Local News Pinterest WhatsApp Pinterest ORMC general surgeon performs 1,000th robotic procedure Odessa Regional Medical Center detailed in a press release that its general surgeon Dr. Kevin Lynch performed his 1,000th robotic surgery.Early last week, Lynch reportedly performed the 1,000th robotic surgery, which makes him one of the most experienced robotic surgeons in West Texas.Robotic surgery enables surgeons to perform even the most complex and delicate procedures through very small incisions with unmatched precision, the press release stated. These smaller incisions provide faster healing and little to no scarring for the patient. Robotic surgery also results in shortened hospital stays and less post-surgical pain.“Most of the advancements in minimally invasive surgeries in recent years are in the robotics arena,” Dr. Lynch stated in the press release. “The newer robots are less bulky and easier to use, and the camera definition is much higher, making our jobs easier. I am truly honored to work with such a dedicated team of professionals at ORMC who work hard to provide better outcomes for our patients.”Dr. Lynch reportedly performs robotic procedures using ORMC’s da Vinci Xi Surgical System. This technology puts a surgeon’s hands at the controls of a robotic platform and can be used across the spectrum for minimally invasive procedures including multi-quadrant surgeries in the areas of gynecology, cardiac, general surgery, thoracic and urology.“Dr. Lynch has been performing minimally invasive robotic surgery for almost five years,” ORMC president Stacey Brown stated in the press release. “We are extremely proud of this 1,000th surgery milestone he has achieved.”Dr. Lynch has reportedly been a general surgeon at ORMC for more than 20 years. He specializes in surgical procedures including gallbladder removal, hernia repair, colon cancer, breast cancer, benign disease and more.ORMC will host an event on June 7 in honor of Dr. Lynch to recognize and commemorate this surgical milestone. To schedule an appointment or request a consultation with Dr. Lynch, call 432-580-7373. Learn more about robotics at tinyurl.com/2h7fmfex. Previous article“Active Shooter Alert” bill signed by AbbottNext articleNacero selects Bechtel for development of energy transition infrastructure facility in Penwell Odessa American Facebook WhatsApp By Odessa American – May 25, 2021 Twitter Facebook Twitter
“The body is good,” she said. “My back is a lot better. I’m excited. This is going to be fun.”– Djokovic cruises –Top-ranked defending champion Novak Djokovic cruised into the second round while French Open champion Ashleigh Barty and third seed Karolina Pliskova struggled but advanced.Serbian star Djokovic, who has won four of the past five Grand Slam singles titles, dispatched Spain’s 76th-ranked Roberto Carballes Baena 6-4, 6-1, 6-4.“Getting out of the blocks, it takes time for you to feel comfortable on the court,” Djokovic said. “I’m quite pleased with my performance and looking forward to the next one.”Djokovic, trying to become the first back-to-back US Open winner since Federer won from 2004-2008, will next face Argentina’s 56th-ranked Juan Ignacio Londero.Djokovic owns 16 Grand Slam titles, four off Federer’s record and two back of Spain’s Rafael Nadal. Together the “Big Three” have won the past 11 Slam titles and are again heavy favorites.Australian second seed Barty overcame a horrible start to oust 80th-ranked Zarina Diyas of Kazakhstan 1-6, 6-3, 6-2.Barty made 19 unforced errors to drop the first set in 28 minutes, but took nine of the last 11 games to book a date with American Lauren Davis.Pliskova, a 2016 US Open runner-up, edged 138th-ranked Czech compatriot Tereza Martincova 7-6 (8/6), 7-6 (7/3) after exchanging service breaks over the first six games.“Not my best performance,” Pliskova said. “Not happy that I lost three breaks of serve in a row.”Russian fifth seed Daniil Medvedev, an ATP winner at Cincinnati, beat India’s Prajnesh Gunneswaran 6-4, 6-1, 6-2 in 85 minutes. He faces Bolivia’s Hugo Dellien next.