer Prevention Center and Prevention Outreach Programs, at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.She added that an often neglected yet important measurement is the life years gained. While, as a group women in their 40s show a lower number of deaths averted, they also have the highest number of years of life gained when cancer is found and treated.With regard to earlier screening for breast cancer, there is controversy surrounding the belief that earlier breast cancer screening leads to overdiagnosis and greater incidence of false positives.“How do you weigh false positives, overdiagnosis and anxiety?” asked Smith.“False positives mean two things,” said Oeffinger. The first is a call back for imaging, which typically takes place the same day as mammography. Second, in a smaller percentage of women (6-7 percent), a core biopsy will be performed, he explained. “While there is anxiety related to having a false positive finding or a biopsy, this remains an understudied area in the U.S.,” Oeffinger said.Bevers explained the importance of differentiation between prevalent false positives (those found on the first mammogram) and incident false positives (those found on subsequent mammograms) in understanding the true incidence of false positives for women in their 40s and women in their 50s. More false positives are found on the initial screening mammogram; this occurs because there are no prior mammograms for comparison to reassure the radiologist that a finding is benign. She went on to explain that the higher incidence of false positive screenings in women in their 40s is due, in part, to the fact that screening typically commences in this decade.“If we move the initiation of screening to 50, we will see an increase in prevalent false positives in women in their 50s and a jump in the overall false positive incidence for women in this decade,” she said.Overdiagnosis is a screen-detected cancer that would not have led to symptomatic breast cancer if undetected by screening, resulting in overtreatment. However, there remains much uncertainty about how common overdiagnosis is, the panel noted.All things considered, “it comes down to understanding a woman’s values and preferences and having a conversation with her physician about whether to start screening earlier,” said Bibbins-Domingo.Bevers agreed that there is some level of overdiagnosis that accompanies earlier screening, but that it’s very difficult to quantify, and it doesn’t speak to when to start screening or how often, but only whether to screen and when to stop screening.“Overdiagnosis is a harm of screening that is incurred regardless of the age screening starts or the screening interval as the mammographic finding — be it a calcification or other finding — will not go away unless it is treated,” she noted. “To address the issue of overdiagnosis, we need to know which lesions won’t progress,” she added.The patient population that is most negatively affected by overdiagnosis, said Bevers, is the older women because of their likelihood for competing comorbidities.Bevers argued that harms of screening should be weighed against the harms of not screening, rather than comparing the harms of screening to no harms. Women who do not get screened can incur significant harms, including breast cancers diagnosed at a later stage that require more intensive treatments and are more likely to recur, and they also are more likely to die of their breast cancer than women who get routine screening mammograms, she said. Often the discussion of the harms of screening does not mention the harms of not screening, making it falsely appear that there are no harms associated with not screening, added Bevers.Smith asked the panel to consider the harms of biennial screening — every two years — opposed to annual screening, which is another area of the mammography controversy.As mentioned earlier, higher rates of screening — at any interval — leads to higher incidence in false positives, said Bibbins-Domingo. The USPSTF has found that there is a small incremental benefit to screening annually but the harms of annual screening are higher.Oeffinger explained that there is a significant difference in the benefits of annual versus biennial screening in premenopausal women compared to postmenopausal women because of tumor biology and the aggressiveness of the disease. But by the time women are postmenopausal — on average after age 55 — biennial screening is effective.He added that ACS believes it is very important for women to have the opportunity to continue annual screening after age 55 if that is in their best interest based on their personal preferences and values, he added. His fellow panelists agreed.For NCCN, there were several factors considered in recommending annual screening, said Bevers. First, there are fewer cancer deaths in the annually screened population than those undergoing biennial screening; second, while there are fewer deaths from breast cancer averted for women in their 40s, their years of life gained are significantly greater, she said. The NCCN Panel strongly felt these benefits far outweighed the possibility of a recall and possible biopsy.The fact that three groups have different recommendations based on the same data shows there is no consensus on what constitutes a harm and where the benefit/harm threshold lies, Bevers said.To address this, a Breast Cancer Screening Consensus Conference was held in Washington, D.C. in January 2016, to start the process of formulating a consensus statement. 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