UN appeals for more funds to help millions of droughthit people in

“WFP so far has 44 per cent of the resources it needs to feed 5.22 million people in Kenya, Somalia, Ethiopia, Djibouti and the Karamoja region of eastern Uganda from April through September,” said Josette Sheeran, the WFP Executive Director.“The shortfall will hamper our efforts to provide food where it is needed most,” said Ms. Sheeran, who is currently in Nairobi, the Kenyan capital, on a fact-finding mission.The number of hungry people in the Greater Horn of Africa has risen as drought, rising food and fuel prices and conflict take their toll.The drought began with the failure of the October to December short rains last year in eastern parts of the Horn of Africa, pushing an additional 1.4 million people into hunger. More people may need food aid if the current long rains – from March to May – are not sufficient, Ms. Sheeran said.“I am very pleased that in areas of abundance in the region farmers are selling their produce to WFP so that it can be used to help the poorest in drought-stricken areas,” she said, adding that WFP bought food worth $139 million from Kenya, Uganda and Ethiopia last year.Food prices have started rising in areas that rely on the short rains for most food production, with maize now costing between 25 and 120 per cent more in some remote parts of the region. Cereal prices over the next six months are expected to increase by 40 to 50 per cent, she said.Rising international food and fuel prices have compounded the pressure on the poorest, many of whom are yet to recover from the 2007-2009 drought in the region. 2 April 2011The head of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) said today the agency is facing a huge deficit in the funds required to continue to assist more than five million people in five countries in the Horn of Africa who are experiencing severe food shortages as a result of a prolonged drought. read more

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Brit returns to Yukon to tipple his own toe in longrunning tradition

WHITEHORSE — An British man who lost several toes to frostbite in Yukon is now back in the territory for a reunification of sorts.Former British marine Nick Griffiths is set to become the most exclusive member of an exclusive club when he visits the Downtown Hotel in Dawson City to sip a so-called sourtoe cocktail; a shot of whisky with a mummified human toe in it.This cocktail will contain Griffiths’ own big toe, which was amputated along with two other toes, after he suffered severe frostbite while taking part in a nearly 500-kilometre endurance race across Yukon in March 2018.Downtown Hotel general manager Adam Gerle says Griffiths will be the first person to tipple his own toe.The sourtoe was first created in 1973 and has been served more than 90,000 times since.Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.Drinkers are welcome to either sip or shoot the whisky, but if they want to join the sourtoe club, rules require that the mummified toe must touch their lips.Griffiths learned about the sourtoe story while recovering in hospital in Whitehorse awaiting return to his hometown of Bolton, England, where the frostbitten toes were removed, Gerle says.Griffiths arranged to have his big toe sent back to Dawson City, where it was enthusiastically received.The hotel’s existing toe stock had been deteriorating and staff were in search of new digits, especially big toes, which the hotel’s sourtoe specialist Terry Lee described at the time as “the most disgusting and popular with the customers.”It took about six weeks to mummify Griffiths’ toe in salt after it was received and Gerle says Griffiths has returned to experience the finished product.“He is returning to do his own toe, like he promised,” says Gerle.“He lost his toes in the Yukon and now he is coming back to reunite with them.”When the hotel learned of Griffiths’ intended donation it said in a statement that it would foot the bill for his return so Griffiths could claim the rare distinction of sampling his own toe, and being the first whose lips will touch it. read more

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UN welcomes opening of new aid supply routes to Afghanistan

A spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) welcomed the recent opening of the Friendship Bridge linking Uzbekistan to Afghanistan, as well as the Nijni Pyandj – Shirkhan Bandar River crossing between Tajikistan and Afghanistan. “These added supply routes should boost the delivery of aid to internally displaced Afghans in the northern and western parts of the country,” Fatoumata Kaba told the press in Islamabad.The spokesperson also called for a quick resolution of the conflict in southern and eastern Afghanistan to allow distribution of humanitarian assistance there. “Instability in the two regions makes it virtually impossible for any humanitarian organization to access the hundreds of thousands of internally displaced persons,” Kaba said.Meanwhile, a spokesman for the UN World Food Programme (WFP) said the security situation in Mazar-i-Sharif and other areas in the north should make it easier to reach people in that region, which is known as the “hunger belt.””Working with NGOs [non-governmental organizations], WFP is trying to provide food aid to over 350,000 internally displaced persons in the northern provinces,” said spokesman Khaled Mansour. “Day after day, we have been able to reach more of them,” he added, noting that over the weekend, the agency had sent 437 tonnes of food to Kunduz province. “When security risks become reasonable, we take them and move in,” he said. read more

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911 anniversary should serve as call for international cooperation – Annan

“Obviously we all remember those who died. I was in New York when it happened and I know what a traumatic, tragic incident that was,” Mr. Annan said at a press encounter in Geneva, where he is to meet with the Foreign Ministers of the five permanent members of the Security Council on Saturday to seek the speedy restoration of sovereignty to the Iraqi people.In a statement issued at UN Headquarters in New York, Mr. Annan called for all nations to work together in the fight against terrorism, “which is an affront to the spirit and purposes of the United Nations, and has become a leading threat to international peace and security. I hope nations will also bring similar determination to bear in confronting the other ills that plague our world.”Extending his condolences to families and friends of the victims, he added: “The trauma, wounds and losses of that awful day are still keenly felt by all of us. And since then, many other innocent people throughout the world – including, last month in Baghdad, dedicated staff of the United Nations – have been killed by this global scourge.”Mr. Annan also linked the 9/11 attacks with the bombing of UN headquarters in Baghdad, which killed top UN envoy Sergio Vieira de Mello and 21 others, in a message delivered for him by the Assistant Secretary-General for External Relations, Gillian Sorensen, at a church service dedicated to the opening of the new General Assembly session next week.“The UN family has likewise been jolted as never before. Last month, in Baghdad, it was our turn to be the victim of a terrorist attack – one that took from us cherished friends and colleagues, and has jeopardized our ability to come to the aid of Iraqis in their time of need,” he said.“But if our hearts are filled with sorrow, if our minds are unsettled by images of violence, our spirits can still draw strength from occasions such as this, where people of different faiths and cultures come together in friendship and prayer. We need that strength,” he said. read more

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New Englands NonReceiver Receivers May Be The Greatest Threat To Philadelphia

