Moroccon Health Budget below Half of Needs Minister

Rabat – Minister of Health Houcine El Ouardi has expressed his concern about the budget allocated to his ministry, which is far below World Health Organization (WHO) standards.At MAD 14.3 billion, the Ministry of Health’s budget has not changed for years, El Ouardi said in a press conference held this Wednesday in Rabat.“According to [the] WHO, every country that wishes to upgrade its health sector must reserve 12% of the state budget for health. Ours provides only 5.69% of the general budget,” he pointed out during the presentation of his program for the period 2017-2021. Despite the poor figures, El Ouardi said that the ministry has been trying to meet the people’s needs the best it can for years.Out of the MAD 14.3 billion, “54% is reserved for the staff’s salaries, which means that we have less than half for the investment,” lamented the minister, stating that the Ministry is suffering from a sever shortage of human resources, as the number of assignments dedicated to the sector do not exceed 1,500 posts in the current year.El Ouardi stressed the immense lack of human resources suffered by Moroccan hospitals, nothing that the country has 14 well-equipped hospitals that are idle due to shortage of staff. According to the minister, this issue constitutes one the health department’s most critical problems.“Since I’ve been appointed as Minister, I have raised the issue of human resources and working conditions many times,” stated El Ouardi, calling for an open debate on the issue with the Head of the Government. He stressed that “this issue must be addressed urgently. We cannot keep going like this.”On a brighter note, the minister highlighted the government’s achievements during the 2012-2016 mandate, from reducing the price of 3,600 drugs, to developing and promoting human organ transplantation.El Ouardi also noted that during his previous mandate, he worked on developing and strengthening the sector, as well as expanding health coverage and increase medical assistance financial coverage by 22 percent. read more

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FAA expects Boeing update for troubled jet in coming weeks

U.S. aviation regulators say Boeing needs more time to finish changes in a flight-control system suspected of playing a role in two deadly crashes.The Federal Aviation Administration said Monday it anticipates Boeing’s final software improvements for 737 Max airliners “in the coming weeks.”Boeing was expected to complete the work last week, but FAA says the company needs more time to make sure it has identified and addressed all issues.The FAA says once it gets Boeing’s completed proposal, it will conduct a rigorous safety review.The planes have been grounded around the world since mid-March.Boeing is making changes in an automated system that is designed to prevent the plane’s nose from rising, which can lead to a dangerous aerodynamic stall. Max crashes in Indonesia and Ethiopia killed 346 people.The Associated Press read more

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Niagara police need help locating missing woman

The Niagara Regional Police Service is asking the public for help in locating a missing 23-year-old woman. Laura Heather McIntosh was last seen at her home on Effingham St. near Tice Rd. in Pelham, Ont. after being dropped off by a friend at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday.She is described as six-feet tall, with a medium build, purple hair and a pierced septum. Anyone with information on her whereabouts is asked to contact Niagara police 3 District in Welland at 905-688-4111 ext 3300.

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Lowes hires former Loblaws exec as new president for Canadian division

MOORESVILLE, N.C. – Lowe’s Companies Inc. (NYSE:LOW) has hired a former Loblaws executive to be the new president of its Canadian division.Sylvain Prud’homme will take the leadership role on March 25.He replaces current president Alan Huggins, who is returning to the U.S. to serve as Lowe’s vice-president of international operations and development.The home improvement retailer said it chose Prud’homme because of his experience in national and international retail merchandising.Before serving as the executive vice-president of operations and merchandising for Loblaw, Prud’homme worked for retail giant Wal-Mart and grocers Sobey’s and Super C.“He is a strategic thinker and a humble leader, and will be an outstanding addition to the Canada leadership team,” said William Robinson, Lowe’s head of international operations and development, in a statement.Lowe’s, which is based in Mooresville, N.C., operates 1,745 stores in North America — with the majority in the United States. There are 34 locations and a distribution centre in Canada.Last September, the company retreated from an attempt to acquire Quebec-based rival Rona (TSX:RON) through a $1.8-billion deal that was shunned by Rona’s board.Since expanding to Canada in 2007, Lowe’s has tried to grow its presence in a competitive market that already includes retail giants Home Depot and Rona.In November, it hinted that it was still considering an acquisition in Canada but would not name a target company.Lowe’s is the second-largest home improvement retailer in the world and reported sales of US$50.2 billion in fiscal 2011. by The Canadian Press Posted Feb 8, 2013 4:55 pm MDT Lowe’s hires former Loblaws exec as new president for Canadian division AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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83yearold nurse has no plans to retire

first_imgMonica Bulman has been working for the NHS since 1952 when, aged 19, she first enrolled in nurse training at Eltham Hospital,Now 83, she still works 15 to 20 hours a week and, despite her advanced age, has no intention of stopping.Since 1998 she’s been working at Torbay Hospital, and she says that caring for others has kept her going “through some of the toughest times in life”. “I love my job, each and every part of it. Being a nurse brings me so much pleasure and keeps me on my toes,” she told the BBC.“I still have no plans to retire and I hope to keep going for as long as I am able.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Reflecting on the changes she’s seen through her 64-year nursing career, she told the Torquay Herald Express: “The uniforms have changed considerably although I have to admit I did prefer our old uniforms, they were much more glamorous. I bought a belt to wear with my uniform when I qualified — I still have and wear the very same belt to this day.””Nursing has changed a lot over the years especially the technology, which is wonderful – unless it breaks down!”Although we now have much more paperwork to compete, it is fantastic that we can now look up our patient’s x-rays and test results at the click of a button rather than having lengthy waits for the information.”center_img Outside of work, Monica goes to gym and spinning classes at Torbay Leisure Centre, and plays skittles at a local club.”I do like to keep fit and healthy,” she says, “but I also like to be ‘glam’  – I enjoy going to my local beauty salon as well doing all my hobbies. Most of all though I love spending time with my family and my grandchildren. This is what I enjoy the most.”Mairead McAlinden, chief executive of Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Monica really is an inspiration to us all.I am sure I speak for everyone at the Trust when I say we are incredibly grateful for Monica’s continued dedication.”last_img read more

