Trumps loose lips on intelligencesharing rattle a few ships in Washington

first_imgWASHINGTON – Canadian politicians had an up-close vantage point as another political storm was rolling into Washington. Just as news broke that Donald Trump had revealed classified information to the Russian government, two federal cabinet ministers headed for dinner at the State Department.Chrystia Freeland and Harjit Sajjan dined with their U.S. counterparts for foreign affairs and defence — Rex Tillerson and James Mattis. The day’s drama was not a major topic of dinner conversation, based on the readout provided by the U.S. government.The Canadian government tiptoed Tuesday around the question of whether the news had done anything to rattle faith in exchanging intelligence with the U.S.“We have a long-standing relationship that has proven to be very valuable over the long term,” Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said in Ottawa.But there were some frayed nerves in Washington.Several Republicans expressed concern Tuesday about the drama-a-day White House —which in a single week fired the FBI director; told different stories about why; became the target of a congressional investigation that’s expanding into money-laundering; shared intelligence with Russia; and offered shifting explanations.The administration initially discounted the details of reports in the Washington Post, New York Times, Buzzfeed and elsewhere that the president gave the Russians a detail about terrorist bomb-making that might help it identify U.S. sources in the Middle East.But the president admitted the basic details on Twitter — and he said it was no big deal.“As President I wanted to share with Russia, … which I have the absolute right to do, facts pertaining to terrorism and airline flight safety,” he tweeted Tuesday. What’s most important, the president said, is that authorities “find the leakers in the intelligence community.”The latest drama has rattled already shaky confidence in the president in Washington.Top Senate Republican Mitch McConnell told Bloomberg: “I think we can do with a little less drama from the White House on a lot of things so that we can focus on our agenda.”Republican lawmaker Mike Gallagher, a former U.S. Marine who served in Iraq, asked to see the transcript of Trump’s conversation with the Russians. His colleague Barbara Comstock called the reports “highly troubling” and demanded classified briefings. Sen. Susan Collins said the release of the information had the potential to “jeopardize sources and to discourage our allies from sharing future information vital to our security.”Different news reports said the original information came from Israeli intelligence. It’s unclear whether the U.S. informed the Israelis it might share the information with the Russians, who have different allies in the region — notably Iran.The Israelis said they had full confidence in the intelligence-sharing relationship with the U.S., contradicting reports earlier this year that the Israelis had considered withholding secrets from Trump, at the urging of American colleagues worried about their own boss.Trump’s national security adviser also insisted Tuesday the story was no big deal. He was in the room last week when the president shared the information with Russia’s foreign minister and U.S. ambassador at the White House.He did not dispute the accuracy of the details — as the administration appeared to do the previous day.“What I’m saying is really the premise of that article is false, that in any way the president had a conversation that was inappropriate or that resulted in any kind of lapse in — in national security,” H.R. McMaster told a White House briefing.“And so I think the real issue, and I think what I’d like to see really debated more, is that our national security has been put at risk by those violating confidentiality, and those releasing information to the press that — that could be used, connected with other information available, to make American citizens and others more vulnerable…“That conversation was wholly appropriate to the conversation.”A rare Democratic senator who’s been friendly with Trump offered some advice: be more careful. Joe Manchin of West Virginia said he doesn’t even tell his own staff and colleagues things he hears on the Senate intelligence committee.That’s especially true for an adversary like Russia, he said.“I take that (need to preserve secrets) very seriously. If I breach that I know I’ll be thrown off the committee and maybe even more,” he told the MSNBC show, “Morning Joe.”“We have allies around the world, trusted allies. We have our best trading partner in the world in Canada — with 35 states being No. 1. You have basically our ally the UK who has been with us in all the wars that we’ve been involved in… And you have one of our greatest friends and allies in Israel. So we have good friends, good allies, good people.“Russia is not one of them. They do not have our best interest at heart.”last_img read more

Bellegarde apologizes to Anna Mae Aquashs daughter over statement about Leonard Peltier

first_img(Anna Mae Pictou Aquash. APTN/File photo)APTN National NewsAssembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde says he’s sorry for the pain caused to the daughter of Anna Mae Pictou Aquash by his recent call for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to bring up the case of imprisoned American Indian Movement (AIM) activist Leonard Peltier when he meets with U.S. President Barack Obama this week.Aquash’s daughter Denise Maloney Pictou released a statement Tuesday expressing outrage over Bellegarde’s statement in support of Peltier. Pictou believes Peltier protected Aquash’s killers and was involved in events that led to her death.“Our family and community are heartsick about this,” said Pictou, in the statement. “It was our hope that a (murdered and missing Indigenous women) inquiry would mean healing and continued justice for our MMIW families, this conflict and contradiction has thrown salt back into the wounds.”Pictou released the statement after Bellegarde told CBC News Monday he’d like to see Trudeau to bring up the Peltier case during a Washington D.C. visit this week.Bellegarde said he was sorry for hurting the family and that he is planning on speaking with Pictou later Wednesday.“I regret that my statement caused some hurt and pain and I apologize for the pain I caused her and her family,” said Bellegarde. “That wasn’t my intent.”Bellegarde said he still would like to see Peltier freed. He said the case is a separate issue from AIM’s execution of Aquash.“I called for that (Peltier’s release) because there is an injustice there,” said Bellegarde. “So I will continue to advocate for that.”Bellegarde said two previous AFN national chiefs have made the same call which is also backed by Amnesty International and prominent individuals like the Dalai Lama.Peltier was extradited from Canada to the U.S. in December 1976. He was eventually convicted in connection with the killing of two F.B.I. agents who were gunned down during a 1975 a shootout on the Pine Ridge Indian reservation in South Dakota.Warren Allmand, Canada’s solicitor general at the time of Peltier’s extradition, has since stated the F.B.I submitted false information to have Peltier extradited. One of the false pieces of evidence included an affidavit from a mentally unstable woman who claimed to have been Peltier’s girlfriend.Aquash’s daughter said in the statement that Peltier interrogated Aquash at gunpoint and knew who was behind her killing.Former AIM members Arlo Looking Cloud and John Graham were convicted of killing Aquash. U.S. authorities believe the two men were likely acting on orders that came from the AIM hierarchy which believed Aquash was an informant.Aquash’s body was found at the bottom of an embankment near the Pine Ridge reservation on Feb. 24, 1976, by a rancher. She had been shot in the back of the head at close range, execution-style. She is buried in Sipeknekatik, a Mi’kmaq community in Nova Scotia. Aquash was 30 at the time of her death.news@aptn.ca@APTNNewslast_img read more

