Bill Clinton Dedicates Anne Frank Tree Installation

first_imgLast week, President Bill Clinton joined nearly 1,000 guests who gathered on the grounds of the Clinton Presidential Center in Little Rock, Arkansas, to celebrate the opening of the Center’s newest permanent installation, The Anne Frank Tree.Among the guests were 700 school children, family members of Holocaust survivors, members of the Quapaw Tribe, Japanese-Americans who were interned during World War II, and relatives of the Little Rock NineA partnership between the Clinton Foundation and Sisterhood of Congregation B’nai Israel, and in conjunction with the Anne Frank Center USA, the new installation conveys the complex history of human rights in Arkansas and throughout the world.“Young people should be able to go to places like this and see symbols of life, unity, and hope,” said President Bill Clinton. “And we will remember the wisdom of a 14-year-old girl, whose spirit is depending on us to redeem the years she didn’t have.”Other speakers on today’s program included Lexi Elenzweig, president of Federation of Temple Youth at Congregation B’nai Israel; Ronald Leopold, executive director of the Anne Frank House; and Stephanie S. Streett, executive director of the Clinton Foundation.The centerpiece of the exhibit is a young chestnut tree that was awarded to the Center by the Anne Frank Center USA’s “Sapling Project” in 2009. The sapling was taken from the white horse chestnut tree that stood outside Anne Frank’s Secret Annex when she and her family were in hiding from the Nazis during World War II.“Anne Frank took great solace from the horse chestnut tree that grew outside the secret annex on the Prinsengracht in Amsterdam, where she, her family and four others were in hiding during World War II. To Anne, it represented life in the face of death, the freedom to blossom and prosper,” Ronald Leopold, executive director of the Anne Frank House, said.The Center’s installation consists of five framed, etched glass panels – arranged to evoke the feeling of being inside a room – surrounded by complementary natural landscaping. The two front panels feature quotes from Anne Frank and President Clinton. The three additional panels convey the complex history of human rights in Arkansas through descriptions of the Indian Removal Act of 1830, the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II, and the Little Rock Central High School desegregation crisis of 1957. These panels will feature quotes from Chief Heckaton, hereditary chief of the Quapaw during Arkansas’s Indian Removal; George Takei, Japanese-American actor who was interned at the Rohwer Relocation Center in Desha County, Arkansas, in 1942; and Melba Patillo Beals, member of the Little Rock Nine.In collaboration with the Clinton Foundation, Little Rock landscape architect Cinde Drilling and Ralph Appelbaum Associates, exhibit designer for both the Center and The National Holocaust Museum, assisted in the design of the exhibit. The installation has been made possible thanks to the support of the Ben J. Altheimer Charitable Foundation and other generous partners.The Center’s sapling is currently housed in a local nursery where it is acclimating to Arkansas’s environment. And although it will be present during the ceremony, it will be returned to the nursery where it will be cared for until it has matured and can thrive in its new home, located on the grounds of the Park. A similar chestnut tree will be temporarily planted in its place until the Anne Frank tree can be permanently transplanted.last_img read more

UN blue helmets help Congolese soldiers and families escape latest fighting

10 September 2007The United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has helped more than 100 army soldiers, along with their wives and children, to evacuate from a town in the volatile far east of the country that has been the scene of fresh violence between armed groups at the weekend. The mission, known as MONUC, said in a press statement today that UN blue helmets stationed in North Kivu province were able to escort 102 members of the Congolese armed forces (FARDC) and 125 dependants from Kichanga to Nyanzala after a request from FARDC.The evacuation followed fresh fighting around Kichanga involving forces loyal to Laurent Nkunda, a dissident faction leader of the FARDC, and members of the ex-Rwandan armed forces (FAR)/Interahamwe and the Mayi-Mayi armed group known as PARECO.MONUC said it was particularly concerned about the presence of Interahamwe members – notorious for their involvement in the 1994 Rwandan genocide – in the combat zone.The fighting in North Kivu, which has remained one of the DRC’s most unstable regions since the official end of the civil war in 2003 and last year’s historic national elections, and in neighbouring areas has intensified sharply in recent months, forcing more than 220,000 civilians to flee their homes since December last year. The most recent clashes have been between FARDC members and those loyal to Mr. Nkunda.Stressing it would continue to intervene to protect North Kivu’s towns and cities, in line with its mandate, MONUC noted that it had deployed two companies of supplementary peacekeepers to the province on Saturday.The mission added that direct clashes between the FARDC and the Nkunda faction seem to have stalled, and it said that the presence of MONUC troops in the area around the town of Sake – whose residents fled ahead of the advance of the Nkunda forces – presented the opportunity for the townspeople there to return to their homes. read more

