When Second Place Means Winning

first_imgYou may lose the opportunity to serve a company who has never before used what you sell. Second place may make you the real winner.The first time a company uses a product, service, or solution that you provide, they are inevitably disappointed. Not usually at first. During the beginning phases, they are still excited and dreamy-eyed about the potential outcomes that the new product, or service, or solution will do for them.But then things get tough. The realities of the problems and challenges of using whatever it is you might sell start to set in. Some things aren’t as easy as your dream client hoped they’d be. Things that they didn’t expect to go wrong eventually do go wrong. Sometimes things fail.Nobody is perfect. There is no product, service, or solution that doesn’t come with routine, run-of-the-mill, everyday problems.First UpThe first sales organization to serve the companies and individuals trying a solution for the very first time have to deal with the brunt of the company’s disappointment. The first to convert has to deal with managing expectations and managing disappointment.No matter how many hands you hold as the first to covert a company to something new, your dream client generally feels betrayed and let down. Their expectations were too high, their excitement too great, despite your best efforts to manage both.Second In LineIt is easier to go second when a company tries something for the first time. The company has already been disappointed. The bubble has been burst, and their expectations have been brought back in line with the reality of using any product, service, or solution. More still, they’re dissatisfied.Continuing to call on these clients positions you as the person who can clean things up. You can describe how some improvements can be made, but that what you sell will still come with challenges. Their unrealistic expectations were already managed by reality. The improvements you can make sound good compared to what the company already experienced.Second place is often better than going first. Especially if you have a plan to professionally persist while waiting in the wings for what is often inevitable. Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

ED mulls probe into land cases against Azam Khan

first_imgThe Enforcement Directorate (ED) is examining cases of alleged land grab against Samajwadi Party MP Azam Khan in Uttar Pradesh’s Rampur district to determine whether money laundering investigations can be initiated in the matter.“We are looking into details to decide if a probe under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act can be conducted,” said a senior ED official, on condition of anonymity. “The agency is empowered to take up all the FIRs registered under scheduled offences as listed in the Act,” the official added. The U.P. police have registered more than a dozen cases allegedly involving the then circle official and Mr. Khan, following complaints lodged by 26 villagers. His name is also on the State’s anti-land mafia website launched in June, 2017, to help identify and initiate action against land grabbers. The State government has set up a nine-member Special Investigation Team to probe the charges. The complainants have also met Governor Ram Naik seeking action against the alleged land grabbers. Part of the land in question was acquired to establish a university, of which Mr. Khan is the Chancellor. Refuting the allegations of land grabbing, the SP MP has claimed that he is being targeted because he defeated the BJP candidate in the Lok Sabha elections. The Samajwadi Party, which has constituted a 21-member internal committee to look into the issue, has alleged that Mr. Khan is being harassed and that false cases have been registered against him.last_img read more

Feats of Klay important than Warriors winning

first_imgLATEST STORIES “I was happy with my performance on (the other) side of the ball, being locked in defensively. It didn’t matter who I was guarding, I was trying to make it tough on them just to get a good look.“If we have that same defensive effort collectively, we’ll be really tough to beat.”The Warriors forced 20 turnovers while committing only four, matching an NBA Finals record low, and kept the Cavaliers to 34.9 percent shooting (30-of-86).“We know Cleveland is going to play better on Sunday,” Thompson said. “They’re obviously not going to turn the ball over as much. They will probably shoot the ball at a higher clip. But I still think if we play defense like that, we can come away with the win.”Acting Warriors coach Mike Brown has not worried about inconsistent playoff outings from Thompson.ADVERTISEMENT Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds “That’s not a big deal at all,” Thompson said. “If I score six points a game and it gets us four wins and an NBA championship, I can do that every year.“I’m not about getting numbers. I’m not about getting these gaudy stats. If you win the last game, you had a great season. And that’s our goal. That’s what we come to expect every year now.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutWhile Thompson went 3-of-16 from the floor, his defensive work was impressive. Rivals shot only 1-for-12 against him, allowing Durant to strike for 38 points and guard Stephen Curry to score 28.“Obviously I could have shot the ball much better. Hope to make a few more of those on Sunday and instead of win by 20, win by 30, I guess,” Thompson said with a laugh. Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ After a dunkfest in Game 1, Cavs must slow Warriors at rimcenter_img Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast View comments Golden State Warriors’ Klay Thompson dribbles during an NBA basketball practice, Wednesday, May 31, 2017, in Oakland, Calif. The Golden State Warriors face the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday in Oakland. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Golden State guard Klay Thompson has been happy to adjust to star forward Kevin Durant joining the Warriors, surrendering scoring chances to help turn the squad into an NBA juggernaut.Thompson averaged a career-high 22.3 points a game this season, his scoring numbers rising all six seasons in the league, but his playoff scoring is off 10 points a game and he had only six points in Thursday’s 113-91 Warriors win over Cleveland to open the best-of-seven NBA Finals.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ “To be a great shooter, you can’t have a conscience, and when it comes to shooting the basketball, I don’t think he does,” Brown said. “He knows he’s a great shooter, if not the greatest in the world, and so he’s not even thinking twice about it, he’s going to let it go.“That gives me the confidence that it’s always going to go in. He’s been doing so many other things for us that we need him for on the floor. He has defended well, dribble, drove and (passed) very well. And at the end of the day, he needs to be guarded. So that creates space for others to be able make plays.”Toasting the streakThe Warriors, off to a record 13-0 playoff start to match an NBA post-season win streak record, could become the first NBA champion to run through four playoff rounds undefeated.But Golden State approaches history with caution. The Warriors won a record 73 regular-season games last season only to fall one game short in losing the NBA Finals to Cleveland.“Last year’s playoffs felt like a war every game,” Thompson said. “This year we’re 13-0 and playing at a very high level. But we’ve still got a long way to go. Our goal is a championship. But up to this point, you couldn’t ask for a better start.”Or it could be magic. Thompson autographed a toaster for a Warriors fan on March 13 and Golden State is 27-1 since, the only loss coming when several starters sat out for rest.“That toaster is still living,” Thompson said. “I hope that streak will continue because it’s a beautiful streak.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Rising Pune Supergiants unveil jersey

first_imgMumbai, Apr 7 (PTI) The jersey of new Indian Premier League team Rising Pune Supergiants was unveiled here today in the presence of India limited overs and Supergiants skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni and national team-mate Ajinkaya Rahane. “A lot of areas have been covered, so from RPS side we would like to welcome Gulf Oil Lubricants India Limited, we are proud of being part of the Hinduja family. They have been supporting us for a long time and its not only us they have been part of sports when it comes to motorsports,” Dhoni said on the occasion. “Now they are also a part of one of the best football teams Manchester United, so thanks for choosing us. I know after CSK, they have lot of options but thanks for showing the confidence and in turn its our responsibility to reflect the kind of confidence you have shown in our team,” Dhoni said. “Lets move on ahead and make India proud and at the same time do well for our franchise,” he added. Echoing similar views, Ajinkya Rahane said he was happy that Gulf were their sponsors. “I am sure we will do well in this season and make the whole country proud,” he said. Gulf Oil Lubricants India Limited, a Hinduja group company, is the principal sponsor of RPS. The assembled media were not allowed to ask any question. PTI NRB SSR PDS PDSlast_img read more