Northern Dynasty to file for key permit for its controversial Pebble Project

first_imgVANCOUVER – Northern Dynasty Minerals Ltd. is starting the federal and state permitting process for its controversial Pebble Project in Alaska.The company says it has finalized documentation and will file Friday for a US Clean Water Act 404 permit with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.Northern Dynasty (TSX:NDM) reached a settlement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency earlier this year that saw the federal agency clear the way for Pebble to apply for the permit.The company has struggled to advance the project in the Bristol Bay area of Alaska, home to a major salmon fishery that environmentalists and Indigenous people have fought to protect.It unveiled plans for what it says will be a smaller, safer project earlier this year in hopes of moving it forward.Earlier this week, First Quantum Minerals Ltd. signed a deal for an option to acquire a 50 per cent stake in the Pebble copper-and-gold mine project.First Quantum (TSX:FM) has agreed to pay a total of US$150 million in four equal payments over four years for the option to acquire a 50 per cent stake in Pebble for an additional US$1.35 billion.last_img read more

Will do anything to defeat Modi Shah Kejriwal on Cong alliance

first_imgNEW DELHI: Amid the uncertainty over an alliance with the Congress in the Lok Sabha polls, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal Sunday said his party will do anything to “save the country” from Narendra Modi and Amit Shah.The AAP supremo was addressing a press conference here after a meeting of opposition parties to discuss the issue of EVM malfunctioning in the ongoing parliamentary election. “The country is in danger. We will do anything to save it. Our effort to save the country from Narendra Modi and Amit Shah will continue,” Kejriwal said. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderCongress leaders and senior advocate Kapil Sibal, who were also present on the occasion, however, dodged questions on an alliance with the AAP and threw the ball in Kejriwal’s court saying, “He knows better”. “You ask him about the alliance. He knows better than us,” Sibal said, even as Congress leader and senior lawyer Abhishek Manu Singhvi said, “You know the stand of Congress. The alliance was almost done in Delhi but linking it with other states is not right.” Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsThe uncertainty over an alliance between the AAP and the Congress has been continuing for some time now. The talks between the two sides derailed after they failed to reach an agreement over seat-sharing in Delhi and Haryana. Congress’ in-charge for Delhi P C Chacko had said on Friday that the Congress would go it alone in Delhi since the AAP had taken an “impractical stand”. AAP leader Manish Sisodia although said on Saturday that his party was ready to form an alliance with the Congress in Delhi, Haryana and Chandigarh but it would not agree for a tie-up just in Delhi.last_img read more

7 Shake Slime kits for kids recalled due to high boric acid

TORONTO — CLS Sales Inc. is recalling several make-your-own slime kits because of a chemical hazard.Health Canada says the DIY Shake Slime kits fail to meet Canadian toy safety requirements when it comes to boric acid content.Boric acid can be toxic to children — who are more sensitive to it than adults — if licked or swallowed, and high levels of ingestion can cause long-term effects on development and future reproductive health.The recall involves seven slime kits, including ones with glitter, confetti and scented slime.Health Canada says consumers should immediately take the toy away from kids and dispose of it.The agency says about 9,564 such kits were sold in Canada between December 2018 and August 2019, but the company has not received any reports of incidents or injuries in Canada as of late August.The names of the kits are DIY Glitter Shake Slime (item number 13369), DIY Confetti Shake Slime (13370), DIY Scented Shake Slime (13371), DIY 3 in 1 Shake Slime (13372), DIY Large Shake Slime Kit (13583), DIY Glow Shake Slime (13584) and DIY Galaxy Shake Slime (13585).The Canadian Press read more