Washington15.9198.874.4 16LA Chargers84.476.5+7.9 23Minnesota76.775.0+1.7 The Eagles have the fourth-worst differential between how they defend wide receivers (71.2 passer rating allowed) versus how they defend tight ends and running backs (100.5). And this deficiency has played a significant role in their infrequent struggles this year. In Philly’s lone low point in the NFC Championship, it was tight end Kyle Rudolph who Keenum found for a 25-yard touchdown on the game’s opening drive. In the regular season, three of the Eagles’ four worst games in terms of passer rating allowed when guarding running backs were in the team’s three defeats, including a 144.1 passer rating allowed on RB/TE targets against the Seahawks (including two touchdowns), and 134.3 on 13 targets against the Chiefs. While they allowed a 100.0 rating on eight targets in an otherwise sterling defensive effort during a 6-0 loss to the Cowboys in the final week, many starters were sitting for large stretches of that game.1The Eagles also allowed a 143 passer rating when defending RB/TE in a Week 7 win over Washington.But there’s also statistical evidence that passer rating may be underselling Philadelphia’s efficiency in defending targets to running backs and tight ends. When we focus only on yards per attempt on these targets, the Eagles defense ranks as the fourth best (6.18 allowed per attempt). Similarly, the Eagles rank fifth-best in Raw Quarterback Rating (Raw QBR) because that statistic is based on expected points and makes an adjustment for yards after the catch.But before any jubilant Eagle fan starts scaling the “Rocky” steps in a dune buggy, consider that the Eagles didn’t play many teams this season that excel at passing to non-WRs. The Patriots’ offense is No. 1 not just in total yards on passes to RB/TEs but also in Raw QBR on passes to those players, and the only offenses the Eagles faced that ranked in the top 10 in both of those statistics were Kansas City, Washington (twice) and the Los Angeles Chargers. So let’s isolate those games: 1Baltimore100.860.4+40.4 8Detroit98.677.1+21.5 2Jacksonville95.155.9+39.2 30Houston101.6106.9-5.3 Passer Rating Against 15Dallas102.493.9+8.5 28Oakland102.6105.5-2.9 4Philadelphia100.571.2+29.3 32Seattle72.288.0-15.8 5Buffalo96.169.7+26.4 LA Chargers44.7199.126.1 11Cleveland113.097.4+15.6 This is all well and good until you consider that the Patriots pass like no other team. No team in the NFL needs to worry less than the Patriots about a defense like Philadelphia’s taking away their wide receivers because no team in the NFL does more damage on throws to running backs and tight ends. Top threat Rob Gronkowski at tight end (health permitting), along with pass-catching running backs James White and Dion Lewis, can consistently abuse vulnerable linebackers and safeties that opposing teams typically try to hide in pass coverage.So will the Eagles be able to slow the non-receiver receivers of New England? The regular-season evidence looks damning for Philadelphia. The traditional measure of NFL passing efficiency is passer rating. So let’s look at how opponents’ passers fare when the Eagles defend running backs and tight ends in coverage versus when they defend wide receivers. Passes to tight ends and running backs cause problemsRegular-season difference in passer rating allowed when the opponent threw to wide receivers vs. when it threw to tight ends or running backs 9LA Rams92.472.4+20.0 On paper, the Eagles seem well constructed to stop the Patriots’ fearsome passing game. Like most teams that can defend in this league, the Eagles built their pass defense around edge rushers and cornerbacks in order to keep teams from beating them on deeper passes outside the numbers to wide receivers. This approach paid huge dividends in their upset victory over the Vikings in the NFC Championship, as Minnesota quarterback Case Keenum simply didn’t have the time to find his elite wide receivers Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs, who also were given less cushion to operate. 13NY Jets102.889.6+13.2 19Carolina99.795.3+4.4 TeamTight ends/running backsWide receiversDifference Source: ESPN Stats & Information Group 20New Orleans84.980.5+4.4 21Atlanta96.993.9+3.0 22Tampa Bay98.896.5+2.3 Average vs. all other teams5.70.3386.339.1 7Cincinnati99.376.3+23.0 29Green Bay102.2107.2-5.0 25New England92.592.3+0.2 OpponentWeekYd/AttPass TDRatingRawQBR 18Chicago95.389.8+5.5 17Tennessee95.988.9+7.0 26Kansas City82.685.1-2.5 31Pittsburgh81.387.9-6.6 Source: ESPN Stats & Information Group Kansas City210.11134.383.1 The Eagles had trouble with teams that pass well to TE/RBsHow Philadelphia’s pass defense did in the regular season when it faced teams that ranked highly in passing to non-receivers vs. teams that didn’t 6Miami110.485.7+24.7 27San Francisco96.098.8-2.8 24Arizona87.085.7+1.3 14Washington90.679.0+11.6 Washington78.83143.092.7 10NY Giants108.389.2+19.1 Average7.41.50118.869.1 12Indianapolis103.890.6+13.2 3Denver113.381.7+31.6 Their average Raw QBR allowed to these teams was 69.1, which is 30 points worse than their average in all other games. And that 69.1 Raw QBR against would rank sixth-worst in the league. Similarly, the Eagles allowed an average of 7.37 yards per attempt to these opponents versus just 5.72 to teams that are not nearly as prolific in throwing to non-WRs.So when you adjust for tendencies of opponent, all three statistics (rating, Raw QBR and yards per attempt) converge and it’s clear that, on paper, the Patriots have a decided edge against an otherwise sound pass defense. Of course, all this largely evaporates if Gronkowski, who suffered a concussion 10 days ago, is not recovered and can participate in Minnesota. While he’s returned to practice, he’s still in the concussion protocol and has to be cleared to play by an independent doctor. The team’s backup tight end, Dwayne Allen, caught just 10 passes all year and wasn’t even targeted by Tom Brady in the AFC Championship game, though Allen played over two quarters after Gronkowski’s injury against the Jaguars.If Gronkowski does play, the Patriots will be in an unusual spot for a game of this magnitude. The Patriots have long been famous for their a chameleon-like offense — the team will find your biggest weakness and design a fresh game plan around exploiting it. But based on the Eagles’ defensive splits, the New England offense may not have to morph into something else this time, but instead may be able to simply play to its greatest strength. read more

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Bumper year for English wine as figures show it is now £130m

first_imgWinbirri is a family-run vineyard, beside Norfolk Broads National Park, that was established in 2007.At the time, Miles Beale, Chief Executive of the Wine and Spirit Trade Association, said: “It comes as no surprise to us that an English Bacchus wine has won a major international award. Up until now English Sparkling Wine has been grabbing most of the headlines for its outstanding quality. “It was only a matter of time before an English still wine showed the world it can also compete with the best.”The UK climate is ideal for growing the Bacchus grape which is why it has become the favoured grape grown in the majority of UK vineyards making still white wine.”We believe Bacchus has the potential to do for English wine production what Sauvignon Blanc did for New Zealand.” Conrad Ford, founder of Funding Options, said: “English wine is going from strength to strength.”The English wine industry is not only gaining traction amongst domestic consumers, but is now being ranked with wines from traditional white wine-producing countries such as France and Germany.”In May, a wine from Norfolk was named as the best white wine in the world at the Decanter World Wine Awards. Winbirri Vineyards’ Bacchus 2015, which sells for £13.95 a bottle, beat off 17,200 other entries to win the Platinum Best in Show, and was given a score of 95 out of 100 by a panel of 200 international experts.  English wine enjoyed a bumper year in 2016, and it is now £130m industry, a new study shows.  Independent English wine producers saw their turnover rise to a record £132 million last year, a 16 per cent increase on 2015, showing that the industry has enjoyed major growth in recent years, according to Funding Options.Research by the online business finance firm revealed that wine producers are benefiting from the growing popularity of boutique British alcohol production, including gin and craft beer as well as wine. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. It was only a matter of time before an English still wine showed the world it can also compete with the best.Miles Beale, Chief Executive of the Wine and Spirit Trade Association English wine is going from strength to strength.Conrad Ford, founder of Funding Optionslast_img read more

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Unscrupulous essay mill companies are using social media to tempt students into

