New Delhi: A day after the model code of conduct was lifted, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday called a meeting of his cabinet and senior government officials and asked them to speed up ongoing development works in the city. This was his first cabinet meeting after the Lok Sabha elections. According to a senior official, the Chief Minister has directed the departments concerned to hasten the pending works. “The Chief Minister wants that the ongoing development projects in the city should be completed by next few months,” the official told IANS on the condition of anonymity. Kejriwal’s six cabinet colleagues — Manish Sisodia, Gopal Rai, Satyendar Jain, Imran Hussain, Rajendra Pal Gautam and Kailash Gehlot — were present at the meeting. Delhi is expected to go for Assembly elections early next year.
Ingredients Garlic Powder½ tsp Ground Black Pepper¼ tbsp Worcestershire Sauce¼ cup Dry White Wine2 tbsp Italian-style salad dressing2 tbsp Shrimp (peeled and deveined)450 g Honey¼ cup Butter (melted)¼ cup Worcestershire Sauce2 tbsp Preparation In a large bowl, mix together garlic powder, black pepper, ¼ cup Worcestershire sauce, wine, and salad dressing; add shrimp, and toss to coat. Cover, and marinate in the refrigerator for 1 hour. Preheat grill for high heat. Thread shrimp onto skewers, piercing once near the tail and once near the head. Discard marinade. In a small bowl, stir together honey, melted butter, and remaining 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce. Set aside for basting. Lightly oil grill grate. Grill shrimp for 2 to 3 minutes per side, or until opaque. Baste occasionally with the honey-butter sauce while grilling. (Courtesy: www.allrecipes.com)
A group of journalists today filed a police complaint against the chairman of the Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) Dhammika Ranatunga.The journalists claimed that he had threatened them when they were doing their duty outside the Colombo High Court. Th journalists were taking visuals of Dhammika Ranatunga at the court premises when he had arrived to attend a court hearing into the arrest of his brother Nishantha Ranatunga.Dhammika Ranatunga was seen intimidating one journalist at the court premises before he went inside the building. The journalists filed a complaint with the Keselwatta police over the incident. (Colombo Gazette)
The Canadian Press OTTAWA — The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada says it is investigating a data breach at Capital One that has affected six million Canadians after receiving complaints from customers.It says Capital One contacted the office about a breach in which personal information, including one million social insurance numbers, had been accessed without authorization.The company has said it would notify affected individuals by letter or email next week but would not telephone customers.It says people receiving calls from someone claiming to be from Capital One should not provide any information, including account information or social insurance numbers.The breach also exposed the data of roughly 100 million U.S. clients, including about 140,000 Social Security numbers and 80,000 linked bank account numbers.In addition to credit card application data such as phone numbers, email addresses, dates of birth and self-reported income, the hacker was also able to access credit scores, credit limits and balances, as well as fragments of transaction information from a total of 23 days in 2016, 2017 and 2018.
From buying local products and services to employing some 4,800 people, Brock University’s impact on Niagara is immense.A new policy brief set to be released by the Niagara Community Observatory (NCO) Wednesday, Oct. 10 will give an updated snapshot of the University’s economic impact.“This brief will offer a glimpse into the economic impact Brock’s students, faculty and staff have on Niagara and beyond,” said NCO Director Charles Conteh. “It’s important to note this is a pilot project that sets the initial template for a longer process over the years of finessing our understanding of Brock’s economic and social footprint in Niagara.The policy brief points out Brock University, with a record enrolment of more than 19,000 students, has an annual operating budget of $320 million and a payroll of more than $212 million.Co-authored by Brock Associate Professor of Geography and Tourism Studies Jeff Boggs and master’s student Lauren Peddle (BA ’18) the brief focuses primarily on economics, but acknowledges the University’s impact in other areas such as community engagement, research and innovation.What: Launch of policy brief “The Brock University Effect: How thousands of students and millions of dollars energize the economy of Niagara communities.”When: Wednesday, Oct. 10, 9 to 11 a.m.Where: Pond Inlet, Brock UniversityWho: NCO Director Charles Conteh; Brief co-authors Jeff Boggs and Lauren Peddle; Brock President Gervan Fearon; Vice-President, Research Tim Kenyon; Vice-President, Administration Brian Hutchings; Panelists Mishka Balsom (GNCC), Rino Mostacci (Niagara Region), David Oakes (City of St. Catharines) and Peter Tiidus (Dean, Faculty of Applied Health Sciences, Brock University).
