Important Rural Agriculture Business Receives Government Investment

first_imgA rural poultry processing plant that has been supporting the growth of Nova Scotia’s agricultural industry for the past 65 years, will receive an investment from the province of Nova Scotia for working capital. A $3.5-million loan for ACA Co-operative Ltd. in New Minas, through the Department of Economic Development’s Industrial Expansion Fund, will help the company maintain 650 jobs with an annual payroll that exceeds $25 million annually. ACA also creates almost as many spin-off jobs. “This sole poultry processor for Nova Scotia has grown significantly over the years and continues to seek and develop new markets for its quality products,” said Economic Development Minster Angus MacIsaac. “This investment further demonstrates the province’s commitment to supporting economic growth in rural areas of the province and maintaining important jobs.” Since 1943, ACA Co-operative Ltd. has grown to include seven divisions including eggs, feed, hatchery, poultry, retail farm equipment and processing. The company operates a processing poultry meat operation, breeder barns for producing selected genetic broiler chicken crosses, chick hatchery, feed mill, table egg division and grading facility, a retail division for farm furnace and diesel fuel, farm equipment division, and an outlet store. “ACA is an integral part of Nova Scotia’s agricultural industry, which generates about $450 million in the province,” said acting Agriculture Minister, Ron Chisholm. “Along with chicken, it processes nearly all of the turkeys available in Nova Scotia and 25 per cent of our eggs, offering people the opportunity to buy local food products.” The company’s major customers include Sobeys, Co-op Atlantic, Sysco Food Service and commodity markets in Ontario and Quebec. Its annual sales exceed $110 million. “We take great pride in producing top-quality products for our customers and playing an important role in our industry,” said Sue Payne, chief executive officer of ACA Co-operative Ltd. “With this investment, we will continue to contribute to the industry and support our community.” The Industrial Expansion Fund is one method used by the government of Nova Scotia to support economic development in the province. The Industrial Expansion Fund has considerable flexibility in the amount and type of funding it can provide.last_img read more

CEO ReAppointed

first_imgEvents East Group announced today, Aug.16, that Carrie Cussons has been re-appointed president and CEO of the organization for a three-year contract until Nov. 30, 2021. “The organization has continued to thrive under Carrie’s leadership, as proven through the successful transition to the new Halifax Convention Centre this past year,” said Justin McDonough, chair of the board of directors for Events East. “Stability is critical as the organization continues to work through transition and we have full confidence in her vision for the future.” Ms. Cussons was appointed president and CEO of the organization for a two-year contract in 2016. She brings a diverse business background, including over two decades of management experience with a concentration in financial and operational leadership. She joined the organization in 2009 as chief financial officer and oversaw the corporate services group with responsibility for finance, human resources and technology. She quickly became a strategic lead in all areas of the business and was responsible for developing and implementing the organization’s plan to prepare for the transition to the new convention centre. During her tenure as president and CEO, she led the successful opening, operations and event attraction strategy for the Halifax Convention Centre as well as continued operations of Scotiabank Centre and Ticket Atlantic. “I am proud to be leading such a talented, committed team during an exciting time for our organization,” said Ms. Cussons. “Together with our partners and community, we will continue to attract a strong, diverse mix of events to Nova Scotia with a focus on creating memorable event experiences for each and every guest we host.” Events East is a government partnership between the Province of Nova Scotia and the Halifax Regional Municipality. It manages and operates the Halifax Convention Centre, Scotiabank Centre and Ticket Atlantic. To view Ms. Cussons’ full biography, visit, .last_img read more