Joint UNAU chief speaks out after latest Sudanese attack on Darfur rebels

The ground attack occurred this morning in Khor Abeche, a village located 80 kilometres north-east of the South Darfur capital of Nyala, the joint UN-AU mission in Darfur (UNAMID) said in a news release. It is the second incident of its kind in the area, known to have supporters of the armed movement, Sudan Liberation Army/Minni Minawi, in the past 24 hours. Five civilians were injured as a result of the attack in which several houses were also burned. “Joint Special Representative Ibrahim Gambari démarched the Government at the highest level for the attacks on the village to cease,” the mission stated.The UNAMID team site in the area dispatched fire trucks to put out the fires, provided medical care to the casualties, and is patrolling the village. A similar attack on Friday sent between 200 and 250 people fleeing to the UNAMID camp for protection.Mr. Gambari has repeatedly called on all parties to refrain from hostilities and respect their obligations under international humanitarian law to safeguard innocent civilians. At least 300,000 people have been killed and 2.7 million driven from their homes as a result of the fighting that has ravaged Darfur over the past seven years. 11 December 2010An attack by the Sudanese armed forces against rebels in Darfur, the second such incident in the past 24 hours, has prompted the joint United Nations-African Union representative in the volatile region to démarche the Government. read more

Security Council urges Côte dIvoire leadership to appoint interim prime minister

“The Security Council reaffirms that the rapid appointment of a prime minster is crucial to relaunch the peace process leading to the holding of free, fair and open and transparent elections no later than 31 October 2006,” Russian Permanent Representative Andrey Denisov, whose country holds the rotating Council presidency for November, read from a presidential statement.The prime minister, who should be designated without any further delay, must have all the powers and necessary resources described in a resolution approved last month and was essential to the full implementation of the electoral “road map” established by an International Working Group for Côte d’Ivoire, the Council said.According to the October Council resolution the ministerial-level International Working Group would verify that a prime minister “acceptable to all” – Government, opposition and rebels – had broad responsibilities for security and defence, as well as the power and the resources to shepherd the country towards free, open, fair and transparent elections by the end of October 2006, according to the process the Group would designate. The Working Group represents the UN, African Union (AU), the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the European Union (EU), the International Organization of the Francophone, the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund (IMF), six African countries, France, the United Kingdom and the United States.The Security Council expressed its full support for the Working Group and welcomed its decision to hold a follow-up to its November meeting on 6 December in the Côte d’Ivoire’s major commercial hub, Abidjan.The Council also gave its support to the initiatives undertaken by the Chairpersons of the AU and ECOWAS, as well as the AU Mediator. The Council “reiterates it full support for them and urges them to expedite their efforts.” As decided last month by the AU’s Peace and Security Council and endorsed by a UN Security Council resolution, they had held consultations with the Ivorian parties to the 2003 Linas-Marcoussis peace agreement, Mr. Denisov said.The Linas-Marcoussis was the first peace agreement to end the country’s bitter civil conflict, which followed the attempted coup.Commending the continuing efforts of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General and the UN High Representative for the elections, the Council encouraged the Ivorian parties to cooperate with them and said it would fully support any determination the High Representative made in order to help the electoral process move forward. read more