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram AHEPA, the largest Hellenic Association in the world, held its 62nd national convention in Brisbane from 8-15 October.With an aim to promote Hellenic culture, language and attributes of Hellenism in Australia for the benefit of all Australian Hellenes, the association raises funds for charitable organisations and welfare appeals, emphasising on medical research, the needy and the sick, and the care and welfare of the aged and disadvantaged of our society.On Sunday 9 October the official opening took place at the Greek Club, with the main address held by Ioanna Malliotis, High Commissioner of the Republic of Cyprus of Australia. Mrs Malliotis was also a guest at the Sunday night book launch for Greek Cinema Across Australia – Behind the Scenes by Peter Yiannoudes, which was held at AHEPA Hall in Brisbane. In his book, Mr Yiannoudes recounts many stories and experiences, encompassing more than 50 years in the entertainment industry, especially in the Greek Australian communities and beyond. This historical account of the development of Greek cinema in Australia and New Zealand was mainly due to the detailed archival resources that Peter has accumulated over such a large span of time spent living and breathing films and cinemas. Mr Yiannoudes also answered the nostalgic need, especially of the early Greek migrants living in Australia, of having ongoing contact with their own culture and homeland. Greek films in the ’50s and ’60s especially answered such a need. At the national lodge installation on Thursday 13 October, he became the national lodge president and Chris Georga was appointed vice-president. Justice of the Court of Appeal of Queensland Anthe Philippides, Honorary Consul-General of Greece in Queensland Jim Raptis OBE and Mrs Helen Raptis, Michael Anastas and Mrs Anastas, Stathi Zambas and his wife, research manager Dr Sia Athanasas and senior scientist and laboratory manager at the School of Medicine, The University of Queensland Burns and Trauma Critical Research Centre at the Royal Brisbane Womens’ Hospital Dr Stephen Wallis were among the esteemed guests.Meanwhile, the state council president, Dr Voula Castan, presented a cheque for $2,000 to Dr Athanasas and Dr Wallis. This donation will go towards developing micro sampling devices that are crucial to the antibiotic studies in sick children and babies with infections. It will enable them to formulate suitable dosing regimens of antibiotics in severely ill children. In doing this they are working towards better outcomes for sick children and their families. AHEPA will hold the 63rd national convention in Melbourne in 2017.
Star Wars x Adidas Ultraboost Photos Have Leaked’Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball Form C-3PO is one of the oldest Star Wars characters, but Star Wars: Episode IX might be his last movie: C-3PO actor Anthony Daniels just posted an emotional tweet after filming Episode IX, and it looks like a goodbye to the famous golden droid.On Monday, Daniels shared his bittersweet statement on the social media platform. Daniels, who has dressed up in C-3PO’s shiny suit for 42 years, tweeted about his last day on the Episode IX set, and how he’s sad about wrapping up the film, which will hit theaters on December 20, 2019. Stay on target Today was 3PO’s last on Episode IX. He’s sad – so am I. But we’re so proud to have worked with such a lovely, talented cast & crew lead by J.J. & Kathy. I’ll miss everyone but I’m glad to know that we’ve been making something exceptional together, to share with the waiting world.— Anthony Daniels (@ADaniels3PO) January 28, 2019“Today was 3PO’s last on Episode IX. He’s sad – so am I. But, we’re so proud to have worked with such a lovely, talented cast & crew lead by J.J. & Kathy,” Daniels wrote on Twitter. “I’ll miss everyone, but I’m glad to know that we’ve been making something exceptional together, to share with the waiting world.”Daniels didn’t share any other details on C-3PO, so it’s unclear if this will be the golden droid’s final bow in the Star Wars franchise. Even if Episode IX could be C-3PO’s last film, Star Wars fans will always remember the polite golden droid, who was built by Anakin Skywalker and served as a close companion to the robot, R2-D2.More on Geek.com:John Boyega Teases Shocking Photo From ‘Star Wars: Episode IX’ Set Disney’s ‘Star Wars’ Theme Park Trailer Teases High-Tech AmusementMassive Cave Discovered in Canada, Named After ‘Star Wars’ Beast
Vancouver police said Thursday that a weekend burglary captured on camera, was actually a pair of contractors who mistakenly entered the wrong home.The silent alarm was tripped 8:57 a.m. Saturday in a condominium in the 1400 block of Southeast Columbia Way. In the video, two men walk through the home, and one talks on a cell phone. The neighbors let the homeowners know that the contractors were doing work at their unit and accidentally went into the wrong one. Vancouver police said with no crime committed, they will not do any follow-up investigation.
