The Canadian PressVANCOUVER – A judge in British Columbia has sentenced an Indigenous woman to four years in prison for manslaughter, but says it doesn’t seem right that incarceration was the best available option.Sadie Taniskishayinew was convicted last October of fatally stabbing 31-year-old Robert Boucher on a Vancouver street in November 2015.Her trial heard that she and Boucher had been drinking, but there seemed to be little motive for the stabbing and the woman left without calling for help, then tossed the butcher knife into an alley garbage can.Justice Susan Griffin said in a decision posted this week that Boucher’s death was senseless and addressed his family directly, noting the Indigenous man was killed before his daughter reached her first birthday.“Mr. Boucher was a valuable person and did not deserve to die, and I have taken into account the value of his life and the loss to his family,” she said. “Far too many Indigenous people die violent deaths in Canada. His life mattered.”Imposing a fit sentence in the case was a difficult task, considering the background of both the victim and the attacker, Griffin added.The decision said Taniskishayinew is a 25-year-old Indigenous woman who has experienced significant neglect, trauma and loss, including the death of one of her three children.A report prepared before the sentencing hearing noted her family had attended residential school, and she is suspected of having fetal alcohol spectrum disorder. The report also listed a number of extensive injuries she had suffered as the result of significant violence, including broken bones, concussions and slashes that required stitches.Griffin said Taniskishayinew admits to being addicted to alcohol, and that she was using methamphetamines and drinking heavily when Boucher was killed.“She feels that if she had been sober, the offence would never have happened,” she said.It’s not surprising that Taniskishayinew struggled with substance use or lashed out violently, the judge added.“Given her painful and harsh life, it is little wonder that Ms. Taniskishayinew reacts violently and impulsively and drowns her emotional pain with intoxicants. It does not seem right, as a society, that we do not have better options for her than jail.”She noted that the woman will need significant counselling “given the social problems caused to our Indigenous communities by Canadian historic injustices, and the need to avoid over-incarceration.”But Griffin said that Taniskishayinew’s violent history made her a risk to the public and it had to be noted that she had taken a life.With credit for time spent awaiting trial, she will serve a further year and a half in prison and then must complete three years probation.Griffin urged the woman to dedicate herself to mental health and trauma counselling, and told her that she must stay sober for the rest of her life.“Getting out of prison is only the first step,” she said.
Tamara PimentelAPTN NewsInteraction with police services has been one of the most critical topics at this week’s hearings of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.“I’ve heard multiple examples of how police perceived to have failed and, in many cases, continue to fail Indigenous people in this country,” said Katrina Swan of the Saskatchewan Association of Chiefs of Police (SACP).Swan is the first of only a few parties with standing to represent police services in this week’s hearings in Calgary.Swan said the SACP, which represents 12 municipal police forces, has been taking note of issues arising within the inquiry.“Contact with the family is a critical part of the investigative process. I would love to stand before you today and say we get it right all the time,” she said.“But, as you’ve heard, as often as we get it right or think we get it right, we’re being told that we missed the mark. Police need to work harder at ensuring there is an open relationship and communication between the parties.”Charlene Belleau of the Esketemc First Nation in British Columbia represents the First Nations Health Council.She shared stories of missing and murdered women from her community and how cultural protocols are used as an alternative to the RCMP or justice system.“The victims of violence feel they lose their voice in the criminal justice system,” she said.“We wanted to be able to give them a voice through these protocols.”The traditional and ceremonial approach seems to be more effective, Belleau added.“When we have our healing circles they do acknowledge the behaviour, and they do acknowledge having perpetrated those crimes.”It also works faster.“We feel a responsibility that we can help these families that we don’t have to wait for the RCMP or police services or search and rescue,” Belleau said.“We can do things on our own and we should be doing what we can for these families.”Swan said while there are things police services need to work on, in Saskatchewan the SACP has been improving.“Police are involved in initiatives designed to address the root causes of vulnerability and marginalization of indigenous women and girls,” she said.“(They’re) becoming more involved in restorative justice efforts and are working collaboratively with community partners.”email@example.com@tamara_aptn
In an exclusive interview she said the government should waste no time in addressing concerns of the people who suffer day after day. Q. So you are saying the LLRC process was effective?A. I’m on record to say it (LLRC) doesn’t cover all the accountability issues. And this is not just me but this is the expectation of the human rights council. This is why the first resolution calls on the government to address all accountability issues. So even though the LLRC mandate falls short of what was required my office offered to assist the process. Q. You had also once called for the setting up of an office of the High Commissioner For Human Rights (OHCHR) in Sri Lanka. Is there still a need for one? Q. So did you make a proposal to the government on opening an OHCHR office here?A. I did not but the government is fully aware that its part of the United Nations that they can just ask for such assistance and we are ready to provide. In the meantime I’m really happy that they have allowed the presence of a human rights adviser here.Q. What was your take of the situation in the North when you met civilians in the area? UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay – who concluded her seven-day visit yesterday – said she is happy about post-war developments, particularly in the North, but sounded rather pessimistic about the government’s progress in issues related to accountability.After a series of meetings with representatives of the government, the opposition, civil society and families of the disappeared, she made a statement to the press on Saturday. Later this month, she will also make an oral submission