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New rules to restrict cigarettes bought into Ireland from certain EU countries

first_imgBulgariaCroatiaHungaryLatviaLithuaniaRomaniaAnyone with cigarettes in excess of that quantity must declare them to a Revenue officer and pay the appropriate excise duty from 1 January. The measure does not apply to other tobacco products brought in from these member states as long as those products are for personal use and not for commercial purposes.Revenue said this restriction will be removed as each of the member states in question achieves the minimum level of tax required and they have until 31 December 2017 to do so.Read: Two women sentenced to prison over seized cigarettes>Read: Cigarettes worth €20,000 seized in raids on Dublin houses> NEW RESTRICTIONS IN Ireland from 1 January will mean those travelling from certain countries in the EU will only be able to bring a certain number of cigarettes back into Ireland with them without having to pay further duty.The Revenue Commissioners said yesterday that individuals travelling from these countries will only be allowed to bring 300 cigarettes back with them for personal use without paying further excise duty when they arrive.EU member states are permitted to impose these types of restrictions where cigarettes have been bought “duty-paid” in a country that has not yet reached the EU minimum levels of tobacco products tax on cigarettes.These countries include:last_img read more

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Woman arrested over assassination of Kim Jong Uns half brother

first_img Image: AP/Press Association Images By AFP Kim Jong Nam, left, and his half-brother North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un, right. https://jrnl.ie/3240357 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Feb 15th 2017, 10:00 AM Wednesday 15 Feb 2017, 10:00 AM Kim Jong Nam, left, and his half-brother North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un, right. Image: AP/Press Association Images 11 Comments 14,986 Views Short URL At the clinic, the victim experienced a mild seizure. He was put into an ambulance and was being taken to the Putrajaya Hospital when he was pronounced dead.South Korean reports had earlier suggested the two female assassins had used poison-tipped needles during the killing, before fleeing in a taxi.His body has been taken to a Kuala Lumpur hospital under police guard, where pathologists are expected to run tests to determine exactly how he died. A hospital van is escorted by a police vehicle as it leaves the hospital. Source: Daniel Chan/APFall from graceKim had at one time been set to assume the leadership of his isolated country, but fell out of favour after an embarrassing attempt to get into Japan on a fake passport in 2001.He has since lived in exile, mostly in the gambling haven of Macau, but he has also been spotted in other Asian countries and there have been reports of his playboy lifestyle.Kim, 45, is believed to have been in Malaysia on a passport bearing the name Kim Chol, a known alias, according to South Korean media.But Seoul has confirmed that the dead man was a member of the Kim dynasty.“Our government is certain that the murdered man is Kim Jong-Nam,” said Chung Joon-Hee, a spokesman for Seoul’s unification ministry that handles inter-Korea affairs.“If confirmed, the murder of Kim Jong-Nam would be an example that shows the brutality and inhumane nature of the North Korean regime,” acting leader Hwang Kyo-Ahn told a meeting of top security officials earlier, according to his spokesman.In Pyongyang, celebrations had begun for tomorrow’s anniversary of the birth of Kim Jong-Il, Jong-Nam’s father, with no mention of the killing. Journalists gather in front the forensic department of a hospital in Kuala Lumpur. Source: Daniel Chan/APAround 3,000 uniformed government officials and women in traditional dresses gathered for an ice skating gala featuring North Korean and foreign skaters. Banners proclaiming “peace”, “independence” and “friendship” hung in the venue.Kim’s killing is thought to be the highest-profile death under the Jong-Un regime since the execution of the leader’s uncle, Jang Song-Thaek, in December 2013.Jong-Un has been trying to strengthen his grip on power in the face of growing international pressure over his country’s nuclear and missile programmes, and regular reports have emerged on purges and executions.Jong-Nam, known as an advocate of reform in the North, once told Japanese reporters that he opposed his country’s dynastic system.In a 2012 interview from his school in Bosnia, a 17-year-old Kim Han-Sol, Jong-Nam’s son, said his father had been passed over for succession because he “was not really interested in politics”.“I don’t really know why he became a dictator,” Kim said of his uncle Kim Jong-Un. ”It was between him and my grandfather.”It also emerged that Jong-Nam had pleaded with his younger brother for his life to be spared after an earlier assassination attempt.“Jong-Nam in April 2012 sent a letter to Jong-Un saying ‘Please spare me and my family,’” Kim Byung-Kee, a member of the parliamentary intelligence committee, told reporters.“It also said ‘We have nowhere to go… we know that the only way to escape is suicide’,” he said, after a closed-door briefing by Seoul’s spy chief.Cheong Seong-Chang of the independent Sejong Institute in Seoul said the assassination was “unthinkable without a direct order or approval from Kim Jong-Un himself”.His killing was likely motivated by a recent news report that Kim Jong-Nam had sought to defect to the EU, the US or South Korea as far back as in 2012, he said.© – AFP 2017Read: Half-brother of North Korean leader ‘assassinated in Malaysia by poison needles’ >Read: UN Security Council condemns North Korea missile launch > Share17 Tweet Email Woman arrested over ‘assassination’ of Kim Jong Un’s half brother Two female agents are believed to have used some kind of toxin in the attack. Updated: 10amA FEMALE SUSPECT in the murder of North Korean leader’s half-brother has been arrested, according the Malaysian police.Two female agents are believed to have used some kind of toxin in the attack, with reports from Malaysia and South Korea saying Kim Jong-Nam had been stabbed with poison-tipped needles or had chemicals sprayed in his face.His body is to undergo an autopsy today, police said, as they tried to piece together how the Cold War-style killing happened at a Malaysian airport.The assassination, which came as North Korea readied to celebrate the birthday this week of the two men’s father, illustrates the “brutal and inhumane” nature of the Pyongyang regime led by Kim Jong-Un, Seoul said.Police in Malaysia are examining CCTV footage from Kuala Lumpur International Airport to try to determine what happened during the attack on Monday morning.“He told the receptionist at the departure hall that someone had grabbed his face from behind and splashed some liquid on him,” Selangor state’s criminal investigation chief Fadzil Ahmat was reported as saying by Malaysia’s The Star newspaper.“He asked for help and was immediately sent to the airport’s clinic. At this point, he was experiencing headache and was on the verge of passing out,” said Fadzil.last_img read more