Vice-chancellors have called for new laws to ban “venal and exploitative” essay mill companies Lauren Davies, a first year Sociology student at Canterbury Christ Church University (CCCU) in Kent, described how essay mill firms first gained access to the main Facebook group for incoming freshers and then to the WhatsApp group.“On [our Facebook group], students would often exchange phone numbers and receive invites to join various group chats on WhatsApp, which were then targeted by the essay mills,” she told The Daily Telegraph. “They’re posting adverts everyday and sometimes up to three times a day, suggesting that if we students paid £300 plus we would be able to receive their essay writing services, and not ‘gamble with our grades’.”She said that some students who are not settling into university life very well may be tempted to use these essay services “in order to cope with the stress of deadlines”.Meanwhile, students who post messages on Twitter to express their frustration at an impending essay deadline are bombarded with messages by various essay mill firms, offering their essay-writing services in exchange for a fee.An English Literature MA student at Liverpool University wrote on Twitter: “I don’t know what to write for my essay [and] it’s due in two weeks 🙁 why did I do this to myself?”Within hours, she had been sent messages from three different companies offering to write the essay for her, one promising “no plagiarism” while another claimed it can “guarantee you quality”.  Students can pay thousands of pounds for commissioned essays and assignments Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. “Unscrupulous” essay mill companies are using social media to tempt students into cheating, the higher education quality watchdog has warned.Firms have been infiltrating private Facebook groups for incoming freshers to advertise their services, as well as contacting students directly by sending them personal messages on social networking site.In other cases, the essay mills have gained access to first year students’ private WhatsApp group conversations. Elsewhere, they have used Twitter to target university students who have voiced their exasperation about the amount of  work they have to do.Students can pay thousands of pounds for commissioned essays and assignments to hand in as part of their degree or even doctorate. It is not illegal for these companies to operate in the UK, but universities impose harsh penalties on students they they find have cheated including disqualification from their degree.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––The Quality Assurance Agency (QAA), which monitors standards in universities, warned that “unscrupulous” essay mill companies are using “increasingly sophisticated tactics, particularly through social media, to target students”.Gareth Crossman, the QAA’s head of policy and public affairs, said that these companies often claim to offer entirely legitimate study aids, sending “a message which new students in particular might be vulnerable to”. Students can pay thousands of pounds for commissioned essays and assignments A spokesman for CCCU said: “We are concerned that essay mill companies are targeting students as it leaves them vulnerable.  “The University is working hard with students to avoid plagiarism through support and education. This is a national issue and we have asked that the Government take urgent action through legislation.”  The universities minister said that these kind of aggressive advertising tactics are “shocking and appalling” adding that “targeting of students in this way is corrosive to education”.Sam Gyimah called on social media companies to “take responsibility” over the issue, adding that previous Government interventions have forced YouTube to remove adverts for essay mills.“Students are effectively engaging in a black market trade, and it is our duty to warn them that they could be excluded from their course by choosing to use these exploitative and insidious services,” he said.Mr Gyimah said universities should do more to get a “grip” on the problem by stopping the essay mill firms advertising in their institutions and blocking them from sending emails to the students.Vice-chancellors have called for new laws to ban “venal and exploitative” essay mill companies. Last month, dozens of university leaders wrote to Damian Hinds, the education secretary, to say that urgent action is needed to tackle contract cheating companies, which blatantly operate and advertise in Britain.Several countries have recently legislated against such organisations and university bosses say that similar laws are needed in the UK. Vice-chancellors have called for new laws to ban “venal and exploitative” essay mill companies read more

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Creepy singing robot head can read lyrics recognize people

first_imgWe’ve seen plenty of singing robots in the past, from Chuck E Cheese to the “It’s a Small World” ride at Disneyland. But, as technology improves, so do our robots and a team from the National Taiwan University of Science and Technology in Taipei have created something that’s both terrifying and impressive: a humanoid head that can read simplified music scores and then sing them in a creepy robot voice.No, the singing robot doesn’t sound like R2-D2; the synthesized voice actually doesn’t sound half bad. Chyi-Yeu Lin, the head of the project, said the robot takes a photo of the music using cameras built in to its eyes. An algorithm is able to detect the pitch, rhythm, and lyrics and send that info to a voice synthesizer. The robot then starts to sing, opening and closing its mouth with each lyric. As long as the lyrics are written with Roman spellings, the robot can sing songs from any culture. The robot in the video below is singing in Mandarin.The humanoid can read a sheet of music in 40 seconds, and then sing the entire song. Most normal musicians need a few minutes to look over a new piece and then, of course, it takes time to memorize the words. These robots can do it all under 1 minute.Will these humanoids put Broadway actors out of business? If they could perfect the pitch and rhythm, it’d be a lot cheaper to use the same robots for every play and not have to pay for all that rehearsal time before opening night. Okay, we’re only half serious about that. Who would really pay to see a theater full of robots sing?Actually, one of the developers’ goals is to see a collection of the humanoids one day singing and forming a robotic theater group. But, we’re still pretty creeped out by just one of these robots, so the thought of a whole troop of them frightens us.The developers did a random survey of 100 people stopped on the streets of Taipei and found that half of them thought the robot was entertaining. About 40 percent thought the voice quality was similar to a human’s voice and another 40 percent thought it to be unrealistic but acceptable.We may be seeing these robots in other areas besides the theater. According to Lin, the team is  teaching the robot how to interact and recognize humans so that robotic heads can be put on robots and become receptionists or hostesses at some large restaurants in China.via New Scientistlast_img read more

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The politics got me down I loved playing the game its all

