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New Mexico led US pecan production after storm hit GeorgiaNew Mexico led US pecan production after storm hit Georgia

CARLSBAD, N.M. — New Mexico became the national leader in pecan production last year after Hurricane Michael struck down large swaths of Georgia’s crop, new U.S. Department of Agriculture numbers show.New Mexico produced about 90 million pounds of pecans in 2018 compared to Georgia’s 56 million, the Carlsbad Current-Argus reports .Georgia, traditionally the largest pecan-producing state, saw its crop crippled by the storm, cutting production by almost half from 107 million pounds.Lenny Wells, associate professor of Horticulture with a focus on pecans at the University of Georgia, said 17 per cent of the state’s pecan acreage was lost to the storm.Georgia lost about $100 million in pecan crops, $260 million in trees, and up to $200 million in future income, Wells said.“We had some pretty severe devastation,” Wells said.The storm landed in the Florida panhandle on Oct. 10 and quickly moved into Georgia’s southwest corner with winds up to 125 mph.It proceeded into the state with winds sustained at about 100 mph.Hurricane Michael was the first Category 3 storm to impact Georgia since the 1890s, the National Weather Service reported.In 2017, about 97 per cent of New Mexico’s 90 million pounds of pecans were produced in five of its 33 counties, according to the most recent data from the USDA’s New Mexico Annual Bulletin.About 73 per cent of the statewide crop came from Doña Ana County, with Eddy County producing about 11 per cent.Records show Texas and Arizona ranked third and fourth in pecan production.New Mexico reported a growth of almost 50 million pounds in the past decade from 43 million pounds in 2008.___Information from: Carlsbad Current-Argus, http://www.currentargus.com/The Associated Press read more

Rev John C Holland rememberedRev John C Holland remembered

Exactly 60 years ago, a prominent member of Hamilton’s black community passed away after dedicating his life to helping others. Today, those who knew Rev. John Christie Holland personally, as well as those who know him through his great accomplishments, gathered together to celebrate his life.The Stewart Memorial Church was packed with people wanting to honour Rev. Holland’s memory. There were politicians, police officers, community leaders, as well as family members who came all the way from California.The ceremony lasted a few hours, but it could have been an all-day event with all that the reverend achieved in his lifetime.Music, laughter, and memories fill the stewart memorial church, celebrating the full life of a prominent figure in the community.“He was an inspirational man who despite the obstacles faced as an African-Canadian person, was able to triumph over those, and he really inspires us to not looking at the glass as half empty but but as half full,” said Evelyn Myrie, co-founder of the Rev. John C. Holland Awards.Rev. Holland was a community leader who helped out those in need, no matter their skin colour, even though he lived in a time when that mattered. It’s been 60 years since he passed away, but as the packed room full of people at the memorial shows, his memory is alive and well.“What’s important is what’s come out of it. The lessons my Uncle John taught me that, you know, in my family we’re now dedicated to combating racism in the city, doing presentations all across the region, to educate, to educate students and to educate adults,” said Nerene Virgin, a great niece of Rev. Holland.It’s fitting that Rev. Holland’s life is being celebrated here at the Stewart Memorial Church. He was instrumental in keeping it going during financial difficulties, essentially saving an important piece of black history for not only Hamiltonians, but Canadians as well.The church was one of the first places of refuge for slaves who fled the U.S. through the underground railroad.“In the history of fighting for human rights and dignity, in terms of supporting the underground railroad, we here in Hamilton were a key component of that, and it was John C. Holland that brought that history to life, and made it part of our current and future celebrations and we’ll always be proud of that and it was John C. Holland that gave us that,” said David Christopherson, MP for Hamilton-Centre.Holland became the first Canadian of African descent to be named citizen of the year shortly before he passed away, and coming full-circle, his great, great, great nephew was a recipient of the same award this year.“The time we live in right now, being a black male myself, it’s so fortunate that I don’t have to deal with the things he dealt with, because of people like him who were trailblazers and set the bar for equality,” said Jackson Virgin-Holland.Showing that Holland’s hard work in the past continues to be a lasting legacy, making an impact here in the present.Each year, a young person in the community is given the John C. Holland Award. It was established to recognize the contributions of volunteers and professional leaders, and the winner is awarded a $1,000 scholarship.Rev. Holland continues to be remembered and honoured here in our community in a meaningful way. read more

I dreamt about playing for that club signing on the dotted lineI dreamt about playing for that club signing on the dotted line