China lashes out at Freeland over response to protests in Hong Kong

first_imgOTTAWA — Protests raging in Hong Kong are threatening to become yet another irritant in Canada’s fraught relationship with China.China’s embassy in Canada on Thursday denounced the Canadian government’s recent comments on the ongoing protests as “irresponsible” and “erroneous.”That appeared to be a reference to a statement from Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland, which expressed Canada’s concern over the unrest and described freedom of expression and assembly as the “bedrock” of society in Hong Kong.Protesters in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory have been out in force in recent days over a proposed extradition law that would allow suspects to be sent to China for trial.Thursday’s statement from the Chinese embassy accused Canada of interfering in the affairs of the region and urged Ottawa to get behind the proposed law.Freeland said any legislation should preserve Hong Kong’s autonomy, judicial independence and rule of law.“Hong Kong affairs are purely China’s internal affairs, (which) no other country, organization or individual has the right to interfere in,” the embassy statement said.“No country should interfere in the internal affairs of other countries on the grounds of caring for its expatriates. Canada also has many foreign expatriates. What really affects Hong Kong’s business confidence and international reputation is not the amendment of the ordinance, but those acts of violence, which have been incited by external forces and damage social peace and disregard the law.”Hong Kong police reportedly fired rubber bullets and beanbag rounds at the thousands of protesters who broke through barriers outside government headquarters and the legislature Wednesday, leaving 81 people injured, according to Hong Kong’s Hospital Authority. Police said 22 officers were among the injured.Officers at one point “had no choice but to escalate the use of force to disperse the crowd,” Stephen Lo, the Hong Kong commissioner of police, told reporters Thursday. “The behaviour of the violent protesters yesterday (Wednesday) imposed a serious threat to the public order.”Police used more than 150 rounds of tear gas during Wednesday’s clashes, Lo said. That’s nearly double the amount used in major 2014 protests.“The ongoing protests in Hong Kong, which are among the largest in the city’s history, demonstrate the deep concern among the people of Hong Kong about their future,” Freeland said in a statement Wednesday.“Canada remains concerned about the potential effect these proposals may have on the large number of Canadian citizens in Hong Kong, on business confidence, and on Hong Kong’s international reputation…. Freedom of expression and assembly are the bedrock of Hong Kong’s free society. It is vital that any legislation preserve Hong Kong’s high degree of autonomy, rule of law, and independent judiciary.”It was the first time Hong Kong police have used tear gas since the 79-day, pro-democracy “Umbrella Movement” demonstrations in 2014, which marked the beginning of a shift to a tougher police approach.Officers also fired several rubber bullets and 20 beanbag rounds, which Lo said other countries deployed as non-lethal methods to quell riots and rebellions, and also used batons, pepper spray, and pepper based solution. Many protesters wore hard hats, masks, plastic wrap and carried umbrellas as protection. Eleven were arrested.“We are unarmed,” said Daniel Lee, a 42-year-old doctor who noted the police wore respirators to protect against tear gas. He said it was the last chance to fight for Hong Kong’s future.“It’s expected that we will be hit. There’s no way. If no one stands by the kids’ side, they will not have any help. This is it.”Canada and China are locked in a diplomatic standoff over last December’s arrest in Vancouver of high-tech scion and Huawei chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou, who is the target of a U.S. extradition request on charges of violating American sanctions against Iran. China has detained two Canadians, Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor, in apparent retaliation.Freeland firmly rebuffed China’s latest demand Thursday to free Meng, saying it would set a dangerous precedent that could endanger all Canadians abroad.The unapologetic rejection came in Washington, where Freeland ended two days of meetings with top Trump administration officials and U.S. lawmakers, a table-setter for next week’s White House meeting between Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and President Donald Trump.“It would be a very dangerous precedent indeed for Canada to alter its behaviour when it comes to honouring an extradition to treaty in response to external pressure.”— With files from The Associated PressThe Canadian Presslast_img read more