“I can’t say I’m feeling amazing about my game but to win by that score in the first round is great,” Medvedev said.Japanese seventh seed Kei Nishikori, the 2014 US Open runner-up, won 6-1, 4-1, when Argentine qualifier Marco Trungelliti retired with a back injury.“I’m happy with the way I played,” said Nishikori, who gets American Bradley Klahn next.Share on: WhatsApp Serena Williams ripped Maria Sharapova 6-1, 6-1 in her first-round match Monday at the US OpenNew York, United States | AFP | Serena Williams overwhelmed Maria Sharapova 6-1, 6-1 on Monday to reach the second round of the US Open in search of her 24th Grand Slam title while “rusty” Roger Federer rallied past Indian qualifier Sumit Nagal.Six-time US Open champion Williams crushed the five-time major winner from Russia in only 59 minutes, beating Sharapova for the 19th consecutive time and improving to 20-2 in their all-time rivalry.“Whenever I play her I bring out some of my best tennis,” Williams said. “When you play her you have to be super focused.”Williams, who next plays 121st-ranked US wildcard Caty McNally, blasted five aces and 16 winners while Sharapova made 20 unforced errors.“She served really well. Found her spots really well,” Sharapova said. “I think that’s where she hurt me a lot.”Williams is hoping to match the all-time record of 24 Slam singles titles won by Margaret Court.Swiss third seed Federer, who has a men’s record 20 Slam titles, dropped the opening set in 36 minutes, then returned to form and defeated Nagal 4-6, 6-1, 6-2, 6-4.“I played like my beard today. I was rusty,” Federer said.The shock first set was a wake-up call, a 38-year-old legend who was 61-0 in Grand Slam first rounds since the 2003 French Open trailing a 22-year-old from New Delhi who is ranked 190th and fell to 0-5 in tour-level matches.“Just tried to forget it, play tough, stay with him. It was a tough first set for me,” Federer said. “He came back and played really strong. I was missing a lot of balls and trying to cut back on unforced errors.“It all came back just in time.”Sharapova, the 2006 US Open winner who defeated Williams in the 2004 Wimbledon final, upset Simona Halep in the first round two years ago but could not revive that magic.The 37-year-old American said that after learning she would face Sharapova, “every practice after that was super focused and super intense.”Eighth-seeded Williams rolled through the first set in 24 minutes then broke to open the second. She denied Sharapova on two break points to hold in the fifth game, an impressive backhand winner ending the threat.“That was definitely a big point for me,” Williams said. “You can’t let her get any momentum.”Williams broke again to 4-1, rescued three break points in the sixth game to hold serve and broke again to advance, showing no sign of the back spasms that limited her pre-Open play.
Friends of Avenin Daniel pose for a group photo during the charity pentanque tournament held in his memory.The Sai Sam Thai-French Petanque Club on Pattaya Third Road hosted a charity tournament earlier this month in remembrance of Avenin Daniel, who was a former member of the club and passed away two years ago. Present for the occasion was club president Somya Boonpan and over 100 friends of Avenin Daniel.The tournament was particularly dedicated to raising funds for charity, but apart from that the players were also promoting the petanque sport and honing their playing skills. The tournament was not played for any major title, but simply to meet new friends and help raise funds for a good cause.16 teams of three took part with registration fees set at 1,000 baht per team. All players were entitled to a buffet and beverages supplied for the occasion by the club.Coming in first place was the Colus team while the first and second runners-up were team Loui and team Pastis respectively. The top three teams were awarded trophies and cash prizes of 2,000, 1,500 and 1,000 baht accordingly. The tournament managed to raise a grand total of 10,000 baht for charity and was handed to the family of Avenin Daniel to help with their daily expenses.
