Fitch downgrades Sri Lankas rating

first_imgCOLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Fitch Ratings has downgraded Sri Lanka’s long-term foreign-currency issuer default rating, citing political upheaval that has resulted in the country having no functional government.Fitch says it lowered the country’s rating to B from B plus with a stable outlook, reflecting heightened external financing risks, uncertain policy outlook and a slowdown in fiscal consolidation.Sri Lanka is now without a government after a court ordered disputed Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and his ministers to refrain from conducting their duties as it hears a case challenging their eligibility to hold office after losing two no-confidence votes in Parliament.The dispute arose after President Maithripala Sirisena sacked Ranil Wickremesinghe as prime minister and replaced him with Rajapaksa.Rajapaksa has been unable to form a parliamentary majority.The Associated Presslast_img read more

WPP, British Communications Giant Opens in Casablanca

Rabat – The British communications giant WPP has recently set up a base in Morocco for its subsidiary Kantar Millward Brown, one of the world’s largest market research companies specializing in advertising, marketing, communications, media, and brand equity research.“The arrival of Kantar Millward Brown in Casablanca confirms the strength of our global network in more than 60 countries across more than 85 offices,” said the Kantar Millward Brown Maghreb Regional Director, Siham Malek, during an official launch conference held on May 23 in Casablanca.According to the group, this new location will also be an opportunity for the teams of Kantar Millward Brown Maroc to use the results of an exclusive study regarding “the attitude of Moroccans and young people in particular towards the advertisements and their behavior on the different media accordingly.” Kantar Millward Brown wants to work with 90% of the biggest international brands to help them define their brand strategy, develop ideas and communications and  optimize their marketing plan, all of which will ultimately lead to the growth of their brand.The group’s expertise covers both brand management, optimization of the return on investment of marketing actions, and assessment of the effectiveness of communications around a common model of “Meaningfully Different,” the group explained in a press release.Kantar Millward Brown’s work cover four areas of expertise: strategic development of brands, monitoring their performance on the market, creative advertising development, evaluation and optimization of the different points of contact of the campaigns.“The vision of the company’s brand capital proves that brands that are different, salient and meaningful generate three times more market share in volume, they charge a price higher by 14% and their market share growth in value market share is on average 6% higher than brands that are weak on these three notions,” concludes the company. read more

Cameroon pledges support for new UN mission in Chad Central African Republic

27 September 2007The President of Cameroon today voiced support for the planned new United Nations peacekeeping operation in Chad and the Central African Republic (CAR) and pledged his country’s full cooperation in its deployment. Known as MINURCAT, the mission will include European Union military forces and aims help alleviate the plight of thousands of people uprooted due to insecurity in Chad, the CAR and neighbouring Sudan.Paul Biya, the President of Cameroon, a country that shares long borders with both Chad and the CAR, said the situation there “gravely threatens peace and security of these countries, the security and well being of their populations.”Addressing the General Assembly’s annual high-level debate, he added that the insecurity is transcending borders.Cameroon supports the planned mission and will “fully cooperate” in its deployment, he said.Since 2004, eastern Chad has hosted some 240,000 Sudanese refugees in 12 camps who have fled the fighting in Darfur, according to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). The country is also facing a surge in the number of internally displaced persons (IDPs), now totalling more than 170,000. North-eastern CAR is hosting some 2,660 refugees from Darfur.The Security Council established MINURCAT earlier this week with an initial deployment of 300 police and 50 military liaison officers to support elements of the Chadian police and liaise with other actors in the region to assist refugees and to counter threats to humanitarian activities.The mission will also monitor the human rights situation in the region, and work with the Governments and civil society of Chad and CAR to promote human rights standards and put an end to the recruitment and use of child soldiers. read more