KFD personnel with the assistance of numerous Nikiski Fire Department personnel were able to get the fire under control and extinguished within about 60 minutes. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The City of Kenai Fire Department was dispatched to a structure fire at a residence off of Birch Street, around 7 p.m., last night. Photo courtesy of Kenai Fire Department According to reports from KFD, upon arrival, smoke was found coming from the structure and upon entry, fire was present in the basement of the duplex style structure. The Occupants were displaced, however Red Cross is providing assistance to the residence of the home. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation. Story as aired: Audio PlayerJennifer-on-kfd-and-nfd-on-fire.mp3VmJennifer-on-kfd-and-nfd-on-fire.mp300:00RPd
Islamabad: After failing to censure India at United Nations Security Council, baffled Pakistan government has called a high-level meeting on Saturday to discuss its future plan of action of on Kashmir issue. It will see the participation of various Pakistani institutions. Speaking to media following the UNSC closed-door meeting, Shah Mehmood Qureshi said: “I have called for a meeting tomorrow at 11 am in which various Pakistani institutions would take part.” Also Read – Watch: Donald Trump says Florida faces absolute monster hurricane Advertise With Us “We will deliberate on the future course of action and what further steps can be taken to help and support the people of Kashmir,” he said. This came after the UNSC held a closed-door consultation on Kashmir. The meeting was called by China on the behest of Pakistan. However, the China-Pakistan axis failed tonight at UNSC closed-door meeting when a majority of the Council members refused to take up the Kashmir matter and rejected the Chinese position. Also Read – Pakistan test-fires 290-km range missile Advertise With Us China and Pakistan stood isolated as a member after member refused to endorse their position. When asked whether Pakistan is ready for dialogue with India, “Pakistan has always pushed for engagement and a peaceful resolution. The foreign minister there is no chance of bilateral talks until the curfew is lifted in Kashmir”.
The floating bodies of three siblings were recovered from a pond in Ashtoka village of Karimganj upazila in Kishoreganj on Sunday morning, a day after they went missing, reports UNB.The deceased are Jonaki, 9, Chadni, 7, and Safayeat Ullah, 4, children of Helal Uddin of Sakura Tekpara village in the upazila.The trio along with their mother went to visit their uncle’s house in the same village on 21 June. But, they went missing on Saturday while came out from the house for playing.The family members and locals searched them in different places in the village but could not trace them.Later around 6:00am on Sunday morning, locals spotted the floating bodies in a pond near their uncle’s house around.
Prothom Alo IllustrationTwo suspected drug traders were killed in reported gunfights with police and members of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) in Kushtia and Chapainawabganj districts early Saturday.Among the deceased one is Shamsuddin Syam, 38, son of a certain late Tobarok Miah of Khemirdiyar in Bheramara upazila of Kushtia, reports UNB.In Kushtia, Shamsuddin Syam was killed in a reported gunfight with police in Bakapool area of Bheramara upazila.He was wanted in eight drug-related cases, claim police.On information that a gang of robbers gathered for drug trading, police conducted a drive in Bakapool area around 3:00am, said Bheramara police station officer-in-charge Aminul Islam.Sensing presence of the law enforcement, the drug traders opened fire on them, forcing police to retaliate that triggered a gunfight, he said.The gunfight left Shamdsuddin injured with bullet. He was then taken to Bheramara Health Complex where doctors declared him dead, the OC added.In Chapainawabganj, a suspected unidentified drug trader was killed in what the RAB said a gunfight with them in Sundarpur of sadar upazila around1:30am.The force later recovered a pistol, four bullets, one magazine and 117 bottles of phensedyl from the spot.Four RAB members were also injured in the incident, said RAB-5 camp commander Syed Abdullah Al Murad.The law enforcement’s versions of the incidents were, however, not verified independently as no versions of those were available immediately either from any witnesses or from members of the victims’ families.With the latest deaths, at least 146 people were killed in alleged gunfights with law enforcement members while 37 bodies of suspected drug traders were recovered after reported gun battles between rival groups during the countrywide anti-narcotic drives since15 May.Prothom Alo, however, could not verify the law enforcement’s version of the incidents independently as no version of it was available immediately either from any witness or from any member of the victim’s family.