FIFA/UEFA Side with Kontonis, EPO Still Not Backing Down

first_imgRepresentatives of FIFA and UEFA have been in Greece over the last couple of days and have clearly sided with Stavros Kontonis regarding the many issues that surround Greek Football and the current Hellenic Football Federation (EPO). On the other end, EPO continued their provocative actions without any of their representatives resigning from their positions.FIFA representative, Kostakis Koutsokoumnis, along with 2 others from UEFA and FIFA had a series of meetings on Monday and Tuesday to “fix” the problems surrounding Greek Football, with hopes of getting the SuperLeague underway on September 10th. After Monday’s meetings, the Cypriot representative stated that FIFA and UEFA agree with Deputy Minister of Athletics, Stavros Kontonis, against the current members of the Hellenic Football federation (EPO) on the many issues that separate the two sides. Never has the governing body of football (FIFA) publicly disregard the current Football Federation of a country to side with that country’s government.Today at 11:00 AM local time, Koutsokoumnis, EPO and the representatives of the SuperLeague teams were scheduled to meet and discuss the “referee list” for the upcoming season. This has also been a hot topic of concern for many teams, including the anti-corruption alliance of Panathinaikos, AEK, and PAOK. THIRTY MINUTES before the meeting, the President of EPO, Giorgos Girtzikis, sent out an announcement stating that the meeting was canceled. The decision and timing of the announcement angered both the representatives of FIFA/UEFA and the SuperLeague teams. Girtzikis later stated that the meeting was canceled to avoid “war” between FIFA/UEFA and the teams. Excuses to say the least…After the decision, Koutsokoumnis said “Under the statutes and regulations we cannot meet if the Federation is not present. Sorry about how things developed, but we must operate according to our regulations.” He further stated that he has a plan and will work with Kontonis to get the SuperLeague underway on September 10th.Later in the day, all ears were on the EPO’s Board of Directors meeting. Professor of Constitutional Law Nikos Alivizatos demanded that the current members facing felony charges on the “Health Cards” Case resign from their positions, otherwise the State has every legal right to declare the whole Board of Directors in default. Substitute President Vangelis Topoliatis and Vice President Vangelis Mazarakis resigned from their positions, but did not resign from EPO’s Board of Directors. On the other hand, Girtzikis stated “I will go to every extent possible to keep my position as President of the Federation.”At the EPO’s Board of Director’s meeting, the issue of the Ethic Committee was resolved, however nothing was announced regarding the “referee list” for the upcoming season. Additionally, the members facing felony charges did not resign from EPO which was demanded by the Greek Justice system. With EPO’s non-compliance on these two matters, Kontonis announced that the Greek SuperLeague will not start until these issues are resolved and the laws are abided by.There is one final meeting schedule for tomorrow before the representatives of FIFA and UEFA depart from Greece. After two days of meetings, FIFA/UEFA have clearly sided with Kontonis and will have to take matters in their own hands to get Kontonis’ approval for the start of the SuperLeague season. With the September 9th date approaching (the date the justice system has the right to remove all the Board of Directors of EPO), EPO’s fighting days are slowly coming to an end.Source: AGONAsport.com (Facebook – Instagram)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

ESPN Releases Early Prediction For Nebraska-Michigan

first_imgView of a Michigan Wolverines football helmet before their game against the Utah Utes.SALT LAKE CITY, UT – SEPTEMBER 3: View of a Michigan Wolverines football helmet before their game against the Utah Utes at Rice-Eccles Stadium on September 3, 2015 in Salt Lake City, Utah. (Photo by Gene Sweeney Jr/Getty Images)With conference play opening up in the Big Ten, Michigan and Nebraska will battle this upcoming weekend.The Scott Frost era isn’t off to an excellent start, as the Cornhuskers lost their first two games. As for Michigan, Jim Harbaugh’s offense has come alive over the past two weekends, averaging 47 points per contest.Obviously, both Michigan and Nebraska could use a victory within their conference, but ESPN’s Football Power Index believes the Wolverines will come out on top.The current FPI gives Michigan an immense 94.5 percent chance of winning. If Nebraska is going to shock the No. 19 ranked team in the country, then they’ll need Adrian Martinez on the field. The dual-threat quarterback was out of action last weekend, as he recovers from an injured knee.Considering the recent production of Shea Patterson, Nebraska will need to prepare for a high-scoring affair.Michigan and Nebraska are set to kick off at 12:00 p.m. ET. The game will be on FS1.last_img read more

Keeping It Short And Stylish With Peter Manning

first_img Sip On the Original Stormtrooper Beer While You Wait for the Next Star Wars Movie Editors’ Recommendations How to Buy a Suit: 6 Simple Tips to Keep in Mind Not everyone is 6′ 1″. It would be nice, but it’s not realistic. We’re all different shapes and sizes, and sometimes it can be frustrating to find clothes that fit – and don’t require and expensive trip to the tailor. For you gents who are slightly shorter – there’s Peter Manning.Peter Manning specializes in clothing for guys 5′ 8″ and under. Their pants are proportioned from the bottom up – and everything is rescaled so the leg opening – all the way up to the seat of the pant are better looking on shorter men. They don’t just cut off the bottom of the pants and call it a day – the entire product is designed to fit. In fact, creating the company has been a life long dream for Mr. Manning. When he was ten years old, he asked his mother to shorten a pair of bell bottoms – the only problem being that once she shortened them – they wouldn’t be bell bottoms anymore.The brand was started with a simple mission – to make great looking and great fitting clothing for men 5′ 8″ and under. It’s already hard to find a pair of pants that fit directly off the rack – in fact – guys who are above 5′ 8″ have trouble finding pants that fit lengthwise, especially with when it comes to jeans.The company’s products are only available online as of now – but their website has an incredible assortment of casual and more formal clothing.From chinos, and jeans, to dress pants. They also have an assortment of blazers, sweaters, scarves, and even ties. Yes, the ties are shorter too.Check out their entire collection at petermanningnyc.com How to Pick the Right Suit for Your Body Type The Best Fun Socks for Men to Spruce Up Your Footwear Game What Is the Best Jean Style for You?last_img read more