first_img Image: John Walton ‘The politics got me down. I loved playing the game – it’s all the other crap that goes with it’ Conor Clifford is back home with Dundalk after a difficult and exhaustive journey in the UK. Saturday 21 Jan 2017, 7:30 PM Share Tweet Email 36,684 Views Image: John Walton Short URL Jan 21st 2017, 7:30 PM By Eoin O’Callaghan When we chat, he doesn’t sound jaded or beaten-down. But excited. Energised. And desperate to make up for lost time.“I felt like I needed a change and be home and around my family and start again almost”, Clifford says.“Start enjoying my football again. At Dundalk I feel I can do that and I feel the manager I’ll be playing under will get the best out of me. Playing in the National League over there – I just wasn’t enjoying it at all. But this is a fresh start. And I can get my mojo back and get myself going. And I really believe I can do that.When I was younger and in school I always said I just wanted to make a career out of it. And I’m still playing football for my job. I’d still love to be in England at the top league but for one reason or another it hasn’t worked out. But I’m still young enough and feel like I have a lot to give. And I’m still hungry to prove to myself and others that I still have the ability to do well in the game. And I’m sure I’m going to be able to do that under Stephen Kenny”. AFTER CONOR CLIFFORD scored the winning goal for Chelsea in the 2010 FA Youth Cup final, he was interviewed on the pitch minutes after the full-time whistle.Breathless with excitement, he struggled to even get the words out.“The best feeling in the world. I dreamed of this – playing in front of Chelsea fans at Stamford Bridge and look at this. It’s unbelievable”.It was the first time in 49 years the club had won the trophy. Clifford, the 18-year-old diminutive midfielder from Palmerston, was the captain. Not the imposing Jeffrey Bruma at centre-half, who had already tasted first-team action or the highly-regarded Josh McEachran, who had spent time training with the senior side.“Before I went across, I used to watch it on the TV”, Clifford tells The42.“I remember watching Christy Fagan playing for Man United. And I remember thinking it would be great to play in it if I got to go over. And Chelsea hadn’t won it in so long. When I got in the Chelsea youth team, everyone would talk about it. That night I had all my family over from Dublin – about 40 people were there and it was brilliant. One of the best nights of my career”. Source: John WaltonClifford had been there for three years and made the leap from the academy to the reserve team. But catching the eye of the top brass was more difficult, owing to the continuous managerial merry-go-round. When he arrived in 2007, Jose Mourinho was Chelsea boss but not for much longer.“Brendan Rodgers looked after me and I trained a couple of times with the reserves straightaway”, Clifford remembers.“And he brought me in to meet Mourinho and he knew my name – which I was delighted with. He knew everyone’s name. He’d walk around – down to the cleaners, to the chefs – everyone. He knew everyone. And everyone loved him”.But by September 2007, Mourinho was gone. And by the time Clifford got to the fringes of the first-team squad, the club had already been through Avram Grant, Luiz Felipe Scolari and Guus Hiddink.But under Carlo Ancelotti there was progress. Clifford was training everyday with the first-team. Suddenly, there seemed to be more possibilities.“We were playing Newcastle in the Carling Cup in September 2010 and I was meant to be on the bench”, he says.“It was horrible. That was my big chance. My parents had booked the flights to come over because I was told I’d a great chance and more than likely I was going to be on the bench. But I picked up a stupid injury in training and that was that. And a year later he (Ancelotti) was gone and I had to start again. I could’ve come off the bench and God knows what else”…His voice trails off. Source: John WaltonThat night, Chelsea lost 4-3 and were knocked out. No more League Cup games for fringe players to impress in. But Clifford was still on a high. He was playing well for the reserves and other teams were beginning to sniff around.And it was at that moment that Clifford became a sort-of nomad, bouncing between clubs and divisions but with Chelsea still owning him. And with every new loan deal, the chance of ever making a senior appearance for the club slipped away. He found himself in no-man’s land. He was a well-regarded member of the reserves but still so far from impacting the senior side. Chelsea were reigning Premier League and FA Cup champions. Their midfield featured Frank Lampard, Michael Essien, John Obi Mikel, Ramires and Florent Malouda. Well-regarded senior players like Yossi Benayoun couldn’t even get minutes.As Clifford describes the experience, you can’t help but lose yourself in the physics of it all. That the momentum of something that’s moving so quickly can change speed and trajectory dramatically when there’s a change in the environment. At this stage, he’s lost count of the changes.“I had that great year in 2010 and then I went on loan to Plymouth and was really enjoying my football under Peter Reid”, Clifford says.But they went into administration. They got an embargo put on them and they couldn’t sign anyone until the end of the season. So I got sent back to Chelsea. Then I went to Notts County and was really enjoying it but Paul Ince got the sack and it was stop-start all the time. At one stage I was farmed out to Crawley. I remember when I arrived that the manager didn’t even know if I was right-footed or left-footed. It was all a bit of a mess, really – going all over the place.At Chelsea, you’d get to train with the first-team and think you were building up a bit of momentum and then that manager gets sacked and you have to start all over again. I think I had nine different managers there. One week you’d feel you were getting a little bit closer, maybe half a chance of making a Carling Cup squad or anything like that and then the manager gets sacked. You get shipped out on loan, that loan doesn’t work because that manager gets sacked and you get called back. A lot of it is being in the right place at the right time”. Clifford in action for the Republic of Ireland U-21s in 2010. Source: Cathal Noonan/INPHOClifford’s next destination was Yeovil, then in League One, and he joined in late-2011. While there, he scored his first senior goal in an FA Cup clash with Fleetwood Town in December but it was a short-term arrangement and he was back at Cobham the following month.Still, he felt he had something to give Chelsea and he signed a one-year extension to his contract in February 2012. But the club’s interest was waning and Clifford could tell.“When I was at Plymouth, they had me watched”, he says.I think that was because I’d just come off the Youth Cup and had a bit of interest from other clubs and was playing really well. At one stage, I think there were 44 players out on loan so it’s difficult for Chelsea to go and monitor all of them because there’s so many. I think it becomes routine. You finish reserve team football and there’s nowhere else for you to go so you get shipped out on loan. And that’s still the case now. 30 or 40 players out on loan every season. It’s so difficult for players to break through”.For the start of the 2012/2013 campaign, his itinerant ways brought him to Portsmouth when the side were knee-deep in administration. He became just another name to add to the conveyor-belt of players arriving and departing. In August, there was a brief moment of positivity when Clifford scored in a 4-2 loss in Carlisle. But by October, he had already returned to London. Clifford takes the ball away from Ashley Cole during a Chelsea training-session in 2010. Source: Tom HeveziThat same month, and in keeping with the chaos of his professional life, he found himself on the bench for the Republic of Ireland’s 6-1 World Cup qualifier mauling at the hands of Germany in Dublin. It seemed a suitably odd development at a very strange time.Finally, in January 2013, five months before the end of his contract, Chelsea released him. Still, no hard feelings.“When you’re hot you’re hot and when you’re not you’re not”, he says.Football is all about momentum. It only takes a couple of goals and you’re grabbing headlines and if you’re injured or out of the side, you’re forgotten about. I went to one of the biggest teams in the world and I knew before I left that it was going to be really difficult to break through but I had a great grounding. Training every day was brilliant, the area I lived was beautiful. It was difficult but I really enjoyed my time at Chelsea. Training with the best players in the world. The best facilities. It was great”It was Nigel Pearson who pounced and brought Clifford to Leicester in March as they chased promotion from the Championship. The deal was until the end of the season but he didn’t see a minute of action and was a free agent, once again, in the summer.He dropped to League Two and signed for Phil Brown’s Southend where he got games under his belt. It was a two-year deal in a lower division and, after bouncing from one club to the next, a chance to settle down and just play. There was some security, at last.His first season at Roots Hall went well and the club reached the play-offs. But the following campaign was difficult. Clifford was in and out of the side, restricted to just ten league starts. By the turn of the year, he was on the outside looking in. Clifford in action for Southend. Source: John WaltonIn May 2015, Southend got to Wembley and pipped Wycombe in a thrilling penalty shootout in the play-off final. But Clifford wasn’t there. He was still contracted to Conference side Barnet, who he’d joined on a loan deal a few months earlier. But he proved a key ingredient in their own title win which secured a return to league football.In the summer, he waited for an inevitable deal to be ironed out.“I was meant to sign for Barnet”, he says.“I had won the league with them. Everything was sorted but it got messed up because of contracts and all of that stuff. I was waiting and waiting and it was getting closer to the season. My agent was saying, ‘Just wait another week, another two weeks – we’ll get something sorted’ and I just got fed up. The clock was ticking and I just said, ‘I don’t care where I go – I just want to go and enjoy it and play football’. Source: Nigel FrenchAll of that side of the game was just doing my head in. The politics of football – it just got me a bit down. I fell out of love with it. Not the game – I loved playing the game on a Saturday – it’s just all the other crap that goes with it. I ended up signing for Boreham Wood and it was kind of a stupid decision. I had just won the league and then I signed for a club that had just got promoted into that league. It didn’t really make sense”.There were other issues at play too. He had a good friend who had just signed for Boreham Wood – another player from the Chelsea Youth Cup win – Billy Clifford. But it was a bad fit from the start. It was a decision made in frustration rather than anything else and Clifford now admits it was a mis-step.“I broke up with my girlfriend and I was living with Billy and he had said to come down, sign for a year and play some games”, he says.“It was the lowest part of my football career, I’d say. No disrespect to Boreham Wood but it wasn’t where I wanted to be. It was a rash decision, really. I left at 15, I’m over there 10 years and I loved it over there – don’t get me wrong. Just the last year or two have been difficult. Playing in the Conference was not where I wanted to be. A few things were getting on top of me. I should probably have come home then, to be honest. It’s been a while. A few things have made me want to come home. But I can’t wait to get started and get my career going again”.The new start is at Dundalk, with Clifford signing with Stephen Kenny’s side earlier this week. 14 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article http://the42.ie/3195278 Source: conor clifford/Twitter Delighted to have signed for @DundalkFC can’t wait to get started— conor clifford (@conorclifford91) January 16, 2017 Source: Ryan Byrne; ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne/INPHOThe manager’s name crops up a lot as Clifford talks about the future. There was interest from other teams but when Kenny spoke, he listened. What he said made sense.“I knew within a couple of minutes speaking to him that he was the guy I wanted to play for”, he says.I had a chance to got to another team in England and it was give it one more try over there or come home and sign for Dundalk. Stephen wanted me to come and I knew he was the man I wanted to play under. The way he sees the game, the way he wants his team to play – that high-press, energy game, to keep the ball and play good football and excite the crowd…He said he knows I have ability and it was about getting the head down and enjoying the game and he thinks I can do well for Dundalk. And I really think I can. I just want the opportunity to get out there and get going again.I watched all of the European games and was chatting to friends about the club, trying to explain where Dundalk was! And how well they’d been doing. A lot of people over there were so impressed with the style of football they were playing against these big, massive European teams. And I was just really proud to say it was an Irish team that was doing that to big teams in Europe”.But Clifford has been well aware of Dundalk’s recent ascent. Underage, he played alongside Richie Towell and Andy Boyle at Crumlin United. In Towell’s case, he used a successful return to Ireland as a springboard for another shot in the UK.But Clifford wants to be patient. He’s learned the hard way.“I’m not really thinking about going back over to England”, he says.“If it happens it happens. I just want to do well for Dundalk – play well, score goals. Just get the head down and train hard for the next six or seven weeks and try to impress Stephen Kenny and get in the team. That’s the focus right now.I’m just delighted to be home and see it as a clean slate now. Everything in the past is finished and I’m hungrier more than ever now”.Galway youngster Manning signs new deal with QPR following impressive runEx-Ireland international Elliot joins newly promoted Droghedalast_img read more