Agrium buying farmsupply retail network with 20 locations in Georgia Florida

CALGARY — Agrium Inc. (TSX:AGU) is preparing to expand its agriculture retail business in the United States with the acquisition of 20 farm-supply locations in Georgia and Florida.The Calgary-based company, which also has a wholesale fertilizer business, says its U.S. retail distribution network will be enhanced through a binding purchase agreement with Southern States Cooperative.It will also acquire an integrated cotton ginning business in Statesboro, Ga.Agrium didn’t announce financial terms of its purchase, which is expected to close in September, but estimates the acquired locations will generate more than $100 million in annual revenue.Southern States Cooperative, based in Richmond, Va., is a farm supply retailer that sells fertilizer, seed, livestock feed, animal health supplies and other products for the farm and home through 1,200 retail outlets in 23 states.Agrium also has an agricultural retail network in the U.S. and Canada while its wholesale operations produce nitrogen, potash and phosphate fertilizers for the global market.It is in the process of combining with Saskatoon-based PotashCorp (TSX:POT) in a previously announced deal. read more

Cops arrest 17 people in Galnewa

A man had died in the area after he was attacked by three men during a Sinhala and Tamil Avurudhu (New Year) event. The police had arrested the three men over the incident and they were later produced in court and jailed.However following the funeral of the victim last week an unruly mob led by a female relative of the victim attacked a house of one of the suspects and also set a vehicle on fire. A police team which arrived at the scene was also abused and later attacked by the mob, the police media unit said.Video footage taken during the mob attack was produced in court to identify those involved in the violence and a court order had been obtained to arrest them.A three hour special operation was conducted today involving top police officers from Anuradhapura as well as 150 other policemen to arrest the suspects. The police arrested 17 people including a woman in Galnewa, Anuradhapura this afternoon following a special operation involving over 150 policemen. He said that only the court can decide on the punishment for anyone and if the public decide to take the law in their hands then the police will take stern action against them.He also said that CCTV cameras in Colombo and other video footage will be used in future to arrest anyone violating the law. (Colombo Gazette) Police spokesman SP Ajith Rohana said that the public have no right to take the law into their own hands. According to the police media unit, the 17 people were arrested for behaving in an unruly manner and also attacking a group of policemen recently over the death of a man in the area. read more

CPC and LIOC slash fuel prices

Accordingly, CPC said that Petrol 92 Octane will be sold at Rs. 123 a litre, 95 Octane Rs. 147 a litre, Super Diesel Rs. 118 a litre and Auto Diesel Rs. 99 a litre. The Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) and Lanka Indian Oil Corporation (LIOC) have reduced fuel prices from midnight tonight.The prices have been reduced under the pricing formula of the Finance Ministry announced today. Meanwhile LIOC said that Petrol 92 Octane will be sold at Rs. 131 a litre at LIOC fuel stations, 95 Octane Rs. 150 a litre, Super Diesel Rs. 118 a litre and Auto Diesel Rs. 99 a litre. (Colombo Gazette) The Finance Ministry said that the price of Petrol 92 Octane and 95 Octane have been reduced by Rs. 2 and Super Diesel by Rs. 3. read more