Significant Opportunities for Diaspora Investment – State Minister Brown

first_imgState Minister in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Hon. Arnaldo Brown, is urging members of the Diaspora to invest in Jamaica, pointing out that there are significant business opportunities available. “Investing in Jamaica is a win-win value proposition. They (Diaspora) are guaranteed significant returns on their investment, and if there is any doubt, we just have to look at the range of companies that have invested in Jamaica and which have become global brands as a result of it,” Mr. Brown said. The State Minister, who was speaking at the Rotary Club of St. Andrew’s weekly luncheon on Tuesday, April 30, at the Four Seasons Hotel, cited examples of companies such as Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery and ACS e-Services Limited, which were started by Jamaicans living in the Diaspora. He noted that these companies were able to tap into the market and contribute to the development of the local economy, and also become global brands. Mr. Brown further remarked that the 3.7 million-strong Diaspora, represents much more than just remittances and philanthropic activities, but has a significant role in unlocking development and economic progress.“We must therefore ensure that there is a framework in which members of the Diaspora can feel comfortable in terms of investing in the country,” he said. Mr Brown, who has portfolio responsibility for Diaspora Affairs, also provided an update on the upcoming 5th Biennial Jamaica Diaspora Conference to be held at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in St. James.The conference, which has been re-branded to focus on trade and investment, will be held from June 16 to 19, under the theme: ‘Nation on a Mission: Jamaica – Diaspora Partnership for Development’.The State Minister noted that the event will present the opportunity to “reposition the dialogue surrounding the ‘Homeland-Jamaica partnership’ and to focus more clearly on the investment opportunities that are available in Jamaica”.He informed that the newly introduced Diaspora Marketplace Exposition will also allow exhibitors to present business and investment opportunities to persons attending the conference.Among the groundbreaking features of this year’s conference will be the presentation of a draft Diaspora and Development policy document on international migration.By Athaliah Reynolds-Baker, JIS Reporterlast_img read more

Public Sector Awards Deadline Extended to October 6

first_img Ms. Bogues explained that the top-five applicants will be interviewed, as “we want to ensure that it is not just the documentation, but we want to ensure that it is being practised in the organisation”. Acting Deputy Financial Secretary at the Public Enterprises Division, Ms. Carlene O’Connor, added that the Corporate Governance Framework, to which each public body should subscribe, is expected to lead to the improvement of the performance of public bodies. The application deadline for the Inaugural Public Sector Corporate Governance Awards has been extended to Friday, October 6.The awards are open to all public bodies governed by the Public Bodies Management and Accountability Act, inclusive of statutory bodies, regulatory bodies, authorities, commissions and government-owned entities.Corporate Governance Trainer/Consultant, Ann-Marie Rhoden, speaking at a JIS ‘Think Tank’, today (September 29), explained that corporate governance embodies processes and systems by which corporate entities are directed, controlled, managed and are held to account.She outlined the benefits of good corporate governance, including ensuring survival of the organization, creating value for the shareholders, boosting investor confidence, allowing access to more resources, and enabling the Government to meet its fiscal targets.Acting Deputy Financial Secretary at the Public Enterprises Division, Ms. Carlene O’Connor, added that the Corporate Governance Framework, to which each public body should subscribe, is expected to lead to the improvement of the performance of public bodies.Chairman of the Corporate Governance Committee of the Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica (PSOJ), Greta Bogues, outlined that the objective of the awards is to promote awareness and adherence to the principles of good corporate governance and to encourage improvements in the standards of corporate governance disclosure.“Most importantly, the awards aim to recognise public bodies that have established high standards of corporate governance disclosures and practices,” she said.Award categories include Board Composition; Functions and Structure; Corporate Governance Policies, Procedures and Practices; Compliance and Disclosure of Information; Risk Measurement and Internal Controls, as well as a Best Overall Corporate Governance award.Organisations will be judged for the fiscal year April 2016 to March 2017.Interested applicants must complete the questionnaire received from the Committee and return it to the PSOJ, along with two copies of the annual report.Ms. Bogues explained that the top-five applicants will be interviewed, as “we want to ensure that it is not just the documentation, but we want to ensure that it is being practised in the organisation”.She spoke of the diversity of the judging panel, with one representative coming from the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service, two coming from the PSOJ, one from the Office of the Cabinet; one from Academia and two persons from the public.The awards ceremony will be held in December 2017. The application deadline for the Inaugural Public Sector Corporate Governance Awards has been extended to Friday, October 6. Story Highlightslast_img read more

Les élèves du BI obtiennent un excellent rendement

first_imgLes diplômés du programme de baccalauréat international de la Nouvelle-Écosse font partie des meilleurs élèves au monde. Les résultats des examens, publiés par le ministère de l’Éducation aujourd’hui 16 septembre, montrent que les élèves des écoles publiques inscrits au programme de BI ont obtenu un meilleur rendement que les autres élèves du BI en Amérique du Nord dans 24 des 25 sujets, et un meilleur rendement que les élèves du BI à l’échelle mondiale dans 21 des 27 sujets, notamment les mathématiques, l’anglais, la biologie, la physique, l’économie, la musique et l’histoire. « Je veux féliciter les diplômés, leurs enseignants et leurs familles pour tout leur travail et leur dévouement envers l’éducation, a dit Marilyn More, ministre de l’Éducation. J’ai hâte de voir les nombreuses contributions que ces jeunes remarquables apporteront à nos communautés et à notre main-d’œuvre alors qu’ils entament le prochain chapitre de leur vie. » Cette année, deux-cent-quarante-deux élèves ont reçu leurs diplômes de l’Organisation du baccalauréat international, basée à Genève. Le taux de réussite des élèves de la Nouvelle-Écosse inscrits au programme de BI était de 84,6 %, comparativement à 70,6 % en Amérique du Nord et 77,7 % à l’échelle mondiale. Deux écoles ont obtenu un taux de réussite de 100 %, c’est-à-dire les écoles Dr. John Hugh Gillis High School et Prince Andrew High School. Les diplômés du programme ont reçu des bourses d’une valeur totale de 3,6 millions de dollars des universités, de fondations indépendantes et du gouvernement. La Fondation canadienne des bourses de mérite a également attribué deux bourses Loran d’une valeur de 75 000 $ chacune à des élèves de la Nouvelle-Écosse cette année. La bourse Loran est décernée à des élèves qui obtiennent un excellent rendement scolaire, mais les critères incluent également la personnalité, le potentiel de leadership, l’engagement démontré dans le bénévolat, les activités parascolaires et le niveau d’autonomie personnelle. Ben Carr, diplômé du programme de BI de l’école Citadel High School, est l’un des récipiendaires de la bourse Loran. Il a choisi de reporter la bourse pendant un an pour lui permettre de se rendre en Équateur, en Amérique du Sud, afin de découvrir une autre culture et de travailler dans le domaine du développement communautaire. « Le programme de BI m’a vraiment appris à relever des défis et m’a aussi appris l’importance du travail et de la persévérance, a dit M. Carr. Je sais que je pourrai utiliser ces compétences pendant toute ma vie, particulièrement dans le cadre de mon travail en Équateur. » D’autres bourses attribuées aux élèves de la Nouvelle-Écosse incluent des bourses complètes à l’école de musique Glen Gould à Toronto, au Collège St. Andrew’s en Écosse et au United World College à Singapour.last_img read more