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Camas mom embraces unnormal in mental health podcast

first_imgFor Kimberly Berry, this is personal.Berry, a 41-year-old Camas single mother of two, hosts “Being Unnormal,” a podcast that traverses topics related to mental health. It was born from the experience of raising two daughters with mental health special needs, both of whom have been in mental health crisis care.Berry came up with the podcast idea in February. Her first episode, dropped in June, was about suicide, following the death by suicide of celebrities Anthony Bourdain and Kate Spade. Their deaths were the push Berry needed to finally make the podcast a reality. She has since done nearly 20 episodes, which come out on a weekly basis.“I know there are other people out there in pain that feel isolated, alone. That feel clueless, dealing with the same stuff I’m dealing with,” Berry said. “As I started connecting with people online, and within the community, I knew that there was a missing component, here locally and nationwide.”The podcast hits a range of topics, and Berry always has a guest who’s trained in the field of the topic. The guest is generally from the Portland metro area, since Berry says she tries to keep the podcast “as homegrown as possible.” Berry prepares some talking points ahead of time, but the tone is always conversational, and Berry tries to mix personal experiences with professional expertise.She’s discussed attention deficit disorder and attention-deficit-hyperactivity disorder and depression with therapists, substance use recovery with an active member of Alcoholics Anonymous and even adultery with a relationship counselor.last_img read more

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La Liga is extraordinary – Atletico Madrid boss

first_imgAtletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone has hailed La Liga, describing it as an ‘extraordinary’ division, despite Atletico Madrid dropping points to Villarreal on Saturday.Atleti was in the lead through Filipe Luis but left La Ceramica with a 1-1 draw following Mario Gaspar goal equalisation for Villarreal, while on the other hand, Jan Oblak pulled off several stops to ensure the score level.“La Liga is extraordinary, fantastic,” the Coach said after the game via Football Espana.“All the teams fight and battle, and it allows for a much more competitive League than when Ronaldo and Messi defined it.“It was a tough and intense game against a team who found themselves in a complicated situation, and we knew they’d react.Gerard Pique, Neymar, BarcelonaLa Liga Betting: Match-day 4 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Despite it being very early into La Liga season, both Barcelona and Real Madrid have had unprecedented starts to their campaigns. With this in…“We tried to make it a physical match in the first half, while in the second one we pushed on for the winner.“However it was tough like it always is here. It’s always been tight. We took the lead and our changes made us more lively, but our opponents grew.“They have quality and they’re a team who should be higher in the table. We weren’t surprised by what happened, they’re a difficult team to face and this is a complicated place to play.“I brought Thomas on to give us more dynamism as I thought he could combine better with Correa and Lemar.”last_img read more

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Six Columbian staffers honored in regional reporting contest

first_imgSix staff writers at The Columbian have won honors in the C.B. Blethen Memorial Awards for Distinguished Newspaper Reporting. Awards were presented Thursday in Seattle.Erik Hidle, Stephanie Rice and Stevie Mathieu received a first place award in deadline reporting among newspapers with circulation of 50,000 or less for their May 2 coverage of the surprise hiring of Sen. Don Benton by Clark County commissioners David Madore and Tom Mielke. The stories were: “County shocker: Benton tapped for top environmental job,” by Hidle, with a contribution by Mathieu, and “Benton appears not to meet minimum job requirements,” by Rice.Aaron Corvin and Eric Florip received a first place award in enterprise reporting among newspapers with circulation of 50,000 or less for their three-story package titled “The Big Divide” that ran from April 14-17 and examined the impacts of controversy over the Columbia River Crossing project. The stories were: “CRC Fallout, Competing Political Wills Block the Way,” by Corvin, April 14; “How Clark County really feels about the CRC,” by Florip, April 15; and “Growth Prospects Promising, with or without the Columbia River Crossing,” by Corvin, April 17.In a competition open to newspapers of all circulation size, Marissa Harshman won a second place in the Debby Lowman Award for Distinguished Reporting of Consumer Affairs for six stories she wrote as part of The Columbian’s Live Well section. The stories were: “Operation protect your skin,” May 20, 2013; “Eating well — affordably,” April 29; “Is food making you sick?” Jan. 28; “Where’s the sodium?” Oct. 15, 2012; “Power of protein” Aug. 13, 2012; and “Sugarhigh,” June 18, 2012.Newspapers in Washington, Oregon, Montana, Idaho, Utah, Alaska and the Canadian provinces of Alberta and British Columbia were eligible to enter the contest.The Blethen awards were established in 1977 in honor of C.B. Blethen, publisher of The Seattle Times from 1915 to 1941. The special Debby Lowman Award for Distinguished Reporting of Consumer Affairs honors Debby Lowman, a Seattle Times consumer reporter who died of cancer in 1978.last_img read more