Wrestling No 2 Buckeyes to open dual meet season at home against

Then-junior Kyle Snyder lifts Penn State’s Nick Nevills for a takedown on Feb. 3, 2017 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU lost, 32-12. Credit: Nicholas McWilliams | Former Sports EditorThe second-ranked Ohio State wrestling team will waste no time trying to prove its worth Sunday when it welcomes No. 11 Arizona State to Columbus for its home opener at 1 p.m. Sunday in an early season test. Arizona State fields a lineup that includes six wrestlers in the top 25 of FloWrestling’s individual weight class rankings. Among those six competitors is the top-ranked 174-pound wrestler, sophomore Zahid Valencia, who is coming off 3-2 victory last weekend over defending national champion Penn State sophomore Mark Hall. Redshirt senior Bo Jordan will square off with Valencia Sunday. Jordan, who is ranked No. 3 nationally in his class, said an early season tilt with a wrestler like Valencia is something he hasn’t done before“I haven’t hit anyone in the top 10, definitely not top five until the week before the Big Ten tournament or the national tournament,” Jordan said. “I’m real excited to hit somebody really good, the top guy in the country, to see where I am and test myself and get that competition right off the bat.” Multiple other matchups between ranked wrestlers will take place Sunday. Ohio State will likely employ a lineup that includes nine ranked wrestlers. Head coach Tom Ryan, said he will learn a lot about his team from a matchup against one of just 12 schools in the NCAA that have won a team national title. “Up and down the lineup we’re going to see some good wrestling,” Ryan said. “We just want to see our team scoring points, wrestling freely, being aggressive and putting points up on the board.”In the heavyweight division, Ohio State’s top-ranked senior Kyle Snyder will take on fourth-ranked junior Tanner Hall. At 165 pounds, ninth-ranked junior Te’Shan Campbell will wrestle his first dual-meet match for Ohio State as a transfer against Arizona State’s seventh-ranked sophomore Anthony Valencia, Zahid’s brother. There will be another set of brothers at St. John Arena Sunday. At 157 pounds, fourth-ranked redshirt junior Micah Jordan will wrestle before his brother Bo against sophomore Joshua Shields, who is ranked No. 11. Micah tries to prepare for each of his opponents in a consistent fashion, but will do his homework on a skilled adversary in Shields. “I’ll watch some videos on him and see what he does,” Micah said. “Last weekend, he won the Michigan State Open, so he’s a good wrestler and I’ll be ready for him.” Ohio State redshirt sophomore Ke-Shawn Hayes, who is ranked No. 9 at 149 pounds, will do battle with sophomore Josh Maruca. Maruca is ranked No. 13.In what has potential to be an interesting match if it takes place, Ohio State freshman 125-pounder Brakan Mead could face off with sixth-ranked redshirt junior Ryan Millhof. It is unknown whether Millhof will compete after medically forfeiting at last weekend’s Michigan State Open. Mead will begin the season filling in for top-ranked redshirt senior Nathan Tomasello, who is out for two months with a knee injury. The rest of Ohio State’s lineup will be filled out by sophomore Luke Pletcher, the 10th-ranked wrestler at 133 pounds; fifth-ranked 141-pounder junior Joey McKenna; junior Myles Martin, the second-ranked wrestler at 184 pounds; and redshirt sophomore Kollin Moore, who is the No. 1 competitor at 197 pounds. Arizona State faces a difficult weekend of competition. On Friday, the Sun Devils will travel to Ann Arbor, Michigan, just two days prior to their meet with the Buckeyes to face off with No. 4 Michigan. Prior to the dual meet, Ohio State will drop two banners — one celebrating the Big Ten championship and the other honoring Snyder’s 2017 individual national championship — from the rafters at St. John Arena in honor of accomplishments last season. read more

The Undertaker taking on a new role with WWE

first_img WhatsApp Facebook The Undertaker was at last night’s NXT TV tapings at Full Sail University and told everyone that he would be working with developmental going forward as an advisor according to a report by Mike Johnson. Undertaker will reportedly head to Orlando at the WWE Performance Center on a limited basis to help out and give advice to NXT talent. Undertaker’s last appearance for WWE was at WrestleMania 30 and it is unclear whether he will wrestle again.Source: PWInsider.com Google+ Twitter Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img The Undertaker appears on ESPN College GameDay Saturday morning Pinterest The Undertaker to appear on Smackdown Live on September 10 from Madison Square Garden Harley Race laid to rest on Wednesday; WWE names a studio after Mean Gene Okerlundlast_img read more

Not very merry: U.S. stocks plunge before Christmas

first_imgPresident Donald Trump’s attacks on the Federal Reserve spooked the stock market on Christmas Eve, and efforts by his Treasury secretary to calm investors’ fears only seemed to make matters worse, contributing to another day of heavy losses on Wall Street.The major stock indexes fell more than 2 percent Monday, nudging the market closer to its worst year since 2008. Stocks are also on track for their worst December since 1931, during the depths of the Great Depression.The market has been roiled for most of the month over concerns about a slowing global economy, the escalating trade dispute with China and another interest rate increase by the Federal Reserve.The past two trading days, however, have been dominated by something else: major losses following tweets from the president criticizing Fed Chairman Jerome Powell and the central bank.Trump’s Monday morning tweet heightened fears about the economy being destabilized by a president who wants control over the Fed.“The only problem our economy has is the Fed,” the president tweeted. “They don’t have a feel for the Market, they don’t understand necessary Trade Wars or Strong Dollars or even Democrat Shutdowns over Borders. The Fed is like a powerful golfer who can’t score because he has no touch — he can’t putt!”last_img read more

48 are concerned about saving enough for retirement

first_imgAlmost half (48%) of respondents are concerned about saving enough for retirement, according to research by Mercer.Its survey of 1,500 workers between the ages of 24 and 64 also found that 41% of respondents worry about whether they could provide for their family if impacted by illness or death.The research also found:51% of respondents are worried about their ability to maintain a healthy lifestyle while holding down a job.33% of respondents are concerned about repaying their debts and getting on the property ladder.32% are concerned about their ability to support old and infirm relatives.61% of respondents would value their employer more if they helped them deal with stress, and 58% would value an employer who helped with providing financial and retirement planning advice.Niall O’Callaghan (pictured), partner at Mercer, said: “Worry and stress impacts on health and it has an impact in the workplace affecting productivity and engagement. We all need to do what we can to ensure that employees are healthy and confident in their ability to manage their personal finances.“Employers who proactively provide support and resources to help staff manage their own particular issues will see dividends in terms of improved productivity and morale, and lower staff turnover. These employers will be better placed to recruit and retain the most talented staff in a tightening labour market as the UK economy recovers.”last_img read more

