The news of providing state legal aid to Mohammed Ajmal Kasab, the sole surviving gunman in the terrorist attacks in Mumbai, has stirred profound consternation throughout India. Shiv Sena honcho Bal Thackeray thundered that no trial for Kasab is necessary, that the television news clippings are evidence enough, and that he should be hanged in full public view at the Gateway of India opposite the Taj Palace, which was one of the attack sites.Thackeray found support from an unexpected quarter, with All-India Milli Council president Iqbal Mohiudeen invoking the shariah: “An eye for an eye, a limb for a limb, and a life for a life.”The homes and properties belonging to three Mumbai-based lawyers who volunteered to appear for Kasab have been vandalized. A Parsi lawyer was even castigated collectively by his own community through the Bombay Parsi Panchayat. Neverthless, there is no shortage of lawyers willing to defend Kasab, especially after the Chief Justice of India K.G. Balakrishnan categorically affirmed Kasab’s right to legal aid.If the lofty reason invoked by every such volunteer-lawyer — namely, to uphold the Constitution of India and its bulwark, the Rule of Law — is taken at face value, the country’s legal profession and its entire judicial infrastructure is thriving in safe, altruistically motivated hands. But there’s a little wrinkle. Legal-aid services are an integral part of the Indian legal set-up, whereby the state provides admittedly meager funds (Rs 900 or $18 per case, regardless of its complexity) to assist the needy in representing themselves in courts through empanelled lawyers. How many of those volunteering to represent Kasab for $18 have similarly volunteered to assist any of the millions of indigents in their anonymous tribulations against a cold and corrupt court system? Very few, it turns out. So what does that tell us about their motivation? How many of these “Upholders of Justice” wrapped themselves in the robes of earnest do-gooders out of selfless commitment for the cause of a fair trial and how many are lured by cheap publicity?Publicity, it appears, was thrust on the conscientious objectors too. A legal-aid panel advocate Dinesh Mota refused, at the risk of losing his sanad (license), to accept Kasab’s brief after being handpicked for the defense counsel’s job by the Legal Aid Services Authority. “This city is my family,” he declared by way of explanation. Far from ordering the forfeiture of his sanad, a judge recused Mota. Literally overnight, the lawyer became a local hero. His fellow train-commuters gave him a standing ovation the next morning, and several city associations chimed in with felicitations.Another reputed lawyer dropped out of the selection race after admitting that the evidence against Kasab is overwhelming and his case indefensible. Yet another, a former advocate-general of Maharashtra, offered representation, but only on condition that the Pakistani Government requisition his services. Faced with a bevy of over-eager non-empanelled advocates and stubborn reluctance from the panel, the legal aid authority has yet to decide on who will defend Kasab even as the state has finalized the court and its judge.Meanwhile, the debate rages within India’s legal profession: Are we doing the right thing in paying for Kasab to be represented in court? Does the perpetrator of such a heinous crime deserve a fair trial?Strictly from a legal and constitutional perspective, the answer is a resounding yes. The Indian Constitution distinguishes between fundamental rights guarenteed exclusively to citizens (such as Article 15 which protects against discrimination, Article 16 which ensures equal opportunity, and Article 19 which guarantees freedom of speech, etc.) and fundamental rights available to citizens and non-citizens alike. Among the latter are Article 14 (equality before law), Article 21 (protection of life and personal liberty), and Article 22 (protections for accused persons, including legal aid). Furthermore, the Criminal Procedure Code gives an accused person the right to be defended by a pleader of his choice and, in the event of non-representation, mandates that the court assign a pleader at state expense. So does the Advocates Act.However, Article 22(3) excludes protections for an “enemy alien,” the citizen of a country with which India is at war. To declare Kasab an enemy alien, India must be at war with Pakistan.That’s not all. If Kasab’s defense team succeeds in linking his acts to the Pakistani military (for instance, by proving that the Pakistan Navy helped the Mumbai attackers with logistical support or that their handlers were military men inside Pakistan), then Kasab’s acts could arguably become part of a covert Pakistani military mission, which in turn could be seen as part of an undeclared war. And then Kasab becomes, in the eyes of international law, a prisoner of war, who under the Geneva Convention, to which India is signatory, cannot be executed.The perils of depriving Kasab of legal aid far outweigh those incumbent in providing him state-paid representation. Kasab can, if he so wishes, defend himself. But that’s hardly practical, given his literacy level and his obvious ignorance of Indian law. If he isn’t represented, his trial in any Indian court could be vitiated as a mistrial. If he is represented, India will have the opportunity of putting all the evidence it has gathered through a rigorous legal sieve and presenting it to the global community as incontrovertible proof of his dastardly acts and perhaps of Pakistan’s complicity. It will also demonstrate to the world the nation’s legal commitment — that even in the most trying and tempting of times we are unwilling to dispense with the Rule of Law.There is also something unabashedly and unmistakably ennobling in following the fundamental tenets of natural justice and the due process of law without fear or favor. All the more so when confronted by the evil spectre of terrorism. By subverting that process, we are putting ourselves in the morally debased company of the very terrorists we wish to vanquish. Replicating their lawless methods only makes us their allies in an all-round descent into barbarism.But does the ever-increasing decibel of otherwise reasonable men clamouring for terrorist blood in utter disregard for legal norms tells us something between the spoken lines? Mota’s fellow-commuters in the local train compartment who applauded his decision to reject Kasab’s brief aren’t all goons keyed up by incendiary speeches by hate-mongers. The 300-plus-year-old Parsi Panchayat does not advocate vigilante justice. And not all of the thousands of lawyers across the country who have resolved not to represent terrorists are dismissive of the Rule of Law.What then, are these gestures suggesting? Perhaps that our outdated laws despite — or probably because of — periodic tinkering are letting us down, allowing the guilty to roam free with the help of professional touts. Perhaps that it’s time we stopped depending on our state machinery for our inland security because that machinery is at best inept, and at worst cynical and corrupt. Perhaps that we need a law tailored for tackling terrorism on the scale that we are suffering today, a law that while being both preventive and punitive, succeeds in its objective without compromising constitutional safeguards.Such a law, even eminent jurists admit, would be extraordinary. So be it. We are living in extraordinary times. Related Items
Former Test captain Anil Kumble reckons it is India’s best chance to lift the ODI World Cup after 1983 but fitness of players would be a major concern and ending the 28-year-old jinx would depend on whether the squad remains injury-free during the event.”My only concern is the fitness of the guys. If they can last the entire tournament without injuries, we could certainly regain the Cup,” Kumble said in an interview ahead of the February 19 to March 2 mega-event to be held in the sub-continent.Kumble said along with India, defending champions Australia, South Africa, and Sri Lanka are the other favourites for the coveted trophy.”We have a very bright chance, probably it is our best opportunity to win the Cup,” said Kumble.Kumble weighed the advantages that India had to win back the title, last won by Kapil’s Devils in 1983.”We have lot of advantages going into the tournament. The form of the players is encouraging. The quality of players is good. There are some all-rounders as well who can chip in with both bat and ball,” emphasised Kumble, who was part of the Indian World Cup campaigns in 1996 (at home), 1999 (England), 2003 (South Africa) and 2007 (West Indies).India’s most successful bowler feels the sub-continental dustbowls would be of great advantage to India.”Besides the form and quality of players, the pitches would suit our game. We know our conditions too well. We know what we can expect,” said Kumble, who as president of the Karnataka State Cricket Association, has dedicated his time for the conduct of the World Cup matches in the City.advertisementTalking about the disappointment of losing the 1996 semifinals and the 2003 finals, Kumble said: “We came very close to winning. It was disappointing that we could not get to do what we were capable as a team. Each time we got close and lost, we knew we had to wait for a long time as the World Cup is played only once in four years.”Asked if Sachin Tendulkar, who will be playing his sixth successive World Cup, will be under pressure to deliver in front of the home crowd, Kumble said: “He has been around for 21 years. So there is no question of him being under pressure.”With PTI inputs
