Eye Screening in St. Elizabeth June 3-7

first_imgScreening will be conducted under the Jamaica/Cuba Eye Care Programme (JCECP), at several health facilities in St. Elizabeth, between June 3 and 7, beginning at 9:30 a.m.Persons will be screened for cataracts, pterygium (fleshy growth on the eye), and diabetic eye disease.The tests will be done at the Balaclava Health Centre on June 3; Lacovia Health Centre, June 4; Black River Health Centre, June 5; Southfield Health Centre, June 6, and the Junction Health Centre, June 7.“Persons are asked to visit the health centres prior to the screening dates to pre-register,” stated Co-ordinator of the JCECP, Gregory Thomas, in an interview with JIS News.Mr. Thomas noted that no screening will take place at the National Chest Hospital in Kingston, during the period June 3 to 7.“The public is advised that the programme is not in a position at this time to provide assistance to persons seeking treatment for conditions not listed, nor those seeking treatment for children. Persons are also asked to take along a referral from a public health facility and a valid identification (passport, driver’s licence, national ID, or a certified passport size photograph with TRN),” he said.The Co-ordinator said persons selected through the screening process will be asked to provide two contact telephone numbers.He pointed out that the public will receive notification on other upcoming screening sessions, and that persons can get more information at the health centres, at the offices at 948-0017/ 924-9287, or by email: jacubaeyecare@moh.gov.jm.Since the inception of the Jamaica/Cuba Eye Care Programme in January 2010, over 17,500 persons have been screened for cataracts, pterygium and diabetic eye disease at over 50 locations across the island.Just under 5,000 surgeries have been performed on approximately 4,000 persons, with cataract removal accounting for over 50 per cent of the surgeries. The Ophthalmology centre based in Kingston, has received more than 44,000 since 2010.“I want to remind members of the public that the services offered by the Jamaica/Cuba Eye Care Programme are free to all. Persons who have been previously screened, but are awaiting appointments need not visit the screening sessions slated for St. Elizabeth in June. They should instead await a call from our programme officer to inform them of their appointment date. If any of our current patients have changed their telephone numbers since registering under the programme, they should call our office to update their records,” Mr. Thomas said.Contact: Garfield L. Anguslast_img read more

Global Ship Lease Fixes Loan to Finance Boxship Buy

first_imgzoomIllustration. Source: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Containership charter owner Global Ship Lease has secured a term loan of up to USD 37 million from Hellenic Bank Public Company Limited.The facility agreement was signed on Many 23, 2019, and would be used to partially finance the acquisition of three 7,849 TEU containerships, according to the company.The Hellenic Bank Facility is available in three tranches, that have a final maturity date of the earlier of November 30, 2024 and the fifth anniversary of the utilization date of such tranche. The loan is repayable in equal quarterly installments with a bullet payment of USD 4 million at its maturity.Once fully drawn, the Hellenic Bank Facility will be secured by first priority ship mortgages on the three acquired vessels, assignments of earnings, insurances and charters exceeding 11 months, as well as pledges of certain bank accounts and membership interests of each subsidiary acquiring a secured vessel.To remind, Global Ship Lease agreed to expand its fleet with the three 2004-built Post-Panamax containerships earlier this month. The company would pay USD 48.5 million for the trio, being acquired from Bremen-based ship owner Zeaborn GmbH, according to VesselsValue data. The vessels in question are the MSC Ningbo, E.R. Montecito and E.R. Santa Barbara.Upon delivery at the end of May, the first vessel commence a five-year charter with Danish shipping major Maersk Line. The two other vessels are expected to join their new owner during the third quarter and will commence three-year charters with Maersk Line, with two consecutive one-year extensions at the charterer’s option.last_img read more

Average US mortgage rates rise 30year at 465 per cent

first_imgWASHINGTON – Long-term U.S. mortgage rates are up for the fourth consecutive week, with the key 30-year rate reaching its highest level since May.Costs for would-be homebuyers continue to climb. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said Thursday that the average rate on 30-year, fixed-rate mortgages jumped to 4.65 per cent, from 4.60 per cent last week. The average rate has increased from 3.83 per cent a year ago.The average rate on 15-year, fixed-rate loans rose to 4.11 per cent this week from 4.06 per cent last week.The primary factors driving rates higher include the strong economy, trade tensions between the U.S. and other countries, and the U.S. government stepping up sales of its debt, according to Freddie Mac chief economist Sam Khater.The expanded U.S. debt sales suppress Treasury bond prices and push their interest rates higher. The yield on the key 10-year Treasury note has been running above 3 per cent, approaching a seven-year high. The yield jumped to 3.08 per cent Wednesday, from 2.96 per cent a week earlier. It held at 3.08 per cent Thursday morning.The higher mortgage rates “represent continued affordability challenges for prospective buyers — especially first-time buyers,” Khater said.To calculate average mortgage rates, Freddie Mac surveys lenders across the country between Monday and Wednesday each week.The average doesn’t include extra fees, known as points, which most borrowers must pay to get the lowest rates.The average fee on 30-year fixed-rate mortgages was unchanged from last week at 0.5 point. The fee on 15-year mortgages also remained at 0.5 point.The average rate for five-year adjustable-rate mortgages edged down to 3.92 per cent from 3.93 per cent last week. The fee rose to 0.4 point from 0.3 point.last_img read more

Liquor salesman shot dead for over charging beer by Rs 10

first_imgGreater Noida: Two men allegedly shot dead the salesman at a government liquor shop in Greater Noida after an argument broke out between them for over charging the beer by Rs 10 on Wednesday night.According to police, the deceased identified as Kuldeep (25), a native of Bulandshahr, worked as salesman at a wine shop in Aechhar village near Building Material Market.As per reports, the incident occurred around 9:45 pm when the two men arrived shop to buy wine. “An altercation broke out between Kuldeep and the two accused, identified as Surendra and Raju, following which one of the accused pulled a gun and fired three shots on Kuldeep with two bullets hitting him in chest and abdomen. The accused then fled away from the spot in a car,” said Vineet Jaiswal, SP (rural), Gautam Buddh Nagar. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderCops said that the argument started as the salesman was charging Rs 10 more than the printed rate on the beer bottle.”An Eyewitness told police that the duo of accused were inebriated and turned violent when there was a difference of Rs 10 in the rate of beer. Police team rushed to the spot after receiving the information and the victim was taken to nearby hospital in Kasna where he was declared brought dead. The body has been sent for the post mortem while we are checking for relevant CCTV footage,” said Ajay Kumar, SHO of Kasna police station. The officer further said that the accused are absconding while an FIR has been registered.last_img read more