Indian residents ride along a road next to damaged trees oafter Cyclone Fani landfall in Puri in the eastern Indian state of Odisha on 3 May, 2019. Photo: AFPAt least three people died Friday as cyclone Fani, the biggest in years, slammed into eastern India, sending coconut trees flying and cutting off power, water and telecommunications.The monster weather system made landfall at the holy city of Puri in the morning, with winds gusting at up to 200 kilometres (125 miles) per hour.In recent days authorities in Odisha state, where 10,000 people perished in a 1999 cyclone, evacuated more than a million people as they worried about a possible 1.5-metre (five-foot) storm surge sweeping far inland.One man died of a heart attack in one of several thousand shelters set up, while another was killed by a falling tree on Friday, authorities said.Media reports put the death toll at up to six, but officials could not confirm this.Authorities in Bangladesh, where Fani was headed, said a woman was killed, also by a tree, and that 14 villages were inundated as flood dams broke due to a tidal surge.Disaster management spokesman Mohammad Jahir told AFP that 400,000 people from Bangladeshi coastal villages have been taken to shelters.Hundreds of thousands more people in India’s West Bengal state have also been given orders to flee. Local airports have been shut, while train lines and roads were closed.”It just went dark and then suddenly we could barely see five metres in front of us,” said one resident in Puri.”There were the roadside food carts, store signs all flying by in the air,” the man told AFP from a hotel where he took shelter. “The wind is deafening.”Another witness said he saw a small car being blown along a street by the winds and then turned over.After pounding Puri and Odisha state capital Bhubaneswar and heading northeastwards, losing strength as it goes, authorities were battling to remove fallen trees from roads and to restore phone and internet services.On Saturday Fani was expected in West Bangal’s capital Kolkata, a city home to 4.5 million people.”We are monitoring the situation 24×7 and doing all it takes… Be alert, take care and stay safe for the next two days,” West Bengal’s chief minister Mamata Banerjee tweeted.The winds were felt as far away as Mount Everest, with tents blown away at Camp 2 at 6,400 metres (21,000 feet) and Nepali authorities cautioning helicopters against flying.Meanwhile a baby was born near Bhubaneswar just as the cyclone passed through.”We are calling her Lady Fani as she was born when the hospital was hit,” a spokesperson for the hospital told the Press Trust of India.- ‘Total destruction’ -Meteorologists have warned of the “total destruction” of thatched houses, the uprooting of power and communication poles, the “flooding of escape routes” and damage to crops in some areas.Some 3,000 shelters in schools and government buildings were set up to accommodate more than a million people in Odisha, with families including women and babies huddled on the floor.Ports have been closed but the Indian Navy has sent six warships to the region while India’s biggest oil and gas producer ONGC evacuated almost 500 workers from offshore rigs.Measures were also being taken to protect the 850-year-old Jagannath temple in Puri, a Hindu holy town normally thronging with pilgrims.AFP correspondents in the resort said it was a near ghost town with trees already torn down and water levels rising even before Fani’s awesome arrival.Electricity and water supplies were already cut for much of the city of 200,000 people. Metal shutters covered store fronts and sand blew up the streets from the nearby beach.Only a few police vehicles and tractors trying to pull trees or push aside collapsed walls could be seen.Media reports said hundreds of trees were uprooted at the nearby Chilika Lake just south of Puri in the first violent winds.”We will just stay for the day until the cyclone has passed. We are not scared but we feel safer here,” said Krishna Chandra Sahu, 43, sheltering with seven members of his family in a hotel.”We are mooring our boat because it’s the only means of income for us. Only Allah knows when we can go back to fishing again,” Akbar Ali, a fisherman in near the town of Dacope in Bangladesh told AFP while battling surging waves to tie his boat to a tree.”I am closing my stall early this evening and leaving it to its fate. It may get blown away today if the storm gets too strong,” said Morium Akter, a tea stall owner by the river Rupsha in Khulna town.
Stay on target Covert Dock for Nintendo Switch Fits in Your PocketRugged BlackBerry Clone With QWERTY Keyboard Hits Kickstarter My cat is a slave to laser pointers: Shine the elusive light in her direction, and she’s off to the races.But between work, the gym, and social commitments (not to mention my boyfriend’s grueling travel schedule), there isn’t always time for pet play.Enter Felik (pronounced like the anthropomorphic cartoon cat, but with a “k”), the artificially intelligent toy that keeps your domesticated darlings busy when you can’t.“Most pet owners don’t have time to pay with their furry pals. And, just like human children, animals may turn to destruction and overeating to cope with their boredom. In severe cases they may even become depressed,” maker Angry Lychee LLC said. “Felik was created to provide quality stimulation for pets even when their owners are away.”From its perch on the wall or countertop, the device monitors the room for movement and uses an infrared-sensitive camera to track your cat or dog. The built-in AI, meanwhile, predicts predatory activity (it knows when the animal is about to pounce) and prepares to react appropriately.The real selling point is Felik’s ability to behave naturally, moving the laser to simulate actual prey—rather than in random directions humans typically aim.“Most existing laser pet toys attempt to interact by using unnaturally pre-programmed or random patterns of motion that are overly predictable to the pet,” Angry Lychee explained. “Existing products all lack the reactive intelligence needed to keep your pets fully engaged and focused on the hunt.”In just five days, the Kickstarter project has passed the halfway mark, raising a whopping $17,600-plus from 151 backers. The project must reach its $29,675 goal by June 22 to receive funding.Felik AI laser pointer in action (via Kickstarter)Not everyone is ready to back Angry Lychee’s Felik, though.According to behavior consultant Marilyn “The Cat Coach” Krieger, laser pointers don’t give felines a real sense of satisfaction; without a physical object to catch, the animal can become frustrated.Still, those folks looking to entertain their pets for at least part of the day can snag Felik for an early-bird price of $104 (that’s 43 percent off the retail value of $179). Add a Shelf Stand for another $9.The computer’s algorithm can track multiple pets simultaneously, and works for animals of all sizes, from wee kittens to large dogs—even ducks. Users can tap into the companion iOS or Android app to activate a schedule, customize the algorithm, and even remotely control the laser.
Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. When I talk about potential professions with my daughter, the words engineering and technology are the first to come out of my mouth. Granted, she is only 4 and wants to be a gymnast, artist or firefighter — as of this week anyway. When it comes to my retirement, however, I am banking on her becoming a female entrepreneur and founding the next multi-billion dollar tech company.Unfortunately, she and her female counterparts are facing challenges in the tech industry, namely a significant gender gap. By most estimates, women comprise only 30 percent of the workforce in engineering and tech-related fields.In one case, however, an examination of female members on GitHub, one of the leading open-source systems for software developers, showed a considerably lower rate of participation, at 6 percent. Despite the increased awareness of this disparity in the tech industry, the gender gap continues to be the largest it has been in decades.Related: 8 Initiatives That Show Tech Wants to Solve Its Diversity ProblemThis is a problem for tech companies and the tech industry, not just in gender equality or good corporate citizenship, but also for productivity and the bottom line. As Breanden Beneschott, the co-founder and COO of Toptal, a well respected online network of freelance tech engineers and designers, explains, “Men and women are equally intelligent, statistically speaking, so out of the smartest 10 people in the world, five should be male and five should be female. If your team is anything less than an equal balance of men and women, then it is probably not the best it can be.”In 2013, Pinterest engineer Tracy Chou provided an honest look at the underrepresentation of women at her company, which helped spur other tech companies to publish demographic data. These influential organizations recognized the significant gender gap and began spearheading recruitment initiatives to correct it. These initial efforts have demonstrated, however, that recruiting more female engineers alone is not the answer.For instance, Etsy, a peer-to-peer ecommerce site focused on handmade or vintage items and supplies, decided in 2011 to make hiring more women a core value of the company. A year later, only one of its 40 new full-time engineers was female. This poor result was not due to poor recruitment, but rather the lack of female engineers in the job market, as Etsy’s CTO Kellan Elliott-McCrea explained.It turns out the root problem is much more systematic, and it starts when girls are still in school. According to GirlsWhoCode, 74 percent of middle-school girls express interest in the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields, yet only 0.4 percent of high-school girls plan to study computer science as a major in college. Young women are simply losing interest in these fields as an area of study and a profession as they progress from middle school to high school to college. Reversing this trend is the place to start.After the company’s failed recruitment efforts, Etsy switched gears. They began by making a significant financial donation to Recurse School, a New York-based programming retreat for aspiring engineers. Furthermore, Etsy Hacker Grants provide needs-based living expense grants to female and minority engineers. The company also sponsors organizations such as CodeNow and GirlDevelopIt, programs focused on assisting girls who want to learn to code. By investing in the education of women in tech, the company is not only creating a more diverse applicant pool but also attracting female engineers through its exemplary commitment to education and inclusion.Related: 5 Ways Both Sexes Can Help Solve the Gender Gap in Silicon ValleyThe payoff for Etsy is already noticeable. One year after it launched Etsy Hacker Grants, the number of female engineers at the firm grew from four to 20.At the same time, Intel announced similar initiatives, such as its massive Diversity in Technology Initiative, which through a partnership with GirlsWhoCode is helping to provide more educational support to a greater number of young women. Moreover, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich has indicated that Intel plans to get involved on a primary-school level with the intention of giving girls a clear path to becoming engineers from a young age.While Etsy and Intel are sponsoring outside-education programs, Toptal initiated a plan to support and educate potential female developers through an in-house one-on-one mentorship program. Toptal Scholarships for Female Developers will award 12 aspiring female engineers of any age and educational background a $5,000 scholarship and a year of weekly mentoring by a Toptal senior developer. This program will provide scholarship recipients with training and an opportunity to gain valuable insight into the life and work of top technologists in the industry.Additionally, Toptal hopes to increase the representation of females on open-source sites such as GitHub by requiring program participants to make meaningful contributions to these sites and publish educational content about their experiences. In addition to providing female developers with experience, Toptal’s goal is to increase the number of female educators and mentors in the industry.It is not an easy or quick path to gender parity in tech. It requires the focus and attention of companies and both men and women to actively encourage and support women in technology through long-term investments in education and mentorship initiatives, all while fostering an industry-wide culture of inclusion. It also requires the engagement and support of parents to send a strong message to aspiring female engineers, developers and programmers to stay the course.Of course, I jest about my daughter being my retirement plan. I am perfectly content with raising a fire-fighting gymnast who paints murals on the weekends. As long as she can help me navigate new operating system updates, that is all the return I need.Related: This Woman Is Waging a Quiet War on Tech’s Gender Gap October 29, 2015 Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global 5 min read Register Now »