Cogeco Cable reports higher third quarter revenue but lower profit

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email MONTREAL – Cogeco Cable (TSX:CCA) and its parent company Cogeco Inc. (TSX:CGO) are reporting higher revenue but lower profits for the third quarter.The cable company made a profit of $35.5 million, or 73 cents per share, compared with $48.1 million, or 98 cents per share, in fiscal 2013. Revenue was $496.4 million, up from 464.4 million.Revenue beat street estimates but profits were below what was expected.For the parent company, third-quarter profit amounted to $35.6 million, or 69 cents per share, compared to profit of $50.0 million, or $1.03 per share, in the year-ago quarter. Revenue was $536 million, up from $504.4 million.Cogeco Cable had an impairment of $32.2 million related to an Internet Protocol Television solution project on which its Canadian cable services segment had worked.Cogeco Cable paid a quarterly dividend of 30 cents to the holders of subordinate and multiple voting shares, an increase from 26 cents per share in the third quarter of fiscal 2013. The parent company paid a dividend of 22 cents per share, up from 19 cents in the year ago quarter.Analysts generally expected Cogeco Cable’s results for the March-May quarter would be in line with the second quarter ended Feb. 28. Earnings were estimated at $1.23 per diluted share and revenue was expected at $488.7 million, according to date compiled by Thomson Reuters.In the second quarter, Cogeco Cable had a profit of $60.3 million, or $1.23 a diluted share, and $486 million in revenue. Its parent company also owns a Quebec-based media business but generates most of its revenue and profit through the cable division.Over the past few months, Cogeco Cable has been rolling out enhanced high-speed Internet service in some of the communities it serves in Ontario and Quebec. The enhancements included faster versions of existing packages and the launch of a new, even faster service that claims download speeds of up to 120 million bits per second.In Magog, Que., about 130 kilometres east of Montreal, Cogeco Cable launched a free public WiFi service along two streets in the downtown area. It was described as a pilot project for the community of about 26,500 residents, which has a vision of becoming one of the province’s first “smart” cities.A similar strategy has been undertaken in Calgary with Shaw Cable (TSX:SJR.B), which has decided against investing in a conventional wireless service — which would require federal licences — in favour of free WiFi in public places for its customers in several communities throughout Alberta.In April, when Cogeco Cable and its parent issued their results for the second quarter ended Feb. 28, president and CEO Louis Audet said the Montreal-based companies would attempt to avoid discounts to keep television customers from switching to a rival service offered by BCE Inc.’s Bell.Canada’s large telephone companies, such as Bell, Bell Aliant (TSX:BA), Telus (TSX:T) and Manitoba Telecom (TSX:MBT), have been winning over thousands of cable subscribers for the past several years by offering fibre-optic television service in addition to conventional phone, mobile phone and Internet. Cogeco Cable reports higher third quarter revenue, but lower profit by The Canadian Press Posted Jul 10, 2014 6:04 am MDT read more

US budget deficit narrowed to 429 billion in July

by Paul Wiseman, The Associated Press Posted Aug 10, 2017 12:04 pm MDT Last Updated Aug 10, 2017 at 12:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email US budget deficit narrowed to $42.9 billion in July WASHINGTON – The federal budget deficit fell sharply in July from a year earlier, largely because of a quirk in the calendar.The U.S. Treasury Department said Thursday that the budget gap came in at $42.9 billion last month, down from $112.8 billion in July 2016. The bulk of the improvement came because benefit payments that normally would have gone out in July went out in June this year because July 1 fell on a Saturday.Through the first 10 months of the budget year, the federal government is running a $566 billion deficit, up 11 per cent from the same period of fiscal 2016. Tax collections are up 2.3 per cent, but spending has risen 3.6 per cent so far this fiscal year.The Congressional Budget Office forecasts that the deficit for the budget year ending Sept. 30 will come in at $693 billion, up from $584 billion in budget year 2016.Congress is facing a deadline of Oct. 1 for getting a budget approved for the next fiscal year or face the prospect of a government shutdown. Lawmakers are expected to pass a stop-gap spending measure to buy time to iron out differences. read more

Urgent need for shelter six months after clashes displace thousands in southern

“There is an urgent need to find shelter solutions for these IDPs,” said Jens Laerke, spokesperson for the Office for the Coordination for Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), at a press briefing in Geneva, recalling that in September 2013, over 100,000 people were displaced by the fighting.At that time, OCHA estimated that, in addition to the tens of thousands displaced, some 132 people died as a result of the standoff between the Government forces and non-State actors. More than 10,000 homes were destroyed in and around Zamboanga City and, additionally, nearly 19,000 were displaced in Basilan province. In the immediate aftermath of the fighting, OCHA announced that the UN emergency relief fund (CERF) would allocate $3 million to assist the population. Citing current figures from the Philippines Department of Social Welfare and Development, Mr. Laerke said that the remaining IDPs currently lack access to adequate and safe water and sanitation and there are serious health concerns – acute respiratory infections, diarrhoea and skin diseases – due to overcrowding in the two largest evacuation centres hosting some 20,000 IDPs, including the Joaquin Enriquez Sports Complex in Zamboanga.“There is, for example, a need for 940 extra latrines to meet global standards. There is also a water shortage because of rationing imposed last month as reservoirs were low in the dry season,” he said. Further, general food distribution to the affected region ended in December 2013. However nearly 12,000 IDPs and returnees continued to benefit from food-for-work programmes, and some 11,000 children had received emergency food in their schools.“Local authorities have begun implementing their recovery and rehabilitation plan looking at longer-term livelihoods programmes,” he said, adding that city officials have requested support from humanitarian agencies to assist the families still in evacuation centres and transition sites. read more