Indianapolis to host Big Ten football championship game

The Big Ten conference announced Sunday that the inaugural Big Ten football championship game will be held in Indianapolis. After considering proposals from Indianapolis and Chicago, the conference’s Council of Presidents and Chancellors unanimously decided to play the first four editions of the Big Ten championship game, including the inaugural title game in December, at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. Lucas Oil Stadium, an indoor facility that can accommodate 63,000 spectators for football games, features an artificial playing surface. Chicago’s Soldier Field, the Windy City venue vying to host the title game, is an open-air stadium that holds 63,000 fans and features a natural grass field. Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany said the Big Ten considered weather and the comfort of the venues when choosing Lucas Oil Stadium. “We know the weather changes (in the Midwest) in November,” Delany said. “The idea was that, you know, we could get consistency for planning for both teams if you knew the weather was gonna be pretty consistent. I would say it’s a fan aspect as well as a player’s aspect.” Five Buckeyes, including quarterback Terrelle Pryor, offensive lineman Mike Adams, running back Dan Herron, wide receiver DeVier Posey and defensive lineman Solomon Thomas are suspended for the first five games of the 2011 season for selling memorabilia and receiving improper benefits. Former coach Jim Tressel resigned as OSU’s coach May 30. Delany would not comment on whether he thought Ohio State would be eligible for December’s title game, but he did say OSU’s situation was difficult. “It’s disappointing for (OSU) to be where it is,” Delany said. “Nobody can feel good about it. It’s not easy for Ohio State. It’s not easy for the Big Ten, but I have tremendous confidence in that program to be resilient, and to do the right thing and to re-establish themselves. For now, all we can do is wait for the facts to develop.” The conference also announced that men’s and women’s Big Ten basketball tournaments will be held jointly at Chicago’s United Center, Indianapolis’ Conseco Fieldhouse and the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates, Ill., for the next four years. Chicago will host the men’s tournament in 2012–13 and 2014–15, and Indianapolis will host the men’s event in 2013–14 and 2015–16. “Conseco (Fieldhouse) is not as big a stadium as the United Center, but it is one of the best stadiums in the country,” Delany said. “They do a heck of a job in Chicago, but, you know, Indianapolis, starting around 1980, has made this great commitment to not only amateur sports, but collegiate sports. They do a great job of hosting our fans.” The Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament will be held at the Sears Centre Arena in 2013 and 2015. read more

Samantha Prahalis named Big Ten Player of the Year

Ohio State women’s basketball senior guard Samantha Prahalis was one of four Buckeyes to receive Big Ten conference honors Monday when coaches and media named her the Big Ten Player of the Year Monday. The selection marks the eighth consecutive year a Buckeye has won the honor. “I’m just extremely thankful, appreciative that people recognize I had a good year so far,” Prahalis said in an interview with the Big Ten Network Monday. Prahalis was also unanimously selected to the first-team all-Big Ten team where she was joined by her teammate, junior guard Tayler Hill. Prahalis led the Big Ten in scoring and assists during the regular season averaging 22.5 points and 6.5 assists per game. On the Buckeyes’ senior night Thursday, Prahalis scored an OSU single-game record 42 points in the team’s 81-56 victory against Minnesota. She ranks fourth on OSU’s career scoring list with 1,967 points and is three assists away from tying the Big Ten’s career assist record. Prahalis is a finalist for the Wooden and Naismith awards, which recognize the top player in women’s college basketball. Some of Prahalis’s teammates received conference honors as well. Junior guard Amber Stokes was named the Big Ten defensive player of the year. Hill joined Stokes on the conference’s all-defensive team. Sophomore Ashley Adams was given an honorable mention by the media. The Buckeyes finished their regular season Sunday with a 71-57 loss to Nebraska and a 24-5 overall record. Their 11-5 conference record earned them the second seed in the 2012 Big Ten Tournament. Their first game is Friday at 11:30 a.m. in Indianapolis where they will play the winner of a game between Michigan and Illinois. read more

Ohio State mens lacrosse getting back to basics against Jacksonville

Junior midfielder Turner Evans (5) works around a defender during a game against Notre Dame March 25 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. OSU lost, 13-7.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorSenior defenseman Joe Meurer is looking for a spark.Looking to finish its three-game home stand on a high note, the Ohio State men’s lacrosse team (2-6, 1-0) is set to take on the Jacksonville Dolphins (1-6, 0-1) Saturday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.After starting the home stand with a conference win against Bellarmine, located in Louisville, Ky., OSU fell Tuesday to No. 7 Notre Dame, 13-7.Despite keeping Notre Dame close for the majority of the game, the Fighting Irish used a five-goal run to finish the fourth quarter and preserve the victory.However, Meurer said the Buckeyes are putting the Notre Dame game behind them and focusing on getting a much-needed win against Jacksonville this weekend.“We need anything right now to give us some kind of a spark, some kind of momentum,” Meurer said. “We got two out-of-conference games and then we are hitting the ground running with the rest of our conference games. So we definitely need this win and just a confidence boost at this point.”Junior midfielder David Planning said the Buckeyes offense simply needs to generate some chances in order to be effective against Jacksonville.“It’s just getting back to the basics: catching, throwing, moving the ball fast and taking good shots,” Planning said. “We want to get over 35 shots, and the more shots we put up the better chance we have of scoring.”OSU has only hit the 35-shot plateau once this season, in the first game of the season Feb. 9 against then-No. 11 Johns Hopkins in a 10-9 triple overtime loss.Jacksonville and OSU played against each other for the first time ever last season, with the Buckeyes walking away with a 9-6 win Feb. 17, 2013, in Jacksonville, Fla., as part of the Moe’s Southwest Grill Classic.OSU coach Nick Myers said with both teams trying to get back in the win column — Jacksonville has dropped two-straight — but it is important for the Buckeyes to play smart lacrosse and not make anything easy for the Dolphins.“They have a great goaltender, a senior, big kid who is capable of getting hot,” Myers said. “Defensively they are athletic. If you look at their ground ball stats, they are averaging close to 30 ground balls per game. And then on the offensive end, they are very athletic in the midfield and they have a couple big-time scorers down in the attack. They are a team that is certainly looking to break out as well and it’s going to be important that we are sound in all facets of the game in order to keep that from happening.”Offensively, junior midfielder Turner Evans has been on a tear lately. The Peterborough, Ontario, native has seven points in the first two games of the current home stand and is currently second on the team with 23 points.Defensively, the Buckeyes are only allowing 9.5 goals per game and have only given up more than nine goals once in their last four games, a stat Meurer is hoping can continue Saturday.“Our motto is ‘next,’” Meurer said. “That’s what the entire defense is going off of right now. We are definitely going to put the Notre Dame game past us, but we are also going to learn from the mistakes we made. Hopefully we can find some success against their (Jacksonville) offense.”Game time is set for 2:30 p.m. Saturday. read more