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. The physicians and staff at John C. Lincoln were pleased by the ease of the transition to tomosynthesis. Left to right: Michael Alpern, M.D. Sherry Gage, Director Linda Greer, M.D. The physicians and staff at John C. Lincoln were pleased by the ease of the transition to tomosynthesis. Left to right: Michael Alpern, M.D. Sherry Gage, Director Linda Greer, M.D. Technology | Breast Biopsy Systems | July 24, 2019 Fujifilm Releases Tomosynthesis Biopsy Option for Aspire Cristalle Mammography System Fujifilm Medical Systems U.S.A. Inc. recently expanded its breast imaging solutions with the launch of its… read more Qlarity Imaging’s software is used to assist radiologists in the assessment and characterization of breast lesions. Imaging features are synthesized by an artificial intelligence algorithm into a single value, the QI score, which is analyzed relative to a database of reference abnormalities with known ground truth. Image courtesy of Business Wire. 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 The physicians and staff at John C. Lincoln were pleased by the ease of the transition to tomosynthesis. Left to right: Michael Alpern, M.D. Sherry Gage, Director Linda Greer, M.D. Related Content News | Mammography Reporting Software | July 26, 2019 Ikonopedia Releases Automated Combined Reporting Package at AHRA Ikonopedia showcased its recently released Automated Combined Reporting package and its entire suite of structured… read more The physicians and staff at John C. Lincoln were pleased by the ease of the transition to tomosynthesis. Left to right: Michael Alpern, M.D. Sherry Gage, Director Linda Greer, M.D. Image courtesy of Imago Systems News | Breast Imaging | August 02, 2019 Volpara to Distribute Screenpoint Medical’s Transpara AI Solution Volpara Solutions and ScreenPoint Medical BV signed an agreement under which Volpara will sell ScreenPoint’s Transpara… read more News | Ultrasound Women’s Health | July 11, 2019 FDA Clears Koios DS Breast 2.0 AI-based Software Koios Medical announced its second 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). 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 | 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 Case Study | July 18, 2011 | Hologic Inc. Earlier Detection & Better Patient Care with State-of-the-art Breast Tomosynthesis John C. Lincoln Breast Health and Research Center, Phoenix, Arizona The physicians and staff at John C. Lincoln were pleased by the ease of the transition to tomosynthesis. Left to right: Michael Alpern, M.D. Sherry Gage, Director Linda Greer, M.D.John C. Lincoln Health Network, a Phoenix-based health system that includes two hospitals and two dozen physician practices, is setting a new standard for quality breast care. In addition to being one of Arizona’s first truly comprehensive breast centers, the John C. Lincoln Breast Health and Research Center is the first in the state – and only the second in the nation – to offer 3D breast tomosynthesis.Tomosynthesis, which enables 3D imaging of the breast, was approved by the FDA in February 2011. Thanks to careful planning, John C. Lincoln was poised to adopt the technology as soon as it became available and began offering it to patients in April 2011.“When the breast center opened in 2009, we knew incorporating tomosynthesis would be a priority,” says Breast Center Director Sherry Gage. “So everything was designed with that long-term goal in mind,” including the purchase of a Hologic Selenia Dimensions digital mammography system and Hologic SecurView workstations.Commitment to Patient CareWith a commitment to offering the best in patient care, the John C. Lincoln Breast Health and Research Center viewed tomosynthesis as an essential tool for breast imaging. A tomosynthesis scan acquires a series of low-dose images that can be viewed as a 3D reconstruction of the breast, enabling radiologists to identify and characterize individual structures without the confusion of overlapping tissue. The center’s experience shows improved cancer detection and a reduction in unnecessary recalls.“This is absolutely amazing technology because it enables us to clearly see some cancers that are not visible on conventional 2D mammography. As a result, we’re able to detect even the tiniest cancers at the earliest stages,” says radiologist Linda Greer, M.D. “We’re so excited to have this improved technology available to our patients.”Soon after the system became operational, radiologists at John C. Lincoln started detecting cancers that weren’t visible with conventional mammography. “In just the month that we’ve had it, I’ve seen four or five cancers that I honestly would like to think that I would have found on the original mammogram, but it was without a doubt present when we did the 3D imaging,” Greer said.In addition, approximately five percent of patients who would have been called back for additional views if it weren’t for 3D imaging were spared the anxiety of unnecessary recalls.For some patients at John C. Lincoln, the benefit of tomosynthesis is simply peace of mind. A woman with extremely dense breasts had been considering a bilateral mastectomy due to years of uncertainty, but her tomosynthesis scan helped radiologists determine for the first time that there were absolutely no abnormalities. Another patient with dense breasts and a strong family history of breast cancer was found to have a large cyst that did not appear on any previous exams.