first_img‘I dreamt about playing for that club… signing on the dotted line was surreal’ After leaving Leeds United, Eric Grimes is hoping the League of Ireland can kickstart his career. Derry City goalkeeper Eric Grimes. Share Tweet Email Source: Derry City FC/Twitter WHEN HE’D RETURN home from watching them play on TV in the company of Cork’s Leeds United Supporters Club, Eric Grimes would lie in bed and imagine what it would be like to be a Leeds player.He was a goalkeeper, yet Grimes idolised the club’s Irish contingent. Gary Kelly, Ian Harte and Robbie Keane were his heroes. At the age of 16, he no longer had to dream.Nearly six years have passed since Grimes signed for Leeds United from Ringmahon Rangers. Still awaiting a taste of first-team action which eluded him in England, he has come to Derry City in pursuit of senior football.Galway United approached him over the winter. They were prepared to make Grimes their first-choice goalkeeper. But he opted for Derry instead, despite accepting that he’d be joining the Candystripes as deputy to arguably the league’s best goalkeeper in Ger Doherty.He knew that breaking into the team wouldn’t be easy, but Europa League football and the likelihood of being part of a club pushing for the Premier Division title instead of aiming to avoid relegation were major factors in Grimes’ decision to sign for Kenny Shiels’ side.“There would have been more first-team football at Galway but, to be fair, Derry is just a bit more exciting at the moment. Obviously European football is part of that,” he says.“I actually went to meet Kenny during the off-season and I got a great feel for the club from him, and a sense of what he wants to achieve. He’s ambitious and he really believes that we can challenge for the title. I just wanted to be part of that.“There’s a lot of young, local lads here that really want to play for the club and they want to have success with their local club. It feels like there’s something special happening here, like we’re on the cusp of something.” Image: Lorraine O’Sullivan/INPHO Short URL Derry City FC are delighted to announce the signing of Eric Grimes – former @LUFC & @CorkCityFC goalkeeper. Welcome Eric! #rawa pic.twitter.com/P29uvu1Rx0— Derry City FC (@derrycityfc) January 6, 2017 http://the42.ie/3290009 Derry City goalkeeper Eric Grimes. Image: Lorraine O’Sullivan/INPHO 4 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Mar 16th 2017, 9:30 PM 26,116 Views By Paul Dollery Thursday 16 Mar 2017, 9:30 PM It’s difficult to argue with that assessment in a week when Derry maintained their 100% start to the season by recording a 3-1 win over a Dundalk side chasing their fourth consecutive Premier Division title. It was Derry’s first victory over the Lilywhites in nearly four years.Grimes says: “Obviously I wasn’t here then but there was a feeling of grievance among the boys that they didn’t get the results they deserved last year against Dundalk. We did quite a bit of analysis on them and came to the conclusion that some of the goals we conceded against them last year were through our own fault rather than their brilliant play.“We just had to be more intelligent and not so naive. We took that into the game and deserved the win. Dundalk get a lot of praise for how they play and manage games, but I think we played them off the park in the second half especially. It just goes to show that Dundalk aren’t the only team that can play football.”The League of Ireland rarely lacks captivating characters and Kenny Shiels certainly fits into that category. Since he took over as manager last season, this Derry City side has been greater than the sum of its parts. Under Shiels, a young team assembled with a relatively modest budget has defied its lack of experience and big names by leading the chasing pack behind Dundalk and Cork City.Shiels has fostered an us-against-them mentality, portraying his accomplished young side as a band of plucky underdogs fighting an uphill battle. In spite of their third-place finish last season, Derry again came into this year below the radar.Having overcome the champions, however, they now look ready to join the title race. Grimes has been impressed by Shiels’ management. Nevertheless, he says the former Kilmarnock boss has no magic formula.“Kenny gives us freedom to play and express ourselves. He’s very encouraging. Don’t get me wrong, because he’s stern, but he gives you a licence to play and that’s all you need. Everyone understands their role and what’s expected of us. That’s it. It’s nothing new, nothing mad. He just wants us to enjoy and express ourselves. I think the boys then take that into games.” Grimes has represented the Republic of Ireland up as far as U21 level. Source: Lorraine O’Sullivan/INPHOShiels’ approach to management, while not complicated, is certainly rare, Grimes explains. He only turned 22 last month but the young goalkeeper has already worked with his fair share of managers. During his time at Elland Road, he saw eight different first-team bosses come and go.“If you compare it to England it is quite unusual because the pressure over there is unbelievable, especially at a club like Leeds United where they expect to be better than mid-table or in the bottom half in the Championship.“With that expectation, maybe managers sometimes don’t get the time to build something. It’s quite refreshing and brave from Kenny to stay true to his beliefs like that. It’s definitely something different.”Simon Grayson was in charge at Leeds when Grimes rejected offers from other big clubs in England to join the side he grew up supporting in the summer of 2011. Turner’s Cross featured often in Grimes’ footballing upbringing. He seldom missed a Cork City home game, or a gathering of the Leeds United Supporters Club next door in the Horseshoe Inn.“I remember watching Leeds when they were flying in the Champions League when I was younger, and when they were always in the top half of the Premier League,” he says.“I remember being with my dad at the Supporters Club and watching the games and thinking, ‘Yeah, that’s all I want to do. I want to play for Leeds United’. I’d go to bed thinking that afterwards. I dreamt about playing for that club.“I had a few offers on the table but when your boyhood club comes in it’s an easy decision. When I signed on the dotted line it was surreal. For the first few weeks there I was just blown away by it all. From watching on TV all my life to then being there at the age of 16, it was amazing.” Grimes training with Leeds United. Source: Twitter.com/LUFCFor the most part, Grimes’ time at Leeds went according to plan. He was playing for the reserves at 16, made the bench for the first team on a couple of occasions and continued his progress at international level by representing the Republic of Ireland through to U21.After two years with the club, Grimes was given his first professional contract. A one-year extension followed in 2015 but a chance to play first-team football never arrived. With a high turnover of under-pressure managers, throwing a young, unproven goalkeeper in at the deep end was a risk none of them could afford to take. Grimes understood that and was therefore keen to pursue opportunities elsewhere by going out on loan. But Massimo Cellino, the club’s divisive owner, was reluctant to agree.“It was a bit frustrating because I felt I needed to get out and play first-team football somewhere. I had a few opportunities to go but with Cellino, for some reason, they didn’t want to send the young boys on loan at all,” says Grimes.“The final say was his and that kind of hampered my progress a little bit. It’s all well and good doing it in the reserves and U21s but they needed someone with first-team experience of playing against men when the pressure is on. People’s livelihoods depended on it and three points could mean extra money or getting closer to the play-offs instead of the relegation zone.“I was pretty desperate to go out on loan, the opportunities were there, but it wasn’t allowed to happen. The last two years at Leeds were a bit topsy-turvy but I really enjoyed my time there. It’s where I got my football education.”Grimes’ five-year spell with Leeds United ended last summer when the club declined to extend his contract. Initially there was a possibility of joining his former Leeds manager Neil Warnock at Rotherham United, but that move fell through when Warnock left the job.From one boyhood club to another, Grimes decided to come home and sign a short-term deal with Cork City. The Mahon native says he was assured by manager John Caufield that opportunities for first-team football would be available, but — aside from a 1-1 draw against Oman in a friendly last August — he ultimately had to be content with competing against Matthew Connor to provide back-up to Mark McNulty. Grimes lines up behind Colin Healy before last August’s friendly against Oman, his only Cork City appearance. Source: Cathal Noonan/INPHOGrimes: “To be honest, it was a bit disappointing not to play some first-team football with Cork City because I believe the opportunities were there. It became a bit of a lame duck at the end of the season because Dundalk had theoretically already won the league.“I felt there was an opportunity to play the last few games to see out the season. I told John I needed games and he told me I’d play in the cup, so I was disappointed that I didn’t. There’s no animosity, that’s just how things pan out in football. I’ll just take the good with the bad and learn from it.”Grimes’ departure from Cork City is what led him to Derry in January. That long-awaited first-team debut won’t came easily there either, although again he has been promised a chance in the cup competitions. When the time comes, he’s keen to make it count.“I told Kenny [Shiels] that the main thing for me was getting games, especially because I had the offer to go in and be number one somewhere else, but probably in a lesser team. But minutes are vital. He told me the jersey wasn’t nailed on but that the cup games would be there for me to impress. Hopefully we’ll get a few of those and that will be my opportunity. But taking nothing away from Ger [Doherty] because, in fairness, he’s been unbelievable.”Grimes believes goalkeepers can be a little more patient than their outfield peers during the wait for a chance to make a mark. Having said that, he knows he can’t afford to be a reserve for too much longer if he’s to emulate the likes of Peterborough United captain Chris Forrester and QPR midfielder Ryan Manning by using the League of Ireland as a launchpad for a successful career in England.“As a goalkeeper in England you probably don’t start playing regularly until you’re 25,” Grimes says. “There aren’t many first-choice goalkeepers around who are much younger than that. It’s a bit of an older man’s game, although I still think if you’re good enough you’re old enough.”He adds: “I don’t hold any bitterness about how things have gone for me. You do need a little bit of luck but my attitude is that the cream will always rise to the top if you’re good enough. The road to success isn’t always straightforward. Grimes (front row, left) celebrates with the Cork City squad after their 2016 FAI Cup final win over Dundalk. Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO“You look at what guys like Chris Forrester and Ryan Manning have done because clubs love looking at how many first-team games fellas have played, whether it’s in England or Ireland. More first-team games gets you a better contract at a club than what you’d have if you came through an academy.“If you’re good enough you’ll find a way to get back. It’s down to me now from here.”Caulfield forecasts open title race as Cork City move ahead and Dundalk falterDerry maintain perfect start with stunning comeback win over champions Dundalklast_img read more