New federal cybersecurity strategy follows overlap lack of clarity

first_imgOTTAWA – In the often shadowy and dangerous domain of cyberspace, the federal government wants Canadians to have a trustworthy place to turn to help stay safe online.The newly announced plan for a federal cybersecurity centre aims to pull together expertise across the government under a single roof, rather than the existing — and somewhat bewildering — alphabet soup of digital protection agencies.The move follows an internal government evaluation last fall that found confusion and frustration due to “overlap and lack of clarity in roles and responsibilities” between players.The centre — to be created by the experts at the federal Communications Security Establishment — is intended to flesh out a key element of a revamped cybersecurity strategy, providing practical tips for Canadians and highlighting online threats.Another goal is to offer cybersecurity guidance to small- and medium-sized businesses, which often do not have the resources or know-how to fend off hackers and other threats.The strategy, outlined in the federal budget plan, will receive $507 million over five years. It comes as headlines routinely tell of breaches exposing personal financial information and governments warn of serious threats to vital systems, including electrical grids and telecommunications networks.Six in 10 Canadians were confident they could protect themselves online as long as they had the basic information on steps to take, “suggesting a need for concrete information, particularly for those less knowledgeable and confident,” an Ekos Research Associates survey for Public Safety Canada concluded last March.The same study found that government and police agencies topped the list of most trusted sources for unbiased information about online threats.Under the federal strategy, the RCMP will set up a national cybercrime co-ordination unit to act as a hub for investigations as well as give people and businesses a place to report cybercrime incidents to police.The government hopes the efforts will bolster overall security and provide a “more rapid, co-ordinated and coherent” federal response to cyberthreats, the budget plan says.Sergio Marchi, president of the Canadian Electricity Association, applauded the federal measures, saying the money and the renewed approach will make Canada’s energy systems more secure. “This is the right focus at the right time.”Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan, the cabinet member responsible for the Communications Security Establishment, charactized the cybersecurity initiatives Wednesday as “the early steps toward making sure that Canadians are protected.”“This is about bringing all the resources in our government to bear on one problem,” Sajjan said. “And instead of duplicating resources in multiple departments, this is about bringing departments together to make sure we have the right expertise and … support.”Greta Bossenmaier, head of the CSE, has warned that hackers will one day be able to crack the encryption people rely on for secure online banking and shopping. She says the massive processing power of quantum computing — which would crunch data much faster than today’s systems — could open the door to breaking trusted internet protections.Sajjan said Wednesday that additional federal budget investments in science will “allow us to make sure that we develop our quantum computing expertise” as well as artificial intelligence capabilities in the name of protecting Canadians.— Follow @JimBronskill and @LeeBerthiaume on Twitterlast_img read more

Bailee Madison Opens Her Closet For Alexs Lemonade Stand

first_imgBailee Madison (known for her roles on Just Go With It, Once Upon a Time, and most recently on ABC Family’s The Fosters) has teamed up with Closets for Causes to raise money for Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to finding cures for all kids with cancer.BAILEE MADISON OPENS HER CLOSET FOR CHARITYThe young actress is donating eight vintage dresses from her 14th birthday party. In attendance was Bailee’s long time friend and former X Factor contestant, Rachel Crow. The singer wore a vintage pink lace dress that Bailee picked out for her which is available in the sale as well.Video: Bailee Madison Opens Her Closet for Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation“I’m so happy to partner with Closets For Causes where I can continue to support Alex and her family to raise awareness of childhood cancer one lemonade stand at a time.” says Bailee about Alex’s Lemonade Stand.Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) emerged from the front yard lemonade stand of cancer patient Alexandra “Alex” Scott (1996-2004). In 2000, 4-year-old Alex announced that she wanted to hold a lemonade stand to raise money to help find a cure for all children with cancer. Since Alex held that first stand, the Foundation bearing her name has evolved into a national fundraising movement, complete with thousands of supporters across the country carrying on her legacy of hope. To date, Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, a registered 501c3 charity, has raised more than $75 million toward fulfilling Alex’s dream of finding a cure, funding over 375 pediatric cancer research projects nationally. For more information on Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, visit AlexsLemonade.org.“It has been an honor to have the continuing, and unwavering, support of Bailee Madison,” said Liz Scott, Co-Executive Director of the Foundation and Alex’s mom. “Serving as the Foundation’s National Youth Spokesperson, Bailee has gone above and beyond the call of duty, hosting her own lemonade stands, attending Foundation events, visiting hospitals on our behalf, and now opening her own closet for the cause. As is evidenced through her immense support, she is making an impact in the battle against childhood cancer.”Bailee talked about her birthday party, vintage dresses and donating the pieces to Alex’s Lemonade Stand when she appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno late last year. The video can be seen here.Along with the eight vintage dresses that will be auctioned off, Bailee is also offering a uniquely curated experience for one lucky bidder; a chance to meet Bailee and have lunch with her in Los Angeles.Bailee’s auction will be live on closetsforcauses.com on Monday August 25th at 10 am PST.last_img read more