National Energy Board should be dismantled government panel

first_imgThe Canadian PressOTTAWA – A panel advising the government on how to overhaul the National Energy Board says the regulator should be dismantled and replaced with two new agencies, all within a more coherent national energy policy.The five-member panel, appointed last fall, presented its report this morning to Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr.After months of public hearings and talking to stakeholders, the panel says the National Energy Board has been given an impossible task: regulating the growth of the industry and marrying its growth with the government’s climate-change goals.The panel recommends the government create a new national strategy which incorporates Ottawa’s policy vision on energy, the environment, and the economy.And it says the government should take up to a year to itself consider whether any new project proposals align with that vision.It recommends dismantling the board and replacing it with two agencies to separate the functions of regulation and review from the analysis and production of energy-related information.The government is accepting comments online on the panel recommendations until June 14.The review fulfills part of Carr’s ministerial mandate to “modernize the National Energy Board to ensure that its composition reflects regional views and has sufficient expertise in fields such as environmental science, community development and indigenous traditional knowledge.”The former Conservative government passed legislation in 2012 that allowed cabinet to override the board’s rejection decisions. Prior to that change, cabinet only saw projects the board had recommended for approval.The government ought not be able to overturn a National Energy Board decision except through the courts, Lesley Matthews, an energy industry consultant and former Kinder Morgan Canada, wrote in a commentary for the C.D. Howe Institute.“What’s the point of going through this process of having people present evidence and having the decision made on evidence if it can just be made on non-evidence,” Matthews said in an interview.At the same time, the government needs an energy policy framework for the country that would serve as the guidebook to the national regulator as to whether or not a particular project fits Canada’s vision.A perceived conflict of interest derailed the board’s review process for the Energy East pipeline project last year after some of the appointees met privately with former Quebec Premier Jean Charest, who was lobbying on behalf of TransCanada Corp., the company proposing the project.Matthews said the government and its regulator should review whether the board’s headquarters should be in Calgary, where its operates alongside the head offices of many of the companies it is supposed to regulate.Erin Flanagan, program director of federal policy for the Pembina Institute, said the role of performing environmental assessments should be confined to the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency.As it stands, the National Energy Board and the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission are the only two national bodies that still do their own environmental assessments, Flanagan noted.The National Energy Board has a mandate to regulate the construction and operation of fossil fuel pipelines and power lines that cross provincial or international borders, as well as the imports and exports of natural gas, the export of oil and electricity and oil and gas exploration.It is an arm’s length, quasi-judicial tribunal that reports to Parliament via the natural resources minister.last_img read more

Lanka abstains from voting against death penalty

The document was adopted by a recorded vote of 117 in favour to none against, with 67 abstentions. The UN General Assembly, during its session last week adopted 56 resolutions and 9 decisions. Amnesty International said that in the vote, the fourth such vote by the plenary session of the UNGA since 2007, there was an increase of two in support from the last vote in 2010.New voters in favour of the moratorium included the Central African Republic, Chad, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, South Sudan and Tunisia.As a further positive sign, Papua New Guinea and Indonesia moved from opposition to abstention. Amnesty expressed regret that Bahrain, Dominica and Oman changed their abstention to a vote against the resolution. Sri Lanka last week abstained from voting at the UN General Assembly in favour of abolishing the death penalty.The draft resolution on a moratorium on the use of the death penalty was adopted by a recorded vote of 111 in favour to 41 against, with 34 abstentions. Meanwhile Amnesty International welcomed an increase in global support for abolition of the death penalty.“Although the UNGA vote is not legally binding, it does express the will of the international community and is a strong signal from the world body. The death penalty is the ultimate form of cruel and inhuman punishment – we oppose its use in all circumstances,” Amnesty International’s UN representative in New York José Luis Díaz said in a statement. According to Amnesty International Sri Lanka, the Maldives and Namibia went from a vote in favour to an abstention. Sri Lanka also abstained from voting for the draft resolution on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions. read more

Food poisoning hospitalises 24

Food poisoning at a wedding party saw 24 people being hospitalized in Batticaloa, the police media unit said today.The incident occurred in Periyakalura, Batticaloa last night and the patients continued to receive treatment in hospital today. The patients had suffered from headaches, vomiting and fever after eating the food at the wedding and they were subsequently admitted to hospital.The hospital however said that the patients are not in serious condition. (Colombo Gazette)

Waste clean up in Binbrook

A Binbrook landowner is frustrated after he is left to clean up hazardous waste that was left on his property. This was on the heels of a similar incident that happened on Thursday where barrels of chemical waste were left on vacant property in Ancaster, but in that case the toxic waste was cleaned up by authorities. Perdita Felicien has the story.