New York Islanders sell minority stake of team to Capitals coowner Londonbased

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email UNIONDALE, N.Y. – The New York Islanders are selling a minority stake of the team, with a former Washington Capitals co-owner and a London-based investor to become full owners in two years.The hockey team said Tuesday a group led by former Capitals co-owner Jon Ledecky and investor Scott Malkin agreed to buy a “substantial” minority interest. Terms weren’t immediately disclosed.Under the agreement, current owner Charles Wang will continue as majority stockholder for two years, the team said in a statement. At that point, ownership will transfer to the Ledecky-Malkin group.“We are pleased to have the opportunity to become partners in the New York Islanders with Charles, and to pursue our shared dream of winning a fifth Stanley Cup for the greatest fans in the NHL,” Ledecky said in a statement.The sale must be approved by the NHL’s board of governors. The full agreement, including the planned ownership transfer in two years, will be presented to the board but that likely won’t happen for the next board meeting in September. The board will meet again in December.The NHL had no comment Tuesday regarding the sale.Wang, a billionaire founder of the software computer company Computer Associates, now known as CA, had tried for nearly a decade to build a new arena for the Long Island hockey team. When several efforts failed, including a referendum in 2011 defeated by voters that would have financed a $400 million coliseum, Wang announced in October 2012 plans to move the team to the recently opened Barclays Center in Brooklyn once the team’s lease with the aging Nassau Coliseum expires after the upcoming season.The team will go to Brooklyn for the 2015-16 season.“I’m thrilled that Jon and Scott have agreed to join me as we start the Islanders’ final year at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum,” Wang said. “I look forward to a long and successful partnership.”Last week a hedge-fund manager who was interested in buying the Islanders sued Wang, contending breach of contract. Andrew Barroway’s NY ICE said Wang demanded $548 million months after agreeing to sell the team for $420 million.The lawsuit alleges Wang had “seller’s remorse” and demanded more money from Philadelphia-based Barroway after the NBA’s Los Angeles Clippers sold for $2 billion.Wang wanted to keep the team in New York despite failing to get the Lighthouse Project built on Long Island. That grandiose plan would have included a new arena for the Islanders, but it never gained approval for construction.Both Wang and NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman have stated that the Islanders wouldn’t play in Nassau Coliseum one day longer than they had to. Wang said he had serious options to move the team beyond New York but stuck to his desire to stay in the metropolitan area.After seven months of negotiations, the Brooklyn deal was reached. Once the Islanders settle in there, they will begin a 25-year lease at the Barclays Center.Officials in nearby Nassau County struggled for years to come up with a plan to either renovate or build an arena to replace the Nassau Coliseum, which opened in 1972.Wang had long threatened to move the team from its Uniondale home after the club’s lease expired. He complained that the dilapidated building was unsuited for a professional sports franchise.The Islanders were once the toast of the NHL when they won the Stanley Cup four straight years from 1980 to 1983 and reached the finals for five straight seasons. But they have qualified for the playoffs only once (2013) since 2007.___AP Sports Writer Ira Podell contributed to this report from New York. by Frank Eltman, The Associated Press Posted Aug 19, 2014 12:09 pm MDT New York Islanders sell minority stake of team to Capitals co-owner, London-based investor read more

UN envoy voices dismay following deadly attacks in Iraq

“These inhuman acts only add to the senseless suffering of innocent people and their families,” said Martin Kobler, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Iraq. According to media reports, at least 19 people have been killed in three separate bomb attacks in predominantly Shia Muslim areas of the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, on Tuesday. Dozens of others were wounded in the blasts near Shia mosques in the north and north-east of the city. Several explosions also reportedly took place yesterday in the northern city of Kirkuk, leading to a number of deaths and injuries. In a news release issued by the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), which he heads, Mr. Kobler also expressed his profound sympathy to the families of the victims and wished a speedy recovery to the wounded. read more

Vader tweets about his surgery recovery New Day cosplay as Black Panther

first_imgFacebook Now Playing Up Next Twitter Leon “Vader” White’s autobiography “Vader Time: The Story of a Modern Day Gladiator” is out now Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Sam Wood Exercise Tips: The Office Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Vader tweets about his surgery recoveryVader provided an update on his health after undergoing open heart surgery this week.He described the post-surgery as some of the “worst pain I have ever endured.”You can check out his tweet below.5 days since my surgery & it has been some the worst pain I have ever endured. The Hospital staff has been excellent and my surgeon was fantastic. I am greatful for the life I’ve had & the opportunitny to continue to live. THANK YOU JESUS. https://t.co/vA6VyYDrHZ— Big Van Vader (@itsvadertime) March 31, 2018New Day cosplay as “Black Panther” charactersXavier Woods tweeted out this photo of a cosplay with Big E and Kofi Kingston as characters from the latest Marvel movie “Black Panther” on Twitter.You can check out the photo below.This is real life! @AwesomeCon costumes made by @Themikalmosley pic.twitter.com/zbgJgOa1pi— IS THIS YOUR KING?!?! (@XavierWoodsPhD) March 30, 2018 Madison Square Garden Pays Tribute to Roman Reigns Brazilian Reforestation Now Playing Up Next Google+ WhatsApp Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipSam Wood Exercise Tips: The OfficeVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 1:00/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 42.43%0:03Remaining Time -0:57 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Trying To Eat Healthy Food For Only $1 A Day Juul Cartridges have Unlisted Flavors That Can Irritate Vapers’ Throats Now Playing Up Next 20 episodes of WCW Saturday Night from January to May 1993 added to the WWE Network Pinterest Sting on his final match in 2015 and seriousness of his bad bump against Seth Rollinslast_img read more