at the UN Human Rights Council which would be followed up with a detailed report in March. A. It’s a fact that we can be more helpful if we are on the ground. For instance we have an office in Colombia with 140 staff and we have been there for quite a few years. We can only setup an office with the consent of the government. We did have a presence here in the past but now for the last six years we just have a single person, a human rights adviser working with the UN country team. It’s ideal if we have a full office. We do have such offices in many parts of the world. A. The people are grateful for the immediate changes such as roads which now give them access to the hospitals or the temples. They said that to me. They are very grateful for the roads he has provided. But people who I spoke to — rice farmers in paddy fields that they owned or fishermen — are completely distraught that they have been cut away from that. Sure, they have been given good housing now which they never had before. However you cannot imprison farmers or fishermen on little plots of land where they can’t grow their own food. A woman heading a household asked me how she is going to support her children. I met people who are in IDP camps as well as people who are in communities. I also had complaints of the surveillance and monitoring by the military. So they are very aware that the military is there. So mainly the land questions trouble them. So they raised these matters. This is why I said reconstruction and development is impressive but the government needs a holistic picture of addressing the human rights concerns including the counseling of victims who were clearly traumatized. I have never experienced so many people weeping and crying. I have never seen this level of uncontrollable grief.Q. On the issue of threats faced by those who spoke to you, how will your office ensure that they are protected?A. It’s very difficult for our office to actually protect people except by constantly checking on them and reporting to the government. I of course have the power to report to the international forum of the human rights council.Q. The Tamil Diaspora often claims there is “genocide” taking place in Sri Lanka. During your visit have you come across anything to back such claims?A. Well nobody used that word to me. Not in authorities or civil society. Genocide is particularly a legal word. There has to be proof of an intent to destroy in whole or in part a nation, a group. This is what happened in Rwanda. That is a clear case of genocide. However it’s not for me to judge. It’s only after proper investigations the judges can conclude weather and what crimes were committed.Q. Are you expecting the government to set a timeframe by when it should conclude human rights related investigations?A. The important thing is the timeframe for the people. They are suffering day by day. Timeframe is to do it as quickly as possible to address the concerns of the people. I am encouraging that it comes as a principle position of the government. It should not be because I am reporting in March (to the human rights council).Q. As of late several commissions have been formed in Sri Lanka. Do you think this is just to buy time, as some say?A. Sri Lanka has a dismal record in holding these commissions. I personally had a very good discussion with Chief Justice Bhagwati who was on that last commission in Sri Lanka (International Independent Group of Eminent Persons or IIGEP). He was disappointed at how close they came to settle many issues and then it was suddenly dropped or interfered with.VIDEO ON FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/ColomboGazette/videos/10153167811385024/ Q. You had been persistently calling for an international independent investigation in Sri Lanka. Has your position changed following your visit to Sri Lanka?A. In my very addresses to the Human Rights Council, this was early 2009, I reported to the council on what was happening and I urged that there be an international investigation because at that time there was nothing. But as soon as the government responded by setting up the LLRC I felt the national investigations must be given priority and must be assisted and this is where I stayed back from calling for an international investigation bur rather calling for a credible independent investigation.
“This was not only an attack on humanitarian workers. It is an attack on the people who most need the assistance and aid that these workers were bringing,” UNICEF said in a press statement on the attack, in which unknown assailants in north-eastern Nigeria attacked an aid convoy with UN staff traveling from Bama to Maiduguri.UNICEF also confirmed that one of its staff along with a contractor from the International Organization for Migration (IOM) who were injured in the attack were being treated at a local hospital. All other staff from UNICEF and IOM, as well as the UN Population Fund (UNFPA were safe.At today’s regular briefing in Geneva, UNICEF spokesperson Christophe Boulierac noted the importance of conducting missions in the area, saying: “Earlier in July, UNICEF had shared with the press some very alarming information, according to which, 244,000 children were suffering from severe acute malnutrition in Borno state in 2016. Out of those, an estimated one in five, including 49,000 children, would die if not reached with treatment.”The spokesperson pointed out that two million people remained inaccessible in Borno state, emphasizing the need to scale up assistance.Mr. Boulierac confirmed that a military escort accompanying the convoy, “which was quite unusual for humanitarian assistance missions,” had been able to take UNICEF staff to safety following the attack.“UNICEF’s top priority is to reach the children,” he underscored, adding that the agency is not in a position to say who was responsible for the attack, only that a security assessment would be under way.He stated that the agencies were screening and treating children for malnutrition and improving access to water and sanitation. UNICEF was also providing medical care, immunization, education and psychological support to the children of Nigeria, especially in Borno state.In response to a question, Mr. Boulierac said that he had no information on any arrests following the attack. Mr. Boulierac stressed that “the convoy had been delivering nutrition, water, sanitation and health support to the more than 25,000 people in Bama who had been displaced by the conflict,” noting that it had only recently become accessible for humanitarian assistance. “The situation remains extremely serious and UNICEF wants and needs to do more, but that depends on a range of factors, such as access, security and funding,” he explained. “UNICEF wishes to raise awareness among all donors of the gravity of the situation in Borno and to urgently provide resources.”