“The cyst was fairly large, and the image was absolutely gorgeous. It definitely wasn’t cancer but it was interesting to see something we’d never been able to see before,” says Dr. Greer.The John C. Lincoln Breast Health and Research Center is currently using tomosynthesis for both screening and diagnostic mammography. It offers it primarily to patients who it believes will benefit most from the technology, including women with dense breasts, fibrocystic tissue or those who have ever been called back for additional views due to overlapping tissue.Superior Technology That’s Easy to UseFrom start to finish – including installation, obtaining FDA accreditation and training – physicians and staff at John C. Lincoln were pleasantly surprised by the ease of the transition to tomosynthesis. The center already had a Selenia Dimensions unit, so there was no need for additional hardware; a simple software installation, which took less than a day, was all that was required to upgrade its system with 3D imaging capabilities.Within four days of submitting its application to the FDA, John C. Lincoln received approval to perform tomosynthesis scans. The training was seamless, thanks to the user-friendly machine.Superior technology aside, ease-of-use is one of the main reasons Gage predicts tomosynthesis will eventually become the gold standard of breast imaging.“I’m very impressed with tomosynthesis. A technology may be state-of-the-art, but if it’s difficult to use and impacts your workflow to the extent that physicians and technologists can’t do what they need to do, it’s not going to become the standard of care,” says Gage, who has overseen numerous technology installations at the breast center and noted that tomosynthesis was by far the easiest. Maximizing Workflow to Accommodate DemandOptimizing workflow has always been a priority at the John C. Lincoln Breast Health and Research Center, and workflow considerations played heavily into the original design of the breast center. An exam using tomosynthesis takes no more additional time than a 2D mammogram, which enables the center to maintain its standard of scheduling screening mammograms every 10 minutes. However, with only one of its three digital mammography machines configured for tomosynthesis and as many as half of an average day’s patients requiring 3D imaging, a slight workflow adjustment was required to accommodate the increased demand of patients.Two technologists are now assigned to the room with the Selenia Dimensions system. While the first technologist is performing an exam, the second is doing a consultation with another patient in a different room. When the second technologist takes her patient in for the exam, the first begins a consultation with a new patient.“We configured our workflow to maximize the use of the equipment with as little downtime as possible,” says Gage, who estimates they perform an average of 25 to 30 tomosynthesis exams per day. “All it took was a small adjustment, and we were back on track.”A smooth workflow is important for future success, as the availability of tomosynthesis is clearly attracting more patients to the breast center. Although exact figures are not available, Gage says they are seeing a significant increase in new patients based on the number of exams being sent from outside facilities. The number has jumped to approximately 35 to 40 per day since the center started offering tomosynthesis, and women are coming from as far as Utah to receive a 3D exam.“Many women are coming from other centers because they are called back for additional views year after year, and they want to have tomosynthesis to get rid of that uncertainty,” says Gage.Fortunately, the John C. Lincoln Breast Health and Research Center was designed to manage as many as 150 exams per day, so there is plenty of capacity to accommodate the increased demand. In anticipation of a significant volume increase, Gage is already looking into upgrading another one of the center’s digital mammography units with tomosynthesis by the end of 2011. Comfort Improves Patient SatisfactionIn addition to the latest imaging technology, women at John C. Lincoln also get to experience the benefits of the Hologic MammoPad breast cushion. The soft foam cushion is placed on the mammography detector to create a warmer, softer exam, and it improves both patient comfort and clinical results. Though Gage is now a big proponent of the MammoPad cushion, she was initially opposed to the expenditure. She didn’t think a small piece of foam was worth the money. But once they started using it on patients, she saw how much women, particularly those who are fearful of pain, appreciated the feeling of warmth instead of a cold, hard detector.“MammoPad really does provide an unbelievable comfort. I tell patients it’s like putting your breast on a mattress,” says Gage. “We’ve seen firsthand how addressing patient comfort improves compliance and keeps women coming back for their mammograms year after year.”Technologists also noticed clinical benefits with the MammoPad cushion. The traction of the foam surface holds the breast in place, enabling the technologists to get more tissue and muscle in the image. Acquiring posterior muscle on a CC view was never a requirement, Gage says, but now it’s become standard with MammoPad breast cushion.“I didn’t expect to see these kinds of clinical results. I don’t hire technologists who don’t have good positioning skills to begin with,” she says. “But there’s a difference between good positioning and excellent positioning.”Truly Comprehensive CareCustomer service is as important at the John C. Lincoln Breast Health and Research Center as offering the latest technology, so the center was careful to ensure that advanced technology does not come at the expense of patient care. In particular, John C. Lincoln places a special emphasis on education – particularly when it comes to new technology like tomosynthesis.