cricket Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma (capt), Parthiv Patel, Tim Southee, Kieron Pollard, Jos Buttler, Ambati Rayudu, Mitchell McClenaghan, Nitish Rana, Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Harbhajan Singh, Mitchell Johnson, Lendl Simmons, Vinay Kumar, Saurabh Tiwary, Karn Sharma, Krishnappa Gowtham, Siddhesh Lad, Nicholas Pooran, Shreyas Gopal, Jitesh Sharma, Deepak Punia, Jagadeesha Suchith, Kulwant Khejroliya.Kings XI Punjab: Glenn Maxwell (capt), David Miller, Manan Vohra, Hashim Amla, Shaun Marsh, Armaan Jaffer, Martin Guptill, Eoin Morgan, Rinku Singh, Sandeep Sharma, Arman Jaffer, Anureet Singh, Mohit Sharma, KC Cariappa, Pradeep Sahu, Swapnil Singh, T Natrajan, Matt Henry, Varun Aaron, Axar Patel, Marcus Stoinis, Gurkeerat Mann, Rahul Tewatia, Darren Sammy, Wriddhiman Saha, Nikhil Naik, Ishant Sharma. SHARE COMMENT Published on Mumbai Indians have won four out of the five matches they played so far. File Photo – The Hindu One of the biggest positives for Mumbai has been the form of the Pandya brothers — Hardik and Krunal. SHARE SHARE EMAIL On a roll with four consecutive victories, two-time champions Mumbai Indians would look to continue the winning streak when they take on Kings XI Punjab in an Indian Premier League match, here tomorrow.Having won four out of the five matches they played so far, Mumbai Indians are placed second with eight points and would certainly start as favourites against Kings XI Punjab, who have managed to win just two of their five games.Even though Mumbai’s top order is yet to click, the middle and lower order have more than made up for the poor starts.Skipper Rohit Sharma, who did not have an ideal start to the tournament, made a strong comeback in the previous match against Gujarat Lions with an unbeaten 40 off 29 deliveries, while Kieron Pollard continued with his fine run, scoring a quickfire 23-ball 39.Young Nitish Rana has been a consistent contributer for Mumbai this season. He chipped in with a brilliant half-century in the last match to enable Mumbai toppled Gujarat Lions by six wickets.In fact, one of the biggest positives for Mumbai has been the form of the Pandya brothers — Hardik and Krunal. The duo have come up with significant all-round performances.Come tomorrow, Mumbai would look to their batsmen to shine again and dominate the opponents.Harbhajan Singh has been fantastic in the powerplay overs, while Lasith Malinga and Mitchell McClenaghan have also been among wickets. McClenaghan returned with impressive figures of two for 24 to help the team restrict Gujarat to 176 for four in their last game.Kings XI Punjab, on the other hand, will have their task cut out against a strong Mumbai outfit.Despite starting their campaign with back-to-back victories, Kings XI slipped in the next three games and would now be desperate to get back to winning ways.Kings XI have some dangerous batsmen, especially the three ‘Ms’ — skipper Glenn Maxwell, David Miller and Eoin Morgan — besides Hashim Amla who can pile up runs but none of them clicked in the last three outings.The lone battle was fought by Manan Vohra in the last match against Sunrisers Hyderabad, as he scored a fabulous 50 -ball 90 but Kings XI still lost by five runs while chasing a modest 160-run target due to lack of support from the other end.Kings XI would desperately want the big names to stand up and make their presence felt against Mumbai tomorrow.Their bowling unit, which includes a reliable Mohit Sharma, experienced Ishant Sharma and talented Axar Patel, needs to fire in unison.Teams IPL 2017 × April 19, 2017 0 Mumbai Indians have won four out of the five matches they played so far. File Photo – The Hindu COMMENTS
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A total of 11,138 Jamaicans benefitted from job opportunities under the Overseas Employment Programme during 2012/2013. This was disclosed by Minister of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Derrick Kellier, during his contribution to the 2013/14 Sectoral Debate in the House, on June 4. [RELATED: Industrial Relations Landscape Remains Stable] Of the number, some 3,269 workers were placed in the United States (US) agricultural programme, while 1,295 were placed in that country’s hospitality programme. “An increasing number of these opportunities are being identified in the Canadian Labour Market, and approximately 6,237 of the numbers placed were accounted for in the Canadian market,” the Minister said. Mr. Kellier pointed out that the Ministry has been forging strategic alliances with partners in key sectors, such as the Canadian Labour Market, in a bid to diversify and expand available job offerings. “During my visit to Canada last year, discussions were held with the relevant Ministers and officials at the federal and provincial levels regarding the development of a framework to guide the movement of certified and skilled workers,” the Minister told the House. He said the aim is to secure mobility agreements at this level, so that more avenues to new employment opportunities can be realised. The Minister noted that since his visit, several new employers have come on board, “as they now look to Jamaica to supply a range of new skills to fill the gaps in the Canadian labour market”. These include Class 1 trailer drivers, heavy duty technicians/mechanics and welders. “Up to March 2013, some 69 drivers, 66 heavy duty technicians and two welders departed the island to take up employment in the Canadian provinces of Alberta, British Columbia, New Brunswick, New Foundland, Nova Scotia, Saskatchewan and Ontario. Currently, 188 drivers and 38 heavy duty technicians are at various stages of processing,” the Minister further informed. Download 2013/2014 Sectoral Debate: Minister of Labour and Social Security, the Hon. Derrick Kellier Mr. Kellier said the Overseas Employment Programme, which is managed by the Ministry, has had significant impact in the alleviation of unemployment, poverty reduction, the development of the rural economy and improved access to education and healthcare. “The programme has also been an important source of remittances, and during 2012/2013, Cdn$16 million was remitted by workers to Jamaica – representing 20 per cent of their earnings for the year,” he said. Contact: Alecia Smith-Edwards
NEW WORK CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Grand Mira North Road Grand Mira North Road, 16.5 kilometres from Route 327 will be closed for culvert repairs from Monday, Sept. 20 until Friday, Oct. 1. Alternate route on Grand Mira South. Local Area Office: 902-563-2250 CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Pumping Station Road The Pumping Station Road will be closed to through traffic between Route 204 and Hastings Road to allow for culvert replacement. The project is scheduled for completion on Thursday, Sept. 30. Local Area Office: 902-664-7370 CONTINUING WORK -30- KINGS COUNTY: Route 221 Route 221, from Black Rock Road east for about six kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for paving and shouldering until Thursday, Sept. 30. Expect delays. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-538-4199 ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Parker Mountain Road Parker Mountain Road from 1.1 kilometres north of Trunk 1 will be reduced to one lane for paving and shouldering from Monday, Sept. 20 until Sunday, Oct. 31. Traffic Control will be on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-825-4151 Pictou County: MacKay Road Closure MacKay Road is permanently closed at the Trans Canada Highway. Traffic from MacKay road between Trunk 4 at Linacy, and Route 347 at Coalburn, will have to use an alternate route. Local Area Office: 902-755-7152 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Gardiner Road Gardiner Road, for about four kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for ditching, pipe work and paving until Sunday, Oct. 31. Traffic control people and a vehicle are on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-565-2518 INVERNESS COUNTY: Cheticamp River Bridge Cheticamp River Bridge on the Cabot Trail will be reduced to one lane for bridge replacement until Sunday, Oct. 31. Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Route 255 Route 255 from Homeville/Round Island Line towards Mira Gut Bridge for about seven kilometres will be reduced to one lane for re-paving and bridge repairs until Friday, Nov. 19. Traffic control is on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-794-5120 CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Trunk 4 A 6.5 kilometre section of Trunk 4 from Wentworth Collingwood Road to Barclay Loop will be reduced to one lane for cold planing, repaving and bridge repairs until Friday, Oct. 1. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. and on weekends if required. Local Area Office: 902-447-3160 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Highway 104 Highway 104 at the Cobequid Pass Toll Plaza will have a one lane closure for replacement of concrete slab until Sunday, Oct. 24. There is a detour for oversized traffic on Trunk 4. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-896-7085 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Keltic Drive Keltic Drive, from the tracks east for 20 kilometres to Sydney River Bridge, will be reduced to one lane for milling, upgrading and repaving until Friday, Oct. 15. Traffic control personnel and a vehicle will be on site. Detour route: Highway 125 to Exit 5 and 6. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-565-6841 VICTORIA COUNTY: Cabot Trail Construction Sections of the Cabot Trail (Trunk 30) will be reduced to one lane from south of Lewis Mountain Road north for about 6.5 kilometres for repaving. Traffic control people and a pilot vehicle will be on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset and is scheduled to be finished by the end of October. Local Area Office: 902-565-6841 ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Trunk 8 Trunk 8 from about one kilometre south of Virgina Road in South Milford will be reduced to one lane for paving and shouldering from Monday, Sept. 20 until Sunday, Oct. 31. Traffic Control will be on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-825-4151 PICTOU COUNTY: Highway 104 Traffic on Highway 104 near Exit 27 in Sutherlands River, is being diverted to a newly built 450-metre detour around the construction zone. A speed limit of 70 km/h remains in place through the construction zone. The detour is expected to be in place until October. Local Area Office: 902-755-7077 ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Route 201 Route 201, from Morse Road west to Paradise Lane, will be reduced to one lane for ditching and pipe installation until Thursday, Sept. 30. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-825-4151 ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Trunk 10, North Ridge Road Trunk 10 at North Ridge Road, about five kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for ditching, culvert replacement, patching and paving until Sunday, Oct. 31. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-825-4151 KINGS COUNTY: Highway 101 Highway 101 between Exit 15 and Exit 16 will be reduced to one lane for paving until Thursday, Sept. 30. There will be periodic lane closures and motorists should expect delays. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-538-4199 DIGBY COUNTY: Route 303 Route 303 from Exit 26 north to Digby Town line will be reduced to one lane for widening, upgrading, patching and paving until Sunday, Oct. 31. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-638-3150 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 125, Exit 5 Exit 5 on Highway 125 will be closed for upgrades until Sunday,Oct. 31. A detour route is marked and drivers should use Exit 4 or Exit 5A, as directed. Local Area Office: 902-563-2518 DIGBY COUNTY: Robinson Weir Road Robinson Weir Road from 300 metres north of Route 303 will be reduced to one land for paving and shouldering from Monday, Sept. 20 until Sunday, Oct. 31. Traffic control will be on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-825-4151 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Porteaus Bridge Porteaus Bridge on Route 246 will be closed for repairs to abutments until Friday, Sept. 24. A detour is in place. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-893-6194 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Hubbards Bridge Hubbards Bridge located on Trunk 3 will be closed to traffic for replacement of the bridge until Friday, Dec. 31. A detour is available on Shankle Road. Local Area Office: 902-835-2702 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 125 Highway 125, for about 5.5 kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for construction until Sunday, Oct. 31. There is a detour on Keltic Drive. Traffic control people and a vehicle are on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-565-2518 ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Route 201 Route 201 from Old Mill Road in South Farmington, east for about 500 metres will be reduced to one lane for paving and shoulder repairs until Sunday, Oct. 31. Traffic control is on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-825-4151 INVERNESS COUNTY: Trunk 4 Highway 104, from Charles MacLean Road east to Reeves Road, will be reduced to one lane for road repairs until Thursday, Sept. 30. Traffic control is on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Trunk 4 Trunk 4, from 1.3 kilometres east of Cape Breton/Richmond County line will be reduced to one lane for about five kilometres for paving and bridge repairs until Tuesday, Nov. 30. Traffic control is on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-563-2247 ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Route 362 Traffic on Route 362, from Mosher Hill north for about one kilometre, will be reduced to one lane for paving and shoulder repairs until Sunday, Oct. 31. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-825-4151 KINGS COUNTY: Hantsport Kates Bridge, on Tannery Road in Hantsport, is closed for repairs until further notice. A detour is available on Avon Street. Local Area Office: 902-527-5448 KINGS COUNTY: Trunk 12 Trunk 12, from English Mountain Road, south for about three kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for brush cutting, culvert replacements, ditching and paving until Thursday, Sept. 30. Expect delays. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-538-4199 KINGS COUNTY: Highway 101, Delays Expected Traffic on Highway 101 is reduced to one lane west of Exit 14 at Coldbrook for bridge repairs until further notice. Delays are expected and alternate routes should be taken. Motorists exercise caution and watch for signs and traffic control people in the construction area. Local Area Office: 902-538-3877 KINGS COUNTY: Bridge Closure Traffic on the Busby McMahon Bridge on Brooklyn Street, near Aylesford, is reduced to one lane until further notice. Traffic lights are in place. Local Area Office: 902-679-4979 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Route 326 Route 326 from Earltown to MacBains Corner will be reduced to one lane for ditching, installation of cross culverts, widening, cold planing and paving until Thursday, Sept. 30. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-893-5785 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Grand Lake Road There are lane reductions on Grand Lake Road from the traffic signals at Central Supplies to the entrance to Mayflower Mall for repaving. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset and is scheduled to be finished by the end of October. Drivers should travel with extra care in the area. Local Area Office: 902-565-6841 VICTORIA COUNTY: Corsen Bridge Traffic on Corsen Bridge, on the Cabot Trail two kilometres south of Ingonish, is reduced to one lane until further notice. Local Area Office: 902-295-2700 KINGS COUNTY: Trunk 1 Trunk 1 at the Kentville/New Minas town line will be reduced to one lane for the replacement of a culvert until Thursday, Sept. 30. Traffic signals are in place and delays are expected. Drivers should use an alternate route if possible. Local Area Office: 902-542-6344 ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Highway 101 Highway 101, west of Exit 22 for about nine kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for guardrail replacement, patching and paving until Thursday, Sept. 30. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-825-7311 RICHMOND COUNTY: Highway 104 Highway 104, west of Trunk 4 at River Tillard, will be reduced to one lane for bridge repairs until Thursday, Sept. 30. Traffic control personnel and pilot vehicle are on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Highway 101 Victoria Bridge on Highway 101 will be reduced to one lane for repairs and paving until Thursday, Sept. 30. A traffic signal is in place. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-825-4827 HANTS COUNTY: Trunk 2 Sections of Trunk 2, from Shubenacadie River north to the intersection of Route 214 at Elmsdale, will be reduced to one lane for paving until Sunday, Oct. 31. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-883-9789 ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Granville Road Granville Road in Port Wade will be reduced to one lane for repaving and shouldering from Monday, Sept. 20 until Sunday, Oct. 31. Traffic Control will be on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-825-4151 CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Trunk 2 Trunk 2 from Amherst town line, south for about 4.5 kilometres will be reduced to one lane for cold planing until Tuesday, Sept. 21. Traffic control personnel are on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-667-6586 GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Trunk 16 Trunk 16, from 3.8 kilometres west of Fox Island Road east to the Canso town line, will have alternating one lane closures for cold planing, pulverization, gravelling and re-paving until Sunday, Oct. 31. Traffic control personnel and pilot vehicle will be on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset and for some time over the weekend. Local Area Office: 902-533-2771 RICHMOND COUNTY: Route 206 Route 206, from the intersection of Route 320 in Martinique south to Creighton Road will be reduced to one lane for ditching, cleaning culverts and paving until Friday, Nov. 12. Traffic control is on site. An alternate route is available on Route 320. Work takes place from dawn to dusk. Local Area Office: 902-625-4025 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Route 212 Route 212, from 2 kilometres east of Oldham Road to Antrim Road for about 8.3 kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for paving until Sunday, Oct. 31. Traffic control personnel will be on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-424-0054 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Grand Lake Road Grand Lake Road will be reduced to one lane each way for road work from Sunday, Sept. 19 until Friday, Oct. 15. Expect delays and rough surface. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-565-6841 HANTS COUNTY: Route 236 Sections of Route 236, from the intersection of Route 354 in Kennetcook to the intersection of Northfield Road, are reduced to one lane for repaving until Thursday, Sept. 30. Traffic control people will be on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-883-9789 KINGS COUNTY: English Mountain Road English Mountain Road, from Trunk 1 to Trunk 12, will be reduced to one lane for brush cutting, culvert replacement, ditching and paving from until Thursday, Sept. 30. Expect delays. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-538-4199 HANTS COUNTY: Route 215 Sections of Route 215, from Academy Street in Maitland to the Route 236 intersection west of the bridge, are reduced to one lane for paving until Thursday, Sept. 30. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-883-9789 ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Trunk 10 Trunk 10, from Route 201 in Nictaux south to Varnier Mountain Road, will be reduced to one lane for paving and shoulder repairs until Sunday. Oct. 31. Traffic control on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-825-4151 DIGBY COUNTY: Meteghan River Bridge Meteghan River Bridge in Digby County will be closed for construction of a permanent bridge until Wednesday, Dec. 15. Detour on D’Entremont Road, 2nd Division Road and Placide Comeau Road. Local Area Office: 902-742-0587 INVERNESS COUNTY: Trunk 30, Cabot Trail Trunk 30 (Cabot Trail), from East Big Interval Road for about 2.5 kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for paving, shoulder work, and guardrail repairs until Thursday, Sept. 30. Traffic control people and a pilot vehicle are on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 PICTOU COUNTY: Highway 104, Westbound Lanes Traffic on sections of the westbound lanes of Highway 104 in the New Glasgow, Stellarton, Westville area is reduced to one lane to allow for patching and resurfacing. Work is taking place from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. until Wednesday, Sept. 22. Drivers should travel with extra caution through the construction area. Local Area Office: 902-890-1573 ANTIGONISH COUNTY: Highway 104, Havre Boucher Overpasses Frankville Road and Linwood Road overpasses, on Highway 104 near Havre Boucher, have alternating lane closures for concrete repairs, joint replacement, waterproofing, until Friday, Sept. 24. There will be timed lights at both overpasses to assist drivers through the construction zone but delays are expected. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Drivers can use Trunk 4 as an alternate route between Exit 37 (Monastery) and Exit 38 (Havre Boucher). Local Area Office: 902-863-7378 KINGS COUNTY: Brooklyn Street Brooklyn Street, from Route 360 west to McLean Road, will be reduced to one lane for paving and shouldering until Thursday, Sept. 30. Expect delays. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-538-4199 KINGS COUNTY: Black Rock Road Traffic on Black Rock Road will be reduced to one lane at the Highway 101 overpass for overpass repairs. Traffic signals are in place until the end of September. Drivers should expect delays and travel with extra caution in the construction zone. Local Area Office: 902-538-4199 DIGBY COUNTY: Acacia Valley Road Acacia Valley Road from 1.5 kilometres west of Exit 26 to Ridge Road will be reduced to one lane for paving and shouldering from Monday, Sept. 20 until Sunday, Oct. 31. Traffic control will be on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-825-4151 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Trunk 2 Traffic on sections of Trunk 2 between the Truro town line and Kennedy Road will be reduced to one lane for repaving. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset until the end of October. Drivers should expect delays or use an alternate route if possible. Local Area Office: 902-893-5790 GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Trunk 7 Traffic on sections of Trunk 7 is reduced to one lane east from the intersection of MacKinley Point Loop to allow for repaving until Thursday, Sept 30. Traffic will be directed by traffic control people and a pilot vehicle. Motorists should drive with caution through the construction area. Local Area Office: 902-533-2771 KINGS COUNTY: Bridge Street Bridge Street, between Kingston and Greenwood, will have periodic lane closures at Kingston Bridge for bridge repairs until Thursday, Sept. 30. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-542-6344 HANTS COUNTY: Highway 102 Traffic on Highway 102 is reduced to one lane in each direction at Exit 9 (Milford) to allow for the construction of a new interchange. Delays are possible. Drivers should exercise caution and watch for signs and traffic control people in the construction zone. Work takes place from dusk until dark until the end of the year. Local Area Office: 902-883-9789 CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Fox Harbour Bridge The Fox Harbour Bridge on Ferry Road, near Wallace, will be closed to traffic starting Monday, Sept. 30. A temporary, one-lane detour bridge will be opened for drivers in the area during repairs to the regular bridge. Traffic at the detour bridge will be controlled by traffic signals. Drivers should travel with caution and be prepared for delays. Local Area Office: 902-893-5797 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Gaspareaux Bridge Intervale Road at Gaspareaux Bridge will be closed to traffic for bridge maintenance until Friday, Sept. 24. Detour is in place. Local Area Office: 902-563-2371 HANTS COUNTY: Highway 101 Highway 101, near Ellershouse, Exit 4 to Exit 5, will be reduced to one lane on both the east and westbound lanes for construction until Friday, Oct. 15. Local Area Office: 902-798-6888 ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Spa Springs Road Spa Springs Road, from Route 362 to the bridge 500 metres west of the Route 221 intersection, will be reduced to one lane for paving and shoulder repairs until Sunday, Oct. 31. Traffic control is on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-825-4151 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Trunk 3 Sections of Trunk 3 (St. Margarets Bay Road) are reduced to one lane between Cleveland Point Road and Boutiliers Point Road for repaving. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset until Sunday, Oct. 31. Local Area Office: 902-229-1109 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Mines Bass River Road Mines Bass River Road will be closed for bridge repairs until Friday, Jan. 31, 2011. Detour route on East and West Montrose Road. Local Area Office: 902-893-5785 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Trunk 4 Sections of Trunk 4, from Meadows Road west to St. Mary’s Church, are reduced to one lane for paving until Thursday, Sept. 30. A pilot vehicle will guide motorists. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-563-2247 GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Melford Brook Bridge The Melford Brook Bridge on Route 344 at Middle Melford is closed. A two-lane detour bridge is in place until a permanent bridge is built. The speed limit has been reduced to 60 km/h and warning signs are in place. Local Area Office: 902-533-2771 CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Northport Bridge Northport Bridge on Route 366 is closed until Monday, Jan. 31, 2011, for replacement. Detour from Shinimicas Road to the east of the bridge and Mudcreek Road to the west of the bridge. Cyclists should travel with caution. Local Area Office: 902-667-2972 PICTOU COUNTY: Route 376 Route 376, from Pictou Rotary for about five kilometres to Route 256, will be reduced to one lane for pipe work until Sunday, Oct. 31. Delays are expected. Traffic control personnel will be on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-893-5797 INVERNESS COUNTY: Peter Campbell Bridge Peter Campbell Bridge on the Orangedale/Iona Road is undergoing bridge replacement. A section of the road between McIvor Road and Portage will be closed, expect for local traffic from Monday, Sept. 20 until Monday, Oct. 4. Please use alternate route if possible. Local Area Office: 902-756-2140 KINGS COUNTY: 358 Bridge by Port Williams Cornwallis River Bridge in Port Williams will be reduced to one lane for bridge repairs until Sunday, Oct. 31. Traffic lights are in place. Local Area Office: 902-542-6344 INVERNESS COUNTY: Murrays Hill Bridge Murrays Hill Bridge, which crosses the Mabou River near Rankinville Road, is closed until further notice. Local Area Office: 902-625-4388 ANTIGONISH COUNTY: Route 337, Canal Bridge During construction of a new Canal Bridge on Main Street in Antigonish, traffic on Route 337 is being rerouted to a temporary detour bridge. The temporary bridge will be in place until Friday, Dec. 31. Signs and traffic signals are on site. Local Area Office: 902-863-7387
16 August 2007The Security Council today condemned this week’s series of coordinated bombings in northern Iraq that killed hundreds of people and left many more wounded, urging the country’s people to end their continuing sectarian violence. Media reports say that at least 200 people and possibly as many as 400 were killed as a result of Tuesday’s blasts in two villages in Ninawah province, apparently aimed at the Yazidi religious community in that area.Council members joined Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who issued his own statement yesterday, in condemning the attacks “in the strongest terms” and extending their condolences to the victims and their families, Ambassador Pascal Gayama of the Republic of Congo, which holds the rotating Council presidency this month, said in a statement to the press.Mr. Gayama said the attacks “were aimed at widening the sectarian and ethnic divide in Iraq.”He also reaffirmed the 15-member panel’s support for Iraq’s people and Government “as they rebuild their country,” and reiterated the need to “promote national dialogue, reconciliation and broad political participation to ensure unity, peace, security, stability and the cessation of sectarian violence.”The press statement also reiterated the Council’s call on UN Member States to prevent the transit of terrorists to and from Iraq and to refrain providing arms or financing that would support terrorists.
1 December 2009The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has confirmed the identity of one of its staff members who was killed along with four other UN workers on 28 October when militants attacked a guest house in Kabul, Afghanistan. Teshome Mandefro Ergete of Ethiopia had worked for UNICEF Afghanistan since September, serving as an expert in drilling wells for fresh water.In a statement issued yesterday UNICEF’s Executive Director Ann M. Veneman said it was with “great sadness” that the agency confirmed that Mr. Ergete had been killed in the attack.“His remains have now been formally identified through genetic testing, and his family has been informed,” Ms. Veneman said. “UNICEF extends its deepest condolences to Teshome’s family and friends. He died in the service of humanity.”Mr. Ergete was killed alongside UN security officers Lawrence Mefful and Louis Maxwell and two volunteers with the UN Development Programme (UNDP), Jossie Esto and Yah Lydia Wonyene.The militants attacked the guest house, which was home to more than 30 UN staff members, in the early hours of 28 October, armed with automatic weapons, grenades and suicide bomb vests.Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and other senior UN officials paid tribute to the victims of the attack for their courage and their willingness to serve others.
POPULAR JAPANESE RESTAURANT Izakaya is to reopen “new and improved” in Dublin next week after an electrical fire shut it down for weeks.There was significant damage to the bar downstairs and some smoke damage to the restaurant but manager Seana O’Brien told TheJournal.ie that the restaurant on the ground floor will open next Wednesday.“It’ll be another week or so until we get downstairs good enough to reopen but the restaurant will be ready,” she said. “We’re opening with a modified menu and a few new cocktails so we’re keeping all the classics but giving something new as well.”O’Brien said all staff at the restaurant were given shifts in sister restaurants over the last two weeks and will return when it reopens.“It was fortunate and unfortunate at the same time because if it was close to Christmas it could have crippled us business-wise,” she commented. “But now we’ll have a brand new bar and a fresh start in time for Christmas and we already have all the Christmas bookings coming in.”Related: Fire shuts down popular Japanese restaurant in Dublin>
WASHINGTON — During his meeting with Russian officials last week, President Donald Trump said recently fired FBI Director James Comey was a “nut job” whose ouster relieved “great pressure” on him, according to a report Friday in The New York Times.The Times cited notes from a May 10 Oval Office meeting, the day after Trump fired Comey.Separately, The Washington Post reported Friday that the FBI investigation into possible coordination between Russia and the Trump presidential campaign was moving closer to the White House. Law enforcement officials now consider a senior Trump adviser a “person of interest” in the probe, the Post reported, citing people familiar with the matter. The report did not name the adviser.The developments were a blow to White House efforts to tamp down interest in the Russia investigation as Trump and his staff boarded Air Force One for Saudi Arabia, first stop on his first foreign trip as president. The details of his comments to the Russians would seem to bolster theories that Trump fired Comey in an effort to choke off the Russia investigation.Earlier this week, the Justice Department appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller to take over the federal investigation in an effort to re-establish independence from the White House.Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein told Congress Friday he stands by a memo he wrote bluntly criticizing Comey. But he made clear it was not his intention for Trump or other White House officials to use the document to justify firing Comey, which is what they have done.