Bank of America 2Q Earnings Snapshot

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) _ Bank of America Corp. (BAC) on Wednesday reported second-quarter earnings of $7.35 billion.The Charlotte, North Carolina-based bank said it had earnings of 74 cents per share.The results exceeded Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of seven analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 70 cents per share.The nation’s second-largest bank posted revenue of $29.12 billion in the period. Its revenue net of interest expense was $23.08 billion, also exceeding Street forecasts. Five analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $22.97 billion.Bank of America shares have increased 18% since the beginning of the year, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 index has increased 20%. The stock has declined almost 3% in the last 12 months._____This story was generated by Automated Insights ( using data from Zacks Investment Research. Access a Zacks stock report on BAC at Associated Press read more

Communitybased efforts key to child survival UNICEF chief says

“Only by ensuring that children get proper care in the home as well as in health centres can we make and sustain progress against child mortality,” Executive Director Carol Bellamy told a press briefing at UN Headquarters in New York.Ms. Bellamy said bed nets to protect against malaria, oral re-hydration solutions to treat diarrhoea, simple hygiene education and breastfeeding could save millions of lives a year. While the number of under-five deaths over the last 40 years has fallen from about 20 million to around 11 million, those figures had almost doubled in sub-Saharan Africa over the same period.She added that some of the greatest triumphs in the public health area in recent decades, including the eradication of small pox, had a lot to do with the complementary manner in which UNICEF and agencies such as the World Health Organization (WHO) worked together.Joining Ms. Bellamy was WHO Director-General Lee Jong-wook, who highlighted the agency’s commitment to fighting HIV/AIDS, especially the new initiative to provide antiretroviral medicines to three million people by the end of 2005.Asked what he would be emphasizing during next week’s high-level General Assembly meeting on HIV/AIDS, Dr. Lee said he would focus on antiretroviral treatment, and appeal to the international community for a massive scale up of people on such treatment.Only 350,000 people outside of North America and Europe have access to treatment, he said, noting that the vast majority of that figure – 300,000 – was in Brazil. read more

Womens Basketball Ohio State selected as No 3 seed in Spokane regional

The Ohio State women’s basketball team celebrates its Big Ten championship win. It defeated Maryland 79-69 on March 4, 2018 in Indianapolis. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports EditorFor the 12th time in 14 years, the Ohio State women’s basketball team will compete in the NCAA tournament for a shot at a national title.The Buckeyes will be the No. 3 seed in the Spokane regional and will face No. 14 George Washington in the first round of the tournament at 1:30 p.m. Saturday in Columbus. No. 1 Notre Dame is the top seed in the regional.If Ohio State is able to get past the Colonials, it will face the winner of the first-round matchup between No. 6 LSU and No. 11 Central Michigan in the second round. The Buckeyes will host both games at the Schottenstein Center.This is the third consecutive NCAA tournament appearance for Ohio State under fourth-year head coach Kevin McGuff. His team has never lost in the first round of the tournament, but also has yet to advance past the Sweet Sixteen. After winning both the outright Big Ten regular-season and tournament titles, the Buckeyes will be looking to lock down the elusive national championship that has evaded the program throughout its history.With four seniors in its starting lineup — including guard Kelsey Mitchell, the third-leading scorer in women’s basketball history — all graduating after the end of this season, the Buckeyes’ window for claiming that title appears to be closing. Though they bring in four-star guard Janai Crooms, three-star forward Aaliyah Patty and four-star guard Dorka Juhasz, the Buckeyes will lose five current members of its roster. Of the returners, only redshirt juniors Makayla Waterman and Sierra Calhoun averaged double-digit minutes per game in the 2017-18 season.These games will be the final ones in Mitchell’s historic collegiate career. She is currently 30 points from tying former Southwest Missouri State guard Jackie Stiles for second on the all-time scoring list and is 164 points shy of former Washington guard Kelsey Plum. If the Buckeyes are able to advance to the final four or go as far as the finals, they will return home to Columbus for the two games in Nationwide Arena. read more