Qualifying Finals – 9.50amEastern Falcons v Western DodgersCasey Cougars v Melbourne University Northern BlacksSemi Finals – 12.35pmMelbourne City Lions v Qualifying Final winnerBayside Vipers v Qualifying Final winnerGrand Final – 3.30pm Qualifying Finals – 9.00amCasey Cougars v Bayside Vipers 1Bayside Vipers 2 v Eastern FalconsSemi Finals – 11.45amMelbourne University Northern Blacks v Qualifying Final winnerMelbourne City Lions v Qualifying Final winnerGrand Final – 2.30pm Women’s Sunday, 24 February will see a big day of Touch Football action at Elwood Park in Melbourne, with the 2012/13 Victorian Touch (VT) League finals taking place. Qualifying finals, semi finals and grand finals will be played on Sunday across three divisions – Men’s, Women’s and Mixed. Finals day of the VT League starts at 9.00am with the Mixed qualifying finals, followed by the qualifying finals for the Women’s and Men’s divisions at 9.50am and 10.40am respectively. Semi finals then take place at 11.45am for Mixed, followed by 12.35pm for Women’s and 1.25pm for Men’s. Grand finals of all three divisions will round out the day, with the Mixed grand final at 2.30pm, Women’s grand final at 3.30pm and the Men’s grand final at 4.30pm. For the first time this season, the Mixed division has seen six teams compete, with a successful season had by all. The Melbourne University Northern Blacks have been the form team all year and have progressed straight through to the semi finals as have the Melbourne City Lions. The Melbourne City Lions in the Women’s division are reigning champions who are on equal points with rivals the Bayside Vipers heading into the finals. The Lions will see three Australian representatives, Leah Percy (Women’s Open), Kirsten Friend and Mel Woodward (Women’s 30’s) take to the field, while the Vipers have two national representative players in Brooke James (Australian Women’s 30’s) and Jamie Te Pania (New Zealand Women’s 30’s) and if the two sides are to meet in the final it will no doubt be an exciting encounter. The Melbourne City Lions also finished on top of the Men’s ladder following the round games, closely followed by the Western Dodgers. Only four points separates the top three teams, and VT League Finals Day will no doubt entertain!To keep-up-to-date with all of the latest news and information from the VT League finals, please visit www.victouch.com.au as well as the Touch Football Victoria social media pages:www.facebook.com/touchfootballvictoriawww.twitter.com/touchfootyvic Mixed Men’s Qualifying Finals – 10.40amMelbourne University Northern Blacks v Casey TigersBayside Vipers v Eastern FalconsSemi Finals – 1.25pmMelbourne City Lions v Qualifying Final winnerWestern Dodgers v Qualifying Final winnerGrand Final – 4.30pmRelated LinksVT League Finals
TUSCALOOSA, AL – NOVEMBER 15: Offensive Coordinator Lane Kiffin of the Alabama Crimson Tide converses with Amari Cooper #9 prior to facing the Mississippi State Bulldogs at Bryant-Denny Stadium on November 15, 2014 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Former Alabama star and current Oakland Raiders wide receiver Amari Cooper will be appearing on a celebrity edition of “Family Feud” this Sunday. Alongside Steve Smith, Brandon Marshall and others, Cooper will be representing the “AFC Offense” against an “NFC Defense” squad that includes Arizona Cardinals DB Tyrann Mathieu, Philadelphia Eagles DB Malcolm Jenkins and Carolina Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis. In his match-up with Mathieu, Cooper beat the ex-LSU star to the buzzer when asked to name someone people are excited to see once a year. From there though, Cooper got stage fright, and could only manage some awkward laughter. The video of the clip, released in advance of the show, can be found below. The episode featuring Cooper will air at 8 p.m. ET Sunday night on ABC. Hopefully the rest of Cooper’s appearance went more smoothly than that clip did.[ SDS ]
VANCOUVER – British Columbia’s NDP government is bringing back the province’s human rights commission, which was scuttled by the previous Liberal regime in 2002 in favour of a complaint-driven tribunal.Premier John Horgan said B.C. is the only province without a commission that can take proactive steps to address systemic inequalities and prevent discrimination based on race, religion, sexual orientation or gender identity.“We have to ensure that if we allow intolerance to rear its head, we together have to stand and push it back down again,” Horgan said Friday, speaking in Vancouver’s gay-friendly West End neighbourhood two days before the city’s Pride parade.