SEATTLE — Authorities say some residents on the Olympic Peninsula received a false tsunami warning when a monthly test went awry.KING-TV reports the state’s tsunami warning sirens on Monday sent out test alarms through the coastline counties but Clallam County residents heard a real tsunami threat warning.Washington state Emergency Management officials say there was no threat to residents.The state’s agency that runs the tests believes a software problem caused the test malfunctions.
Arsenal loan star Reiss Nelson has stated that he aims to become a club legend as he dropped a hint of a possible return in JanuaryThe 18-year-old forward has already bagged six goals in seven appearances on loan at Hoffenheim this season.Following Danny Welbeck’s horrific injury last week, Nelson has been tipped to make an early return to the Emirates Stadium.Now the teenage star himself hinted that it could happen while discussing his plans to become an Arsenal legend.“Arsenal are my boyhood club,” Nelson told BBC.Merson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“I’ve been with them since I was eight, so that’s 10 years.“I just want to go back there stronger because at the time I was at Arsenal I was 16, 17 and I didn’t feel confident.“I didn’t think I was a man, but now I’m feeling stronger and I think a couple more months or even a year in Hoffenheim will make me strong and give me the belief and confidence to go back to Arsenal and do very good there.“I want to be an Arsenal legend. And, for England, it’s the best. You can’t beat playing for your country I don’t think.”Nelson made 15 appearances for Arsenal last season and signed a new long-term contract with the Gunners in the summer.
US-based IT major Cognizant Technologies Services Pvt Ltd is seeking the government’s nod to build a special economic zone (SEZ) in India’s youngest state, Telangana.The company’s application to set up SEZ will be scrutinised by the Board of Approval (BoA) at its meeting on 23 February. The BoA is headed by Commerce Secretary Rita Teaotia.The proposed IT/ITeS SEZ will come up in Ranga Reddy district of Telangana and it will be spread over 2.51 hectares.Due to an introduction of minimum alternate tax (MAT) by the central government on SEZs, such projects have taken a back seat. To revive the interest in setting up SEZs, the commerce ministry has proposed the finance ministry to do away with the tax, Press Trust of India reports.At this month’s meeting, the BoA will also examine other SEZ projects, including those to be set up by Kandla Port Trust and GP Realtors. The developers of the two SEZs have asked for more time for the implementation of their projects.Kandla Port Trust — developer of multi-product SEZ at Kandla and Tuna — wants the validity period of formal approval to be extended beyond 6 May, according to the agenda note of the BoA meeting.GP Realtors Pvt Ltd has sought approval for further extension of the deadline to complete its electronic hardware and IT/ITeS SEZ in Haryana.At its previous meeting on 23 December last year, the board had given its approval for 13 SEZ developers, who had asked for more time to complete the projects.Exports from SEZs in the country reached Rs 2.21 lakh crore in the April-September period in the current fiscal year compared to Rs 4.63 lakh crore in 2014-15. About 15.44 lakh jobs were generated by these zones in the first half of 2015-16.
AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury. File PhotoPresident of Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh (BDB) Badruddoza Chowdhury on Friday laid emphasise on forming a neutral government dissolving parliament for the sake of a fair and neutral general election, reports UNB.Speaking at an iftar party, he also demanded reconstitution of the current election commission with impartial persons to hold the 11th parliamentary elections in a credible manner.Dhaka city north unit BDB arranged the programme at a convention centre in the city’s Uttara area.B Chowdhury, also a former president, said, “A level-playing field must be created first to remove the obstacle towards holding an acceptable national election.”To ensure a level-playing field, he said an election-time neutral government, a proven neutral election commission and dissolution of parliament are crucial so that ministers and MPs cannot avail of government facilities during the polls.The BDB chief also said it is unlikely that there will be a level-playing field when hundreds of opposition leaders and activists will be there in jail during the election.He also talked against extrajudicial killings in the name of anti-narcotics drive. “We don’t know who’re being killed in the name of the anti-drug drive and using other excuses. We also don’t know their identities. Bur, there’s an allegation that they’re political activists.”B Chowdhury said a level-playing field will also not be created if political activists are killed or arrested on various excuses while the field remains under the control of a particular party.Accusing the government of keeping BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia in jail ignoring the apex court order, he called upon it to be respectful to the rule of law and the verdicts of the judiciary.The former president observed that both Awami League and BNP leaders and activists are afraid of post-election violence and their security if their respective party loses the polls due to longstanding conflicts between the two major parties.Even the common voters, he said, are also in doubt which party will be able to ensure their security after the election.Under the circumstances, he said, the political scenario can be changed if only a third political force emerges out of people’s fear about the two parties and for the sake of peace and discipline in the country.
Hamsa Moily’s book Homecoming-poems was released on Wednesday by politician and author Shashi Tharoor.The book which consists of a collection of 30 poems is published by Rupa Publications and includes a foreword by diplomat and successful littérateur Pavan Kumar Varma.The poems in the book speak about the mysteries of life and death; about love that is seamless and unconditional, about a yearning to turn a new leaf, a new life. These poems come from music through silences, which is nothingness, and from this nothingness these poems have arrived. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Commenting on the book, the minister of oils and gas, Veerappa Moily, father of Hamsa Moily said, ‘I am not here to talk about her book as a politician or a father, I speak from the perspective of an author. Hamsa’s poems reflect a certain purity which is rarely seen in the poems these days, her poems are devoid of the sense of self and pride which is very difficult for an author. I, myself have never been able to detach from my sense of self in my works.’ Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe poet, on the occassion, read out two of her poems including the one titled, Homecoming from the book and said, ‘I have written these poems in 30 days. Enclosed within the four walls of my room, these poems arose from my loneliness, from nothingness, from silence.’Hamsa moily is a Bharatanatyam dancer and an experimental choreographer. She has acted in a Tamil film, Shringaram, based on the lives of Devadasis.She has recently choreographed a Hindi play for children, Kyun Kyun Ladki, inspired by Mahashweta Devi’s book by the same name, and an English play for children written by Rabindranath Tagore. She describes herself as a seeker and a practitioner of yoga. If you are a literature lover, grab a copy of the book soon.