Week In Review 08120816Week In Review 08120816

first_imgWednesday 8/14Audio PlayerWednesday-0814.mp3VmWednesday-0814.mp300:00RPdNo Resolution At Recent Bargaining Session With District, Reseeding Begins On Swan Lake Fire Dozer Lines, With Moderate Fire Activity, DF&G Close Set Gillnetting In the Upper Subdistrict For The 2019 Season Monday 8/12Audio PlayerJennifer-0812.mp3VmJennifer-0812.mp300:00RPdKenai River Brewery Wins People’s Choice at Beer Festival, Parents Arrested After Missing Children Found, Legislators Call For Statutory PFD To Be Paid In Full Tuesday 8/13Audio PlayerTuesday-0813.mp3VmTuesday-0813.mp300:00RPdCity Of Soldotna Moving Forward With Petition To Annex, Borough Denies Country Singer Right To Privacy At Homer Residence, Rumors Swirl That BP Might Be Selling Off Its Alaska Assets Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The KSRM News Department compiled some of the top stories from this past week.center_img Thursday 8/15Audio PlayerFriday-0816.mp3VmFriday-0816.mp300:00RPdFire Activity Moderated On Swan Lake Fire, Some Areas In Refuge Closed, $2.54M In Capital Budget For Hiland Mountain Women’s Mental Health Unit, Homelessness: The Forgotten Problem On The Kenai Friday 8/16Audio PlayerFriday-0816.mp3VmFriday-0816.mp300:00RPdNWS Issues Fire Weather Watch For Kenai Peninsula, Recall Dunleavy Surpasses Necessary 28,000 Signatures, Candidate List Finalized For Local Municipal Electionlast_img read more