He added: “The Highway Code is based on a lot of assumptions, a clear road, perfect brakes, perfect weather. It is a theoretical scenario and there are many variants that could affect it but we wanted to highlight the importance of the thinking time component.”RAC spokesman Rod Dennis described the new figures as striking and called for them to be taken seriously.He said: “From time to time, new evidence will come to light that means it is necessary to update the Highway Code and perhaps this is one such instance.”While the ability for cars to be able to brake more quickly has improved, our reaction times clearly haven’t.” 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. The Highway Code should be updated because its stopping distances are woefully short and underestimate drivers’ thinking time, campaigners say.The charity Brake said that distractions in cars, such as using mobile phones, bad weather, dodgy tyres and less than perfect brakes would only slow stopping times further.A study commissioned by Brake estimated that it takes an average of 1.5 seconds to spot a hazard and apply the brakes, more than double the figure of 0.67 seconds used in the Department for Transport’s book.The new study calculated that the stopping distance of a car travelling at 40 miles per hour is 51 metres, compared with the figure of 36 metres in the Highway Code.This is the equivalent of an extra 3.75 car lengths and Brake urged the Government to increase stopping distances in the book “as a matter of urgency”. The charity’s spokesman, Jason Wakeford, said: “These figures suggest stopping distances taught to new drivers in the Highway Code fall woefully short.”A true understanding of how long it takes to stop a car in an emergency is one of the most important lessons for new drivers.”Understanding true average thinking time reminds all drivers how far their car will travel before they begin to brake – as well as highlighting how any distraction in the car which extends this time, like using a mobile phone, could prove fatal.” Campaigners have warned that hte Highway Code underestimate drivers’ thinking timeCredit:PA
The subject of Bitcoin pops up on occasion when you’re dealing with technology. The virtual currency is gaining traction with the computer-savvy crowd, but is still mostly unknown to the general public. You’ve probably heard that Bitcoins are worth a ton when converted to “real” currencies, but how much do you really know about how Bitcoin works? If only there was a handy 3 minute video to explain it…Bitcoin mining, as explained in the video, used to be a simple process when the currency was getting underway a few years ago. You could contribute a fairly small number of CPU cycles and end up with some Bitcoins. As more miners started searching for their digital fortunes, it has become harder to make substantial amounts without multiple PCs cranking away 24-7. This is because Bitcoins, as you’re now aware, are limited in supply by design.This is a totally new way to think about money — there are no central banks, no complicated monetary policy, and no slips of paper floating around. This might be why the US government doesn’t even consider Bitcoins to be a real currency yet.When the financial crisis in Cyprus closed banks on the small Mediterranean island several weeks ago, Bitcoin was seen as a refuge. With the regular banking system closed, Bitcoins were in high demand. That’s a symptom of the main problem with this virtual money (something only briefly touched on in the video). It’s incredibly volatile.The price of a single Bitcoin bounces around between $100 and $200 on an almost daily basis (it used to be much less). Because it appeals so much to tech-savvy individuals, it has been the target of repeated hacks. Bitcoins can be stolen, and exchanges that trade in the currency can be compromised. Every time a malicious group gets in the news for swiping some coins, the value of Bitcoin plummets. It’s hard to trust vital purchases to a currency you can’t know the value of in advance.Now that you know a little more about how Bitcoin works, maybe you’ll be more apt to get in on the boom. Of course, if the concept sounds crazy, you’ll probably just steer clear.