Update Construction Projects On The Kenai

first_imgBeginning Today, May 29, drivers should expect lane closures- one lane travel- traffic and flagging operations, Monday through Sunday, 8:00 p.m. to 8:00 a.m. Also, beginning June 11, from 8:00 p.m. to 8:00 a.m., paving operations will begin between MP 77 and 79. Drivers should expect 15 to 20 minute delays. The K-Beach Road project from milepost 16-milepost 22.2. will see reduced traffic lanes, pilot car operations and short delays after 8 p.m. The project consists of resurfacing K-Beach Road from the Kenai Spur Highway intersection to Bridge Access, and installing new signals at Gaswell, Poppy Lane and Ciechanski intersections. McCarthy: “We’re asking the public to slow down in work zones, look for and mind the posted speed, be prepared for some delays. Lastly, listen to flaggers, they are there to help keep you and the crews safe, so listen to their directions.” Shannon McCarthy, Department of Transportation Spokesperson: “It is the day after Memorial Day, and our crews are active throughout  the entire state, but particularly on the Kenai Peninsula. We have a huge year going on right now.”center_img The Sterling Highway Rehabilitation Project, from Skilak Lake to Sterling, through June 8, a Wildlife Crossing Detour will be in place at Sterling Highway MP 64.5. This zone currently has a 25 MPH speed reduction in place. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享All of the construction projects on the Kenai Peninsula that came to a brief pause over the Memorial weekend are set to resume today.last_img read more

Wasp supernests hosting 15000 insects are here to haunt your nightmares

first_img 7 Sarah Tew/CNET $59 at eBay Read the Rylo camera preview The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. See at Amazon HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Comments $520 at HP I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Chris Monroe/CNET Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) See at Turo Best Buy Post a comment Sarah Tew/CNET DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. See It $155 at Google Express Tags Boost Mobile CNET may get a commission from retail offers. See it What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. $999 Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. $60 at Best Buy Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) $999 $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Read DJI Osmo Action preview Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). 0 Read the AirPods review Read Lenovo Smart Clock review An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. Enlarge ImageEntomologist Charles Ray wants Alabama residents to report any super nests they find. Alabama Cooperative Extension Service Bees are our buddies. Yellow-jacket wasps, not so much. The stingy aggressive flying insects aren’t doing much to help their reputation as the jerks of the bug world by building huge nests the Alabama Cooperative Extension Service (ACES) is calling “super nests.”ACES warns the nests can reach the size of a Volkswagen Beetle and host 15,000 wasps. Back in 2006, entomologist Charles Ray found more than 90 of these jumbo wasp condos in Alabama, and now 2019 is shaping up to be a banner year.  yellowjacketcarEnlarge ImageA yellow jacket nest fills up an abandoned car. Alabama Cooperative Extension Service These perennial nests can come about after a mild winter during a time of food abundance. The colony stays strong through the winter, thrives in the warmer weather, and may even contain multiple queens. “We have found them attached to home exteriors and other places you might not expect to find yellow jackets,” Ray said in a recent ACES release.The reports of giant nests are coming in earlier this year than in 2006, sparking concern there could be a large number across the state. Last week, ACES followed up its original super-nest warning with more details on the wasps, saying yellow jackets are responsible for almost all stinging deaths in the US. A single wasp can sting a person multiple times, and stings can trigger life-threatening allergic reactions in some.Ray asked anyone who finds a giant nest to contact him. He warns against disturbing the nests and urges people to hire a licensed commercial pest-control operator for removal. Also, just keep repeating this mantra to yourself: nope, nope, nope, nope. Angela Lang/CNET Turo Rylo Read Google Home Hub review Sarah Tew/CNET Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. Share your voice 18 Photos Share your voice See It Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. Sprint Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Turo: Save $30 on any car rental $999 DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) $6 at Tidal Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. These far-out animals fascinate and amuse scientists $210 at Best Buy $299 at Amazon Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Apple iPhone XS $999 Sarah Tew/CNET See It TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Tags The Cheapskate Sci-Tech,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Amazonlast_img read more

Kuskokwim 300 Mushers Ready to Race on Ice

first_imgMusher Lance Mackey files paperwork with K300 Race Manager, Zack Fansler Thursday. – (Photo by Dean Swope)Twenty-five mushers are set to race from Bethel to Aniak and back in the 36th running of the Kuskokwim 300. After a couple winter warmups, and little snow, this year’s trail follows the truck road on the river almost exclusively to Aniak and back, cutting out the loop near Whitefish Lake.Download AudioThat trail is expected to be icy and fast. Nenana musher Aaron Burmeister isn’t phased by a slick trail.“One year it could be deep snow an a white out and a blizzard, the next year open water or glare ice. Right now from what I’m seeing, these are favorable conditions. I’ve been here seven times, this is one years of better conditions I’ve seen,” Burmeister said.Crews from several Kuskokwim villages worked together to clear a large jumbled section of ice resulting from a November break up. Vehicle traffic has further improved the ice. In any case, defending champion Rohn Buser says after running in little snow around Big Lake, his team is ready for a hard trail.“We’ve been training on that pretty much all year. Maybe not quite as icy, it will probably a little harder footing, but we’ve had pretty firm, pretty hard packed trails, so we’re used to running on that,” Buser said.The race mileage was estimated at 260 to 270 miles at the musher’s meeting Thursday. Eight of the top 10 mushers from 2014 return, including 9-time champing Jeff King.“I’m not sure my team is the fastest, in fact I’m quite sure it’s not, but there won’t be anyone with more depth of conditioning. I’ve got a big team, a physical team. They’re not little peewee ice dogs, man, these are musk ox, but they’re fast musk ox,” King said.Veteran Yukon Quest and Iditarod musher Brent Sass is in Bethel for his first K300.“I’m excited to see new county I don’t have a lot of concerns. I have to be aware that I don’t lose the trail, but it sounds like the trail is marked well. I’m going to rely on my dogs to stay on the trail, I’m just really excited to be here. I wanted to run this race for a long time and the opportunity arose and we’re here. We’re ready to race,” Sass said.Fan favorites DeeDee Jonrowe and Lance Mackey are back for the Kusko, along with six YK Delta mushers. First on the trail will be Ken Anderson, departing alongside Brent Sass. Mushers will be limited to 12 dogs, down from 14 in past years.Six teams are registered for the Bogus Creek 150. The Akiak Dash is Saturday.The K300 is not allowing spectator vehicles on the ice at the start due to the condition of the ice. They urge travelers to be extra cautious this weekend sharing the truck trail with dog teams.last_img read more