Woman dies following crash in Tyrone

first_img Image: Mark Stedman/ Share1 Tweet Email Sunday 15 Sep 2019, 5:55 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 3 hours ago By Dominic McGrath No Comments Image: Mark Stedman/ Short URL 4,811 Views A WOMAN HAS died following a crash in Tyrone this morning. The incident occurred on the Quintinmanus Road near Dungannon earlier today. The women, who was in her 70s, has been named as Bridget Currie. She was hit by a Renault Megane car close to the junction on the Gortnaglush Road before 11am this morning. Bridget was from the Dungannon area. A second pedestrian, who is in her 60s, was taken to hospital for treatment but her injuries are not thought to be life threatening. The driver of the car was not injured in the collision. The PSNI said that the Quintinmanus Road remains closed while an investigation is continuing. Police are appealing for anyone who was travelling in the area this morning, witnessed the collision or has dash cam footage to contact local officers in Dungannon or to contact the Collision Investigation Unit.  Woman dies following crash in Tyrone The woman was a pedestrian from Dungannon. last_img read more

Falcons flatten Seahawks 3418

first_imgNEXT GAMESeahawks at Buccaneers, 1:15 p.m. Sunday (Note: Game time has changed from original schedule.)TV: Channel 12. Radio: FM 95.5SEATTLE — After nearly a month away, Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons are finally coming back home.They’ve already clinched a playoff spot, and won’t need to book another road trip until the Super Bowl with one more win.“It’s special,” wide receiver Roddy White said. “We have a special group around here.”Ryan threw three touchdown passes, Jonathan Babineaux recovered a fumble for a score, and the Falcons wrapped up their spot in the postseason with a 34-18 win over the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday.Ryan and the Falcons (12-2) got a few breaks from the officials, some fortunate bounces and three mistakes by Seattle quarterback Matt Hasselbeck to win their eighth straight game, the longest win streak for Atlanta since 1998.And they closed out a brutal stretch of three straight road games and four in five weeks by again staking claim to being the best team in the NFC, beyond just owning the best record.Now the Falcons get to come home next Monday night against NFC South rival New Orleans with the opportunity to clinch home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs and their first division title since 2004.last_img read more

City collaborates to aid businesses

first_imgFaced with a shrinking budget, Vancouver city officials are taking a collaborative approach to achieve a long-standing goal: making the city friendlier to businesses.That was the message delivered by Alisa Pyszka, the city’s business development manager, who spoke Friday at Banner Bank on Southeast 164th Avenue as part of a networking event sponsored by the East Vancouver Business Association.Vancouver already is attractive to prospective employers, Pyszka said, and has the capacity to compete well against others for new business. Case in point: PeaceHealth, which recently became the corporate parent of Southwest Washington Medical Center, is moving its Bellevue headquarters to Vancouver, bringing 340 jobs by 2014 and a total of about 700 by the end of the decade.To help it decide where to go, PeaceHealth commissioned a comprehensive study by global consultants CB Richard Ellis and Deloitte, Pyszka told the more than 50 attendees at Friday’s event. Ultimately, the nonprofit organization selected Vancouver out of six cities that were examined. “They decided Vancouver was the place to be,” she said.PeaceHealth is considering two parts of town for its headquarters: downtown Vancouver or east Vancouver, Pyszka said. Brien Lautman, a spokesman for PeaceHealth, said Friday the nonprofit expects to make a decision by June.last_img read more

Saudi Arabias King Abdullah dies at 90

first_imgRIYADH, Saudi Arabia — Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah, the powerful U.S. ally who fought al-Qaida and sought to modernize the ultraconservative Muslim kingdom, including by nudging open greater opportunities for women, has died. He was 90.A royal court statement said the king died at 1 a.m. on Friday. His successor was announced as 79-year-old half-brother, Prince Salman, a Royal Court statement carried on the Saudi Press Agency said. Salman was Abdullah’s crown prince and had recently taken on some of the ailing king’s responsibilities. The 69 year-old Prince Muqrin, a former head of intelligence in Saudi Arabia and half-brother to both Salman and Abdullah, was announced as the kingdom’s crown prince. More than his guarded predecessors, Abdullah — who ascended to the throne in 2005 — assertively threw his oil-rich nation’s weight behind trying to shape the Middle East. His priority was to counter the influence of rival, mainly Shiite Iran wherever it tried to make advances. He and fellow Sunni Arab monarchs also staunchly opposed the Middle East’s wave of pro-democracy uprisings, seeing them as a threat to stability and their own rule.Regionally, perhaps Abdullah’s biggest priority was to confront Iran, the Shiite powerhouse across the Gulf. He backed Sunni Muslim factions against Tehran’s allies in several countries, where colliding ambitions stoked proxy conflicts around the region that enflamed Sunni-Shiite hatreds — most horrifically in Syria’s civil war, where the two countries backed opposing sides. Those conflicts in turn hiked Sunni militancy that returned to threaten Saudi Arabia.last_img read more