Nod for trunk line to Aagamayya ColonyNod for trunk line to Aagamayya Colony

first_imgMansoorabad: LB Nagar MLA Devireddy Sudheer Reddy and division corporator Koppula Vittal Reddy participated in the get together programme of Aagamayya Colony residents.Speaking on the occasion, Sudheer Reddy said, “A Trunk line worth Rs 10 crore has been sanctioned for Aagamayya Colony. It will solve drainage problems in the colony and rain water will not get stagnated on roads after its completion.” Furthermore, Reddy said “Everyone should arrange a water harvesting pit in their house for our future generations. Empty lands in the colonies should be filled with trees and plants in order to increase the level of ground level water.” Eeswaramma Yadav, Jakkidi Malla Reddy, Jakkidi Raghuveer Reddy, Kanna, Vijay Bhaskar Reddy, Praveen, Obireddy, Yamuna, Prasad, Suman, Nagaraju, Murali, Narender and others participated in the programme.last_img read more

Amy Jackson announces her pregnancy shares cute picture flaunting baby bumpAmy Jackson announces her pregnancy shares cute picture flaunting baby bump

first_imgAmy Jackson announces she is pregnantInstagramActress Amy Jackson surprised all her fans by making a big announcement of her pregnancy. Sharing an adorable picture and a beautiful caption, Amy confirmed that she is pregnant.Amy took to Instagram and shared a photo that shows her boyfriend George Panayiotou kissing her forehead. The picture also shows Amy having a baby bump.As United Kingdom celebrates Mother’s Day on March 31, Amy took this opportunity to share the big news. “I’ve been waiting to shout it from the roof tops, and today, being Mother’s Day couldn’t be more perfect… I already love you more than anything in this world, the purest most honest love. We can’t wait to meet you our little Libra one,” she captioned the picture.It indeed is a pleasant surprise for all her fans as there were no talks about Amy’s pregnancy. Amy is yet to get married, but the actress and her partner are all set and happy to welcome their little bundle of joy.As soon as she made the big announcement, series of congratulatory messages started pouring in on social media. Amy was last seen in the big movie 2.0 starring Akshay Kumar and Rajinikanth.last_img read more

To Prevent Drunk Driving Deaths TxDOT Says Plan While You CanTo Prevent Drunk Driving Deaths TxDOT Says Plan While You Can

first_img Share Listen – / 4For years now, Harris County has had some of the highest DWI fatality rates in the country. Allison Bainbridge with the DA’s office says a lot of it has to do with Harris County’s large size and growing population. “But it really comes down to someone’s individual choice,” adds Bainbridge. “Someone’s going to make a bad decision to drink and drive, something bad is going to happen.”Eric Stephens knows all too well what can happen. His daughter Jade was killed in a drunk driving crash in July of 2014. The family was driving home from Jade’s 10th birthday party when they were hit by a drunk driver in north Harris County. “You don’t understand how it is when you can’t get out of your head your baby dying in your wife’s arms,” says Stephens. To try to keep the roads safe this holiday season, many local law enforcement departments are conducting “no refusal” efforts. If someone suspected of DWI refuses to take a breath test, police can get an immediate search warrant for a blood draw.TxDOT has also rolled out an interactive video game to illustrate the dangers of impaired driving. Players have to dodge snowballs while under the influence of “digital” drinks.  00:00 /00:56 X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:last_img read more