80 crore fish will be dropped in water bodies on Aug 16

first_imgHyderabad: Animal Husbandry Minister Talasani Srinivas Yadav said the fisheries production will get a push in the State to empower fishermen, as the government will take up a programme on August 16. “This time, we will drop 80 crore fish in assorted 24,000 ponds, water bodies and lakes in the State,” he said. The Minister held a review meeting with officials at Secretariat here and asked them to make necessary arrangements for the fish drive across the State. Also Read – Hyderabad: Wall collapse in Kukatpally damages four cars Advertise With Us Srinivas said as per the directive of Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao, fishermen will get a boost through the drive. “We will be ready on August 16 to drop fish in lakes, ponds and water bodies in the State as planned,” he added. Talasani said he would drop fish in the lakes at the Kaleshwaram project in Jayashankar Bhupalapally district on August 16. Also Read – Man tied up to a tree and thrashed in Nalgonda for harassing woman Advertise With Us He directed the officials to complete the process of tendering and get ready for the drive of dropping fish in selected lakes in the districts. He also said all other Ministers, MPs, MLAs and MLCs would be involved in the fish drive along with local leaders and officials. “We called tenders to drop five crore fish in the lakes and water bodies as the scheme gave better results during last two years,” he said.last_img read more

Ershad recognised as opposition leader

first_imgJatiya Party chairman HM Ershad and Co-chairman GM QuaderJatiya Party chairman HM Ershad and Co-chairman GM Quader have been officially recognised as leader of the opposition and deputy leader of the opposition respectively in the 11th parliament, reports UNB.Speaker Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury recognised their positions in parliament, said a gazette notification issued by the Parliament Secretariat on Thursday.Ershad was elected MP from Rangpur-3 seat while GM Quader from Lalmonirhat-3 in the recently held national election.On 4 January, HM Ershad announced that his party will be the main opposition in parliament while he will act as leader of the opposition in parliament and his brother GM Quader the deputy leader of the opposition.Awami League won the absolute majority in the national election bagging 257 seats in 11th parliamentary elections held on 30 December last.Jatiya Party joined the general election as the key partner of the grand alliance and bagged 22 seats.Party senior co-chairman Raushon Ershad was the opposition leader in 10th parliament while several MPs joined as cabinet members.last_img read more

Mayo Clinic A Commitment to Diversity and Focus on the Black Community

first_imgThe Mayo Clinic possesses a strong commitment to providing resources to patients within the African American community—a group that suffers from a vast array of healthcare disparities and a higher mortality rate for many diseases.Mayo Clinic has many partnerships at the national level focused around promoting health education and encouraging more African Americans to participate in research studies. Among Mayo Clinic’s various partnerships is one with The Links Inc., one of the oldest and largest volunteer services organizations in the Black community.  Founded in 1946, the Links is an organization of women committed to enriching, sustaining, and ensuring the culture and economic survival of African Americans.One of the faces promoting greater female participation in research is Dr. Vivian W. Pinn, former director of the Office of Research on Women’s Health for the National Institutes of Health. She has also served as professor and chair of the Department of Pathology at Howard University.Pinn details the need for African-American female participation in medical research in a video, “You Can Make a Difference.” Among the issues covered are the importance of African Americans being healthy, the prevention of disease, and the measures in place to prevent a repeat of the abuse of African Americans by medical researchers.Dr. Sharonne N. Hayes is a professor of Internal Medicine and Cardiovascular Diseases and founder of Women’s Heart Clinic in Rochester, Minn. In addition, Hayes was appointed as the Mayo Clinic’s director of Diversity and Inclusion in 2010. In this role she sets strategy for activities across all clinics, including the Washington, D.C. area, and develops solutions for equity in patient care. Hayes has also developed programs to provide mentorship for women physicians to promote a more diverse workforce, including within the field of cardiovascular medicine.Hayes stressed the importance of African American participation in healthcare, pointing out that pain relievers and treatments are available today because of clinical trials.“In order for treatment to be accurate it is important that it’s based [on] the African American population to benefit African Americans being treated,” Hayes said.Another key partnership was formed between Mayo Clinic’s Dr. Ebbie Stewart and Sateria Venable, a Baltimore resident, to seek helping African-American women with fibroids within the D.C. metro area. Stewart has studied uterine fibroids, also called uterine leiomyoma or myoma, for more than 20 years, and seeks continued research and education around the differences in African American women’s health.“The goal is to give women the evidence-based research they need to make treatment decisions,” said Stewart. “Right now we can’t tell you treatment option A is better than treatment option B and we critically need this information.”Venable began having issues with fibroids before she was 30. She was told she should consider a hysterectomy, yet she opted for other treatments. It was during the search for more information she found Stewart; together they have worked to obtain a $20 million dollar grant to help better understand the impact of fibroids.The Mayo Clinic’s knowledge, expertise and desire to advance medical research in the African-American community should encourage residents to be proactive in taking control of their health.“I suggest women become proactive given how prevalent fibroids [are] within the African-American community. Ask questions and be active in getting additional information,” Stewart said.“I am based in Baltimore and it’s important to know 80 percent of African-American women have uterine fibroids, some are more severe than others. Fibroids are a health crisis in the U.S.” Venable said. “Although there is a stigma attached to women and bleeding,  we need to talk about these symptoms. I encourage you to find a physician that can help develop a plan for your care.”last_img read more