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Oil markets freefalling

first_imgOil prices keep sinking over Greece’s prolonged negotiations with creditors to avoid a debt default and a possible exit from the eurozone.“The Greece headlines continue to dominate the trade… and I think there is an inability (to rally) when there’s this overhanging Europe,” Phil Flynn of Price Futures Group said.“Traders are bracing themselves, although we see a fatigue in the markets running parallel to the fatigue of finance ministers trying to negotiate a deal,” said Tim Evans at Citi Futures.Oil is priced in dollars and therefore becomes more expensive for holders of other currencies as the greenback appreciates. Greece and its European Union and International Monetary Fund creditors’ failure to break the deadlock in emergency talks on a bailout deal, raise more fears of a default and Grexit.Oil prices’ seven month free-fall could potentially cause a breakout on prices.Traders also keep an eye on the looming June 30 deadline for Iran and six major powers to reach a landmark nuclear deal that would prevent Tehran from developing nuclear weapons in exchange for lifting sanctions, including on its oil exports.Analysts have said that the currency markets are too volatile for their run as the big driver of oil prices to end soon. They highlighted that a deal over Greek debt is essential for things to change as investors are tracking the latest twists of the looming deadline in the Iran nuclear talks.[Sources: Fox Business, Reuters, ABC] Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Garbage piling up near JBS footpath

first_imgParade Ground: The footpath from JBS towards Parade Ground, which passes through the bus stands footpath, is not only laid with garbage, but at certain stretches, is also broken. The illegal dumping of garbage on the footpath is forcing pedestrians to use the busy road by risking their lives.Speaking to The Hans India here on Monday, R Santosh, a commuter, said, “The garbage that is thrown in the open space near to an electric pole and a footpath which in turn can be harmful for humans, as this garbage contains plastic waste.” P Vaibhavi, a pedestrian, said, “The garbage is removed after several days and whenever the waste gets piled up, foul smell starts emanating from it.”last_img read more

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Its a dream come true for ZP chiefs in Warangal

first_imgWarangal: The privilege of saluting the Indian tricolor and receiving the guard of honour at the Independence Day celebration as the chief guest is indeed a rare dream for the people’s representatives. Obviously, it was an unforgettable day for the three Zilla Parishad chairpersons Jakku Sri Harshini, Angoth Bindu and Pagala Sampath Reddy, who represent Jayashankar Bhupalpally, Mahabubabad and Jangaon districts respectively, who on Thursday unfurled the national flag. Also Read – With 61 feet high, Khairatabad Ganesh claimed to be tallest idol in India Advertise With Us “It’s like a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. It’s beyond my imagination that I never expected to be in the forefront of senior citizens, freedom fighters, people’s representatives and officials of a district,” Jakku Sri Harshini, the ZP Chairperson of Jayashankar Bhupalpally district, told The Hans India. Indeed, it was beyond the imagination for Godavarikhani’s Sri Harshini, who did her B Tech in Narayanamma Engineering College in Hyderabad. Sri Harshini didn’t know what was in store for her until she got married to Rakesh of Bhupalpally district. All happened in a hurry – entering politics, winning the ZPTC from Kataram mandal and making it to the ZP chief post – for Sri Harshini. Finally, she topped it off by taking the dais as the chief guest at the Independence Day fete on Thursday. Also Read – Unidentified assailants killed a person in Saidabad PS limits Advertise With Us Angoth Bindu, who hails from a nondescript Balya Thanda under Bayyaram mandal in Mahabubabad district and became the youngest ZP chairperson in the State, said: “Once in a blue moon such a rare opportunity knocks your door, and I am on cloud nine. It’s awe-inspiring to be there on the dais as the chief guest, hoisting the national flag and taking the guard of honour. It’s a huge respect and I will uphold the spirit and the responsibility bestowed on me.” It may be mentioned here that Bindu got the honour even her mentor and maternal aunt MLC Satyavathi Rathod could not achieve in her two-decade-old political life. Both the ZP chiefs thanked the Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao for giving them the opportunity to be part of the Independence Day celebration as chief guest.last_img read more