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Morning Press County government I205 memorable mothers

first_imgTest Caption Rumor has it we’ll flirt with a 90-degree high this week. Check out the local weather forecast here.Catch up on some of the weekend’s top stories:Clark County political puzzle waiting for pieces to connectIn a community where for decades political leadership was predictable, county commissioners have entered a puzzling time.And as the filing period for local candidates approaches this week, extending from Monday through Friday, there comes the promise that, perhaps, some of the political pieces will fit together.When Democrat Steve Stuart announced in January he wouldn’t seek re-election, it signaled the next big shift for the three-member board. Stuart, after all, had served for a decade, the longest tenure among the commissioners. Only six months ago, the question wasn’t when he would step down. Instead, it was a milder variation: Would he seek re-election?When Stuart instead announced he’d seek a job as Ridgefield’s city manager, he characterized the position as a dream job of sorts and a way of escaping the acrimony of divisive politics. His departure from the board signified the latest compelling shift in county politics, observers say. He was, in the words of political activist Jim Mains, “a skilled leader who is able to work with people with widely differing views.”last_img read more

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AL leader hacked dead

first_imgA leader of Kuwait unit of Awami League was hacked to death by miscreants at Zindabazar, Sylhet on Friday night, reports UNB.The deceased is SM Abdul Ahad, 40, son of Haji Nur Miah of Munshibazar Karimpur Medeni Mahal in Rajnagar upazila of Moulvibazar district and organising secretary of Kuwait unit of Awami League.He came to Sylhet from Moulvibazar on Thursday to attend a party programme.Quoting witnesses, sub-inspector Faruk Ahmed, in-charge of MAG Osmani Medical College Hospital police camp, said a gang of miscreants attacked Ahad in front of City Market around10:30pm and hacked him indiscriminately, leaving him critically injured.He was taken to the hospital where he was declared dead around11:15pm.Mosharraf Hossain, officer-in-charge of Kotwali police station, said a team of police visited the spot and they are investigating the incident.last_img read more

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Physicist applies statistical mechanics theories to explain how children learn a language

first_img Journal information: Physical Review Letters Two-year-old children understand complex grammar © 2019 Science X Network Explore further Illustrative derivation trees for (a) simple English sentence, and (b) RNA secondary structure (after [6]). The latter is a derivation of the sequence ‘gacuaagcugaguc’ and shows its folded structure. Terminal symbols are encircled. Credit: arXiv:1809.01201 [cond-mat.dis-nn] More information: E. DeGiuli. Random Language Model, Physical Review Letters (2019). DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.122.128301 , On Arxiv: https://arxiv.org/abs/1809.01201center_img Citation: Physicist applies statistical mechanics theories to explain how children learn a language (2019, April 3) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-04-physicist-statistical-mechanics-theories-children.html Most parents notice that children learn a language in a standard sort of way—they pick up words as labels for things and then one day, start assembling words they have learned into sentences. Linguists have noticed that the changeover from speaking words to speaking sentences is usually quite abrupt, making many in the brain science field wonder what actually happens. In this new effort, DeGiuli proposes a theory to explain the process and uses physics theories to do it.DeGiuli starts out by suggesting that a context-free grammar (CFG), which covers most human languages, can be viewed as a physical object, conceiving it in a more physical way, such as must be the case inside the heads of people who are able to speak a language. He further proposes that a CFG can be modeled like a physical tree (not just a virtual one such as those typically used to describe CFGs)—with surfaces representing sentences that include all the words a person knows, whether they make sense or not. He then suggests that as a child hears new words and processes them, they begin to build grammar rules in their brain, some of which are deeper than others. The deepness of the rules is assigned as the brain assigns weights to different rules—those with more weight are deemed more likely to lead to sentences that make sense. It is at this point that DeGiuli introduces statistical mechanics theories into his proposal to explain how the weighting process works. He believes it is possible that the brain uses two major factors to decide how to prune branches in the grammar tree: how much a given weighting results in depth assignments within a tree, and how much they do so to arrive at surface-level assignments. In the end, he notes, it would be the sparseness of the tree that defines the level of usability of the tree to form sentences. When it reaches a certain point, the tree suddenly becomes usable and the child begins spouting complete sentences at his or her parents. Eric DeGiuli, a physicist at École Normale Supérieure, has proposed that a human language grammar can be viewed as if it were a physical object, allowing theories such as those in statistical mechanics to explain how a child learns a language. In his paper published in the journal Physical Review Letters, he describes his ideas and his hopes that they might one day be associated with neurological evidence. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

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Live News traffic and weather updates for North Staffordshire South Cheshire on