11yearold girl takes mothers car for joyride crashes

first_imgPEMBROKE PINES, FLA. (WSVN) – Police chased a driver, Monday morning, that turned out to be a juvenile who took her mother’s car for a joyride.At around 6:26 a.m. Monday, police received a call regarding a mother who believed her daughter had been kidnapped. According to officials, the girl asked for her mother’s keys to get a book from the car at their Pembroke Pines home. After about 10 minutes since the daughter exited the house, the mother went outside to find her car and daughter missing.A “be on the lookout” was issued shortly after the mother’s call to police. Hollywood police were able to locate the vehicle at University Drive and Stirling Road. However, the girl refused to stop driving.When she sped away, police pursued for 13 miles. Once discovering the girl was the only person in the car, police vehicles backed off, officials said.Once in the area of Weston Road and SR 84 in Sunrise, the vehicle crashed into another car. The Kia rolled over after the collision.“I hope that she’s OK,” said Richard Champage, the driver whose vehicle was wrecked by the 11-year-old. “I’m pretty sure that this accident could’ve been worse. Having said that, we just have to deal with the aftermath.”Police said there were no serious injuries. “I tried my best to avoid her,” said Champage. “I tried my best to protect myself, and the reality is she came, she hit my car. She was being chased by several police officers at the time.”Champage said he’ll go to the hospital as a precaution. “I’m not feeling well. I’m gonna go and get myself checked out at the hospital,” he said.The child was handcuffed and transported to a nearby hospital as a precaution and later released.Hollywood police has charged her with aggravated fleeing and eluding and operating a vehicle without a license.She is being held at the Juvenile Assessment Center. She will appear before a judge on Tuesday.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Selfconfidence helps scale heights MLC V Bhupal Reddy

first_imgPatancheru: The physically challenged persons can overcome their challenges with self-confidence and become role models for others, said MLC V Bhupal Reddy and local MLA Gudem Mahipal Reddy here on Tuesday.They were speaking at the ‘Kalayatra’ programme at Gita Bhupal Reddy Government Junior College organised jointly by Padmavathi Institute for the Disabled, N V Foundation and TMDA. Twelve artists using wheelchairs presented cultural items. Physically challenged artists won wide applause with their performances. Among them were singers Padmavati and Dhananjay who rendered filmy numbers in melodious voices. Lawrence Nageswara Rao showed his dancing skills to enthrall the gathering. Also Read – Techie strangled to death in Hyderabad Advertise With Us Organisers Moturi Narayana of the institute and Ravi Kumar of TMDA felicitated the legislators. The two legislators regretted the neglect and lack of attention to the issue of physically challenged persons who are being neglected in society. Among those present were VBR Government Junior College Principal Maheshwar, Ramachandrapuram Corporator Anjaiah Yadav, TRS leaders Adarsh Reddy, Narasimha Reddy, district Telugu Yuvatha president Yadla Ramesh, local TRS activists Mohan Reddy, Lakshma Reddy, K Vittal Reddy, SV Foundation members Kalavathi, Ammulu, Venkateshwara Rao, college lecturers, staff and social activists.last_img read more