Toy Tuesday The Best Persona ToysToy Tuesday The Best Persona Toys

first_imgAtlus’s Shin Megami Tensei series is one of the most storied in Japanese RPG history, a sprawling supernatural epic that has seen myriad spin-offs and side stories (including dancing and fighting games). The Persona series takes the lore and mythos of the mainline and sets it in high school, delivering stylish and innovative storytelling bolted to rock-hard battles. The series’ character design is top of the line, so it’s no surprise that there are lots of dope Persona toys. Here are our picks for 11 of the coolest.Makoto Yuki FigureEach Persona game features different methods for the teenage protagonists to summon the supernatural manifestations of their inner selves that give the games their title. In the third installment, they pointed a device called an Evoker at their head and pulled the trigger. It’s a pretty edgy visual, which fits perfectly with the atmosphere. The game’s unnamed protagonist was dubbed Makoto Yuki for the movie adaptation, so that’s what we’ll call him. This Figma action figure features Max Factory’s unique jointing system that allows for smooth motion and durability, and flexible plastic over certain connections lends a smoother appearance. Comes with a stand and accessories.Get it at AmazonMorgana NendoroidThe second-in-command of the Phantom Thieves in Persona 5, Morgana might appear to be a humanoid cat but is in reality a human trapped in that form, and he won’t let you forget it. Good Smile’s Nendoroid line is perfect for capturing his proportions, and this poseable figure is a pitch-perfect rendition. Morgana stands a little over two and a half inches high and comes with his slingshot and saber, as well as a stand to pose him in his “All-Out Attack” stance. A total of sixteen different combinations of eye and mouth parts are available for a wide range of facial expressions.Get it at Amazon.comPanther Funko PopEach of the Phantom Thieves in Persona 5 have a unique costumed identity that they appear in as they raid the mind palaces of their targets. In the real world, Ann Takamaki is a kind if somewhat withdrawn high school student, but when she springs into action she takes the nom de crime Panther and, clad in a red catsuit with matching whip, acts as the team’s moral center while kicking ass. Funko has made a variety of Persona Pops, but this one is our pick for the sculpt quality and level of detail.Get it at AmazonTamashii Nations Raidou Kuzunoha FigureWe’re going to bend the rules here, as Raidou Kuzunoha is the protagonist of the Devil Summoner games and hasn’t popped his head up yet in the Persona series. But this totally badass figure from Bandai’s Tamashii Nations line is cool enough that we let him make the jump. Multiple points of articulation let you replicate his fighting style, and he comes with a massive amount of accessories and alternate parts — eight hands, a katana with removable eldritch energy effects, demon containment tubes, and even his feline companion Gouto. It’s just an incredibly solid and robust figure.Get it at Amazon.comJoker FigureThe leader of the Phantom Thieves in Persona 5, Joker is a high school student who is expelled following a false accusation and forced to transfer to a new school, where he joins other teens to explore a mysterious realm linked to the human subconscious. This Max Factory figure has the company’s classic articulation and attention to detail, measuring five inches tall and coming with weapons and his mask. Three different faceplates let you try out alternate expressions, and he even comes with a pint-sized version of Morgana to pal around with. A stand lets you execute more difficult poses with ease.Get it at AmazonTeddie PlushWhen we first meet Teddie in Persona 4, he meets the three main human leads in the Midnight Channel and ushers them to an exit so they can escape. When they return, the odd bear-shaped creature realizes they could serve as allies and joins their party in a support role. Teddie’s backstory and character arc is one of the weirder things the series has ever pulled, but we’ll always remember how we met him. If you’re taken by his cuddly form, this Great Eastern plush rendition is perfect for a quick snuggle. Measures eight inches high and has three plastic buttons on his midriff.Get it at AmazonD-Arts Thanatos FigureThe core gimmick of the Persona series is that human beings can be bonded with supernatural entities from throughout mythology and be granted incredible powers. In Persona 3, the protagonist first meets Thanatos when he attempts to summon another Persona, only to see him grotesquely murdered. After accomplishing a social link, he becomes awakened for use. This incredibly detailed figure from Bandai’s D-Arts has tons of articulation, with each of the creature’s floating coffins individually moveable. His jaw even opens and closes!Get it at AmazonPhat Futaba Sakura StatueUnlike the other leads of Persona 5, Futaba Sakura isn’t a student at the same high school — instead, she’s a hikikomori, a shut-in who communicates only over the Internet. When the Phantom Thieves start their adventures, she discovers their identity and invades her own mind palace alongside them to come to terms with her guilt over the death of her mother. She’s one of the game’s most popular characters and this detailed statue from Phat features interchangeable parts so you can pose her either in her jacket or without it. Sakura also comes with a smartphone and Morgana in cat form that she can hold.Get it at AmazonChie Satonaka FigureOne of the most popular characters from Persona 4, Chie is a bundle of energy who loves martial arts movies, so she naturally also appeared in the fighting game spin-offs. Clad in her signature green jacket and houndstooth skirt, Chie is ready to venture into the Midnight Channel to rescue her friend Yukiko and unravel the mystery. This is another Figma style toy from Max Factory, so it has a solid level of detail and poseability. Chie comes with three alternate faceplates and effect parts to illustrate the power of her kung fu attacks.Get it at AmazonTamashii Nations Jiraya FigureBandai’s Tamashii Nations line is one of our favorites on the market. They do figures that are both strikingly accurate to their source material and extremely playable and poseable. Their take on Yosuke Hanamura’s first Persona from the fourth game is incredible — the shapeshifting ninja is all sharp angles and hyper-extended limbs, and it can be moved into some seriously outrageous attack poses. The figure includes a special base to support Jiraya’s more ungainly poses.Get it at AmazonJack Frost NendoroidThe Shin Megami Tensei franchise has a number of iconic enemies, but none is as closely tied to the series as cheerful ice demon Jack Frost. He’s become the unofficial mascot of developer Atlus due to his popularity among fans, and he’s even served as the protagonist of his own game. This lovely rendition of the little guy comes with a number of accessories, including a magically created chunk of ice to blitz enemies with and alternate arm and leg parts. Buy four of them and you’ll be set to stage a battle scene.Get it at AmazonMore on Geek.com:The Best Animal ToysThe Best ‘My Hero Academia’ ToysThe Best ‘Stranger Things’ Toyslast_img read more

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first_imgFor more information: www.fda.gov/Radiation-EmittingProducts/MammographyQualityStandardsActandProgram/Reports/ucm383672.htm FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 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 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 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 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 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 | 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 Image courtesy of Imago Systems 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 FDA said the facility has ceased performing mammography. Technology | Breast Biopsy Systems | July 24, 2019 Fujifilm Releases Tomosynthesis Biopsy Option for Aspire Cristalle Mammography System Fujifilm Medical Systems U.S.A. Inc. recently expanded its breast imaging solutions with the launch of its… read more Feature | January 30, 2014 ACR Takes Action Against Georgia Mammography Facility The Mountain Lakes Medical Center in Clayton, Ga., was investigated in April 2013 by the State of Georgia, under contract to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). An annual Mammography Quality Standards Act (MQSA) inspection revealed the facility operated for 75 days without performing film processor quality control when clinical images were processed.  On May 13, 2013, FDA required the facility submit images to the ACR for an additional mammography review (AMR). On June 20, 2013, the ACR notified the facility that the deficiencies found in the evaluated mammograms posed a serious risk to human health.  As a result, the ACR revoked the facility’s accreditation effective June 28, 2013.  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 News | Ultrasound Women’s Health | July 11, 2019 FDA Clears Koios DS Breast 2.0 AI-based Software Koios Medical announced its second 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Related Content 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. 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 January 30, 2013 — A mammography facility in Georgia had its mammography acceditation revoked by the  American College of Radiology (ACR) following an investigation that showed major quality issues.  Based on the serious image quality deficiencies noted during the AMR, the FDA required the facility perform a patient and referring healthcare provider notification (PPN) to alert all at-risk patients (and their providers) of the mammography image quality problems at the facility. On Jan. 24, 2014, the FDA notified the facility that it successfully completed the PPN process. read morelast_img read more