Police Slain Detective Shot Day Before Grand Jury Testimony in Cop Corruption

first_imgSean SuiterBALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore’s police commissioner says a detective killed last week was slain a day before he was set to testify in a corruption probe into activities of indicted police officers.Commissioner Kevin Davis announced the revelation Wednesday, a week after the detective was shot in the head in a vacant lot.Rumors have been running rampant in Baltimore about the unsolved case.Davis emphasizes that Detective Sean Suiter was not the target of any criminal investigation. But he says Suiter was scheduled to testify before a grand jury “the day after he was murdered.”The grand jury is investigating a group of Baltimore officers who worked together on a firearms crime task force and have been charged with stealing money, property and narcotics from people over two years.last_img read more

Marylands Baines Enters Hall

first_imgBy Sean Yoes, AFRO Baltimore Editor, syoes@afro.comFormer Baltimore Oriole Harold Baines, one of the deadliest clutch hitters in the history of Major League Baseball and a native of Maryland’s Eastern Shore, was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY last weekend.Eastern Shore native Harold Baines, a notorious clutch hitter for the Baltimore Orioles among other teams, was recently inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame. (AP Photo/File)During a career that spanned 22 seasons as a Designated Hitter and Rightfielder, including five years with the O’s, Baines amassed 2,866 hits, 384 home runs, 1,628 runs batted in and a .289 lifetime batting average. But, beyond his impressive offensive numbers, Baines was a consummate professional who displayed great humility and exhibited an outstanding work ethic. Because of those attributes he was always a stable influence in every clubhouse he played in.Baines, 60, who was born in St. Michael’s, still resides on the state’s Eastern Shore with his wife of 36 years Marla Henry and the couple has four children.last_img read more

Scientists express concern over disposal of nuclear waste at New Mexico underground

first_img Explore further (Phys.org)—A trio of Earth and Environmental scientists with hazardous waste backgrounds, from Stanford University, has published a Comment piece in the journal Nature, outlining their concern over a recent proposed plan to add more nuclear waste to the Department of Energy’s, Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) located in a deep underground salt formation in New Mexico. The trio, Cameron Tracy, Megan Dustin and Rodney Ewing suggest more thought be put into the idea before the government gives the go-ahead for the project. More information: Policy: Reassess New Mexico’s nuclear-waste repository, nature.com/articles/doi:10.1038/529149a The cold war led to the stockpiling of a huge amount of nuclear arms in the U.S. and Russia, as most everyone knows. But it also led to an ever increasing amount of hazardous materials associated with that stockpiling. Now that the arms race has cooled, and the U.S. and Russia have agreed to reduce their stockpiles, a means of dealing with many tons of hazardous materials must be found. To deal with such materials, the U.S. built the WIPP (which is essentially a platform built inside a cave that formed in a layer of salt), where such materials have been placed for storage over the past 15 years. But, now, a team of researchers hired by the government to address a whole new round of disposal requirements has recommended that 34 tons of nuclear waste be added to the WIPP, which the research trio suggests, may be pushing the limits of the facility. They also suggest that safety assessments have not taken into consideration all of the things that could go wrong with the storage faculty—such as how material inside of drums will react with salt over thousands of years after they are crushed, or what might happen if over many years, the WIPP becomes unknown to future generations who at some point begin drilling in the area.The researchers acknowledge the good safety record of the WIPP, just one major problem has occurred, where cat litter was used to sop up material which led to a reaction inside a drum, forcing the lid to pop off, allowing gas to escape. Such accidents are inevitable, the team notes—what they are worried about is the lack of planning regarding what should be done in the event other types of accidents occur—over a 10,000 year timeline. Once the site is sealed in 2033, monitoring will end—there will be no way to know what is going on inside the faculty which means there will be no way to assess whether radioactive material has begun to leach into outside areas or whether carbon dioxide begins to build up due to decay, which can lead to pressure causing fractures to the surface. The group suggests the DOE take a harder look at the safety features that are in place now before adding tons more material to the site. Citation: Scientists express concern over disposal of nuclear waste at New Mexico underground salt formation (2016, January 14) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-01-scientists-disposal-nuclear-mexico-underground.html Journal information: Nature Radiation leak detected at New Mexico nuclear plant © 2016 Phys.org 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.last_img read more