Stealth sticks a Corei7 in a 6inch mini PC

first_imgStealth has been covered a few times on the pages of Geek.com because they consistently produce very small and rugged machines. A couple of years ago they came up with a tiny waterproof, fanless, rugged PC, then last year shipped a paperback-sized ultra-small fully-featured PC.2011 is no different, and while the Stealth PCs haven’t got any smaller, they’ve certainly got more powerful. The latest is called the LPC-670 Little PC, and it manages to squeeze an Intel mobile Core-i7 processor in a PC that measures just 6.5 x 6 x 2-inches and weighs 3.3lbs.AdChoices广告The tiny case is made of aluminum, but still manages to fit in a decent set of components. Alongside the option of a Core-i3, i5, or i7 processors there’s room for up to a 750GB hard drive, 8GB RAM, slot-loading DVD or Blu-ray, Intel QM57 chipset capable of 1080p video playback, and all the ports you’d expect on a modern machine (USB 2.0, HDMI, DVI-I, Gigabit Ethernet, audio connectors). You also get a choice of operating systems (Windows 7, XP, Ubuntu).Such performance in a tiny package doesn’t come cheap, though, and the minimum you’ll pay for the LittlePC is $1,650. That gets you a Core-i5 @ 2.4GHz, 2GB RAM, DVD rewriter, 160GB HDD, but no operating system. If you want a Core-i7, 8GB RAM, a big hard drive and Windows 7, the price goes up to $2,225.These clearly aren’t consumer devices, and you can build a mini PC for much less. But its the performance on offer here in a tiny package that you are paying for along with ISO 9001 compliance which a lot of businesses now require before they’ll buy anything from you.Read more at Stealth.comlast_img read more

City Of Kenai Establishes Permit Options For Dipnet Fishery Vendors

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Kenai City Council is continuing work on permit options for vendors, aimed at helping the city to capitalize on the summer dipnet fishery. While the City has always allowed vendors to operate in the parking areas during the fishery, treating them the same as any other vehicle parking in the area, feedback from the industry showed that most vendors felt the venue could be better, wanted to see some sort of exclusivity, easier access, a specific vendor area.Photo courtesy of Kenai City Council According to a memo to the council, the city will be developing an application for the vendors to complete and will encourage local businesses to apply.  The outlined area has enough space for the vendor’s ‘facility’ and at least one support vehicle; they will be giving the vendors ‘vendor specific parking passes’ to come and go as they need. The City Council began discussions at their council meeting on January 17, on issuing permits and installing beachside infrastructure for vendors. Kenai Finance Director Terry Eubank: “In past years during the fishery, there are usually between three and five vendors selling coffee, ice, snacks, firewood, and other merchandise on the beach.” Eubank: “To create the new permits, the city would need to consider if the number of certain types of vendors should be limited. The city would also need to consider if vendors should be required to operate all days of the fishery and for a certain number of hours each day.” The city plans to use this as a pilot project for this season and once they have more insight in how well it works will make necessary changes before next year.last_img read more

Alaska News Nightly Thursday Jan 4 2018

first_imgStories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprnListen nowTrump administration proposes vast increase to offshore oil leasing in AlaskaElizabeth Harball, Alaska’s Energy Desk – AnchorageThe Trump administration rolled out a proposal today to hold the largest number of offshore oil and gas lease sales nationwide in U.S. history. It could mean more waters off Alaska’s shores are available for oil development than ever before.Uncertainty in Alaska as Trump administration upends cannabis policyZachariah Hughes and Liz Ruskin, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageThe Department of Justice announced that it will rescind an Obama-era decision that helped open the door to commercial cannabis industries in states like Alaska. Now, stakeholders are trying to figure out what comes next.Alaska state regulators urge caution to investors eyeing cryptocurrenciesAndrew Kitchenman, KTOO-Alaska Public Media – JuneauCryptocurrencies like bitcoin are drawing interest as investments. State regulators issued a statement advising investors to approach them with caution.Ambulance, vehicle crash kills 1 in WasillaAssociated PressAt least one person is dead and others have been injured in a collision between an ambulance and a privately owned vehicle in Wasilla.Popular new pet trend driving antler theft in AnchorageZachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media – AnchoragePieces of antlers and horns are sold as a healthy, all-natural chew snack for dogs, but some hunters in states like Alaska say the new market is having unintended consequences as antlers are stolen to meet demand.Halibut commission might tighten catch limitsAssociated PressRegulators are considering reducing the amount of halibut that fishermen are allowed to catch along the Pacific coast next year.Patterson siblings inch closer to Olympics with US National winsEmily Russell, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageThe US Cross Country Nationals kicked off on Wednesday at Anchorage’s Kincaid Park. The races are the last chance for many skiers hoping to qualify for the Olympics next month in South Korea and a pair of siblings took home national titles.Ask a Climatologist: 2017 was hot around the globe, warm in AlaskaAnnie Feidt, Alaska’s Energy Desk – AnchorageAcross the globe, 2017 was the second hottest year on record- just behind 2016- according to a European Union monitoring center. Temperatures in Alaska last year were a bit more moderate. 2017 was the 13th warmest year on record.last_img read more

HCR Associate Prof Kennedy receives Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Award

first_imgHyderabad : Dr. P. Kennedy, Associate professor of Hyderabad Central University received Dr. A.P.J Abdul Kalam Professional Excellence Award- 2019 in Mass Media and Communication. He has worked for about 20 years in the field of television, directed several popular series of educational programmes, reality shows and game shows for different satellite TV channels. He also worked for Eenadu Television as News producer. Earlier, Kennedy worked as producer for Educational Multimedia center of Osmania University and produced educational programmes, e-learning programmes for UGC-CEC. Also Read – Opposition leaders exhort farmers to step up agitation Advertise With Us These enriched and curriculum based programmes are meant for undergraduate students in India and the programmes telecast-ed on DD-National and 24 hours educational channel (Vyas Channel). Majority of the programmes are research based and cover a variety of subjects. Some of these are “Ladies in Labs”, the focus of the series was on women scientists who made outstanding contributions to scientific research.last_img read more