Richarlison and Silva enjoying a smooth relationship

first_imgEverton legend Leon Osman says that he doesn’t think Evertonians needs to worry about new boy Richarlison’s performance levels dropping off too much.The former Toffees playmaker suggested that Richarlison enjoys working with Everton boss Marco Silva and that the relationship they have will ensure Richarlison’s match ratings never dip.He said, “That’s the hope. I wouldn’t say there is a fear he is going to drop off. You have to understand young players do have moments in a season.“With the combination he has with Silva, the work they did at Watford and have started to do at Everton; you expect him to be working at these levels for a lot longer during the season.“We’ve seen his moments of magic. His second goal against Wolves was fantastic, and he’s got that determination to be in the box, in that centre forward’s position where goals are scored.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“If you’ve got a guy who can do the silky touches on the wing and help his team with regards to build-up, and also want to be in the penalty area to be on the end of crosses, you’ve found yourself a player.“If you’ve got a manager who believes in you, and is sending you out every week with the right message that will inspire to give your best and play in a relaxed manner, then you will see that throughout the whole season.“When Silva moved on last season, Richarlison wasn’t getting those confidence boosters he needed weekly, and we didn’t see the same player.“But Everton fans will be expecting, especially with a young player maybe not nine out of 10s every week, but certainly seven out of 10s every week.”last_img read more

Elon Musk Newt Gingrichs 2 billion moon prize is a great idea

first_imgNASA is up against an extremely challenging 2024 Trump-imposed deadline for its Artemis mission to take the next man and first woman to the moon. The mission is expected to cost $20 billion to $30 billion and has already been hit with delays involving the Space Launch System rocket development.SpaceX, however, is moving forward at a breakneck pace in building its next-gen Starship spacecraft, which is meant to handle missions to Earth orbit, the moon and eventually Mars. The company is assembling two different orbital prototypes.If Gingrich’s idea comes to fruition, it wouldn’t be the first time that prize money has been dangled for a moon landing. The $30 million Google Lunar XPrize for an uncrewed moon-landing mission ultimately went unclaimed by 2018. It still had the effect of pushing innovation. Former XPrize team SpaceIL very nearly landed a spacecraft on the moon in early 2019. (It crashed instead.)SpaceX and Blue Origin already have their eyes set on moon missions and have signed on with NASA to investigate moon lander prototypes. A $2 billion government carrot wouldn’t hurt. SpaceX’s illustration envisions its spacecraft passing the moon. SpaceX Big money can spur big innovations. Imagine the US government ponying up $2 billion for a private company to put a lunar base on the moon. SpaceX founder Elon Musk is down with that. Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich is pushing the idea of a sweepstakes to encourage companies like SpaceX and Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin to handle the heavy lifting of returning humans to the moon for much less than it would cost NASA to do so, Politico reported Monday. Gingrich is apparently trying to convince President Donald Trump to back the move.Musk is on board.”This is a great idea,” Musk tweeted. Gingrich responded to Musk on Tuesday by tweeting, “Very cool. Thanks, Elon Musk!” Post a comment Eyes on the moon 0 Share your voice Blue Origin Elon Musk Jeff Bezos NASA Space SpaceXcenter_img 17 Photos Tags NASA taps SpaceX, Blue Origin and others for Artemis lunar lander project Jeff Bezos unveils Blue Moon lunar lander, plans for huge space colonies Sci-Tech Beyond Apollo: See NASA aim for the moon with Artemis 2024last_img read more

Air India Nonoperational Employees not Eligible for Lapsable PL

first_imgAmidst talks of privatization and large amount of losses, Air India has decided not to pay for lapsable Privilege Leaves to non-operational employees due to lack of funds.The non-operational employees include staff and officers of the Commercial Department working in Sales and Marketing Offices, as well as Finance and Personnel employees in Operating Departments.The lapsable Privilege Leave (PL) can now be encashed only by operational employees and others will be given leave for a month commencing from 1 July, a source told International Business Times India Edition on condition of anonymity. The amount of PL is around ₹25,000 per employee, which the airline cannot afford due to financial crunch.On the other hand, the carrier aims to spend on hiring additional cabin crew to improve the standards after joining Star Alliance group, reported the Economic Times. The proposal has reportedly been made by the airline’s customer-service division, but no numbers have been presented before the human resource department yet. The debt ridden airline is taking additional measures to improve its services. “The menu will have more international content in it. We have hired the Oberoi to do catering for us for business and premium class. There is a customer service improvement programme which will be implemented from July 11,” Rohit Nandan, chairman and managing director of AI, told Business Line.The airline has been under heavy losses after merging with domestic carrier Indian Airlines. It has also faced trouble bearing fuel expenses and was even afflicted by overstaffing. Presently, Air India is trying to reduce fare prices for the peak travel season.Last January, the salary of employees was reduced by 25 percent and the brand also eliminated several perks including cash against sick leaves.Meanwhile, AI is said to be confident of gaining profits by 2018, though it is currently operating on a bailout funded by taxpayers’ money, according to Hindustan Times. After becoming a part of Star Alliance group, the airline expects a 5 percent increase in revenue.”From 2015-2016 onwards, the airline will drain up to $1 billion per annum from the public exchequer over the next decade with no meaningful improvement in the carrier’s situation. A dramatically different approach is required to that which has been pursued in the past,” according to a recent Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation (CAPA) report.Air India’s estimated total debt is ₹49,000 crore and total losses incurred from 2007-08 to 2013-14 is ₹37,996 crore. The expected losses in 2014-15 is ₹6,000 crore and now the government’s estimated capital infusion into the airline is ₹30,231 crore by 2021, reports Hindustan Times.last_img read more