Download Star a Down Them All alternative for Firefox

first_imgDownload Star, a Down Them All alternative for Firefox by Martin Brinkmann on September 04, 2017 in Firefox – 27 commentsDownload Star is a relatively new browser extension for Mozilla Firefox which you may use to download multiple files on web pages in one operation.DownThemAll is a long standing very popular download add-on for Firefox. The author of the extension announced some time ago that he would not port the extension to the new WebExtension format.Mozilla plans to drop support for legacy add-ons in Firefox 57 which means that the add-on will stop functioning when that happens for the majority of Firefox users.Download Star is a WebExtension, and that means that it is fully compatible with Firefox 57 and future versions of the browser.Download StarThe extension is compatible with Firefox 48 or later, and will add an icon to Firefox’s main toolbar when it is installed.It requires one extra permission, and prompts users to accept this during installation. The extra permission it requires is “download files and read and modify the browser’s download history”.The core functionality that Download Star offers replicates that of DownThemAll. Whenever you want to download files from the active website, click on the Download Star icon in Firefox’s toolbar to initiate the process.The extension lists all links on the page by default in list form.  The type of content, e.g. HTML page, image or video is listed there as well.If you are interested only in images, you may switch to the image download list instead which filters out all content types but images.You may use the filtering options and search filter at the top instead to filter the list of files. Download Star comes with six presets — images, video audio, archives, excutables, documents — that you can check to filter the listing.You may filter multiple types, e.g. images and video, to get all image and video files linked on the page.The search may also be used to filter results. You may enter names or file extensions for instance to filter by those, or use regular expressions after checking the regex box to search using more sophisticated rules.The core difference between using filters and search, and switching between links and images, is that the former highlights files that are displayed, while the latter changes which files are displayed.The remaining options let you select a different download directory for the selected files, to change the conflict solution from skipping to renaming or overwriting, and to clear the history.Comparison to DownThemAllDownload Star supports the same core functionality, but it lacks some features that DownThemAll supports. There is no option to pause or resume downloads for instance, you cannot modify download parameters such as the number of simultaneous downloads or speed, and there is no option to rename files automatically.Last but not least, there is also no option to have the download accelerated, to use multiple mirrors to speed up the downloading of files, or to download from all open tabs in Firefox and not just the active tab.Closing WordsDownload Star is a promising add-on that replicates the core functionality of DownThemAll. It is a well designed extension for Firefox that is probably the best replacement for the soon defunct extension.Summary12345 Author Rating3 based on 16 votes Software Name Download StarSoftware Category BrowserLanding Page https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/addon/download-star/ Advertisementlast_img read more