AC Milan boss Gennaro Gattuso accepted full responsibility for their lacklustre goalless draw at Frosinone today in the Serie AThe Rossoneri were made to settle for a 0-0 draw at the Stadio Benito Stirpe with Patrick Cutrone, Franck Kessie and Gonzalo Higuain wasting great opportunities.In the end, goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma came to the rescue in stoppage-time to deny Ciano from handing Frosinone a shock winner to settle the score at 0-0.But still, Milan have now gone five matches without a victory and four league games without finding the net for the first time since 1984.“In the first half we had a bad game,” said Gattuso, according to Football-Italia.“Against Fiorentina we created and we played better, here we gave the first half to Frosinone. We didn’t do well, and they won every 50-50.“To reach our objective of Champions League qualification we can’t play the way we did in the first half.Gasperini reveals why he rejected Inter Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Atalanta manager, Gian Piero Gasperini, has revealed why he rejected Internazionale Milan’s job proposal over the summer transfer window.“You can’t face an important match the way we did today, giving 45 minutes to your opponents.“We’re not in a good period and the results aren’t coming: I cannot accept a performance like the one in the first half.“My concern is my team, I’m not thinking about my own position. I’m judged by results and I’ll put my face forward.“I’m the captain of this ship, so it’s only right that I take all the responsibility.“It’s important for me to understand how to make my players play their best, because right now they’re performing below their means.“There’s no tranquillity and they look nervous, that’s what I need to think about. As for the rest, anything can happen.”The Rossoneri will next host SPAL on Saturday at the San Siro.
RelatedPosts Strong VIP growth sees Okada Manila GGR climb 72% in August Scientific Games Corporation has unveiled its new Dualos X cabinet to the Australian market ahead of a planned rollout across the eastern seaboard over the coming weeks.The second generation Dualos features larger higher-definition screens, an LCD iDeck that combines dynamic full color display with mechanical play button and a faster processor for enhanced gameplay. Lack of premium mass strategy begs questions of SJM’s Grand Lisboa Palace launch: analysts New Chief Executive vows to protect Macau’s gaming and tourism industry from harm Load More In parallel to the new technology, a new company-wide game development platform known as ArgOS has been created to enable Scientific Games to achieve operational efficiencies from content, facilitating seamless rollout across its multiple hardware platforms globally and help to align multijurisdictional releases in Australia.“Scientific Games Australia has successfully developed games that players love locally and, more importantly for the company, have proven they travel well by entertaining players globally,” said Senior Vice President Adrian Halpenny.“Our latest cabinet is undoubtedly our most spectacular to date for this market and the customer feedback has been very encouraging. To support the rollout of Dualos X we are very excited to bring back one of our most successful themes using the MONOPOLY brand. ‘MONOPOLY Hotel Tycoon’ has been designed to take advantage of the big 27” screens and brings the classic board game to life in new and exciting ways.”The original Dualos was launched in 2015, with the new version to rollout across NSW and Queensland in late April and across Victoria in May.
Shah Rukh Khan in the Don series.A shocking development has taken place in the work life of Shah Rukh Khan. He has quit the film Don 3 aka Don: The Final Chapter! The Bollywood actor-producer is a superstar but has not had a good run at the box office or with film critics in recent years. His last film, Zero (2018) and Raees (2017) before that were also not appreciated by fans. While nobody doubts his acting skills, SRK really needs a good film to help him rule the box office again.And yet, he has been quitting film after film. There is news that Shah Rukh Khan has opted out of Don 3! SRK was the main part of the franchise by actor-filmmaker Farhan Akhtar, a remake of the cult Amitabh Bachchan film Don. While the new versions, Don and Don 2, starring Shah Rukh Khan, it seems Don 3 will have a new actor – the young superstar Ranveer Singh!Shah Rukh Khan had been signed on for Don 3 a while ago, but the film had been delayed at the scripting stage. With Farhan Akhtar himself acting as the lead in many films, his directorial Don 3 took a backseat.Mumbai Mirror reports today that Shah Rukh Khan has “opted out of Don 3 for personal reasons”. Now, what could the personal reasons be? The tabloid further reports that Don 3 producer Zoya Akhtar, who has recently launched her production house, is in talks with her Gully Boy Ranveer Singh to replace Shah Rukh Khan as the new Don! Ranveer Singh in Gully Boy.TwitterWell, good on you, Ranveer Singh! But for Shah Rukh Khan, if the news is true that he has indeed quit Don 3, the going could get tough. SRK also recently opted out of the Rakesh Sharma biopic, which was anyways earlier supposed to be done by Aamir Khan. Ranbir Kapoor could star in the Rakesh Sharma biopic now, as the Indian astronaut.We are waiting for an exciting announcement from Shah Rukh Khan of a new film. In an interview with BBC Asia, Shah Rukh Khan said, “My next role will be as sexy as my last one. So you want me to be a sexy father, a sexy hero, sexy whatever you want me to be. My next role will be as sexy as you want me to be.” Well, well!