UPDATE Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo Discusses Bombings In Austin And What

first_imgIn light of the 3 incidents in Austin, please be vigilant when receiving any package you weren’t expecting. If you receive a suspicious package call 911 and do not handle it. https://t.co/zrHlCGMYsP— Chief Art Acevedo (@ArtAcevedo) March 12, 2018___The Texas governor’s office is offering a reward of up to $15,000 for information leading to the arrest of those involved in the deadly package blasts in Austin over the past 10 days.In a statement, Gov. Greg Abbott said he’s been briefed by the Texas Department of Public Safety on the three blasts that have killed two people and injured two others. He also says he’s offered the Austin Police Department whatever assistance it needs in its investigation.To be eligible for the reward, tips must be submitted to Texas Crime Stoppers by telephone to 1-800-252-TIPS (8477), by texting “DPS” and the tip to 274637 (CRIMES), by using the Texas Crime Stoppers website (https://gov.texas.gov/organization/crime-stoppers ), or by using the DPS mobile app.Abbott says he wants to assure Texans, especially those in the Austin area, “that local, state and federal law enforcement officials are working diligently to find those responsible for these heinous crimes.”A $15,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest of those responsible for Austin package bombings. https://t.co/6V5lC2DF39 pic.twitter.com/Y4dplcUsn8— Gov. Greg Abbott (@GovAbbott) March 12, 2018 Share .@chief_manley advising everyone in Austin to be cautious if they receive a package 📦 and weren’t expecting one. If you see something suspicious please dial 9-1-1 so we can send officers out to assist you. #safety #austinpd #atx pic.twitter.com/hA7Tv0bT0E— Austin Police Dept (@Austin_Police) March 12, 2018___Organizers of the South By Southwest festival are urging those visiting Austin, “if you see something, say something,” after three package bombings killed two people and injured two others in less than two weeks.In a tweet Monday, organizers said, “SXSW is heartbroken by the explosions in Austin” and asked the thousands of festival attendees to notify the authorities of anything suspicious.An explosion at a home in east Austin early Monday killed a teenager and wounded a woman in her 40s. Another package exploded about five miles away hours later, injuring a 75-year-old woman.The blasts occurred far from the heart of South By Southwest, which happens mostly in downtown Austin. Police said festivalgoers weren’t at risk but should be aware of what’s happening.___Austin’s police chief says package bombs caused both explosions in Texas’ capital city on Monday, making it three this month.Police Chief Brian Manley said at a news conference that the latest bombing injured a 75-year-old Hispanic woman.Manley says investigators believe that attack and one earlier Monday that killed a 17-year-old boy and injured a woman in her 40s are linked to a March 2 package bombing that killed a 39-year-old man in another neighborhood.The chief said earlier that investigators were considering whether the attacks could be race-related because the first three victims were all black. He says they aren’t ruling anything out, but they are no longer “making the connection to a hate crime.”Briefing regarding explosion on Galindo. https://t.co/gkSSgME0S4— Austin Police Dept (@Austin_Police) March 12, 2018 A $15,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest of those responsible for Austin package bombings. https://t.co/6V5lC2DF39 pic.twitter.com/Y4dplcUsn8— Gov. Greg Abbott (@GovAbbott) March 12, 2018 🚨 Esten al tanto de paquetes sospechosos y marcen 9-1-1 si reciben algo que no estaban esperando o si no saben de donde viene o esta mal etiquetado. No maneje el paquete y llame a 9-1-1 immediatamente y responderá Austin Police. 🚨— Austin Police Dept (@Austin_Police) March 12, 2018___Neighbors say they are shocked by a second explosion at an Austin home on Monday.Authorities haven’t said whether the blast was caused by a package bomb, but they say it injured a woman in her 70s.The explosion happened hours after a package bombing a few miles away that killed a teenager and seriously injured a woman. Police have linked that deadly attack to a March 2 package bombing that killed a 39-year-old man in another neighborhood.Fifteen-year-old Isaiah Guerrero, who lives on the street behind where the most recent blast occurred, says the explosion shook him and his house. He says, “You don’t hear that stuff in my neighborhood.”Virginia Ybarra, who lives on the block where the blast happened, says the women who lives in the house is quiet and kind, and sometimes asks for grapefruits from her tree.___Investigators believe a package bomb that killed a teenager and wounded a woman in Austin on Monday is linked to a similar bombing that killed a man elsewhere in the city this month, and they’re considering whether race was a factor because all of the victims were black.Shortly after police Chief Brian Manley held a news conference in which he linked the Monday morning attack that killed a 17-year-old boy and injured a woman with a March 2 attack that killed a 39-year-old man, authorities rushed to the scene of another blast that badly injured a woman.Authorities haven’t said whether the most recent blast was also caused by a package bomb or if the victim, like those killed or injured in the two confirmed bombings, is black. Austin-Travis County EMS tweeted that the woman is in her 70s and was taken to Dell Seton Medical Center with potentially life-threatening injuries.The latest explosions happened during the South by Southwest music, film and technology festival, which brings about 400,000 visitors to Austin each year, and authorities have urged the public to call the police if they receive any unexpected packages. The explosions happened far from the main events of the festival, which runs through Sunday, and there was no immediate word from organizers about additional safety precautions being taken.The three explosions occurred in different parts of east Austin. Monday’s first explosion happened at a home near the city’s Windsor Park neighborhood and about 12 miles (20 kilometers) from the home where the March 2 package bomb killed 39-year-old Anthony Stephan House. The March 2 blast was initially investigated as a suspicious death, but is now viewed as a homicide.___Police are responding to another explosion in Austin that badly injured a woman, hours after a package bomb killed a teenager and wounded a woman in a different part of the city.Austin-Travis County EMS tweeted that an explosion Monday in southeast Austin injured a woman in her 70s, who has been hospitalized. A second woman from that address has been hospitalized with an unrelated medical issue.Authorities have not said whether the most recent explosion was caused by a package bomb like the one that exploded earlier Monday.Police Chief Brian Manley said at a news conference Monday that investigators believe the deadly blast Monday is linked to a March 2 package bomb that killed a 39-year-old man in another part of the city.🚨If you receive a package that you are not expecting or looks suspicious, DO NOT open it, call 911 immediately. RT- Help us spread this message. 🚨 https://t.co/j9bxbaaBce— Chief Brian Manley (@chief_manley) March 12, 2018center_img – / 3THE LATEST on deadly package bombings in Austin, Texas (all times local):WATCH: Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo on Austin bombings:Chief @artacevedo discusses bombings in Austin and what Houstonians can do to stay safe https://t.co/HnNHs0GWrl— Houston Police (@houstonpolice) March 12, 2018 🚨If you receive a package that you are not expecting or looks suspicious, DO NOT open it, call 911 immediately. RT- Help us spread this message. 🚨 https://t.co/j9bxbaaBce— Chief Brian Manley (@chief_manley) March 12, 2018 My heart goes out to the family of the individual who died & was injured from the explosion on Old Fort Hill Dr. This type of crime will not be tolerated in #ATX. If you receive a package that you are not expecting or looks suspicious, DO NOT open it, call 911 immediately. pic.twitter.com/sJSYQZMziv— Chief Brian Manley (@chief_manley) March 12, 2018___Police say their investigation of deadly package bombings at two Austin homes will try to determine if a hate crime was involved because the victims in both cases were black.Police Chief Brian Manley said Monday that investigators hope to collect surveillance video from nearby homes to identify a suspect.He says there’s currently no other evidence indicating a hate crime beyond the victims’ race.He says the package that exploded Monday and the one that detonated on March 2 had been left on the front doorsteps and were not delivered by a mail service.A 17-year-old boy was killed in Monday’s explosion and a woman injured. Authorities said earlier that the woman’s injuries were life-threatening, but Manley says she’ll survive.A 39-year-old man was killed in the March 2 attack.___Authorities say a package that exploded inside of an Austin home, killing a teenager and wounding a woman, is linked to a deadly package sent to another home in Texas’ capital city earlier this month because they were both left on the front doorstep and not delivered by a mail service.Austin police Chief Brian Manley said at a news conference Monday that the U.S. Postal Service does not have a record of delivering a package to the Austin home where the explosion occurred Monday.He says that package was brought into the kitchen where it detonated, killing a 17-year-old boy and injuring the woman.The FBI is helping Austin police in the investigation.APD briefing regarding explosion in the 4800 block of Old Fort Hill Drive. https://t.co/gY2yyu5aOY— Austin Police Dept (@Austin_Police) March 12, 2018___A teenager has died and a woman is seriously injured after a package exploded at a home in Austin, marking the second such explosion this month at a home in Texas’ capital city.The package detonated early Monday. Police say the teen died at the scene, while the woman was taken to a hospital with life-threatening injuries. Police say the woman is in her 40s, but they haven’t released any other information.Authorities are investigating whether the explosion is linked to a similar blast on March 2 that killed a 39-year-old man. Both explosions occurred in the early-morning hours.Police are investigating that incident as a suspicious death. Investigators haven’t released information about the device or possible suspects.The FBI is helping Austin police in the investigation..@PaddyMcOz on #Periscope: East Austin package bomb investigation https://t.co/rdooXFgHuu— PaintSomething (@PaintSomething) March 12, 2018last_img read more