Mamata urges PM to take action on Unnao incident

first_imgKolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday criticised the BJP government at the Centre for failing to ensure the safety of the Unnao rape victim. Banerjee urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to form a high-level inquiry committee to probe the survivor’s accident. The car in which the rape survivor, her two aunts and lawyer were travelling in was hit by a speeding truck in Rae Bareli on Sunday. While the two aunts died, the 19-year-old woman and her lawyer were critically injured, police said. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata “The Unnao incident is very unfortunate. The prime minister should take action. A high-level inquiry committee should be formed to look into it,” Banerjee said, at the sidelines of a party program here. Attacking the BJP-ruled governments in Uttar Pradesh and the Centre for not doing enough to protect the survivor, who had accused the Bharatiya Janata Party’s MLA Kuldeep Sengar of rape in June 2017, Banerjee said the prime minister should look after the country. “Everyday incidents of lynching are taking place. Fascist rule is going on in the country. The prime minister should look after the country,” she said. The mother of the rape survivor has termed the accident a conspiracy to wipe out her family.last_img read more

New interim attorney general for state as Pech Cen resigns

first_imgChetumel, Q.R. — A new Attorney General for the state of Quintana Roo has been announced after the resignation of Miguel Angel Pech Cen.In a press conference, Governor Carlos Joaquín González made the announcement of a new interim attorney general, Gustavo Salas Salgado, to replace the current, Miguel Angel Pech Cen.Gustavo Salas Salgado is a law graduate from UNAM with more than 50 years of experience in the legal field and is a member of the Bar Association of Quintana Roo. He has also been attorney general in various other states including Mexico City.Joaquín González explained that it was necessary to appoint an interim prosecutor until the appointment of the next prosecutor. The news came after the announcement of the resignation of Miguel Angel Pech Cen who has held the position for Quintana Roo for one year and eight months.Miguel Angel Pech Cen made the announcement Thursday, stating Sunday will be his last day as acting attorney general. “My resignation begins to take effect at the first minute of Monday’s dawn,” he explained.Pech Cen did not attend the press conference announcing the new interim. His resignation comes after months of protests as criminal figures continue to increase with few being resolved.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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first_imgNews | November 19, 2009 USPSTF Recommendation on Mammography “Not Government Policy” 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. Related Content News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more 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 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 News | Breast Imaging | August 02, 2019 Volpara to Distribute Screenpoint Medical’s Transpara AI Solution Volpara Solutions and ScreenPoint Medical BV signed an agreement under which Volpara will sell ScreenPoint’s Transpara… read more 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 Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen SebeliusNovember 19, 2009 – The American College of Radiology (ACR) said in a statement on its Web site ( that it is pleased to see that Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has reaffirmed that mammography is a vital and lifesaving tool in the battle against breast cancer. Sebelius noted that the recommendations made by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) that women in their 40s should avoid routine mammograms is not government policy and has caused a great deal of confusion.The ACR strongly urges women and providers to continue to adhere to the current American Cancer Society and American College of Radiology policies regarding mammographic screening. Because the Task Force is referenced in healthcare reform legislation as a significant factor in determining which preventative services may be offered under government “insurance exchanges” outlined in the legislation, the ACR urges Secretary Sebelius to “officially ask the Task Force to rescind their mammography recommendations in order to avoid confusion as healthcare reform moves forward.”The ACR is also asking the HHS for “a more inclusive process” when developing such recommendations.”We also urge HHS to include in the USPSTF experts from the areas on which they will be advising lawmakers and submit their recommendations for comment and review to outside stakeholders in similar fashion to rules enacted by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. A more inclusive process can only benefit Americans as we seek to improve our health care system,” said the ACR.For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享center_img News | Mammography Reporting Software | July 26, 2019 Ikonopedia Releases Automated Combined Reporting Package at AHRA Ikonopedia showcased its recently released Automated Combined Reporting package and its entire suite of structured… read more Technology | Artificial Intelligence | July 18, 2019 Paragon Biosciences Launches Qlarity Imaging to Advance FDA-cleared AI Breast Cancer Diagnosis System Paragon Biosciences LLC announced the launch of its seventh portfolio company, Qlarity Imaging LLC, which was founded… read more Image courtesy of Imago Systems Qlarity Imaging’s software is used to assist radiologists in the assessment and characterization of breast lesions. Imaging features are synthesized by an artificial intelligence algorithm into a single value, the QI score, which is analyzed relative to a database of reference abnormalities with known ground truth. Image courtesy of Business Wire. News | 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 | Artificial Intelligence | July 03, 2019 Therapixel Appoints Matthieu Leclerc-Chalvet as CEO Artificial intelligence (AI) breast cancer screening specialist Therapixel announced the appointment of Matthieu… read more News | Mammography | July 10, 2019 SimonMed Imaging Implements ProFound AI for 3-D Tomosynthesis Arizona-based SimonMed Imaging announced their implementation of the first U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-… read more last_img read more