Mine refuge chambers – monitoring hazardous gases

first_imgIndustrial Scientific, a leading provider of gas detection as a service, now has available the MX6 Refuge Chamber Kit for use in monitoring hazardous gases inside and outside of mine refuge chambers during emergency situations. It says this is the first portable gas detection solution for use in refuge chambers that is approved by the US Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) in accordance with the new chamber regulations as specified in Part 7 of Title 30 Code of Federal Regulations.Included in the kit are two MX6 iBrid multi-gas detectors with safety orange faceplates, one with a pump and one without, in addition to instrument accessories. To ensure continuous monitoring of the chamber for up to 96 hours, also included in the kit is an application-specific instruction manual, spare batteries, spare pump filters, exhaust fittings and sample tubing.“The MX6 is a proven instrument that is familiar to miners across the US,” said Scott Jubeck, Global Product Manager of multi-gas solutions. “Industrial Scientific is pleased to deliver the first gas detection solution for refuge chambers that will aid in keeping miners safe from hazardous gas levels when immediate escape from a mine is not possible.”last_img read more

Chicago Pneumatic launches RX rigmounted hydraulic breakers to Chinese market

first_imgInternational construction equipment manufacturer Chicago Pneumatic has introduced its RX rig-mounted hydraulic breakers to the Chinese market in the first phase of a major expansion program in the country. Chicago Pneumatic is making its equipment available in China for the first time and has chosen the RX breakers to form the first wave of product launches.A network of distributors is being established across the country to make the robust and reliable breakers accessible to users in the construction, mining and quarrying industries.Andrew Cope, Vice President of Business Development for Chicago Pneumatic Construction Equipment, said: “Our RX breakers are excellent flag bearers for the range of construction equipment we are proudly introducing to China for the first time. They represent a cost-effective solution for those seeking to invest in durable and robustly built equipment that will perform in the toughest environments. Tools of this kind will be vital to this country’s construction industry, which is ready for growth, and also to the mining and quarrying industries which remain such strong contributors to the Chinese economy.”The German-engineered breakers are being brought to market by master distributor Neuson. Providing a proven alternative to what is currently available, the breakers are expected to appeal to both large and small operators, primarily for sale but also to serve the growing appetite in China for rental equipment. The comprehensive RX breaker range incorporates light, medium and heavy breakers, providing for a wide range of applications, from day-to-day construction with the lighter models to heavy-duty quarrying with the larger breakers. The range is characterised by a level of durability that minimises downtime and is smartly designed with only two moving parts to ensure a long and low-maintenance working life.The heavy breaker range (RX26, RX30, RX38, RX46, RX54) features a service weight from 1,800 kg to 4,200 kg fitting carriers with weights ranging from 20 to 70 tons, making the breakers ideal for heavy demolition, rock excavation and quarry applications. The breakers in the heavy range are equipped with a reinforced breaker box with rock claws.The light and medium rig-mounted breakers comprise nine models designed to match various application needs found in general construction, light to medium demolition, renovation and trenching.Featuring a service weight between 94 and 550 kg, the light breaker range (RX 2 to RX 11) is specified for carriers in weight class 1 to 15 t. The medium breaker range (RX 14 to RX 22) offers a service weight between 800 and 1,500 kg and is specified for carriers in weight class 12 to 28 t.last_img read more