Colours of Bangladesh

first_imgThe loving bond that India and Bangladesh share is no secret to the world. Even though they are separated by a geographical border, India, especially West Bengal, shares a deep bond with Bangladesh.The Art Acre foundation organised for an art workshop recently, where 10 eminent artists from Bangladesh arrived at Arts Acre and created artworks along with 6 eminent artists who had sent their works as they could not be present in person. The contribution of Bangladeshi artists in the development of Bengal Modern Art as a whole is very significant. Along with Rabindranath Tagore, Abanindranath Tagore, Nandalal Bose and others, artists like Zainul Abedin and Quamrul Hassan can be considered pioneers of the Bengal Contemporary Art Movement.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The Arts Acre Museum of Bengal Modern Art is the largest museum dedicated to modern Bangla art. The museum hopes to devote a permanent gallery to the works of eminent artists from Bangladesh. Arts Acre believes that it would be a great opportunity and platform for artists from Bangladesh to showcase and express their work in the City of Joy as well as the country. While, it will add an extra dimension to an already well stocked museum, it also hopes to add a new perspective and enable access to a previously untapped source of art. The works were displayed in a special ‘Bangladesh Gallery’ in the museum.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe artists who participated were- Farida Zaman, Monirul Islam, Rafiqun Nabi, Samarjit Roy Choudhury, Ranjit Das, Syed Abul Barq Alvi, Shahid Kabir, Sheikh Afzal and Syed Jahangir and others are Mansur-Ul- Karim, Mohammad Eunus, Mahmud-Ul- Haque. In addition to the workshop, every evening during the festival, cultural programs were organised, where well known performers, both from Bangladesh and Kolkata enthralled everyone with their performances.  The vocal artists from Bangladesh who performed at the event were Subir Nandi, Rumana Islam Khan, Suchitra Rani Sutradhar, Shemonti Monjari, Rocsana Akter Rupsa and Nishita Barua. Choreographer Sudarshan from Kolkata presented his Modern Dance piece ‘Imagining Images’, while singer Iman Chakraborty mesmerised the audience with her electric performance.  On the evening of June 3, the special ‘Bangladesh Gallery’ was inaugurated by Asaduzzaman Noor, Minister of Cultural Affairs, Govt. of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh, in the presence of Ganesh Haloi, Bibhash Chakraborty, Gautam Deb, Minister of Tourism, Govt. of West Bengal, Bratya Basu, Minister of Information and Technology, Govt. of West Bengal and many other eminent personalities from across the city.The new ‘Bangladesh Gallery’ was lauded for its beautiful artwork the impressive infrastructure of the Arts  Acre Foundation.last_img read more