Celtic threatened with legal action

first_imgCeltic Football Club have been warned they face legal action if they fail to meet victims of paedophile Jim Torbett.Torbett, who is the founder of the Celtic’s Boys Club was jailed for six years on Monday for sexually abusing three boys over an eight-year spell.After continuous criticism, the Gers issued a statement on Wednesday expressing “deep regret” over Torbett’s crimes.However, solicitors insist it did not go far enough and has issued the Scottish champions with an ultimatum.In a message to the Celtic board, solicitor Patrick McGuire said, according to the BBC:“Please meet with me and my clients now and let us get this situation sorted out.”Mikey Johnston, CelticJohnston is disappointed after being injured Manuel R. Medina – September 11, 2019 Celtic winger Mikey Johnston was disappointed to miss Scotland Under 21 national team’s victories over San Marino and Croatia, and he hopes he can return to play soon.“This is an opportunity for Celtic to right the wrongs of the past and to lead the way in Scottish football where a club believes survivors and lives up to their responsibilities.”“I truly hope you do but if not then we will see you in court.”Kenny Campbell, who’s a former player of the Celtic Boys Club, said:“What makes me so sad is the way Celtic have just ignored me and other survivors.”“I see they have issued some sort of apology but it’s not enough.”“They need to accept responsibility for what was done and settle these legal cases.”last_img read more

Firefighters contain twoacre brush fire in San Marcos

first_img May 6, 2018 SAN MARCOS (KUSI) — Firefighters Sunday contained a small brush fire north of San Marcos, though not before it destroyed a small structure.Cal Fire San Diego spokesman Isaac Sanchez said dispatchers received word of the fire at 2:25 p.m., which broke out in vegetation near the intersection of Deer Springs Road and Sarver Lane in a rural area just west of Interstate 15.A small outbuilding was destroyed in the fire, but no one was injured, Sanchez said. The structure was abandoned, according to San Diego County sheriff’s deputies.Firefighters from both Cal Fire and the San Marcos Fire Department stopped the forward spread of the blaze at about 3:20 p.m. It was initially estimated at 3 acres, but later was corrected to 2.Sarver Lane was closed for about an hour.Cal Fire San Diego tweeted that full containment was reached by about 5:30 p.m. Firefighters contain two-acre brush fire in San Marcos Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Updated: 6:38 PM KUSI Newsroom #SarverFire [update] Due to better mapping, the size of the fire has been updated to 2 acres. Sarver Ln has been reopened to all traffic. Fire crews remain at scene, please drive with caution in the area. pic.twitter.com/01YxePWwxI— CAL FIRE SAN DIEGO (@CALFIRESANDIEGO) May 6, 2018 Posted: May 6, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, last_img read more

Federal government to recognize Utahn samesex marriages

first_imgSALT LAKE CITY — The U.S. attorney general said Friday that the federal government would recognize same-sex marriages contracted in Utah, the latest significant show of support for gay marriage from the Obama administration.The action means that the more than 1,000 same-sex couples who were married in Utah in the last month can file federal taxes jointly, get Social Security benefits for spouses and request legal immigration status for partners, among other benefits.Attorney General Eric Holder’s declaration marked the latest chapter in the legal battle over same-sex marriage in Utah that has sent couples and state officials on a helter-skelter wave of emotions over the last three weeks.A federal judge overturned Utah’s ban on same-sex marriage on Dec. 20, and hundreds of couples got married. The U.S. Supreme Court intervened this week and put a halt to the weddings until the courts sort out the matter. Utah then declared it would not recognize the weddings, but would allow couples to continue to receive whatever benefits they had obtained before the high court ruling.The Mormon church weighed in again Friday, instructing local leaders that same-sex wedding ceremonies and receptions are prohibited in its churches and reiterating its belief that homosexuality is not condoned by God.last_img read more