Accusing the governor of interfering with the ongoing Assembly proceedings, Kumaraswamy and the Congress moved the Supreme Court.IANS [Representational Image]Amid the ongoing political crisis in Karnataka and a high drama in the assembly, a fake resignation letter claiming to be that of Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy circulated on social media on Monday (July 22).”Due to my personal reasons, I’m tendering my resignation from the post of chief minister of Karnataka. Kindly accept my resignation and relieve the council of the minister of Karnataka appointed by me on 22/07/2019,” read the letter.A video of the letter placed on the CM’s table during the assembly session was widely shared on social media platforms.#WATCH Karnataka: A letter seen kept on the table of CM HD Kumaraswamy at Vidhana Soudha, appearing to be his resignation letter. Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) says that the letter is fake. (Video source: Karnataka assembly output) pic.twitter.com/KPJs4cr1Z9— ANI (@ANI) July 22, 2019 CM Kumaraswamy has accused the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of playing cheap politics by creating the fake resignation letter. He said that he has no idea who forged his signature and created the fake letter claiming that he had given his resignation to Governor Vajubhai Vala. Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy’s fake resignation letterTwitterHowever, the BJP has denied the claims and objected to the accusation saying that it was disrespectful towards them. The Congress-JD(S) coalition in the state is struggling hard to keep the government intact after the mass resignation by MLAs jolted the coalition.The fake letter comes at a time when the coalition government headed by CM Kumaraswamy has already breached the timeframe given to it by the Governor to finish the vote of trust to prove majority. The debate on the floor test continued till midnight on July 22. The Speaker has said a vote will take place on Tuesday.
.A Chittagong court on Sunday sentenced three people to life imprisonment in an abduction case, reports UNB.The convicts are Haradhan Nath, 58, Mohammad Abdul Aziz, 54, and ayah Shefali Begum, 45. Of them, Haradhan and Shefali were tried in absentia.The court also fined them Tk 50,000 each and in case of failure to pay the fine, they will have to suffer six more months in jail.According to the prosecution, Haradhan took Rakib Chowdhury, 4, for an afternoon snack on January 15, 2009.However, he sold the minor boy to Shefali in front of the CMCH from where Rakib was rescued.A case was filed with Bayezid Police Station on 17 January of the year and police submitted a charge-sheet on 15 April 2009.After examining all the records and six witnesses, Mohammad Motahar Ali, judge of the Women and Children Repression Prevention Tribunal, handed down the verdict acquitting another accused Shafiul Azam.
Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha managing editor Shahriar Shahid. Photo: BSSManaging editor of news agency Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS) Shahriar Shahid passed away while undergoing treatment at a city hospital on Saturday around 1:50pm, reports BSS.He was 55.Shahriar, son of now defunct English daily Bangladesh Times former editor late AKM Shahidul Haque, is survived by his wife, only son and a host of relatives and admirers.He was admitted to Apollo Hospital in the city on 14 November following a heart attack and was undergoing treatment at its coronary care unit (CCU) until his demise.
Rescuers carry a body bag containing a landslide victim, triggered by heavy rains during Typhoon Mangkhut, in Itogon, Benguet province on 18 September, 2018. Photo: AFPThe death toll from a landslide in the central Philippines has risen to 29, police said Friday, as rescuers frantically dug for survivors of the latest tragedy in the storm-hit nation.Dozens were still missing as authorities probed whether a nearby rock quarry could have played a role in the massive hillside collapse Thursday that hit rural communities in Naga on the tourist island of Cebu.The rescue effort came as the nation was still reeling from Typhoon Mangkhut, whose toll hit 95 dead on Thursday, mostly from a massive landslide in the country’s mountainous north.Rescuers on Cebu have pulled 29 corpses from the debris, the Philippine National Police said, as people living in homes spared from the landslide were evacuated as a precaution.Hundreds of police, firemen, and specialists using heavy equipment were looking for about 50 people, provincial disaster office spokesman Julius Regner told AFP.Authorities are not sure whether the limestone quarry near the slide-hit area contributed to the disaster, but they have ordered a temporary 15-day halt to quarry operations around the country as a precaution.Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu told a press conference the government will conduct a national review “to determine the safety of quarry operation areas, most especially the surrounding communities.”The Philippines has a poor record of regulating mining, with tunnel collapses and landslides regularly killing people in other areas in recent years.Cebu was not directly hit by Mangkhut, the world’s strongest typhoon this year, but has been pounded by heavy monsoon rain for days, making the slopes dangerously loose.The efforts in Cebu came as searchers in the Philippines’ north continued to work to recover the corpses of a suspected dozens of people buried in a landslide unleashed Saturday by Typhoon Mangkhut.However, rescue work in the mining community of Itogon was slowed on Thursday when most of the crews were evacuated over concerns that the surrounding hillsides could also collapse.Small-scale miners and their families were buried after their homes were hit by one of the dozens of landslides unleashed as the storm hit the Cordillera mountain range.Most of the 95 people killed by Mangkhut died in landslides in the gold-mining region that includes Itogon.Mangkhut also dumped torrential rains on the key agricultural areas of the Philippines’ main northern island of Luzon, causing crop losses that will likely total more than $250 million.