“One critical element to make sure we do that is establishing again in British Columbia, like every other province in the country, a human rights commission.”Asked whether he thought intolerance was on the rise in B.C., Horgan said incidents have been brought to his attention over the past two years of systemic hate and racism toward ethnic and religious groups. He declined to elaborate.Attorney General David Eby said the current human rights tribunal has done a good job of making sure there is a place where people can have their disputes heard and resolved.“However, that model relies on people taking the initiative and having the ability to go file a claim and wait the long period of time it takes to have a decision rendered and then to enforce it,” he said.“We need a commission with the power to do more — to educate about human rights, to prevent discrimination from taking place and to support people in addressing systemic discrimination.”Eby said he has asked parliamentary secretary Ravi Kahlon to lead a public consultation process that will include both online and face-to-face meetings with B.C. residents, stakeholders and human rights experts.The consultation process will start in September, with legislation for the creation of the commission expected next year.Human rights commissions are typically arms-length agencies of the government that promote and enforce human rights and engage in education, policy development, public inquiries, litigation and research.For example, the Ontario Human Rights Commission published a policy position last March on sexualized dress codes in the workplace that advises both employers and employees of their obligations and rights.Morgane Oger, a transgender-rights advocate who ran for the provincial NDP in a Vancouver-area riding, said she’s currently involved in three human-rights cases, including one challenging the requirement for gender to be specified on birth certificates.“That’s a daunting task. It’s extremely intimidating. I’ve helped people who have gone to the human rights tribunal by themselves and they’re terrified and they have no idea what they’re getting into,” she said.Oger said she advises people to expect that they will spend about $15,000 a day on lawyer’s fees and tribunal hearings can last three to five days. Preventing discrimination before it happens is far less expensive, she said.“If you have to recall all of the cars after they’ve been on the road, it’s way (more costly) than putting up your hand and fixing the drawing at design time.”Josh Paterson, executive director of the B.C. Civil Liberties Association, said that in the past, complainants could only have their case heard by the tribunal if the commission decided to take it on. He said he didn’t expect the government to return to that model.In Ontario, complainants can go directly to a tribunal, and there is also a commission to do the proactive work, he said.Paterson said he hoped the commission would have a strong educational function, which would be helpful for the general public as well as businesses and landlords.“It’s been a huge gap that B.C. hasn’t had a human rights commission all this time. There’s been no government agency tasked with education or promoting anti-discrimination, and that’s really vital.”— Follow @ellekane on Twitter.
MONTREAL – Laurentian Bank says it has successfully resolved issues related to mortgage loans sold to an unnamed lender.Laurentian said in December that an audit found that the mortgages in question did not meet documentation and eligibility requirements and would need to buy back as much as $304 million in mortgages.Laurentian revised that amount a month later to $392 million and said it had repurchased $180 million in loans, with another $88 million expected by the end of the fiscal second quarter.As part of an agreement with the lender, the bank will repurchase an additional $115 million of ineligible mortgages during the third quarter of 2018, slightly lower than the bank’s initial assessment.The bank says any future purchases by the lender will be subject to terms and conditions to be agreed upon at the time of each purchase, including a pre-funding audit of the mortgages.Laurentian’s chief executive Francois Desjardins said last December that the issues largely involved loans that were misflagged and it found no evidence of wilful wrongdoing.He said some problem mortgages involved a failure to obtain or properly store documentation such as proof of income needed to adjudicate the loan, and to a “lesser extent” Laurentian found “client misrepresentation” which involved embellishing assets or revenue.“We have made important headway in addressing this situation, which has no impact on our clients, and are confident that it will be completely resolved by the end of the fiscal year,” Desjardins said in a statement released late Tuesday.“This has been a learning experience and since November 2017, we have been implementing enhanced quality control and origination processes throughout the bank. We firmly believe that this significantly strengthens our mortgage origination and securitization activities.”Companies in this story: (TSX:LB)