Quebec Offers Up To 8000 To New EV Owners

first_imgIf you live and Quebec and have been thinking about buying an electric vehicle, now might be the time.The province has announced a rebate of up to CA$8,000 for EV and hybrid owners. The amount that new car owners will get depends on what type of vehicle they purchase. Pure electric cars with a good range rank on the high end of the spectrum, where as hybrids and cars with smaller batteries will earn a smaller rebate. Quebec’s ultimate goal is to have 300,000 EVs and hybrids on the streets by 2020, which would mark 25 percent of the province’s total vehicle population. It should also reduce carbon emissions by around 900,000 tons.The rebate program will debut in January of next year and currently has $50 million of funding through to 2016.Via Treehuggerlast_img

Nintendo 3DS Sales Fall Short Of Original DS Sales

first_imgReports have been going around for the past couple weeks stating that the 3DS has fallen just short of the original DS sales. This appears to be confirmed now that the sale numbers have been released; the Nintendo 3DS sold 400,000 consoles in its first week in the U.S. The original Nintendo DS sold a 100,000 more than the 3DS in its first week of sales. Despite the lower sales record, Nintendo still has hopes for the first month of sales. Nintendo originally expected a record breaking amount of sales during its first month. We’ll have to wait and see if the sales improve. Until then, Nintendo still seems pleased with the first week of sales. One fact has been cleared, the quake did not affect Nintendo, so that cannot be blamed for the lower sales. Nintendo made sure to make that clear during the release of the US first week sales numbers. Via Xbit Labslast_img read more

CocaCola to enhance parental leave for US employees

first_imgCoca-Cola is to extend paid parental leave for male and female employees in the US.From January 2017, all new parents will be eligible for six weeks’ paid parental leave, including adoptive and foster parents.The new policy will be in addition to the six to eight weeks of paid parental leave available to birth mothers via short-term disability. It will also sit alongside existing health and flexible workplace benefits that aim to support work-life balance.Coca-Cola aims to help close the gender gap at home and in the workplace by introducing a policy that supports both male and female staff.The introduction of the policy follows support from Coca-Cola’s Millenial Voices, a group of young employees that work to encourage change that can aid the organisation’s attraction and retention of millennial employees and customers. Internal surveys and external research demonstrated that the average age at which university-educated individuals in the US become first-time parents is 30, which is the median age of Coke’s current and prospective millennial employees. The organisation expects millennials to account for more than half of its global workforce by 2020.Ceree Eberly, chief people officer at Coca-Cola, said: “Fostering an inclusive workplace means valuing all parents, no matter their gender or sexual orientation. We think the most successful way to structure benefits to help working families is to make them gender-neutral and encourage both mums and dads to play an active role in their family lives.“Paid parental leave provides time off for parents to truly bond with their new child. We feel it’s important for all new parents to take time off, so that when they return to work, they’re refreshed, less stressed and at their best, focused, engaged and productive.”last_img read more

Man mows lawn as tornado passes near home in Canada

first_img(WSVN) – The photo above is drawing plenty of attention on social media.A man in Canada is seen mowing his lawn when a twister moves near his home.He says the tornado was actually farther away from him than it appears in the photo and that he kept an eye on it the whole time.No one was hurt by the storm.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Bentley is gunning for the production car lap record at Pikes Peak

first_img 2020 Bentley Continental GT Convertible: Unparalleled grand touring 0 2020 Bentley Continental GT: Concept looks with a surprise inside Bentley’s first SUV is a 187-mph, all-terrain luxocrat Car Culture Superluxury Cars Coupes Post a comment 12:21 The 2019 Bentley Continental costs a packet, but it’s… Bentley Now playing: Watch this: 2020 Bentley Continental GT V8 first drive: A more athletic grand tourer Tags More From Roadshow Enlarge ImageRhys Millen is no stranger to Pikes Peak and Bentley is no stranger to setting records which makes them a perfect team. Bentley Now, don’t let Bentley’s six-figure price tags, opulent interiors and nearly architectural-in-scale curb weights fool you, its cars were made to go fast. That’s why Bentley is testing the mettle of its new Continental GT at one of America’s most demanding motorsports events: the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.The 2019 Pikes Peak Bentley effort to smash the overall production car record, announced on Thursday, will be led by Pikes Peak legend Rhys Millen and comes on the heels of Bentley’s record-setting SUV run up the mountain in 2018.The big, bright-green Conti has to beat the already seriously fast record of 10 minutes 26.9 seconds, but with all-wheel drive, 12 cylinders and two turbos to keep them fed in the thin mountain air, it’s an ideal tool for the job.”We have taken much learning from our successful visit to Pikes Peak last year with the Bentley Bentayga and applied it to our preparations this time around,” Brian Gush, Bentley’s director of motorsport, said in a statement. “We are proud to demonstrate the Continental GT’s breadth of abilities in competition on a global stage.”The record attempt will be made on June 30, and the team will get just one attempt to run up the mountain and enter the record books. Of course, it won’t be as simple as all that because the physical demands that Pikes Peak puts on the car and, more importantly, the driver are extreme.”In the Pikes Peak environment [the Continental GT] really checks every box as the most competitive vehicle you could arm yourself [with],” said Rhys Millen, former Pikes Peak King of the Mountain. “This is one run, one day of the year. You have to be calm, be focused and process everything that you have to.” 26 Photos Share your voice Bentleylast_img read more