Elektas Leksell Gamma Knife Icon Cleared for Use in Japan and UnitedElektas Leksell Gamma Knife Icon Cleared for Use in Japan and United

first_img Related Content News | Radiation Oncology | July 31, 2019 Laura Dawson, M.D., FASTRO, Chosen as ASTRO President-elect The members of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) elected four new officers to ASTRO’s Board of… read more June 3, 2016 — Elekta announced that its Leksell Gamma Knife Icon radiosurgery system has been cleared for clinical use by both the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission in the United States.Icon offers physicians increased flexibility for treatment of certain brain tumors, vascular malformations and functional disorders by allowing either frame-based or frameless methods to immobilize the patient’s head, while ensuring the highest level of precision. This allows patients with larger brain tumors and lesions close to critical brain structures to be treated with Gamma Knife accuracy and confidence.Leksell Gamma Knife Icon received 510(k) approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in August 2015 and CE marking in June 2015. It has also been cleared by the MFDS for clinical use in The Republic of Korea.The total number of cancer patients in Japan is estimated at about 980,000 a year, approximately 100,000 (10 percent) of whom will develop metastatic brain tumors. Only about 10,000 of these patients receive Gamma Knife treatment each year. Now, with Leksell Gamma Knife Icon, the number of patients who can receive stereotactic radiosurgery to the affected area would increase considerably.Unique to Icon is the integrated stereotactic cone-beam CT (CBCT) imaging technology that can check the patient’s position against the treatment plan and automatically recalculate the plan to correct for movement, thus ensuring the highest precision. During treatment, Icon’s novel HD motion management system manages patient movement by using infrared marker tracking to monitor cranial position.For more information: www.elekta.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more News | Radiation Therapy | June 03, 2016 Elekta’s Leksell Gamma Knife Icon Cleared for Use in Japan and United States Patients and clinics to benefit from next-generation stereotactic radiosurgery system News | Radiation Therapy | August 16, 2019 Drug Accelerates Blood System’s Recovery After Radiation, Chemotherapy A drug developed by UCLA physician-scientists and chemists speeds up the regeneration of mouse and human blood stem… read more The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications News | Proton Therapy | August 06, 2019 IBA Signs Contract to Install Proton Therapy Center in Kansas IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.) recently signed a contract and received the first payment for a Proteus One solution… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 07, 2019 Qfix kVue One Proton Couch Top Validated by Mevion Medical Systems Qfix and Mevion Medical Systems announced that a special version of the kVue One Proton couch top is now both validated… read more News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. 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In El Salvador Nicaragua abortion can mean death or jailIn El Salvador Nicaragua abortion can mean death or jail