Sega Sammy announces new group brand logo as Japan IR pursuit looms

first_imgJapan’s Sega Sammy Holdings Inc has unveiled a new group brand logo, described as an “initiative towards further growth of Sega Sammy Group going forward.”The new group logo, to be used from August 2018, is said to represent the creation of new business that accommodates social change and technological innovation, while working to strengthen and cultivate Sega Sammy’s pachislot and pachinko machines business, entertainment contents business and integrated resorts business under the unified effort of the entire group. The company, which owns 45% of Korea’s first integrated resort Paradise City Incheon, has stated its intention to pursue a Japan casino license. Load More Scott Winzeler appointed Chairman and CEO of Sega Sammy Creation’s US subsidiary Okada Manila ramp drives Universal to higher sales, narrowed loss in 2Q19 RelatedPosts Losses widen for Korea’s Paradise Co in 4Q18 as Incheon IR operating costs soar Following the creative concept of “Genuine Inspiring Moments”, the logo incorporates elements of SEGA blue and Sammy green with the group’s “strong unity expressed through the letters that are connected.” The company added that “edges angled at the earth’s axis implicit of upward movement as well as stability embody the group’s continuous growth towards the future while also symbolizing its will to maintain and further expand businesses. Connections among people and that between society and the Sega Sammy Group are also expressed in the design.”Further explaining the reasons for the new group brand logo, Sega Sammy said that it had come to recognize the need for a new brand symbol demonstrating a future direction of Sega Sammy Group, departing from the current logo which represents the integration of SEGA and Sammy.“We will aim for further growth of the group by implementing the thoughts we have put together in the new brand logo in actual business activities,” the company said.last_img read more