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England vs Australia The Ashes 6 factors that will determine who keeps

first_imgCaptains pose at the inaugural Ashes 2019 SeriesTwitter / England CricketWhen the two teams, England and Australia, take the field at Edgbaston on August 1 for the first Test of the 2019 Ashes series, it will be a momentous occasion. It will mark the beginning of a new era in Test cricket as the World Test Championship also gets underway with this rubber.It will also be a new era of sorts for the England team as they have achieved that one goal which they strove for since 2015 – becoming ODI world champions. Now that they have earned that long sought-after distinction, it remains to be seen whether they can refocus their energies and change their mind-set to suit the longest format.It is hard to predict who would win this series, though the hosts are clearly the favourites. But we can certainly identify the few factors that will determine who wins this series. Let’s look at these factors in brief. Form of Smith and Warner will be pivotal for AustraliaRyan Pierse/Getty ImagesForm of Smith and WarnerThe eviction of Steve Smith and David Warner from the Test team heralded an era of pain and anguish for Australia as their battling line-up became extremely vulnerable. With two world-class batsmen out, the rest of the batting looked incapable of putting up big scores against quality bowling. Now that the two are back, they are expected to lift the level of their team’s batting to new heights. But these two are yet to prove themselves as dangerous in English conditions as they are in others. Will they emerge triumphant amidst the boos of the crowd? Whether they do or not could be the deciding factor in the series. If they score big, the very competent Australian bowling would be dangerous. If they don’t, more pain ensues for the visitors. Edgbaston would host the first TestTwitterConditionsLast year, England triumphed over India 4-1 while playing in swing-friendly conditions. With the Australians also used to batting on flat tracks these days and technically not the most sound, England would definitely want green-tops again. If such pitches are indeed served up, both bowling attacks would be happy. But with the English batting a little stronger and a lot more used to such conditions, they may just have an edge over their rivals. Starc’s form would be keenly watchedChris Hyde/Getty ImagesForm of Mitchell StarcSince the ball-tampering scandal, one man whose form suffered a nosedive was Mitchell Starc. This led to whispers that his prolificacy earlier was more the result of Australia’s ingenious handling of the ball and not the left-arm pacer’s skills. But in the recently-concluded World Cup, Starc was back to his best. But can he replicate his form in the longest format. A lot would depend on it. It was the inefficacy of his bowling that proved a vital ingredient in his team’s embarrassing loss to India at home. Also, with James Pattinson back in the side, he cannot take his place for granted. England’s batting has been regularly suffering collapses in TestsTwitter/ICCWill England’s top order be resolute?If there is one thing that has remained constant with the English Test team, it’s been the vulnerability of their top order. Again and again, the English batsmen have shown a tendency to be not able to play proper Test cricket and throw their wickets away with loose shots. This has produced innumerable collapses in the last three years –against New Zealand, West Indies and even Ireland recently. It has been surmised that it was due to the excessive influence of the aggressive brand of ODI cricket that the team was playing. If England continue to suffer from this problem in the coming series, winning would be extremely difficult. Whether the English top-order tightens up and plays in a responsible manner would be a big factor in deciding the outcome of this series. Marcus Harris may get another opportunity to prove his credentialsTwitterOpening conundrumsInterestingly, both teams are struggling to find a stable opening combination for some time. While Australia have the luxury of having at least one established opener in David Warner, England are searching for two. Marcus Harris has shown glimpses of talent but needs to deliver more. Cameron Bancroft succeeded in county circuit but Ashes would be a whole new challenge. On the English side, Rory Burns too has given reasons for optimism but this would be a tough Test for him. As it would be for whoever bats with him – Jason Roy or Joe Denly. The performance of these two offies would be critical to their team’s successTwitterBattle of offiesLastly, a lot would also depend on the kind of support that the pacers get from their spin bowling teammate. This is where the battle between Nathan Lyon and Moeen Ali would become prominent. Both Ali and Lyon have emerged as genuine wicket-takers and have made orthodox off-spin bowling effective again. Whoever is more successful from these two would give their team a huge advantage as he would allow the fast bowlers to have some rest time. That is also why, both may be targeted as well by the opposition batsmen.last_img read more

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UN honours 12 Bangladeshi peacekeepers

first_imgUN Secretary General Antonio Guterres led the UN`s ceremony to honour the 119 Peacekeepers who gave their lives for peace. Photo: Twitter Page of UN SpokespersonThe United Nations (UN) has honoured 12 fallen peacekeepers from Bangladesh who lost their lives on duty in 2018 in various parts of the world to ensure global peace under the aegis of the UN peace operations, reports UNB.The UN awarded ‘Dag Hammarskjold Medal’ to 119 fallen peacekeepers from 27 member states to honour their supreme sacrifice. Among those fallen heroes, 12 were from Bangladesh.The medals were awarded by the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and received by the respective Permanent Representatives of the 27 countries at an event held in New York on Friday marking the ‘International Day of the UN Peacekeepers’.Permanent Representative (PR) of Bangladesh to the UN Ambassador Masud Bin Momen received the medals on behalf of Bangladesh.Defence advisor of this mission brigadier general Khan Firoz Ahmed, relevant other officers from the mission and officers from Bangladesh Army, Navy and Police working at the UN Headquarters were also present at the event.The Permanent Mission will make special arrangements to send the medals to the family members of the 12 fallen peacekeepers of Bangladesh, said a media release on Saturday.The fallen peacekeepers of Bangladesh who posthumously received the medals are– sainik Arzan Howlader, sainik Md Ripul Miah, sainik Mohammad Jamal Uddin, warrant officer Mohammad Abul Kalam Azad, sainik Mohammad Rayhan Ali, lance corporal Mohammad Akter Hossain, sainik Mohammad Rasheduzzaman, sainik Md Zane Alam, sainik Md Motiar Rahman, sainik Md Monjur Ali, lance corporal Md Mizanur Rahaman and lieutenant commander Md Ashraf Siddiqui.Bangladesh is the second largest contributor of uniformed personnel to UN Peacekeeping.It currently deploys more than 6,600 military and police personnel in nine peacekeeping missions in Abyei, the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Haiti, Lebanon, Mali, Sudan, South Sudan and Western Sahara.So far, 146 peacekeepers from Bangladesh have lost their lives on duty while serving UN Peace Operations in various parts of the world.The UN chief laid floral wreath in honour of all fallen peacekeepers at the Peacekeepers Memorial Site in the North Lawn of the UNHQs.He said: “Today, we honour 119 brave men and women who lost their lives while serving the United Nations. Hailing from different backgrounds, our fallen heroes were united in their efforts to help the UN attain its most important objective – to save future generations from the scourge of war.”The medals bear the name of Secretary-General Hammarskjold.”It is inscribed with his name as well their own – forever linking them in our hearts and in our memories,” he said.The Secretary-General offered his highest tributes to the fallen peacekeeper and put his sincere condolence to their loved ones left behind.The UN Under-Secretary-General of Department of Peace Operations Jean-Pierre Lacroix and Under Secretary-General of Department of Operational Support Atul Khare also spoke at the event.The congregation paid respect to the departed souls by observing one minute silence.Permanent Representatives, senior diplomats, officials of the Arms Forces and Police from several member states and high level UN officials also participated in the solemn ceremony.UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres led the UN`s ceremony to honour the 119 Peacekeepers who gave their lives for peace. Photo: Twitter Page of UN SpokespersonThe global theme for this year’s commemoration is ‘Protecting Civilians, Protecting Peace’.While the day was marked at UNHQ on Friday, UN missions and offices around the world will commemorate the Day on 29 May.The International Day of UN Peacekeepers was established by the General Assembly in 2002 to pay tribute to all men and women serving in peacekeeping, and to honour the memory of those who have lost their lives in the cause of peace.The General Assembly designated 29 May as the International Day of UN Peacekeepers in commemoration of the day in 1948 when the UN’s first peacekeeping mission, the UN Truce Supervision Organisation (UNTSO), began operations in Palestine.last_img