“We don’t just want to offer our patients state-of-the-art technology – we also want to explain why we’re offering it. For patients who would benefit from 3D imaging, it’s a good opportunity for us to educate them,” says Gage. “Women are very happy if you take the time to explain this new technology, how it works and why it can benefit them.”In fact, it is the emphasis on education that differentiates John C. Lincoln Breast Health and Research Center as a truly comprehensive breast center. Mammography is rarely the beginning or the end of the center’s involvement with a patient’s breast health.“Technology is important, but you also need to educate patients to take control of their health,” Gage says. “We’re very big on education and walking the patient through the entire journey of breast cancer.”The journey often begins with risk assessment, followed by mammography and, if necessary, ultrasound, breast MRI, breast biopsies, surgery, radiation oncology or reconstructive surgery – all accessible at the breast center. A patient care coordinator assists women at every step, including scheduling appointments and communicating with referring physicians. The state-of-the-art facility also features a full-service library with reference materials and brochures, as well as books that patients can take home.It is this same dedication to service that sets John C. Lincoln Breast Health and Research Center apart from its competitors. Some facilities provide cutting-edge technology but overlook patient comfort. Others offer comfortable surroundings but sacrifice service. John C. Lincoln offers state-of-the-art technology in a comfortable setting with a focus on customer service and patient education – the whole package for quality breast care. “For the last 80 years, this organization has been driven by a commitment to serving people with the highest quality care,” says Gage. “Tomosynthesis is simply the latest tool in our array of resources that makes sure our patients have the very best.” The comments included in this publication are the opinions and personal stories of the individuals quoted and not necessarily those of Hologic. Hologic, Dimensions, MammoPad, SecurView and Selenia are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of Hologic Inc. and/or its subsidiaries in the United States and/or other countries. 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The Adelaide Convention Centre has won another industry award for the third time in a row, earning it a place in a second prestigious Hall of Fame.On March 18th, the Centre was named best venue for over 500 people at the 2010 State Meetings and Events Australia (MEA) awards. The Centre – considered the Australian pioneer of purpose-built convention centres – has also won its category at the State Tourism Awards each year since 2008 and was recognised for that Hall of Fame achievement in November.It has won MEA awards at the national level for the past two years and last night’s victory puts it in line for the hat trick yet again. In the 23 years since opening it is estimated to have brought more than 750,000 international and interstate guests to SA. The economic benefit generated by their spending alone totalled more than $900 million at 30 June 2010, and is expected to reach $1 billion by June this year.Last year, more than 20,000 business visitors from outside SA attended events at the Centre. That represents about 85,000 hotel bed nights.‘While the statistics speak volumes, underpinning our success is a determination to be innovative and the ability and commitment of our staff to deliver a consistently superior standard of service,’ said Chief Executive, Alec Gilbert.‘We’ve won a string of local and international awards in the past two years – several of them judged by our peers. It’s fantastic to see our hard work rewarded yet again, especially given the calibre of our competitors.’ The Adelaide Convention Centre, now the smallest major venue of its kind in the country, is about to undergo a $350 million, two-stage expansion. Alec Gilbert said the design phase was nearing completion and construction work was expected to begin later this year. ‘The redevelopment will include exciting improvements to the whole Torrens Riverbank precinct,’ he said. ‘If we’re considered good for business tourism now, we’re going to be even better – and attract even more visitors – by 2016, when the final work is complete.’ Source = Adelaide Convention Centre
Pullman, a hotel brand of AccorHotels has announced the opening of its latest hotel in China’s heritage water town of Zhouzhuang, Jiangsu province. Zhouzhuang is situated in Kunshan City, Suzhou’s southeast. With picturesque lake views, the hotel is nestled within a 50 acre wetland park and gateway to the century-old water system that joins the Yangtze River.Boasting 174 guestrooms and suites with private balconies and panoramic lake and park views, the spacious rooms feature the signature. For weddings, events and meetings, the hotel has an 820 square metre grand ballroom and seven function rooms that can accommodate up to 1,350 guests.Michel Molliet, Chief Operating Officer, AccorHotels- Greater China, said, “The Pullman brand was launched in Greater China 10 years ago and over the years, the brand has established more than 30 properties within the region. As AccorHotels’ new generation of upscale hotels, Pullman Hotels & Resorts offers hyper-connected travellers the best-in-class business and fitness facilities, functional contemporary design and balanced dining concepts.”Lucy Lu, General Manager, Pullman Zhouzhuang, said, “The opening of Pullman Zhouzhuang is the first international upscale branded hotel in town. The hotel’s design is inspired by the architectural elements surrounding the canals, making it ideal for business and leisure travellers from nearby cities like Shanghai.”Dining options include La Lune Chinese Restaurant, featuring 18 private dining rooms serving Cantonese cuisine, an all-day dining restaurant Café 88, a Western-style bar V Pub and a Lobby Lounge featuring a selection of freshly ground coffee and artisanal pastries.