Swift is improving the UI of its generics model with the reverse

first_imgLast week, Joe Groff of the Swift Core Team published a post on the Swift forums discussing refining the Swift Generics model which was established by the Generics Manifesto, almost three years ago. The post introduced new changes to improve the UI of how generics work in the Swift language. The first part of this group of changes is the SE-0244 proposal. This proposal introduces some features around function return values. SE-0244 proposal The SE-0244 proposal addresses the problem of type-level abstraction for returns.  At present Swift has three existing generics features in Swift 5. Type-level abstraction The syntax of a type level abstraction is quite similar to generics in other languages, like Java or C#. In this users type out the function definitions, use angle brackets, and conventionally use T for a generic type, all of it happening at the function (or type) level. Each of the functions for Type-level abstraction has a placeholder type T. Each call site then gets to pick what concrete type is bound to T, making these functions very flexible and powerful in a variety of situations. Value-level abstraction Value-level abstraction deals with individual variables. It is not concerned with making general statements about the types that can be passed into or out of a function; instead, developers need to worry only about the specific type of exactly one variable in one place. Existential type Many swift libraries consist of composable generic components which provide primitive types along with composable transformations to combine and modify primitive shapes into more complex ones. These transformations may be composed by using the existential type instead of generic arguments. Existential types are like wrappers or boxes for other types. However, they bring more dynamism and runtime overhead than desired. If a user wants to abstract the return type of a declaration from its signature, existentials or manual type erasure are the two choices. However, these come with their own tradeoffs. Tradeoffs of existing generics features The biggest problem of the original genetic manifesto is generalized existentials. Present existentials have a variety of use cases that could never be addressed. Although existentials would allow functions to hide their concrete return types behind protocols as implementation details, they would not always be the most desirable tool for this job. This is because they don’t allow functions to abstract their concrete return types while still maintaining the underlying type’s identity in the client code. Also, Swift follows in the tradition of similar languages like C++, Java, and C# in its generics notation, using explicit type variable declarations in angle brackets. However, this notation can be verbose and awkward. So new improvements need to be made for existing notations for generics and existentials. Reverse generics Currently Swift has no way for an implementation to achieve type-level abstraction of its return values independent of the caller’s control. If an API wants to abstract its concrete return type from callers, it must accept the tradeoffs of value-level abstraction. If those trade-offs are unacceptable, the only alternative in Swift today is to fully expose the concrete return type. These tradeoffs led to the introduction of a new type system feature to achieve type-level abstraction of a return type. Coined as reverse generics by Manolo van Ee, this system behaves similar to a generic parameter type, but whose underlying type is bound by the function’s implementation rather than by the caller. This is analogous to the roles of argument and return values in functions; a function takes its arguments as inputs and uses them to compute the return values it gives back to the caller. This process has already begun with a formal review in progress on SE-244: Opaque Result Types. This proposal covers the “reverse generics” idea and some keyword in return types. “If adopted”, says Tim Ekl, a Seattle-area software developer, “it would give us the ability to return a concrete type hidden from the caller, indicating only that the returned value conforms to some protocol(s)”. He has also written an interesting blog post summarizing the discussion by Joe Groff on the swift forums page. Note: The content of this article is taken from Joe Groff’s discussion. For extensive details, you may read the full discussion on the Swift forums page. Read Next Swift 5 for Xcode 10.2 is here! Implementing Dependency Injection in Swift [Tutorial] Apple is patenting Swift features like optional chaininglast_img read more