Family remembers man who died at AFN

first_imgAnthony Choquette’s brother-in-law said the family did everything they could to help him before he died by suicide last month at the Alaska Federation of Natives convention in Anchorage.Download AudioAnthony Choquette. (Courtesy of Roger Holmberg)Roger Holmberg said he and his wife first learned about last month’s suicide at the Dena’ina Center while watching TV. He said no one called him or the family to tell them it was Anthony Choquette.“When we heard the news that someone had committed suicide at the AFN, immediately you think, ‘That’s tragic in a meeting like that.’” Holmberg said later that evening they learned through the news who it was. “It was like a spear went through me and I was numb.”Other family members — many still live in Sand Point where Choquette is from — spoke highly of him on Facebook posts of news stories and in private messages, but wouldn’t say anything on the record. Holmberg was asked to speak on behalf of the family.He wouldn’t say what kind of problems Choquette was facing, just that he and the family had done everything they could to help but he “walked away from it.” They’d gotten him into housing, but he left it and eventually ended up at the Brother Francis Shelter in downtown Anchorage.“We still continued to try to work with him,” Holmberg said. “The response was not good.”Friends who were near Choquette before he jumped said he wasn’t acting normal that day. Everything happened so fast, Holmberg said, that no one was able to stop him, though they tried.“He was facing some major things in his life. When people reach the bottom, they’re desperate. There’s signals people send that we’re not sensitive enough to see sometimes,” he said.The family came together and grieved. Holmberg got to thinking. There had to be something he could do.“It’s the most traumatic because it’s so sudden, and it’s not normal,” he said. “You’re left with ‘What happened? Why did it happen? What was going through the person’s mind?’ We can’t answer those questions.”As an Evangelist pastor, singer and songwriter, Holmberg travels frequently to places such as Guatemala and Haiti. He’d just returned from Honduras the morning of his brother-in-law’s death.A few years ago, Holmberg said he had an idea to bring together members of the faith community to offer support to either those thinking about suicide or the family and friends who are ultimately left behind. He saw that while suicide prevention organizations were doing as much as they could, the spiritual aspect of suicide wasn’t addressed very much, and he wanted to change that.But the idea fell by the wayside as his travels claimed more and more of his time.After Choquette’s death, he decided to finally act and about a week later he met with a group of pastors and suicide prevention workers in Anchorage. He’s still looking to connect with people interested in the effort.“It’s comforting to know that people care, but it can’t be a one-time thing,” Holmberg said.Life is short, he said, and often our priorities are not what they should be. His priority today is to find a way to help families cope with the sudden loss of a loved one to suicide, and to offer spiritual guidance to those who may be considering it.“You’ve got to have a priority list. People are important. You can go broke, but people are still important. Friends and relatives, you can’t replace them,” he said.If Holmberg could turn back the clock and say anything to his brother, it would be this:“I’d say, ‘Life is valuable, and when you lose that in life you’re walking on dangerous ground. We are connected together and anything like that would impact those who are left behind in a very, very, very bad way.’ I would say, ‘We need you to seek professional help.’”Contact Roger Holmberg at rhea@gci.net.There are people to talk to if you or someone you know is thinking about suicide. The Alaska Careline can be reached at 877-266-HELP; you can also text 907-2LISTEN.SEARHC also has a help line for residents of Southeast Alaska at 877-294-0074.last_img read more