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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button. UP NEXT:UP NEXT: Click for Sound Click to playTap to play The video will start in 1Cancel Play now We pay for stories! Send your videos to video@trinitymirror.comHello and welcome to Stoke-on-TrentLive’s breaking news service bringing you all the latest updates from Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire on Thursday, November 8. Our team of reporters will be updating this live service with all the latest on the traffic and travel and weather updates – as well as news and entertainment through the day. We’ll be bringing you the very latest updates in our live news feed below. For the latest news and breaking news visit www.stokeontrentlive.co.uk Get all the big headlines, pictures, analysis, opinion and video on the stories that matter to you. Follow us on Twitter @SOTLive – the official Sentinel account – real news in real time. We’re also on Facebook – your must-see news, features, videos and pictures throughout Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire. Want to tell us about something going on where you live? Let us know – Tweet us @SOTLive or message us on our Facebook page . And if you have pictures to share, tag us on Instagram at StokeonTrentLive . 20:30A50 partially blockedA50 Eastbound partially blocked, slow traffic due to broken down van at A521 (Blythe Bridge Roundabout / Draycot).The van is blocking a lane on the roundabout.19:26Traffic stopped on the M6Traffic has been temporarily stopped on the #M6southbound between J14 and J13 following a collision.19:08One lane of the M6 is closed due to accident Southbound between J14 A5013 (Stafford North) and J13 A449 (Stafford South).Lane one (of three) is closed. This is separate from an accident on the opposite carriageway. 18:34Slow traffic on A50 Ashbourne Road in both directions at A518 / B5030 (Little Chef Roundabout). In the roadworks area.Diversion signs are in place due to road maintenance work.16:59OAP found safe and wellA man missing from his home in Stoke-on-Trent has been found and well, say police.Thomas Gay, 85, was reported missing this morning. Police have thanked the public for the help and support.16:38Heavy traffic on A500 D Road at A53 Etruria Road / Etruria Way (Basford Roundabout). Travel time is seven minutes.16:22One lane blocked and queueing traffic due to broken down car on M6 Northbound from J17 A534 Old Mill Road (Sandbach / Crewe) to J18 A54 Middlewich Road (Middlewich / Holmes Chapel).Lane three (of three) is blocked. Recovery are now on scene. 16:01Hilton Road is partially blocked due to an accident near Oliver Road in Newcastle. Traffic is coping well.15:31Usual congestion on the A50 Victoria Road at A5007 City Road. Travel time is four minutes.13:33 A5272 Chell Street busy but moving at A5272 Merrick Street / B5047 Hulton Street (Providence Square). 13:16One lane closed and slow traffic due to broken down vehicle on M6 Northbound between J14 A5013 (Stafford North) and J15 A500 (Stoke-On-Trent).Lane one (of three) is closed. The sensors show that the break down is prior to Stafford Services.12:58 One lane closed due to broken down vehicle on M6 Northbound between J12 A5 (Gailey) and J13 A449 (Stafford South). Lane one (of four) is closed. 12:53 Slow traffic on M6 Southbound before J18 A54 Middlewich Road (Middlewich / Holmes Chapel). In the roadworks area.12:53Brownhills Road / Davenport Street / Newcastle Street busy but moving between A500 (Porthill Bank) and Tunstall. 12:53Moorland Road busy but moving at A5272 High Lane / A5272 Hanley Road / Bank Hall Road (Smallthorne Roundabout).12:19Slow traffic on A530 Middlewich Road in both directions near the Rising Sun Inn. In the roadworks area. Temporary traffic lights are in operation. 11:55Police searching for missing Thomas, 85, from Stoke-on-Trent (Image: Staffordshire Police)Police officers are searching for a pensioner they say was last seen at his home this morning.Thomas Gay, aged 85, was last seen today (November 8) at his Stoke-on-Trent home and officers say they are ‘concerned about his welfare’.Officers say Thomas has some memory loss.Read more.11:54 A53 Elder Road busy but moving at A50 Waterloo Road (Cobridge Traffic Lights). 11:40A34 Newcastle Road clear between Springfield Retail Park and A500 D Road (Hanford Interchange).11:28Sister’s emotional plea to help find ex-Alton Towers worker Karra (Image: Staffordshire Police)The sister of former Alton Towers worker Karra Astley who was last seen in Hanley yesterday morning has made an emotional plea for information.The 20-year-old was last seen around the Hillcrest Street area and her family members believe she may have travelled to a Premier Inn in the Gloucester or Cheltenham area.Sister Alice King, aged 24, now hopes the former Newcastle College pupil will reach out to her friends and family after she was last spotted on social media around 9pm last night.Alice, who lives in Telford, says Karra also has connections to Shropshire and Cheshire but believes officers are focusing their search in the south of the country.Read more.11:20A527 Porthill Road busy but moving at A500 D Road / Longbridge Hayes Road / Longbridge Hayes Road (Porthill Bank). 10:59Police officers hunt this man after he ran off along the A500This man evaded police on the A500. (Image: North West Motorway Police)Police officers in Staffordshire and Cheshire are hunting a male after a car he was travelling in was pulled over on the A500 this morning. The man, described as 5ft 9in, with facial hair, was travelling in an Audi A5 that was brought to a stop close on the A500 near to Crewe Hall today (November 8). Three men were detained by the North West Motorway Police (NWMP) and Central Motorway Policing Group (CMPG) but a fourth man decided to run off along the A500.Read more.10:46Moorland Road clear at A5272 High Lane / A5272 Hanley Road / Bank Hall Road (Smallthorne Roundabout).10:29Bucknall Road inbound busy but moving from A52 Leek Road (Lime Kiln Traffic Lights) to Hanley Town centre.10:29 A52 Werrington Road Westbound busy but moving before A52 Leek Road (Lime Kiln Traffic Lights). 08:48 Heavy traffic on Bucknall Road inbound from A52 Leek Road (Lime Kiln Traffic Lights) to Hanley Town centre. 08:41Usual congestion on A50 Victoria Road at A5007 City Road. 08:41 A53 Elder Road clear at A50 Waterloo Road (Cobridge Traffic Lights). 08:38 A53 Leek New Road busy but moving at A5009 Baddeley Green Lane.08:30 Queueing traffic on A530 Middlewich Road in both directions near the Rising Sun Inn. 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Update Fingers hands and arms crushed at factory