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first_imgNews | May 14, 2014 RaySearch Settles Dispute With Prowess, Financial Result for 2013 Restated 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 Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD 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 The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July.  News | Proton Therapy | August 06, 2019 IBA Signs Contract to Install Proton Therapy Center in Kansas IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.) recently signed a contract and received the first payment for a Proteus One solution… read more Related Content 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 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 | Radiation Therapy | August 02, 2019 Varian Showcases Cancer Care Systems and Software at AAPM 2019 Varian showcased systems and software from its cancer care portfolio, including the Identify Guidance System, at the… read more News | Radiation Oncology | July 31, 2019 Laura Dawson, M.D., FASTRO, Chosen as ASTRO President-elect The members of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) elected four new officers to ASTRO’s Board of… read more The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. May 14, 2014 – In May 2011, the U.S. company Prowess filed a lawsuit against Swedish-based RaySearch at a court in Baltimore. Prowess claimed that RaySearch infringed on a U.S. patent to which Prowess holds an exclusive license. RaySearch believed that there was no infringement and, in addition, that the patent should be invalidated since there was prior art in numerous older publications describing the same methods. RaySearch has now entered into a settlement agreement with Prowess. Under this agreement, RaySearch will pay Prowess a fixed amount spread out over three years and Prowess will drop the lawsuit. Further details of the agreement are confidential.Even though the settlement takes place in 2014 it will affect the accounts for 2013. The final financial statements in the 2013 annual report will therefore deviate from the financial statements that were presented in the 2013 year-end report on Feb. 13, 2014. Adjusted for the settlement, RaySearch made an operating loss of SEK 25.7 million in 2013 instead of an operating profit of SEK 8.8 million as posted in the 2013 year-end report. The net loss adjusted for the settlement amounts to SEK 20.8 million instead of a net profit of SEK 6.1 million as posted in the year-end report. The full financial statements for 2013 are available in the 2013 annual report.“The cost of running this case all the way to trial and through a potential appeal process would have been very high. Therefore it makes sense for us to take the full settlement cost now so that we can put this behind us once and for all and focus all our energy on the continued expansion of our business. I would also like to stress that RaySearch’s underlying business is doing well. Excluding costs for legal fees and the settlement we made an operating profit of SEK 31.6 M in 2013,” says Johan Löf, CEO of RaySearch.”For more information: www.raysearchlabs.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 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 Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more 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 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 last_img read more

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first_imgDense Breast Tissue: An Important Risk Factor for Breast Cancer and Not as Widely UnderstoodBreast tissue is comprised of fat and connective tissue. Some women have more fat than connective tissue, while others have more connective tissue than fat. Dense breast tissue, which is common and found in 40 percent of women, is comprised of less fat and more connective tissue.“The results of this research highlight an opportunity to further encourage awareness of dense breast tissue and empower women to take an active role in their breast health,” said Jessie Jacob, M.D., chief medical officer of breast health, GE Healthcare. “Although the importance of breast cancer screening is well-known, this survey suggests that dense breast tissue, a relevant risk factor, is not widely understood.” 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 | 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 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. October 13, 2014 — Three out of four people are not aware that dense breast tissue increases a woman’s risk of developing breast cancer, according to a new global study from GE Healthcare exploring perspectives on breast cancer with an emphasis on understanding awareness around dense breast tissue and the most common symptoms of breast cancer. The “Value of Knowing” global survey of 10,000 adults across 10 countries highlighted a significant lack of awareness about the breast cancer risk associated with having dense breast tissue. Women with dense breast tissue have four to five times higher risk of developing breast cancer, yet only one out of five people globally has seen, heard, or read about dense breast tissue in the last six months. Further, less than half of adults are confident in naming some of the most common signs and symptoms of breast cancer.“If a woman learns that she has dense breasts, it is important for her to talk with her healthcare provider about her risk and options for further imaging or management,” said Susan Brown, managing director of health and science education for Susan G. Komen, the world’s largest breast cancer organization. “Actions like the pending national legislation in the United States that requires doctors to inform their patients if they have dense breasts – and the related risks – will assist in the process of continuing to educate and empower women about their breast health.” 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 Related Content 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 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 | 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 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 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 Image courtesy of Imago Systems Feature | Artificial Intelligence | July 19, 2019 | Michal Chorev AI Models Predict Breast Cancer With Radiologist-level Accuracy Breast cancer is the global leading cause of cancer-related deaths in women, and the most commonly diagnosed cancer… read more U.S., U.K., and Japan Among Least Aware of Dense Breast Risk Factor: China and Russia More AwareInterestingly, those respondents in the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, and Japan were least aware of any links between dense breast tissue and increased breast cancer risk (19%, 9%, 13%, and 2%, respectively). Respondents in Indonesia, Russia, and China were much more aware of a link between breast cancer and dense breast tissue (58%, 60% and 34%, respectively), and of those countries, Russia and China had the highest awareness of dense breast tissue actually increasing one’s risk for developing breast cancer. Additionally, the data in the GE Healthcare study also showed respondents in China, Russia, and Indonesia ranked the highest in having seen media coverage of dense breast tissue in the past six months (37%, 32%, and 44%, respectively). Furthermore, Japan, the U.S., U.K., and Australia cited very low levels of media attention over the same time period about the risks of dense breast tissue. Over 50 Percent of Respondents Can’t Name the Six Common Symptoms of Breast CancerThe research also probed respondents’ recognition of common breast cancer symptoms. While a majority recognized a lump in the breast (71 percent) or a lump in the armpit (61 percent) as symptoms, less than half of those surveyed were able to identify other very common symptoms, including breast discharge, or changes to breast or nipple such as skin dimpling and rash. “As we continue to make progress in general breast cancer awareness, it is always critical to reinforce basic information about the disease,” said Dr. Connie Lehman, professor and vice chair and section chief of breast imaging, University of Washington Dept. of Radiology. “Understanding the symptoms of breast cancer is critical to supporting early detection of the disease.” Screening Better Understood in Disease Detection, but Not as Well Understood in Identifying Dense Breast TissueMore than half of those surveyed correctly understand that dense breast tissue can be identified through a routine mammogram. That said, nearly half also incorrectly believe that dense breast tissue can be identified through regular self-exams for lumps and irregularities. “Of women who are aware of dense breast tissue, there is still confusion regarding supplemental screening,” said Jacob. “We believe that more education is needed around dense breast tissue and other risk factors so that women can have more informed discussions with their physicians about their individual risk profile and the management of their health.”“Since both dense breast tissue and cancers can appear white on a mammogram, a cancer can be hidden by dense breast tissue,” said Lehman. “We know modern digital mammography performs better in women with dense breast tissue compared to older methods of mammography. And, important research is being done to determine if other technologies such as tomosynthesis, ultrasound, or MRI may be beneficial to select groups of women.”GE Healthcare’s global study is in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month (BCAM), an annual international health campaign organized by major breast cancer charities every October to increase awareness of the disease and to raise funds for research into its cause, prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and cure. The campaign also offers information and support to those affected by breast cancer.For more information: www.newsroom.gehealthcare.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Feature | October 13, 2014 Most People Unaware That Women With Dense Breasts are More Likely to Develop Breast Cancer GE study also indicates less than half of adults can name common signs and symptoms of breast cancer 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). 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 last_img read more