Notch condones Minecraft piracy if you cant afford it

first_imgDesperate to try the blocky indie sensation Minecraft but can’t afford the $26.95 price tag? “Just pirate it,” says creator Notch, and you can pay him back later if you love it.A gamer asked Markus Persson, aka Notch, if he could have a free account since he couldn’t afford the game. His only alternative, the gamer lamented, was pirating it. Notch responded with the quote above. Buy it when you can afford it if you still like it, he added.The move is the latest in a string of public-facing moments that have satisfied Notch’s fans and followers. Persson’s celebrity has served as a great promotional asset on PC game communities like Steam and Reddit. PC gamers, ever a thrifty bunch, have applauded Notch’s permission for the would-be pirate to become the actual pirate.“Don’t forget to feel bad,” Notch quipped in his tweet.via TwitterBlake’s OpinionGamers, you’ve just been offered free-to-play in a way you may not even recognize.For game publishers, the free-to-play model is based on the assumption that a lot of gamers will play for free, but a few will eventually pay up. That few may even be as small as 1% to 5%. For Notch, if 100 players pirate the game now, maybe 1% to 5% will pay the $26.95 later, when they can honestly afford the expenditure.Rampant retweeting of Notch’s statement shows that PC gamers dig his stance. That’s great, but consider Notch’s situation. Those would-be pirates, or at least their vast majority, would have pirated anyway. His tweet just opens the door for that 1% to 5% to pay up later.Notch deserves all the love he gets from the Minecraft community, but he’s also a shrewd businessman.last_img read more

Mammography Outcomes Improve When Doctors Compare Prior Screenings

first_imgNews | Mammography | November 09, 2016 Mammography Outcomes Improve When Doctors Compare Prior Screenings Study finds recall rates cut in half when mammograms compared to two or more prior examinations, compared to those interpreted without prior comparisons News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 07, 2019 Contrast Use in First Transthoracic Echocardiogram for Heart Failure Reduces Repeat Testing Heart failure is the fourth most common cause for all admission to U.S. hospitals, and it is the most common reason for… read more Related Content News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more News | Colonoscopy Systems | August 06, 2019 Rise in Early Onset Colorectal Cancer Not Aligned With Screening Trends A new study finds that trends in colonoscopy rates did not fully align with the increase in colorectal cancer (CRC) in… read more News | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 06, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Improves Heart Attack Risk Assessment When used with a common heart scan, machine learning, a type of artificial intelligence (AI), does better than… 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 Image courtesy of Imago Systems News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more November 9, 2016 — The recall rate of screening mammography is reduced when radiologists compare with more than one prior mammogram, a study published in the October 2016 issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology said.”Our findings suggest that radiologists who make comparisons with more than one prior examination at screening mammography will have more true-positive outcomes and fewer false-positive outcomes,” said study co-author Kimberly M. Ray, a radiologist with the Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imagining, University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Ray is among several authors who published the paper, “Improving Screening Mammography Outcomes Through Comparison With Multiple Prior Mammograms.””We have shown that the recall rate (percentage of cases with a potential abnormality that require additional imaging evaluation) for screening mammography decreases, whereas the positive predictive value of recall (PPV1) and the cancer detection rate increase when two or more prior examinations are used for comparison relative to comparison with a single prior examination,” Ray said.A large body of evidence indicates that screening mammography reduces the breast cancer mortality rate among women 40 years and older by approximately 20-40 percent. However, false-positives are frequently cited as the downside to mammographic screening because they cause patient anxiety, additional radiation exposure, biopsies and increased healthcare costs. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force cited excessive false-positive results as a reason to avoid routine screening of women in their 40s and to recommend less frequent screening among older women.”Consequently, although the reduced mortality rate associated with screening mammography arguably far outweighs the potential harms of the examination, a reduction in false-positive results should be a priority to ensure that support for and access to screening mammography are maintained,” Ray said. “Because millions of women undergo screening mammography each year in the United States, even a small reduction in the recall rate may result in a widespread benefit.”Study authors retrospectively analyzed 46,288 consecutive screening mammograms performed at UCSF for 22,792 women. The examinations were divided into three groups: those interpreted without comparison with prior mammograms, those interpreted in comparison with one prior examination, and those interpreted in comparison with two or more prior examinations.The recall rate for mammograms interpreted without comparison to prior examinations was 16.6 percent, whereas that for mammograms compared to one prior examination was 7.8 percent, and that for mammograms compared to two or more prior examinations was 6.3 percent.For more information: www.ajronline.org FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 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. 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