first_imgA factory worker’s hands got crushed by a machine on Friday morning. The incident took place at a shoe factory based in the Ezakheni Industrial Area.The machine cuts stencils out of cardboard. A stack of cardboard is placed in the machine, which then cuts the cardboard into the shape required. There is a foot lever which controls whether the machine is up or down.The woman had her hands in quite deep when the machine came down and crushed her arms until mid-elbow.Sharaj Ambulance Services responded and treated the patient before rushing her to hospital.Doctors are trying everything to save the woman’s arms. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite DID YOU KNOW?Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter  why not join us there?last_img read more

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Accuray Receives FDA Clearance for Radixact ImageGuided Radiation Therapy Platform

first_img 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 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. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July.  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 Technology | Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT) | June 30, 2016 Accuray Receives FDA Clearance for Radixact Image-Guided Radiation Therapy Platform Next-generation “smart” system features more powerful linear accelerator, megavoltage CT imaging and helical treatment delivery for highly precise treatments 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 News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a… read more June 30, 2016 — Accuray Inc. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its Radixact Treatment Delivery Platform for radiation therapy. Accuray also received 510(k) clearance for its new treatment planning and data management systems, Accuray Precision Treatment Planning System and iDMS Data Management System.These next-generation hardware and software solutions, which together make up the new Radixact system, enable faster, more efficient delivery of extremely precise treatment to a wider range of cancer patients, including those undergoing retreatment.The system features a more powerful linear accelerator, megavoltage computed tomography (MVCT) imaging and helical treatment delivery, so clinicians can apply highly conformal and homogenous dose distributions to any target volume while precisely sparing normal healthy tissue during each treatment fraction. The new Accuray Precision Treatment Planning System with smart, automated workflows and midcourse decision-making tools enables clinicians to adapt delivery to changes in tumor size, shape and location within the patient.According to Jennifer Smilowitz, Ph.D., clinical associate professor University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, who was involved in the development of the new radiation therapy technology, “The Radixact System builds upon the unique strengths of the TomoTherapy platform. Expanded delivery capabilities enable treatment with image-guided, intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IG-IMRT), an extremely accurate form of radiation therapy) to an expanded range of patients. New database features make the ring gantry-based system even easier to operate and integrate within a radiation oncology department.”Accuray will initiate commercial release of the Radixact System late in the first quarter of fiscal year 2017 (July – September 2016).For more information: www.accuray.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD 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 | 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 | 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 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 | 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 Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. News | Radiation Therapy | August 02, 2019 Varian Showcases Cancer Care Systems and Software at AAPM 2019 Varian showcased systems and software from its cancer care portfolio, including the Identify Guidance System, at the… read more last_img read more

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Third FDA Clearance Announced for ZebraMeds AI Solution for Brain Bleed Alerts