News | Interventional Radiology | July 31, 2019 International Multidisciplinary Group Publishes Recommendations for Personalized HCC Treatment With Y90 TheraSphere New consensus recommendations for personalized treatment for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) with BTG’s TheraSphere have… read more PET/CT scanners allow for precise anatomic localization of molecular data and simultaneous anatomic evaluation in a single exam. Depicted here is lung cancer. (Photo courtesy of Siemens Healthcare)Defining disease processes by their cellular and molecular signatures has enabled molecular diagnosis and the development of targeted therapies, and advances in genomics offer promise for earlier disease detection and possibly molecular prevention. The field of molecular imaging is embracing these advances and is using a diverse set of molecular imaging strategies to interrogate disease states and physiology.Positron Emission TomographyPositron emission tomography (PET) is currently the most recognizable clinical application of molecular imaging, utilizing injectable molecules labeled with positron-emitting isotopes to image molecular interactions and biological processes in vivo. PET is most often performed using hybrid PET/computed tomography (CT) scanners that allow for precise anatomic localization of molecular data and simultaneous anatomic evaluation in a single exam. Hybrid PET/magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanners have only recently entered the market. While PET/MRI is unlikely to replace PET/CT for all clinical application, the fusion of PET and MRI will likely expand the horizon of molecular imaging and does have a promising future for selected clinical applications such as neurologic imaging, where MRI is the current gold standard modality; and pediatric oncologic imaging, where radiation dose reduction is important.Fluorine (18F)-fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) remains the “workhorse” probe for PET imaging and accounts for the vast majority of clinical PET studies currently being performed. FDG has proven clinical value for staging, restaging/surveillance and assessment of treatment response in many cancer types, and has revolutionized the practice of oncology. FDG also has clinical utility for selected applications in neuroimaging and cardiovascular imaging. The bone imaging agent 18F-labeled sodium fluoride (NaF) has existed for decades but is enjoying a renaissance in the modern era of PET/CT. NaF has equal or higher sensitivity for detection of benign and malignant osseous lesions when compared with single-photon bone tracers, such as 99mTc medronate. However, a distinct advantage of NaF PET/CT bone imaging is that the CT data allow for improved specificity, thus reducing the diagnostic uncertainty and nonspecificity that has long plagued planar single-photon bone scans.Development of specific molecular probes for Alzheimer’s-type dementia represents a long-awaited solution for a prevalent and challenging clinical problem. Imaging plays an important role in dementia evaluation, but anatomic brain imaging (CT or MRI) is relatively insensitive and nonspecific for determination of the precise dementing process. Recently developed PET probes that target beta amyloid neuritic plaques — the density of which is correlated with likelihood of Alzheimer’s-type dementia — allow for imaging of Alzheimer’s-type dementia with greater sensitivity and specificity. 18F-florbetapir (Eli Lilly) is the first of this class of PET imaging agents to be FDA-approved and is available for clinical use. Current molecular imaging research is focused on creation of other selective PET probes targeted to specific biological processes. Some of these novel PET probes currently in development, or recently released, include 18F-fluorocholine for imaging of prostate carcinoma and some brain tumors, 18F-fluorodopa for imaging of parkinsonism and some brain tumors, 68Ga-DOTATOC/DOTATATE for imaging of neuroendocrine tumors, and 18F-fluoromisonidazole for imaging tumor hypoxia and 18F-fluorothymidine for imaging cellular proliferation, both of which may be helpful for prediction or assessment of response to antitumoral treatment modalities. The availability of such specific probes may alter the future treatment of selected diseases, but also may allow PET to play an increasing role as a surrogate endpoint or biomarker in clinical trials and pharmaceutical development.Magnetic Resonance ImagingMRI is, and will always be, an anatomical imaging modality, with a limited role in specific molecular imaging. The sensitivity of MRI for contrast agents or molecular tracers is simply not as high as for the other imaging modalities. The sensitivity has been improved by using nanoparticle formulations, but these pose limitations on selected targets, due to their rapid clearance and uptake by macrophages. For this very reason they have been used clinically for selective imaging of macrophages, including those present normally in the liver and lymph nodes, and in inflammatory diseases such as atherosclerosis, multiple sclerosis and stroke. Nearly all nanoparticle formulations that have been clinically used are composed of superparamagnetic iron oxide (SPIO). Gadolinium-based agents have also been used, notably for targeting of fibrin in a setting where thrombus is present.As for cellular MRI, at present at least eight clinical trials have been published that do not label cells in vivo — i.e., uptake by macrophages, but in vitro in the petri dish for the purposes of infusion or transplantation under MRI monitoring of cell delivery and cell distribution. These studies have shown the great potential of MRI for cellular imaging, especially for real-time MR-guided delivery and targeted intraparenchymal injections that are not possible with any of the nuclear or optical imaging techniques. Unfortunately, the SPIO formulations that have been used are no longer made, due to economical reasons.A new way of labeling cells in vivo and also in vitro is to use fluorine nanoparticle formulations and 19F MRI; the first clinical trials are expected to occur later this year under investigational new drug approval.19F MRI was introduced more than 35 years ago, but its potential role in molecular and cellular imaging has only recently been realized. As the endogenous fluorine levels in the human body are near zero, the agents can be considered to be true “MR tracers,” allowing hot spot imaging — analogous to nuclear tracers — and not “contrast agents” as there is no anatomical image and no background signal. Hot spot MRI is expected to gain momentum in the upcoming years.Fluorescence Optical ImagingFluorescence optical imaging is an emerging medical imaging modality that promises to complement current molecular imaging techniques. The agent in this imaging modality consists of a nonradioactive, fluorescent molecule that is activated by tissue-penetrating excitation light to produce emanating fluorescent light that is collected to form an image. Planar imaging is currently conducted in clinical studies with marketed commercial and investigational devices, while devices for small animal tomographic imaging are emerging into the commercial market. There are, however, two potential limitations to fluorescence optical imaging modalities. First, tissue penetration depths may be limited — estimated from clinical studies in humans to be 3-4 cm — but sufficient for intraoperative imaging as well as for noninvasive imaging of lymph nodes and lymphatics. Second, background autofluorescence can limit sensitivity when using fluorescent dyes excited by visible or far-red light (at wavelengths that are shorter than 780 nm). Near-infrared (NIR) excited fluorophores (excited by NIR wavelengths longer than 780 nm) offer the greatest sensitivity due to the lack of background signal that arises from autofluorescence. Indocyanine green (ICG) is a non-targeting, NIR imaging agent already approved for intravenous (IV) administration in humans for hepatic clearance studies. While its approved use depends on its detection, which is based on its dark green color, ICG is weakly fluorescent when excited with NIR light and has been used successfully as a NIR imaging agent in several clinical studies: intraoperatively, to assess vessel patency and lymphatic drainage patterns; and noninvasively, to assess blood perfusion and lymphatic architecture and function. The application of clinical NIR fluorescence imaging has been demonstrated with ICG for several investigational indications. Although ICG has no functional groups for attachment to disease targeting moieties, there is a plethora of new “first-in-human” imaging agents that could extend the role of nuclear imaging beyond diagnosis and into the surgical theatre in the very near future. Brighter, NIR fluorescent dyes conjugated to antibodies, antibody fragments and peptides promise new clinical indications for molecular imaging. It is noteworthy that a typical NIR fluorescent dye molecule emits as many as 100 million low energy photons/second compared to the singular, high energy photon event that occurs following decay of a radionuclide used in nuclear imaging. While there is significant attenuation of low energy photons that limit tissue penetration depths, image acquisition times for noninvasive lymphatic imaging in humans has been reported as low as 20 milliseconds immediately following trace doses of ICG as opposed to several minutes of gamma camera imaging hours after administration of radiocolloid in conventional lymphoscintigraphy. While NIR fluorescence imaging is not likely to replace molecular imaging modalities, in the future it is apt to complement and expand upon their current clinical indications. itnJeff W.M. Bulte, Ph.D., is a professor of radiology, oncology, biomedical engineering, and chemical and biomolecular engineering at the Johns Hopkins University (JHU) School of Medicine. He serves as director of cellular imaging in the JHU Institute for Cell Engineering. He received his doctorate degree summa cum laude from the University of Groningen, The Netherlands, in 1991.Ryan Niederkohr, M.D., is associate physician with The Permanente Medical Group in Santa Clara, Calif. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame and his medical degree from The Ohio State University, and completed a residency in nuclear medicine at the Stanford University Medical Center.Eva M. Sevick, Ph.D., is professor and Cullen Chair in Molecular Medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center’s Brown Institute of Molecular Medicine where she directs the Center for Molecular Imaging. Sevick received her bachelor of science and master of science degrees in chemical engineering in 1983 and 1985, respectively, from the University of Pittsburgh and her doctorate in chemical engineering and bioengineering in 1989 at Carnegie Mellon University, where she performed her dissertation research in the area of tumor biology. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | PET-CT | August 15, 2019 United Imaging Announces First U.S. Clinical Installation of uExplorer Total-body PET/CT United Imaging announced that its uExplorer total-body positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) system… read more Image courtesy of UTHealth McGovern Medical School Demand for ultrasound scans at U.S. outpatient centers could grow by double digits over the next five years, according to a speaker at AHRA 2019. A variety of factors, however, could cause projections for this and other modalities to change. Graphic courtesy of Pixabay Technology | Neuro Imaging | August 07, 2019 Synaptive Medical Launches Modus Plan With Automated Tractography Segmentation Synaptive Medical announced the U.S. launch and availability of Modus Plan featuring BrightMatter AutoSeg. 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Researchers at MIT have come up with an intriguing approach to combat ‘Glioblastoma’- a malignant tumor of the brain/spinal cord- using machine learning techniques. By reducing the toxic chemotherapy and radiotherapy that is involved in treating this cancer, the researchers aim to improve the quality of life for patients, while also reducing the various side effects caused by the former using Reinforcement learning techniques. While the prognosis for adults is no more than 5 years, medical professionals try to shrink the tumor by administering drug doses in safe amounts. However, the pharmaceuticals are so strong that patients end up suffering from their side effects. Enter Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence to save the day. While it’s no hidden truth that machine learning is being incorporated into healthcare on a huge scale, the MIT researchers have taken this to the next level. Using Reinforcement Learning as the Big Idea to train the model Media Lab researcher Gregory Yauney will be presenting a paper next week at the 2018 Machine Learning for Healthcare conference at Stanford University. This paper details how the MIT Media Lab researchers have come up with a model that could make dosing cycles less toxic but still effective. Incorporating a “self-learning” machine-learning technique, the model studies treatment regimens being used presently, and iteratively changes the measurements. In the end, it finds an ideal treatment design suited to the patient. This has proven to reduce the tumor sizes to a degree almost identical to that of original medical regimens. The model simulated trials of 50 patients and designed treatments that either reduced dosages to twice a year or skipped them all together. This was done keeping in mind that the model has to shrink the size of the tumor but at the same time ensuring that reduced dosages did not lead to harmful side effects. The model is designed to used reinforced learning (RL)- that comprises artificially intelligent “agents” that complete “actions” in an unpredictable, complex environment to reach the desired outcome. The model’s agent goes through traditionally administered regimens. It uses a combination of the drugs temozolomide (TMZ) and procarbazine, lomustine, and vincristine (PVC), administered to the patients over weeks or months. These regimens are based on protocols that have been used clinically for ages and are based on both, animal testing and various clinical tests and scenarios. The protocols are then used by Oncologists to predict how many doses the patients have to be administered based on weight. As the model explores the regimen, it decides on one of the two actions- Initiate a dose Withhold a dose If it does administer a dose, it has to make the decision if the patient needs the entire dose, or only a portion. After a decision is taken, the model checks with another clinical model to see if the tumor’s size has changed or if it’s still the same. If the tumor’s size has reduced, the model receives a reward else it is penalised. Rewards and penalties essentially are positive and negative numbers, say +1 or – 1. The researchers also had to ensure that the model does not over-dose or give out the maximum number of doses to reduce the mean diameter of the tumor. Therefore, the model is programmed in such a way that whenever it chooses to administer all full doses, it gets penalized. Thus the model is forced to administer fewer, smaller doses. Patik Shah, a principal investigator at the Media Lab who supervised this research, further stresses on the fact that, as compared to traditional RL models that work toward a single outcome, such as winning a game, and take any and all actions that maximize that outcome, the model implemented by the MIT researchers is a “unorthodox RL model that weighs potential negative consequences of actions (doses) against an outcome (tumor reduction)” The model is strikingly wired to find a dose that does not necessarily maximize tumor reduction, but also establishes a perfect balance between maximum tumor reduction and low toxicity for the patients. The training and testing methodology used The model was trained on 50 simulated patients – randomly selected from a large database of glioblastoma patients. These patients had previously undergone traditional treatments. The model conducted about 20,000 trial-and-error test runs for every patient. Once training was complete, the model understood the parameters for optimal regimens. The model was then tested on 50 new simulated patients and used the above-learned parameters to formulate new regimens based on various constraints that the researchers provided. The models treatment regimen was compared to the results of a conventional regimen using both TMZ and PVC. The outcome obtained was practically similar to the results obtained after the human counterparts administered treatments. The model was also able to treat each patient individually, as well as in a single cohort, and achieved similar results (medical data for each patient was available to the researchers). In short, the model has helped to generate precision medicine-based treatments by conducting one-person trials using unorthodox machine-learning architectures.Nicholas J. Schork, a professor and director of human biology at the J. Craig Venter Institute, and an expert in clinical trial design explains “Humans don’t have the in-depth perception that a machine looking at tons of data has, so the human process is slow, tedious, and inexact,” he further adds “Here, you’re just letting a computer look for patterns in the data, which would take forever for a human to sift through, and use those patterns to find optimal doses.” To sum it all up, Machine learning is again proving to be an essential asset in the medical field- helping both researchers as well as patients to view medical treatments in an all new perspective. If you would like to know more about the progress done so far, head over to MIIT news. Read Next 23andMe shares 5mn client genetic data with GSK for drug target discovery Machine learning for genomics is bridging the gap between research and clinical trials 6 use cases of Machine Learning in Healthcare