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Aussies looking beyond their backyard

first_imgFewer Australians planning a domestic trip in 2013. Image: VisitVictoria. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J Australian landmarks and cultural experiences are failing to entice Aussies to travel domestically, according to a new study.Roy Morgan research found the number of Australians intending to take a domestic holiday this year fell two percent compared to last year from 57 percent to 55 percent.Despite the dip, intentions to visit Victorian destinations increased, with 7.2 percent of Australians intending to visit the state in 2013, ahead of Sydney and Gold Coast, both sitting at 4.3 percent. Meanwhile, international holiday intentions remain steady this year at ten percent. last_img read more

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first_img RelatedGappers who learn a foreign language can boost economyGappers who learn a foreign language can boost economyRecession gives rise to ‘grown-up gappers’Recession gives rise to ‘grown-up gappers’Tactical Gap Years: Skyscanner’s 10 CV enhancing career breaksTactical Gap Years: Skyscanner’s 10 CV enhancing career breaks One in three Brits embarking on a gap year have done so because of the downturn in the economy.This is according to new findings from InsureandGo, which found that 37 percent of the 8.9 million people who have recently taken a year out have done so to escape the economic “doom and gloom”.InsureandGo founder Perry Wilson said that larger numbers of people are being encouraged to go away for at least a couple of months to remove themselves from “the seemingly constant flow of bad news in the UK”.”Taking some time off is a great thing to do to escape the grind of everyday life, whether people are taking a career break or whether they are a graduate embarking on a gap year,” he commented.Skyscanner co-founder and director Barry Smith recently described the emerging trend of “tactical gappers”, a term used to describe college leavers who combine travelling with specialist work experience. (read article: Tactical Gap Years)Real Gap Experience said yesterday (October 20th) that Canada is increasing in popularity as a gap year destination.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img read more

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first_img TORONTO – Aaron Sorkin and Jessica Chastain enjoyed a full-circle moment in launching their made-in-Toronto awards contender “Molly’s Game.”The film began production in November 2016 and writer-director Sorkin and title star Chastain were back in the city in September for the drama’s world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival.The premiere was particularly poignant by virtue of having the real-life figure at the centre of the film in attendance: Molly Bloom herself.“Molly’s Game” is based on Bloom’s memoir of the same name, which chronicles the U.S. skier’s unlikely ascension from personal assistant and poker hostess to the leader of her own exclusive, high-stakes game.The house of cards eventually comes tumbling down for the “Princess of Poker,” who became the target of an FBI probe. In 2013, Bloom pleaded guilty to charges that she helped run underground games for Wall Street financiers and celebrities in guest rooms at The Plaza Hotel.Sorkin said a Canadian lawyer helped Bloom get a 48-hour pass from the government to visit Toronto during the festival.“She was offered the opportunity to see it in a private screening room,” said the Academy Award-winning Sorkin. “But she said the first time she saw the movie she wanted to experience it in a way that a movie audience would.”Two-time Oscar nominee Chastain is once again generating awards buzz — she’s nominated for the best actress award at the upcoming Golden Globes and the Critics’ Choice Awards. Meanwhile, Sorkin is also up for screenplay honours at both awards shows.“Molly’s Game” opens Christmas Day in cities across Canada including Calgary, Edmonton, Halifax, Ottawa Toronto, Vancouver, Victoria and Winnipeg.Sorkin and Chastain spoke with The Canadian Press about their roles in the project and why they found both Bloom and her unlikely story so compelling.CP: Aaron, this is your directorial debut. What was it specifically about this project that made you want to choose it to be the first?Sorkin: Listen, when I write something, I want the best director possible to direct it, and in the past I’ve never even considered that might be me.In this case, after I’d written the script, which I did not write with the intention of directing it, I was concerned that the emotional elements of the story … might get overwhelmed by all the shiny objects in the movie: the huge amounts of money, the fast cars, and the glamour, and the sexuality and the decadence and the Hollywood-ness of it.There was one night where we were all sitting there with a piece of a paper with a list of directors on it and we’re going through each name, all the pros and cons of all these great directors, and the producers said: “Well, we think you should direct it.” This time around I didn’t say no. I grabbed at the chance and I’m glad that I did.CP: Jessica, it’s really fascinating to see Molly’s education into high-stakes poker. I was wondering what your education was for this and how you connected with Molly.Chastain: I got to meet Molly and talk to her and hang on with her and ask her any question. She was so open to me about her experience. And then also it was important for me to meet people who also knew Molly during that time.I actually infiltrated a New York poker (game) at one point and watched a lot of money being lost; and then realized I might be the bad omen, so I had to exit the room quickly (laughing). That was my experience with poker. Molly doesn’t play poker. She knows a lot about poker, but she’s not a gambler, so of course I needed to learn what all the terms were, what the actual structure of the game is, and that helped me play the part as well.CP: It’s also interesting to see how emotionally invested the players get in the game, but Molly always seems to have a cool level head. But people just can’t believe this woman is doing this on her own — they’re always second-guessing and questioning her.Chastain: She had to play by their rules to be invited into that industry, in a way, this industry that’s traditionally dominated by men.Molly has to change the way she looks when her boss tells her he doesn’t like the way she looks. She has to give up so much of who she is. And I see it also it’s a cautionary tale, and I think that’s how Molly sees it. And women today, we need to move against that, and it’s inspiring to see this story for that reason.Sorkin: Also, the world that she’s coming from is a straight-up meritocracy. She is a world-class athlete. She’s an Olympic-level skier…. She comes (within) about 200 yards from making the U.S. Olympic team. That has nothing to do with: “Does the man has the power, who has the power?” That has everything to do with: “How fast can you make it from the top of the mountain to the bottom of the mountain?”She was both an athletic prodigy and an academic prodigy … two worlds where your worth can be objectively measured. And suddenly, she goes into a world where it matters what shoes and dress you’re wearing and: “Can you lose that superior air, that kind of bitchy air?” Molly is very funny and she is smarter. She’s a very smart woman. She is smarter than these men.———Note: This interview has been edited and condensed.— With files from The Associated Press. by Lauren La Rose, The Canadian Press Posted Dec 22, 2017 4:00 am PDT Last Updated Dec 22, 2017 at 4:40 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Writer-director Aaron Sorkin, left, and actor Jessica Chastain pose for a photo as they promote the movie “Molly’s Game” at the Toronto International Film Festival, in Toronto on Saturday, September 9, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young center_img Q&A: Aaron Sorkin, Jessica Chastain on made-in-Toronto poker drama ‘Molly’s Game’last_img read more

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