first_img News | PACS | August 08, 2019 NetDirector Launches Cloud-based PDF to DICOM Conversion Service NetDirector, a cloud-based data exchange and integration platform, has diversified their radiology automation options… read more Technology | Neuro Imaging | August 07, 2019 Synaptive Medical Launches Modus Plan With Automated Tractography Segmentation Synaptive Medical announced the U.S. launch and availability of Modus Plan featuring BrightMatter AutoSeg. This release… read more Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al. News | Neuro Imaging | August 16, 2019 ADHD Medication May Affect Brain Development in Children A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to affect development of the brain’s… read more News | Stroke | August 16, 2019 Mobile Stroke Unit Gets Patients Quicker Treatment Than Traditional Ambulance Every second counts for stroke patients, as studies show they can lose up to 27 million brain cells per minute…. read more June 19, 2019 — Zebra Medical Vision announced it has received its third U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) clearance for the company’s HealthICH product. The new clearance covers an artificial intelligence (AI) alert for intracranial hemorrhage (ICH), based on head computed tomography (CT) scans.The latest cleared product automatically identifies suspected internal brain bleeds based on non-contrast head CTs for triaging, significantly reduces turnaround time and increases the radiologists’ confidence in their diagnosis. The overall Multi-Modality AI Triage Solution by Zebra-med is a first of its kind in the market, according to the company, that provide alerts for both CT scans and X-rays. It currently addresses two acute conditions: intracranial hemorrhages (head CTs) and pneumothorax (chest X-rays), which also received FDA clearance in the past month. Both triage solutions and others, such as the FDA-cleared calcium scoring product, are part of the AI1 “all-in-one” bundle that provides hospitals with a growing amount of AI tools at a fixed annual price and consistent service and support.Intracranial hemorrhage accounts for about 10-20 percent of all strokes, and can occur as a result of traumatic injury (falls, crashes, etc), ruptured arteries (aneurysms), stroke or cancer. It can result from injury within a vein or artery, or a combination of the two. Regardless of the cause, the timely and accurate diagnosis of active bleeding is essential for the successful care of these patients. Intracranial hemorrhage — or the common phrasing, brain bleed — is a devastating disease, with a high 30-day mortality rate that ranges from 35-52 percent. It is estimated that about half of this mortality occurs within the first 24 hours, emphasizing the importance of early detection and effective treatment in the emergency department (ED).The financial impact of early detection would be enormous given the fact that stroke cost the U.S. alone $34 billion annually, including the cost of healthcare services, medications and lost productivity. The overall incidence of spontaneous ICH worldwide is 24.6 people in every 100,000 , with approximately 40,000-67,000 cases per year in the United States.Zebra-Med’s intracranial hemorrhage triage solution can provide early detection of people who may have experienced a brain bleed. The algorithm is comprised of a tailor-made neural network architecture designed to identify intracranial hemorrhage while tackling several challenges, such as relatively small bleed sizes and common artifacts (metal, motion artifacts) seen within the brain.In busy ED environments, teleradiology services and other healthcare organizations that integrate Zebra-Med’s AI1 solution, radiologists can address these prioritized scans in a timely manner. Scans are forwarded automatically to the Zebra-Med server for analysis. The server then sends an alert of the positive cases directly to the worklist for prioritizing, thus saving physicians more than 80 percent of the time taken to reach the acute condition.The triage of intracranial hemorrhage product is supported by Zebra-med’s recent research results, “Improved Intracranial Hemorrhage Classification using Deep Multi-task Learning.”  published at the Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM) conference in 2018. The results demonstrated how AI-based first read can achieve markedly high levels of intracranial hemorrhage detection and classification.Keith White, M.D., medical director of imaging services at Intermountain Healthcare stated, “We are working to improve our ability to quickly identify and respond to potentially dangerous clinical conditions through deployment of Zebra Medical Vision’s intracranial hemorrhage solution”Stanley Lu, M.D., radiologist and head of neuroradiology at Monmouth Medical Center, part of RWJBarnabas Health, stated, “We have deployed Zebra Medical Vision’s triage head CT solution that alerts our department of acute cases of intracranial hemorrhage. We have found the technology to be helpful as a second layer of analysis augmenting the clinical team’s detection and response time for acute cases.”This is the second FDA clearance for Zebra’s Multi-Modality AI Triage Solutions, which was received in May 2019 and focused on HealthPNX, an AI alert for pneumothorax (PNX), based on chest X-rays. This enabled it to be the world’s first AI chest X-ray triage product, according to Zebra Medical. The company’s first FDA clearance, received in July 2018, focuses on coronary calcium scoring, which can be an early sign for coronary artery disease (CAD).For more information: www.zebra-med.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Siemens Go.Top CT scanner at SCCT19Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:05Loaded: 15.14%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:05 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Medical imaging plays an increasing role in the accurate… read more Related Content Image courtesy of UTHealth McGovern Medical School News | Artificial Intelligence | August 08, 2019 Half of Hospital Decision Makers Plan to Invest in AI by 2021 August 8, 2019 — A recent study conducted by Olive AI explores how hospital leaders are responding to the imperative read more News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s. Videos | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a Siemens Go.Top Dedicated Cardiac Scanner This is a quick walk around of the new Siemens Somatom Go.top cardiovascular edition compact computed tomography (CT) read more Technology | Artificial Intelligence | June 19, 2019 Third FDA Clearance Announced for Zebra-Med’s AI Solution for Brain Bleed Alerts Health providers subscribed to the “all-in-one” AI1 package can now benefit from an additional alert for intracranial hemorrhage Technology | Cybersecurity | August 07, 2019 ScImage Introduces PICOM ModalityGuard for Cybersecurity ScImage Inc. is bridging the gap between security and functionality with the introduction of the PICOM ModalityGuard…. read morelast_img read more

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Tourico adds car rental companies to network following doubledigit growth in car

first_img Share Posted by Wednesday, August 23, 2017 Travelweek Group ORLANDO — Tourico Holidays has announced new supplier partnerships with two rental car companies – Advantage Rent A Car and E-Z Rent-A-Car – after seeing a 72% year-over-year increase in overall car rental bookings over the last year.As a result of these new partnerships, the company significantly expands its access to rental car inventory at 85 locations around the U.S., including 22 of the country’s 25 busiest airports. Tourico will sell this new inventory across its network of 2,500 clients located in 95 countries through XML connectivity.The 72% spike in car rental bookings this past year has led to a 53% increase in car rental revenue. This rapid growth is being fuelled by an 87% year-over-year increase in North American bookings, and an 86% year-over-year increase in European bookings. Meanwhile, other key markets – including Canada, Germany and Argentina – have all more than quadrupled their car rental bookings over the last year.More news:  Sunwing ready to launch Mazatlán-Quebec City direct this winter“Tourico is best known for its massive impact on the global hotel industry, but our well-established distribution network and continuously growing inventory of car rental partners puts us in a unique position to become leading players in the car rental sector, as well,” said Konni Marshall, the Director of Business Development for Car Rentals at Tourico Holidays. “After a very strong first half of 2017, adding Advantage and E-Z Rent-A-Car allows us to build on the momentum, while offering our clients new low-cost, high-quality options.”Additionally, Fox Rent A Car, Dollar and Thrifty, which had all previously partnered with Tourico through web-based connection only, established XML connectivity to Tourico’s inventory system this summer. Dollar and Thrifty, part of the Hertz family of rental brands, which both went live with Tourico’s XML connection in May, have already seen a combined 530% increase in car booking activity.Lastly, Tourico is also unveiling enhanced car rental functionality for its distribution clients, allowing them to book cars with an airport pick up and city drop off – and vice versa. Prior to the upgrade, the system only allowed for airport-to-airport and city-to-city pick ups and drop offs.center_img Tourico adds car rental companies to network following double-digit growth in car rental bookings Tags: Car Rental, Tourico Holidays << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