first_imgRelated posts:On 35th anniversary of Romero’s murder, Salvadorans remember him finally as a martyr Four arrested in protest against El Salvador abortion laws Romero: The long journey to martyrdom, a timeline El Salvador ex-President Francisco Flores in a coma after stroke SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador — María was in her second year of university. She had a boyfriend and used the pill. Nevertheless, she missed her period for a month so she bought a test, which confirmed her pregnancy.Her relationship wasn’t a serious one, and her studies were very expensive. She wasn’t sure she wanted a child so, ashamed, she told her parents what happened.Her father had a clear opinion about it: she had to get rid of the child, no matter what. But as María lives in El Salvador, this meant going to a clandestine clinic and risking up to 40 years in prison for murder — of a 6-week-old fetus.El Salvador is one of the few countries worldwide where abortion is forbidden in every possible case — even when the pregnancy is the result of a rape or when the mother’s life is in danger. The country’s anti-abortion law dates back to 1997.According to the Salvadoran group Citizens’ Coalition for the Decriminalization of Abortion, 129 women were put on trial for abortion in El Salvador between 2000 and 2011. Most of them had their charges upped to murder, according to the group, and many were convicted.Because of the serious penalties against abortion, María didn’t dare talk about it with anyone beyond her family. The more people knew about her pregnancy, the greater risk she ran that authorities would find out and she’d be prosecuted.In the end María went to a clandestine clinic in a residential house. She was given Cytotec pills, which stimulate contractions of the uterus that can cause a woman to abort. In María’s case, the pills also gave her chronic pain in her digestive system.According to the World Health Organization‘s most recent report on the issue, 21.6 million women had unsafe abortions in 2008. Of them, 47,000 women died as a result of the abortion, and 5 million were left disabled.Nine years after her abortion, María still suffers the physical and psychological effects of the ordeal. She’s afraid to tell her story using her real name. In a country where women can wake up chained to their hospital bed after a miscarriage, you don’t talk about the illegal abortion you’ve had.Which is not to say that it doesn’t happen frequently.Abortion laws in El Salvador, Nicaragua disproportionately affects the poorPro abortion rights groups and Amnesty International have teamed up to campaign for the freedom of 17 women, known as “Las 17,” who have been imprisoned in El Salvador for ‘murdering’ their fetuses. And they’ve had one big success.In January, one of the 17, Carmen Guadalupe Vásquez Aldana, was granted clemency after seven years in prison. Vásquez had been raped by her employer when she was 18. She had a miscarriage that resulted in heavy bleeding, which sent her to a hospital — against her employer’s will.There, the doctors suspected an abortion. After an operation, Vásquez woke up handcuffed.Vásquez was a domestic servant, living with the family she worked for and the man who raped her. With an average salary of $250 a month, domestic servants are unlikely to have the means to fund a safe abortion.In Nicaragua, where, like in El Salvador, politics are strongly influenced by the Catholic Church, abortion has been officially outlawed since 2006, even if the pregnant woman’s life is in danger.Ruth María Matamoros, a psychologist who works with the Nicaraguan women’s organization Grupo Venancia, said that the abortion ban creates a divide between rich and poor.“In our eyes the abortion law mainly creates discrimination against the poor,” she said. “Those who have the money just fly to Miami to go to a private clinic. The poor will always look for clandestine clinics, where (practitioners) don’t always know what they are doing.”Women in Nicaragua don’t get jailed for clandestine abortions as they do in El Salvador. But women’s organizations fear this could be the next step. And the abortion ban does put women’s lives in danger.Grupo Venancia’s staff regularly hears stories from women who sought abortions and were treated with bent clothes hangers, which can perforate and infect the uterus. Following such abortions, women often wait to see a doctor until the infection is life threatening.“We see this as a human rights violation,” said Matamoros. “Being pregnant after a rape is a form of torture. Plus, you don’t change anything about the amount of abortions (that take place) when you prohibit them. You only move the abortions to obscure places.”New pressure on El Salvador in roll on U.N. Human Rights Council?The 2013 case of another woman, who goes by the pseudonym Beatriz, brought international attention to El Salvador’s anti-abortion laws. Doctors determined that Beatriz’s fetus was not viable. Beatriz also suffered from the autoimmune disease lupus, which made every day of pregnancy a serious and painful danger to her health. So Beatriz sought legal permission to abort.She was initially denied permission to have an abortion, but the Inter-American Court of Human Rights intervened and ordered El Salvador’s high court to reverse its decision.Human rights lawyer and judge Florentín Meléndez, was the only one of five judges on the initial Salvadoran Supreme Court panel to vote in favor of granting Beatriz an abortion. He remains staunch in his position.“We are not only a tribunal for justice,” he told the Tico Times. “We deal with human lives, so it is important to be reasonable when we look at a case like Beatriz’s, and establish firm legal grounds for the future.”Following El Salvador’s decision to pardon Guadalupe Vásquez in January, a special U.N. panel applauded the decision but urged El Salvador to pardon the other women jailed under similar circumstances and to repeal its anti-abortion legislation.Abortion rights activists hope that El Salvador’s newly-won seat on the U.N. Human Rights Council could pressure the country to change the law. In its petition for a seat on the council, the country stressed the strides it has made in making amends for human rights abuses committed during the country’s civil war, which ended in 1992.The country promised to “continue to promote legislation and administrative and other measures in order to advance the goal of ensuring that public policy guarantees the full exercise of human rights” on the domestic front.But apart from Vásquez, El Salvador’s Supreme Court has not conceded pardon for any of the other 16 women for whom requests for clemency have been submitted. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Prosecutors dont play when it comes to robbery with toy gunsProsecutors dont play when it comes to robbery with toy guns