BCL men threaten quota protesters police dont record complaints

first_imgBangladesh Sadharan Chhatra Odhikar Sangrakkhan Parishad (General Students Rights Protection Council) leaders. Quota protesters received death threats allegedly from Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) leaders on the Dhaka University campus on Tuesday night.But, they said, the police on Wednesday refused to record their complaints, citing requirement of permission from higher authorities.BCL is the student wing of the ruling Bangladesh Awami League.“BCL leaders threatened to kills us last night  (Tuesday night). We went to Shahbag police station to file a general diary (GD), but the police declined to record it,” Nurul Haque, leading figure among the protesters, told a press conference in front of Dhaka University central library.A joint convener of Sadharan Chhatra Odhikar Sangrakkhan Parishad (General Students Rights Protection Council), the platform of the general students seeking quota reforms, he also alleged that the police kept them waiting for half an hour.“When we requested them to record the complaints, the police said it is not possible without the permission of the higher authorities.”Former vice president of BCL central committee Imtiaz Bulbul Bappi, Hazi Muhammad Mohsin Hall unit general secretary Mehedi Hasan Sani and Fine Arts Faculty BCL unit general secretary Fahim Islam Limon threatened to kill Nurul Haque and Rashed Khan, said Rashed, another joint convenor, told Prothom Alo.“We will continue to boycott classes and examinations in all universities and colleges until the gazette confirming quota reforms is published,” he added.“We will leave the demonstration once a gazette is published as per the prime minister’s pledge to abolish the quota system,” said Hasan Al Mamun, another joint convener of the organisation.Meanwhile, UNB reports, students of Dhaka University (DU) on Wednesday brought out a protest rally on the campus following an overnight threat allegedly issued by BCL leaders to kill two leaders of the ongoing quota reform movement.Nurul Haque, also resident student of room no-119 at Hazi Mohammad Mohsin Hall, claimed that “A group of 8-10 Chhatra League men led by Bappi and Sanni came to my room around 2am, where Rashed was also present.””They threatened to kill us and said they can shoot me down any time, but now they can’t do it until the permission comes from higher authority,” he alleged.”I called the university proctor seeking help, but we didn’t get any response from them,” added Nurul.last_img read more

Spain says Barcelona to welcome migrant ship

first_imgMigrants rest after arriving on a rescue boat at the port of Tarifa. ReutersSpain has said Barcelona will be the docking port for an aid boat that rescued 60 migrants in waters near Libya but was not allowed to land by both Italy and Malta.A spokesman with the prime minister’s office said the Open Arms boat, run under Spanish flag by the Barcelona-based aid group Proactiva Open Arms, had the right to dock in the eastern city.The spokesman, who wasn’t authorized to be named in media reports, said it would take four days for the boat to reach Barcelona.Spain feels the heatThe new Socialist government of Spanish prime minister Pedro Sanchez is pressing other European Union nations to treat rescued migrants with dignity and in line with international law.Spain has overtaken Italy this year in the number of migrants who have arrived on land and by sea.Askanda Fopa Ponye was jubilant as he stepped off an orange rescue ship onto Spanish soil, one of the latest arrivals amid a wave of migrants that has turned the shortest route from North Africa to Europe into the most popular one.The 24-year-old Cameroonian survived a 9-month trip across the African continent and a 10-hour overnight ordeal on the Mediterranean Sea, paddling north from Morocco in a fragile inflatable boat that he bought along with seven other people.Rescued at sea, he and 74 others finally disembarked in the southern city of Algeciras. Fopa Ponye carried nothing but his wet clothes, his determination to find a job in Barcelona and a message for European Union leaders who want stricter policies to curb the numbers of those seeking a better life in Europe.“Migrants are not coming here to do bad things. I don’t come here looking for trouble,” Fopa Ponye said, speaking as the British outpost of Gibraltar and its famous Rock towered across a bay filled with luxury yachts.The UN refugee agency says 17,781 people have made it to Spain so far this year, both by land and by sea, outpacing the arrivals by boat to Italy (16,452) or Greece (13,120).The arrivals this year to Spain’s southern coast are already the highest for the past decade. Although far from the flows seen in Greece in 2015, and Italy over the following two years, they show how routes are shifting westward as policies are adjusted.Of the 973 who lost their lives in the Mediterranean so far this year, nearly a third (293) died trying to reach Spain, the International Organization for Migration said. That figure does not include an estimated 100 migrants who were missing at sea and feared dead Friday off the Libyan coast when their smuggling boat sank.Despite a sharp decline from 2015 peak levels of economic migrants and asylum-seekers arriving in Europe, the renewed popularity of the Western Mediterranean route is straining Spain’s security forces and social safety networks.With police stations and juvenile facilities overflowing in Cadiz, Spain’s southernmost province, authorities are setting up makeshift housing in sports facilities, rented hostels or even ferry terminals.On Tuesday, the day Fopa Ponye was rescued, the sports complex in Tarifa held more than 600 people, some who came all the way from Bangladesh or Sri Lanka. Women, some of them pregnant and others with newborns, slept on the floor of a basketball court, sharing it with dozens of unaccompanied teenagers.By Wednesday, authorities stopped receiving more people in Tarifa, and a new facility had to be opened in the nearby coastal town of Barbate. There were moments of tension Thursday when dozens of Moroccans stormed an exit and managed to escape police.Spain has bilateral agreements with Morocco, Algeria and other African countries to return their citizens, making it nearly impossible for any arrivals from there to get asylum. But most sub-Saharan Africans and others arriving in the country are given an expulsion order that authorities are rarely able to execute.Most are released and continue north into France and beyond. Among those who stay – awaiting asylum and unable to work – a small number receive public assistance for up to two years. But many end up homeless or at the mercy of criminals. Local governments, especially in cities like Madrid or Barcelona, offer limited accommodations and assistance, relying frequently on charities.Aid groups say the approach needs to be rethought. The early summer surge in arrivals is exposing Spain’s response as ill-equipped, underfunded and too reliant on improvisation.The increase also comes as a divisive debate over migration has re-emerged in Europe. At an EU summit on Thursday and Friday in Brussels, the 28 leaders of the bloc agreed on several measures to better manage migration into Europe.In 2006, offering funds and training to the coast guard and security forces in Senegal reduced a wave of nearly 32,000 arrivals in the Canary Islands.But Spain’s approach also has been marred by an asylum system that has more than 43,000 unsolved petitions – last year only 4,670 people were granted protection – and controversial, on-the-spot returns of migrants caught entering the Spanish enclaves of Ceuta and Melilla over a fence in North Africa.The Rev. Josep Buades, a Jesuit priest who visits migrants weekly at some of the detention centres known as CIEs, said “Spain’s past experience should be seen as a showcase of the challenges that lie ahead for the European Union, rather than a path to success.”The Associated Press was denied access this week to visit CIEs in Tarifa and Algeciras, the latter a former prison that Spain’s Ombudsman Office said should be closed due to poor conditions. Run by Spain’s police with little public supervision, these centres also seem to be models for similar facilities being proposed either on European soil or abroad.Jose Villahoz, head of the local aid group Algeciras Acoge, said the EU shouldn’t be looking for ways to deprive migrants of their freedom.“If the rights of the nationals of the transit countries are not even respected, it’s going to be even worse for those coming from sub-Saharan countries,” said Villahoz, adding it was “deplorable to make those countries in northern African responsible” for the migration flows into Europe.Spanish prime minister Pedro Sanchez has said he will look into how to improve the CIEs, but there are no plans to close them.After winning praise earlier this month for taking in 629 migrants on the Aquarius rescue ship that Italy and Malta rejected, Spain’s new centre-left government is under pressure to deliver an equivalent response to the migrant arrivals on the southern coast.But the European debate feels far away in the EU’s “south of the south,” as Villahoz calls Spain’s neglected Andalusian coast. Instead, all eyes are on negotiations with Morocco, which many in Spain blame for opening or closing the valve of departures from its shores, ahead of talks with the EU on fishing, agricultural and other topics.On Thursday, Sanchez sent Spain’s interior and foreign ministers to Morocco for meetings with their counterparts. Sanchez himself is planning a visit there this summer.Khalid Zerouali, Morocco’s director of migration and border surveillance, said his country is under new pressure amid the clampdown on the sea migration route between Libya and Italy.He also told the AP that Morocco isn’t interested in trying to determine which migrants are eligible for asylum in Europe. The plan to make such decisions in some African countries is being discussed by the EU as one way to tamp down arrival numbers.“That’s not the solution,” Zerouali said, because people often use Morocco as a departure point for Spain, adding that about 25,000 migrants have been stopped this year.Buades, the Catholic priest, says Europe should explore policies that favour legal migration while rethinking its overall asylum system and its treatment of arrivals. But that is difficult in the current climate, he added.“The Europe that we live in has dived into a populist and xenophobic discourse that makes it nearly impossible to improve the current system,” Buades said.last_img read more