Prothom alo illustrationA Chandpur court on Sunday sent a teenage boy to the Juvenile Correctional Centre in Tongi of Gazipur for reportedly raping a seven-year-old girl at Razargaon village in Hajiganj upazila on Thursday.Officer-in-charge of Hajiganj police station Md Abdur Rashid said the teen was produced before the court when it ordered to send him to the juvenile correctional centre.The victim is a first grader who lost her mother three months back and was living with her stepmother and grandmother as her father works in Dhaka.On Thursday, the teenage boy raped the minor girl and fled, the OC said.Later, the ailing victim informed the matter to her grandmother. Police arrested the ‘rapist’ on Saturday after the victim’s father filed a case in this regard.
Stay on target Rutger Hauer, ‘Blade Runner’ Actor, Dies at 752019 in Sci-Fi: What Movies, Games, and TV Told Us Will Happen This Year Blade Runner 2049 takes place 30 years after Ridley Scott’s celebrated original. That’s a lot of time to skip over. So, the director of the new film, Denis Villeneuve reached out to two artists to create shorts depicting some of the bigger events that occurred between the two films. The first two were directed by Ridley Scott’s son, Luke. “Blade Runner 2036: Nexus Dawn” gave us an origin story for Jared Leto’s character, Niander Wallace. The second, “2048: Nowhere to Run,” told us a bit more about Dave Bautista’s character, Sapper. The third and final prequel dropped today on Crunchyroll, and it might be the coolest of the three.“Blade Runner Black Out 2022” takes place only three years after the first film, and unlike Luke Scott’s two shorts, it’s animated. That’s because this short comes from director Shinichiro Watanabe, who you might know from Samurai Champloo or Cowboy Bebob a.k.a. the greatest anime of all time. (Fight me.) It’s available on Crunchyroll for free, though you’ll need a subscription if you want to watch in HD. If 480p is fine for you, no need to subscribe. If the prospect of a 16-minute short from the guy behind Cowboy Bebop set in the world of Blade Runner isn’t enough to entice you, maybe this making of trailer will do the trick.And that’s only a small glimpse of how cool this thing is. It tells the story of a rising human supremacy movement and the incident that led to the banning of Replicant production. It’s a fun, affecting short tale that is absolutely worth your time. Also, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that Watanabe still knows how to animate a good fight scene. The action in this short is reminiscent of some of the best Cowboy Bebop episodes. His characters move and flow with such style. Even in the most fast-paced intricate fight scenes, the action is easy to follow. And the way he recreates Ridley Scott’s futuristic Los Angeles is just beautiful.If this short has you craving more Blade Runner, you won’t have long to wait. Blade Runner 2049 arrives in theaters October 6.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.
© 2010 Phys.org More information: via: Gamasutra and The Plain Dealer Explore further (Phys.org)—About the 33rd largest supercomputer in the world right now is the US Air Force Research Laboratory’s (AFRL) newest system, which has a core made of 1,760 Sony PlayStation 3 (PS3) consoles. In addition to its large capacity, the so-called “Condor Cluster” is capable of performing 500 trillion floating point operations per second (TFLOPS), making it the fastest interactive computer in the entire US Defense Department. The Condor Cluster consists of 1,760 Sony PlayStation 3’s, and is the US Department of Defense’s fastest interactive computer. Image credit: US Department of Defense. IBM To Build Supercomputer For U.S. Government Citation: US Air Force connects 1,760 PlayStation 3’s to build supercomputer (2010, December 2) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-12-air-playstation-3s-supercomputer.html The supercomputer, which is located in Rome, New York, was formally presented yesterday at a ribbon-cutting ceremony. It will be used by Air Force centers across the country for tasks such as radar enhancement, pattern recognition, satellite imagery processing, and artificial intelligence research. Its speed allows it to analyze ultra-high-resolution images very quickly – at a rate of billions of pixels per minute – to greatly reduce the amount of time required. Due in part to the video game consoles’ cutting-edge graphics capabilities, the supercomputer also has improved algorithms that can better identify blurred flying objects in space than previous computers could. The Condor Cluster project began four years ago, when PlayStation consoles cost about $400 each. At the same time, comparable technology would have cost about $10,000 per unit. Overall, the PS3s for the supercomputer’s core cost about $2 million. According to AFRL Director of High Power Computing Mark Barnell, that cost is about 5-10% of the cost of an equivalent system built with off-the-shelf computer parts.Another advantage of the PS3-based supercomputer is its energy efficiency: it consumes just 10% of the power of comparable supercomputers. In addition to the PS3s, the supercomputer also includes 168 separate graphical processing units and 84 coordinating servers to direct traffic within the system. The PS3s are the older, larger variety, since the newer slim models don’t allow for the installation of Linux. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
Kolkata: A major fire broke out in a bamboo store house in Kolkata’s Park Circus area on Wednesday but no one has been injured, a fire official said. “The fire spread quickly as there were inflammable material in the area,” the official said. Fifteen fire tenders battled the flames.