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first_img Technology | Neuro Imaging | August 07, 2019 Synaptive Medical Launches Modus Plan With Automated Tractography Segmentation Synaptive Medical announced the U.S. launch and availability of Modus Plan featuring BrightMatter AutoSeg. This release… read more Video Player is loading.GE Cardiographe cardiac CT scanner at SCCT19Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:38Loaded: 26.15%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:38 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Medical imaging plays an increasing role in the accurate… 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 The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s. Videos | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a GE Cardiographe Dedicated Cardiac CT Scanner This is a quick walk around of the GE Healthcare Cardiographe dedicated cardiac CT system on display at the… read more News | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 06, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Improves Heart Attack Risk Assessment When used with a common heart scan, machine learning, a type of artificial intelligence (AI), does better than… read more News | Breast Imaging | August 02, 2019 Volpara to Distribute Screenpoint Medical’s Transpara AI Solution Volpara Solutions and ScreenPoint Medical BV signed an agreement under which Volpara will sell ScreenPoint’s Transpara… read morecenter_img This is a 3-D endoluminal view from a CT colonography supine scan shows a sessile polyp colored red by the CAD software. As an abdominal radiologist, I have integrated the advances of virtual colonoscopy (VC) research into our daily clinical practice. I would like to describe some of those experiences and clinical advances regarding the important topic of colorectal cancer screening using VC.Colorectal cancer is the second most common cause of cancer deaths in the United States and many deaths could be prevented. The American Cancer Society recommends that colorectal cancer (CRC) screening start at 50 years of age for average risk individuals. The goal of screening is to detect both cancers and premalignant polyps (adenomas), which are precursors to cancer.Virtual colonoscopy, also known as computed tomography colonography (CTC), is a low radiation dose CT scan of the cleansed and gas-distended colon designed to detect polyps and masses.  It has some advantages over conventional optical colonoscopy in that it is minimally invasive (only a small tube is used to insufflate the colon with carbon dioxide gas or room air), it does not require sedation (thus it can be performed in an outpatient setting in only a few minutes and patients can return to work the same day – as did President Obama when he underwent a virtual colonoscopy[1]) and can be done even following an incomplete optical colonoscopy.Virtual colonoscopy has undergone several years of development, and validation and clinical trials have shown that this test can reliably detect polyps and masses in the colon. Virtual colonoscopy for CRC screening has been endorsed by several organizations, including the American Cancer Society.Recent Advances and Areas of ResearchSome areas of immediate impact to the practice of virtual colonoscopy include fast novel visualization software for interpretation, new fast CT scanners with ultra-low radiation doses for VC, U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved software for computer-aided detection (CAD) of polyps on VC and research on “prepless” VC.VC interpretation requires specialized training using dedicated visualization software to show the colonic surface in 3-D fly-through and multiplanar reconstructed images. Several vendors have alternate display options that show the colon as a flat surface for fast inspection. They have various names, such as “virtual pathology,” “virtual dissection,”  “filet view,”  “cube view” and others.  We usually “fly through” the colon four times, forwards and backwards when reading the supine and prone views. Using an unraveled view might speed up the interpretation and can be integrated into CAD software discussed below.The concerns raised regarding radiation dose in CT in general are not applicable to virtual colonoscopy. The doses we now use in VC are similar to those to which the general U.S. population is exposed from nonmedical sources in one year.New dose reduction algorithms also have helped. I routinely use 15-30 mA, resulting in exams of 2-4 mSv (supine and prone combined dose). The scans are quite fast, allowing acquisition of each series in a breath-hold of 10 seconds or less.The majority of errors in interpretation have been shown to be polyps which were missed, but can be found on VC in retrospect. Also, the exam is normally interpreted using both 3-D and 2-D methods, yet the review of the 2-D images for polyps can be a tedious task.  Novices are more prone to make errors (both misses and false positive interpretations) and require long interpretation times.For these reasons, the use of CAD software to improve reader performance is extremely valuable, both for the novice and experienced readers. Since software for CAD is now FDA-approved, we have integrated CAD into routine VC interpretation.Early Computer-Aided Detection for VCComputers can segment the colon from the remainder of the abdominal structures on the CT scan and analyze the shape of the mucosal surface of the colon to find polyps and masses (see image). False positive reduction algorithms then eliminate many mimics of polyps, such as retained stool, colonic folds and the rectal tube.  CAD software should be “trained” and “tested” on different cohorts. The first step is “stand-alone” testing, meaning how well does the CAD find polyps known to be present as compared to optical colonoscopy or to multiple experts’ reading of the CTC and how many false positive marks are generated. The CAD sensitivity, similar to CTC reading clinically, is stratified by polyp sizes (6-9 mm or >10 mm) and by polyp histology (adenomas vs. other histologies with no malignant potential). Human readers may opt to accept or reject CAD marks; therefore, in order to claim efficacy in CRC detection, clinical observer trials are needed to demonstrate improved exam performance.CAD Clinical Observer TrialsIn the first large clinical observer trial using CAD to read virtual colonoscopy, published in Radiology, CAD was shown to improve overall reader performance.[2]  This study was based on the interpretation of 100 screening CTC exams interpreted both without and with CAD by 19 readers drawn from both academic and private practice settings.The readers used VeraLook software by iCAD in a “second reader mode,” in which the case was read separately without CAD and subsequently with CAD assistance. This is the most rigorously conducted CAD trial to date, particularly in the methodology used to define the standard of truth using comparison to optical colonoscopy when available and a team of experts who had to agree on polyp location, size and pixel-by-pixel painting of every single polyp on CTC.This study showed that the sensitivity for detecting polyps >6 mm improved by 11.8% and 19.9% for polyps 6-9 mm.  Specificity decreased by only 2.7%, and reading time increased by 4.5 minutes. (Currently, after more experience with CAD, I find it only adds a couple of minutes to my read[3]).In stand-alone testing, the CAD was 94.4% sensitive for patients with at least one polyp >10 mm and 90.2% sensitive for patients with small polyps between 6 and 10 mm. The average number of false marks for all cases with positive findings was 5.07 and 4.08 for negative cases.This study concluded that the use of CAD results in a significant improvement in overall reader performance.  The CAD system improves reader sensitivity when measured at the segment, patient and polyp levels for small polyps and adenomas. The average reader sensitivity improvement with CAD was the most for small adenomas.Use of this CAD system also reduces specificity and increases reading time, but the reduction in specificity is small. My personal perspective is that CAD will perform even better in clinical practice settings, given the additional experience we have in using it since the clinical trial was conducted.Limited Colon CleansingWhat people dislike most about colorectal cancer screening in general is the colon catharsis. If virtual colonoscopy could be performed without a preparation, that would be a major advance.In fact, there has been a body of literature since 2004 showing the feasibility of reducing or eliminating the colon preparation. While this is still not recommended for routine virtual colonoscopy, a limited preparation combined with tagging of the residual fluid and stool can produce a diagnostic-quality exam. Active research is being performed to combine such limited or non-cathartic studies with CAD as well.Future Outlook for VCIn July 2011, the Center for Disease Control released new figures showing that colorectal cancer screening has decreased the number of cancer deaths from 2003 to 2007. Yet the director, Dr. Thomas R. Frieden, emphasized that, “The momentum is slowing and numbers appear to be leveling off.”I think the public and the medical establishment should recognize the enormous potential of virtual colonoscopy to improve CRC screening compliance. The advent of new software programs and particularly computer-aided detection can help radiologists confidently initiate a CTC screening program and render accurate interpretations. With the increase in reimbursement for CTC and more radiologists learning to interpret the exam, I expect CAD will become an integral component of CTC interpretation.Abraham H. Dachman, M.D., FACR, is professor of radiology at the University of Chicago and has been conducting research on virtual colonoscopy since 1994. He is author of the first text on the subject, “The Atlas of Virtual Colonoscopy,” and the recently released second edition. He has authored more than 80 publications or book chapters on CTC. He participated in CAD software development at the University of Chicago in collaboration with computer scientists and is co-patent holder on the product developed. He is currently studying the clinical features of observer CAD false negative and false positive interpretations.References:1. www.auntminnie.com/index.aspx?sec=sup&sub=vco&pag=dis&ItemID=896742. Dachman AH, Obuchowski NA, Hoffmeister JW, Hinshaw LJ, Frew MI, Van Uitert, RL Summers RM, Hillman BJ. “Impact of computer aided detection for CT colonography in a multireader, multicase trial.” Radiology. 2010; 256:827-835.3. Dachman AH, Laghi A (eds). “Atlas of Virtual Colonoscopy, 2nd edition.” Springer-Verlag, Inc. New York, N.Y.  January 2011. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Feature | September 08, 2011 | Abraham H. Dachman, M.D., FACR Recent Advances in Colorectal Cancer Screening Using Virtual Colonoscopy Virtual colonoscopy can reliably detect polyps and masses in the colon News | Artificial Intelligence | August 05, 2019 Montefiore Nyack Hospital Uses Aidoc AI to Spot Urgent Conditions Faster Montefiore Nyack Hospital, an acute care hospital in Rockland County, N.Y., announced it is utilizing artificial… read more News | Colonoscopy Systems | August 06, 2019 Rise in Early Onset Colorectal Cancer Not Aligned With Screening Trends A new study finds that trends in colonoscopy rates did not fully align with the increase in colorectal cancer (CRC) in… read more Siemens Go.Top CT scanner at SCCT19Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:05Loaded: 15.14%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:05 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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