Will Star Wars Rebels connect The Force Awakens to Knights of the

first_imgThe most recent episode of Star Wars: Rebels kicked off the end game for the second season of the show. This season has seen Kanan, the last Padawan attempt to teach Ezra the ways of the Jedi while Ezra has begun to be tempted by the Dark Side of the Force as he grows in power. The rest of the Rebels team is helping the greater Rebellion seek a new secret base with the help of former Jedi Knight Ahsoka Tano, who trained under Anakin Skywalker during The Clone Wars.The episode “Shroud of Darkness” included revelations for all three characters, Ezra’s came in the form of sage advice from Master Yoda. While Kanan and Ashoka’s visions warned of Jedi turning dark, Yoda told Ezra that the team must find Malachor. With that tantalizing name drop, Rebels introduced the possibility of bringing events from Knights of the Old Republic back into canon and connecting them to The Force Awakens.The first Knights of the Old Republic game released in 2003 and was made by BioWare who developed the story of the Republic and the Sith that took place four thousand years before the rise of the Galactic Empire. As the player, you discovered the world of the Old Republic as it was under attack by Darth Malek and his Sith fleet. The player grows in his/her Force abilities, eventually training to become a Jedi. About halfway through the game it’s revealed that the player is actually Darth Revan, Malek’s former master who had his/her mind wiped by the Jedi Council.Darth RevanThe character of Revan would end up being a key figure in the Expanded Universe in this very early era (in the Star Wars Universe). Revan was a Jedi who fought against the Mandalorians in the Mandalorian War that precedes Knights of the Old Republic’s story. He and his companion Malek were frustrated that the Jedi Order wasn’t doing more to aid the Galactic Republic in the war against the Mandalorians (the race Boba Fett and Sabine get their armor from).Reven and Malek broke off from the order and took some Jedi with them (called the Revanchist) to fight the Mandalorians. They were successful in killing the Mandalore Ultimate and scattering the Mandalorian tribes across the galaxy, but in ending the war, Revan and Malek severed their connections with the Jedi and traveled to the Unknown Regions where they eventually turned into Sith Lords.The final battle of the Mandalorian Wars is portrayed in Knights of the Old Republic II, it’s a large space battle above a planet called Malachor V. Revan battles the Mandalore Ultimate and your game character (called The Exile) activates a terrible superweapon over the planet that ends the war by destroying everything. Depending on how deep into the Expanded Universe canon you want to go, the mass death of the Battle of Malachor left a permanent mark on the Force.Star Wars: The Clone Wars, the animated series that takes place between Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith shares a lot of the creative team with Star Wars: Rebels even though the first animated series was made under the direction of just Lucasfilm and Rebels has to operate in the greater Disney-owned Star Wars Universe. The events of The Clone Wars animated series managed to avoid being un-canonized with the rest of the Expanded Universe under Disney’s acquisition which barely – just barely – keeps Malachor in the canon even though Knights of the Old Republic isn’t.The Clone Wars season five, episode twelve is called “Missing In Action.” The episode follows Colonel Gascon and his droid squad (yeah, it’s an R2-D2 episode) as they deal with a clone trooper with amnesia, which isn’t important. What is important is a single line uttered by Colonel Gascon: “But there’s no way in Malachor that I’m going to lead this pitiful squad on an assault of that landing zone.” This introduced Malachor into the canon officially, even if it’s just replacing the curse word “hell” in this single usage.Malachor being a hellish planet isn’t enough to confirm that The Clone Wars expression has roots in the Knights of the Old Republic story, but it did establish the planet existing in the canonical universe. The hints that Knights of the Old Republic, or at least the Battle of Malachor V, would be reintroduced have more to do with The Force Awakens Visual Dictionary and the upcoming episodes of Star Wars: Rebels.This December, alongside the movie, Star Wars: The Force Awakens Visual Dictionary was released and included important details from the Star Wars canon that weren’t spoken aloud in the film. One of those factoids concerned Kylo Ren’s unique crossguard lightsaber. The Visual Dictionary says the lightsaber design is “thousands of years old” and that it dates back to the “Scourge of Malachor.”As of now, no other references to an event called “The Scourge of Malachor” exist in the Star Wars Expanded Universe new or old. What it could be is renaming the Battle of Malachor V in a way that doesn’t have to also include the nitty-gritty of The Exile and a Mass Shadow Generator. The description of the end of the Battle of Malachor from Wookiepedia certainly sounds like a scourge:“In an instant, Malachor’s gravity crushed every combatant in and around its atmosphere—Mandalorian, Republic, and Jedi alike. Malachor’s surface was transformed into a barren, shattered and lifeless wasteland—all of Revan’s enemies were eliminated in a single stroke. The planet was left scarred from the battle as the surface had been obliterated.”In the Knights of the Old Republic canon, there was an old Sith Academy on Malachor that was founded by the True Sith (it’s a long story, but sometimes the Sith act more like the Empire and far from obey “the rule of two” that’s in play when the movies take place). In Knights of the Old Republic II, The Exile visits Malachor to discover what had turned Revan to the Dark Side and finds that the Sith Academy temple still survives. The villains of the second game, the Sith Triumvirate, were trained there.All of this is being set up to come to a head in three weeks when Star Wars: Rebels lets Ezra find Malachor. What he finds there will, at the very least, be new and exciting additions to the canon (previews all but confirm he will find Darth Maul, last seen in The Clone Wars animated series). The extended preview for the second half of Rebels season 2 included some shots of what looks like a Sith Temple.Dave Filoni, the showrunner of Rebels says that this temple is underground and that “It is an ancient place. And it is a dangerous place and one that will challenge our characters.” You can see things encased in ash, like those doomed by the volcanoes of Pompeii.If there’s an important and ancient Sith Temple on Malachor, that’s a step towards the Knights of the Old Republic canon. Although it’s unclear if the Scourge of Malachor is the superweapon ending of the Battle of Malachor V. Would a superweapon for a space battle have the power to leave ash impressions of people and things in a subterranean location?The one piece of amazing interlocking evidence that brings the “Legend” of Darth Revan in line with the new Disney canon being made by The Force Awakens is that Rebels also showed Ezra finding a lightsaber with a crossguard and the background makes it look like he is on Malachor.“I wanted to put a nod to this new history we’re seeing in The Force Awakens. It’s important to have these links between stories in major ways and subtle ways,” Filoni told Entertainment Weekly. “Here you find a sword we’ve encountered before, and it gives a little more context to something that turns up later.”The key Rebels episodes will likely be the season finale two-parter called “Twilight of the Apprentice” set to air on March 30th. The synopsis for part one reads: “After gaining information about the Sith, Kanan, Ezra and Ahsoka battle the Inquisitors with the help of a new ally, but are overmatched when Vader arrives.”Anything we learn about the Sith from the Sith Temple and Darth Maul will be helpful to establishing the backstory of Malachor, possibly hinting at the True Sith or the Sith Empire from thousands of years before. If the green cross-guard lightsaber really is found on Malachor, that would connect the Scourge of Malachor to the Sith Temple planet and date both “thousands of years old.”The Battle of Malachor V took place 4,000 years before the Battle of Yavin (end of A New Hope), and if the Scourge of Malachor is linked up to a Sith Temple and a war against the Mandalorians from long ago, it’s likely that we’re talking about the same Knights of the Old Republic canon as a mythical backstory to Star Wars: Rebels.When Disney bought Star Wars, all the old Expanded Universe content was re-labeled “Legends.” The Star Wars Universe has it’s own internal lore as well, and it’s looking like the two might start crossing over, admitting certain “Legends” were based on canonical fact. There may not have been a Mass Shadow Generator, but maybe there was a good-meaning Jedi who lost his way trying to win a war and destroyed Malachor. Is it too much to hope that person is name dropped as Revan?We’ll know on March 30th for sure.last_img read more