Feature | February 03, 2014 | Raissa Rocha An Update on Breast Density and Cancer Screening The dense breast discussion continues, with many factors to consider for breast imaging Qlarity Imaging’s software is used to assist radiologists in the assessment and characterization of breast lesions. Imaging features are synthesized by an artificial intelligence algorithm into a single value, the QI score, which is analyzed relative to a database of reference abnormalities with known ground truth. Image courtesy of Business Wire. News | 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). 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The multi-year… read more The practice of breast imaging and screening in women at risk for breast cancer is evolving as new imaging modalities are incorporated and researchers continue to study the implications of dense breast tissue in patients. At the 2013 annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) in Chicago, there were several sessions highlighting trials and studies that brought breast density and cancer detection to the forefront.Understanding Breast DensityIt has been established that dense breast tissue is associated with a higher rate of missed cancers, particularly early-stage cancers, due to the similarities in appearance on mammograms. Women with dense tissue are also said to have an elevated risk of developing cancer in the breast. In a special interest session at RSNA 2013, presenters reported on research that examined breast density and the risks for breast cancer it may pose to patients.1According to presenter Jennifer A. Harvey, M.D., FACR, professor of radiology at University of Virginia, dense breast tissue can be common among women, but not all occurrences of dense breast tissue link directly to a high risk for cancer. Rather, the elevated risk potentially can vary by age, race, geography and other factors such as eating and smoking habits. With assessment of breast density and the risk for breast cancer becoming an international area for study, it is important for all parties involved to understand the relationship between density and cancer, said Harvey.In the session, Harvey reported on collaborative research performed throughout the years that continues to dive into the subject of breast density. Mammographic studies, dating from the 1980s and performed around the United States and other countries, were assessed for breast density and cancer incidence. Some of the findings revealed the varied nature of breast density: It is known that breast density declines with age, but the risk for cancer does not necessarily correlate with the decrease and may remain the same throughout a woman’s lifespan. And while dense breast tissue is known to mask cancers on mammograms, breast density did not translate directly to higher risks of cancer for all women. For example, Asian women were found to have denser breasts but reported fewer cancer incidences, said Harvey.Measuring Breast DensityPart of the mission to understand breast density is the drive to measure and monitor it. Martin Yaffe, Ph.D., professor of medical biophysics at the University of Toronto, spoke on methods of deriving breast density from a variety of imaging modalities, including mammography, digital tomosynthesis and ultrasound. In order to improve screening practices, providers should identify strategies for proper screening of both women with dense breast tissue and women with fatty breast tissue, Yaffe said. Two-dimensional assessment of breast density is more commonly performed with traditional mammography, but 3-D volumetric analysis is believed to offer a more accurate look at density. The focus in the radiology community now, said Yaffe, is to develop a new predictive model of which patients at high risk are more likely to have breast cancer.Mammography is known to have lower sensitivity for high-risk patients because dense breast tissue can be mistaken for cancers on mammograms. Supplemental imaging is often recommended for those patients in need of further analysis. Identifying cancers at earlier stages improves patient outcomes, but for women with dense breasts, cancers are often not found until later when they are more metastatic. “No one is talking about replacing mammography at this time,” said Wendie Berg, M.D., Ph.D., FACR, professor of radiology at the University of Pittsburgh. But often the question becomes not whether to perform supplementing imaging, but which imaging modality to pursue for further screening.In addition to traditional mammography, clinicians have the option of using contrast-enhanced spectral mammography (CESM), ultrasound (such as automated breast ultrasound or ABUS), digital tomosynthesis, molecular breast imaging (MBI), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and computed tomography (CT), among others, for imaging the breast. Some offer a more detailed look at irregular-shaped masses in the breast while other modalities provide more ease and comfort for patients. A recent KLAS brief, “3 Things You Need to Know About Breast Imaging,” reported that while mammography remains first in line for breast cancer screening, ultrasound and tomosynthesis are making strides, with 90 percent of providers surveyed indicating that they rely on ultrasound for breast imaging after mammography. The brief also reported that 87 percent of providers stated they had a positive ROI when using tomosynthesis products, even without receiving reimbursements.One technique offered during RSNA 2013 as a possible option for assessment of density is a noninvasive optical tool developed for breast imaging. “Non-invasive Optical Assessment of Breast Density and Identification of High-risk Subjects,”2 presented by Paola Taroni, Ph.D., professor of physics at Politecnico di Milano in Milan, Italy, revealed that the optical mammography tool can provide functional and structural information on breast tissue through noninvasive means and with no ionizing radiation. Researchers in the Milan study compared women already identified from mammographic studies as BI-RADS categories 1 to 3 and as category 4. The team observed craniocaudal and oblique views of both breasts