Thumbs down to Internet use in class

first_imgSurfing the internet in classrooms may lead to poorer test scores, even among the most intelligent and motivated students, a new study has warned.Researchers at Michigan State University (MSU) in the US studied laptop use in an introductory psychology course and found the average time spent browsing the web for non-class-related purposes was 37 minutes.Students spent the most time on social media, reading emails, shopping for items such as clothes and watching videos. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfResearchers found that their academic performance suffered. Internet use was a significant predictor of students’ final exam score even when their intelligence and motivation were taken into account, said Susan Ravizza, associate professor of psychology at MSU and lead author of the study. “The detrimental relationship associated with non-academic internet use raises questions about the policy of encouraging students to bring their laptops to class when they are unnecessary for class use,” Ravizza said. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe research was conducted in a one-hour, 50-minute lecture course with 507 students taught by Kimberly Fenn, MSU associate professor of psychology and study co-author.In all, 127 students agreed to participate in the study, which involved logging onto a proxy server when the students went online. Of those participants, 83 checked into the proxy server in more than half of the 15 course sessions during the semester and were included in the final analysis. Intelligence was measured by ACT scores. Motivation to succeed in class was measured by an online survey sent to each participant when the semester was over. Interestingly, using the internet for class purposes did not help students’ test scores.“There were no internet-based assignments in this course, which means that most of the ‘academic use’ was downloading lecture slides in order to follow along or take notes,” Ravizza said.Previous research has shown that taking notes on a laptop is not as beneficial for learning as writing notes by hand.”Once students crack their laptop open, it is probably tempting to do other sorts of internet-based tasks that are not class-relevant,” she added.last_img read more

Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impa

first_img Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact [View the story “Twitter Rewind: Cardinals thumped by Saints in New Orleans” on Storify] Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Comments   Share   last_img read more

Even though the Summit is long over you can still

first_img Even though the Summit is long over, you can still benefit from every presenter… every panel discussion… every investment recommendation. Order the 2014 Summit Audio Collection and you’ll receive all of that, plus all slides used in the presentations and a bonus highlight reel. Choose between instantly available MP3 files or CDs… or get both for maximum convenience. Order now so that you’re well positioned to thrive in the coming crisis economy. The Fed claims that signs of economic stress are very low, but savvy investors feel otherwise. With geopolitical unrest expanding and central banks doing the opposite of the right things, is a currency crisis barreling toward us? See what Mish Shedlock had to say about the state of world finance at the 2014 Casey Research Summit:last_img read more

HONOR FLIGHT Honor Flight Veterans Trip Organize

first_imgHONOR FLIGHTHonor Flight: Veterans Trip Organizers Ensure Event Goes Smooth: May 13, 2019Honor Flight: Sights and Sounds from Washington: May 10, 2019Veterans Return Home From Honor Flight in Washington, D.C.: May 9, 2019 Hosting tours is a difficult job, but one Tuscaloosa organization works extra hard so their guided events to Washington, D.C., with more than 100 veterans go off without a hitch.The latest Honor Flight happened May 9, and such a big trip requires a lot of logistical planning and scheduling. Police escorts in Washington and charter buses helped get veterans and their guests to the sights scheduled on their trip and back to the plane so they could get back to Tuscaloosa that evening.“Most of the Honor Flights have police escorts, and they are very good,” said charter bus driver Walter Beynum. “It’s like Moses parting the Red Sea.”Those escorts and buses are all on the same page as they travel through bumper-to-bumper traffic, bringing veterans to the World War II Memorial, the Vietnam Wall, the Iwo Jima Memorial and Arlington National Cemetery.“If we didn’t have the escorts, we wouldn’t be able to do as much as see as much as we do, so we really appreciate the job they do in getting us through the traffic,” Beynum said.That hard work behind the scenes wasn’t lost on the veterans who made the trip, either.“They did a lot of work, I’m sure, putting the trip together,” said World War II veteran Don Minshew. “Of course, I came up and they took care of everything for me.”But the people who keep everything running said it’s more than you average job.“We get to honor them by driving them around and show them historic monuments and the D.C. area,” Beynum said. “And it means a lot to me because they set the path for us. They fought for our country.”last_img read more