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first_img 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 | Ultrasound Women’s Health | July 11, 2019 FDA Clears Koios DS Breast 2.0 AI-based Software Koios Medical announced its second 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Technology | 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 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 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. Recognizing that both women and their doctors are often confused after a mammogram reveals the woman has dense breasts, a nonprofit organization has launched a major new educational website. The site, www.DenseBreast-info.org, addresses questions women and their healthcare providers often have about breast density – helping them to “Get Smart about Being Dense.”Breast density notification laws have now been enacted in 22 states, encompassing 65% of American women, with the newest such law just approved in North Dakota. The laws require that some level of information about breast density be provided to women in the letter they receive after their mammogram.”Receiving a notification about dense breasts can leave a woman and her doctor with more questions than answers,” said DenseBreast-info’s executive director, JoAnn Pushkin, whose own experience with breast density led her to push successfully for introduction of New York’s Breast Density Inform law. “As states passed laws about dense breast notification, it became clear that this is just the first step in an education process. Our nonprofit coalition developed this comprehensive new website to provide a single source of further education.”The chief scientific advisor for the site, which has been extensively sourced and reviewed by medical experts, is Wendie Berg, M.D., Ph.D., a noted radiologist at Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Berg is also a contributor to the JoanLunden.com website, writing on breast density issues.“We are hoping that through this website, women will understand that if they have dense breasts, additional screening beyond a mammogram may be recommended,” said Berg, who has been the principal investigator on major studies in breast imaging. “We also want them to know that in most cases where extra testing is done, women are found not to have breast cancer. The website is meant to provide women and their care providers with the tools they need to choose the most appropriate screening, based on a woman’s breast density and other risk factors.”In an ironic twist of fate, Berg herself recently joined the ranks of breast cancer survivors. Because she has dense breasts, her early-stage breast cancer was not detected on either her annual mammograms or by breast tomosynthesis. Her family history and other risk factors prompted Berg to ask her doctor for a screening breast MRI which found her breast cancer.“Being a researcher and a radiologist gives you one perspective on dense breasts and being a woman with dense breasts gives you another,” said Berg. “My experience with breast cancer gave me the full picture and compelled me to make women’s education about breast density a top priority.”The initial evaluation of breast density is made by a mammogram, and 40% of women age 40 and older have dense breasts. While some early cancers are seen only on mammography, mammograms miss more than half of cancers present in dense breasts. Cancer is also four to six times more likely to develop in women with extremely dense breasts than in women with fatty breasts. Screening tests such as ultrasound or MRI, used in addition to mammography, substantially increase detection of early-stage breast cancer in dense breasts.The new website features:·       Separate data streams for women and health care providers·       A lengthy list of FAQs·       Easy-to-follow flowcharts·       A printable Patient Risk Checklist·       An illustrated round-up of screening technologiesLinks to risk models, and·       An interactive map featuring state-by-state legislation. 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Imaging features are synthesized by an artificial intelligence algorithm into a single value, the QI score, which is analyzed relative to a database of reference abnormalities with known ground truth. Image courtesy of Business Wire. Technology | Mammography Reporting Software | July 25, 2019 Hologic Partners With MagView to Develop Unifi EQUIP Solution Hologic announced a partnership with mammography information solutions provider MagView to develop Unifi EQUIP, an… read more read morelast_img read more