using multi-wavelength optical mammography, and found that amounts of water and collagen content observed optically increased by BI-RADS category. The observations were consistent with known differences in composition and microscopic structure between dense and fatty tissue, according to Taroni. She concluded that optical estimation of breast density is feasible enough for clinical practice and could provide effective assessment of breast density to complement other imaging modalities in screening practices.Getting Patients to UnderstandBreast density “inform” legislation efforts continues to grow in the United States, with many states working on bills and others already enacting laws to require providers to send breast density notification letters to patients. But sometimes, there is little written about what to do when letters are sent and patients are faced with the information that their dense breasts leave them at higher risk for cancer.The subject of dense breast patients choosing to pursue supplemental imaging was highlighted at RSNA 2013 during the session “Patient Awareness of Breast Density and Interest in Supplemental Screening Tests for Women With Dense Breasts Among Women at a County Hospital Compared to Women at an Outpatient Radiology Clinic of an Academic Medical Center,”3 where presenters reported on a study that compared women who obtained mammograms in different geographic and hospital settings. In that study, a survey was given to 153 women at a county hospital before their screening appointments, asking whether they were aware of the breast density topic and whether they were interested or willing to pay for additional tests (such as ultrasound or CESM) if they had dense breasts. A similar survey was also conducted at an outpatient radiology clinic at an academic medical center. The study found that women who obtained screening at the county hospital were interested in their breast density, but less willing to incur expenses for additional imaging than women at the outpatient clinic.“Patient awareness is worse in county hospital settings,” concluded Long Trinh, M.D., currently at Stanford University in Stanford, Calif. “We found that a majority of women were not willing or able to do supplementary imaging.” This is often explained by the fact that women who visit county hospitals for routine mammograms typically do not pursue more care than what is covered under insurance. Women from more rural backgrounds also face longer travel times if they choose to undergo supplemental imaging tests, said Trinh. The disparity shows that if breast density notification and supplemental imaging are to be successful, providers and insurance companies need to ensure that the correct information is communicated and that patients in need of additional screening can afford it. References1. Berg W M.D., Ph.D., Harvey J M.D., Yaffe M Ph.D, Smith, R Ph.D, “Special Interest Session: Breast Density: Risk Assessment, Communication, and Approaches to Supplemental Imaging,” session presented at RSNA 2013.2. Taroni, P Ph.D., “Non-invasive Optical Assessment of Breast Density and Identification of High-risk Subjects,” session presented at RSNA 2013.3. Trinh L M.D. et al, “Patient Awareness of Breast Density and Interest in Supplemental Screening Tests for Women with Dense Breasts among Women at a County Hospital Compared to Women at an Outpatient Radiology Clinic of an Academic Medical Center,” session presented at RSNA 2013. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 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 | 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 | 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 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. 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 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
By Poly PantelidesTHE HEALTH ministry is considering asking the government to clarify how to process requests from people who are no longer eligible for state-subsidised healthcare but believe they should be.Daily newspaper Politis said this week the health ministry plans to ask Cabinet to draw out a policy stating when an exception to the rules is justified.The Cyprus Mail is told no date has been set yet to discuss exemptions, but it is understood the health ministry is still ironing out kinks in the system after changes in fees and beneficiaries were introduced this August.As part of a raft of healthcare changes agreed with Cyprus’ international lenders, the health ministry introduced a number of reforms, though many more need to be taken and will ultimately include a National Health System (NHS) providing universal coverage based on financial contributions by the state and beneficiaries.This August the health ministry changed the list of beneficiaries to state-subsidised healthcare following negotiations with the troika of lenders. Civil servants and their dependents as well as recipients of state pensions are covered in return for contributing 1.5 per cent of their gross salary. Five-member families may voluntarily also contribute the same 1.5 per cent of their gross salaries to ensure coverage. Some sufferers of chronic diseases are automatically entitled to healthcare.For the rest there are sliding income criteria starting at €15,400 yearly salary for individuals, to €30,750 yearly for four-member families, plus an extra €1,700 per additional dependent. Non-beneficiaries do have access to the system on charges that are attractive compared to the private sector.But to qualify for state healthcare, beneficiaries need to have accumulated three years’ worth of social insurance payments, disqualifying newcomers to the workforce who are now pushing for exemptions just when Cyprus is bracing itself for a deep recession next year. You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndoAngels And EntrepreneursRobert Herjavec Announce Venture Could Make You RichAngels And EntrepreneursUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoIsraeli rape suspects freed, woman who alleged assault arrested (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboola
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