first_imgRelated posts:Inept criminals sentenced to prison for attempting to steal a truck they couldn’t drive Thefts expected to spike as Christmas season begins 7 injured in Limón bar shootout involving at least one AK-47 assault rifle Motorcycle duo shoots U.S. businessman in Escazú suburb of San José, Costa Rica In August, two men held up a woman in San José. The thieves stole her smartphone and cash before police caught and arrested them with the loot. Their weapon of choice? A garden hose nozzle.A garden hose nozzle is admittedly an outlier when it comes to weapons in aggravated robbery but the capital’s criminals are increasingly turning to toy guns — or anything short of an actual firearm — when they want to rob someone. The guns might be fake but that doesn’t meant that the sentences are any less.For several years now, fake guns have become increasingly popular with thieves. Police seized 81 toy guns between January and August, up 43 percent from the 46 seized during the same period in 2014. Public Security Ministry spokesman Carlos Hidalgo said that roughly 60 percent of the fake guns seized were used in robberies. A garden hose nozzle used to rob a woman in San José on Aug. 24, 2015. (Courtesy Public Security Ministry)The fake guns police seize range from the comical to the military. Many are plastic replicas of small handguns, but in January police found a ceramic AK-47 in the hideout of a suspected drug dealer in Desamparados, south of San José.There is a significant difference in the punishment between robbery and aggravated robbery. Robbery is punishable with between six months and three years in prison. Aggravated robbery — when a thief uses a weapon or there is breaking and entering — carries a punishment of between five and 15 years in prison, according to Article 213 of the Costa Rican Criminal Code.The criminal code has no specific provision for someone who tries to rob another with a fake gun instead of a real one, but the Criminal Chamber of the Supreme Court has ruled that a weapon can be defined both by its physical description and the intent of the person wielding it. It could look like a gun or just be a hose nozzle hidden in a jacket pocket, but as far as the law’s concerned it’s still a weapon. A fake gun seized by police. (Courtesy Public Security Ministry)Prosecutor’s Office spokeswoman Tatiana Vargas said that these cases are generally treated as aggravated robbery because the fake weapon “provokes the same reaction in the victim as if it were a real weapon.” (The Tico Times could not verify what the two suspects aforementioned were charged with after they were sent to a San José flagrancy court in August.)One explanation for the increase in fake weapons is that Costa Rica has been making it more difficult for people to get weapons. Unlike the United States, there is no right to bear arms in Costa Rica and getting a gun permit can be a lengthy process. Hidalgo said that carrying a fake gun is not a criminal offense, unlike an unregistered firearm, and much less expensive than the real thing. Many criminals simply try their luck with the fake gun.The number of toy guns in crime might be on the rise, but that doesn’t mean it’s a good idea to try your luck at Russian roulette with a robber. In June, police reported that they seized 2,300 real guns so far this year. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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first_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires “On the injury side, Ted Ginn (knee) and Michael Floyd (groin), really no change. We hope to get them in this ballgame (Saturday at Minnesota), but there’s a chance they might not make it back. Lyle Sendlein (calf) is definitely still out. Hope to have all three of those guys back next week for sure. The day-to-day: Max Starks with an ankle, Anthony Steen with a sore neck, Jonathan Cooper with a toe, Nate Potter with a back and Kevin Minter with a pec (pectoral issue). All of those guys are out today. We’ll just take it one day at a time with all of them.”Given the depth at receiver, can you keep six on the final 53-man roster?“Potentially yes. We will not cut a player at one position to keep somebody just for depth. We’re going to keep the best players on the team. There’s some great battles going on from 45 to 53. It’s fun to have this type of squad.”How intense the competition is at receiver?“You better not have a bad day. One bad day could cost you your job. That’s what you want. You want guys that have to come out and focus every day in practice and give everything they have every single day and then to be able to put it on tape on game day.” Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling GLENDALE, Ariz. — Head coach Bruce Arians, now in his second year with the Arizona Cardinals, meets the media each day during training camp.Here, in this space, we’ll highlight many of the key topics and personnel conversations he has with reporters following the morning walk-through:“After looking at the tape, I was very pleased with the intensity, the effort that we played with. Really pleased with our secondary. I think we only had two penalties as far as illegal hands; one of them was actually on a blitz, on a blitz pickup (using) hands to the face. Our guys have really adapted to the rule changes very well so far. Offensively, not much to say negatively. We ran the ball effectively even with a bunch of mental errors by some young guys. Second half we had quite a few mental errors. First half was pretty efficient football. Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact How did Jonathan Cooper hold up after giving up sack to J.J. Watt?“He shook it off; got better and better. It’s a shame he got rolled up on and got the toe (injury), but hopefully he won’t miss much time.”Are you worried about the conditioning of John Abraham when he finally reports?“No. He was in great shape when he showed up (in the offseason) and I would think he would come back in just as good of shape. But knocking that rust off and getting up to playing speed in a lot of the new stuff on defense that we have right now, he hasn’t been exposed to. There will be a learning curve, but hopefully he’s going to have over 20 days to be ready (for the regular season).” Comments   Share   The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelolast_img read more

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first_img Your browser does not support the audio element. (AP photos) Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires We are a long way away from the start of the NFL season, let alone the preseason or training camp.With that in mind, it’s never too early to start making predictions, and NFL.com analyst Bucky Brooks made some by taking a swing at who will be the best rookies at each position in the 2018 season.Despite three other quarterbacks taken ahead of Arizona Cardinals first-round pick Josh Rosen, Brooks believes Rosen will be the rookie quarterback to make the biggest impact in year one. Despite being the last of the Tier 1 quarterbacks to come off the board, Rosen lands in the best spot to showcase his talents as a natural passer.It’s no surprise to hear that from Brooks, who is a huge fan of Rosen.In mid-March, he called Rosen “the most polished quarterback prospect I’ve scouted since Andrew Luck entered the league in 2012.”Overall, Rosen is about as complete as they come at the position with a polished game that is ripped straight from an instructional video on how to play the position. He can make throws to every area of the field with pinpoint accuracy and precision. Although there are some questions about his intangibles and commitment level from some scouts around the league, there’s no disputing his talent, game or potential.The Ringer’s Danny Heifetz dubbed Rosen “the perfect quarterback for the Cardinals to win now.”The Cardinals now have their quarterback of their short- and long-term future for the first time in a decade. He immediately puts them back in contention for the NFC West title.Rosen, of course, will have to beat out not only Sam Bradford for the starting position, but even Mike Glennon for the backup position. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelocenter_img Bradford signed a one-year deal worth $20 million and has a team option for the next year. The 30-year-old, of course, has an extensive history of injuries and that could lead to Rosen’s emergence this upcoming season.Second-round pick Christian Kirk, meanwhile, also made the list at wide receiver.The Cardinals’ new WR2 should pile up big numbers opposite Larry Fitzgerald as the designated “chain mover” in the team’s new scheme. Kirk shows the skeptics that he is more than a slot receiver by ringing up yards and scores as a perimeter playmaker.Kirk will have an opportunity to produce right away. Jaron Brown and John Brown combined for 52 catches in 2017 and both departed in free agency. The only replacements Arizona brought in were Kirk, Brice Butler and Cobi Hamilton.2017 third-round pick Chad Williams could also emerge, but Kirk’s dependent style of play as a pass-catcher is a great fit for instant contributions.In the NFC West, San Francisco 49ers offensive lineman Mike McGlinchey was the only other nominee. 1 Comments   Share   Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling LISTEN: Bucky Brooks, NFL Media Analyst Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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