Threequarters of Americans say they want to keep

first_imgThree-quarters of Americans say they want to keep in place the landmark Supreme Court ruling, Roe v. Wade, that made abortion legal in the United States, but a strong majority would like to see restrictions on abortion rights, according to a new NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist Poll.What the survey found is a great deal of complexity — and sometimes contradiction among Americans — that goes well beyond the talking points of the loudest voices in the debate. In fact, there’s a high level of dissatisfaction with abortion policy overall. Almost two-thirds of people said they were either somewhat or very dissatisfied, including 66% of those who self-identify as “pro-life” and 62% of those who self-identify as “pro-choice.””What it speaks to is the fact that the debate is dominated by the extreme positions on both sides,” said Barbara Carvalho, director of the Marist Poll, which conducted the survey. “People do see the issue as very complicated, very complex. Their positions don’t fall along one side or the other. … The debate is about the extremes, and that’s not where the public is.”The poll comes as several states have pushed to limit abortions in hopes of getting the Supreme Court to reconsider the issue. Abortion-rights opponents hope the newly conservative court will either overturn Roe or effectively gut it by upholding severe restrictions. The survey finds that while most Americans favor limiting abortion, they don’t want it to be illegal and don’t want to go as far as states like Alabama, for example, which would ban it completely except if the woman’s life is endangered or health is at risk.A total of 77% say the Supreme Court should uphold Roe, but within that there’s a lot of nuance — 26% say they would like to see it remain in place, but with more restrictions added; 21% want to see Roe expanded to establish the right to abortion under any circumstance; 16% want to keep it the way it is; and 14% want to see some of the restrictions allowed under Roe reduced. Just 13% overall say it should be overturned.Don’t see the graphic above? Click here Even though Americans are solidly against overturning Roe, a majority would also like to see abortion restricted in various ways. In a separate question, respondents were asked which of six choices comes closest to their view of abortion policy.In all, 61% said they were in favor of a combination of limitations that included allowing abortion in just the first three months of a pregnancy (23%); only in cases of rape, incest or to save the life of the woman (29%); or only to save the life of the woman (9%).Eighteen percent said abortion should be available to a woman any time she wants during her entire pregnancy. At the other end of the spectrum, 9% said it should never be permitted under any circumstance.More than half (53%) of Americans say they would definitely not vote for a candidate who would appoint judges to the Supreme Court who would limit or overturn Roe.Politically, abortion has been a stronger voting issue for Republicans than for Democrats. This poll found that abortion ranks as the second-most-important issue for Republicans in deciding their vote for president, behind immigration. But for Democrats, it is fifth — behind health care, America’s role in the world, climate change and personal financial well-being.The poll also notably found the highest percentage of people self-identifying as “pro-choice,” those who generally support abortion rights, since a Gallup survey in December 2012. In this survey, 57% identified that way versus 35%, who called themselves “pro-life,” those who are generally opposed to abortion rights.Don’t see the graphic above? Click here The percentage self-identifying as “pro-choice” is an increase since a Marist Poll in February, when the two sides split with 47% each. The pollsters attribute that shift to efforts in various states to severely restrict abortion.”The public is very reactive to the arguments being put forth by the more committed advocates on both sides of the issue,” Carvalho said, adding, “The danger for Republicans is that when you look at independents, independents are moving more toward Democrats on this issue. … When the debate starts overstepping what public opinion believes to be common sense, we’ve seen independents moving in Democrats’ corner.”In the case of self-identification, 60% of independents identified as “pro-choice.” Asked which party would do a better job of dealing with the issue of abortion, a plurality of Americans overall chose Democrats (47%) over Republicans (34%).Independents chose Democrats on the question of which party would do a better job by an 11-point margin (43% to 32%).Don’t see the graphic above? Click here Asked if they’d be more likely to support state laws that decriminalize abortion and make laws less strict or ones that do the opposite, 60% of Americans overall, including two-thirds of independents, chose laws that decriminalize abortion and are less strict.What specifically do Americans support and oppose?The poll also asked a long series of questions to try to figure out what Americans support or oppose when it comes to potential changes to abortion laws pending in several states. Poll respondents were not told which states these proposals come from.The poll found that Americans are very much against requiring fines and/or prison time for doctors who perform abortions. There was also slim majority support for allowing abortions at any time during a pregnancy if there is no viability outside the womb and for requiring insurance companies to cover abortion procedures. A slim majority also opposed allowing pharmacists and health providers the ability to opt out of providing medicine or surgical procedures that result in abortion.At the same time, two-thirds were in favor of a 24-hour waiting period from the time a woman meets with a health care professional until having the abortion procedure itself; two-thirds wanted doctors who perform abortions to have hospital admitting privileges; and a slim majority wanted the law to require women to be shown an ultrasound image at least 24 hours before an abortion procedure.Don’t see the graphic above? Click here “What’s most interesting here,” Carvalho said, is that “the extremes are really outliers. When they advocate for their positions and change the debate toward the most extreme position on the issue, they actually do the opposite. They move public opinion away from them.”The more vocal advocates on either side, however, have had the ability to shift the debate and public opinion to their point of view. Consider that many of the specific items above, at one point or another, have been hotly debated.When does life begin?The poll also asked the very big question of when Americans think life begins. There was not an overwhelming consensus. A plurality of the six choices given, but far less than a majority, said life begins at conception (38%). Slightly more than half (53%) disagreed, saying that life begins either within the first eight weeks of pregnancy (8%), the first three months (8%), between three and six months (7%), when a fetus is viable (14%) or at birth (16%).Don’t see the graphic above? Click here Gender gap? Try a stark party divide, particularly among womenThe most acute divide among Americans on the issue of abortion, arguably, is not a gender divide but between the parties — and of women of different parties.For example, 54% of men identified as “pro-choice,” compared with 60% of women. For women of the different parties, 77% of Democratic women identified as “pro-choice,” while 68% of Republican women identified as “pro-life.” (A lower percentage of Republican men, 59%, considered themselves “pro-life.”)Throughout the poll, the divide was stark. On Roe, for example, 62% of Republican women said overturn it or add restrictions; 73% of Democratic women said keep it the way it is, expand it to allow abortions under any circumstance or reduce some of the restrictions.Eighty-four percent of Democratic women said they are more likely to support state laws that decriminalize abortion and make laws less strict; 62% of Republican women said they are more likely to support laws that criminalize abortion or make laws stricter.On requiring insurance companies to cover abortion procedures, 75% of Democratic women support that, while 78% of Republican women oppose it, higher than the 63% of Republican men who said the same.Republican women also stand out for the 62% of them who said they oppose laws that allow abortion at any time during pregnancy in cases of rape or incest. They are the only group to voice majority opposition to that. Fifty-nine percent of Republican men, for example, said they would support such a law.And Republican women are the only group to say overwhelmingly that life begins at conception. About three-quarters said so, compared with less than half of Republican men and a third of Democratic women.It’s a reminder that Republican women, in many ways, are the backbone of the movement opposing abortion rights. The survey of 944 adults was conducted by live interviewers by telephone from May 31 through June 4. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.5 percentage points. Editor’s note: The survey asked respondents to identify as either “pro-life” or “pro-choice.” This question wording, using the labels “pro-life” and “pro-choice,” was included in the survey because it has tracked the public debate on abortion over decades. It is sensitive to current events and public discussion even though it does not capture the nuanced positions many people have on the issue. Copyright 2019 NPR. 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Problems with the flawed computer system used to d

first_imgProblems with the flawed computer system used to deal with claims for the government’s new disability benefit have left hundreds of callers stuck in lengthy telephone queues.The system used for new personal independence payment (PIP) claims has crashed twice in a fortnight, leaving disabled callers unable to get through to lodge their claims.On 28 July, PIP claimants were unable to reach the helpline for five hours, with call handlers not able to receive any calls, a whistle-blower has told Disability News Service (DNS).And less than two weeks later, on 9 August, there was a crash of the CAMlite software – used across DWP as part of the move towards universal credit – leaving call-handlers unable to take any calls for more than four hours.The problems have been worsened by the decision of the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to send out more than 40,000 letters in August to recipients of working-age disability living allowance (DLA), telling them they need to apply for the replacement benefit PIP, as part of the process to reassess every working-age DLA claimant.The problems are just the latest to have hit the computer system used to deal with new PIP claimants, with DWP continuing to deny that it is fundamentally flawed.Earlier this summer, DWP claimed that the system – designed and maintained by IT giant Hewlett Packard Enterprise – was just being affected by minor “technical glitches”.That response came despite a whistle-blower telling DNS that the PIP CS software designed to deal specifically with PIP claims was “appallingly bad”.The whistle-blower told DNS earlier this year that the software was so poor that, at least once a month, staff were unable to process claims coming through on the helpline and had to tell callers to ring again, because of problems with the system.The whistle-blower, who works for Serco, the company that runs the telephone helpline that deals with all new PIP claims, said DWP had “messed up” by sending out too many letters to DLA claimants in August.They said: “As a result, on August 1st, 2nd and 3rd, there were over 300 callers in the queue, with waiting times well over 20 minutes.“On every day since then there have been times when the queue was over 100 callers.”A DWP spokeswoman said: “We are aware that there have been intermittent IT issues which have impacted our PIP telephony services. “As with any IT systems, it is inevitable that from time to time there will be technical issues.“We work hard to fix any issues as soon as they arise and all claims are processed with the minimum delay possible – in fact, PIP claims are now being cleared four times faster [than] they were in January 2014.”She said the latest problems “have been fixed and the PIP telephony services are working normally”.She added: “We continue to monitor the service closely and identify opportunities to improve our systems. “Our processes are kept under regular review and are closely monitored to ensure that any disruption to claimants is kept to a minimum and that claims continue to progress smoothly.”PIP, which is gradually replacing working-age DLA, has been mired in controversy, delays and backlogs ever since its launch in April 2013.DNS reported last month that Motability expected that 35,000 vehicles would have to be handed back by disabled people during 2016 as a result of the government’s programme to reassess people for PIP, and cut at least 20 per cent from spending on working-age DLA.Activists who took part in a national day of action last month – organised by Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC), WinVisible and the Mental Health Resistance Network – said they believed PIP was “rotten to the core” and pointed to growing evidence of the “shoddy nature” of PIP assessments, carried out by the government’s contractors, Capita and Atos.In February, DWP figures revealed that only two-thirds (68 per cent) of PIP claimants were satisfied with the service they received from DWP, compared with an average of 82 per cent across all 10 benefits surveyed.last_img read more