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Go back to the enewsletter Jumeirah Vittaveli i

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletter >Jumeirah Vittaveli in the Maldives is inviting guests to celebrate the festive season at the resort and take advantage of a special room offer, live entertainment, gala dinners and the resort’s second annual festive market.The Winter Wonderland offer includes one free night when seven nights or more are booked, daily complimentary breakfast at Samsara, dinner at Samsara, MU Beach Bar and Grill, or Fenesse. These benefits are in addition to a private pool, complimentary bicycle use and 20% discount on pre-booked Talise spa treatments.“Jumeirah Vittaveli is the perfect place to celebrate this festive season – guests can relish the serene atmosphere of our elegant resort, or join in on the fun with the host of activities on offer. Our gala dinners will be a treat for any foodie, comprising exotic and traditional delicacies such as stollen, mincemeat tart, oysters, and a chocolate yule log, all prepared by our creative chefs and kitchen teams,” said Graham Kiy, General Manager, Jumeirah Vittaveli.To mark the festive season, guests can also help create the resort’s first underwater ‘festive tree forest,’ which will contribute to the abundance of marine life that exists around the resort. The festive trees will comprise cone-shaped coral propagation structures and each festive season, a new ‘tree’ will be planted with the help of guests.The second annual festive market will feature colourful lacquerware and handicrafts from ‘Maldives Originals,’ a not-for-profit initiative that supports local communities.It will also showcase traditional Maldivian crafts such as Kadjan or palm leaves used for roof-making. A resident astronomer will enlighten guests on the secrets of the sky above in a series of educational sessions including: sky mythology, touring the constellations and the life and death of stars.Children will be awed by the resort’s fire dancers showcasing the Art of Poi, creations sculpted by a sand artist and Santa who will stop by the resort to deliver goodies. Children can also take part in daily activities at the resort’s Kuda Koli Kids Club, decorate gingerbread houses, or join in Santa’s treasure hunts.Talise Spa will offer mini massages for children and a dedicated detox package for adults. Pedal boat and stand up paddling races will see guests display their competitive spirit, and guests can avail a special festive discount of up to 25 per cent on motorised water sports activities.On 24 December, entertainment is set to include a night-time astronomy session, a live band, a belly dancing show by the international artist Viktoria and fire dancers. At Samsara, a magician and a DJ will perform and there will be a traditional festive gala dinner. At the newly opened Indian signature restaurant Swarna, guests can indulge in a special thali night. A multi-course degustation menu will be available at the overwater fine dining venue Fenesse.On 25 December, Samsara will serve a breakfast buffet and traditional delicacies. The restaurant will offer extended hours for late risers. In the evening, guests may enjoy a special oysters and bubbly night at Fenesse. The live band will perform at Bar-EE and the resident astronomer will hold another insightful night-time session.On 31 December, Russian Santa Claus Ded Moroz and his helper Snegurochka will arrive with special treats for all children. Guests can attend a special pre-dinner cocktail reception, followed by live performances, including fire dancers, live band, magician, belly dancer, and the classical pianist Sophia Lisovskaya who has performed with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. After a lavish New Year’s Eve gala dinner at Samsara, a seven course degustation menu at Fenesse, or the signature Swarna thalis, guests can join the DJ in his countdown to midnight and dance the night away.On 6 January, an important date in the Russian festive calendar, Sophia Lisovskaya will hold a classical piano performance at Samsara, followed by a showcase of the in-house fire dancers and performances from belly dancer Viktoria. Guests can then party the night away with the live band and DJ or learn about the sky above with the resident astronomer.Go back to the e-newsletter >last_img read more

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Go back to the enewsletter NASAs International Sp

first_imgGo back to the enewsletterNASA’s International Space Station is destined to be a new holiday destination for the ultra-rich after NASA revealed it’s making the floating space port available to a handful of tourists each year.If supported, the agency can accommodate up to two short-duration private astronaut missions per year to the International Space Station. These missions will be privately funded, dedicated commercial spaceflights. Private astronaut missions will use a U.S. spacecraft developed under NASA’s Commercial Crew Program.From 2020, commercial travellers will have the chance to venture into space with transport carriers such as Space X or Northrop Grumman, both envisioned to dock at the International Space Station.NASA will provide private astronaut missions of up to 30 days on the International Space Station.Research will still be conducted at the facility in its low-Earth orbit even as the Space Station supports the burgeoning space economy.Prices don’t come cheap with “Regenerative Life Support & Toilet” facilities priced from US$11,250 per crew per day. Couple that with food, air, medical kit, exercise equipment and supplies – valued at a whopping US$22,500 per crew per day – and the trip will cost around AU$50,000 per day. These costs exclude the space transportation outlay to and from the International Space Station.“The agency’s ultimate goal in low-Earth orbit is to partner with [the] industry to achieve a strong ecosystem in which NASA is one of many customers purchasing services and capabilities at lower cost,” NASA said.Go back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

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