Man dies after shooting in SW MiamiDade

first_imgSOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Police are searching for the person or people responsible for a shooting in Southwest Miami-Dade that claimed the life of a man.Miami-Dade Police and fire rescue units responded to the scene near Caribbean Boulevard and Southwest 117th Avenue, early Sunday morning.Officers arrived to find the victim suffering from a gunshot wound.Paramedics transported the patient to Jackson South Medical Center, where he later died.Detectives continue to investigate.If you have any information on this shooting, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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first_imgFeature | May 08, 2009 Debate over Virtual Colonoscopy Coverage Heats Up Before May 12th Decision News | Colonoscopy Systems | February 08, 2018 FDA Approves Updated Design for Recalled Pentax Duodenoscope February 8, 2018 – The U.S. read more News | Colonoscopy Systems | May 30, 2018 American Cancer Society Updates Colorectal Cancer Screening Guideline An updated American Cancer Society guideline says colorectal cancer screening should begin at age 45 for people at… read more CT colonography (CTC) allows visualization of the entire colon in one image. Photo courtesy of Judy Yee, M.D. News | Colonoscopy Systems | April 15, 2019 Check-Cap Initiates U.S. Pilot Study of C-Scan for Colorectal Cancer Screening Check-Cap Ltd. has initiated its U.S. pilot study of the C-Scan system for prevention of colorectal cancer through… read more News | Colonoscopy Systems | September 27, 2018 Patient Groups and Doctors Tell Congress to Pass Medicare Virtual Colonoscopy Coverage … read more News | Colonoscopy Systems | August 06, 2019 Rise in Early Onset Colorectal Cancer Not Aligned With Screening Trends A new study finds that trends in colonoscopy rates did not fully align with the increase in colorectal cancer (CRC) in… read more May 8, 2009 – The debate heats up amongst doctors in the advent of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) decision on reimbursement for virtual colonoscopy (also known as CT colonography or CTC). CMS will determine whether or not Medicare beneficiaries will have access to virtual colonoscopy, a noninvasive colon cancer screening procedure with the potential to increase low screening rates and save lives.Medical professionals are taking advantage of the public comment period to let their voices be heard across the CMS Web site (https://www.cms.hhs.gov/mcd/viewpubliccomments.asp). Most comments reflect a strong urging toward reimbursement for virtual colonoscopy, such as the posting from Kyle Kreinbring, M.D., of Advanced Radiology, S.C.“I am writing to voice my strong disagreement with Medicare’s recent denial of coverage for virtual colonoscopy. We are all aware that colon cancer is a major concern to all American’s age 50 and older, that colon cancer kills more Americans each year than breast cancer and AIDS combined, and that appropriate screening is the only way to prevent colon cancer.”As radiologists who have reviewed the literature, we are shocked by the conclusion. Large, randomized and blinded studies have been published in well-respected journals. This includes several articles in arguably the most esteemed journal, The New England Journal ofMedicine. Using updated technique and software, the results have been very clear…CTC is a valid, sensitive and safe modality for detection of polyps and cancer. The concerns over radiation and incidental findings seem to be a technique to detract from the real success of CTC. With new protocols and effective dose control the radiation dose is negligible, especially in this population of older patients. In well-trained hands the chance of significant incidental findings is approximately 3%. This is a low price to pay for effectively eliminating the risks and costs associated with screening optical colonoscopy. There has not been a reported perforation or bleed related to CTC. Incidental findings can be managed with the described C-RADS system; a system modeled after the BI-RADS system to classify incidental findings and their significance. “This technology has the chance to be a life-changing event for many Americans. It will encourage more patients to be screened, which is the ultimate goal,” he said. Gastroenterologist, Dennis Ahnen, M.D., Denver VA Medical Center and University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine, expresses his disappointment that “to learn of the proposal to not include CT colonography as an acceptable and reimbursable option for colon cancer screening. I think this is a mistake,” he wrote. Dr. Ahnen succinctly weighs the pros and cons of CT colonography versus optical colonography, concluding that these are the reasons why he would endorse Medicare reimbursement for CT colonography. 1. It is now well established that CT colonography, if done by well-trained radiologists with state of the art equipment, is a highly sensitive test for detection of both cancer and significant (>6mm in size) adenomas of the colon; studies have shown that it is as good as optical colonoscopy for detection of these lesions. The concern that CT colonography would be more likely to miss “flat” adenomas is not proven and none of the well done comparative studies have shown that CT colonography has a higher miss rate of any type of polyp (be it flat or not) 6 mm in size or larger. Although CT colonography does not detect diminutive (2. The concern about variable quality of CT colonography in the community is real but it is equally true or even moreso for colonoscopy. It is well established that colonoscopy quality as measured by cecal entubation rates, withdrawal times, adenoma detection rates and/or complication rates varies widely among endoscopists so that high quality screening is required for both CT colonography and optical colonoscopy.3. The concern about the cancer risk of radiation exposure with CT colonography is appropriate but theoretical (back-extrapolated from exposure data to much higher doses or radiation) and is much less than the radiation exposure of a barium enema which is covered as a screening option by Medicare.4. The concern about extraintestinal findings possibly leading to higher costs without better health care is also a legitimate concern, but it is uncertain whether the overall balance of these effects is harmful or beneficial nor what the magnitude of the effect would be in practice. A similar argument is not made for the unintended consequences of other screening tests like false positive fecal occult blood tests that lead to negative colonoscopies, which may be followed, by upper endoscopy and/or capsule endoscopy to look for a source of the blood in the stool. I think that issue of extraintestinal findings could be minimized by guidelines about which lesions should be followed up and which workups Medicare will pay for.5. The inability to biopsy or remove lesions is a real disadvantage of CT colonography, so it would not be a good choice in a population that would have a high pretest probability of having a polyp seen but there are populations that have a low risk such as those with a negative previous colonoscopy where CT colonography would be a good and cost effective alternative to colonoscopy.6. CT colonography has some distinct advantages over optical colonoscopy in that it is less expensive, associated with less of a risk of both the procedure and the sedation and is much more convenient for the patient. Overall, it seems to me, that CT colonography is being held to a higher standard than other screening tests, and I would urge you to reconsider your proposed ruling. A notably sharp comment by Mark Albright questions the judgment of CMS decision-makers. Albright argues that: “History is replete with examples of governments, politicians, philosophers and businessmen making colossal blunders while clinging to mistaken ideals even in the face of significant evidence to the contrary…Any failure to approve reimbursement of CT Colonography (“CTC”) for colon cancer screening would promptly take its place as among the biggest, costliest and deadliest gaffes in the history of public health. The effect of such a decision will be that (a) more Medicare patients will die from colon cancer, and (b) the costs of Medicare will continue to escalate because Medicare will be paying for treatment and care of colon cancer patients, rather than preventative care for an extremely curable disease.”For more information: https://www.cms.hhs.gov/mcd/viewpubliccomments.asp and http://www.powelltate.com/websites/mita/miu/vc_video.html FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享center_img Related Content News | Colonoscopy Systems | August 31, 2017 Infrared Colitis Screening Blood Test Could Reduce Dependence on Colonoscopy August 31, 2017 — A fast, simple blood test for ulcerative colitis using infrared spectroscopy could provide a cheape read more Feature | Computed Tomography (CT) | July 05, 2017 | By Jeff Zagoudis The Future of CT Colonography Screening Computed tomography colonography (CTC), also known as virtual colonoscopy, offers a noninvasive alternative to… read more News | Colonoscopy Systems | July 12, 2017 Insurance Coverage for CT Colonography Increases Likelihood of Screening People with insurance policies that cover computed tomography (CT) colonography for colorectal cancer screening are… read more Technology | Colonoscopy Systems | March 27, 2017 Bracco Diagnostics Inc. Launches PROTOCO2L TOUCH Colon Insufflator for CT Colonography March 27, 2017 — Bracco Diagnostics Inc. announced the launch of its PROTOCO2L TOUCH Colon Insufflator. read more News | Colonoscopy Systems | September 04, 2018 Check-Cap Announces Interim Results of European Study of C-Scan System Version 3 Check-Cap Ltd. announced the interim results for its post-CE approval study of the C-Scan system Version 3, an… read more last_img read more