Walgreens Pumps the Brakes on Theranos Partnership Amid Problematic Lab Audit

first_img Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Walgreens Pumps the Brakes on Theranos Partnership Amid Problematic Lab Audit Next Article Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. Image credit: Shutterstock Walgreens is pumping the brakes on its partnership with Theranos after an inspection by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), a federal health agency, revealed that the $9 billion blood test startup’s Newark, Calif. lab location posed “immediate jeopardy to patient safety.”In a statement, Walgreens — Theranos’s first retail partner, which operates blood-testing centers in 40 locations throughout Arizona and one in Palo Alto, Calif. — said that Theranos “must immediately cease sending any clinical laboratory tests…to the Theranos lab in Newark, Calif., for analysis. In addition, Walgreens is suspending Theranos laboratory services at its Palo Alto, Calif., store, effective immediately.”While the specific nature of the deficiencies at Theranos’s Newark lab have not been disclosed, CMS said that the company’s worst offense lay within the realm of hematology, or the study of blood. In a letter released yesterday by CMS, the organization said that Theranos’s Newark lab “has already caused, is causing, or is likely to cause, at any time, serious injury or harm, or death, to individuals served.”Related: Theranos Poses ‘Immediate Jeopardy’ to Patient Health, Government SaysOf Walgreens’ decision, Theranos’s vice president of communications, Brooke Buchanan, told Entrepreneur that the company’s “Arizona lab, which handles 90% of our wellness center lab tests, is not impacted by this week’s findings.” Therefore, she said, “We are open for business, confident in our technologies, and unwavering in our commitment to provide Arizonans with the care and service they deserve.”Buchanan added that CMS’ findings “do not reflect the current state of the [Newark] lab,” and said that, “This is an issue that many other labs have faced, and we will fix it quickly and completely, working with our regulators as we always do.”Theranos has 10 days to address the complaints before incurring penalties of $10,000 daily fees, onsite monitoring, the suspension of its CLIA certificate or the cancellation of its approval for Medicare payments.Walgreens announced its partnership with Theranos in 2013, and the two eventually planned to open blood-testing centers within the chain’s 8,200 locations across the country. Now, however, Walgreens is debating whether to shutter the 41 existing locations, according to The Wall Street Journal.Related: Report: Federal Regulators Find ‘Serious Deficiencies’ at Theranos’ California Lab Facility Former Staff Writer –sharescenter_img January 28, 2016 3 min read Enroll Now for $5 Geoff Weiss Theranos Add to Queuelast_img read more

Veracyte to present data demonstrating potential of Envisia Genomic Classifier to improve

first_imgReviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)Oct 8 2018Veracyte, Inc. announced the presentation of data demonstrating that the Envisia Genomic Classifier can help physicians more confidently diagnose interstitial lung disease (ILD), including idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), without the need for surgery. The data were shared today in an oral presentation at CHEST 2018, the annual meeting of the American College of Chest Physicians®, which is being held October 6-10 in San Antonio, Texas.Using data from a prospective study of 49 patients presenting with new-onset ILD, researchers evaluated samples obtained through nonsurgical transbronchial biopsy to determine the Envisia classifier’s accuracy in detecting usual interstitial pneumonia (UIP), a pattern whose presence is essential to IPF diagnosis. Utilizing histopathology as the reference standard, investigators found that the genomic test shows a specificity of 88 percent and sensitivity of 70 percent for detecting UIP. While high-resolution computed tomography (HRCT) is typically the first step in distinguishing IPF from other ILDs, previous data have shown that up to 50 percent of UIP cases are missed by HRCT alone. Among the 42 cases in the current study with the lowest diagnostic confidence following HRCT – i.e., those without definite or probable UIP – the Envisia classifier provided even more robust results (88 percent specificity and 76 percent sensitivity).Related StoriesScientists create bacteria with man-made DNAYeast species thrives, despite losing DNA repair genes years agoGenetic test for low birth weight on the horizon”An accurate, timely diagnosis of IPF and other ILDs is a major challenge for physicians and patients, but is essential for optimal treatment,” said David Lynch, MB, BCh, Professor of Radiology at National Jewish Health, who presented the findings. “Our data, while based on relatively small numbers, suggest that the Envisia test can provide important information for diagnosis, as a complement to HRCT and clinical findings. This is particularly true among patients whose results are unclear following HRCT imaging.””Recent study findings show that patients being evaluated for suspected IPF or other ILDs often endure significant diagnostic delays, misdiagnosis and invasive, costly procedures, which can negatively impact outcomes and increase risk,” said Bonnie Anderson, Veracyte’s chairman and chief executive officer. “These new data reinforce the valuable role that the Envisia Genomic Classifier can play in improving IPF diagnosis. They also add to the growing body of evidence supporting the use of our test.”The Envisia classifier is currently available to a limited number of institutions through an Early Access Program. In August 2018, Veracyte received a draft Medicare coverage policy for the Envisia classifier through the MolDx program. The company expects the final policy will go into effect in early 2019 and plans to expand availability of the test in 2019.Source: https://www.veracyte.com/last_img read more