Two months into the launch of her dance studio, Natalie Borch needed a loan.The 34-year-old first-time business owner had opened the doors to The Pink Studio in February after she and her brother invested $40,000 of their own cash and took out a $100,000 loan from the Business Development Bank of Canada.“We just needed a small amount of money to expand our services for new teachers and classes,” she said, from beginner Beyonce to Bollywood fusion.Finding no help from the main banks, she found Lendified Inc., a fintech startup that offers loans to small businesses based on artificial intelligence-powered screening assessments.After filling out a few online forms on cash flow and collateral, Borch received a $30,000 loan.Borch is one of the latest beneficiaries of an AI-driven overhaul in the financial sector as the big banks scramble to tap a vein that startups and credit unions have already started to mine.“I didn’t even go anywhere,” she said from the mirrored, hot pink walls of her studio on Toronto’s Danforth Avenue. “It was a life-saver.”Small-business loans have often been viewed as risky, with high interest rates due to a dearth of operating and credit history, collateral or consistent cash flow. Machine learning and big data can expand the pool of criteria that lenders can draw on, beyond the traditional factors such as payment history or current debt that produce a beacon score or bankruptcy risk rating.“In the past, underwriting has often relied on a fairly narrow set of data, in some cases just credit score,” said Andrew Graham, co-founder and chief executive of Borrowell.The four-year-old fintech, which offers unsecured loans and free credit scores, draws on millions of data points from thousands of debtors to assess credit risk. Factors from income and home ownership to interest in financial education feed into its algorithms.“The real promise of machine learning in loan underwriting is that it means more people who will be good borrowers will ultimately get loans,” Graham said.Large financial institutions have often shied away from small-business borrowers, said Arun Kumar, head of small-business banking at the Bank of Montreal. A $50,000 loan and a $5-million loan require a similar investment of time and labour, but the former might only yield $2,000 in interest — less than the cost of assessing the applicant.That prompted BMO to launch Business Xpress last month, an in-house lending platform that draws on oceans of data to assess a loan within minutes of the first click. Amounts range between $5,000 and $500,000.“It’s like moving from analogue to digital,” Kumar said.Other banks are also following suit. Toronto-Dominion Bank acquired Layer 6 AI in January and Scotiabank teamed up with Kabbage in 2016 to allow customers to apply for small business loans using the fintech startup’s platform.For credit unions, partnerships are a way leverage AI they could otherwise not afford.“It levels the playing field,” said Ed Michielsen, head of business banking at Prospera Credit Union in British Columbia. The 75-year-old financial institution partnered with fintech startup ASAPP Online Solutions Inc. to offer internet lending last April.ASAPP, like Lendified, licenses out its technology. Lendified does so for a monthly fee to credit unions including Vancity, on top of offering direct loans of up to $150,000.Lendified chief executive Troy Wright sees a deep well of untapped lending potential shimmering below the surface. Small and medium businesses applied for about $34 billion in debt financing in 2014, but received only $28 billion as 18 per cent of applications were denied, according to Statistics Canada.“The reality of it is that banks and financial institutions generally will not provide capital to a business that is under a year old,” said Wright, who ran Scotiabank’s retail distribution network for five years.In May, the Ontario government announced a pilot project with fintech startup Lending Loop, a peer-to-peer online platform for small-business loans, to provide $3 million in loans over the next two years. It also doled out a $1.75-million grant to encourage credit unions to buy into fintech software and increase loans to small businesses.However, a shortage of high-tech labour in Canada threatens to hamper progress in the field, as does the issue of bias, which can embed itself in any system, according to Graham.“If you have a data set that only includes male customers or only includes customers who fit a certain demographic, it may lead to a similar bias in the results that comes out of it,” Borrowell’s Graham said.“I think you have to be very careful and very deliberate about both what data you use and then how you set up the training.”Companies in this story: (TSX:BMO, TSX:TD, TSX:BNS)