Strongman Noriega hospitalized

first_imgPanama City.-Former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega was transferred from prison to a hospital Wednesday after suffering a respiratory infection, one of his daughters said.Thais Noriega, the youngest of his three daughters, said her father was taken to the Santo Tomas Hospital in Panama City because he had bronchitis and was running a high fever.“It’s not a routine checkup, and he didn’t have an appointment. He’s had a fever since yesterday, and they are going to keep him hospitalized today,” she said on Wednesday.The 78-year-old has been imprisoned in El Renacer Penitentiary on the banks of the Panama Canal since Dec. 11, 2011, when he was brought back to the country after 21 years in prison in the United States and France on drug trafficking and money laundering charges.Noriega, a former CIA informer who was overthrown in a U.S. invasion in 1989, has been in and out of the Santo Tomas Hospital three times since his return.His lawyers, who say he is in poor health, have asked that the former general be allowed to serve out his term in a hospital setting or at home. Panama’s courts have yet to respond to the request.Noriega, who ruled the country from 1983 to 1989, is serving three 20-year prison terms for the disappearance of opponents during his years in power. Facebook Comments Related posts:Former strongman Noriega behind bars in Panama Noriega victims worry justice won’t come in Panama Noriega could be home in Panama for Christmas Noriega Fights Extradition to Francelast_img read more

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